June (Combs) Honey

June (Combs) Honey, 71, of Newport, died Friday, July 31, 2015. She was born July 6, 1944, in Hickory Ridge, the daughter of Norwood and Wilma (Henson) Combs.
Mrs. Honey was a beautician and homemaker. She was a member of the Midway Church of Christ. Mrs. Honey enjoyed working with crafts, decorating her home, and reading. She was a wonderful cook, who loved time spent with her grandchildren.
Mrs. Honey was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Lee Honey; one sister, Ann Jaco; and her parents.
She is survived by one son, Ty Honey and wife, Cindy, of Newport; one daughter, Sheryl Howard and husband, John, of Newport; one brother, Bruce Combs of Quitman; one sister, Phyllis Duncan of Campbell Station; a brother-in-law, Leroy Jaco of Pleasant Plains; five grandchildren, Justin Honey and wife, Hanna, Katie Howard, Charlee Howard, John Garrett Howard, and Taylor Honey; and one great-grandchild, Beau Allen Honey.
Graveside services are 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, at Balch-Johnston Cemetery.
The Honey family would like to thank the Employees of Batesville Healthcare Center and her brother-in-law, Leroy Jaco for their loving care of June.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Anna Raye (Yost) Sullins

Mrs. Anna Raye (Yost) Sullins, of St. Louis, Missouri, departed this life on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the age of 78. She was born October 1, 1936 in Tuckerman, the daughter of Marion and Beulah Stoner Yost.
Mrs. Sullins was a homemaker, working alongside Harold and Greg at the service station for over 50 years. She was a member of the McKnight Road Church of Christ, where she loved to serve. Mrs. Sullins loved to cook, and her greatest joy was taking care of her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Dean Sullins; her parents; two brothers, John and Norman Yost; and one sister, Nina Treadway.
Mrs. Sullins is survived by her son, Greg Sullins and wife, Kim of St. Louis, Missouri; two brothers, Jerry Yost and wife, Cheryl, of St. Louis, and Marshall Yost and wife, Brenda, of St. Louis; one sister, Linda Ford and husband, Ken of St. Louis; one grandchild, Kassie Sullins; a special friend, Melissa Russo; a brother-in-law, Wesley Bell of Texas; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Sunday, 4:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 3, at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Gracelawn Cemetery.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Marvin Don Hanan

Marvin Don Hanan, 66, of Swifton, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at his home.

Born February 17, 1949 in Fisher, son of Jake Andrew and Earline Ruby Ragsdale Hanan. He was a backhoe operator, 3rd degree Master Mason, 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Ruritan Club, and a Baptist. Don served 25 years on the Swifton City Council where he accomplished many things for the city including 20 years of service as head of the Swifton Christmas Parade.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, AJ and Clearence Hanan; and a nephew Jackie Hanan Jr.

He is survived by one daughter, Karen Swanson of Vardaman, MS; three step daughters, Debbie (Donnie) Haskett of Austin, Rhonda (Jimmy) Propst of Black Rock, and Kathy Roberts of Swifton; one step son, Ricky (Susie) Roberts of Swifton; special friend, Sue Roberts; ten grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation JUL 31. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Bryan Funeral Home 415 NW Texas St. Hoxie, AR,
Funeral Service AUG 1. 02:00 PM  Swifton First Baptist Church
Brother Nathan Bentz officiating.
Pallbearers will be Tom Reynolds, Larry and Ricky Wilbanks, Randy Belvis, David and Dylan Williams. Honorary Pallbearers will be Sonny Burgess, J.R. Rogers, James Tinsley and Kenny Williams.

