September 2, 2009 Edition

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Staylee Tripp Blackwell Logan Wayne Bradley


Blyth ~ Runge


Edgar Bartlett Jr. Anna Cameron Carol Davis
Lucille Erwin Millard David Guntharp Harvey N. Hillenburg Sr.
Rick Holder Sheere Denise Jackson Floyd Meeker
Jimmy Leroy Reithemeyer Mary Martha Roach Joyce Taylor Sharp
Marjorie L. Smith Emma Snyder Rosetta D. Strickland
Doris Evelyn Winkles


Staylee Tripp Blackwell

Heath Blackwell and Charlotte Tinker have announced the birth of a son on Aug. 3, 2009, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed four pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Staylee Tripp Blackwell. Tripp has three brothers, 12-year-old Christian Blackwell, eight-year-old Malachi Tinker and four-year-old Creadon Blackwell.

Grandparents are Richard and Margretta Tinker of Walnut Ridge.

Albert and Betty Blackwell of Pocahontas, Bonnie Graham of Clover Bend and Duel Tinker of Hoxie are the great-grandparents.

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Logan Wayne Bradley

Matt and Mandy Bradley of North Little Rock have announced the birth of a son on June 25, 2009. He weighed eight pounds, six ounces and has been named Logan Wayne Bradley.

He has an older sister, Abby Bradley.

Grandparents are Jesse and Carol Crosson of Pocahontas and Wayne and Jo Ann Bradley of Imboden. Great-grandparents are Jerry and Duelene Tyler of Pocahontas, James and Imogene Bradley of Imboden and Pete and Joyce Engel of Peach Orchard.

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Blyth ~ Runge

Elizabeth Steadman Runge became the bride of Charles Patrick Blyth on July 11, 2009, at the University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Parents of the couple are Doctors Marschall Stevens Runge and Susan Riggs Runge of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Blyth of Pembroke Pines, Fla.

The bride is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Orval Riggs of Little Rock and Dr. Gretchen Runge of Austin, Texas, and the late Dr. Thomas Runge. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. R.C Waldron and Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Riggs, all of whom lived in Walnut Ridge. The groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Farrell of Miami Lakes, Fla., and Alma Blyth of Irmo, S.C.

Rev. Suzanne Dornsmith officiated the double-ring, formal ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Suzanne McDonald, pianist, and the Covenant Handbells Choir.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

Claire Shigekawa of Seattle was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Erin Gallagher of Greeneville, N.C., Becca Martinie of Milwaukee, Alison Musto of Atlanta and Shannon Blyth and Bridget Blyth, both of Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Sidney Blyth served his son as best man. Groomsmen were Brian McGee of San Diego, Anders Madsen of Miami, Scott Hittinger of Indianapolis and Thomas Runge and William Runge of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Mason Runge and John Runge, both of Chapel Hill, served as ushers.

A reception followed the ceremony at the Carolina Club in Chapel Hill.

Following a weeklong wedding trip to St. Lucia in the Caribbean, the couple are at home in Chapel Hill. Elizabeth is a post-baccalaureate student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Charles is a clinical trials research coordinator at the University of North Carolina.

Tom Waldron of Walnut Ridge, great-uncle of the bride, was among those in attendance at the wedding, along with friends and family from 26 states, Wales and Germany.

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Edgar Bartlett Jr.

Edgar Forrest Bartlett Jr., 56, of Cullman, Ala., died Aug. 24, 2009, at Cullman Regional Medical Center.

Born Dec. 2, 1952, at Lepanto, he was the son of Edgar Forrest and Theola Elizabeth Hood Bartlett.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry Lynn Bartlett; four sons, Gary Bartlett, Brandon Bartlett, Byron Bartlett and William Bartlett; four daughters, Patricia Webb, Cindy Stovall, Susan Murphy and Stephanie Pough; two brothers; six sisters; and 26 grandchildren.

Graveside services were Friday in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

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Anna Cameron

Anna Charlotte Richey Cameron, 106, a resident of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, formerly of Lynn, died Aug. 25, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 5, 1903, in Powhatan, she was the daughter of R.G. "Gid" and Belle Headrick Richey. She was a homemaker and a farmer. She helped operate a canning kitchen and a mattress factory during the 1940s. She was a 50-year member of the Eaton and Lynn Extension Homemaker's Club, having served as the Lawrence County president. She was a member of the Shiloh and Lynn Methodist Churches.

