July 22, 2009 Edition

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Skylar Brynn Cagle Christopher Gage Malone Baron Scott Wayne


Jerroul Robert Boswell Ellen Butler William E. Criswell Jr.
Donald Ray Culver Ruth Aliene Davis Hubert M. Dillin
Imogene Dillinger Jace Paul Freeman Florcie Sue McDowell
Fred Gene Rudy Margie Marie Tabone Earl Vance
Grover C. Whittaker


Skylar Brynn Cagle

Justin Cagle of Walnut Ridge and Morgan Johnson of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born July 6, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, two ounces, and has been named Skylar Brynn Cagle.

Grandparents are Chris and Penny Staal of Hoxie and Jim Cagle of Walnut Ridge. Great-grandparents are Shirley and Eddie Johnson of Portia, Anna and Dallas Cagle of Walnut Ridge, and Sam and Sammy Staal of Marmaduke.

She is the great-great-granddaughter of Johnie and Mary Dunlap of Portia, and Roxie Buchner of Pocahontas.

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Christopher Gage Malone

Shayne and Eulalia Malone of Pocahontas announce the birth of a son on June 3, 2009, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces and has been named Christopher Gage Malone.

He has a brother, Charles Ray Malone

Grandparents are Russell and Janet Malone of Imboden, Martha Lewis of San Diego and Bill Bond of Pocahontas.

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Baron Scott Wayne

Brian and Rachel Wayne of Little Rock announce the birth of a son on July 12, 2009, at UAMS Medical Center. The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces and has been named Baron Scott Wayne.

Grandparents are Denny and Kelly Durham of Imboden, Rex and Sue Winkley of Sherwood and Michael and Shelley Wayne of Kilgore, Texas.

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Jerroul Robert Boswell

Jerroul Robert "Pop" Boswell, 86, of LaPlace, La., formerly of Smithville, died July 11, 2009, at East Jefferson Hospital.

Born March 14, 1923, in Oklahoma, he was a retired carpenter and was a member of First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Marvin, Bill and Melvin; two sisters, May Jean and Mildred; four step-brothers and five step-sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Bettye Boswell; three daughters, Debbie Lillard and husband John, Smithville, Angie Jacob and husband Ken, and Cyndi McGregor and husband Brian, all of LaPlace, La.; a son, Curtis Singleton, Oklahoma City; a sister, Gwen Steele and husband Don, Springfield, Mo.; five grandsons, Travis Lillard, Wesley Lillard, Brandon Gregory, Austin Jacob and Thomas McGregor; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday, July 13, at Millet-Guidry Funeral Home in LaPlace, La., with Bro. Don Snipes officiating.

Memorials may be made to Children's Hospital in New Orleans.

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Ellen Butler

Ellen Butler, 95, of Powhatan, died July 17, 2009, in Jonesboro.

The daughter of T. Mitt and Ora Dell Bristow Mayland, she was a lifetime resident of Lawrence County. She was a retired upholsterer and a homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyal Butler; her first husband, James A. Roby; and two brothers, Lawrence Mayland and Harvey Mayland.

Survivors include a daughter, Armilda Tyson, Powhatan; a son, Pat Roby, Powhatan; six grandchildren, Pat Roby Jr., Johnny Tyson, Billy Lewis Tyson, Beth McEntire Bess, Mitzi Kieffner and Retha Taffar; 16 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Harold Russell and Brock Kendall officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery near Lynn.

Pallbearers were great-grandsons and great-great-grandsons: Ashton Raney, Kris Gill, Joe Scott McEntire, Tyler Roby, Billy Lynn Tyson, Mark Kieffner, Coty Luther and Glenn Porter. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons Pat Roby Jr., Johnny Tyson and Billy Lewis Tyson.

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William E. Criswell Jr.

William E. Criswell Jr., 18, of Tyronza, grandson of Emily Criswell of Swifton, died July 11, 2009, at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center in Little Rock. Burial was Thursday in Tyronza Cemetery under the direction of Murphy Funeral Home of Marked Tree.

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Donald Ray Culver

Donald Ray Culver, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died July 17, 2009, at Walnut Ridge.

