May 25, 2016 Edition

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Jett Lewis Slusser


Bibb ~ Palinckx Bivens ~ McQuay Hada ~ Fore


Stacey Lynn Blackshear Mildred Manning Bridges Peter Thomas Connolly
Chip Dortch Billy Michael Fortson Jessie Joann McComas
Clara Edna Midgett Gloria Jean Miller Juanita Inez Sanders


Jett Lewis Slusser

Tristan and Lacy Slusser of Portia have announced the birth of a son on May 13, 2016, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, five ounces, and has been named Jett Lewis Slusser.

He has two older siblings, Justin and Henzley Slusser.

Grandparents are Bill and Linda Tyson of Powhatan and Kathi Bonner of Walnut Ridge.

He is the great-grandson of Armilda Tyson of Powhatan and the late Billy Jo Tyson, Barbara Spurlock of Walnut Ridge and the late Warren Spurlock and Katherine Slusser of Walnut Ridge and the late Gordon Slusser.

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Bibb ~ Palinckx

Desaray Palinckx became the bride of Clay Bibb on May 12 at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Golden, Colo.

The bride is the daughter of the late Crystal Palinckx and the granddaughter of Carol Palinckx of Westminster, Colo., and Richard Palinckx and Laurie Grosselfinger of Lakewood, Colo.

She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver and works as the senior human resource analyst for Jefferson County.

The groom is the son of Ginger Snapp Bibb of Walnut Ridge and the late John Bibb and the grandson of Jewel Snapp of Walnut Ridge and the late C.R. Snapp.

He graduated from West Point and works for Dish Network as the leadership development trainer in Denver.

A reception for family and friends is planned for September of 2017 in Parker, Colo.

Following the wedding, they are living in Lonetree, Colo.

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Bivens ~ McQuay

Lisa Girard of Pocahontas has announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Laycie Josephine Bivens, to Pvt. Hunter McQuay, son of Darrell and Melissa McQuay of Alicia. The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Jeffrey Bivens.

Laycie is a member of the Pocahontas First United Methodist Church, a graduate of Pocahontas High School and a student at Black River Technical College.

Hunter is a member of the Freedom Church of Northeast Arkansas, a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is serving in the United States Army.

The couple will exchange vows on Tuesday, June 7, at 6 p.m at the First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Thomasville, Pocahontas, with a reception to follow.

The couple will be leaving for Germany, where the groom will be stationed.

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Hada ~ Fore

Duane and Marlene Hada of Yellville have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, MeKenzie Ione Hada, to Tadd Austin Fore, son of Steve and Robyn Fore of Powhatan.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Barbara Hubbard of Russellville, Jack Moody of Kansas, Okla., and Gordon and Bernice Hada of Drumright, Okla.

She is a graduate of Yellville-Summit High School and of Williams Baptist College. She is employed as an admissions counselor at Williams Baptist College and is a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Larry and JoAnn Norman of Jonesboro and Gary and Pat Kaiser of Jessieville.

He is a graduate of Black Rock High School and of Williams Baptist College, and is pursing a master's degree at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He is employed at Cox Implement Co.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, June 11, at 6 p.m. at an outdoor ceremony at Hopkinswoode Bed and Breakfast, located at 914 Combs Avenue in Cotter.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Stacey Lynn Blackshear

Stacey Lynn Blackshear, 43, of St. Charles, Mo., died May 19, 2016, in St. Louis.

Born Sept. 12, 1972, in Creve Couer, Mo., she was the daughter of Vaughn and the late Patty Blackshear.

She enjoyed music and loved her Mustang and her friends. She hurt when others hurt, and gave her heart to others in their times of need. We will remember her loving kindness and generosity throughout the rest of our days.

Survivors include her father, Vaughn Blackshear, St. Charles, Mo.; a brother, Greg Blackshear and wife Glennda, O'Fallon, Mo.; and a sister, Shelley Robertson and husband Bradley, Jefferson City, Mo.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

An online guestbook is available at

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Mildred Manning Bridges

Mildred Irene Warner Manning Bridges, 94, died May 23, 2016, in O'Fallon, Ill.

She was born June 2, 1921, in Walnut Ridge, where she was a longtime resident. She also resided in Memphis for several years.

