January 13, 2010 Edition

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Births

Jagger Luke Brady Victoria Allison Traylor Aiden Roy Franklin Wilson

Obituaries

Betty Jean Baird Teddy Gene Caldwell Billy Clay Craig
Mary Lee Dame Earl Franklin Davis Jr. Helen Louise Dunn
Dennis Girard Charlotte Ann Glasener James Ray Hager
Carl Richard Manning Hal Moody Stanley Wayne Porter
Ethel Hanshaw Russell Joe Morris Shawver Pauline J. Starnes
Hazel Pearl Tate Joseph Tucsnak

Births

Jagger Luke Brady

Jarrod and Angela Brady of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born on Jan. 2, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Jagger Luke Brady. He has one older brother, Jaxton, 2.

Grandparents are Ronnie and Anita Knight and Darrell and Ricca Brady, all of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Patsy Holder and Helen Knight, both of Bono.

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Victoria Allison Traylor

Will and Linda Traylor of Little Rock have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Dec. 28, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Little Rock.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Victoria Allison Traylor. She has one brother, Trace, 18 months.

Grandparents are Bill and Lucille Traylor of Little Rock and Scott and Virginia Allison of Hot Springs, formerly of Walnut Ridge.

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Aiden Roy Franklin Wilson

Phillip and Melissa Wilson of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son, born on Dec. 30, 2009, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Aiden Roy Franklin Wilson. He has three older siblings, Brayden Garvin, Breiana Wilson and Elizabeth Clark.

Grandparents are Wendell and Debby Garvin of Warm Springs, Byron Blanchard of Walnut Ridge, Teresa Kent of Maynard and Tony Wilson.

Great-grandparents are Clara Slawson of Pocahontas and Virgil and Dot Garvin of Warm Springs

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Obituaries

Betty Jean Baird

Betty Jean Baird, 71, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 5, 2010, at her home, following a lengthy illness.

Born March 13, 1938, in Little Rock, she was the daughter of Jack and Beatrice Bradsher Holt. She attended many schools, including Walnut Ridge High School. She and her husband lived in Jonesboro before moving back to Walnut Ridge in 1964, where they operated a family farm. They returned to Jonesboro in 1977.

She was involved in various service activities throughout her life, including activities at the Walnut Ridge Public Schools. She was an assistant Girl Scout troop leader and served as a Pink Lady volunteer at St. Bernards Hospital. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Carl Edward Baird, whom she married Jan. 8, 1956, in Walnut Ridge; a son, Carl Baird Jr. and wife Theresa, Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Sherry Engelken and husband Robert, Jonesboro; two sisters, Patricia Laity, Alexander, and Sue Morgan, Perryville; a sister-in-law, Maydeen Forkum, Walnut Ridge; two grandsons, David Engelken and Daniel Engelken; and an aunt, Edith Holland, Rover.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Timothy Campbell officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to St. Bernards Hospice.

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Teddy Gene Caldwell

Memorial services for Teddy Gene Caldwell, 76, of Caseyville, Ill., formerly of Walnut Ridge, who died Dec. 10, 2009, will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

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Billy Clay Craig

Billy Clay Craig, 83, of Hoxie, died Jan. 7, 2010, at St. Bernards Hospice in Jonesboro.

A World War II Army veteran, he was a retired factory worker and a longtime member of Main Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rickey Craig; his parents, Austin and Bertha Binkley Craig; and a sister, Austina Stringer.

Survivors include a sister, Claudia Maynard, Rockford, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Marion Stringer, Jonesboro; a granddaughter, Dawn Marie Craig, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two ex-wives, Corrine Lawson, Alicia, and Wilma Craig, Ravenden Springs; and an aunt, Juanita McNutt, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs and Marion Stringer officiating. The body was cremated.

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Mary Lee Dame

Mary Lee Elizabeth Dame, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 10, 2010, at the UAMS Hospital in Little Rock.

