March 29, 2017 Edition

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Births

John Calvin Fultner Waylon Slade Manlove Ivy Grace Ragsdale

Obituaries

Jesse Mac Adkins Linnie May Inman Deborah Ann McDonald
Bonnie Rhine Kevin Eugene Spradlin Wayne Thomas
Rev. Betty Jean Williams Linda Williams

Births

John Calvin Fultner

Jonathan and Amy Fultner of Hoxie have announce the birth of their first child, a son, born March 13, 2017, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named John Calvin Fultner.

Grandparents are Gary and Sherri Fultner of Hoxie and James and Rhonda Langham of Grenada, Miss.

Great-grandparents are John and Jessie Fultner of Hoxie.

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Waylon Slade Manlove

Sam and Mary Manlove of Newport have announced the birth of a son on March 22, 2017, at the UAMS Family Medical Center in Little Rock.

The baby weighed seven pounds, five ounces, and has been named Waylon Slade Manlove.

He has an older sister, Alivia Brooke Manlove.

Grandparents are Donnie and Linda Rogers of Newport, formerly of Hoxie, Cathy Lockhart and Ron Manlove, both of Newport, and Terry Adams of Tuckerman.

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Ivy Grace Ragsdale

Justin and Lacey Ragsdale of Black Rock have announced the birth of a daughter, born Feb. 20, 2017, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, three ounces, and has been named Ivy Grace Ragsdale. She has one sister, Darcy, two.

Grandparents are Joyce Dobbs and Jeff Williams, both of Walnut Ridge; Larry and Connie Ragsdale of Black Rock; Kurt and Lisa Weiand of Hardy; and the late Rodney Dobbs.

Great-grandparents are Earl and Dianne Ragsdale and Brilla Hall, all of Black Rock; Randy and Cathy Boyd of Ravenden; and Danny and Pam Smith and Floyd and Roberta Braden, all of Walnut Ridge.

Evelee Darnall of Jonesboro is the great-great-grandmother.

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Obituaries

Jesse Mac Adkins

Jesse Mac Adkins, 58, of Walnut Ridge, died March 24, 2017, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Dec. 30, 1958, in Muskegon, Mich., he was employed at Nestle Foods and was a former collection manager in Muskegon. He attended Freedom Church near Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Grace Lavern Ludwig Adkins; and a grandmother, Woodsie Bailey.

Survivors include his wife, Jennie Holder Adkins, whom he married Oct. 16, 1993, in Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Courtney Adkins, Hull, Ga.; two stepsons, Jonathan Wichman, Bentonville, and Jeremy Wichman, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Rhynea DeBow, Walnut Ridge, and Carla Crowell and husband Jim, Muskegon, Mich.; two brothers, Jim Adkins and wife Kathie, Pocahontas, and Art Adkins and wife Eileen, Muskegon, Mich.; and five grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at noon at Freedom Church with Glenn Smith and Don Cook officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

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

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Linnie May Inman

Linnie May Inman, 99, of Hoxie, died March 25, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 21, 1917, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Elmer and Lois Wolf Mahan. As a young woman, she worked in the cotton fields. She was a Christian and a member of Hoxie Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Lee Inman; two sisters, Thelma Stanley and Lorene Rose; two brothers, Hildon Mahan and Ed Mahan; and an infant grandson, Johnny Lee Inman.

Survivors include two daughters, Sarah Lawhon and husband Eddie, and Sue Russell; two sons, Arthur Inman Jr. and wife Betty, and Jim Inman and wife Zona; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ with David Inman officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Home in Paragould.

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

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Deborah Ann McDonald

Deborah Ann McDonald, 62, of Swifton, died March 18, 2017.

Born Nov. 22, 1954, in Little Rock, she was a self-employed auctioneer.

She was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Micheal McDonald; and her parents, Charles Roosevelt and Mary Alice Davidson Pennington.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Charles "Chuck" McDonald Sr., whom she married Jan. 16, 1970; a son, Charles "Chuck" McDonald Jr., of the home; three sisters, Stella Lomax, Kathy Blair and Terisa Roberts; and a brother, Buddy Pennington.

A celebration of her life was held Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Mark Duncan officiating. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery.

