Dorothy Hardin, 79, of Newport departed this life Sunday, September 21, 2014. She was born January 25, 1935 to Ben and Kirsie (Cloud) Davis. Mrs. Hardin worked at Wal-Mart as a door greeter, enjoyed yard sales, and owned and operated a grocery store in Phiefer for seventeen years.
She was preceded in death by one brother; Charles Davis and her parents.
Her survivors are husband; Herschel Hardin of Newport, and one son; David Jackson of Newport.
A private burial was held September 22, 2014 at Ward Cemetery.
Ernest Mann, Jr
Mr. Ernest Mann, Jr., 92, of McCrory departed this life on Friday, September 19, 2014. He was born October 1, 1921 in Albany, Alabama, the son of Ernest, Sr. and Rebecca (Vaughn) Mann.
Mr. Mann is survived by one son, Robert Wayne Mann and wife, Brenda, of Vicksburg, Mississippi, his brother; William Mann of Las Vegas, Nevada, sister; Elizabeth Yazell, of Nashville, Tennessee, Two Grandchildren; Chris Mann of Ward, Arkansas and Heather Mann Craft and husband, Brad of Florence, Mississippi; and three Great Grandchildren, Justin Mann of Ward, Arkansas, Jordan Craft and Joshua Craft of Florence, Mississippi.
Mr. Mann was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Faye Inez (Lipscomb) Mann, two brothers; Paul Mann and Charles Mann and one sister; Gladys Cox.
Mr. Mann worked as a linotype operator for the Newport Independent and was a member and Deacon of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Newport. He enjoyed woodworking and fishing. He served as a Sergeant for the US Army Engineers and was stationed at the Euro African Mideastern Theatre. He earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star in the Battle of Normandy.
Graveside services were Monday, September 22, 2014 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Conway.
ELEANOR “SUGIE” LAWRENCE FORTUNE
ELEANOR “SUGIE” LAWRENCE FORTUNE, 85, of Newport, departed this life on September 18, 2014. She was born on October 11, 1928 in Brinkley, Arkansas to the late Eugene W. Lawrence and Venice Patchell Lawrence. Her father gave her the nickname “Sugie” when she was a little girl and that was the name everyone knew her by all her life.
She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene W. Lawrence, her mother, Venice Patchell Lawrence Clift, her husband of 54 years, Bobby Fortune, her half sister, Thelma Lawrence Schmelzla, and her sister, Nancy Lawrence Benish.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mike & Melody Fortune, her daughter and son-in-law, Karen & Junior Cathey, all of Newport, and her sister, Elizabeth Lawrence Pace and husband, Don of Virginia. She was blessed with three grandchildren, Jason Cathey and wife Brindy of Little Rock, Tony Fortune and wife Lindsay of Dallas, TX, and Shane Cathey of Little Rock; four great-grandchildren, Summer, Gage, Ainsley and Beckett Cathey of Little Rock, a special niece, Kathy Stegall Benish Cameron of Jonesboro, and a host of extended family and friends.
She loved music and singing. She took voice lessons as a child and had a beautiful voice. At the age of 10, she presented a “Program of Songs” on the campus of Hendrix College. As a teenager she was asked to come to California for an audition to perform in a musical, but her family was unable to send her. She sang in the church choir, wedding ceremonies, and performed in the local Service League Follies productions for several years. She also was a pianist.
Sugie grew up in Newport and graduated from Newport High School. She attended Hendrix College.
As a young adult, she was active in the Newport Service League, Jackson County Historical Society, BPW of Newport, and Newport Cub Scouts.
She worked as a telephone operator in Newport in the late 1940’s and ‘50’s, at the Village Twin Cinema from 1977-1987, and at Take-One Video from 1987-1992. She also worked at the Newport Montessori School and Under the Rainbow Pre-School.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Newport. She was a Sunday School teacher and kept the church nursery, having cared for several generations of children, until her illness in July of 2014.
