July 13, 2016 Edition

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Births

Hadley Faye Williams

Weddings

Galla ~ Willfond Hickey ~ Witt

Obituaries

Kimberly Gale Blazer Benjamin C. Brightwell Sandra Kay Carr
Florene Collins Marie Buchanan Davis Ethrene Grissom
Billy Ray Hodge Herbert Eugene Light Benjamin Rice
Myrtle Weir Schultz Bonnie Sheets Hazel Kate Williams

Births

Hadley Faye Williams

Jeff and Meagan Williams of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on May 9, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Hadley Faye Williams.

Grandparents are Mamie Long of Hoxie and the late Paul Long and Michele McCandless and Jeff Williams, both of Walnut Ridge.

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Weddings

Galla ~ Willfond

Mary Willfond and Roger Galla were united in marriage on July 9 in Black Rock by Mary's father, Bryan Smith.

The bride is the daughter of Bryan and Lucinda Smith of Black Rock and Kathy Tims Sywalski of Conway.

The wedding reception was held in the old Black Rock City Hall and was hosted by Bryan and Lucinda Smith. The wedding cake was made by Julie Jones of Portia.

Elizabeth Rush caught the bride's bouquet, which was made by the groom's sister.

The couple resides in Walnut Ridge.

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Hickey ~ Witt

Jessica Joyce Hickey and Colton Davis Witt have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Mark Hickey of Pocahontas. She is the granddaughter of the late Bobbie Hickey of Pocahontas.

She is a 2012 graduate of Pocahontas High School and is employed at Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehab.

The prospective groom is the son of Julia Witt and Jeff Witt, both of Imboden.

He is the grandson of Davis and Margaret Matthews of Imboden and the late Mrs. Frankie Witt of Imboden.

A 2009 Sloan-Hendrix High School graduate, he is employed at Riverside Express of Pocahontas, as well as 7UP.

The couple will exchange vows on Friday, July 22, at 6 p.m. at the Imboden Church of Christ. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Obituaries

Kimberly Gale Blazer

Kimberly Gale Blazer, 44, of Black Rock , died July 7, 2016, at Clover Bend.

Born Aug. 26, 1971, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of Willie Blazer and Sandra Kay Hicks.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. Burial will be private.

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

A full obituary will appear in next week's issue of The Times Dispatch.

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Benjamin C. Brightwell

Benjamin C. Brightwell, 58, of Imboden, died July 2, 2016, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born Feb. 16, 1958, in Imboden, he was a member of the Imboden Church of Christ. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing and playing golf. He loved people and never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his father, Orvel Eugene Brightwell.

Survivors include a son, Benjamin H. Brightwell and wife Autumn, Imboden; a daughter, Amber Rainwater and husband Jerrod, Imboden; his mother, Edith Geneve Overturf Brightwell, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Patty Dickson and husband Eugene, Imboden, and Nancy Day, Springfield, Mo.; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Imboden Church of Christ. Faith Funeral Service of Manila had charge of arrangements.

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

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Sandra Kay Carr

Sandra Kay Carr, 59, of Walnut Ridge, died July 11, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 3, 1956, in Walnut Ridge, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Darrell and Onema Dunn Carr; and a brother, Tommy Carr.

Survivors include two sisters, Janie Farris and husband Jackie, Imboden, and Nancy Morrison, Batesville; a sister-in-law, Diane Carr, Pocahontas; 12 nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Vanessa Shultz.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Austin Cemetery at Old Walnut Ridge with Robert Davis officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Florene Collins

Florene "Flo" Collins, 75, formerly of Batesville, died July 5, 2016.

Born June 9, 1941, in Dowdy, she grew up in the Strawberry and Saffell area and attended Strawberry School. She lived most of her adult life in Batesville, after moving from Wichita, Kan., in 1970. She and her husband, Dale, owned the Rainbow Cafe and Dairy Bar for several years. She later sold Avon.

She attended the First Assembly of God Church in Batesville for over 35 years, where she served in various capacities. In her later years, she attended Newark First Assembly of God.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Alie Matheny; three brothers, Oneal Matheny, Lowell Higginbottom and Odell Matheny; and a son-in-law, Chuck Peterson.

