September 9, 2009 Edition

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Gunner James Baxter Trenton Michael Nelson Madelyn Shea Sheets
Hannah Dawn Tennison


Bell ~ Mans Ward ~ McCandless


Florence J. Cook Barbara Ann Crays Charles Franklin Creech
Leslie Wayne Foster Sr. Jesse Andrew Hart Timmy L. Huskey
Jewell Ann Jarrett Clifford Miller III James Loron Ring
Tressie Swift Rebecca Veach Martha Nadean White
Sharron Lee Wynn


Gunner James Baxter

Zack and Shauna Baxter of Calamine have announced the birth of a son on Aug. 27, 2009, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, nine ounces and has been named Gunner James Baxter.

He has two older siblings, Ryder, seven, and Kylie, five.

Grandparents are Denver and Kay Wilson and Jim and Evonne Baxter, all of Calamine. He is the great-grandson of Bill and Imogene Brown of Poughkeepsie.

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Trenton Michael Nelson

Charity Green of Hoxie and Michael Nelson of Bono have announced the birth of a son at St. Bernards BirthCare Center on July 22, 2009. The baby weighed eight pounds, 10 ounces and has been named Trenton Michael Nelson.

He has a sister, Madison Green, three.

Grandparents are Anita Bookout of Black Rock, Randy Green of Pocahontas and Robert and Terry Nelson of Bono.

Elsie Austin of Hoxie, Dorothy Cummings and Herbert and Barbara Smith of Walnut Ridge, Irene Nelson of Pocahontas and Floyd Austin of Fort Smith are the great-grandparents.

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Madelyn Shea Sheets

Jeffery and Emily Sheets of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Aug. 24, 2009, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center. The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Madelyn Shea Sheets.

She has an older sister, Caitlyn Paige, who is four.

Grandparents are Leo and Wanda Swank of Anchorage, Alaska, Lester and Ina Gill of Ash Flat, Bobby and Melissa Collins of Walnut Ridge and Pamela Layne of Jonesboro.

She is the great-granddaughter of Carolyn Sheets of Ravenden and Flois Collins and Dallas and Anna Cagle, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Hannah Dawn Tennison

Bobby and Cassie Tennison of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Aug. 20, 2009, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. The baby weighed six pounds, 11 ounces and has been named Hannah Dawn Tennison.

She has two brothers, Peyton and Eli Tennison.

Grandparents are Ernest Brown and Sabrina Thompson of Imboden and Loree Tennison of Walnut Ridge and the late Donald Tennison.

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Bell ~ Mans

Nigel and Judy Bell of Lafe announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsay Erin Bell, to Travis W. Mans, son of Danny and Brenda Mans of Smithville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Willard and Helen Bell and the late Bobbie and Winnie Fudge, who lived in Batesville. She is a 2002 graduate of Marmaduke High school and a 2007 graduate of Southern Illinois University of Carbondale with a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene. She is employed as a dental hygienist.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Jay and Judy Mans of Walnut Ridge and John and Clara Wells of Powhatan. He is a 2000 graduate of Lynn High School and a 2004 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a bachelor's degree in business management. He is an account manager for Golden Eagle of Arkansas.

The couple will exchange vows on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lafe. All family and friends are invited.

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Ward ~ McCandless

Barbara McCandless and Terry W. Ward of Walnut Ridge were united in marriage on Aug. 28, 2009 at Cache River Pentecostal Church in Sedgwick.

The marriage was officiated by Bro. Rick Hart.

Following a honeymoon trip to Nashville, the couple will reside in Walnut Ridge.

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Florence J. Cook

Florence J. Cook, 68, of Jonesboro, sister of Bill Cook of Imboden, died Sept. 3, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Saturday in Bassett Cemetery at Bassett under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis. An online guestbook is available at

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Barbara Ann Meadows Crays

Barbara Ann Meadows Crays, 54, of Jonesboro, mother of Dee Crays of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 30, 2009, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas. Private burial was under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

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Charles Franklin Creech

Charles Franklin Creech, 87, of Manila, died Sept. 6, 2009, at Manila Nursing Center.

Born July 13, 1922, at Sedgwick, he was the son of Ernest and Gertrude Creech. A retired farmer, he lived most of his life in the Bay and Lake City areas.

