Mr. Jerry Wayne Nicholson of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Thursday, October 08, 2015, at the age of 73. He was born January 19, 1942, in Newport, the son of Lindsey Leon and Arie Aline (Bagby) Nicholson.
Mr. Nicholson was a farmer until 1970, until starting work for the Arkansas State Police as a dispatcher. In addition to dispatch, he also worked in the DL and CDL divisions for 26 years, until his retirement in 2002. Mr. Nicholson was a United States Navy veteran, serving for two years. He loved watching Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings football with his son. Mr. Nicholson collected classic cars during his younger years. Perhaps his greatest joy was time spent with his grandchildren, whom he greatly loved.
Mr. Nicholson was preceded in death by one brothers, Earl Leon Nicholson; one sister, Jean Nicholson Sullins; and his parents.
He is survived by one son, Lindsey Nicholson and fiancé, Barbara Boren, of Newport; one daughter, Linda Long and husband, John, of Walnut Ridge; two grandchildren, John Alex Long and Spencer Nicholas Long, both of Walnut Ridge; his former wife, Dorthea (Anschultz) Nicholson of Newport; and his special friends, Bob McCollum and wife, Peggy of Newport.
Friends may visit at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. until services begin at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Danny Greeno, Payton Greeno, Mike Williams, Kenny Anschultz, and Bruce Long.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home
Thomas “Tommy” Dewayne Snyder
Mr. Thomas “Tommy” Dewayne Snyder, of Newport, departed this life on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the age of 59. He was born June 16, 1956 in Newport, the son of Thomas “Buck” and Carolyn June (Hodge) Snyder.
Mr. Snyder was a lifelong farmer, spending his days on Snyder Brothers Farms. He absolutely lived to farm. Mr. Snyder enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards with his friends. He was a great friend.
Mr. Snyder was preceded in death by his father, Thomas “Buck” Snyder.
He is survived by one son, Joshua Dewayne Snyder and wife, Crystal of Diaz; his mother, Carolyn June (Hodge) Snyder of Newport; one brother, Terry Lynn Snyder and wife, Belinda Gail of Newport; one sister, Vickie Mae Snyder of Grammercy, Louisiana; one granddaughter, Hannah Snyder; a host of family, and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Sunday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Graveside services are 2:00 p.m. Monday at Balch-Johnston Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Dr. Frank Love, Walter Joe Breckenridge, Cortez Aitkens, Jeff Reeves, Nicky Jackson, Levi Carlton, and David Huckabee.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home
Sandra Saylors Belva Cox
It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother Sandra Saylors Belva Cox, age 82 of Oil Trough, Arkansas on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the home of her daughter in Orlando, Florida. She was born October 18, 1932 at Oil Trough, Arkansas to John and Myrtle Trotter Saylors.
She taught American Government and World History at Newport High School from 1966 until her retirement in 1983. She was a life-long member of the Oil Trough Church of Christ, served on the City Council of Oil Trough, and was the Director of the Oil Trough Senior Citizen Center for a number of years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Charles Raymond Belva, second husband Norman John Cox, two brothers Patches Franks and Thad Franks, two sisters Catherine Pittman and Gene Blanchett; and one granddaughter Kristy Dill.
Survivors include one daughter Jonna Wooldridge and her husband Jerry “Pud” of Orlando, FL; two sons Charles Belva and his wife Denise of Cape May, NJ and David Belva and his wife Beatrice of Woodbridge, VA; one step-son John Cox and his wife Marty of Jacksonville, Arkansas; one step-daughter Martha Haslam and her husband Steve, of Homosassa, FL. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Erin Black, Karla Membreno, Sherah Campbell, Paul Belva, Melissa Browning, Adam Belva, Bradley Cox, Wesley Cox, Chad Haslam, Ryan Haslam, along with twelve great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Monday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Oil Trough Church of Christ with interment following in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Newport Special School District Charitable Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 166, Newport, AR 72112, or the Oil Trough Senior Citizen’s Center, P.O. Box 300, Oil Trough, AR 72564.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Roy Bruce Hunter
Mr. Roy Bruce Hunter of Sulphur Rock, Arkansas, departed this life on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the age of 67. He was born April 3, 1948, the son of Leroy and Katie (Bailey) Hunter.
Mr. Hunter co-owned and operated Hunter’s 66 Gas Station in Newport alongside his father. He was a United States Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. Mr. Hunter loved to shoot guns, paint, do woodworking, and building clocks. He also enjoyed drag racing cars.
