April 28, 2010 Edition

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Births

Peyton Marie Bailey

Weddings/Engagements

Baltz ~ Hogan DeVries ~ Sellers Tompkins ~ Watson
Woods ~ Waldrupe

Obituaries

Billie N. Anderson Rebecca Brady Marie Brown
Frances E. Burris Lena Sarah Childers Harold Graham
Fred L. Green Willard Lee Huskey William Pendleton McCormick
Betty Ellen Smith Gene Thomas Jack Marvin Tolbert
Lorene Trimmer Darrell Thomas Verkler

Births

Peyton Marie Bailey

Michael Bailey of Walnut Ridge and Brooke Stewart of Black Rock have announced the birth of a daughter, born April 21, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, six ounces, and has been named Peyton Marie Bailey. Grandparents are Frankey and Cathrene Meeks of Black Rock, Carl Bailey of Williford, Mary Campbell of Walnut Ridge and Doyle Stewart of Hernando Miss.

Great-grandparents are Bob and Kay Smith and Frank and Betty Meeks of Black Rock, Mathlee Campbell of Walnut Ridge, Tommie and Laura Stewart of Bartlett, Tenn., Cecil and Tawana Walker of Hernando, Miss., the late Espon Campbell and the late Manley and Imogene Bailey, who lived in Ravenden.

Great-great-grandmothers are Alpha Smith of Walnut Ridge and Betty Bruce of Mountain View.

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Weddings/Engagements

Baltz ~ Hogan

Mr. and Mrs. Mitch Baltz of Powhatan have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Marissa Elise Baltz, to Michael Lee Hogan, son of Judy Littleton and Ronald Hogan of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Faught of Cave City and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Baltz. She is the great-granddaughter of Elda Faught of Olathe, Kan.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Gloria Lewis and Aldean Hogan of Pocahontas and the late Frank Lewis and Almus Hogan.

The couple will exchange wedding vows during a nuptial mass Saturday, May 22, at 4 p.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Pocahontas.

All friends and relatives are invited to the wedding and the reception, which will follow at the Rolling Hill Country Club in Pocahontas.

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DeVries ~ Sellers

Stephanie DeVries and Craig Sellers will exchange wedding vows on Saturday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in Destin, Fla., at the Crystal Sands Resort.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Smith of Cherry Valley.

The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Sellers of Trumann, formerly of Walnut Ridge.

A reception for the couple will be held May 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the Comfort Suites in Jonesboro, located behind NEA Baptist Hospital. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

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Tompkins ~ Watson

James and Mackie Tompkins of Ash Flat announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lily Quinn Tompkins, to Stephen Edward Watson, son of Dan and Susan Watson of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Catherine French of Ash Flat and the late Junior French and the late Mr. and Mrs. Herman Tompkins.

She graduated from Highland High School in 2006 and will graduate from Williams Baptist College in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Christian ministries with an emphasis in missions.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jay E. Mynatt of Charlotte, N.C., and the late Bettye Coleman Mynatt and Dr. and Mrs. Harold Ray Watson of Byram, Miss.

He is a 2008 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and will graduate from Williams Baptist College in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in studio arts.

The couple will exchange vows on June 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Williams Baptist College Manley Chapel. A reception will follow in the Eagle Grill.

All friends and relatives are invited.

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Woods ~ Waldrupe

Darriel Woods of Clover Bend and Leslie Moore of Swifton have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica LeAnne Woods, to Houston Jared Waldrupe, son of Tony Waldrupe of Walnut Ridge and Sheila Waldrupe of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Larry and Emma Woods of Clover Bend and the late Lester and Nina Warnick.

She is a 2007 Hoxie High School graduate and is a full-time respiratory therapist student at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Jimmy and Cala Hayes of Hoxie and Chester Waldrupe and Flossy Hurst, both of Walnut Ridge.

He is a 2009 Hoxie High School graduate and is attending Black River Technical College, where he is studying to be a high voltage lineman.

The couple will exchange vows in a double ring ceremony on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Gethsemane Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Obituaries

Billie N. Anderson

Billie Neal Anderson, 89, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, died April 21, 2010, at Carriage House Manor in Sulphur Springs.

Born Sept. 20, 1920, in Hopkins County, Texas, he was the son of Bert L. and Ethel Martin Anderson.

He served in World War II as an airplane mechanic in the Army Air Force from 1941 to 1945. He was stationed in Italy and North Africa and achieved the rank of staff sergeant. He was awarded the American Defense Service Medal and two campaign medals with a Bronze Star.

Following his discharge, he married Lorine Rainey, who he had met while stationed for training in Walnut Ridge. They returned to Hopkins County, where he was in the dairy business for 40 years.

