October 25, 2017 Edition

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Anna Jane Austin Madia Marie Edwards Clayton Joseph Hill
Viola Layne Betty Lee Don Mathews
Carolyn Rogers Michael Charles Schrair Sally Jane VanWinkle


Anna Jane Austin

Anna Jane Austin, 88, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Oct. 18, 2017, at the Corning Therapy and Living Center.

Born Nov. 6, 1928, in the Giles Spur community, she was the daughter of James Robert and Georgia Adrin Gray. She owned and operated, Jane's Fashion in Corning for many years, and after having children, she became a Registered Nurse, caring for others. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge and Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John W. "Bud" Austin Jr., in 1995, whom she married Oct. 31, 1947; three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include three sons, John W. Austin III and wife Dianna, Corning, James E. "Jim" Austin and wife Jessie, Bangs, Texas, and Larry Joe Austin and wife Nora, Red Oak, Texas; two brothers, Bill Gray and wife Billie, Pocahontas, and Tom Gray and wife Mogene, Paragould; three grandchildren, Kelly Joplin, Angie Glancy and Charles Austin; three great-grandchildren, Shelby Cox, Emmie Glancy and Will Glancy; a special niece, Alice Brand, Walnut Ridge; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Ball officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

Visitation was Monday from noon until 2 p.m.

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


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Madia Marie Edwards

Madia Marie Edwards, 88, of Pocahontas, died Sept. 30, 2017, at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born Nov. 14, 1928, in Smithville, she was the daughter of Newt and Geneva Culver Bilbrey. She was a lifelong member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Searcy, and had been a resident of StoneBridge Senior Living Community in Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charley Edwards; and a daughter, Jeannie Miller.

Survivors include a niece, Billie Fry and husband Mike; a nephew, Joe Wallis and wife Linda; a sister, Oleta Wallis; a son-in-law, Frank Miller; a grandson, Chad Miller; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Searcy with Matthew Johnson officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Memorial Fund.

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

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Clayton Joseph Hill

Clayton Joseph Hill, 33, of Imboden, took his life Oct. 20, 2017, at his residence after a long struggle with PTSD.

Born Feb. 15, 1984, in Jonesboro, he was the son of Larry Buck Hill and Patty Jean Harris. He was a veteran of the United State Army, serving one tour in Iraq as an infantryman. He was the owner and operator of Clayton J. Hill Transport.

He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Survivors include wife, Kandace Perrin Hill, whom he married Sept. 13, 2008, and one daughter, Kadence, of the home; parents, Buck and Patty Hill of Powhatan; a brother, Josh Hill and wife Reva of Lynn; a nephew, Sawyer Hill of Lynn; his mother-in-law, Angela Perrin of Imboden; a sister in-law, Samantha Perrin of Imboden; his grandfather, Vance Waddell of Imboden; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the Bryan Chapel with Bro. Dennis Newcomb officiating.

Pallbearers will be Tim Russell, Chris Gray, Brad Gholson, Frank Forrester, Rib Britton and Tom Britton. Honorary pallbearers are Greg and Terrell Jennings, Bryan Taylor, Jaried Cooper and Ricky Rausch.

Interment will follow in the Hope Cemetery in Imboden. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

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Viola Layne

Viola Ann Arnn Layne, 76, of Walnut Ridge, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.

She was born April 19, 1941, in Clover Bend to Addison and Alice Weaver Arnn. She spent some years living in Craighead County before moving to Walnut Ridge. Viola was a member of Hoxie Baptist Church and was a retired housekeeper.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bobby Layne; a son, Rick Layne; great-granddaughter, Aubree Dutton; and brothers, Wilbur Arnn, Paul Arnn, Boyce Arnn and Gerald Arnn.

Viola is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Tribble and husband Robert of Walnut Ridge; son, Curtis Dale Layne of Jonesboro; grandsons, Travis Dutton and wife Kama Strickland of Bono, Preston Dutton and wife Angel of Metaire, La., Derek Dutton and wife Chelsea of Jonesboro; granddaughter, Robyn Smith and husband Matt of Augusta; grandchildren, Jeffery Sheets, Beth Sheets, Jackie Layne, Brandon Layne and Bryan Wilson; great-grandchildren, Keyleigh Dutton, Laynea Dutton, Andrew Ryan Dutton, Chloe Smith, Andrew Hill, Anseley Tribble and several more; sisters, Juanita Patterson and husband Jack, and Nona F. Donovan and husband Virgil, both of Alicia.

Visitation is today, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow immediately in the chapel at 3 p.m. with Everett Hart officiating.

Private burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery in Alicia.


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Betty Lee

Betty Lee, 72, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 22, 2017, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born May 1, 1945, in Alicia, she was a retired furniture maker for Hekman's Furniture.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Troy and Fay Alls Owens; a sister, Jenny Sue; and two brothers, Tony Owens and Donnie Ray Owens.

