August 11, 2010 Edition

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Roslyn Lane Dauck Charles Jackson Reed


McKinnon ~ Johnson Poposky ~ Crowson


Harold Benton Thomas L. Carmickle Jr. Lois June Creecy
Lora Weir Cude John M. Duncan Geraldine Lee Helms Fultz
Fred Keton Rosella Ann McDonald Beth Reynolds
Mary Neoma VanWinkle Carlton Joseph Wolf Bob Zalaker


Roslyn Lane Dauck

Joseph and Ciara Dauck of Powhatan have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born July 24, 2010, at NEA Baptist Memorial in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed nine pounds, and has been named Roslyn Lane Dauck.

Grandparents are Johnny and Diann Dauck of Hoxie, Charles Crismon of Pocahontas and Ruth Crismon of Jonesboro.

Great-grandparents are Gene and Ruth Dauck of Walnut Ridge, Eddie and Sarah Lawhon of Hoxie, Bill Frank Crismon of Pocahontas and Dave and Lorean Davidson of Jonesboro.

Linnie Inman of Hoxie is the great-great-grandparent.

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Charles Jackson Reed

Curtis and Crystal Reed of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born Aug. 6, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Charles Jackson Reed. He has two older sisters, Alexis LeAnne, three, and Alexis Nicole, two.

Grandparents are Jeannette Smith and Bruce and Wilma Smith, all of Sedgwick; Debra Reed of Paragould and the late Charles Jackson.

Great-grandparents are Don and Mary Maggard of Black Rock, JL and Ann Wright of Hoxie and Leonard and Delores Guthrie of Michigan.

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McKinnon ~ Johnson

Jimmy and Julie McKinnon of Murfreesboro announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kimberley Ann McKinnon, formerly of Murfreesboro, to Benjamin David Lee Johnson, formerly of Walnut Ridge, son of David and Cindy Johnson of Ellington, Mo.

The bride-elect is a Murfreesboro High School graduate and is a student at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. She plans to graduate in 2012.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Hurschel and Lucille Ray of Jonesboro and the late Rudy and Hazel Johnson. He is a Sloan-Hendrix High School and Arkansas Tech graduate. He is employed by La Quinta.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Sunset Point on Mt. Nebo near Russellville. David Johnson will perform the double ring ceremony.

A reception for the couple will follow at the Russellville Marriott. All family and friends invited to the ceremony and reception.

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Poposky ~ Crowson

Kimberly Eileene Crowson and Louis Joseph Poposky Jr. were united in marriage at a double-ring ceremony at Hitt's Chapel Church in Piggott on Aug. 7, 2010 at 2 p.m.

The bride is the daughter of Mary Ann Crowson of Piggott, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and the late Stephen Crowson. She is the granddaughter of the late Jack and Dorothy Beakley and the late Howard and Mary Crowson.

She is a 1992 Piggott High School graduate and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in accounting.

She is employed as an assistant controller at the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.

The bridegroom is the son of Louis Sr. and Minnie Poposky of Conway. He is the grandson of the late Joseph and Johanna Bure and the late Joe and Marie Poposky.

He is a 1985 Watson Chapel High School graduate and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He is employed as a chemist with the Arkansas Department of Health.

Rev. Lavone Smart performed the ceremony, and nuptial music was provided by Sandra Reutszong, pianist, and Jon Conley and Kailyn Conley, vocalists.

The bride was given in marriage by her mother. Karla Crowson of Little Rock, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Sara Fairchild of Sherwoodd and Jennifer Raspberry of Piggott. Stephanie Poposky, daughter of the groom, was junior bridesmaid.

Chuck Witt of Maumelle served as best man. Groomsmen were John Halloran and Jeff Stone, both of Maumelle. Colin Brown of Conway, nephew of the groom, served as junior groomsman.

Ushers were Scott Wilson of Batesville and Richard Bonner of Little Rock. Kailyn Conley of Piggott, cousin of the bride, served as bride's book attendant.

Coni Davis of Walnut Ridge was among those in attendance.

A reception was held at the Piggott Community Center following the wedding. Sound Xtreme of Pocahontas provided music.

Following a wedding trip to San Diego, the couple are at home in Maumelle.

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Harold Benton

Harold Lee Benton, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 6, 2010, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

Born March 5, 1939, at Mammoth Spring, he was the son of Ammon and Hester Jones Benton. He was the former owner and operator of Harold Benton Enterprises in Pocahontas and also served in the National Guard. He was of the Protestant belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mazie Bell Simms Benton, on Feb. 21, 2003, whom he married Nov. 21, 1956; a son, Stanford; and siblings, Gene Benton, Noel Dean Benton and Charlene Morris.

Survivors include three daughters, Darlene Pope, Paragould, Pam Wilson, Bono, and Sandy Mosbach, Cerro Gordo, Ill.; a son, Greg Benton, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Elmo Benton, Egypt; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 3 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Revs. Bill Gray and Jerry Cochran officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Thomas L. Carmickle Jr.

Thomas L. Carmickle Jr., 47, of Maynard, died Aug. 6, 2010, in Arkansas.

Born June 1, 1963, in Doniphan, Mo., he had worked as a welder at Contech Corp. in Walnut Ridge for over 20 years. He attended Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Louise Hudson Carmickle, whom he married May 2, 2008, in Doniphan; a daughter, Teala Carmickle and fiancˇ Kenny, Walnut Ridge; a stepson, Jeremy McLaughlin, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Donna O'Dell and husband James, Maynard; and a brother, David Carmickle and wife Donna, Success.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning with Mike Bradley officiating. Burial was in Pittman Cemetery.

