April 30, 2008 Edition

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Births

Kyrsten Jennelle Dillport Justice Wayne Driggs AmyRose Bailey Jones
Kennedy Drew McVay Kaylee Smith

Weddings/Engagements

Swindle ~ Ezell Whitmire ~ Sanders

Obituaries

Wilma Christopher Charles Alfred Deen Gladys V. Green
Delma Lucille Guice Lucy M. Hornbeck Bobbie J. Neal
Dorothy E. Nunnally Van Gray Richardson Lola Mae Saffell
Lovis Stewart Bertha Strange

Births

Kyrsten Jennelle Dillport

Kory and Katy Dillport of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born April 18, 2008, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Kyrsten Jennelle Dillport.

She has two brothers, Kaydn, two and Kannon, one.

Grandparents are Sherri Chamblee of Imboden, DyAnne Payne of Walnut Ridge and Jimmy and Cindy Dillport of Cabot.

Great-grandparents are Sid Dillport of Walnut Ridge, Richard and Peggy Glover of Paragould, and L.B. and Mary Foster of Imboden. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Tapsey Cox of Walnut Ridge.

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Justice Wayne Driggs

Tonya Smyth and Patrick Driggs of Prairie Grove have announced the birth of a son on April 23, 2008, at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville. The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Justice Wayne Driggs.

He has two sisters, Heaven, eight, and Isis, 21 months, and a brother, August, seven.

Grandparents are Tony Gosha of Clover Bend and the late Norma Gosha and Linda Driggs of Van Buren and the late Bruce Driggs.

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AmyRose Bailey Jones

Ashley Jones of Walnut Ridge has announced the birth of a daughter on April 21, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named AmyRose Bailey Jones.

Grandparents are Locie Jones and Wendell Jones, both of Walnut Ridge. She is the great-granddaughter of Gary Whitlow and Luther Jones.

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Kennedy Drew McVay

Dr. Darren and Melissa McVay of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on April 17, 2008, at NEA Baptist Medical Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds and has been named Kennedy Drew McVay.

She has an older sister, Madison McVay, who is 23 months.

Grandparents are Keith and Anita Marlin of Walnut Ridge and Jim and Kay McVay of Newark. She is the great-granddaughter of James and Bobbie Manning of Walnut Ridge and Bud and Irene Hutchison of Newark.

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Kaylee Lorenza Abigail Smith

Kurt and Renda Smith of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on Jan. 20, 2008, at Baptist Health in Little Rock. The baby weighed two pounds, seven ounces and has been named Kaylee Lorenza Abigail Smith. When she was released from the hospital on March 15, she weighed four pounds, 12 ounces.

Grandparents are Barbara Wallis, Rendell Wallis, Tresia Robbins and Richard "Tick" Lindsey, all of Pocahontas, and Gary and Linda Smith of Walnut Ridge.

She is the great-granddaughter of Gene and Vera Thompson of Pocahontas, Curtis and Thelma Smith of Walnut Ridge, Mary Wallis of Walnut Ridge and the late Rudy Wallis and Ruby Moody of Hoxie and the late Hershel Moody.

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Weddings/Engagements

Swindle ~ Ezell

Roger and Tammy Swindle of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashley Swindle, to Jason Ezell, son of Sherry Ezell of Walnut Ridge and the late Herman Ezell.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Thomas and Ruby Swindle of Walnut Ridge and Evelyn Phillips of Powhatan and the late Joe Phillips. She is a 2005 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is employed at Jelly Bean Junction in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Rosetta Strickland of Mississippi, the late Sylvester Ezell, the late Aubry and Effie Mae Guy and the late Weldon and Ocene Strickland. He is a 2005 graduate of Hoxie High School and is employed with Blackadder Farms.

The couple will exchange vows on May 17 at 4 p.m. at Sedgwick Baptist Church. All family and friends are invited.

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Whitmire ~ Sanders

David and Debbie Anglin of Portia and Ralph and Dawn Whitmire of Granite City, Ill., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Michelle Marie Whitmire, to William Lewis Sanders, son of Barbara Sanders of Ravenden Springs.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bill Anglin of Pocahontas and the late Aline Anglin, Hazel Whitmire of Hoxie and the late Jasper Whitmire and the late Loren and Billie Ruth Nodine.

She is a 2003 graduate of Hoxie High School and is the office coordinator at Cellular Mobility in Hoxie.

The prospective groom is a 2003 graduate of Oak Ridge Central and is an automotive collision repair technician.

