May 6, 2009 Edition

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Hunter Dany Forehand Jurney Kyera Nelson Rayanna Lynn Plotter


Emery ~ Talley Voyles ~ Duncan


Melissa Christiano Marcy Harrell William Ray Jean
Allene Mann Pauline Melton Coy L. Mitts
J.B. Payne Fay Russell Lucrecia E. Salyards
Martha Ditto Spargo Relton E. Tate


Hunter Dany Forehand

Cameo Forehand Cecil of Walnut Ridge has announced the birth of her first child, a son, on April 26, 2009, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed five pounds, three ounces, and has been named Hunter Dany Forehand.

Grandparents are Renee Pinkston Gentry and Dany Harold and Teresa Boyd Forehand, all of Walnut Ridge. He is the great-grandson of Richard and Linda Pinkston and Relton and Loyse Forehand, all of Walnut Ridge, and Travis and Carolyn Boyd of Piggott.

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Jurney Kyera Paityn Nelson

Dustin and August Nelson of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on April 6, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, eight ounces and has been named Jurney Kyera Paityn Nelson.

She has three older siblings, Xavier, two, Brooke, four, and Drake, seven.

Grandparents are Sherry Whitley and Pam and Virgil McIntire, all of Walnut Ridge, David Fry of Boston, Mass., Rebecca Godwin of Hoxie and the late Kevin Rice. She is the great-granddaughter of Gennie Jones and Rex Jones, both of Walnut Ridge and Betty Fry of Hoxie.

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Rayanna Lynn Plotter

Tosha Plotner of Walnut Ridge has announced the birth of a daughter on April 16, 2009, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center. The baby weighed five pounds, nine ounces and has been named Rayanna Lynn Plotner.

She has one sibling, Hezikhia, who is two.

Grandparents include Peggy Soos of Walnut Ridge and Duane Soos of Amboy, Ind. Great-grandparents are Melba Howard of Walnut Ridge and Clifton Howard of Batavia, Ill.

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Emery ~ Talley

David and Tammy Emery of Newport have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Shawna Gail Emery, to Benjamin Edward Talley, son of Elvis and Peggy Long of Tuckerman.

The bride-elect is a student at Arkansas State University at Newport, and the prospective groom is employed by TWH Enterprises, Inc.

The wedding will take place at 2 p.m. on May 16 at Alicia Baptist Church with Dr. Tony Cherry officiating. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow in the church's fellowship hall.

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Voyles ~ Duncan

Jeff Allen and Tammy Allen of Saffell announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ginnie Elizabeth Voyles, to George Lee Duncan, son of George Duncan and Barbara Duncan of Harrisburg.

The bride-elect is a 2001 graduate of River Valley High School in Strawberry. She is a homemaker and stay-at-home mom.

The prospective groom is a 1985 graduate of Cross County High School and is a staff sergeant in the 875th Engineer Battalion in Jonesboro. He is employed at Walls and Walls Farm in Harrisburg.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, May 30, at 5 p.m. at the Poinsett State Park in Harrisburg. A reception is to follow.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Melissa Christiano

Melissa Christiano, 49, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died May 1, 2009, at Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla.

Born Jan. 2, 1960, she received a bachelor of fine arts and a master of arts from Arkansas State University and a master of fine arts from the University of Memphis. She was a professor of art at Williams Baptist College from 1992-2002.

She was the curator of Project Creo, a contemporary art gallery affiliated with the Arts Center of St. Petersburg. Her paintings and sculptures have been shown in many galleries and art centers throughout the United States.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Helen Moore and Raymond and Bernice Lincoln.

Survivors include a son, Wesley Worthington, Trumann; her parents, Jimmy and Mary Lincoln, Jonesboro; and a sister, Ashley Tierce and husband Johnny, Wood Pine, Ga.

Graveside service will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park with John Lawrence officiating. Langford-Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Art Center of St. Petersburg at a later date.

Visitation is Thursday from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Woodside Hospice House, 6770 102nd Ave. North, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.

