September 14, 2016 Edition

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Stryker Alan Belcher Scarlett Rose Gilmore Jackson Tyler Helms
Kyler Creed McQuay


Blevins ~ Bergeron Lewis ~ Mohlke Raddle ~ Coker


Theresa Lynn Baird Reba Joyce Bliss James Ryan Decker
Charlotte Ann Dicus Nell Felts R.C. Flanery
Leo Helms Vannah Elizabeth Martin Clifford William Miller Jr.
Fred Odom Leveta Jane Rice C.E. Wicker


Stryker Alan Belcher

Jason and Melissa Belcher of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son, born on Aug. 31, 2016, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Stryker Alan Belcher. He has one brother, Nolan, 10.

Grandparents are Terry and Judy Belcher of Walnut Ridge and Gary and Louise Chavers of Jonesboro.

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Scarlett Rose Gilmore

Rodney and Katie Gilmore of Swifton have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born on Sept. 7, 2016, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Scarlett Rose Gilmore.

Grandparents are Bob and Debbie Gilmore, Kathy Winemiller and Warren Rowlett, all of Swifton.

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Jackson Tyler Helms

Wesley and Paige Helms of Black Rock have announced the birth of a son, born Aug. 27, 2016, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces, and has been named Jackson Tyler Helms. He has an older brother, Konnor Helms, 22 months.

Grandparents are Deneshia Helms of Black Rock, Eldon Helms of Ravenden, Carla Birmingham and Heath Corbit of Strawberry and Travis Otwell and Kimberly Huckabee of Calamine.

Great-grandparents are Randell and Joyce Lawson of Powhatan, Buddy and Linda Otwell of Calamine, Wilma Craig of Ravenden and Carl Birmingham and Sharron Kauaihilo of Imboden.

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Kyler Creed McQuay

Luke and Mary Jo McQuay of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born on Sept. 2, 2016, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Kyler Creed McQuay. He has two siblings, Brynalinn Moody and Payton McQuay.

Grandparents are Bob and Karen Woolbright of Hoxie. Martha McQuay of Hoxie is the great-grandmother.

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Blevins ~ Bergeron

Sammy and LuAnne Blevins of Lynn have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Samantha LeAnne Blevins, to Thomas Bailey Bergeron, son of Mike and Anna Bergeron of Laquey, Mo.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Sam and Carmella Blevins of Lynn and Bob and Barbara Whitmire of Eaton.

She is a 2011 graduate of Hillcrest High School and a 2016 graduate of Crowley's Ridge College. She teaches fifth- and sixth-grade science and is the high school softball coach at Hillcrest School.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mary Hammond of Newnan, Ga., and Jeff and Stella Bergeron of Sharpsburg, Ga.

He is a 2011 graduate of Laquey High School and a 2016 graduate of Crowley's Ridge College. He is a sales professional with Fletcher Auto Group.

The couple will exchange vows on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at The Silos in Bono. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Lewis ~ Mohlke

Katie Cheyenne Lewis of Black Rock and Eric Todd Mohlke of Cord have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Donna Mullen of Black Rock and the late Tal Lewis of Portia.

She is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, Black River Technical College and is studying social work at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is employed as a mental health paraprofessional at Life Strategies Counseling, Inc. in Batesville.

The prospective groom is the son of Carol and Carroll Mohlke of Desha.

He is a graduate of Desha High School and received a business management degree from Lyon College in Batesville. He is employed as land and cattle manager for Mike Brumley Farms.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 4 p.m. at a private ceremony at the Mohlke home in Cord.

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Raddle ~ Coker

Dennis Raddle of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Tammy Hilderbrand of Columbia, Mo., have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Tara "Tipper" Whitney Raddle, to Daniel "Dandy" Clark Coker, son of Dan and Debra Coker of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Cape Central High School and Southeast Missouri State University, both in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, Miss.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge.

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Theresa Lynn Baird

Theresa Lynn Kinkade Baird, 49, of Fort Worth, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at the John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

She was the Director of Clinical Informatics at John Peter Smith Hospital. Theresa graduated from Lake City High School, Arkansas State University and the University of Phoenix, where she completed her MBA. She was of the Baptist belief.

