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Cody and Sally McNutt of Louisville, Ky., have announced the birth of a daughter on Dec. 29, 2012. The baby has been named Anna Claire McNutt.
She has two older sisters, Laine, four, and Elise, two.
Grandparents are David and Stacy McNutt of West Memphis and Dr. Mike and Linda Holtgrewe of Williamstown, W.Va.
She is the great-granddaughter of Helen (Mrs. D.S. "Rosie") Foley and Juanita (Mrs. Dolph) McNutt, both of Walnut Ridge.
Daniel and Heather McNutt Saylor of Rogers have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Nov. 4, 2012. The baby has been named Paige Elizabeth Saylor.
Grandparents are David and Stacy McNutt of West Memphis, Barbara Bossarte and George and Karenne Saylor, all of Van Buren. Great-grandparents are Helen (Mrs. D.S. "Rosie") Foley and Juanita (Mrs. Dolph) McNutt, both of Walnut Ridge.
Mary Elizabeth Box, 82, of Galloway, Tenn., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 8, 2013, at Galloway Health Care.
Born July 10, 1930, in Marked Tree, she was the daughter of Luther and Elizabeth Green. She was a nurse for 25 years and a Christian. She enjoyed taking care of other people, doing genealogy and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Terry Box and Tim Box; and 11 siblings.
Survivors include two sons, Wallace Box Jr. and wife Denise, Olive Branch, Miss., and Hollis Box and wife Carolyn, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Tim Box, Chris Box, Jennifer Mangrum, Terie Box, Dalton Box and Miranda Box; 11 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and a host of other family and friends.
Graveside service was Friday at 1 p.m. at Bassett Cemetery with Bro. Eddie Stanford officiating. Faith Funeral Service of Manila had charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Hollis Box, Wallace Box, Trea Browder, Tim Box, Chris Box and Jason Mangrum.
An online guestbook is available at www.faithfuneralservice.net.
Jacqlyn "Jackie" Joyce Burton, 73, of Walnut Ridge, went home to be with her Lord Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.
Jackie was born in Tupelo, Ark., on Dec. 11, 1939, to Amanda (Rice) and Henry Lester Burton Sr. After graduating from Newport High School, she attended and graduated from Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia. Jackie then taught two years in the Newport Elementary School system before pursuing her Master's degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
After obtaining her Master's degree, she began her career at Williams (Southern) Baptist College in Walnut Ridge as Women's Dorm Counselor. Throughout her career at WBC, from 1966 until her retirement in 2001, Jackie served in the following positions: Dean of Women, Faculty, Baptist Student Union Director, and Campus Ministries Coordinator. She was also involved in foreign student ministry, student mission trips, REW week, the Miss WBC pageant and numerous other campus activities and ministries.
Jackie counseled countless students and friends in emotional and spiritual matters and considered all the students her "children." She loved her work, her women's Sunday school class, her church and above all, her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
In addition to her parents, Jackie was preceded in death by her sister, Irma Holt; three brothers, H.L., Mitchell and Malcom Burton; and sister-in-law, Vivian Burton.
She is survived by one brother-in-law, Ed Holt of Newport; sisters-in-law, Betty Burton of Tupelo, Ark., and Louise Burton of Morton; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews and many extended family members, co-workers and friends.
Funeral service was Saturday at 1:30 p.m.,at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. Burial was in Sandhill Cemetery at 3:45 p.m. under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport.
Memorials may be made to Williams Baptist College, First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge, Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro and the American Diabetes Association.
An online guestbook is available at www.dillingerfuneralhome.com.
Harold Bell Carter, 91, of Columbia, Mo., formerly of Alicia, died Jan. 3, 2013, in Columbia.
Born Feb. 25, 1921, in Maynard, he had been employed by Burns Security Services and Pinkerton Security Services until he owned and operated Carter Security Service before retiring in 1985.
