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William George "Billy" Crouch, Jr. (07/02/15)
William George "Billy" Crouch, Jr., 47, of Piggott, Ark., passed away June 27, 2015, at his home. He was born on October 15, 1967, in St. Louis, Mo., and was the son of the late William George "Bill" Crouch and Betty (Hatley) Larkin. Survivors include his daughter, Emily Crouch of Rector; mother of his daughter, Linda Crouch of Rector; aunts, Tonia Cameron of California, Brenda McMillin of Peavly, Mo., Wilma Hatley of Imperial, Mo. ...
Lawanda Nell Chilcutt (06/30/15)
Lawanda Nell Chilcutt, 85, of Piggott, Ark., passed away June 29, 2015, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. She was born on January 29, 1930, in Piggott, Ark., and was the daughter of the late Floyd and Thelma (Simpson) Vaughn. Her brothers, Jowel Vaughn and Darrell Vaughn also preceded her in death...
Susan Simpson (06/29/15)
Susan Simpson passed away on June 28, 2015, at her residence in Rector. She was an educator, and taught kindergarten for 18 years in the Rector School District. Later, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and worked on a Doctorate there while also teaching first grade for 10 years. Following her retirement from the classroom she returned to Rector...
Betty Jane (Roybal) Pruett (06/29/15)
Betty Jane (Roybal) Pruett, 71, of Las Vegas, Nev., and formerly of Rector, passed from this life on May 13, 2015, at her home with her family at her side. She was born May 21, 1944, in Fontana, Calif., to the late Fermin and Rose Roybal. She loved to spend time with her family, and working in her backyard and on her hill. She also loved traveling and hummingbirds...
Hope (Elder) Spragins (06/29/15)
Hope (Elder) Spragins, 75, of Batesville died Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at UAMS in Little Rock. Born November 2, 1939, in Piggott, Ark., she was the daughter of Vilas and Marie Elder. Other than spending time with her grandchildren, Hope loved to travel with her family and friends. ...
Robert Lee "Bob" Palmer (06/29/15)
Robert Lee "Bob" Palmer, 90, of Piggott, Ark., passed away on June 26, 2015. Bob was born on February 6, 1925, in the Holly Island Community of Clay County. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Charles "Charlie" and Sarah "Annie" Palmer; two brothers, Jacob and Aaron Palmer and one sister, Charlene French...
Jessie E. Nichols, Jr. (06/24/15)
Jessie E. Nichols, Jr., 95, of Piggott, Ark., passed away June 17, 2015. He was born January 13, 1920, the son of the late Jessie E., Sr. and Mettie (Young) Nichols. He was preceded in death by one brother, Lemuel Devoe Nichols and two sisters, Mathel Johnson and Bernice Johnson...
Chasity Dawn Morrow (06/24/15)
Chasity Dawn Morrow, 37, of Onsted, Mich., passed away June 13, 2015. She was born on March 24, 1978, In Paragould, Ark., the daughter of Reo and Carla (Crossfield) Morrow. She was preceded in death by her brother, Logan Reo Morrow and paternal grandparents, Argel and Patricia Morrow...
John Orville Deniston (06/23/15)
John Deniston, 74, of Collierville, Tenn., and formerly of Rector, Ark., passed away June 21, 2015. He was born October 7, 1940, to the late Orville and Ruth (Janes) Deniston in Rector. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Sandra (Brimm) Deniston; a son and daughter-in-law, Orville Deniston, Jr., and Melissa of Collierville, Tenn.; a daughter, Beth Kilgore of Collierville; three grandchildren, Ethan Deniston, Jacob Deniston and Savannah Kilgore and a sister, Martha Lynn (Deniston) Taylor of Union City.. ...
Tim Lee Smith (06/22/15)
Tim Lee Smith, 51, of Dothan, Ala., passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015, at his home following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at the Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Michael Hatcher officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made at www.gofundme.com/no0ze0 to assist with expenses...
Porfirio Tarango "Mr. Pete" Prieto (06/22/15)
Porfirio Tarango "Mr. Pete" Prieto passed away peacefully on June 14, 2015, at the VA Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. Born on September 23, 1932, to the late Manuel and Margarita (Tarango) Prieto, in Candelaria, Tex., he lived the majority of his live in Arizona, but spent 15 years in Arkansas where he will be laid to rest...
