September 17, 2008 Edition

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Morgan Grace Beary Easton Edward Durham Braelyn Faith Gilbert


Hannay ~ Brown Kopp ~ Cain Manning ~ Campbell


Lyndle Britton Susan Joanna Callahan Larry Daniels
Gaylin Daughhetee Bobby R. East James Edward Grissom
Elton Turner Irby Lillian Davis Richardson Johnny Thompson
Mildred L. Whitmire Catherine Spurrier Wright


Morgan Grace Beary

Jeremy and Melissa Beary of Powhatan have announced the birth of a daughter, born Sept. 9, 2008, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Morgan Grace Beary.

Grandparents are Rick and Pat Davis of Flippin, LeRoy and Helen Beary of Powhatan and Lynne Rowland and Kenny Vaira, Black Rock.

Great-grandparents are Harold and Mildred Davis, Pocahontas, Bill Mullen and Shirley Guy, both of Walnut Ridge, and Naomi Price of St. Louis.

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Easton Edward Durham

Breanna Doyle and Dustin Durham of Lynn have announced the birth of a son on Sept. 9, 2008, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. The baby weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Easton Edward Durham.

Grandparents are Billy and Lana Doyle of Lynn and Eddie and Melissa Durham of Strawberry.

Great-grandparents are Tim and Mary Nunnally, Kathy Mize and Van and Janice Doyle, all of Lynn, Dennis and Pam Bagwell of Pocahontas, Kathy Mize of Lynn and Edward and Geneva Durham of Saffell.

Great-great-grandparents are Barbara Mize of Lynn, Bernice Bagwell of Pocahontas and Tressie Houchin of South Haven, Mich.

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Braelyn Faith Gilbert

Pete and Kimberly Gilbert of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter, born Sept. 2, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Braelyn Faith Gilbert.

She has a brother, Dylan, three, and a sister, Katelyn, one.

Grandparents are Margo Augustine of Walnut Ridge and Peter and Loretta Gilbert of 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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Kopp ~ Cain

Joe and Pam Kopp of Lynn announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jodi Marie Kopp, to Willis Ray Cain, son of Alvie Jr. and Bonnie Cain of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is a 2002 graduate of Hoxie High School and a 2006 graduate of the Northeast Arkansas Dental Assistant School, where she received her registered dental assistant license.

She is the granddaughter of Jim and Gloria Hart of Hoxie, Jerry and Joann Harris of Walnut Ridge and the late Donnie Sr. and Bonita Kopp, who lived in Hoxie.

The prospective groom is a 1997 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. He is the grandson of Wavie Watts of Hoxie and the late Arvil Watts and Mary Cain of Tomah, Wis., and the late Alvie Cain Sr.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Portia Park pavilion. The reception will follow at the Old Portia School.

All friends and family are invited.

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Manning ~ Campbell

Atkins Celebration Hall in historic downtown Paragould was the setting for the ceremony uniting Veronica Elizabeth Campbell and Tosh Eric Manning in marriage.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Campbell of Portia. She is the granddaughter of the late Doshia Brower, who lived at Black Rock, and the late Sue Campbell, who was originally from Portia.

The bridegroom is the son of Sherry Manning of Walnut Ridge and the late Richard Manning. He is the grandson of Loretta Tillman of Walnut Ridge and the late Chester Brown and the late Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Manning.

Dennis Truxler of Sedgwick Baptist Church officiated the double-ring ceremony.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a formal strapless corset gown of white satin featuring a pick up skirt with a sweep train and diamond brooch at the waist. She carried a bouquet of black calla lilies, white hydrangeas, and red roses with jewel accents.

Jennifer Cole of Cave City served as the matron of honor, and Tessa Callahan of Black Rock, cousin of the bride, was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Sara Kopp of Walnut Ridge, Molli Bishop of Denton, Texas, and Jennifer Hess of Jonesboro.

Ryan Manning of Billings, Mont., brother of the groom, served as the best man. Groomsmen were Chad Pace, Chris Penn and Britt Jones, all of Walnut Ridge, and Jason Bullard of Hoxie.

Ushers were Jason Price of Hoxie, Colton McGhehey of Black Rock, cousin of the bride, and Dustin Geurin of Lynn.

Lindsay Penn of Walnut Ridge presided at the bride's book table and also read scripture from 1st Corinthians, chapter 13.

A sit down dinner and formal dance followed the ceremony. The dinner was catered by Simply Delicious catering and included bacon-wrapped chicken, California vegetable medley, broccoli with cheese sauce and dinner rolls. The tables were centered with flower arrangements of black calla lilies, white hydrangeas and red roses atop jewel encrusted black and white patterned satin set with wrought iron votive holders, designed by Geneva Rodgers of Jonesboro.

After dinner, guests were served champagne punch and a piece of the 3-tier cake that was accented with the bride's flowers and jewel encrusted monogrammed cake topper.