In Walnut Ridge, Mrs. Bridges, known then as Mrs. Manning, taught school for 36 years in the Walnut Ridge Public School System, touching the lives of many of the community's young people. In addition to her love of teaching, Mrs. Bridges loved playing bridge, gardening, and was passionate about her family.

Mrs. Bridges was three times a widow who had been married to the late Raymond Manning of Walnut Ridge, and then to the late Leonard Sharp of Walnut Ridge, and later to the late Dr. James Taylor Bridges of Memphis.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Danny Jerome Manning; and a sister, Fern Hawley.

Survivors include a sister, Vera Lee Horton of Powhatan; a brother, Leroy Warner of Arkansas; daughter-in-law, Janice Manning of Walnut Ridge; two grandchildren, Danetta Townsdin (Steve) of Memphis, and Dana Hopper (David) of O'Fallon, Ill.; three great-grandchildren, James Townsdin and Joel Townsdin of Memphis, and Maximus Hopper of O'Fallon, Ill.; three step-grandchildren, Paula Wilson of Walnut Ridge, Teddy Harmon of Van Buren, and Michael Harmon of Hoxie; and many other friends and relatives.

Funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Manning #1 Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at

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Peter Thomas Connolly

Peter Thomas Connolly, 55, of Walnut Ridge, died May 15, 2016.

Born Feb. 9, 1961, in Glasgow, Scotland, he was a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served as a First Lieutenant in the British Army. He was also a Lt. Colonel with the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, for 20 years. He earned a Doctorate of Divinity and had recently served as interim pastor for the Disciples of Christ in Newport and the Corning Church of the Nazarene.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Connolly.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Connolly; a son, Derek (Juliette Haynes) Connolly, Walnut Ridge; his mother, Elizabeth Connolly, Glasgow, Scotland; two brothers, Brian Connolly, Glasgow, and Malcolm Connolly, London, England; and a sister, Carolanne Brown and husband James, Bridge of Weir, Scotland.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Hoxie. Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Chip Dortch

H.R. "Chip" Dortch, 55, of Paragould, died May 22, 2016, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Born July 15, 1960, in Huntsville, Ala., he was a banker. He most recently served as a loan officer for First National Bank in Pocahontas and headquartered in Walnut Ridge. He was active in the Gideons, Rotary Club, Leadership Paragould and at First United Methodist Church of Paragould.

Survivors include a son, Trey Dortch, Paragould; his parents, Harold Roy and Mozelle L. Dortch, Paragould; a sister, Kim Varvil and husband Gerald, Paragould; three nephews, Cody Noel, Josh Noel and Zach Noel; a great-niece; and four great-nephews.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Paragould with John Fleming and Heath Williams officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Tim Blackburn, Ivy Herren, Dennis Davenport, Josh Noel, Zach Noel and Cody Noel. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Peters, Steve Kieffner, Rusty McAllister and Bob Knott.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Paragould.

An online guestbook is available at

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Billy Michael Fortson

Billy Michael Fortson, 62, of Hoxie, died May 18, 2016.

Born Feb. 4, 1954, in Hammond, Ind., he lived in many places as an adult, but had settled in Delaplaine before moving to Hoxie. He was a retired over-the-road truck driver and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bridgett Fortson; and his parents, Bill and Bernice Gates Fortson.

Survivors include his wife, Rosie Hallmark Fortson, whom he married Oct. 7, 1978; three daughters, Shannon Skimahorn and husband Alvin, Peach Orchard, Jennifer Hill and husband Billy and Katie Fortson, all of Hoxie; two sisters, Vickie Ward, Hoxie, and Regina Tracy, O'Kean; and a brother, Rick Fortson, Delaplaine.

Funeral was Friday at 12:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Phillip Keeling officiating. Burial was in Jones Ridge Cemetery at Delaplaine.

An online guestbook is available at

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Jessie Joann McComas

Jessie Joann McComas, 49, of Walnut Ridge, died May 17, 2016, at her home.

Born Feb. 9, 1967, in Newport, she was employed at KFC.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Boyd and Willene Tate Vaughn; and two sisters, Debra Sanders and Lora May Green.

Survivors include her husband, Jason McComas, whom she married July 30, 2004; three daughters, Tasha Hessler, Denver, Candice Day, Casper, Wyo., and Cynimon Morfield, Horseshoe Bend; three brothers, Mike Vaughn and wife Robin, Pocahontas, and Allen Sanders and wife Kim and Phillip Vaughn and wife Connie, all of Walnut Ridge; and six grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Logan Vaughn, Grant Liles, Chuck Adams, David Sanders and Jonathon Sanders.

