June 2, 2010 Edition

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Whitley Marie Womack


Brown ~ Bookout Crafton ~ Barr Saffel ~ Abbott


Boyce E. Coggins Cortney Michael Cook Glenda Wilson Davidson
Lillie Mae Flippo Ellamae Owens Foster Dr. James Roger Grissom
Julia Olene Hartsell L.K. Holt Sr. Pauline Jane Pitcher
Ray Warner Smith Benny Wayne Webb Chester A. Williams


Whitley Marie Womack

Rob and Stacy Womack of Pocahontas, formerly of Walnut Ridge, have announced the birth of a daughter, born May 23, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Whitley Marie Womack. She has three siblings, Shebi, six, Reagan, four, and Mattison, two.

Grandparents are Tony and Mary Erwin of Black Rock and Bobby and Janet Womack of Batesville.

Great-grandparents are Helen Kreal of Ravenden, Fred Harrison of McCrory and Charles and Eugenia Womack of Conway.

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Brown ~ Bookout

Paul and Janice Brown of Black Rock have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann Brown, to James Wesley Bookout, son of Catherine Bookout of Walnut Ridge and the late William Bookout.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Paul and Betty West of Pocahontas and the late German and Opal Brown.

She is a 1987 Walnut Ridge High School graduate and received an accounting degree from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. She is currently contracting as a manufacturing cost accountant for Boon Edam, a Holland based company headquartered in Lillington, N.C.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Ruby Privett of Portia and the late Carl Privett and the late Johnny and Shelby Bookout.

He graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1989 and received his masters degree in finance from Arkansas State University. He is a dealer development manager on the East Coast for John Deere in Raleigh, N.C.

The couple will exchange vows in a double-ring ceremony on the beach in Nags Head, N.C., in May. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Crafton ~ Barr

Clyda and Mark Massey of Black Rock and Tim and Sheila Crafton of Brookland announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Tarry Glenn Crafton, to Benjamin Jacob Barr, son of Kenny and Pam Barr of Maynard.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Clyde and Leila Park of Hope and Shelba Crafton of Paragould and the late Wayland Crafton.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Ralph and Erma Hill of Maynard and Maxine Barr of Pocahontas and the late Billy Barr.

The ceremony will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pocahontas on Saturday, June 19, at noon with a reception to follow. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

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Saffel ~ Abbott

Wendell and Cathy Saffell of Cave City announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Wendee Breann Saffell, to Larry Daniel Abbott, son of Daniel and Angie Abbott of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Billie and Avanell Saffell of Saffell and Lehman and Louvell Duncan of Swifton. She is a 2007 Cave City High School graduate and is a junior at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Larry and Mary King of Walnut Ridge and Mary Abbott of Hoxie and the late Junior Abbott. He is a 2005 Hoxie High School graduate and is employed at Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.

The couple will exchange vows on July 24 at 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cave City. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Boyce E. Coggins

Boyce E. Coggins, 80, of Caraway, died May 26, 2010, at the VA Medical Center in Memphis.

Born Feb. 15, 1930, in Strawberry, he was the son of James Walter and Elois Mauney Coggins. He lived most of his life in the Caraway area and was a member of the Mangrum Church of Christ. He was a Korean War veteran, having received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Neva Coggins; a son, Mitchell Coggins; three brothers, Paul Coggins, Verl Coggins and Claude Coggins; a sister, Lorene Puckett; and a grandson, Kris Coggins.

Survivors include five sons, Danny Coggins, Huntsville, Brock Coggins and John Coggins, both of Caraway, Greg Coggins, Tallahassee, Fla., and Tim Coggins, Paragould; a daughter, Robin Harper, Caraway; three brothers, Vernon Coggins, Horn Lake, Miss., Wilburn Coggins, Caraway, and Don Coggins, Jonesboro; two sisters, Armelda Lee, Jonesboro, and Madge Taylor, Caraway; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service with military honors was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Caraway Cemetery with Chub Qualls officiating. Emerson Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Sons served as pallbearers.

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

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Cortney Michael Cook

Cortney Michael Cook, 27, of Little Rock, died May 30, 2010.

Born July 11, 1982, in Searcy, he was a 2000 graduate of Hoxie High School and was a student at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. He was a manager at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock and was of the Methodist belief. Cortney was a one of a kind and will be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Steve Cook.