He was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Creech; a brother, Billy Wayne Creech; and a sister, Lorene Ross.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Creech, Jonesboro, and Jerry Creech, Bentonia, Miss.; two daughters, Pat Crotwell, Jackson, Miss., and Melinda Dees, Yazoo City, Miss.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Larry Owens officiating. Burial will be in Bowman Cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

An online guestbook is available at

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Leslie Wayne Foster Sr.

Leslie Wayne Foster Sr., 69, of Paragould, died Sept. 1, 2009, at Baptist Hospital-East in Memphis.

Born Nov. 2, 1939, in California, he lived in Black Rock and Pocahontas before moving to Paragould nine years ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was a retired civil service employee assigned to military bases. He attended the Pentecostal church.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Foster; two sons, Les Foster Jr. and wife Toni, Black Rock, and Matt Foster Sr. and wife Niki, Paragould; a brother, Bobby Foster, Oxnard, Calif.; a sister, Mary Ann Betts, Portia; and three grandchildren, Les Foster III, Khristian Foster and Matthew Foster Jr.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

An online guestbook is available at

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Jesse Andrew Hart

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 Millard and Ethel Woods Hart. He had lived in Lawrence County for many years and was a retired construction worker.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Orpha Blankenship and Mable Hart; two brothers, Venver 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, Margaret Radabaugh, Circleville, 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 Adkins. Honorary pallbearers were Shawn Strohl, Dean Cross, John Sanders, Bobby Adkins, Patrick Hart and Paul Sysco.

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Timmy L. Huskey

Timmy L. Huskey, 54, of Cave City, died Sept. 5, 2009, at Batesville.

Born July 13, 1955, in Walnut Ridge, he attended school at Imboden. He was an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Army, where he was a tank instructor, drill sergeant and N.G. advisor. After leaving the military, he worked in several local industries.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donnie and Bonnie Huskey.

Survivors include two sisters, Karen Morgan, Batesville, and Nancy Huskey, Cave City; and a special companion, Rhonda Andrews, Pleasant Plains.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City has charge of arrangements.

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Jewell Ann Jarrett

Jewell Ann Jarrett, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 7, 2009, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 14, 1923, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Robin and Ellen Smith Mayberry. She was a homemaker and a member of United Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Jarrett, on June 13, 2006, whom she married Feb. 3, 1942.

Survivors include a son, Terry Jarrett, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Sandra Gipson, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Bessie Jarrett, Little Rock; a brother, Homer Mayberry, Keego Harbor, Mich.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Chapel with Bros. Glen Smith and Charles Hendrix officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Ronald Mosher, Jeff O'Donnell, Karl Schoeneman, Greg Jarrett, Tom Jarrett and Larry Cook.

Visitation is tonight from 6-9 p.m.

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Clifford Miller III

Clifford Miller III, 55, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 3, 2009, at Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Demetra Jones Miller.

Survivors include his father, Clifford W. Miller Jr.; his stepmother, Kathleen Miller; a sister, Dawn Kuntze and husband John; a brother, Michael Miller; and two stepsisters, Lynn Morgan and Carol Shrable.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens of Rockford, Ill.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 320 Executive Court, Suite 104, Little Rock, AR 72205.

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James Loron Ring

James Loron Ring, 82, of Pocahontas, died Aug. 31, 2009, at his home.

Born Aug. 27, 1927, at Eaton, he was the son of Jesse and Elsie Allen Ring. He attended Southern Baptist College (now Williams Baptist College) and served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked on the Mercury, Apollo and Gemini space programs at McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis. He was a retired real estate broker and was the owner of Ring Realty. He was a member of Sutton Free Will Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Weldon Ring, Eldon Ring, Owen Ring, Sherman Ring, Jay Ring, Ted Ring and Hershel Ring.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Rickey Ring; two daughters, Gail Bray and husband Ron, Quitman, and Cheryl Harp and husband Johnny, Lowell; two sons, Randy Ring and wife Janet, and Steve Ring and wife Ann, all of Pocahontas; two sisters, Dorothy Scott, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Juanita Smith, Centerton; a brother, Herman Ring, Van Buren; nine grandchildren, Christine Bray, Justin Bray, Angie Chandler, Blake Ring, Brandi Chester, Heath Ring, Hunter Ring, Matt Harp and Kassi Harp; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Sutton Free Will Baptist Church with Randy Scott and Ben Scott offiating. Burial was in Sutton Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. Military honors were provided by Promberger-Traw VFW Post #4556.

