August 31, 2016 Edition

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Conor Raye Allen


Daphine Broadway Billie Joe Cook Mark Gregory Havens
Fred Gene Holder Arthur Jessen Jr. Johnny Jewel Sharp
Joyce Nadine Smith Troy Tidwell Dorothy Wells


Conor Raye Allen

Eston Allen and Falesha Johnson, both of Walnut Ridge, have announced the birth of a son, born Aug. 16, 2016, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

The baby weighed six pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Conor Raye Allen.

Grandparents are Mike and Tina Hulen of Black Rock, Bo Johnson of Memphis and Elton and Cindy Allen of Walnut Ridge.

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Daphine Broadway

Mary Ellis Daphine Riggs Broadway, 85, of Jonesboro, passed away Thursday, Aug. 25, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Born July 15, 1931, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Mary Lee (Dodd) and Gay Riggs. When she was born, the doctor just named her Mary Ellis. After several weeks, Mom said she didn't like that and she added Daphine.

Daphine was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and enjoyed reading, sewing, crossword puzzles, decorating cakes and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norris Broadway; and three brothers, Junior Riggs, Kenneth Riggs and Linual Riggs.

Survivors include a daughter, Doris (Chuck) Foley; two grandchildren, Brandon (Holly) Foley and Crystal Foley; five great-grandchildren, Laney and Jorgie Hulsey, and Seth, Gracie and Payden Foley; four brothers, Joe Riggs, Leon (Peggy) Riggs, Conway (Barbara) Riggs and Jerry (Stella) Riggs; three sisters, Imogene Bearden, Lavada Harrell and Neta (Don) Evans; and many special nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Wynndel King and Ray Broadaway officiating. Burial was in Bishop Cemetery. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Nephews and grandson served as pallbearers. Church members were honorary pallbearers.

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Billie Joe Cook

Billie Joe Cook, 83, of Batesville, formerly of Lawrence County, died Aug. 24, 2016.

Born Sept. 26, 1932, in Manila, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a machinist at White Rodgers for several years and was a member of the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by a son, Stephan Wayne Cook; his father, Richard Cook; his mother and stepfather, Ruth and Vernon Foster; a half-sister and two half-brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Donna Cook; a daughter, Brenda MacDonald and husband Robb; two sons, Larry Cook and wife Cheryl, and Willie Cook and wife Malia; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Alderbook Cemetery at Desha with Joey Cook officiating. Willis Funeral Service of Batesville had charge of arrangements.

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Mark Gregory Havens

Mark Gregory Havens, 56, of Clover Bend, died Aug. 24, 2016.

Born Jan. 9, 1960, in North Little Rock, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He worked in manufacturing and as an EMT.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Havens; and two sisters.

Survivors include his mother, Shirley Baumgartner Havens; a sister; a brother; a friend, Jerry Quarry; and a special friend and caregiver for 35 years, Carroll Quarry, Alicia.

Services will be private. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Fred Gene Holder

Fred Gene Holder, 85, of Imboden, died Aug. 26, 2016, at his home, surrounded by family.

Born May 6, 1931, in Opposition, he was the son of Fred G. and Rhoda Clements Holder.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Idell Hathcoat; and a granddaughter, Jessica Draper.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Ann Hunnicutt Holder; children, Sharon and Gary Rasmussen, Danny Holder, and Pamela and Chuck Ludwig; a sister, Dorothy Montgomery; and two grandchildren, Spencer Holder and Devin Draper.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Kenny Townsley officiating. Burial was in Opposition Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Donnie Hancock, Arrie Goodwin, Bert Holder, L.D. Brown, Gary Johnson and Jim Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Chuck Ludwig, Gary Rasmussen, Spencer Holder and Devin Draper.

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Arthur Jessen Jr.

Arthur Jessen, Jr., 91 of Imboden, passed away Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Jan. 8, 1925, in Imboden, he was the son of Arthur Sr. and Emma Thorp Jessen. He served in the U.S. Navy Coast Guard during World War II and received a Purple Heart. He was a schoolteacher at Imboden, Strawberry and Lynn, and was elementary principal at Sloan-Hendrix and Lynn. He was a member of Imboden Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma C. Brown Jessen, whom he married May 14, 1948, in Denton; three sons, Russell Jessen and twins Ronald and Donald Jessen; two brothers, Bill Jessen and Walter Jessen; and three sisters, Paula Nolen, Francis Grumbles and Marion Ruth Hughes.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Jessen and wife Tara, Alabama, and Joe Jessen and wife Beverly, Imboden; a daughter, Lyjuan Kelley and husband Larry, Jonesboro; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Jessen, Bono; a sister, Naomi Moore, Florida; six grandchildren, Beth Hook and husband Bryan, Jana Crowell and husband Brandon, Bryan Jessen and wife Kathryn, Brad Jessen and wife Tori, Garret Jessen and Jacob Kelley; and nine great-grandchildren, Jalynn, Aiden and Kenna Claire Hook, Braydon and Karlie Crowell, Everett and Montgomery Jessen, and Cody and Landon Simpson.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Imboden Baptist Church with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial with military honors was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden. Cox Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Bryan Hook, Bryan Jessen, Garret Jessen, Brad Jessen, Brandon Crowell and Jacob Kelley.

