Vera Driver

Vera Driver, 84, of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida departed this life Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her husband; Jack Driver, parents; Frank and Pearlie (Morrow) Eubanks, and one brother; Leon Eubanks.
Her survivors are one brother; Kenneth Eubanks of Deltona, Florida, three sisters; Neva Dlabaj of Connors, Georgia, Louise Driver of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Elizabeth Dennis of Tuckerman, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Dillinger Chapel.
Interment will be in Morrow Cemetery in Stanford, Arkansas.
Visitation will be 5:30-7:00 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home.

Emma Drummond

Mrs. Drummond passed from this life on April 16, 2014 in Henderson. She was born July 29, 1919 in Newport, Ark. to the late R.W. and Hattie Long Harvey. Mrs. Drummond was a homemaker and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: husband, Ralph Drummond, Sr.; two sisters, and three brothers.
Survivors include: sons, Robert L. "Bob" Drummond and wife Barbara of Garland, Jim Drummond and wife Kathy of Long Beach, MS, and Ralph Drummond and wife Jan of Henderson; grandchildren, Rob Drummond and wife Patricia, Karen Drummond, Amy Loewer and husband Bradley, Corey Drummond and wife Aricka, and Casey Cook and husband Brian; and great-grandchildren, Danielle Siverling and husband Aaron, Sandra Drummond, J.D. Drummond, Andrew Loewer, Amelia Loewer, Ava Loewer, Audrey Loewer, and Jayden Drummond.

in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church at 1406 S. Evenside, Henderson, TX 75654.
Memorial services for Mrs. Emma Drummond, 94, of Henderson, formerly of Gideon, MO, will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Newton officiating. A graveside service will be held at 3 pm on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Newport, Arkansas.
Local Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Rev. Floyd E. Medlock

Rev. Floyd E. Medlock, 68, of Bradford, Arkansas, departed this life on Monday, April 14, 2014 at his home. He was born May 25, 1946 in the Tuckers Ridge Community of Bradford, and married Miss Gaile Gatties on July 18, 1965.
Rev. Medlock had worked as a carpenter at Sink Construction, and at Taylor Made Ambulance. Most importantly, he was former Minister of Oakland Free Will Baptist Church for 26 years, and a member of 41 years. He loved to cook out and spend time with his family. Mr. Medlock loved building and working with his hands. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Rev. Medlock was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Little Jimmy Medlock.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gaile (Gatties) Medlock; one son, Robert Medlock and wife Sheila of Bradford; one daughter, Judith Willis and husband, Rickey of Bradford; one brother, Steve Medlock and wife Renda of Bradford; two sisters, Peggy Miller and husband, Ray of Bradford and Donna McDaniels of Florida; two grandchildren, Joshua Willis of Bradford and Miranda Medlock of Bradford; two great-grandchildren, Carter Remington Gauge Willis and Wyatt Colton Spencer Willis, of Judsonia; several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews; and his dog, Buster.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Wednesday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Oakland Free Will Baptist Church with interment following in Oakland Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are James “Buddy” Padgett, David Padgett, Troy Dewayne Reed, John Paul Reed, Allen Smith, and Ray Smith. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Oakland Hill Free Will Baptist Church and Past and Present Youth.

