June 24, 2009 Edition

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Births

Thomas Gene Gall Landon Zayne Lee Cameron Michael Stevens

Weddings/Engagements

Lady ~ Morris Martin ~ Jackson Runge ~ Blyth

Obituaries

Stephanie Dilday Cook J.W. Cowan Billye Jeanne Crawford
Barbara Smith Dye Willard Thomas Horton Jerry Lee Hutton Jr.
Leroy Johnson Claude Junior Kingcade Levi L. Mast Jr.
Magdalene Roberts Ernest Leon Vinson Paulene Whitlow

Births

Thomas Gene Gall

Dr. Thomas and Rachel Gall of Blytheville announce the birth of a son on June 15, 2009 at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed nine pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Thomas Gene Gall.

He has a sister, Ella, who is four.

Delbert and Mary Gall of Walnut Ridge and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith of Blytheville are the grandparents.

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Landon Zayne Lee

Jennifer Woodson and Cody Lee of Pocahontas announce the birth of a son on June 13, 2009 at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce and has been named Landon Zayne Lee.

Michael and Deborah Woodson, Nancy McBrayer and Kim Lee, all of Pocahontas are the grandparents.

Great-grandparents are Stella Riggs of Hoxie; Charles and Barbara Woodson of Black Rock; and Donald and Mary Dick of Maynard. Idell Parker of Walnut Ridge is the great-great-grandmother.

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Cameron Michael Stevens

Rachel Robinett of Ravenden and Frank Stevens of Wynne announce the birth of a son on June 12, 2009, at St Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce and has been named Cameron Michael Stevens.

He has a 17-month-old sister, Destiny Stevens.

Grandparents are Mac and Carolyn Williams of Ravenden, Rhonda Glassburner of North Little Rock and the late Robert Ebert and the late Boyce and Melva Stevens.

Dwight Milgrim of Black Rock is the great-grandfather.

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Weddings/Engagements

Lady ~ Morris

Janet Dawn Morris became the bride of Harold Lloyd Lady IV in a ceremony solemnized on June 5 at the Lawrence County Courthouse in Walnut Ridge.

The bride is the daughter of John and Mary Jo Franks of Walnut Ridge. She is the granddaughter of Jewel and Dianne Woodson of Hoxie.

The groom is the son of Harold and Susan Lady of Walnut Ridge. He is the grandson of Archie and Aileen Harden of Walnut Ridge and Kathryn Lady of Hot Springs and the late Harold Lady.

County Judge Alex Latham officiated the double-ring ceremony. The bride carried a bouquet of red roses, accented with rhinestones.

The couple are making their home in Walnut Ridge.

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Martin ~ Jackson

Scott and Linda Martin of Paragould have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Lee Martin, to Joey Matthew Jackson, son of Joey and Marsha Jackson of Paragould.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dorothy Jackson of Jonesboro and Bill and Gay Martin of Powder Springs, Ga. She is a 2006 graduate of Paragould High School and is a senior English major at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge. She is currently interning with Premiere Magazine in Paragould.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Faye Jackson and Lavita Morgan, both of Corning. He is a 2005 graduate of Greene County Tech High School in Paragould and graduated from Arkansas State University in May with a degree in psychology. He is employed as a case manager with Life Strategies in Paragould.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. at Rosewood Baptist Church in Paragould. All family and friends are invited.

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Runge ~ Blyth

Drs. Marschall and Susan Runge of Chapel Hill, N.C., have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Steadman Runge, to Charles Patrick Blyth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Blyth of Pembroke Pines, Fla.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Orval Riggs of Little Rock and Dr. Gretchen Runge of Austin, Texas, and the late Dr. Thomas Runge. She is a 2007 graduate of Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish. She is currently attending graduate school.

She is the great-niece of Tom Waldron of Walnut Ridge and Camille Waldron Ellis of Little Rock. Her great-grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Waldron and the late Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Riggs, all of Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Farrell of Miami Lakes, Fla., and Alma Blyth of Irmo, S.C. He is a 2007 graduate of Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering and is clinical trials research coordinator at the University of North Carolina.

The couple will exchange vows on July 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Obituaries

Stephanie Faith Dilday Cook

Stephanie Faith Dilday Cook, 39, of Walnut Ridge, died June 22, 2009, at her home.

Born in Aberdeen, Miss., she had lived in Walnut Ridge for the past 35 years and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Strickland; and her grandfather.

Survivors include her husband, John Cook; a daughter, Destiny Crump, Columbus, Miss.; her mother, Thelma Parker, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Anthony Dilday, Fort Gordon, Ga.; and her grandmother, Mary Rexroad.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church with Glenn Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Clint Berry, Ronald Wheeless, Paul Goza, Chris Winters, Eric Burns and David Tribble. Honorary pallbearers will be the Walnut Ridge High School Class of 1987.

