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Green, Vernece
NEWARK - Vernece Green, 71, of Newark died Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998, in a Jonesboro hospital.
She was retired from White-Rodgers in Batesville and was a member of the Newark First Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, George Green of Tuckerman and Gordon Green of Newark; two daughters, Connie Allen of Atlanta and Kitty Barber of Newark; a sister, Murner Misenheimer of Sulphur Rock; a stepsister, Betty Lawson of Searcy; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Green.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Newark First Missionary Baptist Church with Bill Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newark Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Wesley Ford, Landon Green, Lance Green, Brian Barber, Michael Barber and Cody Green.
Honorary pallbearers will be Max Fick Jr., Henry Fick and Brian Ritchie.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

Harmon, Charles E.
MELBOURNE - Charles Edward Harmon, 68, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998, in Little Rock.
Born Sept. 22, 1929, he was the son of the late Lee Hayden Harmon and Clara Merle Conyers Harmon. He was a brick mason and a Protestant.
Survivors include a daughter, Rhonda Kay Harmon of Melbourne; two sons, Dennis Charles Harmon and Dale Edward "Bucksey" Harmon, both of Melbourne; five sisters, Lydia Hutchins, Opal Stroud, Shirley Walker and Minnie Crotts, all of Melbourne, and Gladys Eisenbraun of Seattle, Wash.; a brother, David Harmon of Jonesboro; and seven grandchildren.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, J.C. Harmon and J.B. Harmon.
The funeral began at 2 p.m. today at the Roman and Billy Memorial Chapel in Melbourne with Tim Porter officiating. Burial was in Old Philadelphia Cemetery under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Clay Moser, Deanie Hutchins, Arnie Hutchins, Doyle McCollum, Dave McCollum and Jeff Moser.
Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Rush and Bob Blankenship.

Shaw, Lillian
LITTLE ROCK - Lillian Ellen Jimerson Shaw, 91, of Little Rock died Monday, Feb. 9, 1998, at her home.
Born Feb. 16, 1906, at Newark, she was the daughter of the late Ellen Logan and Charles Edgar Jimerson. She was a 1927 honor graduate of Arkansas College (now Lyon College) with a degree in math and science, and she began her teaching career that year at Morrilton where she taught chemistry and physics. After her two daughters were born, she did not resume teaching until 1942, when she began teaching higher mathematics, chemistry and physics at Searcy High School, later at Guymon, Okla., and then at Marion High School after the family moved to West Memphis.
She attended summer science institutes at Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina and University of Arkansas.
In 1989, four of her former students established the Lillian Shaw Science Award for excellent performance and promise in the field of science at Marion High School in her honor.
She was a member of the West Memphis First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years, and she was a member of the West Memphis chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and served as its president. She was a member of the Arkansas Education Association and the National Education Association, serving on numerous committees for both organizations.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Albert O'Neal Shaw; two daughters, Mrs. Garrett Brown of Little Rock and Mrs. W.R. Smith of Enid, Okla.; two sisters, Wilma Jimerson of Little Rock and Mrs. Muffet Engles of Batesville; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Annie Jimerson Crutchfield; and two brothers, Gaffney A. Jimerson and Charles E. Jimerson.
The memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 at the First United Methodist Church in Little Rock with the Rev. Ed Matthews officiating. A private burial will be Wednesday at Riverwood Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Roller-Chenal Funeral Home of Little Rock.
Memorials may be made to the Lillian Shaw Science Award, in care of Mrs. Robert F. Stokes, 3779 Highway 77, Marion, AR 72364, or to a favorite charity.

Vest, Dale E.
CALICO ROCK - Dale Ewell Vest, 71, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998, in Calico Rock.
Born April 19, 1926, in Boswell, he was the son of the late Ben and Nona Banning Vest. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and sold hardware at a Farm Service Center.
Survivors include his wife, Magleen Moodey Vest; a daughter, Karolyn McKinney of Birdman; three sons, Steve Vest of Marion, Stan Vest of Tampa, Fla., and Scott Vest of Little Rock; two stepsons, Mike Patterson of Pocahontas and Larry Patterson of Lawrence, Kan.; a sister, Bartie Gillihan of Boswell; a brother, Harlin Vest of Melbourne; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife and two brothers.
The funeral began at 2 p.m. today at Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Calico Rock. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Charles Rayburn Sneathern, Elvis Sneathern, Don Gillihan, Mark Jeffery and Charles Jones.

