May 9, 2007 Edition

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Births

Andrew Michael Derr

Weddings/Engagements

Carey ~ Hutchison DeClerk ~ Nichols Holtgrewe ~ McNutt
McMasters ~ Harpole Prestidge ~ Phillips

Obituaries

Alice Smith Angel Deborah Spears Austin Edna Jennifer Forrest
James Graham Kevin D. Lewis Joseph Newton Monday
Dorothy Rorex Dianne Sloan Nona Counts Tubbs
Edith Mae Tyler Lisa Carol Volner Dorothy A. Wolf

Births

Andrew Michael Derr

Mike and Amanda Derr of California, Mo., are parents of a son, born April 27, 2007, at St. Mary's Health Center in Jefferson City, Mo. The baby weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Andrew Michael Derr.

Grandparents are Gerald and Sheila Hurst of Ashland, Mo., and Terry and Mary Derr of Ashland, Ohio.

He is the great-grandson of Carolyn (Mrs. Silas) Hurst of Jonesboro, William and Lou Robinett and Linda Hurst, all of Hoxie, and Harold and Patricia Geraci of Ashland, Ohio.

Great-great-grandparents are D.B. and Exie Chastain of Piggott and Bill McCrory of Walnut Ridge.

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Weddings/Engagements

Carey ~ Hutchison

Tony and LaDonna Carey of Black Rock have announced the engagement of their daughter, Laura Carey of Black Rock, to Brad Hutchison of Russellville, son of Melanie and Ron Hutchison of Tuckerman.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ada Belle Carey of Black Rock and the late Joseph Carey and Sharon and Marlin Cummings and the late Rudy Crider.

She is a 2007 graduate of Black Rock High School and is employed with Subway of Walnut Ridge. She will be beginning her career in the beauty college at Russellville immediately after their honeymoon.

The prospective groom is the grandson of J.C. and Glenda Gates of Tuckerman and Ann and John Hutchison of Marionville, Mo.

He is a 2003 graduate of Tuckerman High School and is attending Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, where he is seeking a degree in agri-business. He is employed at Lowes.

The couple will exchange their vows on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Black Rock. All family and friends are invited.

Following the wedding, the couple plans to spend their honeymoon in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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DeClerk ~ Nichols

Mr. and Mrs. David DeClerk of Pocahontas announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie DeClerk, to Mark Nichols, son of Nedra Nichols of Walnut Ridge and Charles Nichols of Sedgwick.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mary Wolf and the late Mr. and Mrs. A.C. DeClerk.

She is a graduate of Pocahontas High School and received a bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations and advertising from the University of Arkansas and a juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is employed as a commercial litigation attorney at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Violet Horton of St. Louis and the late Darvis Horton and the late Marguerite and Jasper Garland Nichols.

He is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas. He is employed as an electrical engineer by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department in Little Rock.

A July wedding is planned at the First Baptist Church in Pocahontas.

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Holtgrewe ~ McNutt

Dr. Michael and Linda Holtgrewe of Williamstown, W.Va., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sally Marie Holtgrewe of Louisville, Ky., to Cody Heath McNutt of Louisville, son of David and Stacy McNutt of West Memphis.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Madeline Prather of Belpre, Ohio, and the late Denzil Prather and Ann Holtgrewe of Lincoln, Neb., and the late Richard Holtgrewe.

She is a 2000 graduate of Williamstown High School and a 2004 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in nutrition. She is planning to graduate in August of 2008 from the University of Louisville School of Nursing. She is a registered dietician with the University of Louisville Family Medicine.

The prospective groom is the grandson of D.S. "Rosie" and Helen Foley of Walnut Ridge and Juanita McNutt of Walnut Ridge and the late Dolph McNutt.

He is a 1999 graduate of West Memphis High School and a 2003 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in communication. He also earned his master of divinity degree in December of 2006 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and will begin pursuing his doctorate at the seminary in August. He is the pastor of New Heights Baptist Church in Louisville.

