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Chesley O. Nunley

Chesley O. Nunley, 92 of Nashville, Ark., died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 in Nashville.

He was born Feb. 22, 1923 in Logansport, La., to the late Luther and Nellie Mae Hawthorne Nunley.

He was retired from the US Postal Service as a postmaster. He was a Catholic.

He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the US Army, and during his 20-year career he was awarded these medals: the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, American Defense Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, 6 OS Bars, and an Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Laverne Nunley; a sister, Ruth Lofton; and two brothers, Earl and Marvin Nunley.

Survivors include: his wife, Pilar Nunley of Nashville; two sons; Chesley Nunley, Jr. of Killeen, Texas, and Greg Nunley of Rogers, Ark.; three daughters, Bonnie Sue Weaver of Dallas, Debbie K. Bain of Nashville and Donna Jean Matthews of Hot Springs; a brother, Don Nunley of Tyler, Texas; a sister, Nedra Nunley of Longstreet, La.;  also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Services were Thursday Jan. 7, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday night from 5-8 p.m.

Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.

Edmond Heatherly

Edmond ‘Tommy’ Heatherly, 50, of Little Rock, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.

He was born Feb. 26, 1965 in Nashville, the son of the late Earl Randle Heatherly and Phyllis Kay Palmer Heatherly. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Mineral Springs.

Survivors include: two daughters, Alicia Howell and husband, David, of Texarkana, Ark., and and Megan Copeland of Ashdown; a sister, Lori Brown of Bryant; also grandchildren.

Graveside services under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home were Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at Mineral Springs Cemetery with Bro. Ben Jones officiating.

Send an online sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.

Kermit Jamison

Kermit Jamison, 94 of Nashville, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 in Nashville.

He was born March 22, 1921 in Nashville, the son of the late H.A and Mattie Jewell Shofner Jamison. He was a retired teacher and farmer, and was a WWII US Army veteran.

Preceding him in death were his wife Ola Mae Jamison; two brothers, James Jamison and H.L. Jamison.

Survivors include: a son, Gary Jamison and wife, Stacy, of Nashville; two brothers, Val Jamison and Lecil Jamison, both of Nashville; a sister, Delois White of Dallas, Texas; also a granddaughter.

Graveside services were Friday Jan. 8, 2016 at Corinth Cemetery north of Nashville with Philip Turner officiating. The family received friends on Thursday night at the funeral home. Arrangements were under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.

Shannon Ray Cook

Shannon (Shane) Ray Cook, 39 of Nashville, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 in Nashville. He was born Dec. 5, 1976 in De Queen to James and Terry Holcomb Cook.

He was a member of the Center Point Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his parents; and a sister, Brandy Wilson and husband, Shane, of Nashville.

Graveside services were Saturday, Jan. 10, 2016 at Center Point Cemetery with Bro. Alan Davis officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.

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Aaron  Thornton

Aaron Thornton was born on Aug. 13, 1934, to William Marcus Thornton and Ruby Harris Thornton. He passed away Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 in Little Rock, Ark. He had one sister, Mary Sue Long.

He came to Shafter, Calif., to be with his father and he attended Shafter High School where he played football and met Mary Lou Banks, whom he later married. Following high school, he went to work for Shafter Pump. At Shafter Pump he learned an occupation that he would pursue for over 50 years.  In his mid-twenties, he moved to Salinas, Calif., and went to work for The Pump Shop which he later bought and renamed Salinas Pump Company that continues today.

He was a member of many associations such as the Elks Lodge for 47 years, California Groundwater, National Groundwater, and Arkansas Cattleman’s Assoc.

In the 90’s, Aaron returned to his birthplace in Ozan, Ark., and he began establishing his cattle operation that is known today as Big Valley Land and Cattle. He loved his ranch, his cows, and could be seen on most days touring the pastures with a big cigar and a smile. In 2005, Aaron married Carolyn Thornton. They spent many happy days on the ranch in Ozan.

He had a passion for life and had more exciting adventures than most of us could ever imagine. Anyone that knew him also knew that his generosity knew no bounds. He did countless things for many people over the years. His word was his bond and he was never known to shirk a promise. He was a role model for his family and all that knew him. He was a prime example of what someone could achieve with hard work, perseverance, and courage.

Aaron’s mother passed away when he was young and he was essentially raised by his Aunt, Lilly Culpepper. He was preceded in death by wives Mary Lou and Madeline Thornton, his mother and father, and his sister and brother -in-law.

Aaron leaves behind his wife, Carolyn, his children Mark (Pam) Thornton, Rhonda Watras, step-daughter Tammy Chesshir; his grandchildren Aaron (Neena) Thornton, Kristi (Dennis) Thornton-Bicek, Tommy Thornton, Bill Watras, Molly Watras; his great-grandchildren Elizabeth, Jackson, Addison and Blake; his uncle Dalton Harris and numerous cousins. Aaron leaves behind many great friends including Sheba and Milko Smith, Cole James, and Bobby and Jamie Steed.

Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at 3 p.m. in St. Paul Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.

Ralph Clifton England

Ralph Clifton England, 63 of Mineral Springs, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.

He was born April 15, 1952 in Camden, Ark., to the late Fred and Daisy Elizabeth Robertson England, Jr. He was co-pastor of Friendship Church of God in Christ.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bo England.

Survivors include: his wife, Tennie England of Mineral Springs; a daughter, Elizabeth Blankenship and husband, Melvin, of Mineral Springs; also, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 at Friendship Church of God on Jordan Rd. with Rev. Juanita Jackson officiating. Interment followed at Nashville Cemetery.

Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.

Tony Lynn Champion

Tony Lynn Champion, 56, of Dierks, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

He was born Jan. 21, 1959, in Nashville, the son of the late Troy and Iler Barnett Champion. He was a member of the Dierks Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Tim Champion.

Graveside funeral services under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Sunshine Cemetery in Dierks with Mike Moore officiating.

Register on-line at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

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