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Guy Matthews

Guy Butler Matthews, age 78, of Maryville, Tenn., passed away peacefully at home with his wife and family by his side on Dec. 4, 2013, after a courageous 20-year battle against cancer.

Guy was born in Clinton, Ark., on Oct. 11, 1935, to the late James and Opal Middleton Matthews. Preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Joyce Harmon Matthews, brothers Charles and James; and survived by wife Brenda, sons Tim and Geoff, daughter Theresa, step-son Dwight Burrey, brother Roger, sister Mary Horton, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Guy graduated Clinton High School in 1953.

Guy lived in San Diego for 53 years, was a business owner and an active member in community affairs, a member of Kiwanis, a 33-degree Mason. Guy was elected Volunteer of the Year 1997 County of San Diego and a Honorary Deputy by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. Guy was a pilot, active in the Civil Air Patrol and active in Coast Guard Auxiliary. Guy retired in 2003 and moved to Maryville, Tenn.

A celebration of his life will be held at Smokey Mountain Harley Davidson on Highway 321, Maryville, on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, from 10 a.m.-noon. Guy was loved by everyone his life touched, he will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions to St. Judes Cancer Research is suggested.

Bill Morris

Willie T. “Bill” Morris, 76, of Scotland, Ark., passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. He was born Jan. 22, 1937, in Trace Ridge, Ark., to Omba Lyon and Edith Evelyn (Ennes) Morris.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jimmy Franklin Morris and Charles Morris; sister Betty Jean Morris; and two nephews, Larry Morris and Ricky Morris.

He is survived by his brother, Donnie Morris of Clinton, Ark.; four nieces, Julie Morris, Tammy and Brian Brown, Kim and Tim Linker, and Kathy Brown; four nephews, Donald, Jimmy, Adam and William and Stacy Morris; 11 great-nieces and nephews, Lance, Kevin, Brittany, Rebecca, Babe, Maci, Ryan, Madison, Chase, Kevin, and Jason; many great-great nieces and nephews.

Memorial wake will be 6 p.m. and visitation will be 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Trace Ridge Bible Church. Burial will follow in Trace Ridge Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Linda Blair

Linda L. Tatum Blair, 62, of Clinton, Ark., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. She was born Jan. 17, 1951, in Jonesboro, La., to Ezekiel and Jerlene (Phillips) Tatum. She professed a hope for Christ at an early age with Mountain View Baptist Church in Clinton.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George W. Blair; two sisters, Zelma Louise Tatum, Jeanette Tatum Myles; and one brother, Billy Ray Tatum.

She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Kimberly J. Washington of Little Rock, Ark.; two brothers, Ezekiel Tatum Jr. of Seattle, Wash., Curtis E. Tatum of Jacksonville, Ark.; two sisters, Eula Faye Taylor and Pamela Stroud of Little Rock; two grandchildren, Darion Oneal and Dara Custis; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Open visitation 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Clinton. Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Mountain View Baptist Church, Clinton, with Kenoris Saine officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Sheryl Billings

Sheryl Hildreth Billings 61, of Clinton, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the Ozark Health Nursing Center. Sheryl was born in St. Clair Shores, Mich., to John and Deloris Hildreth and resided in Michigan for 46 years.

She had three children and volunteered at school and church while they were growing up. She moved to Arkansas in 1998 once her children were grown. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1976 and was extremely strong throughout its progression. With all of its ups and downs, Sheryl always had a smile on her face and was a fantastic mother, daughter, sister, and friend to so many.

Sheryl is survived by her three children: Holly (Lloyd) Sova of Ohio, Scott (Donna) Billings of Michigan and Raymond J. (April) Billings of Arkansas; eight grandchildren: Lora, Molly, Dakota, Cooper, Maddeline, Connor, Carrson, and Jenna; and brother John (Lynn) Hildreth III of South Carolina.

Special thanks go to Ozark Health Nursing Center and White River for taking great care of her and helping her to keep her independence as long as possible.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or Ozark Health Nursing Center in Clinton. Visitation at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Clinton on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 5-8 p.m. with the funeral service on Wednesday morning at 10:00. Final resting place will be at the Old Liberty Cemetery in Cleveland, Ark. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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