November 23, 2016 Edition

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Janice Alline Fultner Blaklee Kate Wright


Raddle ~ Coker


Edith Geneva Brightwell John Byron Elders Jr. AC Herring
Myrtle Jones Rita Jo Massey William Richard Smith


Janice Alline Fultner

Kyle and Ashley Fultner of Hoxie have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born on Nov. 11, 2016, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, five ounces, and has been named Janice Alline Fultner.

Grandparents are Johnny and Jean Davis of Imboden and Gary and Sherri Fultner of Hoxie.

Great-grandparents are John and Jessie Fultner of Hoxie and Mary Cooper of Florida.

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Blaklee Kate Wright

Spencer and Ashley Wright of Saffell have announced the birth of a daughter, born Nov. 15, 2016, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Blaklee Kate Wright. She has three siblings, Walker, two, and Hunter and Gunner, both six.

Grandparents are Vince and Jennifer Wright of Strawberry, David and Debbie Wigginton of Cave City and Tena Wright of Batesville.

Great-grandparents are Charles and Shelby Randolph of Strawberry, Alice Harris of Lynn, John Wigginton of Cave City and Gary and Judy Brannon of Farmerville, La.

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Raddle ~ Coker

Tara "Tipper" Whitney Raddle and Daniel "Dandy" Clark Coker were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge.

The bride is the daughter of Tammy Hilderbrand of Columbia, Mo., and Dennis Raddle of Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The bridegroom is the son of Dan and Debra Coker of Walnut Ridge.

Dr. Bobby Coker performed the ceremony and organist Darlene Moore provided nuptial music. The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Bridesmaids were Amy Raddle and Cheryl Hartke, both of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Mary Alyce Chiarito of Oxford, Miss., and Rebecca Corson of St. Louis.

Matthew Segraves of Walnut Ridge served as best man, and Andrew and William Coker, both of Walnut Ridge, served as ushers.

Following the wedding a reception was held at the Rolling Hills Country Club.

Out-of-county guests included: Kaitlyn Tucker of Houston; Lindsay Slawson of Hattiesburg, Miss.; Mable Kimbraugh of Indianola, Miss.; David Steele of Nashville, Tenn.; as well as several of the bride’s family members from Cape Girardeau, Mo., and the surrounding area.

After the wedding, the couple enjoyed a wedding trip to Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Edith Geneva Brightwell

Edith Geneva Brightwell, 88, of Imboden, died Nov. 18, 2016, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born Nov. 15, 1928, in Tyronza, she was the daughter of Henry Carroll and Lula Bell Overtuff. She was a retired rural contract mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service with 35 years of service. She was a member of the Imboden Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Brightwell; a son, Ben Brightwell; three brothers, Cecil, Harvey and Carroll Overtuff; and two sisters, Ruby Smith and Bonnie Fulk.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Day, Springfield, Mo., and Patty Dickson and husband Eugene, Imboden; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was set for Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Hope Cemetery in Imboden with Gevan Murphy officiating. Cox Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Eugene Dickson, Larry Dickson, Michael Cole, Phillip Dickson, Ben Brightwell and Jerrod Rainwater. Honorary pallbearers will be Jennifer Cole, Amber Rainwater and Shayla Dickson.

Memorials may be made to Legacy Hospice, 610-C, Highway 67B, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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John Byron Elders Jr.

John Byron Elders Jr., 80, of Mountain Home, formerly of Walnut Ridge, passed away Friday, Nov. 19, 2016, at Good Samaritan Society of Mountain Home after a sudden worsening of his long illness.

Born in Valdosta, Ga., on Dec. 22, 1935, to Dr. John B. Sr. and Lucille Elders, he graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1953. As a member of the Arkansas National Guard for 20 years, he was a graduate of the Arkansas Military Academy, and was deployed during the Little Rock school Crisis of 1957. After owning his own shop for a few years in Walnut Ridge, he was shop foreman for Sears Auto Center in Jonesboro for over 20 years, a school bus driver for seven years, before retiring to Mountain Home.