Dewey L. Henderson

Mr. Dewey L. Henderson, a lifelong resident of Tuckerman, Arkansas, departed this life on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Newport. He was born in Tuckerman, the youngest of thirteen children born to Alfred Scott Henderson and Cornelius Elizabeth “Nelia” (Stone) Henderson.
Mr. Henderson was a 1946 graduate of Tuckerman High School. He remained a devoted fan of the Tuckerman Bulldogs, keeping score at ballgames for over 50 years. Following high school graduation, Mr. Henderson furthered his education attending both Arkansas College in Batesville and Arkansas State College in Jonesboro. However, he felt that the education that benefited him most in life was received watching his parent’s work on the farm and care of the family through the Great Depression, working for R.A. Ivy at Ivy’s Grocery Store, and the education he received at Tuckerman School.
Returning to Tuckerman in 1948, at the age of 20, Mr. Henderson built and opened his first grocery business. Henderson’s Market opened to the public on December 15, 1948. After the store had been opened almost 2 years, Mr. Henderson was called into military service. He served during the Korean War as a Corporal in the 8th Infantry Division. His sister’s Argie and Ruth, ran the market during their brother’s absence. Mr. Henderson returned home in September of 1952, resuming the management of Henderson’s Market. By 1959, the market had outgrown it’s original location, so he built a much larger store, and opened it as an IGA Store. The IGA Store remained open until 1968. Mr. Henderson sold the store to Mr. Bill Rodgers and continued managing the store for 13 years until he retired from the grocery business.
In the 1970’s Mr. Henderson and his sister, Ruth, opened Dewey’s Antiques in Tuckerman. Together they ran the antique store for 30 years. Mr. Henderson specialized in the buying and Miss Henderson specialized in the selling. He continued hunting for antiques even after they closed the store.
Mr. Henderson held a special love for animals since he was a young boy. Throughout his life, he has raised pigs, goats, pigeons, rabbits, cattle, and the ones he was most fond of, dogs, including Pugs and Boston Terriers.
Even though Mr. Henderson was always busy, he still found time to devote to his hometown of Tuckerman. He served on the City Council for over 16 years, and was a member of the Tuckerman V.F.W. and American Legion.
Mr. Henderson has been a faithful member of the Tuckerman Church of Christ for nearly 60 years. He would proudly tell anyone that his first love was the Lord and His Church. Anyone who knew Mr. Henderson would attest that he was a wonderful example of The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
A confirmed bachelor until the age of 76, Mr. Dewey Henderson married Ms. Anga Mae (Harris) Skyrme. Together they enjoyed 10 wonderful years.
This Christian man was a treasured husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin, step-father, grandfather, and friend. He will always be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, his friendly smile, and his genuine friendship. Mr. Henderson will be sorely missed by many family and friends.
Mr. Henderson was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, John, Owen, Cephus, Ralph, and Troy Henderson, and seven sisters, Mandy Henderson, Nola Brown, Ruth Henderson, Molly Pennington, Argie Clark, Rena Henderson, and Pauline Martin.
He is survived by his wife, of 10 years, Anga Mae (Harris) Skyrme Henderson of the home; one step-son, Jimmy E. Skyrme of England, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Natalie Hardin and husband, Chris, of Ft. Smith, Arkansas and James E. Skyrme and wife, Samantha, of Little Rock; five great-grandchildren, Allysa Ladd, Cooper Skyrme, Mason Skyrme, Zoe Hardin, and Sam Hardin; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Dick Blackford and Mr. J.R. Rosado officiating. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Mike Prysock, James Cossey, Morgan Gilbert, Ray Holt, Jay Harvey, Tommy Young, Blake Young, Jim Young. Honorary pallbearers are Elders of the Tuckerman Church of Christ, (Elwood Fisher, Junior Pretty, and Jim Fields), Men of the Tuckerman Church of Christ, and Louis French, Nick Adcox, Jerry Carrick, and Bob Penix.

Alva Jean Hendrix

Alva Jean Knight Hendrix, of Newport, Arkansas departed this life to return to our Father in heaven on April 12, 2014.
She is survived by two daughters; Rhonda Pounders of Newport, and Bridget Hendrix and partner De De Shannon of Fort Worth, Texas, two sons; Marcus Hendrix and wife Angela of Arkadelphia, and Clifford Hendrix and partner Angie Burgess of Newport, one brother; Michael Knight of Tuckerman, three grandchildren of the home; Devan Hendrix, Coty Hendrix and Darian Pounders, fourteen grandchildren, and fiancé; Bill Davis of Jonesboro.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Alvie William and Knoxie (Gates) Knight.
Alva Jean was known to her family, friends and community by the name “Momma Jean.” She was a nurturing woman by nature, which makes the name so fitting. She has been playing drums and singing since the age of 15, when offered a chance to sit behind a set of drums in her parents’ home during one of the gatherings for music among friends. Her father, Alvie Knight purchased those drums for her, and the rest is history.
Momma Jean was a textbook definition of a “Mother” and “Grandmother.” Affectionate, loving, kind and nurturing to all whom came into contact with her. Always quick to hug, kiss or compliment, Momma Jean had enough love to fill the oceans. She was a graduate of ASU Newport class of 2012 with an associates in Liberal Arts. Her passion to peruse college at the age of 62 was to keep tabs and a close eye on her grandchildren.
She was a member of Faith Assembly of God Church in Tuckerman where she played drums and sat in her pew with close friends to worship our Lord under the Steller pastorship of Brandon Gates.
When you met her in one of the local stores you should plan to be there a while because she stopped and talked with everyone. She loved her children, grandchildren, family, friends, music, God and Life. Eyes of an angel, a kiss of a true mother and hands that healed when she wrapped them, around you or her drum sticks. Momma Jean, what a legacy.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Holden Avenue Church of Christ.
Interment will be in Gracelawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6:00-9:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home

