October 7, 2009 Edition

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Births

Wyatt Driggs Wyatt Rickey Colin Smith

Weddings/Engagements

Rice ~ Tucker

Obituaries

L.D. Anderson Clifton Herbert Britton James Cledth Carter Jr.
Kelly Carmel Elliott Roger E. Matthews David Carl Taylor
Eunice Mae Todd Virgie Ruth Tribble Ava Roberts Ward

Births

Wyatt Lee Hunter Driggs

Patrick Driggs and Tonya Smyth of Lincoln have announced the birth of a son on Sept. 16, 2009, at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville. The baby weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces and has been named Wyatt Lee Hunter Driggs.

He has four older siblings, Heaven, 10, August, eight, Isis, three, and Justice, one.

He is the grandson of Tony Gosha of Clover Bend.

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Wyatt Joseph Malachi Rickey

Charles Vernon and Nicole Elizabeth Ann Rickey in Siloam Springs have announced the birth of a son on Sept. 2, 2009. The baby weighed eight pounds, seven ounces and has been named Wyatt Joseph Malachi Rickey.

He has one brother, Noah Riley Keyth Rickey, who is two and a half.

He is the grandson of Gaye and Charles Rickey of Powhatan and Stephen and Michelle Bruce of Cherokee Village.

He is the great grandson of William and Mary Hibbard of O'Kean, Harold and Bobbie Bruce of Powhatan, Al and Dottie Brown-Stevens of Cherokee Village and Zuma Rickey of Pocahontas.

He is also the great-great-grandson of Anna Osterdyk of Mora, Minn.

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Colin Andrew Smith

Bruce and Kim Smith of Sedgwick have announced the birth of a son on Sept. 28, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, two ounces and has been named Colin Andrew Smith.

He has three older siblings, Logan, Cayden and Kaitlyn.

Grandparents are Jeanette Smith, Bruce and Wilma Smith and Carolyn Foster. He is the great-grandson of Rosetta Duckworth, Don and Mary Maggard and J.L. and Ann Wright.

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Weddings/Engagements

Rice ~ Tucker

Tommy Rice of Delaplaine and Allen and Julie Haney of Beech Grove have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Melissa Lavene Rice, to Robert Benjamin Tucker, son of Bob and Vicki Tucker of Delaplaine and Melton and Marsha Sloan of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate of Delaplaine High School and a 2009 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor's degree in business management. She is assistant manager of Wal-Mart in Paragould.

The prospective groom is a 2005 graduate of Delapaline High School and works as a technician for Hyde's Termite and Pest Control of Paragould.

The couple will exchange vows on Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. at Atkins Celebration Hall in Paragould. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony.

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Obituaries

L.D. Anderson

L.D. Anderson, 80, of Imboden, died Sept. 28, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 29, 1929, at Opposition, he was the son of Addison Anderson and Lorene Bragg.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rochelle Lee Anderson; and two brothers, Lauren Bragg and Larry Bragg. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a lifelong member of the Ravenden Church of Christ and also served as treasurer of the church.

He was a former Ravenden City Council member, Sloan-Hendrix school-board president and member and a member of the Lawrence County Hospital Board. He also was a former Sears Century Club member. He was the founding member of the Ravenden Fire Department and also was chairman of the Democratic Party of Lawrence County.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Anderson; five daughters, Sheree Hamm and husband John, Imboden, Sheila Ford, Pocahontas, Sonja Smith and husband Buddy, Cherokee Village, Brenda Burriss and husband Mike, Cedar Hill, Texas, and Robyn Farrell and husband Phillip, Texas; a son, David Kershaw and wife Kelly, Denton, Texas; a sister, Glenda Verkler and husband Bob, Ridgedale, Mo.; his mother-in-law, Ruba (Poncy), Mountain Home; 10 grandchildren, including Justin Hamm and Brandon Ford; and two great-grandsons.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with A.G. Stracener officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Justin Hamm, Brandon Ford, David Kershaw, Randy Leonard, John Hamm and Buddy Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Lawrence Bragg, Don Ford, Jim Wells, Jerry Wells, Larry Gibbons, David Morgan, Jack Dail, Weston Meeks, Bob Verkler and Wendell Morris.

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Clifton Herbert Britton

Clifton Herbert Britton, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 2, 2009, at Memphis, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he was a carpenter and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lilly Webb Britton; and a sister, Gwendola Gray.

Survivors include his wife, Marcene Wynn Britton; two sons, Randy Britton and wife Paula, Bono, and Blake Britton and wife Sheila, Walnut Ridge; three brothers, Dale Britton, Little Rock, Truman "Tooney" Britton, Sedgwick, and Gerald Britton, Ravenden; three grandchildren, Brandy Richardson, Amber Britton and Taylor Britton; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Charles Hendrix officiating. Burial was in Manning Cemetery, near Sedgwick.

