September 13, 2017 Edition

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Oaklyn Reese Williams


Audine Burns James F. Ezell Erma Kimbrough
Carolyn McInteer Dennis Lynn Mullen Wilton Scarlett Sr.
Paul Wayne Smith Oliver C. Stephens Mary Lou Tedder
Joseph Wayne Villemaire L.J. Westmoreland Buck Willfond
Lana Lois Wilson VeTrix Winchester


Oaklyn Reese Williams

Tyler and Marisa Williams of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a daughter, born on July 24, 2017, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Oaklyn Reese Williams. She has one sibling, a brother, Quinn.

Grandparents are Bobby and Lisa Williams of Walnut Ridge, Danny and Kim Simpson of Paragould and Randy and Loretta Freeman of Pocahontas.

Odessa Rogers of Walnut Ridge is the great-grandmother.

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Audine Burns

Audine Miller Burns, 88, of Pocahontas, died at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro on Aug. 31, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest H. Burns of Pocahontas; and her parents, Leonard R. and Nona Norris Miller of Walnut Ridge.

She is survived by her son, Lieutenant Colonel Richard H. Burns, U.S. Army Retired, and wife Gayle Burns of Pocahontas; grandson, Major Alex Burns of the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade, wife Trisha Burns; great-grandchildren, Wesley and Kaitlynn Burns, all of Jonesboro; her brother, Kenneth J. and Loaine Miller of Springfield, Mo.; her aunt, Eulois Bartlett of Searcy; and cousins, Linda Osborne of Walnut Ridge, Jane Hacker of Portia, Jim (Johnna) Hacker of Jonesboro and Jean Andrews of Walnut Ridge.

Audine was born Aug. 8, 1929, at Poughkeepsie, and raised in Sharp and Lawrence Counties. Her Norris and Miller families were among the first settlers in Sharp and Lawrence Counties, coming from the earliest families settling in Tennessee and North Carolina. She attended schools in Clear Lake, Portia and Walnut Ridge. She was a star female basketball player for Walnut Ridge during the war years, and was the 1946 homecoming queen of Walnut Ridge High School, graduating in 1947.

She and Ernest were married Sept. 14, 1947, while Ernest was attending Draughn's Business College in Springfield. After his graduation in 1948, they moved to Pocahontas, where Ernest became bookkeeper, and later manager for Baymiller Auto Parts at the South Y in Pocahontas, which later became K & M Auto Machine Co., a NAPA Parts store, which she and Ernest fully owned from 1984 through February 2005.

Upon moving to Pocahontas, Audine became a homemaker until the mid-1950s, when she became an employee of the Van-Atkins Department Store in Pocahontas. For the elaborate production in 1956 showcasing the 100th anniversary of the founding of Pocahontas, she was picked by the Pocahontas Centennial Show Director to appear at the highpoint of the production appearing as "Miss Columbia," with her Scots/Irish attractiveness and her Cherokee ancestry representing a culmination of the Old and New Worlds in a brave new land.

She continued working at Van-Atkins until her retirement in the early 1980s. She loved spending as much time as possible with her grandson, Alex, in his early years, with him during after-school hours and on weekends, playing softball, basketball, golf, gardening, fishing and visiting the local parks and playgrounds. Later she assisted Ernest in the management of their NAPA Auto Parts store in Pocahontas.

She was a Past-Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a past member of the First Integrity Bank Advisory Board, and a loyal member of the Pyburn Street Church of Christ.

Services were at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The visitation was from 10-11 a.m., and the funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery at 3910 Harrisburg Road (on Old Harrisburg Road) at 1 p.m., following the funeral.

Honored to serve as pallbearers were Tim Burns, Barry Burns, Ronnie Foster, Jerry Bobbitt and Jim Hacker.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Danny Holt, Dr. Ray Hall, Dr. Ben Owens and the excellent staffs at Five Rivers Medical Center, Randolph County Nursing Home, NEA Baptist Hospital, and especially the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House and its outstanding nursing staff in Jonesboro.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's in Memphis, Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, or the Fisher House Foundation for military families found online.

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James F. Ezell

James F. Ezell, 86, of Jonesboro, passed from this life Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at St. Bernard's Medical Center.

