January 10, 2018 Edition

Also in this issue...

News | Sports Scene | Education | Viewpoints | Records |


Samuel Levi Kimble Silas Rowan Samuels Jesse Jay Santiago
Slade Matthew Watts


Guthrey ~ Tyler Hotchkiss ~ Richey


Linda Anderson Matthew Beau Baney Billie Ann Braden
Jimmie Lee Bridges Dale Justus Ruby Killian
Billy Don Smith Betty Thomas Randy Tyner


Samuel Levi Kimble

Jacob and Elizabeth Kimble of Paragould have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Dec. 27, 2017, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Samuel Levi Kimble.

Grandparents are Alan and Sarah Whaley of Clover Bend and Willie Kimble and Cassi Kimble, both of Pocahontas.

He is the great-grandson of Frances and Robin Whaley of Clover Bend, Dennis and Georgia Smart, Bennie and Linda Waymon and Cindy Kimble, all of Pocahontas, and Bill Anderson of Texas.

Back to Top

Silas Rowan Samuels

Adam and Susan Samuels of Fayetteville have announced the birth of a son on Dec. 31, 2017, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.

The baby weighed nine pounds, two ounces, and has been named Silas Rowan Samuels.

Susan is a Lawrence County native and Hoxie High School graduate.

Grandparents are Jim and Cindy Penn of Denton, Ruby Samuels of Fayetteville and the late Mike Samuels.

Back to Top

Jesse Jay Santiago

Tanisha Urlacher and Antonio Santiago Jr. of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on Dec. 28, 2017, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Jesse Jay Santiago.

He has two older siblings, Dameon Fry and Hailee Russell.

Grandparents are Flisha Webb and Antonio Santiago Sr.

Back to Top

Slade Matthew Watts

Matt and Katie Watts of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on Dec. 19, 2017, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Slade Matthew Watts.

He has an older sister, Adyson Watts, who is five.

Grandparents are Jimmy and Chrystal Watts of Walnut Ridge, Toni Worsham of Light and the late Shane Hale.

Back to Top


Hotchkiss ~ Richey

Maranda Richey became the bride of Anthony Hotchkiss in an informal ceremony at the Lawrence County Courthouse on Dec. 26, 2017, with Robert Combs officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Amanda Milligan Hawkins of Dexter, Mo., and Wayne Hoffman of Jonesboro, and the groom is the son of David and Julie Hotchkiss of Bull Shoals.

Maranda is the granddaughter of Riley and Ann Milligan of Portia and Richard and Alice Hoffman of Black Rock. She is a Walnut Ridge High School honor graduate and works as a cashier at Walmart.

Anthony is the grandson of Skip and Rose Enders of Dyersburg, Tenn., and Mary Hotchkiss of Bull Shoals and the late David Hotchkiss. He is a graduate of Westside High School and serves as assistant manager at Rent One.

Back to Top

Guthrey ~ Tyler

Jordan Nicole Tyler became the bride of Dr. Caleb Logan Guthrey in a double ring ceremony solemnized at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Silos in Bono.

The bride is the daughter of Steven and Vicki Tyler of Jonesboro and the granddaughter of Alice Guntharp Phipps of Jonesboro, formerly of Hoxie.

She is a registered nurse and a graduate of Jonesboro High School, Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The bridegroom is the son of Carl and Kathy Guthrey of Jonesboro and the grandson of Clarence "Sonny" and Estel Guthrey of Corning.

He is a medicine/pediatric resident and a graduate of Nettleton High School, Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Rick Christian officiated the ceremony.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Matron of honor was Jordan Nelson Wood of Wynne. Bridesmaids were Amy Perry Westlake and Nicole Powell, both of North Little Rock, Brittany Cason of Prescott, Kristi Hendricks of White Hall, Layla Qedan Simmons of Fayetteville and Jessica Chivers Taggert and Mary Bradley Laxton, both of Jonesboro.

Caleb Bauer of Jonesboro was best man. Groomsmen were Drew Westlake of North Little Rock, Doug Taggert, Jarrett Cooper, Jordan Drennin and Tyler Teague, all of Jonesboro, Jonathon Cortright of Star City and Matt Harvison of Trumann.

Lacee Guntharp served as flower girl, and the ringbearer was Talon Dobson.

The reception followed at The Silos. Parker Dobson and Elliana Dobson presided at the bride's book table.

Following a wedding trip to Riviera Maya, Cancun, the couple is residing in Little Rock.

Back to Top


Linda Anderson

Linda Marshall Anderson, 66, of Imboden, died Dec. 30, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 6, 1951, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of the late Roscoe and Dorothy Marshall.

She was also preceded in death by an uncle, Bill Marshall.

