January 14, 2009 Edition

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Births

Kaden Dale Burrow Camryn James Chambers Paige Elizabeth Faldon
Brielle Kazar Gall Asher Kage Johnson

Obituaries

Bobby Gale Ashlock Iva Belle Bilbrey Byrl Losey Craig
Shane Hale Florine Hoffman Kerri Dawn House
Dr. David Land Opal Leanora Phillips Mercedes I Ryan
Sue Slayton James Lee Smith Wilma D. Smith
Charline Teel Stapleton Dorothy L. Steele

Births

Kaden Dale Burrow

Justin and Jenny Burrow of Strawberry have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Dec. 22, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Kaden Dale Burrow.

Grandparents are Jerry and Beverly Matheny of Strawberry and Cloyce and Snow Ann Burrow of Imboden.

Great-grandparents are F.K. and Nina Willmuth of Strawberry.

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Camryn James Chambers

Courtney Holladay and Samuel Chambers of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son, born Jan. 5, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Camryn James Chambers.

He has a sister, Brooklynn Austin Chambers, 15 months old.

Grandparents are Tommy and Roberta Stevens of Jonesboro, Bobby and Lori Holladay of Oklahoma City, Mike and Mindy Ozbun of Bono and Jay Chambers and Dena Brown of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Brenda Hawkins of Trumann, Marilyn and Darrell Colburn of Walnut Ridge, Dennis Dill, Cora Dill and Terry Barton, all of Jonesboro and Tommie and Jim Chambers of Warner Robins, Ga.

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Paige Elizabeth Faldon

Scott and Jennifer (Gill) Faldon of Fort Smith announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Dec. 22, 2008, at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith. The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Paige Elizabeth Faldon.

Grandparents are Charles and Jackie Snapp and Greg and Kim Gill, all of Walnut Ridge, Rebecca Faldon of Fort Smith and Don Faldon of Van Buren.

Great-grandparents are Jack and Lenora Carmon of Hardy, Colbert and Doris Gill of Cherokee Village, George and Juanita Friga and Grady Burke, all of Fort Smith. Great-great-grandmother is Alma Mount of Smithville.

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Brielle Kazar Gall

Robert and Eugenia Gall of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born Jan. 5, 2009, at St. Bernard's in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds and has been named Brielle Kazar Gall.

She has two brothers, Justin, 11, and Bailey, eight.

Grandparents are Bob and Nancy Ingram and Delbert and Mary Gall, all of Walnut Ridge. Veda Ingram of Walnut Ridge is the great-grandmother.

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Asher Kage Johnson

Alison Oglesby and Keith Johnson of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on Dec. 11, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Asher Kage Johnson.

He has two older brothers, Korwin and Kolton.

Grandparents are Theresa and James Hooper and Johnny and Tracy Johnson, all of Walnut Ridge, Brenda Whited of Jonesboro, Randal Whited of Sedgwick and the late Norman Oglesby.

Great-grandparents are Don and Twila Causey of Walnut Ridge.

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Obituaries

Bobby Gale Ashlock

Bobby Gale Ashlock, 70, of Black Rock, died Jan. 11, 2009, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Muriel McNeese Ashlock.

Survivors include his wife, June Harrell Ashlock; two sons, Wesley Cole Ashlock and wife Susan, Black Rock, and Max Ross and wife Laura, Smithville; three sisters, Marghea Willmuth, Walnut Ridge, Marilea Wells, Columbia, Mo., and Arlynn Hazelwood, Grafton, Ill.; a brother, Billy Dale Ashlock and wife Joy, Imboden; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Randolph County with Harold Russell officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Brett Hazelwood, Ken Ashlock, Ray Ashlock, Rickey Harrell, Robert Harrell and Dustin Brashears. Honorary pallbearers will be L.B. Aaron, Burel Cude, Dee Holder, Floyd Pinkley, Bob Verkler, Jerry Gilliam and Bill Allen.

Visitation is tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Iva Belle Bilbrey

Iva Belle Bilbrey, 99, of Imboden, died Jan. 10, 2009, at her home.

