May 05, 2010 Edition

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Births

Kaylee Ann Brockunier Madison Brooke Light

Weddings/Engagements

Bills ~ Privett Brannon ~ Gaither DeVries ~ Sellers
Truitt ~ Graham Tucker ~ Coney

Obituaries

Thomas Ray Belk Sr. Lawrence Bragg Barbara Brand
James Percy Ellis Peter Joseph Engel Kazuko Falor
Harold S. Gordon Dewey Hancock Dorothy Jean Henry
Bertha Marie Lasiter Don LeMay Betty Norris
Carrie Perry Charles L. Stewart Alvin Junior Warren

Births

Kaylee Ann Brockunier

Jason and Stephanie Brockunier of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter, born April 15, 2010, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Kaylee Ann Brockunier. Grandparents are David and Joyce Butterfield of Las Vegas, Dennis and Pat Simkins of Pocahontas, Terry Brockunier and Diane Stark, both of Quincy, Ill., and Johnny Girard of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Vivian Mars of Pocahontas and Mary Mesecher of Galesburg, Ill.

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Madison Brooke Light

Steve and Maranda Light of Minturn have announced the birth of a daughter, born April 27, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, five ounces, and has been named Madison Brooke Light. She has one older brother, Logan.

Grandparents are Gary and Karen Light of Minturn, Jackie Fultner of Hoxie and Eugene and Jan Fultner of Paragould.

Great-grandparents are Jewel Couch of Portia, John and Jessie Fultner of Hoxie, and Mary Abbott of Hoxie

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Weddings/Engagements

Bills ~ Privett

John and Rebecca Bills Martinolich of Bay St. Louis, Miss., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kasey Rose Bills, to Jason Paul Privett, of Biloxi, Miss., son of Paul and Sharon Privett of Black Rock.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of John and Bonnie Bills of Diamond Head, Miss.

She is a 2001 honor graduate of Mercy Cross High School and a 2009 honor graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She is employed as a charge nurse at the VA Hospital in Biloxi, Miss.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Miriam Ray Hodges of Sumter, S.C., Ruby Privett of Clover Bend and the late Carl Privett, the late William Ray and the late John Hodges.

He is a Biloxi High School graduate and served in "Operation Enduring Freedom" with the United States Air Force. Upon completion of his military tour, he attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro before moving back to Biloxi, Miss., where he is currently completing his degree in nursing at Gulf Coast Community College.

Jason is employed as a supervisor in receiving and warehouse at the Imperial Palace Casino in Biloxi.

The couple will exchange vows at the LaConcha Hotel in Key West, Fla., on June 25.

Following the wedding trip in Key West, the couple will reside in Biloxi.

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Brannon ~ Gaither

Rodney and Dawn Parker of Lynn and Russell Gaither of Arkadelphia have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Addison Gaither, to Brad Brannon, son of Howard and Barb Brannon of Lynn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Kenny and Judy Tidwell of Saffell and Betty Vest of Hope and the late Jackson Lawson and the late Paul Gaither.

She is a 2008 Hillcrest High School graduate and is attending University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. She is employed with Arkansas Parks and Tourism.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Les and Josie Brannon and the late Arthur and Naomi Oliver.

He is a 1999 Lynn High School graduate and is employed at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, May 15, at 2 p.m. at the Smithville Community Center. A reception will follow after the wedding.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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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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Truitt ~ Graham

Jerry and Trisha Truitt of Powhatan announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Meghan Shea Truitt, to Jeffrey Aaron Graham, son of Clayton Graham of Alicia and Brenda Graham of Smithville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ricky and Kathy Alberda of Powhatan and Don and Nina Truitt of Black Rock.

She is a 2009 Black Rock High School graduate and is currently attending Black River Technical College in Pochontas.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bud and Essie McElrath of Smithville and Bonnie Graham of Clover Bend and the late J.F. Graham.

He is a 2006 Hoxie High School graduate and is employed at Custom-Pak in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on May 22 at 2 p.m. at the Faith Worship Center of Portia. A reception will follow. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Tucker ~ Coney

Dr. and Mrs. Michael Tucker of White Hall announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Andrea Lynae Tucker of Conway, to Chad Steven Coney of Conway, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Coney Sr.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bart Voyles of Strawberry and Mary Lee Tucker and the late Bruce Tucker of White Hall. She is a graduate of White Hall High School and is attending the University of Central Arkansas and will receive a degree in English with a minor in sociology. She is employed at the Magie Mabrey Eye Clinic.

The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of Juanita Coney and the late Homer Coney of Greenbrier and the late Edwin Zakrzewski and the late Dorothy Zakrzewski, who lived in Marche. He is a graduate of Conway High School. He is the owner of C&S Guttering of Conway.

