February 27, 2008 Edition

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Births

Addison Cordel Hunt Kaydence Rae Ratcliff

Weddings/Engagements

Wood ~ Cabato

Obituaries

Elaine M. Banta Kenneth Wilson Burris Earl H. Burrow Sr
Bryan Field Eunice Delois Fowler Patricia Livingston
Marie Crossen McCage Rhonda Middleton Ada Kinder Smith
Amy Wallis Joyce Jean Wells George Travis Williams
Gerry Ann Millsap Jim D. Nall Phillip Charles Prater
Robie A. Ratliff Velma Lee Reaves Gilbert H. Rutledge
Carolyn Taylor

Births

Addison Cordel Hunt

Adam and Crystal Hunt of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter on Feb. 12, 2008, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed five pounds, five ounces and has been named Addison Cordel Hunt.

She has two older brothers, Chaise Moore, 10, Levi Moore, 8, and an older sister, Shaylin Moore, 5.

Grandparents are Brenda Hunt of Walnut Ridge and the late Donald Hunt and the late Angie Hardin. Great-grandparents are Keneth and Jerlene Adams and Bernie and Cybil Vaughn of Walnut Ridge.

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Kaydence Rae Ratcliff

Barett and Brandi Ratcliff of East End have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Feb. 18, 2008, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces, and has been named Kaydence Rae Ratcliff.

Grandparents are Sandy Stone and Blake and Tina Nobles of Sheridan and Bobby and Terri (Kimbrough) Loueallen of Hensley and the late Johnny Ratcliff. Great-grandparents are Wendell and Erma Kimbrough of Pocahontas.

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Weddings/Engagements

Wood ~ Cabato

Mickey Dewayne Wood and Tammy Batton Jones, both of Albany, Ga., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amanda Nicole Wood, to Jeffery Allen Cabato, son of Barbara Rita Cabato and Teodoro Sim Cabato Sr., both of Albany.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Carol Batton of Albany and the late Henry Batton. She attended Mitchell Baker High School and is employed as a bank teller with D.O.C.O. Regional Federal Credit Union.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Charlie and Lillian Bruce, who lived in Hoxie. He is a graduate of Monroe Comprehensive High School and is the manager of Expressway Tire.

The couple will exchange vows on May 17 at 5 p.m. at 9806 Indian Camp Road in Albany. All family and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Elaine M. Banta

Elaine M. Banta, 87, of Batesville, formerly of Lawrence County, died Feb. 20, 2008, at White River Medical Center.

Born Sept. 9, 1920, in Ordway, Colo., she was the daughter of George Amos and Sarah Elmer Churchill Walter. She was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II who worked with the 555th Army Air Forces Base Unit. She was a member of the D.A.R. and bridge club and was of the Methodist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh V. Banta; a sister; and two brothers.

Survivors include a brother, George R. “Bert” Walter Sr., Hoxie.

The body was cremated. Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville had charge of arrangements.

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

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Kenneth Wilson Burris

Kenneth Wilson Burris, 93, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 19, 2008, at NEA Medical Center.

Born Sept. 2, 1914, at Magnolia Farm north of Jonesboro, he was the son of Fred and Eltha Gage Burris. He was a graduate of Jonesboro High School and earned an education certificate from Arkansas State College. He spent most of his career in farming in the Egypt area. He was elected Craighead County Assessor in 1960, a position he held for the next 22 years until his retirement.

He was an active member of Central Baptist Church, where he served on the board of trustees for several years. He was the founder of the Jonesboro Churchmen’s Club, an ecumenical group of ministers and laymen. He was also a member and an officer of the Exchange Club and the Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Virginia Dare Hutchison Burris, in 2002, whom he married in 1938; and five brothers, Everett, Lewis, Roy, Leon and Jim.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet Trevathan, Jonesboro, three sons, Doug Burris and wife Doris, Austin, Texas, Dennis Burris, Dallas, and Darrell Burris and wife Kelly, Georgetown, Texas; a brother, Charles Burris and wife Edna Mae, Egypt; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Mike Martin officiating.

