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Thursday, February 27, 2020

OBITUARY: Pat Lea, former bank executive and ‘Candy Man,’ 91

Harrison P. (Pat) Lea, 91, of Batesville passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. He was born Nov. 25, 1928, in Wooster, Ark. to James Henry Lea and Beryl (Patton) Lea. Pat Lea began his business career at the age of 8, selling newspapers on the street...

Obituary: Jimmy Alvin Simpson, Sr.

Jimmy Alvin Simpson, Sr., the mayor and life-long resident of Diaz, departed this life unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. Jimmy was born on Aug. 16, 1953, in Newport, the son of Jack and Syble Runyon Simpson. He was a...

OBITUARY: Izard County Sheriff William Earnest “Earnie” Blackley

William Earnest "Earnie" Blackley, the sheriff of Izard County, passed away Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was six days shy of his 59th birthday. Blackley served as Chief Deputy under former Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence and was serving his first...

OBITUARY: Larry James Gammill

Larry James Gammill, 46, of Timbo, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Larry James was born on Jan. 3, 1974 in Batesville to Larry Dean and Sylvia May (Cowell) Gammill. Larry was saved at a...