March 31, 2010 Edition

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Paxton Ezekiel Crum Ellen Everett Green


Eubanks ~ Abbott Tucker ~ Sweaney


Gladys Atkison Michael Gene Glenn Leroy Holder
Woodrow Johnson George Kent Late Roy Franklin Liles
Homer Allen Phillips Terry Ponder Thomas Rice
Debra Janelle Varela Dena Nicholson Villani


Paxton Ezekiel Crum

Dr. Parker and Dr. Amanda Crum of Searcy have announced the birth of a son, born March 5, 2010, at White County Medical Center in Searcy.

The baby weighed seven pounds, three ounces, and has been named Paxton Ezekiel Crum. He has an older sister, Olivia, 20 months.

Grandparents are Donnie and Joyce Roberts of Hoxie, John and Karen Crum of Walnut Ridge, Carole Lenninger of Bono and the late Gorden Lenninger.

Great-grandparents are Della Moore of Hoxie and Virginia Crum of Walnut Ridge.

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Ellen Everett Green

Thomy and Kris Green of Malvern announce the birth and adoption of a daughter, born March 23, 2010, at Baptist Health in Little Rock.

The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Ellen Everett "Ellie" Green. Grandparents are Wally and Karen Cox of Poplar Grove and Everett and Generia Green of Hoxie.

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Eubanks ~ Abbott

Kevin and Cynthia Eubanks of Springdale have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Chelsea Rae Eubanks, to Aaron Anson Abbott, son of Larry and Jeannie Abbott of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bob and Doris Eubanks of Benton and Ray and Ollie Douglass of Rogers.

She is a 2008 graduate of Fayetteville Christian School and is attending Williams Baptist College.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Erma Frisbee of Walnut Ridge and the late Euen Frisbee and Mary Abbott of Hoxie and the late Junior Abbott.

He is a 2003 Hoxie High School graduate and a 2007 graduate of Williams Baptist College. He is the assistant director of admissions at Williams Baptist College and is a part-time youth pastor at First Free Will Baptist Church in Pocahontas.

The couple will exchange vows at a double ring ceremony at Mt. Sequoyah Retreat Center in Fayetteville on May 15 at 5 p.m. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Tucker ~ Sweaney

Ryan Sweaney and Katie Tucker have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

They are the parents of Alexus Fears.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Robert and Vicki Tucker of Delaplaine and Melton and Marsha Sloan of Walnut Ridge. The prospective groom is the son of Warren and Karla Richardson of Knobel and the late Donnie Sweaney.

Katie is the granddaughter of Mike and Betty Russell of Naylor, Mo., Arlie Higgs of Irving, Texas and Ronald and Sharon DeNoe of Gassville.

She is the great-granddaughter of Doyle and Faye Davenport and the great-niece of Betty Bellah, all of Gassville.

She attended Delaplaine School and is a graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Jess Sweaney of Knobel and the late Missy Sweaney and the late Glen and Mary Catt.

He is a graduate of Corning High School and is employed at Riceland in Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows in April.

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Gladys Atkison

Gladys Millsap Atkison, 87, of Decatur, formerly of Jonesboro, died March 24, 2010, in Fayetteville.

Born Dec. 21, 1922, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Willie and Ginny Millsap.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L.D. Atkison; nine brothers, a sister and a great-granddaughter, Maize Shanks.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherry Vandiver and Deborah Mayville and husband Steven Sr., all of Jonesboro; four sons, Bobby Woodall and wife Betty, Gentry, Mike Woodall and wife P.J., Decatur, Charles Young, Mt. Vernon, Texas, and Dennis Young, Kennett, Mo.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Gregg Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Millsap, Steven Mayville Jr., Mitchell Mackey, Terry Freeman, Ernest Millsap and Alex "Woody" Hicks. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Millsap, Donnie Millsap, Wayne Freeman and Daryl Hathcoat.

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Michael Gene Glenn

Michael Gene "Poppy" Glenn, 61, of Smithville, died March 29, 2010, following a lengthy illness.

He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a cattle farmer and a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Eaton. He was retired from the U.S. Army and was a member of the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Erwin Glenn Sr.; and a brother, George Glenn Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Sanduskey Glenn; a daughter, Rosa Richey and husband Jeff, Lynn; two sons, Anthony Glenn and wife Kristen, Lynn, and Oliver Glenn and wife Rachel, Pearl City, Hawaii; his mother, Glenda Mae Glenn, Lynn; a sister, Phyllis Woodard, Lynn; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Eaton with Harold Russell and David Stuart officiating. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Glenn, Oliver Glenn, Jeff Richey, Edward Nunnally, Mickey Hampton and Robert Woodard. Honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Geurin, Lee Wilkinson, Mary Wilkinson, Kennon Woodard, Jonathon Woodard and Sean Glenn.

Memorials may be made to the NRA Foundation General Fund, Attn. Frank Cerutti, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.

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Leroy Holder

Harold L. "Lee" Holder, of Arnold, Mo., died March 20, 2010.

He grew up in Walnut Ridge and was a 1954 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Diekroeger Holder; two sons, David Holder and wife Mimi, and Mark Holder and wife Diana; thee sisters, Betty Davis, Joyce Baltz and Linda Chapin; two brothers, Gene Holder and Stan Holder; and five grandchildren, Brianna Holder, Logan Holder, Caleb Holder, Valerie Holder and Mitchell Holder.

