February 15, 2017 Edition

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Brenda Daughhetee Billy Mack Ennis Lavena Lynn Girard
Willie Ann Khalial Judy Ann Manning Elizabeth McCormack
Glenn B. Nunally Fred Parrish Nicola Nello Vaccari
Laveta Whitmire

Obituaries

Brenda Daughhetee

Brenda Daughhetee, 60, of Paragould, formerly of Walnut Ridge and Peach Orchard, died Feb. 14, 2017, at her home.

She worked in the meat department at Hays in the Paragould Plaza.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Louise Boothe; and two brothers, Larry Richmond and Barry Richmond.

Survivors include her children, Amy Vick and husband Jeff, Paragould, Jamey Daughhetee and wife Wanda, Pocahontas, and Adam Daughhetee and wife Tiffany, Yukon, Okla.; a sister, Carolyn Jeanne Brown; and three grandchildren, Rayce, Grady and Ellis Daughhetee.

A private service is planned at Pirtle Cemetery in Peach Orchard.

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

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Billy Mack Ennis

Billy Mack Ennis, 78 of Jackson, Tenn., died at Jackson General Hospital on Feb. 9, 2017.

He was born April 10, 1938, in Shoffner, to Rex Dale and Nida Geraldine (McCoy) Ennis.

After moving to Weldon as a toddler, he attended Weldon Elementary School for four years. He lived there until 1952, when his family moved to the Newport Airbase. He attended junior high and graduated from Newport High School in 1956. He joined the Methodist Church while in Weldon and communicated until his death with friends he grew up with in Weldon.

He spent his first five years after high school working with the Corps of Engineers in Memphis.

After seeing the movie Dumbo with Paula Joy Morgan on a Jan. 1, 1960, blind date, they fell in love and were married Nov. 27, 1960. That partnership lasted until his death and is to be continued.

He enrolled as a freshman at Arkansas State University in August 1961, where he was involved in student government and many other activities. While working essentially full time, he graduated in May 1965 with an accounting degree and a very respectable grade-point average.

Bill was president of the student government association and also received the Wilson Award, a prestigious award based on leadership and academics.

In October 1964, President Lyndon Johnson created and implemented the White House Fellows program. Approximately 200 university student leaders from across the USA were invited to the White House to share the announcement. Bill attended the meeting, which included a presidential family reception, entertainment (the Stan Getz Quartet and Bob Newhart) in the east room, and dinner in the downstairs dining room.

Bill spent the next three years in the audit department of a Big Eight accounting firm's Memphis office. He became a CPA during that time.

He was named controller of a frozen vegetable company in late 1968. The company was listed on the American Stock Exchange and eventually became The Pictsweet Company. He moved to Jackson, Tenn., in 1977. After holding several management positions and helping to build a strong and successful company, he retired from Pictsweet in 2005.

While pursuing his career at Pictsweet, Bill found time to sit on several non-profit boards, play golf on many well-known courses and hunt waterfowl across the USA and Canada.

It was Bill's opinion that reunion speeches and obituaries were written to make people look smart and highly successful. Therefore, he loved to tell three stories that painted his other side - his not so smart side.

Phone rings and Bill answers:

Caller offers him a spot in the Masters Press Core Golf Tournament to be played on the Augusta National course on Monday after the Masters ended on Sunday. He turned it down - too busy with annual audit in April.

Phone rings and Bill answers:

Caller (Stanford golfer-son of his California secretary) invites him to play golf on Saturday. Foursome would be the caller, Mr. Ennis, Tom Watson and another Stanford University golfer. He turned it down - too busy to play Saturday.

Paula's dad was a banker and very excited about a new retailer coming to town. Mr. Morgan dragged him out to see the new store. Later he asked what Bill thought. Bill told him what he thought - the owner would choke on the interest required to carry their millions in branded inventory and as a result, be bankrupt in a year. Wal-Mart store number 71, had just opened in Pocahontas. Today there are approximately 6,500 Wal-Mart discount stores, Supercenters, Sam's Club's and Neighborhood Markets around the world.

Maybe Bill was not so smart after all????

One thing was for sure. He loved his family and worked hard to have them together twice each year. He loved those special moments during the Christmas holidays in Jackson and the Fourth of July at Pickwick Lake.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and older brother, Ronnie Denton Ennis (Charlotte).

