July 16, 2008 Edition

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Births

Hayden Emma Matheny Trace Hunter Traylor Ally Ann Watson

Weddings/Engagements

Gibbons ~ Sheppard Jones Miller ~ Nelson
Smith ~ Blackburn

Obituaries

Madeline Bean Ollie Rebecca Cain Dianna Ashley Elms
Perry Goodman Bob King Buddy Long
Robert Oudette Gladys Lorene Pickett William Alfred Pierce
James "Dub" Smithee Jo Ann Marie Tannehill Mildred Marie Tinker

Births

Hayden Emma Matheny

Ty and Chelsea Matheny of Imboden have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born July 2, 2008 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Hayden Emma Matheny.

Grandparents are Terry and Darlene Matheny of Ravenden, Rick Tate of Imboden and Lisa Bailey of Benton.

Great-grandparents are Mack and Barbara Matheny of Ravenden, Bob and Lorazell Tate of Walnut Ridge and Peggy Stalnaker of Imboden. Bill and Alma Dickerson of Imboden are great-great-grandparents.

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Trace Hunter Traylor

Will and Linda Allison Traylor of Cedar Park, Texas, have announced the birth of a son on July 7, 2008, at St. Davids Medical Center in Austin, Texas. The baby weighed eight pounds, four ounces, and has been named Trace Hunter Traylor.

Grandparents are R. Scott and Virginia Allison of Hot Springs, former Walnut Ridge residents, and Bill and Lucille Traylor of Little Rock.

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Ally Ann Watson

Whitney and Samantha Watson of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born June 30, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Ally Ann Watson.

She has a brother, Kailan Watson, three.

Grandparents are Martha and Allen Weir and Starla Raby, all of Walnut Ridge, and Franklin Holmes of Grubbs.

Great-grandparents are Normia Watson, Frank and Judy Wilson and Gale Weir, all of Walnut Ridge, Ruby Holmes of Grubbs and Minnie Barker of Missouri.

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Weddings/Engagements

Gibbons ~ Sheppard

James Kenneth Sheppard and Stacie Lynn Gibbons have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Jerry and Denise Gibbons of Sharon, Wisc., and the granddaughter of Richard and Doris Wehrwein and Jeanettee Gibbons, all of Sharon, Wisc., and the late Joseph Gibbons.

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in history and a degree in political science in 2008. She is working at St Peter's Lutheran Church in Janesville, Wisc., and is returning to Whitewater to receive her teaching certification.

The prospective groom is the son of Jim and Gena Sheppard of Walnut Ridge and the grandson of Mary C. Graddy of Walnut Ridge and the late Kenneth Graddy and the late Malcolm and Doris Sheppard who lived in Comfort, W.V.

He is a graduate of East Richland High School in Olney, Ill., and attended Lincoln Trail Community College in Robinson, Ill. He is employed with Sharon Telephone Company in Sharon.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 3 p.m. in St Peter's Lutheran Church in Janesville, Wisc.

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Jones

Earl Thomas Jones of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Viola Cook Jones of Walnut Ridge, were united in marriage on May 22, 2008 in Poplar Bluff, Mo., by Rev. Gaylord Harvey of Doniphan, Mo.

The couple are residing in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

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Miller ~ Nelson

Ashley Nicole Miller and Christopher Otto Eugene Nelson will exchange wedding vows, Saturday, Aug. 9, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Scott and Sharon Miller of Pocahontas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brand and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Miller, all of Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the son of Darrell and Babbie Nelson of Maynard and Bobby and Peggy Baker of Paragould. He is the grandson of Alta Crawford of Pocahontas and the late Otto Crawford and the late Mrs. Lester Nelson and Eugene Nelson. He is the step-grandson of Jeanette Nelson.

Ashley is a junior at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas, and Chris is employed with Arkansas Electric Company.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Smith ~ Blackburn

Dennis and Paula Smith of Clover Bend announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brittany Denise Smith, to Jonathan Alan Blackburn, son of Becky Tate of Batesville and Gary Blackburn of Black Rock.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bonnie Downum of Jonesboro and the late Paul Downum and the late Walter and Audrey Smith. She is a 2003 graduate of Hoxie High School and is a cosmetologist at Hair Care USA in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of John and Clara Wells of Lynn and Helen Blackburn Dodd of Minturn and the late Alvin Blackburn. He is a 2003 graduate of Lynn High School and is employed as an HVAC technician at Hydro-Temp in Pocahontas.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. in the garden at the Clover Bend Schoolhouse. All family and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Madeline Bean

Madeline Adell Bean, 79, of Searcy, died July 5, 2008.

