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John L. Mitchell

April 20, 2018

John L. Mitchell, 68, of Blytheville, passed from this life on Friday, April 20, 2018 at his home. John was born in Blytheville to James and Sadie Tarpy Mitchell. John was the former jeweler of Treasure Jeweler and was of the Catholic faith. John served his country with honor in the United States Marine Corp. during the Vietnam War and was a member of the American Legion Post 33 and the VFW....
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Mildred Aycock

April 18, 2018

Mildred Aycock, 84, of Athens, Tennessee and formerly of Blytheville, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at her home in Tennessee. Mildred was born in Dover, Arkansas to Blaine and Cleo Turney. She was a homemaker and a member of Decatur Church of God in Decatur, Tennessee. She loved to quilt, crochet and be outside working in her garden. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years,...
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Virple Walker

April 17, 2018

Virple Walker, 94, of Blytheville, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Heritage Square Nursing Home in Blytheville. Virple was born in Scotts Hill, Tennessee to Jesse B. and Maybell Moody Smith. She was an Avon representative for over 40 years and a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; her parents; two brothers, Floyd and Gurthue Smith;...
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William "Pete" Peterson

April 16, 2018

William Everett "Pete" Peterson, 91, of Blytheville, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 in Collierville, Tennessee. Pete was born in Blytheville to Aaron and Laura Webb Peterson. He was a retired bookkeeper for Ark-Mo Power and a member of First United Methodist Church. He served his country with honor in the United States Army during World War II. Pete loved big band music, reading and...
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Bill Marshall

April 13, 2018

Bill Marshall, 86, of Blytheville, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 at his home. Bill was born in Moark, Arkansas to James and Anna Elder Marshall. He was a retired railroad engineer with St. Louis Terminal and Chicago Northwestern. Bill was a Mason and a Shriner, the past Master of Maplewood Lodge #264 and was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Bill enjoyed spending time...
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Carol Richardson

April 9, 2018

Carol Sipes Richarson, 71, lost her battle with cancer Monday, April 9, 2018 at Gosnell Therapy and Living. Carol was born in Blytheville to Arzo and Mary McGill Sipes. She lived and worked on the family farm for many years. She loved all animals especially her cats. She loved to be outdoors taking care of her flowers and lawn. Prior to her husband's death, she worked along his side for many...
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Leroy Richardson

April 8, 2018

Leroy Richardson, 80, of Blytheville, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. Leroy was born in Blytheville to T.J. and Theda Wright Richardson. He was the retired director of Mississippi County Social Services and the owner of Richardson Tax Service. He was a lifelong area resident and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. Leroy was an avid Razorback fan and...
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Frances Jackson

April 2, 2018

Frances Slayton Jackson, 82, of Blytheville, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018 at her home. Frances was born in Manila to Burley and Viola (Shedd) Slayton. In 1957, she joined First United Methodist Church and was a member for over 61 years. Frances was the Organist Emerita for the church for 45 years before retiring. She also worked at the New York Store. Frances enjoyed music and playing the...
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Dennis Davis

April 1, 2018

Dennis Lee Davis, 60, of Steele, Missouri, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2018 at his home. Dennis was born in Blytheville to Robert Earl and Gail (Rhodes) Davis. He was a farmer and a member of First Baptist Church in Blytheville. Dennis enjoyed hunting and was a member of Big Head Hunt Club. He loved spending time at the lake with his family and friends. Dennis leaves his wife, Tammy Nowlin...
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James I Williams

March 27, 1952 - March 30, 2018

James I. Williams, 66, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018 at his home in Blytheville. James was born in Columbus, OH and raised in Ringgold, LA to Lewis and Marilyn Miller Williams. Better known as Jungle Jim, he was recently retired from Systems Contracting of Blytheville. Veteran of the US Air Force, Mr. Williams was stationed in Blytheville in the early 70s. He was known locally for his...
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S.D. Bray

March 29, 2018

S.D. Bray, 92, of Blytheville, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018. S.D. was born in Holland, Missouri to Roy and Alice McDowell Bray. He met his wife of 68 years, Bobbie Whittle, on a blind date. He was a retired foreman and safety director for Ark-Mo Power Company and Entergy, and was a member of the First Baptist Church. He served his country with honor in the United States Army during World...
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James "Jimmy" Smith

March 27, 2018

Mr. James A. (Jimmy) Smith, 75, of Blytheville, peacefully passed Tuesday, March 27th at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Born in Dell, Arkansas, the son of C. A. and Juanita Smith, he was a lifelong resident of Mississippi County and had lived most of his life in Blytheville. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Smith, for 26 years and they had 2 daughters during...
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Kay Williamson

