November 18, 2009 Edition

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Kason Cole Hufstedler Jinna Hutton


Clark ~ Ybarbo Looney ~ Hensley


Lois Imogene Bailey O.N. Hubbard Virginia Gail Johnson
Jessie Frank Lester James Harold Lingo Jr. Dewaine Lomax
Larry G. Mickey Ray E. Niedemeier


Kason Cole Hufstedler

Brent and Kristi Hufstedler of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on Nov. 9, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Kason Cole Hufstedler.

He has an older brother, Brayden Hufstedler, who is three.

Grandparents are Bobby and Sandy Chapman of Jonesboro, Ranny and Sharon Oliver of Lynn, Gary and Sharon Barnhill of Portia and Farris and Sherry Hufstedler of Jonesboro.

He is the great-grandson of Chester and Jean Denton of Delaplaine, Jim and Helen Oliver of Lynn, Mable Hatfield of Batesville and Gladys Hufstedler of Pocahontas.

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Jinna Jo Mullins Hutton

Haley Hutton and Jerry Neal Mullins Jr. of Brookland have announced the birth of a daughter on Nov. 6, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Jinna Jo Mullins Hutton.

Grandparents are Virginia Tucker of Brookland, Wayne Hutton of Walnut Ridge and Tonya Davis of Paragould. She is the great-granddaughter of Jerry and Frances Tucker of Portia.

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Clark ~ Ybarbo

Tara Clayton - Clark became the bride of Adolfo Ybarbo Jr. on Oct. 3, 2009, at Raisin L Ranch in Victoria, Texas.

Van and Carolyn Clayton of Green Forest and Tom and Nancy Roberts of Aransas Pass, Texas, are parents of the bride. The groom's parents are Adolfo and Felicitas Ybarbo of Victoria, Texas.

The bride is the granddaughter of Paul and Gen Atkinson of Walnut Ridge and is the great-granddaughter of Cleo Massey of Pocahontas.

Carl Massey of Pocahontas, great-uncle of the bride, officiated the double-ring semiformal wedding, which was held at 6 p.m.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. Mallorie Clark of Corpus Christi, Texas, was maid of honor and Jasmine Ybarbo of Victoria, Texas, served as best woman.

A reception was held after the ceremony at Raisin L Ranch with entertainment provided by deejay Joe Coarza of Victoria, Texas, and the Jarrod Birmingham Band of Inez, Texas.

Out-of-county guests included Jennifer Brown of Hoxie, Rita Bilbrey of Walnut Ridge and Lori Highfield of Lynn.

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Looney ~ Hensley

Judy Toler of Hoxie and Bill Looney of Clover Bend announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Cheyenne Looney, to Travis Lee Hensley, son of Wayne Hensley of Alicia, the late Violet Hensley and the late Glenda Wilson.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Helen Looney of Hoxie and the late Clint Looney and the late Jack and Ethel Rottger.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Wanda Wilson and the late Vernon Wilson and the late George and Inez Hensley.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. at Abiding Faith in Swifton. A reception will follow in the church's fellowship hall. All family and friends are invited.

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Lois Imogene Bailey

Lois Imogene Bailey, 79, of Ravenden, died Nov. 11, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 1, 1930, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Alden Anderson and Nola Estes Pack Brown. She worked at TRW Cinch in Pocahontas for 28 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Manley Benton Bailey; and two daughters, Anna Lois Bailey Price and Brenda Lee Bailey.

Survivors include five sons, Gail Bailey and wife Kathy, and Roger Bailey and wife Edna, all of Ravenden Springs, Carl Bailey and Harold Bailey, both of Ravenden, and Donald Bailey and wife Brenda, Bono; a daughter, Carolyn Bailey Riney, Walnut Ridge; a son-in-law, Bob Price, Ravenden; a sister, Elizabeth Brown Saylors and husband Melvin, Ravenden; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Ravenden Springs Baptist Church with Howard Pankey officiating. Burial was in Janes Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

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O.N. Hubbard

O.N. Hubbard, 92, of Newport, died Nov. 14, 2009.

Born Jan. 15, 1917, at Strawberry, he was the son of James Riley and Leona Harris Hubbard. He was a farmer and then worked at Revere Copper and Brass until his retirement in 1979. He was a member of the Airbase Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon and an elder for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Erma Neal Hubbard, on May 23, 2004; a brother, Oder Hubbard; and four sisters, Muriel Winemiller, Flora Deaton, Vada Hanson and Elaine Payne Long.

