July 30, 2008 Edition

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Brayden Nathanael Bennett Carlie Jo Priest


Beasley ~ Mondy


Kimberly Ann Butler Clarence Emery Gall Betty Sue Gunter
Charles R. Ledbetter Doris Ploeckelman Edith Sharp
Joy Lynn Taylor Charles Alan Webster


Brayden Nathanael Bennett

Nathanael and Tyna Bennett of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son, born July 17, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, two ounces, and has been named Brayden Nathanael Bennett.

Grandparents are Roy and Rhonda Bennett of Jonesboro, Mike Barker of Bay and the late Frankie Cravens and Karen Barker.

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Carlie Jo Priest

Cameron and Valerie Priest of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born July 2, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Carlie Jo Priest.

Grandparents are Johnny and Tammy Tyson of Mountain Home, formerly of Powhatan, and Delbert and Syvilla Priest of Walnut Ridge.

Armilda Tyson of Powhatan and Jimmie and Linda Whitley of Quitman are the great-grandparents, and Ellen Butler of Powhatan is the great-great-grandmother.

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Beasley ~ Mondy

Mary Beasley of Powhatan and Billy Beasley of Imboden announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Stephanie Lyn Beasley, to Jason Louis Mondy, son of Jim and Janie Mondy of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Melvin and Carolyn Webster of Black Rock. She is employed as a certified nurse's aide.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Lee Mondy of Pocahontas. He is a Black Rock High School graduate and owns Mondy Construction.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. at Imboden.

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Kimberly Ann Butler

Kimberly Ann Butler, 44, of Vilonia, died July 23, 2008, at her home.

She had lived in Portia before moving to Vilonia 20 years ago. She worked in accounting for Target and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her father, Larry Moss; her paternal grandfather; her maternal grandmother; and her father-in-law.

Survivors include her husband, Steven Thomas Butler; two daughters, Krystal Goodwin and husband Joshua, and Stephanie Butler, all of the home; her mother, Quinetta James, Jonesboro; two brothers, Russell Moss, Jonesboro, and Michael James, Forrest City; a sister, LaRonna Kimble, Marianna; her grandfather, Albert Kelly, Jonesboro; her grandmother, Charlie Mae Moss, Little Rock; her mother-in-law, Sue Butler, Portia; and a grandchild, Kyra Goodwin.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Anthony Strickland officiating. Private burial was in Duty Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Josh Goodwin, Josh Hantz, Mike Butler, Allen Butler, Kerry Kyle and Terry Hall.

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Clarence Emery Gall

Clarence Emery "Pookie" Gall, 75, of Lynn, died July 25, 2008, at Batesville.

He was retired from the U.S. Navy, having served in Korea, Vietnam and the Suez Canal. He had lived in Lynn for the past 37 years and was a member of the Birdell Saddle Club for 20 years and Faith Baptist Church in Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Survivors include his wife, Bobby Cagle Gall; a daughter, Melinda Wells and husband Steve, Eaton; two brothers, Delbert Gall, Walnut Ridge, and Elbert Gall, Loves Park, Ill.; four grandchildren, Shelly Gall Hoffman, Patrick Gall, Tonya Wells Rose and Tina Wells Goff; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 3 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church with David Stuart and Turrell Neely officiating. Burial with military honors was in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Eaton under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

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Betty Sue Gunter

Betty Sue Gunter, 78, of Everett, Wash., formerly of Strawberry, died July 18, 2008.

Born Oct. 28, 1929, she was the daughter of Marvin L. and Wilma Milligan. She worked alongside her husband, Rev. Bill Gunter, as they pastored Nazarene churches in Washington, Idaho and Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Gudrun Milligan; a stepbrother, Johnnie Williams; and a granddaughter, Lydia Waltner.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Rev. William J. "Bill" Gunter; four daughters, Susan Wilson, Renton, Wash., Joylyn Sherwood, Monroe, Wash., Ellen Waltner, Olympia, Wash., and Sari Leigh Davis, Lenexa, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Thursday at Evergreen Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Betty Gunter Memorial Fund, c/o Washington Pacific District Church of the Nazarene, 180 W. Dayton, Suite 103, Edmonds, WA 98020.

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Charles R. Ledbetter

Charles R. "Chuck" Ledbetter, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died July 22, 2008.

