December 23, 2009 Edition

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Births

Elijah Wayne Casillas Courtney Elizabeth Rice Reese Griffin Tate

Weddings/Engagements

Swindle ~ Graham Taylor ~ Raney Ward ~ Mullen

Obituaries

Albert A. Blackwell Ira A. Butler Sherrie Colbert
Ted Cole Tapesey Cox Aquettia Hampton
Jimmy Dale Haynes Larry Dale Hibbard Melvin Martin
David G. Midgett Howard Mobley James Pickney
Paul Prater Roy L. Richey

Births

Elijah Wayne Casillas

Eli and Bridgette Casillas of Pocahontas have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born on Dec. 11, 2009, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Elijah Wayne Casillas.

Grandparents are Wayne and Bonnie Kazzee of Pocahontas and Frank and Rosalind Casillas of Imboden.

Great-grandparents are Judy Kazee of Pocahontas, Paul and Ruth Weisenbach of Maynard, Howard and Carolyn Pankey of Imboden and Joe and Laura Casillas of Woodland, Calif.

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Courtney Elizabeth Rice

Robert and Christina Rice of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Dec. 10, 2009, at the Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould.

The baby weighed six pounds, six ounces, and has been named Courtney Elizabeth Rice.

The baby has three older siblings, Dakota, 10, Selena, 3, and Jacob, 2.

Grandparents are Robert and Debbie Rice of Walnut Ridge and Jim and Regina McGinty, all of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Lawanda McGinty of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, Paul King and Laura Baird, both of Walnut Ridge, and Nola Rice of Harville, Mo.

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Reese Griffin Tate

Richie and Chasidy Tate of Paragould have announced the birth of a son, born on Dec. 16, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces, and has been named Reese Griffin Tate.

He has two older siblings, Robbie Tate, 3, and half sister Allie Foster of Reno, Nev.

Grandparents are Dan and Naomi Mullen of Walnut Ridge, Russell and Pam Tate of Paragould and Dennis and Corrina Morgan of Powhatan.

Great-grandparents are Dixie and Laverd Rawlings of Pointer, Mo., and Patsy Morgan of Jonesboro.

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Weddings/Engagements

Swindle ~ Graham

Roger and Tammy Swindle of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brandy Dawn Swindle, to Joshua Clay Graham, son of Steve and Denise Graham of Clover Bend.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Thomas and Ruby Swindle of Egypt and Evelyn Phillips of Powhatan and the late Joe Phillips. She is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is a hair stylist at The Hair Trend.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Vada Smith of Clover Bend and the late Bud Smith and Bonnie Graham of Clover Bend and the late J.F. Graham. He is the great-grandson of Ruth Ballard of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center. He is a graduate of Hoxie High School. He is a student at Arkansas State University, where he also works in computer support.

The couple will exchange vows on Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. at Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Hoxie. All family and friends are invited.

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Taylor ~ Raney

Charley and Carolyn Taylor of Jonesboro have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Whitney Lee Taylor of Jonesboro, to Gregory Allen Raney of Jonesboro, son of Ray and Sharon Nickle of Jonesboro and the late Bobby Raney, who lived in Powhatan.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Martha Stoffle of Osceola and the late Ira D. Stoffle and the late Theodore and Louise Sims, who lived in Marion.

She is a 2009 honor graduate of Arkansas State University and is employed as an accountant at J.W. Stafford and Associates, Ltd. in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Eugene and Brenda Raney of Powhatan and the late Ruby Raney, Veena Bradley of Strawberry and the late Homer Bradley and John and Lynda Nickle of Lovell, Wyo.

He is a 2005 graduate of ASU and is employed as an industrial training analyst at Tenaris in Blytheville.

The couple will exchange vows on Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. at The Station in Jonesboro. A reception will follow at the Elk's Lodge in Jonesboro.

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Ward ~ Mullen

Brittany Nicole Mullen became the bride of Alexander Christopher Ward on Sept. 26, 2009, at the historic Clover Bend School.

The bride is the daughter of Junior and Connie Mullen of Hoxie. She is the granddaughter of Carolyn Spades of Trumann, Bill and Donna Durham of Strawberry, Jeri Mullen of Walnut Ridge and Joe Mullen of Black Rock. She is the great-granddaughter of Jeanette Russell of Lynn and the great-great-granddaughter of Inez Penn of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

The groom is the son of Jerry Ward of Hoxie and Leslie Ward of Tulsa, Okla. He is the grandson of Lex Ward of Hoxie.

Bro. Gregg Cooper of Strawberry officiated the double-ring ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Sara Tate of Walnut Ridge served as maid of honor, and Aimee Mosley of Minturn was bridesmaid.

