February 03, 2010 Edition

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Births

Katie Ann Finley Jalyn Michelle Gonzalez Taylor Ann Parker
Benjamin Robert Smith Cambry Raine Woodson

Weddings/Engagements

Masters ~ Raney

Obituaries

Billy Ray Baty Louise Blackshear Vivian Davis
Helen Duckworth Ruth Dulaney Clinton House
Jean Marlin J.H. Mize Charles E. "Chuck" Mueller
Chester Snow Helen G. Triplitt

Births

Katie Ann Finley

Stanley and Mary Finley of Black Rock have announced the birth of a daughter, born Jan. 22, 2010, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Katie Anny Finley. She has two older sisters, Serena, 10, and Madison, six.

Grandparents include Lolita Wright of Corning, the late Luther and Ann Finley and the late Charles Wright.

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Jalyn Michelle Gonzalez

James Michael Gonzalez and Lyndsey Nicole Coats of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter, born Jan. 26, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Jalyn Michelle Gonzalez. She has one older brother, Will Gonzalez, five.

Grandparents are Tracy Coats of Walnut Ridge, Ronnie Coats of Hoxie, Randy and Naomi Gibson of Jonesboro and Mike and Sandy Gonzalez of Carlsbad, N.M.

Great-grandparents include Lucille Morris and Butch Watkins, both of Walnut Ridge, John and Lala Mendez of Carlsbad, N.M. and Birdie and Marion Johnson of Jonesboro. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Marie Ward and Alta Coats, both of Walnut Ridge, and Pete Gonzalez of Carlsbad, N.M.

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Taylor Ann Parker

Nick Haff and Marcia Parker have announced the birth of a daughter, born Jan. 22, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Taylor Ann Parker. She has one brother, Hunter James Parker, four.

Grandparents are Gary and Linda Smith of Walnut Ridge, Marvin and Sharon Cook of Paragould and Jerry Haff of Jonesboro.

Great-grandparents are Charles and Glendean Gramling of Jonesboro.

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Benjamin Robert Smith

Tyler and Amanda Smith of Springdale have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born on Jan. 25, 2010, at Willow Creek Women's Hospital in Johnson.

The baby weighed seven pounds, three ounces, and has been named Benjamin Robert Smith.

Grandparents are Perry and Rebecca Webb of Springdale, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and Doug and Dianna Smith of Springdale.

Great-grandparents include Bob and Mary Ann Jackson of Walnut Ridge, Eugene and Mary Webb of Springdale and Doris Boyles of Mt. Ida.

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Cambry Raine Woodson

Michael and Sara Woodson of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born on Jan. 21, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Cambry Raine Woodson.

Grandparents are Lorraine Mansker of Paragould, Debbie Woodson of Pocahontas and Michael Woodson of Black Rock.

Great-grandparents include Janice Brand and Barbara Brand, both of Walnut Ridge, Barbara Woodson of Black Rock and Stella Riggs of Hoxie.

She is the great-great-granddaughter of Idell Parker of Hoxie.

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Weddings/Engagements

Masters ~ Raney

Crystal Nicole Raney and Jonathon Michael Masters were united in marriage on Sept. 5, 2009, at the Historic Courthouse in Pocahontas.

Shane Jones officiated the ceremony. Henry Taffar provided instrumental music.

The bride is the daughter of Henry and Retha Taffar of Ravenden.

The groom is the son of Mike and Diane Masters of Senath, Mo.

Lacy Slusser of Portia, cousin of the bride, served as the matron of honor. Flower girls were Tahya Taffar of Ravenden, sister of the bride, and Cheyanne Perry of Pocahontas.

Allen Small of Marion, served as best man. Ethan Raney of Searcy, nephew of the bride, served as ringbearer.

A reception was held following the ceremony.

The couple is making their home in Pocahontas.

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Obituaries

Billy Ray Baty

Billy Ray "Red" Baty, 65, of Alicia, died Jan. 29, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 19, 1945, in Johnstown, he was a retired farmer and of the Church of Christ belief.

He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Baty; and his parents, Pete and Ollie Halfacre Baty.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Baty; three sons, Mike Ford, Walnut Ridge, Anthony Willard, Minturn, and Randal Baty, Paragould; four daughters, Paula Baker, Jonesboro, Dedria Franks, Tuckerman, Stacey Butins, Swifton, and Rhonda Pate, Thida; a sister, Mable Green, Springdale; three brothers, Fred Baty, Walnut Ridge, Glen Baty, Amagon, and Cleo Baty, Jonesboro; 26 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5 p.m. until time of the service.

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Louise Blackshear

Louise Elliott Blackshear, 73, of Hoxie, died Jan. 31, 2010, at her home.

She was a homemaker and had lived in Lawrence County since 1975.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Burley M. and Dovie Remmer Elliott; a sister and a brother.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan Johnson, Hoxie; a son, William Ray Huskey, Oklahoma City; a brother, Burley E. Elliott, Doniphan, Mo.; a sister, Verlene Crow Rodgers, St. Louis; two grandchildren, Jeremy Johnson and David Johnson; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Ray Faulkner officiating. Burial will be in Markham Cemetery near Egypt.

Visitation will be today from noon until time of the service.

