January 10, 2007 Edition

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Weddings

Clark ~ Cutlip

Obituaries

Dwight L. Dawson Mary Katherine Gay Bessie Kachel
Joseph Maurice Kidd Gladys Pruitt Laird Tom Charles Manning
Roger D. Millsap Rachel E. Phillips Elva Leavine Pickett
Bobby Porter Etta Louise Smith

Weddings

Clark ~ Cutlip

Bethany Kathryn Deacon-Cutlip became the bride of Corbet Leroy Clark III in a ceremony solemnized on Dec. 16, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Jonesboro.

Parents of the couple are Jeffery and Catherine Cutlip of Pine Bluff and C.L. Jr. and Gail Clark of Walnut Ridge.

Father William Wewers, OSB, officiated the double-ring ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Robert Clayton of Paragould, organist, and Karen Clark of Nashville, Tenn., soloist.

The bride, who was escorted by her father, wore a satin A-line dress with champagne overskirt, split skirt and waist-defining detail. The bodice and insert were adorned with beaded lace. A champagne cathedral length veil accented with crystals was worn during the ceremony. It was exchanged for a double-layered elbow length veil during the reception.

She carried a bouquet of red roses and red hypericum berries embellished with salal greenery hand-tied with champagne ribbon and pearls.

Nicole Bibb of Colorado Springs, Colo., served as matron of honor, and Stephanie Carr of Little Rock was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Amber Lingle and Natalie Bohannan, both of Conway.

Best man was Clay Bibb of Colorado Springs. Andy McNeal of Walnut Ridge, Clark Smalling of Little Rock and Ben Culver of Ozark served as groomsmen.

Ushers were Jeffery Stephens of Colorado, Daniel Hargrove of Little Rock and Drew Kellam of Texas.

Sarah Riggs and Kayla Culver served as flower girls, and Cass Wiederkehr was ring bearer.

Alysa Hebert of Derry, N.H., and Jay Clark of Nashville, Tenn., attended the bride's book.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Jonesboro Country Club. Servers were Kelly Beard and Krista Cummings, both of Sherwood.

Following a nine-day wedding trip to Hawaii, the couple are at home in Walnut Ridge, where Corbet is a contractor with Clark General Contractors, Inc. in Walnut Ridge and Bethany is a speech pathologist at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Jonesboro.

Out-of-area guests

Out-of-state guests attending the wedding included: Maureen Donovan, Henry Donovan, Hank Hebert, Kevin Hebert, Chris Hebert, Wayne, Terry, Alysa and Keith Hebert and Mark, Colleen and Tabitha Krop, all of New Hampshire; Edna Cutlip of North Carolina; and Eric Cutlip and Karen Keiser, both of Michigan.

Also: Brenda Wiederkehr and Joe Power, Seguin, Texas; Becky Wiederkehr and Lee Potts, St. Louis; Matt and Bobbie Wiederkehr, Centerville, Minn.; Ernie and Mary Clark, Brookhaven, Miss.; Jay, Karen and Quin Clark and Jeff and Rachel Dickey Haithcoat, Nashville, Tenn.; and Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Kincade and Anna, Memphis.

Out-of-county guests were: Mats and LaDonna Mathur, Warren; Jenny Harper, Wesley Lipscomb and Mandy Maples, Little Rock; Lindalu Hargraves, Helena; Sheila Collins, Star City; Ruby Collins, White Hall; Kelly Beard and Krista Cummings, Sherwood; Don and Ro Moore and Steve and Nan Carr, Pine Bluff; Jessica Carr, Fayetteville; Mrs. Leo (Delores) Wiederkehr, Gary and Vickie Wiederkehr and R.C and Toni Plugge, Altus; Steve, Kim, Kelly Lynn and Alex Ann Wilcoxon, Batesville; and Ashley M. Clark, Farmington.

Also: David and Barbara Culver, Brad, Jessie and Dean Culver, Ben, Ashley, Kayla and Holly Culver and Don and Delores Neumeier, Ozark; Calvin and Diane Howard Jones, Sherwood; Mrs. John (Lou) Wiederkehr, Fort Smith; Honorable Betty Clark Dickey, Heber Springs; Jerry and Carolyn Kincade, Maumelle; Mrs. David (Rochelle) Greenwood, North Little Rock; Marcia Wiederkehr, Rogers; Jerry Halley and Carmon D'Amico and Andrew, Greenwood; Kevin, MeLissa, Katza, Daria and Cass Wiederkehr, Van Buren; and Dr. Joe Waldrum, Little Rock.

Rehearsal dinner

A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom, was held Dec. 15 at the Holiday Inn in Jonesboro.

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Obituaries

Dwight L. Dawson

Dwight L. Dawson, 82, of Maynard, father of Debra Wallace of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 24, 2006, at his home. Burial was Dec. 28 in Maynard Cemetery under the direction of Cox-Waymon Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Mary Katherine "Tootsie" Gay

Mary Katherine "Tootsie" Gay, 82, of Cave City, died Jan. 4, 2007, at the Cave City Nursing Home.

Born April 7, 1924, at Strawberry, she was the daughter of Arthur Lee and Hilda Esther Lee Lackey Asberry. She was a retired cook for Cave City School, a homemaker and was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Clede Asberry, Clyde Asberry and J.D. Asberry; and three sisters, Ruthel Mullen, Maxie Whitmire and Zora Lee Perkey.