Brandon Mosley of Minturn, who is stationed in Washington with the Navy, served as best man, and Brad Williams of Hoxie was groomsman.

The ring bearer was Cannon Baker of Walnut Ridge, and the flower girl was Savannah Spades of Trumann.

Blake Mullen of Hoxie, brother of the bride, served as usher. Danielle Mullen of Walnut Ridge, cousin of the bride, presided at the bride's book.

A reception was held following the ceremony. The servers were Tara Kendal of Pocahontas and Amy Ward of Hoxie, cousin of the groom.

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Obituaries

Albert A. Blackwell

Albert A. Blackwell, 71, of Drew, Miss., father of Tammy Chappel of Walnut Ridge and Linda Bibb of Delaplaine, died Dec. 16, 2009, in Cleveland, Miss. He also had several other relatives in Lawrence County. Burial was Saturday in Monette Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette. An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.

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Ira A. Butler

Ira A. Butler, 69, of Pocahontas, died Dec. 18, 2009, at the Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born March 24, 1940, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Ira Alonzo and Bessie V. Rainwater Butler.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Sue Butler; two daughters, Renae Nolen, Buffalo, Texas, and Lea Bennett, Pocahontas; three stepdaughters, Karen Ervin and Donna Hay, both of Paragould, and Marietta Lane, Carrollton, Texas; a brother, Lonnie Butler, Maynard; two sisters, Lois George, Jonesboro, and Jewell Snyder, Pocahontas; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

No visitation or services are planned.

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Sherrie Colbert

Sherrie Colbert, 82, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Dallas, died Dec. 15, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 16, 1927, in Rector, she was a homemaker. She volunteered many hours at the Dallas and Farmers Branch libraries.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Colbert; a sister, Grace Bailey; a sister-in-law, Margie Durham; two nieces, Karen and Judy; and a nephew, Paul.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Memorials may be made to a local animal shelter.

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

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Ted Cole

Theodore "Ted" Cole, 83, of Harrison, died Dec. 15, 2009.

Born April 28, 1926, at Mt. Hersey, he was the son of Volley Henry and Ruth Bernice Daniel Cole. Before his retirement, he had worked as a supervisor for the Boeing Aerospace Division in Seattle. He attended Highland Wesleyan Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeana McKnight; a sister, Ruth Ann Cole; two brothers, Warren Cole and Billy Ray Cole; and a stepson, Rick Riggs.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Riggs Cole, formerly of Hoxie; his children, Susan Taylor and husband Dale, Vicki Boothe and husband Terry, and Randy Riggs and wife Kim; two brothers, David Cole and Haskell Cole and wife Mary; a sister, Linda Henson and husband J.C.; two grandchildren, Derrick Trimble and Lisa Klein; 12 step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 26 step-great-grandchildren; and special family members, Don and Mary Bailey.

Funeral was Friday at Holt Memorial Chapel in Harrison with pastor Don Robinson officiating. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Kimbrell, Dale Holstead, Johnny Henson, Kevin Gibson, Terry Boothe and Dale Taylor. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Riggs, Gary Cole, Derek Cole, Ken Cole, Warren Glen Cole, Don Bailey and Corey Grace.

Memorials may be made to the 20th Century Club's Lights of Love fund for restoration of the trees in Maplewood Cemetery, c/o Gwendola Tennyson, 4299 Cottonwood Road, Harrison, AR 72601.

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Tapesey Cox

Tapesey Haley Hill Reeves Cox, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 21, 2009, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born June 13, 1924, she was the daughter of Emmett Sr. and Lethal Davis Hill. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Cox; a daughter, Betty Stanford; a son, Jimmy Reeves; four sisters, Sarah Herriott, Wencie Smith, Geneva Reed and Lavada Clairday; and two brothers, Charles Hill and Buell Hill.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Dillport Glover, Paragould, and Alice McBride, Flomaton, Ala.; three sons, Larry Dean Reeves, Chuck Reeves and Terry Reeves, all of Decatur, Ill.; a brother, Emmet Hill Jr.; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Dylan McAlister, Travis McAlister, James Dillport, Kory Dillport, Tyler Dillport and Roger Herriott.

Visitation is Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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Aquettia Hampton

Aquettia Hampton, 50, of Crossett, died Dec. 10, 2009, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas at El Dorado.

Born Oct. 22, 1959, she was a native of Walnut Ridge and attended Walnut Ridge High School. She was a homemaker and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Sanders; and her grandmothers, Lucille Murphy and Margaret Kendall.

