May 21, 2008 Edition

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Births

Cole Ralston Chadwick Tanner Sterling Curd Rowyn Hazel Shanks
Daniel James Surmon Isaac Terry Wisinger

Weddings/Engagements

Haddock ~ Walton Layne ~ Blackwell Swindle ~ Holt
Thacker ~ Winslow Turbyeville ~ Rodriguez Ward ~ Smith

Obituaries

Dora Elizabeth Causey Wanda L. Clements Alfred Boyd Cobble
Bonnie Lucille Dawson Nina G. Dean Lones Eldridge
Dale Kahlenbeck Harold McCrackin James A. Mullen
Dena Leona Pinner Harold Stowers Leona Ruth Wicker

Births

Cole Ralston Chadwick

Chad and Cindy Chadwick of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son, born May 9, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Cole Ralston Chadwick.

Grandparents are Steve and Marie Ralston of Jonesboro and Eddie and Peggy Chadwick of Black Rock.

Great-grandparents are Mildred Norris of Warner Robins, Ga.; Bill and Laverne Gaines, Portia; and Joyce Booth, Paragould.

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Tanner Sterling Curd

Austin Curd and Jennifer Gramling of Beech Grove have announced the birth of a son, born May 12, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Tanner Sterling Curd.

He has one sister, Jenna Wallin.

Grandparents are Jim and Kacy Curd and Rick and Lesa Gramling.

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Rowyn Hazel Shanks

Bryan and Maria Shanks of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter, born May 7, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, four ounces, and has been named Rowyn Hazel Shanks.

She has two siblings, Emily, 8, and Riley, 3.

Grandparents are Kari Shanks, manager of Wal-Mart in Walnut Ridge, and Sherry Vandiver, both of Jonesboro, and David Shanks of Jericho Springs, Mo.

Great-grandparents are Raymond Shanks of Carthage, Mo., Tom Bradley of Diamond, Mo.

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Daniel James Surmon

Bob and Stephanie Surmon of La Mirada, Calif., have announced the birth of a son on May 9, 2008, at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, Calif. The baby weighed eight pounds and has been named Daniel James Surmon.

He has one brother, John Robert Surmon, who is 19 months old.

Grandparents are John and Linda Holt of Hoxie and Paula Linder of Jonesboro. He is the great-grandson of Elaine Gilliam of Hoxie, Earlene Meza of Jonesboro and L.K. Holt, a resident of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center in Walnut Ridge.

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Isaac Terry Wisinger

John and Lesley Wisinger of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born May 8, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed nine pounds, three ounces, and has been named Isaac Terry Wisinger.

He has a sister, Elizabeth, five, and a brother, Samuel, three.

Grandparents are Don Wisinger of Louisiana, Jannell Wisinger of Mena and Jerry and Marty Chalker of Lufkin, Texas.

Great-grandparents are Dock Price of Mena and Herman and Lucille Chalker of Lufkin, Texas.

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Weddings/Engagements

Haddock ~ Walton

Denny and JoAnn Haddock of Arbyrd, Mo., announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Alicia Ann Haddock, to Matthew Ryan Walton, son of Mitch and Terri Walton of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is a 2004 graduate of Senath-Hornersville High School and a 2008 graduate of Freed-Hardeman University with a degree in elementary education.

She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Haddock of Hollywood, Mo., and Floyd Reeves of Leachville and the late Syble Reeves.

The prospective groom is a 2003 graduate of Pocahontas High School and a 2007 graduate of Harding University with a degree in advertising. He is employed by Hytrol Conveyor Company in Jonesboro. He is also the owner of Matthew Walton Photography in Pocahontas.

He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Futrell of Pocahontas and Joyce Walton of Walnut Ridge and the late Joe Walton.

The wedding will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the Senath Church of Christ in Senath, Mo., with Mel Futrell of Birmingham, Ala., officiating.

A reception will follow the ceremony. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

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Layne ~ Blackwell

Jackie Layne and Lee Blackwell will exchange wedding vows on Saturday.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Lana Mullins of Walnut Ridge and Pam and Dale Layne of Jonesboro. She is a hairdresser at Personalities in Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the son of Kim and Lavon Blackwell of Pocahontas. He is a private in the United States Marines.

They will be married on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Crowley's Ridge State Park in Walcott. All friends and relatives are invited to the wedding and the reception that will follow the ceremony.

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Swindle ~ Holt

Kelsie Jean Swindle and Luke Nathaniel Holt were united in marriage in an outdoor ceremony on April 12, 2008, at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Drew Dawson, brother-in-law and sister of the groom. Justice of the Peace Scott Baltz officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Rick Swindle of Hoxie and Sherri Swindle of Walnut Ridge. Her grandparents are Thomas and Ruby Swindle of Alicia, Donna Myers of Illinois and the late Dwight Myers.

