Brandon Douglas


Wheeless ~ Wallin


Richard J. Bobrowski Daniel Ray Boyington Mary Brown
Maxine E. Conner David W. Doyle Justin Gibson
Leroy Hatfield Lessie Hayes Ralph McMullin
Stacie Pierce Ezra Dewell Pierce Robert Rice
Melvin Darrell Webster


Brandon Wallace Earl Douglas

Vada Douglas of Black Rock has announced the birth of a son, born on Jan. 8, 2009, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces, and has been named Brandon Wallace Earl Douglas. He has an older sister, Abby Adams, seven.

He is the grandson of Judy Swartzlander of Black Rock and the late George Douglas.

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Wheeless ~ Wallin

Katherine DenŽe Wallin became the bride of Rickey Shaun Wheeless on Nov. 21, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Mike Wallin and Rickey Wheeless and Claudia Wheeless, all of Walnut Ridge.

The bride is the granddaughter of the late Jim and Nellie Hawn and Fred and Beulah Wallin, and the groom is the grandson of the late Claude and Bertha Tribble and Dalton and Ollie Wheeless, all of whom lived in Walnut Ridge.

Rev. Steve Cook officiated the double-ring formal ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by The Delta String Quartet of Jonesboro.

The bride was presented in marriage by her parents.

Denee wore a Diamond White, strapless one piece, corset back, dropped waist gown with a chapel train, embellished with an embroidered floral design accented with bugle beads, seed beads, pearl beads and Swarovski crystals. She wore a matching Mantilla Veil.

The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of white roses, gerbera daisies, hydrangea, bouvardia and stephanotis wrapped in white sheer ribbon accented with black pearls enhanced with her grandmother's pearl broach and great-grandmother's cameo broach.

_Sandra Hawn of Little Rock, cousin of the bride, was maid of honor. Bridesmaid was Kimi Martin of Little Rock. The flower girl was Sadie Privett of Walnut Ridge, niece of the groom.

Frank Binkley of Imboden served as best man. Michael Smith of Walnut Ridge was groomsman. The ring bearer was Grady Privett of Walnut Ridge, nephew of the groom.

Candlelighters were Annie and Jackson Mehringer of Henderson, Texas, cousins of the bride. Ushers were Jeremy Cunningham and Chris Smith, both of Walnut Ridge.

A reception followed the ceremony at the Walnut Ridge Country Club.

Following a weeklong wedding trip to the Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Belize and Honduras, the couple are at home in Cherokee Village.

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Richard J. Bobrowski

Richard J. Bobrowski, 77, of Cromwell, Conn., died Jan. 24, 2010, at Middlesex Memorial Hospital.

Born May 19, 1932, in New Britain, Conn., he was the son of Anthony and Viola Meotti Bobrowski. He lived in Durham, N.C., before relocating to Arkansas, South Carolina and most recently to Cromwell. He was a United States Air Force Veteran of the Korean War. After many years of employment, he retired from the Walnut Ridge Airport as airport manager. He was of the Catholic faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Tressa Dobbs Bobrowski.

Survivors include four children, Michael Bobrowski and wife Judy, Austin, Texas, Terrence Bobrowski and wife Dianne, of Knoxville, Tenn., Chlo-Anne Gonsalves and husband Joseph, Newington, Conn., and Timothy Bobrowski, Middletown, Conn.; a brother, Roger Bobrowski and wife Yvonne, Myrtle Beach, S.C., a sister, Joanne Linski and husband Charles, South Bend, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Adam, Travis, Matthew, Spencer, Julia, Olivia, Sophia and Shannon; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is this morning at 9:30 at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home in Newington, Conn., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Newington. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Mary Cemetery in New Britain.

Memorials may be made to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090 or American Heart Association, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691.

An online guestbook is available at

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Daniel Ray Boyington

Daniel Ray Boyington of Black Rock died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at his home. Dan fought kidney cancer nine and a half years. Many of the clinical trials he endured are now the accepted course of treatment for patients. His tenacity will mean hope, and life, for many in the future. We are closer to a cureÉ

Born Oct. 25, 1959, in Bessemer, Ala., Dan's family moved to Texas and settled in Pasadena. He attended school in Deer Park and graduated in 1978. Dan did construction and security work several years. He was employed at First Interstate Bank Houston for six and a half years.

Dan married Cheryl Ross in 1988 and moved to Black Rock in 1992. He was employed at Best Diversified of Jonesboro in 1993 and worked his way to group leader. Illness forced him to "Go to the House" in 2006. He missed his work and friends at Best.

Dan was preceded in death by his Pop, Charlie Boyington.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, of the home; his mother, Bonnie Boyington, Alabama; a brother Tim and wife Kathy Boyington, Ravenden; a sister, Christie and husband Jon Miller Jr., Alabama; nephews, Charlie and Ben Boyington, Illinois; a niece, Jacqie Boyington, Ravenden; a mother-in-law, Dorothy Ross, and brother-in-law, Kelvin Ross, Texas; a sister-in-law, Elaine Ross, Georgia; and "other brother Darrell" and wife Vicki and daughter Olivia Leipert, Powhatan.

