Births

Brooke Autumn Colburn Kaylin Elizabeth Mitchell Statler twins

Weddings/Engagements

Ingram ~ Smith Russell ~ Tyson Slusser ~ Tyson

Obituaries

Ewell Bonner Billie Fran Brannon Charles Dobbs
Joe Morton Doris Rieder Larry Joe Shaver
Charles White

Births

Brooke Autumn Colburn

J Paul and Jill Colburn of Hoxie have announced the birth of their second child, a daughter, born Oct. 20, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, six ounces and has been named Brooke Autumn Colburn.

She has a two-year-old sister, Lily.

Grandparents are Sammy and Kathy Colburn and Steve and Luann Jones, all of Hoxie.

Darrell and Marilyn Colburn and T.Z. and Lula Belle Jones, all of Walnut Ridge, and Barbie Cover of McCrory are the great-grandparents.

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Kaylin Elizabeth Mitchell

Gary and Angela Mitchell of Smithville have announced the birth of a daughter, born Oct. 21, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and has been named Kaylin Elizabeth Mitchell.

She has one brother, Hagen, age nine.

Grandparents are Darrel and Linda Smith and Kathy Mitchell, all of Smithville.

Bonnie Smith of Strawberry is the great-grandmother.

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Kaitlyn Brooke Statler
Austin Layne Statler

Todd and Kristi Statler of Jonesboro have announced the birth of their first children, twins, born Oct. 13, 2008, at St. Vincent's hospital in Little Rock. Kaitlyn Brooke weighed four pounds, four ounces, and Austin Layne weighed five pounds, seven ounces.

Grandparents are Larry and Rosalie Statler of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and Fred and Pat Qualls of Lake City. Todd is also a former resident of Walnut Ridge.

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Weddings/Engagements

Ingram ~ Smith

Bill and Karen Ingram of Pocahontas announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsay Beth Ingram, to Matthew Blaine Smith, son of Gary and Patty Cansler of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Harold and Mildred Davis and Duel and Aldeana Ingram, all of Pocahontas, and the late Tressie Ingram. She is a 2006 graduate of Pocahontas High School and will receive her bachelor's degree in psychology from Arkansas State University in December of 2009. She is employed at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Larry and Rhoda Smith of Walnut Ridge and Bob and Betty Cansler of Harrisburg. He is a 2006 graduate of Hoxie High School and is employed by Aquatic Masters in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. at Elnora Free Will Baptist Church. All friends and family are invited to the ceremony and reception, which will follow at the church fellowship hall.

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Russell ~ Tyson
Slusser ~ Tyson

Amy Lynn Tyson became the bride of Brice Eron Russell and Lacy Jane Tyson became the bride of Tristan Edward Ray Slusser on Oct. 25, 2008, in a double, double ring ceremony.

The outdoor ceremony was performed at the brides' parents home in Powhatan by Hoxie Mayor Donnie Roberts.

Amy and Lacy are the daughters of Billy L. and Linda Tyson of Powhatan. They are the granddaughters of Armilda Tyson and the great-granddaughters of Ellen Butler of Powhatan.

Brice is the son of Carolyn Russell of Jonesboro and the late Dennis Russell. He is the grandson of Melba East of Portia.

Tristan is the son of Kathy Bonner of Walnut Ridge and Jerry Slusser of Portia. He is the grandson of Barbara Spurlock of Walnut Ridge and Katherine Slusser of Portia.

Each bride was escorted separately by their father.

Both brides wore white A-line gowns and carried bouquets of long stemmed red and white roses and calla lilies.

Music was provided by Kacy Tyson, sister of the brides. Justin Slusser, Mercedes Porter and Gunner Porter, children of the couples, rolled out a runner and dropped rose petals.

Billy Tyson and Alex Knutson fired shotguns, one shot for each couple, as a highlight to the wedding.

Following the ceremony guests enjoyed a barbecue dinner and punch and wedding cake.

Servers were Cami Tyson, Anna Tyson and Emma Tyson.

The Russells will reside in Jonesboro, and the Slussers will reside in Portia

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Obituaries

Ewell Bonner

Ewell "E.B." Bonner, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 1, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he was the son of Feland and Katie Manning Bonner. He was a carpenter, a farmer and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by a sister, six brothers and a grandson.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Foster Bonner; two sons, Terry Bonner and wife Janice, Pocahontas, and Troy Bonner, Imboden; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Mack Gore officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Travis Bonner, Cody Bonner, Joseph Crow, Tristan Slusser, Fred Vanhoozer and Hubert Workman. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Foster and David Gray.

