October 11, 2006 Edition

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Births

Haylee Ann Hall Alec Demetrius Kapales Adison Mavelee Wayne

Weddings

Bobrowski ~ Arnoldus

Obituaries

Rudy W. Baker Ethel Frances Black Marie Forrester
Thomas John Griffit Richard Eugene Hickman Jr. Lester W. High
Darrell G. Ingram Elizabeth Miller Louise Keller Ratliff
Willard Rawls Geniveve Reynolds Elbert Lee Sharp
Michael Vaughn Watson

Births

Haylee Ann Hall

Hancel and Stephanie Hall of Republic, Mo., announce the birth of a daughter, born Oct. 1, 2006, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. She weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Haylee Ann Hall.

Grandparents are Steve and Becky Davis of Walnut Ridge, Becky Cole of Paragould and Terry and Kelly Hall of Bentonville. Great-grandparents are Bill and Helen Wade of Jonesboro, Robert and Marie Davis of Hoxie and Almarie Dial and Rex and Charlene Hall of Paragould.

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Alec Demetrius Kapales

James and Darlene Kapales III of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of a son, born Oct. 1, 2006, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. He weighed six pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Alec Demetrius Kapales. He has a sister, Jayme Jones, 25, and a brother, James Kapales IV, 14.

Grandparents are Louise Clark of Eloy, Ariz., and James and Aileen Kapales II of Ravenden Springs.

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Adison Mavelee Wayne

Brian and Rachel Wayne of Little Rock announce the birth of a daughter, born Sept. 26, 2006, at UAMS in Little Rock. She weighed six pounds, three ounces, and has been named Adison Mavelee Wayne.

Grandparents are Rex and Sue Winkley of Sherwood, Denny and Kelly Durham of Imboden and Michael and Shelly Wayne of Kilgore, Texas.

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Weddings

Bobrowski ~ Arnoldus

Cathy Aileen Arnoldus became the bride of Travis D. Bobrowski in a double ring ceremony solemnized Sept. 9, 2006, at 4:30 p.m. in Fayetteville.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Arnoldus Jr. of Rogers and the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Arnoldus Sr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Anderson.

The groom is the son of Karen Coats of Walnut Ridge and Mike Bobrowski of Chicago. He is the grandson of O'Neal and Kay Kellim of Walnut Ridge and Richard Bobrowski of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the late Tressa Dobbs Bobrowski.

Following a Hawaiian cruise, they are residing in Springdale.

A reception for the couple will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, from 2-4 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge. All friends and relatives are invited.

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Obituaries

Rudy W. Baker

Rudy W. Baker, 83, of Flint, Mich., died Aug. 30, 2006, at his home.

Born Oct. 13, 1922, in the Lauratown community, he was the son of Columbus Gaston and Rose Baker.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Bill, Melvin, Maynard, Doc, Bob and Bud; and a son-in-law, Jarrell Perkins.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary Caroline Jones; a son, Carroll G. Baker; two daughters, Cheryl Perkins and Mary Bullen; a son-in-law, Dave Bullen; 10 grandchildren, Claudine Kappaz, Carrie Roberson, Chip Baker, Madeline Baker, Molly Baker, Jarrell Perkins, Sheri Hodson, Gary Perkins, Beth Ann Krause and Maggie Clement; 13 grandchildren; and a special friend, his dog, Buddy.

The body was cremated. Burial was in Tyrone Gardens at Fenton, Mich.

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Ethel Frances Black

Ethel Frances Black, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 8, 2006, at Walnut Ridge.

She was a homemaker and had lived in the Smithville area for 63 years. She was a member of Smithville Baptist Church, the Northeast Arkansas Quilt Club, the Anchor Extension Homemakers Club and the Garden Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Black; a sister, two brothers; and a grandchild.

Survivors include two daughters, Florence Huskey, Strawberry, and Carolyn Clinton, Walnut Ridge; three sons, William Black, Hot Springs, Jack Black, Jacksonville, and George Black, Mobile, Ala.; two brothers, Ralph Dragoo and Lawrence Dragoo, both of Kentucky; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery, near Strawberry, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Marie Forrester

Marie Forrester, 92, of Imboden, died Oct. 4, 2006, at her home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Forrester; two brothers; a sister; and a grandchild.

Survivors include a son, James "Rich" Forrester, Imboden; a daughter, Millie Hill, Pocahontas; six grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Randy Scott officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Bernards Hospice.

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Thomas "Tommy" John Griffith

Thomas "Tommy" John Griffith, 27, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 4, 2006, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 13, 1979, in Yerington, Nev., he lived in Lake City before moving to Jonesboro. He was a graduate of Valley View High School and was a member of Lake City United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his mother, Lois Griffith, Lake City; his father, John Griffith, Hawthorn, Nev.; his aunt, Joy Compton, Paragould; and two uncles, Cletus Hance, Mount Joliet, Tenn., and Kenneth Hance, Jacksonville.

A celebration of his life was held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Everett Isom officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Darren Smith, James Danley, Kenneth Cooper, Wayne Cooper, Bob Myshka and Arnold Allen.

Memorials may be made to Abilities Unlimited, P.O. Box 1207, Jonesboro, AR 72403 or United Way, 407 Union St., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.

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Richard Eugene "Butch" Hickman Jr.

Richard Eugene "Butch" Hickman Jr., 56, of Pangburn, died Oct. 9, 2006, at Little Rock, from injuries suffered in a hunting accident.

