March 17, 2010 Edition

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Lillie Grace Hoffman Jackson Scott Sexton Jadelynn Rhynea Strickland
Jackson Heston Williams


Martin ~ Meeks


Robert L. Bramlett Pete Bruce Steven Glenn Davis
Kelly Lea Edwards J. Dot Foley George Green
Vernon Lee Howard Leroy Hunt Leveda Keech
Wayne Ray McElrath Betty J. Richey Helen Charlene Rider
Kenneth Ring


Lillie Grace Hoffman

Eric and Sarah Hoffman of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born March 4, 2010, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed nine pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Lillie Grace Hoffman. She has two older siblings, Tristan, 10, and Sebastian, 4.

Grandparents are Charles and Sherry Boggs of Annieville, Tony and Margaret Eurton of New Albany, Ind., and the late Jerry Hoffman.

Great-grandparents are Hubert and Ruth Boggs of Annieville, Ruth Boggs of Powhatan, Stella Morris of Hoxie and Larry Morris of Sedgwick.

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Jackson Scott Sexton

Scott and Kim Sexton of Black Rock have announced the birth of a son, born March 4, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Jackson Scott Sexton. He has two older brothers, Walker, five, and Colton, two.

Grandparents are Carson and Annella Simpson of Jonesboro and Larry and Jackie Sexton of Black Rock. Great-grandparents are Borden and Dixie Doyle of Sedgwick.

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Jadelynn Rhynea Strickland

Jonathan Strickland and Sarah Lucas of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born March 8, 2010, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Jadelynn Rhynea Strickland.

Grandparents are Randall and Karen Lucas of Hoxie and Weldon and Vanessa Strickland of Pocahontas.

Great-grandparents are Doyle and Pat Guilliams of Ravenden and Anita Eversole of Pocahontas.

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Jackson Heston Williams

Jim and Kelly Williams of Marion have announced the birth of a son, born Feb. 23, 2010, at Methodist Germantown Hospital in Memphis.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Jackson Heston Williams. He has one older brother, Jimmy, age two.

Grandparents are Stan and June Duckworth of Walnut Ridge and Jimmy and Billie Williams of Marion.

Isabell Clem of Lepanto is his great-grandmother.

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Martin ~ Meeks

Deanna Martin of Black Rock and John and Donna Martin of Smithville announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Whitney Diane Martin, to Blake Evan Meeks, son of Rick and Debra Meeks of Black Rock.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charles and Anita Tippy of Jonesboro and Linda Starnes of Smithville.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bob and Audrie Meeks of Black Rock and Judy Cooper of Greers Ferry.

The ceremony will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Powhatan Courthouse. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow at the Powhatan Community Center.

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Robert L. Bramlett

Robert L. Bramlett, 61, of Jonesboro, father of Derek Bramlett of Walnut Ridge, died March 13, 2010, at his home. A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Gregg Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorials may be made to the Lawrence County Library.

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Pete Bruce

Leonard Fillmore "Pete" Bruce Jr., 58, of Mountain View, formerly of Black Rock, died Feb. 20, 2010, at his home.

Born April 19, 1951, in Cabool, Mo., he was a retired maintence supervisor for Walls Industry and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Mountain View.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard "Buster" Bruce; a brother, Timothy M. Bruce; and his grandparents.

Survivors include a daughter, Kimberly Will and husband Matt, Grove, Okla.; his mother, Betty Bruce, Mountain View; two sisters, Kay Smith and husband Bobby, Black Rock, and Sue Wiles and husband Ray, Mountain View; and four grandchildren, Bethany, Tiffany, Destiny and Jourdy.

Funeral was Tuesday, Feb. 23, at First United Methodist Church in Mountain View with Rev. David Insell officiating. Burial was in Alderbrook Cemetery at Desha under the direction of Roller Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.

Pallbearers were Rick Van Evera, Steven Insell, Casey Williams, Justin Williams, Frankey Meeks and Matt Sullivan.

