November 07, 2007 Edition

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Darah Kaylee Branan Mary Abigail Collins Abigail Grace Staples


Booker ~ LeBlanc Jackson ~ Richey


Charles Edward Coley Juanita Mabel Gore Olga Haley Grimes
Marquerite Hackworth Claude C. Harris Clyde J. Lovins
Jerry Lee Mashburn John Norris Moore Lester Pillow
Bonnie Pittman Lavelle Reeves Floyd W. Slayden
Joseph E. Tretenburg


Darah Kaylee Branan

Daniel and Jenny Branan of Vancleave, Miss., have announced the birth of a daughter on Oct. 26, 2007, at Singing Rivers Hospital in Pascagoula, Miss. The baby weighed nine pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Darah Kaylee Branan.

Darah has an older brother, Zack.

Grandparents are Danny and Sandy Bristow and Donna Anderson, all of Vicksburg, Miss., and Gene Branan of Bogalusa, La.

She is the great-granddaughter of Bill and Laverne Gaines of Portia.

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Mary Abigail Collins

Bro. Derek and Elizabeth Collins of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born Nov. 1, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Mary Abigail. She has a four-year-old sister, Gracie.

Grandparents are Donald and Gail Collins and Doy and Annette Knight, all of Bald Knob, Gene and Tammy Arnold of Holly Springs and Rex and Karen Bowman. Great-grandparents are Grace Huffaker, A.P. Collins and Norma Humphries, all of Bald Knob.

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Abigail Grace Staples

Adam and Nicole Staples of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of a daughter on Oct. 31, 2007, in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Abigail Grace Staples.

Grandparents are Scott and Shawn Kelly of Jonesboro and Frank and Donna Staples of Piggott. She is the great-granddaughter of Wilma Dover of Pollard and Tommy and Peggy Masterson of Kennett, Mo.

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Booker ~ LeBlanc

Randi LeBlanc became the bride of J.D. Booker in a private ceremony on Sept. 19, 2007, in Jonesboro.

The bride is the daughter of Margie LeBlanc of Hoxie and Paul Henry of Olney, Ill. She is the granddaughter of Shirley LeBlanc of Hoxie and the late Ronald J. LeBlanc.

She is a 2002 honor graduate of Hoxie High School and is a senior at Arkansas State University. She is manager in training at Sam's Club in Jonesboro.

The groom is the son of Doug Booker of Bella Vista and Lynn Montgomery of Hope Mills, N.C. He is the grandson of Melvin and Mary Montgomery of Lexington, Mo., and Jim and Nita Booker of Heber Springs.

He is a 2000 graduate of Jonesboro High School and a 2006 graduate of ASU. He is a 2nd Lieutenant with the National Guard's 39th Infantry in Searcy.

The couple and their five-month-old son, Bradyn, are making their home in Jonesboro.

They will be honored with a reception on Friday at the 501 Club and Restaurant in Jonesboro.

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Jackson ~ Richey

Frankie and Karen Jackson of Black Rock announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Latisha Marie Jackson, to Kevin Owen Richey, son of Wayne Richey of Lynn and Debra Richey of Peoria, Ill.

The bride-elect is a 2002 graduate of Black Rock High School. She is employed at Randolph Home in Pocahontas as an LPN and will attend RN school in January.

The prospective groom is a 2000 graduate of Lynn High School. He is employed at O'Reilly Auto Parts in Pocahontas.

The couple will exchange vows on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception to follow at the church.

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Charles Edward Coley

Charles Edward "Brother" Coley, 68, of Alicia, formerly of Lepanto, died Nov. 3, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 9, 1939, in Lee County, Miss., he was a retired truck driver. He was a Mason and was a member of Neal Chapel Church in Bondsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, "Pete" Coley and Jewell Bryant; and a brother, Michael Coley.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Carr, Alicia; a son, Charles Douglas Coley, Hoxie; a sister, Norma Jean Anderson, Hatcher, Osceola.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Neal Chapel Church in Bondsville with his nephew, Trey Adams, officiating. Burial will be in Potter Cemetey at Lepanto under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Osceola.

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Juanita Mabel Gore

Juanita Mabel Gore, 87, of Rector died Nov. 3, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 17, 1920, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Charles B. and Olive Townsend Maltbie. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the VFW Auxiliary, the Retired Teachers Association, the Clay County Friends "EHC," and the WMU.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Gore Sr., in August of 1988; two brothers, Herbert Maltbie and Willard Maltbie, and two sisters, Esther Maltbie and Leota DeLuryea.