A Navy veteran of World War II, he was captured on Corregidor and spent 39 months as a prisoner of war in the hands of the Japanese. In 2005 he was the sole survivor to accept the Chinese government's invitation to return to Shenyang (Mukden) to commemorate the establishment of a museum on the site of the Hoten Prison Camp. He recorded his experiences as part of the Library of Congress's Oral History Project.
He was a member of the VFW and the Elks Club and attended Charity Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by two wives, Alberta Spence Carter, whom he married Nov. 4, 1945, in St. Louis, and Faye Davis Carter, whom he married July 13, 1994, in Waldron.
Survivors include two daughter, Linda Radford and husband Bob, Rockford, Ill., and Karen Johnson and husband Ron, Columbia, Mo.; two sons, Dan Carter and wife Ruby, State College, Pa., and Randy Carter and wife Billie Ann, Marietta, Ga.; four grandchildren, Carol Squillante, Christa Noe, Brandon Carter and Susan Scott; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 5, at Parker Funeral Service in Columbia. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Preferred Hospice, 1900 N. Providence Road, Suite 311, Columbia, MO 65202.
An online guestbook is available at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.
Reggie Casper Sr., 62, of Wynne, died Dec. 23, 2012, in Wynne.
Born March 2, 1950, in Batesville, he played bass for the Shiloh Band and attended the Church of Christ in Forrest City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Charlene Harris Casper, who were formerly of Lynn.
Survivors include a son, Reggie Casper Jr., Colt; a daughter, Monica Runsick and husband Chad, Wynne; a sister, Jan McElroy, Raleigh, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Garrett Runsick and Paris Casper.
Private services will be held at a later date. His ashes were buried at Old Lebanon Cemetery at Eaton on Jan. 5. Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of Wynne had charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook is available at www.thompsonwilsonfh.com.
Jack Dover, 73, of Warrenville, S.C., brother of Troy Lee Dover of Ravenden, died Jan. 13, 2013. Funeral is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Howlandville Baptist Church. Burial will be in Southlawn Cemetery under the direction of Hatcher Funeral Home of Langley, S.C. An online guestbook is available at www.hatcherfuneralhome.com.
Daniel Scott MacGregor Doyle, age 30, passed away Saturday at his home in Sedgwick.
He was born Saturday, June 12, 1982, in Jonesboro, to Michael and Robyn Doyle of Sedgwick. Daniel attended Hoxie School from kindergarten throughout his high school graduation in 2000. He learned early his love for words, reading and writing.
He was a musician and shared his love of music with all he knew. Daniel had a magnificent sense of humor, and his compassion and love for his friends from school, his sister, cousins and family were enduring and true.
Daniel attended Arkansas Governor's School in 1999 on the campus of Hendrix College, and after graduating from high school, decided to continue his education at Hendrix. While there, he studied English and French, and earned his baccalaureate degree in 2004.
Daniel graduated with distinction from Hendrix, and was the recipient of both the Shakespeare Award and the McCuistion English Prize, the highest honor awarded by the department. While at Hendrix, Daniel wrote for the college newspaper and volunteered at the campus radio station. He made many friends while in school in Conway, and loved and cherished them until the day he died.
After leaving Hendrix, Daniel worked as a reporter for the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway, as well as the Jonesboro Sun. Daniel was accepted into the graduate program at Ohio University Scripps School of Journalism. He earned a masters degree there in 2012 after completion of a major thesis focusing on the constitutionality of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. He currently worked as a sports reporter-writer for the Jonesboro Sun. In addition, Daniel had essays published in online blogs and journals.
Daniel was a lifelong member of the Sedgwick United Methodist Church and accepted Jesus as his savior at an early age. Daniel was adamant that God is present in all religions, and that God's love reaches all people throughout the world. Daniel put the love of Jesus into action, working as an advocate for progressive causes and using his passion, intellect and kindness to work to make life better for people in his local community. Daniel respected the spiritual beliefs of everyone he knew, and especially his mother, who remained his confidant throughout his life.
