June 20, 2007 Edition

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Births

Devlin Mack Evans Trenton Leon Tidwell

Weddings/Engagements

Britton ~ Richardson Modlin ~ Weston Mullen ~ Scott

Obituaries

Rodney Dale Barker Rosa Spurlock Bettis Helen Louise Boothe
Bitty Sue Cooper Paula Renee Davis Boyce Durham
Christine Glenn Albert L. Hutcherson Jr. Sara Beth Johnson
William Edward Mann Marshall W. McCarroll Edith Parks
Bonnie Moudy Penn Alvin Robinett Clarence Ray Rogers
Eugene Clay Stringer

Births

Devlin Mack Evans

Dennis and Denise Evans of Williford have announced the birth of a son, born June 7, 2007. The baby weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces and has been named Devlin Mack Evans.

He has a sister, Amber. His mother, Denise, is a former resident of Imboden.

Grandparents are Allen and Marilyn McCarty of Williford, formerly of Imboden, and Marcia Dolin of Harrison, Mich. He is the great-grandson of Irene Harris of Marberry, Ala.

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Trenton Leon Tidwell

Justin and Mary Tidwell of Maynard have announced the birth of a son on June 5, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Trenton Leon Tidwell.

He has a sister, Victoria Paige Tidwell, who is 10 months old.

Grandparents are Johnny and Connie Stowers of Hoxie, Kathy McCloud of Maynard and Tim Tidwell of Pocahontas. He is the great-grandson of Lorn and Sue Sullinger of Maynard, Myra Tidwell of Pocahontas, Mary Boozer of Bono and Tilda Stowers of Hoxie.

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Weddings/Engagements

Britton ~ Richardson

Blake and Shelia Britton of Walnut Ridge announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brandy Britton, to Jordan Richardson, son of Bryan and Vicki Richardson of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Darrell and Kathy Dobbs and Clifton and Marcene Britton, all of Walnut Ridge, and Bill Eagle of Maynard. She is a 2005 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is a junior at Williams Baptist College. She is employed at Jelly Bean Junction in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Terrell and Kathryn Richardson of Walnut Ridge and Jessi Duckworth of Hoxie. He is a 2002 graduate of Hoxie High School and is employed at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow at the Walnut Ridge Country Club.

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Modlin ~ Weston

Tim and Shannon Modlin of Pocahontas have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Megan Elizabeth, to James Weston II, son of Jim Weston of Pocahontas and Kathy Weston of Knobel.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Weldon and Barbara DeBord of Datto and Sam Modlin of Pocahontas and the late Janet Modlin. She is a 2005 graduate of Pocahontas High School and is seeking her nursing degree. She is employed at Randolph County Nursing Home in Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Nina Smith of Knobel and the late James Smith and Doris Weston of Pocahontas and the late Frank Weston. He is employed by Richard Baughn Construction of Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on June 30 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Pocahontas. A reception will be held in the church fellowship hall. All family and friends are invited.

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Mullen ~ Scott

Daniel Mullen of Walnut Ridge and Sharon Lakey-Jean of Hot Springs announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sara Lakey Mullen, to Timothy Ryan Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy BarrŽ Scott of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Bob Bates of Hot Springs and William Lakey of Walnut Ridge and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lemoyne Mullen. She is a 2003 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and will receive a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway this summer.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Dr. and Mrs. W.W. Scott of Pocahontas and the late Mr. and Mrs. William E. Riley of Lake Village. He is a 2000 graduate of distinction from Pocahontas High School. He received bachelor's degrees with honors in political science and communications in 2004 and a master's degree in business administration in 2005 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is enrolled in the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville and is employed by the law offices of Bailey and Oliver of Bentonville.

The wedding will be held Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Pocahontas. Invitations will not be sent locally. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow at Rolling Hills Country Club.

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Obituaries

Rodney Dale Barker

Rodney Dale Barker, 41, of Jonesboro, died June 15, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He had lived in Black Rock before moving to Jonesboro in 1973. He was a graduate of Jonesboro High School and received a master of science in education degree from Arkansas State University. He was a former teacher and did volunteer work for the Whale Program at St. Bernards Auxiliary. He was a member of Southwest Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Don and Wilma Jane Penn and Harry and Bitha Barker.

Survivors include his parents, Dale and JoAnn Penn Barker, Jonesboro; and a brother, Ricky Dale Barker, Jonesboro.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Jimmy Adcox officiating.

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Rosa Martha Spurlock Bettis

Rosa Martha Spurlock Bettis, 90, of Memphis, formerly of West Memphis, died June 12, 2007, at Primacy Health Care in Memphis.

She was the daughter of Sam and Mollie Spurlock, who lived in Walnut Ridge and was a 1934 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. She retired after teaching elementary school for 30 years. She earned a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State University and did graduate work at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Bartlett, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Albert "H.A" Bettis.

Survivors include a daughter, Dr. Martha Drannon and husband, Tom, Germantown, Tenn.; a sister, Flora Spurlock, Jonesboro; and two grandchildren, Andrew Drannon and Scott Drannon.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church in Bartlett. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 6671 Yale Road, Memphis, TN 38134.