March 26, 2018

Kay Palmer Williamson, 70, of Memphis, Tennessee, died March 26, 2018 at Baptist Hospital of complications from pneumonia. Kay was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to Robert E. and Dorothy H. Palmer, but was raised in Holly Grove. She was a retired school teacher and an executive assistant. She was a member of Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis. Kay loved to read and spend time with her...
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Zayden James Dearen

March 23, 2018

Zayden James Dearen, 21 day old son of Zach and Aimsley Dearen, passed away Friday, March 23, 2018 at LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Jim and Ruby Rucker, Doug Dearen, and Becky McFall. Zayden leaves his parents, Zach and Aimsley Atchley Dearen of Manila; grandparents, Paul and Darla Atchley of Blytheville, Sandra and...
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D'Andrea Newman

March 16, 2018

D'Andrea Marie "Mary" Newman, 69, of El Lago, Texas, passed way Friday, March 16, 2018 at Spanish Meadows Nursing Home in Katy, Texas. D'Andrea was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Edward and D'Andrea Schwartz and was of the Episcopal faith. She loved to read and loved her two cocker spaniels, Taffy and Cookie. She was preceded in death by her parents. D'Andrea leaves her husband, Franklin L....
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Marguerite Brownlee

March 15, 2018

Marguerite Simmons Brownlee, age 95 of Dell, passed away on March 15, 2018 at Hospice House in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her spouse, Dallas Hugh Brownlee, and her parents Rettie Lee (McDaniel) and Virgil Samuel Simmons. For the past two years she had enjoyed living at Morningside Assisted Living in Jonesboro. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 19 at 2...
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Virgil Shepherd

March 14, 2018

Virgil Wyley Shepherd II passed away on March 14th 2018. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Janet (Roberts) Shepherd. His firm belief in God and his unwavering devotion to family gave him peace as he began his journey to heaven. He was blessed with two sons, Virgil Wyley Shepherd III married to Mary (Mahanor) Shepherd and Christopher Lynn Shepherd married to Carolyn (Bowers) Shepherd....
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Earl Knipple

March 14, 2018

Robert Earl Knipple, 90, of Piggott, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Piggott Community Hospital. Earl was born in Blytheville to C.W. and Norene (Evans) Knipple. He was retired from Ferrell Gas Company and was a retired firefighter with Blytheville Fire Department. Earl was a lifelong resident of Blytheville until moving to Piggott three years ago. Before moving to Piggott, he was a...
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Marc Anthony "Tony" Connealy

March 10, 2018

Marc Anthony "Tony" Connealy, 63, of Blytheville, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018 at his home. Tony was born in Bay Town, Texas to Michael and Frankie Fleeman. He was a well-known business man in the Blytheville community. He was the former owner and operator of Tony's Express, a licensed real estate agent and property manager of Connealy Rentals. Tony attended Bethany Baptist Church and...
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James Edward "Jim" Lomax

March 5, 2018

Mr. James Edward "Jim" Lomax, age 92 of Azle, Texas and formerly of Blytheville, passed from this life on Monday, March 5, 2018 in Azle, Texas. Jim was a Blytheville resident most of his life until the last few years after relocating to Azle to be close to family.. Born in Paulding, Missouri to William Andrew and Effie Hendrixson Lomax Jim was the last surviving child of 12 children. Preceding...
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George Humphrey

March 3, 2018

George Hunter Humphrey, 68, of Blytheville, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. George was born in Abingdon, Virginia to Newell and Nancy (Graham) Humphrey. He was retired from Lowes and a member of First Presbyterian Church. George loved to sing gospel music and in the church choir. He loved doing yard work and working with any kind of tools. George...
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Daisy Payne

February 28, 2018

Daisy Ann Payne, 79, of Hernando, Mississippi and formerly of Blytheville, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Methodist Hospital in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Daisy was born in Blytheville to Mayo and Dorothy McDermott and was a member of Main and 13th Street Church of Christ. Daisy loved children and was the owner/operator of Payne's Daycare and Kindergarten. For many years, she...
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Freddie Pierce

February 26, 2018

Freddie Louise Pierce, 85, of Blytheville, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018 at Heritage Square Nursing Home in Blytheville. Freddie was born in Blytheville to Louis and Leona (Williams) Garner. She was retired from Arkansas Western Gas Company and was a charter member of North Tenth Street Baptist Church. Freddie loved to garden and had hundreds of beautiful azaleas throughout her yard. She...
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Jerry Brown

February 26, 2018

Jerry Brown, Sr., 81, of Blytheville, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018 at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville. Jerry was born in Blytheville to Carmac and Ruby (Gibson) Brown and was a machine operator for Chicago Lock Company. Jerry loved to play the lottery, watch wrestling, and spend time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; and five brothers, Faye, James,...
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Renee Izmerian