Mr. Hunter was preceded in death by one sister, Vicki Hunter.
He is survived by two sons, Mark Hunter of Mobley, and Travis Hunter of Newport; three daughters, Regina Heick and husband, Ronald, of Mobley, Missouri, Kristy Stewart and husband, David, of Batesville, and Brittney Smith and husband, D.J., of Newport; one sister, Sandy Berry of Tuckerman; his parents, Leroy and Katie Belle (Bailey) Hunter of Tuckerman; eleven grandchildren, Tracy Smith, Trinity Smith, Conner Wilson, Chase Hunter, Ashley Lester, Joseph Hopkins, Amanda Schomaker, Heather Heick, Dalton Hunter, Dakara Brown, and Dakota Brown; and seven great-grandchildren, Ivy Brown, Zachary Clay Brown, Ajay Hopkins, Lexie Hopkins, Kadence Nejedly, Gerri Nejedly, and Sophia Hayes.
Memorial services are 5:00 p.m. Saturday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Carl Wayne Reams
Mr. Carl Wayne Reams of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Monday, October 5, 2015 in Searcy at the age of 60. He was born July 28, 1955, in Newport.
Mr. Reams worked for Abbott Laboratories, in Chemical Waste Management. He loved to work, and worked hard at everything he did. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well.
Mr. Reams is survived by one son, Christopher Reams of Honolulu, Hawaii; one daughter, Tyler Elizabeth Reams of Honolulu, Hawaii; three brothers, Kenneth Lee Reams and wife Chris of Angleton, Texas, David Honey of Auvergne, and Ronnie Rudd of Cabot; seven sisters, Ramona Reams and Wayne Matthews of North Little Rock, Dana Raeburn and husband, Chris of North Little Rock, Brenda Henard and husband, Randy, of Fayetteville, Bobbie Thatcher and husband, Ronnie of Amagon, Kathy Honey Buford and husband, Ricky of Newport, Gail Snyder and husband, Terry of Newport; and Beverly Honey Tharp and husband, Jerry of Newport; one granddaughter, Raynee Carley Elizabeth Reams; and his aunts, Betty and Bill Harris of Newport, and Jetta Hodge of Newport.
The Reams family will be holding a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Jacksonport State Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home
Christine Cole, 88, of Tuckerman departed this life Sunday, October 4, 2015. She was born June 30, 1927, in Tuckerman, Arkansas. Mrs. Cole was of the Methodist belief. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, and her grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter James (Jim) Cole; her mother, Lillie Mae Whitlock; three brothers, and three sisters.
She is survived by one daughter, Martha Cole of Tuckerman; two brothers, Nick Adcox of Tuckerman, and Jimmy Adcox of Heber Springs; two sisters, Martha Hagar of Lonoke, and Mary Rice of Lonoke; one granddaughter, Christy Honey of Tuckerman, three great grandchildren, Haley Honey of Jonesboro, Ethen Honey of Tuckerman, and Ava Honey of Tuckerman, and one great great grandchild, Jacoby Lawrence.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2015 at Tuckerman United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.
James “P.J.” Cooper
Mr. James “P.J.” Cooper, of Tuckerman, Arkansas, lost his seven year battle with cancer on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at the age of 51. He was born October 13, 1963 in Newport.
Mr. Cooper was a truck driver, and had worked for Arkansas Steel and Norandal, out of Newport and Little Rock. He enjoyed running around, keeping the roads hot, and going to drag and stock car races. Mr. Cooper had a good sense of humor, and was talkative, never meeting a stranger. He was free hearted, sharing what he had with others, and was loving and giving. He enjoyed fishing, and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his step-father, Cliff Riley.
