January 6, 2016 EditionAlso in this issue...
Jon and Sara Kopp of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of twin daughters on Dec. 24, 2015, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.
The twins have been named Cady Jo Kopp, who weighed six pounds, 12 ounces, and Ina Claire Kopp, who weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces.
Grandparents are Danny and Susan Kopp of Hoxie and Sam and Becky Spades of Black Rock.
Macy Booker and C.J. Tate, both of Seymour, Tenn., have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Gina Booker and the granddaughter of Phyllis Studdard, both of North Augusta, S.C.
The prospective groom is the son of Chris and Cindy Tate of Walnut Ridge.
Macy and C.J. are performers at the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The wedding is being planned for June.
Jacqueline Marial Acosta, 76, of Hoxie, died Jan. 3, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.
Born April 18, 1939, in Toledo, Ohio, she was the daughter of I.B. and Gladys Rowe Amonette. She was a caretaker at Memory Lane day care and was a member of Free Street Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, LeRoy, Bud and I.B. Amonette Jr.; and a sister.
Survivors include a son, Rodney Sharrar, Oceanside, Calif.; a daughter, Cindy Sharrar, Colorado; two grandchildren, Eric Layne and Sarah Goad; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Lloyd Clark officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Visitation is Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.
Harvey Wayne Austin, 52, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 30, 2015, after a short battle with cancer.
Born Jan. 20, 1963, he was a 1981 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. He worked as a deck hand for ADM Riverboat Company and was a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Austin; his stepfather, Dale Davis; and a grandson, Cadence Golden.
Survivors include a daughter, Nikki Golden, Hot Springs; a son, Jackie Austin, Hot Springs; his mother, Vada Davis; a brother, Joe Austin and wife Stacye, Conway; his stepmother, Linda Phillips, Walnut Ridge; and two grandchildren, C.J. Golden and Abbi Austin.
A memorial service was held Saturday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Tom Lamb and Jake Guenrich officiating. Cox Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 East Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401.
An online guestbook is available at www.coxfhwalnutridge.com.
James Lee Harber Jr., 54, of Decatur, Texas, died Jan. 3, 2016, in Decatur.
Born Feb. 5, 1961, in Walnut Ridge, he attended Victory Family Church in Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Harber.
Survivors include two sons, Justin Harber and Jason Harber, both of Decatur, Texas; his mother, Jessene Harber, Decatur, Texas; a sister, Tish DeLeon, New Braunfels, Texas; and a granddaughter, Kaylee Joe Harber.
No services will be held at this time. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home of Decatur, Texas, had charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook is available at www.hawkinsfuneralhome.com.
Eula "Jean" Rainwater Hubler, 74, of St. Louis, died Dec. 26, 2015, at her home, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Born Aug. 15, 1941, in Walnut Ridge, she was retired from the YMCA of Greater St. Louis as vice president of human resources. She was an active member of the Concord Baptist Church of St. Louis County.
She was preceded in death by three sons, James G. Hubler, Allen D. Hubler and Glenn A. Hubler Jr.; her parents, Clarence E. and Alpha C. Ball Rainwater; and two brothers, Marion Hugh Rainwater and Lawrence L. Rainwater.
Survivors include two sons, Richard D. Hubler and Gregory M. Hubler, both of St. Louis; a sister, Twana Rainwater Bowen, St. Augustine, Fla.; two brothers, Jewel G. Rainwater, Bul Verde, Texas, and C. Raymond Rainwater and wife Gwen, St. Louis; and special friend, Jim Earp, St. Louis; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Kutis Funeral Home in St. Louis with Dr. Dave Martin officiating. Burial was in Park Lawn Cemetery in St. Louis.
An online guestbook is available at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=Eula-Jean-Hubler&pid=177039086.
Gary Lynn Morgan, 60, of Oxford, died Dec. 21, 2015, at his home.
Born May 30, 1955, in Monette, he was a disabled Air Force veteran, and a retired nurse. He was also a licensed Southern Baptist and ordained Universal Life Church minister, and a member of Oxford Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.R. and Vertis Dickerson Morgan; and a half-sister, Venita Sue Morgan.