Born Feb. 25, 1909, at Ravenden, she was the daughter of Charlie and Betty Ham Wade. She was a clerk for Woolworth Department Store and was a member of the Lonoke Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Owen Bilbrey.

Survivors include many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Lonoke Missionary Baptist Church, near Ravenden, with Rowdy Morgan and Linnie Finney officiating. Burial was in Lonoke Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

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Byrl Losey Craig

Byrl Losey Craig, 100, of Heber Springs, formerly of Lawrence County, died Jan. 7, 2009.

Born Aug. 8, 1908, in Almon, Mo., she was the daughter of Dr. George C. and Cora Ellen Morgan Losey. She was the granddaughter of Achilles and Samantha Morgan and Dr. James and Virginia Losey.

She attended Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway, and Arkansas State College in Jonesboro. She taught in the public school system for over 30 years, including several years at Clover Bend School. After retirement, she worked at Goodwill Industries and for one year as a housemother at the Methodist Children's Home in North Little Rock. She served as a volunteer at the Conway Regional Medical Center for 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Craig; and two sisters, Mina Chaney and Ina Southerland.

Survivors include two daughters, Winifred Penn and husband Lavern, Heber Springs, and Annetta C. Wilson and husband Paul, New Mexico; a sister, Brooky Glover, Eugene, Ore.; three grandchildren, Suzanne Penn, Lane Wilson and Lyle Wilson; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Heber Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Clayton and Paul Wilson officiating. Suzanne Penn gave the eulogy. Burial was in Crestlawn Cemetery at Conway.

Pallbearers were Paul Craig, Denver Hoggard, Hughie Craig, Art Craig, Paul Ford, Tom Suttle, Mike Langford and David Langford.

An online guestbook is available at www.heberspringsfuneralhome.com.

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Shane Hale

Shane Hale, 34, of Cherryvale, Kan., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 1, 2009.

Born Jan. 13, 1974, in Winamac, Ind., he was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. He worked for Flippo Heat & Air for several years before moving to Cherryvale six weeks ago.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Virgie Hale.

Survivors include two daughters, Katie Hale, Walnut Ridge, and Lea Hale, Marion; a son, Travis Hale, Marion; his father, Alvin Hale, Cherryvale, Kan.; two brothers, Brian Hale and Tracy Hale, both of Cherryvale; three sisters, Tammy Hale, Marion, Dawn Simmons, Cherryvale, and Teresa Gillean, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Jan. 5. Potts Funeral Home of Cherryvale had charge of arrangements.

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Florine Hoffman

Florine Hensley Hoffman, 81, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 8, 2009, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born May 10, 1927, at Alicia, she was the daughter of Wilson and Delia Bartlett. She was retired from General Electric and was of the Southern Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include a son, Jimmy Ross Hensley, Jonesboro; a daughter, Shelia Lawrence, Austin; three sisters, Glenna Johnson, Swifton, Marvolyn Smith, Missouri, and Jean Bennett, Egypt; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Bruce Tippitt officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Stanley Honeycutt, Mark Ruppel, Arlie Dean Bennett, Leroy Lawrence, Aaron Hulett and Glenn Lough.

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Kerri Dawn House

Kerri Dawn House, 41, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 11, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, following a short illness.

She had lived in Lawrence County most of her life. She was a graduate of Crowley's Ridge Academy and was a member of the church of Christ.

Survivors include her parents, Don and Mary Busby House, Walnut Ridge; and a brother, Jim Ed House, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Art Smith and Harmon Seawel officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia.

Pallbearers will be Jesse Pulliam, Tom Dunlap, Michael Inman, Matt House, Mark House and Jim Ed House.

Memorials may be made to Crowley's Ridge College, 100 College Drive, Paragould, AR 72450.

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Dr. David Land

Dr. David Elliott Lawrence Land, 65, of Harrison, died Jan. 6, 2009, in Omaha, Ark.

Born Oct. 16, 1943, in Walnut Ridge, he was a 1961 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. He had served as the superintendent of Omaha School District for more than 20 years. He earned national recognition as an authority on school finance and traveled speaking on the subject. He was known throughout the area for writing and securing grants for the Omaha School District and for improving the campus with ambitious building projects.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Joel C. Land Sr. and Elizabeth Davis Land; and a brother, Dr. Joel C. Land Jr.