An online guestbook is available at

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Marcy Harrell

Marcy Monroe Harrell, 83, of Jonesboro, died May 4, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 19, 1925, in Searcy, he was the son of Albert Preston and Thelma Louise Anderson Harrell. He had lived in Black Rock during his school years and served four years in the Navy during World War II. After living in Detroit for 17 years, he returned to Arkansas in 1959 to help his father operate Harrell's Shoe Store. He retired from the Douglas Division of Scott and Fetzer Company in the early 1990s.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge, where had more than 30 years of perfect attendance. He was a member of the Lion's Club for 59 years, serving in many positions, from Tail Twister to state secretary.

After moving to Jonesboro, he served on the board of Dyeann's House, a residence for families with medical needs, and was a daily visitor to the St. Bernards Senior Life Center.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Harrell.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Driskell Harrell; two daughters, Candy Harrell, and Pamela Bush and husband Ben; a brother, Max Harrell, Kansas City, Mo.; three grandchildren, Tiffany Bush Meyer, Jordan Bush McIntire and Tanner Bassett; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Dr. Bruce Tippit officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers will be Tom Sloan, Dr. Ralph Joseph, Ralph Clark, Leroy Lacy, Jerry D. Bassett, Ben Bush, Tanner Bassett, Dr. Ryan Meyer and Jeremy McIntire. Honorary pallbearers will be the University Heights Lion Club and his Fellowship Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Visitation is tonight from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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William Ray Jean

William Ray Jean, 90, of Ozark, Mo., died May 3, 2009, at his home.

Born Jan. 25, 1919, at Eaton, he was the son of William and Ina Montgomery Jean. He was a World War II Army veteran and was a retired U.S. government employee, having retired from the ASCS office in Pocahontas. He was a member of the Ozark United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Olive Maxine Adams Jean; a brother, Elton Jean; and a sister, Faye Arnold.

Survivors include a son, Terry Jean and wife Kim, Ozark, Mo.; a brother, Elbert Jean, Bowling Green, Ky.; four grandchildren, Tera Jean, Cody Jean, Marcus Jean and Sarah Jean; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service is Friday at 3 p.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery, near Lynn, with Elbert Jean officiating. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City has charge of arrangements.

No visitation is planned.

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Allene Mann

Allene Mann, 92, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Bay, died May 4, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 30, 1917, she was the daughter of Willie and Ethel Mackey Brown. She was a homemaker and was a member of First Baptist Church in Bay.

Survivors include a son, Dan Simpkins, Weiner; a daughter, Ann Eldridge, Alicia; a sister, Jewel Nichols, Bay; four grandchildren, Mac Simpkins, Donna Patterson, Dana Fahr and Don Simpkins; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Langford-Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro with Dr. Glen Putman officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Randy Patterson, Donnie Patterson, Joshua Patterson and John David Patterson.

Visitation is tonight from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Pauline Melton

Pauline Melton, 74, of Ravenden, formerly of Swifton, died May, 3, 2009.

Born Nov. 24, 1934, at Bono, she was a retired nurse's aid and was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Junior Melton; her father, Louie Paul Bryant; her mother and stepfather, Lorine and Clarence Millsap; three brothers, Roger Dale Millsap, Michael David Millsap and James Ralph Millsap; and three sisters, Bernice Fortenberry, Susan Thompson and Anita Rose Aitkens.

Survivors include two brothers, Jimmy Dean Millsap, Jonesboro, and Bobby Joe Lane, Belton, Mo.; and a sister, Audrey Henderson and husband William, Ravenden.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Swifton Cemetery. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Coy L. Mitts

Coy L. Mitts, 87, of Strawberry, died May 1, 2009, at Walnut Ridge.

