June 21, 2017 Edition

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Obituaries

Ruby Allen John Bagwell Imogene Davis
Rosemary Dover Jeanette L. Frisbee James Shelby Funchess
Cathy Henry Joan Holloway Leon Horton
Tressie F. Houchin Nina Jane Hudson Georgia Knight
Joanna Mann Bonnie Jean Maple Gene Matthews
Regina Grace McGinty Raymond Faris Miller Sybil White
Bobby Carrol Whitmire Carroll V. Willmuth

Obituaries

Ruby Allen

Ruby V. "Vi" Allen, 82, of Loves Park, Ill., died June 13, 2017.

Born Sept. 6, 1934, in Smithville, she was the daughter of Rueben and Josephine Ratliff Thacker. She was the manager of an S&H Green Stamp Store and Diana's Dress Shop, and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Banks Allen, on Dec. 21, 2006, whom she married Sept. 27, 1975, in Rockford, Ill.; a granddaughter, Paige Allen; and a sister-in-law, Iva Thacker. Her brother-in-law, Carroll V. Willmuth, died June 14, 2017.

Survivors include three children, Farrell Ratcliffe and wife Lori, Diane Ratcliffe and Doug Allen and wife Renee; three sisters, Ernestine Parrish, Nina Willmuth and husband F.K., and Oletha Willmuth; two brothers, Basil Thacker and Darrell Thacker; five grandchildren, Rena Adams, Caleb Olson, Katie Landon, Kyle Allen and Bailey Allen; four great-grandchildren, with one on the way; and special friends, Morris and Myra Butler.

A private family graveside service was held at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Sunset Funeral Home of Machesney Park, Ill., had charge of arrangements.

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

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John Bagwell

John Bagwell, 75, of Strawberry, died June 14, 2017.

Born Dec. 27, 1941, at Sedgwick, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a heavy equipment operator. He attended the First Assembly of God Church in Cave City.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy McCracken; his parents, Arthur and Janie Gray Bagwell; four brothers and a sister.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Joan Bagwell; a son, Johnny Bagwell Jr., Strawberry; a daughter, Dianna Kunkel, Sulphur Rock; three brothers, Dean Bagwell and Roger Bagwell, both of Cave City, and Junior Bagwell, Abingdon, Ill.; a sister, Dorothy King, Walcott; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Cave City with Bro. Bobby Sanders officiating. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City had charge of arrangements.

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

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Imogene Davis

Imogene Davis, 98, of Smithville, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge.

She was born on January 20, 1919, in Smithville, to Jim and Ida Jean Dailey. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Smithville. Mrs. Davis was a schoolteacher, homemaker, Avon representative and seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Ida Jean Dailey; her husband, Grover Davis; a sister, Louise Guthrie; three brothers, Floyd Dailey, J.W. Dailey and Jearl Dailey; and a son-in-law, Walt Neeley.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Neeley and Ann Burrow and husband Larry, all of Smithville; three grandsons, Cass Burrow, Corning, Clent Burrow and wife Angela, Smithville and Kyle Neeley and wife Debra, Memphis; five great-grandchildren, Skyler, Luke, David and Breanna Burrow and Jayda Neeley; and five step great-grandchildren, Alexis Janaski, Liz O'Tinger, Rob Guthrie, and Stormy and Stone Weiand.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Smithville Methodist Church with Rev. Joe Kaiser officiating. Burial was in Old Bethel Cemetery, near Denton, under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Kyle Neeley, Clent Burrow, David Burrow, Cass Burrow, Skyler Burrow and Luke Burrow.

Memorials may be made to Smithville United Methodist Church, in care of Patti Russell, 1220 Law Road 145, Smithville, AR 72466 or Old Bethel Cemetery, in care of Ann Burrow, 401 Law Road 225, Black Rock, AR 72415.

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

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Rosemary Dover

Rosemary Willis Dover, 91, of Ravenden, died June 14, 2017, at the Pocahontas Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born May 7, 1926, she was the daughter of Harold and Jessie Willis. She worked as a nurse in Indiana for many years and was a member of Forest Hill Baptist Church in Ravenden.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Maurice Willis; a daughter, Tina Marie Willis; and three brothers, Harold, Doyle and Lee Willis.

Survivors include her husband, Troy Dover; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Forest Hill Baptist Church in Ravenden with Hank McElderry officiating. Burial was in Bradford Cemetery.

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

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Jeanette L. Frisbee

Jeanette Louise Lawrence Frisbee, 72, of Beebe, formerly of Imboden, died June 7, 2017, at Baptist Health Center in Little Rock.

