July 29, 2009 Edition

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Births

Kodi Ann Thielemier Eli Buck Tinker

Weddings/Engagements

Rickey ~ Culbreath

Obituaries

Almeda Bonner Dr. Bob R. Clements Sharon Cunningham
Katherine Dudley Charles Duncan Ethel E. Easter
William Gartrell Kenneth Ray Goodman Edward Elston Pitcher
Karen Rae Potillo Wesley Randell Rogers Vialeata Ross
Stella Pauline Stayton Toby Throgmorton Lee Elwin Williams
Alma Wright

Births

Kodi Ann Thielemier

Jeremy and Hollie Thielemier of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, July 13, 2009 at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, six ounces and has been named Kodi Ann Thielemier.

Grandparents are Billy and Lesa Caldwell of Walnut Ridge; Dalles and Karla Howard of Pocahontas; and the late William Thielemier.

William Townsley of Walnut Ridge and Pauline Johnston and Marie Thielemier, both of Pocahontas, are the great-grandparents.

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Eli Buck Tinker

Travis and Marilyn Tinker of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on July 22, 2009. The baby weighed six pounds, four ounces, and has been named Eli Buck Tinker.

He has two brothers, Dave, 10, and Ira, four.

Grandparents are Rena Kildow of Black Rock and Richard and Margretta Tinker of Walnut Ridge. He is the great-grandson of Duel Tinker of Hoxie and Bonnie Graham of Clover Bend.

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Weddings/Engagements

Rickey ~ Culbreath

Charles and Gaye Rickey of Powhatan have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Natalie Felicia Rickey, to Michael Ellis Culbreath, son of Bob and Michelle Culbreath of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bill and Mary Hibbard of O'Kean. She is a graduate of Delaplaine High School and is a student at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is a student at ASU.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 13, 2009, at 6 p.m. at the United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception, which will follow at the church.

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Obituaries

Almeda Bonner

Almeda Bonner, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died July 27, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

A homemaker, she was the daughter of Herman and Ethel Nelson Alphin. She was a lifelong resident of the Walnut Ridge and Hoxie area and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Bonner; and two sons, Don Bonner and Danny Bonner.

Survivors include four daughters, Janette Melton and Wanda Woods, both of Walnut Ridge, Betty Miller, Hardy, and Alma Britt, Trenton, Ga.; three sisters, Merrel Kamery, Hoxie, and Juanita Dulaney and Mary Dement, both of Jonesboro; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial will be in Manning Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jay Britt, Adam Britt, Daniel Byrd, Justin Byrd, Steve Melton, Gary Melton, Danny Melton and Neal Melton.

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Dr. Bob R. Clements

Dr. Bob R. Clements, 70, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Imboden, died July 23, 2009, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.

Born Jan. 16, 1939, in Lawrence County, he was an equine veterinarian who practiced in Marion County, Fla., for 37 years. He was a longtime member of the Living Hope Community Church in Ocala.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hanley and Thelma Miller Clements; and two sisters, Mary Lou Jones and Bonnie Jean Huskey.

Survivors include a daughter, Celeste Clements and husband Michael Fox, Arnold, Md.; five sons, Jesse Clements and wife Amber, Caleb Clements, Jon Clements, Ben Clements and Micah Clements, all of central Florida; a brother, Charles Clements and wife Roberta, Pocahontas; and a half-sister, Debbie Clements Foster, Pocahontas.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville with Bro. Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Opposition Cemetery at Ravenden under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

His six children will serve as pallbearers.

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

Memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 N. Halsted Street, Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60642-2642 or online at www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.

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Sharon Cunningham

Sharon Cunningham, 38, of Imboden, died July 24, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was born May 16, 1971, in San Antonio.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Cunningham; and a brother, Steven Mackey.

Survivors include her mother, Julia Dalton Cunningham Hammergren, Imboden; and two brothers, Scott Mackey, Grand Rapids, Minn., and Kenneth Mackey, Palestine, Texas.

A memorial service was held Tuesday in the chapel of Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

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Katherine Dudley

Katherine Dudley, 97, of Newport, formerly of Swifton, died July 26, 2009, at Newport.

Born April 14, 1912, at Guion, she was the daughter of Tim and Beatrice Evans Watson. She and her husband owned and operated Dudley Gin at Swifton. She played piano during silent movies at the Snow Theater in Swifton for many years.