She loved to read books and was an avid reader. She loved birds, always watching for golden finches and hummingbirds in her yard. She and her longtime friend, Katherine Gatlin, enjoyed riding around Newport looking for killdeer, scissortail flycatchers, the Yucca plants in bloom, and all of the flowering trees around town. She enjoyed listening to classical music and watching old movies.
Sugie’s wishes were to be cremated and for her ashes to be placed on the plot next to her father’s grave in Walnut Grove Cemetery, where her husband’s ashes had been placed after his death.
Visitation will be 6-8 PM, Sunday, September 21st at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 3rd & Laurel Streets, Newport, on Monday, September 22nd at 2:00 PM.
Memorials may be made to the W.A. Billingsley Memorial Library, 213 Walnut Street, Newport, AR 72112 or the First United Methodist Church of Newport.
Vadia Mae Patterson
Vadia Mae Patterson, 69, of Newport departed this life Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at White County Medical Center in Searcy. She was born August 22, 1945 at Holdens Coner in Newport, the daughter of Harry Gilley and Mary (Dunivan) Lowrie.
She was a loving wife, caring mother and grandmother, a very special friend, and a member of Freewill Baptist Church in Newport. Vadia enjoyed doing word puzzles, working in her flowerbeds, and most of all, spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her daughter; Theresa Dobbs, parents, brother; Frankie Gann, grandsons; Michael Johnson and Brandon Johnson, and step daughter; Lisa Guthrie.
Her survivors are her husband of thirty five years; Paul Patterson, one son; Johnathan Dobbs of Bradford, four daughters; Evelyn Harmon of Newport, Donna Dalton of Swifton, Rhonda Johnson of Newark and Tina VanWinkle and husband Dean of Diaz, step children; Tammy Mobbs of Bald Knob, Paul Patterson of Magness, and Johnny Patterson of Newark. three brothers; Larry Gann and Terry Gann of Louisiana, and Jerry Gann, two sisters; Mae Bell Box (David) of Cabot and Julie Kozdetka of Indiana, nine grandchildren; Valerie Jackson, Jeremy Jackson, Kayla Harmon, Amanda Harmon, Jessica King, Wesley Johnson, Edward Harmon, Kane Spicer, and Dawson VanWinkle, four great grandchildren; Destiny Dobbs, Madison Coles, Jayden Dobbs, and Gavin Coles, three step grandchildren; James Guthrie, Lynn Mobbs, and Charles Carpenter; three step great grandchildren, and three very special friends; Oma Magness, Shirley Tidwell, and Sherry Dalton.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 19, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Watson Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.
For`Ever Arnettee Denton
Infant, For`Ever Arnettee Denton, of Newport was born August 21, 2014 to DeAngelo and Startreea Cothrine Denton and departed this life September 14, 2014.
She was preceded in death by one brother; Shamar T. Denton, grandfather; Kendrick B. Simpson, two great grandmothers; Minnie Coleman and Nellie Hatchett Watson, great grandfather; Thomas Adams Watson, great great grandmother; Ethel Clark, great grandfathers; Homer J. Simpson and Freddie Lee McCoy.
Her survivors are parents; DeAngelo and Startreea Denton of Newport, one brother; Benjamin Collier of Newport, two sisters; Shantierra Denton of Newport and Treasure Denton of Newport, grandparents; Future Lawson of Newport, Melva Denton of Newport, Joe Cothrine of Batesville, and Lillie K. Simpson of Newport, aunts; Kermeta Overland of Newport, Arlenda Lawson of Austin, Texas, Joetta Cothrine of Searcy, Eboni Denton Rowe of Searcy, Raine Phillips of Newport, Q`Nashia McDonald of Jonesboro, and Raezel Phillips of Newport, uncles; DeMone Overland of Omaha, Nebraska and Keith Cothrine of Conway, Great Aunt; Rosetta James of Newport, a host of other greats aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to send a special thank you to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, NICU Unit, CVIC Unit and the entire staff.
Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Greater Morning Star Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, September 19, 2014.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.
Mr. Melvin Baker, 84, of Searcy, Arkansas, departed this life on Sunday, September 14, 2014. He was born September 19, 1929, at Vanndale, Arkansas, the son of Charlie and Lillie Mae (Miller) Baker.
Melvin served 22 years in the United States Air Force and retired in 1972. He was a Veteran of Vietnam, where he was awarded 3 Bronze Stars with 2 Oak leaf clusters, and a Silver Star. Melvin specialized in explosive ordinance disposal while in the service. After retiring, he helped many veterans and their surviving spouses obtain proper benefits from the VA by guiding them through the process. He educated himself on the laws and procedures pertaining to benefits to be the most help. Melvin was a lifetime member of the VFW, DAV, and the American Legion. He was also a member of the Air Force Master Blasters, Retired Enlisted Association, National Radiation Survivors, and the National EOD Association.
In addition to helping other veterans, Melvin also enjoyed working on his farm, where he built their home and raised pigs, cows, and horses. For many years, he had a garden that could feed an army (well, the USAF). He was always honest and extremely resourceful, taking bits of nothing and making something useful.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Marvin Baker.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Sheila (Clark) Baker of the home; two sons, John Baker of Johnson City, Tennessee, and David Baker and wife Mali of Fort Worth, Texas; three daughters, Susan Stevens and husband Nuel of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Betty Cruz and husband, Al of Searcy, and Pam Helms and husband Kenny of Searcy; one brother, James Baker of Chattanooga, Tennessee; five sisters, Ruby Hodges of Cherry Valley, Arkansas, Hazel Evans of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Faye English of Wynne, Arkansas, Wilma Butler of Marietta, Georgia, and Glenda Baker of Wynne, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren, Autumn Baker, Karen Miller, Julian Stevens, Michael Stevens, Amanda Eich, Jennifer Adair, Kendall Baker, Haley Baker, Phoebe Baker, Anna Baker, Korey Cruz, and Alia Cruz; and seven great-grandchildren, Jared Miller, Carter Miller, Aiden Stevens, Abigail Stevens, Landon Comer, Kinleigh Adair, and Hallie Adair.
The family requests memorials be made to the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Scholarship Fund, 9263 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037.
Graveside memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday at White County Memorial Gardens in Searcy.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.
Pauline P. Buchanan
Pauline P. Buchanan, 89, of Newport departed this life Friday, September 12, 2014. She was born June 29, 1925 to John and Mary (O’Reily) Pitt in Liverpool, England. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, a WW II bride, came to the U.S. in 1946, and was an LPN.
She was preceded in death by her husband; Virgil E. Buchanan, parents, one brother; Jack Pitt, and one sister, Eileen Owen.
Her survivors are one son; Russell Gene Buchanan of North Dakota, two daughters; Sharrie Grant of Newport and Janis Aduddell of Newport, one sister; Pegg Lake of Liverpool, England, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
There will be no funeral service.
Deborah Ann “Debbie” Mathis
Deborah Ann “Debbie” Mathis, 55, of Bradford departed this life Thursday, September 11, 2014. She was born February 1, 1959 to Raymond Loyd and Wanda Mae (Wallace) Flowers. Debbie was a member of Possum Grape Church of Christ, employed at Arkansas Department of Correction-Grimes Unit, President of United Way and involved in Relay for Life. Her favorite place to visit was Bryce Canyon, Utah, she enjoyed shopping, purses, crafts, teaching vacation bible school, her grandchildren and traveling.
She was preceded in death by her step father; Oneil “Andy” Andrew, step mother; Bonnie Flowers, paternal grandparents; Edward and Mildred Flowers, maternal grandparents; Thurman and Evelyn Wallace, and aunt; Reba Holt.