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Helen Louise Boothe

Helen Louise Rice Boothe, 79, of Suffolk, Va., died June 12, 2007, at her son's home in Gatesville, N.C.

Born in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Josephus and Lottie Ellen Cook Rice. She was a homemaker and a member of Liberty Spring Christian Church and its Women's Fellowship.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Boothe.

Survivors include two sons, Edward Myron Boothe and wife Carol, Gatesville, N.C., and Ricky Allen Boothe and wife Brenda, Creedmoor, N.C.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Liberty Spring Christian Church with Revs. Allan Lancaster and Russ Wentling officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of Miller Funeral Home of Gatesville, N.C.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Bitty Sue Cooper

Bitty Sue Cooper, 64, of Newport, stepmother of Gregg Cooper of Strawberry, died June 16, 2007. Burial was Tuesday in Johnstown Memorial Garden Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport. An online guestbook is available at www.dillingerfuneralhome.com.

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Paula Renee Davis

Paula Renee Davis, 38, of Imboden, died June 15, 2007, in an automobile accident in Sharp County.

Born Nov. 12, 1968, in Pocahontas, she was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Taylor, on Sept. 11, 2006; and her grandparents, Hosea and Marion Davis and Earl and Nadine Lane.

Survivors include two sons, Joey Burns and Wesley Burns, both of Paragould; her father, Kenneth Davis, Pocahontas; her mother and stepfather, Debbie and Roy White, Corning; a brother, Kenneth Davis II, Imboden; two sisters, Stephenie Davis and Jennifer Davis, both of Pocahontas; and a stepbrother, David White, Corning.

Funeral was Monday at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning with Bro. Owen Little officiating. Burial was in Corning Cemetery.

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Boyce Durham

Boyce Durham, 78, of Smithville, died June 19, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Arrangements will be announced by House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Christine Glenn

Christine Glenn, 86, of St. Louis, died June 14, 2007, in St. Louis.

Born at Lynn, she was the daughter of William Robert and Laura Steele Glenn. She graduated from school at Portia.

Survivors include three sisters, Lorine Premac and Lois DeMeter, both of St. Louis, and Bobbie Jean Smith, Quitman; and two brothers, Steele Glenn and Lynn Glenn, both of St. Louis.

Graveside service was Monday at 1 p.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Home of St. Louis had charge of arrangements.

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Albert L. Hutcherson Jr.

Albert L. Hutcherson Jr., 59, of Ripley, Tenn., father of Andrew Hutcherson of Hoxie, died June 18, 2007, at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis. Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Garner Funeral Home in Ripley. Burial will be in Dry Hill Cemetery.

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Sara Beth Johnson

Sara Beth Johnson, 21, of Pocahontas, died June 15, 2007, at her home.

Survivors include her father, Jackie Leon Johnson, of the home; her mother and stepfather, Vicky and Larry Mitchell, Imboden; a brother, Gary Johnson, Pocahontas; three sisters, Rebecca Mitchell and Carla Mitchell, both of Imboden, and Crystal Johnson, Pocahontas; and her grandparents, Wiley Johnson and Bill and Glenda Rice, all of Pocahontas.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in McNabb Chapel with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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William Edward Mann

William Edward "EDD" Mann, 71, of Batesville, Miss., died June 17, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Miss.

Born March 18, 1936, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Theodore and Ethel Boacher Mann. He was a retired concrete contractor and a member of First Faith Baptist Church in Batesville, Miss.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Joann "Jo" Thompson Mann; two daughters, Marilyn Mann, Batesville, Miss., and Renee' Mann Power, Greers Ferry; a son, Eddie Joe Mann, Horn Lake, Miss.; two brothers, J.C. Mann, Lake Charles, and Jerry Mann, Ravenden; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is this morning at 10 at Wells Funeral Home in Batesville, Miss., with Rev. Terry Floyd officiating. Burial will be this afternoon at 3:30 at Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia under the direction of Wells Funeral Home.

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Marshall W. McCarroll

Marshall W. McCarroll, 84, of Machesney Park, Ill., died June 9, 2007, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in South Beloit, Ill.

Born Jan. 29, 1923, in Black Rock, he was the son of George and Mary Davis McCarroll. He was a truck driver most of his life and retired as a truck driver for Ipsen Lab.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Fannie McCarroll; a brother, Edward McCarroll; and a sister, Mildred Evans.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma McCarroll; a daughter, JoAnne Roth and husband Rob, Wisconsin; a son, Randy McCarroll and wife Teresa, Rockford, Ill.; a brother, Dalton McCarroll and wife Helen, DeKalb, Ill.; a sister, Melba East, Portia; and two grandchildren, Jon McCarroll and Cody McCarroll.

Funeral was June 13 at Sunset Funeral Home. Entombment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Fair Oaks Nursing Home, 1515 Blackhawk Blvd. South Beloit, IL 61080.