The couple will exchange vows on May 10 at 2 p.m. at the Historic Clover Bend School. All family and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Wilma Christopher

Wilma Christopher, 79, of Hoxie, formerly of Clover Bend, died April 27, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 26, 1928, in Tyronza, she was the daughter of William Estes and Eddie Mae Stephenson Christopher. She was a former seamstress for the Jonathan Logan dress factory and later worked at Skil for many years. She was a member of the Hoxie Methodist Church.

Survivors include two brothers, Loyd Christopher and wife Jeanie, Alton, Mo., and Lowell Christopher and wife Barbara, Walnut Ridge; and three sisters, Genevieve Williams, Hoxie, Linda Spargo and husband Glendon, Jonesboro, and Estalea Butler and husband Gary, Sulphur, La.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Rev. Michael Winberry officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Taylor Christopher, Bill Church, John Christopher, Christopher Butler, Christopher Richardson and B.J. West.

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Charles Alfred Deen

Charles Alfred Deen, 66, of Walnut Ridge, died April 23, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 10, 1941, at Sedgwick, he was the son of Jackson and Lillie Neal Deen. He was a retired factory employee and was a member of United Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Gates Deen, whom he married June 28, 1975; three sons, Robert Deen, Jacksonville, Robert Dale Deen, Marshall, and Frank Deen, Michigan; a daughter, Lisa Deen, Florida; three brothers, Carl Head, Traskwood, and Homer Head and Junior Deen, both of Sedgwick; a sister, Patsy Forkum, Paragould; and a granddaugher, Kasha Marchbanks.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church with Bros. Charles Hendrix and Thomas Lamb officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Waylan Deen, Ricky Forkum, Terry Forkum, Mitchell Kazzee, Tyler Kazzee and Allan Gates. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Abbott, Charles Rickey, Sam Hood, Randy Kazzee, Bobby Neal, Charles Mullins and members of the Adult Senior Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to Old Military Cemetery, c/o J.S. Fielder, P.O. Box 152, Sedgwick, AR 72465 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Gladys V. Green

Gladys Viola Green, 80, of Branson, died April 28, 2008, at the Skaggs Community Health Center in Branson.

Born Sept. 28, 1927, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Clarence Bryant and Ova Crowder Williams. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Green, on July 12, 1996, whom she married April 8, 1944; a son, Ronnie Green; a brother, Charles Agnew; and a granddaughter, Vicky Lynn Green.

Survivors include two sons, James A. Green, El Paso, Texas, and William E. Green, Branson; a daughter, Joyce Dunning, Sterling, Ill.; a sister, Elnora Hibbard, Rock Falls, Ill.; six grandchildren, Raymond Green, Jeffery Dunning, Kelly Akers, Kevin Dunning, Julie Green and Teresa Green; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Jack Hibbard officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Delma Lucille Guice

Delma Lucille Guice, 87, of Searcy, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died April 22, 2008.

Born Sept. 3, 1920, in Joy, she was the daughter of Enoch and Lela Lattice Lamb Langley. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Day Guice; two sisters, Hazel Gilliam and Bernell Whitehurst; and a great-grandchild, Kamryn Smith.

Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Bland and husband J.R., Searcy, and Jeannie Smith and husband Gary, Ravenden; a son, Enoch Dale Guice and wife Wanda, Searcy; seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home in Searcy. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery at Searcy.

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

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Lucy M. Hornbeck

Lucy M. Hornbeck, 89, of Hoxie, died April, 28, 2008, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born July 15, 1918, at Judsonia, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hassen. She was a retired nursery worker and a homemaker. She was of the protestant faith.

She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Survivors include a daughter, Lawanda McGinty, Walnut Ridge; a son, Tion Augustine, Jonesboro; a sister, Mary Ann Wince, Pocahontas; a brother, Tion Hassen, Jonesboro; five half-brothers and sisters, Thomas Hassen, Zelma Hassen, Tanie Hassen, Geneva Hassen and Sammy Hassen, all of Little Rock; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Trinity Cemetery in Bono with Rev. Everett Isom officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Jeff McGinty, Billy Carter McGinty, Joseph McGinty, Kyle McGinty, Robert Rice and James McGinty. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy McGinty, Bill McGinty and Terry McGinty.

Visitation is today from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Bobbie J. Neal

Bobbie J. Neal, 69, of Cord died April 25, 2008, at her home.

Born Feb. 25, 1939, in Saffell, she was a store manager and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Viva Eagan Smith; a brother; and a sister.