She enjoyed spending time and traveling with her husband, Carl.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jim Kinkade; grandparents, Opal and Herbert Kinkade and John and Estella Syfert; and her mother-in-law, Betty Baird.

Survivors include her husband of 21 years, Carl Baird, of the home; mother, Ruth Kinkade; brother, Rob (Kim) Kinkade; niece, Addison Kinkade, all of Lake City; father-in-law, Carl Baird Sr. of Jonesboro; sister-in-law, Sherry (Robert) Engelken of Bono; nephews, David (Natalie) Engelken of Jonesboro, and Daniel (Ashley) Engelken of Brookland.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Bro. Ron Langston officiating. Burial will be in Lake City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Robert Engelken, Daniel Engelken, David Engelken, Jim Sellers, Len B. Nall and Bill Reilly.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207 or Bethabara Baptist Church, 2235 CR 505, Lake City, AR 72437.

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Reba Joyce Bliss

Reba Joyce Bliss, 73, of Cherry Valley, Ill., died Sept. 7, 2016.

Born Sept. 3, 1943, in Delaplaine, she attended school at Delaplaine and Clover Bend and was a 1961 graduate of Hoxie High School. She worked as a machine operator at John S. Barns/Haldex in Rockford, Ill., for over 28 years. She most recently worked in food services with the Rockford School Systems for over 10 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Bethna Starling; three sisters, Kaye Wright, Ovedia Beck and Joan Lambert; and three brothers, Rupert Starling and infants Owen and Oneal Starling.

Survivors include her husband, Benjamin Bliss, whom she married Dec. 26, 1964, in Rockford, Ill.; three children, Angeia Bliss, Theresa Cochran and husband Robert, and Jeffery Bliss; three sisters, Onedia, Walnut Ridge, and Oretta and Portia; a brother, Fred Starling, Hoxie; and two grandchildren, Christopher Wiedenhoeft and Casey Wiedenhoeft.

A memorial service will be held today from 3-5 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home in Machesney Park, Ill.

Memorials may be made to cancer research.

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James Ryan Decker

James Ryan Decker, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 9, 2016, at Cave City Nursing Home.

Born March 17, 1929, in Portia, he was the son of James Rufus and Winnie Decker. He served in the U.S. Navy and was retired from Waterloo Industries. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Rockford, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Davis Decker, whom he married Oct. 20, 1950; and five sisters.

Survivors include a son, Mike Decker and wife Brenda, Morrilton; a daughter, Teresa Hoggard and husband Kevin, Smithville; and two grandchildren, Jaden Hoggard and Taylor Decker.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Hope Cemetery in Imboden with Danny Whitmire officiating. Cox Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Charlotte Ann Dicus

Charlotte Ann Dicus, 70, of Jonesboro, passed away Sept. 6, 2016, at St. Bernard's in Jonesboro, following a short illness.

Born Nov. 25, 1945, in Paragould, Charlotte started her career at Child Art Studio on Main Street in Paragould until she and her family moved to Walnut Ridge in 1976.

She was a homemaker and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, affectionately called Maw Maw by her four grandchildren, who were her pride and joy. She was a great supporter of her children and grandchildren. She never missed any activity they were involved in. She liked collecting cookbooks and owls, and loved everything Elvis and Garfield. She was of the Methodist faith.

Charlotte was married to Howard Dicus and they had recently observed their 50th wedding anniversary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert O. and Almeria McDaniel; her brothers, Bobby Wayne McDaniel and Tommy McDaniel; and a niece, Tommie Lynn McDaniel.

Survivors include her husband, Howard; her daughters, Tracie Barksdale (Kevin) and Melanie Wheeless (Ronald), all of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Brandt Barksdale, Taylor Wheeless, Brandi Barksdale, and Tyler Wheeless; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould with Kevin Barnett officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were nephews Wayne McDaniel, Tommy McDaniel, Gary Gerdes, Greg Gerdes, Shannon Dicus, Marty Dicus, Terry Dicus, and Brian Franklin. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons, Brandt Barksdale and Tyler Wheeless.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. An online guestbook is available at


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Nell Felts

Nell Felts, 83, of Jonesboro, passed away Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born Feb. 6, 1933, in Little River, she was the daughter of Joe D. and Bergie Clark. She married John Ellis Felts in 1951, who preceded her in death in 2001. Nell and John worked together for many years. When they were not working, they loved camping and fishing, watching Razorback ballgames on television, and family get-togethers and holidays, for which Nell enjoyed cooking way too much delicious food for everyone. They rarely missed a sporting or school event for their four children. Their home always had an open door to neighborhood kids.