Funeral was Thursday, March 25, at Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home in Arnold, Mo.

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Woodrow Johnson

Woodrow Johnson, 89, of Strawberry, died March 24, 2010, at a Batesville hospital.

Born July 17, 1920, in Sardis, Miss., he was the son of William and Anna Pruitt Johnson, and was a World War II Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by three sons, Ronnie Johnson, Tommy Johnson and Christopher Johnson; three brothers, Wade Johnson, Clyde Johnson and Leroy Johnson; and a sister, Buelah Bradley.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Mary Johnson; six sons, Woody Johnson Jr., Mississippi, Ricky Johnson, Mammoth Spring, Mike Johnson, Evening Shade, Mike Justus, Bethesda, Steve Rimmer, Howe, Okla., and Johnny Johnson, Oil Trough; five daughters, Jan Hughes, Alabama, Judy Steinbeck, Florida, Donna Radtke, Texas, Lynn Miller, California, and Mary Cook, Saffell; a sister, Willie Jackson, Batesville, Miss.; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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George Kent Late

George Kent Late, 57, of Maynard, father of Marcia Spradlin of Walnut Ridge, died March 27, 2010. Burial was Tuesday in Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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Roy Franklin Liles

Roy Franklin Liles, 48, of Bee Branch, died March 23, 2010.

Born April 27, 1961, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Harley Lee and Wanda Burrow Liles.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Rita Liles; three daughters, Angel Coats and husband David, Tabitha McKinney and husband Chris, and Jessica Robinetti and husband Rob, all of Bee Branch; a son, Daniel Nicholas, Bee Branch; his mother and stepfather, Wanda and Johnny Stuart, Lynn; seven brothers, Steven Liles and wife Sophia, Bobby Burrow and wife Sherry Lee Stuart, Mitchell Stuart and wife Amy, all of Lynn, Gary Liles, Curtis Liles, Harley Liles Jr. and Scott, all of Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Marsha Richmond and husband John, Lynn, and Glenda Madden and Connie, all of Walnut Ridge; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Clinton with David Stuart officiating. Burial was in Walley Comstock Cemetery at the Morganton community.

An online guestbook is available at

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Homer Allen Phillips

Homer Allen Phillips, 69, of The Dalles, Ore., died March 18, 2010, at a hospital in Portland.

Born Aug. 7, 1940, in Powhatan, he had lived in The Dalles for more than 40 years. He was a member of The Dalles Country Club, the Elks and the Eagles Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse H. and Pearl R. Neece Phillips; a brother, J.D. Phillips; and two sisters, Juanita E. Mahanke and Eunice I. Schuler.

Survivors include his wife, Esther Faye Heath Phillips, whom he married June 16, 1962, in Las Vegas; two daughters, Carolyn and Kim; three brothers, L.V. Phillips, Russell Phillips and Louie Phillips; and three grandchildren, Brenna, Makayla and Colton.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles.

Memorials may be made to OHSU Knight Cancer Institute for Leukemia Research c/o OHSU Foundation, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, CR 145, Portland, OR 97239.

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Terry Ponder

Terry Edward Ponder, 55, of Walnut Ridge, died March 24, 2010, at his home.

Born Oct. 26, 1954, he was an electrician and a member of Sutton Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.A. "Junior" and Anna Morrison Ponder; a brother, David Ponder; and a sister, Mary Ann Ponder.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Ponder; a son, David Ponder and wife Valerie, Monticello; a sister, Janet Little and husband Mitch, Hoxie; a brother, Gary Ponder and wife Toni, Flippin; and a granddaughter, Debra Lynne.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Sutton Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Scott officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Clint Ponder, Nick Ponder, Josh Graddy, Wesley Crisler, Drew Tillman and Tyler Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Seth Williams and Peyton Tillman.

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Thomas Rice

Thomas Rice, 97, of Schugtown, died March 28, 2010.

Born Oct. 20, 1912, in Delaplaine, he was the son of Thomas and Emma Rice. A World War II veteran, he served in Patton's 3rd Army and landed on Omaha Beach. His battalion liberated the Dachau concentration camp.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Ruby Gates Rice.

Survivors include two brothers, Lewis Rice (his twin), Peach Orchard, and Buster Rice, Phoenix; two sisters-in-law, Louise Rice-Smith, Walnut Ridge, and El Wanda Gates, Delaplaine; a lifelong army buddy, Robert Bennett, Jonesboro; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Sonny Hampton, Butch Daniels, Gerry Tarry, Tommy Garrett, John Edward Wilkinson and Ed Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be the 546 AAA BN Battery B veterans and family.

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Debra Janelle Varela

Debra Janelle Varela, 55, of Paragould, mother of Crystal Fortune and sister of Lisa Odom, both of Swifton, died March 23, 2010. Burial was Thursday in Coffeyville Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport. Back to Top

Dena Nicholson Villani

Dena Nicholson Villani, 59, of Jonesboro, sister of Linda Campbell of Strawberry, died March 25, 2010, at her home. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Tuckerman United Methodist Church under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Memorials may be made to Fisher Street United Methodist Church, 301 North Fisher St., Jonesboro, AR 72401 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

An online guestbook is available at

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