March 19, 2008 Edition

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Births

Aislyn Cheyenne Cullum Mason Edmond Hulen Cortney Elizabeth Phillips
Aiden Lee Rodney

Weddings/Engagements

Allen ~ Williams Freeman ~ Lindsey Radcliff ~ Johnson

Obituaries

Pat Bennett M. Francine Breshears Lloyd Jimmy Broadway
Orville E. Burton Cecil J. Hancock Barbara Mae Howard
Paul Vane Hudson Alva Randle Jones Eugene Victor Jones
Kimberly Ann Neely Floyd Parker Denton Marvin Penn Sr.
Ira Phillips Morgan Thomas Smith Lorine Williams

Births

Aislyn Cheyenne Cullum

Jeremy and Kim Cullum are the parents of daughter born March 13, 2008. The baby weighed eight pounds and has been named Aislyn Cheyenne Cullum.

She has a sister Hannah Hill, five.

Grandparents are Mike and Ann Brady of Walnut Ridge; Jerry Cullum of Griffith, Ind.; Linda and Foster Bowden of Lake City; and Kevin Bagley of Paragould. Great-grandparents are Joe and Dianne Bagley Joiner and Sarah Bowdon all of Jonesboro.

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Mason Edmond Hulen

Master Sgt. Vinson and Cindy Hulen of Jacksonville have announced the birth of a son, born March 11, 2008, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Mason Edmond Hulen.

Grandparents are Pat Chesser of Walnut Ridge and J.D. and Diana Hulen of Black Rock.

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Cortney Elizabeth Phillips

Chris and Crysti Phillips of Hoxie have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born March 14, 2008. The baby weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Cortney Elizabeth Phillips.

Grandparents are Terry and Ruth Phillips of Black Rock, and great-grandparents are Joe and Lola Douglas of Black Rock.

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Aiden Lee Rodney

John L. Rodney and Chandra N. Householder of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born on Feb. 29, 2008, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Aiden Lee Rodney.

Grandparents are Jim and Annia Rodney and Darlene Avery all of Hoxie and Tommy and Debbie Householder of Clover Bend. Great-grandparents are Louie J. and Niladean Willfond of Hoxie, Lorene Evans of Walnut Ridge and Bonnie Rodney of Greeley, Colo.

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Weddings/Engagements

Allen ~ Williams

Patrick Wayne Allen and Marsha Denise Williams were united in marriage on Feb. 29, 2008. Rev. Charles Hendrix of Hoxie performed the ceremony, which was held at the Flower Basket in Walnut Ridge.

The couple first met at the Flower Basket, where Marsha is a designer. Patrick is a salesman for Parson's Floral Wholesale of Searcy.

Approximately 50 guests attended the ceremony and reception.

Out-of-county guests included: Erick and Jessica Peebles of Conway, Kurt Allen of Searcy, Andrea Allen of Little Rock and Amy Willhite of Jonesboro.

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Freeman ~ Lindsey

Don Lindsey of Walnut Ridge and Pat Freeman of Portia have announced their engagement and approaching wedding.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at New Life Cathedral Church in Hoxie. All relatives and friends are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow in the church fellowship hall.

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Radcliff ~ Johnson

Jim and Freida Radcliff of Pocahontas announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Christa Marie Radcliff, to Benjamin Pratt Johnson, son of Bob and Pam Johnson of Ravenden.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bill and Catherine Prichard of Pocahontas and the late Herbert and Virdie Radcliff. She is a 2003 graduate of Pocahontas High School. She is employed as studio manager at Joey Glaub Fine Art Portraits.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Rozella Pratt of Walnut Ridge and the late H.V. Pratt and the late Bill and Jean Johnson. He graduated from Pocahontas High School in 2001 and from Arkansas State University in 2006 with a degree in accounting. He is employed as an accountant with Pam Johnson, CPA, in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cypress Falls Gazebo in Bono.

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Obituaries

Pat Bennett

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

A homemaker, she lived in Hoxie most of her life and was of the Church of Christ faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Jenny Johnson Kamery; five brothers, Bobby LeRoy, Kenny, Frankie and an infant brother; and a sister, Almeda Davis.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald Wayne Bennett; a son, Rickey Rice, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Melissa Mashburn, Hoxie; four grandchildren, Timothy Mashburn, Tiffany Russom, Nicholas Rice and Chloe Rice; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia.

Pallbearers were Rickey Rice, Timothy Mashburn, Carl Russom, Nick Rice, David Watson and Jeff Inman.

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M. Francine Breshears

M. Francine Breshears, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died March 16, 2008.

Born June 11, 1923, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Peter H. and Minnie Campbell Cooper. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Calvin Breshears, on March 29, 1969, whom she married May 19, 1944.

Survivors include three sons, Richard Breshears and Fred Breshears, both of Little Rock, and Norman Breshears, Houston; a daughter, Lesa Jean Goforth, Hot Springs; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

No visitation is scheduled.

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Lloyd Jimmy Broadway

Lloyd Jimmy Broadway, 68, of Pocahontas, died March 11, 2008, at his home.