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Steven Glenn Davis

Steven Glenn Davis, 47, of Walnut Ridge, died March 9, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born in Blytheville, he had lived in Walnut Ridge the past 10 years. He was an auto body mechanic and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his mother, June Keith Davis; and his grandparents.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Cagle; two daughters, Michelle Gross, Jonesboro, and Mary Maxie, North Carolina; a son, John Cagle, Jonesboro; his father, Jimmy Davis, Chicago; and four grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Johnny Johnson, Vernon Findley, John Petero, Don Klasen, Johnny Johnson Jr. and Ray Volner.

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Kelly Lea Edwards

Kelly Lea Edwards, 47, of Ravenden, died March 12, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 16, 1962, she was a homemaker and owned a catfish business.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ololese Buckholz.

Survivors include her husband, John Edwards; a daughter, Chasity Montgomery, Auxvasse, Mo.; a son, Sean Noble, Auxvasse, Mo.; her father, Jim D. Galen, Auxvasse, Mo.; a brother, J.D. Galen, Auxvasse, Mo.; a sister, Mary Blevins, Auxvasse, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Payden Lea and Jessica Lynn.

Graveside service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Auxvasse Cemetery under the direction of Oliver Funeral Home of Centralia, Mo. Local arrangements are under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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J. Dot Foley

J. Dot Foley, 93, of Smithville, died March 14, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 22, 1916, in Smithville, he was the son of Ben and Fannie Pickett Foley. He was a carpenter and a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Winters Foley, whom he married June 25, 1941, in Black Rock; two daughters, Peggy Ruth Foley and Sue Davis; three brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include four children, Dotty A. Foley and Vicki Foley, both of Jonesboro, Ben A. Foley and wife Lisa, Walnut Ridge, and Danny W. Foley and wife Teresa, Smithville; a sister, Gladys F. Justice, Heber Springs; and three grandchildren, Brittany F. George, Spencer Foley and Shyanne Foley.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. James Guthrie, Sonny Simpson and Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Jerry R. Foley, Harold Foley, David Foley, Dale Foley, Bobby Lo Justice and Steve Oliver. Honorary pallbearers were Miles A. Oliver, Jimmy Oliver, Glenn Oliver, Kenneth Oliver, Billy Oliver, Jerry Wayne Oliver, Alex Latham, Edward Bilbrey, Rickey Goff, Charles Goff, Tom Marbry, Dr. Don Hudson and Denny Durham.

Memorials may be made to WINGS c/o Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 186, Imboden, AR 72434.

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George Green

George Albert Green, 76, of Black Rock, died March 11, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born in Annieville, he was the son of Isaac and Dora Dodd Green. He had lived in Wisconsin before moving to Black Rock in 1996. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired cattleman.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Brandt Green; two daughters, Layonda Bagwell and husband Shane, and Laura Green, all of Black Rock; two sons, Ryan Green and Levi Green, both of Black Rock; two sisters, Mary Simms, Caraway, and Margie Youngman, Oregon; and two grandchildren, Hayden Bagwell and Coben Bagwell.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Dan Sloan officiating. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery near Ravenden.

Pallbearers were Shane Bagwell, Del Bagwell, Ryan Green, Levi Green, Destry Bagwell and Dustin Pfieffer.

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Vernon Lee Howard

Vernon Lee Howard, 71, of Somerville, Texas, died Feb. 28, 2010, at his home.

Born Nov. 2, 1938, in Imboden, he was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from Southwest Engineering. He was a former resident of Katy, Texas, where he worked for Fort Bend Telephone Company until his retirement in 1998. He was a volunteer for the Burleson County Flag Detail.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Edgar and Ira Justice Howard; and a sister, Marie Jarrett.

