January 20, 2016 Edition

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Brooks Edward Ezell Alexander Edward Wicker


Mark Barner Elberta Earnestine Brewer Lisa Gail Clark
Ruth Crouch Pairlee Golden Charlie Raymond Jeffery
Mary Helen Kellett Nina Mae Layne Billy Don Ramer
Jim Ellis Tillman Sr. Connie Van Horne Judy Videll


Brooks Edward Ezell

Justin and Natalie Ezell of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on Jan. 15, 2016, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed 15 pounds, one ounce, and has been named Brooks Edward Ezell. He has an older brother, Hudson Ezell, who is three.

Grandparents are Randy and Sally Golden of Walnut Ridge and the late Herman Ezell, who lived in Walnut Ridge.

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Alexander Edward Wicker

Chad and Andrea Wicker of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born Dec. 22, 2015, at Unity Health Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed six pounds, nine ounces and has been named Alexander Edward Wicker. He has a brother, Augustus "Auggie" Wicker, 15.

Grandparents are Judy Whitson of Jonesboro, Donna Hutcheson of Bono, the late Dewayne Whitson and the late Cecil Wicker.

Great-grandfather is Pete Wicker of Hoxie.

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Mark Barner

Mark Barner, 57, of Tuckerman, died Jan. 14, 2016.

Born Oct. 14, 1958, in Newport, he was a welder and was one of Jehovah's Witnesses. He was a member of the Ground Check Hunting Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Jr. and Geraldine Grigsby Barner.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Charolette Thompson Barner; two god-children; Aurora and Brantley "Buddy" Watson, Walnut Ridge; five brothers, Michael Barner, Charles M. "Chuck" Barner, and Greg Barner, all of Tuckerman, David Barner, Jacksonville, Fla., and Jeremy Barner, Franklin; three sisters, Sandy Hilton and husband Rick, and Anna Hisek and husband Brian, all of Hot Springs, and Mendy Tubbs and fiancée Adam Stephens, Franklin; and his in-laws, William and Joy Roper, Swifton.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Ground Check Hunting Club.

An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Elberta Earnestine Brewer

Elberta Earnestine Brewer, 92, of Black Rock, died Jan. 13, 2016, at her home.

Born Jan. 11, 1924, in Imboden, she was the daughter of William Owen and Eula Weir Winchester. She was a homemaker and a member of New Life Full Gospel Church in Black Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jewel Brewer; a brother, Weir Winchester; and two sisters, Mary Anna Davis and Imogene Powell.

Survivors include a son, Michael Brewer, Paragould; a daughter, Susan Monroe, Walnut Ridge; a stepson, Jewell Brewer, Pleasant Plains; two sisters, Ruth Smith, Black Rock, and Martha Sellers, Warsaw, Ind.; and a brother, Robert Winchester, Pocahontas.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at New Life Full Gospel Church in Black Rock with Wayne Bryant officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at www.coxfhwalnutridge.com.

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Lisa Gail Clark

Lisa Gail Christopher Clark, 49, of Tacoma, Wash., formerly of Strawberry, died at Tacoma General Hospital after a lengthy illness.

She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harvey Christopher Jr.; her mother, Betty Larson; and a brother, Bryan Christopher.

Survivors include a cherished friend, Tony Clark; two sons, Aaron Clark, Germany, and Matthew Clark, Tacoma, Wash.; a daughter, Laura Brown, Olympia, Wash.; a brother, David Christopher, Cave City; three sisters, Rachel Christopher, Jonesboro, Nina Christopher, Branson, Mo., and Cathy Gauthier, Punxutawney, Pa.; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Strawberry Community Center. A potluck meal will follow the service.

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Ruth Crouch

Ruth "Tootsie" Crouch, 50, of Strawberry, died Jan. 14, 2016, at her home.

