August 22, 2007 Edition

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Births

Avaree Jayne Gipson Shelby Anna Gott

Weddings/Engagements

Henson ~ McDougle O'Connor ~ Noblin Smith ~ Durham
Vance ~ Richey Watson ~ Russell Watson ~ Stills
Whitehorn ~ Ignico

Obituaries

Virgil Wayne Counts Ed Dowis Edward Holman
John Bradley Matthews Diana Sue Mize Doyce Harold Pickens
Roena Pitchford Jimmie Herman Rothe Ruby Mae Smith
Junita Stayton Herbert Williams

Births

Avaree Jayne Gipson

Dave and Gari Ann Gipson of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter, born Aug. 9, 2007 at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Avaree Jayne Gipson.

She has three brothers, Breydon, 9, Josh, 11, and Noah, 12, and a sister, Mallory, 14.

Grandparents are Judy Crowell, Randall and Viola Crowell and Linda Gipson, all of Jonesboro and the late Leon Gipson. Great-grandparents are Forrester and Virginia Davis of Walnut Ridge and Beatrice Crowell of Trumann.

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Shelby Anna Gott

Justin and Ruth Gott of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Aug. 14, 2007, at the NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Shelby Anna Gott.

Grandparents are Jan Gott and Elain Siler of Walnut Ridge, Jim Siler of Belton, Texas, and the late David Gott.

Shelby has five older sisters, Christian, Ashley, Rachel, Hannah and Jessica.

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Weddings/Engagements

Henson ~ McDougle

Scott McDougle and Paula Henson, both of Hoxie, announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Paula is the daughter of the late Chester and Fran Andrews.

Scott is the son of Sondra Leathers of Nolan and Irwin McDougle of Maynard.

Paula and Scott have two children, Derek and Dylan.

Wedding vows will be exchanged on Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m. at the Old Randolph County Courthouse. A reception will follow, and all family and friends are invited to attend.

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O'Connor ~ Noblin

Bruce and Ronda O'Connor of Walnut Ridge announce the engagement and forth coming marriage of their daughter, Meagan Michelle, to Curtis Lee Noblin, son of Rodger and Belinda Noblin of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ron and Barbara Brown of Minturn and the late Lawrence Edward and Maggie O'Connor.

She is a 2005 graduate of Hoxie High School and is attending Black River Technical College. She is employed as a teacher at Jelly Bean Junction in Walnut Ridge.

The bridegroom is the grandson of Harvey Noblin of Pocahontas and the late Ruby Noblin and Peggy McCluskey of Walnut Ridge and the late Charles "Sonny" McCluskey.

He is a 2004 graduate of Hoxie High School and is employed by Dean Davis Farms.

The couple will exchange vows Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Hill General Baptist Church in Sedgwick. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception, which will also be held at the church.

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Smith ~ Durham

Sherry and Chris Smith of Sidney announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Conie Noelle Smith, to Shawn Michael Durham of Smithville, son of Jim Durham of Smithville and LaDell Kelly of Ozark, Mo.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late J.T. and Jonese Smith of Sidney and the late J.T. Smith and Jimmy and Dollie Skinner of Clovis, Calif. She is a 2005 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School and attends University of Arkansas Community College in Batesville.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Martha Durham and the late Boyce Durham of Smithville. He is a 2005 graduate of Hillcrest High School.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Sidney Baptist Church, with a reception to follow. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Vance ~ Richey

Jerry and Bobbie Vance of Eaton announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Christy Nicole Vance, to Shelby Alan Champ Richey, son of Alan and Debbie Richey of Powhatan.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Clarice Parker of Eaton and the late Bob Parker and Glen and Irene Vance of Walnut Ridge.

She is a 2002 graduate of Lynn High School and a 2006 graduate of Arkansas State University with a degree in physical therapy. She is employed by Millennium Rehab of Arkansas, LLC as a physical therapy assistant and works in Batesville.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Loyd and Catherine Richey of Powhatan and the late E.L. and Durene Cureton.

He is a 2001 graduate of Lynn High School and a 2007 graduate of ASU with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He is employed by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

All friends and family are invited to the wedding on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Jerry and Bobbie Vance of Eaton.

