August 19, 2009 Edition

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Births

Aubrey Jane Coffey Evan Michael Hamann Amelia Jordan Williams

Weddings/Engagements

Raney ~ Masters Rorex ~ Olvey

Obituaries

Katherine Callahan Ruby Lorena Doyle Lori Ann Duncan
William Freeman Sr. Sadie Hibbard Lizzie Hutcherson
Melba Kay Moorehead Irene Roberts Merle Deloris Robertson
Knowles Ruby Teel William Leon Townsley

Births

Aubrey Jane Coffey

Joseph and Jamae Coffey of Sedgwick have announced the birth of a daughter on August 11, 2009, at St. Bernards. The baby weighed eight pounds, six ounces and has been named Aubrey Jane Coffey.

She has an older brother, D.J. Coffey, who is three.

Grandparents are Jim and Candi Carter of O'Kean and the late Harriet Minton and the late David Wicker. She is the great-granddaughter of Tillman and Louise Wicker of Pocahontas and Jimmy and Gail French of O'Kean.

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Evan Michael Hamann

Rob and Amy Hamann of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Aug. 5, 2009, at the NEA Women's Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds and has been named Evan Michael.

Grandparents are Juanita Gibson and Mike and Jo Carol Phillips, all of Walnut Ridge, and Ed and Monica Hamann of McHenry, Ill.

Relton and Loyse Forehand and Richard and Mae Phillips, all of Walnut Ridge, and Mary Hamann of McHenry are the great-grandparents.

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Amelia Jordan Williams

Ben and Leah Williams of Bono have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Aug. 5, 1009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Amelia Jordan Williams.

Grandparents are Tim and Rita Taylor of Walnut Ridge and Franklin and Carolyn Williams of Ravenden.

Wilson and Mazie Alls and Joyce Williams, all of Walnut Ridge, and Lorene Taylor of Hoxie are the great-grandparents.

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Weddings/Engagements

Raney ~ Masters

Crystal Raney and Jonathon Masters of Pocahontas announce their engagement and approaching marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Henry and Retha Taffar of Ravenden. She is the granddaughter of Armilda Tyson, Eugene Raney and Brenda Penn, all of Powhatan, and the late Bill Tyson and Ruby Raney, all of Powhatan. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Ellen Butler.

The prospective groom is the son of Mike and Diane Masters. He is the grandson of Pauline Masters of Senath, Mo., and the late Arnold Masters and the late Harold and Lillian Clark.

The couple will wed in a private ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 5 p.m. at the Historic Old Randolph County Courthouse in Pocahontas with Shane Jones officiating.

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Rorex - Olvey

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Rorex of Imboden announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Enid Corrine Rorex, to Brandon Scott Olvey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Martin Olvey.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Corrine Clayton of Pocahontas and the late Kenneth Clayton and Clifford Rorex of Imboden and the late Dorothy Rorex. She is a 1999 graduate of Black Rock High School and a 2003 graduate of Lyon College in Batesville. She is employed as lead research analyst at Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Dr. and Mrs. William Warren Scott and Jean Martin Olvey of Pocahontas and the late C. E. Olvey Jr. He is a 1996 gradaute of Pocahontas High School and 2001 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is general manager at Micropower Corporation.

The couple will exchange vows on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock, followed by a reception at Lafayette Square.

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Obituaries

Katherine Callahan

Katherine Callahan, 94, of Swifton, died Aug. 15, 2009, in Ontario, Calif.

Born Oct. 30, 1914, she was the daughter of Douglas and Katherine Collins McManners. She was a homemaker and a member of the Swifton Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben Russell Callahan; a son, Douglas Callahan; four brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Cooper, Kershaw, S.C., and Marilyn Carey and husand Rob, Ontario, Calif.; three sons, Bob Callahan and wife Elaine, Swifton, Donnie Callahan and wife Jana Beth, Kershaw, S.C., and Mike Callahan and wife Janet, Parowan, Utah; 23 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in Dowell's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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

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Ruby Lorena Doyle

Ruby Lorena Maxwell Doyle, 89, of Strawberry, died Aug. 17, 2009, at a Jonesboro hospital.