February 24, 2018

Renee Izmerian, 78, of Denver, Colorado, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Denver. She was born on November 7, 1939 in Nazareth, Palestine. In 1973m she left her homeland and moved to Blytheville where she resided until her move to Denver in 1985. She was a retired teacher and also taught private French lessons in her home. She was "Tante Renee" to her 9 nieces and nephews. She was...
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Melisa Rutherford

February 23, 2018

Melisa Rutherford, 53, of Blytheville, passed away Friday, February 23, 2018 at Heritage Square Nursing Home in Blytheville. Melisa was born in Pine Bluff to Jim and Phyllis Tucker. She worked as a Librarian for Blytheville School District and attended Lone Oak Baptist Church. Melisa was involved with various organizations which include serving on the board of directors for the Lights of the...
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Bette Jo Boyett Lewis

February 20, 2018

Bette Jo Richardson Boyett Lewis, 94, of Blytheville, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Osceola Therapy and Living Center in Osceola. Bette was born in Blytheville to Buster and Vera Richardson and was a 1942 graduate of Blytheville High School. Bette worked many years as a cashier for Blytheville Water Company and also worked for the State of Missouri as a caseworker for child welfare....
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Joyce Riggs

February 13, 2018

Joyce Riggs, 86, of Blytheville, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at her home. Joyce was born in Sledge, Mississippi to the late Jessie and Roxie (Youngblood) Gilliam. She was a homemaker and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. Joyce was a great cook and biscuits were her specialty. Having a giving heart, Joyce was always helping people. If you were hungry, she would feed you. She helped...
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Martha Nowlin

February 12, 2018

Martha Halsell Nowlin, 91, of Ellisville, Missouri and formerly of Blytheville, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 at St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Martha Lou was born in Steele, Missouri to the late Edward and Lora (Moore) Burke. Martha Lou was a member of First Baptist Church in Blytheville and was very involved in the Blytheville Women's Club, the Gardening Club, and...
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Larry Smith

February 6, 2018

Larry Bernard Smith, 59, of Blytheville, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Cedargate Nursing Home in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Larry was born to Ernest and Iola (Myers) Smith. He was retired from Hays Supermarkets where he worked in maintenance and attended Lone Oak Baptist Church. Larry was a master handyman and was always working on something. On his off time, he enjoyed working on cars....
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Sam Macre, Sr.

February 3, 2018

Sam Macre, 91, passed away on February 3, 2018. He was born in Washington, Pennsylvania on September 22, 1926, to the late Ralph and Maria Macre, and was preceded in death by his wife, Katie Macre; his brother, Tony Macre; and sister, Rose Mary Fairchild. Sam leaves his two children, John Macre (Billie Jean) of Germantown, Tennessee and Sam Macre, Jr. (Beth) of Springdale, Arkansas; brother,...
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Mary Farrow

January 31, 2018

Mary R. Farrow, 95, of Manila, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. Mary was born in Harrisburg, Arkansas to John and Ida (Embry) Sarter. She was retired from American Greetings and was a member of Westside Baptist Church. Mary loved to quilt and garden, especially working in her flower beds. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Harloin "W.H...
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Dumetra Pearson

January 25, 2018

Helen Dumetra Pearson, 73, life-long resident of Caraway, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Dumetra was born June 25, 1944, the daughter of Robert and Flossie England Brewer in Caraway, Arkansas. Dumetra was a member of Caraway First United Methodist Church and was an individual who loved to make people laugh...
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Mattie Dean Gill

January 24, 2018

Mattie Dean Gill, 71, of Blytheville, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Mattie was born in Steele, Missouri to Streety and Lizzie (Shuburte) Young. She was retired from Motor Appliance Corporation and was a member of Dell Baptist Church. Mattie lived most of her life in Blytheville, and her children were her life. She enjoyed yardwork,...
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Travis Deen

January 19, 2018

Travis S. Deen, 87, of Blytheville, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 at Heritage Square Nursing Center in Blytheville. Born in Yarbro to Hershel and Clara (Parker) Deen, Travis was retired from Dr. Pepper Bottling Company in Blytheville as a manager. He was a member of 13th and Main Street Church of Christ and was a lifelong resident of Blytheville. Travis was a former member of the Optimist...
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Bonnie Long

January 17, 2018

Bonnie Jean Long, 90, wife of the late Paul Long, Sr., of Blytheville, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, January 17 at the Flo and Phil Hospice House in Jonesboro. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents, Anna Lee Clark and James William Clark, and 12 siblings. She is survived by two sons, Paul L. Long, Jr., and A. Clark Long (Sara), both of Blytheville, and...
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Gary G.G. Hawkins

January 17, 2018

G.G. Hawkins, 67, of Blytheville, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. G.G. was born in Blytheville to B.E. and Ann (Wright) Hawkins. He was a retired roofer and avid fisherman who loved to read. G.G. was totally devoted to his mother, caring for her for many years, and went to see her daily. He made sure to call his brother and sisters every...
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Dotsene VanSickle

