January 18, 2016 Edition

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Axel Clay Simpson


Teel ~ Hale


Gerald Roland Crouch Benny Gerald Martin Arlene E. McGonigal
Dorothy Smith Bobby Ward Thomas Henry Weaver
Bonnie Sue Wheeler James Murphy Willmuth Rev. O.D. Winfrey
James Junior Young


Axel Clay Simpson

Coleton and Kristin Simpson of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son on Jan. 8, 2017, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and has been named Axel Clay Simpson.

He has three older siblings, Alivia Rhyan, Brendan Coleton and Jewelie Ann.

Grandparents are Herschel and Margo Jones of Hoxie and Phillip Simpson of Mammoth Spring.

He is the great-grandson of Bob and Mary Ann Cole, Don and Anita Simpson and Dorothy Burns.

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Teel ~ Hale

Miss Wesley Diane Hale and Matthew Daniel Teel were united in marriage, Dec. 31, 2016, at First Baptist Church of Amelia, in Amelia, Ohio.

The bride is the daughter of Diane and Mark Hale Sr. of Amelia. She is the granddaughter of Iris and Troy Greear of Defiance, Ohio, and Jeri and Jerry Hale of Amelia.

The groom is the son of Dennis Wayne Teel of Lexington, Ky., and Dianne Tucker Ellis of Lebanon, Ind., both formerly of Walnut Ridge. He is the grandson of the late Etta and Bobby Teel, who lived in Walnut Ridge, and Fran and Jerry Tucker of Portia.

The Rev. Mike Wells officiated. Kimberly Greear, aunt of the bride, provided special music singing "We've Only Just Begun" by the Carpenters.

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless mermaid gown by Mori Lee made with tulle and crystal embellishments. She carried a bouquet of blue roses and broach embellishments.

Heather Brunner of Goshen, Ind., served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mary Dunsing of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jessie Eldridge, of London, Ky., Kat Hopf of Centerville, Ohio, and Courtney Greer, Amelia. The junior flower girl was Madilyn Hale, niece of the bride, and flower girl was Abbey Brown.

Greg Beach of Farmington Hills, Mich., served as best man. Groomsmen were John Tzioumis, Shannon Gregor and Chris Frey, all of Cincinnati, and Tyler Pomeroy of Goshen, Ind. Ring bearer was A.J. Brown.

Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted the reception at Woodland Lakes Christian Campground in Amelia. The groom's mother hosted the rehearsal dinner at the church on the eve of the wedding.

Matt and Wesley both graduated from Amelia High School in 2011. Wesley graduated from University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in secondary English education and a bachelor's degree in music education. Matt graduated from University of Cincinnati in 2016 with a degree in aerospace engineering. He is employed at Gabriel Ride Control in Farmington Hills, Mich.

The couple will reside in Farmington Hills.

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Gerald Roland Crouch

Gerald Roland Crouch, 82, of Conway, died Jan. 12, 2017.

Born Sept. 13, 1934, in Imboden, he was the son of John Otho and Flora Pauline Kirkpatrick Crouch.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Bobbye Jean Durham Crouch; two daughters, Peggy Summitt and husband James, Conway, and Gail Aven and husband Terry, Pearland, Texas; a son, Gary Crouch, Conway; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Monday at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Conway with Bro. Steve Norris officiating.

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Benny Gerald Martin

Benny Gerald Martin, 77, of Fontaine, passed away Jan. 12, 2017, at St. Vincent's in Little Rock.

He was born Aug. 6, 1939, to the late Sloan and Hazel Thompson Martin. He was a member of the Lorado Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and a song leader. He was a board member of the Lorado Cemetery Association for a number of years and always took pride in the upkeep of the cemetery.

He was a retiree of Jonesboro General Electric, where he worked for 28 and a half years.

He was a farmer at heart. He saw this dream come true after his retirement from General Electric. He was still actively engaged in farming up until his death.

