Weddings

Scott ~ Booth

Obituaries

Joan Defoor Virginia Lee Dobbs Richard Jarboe
Mary C. Meeker Jolene Morris Charles Calvin Pickett
Samuel Arthur Trowbridge

Weddings

Scott ~ Booth

Christine Booth and Bradley Scott were married on April 8, 2017, in the backyard of their home in Sherwood with many friends and family attending.

The bride is the daughter of Bryan and Lucinda Smith of Black Rock and is an ICU nurse at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.

The groom is the son of Teresa Scott of Walnut Ridge and is a self-employed satellite contractor.

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Obituaries

Joan Defoor

Velma "Joan" Defoor, 64, of Supply, died Feb. 28, 2017, at her home.

Born May 22, 1952, in Walnut Ridge, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Defoor Jr.; and her father, Donald Morris. Her mother, Mildred "Jolene" Teel Morris, died April 15, 2017.

Survivors include a daughter, Belinda Defoor, Longview, Texas; a son, Kenneth Defoor and wife Laura, Bauxite; two brothers, Donald Morris and wife Earlene, Pocahontas, and Ricky Morris and wife Lynne, Black Rock; and two grandchildren.

Graveside service for Joan and her mother were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Virginia Lee Dobbs

Virginia Lee Dobbs, 81, of Conway, formerly of Hoxie, died April 13, 2017, at Salem Place Nursing and Rehab in Conway.

Born June 24, 1935, in Swifton, she was the daughter of Andrew and Hazel Husky Rowlett. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Dobbs; a daughter, Beth France Elizabeth Dobbs; and two sons, Andrew Timothy Rowlett and an infant son, Freddy Woods.

Survivors include a brother, Dewitt "D.C." Rowlett and wife Mary, Vilonia.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Haynes Cemetery, near Swifton, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Salem Place Nursing and Rehab.

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

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Richard Jarboe

Richard Allen "Dick" Jarboe passed from this life April 1, 2017, following an 11-month battle with esophageal cancer. He was instantly reunited with his son, Richard Everett Jarboe, who predeceased him Jan. 1, 2007. They are enjoying their daily philosophical discussions again.

He was born May 22, 1944, to Robert "Bob" Jarboe and Helen (Morse) Jarboe, who predeceased him. He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Shirley Davidson, as well.

He put his life and his law practice "on hold" to assist with the care of his son, Richard, after his diagnosis with a cancerous sumo-nasal tumor, his son Aaron following a life threatening vehicular accident, and his son Andy who was disabled at birth. Although she did not require as much of his attention, he loved his daughter Kimberly, nonetheless.

Survivors include: Jane (Nahlen) Jarboe, honored to be his wife of 36 years; his daughter, Kimberly (Jason) Hammock of Smithville; his son, Robert Andrew "Andy" Jarboe of Jonesboro; his son, Aaron Jarboe of Walnut Ridge; and his precious granddaughters Katelyn (Chase) Battles of Sydney, and Kaylie and Hannah Hammock of Smithville.

Dick, as he is affectionately known, is also survived by his two devoted, loving sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda (Richard) Vogan of Little Rock, and Sarah (John) Brownlee of Maple Creek, who assisted with his care in too many ways to mention; his mother-in-law, Ruby Nahlen of North Little Rock; his sisters-in-law, Nancy Nahlen of East End, and Kathy Fooks of North Little Rock; his brother-in-law, Dr. Bernard Nahlen, M.D. of Washington, D.C.; and a "gaggle" of nieces and nephews, whom he adored and enjoyed grilling steaks and ribs for all to enjoy. We must also name his beloved Yorkie, Abbey Gale, and his cat "Baby Cat" as his survivors, or we will not be forgiven by him.

To name a few of his pleasures in this life, Dick enjoyed fishing, antiquing, boating, Andrea Bocelli, Linda Ronstadt, Eddie Rabbitt, Ennio Morricone, "Sanford and Son," "Driving Miss Daisy," the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Atlanta Braves baseball team.

Baseball played a huge role in his life and he was proud of saying that he "integrated" baseball in Lake Village, as he was called on to pitch for Lake Village especially when they were being challenged by Dermott on Sunday afternoons. He was a member of the Mississippi State Southeastern Conference champions of 1965 and 1966, and threw a "wicked" curveball to assist with these victories. Most importantly, he developed lasting lifelong friendships with his teammates. He frequently visited and was most fond of Jim "Moose" (Davie) Doescher of Bay City, Fla., Claude (Kay) Passeau of Lucedale, Miss., and Frank (Ann) Potera of West Point, Miss. These guys will forever be his brothers.

He will be remembered by a host of classmates/friends from his hometown of Lake Village, where he served as Student Council president for the Class of 1962 of Lake Village High School. He graduated from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Law School in 1969. During his time in law school, he introduced his companion, Jerry Mazzanti, to Sharon, who later became Jerry's bride. He enjoyed practicing law with Attorney Leroy Blankenship and the late Attorney Harry Ponder of Walnut Ridge. Also left to cherish his memory are many close friends, too numerous to name, who listened to his stories in chambers and witnessed his skills in the courtrooms of Northeast Arkansas.

Dick was a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and the Randolph/Lawrence County Bar Association. He served on the Arkansas Bar Association Ethics Committee for several years. He was a patient and kind attorney, who was known to turn a courtroom into laughter with his dry wit during the most serious moments. He was skillful in negotiating the "art of the deal," which benefited his clientele immensely, and he worried about his clients in the last seconds of his life.

