December 17, 2008 Edition

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Max H. Allison Drew Anthony Davis Laine Elizabeth McNutt


Wilma Valentine Boothe Alline Davis Nancy Mae East
Robert Girard Rick Hall Henry Loyd Melton
JD Oldham Peggy Sue Warke


Max H. Allison

Scott and Amanda Allison of Little Rock have announced the birth of a son, born Dec. 12, 2008, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock. The baby weighed six pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Max H. Allison.

Grandparents are Muriel and Wanda Allison of Walnut Ridge and Preston and Margaret Smith of Hensley.

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Drew Anthony Davis

Matt and Kim Davis of Jonesboro announce the birth of a son, born Dec. 7, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Drew Anthony Davis.

He has a brother, Noah Matthew Davis.

Grandparents are Jean Andrews of Walnut Ridge, Harry Andrews of Ward and Pharis Davis and Cotton Davis, both of Hoxie.

Great-grandparents are Louise Hacker of Portia, Lucille Davis and Bernice Holder, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Laine Elizabeth McNutt

Cody and Sally McNutt of Louisville, Ky., have announced the birth of their first child, Laine Elizabeth McNutt, on Dec 1, 2008.

She is the granddaughter of David and Stacy (Foley) McNutt of West Memphis and the great-granddaughter of Rosie and Helen Foley and Juanita McNutt, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Wilma Valentine Boothe

Wilma Valentine Boothe, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 10, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 10, 1929, in Paragould, she was the daughter of Willie and Artie Robinson. She was a retired supervisor for the Paragould School System and was a member of Evergreen Baptist Church at Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, L.C. Valentine Jr.; and a brother, James Robinson.

Survivors include her husband, Henan Boothe; two brothers, Sammie Robinson, Tulsa, Okla., and Bobby Lee Robinson, De Soto, Mo., and a sister-in-law, Betty Robinson, Ballwin, Mo.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Greene County Memorial Gardens with Leonard Hensley officiating. Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Alline Davis

Alline Davis, 75, of Imboden, died Dec. 15, 2008, at her home.

She was a homemaker and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Carter and Violet Henninger Woodward; three brothers; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, William D. Davis; three daughters, Virginia Dear and husband Boyd, DeRidder, La., Diane Young and husband John, and Agnes Taylor and husband Leon, all of Imboden; two sons, Odell Davis and wife Carolyn, Hoxie, and John E. Davis and wife Jean, Imboden; a brother, Dub Woodward, Jonesboro; a sister, Jeanine Spence, Flint, Mich.; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Alline Davis Memorial Fund at Pulaski Bank in Imboden.

Visitation is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

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Nancy Mae East

Nancy Mae East, 74, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Portia, died Dec. 13, 2008, in Walnut Ridge.

She was a homemaker and was a member of the General Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rynthell East; her parents, Fred and Mattie Jackson Rice; and three brothers, George Henry Rice, J.F. Rice and Aubrey Owen Rice.

Survivors include two daughters, Darendia Weekley, Portia, and Linda Burton, Las Vegas; a brother, Willie F. "Bill" Rice, Hoxie; two sisters, Lucille Copeland, Hoxie, and Agnes Hibbs, Walnut Ridge; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Michael Harmon officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until time of the service.

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Robert Girard

Robert Girard, 50, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 6, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 8, 1958, at Walnut Ridge, he was a veteran and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Girard; and an infant brother.

Survivors include his wife, Carla Girard, Bastrop, Texas; his mother, Mary Girard, Bastrop, Texas; two sisters, Robin Jacobs, Paragould, and Sandra Smith, Salem; three brothers, Dennis Girard, Ashland, Ky., and Edward Girard and Stanley Girard, both of Bastrop, Texas; and his companion, Janice Dawson, Walnut Ridge.

Graveside service was Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Crossroads Cemetery, near Portia, at under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Rick Hall

Rick Hall, 53, of Greer's Ferry, died Dec. 12, 2008, at White County Medical Center in Searcy.

