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LaDonna Smith of Hoxie and Jason Britt of Hoxie announce the birth of a son on Aug. 13, 2009, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces and has been named Jonathan Oakley Britt.
He has an eight-year-old brother, Zain Morris.
Grandparents are Brenda Manning of Hoxie, Bill Smith of Floral and Edward and Carolyn Britt of Egypt.
Betty Amos of Walnut Ridge and Maurine Simmons of Egypt are the great-grandparents.
Austin and Jamie Phillips of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on August 18, 2009, at the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, nine ounces and has been named Ace Jagger Phillips. He has a six-year-old brother, Gunner Braden Phillips.
Ace was born on his father's 29th birthday and his paternal grandfather's 55th birthday.
Grandparents are Steve and Rhoda Tate of Jonesboro and Danny and Lesia Phillips of Black Rock.
Gurden and Juanita Phillips of Black Rock, Jack Sloan of Powhatan, Bessie Wilson of Jonesboro and George Porter formerly of Walnut Ridge are the great-grandparents.
Tommy Jeanne Bagley, 87, of Pekin, Ill., died Aug. 17, 2009, at Pekin Manor.
Born Nov. 27, 1921, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Coke Mann and Maggie Mae Smith Waddell. She worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for 33 years, retiring as a cashier/clerk in 1982. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pekin, where she worked with the Methodist Youth Fellowship.
She was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
Survivors include a daughter, Kim Hammond and husband Jim, Pekin, Ill.; a son, Rick Bagley and wife Shelia, Pekin, Ill.; six grandchildren, Jeff, Jamie, Todd, Chad, Tracy and Nick; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, Ill., with Revs. Terry C. Edele and Judy Doyle offiating. Preston-Hanley Funeral Home of Pekin had charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1315 Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554.
Iona Baker, 73, of Swifton, died Aug. 20, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born Dec. 1, 1935, in Franklin, she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Gene Baker, on Aug. 25, 1995, whom she married May 29, 1953; her parents, Sam and Elsie Ramsey Felton; four brothers, three sisters and a grandson.
Survivors include three sons, Michael Baker, Jerry Baker and David Baker, all of Alicia; two daughters, Martha Edwards, Newport, and Marie Baker, Swifton; a sister, Virginia McManners, Batesville; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery with Mack Ballard officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Dane King, Derek King, Cody Hall, Coleton Edwards, Johnathan Baker and Jordan Baker. Honorary pallbearers were William Roper and Tim Nicholson.
Tollie Chester Berry, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 22, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
The son of John and Martha Louise Buchanan Berry, he was retired from the Arkansas Highway Department and was a longtime member of the Free Street Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Aubrey Berry, Marty Berry, Robert Berry and J.L. Berry; two sisters, Opal McNutt and Doleda Doremus; and a great-grandchild.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Snoda Mosher Berry; two sons, Chester Ray Berry and wife Sharon, Pensacola, Fla., and Reggie Dean Berry and wife Kathleen, Kennesaw, Ga.; four grandchildren, Phil Berry, Dennis Berry, Dee Dravens and Jennifer Morrison; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Free Street Church of Christ with Don House and Lloyd Clark officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Jonathan Morrison, Chris Henson, Dennis Berry, Harry Allessio, Bill McNutt, Ronald Mosher, Ricky Ditto, Mike Henson, Bill Reid, Brett Ditto and Chad Ditto.
Memorials may be made to the Tollie and Snoda Berry Scholarship Fund, Crowley's Ridge Academy, 606 Academy Drive, Paragould, AR 72450.
Edward Allen Blake, 65, of Jonesboro, died Aug. 18, 2009.
Born Sept. 7, 1943, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of the late Mike and Mary Blake.
Survivors include his wife, Sheila Blake; a daughter, Miranda Sheard, Jonesboro; four sons, Brian Blake and James Blake, both of Jonesboro, Wade Blake, Hot Springs, and Dewayne Blake, Nashville.
A memorial service was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Jonesboro with Rev. Russell Shewmaker officiating. Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.
Roy "Byron" Blanchard, 72, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 19, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born May 26, 1938, at Alicia, he was a lifelong resident of Walnut Ridge. He was a retired inspector for the Arkansas Poultry and Livestock Commission and was of the Baptist belief.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Doris Beatrice Blanchard.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Blanchard; a daughter, Lisa Betts and husband David, Jonesboro; a son, Roy Byron Blanchard II, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Doris Highfield, Powhatan, and Linda Bales, Lorado; and two grandchildren.
Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Betty Williams officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Leon Waters, Johnny Waters, Buddy Allen, Rocky Sheets, Garland Burgess and David Betts. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Videll, Daniel Waters, Logan Minton, Hunter Mounts, Cody Bobbitt, Earl Highfield, Butch Bales and Jerry "Lard" Stevens.
W.H. "Dub" Boatman, 80, of Hoxie, died Aug. 22, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.
Born July 13, 1929, in Arkansas, he was the son of Walter and Lucy Watson Boatman. He was a lineman for the Arkansas Power Company and was of the Protestant belief.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Foster Boatman, on March 30, 1999, whom he married Aug. 17, 1978; and a stepson, Bill Foster.
Survivors include a stepson, Bob Foster and wife Barbara, Newport; a stepdaughter-in-law, Barbara Foster, Winston-Salem, N.C.; two brothers, John Boatman, Beebe, and Juel Boatman and wife Joann, West Memphis; two half-sisters, Florence Walls, Texas, and Lula Carnes, Beebe; and 10 grandchildren.
Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Aldridge Cemetery. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Carl Lindell Davis, 57, of Strawberry, died Aug. 22, 2009, in Batesville, following a lengthy illness.
Born March 6, 1957, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Winford and Ruth Nunnally Davis and a 1970 graduate of Lynn High School. After graduation, he moved to Houston, Texas, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the Bettis Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Linda Gale Boles Davis; a son, Brad Davis, Ash Flat; his mother, Ruth Mischnick, Little Rock; three brothers, Larry Davis, Jonesboro, Bob Davis, Bono, and Joe Davis, Savannah, Ga.; a sister, Evelyn Shafer, Flushing, Mich.; a grandson, Tucker Davis; a granddaughter, Katie Elms; and his god-parents, Aubrey "Son" and Lucille Hatfield, Buffalo, Texas.
Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery at Eaton with C.C. Baird officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Boles, Bill Boles, Tommie Boles, Steve Shafer, Travis Price, Sloan Durham, Don Henley and Darrin Widener.
Dr. Kenneth Dewayne George, 44, of Forrest City, formerly of Swifton, died Aug. 15, 2009, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Born Dec. 29, 1964, in Newport, he graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Mo., in 1997. After graduation, he established the George Chiropractic Clinic at Wynne.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Pridmore Jones; and his grandparents, Kenneth and Pearline Wheeler George.
Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Lanelle "Becky" Lloyd George, whom he married Dec. 1, 1984; two sons, Kenneth Dereck George, Jonesboro, and Anthony Drew George, Memphis; his father and stepmother, Kenneth Ray and Mary Cowell George, Swifton; a brother, Ryan Thor George, Swifton; a sister, Tonya Lynn Harris, Swifton; and his grandmother, Melba Pridmore, Newport.
Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia.
Pallbearers were Lane Smith, Robert Slagley, Todd Hulett, Mark Butler, Lewis Peeler and Andy Foust. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Wheeler, Palmer Herrington, Robert Meyers, Tom Kill, Barry Hulett and Shannon Norris.
An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.
Jesse Andrew "Pappy" Hart, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 19, 2009, at Jonesboro.
Born Jan. 17, 1928, in Logan, Ohio, he was the son of Philmore and Ethel Ward Hart. He had lived in Lawrence County for many years and was a retired construction worker.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ophie Blankenship and Mable Hart; two brothers, Denver Hart and Fred Hart; and a grandson, Steven Lomax.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Hart; three daughters, Pauline Lomax and Jenny Meine, both of Jonesboro, and Jessica Wilson, Lake City; a son, Chuck Adams, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Margarett Ratherball, Ohio; four brothers, Bradley Hart, Jim Hart, Ralph Hart and Ted Hart, all of Ohio; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Cemetery, near Bono, with Randy Pinkston officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Phillip Vaughn, Richard Millsap, Terry Millsap, Grant Liles, Willie Lewis and Tony Atkins. Honorary pallbearers were Shawn Strohl, Dean Cross, John Sanders, Bobby Atkins, Patrick Hart and Paul Sysco.
Agnes Jewell Hibbs, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 25, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born Sept. 25, 1925, in Arkansas, she was the daughter of Fred and Mattie Booth Rice Jackson. She was a homemaker and a member of Evergreen General Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Smith; a sister, Nancy East; three brothers, Aubrey Rice, George Rice and J.F. Rice; and a grandson, Tory Vance.
Survivors include her husband, Wilburn Hibbs, whom she married Feb. 10, 1979; four sons, Lonnie Parker, Casa Grande, Ariz., Rickey G. Parker, Walnut Ridge, and Danny Allen Parker and Dell L. Parker, both of Jonesboro; three daughters, Meleta Mullican, Frederick, Md., Cathy Lehman, Alicia, and Diane Goodman, Hoxie; four stepchildren, Diane Horton, Ronnie Hibbs, Willard Hibbs and Barbara Crawford, all of Walnut Ridge; a sister, Lucille Copland, Hoxie; a brother, Bill Rice, Hoxie; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Leonard Hansley officiating. Burial will be in Whittaker Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.