He is survived by his children, Dexter Cooper and Sarah Cooper, both of Tuckerman; his mother, Dianne (Hubbard) Riley of Tuckerman; his father, James H. Cooper, Sr. and step-mother, Linda Nix, of Little Rock; one brother, Clifford Riley, Jr.; three sisters, Tammy Muir of Newport, Amber Emery of Tuckerman, and Sherry Abdullah of Little Rock; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 2, 2015 at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Michael Brotherton and Mr. James Duvall officiating. Interment will follow in Dowell’s Chapel Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Ricky Baker, Greg Cooper, Freddy Cooper, Scott Cooper, Craig Dunn, and John Ward. Honorary pallbearers are Steve Montgomery, Steve Clark, and Dennis Cotner
Carylon Cooper, 73, of Newport departed this life Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
She was born June 8, 1942 to Charles Arthur and Emma Gean Smart Chambliss. Mrs. Cooper was of the Baptist belief, enjoyed working in the yard, flowers, gardening and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her husband of thirty-nine years, J.C. Cooper; parents; and two brothers, Charles (Buddy) Chambliss and Bruce Wayne
She is survived by two sons, John Arthur Cooper of Newark, and Travis Lee Cooper of Newport; and one sister, Ann Daniels of Newport.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 5, 2015 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Coach William H. “Bill” Keedy, Jr.
Coach William H. “Bill” Keedy, Jr. of Newport departed this life on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at Little Rock, at the age of 70. He was born June 30, 1945, at Newport the son of William H. Keedy, Sr. and Faye Ernestine Keedy.
Coach grew up in Newport and was a 1963 graduate of Newport High School. During high school, he excelled in all athletic endeavors. Coach played basketball, American Legion Baseball, ran track, and of course played football for the Newport Greyhounds. He was awarded All District and All State honors his Senior year. Coach was voted Most Popular by his Senior Class. He was the 1962-1963 editor of the Greyhound School Newspaper. Coach participated in several clubs including FBLA, Student Council, and Quill and Scroll.
Following high school, Coach attended Arkansas State College and graduated from Arkansas State University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a minor in Journalism. During his college years he was a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity. Coach later continued his education earning his Masters in Education.
He began his twenty-seven year coaching career as Junior High Coach for the Paragould Bulldogs. The seven years he spent with the Bulldogs forged many lasting friendships. He then went to Sylvan Hills and coached the Bears for one year. Following a call from Newport Superintendent, Mr. John W. Mullins, 1977 marked the year that he began, ”Living his dream!” returning to Newport as Head Coach of his beloved Newport Greyhounds. He was quoted in a 2012 interview in the Democrat-Gazette saying, “I never wanted to coach the Dallas Cowboys or the Green Bay Packers, I wanted to become the coach of the Newport Greyhounds. Coach began his career with this philosophy, “We’ll be going on to the field with the intention of winning every game we play and until someone shows us we can’t, we’ll keep on thinking that way.” That is the way he coached his ball and the way he lived his life. Coach was a master at encouraging everyone around him. It has been said that the true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. Coach treated everyone the same. He never cared about the color of a person’s skin, the balance of a person’s bank account, or whether they were short, fat, skinny, or tall, each person was valuable to him. Coach used his power to motivate and encourage, he had a way of making everyone with whom he came in contact feel like they were important to him, and the reason why is that, they were. He was more than a coach; he was a true teacher, mentor, encourager, and friend to all. Fellow coach and friend Ronny Brown put it best, “Coach Keedy prepared his players for football games, but more so he prepared them for the game of life. He taught them how to win like you have been there before and how to lose with respect for your opponent.” When considering the measure of Coach Bill Keedy, Jr. you can come to no other conclusion than he was immeasurable. The next nineteen seasons were among the greatest in Greyhound history. He led the Greyhounds to the semifinals eight times and to the state championship game four times, winning two, the first in 1981 against Alma and the second in 1991 against Lake Hamilton. The Greyhounds reached the playoffs 19 times under Coach’s tenure, a record that earned him the name of “Mr. Greyhound” throughout Northeast Arkansas. He finished his career with an overall record of 199 wins, 55 losses, and 4 ties.
Coach is famous for many things, but his ability to give every single person he met their very own nick name and the many phrases or Keedyisms he coined, will be fondly remembered and repeated for years to come; “How ya doin’ today? Aaa-iiiiiiiiight? Jickin your Jack? Rippin and Dippin! and so many more!
Retirement never meant stop working or stop coaching to Coach Keedy. He began working for the EAB Red Wolves Sports Network in 2000 as a color analyst for the Arkansas State football radio broadcasts. He spent fifteen years in the booth for many of A-State’s biggest games, including the 2005 New Orleans Bowl, the past four GoDaddy Bowl games and A-State’s victory over Texas A&M in 2008, their first ever game as the Red Wolves. Coach served multiple terms on the Board of the Red Wolves Foundation. He donated much of his time every year to speak to incoming students at A-State.
