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Faye Clayton

WYNNE — Mrs. Faye Gailey Clayton, 84, of Wynne, died on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Faye was born in Hamlin on Oct. 24, 1937, to Bernice and Rosa Stutts Gailey.

She was a homemaker, enjoyed her coffee group and loved her family. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors are her sons, John Timothy Clayton of Wynne, Michael Owen Clayton and wife Nelly of Austin, Texas; daughter, Rose Ann Rolland and husband Randy of The Woodlands, Texas; grandchildren, Randi Nicole Rolland Sarmiento and husband Gilbert of The Woodlands, Texas, Katelyn Clayton Brown and husband, Matt of Wynne, Rebecca Elisabeth Clayton of Austin, Texas; great-grandchildren, Clayton Ryan Sarmiento, Olivia Rose Sarmiento, Gailey Kate Brown and Evelyn Thomas Brown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Clayton; son, William Gailey Clayton; and parents, Bernice and Rosa Gailey.

Pallbearers will be Gilbert Sarmiento, Matt Brown, Gary Wood, Chris Wood, Dr. Ricky Price and Brad McKnight.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until service time on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at the First United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with burial in Union Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Matt Carter will officiate.

Kernodle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

You may sign an online guestbook at www.kernodlefh.com

June Moody

BAY — June Lamberson Moody, 70, of Bay passed away Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at St. Bernards Medical Center.

She was born June 25, 1951, in Jonesboro to the late Verlin and Betty Lamberson.

June was a member of Bay Church of Christ. She enjoyed crafts, traveling, shopping and her favorite basketball team, the Bay Yellow Jackets. Most of all, June loved her family and friends and spending time with them. She and her family always had big family get-togethers on the holidays.

In addition to her parents, June was preceded in death by her brother, Tommy Lamberson.

Survivors include her husband, Steve Moody of the home; two sons, Ben (Carolyn) Towery of Bay and Josh (Tonya) Towery of Bay; daughter, April (Alan) Blankenship of Olive Branch Miss.; five grandchildren, Brooke Blankenship of Olive Branch, Brenden (Montana) Blankenship of Byhalia Miss., Tiffany (Nathan) Smith of Albany, Ga., Lane Brewer of Bay and Kristen Towery of Bay; three stepchildren, Stephanie Moody of Portia, Michael Moody of Jonesboro and Johnny (Melissa) Moody of Paragould; seven stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Emerson Memorial Chapel with Mark Spencer and Marvin Rickett officiating. Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with active pallbearers being Eddie Martin, Allen McCoy, Jack Knight, Gary Lamberson, Russell Hall and Terry Hall.

Bay class of 1969 and Blake and Brett Lamberson will be honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

For lasting memorials the family asks that consideration be given to Susan G. Komen Foundation, Komen.org.

Online guestbook: www.emersonfuneralhome.com

Enjoying the leaves

Thelma Carroll and her brother Art Baldinger of Jonesboro spent some time enjoying the colorful leaves on Tuesday afternoon at Craighead Forest Park. They said they moved to Jonesboro with their family many years ago and fell in love with the park, so now they like to meet their siblings there when they can and just enjoy the scenery.

Billy Barker

JONESBORO — Billy Gene Barker, 78, departed this life on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. He was born in Trumann and lived most of his life in the Trumann and Jonesboro areas.

Billy was a member of Family Fellowship in Jonesboro. Billy was a Army veteran of the Vietnam era and was retired from Verizon after 30 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Peggy Barker; two brothers, Jerry Barker and Dennis Barker; and his parents, Andrew Jackson Jr. and Mary Dean Lafarlett Barker.

He is survived by his wife, Deb Barker of the home; one son, Tony (Lisa) Barker of Stafford, Va.; two grandchildren, Kelsie Barker of Benton and Taylor Barker of Fort Smith; three brothers, Richard Barker of Paragould, Donald Barker and John Barker, both of Jonesboro; four sisters, Gaye Parish of Bay, Wanda Lamkin, Kathy Limpach and Linda Hogue, all of Jonesboro.

Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. today, Nov. 18, in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Dr. Ferrel Duffel officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please send lasting memorials to Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews Ave., Jonesboro 72401.

In compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, a mask or other facial covering is optional and social distancing will be observed.

An online register book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

Bicyclist hit by car, dies

JONESBORO — A homeless Jonesboro man was struck on his bicycle and killed Tuesday night at 1408 E. Nettleton Ave., according to the Jonesboro police.

Matthew McGuire, 42, was riding eastbound on Nettleton Avenue when he was struck by a 2011 Ford Focus driven by a 17-year-old girl, who hasn’t been charged in the fatal accident.

