February 10, 2010 Edition

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Wendellyn Kelly Heyl Jake Ingram Ellie Faye Murray
Maddox Dionna Orrick


Thelma Boatenhammer Rufus G. Bradley Robert P. Bush
Bernice Clayton Charles C. Crider Roger Dale Herriott Sr.
Rolland Bellamy Holder Clinton S. House Billy Gene Lewis
Sharon M. Moore Christie Nicole Munn Charles Ray Nichols
Barbara Sue Oswald


Wendellyn Kelly Heyl

Kier and Rosemary Heyl of Paragould announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, on Jan. 30, 2010. The baby weighed eight pounds, five ounces and has been named Wendellyn Kelly Heyl.

Grandparents are Larry and Vivian Heyl of Brookland and Jerry Jr. and Sharon Runyan of Benton. Her father is a former employee of The Times Dispatch and her grandmother, Vivian Heyl, is a current employee.

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Jake Ingram Trinity Ingram

Jimmy Ingram and Amanda Puckett have announced the birth of twins, born Feb. 1, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

They have been named Jake and Trinity Ingram. Jake weighed six pounds, three ounces, and Trinity weighed five pounds, four ounces.

They have six older siblings, Derek Walker, Katelin Puckett, Terri Puckett, Billy Puckett, Jed Ingram and Jeremiah Ingram.

Grandparents are Debbie Tribble of Imboden and the late Larry Tribble and Billy and Linda Duncan of Black Rock.

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Ellie Faye Murray

Steve and Ashley Murray of Benton have announced the birth of a daughter, born Feb. 2, 2010, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock.

The baby weighed eight pounds, five ounces, and has been named Ellie Faye Murray. She has three older sisters, Sadie, Caitlin and Christin.

She is the granddaughter of Steve and Charlotte Spikes of Pocahontas, the late Ralph Murray, the late Rhea Murray and the late Butch Eskridge, who lived in Walnut Ridge.

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Maddox Dionna Orrick

Anson and Valerie Orrick of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Jan. 21, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, four ounces, and has been named Maddox Dionna Orrick. She has two older sisters, Mackenzie, eight, and Mia, two.

Grandparents are Larry and Betty Linebaugh of Walnut Ridge and Jeff and Janet Orrick of Imboden.

Great-grandparents are Ray and Shirley Lee of Portia and Mabel Linebaugh of Jonesboro.

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Thelma Pauline Boatenhammer

Thelma Pauline Boatenhammer, 84, of Lakeland, Fla., died Feb. 7, 2010.

A native of Saffell, she was the daughter of Alvin and Lucy Prince Perrin. She lived in Florida for several years before returning to Arkansas. She lived in Lynn and Jonesboro before moving back to Lakeland. She was an educator and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Bryan Boatenhammer; a son, Larry Boatenhammer; and four sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Troupe and husband Lee, Lakeland, Fla.; a son, Jim Boatenhammer and wife Donna, Lakeland, Fla.; a sister, Velda Goff, Smithville; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Kenny Townsley officiating. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Keith Goff, Ricky Goff, Charles Goff, Bill Jackson, Burl Bristow and Eddie Russell.

Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home in Lynn.

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Rufus G. Bradley

Rufus G. Bradley, 67, of Swifton, died Feb. 2, 2010, at Batesville.

Born Nov. 26, 1942, in Newport, he was a 1960 graduate of Swifton High School. He farmed for many years until 1992. He began preaching in 1991 and ministered to congregations in Grubbs and Amagon. He was a member of the Swifton Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Alice Winemiller Bradley; and a sister, Edith Bradley.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Huskey Bradley; a son, Nathan J. Bradley, Sherwood; three daughters, Sherri Gregson and husband Maj. Mike Gregson, Jacksonville, Rhonda Rodgers and husband Allen, New Castle, Texas, and Lora Blevins and husband Dewayne, Swifton; a brother, Dwight Bradley and wife Elwanda, Swifton; five sisters, Joann Puckett and husband Johnny, Potosi, Mo., Joan McElroy and husband Jerry, Jacksonport, Lana Joshlin and husband David, Brinkley, Cora Lee Durham and husband L.N., Omaha, Neb., and Sandra Mann and husband Eddie, Horn Lake, Miss.; and 12 grandchildren, Summer Bradley, Heather Gregson, Bradley Gregson, Nathan Gregson, Whitney Norman, Austin Rodgers, Dillon Rodgers, Justin Rodgers, Matthew Rodgers, Karlee Blevins, Farrah Blevins and Autumn Casee Blevins.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ with Jon Binkley and Mac Ballard officiating. Burial was in Dowell's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Steve Winemiller, Warren Rowlett, Jr., Charles Fears, Gary Fears, Tim Nicholson and Mike Gregson. Honorary pallbearers were David Calhoun, Allen Rodgers, Lavoy Thompson, David Decker, R.K. Anschultz, Carl Jackson, Wayne Lloyd and Ryan Lloyd.

A guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Robert P. Bush

Robert P. Bush, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 5, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 5, 1919, in Alicia, he was the son of Clarence and Ola Gray Bush. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp. He served as vice president and CEO of First National Bank of Lawrence County during a career at the bank of 47 years. He was also past chairman of both the Lawrence County Democratic Committee and the Lawrence County Red Cross. He was of the Methodist faith and attended First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Lena Bedwell.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Evelyn Smelser Bush, whom he married May 11, 1946, in Hoxie; a son, Bob Bush and wife Carol, Lake Worth, Fla.; two daughters, Abbie Wilson and husband Gary, North Little Rock, and Janis Bush, Salem, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Garrett Wilson and Katie Wilson.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Revs. Mark Harris and Gerald Bounds officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Darryl Osborn, Bob Burns, Billy Holder, Frank Wilcoxon, Weldon Holder and Garrett Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Milton Smith, Gary Little and staff of First National Bank of Lawrence County and members of the First Baptist Church Early Men's Bible Class.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Way, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591.

A guestbook is available at www.higginbothamfuneralservice.com.

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Bernice Clayton

Bernice Clayton, 89, of Strawberry, died Feb. 6, 2010, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

Born Oct. 30, 1920, she was the daughter of S.E. and Hattie Huskey Allen. She was a member of the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Lester Clayton, in 1986, whom she married Aug. 6, 1942, in Hoxie; four sisters, Zelpha Smith, Verble Presley, Mary Gardner and Edna Taylor; and three brothers, C.W. Stone, Bruce Allen and Bovay Allen.

Survivors include two sons, Denny Clayton and wife Dorothy, and Roger Clayton and wife Janice, all of Saffell; a daughter, Ann Turnbow and husband Sloan, Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Cris Clayton Mooneyham, Jennifer Clayton Krisp, Tim Turnbow, Dr. Valerie Sloan, Dr. Lauren Turnbow, Lance Turnbow; two stepgrandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a special nephew, Gerald Gardner, Friendswood, Texas.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Ethridge officiating. Burial will be in the Lincoln-Ward Cemetery at Saffell under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Allen, Robert Northcutt, Randy Richey, Ricky Huskey, Dereck Huskey and Tommy Tidwell.

A guestbook is available at www.higginbothamfuneralservice.com.

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Charles C. Crider

Charles C. Crider, 66, of Nokomis, Fla., died Jan. 28, 2010, at Venice Regional Medical Center.

Born April 7, 1943, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Eugene Crider and Vera Townsend. He worked in hospital material management.

Survivors include a sister, Beverly Pence, Naples, Fla.; and a friend, Gene Bokern, Nokomis, Fla.

Graveside service will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Rev. Michael Winberry officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Roger Dale Herriott Sr.

Roger Dale Herriott Sr., 51, of Hoxie, died Feb. 9, 2010, at Jonesboro.

He lived most of his life at Clover Bend and was a retired U.S. Army veteran. He graduated from ASU with a bachelor of science degree in business. He was employed at Trumann High School, where he taught junior ROTC, business law and programming. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sarah Hill Herriott.

Survivors include a daughter, Vanessa Herriott, Stuttgart, Germany; two sons, Roger Herriott Jr. and Johnathan Andrew Herriott, both of Clover Bend; his father, Clinton Herriott, Clover Bend; two sisters, Kathy Midgett and Sandra Herriott, both of Clover Bend; and two brothers, Teddy Herriott, Palestine, N.J., and J.M. Herriott, Newark.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Robert Foster officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Clover Bend Cemetery.

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

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Rolland Bellamy Holder

Rolland Bellamy Holder, 92, of Bono, died Feb. 3, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 6, 1917, in Granbury, Texas, he was the son of Robert and Susan Pickett Holder.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Christa Harris; a brother, Pickett Holder; and a great-grandchild, Michael Sharpe.

Survivors include five children, Gary Holder and wife Judy, Bono, Randy Holder, and Carol Sanders and husband James, all of Annieville, Nick Holder, Warner Robins, Ga., and Coye Welker and husband Eddie, Bartlett, Tenn.; a brother, Paul Holder, Nevada; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Clinton S. House

Clinton S. House, 50, of Hoxie, died Feb. 1, 2010, at his home.