The wedding will take place Saturday, May 15, at 6 p.m. The couple will have a beach wedding held at a private residence in Seagrove Beach, Fla., with a reception to follow.

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Obituaries

Thomas Ray Belk Sr.

Thomas Ray Belk Sr., 68, of Walnut Ridge, died April 30, 2010, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

He had lived in Little Rock before moving to Walnut Ridge 16 years ago. He had served in the National Guard and was a welder. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Helen McDaniel Belk; a brother, Kenny Belk; and a grandson, William Cody Wade.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Miller Clopp Belk; three daughters, Cindy Wade and husband Keith, Little Rock, Lori Walker and husband Joe, Beech Grove, and Christine Melton and husband Danny, Walnut Ridge; four sons, Thomas Ray Belk Jr., Little Rock, Kenneth R. Belk and wife Heather, Sherwood, Edward L. Clopp Sr. and wife Tammy, Compton, and Randy L. Clopp, O'Kean; a sister, Renee Pruitt and husband Gary, Bay; a brother, Laymon Belk, Jonesboro; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Mark Harris officiating. Burial was in McDaniel Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Justin Walker, Gary Pruitt, Marvin Hargett, Talon Wade, Cheyenne Wade, Karie Joe Walker, Mark Tribble and Joe Walker. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Milburn, Randy Clopp, Stoney Wade, Rowdy Wade, Phillip Tolson, Danny Melton, Donald Clopp, Edward Clopp Jr. and Jeffery Clopp.

Memorials may be made at iBERIABANK in Walnut Ridge to offset medical and burial expenses.

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Lawrence Bragg

Lawrence Leroy Bragg, 78, of Ravenden, died April 26, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 22, 1931, in Ravenden, he was the son of Claude and Juanita Halstead Bragg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Rogers Bragg; and a brother, Cloyce Bragg.

Survivors include two sisters, Janet Starnes and Gaynell Meeks, both of Ravenden.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

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Barbara Brand

Barbara Brand, 66, of Walnut Ridge, died April 28, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence and Randolph Counties and was a member of the Portia Church of Christ. She was a factory worker and a home care worker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jeff Brand; her parents, Doyle and Callie Turner Lemmons; and a brother, Doyne Lemmons.

Survivors include two sons, Scott Cook, Springfield, Mo., and Jeffrey Brand, Walnut Ridge; a stepdaughter, Lorraine Mansker, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Phyllis Vaccari and Marjorie Myatt, both of Walnut Ridge; a brother, James Lemmons, Pocahontas; and five granddaughters, Britney Cook, Brooke Cook, Blair Cook, Sarah Woodson and Hannah Mansker.

A memorial service was held Friday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Robert Davis officiating. The body was cremated.

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James Percy Ellis

James Percy Ellis, 93, of Pocahontas, brother of William Russell "Bill" Ellis of Walnut Ridge, died April 30, 2010. Burial was Tuesday in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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Peter Joseph "Pete" Engel

Peter Joseph "Pete" Engel, 87, of Peach Orchard, father of Alan Engel of Ravenden and Jo Ann Bradley of Imboden, died May 1, 2010, at his home. Burial was Monday in St. Bernard Cemetery at Knobel under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home of Corning.

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Kazuko Falor

Kazuko Falor, 81, of Imboden, died April 27, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 18, 1928, in Japan, she was the daughter of Hatsuko Nishimura. She was a homemaker and was a retired cook for Cave City Nursing Home. She was a member of Mount View Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Emerson Falor; and a sister, Mitzi Alex.

Survivors include a daughter, Inez Smith, Powhatan; and a brother, Tsukasa Arao, Japan.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Mount View Cemetery, near Cave City, under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.

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Harold S. Gordon

Harold S. Gordon, 79, of Paragould, died April 29, 2010, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born Dec. 25, 1930, he had lived in Cherokee Village before moving to Paragould two years ago.

All services will be private and under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

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Dewey Hancock

Dewey "Dale" Hancock, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died April 29, 2010, at his home.

A carpenter, he was a member of Free Street Church of Christ and the Aurora 423 Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Faburn Lee and Tennie Ann Wiseman Hancock; four brothers, Lehman Hancock, Finous Hancock, Cecil Hancock and Buford Hancock; and two sisters, Theda Busby and Hazel Scott.