Survivors include his parents, State Representative of District 80 David and Phyllis Cook, Williford; a brother, Phillip Cook, Little Rock; a sister, Charis Mian, Bryant; his maternal grandmother, Berniece Holder, Walnut Ridge; three nieces, Chellen Cook, Syrah Mian and Serene Mian; a nephew, Zan Mian; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Deacon Marlyn Tate officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas. Pallbearers will be Tony Davis, Matt Davis, Adam Tate, Will Tate, Bo Lynch and Irfan Mian. Honorary Pallbearers will be Brandon Sisco, Chris Brady, Matt Cook, Blake Liscomb, Justin Cross, Justin Cupid, Kerry Miller, Anthony Swindle, Enrique Jimenez and Gordon Johnson.

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Glenda Wilson Davidson

Glenda Fay Wilson Davidson of Walnut Ridge, died May 30, 2010, at her home.

She had lived in Lawrence County most of her life and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ruth Walker and Dan Self, and Virgil Sr. and Louise Wilson.

Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Davidson; a daughter, Kelly Johnson, 29 Palms, Calif.; three sons, Gary Swindle, Walnut Ridge, Jamie Davidson, Jonesboro, and Stacy Davidson, Alicia; her father, Virgil Junior Wilson, Walnut Ridge, her mother, Ruth Earlene Self Franks, Equality, Ala.; three sisters, Carolyn Wilson and Betty Gail Kirby, both of Alicia, and Crystal Kunkel, Hoxie; three brothers, Bobby Wilson, Yellville, Daniel Wilson, Alicia, and Junior Wilson, Hoxie; and six grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Junior Briner officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gary Swindle, Jacob Armstrong, Stacy Davidson, Jamie Davidson, Cody Davidson, Daniel Wilson, Bobby Wilson and Junior Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Roy Paul Davidson, Jason Luster, Tim Hodge, Ben Davidson and Brian Davidson.

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Lillie Mae Flippo

Lillie Mae Flippo, 94, formerly of Smithville, died May 29, 2010, at Frene Valley Healthcare.

Born May 4, 1916, in Smithville, she was the daughter of George W. and Gertie Lee Helms. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of New Hope Baptist Church in Smithville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Cletue Flippo, in September 1976, whom she married Oct. 18, 1937, in Lawrence County; five brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Flippo and wife Phyllis, Portia, and Bobby Flippo and wife Brenda, Jonesboro; a daughter, Janet Rademacher and friend David York, Owensville, Mo.; a brother, Charles Helms, Pleasant Plains; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock with Rev. Harold Russell officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

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

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Ellamae Owens Foster

Ellamae Owens Foster, 84, of Jonesboro, died May 27, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 6, 1925, she was the daughter of Winston and Maudie Owens. She had lived in Jonesboro for 40 years, after moving from Egypt.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lois Long and Johnnie Brogdon; and two brothers, Will Owens and Chester "Check" Owens.

Survivors include five daughters, Sandra "Sandie" Houston and husband Gary, Bono, Linda McClintock and husband Bill and Brenda Sharp and husband Bob, all of Jonesboro, Judy Foster and husband Andy, Imboden, and Mecca McClintock, Mesa, Ariz.; a son, Ricky Foster, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Ruby Yielding, Shawnee, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Markham Cemetery, near Egypt, with Willie Wilbanks officiating. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

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Dr. James Roger Grissom

Dr. James Roger Grissom, 63, of Little Rock, died May 31, 2010, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

Born Nov. 8, 1946, in Jonesboro, he was a 1964 graduate of Hoxie High School. He was a hematologist and oncologist with Little Rock Hematology/Oncology Associates and was of the Methodist belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Grissom.

Survivors include his wife, Neena Shipman Grissom, whom he married June 26, 1976; his mother, Ethrene Rice Grissom, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Sara Gilliam and husband Johnny, Hoxie; two nieces, Hayley Harbaugh, Oklahoma City, and Sonya Dry, Walnut Ridge; and three nephews, Matt Gilliam, Jonesboro, Brian Shipman, Memphis, and Jake Harbaugh, Oklahoma City.

Funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Hoxie Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Winberry officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Matt Gilliam, Johnny Gilliam, Eric Dry, Mark Harbaugh, Harold Shipman and Brian Shipman.

Visitation is Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to the Pulaski County Humane Society.

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Julia Olene Hartsell

Julia Olene Hartsell, 91, of Corning, died May 28, 2010, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Born May 22, 1919, in Saffell, she was the daughter of Andy and Bama Harris. She was a homemaker and a member of the Corning First Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Hartsell; two daughters, Lola Hartsell Morgan and Laverne Hartsell Warren; a son, Larry Ray Hartsell; two brothers, Ernest Harris and Borden Harris; and a grandson, Rickey Welch.