Born July 30, 1929, in Walnut Ridge, she was a former secretary at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge, where she had been a longtime member. She was also a member of the Eastern Star Charles Chapter Star #410 of Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Ava Marshall Allison; and a brother, Paul Allison.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Joe Dame, whom she married June 10, 1948; a son, David Dame and wife Lesa, Batesville; three daughters, Ava Jo Mensi and husband Bob, Arlington, Tenn., Beth Reese and husband Reese, Jackson, Tenn., and Tami Watson and husband Bob Mike, Hoxie; a brother, Clarence Allison and wife Alta, Little Rock; three sisters, Jean Jones, Rogers, Jimmye Carol Watson and husband Danny, Cabot, and Jill Barber, Heber Springs; nine grandchildren, Matt Dame, Emily Dame Mann, Erin Reese Hornsby, Katie Reese Lee, John Reese, Bobby Joe Watson, Billy Mike Watson, Edward House and Michael House; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bro. Mark Harris and Dr. Sam Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church.

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Earl Franklin Davis Jr.

Earl Franklin Davis Jr., 81, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of DeKalb, Ill., died Jan. 8, at his home.

He had worked at Wurlitzer Piano and at Northern Illinois University. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Franklin and Flora Mae Yates Davis Sr.; and a brother, Larry Davis.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Thelma Colbert Davis; a daughter, Tonya Prater, Walnut Ridge; a son, Reginald Earl Davis, DeKalb, Ill.; and three grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge with Dale Hughart officiating. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jim Prater, Mitchell Davis, Paul McCarty, David Stewart, Mike Croom and Ed Tannehill.

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Helen Louise Dunn

Helen Louise Dunn, 69, of Cherokee Village, died Jan. 6, 2010, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born April 5, 1940, in Ravenden Springs, she was a towboat cook and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by a son, Woodrow Dunn; her father, Leaman Smith; and a brother, James "J.T." Mariott.

Survivors include five sons, Bob Houltzhouser, Ravenden, Rick Houltzhouser, Minnesota, Terry Houltzhouser, Cherokee Village, Vince Houltzhouser, Muncie, Ind., and Richard Dunn, Pocahontas; her mother, Georgian Mariott, Imboden; a brother, Gene Mariott, Bono; four sisters, Sue Rippy, Marmaduke, Alta Deloach, Pocahontas, Verta Brown, Imboden, and Daphine Hill, Fort Smith; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Yadkin Cemetery, near Ravenden Springs, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the family, in care of the funeral home, to assist with expenses.

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Dennis Girard

Dennis "Dino" Girard, 58, of Paragould, died Jan. 5, 2010, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born Aug. 13, 1951, in Walnut Ridge, he attended the 10th Street Missionary Baptist Church in Paragould.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Girard; and a brother, Robert Girard.

Survivors include three children, Joseph, Thomas and Melissa; his mother, Mary Girard; two brothers, Edward Girard and Stanley Girard; and two sisters, Sandra Smith and Robin Jacobs.

A memorial service was held Friday at 11 a.m. at 10th Street Missionary Baptist Church.

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

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Charlotte Ann Glasener

Charlotte Ann Glasener, 36, of Desoto, Mo., formerly of Lynn, died Jan. 3, 2010, near Park Hills, Mo.

She was born March 12, 1973, in Batesville.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Jerry Wayne Brown; and an infant sister, Pamala Gail Brown.

Survivors include three sons, Cory Diebold, Colby Diebold and Damian Glasener, all of Dexter, Mo.; her parents, Darrell Brown and Lois Diebold, both of Dexter, Mo., and Bobby Brown of Lynn; two brothers, Anton "Tad" Diebold, Dexter, Mo., and Chris Diebold and wife Tammy, Jonesboro; and her grandmother, Charlotte Heller, Dexter, Mo.

Funeral was Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home of Dexter, Mo.

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James Ray Hager

James Ray "Jimmy" Hager, 66, of Heber Springs, died Jan. 1, 2010.

Born Oct. 18, 1943, in Walnut Ridge, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Petersen Sand and Gravel in McHenry, Ill., for many years. He was later affiliated with P.M. Pub and Lakeside Inn. He returned to Arkansas in 1991.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Parolee Bruner Hager; and a brother, Louie Hager.