Born Nov. 26, 1939, in Pocahontas, he was retired from Cole Furniture in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Pearl White Broadway.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Dawson Broadway, whom he married Sept. 22, 1963; two sons, Jeff Broadway and wife Jennifer, and Keith Broadway and wife Mary, all of Pocahontas; a brother, London Broadway, Pocahontas; eight grandchildren, Justin Broadway, Ryan Broadway, Derek Broadway, Tyler Broadway, Isaac Broadway, Isaiah Broadway, Serena Sisco and Allana Sisco.

Funeral was Friday in McNabb Chapel with Steve Alexander officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Wayne, Rick, Justin, Ryan, Derek and Tyler. Honorary pallbearers were James Mashburn and Gary Mashburn.

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Orville E. Burton

Orville E. Burton, 88, of Wynne, father of John Burton of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 28, 2008. Burial was March 3 in Halk Cemetery with a salute from the Fort Sill Army Honor Guard. Kernodle Funeral Home of Wynne had charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Wynne First Assembly of God Church, 1900 N. Killough, Wynne, AR 72396 for the Home Missions program. An online guestbook is available at www.kernodlefh.com.

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Cecil J. Hancock

Cecil J. Hancock, 92, of Jonesboro, brother of Dale Hancock of Walnut Ridge, died March 12, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. He had lived in Jonesboro since 1987, moving there from Mammoth Spring. Burial was Saturday in Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Memorials may be made to Jonesboro Christian Church, 1700 Loberg Lane, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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Barbara Mae Howard

Barbara Mae Howard, 50, of Hoxie, died March 18, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She lived in Hoxie most of her life and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Maudie Webb Wilson; and a granddaughter, Kylie Howard.

Survivors include her husband, Randy Howard; two sons, Randal Lee Howard, Hoxie, and Jeremy Ray Howard, of the home; a daughter, April Mae Howard, of the home; two sisters, Joyce Ward, Dyersburg, Tenn., and Sylvia Vall, Springdale; and eight grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Markham Cemetery with Gary Gipson officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Paul Vane Hudson

Paul Vane Hudson, 88, of Pocahontas, died March 14, 2008.

Born March 31, 1919, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Ray and Ethel Fender Hudson.

Survivors include his wife, Naoma Bennett Hudson; two daughters, Nancy Gilbert, Dallas, and Mary Anne Hudson, Philadelphia, Pa.; three grandchildren, Paul Gilbert, Lindsay Hudson-Ortyn and W. Shafer Hudson Ortyn; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at White Oak Baptist Church with John Wisinger officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas. Military honors were provided by Promberger-Traw VFW Post #4556 of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Wendell Gilbert, Paul Gilbert, Drew Ortyn, Shafer Hudson-Ortyn, Paul Bennett Jr., Ron Bennett and James Thompson.

Memorials may be made to White Oak Baptist Church, Hwy. 34, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Alva Randle Jones

Alva Randle Jones, 90, of Sherwood, died March 13, 2008, at Doctors Hospital in Little Rock.

The son of Frank and Lydia Smith Jones, he was a retired World War II Navy veteran and was present during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He had lived in Sherwood for the past 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Brooks Jones; a brother, Paul Jones; and a great- grandchild, Jade Marie McWilliams.

Survivors include a son, Charles Jones and wife Trixie, Sherwood; a daughter, Martha Lindblad and husband Arnold, Norfolk, Va.; an adopted son, James Marshall, Jacksonville; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don R. House officiating. Burial with military honors was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Eugene Victor Jones

Eugene Victor Jones, 85, of Imboden, died March 15, 2008, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Oct. 9, 1922, was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Force. He was a retired regional administrator for the Department of Human Services. He was charter member of the Imboden Volunteer Fire Department and a charter member of the Lions Club. He was a member of the American Legion and the Imboden Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Willene Stewart Jones, on March 16, 2002; and two brothers, Justin Jones and Lester Jones; and a sister, Edith Bilbrey.

Survivors include two sons, Steve Jones and wife Rebecca, and Jim Jones and wife Patsy, all of Imboden; two sisters, Pauline Craig, Powhatan, and Ruby Jones, Imboden; three grandchildren, Chris Jones, Stephanie Mason and Jeremy Jones; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Imboden Methodist Church with Rev. Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Danny Rowsey, Ben Starr, David Craig, David Stewart, Gary Russell, Steve Prestige, Mike Hottel and Bill Rowsey. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Stacy, Terry Rorex, Ralph Jean, Oland Goad, Austin Stovall, Wade Bellah, Ancel Matthews, Paul White, Larry Steele, Joe Justus, Davis Matthews, Steve Huddleston, Dan Matthews, Andy Stovall and Dave Statler.

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Kimberly Ann Neely

Kimberly Ann Neely, 52, of Floral, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died March 16, 2008, at Floral.

Born Oct. 26, 1955, in Newport, she was a customer representative for West Coast Brown Jordan for 12 years. She was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by her father, Cecil Dale Goodrum.

