June 10, 2009 Edition

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Births

Layni Claire Boggs Breeann Nicole Hudson Jaydeyn Shirley
Ayden Layne Varner

Weddings/Engagements

Garland ~ Golden Vance ~ Brower

Obituaries

Christine Asberry Beatrice Blanchard Nila G. Dunham
Roland Dewey Ellis Norma Lee Hillen Steele Hooten
Neil Ingram Della Mae Ivy Ellis Junior Jarrett
Russell Knupp Polly Crocker Long Fayetta Meredith
Edna Erlene Moore Calvin Richey Dorothy Strong

Births

Layni Claire Boggs

Michael and Brandi Boggs of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on May 27, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed nine pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Layni Claire Boggs.

She is the granddaughter of Bobby and Brenda Wade of Sedgwick and Charles and Sherry Boggs of Annieville. Great-grandparents are Bill and Helen Wade of Jonesboro, Hubert and Ruth Boggs of Annieville and Ruth Richardson of Powhatan.

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Breeann Nicole Hudson

Michael and Miranda Hudson of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on May 26, 2009, at St. Bernard's Hospital Birthcare Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed nine pounds, two ounces, and has been named Breeann Nicole Hudson.

Grandparents are Terry and Shirley Hudson of Walnut Ridge and David and Kelly Steimel of Pocahontas.

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Jaydeyn Morgan Bailee Shirley

Dawn Michelle Crawford and Floyd Nathan Shirley, both of Walnut Ridge, have announced the birth of a daughter on May 29, 2009. The baby weighed six pounds, six ounces and has been named Jaydeyn Morgan Bailee Shirley.

Grandparents are Don Crawford, Barbara Wilson, Helen Nettleton and Jackie Travis, all of Walnut Ridge and the late Tillman Shirley Jr. of Headland, Ala.

Great-grandparents are Wilburn Hibbs, Martha Smith and James Travis, all of Walnut Ridge, James and Rosalee Crawford of Biggers and Sally and Gary Jones of Ravenden.

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Ayden Layne Varner

Terry and Marcie Varner of Delaplaine have announced the birth of a son on May 26, 2009, at St. Bernard's Hospital Birthcare Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and has been named Ayden Layne Varner.

Ayden has two brothers; Cody, age 17, and Dillon, age 16.

Grandparents are Roger and Donna Couch and Hulen and Ellen Varner, all of Delaplaine.

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Weddings/Engagements

Garland ~ Golden

Drew Golden became the bride of Mike Garland on May 2, 2009, in a semi-formal, double-ring ceremony at Gaston's Resort in Lakeview.

The bride is the daughter of Randy and Sally Golden of Walnut Ridge. She is the granddaughter of Ed Golden of Walnut Ridge and the late Edna Golden and the late Noble and Wilma Moss, who lived in West Plains, Mo.

She is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and the University of Central Arkansas, where she received a degree in marketing. She is employed as the marketing and sales director for Golden Living of Rogers.

The groom is the son of Joe and Val Garland of Siloam Springs. He is the grandson of Ralph and Billie Chmelka of Carmichael, Calif., and the late John and Patsy Garland.

He is a graduate of Siloam Springs High School and is attending the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, where he is pursuing a business degree. He is the vice president of ATV Protector Corp. in Siloam Springs.

Dr. Alan Winberry of Salem officiated the 2 p.m. ceremony.

The bride was given in marriage by her father, Randy Golden.

She wore a floor-length strapless A-line satin gown with ruching detail and a chapel train.

A reception followed the ceremony at Gaston's Resort Restaurant.

The couple are residing in Fayetteville.

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Vance ~ Brower

Keri Vance and Shane Brower have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Jerry and Bobbie Vance of Eaton. She is the grandaughter of Glenn and Irene Vance of Walnut Ridge and Clarice Parker of Eaton and the late Bob Parker. She is employed with Newport Advanced Physical Therapy in Newport.

The prospective groom is the son of Burnett and Teresa Redd of Black Rock and the grandson of Virginia Hall of Black Rock and the late Archie Hall. He is employed with Cox Implement Company of Hoxie.

The couple will exchange vows on July 4 in a private ceremony at Lake Charles State Park.

