June 9, 2010 Edition

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Evan Clay Knight


Fuller ~ Smith Richey ~ Lomax Swaty ~ McMullen


Ada Belle Carey Mary Lou Earles Gregory Fender
Leona Mae Gall Stephania Hammond Mable Lee Hatfield
Maurice Hays Hurd Clarence Cleo Jenkins P.T. Meredith
Hilda Worthington


Evan Clay Knight

Eric and Sarah Knight of Springdale have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born May 2, 2010, at Willow Creek Women's Hospital in Springdale.

The baby weighed six pounds, three ounces, and has been named Evan Clay Knight.

Grandparents are Ronnie and Anita Knight of Walnut Ridge and Carey and JoAnn Wilcoxson of Calico Rock.

Great-grandparents are Helen Knight and Patsy Holder, both of Bono.

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Fuller ~ Smith

Monte Fuller of West Fork and Glenda Fuller of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Monica ReneŽ Fuller, to Christopher David Smith, son of Tim and Alice Smith of Searcy.

The bride-elect is a 2006 Oak Ridge Central High School graduate and is a 2010 graduate of Lyon College with a bachelor's degree in history.

The prospective groom is a 2002 Searcy High School graduate and is employed at the Bryce Corporation in Searcy.

The couple will exchange vows on June 19 at 6 p.m. at Sunset Ridge in Judsonia. A reception will follow the ceremony.

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Richey ~ Lomax

Rick and Lesa Gramling of Stanford and Jackie and Martha Richey of Eaton have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Julia Rhandi Kaye Richey, to John Clemmons Lomax III, son of John C. Lomax II of Manila and Larry and Beth Tipton of Savannah, Ga.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Julia V. Smith, formerly of Lawrence County, Loyd and Catherine Richey of Eaton and the late Walter "Salt" and Marie Gramling of Stanford.

She is a 2002 Delaplaine High School graduate and graduated from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 2006 with an early childhood education degree.

She is a member of the Standford Baptist Church and is a first-grade math and science teacher at the Math and Science Magnet School in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Jean and Sue Jorn of Manila and the late John and Dirdie Louise Lomax.

He graduated in 2004 from the Manila School District and is employed at Nucor-Yamato Steel.

The couple will exchange vows on June 11 at noon at Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. Following the ceremony the couple will spend a week in Juneau and will reside in Jonesboro.

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Swaty ~ McMullen

Daniel and Martha Swaty of Little Rock announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Grace Magdalene Swaty, to Mark Andrew McMullen, son of Jim McMullen of Jonesboro and Sherri Mitchell of Solomon, Md.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Swaty of Little Rock. She is a graduate of Bryant High School and is a registered nurse at Arkansas Children's Hospital in the emergency room.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Vivian Hoffman of Walnut Ridge and the late Billy Joe Hoffman and Everett and Jean Pinkston of Portia. He will be employed at Baptist Medical Center as a registered nurse in the emergency department.

The ceremony will take place on June 27 at 3 p.m. at the Western Hills United Methodist Church in Little Rock. A reception will follow the ceremony.

All friends and family are invited.

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Ada Belle Carey

Ada Belle Carey, 87, of Black Rock died June 6, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She had lived in Lawrence County for the past 60 years, after moving from Jonesboro. She received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in social studies from Arkansas State University. She was a retired teacher and librarian and was a member of the Extension Homemakers Club, the Order of the Eastern Star and First Baptist Church of Black Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe L. Carey; a daughter, Susan Callahan; her parents, Walter Elum and Carrie Mae Mast Roper; and three brothers.

Survivors include three daughters, Nancy C. Bettisworth and Cheryl L. Lingo, both of Houston, and Elizabeth A. Roberts, Imboden; two sons, Joseph E. Carey, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and James A. Carey, Black Rock; a sister, Anna Mae Owen, Murray, Ky.; a brother, Claude Roper, Kansas City, Kan.; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Black Rock with Tony Clem officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Dexter Simpson, Will Roberts, Brad Hutchison, Joe Paul Carey, Tim Callahan and Tom Callahan. Honorary pallbearers will be Ethan Roberts, Shaun Roberson and Pat Sloan.

