October 14, 2009 Edition

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Births

Joshua Gabriel Dawson

Weddings/Engagements

Burns ~ Rogers Cameron ~ Box Jones ~ Simpson

Obituaries

Darlene Brockway Sidney Dillport Jr. Dustin Green
Billy Hill Mildred King Fred Delano Lewis
Charles Morgan Billy Joe Myatt Jerry Lee Newman
Rita Mae Polston Thelma Morine Smith Sue Steffens
Thelma Josephine Stokes Mary Howard Walker Terry Lynn West
Charles Woodson Julia Edna Young

Births

Darlene Higginbotham Brockway

Darlene Higginbotham Brockway, 86, of Pensacola, Fla., died Oct. 6, 2009.

Born Jan. 11, 1923, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Harry and Nancy DeArman. She had lived in Walnut Ridge until moving to Pine Bluff in 1969.

She had been a resident of Pensacola since 1983. She attended First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge, Lakeside Methodist in Pine Bluff and First United Methodist in Pensacola.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Higginbotham; a daughter, Dana Higginbotham; three sisters, June Spades Moseley, Jule Hamilition and Tynse Spikes; and a brother, Buddy Joe DeArman.

Survivors include her husband, Don Brockway; four daughters, Ronda Collier, Texas, Robbie Richie, Pensacola, Fla., Jill Moore, Pocahontas, and Jan Thompson, Lexington, Ky.; and two stepsons, Mark Brockway and wife Judy, and Kevin Brockway, all of Pensacola, Fla.

The body was cremated. A memorial service was held in Pensacola, Fla.

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Weddings/Engagements

Burns ~ Rogers

Steve and Teresa Burns of Jonesboro announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Paige Burns, to Patrick Reid Rogers, son of Bryian and Tina Rogers of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Joe Paul Henderson of Clinton, Ernestine Morris of Guy and the late Pete and Liz Burns. She is a graduate of Ridgefield Christian School and Williams Baptist College with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Wilma Rogers of Hoxie and the late J.T. Rogers and the late John and Edna Tacker. He is a graduate of Christian Home Educators and Williams Baptist College with a bachelor's degree in computer science. He is an IT technician for Ritter Communications.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro. All family and friends are invited.

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Cameron ~ Box

Jeffrey Cameron and Skylar Box were united in marriage on June 20, 2009, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at Annieville.

The bride is the daughter of Tina Box of Imboden and Harold Box of Wynne and the granddaughter of Frank and Bonnie Wilson of Imboden and Joe Wayne and Irene Box of Wynne.

The groom is the son of Debbie Cameron and Mike Cameron, both of Imboden. He is the grandson of Margaret Downing Barry and Charles Barry of Mountain Home and the late John O. Downing, who resided at Imboden, Max Terrell of Imboden and the late Mars Jean Terrell and Keith and Mariam Cameron of Lee's Summit, Mo.

Bro. Jerry Clements performed the ceremony.

The bride was given in marriage by her father, Harold Box.

Tara Wilson and Kris Box, sisters of the bride, both of Imboden, served as maids of honor. Bridesmaids were Marti Tate and Chelsea Matheny, both of Imboden, and Jenna Shearr of Paragould.

Best men were Berkley Cameron, son of the couple, and Jason Cameron, brother of the groom, both of Imboden. Groomsmen were Ricky Raush, Ty Matheny and Chadney Holder, all of Imboden, and Nick Hill of Bono.

Usher were Wesley Luna of Wynne, cousin of the bride, and Wesley Hardage of Pocahontas.

The bride and groom enjoyed a honeymoon trip to Biloxi, Miss.

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Jones ~ Simpson

Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Jones announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kristin Nicole Jones, to Phillip Colton Simpson, son of Melissa Cole and Phillip Simpson and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James Robert "Bob" Cole.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Alicia Baptist Church. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow.

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Obituaries

Darlene Higginbotham Brockway

Darlene Higginbotham Brockway, 86, of Pensacola, Fla., died Oct. 6, 2009.

Born Jan. 11, 1923, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Harry and Nancy DeArman. She had lived in Walnut Ridge until moving to Pine Bluff in 1969.

She had been a resident of Pensacola since 1983. She attended First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge, Lakeside Methodist in Pine Bluff and First United Methodist in Pensacola.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Higginbotham; a daughter, Dana Higginbotham; three sisters, June Spades Moseley, Jule Hamilition and Tynse Spikes; and a brother, Buddy Joe DeArman.

