September 5, 2007 Edition

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Births

Daniel Cade Spencer Macy Elizabeth Tannahill

Weddings/Engagements

Brogdon ~ Hutton Caldwell ~ Thielemier Scott ~ Mullen
Sneed ~ Meyer

Obituaries

Alan "Al" Alberda Raymond Leon Allison Robert Brower Jr.
Jimmy Dale Champion Ron L. Ervin Sr. Dr. Earl Humble
Cheryl Elaine Jones Mary Sue Peacock Charles Edward Tennison

Births

Daniel Cade Spencer

Daniel and Kristy Spencer of Bay, have announced the birth of a son, born Aug. 25, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces and has been named Daniel Cade Spencer.

Grandparents are Steve and Sue Parnell of Jonesboro, Becky Spencer of Bay and Mickey and Beverly Spencer of Lynn. Great-grandparents are Roosevelt and Kathleen Spencer of Bay.

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Macy Elizabeth Tannahill

Paul and Jackie Tannahill of Sims, Ill., are parents of a daughter, born July 29, 2007 at St. Mary's Good Samaritan in Mt. Vernon, Ill. The baby weighed six pounds, 10 ounces and has been named Macy Elizabeth Tannahill.

Grandparents are Ray Lappin of Wayne City, Ill., Linda Lappin of Bluford, Ill., and Jerry and Ann Tannahill of Cisne, Ill.

She is the great-granddaughter of Lorene Tannahill of Geff, Ill., Bill Kissee of Hackett and Christine Bagley of Walnut Ridge.

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Weddings/Engagements

Brogdon ~ Hutton

Arlene Ford and Frank and Sheila Brogdon of Paragould announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sara Paige Brogdon, to Brian Keith Hutton, son of Vivian Holder of Walnut Ridge and Kenneth Hutton of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Clara Ford of Paragould and the late B.C. Ford and the late Violet and Lenard Brogdon. She is a 2000 graduate of Paragould High School and a 2007 graduate of Arkansas Northeastern College. She is employed as a nurse at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Genaree Holder of Walnut Ridge and the late Bill Holder, Perry Hutton of Florida and the late Shelby Hutton. He is employed at Utility Trailer in Paragould.

The couple will exchange vows Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. at the New Life Cathedral Church in Hoxie with Chuck Fitzgerald officiating.

All family and friends are invited.

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Caldwell ~ Thielemier

Billy and Lesa Caldwell of Hoxie announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hollie Jean Caldwell, to Jeremy Joseph Thielemier, son of Karla and Dalles Howard of Pocahontas and the late William Thielemier.

The couple will exchange vows in a private ceremony on Oct. 6.

A reception and dance will be held following the ceremony at the Walnut Ridge Country Club at 6 p.m. All family and friends are invited to the reception.

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Scott ~ Mullen

In a double-ring ceremony solemnized Aug. 4, 2007, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Pocahontas, Sara Lakey Mullen became the bride of Timothy Ryan Scott.

The bride is the daughter of Sharon Lakey-Jean of Hot Springs and Daniel Mullen of Walnut Ridge. She is the granddaughter of Betty Bates of Hot Springs and Bud Lakey of Walnut Ridge and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lemoyne Mullen.

The groom is the son of Timothy and Kathryn Scott of Pocahontas. He is the grandson of the late Dr. and Mrs. W.W. Scott and the late Mr. and Mrs. William E. Riley.

The Rev. John Marconi was the celebrant. Deacon George Edwards was the homilist. Nuptial music was presented by Bernard Raley of Paragould, organist, and vocalists, Christina Baker of Winter Haven, Fla., cousin of the groom, Amy Cook, aunt of the bride, and Roger Jean, stepfather of the bride, both of Hot Springs.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a strapless gown of white satin overlaid with Poetic lace featuring a pleated organza sash accented with a crystal brooch at the waist and an A-line skirt that flowed into a chapel-length train. She wore a crystal tiara and carried a bouquet of multicolored Gerbera daisies.

Drew Golden served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Lindsey Bullard, Ashley Gilliam, Andrea Cole, Brynne Ellen Scott, Hollie Caldwell and Bobbye Drew Rorex. Kinley Lane Cole was flower girl.

Tim Scott, father of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Sam Whiteside, Andrew Baltz, Brian Baltz, Matthew Mullen, Sergio Barron and Seth Murphy. Warren Maxwell Olvey was the ring bearer.

Ushers were Lawrence Williams, Houston Hart, Casey Chester, Chad Thielemier, Cecil Ray Cossey and Keith Hunter. Brianna Segraves and Helen Gunsalis presided at the bride's book.