Patterson, Monnie Faye
Monnie Faye Stewart Patterson, 89, of Batesville, a native of Oil Trough, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 1998, in a local hospital.
She was born in Independence County on Nov. 2, 1908, to Franklin and Lena Stewart. She was a retired nurse and a member of the First Baptist Church of Desha. She was employed by Harris Hospital in Newport for 35 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Winona Durham of Newport and Brenda Taylor of Batesville; two nieces, Jeanette Flowers and Sharon Pankey, both of Newport; two brothers, Ferman Stewart of Osceola, Ind., and Floyd Stewart of Newport; a sister, Juanita Harris of Pleasant Plains; three grandchildren, Sheila Gray, Renee Tester and Nickey Pearson; and three great-grandchildren, Blake Tarpley, Tiffany Tarpley and Nickey Lynn Pearson Jr.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Spurgeon Patterson; two brothers, Marvin Stewart and Roland Stewart; and a sister, Pauline Rose.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the White River Baptist Church in Oil Trough with Bro. Thurlo Lee officiating. Burial will be in Kyler Cemetery at Southside.
Visitation will be this evening from 6 to 8 at Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport.

Stites, Jasper T.
MELBOURNE - Jasper T. Stites, 88, of Melbourne died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1998, in a Melbourne nursing home.
He was born on July 22, 1909, in Gray Summit, Mo., to William Emmett and Mary Clare Schuamb Stites. He owned and operated a local Phillips 66 station and Swirly Top Dairy Bar. After selling the station, he was a self-employed carpenter. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Melbourne Masonic Lodge No. 141, and a member of the Melbourne First Baptist Church.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ermal Byram Stites; and an infant daughter.
The funeral was at 10 a.m. today at the Melbourne First Baptist Church with Doyne Robertson officiating. Burial was in the Melbourne Cemetery under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Shannon Womack, Rocky Campbell, Jack Blankenship, Gerald Blevins, Anthel Marlin and Donald Black. Honorary pallbearers were Herndon Frizzell, Fred Blankenship, Hale Bibb, Charles Woods and Glen Wiles.

Allen, Robert C.
CAVE CITY - Robert Carrel Allen, 80, of Sidney died Saturday, Feb. 14, 1998, in a Sidney nursing home.
Born Sept. 9, 1917, at Center, he was the son of Jim and Mollie Huckabee Allen. He was a farmer and of the Church of Christ faith.
Survivors include a brother, Myrid Allen of Lynn; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Everett Allen and Alvin Allen.
The funeral began at 10 a.m. today at Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City with Richard Carson officiating. Burial was in Barnes Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Lloyd Huckabee, Danny Morgan, Anthony Harris, Gary Morgan, Brannon Harris and Melvin Dennis.

Branscum, Etna
Etna Lorene Morgan Branscum, 79, of Salado died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
She was born Aug. 19, 1918. She was a retired employee of J.K. Southerland Inc. and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include two sons, Alvin Branscum and Terry Branscum, both of Salado; a daughter, Alice Burroughs of Greenfield, Tenn.; four brothers, Tom Morgan of Batesville, Lee Morgan of Waco, Texas, Roy Morgan of Maple Springs and Jimmy Morgan of Rosie; three sisters, Ruby Swaims of Little Rock, Ruth Franklin of Mishawaka, Ind., and Pauline Bowers of Rosie; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleo Branscum.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Salado Baptist Church with the Rev. David Wesley officiating. Burial will follow in Wyatt Cemetery under the direction of Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Branscum, Roy Young, Lonnie Young, Mike Branscum, Leo Ray Branscum and Rusty Branscum.
Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Jones, John L.
MELBOURNE - John Luther Jones, 43, of Violet Hill died Saturday, Feb. 14, 1998, in Batesville.
Born Jan. 14, 1955, at Roswell, N.M., he was the son of Floyd and Eve Weaver Jones.
Survivors include his mother of Violet Hill; two sisters, Sherry Comfort and Susie Womack, both of Dallas, Texas; and three brothers, Tom Jones of Shreveport, La., Keith Jones of Kansas City, Mo., and Douglas Jones of Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his father; and a brother, Richard Jones.
The graveside service began at 2 p.m. today at LaCrosse Cemetery with Marla Sladen officiating. Arrangements were by Howard Funeral Home of Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Brent Weaver, Doyle Weaver, Eric Weaver, Billy Bob Billingsley, Jody Smith and Kendall Stroud.