Jimmy Milligan

Mr. Jimmy Milligan, of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the age of 54. He was born July 16, 1959 in Newport, the son of James and Hazel Sharline (Hawk) Milligan.
Jimmy was a graduate of Swifton High School, and worked as manager of The Party Store in Newport over 17 years. He enjoyed playing and watching anything sports related, and was a Dallas Cowboy and an Arkansas Razorback fan. Jimmy had a boisterous personality, and was known for his happy demeanor and his laugh. He was a member of the Holden Avenue Church of Christ.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his mother, Hazel Sharline (Hawk) Milligan; his sister, Jamie Lynn Milligan; a step-brother, Tim Milligan; and his aunt and uncle, Evelyn (Hawk) and Bob King.
He is survived by his father, James Milligan of Illinois; a step-brother, Todd Milligan; Jennifer Milligan Richardson and Betty Owen; his uncles, Doc Hawk of Newport, Bo Hawk of Little Rock, and Bill Hawk of of Texarkana; and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Swifton Cemetery.

Alice A. Wagner

Alice A. Wagner, 79, of Thida departed this life Thursday, April 10, 2014. She was born May 14, 1934 to Joseph and Lillie Shannon and enjoyed spending time with her husband and family.
She was preceded in death by one daughter; Debbie Hightower, parents; Joseph and Lillie Shannon, one sister; Betty Payne, and one brother; Charles Shannon.
Her survivors are her husband of 47 years; Anthony Wagner, Sr. of Thida, three sons; Dean Addington of Thida, Jerry Addington (Sue) of Oil Trough, Joe Wagner (Rebecca) of Indiana, one stepson; Anthony Wagner, Jr. of California, one daughter; Mary Oldham of Indiana, one step daughter; Kathi Lazo Wagner of Thida, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and special friend; Terry Joe Foster of Thida.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be 2:30-6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014 and 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home

Billy Lee Hughes

Mr. Billy Lee Hughes, 69, of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at his home. He was born November 12, 1944 in Swifton, the son of Paul and Ruby Helen (Romine) Hughes.
Mr. Hughes retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company on June 29, 2001 after 33 years as a service repairman. He was a United States Navy veteran, serving during Vietnam. Mr. Hughes enjoyed gardening, yard work, fishing, and hunting. It has been said that he would rather duck hunt than eat. Mr. Hughes was always serving others first, never asking anything in return. He volunteered at Watson Cemetery and R and I Fire Department.
Mr. Hughes was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Infant Billy Ray Hughes; and his parents.
He is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Marlene (Gilliaum) Hughes of the home; one son, Ty Hughes and wife Deavan of Newport; one daughter, Traynee Bledsoe Rash and husband Mike of Shreveport, Louisiana; and four grandchildren, Tyler Rash, Logan Rash, Destiny Hughes, and Jaxson Hughes.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Friday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Graveside services will be 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Watson Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Dennis Jarrett, Mike Smith, Scott Jones, Jimmy Baker, Tyler Rash, and Logan Rash. Honorary pallbearers are Nicky Miller, Frankie Harris, Mike Rash, Shannon Gilliaum, Paul Gilliaum, Chad Harris, Chip Youngblood, and Daniel Perrin
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.

