May 27, 2009 Edition

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Births

Carson Evans Caldwell Chloe Anne Keeth Rylee Jaden Smith

Weddings/Engagements

Cole ~ Stone Farrar ~ Sullivan Nunally ~ Olson

Obituaries

Laura Ann Belcher Ola Jane Burris Wendell L. Graddy
Raymond H. Hower Bulah Mae Tackett

Births

Carson Evans Caldwell

Matthew and Allison Caldwell of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on May 12, 2009, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed nine pounds, four ounces, and has been named Carson Evans Caldwell.

He has a four-year-old brother, Camdyn Easton Caldwell.

Grandparents are Robin Caldwell of Jonesboro and Elizabeth Anderson Byrd of Portia. He is the great-grandson of Ave Jean Caldwell and Lila Peck of Jonesboro and Violet Goad of Black Rock.

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Chloe Anne Keeth

Adam and Natalie Keeth of Rogers announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, on May 19, 2009, at Rogers Hospital. The baby weighed five pounds, 10 ounces and has been named Chloe Anne Keeth.

Grandparents are Eric and Becky Hart of Malvern and George and Debbie Keeth of Bella Vista. Great-grandparents include Benson and Pate Hart of Walnut Ridge and Bob and Nat Bealle of Ocala, Fla.

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Rylee Jaden Smith

Adam and Ericka Smith of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter on May 18, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Rylee Jaden Smith.

Grandparents are Ray and Sherri Swindle and James and Paula Bryant of Walnut Ridge, Ricky Swindle of Hoxie and Brent Smith of Jonesboro. She is the great-granddaughter of Thomas and Ruby Swindle and James and Mildred Smith, all of Alicia, Ivan and Donna Myers of Deer Creek, Ill., and W.G. and Daphine Douglas of Sedgwick.

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Weddings/Engagements

Cole ~ Stone

Renee Nicole Stone and Daniel David Cole were married on May 9 in a country garden ceremony at the home of the groom's grandmother, Ada Joe, and Conway Weir, in Powhatan.

The bride is the daughter of Michael Stone of Memphis and Donna Engwall of Pensacola, Fla. She is the granddaughter of Barbara Kurtz of Kansas.

She was given in marriage by her father, Michael Stone. She wore a full-length J. Crew gown of ivory silk tricotene with an empire waist, vee neckline and overlap detail on the front and back. Her bouffant-style veil was made of French netting and tulle, and she carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas and yellow daisies.

The bridegroom is the son of Cindy and Kent Owen of Memphis and the late David R. Cole. He is the grandson of Ada Joe Andrews Weir of Powhatan and the late Charles E. Andrews and Linda and K.D. Cole of Atoka, Tenn.

The bride's uncle, Pastor David Kurtz of Elmira Chapel-Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Longview, Texas, performed the ceremony.

The groom designed the music play list for both the wedding and reception. He also wrote and recorded the couple's first dance music. Zane Andrews, cousin of the groom, served as deejay.

Elizabeth Crim, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaid was Mary Stone, sister of the bride.

Kent Owen, stepfather of the groom, served as best man. Groomswoman was Erica Stone, sister of the bride.

Sarina Bourland presided at the bride's book table. Servers were Alyce Stone, Regina Bourland and Tricia Andrews.

The reception followed at the wedding site and was hosted by the bride's mother and stepfather, Donna and Bob Engwall.

The couple honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii, and will live in Memphis.

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Farrar ~ Sullivan

Chasity Tanielle Sullivan and Derek Robert Farrar exchanged wedding vows on April 25, 2009, at Portia Church of Christ in Portia.

The bride is the daughter of Lawanda Sullivan and Kevin Turner, and the groom is the son of Donna Farrar.

Chasity is a sophomore at Arkansas State University and is majoring in psychology. She works at Trinity Behavioral Health as an advisor. Derek works on the farm for his grandfather, Robert Davis.

