January 20, 2010 Edition

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Births

Madelyn Pate Sledge Hayden Drew Williams

Weddings/Engagements

Brady ~ Howard

Obituaries

Jill Ann Allison Barber George Allen Britton Doug Gleghorn
Woodrow Goff Wanda Ruth Hulett Keith Johnson
Dollie Justus Christeen McCormic Fred Wilson Morgan
James Henry Ozley Maxine Rose Lolly Shaver
Vastina Pratt Smith Victor Ivan Songer

Births

Madelyn Pate Sledge

Chad and Emily Sledge of Little Rock have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Jan. 13, 2010.

The baby weighed six pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Madelyn Pate Sledge. She has one sister, Lily Anna Blue Harris.

Grandparents are Jerry and Teresa Jones of Maumelle.

Great-grandparents are Herman and Anna Lou Shaw of Walnut Ridge.

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Hayden Drew Williams

Jeremy Williams and Jodi Moore of Corning have announced the birth of a son, born on Jan. 8, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Hayden Drew Williams.

Grandparents are Scott and Kathy Moore and T.J. and Lisa Williams, all of Corning.

Great-grandparents are Larry and Jennette Dorris of Corning, Tom and Bev Moore of Hoxie, Winnie Williams of Corning and Wilma Glasgow of McDougual.

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Weddings/Engagements

Brady ~ Howard

Sarah Ann Brady and Scotty Joe Howard have announced their upcoming marriage, on Feb. 13, 2010, at Harding University in Searcy.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Rodney Brady of Oil Trough and Barbara Clark of Searcy.

The prospective groom is the son of Joe and Ruth Howard of Swifton.

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Obituaries

Jill Ann Allison Barber

Jill Ann Allison Barber, 55, of Heber Springs, died Jan. 17, 2010.

Born March 31, 1954, in Pocahontas, she was a court reporter and a member of First Baptist Church in Heber Springs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Barber, on May 18, 2009, whom she married Oct. 25, 1975; her parents, Rev. James Alvin and Opal Lewis Allison; a brother, Paul Allison; and a sister, Mary Lee Dame.

Survivors include two daughters, Sarajane Barber, and Charlotte Robersen and husband Matt, all of Conway; two sisters, Jimmye Carol Watson, Cabot, and Wanda Jean Jones, Rogers; a brother, Clarence Alvin Allison, Little Rock; and two grandsons, Pierson Wikken and Maddox Robersen.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Warner Allen officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Wade Osterberg, Brad Osterberg, Gregg Watson, Matt Robersen, Billy Barber and Hugh McNeal.

Visitation is tonight from 6-9 p.m.

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George Allen Britton

George Allen Britton, 52, of Paragould, died Jan. 17, 2010, at his home.

Born Sept. 6, 1957, in Walnut Ridge, he was a member of the Arkansas Board of Opticians and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Britton and Lyndle Britton.

Survivors include his wife, Verna Kay Britton; a son, Jeremy Allen Britton, Marion; a daughter, LaReesa Burbidge, Mineral Ridge, Ohio; his parents, Truman "Tunnie" and Jessie Britton, Sedgwick; two brothers, Keith Britton, Walnut Ridge, and Greg Britton, Thayer, Mo.; a sister, Phyllis Brewer, Thayer, Mo.; and four grandchildren, Chandler Wyatt Burbidge, Walker Zane Burbidge, Braxen Allen Britton and Bryden Chase Britton.

Funeral is Thursday at noon at Phillips Funeral Home in Paragould with Caleb Adams officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia.

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

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Doug Gleghorn

Doug Gleghorn, 63, of Bono, died Jan. 15, 2010, at his home.

Born Sept. 9, 1946, at Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Gilbert Douglas and Jean Diggs Gleghorn. He was retired from working for banks and FDIC. He was a member of St. Paul Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Amy Gleghorn, Atlanta; his mother, Jean Little, Bono; and a sister, Pat Bailey, Conway.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Whittaker Cemetery with Rev. Beth Waldrupe officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Elbert Little, Loyal Bratton, Brooks Hall, Mike Hanson, Stephen Bratton and Mike Clark.