Survivors include two sons, Claude Gore Jr. and wife Anita, Wappepello, Mo., and Charles Marvin Gore and wife Carolyn, St. Jacob, Ill.; a daughter, Camellia Hall and husband Keith, Jonesboro; a sister, Patsy Speer, Healy, Ala.; a brother, Tom Maltbie; five grandchildren, Pamela Jean Heaton, Claude Henry Gore III, David Hall, Douglas Hall, Christopher Gore and Cheryl Schaefer; and nine great-grandchildren

Funeral was Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Irby Funeral Home Chapel in Rector with Mark Martin and Mike Holifield officiating. Burial was in Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector.

Pallbearers were Tony Heaton, Casey Heaton, Logan Gore, Jerry LeGrande, Claude Gore III and Christopher Gore.

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Olga Haley Grimes

Olga Haley Grimes, 83, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Oct. 13, 2007, at Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Grimes Sr.; her mother, Hazel Willet Haley; and her father, William Harold Haley, formerly of Powhatan.

Survivors include three sons, William E. Grimes Jr. and wife Sheila, St. Petersburg, James A. Grimes and wife Teresa Faw, Crofton, Md., and Robert V. Grimes and wife Jeanette de La Vina, Alexandria, Va.; a brother, Harold Ray Haley and wife Patricia, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Emma Haley Hall, Yucaipa, Calif., and Genevieve Haley, Louisville, Ky.; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Funeral is Saturday at Lakewood Methodist Church in St. Petersburg.

Memorials may be made to Lakewood Methodist Church or to the Woodside Hospice, 6770 102nd Ave., Pinellas Park, FL 33782.

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Marquerite Hackworth

Marquerite Hackworth, 89, of Pocahontas, mother of Freeman Keech of Imboden, died Nov. 5, 2007, at Randolph County Home. Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Cox-Waymon Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.

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Claude C. Harris

Claude C. Harris, 92, of Strawberry, died Oct. 31, 2007, at Woodlawn Nursing Home in Batesville.

Born Nov. 18, 1914, at Strawberry, he was the son of Sam L. and Sidney Richardson Harris. He was a retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Austin Harris, Claxton Harris and Garland Harris; and a sister, Pearl Godwin.

Survivors include his wife, Florine Huskey Harris; a son, Larry Harris, Strawberry; a daughter, Phyllis Harris, Strawberry; five grandchildren, Kevin Harris, Kim McDermott, Shane Watts, Tally Scott and Tanya Haigwood; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. in the Qualls Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dennis Gay officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Jared Harris, Levi Watts, R.A. Wright, Robert Northcutt, Kelly McDermott and Randall Northcutt. Honorary pallbearers were Elbert Gay, Jerry Harris, Patty Huskey, Deborah Randolph, Kenny Lewallen and Billy Runyan.

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Clyde J. Lovins

Clyde J. Lovins, 71, of Ash Flat, father of Carla Williard of Saffell, died Oct. 30, 2007. Burial was Friday in Cave City Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City. An online guestbook is available at

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Jerry Lee Mashburn

Jerry Lee "Swamprabbit" Mashburn, 57, of Lufkin, Texas, died Nov. 3, 2007, in a Livingston, Texas, hospital from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Born Nov. 12, 1949, in the Lauratown community, he was pastor of the Lufkin Family Worship Center in the Fuller Springs community.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman "Shorty" and Thelma Roberts Mashburn; a baby sister, Victoria; and his grandparents, Wesley and Jewel Roberts and Andy and Lilly Mashburn.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth "Susie" Mashburn; two daughters, Tina Cobb and husband Bob, Santa Fe, Texas, and Andrea Williams and husband Billy, Jonesboro; three sons, Kevin Mashburn and wife Holly, Lufkin, Mike Cridland and wife Shelly, Pearland, Texas, and Mark Cridland, Friendswood, Texas; four brothers, Sheman Mashburn and wife Gerri, James Mashburn and wife Anita, John Mashburn, and Gary Mashburn and wife Christi, all of Arkansas; seven sisters, Sue Goza and husband Tom, Kathy Alberda and husband Rick, Wanda McDaniel and husband, Bobby, Debra Bishop and husband Norman, Joann Alexander, Kay Redding and husband Phil, and Rita Bradford and husband Mike, all of Arkansas; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with Bros. Gary Mashburn, Winford Johnson and Norman Want officiating. Burial was in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Kevin Mashburn, Michael Cridland, Mark Cridland, Cody Mashburn, Bob Cobb, Matthew Cobb and Michael Mashburn. Honorary pallbearers were his brothers Sherman Mashburn, James Mashburn and John Mashburn, and the members of the Lufkin Family Worship Center.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Faith Worship Center in Portia.

