June 27, 2007 Edition

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Isaac Athern Baine Kade Matthis Keton Brody Trevor Malin
Mia Raelee Orrick Enrique Fernando Perez


Craig ~ Adkins


Eugene Bailey Jr. James "Dub" Barton Gail Broadwater
Joseph C. Cole Ishmel Earl Cover Boyce Durham
Onie D. Hanks Margaret Elizabeth Jackson Retha Marie Lee
Gene Roberts Gertrude L. West


Isaac Athern Baine

Brad and Meredith Baine of Walnut Ridge are the parents of a son, born June 2, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and has been named Isaac Athern Baine.

He has a brother, Luke Thomas Baine, who is two.

Grandparents are Danny and Irma Thomas and C.R. and Patricia Baine, all of Paragould. He is the great-grandson of Berah Thomas and Wanda Gray, both of Paragould.

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Kade Matthis Keton

Marc and Leslie Keton of Swifton are the parents of a son, born June 16, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Kade Matthis Keton.

He has a three-year-old sister, Kynlie Olivia.

Grandparents are Gary and Beverly Worthington and Butch and Beckie Keton, all of Swifton. He is the great-grandson of Knox and Merle Jones of Tuckerman, Fred and Noraine Keton of Swifton and Betty Norris of Walnut Ridge.

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Brody Trevor Malin

Jason and Kara Malin of Imboden have announced the birth of a son on June 16, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed three pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Brody Trevor Malin.

Grandparents are Delbert and Annette Warner of Walnut Ridge and Allen and Cora Lee Malin of Imboden. Great-grandparents are Cloyce and Barbara Davidson of Walnut Ridge and William and Pearl Malin of Imboden.

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Mia Raelee Orrick

Anson and Valerie Orrick of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a daughter on June 1, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and has been named Mia Raelee Orrick.

She has a sister, MacKenzie Blair Orrick, who is six.

Grandparents are Larry and Betty Linebaugh of Walnut Ridge and Jeff and Janet Orrick of Imboden. She is the great-granddaughter of Mabel Linebaugh of Jonesboro and Ray Lee of Portia.

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Enrique Fernando Perez

Fernando Hernandez Perez and Angie Marie Hill have announced the birth of a son on June 20, 2007, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Enrique Fernando Perez.

He has three siblings, Madison, Savannah and Lauren Perez.

Grandparents are Gary and Linda Smith of Walnut Ridge and Laurencio and Maria Perez of Forrest City. He is the great-grandson of Curtis and Thelma Smith of Walnut Ridge.

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Craig ~ Adkins

Kelli Jo Craig and Benjamin James Adkins have announced their engagement and approaching marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of John and Tammy Craig of Wrightsville. She is the granddaughter of Jack and Nita Patterson of Clover Bend and the late Mason and Edith Craig.

The prospective groom is the son of Jim and Kathie Adkins of Pocahontas. He is the grandson of Kathleen Throesch of Pocahontas and the late Roy Throesch and the late Art and Grace Adkins.

Kelli is a graduate of Arkansas State University with a degree in psychology and a graduate of Forest Park College in St. Louis with a degree in dental hygiene.

Ben attended ASU and has a degree in biology. He is a student at Logan Chiropractic College in Chesterfield, Mo., and will complete his doctorate in chiropractic medicine in December.

The couple will exchange vows Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Pocahontas with Father John Marconi and Brother Jess Sumrall officiating.

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Eugene Bailey Jr.

Eugene Bailey Jr., 14, son of Eugene Sr. and Mary Bailey and the late Sarah Bailey, died June 25, 2007.

Graveside services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery near Eaton.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5 Š 8 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Eugene Bailey Jr. Fund, in care of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

A full obituary will appear in next week's edition of The Times Dispatch.

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James "Dub" Barton

James "Dub" Barton, 66, of Strawberry, died June 23, 2007, at his residence.

He was a retired automobile mechanic and a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include four daughters, Debra and Lorie, both of Arizona, and Sherry and Dee Dee, both of California; four sisters, Jean Bristow, Lynn, Jessie McComas, Cave City, Bessie Conyers, Little Rock, and Jennie Wilson, Kansas City, Mo.; and a stepsister, Betty Rollins, Rogers.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn.

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Gail Broadwater

Gail Broadwater, 47, of Paragould, died June 21, 2007, at her home.

Born July 2, 1959, in Walnut Ridge, she was the business manager for Abilities Unlimited and was a member of New Haven Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Broadwater; and her father, Daniel Counce.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Coborn, Dixon, Mo., and Randy Broadwater, Paragould; two daughters, Carol Surber, Paragould, and Sara Faber, Walnut Ridge; her mother, Norma Jean Counce, Hoxie; two brothers, Daniel Counce, Hoxie, and Richard Counce, Gainesville; and six grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Haven Baptist Church in Paragould with Ron Pickney officiating. Burial was in Whittaker Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould.

Memorials may be made to the Gail Broadwater Fund, in care of Mitchell Funeral Home.

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

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Joseph C. Cole

Joseph C. Cole, 71, of Watauga, Tenn., died June 25, 2007, at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital, following a brief illness.

A native of Erie, Pa., he lived the majority of his life in Walnut Ridge before moving to Missouri and then to Elizabethton, Tenn. He attended Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ in Elizabethton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Hippoli Sweetapple; and an infant brother.

Survivors include his wife, Leona Cole; two sons, Timothy Cole, Jonesboro, and Joseph A. Cole, Clinton, Ill.; six daughters, Esther McNutt and Faith Cole, both of Romance, Eve Gates, Black Rock, Eden Cole, Seneca, S.C., Rebekah Cole, Jonesboro, and Charity Lawrence, Ravenden; three sisters, Elaine Martin, Pacific, Mo., and Velma Sweetapple and Kathleen Sweetapple, both of Tulsa, Okla.; and 15 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ with Pastor Donny Reagan and Rev. Darrell Ward officiating. Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton has charge of arrangements.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from noon until 1 p.m. in the church prior to the service.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com or by fax at (423) 542-9499.

