March 5, 2008 Edition

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Births

Cody Jay Fisher

Weddings/Engagements

Fultner ~ Brown Manning ~ Pegram

Obituaries

Dorothy Wilson Blanton Ona Bradley Jewel Davis
Madia Etchison A.L. Gilpin Jr. Clara Belle Hall
Mildred Hester Freda Hicks Billy Joe Hoffman
Mildred M. Jolliff Bobby Layne Glenna Jane Mattei
Margaret Kaiser Meyer Alfred Milton Minser Mildred Shively

Births

Cody Jay Fisher

Shannon Fisher and Britney Huskey of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of a son on February 24, 2008, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed eight pounds, two ounces, and has been named Cody Jay Fisher.

Grandparents are Pearline Fisher of Walnut Ridge, Harold Fisher of Clover Bend, Joey Huskey of Hoxie and Maryann Walker of Tennessee.

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Weddings/Engagements

Fultner ~ Brown

Charles Ray and Pamela Lynn Fultner of Walnut Ridge announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Rachel Morgan Fultner, to Matthew Joe Brown, son of Bill Joe Brown of Walnut Ridge and Brenda Joyce Mincy and Ricky Joe Speakes of Trumann.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Larry and Patricia Hufford of Walnut Ridge and Charles and Neatress Fultner of Hoxie. She is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, where she was valedictorian and is a student at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Margorie Mincy of Trumann and Willine Sheets of Hoxie. He is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School.

The couple will exchange vows June 7 at 2 p.m. at the New Life Cathedral Church in Hoxie. All family and friends are invited.

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Manning ~ Pegram

Kayla Pegram became the bride of Justin Manning on Feb. 16, 2008, at the Chapel in the Pines in Senatobia, Miss.

The bride is the daughter of Keith and Susan Pegram of Mississippi. She is the granddaughter of the late Joseph and Gail Ward and Tommy and Sybil Pegram.

The groom is the son of Carl and Ranea Wiley of Spring, Texas. He is the grandson of Irene Smith of Southaven, Miss., formerly of Walnut Ridge, and the late Douglas Smith. He is the great-grandson of the late Ethan and Vera Dodd, who lived at Minturn.

Lawrence County residents who attended the ceremony were: great aunts and uncles, Tom and Helen Dodd of Minturn, Edna Boothe of Walnut Ridge and Rowdy and Wilma Morgan of Smithville.

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Obituaries

Dorothy Jewel Wilson Blanton

Dorothy Jewel Wilson Blanton, 76, of Newport, mother of Janice Patterson of Swifton, died March 1, 2008. Burial was Tuesday in Watson Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Ona Bradley

Ona Bradley, 85, of Newport, mother of Ricky Bradley of Swifton, died Feb. 27, 2008. Burial was Saturday in Dowell's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport. An online guestbook is available at www.dillingerfuneralhome.com.

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Jewel Davis

Jewel Davis, 82, of Swifton, died March 1, 2008.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton Lair Davis; a son, Charles Larry Davis; three brothers; a sister; and two grandchildren, Kenneth Ray Davis and Calley Mae Davis.

Survivors include a son, David Davis, Swifton; a brother, J.D. Springfield, South Carolina; a sister, Suckie Alcorn, Houston; a grandchild, John Clinton Davis, Tennessee; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements will be announced by Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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Madia Etchison

Madia Etchison, 95, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 26, 2008, at Walnut Ridge.

The daughter of Walter W. and Nettie Ragsdale Lawson, she lived most of her life in the Imboden and Ravenden areas. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie A. Etchison; and her parents.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

Pallbearers were Gavan Murphy, Aaron Murphy, Bill Davis, Davis Matthews, Wayne Herring and Gene Dearen.

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A.L. Gilpin Jr.

