December 16, 2015 Edition

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Floy E. Crapo Ann Sharon Fultner Freddie "Mac" Hager
Audrey Dianna Hall Hal E. Hallmark Mac Justus
Coy E. Mitchell Leona Pecoraro Vivian Evelyn Smith
Bernice Waddell Nova Gene Yates


Floy E. Crapo

Floy E. Crapo, 81, of Saint Peters, Mo., died Dec. 12, 2015.

Born Nov. 3, 1934, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Homer and Estalla Lacefield. She was a 1952 graduate of Clover Bend High School.

She was preceded in death by a son, Paul Crapo; and two brothers, Lee Lacefield and Herman Lacefield; and a sister, Derotha Hutsell.

Survivors include her husband, Dewey Crapo; three sons, Kevin Crapo and wife Marci, Dewey Crepeau Jr. and wife Susan, and Tim Crapo; two sisters, Zola Beary, Hoxie, and Nova Lacefield, Birmingham, Ala.; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Baue Funeral Home in St. Charles, Mo.

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Ann Sharon Fultner

Ann Sharon Fultner, 71, of Conway, died Dec. 14, 2015, at the Conway Human Development Center.

Born Aug. 25, 1944, she was the daughter of Ervin Oval and Virgie Jones Fultner. She was of the Methodist belief.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Charlene English.

Survivors include a brother, Bud Fultner, Broken Arrow, Okla.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home.

Funeral is Friday at 10:30 a.m. with Dr. Rockey Starnes officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery at Pocahontas.

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Freddie "Mac" Hager

Freddie "Mac" Hager, 69, of Mabelvale, died Dec. 8, 2015.

Born Sept. 8, 1946, in Hoxie, he graduated from Hoxie High School in 1966. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Parolee Hager; and two brothers, Jim Hager and Louie Charles "L.C." Hager.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Wanda Ashley Hager, whom he married Aug. 8, 1975; a daughter, Anita Hensley and husband Jeremy, MabeLvale; a sister, Sue Gibson, Walnut Ridge; three brothers, Terry Hager and wife JoAnn, Cabot, Tom Hager and wife Lessie, Searcy, and Donny Joe Hager, Walnut Ridge; and two grandchildren, Josh Brown and Justin Brown.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant with pastor George Yarberry officiating.

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Audrey Dianna Hall

Audrey Dianna Hall, 61, of Pocahontas, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 15, 1954, in Stevens Point, Wis., she was the daughter of Clarence and Dolores Peffer Prondzinski.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Eric Prondzinski; and two sisters, Arlene Beyer and Christine Palbrach.

Survivors include a son, Lee Prondzinski and wife Laura, Jonesboro; two daughters, April Anderson and husband Jeffrey, Pocahontas, and Kristie Rodgers and husband Cecil, Missouri; a brother, Duane Prondzinski and wife Judy, Wisconsin; two sisters, Joanna Taylor and husband Mark, Wisconsin, and Linda Smith and husband Gary, Walnut Ridge; nine grandchildren, Cassandra Stacy, Leslie Stacy, Monica Jones, Amber Jones, Mckayla Sorg, Claire Prondzinski, Emma Prondzinski, Chloe Prondzinski and Caden Prondzinski; and a special family friend, Paula Lewis.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Lanny Tinker officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery near Sedgwick.

Pallbearers were Nick Wallis, James Tinker, Anthony Smith, Todd Palbrach, Jake Palbrach, Kevin Beyer and Tommy Bailey. Honorary pallbearers were Rick Turner and Chris Winebaugh.

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Hal E. Hallmark

Hal E. Hallmark, 72, of Cash, passed away Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at his home.

He lived most of his life in Cash and worked for Craighead County for 20 years. He worked as Deputy Sheriff under Floyd Johnson. During that time he received several accommodations, including Police Officer of the Year. He also worked with prisoners under Jerry Suiter and Jack McCann.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Onita Burnside Hallmark; two brothers, Dwayne Hallmark and Leland Hallmark; and two sisters, Melba Gooch and Theresa Barr.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ruth Hallmark; two daughters, Michele Sloan and husband Patrick, Black Rock, and Janet Carroll, Jonesboro; two brothers, Ernest Hallmark and wife Linda, Jonesboro, and David Hallmark and wife Sheri, Pocahontas; and four grandchildren, Christopher Sloan, Aaron Carroll, Bridget Sloan and Brandon Sloan.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Danny Collins officiating. Burial will be in Worley Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Sloan, Christopher Sloan, Brandon Sloan, Gary Stevens, Chris Riggs and Glen Hamrick. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack McCann, Rick Thomas, H.C. Todd, Jim Pate, Bruce Primm, Donnie Davis, Wayne Masterson, Bill Dunkin and Wayne Gibson.

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Mac Justus

Mac Justus, 72, of Hot Springs, died Dec. 10, 2015.

Born Jan. 15, 1943, in Batesville, he was a 1961 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, where he was a star athlete. He was also a member of the Walnut Ridge American Legion baseball team, coached by W.R. Glenn, that won the 1961 state championship.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and was an insurance agent for Allstate for many years. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge #380 and Hot Springs Country Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Yancy Matthews Justus and Mandy Della Winters Justus; and a sister, Freeda Clark.

Survivors include a daughter, Stacy Hatfield and husband Kyle, Little Rock; a brother, Dale Justus, Hot Springs; three grandchildren, Grace Kathryn Hatfield, Hank Ryan Hatfield and Ava Claire Hatfield, all of Little Rock; and four nephews, Jay Justus and wife Dolores, Hot Springs, Preston Clark and wife Janet and Mark Clark and wife Terry, all of Imboden; and Joe Justus and wife Ann, Grenada, Miss.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Davis-Smith Funeral Home in Hot Springs with Jay Justus officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Hot Springs Boys and Girls Club, 109 West Belding Street, Hot Springs, AR 71901.