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Woodrow Goff

Woodrow Goff, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 15, 2010, at the Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 25, 1919, in Sharp County, he was the son of James Perkins and Zana Rosetta Wells Goff. He was a civilian worker at the Walnut Ridge Air Base as part of the crew parts and supply personnel. He was drafted into the Army Air Corps during World War II, working in parts and supply.

He later returned to Walnut Ridge, where he worked at Baymillers. He later became partners and then owner for 60 years of Baymillers Napa Auto Parts. He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Winters Goff, on May 31, 1981, whom he married June 10, 1940; his second wife, Shirley Huckabee Goff; and two sisters, Mae McKnight and Lola Ashby.

Survivors include a daughter, Reta Covey, Walnut Ridge; a grandson, Dr. Michael Covey and wife Dr. Nicole Covey, Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Kinman Covey and Mason Lee Covey; and a stepdaughter, Linda Robinett and husband Richard, Hot Springs.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bros. Glenn Smith and Mark Harris officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jerry Winters, Terry Winters, Ben Foley, Dan Foley, Allen Smith and Barry Ford. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Allison, Wendell Tolson, Russell Winebaugh, Jerry Gibbens, Bill Holder, Chris Winters, Marion Stringer, Gary Winters, Bruce Primm, Terry Henderson, Harold Johnson, Alex Latham, Tommy Holland, Junior Harp, Rickey Goff and Gary Goff.

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Wanda Ruth Hulett

Wanda Ruth Street Hulett, 89, of Jonesboro, formerly of Swifton, died Jan. 18, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 24, 1920, in Warm Springs, she was the daughter of David Luther and Lola Mae Dalton Marlett. She was a homemaker and a member of the Washington Avenue Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Cam Street; and her second husband, Lloyd Hulett.

Survivors include a son, David Cam Street, St. Louis; a daughter, Willene Downs, Jonesboro; a brother, Carl Marlett, Mesa, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Camille McNamara, Dennis Street, Sharon Gibson and Luke Marlett; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Kenneth Gossett officiating. Burial will be in Johnston Cemetery at Reyno.

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

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Keith Johnson

Bro. Keith Johnson, 75, of Conway, died Jan. 11, 2010, at Conway Regional Health System.

Born June 4, 1934, in Alton, Mo., he was the son of Homer Calvin and Vernie Frances Harriell Johnson. He had pastored churches in Arkansas and Missouri, including First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge from 1961 to 1967. He was the pastor of First Free Will Baptist Church in Conway until recently. He also managed the Christian Supply Store in Conway for 23 years.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Van Dyke.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Barbara Wisehart Johnson; a daughter, Jan Morrison and husband Rev. Michael Morrison, Rosebud; a son, Rev. Bryan Johnson and wife Amy, New York City; a sister, Louise Orr and husband, Rev. Ralph Orr, Alton, Mo.; and five granddaughters, Jessica Morrison, Marley Morrison, Hannah Johnson, Morgan Johnson and Grace Johnson.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway with Revs. Bryan Johnson, Michael Morrison and Terry Forrest officiating. Burial was in Crestlawn Memorial Park.

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

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Dollie Justus

Dollie Justus, 94, of Imboden, died Jan. 8, 2010.

Born Jan. 29, 1916, she was the daughter of James and Carrie Massey. She was a lifelong resident of the Imboden area and was a member of Imboden First Baptist Church, where she taught children's Sunday school for 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivie Justus, whom she married in August 1937; a brother and three sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Helen Cox and husband Larry, Hot Springs Village; two sons, Tom Justus and wife Debbie, Spokane, Wash., and Joe Justus and wife Kay, Carrollton, Texas; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 1 p.m. at Imboden First Baptist Church with Bro. Joe Loghry officiating. Burial was in Park Cemetery, near Imboden, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Christeen McCormic

Christeen McCormic, 91, of Strawberry, died Jan. 11, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 12, 1918, at Strawberry, she was the daughter of John and Leona Wilson Eagan. She was a housewife and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Boyd Whitmire and Neil McCormic; two sons, Joe Whitmire and Buddy Whitmire; two daughters, Nina Warnick and Ruby Freer; two sisters; five brothers; a grandchild; and a great-great-grandchild.

