December 3, 2008 Edition

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Jacob Spencer Bruce Jaxon Terry Henry Jayden McKenzie Hibbard
Stella Rose Spades


Rainwater ~ Rayburn


Deborah Anders Beverly Berry Evelyn Louise Blansett
Andy Davis Jr. James Wayne Dean Donald Layman Herring
Wilford L. Mangrum Larry Junior Rogers Evelyn Kapales Thau
James Larry Wilson


Jacob Spencer Bruce

Josh and Jenny Bruce of Portia have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Nov. 19, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Jacob Spencer Bruce.

Grandparents are Spencer and Jean Ann Bruce of Pocahontas and Duffie and Lisa Williams of Hoxie.

Joe and Lou Romine of Hoxie, Charles and Imogene Smith of Imboden and Bobbie Williams of Walnut Ridge are the great-grandparents.

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Jaxon Terry Henry

Jason and Jennifer Hurst Henry of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of a son born Nov. 22, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds and has been named Jaxon Terry Henry.

He has two brothers, Hunter, four, and Riley, two.

Grandparents are Linda Hurst of Hoxie and Terry and Cathy Henry of Walnut Ridge. Great-grandparents are AJ and Janelle Henry of Walnut Ridge and Shirley Inman of Greers Ferry.

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Jayden McKenzie Hibbard

B J and Heather Hibbard of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of a daughter, born Oct. 27, 2008, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Jayden McKenzie Hibbard.

She has a four-year-old brother, Xander Drey Hibbard.

Grandparents are Danny Joe and Kelly Hibbard of Walnut Ridge, Rhonda Spitzer of Jonesboro and Carolyn Weeks and Floyd Weeks, both of Hoxie.

Great-grandparents are Delbert and Sadie Hibbard of Ravenden Springs, Ray and Betty Jackson of Hoxie, Marie Nelson of Bono and Reuben Nelson of Ash Flat.

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Stella Rose Spades

Joseph and Megan Spades of Jonesboro announce the birth of a daughter on Nov. 21, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and has been named Stella Rose Spades.

She has a sister, Grace Evelyn Spades, six, and a brother Holt Sebastian Spades, three.

Grandparents are Seb and Rose Spades of Walnut Ridge and Mike and Connie Lally of McGehee. Great-grandparents are Dorothy "Mama Dot" Collie of North Little Rock and Don and Ginger Collie of Cabot.

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Rainwater ~ Rayburn

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Rainwater of Walnut Ridge announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Ann, to Todd Andrew Rayburn. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Rayburn of Cabot.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Darrell and Ricca Brady and Bob Rainwater and the late Patty Rainwater, all of Walnut Ridge.

The bridegroom-elect is the grandson of Robert and Margarette Rayburn of Griffithville and Pearlie Daulton of Sherwood.

Stephanie is a 2005 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. She attended Arkansas State University for two years and graduated in 2008 from Baptist Allied Health Schools in Little Rock with a surgical technology degree. She is now seeking a registered nurse degree from Baptist Allied Health Schools. She is employed part-time at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.

Todd is a 2003 graduate of Cabot High School. He graduated from Williams Baptist College in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree in biology. He is employed by Cudd Energy Services in Vilonia.

The couple will exchange wedding vows on Saturday, March 21. All friends and relatives are invited.

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Deborah Anders

Deborah Finch Anders, 69, of Ravenden, died Nov. 23, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, following a lengthy illness.

Born May 24, 1939, in Arden, N.C., she retired from the Sarasota, Fla., Sheriff's Office in 1996, after more than 33 years of service. She had previously worked for the Sarasota Police Department for nearly five years. She had attended Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Ross W. Lamb, in 1980, and Gerald D. Anders, in 2001; her parents, Floyd W. Sr. and Ruth Mallory Finch.

Survivors include her siblings, Rev. Floyd W. Finch Jr., Morris M. Finch Sr., Ruth F. Davis, Adrian F. Finch and Mada F. Hare.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in North Carolina.

Memorials may be made to the Calvary Episcopal Church Discretionary Fund in Fletcher, N.C.

An online guestbook is available at

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Beverly Berry

Beverly Berry, 55, of Natchez. Miss., died Nov. 21, 2008, at her home.

Born in Walnut Ridge, she had lived in Natchez for the past 10 years.

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

Survivors include five sisters, Aleta Alverez, California, Linda Bobbitt, Jonesboro, Thersa Bulmer and Sandra Brown, both of Oklahoma, and Donna LeBouf, Louisiana; and a brother, Ted Shields, Walnut Ridge.

The body was cremated. The cremains will be interred at Lawrence Memorial Park. Private burial will be under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Evelyn Louise Blansett

Evelyn Louise Blansett, 54, of Ravenden, died Nov. 30, 2008, in Little Rock.

Born March 16, 1954, at Imboden, she was a member of the Ravenden Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eulis Blansett; her parents, J.W. and Rosie Reese; and a sister, Mary Wilkerson.