Survivors include a son, Vernon Hubbard and wife Jo, Diaz; a daughter, Donna Lindsey and husband Jimmy, Newport; five grandchildren, Kim Hubbard, Rita Cooper, Regina Limbert, Rickey Camp and Sonya Skelton; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Rickey Camp, Bill Limbert, Michael Scudder, Mark Skelton, Benny Payne and Bearl Bennett. Honorary pallbearers were Kim Hubbard, Johnny Ray Hubbard, Bobby Hubbard, Raymond Coe, Gary Bennett and J.D. Cooper.

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Virginia Gail Johnson

Virginia Gail Johnson, 62, of Imboden, died Nov. 12, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 19, 1947, in Harrisburg, she was a bookkeeper and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Cecil Malone.

Survivors include her husband, John Johnson, whom she married Nov. 14, 1984; a daughter, Kimberly Richey, New York; a son, Warren Durham, Imboden; two stepdaughters, Johnnie Urias, Phoenix, and Tracie Starkavich, Denver; her mother, Kate Lillard Malone, Pocahontas; three brothers, Gary Malone, Rick Malone and Ronnie Malone, all of Imboden; a sister, Brenda Hibbard, Imboden; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Bobby Bragg, Eric Bragg, Nathan Malone, Jeff Malone, Gary Paul Malone and Michael Bias.

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Jessie Frank Lester

Jessie Frank Lester, 68, of Ravenden, died Nov. 14, 2009, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born June 15, 1941, in Dell, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was the American Legion commander and had served as a cook on the USS Kittyhawk.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Martin and Opal Ruby Hart Lester; and a brother, Albert Arphus Grant Lester.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Blankenship Lester; children, Jessie Wayne and Ambie Lester, Levita and Bruce Phillips, Joyce Lester and Kendall Galbraith, Suzanne and David Fowler, Andrea and Ken Akins and Pete and Angela Mangum; a sister, Sevella Terrell, Highland; two brothers, Donald Lester, Williford, and Dean Lester, Spicewood, Texas; 12 grandchildren, Tyler Phillips, Zack Lester, Whitney Lester, Jacob Lester, Ashley Lester, Colton Roberts, Nicholas Roberts, Dylan Powell, Wyatt Powell, Cassidy Clayton, Jonathon Novello and Tyler Mangum; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Willford American Legion, Morgan Wiles Post No. 336. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.

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James Harold Lingo Jr.

James Harold Lingo Jr., 55, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 12, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and had lived in Walnut Ridge the past 17 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Harold Lingo Sr.; and his grandparents.

Survivors include his mother, Ovita Scott; and a sister, Feleshia Rutledge.

The body was cremated.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery near Lynn. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Dewaine Lomax

Dewaine Lomax, 41, of Hoxie, died Nov. 13, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was a lifelong resident of Hoxie and a construction worker.

He was preceded in death by a daughter; his father, Darrell Albert Lomax; a sister, Carrie Galbreath; and his grandparents.

Survivors include two sons, J.D. Lomax and Anthony Lomax, both of Hoxie; seven other children; his mother, Brenda Coggins West, Hoxie; his stepfather, Albert Russell West of Hoxie; a brother, Darrell Jeffrey Lomax, Walnut Ridge; and two sisters, Peggy Lomax and Rebecca West, both of Hoxie.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Matt Fisher officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Randy Coggins, Anthony Coggins, Don Rutherford, Jr. Overholser, Roy Britt and Aaron Britt.

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Larry G. Mickey

Larry G. Mickey, 68, of Viola, father of Julie Gaither of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 8, 2009, at Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House in Mountain Home. Burial was in Mt. Calm Cemetery at Viola under the direction of Barker Funeral Home of Salem. Memorials may be made to the Paragould Children's Home.

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Ray E. Niedemeier

Ray E. Niedemeier, 81, of Peach Orchard, died Nov. 12, 2009, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Born July 2, 1928, at Minturn, he was the son of John and Bertha Lawrence Niedemeier. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and a farmer. He was a member of the Peach Orchard Pentecostal Church.

He was preceded in death by five sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Martha "Dee" Recker Niedemeier, whom he married July 20, 1952; five children, Patty Branch, Millington, Tenn., Robin Sander, Paragould, Ray Edward Niedemeier Jr., Peach Orchard, and Randy Eugene Niedemeier and Rickey Dale Niedemeier, both of Knobel; a brother, John Niedemeier, Michigan, two sisters, Emma Jean, Omaha, Neb., and Virginia, Michigan; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Back to Top

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