December 23, 2015 Edition

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Willow Cathern Eubanks


Lois Griffith George Richard Hinds William Bruce Johnson
Manual Eugene McGonigal Sheila Lee Price Belva Mae Slatton
Dr. John Thompson Jim Vance Rickey Scott Whitlow


Willow Cathern Eubanks

Elizabeth Beckert and Chelci Eubanks of Paragould have announced the birth of a daughter on Dec. 10, 2015, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center.

The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Willow Cathern Eubanks.

Grandparents are Michelle Eubanks and Sam Eubanks of Delaplaine and Tonia Rowland and Mike Rowland of Pocahontas.

She is the great-granddaughter of Junior and Cathern Eubanks of Peach Orchard.

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Lois Griffith

Lois Griffith, 61, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 16, 2015, in Jonesboro.

Born July 18, 1954, in Hawthorne, Nev., she graduated from Hawthorne High School and was a longtime resident of Lake City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas A. and Wanda Hance Cooper; and a son, Tommy Cooper.

Survivors include a brother, Mickey Cooper and wife Diane, Somerville, Tenn., two uncles, Kenneth Hance and wife Geri, Jacksonville; and Cleatis Hance and wife Hazel, Tennessee; an aunt, Joy Cooper Compton, Paragould; and several cousins, including, Nona Sue Hill and husband Wayne, Paragould.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everette Hart officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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George Richard Hinds

George Richard Hinds, 70, of Lexington, Ky., formerly of Jonesboro, died Dec. 11, 2015.

Born April 12, 1945, in Muncie, Ind., he was a decorated war hero, serving his country both overseas and at home in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Oma Hinds; an infant daughter, Michelle Hinds; and a sister, Minie Ellen Rogers.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Hinds; six brothers, John Hinds, Calico Rock, Van Hinds, Don James Elwyn Hinds and Gary Hinds, all of Jonesboro, David Hinds, Fayetteville, N.C., and Clif Hinds, Humboldt, Tenn.; and four sisters, Wanda Denison and Jackie Henry, both of Walnut Ridge, and Gwen Goad and Madeline Carter, both of Jonesboro.

Graveside service was Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Milward Funeral Directors of Lexington, Ky., had charge of arrangements.

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William Bruce Johnson

William Bruce "Bill" Johnson, 53, of Ward, died Dec. 18, 2015, in Little Rock.

Born Aug. 6, 1962, in St. Louis, he was the son of Susan Mason Johnson and the late Robert Bruce Johnson.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Clarissa Scharlott Johnson; his children, Michele Mareschal and Daniel Bruce Johnson and wife Whitney; his mother, Susan Johnson, Powhatan; and a grandson, Christian Mareschal.

Graveside service was Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home.

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Manual Eugene McGonigal

Manual Eugene McGonigal, 72, of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of Alicia, passed away Dec. 18, 2015, at his home.

Born Sept. 19, 1943, in Gatewood, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran of 20 years, retiring as a master sergeant. He was of the Church of Christ belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Rock McGonigal; and his parents, Fred and Bessie Clayton McGonigal.

Survivors include a daughter, Sheila Drinks and husband Robert, Rhone, Texas; a sister, Vona Bradley, Fort Worth, Texas; three grandchildren, Ambra Brant, Kolby Janzen and Corinne Janzen; and two great-grandchildren, Olive and Noah Brant.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery with Rob Combs officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Sheila Lee Price

Sheila Lee Price, 54, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Paragould, died Dec. 18, 2015, at her home.

She was a retired receiving clerk for Hays Supermarket and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence L. Cox; a brother, Ronnie Cox; and a sister, Patricia High.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Price; a daughter, Jamie Stowers and husband Blair, Walnut Ridge; a son, James Price, Walnut Ridge; her mother, Gertrude Cox, Paragould; and four grandchildren, Henry Stowers, Everett Stowers, Kailey Price and Sydney Price.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Chuck Hayes officiating. Burial was in Duty Cemetery north of Walnut Ridge.

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Belva Mae Slatton

Belva Mae Slatton, 79, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Dec. 21, 2015, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 26, 1936, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of John Henry and Ella Marie Rasdon Felkon. She was a desk clerk at the former Alamo Court in Walnut Ridge, and was of the Assembly of God belief.

