September 30, 2009 Edition

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Sophia Lynn McNatt Percifull twins Jacob Stephen Shackelford


Clayton Barnett Angel Breann Benson Josie Jane Brannon
Dora Mae Clark Makenzie Denham Elva Mae Godwin
Polly Lakey Lindsay Rogers Leslie Wade Tyler
Helen L. Walker


Sophia Lynn McNatt

Jason and Amber McNatt of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Sept. 22, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, 12 ounces and has been named Sophia Lynn McNatt.

She has two older siblings, Carson McNatt, three, and Aiden McNatt, one and a half.

Grandparents are Kelly and Ronnie Stevens, Wayne an Janie McNatt and Sheryl Osborn. She is the great-granddaughter of Cindy Miller, Olibia and Florence Woodward and Bill and Linda McNatt.

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Sydney Christine Percifull
Abbigail Hadley Percifull

Craig and Sarah Campbell Percifull of Cabot have announced the birth of twin daughters, born Aug. 14, 2009, at Baptist Hospital in North Little Rock. The babies were named Sydney Christine and Abbigail Hadley. Sydney weighed five pounds, two ounces and Abbigail weighed five pounds, 15 ounces.

The twins have an older sibling, Alexis, two.

Grandparents are Christy Percifull of Cabot and Karen McCormick of Trumann and formerly of Walnut Ridge. They are the great-granddaughters of Helen Beavers of Williford and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ford, Jr. of Kennett, Mo.

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Jacob Stephen Shackelford

Bobby and Karen Shackelford of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on Sept. 11, 2009. The baby weighed seven pounds, three ounces and has been named Jacob Stephen Shackelford.

He has seven older siblings, Rachel, 19, Rebekah, 18, Hannah, 16, Abigail, 14, Luke, 11, Silas, five, and Titus Jon, three.

Grandparents are Doris Shackelford of Walnut Ridge and John and Sue Jett of Cherokee Village.

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Clayton Barnett

Clayton Barnett, 75, of Swifton, died Sept. 25, 2009, at Little Rock.

Born March 15, 1934, at Isabella, Mo., he was a retired truck driver and a member of the Abiding Faith Pentecostal Church in Swifton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Puckett Barnett; a brother, Frank Blackshire; and three sisters, Dola Evans, Zelma Shocky and Helen Barnett.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Hatfield Barnett; two sons, Dwight Barnett and wife Patricia, and Lavern Barnett, all of Swifton; twin daughters, Teresa Tinsley and husband Steven, Diaz, and Terri Dukes and husband Blake, Swifton; two brothers, Tommy Barnett, Wassola, Mo., and Billy Joe Barnett, Gainsville, Mo.; a sister, Rosezell Shipman, Ozark, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, Misty Hilson, Amber Fears, Nick Barnett, Lydia Johnson, Blake Johnson, Corey Hunt, Whitney Tinsley, Dylan Tinsley, Lashay Barnett, Tony Lewis and Susan Turner; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at the Abiding Faith Pentecostal Church in Swifton. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Nicholas Barnett, Corey Hunt, Blake Johnson, Steven Owens, Shawn Hilson and Chris Fears. Honorary pallbearers were Steven Tinsley, Blake Dukes, Rickey Midgett and Tony Lewis.

An online guestbook is available at

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Angel Breann Benson

Angel Breann Benson, 2-1/2, of Imboden, died Sept. 27, 2009, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born March 1, 2007, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of Amanda and Brandon Benson.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Bill Lauderdale and Walter Benson.

In addition to her parents, survivors include a sister, Brandi, Imboden; a brother, Dakota, Imboden; her grandparents, Roy and Debra Hilderbrand, Gatewood, Mo., and Kenneth and Thelma Benson, Imboden; two uncles, Roy Hilderbrand Jr., Thayer, Mo., and Robert Hilderbrand, Gatewood, Mo.; an aunt, Shannon Bailey and husband Tom, Imboden; and her great-grandparents, Jean Lauderdale, Herrin, Ill., and Ada Benson, Imboden.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Imboden with Michael Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Visitation is today from noon until time of the service.

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Josie Jane Brannon

Josie Jane Howard Brannon, 89, of Lynn, died Sept. 24, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 8, 1920, near Lynn, she was the daughter of Marvin G. and Eva Dawson Howard. She graduated from Strawberry High School in 1938 and was a graduate of Arkansas State University. She taught school on Black River in a one-room building beginning in 1941 for $40 a month. She walked six miles each way to teach. She later taught at Lynn School until her retirement in June 1972. She was a member of the Lynn United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Brannon, whom she married Nov. 8, 1941; three brothers, Paul Howard, Jewell Howard and Dawson Howard; and a grandson, Joe Alan Patterson; a niece and a nephew.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Patterson, Cave City; two sons, Gary Brannon and wife Judy, Farmerville, La., and Howard Brannon and wife Barbara, Lynn; nine grandchildren, Jon Patterson, Susan Patterson McBride, Mark Brannon, Jennifer Brannon Wright, Christie Brannon Nunnally, Dwight Brannon, Brent Golden, Alan Brannon and Bradley Joe Brannon; 18 great-grandchildren, Jaret Patterson, Jacob Patterson, Joseph Patterson, Jace Patterson, Dayton McCarty, Chase McBride, Billy Brannon, Cody Brannon, Zavian Bromley, Landon Wright, Spencer Wright, Brittany Howard, Brittany Nunnally, Emily Brannon, Vanessa Brannon, Drake Brannon, Kennedy Brannon and Chloe Brannon; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Lynn United Methodist Church with Revs. Jerry Pentecost and Mark Massey officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Jon Patterson, Spencer Wright, Mark Brannon, Dwight Brannon, Allen Brannon and Bradley Brannon.