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

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Bonnie Rhine

Bonnie Mae Rhine, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died March 27, 2017, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born July 13, 1943, in Lepanto, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Flora Mae Stacks Arnold.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Harmon Rhine, whom she married Dec. 30, 1959; a son, Robert Rhine; a brother and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Rhine and wife Wendy, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Freda Gray and husband James, Hoxie, and Debbie Morphis and husband Denny, Walnut Ridge; two brothers; a sister; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Ed Greggory officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Smith, Brandon Rhine, Steve McQuay, Scooter Anglin, Chris Duke and Russ Barber.

Visitation is Thursday from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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

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Kevin Eugene Spradlin

Kevin Eugene Spradlin, 57, of Imboden, died March 24, 2017, in Walnut Ridge.

Born July 1, 1959, in Springfield, Ill., he graduated from WRHS in 1977. He lived in Forrest City for four years before moving to Imboden two years ago.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Douglas; and his grandparents, Earl and Helen Spradlin and Carlos and Verna Douglas.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Hall Spradlin; his mother, Lola Irene Spradlin Douglas, Black Rock; a sister, Pam Nelson and husband Bill, Ravenden; and a brother, Les Douglas and wife Patty, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Matthew Donner officiating. Burial will be in Hillhouse Cemetery near Smithville.

Visitation is Thursday from 1-2 p.m.

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

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Wayne Thomas

Wayne Thomas, 68, of Horseshoe Bend, died March 23, 2017, at his home.

Born Sept. 11, 1948, in Corning, he was a local radio announcer for KRLW and KCCB stations. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, with 23 years served as a combat medic.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Golden and Clair Bell Brewer Thomas; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Carson Thomas, whom he married March 4, 1972; two sons, Timothy Thomas, Horseshoe Bend and Chris Thomas and wife Trina, Vacaville, Calif.; a brother, Jim Thomas, Pocahontas; two sisters, Peggy Thomas and Roxanne Thompson, both of Corning; and two grandchildren, Haley Thomas and Tyler Thomas.

Funeral was Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Rev. Betty Jean Williams

Rev. Betty Jean (Gipson) Williams, age 86, died on March 24, 2017, at the Pocahontas Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pocahontas.

Rev. Williams was born Jan. 7, 1931, in Coffman to Carson and Jessie (Irving) Gipson. She was married on Oct. 26, 1946, to Warren A. Williams of Hoxie, and had two children: a daughter, Jeanne (Williams) Bowen of Albuquerque, N.M.; and a son, Warren D. Williams of Imboden. Rev. Williams had one granddaughter, Katie Williams, also of Imboden.

Rev. Williams was employed at Golf Bag Associates in Walnut Ridge for over 20 years and served as a minister for the Faith Assembly in Old Walnut Ridge. Of the Pentecost faith, Rev. Williams began preaching while living in Wayne, Mich. She also served as pastor of the Minturn Assembly of God. Being a minister for over 40 years, Rev. Williams dedicated her life to serving God and the church.

Rev. Williams is survived by her daughter, son, and granddaughter, as well as a son-in-law, Don, and a daughter-in-law, Melinda. She is also survived by two sisters and one brother: Virginia (Gipson) James of Jonesboro, Mary (Gipson) Rogers of Walnut Ridge, and Carson "Jack" Gipson Jr., of Rockford, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one sister, Jessie (Gipson) Granger, formerly of Phoenix.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Timothy Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Ben Campbell, Duffie Williams, Bobby Lee Williams, Jeffrey Williams, Aaron Henson and Terry James. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Couch and Alan Flanery.

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

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Linda Williams

Linda Moore Williams, 68, of Imboden, died March 27, 2017, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 30, 1948, in Memphis, she was raised in Louisiana by her adopted father, J.C. Moore, and her mother, Polly Moore. She worked in administrative positions most of her life. She and her husband, Clayton, moved to the Imboden area in 1986. She was a member of the Imboden United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Williams Sr., whom she married Sept. 17, 1965.

Survivors include a son, Clayton Williams and wife Lisa; and three grandchildren, Savannah Williams, Catrina Williams and Clayton Williams III.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Hope Cemetery in Imboden with Bob McMillon and Lonnie Edwards officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Jim Jones, Steve Jones, Davis Matthews, Matthew Wells, Billy Hovis and Logan Dotson.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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