May 10, 2017 Edition

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Weddings

Ford ~ Morgan

Obituaries

Bea Alberda Carolyn Sue Cunningham Jeanne Simpson
Bernice Williams May Williams Elean Woodard

Weddings

Ford ~ Morgan

Alexandria Kagen Ford of Portia and Trenton James Morgan of Cave City have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Gena Ingle and Tommy Smith of Portia. She is the granddaughter of Jenny Bouchillon Ingle of Portia, Tom and Charlene Ford of Jonesboro and the late Gene Ingle.

She is a graduate of Black Rock High School and received an early childhood education degree from Arkansas State University in 2016. She is employed as a kindergarten teacher with Jackson County Public Schools in Tuckerman.

The prospective groom is the son of Marty and Glynette Morgan of Cave City. He is the grandson of the late Newt and Alamola Morgan and the late Glen and Zora Lee Perkey.

He is a graduate of Cave City High School and is employed as a forest ranger with Arkansas Forestry Commission.

The couple will exchange vows on June 14, 2017, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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Obituaries

Bea Alberda

Bea Alberda, 83, died May 8, 2017, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born May 30, 1933, in Monette, she was the daughter of Herbert and Velma Cullum.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Alberda; a daughter, Sandra Alberda; a brother, Gail Cullum; a sister, Hazel “Jean” Liebsch; and a grandson, Alan Michael Alberda.

Survivors include four children, Ricky Alberda, Powhatan, Linda Hanson and husband Robb and Don Alberda and wife Toshya, all of Jonesboro, and Gena Alberda, Monette; a sister, Wanda Zelko, Watervliet, Mich.; three brothers, Herbert “Red Hot” Cullum and Noble Cullum, both of Monette, and Randy Cullum, Ash Flat; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Monette Assembly of God Church with Bros. Shawn McElhannon and Clint Burns officiating. Burial will be in Monette Cemetery under the direction of Faith Funeral Service.

Pallbearers will be Kent Cullum, Chris Sanders, Josh Johnson, Danny Gibson, Devin Hale and Jeff Graham.

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

An online guestbook is available at www.faithfuneralservice.net.

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Carolyn Sue Cunningham

Carolyn Sue Cunningham, 68, of Walnut Ridge, died May 7, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 31, 1948, in Newport, she was a local bank employee and attended First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earnest “Poss” and Golda Bishop Floyd; two brothers, Billy Floyd and Jim Floyd; a son-in-law, Greg Collett; and a brother-in-law, Charlie Howard.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Cunningham, whom she married March 4, 1972, in Swifton; a son, Shane Cunningham and wife Paige, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Tammy Collett, Dickson, Tenn., and Teresa Shuffield and husband Steve, Water Valley, Miss.; a brother, Gene Floyd and wife Nyoka, Jonesboro; a sister, Ann Howard, Trussville, Ala.; and 10 grandchildren, Kai Cunningham, Tyler Cunningham, Hayden Black, Henley Black, Hollyn Cunningham, Codie Shuffield, Tanner Shuffield, Shay Shuffield, McKenzie Collett and Josh Collett.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Jake Guenrich and Jabo Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Snow Cemetery near Walnut Ridge.

Pallbearers will be Steve Howard, Jabo Floyd, Ricky Floyd, Jeremy Cunningham, Matt Hibbs and Scott Moore. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Martin and Joe Videll.

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

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Jeanne Simpson

Jeanne Belford Simpson, 97, of Pocahontas, died May 1, 2017, in Little Rock.

Born March 14, 1920, in Reyno, she was the daughter of F.E. and Una Johnston Belford. She attended undergraduate school at Chillicothe Business College in Missouri, Southern Baptist College (now Williams Baptist College) and Arkansas State in Jonesboro.

She received a master's degree from Arkansas State and continued graduate studies at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Universitie de Besancon in France and Kansas State University. She taught world literature and French at Williams Baptist College and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by her husband 42 years, Circuit Judge Harrell Simpson; and three sisters, Freda Belford Brown, Moina Belford Barton and Nancy Belford.

Survivors include a son, Harrell A. Simpson Jr., Bella Vista; a daughter, Anne Simpson, Pocahontas; four grandchildren, Laura Simpson Sanders, Drew Simpson, Holly Simpson Hague and Jennifer Simpson; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas. Fears Family Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

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

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

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Bernice Williams

Bernice Williams, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died May 8, 2017, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 21, 1933, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Jerry and Elzora McCall Price. She worked at Skil and was a charter member of United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Loretta Batterton; a son-in-law, Bob Batterton; four brothers, Henry, Nathan, Jesse and Leroy Price; and a sister, Willene Kifer.

Survivors include two sons, Allen Williams (Lori Tillman), Walnut Ridge, and Jeremy Batterton (Angie), Marion, Iowa; two daughters, Dian Baker (Truel), Black Rock, and Misty Cook (Shane), Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Evelyn Murphy and Helen Murphy, both of Walnut Ridge, Stella Riggs, Pocahontas, and Ruby Murphy, East Alton, Ill.; four grandchildren, Shawn and Jeff Woodson, Alyson Meadors, Jeremy Cunningham; 15 great-grandchildren, Brett Tyler Nosser, Kaley, Kerry, River and Si Woodson, Oaks, Odom and Walter Meadors, Sunnie and Jersie Cunningham, Grady and Gunner Cook, Avery, Abbie and Aiden Batterton; and a great-great-grandchild, Alexander Nosser.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Glenn Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Shane Cook, Gunner Cook, Shawn Woodson, Jeremy Cunningham, Cory Meadors and Terrell Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Health South Rehab and the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m.

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

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May Williams

May Lurea Vinson Griffith Williams, 93, of Freeport, Ill., passed away May 2, 2017.

Born June 13, 1923, in Tyronza, she was the daughter of Clifford and Viva Wright Vinson. She worked in retail for Ace Hardware and a dry cleaner before retiring. She was a pastor's wife throughout her second marriage in the Church of God faith.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Stroud Griffith; her second husband, Lacy Williams; six brothers, Harold, Cloyce, James, Earl, Ernie and Carlos Vinson; and a sister, Fran Jones.

Survivors include a son, Joel Griffith, Freeport, Ill.; two daughters, Vicki Collinson and husband Barry, and Carol Garrison, all of Sterling, Ill.; four stepchildren, Sharon Sellers, Dianne Hershman, Donna Bean and David Williams; three grandchildren, Nikki (Tim) Lindquist, Andrew and Kelly Collinson (Crystal); six great-grandchildren, Rhett, Dillon, Emma and Ezra Collinson, David Molina and Gage Garrison; a great-great-grandson, Bently Collinson; two sisters, Betty Morrison and Donna Root, both of Oregon; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Private burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Elean Woodard

Elean Woodard, 90, of St. Louis, died May 4, 2017, at St. Louis University Hospital.

Born Sept. 11, 1926, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Ollie and Nora Heart Walker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Woodard; and a young child.

Survivors include a sister, Elsie A. Cohen, St. Louis; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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