February 3, 2016 Edition

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Obituaries

Ella Virginia Akley Donald Atkinson Carolyn Jane Benton
Keith Cameron Genave Joy Dickey Noel Ray Durham
Jewell Pauline Guilliams James Junior Horne Colby Lane Hostler
Charlena Midkiff Roger Dale Rice Patricia Del Scott
Betty Sullens Terry Lee Walker Maggie Williams

Obituaries

Ella Virginia Akley

Ella Virginia Chambers Akley, 87, of Sedgwick, died Jan. 28, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 14, 1929, in Rolla, Mo., she was the daughter of James and Daisy Henson Chambers. She lived in Rolla until the age of 57, when she moved to Sedgwick. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Akley; three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Wesley Akley and wife Sue; a daughter, Barbara Pankey and companion William Gandy; grandchildren, Claude Akley, Louis Bone, Travis Pankey, Amanda Mathis, Marsha Pankey and Sheila Shockley; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Travis Pankey, Louis Bone, Michael Mathis, Claude Akley, Gary Maxwell and Jeff Moskop.

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

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Donald Atkinson

Donald Atkinson, 71, of Hoxie, died Jan. 29, 2016, in Dixon, Ill.

Born Nov. 29, 1944, in Fairfield, Ill., he was a machinist and a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Farley Atkinson, whom he married Dec. 25, 1986, on May 18, 2013; his parents, William and Inez Cantrell Atkinson; two sisters, Hazel Atkinson and Ruby Atkinson; and two brothers, Lester Atkinson and Ray Atkinson.

Survivors include a daughter, Michele Atkinson, Dixon, Ill.; two sons, Darin Konecny, Belvidere, Ill., and Donald Atkinson II, Hoxie; three brothers, John Atkinson and wife Norma, Ashton, Ill., Grover Atkinson, Sycamore, Ill., and Andrew Atkinson and wife Laura, Franklin Grove, Ill.; three sisters, Louella Blackburn and husband Doug, and May Pierce, all of Dixon, Ill., and Irene Forristall and husband Bill, Amboy, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Katelynn Atkinson, Elizabeth Spencer, Dylan Spencer and Madalyn Atkinson.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church with Bro. Dale Hughart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Kris Troxell, Dylan Spencer, Wes Williams, Anthony Monroe and Andrew Cadle.

Visitation is Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service at the church.

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

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Carolyn Jane Benton

Carolyn Jane Benton, 72, of Portia, died Jan. 26, 2016, at NEA Baptist Medical Center.

Born Dec. 13, 1943, in Newport, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil Eugene and Ruthie Mae Eldridge Fain.

Survivors include three children, Elliott Barre Benton and wife Nancy, Amory, Miss., Tracy Jane Benton, Portia, and Amber Nicolle Lewis and husband Brent, Jonesboro; a brother, Curtis Neal Fain and wife Jeanette, Paragould; a sister, Phyllis Jean Abrams, Portia; a great-aunt, Imogene Eldridge, Leachville; six grandchildren, Shelby Dulaney, Harli Benton, McKenzie Goodsen, Paden Dulaney, Haley Steele and Sydni Benton; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Keith Cameron

Keith Moore Cameron, 85, of Lee's Summit, Mo., died Jan. 26, 2016, at his home.

Born April 2, 1930, in the Denton community, he attended Walnut Ridge High School, where he was a member of the school's basketball team that went undefeated. He attended Arkansas Tech College and served in the military, retiring from the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife, Mariam, operated Mariam's Memories in Lee's Summit.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Mariam Cameron. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee's Summit, Mo. Burial was in Lee's Summit Cemetery.

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

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Genave Joy Dickey

Genave Joy Dickey, 54, of Conway, passed from this life Jan. 31, 2016, at Conway Regional Medical Center.

Born April 30, 1961, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Melvin and Ida Grimes Dickey. Though she was born with many challenges, she met the world with tenacity, fearlessness, curiosity and an open, loving and joyful heart.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Survivors include her mother; five sisters, Ellen (Vaughn) Wisdom, Kathy (Stan Wilhite) Dickey, Leslie Hazlewood, Jewell (Mike) Barnes, and Ruth (Ronald) Baker; several nieces and nephews; as well as those whose lives she touched at the Conway Human Development Center.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Trinity Cemetery in Bono with Lorne Hazlewood officiating. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Families & Friends of Care Facility Residents, in care of Jan Fortney, 85 Lauren Drive, Plumerville, AR 72127.

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

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Noel Ray Durham

Noel Ray Durham, 78, of Smithville, died Jan. 30, 2016, at Cave City Nursing and Rehab.

Born Jan. 16, 1938, in Leachville, he was the son of Audie Ray and Grace Ward Durham. He moved from Leachville to Strawberry, and later moved to Smithville, where he lived most of his life. After leaving the Army, he worked as a farmer and a rural mail carrier. He was a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ, where he was an elder and deacon.

