February 25, 2009 Edition

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Births

Mikki Jo Andrews Ethan James Brewer Shooter W-G Gilbreath
Emma Nicole Smith

Weddings/Engagements

Monroe ~ Martin

Obituaries

Darlene Ford Darrell Ray Huskey Calvin Wayne Killian
Paul Owen Mashburn Sr. Opal M. Moore Clarence "Pat" Rose
Reathie Opal Schneider Linda Marie Skaggs Lucille Slatton
Charles Hulen Smith Emit Ray Stone

Births

Mikki Jo Andrews

Jason and Chanty Andrews of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born Feb. 9, 2009, at St. Bernard's Hospital Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Mikki Jo Andrews.

She has two siblings, Jacie Marie, 6, and Zoey Claire, 2.

Grandparents are Theodore and Kathy Andrews of Walnut Ridge and Gary and Jina Henson of Paragould.

Charlene Andrews and Evelyn Andrews of Walnut Ridge and Billy Joe and Lenora Smith of Paragould are the great-grandparents.

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Ethan James Brewer

Trae and Danielle Brewer of Lynn have announced the birth of a son on Jan. 16, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Ethan James Brewer.

He has an older brother, Eli Brewer, two.

Grandparents are Danny and Lynne Oliver and Royce and Debbie Helms.

Great-grandparents are Glen and Marie Oliver and Faye Flanigan.

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Shooter W-G Gilbreath

Lewis and Amanda Gilbreath of Jonesboro have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Feb. 12, 2009, at St. Bernard's Hospital Birthcare Center in Jonesboro,

The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces and has been named Shooter W-G Gilbreath.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Gilbreath of Jonesboro and Bobby Moore of Walnut Ridge.

He is the great-grandson of Cecil Moore of Walnut Ridge.

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Emma Nicole Smith

Cameron and Jennifer Smith of Alicia have announced the birth of a daughter on Feb. 13, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Emma Nicole Smith.

She has an older brother, Cody, 13.

Grandparents are Lewis and Stacy Smith of Cash, Roseanne Smith of Egypt and Gail Cook of Alicia.

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Weddings/Engagements

Monroe ~ Martin

Jamie Lynn Martin and Ricky Wayne Monroe were married in a double-ring ceremony solemnized Saturday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. on the beach at Couples Swept Away Resort in Negril, Jamaica.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Martin of Jonesboro. She is the granddaughter of Betty Mitchell of Jonesboro and the late Dr. George E. Mitchell and the late Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Martin.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Monroe of Walnut Ridge. He is the grandson of Avo Monroe of Walnut Ridge and the late Cleatus "Bud" Monroe and Louise Farley of Hoxie and the late Haskell Farley.

The bride wore a Mori Lee princess cut gown of white satin trimmed in red, which extended down the chapel-length train. Stephanotis adorned her hair. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of red roses, miniature white calla lilies and crystal encrusted stephanotis.

A wedding reception in the couple's honor will be Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Jonesboro Elks Lodge, hosted by the bride's parents. All family and friends are invited.

The bride is a graduate of Jonesboro High School and received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Arkansas State university. She is employed by NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro as a registered nurse.

The groom is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and the IBEW electrical program in Jonesboro as a journeyman electrician. He is employed as a foreman for Cache Valley Electric at Nucor-Yamato Steel in Blytheville.

Following the wedding trip to Negril, they are residing in Jonesboro.

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Obituaries

Darlene Ford

Darlene Ford, 47, of Paragould, sister of Danny Ford of Light, died Feb. 21, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Tuesday in Pine Knot Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould. An online guestbook is available at www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.

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Darrell Ray Huskey

Darrell Ray Huskey, 60, of Swifton, died Feb. 20, 2009, at Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 12, 1948, at Newport, he was a member of New Hope Community Church. He had worked for Duncan Lumber Company for 17 years and for AB&J Metal for nine years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Robert and Willie Mae Reed Huskey; his twin sister, Carolyn Faye Huskey; and a brother, Robert Dean Huskey.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Kaye Holder Huskey; a son, Darrell Huskey Jr., Alicia; a daughter, Tina Still, Tuckerman; two sisters, Virginia Lou Decker and Etta Jean Reynolds, both of Swifton; seven grandchildren, Alesha Pilgrim, Krystal Still, Brandon Still, Tyler Huskey; Woody Slagley, Tiffany Slagley and Casey Slagley; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at New Hope Community Church in Swifton. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were John Thomas, Jeramy Johnson, Jr Carr, Bobby Jo Carr, Micheal Reynolds and Anthony Decker. Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Still, Tyler Huskey, I J Holder, Woody Slagley, Casey Slagley, Dillon Canard and Micheal Owens.