Survivors include five daughters, Autumn Carew and husband Mark, Watertown, Wis., Holly Hager and husband Scott, Wonder Lake, Ill., Heidi Hager and husband William and Vallie Arber and husband Patrick, all of McHenry, Ill., and Heather Hager, Genoa City, Wis.; a son, Monte Shawn Hager and wife Debbie, McHenry, Ill.; a sister, Martha Sue Gibson; four brothers, Terry Hager and wife Joann, Cabot, Freddie Mac Hager and wife Wanda, Tom Hager and wife Lessie, and Donnie Joe Hager and wife Trenna; nine grandchildren, Vincent Hager, Ryan Hager, Justin Hager, Michael Siudak, Tayler Carew, Sky Christiansen, Alexandra Arber, Kyler Konietzko and Kristy Konietzko; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held Friday from 2-6 p.m. at Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Tumbling Shoals.

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Carl Richard Manning

Carl Richard Manning, 81, of Dumas, died Jan. 8, 2010, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.

Born in the Promised Land township, he was the son of Andrew Jackson Manning and Rose Cleo Truxler. He graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1946 and was a Korean War Army veteran. He had lived in Chicago, Walnut Ridge, Des Arc, Osceola and Jonesboro before settling in Dumas. He had worked in the farm implement business, with Scott Tractor as his last employer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie "Bea" Mae Burrows Manning; a son, David Everett Smith; and nine siblings.

Survivors include four daughters, Judy Smith Holm, Lynn, Vickie Manning Carmichael, Clearwater, Fla., Ann Smith Johnson, Watson, Reba Smith Kirtly and Samantha Smith, both of Dumas; a son, Terrell Smith, Star City; a sister, Flossie Manning Bailey, Arcadia, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in Manning Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Hal Moody

Halbert Jones Moody, 89, of Little Rock, died Jan. 6, 2010.

Born May 17, 1920, in the Lauratown community, he was the son of Benjamin Harrison and Mary Agla Jones Moody. He was valedictorian of the Hoxie High School Class of 1937 and received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He also attended the Harvard School of Business.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War, attaining the rank of commander.

In 1947, he became state representative for Lawrence County, beginning an involvement with Arkansas politics that would continue over 45 years. After two terms as state representative, he became chief clerk of the House and then served as secretary of the Senate until his retirement in 1995.

He was the owner of Moody Equipment and Supply Company and was a member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of over 59 years, Patricia Jeanne Camp Moody; four sons, Keith Jay Moody and wife Pam, Wimberly, Texas, Scott Alan Moody and wife Mary Jo and Ben Robert Moody and wife Melissa, all of Little Rock, and Mark Anthony Moody, Honolulu; a sister-in-law, Bobbie Carolyn Camp; nine grandchildren, Brooke Moody, Ben Moody Jr., Jason Moody, Summer Moody, Justin Moody, Mary Ann Moody, Daniel Moody, Brian Moody and Christian Moody; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 1 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Roller-Chenal Funeral Home of Little Rock.

Memorials may be made to Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn, Little Rock, AR 72205 or to the donor's favorite charity.

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Stanley Wayne Porter

Stanley Wayne Porter, 53, of Springdale, died Jan. 12, 2010, at his home.

Born May 11, 1956, in Rockford, Ill., he lived most of his life in the Walnut Ridge area and was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. He moved to Springdale in 1990, where he worked as a telecommunications specialist with the Arkansas State Police. He was a former Volvo Team Tennis Circuit member.

He was preceded in death by his father, Perry O. Porter.

Survivors include his mother, Donna Porter, Siloam Springs; two brothers, Brad Porter, Paragould, and Phillip Porter and wife Leslie, Siloam Springs; and his grandmother, Lois Porter, Batesville.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at Wasson Memorial Chapel in Siloam Springs, with Chaplain Norman Hamby officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery near Poughkeepsie.

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Ethel Hanshaw Russell

Ethel Angeline Hanshaw Russell, 107, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 5, 2010, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Feb. 20, 1902, at Biggers, she was the daughter of Sherman D. and Dollie V. Shoemaker Flood. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Warren B. Hanshaw, on Sept. 27, 1956, whom she married July 6, 1921; her second husband, Jasper Russell, whom she married Sept. 25, 1962; a daughter, Lorine Dunn; two sons, Dub Hanshaw and Dale Hanshaw; two sisters, Lillie Mashburn and Tola Champlin; a brother, Everett Flood; and three grandchildren, Patsy Nunally, Darrell Brown and Bobby Joe Brown.