He was a mentor to many young attorneys, but he treasured his relationship with Joe Grider, whom he considered to be his son. He valued his friendship with Murray Grider, even though once upon a time, Murray took him flying with malfunctioning instruments in his plane. Lorra Whitmire of First National Bank commented, "He never made me feel stupid!" Kristi Schnick, his secretary for 23 years, was fond of saying, "working for Dick Jarboe is like working for your father." To quote the Outlaw Josey Wales, Dick would say, "I'm prouder than a game rooster to have rid with all of you!"

A Celebration of His Life Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Pocahontas at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home of Little Rock. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Internment will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday at Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock.

Honorary pallbearers are members of the Randolph/Lawrence County Bar Association and his Mississippi State baseball families.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Lawrence Mendelsohn and his staff of CARTI in Little Rock. A special thanks is also extended to Dr. Seb Spades and his staff for the 45 years of kindness and care given to Dick!

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick's memory may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

An online guest registry is available at ruebelfuneralhome.com.

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Mary C. Meeker

Mary Catherine Meeker, 59, of Walnut Ridge, died April 14, 2017, at her home.

Born Nov. 1, 1957, in Washington, Mo., she lived in Warrenton, Mo., before moving to Walnut Ridge. She was a restaurant hostess, a caregiver and a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Smithville.

She was preceded in death by a son, Patrick Kevin Cronin; her father, Junior D. Meeker; two sisters, June Bonner and Barbara Bonner; and her grandparents, Clarence and Mary Lee, and S.E. and Ollie Meeker.

Survivors include a son, Matthew Hill and wife Kaylee; two stepsons, Zebediah Hill, Colorado, and Isaiah Hill, Nebraska; her mother, Alta Lee Meeker, Smithville; two sisters, Rebecca Meeker and Jerry Ward, and Jennifer Rancano and husband Ernest, Smithville; a brother, Dennie Meeker, Smithville; and a grandson, Jase.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Roger Tidwell officiating. Burial will be in Whittaker Cemetery near Hoxie.

Visitation is Thursday at noon at the funeral home.

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

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Jolene Morris

Mildred "Jolene" Morris, 85, of Pocahontas, died April 15, 2017.

Born March 20, 1932, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Joe and Christine Spray Teel. She was a lifelong resident of Northeast Arkansas. She worked as a machine operator at TRW Cinch and was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church at Noland.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Joan Defoor; a brother, Bobby Teel; and a sister, Jean Sharp.

Survivors include two sons, Don Morris and wife Earlene, Pocahontas; Rick Morris and wife Lynne, Black Rock; three brothers, James Teel, Alicia, and Roger Teel and wife Carolyn and Gary Teel and wife Evelyn, all of Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Velma Stalnaker and husband Jim, Walnut Ridge, and Cathy Arnold and husband Steve, Cassville, Mo.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service for Jolene and her daughter, Joan Defoor, were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Charles Calvin Pickett

Charles Calvin Pickett, 54, of Williford, died April 15, 2017, at his home.

Born Dec. 17, 1952, in Walnut Ridge, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a heavy machinery operator for the Department of Defense.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Pickett; two brothers, Bruce Pickett and Doyle Pickett; and three sisters, Donna Callahan, Connie Morgan and infant sister Patty Sue Pickett.

Survivors include his wife, Angela Pickett; three sons, Zac Lester, Jacop Lester and Christopher Pickett; three daughters, Whitney Lester, Margaret Pickett and Melinda Pickett; his mother, Reva Campbell Bamber; three sisters, Rhonda Despain, Darlene Dearen and Linda Briggs; two brothers, Kenny Pickett and Phillip Pickett; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral is today at noon at Wortham Funeral Home & Cremation Oak Hill Chapel in Highland.

Visitation is today, one hour prior to the service.

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

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Samuel Arthur Trowbridge

Samuel Arthur Trowbridge, 76, of Black Rock, died April 13, 2017.

Born Feb. 3, 1941, in Glascoe, Ky., he was the son of Victor Laine and Josephine Taylor Trowbridge. He was a farmer and heavy equipment operator, and was of the Baptist belief. He served in the National Guard for 12 years.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy "Doris" Lucille Trowbridge; his stepfather, Woodrow Wilson Talburt; a stepson, Jimmy Lee Nipper Jr., a sister, Lillian Ruth Hoots; and a great-grandson, D.J. Blair.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Marie Brown Trowbridge, whom he married Aug. 21, 1992, in Arbyrd, Mo.; two sons, Marion Lee Trowbridge and wife Amanda, Jonesboro, and Samuel Wayne Trowbridge, Missouri; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Hart and husband Kenny, Hornersville, Mo.; four stepdaughters, Peggy Sue Linebaugh and husband Kelly, Imboden, Marcia Lynn Roth and husband Bill, Arbyrd, Mo., and Jenny Lea Blair and husband Jimbo and Kerry Ann Moore and husband Matthew, all of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; two brothers, Randell Talburt, Jonesboro, and Wendell Talburt, Dallas; a sister, Debbie Bonner, Georgia; 23 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at noon at Cox Funeral Home with Tony Becker officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery near Imboden.

Pallbearers were Jacob Trowbridge, Joseph Trowbridge, Marion Trowbridge, Kelly Linebaugh and Edward Linebaugh.

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

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