November 8, 2006 Edition

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Lucas Bagwell Breanna Kayle Burrow Caiah Hope Dunlap
Katelyn Dixie Ann Gilbert Evan Slayde Simms


Davis ~ Walling


Cherie Janine Crocker Lorine Dunn Walter Oneal Hayslip
MacNees Twins Rena Smothers Snedeker
Rudy D. Wallis


Lucas Bagwell

Jeremiah and Elisabeth Bagwell of Andalusia, Ill., announce the birth of a son, born Oct. 21, 2006, at Trinity Medical Center in Moline, Ill. The baby weighed seven pounds and has been named Lucas Bagwell.

Grandparents are Jenese Ragsdale of Black Rock and Kevin and Connie Slayden of Taylor Ridge, Ill.

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Breanna Kayle Burrow

A daughter was born to Clent and Angela Burrow of Black Rock on Nov. 1, 2006, at the NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Breanna Kayle Burrow. She has a brother, Larry David Burrow, three.

Grandparents are Charles and Nedra Goff and Larry and Ann Burrow. Great-grandparents are Celeste Tate, Velda Raye Goff, Grover and Imogene Davis and Earl and Imogene Burrow.

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Caiah Hope Dunlap

Jeremy and Angel Dunlap of Warrensburg, Mo., announce the birth of a daughter, born Oct. 28, 2006. She weighed nine pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Caiah Hope Dunlap. She has three brothers, Caleb and Connor Dunlap of Warrensburg and Harley Light of Hoxie.

Grandparents are Terry and Nona Dunlap of Lynn, and Barney and Renee Ingram of Malvern. Great-grandparents are Sammy and Wanda Dunlap of Portia, Brooks and Isophene Glenn of Lynn and Mr. and Mrs. Max Ingram of Noxipater, Miss.

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Katelyn Dixie Ann Gilbert
Pete and Kimberly Gilbert of Jonesboro are parents of a daughter, born Nov. 5, 2006, at the NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed five pounds, 11 ounces and has been named Katelyn Dixie Ann Gilbert. She has a brother, Dylan Russell Gilbert.

Grandparents are Margo Augustine of Walnut Ridge and Pete and Loretta Gilbert of Jonesboro.

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Evan Slayde Simms
Shea Bobbitt and Derrick Simms of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of their first child, a son, born Oct. 26, 2006, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed eight pounds, four ounces, and has been named Evan Slayde Simms.

Grandparents are Tammy and Gater Gates of Hoxie, Alan Simms of Walnut Ridge and Ray Bobbitt of Hoxie. Great-grandparents are Jo Hanvey and Helen Bobbitt, both of Hoxie, Mary Sue Peacock and Betty Neldon, both of Walnut Ridge, Leonard and Anna Mae Simms of Minturn, Darrell Steele and Cora Morris of Clover Bend and JoAnn and Jerry Harris of Walnut Ridge.

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Davis ~ Walling

Serenity Kelly Walling became the bride of Chad Davis on Oct. 7, 2006, at sunset on the banks of the White River at Jackson Port State Park in Newport.

The double-ring ceremony was performed by Danny Doss in the presence of close relatives and friends.

Chastity Davis and Brittnie and Ethan Walling, children of the couple, served as attendants.


Jerry and Marilyn Davis, parents of the groom, and Shadra and Skip Baker, sister and brother-in-law of the groom, will honor the couple with a reception on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 5-9 p.m. at the Strawberry Community Center. All friends and relatives are invited.

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Cherie Janine Crocker

Cherie Janine Crocker, 41, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 7, 2006, at her home.

She had lived in Walnut Ridge since 2001 and was of the Pentecostal belief.

Survivors include her companion, Harold White, Walnut Ridge; a son, Anthony Walker; a daughter, Kelsie Lynn Crocker; her parents, Kelsie and June Haggard, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Gary Wayne Haggard and Dale Haggard; and a sister, Rita Collins.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the United Pentecostal Church in Walnut Ridge with Timothy Potter officiating. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation is tonight from 5:30 to 8 at the funeral home.

