May 4, 2016 Edition

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Births

Josie Ellagrace Whitmire

Weddings

Green ~ Peppas

Obituaries

Alice Mae Butts Eddie Dean Bobbi Sue Geurin
Ralph Boyd Geurin Joyce Sallie Goff Emmitt Paul Healey
David Lee Hendrickson Dorothy Jean Howard Sterling Stayton Kellogg II
Karen Lynn Mullen Wynona Louise Rash Annetta Marie Sharp
Rex Samuel Utley

Births

Josie Ellagrace Whitmire

Craig and Rena Whitmire of Strawberry have announced the birth of a daughter, born on April 25, 2016, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, three ounces, and has been named Josie Ellagrace Whitmire. She has three siblings, Caitlin, Madalyn and Caleb.

Grandparents are Denver and Kay Wilson of Smithville and Ruth Whitmire of Strawberry and the late Michael Whitmire.

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Weddings

Green ~ Peppas

Jim and Frances Green of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Gwendolyn Anglee Green, to Jeremy Adam Peppas, son of Bernie Peppas Hubler of Ozark and the late Sotirios "Sam" Peppas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Sloan and Rubye Weir and the late Herbert and Julia Mae Green, all of Hoxie. She graduated from Hoxie High School, is a summa cum laude graduate of Lyon College and received her master's degree in journalism from The University of Mississippi. Gwen is the coordinator of communications for the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center in Little Rock.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Albert and Clara Brown of Metcalf, Ill., and the late Ernest S. and Penelope Angelapoulas Peppas of Binghamton, N.Y. Jeremy, a graduate of Ozark High School, attended the University of Central Arkansas. He is the regional editor for GateHouse Media's central Arkansas newspapers.

The couple will exchange vows on June 25 at 2 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church in Little Rock. A reception will follow at the Lafayette Building in downtown Little Rock.

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Obituaries

Alice Mae Butts

Alice Mae McGory Butts, 92, of Prim, died May 1, 2016.

Born Sept. 3, 1923, in New Orleans, she was the daughter of John Harry and Allie Mae McGory. The family moved to Arkansas in 1931, and she lived in and around Lawrence County for many years.

She graduated as a member of the charter class of Southern Baptist College in 1943. She taught school at Black Rock, Hoxie, Williford and Saddle in Arkansas, and in Gautier, Miss. She was a member of the Fairfield Bay Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Butts, whom she married Oct. 6, 1947, in Hoxie; a daughter, Sharlena "Syndi" DeLong; two sisters, Gladys Bradley and Lillian McGee; and a grandson, Charlie Nunnally.

Survivors include a daughter, Syrena Price, of the home; and a son, Ted Butts, Buncombe, Ill.; five grandchildren, Scot Holmes, Sharice Beavers, Danielle Sanders, Christina Blye and Daniel Butts; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Celebrations of her life will be held Friday, May 13, at 2 p.m. at the Fairfield Bay Baptist Church, and on Saturday, May 14, at 2:30 p.m., with a visitation starting at 2, at Huntington Mission in Jonesboro. In honor of Alice's style, everyone is encouraged to wear a hat.

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Eddie Dean

James Coleman "Eddie" Dean, 67, of O'Kean, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Eddie was born on June 5, 1948, in Jonesboro, to Hardee Elmo and Bessie Orlean Rennick Dean.

Eddie was a wonderful husband, father, brother and grandfather. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Eddie was also a Randolph County First Responder, and a member of the O'Kean Volunteer Fire Department.

On May 15, 1971, Eddie married the love of his life, Freda Carol Ragsdell. They were married for 44 years.

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Kathy Dean and Willa Dean.

Survivors include his wife, Freda Carol Ragsdell Dean, of the home; son, Brian (Mari) Dean, of O'Kean; daughters, Athenea Dean and Shenea Dean, both of Pocahontas; sisters, Karen (Gary) Berry, of O'Kean, and Beadie (Kazem) Kolver, of Edmond, Okla.; grandchildren, Clint Dean and McKenzie Dean, both of Noblesville, Ind.

A celebration of his life will be held today at 7 p.m. at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

Visitation is today from 5-7 at the funeral home.

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

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Bobbi Sue Geurin

Bobbi Sue Geurin, 57, of Strawberry, died April 26, 2016.

Born Dec. 13, 1958, in Batesville, she worked at White Rodgers in Batesville for several years and was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church at Eaton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Miles A. and Ella Mae Kay Oliver. Her husband, Ralph Boyd Geurin, died Thursday.

Survivors include a daughter, Amanda Johnson and husband Chad, Sherwood; a brother, Gregory Ted Oliver, Batesville; and a grandson, Evan Johnson.

A memorial service was held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church at Eaton with Bro. Byron Griffey officiating. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Barry Lynch, Jerry Wayne Morgan, Mark Morgan, John D. Richey, Leroy Holmes, Terry Lawson, Danny Counts and Randy Spades.

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

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Ralph Boyd Geurin

Ralph Boyd Geurin, 57, of Strawberry, died April 28, 2016.

