September 7, 2016 Edition

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Nash Harvey Hunter


Whaley ~ Kimble


Verlon Daggett Randall Denney Edna Elaine Durham
Jeremy Scot Johnston Ezrah King Leon Vernon Lamb
Robin Sue Meeks Clifford Miller Jr. Kenneth Richey
Bobby Wayne Walker Irene Ruth Watkins


Nash Harvey Hunter

Rick and Cassie Hunter of Bono have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born July 21, 2016, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, four ounces, and has been named Nash Harvey Hunter.

Grandparents are Randy and Belinda Glenn and Corky and Geniave Hunter, all of Lynn.

He is the great-grandson of Jack and Betty Rainwater, Sherry Glenn and Martha Clara Hunter, all of Lynn, and Junior and Eula Mae Huskey of Saffell.

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Whaley ~ Kimble

Alan and Sarah Whaley of Clover Bend have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Nicole Whaley, to Jacob Kimble, son of Cassondra Kimble and Willie and Cindy Kimble, all of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Frances and Robin Whaley of Clover Bend and the late Herbert and Bobbie Knight of Walnut Ridge.

Elizabeth is a 2009 graduate of Hoxie High School and a 2014 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor's of science in wildlife ecology and management. She is the park interpreter at Crowley's Ridge State Park in Walcott.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bennie and Linda Waymon, Georgia and Dennis Smart, and the late Willie and Mary Kimble, all of Pocahontas, and Bill Anderson of Tatum, Texas.

He is a 2008 graduate of Maynard High School and received his welding certificate from Black River Technical College in 2009. He is currently the warehouse specialist at Winfield in Trumann.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. at The James Ranch Outdoor Chapel in Pocahontas. The reception will follow in the event center at the ranch. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Verlon Daggett

Verlon Daggett, 85, of Moline, Ill., died Sept. 4, 2016, at Amber Ridge in Moline.

Born March 11, 1931, in Saffell, she was the daughter of Raymond and Alma Godwin Melton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leoman Daggett, in 1976, whom she married July 6, 1949, in Cord.

Survivors include two sons, Randall Daggett, East Moline, Ill., and Russell (Marty) Daggett, Forest City, Iowa; siblings, Geraldine Parsons, Ash Flat, Delbert Melton and wife Modine, Saffell, and Elbert Melton and wife Lauraetta, Smithville; and two grandchildren, Sarah Nuehring and Emily Daggett.

A memorial service will be held Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Van Hoe Funeral Home in East Moline, Ill. Burial will be in Union Church Cemetery at Cord at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

An online guestbook is available at

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Randall Denney

Randall Dewayne Denney, 40, of Lafe, died Aug. 29, 2016, at his home.

Born Feb. 14, 1976, in Jonesboro, he worked as a roofer and was of the Pentecostal belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronnie and Glenda Henson Denney.

Survivors include a sister, Diane Hayes Wright, Paragould; a brother, David Denney, Jonesboro; three nephews, Austin Hayes, T.J. Wright and Jordan Denney, all of Paragould; and an aunt, Debra Owens, Minnesota.

Visitation was Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home.

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Edna Elaine Durham

Edna Elaine Durham, 86, of Benson, Ariz., died Aug. 30, 2016, in Tucson.

Born April 7, 1930, near Black Rock, she was the daughter of Oliver and Lillian Hudson Knauss. She graduated from Black Rock High School in 1947 and lived in Rockford, Ill., for many years before moving to Arizona in 1976.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Durham, in 2006; and three grandchildren.

Survivors include children, Allen Arnold and wife Shelley, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Dian Arnold and Gisele Worley, both of Benson, Ariz., Greg Arnold and wife Ann, Tucson, and Mark Durham and wife Yvette, Nederland, Texas; a brother, Bill Knauss and wife Yoko, Columbus, N.M.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at a future date at Holobaugh Cemetery near Imboden.

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Jeremy Scot Johnston

Jeremy Scot Johnston, 35, of Strawberry, died Aug. 30, 2016.

Born Dec. 17, 1980, in Bossier City, La., he was an accountant for Thomas, Speight & Noble, CPA, and was a member of Lion's Club. He was a member of Foothills Cowboy Church in Batesville.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Oddis E. and Marjorie Whittington, and Thomas L. and Mavor Page Johnston; and three uncles, James E. Whittington Sr., Tommy Ray Johnston and Marvin T. Johnston.

Survivors include his wife, Charolette Wingo Johnston; two sons, Kade Johnston and Conall Johnston, both of Strawberry; his parents, Ronnie G. and Karen Whittington Johnston, Bossier City, La.; a sister, Melissa “Butthead” Johnston, Bossier City; and in-laws, Billy and Sherrell Holland Wingo, Strawberry.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Ezrah King

Ezrah Harbor Sutton King, infant son of Troy Patrick King and Shalicia NaSchell Wilson, was born and died on Aug. 29, 2016, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Adelynne King, of the home; and grandparents, Danny and Virricka Wilson, Hoxie, and Mildred King, Delaplaine.

He was preceded in death by a grandfather, J.H. King; great-grandmothers, Edith Ragsdell and Linda Wilson; and great-grandparents, Addie K. and John E. Flanery, and Eva Odom.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Penn Cemetery in Strawberry with Phillip Keeling officiating. Cox Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Leon Vernon Lamb

Leon Vernon Lamb, 80, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 4, 2016, at his home.

Born July 6, 1936, in Bono, he was the son of Roland W. and Elizabeth Fry Lamb. He was a farmer and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Johnson; and a sister, Laura Lanham.