He was preceded in death by a brother, G.W. Durham; and two sisters, Verdell Deal and Ona Jean Bell.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Kay Howard Durham; two sons, Talvet Durham and wife Mandi, Smithville, and Todd Durham, Fort Meyer, Fla.; a daughter, Tonda Durham, Cave City; two brothers, Edward Durham and wife Geneva, and Billy Dean Durham and wife Donna, all of Strawberry; a sister, Alligene Vandiver and husband Johnny, Arnold, Mo.; and two grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Don House and Tommy Boles officiating. Private burial will be at a later date. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Eddie Durham, Scott Durham, Clint Durham, Walker Durham, Dustin Durham and Hunter Durham.

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

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Jewell Pauline Guilliams

Jewell Pauline Guilliams, 70, of Ravenden, died Jan. 28, 2016, at her home.

Born Aug. 19, 1945 in Ravenden, she was a dietary worker at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was a member of New Hope Assembly of God Church in Pocahontas, and the Order of the Eastern Star, Spring River Chapter 626.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Guilliams; an infant son, Charles Edward Guilliams Jr.; her parents, James Samuel and Verna Mae Stevens Price; two brothers, Bobby Joe Price and Albert Price; and three sisters, Ruby Lee Baldridge, Agnos Billingsley and Elizabeth Williams.

Survivors include three daughters, Margretta Johnson and husband Mark, Hardy, and Donna Smith and husband Terry, and Kathy Bagwell and husband Tom, all of Ravenden; a son, Anthony Guilliams and wife Brandi, Ravenden; three sisters, Aretta Stone and Mary Stone, both of Ravenden, and Nora Jean Griggs, St. Joseph, La.; a brother, Jimmy Price and wife Gaynell, Williford; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Gaylon Russell officiating. Burial was in Opposition Cemetery at Ravenden.

Pallbearers were Cody Bagwell, Rusty Smith, Charlie Guilliams, Skylar Johnson, Clay Bagwell and Troy Guilliams.

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

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James Junior Horne

James Junior Horne, 87, of Black Rock, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 25, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Horne was born on June 29, 1928, in Beech Grove, to the late James Elmer and Mildred Anne Cloud Horne. Junior was a member of First Christian Church in Jonesboro. As an adult he moved to Michigan and worked for General Motors for 30 years. Believing in a good day's work, he missed few days, raising his children and appreciating work. He loved baseball, his kids and grandkids.

Survivors include three sons, James Horne, Mark Horne (Lori), and Rick Horne (Lesa); four daughters, Louise Flanagan, Mildred Kennedy (Dennis), Pam Mattison, and Paul Turner (Cliff); a brother, Wayne Horne; a sister, Glenda Kilgore; 23 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Mr. Horne was preceded in death by grandparents, James Benton and Janie Hardin; his parents; a brother, J. W. Horne; two sisters, Bonnie Jenkins and Betty Grubb; two wives, Luella Reed and Emma Brandon; a son, Bob Horne; and a daughter, Susan Horne.

Funeral was Friday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 2600 Woodsprings Road in Jonesboro, with Dr. Jerry Wilcox officiating. Interment was at 3 p.m. in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Faith Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were his loving grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers were the First Christian BYKOTA Sunday school class.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian building fund.

An online guestbook is available at www.faithfuneralservice.net.

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Colby Lane Hostler

Colby Lane "Hoss" Hostler, 17, of Imboden, died Jan. 25, 2016, at UAMS.

Born Sept. 29, 1998, in Jonesboro, he was the son Shannon White and Heather Hostler.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Herbert Malone, Darrell and Dorothy Hollaway and Homer Hostler; and two uncles, Mitchell White and David Hollaway.

Survivors include his father, Shannon White and wife Nikki; his mother, Heather Hostler; four brothers, Jayden White, Chance White, Brian Higginbotham and David Higginbotham; grandparents, Debbie and Bo White, Steve and Rhonda Higginbotham, Craig and Rhonda Hostler, and Faye and Gary Grim; great-grandparents, Gladys Malone, Darrell and Anna Higginbotham, Doris Hostler, and Joe and Maxine Crisp; four uncles, Shawn White, Chris White, Ryan White and Justin Robertson; and a special friend, Kandyce Clay.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Roger Hovis and Michael Freeman officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Brian Higginbotham, Aaron Higginbotham, Chris White, Shawn White, Ryan White and Logan McCain.

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

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Charlena Midkiff

Charlena Edmondson Midkiff, 88, died Jan. 29, 2016.

Born April 7, 1927, in Carrolton, she was the daughter of James Quincy and Iva Jones Edmondson. She attended Ouchita Baptist University and later graduated from Arkansas State University. She was a retired public school teacher, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge, where she taught a ladies Sunday school class and held other positions of responsibility.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.T. Midkiff; two infant sons, John Thomas Midkiff and Jimmy Kemp Midkiff; a sister, Edith Moody; and a brother, Lindsay.

