July 8, 2009 Edition

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Ryland Grant Parker


Wu ~ Keen


Theodore Andrews Jewell Rae Butler Edith Marie Childress
Melissa Mae Crider Gustavia Davis Ellen Evone Hogan
Harmon M. Hugg David Powers Georgia Anita Rea
Helen Karene Shannon Bill J. Wilson


Ryland Grant Parker

Jeremy and Tiffany Parker of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a son, on June 2, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds and has been named Ryland Grant Parker.

Grandparents are Dennis and Paula Smith of Clover Bend and Rick and Barbara Parker of Walnut Ridge. He is the great-grandson of Bonnie Downum of Jonesboro and Wanda Spargo and Wilburn and Agnes Hibbs, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Wu ~ Keen

Xiaoyun Wu and Christopher Scott Keen of Brookland announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Gaisheng Wu and Luli Shi of Beijing, China. She is a graduate of The First High School Attached Beijing Normal University (high school) and a graduate of Beijing Normal University with a bachelorís degree in Chinese language and literature and a master's degree in law in international relations. She is employed by Arkansas State University as a Chinese language instructor.

The prospective groom is the son of Kim Keen of Walnut Ridge. He is a graduate of Marmaduke High School and a graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelorís degree in business management and a master's degree in business administration. He is employed by Allen Engineering as an international sales representative/government projects worker.

The wedding is planned for 2 p.m. July 25 at Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge with Rob Combs officiating.

The reception will also take place at the church following the wedding.

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Theodore Andrews

Johnnie Theodore Andrews, 61, of Walnut Ridge, died July 2, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 1, 1947, in Walnut Ridge, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He was a farmer and a member of the Light Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father, Johnnie Andrews; and a sister, Peggy Dacus.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Whitmire Andrews, whom he married on March 7, 1969; two sons, John Andrews and wife Kim and Jason Andrews and wife Charity, all of Walnut Ridge; his mother, Charlene Andrews, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Patsy Gwaltney, Hardy; six grandchildren, Tyler, Hayden, Savannah, Jacie, Zoey and Mikki; and his mother-in-law, Evelyn Whitmire, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Chapel. Burial was in Mount Zion Cemetery, near Walcott, with Paul McFadden officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Greg Evans, Gary Henson, George Stallings, David Whitmire, Donnie Whitmire and Chris Whitmire.

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Jewell Rae Butler

Jewell Rae Butler, 79, of Harrison, died July 5, 2009, at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison.

Born Dec. 18, 1929, in Light, she was the daughter of Oliver and Minnie Frances Davis Cannady. She was a homemaker and a member of the Jasper Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Book; a brother, James Cannady; and a stepson, Jim Butler.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph Butler; her stepfather, Andrew Perry, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Andrea Spry and husband Fred, Springdale, and Donna Reyes and husband Jose, Austin, Texas; two sons, Greg Book and wife Kathy, Royal, and Kevin Book and wife Maureen, San Antonio; two stepsons, John Butler and wife Donna, Wisconsin, and Jerry Butler and wife Sarah, Jasper; a stepdaughter, Paulette Butler, Wisconsin; three siblings, Marietta Watson and husband James, Cave City, Lacona Dickey, Harrison, and Art Cannady and wife Beverly, Bella Vista; a half-sister, Barbara Cunningham, Belen, N.M.; a sister-in-law, Jean Cannady, Peel; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The body will be cremated. A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Jasper Church of Christ with Phil Powers officiating. The church congregation will serve as honorary pallbearers. Graveside service will be Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Coffman Funeral Home of Harrison has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Jasper Church of Christ, P.O. Box 173, Jasper, AR 72641.

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

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Edith Marie Childress

Edith Marie Childress, 68, of Jonesboro, died July 2, 2009, at her home.

Born July 19, 1940, in Alicia, she had lived in the Walnut Ridge and Alicia area before moving to Jonesboro 35 years ago. She was a retired office manager for Gibson Container Company in Jonesboro and was a member of the Alicia Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Childress; a son, Michael Todd Floyd; two brothers, H.C. Todd, Jonesboro, and Dean Todd, Phoenix; and a daughter-in-law, Tracee Floyd, Jonesboro.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery. Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to the NEA Humane Society.

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Melissa Mae Crider

Melissa Mae Crider, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died July 6, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Arrangements will be announced by Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Gustavia Davis

Gustavia Davis, 86, of the Denton community, died July 2, 2009, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Feb. 20, 1923, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of John E. and Virgie Ward McCarroll. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church in Black Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Davis, whom she married June 27, 1953; a brother, Vernon McCarroll; and a sister, Lorene Gibbons.

Survivors include a son, David Davis and wife Rita, Smithville; a sister, Jessie Laird, Walnut Ridge; a brother, John Albert McCarroll, Black Rock; and two grandsons, Nathan Davis and Jeremy Davis.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Revs. Mark Massey and Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Nathan Davis, Jeremy Davis, Donald Clayton, Dickie Smith, Donald Laird, C.V. McCarroll and Jerry Gibbons.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Black Rock or to the charity of your choice.

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Ellen Evone Hogan

Ellen Evone Hogan, 69, of Pocahontas, died July 4, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was born Feb. 14, 1940, in Randolph County.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmore and Vada Jenkins; a brother, Eugene Jenkins; and a sister, Eureeta Rogers.

Survivors include her husband, Ponnie Hogan; two sons, Danny Hogan and wife Lynn, Pocahontas, and Wendell Hogan and wife Marilyn, Pocahontas, former employees of Walnut Ridge School; and three grandchildren, Austin Hogan, Adam Hogan and Christopher Alex Hogan.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation is tonight from 5-7 at the funeral home.

