June 4, 2008 Edition

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Births

Lydia Renee Burnett Landon Blake Holland Riley Heath Richey
Timothy William Scott Lillie Frances Walker

Weddings/Engagements

Brown ~ Hannay

Obituaries

Dustin Cochran Jack R. Foster Billy Ray Kazzee
Patricia Ann Krouse Rayburn Lyons Sharon Myrle McNulty
James Henry Midgett Dorothy Niemeyer

Births

Lydia Renee Burnett

Walter T. and Ashley N. Burnett have announced the birth of a daughter, born on May 20, 2008, at St. Bernard's Hospital. The baby weighed 10 pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Lydia Renee Burnett. Lydia has a two-year-old sister named Kaylie.

Grandparents are Tammy and Terry Hancock of Jonesboro and Lola and Walter T. Burnett, Sr. of Walnut Ridge. Great-grandparents are Glenda and Bobby Rusher of Bay and Minnie Sue Hancock of Paragould.

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Landon Blake Holland

Adam and Jackie Holland of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on June 1, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Landon Blake Holland.

Grandparents are Gwen and Terry Holland of Walnut Ridge and Max and Toby Romero of Albuquerque, N.M. He is the great-grandson of Waymond and Jackie Hutton and Geneva Whitehead, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Riley Heath Richey

Heath and Emily Richey of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born June 3, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Riley Heath.

He has a sister, Emma Jane, who is five.

Grandparents are Buddy and Jane Doty of Walnut Ridge and Ray and Tommie Richey of Black Rock. Great-grandparents are Paul and Helen Doty of Jonesboro and Bill and Shirley Williams and Ray E. Richey, all of Black Rock.

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Timothy William Scott

Ryan and Sara Scott of Fayetteville have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born June 1 at Willow Creek Women's Hospital in Fayetteville. They baby weighed eight pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Timothy William "Will" Scott.

He is the grandson of Tim and Kathy Scott of Pocahontas, Roger and Sharon Jean of Hot Springs and Dan and Naomi Mullen of Walnut Ridge. Great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William "Bud" Lakey of Walnut Ridge and Mr. and Mrs. William "Bob" Bates of Hot Springs.

Will and his parents are at home at 1273 North Tradition Avenue in Fayetteville.

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Lillie Frances Walker

Tracy and Michael Walker of Arlington, Tenn., announce the birth of a daughter on April 9, 2008, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. The baby weighed six pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Lillie Frances Walker.

She has two sisters, Makayla, five, and Ella, two.

Grandparents are Jeri Holman of Hoxie and Tommy and Pauline Walker of Black Rock. She is the great-granddaughter of Frances Pafford of Hoxie.

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Weddings/Engagements

Brown ~ Hannay

Paul and Janice Brown of Black Rock announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Janet Lynn Brown, to Joshua David Hannay, son of Mark and Debi Hannay of Newport Beach, Calif.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Paul and Betty West of Pocahontas and the late German and Opal Brown, who lived in Ravenden Springs.

She is a 1998 honor graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and has a bachelor's degree and master's degree, both in human environmental sciences, from the University of Arkansas. She is a buyer in dry grocery for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., headquartered in Bentonville.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Don Hannay of Elk Grove, Calif., and the late Joan Hannay and Shirley Burns of Palm Desert, Calif., and the late Wayne Burns.

He is a 1997 graduate of Northside Christian High School in St. Petersburg, Fla. He has a bachelor's degree in business management from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas. He is an account executive at Ruiz Food Products in Bentonville.

The wedding will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, at the Chapel on the Creeks in Rogers.

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Obituaries

Dustin Cochran

Dustin John David Cochran, 25, of Swifton, died May 28, 2008.

Born Jan. 28, 1983, in Newport, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a farmer. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include a son, Hunter Barner, Tuckerman; his mother and her fianc´┐Ż, Anneata Smith and Brian Drost, Swifton; his father and stepmother, John and Wahneta Cochran, Maynard; his stepfather, Billy Slagley, Jonesboro; his stepmother, Donna Hansen, Jonesboro; three brothers, Joshua Cochran, Austin Slagley and Drake Slagley, all of Swifton; a sister, Patience Cochran, Maynard; four stepsisters, Brandy McGee, Ripley, Tenn., Tosha Hampton, Oklahoma City, Jennifer Greer, Fort Smith, and Ashley Powers, Seattle, Wash.; his grandmother, Beatrice Smith, Swifton; his grandparents, Lonnie and Pearl Pilgrim, Seminary, Miss.; his step-grandmother, Mary Cochran, Walnut Ridge; and an aunt, Vialeata Ross, Swifton.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Swifton with Revs. David Decker and Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home. Military honors were accorded at graveside by Promberger-Traw VFW Post #4556 of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Richard Smith, Rocky Stevens, Robby McGuire, Adam Stevens, Jeff Rowlett and Gay Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were Josh Adams, Bryan Ryney, Nick Barnett, Mike Bowen, Adam West, Ronnie Bailey and James Franks.

