January 23, 2008 Edition

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Avery Brynn Blansett


Roberts ~ Howe Smith ~ Foley


Evangeline Cothren Daisy Dru Croom Beth Dobbs
Lorene McCarroll Gibbens Vernon Clarence Girard Virgie Ruth Hale
Larry Lamb Katherine Light Leo Martin Jr.
Cyndi Molnar Bonnie Park Ada Pauline Phillips
Angela Pippinger Dallas C. Richey Jimmie Dale Shatsar


Avery Brynn Blansett

Gary Blansett and Suzie Oliver of Oklahoma have announced the birth of a daughter on Jan. 15, 2008, at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma. The baby weighed six pounds, one ounce, and has been named Avery Brynn Blansett.

She has two older brothers, Brayden and Jayce.

Grandparents are Betty Oliver and Melissa Guthrie, both of Black Rock, and Larry and Gina Blansett of Imboden.

She is the great-granddaughter of Ralph and Mae Blansett, Kenneth and Roberta Stephens and Ualdean Davis, all from Imboden.

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Roberts ~ Howe

DaRae Ann Howe of Paragould became the bride of Ronnie Jeromey Roberts of Delaplaine on Dec. 8, 2007, at 4 p.m. at the O'Kean Free Will Baptist Church in O'Kean.

Parents of the couple are Donie and Janet Howe of Marmaduke and Ronnie B. and Deon Roberts of Delaplaine.

Rev. Frank Giunta officiated the double-ring ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Darlene Shoe and Kandy Hart.

The bride was escorted by her father. Her Maggie Sottero two-piece gown with a corset back featured a slim A-line, Vintage Taffeta skirt with caught-up features and a chapel train. She wore a crystal and rhinestone encrusted tiara and a fingertip-length veil. She carried a bouquet of red roses adorned with crystal jewels.

Kendra Street served as matron of honor. Bridesmaid was Wendy Roach, cousin of the bride, and Sandy Roach, cousin of the bride, served as junior bridesmaid. The flower girl was Caley Rickey, niece of groom.

Best Man was Nick Ragsdell. Michael Hudson and Craig Stone were groomsmen. Hunter Rickey, nephew of the groom, was ring bearer.

Jessie Rickey, brother-in-law of groom, and Jonathan Sanders served as ushers.

Emily Holder and Krista Roberts, cousins of the groom, presided at the bride's book table.

A wedding reception, hosted by the couple, was held following the ceremony at the Gateway to the Ozarks Theatre in Walnut Ridge. Servers were Lindsey Hicks, Stephanie Denton, Leigh Ann Smith, cousin of bride, and Melani Robles.

After a wedding trip to Walt Disney World in Florida the couple are at home in Paragould, where she is employed at Paragould, Light, Water & Cable and he is employed with RDR Farms in Delaplaine.

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Smith ~ Foley

Jessica Danielle Foley became the bride of Nicholas James Smith in a ceremony solemnized on Dec. 29, 2007, at 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring.

The bride is the daughter of Jackie and Janette Privett of Mammoth Spring, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and John Foley of Walnut Ridge. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.S. "Rosie" Foley of Walnut Ridge and Mr. and Mrs. William Vance of Newport.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mel Smith of High Point, N.C.

The ceremony was officiated by Jean Pace, and nuptial selections were played on the piano by Rebecca Haney. A special poem, selected by the couple, was read during the ceremony by Amanda Smith, sister of the groom.

The bride was given in marriage by her father and stepfather. She wore a formal gown of ivory matte satin with lace and beading detail and embroidery adorning the bodice and flowing down the length of the train. She carried a bouquet of red roses wrapped in satin and decorative ribbon.

Tiffany McDonald of Coal City, Ill., served as maid of honor. Chloe and Lillian Foley, nieces of the bride, served as ring bearer and flower girl.

Brandon Smith of Charleston, W.Va., served his brother as best man. Colby Clark, nephew of the bride, served as usher.

A reception for friends and family followed at the Mammoth Spring Activity Center. The wedding cake and groom's cake were designed and prepared by Kathy Boyd of Hoxie.

The couple reside in Little Rock.

John Foley and Helen Foley of Walnut Ridge attended the wedding and reception.