Daniel was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Roy and Lenore Doyle of Hoxie; maternal grandparents Russell and Maxine Scott of Sedgwick; his Mammie Tony, Dr. Mildred Vance, of Sedgwick; his uncles Danny Scott of Sedgwick and JR Doyle of Jonesboro; other family members; and his best friend, Garrett Truxler of Sedgwick.
Daniel is survived by his father, Michael Belk Doyle and mother Robyn Scott Doyle of Sedgwick; his sister and best friend Libby Doyle James and brother-in-law Zach James of Sedgwick; and a nephew, Rowan Scott Zachary James of Sedgwick. Other survivors include a large and loving family of aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as many friends.
A celebration of his life will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with Rev. Kelly Craft and Rev. Nancy Rainwater officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Drew Craft, Jesse Craft, Derek Doyle, David House, Tim Nichols, Phillip Doyle, Steven Doyle and Tim Doyle.
Memorials may be made to the Sedgwick United Methodist Church or the charity of the donor's choice.
An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.
Willie Marie Gatewood Finley, born Aug. 1, 1942, in Egypt, Ark., joined her Heavenly Father on Jan. 12, 2013, after a long courageous battle with cancer.
She was welcomed by her husband, Richard Finley; her parents, Willie H. Williams and Stella Arnold Williams; her brothers, Willis Williams, Lloyd Harris, John Sanders and Roy Smith; her sisters, Ruby Thrash, Lavern Holt and Luveeda Estes, who preceded her in death.
Left to cherish her memories are her loving children, Cecil E. Gatewood (Kari) of Smackover, Cinda Haralson (Herman) of Jacksonville, Teresa Garrison (Donnie) of Cabot, James Gatewood and Terry Gatewood (Sherie), all of North Little Rock; and step-daughter Christine Willems (Wayne) of Little Rock; sister, Glady Jones (Bill) of Dinuba, Calif.; brothers, Marion Williams (Cathy) of Fayetteville, James Williams (Jan) and W.R. Sanders, all of Hoxie; and special friends, Lonnie (Dorothy) Banks.
She was an awesome grandmother to 13 and great-grandmother to 11. She will be missed by a host of family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite non-profit organization.
Funeral services will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at North Little Rock First Assembly of God Church and final resting at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.
An online guestbook is available at www.nlrfh.com.
James Larry Hall, 71, of Warren, formerly of Lawrence County, died Dec. 27, 2012, at his home.
Born Aug. 21, 1941, he was a U.S. Army veteran and a truck driver. He was a member of the Northeast Arkansas Shrine Club and the Jonesboro Masonic Lodge #129.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael Hall; and his parents, James Herbert and Mary Katherine Revelle Hall.
Survivors include a daughter, Michelle Anthony, Portia; two grandchildren, Mattie Anthony and Cody Kelley; and a great-granddaughter.
Funeral and burial were private. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of local arrangements.
An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.
Henry Maney Heckle died Jan. 11, 2013. He was 86 years old. Maney was a native of Memphis, past resident of Heber Springs and resident of Fairhope, Ala.
Maney was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy. After service, he attended the University of Virginia and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Following university, Maney was involved in his father's business and later became sales manager of Woodson-Bozeman Distributors in Memphis, from which he retired in 1993.
Maney was an ardent golfer. His competitive spirit was very strong, but more than winning, he valued golf as a gentleman's game. As a father, husband and friend, he never failed in his generosity and compassion. Maney embraced fully the adventure of living.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ferdinand "Ferd" Heckle and Annie Mae Maney Heckle, and his brother Ferdinand Jr. "Ferd."
Maney is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sara Sloan Heckle; five children, Henry Maney Heckle Jr. (Harriet "Happy") of Memphis, Laurence Kenner (Jack) of Horseshoe Lake, Eileen Adams (Bill) of Memphis, Lee Walton Heckle of Memphis, and Lona Ray (Chris) of Colorado; seven grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, three step-children, Virginia Smith-Fields of Austin, Texas, Sarah Elizabeth Leibold (Rob) of San Antonio, Milton Baber Smith of Walnut Ridge and Memphis, and six step-grandchildren.