Survivors include her husband, L.J. Gay; two sons, Bobby Joe Gay, Cave City, and Elbert Lee Gay, Strawberry; two daughters, Sharon Kay Palmer, Cave City, and Kathy Ann Huskey, Batesville; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City with Bro. Ron Canard officiating. Burial was in Milligan Campground Cemetery, near Strawberry, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were grandsons Tim Palmer, Roger Gay, Mike Hoggard, Jason Palmer, Dennis Gay and Travis Hoggard.

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Bessie Kachel

Bessie Kachel, 80, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 7, 2007.

Survivors include her husband, Floyd Kachel; three sons, Bobby Bennett and Walter Bennett, both of Fort Smith, and Jimmy Bennett, Hardy; three daughters, Carolyn Brown, Smithville, Joann Bennett, Ravenden, and Lucy Carroll, Imboden; a sister, Ole Thomas, Indiana; 76 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home at Pocahontas with Jim Coker officiating. Burial will follow later at Bristow, Okla.

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Joseph Maurice "Joe" Kidd

Joseph Maurice "Joe" Kidd, 41, of Pocahontas, father of Timothy Ray Kidd of Strawberry, died Jan. 1, 2006. Burial was Saturday in Palestine Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Gladys L. Pruitt Laird

Gladys L. Pruitt Laird, 87, of Bay, mother of Junior Pruitt of Ravenden, died Jan. 4, 2007. Burial was Monday in Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann. An online guestbook is available at www.thompsonfuneralhome.com.

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Tom Charles Manning

Tom Charles Manning, 87, of Little Rock, died Jan. 7, 2007, following a short illness.

Born April 3, 1919, at Sedgwick, he was the son of Tom and Essie Worlow Manning. He graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1940.

While in high school, he joined the National Guard and was sent to Seward, Alaska, when the Guard mobilized in 1941. He later joined the Air Force and went through pilot training in California. After graduating, he was assigned to the Ferry Command and was later assigned to the China, Burma and India theaters of war. He flew 85 round trips with cargo from India over the Himalayan Mountains to China during World War II.

He worked as a flight instructor for Graham aviation for 10 years before beginning a 16-year career with the Federal Aviation Administration. He was a member of the NARFE, the American Legion and the Retired Pilots Association. He was a member of the West Side Baptist Church in Greer's Ferry, where he lived for more than 25 years after retiring from the FAA.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Manning; a brother, Walter Manning; and two grandsons, Kenneth Manning and Thomas Wade Steenberg.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mardelle Holder Manning; a son, Ronald Manning, Alexander City, Ala.; three daughters, Carolyn Steenberg, Linday Blaylock and Kathy Jones, all of Little Rock; six grandchildren, Mandy Blaylock Knepper, Josh Blaylock, Stephanie Steenberg Tucker, Tracy Jones, Jason Sellers and Kristie Browning; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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Roger D. Millsap

Roger D. Millsap, 57, of Ravenden, died Jan. 6, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Survivors include a daughter, April Millsap, Bono; two sisters, Audrey Henderson and Pauline Melton, both of Ravenden; two brothers, Jimmy Millsap, Jonesboro, and Bobby Lane, Belmont, Mo.; and three grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Dail Cemetery at Ravenden with Floyd Hatfield officiating. Cox-Waymon Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Rachel E. Phillips

Rachel E. Phillips, 91, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Imboden, died Jan. 3, 2007, at the Valley Health Care and Rehab in Arizona.

Born Jan. 16, 1915, in Cave City, she was the daughter of Marion Wesley and Sarah Elizabeth Crow Mayhan. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Floyd Phillips; a granddaughter, Denise Aby, Nebraska; two grandsons, Patrick and Michael, both of Arkansas; a daughter-in-law, Judy Phillips; and great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 10 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, near Cave City, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Elva Leavine Pickett

Elva Leavine Pickett, 80, of Joplin, Mo., died Jan. 5, 2007, at her home.

Born Nov. 26, 1926, in Swifton, she was the daughter of Leonard and Ida Smith Luther.

A horticulturist, she was a California certified nurseryman specializing in landscaping and plants. She had lived in Joplin since 1992.

Survivors include her husband, Lynn A. Pickett, whom she married July 10, 1943, in Walnut Ridge; a son, Michael Pickett, Pleasanton, Calif.; a daughter, Brenda Abshier, Webb City, Mo.; two sisters, Leoda Brightwell, Cassville, Mo., and Ruth Sandifer, Arlington, Wash.; four grandchildren, Amy Kelley, Josh Abshier, Lyndsey Fritts and Cassandra Pickett; and eight great-grandchildren.

The body will be cremated. Private committal services will be held at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo.

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Major General Bobby Porter

U.S. Army Major General (Retired) Bobby Porter, 72, died Jan. 5, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Walter W. and Thelma L. Porter. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1957 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant at that time. He served two tours in Vietnam, and prior to his retirement, was Commander of the famed 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Sue Porter.

Survivors include two sons, Rev. William T. Porter, Titusville, Fla., and James R. Porter, Jonesboro; a daughter, Suzy L. Granger, League City, Texas; five grandchildren, Tara Lynn Lakin, Phillip Shad Porter, Amy Margaret Porter, Carolyn Sue Zoe Granger and Porter Lee Granger; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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Etta Louise Smith

Etta Louise Smith, 92, of Portia, died Jan. 6, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born June 10, 1914, at Black Rock, she was the daughter of John and Gertrude Combs Hall. She was a homemaker and a member of Clear Springs Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Julian A. Smith, on July 2, 2001, whom she married Oct. 4, 1930, at Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Smith, Greer's Ferry, and Wayne Smith, Marked Tree; two daughters, Gwendolyn Lowe, Milford, Ohio, and Shirley Richey, Black Rock; a sister, Pauline Starnes, Jonesboro; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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