June 7, 2017 Edition

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Berry ~ Weir


Shirley Temple Crossnoe Edna Elaine Durham Kaiser Lee Fry
George Stanley Holder Levicy Dianne Liles Buck Malin
Ashley Jean Molders Bonnie Moore Denzil Warren Simpson


Berry ~ Weir

Samantha Michelle Berry will become the bride of Ryan Allen Weir in a private ceremony on Saturday.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Van and Terri Clayton and Clint and Janna Berry, all of Walnut Ridge, and the prospective groom is the son of Allen and Martha Weir of Walnut Ridge.

Samantha is the granddaughter of Phil and Phyllis Simmons of Black Rock, Robin and Bobbie Berry of Walnut Ridge and Phyliss Booth of Lincoln.

She is a 2010 home school graduate and a 2015 graduate of the Arkansas Academy of Hair Design. She is currently enrolled at Black River Technical College and is employed as a pharmacy technician.

Ryan is the grandson of Frank and Judy Wilson and Gail Weir, all of Walnut Ridge, and the late Tony Weir.

He is a 2007 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a 2011 Arkansas Tech University graduate. He works in precision ag/sales at Greenway Equipment in Marion.

The couple will exchange vows at 7 p.m. by the White River in Flippin.

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Shirley Temple Crossnoe

Shirley Temple Crossnoe, 74, of Imboden, died May 31, 2017.

Born Aug. 5, 1942, in Cash, she lived most of her life in Imboden and was happiest on her "hill."

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharron Matney Bice; her parents, Wendell and Edith Scales; a brother, Ray Scales; a sister, Joy (Jody) Haskett; a sister-in-law, Peggy Scales; and a grandson, Jeffree Bice.

Survivors include two sons, James Matney, Imboden, and George Matney and wife Sue, Flint, Mich.; a daughter, Alice Steele and husband Wilbur, Black Rock; a brother, Frank Scales, Imboden; a sister, Linda Keene, Harrisburg; a sister-in-law, Joanne Strnad and husband Ken, Harrisburg; and five grandchildren, Angie Metiva, Amanda Metiva, Shelia Doherty, Wendell Steele and Jubal Steele.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday at noon at her place on the hill in Imboden. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Edna Elaine Durham

Graveside service for Edna Elaine Durham, who died Aug. 30, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz., will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Holobaugh Cemetery near Imboden.

She was born April 7, 1930, near Black Rock, and graduated from Black Rock High School in 1947. She lived in Rockford, Ill., for many years before moving to Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Durham, in 2006; and three grandchildren.

Survivors include children, Allen Arnold and wife Shelley, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Dian Arnold and Gisele Worley, both of Benson, Ariz., Greg Arnold and wife Ann, Tucson, and Mark Durham and wife Yvette, Nederland, Texas; a brother, Bill Knauss and wife Yoko, Columbus, N.M.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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Kaiser Lee Fry

Kaiser Lee Fry, two months, died May 26, 2017, at Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

He was born March 13, 2017, in Jonesboro, with his twin brother, Sylas Fry.

Survivors include his parents, Anthony and Chelsea Williams Fry; his brother, Sylas Fry; grandparents, Kevin and Lora Fry, Jonesboro; great-grandparents, Lonnie Wisham, Lake City, Mary and Duane Catron, Bono, and Mary Fry, Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Dana Wisham; and his great-grandparents, Annie Wisham and Othel Lee Fry.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Lorado Cemetery with Bro. Duane Catron Jr. officiating. Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

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

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George Stanley Holder

George Stanley Holder, 69, of Mammoth Spring, died June 4, 2017.

Born Oct. 5, 1947, in Ravenden, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He served in the 173rd Engineering Battalion and received two Purple Hearts. He was a farmer and a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Layton and Angie Guilliams Holder; two brothers, Layton Holder Jr. and James Goff; a grandson, Rusty Bell; and a nephew, Layton Lee Holder.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Berry Holder; four daughters, Darlene Maes and husband Bryan, Enterprise, Miss., Vanetta Evans and husband Craig, Little Rock, Jennifer Bailey and husband Jimmy, Bono, and Karen Dunlap, Hardy; and three sons, Robert Holder and wife Robin, Batesville, Kelly Berry, Cherokee Village, and Brandon Holder and wife Kaitie, Mammoth Spring.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Don House officiating. Burial will be in Opposition Cemetery near Ravenden.

Visitation is today from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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Levicy Dianne Liles

Levicy Dianne Liles, six-month-old daughter of Jimmy Liles Jr. and Shayna Galbreath of Minturn, died June 2, 2017, at her home.

She was born Nov. 16, 2016, in Newport.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Jax Liles and Clayton Liles; grandparents, Billy Meadows and Tammy Williams, both of Hoxie, and Jimmy Sr. and Bobbie Liles, Clover Bend; and great-grandparents, Ernie and Mary Liles, Walnut Ridge.

Visitation is today from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home. Funeral will follow at 1 p.m. with Darrell Walker officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Williams, Billy Meadows, Terry Liles and Jacob Trinidad.

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

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Buck Malin

Allen Augusta "Buck" Malin, 67, of Imboden, died May 27, 2017, at his home.

Born May 20, 1950, in Wynne, he was a U.S. Army veteran and was of the Church of Christ faith.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl Levada Lee Malin.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Cora Lee Murdock Malin, whom he married Jan. 17, 1975; two sons, James Allen Malin and wife Stephanie, Pocahontas, and Jason Malin and wife Kara, Imboden; his father, William Edward Malin, Imboden; a brother, Alton Malin, Imboden; two sisters, Nonna Davis and husband Bill, Imboden, and Norma Ellsworth and husband John, Corning; and five grandchildren, Jacob, Breann, Ethan, Brody and Will.

