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Bessie Moran (08/23/16)
Bessie Moran, 90, of Wynne, Ark., passed away August 21, 2016, at her home in Wynne. She was born on December 13, 1925, in Caruthersville, Mo., and was the daughter of the late John and Flora Mae (Wells) Conaway. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Mae; a son-in-law, William Shepherd and a daughter-in-law, Mary Joanne Hall...
Willie Velma (Caery) Whitney (08/22/16)
Willie Velma (Caery) Whitney of Manila, Ark., was born at Black Water (now Blackwater), Ark., and died August 22, 2016, in Jonesboro, Ark., at age 87 after a full and amazing life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy M. Whitney, Sr.; a daughter, Dawn Whitney; her parents, Walter W. Caery, Sr. and Opal Billings Caery; three brothers, Charles Caery, Kenneth Caery and Walter Caery, Jr. and one sister, Wandara Caery Burgett...
Bobby C. Gower (08/21/16)
Bobby C. Gower, 84, of Piggott, Ark., passed away August 16, 2016, at the Piggott Community Hospital in Piggott. He was born on December 27, 1931, in Pollard, Ark., and was the son of the late Ernest Gower and Florence (Nettles) Gower Davis. Bob was a member of the Piggott Masonic Lodge #545 and a Veteran of the United States Army...
Kimberly Kay (Trout) Martin (08/19/16)
Kimberly Kay (Trout) Martin, 54, of Walnut Ridge, Ark., passed away August 18, 2016, at the NEA Baptist Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark. She was born on February 21, 1962, in Piggott, Ark., and was the daughter of Howard Ray Trout and Vondala (Holifield) Underwood...
Dian (Carman) Book (08/18/16)
Dian (Carman) Book, 68, of St. Francis, Ark., passed away August 17, 2016, at the Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was born on January 10, 1948, in Piggott, Ark., and was the daughter of A.L. and Louise (Byrd) Carman. She was united in marriage to Sammy Lynn Book on March 8, 1968, and to this union two sons were born. Sam preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 2012, after 44 years of marriage...
Marguerite Swift (08/15/16)
Marguerite Swift, 99, of Piggott, Ark., passed away August 12, 2016, at the General Baptist Nursing Home in Campbell, Mo. She was born on March 26, 1917, in Piggott, and was the daughter of the late Albert and Hallie (McGehee) Stallings. She was united in marriage to James B. Swift June 4, 1939, and to this union a son, James B. Swift, Jr. was born...
Christopher Ray Smith (08/15/16)
Christopher Ray Smith, 24, of Kennett, Mo., passed away July 16, 2016, as the result of a car accident near Nimmons, Ark. He was born on November 18, 1991, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. His mother, Tracy (Burgess) Tippitt also passed away on July 16, 2016, in the accident with Christopher...
Chester Lee True (08/15/16)
Chester Lee True, 88, of Holcomb Mo., was born December 3, 1927, to the late James Henry and Lou Jewel (Welch) True in Leachville, Ark. He passed from this life to his eternal home on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Piggott Community Hospital. He married Martha Virginia Jordan on Nov. ...
Betty Charlene Cook (08/11/16)
Betty Charlene Cook of Okeechobee Fla., formerly of Piggott, Ark., passed away at Okeechobee Health Care Facility on August 9, 2016. She was born January 24, 1950, in Piggott, and was the daughter of Charles Henry and Betty Faye Parker. She was united in marriage to JD Cook on Sept. 3, 2000...
Lillie Marie Maddux (08/09/16)
Lillie Marie Maddux of Michigan, and formerly of Rector, went to be with her Savior on July 28, 2016, at the age of 95. She was known as Grandma, Granny, Aunt Lillie, Miss Lillie and Momma. Friends and family of three generations surrounded her before her passing...
Jerry Grider (08/08/16)
Jerry Grider, 75, of Piggott, Ark., passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the Piggott Community Hospital. He was born on March 26, 2016, at Pollard, Ark., and was the son of the late Lester "Red" and Erma Eloice (Gribble) Grider. He was united in marriage to Carol Williams on Aug. 12, 1961, and to this union two sons were born...
