August 1, 2007 Edition

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Peyton Ryan Hicks Jalen Christopher Mitchell Jimmy Don Williams III


Connolly ~ Coker Duncan ~ Beasley Fowler ~ Crawford
Hancock ~ Huskey Matheny ~ Tate Phillips ~ Prestidge
Wright ~ Howard


Tom Barker Sylvia Fay Crow Brandon Ray Holman
Mary Mable Lakey George J. Liles Luzell Montgomery
Dorothy Teneyck Kimberly Ann Webb


Peyton Ryan Hicks

Robert Lynn and Jenny Gatlin Hicks of Little Rock have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born July 7, 2007, at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock. The baby weighed six pounds, four ounces, and has been named Peyton Ryan Hicks.

Grandparents are Tori and Misti Hicks of Walnut Ridge, Tommy and Kathi Smith of Denton, Texas, Luann Hester of Jonesboro and James and Caroline Gatlin of Hot Springs.

He is the great-grandson of Janie Gatlin of Sherwood, James Gatlin of McGee, Sue Bissitt of Sherman, Texas, and Harry and Mona Hicks of Walnut Ridge. Freda Hicks of Walnut Ridge is his great-great-grandmother.

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Jalen Christopher Mitchell

Jessica Rivera (formerly of Hoxie) and Chris Mitchell, both of Jonesboro, have announced the birth of a son, born July 25, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and has been named Jalen Christopher Mitchell.

Grandparents are Karen Rivera of Jonesboro (formerly of Hoxie), Ozzie Rivera of New York and Joe and Flo Mitchell of Trumann.

Great-grandparent is Bonnie Downum of Jonesboro.

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Jimmy Don Williams III

Jim and Kelly Williams of Marion have announced the birth of a son on July 24, 2007. The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Jimmy Don Williams III.

Grandparents are Jimmy and Billie Williams of Marion and Stan and June Duckworth of Walnut Ridge. He is the great-grandson of Isabell Clem of Lepanto and Helen Duckworth and Mercedes Ryan, both of Walnut Ridge.

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Connolly ~ Coker

Charlotte Renee Coker became the bride of Lance Matthew Connolly in a double ring ceremony solemnized Saturday, May 26, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

The bride is the daughter of Barbara Coker and the late Joe Coker of Walnut Ridge. She is the granddaughter of the late Z.T. and Germaine Coker of Walnut Ridge and Virgie Tribble of Pocahontas and the late Glen Tribble.

The bridegroom is the son of Rita Massey of Memphis. He is the grandson of the late Rezia and Martha Massey of Walnut Ridge.

The Rev. Rick Hart performed the ceremony. Nuptial music was presented by Deborah Smith, pianist.

The bride was given in marriage by her mother. She wore a classic ivory strapless Casablanca gown fashioned by an ornate beaded bodice defined by a satin overlapping band at the neckline. Her fingertip-length bridal veil of illusion was accented by Swarovski crystals. She carried a bouquet of multi-colored roses, hydrangeas, gladiolas and calla lillies.

Jessica Farmer of Walnut Ridge was her sisterÕs matron of honor. Junior attendant was Olivia Farmer, niece of the bride.

Anthony Hart of Virginia Beach, Va., served as best man. Ushers were Lance Ramthun of Jonesboro and Mark Light of Walnut Ridge. Bryson Farmer, nephew of the bride, was junior attendant.

The brideÕs family hosted the wedding reception which followed in the church fellowship hall.

Angela Riddick of Memphis, sister of the bridegroom, presided at the brideÕs book table. Servers were the brideÕs cousins, Stephanie Davis of New Braunsfel, Texas, Kirstin Wilsey of San Antonio and Jennifer Hogland and Linda Alphin, both of Pocahontas.

The bride is a 1996 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Arkansas State University. She is employed by Enterprise Rent-A-Car as an account specialist in Des Plaines, Ill.

The bridegroom is a 1996 graduate of Hoxie High School. He is a recruit division commander for the U.S. Navy in Great Lakes, Ill.

The couple is residing in Gurnee, Ill., following a wedding trip to Memphis.

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Duncan ~ Beasley

Sandra Beasley became the bride of Josh Duncan in a ceremony on July 23, 2007, at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge.

The bride is the daughter of Johnny and Twila Holder of Walnut Ridge and Rick and Faith Bryant of Denton, Texas. She is a 1999 graduate of Ryan High School in Denton and is employed at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

The groom is the son of Rick and Jeanine Duncan of Walnut Ridge. He is a 2000 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is employed at FlippoÕs Heating and Air Conditioning.