Survivors include a son, David Collins, Batesville; two daughters, Wanda Peterson, Batesville, and Tina Moore and husband Chad, Cabot; three sisters, Doris Sullivan and husband W.O. "Sully" Sullivan and Lorena Parr, all of Kansas City, Mo., and Olene Huskey, Saffell; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Batesville. Burial was in Union Cemetery, in Dowdy, under the direction of Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

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

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Marie Buchanan Davis

Marie Buchanan Davis, 108 years old, of Pocahontas, passed away July 9, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Sherman E. Davis; a nephew, Everett Dodd Jr. (Polly) of Hernando, Miss.; a great-nephew, Bradd Everett Dodd, of Hernando, Miss.; and Glenn Northup of St. Louis.

She is survived by two nieces, Ruth Marie Dodd Stotler, of Warrenton, Mo., and Dr. Carol Buchanan Jones of Biloxi, Miss.; a nephew, Dr. William Buchanan (Noni) of Jackson, Miss., five great-nieces, Lynn Johnson and Diane Rykiel, both of O'Fallon, Mo., Cathy Rodamaker of Lake St. Louis, Mo., Bonnie Merz, Wright City, Mo., and Susan Hughes, Dallas.

Other survivors include William Brian Buchanan of Mississippi, Christopher Toler Buchanan of Charlotte, N.C., and Martha Ann Jones.

Marie lived most of her life in Pocahontas. She also lived near Walnut Ridge for several years. She retired from Pocahontas Federal Savings and Loan in February of 1967. She was an icon in the community and was voted The Average Arkansan in 1991. She was also a devoted St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. She will be truly remembered and missed by all who knew her.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Randolph Memorial Gardens with Fred Hunter officiating. McNabb Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Ethrene Grissom

Ethrene Grissom, 95, of Hoxie, died July 11, 2016, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born April 24, 1921, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of David Edward and Zepha Colbert Rice. She was the Hoxie High School secretary most of her life and was a member of the Hoxie Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Grissom, whom she married May 11, 1941; a son, James R. Grissom; a sister, Iola Benish; and a brother, David Rice.

Survivors include a daughter, Sara Gilliam and husband Johnny, Hoxie; a daughter-in-law, Neena Grissom, Little Rock; two grandchildren, Sonya Dry and husband Eric, and Matt Gilliam, all of Hoxie; and two great-grandchildren, Sydney Dry and David Dry.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Wiles officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Gilliam, Matt Gilliam, Eric Dry, Bobby Mike Watson, Tim Taylor, and Lonnie Smith.

Visitation is today, one hour before the service.

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

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Billy Ray Hodge

Billy Ray Hodge, 83, of Jonesboro, died July 8, 2016, at his home.

Born April 30, 1933, in the White Oak community, he was the son of Bunk and Estelle Hodge. He was a retired farmer and owned Hodge Trucking Company in Hoxie for many years before moving to Jonesboro in 2005. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Hodge Hill; and two brothers, Dempsey Hodge and Bunk Hodge.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Jo Jones Hodge, whom he married March 10, 1953; a son, Michael Ray Hodge and wife Jackie, Jonesboro; two sisters, Elaine Hodge Casten, Fayetteville, N.C., and Patty Hodge Cupples, Dyer, Tenn.; and three grandchildren, Steven Michael Hodge, Christopher Evan Hodge and Cassie Hodge Thompson.

Funeral was Sunday at 3 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Mickey Jones officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Lacey Hodge, Rodger Sullivan, Gary Little, Bobby Gardner, Christopher Hodge and Steven Hodge. Honorary pallbearers were Rickey Parker, Mitch Little, Gary Sears, Frank Benson, Bob Bailey, Roy Rogers, Hosea Knowlton and Buck Pickrell.

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

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Herbert Eugene Light

Herbert Eugene "Herb" Light, 82, of Independence, Mo., died recently.

Born Aug. 11, 1933, in Hoxie, he was the son of Dalton and Florence Light. He joined the U.S. Army in 1953 and served in Germany during the Korean War and later served in the National Guard. After graduating from Arkansas State University with a degree in business, he moved to Independence in 1957 and worked for General Motors for 36 years, including six years at the GM plant in Mexico.

After retirement, he enjoyed photography and traveled extensively. He was skilled at woodworking and made many beautiful pieces. He loved his family and friends, and will be remembered as a generous and caring man.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Dee Light.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Louise Cravens Light, whom he married April 14, 1956; two daughters, Deborah Light and Susan Pratt and husband Russell; a brother, William Light and wife Edna; and three grandchildren, Sean Pratt, Ryan Pratt and Rachel Lowry.

