June 23, 2010 Edition

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Abagail Marie Bates Alivia Rhyan Simpson


Barnett ~ Bradley Freeman ~ Vinson Mullins ~ Krepps


Leon Harold Callahan Lucille Combs Angela Davis
Sanford Denison Carolyn Jean French Robert Hinshaw Jr.
Charles R. Holcomb Brent Douglas House Lillian Oneda Myers
Roger L. Nelson Johnathan Marion Smith


Abagail Marie Bates

Mark Bates of Harrisburg and Brittany Henson of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born June 7, 2010, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Abagail Marie Bates.

Grandparents are Peggy Henson of Hoxie and the late Garland Henson and Geneva Engle of Harrisburg.

Great-grandparents are Ronald and Elizabeth Jones of Hoxie and Jean Henson of Smithville.

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Alivia Rhyan Simpson

Phillip Coleton and Kristin Nicole Simpson, both of Hoxie, have announced the birth of a daughter, born June 19, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, four ounces, and has been named Alivia Rhyan Simpson.

Grandparents are Herschel and Margo Jones of Hoxie, Melissa Cole of Walnut Ridge and Phillip Simpson of Mammoth Spring.

Great-grandparents are Bob and Mary Ann Cole of Walnut Ridge and Don and Anita Simpson of Mammoth Spring.

J.W. Cole of Paragould and Rufus Simpson of Mammoth Spring are the great-great-grandparents.

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Barnett ~ Bradley

Teresa Bradley and Kendall Barnett were united in marriage on May 22, 2010, at New Hope Assembly of God in Pocahontas with Reverends Gaylon Russell and Michael Bradley officiating.

Bridesmaids included Mandy Bradley, Melissa Kuehl and Anelisa Wood. Groomsmen included Blake Walker, Tyler Henry and Matthew Bishop.

Marly Rawls, Myla Rawls, Zoie Barnett and Abby Bradley served as flower girls, and Logan Bradley and Jacob Bradley were ring barrers.

The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Jo Ann Bradley of Imboden and the granddaughter of James and Imogene Bradley of Ravenden and Joyce Engel of Peach Orchard and the late Pete Engel.

She is a 2006 Sloan-Hendrix High School graduate and a 2010 graduate of Lyon College.

The groom is the son of Robert and Marilea Barnett of Pocahontas and the grandson of the late Joe and Nellie Barnett and the late Orville and Harriett Maas.

He is a 2006 Pocahontas High School graduate and a 2010 graduate of Lyon College.

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Freeman ~ Vinson

John and LaDohnna Freeman of Jonesboro have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Laura Ann Freeman, to Andrew David Vinson, son of William and Jan Vinson of Grove City, Ohio.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Hoover and Willia Jean Lewis of Grubbs. She is a 2006 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn., with a degree in elementary education.

She was TNU homecoming queen and won the fall Student Teacher Award. She is employed as a third grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary School in Nashville.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Ernie and Shuba Daniels of Paulding, Ohio, and Jim Vinson of Mount Gay, W.Va. He is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville with a degree in religion. He was TNU homecoming king and won the Citizenship Award. He is employed by LifeTouch Photography in Nashville.

The couple will exchange vows on July 10 at 2 p.m. at Blakemore Church of the Nazarene in Nashville. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow in the Blakemore Fellowship Hall.

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Mullins ~ Krepps

Jacqulyn Ruth Krepps and Robert Eugene Mullins were united in marriage on May 5, 2010, in Panama City Beach, Fla.

The bride is the daughter of Jack and Linda Dobbs Krepps of Batesville. Her mother is a native of Lawrence County. She is a 1988 Highland High School graduate and received her bachelor's degree in education from Williams Baptist College. She also received a masters degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and is a former teacher at River Valley/Hillcrest High School.

The groom is the son of Donna Mullins of Pensacola, Fla. He is a 1983 Crestview High School graduate and received a bachelor's of computer science from the University of West Florida.

The couple exchanged vows in a private ceremony on the beach, followed by a formal exchange of vows on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on May 15 for family and friends.

Cheryl Phelps Galbreath and Cameron Phelps Pogue of Panama City Beach were the attendants at the private ceremony.

Galbreath also served as maid of honor during the formal ceremony. Matron of honor was Teresa Harris of Cave City and bridesmaid was Ginger Garner of Collierville, Tenn.

The groom's brother, Paul Mullins of South Port, Fla. served as best man and groomsmen were Donnie Hall of Cocoa Beach, Fla. and brother of the bride, Jarrod Krepps of Cherokee Village.

A catered reception followed the ceremony in the Island Room at the Best Western Beachfront. Music for the ceremony and reception was provided by disk jockey Jay Ford of Collierville, Tenn.

Following the wedding the couple are residing in their home in Holt, Fla.

