December 5, 2007 Edition

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Kyro Ezekiel Colley Connie Jean Lee William Oscar Spencer


Bennett - Davis Lundquist - Hart Roberts - Compton
Walthall - Meeker


Cecil F. Barnett Jr. Bill Eugene Erwin Maxie Ray Fann
Tona Ring Kildow Eugene Richey Edward Franklin Rushing
Willie Belle Yates George W. Wilkerson


Kyro Ezekiel Hiassea Colley

Andy and Charlene Colley of Hoxie announce the birth of a son on Nov. 21, 2007, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed four pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Kyro Ezekiel Hiassen Colley.

Grandparents are Rickey and Peggy Colley of Walnut Ridge and John David and Alice Creed of Black Rock. He is the great-grandson of Charlene Clark of Black Rock and Onie Mae Wilburn of Hoxie.

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Connie Jean Lee

Bradley and Stephanie Lee announce the birth of their second daughter, born on Nov. 12, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She weighed seven pounds, 12.6 ounces and has been named Connie Jean Lee.

She has an older sister, Samantha.

Grandparents are Terry and Judy Edwards of St. Mary, Mo., and Claude and Cindy Lee of Cape Girardeau, Mo. She is the great-granddaughter of Earline Edwards of Farmington, Mo., and Lovis Stewart of Walnut Ridge.

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William Oscar Spencer

Dr. Clay and Ashley Spencer of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on Nov. 16, 2007, at NEA Baptist Memorial in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces, and has been named William Oscar Spencer.

He has an older brother, Henry Clay Spencer. Dr. Spencer practices medicine in Walnut Ridge.

Grandparents are Jeanette Spencer and Gary and Debby Reddmann, all of Harrisburg, Lynn and Jan Hagler of Cherry Valley and Jerald and Aimee Spencer of Jonesboro.

He is the great-grandson of Fred and Jimmie Pipkin of Harrisburg and Irene Rogers of Ash Flat.

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Bennett - Davis
Reggie and Kathy Bennett of Paragould announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Whitney Leah Bennett, to Jeremy Randall Davis, son of David and Rita Davis of Smithville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Carl and Imogene Marlin and the late Willis and Travis Bennett. She graduated a year early from Greene County Tech High School in 2006. She is employed as a clinic administrative assistant - clinic operations specialist at Paragould Orthopaedics.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Gustavia Davis of Smithville and the late Paul Davis and the late Martin and Maxine Whitlow. He is a 2004 graduate of Lynn High School and is a student at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. He works for the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Ambulance Service as an EMT.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited

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Lundquist - Hart
Shannon Hart became the bride of Erik Lundquist on Oct. 27 during a 3 p.m. wedding ceremony at Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge.

Parents of the couple are Rex and Brenda Hart of Walnut Ridge and John and Roberta Lundquist and the late Eileen Lundquist.

J.D. Johnson officiated the double-ring, semi-formal wedding. The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

Bobbi Finley of Jonesboro served as matron of honor, and Mark Lundquist of Reston, Va., brother of the groom, was best man.

Flower girls were Rhiannon and Savannah Tennison of Southaven, Miss., nieces of the bride.

Garrett and Spencer Hart of Hoxie, nephews of the bride, served as ushers.

A reception followed the ceremony in the church’s fellowship hall. Servers were Nancy Medlock, Nancy Light and Tammy Newman.

Tammy Newman presided at the bride’s book table.

The couple are at home in Gypsum, Colo.

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Roberts - Compton

Steve Roberts and Camilla Roberts, both of O'Kean, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Katie JoBeth Roberts, to Nathan Drew Compton, son of James and Nancy Compton of Delaplaine.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Kenneth Roberts, Donna Robertson and Sleety Haynes, all of O'Kean, and the late Bill Haynes and Larry and Norma Mouser of Jonesboro.

She is a 2004 graduate of Delaplaine High School and is majoring in early childhood education at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Clyde and Betty Turner of Naylor, Mo., and Joy Compton of Paragould and the late James Compton.

He is a 2004 graduate of Delaplaine High School and is attending Black River Technical College and ASU, where he is majoring in agricultural business. He is an employee of Compton Farms in Delaplaine.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran church in Lafe. All family and friends are invited.

