May 31, 2017 Edition

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Dail ~ Clem


Hazel Blevins Kathy Bradley Billie Jean Brewer
Gene Alva Burns Louis Glasco Nedra Guimon
Devonia Haines Christine Kildow Dane Nathanial Lasley
Dane Sloan Wayne Starnes


Dail ~ Clem

Ted and Cheryl Dail of Black Rock have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Savannah Hope Dail, of Imboden to Joshua Anthony Clem of Portia, son of Tony and Angelica Clem of Portia.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Williams Baptist College, where she received her bachelor's degree in early childhood education. She is employed as a first-grade teacher at Walnut Ridge Elementary School.

The prospective groom, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, is enrolled at Williams Baptist College in pursuit of his bachelor's degree in Biblical linguistics.

The couple will be married on June 17 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. A reception will follow. All family and friends are invited.

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Hazel Blevins

Hazel Eliene Blevins, 72, of Lynn, passed away May 27, 2017.

She was born Sept. 19, 1944, in Eaton, to Albert and Louise Preson Richey. She was united in marriage to Bill Blevins on Oct. 29, 1960. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a retired owner and secretary of Blevins Trucking. She enjoyed gardening, canning and flowers. She was an active member of the Lake Charles Full Gospel Temple, where she loved her God, her church and her church family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Wayne Blevins; one brother, Franklin D. Richey, one sister, Helen Richmond; and a daughter-in-law, Pauline Curtis.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bill, of the home; two sons, Terry and Teddy Blevins, both of Lynn; one brother, James Leo Richey of Bearden; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral service is today at 1 p.m. at the Lake Charles Full Gospel Temple with Bro. Joe Guthrie officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery near Lynn.

Pallbearers will be Sammy Blevins, Tony Fowler, Colton and Zack Johnson, Blaine Davis and Heath Russell. Honorary pallbearers will be Hunter Wenzel, Jamie and Brad Nunnaly, and Chris, Sam and Josh Blevins.

Visitation was Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home.

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Kathy Bradley

Kathy Bradley, 66, of Walnut Ridge, died May 30, 2017, at NEA Hospital.

Born Oct. 13, 1950, in Walnut Ridge, she was executive assistant at the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred Lee and Gertrude Hibbs Sheets; and a brother, Lonnie Sheets.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Bradley; a daughter, Kristie Hayes, Cabot; a sister, Willene Staten, Hoxie; five brothers, Troy Sheets, Jonesboro, Melburn Sheets and Phillip Sheets, both of Hoxie, Bruce Sheets, Walnut Ridge, and Mark Sheets, Dyersburg, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Marissa Nicole and Jacob Dylan Hayes.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Bros. Mark Harris and Howard Pankey officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Hayes, Michael Hoffmeyer Sr., Bradley Hoffmeyer, Christopher Dunlap, Al Sheets and Jeremy Sheets. Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Sheets and Phillip Tolson.

Visitation is today from 5-7 p.m. at the church.

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Billie Jean Brewer

Billie Jean Brewer, 87, of Searcy, died May 29, 2017, at White County Medical Center.

Born May 13, 1930, in Trumann, she was the daughter of George Clyde and Georgia Putman Mealer. She retired as manager of a chicken hatchery and was a member of Downtown Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William John "Bill" Brewer, whom she married May 18, 1946; a son, Jimmy Clyde Brewer; and two stepsisters, Betty Naron and Mary Lee Adamson.

Survivors include two sons, William G. "Bill" Brewer and Dr. John P. Brewer, O.D.; two daughters, Delois M. "Dee" DeLoach and Patricia "Pat" Brewer; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Cross Roads Cemetery with William G. "Bill" Brewer officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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Gene Alva Burns

Gene Alva Burns, 64, of Walnut Ridge, passed away May 29, 2017, at his home.

Born Feb. 11, 1953, in West Memphis, he studied at Mississippi University, where he obtained an engineering degree. He was an engineer for the Department of Agriculture, retiring in 2011. He was also a former employee of the Walnut Ridge Police Department and Hill Brothers Construction.

He was preceded in death by a son, Tony Burns; his parents, James and Helen Jean Burns; a brother, Jimmy Burns; and grandparents, A.B. and Ella Burns, and Mickey Stetzel.

