October 11, 2017 Edition

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Wilson ~ Bice


William Russell Ellis Robert Lee Escue Sr. Opal Franklin
Joyce Richey Jimmie Lee Sykes Worrence Whitlow


Wilson ~ Bice

Bobby and Sandy Wilson of Powhatan have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Courtney Wilson, to Tyler Bice, son of James and Alicha Bice of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of William and Margaret Jones of Black Rock, Don Broadway of Powhatan and Rachel Christopher of Jonesboro.

She is a 2015 graduate of Hillcrest High School where she was an honor student and a member of Beta Club.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Flora Bice of Cash and the late James Bice Sr. of Egypt, Gary and Karen Neece of Pocahontas and Lehman White of Maynard.

He is a 2016 graduate of Maynard High School.

The couple will exchange vows on Oct. 28, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Overlook Park in Pocahontas. All family and friends are invited.

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William Russell Ellis

William Russell "Bill" Ellis, 98, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Oct. 9, 2017, at home, surrounded by loved ones.

Bill was born Aug. 27, 1919, in Pocahontas, to the late James Frank and Winnie Nell James Ellis. He graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1939, and served in the Army for three-and-one-half years, including two years overseas during World War II. He farmed for over 40 years in the Light community and served on the Greene County School Board for five years. He was a member of Light Baptist Church until he moved to Walnut Ridge 13 years ago and joined the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Percy Ellis; sisters, Annie Ruth Wallace, Mary Simpson and Fannie Broadway.

He is survived by his wife, Tula Caroline Ellis, of the home; daughter, Winnie Ellis Tedder and husband, Edward "Eggie" of Walnut Ridge; grandchildren, Rhonda Forrester and husband, Paul of Walnut Ridge, and Jennifer Williams and husband, Brent of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren, Jackson Ellis Forrester, Taylor Forrester, Hadley Williams and Elyse Williams; brothers, Jack Ellis of Dewitt, and Dan Ellis of Pocahontas; sisters, Fern Coonce of Pocahontas, Martha Edwards of Dallas, and Louise Simpson of Searcy; and his very special caregivers, Judy Holder, JoAnn Alexander, Sharon Goodwin and Sue Hill.

Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

The funeral service will be Friday at 2 p.m. with Raymond Atwood and Jake Guenrich officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be great-grandson, Jackson Ellis Forrester, nephews, Frank Ellis, Danny Ellis, Mike Ellis, and farmer friends Joe Pratt and Stacy Rice. Honorary pallbearers are his Men's Sunday school class.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to the First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge Youth Ministry or Light Baptist Church Memorial Fund.

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


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Robert Lee Escue Sr.

Robert Lee Escue Sr., 73, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 8, 2017.

Born July 15, 1944, in Jonesboro, he was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rocky Allen Feezor; a daughter, Susan Gail Escue; and his parents, Walter William and Maxine Helen Schoonover Escue.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Johnson Escue; five sons, Scott (Regina) Escue and Robert D. (Rena) Escue, both of Jonesboro, Anthony (Mindy) Feezor, Bono, Robert L. (Trevor) Cooperescue, Fayetteville, and Damian O. Escue, Egypt; a sister, Shirley Huffman, Corning; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Cremation has been chosen as the method of final disposition. Fears Family Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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

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Opal Franklin

Opal B. Smith Franklin, 73, of Imboden, died Oct. 7, 2017, at her home.

Born Jan. 29, 1944, in Hardin, Ky., she was the daughter of Clyde and Georgia Wilson Smith. She lived in Michigan for 55 years before moving to Arkansas in 2001. She was a security guard for the Lionel Train Company and was of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include her husband, Garry Franklin; two daughters, Etta Longfellow and Vicki Westwood, both of Ravenden; two sons, David Franklin, Ravenden, and Ronald Franklin, Portia; a sister, Wanda Lainhart; two brothers, W.C. "Doug" Smith and Ronnie Smith; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Joyce Richey

Joyce Reaves Richey, 75, of Batesville, died Oct. 5, 2017, at her home.

Born Feb. 9, 1942, in Batesville, she graduated from Batesville High School and received a bachelor's degree from Lyon College. She received her master's degree from Arkansas State University and a specialist degree from Harding University.

She taught school at Marion for six years before returning to Batesville, where she spent the remainder of her 55-year career as a teacher and administrator.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ruby Hicks Reaves; and a brother, Jerry "Breezy" Reaves.

Survivors include her husband, John Daniel Richey Jr., formerly of the Eaton and Lynn area; a daughter, Rachel Lewis, Searcy; and two grandchildren, Anna Lewis and Ruby Lewis.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at the Harrison Street Church of Christ with Steve Smith officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to send children to camp, Camp Tahkodah, Attn: Meleah McNeal, 915 E. Market Ave., Box 10844, Searcy, AR 72149.

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

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Jimmie Lee Sykes

Jimmie Lee Sykes, 58, of Black Rock, died Oct. 4, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 18, 1958, in Walnut Ridge, he was a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dudley and Elaine Jacobs Sykes; and two brothers, John Thompson and David Sykes.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Teri Sykes; seven children, Jimmie Sykes, Fort Madison, Iowa, Jacob Guest, Jonesboro, Telissa Pirtle, Blytheville, Brandon Sykes, Pomona, Mo., Angela Rece, Walnut Ridge, and Mary Whitlow and Johnathon Sykes, both of Black Rock; a brother, Tommy Thompson, Summersville, Texas; a sister, Peggy Seagrist, Corpus Christi, Texas; and 17 grandchildren.

Private disposition was under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila.

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

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Worrence Whitlow

Worrence Whitlow, 94, of Strawberry, died Oct. 6, 2017, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 27, 1922, in the Grassy Lake community south of Lynn, he was the son of Charles R. and Mattie Segraves Whitlow. He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired as REA electrical engineer at Crawford Electric Cooperative in Bourbon, Mo. He served as the adult Sunday school class teacher at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn for several years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Paulene Johnson Whitlow, whom he married Dec. 2, 1944; two brothers, Wallace and Willard; and two sisters, Mildred and Faye.

Survivors include two sons, Lonnie Whitlow and wife Hettie, and Paul Gene Whitlow and wife Sheila; a sister, Millie Daggett; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Don R. House officiating.

Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn.

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

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