September 12, 2007 Edition

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Eli Cade Blackwell Chloe Alexis Brannon Aiden James Howard


Carson ~ Adams Day ~ Russell


Opal Arnold Ray Edward Frisk Kay Haskell
Larry Jones Albert Knipple Donald Wayne Malden
Barbara Sue Melton Phyllis Ann Phillips Russell J. Smith
Ina K. Thiel


Eli Cade Blackwell

Lee Blackwell and Jackie Layne of Pocahontas announce the birth of their first child, a son, born Aug. 28, 2007, at a Poplar Bluff hospital. The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces, and has been named Eli Cade Blackwell.

Grandparents are Lavon and Kim Blackwell of Pocahontas, Billy and Lana Mullins of Walnut Ridge and Dale and Pam Layne of Jonesboro.

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Chloe Alexis Brannon

Alan and Tonya Brannon of Lynn are the parents of a daughter, born Aug. 17, 2007, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Chloe Alexis Brannon.

She has a brother, Drake, who is six, and a sister, Kennedy, who is two and a half.

Grandparents are Leon and Priscilla Walling of Smithville and Gary and Judy Brannon of Farmerville, La. She is the great-granddaughter of Luther Jones of Portia, Josie Brannon of Lynn and Birteen Robbins of Strawberry.

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Aiden James Howard

Jeremy and Kendra Howard of Ft. Riley, Kan., have announced the birth of a son born Sept. 10, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Aiden James Howard.

Grandparents are Kendall and Martha Treece of Paragould and Mechelle Teel of Tahlequah, Okla., and Kenny and Stacey Howard of Jonesboro.

He is the great-grandson of Ruby Myracle of Paragould and Tony and Linda Teel and Minnie Howard, all of Walnut Ridge. Great-great-grandparents are Opal Wasson of Ft. Smith and William and Knowles Teel of Walnut Ridge.

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Carson ~ Adams

Connie and Mark McQueen of Walnut Ridge announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Courtney Michelle Carson, to William Riley Adams, son of Gary and Deanna Adams of Imboden. The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Larry Carson.

She is the granddaughter of Herschel and Barbara Sawyers of Hoxie, Pete and Christa McQueen of Pocahontas and Wanda Carson of Mountain Home and the late Frank Carson.

A graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, she is a student at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas and plans to graduate in May. She then plans to complete an accounting degree at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School. He is also a student at BRTC and plans to graduate in May with a fire science degree.

The couple will exchange vows on June 21 at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church.

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Day ~ Russell

Leslie Ann Day of Coldwater, Miss., and Joshua David Russell of Horn Lake, Miss., will exchange vows on Sept. 22 in an outdoor evening wedding at the home of the bride's parents.

The bride, daughter of Larry and Marianne Day of Coldwater, is a graduate of Horn Lake High School. She received a bachelor's degree in exercise science from The University of Mississippi and bachelor's degree in nursing from Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences. She is employed at Baptist Desoto as a registered nurse in ICU-Step Down.

The groom, son of Gary and Patti Russell of Smithville, is a graduate of Southaven High School and Mississippi State University with a bachelor's degree in education. He teaches sixth grade math and science at Desoto Central Middle School.

Grandparents of the bride are the late Patricia Bergman and Mary Brown of Mississippi and Howard and Fran Kaufmann of Alabama. The groom's grandparents are Robert and Melba Russell of Southaven and Maurice and Daphine Starr of Smithville.

After a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple will reside at 34 Golden Pond Drive in Coldwater.

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Opal Arnold

Opal Arnold, 90, of Hoxie, died Sept. 9, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 15, 1916, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Jim and Zona Halcomb Jackson. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orel A. Arnold, on March 29, 1974, whom she married May 5, 1933; two brothers, Clarence Jackson and Rube Jackson; three sisters, Lora Tate, Ada Thoren and Audie Bennett; and a great-grandson.

