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Eric Ellis

George Eric Ellis, 54, of Clinton, Ark., passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013. He was born Nov. 29, 1958, in Little Rock, Ark., to D. Patrick and Loreda Louise (Davis) Ellis. Eric passed from this life with his loving family at his side.

Eric was preceded in death by his father, Pat Ellis. Eric is survived by his mother, Loreda Ellis; his daughter, Morgan Bower; two brothers, John P. “Chip” Ellis and Phillip Wayne and Karen Ellis; sister Charity Summer Ellis and Michael Vermeulen; niece Fiona Spring Vermeulen; nephew, John Pat and Jill Ellis; niece Keely Anne and Tyler Kirkendoll. Eric is also survived by a large extended family of friends.

Eric was known and loved by many.

Memorials may be made to the Buffalo River Blues Society, P.O. Box 450, Leslie, AR 72645, or the charity of your choice. Visitation was Monday, July 29, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, Ark. Memorial service was 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Clinton Church of Christ with Minister Marek Dawidow officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book:

www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Bivian Rice

Bivian Pauline “Jackie” Rice, 71, of Bee Branch, Ark., went to be with the Lord Saturday, July 27, 2013. She was born April 29, 1942, in Helena, Ark., to the late Paul and Novlain (Minick) Smith.

Carl and Bivian were married July 2, 1971, and made their home in the Gravesville Community. “Jackie” is what she was called by her friends around her local coffee shop, and her local Volunteer Fire Department.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; husband Archie Carl Rice; and brother, M.L. Latting. She is survived by her daughter, Renaa Taber, and her adopted son, Casey Rice of the home, son Paul Tabor of Center Ridge, Ark.; two grandsons, Brandon Tabor and Andrew Tabor, both of Center Ridge; daughter-in-law, Karen Tabor of Center Ridge; brother, Jay Smith (Wanda) of Bald Knob, Ark.; and many friends.

Pallbearers: Carlos Stevenson, Hampton Stevenson, Brandon Tabor, Jonathan Eversoll, Jim Thorp, and Todd Smith.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013, and funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, Ark., with Rev. Bobby Minick officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Mountain Cemetery, Gravesville Cut-off Road, Bee Branch, Ark. Memorials may be made to the Casey Rice Scholarship Fund at Simmons First Bank of Clinton. Funeraal rrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt

Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Linda Mulbrook

Linda Beth (Anderson) Mulbrook, age 64, died at her home in Clinton on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Born in Newton, Iowa, on Dec. 27, 1948, to Howard and Roberta Anderson, also of Clinton, Ark.

Linda met and married her high school sweetheart and love, Michael Mulbrook, on June 8, 1968. Over the years, in addition to being a stay-at-home mom for their daughter, Linda was often active in volunteer organizations, and also worked outside the home in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, after moving with her husband, Mike, to Arkansas in 2005 to be near family, Linda worked for the recreation department of the Fairfield Bay Community Club.

Always happy and vivacious, Linda enjoyed gardening, decorating, traveling and most of all, her family and friends. During her long, hard battle with cancer, her family, in addition to God, was her strength. In particular, her husband, Mike, was her co-warrior in the day-to-day fight, and her grandson Ian helped to keep the ever-present smile on her face.

Linda is survived by her husband, Mike, of Clinton; her daughter, Melinda (Ryan) Mahoney of Fox River Grove, Ill.; her grandson, Ian Mahoney, also of Fox River Grove; her parents, Howard and Roberta Anderson of Clinton; her brother, Tommy Anderson of Dennard; and many other dear family and friends.

Her heart overflowed for all she met. She will be greatly missed by all.

Memorial service was 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, with Pastor GeorgeOdell officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

John Hildreth

John Hildreth Jr., 83, of Scotland, Ark., passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013. He was born July 8, 1930, to the late John A. and Edith (Hinton) Hildreth Sr.

“Grandpa Farmer” Industrialist turned farmer; hard worker, enjoyed being with friends, especially at a friend’s helping out, or relaxing. Loved by many, will be missed by many. The world needs more people like grandpa farmer. Sportsman and active in community service, especially in youth sports programs.

Lived a simple life, left the Earth a better place.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister; and wife Deloris A. (Patton) Hildreth. He is survived by his son, John A. Hildreth III of Taylors, S.C.; daughter, Sheryl Billings of Clinton, Ark.; five grandchildren, Holly, Scott, Raymond, John IV, and Lindsey; nine great-grandchildren; brother, James Hildreth of Oregon; and many friends.

