October 10, 2007 Edition

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Births

Slayde William Baker Riley Grace Cobble Ashtyn Olivia Duckworth
Annie Elizabeth Eades Emma Ruth Hardman

Weddings/Engagements

Binkley ~ Toland Lawrence ~ Mullen Webb ~ Chambers

Obituaries

Olen James Butts Shelba Jean Eddens Eva Robert
Floyd Wallis Leroy Franklin Williams

Births

Slayde William Baker

Skip and Shadra Baker of Little Rock announce the birth of a son on Sept. 24 at White County Medical Center. The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Slayde William Baker.

He has two sisters, Averi Jade, five, and Adison Bree, three.

Grandparents are Jerry and Marilyn Davis of Strawberry, Mildred Maxwell of Saffell and William "Skeeter" and Belinda Baker and Lorena Howard of Newport.

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Riley Grace Cobble

David and Audra Cobble of Tuscaloosa, Ala., have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter born Sept. 25, 2007, at Northport Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Riley Grace Cobble.

Grandparents are Kelly and David Rutledge of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Alan and Fawnda Griffin of Jonesboro and Dale and Kathy Cobble of Walnut Ridge.

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Ashtyn Olivia Duckworth

Brian Duckworth and Trisha Hendrix announce of a daughter, born Sept. 30, 2007, at Northeast Arkansas Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Ashtyn Olivia Duckworth.

Grandparents are Carroll and Eva Duckworth of Jonesboro and Charles and Linda Hendrix of Hoxie. Great-grandparents are Paul and Angela Hendrix of Hoxie and Mearl Pulliam of Walnut Ridge.

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Annie Elizabeth Eades

Travis and Alisha Eades of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter, born Oct. 1, 2007 at the Northeast Arkansas Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds,11 ounces, and has been named Annie Elizabeth Eades.

She has three brothers: Jackson, Landon and Weston.

Grandparents are Jerry and Nancy Eades and Gary and Donna Roberts. She is the great-grandaughter of Gene and Eunice Francis and Afton Eades.

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Emma Ruth Hardman

John and Mary Pat Hardman of Little Rock have announced the birth of a daughter, born Sept. 27, 2007, at UAMS Hospital in Little Rock. The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Emma Ruth Hardman.

Grandparents are Charles and Cynthia Blanchard of Russellville and Don and Dana Hardman of Fordyce. Great-grandparents are Janive S. Blanchard of North Little Rock, formerly of Lawrence County, Bill and Connie Bowen of Little Rock and Mary Kervin of Fordyce.

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Weddings/Engagements

Binkley ~ Toland

Megan Binkley and Jarrod Toland, both of Russellville, announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Drew Binkley of Russellville. She is the granddaughter of the late Jozef and Antoinette VandenNieuwenhof, who lived in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the late JC "Tom" Binkley, who lived in Walnut Ridge; and the late Mary Lou Couch Binkley, who lived in Swifton.

She is a 2006 graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a degree in broadcast journalism. She is a graduate assistant/student at ATU and will receive her master's degree in multi-media journalism in May of 2008.

The prospective groom is the son of Jerry Toland of Gurdon and Vikki Johnson of Russellville. He is the grandson of James and Jean Toland of Gurdon, Lou Taylor of Reno, Nev., Mickey Jones of Arcadia, Fla., and the late Carl Haak, who lived in Waukegan, Ill.

He is a financial advisor with Johnson Investment Group of Russellville.

The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Central Presbyterian Church in Russellville. A reception will follow. All friends and relatives are invited.

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Lawrence ~ Mullen

Paul Mullen and Lynsey Lawrence announce their upcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Lynn and Henrietta Lawrence of Ravenden. She is the granddaughter of the late Hulen and Christine Lawrence and the late Lennie and Vivian Upton, all of whom lived in Ravenden.

She is attending Black River Technical College in Pocahontas and is employed at Movie Gallery in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the son of Billy and Paulette Price of Ravenden. He is the grandson of Nella Mullen of Walnut Ridge and the late Paul Mullen and the late James and Albertine Muir, who lived in Imboden.

He is employed by Doty Farms in Minturn.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Ravenden Church of Christ. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception, which will follow at the Ravenden Municipal Building.

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Webb ~ Chambers

Flisha Ann Chambers became the bride of William Lee Webb on Oct. 3, 2007 in an informal double-ring ceremony in Walnut Ridge.

County Judge Alex Latham officiated the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Bud and Connie Henson of Bono, and the groom is the son of Levi Webb of Imboden.

She is a graduate of Westside High School and attended Highline College in Des Moines, Wash. He is a graduate of Hoxie High School and works in construction.

They are residing in Walnut Ridge and plan to take a three-day wedding trip to Pocono, Penn., later this month.

