January 23, 2013 Edition

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Obituaries

Ida Juanita Baxter Will Brown Arthur Gipson
Thelma Marie Glenn Helen Sue Hamm Theresa Ann Harper
Bobby Hatfield Beverly Carol Johnson Jay Parker
Edmond Franklin Pitcher Bill Rice Clara Wells
J.C. Witcher Merrill J. Young

Obituaries

Ida Juanita Baxter

Ida Juanita "Ida Bell" Roach Baxter, 98, of Batesville, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. She was a resident of Mountain Meadows Nursing Center in Batesville Southside.

Born April 4, 1914, at Sandtown in Independence County, she was the daughter of Edwin W. and Eva L. Carter Roach. She married Austin Lawrence Baxter in 1935. They moved to Lawrence County in 1937, where they farmed on Route 3, Walnut Ridge, until June 1963. They then operated Baxter Grocery on West Cache River (Highway 230) until they retired to Batesville in 1977.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; seven brothers, Lamon Roach, Neil Roach, Jay Roach, Dean Roach, Warren Roach, Pete Roach and Brooks Roach; and seven sisters, Robbie Roach, Gladys Pool, Ruby Davis, Mollie Baxter, Vida Wilkins, Oma Fullbright and Jane Nieman.

Survivors include two sons, Carl Baxter and wife Gail, and Warren Baxter and wife Karen, all of Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Carmen Baxter of Glen Allen, Va., William Baxter of Cabot, DeeAnna Goode of Mansfield, Texas, Felicia Hollis of Bono, Todd Baxter of Jonesboro, and Blaine Baxter of Brookland; 10 great-grandchildren, Aidan Baxter of Cabot, Tristan Goode of Mansfield, Texas, Heather Baxter and Haley Baxter, both of Jonesboro, Cliff Baxter, Austin Baxter, Michael Baxter, Daniel Baxter, Shannon Baxter and Adam Baxter, all of Brookland; a great-great-grandchild, Lily Baxter of Brookland; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. at Qualls Batesville Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Shepherd officiating. Burial will be in Lee's Chapel Cemetery at Sandtown.

Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to the Lee's Chapel Cemetery Fund. Contact Doris O'Neal, 4445 Sandtown Rd., Batesville, AR 72501 or 870-283-5242.

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Will Brown

Will Brown, 18, of Newport, formerly of Saffell, died Jan. 18, 2013, at Newport.

Born Nov. 5, 1994, in Newport, he was a senior at Tuckerman High School, where he was a member of the FFA. He had formerly attended Hillcrest School. He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Larry Gilliaum and H.A. Brown.

Survivors include his parents, Ronnie and Becky Gilliaum Brown, Newport; a sister, Miranda Nicole Brown, of the home; his grandmothers, Brenda Beard Gilliaum and Connie Pyle Brown, both of Newport; and his great-grandmothers, Louise Fowler Beard, Weldon, and Mildred Redd Pyle, Newport.

Funeral was Monday at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Cheshier Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Josh Wilson, Colton Burnside, Brandon Gille, Chance Daniels, Clifford Hendrix, Matt Slagley and Alex Bradley. Honorary pallbearers were Cody Gates, Donnie Stapleton and the students, administration, teachers and staff of Tuckerman High School.

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

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Arthur Gipson

Arthur Gipson, 89, of Hoxie, died Jan. 21, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements will be announced this afternoon by House Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge. A website is available at www.housegreggfh.com to view a complete obit and service information.

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Thelma Marie Glenn

Thelma Marie Glenn, 95, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 18, 2013, at her home.

Born Sept. 16, 1917, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Stephen Isaac and Gracie Pearl Preston Dobbs. She lived in Jonesboro several years, where she worked at General Electric and was a member of the Southwest Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy E. Glenn, on May 22, 1976, whom she married April 27, 1946; a sister, Lois Scaggs; and an infant twin sister, Zelma Lee Dobbs.

Survivors include a daughter, Julia Lansford and husband James, Jonesboro; two sons, Danny Glenn and wife Joyce, Jonesboro, and Donny Glenn and wife Nancy, Atlanta; a sister, Vivian Bridges, Rockford, Ill.; six grandchildren, Jonathan Lansford, Stacy Blackston, Cory Glenn, Stephanie Robertson, Ryan Glenn and Jeffrey Glenn; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro with Dr. Jimmy Adcox officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jonathan Lansford, Cory Glenn, Ryan Glenn, Jeffrey Glenn, Troy Robertson and Ronnie Bridges. Honorary pallbearers were Pam Dumas, Dr. Troy Vines, Andy Blackston, Marvin Hinton and Larry Cain.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Home, Inc. in Paragould or the Julia Lansford Vocal Scholarship at Arkansas State University.

