September 21, 2016 Edition

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Lottie Pearl Campbell Dale D. Freeman Betty Jo Gray
Maxine Lance Lendy Lenderman Effie Mae Morgan
Johnny H. Neighbors Jr. Tim Turnbow Brenda Lee Way
Rubie Lee Williams


Lottie Pearl Campbell

Lottie Pearl Campbell, 82, of Pocahontas, died Sept. 20, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 4, 1933, in Midnight, Miss., she was the daughter of Charles and Beulah Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Rev. William Gray and Rev. Glynn Campbell; and three brothers, Billy Smith, Carol Smith and Doyle Smith.

Survivors include a son, Ricky Gray, Pocahontas; a stepson, Tim Campbell and wife Janie, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Robin Roberts, Holden, La.; a sister, Ann White, Olive Branch, Miss.; three grandchildren; a step grandchild; and a step great-grandchild.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Pocahontas with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Tony Shepherd, Cameron Ratcliff, Ronnie Ratcliff, Steve Frost and Briar Frost.

Visitation is Thursday from 10-11 a.m. at the church.

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Dale D. Freeman

Dale Dean Freeman, 75, of Powhatan, passed from this life on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Baptist Health Hospital in Little Rock.

Born March 14, 1941, in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of Theodore and Opal Bettis Freeman. Dale was of the Pentecostal belief and was a graduate of Southern Baptist College. He later retired from Burlington Northern Railroad after 36 years of service.

He was mayor of Portia for many years. He had a passion for politics, but his greatest passion in life was to be Lawrence County Judge. He was elected in 2010 and was currently serving at the time of his death. He loved his job, but most of all loved helping people. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather (Pops).

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Boyce R. and Keith Freeman.

Dale is survived by his wife, Mary of the home; three daughters, Tonya (Alan) Brand of Walnut Ridge, Candi (Albert) Yarbro of Powhatan, and Michelle (Andy) Boots of Jonesboro; one son, Jeff (Toni Ann) Reese of Powhatan; four grandchildren, Levi Yarbro, Parker Brand, Emma Grace Yarbro and Andrew Boots; one sister, Patricia Mosher of Jacksonville; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. in Manley Chapel at Williams Baptist College with Bros. Roger Brand and Rick Hart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Alan Brand, Jeff Reese, Andy Boots, Ben Morgan, Albert Yarbro and Levi Yarbro. Honorary pallbearers will be the people of Lawrence County.

Donations or memorials in Dale's memory may be made to Williams Baptist College.

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Betty Jo Gray

Betty Jo Gray, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 14, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 28, 1930, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of the late Bert and Arlena Campbell Caldwell. Betty was a Christian and a member of Strawfloor Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, homemaker and worked diligently side by side with Oscar and an Army wife and business partner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Daniel Gray, whom she married Dec. 30, 1950; and five brothers, Delmar, Bobby, Gene, David "Sonny" and William "Jr" Caldwell.

Survivors include three daughters, Debby (late Terry) Rogers and Sarah (Kenny) Wright, both of Hoxie, and Becky (Rick) Carter, Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Jeremy Carter and wife Sarah, Julie Helms and husband Matt, Sabrina Buys and husband Brock, Dustin Blackshear and wife Whitney, and Elizabeth Carter; nine great-grandchildren, Bryce and Baylor Carter, Cameron and Charlie Buys, Ashlynn and Allyson Blackshear, and Stormie, Sadie and Lockman Helms; daughter and granddaughter of her heart was Barbara Ann and Dana; and many other relatives.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Maxine Lance

Maxine Lance, 89, of Pocahontas, passed away Sept. 14, 2016, at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born Aug. 13, 1927, in O'Kean, she was the daughter of Edward and Willie Rickey Heral.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert Lance; four brothers, Delbert, Cecil, Ray and Glen Heral; and a sister, Wanda Bode.

Survivors include two sons, Lanny Lance and wife Paulette, and Eugene Lance, all of Delaplaine; a daughter, Darlene Shoe and husband Ronnie, O'Kean; two granddaughters, Kera Crafton and husband Jonathan, Paragould, and Amber Lance, Delaplaine; three grandsons, Rob Lance, Jonesboro, Benji Shoe and wife Windy, Walnut Ridge, and Steven Lance, California; seven great-grandchildren, Bailey Shoe, Sable Crafton and Addie Crafton, all of Paragould, Roxy and Maggie Shoe, both of Walnut Ridge, and Kevin and Julie Lance, both of California; and two sisters, Lillian Snow, Pocahontas, and Mary Hibbard and husband Bill, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Aaron Winfrey officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Tony Hudson, Terry Hudson, Jon Snow, Adam Howard, Billy Hibbard and Greg Lance.

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Lendy Lenderman

Lendy Lenderman, 81, of Light, passed away Sept. 14, 2016.

He was retired from Monroe and was a member of Light Church of Christ. Mr. Lenderman loved to fish and was an excellent woodworker.

He was the son of the late Walter and Bessie Lenderman. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Edward, James, Johnny, Gary Don, and baby Lenderman.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Inez, of the home; children, Randy Lenderman of Light, Terry Lenderman of Paragould, Charlie (Darlene) Lenderman of Lafe, Julie (Steve) Franks of Marmaduke, and Lisa (Robert) Cullum of Hoxie; grandchildren, Derrick, Tara, Shayna and Hailey Lenderman, Mandy Hood, Charlibrooke and Bobby Lenderman, Felicia (Brad) Morrisett, Tyler Franks, and Robby and Alex Cullum; great-grandchildren, Graden Fender, JoJo and Macey Smith, and Hunter Morrisett; a brother, Jerry (Patsy) Lenderman of Walnut Ridge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Paul McFadden officiating. Burial was in Pine Knot Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Pratt, Joe Pratt, Ernie Nelson, Randall Lenderman, Kenny Moore and Mike Lenderman. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Reinhart, Wally Lenderman, Gary Bagwell, Nick Lund, Michael Lund and Todd Sickler.

