December 28, 2016 Edition

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Lexington Chanel Redden


Carson Baldridge Grace Caldwell Tommy Gibson
Velda Goff Rickey Wayne Gwaltney Stanley Gene Murray
Doris Phillips Jim Rash Jeanette Russell
Dwain Tennison Marie Elizabeth Ward


Lexington Chanel Redden

Kyle and Shantelle Redden of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born on Dec. 19, 2016, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Lexington Chanel Redden.

Grandparents are Rick and Lesha Prater of Walnut Ridge and Don and Nancy Redden of Cave City.

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Carson Baldridge

Carson Baldridge, 92, of Ravenden, died Dec. 20, 2016, at his home. Born Nov. 12, 1924, in Williford, he was the son of Arthur and Nora Ellen Young Baldridge. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and worked for General Motors. He was a member of the Ravenden Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bulah James Baldridge, whom he married Nov. 12, 1942; two sons, Rodney Baldridge and James Baldridge; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a son, Ronald Baldridge and wife Kathleen; a sister, Ruby Baldridge, Paragould; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at the Ravenden Church of Christ with Jasper Henry officiating. Burial was in Baker Cemetery, near Hardy, under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

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Grace Caldwell

Grace Allen Caldwell, 76, of Powhatan, died Dec. 23, 2016, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Oct. 2, 1940, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Ernest and Marie Willard Burke. She was a homemaker and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Burke; and a brother, Eugene Burke.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby Caldwell; a son, Dennis Caldwell, Rockford, Ill.; a daughter, Lisa Yarber, Rockford, Ill.; six grandchildren, Dennis Hicks, Christie Pruner, Robert Caldwell, Lyndsey Hitch, Joseph Hitch and Tony Morrison; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Monday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Brent Powell officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

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

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Tommy Gibson

Tommy Gibson, 62, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 21, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 7, 1954, in Lawrence County, he was a truck driver and worked at his family's gas station. He was a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandy Gibson; a stepson, Heath Boss; his parents, James Willard and Mary Schaffer Gibson; and a sister, Sue McDowell.

Survivors include two sisters, Earlen Ratliff, Hutchison, Kan., and Ardell Jackson, Cooseay, Ore.; and three brothers, Glen Gibson, Eugene, Ore., Dub Gibson, Ravenden, and Jerry Gibson, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ with Rob Combs officiating. Burial was in Aldridge Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Velda Goff

Velda Raye Goff, 87, of Smithville, was born on Feb. 29, 1929, in Independence County to George Alvin and Lucy Prince Perrin, and left this life on Dec. 21, 2016.

On Jan. 31, 1948, Velda Raye and Webster Conway Goff were united in marriage in Craighead County. She also graduated from Strawberry High School in 1948. Velda Raye was an LPN working in Lawrence, Sharp and Independence Counties during her 31 years. After retiring, she continued taking nursing courses. She received approximately 200 hours of courses.

Velda Raye was a gifted gardener and an avid reader. Many friends and family were the recipients of her generosity. She was loved by many and was an exceedingly great source of comfort and wisdom to all those who were blessed by her presence.

Velda Raye was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Lucy Perrin (Saffell); her husband of 58 years, Webster, who passed away in 2006; her brother, Roscoe Perrin (Saffell); and five sisters, Bertha Brown (Batesville), Virgia Pinkston (Bryant), Zilla Wade (Washington), Thelma Boatenhammer (Lakeland, Fla.), and Malderine Jackson (Little Rock).

Velda Raye is survived by two sons, Rickey (Virginia) Goff and Charles (Nedra) Goff, all of Smithville; three grandchildren, Kevin Goff, Keith (Tina) Goff and Angela (Clent) Burrow; four great-grandchildren, David Burrow, Breanna Burrow, Samuel Goff and Ava Goff.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at the Smithville United Methodist Church with Bro. Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Keith Goff, Clent Burrow, David Burrow, Bill Jackson, Gary Goff and Cecil Balentine. Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Goff, Samuel Goff, Parker Morgan, Charles Pinkston, Jim Boatenhammer and Larry Bonner.

