March 12, 2008 Edition

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Olivia James Bryant Cooper Max Clayton Jadyn Nicole Householder
Colton Reese Sexton Roxy Jane Shoe


Medina ~ Bristow


Daphine Ashby Leonard Dee Beary Pat Bennett
Col. Joseph Chambers Rev. William Clem Lowell Eagans
Joye Chism Emery Vetches Laveal Fletcher Dennis Lee George
Jean V. Guthrie Joseph Heinrich Jr. Lela Jordan
Cole R. Reed Harrel Rice Virginia Pauline Simmons
W. Woodrow Tyler George Van Winkle


Olivia James Bryant

James and Paula Bryant of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Mach 3, 2008, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed eight pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Olivia James Bryant.

She has a brother, Adam Smith, 23; and four sisters, Racheal, 25, twins Amber Nading and Nicole Bryant, 25, and Stephanie Bryant, 24.

Grandparents are W.G. and Daphine Douglas of Sedgwick, Gene Moore of Hoxie and the late Brenda Kay Bryant.

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Cooper Max Clayton

Brian and Gretchen Clayton of Paragould have announced the birth of a son on March 4, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, 2 ounces, and has been named Cooper Max Clayton.

Grandparents are Tom and Toyna Wray of Paragould and Bobby and Jeanette Clayton of Lorado. He is the great-grandson of Barbara Murray of Bono and the great-great-grandson of Cora Campbell of Walnut Ridge.

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Jadyn Nicole Householder

Michael and Jodi Householder of Hoxie announce the birth of a daughter, born Feb. 26, 2008, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce and has been named Jadyn Nicole Householder. She has an older brother, Corbyn, four.

Grandparents are Melissa Tennison and Terry Wheelis of Bono, Clayton and Alice Roberts of Swifton, Tommy and Debbie Householder of Clover Bend, and Darlene Avery of Hoxie. Great-grandparents are Irene Roberts of Lawrence Hall, Niladean and Junior Willfond of Hoxie, and Rick and Kathryn Lewis of Black Rock.

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Colton Reese Sexton

Scott and Kim Sexton of Black Rock announce the birth of a son, born Feb. 1, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces and has been named Colton Reese Sexton. He has an older brother, Walker Sexton, who is three and one-half.

Grandparents are Larry and Jackie Sexton of Black Rock and Carson and Annella Simpson of Jonesboro. Great-grandparents are Borden and Dixie Doyle of Sedgwick.

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Roxy Jane Shoe

Benji and Windy Shoe of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of a daughter, born March 10, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital Women's Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Roxy Jane Shoe.

Grandparents are Gary and Rita Bilbrey of Walnut Ridge, and Ronnie and Darlene Shoe of O'Kean. Great-grandmother is Minnie Howard of Walnut Ridge.

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Medina ~ Bristow

Victor Frank Medina and Sharonda Kay Bristow exchanged vows in Vicksburg, Miss., on December 1, 2007.

The bride is the daughter of Danny and Sandy Bristow of Vicksburg, Miss., formerly of Lawrence County, and the granddaughter of Bill and Laverne Gaines of Portia and the late Bill and Irene Bristow.

The groom is the son of Catherine Medina of Hacienda Heights, Calif., and Victor Medina of Chino Hills, Calif. He is the grandson of the late John and Stella Tjerina and the late Victor and Eva Medina.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore an A-line gown of ivory satin with a chapel train, beaded lace details and a matching, long-sleeve lace jacket. The matching veil was edged in gold beading and accented with gold lace embroidered flowers.

The bride carried a handheld bouquet of miniature calla lilies, gold roses and delphinium wrapped in sheer gold ribbon.

Danielle White of Vicksburg, Miss., and Jenny Branan of Vancleave, Miss., served their sister as matrons of honor. Bridesmaids were Kim Stribling of Vicksburg, Miss., Susan Hall of Clinton, Miss., Laura Davis of Grenada, Miss., and Laura Lott of Washington, D.C.

Junior bridesmaids were Madison Keen and Carly Grace Stribling, both of Vicksburg, Miss., Brienne Medina of Hacienda Heights, Calif., and Christie Anne Lincoln of Sacramento, Calif. Darah Branan, newborn niece of the bride, was an honorary junior bridesmaid.