Survivors include two daughters, Shelia Bronner and husband Duane, Wyoming, Mich., and Debra VanderHeide and husband Roger, Springfield, Fla.; five brothers, J.W. Owens and wife Connie, Hoxie, Troy Wayne Owens and wife Johnnie Ruth, Swifton, Bradley Owens and wife Barbara, Bono, Terry Owens and wife Marie, Alicia, and Scott Owens, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Martha Marchinkewicz, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Alice Owens, Pocahontas; four grandchildren, Brittany Romanek, Matthew Bronner, Roger Lee and Zachery VanderHeide; five great-grandchildren; and a special aunt, Opha Arnold, Hoxie.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at New Hope Community Church, 202 Ada Street in Swifton, with Troy Owens Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Strangers Home Cemetery. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Don Mathews

Donald Robert "Don" Mathews, 71, of Walnut Ridge, passed away at home on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, after an extended illness.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Kay; and daughter, Jennifer Mathews (Corley) Townsend; as well as three sisters, Barbara Pickney, Carolyn Ellis and Brenda (Bobby) Brasfield. He also leaves behind his nieces and nephews, James Pickney, Shelly Ellis, Misty (Andy) Shatley, Judy Swindle, Libby Bennett, and Cindy (Chuck) Lester.

Born on Oct. 23, 1945, in Pocahontas, Don was the son of the late Robert Lee Mathews and Elizabeth Hendon Mathews. He married Kay Looney Mathews on Oct. 25, 1964, and moved to Walnut Ridge, where they lived for 52 years.

Don was self-employed during his time in Walnut Ridge. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge. He was a talented business man and entrepreneur. He had the gift of gab, a wonderful sense of humor, and a take charge personality. He adored his friends and family and loved with his whole heart.

Visitation was noon on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge. Funeral services followed immediately at 2 p.m. at the church with Beth Perdue officiating.

Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

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


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Carolyn Rogers

Carolyn "Sue" Rogers, 69, of Pocahontas, passed away on Oct. 11, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Sue was born Nov. 28, 1947, in Delaplaine to Darrell and Dorothy Garrett Hollaway.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, David Hollaway; niece, Ashley Hollaway; and nephew, Colby Hostler.

She is survived by her husband, Alan Rogers, of the home; her children, Carroll (Robin) Rogers of Pocahontas, Kelvin Rogers of Dumas, Kim Taylor of Pocahontas; grandchildren, Erica (Tyrone) Johnson, Ryan (Megan Jones) Rogers, Blake Rogers, Madison Rogers, Carson Rogers, Caton Taylor, all of Pocahontas; great-grandchildren, Malik, Jayla and Kylah Johnson; siblings, Karen Rogers of Paragould, Robert (Darcy) Hollaway of Florida, Willene (Roger) Hovis of Reyno, Loretta (Randy) Freeman of Pocahontas, Rhonda (Steve) Higginbotham of Imboden, Randy (Gale) Hollaway of Hardy; and other relatives and friends.

Services were at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation was Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5-7 p.m. The funeral was Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. with Roger Hovis and Larry Rogers officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Michael Freeman, Scoob Higginbotham, Boo Higginbotham, Scott Rogers, Joseph Hollaway, Joshua Hollaway and Chad Hovis. Honorary pallbearers were Ryan Rogers, Blake Rogers, Carson Rogers, Caton Taylor, Malik Johnson and Tyrone Johnson.

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


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Michael Charles Schrair

Michael Charles Schrair, 68, of Cave City, died Oct. 20, 2017, at his home.

Born May 21, 1949, in Seneca, Kan., he worked for Union Pacific Railroad for several years and was also an over-the-road truck driver for Dowell Transport in Batesville. He was a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Powhatan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford Leroy and Mildred Lucille Sunderland Schrair.

Survivors include his wife, Reeba Schrair; a son, Michael Schrair, Marysville, Kan.; a daughter, Michelle Rodriguez, Bird In Hand, Pa.; a stepson, James Sanders, Searcy; a sister, Patricia Hinton, Topeka, Kan.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Qualls Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Sally Jane VanWinkle

Sally Jane VanWinkle, 87, of Imboden, died Oct. 23, 2017, at her home.

Born Dec. 30, 1929, in Ravenden, she was the daughter of Walter and Lottie Riggs Dunham. She had worked at Waterloo for 20 years and was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard VanWinkle, whom she married Sept. 15, 1947, in Pocahontas; several brothers and sisters; and a son-in-law, James Stevens.

Survivors include three sons, Paul VanWinkle and wife Carol, Ozark, Mo., Gene VanWinkle and wife Sandy, Maynard, and Andy VanWinkle and wife Lois, Imboden; six daughters, Frances Matthews and husband Bob, Ravenden Springs, Clara Stevens and husband Tooter, Galva, Ill., Mazie VanWinkle, and Kathy Green and husband Johnny, all of Imboden, Teresa Marrone and husband John, Sedalia, Mo., Sandra Amos and husband Tony, Pocahontas; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Joe Logry officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery at Imboden.

Pallbearers will be Brian Stevens, Mike VanWinkle, Craig VanWinkle, Eugene Matthews, Duane Stevens, Chris VanWinkle, Randall VanWinkle and Keith Matthews. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Green, Tony Amos, John Marrone and Bob Matthews.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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