A private memorial service was held at the New Salem Funeral Home in Independence, Mo.

Memorials may be made to West Central Veterans Assistance League, Missouri Veterans Home, 1300 Veterans Road, Warrensburg, MO 64093.

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Benjamin Rice

Benjamin Fred Rice, 49, of Hoxie, died July 8, 2016, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

Born May 22, 1967, in Walnut Ridge, he worked as a night advisor for the Lord's Ranch most of his life. He was a member of New Beginnings Church in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willie "Bill" Rice; and a brother, Kevin Rice.

Survivors include his wife, Carla Peters Rice, whom he married July 23, 1994; his mother and stepfather, Georgia Leona Regan Rice Harris and Walter Harris, Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Lisa Rice, Hoxie, Karen Davis and husband James, Powhatan, and Cassie Steele, Bald Knob; nine nieces and nephews; and a great-niece.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bros. Rick Anglin and Nick Troutman officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jason Slatton, Jeremy Lewis, Preston Lewis, Duane Hutchinson, Sonny Boy Anglin and Scotty Mullen. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Kopp and Clay McIntire.

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

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Myrtle Weir Schultz

Myrtle Weir Schultz, 87, of Jonesboro, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Myrtle was born in Walnut Ridge and lived several years in the area before moving to Rock Falls, Ill., where she lived before moving to Jonesboro in 1979. She worked most of her life as a cosmetologist and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Myrtle enjoyed sewing, fishing and cooking for her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence "Jack" Weir; her second husband, Roger Schultz; five sisters; and a brother.

Survivors include five sons and daughters-in-law: Corwyn and Jo Weir, Malcomb Weir, and Kurt and Lisa Weir all of Jonesboro, Keenan and Linda Weir of Lexington, Ky., and Gregory and Becky Weir of Tumbling Shoals; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Bill Becker officiating. Burial was in Manning Cemetery #2 near Sedgwick.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

The family wishes to say, "Thank You" to the staff of 3-East at St. Bernards for the deeply personal, professional, comforting and compassionate care given to Myrtle during her stay.

Memorials may be made to the Manning #2 Cemetery Association.

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

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Bonnie Sheets

Bonnie Sheets, 82, of Hoxie, died July 6, 2016, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born May 18, 1934, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Harry Sr. and Imogene Tracy Andrews. She was a beautician and worked in the Walnut Ridge School cafeteria.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Sheets, whom she married May 19, 1952; and three sisters, Wanda Murphy, Mickey Myers and Jackie Cassidy.

Survivors include a son, David Sheets, Walnut Ridge; five sisters, JoAnn Cortelloni, Paducah, Ky., Louise Digman, Texas, Brenda Dumstarf, Fredericktown, Mo., Linda Massey, Walcott, and Betty Gibbs, Hoxie; two brothers, Harry Andrews Jr., Cabot, and Steve Andrews, Walnut Ridge; three grandchildren, Austin Sheets, Gina Riga and Sarah Farmer; and three great-granddaughters.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bros. Joel McMasters and William Vassar officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Blain Gibbs, Jimdan Gibbs, Joey Massey, Brian Massey, Brad Massey, Del Massey, Tracy Murphy and George Beasley.

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

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Hazel Kate Williams

Infant Hazel Kate Williams was born in the arms of Jesus on Friday, July 8, 2016, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was surrounded by family and friends as she was baptized into the United Methodist Church and is now rejoicing in the presence of God.

Hazel's father, Rev. Heath Williams, is the associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Paragould, while her mother, Rev. Jeanne Williams, is the pastor at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She is loved unconditionally by her parents; sister, Natalie Williams; maternal grandparents, Greg and Becky Larson, The Villages, Fla.; paternal grandparents, Jim Williams and Sharon Williams, Little Rock; uncles, Jason (Dena) Larson, Asheville, N.C.; Brian Larson, cousins Brooke and Breanna, Cookeville, Tenn.; and aunt, Heather (Dennis) Byrd, cousins, Branden and Addison, Benton; and a large extended family.

A Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, July 16t at 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Paragould with Rev. John Fleming and Rev. Susan Ledbetter officiating. The family wishes to celebrate Hazel's life with friends and family following the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Heath Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge or Paragould; or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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

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