The family is grateful for the loving care of Kerri and the sitters of Diversified Healthcare 1, the solicitous support of the caregivers of Odyssey Hospice, the professionalism of his healthcare providers at Diagnostic Medical Clinic, and that of Dr. Susan Smith, Hospitalist at Thomas Hospital.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m at St. James Episcopal Church in Fairhope, where Maney and Sara are congregants. The committal service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Camp Beckwith of the Episcopal Diocese at Beckwith Camp and Conference Center at 10400 Beckwith Lane, Fairhope, AL 36532, an animal rescue organization of the donor's choice, or the Church Health Center of Memphis, TN at 1210 Peabody Avenue Memphis, TN 38104.
William "Bill" Lawrence, 69, of Hoxie, formerly of Jonesboro, died Jan. 9, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born Dec. 10, 1943, he was retired from Rockford PowerTrain in Rockford, Ill., and was of the Baptist belief. He played music for the Senior Citizen's Club in Bono and local nursing homes.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Lawrence; four brothers, Irvin, James, Cletus and J.C.; a sister, Opal; and his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Peggy Lawrence; a son, Rick Lawrence and wife Michelle, Jonesboro; a daughter, Deanna "Carol" Jernigan and husband Brandon, Rockford, Ill.; a brother, Johnny Green, Wynne; a sister, Airnetia Ragland, Decaturville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Johnny Green and Dr. Jimmy Adcox officiating. Burial was in Philadelphia Cemetery.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1205 S. Madison, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.
An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.
Alvalene Lawson Mitts, 74, of Swifton, died Jan. 14, 2013.
Born Sept. 19, 1938, at Eaton, she graduated from Hoxie High School in 1956. She owned and operated a gift shop in Swifton during the 1970s and '80s. She was a member of the Swifton Church of Christ, where she was involved in every aspect of the church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Odell Mitts, whom she married Nov. 19, 1957; her parents, Alva and Alma Helms Lawson; a brother, James D. Lawson; and a sister, Alpha Freeman.
Survivors include four children, Michael Mitts and wife Cynthia and Perry Mitts and wife Terry, all of Swifton, Patty Tharpe and husband Kerry, Tuckerman, and Ginger Johnson and husband Jacky, Algoa; a brother, Thomas Lawson and wife Erma, Granite City, Ill.; six sisters, Avis Hollaway and husband Morris, Jonesboro, Kathleen Lampton, Newport, Alta Hill and husband Robert, Morrilton, Margaret Broadway and husband Charles, Batesville, Linda Carter and husband Phil, Paragould, and Charlene Clark and husband Ronnie, Dover; a sister-in-law, Connie Lawson, Alicia; seven grandchildren, Chandra Templeton, Jillian Church, Payton Mitts, Justin Tharpe, Emma Claire Johnson, Tera Blevins and Ben Jiles; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ with Steve Norris and Michael Brotherton officiating. Burial will be in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Jacky Johnson, Kerry Tharpe, Nick Templeton, Dustin Church, Ben Jiles and Justin Tharpe. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of the Swifton Church of Christ.
Visitation is tonight from 5-8 at the funeral home.
An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.
Ruby W. Prater, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 11, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born April 25, 1925, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Clarence and Lora Downing Borah. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Paul Prater; a grandson, Jimmy Dale Tribble; two brothers; and a sister.
Survivors include four daughters, Carolyn Tribble, Smithville, Patricia Johnson, Cherokee Village, Paula Tribble, Hoxie, and Sharon Prater, Walnut Ridge; three sons, Jim Prater, Walnut Ridge, Edward Prater, Lawson, Mo., and John Prater, Success; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was Monday at 1 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Rev. Patrick Hancock officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Nathan Sloan, Jacob Henson, Chad Brewer, Russell Camden, Daniel Prater and Blake Prater.
