April 8, 2009 Edition

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Births

Addison Elizabeth Phillips Addyson Nicole Ward

Weddings/Engagements

Box ~ Cameron Penn ~ Murphy Walter ~ Robey

Obituaries

Coy R. Crosno Esther Louise Emmons Ferrell Flinn
Maxine Hall Clay Knight Dennis Maple
Dora Webbe Neil Wilkerson Larry Wimberly
Madge Wright

Births

Addison Elizabeth Phillips

Ruston and Miranda Phillips of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center of Batesville on March 18, 2009. The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces and has been named Addison Elizabeth Phillips.

She has an older sister, Rileigh.

Grandparents are Johnny and Adella Bookout of Smithville, Billy Phillips of Higden and Pana Matthews Phillips of Cherokee Village.

Great-grandparents are Lawrence Vance Waddell and Katheryn and Jack McKnight.

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Addyson Nicole Ward

Jeremy and Heather Ward of Blytheville have announced the birth of a daughter on March 27, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed five pounds, four ounces, and has been named Addyson Nicole Ward.

Grandparents are Joe and Marta Ward of Blytheville, Homer Jones of Walnut Ridge and Janet Jones of Maynard. She is the great-granddaughter of Ruby Ward of Blytheville, I.M. and Betty Bounds of Warm Springs and John and Patrick Downing of Burnet, Texas.

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Weddings/Engagements

Box ~ Cameron

Skylar Box and Jeff Cameron have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Tina Box of Imboden and Harold Box of Wynne. She is the granddaughter of Frank and Bonnie Wilson of Imboden and J.W. and Irene Box of Wynne. A graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School, she is employed with Vision Care Center.

The prospective groom is the son of Debbie Cameron of Imboden and Michael Cameron of Annieville. He is the grandson of the late John Downing, Chuck and Margaret Barry of Mountain Home, Max Terrell of Annieville and the late Mars Jean Terrell and Keith and Mariam Cameron of Lee's Summit, Mo. He is also a graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School and is an industrial electrician employed by MMR of Baton Rouge, La.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, June 20, at 6 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville. All family and friends are invited to attend the ceremony and reception, which will follow.

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Penn ~ Murphy

David and Dana Penn of Hoxie announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amber Marie Penn, to Jeffery Allen Murphy, son of Gary Murphy and Pat Murphy of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bill and Joanne Davis of Lynn and the late Dennis and Syble Penn. She is a 2004 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. She received her Associate of Art Degree at Black River Technical College and is pursuing a career in the health field. She is an admission registrar at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Hazel Walker of Bay and the late VT Walker and the late Preston and Geraldine Murphy. He is a 2004 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. He graduated from Black River Technical College as a fire science and emergency medical technician. Jeff is employed as an EMT with Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Lynn Church of Christ with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Building at Lynn. All family and friends are invited.

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Walter ~ Robey

Mr. and Mrs. Jon Walter of Walnut Ridge announce the engagement of their daughter, Alissa Marie Walter, to William Michael Robey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Robey of Chester Springs, Penn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lewis and Glenda Smith of Walnut Ridge and Bert and Alice Walter of Hoxie.

The bridegroom-elect is the grandson of Steve and Amelia Quinn of Germantown, Tenn., and Doris Robey of Hot Springs and the late William Robey.

Alissa is a 2004 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. She graduated in 2008 from Lyon College in Batesville with bachelor of science degrees in accounting and business finance. She will graduate in May from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a master's degree in accounting. She is employed part-time at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville.

Michael is a 2005 graduate of Houston High School in Germantown. He will graduate in May with a bachelor of science degree in business management from Lyon College in Batesville.

The couple will exchange wedding vows at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 20, at First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge. All friends and family are invited.

Individuals can RSVP at michaelandalissa.com.

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Obituaries

Coy R. Crosno

Coy R. Crosno, 93, of Charleston, Mo., formerly of Hoxie, died April 7, 2009, at Charleston Manor.