A.L. Gilpin Jr., 66, of Mounds, Okla., died Feb. 28, 2008, in Tulsa. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was a retired Assembly of God preacher and driver for Riverside Chevrolet. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Carolyn G. Smith Gilpin, formerly of Egypt; two daughters; a son-in-law; and a grandchild. Burial was Saturday near Mounds.

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Clara Belle Parrish Hall

Clara Belle Parrish Hall, 75, of Jonesboro, mother of James Henderson of Walnut Ridge, died March 1, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Tuesday in Monette Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro. An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.

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Mildred Hester

Mildred Hester, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died March 1, 2008.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, she worked at Lawrence Manufacturing and was a member of First Baptist Church in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan. C. "Buck" Hester; a brother and two sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Pat Kearby and husband Gary, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Virginia Stell, Belleville, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Thelma Crosno, Hoxie; and two grandchildren, Carole Ann Kearby and John David Kearby.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Mark Harris and Don House officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Freda Hicks

Freda "Granny" Hicks, 94, of Walnut Ridge, died March 1, 2008.

Born Nov. 12, 1913, in Noland in Randolph County, she was the daughter of Amos and Myrtle Bowen Slayton. She lived in the Walnut Ridge and Hoxie areas most of her life and was a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ for over 50 years. She worked at Roberts Shoe Store in Walnut Ridge for over 20 years. She was an exceptional seamstress and used this talent for her community and her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, T.W. Hicks; four brothers; a granddaughter, Robin Hicks Blakeney; and a great-grandson, Robert Blakeney.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Hicks and wife Patsy, and James Harold Hicks and wife Mona, all of Walnut Ridge; a daughter, JoAnn Hager and husband Terry, Cabot; a sister, Wanda Broadway, Batesville; six grandchildren, Donna Pinkston, Tori Hicks, Kirk Hicks, Joe Hicks, Heath Hager and Simone Leatherberry; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with A.J. Stracener and Darrell Douglas officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Tori Hicks, Kirk Hicks, Joe Hicks, Heath Hager, Albert Leatherberry and Mike Pinkston. Honorary pallbearers were Josh Blakeney, Steve Pinkston, Robert L. Hicks, Taylor Hicks, Cole Hicks, Cade Leatherberry and Brad Leatherberry.

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Billy Joe Hoffman

Billy Joe Hoffman, 76, of Walnut Ridge, died March 2, 2008, at Jonesboro.

The son of Jim and Christina Sudduth Hoffman, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a retired salesman and was a member of Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Hoffman and J.L. Hoffman; and a sister, Margurite Wright.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian Holland Hoffman, whom he married July 24, 1965; a stepson, Jim McMullen, Jonesboro; and a grandson, Mark McMullen.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Revs. Tim Campbell and Alvin Lewis officiating. Burial with military honors was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Danny Gibson, Charles Howard, Bill Wilcoxson, Bob Burns, Carey Wilcoxson and Jack Allison. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Henson, Frank Wilcoxson, Glenn Murphy and Gene Brand.

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Mildred M. Jolliff

Mildred Maydene Jolliff, 84, of Manchester, Mo., formerly of Manila, died March 1, 2008, at Chesterfield, Mo.

Born at Swifton, she was the daughter of Hewlitt and Mildred Robertson. She was a retired office manager and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Novis Jolliff; and a brother, Carl.

Survivors include a son, Keith Jolliff and wife Betty, Manchester; a daughter, Phyllis Cullen and husband Edward, San Jose, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Danielle Jolliff, Kevin Jolliff and Christine Cullen.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Howard Funeral Service in Manila with Rev. Mark Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in Manila Cemetery.

Visitation is Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of the service.

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

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Bobby Layne

Bobby Leaon Layne, 68, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 29, 2008, at Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rick Layne; and his parents, Luther and Willene Collier Layne.

He was a native of Hoxie.

Survivors include his wife, Viola Layne; a daughter, Rhonda Dutton, Jonesboro; a son, Dale Layne, Jonesboro; and five brothers, Donald Layne, Hoxie, Dwight Lane, Fayetteville, Rayburn Layne, Jonesboro, Boyd Lane, Benton, and Delbert Layne, Orange Beach, Ala.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Darrell Douglas and Rick Dobbins officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia.

