Births

Kegan James Mahone

Weddings/Engagements

Eades ~ Jackson

Obituaries

Wilma Ring Billings Ina Glidewell Lloyd Johnson
William Leo Kapales Bill Louwien Thomas Osborne Jr.
Liberty Pulliam John Junior Russell Russell Lee Sharp
Robert Wayne Starnes Kenneth Blackwell Winfrey

Births

Kegan James Mahone

Chris Mahone and Jessica Green of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born March 2, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Kegan James Mahone. The baby has two siblings, Jacob Green and Tristan Moncief.

Grandparents are David Mahone and Betty Hammet, both of Austin, Texas, and the late Lora Green and the late Melvin Green.

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Weddings/Engagements

Eades ~ Jackson

Jerry and Nancy Eades of Clover Bend have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amber LeAnna, to Jeremy Vinson Jackson, son of Thomas and Joyce Jackson of Gosnell.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Afton Eades of Tuckerman and the late Gearlene Eades and the late Albert and Rosie Bullard.

She is a 2000 honor graduate of Hoxie High School and a 2004 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor of arts in business management with emphasis in human resources. She is employed as a human resource generalist with Ritter Communication in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late John and Susie Williamson and the late Robert and Bertha Jackson. He is a 1998 honor graduate of Gosnell High School and graduated from Arkansas State University with a bachelor of arts in marketing with emphasis in management. He is employed as national sales and marketing manager for Quality Roofing Contractors of Missouri.

The couple will exchange vows on June 27 at 4 p.m. at the Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro. A reception will follow at the Jonesboro Country Club. All family and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Wilma Ring Billings

Wilma Ring Billings, 82, of Mayflower, died Feb. 20, 2009, at Conway Regional Medical Center.

Born July 9, 1926, at Eaton, she was the daughter of Arden and Ida Parker Ring. She was a member of Harlan Park Baptist Church in Conway.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bennie Wayne Billings; and three brothers, Rennard Ring, Arlan Ring and Warren Ring.

Survivors include two daughters, Pat Reithemeyer and husband Jimmy, Walnut Ridge, and Becky McHughes and husband Josh, Little Rock; a sister, Willene Hemphill, Upland, Calif.; five grandchildren, Selina Cooney, Stuart Reithemeyer, Josh Logan, Destiny Logan and Bennie Dewayne Billings; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Harlan Park Baptist Church with pastor Gary Mitchell officiating. Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway had charge of arrangements.

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Ina Glidewell

Ina Glidewell, 80, of Monette, sister of Bartus Voyles of Strawberry and Joyce Denton of Lake Charles, died March 6, 2009, at Monette Manor. Burial was Monday in Marked Tree Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.

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Lloyd Johnson

Lloyd "Jr." Johnson, 60, of Swifton, died March 3, 2009.

Employed at Swifton Farms, he had lived in Swifton for the past 40 years, moving there from Alicia. He was a member of New Hope Community Church in Swifton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Gertie Chastain Johnson; and three brothers, Jim Johnson, Donald Johnson and Ronald Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Stone Johnson; two sons, Steve Johnson, Walnut Ridge; and Jeramy Johnson and wife Tabitha, Swifton; five stepchildren, Crissey Stone, Jeffry Stone, Tonya Stone, Nathan Stone and Justin Juarez; and five grandchildren, Lydia Johnson, Blake Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Taylor Johnson and Alexis Johnson.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at New Hope Community Church in Swifton with David Decker officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Wayne Morris, Anthony Poe, Bob Holt, Rob Bogard, Donald Bice and Steve Tennison. Carl Ray Melton served as honorary pallbearer.

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William Leo Kapales

William Leo Kapales, 93, of Hoxie, died March 5, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 3, 1915, at Snow, he was the son of James and Bertha Mae Ward Kapales. He was a mechanic for the railroad, automobiles and farming equipment and was of the Christian belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Earnestine Sheldon Kapales, on Aug. 2, 1965, whom he married in 1939; a daughter, Sara Lee French; three sisters, Ina Parker, Evelyn Thau and Margaret Miller; and a grandson, Kenny Jones.

