June 14, 2017 Edition

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Mildred Margaret Austin Ernest Harlin Burns Joan Carolin Holland
Harimlee Huskey Maida Long Mildred Kathryn Stewart


Mildred Margaret Austin

Mildred Margaret "Midge" Austin, 87, of Greenbrier, formerly of Lawrence County, died June 11, 2017, at Greenbrier Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born March 27, 1930, at Tyronza, she was the daughter of John William and Ina Lois Moore Austin. She worked as a licensed practical nurse at Methodist Hospital in Jonesboro until retiring in 1992. After retirement, she enjoyed reading, painting and traveling. Mildred loved to fish and spent many happy times saltwater fishing in Rockport, Texas. She was a member of United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, John W. "Bud" Austin and Paul Austin; and three sisters, Helen Holmes, Vivian Davis and Doris Kirkland.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is today from 1-2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home. Funeral will follow at 2 p.m. with Ted Grove officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Ernest Harlin Burns

Ernest Harlin Burns, 92, of Pocahontas, died June 8, 2017, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Ernest lived all of his life in Lawrence and Randolph Counties, other than the time he spent in college and in serving his country in World War II. He was born March 19, 1925, at Alicia, to Albert and Amey Rice Burns. He attended Bramblett School in the Egypt Community and helped the family in farming.

He was drafted out of high school and into the US Navy in October 1943. He served aboard the USS Marcus Island, CVE 77, an escort carrier as a Petty Officer First Class in the Pacific, seeing action from Palau, the Philippines through Okinawa. His ship was a part of the largest naval battles of World War II, the battles of Leyte Gulf and the battle off of Samar Island during the Philippines Campaign. The only U.S. carrier sunk during the war by naval gunfire, his sister ship, the Gambier Bay, was sunk prior to the enemy turning their guns on to his ship, prior to the enemy withdrawing. After Okinawa, during which his ship saw significant kamikaze action, it was engaged in ferrying planes and material when the atomic bombs were dropped, ending the war.

After World War II, Ernest returned to Lawrence County and attended Walnut Ridge High School, where he met the love of his life and future wife, Audine Miller. Upon graduation, he attended Draughon's Business College in Springfield, Mo., where they were married in September of 1947. Upon graduation they moved to Pocahontas in December of 1948, where Ernest became the bookkeeper for Baymiller's Auto Parts, which in the mid 1950's became K and M Auto Parts, with Ernerst as manager. Over the years Ernest bought into the business and became complete owner in the spring of 1984, where he worked until his retirement and sale of the business in February 2005.

Ernest was a Master Mason, a former member of the Pocahontas City Council, and was a member of the Pocahontas Kiwanis Club. During his years with his store as a member of the NAPA Automotive Parts Association, he received many Jobber awards and recognition as one of the best stores in the Memphis Mid-South Region.

Ernest found peace and significant meaning of life in his attendance and membership in the Pyburn Street Church of Christ, along with his many friends and acquaintances. He loved trout fishing on Spring River and bass fishing on the lakes and rivers of Arkansas, and also fishing in Cuba, Mexico and the Caribbean. Golf with his grandson, Alex, his friend and buddy, was his main leisure activity, which he cherished. Once he retired, gardening became a favorite pastime. He and Audine also enjoyed traveling to Razorback games, and took tours to Spain, Switzerland and the Caribbean. He leaves his family and friends a strong legacy of faith, love, honor, patience and service to his community and his faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Kenneth Joe Burns of the Egypt community.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Audine, of Randolph County Nursing Home; son, Richard (Gayle) of Pocahontas; grandson, Alex (Trisha); and great grandchildren, Wesley and Kaitlynn, all of Jonesboro; brother Glendon (Billie) of Jonesboro; uncle, Jack Rice of Egypt; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, with a visitation at 1 p.m. and funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Gardens on Old Harrisburg Road between 4-4:30 p.m. following the funeral.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Alex Burns, Barry Burns, Tim Burns, Ronnie Foster, Jerry and Jonathan Bobbitt.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Doctors Ray Hall, Kevin Collins, Scott Dorroh and the entire staff at the NEA Cancer Center and staff, and especially Brenda at NEA Cancer Center. The family would also like to thank the wonderful staff at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, Dr. Ben Owens, nurses Sarah and Cheril of the Jones Hospice House, and Jennifer of Arkansas Home Hospice.

