July 29, 2015 Edition

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Teel ~ Craig


Jimmy Ray Ferguson Jean Griffith Marguerite Gwaltney
Shannon Clay Rainwater Van Lucille Rucker Gladys Vialittia Tinker
Mary Diann Wall Ray Wiles



Derek and Kattie Meeks of Corning have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born July 13, 2015.

The baby weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Kira Lee Meeks.

Grandparents are Francis Pringle of Corning, Gracie and Ed Allen of Florida, Frankey and Cathrene Meeks of Black Rock and the late Thomas Pringle.

Great-grandparents are Fred and Verna Snyder of Sedgwick, Betty Meeks, Bob and Kay Smith, all of Black Rock and the late Thomas and Glenda Pringle, Wanda Drew and Frank Meeks.


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Teel ~ Craig

Joel and Barbara Teel of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kassie Renee Teel, to Aaron Clay Craig, son of Kathy Craig of Smithville and the late Ricky Craig.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of James Teel of Alicia and the late Teresa Teel and Bud Jones of Hoxie and the late Hazel Jones.

She is a 2010 graduate of Hoxie High School.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mary Keller. He is a 2006 Hillcrest High School graduate.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at 6 p.m. at Swindle Farms in Paragould. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Jimmy Ray Ferguson

Jimmy Ray Ferguson, 60, of Walnut Ridge, died July 25, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 17, 1955, in Lafe, he was a longtime resident of Lawrence County. He retired from the riverboats, and was a carpenter. He was a member of Cache River Pentecostal Church.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Edward Levi Ferguson, James Newton Ferguson, Gerald D. Ferguson and infant Jeremy Ferguson.

Survivors include a daughter, Jamie Gail Blackwell and husband Allen, Hoxie; four sisters, Lois Hart and husband Everett, and Marie Ferguson, all of Walnut Ridge; Edith Handwork and husband Fred, Pocahontas, and Patsy Morris and husband Derward, Paragould; two brothers, Raymond Glen Ferguson and wife Mary, Bono, and Dewayne Ray Ferguson, Hoxie; and two grandchildren, Mollie Gail and Nolan Reed Blackshear.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart and Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Dailey Hibbard, Billy Hibbard, David Hibbard, Bob Sorrels, Perry Manus and Reggie Allen. Nephews served as honorary pallbearers.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.

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Jean Griffith

Erma "Jean" Griffith, 86, of Pocahontas, died July 21, 2015.

Born Sept. 4, 1928, in Smithville, she was the daughter of Elijah Watson and Lela Maude Smith Geurin.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond T. Davis; her second husband, Robert "Bob" Griffith; a son, Benny Ray Davis; two brothers, Ernest Geurin and Ancel Geurin; and three sisters, Hazel Cole, Oneida Tucker and Lemma Geurin.

Survivors include four sons, Gary (Renee) Davis, Eau Claire, Wis., Vic Davis (Shaun Barnes), Boulder, Colo., Phillip (Kippy) Davis, Rector, and Mark (Cathy) Davis, Pocahontas; two sisters, Fay Campbell and Hester Helms; a sister-in-law, LeAnna Geurin; eight grandchildren, Dan, Darla, Weston, Abby, Trent, Tyler, Grace and Ann; and five great-grandchildren, Billy, Tommy, Madison, Cameron and Mallori.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at www.mcnabbfuneralhomes.com.

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Marguerite Gwaltney

Marguerite Gwaltney, 91, of Swifton, died Sunday, July 26, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

A lifelong Jackson County native, Marguerite was loved by many, and leaves a significant void in the Swifton community.

Marguerite Wood Gwaltney, affectionately nicknamed "Guerite", was born May 5, 1924, in Swifton, the daughter of W. A. and Vivia Wood. Being a child of the Depression, Marguerite knew well the value of a dollar. She recycled before it was popular, and possessed an abiding work ethic. In 1941, she married Leo Gwaltney. The couple enjoyed 39 years together, and were blessed by four children.

