November 21, 2007 Edition

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Jaxton Layne Brady James MacNees Jr. Mattison Clement Womack


Bell ~ Broadway Jarrett ~ Holland Marlin ~ Blackburn


Thomas Henry Bolt Minnie Clyde Campbell Ruth Hellon Sandefer
Pauline Sharp Barbara Ann Smith Larry Gene Stalnaker
Howard B. Wayland


Jaxton Layne Brady

Jarrod and Angela Brady of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Nov. 8, 2007 at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed nine pounds, two ounces, and has been named Jaxton Layne Brady.

Grandparents are Darrell and Ricca Brady and Ronnie and Anita Knight, all of Walnut Ridge. He is the great-grandson of Patsy Holder and Clay and Helen Knight, all of Bono.

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James Aaron Michael MacNees Jr.

James and April MacNees of Tupelo, Miss., announce the birth of a son on Nov. 9, 2007, at Tupelo Women’s Clinic in Tupelo. The baby weighed nine pounds, three ounces, and has been named James Aaron Michael MacNees Jr.

Grandparents are David and Elizabeth Cox of Booneville, Miss., and Vickie MacNees of Sedgwick and the late Jim MacNees. He is the great-grandson of Marvin and Mary Cox of Tupelo and Mary Harleman of Sedgwick. Great-great-grandfather is Luther Cox of Saltillo, Miss.

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Mattison Clement Womack

Rob and Stacy Womack of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of a son on Nov. 12, 2007, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, three ounces, and has been named Mattison Clement Womack.

He has a sister, Shelbi, who is four, and a brother, Reagan, who is 23 months.

Grandparents are Bobby and Janet Womack of Greenbrier and Tony and Mary Erwin of Black Rock. He is the great-grandson of Charles and Eugenia Womack, Fred Harrison and Helen Isreal.

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Bell ~ Broadway

Blake Broadway and Holly Bell have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the niece of Richard and Marilyn Bell of Strawberry. She is a 2004 graduate of River Valley High School in Strawberry and is a student at Black River Technical College and Williams Baptist College. She is pursuing a career in pharmacology and is employed with Price Chopper in Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the son of Steve and Melissa Bristow of Lynn and Mike Broadway of Pocahontas. He is a 2004 graduate of Lynn High School and a 2005 graduate of BRTC, where he studied auto body repair. He is employed with Fluor Daniel Welding Company in Newark.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Cave City. All friends and relatives are invited.

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Jarrett ~ Holland

In a double-ring ceremony solemnized Sept. 22, 2007, at Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge, Lindsey Nicole Holland became the bride of Nathan Heath Jarrett.

The bride is the daughter of Linda Quarry of Hoxie and Pete Holland of Jonesboro. She is the granddaughter of Harold and Emma Ferguson of Walnut Ridge and the late Clara Holland.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Wheeless of Pocahontas. He is the grandson of Ruth Warner of Walnut Ridge and the late Lawrence Warner.

Ben Williams of Walnut Ridge performed the ceremony.

Jill Cagle, the bride’s sister, was maid of honor. She also sang “Some People” to the couple.

Geneva Rodgers of Jonesboro provided the floral arrangements and decorations and served as the wedding planner. Kammie Fears provided the three-tiered square wedding cake.

Kathy Murdock of Maynard and Emma Ferguson, the bride’s grandmother, provided the food for the reception.

Following a honeymoon in Branson, they are residing in Walnut Ridge, where Heath is employed at Medic One as an EMT and Lindsey is employed at Alliance Imaging as a patient coordinator.

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Marlin ~ Blackburn

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Jonesboro was the setting Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at 2 p.m. for the double-ring ceremony uniting Gretchen Blackburn and TJ Marlin in marriage.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Blackburn of Jonesboro. She is the granddaughter of Blanche Blackburn of Jonesboro and the late William Blackburn and the late Mr. and Mrs. Willis Riley.

The bridegroom is the son of Janet Marlin of Walnut Ridge and the late Terry Marlin and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Seldomridge and the late Mr. and Mrs. Elson Marlin.

Father Mark Wood, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, was the officiant. Ashley Abballe of Atlanta, Ga., and Donald Blackburn of Mountain Home read selected scriptures. Nuptial music was presented by Bernard Raley and Dia Sawyer, vocalist.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She wore a formal strapless designer gown of ivory Duchess satin by Mori Lee with a fitted a line bodice, basque waist and chapel train. Her finger tip veil was of illusion. She carried a clutch bouquet of pink and coral roses tied with ivory satin ribbon.

Allison Russell, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Autumn Thetford of Fayetteville and Ashley Hoggard.

Ted Horton served as best man. Groomsmen were Eric Russell and Willie Brown.

Tyke Taylor, nephew of the groom, served as ring bearer. Ushers were Lonnie Cline and Kyle Craig.

The wedding reception, hosted by the bride’s parents, followed at the Knights of Columbus Hall with music provided by the Hoggard Brothers Band. Bridget Carter presided at the bride’s book.

Cutting the cake were Angie Taylor and Cheri Powers of Walnut Ridge, sisters of the groom, and Dottie Blackburn of Mountain Home and Diana Black of Paducah, Ky., aunts of the bride. Servers were Annie Riley of Elma, Iowa, Johnna Black of Benton, Ky., Amy Riley of Davenport, Iowa, and Shannon Black of Nashville, Tenn.

The bride is employed as a dental hygienist with Dr. Bruce Taylor in Jonesboro. The groom is employed as the drug enforcement canine officer with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

Following a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple are residing in Jonesboro.

