March 1, 2017 Edition

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Bob Baker Johnny Junior Bradley Randy Cobble
Tonya Crowell Delbert Gall Larry Goza
Mary Alice Waddell


Bob Baker

Bob Baker, 61, of Batesville, died Feb. 24, 2017.

Born Oct. 18, 1955, in Garden City, Mich., he was the son of Joe and Lorine Williams Baker.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Baker; and a brother, Tommy Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Natalie Baker; a daughter, Jessica Jackson, Batesville; his mother, Lorine Baker, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Ronnie Brown, Hoxie; and a granddaughter, Bella Jackson.

No services are planned. Qualls Batesville Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Johnny Junior Bradley

Johnny Junior Bradley, 91, of Hoxie, died Feb. 26, 2017.

Born Sept. 6, 1925, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of 26 years, serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Elizabeth McGory Bradley of Hoxie; four brothers, two sisters and a grandson.

Survivors include children, Donna M. Brown, Chesapeake, Va., Kenneth Bradley, Vancouver, Wash., Patricia Hoffmeyer, Henderson, Tenn., Mike Bradley, Walnut Ridge, and Janet Bradley, Norfolk, Va.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Hoxie with Bros. Harold Russell, Phillip Midkiff, Shawn McElhannon and Mike Bradley officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Jacob Hayes, Michael Hoffmeyer, Bradley Hoffmeyer, Jonathon Green, Alex Latham and Terry Spradlin.

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Randy Cobble

Randy Carroll "Rat" Cobble, 63, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 25, 2017, at his home.

Born Aug. 3, 1953, in Minturn, he worked in construction building grain bins for area farmers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Gladys McCord Cobble; a brother, Alfred Cobble; and a son-in-law, Rodney Dobbs.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce (Jeff Williams) Dobbs, Walnut Ridge, and Shannon (Jason Gordon) Cobble, Bay; a brother, Dale (Kathy) Cobble, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Shirley Cobble and Pam (Danny) Smith, all of Walnut Ridge; four granddaughters, Lacy Ragsdell, Brittney Smith, BriAnna Askeland and Raven Dobbs; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Private burial was in Minturn Cemetery.

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Tonya Crowell

Tonya Crowell, 39, of Cave City, died Feb. 22, 2017, at her home.

Born July 9, 1977, in Houston, she was a homemaker and a member of Soul's Harbor Pentecostal Church in Cave City.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ollie Eugene Pool and Frances Pool, and Lona Bell Johnson.

Survivors include her husband, Norman Crowell; two sons, Brandon Crowell and wife Jana, Walnut Ridge, and Brian Crowell and wife Carrie, Poughkeepsie; her parents, Donnie and Jimmie Everett Johnson, Lindale, Texas; two brothers, Jimmy Johnson and wife Cheryl, Lindale, Texas, and Donnie Johnson and wife Stacey, Brenham, Texas; and five grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bros. Sam Manuel and Ronnie Johnson officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Pine Log Cemetery in Jonesboro.

Pallbearers will be Kevin McDoniel, Bryan Whitehurst, James Hamm, Edward Self, Blake Johnson and Michael Johnson. Honorary pallbearer is Jimmy Johnson Sr.

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Delbert Gall

Delbert Gene Gall, 78, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 23, 2017, in Jonesboro after a lengthy illness.

He was born on March 4, 1938, in Hoxie to Vernie and Mildred Morgan Gall. He was a 1958 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. After graduating from high school, he went to Rockford, Ill., to work at Wells Beach Tool and Dye Shop, before returning home to help his dad farm.

In 1964, he met the love of his life, Mary Bennett at Cupp Café in Light. They married on Dec. 17, 1965. They resided in Walnut Ridge for six years before they moved to the farm in 1971, about one-half mile from where he grew up in Lawrence County. He loved taking care of his animals and loved farming. Delbert carried the chain markers for Walnut Ridge football for over 25 years. Delbert was a member of United Free Will Baptist Church. He truly loved his Lord and all his church family.

