May 2, 2007 Edition

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Births

Lola Emerson Ball Dylan Noah Clampit Alyssa Morgan Gosha
Sara Rae Huffmaster Dakota Jordan Mills Grayson Gage Moore
Hailey Newton

Weddings/Engagements

Blackburn ~ Dodd

Obituaries

Walter Benson Willie K. Blackwell Irene Estelle Bowie
Buel Broadway Wayne Brumble Jr. Ola Mae Carson
Albert Haden Cockrill Tommy Wayne Drury Nova Erwin
Notra Long Fender Loie Fraine Opal Viola Golliver
Vela Emma Massey Eva Lorene Osburn Lovey Irene Pettyjohn
Freida Sharp

Births

Lola Emerson Ball

Jeff and Amanda Ball of Hoxie are the parents of a daughter born April 25, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Lola Emerson Ball.

She has a brother, Xander Ball, who is two.

Grandparents are Sam and Becky Spades of Black Rock and Denny and Edith Ball of Hoxie. She is the great-granddaughter of Duel Tinker of Hoxie, David and Shirley Ball of O'Kean, Richard and Ina Ruth Spades of Cabot and Marion and Betty Reese of Augusta, Ga.

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Dylan Noah Clampit

Daniel Clampit and Danielle Scott of Bono have announced the birth of a son on April 19, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Dylan Noah Clampit.

Grandparents are Tony and Susan Sharp and Mark and Paula Clampit, all of Jonesboro. He is the great-grandson of Barbara Marshall of Jonesboro, Theresa Baker of Jefferson City, Mo., Dean and Glenda Sharp of Vienna, Ill., Troy and Brandy Bullock of Jonesboro and Margaret Clampit of Jonesboro.

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Alyssa Morgan Gosha

Kevin and Misty Gosha of Imboden have announced the birth of a daughter on April 25, 2007, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Alyssa Morgan Gosha.

She has a sister, Makayla Nichole Gosha.

Grandparents are Ronnie and Judy Gosha and Mitch and Debbie Jones. She is the great-granddaughter of Dorothy Brand, Vivian Mars and Ann and Bernard Jones.

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Sara Rae Huffmaster

Jason and Heather Huffmaster of Paragould have announced the birth of a daughter on April 18, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, six ounces, and has been named Sara Rae Huffmaster.

She has a brother, Jacob Huffmaster, who is four.

Grandparents are Diane Moore and Vernon Moore, both of Hoxie, and J.B. and Jeanette Huffmaster of Paragould. She is the great-granddaughter of David and Bertha Huckabay of Paragould, Ray and Elsie Clark of Black Rock and Della Moore of Hoxie.

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Dakota Jordan Mills

Timothy and Bonnie Mills of Piggott are the parents of a son, born April 17, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Dakota Jordan Mills.

He has a brother, Collin Mills, 13.

Grandparents are James Hughes of Smithville and the late Vernadean Hughes and Ken and Debbie Mills of Piggott. He is the great-grandson of Dewayne, Wanda and Thelma Duccen of Arnold, Mo.

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Grayson Gage Moore

Ryan and Sarah Moore of Bono have announced the birth of a son on April 16, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Grayson Gage Moore.

He has a sister, Payton Elizabeth Moore, 19 months.

Grandparents are Ira and Betty Rodgers of Jonesboro and Tom and Beverly Moore of Hoxie. He is the great-grandson of Woody and Phyllis Huggins.

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Hailey Amber Leanne Newton

Nick and April Newton of Paragould are the parents of a daughter, born April 17, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Hailey Amber Leanne Newton.

She has two sisters, Kara Newton, six, and Abby Newton, three.

Grandparents are Mark Davis of Walnut Ridge, Laura Beigh of Seattle, Wash., Randy Newton of Portersville, Mo., and Betty Johnson of South Haven, Mich.