Coach was selected as a member of the high school all-star coaching staff ten times and was an AHSCA Lowell Manning Award recipient for Outstanding Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. He was honored by Arkansas State University as a Distinguished Alumni in 2007.
Forever one of Newport’s favorite sons, Coach Keedy was twice voted Man of the Year by the Newport Daily Independent. He was also the recipient of the Newport Kiwanis Club’s Distinguished Service Award. The Jonesboro Sun honored Coach by naming him the first recipient of the ‘Best Under the Sun” Coach of the Year.
The legacy of Coach Bill Keedy will live on for generations to come. He changed many lives for good, he taught boys to become men, and taught young girls that they were of great value, a Keedy tradition that will surely be carried on by his sweetheart, Jennifer, his daughter, Kathryn, son, Billy, his favorite daughter in law, Brandi, and grandsons, Will and Jake.
Coach was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He shared his talent for speaking to encourage Methodist Youth Fellowship often. Coach also spoke every year at the Church’s Lenten Breakfast as well as speaking at many area Churches.
Coach was full of life and full of fun. He loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals. Coach loved a good game of poker and he loved going to the Dog Track. Of all the things he enjoyed in his life, he loved nothing more than his family. If you knew Coach, you knew his wife, Jennifer. Together they made their home, raised their two children, and became a dearly loved family of Jackson County. Coach’s greatest joy as of late was following his grandsons in ball. He loved watching them and had begun coaching them, just as he had nearly five decades of young men before, “#1 Act Right #2 Make Your Grades #3 Chase Girls and Play Ball! It doesn’t matter if you are smart or dumb, you can do right.”
Social media has exploded with so many loving tributes and memories. These tributes span coast to coast and young to old. Just as Coach would have it, reminding everyone to act right, have a little fun, make a difference in this world, expect to win, and above all, love your family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William Henry Keedy, Sr. and Faye Ernestine Hinson Keedy.
Coach is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jennifer Ware Keedy of the home; one daughter Mary Kathryn Keedy of Emerson, New Jersey; one son, William H. “Billy” Keedy, III and wife, Brandi, of Newport; two grandsons, William Justus “Will” Keedy and Jacob Ware “Jake” Keedy; two sisters, Linda Keedy Harrison and husband, Dale, of Bryant and Cynthia Keedy Smotherman and husband, Don, of Newport. Also surviving is his devoted bulldog, Jac; a host of other family and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Newport High School Football Stadium next to the Bill Keedy Athletic Training Facility, built and dedicated as a lasting tribute to Coach.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Craig Harrison, Christopher “Tic” Harrison, Jon “J-Byrd” Harrison, Stephen Smotherman, Stephen Choate, and Jessica Choate Fagan.
Memorials may be made to the Newport Greyhound Athletic Booster Club, P.O. Box 1684, Newport, Arkansas 72112. Jackson County Humane Society, P.O. Box 154, Newport, Arkansas 72112, or the Red Wolves Foundation, P.O. Box 2219, State University, Arkansas 72467.
Douglas Price Holmes, Sr.
Mr. Douglas Price Holmes, Sr. of Newport departed this life on Friday, September 25, 2015, in Batesville, at the age of 91. He was born January 31, 1924, the youngest of three children born to Paul Kinloch Holmes, Sr. and Kathryn Wallace Price Holmes.
Mr. Holmes, a life-long resident of Newport, roots run deep in Jackson County. His maternal grandparents, I.D. Price and Mary Wallace Price, were among the early settlers of Jackson County. They were the original merchants of the I.D. Price Book Store.
Mr. Holmes was a graduate of the Newport High School Class of 1942. During his high school years he was an accomplished athlete, playing both basketball and football. During the 1930’s he was the official batboy for the American Legion baseball team based in Newport. Mr. Holmes’ job as batboy earned him the nickname of “Slick” which he carried throughout his life. Following high school, he studied one semester at the University of Arkansas, until he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Navy, serving from 1942 to 1947. Mr. Holmes served on a patrol boat in the Aleutian Islands prior to being deployed on the YMS-327. The YMS-327, a minesweeper in the Pacific, destroyed 263 mines by the end of operation on 15 July 1945. YMS-327 continued minesweeping operations until 10 January 1946, when she was ordered to return to the United States. Areas YMS-327 swept were Layte Gulf, Guadalcanal, Okinawa, East China Sea, and the Japanese mainland. This YMS minesweeper earned six battle stars during the war in the Pacific. The YMS-327 was last minesweeper ship to be retired, serving her last proud tour of duty in the Korean War. The minesweeper motto was, “Where the fleet goes, we’ve been.” Mr. Holmes was awarded the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Award for Heroism on May 5, 1945, for saving the life of a shipmate.
