October 18, 2006 Edition

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Ian Matthew Cox Ty Clayborn Hart John Robert Surmon


Harp ~ Long


Joyce Baldwin E. Aldean Hardgrave Charolett Kay Jarrett
Helen Irene Kemper James W. Mattox Sr. Kitty Smith
Dorothy Inez Taylor


Ian Matthew Cox

Nick and Teresa Cox of Paragould are parents of a son, born Oct. 3, 2006, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Ian Matthew Cox.

He has a sister, Elizabeth Lynn, three, and a brother, Timothy "Jakob," 11 months.

Grandparents are Tommy and Donna Hilburn, and Beth Cox, all of Paragould, and Keith Cox of Jonesboro. Great-grandparents are Jerry and Sue Hilburn of Walnut Ridge, Kenneth and Deronda Gatlin and Bennie Hyde and Brenda Sonney of Paragould. The great-great-grandparents are Wilma Howard and Bennie Hyde of Paragould.

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Ty Clayborn Hart

1st Class Petty Officer, nuclear engineer in the U.S. Navy, Anthony and Morgan Hart of Virginia Beach, Va., have announced the birth of a son on Oct. 4, 2006. The baby weighed seven pounds and has been named Ty Clayborn Hart.

Grandparents are Lee and Sharon Miles of Chesapeake, Va., and Rev. Rick and Mary Hart of Walnut Ridge. He is the great-grandson of Cecil and Mona Wright of Williamsburg, Va., and Rev. Everett and Lois Hart of Walnut Ridge and Doris Dockery of Currituch, N.C.

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John Robert Surmon

Bob and Stephanie Surmon of La Mirada, Calif., became parents of a son, born Sept. 23, 2006, at Presbyterian Hospital in Whittier, Calif. The baby weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named John Robert Surmon.

Grandparents are John and Linda Holt of Hoxie and Paula Linder of Jonesboro. Great-grandparents are Elaine Gilliam of Hoxie, LK Holt of Manila, Earlene Meza of Jonesboro, Carole Sweet of California and Bob Surmon Sr. of Washington.

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Harp ~ Long

Tracy Anne Long of Jonesboro became the bride of William Brian Harp of Jonesboro on Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. at a lawn wedding at the home of the bride and groom in Jonesboro.

The bride is the daughter of Ronnie and Dianne Treece of Jonesboro and Paul and Mamie Long of Hoxie. She is the granddaughter of Joe and Berniece Floyd of Walnut Ridge and Dempsey "Jack" and Maida Long of Hoxie.

The groom is the son of Margaret Harp of Jonesboro and the late Gilbert Harp. He is the grandson of Kenneth Harp of Jonesboro and the late Pauline Harp and the late Vernie and Elsie Cook.

Gary Cremeens of Hillcrest Church of Christ in Paragould officiated at the private ceremony, which was attended by family members and close friends. The bride was given in marriage by her grandfather, Joe Floyd, and stepfather, Ronnie Treece.

She wore a formal floor-length Kathryn La'Croix designer gown of white bridal satin embellished with seed pearls and crystal beading. The A-line princess-style gown had spaghetti straps and a chapel length train. She carried a bouquet of white hydrangea, stargazer lilies and a white rose tied with white and pale pink ribbon.

Dianne Treece served her daughter as matron of honor. She carried the rings on a white satin pillow that was hand sewn by the bride's grandmother, Berniece Floyd.

Ashley Worcester, the groom's niece, served as flower girl.

Tony Hanusowski, brother-in-law of the groom, served as best man.

A reception hosted by the bride's stepfather and mother, Ronnie and Dianne Treece, followed the ceremony. Servers were Sherri Hanusowski, Brittany Cremeens and Kodie Bricker.

The bride and groom are making their home in Jonesboro.

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Joyce Baldwin

Joyce Baldwin, 73, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 6, 2006, at Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehab. Born Feb. 14, 1933, at New Site, Miss., she was a member of Shannon Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Weldon B. Strickland Sr. and Ruby Lee Gann Strickland; her stepmother, Ocene Strickland; and a sister, Judy Langston.