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Leon Harold Callahan

Leon Harold Callahan, 65, of the Walnut Corner community near Light, died June 19, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 25, 1944, he was the son of the late Walter and Ruby Callahan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ree Sterling.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Callahan; four sons, Allen Dillard and wife Patricia, Hoxie, David Dillard and wife Becky and Scott Callahan, all of Light, and Jason Callahan, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Walter "Jr." Callahan, Walnut Ridge, and Wayne Callahan, Hoxie; three sisters, Orpal Adams, Walnut Ridge, D. Murphy, Texas, and Ann Rea, St. Louis; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Croft Cemetery near Stanford with Paul McFadden officiating. Phillips Funeral Home of Paragould had charge of arrangements.

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Lucille Combs

Lucille Combs, 85, of Jonesboro, formerly of Hoxie, died June 15, in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 19, 1925, in Bald Knob, she was the daughter of Lonnie and Bertha Grigsby Mobley. A homemaker, she had lived in Lawrence County most of her life and was of the Missionary Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleo Combs; a sister, Irene Duke; and a brother, Earl Mobley.

Survivors include a daughter, Sally Willfond, Hoxie; two sons, Marvin Combs, Jonesboro, and Billy Jeff Combs, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Novadean Johnson, Florida; four brothers, Roy Mobley, Texas, Eddie Mobley and Eugene Mobley, both of Holland, Mich., and Robert Mobley, Pocahontas; four grandchildren, Geri Ann Alls, Kathy Baxter, Starla Combs and Phillip Willfond; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Terry Vandergriff officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were Steve Virgin, Jerry Williams, Richard Alls, Phillip Willfond, Scott Baxter and Brandon Baxter.

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Angela Davis

Angela Jane Rowlett Davis, 44, of Brookland, died June 17, 2010.

Born Aug. 22, 1965, she attended Swifton schools, where she played basketball, participated in numerous social activities and graduated at the top of her class. She attended Arkansas State University, and in 1988, received a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Thompson.

Survivors include her husband of 21 years, Greg Davis; two sons, Brent Davis and Luke Davis, both of Brookland; her parents, Warren and Virginia Stewart Rowlett, Swifton; three brothers, Gary Rowlett, Little Rock, Stanley Rowlett, Jonesboro, and Warren Rowlett Jr., Swifton; and two sisters, Linda Casteel, Cabot, and Beverly Rowlett, Little Rock.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Tuckerman Free Will Baptist Church with Randy Scott officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Chris Rowlett, Jeff Rowlett, Scott Thompson, Keith Thompson, Andrew Rowlett and Deral Casteel.

Memorials may be made to the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Arkansas, P.O. Box 101158, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Sanford Denison

Sanford Denison, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died June 19, 2010, in Walnut Ridge.

Born July 30, 1923, in Monette, he was the son of Floyd and Dicie Denison. He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving as a seaman 1st class. He received several military awards for his service on Iwo Jima, Okinawa and mainland Japan. He worked as an extrusion operator for Floracarbon Company in California for 25 years before retiring to Arkansas. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 60 years, Frances Denison; two brothers, Edward Denison and Jerry Wayne Denison; and a sister, Elizabeth Adams.

Survivors include a daughter, Selma Jeanne Eddings, Bend, Ore.; a son, Larry Denison, Walnut Ridge; five brothers, Cleo Denison and Melvin Denison, both of Lynn, Kenneth David Denison, Powhatan, Billy Denison, Walnut Ridge, and James Denison, Fenton, Mich.; and two sisters, Margie Price, Fairmonte City, Ill., and Pamela Martz, Salem.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ with John McPhearson and Don House officiating. Burial will be in Kellers Cemetery at Jonesboro under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Brown, Zack Barton, J.M. Martz, Steve Combs, Andrew Combs, Phillip Clinton and Robert Denison.

Visitation is Thursday from noon until time of the service.

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Carolyn Jean French

Carolyn Jean French, 65, of Paragould, died June 16, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 18, 1945, in Beech Grove, she was an outreach person with the Black River Area Development Corporation in Pocahontas. She was a member of Center Hill Church of Christ in Paragould.

She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Nolen; a brother, J.D. Nolen; and a sister, Deborah Lorren.

Survivors include two sons, Kim French, Jonesboro, and Brad French, Pocahontas; two daughters, Wendy French Puryear and Misti Blanton, both of Paragould; her mother, Lucille Nolen, Paragould; a sister, Patsy Jones, Paragould; four grandchildren, Hunter Blanton, Lexie Blanton, Savannah Daggett and Amber Puryear Whitaker; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Jon Binkley officiating. Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Center Hill Church of Christ.

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

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Robert Hinshaw Jr.

