August 9, 2017 Edition

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Births

Owen Harrison Vallance

Weddings

Roberts ~ Brady Russell ~ Bass

Obituaries

Camey Delbert Bettis Evelyn Bush Pauline Cooksey
Charles Dean Harper Ronnie Huskey Lynn Roe King
Imogene O'Connor Ernestene Parrish Heath Sifford
Basil James Thacker Genevieve Williams Jewel Woodson

Births

Owen Harrison Vallance

Adam and Kelley Vallance of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born on July 27, 2017, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and has been named Owen Harrison Vallance. He has one sibling, a brother, Beau Asher Vallance, two.

Grandparents are Anthony and Kim Vallance of Knobel. Great-grandparents are Kenneth and Jerlene Adams of Walnut Ridge and John Vallance of Knobel.

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Weddings

Roberts ~ Brady

Amy Randall of Walnut Ridge and Will Roberts of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Peyton Madison Leann Roberts, to Logan Gregory Brady, son of Gregory and Jennifer Brady of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Pardo and Libby Roberts of Imboden and the late Tom and Judy Randall of Walnut Ridge. She is a 2014 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and works as receptionist at Tedder Equipment of NEA.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Darrell and Ricca Brady of Walnut Ridge and Deloris Roberts of Newport. He is a 2013 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a 2017 graduate of Arkansas State University and works as a farmer.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 12 at 4 p.m. at The James Ranch in Pocahontas with Dr. Robert Foster officiating.

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Russell ~ Bass

Redda Jo Russell of Hoxie has announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Bridget Sullivan Russell, to Phishon Austin Bass, son of Marian Howard and Clyde Jefferson of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Vonda Keith Holder and the late Clyn Keith. She is a graduate of Hoxie High School and Arkansas State University and is a student at the University of Memphis.

A graduate of the Lawrence County Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Program, Bridget was also inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at ASU. She was active in Wolflife Campus Ministry and assists with the Southwest Church of Christ children's ministry.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Arkansas State University. He was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at ASU and was active in Wolflife Campus Ministries. He assists with the Southwest Church of Christ children's ministry.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Jonesboro. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and the reception to follow.

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Obituaries

Camey Delbert Bettis

Camey Delbert Bettis, 93, of Poughkeepsie, died Aug. 4, 2017, at the Cave City Nursing Home.

Born June 1, 1924, at Salem, he was the son of Leslie and Emma Ratliff Bettis. He was a retired master electrician from IBEW. A U.S. Army WWII veteran, he was the recipient of two Bronze Stars and a lifetime member of the DAV.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Patricia Bettis; a brother, William Bettis; a sister, Imogene Bettis Norris; a great-grandson, Ryne Bates and Ruth Jarrett Bettis.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Bettis of Batesville and Ron Bettis and wife Linda of Conway; two daughters, Suzette Bates and husband Terry of Cave City and Deborah Boles of Poughkeepsie; 10 grandchildren, Christy, Casey, Lauren, Greg, Hollie, Farrah, Matt, Eric, Donnie and David; 12 great-grandchildren; and special friend and dancing partner, Ernestine Boyce of Batesville.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City with his nephew, Nathan Norris, officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery at Poughkeepsie.

Pallbearers were Eric Bates, Donnie Goudeau, Greg Bettis, David Goudeau, Matt Bettis and Kenneth Seat.

Honorary pallbearers were his nieces and nephews, along with Aaron Sims, Ronnie Smead, Donnie Mitchell, Paul Mitchell, Raymond Davis, Dr. Siddiqui, Doc Freeman and all the baseball players he coached and mentored over the years.

Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Association Fund c/o FNBS, P.O. Box 8, Ash Flat, AR 72513 or to a charity of choice.

An online guestbook is available at quallsfh.com.

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Evelyn Bush

Evelyn Bush, 95, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 3, 2017, at her home.