Talmadge L. Honey

Mr. Talmadge L. Honey, 86, of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Jonesboro. He was born August 16, 1927 in Johnstown, Arkansas, the son of Lenzie Washington and Fannie (Largent) Honey.
Mr. Honey was a self-employed farmer, and a member of the Cherokee Church of Christ. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, and holidays. He especially loved taking his entire family camping. When he was younger, he owned his own flying service.
Mr. Honey was preceded in death by his wife, Mable (Moore) Honey; two brothers, L.W. “Butch” Honey and Darrell Honey; and two sisters, Wanda Joplin and Vivian Honey.
He is survived by his wife, Mary (Campbell) Honey of the home; three sons, David Honey of Shoffner, Wayne Reams and partner, Linda Hoffman of Newport, and Kenny Reams and wife Chris of Angleton, Texas; seven daughters, Brenda Henard and husband Randy of West Fork, Bobbie Thatcher and husband Ronnie of Amagon, Kathy Honey Buford and husband Ricky of Newport, Ramona Reams and partner Wayne Matthews of Newport, Gail Snyder and husband Terry of Newport, Beverly Honey Tharp and husband Jerry of Newport, and Dana Raeburn and husband Chris of North Little Rock; one brother, Ruben Honey and wife Stella of Amagon; one sister, Glenda Hicks and husband Dell of Cabot; fourteen grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Terry Snyder, Randy Henard, Jerry Tharp, Jerry Tharp II, Sean Buford, and Chris Raeburn.
Graveside services are 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Watson Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home, Saturday, 12:30 until 1:30 p.m.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.

Lorene Eloise Burrow

Lorene Eloise Burrow, 95, of Oil Trough departed this life Wednesday, April 9, 2014. She was born November 13, 1918 to John and Maggie (Poole) Hampton. She was a member of Oil Trough Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband; Charles Edward Burrow, Sr., one son; Charles Burrow, Jr., parents, and several sisters and brothers.
Her survivors are one daughter-in-law; Paula Millikin of Oil Trough, grandchildren; Charles Allen Burrow (Pam) of Oil Trough, Angela Stephens of Oil Trough, great grandchildren; Allen Burrow (Vanessa) of Oil Trough, Morgan Stephens of Oil Trough, Jennifer Long (John) of Searcy, great great grandchildren; Piper Burrow of Newport, Jade Long of Searcy, and Desa Long of Searcy, step great great grandchildren; Brendan Bagwell of Oil Trough, Tyler Bagwell of Oil Trough, and Meagan Dodge of Oil Trough, special friends, Bruce and Francis Lewis and children, and her dog; Pepper.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at Oil Trough Church of Christ.
Interment will be in Browns Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:30-8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home.

Betty Ruth Webb

Betty Ruth Webb, 76, of Newport departed this life April 8, 2014. She was born July 5, 1937 to Walter and Gertie (Sutterfield) George, enjoyed yard sales and taking care of her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband; James Elwood Webb, Sr. in 1991, her daughter; Shirley Ann Webb Harrison in 1983, parents; Walter and Gertie (Sutterfield) George, sisters; Odessa Dollar, Margaret Davis, Ethann McDaniel, Ermie Helms, Ruby Pabst, and brothers; Wesley George, Junior George, and Eugene George.
Her survivors are one daughter; Carolyn Webb Holcomb and husband Don of Tuckerman, three sons; James E. (Jimbo) Webb, Jerry D. Webb, and Ronnie G. Webb, grandchildren; Joey (Heather) Holcomb of Hector, Crystal Holcomb of Belleville, Brian Webb (Donna ) of Newark, Jerry Webb (Tracy) of Caruthersville, Missouri, Hayley Webb of Newport, Tyler Webb of Newport, and Cheyenne Brooks of Newark, great grandchildren; Kalynn and Kenley Holcomb of Danville, Callie Holcomb of Hector, Kailee Webb, Ty Webb, Nicholas Webb, and Hunter Webb of Caruthersville, Missouri and Jersey Webb of Newark, special brother-in-law; Calvin Dollar, special friends; Albert Hollis, Gayle Ellis and grand dog; Jake, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Watson Cemetery.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.

Infant Isaiah James Davis

Infant Isaiah James Davis departed this life Sunday, April 6, 2014.
His survivors are parents; Tyler and Carlisa Davis of Newport, two brothers; Semaj Brown and Malachi Keeling of Newport, one sister; Camia Davis of Newport, grandparents; James and Pamela Davis of Newport and JoAnn Balentine of Newport.
Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery.

