October 28, 2015 Edition

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Norman Weston Oglesby


Winnie Geraline Brannen Michael Harley Burks Sadie Medlock
Olen Parrish Ezra Pierce Owen William Sharp
Birteen Walker Frances E. Workman


Norman Weston Oglesby

Wesley and Amber Oglesby of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born Oct. 23, 2015, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Norman Weston Oglesby. He has an older sister, Shelby, 14.

Grandparents are James and Teresa Hooper and Rita Luther, all of Walnut Ridge, and Scott and Pam Hancock of Maynard.

Great Grandparents are James and Nova Scott and Don Causey, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Winnie Geraline Brannen

Winnie Geraline Brannen, 82, of Trumann, died Oct. 22, 2015, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born May 21, 1933, in Swifton, she was the daughter of Herman and Winnie Prewitt Johnson. She was a cafeteria worker and sales clerk for most of her life, and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Estle Brannen, in 2013, whom she married July 24, 1948; a brother, Charles Johnson; a sister, Marjorie Harrel; and a grandson, Justin Brannen.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Brannen and wife Barbara, and Steve Brannen and wife Freda, all of Jonesboro; a daughter, Paula Byard and husband Clint, Trumann; a brother, L.D. Johnson, Jonesboro; two sisters, Judy James, Wynne, and Debbie Cline, Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Stephen Brannen, Brad Brannen, Lori Brannen, Candice Gragg and Joshua Byard; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with James King officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery at Bono.

Pallbearers were Josh Byard, Marcus Gragg, Randy Harral, Carl Johnson, Stephen Brannen, Brad Brannen, Justin Brannen and Cole Brannen.

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

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Michael Harley Burks

Michael Harley Burks, 60, of Cave City, died Oct. 23, 2015, at his home.

Born Jan. 5, 1955, in Walnut Ridge, he served in the U.S. Army from 1974-1977.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tina Burks; his parents, James Emit and Minnie Anderson Burks; and a brother, James Duckworth.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Bradley, Cave City; five sons, Robert Burks, James Burks and Anthony Burks, all of Batesville, Michael Burks, Lynn, and Timothy Burks, Cave City; two sisters, Shirley Helms, Lynn, and Stella Cope, St. Louis; and four brothers, Warren Burks and Charles Burks, both of Walnut Ridge, Bob Burks, Lynn, and J.C. Burks, Cave City.

A private service was held Sunday at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Kelly Cemetery.

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

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Sadie Medlock

Mercedes "Sadie" Medlock, 18, of Poughkeepsie, died Oct. 21, 2015, at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Born July 28, 1997, in Searcy, she was a 2014 graduate of Cave City High School and currently a cosmetology student at UACCB in Batesville. She was Miss Teen Arkansas in 2014, and Arkansas Children's Hospital Ambassador in 2010.

She was preceded in death by a grandfather, Carl Shaver.

Survivors include her parents, Ken and Shelly Medlock, Poughkeepsie; and her grandparents, Mike and Vickie Medlock, Poughkeepsie, and Brenda Shaver and Joe Uecker, Lake Jackson, Texas, and Cheryl Shaver, Melbourne.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City with Bros. Lance Hames and Bill Sagely officiating. Burial was in Spotts Cemetery at Poughkeepsie under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Lane Medlock, Matthew Melton, Garrett Haley, Justin Conway, Paul Shaver and Jimmy McCracken. Honorary pallbearers were Brody Medlock, Ed Smith and Richard Battles.

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

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Olen Parrish

Olen Parrish, 85, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 18, 2015, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.

Born Nov. 9, 1929, in Black Rock, he was the son of Walter Thomas and Zillah Smith Parrish. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Brenda King and Cathy McCarty; five brothers, Hubert Parrish, Malvin Parrish, Wilburn Parrish, Troy Parrish and Neil Parrish; and five sisters, Gladys Parrish, Wanda Adams, Ruth Parrish, Alleta McMullen and Louise Smith.

Survivors include a son, Gregory Parrish and wife Debra, Jonesboro; three brothers, Fred Parrish and wife Maureen, Lowell Parrish and wife Pat, and Gerald Parrish and wife Rose, all of Rockford, Ill.; a sister, Mary Parrish, Rockford, Ill.; four grandchildren, Chad Parrish, Courtney Dupuy, Jimmy King and Michael King; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Gerald Fears officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were Chad Parrish, Michael King, Jimmy King, Trey Dupuy, Mark King and Paul Parrish.

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

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Ezra Pierce

Ezra Maxey Pierce, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 21, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 31, 1944, he was a retired owner/operator truck driver. He served as a police officer for over 20 years, and served as constable of the Promised Land township in Lawrence County. During his time as constable, he was appointed Chief of Police of Sedgwick, where he served until his retirement. He was a member of Sedgwick Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dewell Pierce.