Born Dec. 20, 1919, at Nelsonville, she was the daughter of John and Bamma Maxwell. She had worked at retail stores in St. Louis and Santa Paula, Calif., and as a grader in the orange and lemon packing companies in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Coachella in California. She also worked at Batesville Manufacturing before retiring. She was a member of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Strawberry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Doyle; a son, Jerry Doyle; her stepfather, Jim Arnold; a half-brother, James N. Arnold; two stepbrothers, Treavor Arnold and Melvin Arnold; a sister, Beulah Durham; two stepsisters, Junibell Norman and May Griffey; and a grandson, Michael Clinton.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Clinton, Strawberry; a half-sister, Marie Holland, Bridgeton, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Donna Doyle, Mineola, Mo.; five grandchildren, Gary Clinton, Nancy Anger, Julie Bethel, Jeremy Doyle and Amanda Hildebrand; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Craig Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Doyle, John Hildebrand, Rick Bethel, Gary Clinton, J.C. Wells and M.A. Griffey.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 at the funeral home.

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Lori Ann Duncan

Lori Ann Duncan, 42, of Hoxie, died Aug. 13, 2009.

Born in West Helena, she lived most of her life in Hoxie and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Cody Wood.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Duncan; two daughters, Jennifer Duncan, Walnut Ridge, and Michelle Duncan, Missouri; a son, David Duncan, Missouri; and a stepson, Shane Duncan, Missouri.

A memorial service was held Monday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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William Freeman Sr.

William "Troy" Freeman Sr., 81, died Aug. 14, 2009, in Clinton.

Born July 30, 1928, at Egypt, he was the son of Ike and Edna Wallin Freeman. He worked for the Ford Motor Company for over 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Pribble Freeman, on Aug. 13, 1984, whom he married May 14, 1953, in Chicago.

Survivors include a son, Troy William Freeman Jr., Walnut Ridge; four daughters, Marie Garswick and husband Tom, Chicago, Peggy Keselica, Walnut Ridge, Pamela Jo Lewis, Merrionett Park, Ill., and Glenda Hibbard and husband Allen, Jonesboro; a brother, Bob Freeman, Imboden; and extended children, Kat, Rita and Frankie, Cindi and Jack, Brinda, Bill and Wendy and Tammy.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia. Higginbotham Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

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Sadie Hibbard

Sadie Mae Hibbard, 79, of Pocahontas, died Aug. 11, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 23, 1929, in Swifton, she was the daughter of Ray and Etta Sudduth Reynolds. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence and Randolph counties and was of the Jehovah's Witness faith.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice Hall and Gladys Buchann; a brother, Jay Reynolds; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Delbert Lee Hibbard, whom she married Dec. 1, 1947, in Lawrence County; two daughters, Deborah Carol Cooper and husband Larry, and Divina Parsons, all of Pocahontas; five sons, David Hibbard and wife Marcia, Dailey "Bunny" Hibbard and wife Angela, and Delbert "Butch" Hibbard, all of Pocahontas, Danny Hibbard and wife Kelly, Walnut Ridge, and Allen Hibbard and wife Glenda, Jonesboro; three sisters, Mary Graham, Centralia, Ill., and Maudie Graham and Barbara Ann Harvey, both of Mount Vernon, Ill.; a brother, Bobby Ray Reynolds, Woodlawn, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Chesser Cemetery near Old Davidsonville with Ron Floyd officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Johnny Lee Palmer, Chris Palmer, B.J. Hibbard, David Lee Hibbard, Scotty Beerbower, Billy Hibbard and Logan Hibbard.

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Lizzie Hutcherson

Lizzie Hutcherson, 43, of Jonesboro, sister of Ruby Lynn Poff of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 10, 2009, in an automobile accident. Her son, Christopher Hutcherson, also died in the accident. Burial was Friday in Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Melba Kay Moorehead

Melba Kay Keller Moorehead, 59, of Swifton, died Aug. 14, 2009.

Born Dec. 12, 1949, in Newport, she was a member of the Family Worship Center in Tuckerman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Moorehead; and her parents, Elvie and Dorothy Walker Keller.

