July 21, 2010 Edition

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Jacee Marie Cagle Rogan James Eliot Ludwig


Thomas ~ Manning Tyson ~ Kendall


Sletta Clark Mary Maxine Cusick Betty Louise Fears
Gloria Jean Huckabee Anna James Thelma Luther
Melody Lytle Betty Jean Murph Dick Stults
Michael D. Whaley


Jacee Marie Cagle

Justin and Morgan Cagle of Portia have announced the birth of a daughter, born July 6, 2010, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed five pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Jacee Marie Cagle. She has one older sister, Skylar Cagle, one.

Grandparents are Chris and Penny Stoal of Hoxie and Jim and Doris Cagle of Wlanut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Eddie and Shirley Johnson of Portia and Dallas and Anna Cagle of Walnut Ridge. Great-great-grandparents are Johnny Dunlap of Portia and Roxie Buckner of Pocahontas.

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Rogan James Eliot Ludwig

Kerry and Elaine Ludwig of Black Rock have announced the birth of a son on July 2, 2010, in Newport. The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Rogan James Eliot Ludwig.

He has a sister, Drianna, who is 16, and a brother, Kaige, who is 14.

Grandparents are Rhetia Ludwig of Black Rock, Floyd and Diane Henson of Pomona, Mo., James Harvey and Ann Noblin of Walnut Ridge and the late Ruby Noblin.

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Thomas ~ Manning

Colonel (Ret.) and Mrs. Tom W. Thomas of Searcy announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Callie Blair Thomas, to David Joseph Manning, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Manning of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Woody and Johnnie Thomas who lived in Walnut Ridge, and the late J.W. and Exa Recker, who lived in Hoxie.

She is a graduate of Harding University and holds a bachelor's degree in communications.

The prospective groom is the grandson of James and Bobbie Manning and Ethel Willcoxon, all of Walnut Ridge, and the late John Wayne Kissee.

He is employed by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and is majoring in engineering at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 1 in Saint Lucia, Caribbean.

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Tyson ~ Kendall

Johnny and Tammy Tyson of Mountain Home have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Vanessa Jacinda Tyson, to Brock Edward Kendall, son of Bobby and Vickie Kendall of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Armilda Tyson of Powhatan and the late Bill Tyson, Jim and Linda Whitley of Quitman and the late Gladys Ozella Green.

She is a 2003 Black Rock High School graduate and received her nursing degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is employed as an RN at St. Bernards Medical Center.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bill and Jean Willard of Jonesboro and the late Robert and Lavern Kendall.

He is a 2007 Nettleton High School graduate and is pursuing a physical therapy assistant degree from ASU. He is employed as a full-time preacher at Oak Grove Church of Christ in Bono.

The couple will exchange vows on July 31 at 2 p.m. at Greensboro Road Church of Christ in Jonesboro. All family and friends are invited.

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Sletta Clark

Sletta Marcell Billings Clark, 76, of Newport, formerly of Lawrence County, died July 13, 2010.

Born May 4, 1934, she was the daughter of M.C. and Thelma Park Billings.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Ray Billings, Bennie Billings, Max Billings, Sherman Billings and Kenneth Billings; and two sisters, Gladys Moser and Bernice Marsack.

Survivors include her husband, Bennie D. Clark Sr.; a son, Bennie D. Clark Jr., Judsonia; a daughter, Mary McAfee, McRae; a brother, W.C. Billings, Piggott; three sisters, Beatrice Zavec, Watervliet, Mich., Ruby Ward, Tuckerman, and Jane Moore, Longview, Texas; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday at 10 a.m. at Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport with J.L. May officiating.

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Mary Maxine Cusick

Mary Maxine Cusick, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died July 15, 2010, at her home.

Born Oct. 21, 1928, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Edward Herbert and Dessie Mae Hutsell Longmire. She was a secretary and member of the Hoxie United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Cusick.

Survivors include nieces and nephews, Edward Thomas, National City, Calif., Lida Tinker, Ron Thomas, Katie Smith and John Welch, all of Hoxie, and Rob Longmire and Josh Longmire, both of Jonesboro; and several great nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Betty Louise Fears

Betty Louise Fears, 74, of Swifton, died July 15, 2010.

She had lived in Swifton 43 years and was a member of the Swifton Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Fears; her parents, Garland and Bertha Whitlow; two sons, Bobby Fears and Billy Fears; four brothers, Earl Whitlow, Mearl Whitlow, Johnny Whitlow and Mack Whitlow; and three sisters, Rachel Whitlow, Aleata Wade and Mozell Dulaney.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Fears, Swifton; five sons, Danny Fears and Charlie Fears, both of Swifton, Mike Fears, Bradford, Gary Lee Fears, Walnut Ridge, and Thomas Fears, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; a sister, Nadine Pierce, Littlefield, Texas; two brothers, Gene Whitlow, Black Rock, and Bill Whitlow, Powhatan; 22 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ with Jon Binkley and Mac Ballard officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

Pallbearers were Charles Fears, Chris Fears, Gary Wayne Fears, Joshua Fears, Brian Fears, Eddie Kennedy, Jared Russell and Tyler Chapmen. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Templeton and the men of the Swifton Church of Christ.

