June 28, 2017 Edition

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Madelyn Hope Hart


Mashburn ~ Kennedy


Betty Harbison Doris L. Hooten Connie Little
Virginia Neece Bobby Ray O'Brien Harry Pickney
Regina Scarbrough


Madelyn Hope Hart

Houston and Kerri Hart of Bono announce the birth of a daughter, on May 12, 2017, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed six pounds, six ounces, and has been named Madelyn Hope Hart.

She has a brother, Cooper, who is two.

Grandparents are Dave and Karen Fowler and Blake and Debi Hart, all of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Mary Boozer and Benson Hart, both of Walnut Ridge.

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Mashburn ~ Kennedy

Terry and Rie Mashburn of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Karina Rie Mashburn, to Heath Dunham Kennedy, son of Glenn Kennedy of Powhatan and Leisa Huskey of Walnut Ridge.

Karina is the granddaughter of the late Sherman Mashburn, Lucy Mashburn of Portia, the late John Gordon, Arvalla Gordon of Piggott, Yoriko Kawachi of Ise City, Japan, and the late Sakumitsu Kawachi.

Heath is the grandson of Sharon and Marvin Kennedy of Walnut Ridge and Sue Fallis of Ratcliff and the late Alva Dunham.

Karina is a 2011 graduate of Hoxie High School. She graduated from Arkansas State University in 2015 and continued her education at the University of Central Arkansas, where she will graduate in August 2017. She currently works as an occupational therapy graduate student and plans to pursue a career in occupational therapy.

Heath is a 2010 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. He also graduated from Arkansas State University at Newport in 2014. He is employed by Crain Electric as a high-voltage lineman.

The wedding will be held on Friday, July 7, at 6 p.m. at The Silos Barn in Bono. Pastor Glenn Smith will be officiating the ceremony.

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Betty Harbison

Betty Aline Harbison, 83, of Bono, died June 25, 2017, at her home.

Born May 26, 1934, in Qulin, Mo., she was the daughter of William Frank and Gladys Dye Smith. She was a homemaker, a caregiver and was a member of United Pentecostal Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman Harbison; two sons, Mark McDaniel and Steve McDaniel; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Connie Harbison, Walnut Ridge, and Teresa Mosley and husband Michael, Bono; a son, Dewayne Harbison, Hoxie; a stepdaughter, Kay Neal, Michigan; two stepsons, Darrell Harbison and James Harbison, both of Michigan; a brother, Jim Smith, Jackson, Mo.; a sister, Sue Southland, Collinsville, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at noon at Lawrence Memorial Park. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon at the funeral home.

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

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Doris L. Hooten

Doris L. Hooten, 57, of Batesville, died June 20, 2017.

Born July 28, 1959, in Tulsa, Okla., she was a member of the Harrison Street Church of Christ in Batesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gene L. and Louella Price King; and a sister, Barbara Barnett.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Hooten; two sons, Allen Glass and wife Nikki, Manila, and Joseph Hooten, Batesville; a brother, Rocky King, Muskogee, Okla.; a sister, Elaine Glaser, Villa, Ill.; a grandson, Stoker Glass; and her in-laws, Billy and Peggy Hooten, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Batesville with Steve Smith officiating. Entombment was in Oaklawn Cemetery Mausoleum in Batesville.

Pallbearers were Joey Hill, Benson Hardaway, Don Bellcock, Adam Bellcock, Larry Sneed and Cliff Johann. Honorary pallbearers were David Dame and Dr. Muhammad Khan.

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

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Connie Little

Valarie Helloise "Connie" Little, 94, of Walnut Ridge, died June 24, 2017, at her home.

Born July 21, 1922, in Indiana, she was the daughter of Carl and Bessie Stroud Hancher. She was retired from Western Electric and was a member of First Baptist Church of Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Pete Little; her second husband, William "Bill" Little; two brothers, Carl Jr. and Kenneth Hancher; and two sisters, Lavern Hancher Caster and Barbara Hancher Ford.