Born Dec. 3, 1939, in the Denton community, he was retired from the U.S. Navy, serving in the Vietnam War and as an aviation electrical instructor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry Douglas and Mary Elizabeth Beary Culver; and a sister, Mary Alene Mount.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie McBride Culver, whom he married Feb. 20, 1973, in Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Kim Blevins and Pam Twilla; three stepdaughters, Linda McMullen, Brenda Webb and Tammy Ditto; a stepson, Benny Webb; two sisters, Juanita Phillips and Olevia Jackson; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Eaton under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Bret Ditto, Chad Ditto, Jeff McMullen, Stephen Twilla, Tracy Webb and John Cornell. Honorary pallbearers were nephews, Perry Jackson, Gary Phillips, Wayne Blevens, Steve Twilla, Wayne Jackson, Danny Phillips and Larry Mount.

Memorials may be made to the Old Lebanon Cemetery Fund, 3418 Highway 25, Powhatan, AR 72458.

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Ruth Aliene Davis

Ruth Aliene Davis, 78, of Memphis, died July 9, 2009.

Born Jan. 14, 1931, in Ravenden Springs, she was the daughter of Authur and Rebbecca Adamson. She was a member of the Getwell Church of Christ in Memphis.

She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Allen Davis; a sister, Faye Cunningham; and a grandson, Shane Hibbs.

Survivors include her husband, Billy G. Davis, whom she married Oct. 25, 1948; two sons, Bill Davis Jr., Paragould, and Austin Edward Davis, Memphis; four daughters, Madeline Grimoldby, Geneva, Ill., Brenda Hibbs, Walnut Ridge, RayNella Bush, Blytheville, and Melody Snooks, Southhaven, Miss.; two brothers, Octavis Adamson, Walnut Ridge, and Ray Adamson, Streator, Ill.; a sister, Gladys Hackworth, Houston, Texas; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. Graveside service was Sunday, July 12, at Old Military Cemetery near Sedgwick with Lloyd Clark officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, at 1 p.m. at Evergreen General Baptist Church. Anyone needing directions to the church can call Brenda Hibbs at 886-9057.

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Hubert M. Dillin

Hubert M. Dillin, 89, of Holland, Mich., died July 16, 2009, at his home.

Born in Alicia, he moved to Holland in 1951. He was a World War II Army veteran and was a member of the DAV and the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Jesse and Timothy.

Survivors include his wife, Pearline Dillin; a son, Mel Dillin and wife Maxine, Holland, Mich.; two daughters, Carole Velasquez and husband Chris, Holland, Mich., and Joy Gipson and husband Johnny, Van Buren, Mo.; two brothers, Lacy Dillin, Jonesboro, and A.J. Dillin and wife Gussie, Jasper, Texas; a sister, Mildred Kiefer; six grandchildren, Kelly Perez, Traci Miles, Barry Dillin, Jennifer Jones, Joe Gipson and James Gipson; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Lakeshore Memorial Services in Holland, Mich., with Revs. John Gipson and Mike Houser officiating. Burial was in Pilgrim Home Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Holland.

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

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Imogene Dillinger

Imogene Mae Gann Dillinger, 81, of Poughkeepsie, died July 16, 2009, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem.

Born Jan. 10, 1928, in Sitka, she was the daughter of Hick and Dora Morgan Gann. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Dillinger; three daughters, Eula Break, Carolyn Dillinger and Rose Collins; three brothers, Everett Gann, Laney Gann and Buddy Gann; an infant grandson; and an infant great-granddaughter.

Survivors include two sons, Eugene Anston, Poughkeepsie, and Clayton Dillinger, Batesville; two daughters, Barbara Wess, Williford, and Sharon Smith, Smithville; four brothers, Harvey Gann and David Gann, both of Poughkeepsie, Fred Gann, Agnos, and Donald Gann, Cabot; four sisters, Ruby Wilkerson, Walnut Ridge, Faye Anderson, Marmaduke, Joyce Chapin, Poughkeepsie, and Wanda Rogers, Walnut, Miss.; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Ridge Church with Bro. Jim Pagan officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Heath Funeral Home Oak Hill Chapel of Highland had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Bobby Collins, Jonathan Break, Jeremy Wess, Anthony Anston, Brandon Dillinger and Luke Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Derek Ward, Deuton Newby and Matthew Break.

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Jace Paul Freeman

Jace Paul Freeman, 11, of Smithville, died July 19, 2009, at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Born July 23, 1997, in Newport, he was a seventh-grade student in the Hillcrest School District.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Amelia Freeman; and his great-grandparents, Y.L. and Verna Clem, and Thelma and Arthur Smith.