Survivors include a son, Billy Arnold, Paragould; four grandchildren, David Arnold, Jason Arnold, Linda Williams and Carolyn Barrett; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Rev. Marion Gramling officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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Ray Edward Frisk

Ray Edward Frisk, 95, of Jonesboro, formerly of Clover Bend, died Sept. 3, 2007, at his home.

Born Dec. 14, 1911, at Woodbine, Kan., he was the son of Alvin and Mary Caudle Frisk. He moved to California at an early age, and while in his early teens worked for the Gillette Family Ranch and later for Adohr Milk Farms. He served in the National Guard during World War II and, in 1945, moved to Camarillo, Calif., where he worked as ranch foreman for Adohr.

He was a charter member of Boy Scout Troop 206 in Camarillo and served as troop leader, and assistant troop leader for many years.

After retiring from Adohr Farms in 1967, he moved to Clover Bend, where he farmed for a number of years. He also drove for Vasser Truck Company before retiring in 1980. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna Barker Frisk; three sisters, two grandsons; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include two sons, James R. Frisk, Simi Valley, Calif., and John F. Frisk, Jonesboro; two daughters, Dawna L. Bouchard, Jonesboro, and W. Loy Simmons, West Plains, Mo.; three half-brothers, Clifford Frisk, Aumsville, Ore., Clarence Frisk, Yakima, Wash., and Clyde Frisk, Entiat, Wash.; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro with Rowdy Morgan and Charles Morgan officiating. Graveside service was at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park in Camarillo, Calif.

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Kay Haskell

Kay L. McGough Haskell, 59, of Swifton, died Sept. 4, 2007, at Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 28, 1947, at Newport, she was an artist and an expert real estate law witness. She was a member of the Fundamental Bible Church of Kansas City, Kan.

She was preceded in death by a son, Greggory Houck; and a brother, Hugh G. McGough.

Survivors include a son, James Houck and wife Amy, Takoma Park, Md.; her parents, Hugh J. Jr. and Norma Stoner McGough, Bonner Springs, Kan.; a brother, Jeffrey B. McGough and wife Teresa L., Acworth, Ga.; a sister, Nanette Grieshaber and husband Gery A., Kansas City, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Anne McGough; two grandchildren, Selma Houck and James O. Houck; and a special friend, Marshalynn Owens, Swifton.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Swifton Baptist Church with Bro. Clint Ritchie officiating. Burial was in Dowell's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Rick Roberts, James Reid, Roy Runyan, James Houck, David Hunter and John Walker.

An online guestbook is available at

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Larry Jones

Larry Jones, 62, of Malvern, died Sept. 8, 2007, at the Hot Springs Medical Center in Malvern.

Born Jan. 22, 1945, at Powhatan, he was the son of Carson and Julie Malissie Herring Jones. He was a rodeo bull rider and was a member of the Assembly of God faith.

Survivors include an aunt, Flora Mae Herring, Hoxie; and several cousins.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery with Rev. Cindy Bragg officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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Albert Knipple

Albert Sidney Knipple, 77, of Hoxie, died Sept. 6, 2007, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro following a sudden illness.

Born June 30, 1930, in Poagville, Miss., he was the son of William "Willie" and Corrine Wallace Knipple and was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He had lived in Memphis before moving to Hoxie 30 years ago. He was a truck driver and a member of the Portia Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edward Knipple; and a sister, Phyllis Knipple.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Knipple; two sons, Paul Knipple, Memphis, and Robert Owen, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Lisa Johnson, Walnut Ridge; three brothers, Harold Knipple, Burlison, Tenn., Kenneth Knipple, Horn Lake, Miss., and James Knipple, Millington, Tenn.; and five grandchildren, Christopher and Lindsay Owen and Taylor, Treyton and Ryder Johnson, all of Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Robert Davis officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery near Bono.

