September 30, 2015 Edition

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Richardson ~ Smith


Myrtie Bragg Pearl Maxine Gray Lorena Hall Jacobs
Paul Terry Long Joseph Isaac Stone


Tyke Jacob Roberts

Brooke Johnson and Conner Roberts of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born Sept. 19, 2015, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Tyke Jacob Roberts.

Grandparents are Donald and Bobbi Johnson of Hoxie and Eric and Debra Roberts of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Jr. and Glenda Johnson of Minturn, Barbara Prince Fields of Paragould and Beeda Hatfield of Alicia.

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Richardson ~ Smith

Cindy Davis Richardson and Billy Smith have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Kathryn Lewis of Powhatan and the late Junior Davis. She is a 1991 honor graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is employed at 1st Choice Healthcare in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the son of Harold Smith of Walnut Ridge and the late Joy Smith. He is a 1973 graduate of Jefferson High School in Rockford, Ill., and is a self-employed carpenter.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow at the Walnut Ridge Country Club.

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Myrtie Bragg

Myrtie Burgin White Bragg, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 25, 2015.

Born Dec. 2, 1927, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Nathaniel Lyan and Maggie Box Burgin. She lived most of her life in Lawrence County and was a homemaker. During World War II, she worked at a defense plant in St. Louis making ammunition.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jerald White and Joseph Bragg.

Survivors include a son, Jerry White and wife Vonda, Newport; two granddaughters, Carrie White and Pam Moore; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Jim Ed House.

An online guestbook is available at

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Pearl Maxine Gray

Pearl Maxine Gray, 90, of Pocahontas, died Sept. 27, 2015, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born May 11, 1925, she was the daughter of William and Ruby Adams Neal. She was employed by Oak Ridge Central School for 10 years, Pocahontas Nursing and Rehab for 10 years, and was a homemaker. She was a member of Cache River Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Gray, whom she married July 7, 1943, in Sedgwick; two sons, Hubert Nelson Gray and John Donald Gray; a daughter, Debra Moltz; two brothers, Leo Lavern Neal and Cleo Wesley Neal; a sister, Lorene Jewel Healey; and a grandson, Buddy Lloyd Gray.

Survivors include three sons, Lloyd Gray and Randy Gray, both of Pocahontas, and James Gray, McDonough, Ga.; three daughters, Judy Chaippelli, Hoxie, Rhonda Cherry, Pocahontas, and Tammy Tribble, Maynard; four sisters, Jessie Ruth Britton, Sedgwick, Jeanette Littlechild and Carolyn Stealer, both of Missouri, and Julie Miller, Brookland; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Calvin Botard and Rick Hart officiating. Burial will be in Old Military Cemetery near Sedgwick.

Pallbearers will be Sam Gray, Tyler Gray, John Allen Gray, Steven Anglebrandt, Chris Spears and Mark Cox.

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Lorena Hall Jacobs

Lorena Hall Jacobs, 96, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 23, 2015.

Born June 1, 1919, in Black Oak, she was the daughter of J.W. and Tennie Carlisle Hall. She was a longtime resident of Egypt, a homemaker and a member of Egypt Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Jacobs.

Survivors include nine children, Jean Fort and husband Bill, Wayne Jacobs and wife Sue, Dena Hair, Roger Jacobs and wife Pat, Gail Arnold and husband Don, Terry Neely and husband Jim, Barbara Fairester and husband Troy, Donnie Jacobs and wife Becky, and Ronnie Jacobs and wife Sherry; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Markham Cemetery with Rev. Doran Gregory officiating. Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Donnie Jacobs, Ronnie Jacobs, Rick Fort, Skip Fort, Cason McQuay, Matthew Travis, Jonathan Jacobs and Dorman Hufstedler. Honorary pallbearers were Crocket Fort, Christerpher Fort, B.J. Fort, Cameron Jacobs, Nathan Lewis and Casey Gilliam.

Memorials may be made to Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, 1051 W. Free St., Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Paul Terry Long

Paul Terry Long, 64, of Hoxie, died Sept. 21, 2015, at his home.

Born Nov. 27, 1950, in Walnut Ridge, he worked in law enforcement for several years and was of the Christian faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carroll Dempsey "Jack" Long; and a grandson, Brice Garner.

Survivors include his wife, Mamie Boyd Long, whom he married Oct. 5, 1981; four children, Amanda (Maxwell) Garner, North Little Rock, Aron (Megan King) Long, Cleveland, Meagan (Jeff) Williams, Walnut Ridge, Tracy (Brian) Harp, Jonesboro and Terri Bateman, Grapevine; his mother, Maida Graves Long, Hoxie; two sisters, Sandra Burk, Springfield, Mo., and Becky Douglas, Missouri; and three grandchildren, Brooke, Kersten and Baby Williams.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery, near Searcy, with graveside service at 1:30 p.m.

Pallbearers were the Martyrs Motorcycle Club: J.B., Lucky, Hot Rod, T.W., Diesel, Matt, Dalton and Jesse.

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Joseph Isaac Stone

Joseph Isaac Stone, 82, of Trumann, and previously of Rockford, Ill., fell asleep in the Lord on Sept. 24, 2015.

He was born on April 1, 1933, to John and Mary (Warner) Stone in Walnut Ridge. He married the love of his life on Sept. 6, 1952. They made their home in Rockford for 61 years, developing countless deep friendships. He served his country in the U. S. Army from 1953 until 1955.

Joe loved his daughter Darla and her husband Jim Kellett. He was very proud of his grandchildren Abby Kellett of Little Rock, and Keenan (Lauren) of Searcy. Even though he was a quiet man, he was happy to talk about them to whoever would listen.

He was a longtime member of the North Park Church of Christ in Machesney Park, Ill., where he served as an elder, deacon and teacher. He loved the Lord with all his heart as well as all those with whom he served and worshipped. Joe was passionate about Rockford Christian Camp. He devoted many laborious hours of service for that cause, including as a member of the Board of Directors.

He worked at National Lock Company for 30 years, retiring in 1982. Post-retirement, he enjoyed working for Bunger Heating and Cooling. He and Wanda moved to Trumann in May 2014 to be near his children, grandchildren, sister Janie Elwanda Baltzell and other family and friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and all of his brothers: William (Mammoth Spring), Harold (Rockford, Ill.), Frank (Roby, Mo.) and John (Dover, Del.).

Joe was a humble, patient and gentle man who lived his life quietly serving and loving like Jesus. He was young and healthy at 74 years until the treatment of Multiple Myeloma and Polythycemia Vera began to weaken his physical body. He valiantly fought the rare combination of blood diseases and the effects of the treatments.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in Townsend Cemetery near Smithville.

Pallbearers were Jim Kellett, Keenan Kellett, Mike Stone, Josh Blakeney, Everett Kellett and Eldon Stone. Honorary pallbearers were Abby Kellett and Lauren Kellett.

In lieu of flowers gifts will be accepted by the family to establish a memorial in his memory at Rockford Christian Camp.

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