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Vivian Davis

Vivian Austin Davis, 93, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 2, 2010.

She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Alvin W. Davis; her parents, John W. and Ina Moore Austin; a sister, Helen Austin Holmes; and two brothers, John "Buddy" Austin and Paul Austin.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Clark, Walnut Ridge, and Patricia Register and husband Otis, South Carolina; two sons, Billy Davis and wife Sarah, and Bobby Davis and wife Vicky, all of Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Doris Kirkland, Conway, and Mildred Austin, Hoxie; a sister-in-law, Jane Austin, Walnut Ridge; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Charles Hendrix officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Blaine Davis, Garett Davis, Jeffery Hart, Wilson Davis, Austin Davis and Chris Madden.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Helen Duckworth

Helen Marie Duckworth, 75, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 31, 2010, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Jan. 10, 1935, in Flint, Mich., she was the daughter of Carl Kenneth Clayton and Mary Lena Kelley Fish. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Duckworth, on Sept. 3, 2001, whom she married on July 31, 1953; and two brothers, Harry Fish and Richard Fish.

Survivors include three sons, Stan Duckworth and Roger Duckworth, both of Walnut Ridge, and Ralph Duckworth, Jakarta, Indonesia; two daughters, Paula Decker, Hoxie, and Marie Gates, Pocahontas; a sister, Connie West, Otisville, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Duckworth, Mike Tribble, James Gates, Ryan Duckworth, Julie Gates, Jim Williams and Blaine Liscomb. Honorary pallbearers will be Jonathan Duckworth, Kelly Williams, Brenda Duckworth and Brianna Liscomb.

Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m.

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Ruth Dulaney

Ruth Dulaney, 93, of Paragould, died Jan. 31, 2010, at Greene Acres Nursing Home.

Born May 24, 1916, at Light, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include four daughters, Kay Creel and husband Marcus, and Shirley Maple and husband Glen, all of Light, Goldie Wise and husband Gary, Paragould, and Wanda Allmandinger and husband Fred, Corning; a son, Larry Dulaney and wife Kay, Powhatan; a sister, Dora Decker, St. Louis; a brother, Alvin Miller, Light; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould with Rev. Raymond Atwood officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Light Baptist Church.

A guestbook is available at www.heathfuneralhome.com.

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Clinton House

Clinton House, 50, of Hoxie died Feb. 1, 2010.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by family and Bryan Funeral Home.

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Jean Marlin

Jean Marlin, 59, of Swifton, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 30, 2010.

Born Jan. 14, 1951, in Lawrence County, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Beatrice Marie Abbott Lassiter.

Survivors include her fiancˇ, Albert Krantz, Swifton; three sons, Anthony Marlin, Cave City, Billy Marlin, Little Rock, and Tracy Todler, Hardy; two sisters, Joan Honeycutt and Janie Gilbert, both of Williford; two brothers, Charlie Lassiter, Jonesboro, and Sam Lassiter, Michigan; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. David Decker officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joe Finney, Kenny Green, Scott Green, Mike Smith, Johnny Girard and David Franklin Jr. Honorary pallbearer will be Anthony Marlin.

Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m.

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J.H. Mize

J.H. Mize, 87, of Phoenix, formerly of Lynn, died Dec. 21, 2009.

Born March 8, 1922, in Lynn, he was the son of Detroit and Ella Mize. He served four years in the U.S. Army and worked at Reynolds Metals Company in Phoenix for 33 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mize, in 1990; and three siblings, Annie Alls, Don Norman and Elsie Stephens.

Survivors include a daughter, Debra Gandy and husband Keith, Germany; and three grandchildren, Denton, Lisa and Robert.

Funeral was Monday, Jan. 4, at Greenwood Memorial Lawn in Phoenix.

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Charles E. "Chuck" Mueller Charles E. "Chuck" Mueller, 79, of Vero Beach, Fla., died Jan. 24, 2010, in a Vero Beach hospital. Survivors include his wife, Ramona Smith Mueller, formerly of Jesup. He served in the U.S. Army in counterintelligence, worked 15 years within the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., served as an editor of the "Antitrust Law and Economics Review" and authored more than 100 articles on economics. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Lowther Funeral Home of Vero Beach has charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.lowtherfuneralhome.com.

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Chester Snow

Chester L. Snow, 83, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 30, 2010, at Fiver Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born July 6, 1926, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Luther and Lessie Snow.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Snow, on Jan. 23, 2010; and two brothers, James Snow and Melvin Snow.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Snow Haynes, Pocahontas; two sons, Garry Snow, Pocahontas, and Michael Snow, Maynard; four siblings, Nona Haney, Pocahontas, Ray Snow, Portage, Ind., Bertha May "Butchie" Reynolds, Conway, and Ron Snow, Louisport, Ky.; and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial service for Chester and Mary Snow will be held Saturday at Snow Cemetery with family officiating. McNabb Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Helen G. Triplitt

Helen G. Triplitt, 92, of Blue Island, Ill., died Jan. 28, 2010, in Blue Island.

Born in Portia, she grew up in Walnut Ridge and spent most of her adult years in Jonesboro. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Jonesboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and four brothers.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 9 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Matt Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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