Obituaries 12/17/15

James Edward Boulton

James Edward Boulton, of West Memphis, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Visitation Friday, Dec. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Anthony-West Memphis Funeral Home North Chapel and Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 15th Street Church of God in Christ. Services will follow at 11 a.m. in the church with burial in Marion Memorial Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Annette Boulton of West Memphis; two daughters, Christina Boulton of Memphis and Kiara Boulton Pulliam of West Memphis; two sons, James Edward Boulton, Jr. of Memphis and Jaelen Edward Boulton of West Memphis; two sisters, Lindell Boulton and Dorethea Dupree of Memphis; four brothers, Brown Thomas, Charles Boulton, Walter Boulton of Memphis and Wil Boulton of Pensacola, Florida; and eight grandchildren.

Alice F. Hegwood

Alice F. Hegwood, formally of West Memphis, left us on Monday Dec. 14, 2015, to join her husband, Jerry L. Hegwood Sr. Alice was a beautiful, kind, loving woman… She leaves behind a son, Lamar and his wife, Karen, of Mississippi; a son, Wesley and his wife, Gretchen, of Delaware; and daughter, Charlotte and boyfriend, Ricky, of Virginia. She leaves behind five grandchildren; Elise, Samantha, Harley, Zach, Zoe and a sister, Martha Taggart of Georgia. She is preceded in death by parents, John and Bennie Shaffer; and her husband, Jerry L. Hegwood Sr. Alice was an avid bowler, crafter, and a volunteer at the Long Neck Cheer Center. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Long Neck Cheer Center. In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the Long Neck Cheer Center, 26089 The Shoppes at Long Neck, Unit #7, Millsboro, DE 19966.

Nelson B. Ladd, Jr.

Nelson B. Ladd, Jr., 88, of Heber Springs, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. He was born Oct. 5, 1927, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to Nelson B. Ladd, Sr. and Laura Hayes Ladd. He graduated from Newport High School and attended Arkansas State University. Mr. Ladd was a Navy Veteran of WWII in Guam. After the war he began his career with Esso (Exxon) in 1948. Years later he went into business as an Oil Jobber. He was president of the Arkansas Oil Marketers and president of Eden Isle Corporation. In 1986, Mr. Ladd was appointed the Commissioner of the Arkansas Highway Department of Transportation. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the United Methodist Church in Heber Springs. He loved to travel, camp, boating on the Norfork Lake and Greers Ferry Lake, flying airplanes and hunting. He enjoyed being with his wife, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Ladd is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lona Mae Ladd; daughters Renee Branton of Conway and Nelda Connell of Brownsville, Tennessee (son-in-law Monte Connell); four grandchildren Melanie Sprinkle (Adam), Michelle Lee (Tommy), Monte Connell, Jr. (Anna), Scott Nelson Branton (Kara), nine great-grandchildren; and a half-sister Karen Ladd. There will be a private memorial service. To sign the online guest book please visit:

Dorothy Ricks

Dorothy Ricks, 71, of Memphis passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at Methodist University Hospital. She was a homemaker. Visitation is scheduled for Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wolfe Brothers Chapel. Services Saturday, 11 a.m. at Wolfe Brothers Chapel with burial in Marion Memorial Cemetery. She leaves two daughters, Allison Brown and Nichole Ricks both of Memphis; one son, Kendall East of Memphis; and 6 grandchildren.

Johnnie William Ray Richards Sr.

Johnnie William Ray Richards Sr, 63, of Marion, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Richards was a member of the Upper Room Apostolic Church in Tyronza, and was a lifelong farmer. He is preceded in death by his parents, John Edward and Ellendor Gertrude Sharp Richards. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Martha Richards; 2 sons: Johnnie Richards Jr. and Billy Richards; 2 daughters: Cindy Richards and Amanda Richards; 3 grandchildren: Emilee Rogers, Christopher Richards and Ashley Richards; 3 sisters: Brenda Robinson, Connie Richards and Jeanitta Collins; as well as many family and friends. Funeral services will be held at the Upper Room Apostolic Church in Tyronza on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. Interment will take place at Garden Point Cemetery in Etowah, Arkansas. Memorial donations in his honor may be made to Ronald McDonald House in Memphis.


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