June 13, 2007 Edition

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Births

Lillian Arnold Gunner Mack Thielemier

Weddings/Engagements

Dildine ~ Piche Kazzee ~ Casillas Meeks ~ Huskey
Mullen ~ Morgan

Obituaries

Charlotte Fern Boren Luke Decker Jr. Dothel Hamilton
Jessie Lucille Hufstedler Julia Lingo Annie Lee Patterson
Rubye Jesse Ratliff James Rouse Jr. Billy Joe Tubbs

Births

Lillian Grace Nicole Arnold

Jason and Tricia Arnold of Paragould announce the birth of a daughter on June 3, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, five ounces, and has been named Lillian Grace Nicole Arnold.

She has a sister, Lindsi, 11, and two brothers, Eli, 5, and Wyatt, two.

Grandparents are Paul and Diane Gilliam of Marmaduke and Gwenda Abbott and Billy and Pauline Arnold, all of Paragould. She is the great-granddaughter of Aretta Hardin of Paragould and Opal Arnold of Walnut Ridge.

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Gunner Mack Thielemier

Kenny and Monica Thielemier of Walnut Ridge are the parents of a son, born June 3, 2007, at St Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Gunner Mack Thielemier.

He has a brother, Gage Thielemier, who is one.

Grandparents are Tina Horn of Walnut Ridge and Ronnie and Sheila Trujillo of Fort Smith. He is the great-grandson of Billy and Kathleen Wallis of Walnut Ridge.

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Weddings/Engagements

Dildine ~ Piche

Ginger Gail Dildine and Edward Frank Piche will be united in marriage Saturday.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Deborah G. Ross of Pocahontas and the late Orville L. Luther. She is a graduate of Pocahontas High School and Williams Baptist College. She is a teacher at Black Rock Elementary School.

The prospective groom is the son of the late Robert J. Piche and the late Inge Piche. He is a graduate of Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He is the owner of Affordable Auto Repair in East Pocahontas.

Red Pearcy will officiate at the ceremony.

The newlyweds will be honeymooning in New York and Canada.

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Kazzee ~ Casillas

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Kazzee of Pocahontas announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daugher, Bridgette Nicole, to Eli Casillas, son of Frank and Rosalind Casillas of Imboden.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bill and Judy Kazzee of Pocahontas and Paul and Ruth Weisenbach of Maynard. She is a graduate of Pocahontas High School and received an associate's degree from Black River Technical College, where she will continue her education this fall. She is employed by the Pulaski Bank in Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Howard and Carolyn Pankey of Imboden and Joe and Laura Casillas of Woodland, Calif. He is a graduate of Pocahontas High School and served in the United States Marine Corps from March 2001 to March 2005, including one tour of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He is employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows June 23 at the First Assembly of God Church on Park Street in Pocahontas with Rev. Glen Chadwick officiating.

All friends and family are invited to attend the wedding and the reception to follow in the Family Life Center located directly behind the church.

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Meeks ~ Huskey

Gracie Snyder Meeks and Robert Paul Huskey have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Fred and Verna Snyder of Sedgwick. She is the granddaughter of the late Fred and Grace Synder of Pocahontas and Owen Walton of Bono.

She is a 1983 graduate of Delaplaine High School and a 2006 graduate of Black River Technical College in Pocahontas as an EMT/paramedic. She is the owner and a stylist at Regal Treatment and an EMT with Ripley County Ambulance District in Doniphan, Mo.

The prospective groom is the son of Sue Huskey of Portia and the late Tex Huskey. He is the grandson of Nella Mullen of Walnut Ridge.

He is employed at American Railcar Industries, Inc., in Marmaduke.

The couple will exchange vows on June 16 at 6 p.m. on Lake Norfork at Henderson. All family and friends are invited.

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Mullen ~ Morgan

Naomi Anne Morgan became the bride of Daniel Ross Mullen in a ceremony solemnized on June 8, 2007, at 7 p.m. at the Main Street Church of Christ.

The bride is the daughter of the late Florence Griffin Odom, and the groom is the son of the late Lemoyne and Margaret Mullen and the grandson of the late Roy and Lola Mullen.

Wayne Johnson of Cave City officiated at the double-ring, formal ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her son-in-law, Richard Tate.

Matron of honor was Chasidy Faith Morgan Tate of Delaplaine, daughter of the bride. Sara Mullen of Conway, daughter of the groom, served as bridesmaid.

Matthew Ross Mullen of Paragould served as his father's best man. Groomsman was Wm. David Mullen of Walnut Ridge, brother of the groom.

A reception, hosted by Chasidy Tate, Sara Mullen and Kristin Tillman, followed in the church annex. Wedding guests included close family and friends of the bride and groom.

Following a wedding trip to St. Louis, the couple are residing in Walnut Ridge, where Dan is the owner of Mullen Abstract and Insurance Agency and Naomi is a legal assistant at Mullen Law Firm and a licensed abstractor and title insurance agent at Mullen Abstract Co.

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Obituaries

Charlotte Fern Boren

Charlotte Fern Boren, 81, of Ypsilanti, Mich., died June 11, 2007, in Michigan.

Born in Ravenden, she was the daughter of Waymon and Zanna Clements Holder. She lived most of her life in Lawrence County and had lived in Michigan the past five years. She was a homemaker and a food service caterer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Boren; a sister, Judy Hall; and an infant brother and sister.

Survivors include three sons, John Boren, Lincoln Park, Mich., Clyde Boren Jr., Harrison, and Donald Boren, Livonia, Mich.; three daughters, Carolyn Hillyer, Luddington, Mich., Tammy Celmo, Whitmore Lake, Mich., and Kathy Phelps, Jensen Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Gwen Hodge officiating. Burial will be in Kelly Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers will be Greg Boren, James Munzner, Marshall Holder, Sam Holder, Danny Holder and Keith Robertson.

