July 28, 2010 Edition

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Cambry Faith Davis Ashton Thomas Gray Marlie Elyse Byrd


Witt ~ Russell


A.L. Bennett Donna Mae Burch Joseph M. Crow
Ruby Donnie Henson Gene Hickerson Chuckie Gale Lane
J.D. Madden Marvine Constance Pickett James Boyce Sade


Cambry Faith Davis

Jeffie and Amber Davis of Bono have announced the birth of a daughter, born July 9, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces, and has been named Cambry Faith Davis.

Grandparents include Chuck and Paula Osborne of Cord and Gerald and Janet Davis of Southside.

Great-grandparents are Charles and Nell Osborne and D.R. and Mae Kennedy, all of Cord

Amber is a teacher at Hoxie High School.

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Ashton Thomas Gray

Carrington and Ashley Gray of Brookland have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born July 8, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, three ounces, and has been named Ashton Thomas Gray.

Grandparents are Ronald and Kim Hobbs, Scott Gatlin, and Terry and Kim Hinson, all of Paragould, and Tommy and Andi Gray of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Paul and Joan Stratton of Walnut Ridge, Rev. Bill and Billie Gray of Pocahontas, Charles and Nita Roe of Paragould and Steve Gatlin of West Plains, Mo.

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Marlie Elyse Byrd

Justin Byrd and Rachel Robinette, both of Walnut Ridge, have announced the birth of a daughter, born July 13, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, six ounces, and has been named Marlie Elyse Byrd. She has two siblings, Destiny Stevens, two, and Cameron Stevens, one.

Grandparents are James and Wanda Woods of Walnut Ridge, Billy and Lisa Byrd of Jonesboro, George and Rhonda Strong of Little Rock and the late Robert Ebert.

Great-grandparents are Carolyn Wood of Jonesboro and Bill and Billie Woods of Searcy.

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Witt ~ Russell

Julia Witt and Jeff Witt, both of Imboden, have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kristan Mae Witt, to Donny Ray Russell, son of Darrell and Judy Pierce of Pocahontas and the late Johnny Russell.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Davis Matthews and Frankie Witt, all of Imboden.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Maxine Howard of Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows at the Ralph Layl Park in Imboden on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. A reception will follow at the Imboden Church of Christ.

All family and friends are invited.

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A.L. Bennett

A.L. Bennett, 76, of Strawberry, died July 25, 2010, at a hospital in Batesville.

Born Jan. 17, 1934, in Charlotte, he was the son of Homer Talmage and Virgie Ward Bennett. He was a bus mechanic for Strawberry School for 18 years.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Stephen Bennett; and a sister, Dale Powers.

Survivors include a son, Kenny Bennett and wife Dana, Searcy; a sister, Mildred Clem, Strawberry; a granddaughter, Megan Cohn; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Tuesday at Ward Cemetery in Strawberry with Justin Burge officiating. Roller-Crouch McGee Funeral Home of Cave City had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Stanley Mayland, Allen MacDonald, Daniel Sexton, Matt Cohn, Danny Hugg and Rick Clem.

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

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Donna Mae Burch

Donna Mae Burch, 85, of Lynn, died July 25, 2010, at her home.

Born April 20, 1925, in Lynn, she was the daughter of Oscar and Lula Martin Justus. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Pleasant Street Church of Christ in Springdale.

She was preceded in death by a son, Tommy L. Burch; and two sisters, Opal Wilkes and Alta Walker.

Survivors include her husband, Ellis W. Burch; a son, David Burch, Lynn; two brothers, Billy Justus, Powhatan, and Thomas Justus, Springdale; two sisters, Reta Drane and Flontrilla Kinder, both of Phoenix; four grandchildren, Jesse Burch, Dallas Heasley, Robyn Burch and Heather Horn; and eight great-grandchildren.

A visitation was held Monday at her home in Lynn under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Old Alton Cemetery at Denton, Texas.

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Joseph M. Crow

Joseph M. Crow, 80 of Zephyrhills, Fla., died July 19, 2010, at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

Born April 10, 1930, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Charlie and Malissia Crow.

Survivors include a son, Joseph Crow Jr. and wife Mereline; a daughter, Carolyn Howard and husband Danny; two stepsons, Andy Nowyorkas and wife Julie and Johnny Nowyorkas and wife Linda; two stepdaughters, Kitty Ross and Judy Orrison and husband Gary; two sisters in law, Vercie and Karen Dulaney; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.

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Ruby Donnie Henson

Ruby Donnie Henson, 72, of Alicia, died July 24, 2010.

