July 25, 2007 Edition

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Births

Lane Jody Bynum Logan Allen Drew Blakley Reese Williams

Weddings/Engagements

Blackburn ~ Marlin Franklin ~ Whitman Giles ~ Henry
Reese ~ Scott Shrable ~ Blair

Obituaries

James Wilkerson Case Sarah Elizabeth Dobbs Richard Finney Sr.
Hubert Garland Gilmore Larry Jay Gore Cameron L. Holder
Dorothy Virginia Hollaway Allia Mae Milligan John L. Wilford Jr.

Births

Lane Jody Bynum

Kyle and April Bynum of Paragould and formerly of Walnut Ridge are the parents of a son, born June 20, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Lane Jody Bynum.

Grandparents are Kim and Lana Bridges of Marmaduke and Philip and Rosan Bynum of Paragould.

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Logan Allen Drew

Kerry and Candice Drew of Carterville, Ill., have announced the birth of a son on July 21, 2007. The baby weighed eight pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Logan Allen Drew.

He has three sisters, Caitlin, Chandler and Kerrygan.

Grandparents are Bob and Joyce Drew, Mickey Sullivan and Rodney Allen, all of Marion, Ill. He is the great-grandson of Eunice Fowler and Clara Mosier, both residents at Lawrence Hall in Walnut Ridge, and Peggy Moore of Illinois.

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Blakley Reese Williams

Charla Jones and Brad Williams of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on June 29, 2007 at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Blakley Reese Williams.

Grandparents are Terri Mullen of Walnut Ridge, Eddie and Julie Jones of Portia and Craig and Sandra Williams of Walnut Ridge.

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Weddings/Engagements

Blackburn ~ Marlin

Gretchen Blackburn and T J Marlin have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Blackburn of Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the son of Janet Marlin of Walnut Ridge and the late Terry Marlin.

The couple will exchange vows on Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Jonesboro. The reception will follow at the Knights of the Columbus Hall.

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Franklin ~ Whitman

Mary Jo Franklin of Jonesboro, formerly of Black Rock, and Michael Whitman of Trumann have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Franklin of Woodstock, Ga., and the late Mildred Franklin. She is the mother of Dwight and Tonya Ferguson and Kevin and Christina Mason. She has a bachelor of science in nursing from Arkansas State University and works as a nurse at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the son of Nadine Whitman of Trumann and the late J.C. Whitman. He is the father of Brandon, Kristen and Tim Whitman. He is employed with Smith Construction.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception, which will follow at the church.

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Giles ~ Henry

Carrie Colburn of Walnut Ridge and Joe and Debra Giles of O'Fallon, Ill., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Chastity Dawn Giles, to Cliff Henry, son of Brenda Henry of Ravenden and Clifford Henry of Harrison.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Darrell and Marilyn Colburn of Walnut Ridge, Lee and Glenna Giles of Hardy and Coy and Joyce Birdsong of Pittsburg, Texas. She is a graduate of O'Fallon High School and is a student at Crowley's Ridge College in Paragould. She is currently in Honduras as a missionary.

The prospective groom is the grandson of William and Anita Rea of Ravenden. He is a graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School in Imboden and Crowley's Ridge College. He is employed at Custom-Pak in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited.

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Reese ~ Scott

Sidney DeWayne and Tammy Ann Reese of Portia announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Leigha Mechelle Reese, to Johnathan Wade Scott, son of Michael Wade Scott of Christiansburg, Va., and Patricia Ann Scott of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Sidney Lee Reese of Trumann, Carolyne Sue Goza of Black Rock, Violet Ann Hoffman of Portia and the late Vernon Emory Hoffman Sr.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Ina Mae Scott of Blacksburg, Va., and the late Earnest Wade Scott and Patsy Ann Caldwell of Walnut Ridge and the late Roger Edward Caldwell. He is employed as a land leveler.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Faith of the Apostles Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow at the Powhatan Community Center.

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Shrable ~ Blair

Tamara Blair and Beau Shrable were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony solemnized April 21, 2007, at Blackshear Resort in Cordele, Ga.

The bride is the daughter of Jenna Blair of Leesburg, Ga., and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Shrable of Walnut Ridge.

Amanda Eubanks of Leesburg, Ga., was the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Lori Dooley of Boston and Tiffany Novak of Kunkletown, Pa.

Brett Shrable, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Matt Franks of Tupelo, Miss., and Ryan Manning of Walnut Ridge.

Ushers were Clay Bibb of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Corbet Clark of Walnut Ridge.

The wedding was also attended by friends and relatives from Florida, Alabama and Arkansas. Guests attending from Arkansas included Cliff and Kathleen Miller, grandmother of the groom, Lynn Morgan, aunt of the groom, and Brandon Holland of Searcy.

Following a honeymoon trip to Florida, the couple are residing in their new home in Midland, Ga.

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Obituaries

James Wilkerson Case

James Wilkerson Case, 58, of Jeddo, Mich., formerly of Arkansas, died July 17, 2007, at his home.

Born June 1, 1949, in Little Rock, he was the son of Dr. James W. II and Sarita Diaz Case. He spent his early years in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Carpenter Case, whom he married May 8, 2006, in Gatlinburg, Tenn.; a daughter, Darla Reeder and husband Tommy, Texas; a sister, Jo Lee and husband Alvin, Arkansas; and a granddaughter, Taylor Bland.

