Grandparents' corner

Hayden Gregory Coats, six months, is the son of Greg and Jodi Coats of Smithville. He has an 11-year-old sister, Hannah Coats.

Grandparents are Linda Hurst of Hoxie, H.L. Coats of Jonesboro, Tom and Teresa Wigton of Lynn and Mike and Sharon Cain of Cord.

He is the great-grandson of Lynn Poff of Hoxie and Mary Cain of Wisconsin.

Mighty oaks
are falling

I lost two good friends and Arkansas lost two of its talented native sons with the death of Mark Sallings of Wynne and Paul "Bix" Smith of Jonesboro.

An early morning phone call from Mark's wife, Sandi, let me know that he had died in a car wreck. He was a Grammy-winning musician, extraordinary songwriter and one of the hardest-working touring acts I have ever known.

Mark began playing professionally before he graduated from high school. He was a skilled saxophonist and pianist, but it was the harmonica that brought him real fame.

Mark's funeral was filled with music. In a way the music was his eulogy. Mark had a deep love of blues, gospel and jazz and all three were part of the service.

Mark wrote "Mighty Oaks," as a tribute to his longtime friend Albert King. King's death rocked many blues fans, and Mark's lyrics struck a chord with audiences everywhere.

"All the mighty oaks are falling. Things aren't what they used to be." continued...

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