October 31, 2007 Edition

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Gavin Xavier Clairday Andrew Layne Crabtree Jacob Colton Rice


Callas ~ Roberts Gilliam ~ Day Howe ~ Roberts
Hutcherson ~ Sheats


David Edward Berry Bonnie Carol Brand Lorene King Christenberry
Alton Wayne Cooper Eddie R. Cummings Jr. Georgia Jo Evans
Clara Ford Billy Ray Foster Paula Nolen
Dempsey D. Smith Faye Russell Wiles


Gavin Xavier Clairday

Chad and Marla Clairday of Lynn announce the birth of a son on Oct. 18, 2007, at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock. The baby weighed two pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Gavin Xavier Clairday.

Grandparents are Kenneth Douglas Clairday of Trumann, Charles and Vicky Simpson of Lynn, Wayne Richey of Smithville and Debra Richey of Peoria, Ill.

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Andrew Layne Crabtree

Anthony and Penny Crabtree of Cord have announced the birth of a son on Oct. 19, 2007, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed eight pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Andrew Layne Crabtree.

He has an older brother, Aaron, who is four.

Grandparents are Dexter and Judy Hardin of Smithville, Morris Jr. and Jane Reaves of Saffell and Tony and Gerry Crabtree of Clarksville. He is the great-grandson of Wanda Hardin of Jonesboro, Lorene Sullivan and Lorena Hubbard of Saffell, Willliam Davis of Smithville and Velma Lee Reaves of Batesville.

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Jacob Colton Rice

Robert and Christina Rice of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son on Oct. 25, 2007, a Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed five pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Jacob Colton Rice.

He has a brother, Dokota, eight, and a sister, Selena, 21 months.

Grandparents are Robert and Deborah Rice and Jim and Regina McGinty, all of Walnut Ridge. He is the great-grandson of Laura Baird and Paul King, both of Walnut Ridge, Nola Rice of Harviell, Mo., and LaWanda McGinty, a resident of Lawrence Hall in Walnut Ridge.

Great-great-grandmother is Lucy Hornbeck, who is also a Lawrence Hall resident.

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Callas ~ Roberts

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Callas of Malvern and Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Roberts of Stuttgart, formerly of Walnut Ridge, announce the forthcoming marriage of their children, Stacy Nycole Callas and Dustin Mark Roberts.

The bride-elect is a 2002 graduate of Banning High School in Banning, Calif., and will receive her bachelor’s degree in Christian studies with an emphasis in missions from Ouachita Baptist University in December.

She is the granddaughter of Charles Coe of Wichita, Kan., Barbara Bergan of Cabazon, Calif., Aubrey Beckwith of Sheridan and Lucy Allen of Temecula, Calif.

The prospective groom is a 2003 graduate of Stuttgart High School and a 2007 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in Christian studies with an emphasis in missions. He is employed by Elizabeth Skinner, attorney at law, in Stuttgart.

He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Roberts of Black Oak and Marvin Turner of Pine Bluff and the late Ola Mize Turner.

The wedding, officiated by the prospective groom’s father, Dr. Samuel Roberts, will be at First Baptist Church in Stuttgart on Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception, which will follow in the church’s activity building.

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Gilliam ~ Day

Brandy Day became the bride of Kenneth Gilliam in an early October outdoor ceremony at Crowley’s Ridge State Park, near Walcott.

Many relatives and friends attended the ceremony. They are making their home in the Walnut Ridge area.

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Howe ~ Roberts

Donie and Janet Howe of Marmaduke announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, DaRae Ann Howe of Paragould, to Ronnie Jeromey Roberts of Delaplaine, son of Ronnie B. and Deon Roberts of Delaplaine.

The bride-elect is a 2002 graduate of Marmaduke High School and a 2006 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. She is employed at Paragould Light, Water & Cable in Paragould.

She is the granddaughter of Vernon Boyd of Paragould and the late Neba Boyd and Wilma Howe of Paragould and the late Donald Howe.

The prospective groom is a 2002 graduate of Delaplaine High School and a 2006 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business. He is employed with RDR Farms in Delaplaine.

He is the grandson of Arthur and Wanda Peaslee of Miles City, Mont., Larry and Norma Mouser of Jonesboro and Kenneth Roberts and Donna Robertson of O’Kean.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at the O’Kean Free Will Baptist Church. All friends and family are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow at the Gateway Theatre in Walnut Ridge.

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Hutcherson ~ Sheats

Jancey Sheats became the bride of Robert Lee Hutcherson II on Oct. 13, 2007, in a ceremony solemnized at Anthony Chapel at Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs.

Parents of the couple are Jerry Sheats of Baytown, Texas, and Sandra K. Nelson of Laguna Beach, Calif., and Robert and Paula Hutcherson of Walnut Ridge.

The bride is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas, and the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and the Junior League of Little Rock. She is a news anchor on KARK.