In later years they were blessed with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Nell was preceded in death by her precious brother, William "Buddy" Clark of Tularosa, N.M.

She leaves behind her loving children, John Allen Felts and wife Paulette of Walnut Shade, Mo., Ron Felts of Jonesboro, Laura D'Arcangelis and husband Art of Liverpool, N.Y., and Anita Carol Gallion and husband Dale of Paragould; grandchildren, Michael Felts, Kenny Felts, Stephen Felts, Zach Felts, Natalie Felts, Daniel D'Arcangelis, Thomas D'Arcangelis, Julia D'Arcangelis, Sophia D'Arcangelis, Dalton Gallion and Hannah Gallion; and her adoring sister, Bettye Jo Thrash and husband Lloyd of Hot Springs Village; 9 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is today from 5-7 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Forrest Park Cemetery in Forrest City.

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

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R.C. Flanery

R.C. "Peanut" Flanery, 84, of O'Kean, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge.

Peanut was born April 3, 1932, in Peach Orchard, to Everett and Goldie Stout Flanery.

On February 21, 1952, Peanut married the love of his life, Mary Alice Taylor. They were married 64 years. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and grandfather. His passions in life were Jesus and family. As the Bible says about Noah, Peanut "walked with God."

Peanut is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and four brothers.

Survivors include, wife, Mary Alice Taylor Flanery, of the home; son, Roger Flanery of Millington, Tenn.; daughters, Diane (Harold) Allen, Rhonda (Jeff) Fiedor, and Michelle (Mike) Stacey, all of O'Kean, and Robbie (Howard) Walton, of Imboden; sisters, Sharon Brown and Sadie Davis, both of Paragould; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas with David Webb officiating. Burial was in Duty Cemetery.

Peanut will be lovingly carried to his final earthly resting place by his four sons-in-law, Harold Allen, Howard Walton, Jeff Fiedor and Mike Stacey, and two grandsons, Josh Walton and Clinton Flanery.

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Leo Helms

Leo Cleveland Helms, 79, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 12, 2016, in Jonesboro.

Born July 18, 1937, in the Lauratown community, he was the son of Cleo Cleveland and Josephine Ann Oliver Helms.

Early in his life he worked on a river boat and in road construction. He went to work as a propane truck driver for White River Propane. In April 1962, he moved his family to Carpinteria, Calif., where he worked as a ranch hand and raised his family on the Spaulding Ranch until he moved back to Arkansas in 1978.

He returned to what changed to Norgas and then Ferrell Gas Propane, where he worked many years until he retired. He was of the Pentecost faith.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Rose Helms; four sisters, Louella Lawson, Ruby Lawson Snow, June Richey, Lynn Gayle Shank; his brothers, Dexter, JC and Cedric McMullin.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Rosey Marilyn Baldridge Helms, whom he married May 19, 1956; three daughters, Karen Toth and husband Steve, Jacksonville, Beverly Campos, of the home, and Nancy Williams, Brookland; four sisters, Florence Lingo and Sybil Westberg, both of Oxnard, Calif., Polly Davis, Camarillo, Calif., and Shirley Kelley and husband Alan, Ventura, Calif.; a brother, Kenneth Luck and wife Carolyn, Muskogee, Okla.; five grandchildren, Steven Spades, Sean Spades, Kristy Campos, Eric Campos, Ian Williams and Tyler Williams; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery at Eaton with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

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Vannah Elizabeth Martin

Vannah Elizabeth Massey Martin, 75, of Strawberry, died Sept. 8, 2016, in Walnut Ridge.

Born June 9, 1941, in Strawberry, she retired after 25 years of factory work and was a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Eugene Martin, whom she married April 12, 1974; and her parents, Stayton Alexander and Mary Zoe Doyle Massey.

