September 10, 2008 Edition

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Births

Brice Denton Bullard Sadie Grace Holland Charlee Lauren Simpson
Daliah Sage West

Weddings/Engagements

Adams ~ Carson Hannay ~ Brown Lasiter ~ Huskey
Long ~ Davidson

Obituaries

Ray B. Clark Dollie Cossey Jewell Locke Davis
Jeneice Dulaney George Terry Durham Bobby R. East
Kayla Joanne Hewitt James Bob Johnson Jaymes Dale McGahan
Louise Moore Terry Gene Park John William Recker
Raymond Recker Jr. Billy J. South

Births

Brice Denton Bullard

Jason and Rebecca Bullard of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son on Aug. 26, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Brice Denton Bullard.

Grandparents are Dennis and Shelia Bullard of Minturn and David and Theresa Justus of Light.

He is the great-grandson of Lilburn and Ann Rogers of Hoxie, Dick and Lavina Justus of Light and Earl and Viola Jones of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

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Sadie Grace Holland

Shawna McBride and Josh Holland of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on Aug. 29, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Sadie Grace Holland.

Grandparents are Terry and Gwen Holland of Walnut Ridge and Thelma Sisco and Calvin Buckner of West Plains, Mo.

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Charlee Lauren Simpson

Britney Lung and Shane Simpson of Springfield, Mo., have announced the birth of a daughter on Aug. 24, 2008, at CoxSouth Hospital in Springfield. The baby weighed five pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Charlee Lauren Simpson.

Grandparents are Roger Lung of Panama City, Fla., Sharon Lung of Marked Tree and Benny and Kaye Simpson of Fontaine.

She is the great-granddaughter of Lawrence Gibbs of Tyronza, Claude and Barbara Easton of Marked Tree, Darrell and Frances Smith of Sedgwick, Laverne Simpson of Fontaine and the late Julius Simpson.

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Daliah Sage West

Daniel and Rohni West of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter, born Aug. 13, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Daliah Sage West. She has a five-year-old brother, River Guthrie.

Grandparents are Ronnie and Pam Williams of Bono and Daniel and Linda West of Jonesboro.

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Weddings/Engagements

Adams ~ Carson

Courtney Michelle Carson of Walnut Ridge became the bride of William Riley Adams of Walnut Ridge on June 21, 2008, at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Parents of the couple are Connie and Mark McQueen of Walnut Ridge and Gary and Deanna Adams of Imboden.

Ronnie Carson of Mountain Home officiated the ceremony, with prayer led by Derek Collins of Gethsemane Baptist Church.

Nuptial music was provided by Pauline Walker. Vocalists were Mike Horton and Kathryn Estes.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She wore an ivory gown by Mori Lee with silver accents, featuring crystal-beaded embroidery along the neckline, waistline and hemline with an intricate design overlaying the bodice and a chapel-length train.

Misty Prince and Amber Pickrell, sisters of the bride, served as matrons of honor. Maid of honor was Jennifer Roacho. Bridesmaids were Candace Sparks, Hollyann Crum, Kathryn Estes and Marti Tate.

Travis Adams, brother of the groom, served as best man, and Tyler Carson was honorary best man. Groomsmen were Tony Prince, Terry Pickrell Jr., Cody Slusser, Michael Propst, Anthony Swindle and Aaron Prince.

Ushers were David Sawyers, Mike Horton, Donald Carson, Jared Graves, Tyler Graves and Joey Broadway.

Lori Carson and Brittany Linebaugh presided at the bride's book table.

A wedding reception followed at the Gateway Theatre in Walnut Ridge.

Servers were Natalee Williams and Rebecca Long.

Following a weeklong trip to the El Dorado Royale in the Maya Riviera, they are residing in Jonesboro.

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Hannay ~ Brown

Janet Lynn Brown and Joshua David Hannay were united in marriage at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, at Chapel on the Creeks in Rogers.

The bride is the daughter of Paul and Janice Brown of Black Rock. She is the granddaughter of Paul and Betty West of Pocahontas and the late German and Opal Brown, who lived in Ravenden Springs.

The groom is the son of Mark and Debi Hannay of Newport Beach, Calif. He is the grandson of Don Hannay of Elk Grove, Calif., and the late Joan Hannay and Shirley Burns of Palm Desert, Calif., and the late Wayne Burns.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore an ivory silk satin strapless A-line gown, featuring asymmetrical draping and accented with a brooch. The back was adorned with small ivory buttons lining the zipper from center back to the end of the chapel train. She carried a bouquet of ivory roses, ivory calla lilies and lily grass wrapped in ivory satin ribbon.

