October 3, 2007 Edition

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Births

Anna Grace Felton Kaden Blaine Geurin Alyssa Anne Poole

Weddings/Engagements

Bullard ~ Hart Hufstedler ~ Taylor Nicholson ~ Hulett
Stone ~ Hart

Obituaries

Margery Ann Andrews Jerry Bunch Linda Diane Flinn
James "Blondie" Guntharp Charles Clay Hall Lowell E. Herren
Donald Wayman Maple Lela Ellen Miller Elmo Andrew Thomason
Myrtle Wolff

Births

Anna Grace Felton

Jeramie and Bray Felton of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Sept. 27, 2007, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Anna Grace Felton.

She has two older brothers, Riley Felton, five, and Jakob Dorton, two.

Grandparents are Vickie and Nathan Romine of Minturn, Bruce Dorton of Nashville, Tenn., Pat and Loran Barnes of Powhatan and Steve Felton of Hot Springs.

She is the great-granddaughter of Buck and Mable Jones of Minturn and Jo Blackshear of Hot Springs.

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Kaden Blaine Geurin

Josh and April Geurin of Lynn announce the birth of a son on Sept. 22, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces and has been named Kaden Blaine Geurin.

He has two older sisters, Kaitlyn, 11 and Kylie, two.

Grandparents are Eddie and Irene Harris of Saffell and the late Jay Rhodes and Keith and Debbie Geurin of Lynn. He is the great-grandson of Jerry and Shirley Gill of Portia and Darrell and Anna Geurin of Lynn.

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Alyssa Anne Poole

Dwain and Stephanie Poole of Bono announce the birth of a daughter on Sept. 20, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces and has been named Alyssa Anne Poole.

Grandparents are Jay and Pam Shempert and Pete and Mary Nicholas, all of Jonesboro, and Billy and Kim Poole of Mesquite, Texas. She is the great-granddaughter of Lilburn and Ann Rogers of Walnut Ridge and Allen and Mildred Talley of Plano, Texas.

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Weddings/Engagements

Bullard ~ Hart

Dennis and Sheila Bullard of Minturn announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsey Ann Bullard, to Houston Blake Hart, son of Blake and Debi Hart of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lilburn and Ann Rogers of Hoxie and the late Albert and Rosie Bullard. She is a 2003 graduate of Hoxie High School and a 2006 graduate of Williams Baptist College with a degree in psychology. She is employed as a case manager with Dayspring Behavioral Health in Hoxie.

The prospective groom is the grandson of James and Mary Boozer and Benson and Pate Hart, all of Walnut Ridge. He is a 2002 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a 2006 graduate of Arkansas State University with a degree in business. He is employed as a flight instructor with SkyVenture Aviation in Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited.

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Hufstedler ~ Taylor

Ashley Erin Hufstedler of Walnut Ridge and Caleb Allen Taylor of Maynard will be married Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. in an outdoor ceremony at Swindle Farms, 8315 Hwy. 412, in Paragould.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Dina Rose Hufstedler of Walnut Ridge and Cliff Hufstedler of Warm Springs. She is a 2004 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is a nursing student at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

She is the granddaughter of Gary and Joyce Rose of Walnut Ridge and the late Norman and JoAnnette Hufstedler. Harold and Wanda Rose of Black Rock are her great-grandparents.

The prospective groom is the son of Tommy and Becky Taylor of Maynard and is a 2002 graduate of Maynard High School. He is a licensed auctioneer and real estate agent and affiliated with T&S Auctions and Double TT Farms of Maynard.

He is the grandson of Joan Swindle of Maynard and the late Bill Swindle and the late Harold and Louise Taylor.

No invitations are being sent locally. All friends and relatives are invited to attend the wedding and the reception immediately following the ceremony.

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Nicholson ~ Hulett

Cindy Nicholson and Barry Hulett have announced their upcoming marriage.

She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Nicholson of Walnut Ridge, and he is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hulett who lived in Swifton

The bride-elect is a 1992 graduate of Swifton High School and graduated magna cum laude from Arkansas State University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1996. She received her bachelor's degree in accounting in 2005 and recently passed the CPA exam. She is employed by ASU Newport as a math tutor.

