March 2, 2016 Edition

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Obituaries

James Albert Biggs Jo Nell Butler Rick Cook
Charles Eugene Davis Bobby D. Dobbs Samuel Garvin
Freda Henry Brenda Huey JoAnn Parrish
Glenna Audrey Pickett J.W. Richey Henry Franklin Wade

Obituaries

James Albert Biggs

James Albert Biggs, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 26, 2016, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born May 11, 1923, in Light, he was the son of John M. and Dovie Casey Biggs. He served in the U.S. Army and played minor league baseball for the New York Yankees. He was retired from Frit Industries and was a longtime member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Maxine Reed Biggs; a brother, Thad Biggs; and two sisters, Vada Payne and Zora Grambling.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Waites, Arnold, Mo., and Deborah Foley, Smithville; a son, James M. Biggs, Paragould; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with John Durham officiating. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery.

Grandchildren served as pallbearers.

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

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Jo Nell Butler

Jo Nell Butler, 81, of Tyler, Texas, died Feb. 26, 2016, in Tyler.

Born Jan. 8, 1935, in Egypt, she was the daughter of Tom Aaron and Bonnie Baxter Rorex. She was a 1952 graduate of Egypt High School and also graduated from Jonesboro Business College. She was the office manager at Voight Oil Company for 30 years and was a member of Shiloh Road Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Bobby June Butler; and four siblings, Terry Rorex, Fred Rorex, Anita Rorex and Juanita Rorex.

Funeral was Monday at 7 p.m. in Tyler, Texas.

A visitation will be held today from 1-2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at Markham Cemetery near Egypt.

Memorials may be made to the Shiloh Road Church of Christ, 1801 Shiloh Rd., Tyler, TX 75703.

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

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Rick Cook

Rick Cook, 55, of El Dorado, died Feb. 27, 2016.

Born May 6, 1960, he was the son of Oliver Dempsey and David Jean Gipson Cook. He served in the U.S. Navy before attending Harding University, where he graduated with degrees in psychology and business.

He was instrumental in developing the first successful youth addiction treatment program for adolescents. He worked in hospital administration for over 20 years, serving as CEO and/or administrator of hospitals in Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. He was a member of College Avenue Church of Christ in El Dorado, where he served as deacon and teacher.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Pam Cook; a daughter, Taylon Lyndee Steele and husband Daniel, Little Rock; a son, Jared Andrew Cook, Malvern; a brother, David Michael Cook and wife Pat, Monette; a sister, Marla Gaye Layne and husband Skip, Monette; grandchildren, Eva Kenadee Cook, Sutton Lyndee Steele and Gabriel Larkin Steele; his parents-in-law, Jim and Willene Massey; a sister-in-law, Twila Massey; and a brother-in-law, James Massey and wife Terrie, all of Strawberry; and a special friend, Barbara Brown.

Funeral was Monday at 9 a.m. at College Avenue Church of Christ in El Dorado with Bro. Kent Jobe, Jim Shaheen and Ricky Cornish officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Youngs Funeral Home of El Dorado.

Memorials may be made to Camp Kurios, in care of College Avenue Church of Christ, 1817 N. College, El Dorado, AR 71730; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or John R. Williamson Hospice House, 2301 Champagnolle Rd., El Dorado, AR 71730.

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

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Charles Eugene Davis

Charles Eugene Davis, 58, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 21, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 18, 1957, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of the late "Junior" and Fern Lewis Davis.

Survivors include his wife of many years, Louise Davis; a daughter, Angel Penn and Chris, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Darrell Davis and wife Carmen, and Ricky Davis and wife Dawn, all of Florida; two granddaughters, Macy Penn and Delaney Penn.

Visitation was Saturday at noon at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Bobby D. Dobbs

Bobby D. Dobbs, 80, of Jonesboro, formerly of Hoxie, died Feb. 25, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born June 6, 1935, in Clover Bend, he was the son of W.A. and Beulah May Jones Dobbs. After graduating high school, he attended Ole Miss before returning to Hoxie. He became a carpenter, worked in heavy construction and built houses in his 66-year career.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Marie Moore Dobbs; a son, Mark Dobbs; a daughter, Carol Dobbs; and a granddaughter, Lacey Dobbs.

Survivors include a son, David Dobbs, Jonesboro; a daughter, Lisha Marie Dobbs Black, Hoxie; grandsons, Brian David, Chad Thomas, Adam and Eric; granddaughters, Bobbi Marie, Megan Clover and Shawna Nicole; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Private burial was in Cross Roads Cemetery at Portia.

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

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Samuel Garvin

Samuel Garvin, 80, of Warm Springs, died Feb. 24, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 13, 1935, in Sedgwick, he was the son of James Samuel and Dorothy Buchanan Garvin. He served in the U.S. Army and was a retired foreman for Bendex in Michigan. He was of the non-denominational faith.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Yvonne Garvin; and two brothers, Virgil Garvin and Herman Garvin.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Murphy Garvin, whom he married May 26, 2015, in Portia; three sons, Leonard Garvin and wife Debbie, and Russell Garvin, both of Michigan, and James Garvin and wife Jacquie, Florida; two daughters, Denise Garvin and Sandra Walter and husband Jamie, both of Michigan; five sisters, Evelyn Crow, Calico Rock, Helen Swindle, Greenbrier, Shirley Gilbert, Morrilton, Sharon Bristow, Hoxie, and Ruth Phillips, Black Rock; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery at Warm Springs.

Pallbearers were Shane Koster, Garrett Garvin, Joey Garvin, Jamie Walter, Mike Podell and Josh Walter.

