March 28, 2007 Edition

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Emma Lou Arnold Piper Michelle Smith


Bateman ~ Anderson


Keim Lee Craig Betty "Jone" Dunivan Elizabeth Lynn Everett
Anna Marie Gray Dena Mae Nelson William "Bill" Perrin
Eliza "Imogene" Robinson Jerry Rorex Marshall Maxie Smith
Thelma Baird Smith Marzelle Beatrice Stone Dorothy Elaine Wiggins


Emma Lou Arnold

Jerry and Allison Arnold of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on March 19, 2007 at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, eight ounces and has been named Emma Lou Arnold. She has a sister, Annie Arnold, who is one.

Grandparents are Franklin and Cheryl Roach of Cord and Jerry and Sharon Arnold of Melbourne.

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Piper Michelle Smith

Dustin and Amanda Smith of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of a daughter, born March 23, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and has been named Piper Michelle Smith. She has a sister, Allison Smith, who is five.

Grandparents are Clarence and Eva Davis of Powhatan and Joey and Kay Smith of Black Rock. Great-grandparents are J.B. and Ruth Smith of Black Rock.

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Bateman ~ Anderson

April Anderson, administrator at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center, became the bride of George Bateman on March 10, 2007, at the center.

The couple had planned a small, private ceremony, but when the residents learned of the impending wedding, they and the staff decided to host a lovely, large wedding with all the trimmings.

Family members, residents and staff served as their witnesses.

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Keim Lee Craig

Keim Lee Craig, 43, of Pocahontas, died March 23, 2007, at her home.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leslie Ivy; and her grandmother, Wilma "Jackie" Johnson.

Survivors include her husband, Jeffery Craig; her mother, Becky Grooms, Pocahontas; a sister, Rhonda Knee, Pocahontas; two half-brothers, Johnny Ivy and Dean Ivy; and three half-sisters, Debbie Omeré, Jennifer Ivy and Michelle Ivy.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home at Pocahontas. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Betty "Jone" Dunivan

Betty "Jone" Dunivan, 64, of Tuckerman, died March 24, 2007, at Jonesboro.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church at Tuckerman.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Dunivan; her parents, Luke and Goldie Decker, and Zora Decker; three brothers, Carthel Decker, Chris Decker and Gerald Tate; and four sisters, Atha Lee Decker Kirker, Ruth Decker, Maxine Whitlock and Thelma Decker.

Survivors include her husband, Jessie Dunivan; a son, James Dunivan, Tuckerman; a daughter, Connie Dunivan, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, David Decker and Luke Decker Jr., both of Swifton; and five sisters, Jo Brinsfield and Eve Joiner, both of Swifton, Lanell Franks and Rebecca Davidson, both of Vidor, Texas, and Thalia Funchess, Jonesboro.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at New Hope Community Church in Swifton. Burial was in Dowell's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport.

An online guestbook is available at

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Elizabeth Lynn Everett

Elizabeth Lynn Everett, three, of Paragould, died March 23, 2007.

Survivors include her father, James Everett; her mother, Teresa Cox; her stepfather, Paul Cox; two brothers, Timothy Cox and Ian Cox, both of the home; her grandparents, Donna Hilburn, Paragould, Tommy Hilburn, Paragould, and Beth and Randy Owens, Oklahoma; her step-grandmother, Beth Cox, Paragould; her great-grandparents, Kenneth and Deronda Gatlin, Paragould, and Susan and Jerry Hilburn, Walnut Ridge; her step great-grandmother, Brenda Sonney; and her great-great-grandmother, Wilma Howard.

Funeral is Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Charles Abanathy officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Home Cemetery.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 9 at Heath Funeral Home.

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Anna Marie Gray

A graveside service for Anna Marie Gray, 87, of Petaluma, Calif., formerly of Lawrence County, who died Dec. 12, 2004, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Old Military Cemetery near Sedgwick. The body was cremated, and the service will be a burial of ashes.

A native of Wisconsin, she lived in Lawrence County for several years before moving to California. She worked at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard and the Petaluma Duck Farm. She was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Lydia Circle and the Lutheran Woman's Missionary League.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete James Gray, in 1977; and a daughter, Roberta Ann Palesi.

Survivors include a son, James E. Wallace Sr., New Zealand; six grandchildren, Pamella O'Toole, Kimberly Anna Hull, Christina M.Davis, J. Brendan Wallace, Christopher Wallace and Calum Wallace; and four great-grandchildren.

Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Dena Mae Nelson

Dena Mae Nelson, 62, of Walnut Ridge, died March 20, 2007, at Walnut Ridge.

She was a housekeeping supervisor at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center and a homemaker. She was a member of the Faith of the Apostle Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Loretta Smith; her parents; and a sister, Bonnie Jean Glasgow.

Survivors include her husband, Earl Nelson; two daughters, Tammy Weaver, Bono, and Ladawn Balentine, Smithville; three sons, Jimmy Nelson, Mountain View, Randy Nelson, Paragould, and Mike Nelson, Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Sharon Cassaro, Penny Ward and Shirley Soltow, all of Rockford, Ill.; four brothers, Harry Glasgow, John Glasgow and David Glasgow, all of Rockford, and Joe Glasgow, Harrisburg; 18 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Faith of the Apostle Church in Walnut Ridge with David Morse officiating. Burial was in Lorado Cemetery, near Walcott, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Nathan Morse, Harold Bailey, Phillip Allen, David Hoffman, Vernon Hoffman and Wayne Lawson. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Nelson Jr. and Jarod Turner.

