December 30, 2015 Edition

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Lillian Lashaye Tribble-Lane


Alyce Binzer Alva Lee Downum Helen Docia Head
Howard Jay Higbee Jacob Levi Howard Fred A. Rorex
Fred Carl Wyatt


Lillian Lashaye Tribble-Lane

Paula Lane and Jessica Tribble of Brookland have announced the birth of a daughter on Dec. 24, 2015, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center.

The baby weighed eight pounds, four ounces and has been named Lillian Lashaye Tribble-Lane.

She has two older siblings, Jada Powers, nine, and Izaiah Powers, six.

Grandparents are Bobby and Glen Tribble and Lisa Lane, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Alyce Binzer

Alyce Marie "Tootsie" Moore Binzer, 87, of Madison, Ind., died Dec. 23, 2015, at her home.

Born Oct. 15, 1928, in Blytheville, she was the daughter of Robert Dent Sr. and Hazel Followwill Moore. The family moved to Hoxie in 1931 and she attended school there through the fifth grade. The family then moved to Walnut Ridge. She graduated from Walnut Ridge High School as salutatorian in 1946. She enjoyed writing and served as editor of the school paper, The Bobcat. She also worked for The Times Dispatch, typing correspondence news.

She received a full scholarship to the Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Memphis and was licensed as a registered nurse in 1949. She worked in pre-op surgery at the hospital in 1953. She moved to Paducah, Ky., in 1953 and worked at Dr. Charles Harting's Medical Clinic. She moved many times because of her husband's job., living in Point Pleasant, W. Va.; Chicago; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Skokie, Ill.; Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Lewiston, N.Y.; Granville, Ohio; Vevay, Ind.; Rockville, Ind.; Vermillon, Ohio; Port Lavaca, Texas; Corpus Christi, Texas; Poynette, Wisc.; and Victoria, Texas. They moved to Madison in 1980, where she worked as a nurse at King's Daughters' Hospital, retiring in 1994.

She enjoyed being with her family, singing and playing the piano. She was very active at Trinity United Methodist Church and enjoyed visiting members when they were sick, as well as sending cards and taking stuffed animals to the hospital. She and her husband went on many mission trips, including to Bosnia, China, Latvia, New Mexico and the Carolinas.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Juanita "Nita" Allen and Helen "Tynse" Bassett; a brother, Robert "Buddy" Moore; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Dean "Bob" Binzer, whom she married Dec. 12, 1953; two sons, James Robert "Jim" Binzer, Birmingham, Ala., and Charles Moore "Chip" Binzer, Madison, Ind.; a daughter, Martha Joyce "Cookie" Binzer Talley, Louisville, Ky.; a stepdaughter, Rainy Horvath, Scarsdale, N.Y.; two sisters, Jeannie Smith, Hoxie, and Jimmye Long, Jonesboro; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Madison with Rev. Dennis Ingle officiating. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Lost Sheep Ministries in Louisville, Ky., or the Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

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Alva Lee Downum

Alva Lee "A.L." Downum, 95, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 21, 2015.

Born March 18, 1920, in Pocahontas, he was the son of John and Janie Downum.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Evertt, Edward and Paul; and five sisters, Lavella, Adell, Eva, Wanda and Jessie Mae.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah Downum; two sons, Larry Downum, Pocahontas, and Jeffery Downum, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Christy Brooks, Pocahontas; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Leachville Cemetery with Bro. Joshua Dement officiating. McNabb Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Larry Downum, Jeffery Downum, Spencer Goff, Mike Brooks, Steve Brooks and Jeremy Downum.

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Helen Docia Head

Helen Docia Head, 81, of Sedgwick, died Dec. 27, 2015, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 2, 1934, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Andrew and Cecil Hill Kazzee. She was a longtime resident of Sedgwick and was a member of the Sedgwick Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Head; two brothers, Bill Kazzee and Herbert Kazzee; and two sisters, Alta Hart and baby Josephine.

Survivors include two sons, Randy Kazzee and wife Anglee, Cave City, and Michael Bennett and wife Angie, Jonesboro; a brother, Harold Kazzee, Pocahontas; five grandchildren, Mitchell Kazzee, Tyler Kazzee, Brittany Mankey, Cassie Bennett and Colton Bennett; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sedgwick Baptist Church with Tom Lamb officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Mitchell Kazzee, Tyler Kazzee, Wayne Kazzee, Brandon Kazzee, Waylon Deen and Josh Mankey.

