November 11, 2009 Edition

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Births

Kayla Elizabeth Johnson Reginald Anthony Sheets II

Weddings/Engagements

Baker ~ Sellers Ingram ~ McCormick Mead ~ Cullum
Teague ~ Witt

Obituaries

Jeanette Bush Hazel Coleman Juanita Crays
Charles Dickson Mary Dunlap Brenda Hartley
Jackie Hilburn Paul Lawrence Willard McCampbell
Charles Miller Gladys Thompson Marty Wayne Wells

Births

Kayla Elizabeth Johnson

Christopher and Kelly Johnson of Harrison have announced the birth of their second child, a daughter, born Nov. 2, 2009, at North Arkansas Medical Center in Harrison. The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces and has been named Kayla Elizabeth Johnson.

Grandparents are Glenda Wilson and Ronnie Davidson of Walnut Ridge, Connie McReynolds of Ravenden Springs and Bobby Johnson of Pocahontas.

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Reginald Anthony Sheets II

Anthony Sheets and Shirley Taylor of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on Oct. 30, 2009, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Reginald Anthony Sheets II.

He has two sisters, Lily Faye Sheets, three, and Karyssa Apple, one.

Grandparents are Claude Short, Dianna Short, and Reggie and Phyllis Sheets.

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Weddings/Engagements

Baker - Sellers

Dwight Baker of Lonoke and Barbara Baker of Jonesboro announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brittany Amanda Baker, to Corey Micheal Sellers, son of John and Lucy Sellers of Walnut Ridge.

The bride is the granddaughter of Harold and Geraldine Baker of Jonesboro, Cleo and Louise Baty of Jonesboro, and the late Cecil Burrow.

She attended Walnut Ridge School, graduated from Hoxie High School and is attending Black River Technical College.

The groom is the grandson of Ron and Betty Thomas of Walnut Ridge, the late Roy Sellers, and the late Rudy and Mattie Housdan.

He graduated from Walnut Ridge High School and is currently attending Black River Technical College. He is employed by Iberiabank.

The couple will exchange vows on Nov. 27, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall at the First Baptist Church.

All family and friends are invited.

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Ingram ~ McCormick

Bill and Shelia Ingram of Imboden announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Heather Brooke Ingram, to Loren Ervin "Trey" McCormick III, son of Loren Ervin "Chip" McCormick II of Manila.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Veda Ingram of Walnut Ridge and the late Troy Ingram and Alex Holder of Walnut Ridge and the late Dessie Holder and the late Billy Doyle. She is a 2009 Hoxie High School graduate and is employed by Blessed Sacrament.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Ervin and Janette McCormick of Manila. He is a 2008 graduate of Manila High School and graduated from Arkansas State University. He is employed by Quebecor World.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville. All family and friends are invited.

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Mead ~ Cullum

Jeff and Teresa Mead of Jonesboro announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashton Nicole Mead, to Jeffrey Dean Cullum, son of Lisa Davis of Walnut Ridge and Charlie and Genea Cullum of O'Kean.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Floyd and Betty Cabe of Jonesboro and the late Pete and Dorothy Mead.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Jack and Brenda Cullum and Sherry Cook, all of Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows at the Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesboro on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. A reception will follow at The Hilton Garden Inn.

All family and friends are invited.

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Teague ~ Wittt

William and Deborah Teague of Alicia announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Carol Michelle Teague, to David Michael Witt, son of William Hamby of Ravenden and Diane Hamby of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Stanley and Sherry Corbett of Alicia. She is a 2008 graduate of Williford School and is a student at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is a 2008 graduate of Williford School and received his welding certificate from Black River Technical College in Pocahontas in 2009. He is seeking an associate's degree at BRTC and is employed by Stanco Farms of Alicia.

The couple will exchange vows on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Old Randolph County Courthouse in Pocahontas.

A reception will follow in the Old Randolph County Courthouse.

All family and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Jeanette Bush

Naomi Jeanette Bush, 90, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 5, 2009, in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 6, 1918, she was the daughter of Hatley and Clara Moore Ring. She lived in Walnut Ridge most of her life before moving to St. Bernards Village in Jonesboro in 2004.

She graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1935 and attended State Teachers College in Conway, earning a BSE degree in education. She worked for the selective service office in Walnut Ridge during World War II.

She taught for 33 years in the Walnut Ridge School system, teaching English and literature. She had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge since 1935. She was also part of the United Methodist Women and taught Sunday school classes.

She was a past president and member of the Schubert Music Club since 1940. In 2005, she was presented a plaque for 65 years as a member. She was a longtime member of the Lawrence County Library Board, Delta Kappa Gamma and was a former chairman of the American Heart Association of Lawrence County.

She married Ben Bush on May 31, 1948. They were married 45 years, before his death in 1996. She was also preceded in death by her parents and only sister, Katherine Doan.

Survivors include a son, Ben R. Bush Jr. and wife Pam, Jonesboro; two granddaughters, Tiffany Meyer and husband Dr. Ron Meyer, Evansville, Ind., and Jordan McIntire and husband Jeremy, Jonesboro; four great-grandchildren, Aiden Meyer, Saylor Meyer, Brinlea McIntire and Haley-Anne McIntire; and nephews, a niece and cousins.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge with Jay Clark and pastor Steve Cook officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were John Bland, Robert McNeal, Danny Gibson, Relton Allison, Leon Neece, Wendell Tolson, Dud Bassett and Marvin Kennedy. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Joe Dame, Victor Hanshaw, Bobby Jackson, Randy Scott, Bill Ramer, Gary Hilburn, Bob Malone, John Fender, Barry Winningham and Ben Henry.

The family suggests memorials be made to The Gideons International, the Walnut Ridge School Library or the Lawrence County Library. Books will be placed to these in her name.

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Hazel Coleman

Hazel Mary Coleman, 95, of Ozark, Mo., died Nov. 2, 2009, at the Missouri Baptist Home in Ozark.

Born Jan. 11, 1914, near Sedgwick, she was the daughter of Burton Howard and Pearl Jane Whittaker Meadows. She attended elementary school at the Ponders Switch schoolhouse. She and her husband moved to St. Louis, where she worked as a beautician and later became a nurse.

She was a member of Lindenwood Baptist Church and the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence James Coleman; two daughters, Betty Jane Pate and Ruth Ann Burkett; and several siblings.

Survivors include a brother, Howard Woodrow Meadows, Black Rock; a sister, Juanita Pearl Haughey, McKeesport, Pa.; five grandchildren, Donald James Pate, Catherine Lynn Potts, Robert Wade Pate, Lawrence James Pate and Jennifer Lynn Lowery; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Lord Funeral Home in St. Louis. Burial was in Lakewood Park Cemetery.

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Juanita Crays

JJuanita Crays, 81, of Swifton, died Nov. 9, 2009, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Oct. 5, 1928, at Lynn, she was the daughter of William Robert and Beulah Agnes Duncan Lingo. She was a graduate of Lynn High School and was a member of the Swifton Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Ben Crays; and three brothers, Joe Lingo, Tommy Lingo and Edward Lingo.

Survivors include a son, Benny "Butch" Crays, Swifton; a daughter, Betty Lynn Lacy, Hot Springs; two sisters, Frances Decker and Venita Slagley, both of Swifton; three grandchildren, Josh Lacy, Scott Lacy and Dee Crays; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in Riverwood Memorial Gardens at Maumelle.

Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to the Swifton Baptist Church. An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Charles Dickson

Charles Dickson, 92, of Imboden, died Nov. 7, 2009, at his home.

The son of Jack and Elsie Dickson, he was the retired former owner of C.L. Dickson and Sons Lumber Company in Imboden. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II, and was a member of the Imboden United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Rowena Dickson; two brothers, William "Bud" and Sam Dickson; and five sisters, Ruby Lawrence, Linne Fortson, Wilma Trenholm, Mary Holder and Lila Snow.