Born March 9, 1922, in Sedgwick, she was the daughter of Jasper and Pearl Melton Smelser. She was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Bush; three brothers, Herbert Smelser, J.M. Smelser and Lehman Smelser; and two sisters, Delphia Meadows and Beatrice Penney.

Survivors include a son, Bob Bush and wife Carol of Lake Worth, Fla.; two daughters, Janis Bush of Walnut Ridge and Abbie Wilson and husband Gary of North Little Rock; a brother, Marion Smelser of Michigan; a sister, Frances Dance and husband Joe of Wayne, Mich.; and two grandchildren, Garrett Wilson and Katie Wilson.

Funeral services were Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Walnut Ridge with Jake Guenrich officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

Pallbearers were Garrett Wilson, Ray Stone, Phil Sheets, Michael Covey, Phil Tolson and Brad Flippo.

Honorary pallbearers were Gary Kearby and Katie Wilson.

Memorials can be made to The Children's Shelter, 107 Benson Drive, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Pauline Cooksey

Pauline Cooksey, 89, of Pocahontas, formerly of Hoxie, died Aug. 5, 2017, at her granddaughter's home, following a lengthy illness.

Born May 8, 1928, in Gillett, she was the daughter of Raymond and Myrtle Powell Recker. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Walker Cooksey, whom she married on March 28, 1947; and a brother, Raymond C. Recker Jr.

Survivors include her son, Steve Cooksey and wife Donna of Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Martha Davis and husband Robert of Pocahontas and Roxann Hibbs and husband Willard of Walnut Ridge; five sisters, Bonna George, Raylene Wiles, Shirley Inman, Dee Niedermeier and Debbie Harpole; eight grandchildren, Steven Paul, Chip, Krystal, Jill, Kelley, Jordan, C.J. and Mackenzie; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Bryan Chapel with Robert Davis officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Steven P. Davis, Chip Cooksey, Jordan Cooksey, Caden Wilson, Devan Hensley, Joe Winters and Justin Winters.

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

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Charles Dean Harper

Charles Dean Harper, 74, of Walnut Ridge left this world for his heavenly home on August 2, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born June 5, 1943, to the late Rex and Mable Harper.

Charles was a faithful member of the Main Street Church of Christ. He was a 1961 graduate of Pocahontas High School, a member of the Arkansas National Guard (1960-1968), and served as an Arkansas State Trooper (1969-2000); retiring from this service after 31 years. He received the Lifesaving award from the American Red Cross.

He is now currently patrolling the streets of heaven with Jesus as his chief and collecting "junk" to go in his mansion.

Preceding him in death are five brothers, Rex Harper Jr., Conway Harper, Don Harper, Thomas Harper and Norman Ray Harper; and two sisters, Joyce Goodsell and Bonnie Sue Harper.

He is survived by the love of his life, Carol Jean Dean Harper, whom he married on October 6, 1963; and within that union they were blessed with one child, a daughter, Deana Dionne Harper Householder. He gained a loving son-in-law, John Householder, in 1994. God chose to bless Charles with two grandsons, Easton and Aaden Householder, who he thought the world of.

Charles leaves also, one sister, Merlene Brown of Pocahontas; one brother, Wade Harper and wife Bea Harper, also of Pocahontas; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Maple of Pocahontas and Lillie Harper of Gallatin, Tenn.; two brothers-in-law, Leonard Maple of Pocahontas and Charles Goodsell of O'Fallon, Mo.; 12 nieces; 11 nephews; 33 great nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Main Street Church of Christ with Rob Combs and Ed Baker officiating. Burial was in Harper Cemetery, north of Pocahontas, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at housegreggfh.com.

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Ronnie Huskey

Ronald "Ronnie" Dean Huskey, 59, of Pocahontas, formerly of Strawberry, died Aug. 2, 2017, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 10, 1957, in Batesville, he was the son of Bobby Dean and Florence Black Huskey.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and an infant brother.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Jessica Huskey, of the home; a son, Eric Huskey and wife Heather; two step-sons, Michael Hamilton and wife Rhonda and Stoney Cook and wife Lynn; a step-daughter, Charlette Spades; a brother, Roger Huskey and wife Danielle; 12 grandchildren, Jody, Shelby and Shanna Hoggard, Vanessa, Lanae and Lexi Hamilton, Braden Cook, Charlee Rodden, Zachary Davis, Timothy and Amanda Haynes, Rachel DeLoach; and a great-grandson.

