October 14, 2015 Edition

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Cagle Constantine


Howard ~ Doyle


Alene A. Holland Ramona Smith Mueller Mary Mae Rice
Henry A. Tucker Jr.


Grant James Cagle

James and Kelsie Cagle of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Sept. 25, 2015, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Grant James Cagle.

Grandparents are Ron and Susie Jones and Teresa Green, all of Hoxie, and Jim Cagle of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Glendon and Ruby Graham, and Dallas and Anna Cagle, all of Walnut Ridge, and Bud Jones and Sharon Webb, both of Hoxie.

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Bianca Marcy Constantine

Jonathon and Conna Constantine of Bono have announced the birth of a daughter, born Sept. 30, 2015, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed nine pounds, four ounces, and has been named Bianca Marcy Constantine. She has a sister, Isabelle, two.

Grandparents are Waynoma Strong of Walnut Ridge, Dana Strong of Hardy and Steve and Pat Kitchen of Oswego, Ill.

Great-grandparents are Robert and Marilyn Constantine of Oswego, Ill., Joan Marshall of Batavia, Ill., and Kenneth and Donna Roberts of O'Kean.

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Weathers ~ Davis

Robert and Tracy Howard of Lynn have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage or their daughter, Courtney Howard, to Spencer Doyle, son of Greg Doyle of Lynn and Anna Doyle of Black Rock.

The bride-elect is a 2014 graduate of Hillcrest High School.

The prospective groom is a 2010 graduate of Black Rock High School and is employed at the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.

The couple will exchange vows Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. at her great-grandmother's house on Mize-Campbell Road in Strawberry.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Alene A. Holland

Alene A. Holland, 89, of Strawberry, died Oct. 8, 2015, at a Batesville hospital.

Born Jan. 30, 1926, at Strawberry, she was the daughter of Ephriam and Nettie Doyle Norman. She was retired from General Tire in Batesville and had served on the Strawberry City Council for several years. She was a member of the Bold Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L.Z. Holland; seven brothers, Johnny Norman, Restess Norman, Walter Norman, Richard Norman, Hardaway Norman, Billy Norman and Horace Norman; and five sisters, Magdalene Roberts, Tennessee Birmingham, Josie Boyer, Zilphia Wright and Nancy Smith.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Deshawn Pankey and Johnny Wright officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Vince Wright, Scott Wright, Keith Wright, Darrell Conyers, Randy Walker and David McAnally. Nieces and nephews served as honorary pallbearers.

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

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Ramona Smith Mueller

Ramona Bernadine Smith Mueller, 85, of Conway, died Oct. 10, 2015, at a Conway hospital.

Born Oct. 19, 1929, at Jesup, she was the daughter of James Lee "Jay" and Pearl Simpson Smith. After attending Arkansas Tech in Russellville, she moved to St. Louis, and then to Washington, D.C., where she became the secretary to the commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. She met Charles E. Mueller, who was a lawyer at the FTC, and they married in 1970. They later retired to Vero Beach, Fla., where she lived until Charles' death in 2010. She moved back to Arkansas to be near family and friends.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Faith Smith Spotts; and a nephew, Mike Martin.

Survivors include a sister, Anna Jane Smith Creekmore and husband Melvin, Jesup; a brother, Anthony "Tony" Smith and wife Dorothy, Cord; and nieces and nephews, Deborah Martin, Donna Henson and husband Tommy, Janet Curtis and husband Brad, and James W. Spotts, all of Vilonia, Jean Spotts, Conway, Sandra Hall and husband John, Bertrand, Mo., Regina Weaver and husband Howard, Batesville, and Karen Brown and husband Brent, Horn Lake, Miss.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Eli Lindsey United Methodist Church in Jesup with John Stoll officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway.

Memorials may be made to Eli Lindsey United Methodist Church, 694 Hwy. 117, Smithville, AR 72466.

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

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Mary Mae Rice

Mary Mae Rice, 74, of Black Rock, died Oct. 5, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 9, 1941, in Black Rock, she was a home health aide and a homemaker, and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Henry Rice, on Jan. 24, 1976, whom she married June 15, 1959; her parents, Harry and Gertie Emerton Pickney; a sister, Willene Harmon; and two brothers, Austin Shannon and Eldon Shannon.

Survivors include a daughter, Debby Hester and husband Greg, Sugar Land, Texas; two sons, Johnny Rice and wife Wanda, Black Rock, and Joey Rice, Pocahontas; four sisters, Betty Monehan and Ruby Putt, both of Jonesboro, and Jane Barton and Wanda Ragsdale, both of Black Rock; four brothers, Joe Pickney, James Pickney, Harry Pickney and Carl Faught, all of Black Rock; five grandchildren, Matthew Hester, Andrea Montalbano, Jonathan Rice, Steve Wineland and Justin Brandon; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Whittaker Cemetery with Bro. Wayne Bryant officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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


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Henry A. Tucker Jr.

Henry A. Tucker Jr., 70, of Hoxie, died Oct. 9, 2015, at his home.

Born April 25, 1945, in Clover Bend, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a machinist at Frolic Footwear for many years and was a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Matthew Wade Tucker; infant twins, Kevin and Kerry Tucker; his parents, Henry and Larkin Oliphant Tucker.

Survivors include his wife, Roydell Wade Tucker, whom he married July 17, 1965; a daughter, Renee Tucker (Jason Price), Hoxie; a brother, Jerry Tucker (Fran), Portia; a sister, Barbara Wilkinson, Walnut Ridge; and a granddaughter, Lauren Garner.

A celebration of his life was held Monday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Robert Davis and Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Sonny Bilbrey, Jason Bullard, Jackie Cude, Russell Dunham, Ron Jones and Jim Vinson. Honorary pallbearers were Gene Cook, Jim Smith and Larry King.

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

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