Survivors include her husband, Randy Anderson; a sister, Kathleen Wallis, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Roy Marshall, Walnut Ridge; a stepson, Ricky Rice and family; a stepdaughter, Missy Mashburn; two step grandchildren, Timothy Mashburn and Tiffany Russom; a special little boy, Eric Franklin; a sister-in-law, Priscilla Franklin; a brother-in-law, Len Anderson; and her mother-in-law, Marilyn Anderson.

No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation was chosen. McNabb Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

Back to Top

Matthew Beau Baney

Matthew Beau Baney, 19, of Cave City, died Jan. 2, 2018, in Batesville.

Born Feb. 6, 1998, in Jonesboro, he was the son of Bobby Joe Baney and Brandy Toombs Hemminger. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leland Baney, Randy Toombs, William Riney and Shirley Melton.

Survivors include his father, Bobby Baney and wife Wilma, Pocahontas; his mother, Brandy Hemminger and husband Jim, Black Oak; six brothers, Kyle Cartwright, Michael Nordmeyer and Johnny Hemminger, all of Black Oak, Adam Smith and Andrew Riney, both of Pocahontas, and Hunter Baney, Bella Vista; three sisters, Kayla Cartwright and Megan Hemminger, both of Black Oak, and Heather Richey, Walnut Ridge; and grandparents, Sandra Ford and Lourine Baney.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Steve Martin officiating. Burial will be in Cave City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his brothers and friends, Keith White and Drew Smith.

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

Back to Top

Billie Ann Braden

Billie Ann Braden, 81, of Senath, Mo., died Jan. 6, 2018, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born April 6, 1936, in Bucoda, Mo., she was the daughter of William G. and Zena Cox Fritz. She attended school at Imboden and graduated from Senath in 1954. She received a degree in education from Arkansas State University, where she was a member of the Arkettes, an elite group of vocalists that traveled and performed.

She began teaching at Thomasville, Mo., before moving back to Senath, where she taught until her retirement. She was a member of the Senath Church of Christ and the Senath Lions Club, where she worked in the club's flag program. She often volunteered for the Celebrate Recovery Program and loved being a part of the Election Board.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas L. Braden, on Jan. 4, 2001, whom she married July 10, 1855, in Senath; and two brothers, Wendell Ray Fritz and Dr. Bobby Dempsey Fritz.

Survivors include two sons, Scott Braden and wife Susan, Pensacola, Fla., and Barry Braden and wife Dana, Manila; a daughter, Laura Ward and husband Mark, Jonesboro; a brother, Joseph Donald Fritz, Senath, Mo.; a sister, Margie Singer, Walnut Ridge; a special friend, Paul Stout, Senath, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Senath Church of Christ with Art Smith officiating. Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett. McDaniel Funeral Service in Kennett had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were T.J. Chandler, Charles Parker, Chad Morgan, Greg Harris, Byron Small, Steve Harris and Charles Horner.

Memorials may be made to the Senath-Hornersville Education Fund/Bobby Fritz Memorial, P.O. Box 456, Senath, MO 63876 or the Paragould Children's Home, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

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

Back to Top

Jimmie Lee Bridges

Jimmie Lee Bridges, 74, of Caraway, died Jan. 7, 2018, at Three Rivers Nursing Center in Marked Tree.

Born Jan. 13, 1944, in Golden, Miss., he was a farmer and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vardiman Bilbo Bridges and Rosie Lee Robertson Bridges; two brothers, Ralph Bridges and Eddie Bridges; a sister-in-law, Shirley Bridges; and a brother-in-law, Roy Hunt.

Survivors include a brother, Charles Bridges; two sisters, Sue Hunt and Opal Hamilton and husband Ed; and two grandchildren.

Visitation is Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn. Funeral will follow at noon with Bro. Roger Randolph officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery.

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

Back to Top

Dale Justus

Dale Justus, 86, of Hot Springs, died Jan. 4, 2018.

Born July 28, 1931, at Smithville, he was the son of Yancy Matthews Justus and Della Winters Justus. He retired from Sears as a district sales manager after more than 25 years of service. After retiring, he served as the minister of the Bethsadia Church of Christ for over 20 years. He was also a member of the National Park Church of Christ in Hot Springs.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Sammons Justus, on July 16, 2012, whome he married Oct. 17, 1954; a brother, Mac Justus; and a sister, Freeda Clark.

Survivors include two sons, Joe Justus and wife Ann, Grenada, Miss., and Jay Justus and wife Dolores, Hot Springs; and five grandchildren, Adam Justus, Nicholas Justus, Ryan Justus, Jared Justus and Will Justus.

Funeral was Monday at Davis-Smith Funeral Home in Hot Springs with Jay Justus officiating. Burial was in the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mark Clark, Preston Clark, Wayne Freeman, Kyle Hatfield, Mike Mayberry and Tom Simmons. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Foley, Danny Foley, Michael Goff, Bobby Justus, Blake Justus and Scott Justus.

