March 21, 2007 Edition

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Emma-Leigh Richey


Dunham ~ Fonville


Geneva Andrews Roger Douglas Bennett Norma Lee Foshee
Amy Lowry Martin Lones Ray Massey Celbra Margaret Milligan
Erna Mae Saylors Elce Lee Taber


Emma-Leigh Louise Richey

Preston and Jennifer Richey of Smithville have announced the birth of a daughter on March 13, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Emma-Leigh Louise Richey.

She has two brothers, Dalton Richey, eight, and Trenton Richey, three.

Grandparents are Billie Brannon of Lynn, Terry and Michelle Chambers of Gulf Shores, Ala., and Jim and Mary Richey of Lynn.

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Dunham ~ Fonville

Jennifer Gail Fonville became the bride of Larry Andrew Dunham on March 10, 2007, in an outdoor wedding at the Weatherstone Cabin in Salado, Texas.

Don Bryan, an elder of the First Colony Church of Christ in Sugar Land, Texas, performed the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Beth Fonville of Harker Heights, Texas. She teaches music at Stafford Elementary School in Stafford, Texas.

The groom is the son of Larry Robert and Betty Sue Golden Dunham of Walnut Ridge. He is an attorney with the Ahn Law Firm in Houston.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. Her sister, Natalie Fonville, was maid of honor. Andy's father served as best man.

Following a honeymoon in Hot Springs, the couple will make their home in Stafford, Texas. A reception will be held in their honor in Lawrence County on June 23.

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Geneva Andrews

Geneva Andrews, 65, of Ward, died March 10, 2007, at her home.

She was born Jan. 21, 1942, in Tilly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Ruby Casto.

Survivors include her husband, Harry Andrews Jr., formerly of Hoxie; a daughter, Mickey Renwick, Beebe; a son, Jack McKnight, Ward; two stepdaughters, Amy Andrews Smith, Sherwood, and Kim Andrews Davis, Jonesboro, both formerly of Hoxie; two sisters, Ruby Jewel Kolb and Latricia James; three grandchildren, Corey Renwick, Noah Davis and Brittany Delarosa; and two great-granddaughters.

Funeral was Wednesday, March 14, at Humphrey Funeral Home in Russellville. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery in Tilly.

Pallbearers were Jim Hammond, Richard Harrington, Bob Baty, Ronny Van, Tim Smith and Danny Miley.

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Roger Douglas Bennett

Roger Douglas Bennett, 48, of Thompson's Station, Tenn., died March 17, 2007, in Houston.

Born March 10, 1959, he grew up in Strawberry.

In November of 1979, Roger fulfilled his life-long dream of being part of professional Southern Gospel music when he was invited by Glen Payne and George Younce to play piano for the legendary Cathedral Quartet. Though he would leave the group for two years, from 1987 to 1989, to serve as the president of Journey Records, Roger was the group's pianist at the time of the quartet's retirement in 1999.

Following the retirement of the Cathedrals, Roger and fellow Cathedrals member, Scott Fowler, launched Legacy Five. In 2004, readers of Singing News Magazine voted Legacy Five as the Favorite Traditional Male Quartet.

Although an excellent singer, Roger is best remembered as pianist~and often a comedian~for the Cathedrals and Legacy Five. Roger received the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Southern Gospel pianist 14 years in a row, from 1993 to 2006.

In addition, Roger was a songwriter for many groups and was honored with many awards, including a Dove Award, a Grammy nomination and several #1 songs. He was also a contributing editor to the Singing News Magazine. He was most recently honored with an appointment to be inducted into the 2007 Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jean Bennett.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Debbie Westbrook Bennett; a son, Jordan Bennett; a daughter, Chelsea Bennett; his father, Billy D. "Doug" Bennett; his grandfather, V.H. Whitmire; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Brentwood Baptist Church with Dr. Phil Hoskins, Glenda McDonald and Mike Glenn officiating. Burial will be in Williamson Memorial Gardens. Williamson Memorial Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

There will be a memorial for him Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest Gymnasium on the Strawberry campus.

Pallbearers will be Scott Fowler, Scott Howard, Glenn Dustin, Frank Seamans, Gary Buckner and Randy Shelnut.

Memorials may be made to the Southern Gospel Music Trust Fund, P.O. Box 144, Goodlettsville, TN 37070.

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Norma Lee Foshee

Norma Lee Foshee, 65, of Ward, died March 18, 2007, at her home.

