October 25, 2006 EditionAlso in this issue...
|Phoenix Bennett||Kannon Emmanuel Dillport||Benjamin Henry Kruizenga|
|Abby Ruth Lamb||Chace Loyd McGrew||Kadin Dean Woods|
|Spence ~ Crider|
Bruce and Natasha Bennett are parents of a son, born Oct. 22, 2006, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed six pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Phoenix Dalton Fain Bennett. He has a sister, Cheyanne Fain, 11, and two stepsisters, Crysta Bennett, 12, and Felisa Bennett, nine.
Grandparents are Curtis and Jeanette Fain of Walnut Ridge and Willy and Inez Bennett of Clover Bend. Marie Ward of Walnut Ridge is the great-grandmother.
Kory and Katy Dillport of Walnut Ridge are parents of a son, born Oct. 4, 2006, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed eight pounds, 10.8 ounces, and has been named Kannon Emmanuel Dillport.
He has a brother, Kaydn, one.
Grandparents are Dyanne Paynne, Jess Settles and Sherry Chamblee, all of Walnut Ridge, and Jimmy and Cindy Dillport of Cabot. Great-grandparents are L.B. and Mary Foster and Sid Dillport of Walnut Ridge, Gene Payne of Kemah, Texas, and Richard and Peggy Glover of Paragould. The great-great-grandmother is Tapsey Cox of Walnut Ridge.
Chad and Carol Kruizenga of Walnut Ridge are parents of a son, born Oct. 8, 2006, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. The baby weighed four pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Benjamin Henry Kruizenga. He has a sister, Elisabeth Kruizenza, 11.
Grandparents are Frank and Karen Kelley and Harvard and Ravina Kruizenga, all of Walnut Ridge, and a great-grandmother, Edith Kelley, also of Walnut Ridge.
John and Mica Lamb of Hoxie announce the birth of a daughter, born Oct. 19, 2006, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. She weighed six pounds, 10-1/2 ounces, and has been named Abby Ruth Lamb. She has three brothers, Cody Lamb, 13, Cord Lamb, 10 and Trey Lamb, five.
Grandparents are Ronnie and Tonda Wheeless of Pocahontas and Glenna Rudd of Newport and the late John Lamb. Ruth (Mrs. Lawrence) Warner of Walnut Ridge is the great-grandmother.
Jarrid and Britni (Cox) McGrew of Paragould announce the birth of their first child, a son, born Oct. 17, 2006, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro.
The baby weighed nine pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Chace Loyd McGrew.
Grandparents are J.R. and Jackie Cox of Walnut Ridge and Jennie Fleeman of Jonesboro.
Burdessia Pope and Branden Woods of Hoxie are parents of a son, born Aug. 18, 2006, at Harris Hospital in Newport. He weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Kadin Dean Woods. He is the brother of the late Jasmine Pope Keeley.
Grandparents are Terry and Connie Pope of Sarasota, Fla., and Steve and Marie Woods of Black Rock.
Great-grandparents include Dale and Jane Barton and Bob and Vesta Smith, all of Black Rock, Elmo Woods of Swifton and William Pope of Sarasota, Fla.
Melanie Cheyanne Crider became the bride of Wade Allen Spence on Sept. 23, 2006, at 4 p.m. at John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte.
Parents of the couple are Louie and Wilma Bagwell of Powhatan and Bryan and Pam Spence of Imboden.
Pastor Jerry Clements officiated the double-ring formal ceremony. Music was provided by John 3:16 Ministries.
The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Blaine Bagwell. She wore a full-length ivory Cinderella gown by Mori Lee with pastel-beaded bodice and trim. She carried a cascading bouquet of ivory lilies, roses, baby roses, baby carnations and ivy.
Julie Jones of Portia served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were sisters of the bride, Lachelle Burns of Hoxie, Cindy Bagwell of Powhatan, Julie Maronde of Walnut Ridge, and sister of the groom, Carolyn Smith of Imboden.