Memorials may be made to National Park Church Youth Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 4169, Hot Springs, AR 71914.

An online guestbook is available at www.davis-smith.com.

Back to Top

Ruby Killian

Ruby Killian, 67, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

She was born to Thomas and Opal Starnes Brown on Oct. 28, 1950, in Sedgwick. Ruby married Billy Jeff Killian on March 27, 1975.

Ruby was employed by BRAD Head Start. Over the course of her tenure at Head Start, beginning in 1983 as a home visitor, and continuing in her role as family service worker up until the time of her illness, Mrs. Killian was a passionate and committed advocate for young children, tirelessly working to ensure that they had appropriate support in order to allow them to succeed in school and in life. Mrs. Killian was a naturally caring and nurturing figure, not only in the lives of the children and families with whom she worked, but also for her colleagues, for whom she remained a model of professionalism, excellence and joy in the workplace.

A defining characteristic of Mrs. Killian was her kind and giving heart. The gifts she gave were ones that always perfectly fit the recipient; whether a fresh watermelon on a hot summer day, advice for how to solve a tricky problem, or a hand to hold in a time of fear or grief, Mrs. Killian never stopped thinking about how she could care for other people. Her daily actions were evidence of the personal faith and integrity that were the guiding forces of her life.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Billy Jeff Killian; her father, Thomas E. Brown; her mother, Opal Snow, and stepfather, Raymond Snow.

Survivors include three sons, Brett Killian of Walnut Ridge, Deno Killian of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and Billy Doyle Killian and wife Charlotte of Mountain Home; a daughter, Lea Speight and husband Trey of Blytheville; brothers, Ben Perdue and wife Judy of Jonesboro, Raymond Snow and wife Debbie of Cherokee Village, Tim Snow and wife Sheila of Jonesboro, and Milo Adams of Jonesboro; a sister, Tammie Gifford of Walnut Ridge; a special sister-in-law, Evelyn Sturkie and husband Danny of Paragould; grandchildren, Justin Killian, Chase Snapp, Jadyn Killian and Emerson Speight.

Visitation is today from 5-8 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Thomy Green officiating. Burial will follow in Lorado Cemetery near Walcott.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are nephews, Michael Gifford, Jason Setliff, Kipp Perdue, Blake Snow, Tyler Fry, Gary Snow, Chad Sturkie, Scotty Killian, and friends, Chris Penn and Frank Owens.

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


Back to Top

Billy Don Smith

Billy Don Smith, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 6, 2018, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Aug. 28, 1937, in Black Rock, he was the son of Virgil Austin and Mary Kathleen Courtney Smith. He was a model maker at Vulcan and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge of Walnut Ridge and Black Rock.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Smith; a sister, Betty Baldridge; an infant brother; and two brothers-in-law, Harry Baldridge and Calvin Smith.

Survivors include two brothers, Charles Smith and wife Geneda, Doniphan, Mo., and Dickie Smith, Black Rock; and two sisters, Virginia Smith, Marion, and Libby Choate and husband Ron, Arlington, Texas.

Visitation is Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home. Funeral will follow at 3 p.m. with Beth Perdue officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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

Back to Top

Betty Thomas

Betty Thomas, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 5, 2018, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Sept. 22, 1938, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Bill and Naomi Hager Webb. She spent her life working in service and retail. She was a devoted Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Sellers.

Survivors include her husband, Ron Thomas; two sons, Jim Sellers and wife Liz, and John Sellers; a daughter, Gail Nixon and husband Nick; a sister, June Odom; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Susan Weeks officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

Back to Top

Randy Tyner

Randy Tyner, 61, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Lonoke, died Jan. 3, 2018.

He was born Dec. 5, 1956, in Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by his father, R.B. Tyner; his mother, Virginia Robertson Spencer; and a brother, Ronald Tyner.

Survivors include two daughters, Melissa Tyner, Walnut Ridge, and Robin Green, Paragould; a brother, Rick Tyner, Illinois; a sister, Diane Mitchell, Texas; a sister-in-law, Nancy Whitehead; five grandchildren, Anthony Tyner, Richard Mansfield, Kalaab McCollum, Chelsey Warren and Roland Green; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Cabot. Burial was in Brownsville Cemetery at Lonoke under the direction of Boyd Funeral Home.

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

Back to Top

Click Here for help with The TD Online

Games Games

Click for Walnut Ridge Regional, Arkansas Forecast
News | Sports | Education | Viewpoints | Classifieds | Records
Business Directory | Calendar | Community Directory |
Contact Us | Staff | TD History | Archives | Subscribe Online
Email the Online Editor:
Email the Editor:
Questions? Email:
Copyright 2000 ~ 2018 The Times Dispatch
P.O. Box 389 ~ Walnut Ridge, Arkansas 72476