October 29, 2008 Edition

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Births

Kara Leigh Ann Caster Bailey Frances Garrett Taylor Zolon Nichols
Kennedy Lynn Shell
Ella Jane Shell

Weddings/Engagements

Austin ~ Bookout Fry ~ Cissell Nichols ~ Whelchel

Obituaries

Lawrence Mayland Joy Delene Merritt Alta Mitchell
James Ivo Reaves Bobby F. Simmons Shelia Raye Sullinger
Viola Watts

Births

Kara Leigh Ann Caster

Michael (Bo) Caster and Kimberly Goodwin of Marked Tree announce the birth of a daughter born October 24, 2008, at Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis. The baby weighed six pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Kara Leigh Ann Caster.

Grandparents include Steve and Rebecca Powers of Portia and Tammy Goodwin of Marked Tree.

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Bailey Frances Garrett

Dennis and Lori Smith Garrett of Summerville, Tenn., announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, on Sept. 9, 2008. The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces and has been named Bailey Frances Garrett.

Grandparents include Gary and Judy Smith ofForrest City and the late Mary Frances Smith.

Great-grandparents include LV and Lugene Smith of Walcott and Marvin and Irene McAnulty of Camden.

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Taylor Zolon Nichols

Matt and Stephanie Nichols of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Oct. 20, 2008.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Taylor Zolon Nichols.

Grandparents are Joyce Smith of Walnut Ridge and Ron Smith of Jonesboro, Nedra Nichols of Walnut Ridge and Charles Nichols of Sedgwick.

Great-grandparents are Marie Miller of Hoxie, Violet Horton of St. Louis and Ruth Smith of Walnut Ridge.

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Kennedy Lynn Shell and Ella Jane Shell

Justin and Amy Shell of Poplar Bluff, Mo., have announced the birth of twin daughters on Oct. 14, 2008, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Kennedy Lynn weighed five pounds, 13 ounces, and Ella Jane weighed five pounds, 10 ounces.

The twins have a sister, Addison, who will soon be three.

Grandparents are Marsha Blanchard of Kennett, Mo., James Lunn of New Braunsfel, Texas, Nancy Nelson of Poplar Bluff and Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Shell of Sikeston, Mo. They are the great-grandchildren of Don and Carolyn DePriest of Walnut Ridge.

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Weddings/Engagements

Austin ~ Bookout

Elsie Austin of Hoxie and Floyd Austin of Whiteville, Tenn., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Anita Austin, to Devlin Bookout, son of Dean Bookout of Wiseman and the late Carol Wiseman.

The couple will exchange vows on Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at New Life Cathedral Church in Hoxie. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception, which will follow in the church's fellowship hall.

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Fry ~ Cissell

Mark and Coressa Fry of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Len Fry, to Brandon James Cissell, son of Michael and Sandra Bryant and James Cissell, all of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lola Willfond of Hoxie and the late Max Willfond and Wilma Fry of Pocahontas and the late Howard Fry. She is a 2005 graduate of Hoxie High School and is a nursing student at Arkansas State University. She is employed as a mental health tech at St. Bernards Behavioral Health.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Gene and Viola Cook and Mary Watson, all of Pocahontas, and Delbert and Betty Bryant of Black Rock. He graduated from Pocahontas High School in 2000 and is employed at Pierless in Paragould.

The couple will exchange vows on Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Pocahontas. All family and friends are invited.

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Scott ~ Gairhan

Toni Leigh Scott and David W. Gairhan have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Rick and Charlotte Myers of Walnut Ridge and the late Danny Lee Scott, who lived at Sedgwick. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Russell Scott, who lived at Sedgwick, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Rogers, who lived in Hoxie.

The prospective groom is the son of Wayne and Tommye Gairhan of Trumann. He is the grandson of Vona Taylor of Wynne and the late T.B. Taylor and the late Mr. and Mrs. Nat Gairhan, who lived at Trumann.

The couple will exchange vows on Nov. 22, 2008, at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow at The Church Street Station in Jonesboro.

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Nichols ~Whelchel

Angela Nicole Whelchel became the bride of Joshua Ryan Nichols on Oct. 18, 2008, in an outdoor ceremony at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pocahontas.

Parents of the couple are Ron and Sandy Guthrie and Leroy and Jennifer Nichols, all of Pocahontas.

Ualdean Davis of Imboden is the grandmother of the bride. The groom is the grandson of Weldon and Ava Harper of Pocahontas and Ellen Dawson of Walnut Ridge.

The bride was escorted by her son, Jase Whelchel. She wore a long, white, "A" line halter gown with a lace overlay and a lace train with pearl accents. Her veil was elbow-length with a lining of lace. The bride carried a long-stem fall bouquet accented with orange ribbon and red pearls.

Amanda Guthrie served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Aaron Looney and Lara Kellett.

The best man was John Nichols. Kory Ungerank, Jay Earley and Brad Caffery were groomsmen.

The flower girl was Madison Whelchel, and the ring bearer was Jackson Nichols. Caleb Kellett and Chris Wellmen seated the guests.

