April 2, 2008 Edition

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Rylee Dawn Burns


George ~ Jackson Stearns ~ Grimes Stowers ~ Graham


Phyllis Yvonne Black Charlotte Crafton James Robert Dunivan
Joey Edward Garner Helen Louise Griffin Mary Emma Martin
Arlin Edward Pollock Walter Thomas Randall Larry Lee Scott
Bernice Wildrick


Rylee Dawn Burns

Eric and Heather Burns of Hot Springs have announced the birth of a daughter on March 17, 2008, at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Hot Springs. The baby weighed eight pounds, two ounces and has been named Rylee Dawn Burns.

She has a brother, Garrett Burns.

Grandparents are Darrell and Sharon Dickson of Brinkley and Lana Burns of Walnut Ridge and the late Marvin Burns.

She is the great-granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ives of Hot Springs and Odessa Johnson of Walnut Ridge.

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George ~ Jackson

Mr. and Mrs. Rick George of Jonesboro announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Brandi Mae'Lon George, to Larry Jackson Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jackson Sr. of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Freda Koons of Pocahontas and the late Bill Koons and Rose George of Alicia and the late Sam George.

She is a 2004 graduate of Westside High School and is employed by NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The bridegroom-elect is the grandson of the late Elenore and Wendell Jackson of Jonesboro.

He is a 2001 honor graduate of Valley View High School and is employed by the City of Jonesboro and is an instructor of mixed martial arts and women's self defense.

The couple will exchange wedding vows Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Jonesboro. All friends and relatives are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow in the church fellowship hall.

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Stearns ~ Grimes

Tracy Marie Grimes became the bride of James Edward "Jim" Stearns in a ceremony solemnized March 8, 2008, at the fountain at Arkansas State University Student Union.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bibb of Monette and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Vana of Denver.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Stearns of Walnut Ridge.

Judge Lee Fergus performed the ceremony.

Niki Grisham served as maid of honor. Daughters of the bride, Kirsten Grimes and Leah Grimes, were bridesmaids.

Robert Stearns served his brother as best man.

The bride was given in marriage by her daughters.

The bride is employed by St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro as a registered nurse in quality management.

The groom is manager of cardiac rehabilitation at St. Bernards.

A reception in the couple's honor will be held April 12 at 7 p.m. at The Station Restaurant on Church Street in Jonesboro. All friends and relatives are invited.

The couple are residing in Jonesboro.

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Stowers ~ Graham

Beth Graham became the bride of Chris Stowers in a double-ring ceremony solemnized Dec. 15, 2007, at Williams Baptist College Chapel.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Graham of Clover Bend. She is the granddaughter of Vada Smith and Bonnie Graham of Clover Bend and the late Bud Smith and the late J.F. Graham.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Stowers of Hoxie. He is the grandson of Harold and Lelia Stowers of Pocahontas, Margie Bell of Walnut Ridge and the late Jay Bell.

Dr. Foster of Williams Baptist College performed the ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a strapless, satin pick-up ball gown with a cuff neckline and lace-up back. She carried a bouquet of hand-tied Charlotte roses, cock's comb princess feathers, pine cones, pine hypericum berries and cedar.

Jenny Bruce of Portia served the bride as matron of honor. Kelsie Jones of Hoxie, Katherine Melikian of Memphis and Kenna McEntire of Walnut Ridge were bridesmaids. Savannah and Whitney Longmire of Walnut Ridge served as flower girls.

Rickey Stowers of Walnut Ridge served as best man. Groomsmen were Jason Ezell and Skyler Stocker of Hoxie and Adam Eades of Conway. Ushers were Blake Boyd and Reuben Vance. Malachi Tinker and Dylan Aaron served as ring bearers.

A reception followed in the Moody Room. Brandy Rogers, Amanda Thatcher, Terran Wheeles, Lisa Manning and Andrea Stowers were servers.

