November 25, 2015 Edition

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Avery Jae Joslin Paisley Partain


Dobbs ~ Masterson Kessler ~ Emery


Ricky Bagwell Edward Lee Brandon Leroy Clem
John Paul Jones Jimmy Oliver Michael Dan Poindexter


Avery Jae Joslin

Jaylane and Courtney Joslin of Alicia have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Nov. 17, 2015, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Avery Jae Joslin.

Grandparents are Shawn and Tabatha Newman and April Greenway, all of Walnut Ridge, and Evie Shreeman of Harmon.

Great-grandparents are Tersea and Neal Necaise of Walnut Ridge and Pat and Dan Oswald of Jonesboro.

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Paisley Kathleen Rain Partain

Rocky and Katie Partain of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born Nov. 13, 2015, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Paisley Kathleen Rain Partain. She has two siblings, Cayden Anderson and Ali-Mae Partain.

Grandparents are Roger and Kelsey Shideler of Cloverdale, Calif., and Ralph and Darlene Warren of Jonesboro.

Great-grandparents are Arthur Roach of Walnut Ridge and Ray Fogleman of Sana Rosa, Calif.

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Dobbs ~ Masterson

Larry Dobbs of Hoxie and Darlene Dobbs of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sarah Melissa Dobbs, to Jordan Lucas Masterson, son of Jay and Pauletta Masterson of Kennett, Mo.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ray Jr. and Nova Sue Dobbs of Hoxie and the late Gent and Bertha Brewer.

She is a 2003 graduate of Hoxie High School and attended Black River Technical College. Sarah is employed as deputy clerk at the Lawrence County Clerk's Office.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Johnie and Beth Masterson and Carl and Lela Brown, all of Kennett, Mo, Barbara Carr of Auburn Hills, Mich., Bill and Mary Fortner of Louisville, Ky., and Donna Solis of Dexter, Mo.

He graduated from Kennett Christian Academy in 2013 and Three Rivers Community College in 2015. He is a full-time student working on a bachelor's degree in social work.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. at Faith Tabernacle UPC in Hoxie. Pastor Ted Shields will be officiating the double-ring, semi-formal ceremony.

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Kessler ~ Emery

Chuck and Nancy Tacorda of Blytheville and David and Tammy Emery of Newport announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Elizabeth Kessler and Tyler Emery.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Williams Baptist College and is employed at Olive Garden in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is also a graduate of Williams Baptist College and is employed by Walmart in Walnut Ridge.

The wedding will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. at Alicia Baptist Church. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

All friends and relatives are invited.

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Ricky Bagwell

Ricky Joe Bagwell, 57, of Ash Flat, died Nov. 22, 2015, at White River Medical Center.

Born Nov. 16, 1958, in Walnut Ridge, he was a roofer, and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Bagwell.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Bagwell and wife Charla, Pollard; his mother, Ruthie Moore Bagwell; four brothers, Garry Bagwell and wife Karen, Ash Flat, Tommy Bagwell and wife Kathy, Ravenden, Terry Bagwell and wife Cindy, Ozark Acres, and Tim Bagwell and wife Rhonda, Highland; a sister, Teresa Nunnally and husband Nelson, Imboden; and a granddaughter, Aubree Bagwell.

Funeral is today (Wednesday) at 11:30 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

Pallbearers will be Nelson Nunnally, Kenny Tubbs, Kenny Moore, Cody Bagwell, Clay Bagwell and Matthew Bagwell.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

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Edward Lee Brandon

Edward Lee "Jack" Brandon, 86, a longtime resident of Caruthersville, Mo., died Nov. 20, 2015, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born July 23, 1929, in Hayti, Mo., he was the son of John Henry and Bessie Brandon. He served in the U.S. Army from 1948-1952, serving in the Korean War as a member of the 101st Airborne Division at Camp Breckinridge, Ky. He was a member of the Caruthersville VFW Post 4680.

He coached baseball and boxing, and became an umpire for high school and American Legion baseball.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Bryan Keith Brandon and Mark Anthony Brandon; a half-brother, B.F. "Hot" Rogers; and a half-sister, Ollie Malugen.

Survivors include a son, Rick Brandon and wife Susan, Caruthersville, Mo.; five grandchildren, Shelly Renee Brandon Mize, Tyler Allen Brandon, Bryan Keith Brandon Jr., Tiffany Renee Brandon and Brittany Michelle Pickens; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service with military honors will be held at Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Leroy Clem

Leroy Clem, 87, of Strawberry, died Nov. 22, 2015, in a Cave City Nursing Home.