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Ishmel Earl Cover

Ishmel Earl Cover, 78, of McCrory, died June 17, 2007, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Joyce Cover; a daughter, Kathryn Colburn and husband Samuel, Hoxie; a son, James Lee Cover, Sacramento, Calif.; three sisters, Edith Faulkner, Bixby, Mo., Helen Martin, Boss, Mo., and June Brooks, Salem, Mo.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory with Don Jones officiating. Burial was in Austin Cemetery at Walnut Ridge.

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Boyce Durham

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

Born at Jesup, he was the son of Claude and Annie Smith Durham. He was a lifelong resident of Smithville and a member of the Church of Christ.

He was a farmer, a banker and an insurance agent. He served as treasurer of the Lawrence County Cattlemen's Association and was a member of the Cooper Creek Watershed Commission. He served on the Regions Bank Board of Directors, and as vice president of the former Citizen's Bank of Smithville, the Lawrence County Bank, the Arkansas Bank and, later, Regions Bank in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Justin Sloan Durham.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Ann Penn Durham; four sons, Denny Durham, Imboden, and Mike Durham, Jim Durham and Sloan Durham, all of Smithville; a sister, Kathleen Durham Sisk, Smithville; a brother, Terry Durham, Pocahontas; 13 grandchildren, John Durham, Andy Durham, David Durham, Shawn Durham, Courtney Durham, April Durham, Kalie Durham, Lacy Ann Durham, Brian Wayne, Jason Wayne, Michelle Evans, Amanda Doyle and Kristi Mitchell; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Lynn with A.J. Stracener and Richard Carlton officiating. Burial was in the Fortenberry-Durham Cemetery near Smithville. House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to the Justin Durham Scholarship Fund or the Lynn Church of Christ Memorial Fund.

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Onie D. Hanks

Onie D. Hanks, 68, of Jonesboro, died June 8, 2007, at St Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 23, 1938, in Light, she lived in Northeast Arkansas most of her life. She was a homemaker and was of Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Talmage Hanks; a son, Kenneth Sheppard; a daughter, Linda Grooms; her parents, Hop and Callie Walker Farthing; and a brother, Wes Farthing.

Survivors include five daughters: Karen Hall and husband Chris, Light, Betty Phillips and her companion Allen Bailey, of the home, Edna Dulaney and her fiancˇ Tony Smith, Paragould, Peggy Rice and husband Tim, Paragould; and Dianna Hinds and husband David, Light; two sons, Johnny Sheppard and wife Sue, Corning, and Ronnie Sheppard and wife Erin, Silver City, New Mexico; a brother, Otis Brymer, Paragould; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Her life was celebrated at the Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould at 1:30 p.m. on June 12 with Royce L. Schanda officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery at Bono.

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Margaret Elizabeth Jackson

Margaret "Sue" Elizabeth Jackson, 67, of Jonesboro, died June 26, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born in Egypt, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben Jackson; her parents, Orval and Sara Jane Simpson Bearce; a brother, Homer Bearce; and a sister, Joyce Bearce.

Survivors include two sons, Ricky Jackson, Walnut Ridge, and Allen Jackson, Paragould; three daughters, Judy Perry and Rebecca Smith, both of Jonesboro, and Teresa Powers, Bono; two brothers, Carl Bearce, Jonesboro, and Howard Bearce, Evening Shade; a sister, Kate Bearce, Jonesboro; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. in the Roller-Farmers Union Chapel with Gary Henderson officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Cline, Robert McEntire, Thomas "Peanut" Hilliard, Doug Perry, Randy Bearce and Gary Henderson Jr.

Visitation is Thursday evening from 5 to 8 at the funeral home.

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

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Retha Marie Lee

Retha Marie Lee, 86, of North Little Rock, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died June 23, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in North Little Rock.

Born Oct. 6, 1920, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Will and Donnie Ahart Johnson. She had worked for Howell Furniture in St. Charles, Mo., for many years and was the manager of a restaurant in St. Louis for many years. She was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Hubert Carter and Harold Lee; eight siblings, Oral Johnson, Richard Johnson, Bill Johnson, J.W. Johnson, Billy Johnson, J.T. Johnson, Shirley Carlton and Lorn Johnson; a grandson, Stanley McDaniel; and a great-grandchild, Matthew Jahns.

Survivors include a son, Ronald Carter and wife Nancy, St. Louis; three daughters, Barbara Smith and husband Mike, North Little Rock, Betty Bond, El Dorado, and Carolyn Heitgerd, St. Charles, Mo.; a brother, Raymond Johnson and wife Lorane, Rockford, Ill.; two sisters, Inez Bennett and husband Willie, Walnut Ridge, and Eula Mae Pixler, Rockford; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Ron Sanders officiating. Burial was at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Bill Carter, Eck Fortson, Jeff Browder, Jeremy Oregan, Randy Carter and Vance Granzow.

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Gene Roberts

Gene Roberts, 49, of Swifton died June 19, 2007.

He was born June 15, 1958, at Newport.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen Porter Roberts; and his parents, Charles Lee and Barbara Ann Smothers Roberts, Tuckerman.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ. Burial was in Calvin Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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

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Gertrude L. West

Gertrude L. West, 95, of Hoxie, died June 23, 2007.

She moved to Hoxie in 1974 and attended Hoxie Church of Christ.

Survivors include a son, Danny West, Hoxie; a daughter, Colleen Bornhoft, Little Rock; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ. Private burial will be under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

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

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