April 26, 2017 Edition

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Lainey Annalea Brown
Abel Creed Maronde
Judson Brooks Sloan


Jessie L. Ashabranner Charlie Cook Herschel Gene Davis
Stephanie Nicole Hufford Daniel Kopp Lou Ann McLane
Leonardo Moya Wilma Opal Reeves John Ross
Ralph L. Sharp Venita Jolene Shelton


Lainey Annalea Brown

Spencer and Jennifer Brown of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born March 29, 2017, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds and has been named Lainey Annalea Brown. She has an older brother, Kipton Brown, who is two.

Grandparents are Jeff and Keely Huskey of Minturn and Billy and Kim Brown of Hoxie.

She is the great-granddaughter of Bob and Barbara Wilson of Calamine, Ona Lou Huskey of Saffell and the late Jerry Huskey, Frances Forrester of Cherokee Village and the late Larry Forrester and Bill and Betty Brown of Sedgwick.


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Abel Creed Maronde

Jericho and Christy Maronde of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born April 24, 2017, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

The baby weighed six pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Abel Creed Maronde. He has one sibling, Isaiah, two.

Grandparents are Tim and Teresa Hudson, Richie and Tammy Montgomery, all of Hoxie, Allen Gaskins of Jonesboro and Steve and Cat Maronde of Leaf River, Ill.

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Judson Brooks Sloan

Drs. Anthony and Valerie Sloan of Memphis have announced the birth of a son, born on April 11, 2017, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed nine pounds, one ounce, and has been named Judson Brooks Sloan. He has four siblings, Jack, 14, Olivia, 12, Jake, seven, and Evie, one.

Grandparents are Sloan and Ann Turnbow of Walnut Ridge and Mrs. Daniel Sloan of Kensett.

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Jessie L. Ashabranner

Jessie Larie Holder Ashabranner, 89, of Manila, died April 19, 2017, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 11, 1927, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Monroe Franklin and Thelma Hazel Houston Holder. She was retired from the Manila School District, where she worked as a teachers aide and elementary librarian.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie D. Ashabranner, whom she married April 14, 1946; a son, Wendell Ashabranner; two sisters, Doris Robertson and Vivian "Pee Wee" Gaines; three brothers, James Lee, Gene and Don Cunningham; and a grandson, Justin Veach.

Survivors include two daughters, Sheila Bourland and husband Larry, York, Pa., and Thelma Veach and husband Randy, Lost Cane; six grandchildren, Brandon Veach, Gretchen Rudham, Matthew Bourland, Emily DeSpain, Megan Jackson and Kyle Ashabranner; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Manila with Randy Veach and Rev. Jerry Pentecost officiating. Burial was in Manila Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Brandon Veach, Matthew Bourland, Kyle Ashabranner Will DeSpain, Darren Rudham and Hunter Jackson.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Manila or St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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

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Charlie Cook

Charles "Charlie" Cook, 72, of Walnut Ridge, returned to his heavenly home on Sunday, April 23, 2017, following a lengthy illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle, and ultimately gave him peace.

Charlie was born to the late John Franklin Cook and Ethel Mae Hendrickson Cook on Oct. 2, 1944, in Trumann. He graduated from Hoxie High School in 1963.

Charlie was blessed with a large and loving family. He married his best friend, Cynthia Crum on Oct. 20, 1964, in Walnut Ridge. Charlie and Cindy opened Cook's Garage and Wrecker Service in 1977 - celebrating 40 years of service in Lawrence County this year.

Charlie was preceded in death by his loving wife of 33 years, Cynthia Cook; his mother, Ethel Cook of Hoxie; father, John F. Cook of Trumann; brothers, Robert Cook and Jerry Cook, both of Hoxie, and Bill Cook and Johnny Cook, both of Trumann; grandson, Gage Adam Cook of Paragould; and son-in-law, Tony Cleveland of Paragould.

He is survived by three daughters, Charlotte (Kevin) Smith of Imboden, Crista (Richard) Bowker of Ravenden, and Amy (Scott) Willhite of Jonesboro; sisters, Betty Walker of Walnut Ridge, Mary (Sonny) Craig and Patricia (Elisha) Neece, all of Pocahontas, and Peggy Hastings of Oxford, Mass.; brothers, Tom (Roberta) Cook of Bradford, and Larry (Janice) Cook of Walnut Ridge; grandchildren, Jared (Lindsey) Brooks of Walnut Ridge, Houston Ball of Paragould, Hailey Woods of Paragould, and Payton Willhite and Channing Willhite of Jonesboro; great-grandchildren, Seth Brooks, Camden Brooks and Tucker Brooks, all of Walnut Ridge, and Waylon Woods of Paragould.

