July 23, 2008 Edition

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Births

Andrea Dean Clayton Rylee Dean Netrefa Brock Tillman Shrable

Weddings/Engagements

Shrable ~ Ware

Obituaries

Betsy Ledbetter Askew Chipper Freeman Ford Buddy Max Grissom
Sherri Lynn Hodges Pearl L. Malin Richard Eugene Moore
Doyle Gene Pickett Bobby Joe Wright

Births

Andrea Dean Clayton

Jared and Christi Clayton of Lorado announce the birth of their first child, a daughter born June 17, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds one ounce and has been named Andrea Dean Clayton.

Grandparents are Donna Shannon of Jonesboro, Robert Lowery of Lake City and Bobby and Jeanette Clayton of Lorado. Great-grandparents are Barbara Murray and Raymond and Glenda Broadway all of Bono. The great-great-grandmother is Cora Campbell of Walnut Ridge.

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Rylee Dean Netrefa

Robbie and Rachael Netrefa of Black Rock have announced the birth of a son on July 16, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, five ounces, and has been named Rylee Dean Netrefa.

He has two older brothers, Houston, six, and Ryker, two.

Grandparents are Marty and Renee Todd, Mike Croom and Charlotte Croom, all of Black Rock, and David Netrefa of Illinois.

He is the great-grandson of Bill and Shirley Williams and Gladys and Davis Woodson, all of Black Rock, and Dick and Carole Fogle of Trevor, Wisc.

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Brock Tillman Shrable

Beau and Tamara Shrable of Midland, Ga., have announced the birth of a son, born May 7, 2008, at Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Ga. The baby weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Brock Tillman Shrable.

Grandparents are Gary and Carol Shrable of Walnut Ridge and Jeana Blair of Leesburg, Ga.

Great-grandparents are Clifford and Kathleen Miller and Glenda Shrable, all of Walnut Ridge, Bud and Anna Ethridge of Sylvester, Ga., and the late Bobby R. Shrable and James C. Woodson.

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Weddings/Engagements

Shrable ~ Ware

Gary and Carol Shrable of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their son, Brett James Shrable, to Candis Jenee Ware, daughter of Mary Schug and Ken Ware of Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows Oct. 4. Invitations will be mailed.

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Obituaries

Dr. Betsy Ledbetter Askew

Dr. Betsy Ledbetter Askew, 90, of Jonesboro, died July 16, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 15, 1917, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Jones and Maude Ledbetter. She had lived in Jonesboro the past 28 years, after previously living in Shreveport, La., and Tyler, Texas. She retired from Schumpert Regional Medical Center as a Doctor of Anesthesiology after 30 years.

She was a graduate of Jonesboro High School, Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas Medical School. She served her residency at Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

She was a founder of Ledbetter-Tate, Inc., in Shreveport and was a member of First United Methodist Church, Investors Club and several bridge clubs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Askew; and two brothers, Dr. Paul Ledbetter and Dr. Joe Ledbetter.

Survivors include nephews, Mark Ledbetter, Memphis, Michael Ledbetter, Jonesboro, Drake Ledbetter, Dallas; and two sisters-in-law, Joy Ledbetter and Joyce Ledbetter Brown, both of Jonesboro.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park with Rev. Richard Crawford officiating. Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 701 S. Main, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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Chipper Freeman Ford

Chipper Freeman Ford, 30, of Bono, brother of Mike Ford of Walnut Ridge, died July 16, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Sunday in Trinity Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Chipper Freeman Ford Fund at P.O. Box 1225, Jonesboro, AR 72403. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Buddy Max Grissom

Buddy Max Grissom of Cuba, Mo., formerly of Lawrence County, died July 15, 2008, at the Missouri Veteran's Home in St. James, Mo.

Born in Clover Bend, he lived in Hoxie until he joined the service.

Survivors include a son, Gary Grissom and wife, Chris, Cuba, Mo.; a daughter, Kathy Reed, Arnold, Mo.; a brother, Edwin Grissom, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Ernestine Crackel and husband, Bob, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Barbara Ann Richards and husband, Ron, Wentzville, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Emily Grissom and James Reed.