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Effie Mae Morgan

Effie Mae Morgan, 71, of Alicia, died Sept. 13, 2016, at her home.

Born Sept. 2, 1945, in Bald Knob, she was a housewife and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles "Bud" Morgan, whom she married Sept. 26, 1964; her parents, Otis "Jack" and Mildred Bryant Conner; and a sister, Emma Woods.

Survivors include a son, Donnie Morgan and wife Sandy, Clover Bend; three sisters, Lana Brumley and husband Roger, Clover Bend, Brenda Mathession and husband Frank, Walnut Ridge, and Linda Burgess, Tuckerman; a brother, Terry Conner and wife Vicki, Clover Bend; and two grandchildren, Conner and Lillian Morgan.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Clover Bend Cemetery with Bro. Roger Brumley officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Donnie Morgan, Conner Morgan, Brian Brumley, Danny Woods, Darrell Woods and Chris Lane. Honorary pallbearers were Shannon Brumley, Zavien Brumley, Tance Conner, Draven Winfrey and Jesse Williams.

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Johnny H. Neighbors Jr.

Johnny H. "JJ" Neighbors Jr., born May 3, 1958, in Fisher, to Charlene and the late Johnny H. Neighbors Sr., departed from this world Sept. 18, 2016.

He was well known and respected as a master welder, deputy sheriff and jail administrator for the Randolph County Sheriff's Department. He was also a former Chief and Captain of the Water Valley Volunteer Fire Department, and was a longtime constable of the Water Valley area. He was of the Baptist belief.

On April 17, 1992, he married the love of his life, Rosena "Rose" Lindsey Neighbors. Together they walked hand in hand.

He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Neighbors Sr.; and a granddaughter, Addison Hanan.

Survivors include his mother, Charlene Neighbors, Pocahontas; his wife, Rosena, of the home; three sons, Jonathan (Jake) Neighbors, Jacksonville, SSG Darrell (Elizabeth) White, South Korea, and Brian (Amber) White, Maynard; two daughters, Ashley (Jake) Morrison, Brookland, and Amanda Neighbors Conrad, Imboden; a brother, Tim (Sherri) Neighbors, Imboden; two sisters, Patricia Stallings, Pocahontas, and Becky (Dan) Bowers, Maynard; a special grandmother, Roberta Dauer, Pocahontas; a grandson; seven granddaughters; and aunts, uncles, as well as many family and friends.

A memorial visitation will be held today from 5-8 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Cremation was his wish for final disposition.

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Tim Turnbow

Tim Turnbow, 51, of Jonesboro, died suddenly Sept. 17, 2016, from a tragic accident.

He was born in Walnut Ridge on March 22, 1965, to Mr. Sloan and Ann (Clayton) Turnbow of Walnut Ridge. He was of the Methodist belief, and loved cats.

Tim graduated from Walnut Ridge High School and held both a B.S.E and Master's degree from ASU. He was assistant editor of The Times Dispatch newspaper in Walnut Ridge for 12 years, and was a former employee of Thomas and Betts and Hytrol in Jonesboro. Tim was a very caring person with a rare blood type, which enabled him to become an organ donor that improved the lives of almost 50 people.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gus and Marie Turnbow of Lynn, and Lester and Bernice Clayton; and an uncle, Denny Clayton, all of Saffell.

He is survived by his parents, Sloan and Ann Turnbow of Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Dr. Valerie Sloan and husband Dr. Anthony Sloan of Memphis, and Dr. Lauren Turnbow of Daphne, Ala.; a brother, Lance Turnbow, Esq. and wife Dr. Kimberly Turnbow of New Braunfels, Texas; nieces; Olivia and Evie Sloan; nephews, Jack and Jake Sloan, and Lincoln and Davis Turnbow; an uncle, Roger Clayton and wife Janice of Saffell; and a special friend, Cheryl Delegemenos of Jonesboro.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church, Hwy. 361 (111 Cedar Ridge Rd.) in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn following a short reception immediately after services. Dr. Gary Winters will officiate under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Homes of Walnut Ridge and Lynn.

Brandon Butler, Gordon Drennan, Tony Amos, Ronnie Hagood, Bill Anderson and Gary Little will honor Tim as pallbearers.

Tributes to Tim's life can be placed on the funeral home website at

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Brenda Lee Way

Brenda Lee Way, 55, of Portia, died Sept. 17, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was a Certified Nurses' Assistant and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her father, Virgil Nixon; a brother, Kenneth Franklin Nixon; and a sister, Donna Futrell.

Survivors include two sons, Steven Lowe and wife Lacey, Champaign, Ill., and Christopher Lowe, Palestine, Ill.; a daughter, Patches Biernbaum, Palestine, Ill.; her mother, Ruthie Nixon, Portia; a brother, Michael Nixon, Daytona Beach, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Logan Biernbaum, August Biernbaum and Porter Rains-Lowe.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Rubie Lee Williams

Rubie Lee Williams, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 18, 2016, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Aug. 8, 1933, in Newport, she was the daughter of Noel and Annie Lee Long Defries. She was a housewife and was of the Free Will Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Williams, whom she married Sept. 27, 1948; a son, Dennis Williams; and a sister, Montine House.

Survivors include three sons, Eddie "Butch" Williams and wife Teresa, Biggers, Jack Williams and wife Shannon, Paragould, and Herbie Williams, Hardy; a brother, Gary Defries and wife Murl, Hoxie; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Coffeyville Cemetery, near Bradford, with Robert Defries officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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