Survivors include her husband, Phillip Neal; a son, Todd Neal, Cord; three daughters, Lisa Neal, Cord, Debbie Dutton, Melbourne, and Regina Duke, Batesville; a sister, Barbara Dye, Little Rock; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Willis Funeral Service Chapel in Batesville. Burial was in Philadelphia Cemetery at Cord.

Pallbearers were Derek Doyle, Todd Neal, Chuck Dye, Travis Adams, Matt Adams and Josh Moore.

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Dorothy E. Nunnally

Dorothy E. Nunnally, 79, of Indianapolis, died April 17, 2008.

Born Sept. 20, 1928, in Portia, she was the daughter of Carrie and Rachel Pace Ratliff. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a son, Gary Nunnally; and a brother, Charles Ratliff.

Survivors include her husband, Earl Nunnally, whom she married Feb. 21, 1947, in Hoxie; a son, Danny Nunnally and wife Brenda, Mooresville, Ind.; three brothers, Kenneth Ratliff and wife Myrtle, Franklin, Ind., Truel Ratliff and wife Maggie, Imboden, and Garland Ratliff and wife Joann, Indianapolis; four sisters, Imo Mason and Maggie Sacco, both of Indianapolis, Mary Munns and husband Marlin, Bainbridge, Ind., and Jean Davis, Valley Mills, Ind.; five grandchildren, Tina, Melissa, Jamie, Keith and Theresa; seven great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Donna Nunnally.

Funeral was Monday, April 21, at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Indianapolis. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

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Van Gray Richardson

Van Gray Richardson, 77, of Jonesboro, died April 27, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 19, 1931, in Swifton, he was the son of Van Thomas and Julia Richardson. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a member of the 78th AAA Gun BD. He received the Bronze Star and was a member of the VFW. He was a stationary engineer for the state of Arkansas and was a member of the Swifton Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter; a stepdaughter, Robin Kay Clem; a brother, Robert; and three sisters, Inice, Cora and Clarice.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jane Richardson; a son, Van Gray Richardson Jr., Kansas City; a daughter, Kathy Hinshaw, Kansas City; a stepson, Michael David Baugh, Bolder, Colo.; a stepdaughter, Bobbie Gann, Jonesboro; three sisters, Carol Crider, Swifton, Joan Fullerton, Memphis, and Frances Crawley, Benton; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Swifton Cemetery with Mac Ballard officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

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

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

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Lola Mae Saffell

Lola Mae Saffell, 82, of Saffell, died April 27, 2008, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born March 21, 1926, in Leslie, she was the daughter of George Herbert and Flora Sharp Mize. She had lived in Saffell most of her life and was a member of the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Strawberry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Saffell, on April 9, 2001, whom she married Oct. 31, 1942; an infant son; four brothers, Edward Mize, Tola Mize, J.S. Mize and C.B. Mize; and two sisters, Vergie Doyle and Velma Daggett.

Survivors include two daughters, Nyoka Vaulner, Magness, and Peggy Sullivan and husband Carl, Strawberry; a brother, James Mize and wife Ruth, Saffell; a sister, Berline Sullivan, Moline, Ill.; four grandchildren, Cindy Vaulner, Carla Crouch, Paul Vaulner and Richard Sullivan; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Charles Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Godwin Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Keith Mize, Kenny Mize, Winred Saffell, Danny Doyle, Buster Sullivan and Richard Sullivan. Honorary pallbearers will be G.H. Doyle, Jimmy Doyle, Jerry Doyle, Eddie Doyle, Bobby Doyle, Larry Mize, Garry Mize, Johnny Mize, Kevin Stinnett, Reginald Saffell, Terry Sullivan and Dennis Sullivan.

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Lovis Stewart

Lovis Stewart, 81, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Imboden, died April 20, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 30, 1926, in Randolph County, she was the daughter of Ed and Callie Horsman. She was Queen Bee of the Red Hat Society and was a correspondent for The Clear Springs News for many years. She was a member of Clear Springs Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Stewart, on Oct. 4, 1995, whom she married Dec. 23, 1948, at Lynn.

Survivors include two sons, Jim Stewart and wife Chris, Caseyville, Ill., and Bob Stewart and wife Debbie, Johnson City, N.Y.; two daughters, Rita Osborne and husband Dan, Fairbanks, Alaska, and Cindy Lee and husband Claude, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Bertha Strange

Bertha Strange, 78, mother of Gary Sells of O'Kean, died April 23, 2008, at Randolph Home in Pocahontas. Burial was Saturday in Richwoods Cemetery at Corning under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home.

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