November 04, 2015 Edition

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Elsie M. Bristow Eldo Denton James Lee Melton
Helen Potter Iwanda E. Stone Freddie Lavern Williams


Elsie M. Bristow

Elsie M. Bristow, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 31, 2015, in Walnut Ridge.

Born March 1, 1926, in Denton, she was the daughter of William T. and Lizzie White Bennett. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a homemaker and was of the Methodist belief.

She was preceded in death by a brother; two sisters; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Dulaney, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Ruby Powers, Hoxie; and a brother, Willie Bennett, Hoxie.

Private burial was under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Eldo Denton

Eldo Denton, 79, of Saltillo, Miss., was called home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ early Wednesday morning on Oct. 28, 2015.

Born outside of O'Kean, Eldo lived there most of his life on the family farm.

Eldo is survived by his wife of 50 years, Shirley Denton; a son, Jerry Wayne (Candy) Denton, a son, Darrell (Ashley) Denton; a daughter, Tammy Hutzler; a sister, Rita Denton; a brother, Chester (Jean) Denton, eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Eldo was a loving Christian husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to all. He loved studying the Bible and spreading the good news of God's promises. He served God with all his heart and soul, and put his faith in Him until the very end.

Eldo was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Denton, and mother, Naomi (Connelly) Denton.

Graveside service was Sunday at 3 p.m. at Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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James Lee Melton

James Lee Melton, 79, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 29, 2015, at his home.

Born July 29, 1936, at Cord, he was the son of Lee and Agnes Bradley Melton. He was a longtime resident of Jonesboro and was of the Baptist belief. He served in the U.S. Army and was a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Sue Brady Melton; two brothers, Pete Melton and J.D. Melton; and a sister, Norma Jean Hackworth.

Survivors include three sons, Kevin Melton and wife Patty, Brian Melton and wife Libby, and Barry Melton and wife Janet; three sisters, Berline Steward, Willine Erwin and Masine Russell; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Keith Marlin officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Scott Luther, Danny Melton, Gary Melton, Greg Brady, Jeff Brady and Terry Rogers.

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Helen Potter

Helen Lee Foster Potter, 81, of Minturn, died Oct. 30, 2015, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Dec. 12, 1933, in Dell, she was the daughter of Josh and Gertie Lowe Foster. She was a longtime resident of Tupelo, Miss., and moved to Minturn eight years ago. She had been a factory worker most of her life and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Potter; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Parten, Port Arthur, Texas, and Adam Potter, Hoxie; a daughter, Carolyn Davis, Tupelo, Miss.; two sisters, Glenda Johnson, Minturn, and Wanda Turney, Siloam Springs; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rick Hart officiating. Private burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Iwanda E. Stone

Iwanda E. Stone, 80, of Trumann, formerly of Rockford, Ill., joined the love of her life in Paradise on Nov. 1, 2015.

She was born on Oct. 9, 1935, in Smithville to Clifford and Mabel (Brown) Perkins. She married Joseph Stone on Sept. 6, 1952. They made their home in Rockford for 61 years, developing countless deep friendships.

Wanda was a natural nurturer and servant to many, but especially to her only daughter, Darla, and husband Jim Kellett. Additionally, her greatest pride and joy were her grandchildren, Abby Kellett of Little Rock, and Keenan (Lauren) of Searcy. To be near their children, grandchildren, her sister Reva Dee Green, and other family and friends, Wanda moved back to Arkansas with Joe, settling in Trumann in May 2014. They continued to spend time at the place they loved most – the family farm in Smithville – as well.

She was a longtime member of the North Park Church of Christ in Machesney Park, Ill. She had an especially tender heart toward those in need, prompting her to give generously from her talents, not the least of which was from her kitchen. She loved the Lord with all her heart as well as all those with whom she served and worshipped. Additionally, she was just beginning to enjoy those kinds of friendship at the Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro.

Wanda was passionate about Rockford Christian Camp and what it means to the spiritual development of young and old alike. She devoted many laborious hours of service in the RCC kitchen. She is known for her Wanda Rolls and Apple Butter by all those who passed through her mess hall.

Wanda was preceded in death by her grandparents, George and Lula Perkins; her parents, Mabel and Clifford Perkins; her stepmother, Vida Guthrie Perkins; brothers, Curtis and Kenneth Perkins; and a sister, Imogene Perkins.

Consistent with God's plan, Wanda leaves a legacy of a life devoted to Her Savior, her husband of 63 years, her family and friends, as well as, the many children and grandchildren she "adopted" over the years to love like they were her own.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m., with visitation from 10-11 a.m. that same day at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be at Townsend Cemetery in Smithville.

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

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Freddie Lavern Williams

Freddie Lavern Williams, also known as "Fred the Barber" and "Twister," 68, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 27, 2015, at his home.

Born Oct. 27, 1947, in Walnut Ridge, he was a barber in Jonesboro and West Memphis since 1967, and was of the Pentecostal belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vern Williams; a sister, Marsha Goodman; and a niece, Tiffany Nicole Goodman.

Survivors include a daughter, Michelle Segraves and husband Bobby, Walnut Ridge; a stepson, Earl Ray Hamby, Sedgwick; his mother, Elsie Hoggard Williams Capps, Kansas; a brother, Robb Capps, Fort Meyers, Fla.; two sisters, Berta Morgan and husband Frank, Southhaven, Miss., and Sheila Rowley and husband Wayne, Kansas; a brother-in-law, Vondas "Butch" Goodman, Jonesboro; and two grandchildren, Kyle Austin Smith and Morgan Paige Smith.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Bro. Ted Shields officiating.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter, 107 Benson Drive, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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