Visitation is today, April 26, 2017, from 5-9 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Funeral services will be at United Free Will Baptist Church on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Bro. Glen Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Dulaney, Tony Anglin, Delbert Robbins, Brandon Schlueter, B.J. Schlueter and Josh Bruce. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Gill, Brad Williams, Allen McIntire and Bill Killough.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital or The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge.

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


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Herschel Gene Davis

Herschel Gene Davis, 54, of Imboden, died April 18, 2017.

Born March 10, 1963, in Missouri, he was the son of Sandra K. Davis and Donald Cooper. He was a factory worker.

Survivors include a son, Herschel Davis Jr. (Cassandra), Paragould; a daughter, Amanda Davis (Chris Clayton), Paragould; a brother, Tim Davis, Pocahontas; and five grandchildren, Talon Clayton, Anthony Gibby, Nathan Gibby, Conner Clark and Ariana Davis.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Hope Cemetery in Imboden with Bro. Hal Collier officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Cody Slusser, Billy Beasley, Hilton Morgan, Jeff Witt, Laney Henderson and Randy White. Honorary pallbearers were Jeremy McCall and Dwight Ingram.

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

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Stephanie Nicole Hufford

Stephanie Nicole King Hufford, 35, of Smithville, died April 5, 2017.

Born Oct. 17, 1981, in Calico Rock, she was the daughter of Tommy Edward King and Virginia Gail Cooley King.

She was preceded in death by an aunt, Sue King; an uncle, Eddie Cooley; a grandmother, Daisey Wilson; and a grandfather, Cyrce King.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Ray "Chuck" Hufford Jr.; four sons, Kaleb Ty Norman, Brayden Edward King, Hunter Ty Bracewell and Landon Wyatt Bracewell; four daughters, Abigail Nicole Luker, Lela Nicole Bracewell, Ashley Nicole Hufford and Autumn Teresa Hufford; her parents, Tommy and Gail King, Batesville; a brother, Cory King, Batesville; a sister, Tiffany King, Batesville; an uncle, Jim King, Portia; and her in-laws, Alan and Teresa Wright, Mount Morris, Mich.

A celebration of her life was held Thursday, April 13, at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville

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

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Daniel Kopp

Daniel Maurice Kopp III, 46, of Hoxie, died April 20, 2017.

Born Feb. 22, 1971, in Walnut Ridge, he was a graduate of Hoxie High School and received a master's degree in teaching and history education from Arkansas State University. He was a teacher and a pilot.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Sara Danielle Kopp.

Survivors include a son, Caleb Kopp, Hoxie; his parents, Daniel and Susan Kopp, Hoxie; two sisters, Suzanne Allen, Jonesboro, and Amy Barnhill and husband Jonathon, Annieville; and two brothers, Matthew Kopp and wife Dawn, Annieville, and Jon Kopp and wife Sara, Walnut Ridge.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Old Pleasant Grove Cemetery at Annieville with Marlin Tate officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Black, Chris Harper, Andy Allen, Mark Randall, Kevin Downum and Tim Doyle. Honoray pallbearers will be Luke Allen, Jeremy Lewis and Billy Killough.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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Lou Ann McLane

Lou Ann McLane, 82, of Smithville, died April 24, 2017, at Cave City Nursing Home.

Born May 19, 1934, in Batesville, she was the daughter of Frank and Millie Tripp Keller. She was of the Church of Christ faith.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard Keller, Charles Keller and Johnny Keller.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Hubert McLane; two sons, Terry McLane, Smithville, and Phil McLane, Middleburg, Fla.; a daughter, Venita Maddux, Gladstone, Mo.; a brother, James Keller, Pleasant Plains; three sisters, Nonnie Martin, Locust Grove, Viola Moody, Greers Ferry, and Mary Ellen Peabody, Greenwood, Maine; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery near Gainesboro.