Pallbearers were Fred Rorex Jr., Tim Burris, Kevin Burris, Brent Burris, Payton Burris, Ricky Burris, Hunter Burris, Eddie Burris and Lonnie Richardson.

Memorials may be made to Egypt Baptist Church, P.O. Box 64, Egypt, AR 72427.

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

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Earl H. Burrow Sr

Earl H. Burrow Sr., 88, of Griffithville, father of Larry "Butch" Burrow of Smithville, died Feb. 25, 2008, at his home. Visitation is today from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Bryan Field

Bryan Field, 73, of Oklahoma City, Okla., died Feb. 25, 2008.

Born Nov. 15, 1935, in the Denton community, he was the son of Otto and Mary Field. He was a retired carpenter and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Carroll Field, Oklahoma; a daughter, Jeannie, Texas; a sister, Marilyn Foley, Oklahoma City; a brother, Mike Field, Oklahoma City; and six grandchildren.

The body was donated to science.

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Eunice Delois Fowler

Eunice Delois Fowler, 91, of Hoxie, died Feb. 21, 2008, at Walnut Ridge.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Richard and Allie Mae Davis Kay. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Hoxie United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Logan Fowler; five brothers, six stepsisters and two grandsons.

Survivors include two daughters, Helen Owens, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Joyce Drew, Marion, Ill.; five sons, John Fowler, Jonesboro, Powell Fowler, West Memphis, Gary Fowler, Hoxie, David Fowler, Walnut Ridge, and Dennis Fowler, Marion; a sister, Kathryn Struthers, Venice, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Hoxie United Methodist Church with Everett Isom and Michael Winberry officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery, near Alicia, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Roter Owens, Larry Dale Mosher, Stephen Fowler, Mark Mosier, Chris Mosier, Kerry Drew, Tony Fowler, Jeff Fowler and Robby Poppleton.

Memorials may be made to the Methodist Children’s Home, 2002 S. Fillmore, Suite B, Little Rock, AR 72204 or Lawrence County Walk of Hope, 102 Hope St., Hoxie, AR 72433.

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Patricia Livingston

Patricia Livingston, 75, of Imboden, died Feb. 20, 2008.

Born April 11, 1932, in Illinois, she was the daughter of R.D. and Barbara Allen Livingston. She had worked as a bank manager and was a member of the United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Blake Livingston.

Survivors include a son, David Lee Jewett, Imboden; a daughter, Barbara Hull, Long Beach, Calif.; a brother, Dick Livingston, Garland, Texas; two sisters, Bobbie McCoy, Knoxville, Tenn., and Lawanda Roberts, Midland, Mich.; and two granddaughters, Chelsea Hull and Jaycie Lee Jewett.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Imboden Methodist Church with Bob McMillon officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements

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Marie Crossen McCage

Marie Crossen McCage, 74, of Brownsville, Tenn., died Feb. 14, 2008, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. She was born and raised in Lawrence County. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arther and Lucy Ida Wright Crossen; a brother; three sisters, Hermie Sawyer, Levada Mirl Pepper and Sadie Chambers; and a daughter-in-law, Connie McCage. Survivors include her husband, Cecil "Eugene" McCage; two sons, SFC "Ret" Roy McCage and wife Barbara, Brownsville, and Mark McCage, Humboldt, Tenn.; two daughters, Debra Dawson and husband Michael, Jackson, Tenn., and Lisa McCage, Brownsville; a sister, Mabel Hatfield, Hoxie; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral was Monday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. at Christ Church in Brownsville with Rev. Eddie Martin officiating. Burial was in the Zion Methodist Church Cemetery in Tennessee. Pallbearers were Chris McCage, Cecil McCage, Tim McCuan, Keith McCuan, Michael Collins and Otha McCage. Honorary pallbearer was SPC Roy McCage II, who is currently serving in Iraq. Memorials may be made to Christ Church, P.O. Box 1522, Brownsville, TN 38012

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Rhonda Middleton

Rhonda Janice Middleton, 50, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 22, 2008, at Jonesboro.

