August 05, 2009 Edition

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Gabriel Lee Campbell Kaydence Dawn Looney


Helen F. Becker John White Cathcart Loyd Christopher
Everette L. Dodd Jr. Elsie Hodge Beulah M. Lauder
Bill Lee Van Rick McDaniel William Elic Wilson Sr.


Gabriel Lee Campbell

Jerry Wayne and Rachel Lynn Campbell of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on July 22, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed nine pounds, four ounces and has been named Gabriel Lee Campbell.

He has three siblings, Hailey Lewis, 14, Andy Campbell, 17, and Morgan Campbell, 15.

Grandparents are Loretta and Jerry Campbell of Jonesboro, Patricia Brown and Burrel Cude of Black Rock and Jim Brown and Cordia Wildrick of Imboden.

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Kaydence Dawn Looney

Billy and Sarah Looney of Glen Burnie, Md., announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, born June 26, 2009, at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces and has been named Kaydence Dawn Looney.

Grandparents are Beverly Simmons of Hoxie, Mike Simmons of Jonesboro and Bill and Marie Looney of Clover Bend.

She is the great-granddaughter of Eldon and Joyce Simmons of Annieville and Ann Sullivan, Helen Looney and Cecil and Brenda Haynes, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Helen F. Becker

Helen F. Becker, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died July 30, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 25, 1940, in Middlesboro, Ky., she was retired from Craighead Nursing Center and was a member of the Charity Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred A. Becker; her parents, Robert W. and Arizona Layne Mayes; and a brother, William Mayes.

Survivors include three sons, John Becker, Hoxie, and James Becker and Tony Becker, both of Bono; a daughter, Lorene Millsap, Ravenden Springs; a brother, Eugene Mayes, Redford, Mich.; two sisters, Leonna Garrett, Pennington Gap, Va., and Beulah Millsap, Statesville, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Revs. Alvin Swan and Tony Becker officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Waldrupe, Harold Hoots, Rick Whitlow, Chris Orrick, Tracy Sherman and Billy Nelson. Honorary pallbearer was Joshua Sherman.

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John White Cathcart

John White Cathcart, 51, of Springdale, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died July 28, 2009.

Born Nov. 28, 1957, in Jonesboro, he was a retired farmer and a member of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Thomas Cathcart Sr.; and a brother, Robert Thomas Cathcart Jr.

Survivors include a son, Bryan Keith Nelson, Baxter Springs, Kan.; and his mother, Jewel Cathcart, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with pastor Steve Cook officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, 4313 West Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72202.

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Loyd Christopher

Loyd Christopher, 78, of Alton, Mo., died July 26, 2009, at St. John's Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.

Born Jan. 8, 1931, in Tyronza, he was the son of Estes and Eddie Mae Christopher and attended Clover Bend School. He retired in 1991 after working 39 years as lead man at Harvard Interiors in St. Louis. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and received lifetime recognition upon retirement.

He was a devout Christian and was a member of the O'Fallon Free Will Baptist Church, where he served on the Spiritual Advisory Board. After relocating to Alton in 1997, he became a member of Victory Free Will Baptist Church, where he served as chairman of the Board of Trustees and as an assistant Sunday school teacher.

His retirement was spent on creative woodworking projects, writing poetry, working in his "weedless" garden and sharing the fruits of his labor with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Wilma Christopher; a brother-in-law, Robert Williams; and a sister-in-law, Carolyn Barton.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Norma Jean Barton Christopher, whom he married in 1957; two sons, Taylor Christopher and wife Sherry, and John Christopher and wife Vicki, all of O'Fallon; a daughter, Renea Church and husband Bill, Alton, Mo.; a brother, Lowell Christopher and wife Barbara; three sisters, Genevieve Williams, Linda Spargo and husband Glendon, and Estella Butler and husband Gary; four brothers-in-law, W.T. Barton and wife Gerry, Howard Barton and wife Alice, Gary Barton and wife Dorothy, and Garland Barton; two sisters-in-law, Louise Winkler and husband Virgil, and Donna Vest and husband Irven; and seven grandchildren, Casey, Kirsten, Megan, Marisa, Timothy, Elizabeth and Christopher.

Funeral was Wednesday, July 29, at Victory Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Garland Barton officiating. Clary Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Everette L. Dodd Jr.

Everette L. Dodd Jr., 86, of Hernando, Miss., died July 28, 2009, at his home.

The son of Everette L. Sr. and Pauline Buchanan Dodd, he was raised in Walnut Ridge and finished high school with the class of 1941. He was a World War II veteran, serving as the tail-gunner on a B-17 fighter plane which completed 25 missions over Germany. He was a member of Hernando United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Polly Dodd; a son, Brad Dodd and wife Sandra, Southaven, Miss.; a sister, Ruth Dodd Statler, St. Louis; a granddaughter, Christy Dodd Smith; and an aunt, Marie Davis, Pocahontas.

