April 11, 2007 Edition

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Weddings/Engagements

Ellis ~ Teel Eskew ~ Rogers Richey ~ Clairda
Sexton ~ Collins Tyson ~ Shrader

Obituaries

Patricia R. Bradley James Jewel Christenberry Timothy Fredrick Craig
Mary Elizabeth Culver Edward Ferguson Jack Dwight French
Genive Greer Adreianna Hawkins Sherry Hinton
Augusta Lawson Hood Donald Wayne Jones Glenda J. McGinty
Patricia Harris Penny George L. Rodgers

Weddings/Engagements

Ellis ~ Teel

Dianne Tucker Teel and Michael James Ellis, both of Lebanon, Ind., exchanged vows in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on March 20, 2007.

The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Fran Tucker of Portia, and the groom is the son of Jim and Carolyn Ellis of Frankfort, Ind.

A reception was held at the American Legion in Lebanon on March 31 in honor of the couple's marriage.

Special family and friends attending reception were: Matt Teel, son of the bride, Cincinnati; Jerry and Fran Tucker, Portia; Virginia Tucker, Haley Hutton, Brookland; Sam Ellis and Elizabeth Ellis, son and daughter of the groom, Avon, Ind.; Jim and Carolyn Ellis, Frankfort, Ind.; J.B. and Jo Cox, McClean, Va.; and Jewelie, Steven, Steven, Autumn, Justin and Gabriella Kenney, Beachwood, N.J

Those attending from Frankfort, Ind., were Dewey and Pat Ferguson, Becky and Greg Poe, Shirley Catron, Cathy Graves, C.T. Tijunin and Marietta and David Renfrow.

Also attending were: Jeri Priest, Mulberry, Ind.; Stan and Yolanda Corson, Thorntown, Ind.; Shelley and Tom VanAntwerp, Indianapolis; Randi and Roger Johns, Brownsburg, Ind.; Rob and Nancy “Ellis” Williams, Jim, Dawn, Madison, Miles Bradford, Shirley Hoover, Megan Keckler and Tasha Brovont, Gosha, Ind.; and Nancy and Mike Kieffer, Evansville, Ind.

There were also many other local friends there to share in the celebration.

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Eskew ~ Rogers

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Eskew, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Simpson and Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Rogers have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Candice Lauren Eskew and John Russell Rogers.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Josephine Connolly of Jackson, Tenn., and the late John Thomas Connolly and Hazel Eskew of Memphis and the late Jerald Eskew.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Simpson of Pocahontas, Mr. and Mrs. Bemiss Poore of Maynard and the late Mr. and Mrs. Dalbert Rogers.

Miss Eskew is a 2002 graduate of Crowley's Ridge Academy. She completed her bachelor's degree in chemistry at the University of Tennessee in Martin in December of 2006. She is a pharmacy technician at Gunn Drug Co. and plans to pursue her doctorate in physical therapy.

Mr. Rogers is a 2000 graduate of Corinth High School. He completed his bachelor's degree in applied management with an emphasis in equine management at National American University in Rapid City, S.D. He is employed with Biggers Ace Hardware and works as an equine breeder and trainer.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at the Forrest Hill Irene church of Christ in Memphis. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow.

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Richey ~ Clairday

Wayne Richey of Smithville and Debra Richey of Peoria, Ill., have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Marla Jeanne Richey, to Chad Brandon Clairday, son of Doug Clairday of Trumann and Vicky Simpson of Lynn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ray and Nancy Zollar of Durand, Ill., and Pauline Richey of Lynn and the late Otis Richey. She is a graduate of Lynn High School and is a CNA at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Helen Clairday of Trumann and the late Dollin Clairday and Jesse Leuallen of Bordelonville, La., and Joyce Leuallen of Alabama. He attended Trumann High School and is a boilermaker for JV Piping.

The couple will exchange vows on April 28 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church at Lynn. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow at the Lynn Community Center.

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Sexton ~ Collins

Marie Broset of Walnut Ridge and Tony and Annie Sexton of St. Marys, Ga., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashley Marie Sexton, to Jonathon M. Collins, son of Tony and Janet Polston Hendricks of Walnut Ridge and John and Joann Collins of Bexar.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of John Lewis of Green River, Wyo., and the late Rita Stone. She is a graduate of Hoxie High School and is a student at Black River Technical College.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Amy Sue Whitlow and Pete Polston, Gary and Willene Whitlow of Saffell and the late May and John Collins. He is a 2001 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is a BRTC student.

