August 15, 2007 Edition

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Alexus Evalena Fears Billy Wyatt Gene Fortson Maddox Blake Perkins
Olivia Kaylynn Rose Carson James Rutledge


Baxter~Baker Gramling~Eubanks Holland~Jarrett
Looney~Simmons Roach~Ohlson


Jerry Dean Doyle Hannah Fuller Lena Elizabeth Hawks
Minnie Mae Matthews Sylvia Midgett Catherine Mitchell
Opal Ellen Poteet James F. Sloan III Maudlene Vernele White


Alexus Evalena Fears

Terry and Katie Fears of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter on July 9, 2007, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville. The baby weighed six pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Alexus Evalena Fears.

Grandparents are Melton and Marsha Sloan of Hoxie, Robert and Vicki Tucker of Delaplaine, Gary and Sandra Hefner of Clover Bend and Gary and Judy Fears of Walnut Ridge.

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Billy Wyatt Gene Fortson

Cody and Nicole Fortson of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son on Aug. 7, 2007 at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed nine pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Billy Wyatt Gene Fortson.

Grandparents are Paula Hanes and Vickie Ward, both of Walnut Ridge. Great-grandparents are Gene and Dorothy Hanes of Jonesboro and Cathern Eubanks of Delaplaine.

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Maddox Blake Perkins

Blake and Jodie Perkins of Smithville have announced the birth of a son, born Aug. 1, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. He weighed five pounds, one ounce, and has been named Maddox Blake Perkins.

Grand parents are Joe Lewis of Powhatan, Cindy Lewis of Walnut Ridge and Jim Perkins and Royetta Perkins, both of Smithville. Great-grandparents are Gerald and Nina Richey of Lynn, Paul and Bonnie Perkins of Smithville, Sue Reidel of Fort Smith and Ralph Lewis of Walnut Ridge.

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Olivia Kaylynn Rose

Charles Williams and Crystal Rose of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter, born Aug. 2, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed five pounds, three-point-eight ounces, and has been named Olivia Kaylynn Rose.

Grandparents are Linda Rhodes and Randy Woodruff of Malvern. Great-grandparents are Eddie Max Rose and the late Ollie Rose.

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Carson James Rutledge

Terry and Heidi Rutledge of Lake Village have announced the birth of a son born July 6, 2007, at Chicot Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Carson James Rutledge.

Grandparents are Linda Rhodes and Randy Woodruff of Malvern. Great-grandparents are Eddie Max Rose and the late Ollie Rose.

He has an older sister, Olivia Rutledge, who is three.

Grandparents are Donald and Debbie Guinn of Marmaduke, Jim and Kitty Day of Orlando, Fla., and Ronald and Sunny Rutledge of Trumann. Great-grandparents are Gerald and Marilyn Adkisson of Hoxie.

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Lauren Kay Baker and David Steve Baxter Jr. were united in marriage on Aug. 4 at the chapel of the Rock Cottage Gardens in Eureka Springs.

The bride is the daughter of Barney and Teri Lyn Baker and the granddaughter of Joyce Green, all of Walnut Ridge. She is a student and is employed by Intrepid Health Care of Little Rock.

The groom is the son of David and Rena Baxter of Brinkley. He is a member of the North Little Rock Police Department.

The reception was held at the Manees House in North Little Rock on Aug. 11.

The couple reside in Maumelle.

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Troy and Mitzi Gramling of Paragould announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Melissa LeFaun Gramling, to Joseph Heath Eubanks, son of Dale and Donna Eubanks of Delaplaine.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Alan and Rita Carter and Sue Gramling, all of Paragould. She is a 2002 graduate of Greene County Tech High School and a 2005 graduate of Black River Technical College. She is employed as a respiratory therapist at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Edith Ragsdell of O'Kean and the late Fred Ragsdell and Cathern Eubanks of Delaplaine and the late Junior Eubanks. He is a 2000 graduate of Delaplaine High School and is employed by the Arkansas Highway Department in Greene County.

The reception was held at the Manees House in North Little Rock on Aug. 11.

The couple will exchange vows at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Atkins Celebration Hall in Paragould.

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Linda Quarry of Hoxie and Pete Holland of Jonesboro announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsey Nicole Holland, to Nathan Heath Jarrett, son of Ronnie and Tonda Wheeless of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Harold and Emma Ferguson of Walnut Ridge. She is a graduate of Hoxie High School and is employed at Hays.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Ruth and the late Lawrence Warner of Walnut Ridge. He is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and served in the United States Coast Guard from 1998-2002. He is employed at Medic One in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge.

All immediate family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow in the church's annex.

