March 07, 2007 Edition

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Jayden Matthew Guilliams Grace Lee Madden Haylie Lynn Stallings


Blakeney ~ Manus


Lydia Belle Barnet Gary Wayne Blazer James Leroy Britt
Glen Jasper Carroll Billy Mack Edmondson Ruth Jane Green
Bertia Madison Hembrey Carolyn Sue Melton Bobbie Lois Senteney
Edith Kell Stovall Jack Rupert Thomen


Jayden Matthew Guilliams

Derrick Guilliams and Tifany Dalton of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born March 1, 2007, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds and has been named Jayden Matthew Guilliams.

Grandparents are Sherry Guilliams, Mary Tate, the late Isaac Baird and Troy Guilliams.

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Grace Lee Madden

Chris and Laura Madden of Jonesboro have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, on Feb. 28, 2007 at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Grace Lee Madden.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bill Davis of Walnut Ridge, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kennemer of Bryant, Ruthie Madden of Walnut Ridge and Randy Madden of Bloomfield, Mo.

She is the great-granddaughter of Mrs. Charles Gregory of Piggott, Mr. and Mrs. Jim McGinnis and Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Madden, all of Hoxie, and Rosa Lee Kennemer of Texarkana, Texas.

Great-grandmothers are Ozella McGinnis of Walnut Ridge and Isabel Cochran of Piggott.

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Haylie Lynn Stallings

Robert and Kristie Stallings of Imboden have announced the birth of a daughter on March 2, 2007, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, two ounces, and has been named Haylie Lynn Stallings.

She has a brother, Jakob Stallings.

Grandparents are George and Margaret Stallings of Black Rock and Linda Phares of Imboden.

She is the great-granddaughter of Bernell Estes of Piggott.

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Blakeney ~ Manus

Summer SuAnn Manus became the bride of Joshua David Blakeney on Feb. 26, 2007, in an informal ceremony at the Lawrence County Courthouse.

The bride is the daughter of Perry and Peggy Manus of Walnut Ridge and the granddaughter of James C. and Barbara Slatton of Walnut Ridge. She is a 2000 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School.

The groom is the son of David Blakeney of Walnut Ridge and the late Robin Blakeney and the grandson of Robert and Patsy Hicks of Walnut Ridge. He is a 1997 Graduate of Hoxie High School and is part owner of CAT Aviation, formerly Hoxie Flying Service.

County Judge Alex Latham officiated the ceremony.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Nikki Manus of Walnut Ridge served as maid of honor, and the best man was Chad Brewer of Black Rock.

Following the wedding ceremony, the couple went on a horseback ride, then spent a quiet night at home.

A reception to honor the couple will be held in May. They are residing in Powhatan.

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Lydia Belle Barnet

Lydia Belle Barnet, 95, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 26, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Dec. 4, 1911, at Alicia, she was the daughter of Samuel and Victoria Rowlett Golden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arvil Barnet, in July of 1994; and brothers and sisters.

Survivors include nieces and nephews.

Burial was Feb. 26 in White County Memorial Gardens at Searcy under the direction of McCuen Funeral Home.

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Gary Wayne Blazer

Gary Wayne Blazer, 29, of Hoxie, died March 4, 2007, in Hoxie.

Originally from Alicia, he had lived in Hoxie most of his life. He was a farm laborer and a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by a son, Cole; and his mother, Sandra Blazer.

Survivors include his wife, DeAnna, Paragould; a daughter, Shayla, Paragould; a son, Kyle, Paragould; his father and stepmother, Willie Blazer and Evie Shreeman, Alicia; a sister, Kim Fisher, Black Rock; two stepsisters, Ellie Mae Shreeman, Alicia, and Kayleen Caviness, Everton; and a stepbrother, JayLane Joslin, Alicia.

Graveside service is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Haines Cemetery, near Swifton, with Monroe Baldwin officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

No visitation is planned.