Marguerite Gwaltney

Marguerite Gwaltney, 91, of Swifton, Arkansas died Sunday, July 26, 2015 at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, Arkansas. A life-long Jackson County native, Marguerite was loved by many and leaves a significant void in the Swifton Community.
Marguerite Wood Gwaltney, affectionately nicknamed “Guerite”, was born May 5, 1924 in Swifton, Arkansas, the daughter of W. A. and Vivia Wood. Being a child of the Depression, Marguerite knew well the value of a dollar, recycled before it was popular and possessed an abiding work ethic. In 1941, she married Leo Gwaltney. The couple enjoyed 39 years together and were blessed by four children.
Mrs. Gwaltney was a homemaker, and after her husband’s passage enjoyed a lengthy career with Swifton Public Schools, where she impacted generations of individuals with her wit, wisdom and distinctive outlook on life. Guerite possessed an inquisitive mind, a quick perception, a hearty laugh and a strong desire for knowledge. She particularly enjoyed reading suspense novels. A great complaint stemmed from the fact that before she could complete a book, she had figured out the plot. John Grisham remained one of her favorite authors.
One of the great passions of Marguerite Gwaltney’s life was cooking. Anyone in the town of Swifton knew that she possessed amazing culinary skills. To say that she fed a community was not an understatement. There was never a holiday that her kitchen was not a revolving door with friends dropping by for a visit and to sample such delectable treats as her Fresh Apple Cake, Chicken and Dressing and one-of-a kind fudge. A faithful member of the Swifton Baptist Church, Marguerite was a staple for the Hospitality Committee for as long as her health allowed.
Never one to miss a good visit, Guerite enjoyed social interactions of any kind. She relished lively conversation, and at any time was privy to the goings on in her home community, and beyond. A special favorite was her Monday night Canasta group. One will never know whether the game or the visits were more important, but, to be certain, laughter and good food were hallmarks of these gatherings.
Like many individuals defined by the term The Greatest Generation, Marguerite Gwaltney possessed solid traits of loyalty, compassion and concern for others. Her word was her bond; she said what she meant and she meant what she said. Her day was never too busy for a friend, her week never too rushed cook to for others, and her life never too hectic for church! She, and others like her, represents the social character that made America great!
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Gwaltney; one son, Robert Gwaltney; one daughter, Shirley Lawson; and her parents.
She is survived by one son, Charles Gwaltney and wife, Vickie, of Pocahontas; one daughter, Loretta Carlton and husband, Ray, of Roscoe, Illinois; one brother, Bill “Buddy” Wood of Swifton; one sister, Barbara Jane Wood of Swifton; six grandchildren, Ed Lawson and wife, Tracy, Billy Gwaltney, Blake Lawson, Joy Baldwin, Shane Gwaltney and wife, Tana, and Kelly Johnson; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a daughter-in-law, Rachel Wright and husband, David; nieces and nephews; and a lifetime of friends.

Friends may visit at the funeral home, Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Swifton Baptist Church with interment in Swifton Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Ed Lawson, Billy Gwaltney, Shane Gwaltney, Kelly Johnson, Bobby Tinsley, and Rickey Gilmore.
Honorary pallbearers are James Tinsley, Steven Tinsley, Bobby Norris, J.W. Hulen, Brian Day, and Roy Runyan.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.




Terry Lynn Lucas

Terry Lynn Lucas, 53, of Tuckerman departed this life Saturday, July 25, 2015.
He was born July 14, 1962 to Bobby Joe and Ira Sue (James) Lucas.
He was a Navy Veteran, a member of First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing, going on trips, cleaning, hanging with family and friends. More than anything he enjoyed being with his daughters and watching them play sports.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother;Jodie Lucas.
His survivors are his daughters; Jodie Lucas, Emiley Lucas, Katie Lucas all of Tuckerman and Megan McGaha of Batesville, brother; Bill Limbert of Tuckerman and sister; Tonya Bugg of Indiana, grandson; Carson Ciamaricone of Batesville.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 Monday, July 27 with a graveside service to be scheduled for later in the week.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.

Donald Ray Stacy

Mr. Donald Ray Stacy of Newport departed this life on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Batesville. He was born July 27, 1933, at Tuckerman the son of Ray Phillip Stacy and Lena Doris (Compton) Stacy.
Mr. Stacy was a member of the Grubbs High School Class of 1951. Miss Billie Jean Johns married Mr. Donald Ray Stacy and together they shared 63 years, making their home in the Remmel Community and later Newport, raising six children and opening their home to many other children, treating them as their own.
Mr. Stacy was a self employed farmer and entrepreneur. He was active in many local and state affairs over the years. Locally he was a member of the Economic Development Commission, a member of the Newport Airport Commission, 4-H Alumni and Leader, a member of the Richland Saddle Club, Delta Film Commission, Farm Bureau, and his family was voted Farm Family of Jackson County in 1975. Mr. Stacy was also a devoted member of the Newport Greyhound Booster Club, supporting his sons and daughters in their athletic activities throughout high school. Mr. Stacy was also an avid supporter of the Arkansas State University Indian Booster Club. His activities on the state level include serving as special assistant to Mr. Dale Bumpers and Mr. Bill Alexander and serving as a member and past President of the Regional Production Credit Association, and served as the past PCA bank President in St. Louis.
Mr. Stacy was a member of the Holden Avenue Church of Christ. He was a former member of the Remmel Church of Christ where he served as a Deacon and song leader for many years.
Mr. Stacy was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Billie Jean (Johns) Stacy on July 4, 2015; one son, Andrew Stacy on August 5, 2000; one sister, Oleta Griffin; and his parents.
He is survived by three sons, Phillip Stacy and wife, Charmaine, of Rogers, Matthew Stacy and wife, Melanie, of Bauxite, and Billy Warren and wife, Marion, of Atlanta, Georgia; two daughters, Kim Stacy Western of Jonesboro, and Barbara Griffin Cooper and husband, Kyle, of Jonesboro; twelve grandchildren, Dru Western Ferguson and husband, Brandon, Alex Carroll Western, Emily Nicole Stacy, Catherine Sarah Stacy, Elizabeth Johnson, Jasmine Warren, Tyler Stacy, Griffin Johnson and wife, Heather, Conner Stacy, Maddie Grace Stacy, Jackson Stacy, and Cheyenne Smith; one great-grandchild, Annalee Grace Ferguson; and two sisters, Eloise Hite of Newport, and Mary Alice Ploch of Remmel.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Sunday, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2015, at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Ryan Wilson officiating. Interment will be in McCall-Remmel Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Joey Don Huey, Jason Huey, Ricky Buford, Sonny Buford, Griffin Johnson, Kyle Cooper, and Kenny Howard.
Memorials may be made to Holden Avenue Church of Christ Caring Sisters, 1201 Holden Avenue, Newport, Arkansas, Holden Avenue Church of Christ Scholarship Fund, 1201 Holden Avenue, Newport, Arkansas, or the Roy Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Iberia Bank, 200 Olivia Drive, Newport, Arkansas 72112.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.

