July 2, 2008 Edition

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Births

Abbey Falon Blackwell Olivia Peyton Crum Brayden Michael House
Frances Grace Maple Mason Cole Priest Brogan Darrell Tate

Weddings/Engagements

Hudson ~ Brady

Obituaries

Nona Jane Baird David Bryant James Edward Burnside
Marjorie Durham Elton House Geraldine Kosovich
Bobby Shrable Dr. Corneill Thielemier Donna Gail White

Births

Abbey Falon Blackwell

Brandon and Kristin Blackwell of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born June 19, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds and three ounces and has been named Abbey Falon Blackwell.

She has thee siblings, Shelby, eight, Zoey, four, and Dakota, two.

Grandparents are Benny Blackwell, Danny and Betty Stiemel and Jeff Callahan, all of Pocahontas, and Becky Malden of Portia.

Great-grandparents are Paul and Kathryn Callahan of Pocahontas and Bill and Shirley Williams of Black Rock.

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Olivia Peyton Crum

Parker and Amanda Crum of Tallequah, Okla., have announced the birth of a daughter on June 24 at the St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. The baby weighed six pounds, seven ounces and has been named Olivia Peyton Crum.

Grandparents are Donnie and Joyce Roberts of Hoxie, John and Karen Crum of Walnut Ridge and Gordon and Carole Lenninger of Jonesboro.

She is the great-granddaughter of Della Moore of Hoxie and Irene Roberts and Junior Crum, both of Walnut Ridge.

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Brayden Michael House

Brandon and Keisha House of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son, born June 12, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Brayden Michael House.

Grandparents are Mike and Sue Patterson and Dennis Bellah and Robin Cook, all of Pocahontas.

Great-grandparents are Wanda Cook and Bob and Lenda Bellah, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Frances Grace Maple

Anthony and Rachel Maple of O�Kean have announced the birth of a daughter, born June 16, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, three ounces and has been named Frances Grace Maple.

She has two brothers, Tanner, nine, and Caleb, 16 months; and two sisters, Lilly, eight, and Anna Claire, five.

Grandparents are Lisa Kemp, Steve Pugh of Jonesboro, and Buck and Donna Greer, all of Jonesboro, and Debbie Maple of Brookland and the late Donald Maple.

Great-grandparents are Dr. Charles Kemp, Peggy Ake, and E.B. and Pauline Combs, all of Jonesboro, and Ocie Tate of Brookland.

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Mason Cole Priest

David and Lisa Priest of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son, born June 19, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed nine pounds and has been named Mason Cole Priest.

He has two siblings, Dylan, seven, and Jordyn, two.

Grandparents are Tony and Gail Jones of Pocahontas, and Delbert and Syvilla Priest of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Pete and Joyce Engel of Peach Orchard.

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Brogan Darrell Tate

Erick and Tashena Tate of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on June 18, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds and seven ounces and has been named Brogan Darrell Tate.

Grandparents are Mark and Christine Tate of Walnut Ridge, Tony Matthews of Lynn, and Ken and Karen Hobba of New Orleans.

Great-grandparents are Celeste Tate of Walnut Ridge, Doris Matthews of Lynn and Bobby and Janna Neal of Sedgwick.

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Weddings/Engagements

Hudson ~ Brady

Tom and Elaine Thoresen of Paragould announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Cynthia Diane Hudson, to Scott Allen Brady, son of Darrell and Ricca Brady of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect attended Greene County Tech High School and graduated from Arkansas State University. She is employed as a case manager at Consolidated Youth Services.

The prospective groom graduated from Walnut Ridge High School and ASU. He is a farmer.

The couple will exchange vows on July 19 at 5:30 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Nona Jane Baird

Nona Jane Baird, 59, of New Lenox, Ill., died June 24, 2008.

Born in Hoxie, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Dorothy Dalton.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, David Baird; three daughters, Carey Jones and husband Patrick, Braceville, Ill., Michelle Scofield, New Lenox, and Melissa McLaren and husband James, Elwood, Ill.; four brothers, Roy Dalton and wife Linda, Gary Dalton and wife Jody, Johnny Dalton and wife Patty and Troy Dalton; a sister, Juanita Hare and husband Paul; nine grandchildren, David, Karen, Jamie, Nicole, Lucas, Callie, Lane, James and Timothy; a great-grandchild; and an aunt, Juanita Madden, Hoxie.

Funeral was Saturday at 4 p.m. at Forsythe Funeral Home in Manhattan, Ill. The body was cremated.

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David Bryant

David Ray Bryant, 59, of Black Rock, died June 25, 2008, at Baptist Health Hospital in Little Rock.

Born Dec. 31, 1948, at Holly Springs, Miss., he was the son of James (Jiggs) and Helen Sanders Bryant. He was a Vietnam War veteran, a carpenter and was of the Assembly of God belief.

Survivors include his wife, Candice Bryant; two sons, Jamie Bryant and wife Leslie, Imboden, and Dave Bryant, Portia; a daughter, Kathryn Simpson and husband Jim, Holly Grove; and three grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Parks Cemetery with Revs. Bobby Sanders and Ed Gregory officiating. Military honors were provided by Promberger-Traw VFW Post #4556 of Pocahontas. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Lane Brewer, Steve �Skipper� Smith, Darrell Brewer, Bo Wilkerson, R.J. Greenwood, J.R. Rogers, Denny Durham and Tom Mock. Honorary pallbearers were Dale Freeman, David �Bird� Jones, Octavius Smith and Kevin Smith.