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Edith Parks

Edith E. Parks, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died June 14, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born July 31, 1919, in Oregon County, Mo., she was the daughter of Charles and Christina Lohr Melton. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess H. Parks, on June 27, 1981, whom she married Nov. 12, 1952; two sons, Billy Sammons and Lee Sammons; a daughter, Donna Sammons; three brothers, Charles Melton, Carlton Melton and Willie Melton; five sisters, Dovie Henson, Pansy Smith, Ruby Smith, Ruth Fry and Fern King.

Survivors include three daughters, Debbie Archer, Walnut Ridge, Shirley Combs, Morgantown, Ky., and Brenda McFadden, Arizona; a son, Rick Sammons, Baytown, Texas; a sister, Teen Andrews, Walnut Ridge; a half-sister, Wanda Swank, Anchorage, Alaska; a half-brother, Jerry Melton, Jonesboro; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Rev. Everett Isom officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Mack Archer III, Mike Caldwell, Danny Andrews, Danny Andrews Jr., Ray Melton and Ronnie Pierce.

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Bonnie Moudy Penn

Bonnie Moudy Penn, 85, of Benton and Smithville, died June 18, 2007.

She was the daughter of Amos C. and Nellie Clements. She had worked for over 40 years as an L.P.T.N. at the Benton Service Center and was in the first graduating class at the hospital. She was a member of Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Delbert Moudy Jr.; and two sisters, Clara Fooks and Marie Fooks.

Survivors include her husband, Denton Penn; a son, Dan Moudy and wife Linda, Benton; a daughter, Beverly Webb, Benton; three grandchildren, Casey Wright, Dr. Matt Moudy and Mandy Lane; four great-grandchildren; and several stepchildren and step-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Robert Sterling officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 552, Little Rock, AR 72203.

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Alvin Robinett

Alvin "A.C." Robinett, 78, of Walnut Ridge, died June 13, 2007, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

He was the son of Alvin and Nancy Russell Robinett. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was a former machinist for Verizon Corporation. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by a son, Alvin Lynn Robinett; three sisters, Gladys Cummins, Mildred Hibbard and Pauline Taylor; and an infant brother.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Robinett; a daughter, Teresa Birdwell, Big Springs, Texas; two sons, David Crowder, Conroe, Texas, and Walt Crowder, Magnolia, Texas; a sister, Virginia Kidd, Watauga, Texas; two brothers, L.J. Robinett, Rockford, Ill., and William Robinett, Hoxie; five grandchildren, Adonya Blair, Brandon Crowder, Jacob Crowder, Chastin McNew and Heather McNew; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Dale Hughart officiating.

Pallbearers were J.D. Johnson, Henry Pickney, Lloyd Gunsolus, James Lowe, Billy Huskey and Roger Brand.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Arkansas, 10411 West Markham St., Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409.

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Clarence Ray Rogers

Clarence Ray Rogers, 100, of Monette, died June 13, 2007, at Monette Manor.

Born in Ravenden, he was the son of Eve Wayne and Maggie Margaret Rogers. He lived most of his life in Monette. He was a farmer and had recently celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Velma Lorene Platz and Annie Lee Patterson; two sons, George Wayne Rogers and Troy Lynn Rogers; two brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include a son, Junior Ray Rogers, Monette; a daughter, Virgie Shirley, Ravenden; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 48 great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held Friday at 2 p.m. at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Rev. Ronnie Langston officiating. Burial was in Monette Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ricky Shirley, Terry Shirley Jr., Robert Anderson, Robbie Shirley, Allen Luff and James Lamar.

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

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Eugene Clay Stringer

Eugene Clay Stringer, 82, of Hot Springs, died June 13, 2007.

Born March 8, 1925, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Leonard M. and Irene Bray Stringer. He was a World War II veteran, having served in England, France and Germany. He was retired from the National Park Service. After his retirement, he had his own electrical business.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Jordan Sunday School Class, Masonic Lodge No. 62 F & AM; Hot Springs National Park Chapter 69 Order of the Eastern Star and Davis Hunting Club at Mount Holly.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Hufstedler; and a brother, James L. Stringer.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Virginia Scott Stringer; two sons, Michael Stringer and wife Anita, Ozark, and Robert Stringer and wife Deborah, Hot Springs; a sister, Ruth Goodwin, Rockford, Ill.; two brothers, Marion Stringer and wife Tina, Jonesboro, and Lawrence Stringer and wife Ellen, Van Buren; a grandson, Anthony Echols; and a great-grandson.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in Hot Springs.

Pallbearers were Ken Pappas, Jim Pappas, Carl Hawthorn, Mark Scott, Dennis Hon, Harry Hufstedler, Wesley Carpenter and Jim Stringer. Honorary pallbearers were Ross Wisely, Nat Martin, James Greis, Glen Peake, Fay Lambert, Dale Diggs, Jim Westfall, Jim Latture, Clifford Teague, Lloyd Thompson Sr., Jerry Thompson, Carl Crow, Sam Nix, Elvis Davis, the Jordan Sunday School Class and the Davis Hunting Club.

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

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