February 22, 2017 Edition

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Ellis Grey Teufel


Harvey Levi Cullum Jerry Lee Cullum Betty Jean Doyle
Bonnie Gilliam James Bartis Hoggard Bob Kearby
Jeff King Rev. John Newton Lala Parrish
Reva Shands Billy Hugh Ward


Ellis Grey Teufel

Drs. Aaron and LeAnne Teufel of Norman, Okla., have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Feb. 4, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Ellis Grey Teufel.

Grandparents are David and Mary Ann Foley of Powhatan and Paul and Liz Teufel of Fayetteville.

Great-grandparents are Alice Foley of Walnut Ridge and the late Jack Foley. Joann Gardner and the late Eddie Gardner and Mary Ann Eaton and the late W.H. Eaton, all of Jonesboro, as well as the late Herbert and Rose Teufel, who lived in New Jersey.

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Harvey Levi Cullum

Harvey Levi Cullum, 43, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 16, 2017, at his home.

Born April 28, 1973, in Jonesboro, he was a former employee of Riceland Foods in Jonesboro and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Brenda Cullum.

Survivors include his father, Fredrick "Jack" Cullum, O’Kean; three brothers, Charlie Cullum, Freddy Cullum and wife Candace, and Jon Cullum and wife Crystal, all of O’Kean; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Mack Jones officiating. Burial was in Sharum Cemetery near Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Jason Gentry, B.J. Gentry, Cheyenne Jones, Tim Ray, Nate Looney and Randy Looney.

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

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Jerry Lee Cullum

Jerry Lee Cullum, 68, of Swifton, died Feb. 19, 2017, in Jonesboro.

Born March 24, 1948, in Delaplaine, he was the son of Lawrence Dean and Ines Marie Ragsdell Cullum. He lived most of his life in Arkansas, but lived in Griffith, Ind., for 13 years before returning to Arkansas. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a truck driver, and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill; and three sisters, Pauline, Geraldine and Willene.

Survivors include two daughters, Christine Cullum Dodd and husband Dwain, Swifton, and Melissa Cullum Fassoth and husband William, Dyer, Ind.; a son, Jeremy Cullum and wife Kim, Paragould; three brothers, Jack Cullum and Gene Cullum and wife Diane, all of O’Kean, and Jody Woodard and wife Jayque, Stokes; two sisters, Myrlene Lowery, Lucerne, Calif., and Pearline Reb, Corning; and five grandchildren, Savanna, Devin, Kenneth, Hannah and AisLyn.

A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Elnora Free Will Baptist Church with Gene Cullum officiating. Burial will be private. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Betty Jean Doyle

Betty Jean Doyle of Saffell died Feb. 19, 2017.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Saffell Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, near Saffell, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

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

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

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Bonnie Gilliam

Bonnie Coleman Gilliam, 96, died Feb. 13, 2017.

Born Feb. 10, 1921, in Cord, she was the daughter of William "Bill" and Cora Sanders Coleman.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Hershel "Sig" Gilliam; four sisters; two granddaughters; a great-grandson; a great-great-grandson; and a great-great-great-grandson.

Survivors include 10 children, Gene Coleman, Strawberry, Loretta Simmons and husband Kenneth, Judsonia, Hershel Gilliam and wife Sharon, Black Rock, Janetta Durham and husband Charles, Lynn, Angie Pittman, Cora Gilliam, and Brenda Carr and husband Larry, all of Rogers, Jerry Gilliam, Walnut Ridge, Rene Lantz, Augusta, Ga., and Rebecca Ring, Bryant; a sister, Doris Davis, Little Rock; a brother, Gerald Coleman, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; 26 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; 29 great-great-grandchildren and three great-great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville. Burial was in Union Cemetery at Saffell.

Pallbearers were Dewayne Coleman, Keith Simmons, Robbie Gilliam, James Taylor, Mitchell Pittman, Jerry Gilliam, Kenneth Gilliam, Bobby Winchester, T.J. Dodd and Chris Platt. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Simmons, Charles Durham, Larry Carr, Mitch Bell, Colton Johnson, Bob Callahan, Gerald Powell, Kenny McGhee and her great-grandsons.

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

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James Bartis Hoggard

James Bartis Hoggard, 90, of Cave City, died Feb. 20, 2017.

Born May 17, 1926, at Grange, he was the son of Leo and Zola McLeod Hoggard. He was a World War II Army veteran, a farmer and a sawmill worker. He retired as a custodian for the Cave City Schools. He was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church at Smithville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Juanita Wilson Hoggard, in 2013, whom he married Aug. 28, 1944; a brother, Jessie Hoggard; a sister, Maxine Guthrie Smith; and a grandson, Shan Hoggard.

Survivors include three sons, James Hoggard and Jimmy Hoggard, both of Cave City, and Paul Hoggard, Sulphur Rock; a daughter, Cynthia Smith, Batesville; a brother, Charles D. Hoggard, Smithville; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a great-great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bros. Mike Hoggard and Keith Wilson officiating. Burial was in Cave City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Travis Hoggard, Drew Hoggard, Matt Helms, Bryon Hoggard, Brandon Hoggard, Brian Carter, Chad Smith and Dakota St. John.