Mary Lee (Stewart) Jones

Mrs. Mary Lee (Stewart) Jones of Newport, Arkansas departed this life on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at the age of 73. She was born September 3, 1941, in Olyphant, the daughter of Marvin Oliver and Rae Ellen (Burrow) Stewart.
Mary Lee went to school at Oil Trough and was a member and Salutatorian of the Oil Trough Class of 1959. Following graduation she married Mr. Samuel Lewis Jackson Jones on December 24, 1959. Together they raised two children, worked together, and made their home on the family farm for almost 53 years.
Mary Lee retired from Helena Chemical after many years of service. Mary Lee was a devoted member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, and especially enjoyed the Nannie Leigh Sunday School Class.
Mary Lee loved life. She enjoyed time spent with her close-knit family and many friends. Mary Lee loved playing Bunko and being a part of her Bunko Group. She loved to travel and was always up for a trip with family and friends. Mary Lee spent hours enjoying shopping with friends and especially loved to hunt for just the right collectible. She loved her classmates from the Oil Trough Class of 1959 and she enjoyed their many reunions and time spent together. Mary Lee was an avid Arkansas Razorback fan.
This kind, gentle, gracious, lady will be missed by so many family members and friends who loved her so dearly. Mary Lee will forever be remembered for her sweet smile, encouraging words, deep love of family, and her fun-loving spirit.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Lewis Jackson Jones on December 17, 2012, one sister, Martha Kaye Stewart Doyle, one great-grandson, Brantley Gauge Roberts and her parents.
Mary Lee is survived by one son, Mike Jones of Newport, one daughter, Lisa Jones of Newport; two grandchildren, Lyndsie Jackson and husband, Chad, of Newport, and Hunter Jones of Newport; one great-grandchild, Bayleigh Smith; two brothers-in-law, Dorsey Jones and wife, Sandra, of Devers, Texas, and George Beckett of Newport; and special cousins she loved like her own brother and sister, W.F. and June Sullivan.

Friends may visit at the funeral home Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2015, at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Pollard officiating. Interment will follow in Brown’s Chapel Cemetery, Thida.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Hunter Jones, Tadpole Franks, Greg Mosier, Michael Shannon, Richie Simmons, and Dorsey Jones, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers are Jr. Hinkle, W.F. Sullivan, Carlon James, Leroy Hall, Jeff Rutledge, Darryl Massey, Kenneth Bullard, Tony Holder, Immanuel Baptist Church Nannie Leigh Sunday school class, Her Bunko Group, Oil Trough Class of 1959 members, and past and present employees of Helena Chemical Company.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Roger Bernard Scher

Roger Bernard Scher, 86, of Tuckerman departed this life Tuesday, July 21, 2015.
He was born November 26, 1928 to Bernard and Elizabeth Scher.
To honor Mr. Scher’s wish there will be no funeral service.

Jerry Dean Wallin

Mr. Jerry Dean Wallin, 78, Of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, departed this life on Sunday, July 19, 2015. He was born June 28, 1937 in Egypt, the son of Harry and Mrytle (Escue) Wallin.
Mr. Wallin was a farmer, and a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ. He absolutely loved farming, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Mr. Wallin was preceded in death by one great-grandchild, Ian Hoskins; and his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy (Rudd) Wallin of the home; two daughters, Renee Privett of Weiner, and Chandra Householder of Alamo, Tennessee; one sister, Rosalie Statler of Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Ashley Hoskins, Amanda McCoy, Kara McQuay, and Clayton Ruesewald; and three great-grandchildren, Madison McCoy, Mason McCoy, and Penelope Hoskins.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Tuesday, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Weiner Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Richard Alls, Brennan Alls, Tyler Alls, Todd Statler, Gene Davis, and Harvey Reid. Honorary pallbearers are Ben Henry and Jack Rice.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Billy Leo Ford

