February 21, 2007 Edition

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Births

Wesley Ellis Ludwig

Obituaries

Jewel Marvin Barnett Glen S. Bice Nellie Mae Bise
Shelby Jean Crisler Rena Lou Dobbs Dean Melissa Carol Dunivan
Bill Guntharp Joe T. Heugel Wilma Arnita Adams Hibbard
Henry H. Hill Hallie B. Miller Dale B. Morgan
Mary Melbareen Robinson Alice Louise Smithee Lillie Ludean Summers
Marie Ivins Wyatt

Births

Wesley Ellis Ludwig

Jason and Stacy Ludwig of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of their first child, a son, born Feb. 13, 2007, at the NEA medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed five pounds, three ounces, and has been named Wesley Ellis Ludwig.

Grandparents are TJ and Crysti Ludwig of Black Rock and David and Linda Ellis of Walnut Ridge. Great-grandparents are Burley Ludwig of Imboden, Diane Ragsdale of Black Rock, Jerry and Agnes Smith of Pleasant Plains and Billy and Zelma Ellis of Walnut Ridge.

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Obituaries

Jewel Marvin Barnett

Jewel Marvin Barnett, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 17, 2007, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

A World War II Air Force veteran, he lived in Lawrence County most of his life and was a truck stop owner. He was a member of the VFW and White Oak Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Hurshel Barnett and Ray Barnett; and two sisters, Gladys Davis and Ruby Goodman.

Survivors include his wife, Emma Barnett; two sons, Doug Barnett, Crossville, Tenn., and Don Barnett, Batesville, Miss.; and a sister, Lola Hurleman, Cummings, Ga.

Funeral was Monday at 3 p.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Keith Marlin and Bob Crabb officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Loyal Goodman, Doug Arnold, Bill Rush, Bob McMillan, Bill McNutt and Robert Foster. Honorary pallbearer were Aaron Andrews and Ross Rainwater.

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Glen S. Bice

Glen S. Bice, 66, of Imboden, died Feb. 19, 2007, at his home.

Born Oct. 1, 1940, at Chilson, he was a retired truck driver and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Gladys Willbanks Bice; two brothers, George Bice and Bill Bice; and two sisters, Barbara Bice and Beatrice Bice.

Survivors include two sons, Glen Edward Bice, Fredericktown, Mo., and Gordon Bice, Imboden; four daughters, Chenoa McCall and Summer Bice, both of Imboden, Glenda Chamberlin, Michigan, and Kay Bice, Indiana; four brothers, Justin Bice, Cleburn, Texas, Jerry Bice, Ravenden, Fred Bice, Imboden, and James Bice, Black Rock; two sisters, Diane Puckett and Debbie Tribble, both of Imboden; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Due, James Bice Jr., Richard Bice, Jason Bice, Jimmy Dale Ingram and Seth Allen Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Dean Puckett, Michael Bice, Justin Bice, Cotton Broadwater, Shannon White, Luke Clay, Tommy Hughes and Aaron Broadwater.

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Nellie Mae Bise

Nellie Mae Bise, 94, died Feb. 19, 2007, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born Nov. 6, 1912, in Middlebrook, she was the daughter of James and Lillian Smith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James Neal; her second husband, Ralph Bise; a stepson, Lyle Neal; a sister, Nova Cook; and four brothers, Warner Smith, Brodie Smith, Eugene Smith and Dan Smith.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Donna Jean Ray, Grand Terrace, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Estella Smith, Walnut Ridge, and Joanne Smith, Florida; two nieces, Rhonda Prichard, Florida, and Ruth Smith, Kansas City, Mo.; and seven nephews, Ray Smith and Paul Smith, both of Black Rock, Michael Smith, Paragould, Eddie Cook, Pocahontas, Johnie Smith, Kansas City, James Smith, Kentucky, and Brodie Smith Jr., Florida.

A memorial service will be held at the Church of Christ in Hesperia, Calif. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park at Cypress, Calif.

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Shelby Jean Crisler

Shelby Jean Crisler, 63, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 18, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 26, 1944, at Cash, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Pauline Fox Rhodes; and a brother, James (Jimmer) Rhodes.

Survivors include two sons, Darrel Crisler, Walnut Ridge, and Stan Crisler, Manila; a brother, Luther Rhodes, Michigan; a sister, Geraldine Kauffman, Turrell; and three grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held by the family at Bishop & Gibson Cemetery near Jonesboro.

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Rena Lou Dobbs Dean

Rena Lou Dobbs Dean, 69, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 18, 2007.