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Watson ~ Russell

Bethany Alaina Russell became the bride of Jeremiah Ray Watson in a double ring ceremony solemnized at 2 p.m. July 7, 2007, at the Heritage Banquet Center on the Harding Campus in Searcy.

The bride is the daughter of Ann Thompson of Swifton and Johnny and Bonnie Russell of Swifton. She is the granddaughter of William and Joy Roper of Swifton, Fay Russell of Piggott and T.J. Russell of Swifton.

The groom is the son of Dawn Watson of Middlebrook, Mo., and Ken Watson of Ironton, Mo. He is the grandson of Glendine Watson of Walnut Ridge and the late Moss "MC" Watson.

Mayor Don Scruggs of Egypt performed the ceremony. Nuptial music was presented by Pam Kelly of Swifton, godmother of the bride.

The bride was given in marriage by her grandfather, William Roper of Swifton.

She wore a full-length, a-line dress in diamond white satin by Mori Lee with a chapel length train. She wore her mother's fingertip length veil of white illusion secured to a rhinestone tiara.

Jessica Edmonds of Searcy was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Shelby Thompson of Swifton, cousin of the bride, and Terra Kirby of Little Rock. Shelby Whitehead of Walnut Ridge, cousin of the groom, was flower girl.

Ken Watson of Ironton, Mo., served his son as best man. The grooms attendants were Becky Watson of Cave Creek, Ariz., cousin of the groom, and Ray Watson of Walnut Ridge, son of the groom.

Ushers were Mark Barner of Tuckerman, uncle of the bride, and Joel Whitehead of Walnut Ridge, uncle of the groom.

Veronica Selvidge of Olyphant presided at the bride's book table.

A wedding reception directed by Terrie Smith followed in the Founder's Room.

The bride is a 2007 graduate of Harding University in Searcy, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in English.

The groom is employed by Danaher Corporation (Delta Toolbox) of Jonesboro.

Following a wedding trip to Costa Maya and Cozumel the couple reside in Walnut Ridge.

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Watson ~ Stills

Doris Stills and Ken Watson were united in marriage on Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. in Pocahontas.

The bride is the daughter of the late Leonard and Margaret Counts and the mother of Candy McReynolds and Bridget Kirkpatrick, both of Pocahontas.

The groom is the son of Glendine Watson of Walnut Ridge and the late Moss "MC" Watson. He is the father of Jeremy Watson of Walnut Ridge, Elissa Scavone and Marisa Watson of Middlebrook, Mo.

Attending the wedding were Glendine Watson, B.J. Lietz, Tammy Whitehead and Shelby, Jeremy Watson and Ray and Denise Hawk all of Walnut Ridge, and Candy and Tanner McReynolds of Pocahontas.

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Whitehorn ~ Ignico

Danny and Cindy Whitehorn of Pocahontas announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Amy Michelle Whitehorn, to Brent Robert Ignico, son of Robert and Kathleen Ignico, also of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is a 2004 graduate of Pocahontas High School and is working towards a bachelor's degree at Arkansas State University. She is employed at Cellular Advantage in Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is a 2002 graduate of Pocahontas High School and a 2006 graduate of Williams Baptist College. He is working towards a master's degree at William Woods College and is employed at Maynard High School.

The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the First Baptist Church in Pocahontas.

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Obituaries

Virgil Wayne Counts

Virgil Wayne "Joe" Counts, 58, of Cherokee Village, died Aug. 13, 2007, at his home.

Born Dec. 5, 1948, in Alicia, he was the son of Grover and Freda Counts. He had lived in Hardy the past 30 years, where he owned and operated Counts Construction.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Johnson Counts; two sons, Joseph Johnson "JJ" Counts, Bono, and Eric Counts, Cherokee Village; a daughter, Judy Jordan, Cherokee Village; three sisters, Hilda Worthington, Trumann, Brenda Nicholson, Swifton, and Mickey Alberson, Tuckerman; two brothers, Larry Counts, Cherokee Village, and Jimmy Counts, Hardy; and four grandchildren, Coty James, Brady Ford, Jordyn Counts and Eason Counts.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Strangers Home Church in Alicia with Don House and Larry Counts officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Pallbearers were Erik Nicholson, Brian Counts, Dale Faughn, Aaron Hulett, Jason Hulett and Jerry Adams. Honorary pallbearers were Dewight Holder, Bruce Schwebke, Dennis Welte, Elwood Sloas, Larry Johnson and Euin Mullens.