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James Edward Burnside

James Edward Burnside, 76, of Spartanburg, N.C., formerly of Alicia, died June 26, 2008.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patty Jo Smith Burnside; a son, Johnny Burnside; his parents, Edgar and Alvia Hallmark Burnside; a brother, Tom Burnside; and a grandson.

Survivors include his children, Boyce Burnside, Tuckerman, Patricia Ergle, Harrisburg, and Tracie Baney, Jonesboro; a sister, Ellen King, Newport; and three grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery, near Alicia, with Don House officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Marjorie Durham

Marjorie Durham, 88, of Strawberry, died June 29, at Cave City Nursing Home.

She was the daughter of Alex and Ethel Hugg Massey and was a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Jerry Dean Durham and an infant son; four brothers, Von Massey, Ed Massey, Fred Massey and Stayton Massey; and a son-in-law, Charles Bratcher.

Survivors include her husband, Murr Durham; two daughters, Janice Bratcher, and Deanna Wrenn and husband Stan, all of Strawberry; a sister, Marie Baker, Sherwood; a daughter-in-law, Connie Durham, Batesville; nine grandchildren, Roger Ward, Scott Ward, Regina Bell, Bob Bratcher, Tim Durham, Tiffanie Randolph, Chuck Wrenn, Jessica McGaha and Sherri Brady; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Don House and Charles Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Little-Jerusalem Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers will be Roger Ward, Scott Ward, Bob Bratcher, Jim Bell, Robert Randolph and Chuck Wrenn. Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Durham, Justin Bell, Clay Ward, Spencer Ward, Hunter Durham, Ryan Ward, Dustin Ward, Zak Bratcher, Chad Wrenn, Chase Wrenn, Shaun McGaha and Brandon McGaha.

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Elton House

Rev. Elton W. House, 81, of Rex, Ga., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died June 22, 2008, at Henry Medical Center in Stockbridge, Ga.

Born Aug. 12, 1926, in Dunklin County, Mo., he was the son of David and Annie Beaton House. He was a minister for the Church of the Nazarene, including serving as pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Walnut Ridge in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He also worked for social services and child welfare in Arkansas and Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Higgins House, on July 25, 2005, whom he married June 26, 1953, in Malden, Mo.

Survivors include two sons, Alan House, Atlanta, and Eric House, Maryland; a daughter, Diane Stewart, Malden, Mo.; a sister, Maudie Benton, Bloomfield, Mo.; and a brother, Thomas House, Bloomfield; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Malden under the direction of Landess Funeral Home of Malden.

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Geraldine Kosovich

Geraldine Gibson Kosovich, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died June 27, 2008.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Kosovich; and her parents, Dan and Jewell Gibson and Tabie and Clarence Thomas.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Jim Pollard, Las Vegas; a sister, Mabel Gibson Riddle, Hazel Green, Ala.; a brother, Danny Gibson, Walnut Ridge; and special friends, Freda and Ernie Ivy.

A memorial service was held Monday at 6 p.m. at the Faith Assembly of God Church at Old Walnut Ridge with Sister Betty Williams and Rev. Ralph Riddle officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Bobby Shrable

Bobby Ray Shrable, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died June 28, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born June 1, 1935, in Fulton County, he was the son of Tillman B. and Lottie Rosier Shrable. He moved to Lawrence County in early life and was a foreman and lineman for Entergy and was of the Protestant belief.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lindle Shrable and Chester Shrable; and a sister, Anna L. Martin.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Sue Boothe Shrable, whom he married June 20, 1954; two sons, Gary Shrable and wife Carol, Walnut Ridge, and Steve Shrable and wife Jamie, Jonesboro; a daughter, Susie Bilbrey and husband Rod, Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Ruby Conway, St. Louis, Ella Cline, Bono, Essie McElrath, Cave City, and Betty Bates, Hot Springs; five grandchildren, Beau Shrable, Brett Shrable, Jill Shrable, Stevie Shrable and Molly Bilbrey; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Chapel with Bros. Gary Mashburn, Chuck Fitzgerald and Glenn Chadwick officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jerry Castor, George Bruton, Tim Black, Billy Joe Dame, Ray Martin and Herman Shaw. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Duncan, Paul Miles, Jess Adkins, Cliff Miller, Shaw Cook, Roger Jean, David Sneed and Randy Tribble.

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Dr. Corneill Thielemier

Dr. Corneill Thielemier, 90, of Pocahontas, brother of Mary Ann Graddy of Clover Bend, died June 30, 2008, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas. Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Father John Marconi officiating. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery.

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Donna Gail White

Donna Gail White, 53, of Walnut Ridge, died June 27, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 24, 1954, in Norfolk, Va., she was the daughter of Robert and Mildred Cox. She was a certified nurse�s assistant for home health and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Neal White Jr., Alicia, and Ethen Jordan White, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Jennifer Sloan, Sloan; two sisters, Martha Cox and Dolly Cox; a brother, Robert Cox Jr.; and two grandchildren, Arabella Johnson and Sarah Sloan.

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