January 16, 2018

Dotsene B. Poff VanSickle, 80, of Blytheville, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at General Baptist Nursing Home in Piggott, Arkansas. Dotsene was born in Wilson, Arkansas to Loyd and Bertha (Forshee) Poff. She was a retired monitor technician at Chickasawba Hospital and a member of Gosnell Baptist Church. Dotsene loved going to church and singing gospel music. Dotsene was a great mother to...
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William Moore

January 8, 2018

William Rodgers Moore, 70, of Blytheville, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018 at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. William was born in Asheville, North Carolina and was an industrial salesman. He served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. William served one year in Vietnam and spent the rest of his life getting over it. He collected model planes, especially...
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Vaughn Lukasavage

January 7, 2018

Mr. Vaughn Michael Lukasavage, 73, of Blytheville, Arkansas, passed from this life peacefully Sunday, January 7, 2018, at home surrounded by his family. He was born to Stanley and Mary Lukasavage in Blytheville, Arkansas on July 25th, 1944. He was a resident of Blytheville until serving in the National Guard in Kentucky from 1965 to 1971. Thereafter, he moved to Southern California and married...
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Chester Dewayne Holfield

January 7, 2018

Chester Dewayne Holifield, age 80 of Memphis, Tennessee and formerly of Blytheville passed from this life on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Veterans Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Born in Paragould, Arkansas to Chester Ray and Helen Louise Alley Holifield, he was a longtime resident of the Blytheville and Paragould area and lived many places in the service of his country. Chester was a Ret....
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Samuel Larimore

January 6, 2018

Samuel Runyan Larimore passed away early on the morning of Saturday January 6, 2018, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. He was 85 years old. Sam was born in Newport, Arkansas on June 5, 1932 to Samuel and Grace Larimore. He grew up on the family farm and for several years lived in the Panama Canal Zone where his father worked for the Navy as a carpenter. Sam graduated Newport High School...
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Geraldine Clark

January 6, 2018

Geraldine Larrow Clark, 79, of Blytheville, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Osceola Therapy and Living Center. Geraldine was born in Steele, Missouri to Jack and Elizabeth (Wicker) Cooper. She worked at Central School in the cafeteria and was of the Baptist faith. Geraldine loved music and singing. She would always feed you if you were hungry. Geraldine was a great wife, mother, and...
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Beverly Thomas

January 5, 2018

Beverly Thomas, 68, resident of Branson Missouri, since 2013, formally Damascus, Arkansas, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at home. She was born in Richmond, Virginia on March 15, 1949, the daughter of William Campbell and Mary Nall. She married Dwight Thomas, May 3, 1971 in Hayward California. Beverly was a caring, loving, wife and mother who was adored by all of her family members....
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Betty Skelton

January 5, 2018

Betty Jean Skelton, 70, of Blytheville, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at her home. Betty was born to Stanton and Christine (Greene) Clark and was the co-owner and operator of Skelton's Grocery in Halfmoon. She was very active in the daily operations of their store. Betty was devoted to her family and very active in her daughter's lives. Betty was a great wife, mother, and grandmother. She...
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Billie Smith

January 2, 2018

Billie May Presnell Smith, age 83 of Louisville, Kentucky, and formerly of Blytheville, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018. She was born on April 28, 1934 a native of Blytheville, Arkansas. She was the former owner/operator of Sharecroppers Resturant. Billie was a member of Southeast Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Clyde Smith; her parents, Jordan and...
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Ina Bryeans

December 31, 2017

Ina Louise (Neal) Bryeans of Gosnell, Arkansas, passed away on December 31, 2017, at the SMC Regional Medical Center in Osceola, Arkansas, at the age of 98. For the past two years, Ina had been patient at the Gosnell (AR) Therapy & Living Center near her residence there. Ina, the oldest child of Nenon & Annie (Evans) Neal, was born on April 24, 1919, near Camden in southwest Arkansas. When she...
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Dixie Ramey

December 29, 2017

Dixie Evelyn Howard Ramey, 101, of Blytheville, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 at her home. Dixie was born to William Charles Howard and Ruth (Stanford) Howard. She loved farming alongside her husband. Dixie had a strong love for her family and the Bible, she loved competitive games, especially dominos which she always won. She spent countless hours driving around looking at the farm...
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Mary Cavness

December 27, 2017

Mary Sue Cavness, 76, of Blytheville, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Regional One Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Mary was born in Blytheville to Milton and Guyeula (Lipscomb) Cavness. She was a homemaker and a Jehovah Witness. Mary loved coloring and was infatuated with the news. She loved animals, especially horses and butterflies. She was preceded in death by her parents;...
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Bobby Bishop

