November 12, 2008 Edition

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Turner Twins Briton Alek Wayne Ward


John B. Barrlett Laban Brown Cecil Hackworth
Mildred Herring Martha Warner Metrailer Claudette Reed
Henry Vestern Whitmire


Ryley Oren Turner
Adysen Kate Turner

Aaron and Courtney Turner of Cord have announced the birth of their first children, a son and a daughter, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro on Oct. 28, 2008. Ryley Oren weighed six pounds, three ounces and Adysen Kate weighed five pounds, 14 ounces.

Grandparents are Ronny and Rhonda Lindsey of Cord and Steve and Donna Turner of Strawberry. They are the great-grandchildren of Gene and Mary Lou Lucy and Leonard and Mickey Lindsey, all of Cord, Bart and Betty Voyles of Strawberry and Vivian Turner of Lynn

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Briton Alek Wayne Ward

Lee Watson and Victoria Ward of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born Nov. 6, 2008, at Methodist Hosptial in Paragould.

The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces and has been named Briton Alek Wayne Ward.

Grandparents are Jerry and Judy Ward of Hoxie, Leslie Burns of Tulsa, Okla., Joanie and David Baird of Hoxie and the late Moss Watson.

Lex Ward of Hoxie is the great-grandfather.

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John B. Bartlett

John B. Bartlett, 89, of Blytheville, father of Anita Howard of Lynn, died Nov. 8, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Graveside service was Tuesday at Elmwood Cemetery with Rev. William Thaddeus Grimstead officiating. Cobb Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society or to the charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be e-mailed to

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Laban Woodrow Brown

Laban Woodrow Brown, 93, of Imboden, died Nov. 7, 2008, at his home.

He had previously lived at Black Rock before moving to Imboden two years ago. He was a farmer and had served in the Army Air Force during World War II.

He served as a houseparent for Children's Homes Inc. in Paragould for 16 and a half years and as an elder in the Black Rock and Gainesville Churches of Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Lorene Brown; three brothers; nine sisters; and a son-in-law, Randy McCord.

Survivors include four daughters, Donna Lawhon, Centerville, Tenn., Darlis McCord, Bartlett, Tenn., Davan Sampson, Arvada, Colo., and Debra Woodhouse, Springdale; foster children, Dena Gage and Carolyn Loggins, both of Paragould, and Curtis Thomas, Illinois; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and his caregivers, John and Janet Dunavin.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Black Rock Church of Christ with Paul Woodhouse, J.R. Sampson and Larry Lawhon officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery at Jonesboro under the direction of House-Gregg FuneralHome.

Pallbearers were David Lawhon, Jason Lawhon, Derek McCord, Sam Sampson, Josh Woodhouse and Joel Burcham.

Memorials may be made to Children's Homes Inc., Laban and Lorene Brown Trust Fund, 5515 Old Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

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Cecil Hackworth

Cecil "Capn' Hack" Hackworth, 80, of Ravenden, died Nov. 2, 2008, at Randolph County Nursing Home.

Born Oct. 3, 1928, at Imboden, he was the son of Ed and Flora Hackworth. He was a decorated veteran of the Korean War and was a member of Ravenden First Baptist Church. He was the retired owner of Ham Tug & Fleeting Service, Inc., in Lemont, Ill., and Capn' Hack's Hunt Club in Ravenden.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Hackworth; and a daughter, Janice Ruth Hackworth.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Lorna Hackworth; a daughter, Cindy Pinkus and husband Jim, Imboden; a son, Wendell Hackworth and wife Lori, Plainfield, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Pat Hovis and Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

Memorials may be made to Randolph County Nursing Home or to Alzheimer's Disease at Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 300, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.

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Mildred Herring

Mildred Virne Herring, 71, of Swifton, died Nov. 8, 2008, at the UAMS Medical Center.

Born Aug. 1, 1937, at Alicia, she was a homemaker and was a member of the Swifton Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Mary Gillespie Wood; and two brohers, Junior Wood and Elmond Eugene Wood.

