May 16, 2007 Edition

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William Gabriel Porter Cash Sorensen


Evans ~ Lawrence Simmons ~ Looney White ~ Simpson


Helen Ruth Clinton Mary Aline Fortenberry George Erwin Glenn Jr.
Jerry Carl Hoffman Sydney Willmuth Kealer Pearl Milligan
Lucille Nicholson W.J. Williams


William Gabriel Porter

Billy and Stephanie Porter of Fayetteville, N.C., are parents of a son, born April 13, 2007. The baby weighed nine pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named William Gabriel.

Grandparents include Kenny and Pat Cannon of Fayetteville, N.C., formerly of Lawrence County.

He is the great-grandson of Marilyn White of Walnut Ridge and the great-great-grandson of Pauline (Mrs. Pat) Chaney of Walnut Ridge.

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Cash Sorensen

Mike and Jennifer Sorensen of Katy, Texas, are parents of a son, born May 1, 2007, at Women’s Hospital of Texas in Houston. The baby weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Cash Sorensen.

Grandparents are BJ Lietz of Walnut Ridge, and Patricia and Michael Sorensen of Damon, Texas.

He is the great-grandson of Glendine Watson of Walnut Ridge and Mary Clark-Sorensen of Phoenix.

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Evans ~ Lawrence

Terri Evans of Walnut Ridge and Travis Lawrence of Jonesboro have announced their upcoming wedding.

The bride-elect is employed by Families Inc. in Walnut Ridge, and the prospective groom is employed at Spirit Manufacturing in Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 4 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church. All family and friends are invited.

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Simmons ~ Looney

Beverly Simmons of Hoxie and Mike Simmons of Jonesboro announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sarah Idabeth Simmons, to William Clinton Looney III, son of Bill and Marie Looney of Clover Bend.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ann Sullivan of Walnut Ridge and the late Glenn Sullivan and Eldon and Joyce Simmons of Annieville and the late Clodell Simmons.

She is a 2005 graduate of Hoxie High School and attends Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. She is employed as a shift supervisor at KFC/Taco Bell in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is a 2003 Hoxie High School graduate and is currently deployed with the United States Navy in which he serves as an EN2 (SW).

The couple will exchange vows on June 30, 2007, at 5 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church. All family and friends are invited.

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White ~ Simpson

Elspeth Jane Simpson became the bride of Todd Richard White on Saturday, May 12, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Haskins Simpson of Little Rock, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harold White of North Little Rock.

The brides’ grandparents were the late Mildred Bland Riddick of Walnut Ridge, the late Edgar Kader Riddick Jr. of Little Rock and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harold Haskins Simpson Sr. of Lancaster, Ky.

The groom’s grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Erwin Scobie of Toledo, Ohio, the late Mary Louise Koester of Toledo and the late Harold Oliver White of Pensacola, Fla.

Rev. Lynn Lindsey, assisted by Rev. Greg Sanders of Jonesboro First Assembly of God, brother-in-law of the groom, were the officiants. Megan (Mrs. Greg) Sanders, sister of the groom of Jonesboro, sang “The Gift of Love” and was accompanied by Kyle Rabe on the guitar. Readers were Erin and Salomon Itza, sister and brother-in-law of the groom.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a strapless gown of white organza overlaid in chiffon with a slightly flared skirt and cathedral-length train. Her shoulder-length veil was edged in organza ribbon. She carried a bouquet of dendrobium orchids surrounded by blue hydrangeas.

Jill Erin Johnston of Little Rock served as maid of honor. David Raymond Peters of Arlington, Va., and Alonso Fuentes of Houston, served as the bride’s honor attendants.

Gregory Zitterkob of New Orleans was best man. Groomsmen were Mark Hubbel of Little Rock and Kyle Rabe of Lawrence, Kansas. The groomsmen and honor attendants served as ushers.

A reception was held in The Garden Room of the Country Club of Little Rock. The Bob Boyd Sounds provided music.

Elspeth has a bachelor of science degree in computer science and a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Rice University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and treasurer of Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society. She is a student at the Stanford Law School, where she is a student fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

Todd has a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas, where he was president of Sigma Gamma Tau, an aerospace engineering honors society. He received a post-graduate diploma in aeronautics and aerospace from the von Karmen Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Rhode St-Genese, Belgium. He is a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center.

After a wedding trip to San Diego, the couple will reside in Mountain View, Calif.

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Helen Ruth Clinton

Helen Ruth Gardner Clinton, 95, of Lynn, died May 11, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 30, 1911, at Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Grover and Mag Mullen Gardner. She was a lifetime resident of the Strawberry and Lynn areas and was a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. She was a retired cafeteria worker and was a member of the Home Extension Club. She served as the Lynn correspondent for The Times Dispatch and The Ozark Journal for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claud Clinton, on Aug. 9, 1972; three brothers; two sisters; and a grandson.

Survivors include a daughter, Louise Wright, Florissant, Mo.; three sons, Gardner Clinton, Lynn, Wayne Clinton, St. Paula, Calif., and Pat Clinton, Walnut Ridge; and six grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church near Lynn with Carl Cate and Terral Neeley officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

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Mary Aline Fortenberry

Mary Aline Fortenberry, 87, of Swifton, died May 8, 2007.

Born at Swifton, she was the daughter of Benjamin and May Haskett Fortenberry.

Survivors include a son, James House, Battle Ground, Wash.; two brothers, Benny Fortenberry, Peraland, Texas, and Shelby Fortenberry, Swifton; and three grandchildren, Paul House, Martin House and Sunny Moxley.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Swifton Assembly of God Church. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

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George Erwin Glenn Jr.

George Erwin Glenn Jr., 63, of Pocahontas, died May 10, 2007.

