November 14, 2007 Edition

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Bice ~ Duncan Bristow ~ Medina Prater ~ McCarty
Webster ~ Eades


Judy Faye Dorris Mary Frances Fivecoat Lena Baker Foster
Edna Ruth Golden Geneva Gray Donah Mullen Kay
Lee Lacefield Mildred D. Pearson Larry Gene Stalnaker
James Russell Statler Thelma Marie Stone


Bice ~ Duncan

Summer Dawn Bice of Imboden and Jason Lee Duncan of Black Rock have announced their upcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Judy and Andy Foster of Smithville and the late Glen Bice.

The prospective groom is the son of Billy and Linda Duncan of Black Rock.

She is the granddaughter of Ella Mae Foster of Jonesboro and the late John "Buck" Foster and Howard and Gladys Bice of Egypt. She is a 2007 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School.

He is the grandson of Patricia Brandon of Black Rock and the late Thomas Brandon. He is a 2004 graduate of Black Rock High School and is employed by the Hytrol Conveyor Company.

The couple will exchange vows on Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Powhatan Community Center. All friends and family are invited.

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Bristow ~ Medina

Danny and Sandy Bristow of Vicksburg, Miss., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sharonda Kay Bristow, to Victor Frank Medina, son of Catherine Medina and Victor Medina, both of Los Angeles, Calif.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bill and Laverne Gaines of Portia nd the late Bill and Irene Bristow. She is a graduate of Warren Central High School in Vicksburg.

She earned a bachelor's degree in communications from American University in Washington, D.C., and a master's in business administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is pursuing a master's degree in ministry leadership from Rockbridge Seminary. She is employed as the executive director of a non-profit agency in Vicksburg.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Victor and Eva Medina and John and Stella Tijerina, all of Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Glen A. Wilson High School.

He earned a bachelor's degree in geology from UCLA, a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Southern California and a doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of Southern California. He is employed as an environmental research engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research Development Center.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 1, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Bowmar Baptist Church in Vicksburg.

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Prater ~ McCarty

Jim and Tonya Prater of Walnut Ridge announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Heather Louise Prater, to Paul Andrew McCarty, son of Jerry and Cassandra McCarty of Greers Ferry and the late Joy McCarty.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Earl and Thelma Davis and Paul and Ruby Prater, all of Walnut Ridge. She is a 2001 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, where she was valedictorian, and graduated summa cum laude from Williams Baptist College in 2005. She earned a master's degree at Arkansas State University in 2007 and is an adjunct faculty member of the history department at ASU.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Arnold and Pearl McCarty of Greers Ferry. He is a 2004 graduate of Rural Special High School, where he was valedictorian, and will graduate from WBC in 2008 with a degree in church music. He is part-time music minister at White Oak Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church.

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Webster ~ Eades

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Eades of Clover Bend and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Webster of Searcy announce the forthcoming marriage of their children, Adam Keith Eades and Lindsey Brooke Webster.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Harding University and the University of Central Arkansas, and has received a master's degree in speech pathology. She is employed by the Arch Ford Co-op.

The prospective groom is a 2007 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor's degree in biology with an emphasis in botany, and a master's in soil and water conservation. He is employed by the Arkansas Forestry Commission in the water quality department.

The wedding will be at Camp Tahkodah in Floral on Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception.

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Judy Faye Dorris

Judy Faye Dorris, 43, of Alicia, died Nov. 7, 2007, at Jonesboro.

Born in Kennett, Mo., she had lived at Water Valley in Randolph County before moving to Lawrence County. A graduate of Black River Technical College, she was a former deputy clerk for Lawrence County and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by a son, Dustin Kirby Dorris; her mother, Bertha Anderson; and a granddaughter, Audrey Mae Dorris.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Dorris; two daughters, Destiny Willis and Stephanie Dorris, both of Alicia; her father, Carl Anderson, Pocahontas; two sisters, Mary Bagwell, Pocahontas, and Carlene Holdener, Ravenden Springs; three brothers, Dale Anderson, Pocahontas, Robert Anderson, Imboden, and Edward Anderson, Maynard; and three grandchildren, Ethan Willis, Kimberly Willis and Hyatt Willis.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Private burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Family members served as pallbearers.

