June 30, 2010 Edition

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Births

Anniah Morse

Weddings/Engagements

Glenn ~ Johnson Hensley ~ Whitlock Prine ~ Henry
Ray ~ Turner Smith ~ McIntire

Obituaries

Hubert Carl Boggs Violet "Erma" Coward Melisa June Ferguson
Fred Gilbert Eddie Hammon Myrtle May Holder
Crock Vernon Jones Ambriel Necole Neal Theresa Evans Nicholson
Eugene Webb Donna Christina White Cleveland Wynn

Births

Anniah Gracyn Ruth Morse

Matt and Sara Morse of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born June 5, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Anniah Gracyn Ruth Morse. She has a sister, Jordyn, six, and a brother, Salem, two.

Grandparents are Bobby Gates of Walnut Ridge and Tom and Ann Morse of Jonesboro. She is the great-granddaughter of Betty Lee of Alicia and Effie Choate of Walnut Ridge.

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Weddings/Engagements

Glenn ~ Johnson

Brent and Melinda Glenn of Lynn have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Amber Marie Glenn, to Eric Todd Johnson, son of Danny and Maronda Davis and Todd and Marnie Johnson, all of Saffell.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Sherry Glenn of Lynn and the late Larry Glenn and Candis Faulkner and Mike Western, both of Batesville.

She is a 2009 graduate of Hillcrest High School and a sophomore at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is also a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

The prospective groom is the grandson of J.R. and Eula Mae Huskey and Wayne and Lana Johnson, all of Saffell.

He is a 2004 graduate of River Valley High School. He and his brother are partners in Johnson Farms of Saffell. He is also a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

The couple will exchange vows on July 17, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn. A reception will follow. All friends and family are invited to attend.

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Hensley ~ Whitlock

Donnie and Darlene Hensley of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Shana Darlene Hensley, to Jared Heath Whitlock, son of Philip and Vada Whitlock of Melbourne and Cathy Blevins of Maynard.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mary Lee Roper of Walnut Ridge and the late Morgan Pete Roper and the late George and Inez Hensley.

She is a 2006 high honor graduate of Walnut Ridge and is employed as a cashier at Wal-Mart in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bonnie Blevins of Maynard and the late Harold Blevins, Jim and Wenona Whitlock of Russellville and Rudy and Aleta Liscomb of Melbourne.

He is a 2007 graduate of Maynard High School and is employed in the overnight maintenance department at Wal-Mart in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on July 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge. A reception will follow at the park. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Prine ~ Henry

Christina Camille Henry and Benjamin Thomas Prine were united in marriage on May 15, 2010, at Central Baptist Church Bearden in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Rev. Jeff Henry officiated the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Harroll Henry of Rome, Ga. She is the granddaughter of Freda Henry of Walnut Ridge and the late William A. Henry and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cleaves of Jonesboro.

She graduated from University School of Jackson in Jackson, Tenn., and received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Tennessee Technological University.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Prine of Knoxville. He is the grandson of Elsie Prine of Mobile, Ala., and the late Donald Prine and the late Senator and Mrs. Ben Glover.

He graduated from Christian Academy of Knoxville and received his bachelor's degree in service management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is the owner/operator of the Chick-Fil-A in Cookeville, Tenn.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory, silk strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline and ruched front. The back of gown was defined with satin buttons from the deep-v through out the chapel length train. The bride also wore a fingertip length veil with a satin edged trim. She carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas and green cymbidium orchids wrapped in ivory ribbon.

The bride was attended by her matron of honor, Eve Southworth of Lebanon, Tenn. Bridesmaids were Anna Marie Peeler of Smyrna, Tenn.; Kelly Goethals of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Rachel Henry of Gallatin, Tenn.; and Betsy Prine of Knoxville.

The flower girls were Emma Claire and Abbey McCrary of Muscle Shoals, Ala.

The groom was attended by best man, Tommy Prine of Knoxville. Groomsmen were John-David Ritchie, Mark Hahn and Matt Cooper, all of Knoxville, and Mick Miller of Cookeville, Tenn. The ring bearer was Conner McCrary of Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Attendants were Lindsey Walker of Searcy, Alicia Enchos of Cookeville, Tenn.; and Mary-Holley Hoiser of Mobile, Ala.