Parker, Frances L.
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Frances Lillian Parker, 86, of Mountain View died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, in a Mountain View nursing home.
Born at Moore, Texas, on July 28, 1911, she was the daughter of Duncan and Lillian Obets Ferguson. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include a niece, Patricia Ferguson Smith of Texas; and a great-niece, Patricia Maureen Smith of Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, William D. Parker.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View with the Rev. Loyd Nesbitt officiating. Burial will be in East Richwoods Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Richard Stoltze, Clyde Parker, Randy Sloan, Bill Sinclair, Guy Harris and L.D. Everett.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Sutterfield and Jimmy Mitchell.

Riggs, Joe
NEWPORT - Lloyd Leon "Joe" Riggs, 49, of Newport died Friday, Feb. 13, 1998, in a Newport hospital.
He was a painter employed by Bottom Lands Naturals and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Perkins Riggs of Newport; his mother and stepfather, Ellene Hayslip Vinson and Onzo Vinson of Strawberry; and two sisters, Helen Carter and Sue Henson, both of Newport.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Leon Riggs Sr.
The graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Weaver's Chapel Cemetery in Batesville with Ernest Evans officiating and Gene Arnold assisting. Arrangements are by Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Richard Bullock, Dan Nearing, Andy Duty, Herman Murray and Troy Burgess.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Row, Wanda
Wanda Martin Row of Batesville died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born in Correctionville, Iowa, she was the daughter of Alfred and Lillian Crisco Martin. She was a retired school teacher, having taught 39 years in Batesville schools. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and had served on several committees. She also was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Ruth Chapter 91 Order of the Eastern Star of which she was past matron and held several state offices.
Survivors include her husband, Edward M. Row; four cousins, Eskel Martin, Leda Barnett, Lydia Mitchum and Etola Demant; an aunt, Wilma Crisco; three nephews; and a nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Wayne Martin.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. Ed Wyers officiating and Eastern Star rites. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be George Bentz, Clifford Duncan, Bobby Bennett, Clifton Clark, J.L. Marshall and Tony Winkles.
Honorary pallbearers will be Willie Millsap, R.L. Sheffield, William Pierce, Thomas R. Mason and Jim Simpson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Guthrie, William
MELBOURNE - William E. Guthrie, 68, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, in Batesville.
Born Dec. 17, 1929, in Bandmill, he was the son of the late Walter and Maude Tomlinson Guthrie. He attended State Teachers College and graduated with a master's degree in education. He taught school in Violet Hill, Newport, Seymore and Missouri and was superintendent of Melbourne High School from 1966 to 1975. Later, he joined the staff of Ozarka Technical College. He was a World War II veteran, a member of the Melbourne Masonic Lodge No. 141 and a member of the Melbourne United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Teague Guthrie; a daughter, Laura Guthrie of Conway; four sisters, Val Blum and Faye Peckman, both of Dearborn, Mich., and Shirley Hill and Betty G. McCollum, both of Melbourne; and two brothers, John Guthrie of Batesville and Bob Guthrie of Melbourne.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Roman and Billy Memorial Chapel in Melbourne with Frank Shell officiating. Burial will be at Melbourne Cemetery under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Pallbearers will be Doug Rush, Ronnie Rush, Ron Stovall, Larry Wilks, Glen Billingsley and Jerry Brewer.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Miller, Jim Miller, Walter Hall, Bill Wright and Lloyd Cossey.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Ozarka Technical College Foundation.

Martin, Zedd L.
Zedd Lavern Martin, 65, of Pleasant Plains died Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, at his home.
Born June 11, 1932, in Roosevelt, he was the son of the late W.H. and Minnie Stephens Martin. He was retired from ConAgra, a farmer, a member of the Cornerstone Masonic Lodge No. 511 and the American Legion and a veteran of the Korean War. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy McLaughlin Martin; five sons, Doug Martin of Judsonia, David Martin, Randy Martin, Ronnie Martin and Donnie Martin, all of Pleasant Plains; two brothers, H.C. Martin of Searcy and Earnest Martin of Judsonia; two sisters, Irene Head of Searcy and Arzella Robeson of Pleasant Plains; seven grandchildren, Andy Martin, Matt Martin, Meagan Martin, Cody Martin, Chance Martin, Laura Martin and Dustin Martin; and two step-grandchildren, Latasha Rash and Aaron Rash.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Roosevelt Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Sowell officiating. Burial will be in Roosevelt Cemetery under the direction of Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be James Grider, Troy Ringer, Preston Jones, Nathan Ramsey, Danny Beaver and Bobby Martin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Walter Hayslip, Mitch Milligan, Wayne Woods, W.B. Mathes, Lonnie Taylor and Levi Little.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

