April 12, 2017 Edition

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Joan Anderson James Bruce Eulice E. Calhoun
Jerry W. Flippo Linda Sue Jones Shirley Jean LaCoss
James Laird Talbert Nichols A.J. Stracener
Anita Marvine Towell Millie Blanche Walling John Earl Worlow


Joan Anderson

Joan Foster Rittenhouse Anderson, 86, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Randolph County Nursing Home.

Joan was born on July 2, 1930, in Winchester, Ind., to Ourremy "Remy" Rittenhouse and Ola Elliott Hartman.

Joan worked as a surgical assistant for many years and was a proud member of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Gene Anderson; two sons, Stephen Foster and Thomas Jay Foster; a brother, Carlyle Rittenhouse; and a grandson, Levi Foster.

Joan is survived by her daughters, Jenny Wells of Ravenden and Jorja Foster of Benson, Ariz.; a daughter-in-law, Tracy Foster of Muncie, Ind.; two grandchildren, Ritt (Tonia Fender) Stevens of Ravenden Springs, and Amanda Foster of Muncie, Ind.; two great-grandchildren, Anna Fender of Walnut Ridge and Carissa Risner of DeSoto, Mo.; and a great-great-grandchild, Raylee McKenzie of DeSoto, Mo.

Cremation has been chosen as the method of final disposition.

No services have been scheduled. Fears Family Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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


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James Bruce

James "Jamie" Bruce, 74, of Brookland, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.

He had lived in the Jonesboro area most of his life. Jamie enjoyed living in the country, caring for his animals and walking in the woods. He was educated in the Jonesboro public schools and graduated from JHS in 1960.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Betty Gilbert Bruce.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Bruce of Brookland; a son, Dennis Bruce, Jonesboro; a granddaughter, Ashlynn Bruce, Jonesboro; three sisters, Lana Bruce Henson of Walnut Ridge, Debra Simpson of Jackson, Tenn., and Betsy House of Middleton, Tenn.; a special cousin, Tommy Bruce of Rossville, Tenn.; and a host of other family and friends.

A visitation will be held on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro. All other services will be private. Emerson Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the NEA Humane Society, 6111 E. Highland Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or the American Heart Association, 909 W. Second Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

And online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.


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Eulice E. Calhoun

Eulice E. Calhoun, 84, of Newport, formerly of Swifton, died April 5, 2017.

Born March 18, 1933, in Swifton, he was the son of Mack Donald and Rosie Evanna Adams Calhoun. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving two years in Germany. He worked as a contractor for many years. He was a singer and guitar player who traveled through Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri singing at various events.

He was preceded in death by a son, Perry Keith Calhoun; two brothers, Edward Smith and Bill Calhoun; three sisters, Verlie Oray, Pat Ford and Geneva Moore; and a granddaughter, Crystal Birmingham.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Pauline Kinder Calhoun, whom he married Sept. 26, 1961; three daughters, Pamela Keller and husband Bobby, Tuckerman, Penny Birmingham and husband Steve, Strawberry, and Robin Calhoun, Jonesboro; an honorary son, Dewayne Nelson; three brothers, Rev. Denny Calhoun, Donald Wayne Calhoun and Arnie Calhoun, all of Little Rock; five grandchildren, Eric Keller, Keith Keller, Shannon Smith, Haley Pfeffer and Sadye Calhoun; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at New Hope Community Church. Burial was in Dowell's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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

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Jerry W. Flippo

Jerry W. Flippo, 75, of Portia, died April 9, 2017, in Walnut Ridge.

Born June 30, 1941, in the Denton community, he was the son of William C. and Lilly Helms Flippo. He farmed in Lawrence County for 40 years and competed in drag racing.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Carol Ann Whitmire and Vicka Park.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Phyllis Flippo; a daughter, Melody Wilson, Jonesboro; a brother, Bob Flippo and wife Brenda, Jonesboro; a sister, Jeanette Rodemacher, Owensville, Mo.; four grandchildren, Scott Whitlow, Aaron Whitlow, Alan Whitmire and Jordan Wilson; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jr. Mullen, Scotty Mullen, Matt Mullen, Paul Mullen, D.J. Steele and Nathan Clark. Honorary pallbearers are the farmers of Lawrence County.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m.

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

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Linda Sue Jones

Linda Sue Jones, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died April 7, 2017, at UAMS in Little Rock, following a short illness.