Funeral was Friday at the Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home in Arnold, Mo. Burial was at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis with full military honors.

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Sherri Lynn Hodges

Sherri Lynn Hodges, 39, of Imboden, formerly of Harrisburg, died July 12, 2008, at her home.

Born July 29, 1968, at St. Joseph, Mich., she was a member of the Church of Christ. After receiving her General Education Development diploma, she completed her education at Jonesboro Career College.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dean Woolbright.

Survivors include four daughters, Heather Dawn Cooper, Harrisburg, Sara Lauren Elliott and Tiffany Michelle Hodges, both of Jonesboro, and Rumor Simmons, Searcy; her mother and stepfather, Norma and Larry Harrison, Jonesboro; a brother, Jason Faulkner, Harrisburg; two sisters, Lori Hodges, Memphis, and Rebecca Harrison, Jonesboro; and her grandmother, Ruth Easley, Trumann.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Weston Funeral Service Chapel at Harrisburg. Burial was in Farm Hill Cemetery.

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Pearl L. Malin

Pearl L. Malin, 80, of Imboden, died July 16, 2008, at St. Bernards in Joneboro.

Born Feb. 21, 1928, at Moro, she was the daughter of Edward Frances and Ola Mae Walker Lee. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Luther Lee and Robert Lee; and a grandson, Christopher Looney.

Survivors include her husband, William Edward Malin, whom she married July 15, 1947; two sons, Alton Malin and Allen Malin and wife Cora, all of Imboden; two daughters, Nonna Davis and husband Billy, Imboden, and Norma Ellsworth and husband, John, Corning; two brothers, Buster Lee, Judsonia, and William Lee, Imboden; two sisters, Ellie Stevens, Imboden, and Doris McGee, West Memphis; five grandsons, James Malin, Jason Malin, Brit Davis, Everett Malin and Daniel Malin; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Birdel Church of Christ with Rowdy Fortson and Stanley Rogers officiating. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery, near Imboden, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Brit Davis, Jason Malin, James Malin, Earnest Ivy, Shawn Walker and Dewayne Ivy.

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Richard Eugene Moore

Richard Eugene Moore, 54 of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Doniphan, Mo., died on July 20, 2008, at St Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 15, 1953, in St. Louis, he was a drummer in the St. Louis area with various country and rock and roll bands and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey W. Moore and Virginia A. James; and a brother, David Moore.

Survivors include his wife, Opal Moore; two stepdaughters, Diane Henson, Paragould, and Debra Owens and husband Collin, Buffalo, Minn.; two stepsons, Donald Gene Holmquist, Paragould, and Thomas E. Holmquist and wife Laura, Buffalo, Minn.; three sisters, Elizabeth Jones and husband Jim, and Jennie Trombly and husband Fred, all of Doniphan, Mo., and Peggy Williams and husband Eddie, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; a brother, Darrell Moore and wife Brenda, California; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Thursday at 4 p.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock with Rev. Harold Russell officiating.

Visitation will be this evening from 6-8 at Faith Funeral Service in Manila.

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Doyle Gene Pickett

Doyle Gene Pickett of Hardy, 61, son of Katherine Pickett and brother of Darlene Dearen and Connie Morgan, all of Imboden, died July 21, 2008. Graveside service is this morning at 10 a.m. at Lone Oak Cemetery under the direction of Tri-County's Highland Funeral Home.

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Bobby Joe Wright

Bobby Joe Wright, 64, of Hoxie, died July 16, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was a diesel mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his biological father, Nelson Ray Wright; his mother, Mary Katherine Camper Bratcher; and his father, Charles Bratcher.

Survivors include two brothers, Charles Bratcher Jr., Hoxie, and John Bratcher and wife Linda, Winder, Ga.; and four sisters, Katherine Charlene Hood, Jonesboro, Debbie Brown and husband Gary, Florence, Ala., Deanna Hartmann and husband Steve, Lufkin, Texas, and Mary Crouch, Bradenton, Fla.

Private services were under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home. The body was cremated.

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