September 26, 2007 Edition

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Bruce ~ Williams Hart ~ Lundquist Hickman ~ James


Christine Blevins Carolyn Haynes Cagle Charles J. Clem
Bobby Craig Herman Ray Ezell Bonnie Jean Fender
Lillian Francis Hackworth Bonnie Mae Harrison Charles Wayne Hightower
Dorris E. Kerby Bernece Estelle Mahaffey Spc. Todd A. Motley
Sarah "Etta" Russell Mary Therese Smith


Bruce ~ Williams

Jennifer Lynn Williams became the bride of Joshua Spencer Bruce in a double-ring ceremony solemnized Saturday, July 21, 2007, at 3 p.m. at the Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Hoxie.

The bride is the daughter of Duffie and Lisa Williams of Hoxie. She is the granddaughter of Joe and Lou Romine of Hoxie and Bobbie Williams of Walnut Ridge and the late Duffie Williams.

The bridegroom is the son of Spencer and Jean Ann Bruce of Pocahontas. He is the grandson of Charles and Imogene Smith of Imboden and the late Joy and Eula Bruce.

Give in marriage by her father, the bride wore a strapless, A-line, Italian satin gown with box pleats that flowed into a chapel train designed by Exclusive. Her fingertip-length veil of illusion was accented by Italian satin. She carried a bouquet of Casablanca lilies, Eskimo roses, Italian ruskus and salal.

The Rev. Timothy Campbell performed the ceremony.

The maid of honor was Beth Graham of Clover Bend. Bridesmaid was Shantelle Prater of Russellville.

The best man was Aaron Manning of Walnut Ridge. Groomsman was Jason Ezell of Hoxie. Ushers were Bradley Williams of Hoxie, brother of the bride, Justin Bruce of Pocahontas, brother of the groom, and Ben Campbell of Conway, cousin of the bride.

Flower girl was Cheryl Blankenship of Smithville. Serving as ring bearer was Hunter Tribble of Walnut Ridge. Shayna Pierce attended the bride's book.

Reception hostesses were Angie Duckworth of Walnut Ridge, Gail McMahan of Romulus, Mich., Charlotte Smith of Imboden, Jeannie Smith of Hoxie and Lindsey Romine of Walnut Ridge.

Servers were Janie Campbell of Conway, Darla Romine of Hoxie, Beth Tribble of Walnut Ridge and Lisa Pierce of Booneville.

The couple are residing in Portia.

Hart ~ Lundquist

Rex and Brenda Hart of Walnut Ridge announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Shannon Hart of Gypsum, Colo., to Erik Lundquist of Gypsum, son of John and Roberta Lundquist of Denver and the late Eileen Lundquist.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late R.H. and Lillie Agnew, who lived in Thayer, Mo., the late V.T. Hart and the late Macey Jones Hart, who lived in Walnut Ridge. She is a 1988 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is a certified tumor registrar at Vail Valley Medical Center in Vail, Colo.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Frieda Lundquist of Fargo, N.D., and the late Pete Lundquist and the late Albert and Betty Kovac, who lived in Pennsylvania. He is a 2000 graduate of Colorado University in Boulder and is project manager for M.E. Engineers of Avon, Colo.

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Hickman ~ James

Andi James of Pocahontas was united in marriage to Jason Hickman of Imboden in a ceremony in Gatlinburg, Tenn, on Aug. 4, 2007.

The bride is the daughter of Terry and Peggy James of Ravenden Springs and the granddaughter of Herma Armistead of Ravenden Springs and Virginia James of Walnut Ridge.

She is a 1999 graduate of Oak Ridge Central High School at Ravenden Springs and a 2003 graduate of Williams Baptist College at Walnut Ridge. She is employed by Twin Rivers School District as a fourth-grade teacher on the Oak Ridge Central campus.

The groom is the son of Gordon Hickman of Imboden and Paula White of Blytheville and the grandson of John and Willma Hickman of Imboden and Paul and Alice Spears of Joiner.

He is a 1999 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School at Imboden. He attended Black River Technical College at Pocahontas and Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. He is employed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Following a wedding trip to the Smoky Mountains, they are residing in Imboden.


Christine Blevins

Christine Blevins, 75, of Swifton, died Sept. 17, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 6, 1932, in Swifton, she retired as a custodian for the Swifton School Systems and was a member of Murphy's Chapel Assembly of God Church in Swifton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.T. Blevins, on July 16, 1987, whom she married on Nov. 7, 1950, in Newport; and her parents, Poley and Frances Kinder Jiles.

Survivors include two sons, David Blevins and wife Lynn, and Terry Blevins and wife Diana, all of Swifton; three daughters, Sharon George, Cindy Henderson and husband Rickey, and Debby Jiles and husband Dane, all of Tuckerman; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Murphy's Chapel Church with Bros. Mike Harmon and Carl Neal officiating. Burial was in Haynes Cemetery, near Swifton, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Carolyn Haynes Cagle

Carolyn Haynes Cagle, 42, of Ozark Acres, died Sept. 18, 2007, at her home.