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Mary Frances Fivecoat

Mary Frances Fivecoat, 80, of Hobart, Ind., sister of Christine Billingsley of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 8, 2007. Burial was Tuesday in Sandhill Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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Lena Baker Foster

Lena Baker Foster, 87, of Ravenden, died Nov. 6, 2007, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born May 31, 1920, in Lawrence County, she was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Lee Baker; and a sister, Hazel Lehr.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Baker Rogers, Ravenden.

Funeral was Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home at Pocahontas with Neil Inness officiating. Burial was in Janes Cemetery.

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Edna Ruth Golden

Edna Ruth Golden, 77, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 10, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

A lifetime resident of Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Ed and Willie Corps Childers. She was retired from Lawrence Manufacturing and Douglas Quikut. She was a homemaker and a member of Free Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Childers.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Edward Golden; two sons, Randy Golden and wife Sally, and Terry Golden, all of Walnut Ridge; a brother, Joe Childers, Eldon, Mo.; four grandchildren, Blair Golden, Natalie Golden, Drew Golden and Bray Felton; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with A.J. Henry officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Doug Arnold, Bubby Holder, Ray Dacus, Lanny Lance, Paul Stratton and Terry Ryan.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home of Paragould, 5515 Old Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR 72450 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Geneva Gray

Geneva Gray, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 8, 2007, at Jonesboro.

Born in Randolph County, she was the daughter of Kenyan and Ella Pittman Barr. She had lived in Flint, Mich., before moving to Walnut Ridge 22 years ago. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Free Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include her husband, W.A. Gray; a son, Ernest Jan Mooney, Mount Morris, Mich.; a sister, Mary Jane Blackwell, Pekin, Ill.; a brother, German Barr, Clio, Mich.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Family members served as pallbearers.

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Donah Mullen Kay

Donah Mullen Kay, 97, of Strawberry, died Nov. 11, 2007, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Jan. 5, 1910, at Jesup, she was the daughter of J.L. and Tinty Mullen. She lived most of her life in Strawberry, where she and her husband owned Kay's Grocery and Station. She was a member of the Jerusalem Baptist Church at Strawberry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Kay, whom she married in 1929; a daughter, Ella Mae Oliver; five brothers, three sisters and a great-grandson.

Survivors include a daughter, Nina Kay Richey, Strawberry; two sons-in-law, W.C. Richey and Miles A. Oliver, both of Strawberry; a sister, Imai Hoggard, Oxnard, Calif.; five grandchildren, Ted Oliver, Don Richey, Randy Richey, Ronald Richey and Bobbi Geurin; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Jerusalem Baptist Church. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers will be Ted Oliver, Don Richey, Ronald Richey, Randy Richey, Justin Richey and Miles Oliver. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobbi Geurin, Kelsey Richey, Brandi Miller and Amanda Johnson.

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Lee Lacefield

Lee Isaac Lacefield, 81, of Hoxie, died Nov. 10, 2007, at his home.

Born at Alicia, he was the son of Homer and Stella Freeman Lacefield. He was a World War II Army veteran and was a former employee of Vulcan Manufacturing. He was a former grocery store owner and operator and was retired from Latham's Grocery and Hardware.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Herman Lacefield.

Survivors include his wife, Vida Buttrum Lacefield; a daughter, Milena Smith, Hoxie; four sisters, Derotha Hutsell, Searcy, Zola Brewer, Hoxie, Floy Crapo, St. Charles, Mo., and Nova Lacefield, Birmingham, Ala.; two grandchildren, Kerrie Hancock and Darla Edge; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service with military honors was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Hancock, Cody Hancock, Lee Edge, Shirley Haigwood, Glover Haigwood, Robert Needham and Adam Huskey. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Burns, Kenneth Little and the guys at Ray J's.

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Mildred D. Pearson

Mildred D. Pearson, 81, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 9, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born at Sedgwick, she had lived in Jonesboro since attending Arkansas State College, now Arkansas State University. She formerly managed the office of Science and Technology at the college.

She was active in her children's schools and served as a volunteer for numerous organizations and charities. She was active in clubs, church events and a variety of sports throughout her life.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, retired circuit judge Gerald Pearson, whom she married June 7, 1947, in Jonesboro; a son, Michael Steven Pearson and wife Barbara, Jonesboro; a daughter, Debbie Villacis and husband Guillermo, St. Louis; and five grandchildren, Michael Pearson, Matt Pearson, Pilar Villacis, Soraya Villacis and Diego Villacis.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Fisher Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Larry Hunt officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction Emerson Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Stanley DeBow, Mike Nelson, James Copeland, Rev. Dr. Charles Coleman, Dr. Mark Gates, Pete Horner, Carl Looney and Charles Cook. Honorary pallbearers will be Ada Lou Terry, Lonnie Craft, Emma Rondell, Glenda Craft, Jean Caldwell, Dores Griffin, Janice Griffin, Georgia Mahon and Dr. Corey Diamond.