Survivors include a son, Steven Blansett, Ravenden; a brother, Johnny Reese, Imboden, four sisters, Mabel Newman and Linda Benson, both of Williford, Edith Swartzlander, Ravenden, and Wilma Bayles, Imboden; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Grace Blansett.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Friendship Methodist Church near Ravenden with Revs. Pat Hovis and John Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Pallbearers will be Billy Swartzlander, Billy Hovis, Chris Griffin, Brandon Bettis, Scotty Dail and Randy Boyd. Honorary pallbearers will be Butch Dail, Jack Dail, L.C. Bettis, Ray Swartzlander, Wesley Reese, Lynn Griffin and Howard Johnston.

Visitation is tonight from 5 to 7 at the Ravenden Baptist Church.

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Andy Davis Jr.

Andy Davis Jr., 63, of Pocahontas, father of Adam Davis of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 24, 2008, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Burial was Wednesday in St. Paul's Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. Military honors were provided by Promberger-Traw VFW Post #4556

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James Wayne Dean

James Wayne "Jimmy" Dean, 66, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 27, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 27, 1942, in Powhatan, he was retired from Arkansas State University after 32 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a member of Prospect Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Jeff and Nina G. Dean; and a sister, Linda Braden.

Survivors include his wife, Rosetta Dean; two brothers, Henry Darrell Dean, San Antonio, and Dale Dean, Lenexa, Kans.; and a sister, Betty Johnston, Brookland.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Nettleton Cemetery with Randy Lingenfelter officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Dennis Scercy, Bill Elliott, Gary Barkley, Steve Wells, Larry Wells and Danny Mans.

Memorials may be made to Prospect Baptist Church.

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Donald Layman Herring

Donald Layman "Donnie" Herring, 50, of Conway, died Nov. 24, 2008.

Born Jan. 1, 1958, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Donald St. Pierre and Carolyn Sue Herring.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Sue Hill; and his grandparents, Layman and Pearl Herring.

Survivors include three aunts, Julia Smith, Beech Grove, Jan Dujardin, Evening Shade, and Phyllis Brody, Siloam Springs.

The body was cremated. Roller-Crouch/McGee Funeral Home of Cave City had charge of arrangements.

Services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Conway Human Development Center, 150 East Siebenmorgen Road, Conway, AR 72032.

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Wilford L. Mangrum

Wilford L. Mangrum, 86, of Williford, father of Tommy Veach Sr. of Imboden, died Nov. 29, 2008, at Fulton County Hospital. A celebration of his life will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette. Burial will be in Caraway Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at

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Larry Junior Rogers

Larry Junior Rogers, 58, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 18, 2008, at his home

He lived most of his life in Lawrence County and was of the Pentecostal faith. He was employed at Downum's Waste Service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Betty Jones Rogers; three brothers, William Ellison, Harry Ellison and David Ellison; and a sister, Cora Mae Girard.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Fultner Rogers, two daughters, Crystal Richey, Lynn, and Sarah Rogers, of the home; four sons, Dale Brown, Hoxie, Larry Rogers, Jonesboro, and Joseph Fultner and Wesley Rogers, both of the home; three sisters, Virginia Ham, Walnut Ridge, Ludene Kidd, Searcy, and Laverne Birmingham, Flint, Mich.; a brother, Donnie Rogers, Hoxie; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1:30 at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Revs. Rebecca LaPiro and Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Pine Log Cemetery at Brookland.

Pallbearers were Tim Richey, Joe Dulaney, Harold Dulaney, Corey Sellers, Justin Robbins and Matt Brown. Honorary pallbearer was Robert Owen.

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Evelyn Kapales Thau

Evelyn Kapales Thau, 91, of St. Louis, died Nov. 23, 2008, in St. Louis.

Born Oct. 13, 1917, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Jim "The Greek" and Bertha Ward Kapales. She was a graduate of Hoxie High School and of the St. Vincent School of Nursing in Little Rock. She was a registered nurse at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis for 43 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Thau Sr.; and three sisters, Ina Parker, Margaret Miller and an infant sister, Helen Kapales.

Survivors include a son, John Thau Jr., and wife Karen, San Bernadino, Calif.; three brothers, Leo Kapales and Ervin "Dutch" Kapales, both of Hoxie, and James Kapales, Ravenden Springs; and a sister, Christina McCarroll, Anderson, Ind.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday, Nov. 24. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, the St. Vincent School of Nursing or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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James Larry Wilson

James Larry Wilson, 69, of Trumann, died Nov. 24, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 13, 1939, in Strawberry, he was a former pastor of Highway Valley Pentecostal Church and was a master carpenter. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, was a former 4-H leader and attended the Church of God of Prophecy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Mary Wilson; two sisters, Georgia Tackett and Gracie Stout; and three brothers, Pawle Wilson, Conway Wilson and Union Wilson.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Wilson; a son, Jay Wilson, Brookland; two daughters, Janifer Crosskno, Dell, and Misty Borkowski, Little Rock; two sisters, Florence Austin, Trumann, and Lucy Fleming, Blue Ridge, Texas; and five grandchildren, Lana Crosskno, Colin Crosskno, Wilson Borkowski, Elizabeth Borkowski and Noelia Borkowski.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Revs. Larry Tribble and Robert Harrison officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Carlton Hitt, Gary England, Doug Turner, Billy Eagen, Levi Kinman, Charles Owens, Danny Harper and David Harper. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Strawberry class of 1958.

Memorials may be made to American Stroke Association.

An online guestbook is available at

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