His great hobby in life was his antique tractors. He was a member of two antique tractor clubs, the Bono Antique Tractor Club and also the Pocahontas Antique Tractor Club. He made a number of friends from these clubs, besides the joy he had during all the Christmas parades and tractor rides.

Benny is survived by his wife of 48 years, Doris Birmingham Martin. He is also survived by a son, Brandon (Heather) Martin of Fontaine; a daughter, Chrystal (Mike) Martin Hamilton of Trumann; three grandchildren, Harleigh Ivy Hamilton of Trumann, Brayden Garrett Martin and Haiden Meadow Martin, both of Fontaine; and a brother, Jim (Ann) Martin of Jonesboro.

A graveside service was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Lorado Cemetery conducted by Bro. Johnny Gibson. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were the members of the Bono and Pocahontas Antique Tractor Clubs.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.


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Arlene E. McGonigal

Arlene E. McGonigal, 93, died Jan. 16, 2017, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Aug. 11, 1923, she was the daughter of Charles and Viola Baney. She lived most of her life in Lawrence County and was a homemaker and worked at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Hilda Branham; three sons, Harold, Jerry and an infant son; and by her siblings.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda Mann and husband Jerry, Walnut Ridge, Eva Davidson and husband Donnie, Atoka, Tenn., and Glenda Smith and husband Owen, Nixa, Mo.; three sons, Ricky McGonigal and Avalon, Houston, Texas, Paul Young, Frankford, Ind., and Gary McGonigal, Portia; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 12:30-2 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.

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Dorothy Smith

Dorothy Louise Reeves Smith, 81, of Dowdy, died Jan. 14, 2017, at Bertrand Retirement Home in Bertrand, Mo.

Born Dec. 28, 1935, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Irene Reeves. After marriage, she and her husband lived in Peoria, Ill., before moving to Cord. She worked in the accounting department at White Rogers in Batesville for 20 years. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church at Dowdy.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Lora Reeves Schoenberger.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Tony Smith, whom she married Aug. 12, 1954, in Jesup; a daughter, Sandy Hall and husband John, Bertrand, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Richard Schoenberger, Sun City, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Anna Jane Creekmore and husband Melvin, Jesup; a granddaughter, Jamie Scott; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Qualls Batesville Funeral Service with Bros. Jackie Pickett and Tracy Grissom officiating. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers will be Justin Melton, Howard Weaver, Todd Weaver, Royce Bradley, Randy Bradley and Tanner Bradley. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Weaver, Cody Martin, Brent Williams, Brent Brown, Brad Curtis, James Warren Spotts and Jean Spotts.

Visitation is Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

An online guestbook is available at www.quallsfh.com.

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Bobby Ward

James Robert "Bobby" Ward, 80, of Westland, Mich., died Jan. 10, 2017, in Superior Township, Mich.

Born March 14, 1936, in Lynn, he was the son of Fred and Millie Clinton Ward Watson. He was a 1954 graduate of Lynn High School.

Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Ward; a son, Darrell Ward; and a brother, Jerry Ward and wife Martha, Little Rock.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Uht Funeral Home in Westland, Mich., with pastor Bruce Harris officiating. Burial was in Cadillac Memorial Garden West.

An online guestbook is available at www.uhtfuneralhome.com.

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Thomas Henry Weaver

Thomas Henry "Tom" Weaver, DVM, 76, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 10, 2017.

Survivors are Thelma Weaver, his 100 year-old mother; RoseMary Weaver, partner for 56 years; kids, Autumn, Andy and Ashley; four much-loved grand kids, Ike, Elijah, Jeremiah and Caroline Rose Weaver.

Tom was a lifelong Arkansan. He was a faithful member of Pocahontas First Baptist Church.

He had great spatial intelligence, and was a great surgeon, builder, and "project" guy...restoring old trucks, tractors and airplanes.

His other "home" was a ranch in Colorado, where he spent many summers making mountain meadow hay and fall hunting.

An afternoon for family and friends to remember Tom was held Sunday, January 15, at 4 p.m. at the Pocahontas First Baptist Church.