Survivors include her husband, Don Brockway; four daughters, Ronda Collier, Texas, Robbie Richie, Pensacola, Fla., Jill Moore, Pocahontas, and Jan Thompson, Lexington, Ky.; and two stepsons, Mark Brockway and wife Judy, and Kevin Brockway, all of Pensacola, Fla.

The body was cremated. A memorial service was held in Pensacola, Fla.

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Sidney Dillport Jr.

Caleb Sidney Dillport Jr., 74, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 9, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He lived in Walnut Ridge most of his life and was a U.S. Army veteran and a farmer in the Richwoods community. He was a rural mail carrier, owned a trucking business and was a retired security guard at Riceland Foods. He was a member of the Old Walnut Ridge Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Caleb Sidney and Mary Susan Killcrease Dillport; two sisters, Erna Mae Saylors and Marjorie Peterson; and a brother, Mack Dillport.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen McAlister and husband Mac, Jonesboro; three sons, Caleb Sidney "Bud" Dillport and Patrick Byron Dillport, both of Paragould, and Jimmy Mac Don Dillport and wife Cindy, Cabot; two sisters, Regina Backmann, Pocahontas, and Hassel Shondell, Napoleon, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Steve Alexander officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Dustin Terry Wayne Green

Dustin Terry Wayne Green, 26, of Rockdale, Texas, formerly of Jonesboro, died Sept. 28, 2009, at his home.

Survivors include two sons, Gavin Michael Clark, Jonesboro, and Isaiah Wayne Green, Rockdale, Texas; his father, Terry Wayne Green, Walnut Ridge; his mother, Sheila Kay Green, Jonesboro; a brother, David Green, Jonesboro; a sister, Patricia Lynn Jones, Jonesboro; his grandparents, Chester and Callie Green, Walnut Ridge, Lee McMorris, Jonesboro, and Mary McMorris, Jonesboro; and his fiancˇ, Amanda Martinez, Rockdale, Texas.

The body was cremated. A memorial service was held Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Chuck Fitzgerald officiating.

Donations may be made at Liberty Bank.

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Billy Hill

Billy Hill, 68, of Jonesboro, brother of Larry Hill and Sally Schaffer, both of Ravenden, died Oct. 10, 2009, in Salem. Graveside service is today at 1 p.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Visitation is today from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Mildred King

Mildred M. King, 97, of Egypt, died Oct. 5, 2009, at Ridgecrest Rehab.

Born March 13, 1912, she was the daughter of Charles and May Drum. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos King; a son, Johnny Boyd King; a daughter, Virginia Wise; five brothers, a sister and a grandson.

Survivors include two sons, Floyd King, Walnut Ridge, and Lloyd King, Trumann; a sister, Elsie May Cooley, Little Rock; a half-sister, Annbelle West, Texas; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with David Decker and Gilley Campbell officiating. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery.

Grandchildren served as pallbearers.

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Fred Delano Lewis

Fred Delano Lewis, 72, of Strawberry, died Oct. 11, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

He retired from the U.S. Army as a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gorden and Maye Hooten Lewis; and a brother, Cyril Lewis.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Richey Lewis; five daughters, Dana Mynatt, Batesville, Darla Criddle, Scottsdale, Ariz., Gina Jones, Hannibal, Mo., Glenna Higgins, Decatur, Ill., and Tracy Lawson, Cave City; two sons, Murphy Lewis, Cave City, and Pat Higgins, Birmingham, Ala.; two sisters, Jo Crabtree, Batesville, and Imogene Lewis, Lynn; a brother, David Lewis, Lynn; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Gregg Cooper and Kenny Townsley officiating. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Spencer Wright, Vince Wright, Dennis Hardin, Dexter Hardin, Danny Cole and Rick Clem. Honorary pallbearers will be Elmer Rollins, Jimmy Doyle, Earl Lee, Paul Gay, Tom Wigton and the nurses of White River Medical Center and PCU.

Memorials may be made to the V.A. Hospital in Little Rock, 4300 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72205.

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Charles Morgan

Charles "Bud" Edwin Morgan, 71, of Clover Bend, died Oct. 11, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 2, 1938, in Powhatan, he was a truck driver and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Albert and Amanda Dow Morgan; and a sister, Charlene Morgan.