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James Leroy Britt

James Leroy Britt, 71, of Paragould, died March 2, 2007, at his home.

Born Aug. 26, 1935, in Alicia, he was a retired construction worker and truck driver. He was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church in Bono.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann Britt; triplet sons, James Leroy Britt Jr., Terry Lee Britt and Timmy Lee Britt, all of Paragould; and three daughters, Judith Lynn Watson, Paragould, and Ollie Florence Britt and Judy Lee Mooney, both of Conway; a half-brother, William Britt, O'Kean; two half-sisters, Dorothy Britt, Jonesboro, and Elizabeth Brown, Indiana; and six grandchildren, Michael Lee Watson Jr., Coty Lee Britt, Adam Christopher Watson, Blake Edward Britt, Corey Dwayne Britt and Elise Isabella Mooney.

Funeral was Monday at 10:30 at the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel with Michael Lee Watson Jr. officiating. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery.

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Glen Jasper Carroll

Glen Jasper Carroll, 64, of Hoxie, died March 3, 2007, in Livingston, Ala., following a sudden illness.

Born Sept. 11, 1942, in Black Rock, he was the son of L.D. and Jessie Woodson Carroll. He was a truck driver and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

Survivors include a son, Gene Carroll, Lake Charles, La.; two daughters, Kristy Venable and Sue Davis, both of Lake Charles, La.; a sister, Sabra Jackson, Lake Charles, La.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Herbert Knight officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Freddie Pickney Jr., Donald Sanders, Clyde Woodson, Don Truitt, Darrell Verkler, Bill Meeks and Gene Carroll. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Vance, Tom Verkler, Larry Frazier and John Martin.

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Billy Mack Edmondson

Billy Mack Edmondson, 68, of Walnut Ridge, died March 3, 2007, following a long battle with cancer.

Born Nov. 23, 1938, in Hoxie, he was the son of Preston Moore and Opal Irvin Edmondson. He was a 1956 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. Following high school, he served in the United States Air Force for four years. He attended Arkansas State University and later Williams Baptist College. He was agency manager for Farm Bureau Insurance in Lawrence County for 38 years and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge and the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Jean Colwell Edmondson, whom he married in 1960; two sons, Alan Mack Edmondson and wife Catherine, Blairsville, Ga., and William Scott Edmondson and wife Andrea, Cherokee Village; a daughter, Lee Ann Edmondson Graddy and husband Steve, Jonesboro; a sister, Sandra Edmondson, Walnut Ridge; and six grandchildren, Mary Catherine Edmondson, Payton Moore Edmondson, Alan Mack Edmondson Jr., William Andrew Edmondson, Preston Lee Graddy and Reed Jackson Grady.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Everett Isom officiating.

Pallbearers were Greg Evans, Charles Petty, Mike Spain, Douglas Wayland, Ray Moseley and Bill Whitlow. Honorary pallbearers were John Elders, Mike Glenn, Ben Robert Bush and Weldon "Bubby" Holder.

Memorials may be made to the building fund of First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge, P.O. Box 66, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476 or to the Lawrence County Resource Council.

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Ruth Jane Green

Ruth Jane Green, 79 of Newport, mother of Debbie Varela and Lisa Odom, both of Swifton, died March 2, 2007. Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Dillinger Chapel. Burial was in Coffeyville Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport. An online guestbook is available at

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Bertia Madison Hembrey

Bertia Madison Hembrey, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 27, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born at Alicia, she had lived in Black Rock for 30 years after moving from Hoxie. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rupert Hembrey; a sister, Claudia Webb; a grandchild; and a great-great-grandchild.

Survivors include two sons, Joe Hembrey and wife Sandra, Millford, Texas, and Eddie Hembrey and wife Linda, Walnut Ridge; three daughters, Donna Moore and husband Jerry, Black Rock, Lana Foley, Jonesboro, and Tammy Jones and husband Tim, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Hosea Madison, Newport; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House and Herbert Knight officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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Carolyn Sue Melton

Carolyn Sue Melton, 64, of Jonesboro, died March 1, 2007, in Jonesboro.