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

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Bob Kearby

Bobby Lee "Bob" Kearby, 78, of Pocahontas, died Feb. 19, 2017, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born July 11, 1938, at Reyno, he was the son of Robert Cleo and Sybil Halford Kearby. He was a National Guard veteran and served as the Old Davidsonville State Park superintendent for 29 years.

Survivors include his wife, Judith Lynn Gamso Kearby; three sons, Robert Wayne Kearby and wife Tammy, Warm Springs, Michael Lee Kearby, Walnut Ridge, and Derek Lee Kearby, Hot Springs; a brother, Gary Kearby and wife Pat, Walnut Ridge; and four grandchildren.

No services have been scheduled. The body will be cremated. Fears Family Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Jeff King

Jeffery Daniel "Jeff" King, 59, of Hoxie, passed away Feb. 17, 2017, at his home.

Born March 22, 1957, in Rockford, Ill., he was the son of Jack and Mildred Flannery King. He retired from Bosch as a machinist after 37 years.

Jeff was a brave and loving father having raised four head-strong daughters. He was a perfectionist and "Mr. Fix-it" who could fix anything. He will be missed dearly.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack King; and infant son, Michael Paul King; a brother, David King; and infant grandson, Ladd Peppin.

Survivors include his mother, Mildred King; his significant other, Maria Mathews, of the home; four daughters, Dana Davis (Kenny), Cindy Peppin (Arthur) of Bowie, Md., Amy Rorex (Kai) of Walnut Ridge, and Holly Gutierrez of Paragould; siblings, Gary, Danny, Jay, Troy and Dale King, Teresa Haff and Jannie Gray; grandchildren, Brandon and Emily Davis, Carter Peppin, Blaine Elizabeth Rorex, Jaslene and Kaia Gutierrez; and a great-grandchild, Bryson Davis.

A celebration of life was held Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.

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


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Rev. John Newton

Rev. John Newton, 94, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 21, 2017, at his home.

Born Nov. 21, 1922, in Junction Valley, Iowa, he was a minister at The Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ. He served in the U.S. Army during the World War II era under Gen. George Patton.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ilene Celenta; two sons; several brothers and sisters; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include a daughter, Sheila Ann Carais, Dry Ridge, Ky.; and two grandchildren.

Private burial will be at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

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

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Lala Parrish

Lala Parrish, 102, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 18, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 20, 1914, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Homer Edward and Mittie Delphia Smith Laird. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, where she was in the choir and worked in the church day care.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Parrish, whom she married Jan. 31, 1937; a son, Wendell L. Parrish; and a daughter, Qujett Russum.

Survivors include two sons, Troy G. Parrish and wife Sandra, Reno, Nev., and Anthanee Parrish and wife Becky, San Antonio; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation is today from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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Reva Shands

Reva Shands, 88, of Evening Shade, died Feb. 14, 2017.

Born Nov. 29, 1928, in Swifton, she was the daughter of Thurlow and Ada Anderson Hudgens. She was a member of the Faith Assembly of God Church at Evening Shade.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan Shands; and a daughter, Lou Alice Shands.

Survivors include two sons, Everett Shands and wife Diane, and Jim Shands and wife Debbie, all of Evening Shade; two daughters, Sheila Dickerson and husband Eddie, Evening Shade, and Nathine Rhodes and husband Larry, Kentucky; eight grandchildren, Daniel Dickerson, Nathan Rhodes, John Shands, Joshua Shands, Ashley Shands, Blake Shands, John Henry Runsick and Kohn Runsick; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at the Faith Assembly of God Church in Evening Shade with Rev. Jennifer Martin officiating. Burial was in Campground Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Daniel Dickerson, Nathan Rhodes, John Shands, Joshua Shands, Blake Shands, John Henry Runsick and Kohn Runsick.

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

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Billy Hugh Ward

Billy Hugh Ward, 88, of Bald Knob, died Feb. 6, 2017.

Born Jan. 31, 1928, in Strawberry, he was the son of Owen E. and Juddie Bennett Ward. He sold farm equipment and vehicles for many years and was the owner of Ward Auto Sales. He was a member of Lifeline Southern Baptist Church in Pleasant Plains.

He was preceded in death by a son, Danny Hugh Ward; two brothers, Ed Ward and Tony Ward; and a sister, Delores Lepper.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Lois "Lucy" Ward; three daughters, Linda Kay Pearson and husband Robert, and LaHonna Suzanne Ward, all of Bald Knob, and Billie LaJeana Kohler and husband Brian, Alexander; a son, Kenny H. Ward, Bald Knob; a brother, Jerry Ward, Strawberry; three sisters, Geraldine Poskey, Strawberry, Clella Bellefeuille and husband Bob, Poway, Calif., and Marilyn Adcock and husband Joe, Macon, Ga.; and four grandchildren, Danny Phillips, Tyler Ward, Joshua Root and Vinni Zomant.

Funeral was Thursday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home in Bald Knob. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery Steward Addition.

An online guestbook is available at www.powellfuneralhome.net.

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