Estel Hurst, 78, of Indianapolis, died Aug. 17, 2009, at his home.
Born Dec. 19, 1930, near Clover Bend, he was the son of Floyd and Loma Herriott Hurst. He attended school at Clover Bend. He worked for 24 years as a job setter for Allison Detroit Diesel, retiring in 1990. He had been a member of the Church of Christ in Shelbyville, Ind., for the past 11 years.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline and Waudine.
Survivors include four sons, Donald Hurst, Rickey Hurst, Terry Hurst and Steven Hurst; two daughters, Jeanette Stevens and Jacquline McDaniel; two brothers, Glenn Hurst and Lavon Hurst; four sisters, Maxine Short, Geraldine Baker, Barbara Cox and Janis Hurst; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Friday at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service, Stirling-Gerber Chapel, in Indianapolis. Burial was in Acton Cemetery in Acton, Ind.
Jerald Eugene "Bow" Jumper, 47, of Jacksonville, formerly of Smithville, died Aug. 21, 2009, in Little Rock.
Born Jan. 15, 1962, in Allegan, Mich., he was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Edna Jumper.
Survivors include his mother, Delorce Guthrie, Michigan; his father, Verlin Reed, Michigan; two sisters, Brenda Young, Smithville, and Debbie Reed, Paragould; and a brother, Henry Warren, Michigan.
Graveside service was Tuesday at noon at Smithville Cemetery. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.
Linda Gale Manley, 63, of Wilson, sister of Carolyn Gann of Ravenden, died Aug. 12, 2009. Burial was Thursday at 2 p.m. in Rivercrest Memorial Gardens at Marie. Wilson's Osceola Funeral Home hade charge of arrangements.
Mr. Charles Ed Montgomery, 59, of Millington, Tenn., formerly of Swifton, died Tuesday, August 18, 2009.
He was born Nov. 7,1949, at Newport, the son of Andrew and Wavel (Hayes) Montgomery. Mr. Montgomery was a heavy equipment operator, and enjoyed fishing and talking with family and friends. He was a United States Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.
Mr. Montgomery was preceded in death by one daughter, Carrie Jones; and his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Ima Jean (Porter) Montgomery; one son, Jeremy Montgomery of Millington, Tenn.; two daughters, Ellen Roberts of Swifton and Penny Hatfield and husband Timmy of Swifton; a son-in-law, Randy Jones of Hoxie; four brothers, Shelby Montgomery of Jonesboro, Tim Montgomery of Jonesboro, Ronnie Montgomery of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, and Marty Montgomery of Swifton; one sister, Janet Bryant of Tuckerman; seven grandchildren, Tiffany Floyd, Junior Jones, Jason Jones, Shay Jones , Zachary Parker, Jennifer Hatfield, and Anthony Hatfield; and six great-grandchildren, Baily Mashburn, Brice Mashburn, Carrie Mashburn, Bella Mashburn, Kaden Jones, and Madison Parker.
Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at New Hope Church in Swifton. Burial was in Haines Cemetery.
Julie Ann Richardson, 51, of Imboden, died Aug. 21, 2009, at Barnes Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis.
She was born March 5, 1958.
Survivors include a son, James Brian Smith and wife Joanne, Imboden; a daughter, Erin Richardson, Imboden; her parents, Jim and Sue Smith, Imboden; a brother, Greg Smith, Batesville; two sisters, Debbie Boyle, Tampa, Fla., and Shelia Keough, Killeen, Texas; and two grandsons, Dylan Smith and Jake Smith.
Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Imboden with Tommy Medley and Joe Loghry officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.
Pallbearers were Zack Smith, Nathan Edwards, Ryan Kemp, Michael Kemp, Donald Boucher and Johnnie Holder.
Mabel Guntharp Risner, 88, of Jonesboro, sister of Bernice Decker of Strawberry, died Aug. 17, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Thursday in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro. An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.
Olevia Esther Roberts, 94, of Jonesboro, formerly of Strawberry, died Aug. 24, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born April 12, 1915, in Tuckerman, she lived in Strawberry before moving to Jonesboro in 1992. She was a homemaker and a member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, where she was a member of the Friendship Sunday school class and the United Methodist Women.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eulan Roberts; a brother, Ben Halliburton; and three half-brothers, Roy Webb, Vaughn Webb and Johnny Webb.
