December 7, 2016 Edition

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Tommy Martin Weeks


Mary C. Graddy Gene Housdan Billie Sue Penn
Thomas Wilson Penn James Pominville Roger Dale Smith
Wayne R. Stogsdill Jr. Joline VandeVoorde Richard Wolfe Jr.


Tommy Martin Weeks

Chance and Lyndsey Weeks of Lexington Park, Md., have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Nov. 15, 2016, at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Md.

The baby weighed nine pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Tommy Martin Weeks.

Grandparents are Fred and Susan Weeks of Walnut Ridge and Tom and Catherine Cox of Denver, Colo.

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Mary C. Graddy

Mary Cathryn Graddy, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 3, 2016, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born June 22, 1928, in the Coffman community, she was the daughter of Kent and Mabel Phillips Benn. She was a homemaker, a factory worker and a waitress.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth (Rhody) Graddy; two children, Rodney Graddy and Katie Williams; seven sisters and one brother.

Survivors include three daughters, Glenda Cole, Millington, Tenn., Gena Sheppard and husband Jimmy, Walnut Ridge, and Tresa Graddy, Gassville; a sister, Albertine Turley, Watsonville, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Missy Steele, Randy Williams, Jeff Sheppard, Kenny Sheppard, Matt Williams, Jason Brewer, Natasha Graddy and Josh Graddy; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Harvey Noblin officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Jeff, Matt, Jason, Randy, Kenny and Josh. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Sheppard, Jack Williams and Roy Paul Davidson.

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Gene Housdan

Carroll "Gene" Housdan, 78, of Russellville, passed away, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at his home.

The son of Harl and Pearl Sullivan Housdan, he was born Aug. 3, 1938, in Portia and attended Black Rock High School. Gene and Patsy Davis were married on July 29, 1956, in Sedgwick. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1955 and retired in 1975 with the rank of Gunners Mate Chief Petty Officer.

Chief Housdan's specialty was 0891-ASROC ("Anti-Submarine ROCket"), an all-weather, all sea-conditions anti-submarine missile system. After training on the ASROC system, he served on numerous destroyers including the USS Helena, USS Sutherland, USS Scoffield, the USS Ranger, and the USS Boston. Gene completed five tours in Vietnam, and was a highly decorated sailor, having received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct medal with four devices, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon, and the Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation [RVN Gallantry Cross].

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #692, KIWANIS, River Valley Squares and was a past President of the Arkansas State Squares Dance Federation. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Russellville, where he previously served as a deacon. Gene enjoyed the outdoors, speed reading, and was known to be charitable, compassionate, faithful and stern and was a loving husband and father to four children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harl Housdan Jr.; a sister, Brenda Carter; and a great-granddaughter, Ashdyn Powell.

Survivors include his wife Patsy Davis Housdan; two daughters, Tamera Housdan of North Little Rock, and Sonja Lawson of Alexander; two sons, Joel Housdan (Deborah) of Scranton, and Philip Housdan (Rhonda) of Ozark; six grandchildren; a brother, C.D. Housdan of Mobile, Ala.; and two sisters, Wilma Barber (Billy) of Hoxie, and Joyce Brunson of Houston.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Second Baptist Church in Russellville with Bros. Billy Dawson and Jonathan Whitlock officiating. Burial with full military honors was at 4 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park. Humphrey Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203.

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Billie Sue Penn

Billie Sue "MaPenn" Penn, 90, of Lynn, died Dec. 3, 2016, at Woodlawn Nursing Home in Batesville.

Born July 2, 1926, in Lynn, she was the daughter of Willie and Hester Epperson Casper. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was a member of Lynn United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Neil Penn; a daughter, Glenda Northcutt; two brothers, Sewell Casper and Joe Pat Casper; two grandsons, Chris Penn and Marty Northcutt; and a daughter-in-law, Virginia Penn.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Penn and wife Anita, Lynn, and Ted Penn, Strawberry; four grandchildren, Audrey Gillmore, Mandy Hughes, Mark Penn and Tony Sharp; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Lynn United Methodist Church with Bros. Jerry Pentecost and Dennis Calaway officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Alex Gillmore, Jason Gillihan, Dane Hadley, Mark Penn, Nathan Howard and Robert Northcutt.

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Thomas Wilson Penn

Thomas Wilson Penn, 87, of Naperville, Ill., passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at Monarch Landing in Naperville.

Born Nov. 29, 1928, in Lawrence County, he was a Professor Emeritus, College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University and a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was beloved husband of Santa Marie Penn (De Castro); proud stepfather of Maria, Pamela and Marc; loving grandfather of seven step-grandchildren; caring brother to John E. Penn; and loving husband to Winona E. Penn (nee Coleman), who passed away in 2005. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 1:30 p.m. at Monarch Landing in Naperville. Interment was private. Friedrich-Jones & Overman-Jones Funeral Homes and Cremation Services had charge of arrangements.

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James Pominville

James Ernest Pominville, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 28, 2016, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born Dec. 30, 1942, in Ferndale, Mich., he was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from General Motors. He was the former owner and operator of Jimmy's Billiards in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Estelle Pominville.

Survivors include his wife, Antoinette "Toni" Dumas Pominville, whom he married June 17, 1967; two daughters, Michele McCandless, Walnut Ridge, and Jennifer Orr and husband Micah, Inkster, Mich.; two sons, Robert Pominville, Colorado, and Richard Pominville, Nebraska; eight grandchildren, Jeffry Williams, Alex Williams, Alissa McCandless, Gage McCandless, Micah Orr Jr., Jazante Orr, Nicole Pominville and Jessica Pominville; two great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Jeff Williams.