He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where he served in many leadership capacities.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorine Rainey Anderson, whom he married Dec. 2, 1945; an infant daughter, Laura; a son, B. Neal Anderson; and a brother, Jamie L. Anderson.

Survivors include two daughters, Marynell Bryant and husband Harold, Sulpher Springs, Texas, and Dr. Rachel Ann Underwood, Nacogdoches, Texas; a sister, Francene Hill, Mesquite, Texas; two grandchildren, Melissa Porter and Martin Bryant; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Shooks Chapel United Methodist Church under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home of Sulphur Springs. Burial was in Shooks Chapel Cemetery. Military honors were provided by the Hopkins County Military Coalition.

Memorials may be made to the Hopkins County Genealogical Society or Hopkins County Veterans Memorial.

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

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Rebecca Brady

Rebecca "Becky" Brady, 76, of Walnut Ridge, died April 24, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 2, 1933, at Arbor Grove, she was the daughter of Lester and Florence Pritchett Brady. She was a homemaker and a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sisters, Fredreca Stone and Pauline Rankin, both of Jonesboro, and Nina Hudson, Hoxie.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Derek Collins officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Joe Hudson, Bill Duke, Joe Duke, Travis Stone, Charles Stone and Chris Stone.

Memorials may be made to Gethsemane Baptist Church, P.O. Box 532, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476 or to the Lawrence Hall Activity Fund, 1051 W. Free, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Marie Brown

Marie Brown, 81, of Jonesboro, died April 21, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 4, 1928, at Egypt, she was the daughter of Arthor and Lillian Bartouch Cullens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Andrew Brown.

Survivors include two sons, Billy Joe Brown, Jonesboro, and Virgil Lee Brown, Alexander; a daughter, Mary Jane Davenport, Alexander; a brother, Cicle Cullen; two sisters, Dorthy Smithee and Christine Hudson; nine grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at noon at Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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

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Frances E. Burris

Frances E. Burris, 96, of Jonesboro, died April 25, 2010, at St. Elizabeth's Place, where she had resided for the past two years.

Born Jan. 26, 1914, in Swifton, she lived much of her life in Jonesboro. She and her husband operated cotton gins in Egypt and Lake City, and farmed in Craighead and Lawrence Counties. She was a graduate of Arkansas State College, now Arkansas State University, and taught school for several years. She was a life member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.

She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, where she served as Junior Department director for 17 years, the Dorcas Sunday school class teacher for 25 years and was past president of the Women's Missionary Union.

She was past president of the League of Women Voters, past president of the Gladiolus Garden Club and the Jonesboro Council of Garden Clubs, and was a Regent in the Daughters of the American Revolution. She served as Board Secretary for the Salvation Army from 1971 to 1977, was a member of the Twentieth Century Club, and a member of St. Bernard's Auxiliary where she worked the ICU desk for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Burris; three brothers, Earl Rorex, John Rorex and Tom Rorex; and a great-grandson, Luke Wiggins.

Survivors include a daughter, Willa Wiggins and husband Wayne, Jonesboro; a sister, Gussie Crafton and husband Vic, Fayette, Iowa; three grandchildren, Wayne Wiggins, Sarah Murphy and Debbie Webb; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro with Dr. Bruce Tippit officiating. Private burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jim Webb, Wayne Wiggins III, Pete Murphy, Mark Wiggins, Lance Wiggins, Jake Webb, Zach Webb and Trevor Murphy. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to St. Bernard's Auxiliary, First Baptist Care Center, The Salvation Army or the charity of the donor's choice.

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Lena Sarah Childers

Lena Sarah Childers, 95, of Jonesboro, died April 20, 2010, at Skilcare Nursing Center.

Born July 4, 1914, at Fontaine, she was the daughter of Tom C. and Mary Elizabeth Scott. She was an all-star basketball player in her youth. She retired from General Electric in 1969 and also worked for the Bono Gin Co. She was the co-owner of grocery stores in Fontaine and Trumann.

She was a member of the Shady Grove United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and was a youth leader.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilgus M. Childers; a son, Scotty Allen Childers; two sisters, Nora Edna Thompson and Lorene Scott; and six brothers, including and infant twin brother, Caraway Scott, Floyde Scott, Thomas Scott, Larry Scott and Billy Gene Scott.

Survivors include a daughter, Rhonda J. Childers Shannon, Jonesboro; three brothers, Loyde Scott and Ray Scott, both of Walnut Ridge, and Joe Glen Scott, Branson, Mo.; six grandchildren, Laurette E. Felding, Scott Childers, Heather Childers, William Devon Bryant, Christopher Scott Bryant and Stephanie Breanne Lenox; and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Friday at 2 p.m. at Gregg Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Wayne Clark officiating. Burial was in Lorado Cemetery.

