October 5, 2016 Edition

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Emmett Klay Bristow


John B. Little Lovis Lorene Long Lucille Millsap
Jewell A. Mitchell Billy Wayne Morris Wanda Petersen
Marjorie Shatsar


Emmett Klay Bristow

Jason and Pasha Bristow of Saffell have announced the birth of a son, born June 14, 2016.

The baby weighed nine pounds, 3.5 ounces, and has been named Emmett Klay Bristow. He has two siblings, Ayden and Ian Bristow.

Grandparents are Terry and Kim Melton of Cave City, Carla Birmingham of Jesup, Jeffery and Laura Bristow of Lynn and the late Robin Bristow.

Great-grandparents are Delbert and Modine Melton of Saffell, Carl and Sharon Birmingham of Imboden, Jeff and Jean Bristow and Vicky Richey, all of Lynn, Betty Moore of Cave City and the late James Moore, the late Doris Sharp and the late Shirley Kelley.

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John B. Little

John Budgie Little Jr., 85, of Hoxie, died Sept. 27, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 2, 1931, in Minturn, he was the son of John Budgie and Laura Ingram Little. He was the owner and operator of Little's Service Station and Bait Shop in Hoxie for over 60 years.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Woodrow, Bill, Rudy and Pete Little; and four sisters, Bernice Roth, Lorraine Dobbs, Irene Lawson and Lucille Erwin.

Survivors include his wife, Julia Fay Lee Little, whom he married May 13, 1951; a son, James Little and wife Debbie, Burleson, Texas; two sisters, Ruby Massey, Paducah, Ky., and Faitha Little, Las Vegas; three grandchildren, Kimberly Little, Christopher Little and Julie Potts; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.

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Lovis Lorene Long

Lovis Lorene Long, 99, of Ash Flat, died Sept. 28, 2016.

Born Dec. 12, 1917, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Mark and Laura Graham. Because of her husband's work in heavy construction, they lived in a variety of places, including Central America. Their longest residence was in Van Horn, Texas, where Lovis worked both in the post office and the bank. Upon her husband's retirement, they returned to Arkansas, where she worked at First National Bank in Ash Flat for many years.

The final years of her life were spent in the EagleCrest Nursing and Rehab facility.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Joel Long, whom she married in 1938; and a daughter, Rita Long Johnson.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Russell Long, Amarillo, Texas; a sister, Darleen Roberts, Ash Flat; and three grandsons, Mark Long, Kevin Cabrera and David Cabrera.

No services are planned. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery, near Ash Flat, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

An online guestbook is available at www.quallsfh.com.

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Lucille Millsap

Lucille Millsap, 83, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 4, 2016, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born Aug. 22, 1933, in Cash, she was the daughter of Ed and Freda Summers Rhine. She was a housewife and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Millsap, whom she married Dec. 10, 1954; an infant son, Ricky; twin infant daughters, Rita and Nita; four brothers, John, Jackie, Harmon and Bobby Rhine; and a son-in-law, Robert Pickrell.

Survivors include two sons, Terry Millsap and wife Shirley, Walnut Ridge, and Ronnie Millsap and wife Lorene, Brookland; five daughters, Patricia Ivy and husband Billy, Paragould, Debora McHalffey and husband David, Brookland, Sarrah Boyd, Penny Pickrell and Anita Tallent and husband Johnny, all of Jonesboro; two brothers, Rick Rhine, Texas, and Jr. Rhine, Cabot; six sisters, Linda Briggs, Mary Crawford, Juanita Crawford and Doris Crawford, all of Texas, Dorothy Guthrie, Rose Bud, and Barbara House, Oklahoma; 22 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Hart officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery in Bono.

Pallbearers will be Richard Millsap, John Newman, Calvin Newman, Terrence Ward, Chuck Adams and Chris Tyler. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Ivy, Dakota Burns and Darwin Orrick.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.

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Jewell A. Mitchell

Jewell A. Mitchell, 94, went to his heavenly home on Oct. 2, 2016, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

He was born on June 27, 1922, in Evening Shade to Elmer and Edna Mitchell. He had four brothers, Archie, Wesley, Elson and Coy. He left home in his late teens to work at the Civilian Conservation Corps in Idaho. He then served in Army Air Corps and the U.S. Army during WWII as a member of Patton's Third Army in Germany and France. Mr. Mitchell graduated from Walnut Ridge High School.

He married Pearl Sluder Feb. 10, 1945, and after he returned from the war, the two made their home and raised their family in Walnut Ridge. After Pearl's death, Mr. Mitchell moved to Joplin, Mo., to be close to his daughter and family.