Her survivors are her husband; Gary Mathis of Bradford, parents; Raymond and Wanda Flowers of Bradford, two sons; Ira Jason (Jamie) of Houston, Texas and Jeremy (Chasity) Mathis of Bradford, five brothers; Danny Andrew of Bradford, Dana “Duke” Andrew of Bradford, Deneil Andrew of Bradford, David Andrew of Bradford and Scott Andrew of Michigan, one sister; Terry Ellen Legrand of Dallas, Texas, four grandchildren; Zack Henley of Houston, Texas, Luke Pafford of Houston, Texas, Hunter Mathis of Bradford, and Kalie Mathis of Bradford, one great grandchild; Caddy Henley of Houston, Texas, numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 15, 2014 at Possum Grape Church of Christ.
Interment will be in Coffeyville Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m, Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home.
Wilma Stegall Lillard
Mrs. Wilma Stegall Lillard passed from this life on September 10, 2014, at the age of 96. The daughter of Pearl and Callie Camp Stegall, she was born and raised in the Stegall community just east of Newport. She was a 1937 graduate of Newport High School where she met the love of her life, Jesse Adolph Lillard. They married in October, 1937, and shared 46 wonderful years together before his sudden passing in 1983. She was also predeceased by her sister,
Mary Frances Siler, and brother, Presley Stegall, as well as her brother-in-law, Luther Siler, and daughter-in-law, Tricia Lillard. Those left to treasure her memory include her sons, Randy of Bartlett, Tennessee, and Jim (Ruth) of Mineral Springs, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Betty Stegall; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Wilma and Adolph moved to Corning in 1951 where they became active members of the community. She was trained as a beautician, but devoted herself full-time to raising her sons, managing the family finances in her very frugal manner, and supporting Adolph wholeheartedly in his work at Clay County Electric Co-op as well as in various civic endeavors, most notable the Corning Little League Baseball program. They were long-time members of the 4th& Vine church of Christ in Corning. Wilma returned to Newport in 2001, where she worshipped with the Holden Avenue church of Christ and enjoyed spending time with her beloved sister and sister-in-law. In recent years, she had the wonderful blessing of living at Oakdale Country Estate in Newport.
A time of visitation with family and friends is set for 9:30-10:45 a.m. Friday, at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at Walnut Grove Cemetery at 11:00.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to Agape Child and Family Services, P.O. Box 11441, Memphis, TN 38111.
Michael Wayne “Mike” Allen, Sr
Mr. Michael Wayne “Mike” Allen, Sr. departed this life on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at Newport at the age of 66. He was born April 6, 1948, at Newport the son of D.T. Allen, Sr. and Frances (Williamson) Allen.
Mike was President and co-owner of D.T. Allen and Company, Inc. for over forty years. He began working with his father, D.T. Allen and later was privileged to work with his sons, Michael and John.
Mike was a member of the First Baptist Church in Newport. He enjoyed working in the Youth Department and teaching Sunday School for several years. Mike was always happiest working behind the scenes, taking food to the Women’s Shelter and helping those in need. He truly had a servant’s heart and over the years anonymously did many good deeds.
Mike was a member of the Newport High School Class of 1966. Growing up, he was a naturally gifted athlete with both a competitive and team spirit. Mike excelled in football, basketball, baseball, track, and golf. He was the youngest to be selected to play American Legion Baseball at 15. Mike was a starting member of the Newport High School Basketball Team that won the 1965 Arkansas State Championship. He also, was a Running back for the NHS Greyhounds. As a teammate, Mike was a favorite.
Following high school, Mike attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he continued to excel athletically as a member of the Arkansas Razorback Track team and was a member of the SAE Fraternity. He graduated from the University with a degree in Business.
Mike was a championship golfer. He was a 4 time winner of the Newport Country Club’s 4 Ball Golf Tournament, a 3 time winner of the Invitational Tournament, and 4 time winner of the Club Championship. As most exceptional athletes, Mike made every sport look easy and he was his own most fierce competitor.
Mike Allen’s athletic accomplishments will long be remembered. But, he will be best remembered for his kind, humble, and generous spirit.