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Fowler ~ Crawford

Vicki Fowler of Paragould and Chris Fowler of Jonesboro announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Crystal Victoria Fowler, to Matthew Aaron Crawford, son of Roy and Dyanna Crawford of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jean and Everette Pinkston of Portia and Wallace and Jama Fowler of Jonesboro. She is a student at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and plans to graduate in May of 2008 with a bachelorÕs degree in nursing.

The prospective groom is a graduate of UCA with a bachelorÕs degree in business management.

The couple will exchange vows on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.

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Hancock ~ Huskey

Ronnie and Kerrie Hancock of Hoxie announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Brittney Ashton Hancock, to Adam Elias Huskey, son of Roger and Deana Huskey of Calamine.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Milena Smith, Robert Needham and Joe and Mary Hancock, all of Hoxie, and the great-granddaughter of Lee and Vida Lacefield of Hoxie. She is a 2005 graduate of Hoxie High School and is attends Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. She is employed at Premiere Tans.

The groom-elect is the grandson of Bob and Barbara Wilson of Calamine and Bobby Dean and Florence Huskey of Lynn. He is a 2001 graduate of River Valley High School and a 2005 graduate of the Indiana Institute of Technology, earning a degree in engineering. He is a lean manufacturing manager at American Railcar Industries in Paragould.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Atkins Celebration Hall in Paragould.

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Matheny ~ Tate

In a double-ring ceremony solemnized June 2, 2007, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville, Chelsea Lynn Tate became the bride of Ty Cooper Matheny.

The bride is the daughter of Rick Tate of Imboden and Lisa Bailey of Benton. She is the granddaughter of Bob and Lorazell Tate of Walnut Ridge and Peggy Stalnaker of Imboden and the late Burl Stalnaker.

The groom is the son of Terry and Darlene Matheny of Ravenden. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Matheny of Ravenden and the late Buel and Marie Cooper.

Bro. Jerry Clements performed the ceremony. Recorded nuptial music and a slide show of the bride and groom were presented by Bro. Frank Wilson.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a strapless Jasmine gown of white satin accented with beading and crystals with a softly flowing chapel-length train. Her fingertip-length bridal veil of illusion was secured to a crystal encrusted headpiece. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of white roses and alstroemaria lilies.

Marti Tate served her sister as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Tara Wilson, Skylar Box, Lisa Salard and Bridget Bridges. Candle lighters were Lindsey Bullard and Kayla Qualls.

Marcus Matheny, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Chris Hale, Riley Adams, Jeff Cameron and Brandon Ford. Ushers were Mark Byrd, cousin of the bride, Matt Claude and Chadney Holder.

The flower girl was Caylea Johnson, and the ring bearer was Riley Hale, nephew of the groom.

A wedding reception followed in the church fellowship hall. Servers were Brittany George, Alicia Gardner and Brenda Bailey. Sherrie Johnson presided at the brideÕs book table.

An additional reception, hosted by the brideÕs family and catered by Susan Greenwell, aunt of the bride, was held at the James Ranch in Pocahontas. Music and entertainment was provided by Sound Extreme.

After a weeklong honeymoon to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., the couple are now residing in Imboden.

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Phillips ~ Prestidge

Allison Renae Prestidge of Powhatan was united in marriage to Sean Christopher Phillips of Franklin, Tenn., on June 2 at the Black Rock Church of Christ.

Allison is the daughter of Steve and Rita Prestidge of Powhatan and the granddaughter of Pauline Craig and the late Jesse Craig of Powhatan and Edward Prestidge and the late Ruby Prestidge of Jonesboro.

Sean is the son of Jan Phillips of Franklin, Tenn., and the grandson of Yvonne Kidd of Franklin.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a strapless, A-line, satin candlelight gown with a full length cathedral train. The fingertip length veil was complemented by a tiara fashioned of crystals. She carried a bouquet of hydrangeas, roses, carnations and daisies.

The maid of honor was Tiffany Verkler of Conway. Bridesmaids were Amanda Prestidge, sister-in-law of the bride, of Powhatan and Aundrea Whitmire of Ocean Springs, Miss.

The best man was Matt Phillips, brother of the bride, of Orlando, Fla. Groomsmen were Dana French of Dallas and Adam Prestidge, brother of the bride, of Powhatan.

Serving as flower girl was Abbey Vance of Black Rock. Ring bearers were Bret Phillips, nephew of the groom, of Orlando and Andrew Prestidge, nephew of the bride, of Powhatan. Terri Phillips, sister-in-law of the groom, of Orlando, attended the brideÕs book.

