May 19, 2010 Edition

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Weddings/Engagements

Brown ~ Golden Brown ~ Middlecoff Crowson ~ Poposky
Highfield ~ Brown

Obituaries

James E. Boozer Ratchford Warren Brandon Jeweline Ruth Cole
Hoyt Shell Alfred David Slagley Alan David Whitmire
Terri L. Worley

Weddings/Engagements

Brown ~ Golden

Jennifer Erin Brown and Brent Andrew Golden, both of West Monroe, La., will exchange wedding vows on June 12 at 7 p.m. in Farmerville, La.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Keith and Lela Brown of Havana, Fla., and April and Jeff Holdiness of Calhoun, La.

The prospective groom is the son of Howard Golden of Hoxie and the late Darlene Golden and Judy and Gary Brannon of Farmerville, La.

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Brown ~ Middlecoff

James Brown of Phoenix and Dawn Corder of Bono announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Patricia Danielle Brown, to William Travis Middlecoff, son of Carry Middlecoff of Imboden and Mary Harp of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Howard and Opal Corder of Kearney, Ariz., and is a 2007 Westside High School graduate. She is employed in housekeeping at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mary Ditto of Hoxie and is a 2003 Hoxie High School graduate. He is first assistant at Sonic of Bono.

The couple will exchange vows at a double-ring ceremony on May 22 at 2 p.m. at the Friendly Hope Baptist Church in Jonesboro. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Crowson ~ Poposky

Kimberly Eileene Crowson and Louis Joseph Poposky Jr. have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Mary Ann Crowson of Piggott, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and the late Stephen Crowson. She is the granddaughter of the late Howard and Mary Crowson, who lived in Greenway, and the late Jack and Dorothy Beakley, who lived in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the son of Louis and Minnie Poposky Sr. of Conway. He is the grandson of the late Joseph and Johanna Bure, who lived in Argyle, Mo., and the late Joe and Marie Poposky, who lived in Pine Bluff.

Kim is a 1992 graduate of Piggott High School and a 1996 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She is assistant controller at the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.

Louis is a 1985 graduate of Watson Chapel High School and a 1989 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He is a chemist with the Arkansas Department of Health.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. at Hitt's Chapel Church in Piggott.

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Highfield ~ Brown

Eric and Lori Highfield of Smithville have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Christin Rena Highfield, to Nicholas Wayne Brown, son of Billy and Kimberly Brown of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Owen and Mary Sharp and Earl and Doris Highfield, all of Smithville.

She is a 2009 Hillcrest High School graduate and is currently attending Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. She is employed at Roger's Pharmacy in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bill and Betty Brown of Sedgwick and Larry and Frances Forrester of Hoxie. He is the great-grandson of Audrey Forrester and Georgia Huskey, both of Walnut Ridge.

He is a 2003 Hoxie High School graduate and is employed by the United States Postal Service.

The couple will exchange vows in a double-ring ceremony on June 5 at 6 p.m. at the Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Hoxie. A reception will follow the wedding at the church. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Obituaries

James E. Boozer

James E. Boozer, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died May 13, 2010, at his home.

Born June 18, 1927, at Walcott, he was the son of Frank and Ida Mae Boozer. He had lived in Walnut Ridge for the past 55 years and was retired from Vulcan Last Plant, where he was employed for 30 years. He was a longtime member of Woodmen of the World and was a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Mayo Boozer and Glenn Boozer; four sisters, Mary Imogene, Loretta Boozer, Willodean Pierce and Albertine Luke; and a grandson, Cooley Boozer.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 61 years, Mary Wayland Boozer; two daughters, Connie Rose and husband Larry, Rogersville, Mo., and Debi Hart and husband Blake, Walnut Ridge; a son, Frank Boozer and wife Zarina, Haiyang, China; grandchildren, Jarrod Rose, Oakley and Paul Tyler, Houston and Lindsey Hart, Elizabeth Boozer and MacKenzie Boozer; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Carl Boozer, Craig Boozer, Hunter Burris, Shane Heard, Darrell Wayland and Alan Wayland. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Boozer, Scott Wayland, Jay Cooper and Jonathan Heard.

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

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Ratchford Warren Brandon

Ratchford Warren Brandon, 88, of High Point, N.C., died May 14, 2010, at the Pennybyrn at Maryfield retirement community in High Point.