Brandy Swindle of Walnut Ridge and Josh Graham of Clover Bend resided at the bride's book table.


Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church and Hoxie Church of Christ each hosted a shower for the couple. Jamie Stowers and Shelia Price held a Pampered Chef shower, and Tina Stowers hosted a family shower in her home. Jenny Bruce, Kelsie Jones and Kenna McEntire honored the bride with a lingerie shower.

The couple resides in Bono.

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Phyllis Yvonne Black

Phyllis Yvonne Black, 59, of Ravenden, died March 25, 2008.

She was born Feb. 19, 1949, at Cape Girardeau, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her father, Vern Steffens; a sister; and a brother.

Survivors include two sons, Nick Woods, Williford, and Derek Woods, Ravenden; two daughters, Bridgette Woods, Paragould, and Shayna Black, Ravenden; her mother, Sue Miller Steffens, Ravenden; and four grandchildren, Austin Woods, Kaylee Holdener, Haiden Woods and Kaleb Holdener.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Cox-Waymon Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial was in Gravesville Cemetery.

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Charlotte Crafton

Charlotte Crafton, 83, of Batesville, formerly of Cave City, died March 24, 2008, at Batesville.

Born Feb. 21, 1925, in St. Louis, she was the daughter of Charles and Lottie Beare Robinson. She was a retired executive secretary and was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Cave City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Garon Crafton; and two brothers, Charles Robinson and Fred Tucker.

Survivors include three sons, Bob Merritt, Webster Groves, Mo., and Steven Merritt and Donald Merritt, both of St. Louis; two stepsons, Danny Crafton, Davenport, Iowa, and David Crafton, DeKalb, Ill.; a stepdaughter, Sheila Crafton, Moline, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ward Cemetery at Strawberry with Bro. Jeff Holland officiating. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City had charge of arrangements.

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James Robert Dunivan

James Robert Dunivan, 51, of Tuckerman, stepfather of Gayla Broadwater of Swifton, and brother of Connie Dunivan of Walnut Ridge, died March 27, 2008, at his home. Burial was Saturday in Grace Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Tuckerman Fire Department, P.O. Box 779, Tuckerman, AR 72112. An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Joey Edward Garner

Joey Edward Garner, 50, of Jonesboro, died March 27, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 9, 1957, in Walnut Ridge, he lived in Sedgwick for 17 years before moving to Jonesboro and was retired from Nabholz Construction. He served in the military for 17 years, obtaining the rank of captain in the reserves.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Garner.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Garner; a son, Logan Garner, of the home; two daughters, Emily Garner, of the home, and Haley Fowler and husband Lloyd, Bono; his mother, Betty Langston Garner, Jonesboro; a brother, Charles Garner, Walnut Ridge; and a sister, Gina Jones, Tampa, Fla.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Andrew Merritt officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery near Sedgwick.

Pallbearers were Mitchell Worlow, David Vance, Glen Joiner, Roy Davidson, Lee Smith and Bill Duncan. Honorary pallbearers were Brent Garner, Kyle Jones, Chad Jones, Cody Jones, Garrett Cook, Zachary Cook and members of 370 Chemical Co.

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

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Helen Louise Griffin

Helen Louise Griffin, 61, of Pocahontas, died March 30, 2008.

She was born Aug. 14, 1946.

Survivors include two sons, Darrell Griffin, Pocahontas, and Dewayne Griffin, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Tammy Wagner, Pocahontas; her father, Alvin Warren, Little Rock; her mother, Dorthy Green Warren, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Darrell Warren, Guy; three sisters, Rose Ehrhardt, Alicia, Margie Hannah, Little Rock, and Misty Villarreal, Lynn; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Dr. Doug Wheeler and Connie Gipson officiating. Burial will be in Chesser Cemetery.

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Mary Emma Martin

Mary Emma Martin, 89, of Black Rock, died March 26, 2008, at her home.

