December 12, 2007 Edition

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Justen Taylor Combs Cessily RaeAnn Green Alex Kinley Stringer
Logan Michael White


Coody ~ Nelson Taylor ~ Hufstedler


Cecil Robert Akley Kandon Wayne Bryant Kevin Higginbotham
Brooks Lee Sloan John William Wagster Sr. Dr. Cora Elizabeth Webb
Sandra Kay Weddle


Justen Taylor Combs

Shane and Dede Combs of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son on Dec. 4, 2007, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Justen Taylor Combs.

He has three brothers, Tyler, Branden and Camren.

Grandparents are Arthur and Betty Inman and Mary Combs and the late Johnny Combs. He is the great-grandson of Linnie Inman and Lillie Lewis.

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Cessily RaeAnn Green

Shawn and Dawn Green of Hoxie announce the birth of a daughter on Dec. 5, 2007, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Cessily RaeAnn Green.

She has three brothers, Gaven, Xander and Noah.

Grandparents are Peggy and Anthony Green, Sharon and Richard Goforth and Teddy Kellim. She is the great-granddaughter of Bob Akley, Chester and Callie Green, Cecil Burrow and Louise and Cleo Baty.

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Alex Kinley Stringer

Chris and Kristie Stringer of Benton have announced the birth of a daughter on Dec. 7, 2007, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. The baby weighed five pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Alex Kinley Stringer.

She has a sister, Halle, six, and a brother, Jeter, 20 months.

Grandparents are Larry and Donna Williams of Ravenden and Steve and Nancy Hudanish of Benton. She is the great-granddaughter of Vida Rosselot and Dale Davis, both of Walnut Ridge.

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Logan Michael White

Rick Jr. and Felicia White of Hoxie have announced the birth of their first child, a son, on Dec. 6, 2007, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed nine pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Logan Michael White.

Grandparents are Rick White Sr., Edward and Elizabeth Horn and Lisa Bowen, all of Walnut Ridge, and Virgil Bolden of Waldenburg. He is the great-grandson of Clyde and Janet Galbreath of Walnut Ridge, Clarence and Betty Hazelwood of Imboden and Carlis and May Bowen of Valley View.

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Coody ~ Nelson
Cassie Crossno Coody became the bride of Forrest Nelson in a private ceremony on Oct. 25 at Fayetteville with Justice of the Peace Jessie Bryant officiating.

The bride, a former resident of Walnut Ridge, is the daughter of Ted and Brenda Coody of Mountainburg. She is the mother of Elijah Crossno.

The groom is the son of Jim and Lucille Thomas of Elkins and Buddy Nelson of Oklahoma. He is the father of Schade Nelson.

The couple are at home in Farmington, where they are both self-employed.

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Taylor ~ Hufstedler
Ashley Erin Hufstedler of Walnut Ridge became the bride of Caleb Allen Taylor of Maynard in a double-ring outdoor ceremony solemnized Saturday, Oct 20, 2007, at 4 p.m., at Swindle Farms in Paragould.

The bride is the daughter of Dina Rose Hufstedler of Walnut Ridge and Cliff Hufstedler of Warm Springs. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose of Walnut Ridge and the late Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hufstedler and the great-granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rose of Black Rock.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mr. Tommy Taylor of Maynard and the grandson of Joan Swindle of Maynard and the late Bill Swindle and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harold Taylor.

Keith Harris of Batesville, cousin of the bride, performed the ceremony. Debbye Jarrett of Maynard was vocalist. Holly Sutton of Pocahontas, cousin of the groom, directed the wedding.

Given in marriage by her maternal grandfather, the bride wore a Morilee two-piece gown fashioned of ivory lace and taffeta. The halter bodice featured a dropped waistline that was overlaid with crystal beading, and the taffeta skirt with chapel length train was surrounded with rushed pick ups. She carried a silk bouquet of fall-colored roses and hydrangeas.

Krystal Goff of Walnut Ridge was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Taylor McDowell of Pocahontas, niece of the groom, and Vanessa Oliver of Walnut Ridge. Junior bridesmaids were Chloe Sutton and Sarah Sutton of Pocahontas, cousins of the groom.

