June 1, 2016 Edition

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Eva Ryan Manning Erin Marie Smith Gavin Joe Wilson


Penn ~ Neeley


Kathryn Marie Carr Earl Lee Hager Jerrod Gaylon Leisure
Dora Meier Eulah Ree Pitcher Michael Gene Richey
Maudie Elizabeth Sullinger Jean Young


Eva Ryan Manning

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Manning of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born on May 9, 2016, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and has been named Eva Ryan Manning.

Grandparents are Sarah Davis and Sherry Manning, both of Walnut Ridge, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kennemer of Benton, the late Billy Davis and the late Richard Manning.

Great-grandparents are Alice Gregory of Piggott, Rosa Lee Kennemer of Texarkana, Texas, and Loretta Tillman of Walnut Ridge.

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Erin Marie Smith

Matthew and Laura Smith of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born May 27, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, five ounces, and has been named Erin Marie Smith.

Grandparents are Dennis and Karen Rinehart of Jonesboro and Mike and Debbie Smith of Walnut Ridge.

She is the great-granddaughter of Donald and Francine Ladymon and Marie Rinehart, all of Clarkton, Mo., and the late Coleman Rinehart, Norma Davis of Walnut Ridge and the late Gene Davis and the late Bob and Hattie Smith.

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Gavin Joe Wilson

James and Amber Wilson of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on May 21, 2016, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Gavin Joe Wilson.

Grandparents are Danny Decker of Swifton, Anna Decker of Walnut Ridge, Angie Rogers of Searcy, Joe Davis of Portia and Angel Hooker of Forrest City.

He is the great-grandson of Betty Davis and Bobby Darris, both of Portia, Jackie and Billy Holland of Jonesboro and Judy and Ray Hooker of Palestine.

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Penn ~ Neeley

Gary and Rose Penn of Lynn have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Emily Taylor Penn, to Robert Taylor Neeley, son of Bro. Terral and Tina Neeley of Colt.

The bride is a graduate of Hillcrest High School and plans to attend University of Arkansas Community College Batesville in the fall to pursue a career as a college English professor.

The groom is a graduate of Williams Baptist College and is employed at Future Fuel in Batesville.

The wedding will be held Saturday at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Annieville.

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Kathryn Marie Carr

Kathryn Marie Carr, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died May 30, 2016.

Born Feb. 4, 1933, in the Strangers Home community, she was the daughter of Earl and Francis Darr Owens. She lived most of her life at Strangers Home until moving to Walnut Ridge. She worked at the First Baptist Church Daycare for 18 years and was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.M. Carr.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Turner and husband Scott, Glencoe, Karen Looney and husband David and Sarah Harper and husband Chris, all of Walnut Ridge; a son, Reginald Carr and wife Sandra, Clover Bend; a brother, Dud Owens and wife Jenny, Bono; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Bro. Danny West officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Luke Harper, Jason Harper, Darrell Shelby, Skylar Carr, Joe Batterton and Kenny Looney.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m.

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

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Earl Lee Hager

Earl Lee Hager, 73, of Hoxie, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, of health complications. He was surrounded by loved ones.

He was born Aug. 21, 1942, in Walnut Ridge, the son of Frank and Fannie Saffell Hager. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hoxie, and attended the Hoxie Schools.

Earl enjoyed fishing, camping, canoeing, family and friends. He was well known in Lawrence County. Earl was known for being a "friend in need." If you had car trouble, needed a ride, or someone to help on a project, you could count on Earl to help any way he could.

As a testimony to his kindness to family and strangers alike, please see the memorial display article from The Times Dispatch from July 2009, titled "Hiker travels through county." The article explains how a gentleman, hiking across the U.S., ended up sleeping under the stars in a tent in Earl's backyard. The two met earlier in the day. The hiker explained his conservative cause to help raise funds for The Sierra club, as well as his rules explaining how he completely relied on the kindness of strangers along his journey.

Survivors include children, Russell Leahan of Little Rock, Tiffany Schoenfeld of Hoxie, and A. J. Holder of Hoxie; two stepsons, Shawn Travis of Hoxie, and Kevin Travis of Cave City; grandchildren, Lisa and Dakota; siblings, twin sister Ann Meeks (Morgan Gilbert) of Hoxie and Robert Hager Sr. (Tonia) of Plano, Ill.; nieces and nephews, Robert Hager Jr. (Christy), Sheri Hager, Ginger (Tracy) Isom, Ronnie (Christy) Rawls, Westley (Dianne) Rawls; and 11 great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Hager; his parents, Frank and Fannie Hager; a sister, Betty Rawls; a nephew, Frankie Meeks; cousins, J.C. Hager, Jim Hager and Freddie Mac Hager.

A memorial service was held Monday at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Hoxie with Bro. William Vasser and Bro. Robert Hager Jr. officiating. A private graveside service will be held later. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming. Romans 8:18

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


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Jerrod Gaylon Leisure

Jerrod Gaylon Leisure, 22, of Paragould, died May 24, 2016, in Paragould.

Born Sept. 7, 1993, in Paragould, he was a construction worker and a member of People's Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Jerry Galen Leisure; and a grandmother, Wilma Jean Friar.