White, Dollie
MELBOURNE - Dollie Edmonston White, 82, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 1998, in Little Rock.
Born May 15, 1915, in Russellville, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Maud Barnett Ingle. She was a licensed practical nurse and was employed by Shelby County Hospital. She was a member of Ridgeway First Assembly of God in Memphis, and she attended the First Assembly of God in Conway.
Survivors include four daughters, Jean Bruegeman of Conway, Betty Sherrill of Norfork, Nelda Hinson of Wynne and Linda Johnson of Richmond, Va.; a son, Cleon Edmonston of Pineville; a sister, Alice Smith; two half-sisters, Madeline Remer and Geneva Remer; a brother, Alex Ingle; a half-brother, Paul Ingle; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas A. Edmonston; her second husband, Lester E. White; two daughters; a son; a brother; and a half-brother.
The funeral began at 10 a.m. today at the Roman and Billy Memorial Chapel in Melbourne with Tom Sheppard officiating. Burial was in Oxford under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Brad Edmonston, Rick Sherrill, David Bailey, Bobby Hinson, Bryan Sharp and Kevin Sharp.
Honorary pallbearers were Robert Bruegeman, Herbert Hinson, Marvis Sherrill, Eddie Edmonston, Bill Hinson, Gerald Hinson, Jason Sharp, Matthew Yates and Michael Bailey.

Lamb, Hazel
MELBOURNE - Hazel Bryant Lamb, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, in Melbourne.
Born Sept. 1, 1910, in Guion, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Marshall and Elizabeth Jane Wooten Bryant. She was a homemaker and a member of the Guion Extension Homemakers Club, Guion Quilting Club and the Guion Church of Christ.
Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Lamb Dehls of Piggott and Armelda Ruth "Sue" Reynolds of Melbourne; three sons, E.F. "Son" Lamb Jr. of Melbourne, Howard Keith Lamb of Mount Pleasant and Fred J. Lamb of Guion; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Dehls, Lynn Dehls, Stewart Dehls, Bryant Lamb, Mara Lamb Malcom, E.F. "Trey" Lamb III, Brooke Lamb and Joe Lamb; and three great-grandchildren, Bradley K. Lamb, Callie Malcom and Grace Malcom.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Floyd Lamb; a brother, Marshall Bryant; and a sister, Myrtle Lesan.
The funeral began at 10 a.m. today at Guion Church of Christ with Glen Pace officiating. Burial was in Campbell Cemetery under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Donald Weaver, Eugene Barksdale, Howard Moser, Bobby Langston, Leonard Collie, John Q. Teague and Elvin Arnold.
Honorary pallbearers were Dick Williamson, Shelby Upton, Billy Engles and Delano Frazier.
Memorials may be made to the Pioneer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Melbourne.

Tharp, Jimmy Lee
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Jimmy Lee Tharp, 14, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 1998, in Pleasant Grove.
Born at Salem on Sept. 24, 1983, he was the son of Jimmy Darrel Tharp and Katherine Mae Ford Sanders. He was an honor student at Mountain View Middle School and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding motor bikes.
Survivors include his father of Batesville; his mother and stepfather, Katherine and Daniel Sanders of Pleasant Grove; a brother, Charley Tharp of Pleasant Grove; two half-brothers, Lee Huey of Grubbs and Chris Sanders of Salem; three half-sisters, Christal Sanders, Jesie Sanders and Veronica Huey, all of Salem; his grandparents, Pauline Holt Sanders and Boyd Sanders, both of Mountain View, Billy Ford of Caraway and Gertrude Tharp of Michigan; and his great-grandparents, Clara Ford of Caraway, Mavis and Robert Sanders of Paragould and Otto and Edna Holt of Big Flat.
The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Assembly of God in Mountain View with Charley Holt and Vern Pickrell officiating. Burial will be in Flatwoods Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Coffman Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Pallbearers will be Adam Salazar, Danny Harshburger, Ronnie Garman, Ronnie Grymes, Gerald Ivy and Johnny Paul Holt.
Visitation will be today until 8 p.m.


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