The groom is the grandson of the late Rupert and Namah Hutcherson and Pauline Howard of Walnut Ridge and the late Rufus Howard. He is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is a member of Sigma Chi. He is employed by Medtronic as a sales consultant.

Rev. Bruce Chesser officiated the double-ring formal ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Jimmy Sheats, uncle of the bride, organist; and Scott Snider, friend of the groom, soloist.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Stacey Kay Pipes of Baytown, Texas, served her sister as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Catherine Relyea, Chrystie Dulick and Danielle Ryan, all of Houston, and Amberly Allen of Austin.

Robert Lee Hutcherson of Walnut Ridge, served his son as best man. Groomsmen were Rob Dixon of Cabot, Matt Jansen of Decatur, Ill., Jimmy Smith of Bartlett, Tenn., and Scott Snider of Little Rock.

Paige Pipes of Baytown, Texas, niece of the bride, was the flower girl. Ring bearer was Hutson Guinn of Paragould, nephew of the groom.

Ushers were Clint Pipes of Baytown, Texas, Kevin Wilcox and Kyle Lamb, both of Little Rock, and Casey Flippo of Paragould.

A reception followed at the Country Club of Little Rock. Holly Hall and Kara Guinn presided at the bride’s book.

Following a two-week trip to Greece and Turkey, the couple will reside in Little Rock.

Those attending the wedding from Lawrence County were Milton and Stephanie Smith, Bob and Lynn Dixon, Jim and Sheila Jansen, Pauline Howard, Bob and Paula Hutcherson and Rodney and Lila Floyd.

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David Edward Berry

David Edward Berry, 67, of Paragould, died Oct. 23, 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

Born Jan. 29, 1940, in Walnut Ridge, he was retired from Emerson Electric.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June Elois Burns Berry; his parents, Charlie Aldon Berry and Mattie Bennett Berry Brown; and a granddaughter, Shawnee Berry.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Berry, Kansas City, Kan., and Michael Berry and Gary Berry, both of Paragould; two daughters, Sheila Garnett, Kansas City, Kan., and Lisa Adams, Paragould; two brothers, Wesley Berry, Florida, and Aldon Berry, Tennessee; a sister, Charlene Rogers, Florida; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held Friday at 2 p.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Jerry Hayes officiating. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jonathan Adams, Daniel Wallace, Troy Berry, Robert Berry, Bryan Drennan and Wayne Montgomery.

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Bonnie Carol Brand

Bonnie Carol Brand, 57, of Bay, sister of Martha Baker of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 23, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Friday in Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Memorials may be made to Children’s Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450. An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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Lorene King Christenberry

Lorene King Christenberry, 84, of Smithville, died Oct. 26, 2007, at Batesville.

Born April 28, 1923, in Sharp County, she was the daughter of Rosco King and Bertie Mobley King Breashers. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Community Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Enos Christenberry; and three brothers, Everett King, Layman King and Ellis King.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Gipson, Smithville.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant Ridge Community Church in Sitka with Jim Pagen officiating. Burial was in Parsley Cemetery at Cave City under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Mack King, Charles Hutchison, Larry Pagen, Eugene Anston, Danny Merick and Kenny Freeman.

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/cavecity.

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Alton Wayne Cooper

Alton Wayne Cooper, 62, of Smithville died Oct. 27, 2007, at the VA Hospital in Little Rock.

Born May 2, 1945, at Grange, he was the son of Vernon Alton and Eulala Pinkston Cooper. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was a member of the DAV. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Cooper; three sisters, Ruby Rychtarik, Imalene Thacker and an infant sister.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Dorothy King Cooper; a son, Eric Wayne Cooper, Smithville; three brothers, Leland Cooper, Smithville, Clifton Cooper, Grange, and John Cooper, Cave City; four sisters, Lorene Burge, Grange, Nina Jean Townsley and Bonnie Byrd, both of Cave City, and Betty James, Hardy; and a grandson, Tyler Austin Cooper.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Roller-Crouch-McGee Chapel in Cave City with Bro. Matthew Adams officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery at Grange under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Jim Tackett, Ted Bagwell, Blake Howard, Brice Howard, Jacob Mayland and Josh Mayland.

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

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Eddie R. Cummings Jr

Eddie R. Cummings Jr., 46, of Jonesboro, grandson of Edna Cummings of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 27, 2007, at Hospice House of the Ozarks. A celebration of his life will be held today at 10 a.m. at New Life Fellowship Church in Jonesboro. Burial will be in Nettleton Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 9192, Jonesboro, AR 72403, or to Hospice House of the Ozarks, 774 Long St., Mountain Home, AR 72653. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Georgia Jo Evans

Georgia Jo Evans, 76, of Rockaway Beach, Mo., formerly of Ravenden, died Oct. 25, 2007.