Survivors include his wife, Tommie Darlene Ward Pierce, whom he married Feb. 28, 1964; two sons, Dewayne Pierce and wife Brenda, Marshall, and Michael Pierce and wife Mary, Fountain Hills, Ariz.; his mother, Hazel Gosser Pierce, Smithville; a sister, Ruby Jean Haynes, Smithville; seven grandchildren, Corey Pierce, Taylor Pierce, Megan Brooks, Joshua Pierce, Wendy Passmore, Paul McKenna and Mark McKenna; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at noon at Sedgwick Baptist Church with Tom Lamb officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Joshua Pierce, Taylor Pierce, Dennis Holder, Corey Pierce, Jack Ward and Jeff Worlow. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Davenport, Terry Ward, Jerry Ward, Jerry Rothie, Charles (Bud) Manis, Dr. Amit Sapre, Johnny Giannio, Judge Larry Hayes-retired, Eugene Reithemeyer, Doug Baltz, Rodney Manis, Tyler Brooks, Glen Worlow, Hunter Passmore, Arkansas Constables, Stone County Sheriff's Office, and extended family and friends.

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

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Owen William Sharp

Owen William Sharp, 68, of Smithville, died Oct. 24, 2015, at his home.

Born April 28, 1947, at Eaton, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a carpenter. He also worked for Con-Agra in Batesville for 25 years and was a member of Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Loverre Ward Sharp; and four sisters, Olene Rogers, Doris Frazier, Pauline Bauch and Lorene Bowline.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Mary Sharp; a daughter, Lori Highfield, Smithville; three sisters, Opal Lee, Strawberry, Willene Powers, Jonesboro, and Charlene Burton, Pangburn; and three grandchildren, Christin Brown, Erica Highfield and Emily Highfield; and a great-grandchild, Zoey Brown.

Graveside service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery, near Eaton, with Bro. Don Winfrey officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Birteen Walker

Birteen Walker, 87, of Strawberry, died Oct. 23, 2015, at a Batesville hospital.

Born Dec. 19, 1927, she was the daughter of Elvin and Virgie Foster Milligan. She was a homemaker and was retired from General Tire in Batesville. She was a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Paul Walker and Bernard Robins; a daughter, Evelyn Gail Brannon; a brother, Mitchell Milligan; and a sister, Avalene Taylor.

Survivors include a son, William Dale Walker, Strawberry; a brother, Fred Dale Milligan, Newark; a sister, Mary Aldene Wilson, Fort Worth, Texas; five grandchildren, Jennifer Wright, Christie Nunnally, Alan Brannon, Ashley Boyer and Andrea Walker; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Tommie Boles officiating. Burial was in Penn Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Vince Wright, Alan Brannon, Kevin Nunnally, Roy Boyer, Danny Walker, Drake Brannon and Zavian Brumley.

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Frances E. Workman

Frances E. "Francie" Workman, 65, of Jonesboro, passed away Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, following an extended illness.

Born in Elijah, Mo., Francie lived in Hoxie before moving to Jonesboro in 1972. She earned Associate degrees at Crowley's Ridge College and Harding University, and Bachelor and Master Degrees from Arkansas State University. She began teaching in the fall of 1971 and retired in 2006.

Francie was a member of Greensboro Road Church of Christ, where she was a Sunday school teacher. She married Bill Workman in 1972, and they were married 42 years until his death last year. Francie enjoyed reading, making wreaths for others, crocheting, making jewelry and singing.

In addition to her husband, Francie was preceded in death by her parents, Orves L. and Norma Elizabeth Pitcock Grisham.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Matt Cooper of Bono; her son and daughter-in-law, Clayton Lee and Emily Kee Workman of Belew's Creek, N.C.; a sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Douglas Massey of Batesville; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles N. and Nancy Grisham of Bradford; and three grandchildren, Gage Pipkin, Austin Workman and Jonah Workman; and special nieces and nephews.

Funeral is Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 at 3 p.m. in Emerson Memorial Chapel with Terry Joe Kee and Mark Brewer officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Church of Christ Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Dan Nichols, Randy Oden, Jody Picken, Jerry Dodson, Scottie Blanchard, Mark Wooten and Jason Garland. Honorary pallbearers include Marshall Lands, Steve Lands, Mike Felts, Kenneth Harp and Jeff Presley.

Visitation will be Thursday from 2-3 p.m., prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Greensboro Road Church of Christ Mission Fund, 2008 Old Greensboro Rd., Jonesboro, AR 72401; or Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 400 East St., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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


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