August 29, 2007 Edition

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Katie Brooke Whitmire


Smith ~ Gray


Elberg Oneal Baker Aline Castleberry Alvin Taylor Davis
Jimmy Loyd Dean Leeo A. Denton Opal Duncan
Amon U. Goff Rick Hall Frances M. Larue
Jewell Smith Moore JoAnn Moss William L. Prentice Jr.
Billie Jo Pyles LaVada Ruth Wilson Joe David Winfrey Sr.


Katie Brooke Whitmire

Mitch and Kristy Whitmire of Carthage, Texas, have announced the birth of a daughter, born Aug. 6, 2007 at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas. The baby weighed nine pounds, three ounces and has been named Katie Brooke Whitmire.

Grandparents are Dale and Connie Oldham of Lynn and Bud and Sue Whitmire of Walnut Ridge. Great-grandparents are Katie Ferguson of Roscoe Ill., Virl Pratt and Cristeen McCormic of Walnut Ridge.

Katie has five siblings: Shelby, Cody, Hannah, Sarah and Rachel.

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Smith ~ Gray

Brittany Leanne Gray became the bride of Kevin Don Smith in a ceremony solemnized at 6 p.m. on August 18, 2007, at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

The bride is the daughter of Gary and Pam Gray of Little Rock. She is the granddaughter of Gladys Justus of Heber Springs and formerly of Walnut Ridge, Zane and Zelma Gray of Paragould and the late Ray Justus.

The groom is the son of Larry and Gayle Smith of Arlington, Texas. His grandparents are Lita Smith, Ross and Carla Allmon, all of Arlington, Texas, Gordon and Nancy Wallace of Greeley, Colo., and the late Charles Weldon Smith.

Rev. Victor Nixon preformed the ceremony. Nuptial music was presented by James Maase, organist, and Kim Lott, soloist.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

She wore a strapless ballgown of marquis satin by Kenneth Pool featuring a flat front skirt and embroidered bodice accented with crystals and sea pearls. The cathedral length, satin train extended with an embroidered panel of matching crystals and sea pearls which were also accented on the cathdral length veil.

Mrs. Jon Coker of Rogers was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Kimberly Gotcher of Ft. Worth, Texas; Kristin Herbert of San Angelo, Texas; Kristen Smith, sister of the groom, of San Diego, Calif.; Nicole Rivers, of Dallas; Laura Sears of Irving, Texas; Rachel Greene of Little Rock; Mrs. Randy Shuetzle of North Little Rock; and Mrs. John Stuckey of Little Rock. Darby and Shelby Jenson of Siloam Springs, cousins of the bride, served as flower girls.

Jason Schumacher of Dallas served as best man. The groomsmen were: Brett Robertson of Irving, Texas; David Bratton and Andy Bowman of Lubbock, Texas; Clay Nunnally of Columbia, Mo.; Kril Cunningham of Allen, Texas; Brian Besancon of Paris, France; Philip Gray, brother of the bride, of Little Rock, brother f the bride; and Matt Dornan of Blanchard, Okla. Jack Schumacher of Dallas was the ring bearer.

Ushers were John Stuckey of Little Rock and Chris Watkins of Dallas.

A reception was held at the Chenal Country Club with music provided by Big John Miller Band. Reception assistants were Mrs. Barry Hall of Little Rock and Mrs. John-Michael Kretz of Dallas.

The bride is a graduate of Baylor University with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's of accountancy. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She is employed as a CPA at Maverick Capital in Dallas.

The groom is a graduate of Abiline Christian University with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in finance and accounting. He was also a baseball letterman. He is employed as a CPA controller at The Covenant Group in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Following a wedding trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the couple will reside in Lewisville, Texas.

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Elberg Oneal Baker

Elberg Oneal Baker, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 23, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 24, 1920, in Cave City, he was the son of Oscar and Alberta Baker. He was a retired truck driver and had lived in Walnut Ridge for the last 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Baker; a daughter, Onedia Elder; a sister, Effie Steward; and four brothers, Ellis Baker, Leslie Baker, Edgar Baker and Paul Baker.

Survivors include four daughters, Linda Willis, Kansas City, Mo., Debra Molnar, La Porte, Texas, and Donna Griffin and Connie Gardner, both of Jonesboro; nine grandchildren, Stacy Burmeier, Kevin Willis, Andrew Griffin, Joey Molnar, Jennifer Bennett, Joshua Griffin, Haley Gardner, Bryson Gardner, and Ryan Gardner; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Terry Watson officiating and Vernon Willis and Joel Gardner speaking. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Andrew Griffin, Joshua Griffin, Kevin Willis, Joey Molnar, Kyle Burmeier and William Bennett. Honorary pallbearers were Bryson Gardner, Ryan Gardner, Vernon Willis, James Griffin, Joe Molnar and Joel Gardner.