For lasting memorials, the family requests you consider St. Jude's in Memphis, Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, or Fisher House Foundation for military families found online.

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


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Joan Carolin Holland

Joan Carolin Holland, 80, of Portia, died June 4, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 2, 1936, in Marmaduke, she was the daughter of Corky and Rachel Ward. She was a retired postal employee and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Glen Earl Stephens; her second husband, Bobby Ray Holland; and a son, Todd Joseph Stephens.

Survivors include two sons, Terry Stephens and wife Linda, and Michael Stephens, all of Belleville, Ill.; a daughter, Paula McLean, Polk City, Fla.; four grandchildren, Benjamin McLean, Scott Stephens, Brian Stephens and Brittany Stephens; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Portia Church of Christ with Robert Davis officiating. Burial was private. Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home of Paragould or The Children's Shelter, 107 Benson St., Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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

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Harimlee Huskey

Harimlee Doyle Huskey, 77, of Batesville, died June 10, 2017.

Born March 27, 1940, at Saffell, she was the daughter of Ernest and Virgie Mize Doyle. She was co-owner of Huskey Construction and Rentals and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Batesville.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Junior Doyle; and a granddaughter, Sabrina Nicole Deerinwater.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Denver Huskey; two daughters, Tresa Elms and husband Ronnie, Bethesda, and Lisa Deerinwater, Muskogee, Okla.; a son, Greg Huskey and wife Jennifer, Bethesda; six brothers, G.H. Doyle, Jimmy Doyle, Jerry Doyle, Eddie Ray Doyle, Bobby Doyle and Danny Keith Doyle; two sisters, Linda Garrett and Lynette Melton; seven grandchildren, Allisun Dulli, John Michael Elms, Stevie Moore, Sydney Deerinwater, Creed Deerinwater, Laney Huskey and Keith Huskey; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Batesville with Bros. Bobby Walker and Randy Scott officiating. Burial was in Willmuth Cemetery at Saffell under the direction of Qualls Batesville Funeral Service.

Her brothers served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

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Maida Long

Maida Glen Long, 91, of Hoxie, died June 10, 2017, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born May 28, 1926, in Corsicana, Texas, she was the daughter of Stephen and Maude Jones Graves. She was a homemaker and was of the Methodist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Dempsey "Jack" Long, in 2014; a son, Paul Long, in 2015; two brothers, Cecil Graves and Steven Graves; and two sisters, Gail Harvall and Margaret Attaway.

Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Douglas and husband Barry, Houston, Mo., and Sandra Burk, Springfield, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

A double memorial service for Maida and Jack will be held Saturday from 4-5 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home.

The family requests that donations to help with funeral expenses be made to Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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Mildred Kathryn Stewart

Mildred Kathryn Stewart, 70, of Ridgedale, Mo., died June 8, 2017.

Born Dec. 21, 1946, in Pocahontas, she lived in Black Rock for 18 years before moving to St. Louis.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Charles Stewart; her parents, John and Edith Tate Wilford; a brother, John Wilford Jr.; and her grandparents, James Miller and Jenny Tate, and Rev. Boone and Elizabeth Wilford.

Survivors include a son, Randall Stewart, Ridgedale, Mo.; two daughters, Anita Jones and husband Rick, Florissant, Mo., and Elaine Oberheim and husband Dustin, Overland, Mo.; three sisters, Elizabeth Pickney and husband Bob, Black Rock, Mary Morrison and husband Danny, Hot Springs, and Marie Cavenaugh and husband Gayland, Pocahontas; 10 grandchildren, Justine, Nicholas, Wyatt, Kassie, Morgan, Garrett, Jarrett, Caitlyn, Courtney and Charlayne; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Black Rock United Methodist Church with Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Wyatt Jones, Jarrett Challans, Garrett Challans, grandsons-in-law, Matt Stokes and David Boehm and brother-in-law, Danny Morrison.

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

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