Survivors include a daughter, Bertha Ann Graham, Bono; two sons, William P. Kapales, Arkansas, and Charles David Kapales and wife Susan, Benton, Ky.; a son-in-law, Ed French, Batesville; a sister, Christina McCarroll, Chesterfield, Ind.; two brothers, James Kapales, Smithville, and Ervin "Dutch" Kapales, Hoxie; 12 grandchildren, Julie Davidson, Danny Green, Lynnette Murray, Cord Rupple, Dena Mueggee, Lance Rupple, Treva McDaniel, Phil Kapales, Brandon Kapales, Julie Jones, Amanda Bucher and Emily Martin; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bobby Burrow officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, near Helena-West Helena.

Pallbearers were Danny Green, Lance Rupple, Cord Rupple, Adam Murray, Brad Davidson, Phil Kapales, Brandon Kapales, Eddie Jones and Kerry Mueggee. Honorary pallbearers were Jay McCarroll, Dwayne McCarroll, Johnny Thau, Charles Sheldon, Johnny Sheldon, Rickey Kapales, Kevin Kapales, Bill Miller and Jimmy Kapales.

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Bill Louwien

Bill Louwien, 53, of Ravenden, died March 5, 2009.

He was born Oct. 18, 1955, in Memphis.

Survivors include a daughter, Jessica Louwien; his parents, William and Dorothy Louwien; three sisters, Debra Louwien Shank and husband David, St. Peters, Mo., E. Anne Scarbrough and husband Richard, Germantown, Tenn., and Dottie Cathey, Bartlett, Tenn.; two brothers, Christopher Louwien, Jonesboro, and Boyd W. Louwien and wife Virginia, Lafayette, La.; three grandchildren, Zackary Huckabee, Ian Huckabee and Tyler Huckabee.; a great-aunt, Iva Shirley, Lumberton, Texas; and an honorary brother, Frank McHenry, Chesapeake, Va.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Imboden First Baptist Church with Tommy Medley officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Michael Cathey, Mark Cathey, Marshall Cathey, B.W. Louwein, Christopher H. Louwein, Christopher R. Louwein and Frank McHenry. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Goodman, Wendel Poteet and Jordan Poteet.

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Thomas Osborne Jr.

Thomas "Jerry" Osborne Jr., 51, of Lansing, Kan., formerly of Powhatan, died March 5, 2009, at Kansas University Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kan.

He served in the U.S. Army for 13 years and had lived in Lansing for the past 22 years. He had worked for Northrop Grumman for the past 10 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Elana Osborne and Elizabeth Jackson-Osborne, both of Lansing, Kan.; his parents, Thomas J. Sr. and Edna Burleson Osborne, Powhatan; and a sister, Terri Brown and husband Gary, Alva, Okla.

Funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Mark Massey officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery near Lynn.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Elana Osborne Education Fund at Alva State Bank, c/o Todd Holder, P.O. Box 37, Alva, OK 73717.

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Liberty Pulliam

Liberty Pulliam, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died March 7, 2009.

Born Aug. 23, 1921, in the Clear Lake community near Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Almus and Cratie Starnes Forehand. She attended Arkansas State College in Jonesboro and taught elementary school at Clear Lake Wing School in the 1940s. She was a longtime member of the Clear Lake Extension Club and was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Pulliam, whom she married on June 23, 1946.

Survivors include a son, Dennis Pulliam and wife Dixie, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Karen Patterson and Dave Fowler, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Joyce Holder and husband Edward, Conway; a brother, Relton Forehand and wife Loyse, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Kevin Pulliam, Steven Pulliam, Kerri Patterson and Lee Ann Pulliam; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Isom officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Harold Forehand, Mike Phillips, Alan Brand, John Bland, Keith Brand and Terry Ponder.

