January 2, 2008 Edition

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Weddings/Engagements

Hart ~ Bullard Kopp ~ Spades

Obituaries

George Barker Karon Sue Clinton Patrick Lyn Clinton
Curtis Paul Friar Stella Pearl Haney Jewell Lorene Healey
Marilyn Sue Johnson Bryon Landis Long Melvin C. McBride
Terry Dewayne Murray Cecil Spargo Maurice Gene Starr
Jimmy Dale Tribble Jr Glen H. Verkler Shawn Walker

Weddings/Engagements

Hart ~ Bullard

Lindsey Bullard and Houston Hart were united in marriage in a ceremony solemnized Saturday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church.

The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Shelia Bullard of Minturn and the granddaughter of Lilburn and Ann Rogers of Hoxie and the late Albert and Rosie Bullard.

The groom is the son of Blake and Debi Hart and the grandson of James and Mary Boozer and Benson and Pate Hart, all of Walnut Ridge.

Dennis Truxler, pastor of Sedgwick Baptist Church, and J.P. Morgan, pastor of Plaza Church in Walnut Ridge, officiated the double-ring ceremony. Nuptial music was performed by Mary Ann Foley, with vocals performed by Travis Eades.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory cafe matte satin gown fashioned with a strapless bodice, an A-line waist, detailed with rhinestones, beads and miniature pearls and a skirt adorned by a cross-over sash in back that extended the length of the cathedral train. She carried a cascade bouquet of dendrobium orchids, antique hydrangeas, Italian ruskus and chocolate and charlotte roses interwoven with leonides, button poms and bear grass, designed by Karen Williams of Flower Basket.

Drew Golden served as maid of honor and Sara Mullen Scott was the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Rebecca Bullard, Erin Kennemer and Jackie Holland. Kennedy Respalie, cousin of the bride, was the flower girl.

Matt Mullen served as best man, and groomsmen were Joey McNeal, Ryan Manning, Jeff Ball and Travis Hayes. Ushers were Jason and Chris Bullard, Jamie Causey and Jud McNeal. Peyton LaRue, cousin of the groom, was the ring bearer.

LeAnne Foley and Brianna Segraves presided at the guest book table.

The wedding reception, hosted by the bride's parents, immediately followed the ceremony in the church fellowship hall and was coordinated and catered by Debbie Sullivan of Hoxie.

The wedding was directed by Lila Floyd, and the reception party included Brenda Bullard and Shane Bullard, aunts of the bride, and Maegan Bullard, Tiffany Bullard, Shelly Rains, Beth Davis and Amber Eades, cousins of the bride.

Following a wedding trip to Honolulu, Houston and Lindsey are residing in Bono.

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Kopp ~ Spades

Sara Ann Spades became the bride of Jonathan David Kopp in a ceremony solemnized at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2007, at St. Paul The Apostle Catholic Church in Pocahontas.

Parents of the couple are Sam and Becky Spades of Black Rock and Danny and Susan Kopp of Hoxie.

Father John Marconi officiated the double-ring ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Janet Holt of Pocahontas, organist, and Dawn Kopp of Annieville, sister-in-law of the groom, vocalist.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a strapless gown fashioned of ivory luxe taffeta by Mori Lee. The neckline was edged with crystals beading on the ruched A-line gown and crystal were tucked into the skirt pick-ups and onto the modified chapel-length train. She wore a two-tier fingertip veil of illusion completely edged with Swarovski crystals and carried a hand clutch bouquet of lavender roses, miniature calla lilies, grape leaves and pearl accents.

Britany Timmons of Little Rock was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Candace Barber of Searcy and Amanda Ball of Black Rock, sisters of the bride.

Best man was Jeremy Lewis of Hoxie. Danny Kopp III of Hoxie and Matt Kopp of Annieville, brothers of the groom, served as groomsmen.

Jonathan Barnhill of Annieville, brother-in-law of the groom, and Spencer Brown of Hoxie served as ushers. Candlelighters were Brandi Bookout of Portia and Katie Logan of Walnut Ridge.

Flower girls were Rebekah Kopp, Anna Barnhill and Sarah Elizabeth Allen, nieces of the groom. Colby Morgan, nephew of the bride, served as ring bearer.

Jamie Bergman of Jonesboro attended the bride's book.