Survivors include a sister, Phyllis Hancher Searles, Fortville, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is today at 6 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 7:30 with Bro. Howard Pankey officiating. Additional services will be held Saturday at Erlewein Mortuary in Fortville, Ind., with burial in Gravel Lawn Cemetery.

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

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Virginia Neece

Virginia Neece, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died June 24, 2017, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born June 24, 1928, in Egypt, she was the daughter of Tom and Anna Bell Wallin Phipps. She was a homemaker and a member of First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph Neece; a sister, Maxine Davis; and two brothers, Tom Phipps Jr. and Hubert Phipps.

Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Ann Curtis and husband Robert, Jonesboro; a sister, Bonnie Caples, Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Ryan House, Drew Curtis and Erin Curtis; and a special friend, Ed Tannehill.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge with Bro. Dale Hughart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Ryan House, Drew Curtis, Brian Caples, Stan Phipps, Rex Phipps and Brett Phipps. Honorary pallbearers will be the Women's Study Group at First Assembly of God Church and her granddaughter, Erin Lee Curtis.

Memorial may be made to Gideon's International and/or the Northeast Arkansas Food Bank.

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

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Bobby Ray O'Brien

Bobby Ray O'Brien, 76, of Smithville, died June 20, 2017.

Born Sept. 11, 1940, in Trumann, he was the son of Ermol and Jenny Fike O'Brien.

He was preceded in death by a son, a brother, a sister and two grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Patricia O'Brien; a son, Mark O'Brien; three daughters, Delita Hargo, Tina Smith and Patty Taylor; three sisters, Kay Gregory, Sue Bixler and Betty Tims; two brothers, E.C. O'Brien and Gene O'Brien; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three adopted great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Chad O'Brien officiating. Burial was in Spotts Cemetery at Poughkeepsie.

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

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Harry Pickney

Harry Clay Pickney, 71, of Black Rock, died June 22, 2017, at his home.

Born July 16, 1945, in Black Rock, he was an assembler in the automotive industry and a member of New Life Full Gospel Church in Black Rock.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shonell Truman; his parents, Harry Sr. and Gertie Emerton Pickney; three brothers, Austin Shannon, Eldon Shannon and an infant brother, Harry R. Pickney Jr.; and three sisters, Mary Mae Rice, Willene Harmon and an infant sister, Nina Mae Pickney.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Davis Morgan Pickney, whom he married Dec. 28, 2003, in Clover Bend; a son, Mike Pickney, Portia; a stepson, Tom Morgan, Portia; a stepdaughter, Glenda Smith, Hoxie; three brothers, Carl Shannon, James Pickney and Joe Pickney, all of Black Rock; four sisters, Allie Jane Barton and Wanda Lee Ragsdale, both of Black Rock, and Betty Monehan and Ruby Putt, both of Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Michael Pickney and Cheyenne Glass; and five step grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Bro. David Gates officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were Tom Morgan, Matt Bagwell, Willis Tyler, John Blaylock, Mike Pickney and Joey Rice.

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

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Regina Scarbrough

Regina Marcell Matthews Scarbrough, 67, of Sheridan, died June 21, 2017, at her home.

Born Oct. 31, 1949, at Eaton, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Doris Nunnally Matthews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Randy Scarbrough.

Survivors include two sons, Matt Scarbrough and wife Kim, Sheridan, and Tucker Scarbrough, Conway; two brothers, Tony Matthews and Kent Matthews, both of Lynn; four sisters, Jerrie A. Clinton and husband Lanny, Rose Bud, Robin Martin and husband Marty, Oakland, Calif., and Mica Vance and husband Larry and Kim Nunnally and husband Tony, all of Lynn; three grandchildren, Zach, Dylan and Randi Scarbrough; and a close friend, Larry Miller.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Wooster First Baptist Church in Greenbrier. Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan had charge of arrangements.

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

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