December 21, 2016 Edition

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Emersyn Rose Tate


Bobby Cole Eva Davis Walter Griffin Douglas
Billy Joe Doyle Mary Irene Perkins Marie Elizabeth Rottinghaus
Lottie Louise Shatsar Larry Sloan Anita Joyce Taylor
Alma Vinson Betty Jean Wagoner Patricia Marie Webb
Willene Powers West Larry Williamson


Emersyn Rose Tate

Richard and Chasidy Morgan Tate have announced the birth of a daughter, born Dec. 7, 2016, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Emersyn Rose Tate. She has a sister, Allie Foster, 18, and two brothers, Robbie Tate, 10, and Reese Tate, seven.

Grandparents are Dan and Naomi Mullen of Walnut Ridge, Dennis and Corinna Morgan of Powhatan, and Russell and Pam Tate of Paragould

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Bobby Cole

Bobby Nolan Cole, 69, of Egypt, passed away Dec. 18, 2016, at St. Bernard's Medical Center.

Born Jan. 17, 1947, in Arbor Grove, he was the son of Floyd and Ruby Johnson Cole. He was a crop insurance adjuster for over 30 years. In his line of work, he made many lifelong friends that will miss him dearly, as well as his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Betty Slayton; and a brother-in-law, Darrell Slayton.

Survivors include a son, Clint Cole of Osceola; a granddaughter; two grandsons; a niece, Karen (Todd) McDonald of Hot Springs; a nephew, Kevin (Melinda) Slayton of Walnut Ridge; and extended family of 19 years, Louise Rose of Egypt; Tony and Rosie Wagner of Egypt; Michelle, Garrett and Rowan Roberts of Jonesboro; Walt, Barb and Weston Wagner of Jonesboro; Terry, Leeanne and Cheyenne Wagner of Egypt; and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be private.

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Eva Davis

Eva Marie Davis, 81, of Powhatan, died Dec. 15, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born July 6, 1935, in the Cedar Ridge community, she was the daughter of Bruce and Ida Weaver Johnson. She was a factory worker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Johnson; three sisters, Ruth Urban, Ida Lou Phillips and Sharon Johnson; and a great-granddaughter, Celia Anne Smith.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence Davis, whom she married June 21, 1953; two daughters, Audrey Mullen, Lynn, and Amanda Smith and husband Dustin, Walnut Ridge; two sons, Alan Davis, Powhatan, and Andrew Davis, Black Rock; a brother, James Johnson, Black Rock; three sisters, Ellen England and Joyce Dalton, both of Edwardsville, Ill., and Elizabeth Kobash, Bruce Township, Mich.; four grandchildren, Alison Smith, Jason Mullen, Denver Davis and Piper Smith; and a great-granddaughter.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery, near Lynn, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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Walter Griffin Douglas

Walter Griffin "WG" Douglas, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 15, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 26, 1937, in Cherry Valley, he was the son of Walter William and Roxie Faust Douglas. He retired from General Electric and was a member of Cache River Pentecostal Church.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Grace Dorton, Juanita Dobbs, Veta Meurer and Maxine Rose; two brothers, William Dobbins Douglas and Lelen "Sonny" Douglas; and a granddaughter, Whitney Suzanne Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Lola Daphine Douglas, whom he married Sept. 5, 1958; three daughters, Carol Allen and husband Reggie, Paula Bryant, Karen Brewer and husband Shawn, all of Walnut Ridge; a son, Larry Douglas and wife Tina, Smithville; a sister, Jeannie Phelps and husband Willis, Salem; two brothers, John Douglas and wife Dee, Piggott, and Robert Douglas and wife JoAnn, Bono; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery at Bono.

Pallbearers were James Dorton, Steve Dorton, Jeff Douglas, Farley Douglas, Paul Meurer, Cliff Rose, Clint Harrison and Butch Dobbs. Honorary pallbearers were the brothers in Christ at Cache River Pentecostal Church.

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Billy Joe Doyle

Billy Joe Doyle, 72, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 18, 2016, at his home.

Born July 28, 1944, in the Oak Hill community, he graduated from Bono High School in 1962 and later served in the Arkansas Army National Guard from 1965 to 1971. He retired from Tenneco Automotive in 2006 after 35 years. He was a member of Sedgwick Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wash and Marze Deen Doyle; and three brothers, Lonnie, Sterling and Meb.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Dletta Chastain Doyle, whom he married Aug. 12, 1966; two daughters, Lorrie Rose and husband Cliff, Westside, and Marsha Jones and husband Kenny, Hoxie; four brothers, Charles Doyle and wife Ruby, J.W. Doyle and wife Karon, Jim Doyle and Joey Doyle and wife Yvonne; seven sisters, Launia "Boonie" McElrath, Regina Eidson and husband Johnny, Dianne Minton, Sarah Colburn and husband Marty, Betty Wagner and husband Jon, Alean Wright and husband Kevin, and Polly Harlan and husband Dale; and four grandchildren, Sydney Rose, Evan Rose, Brock Jones and Jake Jones.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Manning No. 1 Cemetery with Randy Caldwell and Thomas Lamb officiating. Cox Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis or a charity of the donor's choice.