Survivors include his wife, Alta Faye Martin Howard, whom he married June 15, 1982; two sons, Jesse Qualls and wife Cindy, Hemphill, Texas, and Bryan Howard and wife Sanesa, Victoria, Texas; two daughters, Tammy Qualls-Tucker and husband Arthur, Brookshire, Texas, and Verna Feild and husband Jack, Katy, Texas; a brother, LaVon Howard and wife Barbara, Wichita, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Eric Carr, Brandon Carr, Kristen Qualls,Emily Qualls, Carlee Howard, Ashley Field, Cassidy Field and Mylee Howard; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Wednesday, March 3, at Strickland Funeral Home in Somerville, Texas. Burial was in the Evangelical United Church of Christ Cemetery at Lyons, Texas.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Brazos Valley, Inc., 502 West 26th Street, Bryan, TX 77803-9900 or to Evangelical United Church of Christ of Lyons, P.O. Box 440, Lyons, TX 77863.

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Leroy Hunt

Leroy Hunt, 76, of Swifton, died March 8, 2010, in Newport.

Born Feb. 6, 1934, at South Fork, Mo., he was the owner and operator of Hunt Trucking at Swifton for many years.

He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Chloe Lucy and Claude Smotherman; his father, Roscoe Doyle; and a brother, O'Boyd "Pony" Doyle.

Survivors include a son, Ricky Hunt and wife Karen, Newport; a daughter, Donna Ferrell and husband Rick, Jonesboro; two brothers, Coe Doyle, Hardy, and Jessie H. Doyle, Lincoln; three sisters, Janice Holland, Bono, Liz Holland, Jonesboro, and Brenda Smotherman; five grandchildren, Leslie Reed, Doug Ferrell, Corey Hunt, Logan Hunt and Ethan Hunt; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Thursday at 11 a.m. at Amy Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers were Red Higgins, Dale Baughn, Bill Aaron, Bernard Smith and John Duncan.

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Leveda Keech

Leveda Keech, 84, of Pocahontas, sister of Ralph Gibson of Walnut Ridge, died March 14, 2010, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens. Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Wayne Ray McElrath

Wayne Ray McElrath, 76, of Newport, died March 10, 2010, at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock.

Born Sept. 23, 1933, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Ray and Hazel Burns McElrath. A graduate of Egypt High School, he attended Arkansas State University on a baseball scholarship and graduated with a Master of Mathematics degree.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Germany, and taught math at Raney High School and Central High School. He entered the road machinery sales business and was associated with Rushing and Mason Equipment Company and J.A. Riggs-Caterpillar. He later owned his own business, American Equipment Sales. He lived in the Walnut Ridge and Sheridan communities.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Ann McElrath; and two brothers, Lonnie Edward McElrath and Bill W. McElrath.

Survivors include a son, Bradley Wayne McElrath, Little Rock; a sister, Marlene Chronister and husband John, Newport; and a brother, Jerry McElrath, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Glenn Knabe and Ryan Wilson officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Betty J. Richey

Betty J. Richey, 74, of Sheridan, formerly of Eaton, died March 9, 2010.

She was preceded in death by her husband, O.D. Richey; a son, Ronnie Richey; and her parents.

Survivors include a son, Ricky Richey and wife Susie, Morrilton; a daughter, Cathy Hunt, Benton; two granddaughters, Nichole and Cathy Jo; and two great-grandsons.

Funeral was Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Boyd Funeral Home of Lonoke. Burial was in Sunset Memorial.

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Helen Charlene Rider

Helen Charlene Rider, 84, of Ennis, Texas, formerly of Eaton, died March 11, 2010, at Ennis Regional Medical Center.

Born at Eaton, she was the daughter of Lester and Stella Neece Parker. She had lived in California before moving to Texas 10 years ago. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Rider; two sisters, Mary Wheeler and Catherine Lewis; and a brother, Bob Parker.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Rider, Ennis, Texas, and Dwight Rider, Sun City, Calif.; two brothers, Pete Parker and J.L. Parker, both of Eaton; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Terrell Neely officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Joe Lewis, Eric Rider, Ryan Rider, Jimmy Parker, Richard Parker and Roger Parker.

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Kenneth Ring

Kenneth "K. P." Ring, 96 a resident of the Cave City Nursing Home since 2005, died March 13, 2010 at the White River Medical Center in Batesville.

