May 13, 2009 Edition

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Weddings/Engagements

Nilsson ~ Bagwell Staten ~ Miller

Obituaries

Rubye Mae Burns Marguerite Coker Peggy Mae Dacus
Lois DeMeter Elvis Eugene Ditto Minnie Mae Dobbs
Opal Louise Harris Holly Sue Jackson Mary Maurine Lingenfelter
Barbara Sue Patterson Willie Ray Rudd Trannie A. Vanhoozer
Anna M. Watkins William Devir Willard

Weddings/Engagements

Nilsson ~ Bagwell

Lina Irene Marianne Nilsson and Destry James Bagwell have announced their engagement and approaching marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Christel Knutson of Tollarp, Sweden, and Peter Nilsson of Lund, Sweden.

She was a member of the class of 2006 at Black Rock High School as an exchange student living with Mr. and Mrs. Danny Phillips of Black Rock. She recently completed her freshman year at Arkansas State University.

The prospective groom is the son of Jan Williams of Powhatan and the late William Bagwell.

He is a 2004 graduate of Black Rock High School and is employed with Midwest Towers.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the garden of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hulen, 99 Lawrence Road 298, Black Rock.

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Staten ~ Miller

Roland Staten of Old Monroe, Mo., and Donna and David Lester of Ravenden have announced the engagement of their daughter, Katy Jane Staten, to Daniel Wayne Miller, son of Danny and Geneva Miller of Doniphan, Mo.

High School sweethearts, Katy Jane and Daniel both graduated from Doniphan High School in 2005 and attended college at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge. They both graduated on Saturday with education degrees. He plans to teach middle-level math and science, and she plans to teach middle-level English and social studies.

They will exchange vows on May 30 in Las Vegas, Nev. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

Following the wedding, they will take a road trip for their honeymoon. They plan to reside in Old Monroe, Mo.

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Obituaries

Rubye Mae Burns

Rubye Mae Burns, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died May 6, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The daughter of Charles and Vira Harral Felts, she was a lifelong resident of the Egypt area. She had worked as a factory employee and a sales clerk and was a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Burns; her stepfather, Ben Rice; two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Faulkner, Walnut Ridge; two sons, Johnny Burns, Jonesboro, and Michael Burns, Springfield, Mo.; a brother, Jack Rice, Alicia; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House and Lloyd Clark officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Leroy Johnson, Jerry Felts, Junior Briner, Mike Burns, Glenn Murphy and Brent Weaver.

Memorials may be made to Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, Activities Dept., 1051 W. Free Street, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Marguerite Coker

Marguerite Altis Coker, 97, of Walnut Ridge died May 12, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 7, 1911, she was the daughter of Jake and Lura Smith Altis. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was a member of Main Street Church of Christ. She and her husband owned and operated the Lauratown Grocery Store while farming and raising three sons. She worked at Inman Lumber Company and was retired from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after 17 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, E.B. Coker; a brother, Bruce Altis; and a sister, Juanita Peters.

Survivors include three sons, Bobby Coker and wife Marilee, Searcy, and Ted Coker and wife Martha, and Dan Coker and wife Debbie, all of Walnut Ridge; eight grandchildren, Donna Coker, Miami, Fla., Roger Coker, Searcy, Sue Mathis, Lawrenceville, Ga., Carol Martin and Anita Trapnell, both of Houston, David Coker, Walnut Ridge, Daniel Coker, Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Dana Joe Coker, Little Rock; and 15 great-grandchildren, Zack Coker-Dukowitz, Santa Fe, N. Mex., Jacob Coker-Dukowitz, Miami, Acacia Coker, Jonesboro, Joel Ward, Conway, Hannah Coker, Searcy, Alex Mathis, Austin Mathis and Julia Mathis, all of Lawrenceville, Ga., Derek Martin, Atlanta, Dustin Martin, Abilene, Texas, Staci Martin, Tyler Trapnell and Payton Trapnell all of Houston, and Andrew Coker and Will Coker, both of Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Robert Davis and Junior Briner officiating. Private burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Peggy Mae Dacus

Peggy Mae Dacus, 64, of Walnut Ridge, died May 10, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was a retired bookkeeper and store clerk and was a member of Free Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her father, Johnnie Andrews.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Dacus; her mother, Charlene Noblin Andrews, Walnut Ridge; her twin sister, Patsy Gwaltney, Hardy; and a brother, Theodore Andrews, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial will be in Lorado Cemetery near Walcott.

