April 15, 2009 Edition

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Births

Maci Jo Doyle Carlee Jean Jenkins Lucas Joseph Light

Weddings/Engagements

Sullivan ~ Farrar Weitkamp ~ Garner

Obituaries

Charles M. Decker Delmar Drowns Laura Jo Gray
Fay M. Halcom Jerry Lee Huskey Norman Harry Keller
Rowena Lawson Anna "Lea" Ledbetter Rev. Louis Ralph Riddle
Glenda Mae Stayton Clemon Lewis Williams

Births

Maci Jo Doyle

Randy and Amanda Doyle of Denton have announced the birth of a daughter on March 30, 2009, at St. Bernard's Hospital Birthcare Center. The baby weighed five pounds, six ounces, and has been named Maci Jo Doyle.

She has a sister, Kortni Nicole Doyle, age four.

Grandparents are Michael Blaine and Becky Jo Durham of Smithville and Van Douglas and Janice Doyle of Lynn.

Jack and Jo Tolbert of Denton and Martha Ann Durham of Smithville are the great-grandparents.

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Carlee Jean Jenkins

John and Stephanie Jenkins of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter on March 31, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, six ounces and has been named Carlee Jean Jenkins.

Grandparents are John and Debbie Jenkins and Donald and Diane Condray.

Great-grandparents are Eddie and Sara Lawhon, John and Barbra Jenkins and Connie Allison.

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Lucas Joseph Light

Mack and Jessica Light of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born April 3, 2009, at St. Bernard's Hospital Birthcare Center. The baby weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Lucas Joseph Light.

He has two siblings, Bryson, eight, and Olivia, five.

Grandparents are Barbara Coker of Walnut Ridge and Gary and Karen Light of Minturn.

Virgie Tribble of Pocahontas and Jewell Couch of Portia are the great-grandparents.

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Weddings/Engagements

Sullivan ~ Farrar

Chasity Tanielle Sullivan and Derek Robert Farrar will exchange wedding vows April 25, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Portia Church of Christ. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Turner and Lawanda Sullivan, all of Paragould. She is a graduate of Greene County Tech High School in Paragould and is a sophomore psychology major at Arkansas State University. She is employed by Trinity Behavioral Health in Warm Springs.

The prospective groom is the son of Donna Farrar of Memphis. He is a graduate of Harding Academy in Memphis and is employed by his grandfather, Robert Davis, as a farmer in Hoxie.

After a wedding trip to Branson, they will reside in Hoxie.

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Weitkamp ~ Garner

Lauren DeShae Weitkamp and Brent Edward Garner will be married on May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Alice French Memorial Garden at the Historic Clover Bend School in Clover Bend.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Renee Tucker of Hoxie and Kevin and Nicole Weitkamp of Pocahontas. She is the granddaughter of Junior and Roydell Tucker of Hoxie and Bill and Sharon Weitkamp of O'Kean.

The prospective groom is the son of Chuck and Chris Garner of Walnut Ridge. He is the grandson of Hank Townsley of Walnut Ridge and the late Margaret Townsley and Betty Garner of Jonesboro and the late Frank Garner.

Lauren is a 2007 graduate of Hoxie High School and is enrolled in the radiologic technology program at Arkansas State University. She plans to graduate in August of 2010.

Brent is a 2006 graduate of Hoxie High School and a 2008 graduate of the automotive service technology program at Black River Technical College.

Both Lauren and Brent are members of the Hoxie Church of Christ and will be married by their preacher, Darrell Douglas.

A reception will follow the ceremony in the school's auditorium. All family and friends are invited. Only out-of-town invitations will be sent.

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Obituaries

Charles M. Decker

Charles M. Decker, 78, of Swifton, died April 10, 2009.

Born Sept. 20, 1930, at Swifton, he was the son of Sims and Lilly Brooks Decker.