Servers were Amanda Kirksey of Walnut Ridge and Angela Miller of Bentonville, both cousins of the bride. Serving the groomÕs cake were Tracy Vance and Melanie Inman, both of Black Rock. Becky Robinson and Shari Simpson, both of Black Rock, served at the reception.

The couple are at home in Franklin, Tenn., following a wedding trip to Maui, Hawaii. The groom is a senior systems engineer for Hospital Corporation of America, and the bride is manager of, an eBay trading assistant company.


The BerryÕs Chapel Church of Christ in Franklin, Tenn., honored the couple with a wedding shower at the home of Sara Sylvis.

Ladies of the Black Rock Church of Christ also honored the couple with a shower in the church fellowship hall, and the bride was given a lingerie shower at the home of Tracy Vance of Black Rock.

The bride and her mother treated Tiffany Verkler, Amanda Prestidge and Aundrea Whitmire to a bridesmaids luncheon at Shorty Smalls Restaurant in Jonesboro.

Out-of-county guests

Out-of-county guests of the wedding included: Aundrea, Kris, Desirea, Kyran, Alyna and Kristian Whitmire of Ocean Springs, Miss.; Tiffany Verkler of Conway; Thelma and Will Earnhart, Calvin and Lois Prestidge, Brenda Ford, Priscilla Earnhart, Edward Prestidge, Bill and Georgia Faye Fletcher, Kevin and Angelia McGaughey, all of Jonesboro; Matt, Terri, Bret, Tyler and Lance Phillips of Orlando, Fla.; Molly Smith of Conway; Mitch and Terri Walton and Lee Ann Cheadle of Pocahontas; Jonathan, Brandy and Olivia Simmons and Erin Foster of Lewisville, Tex.; Jordan Foster of Little Rock; Lacey Hughes, Sara Sylvis and Lauren Vatteler of Franklin, Tenn.; Levern Jones of Springdale; Stephanie Hatcher of Paragould; Linda Reese of Harrison; Sara Tunick and Chris Nall of Greensboro, N.C.; Kevin Smith of Greenbriar; Jason Powell of Hot Springs; Lindsey Niesen, Jared Ramey and Matt Roberts of Little Rock and Sheilia Fletcher of Cherokee Village.

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Wright ~ Howard

Vincent and Jennifer Wright of Strawberry and Tena Wright of Smithville announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brittany LeeAnn Wright, to Andrew Brice Howard, son of Joey and Sandy Howard of Strawberry and Rick and Janie Watson of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charles and Shelby Randolph of Strawberry and Charles and Alice Harris of Smithville. She is a 2004 graduate of River Valley High School and a 2006 graduate of the LPN program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. She is employed as an LPN at the White River Medical Center emergency department.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bobby and Martha Howard of Strawberry and Butch and Lanoe Dickison of Saffell. He is a 2003 graduate of River Valley High School and is employed as a surveyor with RobertsonÕs Contractors.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ. All family and friends are invited.

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Tom Barker

Thomas Marrion Barker, 57, of Des Plaines, Ill., died July 20, 2007, in Chicago.

He had lived in Illinois since 1959 and was a machinist for Field Container. He was a Army veteran, serving in Vietnam.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Barker, in 1996.

Survivors include his mother, Clydola Rockwood Barker, Walnut Ridge; and two sisters, Marie Hines, Tennessee, and Linda Vansickle, California.

A memorial service was held Saturday at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Sylvia Fay Crow

Sylvial Fay Kious Crow, 74, of Grand Blanc, Mich., died July 26, 2007, at Regional Medical Center in Yakima, Wash.

Born Dec. 24, 1932, at Egypt, she retired from the GM Ternstedt plant after 30 years of service. She was a member of Twin Cities Baptist Church and Charity Baptist Church in Glennie, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Lyle, Paul, Leland and Elbert; and three sisters, Alma, Myrtle and Josephine.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph Crow of Florida, whom she married April 25, 2003, in Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Carolyn Howard and husband Danny, Florida; a son, Joseph Crow and wife Merleine, Florida; two sisters, Connie McElrath, Florida, and Magdalene Walter, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Brian, Kevin, Malissa, Faith and Jason; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Swartz Funeral Home in Flint, Mich., with Harold Helton officiating. Burial will be in Flint Memorial Park at Mount Morris, Mich.

An online guestbook is available at

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Brandon Ray Holman

Brandon Ray Holman, 25, of Swifton, died July 24, 2007, in St. Louis.

Born Nov. 9, 1981, in Newport, he was a carrier for The Jonesboro Sun and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church at Swifton.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frankie George Holman.

