May 23, 2007 Edition

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Mikayla Shrail James Emerson Jane Speight


Clairday ~ Richey Patterson ~ Duncan Richey ~ Ring
Rodgers ~ Lester


Raymond Chapman Sr. Thelma Hibbard Iris Lorna Hudson
Edgar Clifton Meeks Jr James O. Sullens Mary Lee Swindle
Frances Olivee Williams


Mikayla Shrail James

Candace Porter and Johnny James of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on May 14, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, four ounces, and has been named Mikayla Shrail James.

She has a brother, D'Edward James, three, and Ilisha James, two.

Grandparents are Kim Wallace of Columbus, Ohio, George Porter of Walnut Ridge and Alice Weeams and Johnny James, both of Jonesboro.

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Emerson Jane Speight

Trey and Lea Speight of Blytheville have announced the birth of a daughter, born May 17, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Emerson Jane Speight.

Grandparents are Ruby Killian of Walnut Ridge and Jim and Mary Jane Speight of Blytheville.

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Clairday ~ Richey

Marla Richey became the bride of Chad Clairday in a ceremony solemnized on April 28, 2007, at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn.

Terral Neeley officiated the ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Tanesha Jones, soloist.

Dallas Carlisle of Jonesboro was served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were LaTisha Jackson of Pocahontas and Laura Huggins of Damascus. Alexis Clairday of Lynn and Lily Woodward of Damascus were flower girls.

Jason Clairday of Black Rock was the best man. Eric Woodward of Damascus and Kevin Richey of Pocahontas served as groomsmen. Ethan Clairday was ring bearer.

Ushers were Tristion Clairday and Tylor Clairday, both of Lynn, and Taylor Woodward of Damascus.

A reception followed the ceremony at the Lynn Community Center. Holly Foyle of Lynn attended the bride's book table.

Following a wedding trip to the Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tenn., the couple are at home in Lynn.

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Patterson ~ Duncan

Ron and Wanda Patterson of Corning announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Angela Renee Patterson, to Shane Daniel Duncan, son of Noel and Judy Duncan of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charles and Peggy Patterson of Corning and Robert and Ruth Kelley of Elsinore, Mo. She is a 2005 graduate of Corning High School and is a student at Arkansas State University.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Ina Faye Guthrie of Strawberry. He is a 2001 graduate of Valley View High School.

The couple will exchange vows on July 28 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Corning. All family and friends are invited.

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Richey ~ Ring

Ms. Nita Richey of Black Rock and Mr. Gail Richey of Marionville, Mo., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Christie Dawn Richey, to William Anthony Michael Ring, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ring of Black Rock.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moore of Black Rock and the late Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Richey. She is a 2006 graduate of Black Rock High School and attends Arkansas State University, where she is seeking a degree in psychology. She is employed at Wal-Mart.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Cates of Dalton and the late Charles Ring and Donna Pacilus. He is a 2003 graduate of Black Rock High School and is employed at Vulcan Rock Crusher in Black Rock.

The couple will exchange vows on May 25 at 7 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge. All friends and family are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow in the church fellowship hall.

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Rodgers ~ Lester

Rick and Debbie Rodgers of Hot Springs Village announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Christina Michelle Rodgers, to Blake Swindle Lester, son of Chuck and Cindy Lester, Hot Springs.

Tina graduated with a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in education at Henderson State University. She is a seventh grade science teacher at Lakeside Middle School.

Blake attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and is employed as an Alltel sales representative. He is the grandson of Patsy Swindle of Hot Springs and formerly of Walnut Ridge, and the late John Swindle.

Their wedding will take place on June 23, 2007, at 4 p.m., in the Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodlawn Gardens in Hot Springs.

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Raymond Chapman Sr.

Raymond P. Chapman Sr., 66, of Hoxie, died May 17, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 4, 1940, in Wyandotte, Mich., he was the son of Louis Raymond and Nellie Elizabeth Brewster Chapman. He was a former employee of the Hoxie Street Department and was of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include two sons, Raymond Paul Chapman and Raymond Perry Chapman Jr., both of Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Mary Ann Coggins, Walnut Ridge, and Linda Hill, Bono; three brothers, Doc Foster, Illinois, Herald Foster, Michigan, and Jack Foster, Pocahontas; three sisters, Shirley Smelser, Walnut Ridge, Virginia Foster, Jonesboro, and Betty Forkum, Walcott; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Whittaker Cemetery with Bro. Charles Hendrix officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Jim Hathcock, Eddie Johnson, Junior Waldrupe, Jackie Foster, Kevin Smelser and Kyle Smelser.

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Thelma Louise Mashburn Hibbard

Thelma Louise Mashburn Hibbard, 79, of Powhatan, died May 19, 2007, at her home.

Born in Melbourne, she was the daughter of Thomas and Jewell Stone Roberts. She had lived in Powhatan most of her life and was a member of the Faith Worship Center at Portia.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Shorty Mashburn; her husband, Albert "Pop" Hibbard; a daughter, Victoria; and a brother, Harold.