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Walthall - Meeker

Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Walthall of Willisville announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lesley Joann Walthall, to Anthony Paul Meeker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ward of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Sylvia Walthall of Waldo and the late R.E. Walthall, the late Vernell Ward, the late O.B. Camp and the late Joyce Camp Murphy.

She is a 1999 graduate of Nevada High School and a 2004 graduate of Southern Arkansas University with a bachelor's degree in accounting and a 2005 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a master's degree in business administration. She is employed as a financial analyst at Farmers Bank and Trust in Magnolia.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Junior Meeker of Smithville, Marie Ward of Walnut Ridge and the late William Ward.

He is a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a degree in radiology. He is employed by Kilpatrick Life Insurance in Springhill, La., as an independent agent.

The wedding will take place Friday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Willisville Church of Christ. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

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Cecil F. Barnett Jr.

Cecil F. Barnett Jr., 65, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 1, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born at Marianna, he had lived in Jonesboro for 51 years. He was the retired owner and operator of C&F Distinctive Home Furnishings in Jonesboro. He was a member of First Christian Church in Jonesboro, where he served as the choir director for 44 years, and was a member of the Over the Hill Gang and The Thunderbirds Band.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil F. Sr. and Cleo Meredith Barnett.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Hart Barnett, formerly of Walnut Ridge; a son, Jeff Barnett and wife Charlette, Kansas City, Kan.; two daughters, Debbie Papich and husband Will, Decatur, Ala., and Cheri Tims, Jonesboro; his stepmother, Martha Jean Barnett, Jonesboro; two stepsisters, Becky Urton, Rock Island, Ill., and Carolyn Hudgins, Plano, Texas; and six grandchildren, J.J. Barnett, Tyler Barnett, Angela Tims, Hillary Papich, Mallory Papich and Matthew Papich.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro with Rev. Jerry Wilcox officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were J.J. Barnett, Tyler Barnett, Thomas Quinn Tims, Kyle Tims, Mike Rinaldi, Greg Dudley, Chris Dudley and Bill Winchester. Honorary pallbearers were the board of directors of First Christian Church and Highland Drive Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 901 South Main St., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

An online guestbook is available at

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Bill Eugene Erwin

Bill Eugene Erwin, 73, of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 30, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 6, 1934, in Shelbyville, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and Arkansas National Guard. He lived in Walnut Ridge and Marked Tree before moving to Jonesboro in 1969. He retired from Barton Lumber Company after 35 years of service and then worked for Wal-Mart in Jonesboro for eight years. He was a member and former deacon of Southwest Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Regina Erwin; a son, Barry Erwin, Jonesboro; a daughter, Karen Erwin, Jonesboro; and a sister, Christine Asberry, Strawberry.

Funeral was Monday morning at 10 a.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Jimmy Adcox officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Memorials may be made to the "Realize The Dream" campaign, Southwest Church of Christ, 1601 James, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

An online guestbook is available at

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Maxie Ray Fann

Maxie Ray Fann, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 3, 2007, at Jonesboro Healthcare Center.

He had lived in Walnut Ridge the past 38 years, after moving from Collinsville, Ill. He was a local pawnbroker and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Frankie Davenport Fann; a brother, Loyd; and a sister, Ruby.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Barker Fann; two daughters, Therese Gibson and Debbie Schultz, both of Walnut Ridge; three brothers, Jack Fann, Malden, Mo., Pete Fann, Doniphan, Mo., and Freeman Fann, Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Marjorie Layman, Troy, Ill., Phena Hovis, Reyno, Dorothy Thompson, Collinsville, Ill., and Eva Thompson, Corning; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Nelson-Johnson Cemetery at Reyno.

Pallbearers will be Michael Schultz, Derrick Schultz, Aqualah Henry, Richard Hovis, Doyle Hovis and Jerry Gibson.

Visitation is Thursday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Tona Ring Kildow

Tona Ring Kildow, 85, of Ravenden, died Nov. 27, 2007, at Jonesboro.

She had lived at Black Rock most of her life and had lived in Ravenden the past two years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Kildow Sr.; two sons, Gene Kildow and Charles Kildow; four sisters; and three brothers.

Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Daniels, Juda, Wis., Rena Kildow, Robinsonville, Miss., and Mary Ann Wagner, Imboden; two sons, James Kildow, Gatesville, Texas, and Jerry Kildow, Ravenden Springs; two sisters, Lois Tiner, Austin, Texas, and Madge Pennington, Litchfield, Mich.; two brothers, Garland Ring, New Boston, Mich., and Lowell Ring, Sears, Mich.; 28 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Black Rock Church of Christ with Steve Prestidge officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were David Kildow, Michael Kildow, Jimmy Kildow, Joey Brandon, Larry Kirk, Bill Bearer and Robert Kilyan Kildow.

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Eugene Richey

Eugene Richey, 64, of Paragould, died Nov. 27, 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

Born July 6, 1943, at Eaton, he was a Korean War veteran and was retired from Emerson Electric.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Faye Davis Richey; and two brothers, Charles Richey and Bud Richey.

Survivors include his wife, Shelia Kay Richey; a daughter, Regina West and husband Jimmy, Paragould; a son, David Richey and wife Elizabeth, Corning; five brothers, Leroy Richey, Phoenix, Rufus Richey, Benton, Roger Richey, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Gale Richey and Gary Richey, both of Paragould; four sisters, Irene Hawley and Brenda Jordan, both of Marmaduke, Martha Kamarat, Jacksonville, Fla., and Mada Barrett, Beaumont, Texas; and six grandchildren, Justin West, Skylar West, Caleb Richey, Micah Richey, Hannah Richey and Isaac Richey.

A celebration of his life was held Friday at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Revs. David Richey and Carl Richey officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be sent to the Blue Turtle Swim Team.

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Edward Franklin Rushing/a>

Edward Franklin Rushing, 81, of Black Rock, died Dec. 3, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 12, 1926 in Leachville, Mo., he was the son of Ben and Nellie Boyd Rushing. He was a boilermaker-welder for the Local 27 in St. Louis and a World War II Army veteran. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Carolyn Walker and Carolyn Pollock.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Williamson Rushing; three sons, Jerry Don Clifford and wife Connie, Lafe, Terry Clifford and wife Kim, Paragould, and Scott Rushing of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; a daughter Cathy Gray and husband Lee, Paragould; a brother, Ralph Rushing of Malden, Mo.; two sisters, Bernita Johnson, St. Charles, Mo., and Bernice Hamm, Missouri; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Hoxie with Rev. Lynn Garmroth officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery at Paragould under the direction of Heath Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Pollock, Joshua Pollock, Brad Gray, Lee Gray, Jerry Don Clifford and Terry Clifford. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry James Clifford, Gary Lee Pollock and the deacons of First Baptist Church.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8 at the funeral home in Paragould.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Hoxie.

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Willie Belle Yates

Willie Belle Yates, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died, Nov. 30, 2007, at Jonesboro.

Born at Light, she was the daughter of the late William and Grace Witcher Clapp. She lived in Muskegon, Mich., for many years and returned to Walnut Ridge 32 years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Yates; a daughter, Tomazine Rowe; three sisters, Claudia Jones, Brooksie Mink and Woodsie Bailey; and two brothers, Earl Michael and Tillman Clapp.

Survivors include three daughters, Phyllis McDonald, Jonesboro, and Jackie Fender and Peggy Ward, both of Walnut Ridge; two sons, Benny Rowe, Hesperia, Mich., and David Yates, Muskegon, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Joe McMasters officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Warren Fender, Steve Ward, Mark Tolbert, Daniel Pavlak, Jason Ward and Mark Fender. Honorary pallbearers were Russell Benson and Sam Prater.

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George W. Wilkerson

George W. Wilkerson, 62, of Poughkeepsie, died Dec. 2, 2007, at Ash Flat Nursing and Rehab.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Gipson Wilkerson; a son, Daniel E. Gipson, Poughkeepsie; a brother, Leo L. Wilkerson, Thayer, Mo.; and two sisters, Linda Lou Gill, Walnut Ridge, and Ann Louise Gann, Williford.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Ridge Community Church in Poughkeepsie. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Heath Oak Hill Chapel of Hardy.

Visitation is today from noon to 2 p.m.

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