July 7, 2010 Edition

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Births

Hannah Lee Hall Matthew Jade Tretenburg Skyler Jade Waddell

Weddings/Engagements

Spink - Walker

Obituaries

Dorsey Lewis Foster Clinton Holder Walter Lee Holland
Golda Fay McEntire Robert L. McGaha Joshua Thomas McKenzie
Herschel Meeks Euna Pearl Penn Jewell Yates Taylor
Carole Traum Clint Roger Wooldridge

Births

Hannah Lee Hall

Hancel and Stephanie Hall of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter, born on June 16, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Hannah Lee Hall. She has one older sibling, Haylee, three.

Grandparents are Becky Cole and Terry and Kelly Hall, all of Paragould, and Steve and Becky Davis of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Bill and Helen Wade of Jonesboro, Charlene Hall of Paragould and Robert and Marie Davis of Hoxie.

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Matthew Jade Tretenburg

Bo and Stephanie Tretenburg have announced the arrival of a son, Matthew Jade "Owen" Tretenburg. The baby was born June 12, 2010.

He has three siblings, Tori, Kristina and Madalyn Tretenburg.

Grandparents are Paul and Pauletta Tretenburg and Sharon Duff and the late Steve Duff. He is the great-grandson of Ryan and Sandelee Duff and Bill Tretenburg.

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Skyler Jade Waddell

Tyler and Cara Waddell of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son, born June 15, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Skyler Jade Waddell.

Grandparents are Rodney and Stacy Smith of Pocahontas, Mike and Rebecca Fann and Tim Waddell, all of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Terry and Peggy Robinson, Steve and Becky Price, Carrol and Alice Waddell and Pat and Patty Smith, all of Pocahontas.

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Weddings/Engagements

Spink ~ Walker

Elizabeth Ann Walker became the bride of Michael Todd Spink on June 28, 2010, at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Farion and Patricia Walker of Walnut Ridge. She is a graduate of WRHS. Michael is the son of Todd Spink of Illinois and Laurie Varner of Delaplaine. He is serving in the U.S. Air Force.

Pastor Derek Collins officiated the double-ring, semi-formal ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

She wore a Maggie Sottero A-line satin and tulle gown with lace ornamentation, ruched tulle cap sleeves and a flowing train.

The groom wore his dress blues uniform.

Jessica Spink of Virginia was the maid of honor, and Zack Spink of Doniphan, Mo., served as best man.

Tony McCoy of Illinois was the usher. Flower girl was Grace Collins of Walnut Ridge, and Landyn Spink of Delaplaine was the ringbearer.

A reception followed the ceremony in the church's fellowship hall.

The couple will be living out of state.

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Obituaries

Dorsey Lewis Foster

Dorsey Lewis Foster, 91, of Imboden, died July 4, 2010, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

He was the son of Dorsey and Mary Emmerich Foster and had lived in Lawrence County for 44 years. He had worked as a mechanic and chief engineer for Southern Towing and was retired from Vulcan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Fay Sullivan Foster; a daughter, Mary Ethel Foster; a sister, Delores Foster; and a grandson, David Stuart Anthony Foster.

Survivors include three daughters, Betty Louise McGlothlin and Ann Elizabeth McLeod, both of Imboden, and Hazel Nell McGlothlin, Cecilia, Ky.; a son, Dorsey Gene Foster, Houston, Mo.; a brother, Joseph Leslie Foster, Hoxie; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Matthew Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Bill Ingram, Buck Sharp, Davis Matthews, Cory Matthews, Andy Foster and Bob Lewis. Honorary pallbearers will be Christopher Hubler and Martin Foster McLeod.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

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Clinton Holder

Clinton Holder, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died July 5, 2010, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

He had lived in Jonesboro since 1961 before returning to Walnut Ridge two years ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a preacher. He was a charter member of United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.W. "Wyatt" and Telitha Doyle Holder; three sisters, Mae Godwin, Mildred Beltran and Evelyn Cooper; and two brothers, Cameron Holder (his twin) and Bill Holder.

