May 28, 2008 Edition

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Kristen French


Campbell ~ Manning Neldon ~ Adams


Pauline Chaney Harris Gilliam Homer Harold Head
Helen Louise Pate Goldie Mae Steele Robert Byers Waite
Lillian V. West


Kristen Bella Presley French

John Allen and Heather French of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a daughter on May 17, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, five ounces, and has been named, Kristen Bella Presley French.

Grandparents are John and Pam French of O'Kean and Roger and Tenna Tidwell of Walnut Ridge.

She is the great-granddaughter of Vance and Debra Hudson and Betty Moulder, all of O'Kean, Troy Tidwell of Walnut Ridge and J.D. Wrenfrow and Betty Wrenfrow, both of Pocahontas.

Great-great-grandparents are Melvin and Mary Lou Shelton and Elva Wrenfrow, all of Pocahontas.

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Campbell ~ Manning

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Campbell of Portia announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Veronica Elizabeth Campbell, to Tosh Eric Manning, son of Sherry Manning of Walnut Ridge and the late Richard Manning.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Doshia Brower, who lived in Black Rock, and the late Sue Campbell, originally from Portia.

She is a 2003 graduate of Black Rock High School, where she was the salutatorian and graduated cum laude from Arkansas State University with an associate of science degree in radiologic technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in radiologic sciences. She is working toward a Master of Science degree in radiologic science education through Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She is employed as an instructor at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Loretta Tillman of Walnut Ridge and the late Chester Brown. He is also the grandson of the late Carroll and Katheleen Manning, who lived in Walnut Ridge.

He is a 2000 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is employed as a serviceman for Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation in the Walnut Ridge District Office.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. at Atkins Celebration Hall in Paragould, with a dinner and dance reception to follow.

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Neldon ~ Adams

Deanna Marie Adams became the bride of Sgt. John David Neldon on March 15, 2008, in a 4 p.m. ceremony solemnized at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Jonesboro.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Adams of Trumann, Diana Neldon of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and Mr. and Mrs. Don Neldon of Jonesboro.

The bride is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kelley of Jonesboro and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Adams. She is a 1997 honor graduate of Trumann High School and received her bachelor's degree in physical education from Arkansas State University and her master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports medicine from Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Mo. She is employed as an athletic trainer and teacher at Liberty High School in Liberty, Mo.

The groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Gayle Meise of Little Rock and the late Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Gaines, who lived in Walnut Ridge. He attended Hoxie High School and is a 1998 graduate of Nettleton High School. He attended Crowley's Ridge College in Paragould before joining the U.S. Army. He has served two tours of duty in Iraq and is the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal. He is stationed at Fort Sill, Okla.

Pastor Russell Shewmaker officiated the semi-formal double-ring ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Lois Upton, organist.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a formal gown of ivory satin by Enzoami, fashioned with an empire bodice and simple beading and a full-length illusion veil. She carried a bouquet of calla lilies.

Kelly Adams of Trumann served her sister as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Candi Adams of Camden, sister-in-law of the bride, and Paula Parnell of Jonesboro. Kaylyn Perry Neldon of Jonesboro, niece of the groom, was flower girl.

Ben Neldon of Jonesboro, twin brother of the groom, was best man. Sgt. Richard Anderson of Virginia and Matthew Wilkeson of Mobile, Ala., served as groomsmen. Ring bearer was John Christopher Neldon of Jonesboro, nephew of the groom.

Ryan Adams of Camden, brother of the bride, was usher.

A reception and dance was held at the Elks Lodge in Jonesboro following the ceremony. Servers were Tracy Adams, Lauren Frisby and Kelly Mincy, cousins of the bride.

Shelby Loftin attended the bride's book.

Following a nine-day trip to St. Lucia, they are living in Kansas City, Mo., and Fort Sill, Okla.

Lawrence Countians who attended the ceremony were: Mr. and Mrs. Randy Gaines, Becky Ditto, Mr. and Mrs. Neil Rounsavil, Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Hogue, Herbert Brewer and Monte Martin.


A bridal shower was held at the home of Paula Parnell on Dec. 28.

The home of Patty McWayne in Trumann was also the site of a bridal shower. Hostesses presented Deanna with a set of cookware.

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Pauline Chaney

Pauline Chaney, 104, of Walnut Ridge, died May 21, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 29, 1903, at Imboden, she was the daughter of Greene and Louisa Dupuy Buchanan. She was a member of the first graduating class at Sloan-Hendrix Academy.

She was a retired schoolteacher, having taught for over 50 years. Upon graduation from Sloan-Hendrix Academy in 1922, her teaching career began at Minturn. She then taught at Portia, Powhatan and Imboden. She and her husband, Pat, moved to Walnut Ridge in 1941, at which time she began teaching in the Walnut Ridge elementary schools. She served as a sixth grade elementary teacher and then as an elementary reading teacher. She also taught night classes in the GED program. During her teaching career, she obtained a BSE degree in elementary education and an MSE degree in elementary reading from Arkansas State University. At the time of her death Mrs. Chaney was one of only two retirees in the state of Arkansas who attained the retired teacher's milestone at age 104.

She was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge. She served on the Official Board and as supervisor of the children's department. She was also a member of the choir and served as president of the local and district units of the United Methodist Women.

The Walnut Ridge Business and Professional Women's Club honored her as Woman of the Year in 1972. She held memberships in the Schubert Music Club, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and served one year on the District Nominating Committee. She was also a member of the National and Arkansas Education Associations.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Lee "Pat" Chaney, in 1973, whom she married Sept. 3, 1927; four brothers; four sisters; and a granddaughter, Kelley Jo Norris.

Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn White, Walnut Ridge, and Patsy Jo Burns and husband Phil, West Memphis; three grandchildren, Pat Norris Cannon, Fayetteville, N.C., Joe Burns of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Beth Ford, Paragould; six great-grandchildren, Stephanie Cannon Porter and Kendall Cannon, both of Fayetteville, N.C., Chris Ford and Carter Ford, both of Paragould, and Phillip and Anna Burns, both of Hendersonville, Tenn.; three great-great-grandchildren, Leah Porter, Kayla Porter and William Porter, all of Fayetteville, N.C.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Everett Isom officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Joe Burns, Carter Ford, Jerry Allison, Joe Justus, Kenny Ford, Chris Ford, Randy Buchanan and Marvin Kennedy. Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Cannon, Buster Kennedy, John Bland, Gene Brand, Robert Bush, Jim Snapp and Dr. Sebastian Spades.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 214 Southwest Second St., P.O. Box 66, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Harris Gilliam

Harris Gilliam, 88, of Jonesboro, died May 20, 2008, at his home.

Born Dec. 19, 1919, at Alicia, he was the son of Clarence and Maggie Harris Gilliam. He had lived in Jonesboro since 1964 and was the owner and operator of the Gilliam-Horton Furniture Store. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the CWL Board, the HUD board, the Jonesboro Housing Authority and the Nettleton Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Catherine Gilliam, on May 9, 2008; a sister, Juanita McManus; and two brothers, Hubert Gilliam and Raymond Gilliam.

Survivors include a daughter, Laura Gilliam Jones and husband Michael, Jonesboro; two sisters, Ellaine Collins, Jonesboro, and Sue Milburn, Oklahoma; and two grandchildren, Maggie Jones and Seth Jones.

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

Pallbearers were Craig Gilliam, Stan Daniel, Jon Lewis, Bob Shankle, Tom Warmack and Jim Montgomery. Honorary pallbearers were Chuck Keller, members of the Kiwanis Club, Ron Stultz and the men of Nettleton Church of Christ.

Memorials may be made to Children's Homes Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

An online guestbook is available at

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Homer Harold Head

Homer Harold Head, 82, of Sedgwick, died May 25, 2008, at his home.

The son of Andrew and Lillie Mae Neal Head, he was a World War II Navy veteran and was retired from Crane Corporation in Jonesboro. He was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Alfred Deen, and an infant brother, Jerry Wayne Deen.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Kazzee Head; two sons, Randy Kazzee, Cave City, and Mike Bennett, Hoxie; two brothers, Junior Deen, Sedgwick, and Carl Head, Traskwood; a sister, Patsy Forkum, Paragould; five grandchildren, Mitchell Kazzee, Tyler Kazzee, Brittany Mankey, Cassie Bennett and Colton Bennett; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Sedgwick with Dennis Truxler and Tom Lamb officiating. Burial will be in Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Mitchell Kazzee, Tyler Kazzee, Waylan Deen, Rick Forkum, Terry Forkum and Wayne Kazzee.

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Helen Louise Pate

Helen Louise Pate, 68, of Cash, mother of Angela Ruth Brown of Walnut Ridge, died May 26, 2008, at her home. Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Terry Simmons officiating. Burial will be in Cash Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Bernards Hospice, 1726 Marie Circle, Jonesboro, AR 72401, Cash Baptist Church, P.O. Box 99, Cash, AR 72421 or to the charity of the donor's choice. An online guestbook is available at

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Goldie Mae Steele

Goldie Mae Steele, 74, of Fate, Texas, died May 19, 2008.

Born Dec. 21, 1933, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Andrew and Willie White Gilbert. She was a seamstress and was a member of First Baptist Church of Fate.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Steele Sr.; a daughter, Ferrol Sipes; a brother and a sister.

Survivors include three sons, A.W. Steele and wife Diann, Lavon, Texas, Henry Steele and wife Linda, Murchison, Texas, and Larry Steele and wife Nanette, Kemp, Texas; two daughters, Deborah Conway and husband Pat, Nevada, Texas, and Brenda Richerson and husband Mike, Quinlan, Texas; a son-in-law, T.J. Sipes, Ecru, Miss.; five brothers; three sisters; 18 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel with Rev. Billy Norris officiating. Burial was in Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

Memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, c/o Ferrol Sipes Awana Building Fund, 85 Friendship Rd., Ecru, MS 38841.

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Robert Byers Waite

Robert Byers Waite, 76, of Black Rock, died May 26, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The son of Elmont and Arlene Byers Waite, he was a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of San Jose State University. He was a former newspaper reporter and was of the Presbyterian belief. He had lived in Black Rock the past 21 years, after moving from California.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Waite; four daughters, Cathi Nies, Sonora, Calif., Elaine Summy, Lodi, Calif., Susan Ervin, Black Rock, and Hope Martin, Tuckerman; a son, Tim Waite, San Diego; a brother, Richard Waite, California; a sister, Janet Powers, California; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Wayne Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Berry, Donald Brown, John Douglas, Tommy Robert, Bill Shanlever, James Sullivan and F.M. "Doe" Wilson.

Visitation is Thursday for 6 to 7:30 at the funeral home.

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Lillian V. West

Lillian V. West, 72, of Bono, died May 25, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born in Egypt, she was a homemaker and was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Grover and Gracie Cline Price; three brothers, Frank Price, Borden Price and Darrell Price; and a sister, Ina Mae Harrell.

Survivors include her husband, Billy H. West; two sons, Nickey Joe West, Mountain Home, and Rickey Lynn West, Bono; a daughter, Vickie Miramontes, Rockford, Ill.; three sisters, Rosie Hayes, Hoxie, Barbara Sue Abel, Fayetteville, Tenn., and Marcie Lee Knox, San Antonio; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 1 p.m. at Oak Ridge Cemetery with Kenny Barr officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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