August 13, 2008 Edition

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Osborne ~ Sharar Richmond ~ Rainwater


Cecil Gene Adams Clinton Alls Effie Carol Caldwell
Leoma Crawford Ina Marie Ferguson Lola Mae Fitzwater
Jakie Earl Hanan Jr. James G. Hawn Roy Jess Isom
Clarence Lawrence Sr. Dennis Monfort Lisa Sue Montana
Peggy Statler Dennis Towell Mary Wagner


Osborne ~ Sharar

Stacie Sharar became the bride of Asa Osborne on July 12, 2008, in a ceremony solemnized at the Faith of the Apostles Church in Walnut Ridge.

Parents of the couple are Bruce and Peggy Sharar of Walnut Ridge and Rick Osborne and Teresa Walters, both of Dayton, Ohio.

Grandparents of the bride are Fred Harrington of Waukon, Iowa, Lorraine Harrington of Postville, Iowa, and Norman and Xanta Sharar of Sumner, Iowa. Grandparents of the groom are Sam and Jane Osborne of Hazard, Ky., and Roy and Christine Winstead of Beavercreek, Ohio.

Rev. David Morse officiated the double-ring, formal ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Vanessa Morse and Whitney Morse.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Mandy Reynolds of Powhatan served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Bethany Flack of Walnut Ridge and Whitney Morse of Powhatan.

Paul Lusk of Springboro, Ohio, served as best man. Groomsmen were Cliff Farmer of Walnut Ridge and Nathan Morse of Powhatan.

Ushers were Roy Reinertson of Smithville and Morgan Morse of Walnut Ridge.

Miniature bride and groom were Chloe Reynolds and Josiah Morse, both of Powhatan. Cherith Reynolds of Powhatan served as flower girl, and Nathaniel Hays of Walnut Ridge was ring bearer. Candle lighters were Cassidy Gates of Black Rock and John Hays of Walnut Ridge.

The bride's book was attended by Vanessa Flack and Michelle Hays, both of Walnut Ridge. A reception was held at the Hoxie Service Center following the ceremony.

The couple enjoyed a wedding trip to Branson, Mo. They will reside in Waynesville, Ohio, where the groom is a minister and drywall contractor.

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Richmond ~ Rainwater

John and Marsha Richmond of Lynn announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Shana LeAnn Richmond, to Shannon Clay Rainwater, son of Larry and Joy Rainwater, also of Lynn.

The bride-elect in the granddaughter of Johnny and Wanda Stuart, and O'Neal and Frances Richmond, all of Lynn. She is employed as a respiratory therapist at Bird & Bear Medical in Searcy.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Elsie Rainwater of Lynn. He is a self-employed truck driver for East West Cattle Company.

The couple will exchange vows Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at Timber Ridge Lodge in Charlotte. A reception will follow.

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Cecil Gene Adams

Cecil Gene Adams, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 6, 2008.

He had lived in Walnut Ridge for the past 20 years, after moving from Arizona. He was a civil service employee and a meat cutter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loyes and Bertha Payne Adams; and a brother.

Survivors include his wife, Orpal Adams; a son, Oran Adams, Cave City; four sisters; and two grandchildren.

The body was cremated. Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Whittaker Cemetery, near Walnut Ridge, with Derek Collins officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Clinton Alls

Clinton Alls, 80, of Van Buren, died Aug. 3, 2008.

Born June 6, 1928, at Lynn, he was the owner of A & W Electric and was an electrician for Wells Electric and Dale's Mechanical Service. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Alls.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Lincks, Mountainburg, and Darlene Hood, Alma; two sons, Carl Alls, Okemah, Okla., and David Alls, Uniontown; 16 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was in Gracelawn Cemetery at Van Buren.

Pallbearers were Larry Hood, Anthony Hood, Fred Lincks, Carl Alls Jr., Doyle Wood, Cecil Carr and Justin Doty.

Memorials may be made to Peachtree Hospice, 4300 Rogers Ave., Suite 33, Fort Smith, AR 72903 or to the American Cancer Society.

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Effie Carol Caldwell

Effie Carol Caldwell, 59, of Pocahontas, sister of Linda Billingley of Ravenden, died Aug. 9, 2008, at her home. Burial was Tuesday in Duty Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Leoma Crawford

Leoma "Tootsie" Crawford, 87, of Delaplaine, died Aug. 2, 2008, at St. Elizabeth's Place in Jonesboro.