Survivors include two sons, Darryl Roberts and wife Judy, Jonesboro, and Paul Roberts and wife Carolyn, Bakersfield, Calif.; a brother, Pawnee Halliburton, Tuckerman; a half-brother, Larry Webb, Stigler, Okla.; four grandchildren, Olivia Lancaster, Bryan Roberts, Blake Roberts and Paula Roberts; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Christopher Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Danny Halliburton, Benny Don Halliburton, Pawnee Parr Halliburton, Shane Halliburton, Tim Simpson and Chris Halliburton. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff and management of Craighead County Nursing Center.
Memorials may be made to Cornerstone United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1910 Disciple Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation is tonight from 5-7 at the funeral home.
An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.
James Lowell "Jim" Robins, 95, of Batesville, died Aug. 18, 2009, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville.
Born Jan. 5, 1914, at Jesup, he was the son of John Louis and Elvira Turnbow Robins. He attended grade school at Jesup, attended high school in Strawberry and graduated from Sloan-Hendrix Academy in 1934.
He taught school at Pleasant Hill, Jesup and Calamine. He worked for the Lawrence County Welfare Department in the late 1930s. In the 1940s he became involved with Wilcoxsons furniture store in Walnut Ridge and remained in that business until he retired to Cave City in 1976. During that time he owned and operated furniture stores in Dexter, Mo., as well as in Piggott and Jonesboro and worked in furniture stores in Kennett, Mo., and Memphis. In Dexter, he served two terms as an alderman.
He was a member of East Side Baptist Church in Cave City, where he had served at treasurer.
He was a direct descendant of Jacob and Nancy Fortenberry, John and Monima Goodwin and John B. and Martha Turnbow, all pioneer settlers of Lawrence County.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Mollie Faye Andrews Robins, in 2006, whom he married Oct. 9, 1935, in Smithville; a son, Bobby Lowell; four brothers, Taylor Robins, Ed Robins, Clyde Robins and Leland Robins; and four sisters, Mae Sullivan, Maude Howard, Pearl Milligan and Lois Robins.
Survivors include four sons, Byron Robins and wife Wannetta, Greers Ferry, Jerry Billions and wife Barbara, Germantown, Tenn., David Robins and wife Janis, Prairie Grove, and Joe Ruiz and wife Martha, Batesville; a daughter-in-law, Pat Robins, Cape Giradeau, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at East Side Baptist Church in Cave City with Revs. Jim Tirey and Bobby Walker offiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery, near Strawberry, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers were grandsons: Jeff Billions, David Billions, Mark Billions and Jim Robins, and great-grandsons Chris Newald and Chad Robins.
Willard Christian Van Winkle, 80, of Imboden, died Aug. 20, 2009, in Imboden.
Born Oct. 9, 1928, in Pocahontas, he was the son of Grover and Genendal Wilson Van Winkle. He was a farmer, a former employee of Waterloo and a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church at Old Davidsonville.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, George Van Winkle, Lawrence Van Winkle, Clay Van Winkle, Bill Van Winkle and Henry Van Winkle.
Survivors include his wife, Sally Dunham Van Winkle, whom he married Sept. 15, 1947, in Pocahontas; three sons, Paul Van Winkle, Ozark, Mo., Gene Van Winkle, Maynard, and Andy Lee Van Winkle, Imboden; six daughters, Frances Matthews, Ravenden Springs, Clara Tooter Stevens, Cambridge, Ill., Mazie Van Winkle and Kathy Green, both of Imboden, Teresa Marrone, Sedalia, Mo., and Sandra Amos, Pocahontas; four sisters, Louise Brown, Christine Massey, Eileen Keifer and Mildred Haley; two brothers, Colonel "Red" Van Winkle and Herman Van Winkle; 19 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with William Richmond officiating. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.
Pallbearers were grandsons: Brian Stevens, Duane Stevens, Mike Van Winkle, Chris Van Winkle, Craig Van Winkle, Randall Van Winkle, Eugene Matthews and Keith Matthews. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Stevens, Tony Amos, Johnny Green and John Marrone.
Melvin Warner, 66, of Pocahontas, died Aug. 17, 2009, at his home.
Born Oct. 4, 1942, he was the son of the late Jessie Warner and Thelma Jean Holloway.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, two sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Jo Warner; a daughter, Edith Benninghoff, Pocahontas; a son, Toby Benninghoff, Indiana; a brother, Glen Warner, Texas; three sisters, Betty Fields, Missouri, Helen Slayton, Hoxie, and Joyce King, Texas; and a granddaughter, Rachel Nichole Benninghoff.
Graveside service was Friday at 11 a.m. at Whittaker Cemetery with Don Slayton officiating. Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.
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