Visitation is Thursday evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

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Luke Decker Jr.

Luke Decker Jr., 78, of Swifton, died June 9, 2007, at Swifton.

Born Sept. 7, 1928, at Swifton, he was the son of Luke Sr. and Goldie Crossland Decker. He lived most of his life at Swifton and served as mayor for one term. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a cabinetmaker.

He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Zora Decker; three brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Lingo Decker, whom he married April 18, 1958; two sons, Alan Decker and wife Rhonda, Jonesboro, and Jerry Decker and wife Paula, Hoxie; a brother, David Decker and wife Virginia, Swifton; six sisters, Eva Joiner, Swifton, Jo Brinsfield and husband Larry, Swifton; Lanelle Franks and husband Kenneth, Vidor, Texas, Becky Davison, Buna, Texas, Tomizine Herring and husband Ray, Jonesboro, and Thalia Funchess, Jonesboro; and six grandchildren, Aaron, Austin, Aubrey, Blaine, Brianna and Spencer.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Swifton. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Harry Wright, Dennis Neal, Anthony Decker, Robert Slagley, Lane Smith and Tee Travis.

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Dothel Hamilton

Dothel Templeton Hamilton, 92, of Swifton, died June 7, 2007.

Born Oct. 18, 1914, at Swifton, she was the daughter of Luther and Minnie Templeton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmit Hamilton; four brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include a daughter, Elwanda Bradley and husband Dwight, Swifton.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Jessie Lucille Hufstedler

Jessie Lucille Hufstedler, 86, of Pocahontas, mother of Bob Hufstedler of Imboden, died June 11, 2007. Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the Birdell Church of Christ. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Julia Lingo

Julia "Bonita" Segraves Lingo, 91, of Lynn, a resident of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, died June 11, 2007, at Lawrence Hall.

Born March 10, 1916, in Driftwood, she was the daughter of Frank and Virgie Segraves. She worked as a sales clerk for Wilcoxson Department Store in Walnut Ridge and was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Iverson "Ike" Lingo, in 2000, whom she married May 27, 1934, in Lynn; her stepfather, George F. Hudson; two stepbrothers, Earl Hudson and Sherril Hudson; two stepsisters, Olivia Richey and Bernice Hudson; and a half-brother, Ewalt Hudson.

Survivors include two daughters, Levita Lingo, Jonesboro, and Jamae Bailey, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Jamie Norris Segraves Ross, Lynn; a stepsister, Dallas Richey, Lawrence Hall; a grandson, Stan Bailey; three great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Mark Harris officiating. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation is tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 at the funeral home.

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Annie Lee Patterson

Annie Lee Patterson, 70, of Jonesboro, sister of Virgie Shirley of Ravenden, died June 6, 2007, at her home. Burial was Saturday in Nettleton Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home.

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Rubye Jesse Ratliff

Rubye Jesse Ratliff, 97, of Saugus, Calif., formerly of Imboden, died June 10, 2007, at her home.

She had lived in Imboden before returning to California, where she lived most of her life. She was an executive secretary for Northrope Corporation.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hayden Ratliff.

Graveside service will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Calvin Cemetery, near Alicia, with Everett Hart officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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James Robert "Jimmy" Rouse Jr.

James Robert "Jimmy" Rouse Jr., 43, of Bono, son of Norma Rouse of Hoxie, died June 5, 2007, in Jonesboro. A memorial service was held Monday at 7 p.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro. An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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Billy Joe Tubbs

Billy Joe Tubbs, 74, of Jonesboro, died June 6, 2007, at his home.

Born Sept. 25, 1932, in Hoxie, he attended school at Hoxie and Clearlake. He moved to the Gilkerson community, west of Jonesboro, in the late 1940s. A lifetime farmer, he was active in the Craighead County Farm Bureau, the NEA District Fair Board, the Craighead County Cattleman's Association and was a leader in the Oak Grove 4-H Club. His family was chosen as the Craighead County Farm Family of 1975. He was a member of the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rickie Tubbs; his parents, Lee Ander and Maggie Tubbs; a sister, Lottie Baird; and three brothers, O.D. Tubbs, Junior Tubbs and Marvin Tubbs.

Survivors include his wife, Arnetta Moore Tubbs, whom he married in 1953; a daughter, Margaret Moody and husband Terry, Jonesboro; three sons, Joe Tubbs and wife Lynn, Jim Tubbs and wife Brenda, and Jerry Tubbs and wife Trenea, all of Jonesboro; two sisters, Lilly Lewis and Frances Smith, both of Hoxie; 10 grandchildren, Kim Tate and husband Devin, Jennifer McCormick and husband Stephen, Dustin Tubbs and wife Beverly, Sarah Tubbs, Daniel Tubbs, Autumn Tubbs, Hannah Tubbs, Jerred Tubbs, Jace Tubbs and wife Melissa, and Jeffrey Tubbs; and seven great-grandchildren, Tyler Morris, Emily Morris, Rileigh Tate, Abby McCormick, Chance Tubbs, Cody Tubbs and Jay Tubbs.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesboro with pastors Wynndel King, Jerry Jolly and Ray Broadaway officiating. Burial was in Gibson Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Tommy Elkins, Ricky McDaniel, Tim Gibson, Lonnie King, Tony Files and George R. King. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Glasco, Roy Smith, Jerome Boyd, Alfred Moody, Freddie Wright, Joe Dodd, Larry Tolbert and James King.

Memorials may be made to the Bishop-Gibson Cemetery Association Perpetual Care Fund.

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

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