May 12, 2010 Edition

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Addison Brae Croom


Debow ~ Smith Parmenter ~ McCormic Smith ~ Thomason


Joan Arline Christopher Shelby Jean Davenport Harvey Haynes
John E. McCord Sharon J. Schmidt Alvin Junior Warren


Addison Brae Croom

Stephen Croom and Stephanie Hillhouse of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born March 26, 2010, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Addison Brae Croom.

She has an older sister, Carley, six.

Grandparents are Willie and Loretta Croom of Powhatan and Donny and Sheila Hillhouse of Portia.

Great-grandparents are Larry and Beverly Couch of Portia and David and Gladys Woodson of Powhatan.

Jewell Couch of Portia is the baby's great-great-grandmother.

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Debow ~ Smith

Cresent Hotel Gardens was the setting Sunday, April 25, at 1 p.m. for the double-ring ceremony uniting Shannon René Debow and Jonathan David Smith in marriage.

The bride is the daughter of J. Stanley and Krystal Debow of Sedgwick, and Sandy Debow of Jonesboro. She is the granddaughter of Stella Riggs of Hoxie and Leona Debow Chrisman of Sedgwick.

The bridegroom is the son of Cleatus and Mary Ann Smith of Powhatan. He is the grandson of Cleades and Barbara Smith of Mountain View.

Bill Otts performed the ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by deejay Mike Hodgson of All Around Sound.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. Christine Debow of Walnut Ridge served as maid of honor and bridesmaids were Misty Aaron of Black Rock, Crystal Kellum of Paragould and Brenda Banks of Jonesboro.

Flower girls were Ty Cook and Emma Debow. Sarah Callahan of Walnut Ridge and Kristal Jones of Minturn served as wedding coordinators.

Michael Smith of Portia served as best man. Groomsmen were Zach Smith of Powhatan, J. Stanley Debow II of Paragould and Dalton Melton.

Ringbearer was Colton Melton and usher was Michael Woodson of Walnut Ridge.

A reception was held at the Cresent Conservatory in Eureka Springs following the wedding. The couple enjoyed an extended say in Eureka Springs as their wedding trip.

She is the office manager at Farm Air Corporation, and he is a pilot at Hammock's Flying Service.

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Parmenter ~ McCormic

Sara Beth Parmenter and Jeremy Brenton McCormic, both of Paragould, will exchange wedding vows on June 5 at 6 p.m. at the Atkins Celebration Hall in Paragould.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Nick and Susan Watson of Paragould and the late Randy Parmenter. She is the granddaughter of Harold and Dorothy Tracer and J.W. Parmenter, all of Rector, and John and Frankie Small of St. Louis.

The prospective groom is the son of Wendell and Sandra McCormic of Portia and the grandson of Lowell and Bonnie Richey of Powhatan and Gene and Wanda McCormic of Portia.

All family and friends are invited to attend the wedding and the reception, which will follow in the Atkins Celebration Hall in Paragould.

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Smith ~ Thomason

Drew Thomason and Molly Smith were united in marriage on April 18 at Petite Jean Mountain.

The bride was walked down the aisle by her father, who also peformed the ceremony. She is the daughter of Joe and Kathy Sywalski of Morrilton and Bryan and Lucinda Smith of Black Rock.

The groom is the son of Lanette Thomason of Nashville, Tenn. and Paul Thomason of Damascus.

The couple honeymooned in Hot Springs before returning to their home in Morrilton.

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Joan Arline Christopher

Joan Arline Christopher, 74, of Strawberry, died May 8, 2010, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

She had lived in Missouri before moving to Lawrence County 22 years ago. She was a homemaker and was retired from ConAgra in Batesville. She was of the Methodist belief.

She was preceded in death by a son, Keith George; her parents, William and Pauline Reid Keith; and two infant sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby Christopher; two daughters, Rhonda Harper, Lynn, and Tammy Humes, Walnut Ridge; a son, Bryan Christopher, Lynn; a sister, Jane Elliott, St. Louis; a brother, William Keith Jr., Pontiac, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held by the family on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lynn United Methodist Church with Bob McMillon officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. The body was cremated.

