November 30, 2016 Edition

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Dickson ~ Sherrill


Daniel Abbott Ed Bagwell Judy Ann Bradford
Charlscie Elizabeth Chappell Charles Bill Lassiter Dr. David Ponder
Nancy Sue Sexton Annie Louise Sheets Brenda Vandergriff


Dickson ~ Sherrill

Mary Elizabeth Sherrill became the bride of Christopher Ray Dickson in a double-ring ceremony solemnized at the James Ranch near Pocahontas on Oct. 29, 2016.

Parents of the couple are Mary and Terry Davis and Steve and Heather Dickson.

Tori Hicks officiated the ceremony, and Caleb Sherrill gave his sister in marriage.

Brooke Midgett of Walnut Ridge served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Kylee Ford of Pocahontas, Peyton Roberts of Walnut Ridge and Kristin Dixon of West Memphis.

Best man was Taylor Hicks of Fayetteville. Cody Brady of Tuckerman, Rob Rainwater of Paragould and Jacob Blackburn of Fayetteville served as groomsmen.

Ushers were Bryan Sherrill and Seth Sherrill, brothers of the bride, and Tyler and Dylan Dickson, brothers of the groom, all of Walnut Ridge.

Nikki Brinkley of Walnut Ridge attended the bride's book.

A reception followed the ceremony at James Ranch, and the couple enjoyed a wedding trip to Tunica.

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Daniel Abbott

Daniel Glenn Abbott, 54, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 26, 2016, at his home.

Born Jan. 26, 1962, in Walnut Ridge, he graduated from Hoxie High School and spent most of his life working in the community. He served as a city councilman and was a member and deacon of Main Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father, Junior Abbott.

Survivors include his wife, Angie Abbott; a son, Larry Daniel Abbott and wife Sarah, Jonesboro; a daughter, Ashlyn Abbott, Fayetteville; his mother, Mary Anglin Abbott, Hoxie; two sisters, Jackie Fultner and Jennifer Wheeler, both of Hoxie; three brothers, William Abbott, Paragould, Larry Abbott, Walnut Ridge, and David Abbott, Hoxie; and two grandchildren, Maddox Abbott and Hayes Abbott.

Funeral was Tuesday at Main Street Church of Christ. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were David Foley, Charles Snapp, Ed Baker, Nickey Stockton, Mark Light, Kyle Smelser, David King, Eddie Gillian, Rick Nash and Ted Coker. Honorary pallbearers were the Walnut Ridge City Council and the Hoxie Class of 1980.

An online guestbook is available at

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Ed Bagwell

Ed Bagwell, 70, of Poughkeepsie, died Nov. 24, 2016, at his home.

Born March 28, 1946, in Walnut Ridge, he was a retired supervisor for GDX Automotive in Batesville and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Cave City.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ted Bagwell; his parents, Arthur and Janie Gray Bagwell; three brothers, Cecil Bagwell, Mack Bagwell and Daniel Bagwell; and a sister, Louetta Bagwell.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary Parker Bagwell; three sons, Charles Bagwell, Poughkeepsie, Randall Bagwell, Strawberry, and Dustin Bagwell, Calamine; four brothers, Johnny Bagwell, Strawberry, Junior Bagwell, Illinois, Roger Bagwell, Cave City, and Dean Bagwell, Jonesboro; a sister, Dorothy King, Jonesboro; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Cave City with Bro. Bobby Sanders officiating. Burial was in Maxville Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Caleb Bagwell, Bradon Bagwell, Tate Bagwell, Brendan Bagwell, Tyler Bagwell and Issac Bagwell. Honorary pallbearers were Chase Bagwell and Kason Bagwell.

An online guestbook is available at

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Judy Ann Bradford

Judy Ann Fooks Davenport Bradford, 78, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., formerly of Imboden, died Nov. 26, 2016.

Born June 6, 1938, in Hayti, Mo., she was the daughter of Paul and Hattie King. She graduated from Jonesboro High School and Jonesboro Business College.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lawrence Glen Fooks, James Lester Davenport and Kay Bradford Jr.; and a brother, Jerry.

Survivors include a son, Larry Fooks and wife Charlotte, Florida; a sister, Sherry Moody and husband Dwight, Conway; two grandsons, Caleb and Jordan Fooks; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

Visitation is Thursday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

An online guestbook is available at

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Charlscie Elizabeth Chappell

Charlscie Elizabeth Chappell, 85, of Pocahontas, died Nov. 24, 2016, at her home.

Born Sept. 22, 1931, in Powhatan, she was the biological daughter of Elmer Waller and Mary Garrett Waller Roush Dow. She was adopted at a young age by Oral Roush. She worked as a nurse for many years and was a member of the Skaggs Church of Christ

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gayle Chappell; four brothers, Charles Waller, James Ricky Waller, Harold Roush and Phinus Roush; and five sisters, Ruby Mae Smith, Mary Francis Davis, Jessie Glenn and twin infant sisters.

