April 7, 2010 Edition

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Weddings/Engagements

Hardin ~ Baker Henry ~ Prine

Obituaries

Betty Hickman Adams Alvin Bellah Timothy Mark Hamilton
Jackie Neal Harris Vera Mae Hoggard Cody Joe Johnson
Jerry Dewayne McLaughlin Mike Schuller George Clarence Smith
Joseph B. Smith Jr. Linda Carol Wilson

Weddings/Engagements

Hardin ~ Baker

Hannah Danielle Barker and Curtis Shane Hardin were married on March 29, 2010, in Doniphan, Mo.

The bride is the daughter of Jason Lee Barker of Bono and Sheri Lee Allen of Hoxie. She is the granddaughter of Ray Barker of Viola, Gaylon and Kay Wimpy of Jonesboro, Thomas Allen of Walnut Ridge and Darrell and Nancy Mitchell of Pocahontas.

She was given in marriage by her mother, Sheri Allen.

The groom is the son of Curtis Hardin of Paragould and Teresa Ramos of Jonesboro. He is the grandson of Kathy Hoover of Jonesboro.

Both bride and groom attended Westside High School.

Dave Swindle performed the double ring ceremony.

Those attending the ceremony included Sheri Allen of Hoxie, mother of the bride; Nancy Mitchell of Pocahontas, grandmother of the bride; Kayla Gates of Walnut Ridge and Alysa Allen Gates of Hoxie, both sisters of the bride.

A reception will be held on April 17 at 6 p.m. at Darrell and Nancy Mitchell's home in Pocahontas. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Henry ~ Prine

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Harroll Henry of Rome, Ga., announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Christina Camille, to Benjamin Thomas Prine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Prine of Knoxville, Tenn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Freda Henry and the late William A. Henry of Walnut Ridge and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cleaves of Jonesboro. Christina is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and obtained a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

The groom-elect is grandson of Elsie Prine and the late Donald Prine of Mobile, Ala., and the late Senator and Mrs. Ben Glover of Leroy, Ala. Ben is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in service management. He is the owner/operator of the Chick-Fil-A in Cookeville, Tenn.

The couple will exchange vows on May 15, 2010, at Central Baptist Church of Bearden in Knoxville with Rev. Jeff Henry officiating.

After the honeymoon, the couple will reside in Cookeville, Tenn.

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Obituaries

Betty Hickman Adams

Betty Hickman Adams, 81, of Memphis, sister of John Loyd Hickman of Imboden, died March 27, 2010, at her home. Burial was Friday in Elmwood Cemetery at Memphis under the direction of High Point Funeral Chapel of Memphis. Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

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Alvin Bellah

Alvin Wilburn Bellah Sr., 77, of St. Louis, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died April 2, 2010, at his home.

Born Oct. 13, 1932, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Alvie W. and Lilie Mae McCall Bellah.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Mayfell Bellah, whom he married March 5, 1954; a sister and three brothers.

Survivors include five sons, Alvin Bellah Jr., Michael Bellah, Randell Bellah, Ernie Bellah and Tommy Bellah, all of St. Louis; two daughters, Sandra Bellah and Regina Kirk, both of St. Louis; a brother, Bobby Bellah, Lake City; four sisters, Hettie Nicholson and Sharon Holt, both of Walnut Ridge, and Betty Franks and Linda Howard, both of St. Louis; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial was in Clark Cemetery.

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

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Timothy Mark Hamilton

Timothy Mark Hamilton, 48, of Jonesboro, formerly of Hamilton, died March 30, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 22, 1961, in Rockford, Ill., he was the son of James Perry and Lula Mae LaBree Hamilton. He was in the lawn care business and was of the Protestant belief.

Survivors include three sisters, Ro Boyette and Yanya Walton, both of Rockford, Ill., and Sondra Dulaney, Texas; an uncle, Robert LaBree, Rockford, Ill.; and three aunts, Betty Keigans and Barbara Hawkins, both of Casselberry, Fla., and Maureena Lucas, Ocala, Fla.

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Jackie Neal Harris

Jackie Neal Harris, 53, of Walnut Ridge, died April 1, 2010, Jonesboro.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he was a retired construction worker and farmer.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Survivors include a son, Jeremy Johnson and wife Ashley, Maynard; his mother and stepfather, Gloria and Jim Hart, Hoxie; his father and stepmother, Jerry and Joann Harris, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Pam Kopp and husband Joe, Lynn, and Angie Fegtly and husband Rich, Jonesboro; a brother, Ronnie Harris and wife Joann, Pocahontas; a stepsister, Brenda Bullard and husband David, Minturn; and two stepbrothers, Wesley Gates and wife Tracy, and Leslie "Gator" Gates and wife Tammy, all of Hoxie.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Carl McKinney officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Steve Whittaker, A.D. Finch, Chris Kopp, Joe Bidall, Terry Jones and Paul Privett.

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Vera Mae Wilson Hoggard

Vera Mae Wilson Hoggard, 78, of Cave City, grandmother of Michelle Durham of Saffell, died April 1, 2010, at Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Burial was Monday in Cave City Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

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Cody Joe Johnson

Cody Joe "Bluesky" Johnson, 17, of Strawberry, died April 4, 2010, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Woodrow Johnson.

Survivors include his parents, Johnny and Tracie Burks Johnson, Oil Trough; a sister, Crystal Johnson, Batesville; four brothers, Brian Johnson, Oil Trough, Scott Johnson, Strawberry, Mark Johnson, Memphis, and Corey Johnson, Rosie; his grandparents, Gene and Mary Morefield, Sikeston, Mo., and Mary Johnson, Strawberry; and his fiancˇ, Alysha Sullins, Cave City.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Roger Randolph officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery near Strawberry.

