July 12, 2017 Edition

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Hawkins ~ Milligan Howard ~ Cleaver


Chelsea Marie Davidson Tracy Evans Mildred N. Hackworth
Cleatus A. Jones Ronald "Hoss" Jones Peggy L. Lantz
Alice Long Jean Osburn Georgene Pickett
Pleasant Vaulner


Hawkins ~ Milligan

Amanda Beth Milligan of Portia became the bride of Michael Wayne Hawkins Jr. of Poplar Bluff on July 4, 2017, in a ceremony at Portia City Park.

Parents of the couple are Ann Milligan of Portia and the late Riley Milligan and Michael Sr. and Linda Hawkins of Poplar Bluff.

The bride is the granddaughter of the late Elmer and Thelma Milligan and the late Noble and Mildred Dailey, all of whom lived in Portia. She is a graduate of Hoxie High School, Black River Technical College and Williams Baptist College and is a home health nurse with Allcare Home Care in Jonesboro.

The groom is the grandson of the late Jewel and Mildred Phegley, who lived in Dexter, Mo., and the late Spirl and Margerie Hawkins, who lived in Okmulgee, Okla. He is a graduate of Crocker High School in Crocker, Mo., and served in the United States Army and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He is office support assistant for the Missouri Department of Corrections at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Mo.

Bro. Rob Combs officiated the informal double-ring ceremony. The bride's children, Wilson Richey and Maranda Richey, gave her in marriage.

Everett Stowers of College City served as ringbearer.

The couple will take a wedding trip to St. Louis in August and will reside in Dexter, Mo.

Out-of-county guests included Maranda Richey, Anthony Hotchkiss and Wayne Hoffman, all of Jonesboro.

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Howard ~ Cleaver

Curt and Sandy Howard of Newark have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Cacey Howard, to Brandon Cleaver, son of Doyle and Vicki Cleaver of Searcy.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bobby and Martha Howard of Strawberry and Kenny and Judy Harris of Smithville.

Cacey is a 2016 graduate of Cedar Ridge High School and is a business marketing major at Arkansas State University. She is employed as a leasing agent at Stadium View Student Living in Jonesboro and is a member of Maple Springs Baptist Church in Rosie.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Johnny and Sue Cleaver of West Point and Terry and Anneita Harris of Romance.

Brandon is a 2012 graduate of Searcy High School and a 2015 graduate of Arkansas Tech University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and is the owner and operator of Seal Team Done Asphalt Services.

He is also a general contractor for Cleaver's Excavating and Construction, a licensed real estate agent at Exit Natural State Realty and a sergeant in the United States Army Chemical Corp. He is a member of Highway Baptist Church in Judsonia.

The couple will exchange vows in a private ceremony on July 22 at Highway Baptist Church in Judsonia.

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Chelsea Marie Davidson

Chelsea Marie Davidson, 29, of Manhattan, Kan., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died July 6, 2017, in Manhattan.

Born July 28, 1987, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Charles and Fran Autry Davidson. She was a 2005 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and completed four years of college at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. She was a longtime animal rights activist and worked as a volunteer at T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter in Manhattan.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Kenny Henry; grandparents, Ivan and Frances Autry; and her much beloved service dog, Autumn.

Survivors include her father, Charles Davidson and wife Sarah, Black Rock; her mother, Fran Autry Henry, Manhattan, Kan.; two brothers, Charles E. Davidson and wife Abby, Washington, D.C., and Phillip Davidson, Durham, N.C.; two sisters, Rachel Lutz and husband Ryan, Lowell, and Jeni Davidson, Memphis; grandparents, Charles "Hoodie" and Maggie Davidson, Black Rock; an aunt, Laura Doss and husband Max; and her service dog, Cruise.

Visitation was Monday from 9:30-11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Funeral followed at 11 a.m. with Bro. Keith Marlin officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Notes which accompany these donations can be sent to cdlcfc@icloud.com.

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

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Tracy Evans

Tracy Monroe Evans, 93, of Walnut Ridge, died July 6, 2017, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born July 30, 1923, in Grange, he was the son of Grayson Eutah and Ora Eva Voles Evans. He was a World War II veteran, having served in five campaigns; Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Normandy and Ardennes. He was awarded five Bronze Stars, a Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart. He worked as a district sales manager for Shoe Corp. of America and was a member of the Church of Christ. He was a resident of Lawrence County for 40 years.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Evans; three sisters, Jean Evans, Anita Rea and Madelyn Cates; and a great-grandchild, Kyla Star Williams.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Louise Evans; four sons, Donald Tracy Evans, Steven Donald Evans, Paul Jerome Evans and Caleb Eutah Evans; two daughters, Doris Louise Gustin and Gracie Evans; four sisters, Thomy Tillman, Betty Clements, Billie Evans and Wavie Watts; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Bro. Rob Combs officiating. Burial will be in Clover Bend Cemetery.