Mr. Billy Leo Ford, 52, of Newport died Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Batesville. He was born November 22, 1962 in Newport, the son of Clarence William Ford, Jr., and Mary Francis (Adams) Ford.
Mr. Ford was a welder at Taylor Made Ambulance, and a member of the Newport Pentecostal Church of God. He was a United States Navy veteran, and served in the Arkansas National Guard.
Mr. Ford was preceded in death by his father, Clarence William Ford, Jr.; his paternal grandparents, Clarence William and Marie Ford, and Henry and Geneva Dunnavant; and maternal grandparents, George and Mary Adams.
He is survived by his wife, Kellie McGee Ford of the home; three sons, Chauncey Ford, Austin Ford, and Ethan Ford; two daughters, Payton Ford and Madison Ford, all of the home; four brothers, John Ford of Newport, George Anthony Ford of Newport, Joseph Ford of Newport, and Earnest Ford of Washington State; one sister, Sherry Smith of Newport; and many friends.
Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment following in Watson Cemetery.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

John Lee Grissom

Mr. John Lee Grissom of Tuckerman, Arkansas, departed this life on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the age of 80. He was born October 3, 1934 in Searcy, Arkansas, the son of Paul L. and Olive (Greer) Grissom, and married Miss Marlene Howard on May 30, 1953.
Mr. Grissom was retired from MRTC Gas Company of Tuckerman. He was a member of First Baptist Church for 60 years. Mr. Grissom loved to travel, and go on road trips. He spent time hanging out at James’ Garage, 4-wheeler riding, and spending time outside with his family and friends.
Mr. Grissom was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Olive Grissom.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marlene (Howard) Grissom of the home; one son, Johnny Grissom of Tuckerman; two daughters, Belinda Doyle of Tuckerman, and Kay Brock and husband, Tony, of Bono; three grandchildren, Bridgett Huckabee and husband, Lee, Heather Wood and husband, Sjon, and Jeremy Brock; six great-grandchildren, Chase Huckabee, August Huckabee, Tinslee Huckabee, Jacob Grissom, Sjon Wood, and Cash Wood; special friends, James Gardner, Esther Dacus, and Peanut Greer; and a lifetime of friends.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Gracelawn Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home, Monday, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Honorary pallbearers are Members of the Tuckerman Fire Department and Employees of MRTC Gas Company.
The Grissom Family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff of NEA Baptist, Fowler Cancer Center, and Arkansas Hospice for their loving care of John Lee.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Wilma Marlene (Wells) Donley

Ms. Wilma Marlene (Wells) Donley, 64, of Newport died Friday, July 17, 2015. She was born February 2, 1951 in Trumann, the daughter of Marvin and Myrtle (Pickering) Wells.
Ms. Donley was a homemaker, and a member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church. She loved shopping, and would Christmas shop year around. Ms. Donley loved movies and music. She was a very simple woman.
Ms. Donley was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Myrtle Wells; two brothers; and one sister.
She is survived by one son, Chris M. Donley and wife, Felicia of Newport; one daughter, Angela Donley Reeves of Searcy; her husband, Gary M. Donley of Newport; his mother, Aileen Donley; one brother, Buddy Wells of Missouri; four sisters, Melba Witt of Jonesboro, Dorothy Gunter and husband, Johnny of South Haven, Mississippi; Christine Brown of Harrisburg, and Eva Wells of Harrisburg; and two grandchildren, Krystan Brooke Reeves and Austin Robert Reeves.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Tuesday 12:30-1:30 p.m. Graveside services are 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Heard Cemetery in Bradford.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Nick Artomowski, John Artomowski, Grady Henson, Derek King, Chance Lassiter, and Timmy Moss.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Danny Lee Welsh

Mr. Danny Lee Welsh of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the age of 42. He was born December 18, 1972 in Osceola, the son of Robert L. and Barbara (Brewer) Welsh.
Danny was a dispatcher for Tweedy Transport in Pocahontas, and a member of the Tuckerman Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, and loved to work and take care of his family.
Danny is survived by his wife of 16 years, Summer (Cash) Welsh of the home; his children, Jaxson Eli Welsh, Hannah Beth Welsh, and Karlee Madyson Welsh, all of the home; his parents, Robert and Barbara Welsh of Jacksonport; one sister, Tanya Welsh of Florida; many cousins, aunts, uncles, and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Sunday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2015 at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rodney Welsh officiating. Interment will be in Cheshier Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Eugene Lowe, Frank Lowe, Lane McGuire, Jeffery Allen, Danny Howard, II, and Scotty Tidwell.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Bettie S. Stegall

Mrs. Bettie S. Stegall of Jonesboro, Arkansas, formerly of Newport, departed this life on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. She was born October 18, 1934 in Corning, the daughter of Charles Leon and Bernice N. (Arnold) Smith.
She was a member of the Newport High School Class of 1952, and was instrumental in the organization of class reunions and get-togethers. Bettie retired from First State Bank of Newport after 20 years of service, and was known to always have the longest line because everyone wanted to visit with her. Bettie was a former Brownie leader, enjoyed shopping, decorating, and completing crossword puzzles. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. A close second was her love of chocolate. In her younger years, Bettie was co-host of a radio show called, “Mainly for Women.”
She was a member of the Holden Avenue Church of Christ in Newport more than 60 years, and a member of Valley View Church of Christ for the last three years.
Bettie was preceded in death by her husband of forty-one years, Presley P. Stegall; and her parents.
She is survived by two sons, Perry Stegall and wife, Brenda of Newport, and Patrick Stegall and wife, Rachel of Searcy; two daughters, Penny Nelson and husband, Joe of Destin, Florida and Kathy Cameron and husband, Freddie of Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Payton Stegall and wife, Sarah, Brent Stegall and wife, Justine, Sarah Stegall Wells and husband, Clayton, Leigh Cameron, and Mitch Cameron and wife, Jamie; five great-grandchildren, Charlie, Chloe, Lilly, Callie, Chase, and Avery; and a lifetime of friends.