The reception following the ceremony was held at Gettysvue Country Club.

After a honeymoon in Jamaica, the couple resides in Cookeville, Tenn.

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Ray ~ Turner

Thomas and Brenda Ray of Imboden have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amy Dawn Ray, to Bobby Doyle Turner, son of Sharon Turner of Portia and Robby Turner of Hermitage, Tenn.

The bride-elect is a 2004 Walnut Ridge High School graduate and is a 2008 graduate of Williams Baptist College with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is employed by Cornerstone Counseling in Imboden.

The prospective groom is a 1998 Black Rock High School graduate and is attending Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville to become a registered nurse. He is employed by Midsouth Health Systems.

The couple will exchange vows on July 10 at 7 p.m. at Manley Chapel on the WBC campus. All family and friends are invited.

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Smith ~ McIntire

Keith and Robin Smith of Paragould have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Candace Nicole Smith, to Edward Allen McIntire, son of Junior and Kim McIntire of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charlyn and Loreta Allison of Stanford and George and Eva Smith of Paragould.

She is a Delaplaine High School graduate.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School.

The couple will exchange vows on July 2 at 7 p.m. at the Stanford Baptist Church.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Obituaries

Hubert Carl Boggs

Hubert Carl Boggs, 78, of Imboden, died June 28, 2010, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

A U.S. Army veteran, he had lived in Lawrence County for the past 12 years and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Eva Holeman Boggs; five brothers, Fay Boggs, George Brown, Clyde Brown, Daniel Brown and Joe Brown; and a sister, Dessie Lewis.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ruth Boggs; four daughters, Sherry Boggs and Sandra Wessell, both of Imboden, Karen Hirth, Riverside, Calif., and Linda Kelley, El Cajon, Calif.; two sons, Robert Boggs, Friday Harbor, Wash., and Ken Boggs, Mayer, Ariz.; a brother, Vernon Boggs, Simi Valley, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville with Jerry Clements and Paul Vincent officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Mike Boggs, Cord Boggs, Brandon Barnhill, Eric Hoffman, Billy Wessell and Jeffrey Wessell. Honorary pallbearers will be Sarah Hoffman, Tristan Hoffman, Sebastian Hoffman, Lilly Hoffman, Annie Ratliff, Ashley Ratliff, Ozzie Ratliff, Marius Ratliff, Draco Ratliff, Stephanie Hirth, Melanie Hirth, Faith Boggs, Chris Boggs, Danisha Boggs, Jessica Boggs, Layni Boggs, Angela Kelley, Heather Kelley and Ryan Kelley.

Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home in Walnut Ridge.

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Violet "Erma" Coward

Violet "Erma" Coward, 87, of Jonesboro, mother of Linda Pierce of Walnut Ridge, died June 26, 2010, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. Burial was Monday in Trinity Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 East Matthews Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401-4314 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin, TX 78761. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Melisa June Ferguson

Melisa June Goodman Ferguson, 47, of Walnut Ridge, died June 28, 2010, at her home.

Born Nov. 2, 1962, in Rockford, Ill., she was a homemaker and a hairdresser. She was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Debra Miller and Lisa.

Survivors include her husband, Dewayne Ferguson; a son, Josh Watkins, Walnut Ridge; her parents, R.W. and Wave Goodman, Jonesboro; and a brother, Robert Whitlow, Paragould.

Graveside service is today at 1 p.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is today from 10 a.m. until noon at the funeral home.

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Fred Gilbert

Fred Gilbert, 95, of Tuckerman, a resident of Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab, died June 22, 2010, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Dec. 13, 1914, in Tuckerman, he was the son of Ben and Viola Yates Gilbert. He was a 1935 graduate of Tuckerman High School, and was a member of the Tuckerman Alumni Association. He played football and baseball for Tuckerman from 1932 to 1935 and coached the high school football team during the 1945 season. He was the co-founder of the Tuckerman Little League baseball program through the Tuckerman American Legion in 1953.