Born July 5, 1937, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Ray and Lorine Dobbs. She taught school in Osceola for 35 years. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Osceola from 1958 to 1999, where she was involved in the youth programs. She was currently a member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro and a member of the Agnes Harrelson Sunday School Class.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, James R. Dean; two daughters, Lorie Taylor, Memphis, and Susan Dean, Milford, Conn.; a son, James R. Dean Jr., Stamford, Conn.; two brothers, Ray Dobbs and Jack Dobbs, both of Hoxie; a sister, Dortha Vaughn, Tulsa; and four grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro with Tom Doty and Bruce Tippitt officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Memorials may be made to the Care Center of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

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

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Melissa Carol Dunivan

Melissa Carol Dunivan, 42, of Bradford, sister of Connie Dunivan of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 12, 2007. Burial was Thursday in Dowells Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport. An online guestbook is available at www.dillingerfuneralhome.com.

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Bill Guntharp

Bill Guntharp, 70, of Bono, died Feb. 12, 2007, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Born in the Coffman community, he lived most of his adult life in Bono. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean War and was retired from the Jonesboro Stockyard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hairl and Leona Guntharp.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Guntharp; two sons, Bryan Guntharp, Rockford, Ill., and Charles Guntharp, Brookland; four daughters, Sherry Walston, Woodstock, Ga., Connie Brasmore, Bono, Cindy McQuay, Valley View, and Carolyn Parson, Batesville; a sister, Alice Phipps, Jonesboro; a brother, Dr. Jim Guntharp, Bono; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at the Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with Dr. Jim Guntharp officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Wesley Guntharp, Michael McQuay, Josh Guntharp, Jake Guntharp, Cody Brasmore and Robert Strehlow. Honorary pallbearers were Dene Harden, Leonard Goza, Millard Guntharp and Gary Thacker.

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

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Joe T. Heugel

Joe T. Heugel, 72, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 13, 2007.

Born Aug. 11, 1934, in Keizer, he was a former truck driver and was a member of Faith Assembly Church. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and Shriner's in St. Louis and Eastern Star. He was a Master Mason of the Masonic Lodge No. 68 in Kennett, Mo.

He was preceded in death by a son, Joe Heugel II; his parents, Charlie and Georgia Langall Heugel; two brothers, Jewell Heugel and Harry Heugel; and two sisters, Pearl Heugel and Lois Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Russell Heugel, whom he married Nov. 28, 1963; two daughters, Georgia Heugel, Junction City, Ill., and Eva Burr, Sandoval, Ill.; a sister, Corine Nelson, Potosi, Mo.; five grandchildren, Heather Heugel, Jessica Knox, Hannah Burr, Billy Wilmoth and Cecil Burr; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Betty Williams officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Wilma Arnita Adams Hibbard

Wilma Arnita Adams Hibbard, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 19, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 11, 1920, in Corning, she was the daughter of William and Minnie Gooch Adams.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Dailey Hibbard, on July 15, 1975, whom she married in August of 1945; four sisters, Wanda Foster, Beatrice Buhler, Oma Emmons and Evelyn Ireland; and four brothers, Bill Adams, Austin Adams, Ausborn Adams and Lon Adams.

Survivors include a son, Larry Dale Hibbard and wife, Teresa, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Janice Hibbard, Walnut Ridge; a brother, John Adams, Foley, Mo.; and a sister, Lavern Aldridge, Poplar Bluff, Mo.

A graveside celebration of her life will be held today at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Ron Floyd officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Scott Downum, Dale Cobble, Andy Cobble, Pete Newman, Danny Joe Hibbard and Allen Hibbard.

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Henry H. Hill

Henry H. Hill, 93, of the Bramlett community, died Feb. 17, 2007, in Walnut Ridge.

A lifetime resident of Lawrence County, he was a World War II Army veteran, a retired farmer and a member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Mullen Hill, whom he married in 1947; eight brothers and a sister.

Survivors include a sister, Joann Hood, Walnut Ridge; a brother, B.J. Hill, California; and nieces and nephews, including Nita Bartlett, Jonesboro; and Linda Hudspeth, Harrison.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Oak Grove Church of Christ with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial was in Calvin Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Joey Cooper, Waymond Hutton, Eric Joplin, Junior Briner, Jerry Felts and Carl Koerbel. Honorary pallbearers were J.M. "Buster" Kennedy and the men of the Oak Grove Church of Christ.

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Hallie B. Miller

Hallie B. Miller, 76, of Paragould, sister of Bob Lowery of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 14, 2007, at her home. Burial was Saturday in Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Dale B. Morgan

Dale B. Morgan, 78, of Lynn, died Feb. 15, 2007, at his home.

He was a retired timber worker and farmer. A lifelong resident of Lynn, he had served on the Democrat Central Committee and was a member of the Lynn Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Blanch Erwin Morgan; and a sister, Rebecca Cooper.