Mike was preceeded in death by his parent’s.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years Cynthia Ann Benedict Allen of the home, two sons, Michael Wayne Allen, Jr. and wife, Julie, of Newport and John Dewitt Allen and wife, Sally, of Newport, and one daughter Sara C. Bryant and husband, Daniel, of Little Rock, seven grandchildren, Jessica Allen, Meagan Allen, John Allen, Clay Allen, George Bryant, Harry Bryant, and Timothy Bryant, and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit at the First Baptist Church Tuesday, September 9, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. Services will follow beginning at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. A. Timothy Hight officiating.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are John Conner, Jr., Dale Eaves, Don Smotherman, Harold Erwin, Benny “Junior” Baker, Patric Brosh, Brouce Holden, Dr. Ronald Gore, and Edward Scoggins.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.
Alice Carnail (Jacobs) Gaskin
Mrs. Alice Carnail (Jacobs) Gaskin, of McCrory, Arkansas, departed this life on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 at the age of 92. She was born September 14, 1921 at Cowlake Community, the daughter of Joe and Cora Jacobs. Miss Alice Jacobs married Mr. Robert Louie Gaskin on August 19, 1942, and they spent 60 years together.
Mrs. Gaskin was a homemaker, and worked alongside her husband on the family farm. She was of the Baptist belief, and enjoyed raising a garden, canning vegetables, and especially loved taking care of her grandchildren.
Mrs. Gaskin was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Louie Gaskin; one brother, Dave Jacobs; two sisters, Leanor Baker and Margaret Reynolds; and one grandson, Ricky Eugene Sides.
She is survived by her daughter, Alice Jean Clark of McCrory; one brother, Shorty Jacobs of Wynne; three sisters, Laverne Robbins of Forrest City, Joyce Kay of Wynne, and Maxine Jacobs of California; and one grandson, Gary Wayne Sides of Beedeville.
Friends may visit at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel, Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in Eightmile Cemetery.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Sy Elton Mendenhall
Commander Sy Elton Mendenhall, U.S. Navy (Ret.), catapulted and flew West on August 30, 2014. He was born on May 8th, 1919 in Sidell, Illinois to Sy and Grace Mendenhall. As a child, he helped in the family farming business and endured the Great Depression. He related later in life that while there was little money, they always had plenty of food because they raised most of what they ate. In the winter, he would trap muskrats for their fur and sell them to generate cash. Upon graduation from Sidell High School, Sy entered the University of Illinois where he played football and wrestled in addition to attending classes. He also took a job on campus to help pay his way in school. After completing two years of college, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Cadet.
After passing initial training in St. Louis, he was sent to Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida for flight training. Upon completion of his training, he was awarded his Wings of Gold and commissioned an Ensign. Though not to his liking, he was retained in Pensacola as an Instructor Pilot as the Navy was expanding its pilot corps in 1941. One consolation prize for this duty was meeting his future and life-long companion on a blind date. He would soon marry Gloria Bergin of Pensacola on August 8, 1942 and begin their life journey together. But first, there was a War to be fought and won in the Pacific and Sy would soon find himself in the middle of it.
In early 1943, he was assigned to VF-6 flying the F6-F Hellcat off of aircraft carriers. He was initially the wingman for the Squadron Commander, Medal of Honor recipient Commander Edward “Butch” O’Hare. They soon embarked on a deployment aboard the USS Independence for the invasion of Marcus Island and attacked enemy positions on Wake Island. During the cruise, he was elevated to leading O’Hare’s Second Division for the Wake attack. Sy would complete this cruise and one other deployment during the War before ending it with a second tour as an instructor pilot. It was during his second cruise that his Hellcat suffered something known as a “cold cat”, a lack of sufficient power for the catapult and this resulted in his aircraft being tossed off the left side of the ship into the Pacific Ocean. Even though his sliding canopy slammed shut upon impact with the water, he was able to muster the strength on his second attempt to open it and escaped the sinking Hellcat. He was picked up by an escort destroyer and later returned to his ship.
