August 3, 2016 Edition

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Peppas ~ Green


Amelia Carol Bragg Lana Kay Creel Jerry W. Fitzgerald
Vickie Hidalgo Bonnie Lee Jeffrey Imogene Massey
Yonniona Louise Phillips Iva Grace Thacker


Peppas ~ Green

Gwendolyn Anglee Green and Jeremy Adam Peppas were married at 2 o'clock in the afternoon Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

The bride is the daughter of Jim and Frances Green of Hoxie and the granddaughter of the late Sloan and Rubye Weir and the late Herbert and Julia Mae Green, all of Hoxie.

The groom is the son of Bernice Peppas Hubler of Ozark and the late Sotirios "Sam" Peppas. He 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.

Rev. John Moore of Ridgeland, Miss., and Asbury pastor Rev. Mary Hilliard officiated. Nuptial music was provided by trumpeter Carl Mason of Jonesboro and church organist Anguel Kehayov.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore an A-line, floor-length, V-neck gown of white satin. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of pink roses and pale pink and white peonies, freesia and alstroemeria, peach hypericum berries and stock.

Matron of honor was Joy Shideler of Taylor, Miss. Bridesmaids were Angie Williams of Madison, Miss., and Andrea Allen of Jonesboro.

Best man was Josh Peppas of Alma, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Jayson Peppas of Alma, brother of the groom, and Jimmy Green of Walnut Ridge, brother of the bride.

Jeremie Burns of Dyer, brother-in-law of the groom, and Eli Peña of Ozark, nephew of the groom, served as ushers.

Guest book attendants and greeters were Sarah Green and Olivia Green of Walnut Ridge, nieces of the bride. Assisting the bride were her sister-in-law, Valarie Green of Walnut Ridge, and Kim Thornton of Los Gatos, Calif.

Briley Burns of Dyer, Zoey Schubarth and Liam Schubarth of Ozark, and Brant Peppas, Brayden Peppas and Brenden Peppas of Alma, nieces and nephews of the groom, were flower children and sign bearers.

A reception followed the ceremony at the historic Lafayette Building in downtown Little Rock.

After a honeymoon trip to Oahu, Hawaii, the couple is residing in Little Rock.

County guests

Attending from Lawrence County were Jim and Frances Green, Elaine Allen, Terrell and Debbie Downing, Lanny and Lida Tinker, Lonnie and Katie Smith, Jeannie Smith, Brenda Flippo, Teresa Lovelady and Sandra Lovelady of Hoxie; Jimmy and Valarie Green, Sarah Green, Olivia Green, Mary Videll and Allen Smith of Walnut Ridge; Wilma Jones and Larry and Marta Jones of Minturn; and Mary Ann Foley of Powhatan.

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Amelia Carol Bragg

Amelia Carol Bragg, 67, of Paragould, died July 26, 2016.

Born April 29, 1949, in Charleston, W. Va., she was the daughter of Charles C. and Charlotte Hughes Clark.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Noah Bragg; and a sister, Claudia Bowens.

Survivors include a daughter, Ciera Wilson (Scott Ditto), Walnut Ridge; a brother, Clay Clark, Hoxie; a grandson, Kaleb Wilson, and twin grandchildren, Paisley Carol Lynne Ditto and Joshua Adam Ditto, on the way.

A memorial visitation will be held Friday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Lana Kay Creel

Lana Kay Creel, 52, of Light, died July 27, 2016, at her home.

Born June 3, 1964, she worked at Darling Store Fixtures for over 30 years and was a member of Brown's Chapel Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Kay Creel.

Survivors include her father, Marcus Creel; a sister, Jean Creel, Light; a brother, Murl Creel, Tuckerman; two nieces, Jessica Taylor and husband Adam, Stanford, and Melanie Burge and husband Basil, Lafe; a great-niece, Addison Bruce; two great-nephews, Landon Taylor and Jaxon Gramling; and her honorary family, Chase and Addison McCreless.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Brown's Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Royce Boling officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Paragould.

Pallbearers were Darrell McCreless, Skip Dulaney, Gary Don Wise, Chase McCreless, Kevin Whitt, Mark Tedder, John Dulaney and Bruce Hunt.

Memorials may be made to Brown's Chapel Baptist Church.

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Jerry W. Fitzgerald

Jerry W. Fitzgerald, 65, of Black Rock, died July 27, 2016.

Born July 10, 1951, he was the son of the late Leonard and Nina Neal Thompson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Nellie Dye and Tootie Hicks.

Survivors include two sons, Anthony Fitzgerald and wife Naomi, and Daniel Fitzgerald and wife Jillisa; a daughter, Jackie Bush and husband Patrick; four brothers, Herbert Fitzgerald and wife Carol, Bob Fitzgerald and wife Kathy, Yankee Fitzgerald and wife Melinda, and Yogi Fitzgerald; three sisters, Shirley Harris, Sue Rogers, and Brenda Menear and husband Chris; six grandchildren, Rebbeca, Daniel, Thaddeus, Jayden, Patrick and Brennen; and his life partner of 22 years, Amanda "Mandy" Fisk.

Graveside service was Monday at 11 a.m. at Crossroads Cemetery in Portia. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Vickie Hidalgo

Vickie Lynn Cook Hidalgo, 68, of Swartz Creek, Mich., died July 6, 2016, at her home.