The wedding was decorated with a fall theme, and the couple exchanged vows under a rustic arch with a background of bales of straw and corn stalks.

A reception followed in the Knights of Columbus Hall, which was also decorated in a fall theme of pumpkins and leaves. ChillyRose provided the music.

Servers were cousins of the bride, Andrea Echeverria and Brittany Guthrie.

The newlyweds will live in Pocahontas.

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Obituaries

Lawrence B. Mayland

Lawrence B. Mayland, 90, of Hoxie, died Oct. 21, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 15, 1918, at Lynn, he was the son of Tee Mit and Ordell Bristow Mayland. He was a retired factory worker and was a member of the Hoxie Masonic Lodge #692 and Hoxie First Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant during World War II. He was a prisoner of war and a disabled veteran.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey Mayland.

Survivors include his wife, Delcine Hutsell Mayland, whom he married July 8, 1950; four sons, Rickey Mayland and wife Naedean, Hoxie, Dickey Mayland and wife Martha, Sherwood, Mickey Mayland and wife Janet, Conway, and Rod Mayland, Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Gaye Strain and husband Randall, Alberta, Ala.; a sister, Ellen Butler, Powhatan; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Chapel with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial was in Cross Roads Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home. Military honors were accorded at graveside.

Pallbearers were Revell Bristow, Tim Hutsell, Bill O'Barts, Lanny Hutsell, Zach Lawhon and Billy Tyson.

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Joy Delene Merritt

Joy Delene Merritt, 76, of Jonesboro, mother of Deb McEntire of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 22, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Saturday in Nettleton Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Assocition.

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Alta Mitchell

Alta Victoria Mitchell, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 26, 2008, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born May 3, 1917, at Marcella in Stone County, she was the daughter of Charles and Pearl Kemp. She had lived in Walnut Ridge for the past nine years after living most of her life in Batesville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin H. Mitchell, in 1985, whom she married in 1937; and a daughter, Mary Agnes Mitchell.

Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Rutherford, Batesville, Barbara Gibbens and husband Jerry, Walnut Ridge, and Sharon Rodgers and husband Jerry, Springdale; a sister, Grace Bangs, Desha; a brother, Earl Kemp, Tulsa; six grandchildren, Bruce Rutherford, Mitchell Rutherford, Brenda Minor, Julie Gibbens, Sarah Gibbens Glenn and Michelle Geary; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at Willis Funeral Home in Batesville with Rev. Frank Shell officiating. Burial was in Marcella Cemetery in Stone County. Memorials may be made to Williams Baptist College.

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James Ivo Reaves

James Ivo Reaves, 90, of Imboden, died Oct. 25, 2008.

Born Aug. 11, 1918, he was the son of Claude and Jean Reaves.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Reaves; three sisters and a brother.

Survivors include his wife, Maudie Reaves; a son, Keith Reaves, Paragould; a daughter, Maria Pitt, Rossville, Tenn.; a stepson, John Blaylock, Hernando, Miss.; a sister, Pauline Collins, Bartlett, Tenn.; a stepsister, Brenda Bailey, Bono; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Wayne Herring officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

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Bobby F. Simmons

Bobby Franklin Simmons, 41, of Hoxie, died Oct. 26, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He was born May 10, 1967, in Pleasant Plains.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Tim Oldham; and a sister, Vicky Barnes.

Survivors include a son, Bobby Simmons Jr., Jonesboro; his father, Donnie Prine, Indianapolis; his mother, Joanner Noble, Hoxie; and a sister, Melinda Cullins, Hoxie.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery with Bro. Sam Spurlock officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Simmons Jr., Bo Johnson, Andy Simmons, Mike Lovelady, Rickey Simmons, Jimmy Simmons, Kevin Jones and Gregg Armstrong.

Shelia Raye Sullinger

Shelia Raye Sullinger, 46, of Lineville, Ala., mother of Mikka Ray Gilliam-Minor of Walnut Ridge, and granddaughter of Maudie Sullinger of O'Kean, died Oct. 24, 2008, at her home. Burial was Tuesday in Beech Grove Cemetery under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Paragould. Memorials may be made to the Agape House, 4634 Highway 135 North, Paragould, AR 72450.

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Viola E. Watts, 86, Perryville, Mo., died Oct. 18, 2008, at Independence Care Center of Perry County.

Born Nov. 6, 1921, in Arkansas, she was the daughter of James W. and Mahalie Propst Sutton. She was a homemaker and was of the Methodist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James B. Watts, in 1999, whom she married Jan. 18, 1939; a son, Jimmy C. Watts; a brother, Wesley Sutton; a sister, Frances Picket; and three grandchildren, Beth Herford, Kimberly Ann Watts Hiten and James G. Watts.

Survivors include two sons, James Watts and wife Kay, and Sam Watts and wife Diane, all of Perryville, Mo.; a daughter, Betty Herford and husband Tony, Angleton, Texas; five grandchildren, Matthew Watts, April Bishop, Shelly Deisher, Mary Smith and James Herford; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Young and Sons Funeral Home in Perryville, Mo. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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