April 16, 2008 Edition

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Ian Taylor Brandon Lily Kathleen Kent Caleb Isaac Manning
Andrew Tyler Osburn


Jones ~ Howell Melton ~ Bristow


Larry W. Adams Lucille Baird Cnoria Boyd
Mary Katherine Bratcher Lois Companiotte Ray Baker Hillhouse
Bonnie Huckabee Callie Johnson Frankie Park
Bobby Ray Ragsdale Sarah Rone


Ian Taylor Brandon

Derrick and Kimberly Brandon have announced the birth of a son, born April 1, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Ian Taylor Brandon.

He has two siblings, Hayden, 2, and Lyric, 5.

Grandparents are Steve and Becky Capps of Lynn and Ruel Jackson of Pocahontas.

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Lily Kathleen Kent

Kassie Davis and Cole Kent of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter, born April 7, 2008, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. The baby weighed seven pounds, five ounces, and has been named Lily Kathleen Kent.

Grandparents are Reba and Ralph Grooms and Kenny Davis, all of Hoxie; Linda Kent of Newport and Coleman Kent Jr. of Jonesboro. Great-grandparents are Curtis and Lily Mae Lamb of Walnut Ridge and Julia Shoffner Phelps of Newport.

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Caleb Isaac Manning

Daniel and Laura Manning of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born April 3, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby has been named Caleb Isaac Manning.

He has three sisters, Hannah, 7, Rebekah, 5, and Rachel, 2.

Grandparents are Rickey and Pamela Manning and Regina Pickney, all of Walnut Ridge, and Joe Pickney of Black Rock.

Great-grandparents are James and Bobby Joe Manning of Walnut Ridge and Ethel Wilcoxin of Hoxie.

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Andrew Tyler Osburn

Jeff and Kathy Osburn of Paragould have announced the birth of a son, born April 2, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Andrew Tyler Osburn.

He has two brothers, Kyle, 7, and Dylan, 5; and a half-sister, Mollie, 14.

Grandparents are Jerry and Judy Young of Paragould and Darrell and Jean Osburn of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandmother is Kathryn Murphree of Paragould.

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Jones ~ Howell

Gary Jones of Jonesboro and Cynthia Billingsley of Melbourne announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Ashley Kaylyn Jones, to Chadwick Oliver Howell, son of Jack and Carlotta Howell of Jonesboro.

Ashley is the granddaughter of Loyce and Bertha Billingsley of Violet Hill and Morris and Mavis Jones of Wideman.

Chad is the grandson of Betty Phillips of Walnut Ridge and the late Carl Phillips and the late O.H. and Gertrude Howell who lived in Corning.

The couple will be married on Friday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Cherokee Village.

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Melton ~ Bristow

Terry and Kim Melton of Cave City and Carla Birmingham of Strawberry have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Pasha Marrie Jean Melton, to Jason Aaron Bristow, son of Jeffery and Laura Bristow and Robin Bristow, all of Lynn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Delbert and Modine Melton of Saffell, Carl Birmingham of Strawberry and Betty Moore and Tommie Robinson, both of Cave City. She is a 2007 graduate of Cave City High School.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Jeff and Jean Bristow and Vickie Richey, all of Lynn, and Shirley Kelly of Eaton. He is a 2005 graduate of Hillcrest High School.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Pure Country Retreat, 1330 Grange Road, in Smithville. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception, which will also be held at the Pure Country Retreat.

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Larry W. Adams

Larry W. Adams, 60, of Jonesboro, died April 14, 2008, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born Jan. 30, 1948, in Lynn, he was a U.S. Army veteran and was an employee of Quebecor. He was of the Church of Christ belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Guthrie and Wanda Adams.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Adams; two sons, Andy Adams, Wichita, Kan., and Mac Golden, Little Rock; a daughter, Gretchen Golden, Jonesboro; a sister, Karen Williams, Little Rock; and three grandchildren, Benjamin Adams, Annabelle Adams and Ellis Golden.

Funeral will be Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Roller-Farmers Union Chapel with Jimmy Adcox officiating. Burial will be in Philadelphia Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Woodard, Shea Vines, Mack Keedy, Jimmy Fletcher, Jason Davidson, Matthew England, Matthew Russell and Troy Brooks. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Holden and Todd Roberson.

Visitation is tonight from 5 to 7 at the funeral home.

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

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Lucille Baird

Lucille Baird, 85, of Walcott, died April 9, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 29, 1922, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Anthony and Ethel Brunson. She was a former Sunday school teacher and was a member of Light Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Jackson Baird Sr.; three sisters, Lorene Thornton, Mardell Shaffer and Pauline Brunson; a brother, Lloyd Brunson; a great-granddaughter, Rebecca Suzanne Davenport; and a son-in-law, Bob Noles.