Survivors include three daughters, Lavon Pierce and husband Jim and Loretta Hardin and husband Bobby, all of Corning, and LaWanda Hooten and husband Larry, Paragould; a sister, Anga Henderson, Tuckerman; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home with Tim Burgess officiating. Burial was in Gracelawn Cemetery at Tuckerman.

Pallbearers were Bryan Hooten, Ernie Welch, Larry Don George, Zach Eudy, Ted Briney and Michael Horton. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Eudy and Gage Briney.

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L.K. Holt Sr.

L.K. (Leemon) Holt, 101, formerly of Manila, and a resident of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, died May 25, 2010.

Born Dec. 30, 1908, in the Kings Mills community, near Ash Flat, he was the son of James Monroe and Rose Lee Armstrong Holt. He attended Arkansas A&M (now Arkansas State University), of which he was the oldest living alumnus of the agriculture department. He received a degree in agriculture from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

He lived most of his adult life in Manila, where he was a farmer and served on the city council. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Manila.

He was employed by Manila Public Schools for 38 years, serving as high school principal and as advisor for the Future Farmers of America.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Grace Isbell Holt, in 1989; a daughter, Anita Wright; a son, Tim Holt; a sister, Vernal Holt Isbell; and three grandchildren, Julianne Bollinger, Grace Roddy and David Roddy.

Survivors include six daughters, Rosa Lee Bollinger and husband Sammy, Manila, Louise Roddy and husband Pete, Jonesboro, Nancy Williams and husband Danny, Mabelvale, Jane Gaither and husband Johnny, Walnut Ridge, Ann Berry and husband Tony, Sacramento, Calif., and Mary Holt, Dalhart, Texas; three sons, Jim Wright, San Antonio, L.K. Holt Jr. and wife Doris, Snow Lake, and John Holt and wife Linda, Hoxie; 29 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas FFA Association, Three Capitol Mall, Luther S. Hardin Bldg., Little Rock, AR 72201, the Manila Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 670, Manila, AR, 72442, Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries, P.O. Box 552, Little Rock AR 72203, or online at abchomes.org, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105, or online at www.stjude.org/donatenow

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

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Pauline Jane Pitcher

Pauline Jane Pitcher, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died May 24, 2010.

Born Aug. 7, 1923, in Supply, she was the daughter of William and Pernecci Cato.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Pitcher; three sons, Jim Duff, Cincinnati, Harrell Duff, Findlay, Ohio, and Larry Duff, Frisco, Texas; a brother, Bo Cato, Doniphan, Mo.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

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Ray Warner Smith

Ray Warner Smith, 73, of Black Rock, died May 25, 2010, in Memphis.

He had lived in Lawrence County most of his life and was retired from Lincoln Manufacturing. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Free Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lorene Whittaker Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Toledo Murry Smith; three daughters, Christie Neuenschwander, Collierville, Tenn., Tracy Bonham, Pennsylvana, and Mikah Dotson, Jacksonville, N.C.; a son, Scott Smith, Jonesboro; a sister, Ruth Smith, Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Johnnie Smith and Paul Smith, both of Black Rock; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Boyce Cate and Don House officiating. Burial was in Whittaker Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Noel Bullard, George Morris, Eddie Russell, Roger Swindle, Tyler Neuenschwander and Mike Crossno. Honorary pallbearer was Charles Belk.

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Benny Wayne Webb

Benny Wayne Webb, 59, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Black Rock, died May 29, 2010, at his home, following a lengthy illness.

Born in Jonesboro, he was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Webb.

Survivors include his wife, Shelia Milgrim Webb; a son, Tracy Webb, Joplin, Mo.; a stepdaughter, Ashley Milgrim, Walnut Ridge; his mother, Bonnie Webb; three sisters, Linda McMullin, Batesville, and Brenda Webb and Tammy Ditto, both of Walnut Ridge; and a grandchild, Tracyie Webb.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Kelly Cemetery near Black Rock.

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Chester A. Williams

Chester A. Williams, 94, of Olympia, Wash., died April 12, 2010.

He lived at Smithville with his grandparents, George W. and Lula Winfrey Perkins, until he moved to California to be with his mother. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a mechanic. He worked on marine engines, as well as cars, and kept the calliope running while he was a Shriner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stella Perkins McPike Williams and Otis McPike; his adoptive father, Edward Robert Williams; and a brother, Homer Williams.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Eleanor Floch Williams; a daughter, Gayle Bray; a granddaughter, Randee Haroldeson; and two great-great-grandsons.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210-2472.

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