Following his service during World War II, Mr. Holmes returned to the University of Arkansas to complete his education. He graduated in 1949, from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Mr. Holmes was a Life Loyal member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and he remained active as an alumnus of the Sigma Chi Fraternity brotherhood throughout his life.
He returned home to Newport, where he joined his father and brother in business at the P.K. Holmes Department Store, the largest store in Jackson County. Mr. Holmes and his brother, Mr. P.K. Holmes, Jr., became partners in the Ben Franklin Store in 1949. He was also a partner in the P.K. Holmes Men’s Store. Mr. Holmes and his wife owned and managed Ben Franklin Stores in Heber Springs, Fordyce, and Gulf Port, Mississippi. The Ben Franklin Store in Newport remained open until 1978.
Mr. Holmes was active in the civic community of Newport, serving on the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchants Association for many years. He was a member of the Newport Rotary Club. Mr. Holmes was an avid sportsman. He loved the outdoors and shared this love with his children and grandchildren. His devotion to the outdoors led his interest in wildlife conservation and he served for many years as a member of the Jackson County Wildlife Association. He was a longtime board member of the Remmel Park Association, having planted and cared for most of the second generation oak trees that adorn the Remmel Park. Mr. Holmes was a devoted Christian and lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newport, where served the church as both Deacon and Elder.
Mr. Holmes was above all a devoted family man. He married Miss Phyllis Tims on November 29, 1953, together they made their home in Newport, where they have shared 61 years of marriage, raised two children, and enjoyed four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Mr. Holmes leaves this world a better place. He will forever be remembered by family and friends for his kind heart and gentle spirit. Mr. Holmes was a true Southern gentleman, always putting others’ first. He was gracious to the very end of his days.
Mr. Holmes was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, P.K. Holmes, Jr., and one sister, Mary Lee Holmes Larson and husband, William E. “Trig” Larson; and his step-mother, Bess Johnson Holmes.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Tims Holmes of the home; one son, Douglas Price Holmes, Jr. and wife, LeAnn, of Batesville; one daughter, Deborah Holmes Hardy and husband, H. Dwight, III, of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Elizabeth Lee Hardy, Bradley Dwight Hardy and wife, Laura Saulnier Hardy, Mary Elizabeth Holmes Miller, and husband, Zach, and Douglas Price Holmes, III; one great-grandson, Aidan Lee Hardy; one sister in law, Virginia Holmes of Fort Smith, several nieces and nephews, a host of other family and a lifetime of friends.
Memorial Service honoring the life of Douglas Price Holmes, Sr. will be held Monday, September 28, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport, with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. Private family interment was held at Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Andy Wallace, Phillip Wallace, Mike Cooper, Phillip Rushing, Steve Morrison, Rev Alan Ford, Kaneaster Hodges, Jr., Phil McDonald, Gene Mason, John Conner, Sr., and The Honorable P.K. Holmes, III.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 4th and Main Street, Newport, Arkansas 72112.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.
Thomas E. Allen
Thomas E. Allen, 81, of Bald Knob departed this life on September 25, 2015 at Searcy. He was born on January 21, 1934 in Kensett, the son of Edgar and Ethel (Sills) Allen.
Mr. Allen was a minister for the Church of God for 41 years. He enjoyed fishing on Arkansas River, going hunting and camping.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Eva Allen; grandson, Robby Martin; great granddaughter, Abigail Davis; brother, Gerald Allen, sisters, Marie Skaggs, Jewel Skaggs, and Earlene Sisk.
Mr. Allen leaves behind one son, Tommy Allen and wife Jackie of Newport; three daughters, Carolyn Allen of Bald Knob, Gail Hodges and husband Danny of Searcy, and Clara Blasingame and husband Norman of Cabot; three sisters, Geneva Brahic of Bald Knob, Wanda Burchett of Kokomo, Indiana, and Fran Thomas of Popular Bluff, Missouri; eleven grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10:00 Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Shady Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit the funeral home on Monday, September 28, 2015 from 5:30 till 8:00.