Pallbearers will be Rod Keller, James Lindsey, Doug Evans, David Keller, Jerry Lindsey, Chad Lindsey, Dennis Kellem and James Keller.

Visitation is Thursday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

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

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Leonardo Moya

Leonardo Moya, 53, of Olive Branch, Miss., died April 20, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Born Oct. 31, 1963, in Matador, Texas, he worked for International Paper in Olive Branch, and was a flexo operator. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ricardo Moya; and his stepfather, Roman Ojeda.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Clubb Moya, whom he married Dec. 20, 1984, in Jonesboro; three sons, Yosef Moya (Sarah), Cave City, Lee Moya (Tiffany), Tupelo, Miss., and Dallas Moya (Jordon), Olive Branch; 11 siblings, Richardo Moya (Gloria), Able Moya, Juana Cervantes (Enrique), Mary DeLeon (Richardo), Rosa Moya, Alicia Julio (Juau), Ernesto Moya (Cris), Ruben Ojeda, Rebecca Hinohosa (David), Roman Moya (Linda) and Rolando Moya; and six grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park with Revs. Rebecca LaPiro and Judy Johnson officiating. Cox Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Wilma Opal Reeves

Wilma Opal Reeves, 93, of Pocahontas, died April 19, 2017, in Pocahontas.

Born Nov. 8, 1923, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Andrew and Maudie Allison. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Reeves; and a daughter, Mary Kaithleen Reeves.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Ann Davis and Shirley Faye Poe, both of Pocahontas; five grandchildren, Lisa Carol Wiesneth, Tammy Renee Blankenship, Pam Moon, Carrie Cross and Danny Evans; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at noon at Cox Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Cochran officiating. Burial was in Chesser Cemetery near Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to Cox Funeral Home, P.O. Box 150, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476, to help with funeral expenses.

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

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John Ross

John Louis Ross Jr., age 69, of San Antonio, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017, in San Antonio.

He was born June 28, 1947, in Walnut Ridge to John Louis and Katherine Ross of Hoxie.

John graduated from Hoxie High School in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War. He then began his career working in the lumber business for the next 48 years. He was an employee of Alamo Lumber Company for the past 12 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Phyllis Wilson Ross.

John is survived by his wife, Fayetta (Beary) Ross; three daughters, Chante Fraley (Jay) of Jacksonville, Sonia Sheets of San Antonio, and Jodie Sheets (Curtis Kizer) of Round Rock, Texas; a son, Chip Ross (Elaine) of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sisters, Jewel Wilson (Larry) of Jonesboro, and Betsy Bennett (Ron) of Springdale; brothers, Jackie Ross (Linda) of Paragould, and Ronn Ross (Melissa) of Little Rock; and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends.

John was a very generous, hardworking and dedicated man that loved his family. He was committed to providing a better life for those he loved and knew.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Bryan Funeral Home in Hoxie from 7-9 p.m.

Funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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


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Ralph L. Sharp

Ralph L. Sharp, 97, of Jonesboro, died April 23, 2017, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born Dec. 20, 1919, in Saffell, he was the son of Isaac and Altha Huskey Sharp. He had lived in Jonesboro since 1976 and was a retired schoolteacher and principal. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Northside Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Jeanette Sharp; two brothers, Johnnie and Roland Sharp; and two sisters, Lula Mae Mullins and Vergie Doyle.

Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Marie Sharp; a son, Stephen Sharp and wife Peggy, Violet Hill; two daughters, Lanafae Stephens and husband Robert, Jonesboro, and Judy Gregory and husband Leroy, Elberton, Ga.; three grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home with Ray Keller officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Larry Dulaney, Mark Weston, Charles Johnson, Steve Boyd, Mike Ward and Jeff Long. Honorary pallbearers will be Ross Ward, Wade Martin and David Young.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1138 E. Matthews Street, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Venita Jolene Shelton

Venita Jolene Shelton, 66, of Portia, died April 25, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 18, 1950, in Powhatan, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Felica Russell Shelton; and a brother, Hulen Shelton.

Survivors include two brothers, Robert Shelton and wife Fern, Portia, and Leon Shelton, Black Rock; and a sister, Verlen Cantrell, Fresno, Calif.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Rob Shelton, James Shelton, Timothy Shelton, Roger Adams, Norman Neece and Nathan Godlevsky.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

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

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