Survivors include his wife, Effie Conner Morgan, whom he married Sept. 26, 1964; a son, Donnie Morgan and wife Sandy, Clover Bend; three brothers, Rowdy Morgan and wife Wilma, Smithville, Frank Morgan and wife Berta, Southaven, Miss., and Ed Morgan and wife Sherry, Black Rock; four sisters, Betty Lou Fry, Hoxie, Sharon McAvoy and husband Michael, Jacksonville, and Helen Morrison and husband Wendell, and Tina Johnson, all of Black Rock; and two grandchildren, Conner Morgan and Lillian Morgan.

Graveside service is today at 1 p.m. at Clover Bend Cemetery with Bro. Roger Brumley officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Billy Joe Myatt

Billy Joe Myatt, 72, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 6, 2009, at his home.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a Christian. He worked at Riceland Foods for 42 years, retiring as a parts and inventory supervisor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Polly Crider; and two brothers, Walter Myatt and Lloyd Myatt.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Theda Myatt; a son, Kevin Myatt and wife Erica, Roanoke, Va.; a sister, Kathren Lipps, Byron, Ill.; and a grandson due in January.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Bro. Marion Stringer officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were Gary Holland, Gary L. Holland, James Hansen, Clay Rains, Mark Mouzy and Royce Stewart. Honorary pallbearers were Rick Rorex, Mike Gray, Bill West and Danny Yarbrough.

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Jerry Lee Newman

Jerry Lee Newman, 69, of the Stranger's Home community, formerly of Egypt, died Oct. 6, at his daughter's home in Swifton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnie and Gladys Parker Newman; and two sisters, Janet Modlen and Margie Tabone.

Survivors include four daughters, Donna Snedeker and Sheri Russell, both of Swifton, Gwen Inmon, Hillsboro, Texas, and Keri Newman, Beloit, Wis.; a son, Leslie Newman, Glenco; two sisters, Neva Villerreal, Rockford, Ill., and Barbara Howard, Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, Lindell Newman, Egypt, and Larry Newman, Bono; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 11 a.m. at Markham Cemetery with Jerry Foster officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Lindell Newman, James Wilson, Brandon Burgett, Jerry Kennedy, Stacey Davidson and Ricky Wilson. Honoray pallbearers were Troy Owens Jr. and Tim Nicholson.

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Rita Mae Polston

Rita Mae Cregger Polston, 73, of Strawberry, died Oct. 11, 2009, at Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 15, 1936, in Hawk Point, Mo., she had worked for General Tire for 15 years. She later worked for Precision Lures for 15 years before becoming clerical manager at Hooked on Plastics, where she worked for three years until retiring. She was of the Pentecostal belief and was a member of the Rosebud Assembly of God Church at Saffell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cledis E. Polston, on July 31, 1994, whom she married Nov. 6, 1954; and her parents, Lloyd Edwin "Buck" and Inez Evelyn "Gram" Robinson Cregger.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Lanig and husband Keith, Columbia, Mo.; seven sons, Denny Polston and wife Brenda, Scotty Polston and wife Sharon, Robbie Polston and wife Michelle, and Michael Demster and wife Patty, all of Cave City, Ricky Polston and wife Cindy, Batesville, Ronnie Polston and wife Tammy, Sulphur Rock, and Randy Polston and wife Stacy, Strawberry; two stepdaughters, Kathy Finney and husband Larry, Sandtown, and Diana Lynn Polston, Quitman; 22 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three dear friends, Mickie Gay, Louis Gray and Sue Cook.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at the Rosebud Assembly of God Church in Saffell with Revs. Mike Ring and Chris Bigness officiating. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers will be Frank Fowler, Andy Carter, Stan "Pollock" Wojcik, Dino McLaughlin, Dan "Giggles" Smith, Brent Woods and Scotty Pitcher. Honorary pallbearers are Delbert Melton, Howard Melton, Alfred Polston, Jerry Polston, Curtis Polston and Alan Adams.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, Attn: Memorial Department, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

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Thelma Morine Smith

Thelma Morine Smith, 78, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 10, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 8, 1931, she was the daughter of James Monroe and Beulah Arlene Taylor Smith. She was a custodian at Children's College and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Milton, whom she married June 22, 1947; four brothers, a sister and a son-in-law.