Bryan Spence served his son as best man. Groomsmen were Scott Watkins of Salem, Anthony Hawkins and Tim Dail of Imboden and Matt Byrd of Pocahontas.
McKenzie Smith was the flower girl, and Dallas Burns served as ring bearer. Matthew Smith of Imboden and Gary Mullins of Mammoth Spring were ushers.
The bride's book was attended by Tiffany and Cheyanne Maronde, nieces of the bride.
After the ceremony, a reception was held at the Timber Ridge Lodge at Charlotte.
Servers were Dawn Kopp, Sarah Hoffman, Nancy Sharp and Peggy Sharp.
Following a wedding trip to Branson, the Spences are at home in Black Rock. Melanie is a literacy specialist with the Northeast Arkansas Educational Cooperative in Walnut Ridge, and Wade is a corporal wildlife officer with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Out-of-town guests included Bill and Wanda Runyan of Woodbury, Tenn., Billy and Jennifer Walker of Springdale, Lisa Bailey of Hot Springs and Debbie Coffman of Little Rock.
On Aug. 1, a surprise miscellaneous shower was hosted by Linda Bowen and teachers at a training held at the Northeast Arkansas Educational Cooperative.
Thirty friends honored Melanie with a lingerie shower given by her sisters, Lachelle Burns, Cindy Bagwell and Julie Maronde on Aug. 12 in Black Rock.
On Sept. 9, a miscellaneous shower was held at the home of Valerie Long of Jonesboro.
On Sept. 10, Melanie and Wade were honored with a miscellaneous shower at the home of Georgia Ratliff of Imboden. Hosts were Georgia, Nancy Sharp, Peggy Sharp and Ina Benson.
Co-workers surprised Melanie with a card and money tree on Sept. 19 at the Northeast Arkansas Educational Cooperative.
On Oct. 1, Melanie and Wade were given a miscellaneous shower by the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville. Guests enjoyed cake and punch.
Gloria Glennie Alamo, 40, of Hoxie, died Oct. 21, 2006.
Survivors include a daughter, Raquel Gray, Walnut Ridge; a son, Antonio Alamo, of the home; her mother, Cloria Cullum, Hoxie; two brothers, Billy Cullum and Robert Cullum, both of Hoxie; and a sister, Teresa Bryant, Hoxie.
Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Gene Cullum officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.
Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8.
Grace Modena Baker, 94, of Houston, died Oct. 22, 2006, in Houston.
She moved to Walnut Ridge in 1945 and was the former owner and operator of Baker Florist in Walnut Ridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Baker; and a son, Frank Baker Jr.
Survivors include a son, William Baker and his wife, Kate, Houston; and two grandsons, Todd Baker and Lee Baker.
Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Mark Harris officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.
There will be no visitation. The family will receive friends at a luncheon on Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church.
Jany (Mrs. Victor) Baltz of Heber Springs, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 17, 2006.
Survivors include three daughters, Karen Purnell, Vicki Robertson and Connie Thomas.
Graveside service was Friday at Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas under the direction of Heber Springs Funeral Home.
Fredia J. Wiles Butler, 69, of St. Louis, died Oct. 19, 2006, following a lengthy illness.
Born Jan. 30, 1937, in Minturn, she moved to St. Louis when she was 16.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude L. and Latain Conner Wiles; and a grandson, Shawn Moody.
Survivors include three sons, Dennis Butler, Danny Butler, and Tommy Butler, all of St. Louis; three daughters, Linda Butler, Lisa Butler and Tracy Butler, all of St. Louis; three sisters, Barbara Sherman and Brenda Ban, both of St. Louis, and Carol Batterton, Minneapolis; a brother, Rickey Wiles, St. Louis; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The body was cremated. Advantage Funeral Home of St. Louis had charge of arrangements.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Wiles Cemetery at Ash Flat.
Joe Allen Harp, 42, of Paragould, died Oct. 22, 2006, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro.
