February 18, 2009 Edition

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Weddings/Engagements

Lawrence ~ Miller

Obituaries

Corine Colburn Myrlean Gibbs Lela Gray
Jess Haskett Josie Holder Mazie Lee Hudson
Chelsey Marie Linebaugh Jessie Oldham Blanche Richardson
Anna Nell Robertson Hubert Smith Mary Louise Songer
George Walter Stevens Gerald Daniel Turner

Weddings/Engagements

Lawrence ~ Miller

Kimberly Jo Lawrence and Robert Justin Miller, both of Pocahontas, will exchange wedding vows on Friday.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Larry Palmer of Powhatan and the late Mona Palmer, Ronnie Effinger of Manila and Glenna Holliman of Imboden. She is the granddaughter of Herman and Mattie Baker of Powhatan and Larry and Mana Meeks of Pocahontas. She is a CNA at Pochaontas Healthcare and Rehab.

The prospective groom is the son of Shelly Summit of Walnut Ridge. He is the grandson of Shirley Lacoss of Portia and the late Robert Miller. He is employed by Leigh Hanson Boat Company.

The ceremony will be Friday evening at 6 at the Freedom Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Corine Colburn

Corine Colburn, 86, of Egypt, died Feb. 11, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 11, 1922, she was the daughter of John and Mary Moefield Cook. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Egypt Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Colburn; two sons, Jerry Colburn and Barry Colburn; and a grandson, Larry Jackson Colburn.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Colburn and wife Lola, and Terry Colburn and wife Linda, all of Egypt; a daughter, Sherry Kent and husband Dan, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Oleta Kingcade, Lynn, and Lajuan Smith, Dinuba, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, Jackie Marvin, Sandy Irsch, Robin Watts, Tammie McDonald, Donna Whitley, Kelly Miles, Kerry Smith, Kristin Whitehurst, Alistair Kent, Sheffield Kent and Jack Kent; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Egypt Church of Christ with G.W. Allison officiating. Burial was in Markham Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Memorials may be made to Markham Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 99, Egypt, AR 72427 or to Children's Home, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

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

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Myrlean Gibbs

Myrlean Gibbs, 72, of Lynn, died Feb. 11, 2009, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Dec. 28, 1936, in Cushman, she retired from White-Rodgers after 19 years of service and then retired from Batesville Healthcare.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Neoma Adkinson Nelson; two brothers, Ray Nelson and Kenneth Nelson; a grandson, Kevin Wayne White; and a son-in-law, Raymond Mullings.

Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Durham and husband Carl, Lynn, Phyllis Mullings and Mary Love and husband Michael, all of Muskogee, Okla.; five grandchildren, Carman Sanders, Kenneth White, Jennifer Cooper, Stephen Johnston and Ashley Johnston; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Willis Funeral Home in Batesville with Rev. Vernon Bradshaw officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Danny Nelson, Stephen Johnston, Jeff Townsend, Brent Busch, Mike Love and Carl Durham. Honorary pallbearers were Hardy Willis, Larry Lawson, Aubrey Brown and Jim Durham.

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Lela Gray

Lela Gray, 99, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 14, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 2, 1909, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of James and Nora Ellen Riggs Sheffield. She worked for many years as an LPN at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Randolph County Medical Center and St. Bernards. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Gray, on Jan. 24, 1996, whom she married March 5, 1938; two brothers and a sister.

Survivors include a daughter, Evelyn Castleberry and husband Bruce, Bono.

Funeral was Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Charles R. Gray officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

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Jess Haskett

Jess Haskett, 79, of Alicia, died Feb. 11, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The son of Jess Sr. and Elsie Mae Romine Haskett, he had lived in Alicia most of his life and was a member of Alicia Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Corine Freeman Haskett; a brother, Robert Haskett; and sisters, Mary, Becky and Alwake.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Krantz Haskett; three daughters, Julia Pope and husband Glynn, Olive Branch, Miss., Patricia Nicholas and husband Mitchell, and Lenora Nettles and husband Charlie, all of Alicia; a stepdaughter, Alysa Campbell, Jonesboro; a stepson, Ross Aaron Winemiller, Texas; three sisters, Jean Kirby, St. Louis, Virginia Robertson, Hot Springs, and Reva Shands, Evening Shade; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Alicia Baptist Church with Monroe Baldwin officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery, near Alicia, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Greg Tennison, Alan Nicholas, Billy Keith Nicholas, Chris Nelson and Robert Sherrouse.