Survivors include five sons, Paul Midkiff and wife Sharon, Little Rock, Dr. David Midkiff and wife Dr. Sheri Midkiff, Portia, Lt. Col. (ret.) Stephen Midkiff and wife Major (ret.) Deborah Midkiff, Bloomsburg, Pa., Phillip Midkiff and wife Diane, Hoxie, and Daniel Midkiff and wife Ann, Benham, Ky.; a sister, Aleen Cochran, California; grandchildren, Johnny and Chrissy, Bobby and Abby, Joseph, Brant and Shannon, Bill, Sam and Brooke, Dr. Paul Andrew and Julie, Scott and Lori, Charlie Midkiff and Larry Green; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Dr. Tom Jones officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

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Roger Dale Rice

Roger Dale Rice, 66, of Fremont, Calif., died Jan. 23, 2016.

Born Feb. 13, 1949, in Walnut Ridge, he was an artist and musician.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carroll and Edna Rice; six brothers, M.J. Rice, Eddie Rice, Carroll Rice Jr., Franklin Rice, David Rice and Carl Rice; and four sisters, Christine Curbow, Minnie Howard, Mary Vaughn and Willie Parten.

Survivors include a brother, Vance Rice, Oklahoma City; and a sister, Sharon Stanley, Tipton, Calif.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at the Tulare District Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Chapel of Exeter, Calif.

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

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Patricia Del Scott

Patricia Del Scott, 83, of Bono, died Jan. 25, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born July 12, 1932, in Chicago, she was the daughter of Edwin Maurice and Marcella "Dede" Sullivan Lyons. She lived in the Fontaine community all of her adult life and was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by the father of her children, Larry Scott; a son, Timothy Scott; a brother, Eddie Lyons; and a sister, Virginia "Cookie" Lyons.

Survivors include four sons, Ronney Scott (Terry), Tom Scott and wife Marilyn, Patrick Scott (Mesha), and John Scott and wife Najat; three daughters, Mary Russell, Lisa Cundiff and husband Mark, and Janie Davis and husband Eric; a sister, Elaine Mulcaey and husband Tom; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Lorado Cemetery with K.C. Brown officiating.

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

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Betty Sullens

Betty Gail Hankins Sullens, 58, of Walnut Ridge, passed from this life after a long but courageous battle with cancer on Jan. 20, 2016, with her family by her side.

Betty was born in Walnut Ridge on Nov. 13, 1957, to the late Lester Glen Hankins and Margaret Hankins Passalaqua. She lived all her life in Lawrence County, and she worked at the Walmart in Walnut Ridge for over 24 years. She worked in every department and spent many years in management while working for Walmart.

She was a hard working lady that loved her family, and was of the Church of Christ belief. Her great outlook for life and her sweet and loving personality will be missed by all that knew her.

She is survived by her daughter, Autumn Sullens-Couch; two grandsons, Krischan and CJ Couch, all of Walnut Ridge; two brothers, JR Hankins and his wife Deb of Bryant, and Chris Hankins and his wife Tonya of Pocahontas; two sisters, Teresa Bristow and her husband Terry of Lynn, and April Smith and her husband Dean of Imboden; and a host of other family and friends.

A celebration of life drop-in will be Saturday, Feb. 6, from 1-5 p.m. in the former Black Rock High School Cafeteria. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Black Rock Museum, the family or the charity of the donor's choice.

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

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Terry Lee Walker

Terry Lee "Scooby" Walker, 59, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 29, 2016, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis.

Born July 19, 1956, in Pontiac, Mich., he was a truck driver and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Ethel Kidd Walker.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Gasaway Walker, whom he married Sept. 20, 1979, in Jonesboro; a daughter, Jenny Walker, of the home; four brothers, Larry Walker, Gary Walker, Perry Walker and Ferry Walker, all of Michigan; three sisters, Mary Richway and Sherry Strickland, both of Michigan, and Kerry Walker, Kentucky; and three stepbrothers, Russell Niester, Howard Niester and Tony Niester.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Mark Walker officiating. Cremation will follow.

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

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Maggie Williams

Maggie Simmons Williams, 66, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 28, 2016, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Sept. 17, 1949, in California, she was a certified nursing assistant and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Williams; her father, Ted Simmons; and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Terry McPhink, Sioux Falls, S.D.; her mother, Elizabeth Zimmerman Simmons, Walnut Ridge; five sisters, Pat Spurlock, Jonesboro, Paulette Simmons and Susan Shields, both of Walnut Ridge, Debbie Monroe, Yadkinville, N.C., and Sherry Harris, Pocahontas; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral was Saturday at noon at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Joey Harris and Bro. Kenneth Monroe officiating. Burial was in Maple Leaf Cemetery at Harrison.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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

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