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Michael and Keryn Cobble of Minturn have announced the birth of a daughter, who was born on April 24, 2009 at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, nine ounces and has been named Jayde Daily Cobble.
Jayde has a four-year-old sister, Remington Lynn Cobble.
Grandparents are Cindy Cobble of Alicia and the late Alfred Cobble, Mark and Jennifer Douglas of Lake City, and Sheryl and Allen Puckett of Caraway. Great-grandparents are Luther Jones of Portia, Linda and Bob Hare of Jonesboro, Shirley Adams of Caraway, Mike and Becky Adams of Caraway and LeRoy and Mattie Douglas of Manila.
Wade and Melanie Spence of Imboden have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born on April 30, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, five ounces and has been named Emery Taylor Spence.
Grandparents are Louie and Wilma Bagwell of Powhatan and Bryan and Pam Spence of Imboden. She is the great-granddaughter of Ethel Coursey of Tontitown and Bill and Wanda Runyan of Black Rock.
Michael McPhink of Hoxie and Walnut Ridge and Nuezar Clara Laraya Paner of Oriental Negros Province, Philippines, were united in marriage on May 27, 2009, in Cebu, Philippines.
After visiting with her family in the Philippines, they will make their home in Arkansas.
James Edward "Jimmy" Burns Jr., 57, of Grand Junction, Tenn., formerly of Hoxie, died May 30, 2009, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
Born Feb. 26, 1952, he lived in Marion before moving to Hoxie in 1970. He attended ASU in Jonesboro and had been employed at Hill Brothers Construction since 1978.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Helen Jean Burns.
Survivors include four sons, Michael Burns and wife Belinda, and Danny Burns and wife Becky, all of Jonesboro, James E. Burns III, Senatobia, Miss., and Brandon Burns, Harrisburg; two brothers, Allen Burns, Imboden, and Gene Burns, Alexandria, La.; three sisters, Debra Lewis, Van Buren, and Jana Poteete and Darla Romine, both of Hoxie; and five grandchildren.
Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Burial will be in Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion.
An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Jerry Lee "Rebel Outlaw" Clements, 34, of Pocahontas, died May, 27, 2009.
Born Sept. 12, 1974, in Little Rock, he was a former logger for a sawmill and was of the Pentecostal belief.
He was preceded in death by a son, Tristin Clements; his father, James R. Reynolds; and his grandmother, Alta Becker.
Survivors include his wife, Starla Clements, whom he married on March 1, 2009; his mother, Reba Knotts, Walnut Ridge; his father, Jerry Clements; his grandfather, Charles Becker, O'Kean; eight children, Hope Clements, Daytona Clements, Ali Clements and Serenity Clements, all of Kansas City, Mo., Cameron Clements, Alton, Mo., and Justin McCain, Blade Fisher and Dezaray Grooms, all of Pocahontas; and 10 siblings, William Clements, Wayne Poff, Mike Borreson and Chris Borreson, all of Pocahontas, Leigh Browder, Trumann, Shenna Martin, Jamie Ward and Michael Paisley, all of Tennessee, Jack Borreson, Florida, and Andrea Borreson, Bono.
Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Trinity Cemetery near Bono with Rev. Tony Becker officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Alfred Becker, Auther Becker, Daniel Wilkerson, Thelbert Stevens, Andrew Becker, Michael Becker, William Clements and Jeff Browder.
Donations may be made to Bryan Funeral Home.
Virginia May Cofield, 79, of Jonesboro, mother of Jerry Stayton of Walnut Ridge, died May 30, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.
Grover Davis, 89, of Smithville, died June 2, 2009, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.
Born Nov. 21, 1919, in the Denton community, he was the son of Homer and Nellie Crabtree Davis. He attended Sloan-Hendrix Academy and was a cattle rancher and a school teacher. He was an active member of Smithville United Methodist Church, where he was serving as the chair of the finance committee.
He was a member and past master of Masonic Lodge #29 in Smithville, and was also a member of J.F. Hammett OES #555, the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association, Farm Bureau, the Lawrence County Historical Society, the Smithville Saddle Club and the Feeder Calf Association.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Davis; a sister, Ada Sue Forrester; and a son-in-law, Walt Neeley.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Imogene Davis, whom he married on Nov. 18, 1939; two daughters, Betty Neeley and Ann Burrow and husband Larry; three grandsons, Cass Burrow, Clent Burrow and Kyle Neeley; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at the Smithville United Methodist Church with Revs. Bob McMillon and Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery at Denton under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Cass Burrow, Clent Burrow, Kyle Neeley, David Davis, Nathan Davis and Max Mize. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Smithville United Methodist Church, the members of the OES and the members of the Masonic Lodge.
Memorials may be made to Old Bethel Cemetery or the Smithville United Methodist Church, 401 Lawrence Road 225, Black Rock, AR 72415.
