November 16, 2016 Edition

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Scarlett Grace Oglesby Cynthia Marie Phillips


Floy Jean Barnett William Christopher Cornell Loyd L. Dail
Geraldine C. Davis Lola Mae Holt James Edward Mathis
Wanda McCluskey Robert E. Moore Roberta Stephens
Bobby Teel Manon Tillman John Thomas Williams Jr.


Scarlett Grace Oglesby

Wesley and Amber Oglesby of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Nov. 7, 2016, at St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, six ounces, and has been named Scarlett Grace Oglesby.

She has two older siblings, Shelby Snyder, 15, and Weston Oglesby, 1.

Grandparents are James and Theresa Hooper and Rita Luther, all of Walnut Ridge, and Scott and Pam Hancock of Maynard.

She is the great-granddaughter of Don and Margi Causey and James and Nova Scott, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Cynthia Marie Phillips

Chris and Crysti Phillips of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born Nov. 3, 2016, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, three ounces, and has been named Cynthia Marie Phillips.

She has one sibling, Cortney, who is 8.

Grandparents are Terry and Ruth Phillips of Black Rock and Billy and Pam Nelson of Ravenden. She is the great-granddaughter of Lola Douglas of Black Rock and Bill and Sue Nelson of Powhatan.

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Floy Jean Barnett

Floy Jean Barnett, 78, of Jonesboro, formerly of Lawrence County, died Nov. 11, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 5, 1938, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Floyd and Gladys Walker Goad. She was a homemaker and a member of Center Hill Baptist Church in Bono.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Franklin Mahan; a daughter, Judy Ann Petero; three brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Troy Mahan and wife Linda, Proctor; a sister, Sarah Alice Freeman and husband Ken, Brookland; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

No services are planned. Cox Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.coxfhwalnutridge.

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William Christopher Cornell

William Christopher Cornell, 32, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 13, 2016, due to an accident.

Born Oct. 8, 1984, in Cannon Lake, Texas, he was a graduate of Hoxie High School and worked at Hytrol.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John Cornell.

Survivors include his father, William Cornell, Walnut Ridge; his mother, Shirley Wagenschein Schneider and husband Junior, Dime Box, Texas; two brothers, Joseph Cornell and Lewis Massengil, both of Caldwell, Texas; three sisters, Lea Jane Cornell, Australia, Laurie Cornell, Hoxie, and Malonni Cornell, Caldwell, Texas; and a grandfather, Glenis Wagenschein, Nordheim, Texas.

A memorial service will be held today from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home.

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Loyd L. Dail

Loyd L. Dail, 87, of Cave City, died Nov. 11, 2016, at White River Medical Center.

Born Aug. 19, 1929, in Ravenden, he was the son of Robert and Mae Jolly Dail.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Arlynn Simmons; a brother, three sisters; and a grandson, Tommy Simmons.

Survivors include two sons, Mark Dail and Jimmie Dail; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his longtime companion, Lois Johnson, and her three children.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Larry Rogers officiating. Burial was in Dail Cemetery.

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Geraldine C. Davis

Geraldine C. Ivy Davis died Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Daphne, Ala.

Born in Marcella, Ark., she was the daughter of Grover and Essie Logan Ivy. She was an accomplished seamstress and pianist. Educated in Desha and Batesville, she worked at assembling aircraft in Detroit, then moved to St. Louis, where she worked and retired from McDonnel-Douglas. She and her husband moved to Lynn, and she spent the last several years living with her daughter in Daphne, Ala.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Davis; her parents; and a brother, Wallace Allen Ivy.

Survivors include a daughter, Sheri Murphy and husband Mike, Daphne, Ala.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Black Rock. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

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Lola Mae Holt

Lola Mae Holt, 84, of Pocahontas, died Nov. 8, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 10, 1932, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Clarence and Bertha Jackson Tribble.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gaylon Holt; two sisters, Maynola Miller and Beulah Mae Tribble; a son-in-law, Jimmy Pollock; and a brother-in-law, Leaman Bristow.

Survivors include three daughters, Darlene Hall and husband Keith, Paragould, and Dolores Gail Gaunt and husband Doug and Debbie Hutsell and husband Tim, all of Hoxie; two sons, Dennis Holt and wife Kathy, Hoxie, and Ron Holt and wife Terri, Jonesboro; two sisters, Charlene Bristow, Lynn, and Allene Stillwell and husband Frankie, Paragould; a brother, Franklin Tribble and wife Wanda; five grandchildren, Emily Hutsell, Carmen Weaver, Sierra Corona, Beth Christopher and Allyson Christopher; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Roger Tidwell officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dennis Holt, Ron Holt, Rick Holt, Keith Hall, Tim Hutsell and John Robert Miller. Honorary pallbearers were Doug Gaunt, Terry Tribble, R.J. Pollock and Kevin Nunnally.