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Jack R. Foster

Jack R. Foster, 75, of Pocahontas, died May 28, 2008, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born March 5, 1933, at Egypt, he was the son of Claudie Ernest and Mary Lee Foster. He was a farmer and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Foster; a son, Jackie Foster, Hoxie; three daughters, Barbara Burnside, Jonesboro, Donna Whittaker, Walnut Ridge, and Connie Langston, Black Rock; two stepsons, Leslie Hancock and Michael Hancock, both of Pocahontas; a stepdaughter, Tammy Manning, Pocahontas; two brothers, Harold Foster, Michigan, and Jimmy Foster, Illinois; three sisters, Shirley Smelser, Walnut Ridge, Betty Forkum, Paragould, and Virginia Barton, Jonesboro; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with A.J. Stracener and A.J. Henry officiating. Burial was in Whittaker Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Danny Warren, Chris Blevins, Kyle Smelser, Bill Gay, John Fears and Ed Golden. Honorary pallbearers were Tollie Beary and Ray Dacus.

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Billy Ray Kazzee

Billy Ray Kazzee, 71, of Pocahontas, father of Becky Alexander of Powhatan and brother of Helen Head of Sedgwick, died May 31, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Tuesday in Masonic Cemetery at Pocahontas under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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Patricia Ann Krouse

Patricia Ann "Patsy" Krouse, 68, of Galveston, Texas, died May 30, 2008, at Turner Geriatric Center in Galveston.

Born Sept. 4, 1939, in Walnut Ridge, she had been a longtime resident of Galveston Island.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Lillie Bell and A.J. Blake Sr.; and a brother, Albert Blake Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Aguirre; a son, Eugene Pennington and wife Vicki, Jonesboro; three stepchildren, Aurora Aguirre, Gabriel Aguirre and Rebecca Aguirre, all of Wisconsin; four sisters, Barbara McCourt, Vera Bell and Shirley Campbell, all of Galveston, and Judy Sudduth, Houston; three brothers, Leo Bell, Houston, and Leroy Bell and Ernie Bell, both of Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Jennifer Potter, Jerica Pennington, Bridgette Tosh and Devon Tosh; and six great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. Broadway Funeral Home of Galveston had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Care Team, Inc., 1708 Amburn, Suite C, Texas City, TX 77591-2436.

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Rayburn Lyons

Earnest Rayburn Lyons, 69, of Egypt, died May 30, 2008, at his home.

He had lived in Egypt for the past 34 years and was a retired farm employee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Irene Warner Lyons; two brothers, Bay Lyons and Carl Lyons Jr.; and a sister, Mildred Miller.

Survivors include his son, Jimmy Lyons, Bono; and two sisters, Ruth Moore, Fort Smith, and Judy Humes, Paragould.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Jim Webb officiating. Burial was in Whitaker Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Myron Morgan, Tim Lamb, Ricky Bounds, Anthony Freeman, Andy Lavender, Larry Luther and Hosea Adaco.

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Sharon Myrle McNulty

Sharon Myrle McNulty, 66, of Newport, mother of Charles Duane Shown of Alicia and Debra Ann Parks of Swifton, died May 28, 2008, at Batesville. Burial was Friday in Arnold Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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James Henry Midgett

James Henry Midgett, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died May 30, 2008, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on May 15.

A retired farmer and carpenter, he was a minister for the Church of God of Prophecy in Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ethel Billingsley Midgett; three brothers, Harry Midgett, Carl Midgett and Junior Midgett; and a sister, Lois Needham.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Lindley Midgett; a daughter, Patricia Hefner, Bono; and three brothers, Gene Midgett, Charles Midgett and David Midgett.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Arvil Tribble officiating. Burial was in Lorado Cemetery, near Walcott.

Pallbearers were Jeff Midgett, Tony Hudson, Larry Russell, Rick Patrick, Kenneth Stull and Robert Needham.

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Dorothy Niemeyer

Dorothy Niemeyer, 72, of Smithville, died May 27, 2008, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born July 8, 1935, in Prescott, she was a homemaker. She was active in the Sharp County Extension Homemakers Club and was a member of the Fit and Sew Club in Cave City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Niemeyer; her parents, Oscar and Grace Stivers; a brother, Theodore Stivers; and a sister, Betty Niemeyer.

Survivors include two sons, Edward Niemeyer, Wichita, Kan., and Fredrick Niemeyer, Jonesboro; two daughters, Debra Caughron, Big Sandy, Texas, and Rhonda Niemeyer, Cushman; a brother, Jody Stivers, Prescott; three sisters, Mary Lavonne Stivers and Opal Woody, both of Houston, Texas, and Judy Parnell, Pensacola, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A visitation was held Saturday at the Qualls Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City. No other services are planned.

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