April 29, 2009 Edition

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Mallory Jayden Moore Grace Richey


Rayburn ~ Rainwater


Katherine Bass Helen Sue Bode Cora Dean Campbell
Ules Chappell Merle Cole Garland Gene Henson
Emma Horne Thelma Hulett Hutchison Carol J. Marlin
Kenneth Ray Privett Mitchell "Don" Saling Harold Young


Mallory Jayden Moore

Jason and Amy Moore of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on April 17, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces and has been named Mallory Jayden Moore.

Mallory has two siblings, Peyton, 12, and Ethan, nine.

Grandparents are Donald and Debbie Moore of Lynn and Judy Randall of Walnut Ridge and the late Tom Randall.

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Grace Whitney Beatres Richey

Travis and Crystal Richey of Smithville have announced the birth of a daughter on April 17, 2009, at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock. The baby weighed seven pounds, three ounces and has been named Grace Whitney Beatres Richey.

Grandparents are Robin Qualls of Strawberry and Jim and Mary Richey of Lynn. She is the great-granddaughter of Aris and Sue Norman of Strawberry.

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Rayburn ~ Rainwater

The sanctuary of White Oak Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge was the setting Saturday, March 21, at 6 p.m. for the double-ring ceremony uniting Stephanie Ann Rainwater and Todd Andrew Rayburn in marriage.

The bride is the daughter of Ross and Sherry Rainwater of Walnut Ridge. She is the granddaughter of Darrell and Ricca Brady and Bob Rainwater, all of Walnut Ridge, and the late Patty Rainwater.

The bridegroom is the son of Mike and Tanya Rayburn of Cabot. He is the grandson of Bob and Margarette Rayburn of Searcy and Pearlie Daulton of Sherwood and the late Gaines Daulton.

The Rev. Keith Marlin, great-uncle of the bride, performed the ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Lea Andra Foster, pianist, and Ben Brand, vocalist. Lesa Walter was the wedding coordinator.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a Private Collection designer white gown, accented with pearls, crystals and rhinestones. The tiered skirt fell into a sweeping train, and the back of the skirt was accented with three rhinestone broaches.

She wore a tiara and veil accented with pearls and rhinestones and carried a bouquet of Rossini pink roses, peonies and hydrangeas, which was accented with crystals and black feathers. It was wrapped in pink ribbon and decorated with rhinestone broaches belonging to her late grandmother, Patty Rainwater.

Katy Baker served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Evane Smith, Katie Rayburn, sister of the groom; Tressa Horton, cousin of the groom; and Anna Bland, cousin of the bride.

Flower girls were Claire Grace Brown and Madison McVay, cousins of the bride. Brandi Horton, cousin of the groom, presided at the bride's book.

Jerred Hicks served as best man. Groomsmen were Scott Seneca, Rob Rainwater, brother of the bride; Cody Nelson and Blayne Murphy.

Ringbearers were Noah Roark, Caleb Roark, Landon Brady and Jaxton Brady, cousins of the bride. Ushers were Logan Brady, Jon David Rainwater, Sam Rainwater, cousins of the bride; and Brandon Crook.

The parents of the bride hosted a reception at the Walnut Ridge Country Club following the wedding. Servers were Cyndi Brady, Brandi Horton and Haley Jaggers.

Following a wedding trip to Sandals Resort in Negril, Jamaica, the couple will reside in Vilonia.


The home of Carol Brown and daughter, Claire Grace, was the setting for a family Christmas shower honoring Stephanie. Helping host the shower were Melissa McVay, Madison McVay and Anita Marlin. Guests were served an assortment of refreshments. The bride received Christmas serving pieces from the hostesses.

The bride was honored with a miscellaneous shower at the home of Marcia Martin. Other hostesses were Stephanie Smith, Brittany Schmidt and Charlene Raby. The guests were served a variety of refreshments and punch. Stephanie received a three-piece canister set from the hostesses.

White Oak Baptist Church was the setting for a bridal shower. Guests were served cake, mints, nuts and punch. The bride received many nice gifts.

