April 25, 2007 Edition

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Riley Zander Hart Chloe Faith Manning


Baltz ~ O'Connor Cook ~ O'Neal Long ~ Coleman
VanHoozer ~ Wood


James Boozer Donnie Boyd Evelyn Dee Cloinger
Lucy B. Cook Kenneth Harris Jeffery Wayne Johnson
Shelby Jackson Lingo Margaret M. Marshall Harvey Lee Russell
James R. Thompson Mildred A. Watts Audrey M. Wortham


Riley Zander Hart

Tim and Jennifer Hart of Arlington, Tenn., have announced the birth of a son on April 20, 2007, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed 10 pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Riley Zander Hart.

He has a sister, Lauren Hart, age 3.

Grandparents are Norma Jean Waddell of Shannon, Linda Rusin of Maynard and Kelly and Joyce Waddell of Walnut Ridge. He is the great-grandson of Lucille Slatton of Walnut Ridge.

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Chloe Faith Manning

John and Lisa Manning of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born April 12, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds and has been named Chloe Faith Manning.

Grandparents are Charles and Mary Spargo and Rick and Pamela Manning, all of Walnut Ridge. She is the great-granddaughter of Louie and Marie Spargo, Veda Ingram and James and Bobbie Manning, all of Walnut Ridge, and Ethel Willcoxon of Hoxie.

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Baltz ~ O'Connor

Ashley Rhynea O'Connor became the bride of Brandon David Baltz in a double-ring ceremony solemnized Saturday, March 24, 2007, at 5 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

The bride is the daughter of Bruce and Rhonda O'Connor of Walnut Ridge. The groom is the son of David and Jean Baltz of Walnut Ridge.

The Rev. Charles Hendrix performed the ceremony.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She wore a strapless gown covered with a beaded lace sheath, featuring a beaded trim empire neckline and sweep train. She carried a bouquet of white daisies accented with an array of wild flowers.

Meagan O'Connor, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Andrea Baltz, sister of the groom, and Crystal Gifford. Claire Fisher served as flower girl.

Cory Meadors served as best man. Groomsmen were Waylon Morgan and Craig Phillips. Cameron Dulaney was ring bearer.

Ushers were Drew McNutt, cousin of the groom, and Curtis Noblin. Kelley Hardin presided at the bride's book table.

The wedding reception, hosted by the bride's family, was held at Fireman's Hall in Walnut Ridge. Guests enjoyed a dinner of barbecue, coleslaw, baked beans and potato salad. Cake and punch were also served.

Servers were Gena Morris and Carrie Borah, cousins of the groom, and Tosha Hardin and Kelley Hardin, cousins of the bride. Music was provided by Sound Extreme of Pocahontas.

Out-of-state guests attending the wedding were: Gary and Barbara McNutt of Branson West, Mo., and Tim and Garianne Howard, Adyson, Grayson, Audrey and Ella of Olathe, Kan.

Rehearsal dinner

David and Jean Baltz hosted a rehearsal dinner at Don's Steak House in honor of Ashley and Brandon on March 23. Forty three guests were served steak, grilled chicken, salad, baked potato and cheese cake. Ashley and Brandon presented gifts to their wedding attendants.

Family shower

Barbara Brown, grandmother of the bride, honored Ashley and Brandon with a family shower at the Minturn Community Center on the afternoon of Feb. 24. Cake, punch, nuts and mints were served. Ashley received many useful gifts from members of her family.

Classmate shower

Ashley was honored at a seafood buffet dinner and shower at the Walnut Ridge Country Club on the evening of Feb. 24. The event was hosted by Alyson Williams, Sara Mullen, Bobbye Drew Rorex, Andrea Cole, Holly Caldwell, Drew Golden and Kelly Ward. Guests were members of the 2003 senior class, of which Brandon was a member. They presented Ashley and Brandon with many nice gifts.

