Clay County Living


Miriam “Myra” Luter, 85, of Corning, passed away February 6, 2016, at the Corning Therapy & Living Center. She was born on February 26, 1930, in Crockett, AR, and was the daughter of the late Millard and Minnie Curry. She was united in marriage to Elvin Mearl Parrish in 1946 and to this union six children were born. She married Woodrow Luter in 1968. He preceded her in death in 1975. She was also preceded in death by her son, Wayne Parrish; her grandchildren, Verlisa Hampton and Ronald Hampton, Jr.; her siblings, M.L. Curry, Thelma Childers, Bertha Clemons, Leona Parrish, Lela Cox, and Georgia Bolen. Survivors include her children: Donna Hampton and husband Ronnie of Belleville, IL, Pam Bradberry and husband Terry of McDougal, Theresa Kilbreath and husband Danny of Mc-Dougal, Dana Hill and husband David of Wynne, and Tonya Hudgens and husband Steve of Sherwood; grandchildren: Erica Hampton, Jamie Smith, Melanie Stormes, Benjamin Bradberry, Jamie Bradberry, Kenni Rae Foster, Marcus Kilbreath, Morgan Hill, James Samuel Walls, Miriam Alexandria Walls, and Lauren Walls; five great-grandchildren: Madison Williams, Ryan Stormes, Ally Kilbreath, Wes Kilbreath, and Zowie Smith; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral was held at Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home Sunday, Feb. 7, with a graveside service following at Corning Cemetery. 

Jennifer Wren, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister, age 46, passed away February 6, 2016. Jennifer was born April 4, 1969, in Pocahontas, to Charles B. And Cathy Byrd Johnson. Jennifer lived much too short a life, but she lived everyday to the fullest and made every day count. Jennifer was a selfless person with a generous giving spirit. Jennifer is survived by her husband Steve Wren, daughters Jacqueline (Shawn) Snyder, Autumn (David) Steimel, Serena (Andrew) Fontenoy, granddaughter Madeline Snyder and a grandson on the way. Siblings Jeanetta Shiell, Charlie Johnson, Terry Johnson, Tim Johnson and mother-in-law Wilma Wren. She is preceded in death by her mother Cathy Byrd Johnson, grandparents Richard and Iva Byrd, Brandon and Ruby Johnson, and father-in-law Dan Joe Wren. Visitation is Wednesday, February 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel in Pocahontas. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, February 11, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Engelberg at 11 a.m. with Father Mark Woods and Father Athanasius Okeiyi officiating. Internment will be at St. John’s Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers: Charlie Johnson, Terry Johnson, Tim Johnson, Shawn Snyder, David Steimel, Andrew Fontenoy, Paul Shiell, Doyle Nalley and James Little. 

Sharon Annette DuBois, 80, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016, at Canehill Residence in Lincoln, AR. She was born on September 15, 1935 in Corning. She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard DuBois, one daughter, Lisa Ann James, and one sister, Jena Roberson. Survivors include one son, Britt James and wife Sherrie of Fayetteville and their children, Chris, Matt and Lauren. One daughter, Joni Ragsdale and husband Alan of Kingsport, TN and their son, Cameron, and several loving nieces and nephews. A private memorial service will be held at a later date at the Fayetteville National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road., Springdale, AR 72762.

Mary McNeely, 79, of Fairdealing, MO, passed away February 4, 2016, at Current River Nursing Home in Doniphan, MO. Mrs. McNeely was a homemaker and a member of Oxly Pentecost Church in Oxly, MO. Survivors include brothers Charley Noah McNeely of Belton and Joe Eugene McNeely of Denver, Co; nieces and nephews Judy Reyes, Jackie Maine, Tina (Randy) Johnson, Glendle (Wendy) Overbey, Jerry (Carolyn) McNeely, Brenda (John) Dodge, Paula (Don) Eiflang, Charley McNeely, Jr., Robin McNeely, Valerie McNeely, and Lavoine Beck; and many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents Clarence and Osa (Turner) McNeely; and siblings Lucy Hayes, Frankie McNeely, Ellen McNeely, Mazel Overbey, Paul McNeely, Samuel McNeely; and nieces and nephews Sharee McNeely, Jim Overbey, and Tammy Gaye McNeely. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 6, at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning with Rev. Jeff McConnaughey officiating. Burial followed in Eaton Cemetery in Naylor.

Karen Arnold, 67, of Corning, passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at St. Bernard’s Medical Center in Jonesboro. Mrs. Arnold was born May 29, 1948, in Knobel. She worked for Monroe in Paragould and enjoyed crafts. Survivors are son William (Lisa) Naney of Rector; siblings Connie Stormes of Knobel, Lavadna Farmer of Knobel, Lula Taylor of Jonesboro, Kathy Smith of Knobel, and Michael Archer of Paragould; grandchildren April Green and Autumn (Nick) Dillon; and great grandchildren Hayley Naney, Libby Green, and Jaxon Dillon. She was preceded in death by parents William Everett and Verna Lucille (Arnold) Archer; daughter Kimberly Hartwig; grandson Jeremy Price; and siblings Billy Archer, Tywanua Hyde, Jackie Durbie, and Cecelia Merideth. Visitation will be Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning. Funeral service will follow at the funeral home at 2 p.m. with Pastor Herbert Ellis officiating. Burial will be in Hosea Cemetery in Knobel.