Born July 19,1918, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Morton and Nettie Kidder Woodson. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Black Rock Church of Christ.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Starnes and Rosemary Blaxton, both of Smithville; a sister, Jessie Carroll, Lake Charles, La., five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Black Rock Church of Christ with Rev. Steve Prestidge officiating. Burial was in Oak Forrest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Arlin Edward Pollock

Arlin Edward Pollock, 70, of Paragould, died March 27, 2008, at his home.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Jean Pollock; his parents, Edward and Lou Rosselot Pollock; and a brother, Glenn Dale Pollock.

Survivors include his wife, Lafon Hall Pollock; a daughter, Connie Clifford and husband Jerry Don; four sons, Terry Pollock, Bono, Gary Pollock and wife Glenda, and Jimmy Pollock and wife Darlene, all of Paragould, and Ricky Pollock, Walcott; a brother, Charles Dean Pollock, Walcott; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. in Mt. Zion Cemetery, near Walcott, with Bob Wade officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Walter Thomas Randall

Walter Thomas "Tom" Randall, 65, of Walnut Ridge, died March 28, 2008, at his home.

Born July 13, 1942, in Hot Springs, he worked in industrial construction as an iron worker/welder. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving four years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Hot Springs Masonic Lodge #62 for 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frankie and Edwin Allen Randall.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra "Judy" Baltz Randall, whom he married Aug. 29, 1980; five daughters, Lisa Broadwell and husband Harry, Maumelle, Tara Musgrove and husband Joe, Sherwood, Kerry Turner and husband Brad, Hot Springs, Stacy Fisher and husband Joe, Walnut Ridge, and Amy Roberts and husband Will, Hoxie; a stepdaughter, Lori Mosley, Eustace, Texas; and 10 grandchildren, Sean Gilleran, Ben Turner, Reese Turner, Peyton Roberts, Ethan Roberts, Claire Fisher, Kai Fisher, Sean Ebbs, Brandon Ebbs and Maxx Cox.

A memorial visitation will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Hendrix officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Fisher, Will Roberts, Joe Musgrove, Brad Turner, Harry Broadwell, Mitch Baltz, David Baltz, John Kidd and Jim Back.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

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Larry Lee Scott

Larry Lee Scott, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died March 28, 2008, at his home.

He had lived in Walnut Ridge for the past 20 years, after moving from the Fontaine community. A U.S. Army veteran, he had been a farmer and had worked for General Electric.

He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Scott; his parents, Tom and Mary Simpson Scott; four brothers, Caraway Scott, Bill Scott, Thomas Scott and Floyd Scott; and a sister, Nora Thompson.

Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Cundiff, Wichita, Kan., Janie Davis, Bono, and Mary Russell, Cabot; four sons, Ronny Scott, Athens, Tenn., John Scott, Cabot, Tom Scott, Little Rock, and Patrick Scott, Jonesboro; a sister, Lena Childers, Jonesboro; three brothers, Loyde Scott and Ray Scott, both of Walnut Ridge, and Joe Scott, Blue Eye, Mo.; and a special friend, Martha Gibson, Walnut Ridge.

Graveside service was Monday at 11 a.m. at Lorado Cemetery with Rick Anglin officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Bernice Wildrick

Bernice Wildrick, 80, of Hoxie, died March 25, 2008, at her home.

Born Dec. 21, 1927, in the Shelbyville community in Sharp County, she was the daughter of Paul and Cora McGinnis Milligan.

She worked as a cook at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center for several years and was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Wildrick, Savoy, Texas, and Billy Lynn Wildrick, Oak Ridge, Ore.; a brother, Paul V. Milligan, Waterloo, Ill.; four sisters, Joyce Ward, Summerville, S.C., Joan Wallis and Wanda McCormic, both of Hoxie, and Christine Bagley, Walnut Ridge; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Rev. Leroy Scudder officiating. Burial was in Milligan Campgroud Cemetery, near Strawberry, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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