June 17, 2009 Edition

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Samuel Morgan Doyle Joseph Layne Hughes Ryleigh Nicole Olson


Deeter ~ Wright


William Benard Dixon Richard Forrester Sarah Elizabeth Frank
Junior Lee Jones Betty Jo Lamb Arzella Baney Letner
Polly Erwin Long Laura Adel Stewart Darrell Thompson
Robert Mitchell Tyler


Samuel Morgan Doyle

Tim and Misty Doyle of Jonesboro announce the birth of a son on June 2, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Samuel Morgan Doyle.

He has two sisters, Jacqueline and Lillie Doyle, who are 10.

Grandparents are Lester and Glenda Smith of Hoxie and James R. and Vivian Doyle of Jonesboro. He is the great-grandson of Lois Pickney of Black Rock and Lenore Doyle of Jonesboro.

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Joseph Layne Hughes

Tommy and Lillie Hughes of Imboden have announced the birth of a son on June 5, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, four ounces, and has been named Joseph Layne Hughes.

He has two older brothers, Dylan, 11, and Noah, seven.

Grandparents are Dail and Alice Hughes of Imboden and Mark and Geyvon Crest and Carl Willfond, all of Corning. He is the great-grandson of Lillie Willfond and Marjorie Pruett, both of Walnut Ridge, and Carol Crest of Rolla, Mo.

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Ryleigh Nicole Olson

Andrew and Tisha Olson of Black Rock have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, on June 4, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed four pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Ryleigh Nicole Olson.

Grandparents are Mitch and Robyn Nunally of Black Rock and Jeff and Dianne Olson of Pocahontas. She is the great-granddaughter of Wiley and Alice Anglin of Hoxie, Morris and Patty Nunally of Black Rock, Tony and Betty Dzik and Adrian Olson, all of Rockford, Ill., and Richard Johnson, Mountain Home.

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Deeter ~ Wright

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Deeter of Lynn announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsey Nicole Deeter, to Brandon Keith Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Wright of Strawberry.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Jeffery of Melbourne, Lorene Deeter of Lynn and the late Lowell Deeter.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Cooper of Cave City, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Randolph of Strawberry and the late Norman Wright. He is the great-grandson of Lois Porter of Batesville and Aurora Moore of Cave City.

Lindsey was the 2007 valedictorian of her Hillcrest High School class. She has been accepted into the Pharmacy School Program at UAMS in Little Rock and will attend in the fall.

Brandon was the 2006 valedictorian of Hillcrest High School and is employed as a chemical analyst at Future Fuel Chemical Company in Batesville.

The couple will exchange vows on July 4 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn. All relatives and friends are invited to attend.

A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

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William Benard Dixon

William Benard Dixon, 61, of Cave City, died June 14, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

A retired roofer, he had lived in Illinois all of his life before moving to Arkansas a few years ago. He lived in Walnut Ridge prior to moving to Cave City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Grace Dixon; a sister, Mary Hunter; and three brothers, Clarence Dixon, Glenn Dixon and Richard Dixon.

Survivors include two daughters, Vickie Burrow and husband Robert and Laura Bristow and husband Jeffrey, all of Lynn; a son, Billy Dixon, Lynn; two sisters, Betty Forehand, Douglas, Ill., and Nellie Forrest, Granite City, Ill.; and six grandchildren, Charlie Wallace, Bobby Wallace, Amber Burrow, Alan Dixon, Megan Dixon and Jessica Bristow.

Memorial service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with David Stuart officiating.

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Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester, 71, of Imboden, died June 10, 2009, at his home.

Born Aug. 18, 1937, in St. Louis, he was the son of Milton and Marie Maxfield Forrester. He was of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include a son, Frank Forrester and wife Sharon, Imboden; two daughters, Stacey Lein and husband Dan, St. Louis, and Melanie Eubanks and husband Terry, Pensacola, Fla.; and a sister, Millie Hill and husband Bud, Pocahontas.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. Randy Scott officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Frank Forrester, Kellen Forrester, Dan Lein, Kevin Smith, Les McCollum and Erik Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Clay Lein, Logan Lein and Bryan Harvey.

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Sarah Elizabeth Frank

Sarah Elizabeth Frank, 3, of Atlanta, Ga., died Friday, May 29, 2009.

Her mother, as well as her maternal grandparents and aunts, are formerly of Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Walter L. Frank of Jacksonville, Ill.

Survivors include her parents, Dr. James and Sheila Gaither Frank, her twin brother James and sisters, Kate and Emma, all of the home; grandparents, Duane and Linda Gaither, Jonesboro; aunts, Sally Williams and Natalie Haag, Jonesboro; and uncle, Dr. Walt Frank, Pawleys Island, S.C.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Patterson Funeral Home of Atlanta, Ga.