She was preceded in death by her husband, V.J. Cameron, in 1970, whom she married Dec. 9, 1923, in Eaton; two sons, Bruce Cameron and Lavern Cameron; eight brothers, William Richey, Leslie Richey, Otto Richey, Cleo Richey, Lester Richey, Clarence "Red" Richey, Dorothy "Dot" Richey and Warren Richey; and four sisters, Selma Halstead, Cledia Ross, Dessie Mae Lawson and Clara Chappell.

Survivors include a son, Alvis Joe Cameron and wife Audrey; a daughter, Lillian Brannon; a sister, Mildred Nunnally; a granddaughter, Kerry Huskey; two great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Higginbotham Chapel. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery, between Black Rock and Smithville, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Larry Lawson, Clyde Brooks, Boyce Walling, Mike Cameron, Leon Neece and Donald Nunnally.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Cemetery, c/o Jerry Vance, Fund 3131, Hwy. 25, Powhatan, AR 72458.

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Carol Davis

Carol Davis, 72, of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 28, 2009.

Born Dec. 16, 1936, at Rockport, Ind., she was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Davis, on Jan. 28, 1980, whom she married Dec. 19, 1954; a son J. Scott Davis; and her father, Clarence Miles.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. Dirk Davis and wife Debbie, Walnut Ridge, and Miles Davis and wife Mary, Jonesboro; her mother, Ina Baker Miles, Jonesboro; two sisters, Bonnie Tetrault, New Braunfels, Texas, and Trudy Miles, Aurora, Colo.; five grandchildren, Cory Scott Davis, Autumn Marie Ball, Zachary Miles Davis, Jebediah Dirk Davis and Scout Mariah Davis; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Bill Hughes officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Miles Davis, Dirk Davis, Corey Davis, Zachary Davis, Jeb Davis and Matthew Franks.

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Lucille Erwin

Lucille Erwin, 83, of Jonesboro, died Aug. 29, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 4, 1926, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of John Budgie and Laura Ingram Little. She was a former parachute packer at the Walnut Ridge Army Air Base and a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Erwin; three brothers, Pete Little, Woodrow Little and Ruby Little; and three sisters, Arlene Lawson, Lorene Dobbs and Bernice Roth.

Survivors include two brothers, Bill Little, Walnut Ridge, and Budgie Little, Hoxie; and two sisters, Ruby Massey, Paducah, Ky., and Faye Little, Las Vegas.

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

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Millard David Guntharp

Millard David Guntharp, 89, of Jonesboro, died Aug. 25, 2009, at his home.

Born June 9, 1920, in Ravenden Springs, he was the son of Gus and Nettie Guntharp. He was a farmer and worked in construction before joining the Jonesboro Stockyard team, where he worked and later became part owner. He attended People's Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by a son, James Guntharp; three brothers, H.J. Guntharp, Melvin Guntharp and Paul Guntharp; and two sisters, Hazel Massey and Betty Wallis.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Madeline Goza Guntharp; four sons, G. David Guntharp and wife Rita, Pine Bluff, Garland Guntharp and wife Wilma, Hoxie, Jackie Guntharp and wife Donna, Jonesboro, and Terry Guntharp and wife Venecia, Siloam Springs; four daughters, Milladene Shatswell, Jonesboro, Wilma Doyle, Ravenden Springs, Judy Dailey and husband Bud, Brookland, and Linda Stotts and husband Paul, Gatewood, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Ann Guntharp, Ozark; two sisters, Beva Lou Goza, Lakeland, Tenn., and Leota Hardin, Dixon, Ill.; 23 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held Friday at 10 a.m. at Gregg Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Roger Brand officiating. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Carl Mac Rogers, Gregory Guntharp, Dennis Guntharp, Chad Guntharp, Travis Guntharp, Jason Guntharp, Schleen Smith, Randal Guntharp and Steven Guntharp.

Memorials may be made to People's Faith Tabernacle, 714 State Street, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

An online guestbook is available at

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Harvey N. Hillenburg Sr.

Harvey N. Hillenburg Sr. 74, of Houston (Perry County) died Aug. 25, 2009.

Born in Powhatan, he was the son of the late Clarence and Gertie Davis Hillenburg. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Perryville. He retired from Arrow Automotive in Morrilton.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Hillenburg.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Rebe Caldwell Hillenburg; two sons, Harvey "Buster" Hillenburg Jr. and wife Kappi, Shirley, and Thomas "Buddy" Hillenburg and wife Anita, Cabot; a daughter, Sally Carter and husband Trent, Perryville; two brothers, James Hillenburg and Tommy Hillenburg, both of Rockford, Ill.; three sisters, Sue Rodden, Greenbrier, Bobbie Gilliam, Paragould, and Phyllis Sherman, Charleston, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was held at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Conway on Friday.