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Sarah Idabeth Simmons was united in marriage to William Clinton Looney III in a double ring ceremony on June 30 at 5 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

The bride is the daughter of Beverly Simmons of Hoxie and Mike Simmons of Jonesboro. She is the granddaughter of Ann Sullivan of Walnut Ridge and the late Glenn Dale Sullivan and Eldon and Joyce Simmons of Annieville and the late Clodell Simmons.

The groom is the son of Bill and Marie Looney of Clover Bend and the grandson of Clint and Helen Looney and Cecil and Brenda Haynes, all of Walnut Ridge.

Dr. Robert Foster, assistant professor of Christian ministries at Williams Baptist College, performed the ceremony.

The bride, given in marriage by her parents, wore a designer white satin strapless wedding gown with silver embroidery and crystal beading on the front, a lace-up back, and crystal beading silver embroidery down the cathedral train. She also wore a fingertip veil with a tiara and carried a cascading bouquet of gardenias and roses.

Paul McCarty, interim music minister at White Oak Baptist Church, sang "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts before the parents presented the bride to the groom.

Alyssa Johnson served as maid of honor, and bridesmaids were Sara Tate, Stasha Hull and Brittany Hancock.

Steven Greenwood served as best man, and groomsmen were Josh Bruce, Anthony Teel and Hunter Smith.

Elizabeth Wisinger served as flower girl, and Nicholas Foster was ring bearer. Ushers were Kevin Simmons, brother of the bride, and Steven DeWees, cousin of the bride. Simmons also read a poem to his sister during the ceremony.

Lea Andra Foster, pianist, and McCarty, vocalist, provided the music for the ceremony. McCarty sang "Keeper of the Stars" by Tracy Byrd during the lighting of the unity candle.

A wedding reception was held in the fellowship hall of the church. Servers were Courtney Love of Conway and Shawna Bennett of Hoxie. Bennett also presided at the bride's book. Terry Shelby of Conway, aunt of the bride, Robb Sullivan of San Diego, uncle of the bride, and Love, directed the wedding.

The couple are residing in Ingleside, Tex., where Billy is serving in the United States Navy.

A rehearsal dinner was held Friday evening, June 29, at the Parachute Inn in Walnut Ridge following the wedding rehearsal. Sarah and Billy presented gifts to their wedding party at the dinner.

Sarah was honored with a shower on May 20 by Terry Shelby, aunt of the bride, and Bonnie Oldham, at the home of Ann Sullivan, grandmother of the bride. The home was decorated in Sarah's wedding color of coral, and refreshments of cake, mini quiches, pinwheels, spinach dip and punch were served. The hostess presented Sarah with individual gifts.

She was also honored with a shower by the women of White Oak Baptist Church on June 10. Refreshments of cake and punch were served, and Sarah received many useful gifts.

A lingerie shower was hosted by Alyssa Johnson and Sherry Russell on June 28 at the bride's home in Hoxie. Refreshments served were mini quiches, pinwheels, crab cakes and fruit with a chocolate fountain.

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Franklin and Cheryl Roach of Cord announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Roach, to Brent James Ohlson, son of Randy Ohlson of Jonesboro and Patricia Floyd of North Dakota.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Johnny and Shirley Roach of Remmel and Madeline Elkins of Tuckerman and the late Gene Elkins. She is a graduate of Tuckerman High School. She attended Arkansas State University at Newport, where she received an associate's degree. She also attended B.J.'s School of Cosmetology. She is employed at Jagged Edge as a cosmetologist.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Sharkey of Ogallala, Nebr., Vic and Maxine McCoy, also of Nebraska, and the late Don Ohlson. He attended Ogallala High School and is the owner of Dock and Field Agri.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Abbe House in Heber Springs. All family and friends are invited.

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Jerry Dean Doyle

Jerry Dean Doyle, 62, of Mineola, Mo., died Aug. 7, 2007, at the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital in Columbia, Mo.

Born June 11, 1945, in Santa Paula, Calif., he served in the U.S. Army and worked for GDX Automotive before retirement.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herman Doyle.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Throgmorton Doyle, whom he married Dec. 31, 1969, in St. Louis; three daughters, Nancy Anger and husband Chris, Southgate, Mich., Julie Bethel and husband Rick, Montgomery City, Mo., and Amanda Hillebrand and husband John, High Hill, Mo.; a son, Jeremy Doyle and wife Sarah, New Florence, Mo.; his mother, Ruby Doyle, Strawberry; a sister, Barbara Clinton and husband Wayne, Santa Paula, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mineola Baptist Church in Mineola with Rev. Jim Cline officiating. Burial was in Mount Horeb Cemetery at Mineola under the direction of Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home of New Florence, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimers Association or to Mineola Baptist Church in care of Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home, 330 West Milton St., New Florence, MO 63363.