The ceremony was officiated by Bob Hannay, uncle of the groom.

The matron of honor was Haley Haymond Emerick of Siloam Springs. Bridesmaids were Lindy Brown of Walnut Ridge and Libby Brown of Dallas, both sisters of the bride, Sara Hannay of Newport Beach, Calif., sister of the groom, Laurie Hickey, Ashley Benningfield and April Parker, all of Bentonville.

McKenna Atkinson was the flower girl. Lauren Atkinson was the guest book attendee. Kyndal Atkinson handed out programs.

The best men were Ben Allen of Rogers and Nick Long of Irvine, Calif.

Groomsmen were Ryan Hannay of Norfolk, Va., and Brandon Hannay of Running Springs, Calif., both cousins of the groom, Ryan Heberger of Corona, Calif., Joey Ortega of Rogers and Anthony Sager of Laguna Hills, Calif.

Ushers were Dean Brown, brother of the bride, and Don Atkinson.

Wedding music was provided by Encore String Quartet of Northwest Arkansas.

A reception followed at the Doubletree Hotel in Bentonville.

The bride has a bachelor's degree and master's degree, both in human environmental sciences, from the University of Arkansas. She is a buyer in dry grocery for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., headquartered in Bentonville.

The groom has a bachelor's degree in business management from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas. He is an account executive at Ruiz Food Products in Bentonville.

After a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple will reside in Rogers.

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Lasiter ~ Huskey

Somer Marie Lasiter will become the bride of Jason Riley Huskey on Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie.

Parents of the couple are Jeff and Bertha Lasiter of Clover Bend and Patricia Baker of Hoxie and Jeff Bellah of Newport.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Annie Lasiter of Walnut Ridge and the late Hal Lasiter and the late Brenda and Delmar Wade, who lived in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Joe and Sally Huskey of Hoxie and Bob and Lynda Bellah of Walnut Ridge.

Somer and Jason also have two children, Dylan and Brenden.

A reception will follow in the church's fellowship hall. All friends and family are invited to attend.

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Long ~ Davidson

Carla Jean Long of Jonesboro announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Kelly Brook Long of Walnut Ridge, to Donnie Eugene Davidson of Pocahontas, son of Ed and Melinda Covey of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Elizabeth Cox of Helena and the late Wallace Cox. She is a graduate of Jonesboro High School and is employed as a cosmetologist.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Carl and Josie Robins of Corning. He is a graduate of Biggers High School and is employed with Southern Cast Products.

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Obituaries

Ray B. Clark

Ray B. Clark, 89, of Black Rock, died Sept. 6, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 29, 1919 in Alicia, he was the son of George and Dora Johnson Clark. A World War II Army veteran, he had been a maintenance worker for General Electric. He was a member of New Life Full Gospel Pentecostal Church in Black Rock.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Pasty Clark; a brother, Wayne Clark; a grandson, Russell Miller; and a great-grandson, Dominic Clark.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie Clark; four sons, Larry Clark and Rick Clark, both of Jonesboro, Gaylon Clark, Lake City, and James Clark, Ottumwa, Iowa; a daughter, Diane Moore, Hoxie; five brothers, Glen Clark, Fresno, Calif., Donald Clark, Viasalia, Calif., Lonnie Clark, California, and L.J. Westmoreland and Wilford Westmoreland, both of Mammoth Spring; three sisters, Alma Reiff and Mary Hutchins, both of Mesa, Ariz., and Alice McEntire, Viasalia, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m in Bryan Chapel with Rev. Ricky Clark and Bro. Wayne Bryant officiating. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Gary Clark, Justin Clark, Allen Moore, Mark Mills, Jason Huffmaster and Nick Snearly. Honorary pallbearers were Eulas Dorton, John Ward, Bill Allen, Gene Whitlow, Truel Ratliff, Arlen Williams and Glendon Williams.

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Dollie Cossey

Dollie Cossey, 68, of Tuckerman, died Sept. 8, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 9, 1939, at Swifton, she was a cook and was a member of the Tuckerman Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Bessie Herring; two brothers, J.E. Herring and Jimmy Dale Herring; and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Luther Cossey; a daughter, Michele Vandergriff, Tuckerman; two sons, Bryon Fletcher, North Carolina, and Jerry Fletcher, Alabama; three brothers, A.C. Herring, Swifton, Carl Herring, Portia, and Howard Herring, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Ima Blankenship, Missouri; and a granddaughter, Jessica Vandergriff.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with minister Terry Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Dowell Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Jewell Locke Davis

Jewell Locke Davis, 84, of Blytheville, died Sept. 6, 2008, in Blytheville. She was born Sept. 10, 1923, in Delaplaine. Burial was Monday in Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville. An online guestbook is available at www.cobbfuneralhome.com.