The groom is the son of Dr. Dennis and Janet Holt of Pocahontas. His grandparents are Daly and Ellen Holt of Pocahontas and the late Dr. and Mrs. Mathias A. Baltz.

Immediate family of the bride and groom attended the ceremony.

The couple will reside in Walnut Ridge.

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Thacker ~ Winslow

Jim and Rhonda Thacker of Pocahontas announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Randi Leona Thacker, to Timothy Kent Winslow II, son of Timothy and Gwyn Winslow of Warm Springs.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bill and Joanne Davis of Lynn and Basil and Ivy Thacker of Smithville.

She is a 2006 graduate of Pocahontas High School and is employed as manager at the Wendy's in Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Thomas and Juanita Winslow of Maynard and the late Manuel and Jerlyn Richey.

He graduated from Pocahontas High School in 2004 and is an advisor at the Lord's Ranch in Warm Springs.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, June 14, at 5 p.m. on the lawn of the home of her grandparents, Basil and Ivy Thacker, in Smithville. A reception will follow at the Smithville Community Center. All friends and relatives are invited.

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Turbyeville ~ Rodriguez

Scott and Rhonda Turbyeville of Black Rock announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Elaina Kay Turbyeville, to Adrian Alberto Rodriguez, son of Daisy Rodriguez of Jersey City, N.J. and Alberto Santiago of Labelle, Fla.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Shirley Turbyeville of Walnut Ridge and the late Ray Turbyeville and Eva Verkler of Black Rock and the late Glen Verkler.

She is a 2006 home school graduate and is a childcare worker at Love-A-Lots in Imboden.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Alba Rosa Rodriguez of Jersey City, N.J., and Josephine Santiago of Labelle, Fla.

He is a 2004 honors graduate of Ferris High School in Jersey City, N.J. He is employed in sales support at JC Penney in Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on August 9 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited.

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Ward ~ Smith

John and Betty Ward of Walnut Ridge announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kellie Michelle Ward, to Derek Parker Smith, son of Greg and Pam Smith of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of J.O. and Lou Ward and Joyce Ward, all of Walnut Ridge, and the late Ray Ward. She is a 2003 honor graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and graduated with high honors in 2007 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and is employed as a dental hygienist.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Timothy Vallance of Hardy, Gene and Carolyn Smith of Black Rock and the late Lottie Vallance.

He is a 2005 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School where he was salutatorian and attended the University of Central Arkansas from 2005-08, where he made the President's List.

He is a student at Logan College of Chiropractic.

The couple will exchange vows on June 21, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the James Ranch in Pocahontas.

All family and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Dora Elizabeth Causey

Dora Elizabeth McKenney Causey, 91, of Piggott, died May 13, 2008, at Evergreen Nursing Home in Rector.

Born June 20, 1916, in Carryville, she was the daughter of James Onia and Elizabeth Fox McKenney. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Piggott.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Causey, on Aug. 20, 1973, whom she married Sept. 26, 1931; a son, Gaylon Causey; three brothers, Frank McKenney, Howard McKenney and Junior McKenney; a stepsister, Madalene; three stepbrothers, Sonny French, Leroy French and Bud French; three sons-in-law, Bill Beckley, Calvin Johnson and Mitchell Johnson; and a daughter-in-law, Wilma Johnson Causey.

Survivors include five sons, Donald Causey and wife Twila, Walnut Ridge, and Bob Causey and wife Irene, Delmar Causey and wife Faye, Ira Causey and wife Totsy, and Jerry Causey and wife Pat, all of Piggott; three daughters, Thelma Johnson, El Dorado, Martha Thompson and husband Doran, Rector, and Mary Kay Johnson, DeSoto, Mo.; an adopted son, James English and wife Alma, Barnhart, Mo.; a brother, Ansil McKenney and wife Ann, California; a sister-in-law, Opal McKenney, Piggott; 55 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Piggott with Kim Bridges officiating. Burial was in Williams Cemetery under the direction of Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home of Piggott.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Mike Causey, Darrell Causey, Joey Causey, Myron Johnson, Russell Johnson, Neal Causey, Keith Causey and Kevin Causey.

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Wanda L. Clements

Wanda L. Clements, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died May 13, 2008, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Dec. 12, 1925, at Ravenden, she was the daughter of James Maurice and Grace Holder Halstead. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Imboden Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Clements, on Jan. 24, 2000, whom she married April 16, 1948; four brothers, Jesse Halstead, Raymond Halstead, Norman Halstead and Doyle Halstead; and four sisters, Stella Wells, Ella Gregory, Ruby Smith and Marcella Crayton.