A celebration of her life will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the Holden Avenue Church of Christ with Mr. Ryan Wilson officiating.
The Newport High School Class of 1952 will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Caring Sisters Ministry at Holden Avenue Church of Christ, 1201 Holden Avenue, Newport, AR 72112, or the Children’s Home of Paragould, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.

William Paul Creameans

William Paul Creameans, 75, of Newport departed this life Friday, July 17, 2015. He was born July 27, 1939 to Herbert and Elsie (Winston) Creameans. Mr. Creameans enjoyed hunting, fishing and making people laugh.
He was preceded in death by one infant son; Timothy Paul Creameans, and his parents.
His survivors are his wife of forty-nine years; Lynette Lowery Creameans, one son; William Joseph Creameans and Allison Lovett of Newport, two daughters; Paula Cowell and husband Charles of Newport, and Laura Lindsey and husband Brian of Newport, two grandchildren; Jackson Ivey of Newport and Graham Lindsey of Newport, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, 2015 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation will be 9:00-10:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, 2015 at the funeral home.

Jack Clopton Owen

Jack Clopton Owen died peacefully on July 13, 2015. He was born September 4, 1920 in Evansville, Mississippi, to Bessie Ingram and Francis Asbury Owen.
He was a graduate of Blytheville High School, a veteran of World War II, and a graduate of LSU School of Banking.
Mr. Owen was a banker for over 40 years, was on the board of the Arkansas Bankers Association, and was Chairman of Group I of the ABA. He served on the Board of Trustees of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. He served as President of the Newport Rotary Club, President of the Newport Chamber of Commerce, and a life-long member of the United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Pandora Whitworth Owen; two brothers, Frank and James; two sisters, Carrie Mae and Ruth; and his parents.
He is survived by daughter, Pamela, one sister-in-law, ten nieces, five nephews, and many cousins.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Newport First United Methodist Church with Rev. Thompson Murray and Rev. Ben Jordan officiating.
“Thank you” is inadequate for the care and kindness shown by everyone at Lindley Healthcare and by Betsy Ashcraft Walker.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Newport. Arrangements are under the direction of Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
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Albert H. Hollis

Albert H. Hollis, 80, of Newport departed this life Monday, July 13, 2015. He was of the Church of Christ Belief.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Hollis; parents; four brothers, and one sister.
His survivors are one daughter, Alberta Clark of Tupelo; one sister, Flossie Hollis; six grandchildren; James Clark of Newport, Bobby Clark of Newport, Debbie Clark of Hickory Ridge, Brenda Clark of McCrory, Billy Clark of Newport, and Erica Clark of Tupelo, and ten great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Hickory Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be 8:30-9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.

Wardell Pennington

Wardell Bruce Pennington, 93, died Friday afternoon, July 10th, at UAMS in Little Rock.

