February 24, 2016 Edition

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Davis ~ Collier


Pearley Utah Christopher Lonnie James Gilbreth Idell Rickey
Randy L. Rogers Juanita Trantham Don Williamson


Davis ~ Collier

Garett William Davis of Paragould and Leah Wise Davis of Pocahontas have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Mackenzie Taylor Davis, to Mathew Tyler Collier, son of Chris and Judy Collier of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Rick and Debbie Wise of Pocahontas and Coni Davis and Bill and Sarah Davis, all of Walnut Ridge. She is the great-granddaughter of Frances Prevo of Pocahontas and Jewel Snapp of Walnut Ridge.

She is a 2014 graduate of Pocahontas High School.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Jerry and Glenda Gulley of Bono. He is a 2014 graduate of Pocahontas High School.

The couple will exchange vows on Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at the old Pocahontas Court House.

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Pearley Utah Christopher

Pearley Utah Christopher, 83, of Branson, Mo., died Feb. 20, 2016, at his home.

Born June 27, 1932, in Smithville, he was the son of Harvey and Myrtle Whitlow Christopher. He was retired from Waterloo as an industrial engineer, and was a deacon of his church. He worked at Silver Dollar City after retirement.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Bonnie George Christopher; five daughters, Phyllis Williams and husband David, Evening Shade, Sheila Dunnam and husband Bobby, Branson, Janet Madrid and husband Vincent, Casper, Wyo., and Jessica Long and husband Mark, and Jackie Christopher, all of Wheeling, W.Va.; a son, Kenneth Christopher and wife Tammy; 21 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 4, at 2 p.m at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

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

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Lonnie James Gilbreth

Lonnie James Gilbreth, 73, of Pocahontas, departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.

Lonnie was born on Jan. 15, 1943, in Powhatan, to Lawrence Lon and Rebecca Eileen Hill Gilbreth. Lonnie loved his family, country and community. On Jan. 24, 1962, Lonnie married the love of his life, Marjorie Ann Brumley. They were married for 54 years.

Lonnie was a veteran of the United States Military. He proudly served his country in the Air Force, Air National Guard and Arkansas National Guard.

Lonnie worked with the Randolph County Sheriff's Department. In addition, Lonnie taught for 29 years in the Pocahontas School District. He was a member of the Westridge Church of Christ.

Lonnie is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Ann Brumley Gilbreth, of the home; a son, Lonnie James Jr. (Christina) Gilbreth of Topeka, Kan.; a daughter, Cheryl Ann Gilbreth-Burke, of Pocahontas; a sister, Pat (Al) Whitmire, of Walnut Ridge; and a grandson, Jeremiah Burke of Pocahontas.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Westridge Church of Christ, in Pocahontas with Les Gleaves, officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery under the direction of the Fears Family Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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


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Idell Rickey

Idell Rickey, 97, of O'Kean, died Feb. 17, 2016, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born March 4, 1918, in Cord, she was the daughter of Henry and Ethel Dobbs Lance. She lived her adult life at O'Kean and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Rickey; a brother, Morris Dean Lance; and a sister, Iris Hudson.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Rickey, Paragould; three sisters, Jean Lance, Walnut Ridge, and Kay Sifford and Marlene Hart, both of Pocahontas; six grandchildren, Tiffany Felty, Angela White, Jeromy Rickey, Anthony Rickey, Mike Manderson and Melissa Foster; 12 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Greene County Memorial Gardens with Bro. Everette Hart officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Randy L. Rogers

Randy L. Rogers, 60, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 22, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He was a lifelong resident of Walnut Ridge and was employed with the Lawrence County Road Department for 43 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Minnie Wallin Rogers; and a sister, Bonnie Light.

Survivors include his wife, Kim Taleff Rogers; a son, Randal Rogers and wife Brandy, Hoxie; a daughter, Karen Anderson, Trumann; a sister, Linda Youngman, Jonesboro; a brother, Roy Rogers and wife Geraldine, Hoxie; and eight grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 1 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Juanita Trantham

Juanita Madge Trantham, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 17, 2016, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born April 3, 1924, she was the daughter of James Rufus and Ruby Howard Land. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Piggott.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, James Land, Kline Land and Clifford Land.

Survivors include two sons, Rodney Trantham, Batesville, and David Trantham, Walnut Ridge; three daughters, Terry Parker, Blytheville, Susan Gibson, Little Rock, and Kathy Parker, Batesville; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Rev. Kenny Worthington and Dr. Keith Hearnsberger officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Brooks Howard, Dennis Land, Jack Land, Zachary Stokes, Holden Tarno and Kelly Waddell.

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

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Don Williamson

Don Williamson, 60, of Powhatan, died Feb. 16, 2016, at his residence.

Born Sept. 1, 1955, in Rockford, Ill., he was a diesel mechanic for Peterbilt and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Richard and Pearl Rose Gulley Williamson; and two brothers, Richard and Curtis.

Survivors include a son, Chris Williamson, Hubert, N.C.; a daughter, Sherry Spradling, Republic, Mo.; two brothers, Jon Williamson, Kansas City, Mo., and Larry Williamson, Walnut Ridge; and several grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday at New Hope Baptist Church in Black Rock with Bro. Brent Powell officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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