December 2, 2009 Edition

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Ellie Kate Baldridge Callen Harper Warren


Patricia Ann Brandon Glenda Angle Combs Cecil Louise Fowler
Lela Marie Greenwood Gary Highfill J.W. Mans
Eudora Owens Morris Mary Catherine Oliver Gary Harold Rose
Trystan M. St. Andry


Ellie Kate Baldridge

Bryce and Amber Baldridge of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on Nov. 16, 2009 at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Ellie Kate Baldridge.

She has an older brother, Easton, four. Her father is an agent with the Lawrence County Extension Office.

Grandparents are Jim and Barb Philhours of Jonesboro and Noel and Joyce Baldridge of Batesville.

Lavern Ladd of Caraway is the great-grandparent.

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Callen Harper Warren

Josh Warren and Amy Lassiter have announced the birth of their second son on Nov. 4, 2009, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed six pounds, seven ounces and has been named Callen Harper Warren.

He has an older brother, Kaden Warren, who is three.

Grandparents are Danny and Karen Warren and Kathleen Lassiter, all of Hoxie, and the late Robin Lassiter.

Great-grandmother is Rebecca Warren of Hoxie.

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Patricia Ann Brandon

Patricia Ann Brandon, 72, of Black Rock, died Nov. 29, 2009, at her home.

Born Nov. 8, 1937, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Gene Brandon, whom she married May 23, 1955; two sons, Edward Brandon and Tony Brandon; her parents, Donald and Virginia Brown Foster; a brother, Donald Foster; and a sister, Sandra Silver.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas Brandon Jr., Alicia; Tommy T. Brandon, Black Rock; five daughters, Peggy Goad and husband Norman, Powhatan, Anna Baty and husband Fred, Walnut Ridge, and Kathleen Brandon, Wanda Rice and husband Johnny, and Linda Duncan and husband Bill, all of Black Rock; a stepson, Adam Lash, Walnut Ridge; three stepdaughters, Lavanna Rutherford and Patty Douglas, both of Hoxie, and Roseanna Fuller, Mississippi; three brothers, Richard Foster, George Foster and Charles Foster, all of Michigan; a sister, Janice Foster, Michigan; 31 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Jackson, Derrick Brandon, Johnny Rice, Dwight Stephens, Larry Richey and Steve Wineland.

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Glenda Angle Combs

Glenda Angle Combs, 85, of Black Rock, died Nov. 28, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 16, 1924, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Marvin and Annie Isaminger Angle. A lifelong resident of Black Rock, she was a homemaker and a member of the Black Rock Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Wesley Combs, whom she married in Black Rock; a daughter, Ann Combs Rives; and two brothers, Owen Angle and Fred Angle.

Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Vandiveer and husband Rodney, Memphis, Patty Combs, Little Rock, and Sandy Bonner and husband Larry, Walnut Ridge; a son, Bobby Combs and wife Sue, Harrison; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Higginbotham Chapel with Rev. Ryan Johnston officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

An online guestbook is available at

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Cecil Louise Fowler

Cecil Louise Fowler, 75, of Jonesboro, mother of Ronnie Fowler and Frank Fowler, both of Strawberry, died Nov. 27, 2009, at St. Bernards Hospice. Burial was Monday in Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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Lela Marie Greenwood

Lela Marie Greenwood, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 28, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 26, 1918, at Nelsonville, she was the daughter of Earl Monroe and Goldie Bell Rowley Miligan. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Greenwood, in 1971, whom she married in 1944; a son, Rudy Greenwood; a daughter, Jean Greenwood; a great-granddaughter, Erika Greenwood; and a great-great-grandson, Michael Anderson.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Rose Greenwood, Walnut Ridge; three grandchildren, Robert Greenwood, Mark Greenwood and Lorena Hatfield; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Charles Hendrix officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Denver Schweighauser, Mark Greenwood, Ken Hayes, Derwood Morris, Ben Johnson and William Sanders.

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Gary Highfill

Gary Phildon Highfill, 56, of Powhatan, died Nov. 20, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 10, 1953, in St. Louis, he was employed at Emerson Electric in Paragould for 38 years and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jonnie Highfill; and a sister, Pauletta Highfill.

Survivors include his companion, Jay Lashlee, of the home; two sons, Gary Highfill Jr. and wife Amy, Springfield, Mo., and Charlie Highfill and wife Shelly, Corning; a daughter, Kathleen Rogers and husband Fred, Corning; his mother, Irene Highfill, Corning; a sister, Gail Conyers and husband Terry, Corning; and six grandchildren, Morgan Highfill, Hayley Highfill, Peyton Highfill, Charlie Highfill, Jamison Rogers and Hank Rogers.

Funeral was Monday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home in Paragould. Burial was in Corning Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Shourd, Steve Montgomery, Doyce Tyler, Kenny Tyler, Sammy Montgomery and Michael Ward. Honorary pallbearers were David Shourd and Todd Collins.