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James Edward Mathis

James Edward Mathis, 78, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 7, 2016, at his home.

Born Feb. 13, 1938, in Marvel, he was the son of Jim and Rose Copeland Mathis. He served in the Special Forces of the United States Army and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Mathis; and an infant sister.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Mathis; five children, Mike Mathis and wife Carrie and Steven Mathis, all of Jonesboro, Glen Mathis and wife Kathy, Athens, Belinda Bryant and husband Harry, Sheridan, and Karen King and husband Billy, Bentonville; a brother, Randolph Mathis and wife Frances, Batesville; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were private. Faith Funeral Service of Manila had charge of arrangements.

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Wanda McCluskey

Wanda Fossey McCluskey, 83, of Pocahonats, was granted her angel wings on Nov. 14, 2016.

Wanda was born Feb. 9, 1933, in Randolph County, to the late Jim and Lizzie Fossey.

Wanda is survived by a daughter, Diana (Brooks) Howard of Black Rock, and a son, Johnny (Stephanie) McCluskey of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Grandchildren are Julie (Jeff) Fort of Jonesboro, Mallory (Chad) Meyr of Jackson, Mo., and Chelsea Becker of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Great-granddaughters are Hannah Ponder of Jonesboro, Ashley Fort of West Plains, Mo., and great-grandsons are Beckett and Hudson Myer of Jackson, Mo.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Lizzie Fossey; her husband, John L. McCluskey; a sister, Jean Owens; and brothers, Jim and Ed Fossey.

Graveside services will be held at Campbell-Ford Cemetery on Thursday at 11 a.m. with Josh Dement officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Mike Richardson, David Statler, Kris McCluskey, Tim Fossey, Joe Fossey and Craig Fossey.

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Robert E. Moore

Robert E. "Ed" Moore, 84, of Forreston, Ill., died Nov. 10, 2016, at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Monroe, Wis.

Ed was born on Feb. 14, 1932, in Smithville, the son of Evert and Loma (Smith) Moore. He graduated from Lynn High School in 1951. After serving in the US Navy for four years, he lived in the Rockford area for several years where he worked for UPS.

Ed married Delores "De" Welsh on May 26, 1966, in Cherry Valley, Ill., and she preceded him in death on Oct. 29, 2013. Ed and De lived most of their married life on Lightsville Road in Leaf River, Ill. Later they moved to Forreston, Ill., where Ed still resided until his recent illness.

Ed operated Ed's Auto and retired from Sundstrand Corporation. He was widely known for his immense knowledge of antique autos, particularly from the early 1900's. As a young man, he enjoyed racing autos. Ed was a photography buff, and many will remember him always with his camera in hand.

Ed is survived by daughter, Kim Carlson, O'Fallon, Mo.; grandson, Jay Johnson, Orangeville, Ill.; a great-granddaughter, Anna Belle Johnson; a sister, Bonnie Pearson, Rockford, Ill.; brother-in-law, Ron (Bev) Johnson, Monroe, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Faun (Jack) Hill, Punta Gorda, Fla., and Donna Welsh, Davenport, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Close friends Guy and Linda Lacombe, Chana, Ill., further survive him.

Ed is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, De; a brother, Relton; and an infant brother and sister.

Funeral service is Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at 11 a.m. in the Leaf River Baptist Church, Leaf River, Ill., with Rev. Randy Newton officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery at Amboy, Ill.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time.

Finch Funeral Home of Mt. Morris, Ill., had charge of arrangements.

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Roberta Stephens

Roberta Stephens, 82, of Imboden, died Nov. 10, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 20, 1934, in Imboden, she was the daughter of Rhea Sr. and Panse Ellen Phillips Starr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Stephens; a son, Donald Stephens; three sisters, Lillian Hackworth, Virginia Castleman and Mary Pope; three brothers, Everett Starr, Rhea Starr Jr. and Charles Starr; and a grandchild, Beau Young.