Survivors include two son, Mike Morgan, Melbourne, and Jimmy Dale Morgan, Pocahontas; a daughter, Susie Brumley, Pocahontas; five sisters, Clara Dennison, Powhatan, Joanne Shelton and Linda Richey, both of Searcy, Mary Dennison, Lynn, and Betty Mullen, St. Louis; two brothers, Harold Morgan and Jerry Morgan, both of Lynn; and six grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Lynn Church of Christ with John Paul Morgan and Kenny Townsend officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers were Fred Morgan, Jerry Wayne Morgan, Mart Lee Morgan, Danny Morgan, Shawn Morgan and John Paul Morgan. Honorary pallbearers were Burt Jones, Gardner Clinton, Heston Matthews, Gerald Richey, Gerald Ratliff, Carl Birmingham, Linda Harris, Katie Davis, Dean Harris, Charles Harris, Ralph Brown, Glenn Oliver and Jim Oliver.

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Mary Melbareen Robinson

Mary Melbareen Robinson, 85, of Hoxie, died Feb. 12, 2007, in Walnut Ridge.

She was a retired registered nurse and had lived in Hoxie the past 26 years, after moving from California. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elvis Jack Robinson; a daughter, her parents, Floyd and Bonnie Alexander; two sons; a sister, a brother and three grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Eugenia Robinson, Hoxie, Towana Craft, Walnut Ridge, and Sally Jones, Ravenden; four sons, Billy Robinson, Hoxie, Jack Robinson and Teddy Robinson, both of Manteca, Calif., and R.H. Johnson, Sacramento, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Donnie Bromley, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Roberta Lester, Antioch, Calif.; 28 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Chapel with Derek Collins and Randy Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Billy Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Billy Taylor Jr., Bo Johnson, Billy Stafford Jr. and Carl Day. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Day and Earl Day.

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

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Alice Louise Gosha Smithee

Alice Louise Gosha Smithee, 65, of Hoxie, died Feb. 17, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Born June 2, 1941, at Old Walnut Ridge, she was a homemaker and was of the Protestant belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Boyd and Cecil Cole Gosha; a brother, Charles Gosha; and a sister, Ruby Smith.

Survivors include her husband, Cloyce Smithee, whom she married Nov. 28, 1964; a son, Brad Smithee, Paragould; two sisters, Patsy Mosier, Paragould, and Barbara Wallis, Blue Eye, Mo.; a brother, Dean Gosha, Rockford, Ill.; and three grandchildren, Seth, Hannah and Abby.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Mike Winberry officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Dane Wallis, Scott Mosier, Larry Light, Mike Cook, Glenn Kennedy and Kelly Rogers.

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Lillie Ludean Summers

Lillie Ludean Summers, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 17, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 17, 1921, in the Eleven Point community, she was the daughter of Ben and Mary Vandergriff Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Artie Summers, in 1965, whom she married in 1960.

Survivors include two nephews, Tom Towell, Pocahontas, and Jerry Snow, Reno, Nev.; and two nieces, Patsy Wilcox, Reno, Nev., and Doris Hunsinger, Dana Pointe, Calif.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Rev. Dale Blackwell officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation is today from 9 a.m. until time of the service.

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Marie Ivins Wyatt

Marie Ivins Wyatt, 83, of Mountain Home and a lifelong resident of the Walnut Ridge area, died Feb. 19, 2007, at Mountain Home. Funeral services will be Friday Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge, followed by internment at Lawrence Memorial Park. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m..

Born Marie Melvina Ivins on Dec. 29, 1923, near Walnut Ridge to James Arthur and Dorothy Lamb Ivins. She was the seventh of nine children. On May 4, 1941 she married John Newton Wyatt of Walnut Ridge. During the war, they moved to Huntsville, Ala., while Mr. Wyatt working on construction of what would become Redstone Arsenal.

Returning to farming in Lawrence County, Marie worked for a time as a seamstress for the Lawrence County Shirt Factory, and worked in the home and on the farm. She was an avid gardener. Marie and John had been married for 62 years at the time of his death in late 2003. She was an active member of the Midway Assembly of God Church for many years.

Survivors include one daughter, Bonnie (John) Elders on Mountain Home; two sons, Darrel (Becky Norman) Wyatt, M.D. of East Palatka, Fla. and Ted (Denise) Wyatt of Coweta, Okla.; three sisters, Maggie Burns of Walnut Ridge, Muriel (Phil) Parks and Myrtle Schultz, both of Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Greg (Michele) Elders, M.D. of Mountain Home, and Karen and John Wyatt of Coweta, Okla.; four great-grandchildren, Molly, Bailey, Gabriel and Joseph Elders of Mountain Home; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two infant brothers; brother Harvey Ivins, and sisters, Minnie Hubbs and Mamie Rainwater Doyle.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge or to the Heifer Project International in lieu of flowers.

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