He was a mechanic and was of the Assembly of God belief. He had served on the city councils of Swifton and Cash and was a member of the Cash Volunteer Fire Department. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner and a Boy Scoutmaster.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Harvey Decker, T. Walllace Decker and five infant brothers; and two sisters, Anna Jo Kittle and Mildred Decker.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Lou Decker; four sons, Freeman Decker, Bentonville, and Danny Decker, Dewayne Decker and Mark Decker, all of Pocahontas; three daughters, Patricia DeSutter, Golden, Mo., Sara Lesley, Jonesboro, and Sherrie Edwards, Richmond, Ky.; three brothers, Martin Lee Decker, Paragould, Dick Decker, Flint, Mich., and Jimmy Decker, Newport; a sister, Patsy Rhodes, Arkansas; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 1 p.m. at Arnold Cemetery. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Delmar Drowns

Delmar Drowns, 74, of Moark, father of William C. Drowns of Walnut Ridge, died April 7, 2009, at his home. No services are planned.

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Laura Jo Gray

Laura Jo Gray, 81, of Paragould, died April 7, 2009, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

The daughter of H.T. "Jodie" and Edna Daily McEntire, she had lived most of her life in Walnut Ridge and was a former employee of Lawrence Manufacturing. She was a homemaker, and was a member of the Red Hat Organization. She moved to Paragould a year ago and was a member of Seventh and Mueller Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Gray; three brothers, Ronnie, George and an infant brother, H.T.; and a sister, Kay.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Hill and husband Mike, Greenway; two grandchildren, Timothy Hill and Jennifer Gladish; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge with Rob Combs and Larry McFadden officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ed Baker, Junior Briner, Dean Wall, Tim Carter, Art Smith and Topper Killough.

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Fay M. Halcom

Fay M. Halcom, 92, of McHenry, Ill., formerly of Lawrence County, died April 10, 2009, at Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry.

Born Jan. 29, 1917, in Doniphan, Mo., she was the daughter of Amos and Myrtle Folks Gimlin. She had lived in the McHenry area since 1956.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Silas Halcom, in 1987; two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include four sons, Leonard Halcom, Round Lake Beach, Ill., Gene Halcom and wife Judy, Harvard, Ill., Richard Halcom and David Halcom and wife Kim, all of McHenry, Ill.; three daughters, Sue Beaman and husband Roy, Glenda Malcolm and husband Ron, and Mary Lundsten, all of McHenry, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory in McHenry, Ill.

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

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Jerry Lee Huskey

Jerry Lee Huskey, 68, of Saffell, died April 11, 2009, at his home.

Born May 11, 1940, at Saffell, he was a farmer and was a member of Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Edward Huskey; and an infant sibling.

Survivors include his wife, Ona Lou Huskey; four sons, Randy Huskey, Batesville, Scotty Huskey, Saffell, Rusty Huskey, Lynn, and Jeff Huskey, Calamine; a daughter, Crystal Crow, Cave City; his mother, Julia Augusta "Gus" Bailey Huskey, Saffell; four sisters, Mary Jo Wann, Paragould, Deborah Penn, Illinois, Barbara Postel, Smithville, and Kathey Wilson, Jonesboro; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church at Saffell with Bros. John Freeman and Stanley Vandergrift officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Randy Huskey, Scotty Huskey, Rusty Huskey, Jeff Huskey, Frankie Crow, Jason Huskey, Marcus Huskey and Casey Huskey. Honorary pallbearers were Blakeley Crow, W.O. Huskey, Al Brown and Norman Reed.

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Norman Harry Keller

Norman Harry "Butch" Keller, 65, of Dickson, Tenn., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died April 3, 2009.

He was a graduate of Arkansas State University and served in the United States Air Force. He worked in insurance and in the automotive industry in Chattanooga, Tenn., before moving to Dickson in the late 1990s.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman E. and Pauline V. Keller.

Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Keller, Louisville, Ky., and Angela Pettigrew, Ringgold, Ga.; two sisters, Bonnie Hines, Franklin, Pa., and Karen Hepler, Oil City, Pa.; and two grandsons, Clay Pettigrew and Will Pettigrew.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home in Hixson, Tenn. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to the ASPCA.

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Rowena Lawson

Rowena Frances Lawson, 85, of Fairfield Bay, died April 8, 2009, at her daughter's home in North Little Rock.

Born Dec. 25, 1923, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Sebastian A. and Pearl Judkins Spades.

Survivors include her husband, Coy Lawson; a son, Rick Lawson, England; a daughter, Melissa Brown, North Little Rock; a brother, Richard Spades, Cabot; a sister, Kathryn Calakan, Pocahontas; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Fairfield Bay United Methodist Church with Rev. John Walls officiating. Entombment was in Pinecrest Mausoleum.