He was a disabled veteran, having served in the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Lynn Wagner.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Evans Hickman, formerly of Lawrence County; seven daughters, Linda, Nanette, Valerie, Stacie, Kristina, Kristin and Ashley; his mother, Betty Smiley; four sisters, Roxanne, Linda, Nancy and Rae Ann; a brother, Steve; and 10 grandchildren, Kristin, Ashley, Stephanie, Ryan, Wesley, Brittany, Torrie, Melissa, Cullin and Aidan.

Graveside service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Clover Bend Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home. Military honors will be accorded by the Randolph County VFW Honor Guard.

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Lester W. High

Lester W. High, 76, of Pocahontas, father of Jerry High of Imboden, died Oct. 2, 2006. Burial was Friday in Thompson Cemetery under the direction of Cox-Waymon Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Darrell G. Ingram

Darrell G. Ingram, 71, of Flint, Mich., died Oct. 4, 2006, following a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 29, 1935, in Lepanto, he was raised in the College City and Walnut Ridge area and moved to Flint in 1967. He served in the Army from 1953-1954 and was a member of the Eagle Aerie 3814 for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelby and Roye Ann Ingram; and a brother.

Survivors include a daughter, Tonya Dumas, Flint; a sister, Corrine Watts, Watsonville, Calif.; and four brothers, William Ingram, Ypsilanti, Mich., Robert Ingram, Owosso, Mich., Donald Ingram, Genesee, Mich., and Gary Ingram, Garfield.

The body was cremated. A visitation was held Sunday at Crestwood Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel in Flint with Rev. Charles Terry officiating.

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Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller, 53, of Strawberry, formerly of Belvidere, Tenn., died Oct. 9, 2006, at her home.

Born Dec. 27, 1952, at Stuarts Draft, Va., she was a home care provider for the elderly and was a member of the Strawberry Mennonite Church in Jesup.

Survivors include her parents, Amos and Elva Miller, Strawberry; five brothers, David Miller, Stuarts Draft, Va., Sam Miller, Strawberry, Amos Miller Jr., Amherst, Va., Simon Miller, Itasca, Texas, and Enos Miller, Belvidere, Tenn.; two sisters, Ruth Miller and Rhoda Miller, both of Strawberry.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at the Strawberry Mennonite Church in Jesup with Lloyd Troyer officiating. Burial will be in the Jesup Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Elizabeth Miller Fund at the Bank of Cave City, Strawberry branch.

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Louise Keller Ratliff

Louise Keller Ratliff, 86, of Portia, died Oct. 8, 2006, at her home.

Born June 16, 1920, in Blytheville, she was the daughter of Clyde and Belle Pate Keller. She was a homemaker and was of the Methodist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Ratliff Sr.; a son, Homer Ratliff; three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include a daughter, Virginia Ratliff Sienknecht, Portia; a son, Fred T. Ratliff Jr., Richardson, Texas; a brother, Charles Ramsey, West Memphis; and five grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Jerry and Virginia Sienknecht officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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Willard Rawls

Willard Rawls, 68, died Oct. 6, 2006, in Walnut Ridge.

He had lived most of his life in Walnut Ridge and was a retired farmer. He was an Army veteran and of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Wilson Rawls.

Survivors include a son, Morgan Rawls, O'Kean; two daughters, Kelly Shawn Jones, O'Kean, and Michelle Eubanks, Paragould; four sisters, Barbara Jones, Bono, Mary Fossett, California, Georgia Rawls, Walnut Ridge, and Bernice Fossett, Delaplaine; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Rick Ethridge officiating. Burial was in Sharum Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Brandon Wilson, Billy Skimahorn, Don Keeling, Junior Alls, Rick Grooms and Gary Kepner.

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Geniveve Reynolds

Geniveve Reynolds, 79, of Alicia, died Oct. 4, 2006, at St. Anthony's Degreef Hospice House in St. Louis.

Born Nov. 15, 1926, in Tuckerman, she was the daughter of Luther and Lora Alice McTigue Canard. She was a home economics teacher at Knobel School and was a member of First Baptist Church at Alicia.

Survivors include a sister, Sally Kathleen Kilpatrick, St. Louis; two nieces, Lora Berthold and Kathy Stanley, both of St. Louis; and a great-niece, Angela Stanley, St. Louis.

Funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Monroe Baldwin officiating. Burial will be in Clover Bend Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation is Friday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

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Elbert Lee Sharp

Elbert Lee Sharp, 71, of West Memphis, died Oct. 4, 2006, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.

He was a retired maintenance supervisor for St. Francis Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Albert Sharp.

Survivors include his wife, Joy Jean Brown Sharp; two sons, Terry Sharp, Little Rock, and Tim Sharp, Clarkedale; his mother, Louise Davis, Saffell; a sister, Carolyn Huskey, Saffell; three brothers, Albert Sharp, Mountain Home, Delbert Sharp, Memphis, and Dennis Sharp, Saffell; and two grandchildren, Jonathon Lee Sharp and Cameron William Sharp.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Roller-Citizens Chapel in West Memphis. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis.

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Michael Vaughn Watson

Michael Vaughn Watson, 41, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 6, 2006, as a result of an automobile accident.

Born April 26, 1965, in St. Louis, he was a construction worker and was of the protestant belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Homer "Bowie" Watson.

Survivors include a son, Whitney Watson, Walnut Ridge; his mother, Normia Watson, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Normia Dawson, Medina, Ohio; and grandson, Kailan Bowie Watson.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Brock Watson officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Mark Watson, Danny Phillips, Joey Bailey, Ron Cook, Heath Wade and Brandon Crowell. Honorary pallbearers were Trevor Bailey, Caige Beard and Michael Dawson.

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