An online guestbook is available at

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Clara Edna Midgett

Clara Edna Midgett, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died May 21, 2016, at her home.

Born Nov. 29, 1927, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of George and Viellie Pyatt Billingsley. She was a homemaker and a member of the Life Tabernacle Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Midgett; a daughter, Rosa Midgett; a grandson, Carl Dewayne Midgett; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Carl Midgett and wife Sheila, Walnut Ridge, Leon Midgett and wife Linda, St. Peters, Mo., and Eugene Midgett and wife Mary, Tuckerman; a brother, Earl Billingsley, Ravenden; a granddaughter, Misty Midgett, Walnut Ridge; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

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

Pallbearers will be Jesse Ash, Shane Caves, Billy Beasley, Daniel Midgett, Scott Midgett and Jamie Midgett.

Visitation is today from noon until time of the service.

An online guestbook is available at

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Gloria Jean Miller

Gloria Jean Carson Miller, 85, of Fayetteville, died May 17, 2016, in Fayetteville.

Born Aug. 2, 1930, in Hannibal, Mo., she was the daughter of Carl and Nell Shaffer Carson. She grew up in Black Rock and lived in Maple Park, Ill., Jonesboro and La Jolla, Calif., before moving to Fayetteville in 2006.

She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ. She worked the majority of her life in retail and owned her own store in Jonesboro called "The Meeting Place." She continued in retail at Nordstrom in California. After moving to Fayetteville, she worked at her granddaughter's dance studio, Bak Stage.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Miller Sr.; a son, Rick Hall; two sisters, Bonnie Penrod and Joan Carson; and sons-in-law, Nelson P. Henry Jr., George Robert Cole Jr. and Kenny Koch.

Survivors include two daughters, Jeanne Hall Henry Cole, Fayetteville, and Kathy Koch, California; a son, Dave Miller Jr. and wife Lisa, California; two brothers, Dan Carson and wife Orva, Maple Park, Ill., and James Carson and wife Karen, Sycamore, Ill.; a sister, Sue Ackley and husband Bob, Aurora, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Don Penrod, Springfield, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Glenda Willis, Indiana; a lifelong friend and father of her children, Brooks Hall and wife Elinor, Jonesboro; eight grandchildren, Jordan Henry Roehrenbeck, Cassandra Faddis, Mackenzie Miller, Kelly Valdez, Eric Brandon Hall, Aaron Hall, Matthew Miller and Brian Koch; and six great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Visitation was Friday from 5-7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home of Fayetteville.

Memorials may be made to The Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St., Fayetteville, AR 72703 or St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

An online guestbook is available at

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Juanita Inez Sanders

Juanita Inez Morgan Sanders, 89, of Pocahontas, died May 11, 2016.

Born Aug. 31, 1926, in Powhatan, she was the daughter of Marvin and Dollie Wells.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Nina Dean; a sister-in-law and special friend, Clara Wells; brothers, J.C. Wells, A.B. Wells and triplets, Wesley, Lesley and Easley Wells; and a previous husband, Quinton Morgan.

Survivors include her husband of 19 years, Willie B. Sanders, Elizabeth, Ark.; two daughters, Carolene Holder, Saffell, and Margaret Manning and husband Charles, Pocahontas; a brother, John Leonard Wells, Powhatan; five grandchildren, Kelly Linebaugh, Eddie Linebaugh, Sherry Barnett, Scott Manning and Bridget Palmer; 11 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren; four stepchildren, Roenea Gammill, Elizabeth, Vickie Burns and husband Gary, Batesville, and Linda Johnston and husband Randy and Tresia Hoggatt and husband Gary, all of Bakersfield, Mo.; seven step grand-children, Melissa Gearhart, Clint Burns, Amber Brown, Kristen Jarvis, Chelsea Johnston, Andy Hoggatt and Anthony Hoggatt; and 11 step great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday, May 20, at 3 p.m. at Freedom Church with pastor Don Cook officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Larry Wells, Steve Wells, Danny Mans, Randy Johnston, Gary Hoggatt, James Gearhart and Jerry Gilliam. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Johnston, Gary Burns, Bobby Long and Darrell McQuay.

An online guestbook is available at

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