August 10, 2016 Edition

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Abbott ~ Braden Bookout ~ Johnson


Lilly May Berry Jerry Gill Howard Columbus Golden
Larry G. Hays Phyllis Ann Latham Kristy Kaylon Light
Lillie Marshall Barbara Jean Scott Myra Nell Tidwell


Abbott ~ Braden

Holly Joan Braden became the bride of Austin Wayne Abbott in a private ceremony at the Silos in Bono on July 24, 2016.

The bride is the daughter of Barry and Dana Braden of Manila. She is a 2011 graduate of Manila High School and graduated from Arkansas State University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in midlevel education. She teaches math at Westside Middle School.

The groom is the son of Larry and Jeannie Abbott of Walnut Ridge. His grandparents are Erma Frisbee of Walnut Ridge and the late Euen Frisbee and Mary Abbott of Hoxie and the late Junior Abbott. He is a 2006 graduate of Hoxie High School and graduated from ASU in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He is employed by The Home Depot in Jonesboro.

Rachel Braden of Manila, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor, and Aaron Abbott of Springdale, brother of the groom, was the best man.

Following a honeymoon trip to Disney World, they are residing in Jonesboro.

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Bookout ~ Johnson

Gary Wayne Bookout and Amy Jo Johnson were united in marriage on July 23, 2016.

The bride is employed at Walmart and the groom is employed at Arnold and Jacob Farms.

The couple were married in a private ceremony in Alicia, followed by a reception.

Following the wedding, the couple enjoyed a wedding trip to Hot Springs for a week. The couple will reside in Walnut Ridge.

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Lilly May Berry

Lilly May Berry, 76, passed away Aug. 5, 2016, at Foxbridge Assisted Living and Memory Care in Memphis, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was also a long-term breast cancer survivor.

Lilly was born in Walnut Ridge on Oct. 16, 1939, to Susan Ruth Derryberry Berry, nee Hart and David Albert Berry. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1969 (Cum Laude), a Master's of Art in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in 1972, a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in 1979, and completed a post-doctoral study in Cognitive Psychology in 1979-80. Lilly was awarded the title of Professor Emerita of Psychology by San Francisco State University on May 24, 2005.

Lilly was part of an extended family that included full, half and step siblings. She enjoyed learning immensely and her older half-sister, Laura Lavada Campbell, née Derryberry, was instrumental in affording Lilly the opportunity to attend primary and secondary school until she graduated from 12th grade.

Lilly moved to California in the 1960s where she obtained her undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. Lilly was married twice, first to Bill Clark and then Adam Pierce. While attending UCLA, she met her lifelong friend and partner, Sam Palmer. Although Lilly and Sam eventually went their separate ways, they remained close lifelong friends.

Lilly accepted a teaching position at San Francisco State University in the Psychology Department in 1981 and was an integral part of the department's nationally ranked Industrial/Organizational graduate program until her retirement in 2004, serving as the program's coordinator for several years. She published many scholarly articles, as well as two seminal textbooks in the field, Psychology at work: An introduction to industrial psychology (1997) and Employee Selection (2002). Professor Berry, as her students knew her, was elected Chair of the department in 1994 and served in that capacity for two years. In addition to her many contributions to the Psychology Department, Professor Berry was a part of the interdisciplinary faculty of the well-respected Masters of Public Administration Program at San Francisco State, providing expertise in the areas of human resources management and organizational theory. Her many contributions to the university include chairing the university's Promotion Committee.

After retirement, Lilly established a fund for the Lilly M. Berry Scholarship Endowment in Psychology stating, "I believe in the power of public education. I have not forgotten those whom I never knew personally, but who helped me many years ago to get my education."

Upon retirement, Lilly moved to Port Townsend, Wash., to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an artist and to live near long-time friends, Robyn and Richard Watkyns. She enjoyed many years in Port Townsend attending art classes, developing her artistic talents and exhibiting her art in local art shows. She formed many friendships in this small artist community.

Lilly was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2013, and with the assistance of her niece, Vonda Derryberry, and Robyn and Richard Watkyns, she relocated to Memphis to be closer to family.