Born April 8, 1920, at Duluth, Ga., he was the son of Sylvester Bogal and Mary Elizabeth Chadick Ledbetter. He was a veteran of the United States Army Air Force, serving during World War II as a fighter pilot, and a retired automobile dealer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Sloan Ledbetter.

Survivors include four daughters, Lolly Shaver and husband Wes, Wynne, Beth Jackson and husband John, Lynn Winningham and husband Barry and Lea Ledbetter, all of North Little Rock; a grandson, Grac Shaver; two great-grandchildren; and caregiver, Chrystle Allen.

Graveside service was Thursday at 2 p.m. in Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Glenn Smith officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Those serving as pallbearers were Wes Shaver, Grac Shaver, Barry Winningham, John Jackson, Blake Hart and Wendell Tolson.

Memorials may be made to the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum, 2 Skywatch Drive, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Doris Ploeckelman

Doris Ploeckelman, 88, of Dorchester, Wis., died July 17, 2008.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Ploeckelman, in 2002; a son, Roy; a brother, John Buehler; and a son-in-law, Ron Ervin.

Survivors include three daughters, Bonita "Beanie" Ervin, Imboden, and Darlene Hafferman and Janet Piechowski, both of Wisconsin; five sons, Bill Ploeckelman, Dale Ploeckelman, Jim Ploeckelman, David Ploeckelman and Steve Ploeckelman, all of Wisconsin; four brothers; two sisters; 30 grandchildren, including Ronnie and Susan Ervin, Black Rock, and Clint and Candi, Imboden; and 42 great-grandchildren.

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Edith Sharp

Edith Sharp, 87, of Silvis, Ill., died Feb. 5, 2008, at Illini Hospital in Silvis.

Born June 17, 1921, at Saffell, she was the daughter of Davis Gus and Millie Sexton Dawson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sloan Sharp, in 1956, whom she married in Lawrence County.

Survivors include a son, Tom Sharp and wife Linda, Silvis, Ill.; two grandsons, James Sharp and Matthew Sharp; and two great-grandsons.

A graveside memorial service is today at 11 a.m. at Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry. Higginbotham Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

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Joy Lynn Taylor

Joy Lynn Taylor, 64, of Imboden, died July 28, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was a homemaker and had lived in Imboden the past 12 years, after moving from Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Dorce Taylor; her father, Elmer French; and a brother.

Survivors include four daughters, Andrea Liles, Walnut Ridge, Kathryn Holder, Jonesboro, Misty Parker, Brookland, and Jodi Denny, Kansas; her mother, Georgia Banner French, Jonesboro; five sisters, Jean Boozier, California, Cathy Grissom, McDougal, Janet Owens and Glenda Layne, both of Jonesboro, and Judy Brewer, Violet Hill; eight grandchildren, Kristen, Jeremy, Katie, Ashley, Aubrey, Garrett, Caitlin and Allison; and four great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. A memorial service will be held today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Charles Alan Webster

Charles Alan "Chuck" Webster, 46, of Black Rock, died July 22, 2008, at his home.

He had lived in Lawrence County for the past 32 years, moving from Illinois. He was of the Protestant belief.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and a brother-on-law, Junior Couch.

Survivors include his parents, Melvin and Carolyn Green Webster of Black Rock; three daughters, Kimberly Mamcel and Angela Goddard, both of Plover, Wisc., and Chloe Brown, Pocahontas; a son, Eric Goddard, Plover, Wisc.; six sisters, Cathy Couch, Marseilles, Ill., Laurie Moore and husband Hulen and Mary Beasley, all of Powhatan, Denise Priddy and husband Jerry, Pocahontas, Penny Riley and Alan Richey and C.J. Webster, all of Black Rock; a brother, Marion Webster, Black Rock; and three grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at the New Life Full Gospel Church in Black Rock with Bro. Jimmy Huskey and Bro. Monroe Baldwin officiating. Burial was private.

Pallbearers were Billy Beasley, Gary Grimes, Billy Skimahorn, Jason Marik, Derek Beasley and Budden Porter. Honorary pallbearers were Hulen Moore, Jerry Priddy, Alan Richey, Darrell Simpson, Steve Ward, nephews, great-nephews, Sissy Wilson and Lynn Barnes.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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