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Weddings/Engagements

Blackburn ~ Dodd

Helen Blackburn of Black Rock and Tom Dodd of Minturn will exchange wedding vows Saturday, July 7, at noon at First Baptist Church in Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the daughter of the late F.H. and Bertha Lewis, and the prospective groom is the son of the late Ethan and Vera Dodd.

All friends and relatives of the couple are invited to attend the wedding and reception, which will follow in the fellowship hall. The bride, who owned The Cake Place prior to her retirement, extends a special invitation to all her customers.

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Obituaries

Walter Benson

Walter Benson, 82, of Imboden, died April 25, 2007, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

Born Dec. 26, 1924, in Illinois, he was the son of Jimmy and Pearl Landsdale Benson. He was an appliance repairman for Swink Appliance Company in Imboden for over 40 years and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen Ada McCarty Benson, whom he married Aug. 17, 1944, at Blytheville; five sons, Kenneth Benson and Rickey Benson, both of Imboden, Eugene Benson, Monroe, La., David Benson, Tuckerman, and Gary Benson, Michigan; two brothers, Charles Benson, Niles, Mich., and Jim Schrimsher, Imboden; four sisters, Clara Austin, Niles, Mich., Pauline McNew, Kennett, Mo., and Elsie Austin and Helen McCarroll, both of Hoxie; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Imboden with Tracy Martin officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Willie K. Blackwell

Willie K. Blackwell, 82, of Warm Springs, brother of Estalee Minton of Walnut Ridge, died April 30, 2007, at his home. Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Carl Massey officiating. Burial will be in Will White Cemetery. Visitation is tonight from 5 to 8 at the funeral home.

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Irene Estelle Bowie

Irene Estelle Bowie, 95, of Walnut Ridge, died May 1, 2007.

Born April 14, 1912, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Harry and Dona Grigsby. She lived in Walnut Ridge until moving to Michigan, where she lived for 40 years. During World War II, she assisted the war effort as an inspector at the General Motors diesel factory. She returned to Arkansas to reside at the family homestead at Calvin Crossing before moving to Walnut Ridge. She was a beautician, a real estate agent and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Bowie; a son, Bill Whittaker; two sisters, Eunice Roberts and Myrta Stowe; and an infant brother.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Jean M. Whittaker, Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren, William Whittaker, Stephen Whittaker, Donna Heracklis and Patti Whittaker; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Carl Rider officiating. Burial will be in Calvin Crossing Cemetery near Alicia under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Steve Whittaker, Wink Phillips, Steve Graddy, Joel Teel, Bernard Brand and Paul King.

No visitation is planned.

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Buel Broadway

Buel Broadway, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died April 30, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born in the Attica community, he moved to California and returned to Walnut Ridge in 1981. He was a World War II Army veteran and a retired aircraft electrician for McDonnell Douglas. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

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

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Broadway; three daughters, Doris Broadway and Bonnie Broadway, both of Walnut Ridge, and Wanda Ledesma, Pocahontas; a brother, Veston Broadway, Pocahontas; a sister, Pearl Slayton, Pocahontas; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Darrell Douglas and Don House offiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Bruce Campbell, Todd Campbell, Charles Broadway, Michael Johnson, Mike Wright, J.T. Chronister and Michael Divel.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Wayne Brumble Jr.

Wayne Brumble Jr., 62, of Portia, died April 30, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 7, 1944, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Wayne Sr. and Mary Lee Waldon Brumble. He was a farmer and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include a brother, Selvie Brumble, Pocahontas.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Robert Davis officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Friends will serve as pallbearers.

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Ola Mae Carson

Ola Mae Carson, 93, of Paragould, formerly of Hoxie, died April 27, 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould.

Born Jan. 23, 1914, at Brookland, she was the daughter of Charlie Albert and Mary Alma Marshall West. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include three sisters, Lillie Snyder, Pauline Shannon and Nettie Riggsbee, all of Paragould; and two brothers, Robert West, Hillsboro, Mo., and Paul Franklin West, Paragould.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Rev. Lynn Garmroth officiating. Burial was in Paragould Memorial Garden under direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Albert Haden Cockrill

Albert Haden Cockrill, 80, of Wynne, and a former resident of Walnut Ridge, died April 26, 2007, at Crossridge Community Hospital in Wynne.