The groom's brother, Greg Medina, of Camarillo, Calif., served as best man. Groomsmen were Matthew Medina of Hacienda Heights, Calif., Paul Strand of Richland, Wash., Doug Hodge of Knoxville, Tenn., Mark Cipollone of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Billy Stribling and Bernard Hsieh of Vicksburg, Miss.

Zack Branan of Vancleave, Will Stribling of Vicksburg, Miss., Grant Lincoln of Sacramento, Calif., and Noah Medina and Andrew Medina, both of Camarillo, served as junior groomsmen.

A reception followed the wedding at the B'nai B'rith Literary Club. Each level of the club held Christmas trees complemented with pine cones. Classic gold accents decorated the area.

For a wedding trip, the couple traveled to Paris, France. They reside in Vicksburg, Miss. The groom is employed as an environmental engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, and the bride is the director of a non-profit organization.

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Daphine Ashby

Daphine Ashby, 79, of Pocahontas, died March 5, 2008, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 28, 1929, in Walnut Ridge, she was a retired environmental control supervisor, having worked for Brunson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich., for over 20 years and for Randolph County Hospital for 10 years. She was a member of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pocahontas.

Survivors include two sons, David Ashby, Pocahontas, and Terry Ashby, Kalamazoo; two daughters, Linda Stratton, Pocahontas, and Deborah Ashby, Kalamazoo; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Leonard Dee Beary

Leonard Dee "Arkie" Beary, 87, of East Galesburg, Ill., died March 9, 2008, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.

Born Feb. 6, 1921, in Powhatan, he was the son of John T. and Kathryn Shanklyn Beary. He was a WWII veteran, serving as a gunner in the Army's 716 Tank Battalion, Company C in the Philippines.

He worked as a union carpenter/cabinet maker for A.F. Bradbury in Galesburg for approximately 30 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of Carpenter Local #183.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Chester; and two grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Nevada (Vada) E. Davis Beary, whom he married on July 28, 1939, in Black Rock; three daughters, Rosetta Howerter, Willene Coon and Leona Shannon and husband Dyson, all of Knox County, Ill.; three sons, Leonard E. Beary, James Beary and Richard Beary and wife Penny, all of Knox County; a sister, Opal Chaney and husband John, Galesburg; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel with Rev. Milton Marquith officiating. Burial will be in Knoxville Cemetery with military rites by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Visitation will be Friday from noon until time of the service.

An online guestbook is available at

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Pat Bennett

Pat Bennett, 63, of Hoxie, died March 11, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald Wayne Bennett.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Col. Joseph F. Chambers

Col. Joseph F. Chambers, 92, of Jonesboro, died March 7, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Born May 5, 1916, he was the son of Levi and Roxy Chambers. He was a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force, serving in World War II and in the Korean War. After his retirement, he taught at Southern Baptist College (now Williams Baptist College), where he later served as dean. He was active in the Area Agency on Aging and was instrumental in getting legislation passed for the care of the elderly. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alvaro Chambers; a brother, Donald William Chambers; and two sisters, Eileen Bond and Bea Bastide.

Survivors include two daughters, Susie Bowling, Jonesboro, and Rebecca Stark and husband Frank, Fort Smith; three brothers, Alan Chambers, Ravenden Springs, Max Chambers, Augusta, Ga., and Rex Chambers, Vincennes, Ind.; two sisters, Ethel Byrer and Raymona McClure, both of Bicknell, Ind., six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Bruce Tippit and Kathy Holler officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Steve Stark, Brian Stark, Scott Stark, Rodney Chambers, Bruce Smith, Ralph Bowling and Tom Chambers. Honorary pallbearers were Rex Chambers, Max Chambers and Allen Chambers and members of the Roy Jolly Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Care Center or to Special Olympics Area 7.

An online guestbook is available at

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Rev. William Thomas "Willie" Clem

Rev. William Thomas "Willie" Clem, 84, of Trumann, brother of Leroy Clem and Ruby Tippitt, both of Strawberry, died March 2, 2008, at St. Bernards in Joneboro. Burial was Thursday in Willis Cemetery, near Trumann, under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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Lowell Eagans

Lowell Eagans, 68, of Strawberry, died March 6, 2008, at a Batesville hospital.