Survivors include a son, Joseph Chappell and wife Linda, Imboden; two daughters, Sharrie Weisenbach and husband Randy, Maynard, and Shelly Liscomb and husband Curtis, Imboden; five brothers, Bobby Waller and wife Shirley, Clinton, Stan Waller and wife Jackie and Ralph Waller and wife June, all of Paragould, Micky Waller and wife Robbin, Cabot, and Nicky Waller, Newport; six sisters, Dolores Duckworth and husband Howard, Smithville, Pat Travis and husband Jim, Greenbrier, Marie McClusky and husband Gerald, Newport, Phyllis Seaton and husband Daniel, Jacksonville, Mary (Mike Clayton) Thomas, Heber Springs, and Anne Davidson and husband Tim, Floral; 13 grandchildren, LaDonna Mendleski, Rocky Chappell, Slade Weisenbach, Kyle Weisenbach, Jace Weisenbach, Maigen Rogers, Kainen Rogers, Lacy Liscomb, Lily Liscomb, Lindsey Liscomb, Hamilton Liscomb, Devin Liscomb and Katelyn Liscomb; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Jon Fears officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Lynn.

Grandchildren served as pallbearers.

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Charles Bill Lassiter

Charles Bill Lassiter, 70, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 20, 2016.

Born June 19, 1946, he was the son of Sam and Beatrice Abbott Lassiter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Goldie Lassiter; a sister, Jean Marlin; and a nephew, Eddie Gilbert.

Survivors include a daughter, Becky Mathes and husband John, Fort Smith; a brother, Sam Lassiter Jr. and wife Shelly, Flint, Mich.; and two sisters, Janie Workman and husband Carl, Campbell, Mo., and Joan Hunnicutt and husband Tom, Williford.

His nephew, Ricky Whitlow, officiated the service.

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Dr. David Ponder

Dr. David Scott Ponder, 39, of Alicia, died Nov. 21, 2016, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Nov. 22, 1976, in Jonesboro, he was pastor of Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Terry Edward Ponder. Survivors include his wife, Valerie Sturgill Ponder, whom he married Dec. 27, 1997, in White's Creek, Tenn.; a daughter, Debra Lynne Ponder, of the home; and his mother, Susan Williams Ponder, Imboden.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Tim Campbell and Blaine Liscomb officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Wesley Crisler, Drew Tillman, Josh Graddy, Bradley Williams, Peyton Tillman, Rylee Lewis, Shaun Allen and Neal Carpenter. Honorary pallbearers were Tyler Williams, Seth Williams, Clint Ponder, Nick Ponder and members of the Social Band Association and Lawrence County Ministerial Alliance.

An online guestbook is available at

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Nancy Sue Sexton

Nancy Sue Granger Sexton, 65, of Smithville, died Nov. 26, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 9, 1951, in Jonesboro, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Effie Hallett Granger; three brothers, Chester Granger, Herbert Granger and Bill Granger; and two sisters, Gertrude Granger and Louise McLaughlin.

Survivors include her husband, Buddy Sexton; two sons, Jeremy Chamlies and wife Sharon and Shannon Chamlies; a daughter, Stacy Chamlies; two sisters, Patricia Kay Wessell and Lorena Granger; five grandchildren, Jakob Chamlies, Nolyn Chamlies, Hailey Moss, Chance Chamlies and Kurstin Chamlies; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Annie Louise Sheets

Annie Louise Sheets, 86, of Bono, passed away Nov. 26, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 16, 1930, in Braden, Okla.; she was the daughter of Robert and Cora Reeves Dixon. She was a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was a faithful member of the Egypt Baptist Church and retired from St. Bernard's Hospital housekeeping after 28 years.

She loved her flowers and her vegetable gardens, cooking and was an accomplished quilter. She was devoted to her family and friends. She was immediately loved by all who met her. She leaves a huge emptiness in the hearts of her loved ones.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands, Alvin Thomas and Douglas Sheets; her son, Leslie Thomas; grandsons, Samuel McIntire and Charles Lundy; and a great grandson, Payton Thomas; four brothers, Charles, Jessie, L.D. and Eddie; and a sister, Bonnie.

She leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Ruby and Alvin McIntire; her son and daughter-in-law, Curtis and Marilyn Thomas and a daughter-in-law, Betty Daughtry; eight grandchildren, Lavinda Lundy, Michael and Miranda McIntire, Anthony, Andy and Amy Jo Thomas, Eric and Tiffany Thomas; 15 great-grandchildren, Tabitha, Josh, Zachary, Journey, Trevor, Tyler, Eli, Isacc, Rhiannon, Trenton, Jill, Gage, Lydia, William and Thomas; one great-great-grandson, Jackson; five brothers and sisters, Larry, Lorene, Lara Mae, Barbara and Rosie; and lots and lots of nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Ulysses Vandermolen officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Trenton Junyor, Lewis Evans, Kenneth Cummings, Kenny Cummings, Anthony Thomas and Eric Thomas. Honorary pallbearer was Junior McIntire.

An online guestbook is available at


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Brenda Vandergriff

Brenda Daphine Henson Vandergriff, 56, of Ravenden Springs, died Nov. 25, 2016, at her home.

Born April 3, 1960, in Walnut Ridge, she was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Lynn Tate; her father, Charles Rolland Henson; and a brother, Byron Henson.

Survivors include a son, Gary L. Tate and wife Betty, Pocahontas; her mother, Wonetta Rachel Allen Henson; two brothers, Frank D. Henson, and Ely R. Henson and wife Gail, all of Pocahontas; two sisters, Barbara Smith and husband Samuel, Pocahontas, and Betty Blevins and husband Doug, Newport; and two grandchildren, Dylan Tate and Emily Tate.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Dan Avery officiating. Burial was in Ingram Cemetery near Supply.

Pallbearers were Christopher Smith, Justin Pattin, Isaac Haigwood, Clay Harris, Mark Henson and Jacob Cagle. Honorary pallbearer was Frank Henson.

An online guestbook is available at

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