Visitation is Friday from 9 a.m. until time of the service.
Sally Ann Doan, 79, of Franklin, Tenn., died May 24, 2009. Survivors include a daughter, Diane Johnson and husband Miles, who is a native of Hoxie and Walnut Ridge. Williamson Memorial Funeral Home of Franklin, Tenn., had charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Williamson County Library, 1314 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064 or to the Church of the Advent, 5501 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN 37220.
Hubert L. "Bud" Due, 90, of Ravenden, died May 29, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Born Dec. 4, 1918, at Cave City, he was the son of Walden Rolf and Vertie Carpenter Due. He was a farmer and was a member of the Church of Christ of Opposition.
Survivors include his wife, Irma Halstead Due, whom he married on Dec. 4, 1957; two sons, Buford Due and wife Johnna, and Donnie Hancock and wife Vicky, all of Ravenden; a sister, Effie Higginbotham, Dixon, Mo.; and a grandson, Kierce Due.
Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Opposition Cemetery at Ravenden with Wayne Pickett and A.J. Stracener officiating. Bryan Funeral Home of Imboden had charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Wayne Pickett, Winston Meeks, Danny Holder, Bob Hendon, Larry Gibbons and Paul Due.
Nellie Juanita Dye, 67, of Walnut Ridge, died May 31, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
She had lived in Missouri and Michigan before returning to Walnut Ridge. She was homemaker and was of the Pentecostal belief.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Nina Neal Fitzgerald.
Survivors include two daughters, Juanita Magee and Kathy Sue Bradley, both of Walnut Ridge; two sons, Carroll Magee and Randy Magee, both of Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Hazel Hicks and Brenda Menear, both of Michigan, Shirley Harris, Mississippi, and Mary Jones, Arkansas; five brothers, James Fitzgerald, Michigan, and Charles Fitzgerald, Larry Fitzgerald, Jerry Fitzgerald and Gary Fitzgerald, all of Arkansas; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Rick Anglin officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Blanche Farmer, 100, of Cash, died June 1, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Born Dec. 18, 1908, in Elgin, Ill., she was the daughter of W.T. and Francis Harrison Davenport. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Cash Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kelly Farmer; three brothers, Hubert Davenport, William "Pete" Davenport and Aleck Davenport; and two sisters, Mary Davenport and Lugene Bowden.
Survivors include three sons, William "Bill" Farmer and wife Donnie, Hot Springs Village, John "Cooter" Farmer, Cash, and Richard "Dickie" Farmer, O'Kean; a brother, Tom Davenport and wife Connie, Jacksonport; two grandchildren, Bryan Farmer and Brittany Schmidt; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside service is today at 1 p.m. at City Cemetery with Herbert Knight officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Marjorie "Pepper" Hoggard, 78, of Beebe, died June 1, 2009, at Beebe Retirement Home.
Born Jan. 28, 1931, in Texas, she was the daughter of Louis and Lulu McCauley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Hoggard; a son, Jimmy Hoggard; and a daughter, Rhonda Hoggard.
Survivors include a son, Ronnie Joe Hoggard, Beebe; a half-sister, Irene Walenciak, the Netherlands; two grandsons, Ronnie Joe Hoggard Jr. and Marshall Lane Hoggard; two uncles, Dwight Carrens and wife Anna Mae, and Clabe Johnson and wife Helen, all of Pitman; and a niece, Cindy Tate, Walnut Ridge.
Graveside service is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Pitman Cemetery with Marshall Hoggard officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.
Jimmy Dan McGinnis, 76, of Hoxie, died June 2, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
A native of Lawrence County, he was a graduate of Lynn High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State College. He also attended Air University in Montgomery, Ala., and Dallas College in Dallas.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He also served in the U.S. Air Force, where he received a commendation for inventions pertaining to early warning radar. He served in the Arkansas National Guard under Company K during the Little Rock Central High crisis.
He retired from Texas Instruments in 1975 and from Arkansas Eastman in 1992. He was a member of the Aurora Lodge and was a 32nd degree Mason in Walnut Ridge. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.
He was preceded in death by his father, Burl McGinnis; and a brother, Earl Van McGinnis.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Rita Fears McGinnis; a daughter, Brenda Ruthene Madden, Walnut Ridge; a son, Jason Alan McGinnis, Walnut Ridge; his mother, Ozella Huskey McGinnis, Hot Springs Village; a brother, Larry McGinnis and wife Patricia, Hot Springs Village; three grandchildren, Wesley Madden, Chris Madden and Matthew McGinnis; and a great-granddaughter.
Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Mark Harris officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.
Pallbearers will be Wesley Madden, Chris Madden, Matthew McGinnis, Gilbert Pickney, Darrell Pickney and Bill McClure.