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Evangeline Cothren

Evangeline Cothren, 82, of Light, died Jan. 18, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 16, 1925, she was the daughter of Vance Cupp Sr. and Laura Cupp. She earned a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State University and a master of education degree from Peabody College for Teachers (now part of Vanderbilt University).

She taught English at Walcott Junior High School and taught business education at Light High School and Greene County Tech High School for a total of 31 years. She was named Arkansas Teacher of the Year in 1971.

After retiring from teaching, she opened Evangeline's Footwear at Paragould, which she owned and operated for 15 years. She was a past president of the Paragould Chamber of Commerce and served as a board member of the Arkansas Community Foundation and the Endowment Foundation of Greene County. She was an organizer and volunteer for the Greene County Scholarship Fund and the Greene County Spelling Bee. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, the Courthouse Preservation Society and the Retired Teachers Association of Greene County, and was a founding member of the Women's Charitable Endowment. She also served as a volunteer in the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Auxiliary.

She played the piano at Light Baptist Church, where she had been a member since the age of nine, and also served as secretary, treasurer and teacher.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Clara White; and a brother, James Michael Cupp.

Survivors include her husband, J.C. Cothren, whom she married in 1948; a son, Jackson Cothren and wife Angela, Fayetteville; two brothers, Vance Cupp Jr. and Pete Cupp, both of Light; and a granddaughter, Ellie Cothren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel in Paragould with Raymond Atwood officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Jimmie Doyle Miller, Breck Freeman, Johnny Ray Distretti, Vance Cupp III, Allen Blake, Jessie Hancock and Tony Evans. Honorary pallbearers were Ron Faulkner and Jay Colmer.

Memorials may be made to the Light Baptist Church Memorial Fund c/o David Pratt, P.O. Box 1, Light, AR 72439; the Evangeline Cothren Memorial Scholarship c/o Greene County Scholarship Fund; or the Endowment Foundation of Greene County.

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

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Daisy Dru Croom

Daisy Dru Croom, 93, of Imboden, died Jan. 21, 2008, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born July 22, 1914, in Sharp County, she was the daughter of Clarence and Doris Lee Doss Maxwell. She was a member of First Baptist Church at Imboden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Taylor Croom, on Nov. 5, 2005, whom she married in February 1942 in Lynn.

Survivors include a son, Larry Croom, Mulberry; two sisters, Ruth Townsley, Smithville, and Imogene Noah, Gravett; and two grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Smithville. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation is Thursday from noon until time of the service.

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Beth Dobbs

Beth Dobbs, 42, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 21, 2008.

Born June 2, 1965, in Walnut Ridge, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Hoxie.

Survivors include her parents, Charles and Virginia Rowlett Dobbs; and a brother, Tim Rowlett, Swifton.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Bryan Chapel. Burial was in Haynes Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Lorene McCarroll Gibbens

Lorene McCarroll Gibbens, 94, of Walnut Ridge died Jan. 18, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 3, 1914, at Black Rock, she was the daughter of John E. and Virgie Ward McCarroll. She was a member of Mount Vernon Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Amon Gibbens, whom she married in 1936; a brother, Vernon McCarroll; and a granddaughter, Lynette Hester.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Hester, Bono; a son, Jerry Gibbens and wife Barbara, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Jessie Laird, Walnut Ridge, and Gustavia Davis, Denton; a brother and her special caregiver, John McCarroll, Black Rock; three grandchildren, Julie Gibbens, Sarah Glenn and Chip Ford; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Helms officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were nieces, Erma Frisbee, Edna Dixon, Bonnie Cullen and Betty Devault, and nephews, Don Laird, C.V. McCarroll, David Davis, Bobby Gibbens and C.J. Gibbens.

Memorials may be made to Williams Baptist College.

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Vernon Clarence Girard

Vernon Clarence Girard, 75, of Pocahontas, father of Richard Leon Girard of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 18, 2008, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas. Graveside service is today at Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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Virgie Ruth Hale

Virgie Ruth Hale, 60, of Alicia, died Jan. 22, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. She had lived here the past 28 years and was a retired waitress.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Betty Harrell Dillingham.