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

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J.W. Cowan

J.W. "Jay" Cowan, 87, of Cave City, died June 22, 2009, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Aug. 21, 1921, at Smithville, he was the son of John William and Nancy Ellen Stalnaker Cowan. He was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church at Cave City.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Dessie Mae Simpson, Leona Anderson, Willie Massey and Madie Fay Cowan; a half-sister, Della Ware; and two half-brothers, General Cowan and Earnest Cowan.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Glindeen Simpson Cowan; and a sister, Noma Hoggard, Batesville.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Qualls Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City with Bros. Wayne Goodman and Ron Canard officiating. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be James Paul Landers, Chris Chance, Mark Crouch, James Hoggard, Jimmy Hoggard and Paul Hoggard. Honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Shreve, Don McSpadden, Rex Gaither, Buddy Hoggard, Laman Kerr, Terry Weaver, Keith Kerr, Edward Lynn McClure, Tracy Anthony, Danny Simpson, Jim Simpson and Willis Simpson.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8.

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Billye Jeanne Crawford

Billye Jeanne Crawford, 84, of Tuckerman, died June 19, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, following a short illness.

Born Sept. 7, 1924, she was the daughter of Lewis and Myrtle Andrews Mason of Swifton. She taught at Tuckerman Public Schools from 1954 to 1986. After her retirement from teaching, she served as Jackson County School supervisor from 1986 to 2001.

She was active in Delta Kappa Gamma and the Retired Teachers' Association. She was a charter member of Trails to Tuckerman Historical Society and the Happy Bookers literary society. She was an active member of First Baptist Church for 55 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Alfred William "Daddy" Crawford, whom she married in 1945; a sister, Freda Willmuth; a brother, James Lewis Mason; and a grandson, Andrew William Crawford.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Jenkins and husband Robert, Wynne; a son, Dr. Alan W. Crawford and wife Beverly, Paragould; two grandchildren, Clayton Crawford Jenkins and Sara Elizabeth Jenkins; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Tuckerman with Derek Combs officiating. Burial will be in Gracelawn Cemetery at Tuckerman under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Hugh Burge, Bobby Clausen, Jim Cunningham, Pete Giles, Johnny Ivy, Chris Nagel, Larry Woods and Tommy Young. Honorary pallbearers will be Elwood Fisher and Bob Penix.

Memorials may be made to Trails to Tuckerman Historical Society, P.O. Box 976, Tuckerman, AR 72473.

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Barbara Smith Dye

Barbara Smith Dye, 66, of Hensley, formerly of Saffell, died June 22, 2009.

Born Sept. 2, 1942, in Saffell, she graduated from Strawberry High School in 1960 and from St. Vincent School of Nursing in 1979. She retired from Rebsamen Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville as an LPN. She was of the Presbyterian faith and was a member of the African Violet Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, James R. Dye Sr.; her parents, Charles Lewis and Viva Eagan Smith; a brother, Charles Smith; and two sisters, Bobbie Neal and Linda Doyle.

Survivors include a son, Charles R. Dye and wife Melanie, Hensley; a daughter, Jacqueline Williams and husband John, Hensley; and four grandchildren, Sydney Dye, Mackenzie Williams, Collin Dye and Fletcher Williams.

Graveside service is today at 11 a.m. at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock with Bro. Paul Roberts officiating. Roller-Drummond Funeral Home of Little Rock has charge of arrangements.

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Willard Thomas Horton

Willard Thomas Horton, 88, of Powhatan, died June 18, 2009, at his home.

The son of Stent and Ethel Prater Horton (Ward), he was a lifelong resident of Powhatan. He was a retired plumber and a member of the volunteer fire department for seven years. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Horton; and a brother, Waymon Lee "Cotton" Horton.

Survivors include his wife, Vera Warner Horton; three sons, Thomas Horton Sr., Frisco, Texas, and Teddy Horton and Ronald "Butch" Horton, both of Walnut Ridge; a sister, Dorothy McEntire, Liberty, Mo.; a brother, J.L. Horton, Herculaneum, Mo.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Wayne Bryant officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Grandsons and grandsons-in-law served as pallbearers.

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Jerry Lee Hutton Jr.

Jerry Lee Hutton Jr., 41, of Hoxie, died June 20, 2009, at Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Lee Hutton.

Survivors include a daughter, Devin Nicole Hutton, Bay; his mother, Kay Boyd Hutton, Hoxie; and two sisters, Connie Madden, Pocahontas, and Karen Hutton, Imboden.

Visitation was Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the House-Gregg Chapel in Walnut Ridge.