Visitation is tonight from 5:30-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Jean Frances McHaney, 85, of Marmaduke, died May 30, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Born Nov. 15, 1923, she was the daughter of Burt and Callie Sims Shelby. She was a member of the Marmaduke First United Methodist Church, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Marmaduke Extension Homemakers Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex McHaney; two brothers, John Shelby and Bob Shelby; and a sister, Doris Atkinson.
Survivors include a son, John T. McHaney and wife Alyce, Powhatan; a daughter, Debrah Stogsdill, Jonesboro; a sister, Joann Martin, Brookland; a sister-in-law, Peggy McHaney; three grandchildren, Kimberly Bigger, Shelly England and Hilary Bowling; and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Harvey's Chapel Cemetery with Kim Bridges and Lynn McClure officiating. Irby Funeral Home of Marmaduke had charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Marmaduke.
O.V. Mills Jr., 79, of O'Kean, died May 29, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born Jan. 22, 1930, in Darden, Tenn., he was the son of Ollie and Liler Parrish Mills. He was retired from Delta Asphalt Company and was of the Protestant faith.
He was preceded in death by a brother, U.L. Mills; and a sister, Maxine Barber.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Earline Frames Mills; a son, Gary Mills and wife Cathy, Clinton; two brothers, Bill Mills and wife Sandra, Long Beach, Calif., and Bob Mills and wife Doris, Wilmington, Calif.; a sister, Elene Crenshaw, Carson, Calif.; two grandchildren, Dwayne Mills and Michael Mills; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery with Bro. George Nichols officiating. Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville had charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ammie "Lucille" Muska, 85, of Fenton, Mo., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died May 19, 2009, at her daughter's home in Fenton.
Born July 24, 1923, she was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Miller.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James "Jim" Muska; and six brothers, William Miller, Marvin Miller, Clarence Miller, John Nelson Miller, Milbern Miller and Lavell Miller; and three sisters, Ellen Bryant, Mary Nelsie Bailey and Nora Earline Miller.
Survivors include a daughter, Evangeline "Van" Culp; two sisters, Ruth Dulaney and Dora Decker; a brother, Alvin Miller; two grandchildren, Joel "Joey" Culp and Terri "Lynn" Bax; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Friday, May 22, at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould. Burial was in Mount Zion Cemetery at Walcott.
Robert Pickrell, 52, of Jonesboro, died May 30, 2009, at his home.
Born Jan. 24, 1957, at Pocahontas, he was raised at Alicia and was a retired fencer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Nina Ivy Pickrell.
Survivors include his wife, Penny Pickrell, whom he married on April 3, 1993; two stepsons, Jon Newman, of the home, and Calvin Newman and wife Christina, Japan; an adopted daughter, Leah Kissling, Mexico; two sisters, Donna Pickrell and Loretta Parker, both of Murfreesboro; three brothers, Jessie Pickrell and William Pickrell, both of Murfreesboro, and Bobby Pickrell, Pennsylvania; and two grandchildren, Trustin Kissling and Gage Kissling.
Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Larry Gandy officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery at Bono under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Jason Merrick, Chris Hancock, Elvis Ivy, Jon Newman, Calvin Newman and Brett Phillips. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Sullins, Richard Millsap, Terrace Ward, Dave McHalffey, Chris Tyler and Morgan Williams.
Visitation is Thursday from noon until time of the service.
Theodore "Ted" Sawyer, 86, of Williford, died May 30, 2009, at his home.
Born April 29, 1923, at Light, he was the son of Frederick Lee and Minnie Walker Sawyer. A World War II Army veteran, he was a carpenter and had pastored the Bradford Chapel at Ravenden since 1975.
He was preceded in death by eight brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Emma Powell Sawyer, whom he married on Dec. 6, 1945, in Hardy; a son, Teddy Allen Sawyer, Ozark Acres; four daughters, Joanie Wilkerson, Williford, Pamie Sawyer, Ozark Acres, and Regina Ross and Karen Pickett, both of Ravenden; a sister, Louise Hill, Helena; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel at Hardy with Bro. Floyd Rickard officiating. Burial was in Bradford Cemetery at Ravenden under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service of Hardy.
Pallbearers were Tony Lowe, Butch Dail, Rudy Powell, Gerald Powell, James Davis, Kevin Morris, Brian Pickett and Aaron Lowe.
Douglas "Bugs" Sheets, 77, of Walnut Ridge, died May 31, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he was the son of John and Nona McGuffie Sheets. He was a retired farmer and was a member of Egypt Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by 10 brothers and a sister.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Dixon Sheets; a stepdaughter, Ruby McIntire and husband Alvin, Egypt; two stepsons, Curtis Thomas and wife Marilyn, and Leslie Thomas, all of Jonesboro; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Tommy Miller officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Sheets, Phillip Sheets, Mark Sheets, Eric Thomas, Michael McIntire and Sam McIntire. Honorary pallbearers will be Alvin McIntire, Curtis Thomas, Anthony Thomas, Andy Thomas and Buddy Mitchell.