Survivors include three daughters, Teresa Gillean, Walnut Ridge, Tammy Hale, Alicia, and Dawn Simmons, Cherryvale, Kan; three sons, Brian Hale and Shane Hale both of Alicia, and Tracy Hale, Cherryvale, Kan.; a brother, Garland Dillingham, Schneider, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Jones Ridge Cemetery at Delaplaine.

Pallbearers will be Brian Hale, Tracy Hale, Shane Hale, John Simmons, Dewayne Gillean and Sonny Anglin. Honorary pallbearers will be Blaine Hale, Cody Hale, Tyler Hale, Travis Hale and Justin Hale.

Visitation is Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Larry Lamb

Larry Lamb, 66, of Imboden, died Jan. 20, 2008, at Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 29, 1941, at Lunsford, he was a retired mechanic for Baltz Equipment and attended the Imboden Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Priscilla Passmore; and his parents, Floyd and Inis Lamb.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Lamb; five sons, Tim Lamb, Bono, Jason Lamb, Jonesboro, Tony Lamb, Rockledge, Fla., Shannon Passmore, Imboden, and Darrell Passmore, Black Rock; a daughter, Stacey Lee, Bono; two brothers, Gerald Lamb, Halliday, and Dan Lamb, Oklahoma City; five sisters, Melba Newell, Paragould, Laverne Hattenhauer, Mammoth Spring, and Shirley Morgan, Sarah Allen and Cathy Hoffman, all of Jonesboro; and 13 grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Trinity Cemetery in Bono with Sonny Malson and Bill Willard officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Tracy Morgan, Donald Maple, Myron Morgan, Steven Lands, Arthur Lloyd and Jim Lyons. Honorary pallbearers will be J.C. Tate and Harold Wiles.

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Katherine Light

Katherine Light, 77, of Mississippi, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 15, 2008, at Baptist Medical Center East in Memphis.

Born March 24, 1930, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Herbert and Iola Neece McCall. She was the office manager of a warehouse and was a member of Longstreet United Methodist Church in Memphis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Dee Light, on Dec. 16, 1986; whom she married Sept. 28, 1952.

Survivors include a son, Frederick Light Jr., Horn Lake, Miss.; two grandsons, Jason Light and Justin Light, both of Horn Lake; a brother, Herbert McCall, Missouri City, Texas; a sister, Sue Shirley, Palm Coast, Fla.; and a great-granddaughter, Nikki Light, Horn Lake.

Funeral was Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Rev. Roger Joseph officiating. Burial was in the Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Longstreet United Methodist Church, 5268 Airways, Memphis, TN, 38116.

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Leo Martin Jr.

Rev. Leo Martin Jr., 51, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 18, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was the pastor at First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. He came to the church as minister of youth and education in February of 2006 and assumed the pastorate last August.

A graduate of Free Will Bible College in Nashville, Tenn., he served as a youth and music minister in East Tennessee before moving to Arkansas. He served as pastor of the Old Reyno Free Will Baptist Church at Reyno for over 10 years before coming to Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Martin; a son, Jeremy Martin and wife Bethany, Hendersonville, Tenn.; two daughters, Melissa Scott and husband Brett, Bay, and Megan Martin, Walnut Ridge, and fiance John Edington, Reyno; his parents, Everett and Blanche Martin, South Roxana, Ill.; two brothers, John Martin, Nashville, Tenn., and Matt Martin, North Little Rock; a sister, Patty Wamhoff, Wood River, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Bailee Scott and Hayden Scott.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church with Randy Scott, Jim Walker and Tim Campbell officiating. Burial was in Nelson Cemetery at Reyno.

Pallbearers were Steve Futrell, Leroy Scudder, Terry Spradlin, Donald Rogers, Don Alls and Gary Cloyd. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Tims, Robert Barnett, Nelson Henderson, Ted Gates, Glenn Smith and Dale Blackwell.

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Cyndi Molnar

A memorial service for Cyndi Molnar, who died Jan. 14, 2008, in Tucson, Ariz., will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge. Revs. Everett Isom and Jim Meadors will officiate.

She was the daughter of Shirley Guy and Jim Molnar, and the sister of Laura Molnar.