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Ed Dowis

Ed Dowis, 64, of Bono, died Aug. 14, 2007, at his home.

Born May 10, 1943, he had lived in Powhatan before moving to Bono a year ago. He was a retired contractor.

Survivors include his daughter, Michelle Dowis, Robinsville, N.J.; and his caregivers, Ed and Sue Ormsbee.

All services were private with Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro in charge of arrangements.

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Edward Holman

Edward Holman, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 19, 2007, at Jonesboro.

He was the son of Clyde and Clarice Troxler Holman. He was retired from General Motors in Flint, Mich., and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the United Auto Workers. He was a World War II Army veteran and a recipient of four Bronze Stars. He had lived in Cash before moving to Walnut Ridge in 1982.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years and 10 months, Mary Lee Smith Holman; five sisters, Bonnie Pierce, Flint, Mich., Mildred O'Dell, Tuckerman, Shirley Presley, Smithville, and Linda Lou Montgomery and Glenda Sue Lackey, both of Cash; two brothers, Doyle Holman, Trumann, and J.R. Holman, Cash; and two special friends, Shala Stewart and C.J. Baker.

The body will be cremated. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Lawrence County Children's Shelter, in care of First National Bank, P.O. Box 509, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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John Bradley Matthews

John Bradley Matthews, 27, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born August 31, 1979, in Jonesboro, he was the son of Gene Matthews and Suzanna Harp. Mr. Matthews was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Matthews; his stepfather Jerry Harp; and his maternal grandfather, John Stark.

Survivors include his mother, Suzanna Harp of Black Rock; two brothers, Chris Matthews of Searcy, and Layne Matthews of Walnut Ridge; maternal grandmother, Juanita Stark of Walnut Ridge; paternal grandparents, Gene and Vera Matthews of Walnut Ridge; and an aunt, Lyne Abernathy of Little Rock; and many other relatives and friends.

Graveside service was held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Oak Forest Cemetery with Rev. Everett Isom officiating under the direction of the Bryan Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Benevolent Fund in Walnut Ridge.

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Diana Sue Mize

Diana Sue Mize, 51, of Pocahontas, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 19, 2007, at her home.

She was a former employee of Skil Corporation. She had lived in Pocahontas the past two years and was of the Pentecost faith.

She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Meeker; a sister, Georgia Meeker; and a brother, Ronnie Meeker.

Survivors include a son, Jamie Mize, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Amy Songer, Spokane, Wash.; her mother, Lois Meeker, Hoxie; five brothers, Ray Meeker, Salem, Mo., and Junior Meeker, Floyd Meeker, Charles Meeker and Billy Meeker, all of Hoxie; a sister, Kathy Young, Hoxie; and three grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Whitaker Cemetery with Odell Davis officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Ray Meeker, Josh Meeker, Junior Lee, Ricky Simmons, Eugene Chappell and Dean Cross.

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Doyce Harold Pickens

Doyce Harold Pickens, 78, of Paragould, father of Dianne Barr of Powhatan, died Aug. 19, 2007, at his home. His life will be celebrated today at 10 a.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Eddie Gene Wright officiating. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Texarkana Baptist Orphanage, P.O. Box 611, Texarkana, AR 75504 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Roena Pitchford

Roena Ewing Pitchford, 81, of Memphis, formerly of Black Rock, died Aug. 19, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.

Survivors include a son, Ernest Morgan, Horn Lake, Miss.; a daughter, Mary Ann Fultz, Memphis; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. in Higginbotham Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to time of the service.

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Jimmie Herman Rothe

Jimmie Herman Rothe, 69, of Delaplaine, died Aug. 15, 2007.

Born March 29, 1938, he was a 1956 graduate of Delaplaine High School. He was a licensed pilot and enjoyed volunteering his time to the Children's Home in Paragould. He retired in 2000, after working in many different fields throughout his career and was a member of the Evening Star Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Bonnie Jean Coe Rothe, whom he married on April 13, 1957; his father, Clyde Rothe Sr.; and two brothers, Marion Rothe and Mark Rothe.