Pallbearers were Rodney Davis, Kevin Slusser, Alan Britton, Warren Coats, Will Cozart and Alan Burns. Honorary pallbearers were Keith Britton, Greg Britton, Tel Britton, Wesley Davis, Jordan Richardson, Brad Harris, C.J. Inboden, Johnny Keith and Marty Keith.

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James Cledth Carter Jr.

James Cledth "Junior" Carter Jr., 69, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 1, 2009.

Born Dec. 27, 1939, in O'Kean, he was the son of the late James and Margie Carter.

Survivors include three daughters, Margie Ailez Henley, Cordova, Tenn., Jacquie Cossey, Little Rock, and Chrysta Phillips, Conway; and three sisters, Wanda Dean and Marvene Lance, both of O'Kean, and Ann Tate, Jonesboro.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Randolph Memorial Gardens in Pocahontas under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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Kelly Carmel Elliott

Kelly Carmel Elliott, 21, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 2, 2009, in Memphis, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

She was a graduate of Nettleton High School and was a student at Arkansas State University.

Survivors include her parents, Bill and Connie Haverson Elliott, Jonesboro; two sisters, Dixie Ferguson, Rockford, Ill., and Sharon Nolan, East Moline, Ill.; four brothers, David Elliott and Kenny Elliott, both of Beloit, Wis., Jeff Elliott, Rockford, Ill., and Danny Elliott, Jonesboro; and her boyfriend, Andy Manis, Jonesboro.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don Vuncannon officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Wes Ellis, Andy Manis, Wade Edmondson, Camron Lumley, Anthony Garner and Matt Brewer.

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Roger E. Matthews

Roger E. Matthews, 58, of Alaska, living in Imboden, died Oct. 1, 2009, at his home.

Born Oct. 8, 1950, in Marshall, Mo., he was a plumber and a member of Imboden First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Julius Matthews.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel L. Crawford, whom he married March 17, 2009; a daughter, Kimberly Vogel, Dallas; four sons, Kevin Matthews, Palmer, Alaska, William Sorensen, Bartow, Fla., Anthony Crawford, England, and James Crawford, Valdez, Alaska; his mother, Helen Ruth Horseman Matthews, Imboden; a brother, Ronnie Matthews, Arkansas; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Imboden First Baptist Church with Bro. Tommy Medley officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Imboden First Baptist Church.

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David Carl Taylor

David Carl Taylor, 54, of Charlotte, formerly of Hoxie, died Sept. 29, 2009, at his home.

He had lived in Independence County for the past few years after moving from Hoxie. He was a truck driver and a member of the Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Taylor and Dorothy Taylor.

Survivors include two daughters, Katlyn Taylor and Madison Taylor, both of Batesville; two sons, Joshua Taylor, Trumann, and Donovan Taylor, Florida; a sister, Judy Alsup, Heber Springs; and a brother, Terry Taylor, Dallas.

The body was cremated.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick, with Alvin Lewis officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Eunice Mae Todd

Eunice Mae Todd, 78, of Egypt, died Sept. 22, 2009, at her home.

Born June 29, 1931, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Harold and Myrtle Dulaney. She lived most of her life in the Egypt area and was a member of the Egypt Baptist Church. She was a retired cook for Westside and Egypt Schools and the Burris School for Children in Jonesboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Todd; and a brother, Boyce Dulaney.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherry Martin and husband Dewain, Jonesboro, and Donna Morris, Euless, Texas; a son, Jerry Todd and wife Linda Kay, Bono; a stepdaughter, Wanda Lee Shaffer, Monohan Texas; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Friday, Sept. 25, at the Egypt Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Snow officiating. Burial was in Markham Cemetery at Egypt under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Jerry Allen Todd, Steven Todd, Jessie Owens, James Becker, Randy Layne and Frank Russell. Honorary pallbearers were Junior Martin, Ronnie Owens, Aaron Upton, Luke Morris and Josh Upton.

Memorials may be made to the Egypt Baptist Church.

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

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Virgie Ruth Tribble

Virgie Ruth Tribble, 76, of Pocahontas, mother of Barbara Coker of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 28, 2009. Graveside service was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direcion of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Ava Roberts Ward

Ava Roberts Ward passed away peacefully at her residence in Houston, Texas, on September 30, 2009 at the age of 102. Ava Viola Roberts, born in the foothills of the Ozarks in Lawrence County on March 14, 1907, was the eighth and youngest child of George and Margaret Graham Roberts. Her mother died when she was five years old and she often spoke fondly of the loving care given to her by her stepmother, Ada Goff Roberts. She attended elementary school in Strawberry, where she completed the eighth grade twice, rather than entering high school, because of the common belief at the time that young women didn't need additional schooling.