Infant River Hutchinson Baker

Infant River Hutchinson Baker of Newport, Arkansas departed this life on Friday April 4, 2014.
He is survived by his parents, Tyler Lynn and Katherine Elizabeth (Webb) Baker of Newport; his sister, Kyleigh Lynn Baker; maternal grandparents, Sandra Dunn of Newport and Phillip Webb of Murphreesboro, TN; paternal grandparents, Ricky and Patty Baker of Newport; great-grandparents, Sonny and Peggy Hutchinson of Newport and Charles and Aline Baker of Harrisburg; two aunts, Ashley Webb and Kelsey Black and husband, Ben, of Newport; three uncles, Jeremy Baker of Newport, Brandon King of Newport and Shane Webb of Kentucky; his great-uncle, Darrin Hutchinson and wife Bo of Newport.
Graveside services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Watson Cemetery.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.

Dale E. Vandervort

Mr. Dale E. Vandervort, 88, of Newport, departed this life on Friday, April 4, 2014. He was born December 9, 1925 at Austinburg, Ohio, the son of William Ray and Margaret Ann (Goshorn) Vandervort.
Mr. Vandervort was a retired truck driver, and an excellent woodworker. He was a United States Navy veteran, who was very strong and in command of everything in his life. He enjoyed helping his neighbors, and was a member of the Campbell Station Baptist Church.
Mr. Vandervort was preceded in death by two sons, Brian Matthew and Drew Smith Vandervort; and three brothers, William, Scott, and Richard Vandervort.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Dale (Ringuet) Vandervort; two sons, Mark Vandervort of Lakeland, Florida and Jeffrey Dale Vandervort of Crestview, Florida; two daughters, Janis Rae Vandervort Shortridge of King George, Virginia, and Karen Marie Urban Ohlheiser of Yelm, Washington; one brother, Clifford Vandervort; and several grandchildren.
Visitation is Monday, 1:00 p.m. until service time. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Monday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Gracelawn Cemetery

Veronica Ann Searcy

Ms. Veronica Ann Searcy, of Manchester, Tennessee, departed this life on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the age of fifty-one. She was born March 10, 1963 in Tularosa, New Mexico, the daughter of Talmadge Searcy and Christine Searcy Roberts.
Veronica graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Navoo, Illinois in 1981. She then attended and graduated from University of Arkansas with a degree in Architectural Engineering. Following graduating, she worked in drafting for the Army Corps of Engineers. Veronica was a wonderful painter and artist, and had a special love for animals. She had the uncanny ability to communicate with the animals she rescued. She had a strong Christian faith.
Veronica was preceded in death by her father, Talmadge Searcy.
She is survived by her mother and step-father, Christine and Jim Roberts; her companion of over 20 years, Arthur “Bill” Leabo; her sister, Angela Christine Williams and husband David of Olathe, Kansas; one step-brother, Michael James Roberts and wife Marilyn of Vancouver, Washington; nephews, Justin Searcy Williams and wife Amy of Olathe, Kansas and Alexander Roberts; nieces, Brittany Reinke and husband Keven of Overland Park, Kansas and Genevieve Roberts; great nieces, Micah, Shelby, and Brenna Williams; maternal aunt, Lucille Tims of Manchester, Tennessee; her paternal aunts, Elwanda Searcy Templeton of Newport, Arkansas and Linda Searcy Rorex and husband Jim of Swifton, Arkansas; and her cousins, Steven Templeton, Mike Templeton, Ronnie Templeton, Tammy, Sue Foster, Bo Rorex, and Michelle Crouch.

Friends may visit at the funeral home, Monday, April 7, 2014, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2014, at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Carol Nash officiating. Interment will follow in Swifton Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Jim Rorex, Cletus Thompson, Thomas Blevins, Jess Lee Dunivan, Boyce Dunivan, Kenny Crider. Honorary pallbearers are Steven Templeton, Ronnie Templeton, Bo Rorex, Michael Roberts, David Williams, and Chris McAlee.