Born April 3, 1948, near Light, she lived in Bono before moving to Michigan in the 1960s. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Viola Cook; a sister, Rebecca Kay Cook; and a brother, Lloyd Don Cook.

Survivors include a daughter, Sabrina Wills and husband Bill, Swartz Creek, Mich.; a son, Anthony Kent and wife Bridgette, Bono; a brother, Johnny Cook and wife Diana, Jonesboro; four sisters, Joan Stratton, Walnut Ridge, Theresa Justus and husband David, Light, and Linda Wineland and Connie Tolbert and husband Kenny, all of Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Ashley Czarney, Tony Kent, Whitney Kent and Tristan Brewer; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday at the Main Street Church of Christ Annex in Walnut Ridge, with Rob Combs officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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Bonnie Lee Jeffrey

Bonnie Lee Marney Jeffrey, 73, of Newark, died July 28, 2016, following a short illness.

Born Feb. 22, 1943, in Wiseman, she served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Secretary for the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. She was also a respiratory technician and a real estate agent.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bonam B. and Alene Deal Marney; two sisters, Joyce Moore and Carretta Smith; and a grandson, Michael Jeffrey.

Survivors include a son, Russell Jeffrey and wife Shelly, Powhatan; a daughter, Bonnie LaSchel Walkoviak, Newark; a sister, Barbara Gilmore, Sulfur Rock; five grandchildren, Tyler Jeffrey, Cody Fox, Georgia Rheanne Reed, Cassie Hamblin and Chris Hamblin; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Cord Baptist Church. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be Saturday from 2-3 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at

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Imogene Massey

Imogene Massey, 92, of Illinois City, Ill., formerly of Lawrence County, died July 25, 2016.

Born Oct. 14, 1923, in Jesup, she was the daughter of Arthur and Virgie Moody Guthrie. She received her education in Arkansas and moved to Illinois in 1955. She was a cook for the Illinois City Elementary School and was of the Methodist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Massey, whom she married March 20, 1943; a daughter, Glenda; a daughter-in-law, Gerry Dee; her parents; a grandson, Lincoln Massey; and seven siblings, Kenneth, Juanita, Billy, Hoover, Jim, Jonnie Sue and Lucy.

Survivors include four sons, Don Massey and wife Joanne, Ohio, Mike Massey and Dub Massey and wife Cindy, all of Iowa, and Jack Massey and wife Rhonda, Illinois; a sister, Barb Thrasher and husband Lee; a sister-in-law, Mollie Guthrie; 11 grandchildren, Jami Kistler, Jacqueline Kleis, Aaron Massey, Amber Bizarri, Brian Massey, Adam Massey, Melissa Varnell, Nicole Lafever, Jonathan Massey, Josh Massey and Kayla Bull; 28 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a special friend, Lucille DeKeyrel.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home in Reynolds, Ill. Burial was in Illinois City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Unity Point Hospice and the Illinois City Fire Department.

An online guestbook is available at

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Yonniona Louise Phillips

Yonniona Louise Willfond Phillips, 52, of Walnut Ridge, died July 28, 2016, at her home.

Born Sept. 21, 1963, in Marianna, she was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Dewayne Hudson; her parents, Marvin Edgar and Lillie Mae Cooper Willfond; a brother, Jerry Wayne Willfond; and a sister, Katrina Willfond.

Survivors include a son, Timothy Edgar Hudson and wife Wanda; a sister, Teresa Janice Lawrence, Mountain Home; five brothers, Marvin Willfond and Robert Willfond, both of Walnut Ridge, Carl Willfond, Corning, Howard "Bo" Willfond and wife Addie, Alicia, and Daniel Willfond, Little Rock; and four grandchildren, Haley, Tyler, Johnny and Logan Hudson.

Funeral was Saturday at noon at Cox Funeral Home with Rebecca Lapiro officiating. Burial was in Duty Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Carl Willfond, Robert Willfond, Rick Sluder, Marvin Willfond Jr., Steven Willfond and Wayne McMaster. Honorary pallbearers were Howard "Bo" Willfond, Joe Hoskins and Eddie Dunivant.

An online guestbook is available at

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Iva Grace Thacker

Iva Grace Thacker, 85, of Smithville, passed away July 29, 2016, at Randolph County Nursing Home in Pocahontas.

Born March 9, 1931, in Somerset, Pa., she was the daughter of Simon and Ellen Resh Atchison.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Basil Thacker, whom she married Aug. 28, 1954; her children, Jim (Rhonda) Thacker, Debra (Rick) Snow, Barry (Jackie) Thacker, Cletha (Everett) DeJarnette, Phyllis (Craig) Campbell, Gloria Collins, Brian Thacker, JoAnn (Robert) Haddix, and June (Roger) White; 12 grandchildren, Randi (Kent) Winslow, Jerica (Jake Mann) Thacker, Jason (Cara) Nelson, Michael DeJarnette, Brandie (Anthony) Teel, B.J. (Savannah) Thacker, Candice (Clayton) Rice, Brooke Haddix, Mackenzie Haddix, Donnie White, Aaron White, and Gracie White; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Smithville Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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