He was born to the late Fred Louis and Willie Grace Ezell on Nov. 24, 1930, in Minturn. James lived in Northeast Arkansas since 1967, after coming from Clarendon, where he was the captain of the Clarendon Lions and an All-State guard in 1950, his graduation year.

He was a retired veteran, who served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years, rising through the enlisted ranks to Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8) before taking a commission as rising Chief Warrant Officer (W4). James was also one of the first people to spend an entire year in Antarctica in 1958. During the 1960s, he spent most of the decade aboard aircraft carriers (USS Hancock, USS Ranger, USS Oriskany) operating from Yankee Station involved in air operations in North and South Vietnam.

In Jonesboro he was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter and was a loyal Arkansas State Red Wolves fan.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his three sisters, Freda Ezell Foley, Gertrude Ezell DeOteris and Arnelia Ezell Birkett.

James is survived by his nieces and nephews: James Carl Graves of Boulder, Colo., Dan Foley of Batesville, Ruelene Foley and Lila Floyd, both of Walnut Ridge, Tommy Foley of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Kay Ellis of Pocahontas, Debbie DeOteris and Gertrude Marrales, both of New York, and Mary Grace Birkett and Susie Birkett, both of Clarkston, Mich.

There will be no services. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

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Erma Kimbrough

Erma Lee Couse Kimbrough, 87, of Benton, died Sept. 5, 2017, at Alcoa Pines Health and Rehabilitation in Benton.

Born March 14, 1930, in Swifton, she was the daughter of Clarence Edward and Lilly Mae Couch Norris. She was a homemaker and was of the Church of Christ faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell Kimbrough, in 2010, whom she married in December 1948; six brothers, Clarence, Noel Gene, Joe, Shelby, Charles and infant Alfred Norris; and two sisters, Verniece Norris Abbott and infant Alma Norris.

Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Hughes and husband Phil, Norman, Okla., and Terri Ratcliff, East End; two brothers, Hubert Norris and Bobby Norris, both of Swifton; two sisters, Shirley Lemay, Bono, and Joyce Tims, Jonesboro; four grandsons, Patrick Ratcliff, Barett Ratcliff, Chris Hughes and Jeff Hughes; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Steven Norris officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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Carolyn McInteer

Carolyn Ann McInteer (formerly Beary, Verkler) 73, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 11, 2017, after battling pancreatic cancer.

She was born and raised in Powhatan, and graduated from Black Rock High School in 1961. She lived most of her life in Kansas City, Kan., and Gallatin, Mo., before returning to Arkansas last year. She was a jeweler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald McInteer; and a sister, Iva Lee Whitlow.

Survivors include a daughter, Tammy Helms and husband Kevin, Talkeetna, Alaska; a son, Terry Verkler Jr., and wife Dawnel, Conway; a brother, LeRoy Beary and wife Helen, Powhatan; five grandchildren, Kaymon Brown, Thomas Witt, Ashley Bratton, Terry "Trey" Verkler III and Alexandra "Ali" Verkler.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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Dennis Lynn Mullen

Dennis Lynn Mullen, 69, of Glen Allen, Miss., died Sept. 11, 2017, at Sharkey-Issaquena Community Hospital in Rolling Fork, Miss.

Born Dec. 20, 1947, in Lawrence County, he spent most of his life here before moving to Mississippi. He was a retired construction worker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Nella Householder Mullen.

Survivors include his wife, Robin Turner Mullen; three sons, Derrick Mullen, Dennis Mullen Jr., and wife Shannon, and David Mullen; six daughters, Rhonda Reed and husband Scott, Cindy Jones and husband Chris, Sandy Brewer and companion Kelly, Peggy and husband Chris, Casey and husband Kerry, and Lorie Cook; three brothers, Joe Mullen and wife Donna, Gene Mullen and wife Brenda, and Mark Mullen and wife Annah; three sisters, Sue Huskey and husband Bill, Phyllis Flippo and Paulette Price and husband Billy; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral is today at noon at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery near Portia.

Visitation is today from 11 a.m. until noon.

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Wilton Scarlett Sr.

Wilton Scarlett Sr., 87, of Longview, Texas, passed away Sept. 7, 2017, at his residence.