After the war, Sy decided to continue his military career and spent several assignments overseas in such places as modern day Morocco and Guam. It was while he was serving as the Commander of a photo reconnaissance squadron (VAP-61) that he participated in the International Geophysical Year and took some of the first aerial photographs of Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska. Not one to pass a potentially dangerous job to someone else, he personally commanded a CIA requested “recon” flight over Indonesia where the government was fighting Communist insurgents. During this flight, his unarmed aircraft came under fire and the right wing of the aircraft was hit, narrowly missing the engine. However, the large hole just outboard of the engine made the aircraft extremely difficult to fly and it was clear they would not be able to make it back to their base. Flying fast and low, they found a runway under construction in the southern Philippine Islands and made a high speed landing that blew tires and caused the workers on the ground to scurry clear of the runway. Commander Mendenhall ended his Navy career as Executive Officer of NAS Memphis in 1963.
Upon retirement, he started his second career which was his lifelong goal: to own his own farm. In 1954, while still on active duty, he purchased a small farm near Oil Trough. Upon Sy’s retirement from the Navy, the family moved to the farm and raised Aberdeen Angus cattle for many years. Years of hard work on his part and that of his family resulted in a generous herd that provided a living for the family. In addition, Sy started a successful Ag Flying service that was a natural fit for his flying skills and served many farmers in Independence and Jackson Counties for 15 years. Sy was devoted to his community, working for infrastructure improvements such as roads and a rural water system. He teamed up with several local famers to attack a flooding problem with a local stream to establish the Departee Creek Watershed Improvement District, which is still active today. Believing in service before self, he was instrumental in getting signatures on petitions for a Constitutional Amendment for Term Limits in Arkansas. He truly believed our lawmakers should be “Citizen Legislators, not Career Politicians” as his bumper sticker stated for so many years. His service to the Independence County Conservation Board spanned from 1987 until 1999. Sy also served on the Jackson-Independence Regional Water Board for a number of years, having been instrumental in getting safe, reliable water to hundreds of users in the rural parts of both counties.
He was preceded by his parents, Sy and Grace Mendenhall and his sister, Pauline France. He is survived by his [[wife, Gloria,]] six children, fourteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. His children include Carol and her husband Steve Smaha of Houston, TX, Mark and Claudia Mendenhall of New Brunfels, TX, Matthew and Leigh Ann Mendenhall of Springdale, AR, Connie and her husband Dan Harn of Washington, D.C., Michael and Susan Mendenhall of Plano, TX, and Myles and Katherine Mendenhall of Dallas, TX.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 5th from 5:30 till 7 PM at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home. A graveside service with military honors will be held at Blue Springs Cemetery in Newark on Saturday, September 6th at 10 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial be made to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, P.O. Box 33104, NAS Pensacola, 32508.
William Elvis Crotts, Sr
Mr. William Elvis Crotts, Sr., 86, of Grubbs, Arkansas, departed this life on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. He was born April 29, 1928 in Blytheville, the son of Homer Lee, Sr., and Dora Curzella (Wilson) Crotts. He married Miss Erma Vernell Brantley on December 1, 1951.
Mr. Crotts retired from Victor Metal after 30 years of service, and was Mayor of Grubbs from 1995-2002. He was a member of Ballew’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon and taught Sunday School. Mr. Crotts was a United States Army veteran, serving in World War II. Gardening was his passion, and he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Alvin Earl Crotts, M.G. Crotts, and H.L. Crotts; three sisters, Lucille Crotts Johnston, Maureen Wallis, and Christine Camp; and his parents.