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

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Helen Sue Hamm

Helen Sue Hamm, 84, of Imboden, died Jan. 17, 2013.

Born Aug. 27, 1928, at Clover Bend, she was the daughter of Jimmie and Hattie Pope Whitmire. She was a bank teller for Lawrence County Bank and a member of the United Methodist Church at Imboden. She was also a member of the United Methodist's Women's group, the church choir, the Clover Bend Historical Society, the Clover Bend Cemetery Board and the Alturian Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bryan D. Hamm, whom she married Feb. 1, 1947; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include two sons, John Hamm and Walter Hamm, both of Imboden; a daughter, Linda Hawkins, Jonesboro; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ross Hawkins, Shawn Hamm, Justin Hamm, Daniel Caldwell, John Andrews, Jason Andrews and Chris Whitmire. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Carr, Alex Latham, Jim Jones and Steve Jones.

Memorials may be made to the Clover Bend Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 773, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476 or the United Methodist Church of Imboden, P.O. Box 117, Imboden, AR 72433.

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

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Theresa Ann Harper

Theresa Ann Neel Harper, 45, died Jan. 16, 2013.

She was born May 26, 1967, in Kansas City, Kans.

She was preceded in death by a grandmother, Linnie Fogle.

Survivors include her husband, James Harper; a son, Kyle Neel; her parents, James and Mary Neel; a sister, Jamie Neel and fiancˇ, Jason Belt; and two brothers, James Neel and Paul Fogle.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Murphy's Chapel in Swifton with Mark Duncan officiating. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery at Swifton under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Bradford.

Pallbearers were Jason Belt, Brian Krantz, Steven Parker, Thomas Blevins, Gary Wayne Fears and Troy Owens.

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Bobby Hatfield

Bobby Gene Hatfield, 53, of Batesville, died Jan. 18, 2013, at his home.

He was born Dec. 26, 1959, in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Mable Crossen Hatfield; and a sister, Patsy Blackshear.

Survivors include his wife, Vicki Hatfield; a son, Robert Hatfield, of the home; a daughter, Christina Hatfield, of the home; two brothers, James Hatfield, Batesville, and Billy Hatfield, Hoxie; and four sisters, Peggy Hinshaw, Ravenden, Sharon Barnhill, Hoxie, Kay Thorsby, Louisville, Ky., and Jeri Davidson, Swifton.

A memorial service was held Monday at 6 p.m. at Jubilee Family Church.

Willis Funeral Service of Batesville had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Bob Hatfield Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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Beverly Carol Johnson

Beverly Carol Johnson, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 16, 2013, in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 27, 1943, in Walnut Ridge, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.T. Johnson; a son, John Johnson; her father, Chester Duckworth; and a grandson, Brandon Johnson.

Survivors include three daughters, Sheryl Nelson Blackwell and Darlene McQuay and husband Roger, all of Pocahontas, and Amy Dail and fiancˇ Gary Bookout, Walnut Ridge; a son, Bryan Johnson, Walnut Ridge; her mother, Jessie Duckworth, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Jane Mitchell, Benton, and Vicki Richardson and husband Bryan, Hoxie; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Jay Parker

Edward Jay Parker, 72, of Yuba City, Calif., died Jan. 14, 2013.

Born Aug. 24, 1940, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Vernon and Opal Richey Parker. He had lived in the Yuba City-Sutter area since 1948 and was the owner of Jay Parker & Son Construction. He was a member of Crossroads Community Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Ray Parker.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Ann Parker; a son, Jay Wayne Parker, Sutter, Calif.; three daughters, Karan Ann Lawrence, Yuba City, Pamela Gail Seale, Sutter, and Tina Marie Glende, Chico, Calif.; his mother, Opal Murphy, Linda, Calif.; three brothers, Gene Parker, Loma Rica, Calif., Darrell Parker, Arkansas, and Donnie Parker, Olivehurst, Calif.; four sisters, Geraldine Bushnell and Kay McKasson, both of Yuba City, Alice Welch, Linda, and Linda Hargrave, Olivehurst; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Crossroads Community Church. Burial was Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Sutter Cemetery under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel of Yuba City.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, UC-Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Health Sciences Development, 4900 Broadway, Suite 1140, Sacramento, CA 95820.

