October 26, 2016 Edition

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Wallace Ponder Moore


Sherrill ~ Dickson


Ruth Ballard Dorothy Mae Bird Karen Suzanne King
Stella Jane Mitchell Patricia Darlene Schooley Joe Russell Stanage


Wallace Ponder Moore

Aaron and Jessica Moore of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on Oct. 20, 2016, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, two ounces, and has been named Wallace Ponder Moore. Wallace has a 20-month-old sister, Lillian Rose Moore.

Grandparents are Gordon Ponder and Rayanna Moore of Hot Springs and Calvin and Lidia Wallace of Forrest City. Great-grandparents are the late Bud and Nancy Ponder Moore, who lived in Walnut Ridge, and Bob and the late Rose Miller of Jonesboro.

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Sherrill ~ Dickson

Terry and Mary Davis of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Mary Elizabeth Sherrill, to Christopher Ray Dickson, son of Steve and Heather Dickson of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Sue Sherrill of West Memphis, Jack and Mary Goodman of Clarkridge and Susan Goodman of Johnstown, Ohio.

She is a 2014 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, a 2016 graduate of Black River Technical College and plans to attend Williams Baptist College in the Fall of 2017. She is employed at Walnut Ridge Elementary School as a paraprofessional.

The prospective groom is the grandson of James and Betty Dickson of Walnut Ridge and the late Judy Duty and the late Frank Flanagan.

He is a 2011 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and attends Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He is employed as a construction worker for Gould Door and Hardware.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 5 p.m. at James Ranch in Pocahontas. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Ruth Ballard

Ruth Lavelle Ballard, age 95, departed this life on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at the Phil and Flo Jones Hospice House.

Ruth was born to James and Eva Mayhan on July 4, 1921, in Tuckerman. She lived in the Light community and was a member of Light Baptist Church for over 70 years. Ruth worked at Forget-Me-Not Flowers in Walnut Ridge until her retirement.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Larkin Ballard; a son, Jim Ballard; and a sister, Sybil Ballard.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Mary Ballard, of Olathe, Kan.; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Ballard of Paragould; three grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Patrick and Mandy Ballard of Paragould, Nathan Ballard of North Hollywood, Calif., and Brendan Gibson, of Olathe, Kan.; three granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Cindi Ballard of Nashville, Tenn., Tina and Bobby Gadwood of Olathe, Kan., and Marci and Chip Handley of Shawnee, Kan.; one great-granddaughter, Sammi Jo Ballard of Paragould. She is also survived by many other loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Light Baptist Church with Bros. Raymond Atwood and Tommy Stacey officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home of Paragould.

Pallbearers were Scott Wharton, Jesse Hancock, Dennis Fortenberry, Roger Beck, David Pratt and Joe Pratt.

Memorials may be made to Light Baptist Church, c/o Patti Pratt, 16769 Highway 412 West, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

An online guestbook is available at www.phillipsfuneral.org.


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Dorothy Mae Bird

Dorothy Mae Bird, 83, of Bono, died Oct. 24, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born May 19, 1933, in Sedgwick, she was the daughter of John and Josephine Veal Nichols. She was a retail clerk and was of the Protestant faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband and an infant granddaughter.

Survivors include six children, Jack Edwin Bird and wife Judy, Victoria Lynn Black and Robert Michael Bird, all of California, Frank Bird and wife Nellie, Jonesboro, Dana Eugene Bird and wife Michelle, Washington, and Carla Lee Malone and husband Peanut, Georgia; a brother, John Nichols and wife Arbie, Sedgwick; a sister, Geneva Karas, Michigan; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 10 a.m. at Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick, with Tom Lamb officiating. Cox Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Karen Suzanne King

Karen Suzanne King, 59, of Portia, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge, at the age of 59 years, seven months and 12 days. Her days on Earth numbered 21,774.

Sue was born March 8, 1957, in Kansas City, Kan., to Robert L. and Joyce Verkler Dail. She met Jim King in Black Rock (Stinit Creek), and Jim helped her over a barbed wire fence she got hung up on. They ended up marrying on Oct. 8, 1976, and they lived the majority of their lives in Portia.

Sue worked at the Lawrence County jail as a matron. She was a St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved to watch their ballgames. She liked to ride horses, loved fishing, listening to the grandkids sing "Bossing Daddy Around" and spending time with the family.

She was preceded in death by her mother; stepfather, Henry McFarland; a sister, Lisa Mims; and a grandson, Derrick King.

Survivors include her husband, Jim King; four daughters, Kim Aaron and husband Nathaniel, Black Rock, Cindy Crosno and husband Steve, Hoxie, Kelly Duckworth and husband Greg, Portia, and Shelly Evans, Portia; two sons, Chad King, Walnut Ridge, and Shawn King and wife Tammi, Portia; her father and stepmother, Robert L. and Julia Dail; six sisters, Tam Oglageo and husband Ron, Phyllis Loftin and husband Keith, Demia Grimes and husband Jeff, Denise Bassham and husband Steve, Valerie Headley and Brenda Johnson; two brothers, Robbie Dail and Allen Ivy and wife Sara; seven foster children; 17 grandchildren; and many other family and friends.

Funeral was Monday at 6 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Dan Duncan officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in support of the family to House-Gregg Funeral Home.


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Stella Jane Mitchell

Stella Jane Mitchell of Pocahontas, loving mother, wife, sister and friend, went to her eternal home on Oct. 22, 2016. Just one month after her 64th birthday, Stella passed away in Mountain Home surrounded by her family.

