November 28, 2007 Edition

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Cody Michael Willfond


Singleton ~ Kaufman


George Walker Cooksey Alvin E. Guthrie James Charles Hudson
Emily Light


Cody Michael Willfond

Jeff and Anita Willfond of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son on Nov. 21, 2007, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed nine pounds, three ounces, and has been named Cody Michael Willfond.

He has an older brother, Andrew Michael Willfond.

Grandparents are Frank and Bobbie Chastain of Pocahontas, Carolyn Weeks and Floyd Weeks, both of Hoxie, and the late Donald Gene Willfond. He is the great-grandson of Ray and Betty Jackson and Junior and Nildean Willfond, all of Hoxie.

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Singleton ~ Kaufman

Brittany Lynn Kaufman of White Hall became the bride of Zachary Duane Singleton of White Hall in a ceremony solemnized on Oct. 13, 2007, at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Saint Vincent.

Parents of the couple are Gary and Sherry Kaufman of Hattieville and Dana and Stephen Thompson of Cabot and Rocky Singleton of Walnut Ridge.

The bride is the granddaughter of Louise Kaufman of St. Vincent and the late Louis Kaufman and Johanna Nelson of Cleveland and the late C.S. Nelson. She is a graduate of Wonderview High School and received an associate's degree from Arkansas State University-Beebe and a bachelor's degree in natural, soil and water conservation from the University of Arkansas.

The groom is the grandson of Mart and Joe Lemmons and Jim and Rebecca Singleton, all of Walnut Ridge. He is a Maynard High School graduate and received an associate's degree from ASU-Beebe and a bachelor's degree in radio/television from ASU in Jonesboro. He is attending Arkansas Tech University, where he is seeking his master's degree in college student personnel.

Father Jim Burnie officiated the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

Randi Briggler of Conway was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Amber Kaufman and Emily Kaufman of Saint Vincent.

Steven Singleton of Amarillo, Texas, served as best man. Groomsmen were Brach Thompson of Cabot and Jason Kaufman of Fayetteville.

Ushers were Kris Spencer of Jonesboro, Aaron Crow of Conway and Mike Ruhl of Joplin, Mo.

The couple is at home at 109 Whitehall Road, Apt. 4, in White Hall.

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George Walker Cooksey

George Walker Cooksey, 81, of Hoxie, died Nov. 23, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 25, 1925, at Gillett, he was the son of Steven Cooksey and Golden Palmer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a staff sergeant during World War II. He was a truck driver and a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Recker Cooksey, whom he married March 28, 1947; a son, Steve Cooksey, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Martha Davis, Pocahontas, and Roxanne Hibbs, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Tommy Cooksey, Jonesboro; two sisters, Mary Cooksey and Wanda Wright, both of Missouri; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Hospital with Bro. Darrell Douglas officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Arvis Conner, Luther Jones, Wendell Jones, John Patrick, Jerry Cox and J.R. Cox.

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Alvin E. Guthrie

Alvin Eugene Guthrie, 85, of Smithville, died Nov. 20, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, following a lengthy illness.

Born July 5, 1922, at Jesup, he was the son of Ernest and Leah Richardson Guthrie. He was a carpenter and a cattle farmer. He was a member and an active deacon of Smithville Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Dailey Guthrie, whom he married April 8, 1944; three brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include two sons, James Guthrie and wife Rita, Arkadelphia, and Joe Guthrie and wife Tonya, Dexter, Mo.; two daughters, Ellujean Thacker, Smithville, and Levenia Huskey and husband Rickey, Strawberry; nine grandchildren, Darian Thacker, Donnie Thacker, Jennifer Wilson, Jessica Hinson, Leah Guthrie, Derrick Huskey, Mica Spence, Mandy Crowe and Willie Joe Huskey; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Smithville Baptist Church with Bros. Curt Howard and Larry Etheridge officiating. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Bret Broadway, Mike Emison, Rickey Goff, John Lillard, Clint Burrow and Cass Burrow. Honorary pallbearers were Donnie Thacker, Darian Thacker, Derrick Huskey, Willie Joe Huskey, Larry Burrow, Ben Foley and Mark Erwin. Back to Top

James Charles Hudson

James (Jim) Charles Hudson, 65, of Little Rock, died Nov. 24, 2007.

Born April 1, 1942, in Rolla, Mo., he spent his early life in Walnut Ridge. He received a bachelor's degree in social work from ASU in Jonesboro and a Master's from the University of Arkansas. He was an advocate for the rights of the blind and people with other disabilities.

He was the first chairman of the Arkansas Board of Social Work Registration. He had served as the Director of the Arkansas Division of Services for the Blind since 1981 and had served as the governor's advocate for the developmentally disabled in Gov. David Pryor's and Gov. Bill Clinton's administrations. He became executive director of advocacy services and served several terms as the president of the National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas. He was a member of the National Association of Social Work.

He was a classically trained musician and played keyboards with Little Joe and the BKs Band. He also played part-time for many years at the Flaming Arrow Supper Club in Quapaw Towers.

He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Blencowe Hudson; and his father, Charles Fender Hudson.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Pamela Lynn Hudson; two daughters, Cara McDowell Hudson, Nashville, Tenn., and Emily Margaret Hudson, Little Rock; a son, Trevor James Hudson, Little Rock; and his mother, Alma Vivian Hudson, North Little Rock.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday at St. Edward's Catholic Church with Father Salvador M‡rquez-Mu–oz as celebrant. Burial was in Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Griffin-Leggett Funeral Home of Little Rock.

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Emily Light

Emily Light, 56, of Liberty, Mo., died Nov. 20, 2007, at the Providence Medical Center.

Born Feb. 7, 1951, in Kansas City, Kan.,

She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan and Virginia Diaz Oropeza.

Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Samuel V. Light; a stepdaughter, Heather Light; a stepson, Danny Light; seven sisters, Alice Oropeza, Dolores Oropeza-Perez, Herlinda Oropeza-Hernandez, Sophia Hollister- Crowley, and Rebecca Oropeza, all of Kansas City, Kan., Patricia Pourazari, Hernando, Miss., and Cheryl Oropeza-Smalley, Kansas City, Mo.; five brothers: John Oropeza Jr., Anthony (Tony) Oropeza, Nick Diaz-Oropeza, Stephan Oropeza and Raymond Oropeza, all of Kansas City, Kan.; her mother-in-law, Sue Thompson, Walnut Ridge; her father-in-law, Buford Light and wife Nancy, Clover Bend; three sisters-in-law, Amanda Kelley and husband Larry, Tressa Mitchell and husband Dale, and Cindy Burns and husband Allen, all of Imboden; a brother-in-law, Randy Light, Walnut Ridge; three grandchildren; 26 nieces and nephews, nine of whom reside in Lawrence County; and four great-nephews, also from Lawrence County.

A memorial mass was held Tuesday, at St. Mary's - St. Anthony's Church in Kansas City, Kan. McGilley Midtown Chapel in Kansas City, Mo., had charge of arrangements.

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