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Tressie Swift

Tressie Swift, 76, of Lafe, died Sept. 3, 2009, at her home.

Born April 12, 1933, near O'Kean, she was the daughter of Charles Moses and Iva Cook Gates. She was a homemaker and a member of the Free Will Baptist Church in Paragould.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Dennis Gates and Carl Gates; and two sisters, Levell Swift and Bernice Fortson.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Swift, whom she married Feb. 11, 1972; a daughter, Phyllis Hess and husband Benjamin, Manila; six stepchildren, Elbert Swift, Pocahontas, Orvis Swift, Hoxie, Cloyis Daughhetee, Walnut Ridge, Ella Dean Gonzales, Parker, Ariz., Emanuel Swift, Delaplaine, and Amelia Rogers, Paragould; two sisters, Bernel "Babe" Gates, Cedar Lake, Ind., and Nadene Summers Cook, Lafe; two grandchildren, Joyce Carter and Charles Hess; eight step-grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel. Burial was in Jones Ridge Cemetery, near Delaplaine, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Eddie Swift, Kenny Smith, Acea Swift, Charles Hess, Delbert Carter and Jason Summers. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Ricky, Rick Fortson and John Daughhetee.

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Rebecca Veach

Rebecca Lee "Becky" Veach, 27, of Caraway, died Aug. 31, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruby Veach, of the home; a son, Matthew Veach, of the home; her mother and stepfather, Katherine "Kathy" and Jerry Highland, Caraway; her father and stepmother, Tommy and Sherri Veach, Imboden; five sisters, Sonja Lampson, Harriman, Tenn., Vivian Veach, Imboden, and Florence Davis, Della Smith and Carolyn Whaley, all of Caraway; two brothers, Kendall Veach, Fort Campbell, Ky., and Tommy Veach II, Caraway; and her grandmothers, Thelma Veach Mangrum, Williford, and Patricia Smith, Caraway.

A memorial service will be announced later.

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Martha Nadean White

Martha Nadean Gates White, 75, of Jonesboro, formerly of Pocahontas, died Sept. 2, 2009, in Jonesboro.

Born July 16, 1934, in Ravenden Springs, she was the daughter of Andrew and Myrtle Brandon Gates. She was a graduate of Egypt High School and Williams Baptist College. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Snow and husband Bill, Cabot, and Jackie Eldridge, Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Micheal Snow, Eddie Snow, Richard Snow, Rachelle Eldridge and Tammy Eldridge; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Rev. Ed Snow officiating. Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Sharron Lee Wynn

Sharron Lee Wynn, 67, of Alicia, died Sept. 7, 2009, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

Born May 23, 1942, in Rockford, Ill., she was a custodian for Hoxie Public Schools and Indian Mall. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lake Charles Full Gospel Temple.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl E. and Hazel Richard Smith; a stepson, William Wynn; a stepdaughter, Diana Bolding; and two sisters, Betty Dulyea and Shirley Ahrens.

Survivors include her husband, Cleveland Wynn, whom she married Oct. 14, 1976; four daughters, Teresa Peterson and husband Jim, and Julie Fernandez and husband Albert, all of Rockford, Ill., Sarah Lanning and husband Kenny, Burkesville, Ky., and Sherri Fultner and husband Gary, Hoxie; a son, Donald J. Brown Jr., Hoxie; a stepson, Donald Wynn and wife Valerie, Rockford, Ill.; two brothers, Joseph Smith and Dennis Smith, both of Rockford, Ill.; three sisters, Loretta Bagley and Bonnie Frazier, both of Rockford, Ill., and Dorothy Townson, Florida; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Claude Huskey and Ed Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery at Bono under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Kyle Fultner, Jonathan Fultner, Albert Fernandez Jr., Andrew Fernandez and Christopher Moriarty. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Fultner, Albert Fernandez and Jim Peterson.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

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