December 26, 2017

Bobby Wayne Bishop, 82, of Blytheville, passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Bobby was born in Deering, Missouri to David and Virgie (Tidwell) Bishop. He was retired from Monsanto and liked to hunt and fish. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Bishop; his parents; one brother; and three grandchildren, Mary Alice Bishop, Michael...
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Lyman Henson

December 23, 2017

Lyman Sales Henson, 87, of Blytheville, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville. Lyman was born in the 40 & 8 Community to Elmer and Annie (Ray) Henson. He was a retired farmer and a member of First Baptist Church. Lyman was a 32nd degree Mason, a pilot, and an avid golfer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; his parents; one brother; and...
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Rodney Poff

December 21, 2017

Rodney Poff, Sr., 75, of Gosnell, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2017 at his home. Rodney was born in Marie to Lloyd and Bertha (Forshee) Poff. He was the owner and operator of Poff's Roof Service and was of the Baptist faith. Rodney was an avid rabbit hunter and liked to play cards and dominos. He was known for hanging out a Poff's Grocery with his father and brothers, often shaping the...
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Denny Taylor

December 21, 2017

Denny Howard Taylor, 89, of Blytheville, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2107 at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville. Denny was born in Blytheville to Elbert and Beatrice (Morgan) Taylor and was a small engine repairman, repairing lawnmowers and filing saws. Denny was also a carpenter and built furniture. He was a lifelong resident of Blytheville and a member of Trinity Baptist Church....
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Charles "Charlie" Fikes

December 20, 2017

Charles Edward "Charlie" Fikes, Sr., 66, of Blytheville, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at his home in Olive Branch, Mississippi surrounded by family. Charlie was born in Burdette to Onie and Mollie (Moore) Fikes. He was a retired maintenance worker and affiliated with Ruddle Road Church of God. Charlie served his country honorably in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War....
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Ngoc Hoan Truong

December 17, 2017

Ngoc Hoan Truong, 22, of Blytheville, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017 at UAMS Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ngoc was born in Vietnam to Hung Manh "Michael" Truong and Hoan Nguyen, however, he was a citizen of the United States. He graduated from Armorel High School in 2013. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country with honor. During his four years...
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Earl Griffin

December 16, 2017

Earl Vester Griffin, 90, of Blytheville, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Earl was born in Lepanto, Arkansas to James and Esther (Culberson) Griffin. After his father's death at an early age, he was raised by his step-father, Rev. William Clayton "Preacher" Cotton. Earl was a sanitation engineer for the City of Blytheville for many years...
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Willie "Bill" Smith

December 14, 2017

Willie Osman "Bill" Smith, 91, of Blytheville, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Heritage Square Nursing Home in Blytheville. Bill was born in Golden, Oklahoma to Walter and Mary Catherine (Adkins) Smith. He was a retired farmer and farmed out in the Armorel area. He loved the outdoors, which is why he loved farming so much. He also loved to hunt and fish. Bill enjoyed raising a garden...
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Mary O'Connor

December 13, 2017

Mary Venda Wade O'Connor died Wednesday, December 13, at the Arkansas Health Center in Benton, after a long battle with Huntington's Disease. She was born December 27, 1943, in Blytheville, to Robert L. and Margaret Wade. She is preceded in death by her parents and survived by her sister Robbie L. Certain (Rev. Robert G. Certain) of San Antonio, Texas; son Robert S. O'Connor (Tricia) of Conway;...
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Lucille Nelson

December 13, 2017

Lucille Tittle Nelson, 93, of Blytheville, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at her home. Lucille was born in West Point, Tennessee to John and Betty (Short) Tittle. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. Lucille was an avid seamstress and loved to craft. She enjoyed music and playing the guitar. She loved to bowl and go fishing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis H....
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Billy Joe Copeland

December 6, 2017

Billy Joe Copeland, 75, of Osceola, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Osceola Therapy and Living. Billy was born in Manila to Lonnie and Hattie (Slayton) Copeland and was a retired machinist for Viscase. He was a member and deacon of Calvary Baptist Church in Osceola. Billy served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a Mason and an avid hunter...
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Billy Cooper

November 20, 2017

Billy Joe Cooper, 74, of Blytheville, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Billy was born in Blytheville and was retired from Randall Company and Tenaris. He was an avid flea market vendor, and managed Blytheville Flea Market for several years. Billy also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Frances...
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Brenda Southern

November 19, 2017

Brenda Mae Southern, 65, of Blytheville, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017 at her home. Brenda was born in Blytheville to Hobert and Bertha (Kinchen) Green. She was retired from Creative Foods in Osceola as a packer. Brenda was a lifelong resident of Blytheville and a member of the Revival Center. She enjoyed her family, especially playing with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death...
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Arvell Pate