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Mary Irene Perkins

Mary Irene Perkins, 96, of Smithville, died Dec. 14, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 7, 1920, in Smithville, she was the daughter of Robert Richard and Fannie Turnbow Taylor. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Smithville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl. D. Perkins, whom she married Oct. 10, 1948, in Strawberry; a brother, Robert Wensel Taylor; and a infant sister.

Survivors include two nephews, Lee Taylor and wife Betty, Pocahontas, and Jim Perkins, Smithville; and a niece, Rita Wileman and husband Wayne, Pocahontas.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Smithville Baptist Church with Rev. Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Townsend Cemetery under direction of Cox Funeral Home.

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Marie Elizabeth Rottinghaus

Marie Elizabeth Rottinghaus, 95, of Waterloo, Iowa, died Oct. 24, 2016, at La Porte City Specialty Care.

Born Feb. 26, 1921, in Luxemburg, she was the daughter of John and Rosalia Brunsman Meier. She and her husband farmed in the Imboden area from 1973 to 1993. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert H. Rottinghaus, on Dec. 26, 2002, whom she married Oct. 27, 1942, in Eagle Center, Iowa; three brothers, Edward Meier, Victor Meier and Othmar Meier; a sister, Agnes Youngblut; and two grandchildren.

Survivors include seven daughters, Carol Manternach and husband Vern, Linda Darling, Joan Gilpin and husband Andy, Ruth Haley, Marcia Wochner and husband Dean, Mary Knowles and husband Doug, and Annette Roth and husband Randy; four sons, Tom Rottinghaus, Dan Rottinghaus, Paul Rottinghaus and wife Joyce, and Tony Rottinghaus; two sisters, Clara Guynn and Anna Bussman; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral mass was Saturday, Oct. 29, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church in Waterloo. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Raymond, Iowa. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Home of Waterloo had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Care Initiatives or the Bosco System.

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Lottie Louise Shatsar

Lottie Louise Shatsar, 101, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 17, 2016.

Born July 18, 1915, in Alicia, she was the daughter of James Henry and Rosie Mae Hendricks Whitford. She was a homemaker, a longtime resident of Lawrence County and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Shatsar, whom she married Oct. 28, 1943; a daughter, Wanda Dobbs; three sons, James Shatsar, Buford Oakley and Jimmie Dale Shatsar; four sisters, Mary Whitford, Beatrice Whitford, Lucile Whitford and Delta Collins; three brothers, Harry Whitford, Joe Whitford and Buster Collins; a son-in-law, John Holloway; and two grandsons, Danny Shatsar and Clyde Shatsar.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Culbertson and husband Ronnie, Walnut Ridge, and Connie Holloway, Barnhart, Mo.; two sons, Eddie Shatsar and Freddie Shatsar and wife Kasandra, all of Trumann; a daughter-in-law, Linda Shatsar, Sherwood; 20 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Bro. Everett Hart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are grandsons; Robert Brown, Adam Shatsar, Brent Busch, Charles Gates Jr., Jason Adams and Tim Busch.

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

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Larry Sloan

Larry Sloan, 102, of Jonesboro, was born in Batesville Sept. 21, 1914, to Lawrence C. and Hatz Padgett Sloan of Lawrence County. He died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at his residence in the St. Bernards Village.

He received his early education and graduated from Batesville High School. He attended the Arkansas College in Batesville for one year before transferring to Arkansas State College. When the depression came, he quit college and began to work at the First National Bank in Walnut Ridge. Larry left banking to go into retail and established, Sloan's Department Store, which he managed for 10 years. He was instrumental in organizing Citizens Bank in Walnut Ridge and served as president and CEO until he retired at the age of 75.

In May of 1953, he married Gertrude Bush and they enjoyed many years of traveling and making trips for Larry to play in the U. S. Senior Amateur Tennis Tournaments. Larry served on the Board for the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis for 30 years and on the Williams Baptist College Board of Trustees, in addition to his many other community services and public offices in Lawrence County. He was a member and deacon for over 50 years in the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Preceding Larry in death is his parents; wife, Gertrude; two sisters, Kathryn Sloan Kellow and Margaret Sloan Ledbetter.

Surviving are a brother, Tom (Mary Evelyn) Sloan of Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Mabel Sloan Williams of Jonesboro, and Virginia Sloan Towner of Memphis; many nieces and nephews; relatives and friends.

Larry was an avid tennis player. He played his last game after he fell on the tennis court at the age of 98 years. He had earned many trophies from local, state, regional and U.S. tennis tournaments.

A celebration of his long life was held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bro. Jake Guenrich officiating. Interment followed in the Lawrence Memorial Park. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

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Anita Joyce Taylor

Anita Joyce Marlin Taylor, 78, of Irving, Texas, died Nov. 16, 2016.