Survivors include two nieces, Helen Land Morgan and husband Dr. C. Yates Morgan Jr., Texarkana, Texas, and Christine Land, California; a nephew, Clarence David Land; a great-nephew, Chad Yates Morgan III; a great-niece, Maj Morgan; a sister-in-law, Ella-Maj Morgan, California; his special friends, Wayne Hawkins, Steve Brewer, Rhonda Harness and Lewis Melton; former and current students and faculty of Omaha School, who he considered family, and his fellow former Bobcats.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Omaha school gymnasium under the direction of Christeson Funeral Home of Harrison. Burial will be in Walnut Ridge at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the David Land Scholarship Fund at Community First Bank, 200 Ridge Avenue, Harrison, AR 72601.

An online guestbook is available at www.christesonfuneralhome.com.

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Opal Leanora Phillips

Opal Leanora Phillips, 90, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 11, 2009, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born March 20, 1918, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Luther and Ella White Crays.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chesser Phillips.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery with Nelson Henderson officiating.

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Mercedes I. Ryan

Mercedes I. Ryan, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 7, 2009.

Born March 4, 1924, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of Mathias and Genevieve Difani Thennes. She was a sales clerk for Sloan's and Van Atkins department stores in Walnut Ridge and was also employed by Skil Corporation. She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church for 64 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Andrew J. Ryan, whom she married Jan. 7, 1943; five brothers, Mathias Thennes, Jacob Thennes, Matt Thennes, Patrick Thennes and Mike Thennes; and four sisters, Genevieve Baltz, Ula DeClerk, Vera Thennes and Clementine Thennes.

Survivors include five sons, Jack Ryan, Wynne, Terry Ryan and Tim Ryan, both of Walnut Ridge, Mark Ryan, Rogers, and Maurice Ryan, Spring, Texas; four daughters, Sharon Askins, Fayetteville, N.C., Mary Ryan and Marie Ryan, both of Little Rock, and June Duckworth, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Clara Price, Pharr, Texas, and Elaine Hoelscher, Pocahontas; a brother, Joe "Colonel" Thennes, Flippin; a sister-in-law, Virginia Thennes, North Little Rock; 19 grandchildren, James Askins Jr, Andrea Askins Hardy, Michelle Askins Thompson, Kelly Duckworth Williams, Andrew Duckworth, Matt Ryan, David Ryan, Makayla Ryan, Nic Ryan, Patrick Ryan, Jacob Ryan, Peter Ryan, John Thomas Ryan, Jack Ryan, Michael Ryan, Mark Christopher Ryan, Catherine Ryan, Phillip Ryan and Hannah Ryan; and three great-grandsons.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Paul Worm officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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Sue Slayton

Sue Evelyn Slayton, 62, of Hoxie, died Jan. 13, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 8, 1946, at Earle, she was secretary at Walnut Ridge High School from 1965 to 1986, and was district bookkeeper from 1986 to 1999. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Joe Slayton, on June 9, 2004, whom she married July 26, 1968; her parents, William and Celeste Eno; and two brothers, Joe Eno and Albert Eno.

Survivors include a brother, Billy Joe Eno, Batesville; and two sisters, Jennie Lee Dulaney, Portia, and Dixie Ann Pulliam, Walnut Ridge.

Graveside service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Steve Pulliam officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Dulaney, Charlie Eno, Kevin Pulliam, Joe Dulaney, Harold Dulaney and Rickey Slatton. Honorary pallbearers will be Emett Slayton, Glen Murphy, Dennis Pulliam, Bobby Slayton and Terry Belcher.

Visitation is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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James Lee Smith

James Lee "Jay" Smith, 99, of Jesup, died Jan. 8, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Dec. 14, 1909, he was the son of L.B. and Ada Sparks Smith. He was a farmer and lived most of his life in Jesup. He lived the last eight years at Cave City Nursing Home and was a member of Eli Lindsey United Methodist Church at Jesup, where he taught Sunday school for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Pearl Simpson Smith; a daughter, Rita Spotts; two brothers, Eddie Smith and Sloan Smith; and four sisters, Annie Durham, Ruby Smith, Lorene Howard and Zayna Rudy.