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

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

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Mildred N. Hackworth

Mildred N. "Millie" Ables Hackworth, 80, died June 1, 2017, at UW Hospital in Madison, Wis., after a brief illness.

Born July 15, 1936, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Clay and Almita Blackwell Ables. Early in her life, she operated a childcare business from her home in Stillman Valley, Ill. She was also a top salesperson with Avon, winning many awards. She earned a real estate license and also worked in the jewelry department at Walmart until her retirement in 2000. She had lived in the Christian Life Retirement Center since 1998.

She was preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Terry Faketty; a sister, Frances Andrews; a brother, Harold Ables; and a sister-in-law, Pat Ables.

Survivors include a daughter, Ann Grennan and husband Michael; three sons, Harold Hackworth and wife Janet, Steve Hackworth and wife Mary Jo and Glen Hackworth and wife Lori; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two special nieces, Karen Timms and Debra Perkins.

Burial will be in Walnut Ridge at a later date.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Cleatus A. Jones

Cleatus A. Jones Sr., 72, of Mount Vernon, Ind., died July 1, 2017, at Deaconess Hospital.

Born July 11, 1944, in Walnut Ridge, he was a pipefitter working out of Local #136.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Sue Kerby Jones, on Nov. 21, 2010, whom he married July 1, 1963; a daughter, Sandra Bass; his parents, Amos and Arvenia Jones; two brothers, Relton Jones and Larry Jones; and two sisters, Sue Hibbard and Pat Melton.

Survivors include a son, Cleatus A. Jones Jr.; four brothers, Donald Jones and wife Vicki, and Dwain Jones and wife Ann, all of Walnut Ridge, Kenny Jones, Hoxie, and Jerry Jones and wife Theresa, Little Rock; three sisters, Carolyn Smith and husband Gene and Lenda Bellah and husband Bob, all of Walnut Ridge, and Jackie Winchester and husband Donnie, Jonesboro; grandchildren, Casey (Chelsea) Bass, Brenna Bass and Amanda (Jonathon) Brock; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Wednesday, July 5 at 2 p.m. at Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Ind., with Rev. Glenn Smith officiating. Burial was in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

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

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Ronald "Hoss" Jones

Ronald "Hoss" Jones, 77 of Hoxie, passed this life on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

He was born at Biggers on May 14, 1940, to the late Dewey and Iva Jones. Ron graduated from Hoxie High School in 1960 and married the love of his life Elizabeth Smith in 1962. After graduating from Southern Baptist College and College of the Ozarks with a BSE in Physical Education, Ronald began his career as Coach "Hoss" Jones. To his players it was, "Sir!"

His first coaching job was in Poughkeepsie. As life of a coach would have it, he moved his family to many other schools across Arkansas and Missouri. It was 1988 in Houston, Mo., that he had the honor of being placed in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Coach Jones was a fierce competitor. He was a basketball man, along with his wife, Liz, and his children, Peggy Henson, Stan and Stephanie Jones, all of Hoxie, and Dana Nash of Camdenton, Mo. They kept his teams going by keeping score, statistics and occasionally yelling at the referees. The whole family lives the game.

Hoss was tough on his athletes. Unknowingly to them at the time, he built character and discipline in each player. Many have returned to express their appreciation and gratitude for teaching them how to "do life," be a respected citizen, choose a career and raise a family.

Coach retired in 1995. Upon his retirement, he has enjoyed countless trips to Alaska with his wife Liz. The highlights of his life were his grandchildren, Jessica, Stalaina, Jennifer, Katilyn and Brittany. Then little doses of happiness were his great-grandchildren, Bentley, Natalya and Abby.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bud Jones and Dewayne Jones; one sister, Buena Jones; and a granddaughter, Heather Rakes.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. Bro. Blaine Liscomb, pastor of Arbor Grove Baptist Church where Ron was a member, officiated the service, along with a lifetime friend and former pastor, Dennis Truxler. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were former ball players: Sam Weaver, Ovie Loge, Brad Baine, Stanley Kennedy, Benny Rothwell and Scotty Pierce.

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


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Peggy L. Lantz

Peggy L. Lantz, 58, of Lynn, died July 3, 2017, at her home.

Born Jan. 17, 1959, in Chaffee, Mo., she worked as a branch manager for the Strawberry branch of the Bank of Cave City. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Chaffee and volunteered at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lorene White Kinsey; a brother, Charles Wayne Kinsey; and a sister, Brenda Dumey.