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Aline Castleberry

Aline Castleberry, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 24, 2007, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born at Sedgwick, she lived in Bono most of her life and had lived in Walnut Ridge the past 10 years. She was a beautician and had worked for General Electric and Holiday Inn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest E. Castleberry; two brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include a brother, Harry C. Veal, Piggott; and a sister, Louise Moore, Sedgwick.

Funeral was Sunday at 3 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Michael Winberry officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were John Porto, Scott Nichols, Billy Veal, Matt Nichols, Charles Nichols and Jeff Moskol.

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Alvin Taylor Davis

Alvin Taylor "Bud" Davis, 78, of Alexander, died Aug. 22, 2007.

Born Oct. 14, 1928, at Lynn, he was the son of Carl Lucian and Rittie Mae Webb Davis. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1952 and retired from MIC/GMAC Corporation after 30 years of service. He was a member and deacon of Life Line Baptist Church in Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Winford Davis and Willard Davis; and five sisters, Wilma Davis, Lois Pearson, Faye Richey, Cleda Walling and Lucy Walling.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Peggy Lynn Gooch Davis; two daughters, Staci Haroutounian and husband Vasken, Branson, Mo., and Kelli Taylor and husband Bobby, Alexander; three sons, Steve Davis, Mabelvale, Brian Davis and wife Angela, Alexander, and Kevin Davis, North Little Rock; a sister, Oleda Eaton and husband Roland, Eaton; 12 grandchildren, Nicholas Taylor, Whitney Taylor, Zachary Davis, Stephanie Davis, Alyse Haroutounian, Setrak Haroutounian, Meg Haroutounian, Kolby Davis, Kai Davis, Kassi Davis, Keaton Davis and Taylor Davis; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Griffin Leggett Forest Hills Funeral Home in Alexander. Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park.

Grandsons and nephew, Terry Gooch, served as pallbearers. The deacons of Life Line Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 5600 W. 12th St., Little Rock, AR 72204 or to Life Line Baptist Church, 7601 Baseline Road, Little Rock, AR 72209.

An online guestbook is available at

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Jimmy Loyd Dean

Jimmy Loyd Dean, 58, of Reeds Springs, Mo., died Aug. 20, 2007, at his home.

Born in Alicia, he was a longtime resident of Cleburne, Texas, before moving to Reeds Springs 11 years ago. He was a carpenter and was a member of the Healing River Worship Center in Walnut Shade, Mo.

He was preceded in death by a son, Eddie Atkinson; and his parents, Eual and Ruby Riley Dean.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Carol Gamble Dean; a son, Jimmy Eual Dean, Reed Springs; four daughters, Sheila Batterton, Yellville, Tina Meyer, Flippin, Sharon Davis, Reeds Springs, and Barbara Bullard, Cleburne, Texas; 12 grandchildren, Ely, Ciera, Isaiah, Moriah, Sariah, Bethany, Leeann, Cheyenne, Brittney, Justin, Aaron and Patricia; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Manila Cemetery with Pastor Timothy Snider officiating. Howard Funeral Service of Manila had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Leeo A. Denton

Leeo A. Denton, 77, of Powhatan, formerly of Cave City, died Aug. 27, 2007, at the VA Hospital in Little Rock.

Born Sept. 8, 1929, in Center, he was the son of Odell and Lilly Burrows Denton. He was a finish carpenter, a gunsmith and also made fiddles.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and spent 37 and one-half months as a prisoner of war. He was a survivor of the Tiger Death March.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Joe Denton; two half-brothers; and two half-sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Voyles Denton, whom he married Feb. 23, 1954; four brothers, Billy Gene Denton, Indianapolis, Bernie Denton and Ernie Denton, both of Chillicothe, Mo., and Max Denton, Ash Flat; and three sisters, Dolline Gibson and Wanda Bryant, both of Tupelo, Miss., and Rebecca Hughes, Batesville.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery near Poughkeepsie.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Voyles, Scott Jones, Richard Penn, Jimmy Bristow, Dean Parsley and Junior Jones.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8.

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Opal Duncan

Opal Duncan, 95, of Swifton, died Aug. 21, 2007, at Walnut Ridge.

