November 19, 2008 Edition

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Kason Scott Archer Gracie Lynn Bryant Adam Robert Verser


Charles Lee Brewington Park Taylor Crafton Velma J. Gray
Darrell Harris W.H. "Dub" Lewis Pamela Ann Nelson
Gary Ray Shrable Opal Smithee Randall Tate
James Taylor


Kason Scott Archer

Scott and Shantel Archer of Powhatan have announced the birth of a son, born Oct. 29, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Kason Scott Archer.

He has a four-year-old brother, Kyler.

Grandparents are Clay Blankenship of Walnut Ridge, Kenny and Jacki Whisnant of Saffell and Randy and Misty Archer of Imboden.

Shirley Blankenship of Walnut Ridge, Jack Sloan of Powhatan, and Elizabeth Cook and Jim and Doris Archer, all of Imboden, are the great-grandparents.

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Gracie Lynn Bryant

Robert and Shauna Bryant of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born Oct. 28, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Gracie Lynn Bryant.

Grandparents are Carol Dobbs of Hoxie and Randy Robbins and Wayne and Betty Bryant, all of Black Rock.

Bobby D. Dobbs of Hoxie is the great-grandfather.

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Adam Robert Verser

Will and Ashley Verser of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son, born Nov. 3, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and has been named Adam Robert Verser.

He is the grandson of Mike and Marcie Walters and Joe Verser and Melanie Verser, all of Jonesboro.

Great-grandparents are Bud and Fern Glasco of Jonesboro, formerly of Strawberry, and Robert and Anna Adkins of Jonesboro.

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Charles Lee Brewington

Charles Lee Brewington, 62, of Texarkana, Texas, died Nov. 5, 2008, at Wadley Medical Center in Texarkana.

He lived most of his life in Lawrence County before moving to Texarkana five years ago.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Shawn Brewington and Charles Brewington Jr.; and his parents, John and Virgie Manning Brewington.

Survivors include four daughters, Terri Rousch, Hoxie, Tammy Raenae Harlan, Pocahontas, and Ashley Victoria Leann Jones and Michelle Williams, both of Walnut Ridge; two stepdaughters, Gina Luther, Texarkana, and Crystal Brower, Strawberry; and two sisters, Diana Kisling, Pocahontas, and Shirley Gates, Walnut Ridge.

The body was cremated.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at New Life Cathedral Church in Walnut Ridge with Rick Anglin officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Park Taylor Crafton

Park Taylor Crafton, 15, of Black Rock, died Nov. 16, 2008, at Jonesboro.

Born July 8, 1993, in North Little Rock, he was a ninth-grade student at Black Rock Junior High School. He was a member of Black Rock United Methodist Church and had a close affiliation with Paragould First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Tim and Sheila Crafton, Jonesboro; his mother and stepfather, Clyda and Mark Massey, Black Rock; a sister, Tarry Crafton, Black Rock; four stepbrothers, Jordan Greenway, Brian Greenway and wife Beth, and Jed Massey, all of Jonesboro, and Eli Massey and wife Becky, Columbia, S.C.; two stepsisters, Kate Hensley and husband Billy, and Arla Jones and husband Jason, all of Jonesboro; his grandparents, Wayland and Shelba Crafton, Paragould, Clyde and Leila Park, Hope, Mike and Della Ginger, Jonesboro, and Donnis Massey, Jonesboro; a niece, Zoie Hensley; and three nephews, Zeke Hensley, Ryan Massey and Seth Jones.

Funeral is today at 10:30 a.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould with Rev. Jimmy Thresher officiating. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Jason Jones, Jed Massey, Eli Massey, Jacob Tarry, Billy Hensley and Brian Greenway. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Walnut Ridge and Hoxie junior high football teams.

An online guestbook is available at

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Velma J. Gray

Velma Juanita "Granny" Gray, 84, of Light, died Nov. 12, 2008, at her home.

Born June 14, 1924, she was the daughter of Robert and Lillie Shelton. She was retired from Monroe Auto Equipment and was a member of Pruett Chapel Free Will Baptist Church at Light.

She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Lavern Gray; a sister, Estelle Perkins; and a grandson, Byron Gray.

Survivors include four sons, Dorian Gray and wife Linda, and Paul Byron Gray and wife Barbara, all of Paragould, Lee Gray and wife Cathy, Stanford, and Randal Gray and wife Connie, Light; a daughter-in-law, Judy Gray, Paragould; two daughters, Barbara Walker and husband Major "Dob," Light, and Karen Sue Clifford and husband Jerry, Oak Grove; two brothers, Rev. Melvin Shelton and wife Mary Lou, Pocahontas, and Jeanette Gray, Little Rock; a sister, Mary Ellen Wallace, Walnut Ridge; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Revs. O.D. Winfrey and Don Winfrey officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at

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Darrell Harris

Darrell Harris, 82, of Strawberry, died Nov. 12, 2008, at Cave City.

Born July 8, 1926, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Lawrence Utah and Lillie Mae Richey Harris. He was a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Marietta Harris; and a granddaughter, Kesha Harris.

Survivors include two sons, Carrol David Harris, Cave City, and Harold Dean Harris, Strawberry; two daughters, Jeanette Turner, Cave City, and Marietta Ann Harris, Camp; two sisters, Darlene Foushee, Cave City, and Wanda Hardin, Jonesboro; nine grandchildren, James Turner, Travis Turner, Amber Holewinski, Kylie Harris, Lexi Harris, Michael Harris, Morgan Harris, Eric Huskey and Katie Davis; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Mount View Missionary Baptist Church, east of Cave City, with Bro. Vance Penn officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were James Turner, Travis Turner, Eric Huskey, Bob Matty, Eric Davis and Wesley Foushee. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Saffell, Maynard Richey, F.K. Willmuth, Marvin Kirby, Robert Goodwin, Murphy Willmuth and Larry Rainwater.