Survivors include her husband, David Lynn Neely; a son, David Kyle Neely, Floral; her mother, Dortha Sue Prince Goodrum, Kansas; and a brother, Cecil Dale Goodrum Jr., Kansas.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Ballew's Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Emmett Campbell officiating. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were James Moore, Danny Cloud, Don Riley, Barney McCoy, Larry Neely and Bobby Wagner.

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

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Floyd Parker

Floyd Parker, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died March 13, 2008, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehabilition.

Born Nov. 14, 1918, at Marked Tree, he was the son of James and Fanny Poe Parker. A World War II Marine veteran, he was a retired building supervisor for Lakeshore Public School and was a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Lorene Kincade Parker; a son, Ronald G. Parker, Richland, Mich.; a daughter, Janice Wahl, Clinton, Mo.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. in McNabb Chapel with Rob Combs officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas. Military honors were provided by Promberger-Traw VFW Post #4556 of Pocahontas.

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Denton Marvin Penn Sr.

Denton Marvin Penn Sr., 88, of Black Rock, died March 12, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 12, 1920, in the Denton community, he was the son of John and Addie Davis Penn. He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and worked as a commercial hay farmer on the farm on which he was born. He also worked for Baymiller Auto Parts for 10 years and was manager of the Portia Gin for several years.

He was a member of the Smithville Masonic Lodge #29 for over 60 years. He served on the ASCS Committee for 15 years and on the Lawrence County committee for nine years. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church for over 50 years, served as deacon and Sunday school director for 37 years.

He was married to Thelma Lawrence on July 12, 1941. She preceded him in death on Jan. 15, 1999. He married Bonnie Moudy on May 18, 2001. She preceded him in death on June 1, 2007.

He is survived by three sons, Denton Marvin "D.M." Penn Jr. and wife Deborah, Green Valley, Ill., Lawrence Joe "Larry" Penn and wife Sandra, Baytown, Texas, and Mart Lee Penn and wife Susan, Black Rock; six grandchildren, Corky Penn, Bart Penn, Phillip Penn, Tamara Sorg, Sonya Lee and Christi Ringel; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Smithville Baptist Church. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to the Smithville Cemetery Fund, c/o Oleta Wallis, 455 Lawrence 273, Smithville, AR 72466.

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Ira Phillips

Ira S. Phillips, 94, of Walnut Ridge, died March 12, 2008, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Jan. 18, 1914, in the Lauratown community, he was the son of Green and Alice Bales Phillips. He was a former landlord, business man and carpenter, and was a Jehovah's Witness.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Stone Phillips, in March 1944; his second wife, Linnie Williams Phillips, on March 8, 2004, whom he married Feb. 14, 1948; and two brothers, Elbert Phillips and Lee Phillips.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry Phillips and Morris Phillips, both of Walnut Ridge, and Buddy Phillips, Cedar Lake, Ind.; a stepdaughter, Norma Watson, Walnut Ridge; a stepson, Dennis Brown, Springdale; a brother, Barney Phillips, Mountain Home; a sister, Ruby Marlin, Newport; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Lee Waddell officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Joel Schnick, Joey Bailey, Wendell Pace, Gilbert Phillips, Junior Whitehead and Freddie Pace.

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Morgan Thomas Smith

Morgan Thomas "Arkie" Smith, 75, of Grandview, Mo., died March 13, 2008.

Born Dec. 6, 1932, in Walnut Ridge, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of VFW and the Fraternal Order of the Elks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Phineas and Lurene Smith; a brother, Joseph P. Smith Jr.; and a sister, Norma G. Gentry.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis Smith and wife Carol, Detroit, and Jeffery Smith, Grandview; two daughters, Glenda F. Jones and husband Frank, Phoenix, and Virginia L. Smith-Kennedy and husband Timothy, Grandview; four brothers, Charles E. Smith, San Francisco, Lewis F. Smith, Walnut Ridge, Ray N. Smith, Belton, Mo., and Gary W. Smith, Jefferson City, Mo.; two sisters, Margaret A. Olson, Russellville, Mo., and Martha L. Johnson, Valparaiso, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at Park Lawn Funeral Home in Kansas City, Mo. Burial with military honors was in Green Lawn Cemetery at Kansas City.

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Lorine Williams

Lorine Williams, 87, of Minturn, died March 12, 2008, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was the daughter of Jim and Irma Tomlinson McClintock and had lived in Walnut Ridge before moving to Minturn 13 years ago. She as a homemaker and was of the Free Will Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Jimmy, Lois, Billy, Floyd, Cleatus, Van and Charlie; and two sisters, Susie and Vera.

Survivors include her husband, Walter "Tink" Williams; a son, Jerald Manning and wife Brenda, Pocahontas; two daughters, Brenda Gaines and husband Harry, St. Louis, and Connie Light, Minturn; a stepson, Alan Williams, Walnut Ridge; a stepdaughter, Diane Baker, Black Rock; a brother, Ray McClintock, Jonesboro; a sister, Lucy Acree, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at House-Gregg Funeral Home with David Duncan officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia.

Pallbearers were Nath Williams, Boyce Williams, Mack Williams, Alan Williams, Jeremy Cunningham and Shawn Woodson.

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