November 04, 2009 Edition

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Madden Elizabeth Monroe Brinley Shay Owens


King ~ Budnik Lucas ~ Strickland


Ted Bagwell Rosie Caldwell Juanita Davies Cole
James G. Greer Mary Blackwell Minton Wanda Ray
Delmas Smith William Harvey Smith Rhonda Spitzer
Emanuel Swift Fern Woodard


Madden Elizabeth Monroe

Ricky and Jamie Monroe of Jonesboro have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Oct. 29, 2009, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Madden Elizabeth Monroe.

Grandparents are Rick and Brenda Monroe of Walnut Ridge and Liz Martin of Jonesboro and the late Tommy Martin.

Great-grandparents are Avo Monroe of Walnut Ridge, Louise Farley of Hoxie and Betty Mitchell of Jonesboro.

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Brinley Shay Owens

Josh Owens and Bridgett Lewis of Minturn have announced the birth of a daughter, born Oct. 27, 2009, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds and has been named Brinley Shay Owens. She has an older brother, Gabe Owens.

Grandparents are Thomas and Elizabeth Yates and Terry and Marie Owens.

Great-grandparents are Elmo and Betty Bridges and Bob and Bertha Krantz.

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King ~ Budnik

Thomas and Lanell King of Lynn announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Marsha Lanell King, to Randy Edward Budnik, son of Emil and Patsy Budnik of Rogers City, Mich.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Brooks and Isophene Glenn of Lynn and the late Mike and Hazel King Winter.

She is a 2001 graduate of Lyon College and works at the Arkansas Department of Correction facility in Newport.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Delores Richards of Rogers City, Mich. and the late Harry Richards and the late Theophilus and Antoinette Budnik.

He is a graduate of Rogers High School. He attended Evergreen College in Washington State and received certification from Arkansas State University in Newport. He is employed by Dowell Transport in Batesville. He is an Army veteran of Desert Storm.

They will exchange vows in a private ceremony.

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Lucas ~ Strickland

Mr. and Mrs. Randall Lucas of Hoxie announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sarah Rhynea Lucas, to Jonathan Barkley Strickland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Strickland of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Doyle and Pat Guilliams of Ravenden and the late Troy and Juanita Lucas. She is a 2007 graduate of Hoxie High School and is employed by Wal-Mart in Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Anita Eversole of Pocahontas and the late Weldon and Ocene Strickland. He is a 2008 graduate of Pocahontas High School and is employed by Wal-Mart in Pocahontas.

The couple will exchange vows on Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. at the New Beginnings Church in Hoxie. Rev. Rick Anglin will officiate.

All family and friends are invited.

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Ted Bagwell

Ted Bagwell, 43, of Strawberry, died Nov. 1, 2009, at Nelsonville.

Born April 11, 1966, in Galesburg, Ill., he was a U.S. Army veteran and worked in sales at Mark Martin Ford. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Cave City.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arthur and Janie Bagwell, and Marshall and Dorothy Parker; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ed and Bulah Tackett.

Survivors include his wife, Eddie Mae Bagwell; a son, Bradon Bagwell, of the home; a daughter, Sarah Bagwell, of the home; his parents, Ed and Mary Bagwell, Nelsonville; and three brothers, Charles Bagwell and Randall Bagwell, both of Batesville, and Dustin Bagwell, Nelsonville.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Cave City with Bros. Brian Ryals and Bobby Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Maxville Cemetery, near Cave City, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers will be Jim Dobbs, Steve Dobbs, Ben Light, Vic Davidson, Brian Carter and Mike Price. Honorary pallbearers will be Dustin Davidson, Vince McDermott, Perry Gann, Eric Moody, Chuck Thacker and Bryan Tuggle.

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Rosie Caldwell

Rosie Hardin Caldwell, 91, of Cabot, died Oct. 26, 2009.

Born July 8, 1918, at Smithville, she was the daughter of William and Mary Cooprider Hardin. She was a homemaker and a member of Murphy's Chapel Assembly of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonie Caldwell; a daughter, Mary Etta Turner; four brothers, Wesley Hardin, Charles Hardin, Andrew Hardin and Shelby Hardin; and three sisters, Emma Martin, Mae McGhee and Effie DeVoor.

Survivors include two son, Robert Caldwell and Lonie Caldwell, both of Cabot; a sister, Bonnie Jimerson, Mountain Home; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bill Morton, Hulen Morton, Mitch Worthington, Joel Underwood, Kenny Glover and Roger Weeks.

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Juanita Davies Cole

Juanita Davies Cole, 92, of Houlka, Miss., died Oct. 17, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Miss.

Born in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Grover and Ida Tucker Davies. She was a retired schoolteacher and bookkeeper. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Houlka.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Cole, on Jan. 25, 1999; a son, Jerry Cole; and a sister, Lucille Davies Colbert Masten.

Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Andrews and husband Mike, Starkville, Miss.; a son, Jim Cole, Pontotoc, Miss.; six grandchildren, Terry Cole, Ginny Cole Allen, Jerry Cole, Mark Cole, Cole Andrews and Anna Catherine Andrews; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday, Oct. 19, at Houlka First Baptist Church with Rev. David Blackwell officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Houston Funeral Home of Houston, Miss.

Pallbearers were Gary Turner, Gerren Turner, Burt Easley, William Alvin Collums, Carl Daniels and Jimmy Guy McDonald.

An online guestbook is available at

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James G. Greer

James G. Greer, 80, of Black Rock, formerly of Greenleaf, Miss., died Nov. 1, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, following a lengthy illness.

He was a retired farmer and cabinet maker.

Survivors include a son, David L. Greer, Newbern, Tenn.; two daughters, Anita Henson, Black Rock, and Tawana Walker, Eudora, Miss.; five sisters, Bessie Barnes, Memphis, Scottie Jones, Sparta, Tenn., and Nellie Massey, Betty Moore and Helen White, all of Greenleaf, Miss.; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Brantley Funeral Home in Hernando, Miss. Burial will be in Greenleaf Cemetery.

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Mary Blackwell Minton

Mary Blackwell Minton, 91, of Clinton, N.C., died Oct. 31, 2009.

Born June 10, 1918, in Randolph County, she was the daughter of Will and Cora Whitrock Blackwell. She was a homemaker and a member of Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe Minton; and two brothers.

Survivors include a son, Raymond Minton, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Joyce Woods, Clinton, N.C.; two sisters, Cleo Massey, Pocahontas, and Ester Nipps, Del City, Okla.; and three grandchildren, Greg Minton, Sandy Fletcher and Andy Woods.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Don House officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Wanda Ray

Wanda J. Ray, 70, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 31, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born in O'Kean, she was the daughter of Herbert and Lena Miller Smithee.

Graveside service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Masonic Cemetery with Pete Avery officiating. Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Delmas Smith

Delmas R. Smith, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 30, 2009, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born July 30, 1938, in Woodruff County, he was the son of Tommy and Ruby Skinner Smith.

Survivors include two sons, Keith Smith and wife Tiffany, and Kevin Smith, all of Indiana; a brother, Eddie Smith and wife Paula, Pocahontas; and a sister, Kitty Meredith, McCrory.

Private services will be held in McCrory under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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William Harvey Smith

William Harvey "Sonny" Smith, 74, of Salem, Mo., died Nov. 1, 2009, in St. Louis.

He was born July 5, 1935, in Black Rock.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Smith; four stepchildren, Betsy Jolly, Salem, Mo., J. Amanda Willett and husband Kirk, Naperville, Ill., Tasha Joe Willis and husband Randall, Dixon, Mo., and Lou Fuller, Chatanooga, Tenn.; two sisters, Laquetia Duckworth and husband Willard, Salem, Mo., and Euphenia Hoffmeister, Belleville, Ill.; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service with full military rites will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Wilson Mortuary in Salem, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3422 of Salem, Mo.

An online guestbook is available at

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Rhonda Spitzer

Rhonda Gail Spitzer, 48, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 27, 2009, at her home.

Born Aug. 15, 1961, in Walnut Ridge, she was a former factory worker and was of the Pentecostal belief.

Survivors include two sons, Bradley Hibbard, Walnut Ridge, and Chris Hibbard, Light; her mother, Gracie Marie Holt Nelson, Jonesboro; her father, William Ruben Nelson, Hardy; and four siblings, Dale Nelson, Light, Phillip Nelson, Jonesboro, Lavan Qualls, Hardy, and Janet Becker, Bono; and two grandchildren, Drey Hibbard and Jadyn Hibbard.

Graveside service was Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations to help with funeral expenses are requested.

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Emanuel Swift

Emanuel Swift, 49, of Delaplaine, died Oct. 29, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Harvil Earl Swift.

He was co-owner of the Golden Grotto in Jonesboro and was an artist.

Survivors include his life partner, Larry McIlvoy, of the home; his father, Elmer Swift, Lafe; his mother, Evelyn Nichols Swift, Pocahontas; two brothers, Elbert Swift and wife Joy, Pocahontas, and Orvis Lee Swift and wife Gail, Hoxie; three sisters, Cloyis Daughhetee and husband John, Walnut Ridge, Amelia Rogers and husband Terry, Paragould, and Ella Dean Gonzales and husband Joe, Arizona; and many close, loved nieces, nephews and friends.

A private service will be held at a later date. Ermert Funeral Home of Corning has charge of arrangements.

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Fern Woodard

Fern Woodard, 75, of Imboden, died Oct. 31, 2009, at her home.

Born Jan. 29, 1934, she was the daughter of Melvin and Lulu Eversol.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Taylor Estes Woodard; three brothers, Buddy Eversol, Leroy Eversol and Troy Eversol; and a grandson, Christopher Lewis.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy High and husband Jerry, Imboden, and Bonnie Lewis and husband Randy, Pocahontas; three grandchildren, Patricia Bunyard, Tonya Simington and Melissa Lewis; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Arvil Tribble officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Visitation is tonight from 5-8 p.m.

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