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Hannah Louise Bridges Fuller

Hannah Louise Bridges Fuller, 78, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 13, 2007, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Formerly of Clover Bend, she had lived most of her life in Lawrence County. She was a U.S. Navy veteran, a registered nurse and was the previous owner of Sheltering Arms Nursing Home. She had worked for the NEA Agency on Aging and for the VA Nursing Home in Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by her parents, E.O. and Dora Ridings Bridges; a brother, Larry Bridges; and an infant sister, Jackie Bridges.

Survivors include four sons, David Fuller, Bartlett, Tenn., Donald Fuller, Spokane, Wash., Jim Fuller, Wakefield, Va., and Roy Fuller Jr., Fancy Gap, Va.; five sisters, Charley Beckman, Springdale, Libby Wheat, Oklahoma City, Patty Ann Frakes, Corvalis, Ore., Bonnye Trantham, Little Rock, and Madge Schneider, Dallas; two brothers, Jim Bridges, West Memphis, and Jerry Bridges, Clover Bend; eight grandchildren, Amanda Berberian, Leah Brown, Laura Fuller, Caitlin Fuller, Dakota Fuller, Destiny Fuller, Richard Fuller and Aidan Fuller; and three great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Davis, Jorden Berberian and Carley Berberian.

A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge.

Memorials may be made to the Children’s Home of Paragould, 5515 Old Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450

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Lena Elizabeth Hawks

Lena Elizabeth Hawks, 95, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 9, 2007.

Born Jan. 16, 1912, at Maynard, she was the daughter of John and Mozella Woodall Dees.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Hawks; and a son, Glen Ray “Buckwheat” Kincade.

Survivors include a son, Willard Kincade, Pocahontas; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Randy Scott officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements. A memorial service was held Monday at 10 a.m. at Old Union Cemetery with Warren Smith officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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Minnie Mae Matthews

Minnie Mae Hardin Matthews, 92, of Imboden, died Aug. 13, 2007, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center

Born July 1, 1915, in Senath, Mo., she was the daughter of Jourd and Minnie Howard Hardin. She was a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University and Arkansas State College.

She owned and operated M & M Dress Shops of Walnut Ridge, Pocahontas and Jonesboro for many years. She was a member of the Home Demonstration Club, the Alturian Club, the Republican Women's Club and a longtime member of the Imboden Housing Authority. She was an active leader of the Lawrence County 4-H and had been a member of the Imboden Church of Christ since 1938.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jefferson Jennings Matthews, on Nov. 10, 2002, whom she married Dec. 23, 1936, in Paragould; two brothers, Price Hardin and Howard Hardin; and four sisters, Georgia Merryman, Nell Hardin, Hazel Lamberson and Virginia Harkey.

Survivors include two sons, Dan Matthews and wife Gayleen, and Davis Matthews and wife Margaret, all of Imboden; a daughter, Ann Ford and husband Randell, Oakton, Va.; six grandchildren, Randy Ford, Jefferson Ford, Julia Witt, Sonya Orrick, Dana Cox and Cory Matthews; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Imboden Church of Christ with Bro. Larry Kitchens officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation is Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Imboden Church of Christ.

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Sylvia Midgett

Sylvia Midgett, 91, of O'Kean, died Aug. 12, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.Back to Top

A lifetime resident of O'Kean, she was a homemaker, a retired store clerk and an Avon representative. She was a member of O'Kean Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry L. Midgett; and a brother, Amos Russell.

Survivors include a daugter, Eunice Wheeler, Pocahontas; a son, Vernon Midgett, Cherokee Village; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Melvin Shelton officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens near Paragould.

Pallbearers were Michael Midgett, Shawn Carter, Mark Tidwell, Zach Tidwell, Mike Thompson and Rick Barr. Honorary pallbearers were Jeremy Richardson, Joshua Richardson and Matt Pitcher

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Catherine Mitchell

Catherine Jane Mitchell, 58, of Imboden, died Aug. 9, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 16, 1949, in Pocahontas, she was a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church

She was preceded in death by her father, Roscoe Leathers.

Survivors include her husband, Carl Lee Mitchell; a daughter, Anita Wilson, Imboden; two sons, Anthony Mitchell, Imboden, and Mark Mitchell, Ravenden; her mother, Wilma Leathers, Pocahontas; two sisters, Kenny Showalter, Searcy, and Carolyn Moore, Pocahontas; five brothers, Jim Leathers, Jerry Leathers and Gary Leathers, all of Pocahontas, Arley Leathers, Issaquah, Wash., and Thomas Leathers, Mountain Home; and six grandchildren

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Chesser Cemetery in Pocahontas with Jerry Clements officiating. Cox-Waymon Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Coy Mitchell, Harold Clark, Dan Matthews, Preston Clark, Keith Wilson, Buster Walling and James Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Westmoreland and David Maples.

