November 9, 2016 Edition

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Linda Jean Berry Nancy Blackshear Terry Lee Evans
Powell K. Fowler Leota Mae Hooten J.D. Hulen
Lance Derrick Mason June Ratliff Jack Rounsavall


Linda Jean Berry

Linda Jean Berry, 63, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 3, 2016, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem.

Born Sept. 10, 1953, in Wichita, Kan., she was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sammy Edgar and Lillie Stuart Berry; and four brothers, Thurl Berry, Dewayne Berry, Sammy Berry and Donal Berry.

Survivors include an aunt, Luverla Oyler; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were Bert Holder, Brandon Holder, Kelly Berry, Kori Dunlap and Phillip Dunlap. Honorary pallbearer was David Snyder.

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Nancy Blackshear

Nancy Alice McLain Blackshear, 82, of Searcy, died Nov. 2, 2016.

Born May 30, 1934, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Ed Manus and Geraldine Dawson. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by a son; and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Malcom McLain, Heber Springs; two daughters, Becky Robbins, Searcy, and Jan Mullen, Pangburn; three sisters, Patsy Walker and Meda Colby, both of Berryville, and Barbara Slatton, Walnut Ridge; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home in Searcy. Cremation arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home.

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Terry Lee Evans

Terry Lee Evans, 90, of Rockaway Beach, Mo., formerly of Ravenden, died Nov. 3, 2016.

Born Jan. 10, 1926, in Cave City, he was the son of Eutah and Eva Voyles Evans. He was a World War II Army veteran and a Purple Heart recipient.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Gimlin Evans.

Survivors include a son, Troy Evans; two daughters, Sherry Koettel and Mary Ellis; a brother, Tracy Evans; four sisters, Wavie Watts, Betty Clements, Billie Evans and Thomy Tillman; five grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Dail Cemetery near Ravenden.

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Powell K. Fowler

Powell K. Fowler, 74, of West Memphis, died Nov. 4, 2016, at his homr.

He was born in the Strangers Home community and raised in Lawrence County. He was the owner and operator of Hulbert Development Company, Fowler Sand and Gravel and Hulbert Mini Storage. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Scottish Rite.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Logan and Eunice Fowler; a son, Bubba Deen; two brothers, Gary and John Fowler.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Sheila Fowler; two daughters, Kay Kay Davis and Kim Farve; a son, Jeff Fowler; two sisters, Helen Owens, Oklahoma City, and Joyce Fowler Phillips, Marion, Ill.; two brothers, Dave Fowler, Walnut Ridge, and Dennis Fowler, Marion, Ark.; and six grandchildren, Abigail Fowler Hale, Mason Fowler, Brayson Davis, Kameron Davis, Brick Basinger and Houston Miller.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in West Memphis. Burial was in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Leota Mae Hooten

Leota Mae Hooten, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 6, 2016, in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 11, 1929, she was the daughter of Cornelius and Grace Baxter Ford. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was a member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ. She worked as a bookkeeper for Bunny Bread for 10 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Hooten; and two sisters, Christella Stevens and Delvana McKinley.

Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Gail Hooten, Egypt; a son, Charles Ford and wife Kathy, Egypt; four grandchildren, Haley Pope, Heather Eggers, Laura Olinger and Troy Hooten; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park with Don House officiating.

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J.D. Hulen

J.D. Hulen, 82, of Black Rock, died Nov. 7, 2016, at his home.

Born Jan. 31, 1934, in Swifton, he was the son of Ira C. and Eliza Ruth Cross Hulen. He lived in Black Rock, by way of Hoxie, for 42 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who fought in Korea and was a schoolteacher in the Hoxie School District. He was an endowment member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Diana Hulen, whom he married March 12, 1961; a son, Vinson J. Hulen, Quitman; two daughters, Selenia S. Hooten-Ehrlich, Springfield, Mo., and Penny D. Wagner, Flippin; a brother, Ronald R. Hulen, Chico, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ with Bro. Bill Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation is Thursday from 1-2 p.m. at the church.

Memorials may be made to Levy Mission Evangelism Fund, a mission trip led by Ted Knight and his family, Levy Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1297, Conway, AR 72033.

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Lance Derrick Mason

Lance Derrick Mason, 42, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 31, 2016.

Lance was born on Oct. 18, 1974, in Pocahontas, to Bill and Linda Robinson Mason, and was a lifetime resident of Randolph County. He loved his family, farming and watching his kids play sports. He was a member of Old Reyno Free Will Baptist Church and attended Pocahontas First United Methodist Church.

He was a graduate of Biggers-Reyno High School and Williams Baptist College. He was a teacher and coach at Swifton, Biggers-Reyno and Corning High Schools before starting his farming career.

He was married on July 29, 2000, to Stephanie Jones. He was the father of two sons, the light of his life, to whom he was devoted and they to him. In 2007, Lance was given the opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a full-time farmer. Other than his boys, nothing gave him more joy and pride than producing a successful crop year after year.

He was preceded in death by sister, Mia Mason; grandparents, Loren and Jessie Robinson, and Myrtle Mason.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Jones Mason; sons Robinson and William Mason of the home; parents, Bill and Linda Mason of Reyno; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Steve and Rebecca Jones of Imboden.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Dr. Rockey Starnes officiating. Burial was in Nelson Cemetery at Reyno.

Memorials may be made to St. Judes Hospital or Pocahontas School Backpack Program. Checks payable to: Pocahontas Public Schools, Backpack Program, 2300 N Park Street, Pocahontas, AR 72455.

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June Ratliff

June Ratliff, 82, of Eaton, died Nov. 5, 2016.

Born June 12, 1934, in Ravenden, she was the daughter of Elmer and Ethel Holland Etchison. She was a 1952 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School, a homemaker and a member of the Portia Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Ratliff, in 2010, whom she married Dec. 24, 1955; and a sister.

Survivors include three sons, Roger Ratliff, Eaton, James Ratliff and wife Georgia, Imboden, and Mike Ratliff, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Ellen Armstrong and husband Malcom, North Carolina; two grandchildren, Sherrie Johnson and Jamie DeJournett; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild on the way.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at the Portia Church of Christ with Robert Davis officiating. Burial was in Dail Cemetery near Ravenden.

Pallbearers were Chip Gill, Travis Man, Colby Johnson, Chris Blevins, Jamie DeJournett and Chase DeJournett. Honorary pallbearers were Justin DeJournett, Alli DeJournett, Caylea Johnson, Cadee Johnson, Cassidy Johnson, Shawn Johnson, Gaylon Ratliff and Russell Ratliff.

Memorials may be made to the Portia Church of Christ, South Myers St., Portia, AR 72457.

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Jack Rounsavall

Jack Marlin Rounsavall, 65, of Blytheville, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at his home.

Jack was born in Blytheville to Guy and Blanche (Dean) Rounsavall. He was an airplane mechanic for ART and attended Number Nine Baptist Church. Jack served his country honorably in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a lifelong resident of Blytheville and was a graduate of Blytheville High School. In his free time, Jack loved to play the guitar.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Jack leaves his wife, Susan Ralph Rounsavall, of the home; children, Belinda Sluder and her husband Dennis of Walnut Ridge and Neil Rounsavall and his wife Suzanne of Walnut Ridge; mother-in-law, Ruby Ralph of Blytheville; brothers, Bob Rounsavall of St. Louis and Danny Rounsavall of Murray, Ky.; sister, Jan Laseter of Blytheville; grandchildren, London and Parker Sluder, and Abbigale, Seth, and Sophia Rounsavall; great-granddaughter, Lilly Sluder; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Number Nine Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Hurley officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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