March 26, 2008 Edition

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Births

Noelle Brownderville Tate Nathaniel Jones

Weddings/Engagements

McLauglin ~ Greer

Obituaries

Marie Blazer Anthony Frank Bohun Arthur Cleveland
Douglas A. Cobb Bobby Eugene Doyle Willis F. Friar
Thomas C. Getson Linda Adams Harris Wanda Lou Howard
Rema Marie Knoche Ralph "Bono" Lee Frances Irene Pinkston
Ray Pruett Clarence Wedge

Births

Noelle Elizabeth Brownderville

Boyce "Nathan" and Amanda Brownderville of Calamine have announced the birth of a daughter on March 16, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Noelle Elizabeth Brownderville.

Grandparents are Larry and Cathy Goodwin, Boyce and Loresa Brownderville and Max Sullivan and the late Rubye Mae Sullivan.

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Tate Nathaniel Jones

Jeremy and Brenna Jones of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on March 14, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Tate Nathaniel Jones.

He has an older sister, Jana Jones, who is four.

Grandparents are Cloyce and Snow Ann Burrow and Jim and Patsy Jones, all of Imboden.

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Weddings/Engagements

McLauglin ~ Greer

Melysa Taylor Greer became the bride of Anthony Dewayne McLauglin on March 15, 2008, in a 2 p.m. ceremony at People's Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie.

Parents of the couple are Gary and Geneva Webb of Black Rock and Jerry and Glenda McLauglin of Hoxie.

The bride is the granddaughter of Minnie Blanchard of Jonesboro and Jim and Linda Funchess of Black Rock. She is a graduate of Black Rock High School.

The groom is the grandson of Della Ivy of Ravenden and Barbara Reed of Nixa, Mo. He is a graduate of Hoxie High School.

Pastor Roger Brand officiated at the double-ring, semiformal ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her father.

After the ceremony, a reception was held at the church.

Following a short wedding trip to Jonesboro, the couple are at home in Walnut Ridge, where he is employed with Townsend Tree Service and she is a homemaker.

Out-of-county guests at the wedding included: John Reed and family of Kentucky, Barbara Reed and Kim Little, both of Missouri, and Minnie Blanchard, Rose Blanchard, Jeremy and Lacie Cobb, Louis and Colleen Blanchard and family, all of Jonesboro.

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Obituaries

Marie Blazer

Marie Blazer, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died March 24, 2008, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Dec. 19, 1922, at Mammoth Spring, she was the daughter of C.F. and Annie Gibbs Morris. She was a cook for the Hoxie School System and attended the Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Rosalee Lair, Della Lockrum and Nellie Morris.

Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Robins and husband Arthur, Walnut Ridge, Virginia Sharp, Hoxie, and Janice Bonner and husband Terry, Pocahontas; two sons, Jim Blazer and wife Patricia, and John Blazer and wife Linda, all of Hoxie; a sister, Norma Crotts and husband Harvey, West Plains, Mo.; two brothers, Thomas Morris and wife Marie, and Charles Morris and wife Irma, all of West Plains; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Dale Hughart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Anthony Frank Bohun

Anthony Frank Bohun, 80, of Jacksonville, died March 21, 2008, at his home.

Born Sept. 28, 1927, in Erie, Pa., he was the son of Vincent and Teresa Vrablic Bohun. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, the Army and the Air Force. He served in World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the Slovac Catholic Sokol.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Lewis Bohun, Alex Bohun and Steve Bohun; and four sisters, Rose Bohun, Teresa Bohun, Helen Bohun and Ann Przepierski.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Sullens Bohun, who was raised in Lawrence County; a daughter, Eydie Roark and husband Russ, White House, Texas; two brothers, Frank Bohun, Erie, Pa., and Eddie Bohun, Gilbert, Ariz.; a sister, Mary Polon, Erie; four grandchildren, Allison Crews, Kristin Spencer, Katelyn Roark and Chase Roark; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Jude The Apostole Catholic Church with Father Les Farley officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Moore's Jacksonville Funeral Home.

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

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Arthur Cleveland

Arthur Richard Cleveland, 88, of Searcy, died March 19, 2008.

The son of Edgar E. and Willie Tate Cleveland, he was a U.S. Army veteran. He attended Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in Batesville and graduated from the University of Arkansas College of Engineering. A licensed Arkansas Professional Engineer, he worked with Arkansas-Missouri Power as location manager in Walnut Ridge and later as chief engineer. He also worked for the Entergy Corporation in engineering management in Little Rock.

He served in the Kiwanis Club, on the State Chamber of Commerce and on the Arkansas Industrial Commission.

He was a member of the Church of Christ, where he served as deacon, elder, teacher and song leader in many locations of the church. He was a former elder of the Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by three children, Rick Cleveland Jr., William Eric Cleveland and Kathryn Yvonne Cleveland; a brother, Tom Cleveland; and a sister, Aline Phillips.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Grace House Cleveland; a daughter, Annette Jones-Kittany, Marion; two sisters, Shirley Guy, Walnut Ridge, and Jean Beibers, Memphis; and a brother, Jim Cleveland, Little Rock.