Funeral was Wednesday, May 31, at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Gerald Fears and Bill Davis officiating. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dale Murdock, Kenny Murdock, Tom Murdock, Ben Murdock, Brit Davis and Jim Haley. Honorary pallbearers were Alton Malin, John Ellsworth and Bill Davis.

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

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Ashley Jean Molders

Ashley Jean Molders, 27, of Pocahontas, died June 1, 2017, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 19, 1989, in Nyack, N.Y., she had been a longtime resident of Paragould and attended Paragould High School. She had lived in Pocahontas since February 2016 and was a member of People's Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie.

Survivors include her mother, Nancy Bates, Pocahontas; a brother, Michael Kenneth Dickerson and fiancé DaLesha Johnson, Pocahontas; a sister, Laisa Marie Dickerson-Sykes, Pocahontas; and her grandparents, Kenneth and Edith Bates, Mahopac, N.Y.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at People's Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie with pastor Roger Brand officiating. Howard Funeral and Cremation Service of Leachville had charge of arrangements.

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

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Bonnie Moore

Bonnie Marie Gibson Moore, a lifetime resident of Lawrence County, died Tuesday, May 30, at age 98.

A "Groundhog Day" baby, she was born Feb. 2, 1919, near Clear Springs, Ark., to John Shepherd Gibson and Mary Frances Gillihan Gibson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Truman Moore; a daughter, Catherine Marie Moore Clowers; her brother, Master Sgt. Herman N. Gibson; and her sisters, Lorene Chapman, Juanita Lumex and Louella McNeill.

She is survived by a daughter, Fran Austin (Doug) of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; two sons, Harry Truman Moore (Linda Lou) of Paragould; and Tom Moore (Darlene) of Walnut Ridge; a son-in-law, Dr. Larry Clowers of Hot Springs Village; four granddaughters, Tina Dolbeare (Alex) of Dayton, Nev.; Teri Goodman of Cape Girardeau; Dr. Marsha Clowers of New York, N.Y.; Dr. Holly Clowers Oberg (Dr. Richard) of Jackson, Tenn.; one grandson, Matthew T. Moore of Walnut Ridge; a great-granddaughter, Meg Goodman of Springfield, Mo.; and great-grandsons, John Paul Goodman of Cape Girardeau; Austin Doyle of Los Angeles; and Nevada Dolbeare of Dayton.

Bonnie loved to reminisce about her youth when she rode horses, swam in Spring River and worked on the family farm. After graduation from Sloan Hendrix Academy in 1938, she topped her class at Jonesboro Business College and worked in Jonesboro before marrying her high school sweetheart in 1939. "We said, 'I do,' and we did," she once recalled.

She obtained a license to teach school, but she chose instead to teach at home, sharing the lessons of life with the four children who she supported through school and sent to college. A consummate homemaker, her family holiday meals were legend.

After her children were grown, she joined her husband, Truman Moore, as co-owner and operator of Moore Furniture Co. in Walnut Ridge. Truman may have been "the boss," but everyone knew who was really in charge.

Her home was a rest stop for Arkansas politicians as they traveled from the July 4th picnics in Clay County to the final stop of the day at the Portia Picnic. She served iced tea and fresh-squeezed lemonade to State Supreme Court judges, congressmen, senators, governors, attorneys general, and a young man who eventually became president.

After they sold the business and retired, Bonnie enjoyed flower gardening, travel, photography, reading, Lawrence County Historical Society, quilting, and the Lawrence Welk Show. She was known for her wit and her "sayings." If she wanted something kept a secret, she would tell you: "If I want someone to know what I said, I'll tell them myself."

From the time the couple moved to Walnut Ridge about 1946, she was a member of First Baptist Church, where she filled many volunteer roles. The time she spent teaching classes of two-year-olds on Sunday morning was particularly gratifying, as many grew up to be leaders in the church. She enjoyed Women's Missionary Union and her adult Sunday School class; in her later years, at Lawrence Hall, she often shared her faith with staff and visitors.

The funeral service was Friday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Jake Guenrich officiating. The family received visitors at the church beginning at noon. Burial followed in the New Hope Cemetery, near Denton, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Memorial gifts may be made to the building fund of the First Baptist Church, Walnut Ridge, or your favorite charity.

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


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Denzil Warren Simpson

Denzil Warren Simpson, 88, of Evening Shade, died June 4, 2017, at the Ash Flat Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Oct. 20, 1928, in Strawberry, he was the son of Cletus and Lavenia Simpson. He served in the U.S. Army from July 1950 until April 1955. He was wounded in a battle near Sansong-Ni, Korea, on June 3, 1951, and was awarded a Purple Heart, along with several other medals of honor.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Georgia Nichols Simpson, whom he married Nov. 19, 1955; and a brother, Dale Simpson.

Survivors include a son, Bruce Simpson and wife Kathleen, Clearwater, Kan.; two brothers, Lon C. Simpson and Devoe Simpson; a sister, Linda Serafin; two step grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and a step great-great-grandchild.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Dwight Sharp officiating. Burial will be in Evening Shade Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joey Simpson, Sherman Dale Simpson, Lynn Simpson, Asher Qualls and Gary Wright.

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

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

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