April 1, 2009 Edition

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Brayden Phillips


Houser ~ Hancock Moon ~ Howard


Albert Cleo Bailey Billy Wilfred Cook Nellie M. Crossno
Cleatus Darrell Ehrhardt Vernice Grace Hall Joy Gail Hodges
George Kell James Marvin Kennedy William Henry Louwien Jr.
Lee McDonald Mary Mullican Billy Prater
Mary Snider


Brayden Michael Andrew Phillips

Tonya LeeAnn Phillips of Walnut Ridge has announced the birth of a son on March 4, 2009, at St. Bernards BirthCare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Brayden Michael Andrew Phillips.

Jimmy and Glenda Clark of Black Rock and Danny and Cindy Phillips of Smithville are the grandparents.

Great-grandparents are Bill and Sue Nelson of Black Rock and Jerry and Sheryl Phillips of Walnut Ridge.

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Houser ~ Hancock

Jim Houser of Maryville, Tenn., and Robert and Stephanie Ferrand of Knoxville, Tenn., have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lauren Latisha Houser, to Derek Heath Hancock, son of Donnie and Tammy Hancock of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Tom and Betty Worden, Carolyn Pardon and Jim and Judy Houser, all of Knoxville, and the great-granddaughter of Retha Headrick of Knoxville and Bertha Anheiser of Houston, Texas.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Kenneth and Sue Quarry and Joe and Mary Hancock, all of Hoxie.

Lauren is a 2004 graduate of Mountain Home High School and a 2008 Arkansas State University graduate with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She is employed as a registered nurse at the St. Bernards Emergency Room.

Derek is a 2003 graduate of Hoxie High School and a 2008 graduate of ASU with a bachelor's degree in nursing. He is employed as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at St. Bernards.

The couple will exchange vows on May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Church Street Station, located at 524 South Church Street in Jonesboro. All family and friends are invited.

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Moon ~ Howard

Kathy and Steven Peach of Harrison and Douglas Howard Dodd of Carson City, Nev., have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Marie Moon, to Don Paul Howard, son of Patsy Faye Thompson of Walnut Ridge and the late Charles Allen Howard.

The bride-elect is a student at Williams Baptist College, where she is working toward her bachelor's degree in psychology. She plans to graduate in May of 2010.

The prospective groom is employed by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

The couple are members of New Beginning Family Worship in Walnut Ridge, where Don plays with the worship team.

Their pastor, Rick Anglin, will perform the wedding ceremony, which will be Feb. 14, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Williams Baptist College's Manley Chapel. All family and friends are invited.

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Albert Cleo Bailey

Albert Cleo Bailey, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died March 26, 2009, at a Walnut Ridge nursing home.

Born Dec. 21, 1925, he was the son of Albert Donald Bailey and Beulah Mae Nixon. He had lived at Ravenden for over 40 years before moving to Walnut Ridge. He and his wife, Wanda, celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on March 6.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Sharon Kay Bailey and Patricia Jo Foushee; a sister, Sybil King; two brothers, Manley Bailey and an infant brother; and an infant granddaughter.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Wanda Bailey; a son, Randy Cleo Bailey and wife Sherry, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Mildred Dail, Ravenden, and Aldean Hogan, Pocahontas; three grandchildren, Keith Foushee, Jessica Bailey and Marissa Bailey; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home at Pocahontas. Burial was in Janes Cemetery with Bros. Randy Bailey, Derek Collins and John Stoll officiating.

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Billy Wilfred Cook

Billy Wilfred Cook, 87, of Ravenden, died March 30, 2009, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Nov. 30, 1921, in Haynes, Ore., he was the son of William and Maybelle Cook.

Survivors include a daughter, Lynn Cook, of the home.

A memorial service will be held at Jefferson Barracks at St. Louis at a later date. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Nellie M. Crossno

Nellie M. Crossno, 77, of Rockford, Ill., died March 28, 2009.

Born Aug. 15, 1931, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Leonard and Pearl Kay. She worked at Rockford Products until her retirement and was a member of Chapelwood Community Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Darrell Crossno, in 1986, whom she married April 9, 1952.

Survivors include her devoted partner, Cliff Herren; three sons, Darrell J. Crossno and wife Donna, and Randy D. Crossno, all of Smithville, and Albert E. Crossno, Imboden; three daughters, Vicki D. Cole and husband Ken, Walnut Ridge, Debra P. Last and husband Daniel, Rock City, Ill., and Penny G. Crawford, Rockford, Ill.; her mother, Pearl Kay, Shelby, Mich.; two sisters, Linda Petro and husband John, Whiting, Ind., and Sharon Robbins and husband Louie, Rothbury, Mich.; three brothers, Bob Kay and wife Janice, and Leon Kay and wife Cheryl, all of Shelby, Mich., and Terry Kay and wife Ellen, Rockford, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Sunset Funeral Home in Machesney Park, Ill., with Rev. Jeremy Thompson officiating. Entombment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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

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Cleatus Darrell Ehrhardt

Cleatus Darrell Ehrhardt, 55, of Alicia, died March 29, 2009, in Little Rock.

