October 21, 2015 Edition

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Births

Regner

Weddings

Doan ~ Luttrell

Obituaries

Albert Louis Allen Barbara Sue Crisler Hilda Jean Exum
Melvin Gene Griffey Jr. Calverine Hill Marion Burton Jones.
Judy Moore

Births

Jack Knox Regner

Kerry and Sarah Regner of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Oct. 15, 2015, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed four pounds, nine ounces and has been named Jack Knox Regner.

Grandparents are Brad and Cathy Lacy of Lock Haven, Penn., and Dale and Deb Regner of Darlington, Penn.

Great-grandparents are Delwin Regner of Verona, N.Y., and Evelyn Knox of Slippery Rock, Penn.

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Weddings

Doan ~ Luttrell

C.T. and Cona Doan of Pocahontas have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Melody Dawn Doan to John Adams Luttrell, son of the late Darrell and Dortheta Luttrell.

Friends and family are invited to the wedding on Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. at Old Davidsonville State Park, as well as the reception to follow.

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Obituaries

Albert Louis Allen

Albert Louis Allen, 78, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 18, 2015, at Randolph County Nursing Home in Pocahontas.

Born Feb. 18, 1937, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Clarence and Addie McGee Allen. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Waymon Allen and Tom Allen.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Menard Allen; a daughter, Kim Riggs and husband Randy, Jonesboro; three stepsons, Mike Gregory, Pocahontas, Rick Gregory and wife Diana, Little Rock, and Tim Gregory and wife Carrie, Dyersburg, Tenn.; two brothers, Clinton Allen and wife Geneva, Maynard, and Luther Allen and wife Joan, Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Wonetta Henson, Ravenden Springs, Onetta Tunstall, O’Kean, Estelene Sebourn, Kensett, and Evelene Ragsdale and husband Paul Ragsdale, Hoxie; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Graveside service is today at 2:30 at Lawrence Memorial Park with Josh Dement officiating. Fears Family Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Mike Gregory, Rick Gregory and Tim Gregory.

Visitation is today from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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Barbara Sue Crisler

Barbara Sue Crisler, 76, of Hoxie, passed away Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 29, 1939, in Cash, she was the daughter of Sisro Fargo and Mazie Cook Berry. She was a homemaker and was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Shirley Daniels; and three brothers, Bobby Berry, Gene Bryant and George Bryant.

Survivors include a daughter, Carrie Crisler, Hoxie; two sons, Jeff Crisler, Hoxie, and Ryan Crisler and wife Rachel, Houston; two sisters, Oneda Waddill and husband Gene, Edmond, Okla., and Lois Huskey and husband Claude, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Man Berry and wife Geri, Pocahontas; a half-brother, James Berry and wife Kathleen, Jonesboro; a grandson, Wesley Crisler and wife Trishon, Walnut Ridge; and a great-grandson, Bladyn Crisler, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Cash Baptist Church with Bro. Rick Mayland officiating. Burial will be in Cash Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Joey Daniels, Acea Swift, Orvis Swift, David Ponder, Drew Tillman and Payton Tillman. Honorary pallbearer will be Bladyn Crisler.

Visitation is Thursday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

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

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Hilda Jean Exum

Hilda Jean Kennemore Exum, 67, of Paragould, went to be with the Lord Monday, Oct. 19, 2015.

She was born, Oct. 20, 1947, at Light, to Darrell and Hazel Kennemore. Jean was a longtime member and song leader at Light Baptist Church. She taught English for 37 years at Stanford and Westside Schools. Jean loved being with her family and especially enjoyed all the precious moments she shared with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 43 years, Marvin Exum; and a sister, Ruthie Mae Kennemore.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and April Exum; a daughter and son-in-law, Ersula and Michael Bruner; a brother, Frank Kennemore; sisters, Golvie Light, Bonnie Beasley and Kay Coates; and grandchildren, Christian, Gracelyn and Cameron Bruner; and Jayden and Kaleb Exum.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home in Paragould.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at the Center Hill Chapel of Phillips Funeral Home with Courtney Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chad Coates, Ramey Lovan, Jarrod Coates, Derek Exum, Eric Isbill and C.W. Exum. The men of Light Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Light Baptist Church, 17525 Hwy. 412, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476 or the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

An online guestbook is available at www.phillipsfuneral.org.

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Melvin Gene Griffey Jr.