Delbert was involved in the Cub Scout program as a Cub Master for eight years. He was on the Farm Bureau Board for 40 years and served on the Farm Service board, retiring in 2003. He had an interest in making the two-row farm equipment. He had a lifetime joy of trail rides and fish cooking for friends, family, and an occasional politician. He and Mary always enjoyed going to gospel singings.

He enjoyed getting out and meeting people, though he never met a stranger and would strike up a conversation with anyone, anytime, anywhere. He loved to just see what was happening in the area from the flat land to the hills. He could take teasing and loved to dish it out, too. Delbert had no reservation in expressing his opinion or expressing how things should be done.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles, Clarence, and twin brother, Elbert; their wives; and all his aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary, of the home; two sons, Tommy (Rachel) Gall of Blytheville, and Robert Gall of Paragould; three cherished grandchildren, Ella and Thomas Gall of Blytheville, and Brielle Gall of Walnut Ridge; and many other relatives and friends.

Delbert was a devoted husband, father and a good provider. He was called "Daddy Deb" by the special ones in his life. Delbert was definitely "One of a kind."

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Glenn Smith and Chuck Fitzgerald officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Jim Cunningham, Jason Andrews, Eggie Tedder, Greg Coats, Dominick Johnson, Mark Tate, Bobby Henson and Erick Tate.

Memorials may be made to the United Free Will Baptist Church building fund, or the Childrens Shelter.

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Larry Goza

Larry Leroy Goza, 69, of Salem, died Feb. 26, 2017, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem.

Born Sept. 4, 1947, in Walnut Ridge, he was a 1965 graduate of Swifton High School and a 1969 graduate of Arkansas State University. After college, he taught English at Salem High School for two years. He then went to work for the North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, where he worked until his retirement in 2006. He was a member of the Salem Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Goza.

Survivors include his mother, Mildred Winfrey Goza, Heber Springs; two brothers, Gene Goza and wife Linda, Jonesboro, and Dennis Goza and wife Kimberly, Burbank, Calif.; a sister, Willene Goza-Slavik and husband Paul Fulks, Heber Springs; five nephews, John Paul Goza, Los Angeles, Jake Goza and wife Kellie, Alcoa, Tenn., Mark Slavik and wife Anna, Rogers, Matt Slavik, Pocatello, Idaho, and Zephyr Goza, Providence, R.I.; two great-nephews, Cameron Goza and Aiden Slavik; and a great-niece, Ruby Claire Goza.

Graveside service is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Swifton Cemetery with Jon Binkley officiating. There will be no visitation. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be John Paul Goza, Mark Slavik, Matt Slavik, Sam Casey, George Walling, David Cochran, Randal Langston, William Hurt, Darrell Campbell, Brennan Cochran and Layton York. Honorary pallbearers will be James and Gay Kerley, Keith and Donna McHenry, Michael and Perri Barnett, Ted Kerley, Darla York, Kathaleen Walling, Brenda Casey, Sheila Cochran, Neesha Barker, Melinda Langston, Verna Schultz and past and present employees of the North Arkansas Electric Cooperative.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital.

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Mary Alice Waddell

Mary Alice Waddell, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 26, 2017, in Pocahontas.

Born Feb. 25, 1937, in Dyersburg, Tenn., she was the daughter of Clifford Seratt and Evie Brimm. She was a high school graduate and attended college. She worked at Skil in Walnut Ridge and Abilities Unlimited in Jonesboro. She had also lived in Tennessee and Illinois. She was a member of the Cache River Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, a son, two brothers, a sister and her grandparents.

Survivors include her ex-husband, Carroll Waddell; five children, Tammie Hester and husband Jerry Moore, Tim Waddell and wife Nikki, and Tommy Waddell and wife Janet, all of Walnut Ridge, Cindy Brooks and husband Donnie, Luttrell, Tenn., and Sheila Hipps, Dyersburg, Tenn.; two sisters, Louise Moore, Island Lake, Ill., and Rosie Moore, Halls, Tenn.; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick with Rick Hart officiating.

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