December 20, 2006 Edition

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Canyon Lake Durham Joseph Knighten-Sprinkle Charles Landon Nash
Steven Eli Stewart


Henry ~ Fisher


Phyllis Ann Crawford Barbara Fry Cunningham Gregory A. Dawson
Dover Lee Douglas Tiny Ellen Felton H.O. Harris
Maggie Elizabeth Marsh LeRoy A. "Roy" Moore Blaine Lee Rogers
Phillis Kaye Shewmaker


Canyon Lake Durham

Billy and Shawn Durham of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of a son, born December 14, 2006, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Canyon Lake Durham. He has four siblings, Destiny, 16, Landon, seven, Luke, 17 and Lara, 18.

Grandparents are Butch and Pam Horton of Walnut Ridge, Nancy Ervin of Hoxie and Earl Durham Jr. of Atlanta, Ga. Great-grandparents include Lowell and Beatrice Graham of Walnut Ridge, Willard and Vera Horton of Black Rock, Bill Taylor of Hoxie, Marie Ervin of Walnut Ridge and Margie Durham of Portia.

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Joseph Kane Knighten-Sprinkle

Jordan Sprinkle and Katy Knighten of Highland announce the birth of a son, born Oct. 11, 2006, at UAMS in Little Rock. The baby weighed five pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Joseph Kane Knighten-Sprinkle.

Grandparents are Stacy Cook Sprinkle of Hardy, Mark Sprinkle of Evening Shade, Kelly Wood and Tom Garner, both of Ash Flat and Mack Knighten of Ocean Springs, Miss. Great-grandparents are Gary Cook of Walnut Ridge, Oleta Arnold Goates of Crystal Springs, Mo., Clarence and Mary Sprinkle of Evening Shade and Rita Wood of Ash Flat. Great-great-grandparents are Freda Arnold of Plumerville and Baycell "B.R." Sprinkle of Evening Shade.

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Charles Landon Nash

Brandon and Morganne Nash of Walnut Ridge are parents of a son, born Nov. 29, 2006, at the NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro.

He weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Charles Landon Nash, but will be called "Drake."

Grandparents are Kevin and Rhonda Simms and Ricky and Joy Nash, all of Walnut Ridge. Great-grandparents are Buel and Peggy Dame of Walnut Ridge, Raymond and Sue Nash of Maynard and Katherine Horn of Stokes. Aleeta Dame of Walnut Ridge is the great-great-grandmother and Lela Miller of Walnut Ridge is the great-great-great grandmother.

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Steven Eli Stewart

Steve and Lisa Stewart of Portia announce the birth of a son, born Dec. 11, 2006, at the NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed nine pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Steven Eli Stewart. He has a brother, Jason Paul Stewart.

Grandparents are Richard Stewart and Arlene Smith of Jonesboro, Janice Collins of Thayer, Mo., and Walter Collins ofWarrenton, Mo. Velma Louton of Bonnerdale is the great-grandmother.

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Henry ~ Fisher

Rachel Marie Fisher from Nashville, Tenn., became the bride of Jeffrey Andrew Henry of Jackson, Tenn., on Oct. 7, 2006, at 2 p.m. at the Nashville Korean Presbyterian Church in Brentwood, Tenn.

The bride is the daughter of John and Mi Hyea Fisher of Brentwood, Tenn., and Steve and Ruth Dudugjian from Nashville, Tenn. Her grandparents are Frances Fisher of Gallatin, Tenn., and the late Bill Fisher, Fran Bergen of Gallatin, Tenn., and the late Harold Bergen and Homini and Hobigi Lee of Nashville, Tenn.

She will graduate from Tennessee Technological University in December with a degree in art education and is a member of the Baptist Student Union, National Art Education Association and Visual Arts Society.

The groom is the son of Harroll and Linda Henry of Muscle Shoals, Ala. His grandparents are Ed and Jean Cleaves of Jonesboro and Freda Henry of Walnut Ridge and the late Bill Henry.

He graduated from Tennessee Technological University in May with a degree in mechanical engineering and is attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing a masters' of divinity. He is a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, the Baptist Student Union and the Wesley Foundation. He works for First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., in the middle school ministry

Rev. Bud Alexander and Dr. Joe Wiles, both of Cookeville, Tenn., officiated at the ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Matt Glass, Shannon Hayes and Melanie Park.

The bride wore a handmade silk shantung gown with a crossover bodice overlaid in lace and an inset of the same lace along the train.

Melanie Cooper of Nashville, Tenn., sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Kerry Dietch of Angleton, Texas, Erin Erb of Cookeville, Tenn., Brittany Willis of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Christina Henry of Muscle Shoals, Ala., sister of the groom.