Zack Koons of Maynard served as best man. Groomsmen were Dustin Ulmer of Maynard, Adam Hufstedler of Walnut Ridge, brother of the bride, Ben Samons of Maynard and Clay Hufstedler of Walnut Ridge, brother of the bride. Ushers were Ryan Ulmer of Maynard and Joey McDowell of Pocahontas, brother-in-law of the groom.

Madilyn and Ian McDowell of Pocahontas, niece and nephew of the groom, served as flower girl and ring bearer, respectively. Heather Rose of Greenbrier, cousin of the bride, was guest book attendant.

The wedding reception followed in the lodge at Swindle Farms. Servers were Amber Penn of Walnut Ridge, Rachel Koons of Maynard, Mary Jo Dust of Pocahontas, aunt of the groom, and Chandra McDowell of Pocahontas, sister of the groom.

Rehearsal dinner

A rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom's family was held Friday, Oct. 19, at Swindle Farms and was catered by Jenny Jarrett of Maynard.


The bride was honored with three showers prior to the wedding.

A bridal shower was held at the Walnut Ridge Country Club on Sunday, Sept. 9. Hostesses were Terry Sue Passalauqua, Alyson Williams, Dana Penn, Ginger Bibb, Sue Brand, Jeannie Harper and Sloane Kelley.

A bridal shower was held at the home of Dr. Jan Ziegler in Pocahontas on Sunday, Sept. 16. Hostesses in addition to Ziegler were Ann French, Joniece Trammel, Brandi Chester, Kim Bigger and Carolyn Collins.

A third bridal shower was held at the Maynard Community Center on Sunday, Oct. 7. Hostesses were Holly Sutton, Mary Jo Dust and Chandra McDowell.

Amber Penn, along with bridesmaids and friends, hosted a "girls' night out" for Ashley on Oct. 12 in Jonesboro.

The couple is residing in Pocahontas, where Ashley is a student in the Practical Nursing Program at Black River Technical College and Caleb is a licensed auctioneer and real estate agent affiliated with T&S Auction Service and Double TT Farms in Maynard.

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Cecil Robert Akley

Cecil Robert "Bob" Akley, 86, of Smithville, died Dec. 6, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He was the son of Everett and Pansy Taylor Akley and had lived in St. Louis before moving to Smithville. He had served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Nunnally Akley; two daughters, Linda Brown and Mary Akley; two sons, Bobby Akley and Cecil Robert Akley Jr.; a sister, Ethel; and four brothers, Emmett Akley, Fred Akley, Claude Akley and Floyd Akley.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Goforth, of the home; four grandchildren, Viola Green, Cecil Robert Keeling, Angela Stokes and Jeremy Goforth; eight great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Tina Patton.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery, near Lynn, with Don House officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Kandon Wayne Bryant

Kandon Wayne Bryant, newborn son of Robert and Shauna Dobbs Bryant of Hoxie, died Dec. 2, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his grandparents, Wayne and Betty Bryant, Black Rock, Carol Dobbs, Hoxie; and his great-grandfather, Bobby Dobbs, Hoxie.

Graveside service was Saturday at Crossroad Cemetery, near Portia, with Terry Wallace and Allen Stinnett officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Kevin Carson Higginbotham

Kevin Carson Higginbotham, 46, of Hardy, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 9, 2007, at Hardy.

Born April 25, 1961, in Jonesboro, he was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1982. He was a licensed embalmer and funeral director and was associated with the family's businesses, Higginbotham Funeral Service, Inc., and Higginbotham Burial Insurance Company at Walnut Ridge and Hardy. He was the top salesman for the Higginbotham Pre-Need Sales for a number of years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his father, William C. Higginbotham; a brother, William C. Higginbotham Jr.; grandparents, Harland Ray and Tola Shaver, Carson and Hazel Higginbotham Best, and his stepgrandfather, J.W. Best.

Survivors include a daughter, Rachael Acord and husband Jacob, Horseshoe Bend; his mother, Mary Jo Higginbotham, Hardy; a brother, Robert Lee Higginbotham, Muskogee, Okla.; and a granddaughter, Addison Acord.

