October 24, 2007 Edition

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Births

Keaton Lee Morgan

Weddings/Engagements

Bobbitt ~ Willfond Graham ~ Stowers Harris ~ Smallwood

Obituaries

Harry Bovay Allen Ronald K. Bennett Jr Mary Ann Boleyn
Truel Keith Cole Jessie Dingman Steven Cary Hurst
Clara Belle Kellow James Dale Lawson Wendy Renay Martin
Nat Moon Irene Parsley Frances Tarrant

Births

Keaton Lee Morgan

David and Sherry Morgan of Imboden have announced the birth of a son on Oct. 4, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Keaton Lee Morgan.

He has an older brother, Austin, who is 16.

Grandparents are Harold and Carolyn Willett of Black Rock, Clara Prince of Newark and the late J.R. and Vertis Morgan.

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Weddings/Engagements

Bobbitt ~ Willfond

Shea Bobbitt and Jason Willfond of Black Rock announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Ray Bobbitt of Walnut Ridge and the late Tori Bobbitt. She is the granddaughter of Jo Hanvey of Hoxie and Helen Bobbitt of Walnut Ridge. She is a GED graduate and is employed by Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

The prospective groom is the son of Larry and Cathy Willfond of Black Rock. He is the grandson of Vera Stidham of Black Rock and Junior and Niladean Willfond of Hoxie. He is a 2002 graduate of Black Rock High School and is employed by Bud Jones and Sons in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on Friday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Bill and Lisa Hulen, 99 Lawrence 298, in Black Rock. All friends and relatives are invited.

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Graham ~ Stowers

Steve and Denise Graham of Clover Bend announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Beth Graham, to Chris Stowers, son of Rick and Loretta Stowers of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bonnie Graham of Clover Bend and the late J.F. Graham and Vada Smith of Clover Bend and the late Bud Smith.

She is a 2004 graduate of Hoxie High School. She is a student at Williams Baptist College and plans to graduate in May with a degree in family psychology. She is employed at Hays grocery store in Walnut Ridge as a night manager.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Harold and Lelia Stowers of Pocahontas and Margie Jarrett of College City and the late Jay Bell.

He is a 2005 graduate of Hoxie High School. He is employed with the Arkansas Forestry Commission in Jonesboro as a forest ranger.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Williams Baptist Chapel. All friends and family are invited to attend the wedding and the reception, which will follow in the Moody Room at WBC.

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Harris ~ Smallwood

Delores Ann "Dee" Smallwood became the bride of Walter "Butch" Wayne Harris on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. in a ceremony solemnized at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

The bride is the daughter of the late Burl and Merle Crace. She is a homemaker.

The groom is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Harris. He serves as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

Bro. Randy Bailey officiated the double-ring, semiformal ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Pauline Walker of Walnut Ridge, organist.

The bride was given in marriage by her daughters, Michelle Cross and Margaret Simmons of Walnut Ridge and Wanda Taylor of Marion. She was escorted by Jerrell Belew.

Tina Young of Walnut Ridge served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Michelle Cross and Margaret Simmons and Lori Boren of Kansas, Ill., daughter of the groom.

Rickey Simmons of Hoxie, son-in-law of the bride, was best man. Groomsmen were Dean Cross of Walnut Ridge, son-in-law of the bride, and Mark Clinton of Walnut Ridge.

Christopher Cross of Walnut Ridge, grandson of the bride, served as usher.

Flower girl was Haley Simmons and ring bearer was Tyler Simmons, both of Walnut Ridge, grandchildren of the bride.

Candlelighters were Cierra Klusner and Carrie Borner, both of Kansas, Ill., grandchildren of the groom.

A reception followed in the Gethsemane Baptist fellowship hall.

Freddie White presided at the bride's book table.

The couple are residing in Walnut Ridge.

Out-of-county guests at the wedding included: Lori Boren, Cierra Klusner and Carrie Boren, Kansas, Ill.; Ellie Eddy, Densia Samceco, Cassandra Samceco, Rose Agersto and Victoria Barrix, all of Chicago.

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Obituaries

Harry Bovay Allen

Harry Bovay Allen, 82, of Saffell, died Oct. 22, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 23, 1925, at Saffell, he was the son of Sidney and Hattie Huskey Allen. A lifelong resident of Saffell, he was a retired farmer and woodworker. He was a deacon of the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Keller Allen, whom he married Sept. 24, 1943, at Saffell; two sons, David Allen and wife Diann, Strawberry, and Albert Allen and Sandra Lyons, Batesville; two daughters, Judy Tidwell and husband Kenny, Strawberry, and Shirlene Smith and husband Alan, Smithville; a sister, Bernice Clayton, Strawberry; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Threet officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, near Saffell, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation is tonight from 5 to 8 at the church.