A memorial service was held Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home.

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Roger Dale Smith

Roger Dale Smith, 57, of Hurst, Texas, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at his residence.

He was born on June 30, 1959, in Walnut Ridge, to Bobby G. and Anna Ruth Binkley Smith. He was married to Ruth Ann Givens Smith for 34 years. Roger and Ruth met while they were both on active duty in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Hawaii, and were married Oct. 9, 1982.

Roger retired from the U.S Navy after 21 years of service. His career spanned three decades (1977-1998). After graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman Recruit (E-2), and within 12 years, he advanced to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8).

Still hungry for additional responsibility, he applied, and was accepted to become a Commissioned Naval Officer. He was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer (CWO2) and was promoted to CWO3. As a CWO, he became part of an elite group known as "Mustang" Naval Officers. The title "Mustang Officer" is a name given to a select few who began their Naval careers as enlisted, and are selected to become Commissioned Naval Officers.

He served in the following commands: HSL-31 (NAS North Island, San Diego), HSL-37 (NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii), AIMD (NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.), VAQ-139 (NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.), VQ-2 (NAS Rota, Spain), VAQ-130 (NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.) and HSL-37 (NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii)

During his Naval career, he became known as an Aviation Maintenance Specialist. He served aboard numerous combat ships on the high seas all over the world, and was a veteran of the first Persian Gulf War in 1991.

His military awards and ribbons include the following: three Naval Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, three Navy Unit Commendation Medals, two Meritorious Commendation Medals, five Navy Battle "E" ribbons, two Navy Good Conduct Medals, two Naval Expeditionary Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Expert Pistol Marksman Medal, Sea Service, and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist.

After his Naval career, Roger went back to school and completed his bachelor's degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and was employed as an Aerospace Quality Assurance Inspector for the Department of Defense.

Roger was a true American Patriot and Navy man through and through. After retirement, one of his greatest joys was staying in contact with his mentors and protege's and telling sea stories for hours and hours.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, Bobby G. Smith.

His survivors include his mother, Ruth Smith Holsapple of Walnut Ridge; his wife, Ruth Ann Smith, of the home; sons, Chief Petty Officer Roger Smith Jr. (USN) of Aiea, Hawaii, and Sean Robert Smith of Thornton, Colo.; brother, Ron Smith of Hoxie; and sister, Robin Saito of Jonesboro; and his best friends, Rodney "Duke" Madsen and Eddie Zayas.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Jerry Jolly and Dr. Christopher Saito officiating. Burial with military honors was in Lawrence Memorial Park

Honored to serve as pallbearers were Dr. Chris Saito, Dr. Kim Saito, John Phillips, Bill Binkley, Rodney Madison and Eddie Zayas. Honorary pallbearers were Keith Binkley and Frank Binkley.

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Wayne R. Stogsdill Jr.

Wayne R. Stogsdill Jr., 54, of Senatobia, Miss., died Nov. 30, 2016, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

He was a retired operation project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a member of First Baptist Church of Senatobia.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Ruedell Stogsdill Sr.; and his grandparents, Clyde and Lucy Stogsdill.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Stogsdill; a daughter, Taylor Ann Stogsdill, Senatobia; three sons, Jeffrey Clyde Stogsdill and Jackson Wayne Stogsdill, both of Senatobia, and Joshua Aaron Neisen and wife Danielle, Nesbit, Miss.; his mother, Janice Stogsdill, Haughton, La.; a brother, Jeffrey Arthur Stogsdill and wife Pam, Gibsland, La.; and a grandson, Zachary Clark Neisen.

Funeral was Sunday at 3 p.m. at Pate Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial was Monday at 11 a.m. in Powhatan Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Joline VandeVoorde

Ellen Joline VandeVoorde, 88, of East Moline, Ill., died Nov. 21, 2016, at Heritage Woods of Moline.

Born June 16, 1928, in Smithville, she was the daughter of Ralph and Ena Bristow Dawson. After marrying Garon Crafton, she moved to Moline, Ill., and lived in that area for the remainder of her life. She worked in sales at J.C. Penney in Moline for 23 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of the East End Bolders Club.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Garon Crafton and Achiel "Ace" VandeVoorde, on Nov. 23, 2009; and a sister, Clynell Sandusky.

Survivors include a daughter, Sheila Crafton, East Moline, Ill.; two sons, Danny Crafton, Andalusia, Ill., and Ralph Crafton, DeKalb, Ill.; and five grandchildren, Tania Crafton, Eric Crafton, Steven Crafton, Katrina Thomsen and Ruthie Docking.

No services were held. The body was cremated and interred at St. Mary's Cemetery in Moline, Ill. Wendt Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Richard Wolfe Jr.

Richard Wolfe Jr., 55, of Smithville, died Dec. 2, 2016.

Born Dec. 15, 1960, in Wilmington, Del., he was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Wolfe Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Kristin Lee; a son, Richard "Jake" Wolfe III, Imboden; five daughters, Julie Cardell and husband Paul, Pennsylvania, Jaclyn Wolfe, Maryland, Justine Wolfe, Alicia, and Britney Wolfe and Zoey Wolfe, both of Smithville; his mother, Joy Klenklen Wolfe, Wilmington, Del.; a brother, Ronnie Wolfe, Delaware; a sister, Dana Alexander and husband Mark, Delaware; and eight grandchildren, Rodney, Josh, Brandon, Markey, Aiden, Nevaeh, Veronica and Laina.

Graveside service is today at 1 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery in Alicia with Michael Bradley officiating. Fears Family Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Cliff Eberlan, Scott Hall, Alan Burns, Justin Mock, Billy Lee Jr. and Jake Wolfe.

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