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Rick Holder

Charles Richard "Rick" Holder, 63, of Paragould, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 28, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Vietnam War, and was retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Darrell and Betty Lou Hibbard Holder.

Survivors include his wife, Janis Redwine Holder; a daughter, Kerie Martin and husband Jeramy, Jonesboro; two sons, John Holder and wife Misty, and Alan Holder, all of Jonesboro; a brother, Bennett Holder and wife Jodie, Paragould; a grandchild, Devin Holder; and three nieces.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at 7th and Mueller Church of Christ in Paragould with Doug Welborn officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Betty Holder Scholarship Fund, Crowley's Ridge College, 100 College Drive, Paragould, AR 72450.

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Sheere Denise Jackson

Sheere Denise (Taylor) Jackson, 51, Archie, Mo., was called home on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept, 2, 2009, at the Atkinson Chapel in Harrisonville, Mo. Burial was in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Mo. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice, 9233 Ward Parkway, Suite 201, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Sheere was born March 26, 1958, in Swifton, the only child of Boyce and Retha (Smith) Taylor. On March 14, 1981, she was united in marriage to Denny Jackson in Columbus, Miss. In the years following, she became a very devoted Christian wife, mom and Nana. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Archie, Mo.

Sheere's most cherished memories were made around the family she held most dear. She enjoyed spending time at family gatherings, shopping with her daughters, watching movies with her husband and playing with her grandkids. Sheere was a loving and much loved daughter, wife, mother, sister-in-law, aunt and Nana. Those who knew her best, and even those who knew her briefly, were blessed by her warm smile and her uplifting spirit, even in the toughest of times.

Those welcoming her home will be her father, Boyce Taylor, and her grandparents, Jess and Ola Taylor and Steve and Louise Smith. She is survived by her mother, Retha (Smith) Taylor Runsick of Jonesboro; her husband, Denny Jackson of the home; two daughters, Amanda Briggs and her husband, Brian of Belton, Mo., and Tabitha Jackson of the home; three grandchildren, Jayce and Kaylee Briggs of Belton, Mo., and Hayden Hatton, due to arrive soon; numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Sheere will truly be missed by all.

Arrangements are under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home of Harrisonville, Mo.

Online condolences may be made to

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Floyd Meeker

Floyd Dean "Dink" Meeker, 61, of Hoxie, died Aug. 29, at Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Meeker; two sisters, Diane Meeker and Georgia Gullett; and a brother, Ronnie Meeker.

Survivors include his mother, Lois Heard Meeker, Hoxie; a sister, Kathy Young, Hoxie; and four brothers, Ray Meeker, Charles Meeker, Bill Meeker and Junior Meeker, all of Hoxie.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rebecca Lapiro and Odell Davis officiating. Burial was in Whittaker Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Billy Meeker, Jamie Mize, Odell Davis Jr., Denny Meeker and Junior Lee. Honorary pallbearers were James Meeker and Odell Davis III.

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Jimmy Leroy Reithemeyer

Jimmy Leroy Reithemeyer, 63, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 27, 2009, at his home.

He was a farmer and honorary deputy sheriff and was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church at Sedgwick.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Lucille Roe Reithemeyer.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Reithemeyer; a daughter, Selina Cooney and husband Barry, Jonesboro; a son, Stuart Reithemeyer and wife Terri, Hoxie; a sister, Ruth Ann Ellis, Pocahontas; two brothers, Eugene Reithemeyer, Sedgwick, and Larry Reithemeyer, Hoxie; and six grandchildren, Kirsten Cooney, Blade Reithemeyer, Ryker Reithemeyer, Sean Hembree, Tyler Hembree and Justin McFall.

Graveside service was Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Royce L. Schanda officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Vic Hutcheson, Ray Poe, Jeff Worlow, Mitch Worlow, Phillip Briner and Terry Colburn.

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Mary Martha Roach

Mary Martha Roach, 77, of Strawberry, died Aug. 29, 2009, at a Batesville hospital.

Born Oct. 23, 1931, at Stegall, she was the daughter of George and Rosie Boone Brown. She was retired from Gencorp Automotive in Batesville and was a member of the Church of Christ in Poughkeepsie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Broyles; and a stepson, Johnny Roach.