Born Feb. 28, 1916, in Hayti, Mo., he was the son of Lander and Ada Howe Crosno. He lived in Arkansas most of his life and was the owner of Crosno & Son Construction. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Louise Patterson, on Sept. 8, 1962, whom he married Dec. 6, 1935; and a granddaughter, Mary Ann Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Harrison Crosno, Hoxie, whom he married Aug. 8, 1980; a son, Billy Joe Crosno, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Fran Rose and husband Carl, Charleston, Mo.; three stepdaughters, Peggy Rogers and husband Doug, Walnut Ridge, Linda Rabatin and husband Gary, Little Rock, and Reba Reese and husband Dale, Memphis; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Rector with Bro. Ardell Polk officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Heights Cemetery at Rector under the direction of Shelby Funeral Home of East Prairie, Mo.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Steve, Mike, Cole, Butch, Tony and Carl.

Visitation is Friday after 10 a.m. at the church.

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Esther Louise Emmons

Esther Louise Emmons, 56, of Cave City, mother of Brandi Parker of Lynn, died April 2, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Burial was Sunday in Mt. View Cemetery, east of Cave City, under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City. Memorials may be made to ALS Association, P.O. Box 40244, Nashville, TN 37204-0244. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Ferrell Flinn

Ferrell Flinn, 58, of Ravenden Springs, died April 6, 2009, in Little Rock.

He was a truck driver and had served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He had lived in the Walnut Ridge and Hoxie area before moving to Ravenden Springs five years ago. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Stalnaker Flinn; his parents, J.D. and Cheryl Christopher Spencer; and a sister, Larita.

Survivors include two daughters, Bobbie Lee Liles, Alicia, and Robbie Lee Trawick, Ravenden Springs; a son, Ferrell Ross Flinn Jr., Ravenden Springs; two sisters, Vanessa Alvarez and Cheryl Robertson, both of Arizona; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Tony Becker officiating. Private burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn.

Pallbearers will be Joe Stalnaker, Jimmy Liles Jr., Ernie Liles, Jerry Liles, John Becker and Miles Wiebenga.

Visitation is Friday from noon until time of the service.

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Maxine Hall

Maxine Hall, 84, of Maumelle, died April 1, 2009.

Born March 10, 1925, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Homer and Della Richardson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. "Jim" Hall.

Survivors include two sons, David L. Heard and wife Diann, Heber Springs, and Russell Heard and wife Marva, Little Rock; three daughters, Wilma Gilbert and husband Chuck, Conway, Dee Burr and husband Everett, Harrison, and Leica Holland and husband Donald, Ocean Springs, Miss.; a sister, Shirley Olsen, Folsom, Calif.; a brother, Roger Richardson, Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with R.L. Craft officiating. Burial was in Pine Log Cemetery near Brookland.

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

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Clay Knight

Clay Knight, 72, of the Paul's Switch community, died April 4, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 26, 1936, at Paul's Switch, he attended school at Lanieve and graduated from Bono School in 1954. He was a lifelong farmer and operated the Knight and Son grocery store at Paul's Switch with his father for many years. He was a member of the Egypt Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, S.W. "Dub" and Norine Knight; and a great-grandson, Caden Boling.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Helen Kim Knight; five sons, Ronnie Knight and wife Anita, Walnut Ridge, Byron Knight and wife Judy, Jonesboro, Kevin Knight, Kerry Knight and wife Melonie and Micah Knight and wife Carla, all of Paul's Switch; three sisters, Pat Scott and husband Roger, Jonesboro, Connie Simpson and husband Julius Ralph III, Bono, and Jelina Baxter and husband William, Jonesboro; 17 grandchildren, Angela Brady, Eric Knight, Keith Knight, Justin Knight, Kimberly Knight, Christopher Knight, Rebecca Knight, Elizabeth Knight, Samantha Knight, Sabrina Knight, Kristina Knight, Hannah Knight, Brayden Knight, Anna Claire Mitchell, Jennifer Huggins, Kevin Davis and Michelle Davis; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with G.W. Allison officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery at Bono.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Keith Knight, Justin Knight, Eric Knight, Kevin Davis, Jared Brady and William Baxter.

Memorials may be made to the Paragould Children's Home, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

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

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Dennis Maple

Dennis Maple, 53, of Portia, died April 4, 2009, at his home.