The prospective groom is a 1982 graduate of Swifton High School. He is a 1986 graduate of ASU with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He received his master's in business administration in 1990 and was registered as a certified public accountant in 1993. He is employed by Arkansas Steel Associates, LLC in Newport as the senior manager of finance. He is a member of various organizations and has served as a school board member for the past seven years.

The couple will exchange vows during an outdoor wedding ceremony Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. at the home of C.C. Hulett in Swifton. A formal reception will follow. All friends are invited to attend.

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Stone ~ Hart

Brittany Nicole Hart and Andrew Logan Stone were united in marriage on July 28, 2007, at Freedom Church of Northeast Arkansas with Dale Hart, the bride's father, and Gene Hall, the bride's uncle, officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Dale and Connie Hart of Pocahontas. She is the granddaughter of Robert and Bernice Hoffman of Walnut Ridge, the late Hilda Hoffman of Pocahontas, John Dion and Patricia Colbert of Pocahontas, Jerry and Jean Hart of Mapleville, Mo., and Connie Schwartz of St. Louis.

The groom is the son of Victor and Rhonda Stone of Pocahontas. He is the grandson of Sherman and Gayle Stone and Eldridge and Cletis Neece, all of Pocahontas.

Candles were lighted by Rachel Bounds and Laura Ross to "When You Love Someone" by Bryan Adams. Kenny G selections were played during the seating of parents and grandparents. The procession of the wedding party was to "When You Say You Love Me" by Josh Groban with the bride entering to Wagner's "Bridal Chorus."

Ann Gamso, vocalist, performed "Can't Help Falling in Love with You" for the lighting of the unity candle. The recessional was to Mendelsshon's "Wedding March." Music was coordinated by Heather Elliott.

The bride, escorted by her father, wore a signature design white satin gown with Australian crystal beading and carried a bouquet of white lilies and roses with satin and silver accents.

Serving as maid of honor was the bride's aunt, Amy Hankins of Pocahontas. Bridesmaids were Leslie Ann Lewallen, Lindsay Ingram and Deondra Earles, all of Pocahontas.

Serving as the best man was the groom's brother, Sean Stone of Pocahontas. Groomsmen were Nathan Baltz, Andrew Bell and Christian Hart, brother of the bride, all of Pocahontas. Ushers were Lee Thielemier and Brad Moellering, cousin of the bride.

Alison Gamso and Sarah Colbert, cousins of the bride, served as flower girls. Serving as ring bearer was Daniel Colbert and train carrier was Aaron Gamso, also cousins of the bride.

Presiding over the guest book and programs were Ashley Miller and Tiffany English. The bride's aunt, Kathy Hall, served as wedding coordinator.

Reception

A reception followed at the Randolph County Development Center, which was decorated with lighted arches, tropical flowers and a center fountain. Music was provided by Dale and Connie Hart, with Gene Hall coordinating. The tables were decorated with center arrangements of red lilies and roses with crystal water bowls containing marbles and floating candles.

Roni Farrin, Jessica Moore, Sarah Rounds and Tiffany English and Lauren and Breana Watkins, cousins of the groom, served cake and punch. Delicious finger foods were prepared and served by special friends, as well.

After a honeymoon in St. Louis, they are making their home in Fayetteville and attending the University of Arkansas.

Rehearsal dinner

A rehearsal dinner on July 26 was hosted by the grooms' parents, Victor and Rhonda Stone, at Sutton Free Will Baptist Church with a theme of Redskins, Razorbacks and Cardinals. The wedding party and families enjoyed a meal of grilled steak, chicken, loaded mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and salad. Homemade ice cream, cookies and brownies, along with watermelon boats loaded with watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew were provided for dessert. The meal was prepared by friends.

Showers

Brittany Nicole Hart, bride-elect of Andrew Stone, was honored with four bridal showers.

Suzanne Chester, Margaret Bailey, Ann Ring, Ann Sutton and Linda Edington hosted a shower at the Sutton Free Will Baptist Church on June 24.

Ann Gamso and Patricia Colbert hosted a shower at the home of Ann Gamso on Sunday, July 15.

Friends of the bride hosted a shower on Tuesday, July 17.

Vicki Lewallen, Mary Beth Weick and Deb Kester hosted a shower at the home of Vicki Lewallen on Sunday, July 22.

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Obituaries

Margery Ann Andrews

Margery Ann Andrews, 77, of Fayetteville, died Sept. 19, 2007, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.

