April 22, 2009 Edition

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Lucas Joseph Light Tanner Grayson Lillard


Huskey ~ Bullard


Vivian M. Crider Bob Duncan Murr Durham
Carmen E. Guthrie Barbara White Heasley Hazel Jones
Elsie O. Rainwater John Fred Smith Lorene Wren


Lucas Joseph Light

Mark 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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Tanner Grayson Lillard

Travis and Holli Lillard of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son on March 16, 2009, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed eight pounds, three ounces and has been named Tanner Grayson Lillard.

He has a big sister, Brooke.

Grandparents are Charles L. Wilson of Highland and the late Velma Wilson and John and Debbie Lillard of Smithville. He is the great-grandson of Taylor and Inez Lillard of Smithville, Jerroul and Bettye Boswell of LaPlace, La., and Charles Singleton of Oklahoma City.

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Huskey ~ Bullard

Jeff and Keely Huskey of Calamine have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Cassie Huskey, to Chris Bullard, son of Dennis and Shelia Bullard of Minturn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bob and Barbara Wilson of Calamine and Ona Lou Huskey of Saffell and the late Jerry Huskey. She is a graduate of Hillcrest High School and Arkansas State Univeristy. She works as a physical therapist assistant for Therapy Providers of Arkansas at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Lilburn and Annetta Rogers of Hoxie and the late Albert and Rosie Bullard. He is a graduate of Hoxie High School and is a student at Arkansas State University majoring in mechanical engineering.

The couple will exchange vows on Tuesday, May 19, in Honolulu.

The bride's parents will host a reception for the couple on Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at the Smithville Community Center. The groom's parents will host a drop-in reception for the couple at their home in Minturn from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 7.

All family and friends are invited to both receptions.

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Vivian M. Crider

Vivian M. Campbell Crider, 96, of Walnut Ridge, died April 18, 2009, at her home.

She was a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jefferson D. Crider; a daughter, Glenna Crider Orf; a son, Donald Crider; a sister, Wanda Hawk; and two brothers, Eber Campbell and Othar Campbell.

Survivors include two sisters, Lillian Mock and Velma Robert, both of Walnut Ridge; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home in Saint Ann, Mo. Burial was in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.

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Bob Duncan

Bobby "Bob" Duncan, 70, of Hoxie, died April 17, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

A truck driver, he had lived in Hoxie since 1983 and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Alma Duncan; a daughter, Lilly J. Servier, Memphis; five sons, James Duncan, Jimmy Duncan, Rick Duncan, Danny Duncan and Jr. Buttler, all of Hoxie; a sister, Betty Duncan; a brother, James W. Duncan; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated.

A memorial service was held Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made at Pulaski Bank, First National Bank, Don's Steakhouse and Ole Hickory in care of Rick Duncan.

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Murr Durham

Murr Durham, 93, of Strawberry, died April 17, 2009.

Born July 8, 1915, at Strawberry, he was the son of Charles and Sophronia Little Durham. He was a farmer and was a member of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church at Strawberry.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Massey Durham, on June 30, 2008, whom he married Nov. 27, 1938; two sons, Jerry Dean Durham and an infant son; two brothers, Roscoe Ward and Fred Durham; a sister, Mildred Glenn; and a son-in-law, Charles Bratcher.

Survivors include two daughters, Janice Bratcher and Deanna Wrenn and husband Stan, all of Strawberry; a daughter-in-law, Connie Durham, Batesville; nine grandchildren, Roger Ward, Scott Ward, Regina Bell, Bob Bratcher, Tim Durham, Tiffanie Randolph, Chuck Wrenn, Jessica McGaha and Sherri Brady; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church at Strawberry with Charles Morgan officiating. Burial was in Little Jerusalem Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers were Roger Ward, Scott Ward, Bob Bratcher, Tim Durham, Chuck Wrenn and Jim Bell. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Randolph, Clay Ward, Spencer Ward, Justin Bell, Chase Wrenn, Shaun McGaha, Ryan Ward, Dustin Ward, Zak Bratcher, Chad Wrenn, Hunter Durham and Brandon McGaha.

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Carmen E. Guthrie

Carmen E. Guthrie, 93, of Cave City, died April 17, 2009, at Cave City Nursing Home.

Born March 18, 1916, at Strawberry, she was the daughter of James Edward and Iona L. Penn Milligan. She was the postmaster at Strawberry for 20 years and was a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred M. Guthrie, on July 28, 2001, whom she married April 4, 1948; and five siblings, Ethel Durham, Earl Milligan, Elzo Milligan, Fern Sammons and Rubye Mae Sullivan.