There will be two separate funeral services. The first one is Friday at 2 p.m. at the Higginbotham Chapel in Hardy. A second service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Chapel in Walnut Ridge. Bros. Harold Russell and Everett Isom will officiate. There will be no visitations. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers will be Rick Dobbins, Ernie Rose, Stan Duckworth, Mark McArthur, Mac McArthur and Ronnie Rice.

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Brooks Lee Sloan

Brooks Lee Sloan, infant child of Drs. Tony and Valerie Sloan of Jonesboro, was born and died on Dec. 3, 2007.

In addition to the parents, survivors include a brother, Jackson Anthony Sloan; a sister, Olivia Ann Sloan; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sloan Turnbow, Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel (Bud) Sloan, Kensett; great-grandmother, Bernice Clayton, Saffell; and great-grandfather, Gus Turnbow, Skill Care Nursing Center in Jonesboro, formerly of Lynn.

Private graveside services will be at Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Dry Creek Memorial Association, c/o Sherry Glenn, P.O. Box 98, Lynn, AR 72440.

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John William Wagster Sr.

John William Wagster Sr., 94, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 5, 2007, in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Elsie Marie Wagster; and his mother, Carrie Elliott.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Wagster; a son, John Wagster Jr., Hartwell, Ga.; and a grandson, Lee Wagster, Hartwell.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Rick Ethridge officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Bill Keeling, Bobby Keeling, Thomas Keeling Jr., Phillip Keeling, Julus Keeling and Carlon Keeling. Honorary pallbearer was Alton Keeling.

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Dr. Cora Elizabeth Webb

Cora Elizabeth Webb, Ed. D., 82, of Springdale, died Dec. 6, 2007, at Earlene Howard Hospice House in Springdale.

Born April 13, 1925, in Blytheville, she was the daughter of J.V. and Ludie Pierce. She was a teacher for over 30 years and then worked as a psychological examiner until her retirement. She received a doctorate in education from the University of Memphis at the age of 71 and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma sorority. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Springdale, where she taught the Dorcas Sunday school class and sang in the Celebration Choir.

Survivors include her husband, Gene Webb, whom she married March 4, 1946; a son, Perry Webb, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and his wife Rebecca, Springdale; and three grandchildren, Amanda Smith, Sarah Gordley and Bartley Webb.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Springdale with Revs. Ronnie Floyd, Charlie Foster and Tommy Henson officiating. Burial was in Bluff Cemetery under the direction of Sisco Funeral Chapel of Springdale.

Pallbearers were Gene Layman, Ted Schneider, Bob Wood, Charles Polston, Bill Rogers and Gary Owens. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Dorcas Sunday school class and the staff members of Circle of Life Hospice.

Memorials may be made to the Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762.

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Sandra Kay Weddle

Sandra Kay Smith Dobbins Weddle, 57, of Trumann, died Dec. 6, 2007, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born June 10, 1950, in Harrisburg, she had lived in Walnut Ridge for the past few months and had lived most of her life in Trumann. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, Rev. Jack C. and Delphia R. Kain Smith; two sisters, Glenda R. Bledsoe and Bonnie S. Smith; and three brothers, James Smith, C. L. "Buddy" Smith, and Billy Smith.

Survivors include three sons, Michael Dobbins and Billy Dobbins, both of Trumann, and Delton Dobbins, Hoxie; a daughter, Kathy Grissom, Doniphan, Mo.; five brothers, Delton C. "Teen" Smith, Monticello, La., Gerald A. Smith, Bay Village, Jackie D. Smith and Larry D. Smith, both of Trumann, and Randall R. Smith, Apple Valley, Calif.; two sisters, Joann Angel, Phoenix, and Elaine Brecheen, Trumann; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Samuel Spurlock officiating. Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery at Harrisburg under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Smith, Johnny Smith, Danny Andrews, Mike Sullivan, Charlie Laire, Eddie Lillard, Rodney Eich and Junior Fitzgerald. Honorary pallbearers were Terry Smith, Billy Smith, Tommy Smith and Delton Smith Jr.

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