Survivors include a son, Eric Morgan, Nashville, Tenn.; three brothers, Robert "Bob" Morgan, Brockwell, Jimmy Morgan, Port St. Lucie, Fla., and David Morgan, Imboden; and two sisters, Kathy Verkler, Black Rock, and Melinda Morgan, Oxford; and two half-sisters, Flora Morgan and Judy Austin, Michigan City, Ind.
A memorial service was held Saturday at Oxford Baptist Church with Bros. Mike Conyers and Author Barber officiating. Military burial was in Violet Hill Cemetery under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne.
Honorary pallbearers were Jessie Morgan, Robbie Morgan, Tyler Williams, Austin Morgan, Keaton Morgan, Chris Harris, Edward Jeffery and Randall Sutton.
An online guestbook is available at www.eddiesfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Wanda K. Swank, 68, of Paragould, died Jan. 1, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born May 6, 1947, in Powhatan, she graduated from Black Rock High School in 1965. She taught special education at Hoxie and in Bethel, Alaska. She later worked as a mental health specialist in Anchorage, Alaska, before retiring and moving back to Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charley W. and Grace Melton; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her husband, Leo Swank; a son, Jason Gill and wife Amber, Paragould; two daughters, Tammi Skaleski and husband Scott, Delta Junction, Alaska, and Emily Sheets and husband Jeffery, Hoxie; three stepchildren, Misty Miller, Andy Swank and Eric Swank, all of Michigan; a brother, Jerry Melton and wife Thelma, Jonesboro; a sister, Teen Andrews, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren, Michael Guthrie, Eric Guthrie, Jessica Cackler, Jacob Higdon, Caitlyn Sheets and Madelyn Sheets; 11 step-grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Joe Spades, Butch Cooper, Daniel Waters, Danny Andrews, Hunter Rasdon, Rene Swank, Rod Swank and James Ratliff.
An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.
Rhonda Joyce Milgrim Watts, 70, of Thayer, Mo., died Jan. 3, 2016, in West Plains, Mo.
Born March 8, 1945, in Walnut Ridge, she was a longtime resident of Lawrence County before moving to Thayer. She was a homemaker and was of the Church of Christ belief.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Watts; and her parents, Dale "Doc" and Verna Guilliams Milgrim.
Survivors include a daughter, Martha Holder and husband Stanley, Mammoth Spring; a son, Dale Berry and wife Sandy, Tuscumbia, Mo.; three stepsons, Eugene Watts, Willie Gene Watts and B.J. Watts, all of Manila; three stepdaughters, Rose Watts, Tyronza, June Darty and husband Chris, Alabama, and JoAnn Watts and husband Arthur Cuble III; five grandchildren, Kelly Berry, Karen Dunlap, Brandon Holder, Marshall Berry and Emily Berry; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Private burial will be in Opposition Cemetery.
An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.
Lavon Young, 79, of Imboden, died Jan. 2, 2016.
Born Feb. 25, 1936, in Bono, he was the son of Herman and Willie Mae O'Conner Young. He was a cattle farmer and a lifetime member of the Angus Association. He was a member of Imboden First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 40 years.
He was preceded in death by a brother, W.D. Young; and two sisters, Ophelia Ford and Louise Ford.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Bonnie Mae Hooker Young; a son, Kelly Young and wife Leona, Windom, Texas; two daughters, Melissa Young and husband Curtis, and Kimberly Henson and husband Nathan, all of Imboden; a brother, Kenneth Young and wife Jean, Jonesboro; a sister, Moline Caples, Bono; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Imboden First Baptist Church with Michael Freeman and Tracy Martin officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery, near Bono, under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.
Pallbearers were Joshua Young, Tristan Young, Wesley Young, Andrew Young, Jimmy Phelps and Gary Cremeans. Honorary pallbearers included his fellow deacons: Jim Smith, Larry McLeod and Ray Thompson; and the members of his men's Sunday School class: Wade Bellah, Bob Lewis, Jim Taylor and Butch Coleman.
An online guestbook is available at www.mcnabbfuneralhomes.com.
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