She was a homemaker and a member of Swifton United Methodist Church for 85 years. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guilford Marion Dudley II, on Dec. 28, 1970; a son, George Dudley; a brother, Bill Watson; and three sisters, Audia Morrison, Louise Hagood and Fannie Dukes.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Guilford M. Dudley III and wife Retha, Newport; a daughter, Patricia Dudley Gangwere and husband George, Winfield, Kan.; a daughter-in-law, Kay Dudley, Jonesboro; seven grandchildren, Gil Dudley, Leslie Corbell, Lydia Ruble, AnnKatherine Pratt, Chris Dudley, Kim Ray and Greg Dudley; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at the Swifton United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Chris Dudley, Gil Dudley and Greg Dudley; great-grandson Will Ray; and grandsons-in-law, Scott Ruble and Mark Corbell. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Benson, great-grandson Bennett Dudley, David Allen, George Gangwere, Larry Sawyer, Pope Barfield and Robert Dudley.

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

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Charles Duncan

Charles Duncan, 60, of Strawberry, died July 22, 2009, at his home.

He was a lifetime resident of Lawrence County and retired as manager of Ross-Well. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Duncan.

Survivors include his mother, Pauline Duncan Taylor, Strawberry; a daughter, Debra Randolph, Jesup; three sons, Michael Duncan, Jonesboro, John Duncan, Strawberry, and Bobby Duncan, Cave City; a brother, L.M. Duncan and wife Mildred, Bono; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 11 at House-Gregg Chapel in Lynn with Robert Randolph and Larry Ethridge officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Dewayne Champion, Charles Burk, Rick Clem, Perry Mitts, Deny Hedspeth and Larry Evans. Honorary pallbearers were Terry Ross, Raven Randolph, Jake Pettit, Blake Pettit, Shelby Pettit, Logan Morse, Morgan Morse, Austin McComas and Josh McComas.

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Ethel E. Easter

Ethel Elizabeth Easter, 93, of Trumann, died July 24, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born at Portia, she was the daughter of Alexander and Minnie Goodman Foster. A homemaker, she lived most of her life in Trumann and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew "Jake" Easter, in 1999; a son, Noel Easter; a brother, Ed Foster; and two sisters, Martha Cargill and Francis Meed.

Survivors include a brother, Robert Foster, Memphis; a daughter-in-law, Zetta Easter, Trumann; two grandchildren, Greg Easter and Gary Easter; six great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann with Rev. Kenneth Doke officiating. Burial was in City Cemetery at Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Jake Easter, Scott Brown, Greg Easter, David Taylor, Gary Easter and Cody Cagle.

An online guestbook is available at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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William Gartrell

William Lee Gartrell, 79, of Van Buren, died July 21, 2009, in Van Buren.

Born May 28, 1930, in Christie, Okla., he was the son of Pearl Blevins and John Gartrell. He was a retired self-employed car dealer.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Jody Marie Gartrell; two sisters, Edith Pearson and Ruby Rainey; and a grandson, Josh Shipp.

Survivors include six daughters, Pauline Mendenhall; Prairie Grove, Pam Wofford, Fort Smith, Patricia Shipley, Oklahoma City, Karen Walls and Kathy Sivage, both of Van Buren, and Michelle Gregory, Cedarville; five sons, Gene Jones and Johnny Gartrell, both of Fort Smith, Tommy Monroe, Hominy, Okla., Paul Monroe, Uniontown, and Billy Gartrell, Cedarville; two sisters, Carol Fowler, Hoxie, and Ludie Tapp, Powhatan; three brothers, Bill Blevins and Sam Blevins, both of Lynn, and Everett Gartrell, Van Buren; 24 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

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Kenneth Ray Goodman

Kenneth Ray Goodman, 58, of Pocahontas, brother of Mary Presley of Hoxie, died July 23, 2009. Burial was Monday in Masonic Cemetery at Pocahontas under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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Edward Elston Pitcher

Edward Elston Pitcher, 66, of Paragould, died July 24, 2009, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Born Aug. 22, 1942, in Delaplaine, he was retired from Garlock and was a Christian.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Tessie Swift Pitcher.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Grooms Pitcher; a daughter, Sheila Pitcher, Paragould; a son, Frankie Pitcher, Paragould; his father, Frank Pitcher, Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Edna Riddle, West Plains, Mo., Muriel Gentry, Walnut Ridge, and Eulah Pitcher, Hoxie; a brother, Edmond "Shorty" Pitcher, Doniphan, Mo.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A celebration of his life was held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Rick Ethridge officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens.