Survivors include her husband, Cedric Hampton; a son, Tyrone Ruffin, Jacksonville; a daughter, Lena Ruffin, Jonesboro; a stepson, Cedric Hampton; her parents, Robert Burns and Iona Wilkerson, both of Jonesboro; a brother, Robert Burns Jr., Dallas; three sisters, Rhonda Perkins, Dallas, and Vickey Ann Wilson and Margaret Bond, both of Jonesboro; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Thursday in Grace Chapel of Woodard Funeral Service of Jonesboro with Rev. Ray Scales officiating.

A memorial service was held Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Crossett. Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

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Jimmy Dale Haynes

Jimmy Dale Haynes, 67, of Alicia, died Dec. 18, 2009.

Born Dec. 2, 1942, at Egypt, he was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Pearl Mae Blazer Haynes.

Survivors include his wife, Jill Haynes; three daughters, Brigette Kent and husband Anthony, Vadra Haynes and Jerry Weist, all of Bono, and Audra Haynes and Jeremy Newberry, Newark; a son, Robert Haynes and wife Cayse, Alicia; eight grandchildren, Tristan, Tanisha, Tony, Matthew, Whitney, Dillion, Haiden and Harmon; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at the Alicia Baptist Church with Bro. Monroe Baldwin officiating. Burial was in Markham Cemetery under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home of Bradford.

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Larry Dale Hibbard

Larry Dale Hibbard, 64, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 16, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 9, 1945, he worked as a desk sergeant for the Walnut Ridge Police Department for several years. He retired from the Walnut Ridge Street Department in 2006. He was an elder of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dailey and Wilma Adams Hibbard.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa Reader Hibbard, whom he married on Aug. 19, 1972, in Walnut Ridge; a sister, Janice Hibbard, Walnut Ridge; and his mother-in-law, Virginia N. Reader, Walnut Ridge.

The body was cremated.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Walnut Ridge. Higginbotham Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

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

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Melvin Martin

Melvin Martin, 79, of Strawberry, died Dec. 17, 2009, at Cave City Nursing Home.

Born Nov. 3, 1930, at Bethesda, he was a retired machinist and a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Martin.

Survivors include his wife, Vannah Martin; a son, Kinnie Martin and wife Cindy, Batesville; a daughter, Teresa Lawson and husband Mike, Morgan Hills, Calif.; his mother, Delsie Harmon Martin, Batesville; a brother, Troy Martin, Batesville; three sisters, Mildred Winkle and Leota Allen, both of Batesville, and Nancy Branham, Warner Robins, Ga.; and five grandchildren, Jason Martin, Justin Martin, Lee Lawson, Matthew Lawson and Ian Lawson.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Batesville.

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David G. Midgett

David G. Midgett, 64, of Williford, died Dec. 21, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Private arrangements are under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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

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Howard Mobley

Howard Mobley, 82, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Alexandria, Va., died Dec. 16, 2009, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Jan. 10, 1927, in Melvern, Ohio, he was the son of Edward and Ester Betz Mobley. He was a retired newspaper editor.

Services will be in Virginia under the direction of Demaine Funeral Home of Springfield, Va. Local arrangements are under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

An online guestbook is available at www.higginbothamfuneral service.com.

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James Pickney

Memorial services for James C. Pickney, 43, of Black Rock, who died Dec. 14, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Clear Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Rowdy Morgan officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Paul Prater

Paul Prater, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 21, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 7, 1926, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Cicero and Edna Slatton Prater. He was a retired custodian for Walnut Ridge High School after 30 years of service. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Prater; and a grandson, Jimmy Tribble Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Borah Prater, whom he married in 1950; four sons, Paul Allen Prater, Georgia, Jim Prater and John Paul Prater, both of Walnut Ridge, and Eddie Prater, Kansas City, Mo.; four daughters, Carolyn Tribble, Smithville, Patricia Johnson, Cherokee Village, Paula Tribble, Hoxie, and Sharon Prater, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Sam Prater, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Bonnie Pickrell, Walnut Ridge; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Rev. Michael Parmley officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Prater, Blake Prater, Nathan Sloan, Blandon Fisher, Jacob Henson and John Prater.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m.

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Roy L. Richey

Roy L. Richey, 92, of Sterling, Ill., died Dec. 21, 2009, at Four Seasons Living Center in Morrison, Ill.

Born March 8, 1917, in Eaton, he was the son of Frank and Ara Casper Richey. He worked as a carpenter and was a member of the Rock Falls Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Hutsell and husband Jerry, Sterling, Ill.; a sister, Elizabeth Wiggins, Independence, Mo.; a granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, Ill. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling, Ill.

Visitation is today from 9 a.m. until time of the service.

A memorial will be established.

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

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