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Jeneice Dulaney

Jeneice Dulaney, 62, of Jonesboro, formerly of Saffell, died Sept. 5, 2008, at NEA Baptist Medical Center.

Born Oct. 28, 1945, she lived most of her life in Jonesboro. She was a charter member of Faith Free Will Baptist Church, where she served as piano player and choir director and was a member of the Women's Auxiliary. She worked as a legal secretary for 30 years, mostly with Blackman Law Firm.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lewis Croom.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Larry Dulaney; a son, Chad Dulaney and wife Lori, Jonesboro; her mother, Mabel Linebaugh, Jonesboro; a sister, Ina Gibson, Jonesboro; and a grandson, Colin Dulaney.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Bro. Ken Winningham officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Winred Saffell, Reg Saffell, Orn Latting, Greg Latting, Corey Seats and Keith Blackman. Honorary pallbearers were the men of Faith Free Will Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Faith Free Will Baptist Church, 1008 East Highland, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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George Terry Durham

George Terry Durham, 71, of Pocahontas, formerly of Lawrence County, died Sept. 5, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 17, 1937, he was retired from GTE.

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.W. and Annie Smith Durham; and a brother, Boyce Durham.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Harris Durham, whom he married on May 18, 1957, at Jesup; two daughters, Teresa Durham and Karen Hinsley; three sons, Mitch Durham, Mark Durham and wife Jeanette and Kevin Durham; a sister, Kathleen Sisk, Smithville; and eight grandchildren, Justin Broadway, Ashley Durham, Caleb Hinsley, Curtis Durham, Alex Durham, Zach Durham, Brady Durham and Reagan Hinsley.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the Eli Lindsey Methodist Church at Jesup. Cox-Waymon Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Bobby R. East

Bobby R. East, 74, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 8, 2008, at his home.

Arrangements will be announced later by Bryan Funeral Home.

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Kayla Joanne Hewitt

Kayla Joanne Hewitt, 8, of Bono, died Sept. 3, 2008, at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Born Sept. 15, 1999, in Jonesboro, she was a devout Christian. She lived in Weiner before moving to Jonesboro recently. She was attending Weiner Elementary School until she was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma. She was a third grader and was being home schooled by the teachers of Weiner Elementary until she returned to the hospital last week.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Frank Flanagan.

Survivors include her father and his fiancˇ, Wilbur Hewitt and Donna Soden; her mother and stepfather, Kennita and Jeff Cox, O'Kean; a sister, Madison Hewitt; two stepbrothers, Ryan Seth Soden and Zachary Cox; a stepsister, Bethany Cox; two half-sisters, Venus Corder and Jasmine Cox; her grandparents, Wilburn and Lillie Hewitt, Weiner, Judy and Jeff Duty, Newport and Allen and Teresa Soden, Waldenburg, and her great-grandparents, Bessie and Lester Sharp, Imboden.

She was the niece of Heather and Steve Dickson, Walnut Ridge, Carol and Terry Kibby, Bono, Judy Everett, Swifton, Frank Devoil Flanagan Jr., Newport, and Christy and Marvin Polston, Weiner.

Funeral was Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Sammy Bennett and Dan Walker officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery at Weiner under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Officers of the Craighead County Detention Center served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Poinsett County Sheriff's Office and the Weiner Fire and Rescue Department.

Memorials may be made to Weiner Fire and Rescue, 101 N. Washington, Weiner, AR 72479.

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James Bob Johnson

James Bob Johnson, 81, of Hoxie, died Sept. 5, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 5, 1927, in Paragould, he was the son of Leslie and Esther Johnson. He was a retired farmer and construction worker and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Johnson; a brother, Sherman Johnson; and a sister, Kathleen Adams.

Survivors include a son, James Allen Johnson and wife Brenda, Cudjoe Key, Fla.; three daughters, Diane Turner and husband Tom, Montgomery, Texas, Cora Lee, West Memphis, and Angela, Mobile, Ala.; a sister, Pat Hall, Magalia, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of Mitchell Funeral Home at Paragould. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery.

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

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Jaymes Dale McGahan

Jaymes Dale "Jay" McGahan, 20, of Dittmer, Mo., died Sept. 5, 2008, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born Feb. 21, 1988, in St. Louis County, Mo., he was a 2006 graduate of Hillsboro High School, where he played on the school golf team. He attended college at St. Louis University, the University of Missouri in St. Louis, and was currently a student at Washington University. He was a black belt in tae kwon do and was a member of Mensa International. He worked as receiving manager at Sears in Fenton, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Paul McGahan.

