November 15, 2006 Edition

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Karlee Michelle Britton Eli Fox Higginbottom Nathaniel Dean Ingram
Rayce Dean Whitaker


Burrow ~ Matheny


Harley A. Blankenship Pinky Mae Blevins Billy R. Clark
Geraldine Collins Dawson Richard "Von" Dickison
Faith Cude Walker Hooper Billy Dean Ray Jr. J.W. Richey Jr.
John Franklin Sain Jr.


Karlee Michelle Britton

Logan Morse and Amber Britton of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of a daughter, born Oct. 28, 2006, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, six-and-a-half ounces, and has been named Karlee Michelle Britton.

Grandparents are Blake and Shelia Britton and Cindy Morse of Walnut Ridge and Micheal Morse of Florida. Great-grandparents include Clifton and Marcene Britton and Darrell and Kathy Dobbs, all of Walnut Ridge, Bob and Betty Lee of Alicia, Brenda Morse of Annieville and Charles Duncan of Lynn.

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Eli Fox Higginbottom

Seth and Brianne Higginbottom of Cave City announce the birth of a son, born Nov. 6, 2006, at Harris Hospital in Newport, weighing six pounds, 15 ounces. He has been named Eli Fox Higginbottom. He has a brother, Tristin.

Grandparents are Charles D. and Modene Hoggard of Smithville and Micheal and Leila Higginbottom of Cave City. Great-grandparents are Bill and Emogene Brown of Poughkeepsie and Joe and Elaine Minter of Cave City.

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Nathaniel Dean Ingram

Kerry and Carrie Ingram of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of a son, born Nov. 4, 2006, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Nathaniel Dean Ingram. He has a brother, Seth David Ingram, 21 months.

Grandparents are Roger and Katheryn Osborne of Cherokee Village and Michael Ingram and Rebecca Barren, both of Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Fayrene Wallace and Virginia Ingram, both of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, are the great-grandmothers.

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Rayce Dean Whitaker

Tony and Amber (Puryear) Whitaker of Paragould are parents of a son, born Nov. 6, 2006, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Weighing six pounds, 11 ounces, he has been named Rayce Dean Whitaker.

Grandparents include Wendy Puryear of Paragould, Dean and Elisha Puryear of Memphis, Mary and Neil Puryear of Jonesboro, Jack and Betty French of Walnut Ridge, Carolyn French of Paragould, Tony Whitaker Sr. of Paragould, Tina Pringle of Batesville and Carolyn and Butch Grigsby of Batesville. Great-grandparents include Josephine French of O'Kean, Lucille Nolen of Paragould, Carolyn Whitaker of Jonesboro, Jack Whitaker and Bernice Noel, both of Paragould.

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Burrow ~ Matheny

Jennifer Jo Matheny and Justin Colby Burrow were united in marriage in an outdoor ceremony on June 24, 2006, at 7:30 in the evening at the home of the bride's parents in Strawberry.

Ceremony officiate was Dennis Smith, uncle of the groom, of Fort Pierce, Fla.

Parents of the couple are Jerry and Beverly Matheny of Strawberry and Cloyce and Snow Ann Burrow of Black Rock. The bride's grandparents are F. K. and Nina Willmuth of Strawberry and the late Herman and Berneace Matheny. The groom's grandparents are the late Cebe and Ruth Burrow and the late Nathaniel "Babe" Smith and the late Dale Tate.

The bride, escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, wore an ivory satin and organza strapless gown by 2 Be Bridal, which featured a fitted bodice delicately embellished at the midriff with seed and wheat pearls and crystals in a floral pattern. Her gown was accented by a pearl ring, necklace and earrings given to her by her parents and sister on her wedding day. She carried a bouquet of ivory calla lilies, roses and tulips secured with ivory ribbon along with a sachet containing special items of sentiment.

The groom escorted his mother down the aisle before taking his place alongside the officiate.

Leslee Smith of Strawberry served her sister as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Jordan Witt of Strawberry, cousin of the bride, Tara Sharp of Black Rock, sister of the groom, Brenna Jones of Jonesboro, sister of the groom, Brittany Doyle of Saffell, Tai Kirby of Bella Vista and Leslie Oliver of Jonesboro.

Cloyce Burrow served his son as best man. Groomsmen were Jonathan Mitchell of Water Valley, Chad Dale of Walnut Ridge, Michael Cole of Jonesboro, Brian Gawf of Lynn, Zach Witt of Strawberry, cousin of the bride, and Shane Evans of Lynn.