Survivors include three sons, Larry Dickson, Eugene Dickson and wife Patty, and Ray Dickson and wife Melissa, all of Imboden; a daughter, Linda Stacy and husband Bill, Imboden; three sisters, Velma Gore, St. Louis, Gladys Malone, Imboden, and Melba Cooper, Missisippi; six grandchildren, Brian Stacy, Bobby Stacy, Terry Dickson, Micheal Dickson, Phillip Dickson and Jennifer Cole; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the Imboden United Methodist Church with Bob McMillon officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Brian Stacy, Bobby Stacy, Terry Dickson, Michael Dickson, Phillip Dickson and Michael Cole. Honorary pallbearer will be Branigan Stacy.

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Mary Dunlap

Mary Ellen Dunlap, 88, of Portia, died Nov. 7, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Born Dec. 21, 1921, she was the daughter of Artemas and Nora Daniels Campbell. She lived most of her life in Lawrence County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Portia Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by a sister, Tommie Robinson; and a brother, Herman Campbell. Survivors include her husband, Johnie Richard Dunlap; a daughter, Shirley Johnson, Portia; three sons, Bobby Dunlap Sr., Portia, Jimmy Dunlap, Pocahontas, and Tommy Dunlap Sr., Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Raye Kirk, Biggers, and Bonnie Kellett, Pocahontas; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Portia Church of Christ with Robert Davis and Phillip Swindle officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Brenda Hartley

Brenda Hartley, 63, of Batesville, died Nov. 5, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born March 9, 1946, at Lynn, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Hartley; and her father, James William Sanders.

Survivors include a son, Billy Hartley, Batesville; a daughter, Tammy Lewis, Batesville; her mother, Vena Patricia Sanders, Lynn; a brother, Seth Sanders, Lynn; three sisters, Vena Petero, Black Rock, Carmella Blevins, Lynn, and Reeba Schrair, Cave City; seven grandchildren, Matthew Hartley, Danielle Hartley, Amanda Edwards, Kelly Hartley, Jacob Hartley, Brittany Hartley and Krissy Gavin; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Batesville with Bro. David Wesley officiating. Burial was in Maple Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Billy Hartley, Seth Sanders, Earl Lewis, Keith Young, James Sanders and James Edwards. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Whitlow, B. J. Ward, Clarence Petero, Mike Schrair and Sam Blevins.

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Jackie Hilburn

Jackie Carroll Hilburn, 70, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 3, 2009, at his home.

Born in Walnut Ridge, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He had lived in Jonesboro since 1968. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and the Jonesboro Masonic Lodge No. 129.

A graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, he was an All-State tackle on the Bobcat football team in 1957 and 1958. His teams were recently honored for winning 29 consecutive games.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Ruth Hilburn; and a son, Tommy Hilburn.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Margaret Hilburn; a son, Tony Sterling and wife Debbie; two daughters, Debra Fegtly and husband Don, and Jennifer May and husband Steve; a brother, Gary Hilburn and wife Dianne; a sister, Betty Cathy and husband Ray; six grandchildren, Karen Freeman, Michael Sterling, Jonathan Fegtly, Justin Fegtly, Drake May and Jackson May; and six great-grandchildren, Cody Noe, Nathan Freeman, Allison Sterling, Haven Freeman, Ashlyn Freeman and Jacob Sterling.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Bill Waterman and Mike Martin officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Henson, Fred Dowless, Bob Hutcherson, Dick Hilburn, Sam Hilburn and James Tanner. Honorary pallbearers were Bill May, Mike Montgomery, Tom Hilburn and Gerald Caraway.

Memorials may be made to the Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 3707 Harrisburg Road, Jonesboro, AR 72404; or The Learning Center, 2808 Fox Meadow Lane, Jonesboro 72404.

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

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Johnnie Mae Holder

Johnnie Mae Holder, 80, of Rockford, Ill., died Oct. 30, 2009, at River Bluff Nursing Home.

Born July 21, 1929, in Portia, she was the daughter of Clay and Fannie Ellison. She moved to Rockford in 1949 and worked for the National Lock Company. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cameron L. Holder, whom she married June 22, 1946, in Walnut Ridge; three brothers, Matthew Ellison, Bud Ellison and Clay Ellison Jr.; and three sisters, Mary Holobaugh, Opal Santi and Emma Jane Riles.