Survivors include a son, Howard Jackson Baird Jr. and wife Bonnie, Walcott; three daughters, Sue Huffman and husband Don, and Ethel Noles, all of Walcott, and Becky Diggs and husband Jim, Paragould; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Light Baptist Church with Raymond Atwood and Glen Hoselton officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Walcott under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould.

Pallbearers were Vance Cupp Jr., David Pratt, Marvin Exum, Taf Wharton, Joe Pratt and Vance Cupp III. Honorary pallbearers will be Glen Maple and John Kellerman.

Memorials may be made to the Light Baptist Church Building Fund.

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Cnoria Boyd

Cnoria Marie Boyd, 81, of Brookland, died April 7, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 19, 1927, in Nelsonville, she was the daughter of Henry and Lillie Jones. She worked as a custodian for the Jonesboro School System for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Woodrow Boyd; a son, Joseph Boyd; and a granddaughter, Shauna McFall.

Survivors include a son, Charles Boyd, Ottawa, Ill.; two daughters, Diann Jenkins and husband Terry, Jonesboro, and Linda McFall, Brookland; five grandchildren, Angie Charette, Charles Boyd, Amanda Brand, Ben Jenkins and Alicia McFall; and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Wednesday, April 9, at Gregg Funeral Home in Jonesboro with G.W. Allison officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery near Lynn.

Pallbearers were Ben Jenkins, Dean Boyd, Danny Cosbey, Matt Brand, James Boyd and Terry "T.J." Jenkins.

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

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Mary Katherine Bratcher

Mary Katherine Bratcher, 82, of Hoxie, died April 9, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

A homemaker, she was retired from Lawrence Memorial Hospital and was a member of the Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bratcher Sr.; her parents, Luther and Ara Collins Camper; and two grandsons, Steven Hartmann and Christopher Hood.

Survivors include four daughters, Katherine Hood, Jonesboro, Debbie Brown and husband Gary, Florence, Ala., Deanna Hartmann and husband Steve, Lufkin, Texas, and Mary Couch, Bradenton, Fla.; three sons, Bobby Wright and Charles Bratcher Jr., both of Hoxie, and John Bratcher and wife Linda, Winder, Ga.; a sister, Juanita Marr, Tennessee, 10 grandchildren, Wade Hood, Kelly Hood, April Brown, Autumn Brown, Angel Heim, John Bratcher Jr., Robert Bratcher, Courtney Couch, Kati Couch and David Hartmann; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Jeff Heim, John Bratcher, Robert Bratcher, Dean Wall, Ernest Briner and Dallas Cagle.

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Lois Companiotte

Lois Austin Companiotte, 94, of Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died April 12, 2008.

The daughter of William Edgar and Alice Hamilton Austin, she was raised at Old Walnut Ridge and had lived in California before moving to Nashville four years ago. She had worked as a bookkeeper for Arkansas-Missouri Power in Walnut Ridge and Corning and was a clerk typist and homemaker. She loved to study family genealogy and was one of the first caretakers of Austin Cemetery. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in San Diego.

She was preceded in death by a son, B Franklin Companiotte; and a brother, William F. Austin.

Survivors include a daughter, Trudy Jo Kerlin and husband Kip, Franklin, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Casey Austin Kerlin and Kelly Mae Kerlin, both of Franklin, Tenn.; and cousins, Catherine Ponder, Archie Cox, Bob Cox, Eddie Cox, Bill Tolson, Billy Joe Davis, J.T. Davis, Mary Mable Jones and Josie Griffith.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Old Walnut Ridge Baptist Church with Wade Drury officiating. Burial was in Austin Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation was Tuesday before the funeral service from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church.

Honorary pallbearers were Miles Ponder, Archie Cox, Bob Cox, Eddie Cox, Bill Tolson, Wendell Tolson and Billy Joe Davis.

Memorials may be made to the Austin Cemetery Trust, c/o Archie Cox, 405 Eastwood Circle, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Ray Baker Hillhouse

Ray Baker Hillhouse, 91, of Charleston, Mo., died April 9, 2008, at the St. Francis Medical Center.

Born June 24, 1916, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Benjamin M. and Bernice Baker Hillhouse. He was a graduate of Sloan-Hendrix Academy, where he was an outstanding basketball player. After graduation, he became affiliated with Hillhouse Brothers in their farming, cattle and mercantile business, and also served as postmaster in Jessup.

He moved to Mississippi County, Mo., in 1942, and became a successful farmer and landowner. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Charleston.