His extended family includes the Dale and Dorothy Brady family of Black Rock; the Jack and Paula Baker Family of Louisiana; "other brothers" Rip Wheeldon, Kyle Nacol, Kenny Sirles and Mike Jones of Texas; Wes Ballard, Mike Gifford and Jerry Lee Lewis of Arkansas; and his loving companion, River.

Dan had chosen cremation. His ashes will be dispersed by his family as he had directed. Memorial service was Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home in Hoxie.

Dan requested that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Black Rock Volunteer Fire Department.

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Mary Cecilia Bradley Brown

Mary Cecilia Bradley Brown, 82, of Cave City, died Jan. 21, 2010, at a Batesville hospital.

Born Nov. 27, 1927, at Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of Ewin and Alice Carey Bradley. She was retired from Firestone/Bridgestone in Noblesville, Ind., and was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Owen E. Brown; three brothers, Glen Bradley, Clell Bradley and Fonce Bradley; and a sister, Blanch Johnson.

Survivors include two daughters, Glenna Carter and husband Gene, Madison, Ala., and Rhonda Barber and husband Richard, Cave City; a brother, Paul "Shorty" Bradley, Kokomo, Ind.; two grandchildren, Melinda Mitchell and Rusty Carter; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City with Bros. Wayne Goodman and Nathan Rogers officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, east of Cave City, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Ben Brown, Larry Brown, Richard Bradley, Neil Smith, Keith Bates and Bill Bradley. Honorary pallbearer was Dr. Thomas Cummins.

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Maxine E. Conner

Maxine E. Hill Conner, 80, of Bowling Green, Ky., died Jan. 12, 2010, at The Medical Center.

Born March 3, 1929, in Powhatan, she was the daughter of Lon and Lizzie Belle Hill. She lived in Genoa, Ill., for many years, where she worked for Automatic Electric until retiring in Bowling Green. She was of the Church of Christ faith.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Eulas G. Conner; two daughters, Katherine "Kathy" Simmons and husband Dewey, Bowling Green, Ky., and Debra Graham and husband Timothy, Strongsville, Ohio; a son, Eulas Gilbert Conner Jr., and wife Cathy, Bowling Green, Ky.; a brother, Marvil Hill and wife Calvarine, Imboden; a sister, Nadine Verkler, Smithville; six grandchildren, Lisa Hunkin, Sandra Niazi, Laura Conner, Cynthia Walton, Hannah Conner and Mark Conner; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home in Bowling Green, Ky. Burial was in Bowling Green Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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David W. Doyle

David W. Doyle, 45, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 20, 2010, at his home.

Born in Fort Eustis, Va., he had lived in Jonesboro for 10 years, moving there from Treasure Island, Fla. A member of First United Methodist Church, he had attended Arkansas State University for one year. He was a graduate of the Jewelry College in Paris, Texas, as well as the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, Calif., and was a certified gemologist.

He was a jewelry creator and was the jewelry buyer for the Home Shopping Network for 10 years, before branching out into his own jewelry business. He was the co-founder of Agape Home Orphanage in Thailand.

He was preceded in death by his infant son, Ethan Doyle.

Survivors include a daughter, Rachel Lee Doyle, of the home; his parents, David L. and Kathryn Bilbrey Doyle, Jonesboro, both formerly of Clover Bend; a brother, Mike Doyle and his wife Koy, Bangkok, Thailand; and two sisters, Lisa L. Doyle and Angela K. Liggett and husband Don, all of Jonesboro.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Rev. John Miles officiating. Emerson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Agape Home Orphanage. Donations can be made online at

An online guestbook is available at

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Justin Gibson

Justin Gibson, 24, of Harrisburg, formerly of Hoxie, died Jan. 19, 2010, in Paragould.

Born March 10, 1985, he was employed at Darling in Paragould and was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Linda Cole; and his grandfather, Albert Gibson.

Survivors include a daughter, Baylee Gibson, Walnut Ridge; a son, Landen Gibson, Walnut Ridge; his mother, Cindy Cole, Harrisburg; his father, Mike Gibson, Harrisburg; three sisters, Tara Gibson and Sara Gibson, both of Harrisburg, and Brittany Dillinger, Paragould; three stepbrothers, David Miller, Jonesboro, and Brandon Stringer and Craig Stringer, both of Harrisburg; and his grandparents, J.B. Cole and Jim and Ethel Thomas, all of Harrisburg.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Gregg-Weston Funeral Home in Harrisburg. Burial was in Harrisburg Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Michael Dillinger, Josh Parker, Craig Stringer and David Miller.

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Leroy Hatfield

Leroy Hatfield, 87, of Swifton, died Jan. 22, 2010.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Kesler Hatfield; a brother, Albert Hatfield; and a sister, Lucille Mayhan.

