May 14, 2008 Edition

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Births

Haylie Elizabeth O'Quinn

Weddings/Engagements

Bullard ~ Boyd Cole ~ Davis Tillman ~ Owens

Obituaries

Evelyn Cooper Gary Duckworth Louise Garside
Catherine Johnson Gilliam William Clinton Looney Alpha Martin
Harald McCrackin ELetta May Medlock Denver Rash
J.T. Rogers Ethel M. Rottger Bonnie Smith
Curtis Melton Smith Harry Darnell Williams

Births

Haylie Elizabeth O'Quinn

James and Elizabeth O'Quinn of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a daughter, born May 2, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Haylie Elizabeth O'Quinn.

Grandparents are Peggy Reagan and Terry and Jody Roberds, all of Pocahontas, and David O'Quinn of San Bernardino, Calif.

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Weddings/Engagements

Bullard ~ Boyd

David and Brenda Bullard of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Maegan Elizabeth Bullard, to Blakely Gene Boyd, son of Bob and Judy Boyd of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is a 2007 graduate of Hoxie High School and is attending Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is a 2005 graduate of Hoxie High School and graduated from Black River Technical College in 2007. He is an aviation mechanic.

The couple will exchange vows on June 7 at 6 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited.

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Cole ~ Davis

Scott and Sheila Cole of Paragould and Todd and Cynthia Milburn of Rector announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Andrea Beth Cole, to Adam Joseph Davis, son of Robert A. and Peggy Davis and Gary and Susan Blevins, all of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Eugene and Sonjia Cole of Paragould and Carl and Frances Herring of Portia. She is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and Black River Technical College, where she earned her LPN certification. She is employed as an LPN at Clopton Clinic in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Ray Snodgrass of Pocahontas. He is a graduate of Pocahontas High School and Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a bachelor's degree in business finance. He is employed as a sales agent for AIG American General.

The couple will exchange vows on June 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Walnut Ridge Country Club. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow at the club.

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Tillman ~ Owens

Tom and Norma Tillman of Walnut Ridge announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brandi Dyan Tillman, to Earl Franklin Owens, son of Richard and Carrol Owens of Sedgwick.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Wesley and Jewell Roberts and the late Max and Eunice Tillman, who all lived in Walnut Ridge.

She is a 1999 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and graduated from Black River Technical College in Pocahontas with an associate's degree in early childhood. She is attending Arkansas State University in Jonesboro pursuing a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and is employed at the ASU/ABC Childhood Development Center in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Imogene Jaske of St. Louis, the late Mr. and Mrs. Charlie B. Owens, who lived at Sedgwick, and the late Richard Franklin.

He is a 1995 graduate of Hoxie High School and is a fireman for the city of Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on June 7 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Evelyn Cooper

Evelyn Cooper, 87, of Jonesboro, died May 9, 2008, in Memphis.

Born in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Clinton Wyatt and Telitha Doyle Holder. She was a homemaker and was a member of the United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Noel Cooper; two sisters, Mae Godwin and Mildred Beltran; and two brothers, Bill Holder and Cameron Holder.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Matthews and husband Donald, Jonesboro; a sister, Juanita Zacheis, Jonesboro; a brother, Clinton Holder, Jonesboro; and a grandson, Jason Matthews.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church with Ben Scott officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jack Allison, Charles Rickey, David Baltz, Earl Borah, Barry Holder and Billy Holder. Honorary pallbearers were the adult Sunday school class of United Free Will Baptist Church.

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Gary Duckworth

Gary Duckworth, 66, of Millington, Tenn., formerly of Black Rock, died May 3, 2008, at his home.

He was retired from the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Duckworth, whom he married June 9, 1979; three daughters, Sarah Duckworth, Millington, and Marie Duckworth and Brenda Bounds, both of Jonesboro; three sons, Jonathan Duckworth and Benjamin Duckworth, both of Millington, and Gary Duckworth, stationed in Korea; his mother, Velma Duckworth, Black Rock; two sisters, Becky Matlicke and husband David, Fredricksburg, Md., and Sue Carroll and husband Jack, Phoenix; a brother, Charles Duckworth, Black Rock; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at the Munford Funeral Home Millington Chapel. Burial was in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.

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Louise Garside

Louise Garside, 87, died May 7, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 16, 1920, at Newport, she was the daughter of Alfred and Louise Justus Mashburn. She was a longtime resident of Williford and served on the city council for several years.

Survivors include several nieces, nephews and many other relatives.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Williford Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service of Hardy.