The daughter of Amos Gimlin and Ethel Gimlin Miller, she had lived in Ravenden before moving to Rockaway Beach three years ago. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Lemul Miller; a sister, Helen Gimlin; and two brothers, Jack Gimlin and Lowell Gimlin.

Survivors include her husband, Terry Evans; a son, Troy Evans, Ravenden; two daughters, Sherry Kottel, Ravenden, and Mary Ellis, Rockaway Beach; a brother, Lemul Miller, Sandwich, Mo.; a sister, Fay Halcom, McHenry, Ill.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel. Burial was in Dail Cemetery at Ravenden under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Clara Ford

Clara Ford, 79, of Paragould, mother of Danny Ford of Light, died Oct. 22, 2007. Burial was Thursday in Pine Knott Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould. An online guestbook is available at www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.

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Billy Ray Foster

Billy Ray Foster, 62, of Clemmons, N.C., died Oct. 21, 2007.

Born Sept. 21, 1945, in Walnut Ridge, he had also lived in Marion, Memphis, Batavia, Ill., and Baton Rouge, La. Before moving to North Carolina, he had worked as a plant manager at Boise Cascade in Memphis and for International Paper. He was currently employed by Gentiva Home Health Services as a delivery person.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sarah Louise Foster Boatman; and his stepfather, Sanders Estes.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Clodfelter Foster, whom he married Feb. 23, 1985, in Winston-Salem, N.C.; a son, Teddy Ray Foster and wife Rachel, Austin Texas; two daughters, Julie Warhurst, West Memphis, and Janet Beasley Lewis and husband Kim, Clemmons; a brother, Billy Dean Foster and wife Barbara, Newport; and nine grandchildren, Michael, Richie, Adam, Bryant, Jacqueline, Angela, Tad, Zachary and Foster.

Funeral was Thursday at 11 a.m. in Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel in Advance, N.C., with Rev. Alan Wright officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Clemmons Make-A-Wish Foundation, 704-831-6322-Amanda, in honor of his grandson, Harold “Tad” Beasley, or to the Pug Rescue Organization of North Carolina, P.O. Box 94, Summerfield, NC 27358.

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Paula Nolen

Paula E. Nolen, 88, of Imboden, died Oct. 28, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 15, 1919, at Imboden, she was the daughter of Arthur and Emma Ward Jessen. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, James F. Nolen, whom she married in 1938; a son, James H. Nolen, Imboden; two daughters, Marilyn Ruth Siebe, Santa Clara, Calif., and Margaret Nolen, Imboden; a brother, Arthur Jessen, Imboden; two sisters, Naomi Moore, Jacksonville, Fla., and Frances Grumbles, Dallas; and two grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 2:30 p.m. at Hope Cemetery in Imboden. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home in Imboden.

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Dempsey D. Smith

Dempsey D. “Red” Smith, 82, of Lawrence Hall, formerly of Portia, died Oct. 24, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 8, 1924, in Powhatan, he was the son of Evan and Laura Smith. He was a mechanic for Ben M. Hogan Company in Black Rock until 1984.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy Smith and Frank Smith; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Alpha Hall Smith, Walnut Ridge, whom he married July 15, 1944; two daughters, Martha Wells and husband Jerry, Clover Bend, and Debra Hankins and husband JR, Russellville; two sons, Bobby D. Smith and wife Phyllis, Black Rock, and Jimmy D. Smith, Powhatan; two brothers, Cleadus “Shorty” Smith, Mountain View, and Jerry Smith, Peidmont, S.C.; six sisters, Joan Drury and Bonnie Richey, both of Powhatan, Lois Colbert, Jearldean Davis and Pat Smith, all of Imboden, and Mary Lou Maxwell, Black Rock; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Clover Bend Cemetery with Bro. Charles Hendrix officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

10 Pallbearers were Jerry Wells, Bobby Smith, Jimmy Smith, JR Hankins, Frankey Meeks and Shane Foley. Honorary pallbearers were Gerald Belew and Ralph Steele.

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Faye Russell Wiles

Faye Russell Wiles, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 24, 2007.

Born March 23, 1920, at Hazen, she was the daughter of Charlie and Clare Giddeon Hilburn. She was a hospital cook and was a member of the Assembly of God Church. She raised her family in Powhatan.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Albert Russell and Floyd Wiles; a son, Charles Russell; and two sisters, Syble McCarroll and Clara Mae Ragan.

Survivors include three sons, J.W. Russell and wife Marsha, Black Rock, Dale Russell and wife Rita, Pocahontas, and Thurman Russell and wife Carolyn, Henderson; a stepson, Wilburn Wiles, Corning; four stepdaughters, Mildred Smith and Bernice Simmons, both of Minturn, Magalene House, Imboden, and Reba Stayton, Kansas City, Mo.; a sister, Mary Stogsdill, Virginia Beach, Va.; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Brenda Wright, Strawberry.

Graveside service was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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