Born March 2, 1945, at Ravenden, she was a 1963 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School. She was a retired beautician and a member of Union Valley Baptist Church in Beebe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hulen and Christine Green Lawrence; and two brothers, Lynn Lawrence and Darrel Lawrence.

Survivors include her husband, Cecil Frisbee, whom she married May 19, 1963, in Walnut Ridge; a son Anthony "Tony" Frisbee and wife Karen, Beebe; two sisters, Barbara Dail and husband Robin, and Betty Boyd, all of Ravenden; three grandchildren, Colbey Frisbee, Brandon Dugan and Deanna Dugan; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral was Saturday, June 10, at Union Valley Baptist Church in Beebe with Bro. Tommy Miller officiating. Burial was in Grizzard Cemetery at El Paso. Sullivan Funeral Care of Kensett had charge of arrangements.

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

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James Shelby Funchess

James Shelby "Pop" Funchess, 84, of Hoxie, died June 14, 2017, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born April 25, 1933, in Wesson, Miss., he was the son of Marvin and Iva Allen Funchess. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean War and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Sandra and Barbie; three grandchildren, Jamie, Aaron and Brian; and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Funchess; four daughters, Susan Hunt and husband Todd, Olive Branch, Miss., Cindy Throgmorton and husband James, Pocahontas, Lana Russell, Hoxie, and Vanessa Gray and husband James, Sedgwick; two sons, Jerry Don Greer and wife Pam, Evening Shade, and Quin Greer, Hoxie; a brother, Mark Gill and wife Sheila, Wesson, Miss.; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick.

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

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Cathy Henry

Cathy Diane Henry, 64, of Walnut Ridge, died June 16, 2017, at her home, following a lengthy illness.

Born July 13, 1953, in Jonesboro, she was a homemaker and helped run the family farm. She was a member of Free Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Inman.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Terry Henry, whom she married Aug. 8, 1969; three sons, Michael Henry, Jason Henry and wife Tammy, and Adam Henry and wife Amber, all of Walnut Ridge; her mother, Shirly Inman, Greers Ferry; a brother, Larry Inman and wife Peggy, Greers Ferry; a sister, Kim Treat and husband Donald, Bee Branch; and three grandchildren, Hunter, Riley and Jaxon Henry.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Lloyd Clark officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home Inc. of Paragould.

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

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Joan Holloway

Joan Long Holloway, 62, died June 15, 2017, in Dallas.

Born Feb. 4, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Marvin and Lois Owen Long.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie; and a son, Wesley Star.

Survivors include four children, Strider Floyd, Shannon Floyd and Dameon Floyd, all of Dallas, and Beau Fuquay, Woodville, Texas; a brother, Wayne Long and wife Barbara, Florida; and a sister, Jeanette Crum and husband Bob, Black Rock.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Jerry Clements officiating.

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

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Leon Horton

Leon A. Horton, 76, of Powhatan, died June 18, 2017, at his residence.

Born May 14, 1941, in Center, he was the son of Arthur and Lola Massey Horton. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a truck driver. He was a deacon and played lead guitar for Clear Springs Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Sue Horton; three brothers, O'Neil, Noble and Roland Horton; and a grandson, Tristan D. Lawson.

Survivors include his second wife, Mary E. Horton; a daughter, Leona L. Horton Lawson and husband Richard K., Spencerville, Ind.; a son, Allen W. Horton and wife, Wilma K., Walnut Ridge; three sons that his second wife had before their marriage, Karl and Selena Horton, Lafe, Howard and Hillary Horton, Trumann, and Chuck and Sonya Horton, Arbyrd, Mo.; a sister, Sue Jane Bolt and husband Wayne, Strawberry; a brother, Hubert Horton and wife Mary, Washington state; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial and worship service will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. at Clear Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Milburn Teasley officiating. Burial will be in Schales Cemetery, near Sitka, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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Tressie F. Houchin

Tressie F. Houchin, 93, of Bangor, Mich., died June 10, 2017, at Countryside Nursing Home.

Born March 15, 1924, in Weldon, she was the daughter of Patrick and Irene McCurley. She had lived in Bangor since 1968. She and her husband operated a woodworking business, and Tressie painted and detailed the pieces they produced. She was a member of the Lakeshore Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Houchin Sr.; two children, Alton Emroy and Harold Vernon; a grandson, Todd Vincent Carmichael; and a son-in-law, Jerry Blair.