Robert Harold "Bob" Hinshaw Jr., 67, of Ravenden, died June 18, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He received a bachelor's degree in business from Arkansas State University, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He also received a petroleum engineering degree from Phillips Petroleum in Bartelsville, Okla. He was the owner of Hearing Aid Specialist in Batesville from 1983 to 1998 and was member of the Arkansas State Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers for 13 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Harold and Dorothy Turman Hinshaw.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Hinshaw; three daughters, Diane Secrease, Trumann, Sandy Hogan, Jonesboro, and Lanna Bradford, Batesville; a son, David Hinshaw, Holly Springs, Miss.; a brother, Frankie Hinshaw, Jonesboro; 10 grandchildren, Brittany Smithson, Chris Secrease, Dillon Burks, Trevor Burks, Madison Hogan, Kirsten Hinshaw, Karys Hinshaw and Bailey Hinshaw, Dylan Rowe and Dalton Bradford; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Pallbearers will be Chris Secrease, Dillion Burks, Trevor Burks, Mark Hinshaw, Gary Barnhill and Bobby Hatfield. Honorary pallbearers will be Vaughn Blackshear, Johnny Watkins, Jackie Winningham, Jack Davidson and Michael Graham.

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Charles R. Holcomb

Charles R. Holcomb, 90, of Biggers, formerly of Imboden, died June 14, 2010, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Feb. 19, 1920, he was the son of Harley and Amy Burt Holcomb. He was a machine gunner in the U.S. Army during World War II and survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. He worked for Westinghouse for 20 years and retired from the Ohio National Guard after 32 years of service. He was a member of the Promberger-Traw VFW Post #4556 in Pocahontas and attended the First Apostolic Church in Corning.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Kay Moore; two grandchildren, Gary Graves and Sam Rhea; and a great-granddaughter, Brookland Holcomb.

Survivors include a son, Carl Holcomb, Imboden; two daughters, Sandra Rhea, Kansas City, Kan., and Linda Henderson, Biggers; a brother, Kenneth Holcomb, Texarkana; a sister, Bertha Mae Holcomb, London, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning with Rev. Chris Dixon officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas.

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Brent Douglas House

Brent Douglas House, 43, of Fayetteville, died June 17, 2010.

He had lived in Kansas and Tennessee before moving to Fayetteville 15 years ago. He received a bachelor of science degree in business advertising from Harding University and had been employed by Nationwide Insurance for the past 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Survivors include his parents, Glen and Barbara Simpson House of Searcy, formerly of Alicia; a sister, Stacy Graves and husband Chris, Louisville, Ky.; a niece, Edie Graves; and two nephews, Ivan Graves and Oliver Graves.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia.

Pallbearers were Mark Deaton, Steve Douglas, Chris Graves, Bob Harp, Mark Ramsey, Matt House and Mike House. Honorary pallbearers were Ivan Graves and Oliver Graves.

Memorials may be made to the Harding University - Benson Auditorium Fund in Searcy or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Lillian Oneda Myers

Lillian Oneda Myers, 90, of Jonesboro, died June 20, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 11, 1920, in Manila, she was the daughter of Eddie and Edna Carey. She had lived in Sedgwick most of her life before moving to Jonesboro seven years ago. She was the postmaster at Sedgwick for more than 30 years and was a member of the Sedgwick United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester L. Myers; a son, C. L. Myers Jr.; two brothers, Raymond Carey and Ralph Carey; and two stepbrothers, Jessie Barks and Wiley Barks.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry Myers, Jonesboro, Dennis Myers, Springfield, and Terry Myers, Searcy; a daughter, Jeannie Wagoner, Batesville; a brother, Roy Neely, Jonesboro; a sister, Ruby Gibson, Pope, Miss.; two half-brothers, Franklin Carey, Liberty, Mo., and Vernon Carey, Independence, Mo.; four half-sisters, Trilla Mae Wheeler, Atkins, Beulah Jean Lozier, Burton, Mich., Sue Green, Peculiar, Mo., and Patricia Dennis, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at the Sedgwick United Methodist Church with Rev. Marilyn Neal and Thomas Lamb officiating. Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be Friday from 4 p.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to Sedgwick United Methodist Church.

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

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Roger L. Nelson

Roger L. Nelson, 56, of Bono, brother of Linda Lee of Hoxie, died June 20, 2010, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House. Burial was Tuesday in Lorado Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Memorials may be made to the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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Johnathan Marion Smith

Johnathan Marion Smith, 88, of Jonesboro, died June 16, 2010, at NEA Baptist Medical Center in Jonesboro.

He lived most of his life in Lawrence County and was a retired Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was engaged in farming and was an optician.

He was preceded in death by a son, Fred Smith; his parents, Fred and Pearl Wells Smith; a sister, Alice Baker; and two brothers, Cecil Smith and Millard Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Charlsie L. Houston Smith; three sons, Johnathan Marion Smith II, Thompson Station, Tenn., Kenneth Ray Smith, Dallas, and Barry Craig Smith, Huntsville, Ala.; two sisters, Ruby Grigsby and Delena Webb, both of Jonesboro; two brothers, Monroe Smith and Larry Smith, both of Walnut Ridge; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with his sons officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Smith, Micah Smith, Johnathan Marion Smith II, John Cody Smith, Ryan Smith and Houston Luke Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Pierson and Charlie Smith.

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