November 18, 2017

Arvell Pate, 83, of Blytheville, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Arvell was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas of Acie and Gladys (Moore) Gipson. She was a retired nursing home administrator and a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church. Arvell was an excellent Bible scholar and would get up early in the morning to read and study her Bible. She...
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Jacqueline Baker

January 18, 1954 - November 17, 2017

Jacqueline "Jackie" L. Baker, 63, OF Mammoth Spring and formerly of Dell, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 at her home. Jackie was born in Blytheville to Jack and Belle (Halford) Lewis. She was a registered nurse and a member of the Arkansas Nursing Association. Jackie was a former resident of Dell and a member of Dell Baptist Church. She was also a former member of Kiwanis Club. Jackie was...
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Earline Milloway

November 16, 2017

Earline Milloway, 90, of Blytheville, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Stonebridge Assisted Living in Blytheville. Earline was born in Burdette to Hersell and Vernie (Cole) Leigh. She was retired from American Greetings and was a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Osceola. She enjoyed watching the Cowboys and wrestling on television. Earline was a devoted mother and grandmother. ...
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Alice Faye Lovins

November 15, 2017

Alice Faye Lovins, 70, of Blytheville, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Alice Faye was born in Gosnell to Gerald and Mary Alice (Johnson) Moody. She was a homemaker and a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Faye was a lifelong resident of Blytheville. She spent her whole life doing what she loved, working with children. She was...
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Nella Simpson Lee

November 14, 2017

Nella Simpson Lee, 96, of Blytheville, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. Nella was born in Calhoun City, Mississippi to William and Clara (Harrelson) Simpson. She was the secretary-treasurer for Lee Land Company and a member of First Baptist Church. Nella was the valedictorian of her senior class at Blackwater School in 1941, and graduated from Parrish...
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Tommy White

November 10, 2017

Tommy R. White, 71, of Blytheville, passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Tommy was born in Blytheville to Hollis and Helen (Strickland) White. He was a retired truck driver for FedEx and was a member of Beacon Baptist Church. Tommy served his country honorably in the United States Army. He enjoyed working in the yard, fishing, and watching...
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Helen Teresa "Terri" Modinger Cesani

November 8, 2017

Helen Teresa "Terri" Cesani, 66, passed away November 8, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. Terri was preceded in death by her father, Cornelius Modinger, Jr. and mother, Helen Thompson Modinger. She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Richard Cesani; brother, Cornelius "Neil" Modinger, III and beloved cat, Rose. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Memorial...
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Charlotte McFarland

March 14, 1945 - November 3, 2017

Charlotte Bailey McFarland, 72, of Blytheville, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Charlotte was born in Cooter, Missouri to Ben and Geraldine (Dooley) Bailey. She was retired from the Arkansas Welcome Center and of the Baptist faith. Charlotte was also retired from Terra as the human resource supervisor and Eaker Air Force Base as the housing...
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Vernon Dixon

October 30, 2017

Vernon Carson Dixon died on 30 October 2017, in Blytheville, AR, following a long decline. He was 84 years old. Vern was born in Greenville, NC, on 10 June, 1933, to Raymond and Verna Carson Dixon, for whom he was named. He joined the Air Force in 1953 and saw the world for 26 years as an airplane mechanic. A Korean War and Vietnam War veteran, he retired in Blytheville in 1979 and finally had...
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Wallace Owen

October 28, 2017

Wallace Owen, 63, of Blytheville, passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Wallace was born in Dexter, Missouri to Elmer Lavelle and Florine (Davis) Owen. He worked as a manager of water and wastewater treatment and was a member of Cole Ridge Baptist Church. Wallace served his country honorably in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War....
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Don Childers

October 25, 2017

Don Childers, 84, of Blytheville, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Don was born in Dell to J.C. and Mamie (Linebarger) Childers. He was the Chaplain at the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department and a retired builder. Don served his country honorably in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He loved the Lord and was a member of...
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Hazel Beck

October 25, 2017

Hazel Nutt Beck, 90, of Gosnell, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017 after a long illness. Born July 3, 1927 in Paris, Arkansas to Harvey and Magdaline Lackey, Hazel graduated high school from Braggadocio, Missouri. She accepted the Lord as her savior and was baptized at Caruthersville Baptist Church as a young adult. Hazel married Fred Nutt in 1947 and they had five children. She worked at...
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Rhonda Lucas

October 15, 2017

Rhonda Gail Lucas, 50, of West Point, Mississippi passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point, Mississippi. Born in Osceola to James and Dian Lucas, Rhonda was a homemaker and a member of Grace Life Church. She was the former president of the Armorel PTA. Rhonda loved to sew and cross stitch, and everything she made was beautiful. She also loved to swim...
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Charles Williams