Veda Mae (King) Linam (08/08/16)
Veda Mae King Linam, 91, of Benton, Ark., formerly of Rector, Ark., passed from the cares of this life on Saturday August 6, 2016, at the Saline Memorial Hospital in Bryant. She was born on March 10, 1925, in Patterson, Ark., to the late John Alexander and Charlotta (Lewis) King. She was a member of the Rector First General Baptist Church, and in her spare time enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening and spending time with her loving family, especially her grandchildren...
Dessie I. Renard (08/01/16)
Dessie I. Renard, 91, of Cape Girardeau Mo., formerly of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Mrs. Renard, the daughter of the late Albert F. and Alpha (Lemonds) Mounce, was born December 6, 1924, in Pollard, Ark. ...
John W. "Pete" Gordon (08/01/16)
John W. "Pete" Gordon, 91, of Piggott, Ark., passed away July 28, 2016, at the General Baptist Nursing Home in Piggott. He was born on December 20, 1924, in Piggott, and was the son of the late Charlie and Lennie (Walters) Gordon. He was united in marriage to Grace E. Wiedeman on May 17, 1947, and to this union four children were born...
Woodrow Wilson "Wookie" McKenzie (07/28/16)
Woodrow Wilson "Wookie" McKenzie, 86, of Piggott, Ark., passed away July 27, 2016, at the General Baptist Nursing Home in Piggott, Ark. He was born on November 28, 1929, in Piggott, and was the son of the late William Edgar and Sarah (Bean) McKenzie...
Virgie Lucille (Clemons) McDonald (07/27/16)
Virgie Lucille McDonald (nee Clemons), 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 17, 2016, following a long illness. Her salvation was guaranteed by the blood of Jesus Christ, and her body has been restored. She resides now in the presence of our Lord, and she has finally been reunited with her beloved husband, Gerald Wayne McDonald and her precious grandson, Gerald Wayne McDonald II...
John Thomas Perry (07/26/16)
John Thomas Perry, 84, of Desoto, Mo., passed away July 23, 2016, at his home. He was born on March 17, 1932, in Piggott, Ark., and was the son of the late Alvin and Lola (Mowery) Perry. He was united in marriage to Bonnie Jean Haywood on July 25, 1951, and she preceded him in death on April 25, 2016. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Richard Perry...
Claude Alan Conner (07/26/16)
Claude Alan Conner, 68, of Fairdealing, Mo., passed away on July 23, 2016, at the John J. Pershing V.A. Medical Center in Poplar Bluff. Mo. He was born on May 16, 1948, at Qulin, Mo., to Elmer George Conner and Jamima (Winingnear) Conner. On Aug. 6, 1969, in Qulin, Mo., he married Maxine Bell, and she survives...
Celebrity Obituaries
  • Steve Julian
    Steve Julian was a radio personality, who hosted Morning edition for NPR affiliate KPCC in Pasadena beginning in 2000. He was on the air from 5AM to 10Am each weekday. Prior to this job, he spent five years as a traffic reporter for Airwatch America in Santa Ana, California.
  • Prince
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  • Chyna
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  • Doris Roberts
    Doris Roberts as an actress best known for her role as Ray’s mom on the popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran from 1996 to 2005. She won five Emmy awards and a Screen Actors Guild award. Her acting career, which spanned across film, television, and stage, began in 1951. She received an honorary doctorate […]
  • Ronit Elkabetz
    Ronit Elkabetz was an Israeli actress and filmmaker, who worked in both Israeli and French movies. She won three Ophir Awards and seven nominations. She was also President of the Jury for the International Critics’ Week section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Her filmography spanning 1990 – 2016includes: The Appointed, Eddie King, Sh’Chur, Tzalaket, […]
  • Arnold Wesker
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  • David Gest
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  • Leon Haywood
    Leon Haywood was a funk and soul singer/songwriter as well as a record producer. He is responsible for the 1975 hit song “I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You,” which would go on to be sampled in an even bigger hit. The song’s musical structure is the basis for Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ […]
  • Frank De Felitta
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  • Merle Haggard
    Merle Haggard was a country singer/songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. He was part of the “outlaw country” movement and had 38 number one hits. He also won numerous awards including the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male for That’s the Way Love Goes in 1984; Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Same Old Train” in […]