Born Jan. 17, 1959, in Batesville, he was a lineman for Craighead Electric in Jonesboro for several years. He was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbi Sue Geurin, on April 26, 2016.

Survivors include a daughter, Amanda Johnson and husband Chad, Sherwood; his parents, Darrell and Anna Geurin, Lynn; a brother, Keith Geurin, Lynn; and a grandson, Evan Johnson.

A memorial service was held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church at Eaton with Bro. Byron Griffey officiating. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Barry Lynch, Jerry Wayne Morgan, Mark Morgan, John D. Richey, Leroy Holmes, Terry Lawson, Danny Counts and Randy Spades.

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

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Joyce Sallie Goff

Joyce Sallie Goff, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died April 27, 2016, at Lawrence Hall.

Born Feb. 11, 1928, in Smithville, she was the daughter of James Homer and Daisy Cunningham Goff. She lived most of her life in Lawrence County and was retired from Lawrence Manufacturing. She was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Walker Goff, whom she married Sept. 13, 1952; a son, James O'Neil McCrackin; a brother, Gordon Cunningham; and a great-granddaughter, Abigail Goff.

Survivors include a son, Gary Goff, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Gay Lynn Williams and husband Bill, Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Joe Goff, Adam Goff and Krystal Newsom; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Marion Stringer officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Emmitt Paul Healey

Emmitt Paul Healey died April 27, 2016.

Things I learned from Dad:

1. Love family unreservedly.

Dad was the middle child of seven, born Aug. 11, 1925. His parents were Emmitt Earl Healey and "Ivy" Spivey Healey. He learned early that family must support each other in order to survive and thrive in Sedgwick during the depression. His love of nature had its birth in those tough times. Hunting, fishing and gardening were both necessities and entertainment.

2. Value and nurture friendships.

The friends Dad made as a child remained life-long friends. They tromped the deer woods well into Dad's eighties. Getting a deer was just a bonus. One friend recently said, "I never had more fun with anyone in my life as I did with Paul Healey." Dad gave time, effort and caring to his friendships.

3. Smart trumps education. Smart plus education is the winning hand.

Even though Dad was not formally educated, he was one of the smartest men I know. He left school after the ninth grade to help support his family. He was in the navy at 17 in World War II, was a sharecropper and was a member of the Army National Guard, retiring as the Supervisor at OMS6 at Camp Robinson. When sent to electrical systems school he was worried, because his formal math training ended in the ninth grade. He was one of the most successful students in the class. He discovered there was one student with an engineering degree. That person became his study partner. Smart trumps education.

4. Empathy and humor resolves more issues than force.

Dad listened carefully when people talked. He listened for their passion and could work with that to resolve issues. He was a mentor to many young soldiers in the National Guard. He was the ultimate storyteller, delivering his point with humor.

5. Give everything you have. Don't hold back.

You shortchange yourself if you do. You may not always succeed, but your regrets will be easier to live with if you feel you have given your best effort.

Dad was married twice: first to Joyce Myers in 1945, resulting in four children, nine grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren; and to Patsy Scroggins Payne in 2012, resulting in Dad welcoming Patsy's family into his heart. He gained additional children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dad was a man who had much to offer and freely gave. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.

Graveside service was Monday at 3 p.m. at Old Military Cemetery in Sedgwick. Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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David Lee Hendrickson

David Lee Hendrickson, 59, of Saffell, died May 1, 2016, in Little Rock.

Born Nov. 11, 1956, in Gary, Ind., he lived his childhood years in Swifton and moved to Saffell, where he lived the majority of his life. He worked as a logger and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marlin and Mildred Montgomery Hendrickson; his stepfather, Tommie Saffell; and two brothers, Robbie Hendrickson and Sam Saffell.

Survivors include his wife, Regina Harris Hendrickson, whom he married Oct. 11, 1975; a son, Eric Hendrickson and wife Heather, Strawberry; two sisters, Betty Doyle and husband Charles, Strawberry, and Donna Bristow and husband Billy, Batesville; a brother, Danny Hendrickson, Strawberry; and four grandchildren, Victoria, Clay, Ally and Abby.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell with Curt Howard and Don House officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is today from noon until 2 p.m. at the church.

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

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Dorothy Jean Howard

Dorothy Jean Howard, 81, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Paragould, died May 1, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 1, 1935, in Paragould, she was the daughter of Manuel and Alta Daniels. She had been a resident of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center the past three years. She was a caregiver and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Winston Parker; her second husband, David Howard; four sons, Larry Parker, Barry Parker, Garry Parker and Steve Howard; a brother, Ray Daniels; a sister and brother-in-law, Carlene and Johnny Wood; and a friend of 18 years, Roger Britt.