Born Jan. 26, 1946, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Guy and Beulah Christian Batterton. She retired after working for Skil Bosch for 32 years. She was a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents in 1989; a daughter, Debbie Wagoner Morris; a brother, Jim Batterton; three sisters, Dorothy Jean Batterton, Pat Bradley and Judy Manning; and a grandson, Ricky Darrell Morris Jr., in June 1984.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Jones, whom she married June 10, 1979; a daughter, Angie Phillips and husband Casey, Clover Bend, a son, Bobby Wagoner and wife Becky, Walnut Ridge; a grandson, Joshua (Gena) Morris of Paragould; three granddaughters, Natalee Christian Williams of Southaven, Miss., Taylor Lynn Wagoner of Walnut Ridge, Josie (Chris) Bennett of Walnut Ridge; two great-grandchildren, Katie Lynn Morris, age seven, of Paragould and Paxton Guy Elliott, age two, of Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Bill (Carol) Batterton of Yellville, and Robbie Batterton of Walnut Ridge; a sister, Brenda (Harmon) Devor of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; three step-children and three step-grandchildren.

She was loved by many other relatives and friends and her smile and laugh will be missed by all.

A celebration of Linda's life will be held at a later date. Her request was for her cremains to be buried on Debbie's and Ricky's gravesite in Lawrence Memorial Park during a private service.

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


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Shirley Jean LaCoss

Shirley Jean LaCoss, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died April 4, 2017.

Born Oct. 5, 1943, in Shreveport, La., she was a retired store manager and was a member of Central Baptist Church.

She married Robert Miller in 1958. They had five daughters. She later married Robert LaCoss, who preceded her in death in 2000.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Terry Malmay; her parents, Oscar "Pete" Francis and Charlene Cocherell Ashby; and a great-granddaughter, Makenzie Denham.

Survivors include four daughters, Robbie Miller and Kelly Sloan, Black Rock, Stephanie Hedges, Black Rock, Shelly Klasen and husband Don, and Nancy Miller and Bart Stewart, all of Walnut Ridge; a sister, Carolyn Duke and husband Jack, Mooringsport, La.; 16 grandchildren, Stacy Nunnally, Brandy Brandon, Robert Miller, Casey Furgerson, Toni Alexander, Jackie Ferguison, Terry Cox Jr., Amanda Blackburn, Brittany Cox, Zachaery Cox, Matthew Cox, Colton Miller, Callie Broadway, Phillip Terry and Chris Edwards; and 32 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Dan Sloan officiating. A private family burial will be in Mooringsport, La.

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

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James Laird

James Laird, 74, of Jonesboro, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He had lived most of his life in the Jonesboro area and was a member of the Cathedral Baptist Church. He owned and operated Laird's Used Cars for 31 years. He enjoyed working and hunting. James was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one nephew, Vic Allen.

Survivors include his sons, Jimmy Laird (Jennifer) of Jonesboro, and Todd Laird, serving in Kuwait; two sisters, Dixie Bradley of New Mexico, and Rebecca Allen (Larry) of Saffell; and a grandchild, Tanner Laird.

Graveside service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Old Enterprise Cemetery with Doug Welborn officiating. Emerson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Pool Players at St. Bernards Senior Life Center.

There will be no public visitation.

Memorials may be made to the St. Bernard's Senior Life Center, 700 E. Washington, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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


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Talbert Nichols

Talbert Eugene Nichols, 86, of Hoxie, died March 23, 2017, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born March 21, 1931, at Steele, Mo., he was the son of Elmer and Emma Wade Nichols. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was service manager for Wood Ford in Trumann for many years.

He was preceded in death by a son, Mike E. Nichols; two brothers, Billy Nichols and John Nichols; and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Cherry Brumley Nichols; a grandson, Mike Nichols; two great-grandchildren; three stepchildren, Becky Burgess, Smithville, and Sheila Perry and Mike Davis, both of Bloomfield, Mo.

Graveside service was Monday, March 27, at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Steele, Mo. John W. German Funeral Home of Steele had charge of arrangements.