Lilly is survived by her brother, Delmer Berry; nieces, Lynn Tennison, Wilma "Billie" Snell, Glennis Cove, Vonda Derryberry, Jacqueline Williams and Delilah Berry; nephews, Harry Williams, Troy Berry, Kirby Berry and Terry Derryberry; and several great nieces and nephews, cousins, extended family members, friends, and former colleagues of San Francisco State University.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Susan Ruth Derryberry Berry, née Hart and David Albert Berry; and siblings, James Derryberry, Laura Lavada Cambell nee Derryberry, Renee Williams née Derryberry and Donald Berry.

Family and friends will miss Lilly, but we hold decades of wonderful memories. "Say not in grief ‘she is no more' but live in thankfulness that she was."

Public visitation is Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jaime Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Memorial gifts to the San Francisco State University Foundation noting "Lilly M. Berry Endowed Scholarship" may be sent by mail to: Gift Processing, University Development, ADM #153, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132.

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Jerry Gill

Jerry Donald Gill, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 9, 2016, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.

Born Feb. 23, 1935, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Olus and Rebecca Kissee Gill. He was a farmer and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Gill.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Gaines Gill, whom he married March 19, 1955, in Tunica, Miss.; a daughter, Debbie Geurin and husband Keith, Lynn; two sons, Donald "Von" Gill and wife Tammie, Black Rock, and Joey Gill, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Colbert Gill and wife Doris, Walnut Ridge, and H.V. Gill and wife Lynda, Searcy; two sisters, Patsy Martin, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Barbara Stevenson and husband Bob, Canadian Lakes, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Kris, Brett, Jared and Rebecca Gill, and Josh, Dustin, and Blake Geurin; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Howard Columbus Golden

Howard Columbus Golden, 72, of Hoxie, died Aug. 5, 2016, at his home.

Born March 17, 1944, in Arbor Grove, he was a 1962 graduate of Hoxie High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked as the shop supervisor at The Times Dispatch for 46 years. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Howell Golden; his parents, Felix and Claudia Maxie Golden; two sisters, Nina Mae Golden and Kathleen Warnick; and two brothers, Bob Golden and Felix Golden Jr.

Survivors include a son, Brent Golden and wife Jennifer, West Monroe, La.; two daughters, Leelonna Payne, Berryville, and Meshayla Payne, Hoxie; five sisters, Ruth Arnn, Batesville, Wilma Guntharp and husband Garland, Hoxie, Ann Jackson, Cabot, Betty Dunham and husband Larry, Richmond, Texas, and Carolyn Allen and husband Warner, Black Rock; and four grandchildren, Tristan Payne, Griffin Payne, Paige Golden and Scarlett Golden.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Lamb officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Tristan Payne, Griffin Payne, Raymond Cain, Marty Harris, Richard Mitchell and Richard Millsap. Honorary pallbearers will be Garland Guntharp, Warner Allen, Larry Dunham, Robert Clay, Jerry Worlow and Alex Latham.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at

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Larry G. Hays

Larry G. Hays, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 1, 2016.

Born Oct. 6, 1944, in Parkersburg, W.Va., he lived most of his life in West Virginia. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1961 and served as an antitank assault man. He was awarded the Purple Heart, a Combat Action Ribbon, a Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with device.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Wayne Hays; his parents, Ivan Clifford Sr. and Mary Violet Kelley Hays; three brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Hays; two sons, John Hays and wife Angie, Walnut Ridge, and Larry Allen Hays and wife Britteny, Jonesboro; three daughters, Shelley Hays, Mountain Home, and Sarah Hays and Sharon Farmer and husband Wayne, all of Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Madeline Gregg, Linda "Sis" Richards and husband George, Karen Jones and Shelia Miller and husband Ron; and six grandchildren, Sarah Marie "Mouse" Farmer, Katherine Grace "Bubble Cake" Farmer, Timothy "Bub" Farmer, Nathaniel "Curly" Hays, Levi Bryant Farmer and Michelle "Mitch" Hays.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at Faith of the Apostles Church in Walnut Ridge with David Morse officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Phyllis Ann Latham

Phyllis Ann Latham, 65, died Aug. 4, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 27, 1951, in Newport, she was a school teacher and a member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Thelma Puckett Luther; and two brothers, Darrell Luther and Orville Luther.