Survivors include his mother, Martha Sue King Holman, Swifton; his step-grandmother, EllaMae Holman, Cash; four aunts and three uncles.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at First Assembly of God Church in Swifton with Bro. Brandon Gates and Mark Duncan officiating. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of JacksonÕs Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Thor George, Robby McGuire, Josh Adams, Adam Stevens, Jason Nicholson and Tim Fry. Honorary pallbearers were Tim Hatfield, Jason King, Robbie King, Matt Starnes, Michael George, Dustin Cochran, Dustin Church, Kyle Gardner, Cody Woods and Keith Keller.

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Mary Mable Lakey

Mary Mable Lakey, 81, of Grand Rapids, Mich., died July 23, 2007, at Fulton Manor.

Born Oct. 22, 1925, in Phillipsburgh, Kan., she was the daughter of George W. Webb and Minnie Getz. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake City.

After graduating from high school, she completed a year of college and then taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Nebraska. During World War II, she worked as a civilian telephone operator at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. She and her husband lived in several cities, including Kansas City, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Tuscon, Phoenix and Little Rock. They moved to Lake City in 1983 and lived there until moving to Grand Rapids in 2003.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie C. Lakey, on Aug. 4, 2003, whom she married in 1947; and two brothers, Andy Krug and Robert Krug.

Survivors include two sons, David Lakey and wife Sarah, Nashville, Tenn., and Brian Lakey and wife Jennifer, Grand Rapids; two sisters, Sevila Branting, Hastings, Neb., and Lurean McConnell, Loveland, Colo.; and a granddaughter, Megan Gross.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m., at Lake City First Baptist Church with Bro. Ron Langston officiating. Burial will be in Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation is Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

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George J. Liles

George J. Liles, 76, of Light, died July 26, 2007, at his home.

He was a lifetime resident of Light, a farm laborer and a member of Faith of the Apostle Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Hazel Huffman Liles; a son, David Liles; and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Moore Liles; three daughters, Georgia Webb and husband David, Texarkana, Texas, Sandy Duncan and husband Danny and Dena Fort and husband Michael, all of Walnut Ridge; five sons, Randy Liles, Texarkana, Texas, Andy Liles, of the home, Grant Liles and wife Andrea, Walnut Ridge, Anthony Liles and wife Keisha, Paragould, and Chris Liles, Jonesboro; three sisters, Lena McElyea, Effie Bruce and Alma Duncan; three brothers, Hubert Liles, Sam Liles and Ernie Liles; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, near Lorado, with David Morse officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements. A visitation was held Sunday evening.

Pallbearers were Blake Wade, Jimmy Liles, Ernie Liles Jr., Terry Liles, Aqualah Henry, Phillip Vaughn and Milton Bryant. Honorary pallbearers were Cody Powers, Garrett Liles, Cody Fort, David Webb, Danny Duncan, Mike Fort, Keith Bryant and Anthony Liles Jr.

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Luzell Montgomery

Luzell Montgomery, 104, of Walnut Ridge, died July 26, 2007, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Dec. 1, 1902, in Portia, she was the daughter of Noble and Drucilla Northcutt Johnson. She was a homemaker and was of the Church of Christ faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arzo Montgomery, in 1952, whom she married July 13, 1943, in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Howard, Bay.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel. Burial was in Scott Cemetery at Walnut Ridge under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Dorothy Teneyck

Dorothy Teneyck, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died July 26, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

A retired beautician, she was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; a daughter, Katherine Hendricks; five sisters; and four brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Jean Carroll, Colorado; a son, Dave Lambert, Horseshoe Bend; a sister, Gladys Pendry, Florida; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service and burial were Sunday at 2 p.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery, near Lynn, with Charles Hendrix officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn had charge of the arrangements.

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Kimberly Ann Webb

Kimberly Ann Webb, 40, of Hoxie, died July 23, 2007, at Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, Tenn.

She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her father, J.C. Webb; her mother, Gladys Mae Jones Webb; a daughter, Gladys Sherlenia Mae Taylor; a brother, Charles Van Webb; and a sister, Jerry Mae Hicks.

Survivors include a daughter, Jessica Ann Melson McGonigal, Walnut Ridge; three brothers, Quincy Webb and Paul Webb, both of Savannah, Tenn., and J.R. Webb of Selmer, Tenn.; and a sister, Sherry Jones, Savannah, Tenn.

Funeral was Thursday at 11 a.m. at the River of Life Church in Crump, Tenn., with Danny Hicks officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hermon Cemetery in Hardin County, Tenn., under the direction of Shackelford Funeral Directors of Savannah, Tenn.

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