The couple went to Branson on a honeymoon for a week and now reside in Hoxie.

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Nunally ~ Olson

Mitchell and Robin Nunally of Black Rock have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Tisha Nunally, to Andrew Tyler Olson, son of Jeffery and Diane Olson of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Wiley and Alice Anglin of Hoxie and Bud and Patty Nunally of Black Rock. She is a 2009 graduate of Black Rock High School.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Tony and Betty Dzek and Adrian Olson, all of Rockford, Ill., and Richard Johnson of Bull Shoals. He is a 2009 graduate of Hoxie High School and is a member of the Delayed Entry Program of the United States Marine Corps.

The couple will exchange vows on Friday at 7 p.m. at New Beginning Family Worship Center in Hoxie. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception, which will follow in the church's fellowship hall.

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Obituaries

Laura Ann Miller Belcher

Laura Ann Miller Belcher, 69, of Cave City, died May 22, 2009, at her home.

Born Nov. 18, 1939, at Strawberry, she moved with her family to Cave City at the age of seven and attended school at Cave City. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lowell and Nona Miller; and a brother, Rev. C.R. "Bobby" Miller.

Survivors include her husband, Earl Belcher, whom she married on May 4, 1957; and three brothers, Carl Miller, Batesville, Charles Miller, Cave City, and Larry Miller, Paragould.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Jim Black officiating. Burial was in Cave City Cemetery.

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Ola Jane Matthews Burris

Ola Jane Matthews Burris, 72, of Vincennes, Ind., died May 16, 2009, at her home.

She was born Jan. 31, 1937, in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Burris Jr.; a son, Tim Burris; her parents, W.A. and Allie Ramer Matthews; two sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Nicky Ray Burris, Midland, Ind., and Todd Burris, Vincennes, Ind.; a sister, Mary Ditto, Hoxie; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday, May 19, at Goodwin Funeral Home in Vincennes, Ind. Burial was in Linton, Ind.

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Wendell L. Graddy

Wendell L. Graddy, 80, of South Bend, Ind., died May 17, 2009, at his home.

Born Dec. 28, 1928, in the Lauratown community, he was the son of Oliver and Minnie Brown Graddy. He resided in Lake Okeechobee, Fla., during the winter months.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Bryant Graddy, on Jan. 11, 2006; and two siblings, Chelsie and Kenneth.

Survivors include a sister, Norine Graddy, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Warren Graddy, Walnut Ridge, and Jerry Graddy, Fort Myers, Fla.; three granddaughters, Jennifer, Amy and Beth; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Hickey Funeral Home in South Bend, Ind., with Pastor Jay Winter officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park at Granger, Ind.

Visitation is today from 9 a.m. until time of the service.

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Raymond H. Hower

Raymond H. Hower, 89, of Smithville, died May 22, 2009, at his home.

Born Aug. 2, 1919, in Jeannette, Penn., he was the son of Herley and Emma Duncan Hower. A World War II Navy veteran, he was retired from the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville as an industrial maintenance instructor. He attended Cornerstone Baptist Church at Mount Pleasant.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Kotz Hower; a brother, Robert Hower; and two sisters, Emma Swanson and Verna Saderski.

Survivors include a son, Mark Hower and wife Becky, Smithville; two daughters, Linda J. Scott and husband Chester W. Jr., Green Lane, Penn., and Jane A. Shisler and husband Jay, Souderton, Penn.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Elvis Sneathern officiating. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery at Jesup.

Pallbearers will be Bruce Gill, Chris Smith, Dwight Smith, Andrew Wortman, Alvin Wortman and John Higgins.

Memorials may be made to the Cornerstone Baptist Church Mission's Program.

Visitation is tonight from 5-7 p.m.

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Bulah Mae Tackett

Bulah Mae Tackett, 69, of Cave City, mother of Eddie Mae Bagwell of Strawberry, died May 21, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Burial was Monday in Maxville Cemetery at Cave City under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

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