Ava married Floyd Ervin Ward, son of Alexander and Iona Little Ward, on the grounds of the Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church on August 14, 1922. They traveled to Santa Paula, Calif., that fall, but returned to Strawberry in 1925 to farm and await the birth of their first child. Ava and Floyd had three children, all born in Strawberry - Herman Ward, who died suddenly when he was nine years old, her loving daughter, DeLoyce Ward Hathway, and her devoted son, Calvin Herbert Ward. Ava grieved the loss of her first born throughout her life.

After the death of their son, Herman, Floyd and Ava moved back to Santa Paula in 1936 where he worked with distinction as a County Agricultural Inspector and Ava was employed in the citrus packaging industry, but mostly cherished her role as a homemaker for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her husband, Floyd, died in 1993 at the age of 88.

Caring for her grandchildren was a joy in Ava's life. "Nannie" always encouraged and supported their interests while instilling old-fashioned values to guide them though life. She was highly skilled in the homemaking arts, ranging from specially designed and handmade quilts for each child to festive family dinners, preserved fruits and vegetables, gardening and landscaping and accomplished dressmaking.

Ava loved and admired her brothers and sisters and remained close to them, as well as their children, and traveled long distances to be with them. Her siblings' children remember their "Aunt Ava" as a strong woman with vitality, always attractively dressed, who remained close to her hill country roots both in speech and conversation. Along with members of her birth family, she also remained close to her husband's dear brothers and sisters and their children.

Ava was devoted to her local Free Will Baptist Church, where she and her husband were lifetime members, and to the Republican Party, where she served on elections boards for many years. Although her husband Floyd died in l993, Ava frequently mentioned him in her conversations.

A few years after her husband's death, Ava moved to Houston, Texas, to live near her son and daughter-in-law in an assisted living home. The caregivers at Colonial Oaks speak fondly of "Ms. Ava" and her desire to help with the younger residents whom Ava referred to as "the children." The Ward family is deeply indebted to the loving caregivers at Colonial Oaks for helping to make her last years healthful and enjoyable.

Ava Roberts Ward is remembered as a devoted and nurturing mother, "Nannie", sister, sister-in-law, auntie, and friend to all her family and others who needed her. Her oft-spoken desire was to be buried in the family cemetery in Strawberry beside her husband and next to her son Herman.

Ava's brothers and sisters, Golden Barney (Paul) Roberts, Nellie Roberts Doss, George Narvel Roberts, Calvin Herbert Roberts, Connie Mae Roberts, Dena Roberts Williams and Roxie Roberts Casteel all preceded her in death. Her half brothers Eulan Roberts, Noel Roberts, Lowell Roberts and Ernest Roberts also preceded her in death, but her half sisters, Ruth L. Roberts Harp, Rhudene Roberts Melton and Pauline Roberts Dyess survive her.

She is survived by her daughter, DeLoyce Ward Hathway, a retired personnel director for the U.S. Navy and her husband Edward W. Hathway, who live in Ventura, Calif.; granddaughter, Sharon Kathleen Trine and her husband Thomas L. Trine; great granddaughter Courtney Kathleen Trine; grandson Mark Ward Hathway; great-grandsons Matthew Ward Hathway, Ryan Warren Hathway and Cameron Scott Hathway; and great-great-grandson, Ryan Warren Hathway Jr.

Ava is also survived by her son, Calvin Herb Ward and his wife Barbara Nunn Ward, who live in Houston, Texas, where he is professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University; grandson Kirk Anthony Ward and wife Patti Wood Ward; great-granddaughter Jennifer Ward Wilson and her husband Marine Major Sean Wilson; great-great-granddaughter Noelle Ava Wilson; great-great-grandson Brody Wilson; and great-grandson Army Sergeant Kristopher Alexander Ward and daughter Jade Marie Ward and great grandson Brandon Joseph Ward; grandson Joel Mathew Ward; and grandson Peter Timothy Ward and wife Kimberley Wynne Ward and great granddaughters Isabella Grace Ward and Charlotte Jane Ward.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, at the House-Gregg Funeral Home, Highway 25, Lynn.

Funeral services guided by Pastor Stanley Vandergrift and music directed by Mr. Gary Whitlow will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Free Will Baptist Church, 444 Highway 25, Saffell, followed by burial in Little Jerusalem Cemetery, Jerusalem Road, Highway 25, Strawberry. A reception will follow at the Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell, arranged and catered by Kirk and Patti Ward.

Pallbearers will be Kirk Ward, Peter Ward, Joel Ward, Matthew Hathway, Kristopher Ward and Brandon Ward.

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