Billy Balch 

Mr. Billy Balch, of Amagon, Arkansas, departed this life on Monday, April 1, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 80. He was born January 25, 1934, in Balch, the son of Theodore Roosevelt Balch and Vina May (Evins) Balch.
Mr. Balch began working as a bookkeeper at Newport Sheet Metal over 38 years ago. He was a member of the Midway Church of Christ. Mr. Balch was devoted to his work and his church and he will be greatly missed at both Newport Sheet Metal and at the Midway Church.
Mr. Balch was an avid fan of Arkansas Razorback football and basketball. He greatly enjoyed every game. Mr. Balch’s greatest love was spending time with his family and friends. This gentle, soft-spoken man will be remembered for his genuine and kind spirit and his ability to remain forever young at heart.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Teresa Gail (Balch) Hartin, and his parents.
Mr. Balch is survived by one daughter, Jennie Blaty and husband Richard, of Austin, Arkansas; three step-daughters, Ann Elmer and husband, Ron of Batesville, Nancy McKay and husband Pat of Fayetteville, and Lynn Nicholson and husband Sam of Newport; three sisters, Pauline Carlew of Wynne, Bonnie Hunter and husband, Roy of Wynne, and Scottie Hess and husband Charles of Amagon; five grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; twelve step-great-grandchildren, four nieces, and a special friend, whom he thought of as a sister, Linda Roberson.

Friends may visit at the funeral home, Saturday, 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Llano Robinson and Mr. Jerry Carlew officiating. Interment will follow in Balch-Johnston Cemetery.
Those honored to be pallbearers are Robert Watson, Brad Blaty, William Thomas, Brett Nicholson, Brandon Sullins, Cody Kirchner, and Drew Goffman. Honorary pallbearers are Present and Past Employees of Newport Sheet Metal.

Lavern "Doodle" Long

Mr. Lavern “Doodle” Long, of Tuckerman, Arkansas, departed this life on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Searcy at the age of 91. He was born September 20, 1922, in Tuckerman, Arkansas, the son of Fred D. and Cynthia Ola (Castleberry) Long.
Mr. Long bought his farm in 1941, and spent his life working Long Farms in Tuckerman alongside his sons and son-in-law, and continued farming through the last farming season. His father was also an Arkansas farmer, growing mostly cotton. Mr. Long started growing rice in 1969, and also farmed soybeans, milo, and winter wheat. The Long Family was the 2007 Farm Family of the year. Mr. Long was a member of Farm Bureau, and enjoyed trapping mink and muskrats. He was a St. Louis Cardinals fan, and loved spending time with his family. His son, Greg, was his caregiver and constant companion since the death of his wife, Fay, the past 12 years. Mr. Long was a member of the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Tuckerman.
Mr. Long was preceded in death by his wife, Molly “Fay” Long; one grandson, Gregory Lavern Long; one daughter, Carolyn Sue Long Hooker; two brothers, Junior and Cecil Long; and one great-great granddaughter, Bailey Faith Martindill.
He is survived by his children, Bill and Connie Long of Bald Knob, Arkansas, and their children: Onycha Long, Lesa Long, Todd Long, and Christy Long; Dennis and Patsy Long of Harrison, Arkansas, and their children: Priscilla Collier and Jayme Richie; Greg and Jeannie Long of Tuckerman, Arkansas, and their children: Michael Long and Haley Long Bethel and husband, Johnny; and Cathy Lynn and Billy Harris of Tuckerman, Arkansas, and their child, Brittany Harris Churchman and husband Charley;, and children of Sue Hooker, Chip Hooker and Lois Ann Hooker; 12 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014 at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Teddy Rhea officiating and Rev. Diane Wimberly assisting. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Kenny Bowen, Devon Bryant, Caleb Reeves, Billy Ray George, Trevor Stevenson, and Rodney Stevenson, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Bo Riley, Bob Penix, Wayne King, Dr. Ryan Koch, Justin Staggs, and Tony Papineau.

Geneva Jane (Banks) Osier

Geneva Jane (Banks) Osier, 89, of Newport departed this life Tuesday, March 25, 2014. She was born in Hardin County, Illinois May 18, 1924 to Clyde and Grace (Mott) Banks, and was a long time member of Umsted Memorial Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband; Finis “Jack” Osier, parents; three brothers; Olen Banks, Otis Banks, and Loren Banks, and one sister; Golda Belt.
Her survivors are one son; Bill Osier and wife Sharon of Newport, two daughters; Janis Graves and husband Dan of Vidor, Texas, Betty Billings and husband Bob of Germantown, Tennessee, one brother; Clyde Banks, Jr. of Anna, Illinois, and seven grandchildren; Laura Graves Fossen (Mike) of Cypress, Texas, Curt Osier (Wendy) of Newport, Doug Graves (Cheryl) of Katy, Texas, Jack Osier of Newport, Anna Billings Moore (Justin) of Cordova, Tennessee, Jennifer Osier Branch (Joey) of Newport, and Stephen Billings (Sarah) of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014 at Umsted Memorial Methodist Church.
Interment will be in Fakes Cemetery in McCrory.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Troy Earl “Skipper” Jones, Jr