In other JPD reports:

A 32-year-old homeless woman told police that a 32-year-old man beat her, pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her, according to police. The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in the 2100 block of Cedar Heights Drive.

A 21-year-old Jonesboro woman reported to police that she was struck several times Tuesday afternoon by an 18-year-old Jonesboro man. The suspect could be charged with third-degree domestic battery against a pregnant woman.

A 31-year-old man reported that a 32-year-old woman picked up his children Tuesday and left in an unknown direction. The children are a 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, according to police.

A 27-year-old Jonesboro man reported that someone stole his vehicle early Tuesday and took several items in the 900 block of Links Circle. The 2012 Hyundai Sonata was recovered in Bono. Taken were items totaling $553.

A 19-year-old Arkansas State University student reported a vehicle break-in Tuesday evening in the 4800 block of Reserve Drive. Stolen were items totaling $920.

$75,000 bond set for stabbing suspect

JONESBORO — District Judge David Boling found probable cause Wednesday to charge a Jonesboro man with first-degree battery with use of a weapon after being accused of stabbing a victim multiple times.

Ramon Romero, 37, was also charged with fleeing.

Boling set a $75,000 bond for Romero.

In other cases, Boling found probable cause to charge:

Brittany Brumley, 31, of Keiser, with possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of property and failure to appear; total bond $8,000.

Haley Cofield, 40, of Jonesboro, with possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams; $2,500 bond.

Latasha Woods, 37, of Jonesboro, with possession of a Schedule I or II drug not meth or cocaine with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule IV or V drug with purpose to deliver and parole violation; $15,000 bond.

Brian Moore, 33, of Jonesboro, with theft of a credit or debit card; $2,500 bond.

Keith Peel, 53, of Jonesboro, with possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and parole violation; $7,500 bond.

Randel Scott, 28, of Forrest City, with probation violation and failure to appear; total bond $6,000.

Jonathon Wainwright, 42, of Bald Knob, with probation violation; $75,000 bond.

Wallace announces re-election bid

LEACHVILLE — Arkansas State Sen. Dave Wallace, R-Leachville, announced he will seek re-election to the Arkansas State Senate seat he has held since 2017.

“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of my district for the last four years,” said Wallace. “I look forward to getting a chance to discuss my record and accomplishments as we approach the election in 2022.”

Wallace serves as the chairman of the Senate Children and Youth Committee, which works with the appropriate agencies of Arkansas, agencies of the United States government and the Congress of the United States in the exchange and dissemination of information and in the development of legislation designed to coordinate planning and to find new ways to prevent both the young and elderly from falling through the cracks of our state bureaucracy.

Wallace also serves as the chairman of the Public Health – Senate Labor & Environment Subcommittee and the Arkansas Legislative Council-Personnel Committee and as vice-chairman of the Joint Budget Committee, and on the Public Health, Welfare, and Labor Committee; Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development Committee; Legislative Joint Auditing, Arkansas Legislative Council; Public Health – Senate Health Services; Child Maltreatment Investigations Oversight Committee; ALC-JBC Personnel; JBC-Personnel; ALC-Game & Fish/State Police; Legislative Joint Auditing – State Agencies; Committee of the Whole – Senate; ALC-Administrative Rules.

US airman shot down over Romania in WWII is accounted for

BOSTON (AP) — An airman from Massachusetts who was shot down over Romania during World War II has been accounted for, the military said Wednesday.

U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Charles G. McMackin, 26, was accounted for in August 2020, according to a statement from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, but the announcement was not made until Wednesday because his family was only recently briefed on the situation.

The agency said McMackin was from Boston, but according to news clippings from the time of his death, he was from Revere, just north of Boston.

McMackin was the bombardier on a B-24 Liberator that participated in Operation Tidal Wave on Aug. 1, 1943, a massive bombing mission against the oil fields and refineries at Ploiesti, Romania, considered crucial to the Nazi war effort, according to the the agency.

His plane crashed as a result of enemy anti-aircraft fire, and his remains were not identified following the war. Remains of American personnel that could not be identified were buried in a cemetery in Romania and later moved to a cemetery in Belgium.

The remains were exhumed in 2017 and sent to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for examination and identification.

McMackin’s remains were identified using dental and anthropological analysis, as well as mitochondrial DNA analysis.

McMackin will be buried April 14 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.


This story has been corrected to reflect that the remains were identified in August 2020, not August 2021, and that McMackin was from Revere, not Boston, according to news clippings from the time of this death.