Survivors include her husband, Herman Latham; three children, Tonjia Miles, Walnut Ridge, Mark Latham, Hoxie, and Heather Wiggs, Searcy; two brothers, Larry Luther, Hoxie, and Glendon Luther, Pocahontas; two sisters, Renee Adams, Hoxie, and Rita Luther, Walnut Ridge; and three grandchildren, Christopher Wiggs, Emily Latham and Sarah Latham.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Clearview Cemetery with Bros. John Durham and Paul Miles officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Alex Latham, Joe Latham, Glendon Luther, John Adams and Clint Adams. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Miles and the men's and women's classes of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

An online guestbook is available at

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Kristy Kaylon Light

Kristy Kaylon Light, 41, of Hoxie, died Aug. 1, 2016, at her home.

Born March 7, 1975, in Rockford, Ill., she worked in sales and as a receptionist. She was a member of the Alicia Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; and a nephew, Jonathon Phillips.

Survivors include a daughter, Memory Light, Hoxie; a son, Harley Light, Hoxie; her parents, Ronnie "Frog" and Kathee Ketron Light, Minturn; two sisters, Shawnta Whited and husband Randal, Walnut Ridge, and Kamela Light, Hoxie; and three nephews, Chance Phillips, Ethan Whited and Weston Whited; and a niece, Hannah Phillips.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bros. Carl Cate and David Emery officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to College Scholarship fund for Kristy Light's children, Memory and Harley Light, at First National Bank in Walnut Ridge.

An online guestbook is available at

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Lillie Marshall

Lillie Marshall, 80, of Batesville, died July 28, 2016, at Wood-Lawn Nursing Home in Batesville.

Born Nov. 7, 1935, in Swifton, she was the daughter of Leonard Ray and Rosa Lee Davis Couch. She was a beautician and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Kim Light and Kathie Rogers; a brother, Clarence Couch; and three sisters, Kathleen, Mildred and Mary Lou.

Survivors include a son, Dale Rogers, Vidor, Texas; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Saturday at Cox Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Barbara Jean Scott

Barbara Jean Scott, 74, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 5, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 7, 1941, in Swifton, she was the daughter of Manual and Nova Reed Kinder. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Scott; two sons, Randy Cook and Rickey Cook; a brother and two sisters.

Survivors include a son, Mike Cook and wife Debbie, Hoxie; a brother, Mitchell Kinder, Searcy; three sisters, Jenice Johnson, Walnut Ridge, Brenda Smith, Searcy, and Rose Mary Kozelka, Paragould; three grandchildren, Justin Cook, Kelli O'Neal and Matt Cook; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Markham Cemetery, near Egypt, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Myra Nell Tidwell

Myra Nell Tidwell, 84, of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, at UAMS in Little Rock.

Born Nov. 10, 1931, she was the daughter of Charlie and Maggie Haynes. She was united in marriage to Leon Tidwell, who preceded her in death.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Tom Haynes, John Haynes, Milas Haynes, Dailey Haynes and Charles Haynes, Jr.; and four sisters, Veoma Seagraves, Leona Blankenship, Shirley Huckabee-Goff and Wanda Foster.

Survivors include a son, Tim Tidwell, Pocahontas; two grandchildren, Kandi Guerra, Pocahontas, and Justin Tidwell and wife Mary, Maynard; seven great-grandchildren, Peyton Guerra, Logan Guerra, Victoria Tidwell, Trenton Tidwell, Emma Tidwell, Sophia Tidwell and Layla Tidwell; one sister, Charlene Ward; several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Ed Gregory officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Justin Tidwell, Peyton Guerra, Denny Riney, Terry Riney, Roger Tidwell and Perry Tidwell.

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