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John Norris Moore

John Norris Moore, 83, of Black Rock died Oct. 31, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Sept. 14, 1924, at Black Rock, he was the son of Robert and Sudye Billings Moore. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was the owner of Moore Feed Company in Black Rock for more than 50 years.

He served on the first Board of Governors for Lawrence Memorial Hospital and also served on the Black Rock School Board for many years. He was a member of Black Rock Veterans of Foreign Wars and of Black Rock United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Morris Moore and wife Marsha, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Patricia Aikman and husband James, Paragould; three grandchildren, Ben Moore, Sarah Aikman, and John Aikman and wife Annette; and four great-grandchildren, Hailley Moore, Ethan Moore, Sidney Moore and Lexi Aikman.

Graveside service was Friday at 11 a.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock with Lynn Garmroth officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Mitch Baltz, Jim Page, Ben Moore, Bill Moore, John Aikman, John Stuart, Robert Walker Stuart and John Brady. Honorary pallbearers were Don Depriest, Jim Rash, Hootie Davidson, Charles Hickman, Jack Sloan, Dr. Charles Davidson, Bob Page, Thomas Penn, Dr. Ralph Joseph and Billy Maxwell.

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Lester Pillow

Lester Pillow, 67, of Paragould, grandfather of Josh Murray and and Jenna Murray, and great-grandfather of Luke Murray, all of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 30, 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. Burial was Friday in Greene County Memorial Gardens under the direction of Heath Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church in Paragould or to Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Foundation.

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Bonnie Pittman

Bonnie Pittman, 72, of Jonesboro, sister of Mary Pittman of Alicia, died Nov. 1, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Saturday in Pine Log Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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Lavelle Reeves

Lavelle Reeves, 76, of Pocahontas, died Nov. 1, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He was a minister and was a member of the Freedom Church.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Snyder Reeves, formerly of the Fender community and Lawrence County, whom he married on Nov. 12, 1951; two daughters, Cathy Nash and Vickie Burton; a son, Steve Reeves; two brothers, Kenneth Reeves, Pocahontas, and Paul Reeves, Hardy; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Freedom Church. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Cox-Waymon Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Floyd W. Slayden

Floyd W. Slayden, 84, of Cave City, died Nov. 1, 2007, in Cave City.

The son of Everett and Maude Ruefener Slayden, he was a World War II Army veteran and lived most of his life in Saffell. He was a former pipeline employee and was a former employee of the Lawrence County Road Department and a farmer. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a Missionary Baptist.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Verneal Martz.

Survivors include his wife, Imolene Callahan Slayden; three sons, Randall Slayden, Saffell, Donald Clayton, Black Rock, and Gene Coleman, Strawberry; a daughter, Rita Ann Drake, Saffell; a sister, Willodene Smith, California; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Jerry Pentecost officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery, near Dowdy, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jerry Gilliam, Todd Drake, Brian Slayden, Daniel Callahan, Bob Callahan and Shane Joust. Honorary pallbearers were Hershel Gilliam, Jackie Crews, Robert Northcutt and Randal Northcutt.

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Joseph E. Tretenburg

Joseph Edward Tretenburg, 84, of Ash Flat, formerly of Smithville, died Nov. 2, 2007, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem.

Born March 4, 1923, at Center, he was the son of William Pete and Annie Emrich Tretenburg. A World War II Navy veteran, he was a farmer and pork producer. He was a member of Hoxie First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Dale Tretenburg; a half-brother, Lowell Tretenburg; and a half-sister, Dena Voyles.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jean Goodman Tretenburg, whom he married Nov. 4, 1947; and a brother, William "Pete" Tretenburg, Imboden.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bros. Keith Marlin and Lynn Garmroth officiating. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Paul Tretenburg, Dave Tyler, Robert Lundquist, Vernon Lundquist, Jimmy Hathcock and Danny Voyles.

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