Mr. Crotts is survived by his wife of 63 years, Erma Vernell Crotts; two sons, William Elvis Crotts, Jr., and wife Barbara, of Batesville and Brian Crotts and wife Nanette of Fairfield Bay; one daughter, Becky Cloud of Batesville; three sisters, Inez Mannon of Bradford, Louise Ragsdale and husband, Gus, of Newport, and Joan Crotts of Bishop Hill, Illinois; eleven grandchildren, William Elvis Crotts, III and daughter Kylee, Shad Crotts and wife, Marla, and his sons, Liam and Nevin, Marissa Martin and husband Jason, Vanessa Tharp and husband, Brayden, Jennifer Wyatt, and William Wyatt, Chris Crotts and wife, Sunny, and their sons, Hayden and Kellan, Carina Wingate, and husband Tim, and daughter, Ella, Micah Sanning and daughter, Evie, Rachel Cloud and children, Cole and Kourtney, and Kari Cloud, and three sisters-in-law, Shirley Fortenberry of Tuckerman, Eugene Schnell of Dallas, Texas, and Wanda “Cookie” Crotts of Grubbs.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Friday, August 30, 2014, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Saturday, at Ballew’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Hoover Lewis officiating. Interment will follow in Ballew’s Chapel Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are William Elvis Crotts, III, Shad Crotts, Jason Martin, Brayden Tharp, William Wyatt, Chris Crotts, Tim Wingate, and Micheal Slayton.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Otis Blair George
Otis Blair George, 66, of Tuckerman departed this life Friday, August 29, 2014. He was born January 20, 1948 to Otis Jordan and Francis Wilkerson. He was a Razorback fan, enjoyed sitting in the backyard watching the squirrels, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; Carl Wayne Emery, and two sisters; Jacqueline Turnage and Melinda Pledger.
His survivors are his wife of 37 years; Emily George of Tuckerman, two sons; Jason George of Tuckerman, and Scotty Holt of Newport, two daughters; Elizabeth George (Marvin) of Tuckerman, and Kelly George of Tulsa, Oklahoma, one brother; Billy Gene Emery of Fayatte, North Carolina, two sisters; Linda Sparks of Brighton, Tennessee and Frankie Burchfiel of Newburne, Tennessee, and four grandchildren; Nicholas Heath, Anthony McFall, Jacob McFall and Emily Elizabeth Holt.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Watson Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
Bill Fry, 48, of Newport departed this life Friday, August 29, 2014. He was born November 29, 1965 to Jerry Fry and Bitty Sue (Durham) Cooper. Bill was of the Baptist belief, enjoyed baseball, fishing, and swimming.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Jerry Fry and Bitty Sue Cooper.
His survivors are one sister; Lena Clemons of Paragould, and step-father; Jimmy Cooper of Newport.
Visitation will be 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home.
Ophelia Harris, 68, of Newport departed this life Tuesday, August 26, 2014. She was born October 6, 1945 to Charley and Georgana (Duckins) Tucker. She was a member of Calhoun Street Church of Christ, enjoyed sewing, loved children, church, and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two grandchildren, four brothers; R.L. Martin, Charlie Tucker, Jr., Tom Tucker, and Willie Tucker, four sisters; Lou Ida Tucker Rowe, twins; Lorean Tucker Dicus and Corean Tucker Love, and Genevia Tucker Smith.
Her survivors are husband; Lewis Harris, Sr. of Newport, eight sons; Lewis Henry Harris, Jr., of Batesville, Phillip Harris (Susan) of San Antonio, Texas, Willie Harris (Brandy) of Diaz, Jimmy Harris (Roxana) of Batesville, Roger Harris of Batesville, Jeff Harris of Diaz, Alvin Thomas (Ruth Ann) of Searcy, and Ira Foster of Missouri, four daughters; Linda Harris of Diaz, Shirley Steward (Ricky) of Diaz, Barbara Hanson, (Nate) of Illinois, Marjorie Harris of Newport, and one special daughter; Letitia of Jonesboro, one sister; Nettie Arnold of Jonesboro, thirty nine grandchildren, one special granddaughter, and twenty one great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Holden Avenue Church of Christ.
Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, September 1, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home.