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Catherine Johnson Gilliam

Catherine Johnson Gilliam, 83, of Jonesboro, died May 9, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Born June 20, 1924, she was the daughter of Oliver and Nellie Long Johnson. She grew up in Walnut Ridge and was salutatorian of her graduating class at Walnut Ridge High School. She worked as secretary to Walnut Ridge School Superintendent A.W. Rainwater for many years before moving to Jonesboro.

She was the co-owner and bookkeeper for Gilliam-Horton Furniture Store in Jonesboro. She was a member of the Walnut Ridge Sewing Club and of Nettleton Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Rudy Johnson and Roy Johnson.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Harris Gilliam; a daughter, Laura Gilliam Jones and husband Michael, Jonesboro; and two grandchildren, Maggie Jones and Seth Jones.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro with Jimmy Ferguson officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Cecil Wilkerson, Ron Stultz, Craig Gilliam, Stan Daniel, Tom Warmack and David Wolf. Honorary pallbearers were Ginger Adams, Gertie Galleher, Mary Kathryn Berry, Jean Pasmore and members of the Nettleton Church of Christ.

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

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William Clinton Looney

William Clinton "Clint" Looney, 74, of Hoxie, died May 7, 2008, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

He had lived in Lawrence County most of his life and was a retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by two infant children, Karen and Robert; his parents, William O. and Nora Gillian Looney; a brother, Dorman Looney; and a sister, Wilma Bice.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Looney; two daughters, Tammy Defries, Hoxie, and Debbie Crawford, Batesville; three sons, William Looney II, Clover Bend, David Looney, Walnut Ridge, and Kenneth Looney, Black Rock; two sisters, Norma Lee Blasingame, Leachville, and Mary Dill, Coloma, Mich.; a brother, Norman Looney, Van Buren, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Billy Looney, Jessica Looney, Joshua Looney, Jon Defries, Drew Defries, Rachel Looney, Holly Looney, Dustin Crawford and Alison Crawford; and a close family friend, Jerry Pyles, Alicia.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ with Darrell Douglas officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Terry Jones, Stan Jones, Britt Jones, William Looney III, Josh Looney and Jon Defries. Honorary pallbearers were Jackie Cude and Roger Swindle.

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Alpha Martin

Alpha Martin, 86, of Hernando, Miss., formerly of Lynn, died May 10, 2008, at Wesley Meadows Retirement Community in Hernando.

Born July 17, 1921, she was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of West Memphis.

Survivors include a daughter, Patsy L. Carson and husband Russell, Independence, Miss.; two sons, Jimmie D. Martin and wife Jeanette, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Lloyd E. Martin Jr. and wife Jenanne, Jonesboro; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church in West Memphis or to the Wesley Meadows Retirement Community in Hernando, Miss.

Arrangements will be announced by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis.

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

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Harald McCrackin

Harald McCrackin of Portageville, Mo., formerly of Smithville, died May 13, 2008, at his home.

Arrangements will be announced by Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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ELetta May Medlock

ELetta May Medlock, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died May 9, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 21, 1916, at Cave City, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary Goodman Fleming. She was a homemaker and was of the Church of Christ faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lacie Medlock, in March 1970, whom she married June 20, 1935, at Kings Mill.

Survivors include three sons, L.F. Medlock, Hardy, Eddie Medlock, Salem, and Larry Medlock, Black Rock; seven daughters, Lois Dowdy, Jonesboro, Bernice Parrish, Walnut Ridge, Carolyn Conley, Black Rock, Kay Collins and Judith Rutledge, both of Imboden, Joyce Howard, Ravenden, and Diane Collins, Hardy; a half-sister, George Fletcher, Ash Flat; four half-brothers, David Fleming, Missouri, and Danny Fleming, Homer Fleming and Eugene Fleming, all of Ash Flat; a stepbrother, Billy Watts, Oklahoma; two stepsisters, Mary Simms, Missouri, and Johnnie Cagle, Fort Smith; 39 grandchildren; 73 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Ash Flat Church of Christ with James Goodman officiating. Burial was in Maxville Cemetery, near Evening Shade, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Denver Rash

Denver Rash, 73, of Pocahontas, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died May 10, 2008, at his home.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired truck driver. He had lived in Pocahontas the past 15 years and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Inez Simmons Rash; an infant brother; and a grandson, Jason Rash.