Survivors include five children, Mickey Houchin and wife Robin, Bangor, Mich., Marvin Houchin Jr. and wife Lola, Grand Junction, Mich., Geneva Durham and husband Edward, Strawberry, Nancy Blair, Westville, Fla., and Virginia Smith and husband Jimmy, Winter Garden, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Wednesday, June 14, at noon at D.L. Miller Funeral Home in Bangor, Mich. Burial was in Breedsville Cemetery. A memorial service was held at the Strawberry Church of Christ.

Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home or to the family.

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

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Nina Jane Hudson

Nina Jane Hudson, 87, of Jonesboro, died June 17, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 2, 1930, in the Arbor Grove community, she was the daughter of Lester and Florence Pritchett Brady. She was a teller and bookkeeper at First National Bank and was a member of First Baptist Church in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carrington Hudson; a son, Joe Hudson; and a sister, Rebecca Brady.

Survivors include two sisters, Frederica Stone and Pauline Rankin, both of Jonesboro; two nephews, Travis Stone and Charles Stone, both of Jonesboro; and two nieces, Carolyn Duke and Paula Thompson, both of Jonesboro.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Jake Guenrich officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Bill Duke, Travis Stone, Joe Duke and Chris Stone.

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

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Georgia Knight

Georgia Marie Knight, 53, of Hoxie, died June 18, 2017.

Born Dec. 16, 1963, in St. Louis, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Georgie Thorton.

Survivors include a son, Robert Shane Knight, Malvern; a daughter, Krystal Rutherford and husband Donald, Hoxie; and two granddaughters, Emily Marie Knight and Kandice Monard.

A private memorial service will be announced later by the family. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Joanna Mann

Joanna Thompson Mann, 77, of Walnut Ridge, died June 15, 2017, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Home.

Born Dec. 31, 1939, in Swifton, she was the daughter of Melvin and Helen Helms Thompson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Edward Mann, in 2007; a son, Eddie Joe Mann; and three sisters, Barbara Wingo, Cheita Lane and Linda Brewer.

Survivors include three daughters, Renee Power and husband John, Marilyn Mann and K.L. Williams; two sisters, Paulett Richards and Kay Newell and husband Harvey; a brother, Roger Thompson and wife Millie; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Mann; five grandchildren, Chad Mann, Bubba Mann, Allison Vines, Jennifer Power and Jack Power; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery, near Alicia, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Bonnie Jean Maple

Bonnie Jean Walker Maple, 71, of Paragould, died June 18, 2017, at her home.

Born Oct. 29, 1945, in Walnut Ridge she was a homemaker and was of the non-denominational belief.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Larry Walker and Bob Maple; her parents, Earl Roy and Vivian Marie Chesser Warner; three brothers, Dennis Warner, Chester Warner and Lester Warner; and a sister, Earlie Jean Hutsell.

Survivors include a son, Lanny Walker and wife Janice, Light; two daughters, Rebecca Marshall and husband Chris and Deborah Walker, all of Paragould; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Smith, Jonesboro; a brother, David Warner, Paragould; a sister, Genevie Wright, Bono; three grandchildren, Daryl Walker, Tiffani Blair Saffell and Logan Marshall; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Dale Walker officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Walcott.

Pallbearers will be Chris Warner, Jamie Ashley Sr., Jamie Ashley Jr., Joshua Ashley, Larry Stice and Steven Stice.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m.

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

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Gene Matthews

Boyd Eugene "Gene" Matthews, 97, passed away Sunday, June 18, at his home in Walnut Ridge. He was one of six children born to Ervin Matthews and Agnes Wooley Matthews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his siblings; his wife of 74 years, Vera Johnson Matthews; a son, Harold Gene Matthews; and a grandson, John Bradley Matthews.

Survivors include grandsons, Chris Matthews (Cindi) of Searcy, and Layne Matthews of Walnut Ridge; two great-granddaughters, Madison and Molly Matthews of Searcy; sister-in-law, Clarice Matthews of Franklin, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Harp of Black Rock; and other relations.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he was of the Baptist faith and a Mason. He was owner and operator of Matthews and Son Exxon Distributorship until his retirement. He was an accomplished horseman, a generous and devoted grandfather, and a faithful friend. His life was a testament to his strong values and an inspiring example to all who knew him.

A celebration of his life was held by the family with interment following in Lawrence Memorial Park. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Those wishing to honor his life are asked to consider the Walnut Ridge Children's Shelter or the Lawrence Memorial Park Fund.