Survivors include a daughter, Pam Weand, Memphis; five brothers, Bud Strickland, Albertsville, Ala., Ed Strickland, Southaven, Miss., Charles Strickland and Weldon Strickland Jr., both of Pocahontas, and Johnny Strickland, Sugartree, Tenn.; four sisters, Gloria McWhirter, Etta, Miss., Jeanette Beckman, Lynn, Ala., Peggy Atchley, Maynard, and Sherry Ezell, Powhatan; a grandson, Adam Weand; her companion, Arles Freeman, Pocahontas; and a beloved friend, Michelle Plank Cernosek, Pocahontas.

Funeral was Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Cox-Waymon chapel with Ron Berry officiating. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Pitman under the direction of Cox-Waymon Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Randy Freeman, Bert Freeman, Rick Freeman, Marvin Rogers, Jim Cantrell and Roy Moore.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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E. Aldean Hardgrave

E. Aldean Hardgrave, 78, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 5, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 9, 1928, at Coal Hill, he was the son of Cade and Lula McMillin Hardgrave. He had worked as a welder for Combustion Engineering in St. Louis. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the Bell City Masonic Lodge.

He married Wilma Smith on Jan. 9, 1954, in St. Louis.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shelia Hardgrave.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Galbreath, Portia; a brother, Orlan Hardgrave, Herculaneum, Mo.; two sisters, Lorene Walker (his twin), Dexter, Mo., and Hester Crawford, Pocahontas; and two grandchildren, Erica Galbreath and Amy Galbreath.

Funeral was Monday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. at Morgan Funeral Chapel in Advance, Mo. Burial was in Morgan Memorial Park at Advance.

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Charolett Kay Jarrett

Charolett Kay Jarrett, 62, of Paragould, formerly of Lawrence County, died Oct. 13, 2006, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 13, 1944, in Clay County.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katie Nicole Jarrett.

Survivors include her husband, John Jarrett; a son, John S. Jarrett; a daughter, Deborah Jean Jarrett; two brothers, Don Arnold and Jerry Joe Arnold; three sisters, Wanda Barnett, Pauline Hanner and Lucille Archer; and two grandchildren, Skylar Jarrett and Ashley Nicole Jarrett.

Graveside services were Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Pine Log Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould.

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Helen Irene Kemper

Helen Irene Kemper, 75, of Trumann, mother of Sandi Harper of Hoxie, died Oct. 9, 2006, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Friday in Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann. An online guestbook is available at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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James W. Mattox Sr.

James W. Mattox Sr., 87, of Ash Flat, died Oct. 15, 2006, in Ash Flat.

Born Jan. 12, 1919, in Hoxie, he was the son of W.T. and Lessie L. Mattox. He was a World War II Army veteran and worked as a farmer for most of his life before retiring. He was a Christian.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mattox; three sons, Jimmy Mattox, Johnny Mattox and Virgil Mattox; a brother, Thomas J. Mattox; and four sisters, Fannie Bell, Willie Ann, Marie and Nellie Jane Mattox.

Survivors include two sons, Homer Mattox and James Mattox, both of Ash Flat; two daughters, Shirley Massey, Ash Flat, and Linda Ellis, Walnut Ridge; a stepson, Carl Fuller, Ash Flat; eight grandchildren, Matthew Mattox, Kenneth Massey, Kevin Massey, Kristopher Massey, Jason Fuller, Jared Fuller, Felissa Craig and Stacy Ludwig; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Tri-County Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Wiles Cemetery at Ash Flat.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Kitty Smith

Kitty Smith, 86, of Walnut Ridge died Oct. 13, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mart H. Smith; and four sisters.

Survivors include a son, Clay Langston, McKenzie, Tenn.; two daughters, Patty Smith, Walnut Ridge, and Peggy Constantine, San Diego; two brothers, Mack Harrington and Billy Harrington, both of Maynard; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home Chapel in Lepanto. Burial was in Potter Memorial Cemetery at Lepanto.

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Dorothy Inez Taylor

Dorothy Inez Taylor, 77, of Heber Springs, died Oct. 15, 2006, in Heber Springs.

She had lived most of her life in Hoxie before moving to Heber Springs 13 years ago.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and two half-sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Alsup, Heber Springs; two sons, David Taylor, Batesville, and Terry Taylor, Dallas; a brother, Bill Capps, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Mardel Goodman, Hoxie; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Vince Daniel officiating. Burial will be in Old Military Cemetery near Sedgwick.

Visitation is today from noon until time of the service.

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