Pallbearers: Scott Billings, Lloyd Sova, John Hildreth, Randy Cassell, Ricky Cassell, and Robby Cassell.

Visitation was Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, Ark. Funeral service was 10 a.m. Monday, July 29, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Old Liberty Cemetery, Cleveland, Ark. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Ericka LeClaire

Ericka Marie LeClarie, 35, of Cleveland, Ark., died Sunday, July 28, 2013. She was born Feb. 12, 1978, in Kankee, Ill.

She is survived by fiance Jodie Honnycutt; daughters, Kimberlee Taylor, Savanah Honeycutt, son Eric Honeycutt; father and stepmother, Jerry and Cardy LeClarie, mother and stepfather, Cynthia and Al Hardy; siblings Jason and Gloria LeClaire, Carolyn and Gene Miller, Jeremiey and Heather Hardy, Derrick and Ashley Hardy, and Mellisa Hardy.

Memorial service will be at a later date.

Bill Nolan

William Joseph “Bill” Nolan Jr., 77, of Shirley, Ark., went to Heaven Sunday, July 28, 2013. He was born May 27, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., to the late William and Irene Nolan.

He was married to his loving wife, Patsy (Jacobs) Nolan on May 8, 2003. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years and was a retired veteran of 22 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Tech Sgt. Bill loved his country life, along with his dogs, golfing, and the Chicago Cubs and Bears.

He is survived by his children, William Nolan (Patricia) of Alabama; Catherine Phillips (Jeffery) of New Mexico; Matthew Nolan of Virginia; and Sara O’Toole (Joe) of California; grandchildren, Michael, Jon-Erik, Phillip, Nina, TJ, Charley, John Mark and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Aiden and Kylee; step-children, Marx Mitchell of Arkansas; Donna Hienly of New Mexico; Ilsa Mitchell-Jencks of Hawaii; and Raymond Mitchell of Florida.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, Ark. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton, Arkansas. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Harold Blair

Harold Loyd Blair, 69, of Seligman, Mo., passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013, in the VA Hospital, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

He was born in Marshall, Ark., on July 2, 1944, the son of Polly (Booher) and Frank Blair. On July 19, 1970, in Scotland, Ark., he married his best friend and the love of his life, Geneva Marie Harris, who survives.

He is also survived by his son Harold Wayne Blair and his wife, Jennifer Marie Blair who reside in Washburn with their boys, Zackary Wayne and Trevor Allen; a daughter, Tammie Jane Escoe and her husband, Alan Kent Escoe who reside in Springdale, Ark., with their children, Austin Wayne, Caitlin Marie, Faith Zoe, and Tyler Christian; as well as, many children who had lived or visited their home over the years and were treated as their own.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Melba Furnas and Edna Davis; and two brothers, Charles Blair and Dean Blair.

Harold grew and received his education in Arkansas. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge, he entered Springdale Vo-Tech College where he studied to be a mechanic. He also worked for a seed company and did farm labor. In 1976, he and Geneva moved their family from Green Forest, Ark., to make their home in Seligman, Mo. His favorite pastimes included treasure hunting, spending time with his family, hunting, teasing his grandchildren and most of all fishing. He enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with his family. He shared his many tales with everyone he met. He was of the Pentecostal faith and was saved and baptized at the Highview Church in Lampe, Mo.

Burial with a Patriot Guard Escort and military honors was Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in King Cemetery, Seligman, Mo., under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, Missouri.

A Celebration of Life was held July 23 in OK Assembly of God Church, Washburn, Mo.

Donald Brown Sr.

Donald H. Brown Sr., 87, of Huntsville Ark., passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013. He was born Oct. 29, 1925, in Shirley, Ark., to the late J.W. and Harriet (Huggins) Brown. Donald was also preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Brown.

He was of the Baptist Faith and a World War II veteran of the United States Army. Donald was a retired machinist and a very hard worker. After his retirement he served as a missionary with Life Action Ministries in Buchanan, Mich.

Donald is survived by his children, Susan Doty of Conyers, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Brown Jr. of Niles, Mich.; step-children Jeff Ward, Doug Ward, Tracy Ferrell, Donna Norman and Jeanie Buice; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Cremation arrangements by Roller-McNutt, Conway.

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