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

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Regina Grace McGinty

Regina Grace McGinty, 60, of Walnut Ridge, died June 14, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 8, 1956, in Jonesboro, she lived in Trumann for a short time before moving to Walnut Ridge. She worked as a CNA and lab technician and was of the Church of God belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Selena Francis Wisdom.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy McGinty; two daughters, Jennifer Miller, Pocahontas, and Christina Rice and husband Robert, Walnut Ridge; a son, Jeffery McGinty; and five grandchildren, Russell Miller III, Dakota Rice, Selena Rice, Jacob Rice and Courtney Rice.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with pastor Craig Lee officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Raymond Faris Miller

Raymond Faris Miller, 61, of Brookland, died June 14, 2017, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 30, 1955, in Jonesboro, he was a lifelong resident of Greene County and Brookland. He was an HVAC technician and the former owner of All Season Heat and Air. He was a member of Brookland Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucien and Selma Vaughn Miller; a sister, Wilma Davis; a brother-in-law, Ray Davis; and a granddaughter, Jacqueline K. Kent.

Survivors include his wife, Julie Ann Neal Miller; four daughters, Nancy Spencer and husband Don, Shelly Miller, Angelena Van Don and Amy Harris; a son, Van and wife Rhonda Howard; two brothers, John Miller and wife Rosemary, and Roy Miller; a sister, C.C. Odom; 10 grandchildren, Bo Weeks, Payton Spencer, Tim Harris, Brady Harris, Caleb Harris, Joshua Van Don, Savannah Van Don, Gracen Van Don, Joseph Valencia and Mallory Beckwith; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Whittaker Cemetery, near Walnut Ridge, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Sybil White

Sybil Emogene Sullivan Anderson White, 92, of Portia, died June 16, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 15, 1925, in Cave City, she was the daughter of David and Effie West Pinkston. She was a homemaker and a member of Portia Landmark Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy W. Sullivan, after 49-1/2 years together; her second husband, Monroe Anderson; a daughter, Sandra Sue Atwood; two brothers, Everett Pinkston and Ewell Pinkston; and a sister, Joycie Lee.

Survivors include her husband, Dent White; a son, James Sullivan and wife, Dorthy, Jonesboro; a daughter, Helen Casady Massey, Marshall; a sister, Geraldine Cook, Portia; two sisters-in-law, Jean Pinkston and Argie Sullivan; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Rodney Stevenson officiating. Burial was in McAdams Cemetery near Calamine.

Pallbearers were Henry Atwood III, Patrick Hutchinson, Jon Telford, Danny Casady II, Zachary Goad, Spencer Casady and Jared Casady. Honorary pallbearer was Scott Casady.

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

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Bobby Carrol Whitmire

Bobby Carrol Whitmire, 78, of Powhatan passed away June 18, 2017, at his residence.

Born Jan. 25, 1939, in Strawberry, he was the son of Boyd and Christine Eagan Whitmire. He was a farmer, owner and operator of W.D. Farm Supply and the Old Hickory Motel. He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Freer and Nina Warnick; and two brothers, Joe and Buddy Whitmire.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Barnett Whitmire; a son, Richard Whitmire and wife Kelley, Hoxie; a daughter, LuAnne Blevins and husband Sammy, Lynn; four grandchildren, Christopher (Lori) Blevins, Samantha (Thomas) Bergeron, Caroline and Emma Whitmire; a great-granddaughter, Harper Blevins, and one on the way, Olivia; two brothers, Dizzy Whitmire and Chuck Whitmire; two sisters, Lavan Nicholas and Wilma Veteto; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers will be Roy Mullen, Mitch Whitmire, Terry Davis, Terry Doyle, Billy Doyle and David Doyle.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m.

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

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Carroll V. Willmuth

Carroll V. Willmuth, 84, of Strawberry, died June 14, 2017.

Born May 27, 1933, at Strawberry, he was the son of Hal and Amy Mason Willmuth. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Military Police Officer. He retired from the Postal Service as a rural letter carrier in 1990 and was also a retired farmer. He was a member of the Rural Letter Carriers Association, Farm Bureau, the U.S. Veterans Association and Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Hal Willmuth; and a sister, Sydney Willmuth Kealer.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Oletha Thacker Willmuth; a daughter, Carol Wooldridge and husband Randy, Carmel, Ind.; a brother, Harold Willmuth and wife Marge, Walnut Ridge; a daughter-in-law, Kaye Willmuth, Cherokee Village; five grandchildren, Amanda Taegtmeyer, Drew Willmuth, Chris Wooldridge, Sarah Wooldridge and Amy Burrow; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Mike Willmuth, Jim Williams, Ricky Roberson, Wendell Adams, Jerry Matheny, Eddie Witt, Wendell Saffell and Ronald Saffell. Honorary pallbearers were Carlton Wann and Ralph Wann.

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

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