September 19, 2007 Edition

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Carly Gail Ashlock Cash Langston Baker Aden Kristopher Jones
Tripp Murray Lyla Jae Woods


Richardson ~ Britton


Rebecca Delaney Bruce Robert L. Cooper Helen Effie Davis
Dorothy Ethridge David Jackson Fred Johnson
John J. Lee Terry Polston Mary Smith
Austina Stringer Lee Dorce Taylor


Carly Gail Ashlock

Cole and Susan Ashlock of Black Rock announce the birth of a daughter, born Sept. 7, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Carly Gail Ashlock.

She has an older brother, Mason Ashlock, who is three.

Grandparents are Larry and Vida Stallings and Bob and June Ashlock, all of Black Rock.

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Cash Langston Baker

Billy and Lindy Baker of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born Aug. 24, 2007, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Cash Langston Baker.

He has two brothers, Chase Landon, eight, and Cannon Lee, five.

Grandparents are Rhynea DeBow and Donna Harris, both of Walnut Ridge and Issac DeBow of Hoxie. Great-grandparents are Leona DeBow of Sedgwick and Lex Ward of Walnut Ridge.

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Aden Kristopher Jones

Geoffrey and Casandra Jones of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of a son, born Sept. 10, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Aden Kristopher Jones.

He has two sisters, Courtney Mechelle Jones, 15, and Alexandra Reece Jones, three.

Grandparents are Gary and Kathie King of Delaplaine, Randy Gambill of Lake City, Walter and Luci Griffin of Harrisburg and Kenneth and Cindy Jones of Fort Wayne, Ind.

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Tripp Eli Emry Murray

Terry and Stephanie Murray of Delaplaine announce the birth of a son on Sept. 4, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed 10 pounds, seven ounces and has been named Tripp Eli Emry Murray.

Grandparents are Bill and Sharon Weitkamp of O'Kean and Eli and Lynn Murray of Delaplaine.

He is the great-grandson of Violet Hoffman of Portia, Mae Murray of Pocahontas and Darrell and Margie Weitkamp and Rupert and Doris White, all of Delaplaine.

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Lyla Jae Woods

Ron and Laura Woods of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Sept. 2, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces, and has been named Lyla Jae Woods.

Grandparents are Harold and Susan Lady of Walnut Ridge and Ronnie and Paulette Woods of Corning. She is the great-granddaughter of Archie and Aileen Harden of Walnut Ridge, Kathryn Lady of Hot Springs, Louise Lindley of Paragould and Delia Woods of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

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Richardson ~ Britton

Brandy Marie Britton became the bride of Robert Jordan Richardson in a ceremony solemnized Aug. 4, 2007, at 4 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Parents of the couple are Blake and Shelia Britton of Walnut Ridge and Bryan and Vicki Richardson of Hoxie.

Pastor Charles Hendrix officiated the double-ring, semi-formal ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Bill Carson, organist.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

Amber Britton of Walnut Ridge, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Ashley Swindle, Kristen Green and Janet Morris, all of Hoxie.

Dakota Richardson of Hoxie, brother of the groom, was the best man. Groomsmen were Jeremy Johnson of Maynard and Caleb Wall and John Youngman, both of Jonesboro.

Karlee Britton, niece of the bride, of Walnut Ridge and Bella Brady, niece of the groom, of Hoxie, served as flower girls. Ring bearers were Austin Carson of Jonesboro, Kel Slusser of Walnut Ridge, Kaleb Smith of Walnut Ridge, cousin of the bride, and Eden McQuay of Hoxie, nephew of the groom.

Ushers were Jamie Causey of Walnut Ridge and Mark Byrd of Hoxie. Candle lighters were Wesley Davis of Walnut Ridge and Taylor Britton of Bono, cousins of the bride, and Lilly McQuay of Hoxie, niece of the groom.

A reception followed the ceremony at the Walnut Ridge Country Club. Servers were Tammy Swindle, Brandy Swindle, Joyce Dobbs and Deana Smith, aunt of the bride, all of Walnut Ridge. Deana Smith and Kaleb attended the bride's book.

Following a weeklong wedding trip to Branson, the couple are at home in Walnut Ridge, where Brandy is employed at Jelly Bean Junction. Jordan is employed at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

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Rebecca Delaney Bruce

Rebecca Delaney Bruce, 52, of Houston, Texas, died Sept. 7, 2007, at her home.