Born at Light, she had lived in Walnut Ridge before moving to Jonesboro 40 years ago. She was a former employee of St. Bernards Regional Medical Center, a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Lorene Brady.

Survivors include her husband, James Melton; three sons, Kevin Melton and wife Patty, and Barry Melton and companion Janet Schuchman, all of Jonesboro, and Brian Melton and wife Libby, Manchester, Mo.; two brothers, Ronnie Brady and wife Brenda, Hoxie, and Darrell Brady and wife Ricca, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Treasa Ferguson, Hoxie, and Lavern Rogers and husband Laveral, Paragould; and seven grandchildren, Hope Melton, Amelia Melton, Lindley Melton, Braden Melton, Abby Melton, Chris Willfond and Crystale Willfond.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Coy Slusser, Gary Melton, Chris Willfond, Charles Brewer, Jonathon Richmond and John Simpkins.

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Bobbie Lois Senteney

Bobbie Lois Senteney, 78, of Alicia, formerly of Weiner, died March 2, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 24, 1929, in Ada, Okla.,she owned Garden Wonderland Nursery in Weiner for 20 years and was a member of Weiner First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy "Bud" Senteney, in 1975.

Survivors include a son, Mark Senteney, Alicia; a daughter, Jane Senteney Doty, Walnut Ridge; two grandchildren, Emily Richey and John Paul Doty; and a great-granddaughter.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery at Weiner with the Rev. Tommy Toombs officiating. Langford-Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Weiner Fire Department or the Weiner Cemetery Fund.

An online guestbook is available at

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Edith Kell Stovall

Edith Kell Stovall, 91, of Imboden, died Feb. 28, 2007, at her home.

She was a lifelong resident of Imboden and, with her husband, Austin Stovall, published the Imboden Journal, later the Ozark Journal, for 43 years.

She was a 1936 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix Schools and attended Arkansas State University. She was a member of Imboden United Methodist Church, where she had served as treasurer, Sunday school teacher and on various boards and committees.

She was a member of United Methodist Women, the Altrurian Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, Lawrence County Historical Society and Sloan-Hendrix Alumni Association.

Survivors include her husband, Austin Stovall; a son, Andy Stovall and his wife Ann, Seattle; two daughters, Martha Jane Johnson, Imboden, and Janelle Stovall, Memphis; four grandchildren, Kell Andrew Stovall, Coy Stovall, Matthew Johnson, and Emily Johnson Hernandez; eight great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by two brothers, Wilson Kell and his wife Betty Sue, Marianna, and Johnson Kell and his wife Dorothy, Denver; two sisters-in-law, Jerry Kell, Memphis, and Retha Kell, Imboden; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Imboden United Methodist Church with Revs. Matthew Johnson and Ron Kitchens officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to Imboden United Methodist Church or the Stovall Community Service Scholarship, c/o Sloan-Hendrix School.

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Jack Rupert Thomen

Jack Rupert Thomen, 77, of Delaplaine, died March 1, 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Born April 7, 1929, in Delaplaine, he was the son of W.E. and Pearl Thomen. He was retired from L.A. Darling and was a member of the Church of Christ.

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

Survivors include his wife, Enid Marie Thomen of Little Rock; four sons, Don Thomen and wife Stephanie, Lucedale, Miss., Gary Thomen and wife Carolyn, Houston, Larry Thomen and wife Cynthia, Haltom City, Texas, and Roger Thomen, Delaplaine; two daughters, Brenda Willett and husband Ron, North Little Rock, and Debra Thomen, Sherwood; a brother, William "Bill" Thomen, Conway; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel in Paragould with Rick Ethridge officiating. Burial was in Jones Ridge Cemetery at Delaplaine.

Close friends served as pallbearers.

An online guestbook is available at

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