Born Dec. 21, 1911, at Tuckerman, she was the daughter of Clara and Augusta Walker Long. She was a homemaker and was a member of Murphy's Chapel of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Duncan; a daughter, Helen Roberts; three brothers, Bud Long, Fred Long and Lehman Long; a grandson, William "Bill" Duncan; and a great-grandchild, Stephanie Baughn Dennis.

Survivors include two sons, Lehman Duncan and wife Loupell, Swifton, and Leboyd Duncan and wife Anita, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Nedra Hickman and husband Andy, Mount Pleasant; nine grandchildren, Cathy Saffell, Cindy Wood, Felicia Drake, Deral Duncan, Chet Duncan, Mark Duncan, Donna Funk, Randy Hickman and Pam Hickman; 16 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Murphy's Chapel Assembly of God Church with Revs. Johnny Campbell and Mack Gore officiating. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were great-grandsons: Sjon Wood, Cody Wood, Bryson Wood, Chris McManners, Jordan Baughn and Jamie King.

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Amon U. Goff

Amon U. Goff, 87, of Bono, stepfather of Annette Hufstedler of Egypt, died Aug. 26, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Tuesday in Trinity Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro. An online guestbook is available at

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Rick Hall

Rick Hall, 54, formerly of Jonesboro, died July 31, 2007, in Escondido, Calif.

Born June 7, 1953, in DeKalb, Ill., he was a graduate of Jonesboro High School and attended Arkansas State University.

Survivors include two sons, Eric Hall and wife Jennifer, and Aaron Hall, all of Poway, Calif.; his father, Brooks Hall, of Jonesboro, a native of Powhatan, and his stepmother, Elinor Hall, Jonesboro; his mother, Gloria Carson Miller, Fayetteville, a native of Black Rock; a sister, Jeanne Cole and husband George, Fayetteville; and a granddaughter, Trinity Hall.

A memorial service was held Aug. 8 in Poway, Calif. Accu-Care Cremation Center of Carlsbad, Calif., had charge of arrangements.

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Frances M. Larue

Frances M. Larue, 75, of Tuckerman, died Aug. 21, 2007, at Walnut Ridge.

Born April 9, 1933, at Alicia, she was the daughter of Archie and Gladys Baker Williams. She graduated from Arkansas State College in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in education. She taught school for 25 years, including 23 years for the Tuckerman School District. She was a member of the Tuckerman Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Rev. James Larue.

Survivors include a son, James Larue Jr. and wife Donna, Pottsville; two daughters, Rhonda Holley and husband Martel, Tuckerman, and Annette Ward and husband Johnny, Charlotte; a brother, Ralph Williams, Little Rock; two sisters, Pat Westerman, Heber Springs, and Fern Swanner, Hopkinsville, Ky.; and seven grandchildren, Jonathan Ward, Joey Ward, Malerie Holley, Marty Holley, Bethany Larue, Nathan Larue and Laura Larue.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at the Tuckerman Assembly of God Church with Revs. Carl Neal and Brandon Gates officiating. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Leon Watson, David Ferguson, Wayne Smith, Paul Ferguson, Jim Fortenberry and Claude Ferguson. Honorary pallbearers were Bro. Jerry Smith, George Jacobs and Rev. Gilley Campbell.

An online guestbook is available at

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Jewell Smith Moore

Jewell Smith Moore, 91, of Imboden, died Aug. 22, 2007, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born May 14, 1916, at Annieville, she was the daughter of Newt and Gertie Meredith Campbell. She was a homemaker and was a member of First Baptist Church in Imboden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Moore, in 1982, whom she married on Dec. 3, 1974; and three brothers, Harold Campbell, Russell Campbell and Newell Campbell.

Survivors include two sons, Ralph Stanley Smith, Austin, Texas, and Paul (Bix) Smith, Jonesboro; two daughters, Shirley Eye and husband Pete, Lenexa, Kan., and Debbie Soucy and husband Yues, Memphis; three brothers, George Campbell and Lonnie, New Buffalo, Mich., Gene Campbell and wife Francis, Imboden, and Clyde Campbell, Leesburg, Ind.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Imboden with Bro. Joe Loghry officiating. Burial was in Old Bethel Cemetery near Denton under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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JoAnn Moss

JoAnn Moss, 65, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 22, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 7, 1942, in North Dakota, she was the daughter of Richard Harry and Arda Titus Grueneich. She was a piano teacher for 29 years and was one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Survivors include her husband, Alfred Moss, whom she married in 1963.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses with Rich Romanowskyj officiating.