He was born July 20, 1929, in Little Rock to Winton and Catherine Wilson Scarlett.

He is survived by his wife, Madgie Dodd Scarlett, formerly of Walnut Ridge; sons: David Scarlett and his wife Denise of Platte City, Mo., Wilton C. "Dub" Scarlett Jr., of Chapel Hill, Tenn., and Robert "Bob" Scarlett and wife Laura of Longview, Texas; daughters: Peggy Harder and husband Cliff of Longview, Texas, and Sharon Kay Cleary and husband James of Chapel Hill, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister: Elizabeth Morgan and husband Bill of Dallas; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters and one brother.

Visitation was Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at Lakeview Funeral Home in Longview.

A celebration of his life was held Monday at 9 a.m. with Dennis Elliott officiating. Interment was in Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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Paul Wayne Smith

Paul Wayne Smith, 69, of Kingston, Ill., died Sept. 6, 2017, at his home.

Born Oct. 2, 1947, in Black Rock, he was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam era.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Jennings and Wilma Willis Smith; and a sister, Tonya Francis.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Kubs Smith, whom he married July 31, 1970; a son, Chad Smith, Genoa, Ill.; a daughter, Angela Montgomery and husband Dave, Stillman Valley, Ill.; two brothers, Jennings Smith and wife Donna, Cherry Valley, Ill., and Stan Smith, Sycamore, Ill.; a sister, Paula Smith Fisher, Ellicott City, Md.; and six grandchildren.

Private services were under the direction of Slater-Butala Funeral Home in Genoa, Ill.

Memorials may be made to the Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St., Genoa, IL 60135.

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Oliver C. Stephens

Oliver C. Stephens Sr., 84, of Black Rock, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Oliver was born in Hoxie and attended Pocahontas High School. Following high school Oliver enlisted in the U.S. Army. He entered Officer Candidate School and served 20 years and nine months active duty and retired in 1973 with the rank of Captain. He had three tours of Vietnam and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star and the Bronze Star Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, in addition to other medals.

Following his discharge from the Army, Oliver graduated from Arkansas State University and taught school in Lawrence County. Once he retired, Oliver and his wife, Bonnie, purchased a motor home and hit the road for 10 years. He enjoyed traveling, camping and RVing. When Oliver settled back in Lawrence County, he became the Veteran Service Officer of Lawrence County, assisting veterans until his 75th birthday. Oliver also enjoyed golfing, bowling and spending time with his family.

Oliver was a member of Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge, and was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Stephens; his parents, James C. and Mellie Maye Carley Stephens; a sister, Fayes Yates; and three brothers, Thomas, Isaac and Jason Stephens.

Survivors include three daughters, Nicki Black (Mark Pelletier) of Maryland, Pamela Lester (Oren Hancock) of Pocahontas, and Stephanie Rose (Tony Anglin) of Black Rock; a son, Oliver Charles Stephens Jr. of Walnut Ridge; a sister, Natonia Gokey of Black Rock; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Per Oliver's request, all services and burial will be private. There will be no visitation. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Arkansas, 1 Lile Court, Suite 201, Little Rock, AR 72205, or Alzheimer's Association Arkansas, 5506 Walsh Lane, Suite 212, Rogers, AR 72756.

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Mary Lou Tedder

Mary Lou Tedder, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 6, 2017, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born April 7, 1935, in Elsa, Ill., she was the daughter of Clarence and Nova Sells Allen. She was a homemaker and worked in a bookbinding factory.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Tedder; and a brother, Robert Allen.

Survivors include a son, James Huckabee, Hoxie; two sisters, Lora Gray, Kentucky, and Nova (James Scott) Hancock, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Richard Allen, North Carolina; and two grandchildren, Ashley Stevens and Joshua Huckabee.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Corning Cemetery. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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Joseph Wayne Villemaire

Joseph Wayne Villemaire, 72, of Pocahontas, died Sept. 5, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 25, 1944, in Stouffville, Canada, he was employed at Nelson Bainbridge and was a member of Peoples Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Evelyn Hoff Villemaire.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Haynes Villemaire, whom he married Jan. 12, 2002, in Pocahontas; a son, Bill Fois, Canada; two daughters, Jennifer Fry, Canada, and Bridget Stacey, Pocahontas; a brother, Paul Villemaire, Canada; and three grandchildren, Isaiah, Mya and Harlee.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Peoples Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie with Roger Brand officiating. Cox Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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L.J. Westmoreland

L.J. Westmoreland, 84, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 6, 2017.

