April 20, 2016 Edition

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Births

Averie Grace Doyle
Elijah Matthew Worlow

Obituaries

Ralph Cook Jr. Nettie Mae Knapp James Allen Kyle
Rosa Lee Midgett Harold V. Phillips Buna M. Taylor

Births

Averie Grace Doyle

Spencer and Courtney Doyle of Lynn have announced the birth of a daughter born March 12, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces and has been named Averie Grace Doyle.

Grandparents are Robert and Tracy Howard and Greg Doyle, all of Lynn, and Anna Doyle of Black Rock.

Great-grandparents are Linda Hoggard of Strawberry and the late Jerry Hoggard, Donnie and Rose Humes of Black Rock, Betty Howard of Lynn and the late Gerald Howard and Rita Williams of Lynn and the late Joe Williams.

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Elijah Matthew Worlow

Eric Matthew Worlow and Shannon Rae Crissman of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on March 26, 2016, at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Elijah Matthew Worlow.

Grandparents are Jerry and Lydia Worlow of Walnut Ridge, Tracy Edwards of San Angelo, Texas, and the late William Crissman Jr.

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Obituaries

Ralph Cook Jr.

Ralph Lehman Cook Jr., 76, of Pocahontas, died April 14, 2016, at Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehab Center.

Born Aug. 22, 1939, at Eleven Point, he was the son of Ralph L. Sr. and Monnie Armstrong Cook. He graduated from Sloan-Hendrix High School at Imboden in 1958, and was a local automobile and aircraft mechanic for several years. He joined FedEx as an aircraft mechanic in 1979 and retired in 2004 after 25 years with the company.

He served six years in the Arkansas Army National Guard from 1962 to 1968. He had basic training in Fort Polk, La., and served with the Walnut Ridge National Guard unit. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mona Jean Evans; and a brother, Jerry N. Cook.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Anna Lue Daniels Cook; a daughter, Tammy Spann and husband Michael, Cordova, Tenn.; a brother, George B. Cook and wife Lora, Mississippi; two sisters, Carol Upton and husband Walter, Enola, and Sherryl Livingston and husband Robert, Indiana; a sister-in-law, Emily Cook, Rogers; and a grandson, Stone Spann.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Russell Evans, Tony Evans, David Evans, Randy Daniels, Michael Spann and Mark Sparks. Honorary pallbearers were his co-workers from FedEx.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

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

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Nettie Mae Knapp

Nettie Mae Knapp, 98, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Imboden, died April 14, 2016, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born May 14, 1917, in Birdell, she was the daughter of William and Mattie Ellen Cravens Holobaugh. She was a beautician and worked in home health care.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Knapp; two brothers, Karr and Jim Holobaugh; and six sisters, Christine Perrin, Jenny Sue Crabtree, Willie Mize, Iness Ward, Pauline Morgan and Betty Holobaugh.

Survivors include many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and a special friend, Doris Phillips.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Old Union Cemetery, near Imboden, under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Family members served as pallbearers.

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

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James Allen Kyle

James Allen Kyle, 60, of Russellville, died unexpectedly on March 24, 2016. He was born on Feb. 22, 1956, in Cuero, Texas. He was the first born of James and Lavell Kyle's three children.

In 1974, he graduated from Walnut Ridge High School, where he was active in a variety of activities and organizations, including football, Key Club and the French Club, and was one of the top 10 graduates scholastically. He was missed by many friends when his family moved away from Walnut Ridge in the summer of 1974.

He earned a bachelor of science in biology degree from Hendrix College in Conway in 1978, and a doctorate in dental surgery degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis in 1982.

James immensely enjoyed rock and country music, automobiles, fishing, Native American artifacts, assembling airplane and automobile model kits and Arkansas Razorback football.

James was preceded in death by his father, James E. Kyle; his mother, Lavell Kyle; and his sister, Joyce Ann Kyle.

He is survived by his brother, Bruce Kyle and Bruce's wife, Jennifer Kyle; his aunts, Bobbye Peace, Fannie Fowler and Joan Stiles; his three nieces, Chena Bartlett, Rachel Kyle and Mikayla Kyle; and numerous cousins.

Graveside service for James was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at West Mount Zion Cemetery in Hartman, Johnson County, Ark., where he was laid to rest beside his sister, father and mother.

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Rosa Lee Midgett

Rosa Lee Midgett, 67, of Walnut Ridge, died April 19, 2016, at her home.

Born May 3, 1948, at Success, she was a caregiver and a member of Life Tabernacle Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Everett Midgett.

Survivors include her mother, Clara Billingsley Midgett, Walnut Ridge; and three brothers, Carl Midgett and wife Sheila, Walnut Ridge, Leon Midgett and wife Linda, St. Peters, Mo., and Eugene Midgett and wife Mary, Tuckerman.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Revs. Patrick Hancock and Jeremy Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jessie Ash, Scott Midgett, Daniel Midgett, Anthony Ash, Elbert Melton and David Simmons.

Visitation is Thursday from noon until time of the service.

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

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Harold V. Phillips

Harold V. Phillips, 89, of Genoa, Ill., died April 15, 2016, at his home.

Born Feb. 1, 1927, in Black Rock, he was the son of Jesse and Leona Miller Phillips. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW. He worked for Automatic Electric for several years and did television repair.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Glen Phillips; and two sisters, Coleda Woodson and Lila Lee Phillips.

Survivors include his wife, Maudine Johnson Phillips, whom he married Oct. 6, 1951, in Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Inez Wilton, Almeda Kerwin and husband Bill "Corky" Kerwin, Barbara Bates and husband Arble, and Judith Smith and husband Octavius; a special niece, Annette Irving and husband Gene, Sycamore, Ill., and a special nephew, Phillip Pulliam, Maple Park, Ill.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Olson Funeral and Cremation Services in Genoa, Ill., with pastor James Freund officiating. Burial was in Genoa Cemetery.

Visitation is today, one hour prior to the service.

A memorial fund has been established for VAC Meals on Wheels Program.

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

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Buna M. Taylor

Buna M. Walling Taylor, 83, of Cave City, died April 18, 2016, at Cave City Nursing Home.

Born Oct. 26, 1932, in Jesup, she was the daughter of Harmon and Blanche Davis Walling. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arson Taylor; and a son, Johnny Taylor.

Survivors include a daughter, Darlene Perkey and husband Ronnie, Cave City; two sons, Jerry Taylor and wife Debbie, Cave City, and Jesse Taylor and wife Faye, Poughkeepsie; a brother, Boyce Walling, Cave City; a sister, Pauletta Milligan, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Barry Perkey, Eric Perkey, Randall Perkey, Robby Perkey, Michelle Dew, Mindy Crafton, Tonya Staggs, Michelle Gilmer and Melissa Cross; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bros. Randall Perkey and Matt Donnell officiating. Burial will be in Bear Creek Cemetery at Evening Shade.

Pallbearers will be Barry Perkey, Eric Perkey, Robby Perkey, Cody Perkey, Justin Dew and Lane Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Walling, Mitchell Walling and Marc Walling.

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

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