February 24, 2010 Edition

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Weddings/Engagements

Curtis ~ Wilson Diggs ~ Murphy Woodard ~ Hoggard

Obituaries

Benny Brown Pete Bruce Melva Jean Burnett
Faye Garland Keith Kevin George Dr. Clarence Jackson
Tony Passalaqua Peggy Brewer Reynolds Jerry Wayne Tribble

Weddings/Engagements

Curtis ~ Wilson

Bethany Curtis of Rogers and Matthew Wilson of Strawberry will wed at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, at First Baptist Church in Russellville.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Marvin and Melynn Curtis of Rogers, and the groom-elect is the son of Donnie and Stacey Wilson of Strawberry.

Bethany is the granddaughter of Thomas and Louise Curtis of Bentonville and the late Myrle and Geneva Banz, who lived in Rogers.

She is a 2009 graduate of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville with a bachelor of science degree in middle level education. She is also a 2005 graduate of Rogers High School. She is employed by the Pottsville School District as the seventh-grade science teacher.

Matthew is the grandson of Charles and Sue Wilson of Smithville, Melba Richey of Lynn and the late Frank Richey, who lived in Glenwood.

He is a 2009 graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a bachelor of science degree in business education and a 2004 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School in Imboden. He is pursuing a master of divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is employed by First Baptist Church in Russellville.

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Diggs ~ Murphy

Franklin and Pam Diggs of Paragould have announced engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Shae Nicole Diggs, to Jeffrey Allen Murphy, son of Gary and Pat Murphy of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Frank and Aletta Wicker of Paragould and the late Glenn and Wava Diggs.

She is a 2005 Paragould High School graduate and received her EMT certification from Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville. She is employed as an EMT at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

The groom is the grandson of Hazel Walker of Bay and the late V.T. Walker and the late Preston and Geraldean Murphy.

He is a 2004 Walnut Ridge High School graduate and earned his EMT certification at the Black River Technical College Fire Training Center in Walnut Ridge. He is employed as an EMT at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

The couple will exchange vows at the Griffen Memorial United Methodist Church in Paragould on March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in a double-ring ceremony with Rev. Michael Sutton officiating.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Woodard ~ Hoggard

Russell and Debbie Woodard of Hermitage have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Corrine Woodard, to Andrew Wilson Hoggard, son of James and Althea Hoggard of Cave City.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Madge Reynolds of Hermitage and the late Jerrell Reynolds and the late William and Velvia Woodard.

She is a 2003 graduate of Hermitage High School and a 2009 graduate of South Arkansas University with a degree in radiology. She is employed by South Arkansas Medical Associates in El Dorado.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Ashlock, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and Mr. and Mrs. Bart Hoggad, all of Cave City.

He is a 2002 graduate of Cave City High School and received a civil engineering degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 2006. He is currently employed by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department in El Dorado.

The couple will exchange vows at Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado on March 6 at 2 p.m.

All family and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Benny Brown

Benny Brown, 62, of Swifton, died Feb. 11, 2010.

Born July 11, 1947, in Beedeville, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lisa Ann Brown; and his parents, Kennith and Lydia Brown.

Survivors include a son, Clayton Stokes, Jonesboro; a brother, James Brown, Marion; and two sisters, Connie Adams, Swifton, and Joanne Bailey, Jonesboro.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Eight Mile Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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

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Pete Bruce

Pete Bruce, 58, of Mountain View, brother of Kay Smith of Black Rock, died Feb. 20, 2010, at his home. Burial was Tuesday in Alderbrook Cemetery in Desha under the direction of Roller Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.

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Melva Jean Burnett

Melva Jean Burnett, 58, of Pocahontas, formerly of Lawrence County, died Feb. 14, 2010, at Five Rivers Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 19, 1951, in Rockford, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Dorothy Carley; a sister and two brothers.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby Burnett; four daughters, Cheryl Harner and Sandy Daly, both of Chicago, and Karen Liles and Sherry Burnett, both of Pocahontas; and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Randy Scott officiating. Burial was in Sutton Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Allen Kimble, Terry Liles, Dean Liles, Austin Shipman, Dale Dalton and Daniel Robinson.

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Faye Garland

Faye Garland, 85, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 20, 2010, at her home.

