November 8, 2017 Edition

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Lyleigh Grayce Miller


Jerry Ray Huskey Sammy Lee Hutton Melissa Manning
Diane Ragsdale Jack Rice Horace Robinson


Lyleigh Grayce Miller

Robert and Kimberley Miller of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a daughter on Oct. 5, 2017, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

The baby weighed five pounds, 13 ounces, and was named Lyleigh Grayce Miller. She has two brothers, Jonathon, 21, and Cody, 16, and three sisters, Madyson, 19, Rachyl, 5, and the late Makenzie, who would have been 13.

Grandparents are Shelly and Donald Klasen of Walnut Ridge, Ronnie and Vickie Effinger of Manila, Glenna Holliman of Ozark Acres, Larry Palmer of Powhatan and the late Mona Palmer.

Great-grandparents are Mana and Larry Meeks of Pocahontas and the late Shirley Jean LaCoss, who shares Lyleigh's birthday.

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Jerry Ray Huskey

Jerry Ray Huskey, 73, of Strawberry, died Nov. 4, 2017, in Tuckerman.

Born Jan. 31, 1944, in Tuckerman, he served in the Army reserve and was a mechanic. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by a son, Freddie Huskey; his parents, Hollie Clinton and Norine Koller Huskey; two brothers, Hollie Huskey and Gerald Huskey; two sisters, Jonnie Sue Huskey and Frances Sue Huskey; and a granddaughter, Tayelor Allison Huskey.

Survivors include a son, David Huskey, Cave City; five sisters, Ruth Watts, Springdale, Dean Davis, Newport, Carolyn Tarvin, Illinois, Shirley Cole, Tuckerman and Sharon Smith, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Freddie Kaleb Huskey Jr., Jessica Marie Huskey, Haley Roddy and Karissa Huskey; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Bro. Stanley Vandergriff officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery near Eaton.

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Sammy Lee Hutton

Sammy Lee Hutton, 82, of Conway, died Oct. 28, 2017, in the Central Arkansas Veteran's Healthcare Facility in Little Rock.

Born Nov. 4, 1935, in Hoxie, he was the son of Bernie and Retha Blackshear Hutton. He was a graduate of North Little Rock High School. He served in the Marines and Navy and retired from the Arkansas Highway Department as a night watchman. He was a member of the Maple Vale Church of Christ in Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Hutton, and a niece, Laura Rook-Hare.

Survivors include his sister, Mary Ann Stroup of Marion; two aunts, Gail Dunham of Walnut Ridge and Lavina Pace of Hoxie; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were Saturday at Lawrence Memorial Park with Robert Davis officiating. Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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Melissa Manning

Melissa Ann Manning, 61, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 26, 2017, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 29, 1956, in Walnut Ridge, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Manning.

Survivors include a son, Dale (Christina) Tribble, Hoxie; two daughters, Monica Simington, Pocahontas, and Brandi (Joanna) Reihing, Gilbert, Ariz.; her mother, Lola Mae Adams Manning, Pocahontas; two brothers, Billy Manning and Dennis Manning, both of Pocahontas; a sister, Angie Blair, Pocahontas; and 10 grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. in Strangers Home Cemetery with Bro. Jeff and Trilla Hamm officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Dale Tribble, Billy Manning, Heath Murphy, Jeremy Blair, Kyler Blair and Zander Blair.

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Diane Ragsdale

Dorothy Diane Ragsdale, 72, of Black Rock, was born Nov. 2, 1944, in West Frankfort, Ill., to Freddie Pickney Sr. and Dorothy (Niblett) Pickney South.