Thomas Vertrees of Cookeville, Tenn., served as best man. Groomsmen were Mo Elbeitam of Greeneville, S.C., Jonate Scales of Cookeville, Tenn., John Fisher of Nashville, Tenn., brother of the bride, and Josh Cooper of Nashville, Tenn., brother-in-law of the bride.

Following the ceremony, a gourmet reception was held at the church, as well.

Following a seven-day honeymoon to Napa Valley, Calif., they now reside at 1080 West Main Street, Apt. 505, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Freda Henry of Walnut Ridge, grandmother of the groom, attended the wedding.

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Phyllis Ann "Peagie" Crawford

Phyllis Ann "Peagie" Crawford, 48, of Black Rock, died Dec. 19, 2006, at her home.

Born May 16, 1958, in West Helena, she lived in Marianna and Hoxie before moving to Black Rock.

After working in radiology for 17 years, she completed nursing school and began work as a registered nurse.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leonard and Cloyce Austin and James Earl and Stella Crawford.

Survivors include her parents, Joe and Joyce Crawford, Black Rock; two sisters, Pam Finch, DeValls Bluff, and Ellen Woodyard, Beebe; and a brother, Jerry Crawford, Marianna.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Hoxie with Bro. Lynn Garmroth officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation is Thursday evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, in care of The Komen Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or Hoxie First Baptist Church.

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Barbara Fry Cunningham

Barbara Fry Cunningham, 96, of Stone Mountain, Ga., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 17, 2006, in Atlanta.

Born July 1, 1910, in Water Valley, she was the daughter of Van and Chloe Craven Frye. She was a graduate of Wilson High School and Jonesboro A and M Business School (now Arkansas State University).

She was an active volunteer for the American Red Cross during World War II. She served in a leadership position with the American Legion Auxiliary and the PTA, both locally and statewide, during the 1930s and 1940s. She retired from a career as owner and manager of Cunningham Insurance Agency. She was an active and long-standing member of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge, where she served on the administrative board and was also a member of United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Judge Percy Smith "P.S." Cunningham, whom she married July 1, 1932.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Lee Broadhurst, Conway, Alice Jeanne Cunningham, Stone Mountain, and Mary Anne Meacham, Fort Myers, Fla.; a son, James Percy Cunningham, Carrollton, Ga.; two half-sisters, Lou Saunders, Imboden, and Janelle Heal, Creston, Ill.; a half-brother, Charles Davidson, Black Rock; six grandchildren, Stuart Wooldridge, Melissa Courtway, Wesley Hamilton, Kelly Patterson, Ian Cunningham and Lindsey Cunningham; 10 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild;

A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge, with a reception afterwards. A private burial will be at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Gregory A. Dawson

Gregory A. Dawson, 48, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 16, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born June 13, 1958, in Walnut Ridge, he was a factory worker and a carpenter. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas (Al) Dawson.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Bennett Dawson; two sons, Shawn Dawson and Brandon Dawson, both of the home; his mother, Patsy Dawson, Walnut Ridge; and a sister, Kim Huckaby, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Chapel with Chuck Fitzgerald and Robbie Haggard officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were David Watson, Chuck Shall, Bryan Philliman, Ronnie Rice, Garrod Huckaby, Tim Mashburn and Tim Snow.

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Dover Lee Douglas

Dover Lee Douglas, 73, of Ravenden, died Dec. 17, 2006, at his home.

Born Nov. 3, 1933, in Lynn, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign War Post 2242 in Paragould.

He worked as a mechanic and a farmer, and was a sponsor and counselor with Alcoholics Anonymous. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church at Halfmoon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil A. and Ollie Mae White Douglas; two brothers; a sister; a grandson; and a great-grandson.

Survivors include his wife, Rosetta Melson Douglas; three daughters, Sherry Lynn Oden, Paragould, Pamela Kay Squires, Wheatland, Mo., and Patsy Sue Thompson, Ravenden; a son, Randal Voyles, Black Rock; a stepson, Steven Ray Arnold, Floral; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10:30 a.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel with Revs. Pat Hovis, Boyce Cate and Tom Wellman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery near Walcott.

Pallbearers will be Keith Wright, Kenneth Oden Jr., Andy Rogers, Sean Rusk, Jimmy Turner and Joshua Channing. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Smith Jr., Brandon Thompson, Sean Voyles, Wyatt Arnold and Gavin Arnold.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Paragould VFW Post 2242.

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Tiny Ellen Felton

Tiny Ellen Felton, 47, of Hot Springs, died Dec. 15, 2006, in Little Rock

Born March 18, 1959, in Walnut Ridge, she was a registered nurse. She was a member of the Arkansas Nurses Association and Airport Road Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her father, Claytus Whitehead, in 2001; a sister, Linda Green, in 1989; and a brother, Dickey Whitehead in 1955.

Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Steve Ray Felton; three sons, Steve C. Felton, Hot Springs, William Felton, Little Rock, and Jeramie Felton, Walnut Ridge; her mother, Geneva Whitehead, Walnut Ridge; five brothers, Junior Whitehead, Pocahontas, Kenny Whitehead, Greenwood, Jackie Whitehead and John Whitehead, both of Jonesboro, and Joel Whitehead, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Gwen Holland, Walnut Ridge, and Lisa Zirbel, Weiner; and three grandchildren, Sophia Felton and Sylvie Felton, both of Bismarck, and Riley Felton, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Gross Funeral Home Chapel in Hot Springs with Jack Smith officiating. Burial was in Lowe Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Junior Whitehead, Kenny Whitehead, Jackie Whitehead, John Whitehead, Joel Whitehead and William Felton. Honorary pallbearers were Jeramie Felton, Tim Tagami, C.R. Wallace, Daniel Hill, David Gaines, Josh Holland, Adam Holland and Cody Holland.

An online guestbook is available at

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H.O. "Doc" Harris

H.O. "Doc" Harris, 85, of, Strawberry, died Dec. 17, 2006, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

A lifetime resident of Strawberry, he was a retired farmer and a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Amy Mae McGee Harris.

Survivors include a daughter, Geneva Sue Huckaba, Mablevale; two sisters, Imogene Belk, Jonesboro, and Imo Gray, Strawberry; two brothers, Felix Harris and Kenneth Harris, both of Strawberry; and a grandson, Nicholas Huckaba.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at the House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Don R. House and A.J. Arnold officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery near Strawberry.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Joe Harris, R.A. Wright, David Hendrickson, Sid Peebles, Don McGee and Brian Tuggle.

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Maggie Elizabeth "Tinny" Marsh

Maggie Elizabeth "Tinny" Marsh, 63, of Ravenden, died Dec. 13, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge.

Born at Grubbs, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Marsh; a son, John Albert Smith; her parents, Albert and Goldie Brooks Leonard; two brothers, Robert Leonard and McArthur Leonard; and a sister, Helen McGinnis.

Survivors include a brother, Jimmie Leonard, Ravenden.

Graveside services were Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bonds Cemetery at Knobel with Don VunCannon officiating.

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LeRoy A. "Roy" Moore

LeRoy A. "Roy" Moore, 95, of Citrus Springs, Fla., died Nov. 20, 2006, in Lecanto, Fla.

Born Aug. 6, 1911, in the Denton community, he was the son of Jesse Beauregard and Lula Mae Ellison Moore. He was a World War II Army veteran, having served as a corpsman in the Philippine Islands. He retired in 1971 after more than 24 years as an assembly engineer supervisor with Burroughs Corporation in Plymouth, Mich. He moved to Florida in 1977 from Brighton, Mich. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs and the Citrus Springs Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Floreen Moore; a son, Gary Moore, Mesa, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Thomas Moore, Steven Moore, Edward Kulin and Karen Kulin; eight great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends in this area.

Fero Funeral Home of Beverly Hills, Fla., had charge of arrangements.

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Blaine Lee Rogers

Blaine Lee Rogers, 38, of Pocahontas, died Dec. 10, 2006, at his home.

He was born Jan. 30, 1968, in Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Leonard Rogers.

Survivors include his mother, Jane Taylor Rogers, Pocahontas; a brother, Donald Wayne Rogers, Little Rock; and a sister, Charlotte Lynn Murray, Pocahontas.

A celebration of his life was held Friday at The Modern Day Vets in Pocahontas. A memorial service was conducted by Roger Eveland. Cox-Waymon Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Phillis Kaye Shewmaker

Phillis Kaye Shewmaker, 57, of Springdale, died Dec. 5, 2006.

Born Dec. 28, 1948, in Lafe, she attended schools in Lafe, Hoxie and Viola and graduated from Searcy High School in 1966. She received a BFA degree from Arkansas State University in 1971 and pursued degrees in geology and mathematics.

She had lived and worked in California, Texas, Colorado and Mississippi before moving to Springdale in 1998, where she worked as a database administrator. Her previous careers included research assistant, medical illustrator, photographer, geologic technician and software engineering.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Juanita Mosbey Shewmaker.

Survivors include her father, Phillip R. Shewmaker III; a sister, LaJuana Joan Shewmaker; and a brother, Phillip R. Shewmaker Jr.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m., Dec. 28, at First United Methodist Church in Searcy.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or Stem Cell Research Foundation, Development Department, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

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