Survivors include a son, Gary Smith, Georgetown, Texas; a daughter, Romona Collman, Georgetown, Texas; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Rev. James Noblin officiating. Burial will be in Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Smith, Robert Parker, Kurt Smith, Fernando Perez, Aaron Pierce and John McCandless. Honorary pallbearers will be Weston Collman and Will Riley.

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Sue Steffens

Sue Steffens, 85, of Ravenden, died Oct. 6, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 4, 1924, at Dalton, she was the daughter of Richard and Ollie Seagraves Miller.

Survivors include two sisters, Mary Weatherford and Patsy Bryant; four grandchildren, Derek Woods, Nick Woods, Bridgette Woods and Shayna Holdener; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial was in Gravesville Cemetery.

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Thelma Josephine Stokes

Thelma Josephine Nicholson Stokes, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 6, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born May 18, 1917, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Emma Davis Nicholson. She was a schoolteacher for many years and later owned a barbecue restaurant with her husband. She was of the Church of Christ faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Newt Stokes; two brothers, Elmer Nicholson and H.C. Nicholson; and a sister, Nellie Moiser.

Survivors include a brother, Jack Nicholson, Rogers.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Rev. Joseph Hembrey officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

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Mary Howard Walker

Mary Howard Grant Walker, 89, of Oklahoma City, a longtime resident of Lawrence County, died Oct. 7, 2009, at The Lakes Care Center in Oklahoma City.

Born in Lee County, she was the daughter of Albert Lee and Minnie Moore Bunch Suit. She lived in Bassett and graduated high school at Wilson. She attended one year of college at Hendrix College.

She married Otis Grant and they lived and raised their children in Marked Tree. She later married Robert Walker and they lived in Lawrence County before returning to Marked Tree. She was a homemaker and a caregiver.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Gerry L. Grant and wife Beverly, Clarksdale, Miss.; a daughter, Janice Grant Flurry and husband Jim, Oklahoma City; four grandchildren, Lee Grant, Dr. Craig Grant, Grant Flurry and Mary Beth Russ; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Marked Tree First United Methodist Church. Burial was in Marked Tree Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Marked Tree First United Methodist Church, 304 Frisco St., Marked Tree, AR 72365.

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

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Terry Lynn West

Terry Lynn West, 52, of Pine Bluff, brother of Billy West of Ravenden, died Oct. 4, 2009, at Jefferson Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Burial was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Gibson Cemetery, west of Jonesboro, under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.

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Charles Woodson

Charles Henry "Porky" Woodson, 68, of Black Rock, died Oct. 10, 2009, at his home.

He had lived in Black Rock for 15 years and was a commercial fisherman and was the owner of Woodson's Bait Shop.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Mary Darris Woodson; and a brother, Paul Woodson.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Parker Woodson; three daughters, Sherry Burnside and husband Terry, Walnut Ridge, Debbie Luther and husband Scott, Paragould, and Sheila Ellison, Black Rock; two sons, Michael Woodson and wife Debbie, Pocahontas, and Kevin Woodson, Black Rock; a sister, Elaine Siler, Black Rock; four brothers, Jewel Woodson, Hoxie, Johny Woodson, Detroit, James Woodson, Jonesboro, and Billy Woodson, Memphis; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Private graveside service will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home. No visitation is planned.

Pallbearers were Terry Burnside, Scott Luther, Michael Woodson, Terry Parker, Teddy Parker and Josh Parker.

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Julia Edna Young

Julia Edna Young, 93, of Black Rock, died Oct. 9, 2009.

Born July 24, 1916, at Imboden, she was the daughter of Rev. Sherman and Viola Butler Ward. She worked at the Brown Shoe Factory for many years until she returned to school to become a nurse. She was employed at Lawrence Memorial Hospital until she retired. She was a member of the Black Rock Assembly of God Church, where she remained very active.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Young; a son, Curtiss Lee Young; two brothers, Dole Ward and Orvel Ward; two sisters, Willene Ward Mock and Maude Chesser; and a daughter-in-law, Joyce Young.

Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Jean Young Davis and husband Jim, Black Rock; a son, Charles Allen Young and wife Betty, Black Rock; seven grandchildren, Dennis A. Davis, James M. Davis, Kimberly J. Davis, Donnie Young, Curtiss B. Young, Melody Young and Vicky Young Hamilton; 10 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Revs. Gaylon Russell and Mark Smith officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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