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Howard Jay Higbee

Howard Jay Higbee, 62, of Portia, died Dec. 17, 2015, at the family residence.

Born July 12, 1953, in Grand Rapids, Mich., he had lived in Portia the past five years and was formerly of Grand Rapids. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a truck driver and a member of Crossroads Baptist Church in Portia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard R. and Virginia Mercer Higbee.

Survivors include his wife, Sally Scranton Higbee; three daughters, Katie Phongsa and husband Nick, Kelly Carr and husband Brandon, and Kristen Hampton and husband Jason, all of Paragould; a son, P.J. Smith and wife Kirsten, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Lillian Tiffany, Belding, Mich., and Virginia Cope, Miami; two brothers, Walter Higbee and Thomas Higbee, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and seven grandchildren, Tanner Carr, Hannah Phongsa, Abbie Phongsa, Noah Hampton, Emma Hampton, Colt Phongsa and Tegan Carr.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Crossroads Baptist Church in Portia. Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to any Humane Society.

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Jacob Levi Howard

Jacob Levi Howard, 16, of Alicia, died Dec. 22, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He was born July 27, 1999, in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Juanita Roberts; and a great-grandparent, Vaughn Gammil.

Survivors include his parents, James and Jamie Howard; a brother, Tony Mashburn; three sisters, Jennifer Hewitt, Michelle Gruhler and Jessica Howard; his grandparents, Harold and Kay Howard, and Pat Howard; and his great-grandmother, Ruby Gammil.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the Center Hill Chapel of Phillips Funeral Home in Paragould with David Stallings officiating. Burial was in Markham Cemetery.

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Fred A. Rorex

Fred A. Rorex, 78, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 27, 2015, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born July 22, 1937, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Tom and Bonnie Baxter Rorex. He was with the Jonesboro Fire Department for 27 years, including 22 years as chief.

He was a past president of the Arkansas Fire Chief Association and a recipient of the Arkansas State Firefighters Hall of Fame Award. He was a member of the Fire Training Academy Board and the International Fire Training Association.

He was Jaycee's president, Kiwanis president and a founding member and president of Elk's. Fred Rorex Day was declared on Feb. 1, 1967. He had been a member of Southwest Church of Christ since 1973, and also served on the Jonesboro City Council, the Chamber of Commerce and was a Craighead County board member. He was honorary chair of the Miss Jonesboro Pageant and an alumni of the 4-H Club and the Egypt basketball team.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Rorex; and two sisters, Anita Rorex and Juanita Rorex.

Survivors include a son, Fred A. Rorex Jr.; a daughter, Brenda Richardson and husband Lonnie; a sister, JoNell Butler; a sister-in-law, Norma Rorex; three grandchildren, Jennifer Rorex Peters, Matthew Levi Rorex and Jordon Richardson; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home with Jimmy Adcox officiating. Burial will be in Markham Cemetery near Egypt.

Pallbearers will be members of the Jonesboro Fire Department. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Jean Keith, Bill Wade, Wayne Masterson, Doug Burris, Dennis Burris, Darrell Burris, Fain Butler, Jimmy Butler, Mark Rorex, David Rorex and Michael Butts.

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Fred Carl Wyatt

Fred Carl Wyatt, 76, of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, at his home.

Born March 5, 1939, in Fayette, Mo., he was the son of Con Sr. and Brooksie Wyatt. He was retired from L.A. Darling in Paragould, and was a wonderful father, husband, friend, and a great man loved by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Susan Wyatt Yancey and Baby Wyatt; three brothers, Sterling, Russell and William Maurice; and two sisters, Joy Vaughan and Hattie Nichols.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Wyatt; three daughters, Rhonda Jones (Leo), Cheryl Wyatt (Carolyn Martin), and Kam Kildow Smith; two sons, Ray Kildow and Charles Kildow; three brothers, Con Jr. (Pete) Wyatt, David Wyatt and Robert Wyatt; four sisters, Bulah (Janie) Nichols, Katherine Chamblin, Grace Shields and Mary Waller; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation is today at 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with Cole Massey officiating.

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