Funeral services were Saturday at 2 p.m. at Saffell Missionary Baptist Church with Terry Miller officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Leroy Holmes, Jamie Nunnally, Bruce Manning, Randy Glenn, Tony Nunnally and Keith Geurin.

Honorary pallbearers were Edward Nunnally, Mike Spain, Bobby Joe Jones and Lanny Jones.

An online guestbook is available at mcnabbfh.com.

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Lynn Roe King

Lynn Roe King, 70, of Cave City, died Aug. 4, 2017, in Cave City.

Born Oct. 17, 1946, in Searcy, he was a member of Clearwater Missionary Baptist Church at Providence. He served in public education for 42 years as agriculture teacher, vocational ed coordinator, director of area vocational school (vo-tech) and superintendent of Strawberry, River Valley, Lewisville, Bradley and Midland School Districts.

He was also a cattle farmer and a member of the Optimist Club. He helped develop and was a member of the NOWCO Volunteer Fire Department and the Water Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lem B. and Sarah "Lady" King.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Oleta King of Cave City; a son, Shawn King and wife Teresa, Hot Springs; a daughter, Tara Harvey and husband Daniel, Ferris, Texas; two step-daughters, Brittany Doyle and husband Jody of Saffell and Leslie Oliver and husband Brady of Lynn; a brother, Sid King and wife Judy, Clinton; a sister, Deanna Sullivan, Batesville; and 10 grandchildren, Dylan, Christopher and James Harvey, Tanner and Cassidy King, Bryson, Summer and Hadley Doyle and Brayden and Garrett Oliver.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Clearwater Missionary Baptist Church at Providence. Burial was in Providence Cemetery under the direction of Powell Funeral Home of Searcy.

An online guestbook is available at www.powellfuneralhome.net.

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Imogene O'Connor

Imogene Gracie O'Connor, 84, of Walnut Ridge died Aug. 3, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge.

Born April 5, 1933, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of W.H. and Mary Fry Wynn. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed O'Connor; a daughter, Rebecca O'Connor; a brother, Calvin Wynn; and a sister, Marcene Britton.

Survivors include two sons, Johnny Keith of Jonesboro and Marty Keith of Dallas; a sister, Odell Stark; five grandchildren, Casey Reyes, Bradley Tolson, Cailey Tolson, Alex Keith and Felicia King; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at noon at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Randy Britton officiating. Burial was in Manning Cemetery #1, near Sedgwick, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at housegreggfh.com.

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Ernestene Parrish

Ernestene Thacker Parrish, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 5, 2017, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center in Walnut Ridge.

Born Nov. 28, 1931, in Smithville, she was the daughter of Ruben and Francis Josephine Ratliff Thacker. She was retired from St. Bernards Regional Medical Center and was a member of the Smithville Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Leona Kutzman Jones; brother, Basil Thacker; a sister, Violeta Allen; and infant siblings, Reba Uvila Thacker and Billy Joe Thacker.

Survivors include her son, Marvin Kutzman and wife Jo Ann of El Paso, Texas; a brother, Darrell Thacker of Smithville; two sisters, Nina Willmuth and husband F.K. and Oletha Willmuth, both of Strawberry; grandchildren, Tara Kutzman and Afton Kutzman Check; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Russell officiating. Burial was at Smithville Cemetery in Smithville under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Donnie Thacker, Darian Thacker, Jim Thacker, Eddie Witt, Jerry Matheny, Jared Smith, Zack Witt and Justin Burrow.

Honorary pallbearers were Barry Thacker, Brian Thacker, Drew Willmuth, Chris Wooldridge, Keaton Thacker, Farrell Ratcliffe and Doug Allen.

