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Ashton Alls became the bride of Tyler Roby on May 21, 2016, at Saffell Missionary Baptist Church.
Parents of the couple are Scott Alls of Wiggins, Miss., Sandy Howard of Strawberry and Pat Jr. and Robyn Roby of Black Rock. Both Ashton and Tyler are graduates of Williams Baptist College.
Mackenzie Nunnally of Conway served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Kodi Clemons of Jonesboro, Sara Roby of Black Rock, Sarah Manis of Bono and Carolina Vela of Lima, Peru.
Tadd Fore of Powhatan was best man. Serving as groomsmen were Payton Poole of Benton, Curtis Jackson of Houston, Texas, Drew Gage of Jonesboro and Bray Brooks of Black Rock.
Following a wedding trip to Universal Studios and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., they are at home in Bolivar, Mo.
Kenneth Dale Adkisson, 74, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at his home.
Born June 25, 1942, in Walnut Ridge, he was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mona Adkisson; his parents, Walter and Affie May White Adkisson; four brothers, Marvin, Charles, Witty and Jackie Adkisson; and two sisters, Clarice Smith and Audrey Forrester.
Survivors include a son, Loye Adkisson, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Gerald Adkisson, Hoxie; two grandchildren, Ashley Boutzale and Pasha Ausley and husband Brett; and two great-grandchildren, Caden and Chloe Boutzale.
Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with David Ponder and Tommy Boles officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Jerry Adkisson, Gerald Adkisson, Terry Rutledge, Larry Forrester, Nick Brown and Spencer Brown.
An online guestbook is available at www.coxfhwalnutridge.com.
Ernest Ray Allen, 84, of Minturn, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, Frank and Lillie Allen; his brothers, Jerry, Carlos, Bill and Thaddeus Allen; his sisters, Larua-Jean Clark, Georgia Freet and Glendola Wilson.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 62 years and 11 months, Vaudeen Allen. Other survivors include daughters, Brenda Dunlap of Clearwater, Fla., Cindy Johnson of Moore, Okla, and April White of Jonesboro; sons, Terry Allen of Memphis, and Barry Allen of Minturn; sisters, Francis Whaley of Clover Bend, and Shelby Bates of Hot Springs; a brother, Tommy Allen of Greers Ferry; a stepsister, Joyce Quattlebaum of Jonesboro; eight grandchildren, James and David Dunlap, Blake Johnson, Ashley Gomez, Cassey Walker, and Connor, Seth and Kate White; and eight great-grandchildren, Spencer Walker, James, Sarah, Adeline, William, Eva, and George Dunlap and Waylon Dunlap. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Booger.
Ernest had the honor of serving our country in the 5th Marines 1st Division as a Corporal for the United States Marines. He was a forward observer in the Korean War for 10 months and 10 days. After his military duties were complete he became a lifelong farmer in Minturn. His passions were rooted in outdoor life, which included, fishing, hunting and tending his garden. His favorite recreational spot was a piece of land in Greers Ferry, where he enjoyed his hobbies.
His heart not only belonged to his wife, but to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They kept him young. He loved creating stories with them that broadened their imaginations. He was a man of God that attended Hopewell Assembly of God. Ernest was a picture of strength, integrity and honor. He was a tough man with a big heart, who was proud of his Marine service and family. He will endlessly be missed and loved by all who knew him.
Funeral was Sunday, July 3, at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Davis officiating. Entombment was in Jonesboro Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were James and David Dunlap, Michael Gomez, Landon Walker, Blake Johnson and Allen Ray. Honorary pallbearers were Ruben Wheat, Jerry Cochran, and Daryl and Charles Hendrix.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice or a charity of your choice.
An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.
Norma Jean Justus was born Sept. 12, 1943, to William Crock Mize and Irma Ruth (Mitchell) Mize. For the first 35 years of life she resided in Powhatan, and she lived in Lawrence County until 1989.
She obtained a bachelor's degree in biology from Arkansas College in 1971, after which she taught one year at Swifton. She returned to college to earn a master's degree in biology from Arkansas State University. After graduating in 1974, she spent 15 years as a biology teacher in Walnut Ridge.
She began working with the Arkansas Education Association in 1989 and retired from AEA in 2009. The last 27 years of life she resided in West Little Rock, but frequently returned to Lawrence County and to Powhatan. Her hobbies included reading, working in her flower garden, mushroom hunting, geneological research, and most of all, caring for her family.