Born Sept. 8, 1930, in Poteau, Okla., she was the daughter of Jim and Ann Stevenson Hall. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

Survivors include her husband, John F. Andrews; two daughters, Laura Andrews Wood, Splendora, Texas, and Carol Egolf, Fayetteville; a son, J. Patrick Andrews, Springdale; a sister, Susie Clark, Stigler, Okla.; a brother, Jim Hall Jr., Tulsa; her parents-in-law, Frank and Ruth Andrews, Walnut Ridge, a sister-in-law, Ada Joe Andrews Weir, Walnut Ridge; and four grandchildren.

Funeral was Sept. 21 at Moore's Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville. Burial was in Son's Chapel Cemetery at Fayetteville.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1068, Springdale, AR 72764.

An online guestbook is available at www.mooresfuneralchapel.com.

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Jerry Bunch

Jerry Bunch, 66, of Springdale, formerly of Lawrence County, died Sept. 29, 2007, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

Born Aug. 29, 1941, in Lepanto, he was the son of E.L. and Florene Bunch and was raised in Forrest City. He owned and operated Overhead Door Company of Springdale. He was a member of the Signature Bank Advisory Board and the Elks Lodge. He was a former member of the Noon Rotary Club in Springdale.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne Bunch; two sons, Tim Bunch and wife Johnice, Lowell, and Greg Bunch, Springdale; a sister, Helen Ann Smith and husband Watty, Etowah, Tenn.; and two grandsons, Addison Lawrence Bunch and Michael Grant Jenkins.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Sisco Funeral Chapel in Springdale with Mason Harris officiating.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Moore, Wiley Montgomery, Van Edmondson, Lawrence Warren, Randy Hollis, Rex Bailey, Billy Lieblong and Don Haxel.

Visitation is today from 3 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 92 Sunbridge Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72703 or Baptist Health Foundation, 9601 Interstate 630 Exit 7, Little Rock, AR 72205-7299.

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Linda Diane Flinn

Linda Diane Flinn, 53, of Ravenden Springs, died Sept. 29, 2007, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

She had lived in Walnut Ridge and Batesville before moving to Ravenden Springs. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ethel Headley Stalnaker.

Survivors include her husband, Ferrell Flinn; two daughters, Bobbie Lee Liles, Clover Bend, and Robbie Lee Trawick, Ravenden Springs; a son, Ferrell Ross Flinn Jr., Ravenden Springs; a sister, Martha "Sheila" Davis, Ravenden Springs; and eight grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery, near Lynn, with Harold Walker officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Steve Honeycutt, Alan Rainwater, Keith Buchheit, Miles Wiebega, John Stalnaker and Terry Liles.

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James "Blondie" Guntharp

James Ray "Blondie" Guntharp, 61, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 26, 2007, at his home.

Born Sept. 29, 1946, in the Lauratown community, he was a member of the Community Fellowship Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Edward Guntharp; and a sister, Sharon Kay Guntharp.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Ann Guntharp; a son, Chad Jeffery Guntharp, Jonesboro; a daughter, Tracy Jean Barnes, Ozark; his parents, Millard David and Madeline Annabell Goza Guntharp, Jonesboro; four brothers, General Guntharp, Pine Bluff, Garland Guntharp, Hoxie, and Jackie Guntharp and Terry Guntharp, both of Jonesboro; four sisters, Milladean Shatswell and Judy Daly, both of Jonesboro, Wilma Russell, Ravenden Springs, and Linda Stotts, Gatewood, Mo.; four grandchildren, Blake Flores, Annie Stickler, Erica Flores and Jayden Guntharp; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Community Fellowship Church with pastor Dave Burgess officiating. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Steve Allen, Bobb Jennings, Jeff Harp, Warn Burns, Johnny Grissen and Randy Homestead.

Memorials may be made to the James Guntharp Special Account, in care of Regions Bank, P.O. Box 7500, Jonesboro, AR 72403.

An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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Charles Clay Hall

Charles Clay Hall, 84, of Portia, died Sept. 30, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born in Powhatan, he was the son of Edward and Ruth King Hall. He lived in Detroit before moving to Portia in 1980. He was a retired teamster employee of the Cadillac Motor Division of General Motors and was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Holder Hall; a son, Bob Hall; and a brother, Paul Hall.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Hall Jr., Smithville, and Ronnie Hall, West Memphis; a brother, Brooks Hall, Jonesboro; a sister, Glenda Willis, Indiana; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Robert Davis officiating. Burial will be in Powhatan Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Holder, Dan Holder, Don Boron, Don Wallis, Teddy Verkler and Danny Rowsey. Honorary pallbearers will be Dee Holder, Hall Willis, Lynn Long, Roland Eaton and Scott Hall.