October 15, 2017

Mr. Charles Edward "Catfish" Williams, 85, of Blytheville passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Born September 28, 1932, he is the son of the late Dave and Lula May Williams. He served his country honorably in the United States Army. He worked at Randall Company as a machine operator and at the Blytheville Country Club as a night watchman. He was...
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Faith Spears White

October 14, 2017

Faith Spears White was born in Akron, Ohio in 1928, and devoted her life and love to the service of God's Kingdom and her family the whole of her 89 years, until she went home to glory on October 14, 2017 in Peoria, Arizona. She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Steve Spears and wife Teri; daughter, Judi Boyd and husband Randall; two deceased infant sons, David Lamar Spears and Daniel Joseph...
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Patricia Caldwell

October 12, 2017

Patricia Ann Caldwell, 70, of Luxora, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Patricia was born to John and Susie Barch in Blytheville. She was the Mississippi County Tax Collector and a member of Luxora Church of Christ. Patricia was dedicated to her family, grandchildren, and her work. She was preceded in death by her parents; three...
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Zola Watson

October 11, 2017

Zola Watson, 89, of Blytheville, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Zola was born to Ferd C. and Mary Alice (Turner) Reams in Yarbro. She was a homemaker and a member of Ruddle Road Church of God. She was the last survivor of her family. Zola was an avid reader, quilter, and loved to play cards. She was a true "southern cook" and...
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Rhul Keller

October 9, 2017

Rhul Keller, 70, of Blytheville, passed away Monday, October 9, 2017 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Rhul was born to Rhul Wesley and Mable Beatrice (Turner) Keller in Eastman, Oklahoma. He was a retired truck driver and called Eastman Baptist Church his church home. He served his country honorably in the United States Army. Rhul served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War and was...
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John Roden

December 6, 1924 - October 6, 2017

John William Roden, 92, passed from this life Friday, October 6, 2017 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was born December 6, 1924 to John Henry Roden and Annie Mae Cline in Tuscumbia, Alabama. He moved to Blytheville in the 10th grave and graduated from Blytheville High School as Salutatorian. During his high school years, he was selected to be the Government's...
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Robert Baughman

October 3, 2017

Robert L. Baughman, 85, of Manila, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Manila Nursing Home in Manila. Robert was born in Roseland, Arkansas to William and Vera (Owens) Baughman. He was retired from the United States Army where he served his country honorably during the Vietnam and Korean Wars. Robert was a Mason, Shriner, and was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed his horses for...
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Anthony Philbrook

September 27, 2017

Anthony Philbrook, 64, of Blytheville, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Anthony was born in Blytheville to Fred and Oma Scroggins Philbrook. He was a lifelong resident of Blytheville and of the Baptist faith. Anthony was a retired truck driver and the former owner/operator of Philbrook's Grocery Store. Anthony served as the former Captain and...
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William "Billy" Reid

September 15, 2017

William T. "Billy" Reid, 77, of Blytheville, passed from this life Friday, September 15, 2017 at his home. Billy was born to Tommie A. and Vergie Irene Thomas Reid in Blytheville. Billy was retired from Borg Warner and was a lifelong area resident. He served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1965 during the Vietnam War and was a member of the American Legion. Billy was a lifelong devoted...
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Dorothy Gurno

September 12, 2017

Dorothy Elizabeth Gurno, 95, of Mayfield, Kentucky and formerly of Blytheville, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mayfield, Kentucky. Dorothy was born in Pettigrew, Arkansas to Clarence and Ellen (Starr) Thacker. She was a retired practical nurse at Walls Hospital and Doctor's Hospital. She was also retired from Union Carbide. Dorothy enjoyed sitting with...
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Patricia Chilton

September 9, 2017

Patricia Jean Chilton, 64, of Osceola, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017 at SMC Regional Medical Center in Osceola. Patricia was born in Blytheville to J.R. and Jan (Pretty) Lott. She was retired from Osceola Products where she was the secretary and was a longtime member of Westside Baptist Church in Osceola. Patricia served as the church secretary and loved her church family. She loved to...
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Jerry J. Hudson

May 15, 1941 - September 8, 2017

Jerry J. Hudson, 76, of Blytheville, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. Jerry was born in Blytheville to Albert and Iba Love (Watson) Hudson. He was a farmer and a member of Mary's Chapel Baptist Church. Jerry loved hunting and fishing. He always liked to be around people. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and four brothers. Jerry...
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Lillie Martin

September 5, 2017

Lillie Gee Martin, 91, of College Station, Texas and formerly of Blytheville, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at her son's home in College Station, Texas. Lille was born in Ripley, Tennessee to Jordan and Elizabeth (Bell) Presnell. Lillie served her family all her life. As the oldest of a household full of girls, Lillie helped to raise her younger sisters in Yarbro. She was very active in...
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Donald Walter, Jr.