Survivors include a son, Robert L. Holder and wife LuAnn; a daughter, Patricia M Crowell and husband Jim; two brothers, Dan Ellison and W.F. Ellison; a sister, Geneva Little; four grandchildren, Michael Crowell, Melissa Crowell, Angie Johnson and Greg Holder; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Advantage Funeral Home in Rockford.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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Paul Lawrence

Paul Everett Lawrence, 89, of Little Rock, formerly of Clover Bend, died Nov. 1, 2009, at Springhill Baptist Hospital in North Little Rock.

A World War II Marine veteran, he was a factory worker and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Charlotte Lawrence; a son, James Paul “Flea” Lawrence; and several siblings.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Ann Capps, Hoxie, and Becky Miller-Gaither, Fontaine; a son, Richard Lawrence, Indianapolis; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Alvin Lewis officiating. Burial will be private.

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Willard McCampbell

Willard Edward McCampbell, 93, of Hoxie, died Nov. 9, 2009, in Jonesboro.

Born May 21, 1916, in Hoxie, he was the son of Robert A. and Millie Blackwell McCampbell. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in campaigns in Northern Apennines, Po Valley, Tunisia, Naples-Foggia and Rome-Arno. He received five bronze stars and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church, where he was recently honored as a 50-year member.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Sutton McCampbell, whom he married Dec. 24, 1960, in Clover Bend; a brother, Luther McCampbell; and two sisters, Lucille Goodwin and Opal Harris.

Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Deen and husband Waylan, and Carolyn Moody and husband Jeff, all of Jonesboro; a brother, Robert McCampbell, Powhatan; two sisters, Lessie McBurnett, Redfield, and Alice Richardson, Cave City; and three grandchildren, Stephanie Deen, Emily Moody and Seth Moody.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Chapel with Revs. Charles Hendrix and Alvin Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army and V.F.W. Post 4556 of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers will be Larry Forrester, Kenny Lewis, Lavon Light, Kenneth Quarry, James Van Hoozer and Verdie Middlecoff. Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult Men's Sunday School class of the Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

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

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Charles Miller

Charles Miller, 67, of Cave City, died Nov. 8, 2009, at a Searcy hospital.

Born Jan. 20, 1942, at Strawberry, he was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Nona Miller; a sister, Laura Belcher; and a brother, Rev. C.R. "Bobby" Miller.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Helen Miller; a son, Michael Miller, Cave City; two brothers, Carl Miller, Batesville, and Larry Miller, Paragould; a granddaughter, Amanda Miller; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Ron Skaggs officiating. Burial will be in Cave City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tim Miller, David McPherson, Max Hunter, John Reed, Charles Randolph and Jimmy Croney.

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Gladys Thompson

Gladys Lorine Johnson Thompson, 101, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 9, 2009, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Feb. 29, 1908, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Martha Johnson. She had lived in Walnut Ridge and Pocahontas since 1966, after moving from Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arvil Thompson; a son, Billy Gallegly; and three brothers, Cecil Johnson, Ezra Johnson and Elvis Johnson.

Survivors include three nieces and a nephew.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Jerry Moore officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is today from 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Marty Wells

Marty Wayne Wells, 46, of Ravenden, died Nov. 6, 2009.

Born Feb. 6, 1963, in Pocahontas, he was the son of Jewell and Onita Bragg Wells. He was a driver for Ragsdale Trucking and was of the Assembly of God belief.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Bradley Wells, whom he married Nov. 30, 1991; four children, Brandi Wells, Ravenden, Shawn Spears, Tulsa, Brandy Spears, Rogers, and Alex Spears, Ravenden Springs; his stepfather, Allen Murphy, Ravenden; a brother, Keith Wells, Fayetteville; a sister, Patricia Pritchard, Missouri; and six grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Opposition Cemetery, near Ravenden, with Rev. Michael Bradley officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Tracy Jones, Steve Powers, Terry Smith, Larry Junkersfeld, Garland Guntharp and Tommy Goza. Honorary pallbearers were Dewight Gosner and R.L. Haynes.

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