Survivors include a daughter, Diana Clements, El Paso, Texas; two granddaughters, Amy Wissler and Sarah Ragsdale; and a great-grandson.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m at Hope cemetery with A.J. Stracener officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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Alfred Boyd Cobble

Alfred Boyd Cobble, 57, of Alicia, died May 19, 2008, near Ravenden.

Born Sept. 13, 1950, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Bernard and Gladys McCord Cobble. He was a retired farmer and was of the Church of Christ belief.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy Jones Cobble, whom he married Aug. 18, 1972; two daughters, Candi Meeks and husband Gary, Black Rock, and Misti Crabtree and husband Jason, Bono; a son, Michael Cobble and wife Keryn, Minturn; two brothers, Dale Cobble, Hoxie, and Randy Cobble, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Shirley Cobble, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Whitney Meeks, Dakota Crabtree, Matthew Crabtree and Remington Cobble; and his father-in-law, Luther Jones, Portia.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Robert Davis officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Ron Gaither, David Baker, Donnie Bennett, Joel Teel, Jeff Booth and Paul Privett. Honorary pallbearers will be Denny Smith, Richard Tinker, James Teel, Terry Booth and Bruce Manning.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8:30 at the funeral home.

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Bonnie Lucille Dawson

Bonnie Lucille Dawson, 67, of Pocahontas, mother of William Thompson of Imboden, died May 19, 2008. Funeral is Thursday at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Randy Scott officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery. Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

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Nina G. Dean

Nina G. Dean, 87, of Jonesboro, died May 13, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 18, 1921, in Powhatan, she was the daughter of Bishop Marvin and Dollie O. Beary Wells. She worked as a cook at McDonalds before retiring and had been a member of Prospect Missionary Baptist Church for 52 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Jefferson Dean; a daughter, Linda Braden; four brothers, J.C. Wells, Wesley Wells, Esley Wells and Lesley Wells; and a grandson, Dewayne Johnston.

Survivors include three sons, James Dean, Jonesboro, Henry Darrell Dean, San Antonio, and Marvin Dale Dean, Kansas City, Kan.; a daughter, Betty Johnston, Brookland; a brother, John Leonard Wells, Powhatan; a sister, Inez Sanders, Elizabeth; seven grandchildren, Jeffery Johnston, Stacy Rine, Brandon Dean, Jennifer Dean, Cathy Davis, Michelle Thompson and Ashley Watson; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Nettleton Cemetery with Randy Lingenfelter and Floyd Cabe officiating.

Pallbearers were Jeffery Johnston, Brandon Dean, Jeremy Watson, Randy Davis, Jimmy Thompson and Andy Rine. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the adult Sunday school class at Prospect Baptist Church.

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Lones Eldridge

Lones M. Eldridge, 89, of Swifton, died May 12, 2008, at Jonesboro.

Born May 26, 1918, at Swifton, he was the son of Luther Morris and Jessie Mayhan Eldridge. A World War II Army veteran, he worked at Victor Metal for many years and was later a farmer. He was a member and deacon of Swifton Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Q. Eldridge; and four sisters, Bessie Mayhan, Fay Swink, Dovie Mendenhall and Glenna May.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Alice Estella Housh Eldridge, whom he married on July 30, 1944; three sons, Jerry Eldridge and wife Donna, Jonesboro, Ira Eldridge and wife Nikkie, Fayetteville, and Glenn Eldridge and wife Sharon, Rockford, Ill.; four daughters, Deborah McPherson and husband Gerald, Paragould, Kathy Fears and husband Danny, and Elaine Fisher and husband Mitchell, all of Swifton, and Jessica Richmond, Lynn; a brother, Kemmel Eldridge, Alicia; a sister, Nina Nell Holliday, Jonesboro; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Swifton Baptist Church with Bro. Tim Walker officiating. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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

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Dale Kahlenbeck

Dale Kahlenbeck, 85, of Strawberry, died May 18, 2008, at his home.

Born Sept. 25, 1922, in Huntington, Ind., he was the son of George Glen and Edna Merrill Fisher Kahlenbeck. A World War II Navy veteran, he worked for The Batesville Guard in the 1950s and was a printer for the Los Angeles Times until 1969. He also worked for Banquet Foods in Batesville. He and his wife owned a grocery store in Strawberry during the 1970s. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of Smithville Lodge #29.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janie Satterwhite Kahlenbeck; a brother, Mike George Prince; and two sisters, Georgianna Brown and Glorianna Prince.