The couple will exchange vows on April 21 at 4 p.m. at the home of Bray and Jeramie Felton at 454 Lawrence County Road 620 in Walnut Ridge.

All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow.

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Tyson ~ Shrader

Mr. and Mrs. Billy L. Tyson of Powhatan announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lacy Jane Tyson, to Brandon Wallace Shrader, son of Wallace Shrader and Carolyn Burgess, both of Trumann.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Armilda Tyson of Powhatan and the late Billy Joe Tyson and the late Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. Roberts. She is a 2003 graduate of Black Rock High School.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin House of Paragould and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Shrader. He is a 2001 graduate of Trumann High School. He is a junior at Arkansas State University and is employed by the Surgical Hospital of Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on May 19 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro. All family and friends are invited. After a trip to Mexico, the couple will reside in Jonesboro.

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Obituaries

Patricia R. Bradley

Patricia R. Bradley, 70, of Russellville, formerly of Hoxie, died April 8, 2007.

Born Feb. 27, 1937, she was the daughter of Robert Guy and Beulah Blondell Christian Batterton. She was a former employee of Skil and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Bradley, on Jan. 18, 1988, whom she married July 30, 1960; a brother, Jim Batterton; and a sister, Dorothy Jean Batterton.

Survivors include two sons, David McGinnis, Russellville, and Jim McGinnis, Jonesboro; two brothers, Billy Joe Batterton, Minnesota, and Robby Batterton, Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Linda Jones, Walnut Ridge, Judy Manning, Paragould, and Brenda Devor, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and four grandchildren.

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

Pallbearers will be Bobby Wagoner, Terry Manning, Bobby Manning, Gary Murphy, Joey Batterton and Josh Morris.

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James Jewel Christenberry

James Jewel Christenberry, 90, of Smithville, died April 7, 2007, at Cave City Nursing Home.

Born Oct. 11, 1916, in Sharp County, he was the son of Cleo and Naomi Powell Christenberry. He was a retired farmer and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ondus Christenberry and Enos Christenberry; and a sister, Earmel Christenberry Blevins.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Mobley Christenberry, Cave City; two sons, Wayne Christenberry, Smithville, and James Christenberry, Benton; seven grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. in the Qualls Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City with Bro. Vance Penn officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery east of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Ronald Mobley, Lee Lewis, Billy Horton, Paul David Christenberry, Phillip Christenberry and Danny Hobby. Honorary pallbearers were Charlie Smith, Mack King, Jerry Lewis, Lloyd Perry and all employees of Cave City Nursing Home.

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Timothy Fredrick Craig

Timothy Fredrick Craig, 37, of Walnut Ridge, died April 9, 2007, in a car accident south of Sedgwick.

He had lived in Bono before moving to Walnut Ridge two years ago.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Lee Craig; his parents, Joel and Linda Craig; and his grandparents, F.A. and Lorene Tate.

Survivors include five daughters, Whitney McGinty and Jenny Craig, both of Walnut Ridge, and Cassie Craig, MacKenzie Craig and Lindzie Craig, all of Plymouth, Ind.; a brother, Scott Craig, Jonesboro, two sisters, Penny Powers, Jonesboro, and Dana Carter, Harrisburg.

Funeral is Saturday at 11 a.m. at the New Life Cathedral Church in Hoxie with Chuck Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will be in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation is Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Mary Elizabeth Culver

Mary Elizabeth Culver, 100, of Walnut Ridge, died April 8, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Dec. 13, 1906, in Powhatan, she was the daughter of John and Lucinda Richey Beary. She was a homemaker and a member of Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Eaton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Douglas Culver, on Nov. 13, 1972, whom she married Oct. 24, 1924, in Powhatan.

Survivors include a son, Donald Culver, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Juanita Phillips, Black Rock, and Oleva Jackson, Blytheville; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery, near Eaton, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Edward Ferguson

Edward Ferguson, 66, of Walnut Ridge, died April 6, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born at Monette, he had lived in Granite City, Ill., for many years before moving to Walcott. He moved to Walnut Ridge two years ago. He was retired from General Motors and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Childress Ferguson; his father, Jesse Ferguson; and two brothers, James Ferguson and Gerald Ferguson.