Flower girls were Faith Sharp of Black Rock and Jana Jones of Jonesboro, nieces of the groom. Ring bearer was Chase Smith of Strawberry, nephew of the bride. He carried an ivory pillow monogrammed with the initial of the couple's last name.

Guests were greeted by book attendants Natalie Orrick of Strawberry, cousin of the bride, and Amber Broadway of Smithville. The bride's book table held a framed copy of the wedding invitation, in addition to the guest book and wedding programs.

Ushers were Jared Smith of Strawberry, brother-in-law of the bride, and Justin Robertson of Pocahontas. Vocalists were Mike Nunnally of Lynn and Dana Green of Paragould. Ceremony and reception music was provided by Kerry Jones of Strawberry.


A lovely tent reception also on the lawn at the Matheny residence and hosted by the couple's parents, followed the ceremony. Guests were served a buffet of various foods by the ladies from Timber Ridge Lodge. Opal Mullen of Strawberry served guests tea, water and lemonade.

Servers at the bride's cake table were Twila Massey and Willene Massey of Strawberry. Servers at the groom's table were Heather Ashford of Walnut Ridge and Hillary Coleman of Paragould.

Rehearsal dinner

The groom's parents hosted a rehearsal dinner the previous night, June 23, at Josie's at the Lockhouse in Batesville.


The bride and groom were honored by a bridal shower at both Strawberry and Imboden. The bride was also given a lingerie shower at her sister's home in Strawberry. Each shower was hosted by family and close friends.

Following a wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico, the couple is residing in Strawberry..

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Harley A. Blankenship

Harley A. Blankenship, 65, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 8, 2006.

He had lived in Circleville, Ohio, before moving to Walnut Ridge 12 years ago. He was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandparents.

Survivors include five sisters, Pansey Gearing, Luella Berry, Mazie Blankenship, Kandy Backus and Juanita Campbell, all of Ohio; and seven brothers, Martin Blankenship, Bill Blankenship, Gene Blankenship, Jessie Blankenship and Rex Blankenship, all of Ohio, Darl Blankenship, Nebraska, and Robert Blankenship, Georgia.

Funeral was Friday at 7 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Randy Bailey officiating.

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Pinky Mae Blevins

Pinky Mae Blevins, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 7, 2006, at Walnut Ridge.

She was a homemaker and was a member of the Rockhill Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Blevins; a son and two granddaughters.

Survivors include six grandchildren, William Gartell and Evert Gartell, both of Fort Smith, Bill Blevins and Sam Blevins, both of Lynn, Ludie Tapp, Powhatan, and Carolyn Fowler, Hoxie; 25 great-grandchildren; and 41 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 11 a.m. at Powhatan Cemetery with Roger Brumley officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Billy R. Clark

JBilly R. Clark, 63, of Henderson, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 14, 2006, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home.

He had lived in Henderson the past four years and was a retired riverboat engineer for the Archer Daniels-Midland Towing Company. He was a member of the Assembly of God.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Julia Gwynes Clark; a brother, Dean Clark; and two sisters, Sue Sharkey and Betty Lawson.

Survivors include his wife, Carole Phillips Clark; a son, Mark Clark, North Little Rock; two brothers, Leroy Clark, Walnut Ridge, and Charles Clark, Annieville; and two grandsons, Brantley Clark and Hudson Clark.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Kathy Clark and Glenn Chadwick officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, near Annieville, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

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Geraldine Collins Dawson

Geraldine Collins Dawson, 88, of Higginson, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 11, 2006, at Searcy.

She had lived at Walnut Ridge before moving to Higginson five years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Pentecostal Church of Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Homer Collins; her husband, Olen Dawson; four brothers and a sister.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Blackshear, Pangburn; a sister, Marie Ward, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Bob McClain, Malcom McClain, Rebecca Robbins and Jan Mullen; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at First United Pentecostal Church in Walnut Ridge with Everett Hart and Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Malcom McClain, Jimmy Alls, Damien Mullen, Eric McClain, Paul Waddell and Matt Newberry. Honorary pallbearers were Matt Clark, Jeff Franks and Bobby Robinett.

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Richard "Von" Dickison

Richard "Von" Dickison, 78, of Arnold, Mo., formerly of Lynn, died Nov. 10, 2006, at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis County, Mo.

Born Sept. 6, 1928, at Lynn, he was the son of George and Vida Bellamy Dickison. He was retired from Union Electric in St. Louis, and was a member of the Lemay Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Brookshire Adair Dickison; and two brothers, Hardaway Dickison and George Lee Dickison.