Condolences may be sent to www.appealdemocrat.com.

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Edmond Franklin Pitcher

Edmond Franklin "Shorty" Pitcher, 67, of Doniphan, Mo., died Jan. 18, 2013, in St. Louis.

Born Nov. 1, 1945, in Delaplaine, he was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Korea during the Vietnam War. He was a retired machinist, who worked for Current River Die Sinking, Inc., for many years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Tessie Lillian Swift Pitcher; his stepmother, Seloy Pitcher; and two brothers, Edward Elston Pitcher and Ronald Nathan Pitcher.

Survivors include his wife, Chong Ok Pitcher, Rockford, Ill.; his father, Frankie Edgar Pitcher, Walnut Ridge; and three sisters, Edna Riddle, West Plains, Mo., Muriel Gentry, Walnut Ridge, and Eulah Pitcher, Hoxie.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Eric Leroux officiating. Burial will be in Jones Ridge Cemetery near Delaplaine.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Brad Anderson, Allen Beale, Donnie Beale, Jason Gentry, Cody Gentry and B.J. Gentry. Honorary pallbearers will be Glenn Swift, Donnie Vance and Matthew Riddle.

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

Bill Rice

Willie Fred "Bill" Rice, 74, of Hoxie, died Jan. 15, 2013, at his home.

Born Sept. 25, 1938, in Hoxie, he was the son of Fred Jewel and Mattie Booth Rice. He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a retired truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Rice; his mother, Mattie Jackson; a son, Kevin Glenn Rice; three brothers, JF Rice, Aubrey Rice and George Rice; two sisters, Nancy East and Agness Hibbs; and a granddaughter, Terryn Moody.

Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Rice, Jonesboro, Karen Davis, Powhatan, and Cassandra Steele, Bald Knob; a son, Benji Rice, Hoxie; a sister, Lucille Copeland, Jonesboro; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Clara Wells

Clara Elizabeth Wells, 84, of Eaton, died Jan. 18, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 18, 1928, in Eaton, she was the daughter of Jesse Joseph and Sarah Mahala Ketner Casper. She was a lifelong resident of Eaton and a member of Pleasant Hills Missionary Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and was retired from Lynn Public Schools.

She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Roy Casper, Albert Casper, Trumann Casper, Cecil Casper, L.D. Casper, Thurman Casper and Fred Casper; and five sisters, Ethel Beary, Neva Beary, Cora Campbell, Louise Casper and Margie Harris.

Survivors include her husband, John Leonard Wells; two sons, Larry Wells and wife Barbara and Steve Wells and wife Melinda, all of Eaton; two daughters, Brenda Mans and husband Danny, Smithville, and Becky Wells and significant other Ricky McGaha, Southside Batesville; a sister, Nadine Goodwin, Lynn; 10 grandchildren, Carol Lawrence, Jo Ann Beller, Jason Mans, Travis Mans, Jonathan Blackburn, Justin Blackburn, Tonya Rose, Tina Goff, Bill Wells and Bob Wells; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hills Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Bill Wells, Jonathan Blackburn, Justin Blackburn, Jason Mans, Travis Mans and Keaton Thacker.

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

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J.C. Witcher

J.C. Witcher, 86, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 19, 2013, at his home.

Born June 16, 1926, in Greene County, he was the son of William and Fannie Flannagan Witcher. He was a farmer and a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Witcher, on June 4, 2000, whom he married Dec. 19, 1949; three sisters and a brother.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Witcher and Larry Witcher, both of Jonesboro; a daughter, Lynn Witcher, Jonesboro; a brother, Junior Witcher, Paragould; a sister, Maxine Witcher, Paragould; three grandchildren, Ashley Broadway, Brett Witcher and Morgan Witcher; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Brett Witcher and Kenny Johnson officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Merrill J. Young

Merrill Jean "Sparky" Young, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 19, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 4, 1927, he was the son of James and Lizetta Huffman Young. He lived in Walnut Ridge most of his life and was a retired electrician for Riceland Foods. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Black Rock.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie Belle Crum Young; and two brothers, James Worth Young and Jewell Burett Young.

Survivors include a daughter, Shelia R. Heidel and husband Dennis, Grand Haven, Mich.; two brothers, Johnny M. Young and wife Joan, Roswell, N.M., and "Buck" Young, Louisville, Ky.; a granddaughter, Bethany A. Wyman; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tony Anglin, Mark Crum, Scott Logan, Reggie Lewis, Lane Harrison and Charlie Cook.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m.

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

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