February 8, 2017 Edition

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Births

Zalden Cole Luther

Obituaries

William S. Buercklin Catherine Marie Clowers Mary Louise Eagan
J.S. Fielder Janis Francis Georgia Huskey
Della Mae Moore Lowell Richey Julia Kathryn Vaulner
Billy Bob Whitlow

Births

Zalden Cole Luther

Coty and Amanda Luther of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born Jan. 25, 2017, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, three ounces and has been named Zalden Cole Luther. He has an older brother, Bentley Ray Luther, four.

Grandparents are Amy Tyson of Walnut Ridge and Steve Luther of Texarkana, Texas.

Great-grandparents are Bill and Linda Tyson of Black Rock and Bernard Roberts of Louisiana.

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Obituaries

William S. Buercklin

William S. "Bill" Buercklin, 60, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 5, 2017, at his home.

Born March 18, 1956, in Jonesboro, he was a field engineer for Kenko in Fayetteville and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tommy Buercklin; and his grandparents, Fred and Vada Buercklin and Frank and Ruby Austin.

Survivors include two sons, Shawn Buercklin and wife Jen, and Tommy Buercklin, all of Fayetteville; his mother, Pat Austin Buercklin, Greers Ferry; and two grandsons, Cody and Chase Buercklin.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Gary Wiles officiating. Cox Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Larry Martin, Terrell Downing, Joe Penn and Jim Penn.

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

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Catherine Marie Clowers

Catherine Marie Moore Clowers, 74, of Hot Springs Village, became God's newest angel on Jan. 28.

She was born to Bonnie Moore (who survives her) and Truman Moore in Lauratown. She grew up in Walnut Ridge, where she met her future husband of 54 years, Dr. Larry Clowers.

She is also survived by daughters, Dr. Marsha Clowers of New York City, and Dr. Holly Clowers and son-in-law Dr. Richard Oberg of Jackson, Tenn.; her sister, Fran Austin and husband Doug Austin of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; her brothers, Harry Truman Moore and wife Linda Lou of Paragould, and Tom Moore and wife Darlene of Walnut Ridge; and nieces, their children, and a nephew.

Cathy earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Arkansas State University and a Master of Education from Louisiana State University in New Orleans.

She educated young people in Louisiana and Arkansas for nearly 40 years.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines, 275 Asturias Dr. in Hot Springs Village. Hot Springs Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to Kirk in the Pines.

Cathy will be missed.

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

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Mary Louise Eagan

Mary Louise Eagan, 73, of Cave City, died Feb. 6, 2017.

Born Feb. 3, 1944, in Banks, Ala., she was a homemaker and a Christian.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Louise Jones; her parents, Robert Ester and Gladys Louise Williams Willis; and two brothers, Robert Dalton Willis and an infant brother.

Survivors include her husband, Danny Eagan; three daughters, Terry Davari, Lakeland, Fla., Tina Angela Vance, Ozark, Ala., and Dianne Wervey, Plant City, Fla.; a son, Christopher Eagan, Cave City; three sisters, Mikki Ayers, Ella Mae Knapp and Imarie Glassie, all of Plant City, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Eagan, Matthew Collins, Jasic Eagan, Daniel Vance, Ray Dixon and Robert Polston.

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

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J.S. Fielder

J.S. Fielder, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 31, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 20, 1924, in Fontaine, he was the son of Tonnie and Lillie Simpson Fielder. He was a farmer and worked at Texas Eastern Transmission for over 20 years. He served as mayor of Sedgwick for 14 years and worked with the Sedgwick Water System. He was the caretaker of Old Military Cemetery for many years until he was no longer able. He was of the Methodist faith.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn Berry Fielder; and his second wife, Mary Bellah Fielder.

Survivors include a son, Lanny Fielder, Walnut Ridge; a stepdaughter, Peggy Hinrichs and husband Charles, Jonesboro; a stepson, Ted Bellah and wife Lee, Dallas; a brother, Eudoris Fielder and wife Arlene, Sedgwick; a sister, Shirley May and husband Tommie, Jonesboro; and several step-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at noon at Bryan Funeral Home with Tom Lamb officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Old Military Cemetery at Old Military Cemetery Sexton, Jeff Worlow, 3275 Hwy. 228, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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

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Janis Francis

Janis Edwards Francis, 72, of Jonesboro, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at her home.

She was born March 15, 1944, in Piggott to the late Cecil and Anna Laurene Edwards. Mrs. Francis was a member of the Southwest Church of Christ. She had a BSE in Elementary Education and had taught 29 years in the Northeast Arkansas area, concluding her career spending many years at Brookland Schools.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Taylor and Cindy Francis of Como, Miss.; a sister and her husband, Joy and Larry Rainwater of Lynn; a brother and his wife, Lewis and Judy Edwards of Schulenburg, Texas; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her husband, Taylor Francis Sr.; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service to celebrate her life was held Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. at Nettleton Cemetery with Dr. Jimmy Adcock officiating. Interment followed under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers were David Loggains, Tommy Campbell, Josh Hoskins, Kaylon Campbell, Aaron Francis and Larry Rainwater.

Memorials may be given to Southwest Church of Christ or the Paragould Children's Home.

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

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Georgia Huskey

Georgia Frances Huskey, 94, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 5, 2017, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Home.

Born Sept. 8, 1922, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of William Franklin and Lucy Newman Kingcade. She was a homemaker and a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Lee Huskey; a daughter, Mona Adkisson; two brothers, Buddy Kingcade and Claude Kingcade; and four sisters, Millie Adkisson, Virginia Wicker, Thelma Songer and Annie Cook.