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Johnny Jewel Sharp

Johnny Jewel Sharp, 91, of Jonesboro, formerly of Ravenden, died Aug. 26, 2016, in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 11, 1925, in Ravenden, he was the son of Moses and Edna Overstreet Sharp. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was retired from Arkansas State University. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Taylor Sharp; three brothers, Eugene, W.T. and Leo; and three sisters, Pauline, Lorene and Maxine.

Survivors include two sons, Randel Sharp, Jonesboro, and David Sharp, Bartlett, Tenn.; three daughters, Brenda LaCroix, Sisseton, S.D., and Norma Li and Lora Baugh, both of Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Kelcie, Ashley, Kylie, Alex, Evan and Allison; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation is today from 11 a.m. to noon at Cox Funeral Home. Funeral will follow at noon with Bro. John Thomas Stoll officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery at Imboden.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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Joyce Nadine Smith

Joyce Nadine Smith, 80, of Missouri City, Texas, died with her husband at her side on Aug. 24, 2016, at her home of complications from cancer.

She was born Jan. 13, 1936, to Herman and Grace Nicholson in their farmhouse near Swifton. She married Benjamin Franklin Smith of Paris on April 10, 1954.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ben Smith; three daughters, Jeri Ann Smith and husband Tony Francis, Jeanne Javadi and husband Ray, and Kaetheryne B. Kyriell; four grandchildren, Susanna Leigh, Cyrus Javadi and wife Tracy, Chris Javadi and Shelley Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Jada Leigh Mendiola and Penelope Bell Javadi.

Joyce graduated from Swifton High School in 1952 at age 16. Three years later, she completed her studies at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. At the University of Arkansas, she met and married Ben, the love of her life.

Joyce's professional career included being a chemist, a school teacher and an accountant. She became a CPA in 1982 and was honored for placing third out of 19,000 on the licensing exam. She and Ben formed Smith & Smith CPA, serving individuals and small businesses in the Missouri City area for over 30 years.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Haynes Cemetery, near Swifton. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Troy Tidwell

Troy William Tidwell, 83, of Jonesboro, passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born April 22, 1933, in Peach Orchard, he was the son of Elmer and Mable Jones Tidwell.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet Tribble Tidwell; his parents; and a brother, Leon Tidwell.

Survivors include two sons, Roger Tidwell and wife Tena, Walnut Ridge, and Perry Tidwell and wife Angie, Jonesboro; three daughters, Cathy Tyler and husband Danny, Searcy, Dathney Grooms and husband Kelly, and Kay Huddleston and husband Lee, all of Pocahontas; a sister, Jan Bridges, Pocahontas; 16 grandchildren, Terry, Keith, Candice, Candy, Andy, Taylor, Heather, LaCrisha, Joseph, Whitney, Brittney, Brendan, Walter, Catalina, Leslee and Whitley; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 5 p.m. at Fears Family Funeral Home with Roger Tidwell, Perry Tidwell and Terry Tyler officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Keith Tyler, Brendan Grooms, Walter Grooms, Andy Tidwell, Joseph Huddleston and Tim Tidwell. Honorary pallbearers were Scott Nichols, David Biewer, Jeremy Dachs and Colten Clark.

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Dorothy Wells

Dorothy Faye Wells, 84, of Ravenden, died Aug. 25, 2016, in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 22, 1931, in Opposition, she was the daughter of Willie J. and Lillie Cossey Brown. She was a lifelong resident of Ravenden and was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.V. Wells; a sister, Ruby Brown; two brothers, Lester Brown and Willie Brown; and a grandson, Eric Blount.

Survivors include three sons, Ronnie Wells and wife Cathy, David Wells and wife Cindy, and Jimmy Wells; a daughter, Carol Blount and husband Charles; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time. Cox Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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