Survivors include a son, Bob Hanshaw and wife Shirley, Powhatan; a daughter-in-law, Jessie Loop, Nevada; a granddaughter, Gloria Smith, Black Rock; seven grandsons, Bud Collins and wife Linda, Sedalia, Mo., Virgil Brown and wife Carolyn, Black Rock, Albert Brown, Newport, Gary Hanshaw, Bullhead City, Ariz., Dan Hanshaw, Oregon, Mike Hanshaw and Davey Hanshaw, both of Waldron; 26 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Ed Gregory officiating. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery, near Denton, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Charles Boggs, Joe Willfond, Blake Willfond, B.J. Young, Buford Eagan and Mike Pickney. Honorary pallbearers were Bud Collins and Narvel Phillips.

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Joe Morris Shawver

Joe Morris Shawver, 81, of Port Royal, S.C., formerly of Lynn, died Jan. 8, 2010, at Buford Memorial Hospital in Port Royal.

He had lived in South Carolina for the past five years after moving from Lynn. He had previously lived in Illinois and had worked for many years as a machine engineer.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Mildred Richey Shawver; a son, Greg Shawver; his parents, John Arthur and Lois Borah Shawver; five brothers and a sister.

Survivors include three sons, Larry Shawver, Port Royal, S.C., Bob Shawver, Rockford, Ill., and Steve Shawver, Augusta, Ga.; and four sisters, Helen Foley, Memphis, Mary Bradley, Jonesboro, Patricia Wartgow and Illa Mae Morgan, both of Rockford, Ill.

Graveside service will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

No visitation is planned.

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Pauline J. Starnes

Pauline J. Starnes, 91, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 5, 2010.

Born July 19, 1918, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of John and Gertrude Coombs Hall. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Elmo Starr and Oliver Starnes; a sister, Louise Smith; and a granddaughter-in-law, Jane Holland.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie Holland, Pocahontas; a brother, Gordon Hall, Anderson, Ind.; two grandchildren, Billy Holland and Rebecca Rouyer; and three great-grandchildren.

Private memorial services will be announced at a later date. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.

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Hazel Pearl Tate

Hazel Pearl Tate, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 5, 2010, at her home.

Born Feb. 16, 1923, at Union Hill, she was the daughter of Grant and Susie Jane Gray. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bonnie Tate; and two sisters, Ruth Chapman and Bessie Winchell.

Survivors include a daughter, Janna Neal and husband Bobby, Sedgwick; three brothers, Harley Clark, Kokomo, Ind., Jessie Clark, Phoenix, and Walter Clark, Carbondale, Ill.; four sisters, Audie Knoles, Surprise, Ariz., Maudie Henkins, Hampstead, N.C., Geneva Biro, Phoenix, and Mary Williams, Castle Rock, Colo.; two grandchildren, Karen Hobba and Jamie Neal; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Dennis Truxler officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jeff Worlow, Gaylon Tate, Floyd Deen Jr., Donnie Tate, Wayne Tate and Larry Patton.

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

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Joseph Tucsnak

Joseph Tucsnak, 82, of Williford, died Jan. 10, 2010, at Fulton County Hospital.

He was a member of the Ravenden Masonic Lodge and the Plumbers and Pipe-fitters Union. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Terry; his parents, Joseph and Rosa; and a sister, Catherine.

Survivors include a son, Joey Tucsnak, Tennessee; six daughters, Judy Holder and husband Gary, Margaret Veteto and husband Junior, and Kathy Witcher and husband Alex, all of Jonesboro, Susan Gann, Batesville, Phyllis Gilbert and husband Marvin, Smithville, and Maureen Roger, New Jersey; a brother, Alvin, New Jersey; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial visitation will be held Thursday at the Smithville Baptist Church.

Condolences may be emailed to jholder903@yahoo.com.

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