Survivors include his fiancé, Deb Hime Hanshaw; three daughters, Chandra Milligan and husband Mike, Paragould, Megan Burns, Alexandria, La., and Stephanie Davis Roberts, Walnut Ridge; five granddaughters, Taylor Rogers and husband Zach, Emilee Riggs, Anna, Katelyn and Karsyn Milligan, all of Paragould; three grandsons, Zane, Gage and Luke Roberts, all of Walnut Ridge; a great-grandson, Lawson Ty Rogers, Paragould; a brother, Allen Burns and wife Cindy, Imboden; three sisters, Debbi Lewis, Van Buren, Darla Romine and husband T.J., Jonesboro, and Jana Poteete, Hoxie; four nieces, nine nephews and many other relatives and close friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.

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Louis Glasco

On May 23, 2017, Louis "Bud" Glasco, 80 of Jonesboro, went to be with his Lord and Savior and his loving wife and soul mate, Fern.

Bud was born Aug. 12, 1936, to Bruce and Alma Sutton Glasco in Tyronza. He was a veteran of U.S. Naval Forces (1957-1961) and loved serving his country and being in the navy. He and Fern lived most of their lives in Strawberry, where he was a retired farmer. Bud was an avid fisherman and was always hunting with his brothers. He was a big Nascar fan and a wonderful mechanic for the community of Strawberry and Saffell.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Fern; sisters, Leola Glasco, Dorothy Jean Glasco, Virginia Needham and Elizabeth Calvert; brothers, John Glasco, Roy Glasco and Bill Glasco; and a grandson, Kenneth Richey.

He is survived by daughters, Gail Cottingham (Tom) of Jonesboro, Marcia Walters (Mike) of Jonesboro, and Joanne Record (Brian) of Atlanta; grandchildren, Tony Weaver, Darren Weaver, Johnathan Cottingham, Christie Tackett, Ashley Riley, Andrea Burns and Susie Scollan; great-grandchildren, Brianna, A.J., Josh, Alexis, Jaden, Mason, Cole, Dean, Adam, Landon, Briley, Brayce, Tiffany and Haiden; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Friday from 1-3 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn. Funeral services followed at 3 p.m. in the Lynn chapel with Bro. Kenneth Winningham officiating. Burial was in Godwin Cemetery at Saffell.

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Nedra Guimon

Nedra Guimon, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died May 25, 2017, at her home. Born Feb. 2, 1932, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Leonard and Lois Foley Counts. She was a bank teller, a member of Beta Sigma Phi and a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Guimon; and a son, Robert Kyle Guimon.

Survivors include a sister, Sue Lovelady, Walnut Ridge; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Guimon; a grandson, James Matthew Guimon and wife Emily, Walnut Ridge; a niece, Susan Logan; and a nephew, John Lovelady.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Derek Collins officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Devonia Haines

Devonia Watson Haines, 90, of Jonesboro, died Saturday, May 27, 2017, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born April 8, 1927, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Tim and Lillie Mae Osburn Watson. She was a hairdresser, homemaker, a loving mother and a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. Her life took her from Strawberry to California, and finally Walnut Ridge. Everyone who knew her was blessed to have her in their life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orbert Haines Sr.; her parents; and a sister, Susie Harris of Strawberry.

Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Blalock and Susan Griffen, both of California; two sons, Tim Blalock, Arkansas, and Orbert Haines Jr., Arizona; five grandchildren, Brian Griffen, Stacey Haines Red, Sandy McCutcheon, Dasha Blalock and Timothy Blalock; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation is Thursday from noon until 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Funeral will follow at 2 p.m. with pastor Jake Guenrich officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

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Christine Kildow

Christine Kildow, 97, of Black Rock, passed away May 26, 2017, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born April 11, 1920, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of James and Margie Bolen Fleming. She was an employee of Lawrence Memorial Hospital for many years and was a member of New Life Full Gospel Church in Black Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Edward Kildow Sr.; an infant daughter, Barbara Francis Kildow; her parents; two brothers, Amos Fleming and Walker Fleming; two sisters, Loreta Robertson and Inis Ratliff; and a grandson, Jeromy Kildow.

Survivors include a son, Lawrence Kildow and wife Becky, Black Rock; a daughter, Rita Casto and husband Steve, Shreveport, La.; a brother, Wilbur Fleming and wife Dee, Byhalia, Miss.; four grandchildren, Jeff Kildow and wife Teresa, Jennifer Roberts and husband David, Ashley Burriss and husband Matthew and Kristin Casto; nine great-grandchildren, Travis, Jacob, Brook, Garrett, Ryan, Thomas, Joshua, Maddox and Emery; and two great-great-grandchildren, Bentley and Ayden.