Survivors include a son, Ricky Lantz, Strawberry; a daughter, Tina Kolwyck and husband Mike, Oran, Mo.; a brother, Jim Kinsey, Chaffee, Mo.; a sister, Pat Hutson, Randles, Mo.; five grandchildren, Jimmy, Chase, Josh, Hali and Derek; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Wednesday, July 5, at 1 p.m. at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo., with Rev. Don Leggett officiating. Burial was in Union Park Cemetery in Chaffee.

An online guestbook is available at www.amick-burnettfuneralchapels.com.

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Alice Long

Alice Long, 71, of Powhatan, died July 1, 2017, at her home.

Born June 1, 1946, in Fanshawe, Okla., she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Pauline Neeley Rash.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Rash; and a sister, Gail Rash.

Survivors include her beloved ex-husband, Talmadge Long Jr.; three sons, Chris Long, Scott Long and Brent Long; and a brother, Floyd Rash.

A private service was held Monday, July 3, at Harrisburg Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila.

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

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Jean Osburn

Anita Jean Osburn, 70, a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017, at NEA Hospital in Jonesboro.

She was born in Walnut Ridge to Terrell and Addie Medlock Freeman on Oct. 14, 1946. She married Darrell Osburn in Portia on April 8, 1966. Jean graduated from Black Rock High School in 1964. She was employed by First National Bank for over 50 years, where she served as secretary, head of bookkeeping, auditor and branch manager. Jean was a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women Club, Ralph Joseph Leadership and The Compassionate Friends.

The loves of her life were her husband of 51 years, as well as her children, grandchildren, and especially her great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; father and mother-in-law, Ed and Lorene Osburn; a sister, Jane Nelson; and a great-grandson, Trevor Carter.

Survivors include her husband, Darrell, of the home; sons, Jeff Osburn of Paragould, and Jason Osburn (Paula) of Walnut Ridge; brother, James Freeman (Teresa) of Attica; sisters, Joan Cook (Gary) of Pocahontas, Janice Lawson (Joe) of Imboden, Robin Dollar (Bobby) and Rhonda Reed (Scott), all of Jonesboro, and Joyce Hanan (Jakie) of Black Rock; grandchildren, Mollie Carter (Trey) and Haley Osburn, both of Jonesboro; Zack Osburn of Walnut Ridge, Kyle, Dylan, and Andrew Osburn, all of Paragould; great-grandson, Asher; great-granddaughter (expecting) Little Lilah, and a host of family and friends.

Visitation was Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Jake Geunrich and Glenn Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Phillip Tolson, Rowdy Ditto, Chris Burns, James Freeman, John Paul Freeman and Kyle Osburn.

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

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Georgene Pickett

Katheryn Georgene "Granny" Pickett, 90, of Imboden, died July 6, 2017, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born July 30, 1926, at Annieville, she was the daughter of Gilbert and Clara St. Clair Sanford. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a son, Doyle Pickett; three daughters, Donna Callahan, Connie Margaret Pickett and Patty Sue Pickett; a brother, Harold Sanford; three sisters, Jackie Madison, Lucille Fooks and Judy Goff; a great-grandchild; and a great-great-grandchild.

Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Dearen and husband Gene, Imboden, and Linda Nixon and husband Bill, West Plains, Mo.; two sons, Phillip Pickett and wife Angie, Highland, and Kenneth Pickett, Conway; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 3 p.m. at Wortham Funeral Home Oak Hill Chapel at Highland. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

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

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Pleasant Vaulner

Pleasant "Tootie" Vaulner, 75, of Strawberry, died July 6, 2017.

Born Oct. 4, 1941, in Cord, he was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Pauline "Orville" Vaulner; his mother, Estella Cooper Vaulner West; his stepfather, Virgil West; a brother, Calvin Vaulner; a brother-in-law, Bill Flinn; a sister-in-law, Julia Vaulner; and a great-grandson, Barrett Vinson.

Survivors include three sons, Paul Vaulner and wife Debra, Jeffery Vaulner and Jason Vaulner and wife Johnna; a daughter, Cynthia Vaulner; a brother, Arvil Vaulner; three sisters, Jessie Belle Flinn, Shirley Pauline West and Bettie R. Mather and husband Paul; and six grandchildren, Ashton Vinson, Cameron Vaulner, Cooper Vaulner, Jaylee Vaulner, Gabbi McQuay and Jaiden Hutchison.

Funeral was Monday at 7 p.m. at Willis Funeral Service in Batesville with Bro. Tommie Boles officiating. A private family burial will take place at a later date at Hopewell Cemetery in Cord.

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

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