Wardell (or “Poppy,” “Pop,” or “Hoss”) was born in Newport, AR on August 27th, 1922, the middle child of Odie and Leona Pennington. Like his fellow countrymen at the time, life didn’t come easy for Pop – his was actually a tougher road than most, given that he was largely on his own from childhood. But it was also quickly evident that he wasn’t “the norm.” He paid for everything he ever had with unrelenting hard work, and he could outwork almost anyone. If more Americans had been built like Poppy, The Great Depression may well be remembered as a more cheerful time by a prouder name.
Wardell attended Newport High School through the 11th grade. Working all the while, it was during this time that he met his first and only sweetheart, Dorothy Collier – the same woman to become his wife of 56 years and mother of their three children. NHS is also where Poppy’s legend started taking hold. He took care of people – especially those who couldn’t care for themselves, and he wouldn’t tolerate a bully. Pop never started fights, but he sure was good at finishing them. Over all of his 93 years, I’ve yet to hear a story wherein Poppy got whipped.
When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, Poppy didn’t hesitate. Wardell Pennington joined the U.S. Air Force in 1944 as an Engineer and Gunner in the 489th Bomb Squadron. During WWII, the sortie expectation for bomber crews hovered between 25 and 30 combat missions. Poppy flew a staggering 65 missions over the European Theatre, receiving 4 Bronze Stars and numerous medals and commendations.
Though he left the armed services after the war, Poppy never stopped serving. He and Dorothy opened a number of restaurants in Newport (or “Sandwich Shops,” to borrow a Poppy-ism), and their burgers became a food-stuff of legend in and around the state. Money & Poppy’s (their restaurant came to be known) was the recipient of various “you have the best burger in the state” awards, receiving accolades nearly every year they were in business.
In 1996 and at the age of 81, Poppy had already attempted retirement three separate times. As time started to catch up, Poppy lost both his wife and daughter to illness. Soon after, he began to lose his eyesight. But his strength and devotion never faltered. He started volunteering at the local food bank, and volunteered until his last day – literally.
In reflecting on the last weeks and months of Poppy’s life, John G – Wardell’s oldest son – sums the man up poignantly:
“For years and years, Poppy often said, ‘I love my people,’ And he never lost sight of what was most important to him throughout his life: taking care of those whom he loved.”
We who knew Pop love and miss him terribly. But having him watching over makes me feel safe. Taking care of us all was Pop’s main focus all through life, and I can’t imagine he’d change that now. I would, however, caution any angels who may try and argue the matter with him – he’s never lost a fight.
Wardell was preceded in death by Dorothy Collier Pennington, wife of 56 years; Betty Lou Pennington, daughter; and ; and Sloane Simmons Briggs, beloved great-granddaughter.
He is survived by sons John G. Pennington and wife Sue, Bruce Pennington and wife Barbara. Grandchildren Lindsay Briggs and husband Luke, Brandon Wells and Kelly Kilbury, Lori Adams and husband Ken, John Ward Pennington and wife Suzanne. Great grandchildren Chloe and Rilee Hopkins, Landon Wells, Maggie Adams, Lucy Pennington, and Ernie Pennington. And dear companion, Daveene Raney.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 12th at Jackson’s Funeral Home from 06:00pm – 09:00pm.
Memorial service will be at the Funeral Home Monday, July 13th at 02:00pm.

Vernon Douglas Adams

Mr. Vernon Douglas Adams, of Weiner, Arkansas, departed this life on Friday July 10, 2015 at the age of 54. He was born March 11, 1961 in Harrisburg, the son of Charley Lawrence Adams and Mary Louise (Hallmark) Adams.
Mr. Adams was a farmer and worked for Riceland Foods. He was of the Pentecostal faith.
Mr. Adams will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was always helping others and “Mr. Johnny on the spot” to do what was needed. He was very friendly and enjoyed being around others.
Mr. Adams loved to grill working in scrap metal. He also worked on lawn mower motors. He loved fishing and being outdoors.
Mr. Adams was preceded in death by his father, Charley Adams and his mother Mary (Hallmark) Adams, three brothers, Charles Adams, Tommy Adams and Allen Adams, one sister Shawna (Adams) Pierce, and eight infant siblings.
He is survived by six brothers, Lawrence Adams of Beedeville, Jimmy Adams and Terry Adams of Oil City, Louisiana, Edward Adams, Benny Adams of Grubbs and Lloyd Adams of Weiner. Three sisters, Freda Thornton, Uvel Williford of Weiner, and Wilma Tubbs of Grubbs, and one Aunt Ruby Whitney.
Visitation is Tuesday July 14, 2015 12 p.m. to 2:00 pm., with graveside services following at Ballew’s Chapel Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are James Jones, Albert Jones, Ed Mahan, Jr, Dennie Brownfield, Henry Brownfield, Matt Adams and Chris Spalding. Honorary pallbearers are Nicholas Spradling and Brandon Spradling.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Frieda Louise Pickett

Frieda Louise Pickett, 69, of Batesville departed this life Thursday, July 9, 2015. She was born November 23, 1945 to V.L. and Melba (Burrow) Luellen.
She enjoyed traveling and reading.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Her survivors are daughter, Amanda Pickett of Batesville; brother, Jerry Glenn Luellen of Portersville, Missouri; niece, Kimberly Nicole Huskey of Jonesboro; nephew, Eric Glenn Luellen of Colorado, host of family and friends; and her beloved cats.

Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, 2015 at Brown’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2015.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to Independence County Humane Society.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.

Lloyd “Bill” Arnold

Lloyd “Bill” Arnold, 79, of Newport departed this life Tuesday, July 7, 2015. He was born June 4, 1936 to John Robert and Ollie (Blevins) Arnold. He was a member of Hickory Grove Missionary Baptist Church, enjoyed fishing, gardening and old Arkansas History.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; Marcus Arnold, and one sister; Mary Mooney.
His survivors are his wife of 54 years; Mary Arnold, three daughters; Tammy Bennett and husband Sammy of Newport, Helen Smart and husband George of Newark, and Lisa Barnes and husband Paul of Trumann, three sisters; Helen Stoner of Tuckerman, Vonda White of Newport, and Betty Ritter of Newport, five grandchildren; Sarah Baker of Newark, Brandy Bennett Mullins of Jonesboro, Justin Smart of Newark, Macy Barnes of Trumann, and Joey Smart of Newark, and five great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in Cheshier Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:30-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Roger Chatman