The wedding reception followed at Rolling Hills Country Club in Pocahontas. Servers were Susan Bitely, Janet Ring, Martha Rodgers, Carolyn Williams and Crissie Tanner.

Following a wedding trip to the Bahamas, the newlyweds are residing in Fayetteville, where the bride is employed by Healthcare Essentials, Inc. and the groom is a third-year law student at the University of Arkansas.

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Sneed ~ Meyer

Sandra A. Meyer became the bride of Dennis O. Sneed in a ceremony solemnized on July 7, 2007, at Lyon College in Batesville.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Meyer of Leavittsburg. She is a 1984 graduate of LaBrae High School and a 1989 graduate of Youngstown State University. She is employed as a store manager for JC Penney in Jonesboro.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. O'Neal Sneed of Strawberry. He is a 1990 graduate of Strawberry High School and received his master's license in plumbing in 2005. He is employed by ReBath of Jonesboro.

Rev. John Steer performed the ceremony.

Melinda Odom, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Chelsea and Kelsea Sneed, daughters of the groom. Taylor Odom and Morgan Meyer, nieces of the bride, served as flower girls.

Bradley Sneed, brother of the groom, served as best man. The groomsmen were: J.D. Dittmar and Payton Callahan, nephews of the groom. Connor Meyer, nephew of the bride, was the ring bearer.

Following a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple will reside in Paragould.

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Obituaries

Alan "Al" Alberda

Alan "Al" Alberda, 80, of Monette, died Aug. 31, 2007 at Monette Manor.

Born in Holland, Mich., he was the son of Peter and Grace Alberda. He and his family lived in the Monette area for over 50 years. He was a member of the Monette Assembly of God.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army, serving for 21 years during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, where he served two tours of duty. He was a member of the Monette American Legion and was a retired truck driver for McFarlin Trucking.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Alberda; a brother, Dale Alberda; a sister, Thelma Heikover; and a grandson, Alan Michael Alberda.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah "Bea" Cullum Alberda; two daughters, Linda Hanson and husband Robb, Jonesboro, and Gena Alberda of Monette; two sons, Ricky Alberda and wife Kathy, Powhatan, and Don Alberda, Ripley, Tenn.; three brothers, Stanley Alberda, Tucson, Ariz., Jim Alberda, Holland, Mich., and Pete Alberda, Zealand, Mich.; four sisters, Judy Sprik, Hamilton, Mich., Shirley Rhoda, Holland, Mich., Carol Clark, Allendale, Mich., and Barbara Rank, Dallas; four grandchildren, Patricia Truitt of Powhatan, Lenn Moore, Misty Alberda and Robbyn Hanson; and five great-grandchildren, including Jared Truitt, Meghan Truitt and Tyler Truitt, all of Powhatan.

A celebration of his life was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Rev. Jerry Reed and Bro. Terry Miller officiating. Burial was in Monette Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

Pallbearers were Robb Hanson, Dean Sparkman, Wayland McClelland, Ralph Hunter, Jerry Reed and Mike Parrish.

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Raymond Leon Allison

Raymond Leon Allison, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 2, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He was the son of Charlie and Lottie Cook Allison and was a lifetime resident of Lawrence County. He was retired from maintenance at Williams Baptist College.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Edith Boothe.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jean Ratliff Allison; a son, Tim Allison and wife Otella, Paragould; two grandchildren, Renee Allison and Tim Allison II; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Wendell Jones, Steven Allison, Tim Allison II, Tony Nelson, Tim Allison and Dewayne Crouse.

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Robert Manford Brower Jr.

Robert Manford Brower Jr., 56, of Black Rock, died Aug. 29, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 23, 1950, in Black Rock, he was the owner and operator of Brower Body Shop in Black Rock. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of the Black Rock Masonic Lodge #476. He was of the Protestant belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Brower Sr.; and a brother, James Brower.

Survivors include two daughters, Legina Darlene Brower Luther, Texarkana, and Crystal Ann Marie Brower, Black Rock; his mother, Jean Hays, Fairhope, Ala.; three brothers, L.G. Brower, Fairhope, Billy L. Brower, Pocahontas, and Tim Ray Brower, Loxley, Ala.; and six grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock with Alan Stinnett officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Chuck Roberts, Steve Luther, Marty Todd, Dwight Holder, Freddy Pickney and Alan Stinnett.