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

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Freda Henry

Freda Wilcoxson Henry, 91, of Searcy, died March 1, 2016, at Searcy Health and Rehab.

Born Feb. 2, 1925, in Walcott, she was the daughter of William Arthur and Pearlie Ryan Wilcoxson. She was a member of the Gourmet Club and the Schubert Club, and was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. She and her husband co-owned and operated the Ben Franklin Store in Walnut Ridge. She also worked many years for Wilcoxson Department Store. She moved to Searcy in October 2015 to be near her daughter and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Andrew “Bill” Henry, whom she married Oct. 3, 1946; and two brothers, Marlin Wilcoxson (Sue), and Alvin Wilcoxson (Ruby).

Survivors include two sons, Steve Henry and wife, Suellen, Little Rock, and Harroll Henry and wife, Linda, Florence, Ala.; a daughter, Debbie Henry Bell and husband, Danny, Searcy; a brother, Frank Wilcoxson and wife, Maggie; three grandchildren, Jeff Henry (Rachel), Christina Prine (Ben) and Lindsey Jernigan (Joe); five great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Jake Guenrich and Rev. Jeff Henry officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

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

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Brenda Huey

Brenda Sue Middlecoff Huey, 60, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 29, 2016.

Born June 12, 1955, in Walnut Ridge, she retired from Hytrol in December 2015. She was of the Christian faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Trent Huey; and her mother, Wanda Knight Middlecoff.

Survivors include a son, Jeremy Couch and wife Debbie, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Amber Benesch and husband Steven, Walnut Ridge; her father, Verdie Middlecoff, Hoxie; a brother, Cary Middlecoff; three sisters, Becky Middlecoff Linebaugh, Bonnie Yasler and Linda Gaines; and seven grandchildren, Ruby Ann, Katelyne, Krischan, Hailey, C.J., Jace and Luke.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial will be in Carter Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chris Ditto, David Ditto, Mike Gaines, Blaine Middlecoff, Coy Yasler and Casey Middlecoff.

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

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JoAnn Parrish

Tishia JoAnn Parrish, 75, of Hoxie, died Feb. 24, 2016, at her home.

Born Oct. 29, 1940, in Walnut Ridge, she was a previous manager of the Sterling Store in Paragould, and was retired from the Walmart shoe department.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell Lavell Parrish; her parents, Willie Russ and Lorene Howdyshell Cain; a sister and a brother.

Survivors include a son, Shawn Parrish and wife Christy, Hoxie; two granddaughters, Whitlee Reithemeyer and Leslee Everett; and a great-grandson.

Graveside service was Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Chad Robinson officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Barton Reithemeyer, Blake Everett, Heath Miller, Russ Cain, Butch Cain and Willis Cain.

Memorials may be made to help find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.

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

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Glenna Audrey Pickett

Glenna Audrey Hacker Pickett, 95, of Portia, died Feb. 27, 2016, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Aug. 11, 1920, in the Lauratown community, she was the daughter of Henry Oliver and Martha Francis Hunt Hacker. She attended Coffman School. She and her husband, Homer Pickett, raised their family in Portia before moving to Kirksville, Mo., in 1964. They moved back to Arkansas in 1982. She was of the Pentecostal belief, serving in the Assembly of God and Church of God as a teacher, youth leader and in special music.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Homer Denton Pickett, on Oct. 19, 1984, whom she married Aug. 7, 1937; six brothers, Arvle, Aaron, A.L., Brooks, James and William; three sisters, Savannah Hillenburg, Bama Fouts and Merida Cherry; and a son-in-law, Fred Damron.

Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Damron, Walnut Ridge; a son, Carroll Pickett and wife Sharon, Calera, Okla.; a sister, Maxine Gollehon, Titusville, Pa.; three granddaughters, Kathy Phipps, Kirstie Damron and Lesa Price; and a great-grandson.

Graveside service was Saturday at Lawrence Memorial Park with Shawn McElhannon officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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J.W. Richey

J.W. "Dub" Richey, 81, of Smithville, died March 1, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 6, 1934, at Eaton, he was the son of Elmer Horace and Alice Nora Treatenburg Richey. He was a livestock farmer and had been a heavy equipment operator. He worked on the pipeline and helped build the Walnut Ridge Post Office and Lynn School. He also made sorghum, which was sold in many stores.

He was preceded in death by three brothers; a sister; a son-in-law; and a granddaughter, Tayelor Allison Huskey.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Richey, Eaton; three daughters, Christie Huskey and Jeanie Richey, both of Eaton, and Renee Richey and husband Randy, Strawberry; a special friend, Janice Brower, Smithville; a brother, Loyd Richey, Eaton; a sister, Hazel Hubbard, Strawberry; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a former wife, Elva Holder, Saffell.

Funeral is Thursday at noon at the Portia Church of Christ with Darrell Douglas officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery, near Lynn, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation is Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

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

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Henry Franklin Wade

Henry Franklin Wade, 93, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Paragould, died Feb. 23, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 15, 1922, in Lake City, he was the son of Samual and Ruth Wade. He was a World War II Army veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. He was formerly a welder for Darling Store Fixtures and for Greene County. He was of the Methodist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laverta Jo Cox Wade; a brother, Luther Wade; and two sisters, Annie Headley and Faye Sims.

Survivors include a daughter, Kelly Hibbard and husband Danny, Walnut Ridge; two grandchildren, B.J. Hibbard and Logan Hibbard; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Woods Chapel Cemetery in Paragould with Royce Boling officiating. Mitchell Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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