Pallbearers were William Devon Bryant, Christopher Scott Bryant, Stephen Ryan Lenox, William Rhett Bryant, Nelson Childers and Randy Scott. Honorary pallbearers were Loyde Scott, Ray Scott, Joe Glen Scott, Scott Childers, nieces and nephews and the members of the former Shady Grove Methodist Church.

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

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Harold Graham

Harold "Hap" Graham, 73, of Cherokee Village, formerly of Jonesboro, died April 23, 2010.

Born Oct. 4, 1936, in Clover Bend, he was a member of the Cherokee Village Golf Association and was of the Church of Christ belief.

He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Graham; and his parents, Joseph Ernest and Beulah Whitmire Graham.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Stallings Graham; a son, Michael Graham, Bigelow; a daughter, Kathy Graham Pugh, Hendersonville, Tenn.; two brothers, Daniel R. Graham, Augusta, Ga., and Joe B. Graham, Jonesboro; a sister, Louise Kick, Monmouth, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Sunday at Ransom Cemetery with Jimmy Ferguson officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

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

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Fred L. Green

Fred L. Green, 74, of Ravenden, died April 25, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 14, 1935, in Ravenden, he was a logger and a member of the Assembly of God Church at Imboden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Ray and Clara Haynes Green; a sister and six brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ella Watts Green, whom he married March 5, 1959; a daughter, Rebecca Worsham and husband Jerry, Berryville; three sons, Danny Green and wife Angie, and Johnny Green and wife Tammy, all of Ravenden, and David Green and wife Cindy, Bristol, Ind.; a brother, Stanley Ray Green, Miami, Okla.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the Imboden Assembly of God Church with Bro. Wayne Hurst officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Green, David Green, Delton Dunn, Jerry Worsham, Frankie Hurst and Kendall Galbraith. Honorary pallbearers will be James Brown and Kevin Montgomery.

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Willard Lee Huskey

Willard Lee Huskey, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died April 26, 2010, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

He had lived in Lawrence County most of his life and was retired from the City of Hoxie. He was a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Minnie Obanion Huskey; and two brothers, Ralph Huskey and Roy Huskey.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia Kingcade Huskey; two daughters, Frances Forrester, Hoxie, and Mona Adkisson, Walnut Ridge; a son, Joey Huskey, Hoxie; a sister, Alma Jean Wheeler, Swifton; a brother, Claude Huskey, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Tommie Boles and A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial will be in Swifton Cemetery.

Visitation is Wednesday from noon until time of the service.

Pallbearers will be Shad Baker, Jason Huskey, Joey Huskey, Spencer Brown, Billy Brown and Nic Brown.

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William Pendleton McCormick

William Pendleton McCormick, 84, of Houston, died April 20, 2010, following an extended illness.

Born Jan. 25, 1926, in Ogbomosho, Nigeria, he was the son of Hugh P. and Mary R. McCormick. He attended high school at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va., and graduated from Mississippi State University in 1946 with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation from MSU, he was employed by Arkansas-Missouri Power and was assigned as District Engineer in Walnut Ridge and Blytheville from 1947 to 1957.

In 1960, he and his family moved to Greely, Colo., where he was employed by Miner and Miner Engineering. He was assigned to the Middle East, where he worked toward bringing electrical power to all of Lebanon and Pakistan.

Upon returning to the States, Bill spent over 30 years working for the NASA Space Program in Huntsville, Ala., and the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

He was a lifetime member of the Aurora Masonic Lodge # 423, in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lucy Gullett McCormick, whom he married Jan. 11, 1949, in Walnut Ridge; two sons, Hugh P. McCormick and wife Mary, Traverse City, Mich., and John W. McCormick and wife Brynda, Houston; a daughter, Mary F. Rosa and husband Vernon, Marietta, Ga.; four granddaughters, Jennifer McCormick, Julie McCormick, Lauran McCormick and Jessica Camper; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral will be Saturday at Bryan Funeral Home with Bob McMillon officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Hugh McCormick, John McCormick, Vernon Rosa, Rob Tucker, Kelly Waddell and Brooks Howard.

Memorials may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, 12929 Gulf Freeway, Suite 300, Houston, TX 77034.

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Betty Ellen Smith

Betty Ellen Smith, 67, of Hardy, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died April 22, 2010, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, following an extended illness.