Stephanie was honored at the home of Lesa Walter for a Pampered Chef party. Guests purchased gifts that the bride had selected. They also prepared refreshments using Pampered Chef recipes and utensils. The bride received a trifle bowl from the hostess.

Cajuns Wharf in Little Rock was the setting for a lingerie shower honoring the bride. Many friends and former classmates attended.

Tanya Rayburn, mother of the groom, hosted a shower at her home in Cabot honoring Stephanie. Other hostesses were Katie Rayburn, sister of the groom; Laurie Horton and Susie Eason, aunts of the groom; and Tressa and Brandi Horton, cousins of the groom. The dining room table was decorated with pink roses and displayed many refreshments and punch.

The groom was honored with a tool party at the home of Darrell Brady. Helping host the party were Greg Brady, Jarrod Brady, Scott Brady and Phillip Roark, uncles of the bride. Also assisting were Jaxton Brady, Logan and Landon Brady and Noah and Caleb Roark, all cousins of the bride.

The parents of the groom hosted the rehearsal dinner at the Walnut Ridge Country Club. Guests were served a seafood buffet. Todd and Stephanie honored the wedding party with gifts of appreciation.

Renee Bland and Valerie Rainwater, aunts of the bride, prepared breakfast for Stephanie and her bridesmaids the morning of the wedding. They also hosted the bridesmaids luncheon before the wedding.

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Katherine Bass

Katherine "Kay" Bass, 65, of Paragould, died April 23, 2009, at her home.

Born Dec. 22, 1943, in Elgin, Ill., she was a homemaker and was a member of the New Covenant Worship Center in Paragould.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard C. Adams.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne Bass; four daughters, Wendy Rhine, Paragould, Sandra Langston, Bono, Faith McCall, Little Rock, and Genny Towell, Manila; a son, Richard Bass, Paragould; her mother, Ellen Geneva Adams, San Jose, Calif.; two brothers, Arnie Adams and Roy Adams, both of San Jose; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Larry Bulla and Richard Bass officiating. Burial was in Lorado Cemetery.

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

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Helen Sue Bode

Helen Sue Bode, 77, of O'Kean, died April 23, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 18, 1932, she was the daughter of Grady and Garnet Taylor and was a lifelong resident of Randolph County.

She became the owner of Bode's Grocery, which was established in 1899. Helen and her husband, Omer, took over ownership of the store in the 1960s and turned over ownership to her sister, Mary, in the 1990s.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Omer Bode; and a brother, Mac Taylor.

Survivors include a son, George Bode, Little Rock; a sister, Mary Sullinger, O'Kean; a nephew, Stan Sullinger, O'Kean; a niece, Toni Heard, Hoxie; and grand-nephews, Drew Heard and Brady Heard.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Cora Dean Campbell

Cora Dean Campbell, 100, of Walnut Ridge, died April 25, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Sept. 30, 1908, at Eaton, she was the daughter of Joe and Ella Richey Casper. She was a farmer, a homemaker and was a member of the Eaton Home Demonstration Club. She was a charter member of Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church at Eaton and was later a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, S.J. "Dack" Campbell, on Jan. 19, 1971, whom she married Feb. 8, 1937; an infant daughter, Freda Jane Hurst; an infant son, Eugene Hurst; six brothers, Albert Casper, Roy Casper, Cecil Casper, Truman Casper, Thurman Casper and L.D. Casper; four sisters, Neva Beary, Ethel Beary, Louise Casper and Margie Harris; a son-in-law, James Murray; and an infant grandson, David Hurst.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Hurst Murray, Bono; a son, J.B. Hurst and wife Flo, Fontaine; a brother, Fred Casper and wife Virginia, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Clara Wells and husband John Leonard, Eaton, and Nadine Goodwin and husband Jerry, Lynn; six grandchildren, Walter Murray, Jeanette Clayton, Joan Gould, June Goodman, Danny Hurst and Ronnie Hurst; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Don Winfrey and Ryan Johnston officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were J.T. Beary, J.D. Beary, Larry Wells, Steve Wells, Gary Harp, Gene Casper and Gary Casper. Honorary pallbearers were the past and present staff of the Lawrence Home Nursing Center.