Survivors include a son, Edward Ferguson, Walcott; his mother, Ina Norman Ferguson, Walnut Ridge; three brothers, Glen Ferguson, Bono, and Dewayne Ferguson and Jimmy Ferguson, both of Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Lois Hart and Marie Ferguson, both of Walnut Ridge, Edith Handwork, Pocahontas, and Patsy Morris, Paragould; and a special friend, Linda Benton.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rick Hart and Everett Hart officiating. Burial was in Hosea Cemetery at Knobel.

Pallbearers were David Handwork, Steve Wilkerson, Matt Wilkerson, Shawn Simmons, Bryan Butts, Jeremy Hart and Michael Tillman. Honorary pallbearers were James Brannon and Charlie Cook.

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Jack Dwight French

Jack Dwight French, 63, of Walnut Ridge, died April 8, 2007, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Betty French; two sons, Kim French, Jonesboro, and Brad French, Pocahontas; two daughters, Wendy Puryear and Mistie Blanton, both of Paragould; a stepson, Billy Ray Meadows, Hoxie; a stepdaughter, Liberty Zimmerman, Hoxie; a sister, JoAnn Johnson, Jonesboro; seven grandchildren, Amber Whittaker, Savannah Daggett, Hunter Blanton, Lexie Blanton, Clarissa Zimmerman, Alex DeClerk and Cullen DeClerk; a great-grandchild; and a special uncle, Jimmy French.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. in McNabb Chapel with Don Blackmore officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church building fund or the Alzheimer's Association.

Visitation is tonight from 5 to 8 at the funeral home.

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Genive Greer

Genive Greer, 72, of Paragould, died April 3, 2007, at her home.

Born Feb. 14, 1935, in Lawrence County, she was retired from G.E. in Jonesboro and had previously worked as a waitress in Independence, Kan., and Paragould. She was a member of Greater Vision Church in Paragould.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude C. Greer; three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Claude J. Greer, Paragould, Rickey D. Greer, Piggott, and Steve L. Greer, Independence, Kan.; two daughters, Beverly A. Howard and Jennifer S. Barrington, both of Paragould; two brothers, Rex Gentry, Walnut Ridge, and Gene Gentry, O'Kean; three sisters, Geraldine Ragsdell and Shirley Ball, both of O'Kean, and Sue Sullinger, Maynard; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel with Ricky Ethridge and Bill Gray officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould.

Memorials may be made to P.A.W.S.

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

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Adreianna Gayle Sturgeon Hawkins

Adreianna Gayle “Onnie” Sturgeon Hawkins, 37, of Pocahontas, died April 7, 2007, at her home.

She was administrator of Pocahontas Medical Clinic and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe Howard and Ruth Cave Sturgeon.

Survivors include her husband, Anthony “Moose” Hawkins; a son, Kade Elyjah Hawkins, of the home; a brother, Todd Sturgeon, Van Buren, Mo.; and a sister, Leilia Sturgeon Johnson, East Prairie, Mo.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rickie Hawkins and Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Dr. Michael Hong, Blain Evan Gibbs, Donald H. Hequembourg, Jimmie W. Cave, Scott J. Hequembourg and Terry R. Dickson.

Memorials may be made to Pocahontas Medical Center's Relay for Life Team, 2901 Medical Center Drive, Pocahontas, AR 72455.

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Sherry Hinton

Sherry Hinton, 48, of Grapevine, formerly of Lawrence County, died April 9, 2007, at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock.

Born July 19, 1958, in Lexington, Ky., she was a longtime secretary for I.E. Moore Timber Company, Inc. in Rison and had also worked at the post office in Pine Bluff. She was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church and was an avid volunteer for the S.O.S Goodwill in Sheridan.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Sue Smith Rogers.

Survivors include her husband, Kerry Hinton, whom she married May 9, 1986, in Pine Bluff; two daughters, Wendy Edwards and Kara Hinton, both of White Hall; a son, Luke Word, Pine Bluff; her father, Eugene Rogers, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Deborah Rogers, Walnut Ridge, and Sandi Ward, Bakersfield, Calif.; a brother, Ted Rogers, Walnut Ridge; and three grandchildren, Alexis Blevins, Ally Edwards and Justin Morris.

