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James Felton

James Allen Felton, 51, of Scotland, Ark., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. He was born Aug. 7, 1961, at San Francisco, Calif., to Harold and Opal (Griffin) Felton.

He was deacon of the church he attended. He loved to play music. He loved to hunt, hike, ride his motorcycle and spend time with his grandchildren. One of his most enjoyable times was spent in Missouri hunting with Roy Black. He loved the Lord, and was excited every time he was able to witness to somebody. He was a devoted father, brother, uncle, and husband. Throughout his life he was a father-figure to many. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Frank Felton, Douglas Felton, and Ted Felton; sisters, Elsie Cook, and Betty Stafford.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years Cathy (Smith) Felton of the home; son, Paul (Kristie) Felton of Scotland, Ark.; two daughters, Michelle (David) McCoy and Echo (Daniel) McCoy, all of Scotland; four grandchildren, Landon and Hannah Felton, and Jacob and Melanie McCoy; four sisters, Dorothy (Clifford) Gardner of Little Rock, Frances (Jerry) Owens of Jacksonville, Rachel Sykes of Little Rock, and Faye Felton of Clarksville; three brothers, Robert (Rosie) Felton of Scotland, Carl (Carol) Felton of Clinton, and Princeton Felton of Little Rock; and a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers: Tracy Cooley, Don Ahrens, Ronnie Lindsey, Bill Haines, Lester Rowland, and Paul Dunham. Honorary pallbearers: Bobby Gardner and Rick McAllister.

Visitation was Friday, May 24, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton. Funeral service was 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Scotland Lighthouse Christian Fellowship with Pastors Sheila Gardner and Michael Roberson officiating. Burial was at Foster Cemetery, Scotland. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Clinton. Online guest book www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Sandra McKnight

Sandra Kaye Shannon McKnight, 68, of Bee Branch, joined the Lord Monday, May 20, 2013. She was born March 16, 1945, in Conway, Ark.,, the daughter of the late Mark Dewell Shannon and Essie Williams Shannon.

She was a 1963 graduate of Clinton High School. She was a member of Pleasant Valley General Baptist Church, where she was the pianist for many years.

Sandra was known for her incredible love and selflessness toward her family; her faithfulness and dedication to her church; her scrumptious cooking (her meatloaf and baked beans will be sadly missed); her beautiful smile and joyful laugh; her prodigious vocabulary; and her soprano singing voice that could hit the highest notes. She and Dean enjoyed taking drives through northern Arkansas, especially to Ponca to see the elk.

Sandra is survived by her husband of 50 years, Harold Dean McKnight; a son, Michael Regan McKnight of Damascus; two daughters, Shannon DeAnna Atkinson and husband Steve of Houston (Perry County), and Brooke Caroline McKnight of Little Rock; two grandchildren, Nicholas Barrett McKnight and Michelle McKnight Warner; and a great-granddaughter, Ashlyn Rayne Warner. She is also survived by two brothers, Larry and Marti Shannon of Choctaw and Duane and Wanda Shannon of Clinton.

Visitation was Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Clinton. Her service was Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Valley General Baptist Church, Bee Branch, with Rev. Billy Henderson officiating. Pallbearers were Regan McKnight, Barrett McKnight, Steve Atkinson, Mark Shannon, Daniel Shannon and James Shannon. Burial was at Blackwell Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Henry Murphree

Henry Wesley Murphree of Bee Branch, Ark., went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 27, 2013, at the age of 90. He was born May 16, 1923, in Miller, Ark. He was a member of Bee Branch Baptist Church and a World War II veteran.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Marvel and Essie Birdsong Murphree; his wife, Elva Lois Poe Murphree; a sister, Georgia Murphree; brother Robert Murphree; daughter Billie Murphree Tyler; and grandson Jeffrey Murphree. He is survived by four sons, Leon Murphree (Sabra), Leo Murphree (Mary), Joe Murphree (Dianne), and David Murphree (Maryjean); one daughter, Barbara Murphree Miller; sister Marie Murphree Bittle; and brother Ray Murphree. He has numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Bee Branch Baptist Church, with service to begin at noon, officiated by Brother CW Blood and Brother Gene Davis. Burial will follow at Wally Comstock Cemetery. To sign his guest book, visit www.arkansasfuneralcare.com. Arrangements made by Arkansas Funeral Care, Jacksonville.

Lucille Dennison

Lucille Dennison, 77, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013. Born in Elwood, Ind., to Allen and Mae Wilhoite, she married Donald Dennison on Aug. 10, 1956. Don died in December 2008 in Shirley, where the couple resided from 1993 until Lucille relocated in 2012. They had three children, Gary of Castleton, Vt.; Dru of Flagler Beach, Fla.; and Barry (deceased, January 2013). A private celebration of Lucille’s life was held in Castleton, Vt. Contributions may be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Clifford Funeral Home, 2 Washington St., Rutland, VT 05701.

Death Notice

Sylvia Katherine Ryan, 71, of Scotland, Ark., died Monday, May 20, 2013.

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