She was born Nov. 16, 1928, in Rockford, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mikeral Bean; and a son, Donald Arnold.

Survivors include a daughter, Donnadell Garrison, Marietta, Ga.; a son, Steven B. Hacker and fianc´┐Że Barbara Green, Searcy; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Wednesday, July 9, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Roller-Daniel Funeral Home in Searcy. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Ollie Rebecca Cain

Ollie Rebecca Cain, 95, of Tempe, Ariz., formerly of Hoxie, died July 12, 2008, in Tempe.

Born Feb. 17, 1913, in McCrory, she had worked as a cook at the Hob Nob restaurant and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Cain, on Aug. 13, 1974, whom she married Oct. 8, 1927; 14 brothers and sisters; two grandsons; and an adopted son, J.E. Fox.

Survivors include three daughters, Donnie Habtilzle, San Diego, Frankie Ross, Perry, Mo., and Shirley Henderson, Tempe, Ariz.; three sons, A.J. Cain, Surprise, Ariz., Ray Cain, Maynard, and Jimmy Cain, Phoenix; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Carol Fox, Searcy.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Gary Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is Thursday evening from 6 to 8.

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Dianna Ashley Elms

Dianna Ashley Elms, 55, of Old Glaise, sister of Danny Tims of Hoxie and Joann Trout of Saffell, died July 7, 2008. A memorial service was held Thursday at the Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel in Newport. An online guestbook is available at www.dillingerfuneralhome.com.

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Perry Goodman

Perry Randell Goodman, 49, of Minturn, died July 8, 2008, at his home.

A construction worker, he had lived in Minturn for about the past 10 years after moving from Newark.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Goodman; and his grandparents.

Survivors include his mother, Mardell Goodman, Hoxie; and a brother, Jim Goodman, Ravenden.

A memorial service was held Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Danny Whitmire and Ray Brandon officiating. Burial was private.

A memorial fund has been established at Regions Bank in Walnut Ridge.

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Bob King

Bob King, 83, of Swifton, died July 14, 2008, at Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 11, 1924, at Battle Axe, he was the son of William and Lucy Anderson King. He and his wife, Evelyn, owned and operated Bob King's for 57 years. During that time, the club hosted many legendary musical figures, including Elvis Presley and Conway Twitty. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Lynn King; five brothers, O.C. King, Ralph King, Roy King, Ray King and Bill King; and a sister, Belauh.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Evelyn King; three sons, Larry King and wife Mary, Walnut Ridge, Robbie King and wife Vivian, Swifton, and Bobby King and wife Missi, Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Brandon King, Angie Abbott, David King, Xander King, Brandy Glidewell and Savana Smith; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial will be in Swifton Cemetery.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 9 at the funeral home.

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

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Buddy Long

Paul "Buddy" Long, 79, of Spring Valley, Ariz., formerly of Saffell, died June 18, 2008, at his home.

He was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Strawberry.

A memorial service was held June 28 at the Ridge Club in Prescott, Ariz.

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Robert Oudette

Robert Oudette, 84, of Smithville, died July 14, 2008, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Jan. 9, 1924, at Niagra Falls, N.Y., he was the son of Fred and Winifred Frommert Oudette. He was a retired machinist, having worked for Chisholm Ryder Company in New York for 31 years. He was a member of Smithville Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Oudette; and an infant brother.

Survivors include his wife, Euna Oudette; a son, Richard Oudette and wife Darlene, Gasport, N.Y.; a daughter, Sharon Devell and husband Don, Parker, Colo.; a stepdaughter, Blewe Blevins, Strawberry; three stepsons, Robert Goad, Vancouver, Wash., Paul Goad, Strawberry, and Ray Goad, Newark; and 12 grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 3 p.m. at Smithville Cemetery. Higginbotham Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is tonight from 5 to 7 at the funeral home.

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Gladys Lorene Pickett

Gladys Lorene Pickett, 92, of Pocahontas, died July 8, 2008, at Pocahontas Health Care and Rehab.