She was preceded in death by a child, a brother and three sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Peny Lea Brookins, Dallas; a son, George Slatton, Walnut Ridge; two granddaughters, Tanesha Monforte, Dallas, and Katie Golden, Newport; a grandson, Grey Brookins, Dallas; four great-grandchildren, Jayden, Jordan, Jacob and Jamison; two sisters, Pauline Meeks and husband Curtis, Powhatan, and Evelyn Durhan, Norwood, Ohio; an aunt, Ada Barnhill, Corpus Christie, Texas; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral was Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with John Durham officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Curtis Meeks, Cary Massey, Scott McEntire, Heath Richey, J. Paul Doty and Dillon McEntire.

Memorials may be made to Legacy Hospice.

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Dr. John Thompson

Dr. John Thompson, aged 93, passed away peacefully at his Florida home on Dec. 16th, 2015.

John was born in Poughkeepsie to Tolar and Goldie Thompson. He served with the Civilian Conservation Corps during the depression, and with the U.S. Coast Guard in WWII. After the war, he graduated from chiropractic college, and practiced for over 40 years, primarily in Pocahontas and Walnut Ridge.

John was an accomplished tennis player, and enjoyed the sport well into his 80s. He also loved to travel, and to invent and improve chiropractic office equipment.

John is survived by the love of his life, Patricia Hasbrouck, of the home; his son, Michael (Millie) Thompson of Grants Pass, Ore., granddaughters Kris (Mike) Prasser and Rebecca (Justin) Marr, both of San Diego, and Lisa (Clint) Houston, of Phoenix; and six great-grandsons.

He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Martin Thompson; and sisters Barbara Huff, Mary Smith and Trena Bowen.

He is also survived by his dear friends from Patricia's family; her daughters, Jennifer Berres (Jerry Richards), their daughter, Morgan, and Christine Penick (Chris Saliba), and their daughter Madison and son Cole.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Coastal Cremations and Funeral Care of New Port Richey, Fla., had charge of arrangements.


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Jim Vance

Jimmie Charles Vance, 74, of Mountain Home, died Dec. 15, 2015, at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Mo.

Born Feb. 23, 1941, in Black Rock, he was an investor in real estate and the stock market.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kunkel Edward and Jewell May Coy Vance.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Marcia Vance; and a brother, Bud Vance, Evening Shade.

The body was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Walnut Lawn Funeral Home of Springfield, Mo., has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Rickey Scott Whitlow

Rickey Scott Whitlow, 64, of Williford, died Dec. 20, 2015, at Hospice of the Ozarks in Mountain Home.

Born May 11, 1951, in Strawberry, he had been employed as an equipment operator in construction.

He was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Scott Whitlow; his parents, Joseph Pinkney and Dolly Cordillia Honeycutt Whitlow; and two brothers, Thomas Camel Whitlow and Gary Gene Whitlow.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Rosetta Christine Helt Whitlow; two sons, Rickey Scott Whitlow Jr., Pocahontas, and Donald Ralph Helt III, Fayetteville; four daughters, Sharon Kay Cooper, Elk Creek, Mo., Jessica Lee Ann Cagle and Elizabeth Ann Maxwell, both of Yellville, and Cassandra Dawn Jones, Seattle; 15 grandchildren, Jacob Ray Whitlow, Zechariah William Whitlow, Robert Troy Wayne Maxwell, Timothy Grant Adams Cooper, Dakota Lee Maxwell, Rickey Dakota Whitlow, Cody Tyler McKissick, Michael Anthony McKissick, Randell Ray Allen Cooper, Elijah Shane Cagle, Ashley Renae Dotson, Tapanga Dawn Maxwell, Faith Autumn Cagle, Cheyenne Dominique Whitlow and Leandra Kay Spears; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Church on the Rock in Yellville with Bro. Kevin Duffy officiating. Burial is today at 4 p.m. at Milligan Campground Cemetery in Strawberry. H.A. Burns Funeral Home of Yellville has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Timothy Grant Adams Cooper, Jacob Ray Whitlow, Zechariah William Whitlow, Dakota Lee Maxwell, Cody Tyler McKissick and Rickey Dakota Whitlow. Honorary pallbearers will be Elijah Shane Cagle, Randell Ray Allen Cooper and Michael Anthony McKissick.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks or Church on the Rock.

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