Survivors include a sister, Juanita Zacheis, Walnut Ridge; five neices, Sherry McGrew, Sanford, Fla., Nancy Matthews, Jonesboro, Joan Cross, Arnold, Mo., Jean Zacheis, Union, Mo., and Pat Crowell, Rockford, Ill.; and five nephews, Bill Holder, Bellevile, Ill., Tom Holder, Tampa, Fla., Jim Holder, Blaine, Minn, Ken Holder, Lutz, Fla., and Bob Holder, Rockford, Ill.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Glenn Smith and Tim Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Don Matthews, Jason Matthews, Jim Cross, Bill McNutt, Barry Holder and Charles Rickey.

Visitation is Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon at the church.

Memorials may be made to United Free Will Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge or the charity of your choice.

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Walter Lee Holland

Walter Lee Holland, 75, of Jonesboro, died July 3, 2010, at his home.

Born Oct. 2, 1934, in Ravenden, he had lived in Jonesboro most of his life and was a retired orderly for St. Bernards.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Clarence and Alice Lee Vardell Holland; and a sister, Juanita Smith.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Marion Holland; a son, Randy Holland, Jonesboro; a daughter, Bonita Watlington and husband Ronald, Bono; four brothers, Charles Holland, Forrest City, Amos Holland, Ravenden, Jettie Holland, Pocahontas, and Leonard Holland, Colt; a sister, Pearl Holland; five grandchildren, Blake Smith, Amanda Speaks, Hunter Holland, Jasmine Watlington and Dustin Watlington; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Dail Cemetery, near Ravenden, with Greg Hogg officiating. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is today from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Blake Smith, Ronald Watlington, Hunter Holland, Jackie Morris, Kevin Holland and Jim Anderson.

Memorials may be made to the St. Bernards Hospice, 225 East Jackson, Jonesboro, AR 72401, the American Heart Association National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231, the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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

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Golda Fay McEntire

Golda Fay McEntire, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died July 2, 2010.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, she was a homemaker and a member of the Portia Church of Christ. She had worked as a sales clerk at Ben Franklin's and Van-Atkins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, R.L. McEntire; her parents; and a sister.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Gail Emmert, Minot, N.D.; two sons, Wayne McEntire, Walnut Ridge, and Butch McEntire, Southaven, Miss.; three sisters, Cona Higgs, Oklahoma City, Okla., Betty Johnson, Walnut Ridge, and Billie Sue Lemmons, Pocahontas; two brothers, Jack Wright, Rockford, Ill., and Tim Wright, St. Louis; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Robert Davis and Phillip Swindle officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Gary Wright, Mark McEntire, Heath McEntire, Jeremy McEntire, Rick McEntire and David McEntire.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home in Paragould or to the charity of your choice.

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Robert L. McGaha

Robert L. McGaha, 86, of Jonesboro, died July 6, 2010, at his home.

He was a Jehovah's Witness and spent most of his life studying the Bible with many people in Lawrence County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Riley Luther and Margaret McCall McGaha; four brothers, Mark McGaha, W.P. McGaha, Brisco McGaha and Bruce McGaha; and two sisters, Mollie Whitmire and Betty Mull.

Survivors include his wife, Ann McGaha; a son, Robert McGaha III and wife Glenda, Jonesboro; a daughter, Carmel Aaron, Heber Springs; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Walnut Ridge with Dale Cobble officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Joshua Thomas McKenzie

Joshua Thomas McKenzie, 22, of Leachville and Murfreesboro, died July 2, 2010, in Murfreesboro.

Born Aug. 18, 1987, in Jonesboro, he was a graduate of Henry County High School. He was an electrician and musician.

Survivors include his parents, Mitch and Sheila McKenzie, Leachville; a brother, Cody McKenzie, Walnut Ridge; and his grandparents, Marvin and Mildred Tipton and Donald and Elwonda McKenzie, all of Trumann.

Funeral is Thursday at 8 p.m. at the People of Praise United Pentecostal Church in Leachville with Bishop Jerry Johnson and pastor Don Johnson officiating. Additional services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Henry County Tabernacle of Praise in Paris, Tenn., with Rev. Dwight Turner officiating. Burial will be in Henry County Tabernacle Cemetery. Higginbotham Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at People of Praise UPC.