Funeral was Friday at Forest Hill South Funeral Home in Memphis. Burial was in Forest Hill South Mausoleum.

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Elsie Hodge

Elsie Marie Hodge, 99, of Walnut Ridge, died July 28, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 25, 1910, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Willie Joseph and Martha Bell Halcomb Pulliam.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Hodge, on Dec. 18, 1967, whom she married in June of 1928 in Walnut Ridge; a son, Billy Charles Hodge; seven brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Hart, Walnut Ridge, and Patricia Moore, Swartz Creek, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Julie Montgomery, Cynthia Warner, Gary Moore, Sherrie Strickland, Paula Hampton, Jamie Cole and Larry Moore; nine great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. Glen Smith officiating and Bro. Charles Hendrix assisting. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Bill Montgomery, Gary Moore, Larry Moore, Tracy Moore, Tyler Hamilton, Scott Boyle, Bob Engle and Harold Forehand.

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Beulah M. Lauder

Beulah M. Lauder, 71, of Rockford, Ill., died July 25, 2009, at her home.

Born June 21, 1938, in Minturn, she was a graduate of Egypt High School. She had lived in Rockford for many years and was retired from Bright Side, where she worked as a receptionist for several years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Lauder, whom she married Dec. 13, 1970; her father, Alfred Crowell; and a grandson, James.

Survivors include a son, James D. Lauder; two daughters, Annette Marley and Robin Bracken and husband Sid; her mother, Beatrice Crowell; two sisters, Reba McQuay and Mavis Durham; three brothers, Dale Crowell, Randall Crowell and Norman Crowell; her stepchildren, including Jackie Hansen and Daniel Lauder; seven grandchildren, Ashley, Casey, Lindsay, Kyle, Garett, Holly and Brooke; and several step-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Thursday at 6 p.m. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Rockford.

Memorials may be made to the family.

An online guestbook is available at

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Bill Lee

William Alexander "Bill" Lee, 71, of Fontaine, died July 28, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 28, 1938, in Hardeman County, Tenn., he was retired from Southwestern Power Administration and attended Walnut Corner General Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Brian Lee and Lonnie Lee; a daughter, Kimberly Lee; his parents, Clyde Lee and Alberta Hooper Lee Bell; a brother, David Lee; his stepfather, Jimmy Bell; and a great-grandson, Aaron Nelson.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Shelba Lee; two daughters, Sue Simpson and husband Mike, Fontaine, and Kelly Nelson and husband Dewayne, Walnut Corner; two sons, Burt F. Lee and wife Deniece, Lafe, and Ronnie Lee and wife Cindy, Jonesboro; seven grandchildren, Burt A. Lee, Keith Lee, Deborah Smith, Shannon Lee, Kimberly Lee, Christopher Nelson and Bradley Nelson; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Revs. Bobby Wade and Marion Stringer officiating. Burial was in Lorado Cemetery.

Grandchildren served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Kidd, Bob Brown, Benny Martin, Brandon Martin, Max Moore, Ray Slatton and Lloyd Hefner.

Memorials may be made to Walnut Corner General Baptist Church or to the charity of your choice.

An online guestbook is available at

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Van Rick McDaniel

Van Rick McDaniel, 63, of Bono, father of Stacey Kersey of Swifton, died July 31, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. A memorial service was held Tuesday at the First Assembly of God Church in Jonesboro. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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William Elic Wilson Sr.

William Elic Wilson Sr., 73, of Walnut Ridge, died July 30, 2009, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Dec. 30, 1935, in the Lauratown community, he was a retired timber cutter and was of the Church of Christ belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita Darrs Wilson, whom he married May 27, 1955, in Powhatan; a daughter, Betty Finley; his parents, Cecil and Esma Stewart Wilson; two brothers, Leroy Wilson and Amos Wilson; three grandchildren, Tonya Finley, Tabitha Finley and William Jones Jr.; and a great-grandson.

Survivors include three sons, Ray Wilson, Tunica, Miss., William Wilson Jr., Hoxie, and Jeremy Gilliam, Black Rock; three daughters, Sandra Wilson and Margaret Jones, both of Black Rock, and Arline Beasley, Portia; a brother, Charles Wilson, Smithville; three sisters, Ruth Lee Nixon and Fern Shelton, both of Portia, and Anna Carol Davis, Ellsinor, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with David Morris officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were William Wilson, Ray Wilson, Bobby Joe Wilson, Kevin Wilson, Robert Shelton and Robbie Allison. Honorary pallbearers were Stevie Wilson, Shane Wilson, Austin Anglin, Hunter Wilson and Carlton Wilson.

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