November 11, 2015 Edition

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Simpkins ~ Curtner


James Stanley Gray Naomi Mae Marlin Phyllis Newton
Clyde Richey


Simpkins ~ Curtner

John and Laura Simpkins of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Autumn Nicole Simpkins, to Weston Lee Curtner, son of Barry and Karen Curtner of Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. at Valley View Church of Christ.

All family and friends are invited to attend the wedding and reception, which will follow at the church.

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James Stanley Gray

James Stanley Gray, 88, of Jonesboro, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

James had lived in Jonesboro for over 61 years, after moving here from Imboden. He was a member of the Walnut Street Baptist Church since 1954. He loved his church and his Sunday school class, and was very active in leading souls to Christ. He taught Sunday school for more than 25 years.

James graduated from Lynn High School in 1945. He then attended Arkansas State College and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

James was drafted to his country's service in 1950, during the Korean War. He received the Korean service Medal, one Bronze Campaign Star, the Japan Occ Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and a Purple Heart. He did his basic training in Fort Chaffee and his advanced training at Fort Sill, Okla.

He returned from his Korean duty back to the United States in 1952 and joined the Army Reserve. After 14 years in the Army Reserve, he went to work for the U.S. Post Office. He had a distinguished career with the Post Office and retired in 1989. After his retirement, he continued to work as a surveyor at the Civilogic Company in Jonesboro and retired in his early 80s.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ida Mae Stokes Gray; sons, James Gray Jr. of Dallas, David Gray of Jonesboro, and Todd Gray of Little Rock; daughter, Janie Gray Yielding (Butch) of Jonesboro; sister, Wyleen Crider of Little Rock; and a grandson, Joshua Bryant Yielding of Jonesboro; a host of family, friends; and his faithful black lab, D-Day.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro with Dr. Glen Putnam, Curtis Shatley and Jerry Parker officiating. Emerson Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Todd Gray, Josh Weeist, Danny Burns, Joe Pierce, Grey Falanga, Josh Yielding and Charles Harlan. Honorary pallbearers were the members of his Sunday school Class, Fishers of Men.

Memorials may be made to Walnut Street Baptist Church, 1817 Scenic Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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Naomi Mae Marlin

Naomi Mae Marlin, 85, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 8, 2015, at the Craighead County Nursing Center.

Born June 14, 1930, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of William "Willie" and Muncie Smith. She was a member of Walnut Street Baptist Church, where she was a member of the choir.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Ray Marlin; a daughter, Belinda Kay Moore; and two sisters, Imagene Marlin and Anna Lois Wilson.

Survivors include a son, Ken Marlin and wife Renee, Atlanta; two daughters, Debbie Lavender and husband Paul, Nova Scotia, and Sheila Wyatt and husband Stephen, Atlanta; a brother, Darrell Smith and wife Maxine; 10 grandchildren, Matthew Moore, Dean Moore, Ben Moore, Paula Ehmann, Samuel Lavender, Andrew Lavender, Andrea Pendley, Nick Marlin, Rachel Floyd and Eric Wyatt; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Dr. Glen Putnam officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Phyllis Newton

Phyllis Newton, 72, of Little Rock, died Nov. 9, 2015.

Born Nov. 16, 1942, she was of the Methodist faith.

She obtained an associate degree from Iowa Wesleyan College, and worked as a photo editor for Follett Publishing Company in Chicago for 14 years. She then worked for the Student Loan Guarantee Foundation in Little Rock for 27 years.

She was also an active volunteer for the Humane Society of Pulaski County for many years, and had served on the board of directors for the past 16 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Reid and Opal "Happy" Rainwater Newton, who were former residents of Lawrence County.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Pulaski County, 14600 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, AR 72210.

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Clyde Richey

Rodney Gale "Clyde" Richey, 67, of Paragould, died Nov. 7, 2015.

Born March 20, 1948, he was a co-owner of Hart Steel Company and a member of East Side Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Faye Richey; four brothers, Leroy, Charles, Bud and Eugene; a brother-in-law, Rodney Hawley; a sister-in-law, Cathy Richey; and a niece, Heidi Renee Richey.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Brenda Richey; three brothers, Carl Richey and wife Betsy, Roger Richey and wife Vickie, and Gary Richey and wife Vicki; four sisters, Irene Hawley, Martha Kamarat and husband Frank, Mada Barrett and husband Richard, and Brenda Sue Jordan and husband Kenny; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Anna and Jerry Greene; three sisters-in-law, Dixie Richey, Phyllis Richey and Kay Richey; 25 nieces and nephews; and 47 great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Packy Magel and Carl Richey officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to East Side Baptist Church, St. Bernards Hospice or a Christian charity of the donor's choice.

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