Born April 12, 1921, she was the daughter of Bill and Sadie Clayton. She was a homemaker and attended Delaplaine Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Crawford; and two brothers, Kenneth Clayton and Patrick Clayton.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolette Ann Ferrell, O'Fallon, Mo.; a sister, Billie Lou Deering, Hernando, Fla.; a granddaughter, Heather Licavoli; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Delaplaine Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Ethridge officiating. Heath Funeral Home of Paragould has charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Ina Marie Ferguson

Ina Marie Ferguson, 92, of Hoxie, died Aug. 7, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was a homemaker and was a member of the Cash River Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Ferguson; four sons, Edward Ferguson, James Ferguson, Gerald Ferguson and an infant son; her parents, Bill and Ida Huey Norman; a sister, Francis Woaten; and a brother, Edward Norman.

Survivors include four daughters, Lois Hart, Walnut Ridge, Edith Handwork, Pocahontas, Marie Ferguson, Hoxie, and Patsy Morris, Paragould; three sons, Raymond Ferguson, Bono, and Dewayne Ferguson and Jimmy Ferguson, both of Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Georgie Downs and Hallie Hoover, both of Louisville, Ky.; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart and Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Lola Mae Fitzwater

Lola Mae Fitzwater, 86, of Jonesboro, died Aug. 5, 2008, at Skill Care Nursing Center in Jonesboro.

Born at Swifton, she was the daughter of Samuel Sr. and Nellie Dunn George. She was a former cook and was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Jonesboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Fitzwater.

Survivors include a son, Paul Fitzwater Jr., Lake City; five daughters, Mary Langston, Phyllis Fitzwater and Barbara Giglio, all of Jonesboro, Patricia Sagley, Cash, and Lynn Payne, Maryland; a brother, Boyce Hensley, Jonesboro; a sister, Betty Noel, Jonesboro; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Gerald Vickers officiating. Burial was in Haynes Cemetery at Swifton.

Pallbearers were Allen Stebbins, Francisco Lopez, Jimmy Reeves, Bobby Morris, Ronnie Vaughn and James Boyd. Honorary pallbearers were Ted Foreman and Albert Davis.

An online guestbook is available at

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Jakie Earl Hanan Jr.

Jakie Earl Hanan Jr., 35, of Black Rock, died Aug. 6, 2008, at Russellville.

He had lived in Black Rock all his life and was a contracted highway maintenance worker.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wave Ed and Imogene Verkler; his grandfather, Jake Hanan; and an aunt, Mary Verkler.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Greta Mondy and Steve, Black Rock; his father and stepmother, Jakie Sr. and Joyce Hanan, Black Rock; two sisters, Alanna Mondy and Alyssa Mondy, both of Black Rock; four brothers, Elijah Mondy, Isaac Mondy and Mark Hanan, all of Black Rock, and Wyatt Bolding Hanan, Jonesboro; a stepsister, Christy Valance, Knobel; his grandmother, Earlene Hanan, Black Rock; his step-grandmother, June Mack, Pocahontas; and his special mentor, Santos Sermino.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were Joe Ward, Steve Ward, Justin Reese, Bobby Foster, Mitch Verkler, Les Verkler, Cress Byrd and Hershel Meeks. Honorary pallbearers were Santos Sermino, Bill Hulen and Wayne Finley.

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James G. Hawn

James G. Hawn, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 6, 2008, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Nov. 19, 1924, at Windsor, Mo., he was the son of George Larken and Velma Faye Parker Hawn. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He returned to complete a 33-year career with the Frisco Railroad as a division lineman. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Don Melton Hawn, on Jan. 29, 1997, whom he married Dec. 15, 1951; a son, Darrel Hawn; and a brother, George Hawn.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Wallin, Walnut Ridge, and Kathy Mehringer, Henderson, Texas; and four grandchildren, Sandra Hawn, DenŽe Wallin, Jackson Mehringer and Annie Mehringer.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Rev. Steve Cook officiating. Burial with military honors was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Dave Clements, Gary Detro, Archie Harden, Chuck Kelly, Cory Sellers and John Sellers. Honorary pallbearers were Donnie Allison, Randy Golden, Greg Mehringer, Jackson Mehringer, Charles Snapp and Wendell Tolson

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Roy Jess Isom

Roy Jess Isom, 52, of Paragould, brother of Everett Isom of Hazen, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 8, 2008, at the John Cockrum VA Medical Center in St. Louis. Burial was Tuesday in Gainesville Cemetery under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home of Paragould. An online guestbook is available at

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Clarence Richard Lawrence Sr.

Clarence Richard "Ricky" Lawrence Sr., 64, of Williford, died Aug. 9, 2008, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem.