Born Sept. 18, 1965, in Batesville, she retired from Hooked on Plastics after 20 years of service. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin "Mutt" and JoAnn White Crow.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Kerry Van Crouch; two sons, Bubba Crouch and Scooter Crouch, both of Strawberry; a daughter, Tisann Morgan, Rosie; a sister, Mary Jane Loines, Paragould; and three grandchildren, Sammy Jo Sandridge, Keelie Sandridge and Stormie Crouch.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home in Cave City with Revs. Stanley Vandergrift and Curt Howard officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Jamie Goings, Greg Clark, Randy Poston, Richard Bale, Jeff Dixon and Gary Foley. Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Huskey, Richard Heartland, Ronnie Fowler, Tim Fowler, Dustin Wilson and Ron Morgan.

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

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Pairlee Golden

Pairlee Carter Golden, 66, of Alicia, died Jan. 15, 2016, in Jonesboro.

Born July 31, 1949, in Swifton, she was a 1967 graduate of Tuckerman High School and attended Southern Baptist College. She was a motors operator at Skil Robert Bosch Tool Company, and later worked at Swifton Head Start until her retirement. She was a member of Freedom Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Loyd Lee and Rosie Lee Finey Carter; a brother, Dwain Carter; and a grandson, Dexter Golden.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 46 years, William "Bill" Joseph Golden, whom she married Feb. 17, 1969; a son, William "Billy" Loyd Golden and wife Tammy, Tupelo; a daughter, Tiffany Jo Medlock and husband John, Trumann; two sisters, Alice Sigmon and husband Wesley, and Melba Sigmon and husband Glen Ray, all of Springdale; and four grandchildren, Gage Davidson, Chelsea Golden, Will Golden and Mackenzie Davidson.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Dowell's Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Terek Sigmon, Nathan Green, Tommy Redd, Keith Wilson, Darrell McQuay and Wayne Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were James Duvall and Chester Green.

An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Charlie Raymond Jeffery

Charlie Raymond Jeffery, 50, of Calico Rock, died Jan. 5, 2016.

He was married to Susan.

A visitation was held at the Lynn Church of Christ. Graveside service was Saturday, Jan. 9, at Staggs Cemetery at Calico Rock with Roger Randolph officiating.

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Mary Helen Kellett

Mary Helen Kellett, 84, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 14, 2016.

Born July 19, 1931, in Portia, she was the daughter of George Robert and Laura Maude Howdyshell Hutsell. She was the owner/operator of Kellett Grocery in Noland and worked in the Pocahontas High School cafeteria. She was a member of the Noland Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by six brothers, Forrest Hutsell, Edward Hutsell, Cicero Hutsell, Clay Roy Hutsell, Vernon Hutsell and Fred Hutsell; and two sisters, Frankie Obarts and Pearl Kissee.

Survivors include her husband, Myrl Kellett; three daughters, Jenise Hinkle and husband Larry, and Denise McClain, all of Pocahontas, and Patti Snodgrass and husband David, Paragould; six grandchildren, Chris Hinkle, Stacy Drilling, Jonathon McLain, Lauren Gittus, Brittany Hart and Payton Snodgrass; 10 great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Joshua Dement and Mike Kellett officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Chris Hinkle, Jonathon McLain, Payton Snodgrass, Dayton Drilling, Andrew Gittus and Justin Hart. Honorary pallbearers were David Snodgrass, Larry Hinkle and Willie West.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home in Paragould, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

An online guestbook is available at www.mcnabbfuneralhomes.com.

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Nina Mae Layne

Nina Mae Layne, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 12, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 14, 1923, in Russellville, she was the daughter of Ewell Everett and Floy Irene Staffs Harmon. She was a homemaker and a member of New Life Full Gospel Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Olin Layne; two sons; a sister; two grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.

Survivors include four children, Kay Brown, Walnut Ridge, Brenda Bennett and Larry Layne, both of Jonesboro, and Byron Layne and Lisa Layne, both of Searcy; a sister, Carolyn Curtner, Bono; a brother, Everett Harmon, Black Rock; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the New Life Full Gospel Church with Rev. Wayne Bryant and Bros. Steve Carnathan and Bobby Bennett officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Jeff Brown, Alan Brown, Steve Carnathan, Bryan Webb, Chris Layne, David Harmon and David Morgan.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.