Born Oct. 28, 1928, in Calamine, he was the son of Y.L. and Verna Clark Clem. He was a truck driver for 50 years before retiring, and was of the Assembly of God faith. He was a family man who enjoyed riding motorcycles, hunting and fishing. He was always ready to visit friends when they were sick. Always happy, he also liked going to the river, and enjoyed water skiing.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Mildred (Bennett) Clem of Strawberry; a daughter, Linda West, of Strawberry; two grandchildren, Michael West (Lynette), and Denna Wheeler (Kenny); four great-grandchildren, Brandon West (Brandi), Bryce West (Shawne), Jessica Crider (Payton), and Cody Wheeler; and one great-great-grandchild, Melody Crider.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Willie Clem, L.J. Clem; and two sisters, Lily Mae Crouch, and Ruby Tippitt.

Pallbearers will be Bryce West, Brandon West, Cody Wheeler, Rickey Clem, Kenny Bennett and Kerry Crouch. Honorary pallbearers are Cave City Nursing Home Staff, Kenny Wheeler, Larry Liles and Andy Liles.

Funeral is Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Roller-Crouch-McGee Chapel in Cave City with Bro. Curt Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Ward Cemetery in Strawberry under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Ward Cemetery Fund.

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John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones, 59, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 20, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 19, 1956, in Walnut Ridge, he was a member of First Baptist Church in Newport.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jolene Worlow Jones.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, John Max and Kathy Jones, Harrisburg; two stepsisters, Kelley McCoy and husband Barney, and Kasey Gehring and husband Zane; a niece, Lindley Gehring; a nephew, A.J. McCoy; and Worlow aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Tom Lamb officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Jeff Worlow, Randy Worlow, Mitch Worlow, Barney McCoy, A.J. McCoy and Zane Gehring. Honorary pallbearers were David Stewart, Steve Clark, uncle Bob Jones, uncles John, Glen, Jerry and David Worlow, aunt Tommie Jean Worlow, his nursing home family at Ridgecrest Nursing Center, and friends at the Jonesboro Human Development Center.

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Jimmy Oliver

Jimmy Oliver, 85, of Lynn, died Nov. 17, 2015, at Cave City.

Born Sept. 24, 1930, in Monette, he was the son of Auther Chester and Noma Dee Foley Oliver. He was a lifelong resident of Lynn and a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army and was a factory worker.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Miles A. Oliver and Billy Gene "Bill" Oliver; and a sister, Shirley Fan Oliver Dearman.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Dickison Oliver; two sons, Jimmy Steven Oliver and wife Debbie, and Ranny Don Oliver and wife Sharon; a daughter, Linda Marie Oliver Johnson and husband Scotty; three brothers, Glenn Oliver, Kenneth Oliver and Jerry Wayne Oliver; four sisters, Inez Williams, Mary Nunnaly, Patsy Barker and Barb Brannon; seven grandchildren, Brady Oliver, Kristi Hufstedler, Eric Oliver, Jennifer Ditto, Trey Highfield, Megan Jones and Natlye Johnson; and eight great-grandsons.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn with Phillip Lewallen and Jeff Neely officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Nathan Oliver, Malcolm Oliver, Mark Brannon, Brad Brannon, Dwight Brannon and Brett Broadway. Honorary pallbearers were Scotty Johnson, Brent Hufstedler, Jared Jones, Trey Highfield, Brady Oliver Eric Oliver, Reggie Oliver, Matt Barker, Ted Oliver, Buddy Williams, Dickie Williams, Richey Oliver, Art Dearman; great-grandsons, Brayden Wayne Oliver, Garrett Oliver, Brayden Cade Hufstedler, Kason Hufstedler, Tyler Ditto, Gus Jones, Wade Jones and Noah Jones.

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Michael Dan Poindexter

Michael Dan "Mike" Poindexter, 62, of Memphis died Nov. 20, 2015, at his home.

Born Jan. 4, 1953, in Lawrence County, he worked in sales and was of the Church of Christ belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Anna Lea Smith Poindexter; a brother and a sister, twins Jerry Dale and Debra Gail Poindexter.

Survivors include two sons, Ehren Poindexter and fiancé, Jennifer Holifield, Walnut Ridge, and Cameron Poindexter and wife Amy, Olive Branch, Miss.; two sisters, Theresa Brown and husband Bill, Walnut Ridge, and Sharon Bethany, West Memphis; and a grandson, Travis Poindexter.

Visitation was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. A memorial service followed directly after visitation. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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