Born Oct. 20, 1953, in Myrtle, Mo., he was a carpenter and a construction worker. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Ehrhardt; two sons, Brad Ehrhardt, Kansas City, Mo., and Luke Ehrhardt, Richland, Mo.; a daughter, April Mello and husband Stefan, O'Fallon, Ill.; two sisters, Brenda Mills and husband Ronnie, St. Peters, Mo., and Vicky Rhoads and husband Steve, West Plains, Mo.; and two granddaughters, Elysia Mello and Kiarra Mello.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Mo. Burial will be in Myrtle Cemetery at Myrtle, Mo.

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Vernice Grace Hall

Vernice Grace Hall, 70, of Jonesboro, died March 25, 2009.

Born April 20, 1938, at Egypt, she was a homemaker and was a member of Friendship Assembly of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ara Hall; a son, Billy Casey; her parents, Loyd and Opal Thomas; four brothers; two sisters; and a great-granddaughter, Tiffany Mitchell.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Casey and Dakota Harrison, both of Jonesboro; four daughters, Vickie Cox and Mary Sims, both of Jonesboro, Kathy Oden, St. James, Mo., and Sherry Grice, Marion; a brother, Doyle Thomas, Searcy; four sisters, Francis Wilbanks, Jonesboro, Virginia Cox, Conway, Juanita Vanhoozer, New Mexico, and Shirley Hill, Batesville; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Dwight Cunningham and Scott Oden officiating. Burial was in Pine Log Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers were Jeffery Colberth, Mark Casey, Scott Oden, Terry Metz, William Harrison, Tory Riley, Nickey Cox, David Van Dyke, Wes Bass and D.J. Mitchell.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial and Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1653, Topeka, KS 66601-1653.

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Joy Gail Hodges

Joy Gail Hodges, 68, of Imboden, died March 27, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 10, 1940, in Memphis, she was one of Jehovah's Witnesses and attended services at the Kingdom Hall in Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Pauline Rook Fisher; and a brother, Rayford Fisher.

Survivors include her husband, Billie Hodges; three sons, Robert Brown, Steven Horton and Kevin Horton; a daughter, Karen Horton; three stepsons, Michael Hodges, Billie Ray Dalton Hodges and Terry Hodges; three stepdaughters, Kimberly Ann Hodges, Melody Hodges and Paula Hodges; two brothers, Gary Fisher and Stanley Fisher; and several grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall in Pocahontas. Jackson's Harrisburg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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George Kell

George Clyde Kell Sr. of Swifton died March 24, 2009 at Swifton.

Born August 23, 1922, he was the son of Clyde and Alma Perrin Kell. He spent 15 seasons playing major league baseball. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, becoming the eighth third baseman ever inducted. At the conclusion of his playing career, he worked one year for CBS on The Game of the Week. He worked for the next 37 years as the television play-by-play broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers until retiring in 1986.

He served on the Arkansas Highway Commission from 1970 until 1980, serving as chairman the last four years. He served on many boards, including The Worthen Corporate Board in Little Rock, The First State Bank of Newport, Farmers Electric Co-Op in Newport, The Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Mich., First Community Bank Advisory Board and the Swifton School Board.

He was a lifelong member of the Swifton First United Methodist Church, where he served in many positions.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Charlene Felts Kell, in 1991; a son, George Kell Jr.; and a brother, Lt. Frank Kell.

Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Carolyn; a daughter, Terrie Jane Lawrence and husband Tommy Dane, Jonesboro; two stepchildren, Sherri Bennett and husband Paul, Jonesboro, and Chris Clark and wife Melanie, Tuckerman; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn W. Kell, Newport; a brother, Everett "Skeeter" Kell and wife Sue, Conway; a sister-in-law, Norma Kell O'Brien, Clearwater, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, Bob Peters and Don Peters; six grandchildren, Shannon Crunckshank, Kim Damain, Kevin Lawrence, Cassandra Collins, Caroline Wilson and Justin Davis; six great-grandchildren; his uncle, Johnson Kell, Colorado; and a very special uncle, Wilson Kell and wife Betty Sue, Marianna.