Kaatz Funeral Directors of Yale, Mich., had charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to "Wishes of the Family." An online guestbook is available at www.kaatzfunerals.com.

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Sarah Elizabeth Dobbs

Sarah Elizabeth Dobbs, 93, of Hoxie died July 23, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 28, 1914, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Zack E. Robins and Sarah E. Whitlow. She was a factory seamstress and a member of the First Assembly of God in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burl H. Dobbs on Oct. 1, 1949, whom she married Nov. 2, 1935; a grandson, Jeff Taylor; four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Bowling, Pensacola, Fla., and Bonnie Taylor, Hoxie; a son, Freddie Dobbs, Beebe; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral will be this morning at 10 in the Bryan Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Dale Hughart and Bill Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Tim Richey, Charles Helms, Ed Tannehill, Anthony Pinkston, Arthur Robins and Otis Gray.

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Richard Finney Sr.

Richard Finney Sr., 54, of Sedgwick, died July 17, 2007.

Born Feb. 27, 1953, in Walnut Ridge, he was U.S. Army veteran, a computer programmer and a member of Sedgwick Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy; a son, Richard Finney Jr., Bono; a daughter, Kim Finney, Jonesboro; two brothers, Joe Finney, Ozark Acres, and Jerry Finney, Tucson, Ariz.; six sisters, Sharon Fowler, Piedmont, Okla., Sandra Finney, Highland, Nancy Taylor, Powhatan, Donna Allen, Melbourne, Carolyn Cowens, Mammoth Spring, and Janey Lambert, Agnos; and a grandson, Richard Finney III.

A memorial service was held Friday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Hubert Garland Gilmore

Hubert Garland Gilmore, 94, of Walnut Ridge, died July 20, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Aug. 31, 1912, in Fulton County, he was the son of Tim and Mary Eller Gipson Gilmore. He was a farmer and a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Verna Hicks Gilmore, whom he married Oct. 14, 1930; a son, Garland W. Gilmore, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Lesha Prater, Walnut Ridge; and a granddaughter, Shantelle Prater.

Funeral services were Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Chapel with Donald Layne and A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Dave Blakeney, Harry Hicks, Joe Hicks, Tori Hicks, Jerry Cox, J.R. Cox, Jim Mosier and Danny Gibson.

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Larry Jay Gore

Larry Jay Gore, 60, of Jonesboro, died July 21, 2007, at UAMS in Little Rock.

Born Oct. 29, 1946, in Tacoma, Wash., he was the son of Warren and Laverne Gore. The Gore family lived in Walnut Ridge for several years. He graduated from Arkansas State University with a B.S. in math.

He worked in printing management for several companies but spent the majority of his career at Quebecor World Press in Jonesboro. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and former member of the Arkansas National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Beakley Gore; a son, Tony Gore and wife Sarah, Jonesboro; a sister, Jane McKinney; and three grandchildren, Jay Anthony Gore, Jordan McKenzie Gore and Jackson Lee Gore.

A celebration of his life will be held today at 2 p.m. at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with Rev. Dick Haltom officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

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

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Cameron L. Holder

Cameron L. Holder, 80, of Rockford, Ill., died on July 19, 2007, in River Bluff Nursing Home.

Born Aug. 11, 1926, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Clinton W. and Telitha (Doyle) Holder. He retired at the age of 71. He owned and operated HESCO.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mae and Mildred, and a brother, Bill.

Survivors include his wife, Johnnie Mae Holder; a daughter, Patricia Crowell and husband Jim; a son, Robert Holder; his twin brother, Clinton Holder; two sisters, Evelyn Cooper and Juanita Zachies; four grandchildren, Michael Crowell, Melissa Crowell, Greg Holder and Angela Johnson; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services. Burial was in Willwood Burial Park.

Memorials may be made to the family or MAYAS House, c/o Shelter Care Ministries, 412 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61103.

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Dorothy Virginia Hollaway

Dorothy Virginia Hollaway, 79, of Pocahontas, mother of Rhonda Higginbotham of Imboden, died July 22, 2007. Burial is this afternoon in Sharum Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Allia Mae Milligan

Allia Mae Milligan, 67, of Cave City, grandmother of Brandi Johnson of Strawberry, died July 17, 2007, at Cave City Nursing Home. Burial was Friday in Maxville Cemetery, near Cave City, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Alzheimer's Association Central Arkansas Regional Center, 411 S. Victory, Suite 202, Little Rock, AR 72201. An online guestbook is available at www.quallsfunerals.com.

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John L. Wilford Jr.

John L. Wilford Jr., 65, of St. Charles, Mo., died July 22, 2007, at Blanchette Place.

Born Aug. 10, 1941, in Black Rock, he was an accounting clerk for Anheuser Busch in St. Louis, Mo., for 22 years. He was a member of the Army Reserves and a former member of the St. Charles Jaycees.

He was preceded in death by his parents John L. and Edith Wilford. Survivors include his wife, Janet A. Wilford; three daughters, Brenda Bartow, St. Charles, Mo., Karen Bond and husband Darren and Ellen Rader and husband Wes, both of St. Peters, Mo.; four sisters, Kathryn Stewart and husband Charles, Branson, Elizabeth Pickney and husband Bob, Black Rock, Mary Morrison and husband Danny, Hot Springs, Marie Cavenaugh and husband Gayland, Pocahontas; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral will be this morning at 10 at the Baue Funeral and Memorial Center Chapel in St. Charles. Burial will be in St. Charles Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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