Born June 10, 1921, at Swifton, he was the son of O.D. and Ethel Mae Hatfield Mitts. He was a windshield assembler at AF Slickcraft Boat Company and a retired farmer. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at Annieville.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Mitts and Larry Mitts; a daughter, Brenda Seeback; a brother, Leslie Mitts; two sisters, Vera Mae Howard and Lula Bell Jones; a half-brother, Bobby Farrell; two half-sisters, Flo Ella Bounds and Fay Roseman; and a granddaughter, Jenny Seeback.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Joanne Ruth Breuker Mitts, whom he married May 10, 1960; five sons, Coy O. 'Buddy' Mitts Jr., Holland, Mich., Jerry Mitts and Jimmy Mitts, both of Paragould, Ronnie Mitts, Mountain Home, and Wesley Mitts, Grandville, Mich.; five daughters, Linda Riddell, Mountain Home, Joan Diaz, Fennville, Mich., Sandra Garcia, Gulf Shores, Ala., Kathy Midriff, Batesville, and Teresa Mitts, Hoxie; 36 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at

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J.B. Payne

J.B. "Red" Payne, 78, of Newport, died April 29, 2009, at White County Medical Center in Searcy.

Born Aug. 13, 1930, he was the son of Bo and Edna Holloway Payne.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Jean.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Payne; a daughter, Gloria Howard, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Mary Katherine Roberts, Newport; three grandchildren, Beverly Haggard, Janice Stracener and Keith Stone; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport. Burial was in Hunter Cemetery.

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Fay Russell

Fay Russell, 79, of Swifton, died April 29, 2009.

Born Jan. 3, 1930, she was the daughter of Homer and Stella Ivy Bradley.

Survivors include three sons, Tilman Clayton Russell and wife Sherri, John Wesley Russell and wife Bonnie, and James Jeffery Russell, all of Swifton; two daughters, Ellen Deloris Scott and husband James, Lillian, Ala., and Hellen Blank Russell and husband Ron, Travis City, Mich.; a brother, Taylor Bradley, Weiner; two sisters, Pansey Callaway, Pleasanton, Texas, and Eileen Bradley, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Ballews Chapel Cemetery. Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport had charge of arrangements.

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Lucrecia E. Salyards,

Lucrecia E. Salyards, 49, of Reyno, sister of James Hooper of Walnut Ridge, died April 24, 2009, at her home. Funeral was at Naylor Pentecostal Church with Rev. Donnie Fowler officiating. Burial was in Naylor Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel of Neelyville, Mo.

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Martha Ditto Spargo

Martha "Marie" Ditto Spargo, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died April 30, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born June 3, 1919, she lived most of her life in Lawrence County and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie and Ellen Howdyshell Ditto; several siblings; a son-in-law, Glenn Graham; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Survivors include her husband, Louie Spargo; four sons, Charles L. Spargo and wife Mary, Walnut Ridge, Glendon L. Spargo and wife Linda, Jonesboro, Larry G. Spargo and wife Debbie, Pocahontas, and Ricky D. Spargo and wife Debbie, Powhatan; four daughters, Barbara Ann Pierce and husband Jim, Little Rock, Linda K. Graham and Patty D. Brown and husband Larry, all of Rockford, Ill., and Bonnie G. Butche and husband Bob, Duluth, Minn.; 20 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Donald Winfrey and Glen Smith officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Grandsons served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were the former and present staff of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

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Relton E. Tate

Relton E. Tate, 75, of Shell Knob, Mo., died April 26, 2009, at Carroll County Nursing and Rehab in Berryville

. Born June 6, 1933, in Walnut Ridge, he moved to Wichita, Kan., in 1951. He worked for the City of Wichita in the forestry department for 30 years. He then worked in maintenance at Friends University for 10 years. He moved to Shell Knob in 1995 and was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Shell Knob.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Wayne and Esther Frances Berry Tate.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Foreman Tate, whom he married on Aug. 14, 1954; a son, David Tate and wife Kim, Shell Knob; a daughter, Sharla Schlotthauer and husband Joel, Wichita, Kan.; three brothers, Darrell Tate and Bob Tate, both of Walnut Ridge, and Bill Tate, Rockford, Ill.; three sisters, Jean Denton, Delaplaine, and Mary Raper and Robin Pierce, both of Walnut Ridge; and five grandchildren, Allie, Amanda, Abby, Will and Woody.

Funeral was Wednesday, April 29, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Shell Knob, Mo., with Rev. Chris Williams officiating. Burial was Thursday in Resurrection Cemetery at Wichita, Kan., under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home of Shell Knob, Mo.

An online guestbook is available at

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