Bill is survived by wife Paula Joy Ennis, his soulmate of 56 years; brother, Rex Dale Ennis (Melissa) of Conway; sister, Joyce Heffernan of Memphis; daughter, Sherry Leigh Smith (Stuart) of Jackson, Tenn.; son, William Morgan Ennis (Diana) of Chicago; granddaughters, Savannah Smith of Portland, Ore., and Mireyah Joy and Olivia Isabel Ennis of Chicago; grandsons, Mark Edwin Evans (Shanna) of Jackson, Tenn., Brandon Craig Evans (Andrea), of Memphis, Garrett Connelly Paige and Taylor David Paige of Jackson, Tenn., Cameron Mack Paige and Logan Paul Paige of Louisville, Ken., and William Jonah Ennis of Chicago; great-grandsons, Jagger Evans of Jackson, Tenn., and Parker Evans of Memphis; great-granddaughters, Dylan McKenzie and Lillie Morgan Evans of Jackson, Tenn., and Raylei Paige, of Columbia, Mo.; nieces, Ivy French (Dave), of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and Stephanie Snider (Brandon) of Hanahan, S.C.; nephews, Charles McNutt of Greenville, S.C., Eric McNutt (Whitney) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Hunter Ennis of Dallas; grand-nieces, Rebecca and Dana Joyce McNutt of Jacksonville, Fla.; and grand-nephews, Julian McCoy and Lilith Tenet Snider of Hanahan, S.C., and Ryder and Rex French of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tenn. The family will receive friends following the service at a reception in Clayton Hall at First United Methodist Church.

Burial will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Lavena Lynn Girard

Lavena Lynn Kidd Girard, 54, of Pocahontas, passed away on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

Lynn was born on Nov. 10, 1962, in Hoxie, to Martin Isaac and Nova Glee Jarrett Kidd. Lynn married the love of her life, Vernon James "Jim" Girard, on Dec. 29, 1981. They were married for 35 years.

Lynn was of the Christian faith. She was also a loving wife, mother, sister, daughter and grandmother.

Lynn is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Joseph Maurice Kidd; and a sister, Pamela Oaks.

Lynn is survived by her husband, Vernon James "Jim" Girard, of the home; son, James Girard, of Pocahontas; daughters, Rachel (David) Jacoby, of Pocahontas, and Andrea Girard, of Pocahontas; brothers, Michael Bruce Blackwell, of Texas, and Randall Bryan (Barbara) Blackwell, of Pocahontas; sisters, Patricia (Dave) Leroux of Doniphan, Mo., Debby Duke, of Hot Springs, Jacqueline Rena Mathews, of Ravenden Springs, and Sonya Kidd, of Pocahontas; grandchildren, Jonathon, Garrin, and Jaylee Jacoby, all of Pocahontas, and Brayden Girard of Colorado.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Dickey Mitchell, Gary Helsel, Bill Bean, Bob Johnson, Kevin Lee and Allen Hibbard. Honorary pallbearer is Tim Parsons.

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

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Willie Ann Khalial

Willie Ann Khalial (Williams, Richey), age 90, died Jan. 26th, 2017, very peaceful in her sleep.

She was born July 15, 1926 in Black Rock.

Willie is survived by her daughter, Betty Rapozo; and son, Ray Khalial (Richey). She left eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Willie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Watt and Sarah Frizzell, who raised her at Eaton; her father and mother, William Augustus Williams and Muriel Frizzell of Black Rock; her husband of 54 years, Albert Khalial; two grandsons, John and Ray Jr. Willie was born and raised in Black Rock, moved and settled in Sacramento, Calif., for over 65 years. She worked as a food service worker in various restaurants and catering services and retired around 1987.

She loved and cared for her family and friends and always kept in touch with her family and friends from Black Rock. Her roots where always in Arkansas.

Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, next to Albert. She will be dearly missed by all.

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Judy Ann Manning

Judy Ann Manning, 67, of Paragould, died Feb. 10, 2017, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Born June 22, 1949, in Hoxie, she was a former employee of Nestlé.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Beulah Batterton; a brother, Jim Batterton; and two sisters, Pat Bradley and Dorothy Batterton.

Survivors include her husband. Wayne Stone Barger; two sons, Bobby Manning and wife Becky, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Terry Manning, Paragould; a daughter, Cindy Gipson and husband Howard, Paragould; two brothers, Bill Batterton, Yellville, and Robbie Batterton, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Linda Jones, Walnut Ridge, and Brenda DeVor, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Shayna Vallance, Ally Mounts, Connor Manning, Olivia Manning, Katie Gipson, Mady Gipson and Griffin Payne; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Vallance, Josh Vallance, Howard Gipson, Josh Morris, Joey Batterton and Michael Wallin.

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

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Elizabeth McCormack

Elizabeth Maxine Farmer McCormack, 89, of Peoria, Ariz., died Feb. 3, 2017, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Peoria, Ariz., where she had lived the past six years.

She attended Black Rock School.

Survivors include her husband, Roy McCormack, whom she married in 1974, at the courthouse in Rockford, Ill.; and a son, Dennis Billings, Black Canyon City, Ariz.

No services are planned. Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services Golden Door Chapel in Youngtown, Ariz., had charge of arrangements.

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Glenn B. Nunally

Glenn B. Nunally, 85, of Rockford, Ill., died Jan. 31, 2017, at his home.