She passed from this life on Oct. 31, 2017, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro, surrounded by her family. She was of the Christian faith. She was the secretary for the City of Black Rock for 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Viola Pickney; and a sister, Sharon Berlekamp.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Earl Ragsdale, of the home; sons, Chuck (Pam) Ludwig of Annieville and T.J. Ludwig of Black Rock; a daughter, Brandi (Greg) Hall of Black Rock; stepsons, Larry (Connie) Ragsdale of Black Rock and Donald (Tracy) Ragsdale of Imboden; five grandchildren, Anthony (Tiffany) Ludwig of Keota, Okla., Jason (Amanda) Ludwig of Clover Bend, Justin (Lacey) Ragsdale of Black Rock, Cody (Devin) Slater of Smithville, and Cortney Ragsdale of Imboden; seven great-grandchildren, Wesley Ludwig, Khloe Ludwig and Cole Walker, all of Clover Bend, Lane and Laira Real of Keota, Okla., and Darcy and Ivy Ragsdale of Black Rock; three brothers, Freddie (Nancy) Pickney Jr., Donald Max (Pat) Sanders, and Bobby Joe (Elizabeth) Pickney, all of Black Rock; a sister, Jeanette Darris of Black Rock; and many other friends and family.

Funeral services were Saturday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Pastor Wayne Bryant officiating.

Interment was in Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge and Lynn.

Pallbearers were Deanie Pickney, Scott Pickney, Larry Ragsdale, Donald Ragsdale, Justin Ragsdale and Cody Slater.

Honorary pallbearers were Cortney Ragsdale, Anthony Ludwig, Jason Ludwig, Michael Sanders, Jennifer Pickney, Dot Richterkessing, Bryan Richterkessing, Pam Smith and Wayne Darris.

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Jack Rice

Jack Rice, 89, of Alicia, died Nov. 4, 2017, at Craighead County Nursing Center in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 5, 1928, in Alicia, he was the son of J.B. and Vella Rice. He was a farmer and a carpenter by trade, and was a member of the Bono Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Iva Mans Rice; his parents; and a great-grandson, Seth Parks.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Parks and husband Marvin, and Michelle Cooper and husband Ron; grandsons, Josh Parks and wife Arin, and Logan Cooper; granddaughters, HolleyJo Jones, Jessica Parks and Taylor Cooper; extended family, Lauren Wall and husband Brandon; and great-grandchildren, Jake Parks, Jackson Parks, Ashlynn Jones, Roper Jones, Silas Parks, Eli Parks, Charlee Wall and Chandler Wall.

Visitation was Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Clark Cemetery in Alicia with Rob Combs officiating.

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Horace Robinson

Mr. Horace "Rob" Robinson of Powhatan departed this life on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at the age of 91.

He was born March 27, 1926, in Asherville, Mo., the son of Claude J. and Anna Gertrude (Starks) Robinson. Mr. Robinson was a United States Army veteran, serving in World War II. During his service, he was the first scout for General George W. Patton.

He married Miss Emma Lois Page on Jan. 19, 1946, and together they built a life and raised their four children.

Mr. Robinson worked in the secret service, and was a 3rd-Degree Mason. He had many talents, including knifemaking and woodworking. Mr. Robinson was an expert at building wagons and houses. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, welding, and had the ability to play any instrument he picked up. While he was self-employed as a barber, his family lovingly referred to him as a jack of all trades.

Mr. Robinson was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Lois (Page) Robinson; three brothers, Doyle Boydston, Eugene Boydston and James Boydston; one sister, Peggy Ann Brackin; and his parents.

He was survived by four children, Steven Robinson and wife, Bonnie, of Hernando, Miss., Billy Robinson and wife, Marsha, of Powhatan, Elaine Ellington of Hernando, Miss., and Teresa Arnold and husband, Chris, of Hernando, Miss.; one half-sister, Deloris Helton of Little Rock; 12 grandchildren, Shannon Robinson, Brian Austein, Chad Robinson, Dustin Austein, Christy Gowan, Chris Robinson, Amber Allen, Kayla Colvert, Haley Robinson, Jordan Robinson, Tristen Woolard, Cheyenne Draine; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; many nieces and nephews; and a lifetime of friends.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m., with burial following at Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Chris Robinson, Chad Robinson, Brian Austein, Dustin Austein, Shannon Robinson, Jordan Robinson and Tristen Woolard. Honorary pallbearers are Christy Gowan, Amber Allen, Kayla Colvert and Haley Robinson.

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