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Ronald K. Bennett Jr

Ronald K. Bennett Jr, 31, of Batesville, father of Miranda Bennett of Strawberry, died Oct. 9, 2007. Burial was Oct. 13 in Louise Chapel Cemetery at Bassett under the direction of Roller-Swift Funeral Home of Osceola. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Mary Ann Boleyn

Mary Ann Boleyn, 93, of College City, died Oct. 19, 2007, at Southaven, Miss.

The daughter of Parker and Hattie Osburne Furnish, she was a homemaker, a seamstress and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Boleyn; and a daughter, Janie Johnson.

Survivors include three daughters, Opal Brewer, Horn Lake, Miss., Rheba Jones, Bloomington, Ill., and Virginia Gibson, Southaven, Miss.; two sons, Jimmy Boleyn, Riverside, Calif., and Kerry Boleyn, Clarksville, Tenn.; a sister, Claudine Lankford, Bee Branch; a brother, L.J. Furnish, Southaven; a son-in-law, Harold Johnson, Walnut Ridge; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Wilburn Griggs officiating. Burial was in Nettleton Cemetery at Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Harold Johnson, Henry Gibson, Bill Jones, Barry Brewer, Harry DeYoung and Kerry Boleyn.

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Truel Keith Cole

Truel Keith Cole, 72, of Paragould, died Oct. 16, 2007, at his home.

Born Jan. 15, 1936, at Eaton, he served eight years in the U.S. Navy and was a carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Cole; his mother, Zelma Davis Perryman; and a son, Truel Keith Cole.

Survivors include three sons, James Cole and Kenneth Cole, both of Jonesboro, and Cody Cole, California; two daughters, Sarah Floyd, Paragould, and Gloria Combs, Jonesboro; six half-brothers, Leon Perryman, Larry Perryman, Jerry Perryman, Rodney Perryman, Terry Perryman and Kenny Perryman, all of California; 12 grandchildren, Kenneth Alan Cole, Stephanie Turner, William A. Floyd, Raymond Floyd, Shawn Floyd, Twana Floyd, Terry Veal, Bradley Veal, Cheryl Tubbs, James Ray Timothy Jones, James Michael Cole, Taylor Marie Lynn Cole; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at New Hope Cemetery with Robbie McMasters officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Bradley Veal, Terry Veal, Raymond Floyd, William A. Floyd, Shawn Floyd and William Floyd. Honorary pallbearer was Danny Ward.

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Jessie Dingman

Jessie Dingman, 82, of Jacksonport, grandmother of Kenny Dingman of Saffell, died Oct. 17, 2007. Burial was Monday in Watson Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport. An online guestbook is available at www.dillingerfuneralhome.com.

Steven Cary Hurst

Steven Cary Hurst, 52, of Blue Eye, Mo., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 27, 2007, at his home.

Born Aug. 15, 1955, in Kansas City, Mo., he was a 1973 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. He was a minister and was head of security at Mansion of America in Branson, Mo. He was a member of Faith Life Church in Branson.

Survivors include his wife, Jetta Ellis Hurst; a son, Richard Johnson, Olive Branch, Miss.; a daughter, Catherine Deatherage, Clark Ridge; his mother, Betty Rose Hurst, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Candace Humes, Walnut Ridge; and three grandchildren, Cary Taylor Deatherage, Travis Deatherage and Reid Johnson.

Funeral was Monday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home in Branson with Rick Herndon officiating. Burial was in Hurst Cemetery, near Flippin, with Steve Cunningham officiating.

Clara Belle Kellow

Clara Belle Hart Kellow, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 18, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Born Dec. 17, 1918, at Portia, she was the daughter of James Henry and Clara Evaline Kirtland Miller. She was a retired elementary teacher, having taught school at Portia, Clover Bend and Walnut Ridge. She retired in May 1976 with 37 years' experience in education. She was a member of Portia Landmark Missionary Baptist Church for 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, I.D. "Dickie" Hart, whom she married in May 1942, and Marion Fred Kellow, whom she married in April 1977; and a brother, Leonard Miller.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Hart Osburn, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Louise Hacker, Portia; a granddaughter, Brooke Osburn Bramlett and husband Derek, Walnut Ridge; and a great-granddaughter, Alli Caroline Bramlett.