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J.W. Mans

J.W. Mans, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 30, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Dec. 3, 1928, in Cal, he was the son of Thurman and Pearly Hicks Mans. A lifelong resident of Walnut Ridge, he was a former employee of Cole Furniture and Moore Furniture. He was a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert Mans; and two sisters, Iva Rice and Ilene Jackson.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Medlock Mans; a daughter, Brenda Butterworth and husband Larry, Bono; a son, Danny Mans and wife Brenda, Smithville; two sisters, Shirley Petero and Glenda Moody, both of Smithville; three brothers, Gary Mans, Erath, La., Leon Mans, Japan, and Carl Mans, Hoxie; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ with A.J. Stracener and Darrell Douglas officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Ron Davidson, J.D. Hulen, Zack Lawhon, Paul Ragsdale, Mike Wright and J.L. Wright.

Visitation is tonight from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Eudora Owens Morris

Eudora Owens Morris, 76, of Wayne, Mich., formerly of Sedgwick, died Nov. 26, 2009, in Michigan.

Born July 27, 1933, she was the daughter of Charles Burt and Mary Lena Veal Owens. She had lived in Michigan for the past 50 years after moving from Sedgwick and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a son, Michael James Morris; two sisters and a brother.

Survivors include her husband, James Morris; a daughter, Anita Crumley and husband Robert; two sons, Charles Morris and wife Teresa, and Stephen Morris and wife Christina; two sisters, Dollie Farmer and Mary Moskop; two brothers, Louis Owens and Richard Owens; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Tom Lamb officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick.

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Mary Catherine Oliver

Mary Catherine Smith Oliver, 81, of Rock Hill, S.C., died Nov. 22, 2009, at Piedmont Medical Center.

A native of Black Rock, she was the daughter of Claude and Bertha Kendrick Smith. She was a retired waitress, who worked for many years at The Fish Hook. She was a member of Central Baptist Church in York, S.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Eugene Oliver; a daughter, Roberta "Robbie" Garrison; a son-in-law, Chuck Garrison; and two brothers, Thomas Smith and A.W. Smith.

Survivors include a son, Larry Oliver and wife Mary, Chester, S.C.; two daughters, Brenda Vance and husband Bobby, Black Rock, and Kay Oliver Coyle and husband John, York, S.C.; a daughter-in-law, Annette Oliver, Fort Mill, S.C.; a sister, Claudine Spring, Standish, Maine; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel in Rock Hill, S.C.

Memorials may be made to the Autism Foundation of the Carolinas, P.O. Box 12671, Charlotte, NC 28220 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, 5950 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

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Gary Harold Rose

Gary Harold Rose, 70, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 27, 2009, at his home.

Born Sept. 13, 1939, in Sikeston, Mo., he lived most of his life in Walnut Ridge and was a 1957 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. He was named to the 1957 All-State football team and played in the 1957 All-Star football game.

As a member of the Arkansas National Guard, he was a member of the local unit that was federalized and called up for the Little Rock Central High School crisis. He rose to the rank of captain in the National Guard and, for a time, served as the commanding officer of Company A, 2nd Brigade, 153rd Division Infantry unit at Walnut Ridge.

He graduated from Arkansas State University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. During his years at Arkansas State, he served as a senator on the Student Government Association, was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity and the Cherokee Men's Council.

After graduation, he was employed as district manager for the Allis-Chalmers Farm Equipment Corp., later joining his father and grandfather in the local Allis-Chalmers dealership, Rose Implement Co., in Walnut Ridge. In 1985 he joined SB Power Tool Co. as an accountant and retired as an industrial engineer in 2003 after 18 years with Skil.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge, where he had served on the administrative board, as chairman of the finance committee and on the board of trustees.

He served on the Walnut Ridge City Water and Sewer Commission and the Park Commission. He had received emergency medical technician training and had served as Emergency Services director for Lawrence County and as a reserve deputy.

He was a member of the Bobcat Booster Club and served as treasurer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Myrtle Riley Rose; and a great-grandson, Parker Gavin Taylor.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Joyce Rose; a son, Steve Rose and wife Tracy, Greenbrier; a daughter, Dina Rose Hufstedler, Walnut Ridge; his stepmother, Wanda Rose, Black Rock; a brother, Gary Austin and wife Dean, Plano, Texas; a sister, Donna Austin, Black Rock; and five grandchildren, Ashley Taylor and husband Caleb, Pocahontas, Adam Hufstedler and Clayton Hufstedler, both of Walnut Ridge, and Heather Rose and Lauren Rose, both of Greenbrier.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge with Steve Cook officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Sammy Weir, Tom Hilburn, Bill Ennis, Jerry Cox, George McLeod, Danny Gibson, Marvin Kennedy, Steve Engelken, Bob Smith and Glenn Murphy. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the WRHS Class of 1957.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas Children's Hospital or to ShareHope NEA Charitable Foundation.

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Trystan M. St. Andry

Trystan M. St. Andry, 6, of Plain Dealing, La., died Nov. 24, 2009.

Survivors include his parents, Timothy Brian and Jennifer Jayne Olvey St. Andry; a sister, Alexa Jayne Dempsey; his grandparents, Richard and Karen Olvey, Pocahontas; and his great-grandmother, Jean Olvey, Pocahontas.

Richard "Dick" Olvey worked at Pocahontas Federal Savings & Loan in Walnut Ridge for many years.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Aulds Funeral Home in Shreveport, La.

On online guestbook is available at

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