Born Jan. 5, 1927, in Crawfordsville, he was the son of James Thaddus and Irene Haden Cockrill. He graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1944 and attended Louisiana State University. He was a World War II Air Force veteran, earning the Good Conduct Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal.

He retired from the Arkansas Highway Department as a Registered Professional Engineer after 40 years of service. He oversaw road and bridge construction for many roads in Northeast Arkansas. He was active in the First United Methodist Church in Wynne, where he served as a member of the Administrative Board, the Council of Ministries, the Board of Trustees and the Building Committee. He served for many years as the church's resident fix-it man.

Survivors include his wife, Emily McClendon Cockrill; a daughter, Cynthia Cockrill, Lakeland, Tenn.; a son, Albert Harden Cockrill and wife Stephanie, Wynne; a brother, James T. Cockrill, Virginia; a sister, Sara Blevens, Maryland; and two grandchildren, Pharis Cockrill and Allen Cockrill.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis. A memorial service was held Saturday afternoon at First United Methodist Church in Wynne.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund in Wynne.

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

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Tommy Wayne Drury

Tommy Wayne Drury, 48, of Mammoth Spring, formerly of Powhatan, died April 30, 2007, at Cross Ridge Hospital in Wynne.

Born Sept. 16, 1958, in Walnut Ridge, he worked as a riverboat captain for Steel City Marine Transportation for 25 years. He was of the Protestant faith.

Survivors include two daughters, Shannon Marie Drury and Brianna Lynn Drury, both of Kirksville, Mo.; his mother, Joan Drury, Powhatan; a sister, Cindy Bragg and husband James, Cherokee Village; and a brother, Dennis Drury and wife Deb, Green Castle, Mo.

Funeral will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Higginbotham Chapel with Cindy Bragg speaking. Burial will be in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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

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Nova Erwin

Nova Judy Erwin, 88, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Hoxie, died April 29, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She had lived most of her life in Hoxie and was a member of the First Assembly of God. She was a retired certified nurses' assistant at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Erwin; her parents, Coy and Vada Dunkerson Jackson; a brother, Clifton Jackson; and a sister, Wanda Parler.

Survivors include a daughter, Mickey Gray, Hoxie; a son, C.L. Erwin, Raymore, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Polly Crocker and Charlene Pogue; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Dale Hughart officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Cloyce Smithee, Paul Hendrix, Shawn Jones, Phil Sourly, Austin Jones and Fred Weeks. Honorary pallbearers were Logan Jones, Jacob Erwin, Trevor Erwin and Steven Pinkston.

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Notra Long Fender

Notra Long Fender, 89, of Grand Prairie, Texas, formerly of Lawrence County, died April 23, 2007.

Born Sept. 1, 1917, she attended Hoxie School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles P. Fender; and a son, Rodney.

Survivors include two sons, Charles David Fender and wife Mary Ann, and Dan Fender and wife Geneva; a daughter-in-law, Nelda Fender; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Little Bethel Cemetery in Duncanville, Texas. Jayne's Memorial Chapel of Duncanville had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at www.legacy.com/dallasmorningnews/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=87580015.

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Loie Fraine

Loie Fraine, 73, of Knobel, father of Steve Fraine of Walnut Ridge, died April 29, 2007, at Piggott Community Hospital. A memorial service was held Tuesday at Fraine Air Field at Knobel.

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Opal Viola Golliver

Opal Viola Golliver, 82, of Peach Orchard, died April 24, 2007, in Paragould.

Born Dec. 19, 1924, in the Fender Community, she was the daughter of William Robert and Tiny Fay Byers Archer. She was a homemaker and a member of Peach Orchard Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Franklin Golliver, on March 9, 1981, whom she married in 1940.