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Rickey Wayne Gwaltney

Rickey Wayne Gwaltney, 67, of Calico Rock, was born Oct. 3, 1949, in Walnut Ridge and died early Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2016, at the Calico Rock Community Medical Center.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marlene Wilcoxson Gwaltney; and best canine companion, Stitch; three sisters, Gayla (Robert) Warden of Hoxie, Kayla Ellis of Mount Airy, N.C., and Lilly Roseanne (Eric) Bailey of Moriarty, N.M.; a brother, Randy Gwaltney of Moriarty, N.M.; a sister-in-law, Patsy Gwaltney of Walnut Ridge; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Grace Whaley Gwaltney Ellis and stepfather, Henry Ellis Jr; his father, Elwood Gwaltney; two brothers, Mickey Lynn Gwaltney and Gary Gwaltney.

Rickey graduated from ASU in Jonesboro with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He served in the Army National Guard of Arkansas. He owned and operated Gwaltney Wood Floors for 20 years. He raised, kept and rode horses for 40 years on his and Marlene's farm at Gorby. His Sassafrass Hill Farms in most recent years has provided quality Bermuda hay to many ranchers.

A Cowboy can be defined as a man that can "tuff up, get back on your horse, one not to back down, never give up but always doing the best you can with the hand you are dealt." Rickey was a cowboy with integrity. He was also an artist. Whether he was laying wooden floors, building cabinets, raising horses or farming he did his absolute honest best. His college education gave him the skills to run his businesses but his spirit made his businesses into art. His floors were not just wood floors, his hay was highly sought after because of its quality – because it mattered to Rickey.

Rickey's friends always knew while in Rickey's company they would hear a story, share a kind word or a boost to "get back on your horse." No one would ever see Rickey that you didn't see "Stitch." Stitch was taken by Rickey to get "Blessed" by Dr. Campbell twice at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Calico Rock where he was a member for many years.

Rickey and Marlene spent 41 years enjoying their farm. This cowboy's soul mate shared all of his dreams. Many of those dreams his friends watched come to fruition.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Eddy's Family Funeral Home in Calico Rock. Funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Calico Rock Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Wayne Woods and Dr. Tom Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in the Palestine Cemetery near Calico Rock.

Pallbearers will be Chris Warden, Tom Coley, Lorne Johnson, Ray Cragle, Steve Eldridge and Charlie Eldridge. Honorary pallbearers will be David Brown, Jason Klipfel and Eric Knight.

Memorials may be made to the Calico Rock Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Palestine Cemetery Association Fund at the First National Bank of Izard County.

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Stanley Gene Murray

Stanley Gene Murray, 62, of Delaplaine, passed away Dec. 25, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 6, 1954, in Pocahontas, he served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years and was a riverboat engineer for ACL for 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eli Murray; and a sister, Sarah Jane Walker.

Survivors include two sons, Brad Murray and wife Melodie, Pocahontas, and Charles Murray and wife Dusty, Delaplaine; his mother, Rosetta Mae Murray; a brother, Eli Alan Murray and wife Lynn, Delaplaine; a sister, Gay Lowtharp and husband Lyle, Pocahontas; three grandchildren, Connor Murray, Clayton Murray and Troy Murray; five nephews; a niece; and a special unofficial family member by choice, Michael Beaver.

Visitation is Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. with Scott Weddings officiating. Cremation was chosen as final disposition.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge.

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Doris Phillips

Doris Mae Phillips, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 22, 2016, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born July 10, 1934, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Darrell and Lillian McMillon Hilburn. She was a nurse's aid for most of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Phillips, on Nov. 6, 1999, whom she married Nov. 15, 1952.

Survivors include two daughters, Pam Williams and husband Ronnie, Bono, and Jimmie Wilson and husband Olen, Imboden; four grandchildren, Tricia Noel, Phillip Sullivan, Kris Williams and Rohni West; six great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Private services will be announced by the family. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge.