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Obituaries

Olen James Butts

Olen James "O.J." Butts, 84, of Hoxie, died Oct. 3, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born near Lindsey Switch, he had lived in Lawrence County for the past 35 years. He was a farmer, an inventor and a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

A World War II Navy veteran, he was a former test pilot and engineer for Paige Industries. He was a member of the Lions Club, the Democratic Central Committee for Lawrence County and the Mustang School Board in Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; three brothers, Cecil Butts, Brian Butts and Buster Butts; and a sister, Sally Reeves.

Survivors include his wife, Melba Butts; a daughter, Kim Huskey, Strawberry; a son, Jim Butts, Jonesboro; a stepson, Tom Kellim, St. Charles, Mo.; two sisters, Mayme Chappel, Knoxville, Tenn., and Syble Butts, Hoxie; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Kevin Wright, Mike Wright, Jay Light, Ken Moody, Hunter Burris and Steve Jones. Honorary pallbearers were Henry Gillean, Ed Baker, Loyel Smith, John Statler and Jim McMillion.

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Shelba Jean Eddens

Shelba Jean Eddens, 65, of Imboden, died Oct. 7, 2007, at her home.

Survivors include her husband, Bernard Eddens Sr.; a son, Bernard Eddens Jr., Imboden; three daughters, Loretta Swann, Old Davidsonville, and Barbra Franks and Becky Anderson, both of Imboden; two brothers, Ray Daughhetee and Everett Milton, both of Poplar Bluff; three sisters, Lit Kindrick, Poplar Bluff, Joann Ovitt, Wentzville, Mo., and Peggy Hasty, Brownsville, Ky.; and six grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Imboden First Assembly of God Church with Michael Able officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in Kirby Cemetery, near Poplar Bluff, Mo. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.

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Eva Robert

Eva Robert, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 3, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 17, 1922, at Imboden, she was the daughter of Hatcher and Helen Kell Smith. She was an elementary school teacher for 32 years, retiring from Bono, and was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Herman Robert, on May 28, 1978, whom she married Feb. 21, 1942; and a brother, Gail Smith.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Robert, Walnut Ridge; three brothers, V.K. Smith, Wichita, Kan., Herschel Smith, Walnut Ridge, and Beryl Smith, DeKalb, Ill.; and a grandson, Lynn Robert.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Revs. Everett Isom and Matthew Johnson officiating. Burial was in Kelly Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Terry Smith, Henry Turner, Terrell Downing, Johnny Marcus Ridenhower, Chris Kirksey, Ed Baker and Dale Taylor.

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Floyd Wallis

Floyd "Red" Wallis, 60, of McDonough, Ga., died Oct. 6, 2007, in Riverdale, Ga.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Chloie McElwey Wallis; a sister, Willene Wallis; and a brother, Willard Wallis.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Gosha Wallis, Blue Eye, Mo.; four sons, Dane Wallis and wife Stephanie, and Eric Johnson, all of McDonough, Kody Wallis and Kaydon Wallis, both of South Carolina; four brothers, Bill Wallis, Walnut Ridge, Troy Wallis, Hoxie, Ivan Wallis, Portia, and Lloyd Wallis, Perryville; three sisters, Darlene Mitchell, Morris, Okla., and Lela Holder and Rhoda Smith, both of Walnut Ridge; and two grandchildren, Keri Wallis and Dalton Wallis.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Statham officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be James Ivan Wallis, Alex Smith, Alan Smith, Dustin Ashford, Blaine Smith and Brad Smithee.

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

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Leroy Franklin Williams

Leroy Franklin Williams, 84, of Alicia, died Oct. 4, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born April 28, 1923, at Pleasant Plains, he was the son of Grover and Myrtle Webster Williams. He was a World War II Army veteran, where he served as a tech 5 signal corporal in the Pacific Theatre. He received the AP Theatre Ribbon, the Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Ribbon.

He was a factory worker at Victor Metal for 33 years and was a member of the Alicia Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Gene Williams, Howard Williams, Allen Williams and Charles Williams; a sister, Ruby Warren; and a granddaughter, Monetta Corbett.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Carolyn Watson Williams, whom he married Jan. 5, 1946; three sons, Ronnie Williams and wife Pam, Bono, Stanley Williams and wife Henrietta, Walnut Ridge, and Dennis Williams, of the home; a daughter, Loretta Corbett and husband Larry, Alicia; a brother, Richard Williams, Heber Springs; a sister, Beatrice Cocheran, Wilburn; four grandsons, David Corbett, Marion, Kris Williams and wife Tonya, Manila, and Joey Williams and Andy Williams, both of Walnut Ridge; two granddaughters, Rohni West and husband, Daniel, Jonesboro, and Michelle Sheets and husband Bret, Walnut Ridge; four great-grandsons, River Guthrie, Colbey Williams, Kyler Williams and Dylan Sheets; a great-granddaughter, Lydia Sheets; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery with Monroe Baldwin officiating. Military honors were accorded by the American Legion Picket Post #21 of Jonesboro. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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