Memorials may be made to the Old Lebanon Cemetery or Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

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Ules Chappell

Ules L.V. Chappell, 87, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away Thursday, April 16, 2009 at St. Mary's Hospital.

Born Oct. 5, 1921, in Hoxie, he was of the Church of Christ faith. He was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather.

Mr. Chappell was a veteran of World War II and Korea, having served in the US Army with the 4th Infantry Division. He was involved in D-Day, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, The Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge and he crossed the Siegfried Line five times. He earned numerous medals and received five Bronze Stars.

Mr. Chappell was a retired groundskeeper at Fountain City Ball Park and coached softball, baseball and basketball. He was also the retired owner of Chappell Construction Company.

He was preceded in death by parents, Edgar and Clara Chappell.

He is survived by Carol Chappell, his devoted wife of 63 years; son, Jim and Vickie Chappell; son, Joey and Michelle Chappell; daughter, Cheryl and Jim Weaver; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and siblings Enid, Margie, Theda, Gloria, Lola, Jewell, and Bobby; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, with close family friend and preacher Bob Griffin officiating. Family and friends met Tuesday, April 21, at Greenwood Cemetery in Fountain City for a graveside service and military burial. Mynatt Funeral Home-Fountain City Chapel had charge of arrangements.

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Merle Cole

Merle Cole, 101, of Pocahontas, formerly of Alicia, died April 26, 2009, at Pocahontas Nursing Home.

Born Feb. 6, 1908, in Competition, Mo., she was the daughter of William Wesley and Mert Claxton Kimbrough.

She was a former seamstress for Van Atkins and Grahams department stores and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard L. Cole, in 1957, whom she married in 1928; two sons, Lewis Warren and Bobby Warren; and a brother, Wes Kimbrough.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Dunn, Pocahontas; a brother, Wendell Kimbrough, Pocahontas; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Michael Dunn, Timothy Dunn, Deno Cole, Howard Dunn, James Dunn and Max Long.

Visitation is today from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

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Garland Gene Henson

Garland Gene Henson, 45, of Hoxie, died April 26, 2009, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born Jan. 28, 1964, in Lawrence County, he was a 1982 graduate of Hoxie High School. He was a former employee of S-B Power Tool and was a professional wrestler for 25 years. He was a member of the Sedgwick Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Troy Henson Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Jones Henson, whom he married June 29, 1991; a daughter, Brittany Henson, of the home; his mother, Jean Henson, Smithville; and three brothers, Troy Henson Jr. and wife Mary, Poplar Bluff, Mo., Charles Henson and wife Pat, Vilonia, and Ricky Henson and wife Debbie, Hoxie.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Truxler officiating. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Phil Gibson, Tim Gibson, Tim Hutsell, Gary Blackburn, Lanny Hutsell and Leonard Doan.

Visitation is tonight from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Emma Sue Brandon Horne

Emma Sue Brandon Horne, 70, died April 21, 2009.

Born Oct. 11, 1938, at Lynn, she was a homemaker and was a member of Black Rock Assembly of God.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Audrey and Lucile Pickney Brandon; a son, Bobby; a daughter, Susie; five brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband, James "Junior" Horne, whom she married Feb. 4, 1956; three sons, James Horne and Rick Horne and wife Lesa, all of Black Rock, and Mark Horne and wife Lori, Ravenden; four daughters, Pam Mattison, Farmington Hills, Mich., Paula Turner and husband Cliff, Burton, Mich., and Louise Flanigan and Mildred Kennedy and husband Dennis, all of St. Louis; two brothers, Joe Brandon, Black Rock, and Junior Brandon and wife Deanne, Flint, Mich.; three sisters, Charlene Clark and Audrey Meeks and husband Bob, all of Black Rock, and Agnes Smith and husband Jerry, Pleasant Plains; 20 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Black Rock Assembly of God with Bro. Mark Smith officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Mark Horne, Michael Horne, Robert Horne, Jimmy Stover, Tommy Mattison and Matt LaRose. Honorary pallbearers were James Horne, Rick Horne Mark Horne and Cliff Turner.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge or to the Black Rock Assembly of God.