Visitation is today from 12:30 p.m. until time of the service.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Dacus, Shawn Dacus, Roy Dacus, Bob Anderson, Doug Arnold and Marvelle Cook. Honorary pallbearer is Ed Golden.

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

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Lois DeMeter

Lois Glenn DeMeter, 86, of St. Louis, formerly of Lawrence County, died April 1, 2009, in St. Louis.

Born May 3, 1922, she was the daughter of William Robert and Laura Steele Glenn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene DeMeter; her stepmother, Zora D. Glenn; and a sister, Christine Glenn.

Survivors include two brothers, Steele Glenn and wife Carol, and Lynn Glenn and wife Nancy, all of St. Louis; and two sisters, Bobbie Jean Smith, Quitman, and Lorine Premac, St. Louis.

Funeral and burial were in St. Louis. John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Elvis Eugene Ditto

Elvis Eugene Ditto, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died May 9, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was a carpenter and lived in Lawrence County all his life. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Joyce Ditto; his parents, Everett and Pearl McCord Ditto; a sister, Mary Dean Taylor; and three brothers, James Ditto, Terry Ditto and Truman Ditto.

Survivors include three daughters, Becky Willfond, Serita Menard and Cindy Allen, all of Walnut Ridge; a son, Bill Ditto, Mountain View; three sisters, Sue Smith, Imboden, Tonda Sandusky, Paragould, and Alene Taylor, Granite City, Ill.; five brothers, Jerry Ditto, Little Rock, Freddie Ditto, Hoxie, Nickey Ditto, Paragould, and Troy "Bo" Ditto and Ricky Ditto, both of Walnut Ridge; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart and Allen Stinnett officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Shane Ditto, Glen Smith, David Ditto, Scott Ditto, Jerry Wayne Ditto and Greg Ditto. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Adkisson, Chris Ditto, Stephen Ditto, Bret Ditto, Chad Ditto and Allen Sanduskey.

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Minnie Mae Dobbs

Minnie Mae Dobbs, 78, of Jonesboro, died May 5, 2009.

Born Feb. 11, 1931, in the Lauratown community, she was the daughter of Jerry and Agnes Faulkner Cravens. She was a homemaker and was of the United Methodist belief.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Elizabeth Dunham; and two brothers, Jerry Earl Cravens and Tommy Gene Cravens.

Survivors include two daughters, Charlette Daffron and husband Dale, Jonesboro, and Nancy Ann Watts and husband Wayne, Science Hill, Ky.; a son, Stephen Dobbs and wife Cecilia, Harrodsburg, Ky.; two sisters, Louise Light and husband Herbert, Independence, Mo., and Sue Smith and husband Ray, San Angelo, Texas; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Powhatan Cemetery with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or St. Bernards Hospice, 1726 Marie Circle, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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Opal Louise Harris

Opal Louise Harris, 96, of Walnut Ridge, died May 5, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

She was the daughter of Robert and Millie Blackwell McCampbell and was a lifelong resident of Walnut Ridge. She was a former employee of Lawrence Manufacturing and was a member of Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claxton Harris; three sisters and a brother.

Survivors include a son, Jerry N. Harris and wife JoAnn, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Alice Richardson, Cave City, and Lessie McBurnett, Redfield; two brothers, Williard McCampbell, Hoxie, and Robert McCampbell, Powhatan; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Alvin Lewis and Roger Brand officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Gerald Adkisson, Larry Forrester, Darrel Blalock, Lavon Light, Kenny Lewis and Steve Graham. Honorary pallbearers were Donnie Roberts and Ralph Steele.

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Holly Sue Jackson

Holly Sue Jackson, 57, of Hardy, sister of Sherry Farmer of Walnut Ridge, died May 6, 2009. Burial was Saturday in Eagles Rest Cemetery under the direction of Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

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Mary Maurine Lingenfelter

Mary Maurine Lingenfelter, 72, of Jonesboro, mother of Dwayne Lingenfelter of Ravenden, died May 7, 2009, at her home. Burial was Saturday in Pine Log Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Bernards Hospice Program, 2813 Forest Home Road, Jonesboro, AR 72401. An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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Barbara Sue Patterson

Barbara Sue Hensley Patterson, 57, of Alicia, died May 8, 2009, at Jonesboro.