He was preceded in death by a son, Benjamin M. "Benny" Hillhouse; a brother, Glenn M. Hillhouse Sr.; and four sisters, Helen H. Robbins, Jane H. Holt, Geneva H. Mullen and Willie Hillhouse.

Survivors include his wife, Nelsene Brewer Hillhouse; two sons, James S. Hillhouse and wife Pamela, Windsor, Colo., and John R. Hillhouse and wife Nancy, Charleston, Mo.; three daughters, June H. Hillhouse, Destin, Fla., Jana L. Lee, Boca Raton, Fla., and Lisa A. Hillhouse, Charleston; eight grandchildren, Mike Hurley, Mark Hurley, Joshua Hillhouse, Adam Hillhouse, Robert Lee, Greg Gunn, Tory Gunn and Kara Hillhouse; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston, Mo., with Revs. Michael Brewer and Roger Jesperson officiating. Private burial was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Hurley, Mark Hurley, Robert Lee, Greg Gunn, Joshua Hillhouse, Adam Hillhouse, Tory Gunn and Glenn Hillhouse.

Memorials may be made to the Benny Hillhouse Memorial Park Improvement Fund, c/o Focus Bank, Attn: Shelley Stinnett, P.O. Box 99, Charleston, MO 63834.

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Bonnie Huckabee

Bonnie Huckabee, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died April 13, 2008, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Sept. 26, 1915, at Portia, she was the daughter of Jess and Sadie Dawson East. She retired as a sales clerk for Three Sisters Clothing in Rockford, Ill., and was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel "Jack" Huckabee, on Sept. 26, 1974, whom she married Sept. 9, 1935, at Portia.

Survivors include two sons, Harl Huckabee and Jack Huckabee, both of Rockford, Ill.; two daughters, Rose Dobbs and Gereta Moore, both of Cedar Hill, Texas; and a sister, Genevieve Rhine, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. Roger Brand officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

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Callie Johnson

Callie Johnson, 93, of Little Rock, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died April 9, 2008, in Little Rock.

The daughter of John and Ella Soward Gill, she moved to Walnut Ridge from Michigan in 1975. She was a homemaker and a minister's wife.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Mack Johnson; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Zane Johnson, Michigan, James Johnson, Texas, and Rex Johnson, Alaska; a daughter, Janice Mittledorf, Wyoming; four sisters, Carrie Hastings, Oregon, and Dallean See, Fern Ellis and Hazel Cypret, all of Arkansas; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Dewell Tillman, Joe Tillman, Craig Williams, Colbert Gill, Scott Guzzy and Jay Shaw.

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Frankie Park

Frankie Park, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died April 13, 2008, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

The son of Charles G. and Cordie Medlock Park, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was a funeral director. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lea Lavon "Bonnie" Park; two sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include a son, Jack Park and wife Kay, Hot Springs; three sisters, Kathleen Hardin, Walnut Ridge, Ina Bass, Cleveland, Ohio, and Vera White, Tacoma, Wash.; a grandson, Ken Park; and a great-grandson.

Graveside service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Betty Williams officiating.

Pallbearers will be Ben Hardin, Ron Hardin, Les Oldham, Doug Oldham, Steve Whitaker, Charles Park and Bob Migliorino.

Visitation is tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 at the funeral home.

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Bobby Ray Ragsdale

Bobby Ray Ragsdale, 74, of Clay, died April 6, 2008.

Born July 12, 1933, at Egypt, he was the son of Alvin and Bonnie Rae Hufstedler Ragsdale.

Survivors include his wife, Patty Ragsdale; two sons, Mike Ragsdale and wife Trisha, Searcy, and Mark Ragsdale and wife Kari, Cheyenne, Wyo.; two brothers, Bill Ragsdale, Dinuba, Calif., and Bowen Ragsdale, Turlock, Calif.; a sister, Frances Davis, Fresno, Calif.; four grandchildren, Jay Ragsdale, Tyler Ragsdale, Maggie Ragsdale and Robin Ragsdale; two great-grandchildren; and two aunts, Lucy Fender and Glenda Marchbanks, both of Walnut Ridge.

A military funeral service was held Thursday at Searcy-McEuen Chapel in Searcy with Bro. Donald Leeth officiating. Burial was in Howell Cemetery at Clay.

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Sarah Rone

Sarah Margaret Rone, 91, of Ravenden, died April 10, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She had lived in Ravenden since 1976. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Junior Rone; and a daughter, Addie Martha Rone Clements.

Survivors include four sons, Joe Rone, Ravenden, Richard Rone, California, Robert Rone, Minnesota, and George Rone, Walnut Ridge; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Prichard Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs, Mo. Burial was in New Garden Cemetery. Local arrangements were made with House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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