Survivors include a son, Tony Moorehead, San Diego; two daughters, Renee Henry, Camarillo, Calif., and Sherry Hartsell, Harrison; two sisters, Connie Pate, Melbourne, and Mary Nagel, Tuckerman; four grandchildren, Kile Hartsell, Krestin Hartsell, Amber Merritt and Bryce Merritt; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Family Worship Center in Tuckerman with Bro. Joe Lancaster officiating.

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Irene Roberts

Alice "Irene" Roberts, 82, a resident of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center in Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 18, 2009.

Born in Salem, she was the daughter of Eulen and Cora Huddleston Light. A longtime resident of Clover Bend, she was a food service supervisor and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Odis L. Roberts; a daughter, Patti Brown; an infant son, Larry Gene Roberts; and a sister, Juanita Beasley.

Survivors include six daughters, Cora Steele and husband Darrell, Clover Bend, Murl Defries and husband Gary, Hoxie, Mary Sharp and husband Owen, Lynn, Janice Slagley and husband Rodger, Cave City, Kim Huddleston and husband Steve, Imboden, and Karen McDonald and husband Jeff, McCrory; five sons, Jerry Roberts and wife Carolyn, Donnie Roberts and wife Joyce, and Kevin Roberts and wife Kim, all of Hoxie, Pardo Roberts and wife Libby, Imboden, and Clayton Roberts and wife Alice, Swifton; a son-in-law, Eddie Brown, Montrose, Mo.; a sister, Beatrice Smith, Tuckerman; a brother, Donald Bryan Light, Jonesboro; 25 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at New Life Cathedral in Hoxie with Chuck Fitzgerald and Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at New Life Cathedral.

Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box 22, Lynn, AR 72440 or Alzheimer's Association, 10411 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205.

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Merle Deloris Robertson

Merle Deloris Robertson, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 17, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

The daughter of Waymon and Zanna Clements Holder, she was a former employee of Lawrence Manufacturing and Lawrence Memorial Hospital and was a charter member of Oldham's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Black Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman "Doc" Robertson; three sisters, Julia Hall, Charlotte Boren and an infant sister; and an infant brother.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Lewis, Jonesboro; a son Keith Robertson, Walnut Ridge; three brothers, Durward Holder, Saffell, Cloyce Holder, Ripley, Tenn., and Billy Wayne Holder, Strawberry; five grandchildren, Dwayne Lewis, Dwight Lewis, Angie Bobo, Lori Carson and Krista Robertson; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Guinn Hodges officiating. Burial will be in Kelly Cemetery near Imboden.

Pallbearers will be Clifford Lenderman, Ray Robertson, Dennis Holder, Danny Holder, Clyde Boren Jr., and Chuck Hall.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, Activities Dept., 1051 W. Free St., Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

Visitation is tonight from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Knowles Ruby Teel

Knowles Ruby Teel, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 17, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 19, 1920, in Lynn, she was the daughter of Haney and Stella Helms Oldham. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include her husband, William Teel Jr., whom she married in January 1939 in Sedgwick; a daughter, Katherine Woody, Walnut Ridge; a son, Tony Teel, Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Daphene Campbell, Opal Ivy and Willene Johnson; four grandchildren, Nicole McLaughlin, Mechelle Teel, Natalie Teel and Heath Teel; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funerl Service.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

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William Leon Townsley

William Leon "Hank" Townsley, 76, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 13, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 19, 1932, at Clover Bend, he was the son of William C. and Willie Mae Barner Townsley. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a maintenance operator for Arkansas State Parks and Tourism at Lake Charles and a member of First United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Ann Spurlock Townsley, whom he married Aug. 4, 1956; and four brothers.

Survivors include two daughters, Lesa Caldwell and husband Billy, Hoxie, and Chris Garner and husband Charles, Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Willene Hicks and Irene Barton, both of Sterling, Ill., and Mary Stewart, Peoria, Ill.; five grandchildren, Jeremy McGinnis, Derek Caldwell, Holly Thielemier, Brent Garner and Alison Garner; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Dennis Truxler officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Jeremy McGinnis, Derek Caldwell, Jeremy Thielemier, Brent Garner, Eligh Jr. Barton and C.H. Townsley.

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