An online guestbook is available at coxfhwalnutridge.com

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Heath Sifford

Jerry Heath "Beef" Sifford, 41 of Hoxie, died Aug. 4, 2017, in Memphis.

Born July 7, 1976, in Pocahontas, he was the son of Jerry and Paulette Combs Sifford. He worked at Arkansas Glass in Jonesboro for 19 years and was a driver and pit crew member at Crowley's Ridge Raceway.

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Glenda Wilson; grandparents, T.Z. and Lola Sifford and Johnny and Mary Combs; and uncle, David Sifford.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta; three children, Shelby, Cooper and Spencer, all of the home; his parents, Jerry and Paulette Sifford; and a sister, Felicity Rhea and husband Gordon.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel in Walnut Ridge with Pat Hovis officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery in Alicia under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation will be this evening from 6-8 at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.

An online guestbook is available at housegreggfh.com.

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Basil James Thacker

Basil James Thacker, 84, of Pocahontas, died Aug. 5, 2017, at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born March 26, 1933, in Strawberry, he was the son of Reuben and Josephine Thacker.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Iva Grace Thacker, whom he married on August 28, 1954.

Survivors include three sons, Jim Thacker and wife Rhonda, Barry Thacker and wife Jackie and Brian Thacker; six daughters, Debra Snow and husband Rick, Cletha DeJarnette and husband Everett, Phyllis Campbell and husband Craig, Gloria Collins, JoAnn Haddix and husband Robert and June White and husband Roger; 12 grandchildren, Randi Winslow, Jerica Thacker, Jason Nelson, Michael DeJarnette, Brandie Teel, B.J. Thacker, Candice Rice, Brooke Haddix, Mackenzie Haddix, Donnie White, Aaron White and Gracie White; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service and burial will be today at 1 p.m. at Smithville Cemetery with Jerry Clements officiating. Visitation will be today from 10 a.m. to noon at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel in Pocahontas.

An online guestbook is available at mcnabbfh.com.

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Genevieve Williams

Genevieve Williams, 82, of Hoxie, died July 31, 2017, in the Lake Charles Care Center in Louisiana.

Born Aug. 2, 1934, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of the late William Estes and Eddie Mae Stephenson Christopher. She was a homemaker, worked for Frolic Footwear and Skil Corp. and was a member of Hoxie United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Williams, in 2002, whom she married Sept. 14, 1957.

Survivors include her sister, Estalea Butler and husband Gary of Sulphur, La.; 10 nieces and nephews, Taylor, Kelly, Glen, John, Christi, Sherri, Renea, Carol, Cassandra and Christopher; 17 great-nieces and nephews; and several great-great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. in the Bryan Chapel with Rev. Beth Perdue officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens in Pocahontas under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were John Christopher, Tim Church, Ben West, Steve Owen, Christopher Richardson and Tom Richardson.

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

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Jewel Woodson

Jewel Evelyn Woodson, 84, of Sterling, Ill., died July 31, 2017, at Sterling Pavilion.

Born Nov. 16, 1932, in Minturn, she was the daughter of Julius and Minnie Pearl Duncan Cobble. She was a 1950 graduate of Hoxie High School. She was employed at Lawrence Brothers for 42 years, prior to retirement and was a member of Rock River Assembly of God Church in Rock Falls, Ill.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Cobble; and two brothers, Bernard Cobble and Paul Cobble.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Woodson, whom she married Oct. 6, 1951, at the Walnut Ridge Assembly of God Church; a son, Rickie Woodson and wife Adell of Hayes, Va.; two sisters, Earlene Taylor and husband Bart and Geraldine Weed and husband William; two brothers, Bert Cobble and Earl Cobble and wife Carol; a sister in-law, Kathleen Woodson Miller; four grandchildren, Andrea McDonald, Melissa Woodson, Christopher Woodson and David Woodson; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation, with Rev. Don George officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.

A memorial fund has been established.

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

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