Memorials may be made to the Lynn United Methodist Church.

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Dora Mae Clark

Dora Mae Clark, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 27, 2009, at Ridgecrest Nursing Home in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 29, 1922, she was the daughter of Porter and Elsie Gevin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence L. Clark; three sons, Melville Clark, Clarence Clark and Leland Clark; four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service is today at 3:30 p.m. at Parks Cemetery, near Imboden, with Rev. Ryan Johnston officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is set for today, from 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Makenzie Denham

Makenzie Denham, five, of Hoxie, died Sept. 27, 2009.

Born Jan. 21, 2004, at Newport, she was a kindergarten student at Hoxie Elementary School and was a member of the New Life Cathedral.

Survivors include her father and stepmother, Robert and Kimberley Miller, Pocahontas; her mother, Casey Robins and fiancˇ Andy Block, Hoxie; a sister, Danielle Denham, Hoxie; a brother, Jonathan Davis, Hoxie; a stepsister, Madyson Beasley, Pocahontas; two stepbrothers, Jonathon Beasley and Cody Lawrence, both of Pocahontas; her grandparents, Vida Ashburn, Cave Junction, Ore., Ted Horton, Walnut Ridge, and Shelly Summitt, Hoxie; and her great-grandmother, Shirley LaCoss, Hoxie.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Markham Cemetery, near Egypt, with Bro. Chuck Fitzgerald officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Damon Beasley, Adam Poe, Richard Millsap, Jason Hammock, Chris Propst and Michael Propst.

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Elva Mae Godwin

Elva Mae Owens Godwin, 91, of Hoxie, died Sept. 26, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 25, 1918, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Jack C. and Lola Cooper Arnold. She was a nurse's aide at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and a homemaker. She was a member of the Hoxie Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, John D. Owens and Odis Godwin; four brothers, Marvin Arnold, Keith Arnold, Lester Arnold and J.C. Arnold.

Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Smith and husband Larry, Myrtle, Mo.; two sisters, Jean Jean and Mazie Alls and husband Wilson, all of Walnut Ridge; a granddaughter, Laura McFann; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery with Bob McMillon and Michael Winberry officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Dennis Alls, Don Alls, Doug Arnold and Steve Arnold.

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Polly Lakey

Polly Ann Lakey, 81, of Imperial, Mo., formerly of Sedgwick, died Sept. 15, 2009.

Born Jan. 24, 1928, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Rev. W.C. and Sadie Cook Lakey. She was of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include a son, Rickey Lakey, Imperial, Mo.; a brother, William "Bud" Lakey, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Edith Rogers, Sedgwick; and two grandsons, Rickey E. Lakey and Kevin Lakey.

Graveside service was Friday, Sept. 18, at Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Lindsay Rogers

Lindsay Desha Rogers, 18, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 27, 2009.

Born Jan. 2, 1991, in Jonesboro, she was an actress and a cashier at Spencer's. She was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Betty Rogers.

Survivors include her father, Teddy Rogers, Spokane, Wash.; her mother, Paulette Green, Newport; five sisters, Whitney Rogers, Walnut Ridge, Toni McDougal, Pleasant Plains, Alysha Tims, Texas, and Leslie Fry and Laura Fry, both of Jonesboro; her grandparents, Dorothy Cummings, Dalbert Eugene and Eudene Rogers, all of Walnut Ridge, and Frank Cummings, Paragould.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Haynes Cemetery, near Alicia, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Randy Green, Randall Green, Dave Martin, Steve Davis, Luke Ward and David Baty. Honorary pallbearers will be Zack Allen, Jared Moore, Matt Keeling, Anthony Willfond, James Cagle and John Holman.

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

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Leslie Wade Tyler

Leslie Wade Tyler, 88, of Pocahontas, died Sept. 27, 2009.

Born July 25, 1921, he was the son of the late Luther and Nellie Tyler.

Survivors include his wife, Leola Tyler; a son, Les Tyler, Jacksonville; two daughters, Pasha Carter and husband Buck, Pocahontas, and Brenda Eoste, Arlington, Tenn.; a brother, Luther Bea Tyler; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Terry Miller officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be Thursday, from 6-8 p.m.

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Helen L. Walker

Helen L. Walker, 88, of Saffell, formerly of Harrisburg, died Sept. 25, 2009, at Cave City Nursing Home.

Born Jan. 5, 1921, in Cash, she was the daughter of Alexander and Bessie Evans Baker. She was a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray C. Walker, whom she married Dec. 23, 1951, in Walnut Ridge; three sisters and four brothers.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Fry and husband Clarence, Saffell, and Anita Swayne and husband David, Watkinsville, Ga.; three sons, Clint Walker and wife Norma, Cabot, Dennis Walker and wife Becky, Ardmore, Okla., and Bobby Walker, Prairie Grove; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with ministers Gregg Cooper and Mark Weston officiating. Burial was in Penn Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers.

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