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Junior Lee Jones

Junior Lee Jones, 73, of Warsaw, Mo., died June 8, 2009.

Born Aug. 3, 1935, in O'Kean, he was a Korean War veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Omar and Hazel Wilkerson.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine Jones; two sons, Ronald Jones and wife Tina, Tonganoxie, Kan., and Glenn Jones and wife Carrie, Lee's Summit, Mo.; two daughters, Glenda Hardman and husband Gay, Pittsburg, Mo., and Eva Babcock and husband Everett, Kansas City, Mo.; a sister, Maydell Blansett and husband Ralph, Imboden; two brothers, Lloyd Wilkerson and Bob Wilkerson, both of Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Gerald Fears officiating. Burial

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Betty Jo Lamb

Betty Jo Lamb, 62, of Maynard died June 13, 2009, in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 23, 1946, in Monette, she was the daughter of Floyd and Freda Lamb, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Mike Crawford; three brothers, Floyd Lamb of Hoxie, Walnut Ridge and Boyd Lamb and Earl Lamb, both of Hoxie.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens with David Hedge officiating.

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Arzella Baney Letner

Arzella Baney Letner, 80, of Jonesboro, sister of Arlene McGonigal of Walnut Ridge, died June 8, 2009, at her home. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.

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Polly Erwin Long

Polly Ann Erwin Overbey Crocker Long, 89, of St. Louis, died June 5, 2009, in St. Louis.

Born Jan. 17, 1920, in Saffell, she was the daughter of Tom Joe and Esther Lee Morris Erwin. She attended Hoxie High School. She was employed at Killark Electric as a supervisor for many years. She was affiliated with the Pentecostal Church.

She married Curtis C. Overbey of Alicia and had three children, Anita Dunphy, Marian Stewart and Curtis Overbey. She later married Burlin Crocker and had one daughter, Karen Adams.

Her first two husbands, as well as her third husband, Comer Long, preceded her in death.

She is survived by all four children; a sister, Charlene Pogue, Florida, a niece, Mickey Gray, Hoxie, a nephew C.L. Erwin of Kansas City; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Kutis Funeral Home had charge of arrangements, and burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery at St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

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Laura Adel Stewart

Laura Adel Stewart, 70, of Black Rock, died June 14, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 22, 1939, in Iowa, she was the daughter of Ed and Lea Powell Poulson. She was former co-owner of Stewart Sweeping Service and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death on April 29, 1999 by her husband, Clarence "Pop" Stewart, whom she married Dec. 23, 1977.

Survivors include a stepson, Allen Stewart and wife Lee, Paragould; two stepdaughters, Linda Matkins and husband Jim, Rogers, and Brenda Etter and husband Tommy, Ash Flat; a brother, Charles Scott, Florida; five grandchildren, Stephanie Ditto, Marty Tidwell, Chasity Bradley, Melissa Rosales and Bobby Morrison; several great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Bryan Chapel in Hoxie with Rev. Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Randall Ludwig, Billy Starnes Jr., Scott Stewart, Bret Ditto, Tommy Etter and Paul Goad. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Starnes and Harvey Medlock.

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Darrell Thompson

Darrell Wayne Thompson, 57, of Pocahontas died June 13, 2009.

He was born March 18, 1952, in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include his father, James Thompson, Delaplaine; his mother, Florence Mathews, Pocahontas; brothers, Glendon Mathews, David Mathews and Ron Mathews, all of Pocahontas; sisters, Diane Wilson, Terry Morris and Jo Ann Thompson, all of Pocahontas, Debbie Reed of Oklahoma, Judy Thompson of California and Sandy Morris of O'Kean.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens with Jerry Cochran officiating.

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Robert Mitchell Tyler

Robert "Bob" Mitchell Tyler, 47, formerly of Pocahontas, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, near his home in Alexandria, Va..

Born Aug. 30, 1961, at Pocahontas to Kenneth and Mildred Thompson Tyler, he graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1979 and went on to serve five years in the Air Force military police. He also served as a policeman in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Tyler; and his grandparents, Clarence and Bessie Thompson and Jess and Lois Tyler.

Survivors include his wife, Lynnae Tyler; his mother, Mildred Tyler, Pocahontas; two brothers, Russ Tyler, Topeka, Kan., and Joel Tyler, Fort Riley, Kan.; two sisters, Lisa Ragan, Marion, Ill., and Laurie Rapert, Bigelow.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday in Cox-Waymon Funeral Home at Pocahontas with the Rev. Jason Rapert officiating. Burial followed in Hite Cemetery at Biggers.

Memorials may be made to Holy Ghost Ministries, a humanitarian missions organization, P.O. Box 10388, Conway, AR 72034, www.holyghostministries.org; or the Randolph County Library.

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