Born Nov. 27, 1955, in Little Rock, he worked in the trucking industry for over 30 years, employed by International Harvester and MNC Kenworth. He moved to Batesville in 1984 and in 1993 opened the Kenworth store. He was also a licensed real estate agent and was a member of the Believers Community Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Henry and Dorothy Whitehead Hall.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Carolyn Lantz Hall; two sons, Chris Hall and wife Tessa, Shreveport, La., and Mitchell Evans and wife Michelle, Smithville; two daughters, Tammy Holder and husband Renny, Saffell, and Ashley Hall, of the home; a sister, Sandra Baldwin, Cabot; and eight grandchildren, Ethan Holder, Madison Davis, Emilia Holder, Michea Evans, Dylan Hall, Megan Davis, Caden Evans and Kanynn Hall.

Funeral will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville with Bro. David Insell officiating. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn.

Pallbearers will be Mitchell Evans, Renny Holder, Ethan Holder, Chris Hall, Trea Evans, Randy Osborne and Donald Baldwin.

Memorials may be made to the Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute, 2605 College Ave., Conway, AR 72034.

An online guestbook is available at

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Henry Loyd Melton

Henry Loyd Melton, 77, of Smithville, died Dec. 14, 2008, at Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 9, 1931, at Dowdy, he was the son of Henry William and Ethel Sanders Melton. He was a truck driver and was of the Assembly of God belief.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Melton.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Melton; six sons, Jack Melton and wife Debbie, Cave City, Scott Melton and wife Toni, Strawberry, Rod Melton, Pocahontas, Leroy Ruminer and wife KaRene, Smithfield, Utah, Cecil Ruminer, Pleasant Grove, and Alfred Ruminer and wife Valerie, Kileen, Texas; two daughters, Lisa Steele, Wichita, Kan., and Mary Clark and husband Tim, Mountain View; a brother, R.V. Melton and wife Carolyn, Dowdy; a sister, Myrtle Meadows and husband Edward, Cord; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Rosebud Assembly of God at Saffell. Burial will be in Townsend Cemetery at Smithville under the direction of Jackson's Newark Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Rod Melton, Robert Melton, Brent Ruminer, Nick Clark, Nathan Clark and Eddie Meadows. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Huskey, Tim Clark, Kenneth Marks and Chad Cole.

An online guestbook is available at

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JD Oldham

JD Oldham, 72, of Rock Falls, Ill., died Dec. 10, 2008, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Born Sept. 30, 1936, in the Coffman community, he was a graduate of Clover Bend High School and was a supporter of the Clover Bend Historical Preservation Project. He retired after 44 years as a truck driver for Lawrence Bros. of Sterling, Ill. He was a member of First Southern Baptist Church of Rock Falls, where he served as music director.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dee Cecil and Pauline Reynolds Oldham; a granddaughter, Tabetha Oldham; and a grandson, Jerry Baker.

Survivors include his wife, Lavon Oldham; two sons, Curtis Oldham and wife Debbie, Rock Falls, and Craig Oldham and wife Bonnie, Sterling, Ill.; a daughter, Cristine Wetzell and husband Paul, Rock Falls; a brother, Lonnie Ray Oldham Sr. and wife Cindy, Kissimmee, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Matthew Oldham, Chad Oldham, Nickalos Oldham, Christopher Oldham, J.J. Alls, Ann Newman and Tammy Baker; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls with Revs. Jason Karper and Brent Cloyd officiating. Burial was in Oak Knoll Memorial Park at Sterling.

Memorials may be made to First Southern Baptist Church of Rock Falls.

An online guestbook is available at

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Peggy Sue Warke

Peggy Sue Guthrie Warke, 69, of Jonesboro, formerly of Strawberry, died Dec. 11, 2008, at Gilmore.

Born March 8, 1939, at Jesup, she was the daughter of Everett and Janet Howard Guthrie. She was an optical sales territory manager for Allison U.S. of Jonesboro for 34 years and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband, William "Bill" Warke, whom she married June 26, 1993, in Memphis; a stepson, Matthew Warke, Bethesda, Md.; a stepdaughter, Ashley Hanson, California; and a sister, Mary Jo Daugherty and husband Patrick, Ashland, Mo.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Higginbotham Chapel with Rev. Mike Daugherty officiating. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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