Vernon Gene Hightower, age 63, of Ash Flat died Saturday, October 11 at the Arkansas Childrens Hospital Burn Unit due to complications from an accident. Vernon was a retired construction worker. He was born January 6, 1951 in Batesville to the late William and Mary (Inman) Hightower.
Vernon is survived by his son; Michael Hightower; grandson, Christian Hightower, and a brother Jerrell Hightower.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and a brother.
A memorial service was held Friday, October 17 at 10 a.m. at the Franklin Fire Department. Inurnment followed at 2 p.m. in the Agnos Cemetery.

Paul William Buck was born the son of Gene Merlin Buck and Norma Jean (Collins) Buck on February 14, 1954, in Janesville, Wisconsin. He departed this life February 2, 2014, at his residence in Franklin, at the age of 59 years. He was united in marriage on March 28, 2013 in Highland, to Lora R. Umphries.
He is survived by his wife, his mother, his four daughters, Dawn Borchardt and husband, Shawn, of Custer, South Dakota, Tara Ritter and husband Steve of Rockaway Beach, Missouri, Cherish Buck of Tacoma, Washington and Nicole Peters and husband William of Wahiawa, Hawaii, his son, Cory Wright and wife Jeri of St. Louis, Missouri, stepchildren, Clarence Bricker III and wife Lesley and Crystal Ping and husband Josh, both of Terre Haute, Indiana. Twenty grandchildren were shared by Paul and Lora. Paul is also survived by two brothers, John Buck and wife Karen of Broadhead, Wisconsin, and James Buck and wife Cynthia of Violet Hill, two sisters, Sue Miller and husband Lance of Glencoe, and Mary Smith and husband Rocky of Violet Hill, several nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, and nephew Simon R. Buck (son of James and Cynthia Buck.) Paul worked in the construction and carpentry business most of his life. He enjoyed doing woodworking activities for family and friends. Earlier in his life he worked at a charcoal plant in Missouri for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors and and loved walks in the woods, gardening with Lora and fishing. His main purpose in these later years was to know the Lord and to do as God had directed him to do.
He was a member of the Word Works Ministries Church of Highland, and will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, as well as a loyal friend. He will truly be missed by all.
There will be two memorials for Paul, one at the Word Works Ministries in Highland, on Sunday, February 23, with Rev. Joan Counts officiating and the other at the Assembly of God in Horseshoe Bend, on Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m., with Rev. Berlin Walker officiating.

Glenna Allene Hargis Grills daughter of the late Allie Clarence Hargis and Nora Lee Henderson was born on December 11, 1924 in Larkin, Arkansas. She departed this life on November 9, 2013 at her home in Melbourne, Arkansas at the age of 88 years and 11 months. She was united in marriage to Joseph Clyde Grills on October 13, 1941. She spent her life as a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In her working years she was employed as the manager of a fabric store. She was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years: Joseph Clyde Grills of the home; two daughters: Kathryn and husband Silas Ogilvie of Melbourne and Leta Jo Shrable of Melbourne; eight grand children: Tim Shrable, Leta Gay Byram, Vicki Vines, Cindy Lillard, Michael Ogilvie, Sonya Dockins, Christy Haley, Keith Ogilive; sixteen great-grandchildren: Katlyn Shrable, Sydney Shrable, Sophie Shrable, Chelsea Wallis, Nicole Vines, Ashton Bryam, Shelbie Bryam, Charlee Jo Bryam, Zachary Dockins, Keeley Jo Massey, Drayson Gillihan, Andrew Haley, Aleisha Ogilvie, Andria Ogilvie, and Abbey Orf; one great-great-grandchild: Alyssa Fairve. She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 11 at 10 a.m. at Howard Memorial Funeral Chapel in Melbourne with Doyne Robertson and Jess Sumerall officiating. Burial was held at Old Philadelphia Cemetery under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne. Visitation was Sunday, November 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Pallbearers: Jerry McFarland, Bob Rector, Jason Lawrence, Jerry Williams, Paul Cooper, Roy Bookout.
Honorary Pallbearers: Bill Cooper, Boyce Gillihan, James Haney, Norris Grills, Don Grills, Donald Black.

U.S. Veteran Nicholas Allen Bailey, of Franklin, Arkansas, son of Rita White Bailey and the late Neal Bailey and grandson of the late Vernie Bailey and Barney Joe White, was born September 21, 1979 in Calico Rock. He departed this life September 2, in Horseshoe Bend, at the age of 32 years and 12 days.
Bailey was a 1988 graduate of Izard County Consolidated High School. He went on to attend college at University of Central Arkansas and Ozarka College. Later he was employed by Crown Point Resort in Horseshoe Bend. He was of the Assembly of God faith and a member of the Horseshoe Bend Assembly of God Church.
He is survived by his mother: Rita White Bailey and Tracy Sanders of Guion; his paternal grandmother: Marie Bailey Walker and husband Maurice Walker of Franklin; his maternal grandmother: Walase White and husband Cecil White of Cave City; one brother: Dustin Bailey and wife Melanie of Boonville; two nieces and one nephew: Meghan Bailey, Hannah Bailey and Ethan Bailey; his maternal aunt: Judy Sanders and husband Lyle of Franklin; cousins: Nathan Sanders and daughter Lilly, and Alissa Sanders Foyt and husband Doug and daughter Izzy; maternal aunt: Sharon “Pop” McCormack and husband Ken of Cave City; maternal uncle: Joe White and wife Vicky of Cabot and paternal uncle: Lonnie Bailey and wife Trish of Ash Flat and a host of other relatives and many good friends.
He was preceded in death by his father; one aunt: Sharon Bailey and his paternal and maternal grandfathers.
Graveside funeral service was Sunday, September 9, at 2 p.m. at Roberts Cemetery  in Franklin under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne with Verlin Walker officiating.
Visitation was Saturday, September 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Daniel Bohannon, Tommy Billingsley, Brandon Billingsley, Jonathan Williams, Brian Wiseman, Logan Delargy.

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