April 14, 2010 Edition

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Savanna Clair Dotson Aubrey McKenzie Myrick Charles Henry Paxton
Jess Daniel Rorex


Richey ~ Matthews Rieger ~ Perkins


David M. Christopher Kathleen Brandl Green Timothy Mark Hamilton
Rev. Floyd Hatfield Ruby Lenore House Harriet Pauline Mullen
Lucille Robbins Wanda Lee Rogers Johnny Franklin Starnes
Edith B. Stephens


Savanna Clair Dotson

Daryl and Jessica Dotson of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born March 5, 2010, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Savanna Clair Dotson. Grandparents are Mike and Debbie Schultz of Walnut Ridge, Phil and Lisa Nyjondet of Black Rock and Daryl and Deborah Dotson of Bono.

Great-grandparents are Bill and Sue Nelson of Black Rock and Gladys Fann and Agatha Schultz, both of Walnut Ridge.

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Aubrey McKenzie Myrick

Josh and Casie Myrick of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born April 1, 2010, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, nine ounces and has been named Aubrey McKenzie Myrick. She has two older siblings, Xavier Nelson, three, and Autum Myrick, 10 months.

Grandparents are James and Holly Knoxs of Little Rock, Steve and Rhonda Davis of Black Rock and Ray and Janet Warnick of Pocahontas.

Great-grandparents include Dorothey Cummings and Willimia Jones, both of Walnut Ridge, and Frank Cummings of Paragould.

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Charles Henry Paxton

Farris and Merilee Paxton of Birmingham, Ala., have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born March 31, 2010, at St. Vincent Hospital in Birmingham.

The baby weighed nine pounds, two ounces, and has been named Charles Henry Paxton. Grandparents are Charles and Debbie Paxton of Jonesboro and Rod and Jeanette Olts of Moscow, Idaho.

Wilma Holder of Walnut Ridge is the great-grandmother.

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Jess Daniel Rorex

Jon and Bobbye Drew Rorex of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born March 30, 2010, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and has been named Jess Daniel Rorex. He has one older sister, Baily Dean Rorex, four.

Grandparents are Jim and Kellie Simpson of Imboden and Don Rorex of Walnut Ridge and the late Pauline Rorex.

Great-grandparents include L.J. and Rena Hogue of Walnut Ridge, Meredia Simpson of Portia and Herbert Brewer of Black Rock.

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Richey ~ Matthews

Alan and Debbie Richey of Powhatan announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lana Berá Richey, to Brody Jacob Matthews, son of Karen Hobba of New Orleans and Tony Matthews of Smithville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Loyd and Catherine Richey of Powhatan and the late E.L. and Durene Cureton.

She is a 2005 graduate of Hillcrest High School and received her bachelor's degree in medical technology from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 2009. She is employed at FutureFuel Chemical Company of Batesville and is a lab technologist at NEA Baptist Clinic in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bobby and Jana Neal of Sedgwick and Dorris Matthews of Lynn and the late Thomas Matthews.

He is a 2004 Lynn High School graduate and is currently attending Black River Technical College in Pocahontas in pursuit of a nursing degree.

Brody served aboard the USS Rushmore and was stationed in San Diego in the U.S. Navy and is currently employed as an EMT for Emerson Ambulance of Jonesboro.

The wedding will take place at the Historic Powhatan Courthouse in Powhatan on May 15 at 5:15 p.m.

A reception will follow at the Lawrence County Meeting Room in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited.

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Rieger ~ Perkins

The Lodge at Gunter Hollow in Fayetteville, Tenn., was the setting Dec. 19, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. for the double-ring ceremony uniting Rachel Lynn Perkins and Alexander Stuart Rieger.

The bride is the daughter of Calvin and Debbie Perkins of Fayetteville, Tenn. She is the granddaughter of Jim and Sue Perkins of Bono and Harold and Patsy (Poindexter) Ables of Ft. Pierce, Fla., formerly of Walnut Ridge.

The bridegroom is the son of Doug and Gail Rieger of Maryville, Tenn., and the grandson of Albert and Barbara Rieger of Keowee Key, S.C. and the late Jesse and Sue Hair.

