July 11, 2007 Edition

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Births

Joseph Lee Pillow

Weddings/Engagements

Hill ~ Smith Hutton ~ Eveland Manning ~ Weaver

Obituaries

Deloris Blackwell Lorene Pace Cochran Anna Bell Freeman
Jennifer Renee Goings Wyatt Helms Belinda Hodge
Everett Ray Hutsell Loretta C. Pankey Janice Pickney
Barbara Logan Pomeroy Anna Ponder Ollie Whitlock

Births

Joseph Lee Pillow

Scott and Jerion Pillow of Paragould have announced the birth of a son on July 2, 2007. He has been named Joseph Lee.

He has three sisters, Sarah Margaret, Anna Grace and Maggie Rebecca Henson.

Grandparents are Joe and Janet Latham of Imboden and Frankie and Connie Pillow of Stanford.

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Weddings/Engagements

Hill ~ Smith

Marsha Hill of Jonesboro and Stan and Katrena Hill of Paragould announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sarah Autumn Hill, to Hunter Lee Smith, son of Lee and Robbin Smith of Sedgwick.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of James and Cledia Branscum and Edith Hill, all of Jonesboro. She is a graduate of Valley View High School and is a student at Arkansas State University. She is employed at Re/Max Real Estate Centre and UPS.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Darrell and Frances Smith of Sedgwick, Bob Kisling of Hoxie and Lois Kisling of Bono. He is a graduate of Hoxie High School and is employed at UPS and Nabholz.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. at Swindle's Farm, located at 8159 Highway 412 West in Paragould. All family and friends are invited.

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Hutton ~ Eveland

Karen Eveland of Pocahontas and Wayne Hutton of Walnut Ridge were united in marriage on June 29, 2007, at Fellowship Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Parents of the couple are Solomon and Brenda Eveland of Pocahontas and Waymond and Jackie Hutton of Walnut Ridge.

John Davis, uncle of the bride, performed the double-ring ceremony, and Pastor Paul Craig of Great Harvest Church gave the opening prayer and blessing.

Following a honeymoon, the couple plan to reside in Walnut Ridge.

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Manning ~ Weaver

Bruce and Kelley Manning of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Natalie Michelle Manning, to Nathan Wayne Weaver, son of Monty and Doris Weaver of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of James and Bobby Manning of Walnut Ridge and Zola Brewer of Hoxie and the late Carl Brewer. She is a 2003 graduate of Hoxie High School and is employed at Le Bonheur Medical Center in Memphis.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bud and Hazel Jones of Hoxie and Nadine Weaver of Walnut Ridge and the late Cleo Weaver. He is a 2003 graduate of Hoxie High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 2004-2007. He is employed at O'Reilly's and the Hoxie Police Department.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow in the church's fellowship hall.

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Obituaries

Deloris Blackwell

Deloris Blackwell, 52, of Walnut Ridge, died July 8, 2007, at her home.

She was born Sept. 22, 1954, in Eloy, Ariz., to J.W. and Virginia Ellison Stracener. She was a retired cook and was of the Pentecostal belief.

Survivors include her husband, Lonnie Blackwell, whom she married Sept. 9, 1972; two sons, Allen Blackwell and Jason Blackwell, both of Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Melinda Whitlow, Portia; her mother, Virginia Ham, Walnut Ridge; six sisters, Ella May Ponder, Dorothy Richey and Patricia Portifield, all of Trumann, Evelena Denison, Hoxie, Peggy Allen and Connie Carmack, both of Walnut Ridge, and Cathy Lampkin, Jefferson, Texas; two brothers, Joe Ham, Jefferson, Texas, and Johnny Stracener, Ravenden; and six grandchildren, Jared Blackwell, Brooke Blackwell, Keisha Blackwell, Kayley Blackwell, A.J. Whitlow and Zoe Whitlow.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Ted Shields officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Terry Cothern, Aaron Whitlow, Kevin Smith, Eddie Dunavant, Steven Todd and Justin Gott. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Allen Todd, Darren Rogers and Cleatus Rogers.

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Lorene Pace Cochran

Lorene Pace Cochran, 82, of Hot Springs, died June 25, 2007.

Born Oct. 9, 1924, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Edmun and Nancy Mayberry Pace. She was of the Methodist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Homer Hallmark and Bob Cochran.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharron Lloyd and husband Scotty, Hot Springs; and two brothers, Carl Pace, Hot Springs, and Ray Pace, Ventura, Calif.

The body was cremated. Caruth-Hale Funeral Home of Hot Springs had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at www.caruth-hale.com.

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Anna Bell Freeman

Anna Bell Freeman, 79, of Jonesboro, sister of Peggy Harper of Sedgwick, died July 8, 2007, at Craighead County Nursing Center in Jonesboro. A celebration of her life will be held today at 1 p.m. at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with Rev. Freddie Jones and Randy Jones officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery at Bono. An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.

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Jennifer Renee Goings

Jennifer Renee Goings, 42, of Miami, died July 1, 2007.

She was the daughter of the late Luther Jr. and Virginia Marjorie Henry Goings. She spent her early life in Walnut Ridge.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Wyatt Helms

Wyatt Helms, 101, of Smithville, died July 6, 2007.