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Mary Lou Earles

Mary Lou Woodring Earles, 83, of Escondido, Calif., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died April 16, 2010, in Escondido.

Born Sept. 7, 1926, she was the daughter of Clyde Raymond and Ida Louise Campbell Woodring. She attended Walnut Ridge Public Schools, where she was a cheerleader and homecoming queen. She worked on the home front in support of the war effort during World War II.

After the war, she moved to Blytheville, where she worked for Nunn Provision Company and was involved in community organizations.

After leaving Blytheville in 1963, she lived at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. She retired to Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif., where she operated a successful real estate business.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold Mauldin Nunn, in 1959, and Edward Earles, in 2006; and four brothers, Troy Lee Woodring, Paul Woodring and Carroll Woodring.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Taylor, Jonesboro, and Tucker Nunn, Boulder, Colo.; three daughters, Ida Sue Ingoldt, Escondido, Calif., Laura Goldacker, Meridian, Miss., and Halle Provost, Chino, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday, June 4, at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in Blytheville, where she was a longtime member. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Blytheville or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

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Gregory Fender

Gregory Fender, 54, of Walnut Ridge, died June 6, 2010, at his home.

Born Aug. 13, 1955, in Jonesboro, he was a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie Massey Fender.

Survivors include his wife, Tonia Fender; a son, Greg Fender, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Anna Fender, of the home; his father, John A. Fender Sr., Walnut Ridge; a brother, John A. Fender Jr., Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Bonita Hoss, Walnut Ridge, and Diana Morgan, Bono; and a grandson, Braxton Fender.

Arrangements will be announced by Bryan Funeral Home.

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Leona Mae Gall

Leona Mae Cassidy Gall, 75, of Manchester, Tenn., died May 30, 2010, in Cedar Hill, Mo.

Born April 18, 1935, in Walnut Ridge, she was a retired production supervisor. She was a member of Highcrest United Methodist Church in Otto, Mo., and United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. "Tiny" Gall, on Feb. 8, 2002; a daughter, Cheri Arena; her parents, Lowell and Lorene Henry Cassidy; and a sister, Jean Weems.

Survivors include four sons, Kenneth Gall and wife Terry, Cedar Hill, Mo., Rocky Gall, Fenton, Mo., Gary Gall, Manchester, Tenn., and David Gall and wife Susan, Humbolt, Tenn.; two brothers, Floyd Cassidy and Charles Cassidy, both of St. Francois County, Mo.; a sister, Matilda Cassidy, St. Francois County, Mo.; three brothers-in-law, Delbert Gall, Walnut Ridge, Elbert Gall, Rockford, Ill., and Buster Weems; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Wednesday, June 2, at Vinyard Hillcrest Funeral Home in Pevely, Mo., with Rev. Jeff Purvis officiating. Burial was in National Cemetery at Jefferson Barracks, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Stephania Hammond

Stephania Lynne Hammond, 37, of Hardy, died May 27, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 16, 1973, in Pontiac, Mich., she was a home-care nurse and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two sons, Dustin Hammond, Georgia, and Jared Hammond, Hardy; her parents, Henry Harden, Georgia, and Carolyn Bennett, Booneville, Miss.; a brother, Christopher Harden, Georgia; and a sister, Elizabeth Dowdy, Georgia.

No services are planned.

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Mable Lee Hatfield

Mable Lee Hatfield, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died June 5, 2010, at Healthcare Center in Batesville.

Born Feb. 15, 1923, at Light, she was the daughter of Arthur and Ida Wright Crossen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus Hatfield, who she married Aug. 5, 1939; three children, Shirley Ray Hatfield, Gussie Dean Hatfield and Patsy Blackshear; and three sisters, Hermie Sawyer, Lavada Peppers and Marie McCage.