Survivors include her husband, A.C. Herring, whom she married Nov. 5, 1955; a son, Barry Herring and wife Michelle, St. Charles, Mo.; a sister, Sue Robert, Swifton; two grandchildren, Bryan Herring and Suzette Combs; and a great-grandson.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Mac Ballard officiating. Burial was in Dowell's Chapel Cemetery, near Swifton, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Carl Herring, Howard Herring, Barry Herring, Todd Milburn, Bryan Herring and Lester Herring. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Vandergriff, Ricky Roberts and William Roper

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Martha Warner Metrailer

Martha Warner Metrailer, 83, of Baton Rouge, La., died Nov. 7, 2008, at her home.

Born May 22, 1925, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of Lucian and Margaret Warner of Walnut Ridge. She grew up in Hoxie and Walnut Ridge.

She graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she was selected as one of the candidates in "the girl we would most like to go AWOL with" contest sponsored by the Navy V-12 unit.

She received a degree in speech with emphasis in broadcasting and writing, and became a resident of Baton Rouge as a newlywed in 1947.

Once in Baton Rouge, Martha attended the LSU School of Music. She went to work at WLSU when it first went on the air, as well as WJBO as a continuity editor. She also wrote dramatic programs and program notes for the LSU Symphony and Opera performances and public service announcements. When the Freedom Train came through Baton Rouge, she wrote dramatic scripts for it as well. She returned to LSU to receive her teacher's certificate in speech and English, while continuing to study broadcasting, communications and theater.

She was an accomplished classical and jazz pianist, a published poet, actress and writer. She also worked alongside her husband, Ed, for Metrailer and Associates Consulting Engineers, later forming Terrace Land Co. After her husband's death, she became the president and majority owner of the company.

She also taught classes for The Journey of Hope, Louisiana Alliance for the Mentally Ill's education and support program for families.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Metrailer Sr.; and a grandson, Charles Evariste Lauve.

Survivors include five sons, George Metrailer, Philip Metrailer, Richard Metrailer and Arthur Metrailer, all of Baton Rouge, and Charles Metrailer, New Orleans; four daughters, Melanie Metrailer and Celia Lauve, both of New Orleans, Lucia Metrailer, Pittsburgh, and Martha Farley, Cazadero, Calif.; two sisters, Peggy Warner, New York City, and Lucia Allen, Walnut Ridge; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church with Father Marcell officiating. Burial was in St. George Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Micah J. Metrailer, David W. Lauve, Samuel E. Allen, Charles E. Metrailer III, Damien W. Metrailer and Zachary A. Morris.

Memorials may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness,, 1-888-999-6264, P.O. Box 759155, Baltimore, MD 21275-9155; and to Catholic Relief Services,, 1-800-736-3467, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090.

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Claudette Reed

Claudette Reed, 56, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 29, 2008, at her home, following a lengthy illness. She was a former site director at the Imboden Senior Citizens Center. Burial was Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Masonic Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Henry Vestern Whitmire

Henry Vestern "Dutch" Whitmire, 86, of Strawberry, died Nov. 8, 2008, at Cave City Nursing Home. Born July 16, 1922, at Strawberry, he was the son of John and Daisy Wilson Whitmire. He was a farmer and cattle rancher and was a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Long Whitmire; a daughter, Mary Jean Bennett; a brother, Jack Whitmire; four sisters, Syble Stevens, Virgie Moss, Maxie Lackey and Ivy Burson; and two grandsons, Timothy Wayne Mason and Roger Bennett.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald Whitmire and Mike Whitmire, both of Strawberry; two daughters, Beverly Mason, Jacksonville, and Patsy Grissom, Lynn; a brother, Chester Whitmire, Indiana; seven grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Tommy Boles and Gregg Cooper officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Scott Whitmire, Craig Whitmire, Shane Holder, Ronald Saffell, David Mason and Richard Johnston. Honorary pallbearers were Jordan Bennett, Todd Johnston, Maynard Ritchie, Tom Penn, Billy Mountland and Kenny Turner.

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