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Thelma Hulett Hutchison

Thelma Hulett Hutchison, 97, of Searcy, died April 23, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Searcy.

The daughter of Staten and Eliza Sauls Hulett, she had lived in the Egypt and Walnut Ridge area before moving to Searcy 10 years ago. She was a homemaker and was a member of the church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Hutchison; a daughter, Willa Dean Neely; and a great-grandson, Jay Wesley Hoggard.

Survivors include two daughters, Marvine Hoggard and Barbara Gail Davis, both of Cabot; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House and Brady Hoggard officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Jeffery Hoggard, Henry Himstedt, Brady Hoggard, Reese Lloyd, Tucker Lloyd and Glenn Murphy.

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Carol J. Marlin

Carol J. Marlin, 66, of Centerton, formerly of Black Rock, died April 23, 2009.

Born Sept. 15, 1942, in Detroit, she was a factory worker and was of the Catholic belief. She moved to Arkansas in 1967.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack P. Marlin, whom she married Oct. 27, 1961; and her parents, Hershell and Florence Nannie.

Survivors include two daughters, Rosezita Morrison and husband Bobby, Centerton, and Melissa Marlin-Sanders, Hoxie; a sister in Michigan; and three grandchildren, Savannah Morrison, Ethan Sanders and Shyloh Sanders.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Kelly Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Octavius Smith, Donald Sanders, William Kerwin, Jim Matkins, Chip Lore and Tommy Etter.

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Kenneth Ray Privett

Kenneth Ray Privett, 67, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died April 23, 2009.

He received a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State University and was retired from John Deere after 30 years of service. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 until receiving an honorable discharge in 1969.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Cleophus Privett; two sisters, Mary Alice Privett and Lavonda Rose Privett; a granddaughter, Caroline Elizabeth Anderson; and a brother-in-law, Charles Junior Harper.

Survivors include three daughters, Alescia Glossner, Liberty Township, Ohio, Kendra Anderson, Columbus, Ind., and Michelle Cruise, Indianapolis; his mother, Ruby Haynes Privett, Hoxie; three sisters, Margaret Tarry, Paragould, Catherine Bookout, West Memphis, and Pam Penn, Pocahontas; eight brothers, Nolan Privett, Memphis, Jerry Privett, White Oak, N.C., Gene Privett and Joe Privett, both of Hoxie, Paul Privett and Terry Privett, both of Black Rock, James Privett, Brentwood, Tenn., and Johnny Privett, Bono; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Boyd Hosman officiating. Burial was in Crossroads Cemetery near Portia.

Pallbearers were Danny Harper, David Harper, Wesley Bookout, Michael Privett, Mark Privett, Jeremy Privett, Jonathan Privett, Zachary Kincaid and Jason Privett. Honorary pallbearers were Nolan Privett, Jerry Privett, Gene Privett, Paul Privett, Terry Privett, James Privett, Johnny Privett and Joe Privett.

Memorials may be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Dementias (AFTD), 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Mitchell "Don" Saling

Mitchell "Don" Saling, 64, of Mammoth Spring, died April 25, 2009. He had formerly lived near the Sharp/Lawrence County line. Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Heath Oak Hill Chapel. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery at Mammoth Spring under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Highland. An online guestbook is available at www.heathfuneralhome.net.

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Harold Young

Harold Young, 80, of Pocahontas, died April 21, 2009.

Born Oct. 3, 1928, at Delaplaine, he was the son of Arther and Flora Rice Young. He had been a farmer and a logger and retired from Magee after 17 years of service.

He was preceded in death by a brother, A.J. Young; and an infant sister, Beverly Young.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Young; three sons, James Young, Kansas, and Darrell Young and Ronnie Young, both of Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Glenda Carrithers Young, Pocahontas; two stepchildren, Terry Kincade and Molly Venson; his stepmother, Ula Belle Young; seven brothers, Charles Young, Calvin Young, Jerry Young, Ford Young, Feran Young, Melton Young and Noland Young; three sisters, Eva Gentry, Janise Schulist and Sharon Brown; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens with Buddy Tribble and Carl McKinney officiating.

His seven brothers served as pallbearers.

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