Survivors include his wife, Velva "Waneta" Hawkins Dickison; a daughter, Margie Williams, Missouri; four sons, Richard Dickison Jr. and Billy Dickison, both of Missouri, Tommy Dickison, Florida, and Teddy Dickison, Texas; two sisters, Frances Campbell, California, and Helen Oliver, Lynn; and a brother, Donald Dickison, Saffell.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home in Arnold. Local services are today at 10 a.m. at the Lynn Church of Christ. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to time of the service.

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Faith Cude Walker Hooper

Faith Cude Walker Hooper, 85, of Little Rock, died Nov. 7, 2006, at Parkview Health and Rehab Center in Little Rock.

A native of Imboden, she was the daughter of Burrel and Susan Park Cude, and was a retired teacher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Hooper; and two sisters, Hope Cude Johnston and Iona Lou.

Survivors include a son, Gerald K. Walker, Pocahontas; a daughter, Jerry Faith Neumeyer, Little Rock; a sister, Anna Merle Walker, Jonesboro; a brother, Burrel Cude, Imboden; three grandchildren, Cassondra Neumeyer Jurasits, Debbie Walker Waggoner and Aaron Walker; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Old Union Cemetery near Imboden with Keith Waggoner officiating. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Billy Dean Ray Jr.

Billy Dean Ray Jr., nine, of Imboden, died Nov. 11, 2006, at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Born Dec. 14, 1996, in Jonesboro, he was a student.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Billy Dean Ray Sr. and Carole Ray, of the home; his mother, Anna Marie Mareches Ray, Alicia; two brothers, Robert Ray, of the home, and Jason Jones, Imboden; two sisters, Natasha Eyes and Jennifer Dufresne, both of Florida; and his grandmothers, Frances Ray, Knobel, Carolyn Vanderver, Imboden, and Bonny Mareches.

Arrangements will be announced by McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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J.W. Richey Jr.

J.W. Richey Jr., 74, of Lynn, died Oct. 24, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 13, 1932, in Strawberry, he was a Baptist minister in Arkansas for many years and was a member of the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph William Richey Sr.; and a sister, Patsy Oliver.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Charlene Quarry Richey, whom he married Feb. 4, 1950; two sons, Dennis Richey, Simpsonville, S.C., and Bill Richey, Little Rock; his mother, Dallas Hudson Richey, Walnut Ridge; a brother, James B. Richey, Lynn; two sisters, Earlene Ashlock, Cave City, and Mary Sue Alls, Troy, Mo.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Eddie Gene Wright and Larry Etheridge officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Joshua Richey, Jeff Richey, Brian Alls, Jim Duke, Gerald Bilyew and Rickey Huskey. Deacons of Saffell Missionary Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers.

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John Franklin Sain Jr.

John Franklin Sain Jr. 89, of the Chicago area and a former resident of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 7, 2006, at Resthaven West Nursing Home in Downers Grove, Ill. He was a renowned major league baseball pitcher and coach.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1917, in Havana in Yell County, Arkansas. In 1936, the Detroit Tigers signed Sain as an amateur free agent, and he became a rookie for the Boston Braves in 1942. His career was interrupted when he spent 1943-45 serving his country in the military during World War II. In 1946 he became a regular starting pitcher for the Braves at the age of 28.

Sain's baseball statistics are impressive and lengthy. He was a starting pitcher with 20 game wins in four seasons, he completed 57.1 games started and beat bob Feller, 1-0 on opening day if the 1948 World Series. He was part of nine World Series winning teams, four as a player and five as a coach.

Sain kept in touch with his Arkansas roots and was a Chevrolet dealer in Walnut Ridge from 1952 to 1972. His four children grew up in Walnut Ridge, where they graduated from high school. Sain retired from pitching in 1955 and went on to become a highly-respected pitching coach in the 1960s and 1970s.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Ann Zaremba Sain of Oak Brook, Ill.; and children, John Sain III of Treynor, Iowa; Sharyl Sain of Mesa, Ariz.; Ronda Ball of Blytheville and Randy Sain of Walnut Ridge; a stepson, Richard Zaremba of Frankford, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Agnes Murphy.

A visitation was held Saturday at Knollcrest Funeral Home in Lombard, Ill.

Services in Arkansas are being held today with a visitation from 10 to 12 at the Western Yell County Church of Christ in Havana, a funeral at noon, followed by the interment at Walker Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Sertoma Centre (for disabled adults), 4343 W. 123rd Street, Alsip, IL 60803.

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