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Billy Don Ramer

Billy Don Ramer, 66, of Sherwood, died Jan. 13, 2016, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Oct. 22, 1949, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Donnis and Edsel Ramer of Walnut Ridge. He was retired from sales with Processing Power, where he served for nearly 30 years. He was of the Episcopal faith.

Survivors include two daughters, Dawn Reynolds and husband Jason of Cabot, and Dana Taylor of Sherwood; a sister, Nadean Ramer Cook and husband Ernest; and five grandchildren, Amelia, Heidi, Haley, Haden and Ramer.

A memorial ceremony was held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in North Little Rock. Huson Funeral Home of Sherwood had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 4106 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock, AR 72116.

An online guestbook is available at www.husonfuneralhome.com.

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Jim Ellis Tillman Sr.

Jim Ellis Tillman Sr., 83, of North Little Rock, died Jan. 16, 2016.

Born Dec. 28, 1932, in Harrison, he was the son of Carl and Ruby Tillman. The Tillmans moved from Harrison to Pine Bluff in 1938. Jim graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1951. His education continued by graduating from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia in 1955, and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 1958.

Jim accepted the divine call to the gospel ministry in 1950 and was ordained on Dec. 9, 1951, by South Side Baptist Church in Pine Bluff. He pastored Linwood Baptist in Moscow; First Baptist, Mansfield, Texas; Forest Highland Baptist, Little Rock; First Baptist, Walnut Ridge; and was associate pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas.

He served as interim pastor at First Baptist, Mountain Home; Calvary Baptist, Harrisburg; North Main Baptist, Jonesboro; Tyronza Baptist, Lepanto Baptist, Monette Baptist, First Baptist, Paragould; First Baptist, Trumann; Campbell Station, Newport; Ward United Methodist, Ward; Sixteenth Section, Austin.

He served the Arkansas Baptist State Convention as the director for "Ouachita-Southern" Advancement Campaign. He also served as vice-president for development at Southern Baptist College (Williams) for over 13 years. He closed his ministry by ministering to churches of all denominations over the nation assisting them to raise money for capital improvements. He served with Resource Services, Inc., of Dallas for over 15 years. He retired July 31, 2002.

Survivors include his wife of over 41 years, Margaret Bailey-Tillman; a son, Jim Tillman Jr., Godfrey, Ill.; two daughters, Cindy Parker, Melbourne, and Vickie Burton, Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Becky Scott, Vicksburg, Miss.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at noon at Roller-Owens Funeral Home in North Little Rock. Burial was in Rest Hills Memorial Park in North Little Rock.

Memorials may be made to Ouachita Baptist University, Williams Baptist College or the First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge Building Fund.

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Connie Van Horne

Connie Sue Van Horne, 71, of Sterling, Ill., died Jan. 17, 2016, at her home.

Born Oct. 13, 1944, in Walnut Ridge, she was employed through Walmart for 28 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Oweeda Cline Manning; a sister, Norma Foshee; three brothers, William Manning, Terrell Manning and Randy Manning.

Survivors include her husband, William "Bill" Van Horne, whom she married April 17, 1965, in Sterling; two daughters, Michelle Holcomb and husband Gary, Sterling, Ill., and Gretchen Massey and husband Nick, Rock Falls, Ill.; a brother, Devoe Manning, Dixon, Ill.; three sisters, Kay Rude and husband Mike, Sterling, Ill., Kim Manning, Oregon, Ill., and Kelli Miller and husband Shannon, Ward; and five grandchildren, Bryan Holcomb, Emily Holcomb, Lindy Holcomb, Zoie Howard and Duke Massey.

A gathering of family and friends will be held today from 4-6 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, Ill.

An online guestbook is available at www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com.

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Judy Videll

Judy Videll, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 16, 2016.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane Wilson and husband Matthew, Jacksonville, Fla.; a son, Tony Videll and wife Amanda, Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Sister Paula Nasenbeny, Lemont, Ill.; a brother, Jerry Nasenbeny, Anchorage, Alaska; two grandchildren, Harper Videll and Jacob Culhane; and her best friend, Debbie Page.

Rosary service will begin at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday at Bryan Funeral Home with Sr. Paula Nasenbeny officiating. Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations for Masses for Judy.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.

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