Born in Fort Smith, she graduated from Rhodes College, Georgetown University and the University of Arkansas with jurisprudence of law.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte Delaney.

Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Wally Bruce, formerly of Powhatan; two sons, Adam Bruce and Andrew Bruce; her father, Guy Delaney; and three sisters, Amy Young and husband Harv, Annette Delaney and Elaine Delaney.

Funeral was Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Grace Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to the Adam and Andrew Bruce Trust Fund, in care of Member's Choice Credit Union.

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Robert L. Cooper

Robert L. "Buddy" Cooper, 84, of Pensacola, Fla., died Sept. 13, 2007.

He grew up in Walnut Ridge and was the son of Leral and Alta Swindal Cooper. He retired from Champion Paper Company in 1984 and was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Pensacola.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Sarah A. Cooper; two sons, Eugene L. Cooper and wife Elizabeth, and Johnny E. Cooper, all of Pensacola; two sisters, Marcelle Cate, Little Rock, and Louise Haase, Atlanta; and two granddaughters, April Cooper and Sarah Cooper.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home with Dr. Barry Howard officiating.

Memorials may be made to Covenant Hospice, 2001 N. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL 35201-2144 or to the building fund at First Baptist Church of Pensacola.

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Helen Effie Davis

Helen Effie Davis, 78, of Independence, Mo., died Sept. 12, 2007, at her home.

Born Dec. 12, 1928, in Smithville, she was the daughter of Mack and Effie Henderson Ratliff. She was an oil painting artist, a seamstress and was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Lowell C. Davis; two daughters, Regina Rasmussen and husband Gail, and Damita Karle and husband Mike, all of Independence; three sisters, Raye Hinderson, Imboden, Margie Cravens, Columbia, Mo., and Fayewanda King, Sugar Creek, Mo.; five brothers, Leroy Ratliff, Lamar, Mo., Jim Ratliff, Edwardsville, Kan., Neil Ratliff, Kansas City, Kan., Frank Ratliff, Rolla, Mo., and Fred Ratliff, Salem; three grandchildren, Ryan Rasmussen, Ashley Lisacki and Tyler Davis; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Salem Funeral Home in Independence. Burial was in New Salem Cemetery.

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Dorothy Ethridge

Dorothy Ethridge, 65, of Strawberry died Sept. 17, 2007, in Conway.

Born March 27, 1942, in Warkworth, New Zealand, she was the daughter of Douglas and Ivy Benton of Warkworth. She retired as an LPN after 24 years of caring for others.

She is survived by four daughters; Candy Ring and husband Eli Martinez of Allen, Texas, Kelly Jones and Mike Graham, Batesville; Kim Dielmann and husband Paul, Bigelow; Keri Frazier and husband Russ, Easley, S.C. She was stepmother to Howard Ethridge and wife Grace of Manito, Ill. She was a loving grandmother to Kristy Kordmeier and husband Michael, Conway, Trent Jones, Batesville, Cory Dielmann, Bieglow, Jessica Cruse and Will Frazier of Easley; and step-grandmother to Auther Ethridge, Manito, Ill. She was the great-grandmother to Kayden Kordsmeier of Conway. She is also survived by one sister, Beverly Grimmer and husband Stan; and sister-in-law, Noeline Benton, and several nieces and nephews of New Zealand.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Robert Ethridge of Strawberry and B.J. Howard of Batesville, her parents and one brother, William Benton of New Zealand.

No funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Independence County Humane Society, P.O. Box 3477, Batesville, AR 72503.

Cremation services by Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

An online guestbook is available at

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David Jackson

David Glenn Jackson, 63, of Siloam Springs, died Sept. 17, 2007, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale.

Born October 14, 1943, in Jonesboro, he was the son of C.T. and Lorene Wheeless Jackson. He lived in Walnut Ridge, before moving to Siloam Springs in 1972.

He was the former president of Pipe Life/Jet Stream in Siloam Springs and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Siloam Springs. He was a former member of the Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital Foundation Board and the Board of Governors.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and an infant brother.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Groom Jackson; two sons, David Glenn Jackson Jr. and wife Sasha, Siloam Springs, and Michael S. Jackson and wife Tania, Edwards, Colo.; a daughter, Michelle Thompson and husband Jon, Bentonville; two brothers, C.W. Jackson, Judsonia, and Bob Jackson, Walnut Ridge; and seven grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs with Rev. Wil Gardner officiating. Wasson Funeral Home of Siloam Springs has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Earlene Howard Hospice House, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762.

