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Obituaries (Week of Jan. 18, 2016)

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Emogene Cothren

Emogene Cothren was born to Eugene and Kitty (Parker) Reese on Nov. 2, 1926 in Nathan, Ark., and passed away peacefully Jan. 14 at home after battling cancer and dementia for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Cothren; her parents, and three brothers, Clyde Reese, Norman Reese, and Dillard Reese.

Emogene married at age 17 to John and was married for 68 years. Their home and place of employment for 40 years was Gary, Ind. John served in WWII while Emogene lived with a sister-in-law (Genava) and worked in the tin mill during the war years.

Later she worked at Emerson High School on noon supervision and as a teacher’s aide.  Also, she was treasurer for the church that they attended while living in Indiana.

Upon John’s retirement from U.S. Steel, they returned to Nathan where they have lived the last 30 years raising cattle, renewing friendships, and getting re-acquainted with relatives still in the area.

Emogene attended Biggs Chapel Methodist Church and was involved with home ec., seniors, the newspaper, and Eastern Star.

Her passion was family and of course giving her two granddaughters advice!

She is survived by her son – Johnny D. Cothren; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Hensley and Andrea Creek; and many nieces and nephews.   

Elizabeth and husband Kevin have five children (Sam, Abe, and Jud, twins Mack and Myah), all living in Winterset, Iowa; Andrea and husband, Rusty, have two children (Sadie and Josie) all living in Wes Harrison, Ind.                          

Graveside services will be Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Academy Cemetery in Nathan. Visitation will be from 2-2:30 p.m. at Biggs Chapel Church under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.

A special thanks to those that helped the past 10 years, and the young ladies who worked to help Emogene stay at home.

Any memorials may be made to Biggs Chapel or Academy Cemetery.

You may send an online sympathy message to www.latimerfuneralhome.com.

Juanita M. Dillard

Juanita M. Dillard, 93, of Saratoga, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.

She was born Sept. 24, 1922 in Saratoga, the daughter of the late Henry and Ever

Buffington Holland.

She was a retired postal clerk for the Saratoga Post Office and was a member of the Saratoga Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley M. Dillard, Jr.    

Survivors include: her son, Thomas McElroy Dillard and wife, Debbie, of Saratoga; and grandchildren.

Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at Herndon Pharr Funeral Home in Hope. Graveside services were Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 at 2 p.m. at  the Saratoga Cemetery with David Raulerson and James Clinton McJunkins officiating under the direction of Herndon Pharr Funeral Home of Hope.

William Andrew Hardin

William Andrew ‘Bill’ Hardin, 75, of De Queen, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at his home.

He was born in Pontotoc, Miss., on May 14, 1940, the son of Mary Catherine Lambert Hardin and the late Andrew Crosley Hardin.

He was retired from Poulan Weedeater, and was a member of the Rusty Relic Tractor Club in Nashville.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Melissa Hardin.

Survivors include: his wife of 51 years, Verdna Weeks Hardin of De Queen; a son, Shawn Lee Hardin and wife, Julie, of Hot Springs; two daughters, Michele Turner and husband, Kent, of Newhope, and Rebekah Bearden and husband, Marty, of Umpire; his mother; two brothers, Michael Hardin of Guntown, Miss., and Rick Hardin of Pontotoc, Miss.; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Carlton and Rev. Larry Moore officiating. Burial followed in the Clear Creek Cemetery, Horatio, Ark., under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen.

Send an online sympathy message at chandlerfuneral.com.