Clay County Living


Alma Ruth Brady was born September 17, 1921, daughter of James William and Alma Baker Nettles at Pollard. She departed this life to meet her Lord and Savior, October 22, 2014 at Piggott Community Hospital at the age of 93 years 1 month and 5 days. On July 22, 1939, she was married to William Roy Brady, Sr., “Brother Brady” as he was known to many. Together, they served the Lord diligently through many years in local church and association work until he preceded her in death on August 5, 2003. They were married for over 60 years, nurturing and guiding their two children William Roy Brady, Jr. and Mary Lou Richardson. Her expectation for excellence was legendary in the classroom, where 35 years of students passed under her care at the Piggott School District before her retirement in 1980. Even afterwards, she participated in the Clay County Retired Teachers and Arkansas Retired Teachers Association. She was a ready servant and a model for young women as she served her Lord faithfully in many areas of His work, most recently as a member of the Grace Missionary Baptist Church. Rarely was she seen without a Bible beside her chair at home and was renowned for her fellowship cooking. She treasured her family and is survived by her son William Roy (Dorothy) Brady, Jr., Dry Prong, LA; daughter Mary Lou (Virgil) Richardson, Corning; grandchildren are William Roy (Becky) Brady, III, Pineville, LA, Beth (Paul) Pittman, Carrollton, TX, Sarah Richardson, Alexander, AR, Dianna Richardson, Corning, and Laura (Bobby) Shipman, Jonesboro; great- grandchildren Rhonda (Josh) McKinley, Paragould, Jacob Simpson, Corning, Samantha (Derek) Baum and Courtney (James) Garland of Pineville, LA, Bobby Lee, Anna, and William Brady Shipman, Jonesboro, Ben and Rachel Pittman of Carrollton, TX; also four great-great grandsons, Caleb, Aaron, and Malachi McKinley and Brady Baum. Besides these she also leaves many relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, October 25, 2014, in Hoggard & Sons Chapel with Eld. Mike Chadwick, Eld. Eddie Gene Wright, and Eld. John Knott officiating. Burial in New Hope Cemetery in Pollard. Pallbearers Billy Brady, Paul Pittman, Bobby Shipman, Bobby Lee Shipman, Jacob Simpson, Josh McKinley and Wil Shipman. Honorary pallbearers are Preachers, Deacons, and wives of Arkansas Missionary Baptist Association of Churches. Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home of Piggott directed arrangements. 

Sharon Y. Travis of near Imboden was born in Leachville February 12, 1949 daughter of Buster and Bonnie Walls. She died in her home surrounded by family and friends Saturday, October 25, 2014. She was 65. She married the love of her live Mabern Travis in 1965 and they were happily married for 49 years. Survivors are her husband, Mabern S. Travis; two children Malvern Devon Travis and Sherry Michele Travis Russom; grandchildren Douglas Travis, Sara Teaster, Tara Teaster McLain, Starlan Teaster, Amy Travis, Gabriel Travis and great grandchildren Sadie Travis, Samuel Teaster, Sophii Travis and Aria McLain; two brothers Laney Walls and Dewayne Walls; one sister Patricia Williams. Memorial services will be held Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at Gravesville Church on Highway 90 outside Pocahontas.

Mrs. Dorothy True (Barnett) Lane, formerly of Poplar Bluff, was born August 5, 1923 near Knobel, daughter of Leroy I. and Grace (Smith) Barnett. She died Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Green Acres Nursing Home in Paragould. She was 91. She was married to her husband of 64 years, Charles N. Lane on August 24, 1945 by Reverend C.W. Goode in Piggott. He preceded her in death on September 24, 2009. A retired public school teacher having taught in Arkansas and Missouri, she earned her BSE at Arkansas State and her ME at Ole Miss and was a member of First Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff. She is survived by one sister Ann Arnold Hamlett of Corning and many dear nieces and nephews and several wonderful “church daughters” and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three infant daughters Carolyn Dianne, Rebecca Jane and Rosanne; three brothers Charles Clyde, Larry L. and Leroy I. Barnett Jr.; and one sister Rosemary Lawson. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Ermert Funeral Home Chapel with Reverends Bill Vail and Jerry Arnold officiating. Burial in Bond Cemetery in Knobel. Sign online condolences at