Graveside services were Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Revs. Debbie Spangler and Mark Harris officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were former students: Dud Bassett, John Bland, Keith Brand, Steve Jackson, Ross Rainwater and Bill Wilcoxson.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor's choice.

James Dale Lawson

James Dale Lawson, 50, of Michigan City, Ind., died Oct. 22, 2007, at his home.

Born July 21, 1957, at Weiner, he was a carpenter and was of the Church of Christ belief.

Survivors include two brothers, Ricky Lawson and wife Virginia, Michigan City, and Randy Lawson and wife Kathy, Fort Worth, Texas; and his fiancˇe, Kim Stowers, Michigan City.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jackie Foster, Bo Langston, Tony Lawson, Randy Lawson and Ricky Lawson.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8.

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Wendy Renay Martin

Wendy Renay Martin, 45, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 12, 2007, at Walnut Ridge.

She had lived most of her life in Lawrence County and was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Survivors include three sons, Jason T. Baker and Chadd T. Baker, both of California, and Corbyn T. Martin, Walnut Ridge; three daughters, Jessica L. Baker, Hoxie, and Sterling L. Martin and Sheela L. Martin, both of Walnut Ridge; her mother and stepfather, Al and Mary Louise Stiny, California; her father, Thomas Moore, California; a brother, John Moore, Montana; a sister, Rena Powell, California; her grandmother, Della Moore, Hoxie; and three grandchildren, Colin J. Baker, Kevin T. Baker and Kendy R. Baker.

Funeral was Thursday, at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Chuck Fitzgerald and Randy Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Greg Miles, Scott Wilbanks, Chris Kopp, Wesley Gates, Leslie Gates and Delbert Robins.

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Nat Moon

James Nathaniel "Nat" Moon, 74, of Swifton, died Oct. 20, 2007, at his home.

He graduated magna cum laude from Arkansas State College and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was awarded the Navy and Marine medal for heroism in 1953. He taught mathematics at Swifton High School from 1959 to 1969 and served on the Board of Education from 1973 to 1978. He was a member of the Swifton Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Frances Moon; and a half-brother, Billy Moon.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Wanda Lee House Moon; two daughters, Natalee Moon, Bartlett, Tenn., and Sara Frances Moon Chilcutt and husband Neal, Springdale; a sister, Loretta Moon Scott, Jackson, Wyo.; and two grandsons, Nathaniel Heath Chilcutt and Justin Moon Chilcutt.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Swifton Cemetery with Lloyd "Cowboy" Campbell officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Justin Moon Chilcutt, Heath Chilcutt, J.W. House, Robbie King, Tim Nicholson, Jack House and Glen House. Honorary pallbearers were Bob King, Blackie Gilmore, Mike Hulen, Roy Runyan, R.W. Winemiller and Doug Fallis.

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Irene Parsley

Irene Foley Parsley, 89, of Poughkeepsie, died Oct. 22, 2007, at her home.

Born Sept. 21, 1918, at Smithville, she was the daughter of Bell and Laura Spotts Foley. She was a homemaker and a member of Little Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess Willard Parsley; a brother, Garfield Foley; and a sister, Dessie Smith.

Survivors include four sons, Darrell Parsley and wife Shirley, and John Dean Parsley and wife Jone, all of Poughkeepsie, Loren Parsley, Newark, and Donis Parsley and wife Martha, Sherwood; a daughter, Linda Morgan and husband Jerry, El Dorado; nine grandchildren, Chris James, Dustin James, Michele Parsley, Gregory Parsley, Vanessa Newell, Brady Morgan, Bridgett Huff, Sabrina Parsley and Rachel Parsley; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at the Qualls Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City with Bro. W.E. Norris officiating. Burial will be in Spotts Cemetery at Poughkeepsie.

Pallbearers will be Chris James, Dustin James, Gregory Parsley, Brandy Morgan, Neal Newell and Shannon Huff. The Adult Sunday School class of Little Springs Missionary Baptist Church will be honorary pallbearers.

Visitation is Thursday from 6 to 8.

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Frances Tarrant

Frances Mae Everett Burke Tarrant, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 17, 2007.

Survivors include two sisters, Martha Jane Cobb, Fisher, and Louise Bennett, Alicia; a brother, Charles Harold Everett and wife Margaret, Clubb, Mo.; and Pam Whitman, daughter of Hosie Burke.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Jackson's Harrisburg Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery.

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