Survivors include a son, Tony Smith and wife Dorothy, Cord; two daughters, Ramona Mueller and husband Charles, Fort Pierce, Fla., and Anna Jane Creekmore and husband Melvin, Jesup; eight grandchildren, Debbie Martin, Donna Havens, James Spotts, Janet Curtis, Jean Spotts Jr., Sandy Hall, Regina Weaver and Karen Brown; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and the caregivers at Cave City Nursing Home.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Eli Lindsey United Methodist Church with Rev. John Stoll officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers were his great-grandsons, Justin Spotts, John Spotts, Todd Weaver, Doug Weaver, Fletcher Curtis and Drew Brown; and John Hall and Brent Brown. Honorary pallbearers were his great-grandchildren, Cody Martin, Amanda Williams, Jordan Spotts, Lindsey Curtis and Jamie Davis; and Dr. Andy Davidson.

Memorials may be made to Eli Lindsey United Methodist Church, 694 Highway 117, Smithville, AR 72466.

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Wilma D. Smith

Wilma D. Smith, 79, of Tuckerman, died Jan. 11, 2009, at Newport.

Born April 26, 1929, at Saffell, she was the daughter of Lester and Cleva Harris Davis.

She was a custodian for the Jackson County School District. She was one of the founding members of the Tuckerman First Free Will Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher, leader of the junior choir and was a member of the Ladies Trio.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, JoAnn Crossland and Alice Brown.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Eldon Smith, whom she married on Sept. 15, 1946; two daughters, Alisia Roberts and husband Leslie, Tuckerman, and Teresa Long, Jonesboro; two sisters, Wanda Merriwather and Irma Hembrey, both of Tuckerman; five grandchildren, Brandon Roberts, Ashley Roberts, Kiley Roberts, Josh Long and Nicole Long; nine great-grandchildren; and a special niece and caregiver, Robbin Hutson.

Funeral is today at 3 p.m. at the Tuckerman First Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be in Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Charline Teel Stapleton

Charline Teel Stapleton, 83, of San Jose, Calif., died Jan. 2, 2009, in San Jose.

Born Jan. 4, 1925, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of William and Dollie Belle Baker Teel. After graduating from high school, she took a government job in Washington, D.C. She lived in Cleveland, Ohio, for several years before moving to California.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Denver Stapleton, whom she married in 1945; three brothers, Henry Teel, Joe Teel and Fred Teel; five sisters, Lela Towel Smith, Rubye Weir, Ruth Holder, Opal Berry and Louise Starnes; and a grandson, Mark Todd Plowman.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Ruiz and husband Larry, Hollister, Calif., and Paula Stapleton, San Martin, Calif.; a brother, William Teel and wife Knowles, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Freeda Teel Watts and husband John, Mill Creek, Wash.; a grandson, Joseph N. Vieira, Gilroy, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Mardell Davis Teel, Walnut Ridge.

A memorial service and burial were held at Oak Hill Cemetery in San Jose.

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Dorothy L. Steele

Dorothy L. Steele, 70, of Imboden, died Jan. 5, 2009, at her home.

Born April 21, 1938, in Mississippi County, she was a press operator at Waterloo in Pocahontas for 19 years. She was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Steele Sr., in 1969, whom she married in 1954; a daughter, Marie Cude; her parents, Horace and Gladys Prichard Floyd; and a sister, Betty Jones.

Survivors include three children, Sandy Freeman, Tuckerman, Wilburn Steele Jr., Arkansas, and Katherine Break, Imboden; a sister, Margaret Golden, Tennessee; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Koinonia Baptist Church in Imboden with Bro. Joe Loghry officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Brian Freeman, David Break III, Damien Steele, Wendell Steele, Jubal Steele, Jermey Chesser, Rick Smoot and Ben Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Bryan Jones, Ricky Smoot, Dewayne London and Tyler Woods.

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