A reception was held at the Walnut Ridge Country Club following the ceremony. Servers were Samantha Davis of Walnut Ridge and Tessa Callahan of Black Rock, cousins of the bride, Hollie Thielemier of Walnut Ridge and Veronica Campbell of Hoxie.

Following a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple are at home in Walnut Ridge, where Sara is a registered nurse in the ICU at St. Bernards in Jonesboro and Jonathan is employed with Walnut Ridge City Water Works.

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Obituaries

George Barker

George "Sammy" Barker, 58, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 20, 2007, at UAMS in Little Rock.

Born Sept. 6, 1949, at Monette, he was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam era. He worked as a shipping clerk for Colson Caster Company for many years and was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Edward and Audrey Mae Crow Barker; and a brother, Thomas.

Survivors include a son, Dewayne Barker and wife Candis, Walnut Ridge; a stepson, Chucky Oliver and wife Lisa, Biggers; two brothers, Charles Barker and wife Regina, Walnut Ridge, and Jerry Barker, Powhatan; two sisters, Irene Britt and husband Jim, Pocahontas, and Pat Mercer and husband Raymond, Bono; and four grandchildren, Madalyn Barker, Christin Barker, Kortney Oliver and Blane Oliver.

Funeral was Monday, Dec. 24, at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Derek Collins officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home. Military honors were accorded by VFW Post #4556 of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Larry Britt, Raymond Mercer, Jeff Walker, Don Williams, Billy Robertson, Tony Waldrupe, John Dodd and Bryan Hatfield.

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Karon Sue Clinton

Karon Sue Clinton, 49, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 24, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Lovina Toland; a brother, Orville "Butch" Toland; a grandson, Zachariah; and her mother-in-law.

Survivors include her husband, Mark Clinton; three daughters, Nellie Richey and Kellie Ellison, both of Walnut Ridge, and Hellen Toland, Utah; a son, Billy Gene Cunningham, Kentucky; two sisters, Cheryl Hart, Walnut Ridge, and Patricia Strohl, Hoxie; three brothers, Robert Toland, Walnut Ridge, and Charles Toland and Frank Toland, both of Ohio; her father-in-law, Leroy Clinton, Cave City; her mother-in-law, Audrey Lenderman, Hoxie; and six grandchildren, Logan Richey, Coby Zane Dawson, Rehanna Dawson, Mark Robinson, Abigal Bailey and Dakota Ellison.

Graveside service was Thursday at 11 a.m. at Crossroads Cemetery, near Portia, with Randy "Little John" Pinkston officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Chuck Adams, Shawn Stroll, Rickey Simmons, Robert Toland, Allen Bayles and Robert Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Brent Richey, Mark Clinton, Charles Clinton, Jeff Clinton, Cloyce Richey, Kelly Dawson, J.R. Douglas, Randall Pinkston, Charles Toland, Frank Toland and Patrick Hart.

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Patrick Lyn Clinton

Patrick Lyn Clinton, 31, of Divernon, Ill., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 29, 2007, in Springfield, Ill.

He graduated with honors from Walnut Ridge High School in 1994. He received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural business from Arkansas State University and a master of science degree in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas in 2001. He was employed with USDA National Agriculture Statistics.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gilbert and Ethel Black and Claud and Helen Clinton.

Survivors include his wife, Stacy Dodd-Clinton; his parents, Pat and Carolyn Black Clinton, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Robert Clinton, Walnut Ridge; his mother and father-in-law, Danny and Freda Dodd, Marmaduke; and a sister-in-law, Jennifer Dodd, Paragould.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Bro. Kim Bridges and Carl Cates officiating. Burial will be in Harvey's Chapel Cemetery at Marmaduke.

Pallbearers will be Chad Cox, Dustin Smith, Hancel Hall, Toby Selby, Michael Boggs and Derek Weldon.

Visitation is tonight from 5 to 8 at the funeral home.

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Curtis Paul Friar

Curtis Paul Friar, 89, of Paragould, who has several relatives living in Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 25, 2007, at his home.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. in Heath Colonial Chapel at Paragould with Rev. Michael Sutton officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis.