Survivors include seven daughters, Sue Goza, Black Rock; Kathy Alberda and Rita Bradford, both of Powhatan, Wanda McDaniel and JoAnn Alexander, both of Walnut Ridge, Debria Bishop, Cave City, and Kaye Redding, Fayetteville; five sons, Sherman Mashburn, Evening Shade, James Mashburn, Walnut Ridge, Jerry Mashburn, Texas, John Mashburn, Batesville, and Gary Mashburn, Powhatan; five sisters, Dorothy Russell and Norma Tillman, both of Walnut Ridge, Erma Rider, Hoxie, Linda Milgrim, Black Rock, and Judy Bridges, Pocahontas; three brothers, J.D. Roberts and Jesse Roberts, both of Walnut Ridge, and Thomas Roberts, Jonesboro; 36 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the Faith Worship Center in Portia with Gary Mashburn, Jerry Mashburn and Phil Redding officiating. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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Iris Lorna Hudson

Iris Lorna Hudson, 91, of O'Kean, died May 20, 2007, at her home.

Born Oct. 20, 1915, at Cord, she was the daughter of Henry and Ethel Dobbs Lance. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Hudson; and a brother, Morris Dean Lance.

Survivors include three sons, Vance Hudson, Tony Hudson and Terry Hudson, all of O'Kean; three daughters, Barbara Lemmons, Walnut Ridge, Patsy Thompson, Jonesboro, and Sharon Smith, Maynard; four sisters, Idell Rickey, Delaplaine, Jean Lance, Walnut Ridge, and Marlene Hart and Kay Sifford, both of Pocahontas; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Ted Gates officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Joey Lemmons, Jim Counts, Bobby Goodson, Craig Thompson, Dereck Manning and Michael Hudson.

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Edgar Clifton Meeks Jr.

Edgar Clifton Meeks Jr., 57, of Ravenden Springs, father of Trey Meeks of Walnut Ridge, died May 15, 2007. Burial was Monday in Janes Creek Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas. Military honors were provide by Promberger-Traw VFW Post No. 4556.

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James O. Sullens

James O. Sullens, 82, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at his residence.

He was born November 4, 1924, in Trumann, the son of O.A. and Edna Carley Sullens. He was a former educator and retired manager of Employment Security Division in Walnut Ridge. He was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Black Rock.

Mr. Sullens enlisted in the Navy in October, 1943, and served as an aviation radioman and aerial gunner in the U.S. Naval Air Corp. He was presented Navy Air-crewman Wings by his commanding officer upon completion of flight training. He received an honorable discharge on February 5, 1946.

A graduate of Hoxie High School, Mr. Sullens held a master's degree in administration in education from Arkansas State College, now known as Arkansas State University. Mr. Sullens was hired by Black Rock School in 1952 as coach and teacher, later becoming principal.

Mr. Sullens was united in marriage on February 3, 1954, to Sue Jones. He was a master mason, former member of Black Rock Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, board member and member of advisory board for Black River Technical College, Order of Eastern Star, a lifetime member of Arkansas Athletic Association and a member of Arkansas State Employees Association. Mr. Sullens was highly respected and well known throughout Arkansas, not only as an educator and coach but also as a former referee for many basketball games. He leaves behind a legacy of fairness, honesty and integrity.

Mr. Sullens was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dennis Sullens.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Sullens, of the home; four sons, James R. Sullens and wife, Anne, of Theodore, Ala; Michael Sullens and wife, Janet, of Imboden; Patrick Sullens and wife, Tammy, of Drasco; and Daniel Sullens and wife, Shirley, of Walnut Ridge. He is also survived by one sister, Margaret Bohun and husband, Tony, of Jacksonville; and one brother, Kenneth Sullens, and wife Patsy, of Kewanee, Ill., 17 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He also leaves two nieces, one nephew, four great nieces and one great nephew, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Russell, Bro. Stefan Melikian and Dr. James R. Sullens officiating.

Pallbearers were Mike Shelton, Tony Erwin, Pat Roby Jr., Steve Fore, Darrell Leipert, Brooks Howard, Rob Womack and Dewey Scott. Interment will be in Lawrence Memorial Cemetery. Visitation was Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, P.O. Box 201, Black Rock, AR, 72415, or to the charity of your choice.

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Mary Lee Swindle

Mary Lee Swindle, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died May 18, 2007, at Walnut Ridge.

A lifetime resident of Walnut Ridge, she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edwin Baldridge; her husband, O.T. Swindle; a son, Edwin Jay Baldridge; and a daughter, Rosemary Mitts.

Survivors include a son, Charles C. Baldridge, Minturn; a daughter, Ruthann Dunahay, Maumelle; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

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Frances Olivee Williams

Frances Olivee Williams, 75, of Hoxie, died May 17, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 17, 1931, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Roy and Pearl Huskey Doyle. She had worked as a clerk at the Lawrence County Library and was a member of Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church, where she taught the ladies' Sunday school class for several years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Lee Williams, on Feb. 7, 1974, whom she married May 26, 1956; and an infant son, Brady L. Williams, on Oct. 7, 1974.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Ponder and Lori Tillman, both of Hoxie; a son, Bobby Lee Williams, Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Imogene Lewis and Faye Mitchell, both of Lynn, Bobbie Williams, Walnut Ridge, and Linda Drennin, Tuckerman; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral was Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Timothy Campbell officiating. Burial was in Lincoln-Ward Cemetery near Saffell under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were David Ponder, Wesley Crisler, Drew Tillman, Tyler Williams, Duffie Williams and Jeff Williams.

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