Obituaries

Mrs. Edna Roark, 88, of Corning, went to be with her Lord surrounded by her loving family Friday, Sept. 23, at Corning Therapy and Living Center. Mrs. Roark was born in Naylor, MO., on Sept. 4, 1928. She was a homemaker, she enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, fishing, yard sales, playing piano, sing and spending time with her loving family. She was a member of the Apostolic Fellowship Church in McDougal. She is survived by three sons Jerry Wayne (Debra) Roark of Doniphan, MO., Tony (Pam) Roark of Corning, Wendell (Mary Jo) Roark of Corning; two daughters Linda (Aaron) Naumann of St. Charles, MO., Nancy Oliver of Hot Springs; one brother Sonny Rigdon of McDougal; five sisters Melda Karnes of Corning, Mamie Adams of McDougal, Fern Bartlett of Malvern, Barbara DeMay of East Prairie, MO., Loretta Blankenship of Union City, TN.; twelve grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Carl Lee Roark, her parents Jess Vinson and Alice Arthur (Campbell) Rigdon; brother J.V. Rigdon; sister Daisy Robinson; granddaughter Jamey Hovis and son-in-law Ronnie Oliver. Funeral services were Tuesday at Ermert Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Herbert Ellis officiating. Burial followed at Post Oak Cemetery in McDougal.

Lois Colleen Vallance, 80, of Knobel passed away September 25, 2016 at home. Mrs. Vallance was a homemaker who enjoyed traveling, fishing, and taking care of her family. She was of the Pentecostal faith. On March 28, 1958 she married Rev. Kelsey Vallance. He survives. Other survivors are children Anthony (Kim) Vallance of Knobel, Angelia (Bob) Ryan of Paragould, and Lola (Rick) Holt of Knobel; brothers Stanley and Keith Stormes both of Knobel; sisters Bea Wyatt of Knobel and Bennie Earls of Poplar Bluff, MO; six grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Ben and Madie Stormes; sisters Betty Hudson and Ellen Hill; niece Cheryl Ramsey; and and nephews Brad Wyatt, Greg Stormes, Steve Earls, and David Hudson. Graveside service was Wedneday at Hosea Cemetery in Knobel with Rev. Kelsey Vallance officiating.

Billy Anders, 69, of Peach Orchard passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016, at home. Mr. Anders was employed by Tom’s Tuck Pointing, a foreman for Utility Water Works, and former Mayor of Peach Orchard. He enjoyed fishing and boating with his friends. He was of the Church of Christ faith. On March 13, 1996 he married Marsha Anders. She survives. Other survivors are sons Ray Anders of Neelyville, MO and Tony Forehand; daughter Jammy Vallance of Corning; grandchildren Blake Carter and Haley Anders; and sister-in-law Pat Bastion of Conway. Preceded in death by parents Bud Anders and Nancy Tucker; and brother Harlin Bastion. Graveside service was Wednesday at Pirtle Cemetery in Peach Orchard with Denny Stormes officiating.

Zelda Fay Hicks, 82, of Corning passed away September 20, 2016 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. Mrs. Hicks was born December 9, 1933 in Piggott, AR the daughter of Jewell and Edith (Parrish) Robinson. She was a retired dental assistant and of the Baptist faith. On August 15, 1974 she married Doyle Hicks. He survives. Other survivors include children Elizabeth Carter of Corning and Bobby (Mary) Hicks of Paragould; grandchildren Bryan (Kendall) Baker, Brandy Baker, Christine Hicks, and Winter Hicks; great grandchildren Jayden Chilton, Nathan, Simon, and Oliver Baker; niece Rhonda Phillips of Piggott; and nephew Jay Lynn Rigdon of Corning. She was preceded in death by her parents; son Steve Welty; sister Janice Rigdon; and nephew Ronnie Rigdon. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 22 at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Lavern Reed officiating. Burial will be in Corning Cemetery in Corning.

Thomas E. “Gene” Beal, 85, of Conway, Arkansas, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 26, 2016. He was born October 3, 1930 in Rector, Arkansas to Claud and Olive Beal. Gene is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Martha Butler Beal, of Conway. Survivors also include two daughters, Paula Newton (Bud) of Magnolia, Texas; Karen Millican (Gary) of El Dorado, Arkansas; two sons, David Beal of Russellville, Arkansas; and Stephen Beal (Tabitha) of Conway; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Claud and Olive Beal and his brother, Reverend Jim Beal. Gene was an avid sports fanatic who especially loved watching the Arkansas Razorbacks and St. Louis Cardinals. When his son, David, committed to play football for Texas A&M, he became a devoted Texas A&M Aggie and #neveryielded. Gene also loved camping with his family and friends. He was known for his sense of humor and ability to tell a good story or joke, even Aggie jokes. He never met a stranger and made life-long friends with everyone he met. He loved good gospel music, especially the Gaithers. Gene was a firm believer in the power of prayer and was a vigilant prayer warrior for his family and anyone he knew had a need. He wanted to be remembered as a man who loved the Lord and his family dearly. A celebration of life service for Gene will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 29, at Woodland Heights Baptist Church, 4215 Prince Street, Conway, Arkansas. Friends and family are invited to share memories with the family following the service in the fellowship hall. A private graveside service for family members and close friends will take place on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 West Maryland Avenue, Sherwood, Arkansas. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Arkansas Association; RHS Helping Hands Foundation; or organization of your choice. Arrangements by Smith – North Little Rock Funeral Home. Online guests register at SmithFamilyCares.com.