Born May 5, 1924, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Charley Jackson and Martha Ann Fletcher Head. A homemaker, she lived most of her life in Jonesboro and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Garland; two sons, Wayne Garland and Kenneth Garland; five sisters and six brothers.

Survivors include three sons, Lanny Garland and wife Wendy, Bellevue, Mich., Jeff Garland and wife Trudi, Denham Springs, La., and Robert Garland, Jonesboro; a daughter, Brenda Overman and husband Bill, Davison, Mich.; two daughters-in-law, Mary Garland, St. Amant, La., and Sandra Garland, Coloma, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Mike Martin officiating. Burial will be in Pine Log Cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is tonight from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association National Center, 7272 Greenville, Ave, Dallas, TX 75231; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or to St. Bernards Development Foundation Inc., 400 East Street, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Keith Kevin George

Keith Kevin George, 53, of Williford, died Feb. 21, 2010, at his home.

Survivors include his significant other, Joanna Sanders, of the home; a son, Keith C. George, Batesville; his father and mother, Bobby and Joan Christopher, Lynn; a brother, Bryan Christopher, Lynn; two sisters, Tammy Humes, Walnut Ridge, and Rhonda Harper, Lynn; and a grandchild, Brooklyn Nicole George.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Loweburg Park in Hardy. Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland has charge of arrangements.

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Dr. Clarence Jackson

Dr. Clarence William “C.W.” Jackson, 83, of Judsonia, died Feb. 20, 2010, at Searcy.

Born Nov. 3, 1926, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Clarence Thomas and Lorene Wheeless Jackson. He was a general practitioner for more than 50 years and was a part-time farmer and rancher.

He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Marianne Smith Jackson; two sisters, Martha Jane Jackson Crank and Claria Lorese Jackson Sloan; two brothers, Felden Jackson and David Glenn Jackson; and a grandson, Matthew Jackson Morris.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Glenn Jackson and wife Lisa, of the home, and Thomas William Jackson and wife Susan, College Station, Texas; a daughter, Beth Ann Jackson, Ph.D. and husband Robert L. Higgs, Fayetteville; a brother, Bobby Lee Jackson, Walnut Ridge; five grandchildren, Mary Margaret Jackson, Brittney Kathryn Jackson, Meredith Michelle Jackson, Amanda Elizabeth Jackson and Lezlee Elizabeth Scarbrough; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home in Searcy. Burial was in White County Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the White County Medical Cancer Center.

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

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Tony Passalaqua

Antonio “Tony” Passalaqua Jr., 66, of Searcy, died Feb. 16, 2010, at White River Medical Center.

Born June 21, 1943, at Huff, he was the son of Antonio Sr. and Mary Carmella Loicona Passalaqua.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Richardson and Eleanor Clark; and four brothers, Ross Passalaqua, Nick Passalaqua, Tom Passalaqua and Henry “Hank” Passalaqua.

Survivors include two brothers, Pete Passalaqua, Newport, and Joseph Passalaqua, River Ridge, La.

Graveside service was Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Randall Sargeant officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Peggy Brewer Reynolds

Peggy Brewer Reynolds, 60, of Jonesboro, who was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Hoxie, died Feb. 18, 2010, at her daughter's home. Burial was Sunday in Pine Log Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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Jerry Wayne Tribble

Jerry Wayne “Jude” Tribble, 55, of Imboden, died Feb. 16, 2010.

Born Dec. 27, 1954, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Arthur Gerald and Mary Pauline Sharp Tribble. He was retired from Frit Industries and was of the Pentecostal belief.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Tribble; four sons, Zac Phillips, Steven Phillips, Jarod Phillips and Cayden Tribble; a daughter-in-law, Jessica Phillips, all of Imboden; a sister, Patricia Blazer, Hoxie; and four brothers, Gerald Tribble, Imboden, Robert Tribble, Annieville, and Ricky Tribble and Jimmy Tribble, both of Hoxie.

Graveside service was Thursday at 3 p.m. at Old Pleasant Grove Cemetery, near Annieville, with Bro. Ed Gregory officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Zac Phillips, Steven Phillips, Jarod Phillips, Danny Joe Phillips Jr., Sam Burton and Reggie Freeman. Honorary pallbearers were Gerald Tribble, Robert Tribble, Jimmy Tribble, Ricky Tribble, Jim Blazer and James Breckline.

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