The couple will exchange vows on May 12, at 4:30 p.m., at West End Baptist Church in Louisville.

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McMasters ~ Harpole

James and LaDonna McMasters of Bay have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Megan McMasters, to Robby Brandon Harpole, son of Bob and Cathy Harpole of Imboden.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bill and Sharon McMasters of Bay and Mrs. Jessie Primm of Bay. She is a 2005 graduate of Bay High School and attends Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is employed at Blackwell Baldwin in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Shelby and Ann Ladd of Corning, Christine Harpole of Corning and the late Robert Harpole. He is a 2001 graduate of Maynard High School and a 2005 graduate of ASU. He works for the Natural Resources Conservation Services in Osceola.

The couple will exchange vows on May 19 at 2 p.m. at the Skaggs Church of Christ in Pocahontas. All family and friends are invited.

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Prestidge ~ Phillips

Steve and Rita Prestidge of Powhatan announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Allison Renae Prestidge, to Sean Christopher Phillips, son of Jan Phillips of Franklin, Tenn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Pauline Craig of Powhatan and the late Jesse Craig and Edward Prestidge of Jonesboro and the late Ruby Prestidge. She is an honor graduate of Black Rock High School and received a bachelor of science degree from Harding University. She is the business manager and part owner of Ridmart.com, an eBay trading assistant company.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Yvonne Kidd of Franklin, Tenn. He is a graduate of Norman High School in Norman, Okla., and is a senior systems engineer for Hospital Corporation of America and also part owner of Ridmart.com.

The couple will exchange vows on June 2 at 2 p.m. at the Black Rock Church of Christ. All friends and relatives are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow in the church fellowship hall.

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Obituaries

Alice Smith Angel

Alice Smith Angel, 94, of Trumann, died May 2, 2007, at her home.

Born Feb. 26, 1913, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of William Levi Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Gulliams Smith. She had formerly lived in Phoenix and had lived in Trumann since 1972. She was a homemaker and a member of Central Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Angel; a son, Ralph Edward Angel Sr.; four sisters; seven brothers; and a grandson, Darrell McCulley.

Survivors include a daughter, Charlotte McCulley, Lake City; a brother, Theodore Smith, Jonesboro; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann with Rev. Bill Maxwell officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Steve Deutschman, Troy McCulley, John Musto, Leif McCulley, Tod Honey and Chuck Wimberly. Honorary pallbearers were the men of Central Baptist Church.

An online guestbook is available at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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Deborah Spears Austin

Deborah Spears Austin, 47, of Jonesboro, died May 6, 2007, at Baptist Hospital in North Little Rock.

She was a lifetime resident of Jonesboro and was a secretary in the medical field. She was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis Sr. and Elfie King Spears.

Survivors include her husband, Kelly Austin, a Walnut Ridge native, of the home; two brothers, Larry Spears and Louis Spears Jr., both of Jonesboro; and two sisters, Geraldine Gibbs and Brenda Hillyer, both of Jonesboro.

Funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jim Hillyer officiating. Burial will be in Nettleton Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers will be Danny Whitmire, Brian Gibbs, Brian Gibbs II, Austin Lawhon, Chad Spears and Jeremy Spears. Honorary pallbearers will be Nathan Spears, Ray Gibbs, Dean Gibson, Marty McGinnis, Jeff Brecklein, Jim Brecklein, Chris Whitmire, Gary Lawhon and Jim Hillyer.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1132, Fairfax, VA 22038-1132 or to the NEA Humane Society.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

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

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Edna Jennifer Forrest

Edna Jennifer Forrest, 67, of Hoxie, died May 7, 2007, at her home.

She had lived in Rockford, Ill., and Williford before moving to Hoxie in 1979. She was a convenience store manager for Griffins Petroleum in Jonesboro for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by two children, Freddie Forrest and Ricky Forrest.