She was born Sept. 28, 1952, in Imboden, the daughter of Halbert and Louise Dail Due. She married Danny Mitchell on July 3, 1969, in Pocahontas, and worked as a supervisor at Scentations and as a homemaker.

She was gentle, loving, and taught us all patience and kindness. Stella loved spending time with her family, reading, being outside, puzzles, cooking, gardening and going to yard sales. She will be deeply missed, but her loving memory will live on in the lives that she touched.

Stella is survived by her husband, Danny Mitchell of Pocahontas; three daughters, Tracy (Roy Smith) Denny of Van Buren, Denise (Anthony Thomas) Mitchell of Mountain Home, and Samantha (Ewald Kirschner) Mitchell of Pocahontas; three grandchildren, Charles (Tanya) Guilliams of Van Buren, Christopher (Izabella) Sims of Anchorage, Alaska, and Noah Denny of Van Buren; great-grandchildren, Melody and Sebastian Sims; three brothers, Paul Due of Ravenden, Frank Due Jr. of Pocahontas and Roger (Imsoon) Due of Cheltenham, Va.; and two sisters, Melissa Zink of Thayer, Mo., and Linda Taffar of Flint, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, James Due, Johnny Newman and Jerry Newman; and one sister, Linda Dunlap.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House in Mountain Home.

Funeral is Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Ravenden Baptist Church, with pastor Wayne Hurst officiating. Burial will be in Dail Cemetery at Ravenden.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Guilliams, Noah Denny, Donny Hancock, Buford Due and Roy Smith. Christopher Sims will serve as honorary pallbearer.

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


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Patricia Darlene Schooley

Patricia Darlene Ball Schooley, 47, of Phoenix, formerly of Lawrence County, died Oct. 21, 2016, at Hospice of the Valley, after a short illness.

Born Dec. 12, 1968, in Rockford, Ill., she was the daughter of Eugene Ball Jr. and Judy Cook, who was formerly of Walnut Ridge. She was a caregiver at Valley Life in Phoenix for 19 years.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Eugene and Voulean Ball and Jess and Edna Palmer; her father-in-law, James Schooley; her stepfather, Carl Cook; a stepsister, Jackie Key; and a stepbrother, Stephen Cook.

Survivors include husband, John Schooley, whom she married in 1989; two daughters, Sara and Stacy; a son, Kevin; her mother-in-law, Marie Schooley; two brothers, Andrew Ball and wife Suzi and David DeBenedetto and wife Danielle; a stepbrother, Mark Cook; a stepsister, Jane Cook; two sisters-in-law, Gina Miller and husband Richard, and Lisa Holly and husband Rick; and a special friend, Tammy Gaither.

Visitation is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Chapels in Peoria, Ariz., with the funeral service to follow.

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

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Joe Russell Stanage

Joe Russell "J.R." Stanage departed this life peacefully to be with his heavenly father on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.

He was born to Zora and Gilbert Stanage on July 9, 1925, in Lawrence County, the sixth of nine children.

In 1942, at the age of 17, Russ got his mother to sign papers to let him join the United States Navy. In 1947, through the matchmaking efforts of a sister, he met Ina LeCroy, who was working at the Garland County Court House. On their first date, Russ declared to Ina, "I believe I'm going to marry you." And true to his word, the couple were soon married. Russ moved his new bride to Bellflower, Calif., where he was in the service and stayed until 1955.

Mr. Russ, as he was affectionately known, ran a successful utility construction business, often working as a contractor for the phone company for 45 years. He helped many people start their own businesses and was always willing to use his talents to help his Meadowview Church family and anyone with a need.

Russ was an avid Arkansas Razorbacks and Lakeside High School football fan. If you stopped by to see him he would never fail to have a story for you about his time in the Navy, the mischief his boys got into when they were growing up, or about a job or piece of equipment from his contracting days. Russ was a naturally gifted mechanic and machinist and could build or design just about anything to solve a problem on the job.

Russ is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ina LeCroy Stanage; their five sons and three daughters-in-law, Dave and Patsy Stanage of Hot Springs, Doug and Nancy Stanage of Nixa, Mo., Joe Stanage of Malvern, Jeff and Judy Stanage of Hot Springs, and Michael Stanage of Malvern. One of the last coherent things said by Mr. Russ was, "Love my boys" and he truly did.

Mr. Russ poured his wisdom, amazing stories, and work ethic into his seven grandchildren, Mandy Stanage and Vince Shoptaw, Ari Stanage and Chad Fason, Dane Ryan Stanage, Erica Stanage and Cody York, Matthew Stanage, Olivia Stanage, and Khloe Stanage.

He was privileged to know his great-grandchildren and delighted in their visits: Anthony Shoptaw, Elizabeth "Libby" Fason, Ella York, Madelynn "Maddie" Fason, and William Fason.

Russ is also survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Nina and Scott Smith of Ann Arbour, Mich. The Stanage and LeCroy families grew over the years and spread out across the country, but frequent visitors to the Stanage Clear Creek Farm were: Lynn LeCroy Slaton, Michael H. Stanage, Becky Bergeron, Roger Stanage, Eric Stanage, and Kim Stanage.

Honorary pallbearers include Judge Rick Davis, John F. Jenkins, Freddy Kennerly, Bill Kennerly, Gene Hutzel, R.A. McGill, Dr. Bill Wright, Freddy Strong, David Boatwright and Gilbert Buentello.

Additional honorary pallbearers include Russ' wonderful caregivers over the years, including the VA Home in Hot Springs, where Russ received end of life Hospice care, as well as all the men and women over the years who have been part of Stanage Company.

Caruth-Hale Funeral Home of Hot Springs had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at www.caruth-hale.com.


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