Pallbearers will be Brian Johnson, Scott Johnson, Adam Johnson, Corey Johnson, Jared Cook and Jeremy Elliott. Honorary pallbearers will be Bo Levitt, Shane Sullins, Brandon Smallwood, Jamie Nash and James Kemp.

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Jerry Dewayne McLaughlin

Jerry Dewayne McLaughlin, 52, of Hoxie, died April 1, 2010, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he was a truck driver for Meadows Construction and was a member of Peoples Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by a son, Dale McLaughlin; his parents, Clarence and Della McLaughlin; a sister, Sharon Kay Wilson; and four brothers, Willis McLaughlin, Carl McLaughlin, David McLaughlin and Floyd McLaughlin.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Reid McLaughlin; three sons, Jeremy McLaughlin and wife Nicole, Walnut Ridge, and Anthony McLaughlin and wife Taylor and Brian McLaughlin and wife Theresa, all of Hoxie; four sisters, Carolyn Morris and husband Tom, Walnut Ridge, Lynn Walker, Williford, Betty Lee and husband Bob, Alicia, and Debbie Looney, Black Oak; two brothers, Charles McLaughlin, Egypt, and R.L. McLaughlin and wife Teresa, Oakville, Ga.; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Roger Brand officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bruce Dickens, Andy Trinidad, James Lasley, Bobby Hodge, Mike Rhodes and Bill Lester. Honorary pallbearers were Vince Piatz, Shawn Worley, Benny Overton, Chris Boozer, Jeff Hazelwood, Bobby Gates and David Gates.

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Mike Schuller

Murrell Mitchell "Mike" Schuller, 87, of Little Rock, died March 29, 2010.

Born Sept. 10, 1922, in Hoxie, he was the son of Zella and PJ Schuller. A 1941 graduate of Catholic High School, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of three wars. He retired after 25 years with the rank of Petty Officer First Class.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Herman Schuller and Paul Schuller; and two sisters, Zella Buckels and Nora Webb.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, LeMarle "Marty" Schuller; four children, Michelle Schuller Ray, Ann Marie Schuller, Michael Schuller and Tracey Schuller Campbell; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Rosary was held at St. Theresa's Church at 6 p.m. on Monday. The Memorial Mass was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday. Burial was in Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery. Griffin, Leggett, Healey & Roth Funeral Home of Little Rock had charge of arrangements.

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

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George Clarence Smith

George Clarence Smith, 74, of Beech Grove, died March 28, 2010, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Born Dec. 28, 1935, at Egypt, he was a U.S. Army veteran, serving two overseas tours. He was retired from General Motors Buick Division in Flint, Mich.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Lester Charles "Chuck" Smith and George Randal Smith; his parents, Fred and Claudean Prine Smith; two sisters, Willdean McDaniel and Pearl Brown; three brothers, Tom Smith, Larry Smith and Gary Smith; an adopted sister, Lilly Caraway; and a great-granddaughter, Madeline Elizabeth Vanoven.

Survivors include his wife, Louann Smith; three sons, Richard Allen Smith, Harrisburg, Billy Harold Smith, Beech Grove, and William Roy Graft, Hoxie; four daughters, Sandra Lynn Hickey, Hardy, Joyce Ann Graft, Beech Grove, Kinda Lee Vanoven, Evening Shade, and Hallie Leann Crist, Trumann; two brothers, Herbert Smith, Bay, and Richard Smith, Harrisburg; 24 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday at Beech Grove Baptist Church. Heath Funeral Home of Paragould has charge of arrangements.

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

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Joseph B. Smith Jr.

Joseph B. "Joey" Smith Jr., 61, of Black Rock, died April 5, 2010, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born March 8, 1949, in Black Rock, he worked in the tool and die industry and was a dairy farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Kay Watson Smith, whom he married Feb. 19, 1973, in Black Rock; two sons, David Smith, Jonesboro, and Dustin Smith and wife Amanda, Walnut Ridge; his parents, Joseph B. Sr. and Ruth Winchester Smith; and four grandchildren, Allison, Piper, Brady and Weston.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Don Martin officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Smith, Joe Collins, Chad Chadwick, Kenneth Gilliam, Matt Chadwick and Jason Aaron. Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Smith, Eddie Chadwick, Rick Breshears, A.J. Corbett, David Clark and Lawrence Kildow.

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Linda Carol Wilson

Linda Carol Wilson, 63, of Hoxie, died March 30, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 13, 1946, at Egypt, she was retired from Frolic and the Hoxie School cafeteria. She was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Clara Mae Hugg Hooten; and three sisters, Verna Mae Petrek, Maxine Huskie and Rose Hooten.

Survivors include two sons, Danny Wilson and wife Mischell and Benton Wilson, all of Hoxie; five brothers, Ellis Hooten, Walnut Ridge, Dale Hooten and Thomas Hooten, both of Filmore, Calif., William Paul Hooten, Jonesboro, and Joe Hooten, Victoria, Texas; two sisters, Barbara Alsup and Brenda Smith, both of Filmore, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Shalicia Wilson, Colton Wilson and Devine Wilson.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Penn Cemetery in Strawberry with Bro. Alvin Lewis Jr. officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Charles Flippo, Billy Jones, Kenny Lewis, Billy Tunstall, Pistol Moore, Terrell Pankey, Mike Polston and Terry Manning.

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