Survivors include four daughters, Shelly Hampton, Melbourne, Pam Forrest, Ravenden, and Denise Scott and Tammy Nicholas, both of Hoxie; two sons, Jeff Forrest, Ash Flat, and Dennis Forrest, Rockford, Ill.; three sisters, Joyce Cofield, Phil Campbell, Ala., Shirley Doyle, Monroe Center, Ill., and Sharon Terviel, South Dakota; a brother, Vernon Kahl Jr., Rockford; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday in the House-Gregg Chapel with Marty Spurlock officiating. Burial will be in Dail Cemetery at Ravenden under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Dale Johnson, Dean Cross, Jason Burgess, Greg Cantrell, Allen Scott and Joey Doyle.

Visitation is tonight from 5:30 to 8 at the funeral home.

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James Graham

James (J.F.) Graham of Clover Bend, died May 3, 2007, in Jonesboro.

He had lived all of his life in the Clover Bend area and was a retired farmer. He attended Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mellie Graham; a sister, Linda June; and a brother, Leonard Graham.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Mae Gosha Graham; two daughters, Margretta Tinker and husband, Richard, Walnut Ridge, and Ellen Quarry and Jim, Jonesboro; two sons, Clayton Graham and wife Brenda, Strangers Home, and Steve Graham and wife Denise, Clover Bend; four sisters, Dellah Crawley, Texas, Wanda Barr, Paragould, Pat Barr, Cave City, and Glenda Sue McMurtrey, Jefferson; five brothers, Buddy Graham, Jonesboro, Dillion Graham and Robert Graham, both of Illinois, and Jerry Graham and Cameron Graham, both of Portia; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Roger Brand and Cody Williams officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were grandsons, James Tinker, Travis Tinker, Justin Quarry, Jason Quarry, Brad Graham, Jeff Graham and Josh Graham. Honorary pallbearers will be the Men's Sunday School Class at Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

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Kevin D. Lewis

Kevin D. Lewis, 43, of Conway, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 2, 2007.

He was born July 16, 1963, in Jonesboro, to Alvin Lewis and Sue Passmore Lewis

He is survived by his mother, Sue Lewis of Conway, his father, Alvin Lewis of Hoxie, two brothers, Kenny Lewis and his wife Leigh Ann of Hoxie and Alvin Lewis Jr. and his wife DeAnna of Smithville, three nephews, Levi, Rylee and Sam Lewis, two nieces, Amy Ward Lewis and Lily Diane Lewis, brothers of twenty-nine Cedar and his family at CHDC.

Services were at 1 p.m. Monday at Roller-McNutt Chapel in Conway with burial in Passmore Cemetery at Thola at 4:30 p.m. A visitation was Sunday from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to CHDC benevolent fund or to the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation, Inc.

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

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Joseph Newton Monday

Joseph Newton Monday, 78, of Killeen, Texas, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died May 5, 2007, at Parks Place Manor in Melton, Texas.

Born May 26, 1928, at Jonesboro, he was the son of Joe and Marie Ann Jones Monday. He retired as an electrical engineer for Austin Western Engineering in Aurora, Ill. He was an active member of the Bob Gilmore Senior Center and was a member of the Killeen Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita M. Shivers Monday, on Sept. 4, 2004, whom he married July 3, 1951, in Illinois.

Survivors include a brother, Charles H. Monday, Leachville.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Donald Layne officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

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Dorothy Enid Armstrong Rorex

Dorothy Enid Armstrong Rorex, 86, of Imboden, died May 1, 2007, at Walnut Ridge Nursing & Rehab.

She was a Cub Scout leader and a 4-H Club leader. She was a member of Tri Delta Sorority, the Altruian Club, the Methodist Women's Club, the Committee of 100, Lawrence County China Painters and the Imboden Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis B. and Gladys Dukes Armstrong.

Survivors include her husband, Clifford C. Rorex; three sons, Scott Rorex and wife Gail, Terry Rorex and wife Carolyn, all of Imboden, and Rick Rorex and wife Brenda, Jonesboro; a brother, Scotty Armstrong and wife Joyce, Tuckerman; five grandchildren, Clifford Rorex, Kevin Rorex, Karen Rorex, Enid Rorex and Gretchen Rorex; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Imboden Methodist Church with Ron Kitchens officiating. Burial was in Gracelawn Cemetery at Tuckerman.