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Obituaries

Christine Asberry

Christine Asberry, 86, of Strawberry, died June 9, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born June 26, 1922, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of John Tompkins and Queen Rose Mullen Holland. She was a homemaker and a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Strawberry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleade Asberry; two infant sons; three brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Asberry, Paducah, Ky.; two grandchildren, Michael Asberry and Melissa Simpson; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Roller-Crouch-Magee Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Harold Boyd officiating. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers will be Howard West, Michael Asberry, Kenny Simpson, Elbert Gay, Gary West, Brandon Simpson and Justin Asberry. Honorary pallbearer will be Colby Simpson.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Beatrice Allison Blanchard

Beatrice Allison Blanchard, 92, of Jonesboro, died June 7, 2009, at her home.

Born Jan. 30, 1917, in Alicia, she was the daughter of William Edward and Phena Arizona Hales Allison. She was a homemaker and was a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy V. Blanchard, on Dec. 3, 1984, whom she married April 12, 1936; and a grandson, Jay Highfield.

Survivors include a son, Roy Byron Blanchard, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Doris Jean Highfield, Powhatan, and Linda Kay Bales, Jonesboro; a sister, Bernice Burris, Texas; five grandchildren, Eric Highfield, Lisa Betts, Roy Byron Blanchard II, Jimmy Bales and Kristie Huffman; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral in Thursday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Rev. David Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be David Betts, Eric Highfield, Roy Byron Blanchard II, Joey Huffman, Jimmy Bales and Trey Highfield. Honorary pallbearers will be Josh Huffman, Brent Huffman and Brandon Huffman.

Visitation is Thursday from noon until 2 p.m.

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Nila G. Dunham

Nila G. Dunham, 79, of Hoxie, died June 6, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 24, 1930, in the Lesterville community, she was the daughter of Clyde and Nola Campbell Rutledge. She was a cook and was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Dee Dunham; and three sisters, Dottie Sullivan, Billie Casey and Wanda Baker.

Survivors include three sons, Dennis Dunham, Amarillo, Texas, Larry Dunham, Wynne, and Reggie Dunham, Hoxie; two brothers, James Rutledge, Walnut Ridge, and Bob Rutledge, Jonesboro; a sister, Barbara Schultz, Sullivan, Mo.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the First United Pentecostal Church in Walnut Ridge with Tim Potter officiating. Burial was in Austin Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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Roland Dewey Ellis

Roland Dewey Ellis, 84, of Rockaway Beach, Mo., formerly of Ravenden, died June 3, 2009.

Born March 29, 1925, he was the son of John and Lydia Armstrong Ellis. He had lived in Ravenden since 1971 before moving to Missouri eight months ago. He was in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945, serving on a hospital ship in the Philippines during World War II. He had farmed in the Evergreen community and was the former owner of Ellis Sawmill. He was a member of American Legion Post #0336 in Hardy and the Evergreen Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Lou Martin-Ellis; two sisters, Merlene Smith and Hetty Wells; two brothers, Johnny Ellis and Rodney Ellis; three half-brothers, Raymond Ellis, Ernest Green and Roy Green; and a great-grandson, Christopher Newson.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Salzman and husband Kevin, Rockaway Beach, Mo., and Wanda Bratton and husband Dale, Seligman, Mo.; two sons, Harvey Medlock and wife Betty, Black Rock, and Blake Ellis and wife Mary, Rockaway Beach, Mo.; a sister, Audrey Smith, Seligman, Mo.; his significant other, Margaret Peck, Ravenden; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Flint Cemetery at Hardy.

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Norma Lee Hillen

Norma Lee Hillen, 69, of Paragould, died June 2, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was born June 11, 1939, in Delaplaine.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Hillen Sr.; her parents, Clarence Raymond and Mary Elizabeth George Carson; two brothers, J.C. Carson and Roger Dale Carson; and a sister, Imogene Taylor.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth Hillen Jr., Springfield, Mo., Johnny Hillen, Searcy, and Steve Hillen, Paragould; two daughters, Vickie Tucker, Monette, and Regina Cox, Paragould; a brother, Jimmie Carson, Jonesboro; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home with Scott Trayler officiating. Burial was in Nettleton Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jimmie Carson Jr., Bobby Lee Tucker, Bill Carson, Anthony Tucker, Alex Carson and Joseph Burgess. Honorary pallbearers were Brian Godfrey, Andrew Hillen, Derek Godfrey, Brandon Johnson and Tony Johnson.