Born Feb. 10, 1938, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Joe Harold Sr. and Ruby Irene Phillips Marlin. She graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1956, where she was salutatorian of her class and named annual queen. After high school, she lived in several states before moving to Texas. She retired from Redstone Foods in 2009.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Denise Fileccia; and three brothers, Gary, Tony and Phillip Marlin.

Survivors include a daughter, Tresa Taylor, Irving, Texas; two sons, Hal Taylor, Irving, Texas, and Kelly Taylor, Seattle; her mother, Ruby Irene Phillips Marlin, Newport; three brothers, Joe Marlin, Little Rock, Denver Marlin, Centerville, Ohio, and Rickey Marlin, Oil Trough; a sister, Sandy Rummel, Batesville; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Nov. 19 in Batesville.

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Alma Vinson

Alma Myerl Vinson, 94, of Loves Park, Ill., died Dec. 18, 2016, at her home following a lengthy illness.

Born Feb. 22, 1922, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Fred and Annie Quarry Callahan. She worked and retired as a lock assembler for the National Lock Company. She was a homemaker and was of the Church of Christ faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleo Vinson; two brothers, James and Paul; and two sisters, Pearl and Ida.

Survivors include a son, Jesse Daughtry, Loves Park, Ill.; three grandchildren, Dulane Willis, Derrick Daughtry and Drew Daughtry; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 1 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Betty Jean Wagoner

Betty Jean Eason Wagoner, 80, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 16, 2016, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born May 20, 1936, in Monette, she was the daughter of Kermit and Mary LaNeal Snow Langston. She owned and operated several different restaurants in the Imboden and Hardy area. Later in life, she retired from Skil. She was a member of Friendly Hope Baptist Church at Valley View.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Eason Thomas; five sisters, Nadine Calkin, Anita Arnold, Freda Vick, Shirley Story, Linda Kay Davis; six brothers, Larry Ronald "Ronnie", Ralph, Charles, Danny, Roy and Jerry Langston; and a grandson, Ashley Joseph Eason.

Survivors include two daughters, Robin Burtman and husband John, Jonesboro, and Crystal "Crys" Richmond and husband Tim, Walnut Ridge; two stepsons, Ronald Wagoner and wife Lola, Strawberry, and Gary Wagoner, Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Josh Huff, Lauren Richmond, Jamie Wagoner, Randell Wagoner, Rhonda Wagoner and Kandice Nunnally; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Wayne Calkin and Lauren Richmond officiating. Burial will be in Nobel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Colin Eason, Colton Huff, Josh Huff, Tim Richmond, Ronald Wagoner and Jamie Wagoner. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Calkin, Paul Wayne Calkin, David Calkin, Michael Vick, Ronnie Vick, Ray Vick, Billy Vick, David Langston, Bo Langston, Jerry Langston, Randy Story, Ricky Story, Willie Turner and Joe Turner.

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Patricia Marie Webb

Patricia Marie Webb, 62, of Light, died Dec. 18, 2016, at her home.

Born June 29, 1954, at Fontaine, she was a cake decorator at Country Mart in Jonesboro and a member of Free Worship Pentecostal Church in Sedgwick.

Survivors include her husband, Danny Webb, whom she married Nov. 22, 1969, in Warrenton, Mo.; a son, Jeffrey Webb, Dermott; two daughters, Pamela Douglas and husband Roger, of the home, and Christina Tribble and husband Dale, Hoxie; her parents, Roy and Marie Nelson Russom; two sisters, Joyce Bolick and husband Steve, Sedgwick, and Carolyn Worsham, Light; six grandchildren, Christopher Owen, Lindsay Owen, Valerie Cullum, Johnnie Webb, Heather Webb and Isaiah Webb; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Ray Fultner officiating. Burial will be in Lorado Cemetery at Lorado.

Pallbearers will be Dale Tribble, Michael Cullum, Christopher Owen, Joe Bolick, Roger Douglas and Aaron Worsham. Honorary pallbearers will be Derick Worsham, Zackary Bolick, Tony Webb and Michael Faber.

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Willene Powers West

Willene Powers West, 80, of Jonesboro, formerly of Lynn, died Dec. 20, 2016, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 26, 1936, in Eaton, she was the daughter of Chester and Lavera Ward Sharp. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Powers; a son, Allen Short; a brother, Owen Sharp; several sisters; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Dickson.

Survivors include her husband, Bob West; a son, David Shawn Powers, Bono; two daughters, Peggy Davis, Jonesboro, and Diann Jones, Bono; two sisters, Opal Lee, Strawberry, and Charlene Burton, Beebe; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation is Thursday fron 10-11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home.

Graveside service is at noon at Old Lebanon Cemetery at Lynn with Coty Powers officiating.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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Larry Williamson

Larry Wayne Williamson, 68, of Powhatan, died Dec. 15, 2016, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Feb. 15, 1948, in Mount Vernon, he was the son of the late George and Pearl Gulley Williamson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Curtis and Don Williamson.

Survivors include a brother, Jon Williamson, Kansas City, Mo.

Graveside service is Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 1 p.m. at Huddleston Cemetery, near Alton, Mo. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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