Church shower

Ashley and Brandon were honored with a wedding shower at United Free Will Baptist Church on the afternoon of Feb. 25. Hostesses for the event were Brenda Poindexter, Anna Lou Shaw, Debbie Sullivan, Shirley Heard, Gaye Rickey, Beverly Hathcock, Mearl Pulliam, Linda Hendrix, Janet Lawhon, Waynoma Strong, Mary Holder, Shannon Hardin, Cathy Shoe and Mary Gall. The hostesses presented individual gifts to the couple. Cake, punch, nuts and mints were served to the many guests who attended.

Bachelor outing

Brandon was honored with a bachelor getaway the weekend of March 10. The event was held at the cabin of Larry and Brenda Singleton, near Mountain Home. Jonathan Singleton, Cory Meadors, Waylon Morgan, Craig Jones, Aaron Jarboe and Cody Jones, along with Brandon, enjoyed fishing on Lake Norfork.

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Cook ~ O'Neal

Mike and Debbie Cook of Hoxie announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kelli Beth Cook, to Levi Scott O'Neal, son of Randy and Theresa O'Neal of Imboden.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bob Cook of Jonesboro, Barb Scott of Walcott, Sue Fallis of Ratcliff and the late Alva Dunham. She is a 2003 graduate of Hoxie High School and attends Black River Technical College. She is employed at Wal-Mart in the photolab.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Gary and Janice Wells of Imboden and Bonnie O'Neal of Glencoe and the late Jake O'Neal. He is a 2004 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School and attends Black River Technical College. He is employed at Custom-Pak.

The couple will exchange vows on June 16 at 2 p.m. at the Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge.

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Long ~ Coleman

Patti and Kenne Long of Forrest City announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Robin Long, to Aaron Keith Coleman, son of Gail Coleman of Jacksonville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Joyce Long of Forrest City and the late Thomas L. Long and Patsy Sharp of Cordova, Tenn., and the late Charles Dale Turner. She is a 2003 graduate of Forrest City High School and will graduate from ASU in May, after which she plans to attend UALR School of Law beginning in the fall.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Marie Ward of Walnut Ridge and the late William A. "Pete" Ward and Ted and Esther Coleman of Pilot Mountain, N.C. He is a 1997 graduate of North Little Rock High School and is employed by the Arkansas Federal Credit Union.

The couple will exchange vows on July 21 at 5 p.m. at Village Creek State Park at Wynne. All family and friends are invited.

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VanHoozer ~ Wood

Peggy Nicholson of Hoxie and Fred VanHoozer of Bay announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Tanya Jene VanHoozer to Cody Duncan Wood, son of Cindy Wood and Tom Wood, both of Swifton.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Virginia Meriwether and Melton and Reba VanHoozer, all of Hoxie. She is a graduate of Swifton High School and is attending Arkansas State University, where she is majoring in Early Childhood Education. She is employed at Hoxie School's Mustang Camp.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Lehman and Louvell Duncan and Bill and Jackie Wood, all of Swifton. He is the great-grandson of Opal Duncan of Swifton. He is a Swifton High School graduate and has attended ASU. He is employed by Duncan Lumber Company.

The couple will exchange vows on July 7 at 2 p.m. at Abiding Faith Church. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow at the Swifton Community Center.

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James Murray Cooley Boozer

James Murray Cooley Boozer, 29, of Grubbs, died April 22, 2007.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Newman Boozer; a son, Ari Leon Boozer; a daughter, Starr Lynn Boozer; his father, Frankie Joe Boozer, Walnut Ridge; his mother, Judy Doyle, Newport; two sisters, Elizabeth Ann Boozer, Newport, and Makenzie Ruth Boozer, Washington; and his grandparents, James and Mary Boozer, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

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Donnie Boyd

Donnie Wayne Boyd, 52, of Walnut Ridge, died April 21, 2007.