Survivors include a son, Kinnie Martin and wife Cindy, Batesville; a daughter, Teresa Lawson and husband Mike, California; a sister, Linda Boles, Strawberry; three brothers, James Massey and wife Willene, and Doug Massey and wife Karen, all of Strawberry, and Sam Massey and wife Ellen, Fort Smith; five grandchildren, Jason Martin, Justin Martin, Ian Lawson, Matt Lawson and Leigh Lawson; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Gregg Cooper and Don House officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery, near Strawberry, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Clifford William 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 Clifford and 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, Sept. 6, 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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Fred Odom

Fredwin "Fred" Mitchell Odom, 80, of Pensacola, Fla., passed on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016.

He was born July 31, 1936, in Hot Springs to Otho and Marjorie Odom. He grew up in Walnut Ridge, where he married his high school sweetheart, June Webb Odom – a union that lasted 60 years.

Fred earned a B.A. in journalism from Arkansas State University, then embarked on a 30-year career in the U.S. Army. His many assignments included duty in Thailand, Germany and two combat tours in Vietnam before retiring as a colonel. He cited the command of American Forces Network-Europe as the highlight of his time in uniform. He cared deeply for the members of this organization and they remain part of his extended family to this day.

His family and friends will remember his booming baritone voice, uncanny ability to recall facts, knack for storytelling and sense of humor. He loved dogs, golf, music and a good dry martini, but nothing more than a day with June.

A loyal husband, father, grandfather and friend, he is survived by his wife, June; son, William O. Odom and his wife Aubrey of Norfolk, Va.; daughter, Joy Odom Boisselle and her husband James of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Michael Odom and his wife Sarah, Erik Odom, Jennifer Boisselle and Daniel Boisselle; and former daughter-in-law Jonnell Varley Odom.

A memorial service was held at Oak Lawn Funeral Home in Pensacola.

Memorials may be made to the Pensacola Humane Society, 5 North Q Street, Pensacola, FL 32505.


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Leveta Jane Rice

Leveta Jane Rice, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 10, 2016, at her residence.

Born July 15, 1929, in Oak Grove, she was the daughter of Marvin and Velma Allison Thomas. She attended and graduated from Walnut Ridge High School. She and her husband owned and operated the This & That Shop and Frankie's U-Wash Carwash & Laundry Mat. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge for 45 years, helping with the children's and choir ministries.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Frankie Rice, whom she married in 1947.

Survivors include a son, Ronald Rice, Batesville; a daughter, Tonia Hager and husband Robert, Plano, Ill.; a sister, Rebecca Wiles, Sparta, Mich.; two grandchildren, Robert Hager Jr. and Sheri Hager; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at noon at First Baptist Church with Bros. Robert Hager Jr. and Jake Guenrich officiating. Burial was in Whittaker Cemetery. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Robert Hager Sr., Jeff Rice, Chris Richardson, Shad Allison, Jerry Callen and Kevin Pugh.

Memorials may be made to the Leveta Jane Rice Children's Ministry Scholarship at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

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C.E. Wicker

C.E. "Pete" Wicker, 90, of Hoxie, died Sept. 12, 2016, at the Belle Meade Nursing Facility.

Born Feb. 27, 1926, in Fontaine, he was the son of Henry C. and Mamie Shambley Wicker. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was retired from Southwestern Power Company. He was a member of the Sedgwick Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Truxler Wicker; a son, Cecil Wicker Jr.; four sisters Delmar Smith, Julie Gambill, Rachel Killian and Dolly Wicker; and two brothers, Denver Wicker and Frank Wicker.

Survivors include three daughters, Vicky Smith and husband Steve, Brookland, Gina Scudder and husband Lonnie, Paragould, and Teresa Campbell and husband Brady, Hoxie; a son, Terry Wicker and wife Lisa, Jonesboro; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a special niece, Evelyn Sturkie, Paragould; and a special nephew, Dennis Truxler, Quitman.

Graveside service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick, with Bro. Tom Lamb officiating.

Pallbearers will be Butch Scudder, Chad Wicker, Toby Wicker, Michael Phillips, Vicki Smith and Zach Callahan.

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