Born April 7, 1939, at Lynn, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was retired from Con Agra Foods. He was a member of Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Mary Davis Eagans.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Sharon Crafton Eagans; a daughter, Sharonda Moody and husband Randy, Cave City; four brothers, Danny Eagan, Cave City, Brooks Eagan, Portia, Larry Eagan, Pocahontas, and Tom Eagan, Cherokee Village; three sisters, Ruth Anderson, Linda Becker and Cindy Allen, all of Bono; and a grandson, Dylan Moody.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church at Saffell with Bros. Stanley Vandergriff and John Freeman officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were William Milligan, Jared Crafton, Richard Crafton, Chris Eagan, Steve Becker and Jody Doyle.

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Joye Chism Emery

Joye Chism Emery, 77, of Tuckerman, mother of Jamie Emery of Walnut Ridge, died March 9, 2008, at her home. Burial was Tuesday in Dowell's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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Vetches Laveal Fletcher

Vetches Laveal Fletcher, 82, of Jonesboro, died March 6, 2008, at Skillcare Nursing Center in Jonesboro.

Born February 13, 1926, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of W.P. "William" and Lydia Ross Collins. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ulies Fletcher.

Survivors include a son, Odis Fletcher and wife Judy, Jonesboro; a daughter, Bonnie Parker, Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Tammie House, Wayne Rusley-Parker, Jana Culbreath and Stephen Fletcher; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Randy Lingenfelter and John Freeman officiating. Burial was in Pine Log Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Fletcher, Wendal Fletcher, Calvin Fletcher, Jackie Fletcher, Rickey Fletcher and Curtis Thaxton. Honorary pallbearers were Quinton Fletcher, Glenn Fletcher, Tommie Fletcher, Timmie Fletcher, Clyde Fletcher, Duel Fletcher and Darrell Lynn Ross.

An online guestbook is available at

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Dennis Lee George

Dennis Lee George, 63, of Pocahontas, brother of Martha Elizebeth Smith of Hoxie, died March 3, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The body was cremated. Cox-Waymon Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Jean V. Guthrie

Jean V. Guthrie, 82, of Horseshoe Bend, died March 7, 2008, at White River Medical Center.

She was born July 21, 1925, in St. Joseph, Mo., and was the daughter of Frank and Sylvia (Turner) Smith.

Jean was a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church at Horseshoe Bend, a member of the Christian Women's Club and a past board member of the Historical Society of Lawrence County.

She was a very religious person, respectful, open-minded, philosophical and very strong-willed. She was a true lady. Jean had a phone number for everything. If there was a problem or something needed to be done, all anyone had to do was ask Jean and she would have the number to call to get it fixed. She loved spending time with her family, and for years there was a tradition of a "Christmas Goodie Party." Jean loved to read and her favorite book was the Bible.

Survivors include a son, Randy Guthrie and his wife, Linda of Paragould; two daughters, Debi Gaskins and Chuck McNeight of Horseshoe Bend and Glenda Bowers and her husband, Marcus Bowers of Batesville. She was the loving grandmother of nine grandchildren: Stephanie Watkins, Stacie Clyburn, Marc Bowers, Blake Henthorne, Ryan Guthrie, Chad Guthrie, Jeremie Guthrie, Jean Ann Jackson and Laura Gaskins; and 15 great-grandchildren: Mackenzie, Madison, Riley, Connor, Sara, Ashton, Ashleigh, McKenzie, River, Zane, Carson, Emma, Gracie, Chance and Spencer. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Guthrie.

Funeral services were Monday at 2 p.m. at the Imboden Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Black officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Pallbearers were Doyle Cockrill, Brian Gaskins, Ray Henthorne, Steve Huddleston, Dan Matthews, Gavin Murphy and David Watkins. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Robert Walton, Dr. John Lambert, Dr. Tom Cummins and her grandsons.

Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Arkansas, 1 Lile Ct., Suite 201, Little Rock, AR 72205 or the Arkansas Children's Hospital, 800 Marshall Street, Little Rock, AR 72202.

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Joseph Heinrich Jr.

Joseph Paul Heinrich, Jr., 23, of Newport, died March 2, 2008, in a Memphis hospital.

He was born Feb. 3, 1985, in Beloit, Wis.

He was preceded in death by an uncle, Charles Rowland Lee Conditt.

Survivors include his father, Joseph Paul Heinrich Sr., Beloit; his mother and stepfather, Sherri Lou Powell Moldan and James Moldan, Newport; two brothers, Justin Heinrich, Newport, and Zack Heinrich, Beloit; two sisters, Tanya Heinrich, Newport, and Jasmine Heinrich, Beloit; and his grandparents, Marcus and Betty Roberts, Newark, Dale and Tammy Powell, and Naomi Heinrich.