Survivors include a son, Wayne Hatfield, Bastrop, La.; two daughters, Patricia Koller, Greenville, S.C., and Linda Sue Hatfield, Wisconsin; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Monday at 10 a.m. in Haines Cemetery with arrangements by Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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Lessie Hayes

Lessie "Peg" Hayes, 98, of Black Rock, died Jan. 20, 2010, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Jan. 27, 1911, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Robert and Amanda Laird Weir. She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. She was active in church work at the Rosebud Assembly of God Church, where her husband pastored for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Carl Hayes; two sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include a son, Charles "Gabby" Hayes and wife Regina, Black Rock.

Graveside service was Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Gaylon Russell officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Ralph McMullin

Ralph McMullin, 83, of Imboden, died Jan. 20, 2010, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Sept. 15, 1926, in Water Valley, he was the son of Hubert and Lucy McMullin.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Allie Mae McMullin.

Survivors include a son, Gary McMullin, Pocahontas; a brother, Huelen McMullin; two grandsons, Boomer McMullin and Kevin Berry; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery.

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Stacie Pierce

Stacie Pierce, 39, of Hoxie, died Jan. 24, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 11, 1970, in Wayne County, Mich., she was the daughter of Arnold and Mary Christine (Chris) Kieronski Pierce. She was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and earned a degree at Arkansas State University. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Willard and Edna Pierce and Norma Kaniski.

Survivors include her parents, Arnold and Mary Christine "Chris" Pierce; a brother, Arnold "Arnie" Pierce and wife Tonya, Chattanooga, Tenn.; her grandfather, Stephen Kaniski, Michigan; aunts and uncles, Irene and William Barr, Arizona, Mary Tack, Indiana, Ernest and Carol Pierce, Florida, Gloria and Peter Dacre, England, Betty Rose, Robert and Jackie Pierce, Sue and Steve Zink, Steven Kaniski, Deena and Mike Royal, Joe and Josie Kaniski, all of Michigan; a niece, Alexis Pierce; and a nephew, Noah Pierce.

Memorial service will be tonight at 7 at the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bro. Mark Harris and Bro. Michael E. Bradley officiating.

Visitation will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge under the direction of the Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Chris Stall, Lee Farnsworth, Donnie Butts, Merle Mitchell, Phillip Tolson, Wendell Tolson, Bob Burns and Tom Barnes. Honorary pallbearers will be Joel Hayes, Tracy Bennett and Walnut Ridge Class of 1989.

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Ezra Dewell Pierce

Ezra Dewell Pierce, 85, of Smithville, died Jan. 20, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He had lived at Sedgwick before moving to Smithville 25 years ago. He was a logger and owned a trucking company. He was retired from Hytrol and was a member of Bells Chapel Pentecostal Church.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and a grandson.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Gosser Pierce; a daughter, Ruby Jean Haynes, Smithville; a son, Ezra Maxie Pierce, Sedgwick; four sisters, Bulah Trammel, Washington, Hazel Cunningham, Oklahoma, Eleanor Littrell, Mountain View, and Shirley Trammel, Big Flat; a brother, Eugene Pierce, Kansas City, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don Winfrey and Eugene Pierce officiating. Burial was in Townsend Cemetery near Smithville.

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Robert Rice

Robert Rice, 54, of Mississippi, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 24, 2010.

Born Sept. 12, 1955, at Walnut Ridge, he was the son of George Leonard and Lena P. Mullen Rice.

Survivors include two brothers, Bill Rice, Jonesboro, and Danny Rice, Walnut Ridge; and a half-sister, Carolyn Smith, Jackson, Miss.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home of Hoxie.

Pallbearers were Bill Rice, Danny Rice, Billy Rice, Brian Rice, W.D. Ward and Charles Vanoven.

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Melvin Darrell Webster

Melvin Darrell Webster, 77, of Black Rock, died Jan. 19, 2010, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born Feb. 1, 1932, in Woodland, Ill., he was the son of Marion and Lucy Collins Webster. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and had lived in Black Rock since moving from Illinois in 1976. He was a heavy equipment operator.

He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Webster; two sisters and a brother.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Webster; six daughters, Cathy Couch, Marseilles, Ill., Laurie Moore and husband Hulen, and Mary Beasley, all of Powhatan, Denise Priddy and husband Jerry and C.J. Green and husband Timmy, all of Pocahontas, and Penny Riley and companion Alan Richey, Black Rock; a son, Marion Webster, Black Rock; three sisters, Carol Adams, Lorene Whitman and Doris Kissach, all of Illinois; 24 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Wayne Bryant and Steve Alexander officiating. Burial with military honors was in Powhatan Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Steve Ward, Jason Mondy, Kyle Wade, Dustin Gibson, Billy Beasley and Derek Beasley. Granddaughters and grandsons served as honorary pallbearers. Back to Top

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