Born June 10, 1944, at Imboden, he was a U.S. Army veteran and worked as a truck driver for many years before retiring. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Lawrence; his mother and stepfather, Opal Watts Lawrence Swetnam and Babe Swetnam; and a brother, Corbett Lawrence.

Survivors include three daughters, Pamela Maly-Lawrence Edlemon, Ottawa, Ill., Sheila Lawrence, Montgomery, Ill., and Joella Lawrence Jordal, Sycamore, Ill.; a son, Clarence Richard Lawrence Jr., Ottawa; a sister, Cornell Hughes, Florida; 10 grandchildren, Edward Scott Keldie, Brandon Hofman, Michael Maier, Matthew Maier, Rebecca Swanson, William Edlemon, Alysha Lawrence, Logan Lawrence, Cheyenne Lawrence and Dakota Lawrence; and two great-grandchildren.

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Dennis Monfort

Dennis Monfort, 57, of Jonesboro, formerly of Imboden, died Aug. 8, 2008, near Imboden, as the result of a motorcycle accident.

He was a mechanic and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin Monfort; a brother, David Monfort; and his grandparents.

Survivors include his wife, Terri Monfort; four daughters, Joie Monfort and Casey Wright, both of Oregon, Janet Jackson, Imboden, and Jennifer Bookout, Bono; a son, Bryan Chesser, Maynard; his mother, Clarice Fowler Monfort; a sister, Marie Duree, Wisconsin; two brothers, Joe Monfort and Billy Monfort, both of California; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

The body was cremated.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Lisa Sue Montana

Lisa Sue Montana, 44, of Malden, Mo., formerly of Piggott, died July 23, 2008, at General Baptist Nursing Home in Campbell, Mo., following a lengthy illness.

Born Nov. 29, 1963, in Rockford, Ill., she was a former employee of Aetna Insurance and Wells Engberg Company and later established her own business, Cakes by Lisa. She was also a homemaker and scout leader.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Montana, on March 29, 2001, whom she married Aug. 6, 1988; her grandparents, Claude and Thelma Parks-Billings, who lived in Portia, and Lewis and Genevieve White Barker; her great-grandparents, Alfred and Sarah E. Gribble Barker; and her father-in-law, Sam Montana.

Survivors include a son, Michael W. Montana, Corning; a daughter, Samantha A. Montana, of the home; her parents, William and Katie Betty Billings, Piggott; a granddaughter, Madison Paige Montana; her mother-in-law, Barbara Montana, Rockford; and her best friend, Rhonda Henry, Rockford.

Funeral was Saturday, July 26, at Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home in Piggott with Allen Vaughn officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery at Pollard.

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Peggy Statler

Peggy Sue Statler, 67, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 11, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She lived in Lawrence County most of her life and was a homemaker and a member of Hoxie Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ott and Lillie Litherland Broom; and a sister, Mary Ruth.

Survivors include her husband, John Statler; a daughter, Sonja Adkisson and husband Jerry, Walnut Ridge; and a grandson, Colton Adkisson.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in the chapel of House-Gregg Funeral Home with Howard Pankey and Bob Kary officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Emit Stone, Leslie McPherson, Larry Statler, Billy Barber, Joe Crawford and Morris Moore.

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Dennis Towell

Dennis Theryl Towell, 78, of Pocahontas, formerly of Smithville, died Aug. 6, 2008, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Oct. 20, 1929, in Blodgett, Mo., he was the son of Chester and Mayfair Towell. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Smithville. He retired in 1989 as an electronics engineer at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis after 26 years.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Meredith Towell; and a brother, Glenn Towell.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Marvine Towell; a son, Mitchell Towell and wife Candy, St. Louis; a daughter, Denise Towell, Beaufort, Mo.; two brothers, Mel Towell, Jonesboro, and Jim Towell, Norwood, Mo.; and a grandson, Dwayne Michael Towell.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home at Pocahontas with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery.

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Mary Wagner

Mary Wagner, 45, of Imboden, died Aug. 8, 2008, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

She was a homemaker and was a member of the Imboden Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Tona Ring Kildow; and two brothers, Gene Kildow and an infant brother.

Survivors include four daughters, Annie Dillon, Rachael Thomas, Marie Wagner and June Wagner, all of Clinton, Mo.; two sisters, Rena Kildow, Robinsonville, Miss., and Sharon Daniels, Monroe, Wis.; and two brothers, Jerry Kildow, Ravenden, and Tom Kildow, Gatesville, Texas.

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

A memorial service was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Imboden Church of Christ with Wayne Herring officiating.

The family requests no flowers.

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