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Gloria Jean Huckabee

Gloria Jean Huckabee, 48, of Smithville, died July 19, 2010, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born May 10, 1962, at Batesville, she was the daughter of Olden and Jimmie Gilmore Huckabee. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her mother; two brothers, Michael Huckabee and James Aaron Huckabee; two sisters, Selina Huckabee and Elaine Hill; and a grandson, Aaron Dean Huckabee.

Survivors include her father, Olden Huckabee, Smithville; a son, Damein Huckabee and wife Darlene, Smithville; two daughters, Sheri Marshall and Jima Marshall, both of Smithville; two sisters, Beth Fleming, Cave City, and Rebecca Biggers, Yuba City, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Bailey Huckabee and Kristian Huckabee.

Graveside service will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Marvin Cemetery, located at Smithville, with Phillip Lewallen officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6-8 at the funeral home.

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Anna James

Anna James, 89, of Swifton, died July 12, 2010.

Born June 3, 1921, she was the daughter of Homer and Vena Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; and three brothers, Junior Paul Smith, Marvin Smith and Jerry Smith.

Survivors include a son, Samuel James and wife Kay, Brighton, Mich.; a daughter, Suzy Dunlap, Swifton; two brothers, Shelby Smith and wife Debbie, Houston, and Benny Smith and wife Lola, Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Shawn Carr, Jeff James and Douglas James; nine great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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

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Thelma Luther

Thelma "Big Sis" Luther, 84, of Hoxie, died July 19, 2010, at her home.

Born Nov. 17, 1925, at Cash, she was the daughter of Ace and Belva Mc Gown Puckett. She was a homemaker and was of the Jehovah's Witness faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Luther, on Aug. 6, 1994, whom she married Oct. 20, 1944, and two sons, Darrell Luther and Orville Luther.

Survivors include three daughters, Phyllis Latham, Portia, Rena Adams, Walnut Ridge, and Rita Luther, Little Rock; two sons, Larry Luther, Hoxie, and Glendon Luther, Pocahontas; a sister, Alta Jean Wilson, Jonesboro; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Service will be today at 9:30 a.m. at Bryan Chapel with Bro. Scott Downum officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home of Hoxie.

Pallbearers will be Clint Adams, Casey Adams, John Adams, Kenneth Adams, Billy Wheeler and Chris Wiggs.

Memorials may be made to the Legacy Hospice, 1056 First Ave, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Melody Lytle

Melody Ann Ingram Lytle, 53, of Black Rock, died July 14, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 31, 1957, in Jonesboro, she worked in the computer lab at Westside School. She was a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, John Lytle; a son, Blake Ingram and fiancˇ Katie Goforth, Jonesboro; three stepsons, Todd Lytle and Jack Ivy, both of Jonesboro, and Brian Ivy, Black Rock; three stepdaughters, Nickol Ruffin, Jonesboro, and Nikki Ivy and Amber Walker, both of Bay; a brother, Dennis Pratt and wife Dottie; and a grandson, Cade Ingram.

Funeral was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Warner Allen officiating.

Pallbearers were Terry Miles, Gary Kifer, Allen Oldman, Andy Jackson, Josh Brand and Eric Harwell. The Westside faculty served as honorary pallbearers.

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com

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Betty Jean Murph

Betty Jean Murph, 68, of Mountain Home, died July 15, 2010, at her home.

Born April 15, 1942, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Walker James and Geneva Sullivan Housdan. She was retired from the Social Security Administration. She had lived in Mountain Home for 20 years moving there from Marshall, Texas. She was a master gardener.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Murph, whom she married on Dec. 16, 1983, at Marshall, Texas; a sister, Judy Moody; and three brothers, Danny Housdan, Mike Housdan and Ted Housdan.

Survivors include four sisters, Carolyn Lamb, Ravenden Springs, Lisa Berry, Selma, Texas, Vida Stallings, Black Rock, and Kitty Stringfellow, North Little Rock; and a brother, Dennis Housdan, Charlottesville, Va.

Memorial service will be today at 10:30 a.m. at Kirby Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mountain Home.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.

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

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Dick Stults

Richard Lee "Dick" Stults, 74, of Ash Flat, died July 13, 2010, at his home.

Born April 16, 1936, in Portland, Ind., he was the son of Floyd C. and Mary R. Stults. After over 20 years stationed at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, he retired from the U.S.A.F. as a master sergeant.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary L. Weaver Stults; his parents; a son, Michael A. Stults; and siblings, Albert L. Stults, Virginia L. Whitennack, Anna L. Bubp and Marjorie J. Boxell.

Survivors include three daughters Debra K. Gibbs and husband David, Lonoke, Susan L. Miller and husband William, Cherokee Village, and Pamela J. Pasierb and husband Richard, Maumelle; four grandchildren, Kristopher Staton, Brandon Kerr, Aaron Gibbs and Kira Gibbs; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were private. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden. Memorials may be made to a church or charity of choice.

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Michael D. Whaley

Michael D. Whaley, 55, of Walnut Ridge, died June 29, 2010, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Born April 24, 1955, at Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Wayne and Mary Sue Hutson Whaley. He was a truck driver and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include two brothers, Reginald Whaley, Little Rock, and Scotty Whaley, California; two aunts, Norma Davis and Virginia Sparrow, both of Walnut Ridge; and a special friend, Kathy Bonner.

Graveside service will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Ron Hutson officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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