September 5, 2017

Donald Walter, Jr., 64, of Blytheville, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. Donald was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Donald Sr. and Joan (Bombolaski) Walter. He was a dog breeder and of the Catholic faith. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Thomas and Johnny Walter. Donald leaves his sister-in-law, Bobbie Walter...
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Gerald "Jerry" Hamra

September 4, 2017

Gerald "Jerry" Hamra, Jr., 49, of Blytheville, passed away September 4, 2017 at Signature Healthcare at St. Peter Villa in Memphis, Tennessee. Jerry was born in Blytheville to Gerald Hamra, Sr. and Linda (Wheat) Tucker and was an insurance consultant. He was an animal lover and loved his two cats, Linus and Molly. Jerry was an avid sports fan and reader, and enjoyed playing dungeons and dragons....
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Jack L. Jackson

September 4, 2017

Jack L. Jackson, 80, of Blytheville, passed away Monday, September 4, 2017 at his home. Jack was born in Portia, Arkansas to Hurshel and Mary (Moore) Jackson. He was a farmer and was a member of First United Methodist Church. Jack was a graduate of Blytheville High School and SMU. He worked as a civil engineer for Michael Baker Construction in Jackson, Mississippi before returning back to...
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Hope Deen

September 1, 2017

Hope Whitworth Deen departed this life the morning of 1 September 2017 at her home in Fayetteville, She was 18 days short of her 93rd birthday. She was the widow of the late Elwood Francis Deen of Blytheville, who predeceased her by more than 30 years. Her immediate family include her sons: Stephan Elwood Whitworth Deen of Fayetteville, Dr. Lewis Stanley Deen of Palm Springs, Ca, and...
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Flora Turnage

September 1, 2017

Flora Mae Turnage, 95, of West Memphis and formerly of Blytheville, passed away Friday, September 1, 2017 at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Flora was born to John and Mary Hansard in Marmaduke, Arkansas. She was retired from Randall Company and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Flora loved to travel and loved being outside, especially working with her flowers. She was...
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Wendell McCormick

August 31, 2017

Wendell McCormick, 64, of Blytheville, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017 SMC Regional Hospital in Osceola. Wendell was born in Blytheville to Clarence and Lillian (Hickman) McCormick. He was retired from Blytheville Fire Department and was of the Methodist faith. Wendell loved the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Hardy. Wendell loved his grandchildren...
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Bennie Richard Key

August 27, 2017

Bennie Richard Key, 73, of Manila, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Bennie was born to V.B and Mattie (Yancy) Key in Roseland, Arkansas. He worked in maintenance at Manila schools and was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Manila. Bennie loved his church and preaching the Gospel. He also enjoyed fishing. He was preceded in death...
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Donna Poole

August 27, 2017

Donna Mae Poole, 82, of Blytheville, went to be with the Lord Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Donna was born in Holcomb, Missouri to William L. and Sylvia (Long) Sturgeon. She was retired from the Blytheville Air Force Base where she was the arts and crafts director. Donna wrote poetry, played guitar, and was an accomplished artist. At one time, one of...
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Doris Hughes

August 24, 2017

Doris Alice Hughes, 86, of Blytheville, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017 at her home. Doris was born in Blytheville to Charles and Maude (Bishop) Brown. She was retired from the manufacturing industry and was a member of Promiseland Methodist Church. Doris loved to knit, sew, read, and prepare pecans. She made everyone feel like family. Doris was loved by all and was a part of everyone's...
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Marcella Shipp

August 24, 2017

Marcella Brown Shipp, 86, of Steele, Missouri, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Marcella was born to James and Lorene (Keel) Brown in Altoona, Alabama. She was a retired nurse's aide and attended Faith Pentecostal Church in Holland, Missouri. Marcella loved the outdoors, fishing, and bowling. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great...
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Patsy Morris

August 20, 2017

Patsy Morris, 85, of Blytheville, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017 at her home. Patsy was born to Cleo C. and Jewell (Cole) Pope in Portia, Arkansas. She was retired from Montgomery Ward where she was a bookkeeper. Patsy was a member of First United Methodist Church and was member of the choir for over 30 years. Patsy volunteered and helped at the school in any way she could. She was also an...
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Ronald Morehead, Jr.

August 14, 2017

Ronald L. Morehead, Jr., 59, of Blytheville, went to be with the Lord Monday, August 14, 2017 at his home. Ron was born in La Junta, Colorado to Ronald L. Morehead, Sr. and Peggy (Wilburn) Morehead. He attended Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado where he earned a certificate in welding. He was a welder for Holiday Rambler in his younger days. Ron came to Blytheville in 1978 and attended...
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