Survivors include a son, Kenny Stephens, Imboden; three daughters, Teresa Rowsey, Black Rock, Diane Wells and husband Lanny and Gina Blansett and husband Larry, all of Imboden; a daughter-in-law, Melanie Stephens, Imboden; a sister, Ruth Potter, Imboden; a brother, Herbert Starr, Jonesboro; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at the Imboden First Assembly of God Church with Michael Bradley officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery. McNabb Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Grandsons served as pallbearers and great-grandsons were honorary pallbearers.

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Bobby Teel

Bobby Teel, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 11, 2016.

He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a U.S. Army veteran. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Etta Faye Teel, in 2010; and his parents, Joe and Christine Teel.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Teel and wife Laura, Walnut Ridge, and Dennis Teel and wife Lisa, Cincinnati; four sisters, three brothers and six grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at Austin Cemetery in Old Walnut Ridge. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Manon Tillman

Gloria Manon Tillman, 81, of Walnut Ridge, passed from this life early on Nov. 9, 2016, at Lawrence Hall.

She was born on March 3, 1935, in Walnut Ridge, to Charles Henry "Peck" and Madge Louella Forrester Davis. She was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Walnut Ridge, where she was able to share her beautiful voice and her love of singing.

After graduating from Walnut Ridge High School in 1952, she worked in medical records in Little Rock. For many years, she was a farm wife and homemaker, where she tirelessly supported her children's involvement in Scouts, 4-H, sports, music and church activities.

She was also a familiar face at Extension Homemaker Club activities, where she honed her remarkable sewing skills, which greatly benefited her three daughters. She was also known to cook fabulous feasts in which the portions were always generous.

She earned an associate's degree in computer accounting at Black River Vocational Technical School in 1986. She then worked at Magee Manufacturing for years, but eventually ended her working years at Dollar General.

However, what she was best known for was her love of interacting with people. She checked on her neighbors when she was able, brought food to church when asked, and greeted each person when they passed by. When people are asked to tell you one thing about her in the past years, they would tell you that she was always happy and smiling. Even when she did not feel like it, she was pleasant to all, from the occasional cranky customer to each and every caregiver at Lawrence Hall.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Irene Crider; and four brothers, Charles H. Davis Jr., Dub Davis, Gene Davis and Dale Davis.

Survivors include daughters, Joan O'Connor of Little Rock, Dr. Gail Tillman of Dallas, and Dee Ransom (Price) of Pace, Fla.; and a son, Christopher Tillman (Ginger); 14 grandchildren, Jaime, Jim (Heather), John (Carol), Jeff (Stacey), and Jacob O'Connor; Haley Ransom Joy (Mike), and Riley Manon, Collier, and Holden Ransom; Wesley Crisler (Trishon), Drew (Sarah) and Peyton Tillman, and Tel (Makenzie) and Makenzie Britton; six great-grandchildren Jimmy and Michael O'Connor, Bridget O'Connor, Bladyn Crisler, Koby Thompson, and Krew Tillman; sisters, Yvonne Ellison (Dan), Sue Hancock and Mona Hicks, all of Walnut Ridge; brothers, Forester Davis (Virginia) of Walnut Ridge, and Ronald Davis (Amy) of Germantown, Tenn.; sisters-in-law Wanda Davis, Norma Davis, and Vada Davis; and a former daughter-in-law, Lori Tillman of Walnut Ridge.

Needless to say, her absence will leave a void in many of our lives. Her advice, her smile, and her warmth will be greatly missed. However, our lives will feel the impact of her life forever.

The funeral was Saturday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rev. David Ponder officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery. Her grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, P.O. Box 70, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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John Thomas Williams Jr.

John Thomas "J.T." Williams Jr., 96, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 10, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born Dec. 6, 1919, in Imboden, he was the son of John Thomas Williams Sr. and Martha Taylor Williams. He grew up in Walnut Ridge and graduated from Walnut Ridge High School. He was a pilot in the United States Naval Air Force and served as a cadet flight instructor during World War II.

He was a 45-year employee of Federal Compress Company and served as manager of plants in Walnut Ridge, Pine Bluff and Fresno, Calif., before retiring.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Jessie Marie Tedrick and Thelma Moseley.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Mabel Sloan Williams; four children, John Williams III, Walnut Ridge, Bill Williams and wife Dee Ann, Edmond, Okla., Anne Edwards and husband Jerry, Paragould, and Alan Williams, Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Elizabeth McCaslin, Lauren McCaslin, Clay Williams, Claire Williams and Caleb Williams; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 2:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Visitation is today at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Jonesboro, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with Dr. Stacy Smith officiating.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 710 Southwest Dr., Jonesboro, AR 72401 or First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Walnut Street, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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