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Calvin Wayne Killian

Calvin Wayne Killian, 65, of Paragould, brother-in-law of Ruby Killian of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 19, 2009, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. Burial was Saturday in Lorado Cemetery under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Paragould. An online guestbook is available at www.heathfuneralhome.com.

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Paul Owen Mashburn Sr.

Paul Owen Mashburn Sr., 60, of Batesville, died Feb. 19, 2009, at his home.

Born May 13, 1948, at Powhatan, he was a truck driver and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shelly Baker; his parents, Leonard Eugene and Christine Stewart Mashburn; a brother, Jackie Dean Mashburn; and a sister, Wilma Burleson.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Dianne Hoffman Mashburn, whom he married July 7, 1996; two sons, Scott Mashburn, McMinnville, Ore., and P.J. Mashburn, of the home; two daughters, Debra Mashburn, Tacoma, Wash., and Rhonda Mashburn, Natoma, Calif.; three brothers, William Mashburn, Bakersfield, Calif., Billy Mashburn, O'Kean, and Ronnie Mashburn, Missouri; a sister, Doris Dotson, Poughkeepsie; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Joey Hoffman, Blake Willfond, Bobby Brown, Charles Russell, Wayne Hoffman and Jason Hoffman. Honorary pallbearers were Aaron Hoffman and Eric Hoffman.

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Opal M. Moore

Opal M. Moore, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 20, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, following a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 28, 1935, at Eaton, she was a longtime resident of Lawrence County.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Frank Holmquist; her husband, Richard Moore; her parents, Floyd and Clara Hilburn; a sister, Linda McBride; a half-sister, LeNeal Barry; a half-brother, Bobby Hilburn; a grandchild, Alex Briesemeister; and a great-grandchild, Andrew Dillan.

Survivors include two daughters, Glenda (Diane) Henson, Paragould, and Debra Owens and husband Kevin (Collin), Buffalo, Minn.; two sons, Donald G. Holmquist, Paragould, and Tommy E. Holmquist and wife Laura, Buffalo, Minn.; a half-sister, Bernice Turner, Memphis; a half-brother, James David Hilburn, Blytheville; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two special friends, J.R. and Michelle Rogers, Walnut Ridge.

Graveside service was Monday at 11 a.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock with Rev. Harold Russell officiating. Faith Funeral Service of Manila had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Bill Hilburn, Charles Owens, John Willis, Danny Hilburn, Gerald Fears and J. R. Rogers. Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Dunlap, Sonny Burgess, Larry McFadden, Everett Songer and Stoney Ripkia.

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Clarence "Pat" Rose

Clarence "Pat" Rose, 88, of Cave City, grandfather of Shawn Rose of Strawberry, died Feb. 21, 2009, at Cave City Nursing Home. Burial was Monday in Mount View Cemetery, near Cave City, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

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Reathie Opal Schneider

Reathie Opal Schneider, 94, of Highland, died Feb. 21, 2009, at Fulton County Hospital.

Born Oct. 6, 1914, at O'Kean, she was the daughter of James and Nellie Shelton Dean.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Schneider; a son, John Dean Schneider; two daughters, Phyllis Thatch and Carol Lee Schneider; two brothers, Zan Dean and Howard Dean; and three sisters, Jae White, Vivian Leonard and Loraine Gregory.

Survivors include two sisters, Pauline Shoemaker and Nina Beck, both of Illinois; a brother, Ray Dean, Florida; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial was in Sharum Cemetery.

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Linda Marie Skaggs

Linda Marie Skaggs, 18, of Lynn, died Feb. 18, 2009, in an automobile accident.