Memorials may be made to Imboden Methodist Church, P.O. Box 477, Imboden, AR 72434 or Arkansas Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203.

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Dianne Sloan

B. Dianne Sloan, 48, of Black Rock, died May 1, 2007, at Baptist Medical Hospital in Memphis, of heart failure.

Born Aug. 2, 1958, in Fort Worth, Texas, she was a graduate of Fayetteville High School, the University of Maryland and Drury College in Springfield, Mo. She taught school at Black Rock, Williams Baptist College, Taejon Christian International School in Korea and at schools in Missouri. She was a lifelong Girl Scout and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Daniel F. Sloan, whom she married May 12, 1979; a son, Jeremiah C. Sloan, of the home; a daughter, Sarah A. Sloan, of the home; three brothers, David Cross and wife Vicki, Fayetteville, Donald Cross and wife Imee, Prairie Grove, and Dean Cross and wife Michelle, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Tammy Davis and husband Steven, Hoxie; and three exchange students, Noe Linan and Jan Gibbert, of the home, and Serena Mor, Italy.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church with Bro. Terry Wallis officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Sloan Scholarship College Fund at Black Rock High School or the New Hope Baptist Church Youth Fund.

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Nona Counts Tubbs

Nona Counts Tubbs, 56, of Bald Knob, died May 7, 2007, at Searcy.

Born Feb. 8, 1951, she had lived at Alicia and Swifton before moving to Bald Knob in 1990. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Grover and Freda Counts; two sisters, Jackie Lloyd and Melba Alberson; and two brothers, Billy Counts and Tommy Counts.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Johnny Tubbs; four children, Kathy Weaver and husband Jimmy, Swifton, Heather Stogner and husband Mel, Pangburn, Cheryl Carpenter and husband Phillip, Pangburn, and Shannon Tubbs, Bald Knob; three brothers, Larry Counts, Jimmy Counts and Joe Counts; three sisters, Hilda Worthington, Brenda Nicholson and Mickey Alberson; four grandchildren, Megan Weaver, Lucas Reeves, John Reeves, Noah Stogner and a foreign exchange grandchild, Olga Lorenz.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

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Edith Mae Tyler

Edith Mae Spargo Tyler, 97, of Caraway, formerly of Hoxie and Pocahontas, died May 5, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Shannon Baptist Church of Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Henry "W.H." Tyler; a daughter, Jeanette; four sons, P.J., Randell, Elmer and Wilburn; three sisters and five brothers.

Survivors include two daughters, Gladys Morris, Caraway, and Betty Koutz, Dundee, Mich.; two sons, Lilburn Tyler, Caraway, and Jerry Tyler, Pocahontas; 16 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Ron Berry officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Jesse Crosson, Scott Tyler, Doyle Tyler, Jack Tyler, Michael Morris and Tyler Lingley. Honorary pallbearers were J.T. Crosson, Bobby Morris, Tim Tyler, Pat Bell and Randy Helms.

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Lisa Carol Volner

Lisa Carol Volner, 43, of Hoxie, died May 3, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Born Feb. 22, 1964, in Stuttgart, she was an emergency room admittance clerk at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Volner, whom she married Oct. 18, 1986; two sons, Ricky Dylan Volner and Ray Volner, both of the home; and a stepdaughter, Tiffanie Ann Lisenbey, Sheridan.

Funeral was Saturday at 3 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Steve Gray officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Alan Tennison, Darrell Crisler, Roger Douglas, Ronnie "Frog" Light, Jim Finch and Harold Lady. Honorary pallbearers were Paul King, Leon Nowlin and Randy Gehring.

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Dorothy A. Wolf

Dorothy A. Wolf, 76, of Rivervale, mother of Juliette Haynes of Imboden, died May 2, 2007, in Jonesboro. Burial was Friday in Potter Memorial Cemetery at Lepanto under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette. An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.

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