Rehearsal dinner

The Marlins and Blackburns hosted a rehearsal dinner at Godseys Church Street Station after the Friday night rehearsal.

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Thomas Henry Bolt

Thomas Henry “T.H.” Bolt, 65, of Manila, died Nov. 14, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born at Joiner, he had lived in the Manila area for the past 40 years. He was a retired carpenter and was the former owner and operator of Bolt’s Bait Shop near Manila. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by a son, James Galloway; and his father, Henry Bolt.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Stone Bolt; two sons, John Bolt, Paragould, and Thomas Bolt Jr., Leachville; five daughters, Sherry Brothers and Teresa Stone, both of Manila, Deborah Pearson, Covington, Tenn., Elizabeth Perkins, Osceola, and Beckey Hitchcock, Arbyrd, Mo.; his mother, Thelma Owens Beeler, Strawberry; two brothers, Robert Bolt, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Wayne Bolt, Strawberry; two sisters, Bobbie Gathwright, Monette, and Sue Cook, Strawberry; 21 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Howard Funeral Chapel at Manila with Rev. Ferrel Duffell officiating. Burial was in Manila Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service.

An online guestbook is available at

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Minnie Clyde Campbell

Minnie Clyde Campbell, 93, of Smithville, died Nov. 16, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born June 21, 1914, in the Denton community, she was the daughter of Edgar and Kathy Fullilove Davis. She worked as a nurse’s aide for many years and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Oliver Davis, on March 3, 1972, whom she married Sept. 7, 1942; and her second husband, Russell Campbell, in 2002, whom she married Oct. 4, 1974.

Survivors include a son, Jimmy Davis and wife Irene, Grayling, Mich.; a daughter, Clina Lou Hamburg and husband Ed, Clarkston, Mich.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was set for Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Townsend Cemetery, near Smithville, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

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Ruth Hellon Sandefer

Ruth Hellon Sandefer, 73, of Arlington, Wash., died Nov. 11, 2007, at her home.

She was born Oct. 11, 1934, in Alicia.

Survivors include her husband, Dexter Sandefer; a daughter, Jeanette Colona; two sons, Ron Adams, and Andy Adams and wife Donna; a sister, Leoda Brightwell; three sisters-in-law, Bobbie Findley, Jonesboro, and Shelby Gillihan and Peggy Lane, both of Bono; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was set for Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the 92nd Street Church of Christ, 4226 92nd St. Northeast, Marysville, Wash.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Children’s Home Charity of the donor’s choice.

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Pauline Sharp

Pauline Sharp, 98, of Iola, Wis., formerly of Ravenden, died Nov. 13, 2007, at Iola Assistance Living.

Born Jan. 1, 1909, in Ravenden, she was the daughter of Jacob and Edna Overstreet Sharp.

Survivors include three sons, John Flynn and wife Sandy, and James Flynn, all of Ogdensburg, Wis., and Donald Flynn and wife Jean, Sugar Grove, Ill.; a brother, Johnny Sharp and wife Joyce, Jonesboro; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Friendship United Methodist Church near Ravenden. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Barbara Ann Smith

Barbara Ann Arnold Manning Smith, 64, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 18, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was a lifetime resident of Lawrence County and held a bachelor’s degree in art. She was a retired art and math teacher for Walnut Ridge High School and was the owner of Village Antiques and Gifts. She was a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jake Arnold Sr. and Mildred Escue Williams; and a brother, Jake Arnold Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Monroe Smith; a daughter, Danetta Manning Townsdin and husband Steve, Memphis; two stepsons, David Monroe Smith and wife Jennifer, Jonesboro, and Charles Benton Smith and wife Leigh, Walnut Ridge; her stepfather, Harry Darnell Williams, Hoxie; and five grandchildren, Andrew Smith, Kyle Smith, James Townsdin, Morgan Smith and Joel Townsdin.

Funeral is Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Rob Combs officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery, near Alicia, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Brad Arnold, Steve Arnold, Jeff Webb, Alex Smith, Alan Smith, John Smith Sr., and Rick Grigsby. Honorary pallbearers will be Sonny Williams, Danny Gibson, Larry Smith, John Smith Jr., Marvin Kennedy, Bob Burns, Don Cooper, Kenny Smith and Matthew Arnold.

Visitation is Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

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Larry Gene Stalnaker

Larry Gene Stalnaker, 60, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 13, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 31, 1947, at Light, he was a member of the Light Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucian and Fancy Stevens Stalnaker.

Survivors include three sisters, Mary Rowe Decker and husband Martin, and Roxie Sue Miles, all of Paragould, and Annette Crews, Omaha, Neb.; and two brothers, Jack Stalnaker and wife Patsy, Harrisburg, and Bob Stalnaker and wife Joy, Lawton, Okla.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Jeff Orick and Martin Decker officiating. Burial was in Mount Zion Cemetery, near Walcott, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Howard B. Wayland

Howard Brian Wayland, 50, of Southlake, Texas, died Nov. 14, 2007, after a battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Scarlett Wayland; and his grandparents, Ola and J.C. Wayland, and Winton and Catherine Scarlett.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Claudia and Wendy; three brothers, Darrel Wayland, Southlake, Alan Wayland, Grapevine, Texas, and Scott Wayland, Roanoke, Texas; and his father, Marcus Wayland, Southlake, formerly of Lawrence County.

Funeral was Saturday at the Grapevine Church of Christ with Steve Rothrock officiating. Burial was in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park at Colleyville, Texas. Lucas Funeral Home of Grapevine had charge of arrangements.

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