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Coy E. Mitchell

Coy E. Mitchell, 81, of Pocahontas, died Dec. 12, 2015, at his home.

Born Sept. 9, 1934, in Noland, he was the son of Olla and Reva Aubuchon Mitchell. He was a member of the Imboden Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Ross, Dorothy Gunter and Bernice Byington; two granddaughters, Heather Dawn Hart and Adriana; a grandson, Jeremy Vaniel Hart; and a son-in-law, Jearold DuBois.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Marie Gunter Mitchell; a son, Larry Mitchell and wife Vickie; three daughters, Janit Hart and husband Ronnie, Debbie DuBois, and Karin Ward and husband Randy; a brother, Everett Mitchell and wife Barbara; and 10 grandchildren, Tracy Miesner, Jamie Reed, Keith Davis, Rebecca Newell, Carla Mitchell, Christopher Hart, Jason DuBois, Christine Naylor, Corey Ward and Codey Ward.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Herring officiating. Burial will be in Chesser Cemetery.

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Leona Pecoraro

Leona Owca Pecoraro, 82, of Imboden, died Dec. 11, 2015, at Imboden.

Born Dec. 14, 1932, in Illinois, she was the daughter of Stanley and Marie Witow Owca. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, the EHC and Friends of Imboden Library. She wrote a book of poetry titled "My Life in Verse." She retired from IGA in Pocahontas, where she was a cashier for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph T. Pecoraro; a sister, Jeanette Pecoraro; and a brother, Patrick Owca.

Survivors include two sons, F. David Pecoraro, Paragould, and Tim Pecoraro, Ravenden; a sister, Rita Cross, Illinois; a sister-in-law, Gen Panko; and two grandchildren, Jillian Pecoraro and Callan Pecoraro.

Visitation is tonight from 5-7 at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. A rosary will follow at 7 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church with Father Athanasius Okeiyi officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Bernards Hospital or the Paragould Children's Home.

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Vivian Evelyn Smith

Vivian Evelyn Smith, 93, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Dec. 2, 2015, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born July 9, 1922, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Jesse and Deve Bell Moore. She was a seamstress and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Smith, whom she married Oct. 5, 1940; a son, Dwight Smith; a daughter, Linda Richey; and two brothers, J.W. Moore and Earl Moore.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Fullen, Paragould, and Tammy Oliver, Cabot; a son-in-law, Cloyce Richey, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren, Mark Richey and wife Karen, Brent Richey, Britney Maxwell and husband Brian, Chad Holder, Eric Holder and Briana Griffin; four great-grandchildren, Wilson Richey, Miranda Richey, Logan Richey and Brady Maxwell; a great-great-grandchild, Braxton Green; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Joel McMasters officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Cloyce Richey, Chad Holder, Eric Holder, Brian Maxwell, Tim Richey and Danny Andrews.

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Bernice Waddell

Exie "Bernice" Benson Waddell, 84, of Mason, Tenn., died Dec. 8, 2015, at the National HealthCare Center in Somerville, Tenn.

Born April 2, 1931, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Cicero William Montgomery Benson and Jessie Henson Benson. She received her education in the Lawrence County Public School System and was a graduate of WRHS. She was a former vice president of the William B. Tanner Company and Media Services, Inc. She was the former owner of Waddell Feed and Seed, and Waddell Grainery, both in Mason, Tenn. She was a member of the Braden United Methodist Church in Mason.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cullen Lee Waddell Sr., on May 29, 2011, whom she married July 9, 1949; a sister, Emily Dawson; a brother, John Benson; and a grandson, Cullen Lee "Trey" Waddell III.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah W. Austill and husband Bob, Covington, Tenn., and Janet W. Wilburn, Somerset, Tenn.; three sons, Cullen Lee Waddell Jr. and wife Kathy, Somerville, Tenn., Joe B. Waddell and wife Denise, Mason, Tenn., and Michael Waddell and wife Gwen, Oakland, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Kim Hart, John Golightly, Jason Golightly, Sharon Nowak, Michael Waddell, Scott Waddell, Kara Tapp, Justin West and Ben Waddell; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Peebles West Funeral Chapel in Oakland, Tenn. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery at Mason, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to the Braden United Methodist Church, 230 Highway 59, Mason, TN 38049.

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Nova Gene Yates

Nova Gene Yates, 69, of Bossier City, La., died Dec. 8, 2015.

Born April 22, 1946, in Batesville, she had formerly lived in Saffell and was a graduate of Strawberry High School. She retired from Pilgrim Manor Guest Care Center after 21 years of full-time and six years of part-time service. She was a member of the VFW Post #5951 Ladies Auxiliary, where she was the originator of the "Red Hat Hussies" and was the Queen Mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Rachael Sanders; and a stepson, Larry Yates.

Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Robert D. "Bob" Yates; a son, Douglas Nolan and wife Milaine; two daughters, Kathryn Little and husband Robert, and Janette Molloy and husband Sean; a stepdaughter, Janice Zirkle and husband Duke; a sister, Modine Melton and husband Delbert, Saffell; and six grandchildren, Ashlie Lindsey, Lori Dunham, Sarah Molloy, Abigail Molloy, Christina Molloy and Douglas Junior "D.J." Nolan.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Boone Funeral Home in Bossier City with Rev. Keith Adcock officiating.

Memorials may be made to The Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home, 3130 Arthur Ray Teague Pkwy., Bossier City, LA 71112.

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