Survivors include his wife, Imogene Hancock; two daughters, Shirley Coker and husband Don, Brookland, and Cecilia Davidson and husband Ron, Beaverton, Ore.; a brother, Orville Hancock and wife Pauline, Fort Worth, Texas; a sister-in-law, Wilma Hancock, Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Kiley Coker, Zack Coker, Megan Davidson and Nick Davidson; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Free Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge with Don House officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ed Golden, Donnie Busby, Charles Howell, Doug Arnold, Bob Anderson and Ray Dacus.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

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Dorothy Jean Henry

Dorothy Jean "Tippie" Henry, 84, of Highland, formerly of Ravenden, died May, 1, 2010, at Fulton County Hospital.

Born July 28, 1925, in Blytheville, she was the daughter of Stanley M. and Susie Bradley Trotter. She was a homemaker and a member of the Ravenden Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carmack Henry; two brothers, Jim "Bud" Trotter, and an infant brother; and five sisters, Louise "Sally" Duncan, Darlene "Leaney" Noth, and Betty "Corky" Bettis; and two infant sisters.

Survivors include a son, Stanley Henry, Tennessee; a daughter, Donna Dickey, Highland; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Tri-County Funeral Home in Highland with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial was in Williford Cemetery.

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Bertha Marie Lasiter

Bertha Marie Lasiter, 50, of Walnut Ridge, died May 3, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

A homemaker, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Delmar and Brenda Whitlow Wade; and her grandparents.

Survivors include her husband, Jeff Lasiter; two daughters, Somer Huskey and Autumn Lasiter, both of Walnut Ridge; a son Jeffrey Lasiter, of the home; three brothers, Danny Wade and wife Jeanette, Roseburg, Ore., and Randy Wade and wife Melody, and Steven Wade and wife Donna, all of Walnut Ridge; and three grandchildren.

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Don LeMay

Don LeMay, 71, of Jonesboro, died April 27, 2010, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Born March 17, 1939, in Alicia, he was a retired construction project supervisor with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Mary LeMay; and a brother, Charles D. LeMay.

Survivors include a son, Gregory LeMay, Bono; and two grandchildren, Bo LeMay and Seaaira Johnson.

No services will be held.

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

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Betty Norris

Betty Jo Coffin Norris, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died May 3, 2010, in Newport.

Born July 23, 1925, in Flint, Mich., she was the daughter of Leo and Rebecca Barret Coffin. She was a homemaker and a member of the Swifton United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Norris; and two brothers, Charles Coffin and Bob Coffin.

Survivors include two sons, Eddie Norris and wife Kaye, North Little Rock, and Larry Norris and wife Shirley, Tuckerman; two daughters, Nancy Whittaker, Walnut Ridge, and Becky Keaton and husband Butch, Swifton; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 1 p.m. at Swifton Cemetery with Bro. Mark Duncan officiating. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Carrie Perry

Carrie Irene Perry, 92, of Light, died April 26, 2010, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

Born Sept. 17, 1917, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Nicholas and Rachel Agnes Smith Stone. She was a homemaker and volunteered at the Light Community Center. She was a member of Light Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Floyd Book; a granddaughter, Jana Kalna; and seven siblings.

Survivors include her husband, Andrew Perry; two daughters, Janis Rhoads, Imperial, Mo., and Brenda Kay Stone, Paragould; a brother, James Vernon Stone, Imperial, Mo.; four grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Raymond Atwood officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

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Charles L. Stewart

Charles L. Stewart, 70, of Ridgedale, Mo., formerly of Black Rock, died April 13, 2010, at his home.

Born July 29, 1939, in Harrisburg, he retired from General Motors in St. Louis after 32 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ulis A. and Ruby Meeker Stewart.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Wilford Stewart, a native of Black Rock, whom he married Jan. 10, 1965; a son, Randall W. Stewart, Ridgedale, Mo.; two daughters, Anita Jones and husband Rick, Florissant, Mo., and Elaine Oberheim and husband Dustin, Overland, Mo.; a brother, Glenn A. Stewart and wife Raye, Highland; two sisters, Sue Pierce and husband Dennis, Ash Flat, and Deloris Lenz and husband George, Heber Springs; 10 grandchildren, Nick Stewart, Kassie Boehm, Justine Stewart, Morgan Stillman, Garrett Challans, Jarrett Challans, Charly Challans, Wyatt Jones, Caitlyn Oberheim and Courtney Oberheim; and two great-grandsons.

A celebration of his life will be held Monday, May 10, in Branson, Mo. The body was cremated. Back to Top

Alvin Junior Warren

Alvin Junior Warren, 87, of Little Rock, father of Rose Ehrhardt of Alicia, died May 4, 2010. Funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Bingham Road Baptist Church with Bro. Ed Hinkson officiating. Burial will be in Ivy Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Drummond Funeral Home of Little Rock. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, Inc., 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR 72116 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/drummond. Back to Top

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