He had lived in this area all of his life.

He was born February 9, 1914 at Emery, the son of L. E. Ring and Callie Pinkston Ring.

He attended Center Hall School at Emery, Cave City, Evening Shade and graduated from Poughkeepsie High School in 1935. He married Adelaide Ortha Christenberry Ring July 2, 1939. They were married 63 years.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served from May 1944 to December 1945 in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific Theater of Battle.

He was a 1951 graduate of Arkansas College in Batesville and received a master's degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1967. He taught school 40 years, beginning with one-room schoolhouses at 104 School near Charlotte and Etna, near Mount View, east of Cave City. He also taught at Grange, Poughkeepsie, Cave City from 1946 to 1955 and served as Strawberry High School Principal and teacher from 1955 to 1959; Cave City High School Principal from 1959 to 1975, for a total of 25 years with the Cave City School System, retiring in May 1976. He taught math, science, biology, chemistry, physics, algebra and geometry.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and being outdoors. He was a member and served as deacon, Sunday school teacher and BTC teacher and song leader at Rings Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He was a 63-year continuous member of the American Legion Post 185 of Cave City; a member of the Sharp County Farm Bureau and past board member and director of Sharp County Civil Defense. Memorial holidays he placed flags at Parsley Cemetery, McAdams Cemetery, Sullivan Cemetery, Barnett Cemetery and some years Rodgers Cemetery.

Kenneth is survived by six children: Joy (Mary Joyce) Ring of Walnut Ridge, Earl Douglas Ring and wife, Mary of Houston, Texas, Roberta Hutchison and husband, Charles "Hutch" of Cave City, Linda Ring of Cave City, Wilma Richter and husband, Robert of Little Rock and Ivetta Black and husband, Harry of Fayetteville; five grandchildren, Stephen Ring of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lisa Polley and husband, Brian of Burleson, Texas, Robert Ring and wife, Parsla of Houston, Texas, Shadrach Black and wife, Melissa of West Africa, and Matthan Black and wife, Kate of Wichita, Kan.; great-grandchildren, Benjamin Scott Polley, Brennan Shelton Polley, Braden Schaum Polley, and Lauren Marie Polley of Burleson, Texas, Hezekiah "KI" Adam Black, Miriam Lynn Black, Joy Christine Black, and Silas Gordon Black of West Africa, and Adele Katrina Ring of Houston, Texas; one step-great-granddaughter, Alicia Gann Smith and step-great-great-grandchildren, Gared, Heather, and Morgan of Texas; two brothers, John L. Ring of Kokomo, Ind., Dewey N. Ring of Deland, Fla.; four sisters, Lanelle Nolen of Little Rock, Iva Nelson of Dallas, Texas, Betty Lockwood of El Cajon, Calif., Sue Johnson of Greenbrier; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Adelaide Ring; three brothers, Oal O. Ring, Clifton Ring and Virgil Ring; and three sisters, Mona Cornell Whited, Ollie Coleen Sullivan and Gladys Key.

Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. at Rings Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, east of Cave City, with Rev. Harry Black, Rev. Dewey Ring, Rev. Terry Johnson and Rev. Royce Ford officiating. Burial will be at Parsley Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers will be Matthan Black, Jim Hanson, Scott Key, Walter Key, Rodney Lockwood, Andy Nelson, Greg Nolen, John Nolen, Robert Nolen, Danny Ring, Gary Ring, John M. Ring, Mark Ring, Mike Ring, Neal Ring, Ricky Ring, Robert E. Ring, Robert N. Ring, Robert O. Ring and Stephen Ring. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Brown, Steven Green, Mac King, Michael Mobley, Ronald Mobley, Tom Penn, Marc Walling, all of the directors and employees of the Cave City Nursing Home; and Dr. Greg Neaville and staff of White River Diagnostic Clinic.

Memorials may be made to Rings Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 152, Cave City, AR 72521 and Cave City Nursing Home, P.O. Box 60, Cave City, Arkansas 72521

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