Survivors include his parents, Archie Lee Freeman and Tammy Michele Huskey Freeman, Batesville; three brothers, Dyllon Freeman, Smithville, and David Thompson and Johnathan Wolford, both of Batesville; his grandparents, Silas Freeman, Cave City, Paul David Huskey, Saffell, and Debbie and Ed Brown, Melbourne; his great-grandparents, Ruby Tippett, Smithville, and Paul and Dorothy Huskey, Saffell; five uncles, Robert Freeman, Bradford, J.R. Freeman, Concord, Ronnie Tippett and Scott Huskey, both of Smithville, and Bill Huskey, Batesville; and two aunts, Lucinda Huskey, Missouri, and Cenda Burns, Bradford.

Funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home in Cave City with Robert Randolph, Stanley Vandergrift and John Blankenship officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers will be Jeffery McFall, Robert Freeman, Roger Bunn, James Clark, Sheree Rogers and Elizabeth Hopkins.

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

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Florcie Sue McDowell

Florcie Sue Gibson McDowell, 59, of Porterville, Calif., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died July 11, 2009, in Porterville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob McDowell; and her parents, Willard and Mary Gibson.

Survivors include two sons, Willard McDowell, Rochester, Minn., and Tracy McDowell, Porterville, Calif.; two sisters, Rev. Earlene Ratliff, Hutchinson, Kan., and Ardella Jackson, Coos Bay, Ore.; four brothers, Glen Gibson, North Bend, Ore., Dub Gibson, Ravenden, and Jerry Gibson and Tom Gibson, both of Walnut Ridge; and a grandson, T.J. McDowell.

The body was cremated.

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Fred Gene Rudy

Fred Gene Rudy, 80, of Jonesboro, died July 15, 2009, at Skill Care Nursing Center in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 15, 1928, in Smithville, he was the son of James Fred and Nora Taylor Rudy. He lived in Pocahontas before moving to Jonesboro in 1965. He was a cashier for Arkansas State University, retiring in 1990 after 25 years of service.

He was a longtime member of the Smithville Baptist Church and was active in Baptist churches in the Jonesboro community for many years. He led singing in area nursing homes and his ministry to others was to often drive them to appointments and outings.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Celeste Rudy Gibson, Janet Rudy Coffee and Sena Rudy Winters; and a brother, Garth Rudy.

Survivors include a nephew, Dr. Gary Winters Sr., Jonesboro; and three nieces, Ann Richards, Tucson, Ariz., Waynona Avery, Covington, Tenn., and Patsy Collins, Denton, Texas.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Dr. Gary Winters officiating. A graveside service was held at 4:30 p.m. at Smithville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Smithville Cemetery Association, c/o Jerry Foley, 1433 Hwy. 115, Smithville, AR 72466.

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

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Margie Marie Tabone

Margie Marie Tabone, 71, of Pocahontas, died July 18, 2009, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

She was born Sept. 12, 1937.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnie and Gladys Newman; and a sister, Janet Modlin.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Tabone; a son, Michael Brown, Pocahontas; three brothers, Jerry Newman, Alicia, Larry Newman, Bono, and Lindell Newman, Egypt; two sisters, Neva Villerreal, Rockford, Ill., and Barbara Howard, Wichita, Kan.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Markum Cemetery at Egypt with Jerry Forrester officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Earl Vance

Earl "Glenn" Vance, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died July 17, 2009, in Walnut Ridge.

Born July 7, 1929, in Evening Shade, he was the son of Gaines and Virgie Williams Vance.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Irene Webb Vance, whom he married Oct. 9, 1948, in Bono; a daughter, Sandra Clayton and Terry Privett, Black Rock; four sons, Earl Vance and wife Evelyn, Vilonia, Larry Vance and wife Mica, Lynn, Jerry Vance and wife Bobbie, Eaton, and Bobby Vance and wife Martha, Hattiesburg, Miss.; a brother, G.M. Vance, St. Charles, Mo.; a sister, Tommie Jean Robertson, Black Rock; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Hope Cemetery in Smithville with Bro. Joel McMaster and Rowdy Morgan officiating.

Pallbearers were Van Clayton, Rhonda McGuire, Shannon Smith, Devin Terry, Lacye Vance, Keri Brower, Christy Richey, Michael Vance, Brent Patrick and Sarah Sanders. Honorary pallbearers were Teri Clayton, Dewayne Smith, David Terry, Shane Brower, Shelby Richey and Marty Sanders.

Memorials may be made to the New Hope Cemetery or to a children's hospital of your choice.

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Grover C. Whittaker

Grover C. Whittaker, 74, of Hoxie, died July 21, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Arrangements will be announced by Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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