Survivors include a daughter, Frances Forrester, Cherokee Village; a son, Joe Huskey and wife Sally, Hoxie; a sister, Wanda Gilligan, Machesney Park, Ill.; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Tommie Boles and Blaine Liscomb officiating. Burial will be in Swifton Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Cade Forrester, Larry Forrester, Billy Brown, Nick Brown, Spencer Brown, Shakara Woodley, Shalena Boles, Shayla Boles, Joey Huskey and Loye Adkisson.

Visitation is today from 10-11 a.m.

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

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Della Mae Moore

Della Mae Moore of Hoxie, passed away Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. She was 39 plus.

Della was born to Marcus and Fronia (Neal) Ross on July 26 in the Hoxie area. She married Vernon Edward Moore and moved to Rockford Ill., in the 1950s. They moved back to Lawrence County in the early 1960s. She was blessed with nine children. She was a faithful child of God and a spiritual leader in her family, church and community. One of the things that she would say is, "I live in Arkansas but my home is in Heaven."

Della is survived by daughters, Mary Louise Stiny of Hoxie, Helen Robins (R.M.) of Imboden, Joann Gates Harris of Walnut Ridge, Linda Davis (Eddie) of Walnut Ridge, Joyce Roberts (Donnie) of Hoxie, Janet Brand (Roger) of Walnut Ridge and Peggy Miles (Greg) of Hoxie; sons, Tom Moore (Bev) of Hoxie, and Vernon Moore (Leslie) of Jonesboro; 23 grandchildren; and many, many great and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Della was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Edward; sisters, Josephine Peters and Lilly "Sis" Moore; brothers, John and Harold Ross; two grandchildren, Wendy Martin and Jimmy Blazer; and a great-grandson, Skylar Robins.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at People's Faith Tabernacle Church, 1200 S.E. Sullens, in Hoxie, with Bros. Roger Brand and Chuck Fitzgerald officiating.

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

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Lowell Richey

Lowell Junior Richey, 88, of Powhatan, died Feb. 4, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 13, 1928, in Moundsville, Mo., he was the son of Parvin and Emmer Treatenburg Richey. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later owned and operated a sawmill for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Sue Smith Richey, whom he married Nov. 24, 1956, in Powhatan.

Survivors include three daughters, Sandra McCormic and husband Wendell and Shelley Doyle and husband Steve, all of Portia, and Stacey Harmon and husband David, Horseshoe Bend; a sister, Betty Wright and husband R.A., Strawberry; four grandchildren, Justin McCormic, Jeremy McCormic, Rachel Harmon and Preston Harmon; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Harold Russell and Cindy Bragg officiating. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Justin McCormic, Jeremy McCormic, Rachel Harmon, Preston Harmon, Michael Smith and Evan Doyle.

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

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Julia Kathryn Vaulner

Julia Kathryn Vaulner, 73, of Batesville, formerly of Saffell, died Feb. 4, 2017.

Born Feb. 21, 1943, in Saffell, she was a member of Pleasant Valley Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Oral and Gladys Sharp Gray; and a half-brother, H.W. Gray.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Arvil Vaulner, who would have celebrated their 55th anniversary on June 10; a son, Charles O. Vaulner; and two sisters, Lanoe Gray Dickerson and Jane Gray Holder.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Patrick Trusty officiating.

Pallbearers will be Ronald Coleman, Paul Don Carter, Darrel Snedker, Johnny Coles, Shane Wood and Shelby Branscum. Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Coles, Chandler Mathis, Charles Norris, Betty Gibbs, Danny Holder and Shane Sisk.

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

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Billy Bob Whitlow

Billy Bob Whitlow, 79, of Pocahontas, passed away on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.

Billy was born on Nov. 18, 1937, in Lynn, to Robert "Bud" Bethel and Lillie Rosetta Drury Whitlow. He was the oldest of eight children.

Billy married the love of his life, Sherry Ranay Painter, on Dec. 14, 1957, in Santaquin, Utah. Their marriage was later sealed, for time and eternity, in the Manti Temple on June 30, 2001.

Billy served 20 years in the United States Navy, retiring on April 1, 1974, as an Electrician Mate Chief. After his Naval retirement, Billy and his family made their home in Youngstown, Ohio. Upon his full retirement in 1998, Billy returned home to Arkansas with his wife, Sherry, to live out their remaining years alongside family and friends.

Billy was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in 1977. He served as the Branch Clerk, at the Pocahontas Branch from 2001 until his passing.

Billy was a kind and loving man. He easily made friends with everyone he came into contact with. He dearly loved his family, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Billy is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Sloan Whitlow and Charles Ray Whitlow; and a sister, Genell Miller.

Billy is survived by his wife, Sherry Painter Whitlow, of the home; a son, Billy Bob (Rosalie) Whitlow Jr., of Girard, Ohio; daughters, Connie Jean Whitlow (Walter) Lahtuk of Virginia Beach, Va., and Peggy Sue Whitlow (James Stagner), of Hensley; sisters, Willie Mae Jones of Strawberry, Carolyn (Harold) Willett of Black Rock, Lanetta (Tom) Norwood of Booneville, and Rena (George) Jones of Black Rock; grandchildren, Teresa, Lisa, Billy III, Aaron, Timothy, Hope and Heidi; great-grandchildren, Dillon, Hunter, Jackson, Gage, Lilyanna, Caleb, Raven and Kaylynn; one great-grandchild, Conall, on the way.

Visitation is Friday from 5-7 p.m. in the chapel of the Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

A funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pocahontas beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 with Brother Herbert Ginn officiating. Burial will follow in the Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Billy Whitlow III, Aaron Whitlow, Timothy Whitlow and Butch Schaechtel. Honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters and great-grandchildren.

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

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