Obituaries

Billie Jean Fortenberry, 87, of Corning passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. Mrs. Fortenberry was born July 9, 1929, in Corning. She was retired from Basler Electric and enjoyed going to yard sales, spending time with family, and wildlife watching. She attended First Christian Church in Corning. Survivors are children Billy Ray (Doris) Wiedeman, Jeanine Sexton, and Marie (Steve) Fey all of Corning; grandchildren Sherrie Taylor, Eric, Tim, and Todd Reynolds; and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Alfred and Emma (Douglas) Walker; brother Herman (Virginia) Walker; sisters Helen (Melvin) Ennis, Valetta (Red) Sumpter, Mozell (Edward) Braken, and Nellie (Omer) Arnold; and half-brother Roy Stroyable. Visitation will be at 12-noon Saturday, July 30, at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning. Funeral service will follow at 1 in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Herbert Ellis officiating. Burial will be in Corning Cemetery. Online condolences: www.ermertfuneralhome.com

Mrs. Velma Lucille Williams, 91, of Corning, passed away, Friday, July 22, 2016, surrounded by family in Paragould, AR. Mrs. Williams was born in Neelyville, MO., on December 16, 1924. She was a homemaker; who enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved gardening, listening to Gospel Music, and reading her Bible. She was a longtime member of the Moark Baptist Church. She married her husband of 49 years Louie Williams on May 4, 1954. He preceded her in death on March 11, 2004. She is survived by three daughters Brenda Whitman of Paragould, Sharon Moore of Maynard, Adena Bailey of Paragould; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents John W. and Ada Bell (Warren) White; one son, Bill Duff; four brothers, Raymond White, J.H. White, Melvin White, Marvin White; and two sisters, Ida Burnett and Betty Stephens. Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 25, 2016, at 10 a.m. in the Ermert Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jerry Arnold officiating. Burial followed the services at Williams Cemetery in Corning. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Williams Cemetery Association.

Claude Alan Conner, 68, Qulin, MO passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016, at John J. Pershing V.A. Hospital in Poplar Bluff, MO. He was born on May 16, 1948, in Qulin, he married Maxine Bell, who survives. Also surviving is his mother Jamima Conner of Qulin; two sons: Don Conner and wife Lena of Fairdealing, MO, and Jeremy Conner and wife Kellie of Cape Girardeau, MO; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; three sisters: Carolyn Dunivan of Cape Girardeau, Cheryl (Susie) Farley and husband Layman of Crockett, AR, and Sandi Kinghorn and husband Ted of Escondida, CA. Mr. Conner was preceded in death by his father and two brothers: Dennis Michael Conner and Donald David Conner. Mr. Conner served in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam era where he was awarded the Bronze Star and a Commendation Medal with “V” device. He enjoyed short wave radios, fishing, and his grandchildren. Visiting will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. at the Berger Cemetery near Oglesville, MO, with Rev. Allen Leutert officiating.

Joe Daughhetee, 65, of Maynard passed away July 25, 2016, at home. Born July 13, 1951, in Walnut Ridge, Mr. Daughhetee was a farmer and a rancher. He enjoyed duck hunting, coon hunting, fishing, and clock making. He was of the Pentecostal faith. On January 13, 1973, he married Linda (Brickley) Daughhetee. She survives. Other survivors include his daughters Cheryl (David) Johnson of Pocahontas and Jennifer (Sam) High of Biggers; brother John (Cloyis) Daughhetee of Walnut Ridge; grandchildren Savannah, Dakota, Stacey, and Rayce; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Grady and Mary Jo (Henson) Daughhetee; brothers Gaylin and Jim Daughhetee; and infant grandson Shawn David. Funeral was Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at the funeral home with Frank Hardwick officiating. Burial was in Pirtle Cemetery at Peach Orchard. Online condolences: www.ermertfuneralhome.com

Nick M. Ricker, 77, passed away on July 19, 2016, at home surrounded by loved ones. Nick was born January 12, 1939 in Peach Orchard,to Ben and Wilda  Marsh Ricker. Nick and Cona Faye Ashby were married by J. T. Ashby on May 20, 1960. Nick was a farmer and also worked in the factory for Monroe. He was a member of the Peach Orchard Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Cona Faye Ashby Ricker; children: Cindy (Frank) Bowden of Burgaw, North Carolina, Ben (Tab) Ricker of Knobel, Greg (Sherry) Ricker of Paragould, Scott (Kim) Ricker of Corning; eight grandchildren, Ashley (Jeremy) Cagle, Jessica (Ronnie) French, Jamie (JB) Taylor, Tommie Ricker, Cona (Sean) Coombs, Taylor Bowden, Melanie Ricker, Dalton Ricker; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Jan (Walter Lee) Ball of O’Kean, Sue Gazaway of Pocahontas; and a special family, John and Jim Mangum. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Eugene Gazaway. All services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Funeral service was Friday, July 22, at NcNabb Funeral Home Chapel with J.T. Ashby, Robert Davis and Joshua Dement officating. Burial followed in Pirtle Cemetery with attendant pallbearers Stanley Ashby, Leslie Ashby, Lee Ball, Tim Ashby, Tony Cable, andKevin Cable, and honorary pallbearers Richard Catt, Connie Luttrell and Bill Forbes.