September 27, 2017 Edition

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Cole GT Evans Paisley Faith Teel


Gannon Bagwell Brilla Hall Clara Mae Johnson
Kristie Lynn McCain Danny Phillips Rozella Pratt
John Richardson Marjorie Ann Rickey William Melvin Yeargan


Cole GT Evans

Colman and Jessica Evans of Strawberry have announced the birth of a son on Sept. 21, 2017, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Cole GT Evans.

He is the grandson of Randy and Michelle Evans of Lynn and Nancy and Scott Whitmire of Strawberry.

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Paisley Faith Teel

Alex and Erica Teel of Smithville have announced the birth of a daughter on Sept. 19, 2017, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Paisley Faith Teel.

Grandparents are Eric and Lori Highfield of Smithville and Michael and Christy Teel of Hoxie. She is the great-granddaughter of Gary and Evelyn Teel of Walnut Ridge, Earl and Doris Highfield of Powhatan and Mary Sharp of Smithville.

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Gannon Bagwell

Gannon James Bagwell, 17 months, of Cabot, died Sept. 24, 2017.

Born April 10, 2016, in Little Rock, he was the son of Cody and Mickie Clifton Bagwell.

He was preceded in death by many grandparents; and a great-aunt, Louise Henderson.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Mason, of the home; two sisters, Paizlee and Presley, both of the home; grandparents, Tom and Kathy Bagwell, and Rebecca Lowe, all of Ravenden; and a great-grandfather, Larry Lowe, North Carolina.

Graveside service is Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Hope Cemetery at Imboden with Bro. Robert Hutchinson officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is Thursday from 11 a.m until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Brilla Hall

Brilla Marie Walling Ragsdale Hall, 67, of Black Rock, was born Dec. 4, 1949, in Black Rock, to Elmer "Preacher" and Bessie (Pickney) Walling. She passed from this life on Sept. 26, 2017, surrounded by her family.

She was of the Christian faith, having attended many churches in her community. She was a site director for the Black Rock Senior Citizen meal program. She also was employed at Midsouth Health Systems and East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging.

She had an abundance of love for life and people, and above all, an enduring love for her family. She had a very outgoing personality, a willingness to help others and a kind-hearted nature.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Elmer Lee Walling; and an infant daughter, Brilla Joann Hall.

She is survived by her sons, Larry (Connie) Ragsdale of Black Rock, Donald (Tracy) Ragsdale of Imboden, and Greg (Brandi) Hall of Black Rock; a daughter, Stacy Hall, of the home; three grandchildren, Justin (Lacey) Ragsdale of Black Rock, Cody (Devin) Slater of Smithville, and Cortney Ragsdale of Imboden; two great-grandchildren, Darcy Mae and Ivy Grace Ragsdale of Black Rock; one sister, Carol Sue Johnson of Walnut Ridge; and many other friends and relatives.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Vance, Ronnie Robins, Wayne Milgrim, Shane Brower, Tommy Milgrim and Vic Clark. Honorary pallbearers are Justin Ragsdale, Cody Slater, Cortney Ragsdale, Chasaty Malone, Chandler Malone, Jordan Jackson, Cody Jackson, Brooklyn Panneck and Charleston Panneck.

Visitation is today from 5-8 p.m.

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Clara Mae Johnson

Clara Mae Johnson, 78, entered into her heavenly home Sept. 21, 2017.

She was born in Lake City on Sept. 10, 1939, to Sam and Pearlie Lakey Manis. She attended church at Sedgwick Baptist Church, and was a retired tech representative at Sigma Aldrich. Mrs. Clara loved spending time with her only grandson, Gage, and being with family and friends. She also loved shopping and playing dominoes with the Sedgwick Divas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister-in-law, Clara Belle Manis.

Survivors include her son, Tony Johnson (Debra) of Goobertown; brothers, Charles (Bud) Manis; sisters, Shirley Crum (Tom) and Betty Gallentine, all of Sedgwick; a grandson, Gage; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. with Dennis Truxler officiating. Burial was at Old Military Cemetery in Sedgwick.

Pallbearers were Ken Howard, Gregg Smith, Jeff Moskop, Charles Ross, Reggie Thomas and Charley Petterson. Honorary pallbearers were her Sunday school class at Sedgwick Baptist Church and the Sedgwick Divas.

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Kristie Lynn McCain

Kristie Lynn McCain, age 44, of Mountain Home, began her heavenly adventures on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Little Rock.

She was born July 23, 1973, to James E. and Anita A. (Champlin) Mashburn in Lawton, Okla. Kristie's servant heart was demonstrated avidly in her service to others. She willingly and enthusiastically made herself available to God, being committed to Him. She loved to use her skills and abilities to enhance worship through praise music as a member of Mountain Home First Assembly of God. She was a supporter of Convoy of Hope and served in prison ministry.