Survivors include his parents, John Michael and Anna McGahan, Kirkwood, Mo., and Julie Ann (Phillips) and Russ Hilton, Dittmer, Mo.; a sister, Elizabeth Bamrick, Kirkwood; and his grandparents, Ann McGahan, Florissant, Mo., and J. Dale and Lucreta Walling Phillips, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Robert D. Brown Funeral Home in Hillsboro, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the Backstoppers or to the American Organ Transplant Association.

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Louise Moore

Louise Moore, 83, of Sedgwick, died Sept. 2, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The daughter of Frank and Dora Taylor Veal, she was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Sedgwick.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Moore; five sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include a son, Herbert Moore, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Curt Veal, Piggott; and two grandchildren, Mica Dunn and Phillip Moore.

Funeral was Friday at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Thomas Lamb officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick.

Pallbearers were Scott Nichols, Frank Owens, Jeff Moskop, Matt Nichols, Phillip Ray Roper and Eddie Roper.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Legacy Hospice, 1056 1st Avenue, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Terry Gene Park

Terry Gene Park, 51, of Paragould, died Aug. 30, 2008, at his home.

Born Sept. 10, 1956, in Walnut Ridge, he was a grocery clerk.

He was preceded in death by his father, John T. Park.

Survivors include his wife, Melanie Park; a stepson, Adam Nunnery, Paragould; a stepdaughter, Evelyn Pagh, Concord, Calif.; his mother, Loretta Park, Portia; a brother, John D. Park, Portia; two sisters, Patty Foster, Paragould, and Susan Gill, Walnut Ridge.

No public service is scheduled. Mitchell Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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John William Recker

John William Recker, 93, of Hoxie, died Sept. 5, 2008.

Born Nov. 30, 1914, in DeWitt, he was the son of Charles and Callie Recker. He grew up in the Almyra area and made his first crop in 1936. He moved to Lawrence County in the Spring of 1937 and farmed in the Fender community. He moved his farm to south of Hoxie in 1943. In 1947, he and his brother, Raymond Recker, opened Recker Brothers Rice Dryer in Walnut Ridge.

He was elected to the Board of Directors of First National Bank in 1952 and attended the last meeting in August.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Exa; a brother, Raymond Recker; and a sister Harriet Recker.

Survivors include three daughters, Bobbye Truitt, Noland, Phyllis Smith, Powder Springs, Ga., and Willette Thomas, Searcy; a sister, Raymona Nash, Searcy; eight grandchildren, Beth Ragan, Jennifer Tolbert, H. Perrin Smith, Sarah Presley, Allyce Duke, John Truitt Jr., Elizabeth-Ann Sparks and Blair Thomas; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Perrin Smith, John Truitt Jr., Jeremy Presley, Keith Sparks, Ruel Jackson and Mark Tolbert. Honorary pallbearers were members of the First National Bank Board of Directors.

Memorials may be made to the Exa and John Recker Agricultural Scholarship Fund at First National Bank.

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Raymond Charles Recker Jr.

Raymond Charles Recker Jr., 61, of Greers Ferry, died Sept. 6, 2008.

Born Dec. 25, 1946, in Walnut Ridge, he was a farmer and was a member of Greers Ferry Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Sr. and Mildred Powell Recker.

Survivors include a son, Raymond Daniel Recker, Greers Ferry; a daughter, Tammy Clausen, Quitman; six sisters, Pauline Cooksey, Hoxie, Bonna George and Shirley Inman, both of Greers Ferry, Raylene Wiles, Corning, Dee Niedermier, Peach Orchard, and Debbie Harpole, Memphis; and four grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Chapel. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Larry Inman, Ray Niedermier, Wilburn Wiles, Jeff Inman, Ray Niedermier Jr. and Dewayne Bateman.

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Billy J. South

Billy Jennings South, 77, of Sedgwick, died Sept. 8, 2008.

Born May 17, 1931, at Light, he was the son of Floyd and Clara Lamuew South. He was retired from General Electric and was of the Pentecostal belief.

He was preceded in death by a son, Larry South.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Hamilton South, whom he married April 8, 1949; two sons, Billy Don South, Jonesboro, and Mark South, Paragould; a daughter, Karen William, Brookland; a brother, Clarence South, Georgia; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick, with Bro. Bryan Griffie officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Eric South, Austin Flowers, Doug Oaks, Lloyd Lamb, Steve Lamb and Gregg Lamb.

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