Norma was extremely committed to education and to teachers throughout her career. She considered family or moral support to be the strongest component for any individual's success. Her dedication to youth and the underprivileged was perhaps her strongest virtue.
In our sorrow, the family takes comfort in knowing the large number of lives that she touched and the example that she provided. She believed in taking a strong stance on one's beliefs and also that we should strive throughout life to be better individuals. She became increasingly interested in the Bible, and was quick to remind us of its emphasis on kindness, compassion, and humanity, in general.
Norma was preceded in death by her mother and father; five siblings, William, Nona and Dent Mize and Glenda and Wanda Glenn.
She is survived by one brother, Bobbie Dean Mize; two children, Terri Lea Mullen and Billy Gene Justus; four grandchildren, Brandi Lea Davis, Charla LeAnn Cusson, Nathan Tanner Justus and Lane Ellen Justus; four great-grandchildren, Gage Afton Eades, River Blaine Davis, Blakley Reese Williams and Ashley Jean Cusson; and many good friends.
If we could have one wish, her friends and family would give her a big, final hug and tell her how much she will be missed.
Revel in the sadness, for it can only be an indication of the significance of your loss. Revel, too, in the comfort and celebration of a life well spent.
Teresa Ann Proper, 56, formerly of Hoxie, died Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Oxly, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Edward Diggs; and a grandmother, Velma Arender.
Survivors include two daughters, Daiquiri Laster and Chastity Farber, both of Malvern; her fiance, Harold Putman, of the home; her mother, Margie Diggs, Hoxie; two brothers, Jimmy D. Westmoreland, North Little Rock, and Phillip Diggs, Hoxie; and five grandchildren.
A private memorial service was held.
Geraldine Smith, 82, of Dowagiac, Mich., passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, Mich.
Geraldine was born June 6, 1934, in Walnut Ridge, to Carl and Nina (Chronister) Wilson. On Dec. 23, 1956, she married Garland Smith in Hernando, Miss. Geraldine worked for Bell Telephone as a telephone operator in Arkansas and Kalamazoo, Mich., during the 1950s. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, golfing and most of all she loved spending time with her family.
Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Helen Honeycutt, Ruth Alice Taraschke, Rovena Thornley and Oleta Warner; and a brother, Carl Wilson.
Geraldine is survived by her husband Garland Smith of Dowagiac; a son, Rodger (Debbie) Smith of Cassopolis, Mich.; a daughter, Donna (Steve) Bourne of Paw Paw, Mich.; four grandchildren, Ashley (Richard) Kirkpatrick of Granger, Ind., Matthew Smith of Cassopolis, Mich., and Brittany and Marissa Bourne of Paw Paw; a great-grandson, Logan Kirkpatrick; two brothers, Alvin (Annie) Wilson of West Plains, Mo., and Jerry (Barbara) Wilson of St. Louis; a special niece, Dot Russell; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday at noon at Clark Chapel & Cremation Services in Dowagiac, Mich., with pastor Stacey Wilder officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. until noon.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
An online guestbook is available at www.clarkch.com.
Daisy Louise Watkins, 82, of Yucca Valley, Calif., died May 15, 2016, in Palm Springs, Calif.
She was born May 19, 1933, in Walnut Ridge.
Survivors include a son, Gale Watkins, Yucca Valley, Calif.
Cryptside service was May 20 at 3 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cathedral City, Calif., with pastor Cliff Watkins officiating. Forest Lawn Funeral Home of Cathedral City had charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook is available at www.forestlawn.tributes.com.
Sharon Kay Weir, 68, of Walnut Ridge, died July 1, 2016, in Searcy.
Born Aug. 7, 1947, in Newport, she was a homemaker, nurse's aide, respiratory therapist and a greeter at Walmart in Pocahontas.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rochelle "Shelly" Weir; her parents, Howard "Mutt" and Imogene Street Self; a sister, Mary Katherine Self; and a son-in-law, Jason Rash.
Survivors include her husband, Cameron Weir, whom she married Aug. 9, 1969; a daughter, Deanna Rash, Hoxie; and a granddaughter, Baylee Rash.
Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Rev. Dan Brand and Bros. Gregg Cooper and Rick Hart officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Hicks/Blakeney/Wolfe Scholarship Fund, attn: Debbie Sullivan or contact the Hoxie School District.
An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.
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