Pallbearers were Lloyd Thorton, Danny Webb, Wayne Russom, Micheal Knipple, Kevin Knipple, Butch Lawrence, Jonathan Lawrence and Victor Clark. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Knipple, Robert Owen, Christopher Owen, Harold Knipple, James Knipple and Kenneth Knipple.

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Donald Wayne Malden

Donald Wayne Malden, 31, of Pocahontas, brother of Patrick Malden of Portia, died Sept. 8, 2007, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas. Graveside service was Tuesday in Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Barbara Sue Melton

Barbara Sue Melton, 63, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 8, 2007, at her home.

Born Dec. 6, 1943, in the Fontaine community near Walnut Ridge, she was a lab tech for Arkansas Glass Container, where she worked for 37 years. She was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Melton, on Dec. 26, 2000, whom she married Nov. 21, 1960; and her parents, Ralph and Paralee Dean Taylor.

Survivors include a daughter, Pam Foreman, Walnut Ridge; a son, Marty Melton and wife Denise, Jonesboro; two sisters, Juanita Foster, Sedgwick, and Linda Rodgers, Jonesboro; a brother, Junior Taylor, Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Amber Mitchell, Reena Elliot, Brandy Foreman and Matt Melton; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Kenny Johnson officiating. Burial was in Markham Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Marty Melton, Matt Melton, Jimmy Mitchell, Randy West, Doug Melton and Douglas Melton. Honorary pallbearers were Junior Taylor, Josh Taylor, Terry Colburn, Tony West, Charles Foster and Ranny Rodgers.

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Phyllis Ann Phillips

Phyllis Ann Phillips, 65, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 9, 2007, at Walnut Ridge.

She was the daughter of Burlie and Janie Cline Chesser. She had lived most of her life in Walnut Ridge and was a former employee of Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Tammi Simmons, Hoxie; two sons, Terry Phillips, Black Rock, and Todd Phillips, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Jerry Chesser, Heber Springs, a sister, Dorothy Chesser, Walnut Ridge, and four grandsons.

Funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Russell J. Smith

Russell Junior Smith, 79, of Solano County, Calif., died Sept. 2, 2007.

Born Jan. 7, 1928, in Black Rock, he was the son of William and Lillie Taylor Smith.

He served in the military during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a seaman for the Army Transportation Corps during World War II from 1945-1947. He was in the U.S. Air Force from 1948 to 1976. He was awarded many citations during his military career, including the Air Medal for Outstanding Service during the Korean War.

He was a member of Park Place Masonic Lodge #373 and 1172 of Houston, the Royal Arch Masons of California, Chapter 43 of Solano, Calif., and the Disabled American Veterans of Fairfield in Suisun, Calif.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Janet Lewis Smith; a son, Richard Smith, Sacramento; a daughter, Rita Graham, Santa Paula, Calif.; a sister, Martha Hoevelman, Houston; a brother, Rev. Jerry W. Smith, Pleasant Plains; and a grandson, Steven Graham.

Funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home in Fairfield, Calif. A committal service with full military honors was held at Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif.

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Ina K. Thiel

Ina K. Thiel, also known as Mary Ina Thiel, 86, of Washington, died Sept. 2, 2007, in Oak Harbor, Wash.

Born Oct. 5, 1920, at Imboden, she was the daughter of Lucien Cleo and Mary Ethel Smith King. She was a homemaker and a lifetime member of the Baptist Church. In later years, she worked as a teacher's aide in the Oak Grove School District in Paragould. She recently relocated to Washington to be near her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 60 years, William A. Thiel Jr.; a son, Karl Thiel; and a brother, Willard King.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Bowers and husband Dan, Coupeville, Wash.; a daughter-in-law Brenda Thiel, Fayetteville; a sister, Jean Kingston, Jonesboro; and a granddaughter, Rachel Bowers.

A graveside service will be held at a later date. Affordable Burial & Cremation Services, LLC of Mount Vernon, Wash., has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 816, Paragould, AR 72451.

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