Survivors include five children, Dizzy Whitmire and wife Pat, Lavan Nicholas and husband Don, and Wilma Veteto, all of Walnut Ridge, Bob Whitmire and wife Barbara, and Chuck Whitmire and wife Geneta, all of Hoxie; two daughters-in-law, Laveta Whitmire, Springfield, Mo., and Sue Whitmire, Walnut Ridge; a son-in-law, Danny Freer, Walnut Ridge; a sister-in-law, Margaret Eagan, Kansas City, Mo.; 23 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery, near Strawberry, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

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Fred Wilson Morgan

Fred Wilson Morgan, 96, of Lynn, died Jan. 19, 2010, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Oct. 23, 1913, in Lynn, he was the son of Joe Lindsey and Bertie Blackwell Morgan. He was a timber worker and a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Price Morgan, on July 15, 2007; and three brothers.

Survivors include two sisters, June Huskey and May Wright, both of California; 14 nieces and nephews; and several great and great-great- nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Lynn Church of Christ with John Paul Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery near Lynn under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers will be Shannon Rainwater, Gerald Rickey, Shawn Morgan, Danny Morgan, Freddie Morgan, Mart Morgan and Frog Mitchell.

Visitation is tonight from 5-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home in Lynn.

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James Henry Ozley

James Henry Ozley, 74, of Rushville, Ill., formerly of Rockford, Ill., and Cherokee Village, died Jan. 18, 2010, at Snyder's Vaughn Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.

Born July 4, 1935, in Alabaster, Ala., he had worked for Central Steel & Wire in Chicago until retiring in 1994. He was married to Helen Elzine Richey Ozley, formerly of Lawrence County, who preceded him in death on Dec. 10, 2009.

Funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Jerry Wayne Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to Old Lebanon Cemetery.

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Maxine Rose

Linda Maxine Rose, 68, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 14, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She lived in Craighead County most of her life and was a member of the Bono Church of Christ. She worked at Arkansas State University for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Rose; her parents, Walter and Roxie Foust Douglas; two sisters, Grace Dorton and Juanita Dobbs; and two brothers, W.L. Douglas and Lelen Douglas.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Vinson, Mountain Home; a son, Cliff Rose and wife Lorrie, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Veta Mae Meurer, Bono, and Glenda Phelps, Salem; three brothers, W.G. Douglas, Sedgwick, John Douglas, Piggott, and Robert Douglas, Bono; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Trinity Cemetery, near Bono, with Gary Cremeens officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Lolly Shaver

Laura Adele "Lolly" Ledbetter Shaver, 64, of Wynne, died Jan. 15, 2010, at her home.

Born July 5, 1945, her early years were spent in Strawberry. Her family moved to Walnut Ridge, where she grew up. Following high school graduation, she attended and graduated from Hendrix College. She later earned an MLS from Peabody/Vanderbilt.

Her professional career was spent as a public librarian in Cross and Woodruff counties. She was an Elder in the Wynne Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by an infant son; her parents, Charles Robert and Margaret Sloan Ledbetter; and a sister, Lea.

Survivors include her husband Wesley M. Shaver; a son, John Gracchus "Grac" Shaver Sr.; two sisters, Beth Jackson and husband John, and Lynn Winningham and husband Barry, all of North Little Rock; and two grandchildren, J. Gracchus Shaver Jr. and Caroline Grace Shaver.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Cogbill Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at Wynne Presbyterian Church at 2:30. Kernodle Funeral Home of Wynne had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Wynne Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 585 or Friends of the Cross County Library, 410 E. Merriman Ave., both in Wynne, AR 72396.

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Vastina Pratt Smith

Vastina Pratt Smith, 85, of Sedgwick, died Jan. 14, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Lawrence County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Smith; her parents, Herbert and Elsie Dixon Pratt; and three brothers, Dewell Pratt, H.V. Pratt an J.L. Pratt.

Survivors include a son, Lonnie Smith and wife Katie, Hoxie; a daughter, Connie Carr, Hoxie; two sisters, Pauline Alls, Missouri, and Pat Permenter, Quitman; five grandchildren, Jennifer Carr, Owen Smith, Amy Pollard, Valerie Bratcher and Amanda Prestidge; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bobby Wade officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Mike Permenter, Robert Pratt, Jerry Ray Smith, David Smith, Raymond Smith and Greg Smith.

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Victor Ivan Songer

Victor Ivan Songer, 87, of Jonesboro, brother of Laveda Scott of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 10, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial with military honors was Thursday in Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.

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