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Jimmy Dale Champion

Jimmy Dale Champion, 56, of Pasadena, Texas, formerly of Lynn, died Aug. 29, 2007, in Pasadena.

He was a disabled U.S. Marine.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Champion.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Coffey Champion; two sons, Chris Champion, Piggott, and James Crews, Pasadena; a daughter, Cindy Johnson, Piggott; his mother, Faye Raney Champion, Batesville; three sisters, Lola Rock, Dowagiac, Mich., Joann Overstreet, Sherwood, and Diane Sanders, Cheboygan, Mich.; four brothers, James Champion, Mulberry, Fla., Dewayne Champion, Cheboygan, Dale Champion, Pasadena, and Billy Champion, Batesville; and three grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in the House-Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Lynn. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery near Lynn.

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Ron L. Ervin Sr.

Ron L. Ervin Sr., 57, of Imboden, died Aug. 31, 2007, at Randolph County Medical Center.

He was a retired truck driver and carpenter, and was the founder of AAA Carpet Cleaning.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Lillian Mann Ervin.

Survivors include his wife, Bonita "Beanie" Ervin; two sons, Ronnie Lee Ervin Jr., Black Rock, and Clint Wayne Ervin, Imboden; a sister, Linda Brewington, Texarkana, Texas; a brother, Darrell Ray Ervin, Powhatan; and six grandchildren.

The body was cremated. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

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Dr. Earl Raymond Humble

Dr. Earl Raymond Humble, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 2, 2007, following a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 28, 1915, in Traskwood (Saline County), he was the son of Herbert H. and Ruth Womble Humble.

He was educated at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Ordained in 1939, he served as pastor of churches in Arkansas and Texas from 1965 to 1985 and was a professor at Williams Baptist College. He was the author of three books and several Bible study booklets.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Mable Childers Humble, whom he married in 1941; a daughter, Ruth H. Miller, Evansville, Ind.; two sons, David Earl Humble and wife Hiroko, Susono, Japan, and Daniel Raymond Humble and wife Larna, Brinkley; two brothers, Harold Humble, Olive Grove, Miss., and Calvin Humble, Judsonia; two sisters, Edith Gotthardt, Moline, Ill., and Opal Burfield, Shelbina, Mo.; and six grandchildren, Jonathan, Jeffrey, Kara, Rachel, Mitsuko and Andrew.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Revs. Jim Tillman, Terry Henderson and Scott Allison officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Bassett Cemetery at Bassett. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Bob Burns, Marvin Kennedy, Steve Corder, Jerry Gibbens, Jeff Rider, John Katrosh, Phillip Tolson and Chris Thompson.

Memorials may be made to the Humble Scholarship Fund at Williams Baptist College, the Alzheimer's Association, Gideon's International or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Cheryl Elaine Jones

Cheryl Elaine Jones, 61, of Lynn, died Aug. 31, 2007, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

She had lived in California before moving to Lynn five years ago. She was a licensed practical nurse.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and two brothers.

Survivors include her husband, Gene Jones; a son, James Jones, Rhonart Park, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Rhonda Jones, California; a stepson, Fred Jones, Napa, Calif.; and a brother, Larry Riggs, Oregon.

The body was cremated. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Mary Sue Peacock

Mary Sue Peacock, 66, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 30, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 2, 1941, in the Coffman community, she was retired from the glass factory and was a member of New Life Cathedral Church in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donnie Allen; her parents, Clarence and Hazel Ervin Hendon; four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Kevin Simms and Alan Simms, both of Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Donna Boling, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Bob Hendon, Ravenden; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 3 p.m. at New Life Cathedral Church with Rev. Chuck Fitzgerald officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Bob Lamb, Sam Lamb, Donnie Roberts, Wesley Gates, Brad Hendon and Steve Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Kirk Simms, Derrick Simms, Gary Hendon, Chris Nicholas, Matt Nicholas, Tosh Manning, Ryan Manning, Scott Hendon, Tommy Carr and Chad Boling.

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Charles Edward Tennison

Charles Edward "Buck" Tennison, 62, of Florida, died Sept. 1, 2007, at his home.

Formerly of Alicia, he had lived in Florida the past 41 years. He was a maintenance mechanic for mining operations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Anabelle Arnold Tennison; and a brother, David Tennison.

Survivors include a son, Michael Tennison, The Villages, Fla.; a daughter, Betty O'Neil, Auburndale, Fla.; two brothers, Danny Tennison, Lakeland, Fla., and Otis Tennison, Williford; a sister, Anna Jones, Brookland; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Arnold Cemetery, near Swifton. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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