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William L. Prentice Jr.

William Loring Prentice Jr., 72, of Fayetteville, N.C., died July 23, 2007, at his home.

Born Feb. 28, 1935, in Walnut Ridge, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Genny A. Prentice; and his parents, William Loring Sr., and Lela Mae Moore Prentice.

Survivors include four sons, Samuel L. Prentice, Virginia, Carl Prentice and wife Cheni, Raleigh, N.C., Jim Prentice, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Michael C. Prentice and wife Shannon, Fayetteville, N.C.; three daughters, Delores Kendal and husband Don, Albemarle, N.C., Lynn Powell and husband Toney, Ocean Isle, N.C., and Shannon Mitchell and husband James, Alexandria, Va.; four sisters, Jean Slate, Greensboro, N.C., Ruth Ellison, Chattanooga, Tenn., Nell Bullard, Newport, and Bet Weaver, Brownsville, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 in the chapel of Rogers and Breece Funeral Home in Fayetteville, N.C., with Rev. Gary Strickland officiating. Entombment was in Lafayette Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to the Organ Transplant Team at Duke University Medical Center, 3621 Lyckan Parkway, Durham, NC 27707.

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Billie Jo Pyles

Billie Jo Pyles, 63, of Alicia, died Aug. 26, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Formerly of Egypt, she had lived at Alicia the past 15 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Reynolds Conrow.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Pyles; three daughters, Laura Turner, Hoxie, Lisa Fisher, Walnut Ridge, and Betty Jo Markum, Batesville; a son, Kevin Plank, Sullivan, Mo.; two brothers, Joseph Lee Conrow and Michael Conrow, both of California; two sisters, Bonnie Miller, California, and Jo Michelle Wright, Alton, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Cody Turner, Jeremy Fisher, Dustin Pyles, Cole Markum and William Ray. Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Pyles and Terry Pucket.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Willie Willbanks officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery near Bono.

Visitation is tonight from 5:30 to 8 at the funeral home.

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LaVada Ruth Wilson

LaVada Ruth Easter Wilson, 72, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., died Aug. 11, 2007, at her home.

Born Sept. 11, 1934, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Alvey Easter and Odessa Myette Stringer. She worked at Frolic Footwear for many years and was also a waitress in the Jonesboro area for several years. After moving to Arizona, she worked as a seamstress and made clothing for the Tombstone Shows and wagon trail rides. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Larry Easter and Woodrow Easter.

Survivors include a daughter, Jean Jones, Sierra Vista; two brothers, David Easter and Michael Easter, both of Pleasant Shade, Tenn.; five sisters, Charlotte Settlemoir, Brookland, Betty Hancock, Alton, Ill., and Glenda Ray, Shirley Hemphill and Mary Redding, all of Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Stacy Moore, Steve Moore and John Moore; and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service was held Saturday at Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick, with Wynndel King officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Joe David Winfrey Sr.

Joe David Winfrey Sr., 69, of Black Rock, died Aug. 22, 2007, following a lengthy illness.

A native of Imboden, he was a member of the Arkansas National Guard in 1957, when it was activated during the integration of Central High School in Little Rock.

He moved to Spartanburg, S.C., in 1960, where he was a manager at Plaza Manufacturing, a division of Jonathan Logan, until 1983. He then founded David Industries, a garment manufacturing subcontracting shop, in Spartanburg, which he managed for four years. He also sold garment manufacturing equipment and consulted for garment shops in Spartanburg, Miami and Guatemala before retiring and returning to Northeast Arkansas in 1994.

He was a Mason and a Shriner and was a former member of the board of directors for Mid-City Shrine Club in Lyman, S.C. He was also a founder and former president of the Hillbilly Motorcade No. 2, a group of Shriners in Spartanburg who refurbished vintage cars to drive in parades and other functions to raise funds for Shriner's Hospitals.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Carlene Winfrey; a son, David Winfrey and wife Mary Marcia, Louisville, Ky.; a brother, Kenneth Winfrey, Jonesboro; and a grandson, Jake.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Smithville with Jerry Clements, David Winfrey and Terry Wallace officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden with Masonic rites at graveside.

Pallbearers were Larry Bates, Dwight Ferguson, Kenny Jones, Phillip Midkiff, Marlon Mowdy and Mike Bradford. Honorary pallbearers were the men of New Hope Baptist Church, James Sanford, Del Fugua, Ted Vaughn, Pat Robertson, Jack Hess and Kenneth Morrow.

Memorials may be made to St. Bernards Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.

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