Kristie is survived by her husband, Marcus, of the home; one son, Levi D. McCain (Miranda Barkley) of Brookland; one daughter, McKenna Baldwin (Jacob) of Brookland; two grandchildren, Brynlee McCain and Keaton Baldwin; and by her parents, James and Anita Mashburn of Jonesboro.

She is also survived by three sisters: Letitia Mosier (Mark) of Bono, Lori Gauntt (Scott) of Bono, and Tammi Lane (Justin) of Carrolton, Ky.

As well, Kristie is survived by her father-in-law, Harold McCain; brother-in-law, Mike Cagle; sister-in-law, Verna Cagle; sister-in-law, Gina Griffin (Mike); and by three nieces and eight nephews.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Virgil and Hazel Champlin; and her paternal grandparents, Sherman (Shorty) and Thelma Mashburn; and by her mother-in-law, Virginia McCain.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at First Assembly of God in Mountain Home, officiated by pastor Micah Wells. Burial was in Custer-Herron Cemetery under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Mountain Home.

Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God World Missions, Convoy of Hope or the UAMS Transplant Program.

An online guestbook is available at


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Danny Phillips

Danny Phillips, 63, of Black Rock, died Sept. 20, 2017, at his home, from metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.

Born Aug. 18, 1954, in Walnut Ridge, he had a 36-year career on the rivers. He also served several years on the Coast Guard Navigation Safety Advisory Committee. He was a former Jaycee District Director, a former Boy Scout leader, former volunteer fireman and a deacon at his church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gurden Phillips.

Survivors include his wife, Lesia Phillips; three sons, Ryan Phillips and wife Beth, Jonesboro, Austin Phillips and wife Tosha, Black Rock, and Clay Phillips and wife Jordan, Arkadelphia; his mother, Juanita Phillips; a brother, Gary Phillips and wife Karen; and 10 grandchildren.

Visitation is Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church on Highway 117.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the church.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church.

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Rozella Pratt

Rozella Pratt, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 24, 2017, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 1, 1931, in Cave City, she was the daughter of Alvin William and Atha Cliola Ring Massey. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, H.V. Pratt, in 1996, whom she married Feb. 3, 1950; three brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include a son, Alan Pratt, Lynn; two daughters, Pam Johnson and husband Bob, Ravenden, and Karen Pratt, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Mozella Casper and Carol Radke and husband Jack; a brother, Frank "Bud" Massey; two sisters-in-law, Pat Permenter and husband Gary, and Pauline Alls; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one on the way; and a sister of the heart, Mary Stone.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Howard Pankey officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Clover Bend Historical School or The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge.

An online guestbook is available at

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John Richardson

John Benton Richardson, 85, of Black Rock, died Sept. 20, 2017, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born May 20, 1932, in Granby, Mo., he was the son of Erastus and Ester Gibbens Richardson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. He later re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Vietnam War. He retired as a Military Police Officer. After retirement, he moved to Arkansas and worked as a mail truck driver. He was a member of the Imboden Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a son, John Michael Richardson; and 14 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Joy Martin Richardson, whom he married May 7, 1956; two sons, Tom Richardson and wife Kelly, Walnut Ridge, and Joe Richardson and wife Denise, Warrensburg, Mo.; two daughters, Linda Lueckenhoff and husband Larry, St. Thomas, Mo., and Vicki Long and husband Michael, Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Easter Wells, Lawson, Mo., and Ann Crosby, Joplin, Mo.; a brother, Jack Richardson, Dennison, Texas; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Private burial will be in Parks Cemetery. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Paragould Children's Shelter.

An online guestbook is available at

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Marjorie Ann Rickey

Marjorie Ann Rickey, 74, passed away Sept. 23, 2017, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

She was born in Walnut Ridge to the late John and Donnie Cole Mathis.

Survivors include her children, Keith Rickey, Pocahontas, Melissa Weitkamp and husband Billy, Walnut Ridge; grandchildren, Justin Weitkamp and Breydon Weitkamp; siblings, Sue Baird and husband John, Lavergne, Tenn., Kay Rickey and husband Nelbert, Georgia Sisco and husband Jerry, Audrey Sturch and Donna Gifford, all of Pocahontas; several nephews, nieces and great-nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Rickey; and two sisters, Peggy Mathis and Glenda Stayton.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Justin Weitkamp, Breydon Weitkamp, Jason Gifford, John Plumley, Brandon Sturch and Daniel Gifford.

An online guestbook is available at


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William Melvin Yeargan

William Melvin Yeargan, 70, of Pocahontas, formerly of Argyle, Texas, died Sept. 22, 2017.

Born March 4, 1947, in Oklahoma City, he was the son of the late Raymond Melvin and Georgia Dougherty Yeargan. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Wade Yeargan, whom he married Dec. 27, 1968; a son, Charles Yeargan and wife Misty, Argyle, Texas; a sister, Elaine Amyx, Denton, Texas; a brother, Raymond Yeargan and wife Paula, Denison, Texas; and three granddaughters, Skyler, Charly and Jasmin.

Private services will be held at a later date. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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