March 15, 2017 Edition

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Mary Adamson Beatrice Allen Franklin Davis
Stephen Edward Emerson Jr. Bonnie Mae Graham


Mary Adamson

Mary Lee Adamson, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died March 11, 2017, in Lake City.

Born Nov. 29, 1934, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Clyde and Edna Stevens Meeler. She was the owner of Mary's Café for many years and was a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Betty.

Survivors include her husband, Octavis "Red" Adamson; two sons, Virgil Adamson and wife Karen, and Steve Adamson and wife Julie, all of Hoxie; one daughter, Leeann Paxton and husband Byron, Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Ashley Estes, Mark Paxton, Jacob Adamson, Paul Adamson and Noah Adamson; and four great-grandchildren, Lance and Tinley Grace Paxton, and Parker and Waylon Ward.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Jake Guenrich and Tim Campbell officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Mark Paxton, Paul Adamson, Noah Adamson, David Smith, Paul Bennett and Jeff Estes. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Cunningham, Tommy Gray and Jerry Gibbens.

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Beatrice Allen

Beatrice Jessie Jewel Allen, 93, of Hoxie, died March 10, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Born Jan. 6, 1924, at Giles Spur, near Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Theodore and Ida Baker Hoke. She worked most of her life as a seamstress for Frolic Footwear.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Otis Allen, whom she married Sept. 23, 1940; two brothers, John and Loral Hoke; and a granddaughter, Pamela Ellis.

Survivors include seven children, Junior Allen, Pocahontas, Pat Shields, Darrell Allen and Louise Davis, all of Hoxie, Harold Allen and wife Diane, O'Kean, Vernon Allen, Walnut Ridge, and Brenda Propst and husband Renny, Black Rock; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Freddie Walton and Brian Hixson officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Harold Allen, Vernon Allen, Renny Propst, Brandon Reid, Michael Shields and Brian Hixson. Honorary pallbearers were Shane Evans, Junior Allen, Darrell Allen, Jackie and Brenda Cude, Tom and Billie Reed, and Kenny and Tammy Franks.

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Franklin Davis

Franklin Neil Davis, 82 of Wellington, Texas, passed away March 8, 2017.

Born Oct. 25, 1934, in Black Rock, he was the son of Charley and Eva Richey Davis. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving from 1954 to 1958 as an Airman First Class. He worked as a heavy diesel mechanic for Taylor Machinery and TVA, both of Memphis, until his retirement.

He was a member of the Cypress Creek Church of the Nazarene, where he served faithfully as a trustee until his stroke in 2002. He was always supporting his pastor through prayer, giving, attendance, head usher and maintenance work with buildings and vehicles. During his retirement years, he enjoyed playing with his grandkids and great-grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elizabeth Kathleen Holder Davis; a son, Christopher Davis; and a brother, James Davis.

Survivors include his son, Michael (Leona) Davis of Wellington, Texas; a daughter, Karen Davis of Forrest City; three grandchildren, Krista (Steven) Street, Cynthia Davis and Nathanael Davis; three great-grandchildren, Kalla, Parker and Alyssa Street; two brothers, Clarence Davis of Lynn, and Charles Davis of Lamar; three sisters, Jan Roussell of Clio, Mich., Shirleen Goodwin of Pocahontas, and Margie Young of Lindside, W. Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held March 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Cypress Creek Church at 953 Cypress Ave. in Marion. Interment will follow in Lawrence Memorial Park at 3 p.m. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be sent to the Cypress Creek Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 486 Marion, AR 72364.

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Stephen Edward Emerson Jr.

Stephen Edward Emerson Jr., 89, of Smithville, died March 10, 2017.

Born March 2, 1928, in Wheelersburg, Ohio, he was the son of Stephen Edward Sr. and Maude Johnson Emerson. He was a retired World War II Army veteran, a third-degree Master Mason and a member of Ring's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Cline; five brothers; a sister; a grandson, Scott Reynolds; and two infant grandchildren, Noah Emerson and McKenzie Emerson.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Geneva King Emerson; two sons, Stephen Emerson III, Harrison, and Jonathan Emerson, Lincoln; four daughters, Laura Divin, Lincoln, Katherine Jackson, Milton, Del., Eva Shipley, Russellville, and Sarah Stein, Pendleton, Ind.; a brother, Bill Emerson, Troy, Ala.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Ring's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Stephen Emerson III and Bro. Terry Johnson officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery at Poughkeepsie under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Grandsons and sons-in-law served as pallbearers.

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Bonnie Mae Graham

Bonnie Mae (Gosha) Graham passed from this life Monday, March 13, 2017, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. She was 86 years old.

She was born to Arthur and Linnie (Davis) Gosha on March 25, 1930, in Jackson County. She married J.F. Graham on Dec. 30, 1949. They had four children.

Mrs. Graham loved gardening, embroidering and enjoyed time with her family. She was a member of Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church. Before retirement, she worked at Frolic Footwear and was a homemaker.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Jason Quarry; two brothers, her twin Lonnie Gosha, and R.J Davis; and a sister, Bertha Faye Gosha.

She is survived by two daughters, Margretta and husband Richard Tinker of Walnut Ridge, and Ellen Griffis and husband Jim of Jonesboro; two sons, Clayton Graham and wife Lavonda of Walnut Ridge, and Steve Graham and wife Denise of Clover Bend; a sister, Marie Mann of Saffell; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation is today, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. with Blaine Liscomb and Rick Hart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be James Tinker, Travis Tinker, Justin Quarry, Brad Graham, Jeff Graham and Josh Graham. Her grandson, Jason Quarry, is an honorary posthumous pallbearer.

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