Born Jan. 4, 1942, in Walnut Ridge, she was a retired department manager at Wal-Mart and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Izeal Cline Manning; and a brother, Randy Manning.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Foshee, whom she married Feb. 14, 1958; two brothers, Terral Manning, Imboden, and DeVoe Manning, Dixon, Ill.; and four sisters, Connie Van Horn and Kay Rude, both of Sterling, Ill., Kim King, Oregon, Ill., and Kelli Miller, Ward.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Gerald Fears officiating. Burial will be in Manning No. 1 Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Brock Rude, Brody Rude, Jason Manning, Casey Lester, Cody Williams and Bryan Holcomb. Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Manning, Andrew Williams and Max Miller.

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Amy Lowry Martin

Amy Lowry Martin, 86, of Little Rock went to be with her Lord on Thursday, March 15, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge. She was born on Jan. 11, 1921, at Bastrop, La. She was a homemaker and a retired secretary and owner of Martin Furniture Co. She was a member of the Markham Street Baptist Church in Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lehman D. Martin; her mother, Anna Westerman Lowry, and a sister, Ann Castle.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Martin and Betty of Little Rock; Phillip Martin and Rita of Rogers; a daughter, Deanne Lancaster and Dr. Ted Lancaster of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Dr. Shawn Peyton and Mindy Lancaster of Jonesboro, and Brian and Heather Martin of Rogers; great-grandchildren, Brooke and Cole Peyton of Jonesboro.

Graveside service was at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 17, 2007, at Pinecrest Memorial Park Cemetery, with Roller-Chenal Funeral Home assisting.

"Ms Amy" was loved and will be missed by many.

Memorials may be made to Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter, Aldersgate Camp or First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

An online guestbook is available at

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Lones Ray Massey

Lones Ray Massey, 64, of Newport, formerly of Batesville, died March 11, 2007, in a Newport hospital.

Born June 23, 1942, in Strawberry, he was a truck driver and was of the Christian faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Lena Hardin Massey; a brother, Billy Massey; and a sister, Aline Miller.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Reynolds, Cave City; two grandchildren, Tabitha Goodman and Jessica Reynolds; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Wednesday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at Willis-Hays Funeral Service Chapel in Batesville with Caleb Harris officiating. Private burial was in Lancaster Cemetery near Strawberry.

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Celbra Margaret Milligan

Celbra Margaret Milligan, 76, of Yuba City, Calif., died March 9, 2007, at her home.

Born at Powhatan, she was a longtime resident of the Yuba City and Sutter area in California. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by seven siblings.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Anthony "Tony" Milligan; two daughters, Patricia Adams and Vickie Hern, both of Yuba City; a son, Glenn Milligan, Sutter, Calif.; four sisters, Hazel Matthews, Wilma Webb and Ruby Ivy, all of Yuba City, and Helen Ward, Powhatan; two brothers, Alfred Baldridge, Yuba City, and Ray Baldridge, Poteau, Okla.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Ullrey Memorial Chapel in Yuba City with Rev. Tim Craig officiating. Burial was in Sutter Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Sutter North Hospice, 826 Fourth Street, Marysville, CA 95901 or to the American Lung Association, 2732 A Cohasset Road, Chico, CA 95926.

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Erna Mae Saylors

Erna Mae Saylors, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died March 16, 2007, at the home of a grandson in Hoxie.

Born Nov. 24, 1927, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Caleb Sidney Sr. and Mary Susan Kilcrease Dillport. She was a color technician and a member of the United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy A. Saylors; a sister, Verna Marjorie Pederson; and a brother, Mack Don Dillport.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherrye Ann De May, Bolingbrook, Ill.; a brother, Caleb Sidney Dillport Jr., Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Regina Dixie Bachman, Pocahontas, and Hassel Dean Shondell, Napoleon, Ohio; a grandson, Robert Snyder; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital and the music department of Walnut Ridge United Methodist Church.

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Elce Lee Taber

Elce Lee Taber, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died March 15, 2007.

He was born May 20, 1923, in Pottsville, Texas.

Survivors include four daughters, Lee Fowler, Walnut Ridge, Doris Woodard, Port Falls, Idaho, Debbie Korn, Neptune, N.J., and Clara Gammill, New Braunfels, Texas; a son, Wayne Taber, Warm Springs; a brother, Willie Taber, Pocahontas; a sister, Nell Thompson, Texas; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two nephews, William Taber and Gage Taber.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. in Gravesville Cemetery at Pocahontas with Jeral Dean officiating. Cox-Waymon Funeral Home had charge of arrangement.

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