Born Jan. 4, 1964, in Jonesboro, he was a computer programmer for Teleflora and was a member of Center Hill Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ervin Roy and Essie Marie Selvidge.
Survivors include his parents, James B. Jr. and Martha Janice Selvidge Harp, Hoxie; two brothers, Jeff Harp, Hoxie, and James A. Harp, Paragould; his grandparents, Baudie and Ruth L. Harp, Hoxie; and four nephews, James Bradley Harp, Travis Middlecoff, Tanner Middlecoff and Blaine Middlecoff, all of Hoxie.
Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Center Hill Church of Christ in Paragould with Gary Cremeens and Darrell Douglas officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Greg Hogue, Bill Moore, Calvin Jones, Brad Beasley, Shannon Simpson, Tom Stickle, Danny West and Darren Shirley. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Wheat, David Coker, Steve Parker, Randy Blanton, Mike Archer, John Peterson, James Pickney, Barry Greenway, Eric Reddick and David Trantham.
Jimmy Jess Hutsell, 68, of Hoxie, died Oct. 20, 2006, at his home, following a lengthy illness.
Born Feb. 13, 1938, in the Cross Roads community near Portia, he was a member of First Baptist Church in Hoxie, where he served as a deacon for over 20 years. He was a heat and air specialist for gas companies and was a former member of the National Guard.
He was preceded in death byhis parents, William Forrest and Trillis Erwin Hutsell; an infant brother, Junior Mac Hutsell.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Marie Willfond Hutsell, whom he married Aug. 23, 1957; two sons, Tim Hutsell and Lanny Hutsell, both of Hoxie; a sister, Delcine Mayland, Hoxie; and two grandchildren, Aaron Hutsell and Kaylan Hutsell.
Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bros. Lynn Garmroth and Howard Pankey officiating. Burial was in Cross Roads Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Dickey Mayland, Mickey Mayland, Rickey Mayland, Bud Jones, Rickey Fry and Richard Alls. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Median Men's Sunday School Class.
Lucille Linebaugh Lee, 84, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Imboden, died Oct. 21, 2006, at Walnut Ridge.
She was a homemaker and a 32-year employee of Lawrence Manufacturing and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Walter Sellers; a son, David Sellers; three brothers; and a granddaughter, Michelle Sellers.
Survivors include a son, Danny Sellers, Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Eula Mae Taylor, Colorado, Lola Kaiser, Nevada, Francis Emmons, Michigan, and Doris Walton, Hoxie; four grandchildren, Junior Sellers, Holly Sellers, Michael Sellers and Angela Harmon; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Hope Cemetery in Imboden eith Michael Abel and Billy Gene Dickerson officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Tim Burnett, Gale Linebaugh, Larry Linebaugh, Wayne Linebaugh, Kelly Linebaugh and Eddie Linebaugh.
Imogene Marlin, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 23, 2006, at St. Vincent's Hospital, following a lengthy illness.
Born Feb. 14, 1925, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Willie Hamilton and Muncie Ellen Frye Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of White Oak Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Marlin; two sons, Carl Dean Marlin and Ellis Wayne Marlin; an infant daughter; and a grandson, Norman Keith Marlin Jr.
Survivors include a son, Keith Marlin, Walnut Ridge; five daughters, Celeste Tate, Ricca Brady, Vivian Pruett and Rochelle Deese, all of Walnut Ridge, and Kathy Bennett, Paragould; a brother, Darrell Smith, Michigan City, Ind.; two sisters, Naomi Marlin, Jonesboro, and Anna Lois Wilson, Walnut Ridge; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. John Wisinger officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Mark Tate, Chris Tate, Heath Deese, Jimmy Glidewell, Greg Brady, Scott Brady and Jarrod Brady.
Visitation is Thursday evening from 6 to 8.
Julius Gene Matthews, 35, of Imboden, died Oct. 22, 2006.
