February 1, 2017 Edition

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John Marvin Allen Ivalene Denison Susie Harris
Charles Frances Helms Altha Murphy Carolyn Sue Pasold
Thelma Weaver Geneta Lee Whitmire


John Marvin Allen

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and Republican, John M. Allen, died Jan. 26, 2017, in Walnut Ridge, at the age of 76.

John was born in Hoxie, Arkansas on Aug. 6, 1940, to the late Thomas and Juanita (Moore) Allen. He graduated from Hoxie High School, served a six-month tour with the Arkansas National Guard, and attended Arkansas College and Arkansas State University. John married Elaine (Marine) Allen on May 23, 1963. They were married 53 years and had three children: Andy, Andrea and Matt.

A devoted Republican, John served as Chairman of the Lawrence County Republican Committee for 16 years, four years as the 1st District Chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas and delegate to the Republican National Convention six times. He also served as Arkansas Co-Chairman of the 1980 Reagan for President Campaign, President-Elect George H.W. Bush's Steering Committee, and Campaign Manager for a Gubernatorial Campaign and Congressional Campaign.

John also served our nation, state and community as State Director, USDA-Rural Development; director, Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department; member, The National Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Regulatory Review Panel commissioned by Congress; Chairman, Arkansas Transportation Commission; Board member, Northeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority; Board Chairman, Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce; Alderman, Hoxie City Council; President, Walnut Ridge Jaycees; President, East Lawrence County Lions Club, and Board member, The Children's Shelter. John owned Twin City Agency (Real Estate and Insurance) as well as The Capitol Restaurant in Walnut Ridge.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Allen, of Hoxie; three children, Andy Allen, Andrea Allen, both of Jonesboro, and Matt (Chrissy) Allen of Rogers. He has three grandchildren; Anna, Hayden and Ella. Also, surviving are his brother, Tom Allen of Hoxie; brother-in-law, Ralph (Carol) Marine of Mount Airy, Md., two aunts, Jeannie (Moore) Smith of Hoxie and Jimmye (Moore) Long of Jonesboro; and many other family members.

John was a life-long member of Hoxie United Methodist Church, where he served as a Lay Leader, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and member of the Board.

A Celebration of Life was held at First United Methodist Church in Hoxie on Monday at 4 p.m. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter, 107 Benson Drive, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476, or the Hoxie United Methodist Church, 318 SW Broad Street, Hoxie, AR 72433.

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


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Ivalene Denison

Ivalene Adair Morris Denison, 94, of Lynn, died Jan. 25, 2017, at her home.

Born Jan. 3, 1923, in Lynn, she was the daughter of John and Maggie Gosha Adair. She worked for Jonathan Logan in Walnut Ridge until she retired and was president of their union chapter for many years. She was a lifelong member of the Lynn Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Morris and Cleo Denison; a daughter, Gretta Hardin; an infant son, Bobbie Morris; and two sisters, Brooksie Dickison and Rubyneal Adair.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Spencer, Little Rock, and Delores Kohler, Jonesboro; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don R. House officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery, followed by a celebration of her life at the Lynn Church of Christ.

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

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Susie Harris

Susie Harris, 93, of Strawberry, died Jan. 27, 2017.

Born July 25, 1923, at Strawberry, she was the daughter of Tim and Lillie Osburn Watson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Noel Austin Harris Sr.; a son, Noel Austin Harris Jr.; and a daughter, Loretta Harris Jarrett.

Survivors include two sisters, Delois Foster and husband Oneal, Hemet, Calif., and Devonia Haines, Jonesboro; a niece, Phyllis Harris, Strawberry; a daughter-in-law, Donna C. Harris; three grandchildren, Vonda Jarrett Spencer, Lisa Harris McNeely and Vance Jarrett; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Saffell Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Matt Donnell officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Vance Jarrett, Daniel Wallis, Blevan Jarrett, Shane Watts, Austin McNeely and Peyton McNeely. Honorary pallbearers were Robert McNeely and Greg Howard.

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

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Charles Frances Helms

Bro. Charles Frances Helms, 94, of Batesville went to be with his Lord on Jan. 25, 2017.

Born Oct. 14, 1922, in Jesup, he was the son of the late G.W. and Gertrude Lee Helms. He was united in marriage to Hester Geurin on April 2, 1942. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a carpenter and a Baptist minister. He was a member of the Flippo Chapel Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Pleasant Plains.

Survivors include his wife, Hester of Batesville; four sons, Charles (Elaine) Helms of Walnut Ridge, Lyndall (Ann) Helms of Yellville, Danny (Mona) Helms of Conway and Joe Helms of Pleasant Plains; nine grandchildren, Matthew (Julie) Helms, Ryan (Shay) Helms, LeAnna (Rick) Fuller, Mellissa (David) Myracle, Lanisa Hernandez, Garrett Helms, Laura (Charles) Yarberry, Scott (Karen) Helms and Shane (Karen) Helms; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Hope Cemetery, near Denton, with Bro. Joe Helms officiating.