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Jim Rash

Jim Rash, 88, of Black Rock, passed away Dec. 21, 2016, in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 24, 1928, in Black Rock, he was the son of Clifford Paul and Zella Edna Galbraith Rash. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army's 25th Infantry Division 27 Infantry Wolfhounds 1st Company. He was a retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Sue Coffee Rash; and his parents.

Survivors include a daughter, Cindy and husband Richard, Brookland; two brothers, John Rash, West Memphis, and Earl Rash, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Casey, Sarah, Tamara and fiancé Matt, and Rebecca; and four great-grandchildren, Ryder, Kennedy, Luke and Addison.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were Bob Simpson, Dexter Simpson and Darrel Simpson.

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Jeanette Russell

Jeanette Penn Russell, 88, of Lynn, died Dec. 21, 2016, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Nov. 26, 1928, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of John and Inez Boatenhammer Penn. She was a secretary for the Lynn School District for 33 years and was a member of the Lynn Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Edward "Ed" Russell, whom she married July 22, 1947; and a son, Eddie Russell.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Spades, Lynn; six grandchildren, Cindy Franks, Connie Mullen, Randy Spades, Tracy Burns, Paula Davis and Jennifer Russell; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at the Lynn Church of Christ with Kenny Townsley officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Trey Franks, Houston Franks, Blake Mullen, Matt Cole, Kevin Smith and Gary Penn.

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Dwain Tennison

Dwain Tennison, 67, of Hoxie, died Dec. 25, 2016.

Born May 4, 1949, in Clover Bend, he was the son of the late Joe and Pearl Gaskin Tennison.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Jamie Jo and Courtney; and four brothers, Bill Tennison, Don Tennison, Delano Tennison and Doug Tennison.

Survivors include a daughter, Jodi Hoagland; a sister, Etta Brand and husband John, Newport; a brother, Thomas Tennison and wife Barbara, Rockford, Ill.; a granddaughter, Riley Jo Hoagland, Conway; two sisters-in-law, Bonita Tennison and Frances Tennison, both of Hoxie; and a very caring family, Steve and Kathy Boyd and children, Hoxie.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don R. House and Rob Combs officiating. Burial will be held privately by the family.

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Marie Elizabeth Ward

Marie Elizabeth Harbison Ward, 90, of Hoxie, passed away Dec. 23, 2016, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Feb. 1, 1926, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Elmer and Leona Smith Harbison. She was of the Pentecostal belief and was a member of Bells Chapel Assembly of God Church.

As a young girl, she played high school basketball. She loved watching St. Louis Cardinal baseball games and Arkansas Razorback men's basketball games. She also loved decorating for the holidays, collecting dolls and playing Yahtzee with her family on Saturday nights. She was a member of The Gospel Five singing group, and loved gospel music.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Augusta "Pete" Ward, whom she married Jan. 17, 1941; two daughters, Anna Marie "Donna" Watkins and an infant daughter, Linda Ward; three brothers, Lehman Harbison, Hubert "Jack" Harbison and Thurman "Ted" Harbison; two sisters, Molly Alls and Geraldine Collins Dawson; and two granddaughters, Christie Munn and Natosha Fain.

Survivors include three sons, Jack Ward and wife Tina and Terry Ward and wife Barb, all of Walnut Ridge, and Jerry Ward and wife Rebecca, Hoxie; five daughters, Tommie Pierce, Gail Coleman, Robin Munn and Jeanette Fain and husband Curt, all of Walnut Ridge, and Judy Holder and husband Dennis, Hoxie; 21 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Rick Hart officiating. Burial will be in Lincoln Ward Cemetery at Saffell.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Dewayne Pierce, Aaron Coleman, Ronnie Coats, Tony Coats, Greg Coats, Curtis Fain II, Andrew Fain, Anthony Meeker and Terrance Ward. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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