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Harmon M. Hugg

Harmon M. Hugg, 82, of Cedar Lake, Ind., formerly of Strawberry, died July 4, 2009.

A World War II Navy veteran, he retired as a groundskeeper for Youche Country Club after 22 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Cedar Lake.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Maxola Hugg; a son, Larry Hugg and wife Maggie, Virginia; two daughters, Shirley Wilson and husband Leo, Martinsville, Ind., and Gayle Halfman and husband Ron, Cedar Lake, Ind.; two brothers, Raymond Hugg and Paul Gene Hugg and wife Crickett, all of Cedar Lake, Ind.; six grandchildren, Tim Powers, Tracy Powers, Tina Isley, Curtis Wilson, Ronnie Halfman and Zak Halfman; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Pruzin & Little Funeral Service in Crown Point, Ind., with pastor Dave Nykamp officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schererville, Ind.

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David Powers

David Powers, 75, of Lynn, died July 5, 2009.

Born Aug. 2, 1933, in Weowna, he was the son of George and Mary Jane Grimes Powers. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War and was of the Free Will Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by a son, Allen Lee Powers; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Lynn Carter.

Survivors include his wife, Willene Sharp Powers, whom he married April 22, 1958, in Walnut Ridge; four children, Linda Diane Jones, Benton, Ricky Powers, Jonesboro, Peggy Turner, Batesville, and Shawn Powers, Lynn; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at noon at Old Lebanon Cemetery with Bro. Michael Ring officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Alan Dye, Robert Dye, Nick Ring, Gifford Jeffery, Zach Jeffery, Joshua Dye and John Wayne Pettit.

Visitation is this morning from 10 to 11:30 at the Lynn Community Center.

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Georgia Anita Rea

Georgia Anita ďArkieĒ Rea, 75, of Ravenden, died July 4, 2009, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born March 2, 1934, at Clover Bend, she was a homemaker and a member of the Ravenden Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a son, William Jeffrey; a daughter, Patricia Ann; her parents, Eutah and Ora Eva Evans; and a sister, Jean Evans.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, William Rea; a daughter, Brenda Henry, Ravenden; a son, Robin Rea, Faribault, Minn.; five sisters, Wavie Watts, Hoxie, Thomy Tillman, Imboden; Madlyn Cates and Betty Clements, both of Ravenden, and Billie Henry, Oswego, Ill.; two brothers, Terry Evans, Rockaway Beach, Mo., and Tracy Evans, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren, Lindsey, Cliff, James, Jasper, Breanda and Anita; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend cemetery.

Pallbearers were Cliff Henry, James Henry, Jasper Henry, Breanda Henry, Billy Watts, Donald Evans and Sonny Hager.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Home, 5515 Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR 72450, Hope Circle, 311 E. Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or by donating blood or platelets in memory of Georgia "Arkie" Anita Rea to someone in need through the American Red Cross.

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Helen Karene Shannon

Helen Karene Shannon, 90, of Frisco, Texas, died July 1, 2009, following a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 17, 1918, in Tuckerman, she was the daughter of Thomas Allison and Lois Helena Fortenberry Brown. She received a teaching degree from Arkansas State College and taught school at Swifton for many years. She moved to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1954, and taught English at Carrol High School until 1971, when she completed her library science degree at Texas Womanís University.

She served as research librarian for the Executive White House before returning to Texas as a librarian in Houston ISD, Flour Bluff ISD and at Delmar College. She was a long-standing member of Ayers Street Church of Christ in Corpus Christi, the American Association of University Women and a member of numerous book and bridge clubs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leister L. Shannon; and an infant son, James John Shannon.

Survivors include two sons, Tommy L. Shannon and wife Mary Pace, Punta Gorda, Fla., and William Joseph Shannon and wife Celia, Rockport, Texas; a daughter, Janelle Kay Foster and husband James, Richardson, Texas; a sister-cousin, Ivon Soden, Jonesboro; a brother, T.A. Brown, Tuckerman; five grandchildren, Jon U. Shannon, Michael L. Shannon, Shannon Kay Casada, Thomas Gregory Shannon and Jamee Arrington; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Choctaw Church of Christ. Burial was in Hunter Hill Cemetery at Clinton under the direction of Roller McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton.

Pallbearers were James Foster, Michael Casada, Robert Roy Shannon, Jon Shannon, Michael Shannon and Greg Shannon.

Memorials may be made to the Womanís Shelter of Corpus Christi, the American Heart Association or the charity of the donorís choice.

An online guest book is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Bill J. Wilson

Bill J. Wilson, 62, of Hot Springs, died July 5, 2009, at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs.

Born Sept. 14, 1946, in Walnut Ridge, he was raised and received his early education in Walnut Ridge and Black Rock and was a graduate of Black Rock High School. He and his wife owned and operated Music Warehouse in Pine Bluff. He was a member of the Apostolic Church in Dewitt.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Holloway Woody; and a sister, Vickie Chamberlain.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Cunningham Wilson, whom he married June 1, 1984, in Little Rock; a daughter, Lisa Marteny, Sherwood; two brothers, Bob Wilson, Hoxie, and Rick Wilson, Jonesboro; three grandchildren, William Tully, Taz Marteny and Alexa Marteny; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home at Pine Bluff with Revs. Gary Casteel and Cedric Hayes officiating. A memorial service will be held in Black Rock at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Childrenís Hospital Foundation, 800 Marshall St., Little Rock, AR 72203 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6635, Pine Bluff, AR 71611.

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