Survivors include three nephews, Ronnie Milligan, Bethesda, and David Sammons and John Sammons, both of Lancaster, Calif.; and a niece, Cathy Goodwin, Calamine.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Tommy Boles and Greg Cooper officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Larry Goodwin, Jim Massey, Ronald Milligan, David King, Nathan Brownderville and Danny Walker.

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Barbara White Heasley

Barbara "Bobbie" White Heasley, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died April 15, 2009.

Born April 14, 1929, at Portia, she was the daughter of Charles and Dovie Wynn Hughes. She was the former owner and operator of the Wagon Wheel restaurant in Hoxie and the Hob Nob in Walnut Ridge for many years. She was of the Protestant belief.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bob White; a son, Butch White; a brother, Dewalt Hughes; and a sister, Billie Childers.

Survivors include her husband, L.D. Heasley, Paragould; a daughter, Patricia Vidal and husband Carlos, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Neal White, Jennifer Sloan, Carlos Tanna Vidal and Josh Vidal; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bros. Bill Gray and J.P. Morgan officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Adam Morgan, Nathan Sloan, Josh Vidal, Carlos Tanna Vidal, Neal White and Michael Blazer.

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Hazel Jones

Hazel Jones, 71, of Hoxie, died April 20, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 3, 1937, at Ravenden, she was the co-owner and manager of Jones and Sons car lot. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hoxie and the Eastern Star Charles Chapter #410.

She was preceded in death by her father, Woodrow Guilliams; and infant twin brothers, Frankie and Johnye Guilliams.

Survivors include her husband, Camuel H. "Bud" Jones; two sons, Ken Jones, Bono, and Ron Jones, Hoxie; two daughters, Doris Weaver and Barbara Teel, both of Hoxie; her mother, Mable Ward, Delaplaine; a sister, Jessie Ruth Tunstall, Delaplaine; three brothers, Gene Milgrim, Delaplaine, and Donnie Milgrim and James Brannon, both of Walnut Ridge; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with A.J. Stacener, Lynn Garmroth, Larry Davis and Bob Kary officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Jones, Nathan Weaver, Anthony Teel, Stan Jones, J.R. Jones, Phillip Brinkley, Rick Swindle and Keith Stratton. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Heinzman, Kenny Tyler and the Men's Bible Class of Hoxie First Baptist Church.

Visitation is tonight from 6-9 p.m.

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Elsie O. Rainwater

Elsie O. Rainwater, 96, of Lynn, died April 16, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

A lifelong resident of Lynn, she was the daughter of Sam and Savannah Morgan Howard. She was a homemaker and was a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Rainwater; two sisters, Syble Whitlow and Angie Cestone; two brothers, John Howard and Keith Howard; and an infant grandson, Mark Alan Young.

Survivors include two daughters, Katheen Jacobsen and husband Wayne, Elgin, Ill., and Wanda Sue Young and husband, R.B., Ashdown; four sons, Jack Rainwater and wife Betty, Larry Rainwater and wife Joy, and Terry Rainwater, all of Lynn, and Howard Rainwater and wife Barbara, Ferguson, Mo.; a sister, Violet Jane Hinkle, Fayetteville; 11 grandchildren, Jeff Jacobson, Michael Jacobsen, Belinda Glenn, Laura Edwards, Mandy Durham, Marty Young, Jacqueline Young, Patrick Rainwater, Michele Hejna, Shannon Rainwater and Lanna Hoskins; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Terral Neeley officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers were Charles Penn, Nathan Howard, Carl Alls, Gerald Richey, Gerald Howard and Jerry Goodwin.

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John Fred Smith

John Fred Smith, 82, of Portia, died April 21, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

The son of Ernest and Grace Miller Smith, he was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a retired truck driver and farmer and was a member of the Church of God.

He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Crafton.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Smith; five daughters, Vicky Jane Wilmes, O'Fallon, Mo., Brenda Butler, Wilmington, N.C., Phyllis Tribble and Chrissy Moore, both of Hoxie, and Cheryl Englert, Walnut Ridge; two sons, Max Hendley and Gary Smith, both of Houston, Texas; a sister, Marjorie Rhodus, Pocahontas; a brother, Charles A. Smith, Pocahontas; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with James Noblin officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Clover Bend Cemetery.

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Lorene Wren

Lorene Wren, 77, of Mount Morris, Mich., died April 14, 2009, in Flint, Mich.

The daughter of Marvin and Emma Lampley Needham, she was a retired inspector in the automotive industry.

Survivors include her husband, Everett Martin; two sons, Ervin Ferrell and Tim Tomlinson; a daughter, Sue McCoy; two brothers, Henry Needham and Lawrence Needham, Ravenden; and six grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Blue Berry Hill Church. Burial was in Bradford Cemetery at Ravenden under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Highland.

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