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Opal Ellen Poteet

Opal Ellen Poteet, 95, of Jonesboro, died Aug. 9, 2007, at the NEA Medical Center.

Born June 5, 1912, in Williford, she was the daughter of Annual L. Henry and Laura Davis. She was retired from Dillard's department store and was a member of Southwest Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Walter Poteet, in 1968, whom she married in 1939

Survivors include a son, Charles Poteet, Mt. Ida; a daughter, Frances A. Collier, Greensboro, N.C.; two brothers, Jim Henry, Houston, and Glenn Henry, Millstadt, Ill.; a sister, Louise Rash, West Memphis; seven grandchildren, Patrick Collier, William B. Poteet, James S. Poteet, Charles D. Lucas, Leigh Ellen Richardson, Nikki L. Peevey and Terri L. Kessler; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at 12 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Jimmy Adcox officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Patrick Collier, James Poteet, William Poteet, David Lucas, Gary Rash and Rob Rash

Memorials my be made to the Children's Home of Paragould.

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James F. Sloan III

James F. Sloan III, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died, Aug. 7, 2007, at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born January 11, 1926, in Little Rock, he was from an early Lawrence County pioneer family of Scots-Irish lineage, the son of James F. and Snow Mountjoy Sloan.

He grew up in Black Rock and graduated from Black Rock High School in 1943. He served in the United States Army Air Corps from March 1944 until May 1946. He remained in the United States Army Reserve as a commissioned officer until 1960, when he resigned with the rank of captain.

He was united in marriage to Elzine Oldham July 25, 1946.

He graduated with a bachelors of science degree from Arkansas State College in 1949 and from the University of Arkansas School of Law with an LL.B. degree in 1951. While at Arkansas State College he helped establish the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (TKE) and was elected as its first president. He received the R.E. Lee Wilson Citizenship Award upon graduation. He was also a member of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity at the University of Arkansas.

He began practicing law in Walnut Ridge in 1952 at the office of Judge Percy Cunningham and continued to practice law until 1995. He was a city attorney for Hoxie, a deputy prosecuting attorney for Lawrence County and former juvenile court judge for Lawrence County. He was a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the American Bar Association and was a past president of the Randolph/Lawrence County Bar Association.

He served as a board member of Citizens National Bank, First National Bank and the Arkansas State College Alumni Association. He served the Walnut Ridge Chamber of Commerce as a board member, vice president, and in 1959, president.

He was a member of the Walnut Ridge School Board, where he served as secretary and chairman. He was also a past chairman of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital board and the Walnut Ridge Water Commission. He was an active member in the Walnut Ridge Kiwanis Club, where he served as president.

He served on the executive board of the Eastern Arkansas Council of the Boy Scouts of America and served with distinction as chairman of the Northwest district of that council.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder, treasurer and chairman of the board of deacons.

Survivors include his wife, Elzine O. Sloan of Walnut Ridge; two sons, Robert Dane Sloan of Pocahontas and David Clay Sloan and wife Penny Kay of Walnut Ridge; step-granddaughter, Haley Brooke Osburn and step-grandson, Zachary Alan Osburn, both of Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Winston Sloan of Fayetteville, and Jack Sloan of Black Rock.

A memorial service was held Friday at 10:30 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Debbie Spangler officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of the Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Dan Sloan, Kelley Sloan, Mike Sloan, Pat Sloan, Walker Sloan and Jerry Ballard II. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Frank Oldham, Shane Oldham, Mark Oldham and Lance Ballard.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 214, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Maudlene Vernele Winningham White

Maudlene Vernele Goad Winningham White, 80, of Newport, died Aug. 10, 2007, at Newport.

Born Sept. 10, 1926, at Oakland Hill, she was the daughter of Delmar and Sadie Taylor Goad. She was raised in the Bradford area. She had worked at Leonard's Dress Shop in Newport and at The Salad Bowl restaurant in Walnut Ridge, and was a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lonnie Winningham; a son, Ronnie Winningham; and two sisters, Lucille Frazier and Helen Wilcox.

Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Leon White; a son, Barry Winningham and wife Lynn, North Little Rock; a stepdaughter, Sue James and husband Carlon, Newport; a sister, Marie Scoggins, Jacksonville; four grandchildren, Jake Winningham, Adam Winningham, Greg James and Kristi Miller; and three great-grandchildren

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. in Jackson's Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Smith officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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