Born March 5, 1938, she was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Henson; and her parents, Jessie and Hazel Tubbs.

Survivors include two sons, Jim Henson, Alicia, and Phillip Henson, Michigan; three daughters, Becky Bennett and husband Bryant, and Ellen Henson, all of Tennessee, and Helen Merrow and husband Ron, Michigan; two brothers, Cecil Tubbs, Amagon, and Larry Tubbs, Missouri; two sisters, Sara Wingo, Louisiana, and Bernice Welch, Cave City; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Ballews Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport.

Visitation is tonight from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Gene Hickerson

Eugene "Gene" Hickerson, 84, of Ravenden, died July 23, 2010.

He was born Nov. 7, 1925.

Survivors include his wife, Josie Wilson Hickerson; a son, Bryan Johnson, Ravenden Springs; two daughters, Carolyn Mitchell, Viola, and Shirley Ford, Leachville; a brother, Bob Hickerson, Harrisonville, Kan.; a sister, Barbara Wheeler, Kansas City, Kan.; 24 grandchildren; and 66 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 7 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with John Stoll officiating.

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Chuckie Gale Lane

Chuckie Gale Lane, 53, of O'Kean, died July 25, 2010, at his home.

Born Sept. 26, 1956, at Hickoria, he was disabled.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Frances Corder Lane; a brother, Dewayne Lane; and a sister, Betty Lane.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Ramona Rauch Lane, whom he married April 15, 1978; three children, Travise Lane, Bowling Green, Ky., Rachel Lane, Okinawa, Japan, and Paula Powers, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Kathy Todd, O'Kean; and four grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning. Burial will be in Smithwick Cemetery at Peach Orchard.

Visitation was set for Friday, from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

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

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J.D. Madden

J.D. Madden, 84, of Hoxie, died July 23, 2010, at his home, following an extended illness.

Born March 14, 1926, in the Lauratown community, he was the son of Calvin William and Sallie Butts Madden. A World War II veteran, he retired in 1989 from the automobile industry in Rockford, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Francis Hathcock Madden, in 1966; two sons, Curtis Nabors and Rickey Nabors; a sister, Imogene Carmichael; a brother, Calvin Madden; a grandson, Jeffrey D. Madden; and a great-great-granddaughter, Crystal Gibson.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Levern Hatfield; a daughter, Mary Dunnivant, Hoxie; four sons, Danny Madden, Rickey Madden and Jeff Madden, all of Hoxie, and Randy Madden, Bloomfield, Mo.; a stepson, Terry Bailey, Hoxie; 22 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Ryan Johnston officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rickey Madden, Danny Madden, Morris George, Bobby Doyle, Blake Householder and Junior Gibson. Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Madden, Randy Madden, Chris Madden, Josh Madden, Everett Dunnivant and Lenard Nees.

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

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Marvine Constance Pickett

Marvine Constance Riggs Pickett, 85, of St. Louis, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died July 21, 2010.

Born Jan. 22, 1925, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Marvin and Mae McCluskey Riggs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray H. Pickett Sr., whom she married Sept. 7, 1940; a son, Ronnie C. Pickett; two sisters, Beulah Eveland and Glenda Bibb; two brothers, John C. Riggs and Cloyce Rice; and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Pickett.

Survivors include three daughters, Geronda Pickett, Lakeshore, Fla., Charlotte Wessels and husband Rich, St. Louis, and Connie Tetrault and husband Mike, O'Fallon, Mo.; two sons, Ray H. Pickett Jr., Terry Pickett, Tom Pickett, Marvin Pickett and wife Renea, Bruce Pickett and Allen Pickett and wife Kathy, all of St. Louis County, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Sharum Cemetery near Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Ray Pickett, Terry Pickett, Tom Pickett, Marvin Pickett, Bruce Pickett and Allen Pickett. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Tetrault, Rich Wessels and Drew Blevins.

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James Boyce Sade

James Boyce Sade, 48, of Black Rock, died July 20, 2010, at his home.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he was a truck driver for Waterloo for 16 years. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Noble Sade; and a brother, Charles Edward Sade.

Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Sade; a daughter, Shayna Sade, Black Rock; a son, Damon Beasley and wife Ashley, Elkins; his mother, Lillie Sade, Black Rock; three sisters, Juanita Bryant and husband Danny Joe and Mary Kissee and husband Rodney, all of Black Rock, and Virginia Smith, Swifton; three brothers, William Sade, Black Rock, Aubrey Sade, Arizona, and Ricky Sade, Clover Bend; four grandchildren; and a special nephew, Mike Boley.

The body was cremated.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 10 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, near Smithville, with Dan Sloan officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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