The groom's table featured pictures of his late father and was accented with candles, coordinating fabric and a flower arrangement.

Andy Allen of Sound Xtreme of Pocahontas provided music for the ceremony and reception. Angee Jones of Walnut Ridge was the wedding coordinator.

The couple left Aug. 3 for their honeymoon, which began with a night in New Orleans, staying at the Old French Opera House on Bourbon Street. The couple left the next day for a five-day honeymoon cruise with ports of call in Progresso, Yucatan and Cozumel, Mexico.

The couple makes their home at 117 Hope Street in Hoxie.

Couple's shower
The couple was honored with a lawn and garden couple's shower hosted by Jason Price, Renee Tucker and Mr. and Mrs. Jason Bullard, all of Hoxie, at the Bullards' home on May 31. The couple received many nice gifts including one from the hosts.

Family shower
The bride was honored with a miscellaneous shower at the Hoxie Community Center on June 22. Deanna McGhehey of Black Rock, aunt of the bride, and Annette Henson of Bono, aunt of the groom, hosted the shower. The bride received many nice gifts for her home including one from the hostesses.

Bridal shower
The Walnut Ridge Country Club was the setting for a bridal shower honoring the bride on June 29. The shower was hosted by Tessa Callahan, Sara Kopp, Lindsay Penn and Angee Jones. The bride received many nice gifts including one from the hostesses.

Home and kitchen shower
Jennifer Cole and Jennifer Hess, both of the bridal party, hosted a shower for the bride on July 10 at Omar's inside the 501. Guests enjoyed dinner and desert while the bride opened many nice gifts including a gift from the hostesses.

Bridal party shower
The bride, along with many close friends, traveled to Little Rock for a night in the River Market District. The event was hosted by the bridal party, and the bride received many nice gifts including one from the hostesses.

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Lyndle Britton

Lyndle Gene Britton, 37, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 11, 2008, in St. Louis.

He was a mate for the American River Transportation Company and had received his pilot's license. He had lived in Lawrence County all his life and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Wesley Britton.

Survivors include a daughter, Taylor Hope Britton, Bryant; a son, Breydon Lyndle Britton, Jonesboro; his parents, Truman "Toonie" and Jessie Neal Britton, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Phyllis Brewer, Thayer, Mo.; and three brothers, Allen Britton, Paragould, Keith Britton, Walnut Ridge, and Greg Britton, Thayer, Mo.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with William C. "Dub" Holt officiating. Burial was in Whittaker Cemetery, near Walnut Ridge.

Pallbearers were Stevie Neal, Shannon Neal, Shawn Brewer, Aaron Seel, Kylie Lawson, Adam Holland and Scott Nichols. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Harper, Ron Britton, Blake Britton, Grant Liles, Jonathan Sanders, Tel Britton, Jeremy Britton and Cleo Neal.

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Susan Joanna Callahan

Susan Joanna Callahan, 61, of Lakewood, Wash., died Aug. 31, 2008, at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood.

Born Oct. 27, 1946, in Joneboro, she had lived in Lakewood the past 27 years. She was raised in Black Rock, where she was active in First Baptist Church. She attended Arkansas State University and received a paralegal degree from Pierce College in the state of Washington. She was a homemaker and also worked as an accounts consultant for over 10 years. She also worked as a machinist for Boeing Aerospace.

She was a Girl Scout, a Cub Scout den mother, a soccer mom and participated in a reading program for young children in the Tacoma school district.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph L. Carey.

Survivors include her husband, Samuel T. Callahan, whom she married Aug. 31, 1966; a daughter, Kelly Callahan, Manchester, Tenn.; two sons, Tom Callahan and wife Jennifer, and Tim Callahan, all of Lakewood, Wash.; her mother, Ada B. Carey; two brothers, Joseph E. Carey and wife Brenda, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Tony Carey and wife Ladonna, Black Rock; three sisters, Nancy Bettisworth and husband Kent, and Cheri Lingo and husband Glenn, Houston, Texas, and Elizabeth Roberts and husband Pardo, Imboden; and two grandsons, Aidan Callahan and Bowen Callahan.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at First Baptist Church in Black Rock with Bro. Harold Russell officiating.

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Larry Daniels

Larry Ray "Chief(y)" Daniels, 59, of Bradford, died Sept. 15, 2008, at White County Medical Center in Searcy.

He lived in Walnut Ridge for approximately 20 years, where he worked for the police department and served as police chief for several years. He had lived in Bradford for the past 14 years, where he had served as the juvenile officer for Jackson County. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Ray and Maxine Bryant Daniels; and a sister, Brenda Stanley.

Survivors include his wife, Frankie Vickous Daniels; two daughters, Ashley Nicole Daniels, Arlington, Tenn., and Leslie Daniels, Walnut Ridge; a stepson, David Gourley, Indianapolis; and a sister, Betty Davis, Paragould.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers will be Stanley Montgomery, Sam Page, Pate Snapp, Ed Postel, Kevin Burton, Ed Smith, Roy Ball and Judge Kevin King.