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Stella Pearl Haney

Stella Pearl Haney, 92, of Jonesboro, mother of Martha Cox of Annieville, and half-sister of Roxie Gailbreath of Hoxie, died Dec. 23, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Wednesday, Dec. 26, in Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Jewell Lorene Healey

Jewell Lorene Healey, 81, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 30, 2007, at Jonesboro.

She lived most of her life in Sedgwick and was of the Methodist faith. She was retired from General Electric.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Healey; four brothers, Woodrow Neal, Herbert Neal, Leo Neal and Cleo Neal; and a grandson.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Griggs, Arkadelphia, and Rheamona Reithemeyer, Walnut Ridge; five sisters, Pearl Gray, Dalton, Jessie Ruth Britton, Sedgwick, Jeanette Littlechild, Carthage, Mo., Julie Miller, Brookland, and Carolyn Neal, Locust Grove, Okla; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with William Holt officiating. Burial will be in Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Seel, Anthony Seel, Eugene Reithemeyer, Truman Britton, Cleo Neal Jr. and Gary Wayne Broom.

Visitation is tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 at the funeral home.

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Marilyn Sue Jones Johnson

Marilyn Sue Jones Johnson, 66, of Little Rock, died Dec. 26, 2007.

Born March 9, 1941, at Alicia, she was a graduate of Arkansas State College in Jonesboro. She was the owner of Tender Care Medical Supply Company in Little Rock and was a former member of the Salvation Army Board of Directors.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Opal Riley Jones.

Survivors include three sisters, Surilda Poole, Little Rock, Barbara Clark, Powhatan, and Judy Brubaker, Rockford, Ill.

Graveside service was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia. Griffin-Leggett Funeral Home of Little Rock had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 1111 West Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72201.

An online guestbook is available at www.griffinleggett.com.

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Bryon Landis Long

Bryon Landis Long, 41, of Harrisburg, brother of James Long of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 22, 2007, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. Burial was Wednesday, Dec. 26, in Harrisburg Memorial Park under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Children's Home in Paragould, the Make-A-Wish Foundation or to the charity of the donor's choice. An online guestbook is available at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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Melvin C. McBride

Melvin C. McBride, 95, of Moberly, Mo., died Nov. 10, 2007, in Moberly.

Born Dec. 2, 1911, in Black Rock, he was the son of Frank T. and Rebecca Weir McBride. He had been employed by the Clayton, Mo., School District until his retirement in 1975. He had been a member of the Black Rock Masonic Lodge since 1946.

He was preceded in death by a son, Taylor; 10 siblings; and a great-grandson.

Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Virgie M. Holobaugh McBride; two sons, Henry T. McBride and wife LeAnn, Everton, Mo., and James C. McBride and wife Sherry, St. Charles, Mo.; a daughter, Nellie Ehrhardt and husband John, Moberly, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Jessie McBride; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Nov. 14 at the Baue Funeral and Memorial Center in St. Charles, Mo. Burial was in St. Charles Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society or to a hospice of the donor's choice.

An online guestbook is available at baue.com.

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Terry Dewayne Murray

Terry Dewayne Murray, 31, of Delaplaine, died Dec. 29, 2007.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Eli Murray; an aunt, Sarah Jane Walker; and a nephew, Gauge Sawyer Murray.

Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Murray; a son, Tripp Eli Emry Murray, of the home; his parents, Eli Alan and Lynn Murray, Delaplaine; two brothers, Christopher Murray and Michael Murray, both of Delaplaine; and his grandparents, Mae Murray, Pocahontas, and Rupert and Doris White, Delaplaine.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Price officiating. Burial will be in Sharum Cemetery. Military honors will be give by Promberger-Traw VFW Post #4556 of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Murray, Michael Murray, Billy Don Weitkamp, Kevin Weitkamp, Bobby Rapert and Chris Rice. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Nelson, Nathan Compton, Justin Weitkamp, Terry Varner, Brent Garner, Joey Rice, Steve Lowtharp, Gordon Lowtharp, Brad Murray and Chuck Murray.

Memorials may be made to an account for Tripp Murray, which has been established at Pulaski Bank.

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Cecil Spargo

Cecil Spargo, 96, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 27, 2007, at Walnut Ridge.