Melvin Gene Griffey Jr., 57, of Lynn, formerly of Jonesboro, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., Gene lived several years in Los Angeles, where he attended elementary school before moving to Jonesboro in 1970. He was a 1975 graduate of Jonesboro High School and attended Arkansas State University.

He was an independent insurance agent for 40 years and was the owner of Griffey Insurance Agency, LLC, of Jonesboro. Gene has been a resident of Lynn for 20 years. He loved living in Lynn and raising Black Angus cattle and driving black sports cars.

Gene was of the Baptist faith and was baptized in the early 1970s by his uncle, Byron Griffey. He received numerous top insurance sales and production awards, including Arkansas Agent of the Year by Equity Insurance. Gene was a 35-year member of Independent Insurance Agencies Association and was a past member of the Greater Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce.

Gene was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Gene Griffey Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Tammy Durham Griffey; his mother, Mary Griffey, Jonesboro; a brother, Barry Griffey and wife Kim, Fayetteville; a sister, Debbie Griffey, Dallas; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Max and Regina Durham, Lynn.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Smithville Cemetery with Rev. Doug Welborn officiating. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Nelson Oakley, Dan Purnell, John Stump, Charlie Harris, Waylon Deen and Sam Barnett. Honorary pallbearers were Lon Bateman, Millis Griffey, Byron Griffey and Mark Griffey.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Ron Blachly, Dr. Carroll Scroggins and the staff of Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care, as well as Dr. Bruce Jones and the professional staff of the fifth floor at NEA Baptist Medical Center.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 400 East St., Jonesboro, AR 72401; or NEA Baptist Clinic Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care, 4808 E. Johnson Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Calverine Hill

Calverine Hill, 84, of Imboden, died Oct. 12, 2015, at her home.

Born March 28, 1931, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Calvin and Anna Lourine Smith McLaughlin. She was a member of the Imboden First Assembly of God Church, where she had taught adult, youth and children’s Sunday school classes during her lifetime. She actively participated in nursing home ministries.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvil Eugene Hill, whom she married May 7, 1948, near Powhatan; a sister, Marion Frances McLaughlin; and a great-granddaughter, Alyssa Dawn Marlow.

Survivors include a son, Marvil Hill Jr. and wife Martha, North Little Rock; three daughters, Carol Chatman and husband Truman, Doniphan, Mo., Melissa Dickson and husband Ray, Imboden, and Becky Toland and husband Ray, Nevada, Mo.; two sisters; a brother; nine grandchildren, Pam Dial, Sam Hill, Terry Dickson, Michael Dickson, Karen Marlow, Joe Hill, Chris Toland, Tim Chatman and Matthew Toland; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at the Imboden Assembly of God Church with Michael Bradley and Ricky Hawkins officiating. Burial was in Oak Forrest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Imboden Assembly of God Church building fund or Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

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

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Marion Burton Jones

Marion Burton "Burt" Jones, 91, of Lynn, died Oct. 19, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 24, 1924, in Formosa, Ark., he was the son of James Lucas and Annis Needham Jones. He was a lifelong resident of Lynn and was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a sawmill operator and truck driver, and was a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Bobbie Hanson, Florene Graham, Doris Williams and Lela Jones; and a brother, Chesley Jones.

Survivors include a nephew, Corky Hunter and wife Geniave, Lynn; and three nieces, Martha Jean Durham, Lynn, Carol Hanson, Conway, and Jan Williams, Colorado.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn with John Durham officiating. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation is Friday, one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Corky Hunter, Rick Hunter, Jordan Hunter, David Durham, John Durham and Andy Durham. Honorary pallbearers will be Cameron Durham, Tyson Durham, Tanner Durham, Eli Roest and Judsyn Hunter.

Memorials may be made to Dry Creek Cemetery, in care of Sherry Glenn, P.O. Box 337, Lynn, AR 72440.

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

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Judy Moore

July 17, 1936 - February 12, 2014

The children and grandchildren of Judy Moore will be in Walnut Ridge this weekend, memorializing and celebrating her amazing life.

As Judy wished, she has traveled the country and visited incredible places with us since her passing in 2014, and now it is time to provide her with a final resting place, between her beloved parents in Walnut Ridge.

Her family welcomes you to stop by and join in celebrating a life well lived at one of her favorite places, the Polar Freeze, between 2-4 p.m. on Saturday. They look forward to seeing everyone and sharing amazing stories about Judy.

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