Born Sept. 26, 1905, in Smithville, he was the son of George and Gertie Lee Helms. He farmed in cotton and grapes in central California for 27 years before retiring and returning to Smithville in 1974.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary T. Willett Helms, whom he married on Sept. 25, 1927; a son, Roy Lee Helms; four brothers, Sherman, Carlton, Frank and Isham; and three sisters, Mary E. Reynolds, Bertha I. Reynolds and Leora M. Bilbrey.

Survivors include a son, Lindy Helms, Murrieta, Calif.; a daughter, Bonnie W. Walters, Smithville; a brother, Charles F. Helms, Batesville; two sisters, Lillie M. Flippo, Powhatan, and Genevie E. Willett, Yorkville, Ill.; five grandchildren, Bradly H. Walters, Ann M. Schauer, Brenda L. Harrel, Joel W. Helms and Gretta L. Meyers; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Townsend Cemetery at Smithville under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Belinda Hodge

Belinda Hodge, 36, of Paragould, died July 4, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Born in Jonesboro, she was a homemaker and a Girl Scout troop leader. She was a member of Trinity Church of Jonesboro.

Survivors include her husband, Steve Hodge; two sons, William Hall and Robbie Hodge, both of the home; two daughters, Sarah Hodge and Carrie Hodge, both of the home; her mother, Liz Carmichael, Jonesboro; a sister, Denia Carmichael and her husband Bobby, Ravenden; two nieces, Mallory Lyons and Khristi Henry, both of Ravenden; and a great-niece, Raegan Lyons, Ravenden.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. in the Langford-Bookout Chapel with Steve Farmer and Jerry Hayes officiating. Burial was in Monette Cemetery under the direction of Langford-Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Roger Adams, Homer Adams, Wynnbourn Reed, Don Caruther, Lloyd Carmichael and Kenny Malden.

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Everett Ray Hutsell

Everett Ray Hutsell, 69, of Light, formerly of Pocahontas, died July 3, 2007, at his home.

He was a retired welder and attended Pruett's Chapel Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Grace Hutsell; five brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Earlie Jean Warner Hutsell; a daughter, Shirley Hutsell Myers, Paragould; and two grandchildren, Cody Hutsell and Tyler Hutsell.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Dale Walker officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Walcott.

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Loretta C. Pankey

Loretta C. Pankey, 88, of Jonesboro, died July 1, 2007, at her home.

Born in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Clark and Edith Wilson. She lived most of her life in Jonesboro and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph O. Pankey; and a sister, Pauline Alice Elliott.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Pankey, Jonesboro, and Steve Pankey and wife Debbie, Dallas; and her caregiver, Patricia Humble.

A celebration of her life was held Tuesday, July 3 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Jonesboro with Rev. Paul Worm officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

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

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Janice Pickney

Janice Pickney, 47, of Walnut Ridge, died July 9, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 27, 1959, in Paragould, she was a licensed practical nurse at Randolph County Medical Center in Pocahontas and was a member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jasper Arlo Pickrell.

Survivors include a son, Ancen Pickney, Morrilton; a daughter, Amanda Pickney, Walnut Ridge; her mother, Sylvia Pickrell, Walnut Ridge; two half-brothers, L.D. Pickrell, Agnos, and Ted Pickrell, Crowley, Texas; and a half-sister, Lavern Parker, Ward.

Graveside service will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Cross Roads Cemetery near Portia with Willard Wantulok officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Barbara Logan Pomeroy

Barbara Logan Pomeroy, 75, of Monticello, died July 5, 2007, at her home.

Born June 19, 1932, in Swifton, she grew up in Walnut Ridge. She was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She was a housewife.

Until she became unable, she was active in organizations such as First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, the Southeast Arkansas Regional Library, the Monticello Junior Auxiliary, the Southeast Arkansas Concert Association and the Monticello Band Parents Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Virgie Willmuth Logan.

Survivors include her husband, Ed Pomeroy; a son, Michael Pomeroy and wife Stacy, Clarksville, Tenn.; a daughter, Leslie New and husband Michael, LaCrosse, Wis.; and five grandchildren, Allen New, Logan Pomeroy, Anna New, Molly New and Amy Pomeroy.

The body was cremated. Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. No memorial services have been announced.

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Anna Ponder

Anna Ponder, 79, of Hoxie, died July 9, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Sept. 21, 1927, in Carlisle, she was the daughter of Ray and Esther Puryear Morrison. She was a homemaker and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Ponder, on Dec. 3, 2001, whom she married Feb. 9, 1946; a son, David Lewis Ponder; and a brother, Allen Morrison.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Ponder and wife Toni, Flippin, and Terry Ponder and wife Susi, Hoxie; two daughters, Mary Ann Ponder, Hoxie, and Janet Little and husband Mitch, Hoxie; six grandchildren, David Ponder, Clint Ponder, Tanya Ponder, Nick Ponder, Natasha Graddy and Josh Graddy; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bros. Steve Trail and Tim Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8.

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Ollie Whitlock

Ollie Whitlock, 81, of Bay, sister of Zinna Mae Ridge of Smithville, died July 8, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Funeral is today at 10 a.m. with Rev. Leon Minick officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro. An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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