Born July 27, 1990, in Newport, she was a senior at Hillcrest High School. She was an attendant for the Melba Theatre in Batesville and was of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include her mother, Marie Timbs Williams, of the home; her father, Robert Ljubas, Crete, Ill.; a brother, Danny Dakota Evans, Lynn; two sisters, Clarissa Daniel Huff, Lynn, and Samantha Jewell Hoover, Dallas; and her grandparents, Houston Timbs, Sulphur Rock, Linda Timbs, Newport, and Kathy Ljubas, Crete, Ill.

A memorial service was held Saturday at the Hillcrest Gymnasium at Lynn.

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Lucille Slatton

Mae Lucille Tolbert Slatton, 77, died Feb. 20, 2009, following a lengthy illness.

Born and raised in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of William and Nettie Creek Tolbert. She lived in Fort Smith and Benton for many years and was a member of the Salem Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudy Slatton; and three brothers, Matthew Tolbert, John Tolbert and Lester Tolbert.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Richey, Bee Branch, and Douglas Richey, Booneville; a daughter, Rita Richey Gaddy, Brevard, N.C.; a sister, Edith Tolbert, Greenwood; a brother, Cleo Tolbert, Benton; four grandchildren, C.J. Smith, Lucy Richey Edwards, Amanda Richey Hamm and Kenny Richey; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Revs. Marion Stringer and Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Tim Tolbert, Jimmy Carlisle, Larry Tolbert, Mark Erwin, Melvin Slatton and Waymond Hutton.

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Charles Hulen Smith

Charles Hulen Smith, 69, of Imboden, died Feb. 22, 2009, at his home.

He had lived in Imboden the past 16 years after moving from Walnut Ridge. He had served on the Walnut Ridge Water Commission, the Walnut Ridge City Council, the Lawrence County Quorum Court and retired as captain of the Walnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department with 25 years of service. He had served as a Reserve Lawrence County Sheriff Deputy and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Audrey Golden Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Imogene Turner Smith; two daughters, Jean Ann Bruce and husband Spencer, Pocahontas, and Lisa Pierce and husband Scott, Booneville; a son, Kevin Smith and wife Charlotte, Imboden; a sister, Hessie Stanley, Memphis; two brothers, Edgar "Coot" Smith, Hoxie, and Dennis Smith, Clover Bend; four grandchildren, Josh Bruce, Justin Bruce, Shayna Pierce and Jared Brooks; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Darnelle Townsley, Joel McMasters and Captain Gerald Britton officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Glen Smith, Josh Bruce, Justin Bruce, Brian Reel, Tom Dulaney and Jared Brooks. Walnut Ridge Firefighters will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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Emit Ray Stone

Emit Ray Stone, 70, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 23, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 13, 1938, at Peach Orchard, he was the son of Jessie "Dallion" and Martha "Lena" Weitkamp Stone. He was a farmer, businessman and a retired sergeant from the Arkansas National Guard. He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Cox Stone, whom he married May 4, 1956; a son, Emit Ray Stone Jr. and wife Johnnie, Walnut Ridge; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Cox and wife Sondra, Jonesboro, and J.R. Cox and wife Jackie, Walnut Ridge; a grandson, Ben James Stone, Walnut Ridge; a granddaughter, Ragan Mary Stone, Walnut Ridge; four nieces, Deana McCormack and husband John, Little Rock, Jennifer Smith and husband David, and Blair Cox-Hall, all of Jonesboro, and Britni McGrew and husband Jarrid, Paragould; three nephews, Blake Cox and wife Rhonda, and Brett Cox, all of Walnut Ridge, and Chad Cox and wife Brandy, Clarksville; several great nieces and nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and a world of devoted friends.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Mark Harris officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Red Adamson, John Patrick, Jerry Gibbens, Buster Davis, Dan Ellison and Carroll Callahan. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Parsons, John Adams, Kelley Pruett, Matthew Franks, Earnest Frye, Matt Smith, Billy Mike Watson, Gene Davis, Harry Conrey, Leroy Lacey, Terry Rogers, Robert Hicks, Josh Blakeney and Steve Collar.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Forward in Faith Building Fund, in care of First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 547, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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