Funeral was Friday in Searcy with Leon Barnes, Don House and Jerry Bunn officiating. Graveside services followed at Lawrence Memorial Park with Michael Hughes and Don House officiating.

Pallbearers were Richard Cleveland, Wade Jones, Blake Jones, Captain Timothy Norman, Wade Jones Sr., Tyler Cleveland and Christopher Karr. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. John Henderson, Dr. Dan Davidson, Dr. Scot Dicus, Cecil Adams, Bill Pierce and the elders of the Judsonia Church of Christ.

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Douglas A. Cobb

Douglas A. Cobb, 84, of Jonesboro, died March 18, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 26, 1924, at Gurdon, he was a teacher and coach for 42 years, including three years at Egypt High School and the remainder in the Jonesboro School District.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Cobb; a son, Michael Cobb and wife Linda, Jonesboro; two sisters, Cleo Brinkley, Portland, Ore., and Lola Kelley, Montrose, Colo.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Rev. Patty Soward officiating. Private burial was under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Memorials may be made to the Fisher Street United Methodist Church Summer Meal Program, 301 N. Fisher, Jonesboro, AR 72401; the Barbara Broyles Foundation, 826 N. Crossover Road, Fayetteville, AR 72701; or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

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Bobby Eugene Doyle

Bobby Eugene Doyle, 75, of Jonesboro, died March 20, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 15, 1933, in Walnut Ridge, he lived in Jonesboro most of his life. He was a retired painter and a Baptist minister, and was a member of Victory General Baptist Church of Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Bobby S. Doyle and Randy Earl Doyle; his parents, Joe and Polly Howard Doyle; a grandson, Brian Doyle; three sisters; and five brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Lenora Doyle; three sons, Davey E. Doyle, Danny A. Doyle and Keith D. Doyle, all of Jonesboro; a daughter, Brenda L. Harris and husband Jim, Jonesboro; two brothers, Bordon Doyle, Sedgwick, and Pat Doyle, Maynard; a sister, Opalene Tipton, St. Louis; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pine Log Cemetery with Rev. John Freeman officiating. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Nephews served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were adult Sunday school class at Victory General Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

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

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Willis F. Friar

Willis F. Friar, 84, of Hoxie, died March 22, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 16, 1923, at Beech Grove, he was the son of Sevier Carroll and Gladys Hannah Friar. He was a carpenter and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Christine Friar and Hazel German; and two brothers, Thomas Friar and Billy Joe Friar.

Survivors include his wife, Imogene Wilma Bowers Friar, whom he married March 6, 1965; three sisters, Charlene Strong, St. Louis, and Vella Fedyk and Linda Friar, both of Hoxie.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Chapel with Bro. Dale Hughart officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Trevor Dotson, Joe German, Lance Langley, Gage Langley, Jonathan Swift and David Burnside.

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Thomas C. Getson

Thomas C. "Tommy" Getson, 76, of Pocahontas, died March 19, 2008, at Kennedy Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis.

Born May 20, 1931, at O'Kean, he was the son of Thomas Jefferson and Hazel Fowler Getson. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1956 and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Shannon Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Betty Jean Alphin Getson; a son, Thomas Randall "Randy" Getson, Pocahontas; a daughter, Linda Ann Crouch, Maynard; three sisters, Betty Griffin, Oak Grove Heights, Doris Biggs, Petaluma, Calif., Shirley Crabtree, Jonesboro; a brother, Henry Lee Gates, Shaffer, Calif.; two grandchildren, Keith Daniel Crouch and Karla JoAnn James; and a great-grandson.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Shannon Baptist Church with Ron Berry officiating. Burial was in Thomas Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas. Full military honors were provided by Promberger-Traw VFW Post #4556.

Pallbearers were Blake James, Keith Crouch, James Ross, Randy Freeman, Charlie Owens and Lloyd Gooch. Honorary pallbearers were Leroy Blackwell, Travis Alphin, Heath Alphin, David Alphin, Keith Getson, Jimmy Getson and Barkley Anis.

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Linda Adams Harris

Linda Adams Harris, 67, of Wilmar, mother of Rev. Mark Kevin Harris of Walnut Ridge, died March 16, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hot Springs. Burial was March 19 in Wilmar Cemetery under the direction of Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. An online guestbook is available at www.frazerfuneralhome.com.

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Wanda Lou Howard

Wanda Lou Howard, 82, of Strawberry, died March 22, 2008, in Batesville.

She had lived in California before moving to Strawberry in 1970.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Dawson Howard; a son; a daughter; a sister; and five brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Rhene Smith, Springfield, Mo.; two sons, Gaylord Howard, Strawberry, and Billy Howard, Little Rock; three sisters, Marie Young, Lamar, Mo., Doris Smith, Stoutland, Mo., and Faye Ross, La Habra, Calif.; three brothers, Jimmy Miller, Richland, Mo., and Buddy Miller and Paul Miller, both of Stoutland, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery in Lynn with Bill Howard Jr. officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn has charge of arrangements.