Pallbearers were K.L. Williams, Harvey Bodie Pittman, Gary Knuckles, Wayne "Country" Pittman, Terry Kibby and Gary Kibby. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Pittman Sr., Darrell Colburn, Dwight Lane, Boyd Lane, Donald Layne, Rayburn Layne and Delbert Layne.

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Glenna Jane Mattei

Glenna Jane Mattei, 90, of Reno, Nev., died Feb. 27, 2008, at her home.

Born Aug. 20, 1917, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Arthur and Lulu Milligan Hugg. She worked in the Keiser shipyards during World War II and later worked for Kodak in San Francisco. She moved to Reno in 1955 and began a career as a C.N.A. for St. Mary's Hospital, where she worked for 21 years. She was a member of St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Melvin Hugg and Albert Hugg; and a sister, Clara Hooten.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Lloyd P. Mattei, whom she married Aug. 21, 1955, in Reno; a son, Wilbert Harris and wife Madeline, Novato, Calif.; two grandchildren, Tina Hayes and Paul Harris; and a great-grandson.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Walton Funeral Home. Entombment was in Mountain View Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Hospice of Northern Nevada, 18653 Wedge Parkway, Reno, NV 89511.

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Margaret Louise Kaiser Meyer

Margaret Louise Kaiser Meyer, 101, of Guttenberg, Iowa, formerly of Imboden, died Feb. 10, 2008, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Born Jan. 16, 1907, on the family farm, three miles south of Smithville, she was the daughter of Ludwig Herman and Ida Mae Fortenberry Kaiser. She was a 1926 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix Academy at Imboden and attended Draughon Business Colleges in Memphis and Fort Smith. She did general office work for eight years. She and her sister Mary operated a caf´┐Ż in Imboden in the early 1930s.

She met Louis Meyer after moving to Tempe, Ariz., with her parents and brother in 1938. She and Louis were married on Aug. 30, 1939, in Imboden, and made their home on the Meyer family farm near Garnavillo, Iowa. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Garnavillo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Meyer, on May 17, 1988; a brother, Howard Kaiser; and a sister, Frances Kaiser Barrett.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Crabtree, Pocahontas; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Meyer, Garnavillo, Iowa.

Funeral was Feb. 13 at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home in Garnavillo. Burial was in Garnavillo Community Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

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Alfred Milton Minser

Alfred Milton Minser, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 29, 2008.

Born April 13, 1927, in Pitts, he was the son of Alfred and Jessie Minser.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was Monday at Pine Hill Cemetery in Jonesboro. Heath Funeral Home of Paragould had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Alfred Minser Funeral Fund, c/o Heath Funeral Home, P.O. Drawer 357, Paragould, AR 72450.

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

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Mildred Shively

Mildred Shively, 92, of Swifton, died Feb. 26, 2008, at her home.

Born Feb. 15, 1916, she was the daughter of Presh Lott Bates. She received an undergraduate degree from Arkansas Teacher's College and a graduate degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. During her professional career, she taught at both high school and university levels.

She and her husband moved from Missouri to Texas, where she served as secretary, youth director and Sunday school teacher at Independent Methodist Church in Amarillo.

She returned to Arkansas in 1970 and later served as interim counselor at Williams Baptist College for one year. She was a member of Swifton Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Paul Shively; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Perry, Vacaville, Calif.; a stepson, David Shively, Dwight, Ill.; and a nephew, Ike Wheeler, Swifton.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Swifton with Dr. Brett Cooper officiating. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jeff Bookout, Jerry Walker, Danny Fears, David Hunter, Everett Richardson and Rick Bradley. Honorary pallbearers were Glen Hayes, Don Hutchinson, Larry Templeton, Floyd Campbell and Darrol Campbell.

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