Mr. Mitchell was the owner and operator of Mitchell's Gulf Service Station and a U-Haul Distributor in Walnut Ridge for over three decades. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge for over 50 years and served as Deacon. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and was always willing to help those in need of transportation to doctor's appointments. Mr. Mitchell enjoyed fishing and gardening.

He is survived by daughter Sandra (Mitchell) Snodgrass and husband Jim Snodgrass of Joplin, Mo.; a grandson, Ron "Spence" Spencer and wife Kristi of Carl Junction; Jeff Snodgrass and wife Kodie of Webb City, and Jason Snodgrass and wife Valerie of Carthage, along with five great-grandchildren, Logan, Makayla, Shelby, Makenzie and Jack. His brother, Coy and wife Vernell of Hoxie also survive.

Mr. Mitchell will be remembered as a loyal and loving husband, father and grandfather. He lived his life according to his faith, showing care and compassion for others.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl (Sluder) Mitchell, who died Nov. 9, 2011; and a son, Jewell A. "Mitch" Mitchell Jr., who passed away at the age of 12 on June 8, 1969; and his three brothers, Archie, Wesley and Elson.

Bob Magee will officiate funeral services at Bryan Funeral Home in Hoxie on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. Mr. Mitchell will be buried at Lawrence Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home Friday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.

Memorials may be made in care of Bryan Funeral Home to the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge, or First Baptist Church in Joplin, Mo.


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Billy Wayne Morris

Billy Wayne Morris, 64, of Hoxie, died Sept. 28, 2016, at NEA Hospital.

Born Feb. 26, 1952, in Walnut Ridge, he was the owner and operator of Bill Morris Transports.

He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Morris.

Survivors include two daughters, Stephanie Davis and Kirstin (Kiki) Wilsey, both of Texas; a son, Mark Morris, Oklahoma; his mother, Stella Moore Morris, Pocahontas; his stepmother, Ruth Morris, Sedgwick; four sisters, Margaret Eurton, Indiana, Mary Clark, North Carolina, Melinda Dawson, Pocahontas, and Angela Willmouth, Paragould; a brother, Rick Morris, Hoxie; and six grandchildren, Zachary, Macy, James, Jorja, Kala and Halee Jo.

Graveside service was Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Old Military Cemtery at Sedgwick. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.

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Wanda Petersen

Wanda Jeraldean Petersen, 86, of Hoxie, died Sept. 30, 2016, at NEA Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 21, 1930, in the Strangers Home community, she was the daughter of Charles Lindsey and Anna Susan Simmons Counts. She was a waitress, a member of the Eastern Star in Illinois and a member of the Portia Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, David L. Paulson; her second husband, Gordon "Pete" Petersen; and two sisters, Melva Massey and Deborah Kluge.

Survivors include two sons, David L. Paulson and wife Sharon, Mt. Prospect, Ill., and Michael Paulson and wife Laurie, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; four daughters, Phyllis Tribble and husband Ricky, Hoxie, Terri Saccotelli and husband Larry, Lombard, Ill., Susan Ehlen and husband Ron, Darien, Wis., and Julie Kenney and husband William, Delavan, Wis.; two brothers, Dale Counts, Alicia, and Charles Gale Counts and wife Helen, Tom Bean, Texas; two sisters, Joy Fowler, Walnut Ridge, and Lavoe Harber and husband Guy, Cordova, Tenn.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her special caregivers, Deborah Huffman and Teresa McCostlin; and her special young boyfriend, Anthony McCostlin.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Robert Davis officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ronald Mounts, David Mounts, Hunter Mounts, Danny Saccotelli, Billy Grifo and Keith Paulson.

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

An online guestbook is available at www.coxfhwalnutridge.com.

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Marjorie Shatsar

Marjorie Shatsar, 74, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 2, 2016, in Jonesboro.

Born July 28, 1942, in Rockford, Ill., she was the daughter of Lawrence and Lucille Shultz Hada. She was a longtime resident of Lawrence County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Shatsar; and a granddaughter, Lacey Nichole Foster.

Survivors include two daughters, Caroline Shatsar and David Monson, Paragould, and Donna Shatsar Foster and husband Donald, Rockford, Ill.; a sister, Annette Condor and husband Harvey, Carbondale, Ill.; two brothers, Darrell Hada, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Leonard Hada and wife Betty, Rockford, Ill.; a grandson, Ben Shatsar; two great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Shirley Burrough, Iowa.

No services are planned. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.

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