Born April 18, 1943, in Beulah, Mich., she worked at The Times Dispatch for many years and was a member of the Highland Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harrison and Helen Beelar Waterson; two brothers, Elmer Waterson and Lawrence Waterson; and a sister-in-law, Louise Waterson.

Survivors include her husband, Cecil L. Smith, whom she married March 12, 1972, in Hardy; two sons, Chris Smith and Michael Smith and wife Michelle, all of Hardy; two brothers, Herb Waterson, Rockford, Ill., and Allan Waterson, Lansing, Mich.; and two grandchildren, Hunter Smith and McKayla Smith.

Funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Highland Assembly of God Church with pastor Chris Clem officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery at Mammoth Spring. Higginbotham Funeral Service of Hardy has charge of arrangements.

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Gene Thomas

Gene Thomas, 74, of Strawberry, formerly of Hornersville, Mo., died April 21, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 29, 1936, in Rector, he was the son of Thalmer "Stubby" and Carmie Fitzpatric Thomas.

He was preceded in death by a sister and a grandson.

Survivors include three sons, Rickey Thomas, Hornersville, Mo., Bobby Thomas, Columbus, Neb., and Russell Thomas, Evansville, Ind.; two daughters, Tammy Halfacre, Strawberry, and Melissa Crocker, Indianapolis; a brother, Bud Thomas, Hornersville, Mo.; a sister, Louise Taylor, Nimmons; 23 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Horner Cemetery in Hornersville with Rev. Paul Moore officiating. Bradshaw-Emerson Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Jack Marvin Tolbert

Jack Marvin Tolbert, 83, of Black Rock, died April 27, 2010, at his home.

Born Jan. 23, 1927, in Hoxie, he was the son of Harvey Rex and Ovelah Beasley Tolbert. He was a construction worker and a farmer. He was a member of Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher and deacon for 54 years.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Josephine Barnhill Tolbert, whom he married April 14, 1951; a son, Ricky Jack Tolbert and wife Robin, Daisy, Mo.; two daughters, Becky Jo Durham and husband Michael, and Susan Ann Penn and husband Mart Lee, all of Smithville; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Don Winfrey officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers will be Mitchell Evans, Michelle Evans, Randy Doyle, Amanda Doyle, Phillip Penn, Danette Penn, Joseph Tolbert, Jacob Tolbert, Mark Ervin and Dee Holder.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m.

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Lorene Trimmer

Lorene Trimmer, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died April 22, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 26, 1921, at Patterson, she was the daughter of Aud Smith and Allie Guinn Browning. She was a graduate of Augusta High School and worked in Washington, D.C., during World War II. After returning to Arkansas, she worked at Thompson's Elevator in Patterson. She moved to Walnut Ridge in 1968 to work at the A.S.C.S. office until her retirement. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Moody; her second husband, Ted Trimmer; two sisters, Audra Browning and Cynthia B. Callahan; and a brother, J.E. Browning.

Survivors include a sister, Ollie Farris, Aliquippa, Pa.; a nephew, Kerry Callahan and wife Mary Jane, Walnut Ridge; four nieces, Rebecca Shipman and husband David, Fort Smith, Cindy Warner and husband Cole, New Orleans, Gloria Rhinehart, Aliquippa, Pa., and Audra Gutierrez, Santa Fe, N.M.; and great nieces and nephews, Matt Callahan and Ty Callahan, both of Walnut Ridge, Megan Foreman, Madrid, Spain, and Lashlee Warner, New Orleans.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Debbie Spangler officiating.

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Darrell Thomas Verkler

Darrell Thomas Verkler, 66, of Cherokee Village, died April 23, 2010, at his home.

Born July 17, 1943, in Black Rock, he lived most of his life in Black Rock before moving to Cherokee Village in 2001. He was the owner of Verkler Trucking Company in Black Rock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wave Ed Jr. and Imogene Burrus Verkler; and a sister, Mary Verkler.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Stratton Verkler; a daughter, Gina Preston and husband David, Frisco, Texas; a son, Mitch Verkler and wife Keri, Black Rock; four brothers, Robert E. Verkler, Branson, Mo., Harold Verkler, Gentry, Wave Ed "Eddie" Verkler III and Charles Verkler, both of Black Rock; two sisters, Greta Mondy and Sandra McGinnis, both of Black Rock; and five grandchildren, Dallas Preston, Noah Preston, Isabella Preston, Ryan Caldwell and Amber Caldwell.

A memorial service was held Monday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House, Steve Prestidge and Steve Summers officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

The body was cremated.

Memorials may be made to Children's Home, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450 or to the Arkansas Sheriff's Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 3694, Batesville, AR 72501. Back to Top

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