Mrs. Gwaltney was a homemaker, and after her husband's passage, enjoyed a lengthy career with Swifton Public Schools, where she impacted generations of individuals with her wit, wisdom and distinctive outlook on life. Guerite possessed an inquisitive mind, a quick perception, a hearty laugh and a strong desire for knowledge. She particularly enjoyed reading suspense novels. A great complaint stemmed from the fact that before she could complete a book, she had figured out the plot. John Grisham remained one of her favorite authors.

One of the great passions of Marguerite Gwaltney's life was cooking. Anyone in the town of Swifton knew that she possessed amazing culinary skills. To say that she fed a community was not an understatement. There was never a holiday that her kitchen was not a revolving door with friends dropping by for a visit and to sample such delectable treats as her fresh apple cake, chicken and dressing and one-of-a kind fudge. A faithful member of the Swifton Baptist Church, Marguerite was a staple for the Hospitality Committee for as long as her health allowed.

Never one to miss a good visit, Guerite enjoyed social interactions of any kind. She relished lively conversation, and at any time was privy to the goings on in her home community and beyond. A special favorite was her Monday night canasta group. One will never know whether the game or the visits were more important, but to be certain, laughter and good food were hallmarks of these gatherings.

Like many individuals defined by the term The Greatest Generation, Marguerite Gwaltney possessed solid traits of loyalty, compassion and concern for others. Her word was her bond; she said what she meant and she meant what she said. Her day was never too busy for a friend, her week never too rushed to cook for others, and her life never too hectic for church! She, and others like her, represents the social character that made America great!

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Gwaltney; one son, Robert Gwaltney; one daughter, Shirley Lawson; and her parents.

She is survived by one son, Charles Gwaltney and wife, Vickie, of Pocahontas; one daughter, Loretta Carlton and husband, Ray, of Roscoe, Ill.; one brother, Bill "Buddy" Wood of Swifton; one sister, Barbara Jane Wood of Swifton; six grandchildren, Ed Lawson and wife Tracy, Billy Gwaltney, Blake Lawson, Joy Baldwin, Shane Gwaltney and wife Tana, and Kelly Johnson; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a daughter-in-law, Rachel Wright and husband David; nieces and nephews; and a lifetime of friends.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Swifton Baptist Church, with interment in Swifton Cemetery. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Ed Lawson, Billy Gwaltney, Shane Gwaltney, Kelly Johnson, Bobby Tinsley and Rickey Gilmore. Honorary pallbearers will be James Tinsley, Steven Tinsley, Bobby Norris, J.W. Hulen, Brian Day and Roy Runyan.

An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.


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Shannon Clay Rainwater

Shannon Clay Rainwater, 39 of Lynn, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born Dec. 18, 1975, in Jonesboro, he was a lifetime resident of Lynn and a graduate of Lynn High School. He was a self-employed truck driver and a member of the Lynn Church of Christ.

Survivors include his parents, Larry and Joy Edwards Rainwater, Lynn; and a sister, Lanna Hoskins and husband Josh, Plano, Texas.

In 1999 he married Tiffany Fowler. To this union was born son, Lane Rainwater of Strawberry. In 2008 he married Shana Richmond and to this union was born Kipten Rainwater and Everlee Rainwater, all of Lynn; he is also survived by many relatives and friends.

Graveside Service was Monday, July 20, at 1:30 p.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery with Kenny Townsley officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Shawn Morgan, Dustin Geurin, Danny Morgan, Craig Martin, Mitchell Evans and Jerry Wayne Morgan Jr.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.


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Van Lucille Rucker

Van Lucille Rucker, 88, of Jonesboro, died July 22, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born March 21, 1927, in Egypt, she was the daughter of C.P. and Eva McGown Simpson. She was a lifetime Avon representative and a homemaker. She was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Franklin Rucker; a brother, R.E. Simpson; two grandchildren, Sherry Barnes and Jeff Wyse; and a son-in-law, Douglas Herring.