An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.
Agatha R. Schultz, 82, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Jan. 14, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.
Born Aug. 31, 1930, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Charles and Josephine Kirkemeier Schmidt. She worked as a teller at First National Bank in Walnut Ridge for 24 years and was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Schultz, on Aug. 15, 1973, whom she married Jan. 3, 1948; three sisters, Virginia Willett, Helen Benge and Dorothy Schmidt; and two brothers, Charles Schmidt and Stephen Schmidt.
Survivors include a son, Michael Schultz and wife Debbie of Walnut Ridge; a grandson, Derrick Schultz of Walnut Ridge; a granddaughter, Jessica Dotson and husband Daryl of Walnut Ridge; a great granddaughter, Savanna Dotson of Walnut Ridge; a great grandson, Remington Dotson of Walnut Ridge; a brother, Bob Schmidt of Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Mary Barrett of Muskogee, Okla., and Betty Drewes and husband Harry of Sumner, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.
Rosary is this evening at 6 at Bryan Funeral Home, with visitation to follow from 6:30-8.
Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. with Deacon Marlyn Tate officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Sam Allen, Milton Smith, Joel Teel, Jim Kapales, Roger Tidwell and C.L. Clark.
An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.
Lehman H. Smelser, 81, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 14, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.
Born May 1, 1931, he was the son of Jasper and Pearl Smelser and grew up in the Sedgwick area. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed at General Electric in Jonesboro for many years. He was a member of North Main Baptist Church and was a Mason.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Sue Mason Smelser; a son, Jasper Smelser; a brother, J.M. Smelser; and two sisters, Delphia Meadows and Beatress Penny.
Survivors include two daughters, Rita Kay and Annette Smelser, both of Jonesboro; a brother, Marion Smelser, Michigan; and two sisters, Evelyn Bush, Walnut Ridge, and Frances Dance, Michigan.
Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Gary Brown officiating. Burial will be in McDaniel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Boyce Smelser, Abbie Wilson, Janis Bush, Mike West, Steve Brannen and Kevin Whitlow.
An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.
Deborah Diane Teer, 54, of North Little Rock, died Dec. 28, 2012, following a lengthy illness.
Born April 20, 1958, in Walnut Ridge, she received her medical technician certification, graduating as valedictorian of her class.
She was preceded in death by her father, D.J. Hicks, formerly of Lynn; and her grandparents, Elmer and Mattie Hicks and J.T. and Elizabeth Birmingham.
Survivors include a son, Michael Lambert; a daughter, Lisa Teer; her mother, Dessie Birmingham Long, formerly of Lynn; two brothers, Steven Ray Huskey and wife Karrie Ann, and Danny Joe Huskey and wife Grace; two grandchildren, Destiny Stinson and Jessica Teer-Smith; and a great-grandchild.
Funeral was Saturday, Jan. 5, at Levy Church of Christ in North Little Rock. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Eaton.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Bikers Aiming Toward Education (ABATE) District 1, #693.
Flora Mae Thompson, 63, of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 9, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.
Born March 11, 1949, in Tunica, Miss., she retired from Arkansas State University in 1995 and was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Walnut Ridge.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Harriett Rae Miles; two brothers, Raymond Miles and Purvis Miles; a sister, Ruby Phillips; and two grandchildren, Samantha Liles and Cheyenne Green.
Survivors include her husband, William Thompson; five sons, Robert Miles and William Barrentine, both of Knox, Mo., Bob Cauley, Hugo, Okla., Ronnie Cauley, Malvern, and Wayne Cauley, Seminole, Okla.; two daughters, Karen Green, Malvern, and Kathy Lee, Alicia; two brothers, J L Miles, Union City, Tenn., and James Miles, Mississippi; 33 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rebecca LaPiro officiating. Burial was in Pine Log Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Isaac Green, Joe Hendrix, Gerald Patterson, Ralph Warren, Kenneth Hilderbran and Justin Cauley.
An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.
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