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Billie Fran Brannon

Billie Fran Brannon, 57, of Lynn, died Oct. 28, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 25, 1951, at Manila, she was an artist, musician and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Billy and Lockie Cornish; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Brannon; six daughters, Scarlett Chambers, Dallas, Melanie McGee and husband Craig, Arlington, Texas, Holly Evans, Pocahontas, Valerie Chambers, Jonesboro, Angela Parnell and husband J.R., Foley, Ala., and Jennifer Richey and husband Preston, Lynn; a son, Matthew Chambers and wife Sasha, Jonesboro; two sisters, Melba Cornish, Fort Worth, Texas, and Barbara McDonald, Lynn; a brother, Richard Cornish, Bartlesville, Okla.; and 29 grandchildren.

Graveside service was held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Monette Cemetery with Rev. Deshawn Pankey officiating. Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Children, grandchildren and sons-in-law served as pallbearers.

An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com

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Charles Dobbs

Charles "Jack" Dobbs, 75, of Hoxie, died Oct. 28, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he was a farmer and was a member of Hoxie First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Francis Elizabeth Dobbs; his parents, Ray Sr. and Lorine Little Dobbs; and a sister, Rena Dean.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Rowlett Dobbs; a brother, Ray Dobbs Jr. and wife Nova, Hoxie, and a sister, Dortha Dobbs Vaughn, Tulsa, Okla.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Howard Pankey officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were David Dobbs, Verdie Middlecoff, Stanley Schmidt, John Statler, Martin Allen and Dewey Barber.

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Larry Joe Shaver

Larry Joe Shaver, 67, of Oak Hills, Calif., died Oct. 30, 2008, at his home.

Born Aug. 21, 1941, in Randolph County, he was raised in Pocahontas and Biggers. He lived in Riverside, Calif., for over 30 years and moved to San Bernardino County, Calif., 10 years ago. He had worked as a truck driver for 21 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Diane Haston Shaver; a daughter, Laura Lee Shaver Grossmann; his mother, Lela Marie Davis Shaver, who lived in Hoxie; his father, Joe Jollif Shaver; and a brother, Jerry Wilton Shaver.

Survivors include three daughters, Teresa Grossmann and husband Mike, Oak Hills, Calif., Stephanie Jent and husband Lee, Phelan, Calif., and Renee Teixeira and husband Kenny, Victorville, Calif.; and a son, Larry Joe "Doc" Shaver and wife Michelle, Victorville.

Funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Memorial Chapel in Riverside, Calif. Burial will be in Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Memorial Park.

Visitation is Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Doris Rieder

Doris Aline Rieder, 65, of Portia, died Nov. 4, 2008, at her home.

She lived in Walnut Ridge for 13 years, after moving from Wisconsin and had lived in Portia for the past two years. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Rieder; her parents, Everette and Ellen Howard Shields; and four brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Fitzgerald, Portia; a son, Jason Marik, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Ted Shields, Hoxie; six sisters, Aleta Alvarez, California, Linda Bobbitt, Jonesboro, Thresa Bulmer and Sandra Brown, both of Oklahoma, and Beverly Berry and Donna LaBouf, both of Louisiana; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Cross Roads Cemetery at Portia with Chuck Fitzgerald officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Doris Rieder

Doris Aline Rieder, 65, of Portia, died Nov. 4, 2008, at her home.

She lived in Walnut Ridge for 13 years, after moving from Wisconsin and had lived in Portia for the past two years. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Rieder; her parents, Everette and Ellen Howard Shields; and four brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Fitzgerald, Portia; a son, Jason Marik, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Ted Shields, Hoxie; six sisters, Aleta Alvarez, California, Linda Bobbitt, Jonesboro, Thresa Bulmer and Sandra Brown, both of Oklahoma, and Beverly Berry and Donna LaBouf, both of Louisiana; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Cross Roads Cemetery at Portia with Chuck Fitzgerald officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Charles White

Charles "Butch" White, 60, Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 30, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 28, 1948, at Walnut Ridge, he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He and his mother, Bobbie White, owned and operated the Hob Nob restaurant in Walnut Ridge for many years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold White.

Survivors include a son, Charles Neal White Jr., Batesville; a daughter, Jennifer Sloan, Alicia; his mother, Barbara "Bobbie" Hughes White, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Pat Vidal, Walnut Ridge; and two granddaughters, Arabella White and Sarah White.

A memorial service was held Sunday at 4 p.m., in Higginbotham Chapel with J.P. Morgan officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

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