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William "Bill" Perrin

William "Bill" Perrin, 69, of Imboden, died March 22, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 16, 1937, at Birdell, he was a U.S. Army veteran, a truck driver and a member of the First Baptist Church of Imboden.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jasper Perrin.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Perrin; a son, William "Barney" Perrin Jr. and wife Angela, Imboden; a daughter, Cherie James and husband Don, Pocahontas; his mother, Christine Perrin, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Frankie Witt, Imboden; and four grandchildren, Kandace Perrin, Samantha Perrin, Haley James and Jessica James.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Imboden with Bro. Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ron Smith, Garry Franklin, Mitch Verkler, Dan Matthews, Dave Matthews and Preston Clark. Honorary pallbearers were Hootie Davidson, L.B. Aaron, Bob Ashlock, Denny Durham, Larry McLeod, Richard Woods, Bob Clements, Bob Lewis, Dee Holder, Larry Sexton, Charles Clements, Larry Stallings, Robert Stallings, Lavone Young, Harold Foley, Red Jines and former Diversified drivers.

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Eliza "Imogene" Robinson

Eliza "Imogene" Robinson, 80, of Hardy, mother of Gerald Powell and Gail Gray, both of Ravenden, died March 21, 2007, at her home. Burial was Saturday in Bradford Cemetery under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Highland. Memorials may be made to Legacy Hospice in Salem.

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Jerry Rorex

Jerry Rorex, 67, of Jonesboro, died March 25, 2007, at his home.

Born May 16, 1939, in Swifton, he was a retired businessman and had served in the National Guard. He was of the Assembly of God faith.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Jerry Randall Rorex and Stephen Timothy Rorex; and his parents, Lehman and Myrtle Rorex.

Survivors include three brothers, Charles Rorex, Farmington, Mo., and Don Rorex and Carrol Rorex, both of Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Frances Watkins, Broken Arrow, Okla., Mary Osborn, Cocoa, Fla., Shirley LeBlanc, Hoxie, and Janice Lykins, Gravette.

Graveside service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Corning Cemetery. Ermert Funeral Home of Corning has charge of arrangements.

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Marshall Maxie Smith

Marshall Maxie Smith, 82, of Quitman, formerly of Black Rock, died March 25, 2007, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.

He was a retired self-employed equipment salesman and a member of the Church of Christ. He had lived in Quitman the past two years, after moving from Black Rock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maxie and Katie Pearl Smith; three brothers, Sloan Smith, Jennings Smith and Nathaniel Smith; and four sisters, Nellie Smith, Mildred Smith, Lorine Lawson and Alene Mitchell.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Bobbie Jean Glenn Smith; three sons, Randy Smith, Black Rock, Rodney Smith, Noland, and Robert Smith, Quitman; two brothers, Dale Smith, Black Rock, and Oliver Smith, Imboden; two sisters, Betty James and Irene Stulir, both of Phoenix; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Mike Glenn officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers will be Bret Smith, Greg Smith, Tony Smith, Joshua Smith, Dennis Smith, Mike Smith, Don W. Glenn and David Glenn. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Mullen, Donald Sanders, Danny Gibbs, Arby Bates, L.B. Aaron, Neal Davis, Clois Burrow, Hootie Davidson, J.B. Smith, Art Smith and Jimmy Jeff Hacker.

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Thelma Baird Smith

Thelma Baird Smith, 76, of Paragould, died March 20, 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

Born Dec. 7, 1930, in the Moran community near Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Homer and Myrtle Hartgroves Baird. She was a graduate of Hoxie High School, a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Eugene Smith, on Feb. 15, 1977, whom she married Dec. 22, 1950; a brother, Howard Baird; and a sister, Zelma Francis Baird.

Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Harman and husband Dennis, Gustine, Calif.; a son, Charles Chuck Smith, Paragould; a brother, Paul Baird and wife Euba, Oxnard, Calif.; a sister, Anita Baird Pickle and husband Bob; a sister-in-law, Lucille Baird, Walcott; three grandsons, Chad Harman, Keith Harman and Brandon Harman; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 7 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel with Terry Songer officiating. Burial was in Ivy Lawn Cemetery in Ventura, Calif.

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Marzelle Beatrice Stone

Marzelle Beatrice Stone, 85, of Imboden, died March 25, 2007, at her sister's home in Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Gene Stone; her parents, John Burl Gullett and Frances Damouth; and three half-brothers, Joe Gullett, Perry Gullett and Buck Gullett.

Survivors include three sisters, Dorisa Gullett, Norma Childress and Mae Meeks, all of Pocahontas.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home at Pocahontas. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

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Dorothy Elaine Wiggins

Dorothy Elaine Wiggins, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died March 22, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., she was the daughter of James M. Sr. and Ida Pearson Wiggins. She had lived in Memphis before moving to Walnut Ridge four years ago. She was a retired employee of the Tuscaloosa News and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by five sisters and a brother.

Survivors include a brother, James M. Wiggins Jr., Jonebsoro; and a sister, Sara Adams, Memphis.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date in Tuscaloosa. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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