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W.H. "Dub" Lewis

W.H. "Dub" Lewis, 88, of Cave City, died Nov. 15, 2008, at Cave City Nursing Home.

Born at Lynn, he was the son of David W. and Ellen Glenn Lewis. He had lived in Smithville before moving to Arizona and New Mexico. He returned to Arkansas and lived at Lynn for several years before moving to Cave City. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a welder.

Survivors include his wife, Ina Lee Turnbow Lewis, whom he married Nov. 22, 1936; a sister, Lucille Matthews, Imboden; two brothers, Billy Gene Lewis, Pocahontas, and Bradford Lewis, North Carolina; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Turnbow, Michigan.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Steve Moody officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery near Lynn.

Pallbearers were Lloyd Allen, Nathan Howard, Corky Hunter, Lynn Long, Jerry Matheny and Byron Robins.

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Pamela Ann Nelson

Pamela Ann Nelson, 52, of Beech Grove, died Nov. 15, 2008.

Born June 30, 1956, at Walnut Ridge, she was an LPN and was a member of the Free Worship Pentecost Church in Sedgwick.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cyrus and Muriel Grady Raymer; two brothers, Tommy Johnson and Paul Raymer; and a sister, Debbie Rawls.

Survivors include her husband, William Dale Nelson; two daughters, Deborah (Shelly) Potter, Rector, and Rene Blackwell, Walnut Ridge; two sons, Nathaniel Nelson, Light, and Chris Nelson, Little Rock; a brother, John Raymer, Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Jean Cruz, Jonesboro; and four grandchildren, Keisha Blackwell, Kayley Blackwell, Seth Potter and Savannah Potter.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. David Moore officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ray Nelson, Mike Crisher, Aaron Whitlow, Mike Feezor, David Rush, Eddy Grimsley and Tony Wheeler.

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Gary Ray Shrable

Gary Ray Shrable, 53, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 14, 2008.

Born May 20, 1955, in Walnut Ridge, he was a car dealer and was a member of Cathedral Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Shrable.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Woodson Shrable, whom he married Aug. 15, 1980; two sons, Beau Shrable, Columbus, Ga., and Brett Shrable, Jonesboro; his mother, Glenda Shrable, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Steve Shrable, Jonesboro; a sister, Susie Bilbrey, Walnut Ridge; and a grandson, Brock Tillman Shrable.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Doug Welborn officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Randy Tribble, Jerry Caster, David Sneed, Eugene Tyler, Don Rorex and Travis Fender. Honorary pallbearers were George Burton, Keith Felkins, Harvey Medlock, Jason Smith, Cliff Miller Jr., Paul Mills and Jimmy Duncan.

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Opal Smithee

Opal Smithee, 95, of Batesville, formerly of Strawberry, died Nov. 15, 2008, at the Batesville Healthcare Center.

Born April 23, 1913, at Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Frank and Sarah Jane Milligan Lackey. She was a homemaker and worked on the family farm until 1969, when she moved to Batesville and went to work at Arkansas Poultry. She was a member of 20th Street Missionary Baptist Church in Batesville.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Alpheus Lackey and Ottis Lackey; and two sisters, Annie Turner and Maudie Lackey.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Talmage Smithee; a son, Bobby Smithee, Batesville; a daughter, Sharon Gardner, Arkadelphia; five grandchildren, Jonathan Gardner, Monica Buxton, Andrea Kelly, Julie Shelby and Karen Williams; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Qualls Funeral Home in Batesville with Bro. Grayden Milligan officiating. Burial was in the Milligan Campground Cemetery near Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Jonathan Gardner, Junior Smithee, Chris Buxton, Eric Shelby, Nathan Shelby and Mike Lakey.

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Randall Tate

Randall Tate, 60, of Imboden, died Nov. 16, 2008, at his home, following a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 24, 1949, at Pocahontas, he was a Vietnam War veteran and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Black Rock. He was a member of NSRA and was a past worshipful master of the Ravenden Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Tate; his stepfather, Luther Eaton; his father-in-law, Henry VanWinkle; and his grandparents, Miller and Jenny Tate, and Harvey and Luella Oldham.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy VanWinkle Tate, whom he married June 22, 1973, at Imboden; his mother, Fern Eaton, Black Rock; a sister, Marsha Tate, Jonesboro; and a granddaughter, Kaitlin Tate Briner.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Pat Hovis officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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James Taylor

James Martin Taylor, 65, of Alicia, died Nov. 13, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 20, 1943, in Detroit, he was a truck driver and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Alicia.

He was preceded in death by his father and stepmother, Troy F. and Vivian Taylor; his mother, Pauline Elliott; a brother, Troy L. Taylor; and an infant sister.

Survivors include his wife, Muriel Taylor, whom he married May 31, 1963; two daughters, Susan Griffin and husband Dewayne, Walnut Ridge, and Melissa McQuay and husband Darrell, Alicia; a sister, Sandra Downs, Michigan; eight grandchildren, Keysha Augustine, Kaleb Dodd, Katun Dodd, Hannah Griffin, Heather McQuay, Hali McQuay, Jessica McQuay and Hunter McQuay; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery with Bro. Sam Spurlock officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Kaleb Dodd, Katun Dodd, Richey Thatcher, Ted Dail, Kenneth Tribble and Dale Nettles. Honorary Pallbearers were Darrell McQuay, Josh Augustine and Dewayne Griffin.

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