She lived in Lawrence County most of her life and worked at Golf Bag Associates for many years. She was a homemaker and was a member of Fresh Word Church.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Deanna Pierce Smith; her grandfather, John Pierce; her grandmother, Gladys Pierce Dobyns; and her stepgrandfather, George Dobyns.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Middleton; a son, Blake Householder, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Amy Womack, Hoxie; a stepdaughter, Tracy Nichols, Wichita, Kan.; a stepson, Jason Middleton, Hoxie; her parents, James and Mildred Smith, Minturn; a brother, Brent Smith, Walnut Ridge; and six grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Danny Whitmire officiating. Private burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Paul Mullen, Troy Burton, Bobby Doyle, Adam Smith, Eric Coffman, Daniel Smith and Elmer Womack. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Burton, Billy Caldwell and Johnny Matlock.

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Ada Kinder Smith

Ada Kinder Smith, 58, of Stamford, Texas, died Feb. 10, 2008.

She was born Feb. 18, 1949, in Newport. She moved to Stamford from Arkansas in 1980 and worked as a dietary technician at Stamford Memorial Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel and Nova Reed Kinder.

Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Jim Smith; two daughters, Beverly Neathery and husband Joe, Midland, Texas, and Misty Adkins and husband Howell, Stamford; five sisters, Jenice Johnson, College City, Barbara Scott, Walnut Ridge, Brenda Smith, Searcy, Joan Collins, Taylor Springs, Ill., and Rosemary Kozelka, Sparta, Wis.; two brothers, Bobby Kinder, Alicia, and Mitchell Kinder, Searcy; and three grandchildren, Quinton Adkins, Kindra Adkins and Jamie Smith.

Funeral was Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Avoca United Methodist Church with Rev. Dennis Huffaker officiating. Burial was in Spring Creek Cemetery under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home of Stamford.

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Amy Wallis

Amy Marie Howard Wallis, 94, of Little Rock, formerly of Smithville, died Feb. 21, 2008, in a Little Rock nursing home.

Born Sept. 26, 1913, at Emery, she was the daughter of Holly and Aurora Christenberry Howard. She had worked as a sales clerk for Veterans Hospital in Little Rock and was of the Nazarene faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clint Wallis; a brother, Taylor Horace Howard; and two sisters, Allie Jean Flickner and Janet Guthrie.

Survivors include two sons, Randy Wallis, Cabot, and Jackie Wallis, Little Rock; three brothers, Harry Howard, Cave City, Sanford Howard, Varina, N.C., and Joe Howard, Austin, Texas; a sister, Emily Sue Mauldin, Houston; and a grandson, Michael Wallis.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Qualls Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City with Chuck Seay officiating. Burial was in Sullivan Cemetery at Calamine.

Pallbearers were Charles Wallis, Ray Wallis, Dean Wallis, Harvey Howard, Dwight Howard and Terry Cruce.

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Joyce Jean Wells

Joyce Jean Wells, 44, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 23, 2008, at St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., of natural causes.

Born July 22, 1963, in Pocahontas, she was disabled and was a member of Imboden Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Cullen and Barbara Jean Alderson Wells.

Survivors include a brother, Carl Wells, Harrison; and four sisters, Pat Hollabaugh, Eureka, Ill., Linda Davis, Ravenden, Betty Cole, Pocahontas, and Laura Nettles, Huffman, Texas.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Rev. Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Contributions to help with expenses may be made to Higginbotham Funeral Service, P.O. Box 150, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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George Travis Williams

George Travis Williams, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 23, 2008, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

Born Aug. 20, 1915, in Alicia, he was the son of Claude and Beulah Grigsby Williams. He was a farmer and was a member of Coffman Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Flossie Mae Perry Williams, whom he married Jan. 8, 1935; a daughter, Betty Garland Roberts and husband J.D., Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Virginia Jones, Imogene Gilbert and Geneva McEntire, all of Walnut Ridge; a granddaughter, Carola Colclasure; two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Chapel with Jackie Pickett officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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

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