July 9, 2008 Edition

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Eli Wesley Burns Isaac David Cochran Olivia Peyton Crum
Kaylee Joyce Farthing Harper Eden Holewinski Carly Jo Womack


Bass ~ Allison Hartwick ~ Bullock Milgrim ~ Morgan


Gladys Miranda Busby Virginia Grissom Mary Lee Holman
Val W. Kirby Ethel Larson Virgie Mothershed
Adam A. Robbins Virginia Tyler


Eli Wesley Burns

Ryan and Amanda Burns of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son on July 7, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces, and has been named Eli Wesley Burns.

He has two siblings, Isaac and Katie Lawson.

Grandparents are Tony Burns and Brenda Manning.

He is the great-grandson of Betty Amos and Marie Miller.

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Isaac David Cochran

Jonathan and Stephenie Cochran of South Bend, Ind., have announced the birth of a son on June 30, 2008, at the Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind. The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces and has been named Isaac David Cochran.

Grandparents are Rev. David and Mrs. Brenda Cochran of Hoxie and Steve and Penny Johnson of South Bend, Ind.

He is the great-grandson of Gilbert and Mary Hart of Hoxie, Pearl Pilgrim of Seminary, Miss., Mary Cochran of Walnut Ridge, Raymond and Joanne Johnson of South Bend, Ind., and Jim and Carol Heckamen of Mishawaka, Ind.

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Olivia Peyton Crum

Dr. Parker and Amanda Crum of Tahlequah, 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 Virginia Crum, both of Walnut Ridge.

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Kaylee Joyce Farthing

Joshua and Karen Farthing of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, born June 30, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, 11 ounces and has been named Kaylee Joyce Farthing.

Grandparents are Brantley Lee "B.L." and Becky Kent of Millen, Ga., and Randy and Theresa Farthing of Mountain View. Great-grandmothers are Joyce Thomas of Millen, Ga., and Anna Pearl Milligan of Sturgis, Ky.

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Harper Eden Holewinski

Trevor and Amber Holewinski of Nashville, Tenn., have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born June 17, 2008, at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn. The baby weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces and has been named Harper Eden Holewinski.

Grandparents are Greg and Karen Evans of Walnut Ridge, David Harris of Cave City and John and Sue Holewinski of Columbia, Tenn.

She is the great-granddaughter of Bonnie Smith of Strawberry, Darrell Harris of Cave City, Ralph and Edith Holewinski of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Joyce Horvath of Naples, Fla.

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Carly Jo Womack

Jeff and Miki Womack of Portia have announced the birth of a daughter on May 17, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces and has been named Carly Jo Womack.

Grandparents are David and JoAnne Gamble of Jonesboro; Ricky and Pam Womack of Lake City and Larry Tyler of Water Valley, Miss.

She is the great-granddaughter of Howard and Vera Covington of Lepanto and Lavada Grimes of Lake City.

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Bass ~ Allison

Nancy Elizabeth Allison of Hot Springs became the bride of Jayson Warren Bass of Hot Springs on May 10, 2008, at 5:30 p.m. at Butler Manor on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs.

Parents of the couple are Donnie and Carol Allison and Ned Bass, all of Hot Springs.

The bride is the granddaughter of the late Russell and Jane Allison and the late Bud and Nancy Moore, all of Walnut Ridge. The groom is the grandson of Lorene Bass of Memphis.

Rev. R. Scott Allison, uncle of the bride, officiated the ceremony.

The bride was escorted by her father. She wore an ivory, strapless, A-line dress with lace train and an ivory veil and carried a bouquet of white peonies.

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Hartwick ~ Bullock

Robert Wayne Bullock and Sara LeAnn Hartwick have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Johnnie Hartwick of Westfork and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Dailey of Crowley, La. She is a graduate of West Fork High School and the University of Arkansas.

The prospective groom is the son of Ronald and Sue Bullock of Jonesboro and Bill and Carol Endicott of Pocahontas. He is a graduate of Hoxie High School and Arkansas State University.

The wedding will take place on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in Fayetteville.

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Milgrim ~ Morgan

Sloane Allison Morgan became the bride of Joshua Donnie Milgrim on June 25, 2008, in Maui, Hawaii.

Parents of the couple are Mart and Sherri Morgan of Lynn and Donnie and Denise Milgrim of Walnut Ridge.

Following their wedding trip to Hawaii, they are living in Trumann. Josh is employed as the piping/welding crew lead supervisor for Unico Company in Memphis, and Sloane is a senior at Arkansas State University where she is seeking a degree in mid-level education.

A reception will be held Saturday night at 7:30 at the couple's home in Trumann. All family and friends are invited.

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Gladys Miranda Busby

Gladys Miranda Busby, 95, of Alicia, died July 2, 2008, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

The daughter of Buddy and Pearl Hawk McGonigal, she had lived in Alicia all of her life and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Lewis Parrott and James Busby; seven brothers and six sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Raymon Parrott, Alicia, and Daymon Parrott, Joplin, Mo.; and a grandson, Terry Parrott.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia.

Pallbearers were Terry Parrott, Jerry Burchfield, Mike Carter, Steve Bradley, Billy Ray Meadows and Tim Dunham.