Pallbearers were Matthew, Ryan, Scott, Shane, Garrett and Hunter Helms. Honorary pallbearers were all other grandchildren.

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


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Altha Murphy

Altha Murphy, 88, of Imboden, died Jan. 29, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 12, 1928, in Annieville, she was the daughter of Erastus and Gertie Young Murphy. She was a retired schoolteacher and a supervisor in public schools. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Imboden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Truett Murphy; a son, Donnie Murphy; and a grandchild, Sean Murphy.

Survivors include a son, Ronald Murphy, Annieville; four grandchildren, Blue Murphy, Jesse Murphy, Heather Powell and Yana Barnes; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at noon at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery at Annieville.

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

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

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Carolyn Sue Pasold

Carolyn Sue Pasold, 75, of Springdale, passed away Jan. 28, 2017, at the Northwest Medical Center of Springdale.

Born Jan. 24, 1942, in the Strangers Home community, she was the daughter of the late Sidney and Ruby Counts Clines. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist Faith.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by a sister, Martha Liner; and a brother, Buford Clines.

Survivors include a lifelong companion of 28 years, Jerry Carr of Witter; a daughter, Lolita Jones of Springdale; two sons, Ricky (Gin) Whitmire of Cortland, Ill., and Jeffery (Meredith) Hurley of Camden, Del.; four brothers, Johnny Clines of Tontitown, Boyd Clines of Douglasville, Ga., Jimmy Clines of Logansville, Ga., and Frankly Clines of Rogers; nine grandchildren, Karianne Mora, Brandon, Trenton, Spencer, and Aspen Jones, Joshua Whitmire, Matthew, Amanda and Paige Hurley; eight great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Luke and Kaylenn Mora, Cooper, Connor, Colton and Braxton Jones, and Rae Hurley; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be Thursday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m. in the Bryan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jake Guenrich officiating. Burial will be in the Strangers Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Jones, Joshua Whitmire, Ezequiel Mora, Trenton Jones, Spencer Jones and Matthew Hurley. Honorary pallbearers will be Karianne Mora, Amanda and Paige Hurley, and Aspen Jones.

Visitation is today from 5-9 p.m.

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


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Thelma Weaver

Thelma Emaline Young Weaver, 100, left this world for Heaven on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.

Thelma was born on June 26, 1916.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Josephine Campbell Young; two brothers and a sister. In 1990, the love of her life, Henry, passed away and, in 2017, her beloved son and only child, Tom, passed away on January 10.

Thelma is survived by one brother, Clifton Young, of Thayer, Mo., and several generations of Young and Weaver family members. Thelma is also survived by Tom's family, RoseMary, Autumn, Andy, Ashley and grandkids. Also surviving is a multitude of friends who will live on with precious memories of Thelma.

During her 100 years of living, Thelma experienced many changes. While generally adaptive and open to change, she remained steadfast in her devotion to God, family and friends. She was both mentally and physically able and active until the first of December, 2016. Her independence was altered by the complications of a stroke. Her prayers were answered, as she was able to be in her home for her passing.

Thelma was a successful businesswoman who shared the love of farming, and producing livestock, with Henry, for more than 50 years. Thelma was an owner and manager of profitable motels in Northeast Arkansas. She will be remembered as a generous, caring, energetic and Godly woman. Her daily walk was with God, and as such, she spent her days being a friend, helper and encourager. Thoughts of her will no doubt include her delight and competitive nature in domino playing, her enthusiasm for gardening (with the help of Tom, planting her last garden at 99 years of age), making and sharing her famous "made from scratch apple pies", and her mouthwatering, crunchy, peanut brittle.

Thelma was a woman who loved God, His Word and His Church. She distinguished herself through service, leadership and supporting church-related works. Missions were her passion. Her legacy can be furthered by gifts to the Gideon International Bible Distribution Organization. The Pocahontas First Baptist Church has agreed to help donors direct memorials to that foundation by calling (870) 892-3758.

Memorial events were held at the Pocahontas First Baptist Church on Monday evening. Visitation was from 5-6 p.m. in the church sanctuary. A funeral service followed visitation at 6 p.m. with Eric Moffett, officiating. A graveside burial service was held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the McCullough Cemetery in Sharp County. Fears Family Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Because of the distance, remote location, and rough roads, the immediate family appreciates your prayers and understands any lack of any presence at the graveside service.

Honorary pallbearers were Isaac Weaver, Hayden Weaver, Elijah James Weaver, Jeremiah Henry Weaver, Rick Young, Marty Young, Harry Young and Clifton Young.

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


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Geneta Lee Whitmire

Geneta Lee Stuart Whitmire, 66, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 23, 2017.

Born Feb. 23, 1950, in Smithville, she was a waitress and the co-owner of the Smokehouse in Newport. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Allan Keith and Georgie Jacobs Stuart.

Survivors include her husband, Chuck Whitmire; three sons, Danny Scott Whitmire, Corey Jackson and Steven Baker, all of Walnut Ridge; and two sisters, Earline Martz, Melbourne, and Wilma Veteto, Walnut Ridge.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newport with Rev. Larry Burton officiating. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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