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Shelby Jean Conway Davenport

Shelby Jean Conway Davenport, 71, of Pocahontas, mother of Betty Konecny of Ravenden, died May 5, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Sunday in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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Harvey Haynes

Harvey Haynes, 85, of Festus, Mo., died April 30, 2010, at his home.

Born Jan. 15, 1925, in Ravenden, he was the son of Melvin and Mittie Stratton Haynes. He was a retired truck driver for Rennick Trucking Co., and was a member of Imperial Car Club.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys Ozella Green.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Opal Prentiss Haynes; three sons, Larry Haynes and wife Ellen, House Springs, Mo., Donnie Haynes and wife Janet and Denny Haynes and wife Vickie, all of DeSoto, Mo.; five sisters, Lugene Smith, Walcott, Lucille Springer, St. Louis, Marcella Milligan and Ruth Ball, both of Paducah, Ky., and Sheila Hinson, Paragould; three brothers, Kenneth Haynes, House Springs, Mo., Cecil Haynes, Hoxie, and R.L. Haynes, Black Rock; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday, May 4, at Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus, Mo., with Rev. James Owens officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery at DeSoto, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 460 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141.

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John E. McCord

John E. McCord, 78, of Rockford, Ill., formerly of Clover Bend, died May 6, 2010, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.

Born Dec. 5, 1931, at Clover Bend, he was the son of Marvin and Etta Evans McCord. A U.S. Army veteran, he worked for many years at Rockford Products and retired from Camcar in 1993. He had been a member of Church of Christ East Side for the past 14 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Weyrauch McCord, in 1996; two brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include four daughters, Carlyn Sue James and husband Tim, Patricia Whittaker, Mary Wilson and husband Scott, and Trina Krueger and husband David, all of Rockford; a son, John McCord Jr., Rockford; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 11 a.m. at Clover Bend Cemetery with Don House officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Sharon J. Schmidt

Sharon J. Schmidt, 67, of Walnut Ridge, died May 7, 2010, at her home.

Born Oct. 25, 1942, in Portia, she was the daughter of Cecil and Melva Woodson Gaines. She was a homemaker and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Schmidt, whom she married July 8, 1958; four daughters, Theresa Brinkman, Tucson, Ariz., Rita Hunt, Sumner, Iowa, Marcy Brinkman, Whittier, Calif., and Paula Thienes, Huntington Beach, Calif.; a son, Kevin Schmidt, Las Vegas; three brothers, Jerry Gaines, Rockford, Ill., David Gaines, Hot Springs, and Randy Gaines, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Linda Clifford, Virginia, and Diana Neldon, Jonesboro; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Missionary Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bro. Joel McMasters officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Jeff Brinkman, Jeremy Hunt, Matt Hunt, Kevin Schmidt, Adam Brinkman and Michael Hunt.

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Alvin Junior Warren

Alvin Junior Warren, 87, of Little Rock, died May 4, 2010.

Born Aug. 20, 1922, in Kennett, Mo., he was the son of William Marion and Dora Bell Warren. He lived in the Walnut Ridge area for approximately 40 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran who was stationed in the Philippines. He received many medals for his service, including a Purple Heart. He was a member of Bingham Road Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Helen Louise Griffin and Deborah Lynn Warren.

Survivors include his wife, Macel Warren; a son, William Darrell Warren and wife Karen, Guy; two daughters, Margie Hannah, Little Rock, and Rose Ehrhardt, Alicia; three stepsons, Ed Hogue, Ronnie Hogue and Danny Hogue; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Bingham Road Baptist Church with Bro. Ed Hinkson officiating and Eugene Griffin giving the eulogy. Burial was in Ivy Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Drummond Funeral Home of Little Rock.

Pallbearers were Dewayne Griffin, Len Warren, Michael Warren, Tevin Jackson, Kody Faucette, Ed Hogue, Ronnie Hogue, Danny Hogue and Benton Frost.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, Inc., 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR 72116 or St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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