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

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Steele Hooten

Steele Hooten, 83, of Pine Bluff, died June 1, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital, following a short illness.

Born and raised at Lynn, he was the son of Homer and Maggie Hooten.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Hooten; two sisters, Clarice Anderson, Pine Bluff, and Evelyn Malone, Walnut Ridge; and two brothers, Warren Eldridge, Anderson, Ind., and Stanley Hardaway, Dyersburg, Tenn.

Survivors include three sons; two daughters; and several grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Neil Ingram

Neil Ingram, 83, of Jonesboro, died June 6, 2009.

Born May 11, 1926, at Serge, he was the son of Enoch and Nora Goodwin Ingram. He was a mechanic and was a retired service manager for International Harvester of Jonesboro and Lawrence County Tractor.

He was preceded in death by three sons, Larry Dewayne Ingram and twins Larry Ingram and Gary Ingram; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Goodwin Ingram, whom he married Jan. 11, 1947; three sons, Jimmy Ingram, Warm Springs, Rick Ingram and wife Bridget, Walnut Ridge, and Randy Ingram and wife Emma, Jonesboro; three daughters, Linda Brand and husband Bill, Jonesboro, Ann Lively and husband Gary, Paragould, and Neala Jean McFarland and husband Jimmy, Bay; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Oak Grove Church of Christ with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Kevin McFarland, Jeremy McFarland, Kyle Radcliff, Blake Ingram, Kolby Gates and Roger Foreman. Honorary pallbearers were the members of Oak Grove Church of Christ, Extended Home Health of Jonesboro and St. Bernards Hospice.

Memorials can be made to Alzheimer's research.

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Della Mae Ivy

Della Mae Ivy, 87, of Alicia, died June 5, 2009, at her daughter's home.

Born Sept. 24, 1921, she was the daughter of William and Amanda Jones Thompson. A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. McLaughlin; her second husband, Tony Ivy; a daughter, Sharon Wilson; four sons, Willis McLaughlin, David McLaughlin, Floyd McLaughlin and Carl McLaughlin; three brothers; six sisters; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Survivors include four daughters, Betty Lee, Alicia, Carolyn Morris, Walnut Ridge, Lavetta Halfacre, Williford, and Deborah Looney, Black Rock; three sons, R.L. McLaughlin, Oakville, Ga., Jerry McLaughlin, Hoxie, and Charles McLaughlin, Egypt; a sister, Alberta Jackson, Three Rivers, Mich.; 45 grandchildren; 81 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Roger Brand officiating.

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Ellis Junior Jarrett

Ellis Junior Jarrett, 70, of Ravenden, died June 4, 2009.

Born Aug. 6, 1938, at Newport, he was a farmer and was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Flora Mae Jarrett; his second wife, Lois Jarrett, on Nov. 2, 2000, whom he married Jan. 1, 1981; two stepsons, Roger Maple and Dennis Maple; his parents, Dudley and Jewel Headrick Jarrett; and two brothers, Shelby Jarrett and James Jarrett.

Survivors include a son, Richard Jarrett and wife Renee, Pocahontas; three stepsons, Ray Maple, Imboden, Lugean Maple, Alicia, and Aubrey Maple, Concord; a stepdaughter, Sheila Ingram, Jonesboro; a son-in-law, James Young, Hoxie; a sister, Lois Gibson, Ravenden Springs; 18 grandchildren, including Camilla Beke of Hoxie, and Carrie Stone of Ravenden, who were his caregivers; and 34 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Old Military Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ray Maple Jr., Ted Heard, Jeff McGenty, Terry McGenty, Bryan Stone and Dennis Maple Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Scott Owens, Jerry Hinzman and Daniel Stone Sr.

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Russell Knupp

Russell Knupp, 80, of Pocahontas, died June 3, 2009, at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born Aug. 9, 1918, at Christopher, Ill., he was the son of Henry Otto and Martha Sloan Knupp. A World War II Army veteran, he was a former custodian for public schools in California and a coalminer. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by three sons, Patrick Knupp, Jerry Knupp and David Knupp; and two grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Doris Edith Richerson Knupp, whom he married on July 31, 1937; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Polly Ann Crocker Long

Polly Ann Erwin Crocker Long died June 5, 2009.