She was born May 9, 1965, in Rockford, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ola Fay Haney Haynes.

Survivors include two sons, Billy Looney, of the U.S. Navy, stationed in Texas, and Justin Cagle, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Janie Cagle, Walnut Ridge; four brothers, Doug Jones, Cherokee Village, Johnny DeMastes, Cabot, Charley DeMastes, Shelbyville, Ky., and Kenny DeMastes, Hot Springs; three sisters, Wanda Hobbs, Williford, and Linda Rushing and Sue Anderson, both of Paducah, Ky.; two stepbrothers, Darrell Delancy, Hoxie, and Kenny Marshall, Goshen, Ind.; and a stepsister, Paula McKaney, Thayer, Mo.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Friendship Cemetery near Ravenden under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Charles J. Clem

Charles J. Clem, 77, of Corning, formerly of Strawberry, died Sept. 17, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 17, 1929, he was the son of Emmit and Nanny Clem. He worked in timber when he was younger. He later worked in maintenance at Singer and at Hart's Furniture.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Adams Clem; two daughters, Sheila Shipman, Corning, and Patsy Banks, Bay; a son, Robert Clem, Belleview, Fla.; a brother, W.D. "Doc" Clem, Trumann; a sister, Venita Green, Tuckerman; seven grandchildren, Rodney Clem, Matthew Banks, Nathanael Clem, Nicholas Clem, Tiffany Whitman, Justin Whitman and Whitney Shipman; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with Keith Wilson officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

An online guestbook is available at

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Bobby Craig

Bobby "Bob" Craig, 62, of Scottsboro, Ala., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 22, 2007, at Highland Medical Center in Scottsboro.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vertis Craig Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Vickie Craig; two daughters, Candace Kemp and husband Bert, Huntsville, Ala., and Tamy Stamp and husband Russell, Illinois; two sons, Chad Craig and wife Rose, Yuma, Ariz., and Scott Craig and wife Christina, Cape Coral, Fla.; his mother, Elsie Craig Allmond; two brothers, Ronnie Craig and Jeff Craig, both of Arkansas; and seven grandchildren, Zachary Kemp, Parker Kemp, Shane Craig, Milena Craig, Christa Stamp, Corey Stamp and Travis Scott Stamp.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Scottsboro Funeral Home with Coleman Allmond officiating. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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Herman Ray Ezell

Herman Ray Ezell, 56, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 22, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 4, 1951, in Jonesboro, he was a truck driver and a member of the Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church at Eaton. He was a Vietnam War veteran, serving in the Army as Sergeant 1st Class.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Slyvester and Effie Mae Thomas Ezell.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry Strickland Ezell, whom he married May 12, 1982; four sons, Jeremy Ezell, Little Rock, Justin Ezell and Jonathan Ezell, both of the home, and Jason Ezell, Hoxie; a sister, Jewel "Dink" Rhodes, Caraway; a brother, Paul Ezell, Ravenden; and three grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Rev. Don Winfrey officiating. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, near Maynard, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Aaron Manning, Steve Lee, Kenny Lewis, Tommy Greer, Shane Hancock, Dean Hancock, Corey Crum and Joe Capp. Honorary pallbearers were Alvin Lewis Sr., Marvin Kennedy, Tim Mashburn, Weldon Strickland Jr., W.A. Atchley, Lee Don Hamilton and Mike Durham.

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Bonnie Jean Fender

Bonnie Jean Fender, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 22, 2007, at her home.

Born Aug. 4, 1925, at Attica, she was the daughter of Delmar and Stella Rice Massey. She was a retired commodity broker and was of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include her husband, John A. Fender Sr., whom she married Dec. 6, 1944; two sons, John Allen Fender Jr., and Greg Fender, both of Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Bonita Hoss, Walnut Ridge, and Diana "Dink" Morgan, Bono; a sister, Henriett Stone, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Delmar Massey, Walcott; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Sam Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Brian Massey, Joey Massey, Brad Massey, Dale Massey, Earnest Pollock and Mike Clines. Honorary pallbearers will be Carey Massey and Barry Gibson.

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Lillian Francis Hackworth

Lillian Francis Hackworth, 90, of Imboden, died Sept. 21, 2007, at Randolph Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lehman "Hack" Hackworth; a son, Charles Hackworth; and a brother, Charles Starr.