Memorials can be directed to Habitat for Humanity or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

An online guestbook is available at www.fearsfamilyfuneralhome.com.


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Bonnie Sue Wheeler

Bonnie Sue Wheeler, 55, of Hoxie, died Jan. 12, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 29, 1961, in Jonesboro, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Sue Reynolds Findley.

Survivors include her husband, David Wheeler, whom she married July 29, 1999; a daughter, Amber Findley, Walnut Ridge; two stepdaughters, Krys Wheeler, Walnut Ridge, and Barbara Morton, Hoxie; three grandchildren, David Findley, Dylan Wheeler and Navaiah Findley; and her lifelong best friend, Lisa Barton.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.

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James Murphy Willmuth

James Murphy Willmuth, 83, of Strawberry, died Jan. 16, 2017.

Born Sept. 14, 1933, at Strawberry, he was the son of Franklin Kenneth "Bud" and Mary Verna Milligan Willmuth. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and was of the Baptist faith. He attended Mt. View Missionary Baptist Church at Cave City.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Brenda Moore and Pauline Howard.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Carolyn James Willmuth; a daughter, Marsha Willmuth Penn and husband Jason, Lynn; two sons, Mike Willmuth and wife Shanda, Strawberry, and Marvin Kutzman and wife Joann, El Paso, Texas; two brothers, F.K. Willmuth and wife Nina, Strawberry, and Charles Willmuth and wife Colleen, Cave City; two sisters, Johnnie Sue Ratliff and husband Willard, Conway, and Mary Wanda Williams, Strawberry; six grandchildren, Dilan Willmuth, Kamdyn Willmuth, Morgan Penn Harris, Jaden Penn, Tara Kutzman and Afton Check; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation is today from 5-8 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Mt. View Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City with Bros. Kevin Cooper and Vance Penn officiating. Burial will be in Mt. View Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be James Allen Anderson, Jerry Matheny, Danny Ratliff, Mark Ratliff, John David Howard and Jim Rex Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Derick Bell, Stevie Taylor, Frank Fowler, Joe Fowler, Randall Northcutt, T.J. Ladding, Eddie Witt, Aaron James, Dennis Smith, Jim Smith and Ronald Whitmire.

An online guestbook is available at www.quallsfh.com.

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Rev. O.D. Winfrey

Rev. Talmadge O.D. Winfrey, 86, of Tuckerman, died Jan. 12, 2017, at his home.

Born Oct. 9, 1930, in Hoxie, he was the son of W.R. and Sally Ross Winfrey. He was a retired minister having served as pastor of several Free Will Baptist Churches throughout Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. He was ordained in 1950 as a minister of the Gospel. He was a current member of the Ballew's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Grubbs. He also worked as a MayTag Appliance repairman in the 1970s and 80s.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Earl Winfrey; two brothers, Lohman "Curly" Winfrey and Theodore "Skeet" Winfrey; two sisters, Gladys Colvy and Wanda Winfrey Madden; and two daughters-in-law, Dona Shaffer Winfrey and Carolyn Wooldridge Winfrey.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Estalene Nicholas Winfrey; two sons, Danny Winfrey, McCrory, and Donald Winfrey and wife Tammy, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Tom "T.W." Winfrey and wife Beverly, Phoenix; seven grandchildren, Scott, Pam, Chris, Jennifer, Sarah, William and Alex; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Calvin Crossing Cemetery.

Pallbearers were John Ivy, Anthony Ivy, Steve Sykes, Danny Allen, Mike Allen and Terry Holland. Honorary pallbearers were the area Free Will Baptist ministers and wives, and his Ballew's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church family.

An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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James Junior Young

James Junior Young, 68, of Hoxie, died Jan. 12, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 16, 1948, in Ohio, he was the son of James Young. He worked for 412 Salvage in Walnut Ridge for many years.

Survivors include a daughter, Camillia Beke and husband Bryan; and four grandchildren, Luke Jenkins, and Malia, Dillon and Wesley Beke.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.

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