Survivors include his wife, Wynona Compton Rash; three daughters, Pam Bagwell and Cindy Burtman, both of Pocahontas, and Debbie Householder, Alicia; three sons, Darrell Rash, Walnut Ridge, Mike Rash, Pocahontas, and Darren Rash, Imboden; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 11 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery with Perry Vandergriff officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Bagwell, John Burtman, Greg Raymond, Tommy Householder, John Bennett and Randy Page. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Burtman and Eric Vandergriff.

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J.T. Rogers

James T. "J.T." Rogers, 78, of Hoxie, died May 10, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Born June 30, 1929, at Alicia, he was the son of James R. and Laura Tatum Rogers. He was the owner of Rogers Real Estate Agency in Hoxie. He was a World War II veteran, serving as a sergeant in the Air Force. He served as principal of Imboden Schools for several years and was principal of Hoxie Schools during the integration. He was of the Methodist belief.

He was preceded in death by a sister, three brothers and a grandson.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Lacy Rogers, whom he married Feb. 6, 1949; two sons, Dr. James Rogers Jr. and wife Lori, Springfield, Mo., and Bryian Rogers and wife Tina, Jonesboro; a daughter, Leonora Light, Hoxie; a sister, Frances Tennison and husband Bill, Hoxie; nine grandchildren, Reid Rogers, Raney Rogers, Ryan Rogers, Ben Rogers, Zachary Light, Virginia Rogers, Maggie Rogers, Angie Douglas and Jessica Light; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Rev. Michael Winberry officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Junior McEntire, Doug Rogers, Allen McEntire, Dennis Coggins, William Robinette and Rogie Tennison. Honorary pallbearers were Terry Rogers, Bill Tennison, Rusty Tennison and Dick Dickerson.

Memorials may be made to the Hoxie United Methodist Church Building Fund.

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Ethel M. Rottger

Ethel M. Rottger, 92, of Hoxie, died May 12, 2008, at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital in Little Rock.

Born Feb. 20, 1916, near Hoxie, she was the daughter of Charles Edward and Cordia Robinson Kildow. She was a cook for the Hoxie Public Schools cafeteria and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Floyd Knight and Jack Rottger; a daughter, Dorothy Mullins; and two infant sons, Marvin Knight and Arvin Knight.

Survivors include a son, Elmer Knight, Paragould; five daughters, Wanda Middlecoff, Geraldine Hager and Judy Toler, all of Hoxie, Zelma Knotts, Burlington, Iowa, and Dianna Bowen, Lonoke; 23 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8.

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Bonnie Smith

Bonnie Nadine Smith, 64, of Walnut Ridge, died May 11, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 18, 1944, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Ray Edgar and Myrtle Frisbee Brown. She retired after teaching school for the Walnut Ridge Public Schools for 30 years. She was a member of the Arkansas Association of Retired Teachers and the Eastern Star at Black Rock. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge, where she was a member of U.M.W. Administration Board and was a former choir member, Sunday school teacher and decorator for the church.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Billy Don Smith, whom she married June 1, 1963, at Imboden; three brothers, Joe E. Brown, Black Rock, Jim R. Brown, Manchester, Mo., and Terry Brown, Mayfield, Colo.; and three sisters, Carolyn Corbett, Black Rock, Evia Breshears, Lonoke, and Henrietta Brewer, Picayune, Miss.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. in Higginbotham Chapel. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge or to the American Cancer Society.

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

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Curtis Melton Smith

Curtis Melton Smith, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died May 7, 2008, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center. Born March 18, 1926, at Mammoth Spring, he was the son of Toliver and Cora King Smith. He was a retired carpenter for the Children's Colony at Jonesboro and was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church at Little Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Taylor Smith, whom he married June 22, 1947, at Sedgwick; a son, Gary Smith and wife Linda; a daughter, Romano Coleman and husband Wes, Georgetown, Texas; a sister, Beuliah Cardwell, Sterling, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Rev. James Noblin officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Harry Darnell Williams

Harry Darnell Williams, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died May 9, 2008, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born at Clover Bend, he was the son of Seth and Florence Riddle Williams. He lived in Rockford, Ill., for many years before returning to Lawrence County. He was a retired factory worker and was a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

A World War II Army veteran, he was captured in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 and was held in a German prison camp for 11 months. He was liberated when American forces overtook the camp and was taken to a U.S. Army Hospital in France before returning to the front line.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Escue Williams; a stepdaughter, Barbara Arnold Smith; a stepson, Jake Arnold Jr.; and two brothers, Jack Williams and Boyce Williams.

Survivors include two brothers, Ray Williams, Granite City, Ill., and Walter Williams, Minturn; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. Burial with military honors was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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