A service was held Monday at 10 a.m. at Desert Sunset Funeral Home Chapel in Tucson.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

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Bonnie Park

Lea Lavon "Bonnie" Park, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 21, 2008, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

The daughter of Guy and Idell Ervin Gipson, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was retired from Lawrence Manufacturing.

She was preceded in death by a son, Lonnie Park.

Survivors include her husband, Frankie Park; a son, Jack Park and wife Kay, Hot Springs; a grandson, Ken Park; and a great-grandson.

Graveside service is today at 1 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Betty Williams officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Ada Pauline Phillips

Ada Pauline Phillips, 82, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 13, 2008, at Craighead Nursing Center in Jonesboro.

Born in Powhatan, she was the daughter of Homer and Veda Neece. She lived most of her life in Jonesboro and was retired from Coca-Cola, where she worked in housekeeping. She was a member of the Old Enterprise Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Newton Phillips; three sisters, Irene Money, Zelma Darris and Florence Collins; and a brother, Luther Neece.

Survivors include four sons, Albert Phillips and wife Rae, Morris, Ill., Billy Phillips and wife Teresa, Quitman, Newton Phillips and wife Martha, and Johnny Phillips and wife Anne, all of Jonesboro; two daughters, Diane Roach and husband Michael, Greenwood, and Paula Witt and husband Dave, Fort Smith; two brothers, Elisha Neece and Ray Neece, both of Pocahontas; five sisters, Mary Burrell, Durant, Miss., Eva Thompson and Josie Davis, both of Pocahontas, Ruby Rainbolt, Eminence, Mo., and Barbara Clinton, Hot Springs; 11 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held on Friday at 2 p.m. in the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with Rev. Michael Roach officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery, near Lynn, under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Richard Phillips, Bruce Phillips, Colby Phillips, Caleb Phillips, Hunter Baney and Justin Roach.

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Angela Pippinger

Angela Pippinger, 31, of Harrisburg, sister of Jody Benson of Hoxie, died Jan. 20, 2008, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro. Funeral is Thursday at Pleasant Grove Church in Harrisburg. Burial will be in Bolivar Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Dallas C. Richey

Dallas C. Richey, 98, of Lynn, died Jan. 17, 2008, at the Cave City Nursing Home.

Born July 28, 1909, in Lynn, she was the daughter of George Franklin and Mary Lamenda Adams Hudson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph William Richey, whom she married July 14, 1929; three brothers, Earl Hudson, Sherrell Hudson and J.W. Richey; and four sisters, Olivia Richey, Bernice Hudson, Norris Ross and Patsy Oliver.

Survivors include two daughters, Mae Earlene Ashlock, Cave City, and Mary Sue Alls, Troy, Mo.; a son, James Bilbrey Richey, Lynn; 12 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church at Lynn with Bro. Charles Helms and Terral Neely officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were James Hoggard, Andrew Hoggard, Jim Duke, John Alls, Anthony Ashlock and Jeff Richey.

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Jimmie Dale Shatsar

Jimmie Dale Shatsar, 50, of Sherwood, died Jan. 18, 2008.

Born Oct. 11, 1957, in Walnut Ridge, he was a 1976 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a 1978 graduate of Southern Baptist College (now Williams Baptist College). He graduated from Arkansas State University with degrees in horticulture and computer science in 1982. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Roe fraternity.

He was a certified seed manager for the Arkansas State Plant Board from 1982 until his retirement in 2006. He served on several committees, including the rice educational and promotional committee and the AOSCA. He was a member of Park Hill Baptist Church and the McClellan Optimist Club.

He was preceded in death by his father, Otis R. Shatsar; and two brothers, James Shatsar and Buford Oakley.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Hutson Shatsar; two sons, Caleb Shatsar and Adam Shatsar, both of Sherwood; two brothers, Freddie Shatsar, Jonesboro, and Eddie Shatsar, Cordova, Tenn.; and three sisters, Mary Culbertson and husband Ronnie, Walnut Ridge, Connie Holloway, Barnhart, Mo., and Wanda Dabbs, Kankakee, Ill.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at the North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Ward officiating. Burial was in Carlisle Cemetery at Carlisle.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 5600 W. 12th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204 or to Kaleidoscope Kids, 1501 N. University Ave., Suite 680, Little Rock, AR 72207.

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