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Josie Holder

Josie Holder, 96, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 15, 2009, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born July 1, 1913, at Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of George and Flora Himes Medlock. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robinson Holder.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Jolene Smith, Hoxie.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Mazie Lee Hudson

Mazie Lee Hudson, 69, of Swifton, died Feb. 16, 2009, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born June 6, 1939, in Walnut Ridge, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Leonard and Giva Ida Adams; a brother, Leonard Adams; a sister, Deleta Adams; a granddaughter, LaDonna Polston; and a grandson, Josey Robert Brown.

Survivors include her beloved, James Polston, Swifton; a brother, Kenneth Adams, Walnut Ridge; eight daughters, Gwen Finney, Hoxie, Tami Ford, Walnut Ridge, Judy Brannen, Jacksonville, Dena Brown, Amanda Harvey and Nyoka Oliphant, all of Swifton, Lorie Lacy, Iuka, Ill., and Christy Chairs, Cabot; 20 grandchildren, Joe Polston, Jamie Polston Swartz, Tiffany Minchue Liscomb, Christopher Minchue, Joshua Minchue, Amber Earnest, Jesse Morrison Jr., Casie Morrison, River Brannen, John Brannen, Tristina Hudson, Ashley Lacy, April Lacy, Cody Harvey, Tylor Harvey, Kaleb Chairs, Gavin Chairs, Ashten Polston, Dalton Ford and Duston Ford; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Thursday at 1 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Randy Morris officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Christopher Minchue, Joshua Minchue, Jesse L. Morrison Jr., Cody Harvey, Taylor Harvey and Billy Earnest.

Visitation is Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

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Chelsey Marie Linebaugh

Chelsey Marie Linebaugh, 18, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 15, 2009, near Walnut Ridge, as the result of an automobile accident.

She had lived in Walnut Ridge all of her life and was a certified lifeguard and was a member of the church of Christ.

A senior at Walnut Ridge High School, she was a member of the Student Council, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, FBLA and Key Club. She was also a member of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams. Her honors included Who's Who Among American High School Students, freshman homecoming maid and 2009 basketball homecoming queen.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Grady and Juanita Linebaugh; and her great-great-grandmother, Grace Marie Ulmer.

Survivors include her parents, Wayne and Renee Ulmer Linebaugh; three sisters, Shelly Woodard and husband Barry, Black Rock, Susan Doyle and husband Terry, Walnut Ridge, and Sydney Linebaugh, of the home; her grandparents, Bryn and Buetone Ulmer, Stokes, and Mabel Stallings Linebaugh, Jonesboro.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Walnut Ridge High School's Sharum Gymnasium with Jerry Clements and Gerald Fears officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Cousins will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the senior class of 2009, the senior girls basketball team and coaches Jason Ward, Jonathan Eggerman and Lindy Baker.

Memorials may be made to the Chelsey Linebaugh Scholarship Fund at Pulaski Bank.

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Jessie Oldham

Jessie Fern McCall Oldham, 85, of Portia, died Feb. 13, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was a lifelong resident of the Coffman community and Portia area, and had worked as a cook at the Dairy King in Portia for many years. She was a member of the Coffman Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Juddie Leslie Oldham; a daughter, Patsy Jean Colburn; her birth parents, Will and Janie Whittingham McCall; the parents who raised her, Nettie and Cager Erwin; four brothers, Woodrow McCall, Ed McCall, Herbert McCall and John Erwin; and 10 sisters, Willie Ruth James, Leona Guntharp, Stella Guntharp, Ruby McCall, Bessie Smith, Idell Erwin, Adaline Reynolds, Hazel Hendon, Trellis Hutsell and Jessie Gipson.