Born March 26, 1916, at Ravenden, she was the daughter of Richard Ray and Noma Spotts Pickett. She was a retired beautician and was a member of First Baptist Church of Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, William Spotts Pickett, John Glenn Pickett and Charles Ray Pickett.

Survivors include a brother, Joseph E. Pickett, Ravenden Springs; two sisters, Elizabeth Stubblefield, Pocahontas, and Geneva Bottoms, Wichita, Kan.; and a sister-in-law, Patsy Pickett, Pocahontas.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Don Strait officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gary Pickett, Joshua Pickett, David Midkiff, Joseph Midkiff, Steve Case and Bill Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers were Brian Pickett and Colton Pickett.

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William Alfred Pierce

William Alfred "Red" Pierce, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died July 8, 2008, at his home.

He had lived in the Oak Grove community for 55 years. He was a farmer and was a member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ruffner and Chloe Ringle Pierce; three brothers, Wallace Adkisson, James Adkisson and Willard Adkisson; and three sisters, Lillian Kisling, Dorothy Farmer and Charlsey Huff.

Survivors include his wife, Joeleene Foster Pierce; a son, Steve Pierce, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Vickie Robinson and Georgie Jones, both of Walnut Ridge; a sister, Orpha Murphy, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Friday at the Oak Grove Church of Christ with A.J. Stracener and G.W. Allison officiating. Burial was in Markham Cemetery, near Egypt, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ellis Hooten, Crockett Murphy, Arlie Dean Bennett, Marvin Parks, Terry Spradlin and Scott Blackshear. Honorary pallbearers were T.Z. Jones, Reba Berry, Jack Rice, Arlen Williams and Glendon Williams.

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James "Dub" Smithee

James "Dub" Smithee, 77, of Strawberry, died July 8, 2008, at his home.

Born Dec. 1, 1930, at Clover Bend, he was the son of Vernon and Lorine Hall Smithee. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Smithee; and two sisters, Betty Walker and Esther Stanley.

Survivors include six sons, Jim Smithee, Ronald Smithee, Ricky Smithee, Keith Smithee, David Smithee and Kevin Smithee; two daughters, Kim Smithee and Brenda Scott; four sisters, Joyce Trout, Eden Prairie, Minn., Ada Ricker, Loves Park, Ill., and Ida Oelschlager and Patricia Tate, both of Machesney Park, Ill.; and several grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Old Prison Chapel in Knobel with Bro. Kelsey Vallance officiating. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City has charge of arrangements.

No visitation is planned.

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Jo Ann Marie Tannehill

Jo Ann Marie Tannehill, 66, of Hoxie, died July 14, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 4, 1941, in Smyrna, she was the daughter of Purna Bell. She was retired from Skil and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include her husband, Edwin P. Tannehill, whom she married March 3, 1969; two daughters, Lana Mooney, Walnut Ridge, and Jackie Tunstall, Joiner; two sons, Mark Tannehill, Walnut Ridge, and Eddie Tannehill, Krebs, Okla.; three brothers, Donnie Bell, Lodi, Calif., Cleo Bell, Fresno, Calif., and Johnny Bell, Hector; five sisters, Patsy Housely, Clinton, Joyce Aday and Pearl Gregory, both of Hector, Paralee Freeman, Dover, and Pauline Casey, Falling Water; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Nogo Cemetery at Nogo, Ark., with Revs. Dale Hughart and Dean Housely officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Carl Casey, Jeff Freeman, Terry Bull, Randy Richardson, Jason Grant, Wesley Aday, Mark Bell and Joel Housely. Honorary pallbearers will be Frankie Gregory, Rudy Wesbrook and Jeff Duncan.

Visitation is Friday evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

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Mildred Marie Tinker

Mildred Marie Tinker, 74, of Minturn, died July 9, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 10, 1933, at Alicia, she was an employee of Scentations in Pocahontas. She was an active member of the community and was a member of Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rex and Myrtle Chastiaan Pierce; and three brothers, Rex Pierce Jr. (her twin), Jessie Pierce and an infant brother.

Survivors include her husband, Loyce Tinker; and a son, Jason Tinker, Minturn.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ with minister Rob Combs and elder Jerry Haner officiating. Burial was in Minturn Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were D.C. Rowlett, Wayne King, Danny Haner, Lester Herring, Ed Baker and Junior Briner. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Hayes, Ronnie Brown, Joe Baker, Dan Ellison and Alex Latham.

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