A lifetime resident of Hoxie and Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Richard Sr., and Carrie Shepard Spargo. She was a former beautician and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include a son, James Middleton, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a brother, Louie Spargo, Walnut Ridge; seven grandchildren, Alveeta Newsum, Cheryl Selbert, Juanita Boss, Kathleen Matlock, Gracie Lynn Middleton Smith, Frank James and Carless Dewayne Middleton; eighteen great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at noon at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Danny Whitmire officiating. Private burial was in Minturn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Brent Smith, Wayne Fondren, Danny Ross, James Matlock, Timothy Matlock and Christopher Matlock. Honorary pallbearers were Joey Siebert, Blake Householder, Matthew Womack and John Matlock.

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Maurice Gene Starr

Maurice Gene Starr, 79, of Smithville, died Dec. 26, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 19, 1928, in Memphis, he was the son of Alfred M. and Bonnie Coffman Starr. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953 as 1st Lieutenant.

A 1946 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix School, he graduated from Arkansas State in 1950 with a degree in agriculture. He received a masters in education from the University of Arkansas in 1955. He completed a specialist degree in administrative education in 1974. He taught agriculture at Fountain Lake School in Hot Springs for five years and served as superintendent of Williford Schools until his retirement in 1983.

He was a longtime member of the Smithville United Methodist Church, where he currently served as chairman of the administrative council and as the Adult class Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include his wife, Daphine Stewart Starr; a son, Ben Starr and wife Karen, Smithville; a daughter, Patti Russell and husband Gary, Smithville; and four grandchildren, Josh Russell, Sarah Russell, Nicole Starr and Allison Starr.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Smithville with Bob McMillon and Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in the Coffman Family Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Josh Russell, Steve Jones, Jim Jones, Danny Rowsey, David Stewart and Curt Mason. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Burrow, Walt Neeley, Gene Pickett, Rickey Pickett, Jackie Pickett and Mike Pickett.

Memorials may be made to Wayland Springs Camp or to the Lawrence County Library.

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Jimmy Dale Tribble Jr.

Jimmy Dale Tribble Jr., 23, of Hoxie, died Dec. 31, 2007.

Born Jan. 4, 1984, in Jonesboro, he was a graduate of Hoxie High School and was employed at Wal-Mart in Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arther and Pauline Tribble.

Survivors include his parents, Jimmy Dale Sr. and Paula Tribble, Hoxie; a sister, Shelly Tribble, Hoxie; his grandparents, Paul and Ruby Prater, Walnut Ridge; two nephews, Dylan Fisher and Landon Fisher, both of Walnut Ridge; and a niece, Taylor Fisher, Walnut Ridge.

Visitation is Thursday evening from 6 to 8 at Bryan Funeral Home.

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Glen H. Verkler

Glen Hollace "Pat" Verkler, 91, of Black Rock, died Dec. 23, 2007.

Born Nov. 9, 1916, he was the son of W.E. and Katie Verkler. He was raised in Black Rock, but also lived and worked in Michigan and Kansas City, Kan., before returning to Arkansas in 1964. He was a cattle rancher, realtor and landlord for the past 40 years.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Eva Davis Verkler; two sons, Ron Verkler and wife Liz, Kansas City, Mo., and Mark Verkler and wife Marie, Wylie, Texas; two daughters, Jan Meier, Wylie, Texas, and Rhonda Turbyeville and husband Scott, Black Rock; a sister, Freda Holder, Kansas City, Kan.; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at the Black Rock United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Pentecost officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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Shawn Walker

Shawn Walker, 38, of Jonesboro died, Dec. 26, 2007, at Pocahontas.

He had lived in Jonesboro since 1989, after moving from Hoxie. He served in the medical services of the United States Air Force and was a flight medic for Air-Evac, stationed in Sikeston, Mo. He was a member of Southwest Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Sara Walker; a son, Spencer Shawn Walker, of the home; his mother and stepfather, Jeannette and Bill Rush, Walnut Ridge; his father and stepmother, Frank and Juanita Walker, Marshall, Mo.; and a brother, Aaron Walker, Jonesboro.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Bros. Jimmy Adcox and Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in McDaniel Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Aaron Walker, Steven Spencer, Kerry Don Wilkinson, Fred Finnell, Chris Foster, and Mike Wixted.

Memorials may be made to the Spencer Walker Education Fund, in care of Bancorpsouth, 2201 Fair Park Blvd, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401.

An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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