Mr. Roger Chatman of Newport departed this life on Sunday July 6, 2015 at the age of 60. He was born August 1, 1954 in Harrisburg, the son of James Chatman and Lydia (Black) Chatman.
Mr. Chatman was a self employed carpenter. He enjoyed building things for his yard, loved to fish and listen to old country music.
Mr. Chatman graduated from Harrisburg High School and also served in the United States Army.
Mr. Chatman was preceded in death by his father, James Chatman; his mother Lydia (Black) Chatman and one sister, Linda Tims.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Crutchfield) Chatman of the home; three sons, Shane Crutchfield of Walnut Ridge, Michael Chatman of Diaz, and James Chatman of Newport; three daughters, Angela Seals of Newark, Heather Cagle of Cord and Nikki Chatman of Paris, TN; three brothers, James Chatman of Harrisburg, Ronnie Chatman of Waldenburg and Jimmy Chatman of Weiner; two sisters, Carol Chandler of Harrisburg and Sharon Miller of Jonesboro; fifteen grand children and two great-grand children.
Graveside Service will be Wednesday 2:00 p. m. at Watson Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday 1:00 p. m. to 1:30 p. m. The family of Mr. Chatman will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home

Billie Jean (Johns) Stacy

Mrs. Billie Jean (Johns) Stacy, 83, of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Saturday, July 4, 2015. She was born May 22, 1932 in Grubbs, the daughter of Melvin Louis and Arrie Cecil (Springer) Johns.
Mrs. Stacy grew up and graduated from Grubbs High School in 1951. She then attended St. Louis Teacher’s College in St. Louis, Missouri. Mrs. Stacy was a homemaker, and a business partner in Stacy Farms, Stacy Flying Service, and Nu Look Carwash. She also partnered with her daughter, Kim, as owners of Angela’s Fashions.
Mrs. Stacy was a member of the Holden Avenue Church of Christ. She was a Greyhound Booster Club member and a room mother with 27 years standing with the Newport PTA. She was a former 4-H leader and alumni.
Mrs. Stacy loved caring for children, and was wonderful in that capacity. She had aspired to that since she was a young woman. She was spirited and loving, and devoted to her family, whom she loved very much.
Mrs. Stacy was preceded in death by her beloved son, Andrew Stacy; her parents, Melvin and Arrie Springer Johns; four sisters, Hazel Largent, Gertrude Dyer, Ruby Holmes, and Grace Smith; and three brothers, James Edward Johns, Ray Johns, and Rex Johns.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Donald Ray Stacy of the home; and her children, Kim Stacy-Western of Jonesboro, Phillip Stacy and wife, Charmaine, of Rogers, Matt Stacy and wife, Melanie, of Bauxite, Billy Warren and wife, Marion, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Barbara (Griffin) Cooper and husband, Kyle, of Jonesboro. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Dru Western Ferguson and husband, Brandon, Tyler Stacy, Alex Western, Jasmine Warren, Emily and Catie Stacy, Elizabeth Johnson, Griffin Johnson and wife, Heather, Conner, Maddie, and Jackson Stacy, and Cheyenne Smith; one great-grandchild, Annalee Grace Ferguson; one brother, M.L. Johns of Searcy; several in-laws; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Thursday, July 9, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2015, at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Ryan Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in McCall-Remmel Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Conner Stacy, Brandon Ferguson, Wes Western, Tyler Stacy, James Bailey, and Justin Rutledge.
To leave a condolence, light a memorial candle, or view the guestbook, please visit our website at www.jacksonsfh.com
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.




Bobby Sutherland,

Mr. Bobby Sutherland, of Grubbs, Arkansas, departed this life on Wednesday, July 01, 2015 at the age of 66. He was born September 9, 1948 in Newport, the son of Leslie Jacob and Vonnie (Smith) Sutherland.
Mr. Sutherland was a farmer at Grubbs, working alongside his family. He was a true worker, his main hobby being to work.
He was a United States veteran, serving in South Vietnam, stationed at Chulic. He, along with Mickey Brock and Allen Bowen, was one of the only three soldiers from Jackson County to serve together in Chulic. Mr. Sutherland spent each morning and every afternoon taking meals with his mother, Vonnie. They spent every afternoon watching Judge Judy, and awaiting the arrival of various grandchildren who came and went each day. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, watching them grow up before his eyes. He enjoyed buying old vehicles, especially a souped up El Camino he found.
He was a 1966 graduate of Bradford High School, and member of the Grubbs Church of Christ.
Mr. Sutherland was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Jacob Sutherland on August 15, 2014; and one brother, Gary Lynn Sutherland.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian (Smith) Sutherland of the home; his mother, Vonnie Sutherland of Grubbs; two sons, Dion Sutherland of Grubbs, and Chad Sutherland of Grubbs; one daughter-in-law, Maggy Sutherland of Grubbs; two daughters, Skyla Markia Sutherland of Bradford and Makaela Sutherland of Grubbs; four grandchildren, Tyler Sutherland, Sam Sutherland and wife, Summer, Sydney Sutherland, and Mazie Wallace.

Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Friday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Remmel-McCall Cemetery. Visitation is Friday, 1:00 p.m until service time.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Sam Sutherland, Tyler Sutherland, Will Hardin, Doug Sutherland, Roger Sutherland, Dennis Sutherland, and Jeff Reeves. Honorary pallbearers are Shelley Evins, Michael Quinn, Wayne Lloyd, Marvin Rhew, Lester Pankey, Allen Bowen, Wayne McElrath, Mickey Brock, and Scott Sprague.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Ruby Polly (Holt) Young

Mrs. Ruby Polly (Holt) Young passed from this life on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at her home in the Tuckerman Living Center at the age of 95. She was born May 16, 1920 in Swifton, the daughter of Council and Agnes Fortenberry Holt.
She was a lifelong resident of New Home Community near Swifton, and a devoted member of the Swifton Church of Christ for 68 years. She dearly loved reading her Bible and discussing it with everyone. Some of her favorite things to do were sitting in her porch swing drinking her morning coffee early every morning, cooking fantastic meals for her family, and working in her beautiful flower garden. She also loved talking with her many friends on the phone. The pride of her life were her three grandsons, and her great-grandson and granddaughter. She was a devoted, dedicated wife to her husband, Orville, and worked tirelessly alongside him on the family farm until his death in 1987.
Mrs. Young was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Orville; one brother, Hurshel Holt; her sister-in-law, Lula Mae Holt; and her parents.
She is survived by two daughters, Helen Piker and husband, Wayne, of Newport, and Linda Goza and husband, Gene of Jonesboro; three grandsons, Chris Vaughn of Daphne, Alabama, John Paul Goza of Los Angeles, California, and Jake Goza and wife, Kellie, of Alcoa, Tennessee; and her great-grandchildren, Cameron Goza and Ruby Claire Goza of Alcoa, Tennessee. Also surviving are her very special neighbors and friends, Dwight and Elwanda Bradley, who never failed to respond to her needs day or night; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a lifetime of friends.

Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Swifton Church of Christ with Mr. Michael Brotherton and Mr. J.R. Rosado officiating. Interment will follow in Swifton Cemetery. Friends may visit at the church, Thursday, 12:30 – service time.
Memorials may be made to the Swifton Cemetery Association, 19843 Hwy 67 North, Swifton, AR 72471.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Gene Goza, Jake Goza, John Paul Goza, Chris Vaughn, Dwight Bradley, and Bobby Holt.
Honorary pallbearers are Wayne Piker, Glen Hayes, David Hunter, Maurice Watkins, Dr. Guilford Dudley, and the men of the Swifton Church of Christ.
To leave a condolence, view the guestbook, or light a memorial candle, please visit our website at www.jacksonsfh.com
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Chrissy Spanswick

Chrissy Spanswick, 53, of Newport departed this life June 24, 2015. She was born August 27, 1961 to Cecil Brooks and Geneva Baulner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her best friend, Wilma Allen.
She is survived by her husband; Tommy Spanswick of Arizona, daughters, Tami Kelley and husband Lesley of Lincoln, and Tori Potter and husband Justin of Newport; brother; Eddie Brooks of Newport, sister; Theresa Himes of Iowa, and grandchildren; Damian, Ashley, Ashton, Autumn.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.

Gordon Wayne Reed

Mr. Gordon Wayne Reed, of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Saturday, June 27, 2015. He was born October 18, 1948 in Newport, the son of Roy and Mercedes “Ray” (Herring) Reed.
Wayne was formally the owner of Kelly’s Restaurant, and Home Furniture Outlet. He had managed Otasco, Walmart, and was a former bonder for JE Bonding.
He was a United States Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. Wayne was a good hearted man with the patience of Job. He took special care of his wife and tried to teach her the qualities of life in a loving matter. Wayne loved to spend time with his grandchildren, hunting, and fishing. He especially loved cooking for his family and the special people at his wife’s workplace.
Wayne spent most of his morning hours with his buddies who gathered at Jim’s Furniture Store.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Mercedes “Ray” Reid; and one sister, Carlotta Vaughan.
Wayne is survived by his wife, of 16 years, Bernadette; two sons, Doug Robinson of Newport and James “Jimmy” Brooks of Jonesboro; one daughter, Jamie McGuire of Jonesboro; eight grandchildren, Jeremy and Kelsea Robinson, Tyler Langley, Taylor and Matilyne Emerick, Dakota Dunkerson, Jason Robinson, and Skylar Brooks; aunt Marie Herring; aunt and uncle, Darrell and Sheila Wheeler; several cousins; and a lifetime of friends.
The family will be holding a wake at the family home on 2800 Melody Lane in Newport, Sunday, 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.













































































































































































































































































































































































































  















































































































































































































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