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Fred Johnson

Fred Johnson, 90, of Naples, Fla., died Sept. 7, 2007.

Born March 6, 1917, in Detroit, he was the son of Lawrence and Charlotte Blunke Johnson. He retired from the corrections department of Detroit in 1977.

He served in the Naval Submarine Service during World War II. He was a life member of the American Legion and the VFW posts of Plymouth, Mich., and a life member of the Elks Lodge 2010 of Naples, Fla. He was also a shriner for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn M. Johnson; a daughter, Madolyn Paroske and husband John, Centennial, Colo.; a son, Donald Johnson and wife Kathleen, Austin, Texas; two sisters, Evelyn Bressler, Monroe, Mich., and Barbara Ulrey, Kewaden, Mich.; four grandchildren, Andrea Johnson, Ellie Johnson, Marcus Paroskie and Darren Paroskie; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Snow Cemetery with Rev. Debbie Spangler officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Jim Mosier, Marcus Paroske, John Paroske and Donald Johnson.

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John J. Lee

John J. "Jack" Lee, 83, of Lombard, Ill., died Sept. 6, 2007, at Central Pu Page Hospital in Winfield, Ill.

He was the son of John and Mae Boozan Lee and had lived in Lombard since 1957. He retired from Service Webb Offset in 1989, where he was a printer for over 40 years.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty and Roberta.

Survivors include his wife, Mardell Hulen Lee, formerly of Swifton; a son, William Lee and wife Janet, Winfield, Ill.; a daughter, Pamela Capezio and husband Joseph, Warrenville, Ill.; a sister, Dorothy Beard, Naples, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Swifton Cemetery. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Terry Polston

Terry Polston, 47, of Lake City, formerly of Strawberry, died Sept. 12, 2007, at his home.

He had lived in the Jonesboro area for 30 years and was an advocate for the disabled.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Polston; two sons, Robert Anthony Polston, Strawberry, and David Ryan Polston, Clarksville, Tenn.; his parents, Jerry and Verlin Polston, Springdale; a brother, Thomas Polston and wife Diane, Clifty; three sisters, Twana Miller and husband Russell, Evening Shade, Tonya Heckman and husband John, Sherwood, and Tracy Day and husband Tim, Springdale; a grandson, Taylor Blake Hugg; and his grandmother, Pauline Mullins, Springdale.

A memorial service was held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bethabara Baptist Church in Lake City.

Honorary pallbearers were Allen Polston, Kenny Polston, Timmy Polston, Christopher Polston, David Ryan Polston, Robert Polston, Donivan Jones and James Willard.

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Mary Smith

Mary Smith, 44, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Pocahontas, died Sept. 16, 2007.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Austina Stringer

Austina Stringer, 77, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 13, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 3, 1930, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Austin and Bertha Binkley Craig. She was a member of Oak Hill General Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a son, Perry Craig Stringer.

Survivors include her husband, Marion Stringer; a daughter Phyllis Scott and husband Dan, Jonesboro; a brother; Bill Craig, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Claudina Maynard, Illinois; two grandchildren, Stephanie Scott and Ashley Scott; and one great grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home with Rev. Royce Schanda and Rev. Bobby Wade officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bob Heath, Johnny Harpole, Jim Heath, Harry Lee Hufstedler, Sam Burns and Jeff Bargar,

Memorials may be made to Oak Hill General Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge or to the Alzheimer's Association.

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Lee Dorce Taylor

Lee Dorce Taylor, 73, of Imboden, died Sept. 17, 2007, at North Arkansas Life Care Center in Horseshoe Bend.

He lived in Walnut Ridge before moving to Imboden. He was a retired nailer for Frolic and was also a former union leader. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Buelah Smith Taylor; three brothers, Ralph Taylor, Raymond Taylor and Elmer "Ottie" Taylor; and a sister, Beatrice Hoffman.

Survivors include his wife, Joy French Taylor; a daughter, Andrea Liles, Walnut Ridge; three stepdaughters, Kathy Holder, Jonesboro, Misty Parker, Brookland, and Jodi Denny, Kansas; a sister, Thelma Smith, Walnut Ridge; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Duty Cemetery near Walnut Ridge with Rick Hart officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

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