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Lorine Dunn

Lorine Dunn, 81, of Walnut Ridge died Nov. 3, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Born June 27, 1925, in Powhatan, she was the daughter of Warren and Ethel Flood Hanshaw. She was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, a daughter, Patsy Nunnally; a son, Darrell Brown; three brothers; and three grandchildren, Kim Brown, Cassie Brown and Mark Gilbert.

Survivors include a daughter, Gloria Smith, Paragould; four sons, Layman "Bud" Collins, Sedalia, Mo., Virgil Brown, Pocahontas, Albert Brown, Black Rock, and Bobby Joe Brown, Paragould; her mother, Ethel Russell, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Bob Hanshaw, Powhatan; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Sister Betty Williams and Bro. Ed Gregory officiating. Burial was in Old Bethel Cemetery under the direction of the Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jason Willfond, Chris Layton, Jimmy Don Holder, Blake Willfond, Anthony Benton and Jeff Collins. Charlie Russell served as honorary pallbearer.

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Walter Oneal Hayslip

Walter Oneal Hayslip, 72, of Strawberry, died Nov. 5, 2006, at his home.

Born Feb. 18, 1934, near Batesville, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and a retired truck driver. He was a member of the East Side Southern Baptist Church at Cave City.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Brenda Ann Hayslip; his parents, Joseph Henry and Ethel Reynolds Hayslip; three brothers, Henry Hayslip, Richard Hayslip and an infant brother; and two sisters, Mary Arnold and an infant sister.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Hayslip; a son, Oneal Hayslip, Star City; a daughter, Leanna James, Pisgah, Ala.; a sister, Ellene Vinson, Cave City; five grandchildren, Joseph Hayslip, Jeremy Hayslip, Samantha Gamble, Amanda James and Ashley James; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Roosevelt Missionary Baptist Church at Roosevelt with Bros. Paul Sowell and Gene Arnold officiating. Burial will be in Roosevelt Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Batesville Funeral Service of Cave City.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Martin, Donnie Martin, Randy Polston, Denny Polston, Nathan Perry and Randy Richey. Honorary pallbearers will be Virgil Lynch and Rick Clem.

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MacNees Twins

Twins born to James and April Cox MacNees of Walnut Ridge died Nov. 6, 2006, in Newport.

They were preceded in death by their grandfather, Jim MacNees.

In addition to their parents, survivors include their grandparents, David and Elizabeth Cox, Hoxie, and Vickie MacNees, Walnut Ridge.

A private service will be held Thursday at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Rena Smothers Snedeker

Rena Smothers Snedeker, 100, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 2, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born in Norfork, she moved to Alicia in 1918 and had lived in Walnut Ridge the past 12 years. She was a homemaker and worked as a cook at the Alicia School for many years. She was a member of the Alicia Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clay Snedeker; four brothers, Henry Smothers, Earl Smothers, Olan Smothers and Homer Smothers; and a sister, Zelma Cox.

Survivors include a son, Orbert Snedeker and wife, Betty L., Jonesboro; a daughter, Ann Jackson, Jonesboro; a sister, Stella Washburn, Mayflower; two grandchildren, Elaine Blackman and husband, Keith, Brookland, and Kendell Snedeker and wife, Betty Sue, Alicia; and a great-grandchild, Elizabeth Sullivan and husband, Adam, North Little Rock.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia with Lowell Graham officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Strangers Home Cemetery, c/o Murrell Taylor, P.O. Box 14, Alicia, AR 72410.

An online guestbook is available at

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Rudy D. Wallis

Rudy D. Wallis, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 3, 2006, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis.

Born Dec. 24, 1925, in Myron, he was the son of Tandy Nicholas and Ada Bell Lampkins Wallis. He was a retired custodian for the Walnut Ridge School District and worked at Walnut Ridge Air Base for several years. He also helped build the Black River bridge at Black Rock.

He was preceded in death by eight brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Shelton Wallis, whom he married June 11, 1949; four sons, Sherwin Wallis, Rendell Wallis and Gary Wallis, all of Pocahontas, and Byron Wallis of Memphis; a daughter, Patricia Grissom, Pocahontas; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Steve Trail officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Nathaniel Wallis, Nick Wallis, Noah Wallis, Adam Wallis, Jimmy Carpenter and Chris Kemper. Honorary pallbearers were Kurt Smith and Steve Cravens.

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