Born Sept. 8, 1921, in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of Conrad C. and Fannie M. Tompkins Brandon. He was a sales representative with the Pittsburg Hat and Cap Co. from 1948 until his retirement. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres aboard the U.S.S. Gillette. He had lived in High Point since 1961 and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Eloice Fusco Brandon; and two brothers, Laverne "Blackie" Brandon and Clifford Eugene Brandon.

Survivors include his wife, Melba Juanita Craft Brandon, whom he married May 10, 1944, in Holly Springs, Miss.; a daughter, Juanita B. Warriner and husband David, High Point, N.C.; three sons, Warren Brandon and wife Linda, Oak Ridge, N.C., John Brandon and wife Penny, High Point, N.C., and Stephen Jeffrey Brandon and wife Nancy, Richmond, Va.; a brother, Carl Conrad Brandon Jr., Missouri; and four grandchildren, Jack Brandon, Robby Brandon, Kate Brandon and Emily Warriner.

A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in High Point with Rev. Erin Bowers officiating. The body was cremated. Sechrest Funeral Service of High Point had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 918 N. Main St., High Point, NC 27262 or to Pennybyrn at Maryfield, 109 Penny Road, High Point, NC 27260.

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

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Jeweline Ruth Nelson Cole

Jeweline Ruth Nelson Cole, 87, of Paragould, died May 11, 2010.

Born Jan. 1, 1923, in Beech Grove, she was the daughter of Jim and Maudie Harvill Nelson. A homemaker, she lived her entire adult life in Paragould and was a member of First Baptist Church of Paragould.

Survivors include her husband of 71 years, J.W. Cole; six children, Joan Bazzell and husband Harry, Kennett, Mo., Bob Cole and wife Mary Ann, Walnut Ridge, Barbara Olive and husband David, Germantown, Tenn., Millie Bingham and husband Bud, Trumann, and Judy Allen and husband Phil and Sara Cole, all of Paragould; 13 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Friday at noon at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with her grandson, Robert J. "Bobby" Cole, officiating

Grandsons and great-grandsons served as pallbearers.

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Hoyt Shell

Hoyt Shell, 78, of Evening Shade, brother of Rev. Frank Shell of Batesville, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and grandfather of Jeffrey Shell of Powhatan, died May 13, 2010, at his home. Burial was Sunday in Caney Springs Cemetery at Zion under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

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Alfred David Slagley

Alfred David "Slim" Slagley, 86, of Swifton, died May 18, 2010, at his home.

Born March 30, 1924, in Swifton, he was the son of Wiley and Mary Ann Williford Slagley. He was a World War II Army veteran, earning a Purple Heart for his service, and a retired farmer. He was a member of the VFW and the Swifton Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Fortenberry Slagley; and two brothers, Johnie William Slagley and Shelby Dee Slagley.

Survivors include two brothers, Woodrow Tillman Slagley, Swifton, and Wylie Devurn Slagley, Salem.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Visitation is tonight from 6-9 p.m.

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

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Alan David Whitmire

Alan David Whitmire, 50, of Hoxie, died May 15, 2010, at his home.

Born Aug. 15, 1959, in Rockford, Ill., he had formerly worked at Skil and was a member of Free Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jasper Whitmire.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Ann Flippo Whitmire, whom he married Jan. 17, 1989; a son, Alan Whitmire II, of the home; his mother, Hazel Lamb Whitmire, Jonesboro; two sisters, Karen Riggs and Amy Whitmire, both of Hoxie; and a brother, Ralph Whitmire, Granite City, Ill.

No services are scheduled. The body was cremated. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Terri L. Worley

Terri L. Worley, 37, of Rochelle, Ill., died May 13, 2010.

Born Feb. 10, 1973, in Phoenix, she was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle.

Survivors include her husband, John E. Worley Jr., whom she married April 9, 1998 in Walnut Ridge; a son, Johnathon E. Worley III, of the home; three daughters, Tierzia Worley, Cassandra Worley and Shawnna Worley, all of the home; her parents, Floyd and Sally Jones Benedict, Phoenix; a brother, Floyd Benedict, Buffalo, N.Y.; and three sisters, Pamela Ortiz, Darlene Griffith and Laura Benedict, all of Phoenix.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle, Ill. Unger-Horner Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

A memorial fund has been established to the family.

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

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