Survivors include his father, Jerry Leisure and Robbie, Paragould; his mother, Shelby Craine and Rodney Glenn, Paragould; a brother, Tyler Jordan, Paragould; grandparents, Brenda Leisure Washam and husband David, Paragould, and Tommie Friar, Beech Grove; and his great-grandmother, Marvine Friar, Beech Grove.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the River of Life Church with Floyd Ryles officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens. Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould had charge of arrangements.

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

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Dora Meier

Dora Meier, 76, of Licking, Mo., died May 25, 2016, at her home.

Born Dec. 30, 1939, in Light, she was the daughter of Ray and Cullen Faulkner Sturkie. She earned an associate degree from Southern Baptist College, a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State College and a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

She taught English and Journalism for four years at Alton High School in Alton, Mo. She taught 36 years in Licking School District (four years in high school and 32 in elementary school).

She professed her faith in Christ at the age of nine in Light, and was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Licking, attending regularly as long as she was able. She enjoyed her Sunday school class and the WMU Missions Group. She strongly supported mission offerings.

She volunteered at the Licking United Community Help Center. For many years, she supported organizations that helped hungry children and rescued abused animals. She was a member of the Licking Tops Club and the Texas County, Mo., Retired Teachers.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Rodger Barrow.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Meier; and a brother, Danny Sturkie and wife Evelyn, Paragould.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Licking, Mo., with pastors Rob Lilly and Raymond Atwood officiating. Burial will be in Licking Cemetery. Fox Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Stone, Larry Keaton, David Roberts, Barry Reynolds, Bryant Chilton and Dean Belshe.

Memorials may be made to The Animal Shelter of Texas County or the Salvation Army.

An online guestbook is available at www.foxfh.net.

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Eulah Ree Pitcher

Eulah Ree Pitcher, 66, of Hoxie, died May 27, 2016, at her home.

Born April 4, 1950, in Hammond, Ind., she was a caregiver and was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Gottschalk; her mother, Tessie Lillian Swift Pitcher; and two brothers, Edward Elston Pitcher and Edmond Franklin Pitcher.

Survivors include her father, Frankie Edgar Pitcher, Walnut Ridge; and two sisters, Edna Riddle, West Plains, Mo., and Muriel Gentry, Walnut Ridge.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Greene County Memorial Gardens in Paragould with Tommy Pitcher officiating. Cox Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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

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Michael Gene Richey

Michael Gene Richey, 66, of Powhatan, died May 28, 2016, at his home.

Born Nov. 16, 1949, at Eaton, he was a timber worker and a member of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Judd and Eula Walling Richey; two brothers, James Richey and Edward Lee Richey; two sisters, Glenda Lewis and Genelda Tyler; and a great-grandson, Damien Richey.

Survivors include his wife, Nona Ruth Lamberth Richey, whom he married Jan. 26, 1970, in Strawberry; three sons, Kelly Richey and wife Jenny, Imboden, Byron Richey and wife Shanna, Lynn, and Curtis Richey, of the home; two brothers, Virgil Richey, Pocahontas, and Jim Richey, Lynn; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Rebecca Lapiro officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Lynn.

Pallbearers will be William Runyan, Tim Richey, Travis Richey, Billy Broadway, Chris Broadway and Terry Smith.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m.

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

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Maudie Elizabeth Sullinger

Maudie Elizabeth Sullinger 102, of Pocahontas, passed away May 28, 2016.

Maudie was born July 23, 1913, to the late James and Katie Williams Moore.

She is survived by sons, J.W. (Dub) Sullinger (Mary), Charles "Chink" Sullinger, Lorn Sullinger (Sue), and Dwight Sullinger; grandchildren, Stan Sullinger, Toni Heard (Rob), Sherry Taylor (Mike), Kathy McCloud (Rodney), Jamey Sullinger (Kara), Jima Junkersfeld (Jeff), Dustin George (Sarah) and Zach Sullinger (Shantele); 24 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great grandchildren; and a sister Lula Myers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd Sullinger; four children, Cifford, Earl, Luke, Jimmy Don Sullinger; three grandchildren, Tammy Blackwell, Sheila Sullinger and Austin Sullinger; three sisters, Martha Bost, Shertia Rogers and Henry Moore; and four brothers, Robert, Tommy, Bob and Gus Moore.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be at Greene County Memorial Gardens in Paragould.

Pallbearers will be great-grandsons: Mark Blackwell, Justin Tidwell, Brady Heard, Brad Junkersfeld, Cade Sullinger and Travis Shearer. Honorary pallbearers will be Stan Sullinger, Jamey Sullinger, Zach Sullinger, Dustin George, Adam Blackwell, Drew Heard, Spencer Junkersfeld, Jaiden Junkersfeld, Clayton Junkersfeld, Zach Shearer, Cody Taylor, Peyton Guerra, and Trenton Tidwell.

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


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Jean Young

Dorothy Jean Young, 83, of Terrell, Texas, formerly of Conway, died May 24, 2016.

She lived in Lawrence County from 1960 to 1975. She and her husband worked in the insurance and real estate business in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James "Jim" Young; and three siblings, Alice Tomlinson, Everett Schafer and Vivienne Pauschert.

Survivors include two daughters, Deby Young Langeloh and husband Greg, Crandall, Texas, and Janet Young, Greenville, Texas; and a grandchild, Bradley Langeloh.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle. Burial was in Carlisle Cemetery. Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen had charge of arrangements.

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

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