Born Aug. 23, 1959, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Sylvester Clinton and Mary Olson House. He was a cabinetmaker and installer. He served as a Hoxie volunteer fireman for several years and was a member of the Free Will Pentecostal Church in Sedgwick.

Survivors include his wife, Linda House; two daughters, Amanda Organ, San Diego, and Vivian Kemper, Hoxie; his mother, Mary House, Walnut Ridge; and a grandson, Elijah Daniels, Hoxie.

A memorial service was held Sunday at 2 p.m. with David Moore officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers were Dale Brady, John Fleming, Raymond Brewer and Steve Butler.

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Billy Gene Lewis

Billy Gene Lewis, 78, of Pocahontas, died Feb. 3, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born June 30, 1931, in Smithville, he was the son of David and Ellen Lewis.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lewis; and two brothers, Brad Lewis and W.H. Lewis.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Mathis, Corning; a son, Ronald Lewis, Pocahontas; a sister, Lucille Matthews, Imboden; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Smithville Cemetery with Bob McMillon officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Sharon M. Moore

Sharon M. Moore, 69, of Hoxie, formerly of Harrison, died Jan. 31, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 23, 1940, in Siloam Springs, she was a homemaker and was of the Catholic belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence Rosell and Mona Clark; and a brother, Larry Romer.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth Romer, Washington, Monty Romer, Branson, Mo., and Larry Romer, Hayward, Calif.; four daughters, Donna McDearmond, Coleman, Ala., Cynthia Moore, Newark, Calif., Kristen Woolwine, Hoxie, and Lori Schooley, Harrison; a sister, Linda Hemmerick, El Paso, Tex.; a brother, Monty Jackson, Key West, Fla.; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be announced later by Bryan Funeral Home.

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Christie Nicole Munn

Christie Nicole Munn, 24, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 7, 2010, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Bono.

Christie graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 2003 at Hoxie High School, where she played basketball and softball. She graduated with honors from ASU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Wellness and was pursuing a second degree in early childhood development. While in high school, she was a recipient of the Ralph Joseph Leadership Award, a student council officer and was awarded the Arkansas Academic Achievement Scholarship.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Yvette Munn; her maternal grandfather, William "Pete" Ward; and Aunt Donna Watkins.

Survivors include her daughter, Alaira Hudson, of the home; her parents, Robin Munn of Walnut Ridge, and Alan Munn of Camby, Ind.; maternal grandmother, Marie Ward of Hoxie; paternal grandfather, Lee Munn of Doylestown, Pa.; aunts, Tommie Pierce (Ed) of Sedgwick, Jeanette Fain (Curt) of Walnut Ridge, Judy Holder (Dennis) of Hoxie, Gail Coleman of Jacksonville, Sharon Shell (Dennis) of Chalfont, Pa., Allison Cox (Phillip) of Centerville, Va.; uncles, Jack Ward (Tina) of Walnut Ridge, Terry Ward (Barbara) of Walnut Ridge, Jerry Ward (Becky) of Hoxie; many other family and friends that loved her.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Tommy Green and Tom Lamb officiating. Burial will follow in Old Military Cemetery near Sedgwick.

Visitation will be Friday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Derek Johnson, John Youngman, Caleb Wall, Rob Bratcher, Chris White and Corey Pierce. Honorary pallbearers will be all family and friends who loved her.

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Charles Ray Nichols

Charles Ray Nichols, 66, of Sedgwick, died Feb. 2, 2010, at his home.

Born March 13, 1943, at Sedgwick, he was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as an Army paratrooper. He was a carpenter and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper Garland and Marguerite Veal Nichols; and two brothers, Tommy Nichols and J.G. Nichols.

Survivors include two sons, Matthew Nichols, Walnut Ridge, and Mark Nichols, Ward; a brother, William Nichols, Jonesboro; a sister, Wanda Davis, Walnut Ridge; and a grandson, Taylor Nichols.

Funeral was Friday at Bryan Funeral Home with Tom Lamb officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick.

Pallbearers were Cary Nichols, Tim Nichols, Scott Nichols, Jeff Moskop, Frank Owens and Heath Shaw.

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Barbara Sue Oswald

Barbara Sue Oswald, 75, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 28, 2010, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born June 24, 1934, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of John and Grace Stroud. She was a certified nurse's aid and a member of the Apple Hill Church of Christ.

Survivors include two daughters, Shelia Wright and husband Dr. Andy Wright, Springfield, Mo., and Carolyn Craig and husband David, Jonesboro; a sister, Avo Monroe, Walnut Ridge; a half-sister, Wanda Swank, Alaska; a half-brother, Jerry Melton, Jonesboro; a stepsister, Ernestine Andrews, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick, with Bill Barber officiating. Langford-Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

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