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Gaylin Daughhetee

Gaylin Daughhetee, 46, of Peach Orchard, died Sept. 15, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 15, 1962, in Walnut Ridge, he was a farmer and a truck driver, and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jo Daughhetee.

Survivors include a daughter, Shelby Daughhetee, Peach Orchard; his father, Grady Daughhetee, Peach Orchard; and three brothers, Joe Daughhetee and wife Linda, and Jim Daughhetee and wife Helen, all of Peach Orchard, and John Daughhetee and wife Cloyis, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Ermert Funeral Home Chapel in Corning with Rev. Brad Higgins officiating. Burial will be in Pirtle Cemetery at Peach Orchard.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Pirtle-Brownie Cemetery Association, 899 CR 206, Peach Orchard, AR 72453.

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Bobby R. East

Bobby Relton East, 74, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 8, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 30, 1933, at Alicia, he was the son of Jess and Wanda Freeman East. He was a painter and was a member of The Church.

Survivors include three children, and an aunt, Ellen Freeman, Walnut Ridge.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m. at The Church in Walnut Ridge with Bro. Fredie Hatfield officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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James Edward Grissom

James Edward Grissom, 72, of Bono, died Sept. 10, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 9, 1935, at Otwell, he was a retired farmer and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gracie Mae Grissom; his parents, James Robert and Elvira Tindell Grissom; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include two sons, Dave Grissom, Hoxie, and Jerry Grissom, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Patsy Grissom, Strawberry; a sister, Ovalene Needham, Bono; and three grandchildren, Shea, Cheyanne and Dakota.

Graveside service will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Shiloh Cemetery near Paragould. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses and can be mailed to Bryan Funeral Home, P.O. Box 60, Hoxie, AR 72433.

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Elton Turner Irby

Elton Turner Irby, 92, of Little Rock, died Sept. 15, 2008.

Born in Walnut Ridge, he was a World War II veteran and a retired accountant for the Olin Co. He was an elder emeritus of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

Survivors include his wife, Cle H. Moore Irby; two sons, Tim Irby and wife Judy, Little Rock, and Rev. Dr. Stephen Irby and wife Shirley, Sherwood; four grandchildren, Boyd Irby, Scott Irby, Stephen Irby and Susan Harbour; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in the chapel of North Little Rock Funeral Home. Committal service is at 2 p.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock.

Memorials may be made to the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences or to the Black Rock Cemetery Association.

An online guestbook is available at

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Lillian Davis Richardson

Lillian Davis Richardson, 70, of West Memphis, sister of Willma Hickman of Imboden, died Sept. 13, 2008, at the home of a sister in West Memphis. Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until time of the service. An online guestbook is available at

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Johnny Thompson

Johnny "J.T." Thompson, 52, of Egypt, died Aug. 28, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 15, 1956, in Wilmington, Ohio, he was a volunteer firefighter with the Cash Fire Department.

Survivors include his mother, Frances Watson, Egypt; three brothers, Roger Thompson, Wilmington, Ohio, Mack Watson, Bono, and Francis Watson, Caraway, S.C.; and two sisters, Ellen Watson and Dianne Watson, both of Egypt.

Funeral will be Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Cash Baptist Church with David Decker officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery at Bono under the direction of Langford-Bookout Funeral Home.

Visitation is Thursday from 1 p.m. until time of the service at the church.

An online guestbook is available at

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Mildred L. Whitmire

Mildred L. Whitmire, 94, of Black Rock, died Aug. 30, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 5, 1914, at Alicia, she was the daughter of Arthur and Susie Kirtley Light. She was a custodian and a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Whitmire, whom she married on Sept. 25, 1932; a daughter, Shelby Hutton; a sister; and 10 brothers.

Survivors include a son, Bobby Whitmire, West Plains, Mo.; a daughter, Linda Johnson, Black Rock; a sister, Ruby Light, Walnut Ridge; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Wayne Bryant officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ladell Light, Ronnie Light, Ben Light, Larry Light, Gary Light and James Lavell.

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Catherine Spurrier Wright

Catherine Spurrier Wright, 58, of Powhatan, died Sept. 13, 2008.

Born Aug. 26, 1950, in Cle Elum, Wash., she was an operating engineer for heavy equipment and was of the Mormon faith.

Survivors include her husband, Danny Wright, whom she married Aug. 26, 1996; a son, Travis Tate, Quincy, Wash.; a daughter, Brooke Whysenhunt, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a stepson, Bill Fletcher, Longview, Texas; three stepdaughters, Tina Perry, Gilmer, Texas, Danielle Wright and Angel Starks, both of Sulphur Springs, Texas; her mother, Betty Mae Spurrier, Cle Elum, Wash.; six brothers and sisters; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral and burial will be in Washington.

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