The body was cremated. No services are planned.

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Leroy Johnson

Leroy Johnson, 76, of Evening Shade, brother of Woodrow Johnson of Strawberry, died June 23, 2009, at his home. Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City. Burial will be in Evening Shade Cemetery. Visitation is tonight from 6-8.

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Claude Junior Kingcade

Claude Junior Kingcade, 76, of Lynn, died June 21, 2009, at his home.

The son of Willie and Lucy Newman, he had lived in Lynn for 24 years after moving from Rockford, Ill. He was a retired machinist for Nylint Corporation and was a member of the Eaton Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a brother, William "Buddy" Kingcade; and three sisters, Millie Adkinson, Annie Cook and Thelma Songer.

Survivors include his wife, Oleta Kingcade; a daughter, Lisa Smith, Rockford, Ill.; a son, Kim Kingcade, Smithville; three sisters, Virginia Wicker, Tennessee, Wanda Giligan, Rockford, Ill., and Georgia Huskey, Hoxie; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Luther Jones officiating. Burial will be in Markham Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gerard Smith, Jason Smith, Cecil McReynolds, Robert Nichols. Larry Forrester and Terry Colburn.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

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Levi L. Mast Jr.

Levi L. Mast Jr., 68, of Saffell, died June 20, 2009, at Calico Rock.

Born Dec. 11, 1940, in Holmes County, Ohio, he was the son of Levi Sr. and Saloma Raber Mast.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, a granddaughter and a grandson.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Emma Mast; two sons, Philip Mast, Strawberry, and Joel Mast, Summersville, Mo.; three daughters, Ada Mae Schwarts, Middlefield, Ohio, Sarah Mast, Rawlins, Wyo., and Martha Beachy, Estacada, Ore.; four brothers; a sister; 26 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hillcrest School Gymnasium in Lynn. Burial was in Jesup Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Memorials may be made to the Levi Mast Fund at the Bank of Cave City.

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Magdalene Roberts

Magdalene Roberts, 88, of Strawberry, died June 18, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born April 4, 1921, at Strawberry, she was the daughter of Ephriam and Nettie Ann Doyle Norman. She taught school at the one-room school at Rosebud, near Cord, for 14 years and was a substitute teacher at Strawberry School for many years. She was a homemaker and was an active member of the Jerusalem Landmark Missionary Baptist Church at Strawberry for 72 years, where she served as church clerk for 32 years and Sunday school teacher for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Lowell Roberts; six brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Duncan, Strawberry; a brother, Hardaway Norman, Fenton, Mich.; a sister, Alene Holland, Strawberry; three grandchildren, Susan Ferguson, Mary Belew and Jayme Tabor; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Jerusalem Landmark Missionary Baptist Church at Strawberry with Bros. Harold Boyd and Bobby Walker officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Darrell Birmingham, Scott Wright, Vince Wright, Keith Wright, Allen McDonald, and Elmer Rollins.

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Ernest Leon Vinson

Ernest Leon Vinson, 78, of Powhatan, died June 17, 2009, in Jonesboro.

He had lived in Lawrence County for 33 years, moving there from Illinois. He was retired from Sterling Northwest Steel and Wire and was a member of the Black Rock Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Diane Attebury Vinson; parents, Clifford and Viva Wright Vinson; a sister, Fran Jones; and two brothers, Harold and James Vinson.

Survivors include two daughters, Paula VanDerVliet and husband Glenn, Sheldon, Iowa, and Pamela Brown and husband Mike, Galt, Ill.; a son, Ernest Vinson Jr. and wife Ro, West Richland, Wash.; three sisters, Lurea Williams, Betty Morrison and Donna Root; three brothers, Earl Vinson, Cloyce Vinson and Carlos Vinson; six grandchildren, Lori Lovstad, Kathy Swain, Adam VanDerVliet, Jarod Brown, Jaramie Brown and Ross Vinson; six great-grandchildren and a special nephew, Joel Griffith.

Burial was private in Powhatan Cemetery. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Paulene Whitlow

Paulene Whitlow, 81, of Strawberry, died June 19, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was the daughter of Kennard and Allie Ludwig Johnson and lived in Strawberry most of her life. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.

Survivors include her husband, Worrence Whitlow, whom she married Dec. 2, 1944; two sons, Lonnie Whitlow, Beaufort, Mo., and Paul Whitlow, Strawberry; two sisters, Juanita Thornhill, Burleson, Mo., and Dorothy Springer, Sullivan, Mo.; and a brother, Chester "Buster" Johnson, Swifton.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Don House officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gary Whitlow, Russ Pigg, Ron Thieman, Andrew Thieman, Steve Mann and Dennis Pehle.

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