Visitation is Thursday from 9:30-11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home. Funeral will follow at 11. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers will be Jim Meeks, David Morgan, Joshua Sands, Michael Sands, Allen Stinnett and Marty Todd.

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Dane Nathanial Lasley

Dane Nathanial Lasley, 36, of Walnut Ridge, died May 21, 2017, in Bono.

Born Oct. 21, 1980, in Rockford, Ill., he worked in shipping at Castino.

He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Murel Lasley; and grandparents, Mike and Shirley Nelson.

Survivors include his wife, Amber Smith; two sons, Donovan Kruze, Rockford, Ill., and Gavin Lasley, of the home; a daughter, Riley Lasley, of the home; his father, Samuel Lasley and wife Tina, Evening Shade; his mother, Christi Lancaster and husband David, St. Augustine, Fla.; a stepbrother, Cain Cherry, Evening Shade; and a grandmother, Charlotte Lasley, Rockford, Ill.

Visitation is today from 10 a.m. until noon at Cox Funeral Home. Funeral will follow at noon with Seth Parnell officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Cain Cherry, Ed Marske, Jesse Moore, Jarrod Moore, Damon Lasley and Shannon Fisher.

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Dane Sloan

Robert Dane Sloan, 69 of Walnut Ridge, passed away May 29, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 29, 1947, in Jonesboro, he was the son of the late James F. and Elzine Oldham Sloan III. He was an Eagle Scout in the local Boy Scout troop growing up. In 1966, he graduated from the Walnut Ridge High School, and then in 1969, he received his Associates of Art Degree from Southern Baptist College. He was a lover of music. He was a self-taught guitar player and loved to play chess. One of his favorite bands was the Beatles and he was very proud to be one of those present when the Beatles landed in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include his brother, Clay and Penny Sloan of Walnut Ridge; a niece and nephew, Haley and Zack Osburn, both of Walnut Ridge; one aunt, Myra (Jerry) Ballard of Walnut Ridge; two uncles, Jack Sloan of Black Rock and Winston (Anne) Sloan of Fayetteville; and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at with Rev. Jeanne Williams officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Zack Osburn, Ben and Brighton Brand, Andy Allen, Chad Oldham, Sloan Durham and Dan, Pat and Walker Sloan.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge or Stone Bridge Assisted Living in Pocahontas.

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Wayne Starnes

Wayne Norris Starnes, age 79 of Fairborn, Ohio, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Dayspring of Miami Valley Health Care Center.

He was born July 24, 1937, in Evansville, Ind., the son of Charles and Betty Lou (Norris) Starnes and grew up in Black Rock.

Wayne loved his family very much and had a special place in his heart for his grandson who he always called his "main-man Joshie" and his granddaughters he lovingly referred to as "Puddin." He loved to hear his great-grandchildren call him Papaw Wayne.

His storytelling, use of favorite southern expressions and his overall sense of humor were enjoyed by those who came in contact with him. He treasured the special friendships he had with those he used to work with years ago and still kept in touch with; his "Arkansas buddies," some of whom now live in Ohio, and would share lunch and visits with him; and the special friendship he developed with Pastor Jeff Mohr of Enon United Methodist Church. Wayne was always proud to call Arkansas his home and wanted this to be the location of his final resting place. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Betty Lou and Charles Stinnett; his father and stepmother, Charles and Gladys Starnes; two brothers, C.H. Starnes and Buddy Starnes; one great-grandson, Landon Zimmerman; and one great-granddaughter, Kendra Johnson.

Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Maxine Starnes; his oldest daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Mike Ranft; his youngest daughter and son-in-law, Paula Johnson and Kenny Eades; a brother, Allen (Taressia) Stinnett; two sisters, Phyllis (Kent) Smith and Linda Starnes; grandson, Joshua Johnson; granddaughters, Katie (Jason) Cordle and Kelsey (Bryant) Zimmerman; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous other extended family members and dear friends.

A funeral service was held for Wayne in Ohio on May 4, 2017. A graveside committal of ashes service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park in Walnut Ridge and is open to all family and friends who would like to attend.


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