Survivors include two sons, Leslie Von Oldham, Hoxie, and Van Douglas Oldham, Bono; five grandchildren, Jimmy Oldham, Leslie Oldham Smith, Kenny Oldham, Cody Oldham and Pam Thornbrough; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. William Tunstall officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Kenny Howard, Mike Smith, Bill Barber, Gale Linebaugh, Chase Smith and Bill Obarts. Honorary Pallbearers were Garland Guntharp, Heavy Light, Darrell Nicholas, Cloyce Richey, Wayne Swartzlander and Doyle Murphy.

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Blanche Elizabeth Richardson

Blanche Elizabeth "Tincie" Richardson, 97, of Hoxie, died Feb. 14, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 5, 1912, at Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Oscar and Margaret Lindsey Keith. She had lived in Hoxie for 79 years and had been a member of the First United Methodist Church since 1930, where she was the pianist and organist for many years. An accomplished pianist, she taught the Hoxie Glee Club during the 1940s and gave private lessons for 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Lee Richardson; two stepsons and two sisters.

Survivors include a son, Oscar Keith Richardson, Pocahontas; two daughters, Joanne Richardson, Jonesboro, and Mary Lou Bryant, Bay; a sister, Martha May, Jonesboro; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Hoxie with Rev. Mike Winberry and Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery at Pocahontas under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Anna Nell Robertson

Anna Nell Robertson, 84, of Tuckerman, mother of Carolyn Kell of Swifton, died Feb. 10, 2009. Burial was Friday in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Hubert Smith

Hubert Smith, 76, of Jonesboro, formerly of Black Rock, died Feb. 11, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 6, 1932, he was the son of Nicolas and Elizabeth Toy Smith. He retired after 29 years with Colson Corporation and attended New Life Fellowship Church.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Ray McGinnis and Billy Lee McGinnis; and a brother, Jack Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Naomi Jean Smith; a son, Ralph Edward McGinnis, Jonesboro; two daughters, Karen Dianne Brown, Jonesboro, and Shirley Anne Hoozer, Jensen Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Bret Smith, T.J. Brown, JR Brown, Allen Brown, Stefanie Greenway, Clinton Hoozer, Mallory McGinnis and Dylan McGinnis; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Jeremy Anderson officiating. Burial was in Markham Cemetery, near Egypt.

Grandsons served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Jr. Woods and Jerry Long.

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Mary Louise Songer

Mary Louise Bailey Songer, 84, of Frisco, Texas, died Feb. 13, 2009, following lengthy complications from a broken hip.

Born Nov. 5, 1924, at Sedgwick, she was the daughter of Cozie and Ralph Bailey.

She was preceded in death by a son, Victor Songer Jr.; and a brother, Benny Bailey.

Survivors include her husband, Victor Songer, whom she married Dec. 7, 1945; two daughters, Sarita McCarty and husband Doug, and Trina Schuler and husband Michael; three sisters, Pauline Wimpy, Maguerite Kirksey and Cheryl Brazil; a brother, Carl Bailey; seven grandchildren, Kyle Schuler, Lesley McCarty, Jason McCarty, Liam McCarty, Ian McCarty, Patrick McCarty and Ashley Reed; and two great-grandchildren.

Burial was in Naples, Fla. A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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George Walter Stevens

George Walter Stevens, 75, of Imboden, died Feb. 11, 2009, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Dec. 20, 1933, in Plant City, Fla., he was the son of Lonnie and Martha Hightower Stevens.

Survivors include his wife, Ellie Stevens; a daughter, Teri Adams, Bradford; two stepdaughters, Linda Guilliams, Ravenden, and Emma Brown, Imboden; four stepsons, Earnest Ivy, Imboden, Stanley Ivy, Ravenden, Jim Marsh, Searcy, and Robert Malin, Judsonia; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at noon at the Imboden Baptist Church with Tommy Medley officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Gerald Daniel Turner

Gerald Daniel Turner, 65, of Newport, father of Anita Turner of Portia and grandfather of Amanda Conrad and Kipp Conrad of Imboden and Susan Turner and Cody Davidson of Portia, died Feb. 13, 2009, at his home. Burial was Monday in Watson Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport.

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