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

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Herschel Meeks

Herschel Lamon Meeks, 78, of Black Rock, died July 1, 2010, at the VA Hospital in Memphis.

Born Dec. 13, 1931, in Black Rock, he was the son of Curtis and Johnie Woodson Meeks. He had worked at SKIL and was a self-employed construction worker. He was of the Jehovah's Witness faith.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, John Riley Meeks, Otho Curtis Meeks and Charles D. Meeks.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey Meeks; seven children, Betsy Lynn Phillips, Brumley, Mo., Teresa Clark, Cord, Herschel Meeks, Rita Dickson and Donna Augustine and Rick Meeks, all of Black Rock, and Lisa Bryant, West Memphis; five brothers, Frank Meeks, Winston Meeks, Bill Meeks, Curtis Meeks and Jim Meeks; two sisters, Faye Shannon and Shirley Williams; 19 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery with Dale Cobble officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Herschel Meeks, Ricky Meeks Jr., Rusty Meeks, Bryan Meeks, Dustin Meeks, Blake Meeks, Josh Clark, Gary Clark II, Clayton Augustine, Ethan Augustine and Ryan Dickson.

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Euna Pearl Penn

Euna Pearl Penn, 96, of Bryant, died June 30, 2010, at the Hospice House in Bryant.

A homemaker, she worked as a sales clerk at Sterlings in Walnut Ridge for 25 years and was of the Missionary Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Warnick Penn; her parents, Dan and Ida Hoggard Eagan; two sisters, Junie Eagan Mayland and Ollie Eagan Sullivan; a brother, Oscar Eagan; a stepsister, Laura Eagan; and a grandson, Robert Hugh French.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Gregory, Bryant, and Loretta French, Russellville; three grandchildren, Arianna Elizabeth French, Ashur Merritt Gregory and Hadlee Payson Gregory; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Dr. Phillip Miller officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery near Lynn.

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Jewell Yates Taylor

Jewell Yates Taylor, 93, of Imboden, died July 3, 2010, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born March 8, 1917, she was the daughter of Jahue and Carrie Belle Copper Yates. She had lived in Cahokia, Ill., before returning to Imboden in 1983, following her husband's death. She was a longtime active member of Maple Street Baptist Church in Cahokia, and was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry "Hank" Taylor, in 1983; and 11 siblings.

Survivors include a sister, Nina McPherson, Imboden; and two nieces, Judy Henderson and Linda Wright.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service in Hardy with Rev. Howard Pankey officiating. Burial was in Bradford Cemetery near Ravenden.

Pallbearers were J.D. Yates, Jerry Yates, Eldon Henderson, Lanny Henderson, Michael Henderson and Ray Wright.

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

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Carole Traum

Carole J. "Joyce" Traum, 78, of Fenton, Mo., died June 28, 2010.

She was born in Black Rock.

Survivors include her longtime companion and special friend, Robert E. Kelly; two daughters, Mary Neal and husband Lester, and Leah West; two sons, Tony Ragsdale and wife Carolyn, and Ronald Ragsdale; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 9 a.m. at Kutis South County Chapel in St. Louis. Burial was in St. Matthew Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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Clint Roger Wooldridge

Clint Roger Wooldridge, 78, of Bee Branch, died July 4, 2010, at his home.

Born Oct. 9, 1931, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Roy and Esther Tate Wooldridge. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Wilma June Kennedy Wooldridge; a son, Stuart Wooldridge and wife Cheryl, Magnet Cove; a daughter, Melissa Courtway and husband Tom, Conway; five grandchildren, Rance Stuart Wooldridge, Ross William Wooldridge, Nathan Scott Wooldridge, Corey Michael Davidson and Ryan Scott Davidson; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Clinton with Bro. Kerry Poole officiating. Burial will be in Cleburne County Memorial Gardens at Heber Springs.

Pallbearers will be Rance Stuart Wooldridge, Ross William Wooldridge, Nathan Scott Wooldridge, Corey Michael Davidson, Ryan Scott Davidson and Daniel Smith.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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