He was a carpenter and a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Little Becky; his parents, Alice and Buford Boyd; and three sisters, Ruthie Boyd, Pat Tribble and Sherry McLaughlin.

Survivors include his wife, Roxanne Cooper Boyd; a daughter, Stacy Boyd, Walnut Ridge; two sons, William Boyd, Walnut Ridge, and Donnie Gene Boyd, Texas; two brothers, Bobby Boyd and Steve Boyd, both of Hoxie; seven sisters, Margie Bell, College City, Helen Halcum, South Carolina, Becky Brandon, Norie Tribble and Betty Stafford, all of Walnut Ridge, and Kay Hutton and Lisa Woodard, both of Hoxie; and three grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 11 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Warner Allen officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Steven Boyd Jr., Allen Brown, James Stafford, Pete Woodard, Jimmy Ferguson and Kenny Green. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Woodard, Steve Tribble and Eric Woodard.

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Evelyn Dee Cloinger

Evelyn Dee Cloinger, 66, of Bono, sister of Mildred Conner of Clover Bend, died April 16, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Thursday in Trinity Cemetery with Gary Cremeens officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Bono Church of Christ. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Lucy B. Cook

Lucy Bell Cook, 91, of Cherokee Village, formerly of Lawrence County, died April 13, 2007, at Ash Flat.

She had lived in Arizona and in the Hoxie and Portia areas before moving to Cherokee Village nine years ago. She was a retired California state employee. She had been a licensed minister for more than 25 years and was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Margie Louise; four sisters; a brother and two grandsons, Richard Dean Oden and David Russell Oden.

Survivors include five daughters, Sheri Cook and Mary Cook, of the home, Janet Nixon, Modesto, Calif., Stella Davis, Cherokee Village, and Adele Lambert, Ash Flat; four sons, Frank Cook, Redmond, Ore., Leonard Cook, Harker Heights, Texas, Stan Cook, Anaheim, Calif., and Gene Cook, Cherokee Village; 23 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Glenn Chadwick officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Dennis Steen, Patrick Steen, Les Lambert, Willard McCollum, Bill Hilburn and Calvin Parker. Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Davis, Billy Stevens, Rusty Stevens, Joni Oden, Tony Cook, Michael Cook, Stan Cook Jr., Gene Cook Jr., Bobby Nixon, Brian Nixon, Gene Davis, Jim Davis and Gary Davis.

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Kenneth Harris

Kenneth Harris, 88, of Saffell, died April 19, 2007, in an automobile accident near Lynn.

He was a retired farmer and a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Buena Richey Harris; and a brother, H.O. "Doc" Harris.

Survivors include a son, Kenny Joe Harris, Smithville; a daughter, Regina Hendrickson, Saffell; a brother, Felix Harris, Saffell; two sisters, Imogene Belk, Jonesboro, and Imo Gray, Strawberry; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Greg Cooper and Don House officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers were R.A. Wright, Doug Huckaba, Robert Northcutt, Lavern Richey, Curt Howard and Kenneth Pearson. Honorary pallbearers were Maynard Richey, Darrell Harris, Gilbert Northcutt, John L. Wells and V.H. Whitmire.

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Jeffery Wayne Johnson

Jeffery Wayne Johnson, 47, of Jonesboro, stepson of Jerry Bell of Swifton, and brother of Wendell Bell and Vivian King, both of Swifton, died April 17, 2007, at his home. Burial was Friday in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Shelby Jackson Lingo

Shelby Jackson Lingo, 87, of California, died April 5, 2007.

Born Sept. 26, 1919, in Lynn, he was the son of Barry and Stella Lingo. He received several commendations, including two bronze stars, for his service on the front lines in Germany during World War II. He was honorably discharged after four years of service, obtaining the rank of technical sergeant.

He and his family moved from Arkansas to California in 1947. During the 1950s, he owned several service stations in Ventura County. He opened El Rio Auto Parts in 1960 and El Rio Engine Supply in 1973, which he owned and operated until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Meretta; a sister, Geneva Miller; and a granddaughter, Bobbi Parker Tupy.