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Virginia Grissom

Virginia Grissom, 78, of Walnut Ridge, died July 8, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 13, 1930, at Alicia, she was the daughter of Cyrus and Pamelia Taylor Bellah. She worked as a cashier at the Piggly Wiggly store in Walnut Ridge and was a babysitter. She was a homemaker and was a member of Hoxie United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Viola Rowe Winningham; and six brothers, Alva Bellah, Arthur Bellah, Ludie Bellah, Ray Bellah, Kenneth Bellah and Cornelius Bellah.

Survivors include her husband, Edwin Doyle Grissom, whom she married Nov. 8, 1947; two daughters, Debra Billings and husband Stan, West Plains, Mo., and Pam Mullen Russell, Walnut Ridge; and two grandchildren, Tara Billings and Zach Mullen.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Hoxie United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Winberry officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Zach Mullen, Stan Billings, Ryan Caldwell, Charles Belk, Mitch Verkler and Wilson Alls.

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

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Mary Lee Holman

Mary Lee Holman, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died July 3, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The daughter of Homer and Margie Murphy Smith, she was formerly of Cash and had lived in Walnut Ridge for several years. She was a homemaker and was a member of First Baptist Church of Cash.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Holman; two infant sons; and a sister, Ella Mae Chaney.

Survivors include four brothers, Terry Smith and wife Sherry, Fisher, Owen Smith and wife Glenda, Nixa, Mo., Junior Smith and wife Dora, Knoxsville, Tenn., and Buddy Smith and wife Becky, Ash Flat; two sisters, Bessie Baxter, Des Arc, and Helen White, Detroit; a sister-in-law, Linda Montgomery; and two special children, Shalie and C.J.

The body was cremated. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Val W. Kirby

Val W. Kirby, 100, of Strawberry, died July 1, 2008, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Sept. 5, 1907, at Mammoth Spring, he was the son of Ewing and Alice Owens Kirby. He was a farmer and carpenter and was a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Geib Kirby; a son, Val Wayne Kirby; five brothers, Oll Kirby, Roy Kirby, John Kirby, Odell Kirby and Carl Kirby; four sisters, Mona Spillers, Charlotte Ernest, Ruby Kirby and Lois Kirby; and two great-grandsons, Jamie Gray and Abram Kirby.

Survivors include a son, Marvin Kirby, Strawberry; three daughters, Louise Gray and Maxine Gray, both of Strawberry, and Wilma McGee, Cave City; a sister, Dorothy Warren, Hermitage, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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Ethel Larson

Ethel Larson, 83, of Bradford, died June 30, 2008.

Born Jan. 3, 1925, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Goah and Ruby Williams Ray.

Funeral was July 2 at 2 p.m. at Bradford Baptist Church.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery at Pocahontas under the direction of Faith Funeral Home of Bradford.

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Virgie Mothershed

Virgie Mothershed, 90, of Swifton, died June 30, 2008.

Born Jan. 18, 1918, at Grubbs, she was the daughter of Herman and Birdie Stoner Terry. She was a homemaker and was a member of Swifton Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Mothershed; a daughter, Lula Robinson; and a grandchild, Connie Hinkle.

Survivors include a son, Donald Mothershed, Swifton; a son-in-law, Marlyn Robinson, Chattanooga, Tenn.; three sisters, Georgia Strickfaden, Valley Park, Mo., Ima Neil Gebhardt, Fenton, Mo., and Joyce Young, Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren, Kimberly Settles, Rebecca Robinson, Donald Winston Mothershed and April Taylor; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Swifton Baptist Church. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Don Hutchinson, Michael Burton, Joel Anderson, J.Q. Harvey, Marvin Ross and Roy Runyan.

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Adam A. Robbins

Adam Abraham Robbins, 79, of Ravenden, died July 1, 2008, at his home.

He was born April 4, 1929.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie Robbins, 12 sons, James Daniel Robbins, Adam Robbins Jr., Greg Robbins, Steve Robbins, Donald Robbins, Kenny Robbins, Kevin Robbins, Michael Robbins, Yancy Robbins, Joseph Robbins, Hans Robbins and James Robbins; four daughters, MaDonna Anderson, Sandra Bausman, Lelia Smith and Debbie Carlton; and four grandchildren, Joshua, Sabrina, Joseph and Charlie.

Funeral was Thursday at 7 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Ray Brandonburg, Danny Whitmyer and Beth Reeves officiating. Burial was Monday in Clinton, Iowa.

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Virginia Tyler

Virginia Tyler, 82, of Lynn, died July 4, 2008, at Cave City Nursing and Rehab.

Born Feb. 3, 1926, at Smithville, she was the daughter of Carson and Lura Stalnaker White. She owned the 69 Taxi Service in Walnut Ridge for many years. She also worked as bookkeeper for Big Star in West Memphis and as a caregiver in Fayetteville.

She was preceded in death by a son, Warren Rick Cantrell; a daughter, Rosalie Cantrell Ingram; two brothers, Boyce White and Barney Joe White; and a sister, Francine White Thomas.

Survivors include a daughter, Anita Howard, Lynn; three sons, Alan Cantrell and Ron Bartlett, both of Fayetteville, and David Bartlett, Lenoir City, Tenn.; a sister, Erma Clara Walker, Strawberry; and a brother, Cecil White, Cave City.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to Lynn Methodist Church, P.O. Box 149, Lynn, AR 72440.

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