A service of remembrance was held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Swifton First United Methodist Church. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were J.Q. Harvey, James Tinsley, Jim Spencer, Don Gale, J.W. Hulen, Jerry King, Chris Keaton and Ralph Wray. Honorary pallbearers were Clay Curtner, Bob Penix, Kaneaster Hodges Jr., Dr. Roddy Lochala, Jeff Ellis, Morris Crandall, Jason Rodgers, Roy "Smokey" Runyan, the board members of Farmers Electric Co-Op, Gene Sweat, Jim DuPree, Bill Fortune, James Pigg, Bryan Runsick and Sam Houston.

Memorials may be made to the Swifton First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 335, Swifton, AR 72471.

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James Marvin Kennedy

James Marvin "Buster" Kennedy, 95, of Walnut Ridge, died March 31, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 6, 1913, in the Coffman community, he was the son of O.M. (Oscar) and Ida Mae Buchanan Kennedy. He was a combat engineer in the Army during World War II, serving in the Philippines. He was an independent trucker affiliated with Farm Service, Inc. from 1967 to 1975 and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. After retiring, he raised cattle on the farm at Smithville.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith Miller Kennedy; his former wife, Clara Holder Kennedy; and three sisters, Mary Mae Hedrick, Loretta Duncan and an infant sister, Jamie Sue.

Survivors include a son, Marvin Kennedy and wife Sharon, Walnut Ridge; three stepsons, Lee Holder and Leroy Holder, both of Arnold, Mo., and Stanley Holder, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; three stepdaughters, Linda Chapin, Houston, Texas, Betty Wilson, Jonesboro, and Joyce Baltz, Corona, Calif.; a grandson, Glenn Kennedy and wife Leisa, Powhatan; a granddaughter, Marlene Shannon and husband Chester, Tuckerman; and six great-grandchildren, Tyler Kennedy, Heath Kennedy, Lane Kennedy, Spencer Shannon, Jayden Shannon and Brette Shannon.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Mark Harris officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Larry Corbett, Danny Gibson, Don Alls, James Daniels, Bob Heard, J.R. Cox, Bob Burns and Bob Dixon.

Visitation is tonight from 5:30-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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William Henry Louwien Jr.

William Henry Louwien Jr., 73, of Ravenden, died March 28, 2009, at his home.

Born Oct. 12, 1935, in Dallas, Texas, he was retired from the military. He was the retired owner-operator of a paint and body shop.

He was preceded in death by a son, William Howard Louwien; and his parents, Dr. William H. Louwien and Evelyn Thornton.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Louwien; three daughters, Debra Shank and husband David, St. Peters, Mo., Anne Scarbrough and husband Richard, Germantown, Tenn., and Dottie Cathey, Bartlett, Tenn.; two sons, Christopher Louwien, Jonesboro, and Boyd Louwien and wife Virginia, Lafayette, La.; two sisters, Anne Wolcott, Richardson, Texas, and Tricia Barrett, Salt Lake City, Utah; a brother, Michael L. Louwien, Shreveport, La.; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Imboden with pastor Tommy Medley officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Boyd Louwien, Chris H. Louwien, Gaylon Runsick, Mark Cathey, Christopher R. Louwien, Christopher H. Louwien, Michael Cathey and Marshall Cathey. Honorary pallbearers will be Dave K. Botos, Frank McHenry, Dennis Burke and Mike Burke.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home in Imboden.

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Lee McDonald

Lee McDonald, 69, of Swifton, died March 26, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 12, 1940, at Hughes, he was a traveling ride operator for Miller's Spectacular Carnival and was a member of the First Baptist Church at Alicia.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elwanda Hatfield; his parents, Jasper Noah and Evelyn Taylor McDonald; and two brothers, Robert McDonald and Sheldon McDonald.

Survivors include two sisters, Irene Nelson, Pocahontas, and Barbara McDonald, Texas; and two brothers, Charles McDonald, Swifton, and Shelton McDonald, Buffalo, Texas.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Alicia First Baptist Church with Bro. Monroe Baldwin officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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Mary Gwendola Kirksey Mullican

Mary Gwendola Kirksey Mullican, 72, of Jonesboro, mother of Deborah Jones of Hoxie, died March 28, 2009, at her home. Funeral is today at 3 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is today from 1 p.m. until time of the service. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Billy Prater

Billy Tom Prater, 74, of Jonesboro, died March 23, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 17, 1935, at Egypt, he was a lifelong resident of the Jonesboro area.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Iva Prater; a daughter, Mary Prater; and his parents, Earl and Emma Prince Prater.

Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Prater, Corning; a son, Mark Prater; two sisters, Mary Ann Carter, Florence, Ala., and Dian Hollingsworth, Jonesboro; and a grandchild.

Private services were under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

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Mary Snider

Mary Snider, 49, of Cash, sister of Doylene Hall of Walnut Ridge, died March 25, 2009, at Jonesboro Health Center. A celebration of her life was held Friday at the home of Archie and Doylene Hall at 3392 Highway 228, Walnut Ridge. An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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