His avocations over the years were many, including Boy Scouting, drag racing, model railroading, boating, private piloting, and RVing. In later years he helped start the Model Railroad Club of Mountain Home, and was active with the Boy Scouts again. He was a member of the United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bonnie Wyatt Elders; a son, Dr. John Gregory (Michele) Elders of Mountain Home; grandchildren Molly Elders of Mountain Pine, Bailey Elders of Henderson, Nev., Gabriel Elders of Fayetteville, Joseph Elders of Mountain Home, Amanda (Christof) Floeckner of Vienna, Austria, and Allison (Kyler) Robbins of Hardenville, Mo.; and one great-grandson Blaine Robbins.

Services were set for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Roller Funeral Home in Mountain Home.

John's request was for donations in lieu of flowers, to The United Methodist Church of Mountain Home or Walnut Ridge, or the Boy Scouts Camp Spencer Improvement Fund.

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AC Herring

AC Herring, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 21, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 4, 1926, in Newport, he was the son of Earl and Bessie Rutledge Herring. He married Mildred Wood on Nov. 5, 1955. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was retired from the sheet metal industry.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include a son, Barry Herring and wife Michelle, St. Charles, Mo.; a daughter, Linda Wilkerson and husband David, Bragg City, Mo.; two grandchildren, Suzette Combs and Bryan Herring; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Seth Parnell officiating. Burial will be in Dowell (Battle Ax) Cemetery, near Swifton.

Visitation is Saturday from noon until 2 p.m.

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Myrtle Jones

Myrtle Wilson Jones, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 15, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 3, 1930, in Cubbage, Ky., she was the daughter of Jim and Sarah Wilson. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey J. Jones, whom she married Dec. 27, 1947; a son, Harvey Lee Jones; a grandson, Brik Walke; and three sisters in Kentucky.

Survivors include two sons, Howard Jones, Walnut Ridge, and Tom Jones and wife Alfreda, Jonesboro; three daughters, Connie Jones, Walnut Ridge, Rosie Wagner and husband Tony and Brenda Turner and husband Scotty, all of Egypt; a brother, J.B. Wilson and wife Peggy, Cubbage, Ky.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Markham Cemetery, near Egypt, with Dale Davis officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Tom Jones, Tony Wagner, Scotty Turner, Rick Foreman, Triston Turner and Chris Jones. Honorary pallbearer was Adam Jones.

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Rita Jo Massey

Rita Jo Massey, 61, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 18, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 7, 1955, in Oceanside, Calif., she was the daughter of the late Rezia and Martha Massey. She worked as a customer service manager for Big Lots for several years. She loved to write music, sing and play guitar. She enjoyed her grandchildren and spending time at the beach.

Survivors include a son, Lance Connolly and wife Charlotte, Annapolis, Md.; a daughter, Angela Riddick, of the home; a brother, Rick Massey and wife Marilyn, Munford, Tenn.; two sisters, Debbie Jones and husband Billy, Hoxie, and Jeanine Lanier and husband Quinn, Salem; and two grandchildren, Claire Connolly and Cobain Riddick.

A remembrance ceremony will be held Friday from 5-9 p.m. at The Venue in Walnut Ridge. Remarks will be held at 7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

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William Richard Smith

William Richard Smith, 21, of Alicia, died suddenly in Mississippi.

Born April 5, 1995, in Paragould, he was the son of James and Gloria Brown Smith. He worked as a sawmill operator.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, Jeramiah Smith, Maynard; a stepdaughter, Anna Bell Champion; two brothers, Joe Willfond and Blake Willfond, both of Alicia; two sisters, Chasity Cescill, Powhatan, and Jasmine Smith, Mississippi; an uncle, Mark Smith, Mississippi; a special aunt and uncle, Bob and Shirley Hanshaw; and a special nana, Norma Shepard, Cave City.

Arrangements will be announced by Bryan Funeral Home.

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