He was a World War II Army veteran and a charter member of the American Legion 203 Earl Metheny Post. He was awarded a certificate for 50 years of continuous service to the American Legion in March 2000. He served as post commander several times during his years of service.

He retired from the Revere Copper and Brass Corporation of Newport in 1977. He was a member of the Tuckerman Church of Christ, where he taught Bible classes.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Audrey Brand Gilbert; a sister, Leathel Henderson; and two brothers, Claude Wooten and Irvin Gilbert.

Survivors include a son, Morgan Gilbert, Tuckerman; a daughter, Jeanette Dickinson and husband Gerald, Paragould; two grandchildren, LeAnn Dickinson and Bart Dickinson; three great-grandchildren, and special family friend, Ann Meeks, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Gracelawn Cemetery at Tuckerman.

Pallbearers were Jim Fields, Todd Fortenberry, Michael Prysock, Jerry Bradley, Michael Holland and Jody Tapp.

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

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Eddie Hammon

Eddie Joe Hammon, 65, of Walnut Ridge, died June 24, 2010, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home.

Born March 24, 1945, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of the late Stone and Jessie Shields Hammon.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda Catherine Hammon and Gloria Kay Beaty.

Survivors include two sisters, Martha Dalton and husband Buck, Pocahontas, and Opal Hammon and husband Halstea, Tucson, Ariz.

A private memorial will be held at a later date under the direction of Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

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Myrtle May Holder

Myrtle May King Holder, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died June 8, 2010, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn Holder; a son, Russell Holder; her parents, Wilf and Margaret Bellah King; four brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include two grandchildren, Kathy Dill and Stan Holder; a great-granddaughter, Tonya Heckman; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday, June 11, at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery.

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Crock Vernon Jones

Crock Vernon Jones, 79, of Smithville, died June 23, 2010, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

The world lost a man as unique as his name, and Heaven gained a good man.

Crock was the youngest son of Thomas Jones and the only son of Florence Boatenhammer Jones.

A devoted husband and companion of 49 years, Crock was married to Willie Mae Whitlow Jones on Christmas Eve, 1960. Together they have three daughters, two sons-in-law, six grandsons and two granddaughters.

He was a loving, encouraging and protective father of three girls and two sons-in-law, Michealle and Kenny Wooten of Lynn, Marcia Jones of El Paso, and Melissa and Brian Powell of Jonesboro.

Nothing thrilled Crock more than his eight grandchildren, of which he formed close and special relationships with each. His grandchildren are Donovan Jones, Natasha Bowen, Derek Wooten, Chris Jones, Dylan Wooten, Harrison Powell, Nicholas Powell and Aaliyah DeBose.

He attended both the Baptist and Church of Christ churches during his youth. He was a lifelong resident of the Lynn community and a passionate supporter of Lynn High School, where he graduated as part of the Class of 1948.

Crock was a veteran of the Korean War when he served two volunteer tours of duty as a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Masons.

He worked in his young adulthood as a farmer before entering the service. On return from his service to our country, he worked as a construction worker, helping build many of the roads and highways across the state of Arkansas.

In his spare time, Crock was a local sports fanatic and an avid gardener. He understood the value of homegrown tomatoes shared with neighbors, family and friends. It was often his springtime goal to expand the garden, only to give the majority of his yield away. He also found great joy in reading, discussing politics and tellling stories that resulted in a good laugh.

He also leaves behind his close nephew, Gene Jones; lifelong friends and childhood companions Lavern Penn, Vivian Turner, James Penn; his brothers and sisters-in-laws, Billy Bob and Sherry Whitlow, Dennis and Genell Miller, Harold and Carolyn Willett, Mary Whitlow, Beverly Hand, Tom and Lanetta Norwood, George and Rena Jones, in addition to countless friends and family members.

His pallbearers are Randall Gawf, Van Deeter, Chuck Rush, Richard Baughn, Andy Durham and Darrell Geurin.