Austin Andrew Stovall Sr., 97, of Imboden, died May 25, 2009, at his home.
Born April 30, 1912, in Evening Shade, he was the son of Andrew and Nancy Stovall. He was a 1932 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix Academy and attended Arkansas State College, now Arkansas State University. He was a member of the Imboden Church of Christ.
He and his wife owned and published the Imboden Journal and later the Ozark Journal for 45 years. He served as postmaster of the Imboden post office for 28 years. He was a member of the National Association of Postmasters and was a former national president of the organization.
He served in the U.S. Navy for four years during World War II. He was a past president of the Imboden Lions Club, of which he was a charter member. He was also a charter member of the Imboden Housing Authority and served on the board for 40 years. He served on the Imboden Town Council, the Sloan-Hendrix School Board and was on the Lawrence County School Board for 45 years.
After his retirement, he was active in the NAPUS chapter at Jonesboro and served as president. He served on the board of the Mid-South Regional Mental Health Hospital for 30 years. He was active in the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and was named Lawrence County Man of the Year in 1993.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Kell Stovall, in 2007, whom he married Dec. 22, 1942; three brothers, Floyd Stovall, William Stovall and Audy Stovall; and three sisters, Ella Rogers, Cena Rogers and Edna Laman.
Survivors include a son, Austin Stovall Jr. and wife Ann, Memphis; two daughters, Martha Jane Johnson, Imboden, and Janelle Stovall, Memphis; three sisters; five brothers; and four grandchildren, Kell Andrew Stovall, Coy Stovall, Matthew Johnson and Emily Johnson; eight great-grandchildren; and his caregivers, Yolanda Coleman, Vicky Rash, Chriss Hurt, Heidi Brawley and Katherine Break.
Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Imboden Church of Christ with Ted Kell officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.
Pallbearers were Jim Jones, Steve Jones, Terry Smith, Bob Glass, Bob Rogers, Gevan Murphy, Nathan Woods and James Weir. Honorary pallbearers were Olan Goad, Richard Woods, Dale Stovall, Wade Bellah, Homer Mize, Gary and Janice Williams, Carroll V. Willmuth, Nina Richey and Beverly Matheny.
Memorials may be made to the Stovall Community Service Scholarship c/o Sloan-Hendrix Schools.
Wesley Eugene "White Cloud" Tribble, 74, of Walnut Ridge, died May 26, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Born in Lawrence County, he had lived in Missouri before moving to Walnut Ridge. He was a retired truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rob and Mary Gibson Tribble; four brothers; and a sister.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Tribble; four daughters, Beverly Tieman and Deb Gilleland, both of College Hill, Ill., Kaye Turrentine, Corning, and Shirley Long, Bartow, Fla.; three sons, Robert Tribble Sr., Walnut Ridge, Roger Tribble, Arbondale, Fla., and Wesley Tribble Jr., Bartow, Fla.; three brothers, Jack Tribble, Bob Tribble and J.T. Tribble; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Duty Cemetery near Walnut Ridge.
Pallbearers were Steven Smith, Shaun Hopkins, Robby Tribble, Gary Mills, Michael Nelson and Jeff Tribble. Honorary pallbearers were Jodey Tribble and Rodney Dobbs.
Orice Gene Ward, 68, of Batesville, formerly of Lawrence County, died May 29, 2009, at his home.
Born Sept. 6, 1940, at Dowdy, he was retired from Con-Agra Foods. He had previously worked at the International Shoe Company and was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Orice Roland and Thelma Little Ward.
Survivors include two aunts, Annie Geurin, Lynn, and Algi Raye Bond, Clearwater, Fla.; and an uncle, John B. Little, Bridgeton, Mo.
Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Willis Funeral Service in Batesville with David Stewart officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery near Dowdy.
Pallbearers were Gene Lucy, Billy Ray Ward, Allen Vickers, Billy Ed Campbell, Keith Geurin and Larry Shaw. Honorary pallbearers were Billy West, Lavell Sharp, Mackie Johnson, Carl Dunham, Jay Crawford, Junior Cole, Buford Maddox, all of his friends at the International Shoe Company and Con-Agra, his coffee buddies at Wal-Mart and his classmates at Strawberry High School.
An online guestbook is available at www.willisfh.com.
Esther Catherine Wurtz, 86, of Pocahontas, sister of Mary Ann Graddy of Clover Bend, died May 31, 2009, at Randolph Home. Burial is today at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas. Memorials may be made to St. John's and St. Paul's Catholic Youth Ministry.
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