Survivors include three sons, Olen Broyles, Calamine, Jeff Broyles, Strawberry, and Aarol Broyles, Murfreesboro; two stepsons, Sam Broyles and Benny Broyles; two stepdaughters, Kathy Norrell and Margaret White; four brothers, Kenneth Brown, Jonesboro, Ed Brown, Poughkeepsie, Myron Brown, Calamine, and Ronald Brown, Smithville; four sisters, Ellen Barner, Tuckerman, Betty Shelly and Connie Prince, both of Newport, and Kitty Jewel, Amagon; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery at Jesup.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Brown, George Brown, Jamie Brown, Gary Blackshear, Joshua Shaw and Aaron Mobley. Honorary pallbearers will be Rodney Broyles, Jerry Brown and Leonard Shaw.

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Joyce Taylor Sharp

Joyce Taylor Sharp, 73, of Jonesboro, died Aug. 26, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 21, 1936, in Vernon, Texas, she was the daughter of Herschel and Blanche Petty Taylor. She was a homemaker and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Johnny Sharp, whom she married May 31, 1955, in Walnut Ridge; three daughters, Brenda LaCroix and husband Jeff, Veblen, S.D., Norma Li and husband John and Lora Baugh and husband Perry, all of Jonesboro; two sons, Randel Sharp and wife Claudia, Jonesboro, and David Sharp and wife Lori, Bartlett, Tenn.; a sister, Mary Taylor, Williford; three brothers, Herschel Taylor, Pickwick Dam, Tenn., and Hayden Taylor and Keith Taylor, both of Williford; and six grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. John Thomas Stoll officiating. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Nephews served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Gertie Skaggs, Anna Bowers, Lillie Curtis, Pat Taylor, Mary Taylor and Phyllis Fitzgerald.

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Marjorie L. Smith

Marjorie Louise Ponder Smith, 87, of Lewisburg, W.Va., died Aug. 20, 2009, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Lewisburg.

Born Sept. 19, 1921, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Thomas and Ione Ponder. She was retired from Incolay Industries of San Fernando, Calif., where she was lead supervisor. She had also been an elementary school teacher, piano teacher, seamstress, a den mother and a welder for Wilmington Ship Yards on the Liberty Ships in Long Beach, Calif. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lewisburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Charles Smith; a son, Edward Charles Smith Jr.; and a sister, Imogene Ponder Floyd.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda L. Smith Yoak and Karen Sue Smith; a daughter-in-law, Roxanne Hagen; seven grandchildren, Scott Yoak, Steven Smith, Michael Delaney, Richard Corredera, Jennifer Corredera, Marcy Corredera and Karissa Corredera; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Memorials may be made to Sheltered and Safe, P.O. Box 128, Maxwelton, WV 24957 or

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Emma Snyder

Emma Snyder, 85, of Largo, Fla, formerly of Lawrence County, died Aug. 28, 2009, at Largo Health and Rehab in Largo, Fla.

Born April 24, 1924, in Natural Dam, she was the daughter of L.C. and Ida Mae Cline Cox.

She was preceded in death by a son, James A. Snyder; three sisters, Lula Taylor, Orba Prentice and Babe Davis; two brothers, Jack Cox and Robert Cox.

Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Schladweiler and husband John, Largo, Fla.; two sisters, Lizzie Freer and Ellen Freeman; a grandson; and two great-grandsons.

Funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Chapel in Walnut Ridge. Burial will follow in Stranger's Home Cemetery near Alicia under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5:30-8 at the funeral home.

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Rosetta D. Strickland

Rosetta D. Strickland, 90, of Saltillo, Miss., stepmother of Sherry Ezell of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 26, 2009, at her home. Burial was Friday in Marked Tree Cemetery under the direction of Murphy Funeral Home of Marked Tree.

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Doris Evelyn Winkles

Doris Evelyn Winkles, 77, of Swifton, died Aug. 31, 2009, at Jonesboro.

Born May 8, 1932, at Tuckerman, she was the daughter of Clifford and Devona Brooks Winkles.

She was a member of Swifton Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Teddy Von Winkles and Ronald Paul Winkles; and her grandparents, M.P. and Grace Beck Winkles and Bill and Irene Brooks.

Survivors include two brothers, Bobby Brooks Winkles and wife Ellie, La Quinta, Calif., and Jimmy Marion Winkles and wife Robin, California; a sister, Joan Tinsley and husband James, Swifton; and two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Winkles, Dallas, and Lynda Winkles, Manchester, Tenn.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Swifton Baptist Church with Nathan Bentz, Clint Richie and Bob Winkles officiating. Burial will be in Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Steve Tinsley, Brian Day, Bobby Tinsley, Tyler Tinsley, Dylan Tinsley and Kyle Day. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff and residents of St. Elizabeth's Place of Jonesboro.

Visitation will be today from 12:30 p.m. until time of the service.

An online guestbook is available at

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