Born Feb. 14, 1944, in Powhatan, he served as a minister for several years and was a retired teacher and coach. He was a three-time All-American at three different positions in baseball for Arkansas State University. He was inducted into the Hall of Honor at ASU in 1984.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Erwin Glenn Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Glenn; two sons, Steven Glenn, Pocahontas, and Sean Glenn, Big Sandy, Texas; a daughter, Shay Glenn Crook, Jonesboro; his mother, Glenda Mae Glenn, Lynn; a brother, Michael Glenn, Smithville, a sister, Phyllis Woodard, Lynn; and two grandchildren, Brea Glenn and Tessa Glenn.

Funeral was Sunday at 3 p.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Lynn.

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Jerry Carl Hoffman

Jerry Carl Hoffman, 53, of Centerville, La., died May 8, 2007, at his home.

Born in Walnut Ridge, he was a plantation manager and was of the Assembly of God faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Beatrice Taylor Hoffman; and a brother, Stanley Paul Hoffman.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Morris Hoffman; three sons, Jerry Wayne Hoffman, Bayou Vista, La., John Eric Hoffman, Walnut Ridge, and Jason Lee Hoffman, Pocahontas; three brothers, Richard Wayne Hoffman, Black Rock, James Thomas Hoffman, Jonesboro, and Donald Ray Hoffman, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Carolyn Sue Brown, Pocahontas, and Judy Diane Mashburn, Cord; and seven grandchildren, Alec, Gabrelle, Tristan, Zoe, Gavin, Erin and Sebastian.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Sedgwick Baptist Church with Dennis Truxler officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery near Sedgwick under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Wayne Hoffman, Aaron Hoffman, Joey Hoffman, Josh Morris, Paul Dawson and Matt Dawson.

An online guestbook is available at

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Sydney Willmuth Kealer

Sydney Willmuth Kealer, 64, of Bryant, died May 13, 2007, following a lengthy illness.

Born April 28, 1943, in Strawberry, she taught at Bryant High School for 28 years. She earned a BBA degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her masters in education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She continued taking classes until her retirement and accumulated many post-graduate hours.

She attended Primrose United Methodist Church in Sweet Home for 20 years and had been a member of Bryant First United Methodist Church for the past 15 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hal and Amy Willmuth.

Survivors include her husband, Louis O.D. Kealer Jr.; two daughters, Lisa Carver and husband Don, Little Rock, and Kim Meaders and husband Mike, Benton; two brothers, Dr. Harold N. Willmuth and wife Marge, Walnut Ridge, and Carroll V. Willmuth and wife Oletha, Strawberry; and four grandchildren, Madeline Carver, Van Carver, Dillon Meaders and Jacob Meaders.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Ward Cemetery in Strawberry with Dr. Russell Moore officiating. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Robert Willmuth, Randy Wooldridge, Bill Blankenship, David Clark, FK Willmuth and Jimmy Rex Williams.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church, Hwy. 25, Saffell, AR 72572 or Bryant First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 875, Bryant, AR 72089.

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Pearl Milligan

Pearl Robins Milligan, 98, of Strawberry, died May 9, 2007, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Sept. 2, 1908, at Jesup, she was the daughter of John Louis and Elvira Turnbow Robins. She was a retired merchandise buyer in Phoenix and was a member of the Harrison Street Church of Christ in Batesville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Everette Milligan; four brothers, Charles Taylor Robins, John Edward Robins, Benjamin Clyde Robins and an infant brother, Leland Robins; and three sisters, Mae Sullivan, Maude Howard and an infant sister, Lois Robins.

Survivors include a brother, James Lowell Robins, Batesville; five nephews, Charles Taylor Robins, Lubbock, Texas, Charles Bernard Robins and Joe Keith Robins, both of Strawberry, Byron Louis Robins, Greers Ferry, and James David Robins, Prairie Grove; four nieces, Mollie Faye Guthrie, Lebanon, Ill., Ferna Marsh, Boulder City, Nev., Barbara Billions, Germantown, Tenn., and Martha Jo Ruiz, Batesville; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Qualls Funeral Home Chapel at Cave City with Dean Fugett officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery near Strawberry.

Pallbearers were James Watson and nephews, Joe Keith Robins, Byron Louis Robins, Jerald F. Billions, James David Robins and Joseph R. Ruiz.

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Lucille Nicholson

Lucille Nicholson, 91, of Swifton, died May 12, 2007, at her home.

Born May 26, 1915, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Dee and Sarah Etta Calvin Coker. She was a homemaker and a member of the Swifton Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Nicholson; a brother, Burford Coker; a sister, Jodell Kennedy; and an infant sister, Lillie Thelma Coker.

Survivors include four sons, Lynn Nicholson, Walnut Ridge, Larry Nicholson, West Memphis, Jeffery Nicholson, Tahlequah, Okla., and Tim Nicholson, Swifton; a daughter, Carolyn Harvey, Swifton; a brother, J.D. Coker, Jonesboro; two sisters, Beatrice Graham, Walnut Ridge, and Peggy Pierce, Rockford, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ with Darrell Douglas and Mack Ballard officiating. Burial was in Haynes Cemetery near Swifton under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jay Harvey, Greg Nicholson, Keith Nicholson, Kevin Nicholson, Marcus Nicholson and Jason Nicholson.

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W.J. Williams

William Joseph “W.J.” Williams, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died May 9, 2007.

He lived in Walnut Ridge most of his life and was a general laborer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Avis; and a son.

Survivors include a son, Wayne Williams, Kansas; two daughters, Carolyn Eastwood, Kansas, and Debi Coffman, Walnut Ridge; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Darrell Douglas officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Daniel Smith, Eric Coffman, Steven Richmond, Noé DeLeon, Benny Stalnaker and Jeremy Fisher.

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