Survivors include two sons, Frank Fowler, Strawberry, and Tony Ray Fowler and wife Jackie, Cabot; two daughters, Frances K. Simons, Aurora, Ill., and Dorothy Lou Runnels and husband Stephen, Forrest City; a brother, John Prince, Huntington, Ind.; 15 grandchildren, Sam Dale Simons, Larry Simons, Roy Dean Walls, Jason Dale Walls, Tiffany Fowler, Janie Adaline Walls, Joseph Franklin Fowler, Donnie Glen Fowler, Anthony Colton Fowler, Christopher Cameron Fowler, Tisann Nicole Fowler, Deven Alexander Fowler, Benjaman Michael Runnels, Nicholas Andrew Runnels and Bonnie Elizabeth Runnels; nine great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Faye Ingram, Strawberry.

Graveside service is today at 11 a.m. at Center Grove Cemetery at Charlotte. Roller-Crouch/McGee Funeral Home of Cave City has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Tony Fowler, Frank Fowler, Sam Simons, Larry Simons, Ray Walls and Jason Walls. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Baker and John Ford.

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

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Harold McCrackin

Harold McCrackin, 76, of Portageville, Mo., formerly of Jesup, died May 13, 2008, at his home.

Born Dec. 3, 1931, at Jesup, he was the son of Clifford and Dorothy Watson McCrackin. He was a farmer and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery, near Jesup, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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James A. Mullen

James Austin Mullen, 72, of St. Charles, Mo., died May 11, 2008, in St. Charles.

Born March 2, 1936, in Strawberry, he was the son of Homer (Eld.) Austin and Bertha Lee Campbell Mullen. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed by National Vendors for 43 years. He also served as director of music at his church for several years.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Jarutha Grooms Mullen of St. Peters, Mo., whom he married March 5, 1966; three sons, Dwight Austin Mullen and wife Karen, O'Fallon, Mo., Stephen Eli Mullen and wife Crystal, and Aaron Lloyd Mullen and wife April, all of St. Charles; two sisters, Aileen Calvary and Eileen Crafton, both of Batesville; and three grandchildren, Jack Austin Mullen, Delaney Joann Mullen and Austin Timothy Mullen.

Memorial service was held Saturday at First Free Will Baptist Church in O'Fallon, Mo. Burial was in St. Charles Memorial Gardens under the direction of Baue Funeral and Memorial Center of St. Charles.

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

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Dena Leona Pinner

Dena Leona Pinner, 49, of Mt. Vernon, Mo., died May 9, 2008, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, Mo.

Born Sept. 14, 1958, in Walnut Ridge, she received her education in Gary, Ind., and attended college at Northwest Arkansas. She had lived in Carroll County for several years before moving to Barry County, Mo., three years ago. She was employed at Mt. Vernon Place Care Center and had formerly worked as a traveling LPN for 12 years.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Heard.

Survivors include her husband, Mark Pinner, whom she married Dec. 23, 1990, in Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Katrina Brundage and Jeff Meyer, Des Moines, Iowa, and Melissa Renfrow and husband Justin, Shell Knob, Mo.; a son, Billy Warren and wife Lydia, Grand Portage, Minn.; her mother, Thelma East Heard, Hoxie; a brother, Richard Heard, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and nine grandchildren.

The body was cremated. Graveside service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Whitaker Cemetery in Walnut Ridge. Fohn Funeral Home of Cassville, Mo., has charge of arrangements.

After the service, the family will receive friends at the home of Troy and Tammy Chappel in Hoxie.

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

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Harold Stowers

Harold Dene Stowers, 69, of Pocahontas, formerly of Hoxie, died May 19, 2008, at Pocahontas.

He had lived in Lawrence County most of his life, before moving to Pocahontas six years ago. He was a farmer and was a member of the Skaggs Church of Christ. He had participated in a research program with Pfizer Pharmaceutical for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Fina Culver Stowers; and two brothers, Fred Stowers and Glenn Stowers.

Survivors include his wife, Lelia Wicker Stowers; two sons, Harold Lee Stowers and wife Tina, and Rickey Dale Stowers and wife Loretta, all of Hoxie; a brother, Ray Stowers, Centralia, Ill.; a sister, Elfreda Allen, Centralia; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with A.J. Stracener and Darrell Douglas officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Tom Lamb, Greg Lamb, Mark Lamb, Chris Stowers, Rickey Stowers and Blair Stowers. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Hicks and Aaron Foster.

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

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Leona Ruth Wicker

Leona Ruth Wicker, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died May 17, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 2, 1918, in Arkansas, she was the daughter of Frank and Dona Longley Dunham. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Truman Wicker, on Feb. 1, 2002, whom she married April 2, 1938; a son, Phillip Wicker; two brothers, Ed Dunham and Clifford Dunham; and a sister, Lori King.

Survivors include a sister Nina Alphin, Missouri.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Teep Wicker officiating. Burial will be in Austin Cemetery at Old Walnut Ridge under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Randy Wicker, John Wicker, Kenny McIntire, Charles King, Rex Gentry and Jerry Graham.

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