She was a homemaker and was a member of the Abiding Faith Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Patterson; her parents, George and Inez Keaton Hensley; five sisters and a brother.

Survivors include a daughter, Tracy Midgett and husband Rickey, Swifton; a sister, Virginia Roper, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Donnie Hensley, Hoxie; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Abiding Faith Pentecostal Church at Swifton with Thomas Patterson officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery, near Alicia, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Steven Vankirk, Justin Manus, Heath Sifford, Maston Kinder, Chris Vankirk and Timmy Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were David Baker and Paul Wilson.

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Willie Ray Rudd

Willie Ray Rudd, 93, of Weiner, father of Lucy Wallin of Walnut Ridge, died May 6, 2009. Burial was Saturday in Weiner Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Trannie A. Vanhoozer

Trannie A. Vanhoozer, 80, of Cash, died May 10, 2009, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born Feb. 16, 1929, in Lepanto, he was the son of Azilee and Vardaman Vanhoozer. He was retired from Green Thumb, where he worked as a general laborer and supervisor. He was a member of the Cash Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Merritt; his stepfather, Walter Hamilton; two sisters, Anne Martin and Wanda Hudson; and two brothers, Edsel Vanhoozer and Travis Vanhoozer.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Simpson Vanhoozer; two sons, Harold E. Merritt, Glen Allen, Va., and Wayne Dobbs, Batesville; two daughters, Virginia Bishop, Cash, and Tammie Fowler, Davis, Okla.; 14 grandchildren, Dewayne Merritt, Michael Merritt, Micky Bishop, Jennifer Bishop, Angie Merritt, Wendy Merritt, Kim Merritt, Chris D. Merritt, Greg Dobbs, Bobo Dobbs, Dylan Dobbs, Chris Barnes, Dustin Barnes and Hailey Fowler; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Herbert Knight and G.W. Allison officiating. Burial will be in Cash Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steve Lands, David Ledgerwood, Randal Whited, Mike Nelson, Kenneth Cummins and Rodney Vanhoozer. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Vanhoozer, Jimmy Lesure, Michael Cureton, Paul Kilivington, Scot Britt, Danny Merritt and Patricia McDaniel.

Memorials may be made to the Cash Church of Christ or to the Oak Grove Church of Christ at Walnut Ridge.

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

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Anna M. Watkins

Anna M. "Donna" Watkins, 67, of Walnut Ridge, died May 8, 2009, at her home.

Born Jan. 16, 1942, at Lynn, she was a homemaker and was a member of United Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, William "Pete" Ward; and a sister, Linda Ward.

Survivors include her husband, William "Butch" Watkins, whom she married Nov. 4, 1972; five sons, Ronald Coats and Greg Coats, both of Hoxie, Tony Coats and Jeff Coats, both of Walnut Ridge, and Shannon Watkins, Trumann; three daughters, Kim Watkins, Trumann, and Stephanie Johnson and Dana Hamilton, both of Hoxie; an adopted son, Frankie Hardin, Oklahoma; her mother, Marie Ward, Hoxie; three brothers, Jack Ward and Terry Ward, both of Walnut Ridge, and Jerry Ward, Hoxie; five sisters, Tommie Pierce, Sedgwick, Jeanette Fain and Robin Munn, both of Walnut Ridge, Judy Holder, Hoxie, and Gail Coleman, Jacksonville; 22 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Duty Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Charles Snapp, Marty Harris, Boyd Lamb, Anthony Meeker, Dewayne Pierce and Andy Fain. Honorary pallbearers were Terrance Ward, Mark Rouse, Scotty Ward, Aaron Coleman and Curt Fain Jr.

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William Devir Willard

William Devir Willard, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died May 9, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 10, 1925, in New Albany, Miss., he was the son of James and Carrie Willard. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from Fred's Dollar Stores, where he was an owner and manager for 32 years. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and also delivered Meals on Wheels.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Marie Willard; a sister and two brothers.

Survivors include a son, James Doyle Willard, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Patricia Ruth Willard, Missouri, and Ginger Ann Barkley, Colt; two sisters; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 1 p.m. at Crittenden Memorial Park with Joe McMasters officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Butch Faulk, Mike Faulk, Jerry Barkley, Brian Barkley, Blaine Barkley and Charley Allison.

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

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