Born Dec. 10, 1932, in Alicia, he was the son of Lois and Dora Johnson Westmoreland. He was a farmer and later worked as a security guard.

He was preceded in death by several siblings.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Cianciola Westmoreland, whom he married Aug. 14, 2012; a son, Charles Westmoreland and wife Lisa, Jonesboro; a daughter, Cheryl Renfro, Jonesboro; a brother, James Westmoreland and wife Pat, Mammoth Spring, Mo.; five grandchildren, Brooke Lemke, Amber Prine, Bradley Davis, Tyler Renfro and Brittney Renfro; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Trinity Cemetery in Bono with Bro. Danny Jackson officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Dustin Watlington, Jack Lemke, Bradley Davis, Sammy Grimes, Tyler Renfro and Oral Renfro.

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Buck Willfond

Jerry "Buck" Willfond, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 3, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 7, 1947, in Walnut Ridge, he was a truck driver and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Weldon and Frankie Hibbard Willfond; a sister, Melba Jones; and a grandson, Tyler William Alls.

Survivors include his wife, Sally Willfond; a son, Phillip Willfond and wife Deanna, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Geri Ann Alls and husband Richard, Egypt; two sisters, Betty Stayton and Joyce Hutsell, both of Hoxie; two grandchildren, Drew Alls and Ashley Leann Hill; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at noon at Cox Funeral Home with Dale Hughart officiating. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery near Swifton.

Pallbearers were Hunter Ozburn, Drew Alls, Jim Cagle, Richard Alls and Tim Hutsell. Honorary pallbearers were Don Gray, Sam Moore and Tom Moore.

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Lana Lois Wilson

Lana Lois Wilson, 75, of Bay, passed away Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at her home.

Born in Morrilton, Lana lived many years in Walnut Ridge and Swifton before moving to Bay four years ago. She was a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and was a high school English teacher. Lana taught at Pocahontas High School, Walnut Ridge High School and retired from Corning High School.

Lana was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed tennis, and watching the St. Louis baseball Cardinals and the Arkansas Razorbacks. She also enjoyed her canine companions, Copper, Penny and Bailey.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Rebecca Wilson; and her devoted companion, Mike Hulen.

Lana is survived by her children and their spouses: Tol and Rhonda Wilson of Bono, Gaye and Eddie Oates of Hot Springs Village, and Bo Wilson and his fiancé, Angie Cottingham, of Bay.

Other survivors include two sisters, Loretta Merritt of Searcy, and Patsy Murphy of Virginia; a brother, Laman Hale of North Little Rock; six grandchildren and their spouses: Josh Wilson, Tyler Wilson, Keashia and husband J.D. Guthrie, Jordan and wife Jerrika Johnson, Jarrod Wilson, Jahren and husband Will Causey; and seven great-grandchildren: Shaelie, Dyslenn, Aubrey, Jax, Jep, Hudson and Maverick.

Also surviving are extended family, who Lana was especially close to: Angie's brother, Thomas Carter Jr. of Tyronza; sisters, Sandy Gann of Hardy, and Sherry Long of Jonesboro and daughter Tina Birdwell of Jonesboro and grandchildren, Tatum and Hunter.

At Lana's request, all services and burial were private. There wass no visitation. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Corning High School College Scholarship Program, with emphasis given to students based on need, 500 Bobcat Lane, Corning, AR 72422.

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VeTrix Winchester

VeTrix Smith Winchester, 91, of Pocahontas, passed away at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.

VeTrix was born Aug. 31, 1926, in Black Rock to the late William Lark Smith and Lillian Flourine Wells Smith. VeTrix was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend and will be greatly missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Winchester; children, Bobby Winchester, Ann (Ron) Helmbeck, Pat (John) Strack and Billy (Gina) Winchester; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Clyde (RuthAnn) Smith; sister-in-law, Mary Smith Taylor; and a loving caregiver, Jeanna Penn.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Jerry Wilcox officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice Center, or Hope Cemetery in Imboden.

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