Memorials may be made to Fisher Street United Methodist Church, 301 North Fisher St., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

An online guestbook is available at

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Larry Gene Stalnaker

Larry Gene Stalnaker, 60, of Jonesboro, formerly of Paragould, died Nov. 13, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Arrangements will be announced by Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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James Russell Statler

James Russell Statler, 72, of McGehee, died Nov. 12, 2007.

Born Nov. 23, 1934, in Egypt, he graduated from Egypt Schools in 1953. He served in the United States Navy in communications as a radioman from 1954 to 1958. Following his discharge, he attended Arkansas State University, where he earned a B.S. in accounting. He earned a Master of Science in Vocational Administration from ASU in 1992.

His career began as a cost accountant at the Hunter Fan Company in Memphis in 1962.

He then worked for the Arkansas Employment Security Division in Blytheville as an interviewer specializing in farm placement from 1962 to 1966.

In 1966, he was hired as an assistant administrator at Cotton Boll Vocational Technical School, and thereafter served as director of Great Rivers Vocational Technical School from 1979 until his retirement in 1999. During his tenure at Great Rivers, he also served as interim director of Forest Echoes Vocational Technical School and Rice Belt Vocational Technical School.

He participated in many community groups and activities, including the American Legion, the McGehee Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, the Dumas Chamber of Commerce, the Dermott Chamber of Commerce, the Eudora Chamber of Commerce, the McGehee Industrial Foundation, Leadership Arkansas, Leadership Desha and the Boys and Girls Club of McGehee. He was a member of the American Vocational Association on the state and national levels.

He was an elder and deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in McGehee, where he also served as a Stephen Leader, Sunday school teacher, a member of the adult choir and commissioner to Presbytery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Fox and Sarah Caraway Statler; four brothers Eugene Statler, Kennett Statler, Hank Statler and Sam Statler; and three sisters Bonnie Lambie, Marie Prater and Mary Foster.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Linda Triggs Statler; six children, Michael Statler and wife Kathleen, Norfolk, Va., Kevin Russell Statler, Newport, Felicia Davis and husband Kent, Little Rock, Debra Bornemeier and husband Bob, West Memphis, Neil Mitchell, Little Rock, and Jennifer McKenney and husband Garrett, Piggott; two sisters, Geneva Statler, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Virginia Glover, Conway; a brother, John Henry Statler, Walnut Ridge; and 10 grandchildren, Nichols Russell Statler, Madolyn Statler, Caleb Statler; Ernest Carter, Lyn Statler, George Statler, James Pitts, Jennifer Pitts; Jay Lucas and Tabitha Wren.

The body will be cremated. Griffin Funeral Service in McGehee has charge of arrangements.

A celebration of his life will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in McGehee. A second celebration will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church in Little Rock.

Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of McGehee, Inc., P.O. Box 495, McGehee, AR 71654; First Presbyterian Church, 302 N. Fourth St., McGehee, AR 71654; or Arkansas Presbyterian Cursillo, c/o Liz Hardin, 1269 Hwy. 291 N, Prattsville, AR 72129.

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Thelma Marie Stone

Thelma Marie Henry Stone, 87, of Hardy, died Nov. 3, 2007, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock.

Born Aug. 26, 1920, in Portia, she was the daughter of Sircy and Ida Stout Henry. She was raised in the Evergreen community, near Walnut Ridge and was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her twin brother, Delmar; three sisters, Kathleen, Vera and Betty Faye; and three infant siblings.

Survivors include her husband, William Henry Stone, whom she married May 9, 1942, in Walnut Ridge; two sons, Eldon Stone and wife Linda, Ashland, Miss., and Michael Stone and wife Cheryl, Mammoth Spring; a sister, Sondra Sherman and husband John, Charleston, S.C.; three brothers, Jake Henry and wife Donna, Hardy, Donald Henry and wife June, Jonesboro, and Randel Henry and wife Janis, Lebanon, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Ward Street Church of Christ in Hardy with Bro. Gerald Bolin officiating. Burial was in Williford Cemetery under the direction of Clary Funeral Home of Mammoth Spring.

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