Survivors include a son, Mike Howard and wife Pam, Paragould; a daughter, Lana Hackworth, Jonesboro, who along with her daughters, Tammie (Sam) Hiser, Jonesboro, and Toni (Jeff) Beck, Walnut Ridge, helped with the care of Dorothy; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Linwood Cemetery in Paragould with Dale Walker officiating. Mitchell Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Sterling Stayton Kellogg II

Sterling Stayton Kellogg II, 85, of Washington, formerly of Lawrence County, died April 24, 2016.

Born Dec. 25, 1930, in Fort Smith, he was the son of Sterling Stayton I and Katherine Beoate Kellogg. He was an accountant for Craine Industries in Washington.

He was preceded in death by a son, Sterling Stayton Kellogg III.

Survivors include two grandsons, Sterling Stayton Kellogg IV and Ryan Cole Kellogg; and a friend, Holly R. Rigby-Pederson, Kent, Wash.

Graveside service was Saturday at noon at Lawrence Memorial Park. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Karen Lynn Mullen

Karen Lynn Hoogendoorn Mullen, 62, of Black Rock, died April 28, 2016, at her home.

Born Feb. 8, 1954, in Kalamazoo, Mich., she and her husband lived in Portland, Ore., until moving to Black Rock in 1981.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Marjorie Hoogendoorn.

Survivors include her husband, William C. "Bill" Mullen Jr., whom she married Oct. 30, 1970, in Ontario, Calif.; a son, William C. "Billy" Mullen III, Batesville; a daughter, Shawna Pfeffer and husband Brandon, Ravenden; three sisters, Sherry Canifax, Hillsboro, Ore., Sue Darcell and husband Len, Apache Junction, Ariz., and Denise Hayes and husband Richard, Davenport, Wash.; a brother, Terry Hoogendoorn and wife Helen, Ava, Mo.; five grandchildren, Traycie Nelson, Jerrica Mullen, Corey Mullen, Houston Pfeffer and Colton Mullen; and a great-grandson, Camden Nelson.

A memorial service was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Steve Alexander officiating.

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

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Wynona Louise Rash

Wynona Louise Rash, 78, of Pocahontas, died April 29, 2016.

Born Oct. 6, 1937, in Peach Orchard, she was the daughter of Charles and Wanda Forehand Compton. She lived most of her life in Pocahontas and was a member of Cache River Pentecostal Church in Sedgwick. She worked at Douglas-Quikut from 1977 to 2000.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Denver Rash, whom she married March 23, 1957; and two grandsons, Jason Rash and Michael Householder.

Survivors include three sons, Darrell Rash and wife Patty, Pocahontas, and Michael Rash and Darren Rash, both of Jonesboro; three daughters, Pamela Rash Bagwell and husband Dennis, and Cynthia Burtman, all of Pocahontas, and Deborah Householder and husband Tommy, Walnut Ridge; five sisters, Nadine Tennant and husband Art, and Joyce Campbell and husband Jim, all of Fremont, Mich., Rosa Parrish and husband Ronald, Marmaduke, Mary Page and husband Randy, Brookland, and Peggy Gutierrez, Corning; a brother, Ron Compton and wife Leida, Fremont, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 3 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery.

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

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Annetta Marie Sharp

Annetta Marie Sharp, 72, of Jonesboro, died May 1, 2016, at her home.

Born Dec. 27, 1943, in Jonesboro, she had lived in Jonesboro the past 11 years after moving from Cherokee Village, where she had lived since 1973.

She was an avid supporter of the Girl Scouts, first as a volunteer, then as an employee. She achieved the highest honors in both capacities over a 30-year time span. She retired from GSUSA in 2003, but maintained her lifetime membership status.

She also ran an in-home daycare for many years, worked as a toll investigator for Centurytel and as a clerk for Montgomery Ward during her earlier years. She was a long time member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Leotha Kersey; and a brother, Bill Kersey.

Survivors include a son, Durane Walters and wife Tina, Batesville; three daughters, Debra Walker, O'Fallon, Mo., Angee Jones and husband Craig, Walnut Ridge, and Seani Gibson and husband David, Ash Flat; two brothers, Jerry Kersey and wife Edna, Jonesboro, and Darrell Kersey, Greer's Ferry; 13 grandchildren, Matthew Walker, Jessica Nguyen, Kelley Walters, Tabitha Addison, Allison Walters, Lauren Jones, Caitlin Oguntimehin, Alyssa Jones, Madison Jones, Melanie Jones, Ashton Gibson, Hannah Gibson and Mallie Gibson; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Bill Willard officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Keith Summers, Raymond Sartin, Clayton Kersey, Kelley Walters, Matthew Walker and Charles Kersey.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital.

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

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Rex Samuel Utley

Rex Samuel Utley, infant son of Michael Utley and Amber Burrow of Walnut Ridge, was born April 27, 2016, and passed away hours later.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Madilynn Utley; his grandparents, Robert and Vickie Burrow and Freda Best; and his great-grandparents, Vickie Richey, Richard and Alice Hoffman, and John and Erma Jackson.

He was preceded in death by a great-grandfather, James Richey.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn, with Lloyd Simmons officiating. Burial was private.

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

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