Graveside service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Grapevine Cemetery with Bro. O.J. Ramick officiating. Buie Funeral Home of Sheridan has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8.

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

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Augusta Lawson Hood

Augusta Lawson Hood, 87, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Memphis, died April 3, 2007.

Survivors include two sisters, Auvern Whaley, Walnut Ridge, and Yvonnie Crittendon, Plains, Kan.; three nieces and two nephews.

Graveside service was Friday at 1 p.m. at Cross Roads Cemetery with Robert Combs officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Donald Wayne Jones

Donald Wayne Jones, 67, of Paragould, died April 9, 2007.

Born April 30, 1939, in Hoxie, he was the son of Hubert and Sarah Vaughn Jones. He was a carpenter and was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include his wife, Melba Jones; two daughters, Donna Christian and Tammy Cox, both of Paragould; three brothers, Carl Jones, Dale Jones and Jimmy Jones, all of Paragould; two sisters, Jean Jackson, Paragould, and Linda Pelkey, Jonesboro; and two granddaughters, Crystal Tedder and Danielle Cox.

A memorial service will be announced later by Bryan Funeral Home.

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Glenda J. McGinty

Glenda J. McGinty, 45, of Walnut Ridge, died April 9, 2007, following a vehicle accident.

Born May 21, 1961, in Walnut Ridge, she was a nurses aide and was a member of the Walnut Ridge Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Julie Moss Gibson; and a brother, Wayne Gibson.

Survivors include her husband, Terry J. McGinty, whom she married in 1983; and two son, Terry Joseph McGinty, Walnut Ridge, and Kyle McGinty of the home.

Graveside service is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Cemetery, near Bono, with Bros. Willard Wantulok and Don Hawkins officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Lane, Jeff McGinty, Robert Rice, Tony Wheeler, Travis Wheeler, Steven Wantulok, Tim Taylor and Rodney Kueger. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim McGinty, Bill McGinty, Elmer McGinty and Jamie McGinty.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8.

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Patricia J. Harris Penny

Patricia J. “Pat” Harris Penny, 65, of Little Rock, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died April 6, 2007, at her home.

She had spent her early life in the Sharum community in Randolph County and moved to Walnut Ridge and then to Little Rock 22 years ago. She was a former employee of Wal-Mart in Walnut Ridge and Little Rock. She was a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Carl “Tooter” Harris; her parents, George and Nellie Litherland McCluskey; four sisters, Gennell, Sadie Ann, Jackie and Snookie; a brother, Sonny; and a stepdaughter, Mary.

Survivors include her husband, John Penny; two sons, Tim Harris, Mountain Home, and Marty Harris, Hoxie; two sisters, Linda Kirby, Arizona, and Brenda Cole, Jonesboro; seven stepchildren, Mark, Doug, Pace, Guy, Bruce, Teresa and David; four grandchildren, Timothy Harris, Caleb Harris, Brady Harris and Audrey Harris; 16 step-grandchildren, Eric, Chris, Laura Beth, Carly, Andrew, Katie, Jason, Lisa, Justin, Alex, Brian, Carson, Kayleigh, Megan, Mallory and Audrey and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Harvey Noblin officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Coats, Tony Coats, Greg Coats, Larry Dale Mosher, Scott McEntire and Ray J. Cain.

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George L. Rodgers

George L. Rodgers, 85, of Black Rock, died April 3, 2007, at Randolph County Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Jan. 26, 1922, at Akins, Okla., he was the son of George and Marilla Caroline Wiles Rodgers. He was a World War II Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by a son, George Wesley Rodgers.

Survivors include his wife, Vida M. Rodgers; three sons, Billy Gene Rodgers and Carlos W. Howley, both of Rockford, Ill., and Ralph Eugene Rodgers, Lafe; a daughter, Frances Smith, Black Rock; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Cox-Waymon Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Carl Massey and Perry Vandergriff officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Harold Reed, Zackary Rodgers, Eric Vance, Kevin Smith, Chris Rodgers and Jonathan Rodgers. Honorary pallbearers were Bryan Procter, Josh Rodgers, Michael Rodgers, Marcus Rodgers, Tammy Lee, Mary Lou Morgan, Tammy Poe, Patty Poe, Leslie Blankenship, Tracy Vance and Kimberly Rodgers.

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