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Karen Rae Potillo

Karen Rae Potillo, 47, of Jonesboro, died July 23, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She had lived in Jonesboro the past seven years after moving from Arizona. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Bono.

Survivors include her parents, David and Karen Potillo, Jonesboro; and a brother, David Lee Potillo, Maricopa, Ariz.

Funeral was Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge with Richard Akins and Rob Combs officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Robert Potillo, Gary Weaver, Dennis Weaver, Steve Evans, Don Evans and Tracy Evans. Honorary pallbearer was David Potillo.

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Wesley Randell Rogers

Wesley Randell Rogers, 67, of Imboden, died July 23, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 3, 1941, he was the son of the late Abb and Hettie Mayhan Rogers.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Rogers; three sons, Loren Rogers and wife Lisa, Imboden, Noel Rogers, Pocahontas, and Lowell Rogers and wife Ashley, Paragould; three brothers, Carrell Rogers, Laveral Rogers and Larry Rogers, all of Paragould; a sister, Georgia Lou Cole, Paragould; and five grandchildren, Waylon Rogers, Hunter Rogers, Kainen Rogers, Maigen Rogers and Luke Rogers.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Old Union Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Clements officiating. Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Vialeata Ross

Vialeata Ross, 48, of Swifton, died July 23, 2009, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

She had lived in Swifton the past 15 years and had worked as a CNA at the convalescent center before becoming disabled.

She was preceded in death by her father, Talmadge Smith; and an infant brother.

Survivors include her mother, Beatrice Smith, Swifton; seven sisters, Anneata Drost (her twin) and Paula Cole, both of Swifton, Vickie Gunnin, Luthersville, Ga., Brenda Drake, Newman, Ga., Pam Jones and Carolyn Johnson, both of Riverdale, Ga., and Kathy Gilbert, Nahunta, Ga.; and six brothers, Keith Smith, Walnut Ridge, Richard Smith, Joe Smith and Danny Smith, all of Newman, Ga., Mike Smith, Hephzibah, Ga., and Larry Smith, Tower City, Penn.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Swifton with Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Stella Pauline Stayton

Stella Pauline Stayton, 90, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., died July 28, 2009, at her home.

Born Dec. 11, 1918, near Calvin Crossing, she was the daughter of Oscar and Callie Hibbs Decker. She was a homemaker and a member of Twin Springs Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lehman Morris Stayton, whom she married Jan. 7, 1939; and a brother, Everett Decker.

Survivors include a daughter, Patsy Stewart, Poplar Bluff; two sons, David Stayton, Kansas City, Mo., and Larry Stayton, Springfield, Mo.; two sisters, Myrtle Green, Sikeston, Mo., and Ina Mason, Catawissa, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral is Friday at noon in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Marion Stringer officiating.

Pallbearers will be Morris George, Ricky George, Phillip George, Jerry Green, Bill Green and John Stayton.

Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis.

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Toby Throgmorton

Toby Throgmorton, 48, of Jonesboro, died July 20, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 24, 1960, he was preceded in death by his father, James Throgmorton.

Survivors include his mother, Shirley Throgmorton, Ravenden; a brother, John Throgmorton, Harrisburg; and a sister, Sherrye Lind, Ravenden.

A memorial service was held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery with Ted Knight officiating. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Lee Elwin Williams

Lee Elwin "Jack" Williams, 77, of Imboden, died July 22, 2009, at his home.

Born Sept. 11, 1931, he was the son of Lloyd and Jamie Williams.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Cora Lee Williams.

Survivors include two sisters, Charlotte Williams, Imboden, and Charlene Turner, Cape Neddick, Mass.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Lynn Ables officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

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Alma Wright

Alma Wright, 86, of Newport, died July 24, 2009.

Born Nov. 8, 1922, at Swifton, she was the daughter of Matthew and Lillie Pearl Hopkins Worthington.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Mitchell Worthington and two infant brothers; and a sister, Juanita Vinson.

Survivors include her husband, R.E. "Bud" Wright; two sons, Gerald Birdsong, Conway, and Melvin Birdsong, Vilonia; a brother, Robert Worthington, Trumann; two sisters, Mary Hester Young, St. Louis, and Imogene Gentry, Bald Knob; six grandchildren, Kevin Birdsong, Melanie Birdsong, Gerald Birdsong Jr., Robert Swain, Tracy Rowell and Michelle Renee James; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

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

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