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A.J. Stracener

A.J. Stracener, 82, of Hoxie, died April 8, 2017, in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Born April 21, 1934, in the El Paso community in White County, he was the son of Verdie Franklin and Artie O'Guinn Stracener. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a gospel preacher for 50 years and a door greeter at Walmart in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, V.F. Stracener and Junior Stracener; and a sister, Freeda Eastman.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Jean Duncan Stracener, whom he married March 11, 1954; two daughters, Jeannie Harden, Benton, and Beverly Wright and husband Kevin, Hoxie; a son, Delbert Stracener and wife Stephanie, Denver; a brother, Leon Stracener and wife Buena, Benton; four grandchildren, Kim Harden, Lacy Brown, Bethany Rice and Layne Wright; and a great-grandson.

A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ. Burial, with military honors, was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Paul Brown, Austin Brown, Kevin Wright, Layne Wright, Nick Rice, Tony Burns, Josh Palmer, Allan Biggs and Peyton Tillman.

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

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Anita Marvine Towell

Anita Marvine Towell, 85, of Pocahontas, died April 3, 2017.

Born Dec. 9, 1931, in Smithville, she was the daughter of Joseph Ernest and Esther Lily Jean Winchester. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, Overland Baptist Church and Fee Fee Baptist Church. She was a volunteer Pink Lady at Five Rivers Medical Center. She moved to California to be married and returned to Arkansas when she retired.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Towell; a brother, Jean Winchester; and a sister, Lynda Ann Stewart.

Survivors include a son, Mitchell Towell and wife Candy, Pocahontas; a daughter, Denise Towell, Beaufort, Mo.; a sister, Pansy Lindsey and husband Tom, Springfield, Mo.; and a grandson, Dwayne Michael Towell.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

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Millie Blanche Walling

Millie Blanche Walling, two, of Cave City, died April 4, 2017, at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Born May 22, 2014, in Batesville, she was the daughter of Dennis and Brooke Musick Walling.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Bill D. Musick and Lynnie and Laura Brackett.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Ethan Walling; two sisters, Brittnie Walling and Laralyn Walling; her grandparents, Mitchell and Vicki Musick and Michael and Gina Walling; and her great-grandparents, Albert Beams, Patsy Keener, Bob and Katherine Musick Brown and Boyce and Margaret Walling, all of Cave City.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City with Bros. Ron Canard and Joshua Musick officiating. Burial was in Palestine Cemetery, west of Cave City, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Billy Keith Musick, Gus Musick, Bryce Walling and Shawn Walling.

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

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John Earl Worlow

John Earl "Johnny" Worlow, age 82, passed away at Lawrence Hall Nursing Home on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. He gave his all in trying to beat Parkinson's Disease for about 25 years.

John was born Sept. 10, 1934, near the cotton fields in the Cache River bottoms, near Sedgwick. He was raised on the family farm and married Glendola Corbett of Hoxie on Oct. 11, 1957. They enjoyed 59 years together.

John served in the U.S. Army for two years, stationed in Frankfurt, Germany.

He received a BSE in botany, biology and entomology at Arkansas State University in 1958. Afterward, he worked six years with the Arkansas State Plant Board before transferring to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. John worked nearly 40 years with the USDA APHIS PPQ as an inspector, supervisor and program manager.

In his last years of work, he was supervisor of the USDA Boll Weevil Eradication Program in South Carolina and Georgia. This was a program he was proud to be involved with. It is interesting that he was born on a day when an early frost took out all the late cotton. He finished his career never far from the cotton fields, as he worked to eliminate boll weevils.

His work allowed him and his family to enjoy living in different places, such as Arkansas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Florida and Georgia. He was an avid reader and liked to look for arrowheads for his collection, play cards, travel, and work outside on landscape projects. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, in Jonesboro, Ga.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Ruby Healey Worlow; and by his sister, Jolene Worlow Jones.

He is survived by his wife Glendola of Walnut Ridge; his children, Joe Glenn and wife Andrea of Stillwater, Okla., Deana and husband Michael of McDonough, Ga., and Mike and wife Jodi of Griffin, Ga.; a sister, Tommie Jean Worlow of Walnut Ridge; and three brothers, Glen Worlow and wife Tish of Walnut Ridge, Jerry Worlow and wife Lydia of Walnut Ridge and David Worlow of Jonesboro. He was always proud of each one of his eight grandchildren, Valerie, Steven, Ethan, Anna, Cooper, Katherine, Julia and Ellie, as well as his great-grandson, Asher.

A memorial service was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Sedgwick Baptist Church with Thomas Lamb officiating. His cremains will be placed in Lawrence Memorial Park during a private burial.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to any Parkinson's foundation, such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation or National Parkinson Foundation.

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


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