Born Aug. 1, 1955, at Lilburn, Mo., he was a truck driver and was of the Assembly of God belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Lois Songer Maple; and a brother, Roger Maple.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Dickerson Maple; two sons, Dennis Maple Jr., Hoxie, and Robert Maple, Portia; two daughters, Dollie Maple, of the home, and Brittney Davidson, Salem; three brothers, Eugene Maple, Alicia, Aubrey Maple, Concord, and Ray Maple, Imboden; a sister, Sheila Ingram, Jonesboro; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Dewayne Catron officiating. Burial will be in Old Military Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Willie Brown, Mike Day, Daniel Stone, Kenny Tyler, Charles Day and Vance Whitlow. Honorary pallbearers will be Corey Fountain, Ray Maple, Jerry Heinzman and Josh Dawson.

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Dora Webbe

Dora Webbe, 98, of Walnut Ridge, died April 1, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 11, 1910, at Walcott, she was the daughter of William J. and Emma Jones Butler. She was a retired nurse for Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. In early life, she and her husband farmed and raised a family in the Light community and were members of the Light Baptist Church. She moved to Little Rock in 1957 and to Walnut Ridge in 2001. While in Little Rock, she was a member of Archview Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Leo Webbe; three sons, James Webbe, Buford Webbe and William Webbe; two brothers; three sisters; and two grandsons.

Survivors include a son, Alvin Webbe and wife Ann, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Louise Dickson, Hardy, and Sandra York and husband Donald, Jonesboro; two daughters-in-law, Lena Jean Webbe, St. Louis, and Jeane Webbe, Jonesboro; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould with Rev. Tommy Toombs and Bro. Joel McMasters officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Archview Baptist Church, 12610 Arch St., Little Rock, AR 72206.

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

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Neil Wilkerson

Neil Wilkerson, 82, of Cave City, father of Leah Wright of Strawberry, died April 4, 2009, at his home. Burial was Tuesday in Wilkerson Cemetery at Grange, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City. Memorials may be made to the First Missionary Baptist Church Youth Group and the Budd Creek Baptist Camp.

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Larry Wimberly

Larry Wimberly, 61, of Corning, died April 1, 2009, at his home.

Born Jan. 1, 1948, in Austin, Texas, he was minister of the First Assembly of God Church in Corning. He was a former resident of Portia and attended services at the First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge. He was a former minister at Assembly of God churches in Portia, Swifton and Egypt.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Larry Wimberly Jr.; and a sister, Leota Ehlrich.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Lavonne Runyon Wimberly, whom he married Aug. 2, 1968; four sons, Charles Wimberly and Michael Wimberly and wife Alicia, all of Jonesboro, David Wimberly and wife Kelli, Fort Campbell, Ky., and Paul Wimberly, Hot Springs; a daughter-in-law, Regina Wimberly, Hot Springs;.a brother, Elbert Wimberly, Leesville, La.; two sisters, Doris Taylor, Roswell, N.M., and Judy Smith, Bastrop, La.; five grandchildren, Nathan Wimberly, Elizabeth Wimberly, Hunter May, Kaylee May and Ethan Wimberly; and a brother-in-law, Bill Ehlrich, Austin, Texas.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Corning. Burial was at 1 p.m. at Nettleton Cemetery in Jonesboro under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home of Corning.

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Madge Wright

Madge Williams Wright, 91, of Strawberry, died March 31, 2009, in Cave City.

Born April 9, 1917, at Strawberry, she was the daughter of Lewis and Maude Penn Williams. She was a self-employed seamstress and was active in the Senior Citizens Center at Strawberry. She was a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Wright; an infant daughter; a brother, Kenneth Williams; and a sister, Irene Wallis.

Survivors include two sons, Tom Wright, Cave City, and Billy Wright and wife Betty, Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter, Barbara Orr and husband Lynn, Terrell, Texas; a brother, Cleamon Williams, Strawberry; a sister, Imogene McDaniel, Jonesboro; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Kennard Ward officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were J.L. Wright, Harry Wright, R.A. Wright, John Wright, Neal Wright and Jimmy Williams.

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