Melvin Arley Shepard (06/19/15)
Melvin Arley Shepard, son of the late John Edward and Nora Jane (Brannan) Shepard, was born on May 18, 1928, in Kennett, Mo. He passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at Methodist Hospice Residence in Memphis, Tenn. He married Enola Jane Self on Oct. 1, 1947, in Kennett, and they resided in Piggott, Ark...
Roland Wade Cagle (06/16/15)
Roland Wade Cagle, 64, passed away June 14, 2015, at his home in Pollard, Ark. He was born August 9, 1950, to the late Joe and Laretta (Conley) Cagle. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ronnie Guyn and one sister, Gracelin Crum. He is survived by two daughters, Pamela Coffey of North Carolina and Jo McKnight of Piggott; one grandchild, Carl Coffey of North Carolina; one brother, Kevin Cagle of Pollard; one sister, Bonnie Mazar of St. ...
Peggy Jo Sikes (06/14/15)
Peggy Jo Sikes, 80, of Piggott, Ark., passed away June 8, 2015, at the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett, Mo. She was born on November 23, 1934, in Holcomb, Mo., and was the daughter of the late Walter and Elsia (Cubertson) Williams. She was preceded in death by her late husband, Harold Ivy Sikes; her daughter, Patty (Sikes) Statler and grandson, Duane Statler...
Lora Gerldine Priest (06/08/15)
Lora Gerldine Priest, 90, of Lafe passed from this life on Monday June 8, 2015, at the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. She was born on November 8, 1924, in Hargrave's Corner to the late Alfred Leo and Julia Elittia (Sinko) Huckaby. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marion Priest; one son, Kenneth Priest; one brother, Glen Huckaby; one sister, Faye Patton and one great-granddaughter...
Dan Ezell Walls (06/08/15)
Dan Ezell Walls, 58, of Marmaduke, passed from this life on Saturday June 6, 2015, at his residence. He was born on November 8, 1956, in Marmaduke, to Roma Sue (Walls) Bullinger and the late Glen Rodgers. Many people in the surrounding areas knew him as "Dan the Tomato Man" since he sold produce the last several years in Marmaduke. Dan was a hard worker and will be missed dearly by those who knew him...
Bernice May (Rhodes) Kelly (06/08/15)
Bernice May (Rhodes) Kelly, 94, of Jonesboro, died June 5, 2015 at the Craighead County Nursing Center. She was born on May 11, 1921. Mrs. Kelly was a native of Pennsylvania and lived many years at Rector where her husband, Rev. George Kelly, was Pastor of Wesleyan Evangelical Methodist Church at Hargraves Corner. She was lived in Jonesboro since 2008, where she was a member of Central Baptist Church...
Bretta Leyon "Lee" (Bradford) Robertson (06/04/15)
Bretta Leyon "Lee" Robertson, 84, of Clinton, La., passed away April 21, 2015. She was the youngest child of Nathan "Doc" and Hattie Bradford, and was raised in the Greenway area. Lee was married to the love of her life, Johnny E. Robertson, Sr., who preceded her in death in April 1977...
Michael David Jenkins (06/04/15)
Michael David Jenkins, 50, was born July 24, 1964, in Rector, Ark., and passed from this life on May 16, 2015 in St. Cloud, Fla. He was a 1982 graduate of Rector High School and attended Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge before moving to Florida...
Celebrity Obituaries
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    Matti Makkonen was an engineer from Finland, who worked for Nokia and Tele Finland, as well as Finnet Oy. He is best known as the “Father of SMS” and is credited with inventing text messaging, though he often said that he didn’t do so single-handedly.
  • Jack Carter
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  • Chris Squire
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  • Dick Van Patten
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  • Rick Ducommun
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  • Kirk Kerkorian
    Kirk Kerkorian was an American businessman who was one of the most influential tycoons in Las Vegas. Kerkorian opened the International Hotel in 1969, the MGM Grand Hotel in 1973, and the MGM Grand in 1993. When each opened, they were the largest in Las Vegas. Kerkorian was also a Hollywood Mogul and an aviation […]
  • Jim Ed Brown
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