Survivors include three sons, Bob Hatfield and wife Vicki and James Hatfield, all of Batesville, and Bill Hatfield and wife Lorena, Hoxie; four daughters, Peggy Hinshaw and husband Bob, Ravenden, Kay Thorsby and husband Bill, Louisville, Ky., Jeri Davidson and husband Jack, Swifton, and Sharon Barnhill and husband Gary, Portia; a son-in-law, Vaughan Blackshear;16 grandchildren, Tammy Reeves, Kim Adams, Julie Westbrook, Mark Hatfield, Lanna Bradford, Greg Blackshear, Shelley Robertson, Stacey Blackshear, Katie Thorsby, Amie Ledman, Cody Davidson, Brent Hufstedler, Ashley Clements, Bobby Hatfield Jr., Christina Hatfield and Robert Hatfield; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Bro. David Moore officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Cody Davidson, Robert Hatfield, Brent Hufstedler, Greg Blackshear, Mark Hatfield and Bobby Hatfield Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Bradford, Jonathan Barnhill. Brad Robertson, Dennis Reeves, Dane Adams, Mack Westbrook and Harley Ledman.

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

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Maurice Hays Hurd

Maurice Hays Hurd, 83, of Paragould, father of Cora West of Walnut Ridge, died June 1, 2010, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. Burial was Friday in Linwood Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould. Memorials may be made to Crowley's Ridge Academy, 626 Academy Drive, Paragould, AR 72450 or Children's Home, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

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Clarence Cleo Jenkins

Rev. Clarence Cleo Jenkins, 83, of Pocahontas, died June 3, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He was a World War II Army veteran and served in the ministry for 58 years. He pastored in Rockford, Ill., for 38 years, before moving to Pocahontas. He had served as pastor of the United Pentecostal Church in Black Rock for the past 17 years.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Jenkins; his parents, Sid and Viola Honey Jenkins; two sisters, Jeanette Bennifield and Ruthie May Gray; and a brother, J.W. Jenkins.

Survivors include his wife, Unabell Jenkins; a daughter, Martha Garza, Rockford, Ill.; a son, Alvin Jenkins, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, June Helen Caples, Houston, and Mary Ann DeMarcus, Port Arthur, Texas; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rev. George Ezell officiating. A visitation will be held Thursday at Sunset Funeral Home in Machesney Park, Ill. Private burial will be Thursday at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Machesney Park.

Pallbearers were Jason Jenkins, Joshua Jenkins, Cory Vettoire, Richard Fleming, Trey Coates and Jackson Coates.

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P.T. Meredith

P.T. Meredith, 88, of Delaplaine, died June 5, 2010, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

He was a farmer in the Delaplaine area.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Fayetta Collins Meredith; a daughter, Nancy Sue Meredith; his parents, Plummer and Emiline Edwards Meredith; three sisters, Maude Stevens, Caroline McKillips and Orah McElhaney; and a brother, James Willie Meredith.

Survivors include a son, Eddie Joe Meredith and wife Shirley, Delaplaine; two grandchildren, Scott Meredith and Vickie Smith; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Adam Bruton officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chuck McKillips, Gene McElhaney, J.P. McElhaney, Charles McElhaney, Johnny McElhaney and Roger McElhaney.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge.

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

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Hilda Worthington

Hilda Worthington, 70, of Trumann, died June 1, 2010, at her home.

Born Sept. 8, 1939, in the Strangers Home community, she lived in Swifton before moving to Trumann in 1959. She was the owner and operator of The Flower Port florist and attended First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by parents, Grover and Freda Counts; three brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Robert Worthington; three sons, Bobby Worthington and wife Becky, Dallas, Kenny Worthington and wife Debbie, Cord, and Travis Worthington, Jonesboro; two brothers, Larry Counts and Jimmy Counts, both of Hardy; two sisters, Mickey Albertson, Tuckerman, and Brenda Nicholson, Swifton; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Bro. Bobby Worthington officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

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

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