Born May 19, 1931, in Lynn, he was the son of William and Ethel Glenn Nunally. He was a graduate of Lynn High School and attended Arkansas State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was employed with Barber-Colman for many years.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Von Nunally.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Nunally; a son, Glenn B. Nunally Jr., Rockford, Ill.; a daughter, Brenda Bambino and husband Frank; a sister, June Foley, Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Nicholas Nunally, Rachel Johnson, Tiffany Bradley, Jacqueline Bambino and Frankie Bambino; two special granddaughters, Kati and ChantA Muller; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services in Rockford, Ill., with Tom Dishno officiating. Burial was in Arlington Memorial Park.

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

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Fred Parrish

Fred Parrish, 93, of Caledonia, Ill., died Feb. 8, 2017.

Born May 5, 1923, in Black Rock, he was the son of Walter and Zillah Parrish. He worked at Rockford Products for 36 years.

He was preceded in death by a son, Tommie; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Maureen Parrish; a son, James D. Parrish and wife Lisa; a sister, Mary; two brothers, Lowell and Gerald; and two grandchildren, Drew and Erica.

No services are planned.

Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, Mulford Chapel, had charge of arrangements.

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

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Nicola Nello Vaccari

Nicola Nello Vaccari of Walnut Ridge, was born Dec. 22, 1928, in Genazzano (Roma) Italy to Antonio and Maria Schiavella Vaccari. After graduating from primaries, he received a degree in accounting from Vincenzo Gioberti University in Rome.

Nick joined the Italian Air Force in 1950, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and chosen for NATO Pilot Training.

Upon completion of NATO training in Canada, Nick returned to Italy in 1954 and was stationed in Cagliari, Sardinia, where he flew T-6s, Fiat G-59s, and P-51 Mustangs. In the fall of 1954 he returned to the mainland and was stationed at the Amendola Air Base, where he flew T-33s. He was then assigned to the IV Fighter Squadron at Ghedi Air Base. This squadron flew F-84s and was considered the top fighter squadron in the Italian Air Force.

In 1957 he moved to the United States and in 1959 he began his agricultural aviation career, which spanned over 52 years, the majority of which was in Northeast Arkansas.

In 1960, he moved to Walnut Ridge and started his own business, The Walnut Ridge Flying Service. Over the next 50 years Nick proudly served the farmers and communities in Northeast Arkansas.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Mario and Gian Carlo Vaccari.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Phyllis (Lemmons) Vaccari of the home; his daughters, Juli Vaccari Basore of Henderson, Nev., Felissa Vaccari and Christy Vaccari-Robinson, both of Walnut Ridge; his son, Neil Vaccari of Walnut Ridge; three grandchildren, Zane Vaccari of Valley View, Sydney Robinson and Nickolas Robinson of Walnut Ridge; and his brother Cesare Vaccari of Castiglione del Lago (Perugia) Italy.

He is survived also by his two "adopted" sons, Phillip Crego, Jonesboro, and Steve Benesch of Walnut Ridge. He also leaves his many, many, friends made over the years.

Some of Nick's hobbies included hunting, fishing, flying and cooking.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday at the Walnut Ridge Country Club from 2-5 p.m. There will be a flyover in honor of Nick during the Celebration of Life. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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

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Laveta Whitmire

Laveta Mae Lovelady Whitmire, 83, of Highlandville, Mo., departed this life on Feb. 8, 2017, surrounded by her family.

She was born: June 1, 1933, in Fender, to William and Ada Juanita (Mattox) Lovelady.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Whitmire; one son-in-law, David Lay, MD; one grandson, Reily Luther; one sister, Thelma Jean Donley and her husband Ralph; two brothers, Charles Lovelady and Billy Ray Lovelady and his wife Virginia; and sisters-in-law, Janice Lovelady and Mary Sue Lovelady.

Survivors include her four children, Carol Lay, Bobby Luther (Lisa), Kevin Whitmire (Carrie), and Shannon Whitmire (Donna); nine grandchildren; three grandsons-in-law; four great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; one sister, Minnie Louise Cisco of Binghampton, N.Y.; two brothers, Joe Lovelady of Smithville, and Bobby Earl Lovelady of Walnut Ridge; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was devoted to her family and was excited to join them in all their pursuits personally or in business. She enjoyed being involved in many community events in Highlandville. She owned the church once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest cathedral in the world - Christ Catholic Church, Prince of Peace on her property in Highlandville. She loved her cats, her many flowers and her famous friend from Ireland, singer Daniel O'Donnell, and looked forward to his visit each year.

Graveside services were Monday at 2 p.m. at Highlandville Cemetery under the direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home of Ozark, Mo.

We wish to thank everyone involved in her care. They were kind and caring to her needs as well as ours. She will be terribly missed from our daily lives, but we take comfort in the thought that she is in the arms of angels with her family, friends and pets.

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

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