Rev. Darrell Haney performed the ceremony and nuptial music was provided by Cassie Putman, pianist, and Joseph Ensminger, Ann Berlin, Tammy Haney and Matt Haney, vocalists.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a winter white gown with a detailed bodice and satin train. The bride's bouquet consisted of pink Gerber daisies mixed with white and green wildflowers.

Sarah Paige Perkins served as maid of honor and Eric Kelsey served as best man.

The parents of the bride hosted a reception at The Lodge at Gunter Hollow following the wedding.

The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia, Virgin Islands, and now resides in Knoxville, Tenn.

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David M. Christopher

David M. Christopher, 60, of Bono, died April 10, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 31, 1949, in Smithville, he lived in Arizona and Jonesboro before recently moving to Bono. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the 101st Airborne Division. He served 16 years active duty before receiving a medical discharge due to combat injuries.

He was a member of Community Fellowship Church in Jonesboro, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Clyde and Mildred Morgan Christopher; and a sister.

Survivors include his wife, Monica Christopher; three sons, Sean Christopher, Bono, Jason Christopher, Cabot, and Brian Christopher, Dermott; two daughters, Dawn Elias and Tiffany Christopher, both of Jonesboro; two sisters, Donna Shelby, Jonesboro, and Judy Willfon, Russellville; and 14 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with pastor David Burgess officiating. Burial will be private.

The Craighead County Veterans Honor Guard served as honorary pallbearers and provided military honors.

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Kathleen Brandl Green

Kathleen Brandl Green, 50, of Black Rock, died April 10, 2010.

She had lived in Wisconsin before moving to Black Rock, and had worked in the Black Rock School cafeteria.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Albert Green; her parents, Marvin and Loretta Nelson Brandl; a special aunt, Diane Nelson; and a special nephew, Eric Shaw.

Survivors include 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; four sisters, Suzanne Cape, Oklahoma, and Elaine Simmons, Judy Shaw and Mary Olson, all of Wisconsin; and two grandchildren, Hayden Bagwell and Coben Bagwell.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Dan Sloan officiating. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery near Ravenden.

Pallbearers were Rusty Collins, Anthony Kopp, Nate Jackson, Destry Bagwell, Vinson Davis and Garrett Maronde.

A Green family memorial fund has been established at Citizens Bank in Imboden.

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Timothy Mark Hamilton

A memorial service for Timothy Mark Hamilton, 48, of Jonesboro, who died March 30, will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Cross Roads Cemetery in Portia with Bro. Mike Frost officiating. Back to Top

Rev. Floyd Hatfield

Rev. Floyd Hatfield, 68, of Swifton, died April 7, 2010, at his home.

Born April 28, 1941, at Egypt, he was the president and founder of Full Gospel Deliverance Ministries and was minister of the New Beginnings Full Gospel Church in Newark.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Marion and Hazel Opal Green Hatfield; two brothers, Merle Hatfield and Bill Hatfield; and two sisters, Elwanda Jones and Glenda Brock.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Annette Thompson Hatfield, whom he married Aug. 28, 1960; two sons, Rev. Tony Hatfield and wife Donna, Saffell, and Tim Hatfield and wife Pennie, Swifton; a daughter, Sissy Baker and husband Philip, Swifton; three brothers, Harold Hatfield, Eddyville, Ky., Nick Hatfield, Kentucky, and Fredie Hatfield, Alicia; three sisters, Helen Jones, Ash Flat, Virginia Barnett, Swifton, and Aretta Hubbard, Kentucky; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rev. James Baker, Rev. Blue Hothouse, Rev. Clarence Smith, Rev. George Combee, Blake Dukes and Anthony Decker.

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

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Ruby Lenore House

Ruby Lenore House, 75, of, Jonesboro, formerly of Alicia, died April 6, 2010, at Memphis.

She was a homemaker and was retired from Frolic Footwear.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Etheredge House; her parents, Oscar Levi and Alice Copeland Butler; and a brother, Paul Butler.

Survivors include three daughters, Lynda Eaves, Hoxie, Patty Cornwell, Lake City, and Tammy Curtis, Jonesboro; two sons, Robbie House and Stanley House, both of Jonesboro; two sisters, Patsy Hammonds, Belleville, Ill., and Christean Davidson, Hoxie; a brother, Carl Butler, Ballwin, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Haynes Cemetery near Swifton.