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

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Rema Marie Rose Knoche

Rema Marie Rose Knoche, 89, of Pocahontas, grandmother of Rhonda Jackson of Imboden, died March 23, 2008, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas. Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Rev. Zelda Jean Bennett and Terry Benson officiating. Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery at Attica.

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Ralph "Bono" Lee

Ralph Edward "Bono" Lee, 74, of Bono, died March 22, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born in Alicia, he lived most of his life in Bono. He was the first full-time mayor of Bono, serving as mayor for 14 years. He devoted more than 30 years of service to Bono. He supported and coached Bono youth baseball and American Legion ball teams for several years, organizing and managing funds through the concession operations.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of the USS W.A. Mann Association. He was a life member and past commander of Pickett Post 21 of the American Legion and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a past president of Northeast Arkansas Trades and Labor Council and a member of United Steelworkers of America. He was retired from Crane Co. in Jonesboro.

He was a past president of the Craighead County Democratic Party and served on the advisory council of the Municipal League of Arkansas. He was a Boy Scout leader, a St. Jude Children's Hospital volunteer and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe "Buddy" and Ada Davis Lee; four brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Lee; a son, Michael Lee, Bono; two daughters, Karen Monroe and husband Michael, Portsmouth, Va., and Teresa Brown and husband Cary, Cash; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Lee, Sean Lee, Shana Brown, Jamie Brown and Caitlyn Lee; and a great-granddaugher.

Funeral is today at 10:30 a.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Chris George and Gary Henderson officiating. Burial will be private.

Pallbearers will be Leroy McQuay, Tommy Lee, Jerry Sullins, Frank Cline, Billy Stephens and Leon Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers will include L.M. Duncan, members of the Bono Police Department, City of Bono employees, members of Bono City Council, Pickett Post 21 members, James Redding, Donald Pyle, past employees of Crane Company, members of USS W.A. Mann Association, Dr. William Hurst and the nursing staff of St. Bernards Medical Center.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or the American Legion Honor Guard, 3414 Dan Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Frances Irene Pinkston

Frances Irene Long Pinkston, 84, of Newport, died March 20, 2008, at Newport.

Born Aug. 8, 1923, in Portia, she was the daughter of James Willie and Louvinna Hibarger Long. She was a waitress and a cook and helped in daycare. She was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church, the Eastern Star and Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Everett Pinkston, on Feb. 19, 1997; a brother, Raymond Long; two sisters, Lola Mae Propst and Norma Jean Seger; and two grandchildren, Angela Marie Pinkston and Jamie Evon Pinkston.

Survivors include two sons, Perry Pinkston, Tuckerman, and James Everett Pinkston, Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Cassandra Nix, Gregory Pinkston and April Ortega; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Ballews Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Hoover Lewis officiating. Burial was in Ballews Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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

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Ray Pruett

Ray Pruett, 72, of Walnut Ridge, died March 23, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

He had lived in Walnut Ridge most of his life and was of the Baptist belief. He was retired from Hytrol, after having been a farmer earlier in his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Ray and Beulah Mae Shelton Pruett; a grandson, Nicholas Pruett; and a great-granddaughter, Christian Liles.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Marjorie Pruett; a son, Kelley Pruett and wife Vivian, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Jammie Weir, Hoxie, and Janice Parson and her fianc? Nickey Ditto, Paragould; two stepsons, Gary Liles and wife Cheryl, Lorado, and Timothy Murphy, Woodriver, Ill.; two stepdaughters, Dorsie Shaw and husband Jeff, Conway, and Geyvon Crest and husband Mark, Corning; a brother, Jerry Pruett and wife Barbara, Livingston, Texas; two sisters, Lovan Jones and husband Art, Boswell, and Ellen McNatt and husband John, Paris, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral is today at 3:30 p.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Bro. Marion Stringer officiating. Burial will be in Lorado Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers will be Stan Faultner, Rick Summers, Russell Moon, Terry Lewis, Jeff Liles and Michael Parsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Zach Long, Brian Parsons, Wesley Liles and Mike Williford.

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

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Clarence Wedge

Clarence Wedge, 80, of Imboden, died March 25, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 10, 1927, in East Chicago, Ill., he was the son of Clarence and Hallie Gaperson Wedge. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during World War II. He was a carpenter, a mechanic and was of the Methodist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frieda Mae Pittman Wedge, on Oct. 13, 1998, whom he married Sept. 15, 1951.

Survivors include a son, Kevin Wedge, Imboden; two daughters, Sherri Groves, Hardy, and Bobbi Duncan, Ravenden; two grandchildren, Tracy Jared and Robert Groves; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Bronaugh Cemetery, near Hardy, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

No visitation is scheduled.

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