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John Junior Russell

John Junior Russell, 77, of Walnut Ridge, died March 3, 2009, at his home.

Born Jan. 7, 1932, at Manila, he was the son of John F. and Nellie Bowman Russell. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict as a T/sergeant. He was retired from Pitzele Gin-Fertilizer Chemical Company and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Peggy Robbins Russell, in 1978; three sisters, Christine Criswell, Pat Sisco and Mary Sue Russell; and a brother, Eugene Russell.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Puckett Russell, whom he married Nov. 17, 1984; a stepson, Michael Hollister, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Reba Hicks, Blytheville; two brothers, J.F. Russell, Pocahontas, and J.W. Russell, Chesapeake, Va.; a brother-in-law, Glen Puckett, St. Louis; and five grandchildren, Teegan Hollister, Matthew Hollister, Ty Hollister, Jake Hollister and Jayden Hollister.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Gene Griffin officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ben Henry, Chris Sain, Greg Russell, Darrell Woods, Frank Matheson and Glen Puckett. Honorary pallbearers were present and past employees of Pitzele Gin-Fertilizer Chemical Company.

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Russell Lee Sharp

Russell Lee Sharp, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died March 7, 2009, at UAMS in Little Rock.

Having lived most of his life in Lawrence County, he was the son of Homer and Thursday Bettis Sharp. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he worked as an automotive mechanic and was a member of United Free Will Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include a son, Keith Sharp and wife Phyllis, Ironton, Mo.; five sisters, Ovita Eavis, Lorazell Tate, Connie Gipson and Janice Cook, all of Walnut Ridge, and Bonnie Byers, Smyrna, Ga.; and a grandson, Wesley Sharp.

Funeral was Monday at 3 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Glenn Smith and Charles Hendrix officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Nephews served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Stalnaker, Archie Williams, Gene Matthews, Vic Hanshaw, Jim Stalnaker and Roger Teel.

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Robert Wayne Starnes

Robert Wayne Starnes, 65, of Booneville, died March 6, 2009, at his home.

He lived most of his adult life in Walnut Ridge and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Louise Teel Starnes.

Survivors include a brother, Dr. Harry Starnes, Clinton, and a sister, Sandra Starnes, Little Rock.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Tony Teel, Jim Green, Scott Holder, Mike Holder, J.W. Teel and Gary Teel.

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Kenneth Blackwell Winfrey

Kenneth Blackwell Winfrey, 68, of Jonesboro, died March 5, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 14, 1940, in Black Rock, he was the son of Floyd and Pearl Willard Winfrey. He was sheriff of Phillips County and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Noma Jeane Reed Winfrey, on Oct. 13, 2005, whom he married Oct. 10, 1958; a son, Kenneth Randal Winfrey; and a brother, Joe David Winfrey.

Survivors include a daughter, Keena Kinsey and husband Reed, Hot Springs; a daughter-in-law, Ginger Bowden and husband Donald, Cherry Valley; five grandchildren, Darren Winfrey, Cameron Winfrey, Elizabeth Bowden, Claire Kinsey and Grant Randall Kinsey; four sisters-in-law, Liz Hickman, Clover Bend, Dianne Reed, West Helena, Carlene Winfrey, Louisville, Ky., and Shirley Reed, North Little Rock; and his best friend, Wendell Grigsby.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hope Cemetery with Lanny Tinker officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Denny Ball, Donald Bowden, Darren Defries, Reid Kinsey, Tommy Reed, Lanny Tinker, Richard Tinker, Cameron Winfrey and David Winfrey. Honorary pallbearers were Jessie Blakely, Everett Glass, Mike McGee, Kevin Reed, Eddie Reed, Jay Simpson, Jeremy Smelser, Sheriff Ronnie White, Deputy David Lawman, the deputies of the Phillips County Sheriff's Department and the gentlemen of the Hoxie High School Class of 1958.

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