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

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Lowell E. Herren

Lowell E. Herren, 83, of Paragould, father of Janet Coy of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 1, 2007, at his home. Funeral is today at 10:30 a.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to St. Bernards Hospice. An online guestbook is available at www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.

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Donald Wayman Maple

Donald Wayman Maple, 59, of Brookland, died Sept. 29, 2007, at his home.

Born Oct. 4, 1947, he had lived in the Jonesboro area most of his life and was a member of the Brookland Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Buster and Lida McCarty Maple; and three brothers, Bob Maple, Alvin Maple and William Maple.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Debra Maple; a son, Anthony Maple, O'Kean; a daughter, Angie Peterson, Jonesboro; two brothers, Glen Maple, Light, and Leonard Maple, O'Kean; three sisters, Peggy Whitlow, Black Rock, Dottie Gossett, Jonesboro, and JoAnn Miller, Light; and seven grandchildren, Tyler Knell, Tanner Maple, Lillian Maple, Lauren Knell, Anna Claire Maple, Laci Peterson and Caleb Maple.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Lorado Cemetery with Bro. Richard Williams officiating. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Larry Jones, Sonny Crain, Barry Fielder, Jason Lamb, Eddie Tate and Buddy Ivy. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Miller, Jim Miller, Buck Bounds and Ronnie Bounds.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1205 S. Madison, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis,TN 38105.

An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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Lela Ellen Miller

Lela Ellen Miller, 103, of Sedgwick, died Sept. 28, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 8, 1904, in Crossett, she was the daughter of Thomas and Sally Farah Maxwell. She was a homemaker and was a member of the United Church of God in Sedgwick for over 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ossie Buel Miller, on Aug. 17, 1990, whom she married Oct. 11, 1921, in Crossett.

Survivors include three daughters, Aleeta Dame and Reba Berry, both of Sedgwick, and Marie Manus and husband Harold, Bono; three grandchildren, Betty Dame Petty, Buel Dame and Dennis Manus; six great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and a great-great-great-grandson.

Funeral will be Sunday in Higginbotham Chapel with Rick Beam officiating. Burial will be in Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation is Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Elmo Andrew Thomason

Elmo Andrew Thomason, 91, of Conway, died Sept. 18, 2007.

Born Dec. 16, 1915, in Mount Vernon, he was the son of Walter and Hassie Thomason. He served as a United Methodist minister for 72 years. During his career, he served numerous churches in Arkansas, including Walnut Ridge. He served as superintendent of four districts and as Conference Council director.

He also preached at churches in England and Central America and served as a trustee of Hendrix College. He was a delegate to Jurisdictional and General Conference of the United Methodist Church and several World Methodist Conferences.

He was a 50-year member of Kiwanis International, a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Wesley Thomason; and a sister, Virgie Thomas.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Irma Bookout Thomason; a son, Dana A. Thomason and wife Martha, Russellville; a foster son, Simon D. Bookout and wife Paula, Little Rock; two grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a former daughter-in-law, Cathy Pierce Thomason, Conway.

Graveside service was Sept. 21 at Rector. A memorial service was held Sept. 22 at First United Methodist Church in Conway.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas United Methodist Foundation Seminary Scholarship Endowment Fund, 5300 Evergreen Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205.

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Myrtle Wolff

Myrtle Imogene Stuart Wolff, 94, of Memphis, died Sept. 25, 2007, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

Born March 9, 1913, near Ravenden, she was the daughter of Brady and Velma Stuart. After finishing her education, she married Aubrey Wolff and they moved to Birmingham, Ala., where she worked as plant supervisor at LaDame Laundry for almost 30 years. After her husband's death, she returned to Ravenden to care for her mother and later moved to Memphis. She was a Methodist.

Survivors include a sister, Jane "Bobbi" Stuart Benzel, Carbondale, Ill.; a niece; two nephews; several great nieces and nephews; and several great-great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Ravenden United Methodist Church with Rev. Danny Roark officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Ravenden United Methodist Church.

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