Troy Earl “Skipper” Jones, Jr., 50, of Tuckerman departed this life Monday, March 24, 2014. He was born June 14, 1963 to Troy, Sr. and Sue (Tapp) Jones. He was of the Baptist belief and enjoyed fishing, arrowhead hunting and hunting.
He was preceded in death by one son; Joseph Sonny Jones.
His survivors are two sons; P.K. Smart of Heber Springs, Robbie Smart of Jonesboro, one daughter; Sarah Solis and husband Ricardo of Newport, parents; Troy, Sr. and Sue (Tapp) Jones of Tuckerman, one sister; Carolyn George and husband Terry of Tuckerman, two grandchildren; Coleson Solis and Brayden Garvin, one niece; Leah Allen and husband Jeffrey of Tuckerman, and special friend; Susan Smith of Tuckerman.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Gracelawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Elner Beshears

We have all heard the phrase, “There are angels among us”, and in the case of Elner Beshears, we know this is fact.
Beloved wife of Pres. B. and loving mother of 14 children; it seemed there was always something to be done. Since, she was such a good mother, there were always extra children hanging around and no one would ever know they weren’t her very own.
Life was hard and the everyday chores were done with a smile on her face and complaining was never heard.
Just imagine cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry for such a large family. Three meals per day with each person’s favorite style of potato, beans, and choice of bread placed on the table. Before a meal, each one was expected to have clean hands, hair combed, and hats taken off before coming to the table. If chicken was on the menu, each child had a favorite piece and Mom made sure we got it. Daddy’s words were soft, but were taken very seriously. So, at the table, the phrase, “Take all you want, but eat all you take” was never taken for granted. Large families wasted nothing.
There was enough love for everyone and all were expected to help provide for the winter ahead.
Once the children grew up and had children of their own, there were Sunday dinners with more than 50 attending, telling stories, remembering, and just sharing the love of family.
Later in life, she endured the loss of her beloved Pres and more heartache to follow with the passing of some of her children, Billy, Dorothy, Bobby, Martha, and Little Ray. But…there was still more love in her family than most people in this day and time could ever realize.
After a lifetime of giving, there was time for Ms. Elner. She enjoyed singings, family functions, and dances. Sometimes, going to dances three times per week.
Each year at her birthday, there was always a joyous celebration enjoyed by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. As well as her friends that were more like her family than friends.
Although, there will be no more birthdays celebrated here on earth, the one she will have in heaven will be the most wonderful of all. God and his angels have welcomed her home.
Loved by all for almost 98 years, this special lady will be missed, but her smile, kindness, and love of life will last forever in our memories.
Yes, there are angels among us and we are all so blessed to have shared the life and love of Elner Beshears.
We love you, Mom!
She loved to go dancing, and was a huge Sonny Burgess fan. Mrs. Beshears was a wonderful cook, and loved to get presents and flower garden.
Ms. Beshears was preceded in death by her husband, Press; her children, Little Ray, Bobby, and Billy Beshears, Dorothy Kirkland, and Martha Mann; her siblings, Minnie Meeks, Marvin Wingate, Betty Lou Johnson, Alvin Biggs, and J.B. Biggs; and her parents, Jessie Wingate and Jennie Price Stevens.
She is survived by 6 sons, Virgil Beshears of McCrory, James Beshears, of Beedeville, Howard Beshears of Heber Springs, Eddie Beshears of Rosie, Albert Beshears of St. Louis, Missouri, and Gene Beshears of Beedeville; three daughters, Mary Smith of McCrory, Betty Woolbright of Beedeville, Arkansas, and Sue Matthews of Greenwood, Mississippi; 37 grandchildren; 93 great-grandchildren; and 49 great-great grandchildren.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Tuesday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Jay Cox officiating. Interment will follow in Eightmile Cemetery.