Funeral was Friday at the Jesus is Lord Family Worship Center in Jacksonport with Leon Tidwell officiating. Faith Funeral Home of Bradford had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Justin Heinrich, Tony Conditt, Timmy Wilson, Kenny Hensley and Randy McElroy. Honorary pallbearer was J.J. McElroy.

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Lela Jordan

Lela Jordan, 67, of Jonesboro, formerly of Black Rock, died March 5, 2008, in Jonesboro.

She was a homemaker, a former Wal-Mart employee and a former realtor. She moved to Jonesboro from Black Rock 23 years ago.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marlin Poe and Madge Franks Poe Gray; and a brother, James D. "Buddy" Poe.

Survivors include her husband, George W. Jordan Jr.; three sons, John Lashare, Terry Haney and Michael Haney; two daughters, Jeanette Lashare Spees and Georgina Jordan Baldwin; a sister, Retta Nicholson; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Wayne Bryant officiating. Burial was in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Pallbearers were Matthew Haney, Sam Nicholson, Marvin Poe, Keith Poe, Harold Franks and Ervin Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Baldwin, Eric Adams, Jimmy Don Nicholson, Jared Haney, Kevin Montigny and Eric Spees.

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Cole R. Reed

Cole R. Reed, 78, of Fort Meade, Fla., formerly of Strawberry, died March 8, 2008.

Funeral is today at Hancock Funeral Home. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery at Fort Meade.

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Harrel Rice

Harrel Rice, 81, of Fairdealing, Mo., died March 6, 2008, at his home.

He was born Oct. 19, 1926, in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia Gray Rice, whom he married July 29, 1957, at Corning; three sons, Rick Rice, St. Louis, and Kevin Gray and Sean Rice, both of Fairdealing; three daughters, Sandra Hanna, Sullivan, Mo., Alisa Woolard, Naylor, Mo., and Joy Cookson, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a sister, Monteen Luck, Fayetteville, N.C.; a brother, Pete Rice, Walnut Ridge; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville, Mo.

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Virginia Pauline Simmons

Virginia Pauline Simmons, 88, of Rockford, Ill., died March 2, 2008.

Born in Swifton, she was the daughter of Tom and Jennie Hawkins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herschel Simmons; a brother, Boyce Hawkins; and two sisters, Ruby Pittman and Helen Hawkins.

Survivors include a son, Douglas Simmons and wife Shirley; two daughters, Phyllis Hire and husband Don, and Patricia Eickman and husband Alan; seven grandchildren, Debbie, Theresa, Geofrey, Carl, Paula, William and Melissa; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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W. Woodrow Tyler

W. Woodrow Tyler, 91, of Rock Island, Ill., died March 4, 2008, at Trinity Pathway Hospice in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Born Jan. 25, 1917, in Valley Chapel, he was the son of Luther and Nellie Henderson Tyler. He was retired from John Deere Harvester in East Moline, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy M. Hogan Tyler, on July 12, 2000, whom he married Sept. 7, 1937; a daughter, two brothers and a sister.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Gordon, Milan, Iowa; two brothers, Luther Tyler, Springfield, Mo., and Wade Tyler, Pocahontas; two grandchildren, William E. Gordon III and Julie Campbell; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Burial was Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Janes Cemetery at Ravenden Springs under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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George Henry Van Winkle

George Henry Van Winkle, 81, of Imboden, died March 5, 2008.

Born March 13, 1926, he was the son of Grover Cleveland and Genendal Wilson Van Winkle.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, George Van Winkle, Clay Van Winkle, Lawrence Van Winkle and Bill Van Winkle.

Survivors include his wife Ellen Van Winkle; a son, Ed Van Winkle and wife Linda, Imboden; two daughters, Linda Osborne, Bay, and Nancy Tate and husband Randall, Imboden; three brothers, Willard Van Winkle, Imboden, Herman Van Winkle, East Moline, Ill., and Colonel Lee Van Winkle, Cleveland, Tenn.; four sisters, Louise Brown, Geneseo, Ill., Eileen Kiefer, Pacific, Mo., Mildred Haley, Mammoth Spring, and Christine Massey, Pocahontas; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. in McNabb Chapel. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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