Mother killed in same spot as her 14-year-old son was slain 2 days earlier in Chicago

On Thursday, Chicago police confirmed they were investigating the shooting death of a 31-year-old woman who was slain at the same spot as her 14-year-old son was murdered just days earlier.

The mother, Delisa Tucker, was shot in the chest Wednesday morning near Chicago’s Wentworth Avenue while visiting the location where her 14-year-old son, Kevin Tinker Jr., was slain. Tucker leaves behind five children between the ages of four and 15. Tucker intended to light a candle at the site of her son’s slaying in the early morning hours before being struck by gunfire herself, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan wouldn’t say if they believe the shootings are connected, and indicated no one has been taken into custody as of press time. The 14-year-old victim’s father, Kevin Tinker Sr., described his son as a “good kid” who played basketball and stayed home most of the time with his younger brothers and sisters. But he said that “some violence found him” when he was walking home from a friend’s house.

Police said no witnesses to Delisa Tucker’s slaying had yet been found. Both shootings occurred in the Roseland area of Chicago where police say murders have increased by 48% from last year and 94% from 2019. The area has seen 26 shooting deaths so far in 2021.

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President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden share Thanksgiving message honoring those lost during pandemic

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden sent appreciation to service members who lost their lives during the pandemic in a Thanksgiving video message posted on Twitter.  Biden said: “As we give thanks for what we have, we also keep in our hearts those who we lost, and those who have lost so much. And those who have an empty seat at their kitchen table or their dining room table this year because of this virus or another cruel twist of fate or accident. We pray for them.”

First Lady Jill Biden added: “After being apart last year, we have a new appreciation for those little moments we can’t plan or replicate. The music of laughter in a warm, full kitchen, the thump of small feet making big sounds, the circle of faces crowded around our dining room table, glowing in the candlelight.”

The Bidens spent Thanksgiving in Nantucket. After the video was released, the president called into NBC’s broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and gave a message to Americans. Said Biden: “My message is after two years, we’re back, America’s back.” 

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Chicago Bears defeat Detroit Lions 16-14 in Thanksgiving Day game

The Chicago Bears snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Detroit Lions 16-14. Andy Dalton threw for 317 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and Jared Goff went 21-for-25 for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Darnell Mooney caught five passes for 123 yards, and Jimmy Graham caught the lone touchdown of the game for Chicago.

The Bears got a late field goal in the first half to take a 13-7 lead, but just before the end of the third quarter, Detroit scored to give the Lions a 14-13 lead in the game’s closing seconds. That score held until late in the fourth quarter, when the Bears drove down into the red zone and pushed ahead with a game-winning field goal by Cairo Santos to snap a five-game losing streak.

The Bears will head home for a few days of rest before their Dec. 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field.

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Las Vegas Raiders upset Dallas Cowboys 36-33 in overtime on field goal after penalty

The Las Vegas Raiders beat the Dallas Cowboys in an upset victory on Thursday with a score of 36-33. The Raiders’ Daniel Carlson kicked a 29-yard field goal in overtime after Anthony Brown’s fourth pass-interference penalty kept the game alive. Carlson’s fifth field goal came after Brown was called for interference on Zay Jones on third-and-18. All four of Brown’s interference penalties came on third-down incompletions.

The Raiders (6-5) ended a three-game losing streak with their first Thanksgiving victory since 1968. Both teams had season highs in penalties and yards. Dallas had 14 for 166 and Las Vegas 14 for 110.

Next up for both teams, the Raiders will play Washington on Dec. 5 at home; and the Cowboys will be at New Orleans next Thursday.

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Obituary: Jeannine Arlette’ (Marchand) Walton

Jeannine Arlette’ (Marchand) Walton of Newport, Arkansas departed this life on Monday, November 22, 2021, at the age of 90. She was born November 27, 1930, in Stuttgart, the daughter of Stanley David and Bertha Bernice (Bradley) Marchand.

She was married to John A Walton, Jr., on January 17, 1953, and they enjoyed 63 years together. She was a graduate of Newport High School and Arkansas Baptist Hospital School of Nursing.

She was a retired RN, who was well respected by those who worked under her supervision. It has often been said that “To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.” She embodied that statement. She created a family atmosphere among her staff and treated her patients with great care and kindness.

She was Director of Nursing at GPW Nursing Home, which had a reputation for the wonderful care residents received. She loved to garden and paint, but her greatest joy came from taking care of and spending time with her family.

She was a member of and played piano for Murphy’s Corner Baptist Church for over 63 years, before becoming a member of Newport First Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Walton, Jr.; one son-in-law, Craig Mullins; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Leslie Warner Marchand and wife, Norma Jean, and Phillip E. Marchand, Sr., and wife, Dot; and her parents.

She is survived by two sons, John Anthony Walton, III, and wife, Lisa of Newport, and Robert Stanley Walton and wife, Tina of Floyd, Arkansas; two daughters, Linda Kaye Mullins of Conway, and Phyllis Worthington and husband, Matthew of Oil Trough; one brother, George David Marchand and wife, Norma of Newport; ten grandchildren, Melissa Kirchner and husband, James of Conway, Melinda Mullins, Rachel Bonner and husband, Aaron of Warrensburg, Missouri, Scott Loftin of Newport, Lindy Sides and husband, Elliot of Newport, John “Anthony” Walton IV of Newport, Emily McGee and husband, Mark of Newport, Bobby Walton and wife, Stephanie of Floyd, Robbie Loftin and wife, Kim of Collinsville, Oklahoma, and Amanda Loftin Phillips and husband, Jamie of Collinsville, Oklahoma; sixteen great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; her lifelong friends, Nae Lance, Aleta Haigwood, and Kathy Swint; many other dear family and friends.

Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Sandhill Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home, Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. until service.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Bobby Walton, Nicholas Sides, Ethan Kirchner, Anthony Walton, Anthony M. Walton, Silas Kirchner, and Scott Loftin. Honorary pallbearers are Warren McGee, Noah Walton, Donny Jackson, Marcus Grady, Joe McGinnis, Andrew Loftin, Unity Health Auxiliary, and members of the Dorcas Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons at or by mail to
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P.O. Box 97251
Washington, DC 20090-7251

Obituary: Bonnie Lee Everett Wright

Bonnie Lee Everett Wright, 86, of Rosie, departed this life on November 21, 2021. She was born in Monette, Arkansas on May 14, 1935, to J. M. Everett and Wretha Kackley Everett.

She and Leo Wayne Wright were married in Melbourne, Arkansas on December 6, 1952. They celebrated over sixty-eight years of marriage.

Bonnie worked at White Rogers and Sweden Crème for several years. During her working years, she was a homemaker who loved to make gifts or have a treat for her grandchildren. She enjoyed people and conversing with them. She loved visiting her family.

She was a member of Rosie Baptist Church and often would help in the church nursery.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Donnie Trent.

She is survived by her husband, Leo Wayne Wright; her sons, Mitch Wright (Pam) of Batesville, and Tracy Wright of St. Louis, Missouri; brothers, Phillip Everett (Darlene) of Sulphur Rock, and Jesse Everett (Faye) of Batesville; brother-in-law, Howard Trent, of Little Rock; a sister Beverly Whittington ( Paul) of Tull, Arkansas; grandchildren, Josh Wright (Denise), Chris Kent, and Keara Beth Wright; ten great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Funeral Service will be Saturday, November 27, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Rosie Baptist Church with Bro. Ferral Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville.

Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. and continue until service time.

Pallbearers will be Jim Woods, L. J. Silas, Virgil Miller, R. J. Woolard, and Jason Whittington.

Obituary: Harry A. Carstensen “Bud”

Harry A. Carstensen “Bud”, 92 of Batesville passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2021.  He was born September 9, 1929, in Davenport, Iowa to Herman and Caroline Carstensen.  Bud was a crane operator and truck driver and enjoyed being around his friends at the morning coffee table.

He was preceded in death by his parents and twelve siblings.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Abel and Donna (Paul) Cox both of Davenport, Iowa; two sisters; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren with one on the way; and a lifetime of friends.

A special thank you to his caregiver, Mary Jo Parker.  MJ would like to invite his Batesville friends to enjoy coffee and German Chocolate cake at an impromptu memorial at The Spah in Southside on Monday, December 6, 2021, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Graveside services will be held on December 2, 2021, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Davenport, Iowa.

Local arrangements are by Qualls Batesville Funeral Service.

Obituary: J. B. Milligan

J. B. Milligan, 98 of Batesville passed away Monday, November 22, 2021. He was born November 24, 1922, in Batesville, Arkansas. He was the son of Arvil and Mary Milligan Millspaugh.  He was a retired Church of Christ minister having served at numerous churches throughout Arkansas and Missouri and a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jessie Bridgman Milligan; one son, David Milligan; three brothers, Jack Millspaugh, Jimmy Millspaugh and Berle Millspaugh and three sisters, Wanda Sherrill, Merle Christilli and Patsy Long.

Survivors include one daughter, Debbie Wade of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; one brother, Jerry Millspaugh of Charlotte; two granddaughters, Amie Birdsong of Little Rock and Lindsay Haivala of Midwest City, Oklahoma; five great-grandchildren, Braden Birdsong, Ally Birdsong, Gage Birdsong, Hayden Haivala and Halle Haivala; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, November 27, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at the Qualls Batesville Funeral Service Chapel with Ted Knight officiating.  Burial will follow in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Obituary: Delbert Ray Kennedy

Delbert Ray Kennedy, 89, of Cord, passed away Monday, November 22, 2021.

He was born November 2, 1932, in Dowdy, Arkansas to Avery P. and Lena Sanders Kennedy.

Delbert was a row crop and peach farmer. He was a member of Cord Baptist Church where he served many years as a deacon. Delbert served in the United States Army. Over the years he enjoyed reading the Bible, golfing, hunting, and raising catfish. He simply loved to watch things grow as he stated many times.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, David Keith Kennedy; son, Scott Alan Kennedy; two brothers, Joe Kennedy and Pete Kennedy; and three sisters, Bernice Richey, Evelyn Lance, and Verna Faye Latting.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Velda Mae Parr Kennedy; three daughters, Pam Gipson (Denny) of Cord, Paula Osborne (Chuck) of Cord, and Teresa Milligan (Jeff) of Newark; one brother, George Kennedy (Caroletta) of Cord; six grandchildren, Amber Davis (Jeffie), Adam Gipson (Torie), Charley Osborne, Amy Allison (Andrew), Hannah Evans (Brandon), and Elliott Milligan; five great-grandchildren, Cambry Davis, Kendy Davis, Presley Gipson, Isaac Allison, and Peyton Gipson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Dunehew, Adam Gipson, Jeffie Davis, Andrew Allison, Brandon Evans, Charley Osborne, and Elliott Milligan. Honorary pallbearers are Ted Parr, Jim Williams, Jerry Kausler, George Kennedy, and the staff of Cave City Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be Friday, November 26, 2021, at 11:00 am at Cord Baptist Church with Bro. Jeff Childers officiating. Burial will follow in the Hopewell Cemetery at Cord with arrangements by Roller-Crouch Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 am Friday, November 26, 2021, at the church just prior to service.

Memorials may be made to Cord Baptist Church, P.O. Box 126, Cord, AR 72524 or Alzheimer’s Association, 11300 N Rodney Parham Road, Suite 205 A, Little Rock, AR 72212.