Survivors include a daughter, Carlene Mitchell, Doniphan, Mo.; two sons, Clarence Golliver, Paragould, and Kenny Golliver, Noble; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Rev. Carl McKinney officiating. Burial was in Memorial Gardens at Paragould under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Vela Emma Massey

Vela Emma Massey, 98, of Cave City, formerly of Strawberry, died April 27, 2007, at White River Medical Center.

Born Aug. 9, 1908, at Nelsonville, she was the daughter of William Lee and Devoshia Nichols Wells. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Von W. Massey, on Dec. 19, 1971; two infant sons, four brothers and a sister.

Survivors include two daughters, Vonnie Jean Hilburn and husband Charles, Greenbrier, and Mona Hardin, LaPorte, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Church of Christ at Strawberry with Bob Turner officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Eva Lorene Osburn

Eva Lorene Osburn, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died April 24, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 21, 1924, at Eaton, she was the daughter of Marvin and Fannie Carlson Oldham. She was co-owner of Osburn's Grocery Store and was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Osburn, on Oct. 21, 2005, whom she married May 24, 1941; a brother, Dee Oldham; and three sisters, Ethel Garland, Lois Scudder and Vina Alls.

Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Thomas, Valley View; three sons, Darrell Osburn, Walnut Ridge, Doug Osburn, Trumann, and David Osburn, Alabama; two sisters, Clelia Gosha, Walnut Ridge, and Gloria Mize, Jonesboro; her granddaughter and caregiver, Leslie Daniels, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Jeff Osburn, Jason Osburn, Brooke Bramlett and Michael Osburn; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Chapel with Bros. Dardanelle Townsley and Charles Helms officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery near Lynn under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jerry Cox, J.R. Cox, Ray Stone, Junior Waldrupe, Marvin Kennedy and Ronnie Freeman. Honorary pallbearer was Emit Stone.

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Lovey Irene Pettyjohn

Lovey Irene Pettyjohn, 89, of Russellville, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died April 26, 2007.

Born June 23, 1917, in Tupelo, Miss., she was the daughter of R.K. and Minnie Garbett. She lived most of her life at Little Rock before moving to Russellville six years ago. She was a longtime member of NARFE and AARP, and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Russellville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl F. Pettyjohn; three brothers, Clyde Garbett, W.E. "Bo" Garbett and R.K. Garbett; and two sisters, Edna Garbett and Doris Kleck.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue Brain and husband Sid, Russellville; a stepbrother, David Perryman, Little Rock; two stepsisters, Martha McHughes, Little Rock, and Barbara McLain, Houston; two grandchildren, Dianne Brain and Lucia Krone; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Hope Cemetery at Imboden with Rev. Matthew Johnson officiating. Humphrey Funeral Service of Russellville had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Manna House of First United Methodist Church, 304 South Commerce, Russellville, AR 72801 or to River Valley Christian Clinic, 1714 State Hwy. 22, Dardanelle, AR 72834.

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

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Freida Sharp

Freida Sharp, 73, of Mountain Home, formerly of Lawrence County, died April 30, 2007, at her home.

Born April 4, 1934, at Everton, she retired from Wells Fargo Bank in Phoenix as vice president.

She was preceded in death by her father, Rev. Loy Carl Wood; and two brothers, Vernon and Mitchell.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Albert Sharp; a son, Ritchell Sharp and wife Mary Pat, Phoenix; her mother, Barbara Wood, Fairfield Bay; two brothers, Loy Wood and Travis Wood, both of Moline, Ill.; four sisters, Willodean Sullivan, Little Rock, Imodell Stewart, Shirley, Nell Werner, Springdale, and Gayle Rees, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; and two grandchildren, Clinton Sharp and Marlee Sharp.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at the Mountain Home Bible Church with pastor Jerry Bauman officiating. Burial will be in Crawford Cemetery at Everton under the direction of Kirby & Family Funeral Services of Mountain Home.

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

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