Today, Crock's family is thankful to all those who helped, supported and encouraged us during his two-year fight with cancer. Words cannot express our gratitude to the countless care givers who would greet him with a smile at the Veterans Hospital in Little Rock and the St. Bernards Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Visitation took place Friday evening, June 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn. The funeral was Saturday morning, June 26, at 10 a.m. at the House-Gregg Funeral in Lynn. Burial followed at Old Lebanon the Cemetery at Eaton. Services were performed by Cindy Bragg.

The family asks for us all to remember the Lord is good. Memorials may be made to the St. Bernards Flo and Phil Jones Hospice Fund, 400 East Street, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or by phone at 870-336-5009.

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Ambriel Necole Neal

Ambriel Necole Neal, 7, of Paragould, granddaughter of Wesley and Zelda Adams of Sedgwick, died June 27, 2010, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Center Hill Chapel under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home of Paragould. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at www.phillipsfuneral.net.

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Theresa Evans Nicholson

Theresa Evans Nicholson, 95, of Ash Flat, grandmother of Becky Foreman of Imboden, died June 25, 2010, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem. Burial was Monday in Wiles Cemetery at Ash Flat under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City. Memorials may be made to the Children's Homes Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450-3319.

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Eugene Webb

Elton Eugene Webb, 87, died June 26, 2010, at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale.

Born Dec. 9, 1922, near Blytheville, he was the son of C.S. and Mary Webb. He graduated from Lyon College in Batesville and Williams Baptist College, and attended Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. While living in Walnut Ridge, he served as an admissions counselor for WBC (then Southern Baptist) and was interim pastor of Delaplaine Baptist Church and White Oak Baptist Church. He was a Southern Baptist minister for more than 50 years, serving 10 churches in central and northeast Arkansas. He was active in First Baptist Church of Springdale, where he was a member of the Walking Through The Bible Sunday school class and the seniors ministry group.

He was a World War II veteran, serving with the 536th Amphibian Tractor Battalion during their invasions of Okinawa and the Philippine Islands.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Cora Elizabeth Webb, in 2007.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Greenlee Webb; a son, Perry Webb and wife Rebecca, Springdale; three grandchildren, Amanda Smith, Sarah Gordley and Bartley Webb; and a great-grandson.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Springdale. Burial will be in Bluff Cemetery under the direction of Sisco Funeral Chapel of Springdale.

Memorials may be made to the Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762.

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

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Donna Christina White

Donna Christina White, 63, of Walnut Ridge, died June 26, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 11, 1947, in Walnut Ridge, she was an office and sales manager in the auto industry. She was of the Protestant belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert Lewis and Kandee Helen East Haigwood; and a sister, Connie Blaylock.

Survivors include a son, Steve White, Jonesboro; two daughters, Kristi Comadoll, Imboden, and Kimberly Gafary, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Jerry Haigwood, Phoenix; and nine grandchildren, Cody White, Trai'leigh White, Courtney Comadoll, Nicole Comadoll, Kassie Malden, Chad White, Brooke White, Shelby White and Matt Brown.

A memorial service was held Tuesday evening at Bryan Funeral Home.

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Cleveland Wynn

Cleveland Wynn, 80, of Alicia, died June 17, 2010.

Born March 11, 1930, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Tramel Charles Ray and Effie May Lawson Wynn. He was a factory employee and a member of the Lake Charles Full Gospel Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharron Smith Wynn, on Sept. 7, 2009, whom he married Oct. 14, 1976; a son, Bill Wynn; a daughter, Diana Bolding; two brothers and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Donald Wynn, Rockford, Ill.; four stepdaughters, Teresa Peterson and Julie Fernandez, both of Rockford, Ill., Sarah Lanning, Burkesville, Ky., and Sherri Fultner, Hoxie; a stepson, Donald Brown, Hoxie; three sisters, Melvie Gardner, Rector, Echel Baker, Arizona, and Velma Doyle, Jonesboro; a brother, Ed Wynn, Rockford, Ill.; three grandchildren, Melissa A. Seacrist, Bradle R. Wynn and Jennifer R. Bolding; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral was Tuesday, June 22, at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bros. Claude Huskey and Ed Gregory officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery near Bono.

Pallbearers were Bradley Wynn, Scott Seacrist, Troy Doyle, Tim Nanney, Kyle Fultner and Jonathon Fultner.

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