Born at Saffell, she attended Hoxie High School. She worked as a supervisor at Killark Electric for many years and was affiliated with the Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas J. and Esther Lee Erwin.

Survivors include her children, Anita Overbey Dunphy, Marian Stewart, Curtis Overbey Sr. and wife Dorothy, and Karen Crocker Adams and husband James; a sister, Charlene Pogue and husband John, Dunnellon, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Kelly Dunphy MacDonald, Kara Dunphy Stegmann, William P. Dunphy III, Pamela Stewart, Amy Overbey Strickland, Curtis Overbey Jr., Chad Overbey and Andrew Adams; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Kutis South County Chapel in Tesson Ferry, Mo. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Fayetta Meredith

Fayetta Virginia Meredith, 80, of Delaplaine, died June 2, 2009, at her home.

Born Nov. 10, 1928, she was the daughter of Ernest and Mary Moore Collins.

Survivors include her husband, P.T. Meredith; a son, Eddie Joe Meredith and wife Shirley, Delaplaine; five sisters, Elwanda Clayton, Delaplaine, Clora Russom, Beech Grove, Dorothy Burgess, Harrison, Glenna Swink, Paragould, and Louise DeVore, Viola; three brothers, James Collins and Larry Don Collins, both of Paragould, and Charles Collins, Haroldsburg, Ky.; two grandchildren, Scott Meredith and Vickie Smith; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Adam Bruton officiating. Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Eli Murray, Leonard Nees, Tony Eubanks, Richard Alls, Junior Alls and William Sisco. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Murray and Michael Swink.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge.

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

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Edna Erlene Moore

Edna Erlene Songer Moore, 83, of Bono, died June 7, 2009, in Lake City.

Born Sept. 23, 1925, in Greene County, she was the daughter of Willie and Minnie Songer. She was a homemaker and was the pastor of the Jesus Name Church of Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elvis Moore, whom she married Nov. 8, 1943; and a sister, Nora E. Songer.

Survivors include two sons, David Moore and wife Brenda, Bono, and Paul Moore and wife Sheila, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Dian Clark and husband Gaylon, Lake City, and Paula Roseberry and husband Tony, Booneville, Miss.; two brothers, Earl Songer, Paragould, and Junior Songer and wife Alice, Kahokea, Ill.; a sister, Glenda Miller and husband Tom, Salem; nine grandchildren, Jordan, Amber, Emily, Talon, Elizabeth, Virginia, Molly, Tony Jr. and Deann; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Higginbotham Chapel with Bros. Van Gilbert and Danny Murphy officiating. Burial was in Lorado Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were John Ring, Andrew Ring, Rick Birch, Kevin Hancock, Denny Meeker and Junior Lee. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Forsight and Joe Hancock.

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Calvin Richey

Calvin Richey, 52, of Strawberry, died June 8, 2009.

Born July 14, 1956, in Chicago, he was a 1974 graduate of Strawberry High School and was a self-employed truck driver. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clay and Sybil Richey and A.P. and Lena Kennedy.

Survivors include two daughters, Brandi Shilts and husband Will, Cabot, and Haley Ward and husband David, Benton; his parents, James Maynard and Bernice Kennedy Richey; two sisters, Cindy Morgan and husband Jerry Wayne, Lynn, and Marilee House and husband Mark, Batesville; a brother, Ellis Richey, Hachett; and three grandchildren, Landon Shilts, Zander Shilts and Aiden Ward.

Funeral is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Steve Norris and Kennard Ward officiating. Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville has charge of arrangements. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation is Thursday from 5 p.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to Luke 4:18 Lives, 140 Swaim Hill Road, Batesville, AR 72501; the Arkansas Sheriff's Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 3964, Batesville, AR 72503; or the Paragould Children's Home, 5515 Old Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

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

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Dorothy Strong

Dorothy Strong, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died June 8, 2009.

Born Aug. 5, 1917, at Dora, Mo., she was the daughter of Jesse Lee and Nellie Mae Satterfield Smith. She was a farmer and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin Strong, whom she married June 15, 1937.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Jenkins and husband John, and Vickie Cole and husband Ken, all of Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Butch Jenkins, Teresa Ryan, DeAnna Lewis and Tammy Cole; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with A.J. Stracener and Alvin Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Tim Ryan, Alvin Lewis, Butch Jenkins, John Jenkins III, Nikolas Ryan and Levi Lewis.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

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