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Anna "Lea" Ledbetter

Anna "Lea" Ledbetter, 50, of North Little Rock, died April 12, 2009.

She was born in Jonesboro on April 27, 1958, to the late Chuck and Margaret Ledbetter. She worked at Kroger in North Little Rock for the last 19 years where she made many friends. Her claim to fame was that she was the fastest express lane cashier, unless you had more than 15 items.

She attended 12 years of school in Walnut Ridge and graduated from Arkansas State University.

Lea is survived by three sisters: Lolly and Wes Shaver of Wynne, Beth and John Jackson, and Lynn and Barry Winningham of North Little Rock; a nephew, Grac Shaver of Wynne; a great nephew, J. Gracchus Shaver; a great niece, Caroline Shaver; and a very special cat named Lucy.

One of her favorite pastimes was cooking. She learned to cook from the old PBS, Learning Channel and Discovery TV shows. She continued to further her skills by watching the Food Network. Each year at Christmas, she gave peanut butter fudge to 50 of her co-workers and friends. And if you were lucky enough to be on her cheese straw list, you knew you were truly blessed.

She was a 30-year veteran bird watcher. She kept a "bird journal" so she'd know when the first hummingbird showed up or when the gold finches could be expected.

Lea loved her big ole family as much as they loved her. She made lots of special friends that considered her family as well. The world will be a little dimmer now that Lea's light has gone out.

Visitation will be Friday from noon until 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Glen Smith officiating.

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Rev. Louis Ralph Riddle

Rev. Louis Ralph Riddle, 75, of Hazel Green, Ala., died April 13, 2009.

Born March 1, 1934, he was a native of Huntsville, Ala., and was a 1954 graduate of Butler High School. He obtained a degree from Williams Baptist College and served as a Southern Baptist minister in Madison County, Ala., for 47 years. He also worked as a salesman at The Warehouse Furniture for 34 years.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mary Mable Gibson Riddle; two sons, C.R. Riddle and wife Elaina, Missouri, and Jeff Riddle and wife Joanie, Huntsville, Ala.; a daughter, Regina Clonts and husband Jeff, Huntsville, Ala.; five grandchildren, Kimberly Riddle, Derek Riddle, John Michael Clonts, Mary-Catherine Clonts and Morgan Clonts; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Hazel Green Funeral Home with Revs. Jeff Clonts and Don Shultz officiating. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery.

Visitation is tonight from 5-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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Glenda Mae Stayton

Glenda Mae Stayton, 56, of Jonesboro, died April 8, 2009, at Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

Born April 27, 1952, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of the late Johnny and Donnie Cole Mathis.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Mathis.

Survivors include her husband, Leon Stayton; a son, John Stayton, Jonesboro; and six sisters, Donna Gifford, O'Kean, Sue Baird, Nashville, Tenn., and Audrey Sturch, Georgia Sisco, Janet Kay Rickey and Ann Robinson, all of Pocahontas.

Funeral was Saturday at 3 p.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park with Ted Gates officiating.

Pallbearers were Tim Hutsell, Ken Bruner, Chuck Couch, Steve Graves, David Penn and Terry McBroom.

Memorials may be to Northeast Arkansans for Animals; P.O. Box 10075, Jonesboro, AR 72403, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 531 W. College Ave., Jonesboro, AR. 72401.

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Clemon Lewis Williams

Clemon Lewis Williams, 84, of Strawberry, died April 9, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 2, 1924, at Strawberry, he was the son of Lewis and Maude Penn Williams. A World War II Army veteran, he was a cattle farmer and was a member of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Strawberry.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene Williams Wallace and Madge Williams Wright; and an infant brother, Kenneth Williams.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Williams; a son, Jimmy Williams and wife Loretta, Strawberry; a daughter, Judy Williams Harris, Jonesboro; a sister, Imogene Williams McDaniel, Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Alan Harris, Polly Williams Green, Kristi Harris Johnson and Kyle Williams; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Grayden Milligan officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Alan Harris, Kyle Williams, Sean Johnson, Danny Green, Dustin McDaniel and James Ishmael. Honorary pallbearers were Danny McDaniel, Bobby McDaniel, Tommy Wright, Billy Wright, John Howard, Mark Ratliff, Danny Ratliff and Mike Willm.

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