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Ray Edwards

Ray Edwards, 81, of Bee Branch passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. He was born on Tuesday, March 15, 1932, in Fairbanks, Ark., to the late Olen and Florence (Holland) Edwards.

He is survived by five sons, Denny Edwards (Connie), Michael Edwards (Judy), Ricky Dean Edwards, Ryan Edwards (Beverlee), and Eric Edwards; three daughters, Karen Scarberry (Eddie), Charlotte Hudspeth (David), and Ellen Willis (Ricky); 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Edith Kennedy and Patsy McCormick; and brothers, Daniel Fay Edwards and Colen Edwards.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Bonnie (Duncan) Edwards; and brother, Fay Edwards.

Services were 12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Sand Springs Missionary Baptist Church with Brother Cecil Burgess officiating. Burial was at Sand Springs Cemetery with Kalab Scarberry, Justin Hudspeth, Ray Edwards, Daniel Edwards, Cody Willis, and Riley Roberson serving as pallbearers. Haze Hulse, Olen Edwards, Isaac Hulse, Wrigley Stacy, and Logan Ward were honorary pallbearers. Arrangements by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Conway.

William McKinney

SCPO William Akin McKinney, 87, of Cleveland, Ark., passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Conway Regional Medical Center. He was born April 17, 1926, in Bath Springs, Tenn., to the late Henry and Jane (Weatherly) McKinney.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served for 22 1/2 years starting during World War II. William was very proud of his military service career.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Henry McKinney, and Frank McKinney, and a sister, Sara Schrader. He is survived by his loving wife Colene (Hendrix) McKinney of the home; two sons, Patrick McKinney of Deltona, Fla., and Billy McKinney of Nashville, Tenn.; two daughters, Bridget Lane of Dover, Delaware, and Rebecca Nokes of Smyrna, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one step-son, Neil Weaver; two step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ann Pepin of Memphis, Tenn., and Dorothy Rankin of Knoxville, Tenn.; and many close friends.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton, Ark. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneral Homes.com.

Cecil Sharp

Cecil Ray Sharp, 74, of Scotland, Ark., passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Ozark Health Medical Center. He was born July 27, 1939, in Bluffton, Ark., to the late Cecil Earl and Elsie (Dobbs) Sharp.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Joyce Sharp; a brother, Bobby Sharp. He is survived by his loving wife of six years, Bonnie L. (Standridge) Sharp of the home; son Clinton Sharp of Clinton, Ark.; daughter Twanette Booher of Clinton; three step-children, Steve (Nita) Chadwick, and Samuel (Jodie) Chadwick, both of Malvern, Ark., and Monica (John) Love of Scotland, Ark.; four grandchildren, Anthony, Felicia, and Matthew Bramlett, and Alyssa Lawrence; three great-grandchildren, Justin Satten, Kira Haskal, and Aiden Stennit; seven step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and many brothers, sisters, extended family, multiple nieces, nephews, and close family friends.

Memorial service was 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Scotland Baptist Church with Charles Deckelman officiating. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton, Ark. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Arthur Horton

Arthur Horton, 91, of Clinton, Ark., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at his home. He was born July 22, 1922, in Cotton Valley, La., to Arthur and Mabel Horton.

The family moved to Newport, Ark., when he was a small boy, and he lived his youth in Newport and Little Rock, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Kathleen; an infant daughter; and one granddaughter, Lenesha Jarka. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Evelyn (Matthews) Horton; daughter Jo (Stan) Serio; daughter Carol (Bill) Orr; four grandchildren, Randy Serio, Kyle, Jason, and Tyrec Jarka; and two great-grandchildren, Danelle and Ezra Jarka; and many close friends.

Art volunteered for military duty in 1944 and saw action on D-Day at Gold Beach, and later in the Philippines. He promised God he would never volunteer for anything again. And he didn’t.

Arthur retired from Colonial Baking Company after 23 years, then was employed by Ben’s Exxon, and Morgan Hinges, Inc.

He was a member of Clinton Methodist Church and an enthusiastic amateur radio operator.

He leaves many friends in Clinton and Little Rock to cherish his memory.

Memorial service was 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Clinton United Methodist Church with Paster George Odell officiating. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Larry Wood

Larry Duane Wood, 57, of Fairfield Bay, passed away Dec. 9, 2013. He was born in Clinton and was an avid bluegrass musician, hunter, fisherman, Nascar fan and was a member of the VFW. He also honorably served his country in the Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Lee Wood and Addie Mae Johnson Wood, and his son, Abran Leroy Wood. Larry was also preceded in death by his in-laws, Albert and Deva Morris. He is survived by his wife, Katie Wood of the home; sons Jerry Wood and wife Shana of Shirley, Clayton Wood of Little Rock; daughters Miranda Morrison and husband Brent of Little Rock and Kayla Wood of Shirley; grandson Braxton Morrison of Little Rock; brothers James Wood and Jason Wood of Shirley; and sisters Debbie Veach of Mountain View and Doris Zimmerman of Washington, Ill.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Shirley First Baptist Church 11 a.m. with Bro. Eddie Ragsdale and Bro. Timmy White officiating. Internment followed at Davis Special Cemetery in Fairfield Bay. Funeral services entrusted to Clinton Funeral Service, www.clintonfuneralservice.com.

Wanda Weatherly

Wanda Alice Gray Weatherly has died in Broken Bow, Neb. She was born April 18, 1924.

She was preceded in death by husband Harry Harlan Weatherly and infant son Donald. Survivors include son Harlan Dean Weatherly (Corrine), daughter Sharron Liebhart (Freddy); nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren’

Wanda was active in Van Buren County EH Club and the Van Buren County Fair for 25 years before returning to Nebraska.

Death notice

Betty M. Hodge Pate Hickam, 77, of Abilene, Texas, formerly of Clinton, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

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