Born Sept. 28, 1971, at Pocahontas, he was the son of Gene and Sallie Maxine Roark Matthews. He was an auto mechanic.
Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Matthews; a son, Tristan Matthews, of the home; his mother, Sallie Maxine Roark Matthews, Williford; three sisters, Jimmie Lou Milgrim, Calamine, and Patty Huffstedler and Jacklyn Bradley, both of Ravenden; and a brother, Delane Berg, Texarkana, Texas.
Arrangements will be announced by Bryan Funeral Home.
Johnny Charles Passalaqua, 50, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 21, 2006.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, Pete and Janice Passalaqua, Newport; two brothers, Jeff Passalaqua, Bald Knob, and Bobby Myers, Hoxie; a sister, Carmella Broyles, Hoxie; and two stepbrothers, Dewayne Pierce and Bobby Pierce, both of Newport.
Graveside services will be Friday at noon at Lawrence Memorial Park with Ted Shields officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Visitation is Friday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Mollie Faye Robins, 91, of Cave City, died Oct. 18, 2006, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.
Born Dec. 28, 1914, near Strawberry, she was the daughter of Edward Byron and Mollie Childers Andrews. She was a direct descendant of John Janes, one of the first settlers of Randolph County, and Isom Childers, a pioneer settler of Lawrence County.
She attended grade school at Shell Rock (Wildcat Corner) near Strawberry and Strawberry High School. She graduated from Conway High School in 1934.
She was a member of East Side Baptist Church in Cave City and taught Sunday school for over 50 years at churches in Dexter, Mo., Kennett, Mo., Memphis, Jonesboro and Cave City.
She was preceded in death by five brothers, Grover Andrews, Marvin Andrews, Lacy Andrews, Edward Brian "Sam" Andrews and Frank Andrews; and four sisters, Ruby Due, Myrtle Mason, Lucy Sparks and Jennie Mitchell.
Survivors include her husband of 71 years, James L. Robins, whom she married Oct. 9, 1935; three sons, Bob Robins, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Byron Robins, Greers Ferry, and David Robins, Prairie Grove; two daughters, Barbara Billions, Germantown, Tenn., and Martha Ruiz, Batesville; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at East Side Baptist Church in Cave City with Rev. Jim Tirey officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery near Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers were grandsons Jeff Billions, David Billions, Mark Billions, Jim Robins and great-grandsons Chris Neuwald and Chad Robins.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Leo Shondell, 86, of Napoleon, Ohio, died Oct. 16, 2006, at Oak Grove Nursing Center in Deshler, Ohio.
Born May 16, 1920, in Toledo, he was the son of Leo W. Sr. and Cecile Mae Cole Shondell. He was stationed at the Walnut Ridge Air Base during World War II. He was a registered gemologist and, along with his wife, owned and operated Shondell Jewelers of Napoleon for 40 years. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Napoleon, Gideon's International and the Bert G. Taylor American Legion Post #300 in Napoleon. He was a charter member of Napoleon Rotary International and served two terms on the Napoleon City Council.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert W. Shondell.
Survivors include his wife, Hassell Dean Dillport Shondell, a Lawrence County native, whom he married May 2, 1943; two daughters, Jennifer Grams, Ida, Mich., and Denise Spencer, Napoleon; a son, Leo W. Shondell, Deshler; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Funeral was Thursday at Rodenberger Funeral Home in Napoleon. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery at Napoleon.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.
An online guestbook is available at www.rodenbergerfuneralhome.com.
Morris "Son" Simmons, 66, of Egypt, died Oct. 22, 2006, at Walnut Ridge.
He had lived in Egypt most of his life and was a retired construction worker. He was of the Pentecostal belief.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Cleade Simmons and Alden Simmons.
Survivors include five brothers, Ted Simmons, Egypt, Tommy Simmons, Alicia, Horace Simmons, Rockford, Ill., Floyd Simmons, Kirkland, Ill., and Rob Simmons, Fairdealing, Mo.; three sisters, Zelma Sandusky, Doniphan, Mo., Myrtle Dunn, Rockford, and Daisy Holland, Cherry Valley, Ill.
Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Markham Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Gary Simmons, Calvin Simmons, Joey Simmons, Cameron Smith, Bob Spears, Gregg Broadwater and Jason Britt.
Emma Sue Smelser, 73, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 17, 2006, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
She had lived in Sedgwick before moving to Jonesboro in 1960. She was a member of North Main Baptist Church and Queen Ann of Amaranth and was a past matron of the Nettleton and Jonesboro Order of Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Polly Voyles Mason; a son, Jasper Smelser; and a sister, Margaret Price.
Survivors include her husband, Lehman Smelser; two daughters, Rita Kay Smelser and Annette Smelser, both of Jonesboro; and a sister, Glenna Whitlow, Paragould.
Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Revs. Bobby Crabbe and Gary Brown officiating. Burial was in McDaniel Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Gene Sterling, Gene Vance, Don Underwood, David Gillanders, Robert Riggsbee, Morris Wheelis and Ed Cleaves.
Memorials may be made to St. Bernards Hospice, 2813 Forest Home Road, Jonesboro, AR 72401.
An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.
Gail Cleveland Smith, 82, of DeSoto, Texas, died Oct. 15, 2006.
Born March 22, 1924, near Imboden, he was the son of Thomas Hatcher and Helen Kell Smith. He attended Post Oak School and graduated as valedictorian of his class at Sloan-Hendrix Academy in 1942. He worked for Missouri Pacific-Union Pacific Railroad for almost 40 years.
He worked as an officer for most of his career and retired in 1983 as Trainmaster of the Baytown Subdivision. He had lived in DeSoto, Texas for over 20 years.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret Burns Smith; five daughters, Patricia McNeely, Lipan, Texas, Karen Charleston, Albuquerque, N.M., Kathy Williams and Peggy Croslin, both of Austin, Texas, and Rebacca Brown, Spring, Texas; a son, Michael Smith, Dallas; a sister, Eva Robert, Walnut Ridge; three brothers, Vernon Smith, Wichita, Kan., Herschel Smith, Walnut Ridge, and Beryl Smith, DeKalb, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Sean Kessler, Kate Fox, Simeon Charleston, Steven Charleston, Brandon Brown, Elissa Croslin, Anna Smith and Emerson Smith; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to PROGRESS, in care of The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, P.O. Box 19024, M4-A402, Seattle, WA 98109 or to a local hospice organization.
Nola Inez Utley, 92, of Pine Bluff, died Oct. 19, 2006, at her home.
Born Nov. 25, 1913, in Evening Shade, she was the daughter of Richard and Miriam Spiller Stroud. She was raised and received her early education in Evening Shade and Hoxie. She worked as a seamstress and tailor from her home. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Hoxie, where she was in charge of meals for the bereaved. After moving to Pine Bluff, she attended First Christian Church, where she was a member of the Hustlers Sunday School Class.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Arnold Utley, whom she married in 1951 at Hoxie; a son, Walter A. Utley; a sister, Nina Barnett; a brother, Barnard B. Stroud; and a grandson, Gary Utley.
Survivors include a son, Frank Utley, West Plains, Mo.; four grandsons, Mark Utley, Stephen Utley, Stan Utley and John Utley; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life was held at First Christian Church in Pine Bluff on Oct. 23 with Revs. Joseph Garkovich and Delores Stroud officiating. Funeral was Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Hoxie with Revs. Michael Winberry and Delores Stroud officiating. Burial was in Baker Cemetery at Hardy under the direction of Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 3911 S. Hazel, Pine Bluff, AR 71603 or First United Methodist Church, 312 Southwest Broad, Hoxie, AR 72433.
Brian Todd Wilbanks, 39, of Pocahontas, brother of Scott Wilbanks of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 17, 2006. Burial was Saturday in Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.
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