Survivors include a son, Jackie Lamb and wife Tammie, Harrisburg; three brothers, Roy Holt, Jonesboro, Preston Holt, Paragould, and L.T. Lamb, Hoxie; a sister, Marie Nelson, Jonesboro; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and his soul mate, Marie Lamb, Paragould.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park with Rev. David Moore officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Michael Lamb, Jeremy Scercy, Scott Scercy, Michael Milhoulland, Craig Johnson and Tim Nix. Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Scercy, W.C. Holt and William Russell.

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Robin Sue Meeks

Robin Sue Meeks, 55, of Williford, died Sept. 1, 2016, at her home.

Born Oct. 30, 1960, in Walnut Ridge, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jessie Ivy; and her grandparents.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Meeks, whom she married March 27, 1986; five daughters, Erica Rackley, Pocahontas, Bridgett Hooks and husband Shawn, Ash Flat, and Holly Highman and husband Robert, Sheena Loggains and husband Lance and Shawna Meeks, all of Williford; her mother, Bonnie Martin, Pocahontas; two sisters, Ann Benton and Penny Mulligan and husband Randy, all of Pocahontas; and eight grandchildren, Dylan Cotter, Devin Buckley, Karlee Hooks, Kaine Highman, Shawn Hooks Jr., Lincoln Highman, Zoey Loggains and Gracie Highman.

Funeral was Tuesday at noon at the Black Rock Church of Christ with Bro. Steve Prestidge officiating. Burial was in Dail Cemetery. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Shawn Hooks, Lance Loggains, Randy Mulligan, Jesse Crosson, Franky Meeks and Derek Meeks.

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Clifford Miller Jr.

Clifford William Miller Jr., 84, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 31, 2016.

Born Dec. 28, 1931, in Dixon, Ill., he was the son of Leona Haenitsch Miller.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Demetra Miller; a son, Clifford Miller III; two brothers, Curtis Miller and Paul Miller; and a sister, Bertha Gitchel.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Miller; two children, Dawn Kuntze and husband John, and Michael Miller; two stepchildren, Carol Shrable and Linda Morgan; a sister, Frances DeRoboam; two grandchildren, Brandt and Breanna; four step-grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Machesney Park, Ill. Local arrangements were under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Kenneth Richey

Kenneth Wayne Richey I, age 65, died suddenly Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in a tragic accident in Greenbrier.

Ken is survived by his friend, Sandy Smith, of the home; children, Laura R. Edwards, daughter, of Clayton, N.C.; son, Kenneth Wayne Richey II of Cherokee Village. He is also survived by brothers, Ray E. (Richey) Khalial of Sacramento, Calif., Douglas Richey of Booneville, Ray L. Richey of Black Rock, Leonard Richey of Walnut Ridge, and Alan Richey of Cherokee Village; sisters include BettyAnn R. Rapozo of Sacramento, Calif., Rita R. Smith of Brevard, N.C., and Brenda R. Frazier and Patricia R. Dillard, both of Walnut Ridge; grandchildren, Arwyn and James Edwards; and a special friend, WillieAnn Williams Khalial of Sacramento, Calif.

Ken will be missed by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Ray E. Richey and Mae Lucille Tolbert Richey Slaton.

Although Ken was born in St. Louis, he spent much of his childhood years with loving grandparents, the late William Thomas and Gertrude King Richey at the family farm in the Eaton community of Lawrence County. Through his youth he attended the Lawrence County schools of Lynn, Black Rock, Egypt, Rogers, and Walnut Ridge. Ken considered Lawrence County home where he came back to rest.

Ken retired from a career of truck driving to try his hand at farm living. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, riding with and serving as president of Flame Riders, a member of the Christian Motorcyclists' Association, and later riding as a Lone Wolf. One of Ken's bucket list accomplishments was attending a rally in Sturgis, S.D. He was a dedicated member of Zoo Church Village-Southern Baptist.

Funeral was Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with pastor Rick Montgomery officiating. Burial was in the Old Lebanon Cemetery near Lynn.

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Bobby Wayne Walker

Bobby Wayne Walker, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 31, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 26, 1937, in Trumann, he was the son of James and Lawsie Pipkin Walker. He was a car salesman and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by an infant son; and two infant daughters.

Survivors include his wife, Betty L. Cook Walker, whom he married June 17, 1956, in Trumann; two sons, Greg Walker, Walnut Ridge, and Bobby Walker and wife Julie, Bay City, Texas; a daughter, Donna Roddy and husband Dewey, Beebe; two brothers, James Douglas Walker, LaPorte, Ind., and Henry Harold Walker and wife Connie, Arlington, Texas; a sister, Loretta Ann Wilson, Flushing, Mich.; six grandchildren, Josh, Brad, Jennifer, Benjamin, Mollie and Cole Walker; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at noon at Cox Funeral Home with Steve Walker officiating. Burial was in Nettleton Cemetery in Jonesboro.

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Irene Ruth Watkins

Irene Ruth Watkins, 73, of Newport, died Sept. 2, 2016, at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.

Born Oct. 9, 1943, in Aberdeen, Wash., she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Edith Rindour Glaspie; two brothers, Kenneth Glaspie and Benton Glaspie; and a granddaughter, Virginia Winston.

Survivors include her husband, James Watkins, whom she married in 1963; four children, Susan Roberts and husband Ricky, Swifton, Robert Watkins and wife Annette, Cord, Debbie Winston, Newport, and Roy Watkins; three brothers, Earl Glaspie and Jim Glaspie, both of Idaho, and Jack Glaspie, Oklahoma; four sisters, Mary Maddox and Merriam Clark, both of Oklahoma, and Geralda Hermon and Nancy Broach, both of Washington; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be announced later by the family.

Donations may be made to Bryan Funeral Home to help with expenses.

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