Survivors include his wife, Florence Helms Lingo, whom he married on Jan. 1, 1941; a daughter, Carolyn Parker and husband Bud; a sister, Eula Baird and husband Paul; two grandchildren, Sheila Fudge and Michael Parker; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held April 14 at Bethany Chapel in Oxnard, Calif.

Memorials may be made to Feed the Children, P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-0036.

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Margaret M. Marshall

Margaret M. Marshall, 85, of Jonesboro, stepmother of Marvin Marshall of Walnut Ridge, died April 22, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Howard Funeral Chapel in Manila. Burial will be in Manila Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at www.howardfuneralservice.com.

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Harvey Lee Russell

Harvey Lee Russell, 78, of Jonesboro, died April 14, 2007, in Searcy.

Born in Strawberry, he was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He had worked at Massanelli's Cleaners and FMC Corp. and in self-employed endeavors. He was a member of Carter's Temple Church and was active in the community.

Survivors include a son, Harvey Russell Jr., Los Angeles; three daughters, Wanda White and Perrilyn Jackson, both of Los Angeles, and Cytherea Russell, Greensboro, N.C.; a niece, Melissa McGee; Wichita, Kan., 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. A memorial service will be held a later date in Los Angeles. Woodard Funeral Service had charge of local arrangements.

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James R. Thompson

James R. "Pete" Thompson, 65, of Bowling Green, Ky., died April 13, 2007, at his home.

Born April 28, 1941, he was a native of Walnut Ridge. He was retired from General Motors Corvette Division in Bowling Green.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Dustin Oglesby; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Thompson; a brother, Monroe Thompson; and two sisters, Ethel Carter and Nancy Richardson.

Survivors include his wife, Gerri Garret Thompson; a son, James William "Bill" Thompson, Bowling Green, Ky.; two daughters, Sherry Thompson, Savannah, Ga., and Kathy Thompson, Trenton, Ill.; and three sisters, Phyllis Keaton, Hopkinsville, Ky., Martha Lunsford, Ventura, Calif., and Molly Sedrick, Machesney Park, Ill.

Burial was in Thompson Family Cemetery in Bowling Green.

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Mildred A. Watts

Mildred A. Watts, 88, of Torrance, Calif., died April 6, 2007, in Torrance.

She was born in Alicia in 1918. She married Wilburn Watts, also a native of Alicia, in 1935 and moved to Stockton, Calif., in 1943. She lived in Stockton until 2004, when she moved to Torrance.

She worked in a wartime shipyard until the end of WWII. She then worked in the custom drapery shop of Breuner's furniture store for approximately 30 years. She was an active member of Christian Life Center for 60 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Watts, in 1981.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Watts and wife Angela, Norfolk, Va.,and James Watts and wife Linda of Caza de Coto, Calif.; three brothers, Harlan Shelton, Ron Shelton and Don Shelton, all of Arkansas; two brothers-in-law, Byford Watts and Edgar Watts, both of Stockton; two grandchildren, Julia Hill and Keith Watts; and six great-grandchildren.

Burial was April 11 in Cherokee Memorial Park at Lodi, Calif.

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Audrey M. Wortham

Audrey M. Wortham, 92, of Jonesboro, died April 19, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Henry P. and Bessie Rose Ragan. She was retired from Arkansas State University and was a member of the Stone Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Truman E. Wortham; and a son, Bill Wortham.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Wortham, Wixmon, Mich., and Joe Wortham, Las Vegas; three daughters, Devona Faye Reid, Black Rock, Pat Abtahi, Las Vegas, and Cathy Boyd, Ravenden; a brother, Bobby Bowen, California; a sister, Daisey Kirkpatrick, California; 21 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home Chapel with Herbert Knight and Jim Watts officiating. Burial was in Johnson Cemetery.

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

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