Survivors include a son, Robert Hackworth, The Colony, Texas; three brothers, Rhea Starr Jr., Jonesboro, Everett Starr, North Little Rock, and Hubert Starr, Paragould; four sisters, Virginia Castleman and Ruth Potter, both of Pocahontas, Roberta Stephens, Imboden, and Mary Pope, Mountain Home; four grandchildren, Heather Hanson, Ryan Hackworth, Clyde Hackworth and Lynn Throesch; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Imboden with Michael Abel officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Bonnie Mae Harrison

Bonnie Mae Harrison, 84, of Bay, died Sept. 19, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born May 3, 1923, in Ravenden, she was a member of the Bay Extension Homemakers Club and the Church of Christ in Bay.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Harrison, in 1995, whom she married on Jan. 22, 1943; a sister, Viza Foster; and four brothers, Ralph Cochran, Dick Cochran, Virgil Cochran and LeBurn Cochran.

Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Gillean, Powhatan; two sons, Gaylon Harrison, Des Moines, Iowa, and Ronnie Harrison, Trumann; three sisters, Wanda Lee Martin and Lovis Fults, both of Bay, and Lois Adams, Trumann; a brother, Cecil Cochran, Bay; five grandchildren, Scott Harrison, Mark Harrison, Rachel Swindle, April Nelms and Cara Harrison; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at the Bay Church of Christ with Devin Swindle and Tim Wilkes II officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery at Jonesboro under the direction of Langford-Bookout Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Aaron Fults, Mike Martin, Alan Adams, Eddie Martin, Eddie Gillean and Mark Harrison.

An online guestbook is available at

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Charles Wayne Hightower

Charles Wayne Hightower, 58, of Newport, father of Michael Andrew Hightower of Smithville, died Sept. 18, 2007, at Newport. Burial was Friday in Walnut Grove Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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Dorris E. Kerby

Dorris E. Kerby, 87, of Oakland City, Ind., formerly of O'Kean, died Sept. 25, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville, Ind., following a lengthy illness.

He was a World War II veteran, a retired Baptist minister and pipe fitter. He was a member of the Nazarene Church of Mackey, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Katie Kerby; two brothers, Eldon Kerby and Allen Kerby; and a granddaughter, Sandra Bass and her husband, John Bass.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Kerby and wife Beverly, Rockford, Ill., Raymond Kerby and wife Linda, Phoenix, and Mike Jones, Owensville, Ind.; two daughters, Myrna Lemmons and husband Randy, Oakland City, and Marilyn Sue Jones and husband Cleatus, Mount Vernon, Ind.; two sisters, Dorothy Snider and Kathy Wood, both of Washington; nine grandchildren, Dale Kerby, Janet Harding, Wayne Kerby, Greg Kerby, Eric Kerby, Andy Kerby, Sam Kerby, Kim Riggs and Cleat Jones; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Thursday in Oakland City, Ind. Local services will be announced by McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to the church or charity of the donor's choice or to the National Cancer Foundation.

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Bernece Estelle Mahaffey

Bernece Estelle Mahaffey, 79, of Williford, mother of Roger Mahaffey of Ravenden and grandmother of Kimberly Gray of Black Rock, and Jeff Mahaffey and Jimmy Mahaffey, both of Ravenden, died Sept. 19, 2007, in Horseshoe Bend. Burial was Saturday in Wirth Cemetery under the direction of Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

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Spc. Todd A. Motley

Spc. Todd A Motley of Clare, Mich., died Sept. 14, 2007, while serving in Iraq.

Todd was participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom while assigned to the 6th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division of Fort Hood, Texas.

Survivors include his wife, Karen M. Motley; two daughters, Hannah Marie Motley and KayLee Amber Motley, both of the home; his mother, Renee Motley; Hoxie; four brothers, Ian Motley and Nikolas Gleason, both of Hoxie, and Billy Williams and Bobby Motley, both of Ypsilanti, Mich.; his grandmothers, Marcia Dolin, Hoxie, and Anita Oliver, Ypsilanti; and his great-grandmother, Irene Harris, Marbury, Ala.

Funeral is today at St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Harrison, Mich., with pastor Dennis Feuerstein officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Plains Cemetery at Harrison under the direction of Stocking Funeral Home of Harrison.

Memorials may be made to the Hannah and Kaylee Motley Memorial Fund, in care of Karen M. Motley. Memorial contributions may be given to Chemical Bank in Harrison or to Stocking Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Sarah "Etta" Russell

Sarah "Etta" Russell, 98, of Portia, died Sept. 18, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 26, 1909, in Sharp County, she was the daughter of Jim and Isabelle Windchester Shelton. She was a homemaker and was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church at Denton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Russell, in 1986, whom she married in 1939 at Denton.

Survivors include several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery, near Eaton, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Mary Therese Smith

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

Survivors include her parents, Charles A. and Jeanne Mary Scholl Smith, Pocahontas; and three brothers, Michael A. Smith, McCall, Idaho, David A. Smith, Ontario, Calif., and Joseph D. Smith, Phoenix.

Funeral mass was Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church with Rev. John Marconi officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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