Survivors include two sons, Wesley Rothe and wife Rise, Jonesboro, and Phillip Rothe and wife Amy, Delaplaine; his mother, Opal Rothe; three brothers, Max Rothe and wife Christine, Searcy, Clyde Rothe Jr. and wife Cathy, and Coleman Rothe and wife Sharon, all of Paragould; four sisters, Carol Rawls and husband Don, Cindy Barnett and husband Rob, all of Paragould, Brenda Shrewsbury, Detroit, and June Cameron and husband Larry, Atlantic Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren, Staci Rothe, Katie Rothe, Derek Rothe, Maggie Rothe, Karena Barlow and Luke Barlow.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel in Paragould with Bud Whitmire and L.R. Smith officiating. Burial was in Morrow Cemetery at Beech Grove.

Pallbearers were Kenneth White, Kent McBroom, James Compton, Stan Sullinger, Joe Stayton and Gary Cupp. Honorary pallbearers were Emory Clifton, Mac Latham, Bill Lovelady, Charles McClellan, Austin White and James Shipman.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home of Paragould, Crowley's Ridge Academy or the India Missions Fund, in care of Central Church of Christ, 711 2nd Street, Lufkin, TX 75901.

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Ruby Mae Smith

Ruby Mae Smith, 76, of Pocahontas, formerly of Black Rock, died Aug. 19, 2007.

Born Aug. 28, 1930, in Powhatan, she was the daughter of Elmer and Mary Ruby Garrett Waller. She was a licensed practical nurse and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonas L. "Doc" Smith, on June 6, 2001, whom she married Oct. 28, 1947; a son, Gary L. Smith; and a brother, Charles A. Waller.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda K. Ingram and Janie F. Mondy, both of Pocahontas; eight sisters, Charlscie Chappell and Deloris Duckworth, both of Smithville, Mary F. Davis, Imboden, Marie McCluskey, Newport, and Patricia Travis, Phyllis Waller, Anna Waller and Mary Waller, all of Wynne; six brothers, Bobby Waller, Ralph Waller, Stanford Waller, Ricky Waller, Micky Waller and Nicky Waller, all of Wynne; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery with Rowdy Morgan officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Joe Chappell, Rocky Chappell, Randy Weisenbach, Slade Weisenbach, Richard Clark, Jason Mondy, Howard Duckworth, Kyle Weisenbach and Noel Rogers.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8.

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Junita Stayton

Junita Stayton, 86, of Gentry, died Aug. 21, 2007, at Northwest Medical Center of Washington County.

Born Aug. 1, 1921, in Light, she was the daughter of Otto and Ollie Houston Brown. She was a farmer and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Stayton, whom she married on Jan. 17, 1935; two daughters, Emer Kay Bohnstegel and an infant daughter, Betty Stayton; and an infant son, Ralph Stayton.

Survivors include five sons, Bill Stayton and Cleo Stayton, both of Walnut Ridge, Jim Stayton, Anderson, Mo., Tom Stayton, Gentry, and Eddie Stayton, Rogers; five daughters, Carolyn Hankin, Siloam Springs, Mary Langston, Gentry, Dora Martin, Sulphur Springs, Geraldine Gatewood, Lauratown, and Wanda Deegan, Springdale; two sisters, Arvita Klearman, Georgia, and Esta Lee Upchurch, Missouri; 34 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Wasson Memorial Chapel in Siloam Springs. Graveside service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Walcott under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home of Siloam Springs.

Visitation is Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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Herbert Williams

Herbert Junior Williams, 79, of Hoxie, died Aug. 19, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 26, 1928, near Newport, he was the son of Herbert and Eunice Starnes Williams. He was a retired truck driver and was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Carlon Williams and Jim Williams.

Survivors include his wife, Rubie Lee Defries Williams, whom he married Sept. 27, 1948; four sons, Eddie Williams, Biggers, Jack Williams and Dennis Williams, both of Paragould, and Herbie Williams, Hardy; two sisters, Margaret Hopkins, Newport, and Melba Holt-Yazell, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Coffeyville Cemetery, near Newport, with Ed Buddy Walls officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8.

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