Pallbearers were Charlie Curtis, Jimmy Cornwell, Hayden Cornwell, Buddy Eaves, Jeremy House and Matthew Curtis.

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Harriet Pauline Mullen

Harriet Pauline Drury Mullen, 90, of Springdale, formerly of Strawberry, died April 6, 2010, at the Shiloh Nursing and Rehab Center in Springdale.

Born Dec. 27, 1919, in Swifton, she was the daughter of William and Willie Wagster Drury. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Mullen; four brothers, three sisters and two grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Verlon Polston and husband Jerry, Springdale, and Judy Schrickhise and Jane Wallace, both of New Boston, Mo.; a son, Carroll Mullen and wife Kathleen, Shreveport, La.; 20 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Roger Randolph officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Trent Polston, Thomas Polston, Kyle Bailey, Grant Day, Garrett Day and Tim Day. Honorary pallbearers were Russell Miller, Jeremy Miller, John Schindlbeck and Paul Schindlbeck.

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Lucille Robbins

Lucille Robbins, 96, of Jonesboro, died April 7, 2010, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 7, 1913, in Alicia, she was the daughter of William and Lillie Clay Deaton Blanchard. She was a homemaker and was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Robbins, on June 10, 1990, whom she married July 2, 1932; a son, Jerry Robbins; and five brothers, Hubert Blanchard, Harry Blanchard, George Blanchard, Ervin Blanchard and Roy Blanchard.

Survivors include two grandchildren, Vicki Martin and husband Pat, Alexander, and Rick Robbins and wife Terry, Demascus; two great-grandchildren, Shawn Martin and wife Emily, Grand Prairie, Texas, and Katie Grisom and husband James, Alexander; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Swifton Cemetery with Kennett Gossett officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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Wanda Lee Rogers

Wanda Lee Felty Rogers, 84, of Paragould, died April 6, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 9, 1926, in O'Kean, she was the daughter of Joseph and Bessie Allison Felty. She was the co-owner of Rogers Greenhouse in Paragould and was a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Rogers; a son, Michael Lee Rogers; and three brothers, Harold Felty, John Felty and Vernon Felty.

Survivors include a son, Chris Rogers and wife Darlene, Paragould; two daughters, June Pegg and husband Kenny and Susan Rodgers and husband Tim Simpson, all of Paragould; four brothers, Bill Felty, Mountain Home, Bonnie Felty and wife Emma, Stanford, J.M. Felty and wife JoAnn, Brevard, N.C., and Max Felty and wife Janice, Knoxville, Tenn.; a sister, Mary May and husband Jackie, Paragould; a brother-in-law, R.C. Rogers and wife Bernita, Paragould; five grandchildren, Alan Rogers, Maegan Rogers, Kara Pegg, Jamie Rogers and Laura Pegg; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Bill Steeger officiating. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery.

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Johnny Franklin Starnes

Johnny Franklin Starnes, 69, of Ravenden, died April 4, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 4, 1941, he was a member of the Ravenden Fire Department for 27 years. He served on the Ravenden City Council for 20 years and on the Sloan-Hendrix School Board for 15 years.

Survivors include his wife Janet Starnes; a son, Greg Starnes, Ravenden; a daughter, Mischelle Rice and husband Joey, Pocahontas; two sisters, Yvonne Saeger and Derotha Bates, both of Cherokee Village; two brothers, J.B. Smith, Black Rock, and William Starnes, Davis, Ill.; five grandchildren, Erica Dunlap, Carley Starnes, Laura Starnes, Dylan Boucher and Hunter Rice; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial was in Opposition Cemetery. Military honors were provided by Promberger-Traw VFW Post #4556.

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Edith B. Stephens

Edith B. Stephens, 99, of Imboden, died April 13, 2010, at Randolph County Nursing Home in Pocahontas.

Born Feb. 17, 1911, in Imboden, she was the daughter of Orren and Dora Lee Matthews Bridges. She owned a jewelry store in Fort Worth for many years and also owned a beauty shop.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Clifford Bridges, Homer Bridges and Ira Bridges.

Private funeral services are under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery at Pocahontas.

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