Survivors include three sons, Jimmy Rucker and wife Judy, Darrell Rucker and Jarvis Rucker and wife DeAnn; five daughters, Carolyne Herring, Dorothy Barnes and husband LaVaughn, Linda Lyles, Debra Permenter and husband Johnny, and Darlene Price and husband Jerry; four sisters, Cora Mae Merritt, Ruby Vanhoozer, Mary Foley and Faye Vanhoozer; two brothers-in-law, George Rucker and Billy Rucker; 18 grandchildren, Ray Herring, Scott Barnes, Kandi Wyse, Bobby Lyles, Cindi Wilbanks, Rusty Rucker, Wendy Green, LaRhonda Briseno, Kristy Dollins, Jeff Price, Shane Price, Joey Price, Elliott Rucker, Jamie Waltman, Justin Rucker, Jessica Rucker, Ben Barnes and Zac Barnes; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Lorado Cemetery with Joel McMasters officiating and Randy Jones speaking. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were David Massey, Rusty Rucker, Chuck Foley, Jeff Price, Scotty Barnes and Danny Merritt. Grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, Lorado Cemetery or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Gladys Vialittia Tinker

Gladys Vialittia Tinker, 83, of Hoxie, died July 23, 2015.

Born Dec. 1, 1931, in Wheeler, Texas, she was the daughter of Walter and Nancy Josephine Bales Duncan. She was a lifelong resident of Hoxie and a member of the Hoxie United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker, a retired beautician and Scrabble Queen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reukauf Tinker; and two sisters, Rosie Casper and Alien Moody.

Survivors include a son Lanny Tinker and wife Lida, Hoxie; a daughter, Mitzi Tinker, Jonesboro; two sisters, Minerva Smith and Beatrice Smith; two brothers, Bobby Duncan and Benny Duncan; three granddaughters, Melanie Volner and Laura Prondzinski, both of Jonesboro, and Lindsey Davis, Bay; and five great-grandchildren, Jordan Volner, Madeleine Volner, Emma Prondzinski, Caden Prondzinski and Chloe Prondzinski.

Funeral was Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Gary Whiles officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Jordan Volner, Matthew Blansett, Daniel Prater, Jeff Ball, Jamie Tinker and Travis Tinker.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.


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Mary Diann Wall

Mary Diann Wall, 73, of Walcott, died July 26, 2015, at the Manila Nursing Home.

Born June 30, 1942, in Light, she was a retired factory worker and a member of the Pruitt Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Ellen Price Foster; a sister, Velma Bowlin; and four brothers, Virgil, Paul, Lloyd Vernon and Alvin Foster.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Russell Wall; a son, Tim Wall and wife Debbie, Walcott; a sister, Weldon Bryant, Black Rock; two grandchildren, Sara Gramling and Justin Wall; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Don Winfrey and O.D. Winfrey officiating.

Pallbearers will be Adam Wall, Randy Adams, Bruce Carr, Stan Bowlin, Randy Bowlin and Lynn Foster.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Chapter Alzheimer's Foundation, 210 N. Walton, Bentonville, AR 72172 or Mt. Zion Cemetery, Walcott, AR 72474.

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Ray Wiles

Ray Wiles, 71, of Mountain Home, formerly of Mountain View, died July 19, 2015, in Little Rock.

Born July 12, 1944, at Hardy, he was a member of Fairview Methodist Church in Mountain Home, and a former member of First United Methodist Church in Mountain View. He was a Gideon, a member of the Royal Family Kids Camp and a veteran of the 173rd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Truman Leonard and Norma Mae Biggers Wiles; and a sister, Betty Ann Conner.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Bruce Wiles, formerly of Lawrence County; two daughters, Michelle Williams and husband Jimmy, Norfork, and LeQuita Flanigan and husband Shane, Manila; four brothers, Leonard, Eugene, Roy and Travis; two sisters, Janelta Tipton and Naomi Martin; seven grandchildren, Justin Williams, Casey Williams, Mallory Williams, Jesse Flanigan, Stephany Corter, Pam Hodges and Courtney Martin; and six great-grandchildren, and two on the way.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mountain View. Burial was in Alderbrook Cemetery at Desha with Revs. Steve Johnson and Tom Yoder officiating. Roller Crouch Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Joel Breeding, JT Altman, Scott Beck, Jim Barrow, Roland Pugh and Larry Alcorn. Honorary pallbearers were Shane Flanigan, Jimmy Williams, Justin Williams, Casey Williams, Jesse Flanigan, Mallory Williams, Stephany Corter, Pam Hodges and Courtney Martin.

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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