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Lois June Creecy

Lois June Creecy, 67, of Trumann, died Aug. 6, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 26, 1942, in Swifton, she had lived in Trumann for the past 52 years. She was a former employee of the Singer company and Wal-Mart and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Creecy; her parents, Gerald and Myerl Myers Birmingham; and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Paul Creecy, Trumann; three sisters, Phyllis Whitehurst, El Paso, Ark., Veda Kennedy, Tyronza, and Jenny Densmore, Turrell; two brothers, Bill Birmingham, Drasco, and Frank Birmingham, Trumann; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann with Bros. Jerry Vinson and Larry Tribble officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Bruce Cobb, Tony Clem, Paul Creecy Jr., Hunter Creecy, Steven Densmore, Keith McElyea, Billy Birmingham and Derick Birmingham.

An online guestbook is available at

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Lora Weir Cude

Lora Weir Cude, 100, of Black Rock, died Aug. 6, 2010, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 5, 1909, at Eaton, she was the daughter of Robert Sloan and Mary Rainwater Weir. She graduated from Sloan-Hendrix Academy and attended Arkansas State College, where she earned a teaching certificate. She taught grades 1-8 in one-room schools in the Post Oak and Lauratown communities. She and her husband owned and operated a grocery store in Black Rock for 39 years. She was a member of the Black Rock United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dee Cude, whom she married June 28, 1936; a son, Jim Cude; two brothers and six sisters.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Cude and wife Libby, Conway; two daughters, Rita Guntharp and husband G. David, Jonesboro, and Mary Videll and husband Joe, Walnut Ridge; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

Pallbearers were Jeff Cude, Mike Cude, Greg Guntharp, Steve Guntharp, Mark Blankenship and Kevin Berry.

Memorials may be made to the Black Rock United Methodist Church or to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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John M. Duncan

John M. Duncan, 68, of Pocahontas, died Aug. 7, 2010, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

He was born June 18, 1942.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Jo Duncan; his father, John Duncan; and two brothers, Steve Ray Duncan and Lucian Duncan.

Survivors include a son, Lewis Henson, Pocahontas; his mother, Ora Stalnaker Duncan, Pocahontas; a sister, Marie Dunahay, Smithville; and two brothers, Billy Duncan, Black Rock, and Otis Duncan, Louisiana.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

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

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Geraldine Lee Helms Fultz

Geraldine Lee "Jeri" Helms Fultz died Aug. 2, 2010, in Florissant, Mo.

Jeri will long be remembered for her research on the Helms, Davis and White families of Lawrence County. The web site she maintained for many years has been a great help to untold numbers of people wishing to learn about these and other allied families. One of her greatest contributions came through her collaboration with Edward Gerdes, Bryan Howerton and others in their effort to develop data sets on numerous Civil War regiments and to make this information available to the public.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred J. Fultz, whom she married June 14, 1952; and a sister, Jacqueline McClain.

Survivors include three children, Michael D. Fultz, Cindy Herrin and husband Dr. Paul Herrin, and Scott Fultz and wife Debbie; two sisters, Barbara Moore and Danise Bopp; three brothers-in-law, Doug Moore, Sam Bopp and Leo McClain; and three grandchildren, Thomas Herrin, Daniel Herrin and Michael Fultz.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at Hutchens Mortuary in Florissant, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the Sarah Community Foundation, 3393 McKelvey Rd., Bridgeton, Mo. 63044 or the Humane Society of Missouri, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.

An online guestbook is available at

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Fred Keton

Fred Keton, 88, of Swifton, died Aug. 6, 2010.

Born May 29, 1922, in Swifton, he was the son of Bert and Minnie Mae Worsham Keton. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, serving in World War II. He was a farmer and was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Alicia.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Buster Keton; and a sister, Elsie Welch.

Survivors include his wife, Wilda Hayden Keton; two sons, Taylor Keton and wife Jeanie, Jonesboro, and Fred "Butch" Keton and wife Beckie, Swifton; two daughters, Peggy Alexander, Jonesboro, and Erma Bailey and husband Paul, Cabot; a brother, Willis Keton, Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Marie Gardner, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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

Pallbearers were Garland Shophner, Gary Worthington, J.Q. Harvey, Raymond Church, Tim Higgins and Leboyd Duncan. Grandsons served as honorary pallbearers.

An online guestbook is available at

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Rosella Ann McDonald

Rosella Ann McDonald, 55, of Paragould, died Aug. 6, 2010, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock.

Arrangements will be announced by Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Beth Reynolds

Cora Elizabeth "Beth" Reynolds, 73, of Alicia, died Aug. 9, 2010, at her home in Alicia.

She was a homemaker and a former mayor of Alicia. She had also served as a missionary in Africa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Gaston and Lela Margaret Tubbs Haley; and her grandparents.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin Reynolds; four sons, Randy Reynolds, Newport, Timmy Reynolds, Malvern, Teddy Reynolds, McNeil, and Robby Reynolds, Washington, D.C., and their families; three sisters, Carol Smith, Cabot, Sue Murphree, Little Rock, and Jean Loetscher, Mt. Vernon, Mo.; a brother, Buddy Haley, Ward; four grandchildren, Joshua Liles Sr., Fashima Reynolds, Caleb Reynolds and Nathan Reynolds; and four great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Alicia Baptist Church, where her husband serves as pastor. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the City of Alicia, P.O. Box 32, Alicia, AR 72410 or to the Alicia Baptist Church, P.O. Box 113, Alicia, AR 72410. Please note that donations are in memory of Beth Reynolds.

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Mary Neoma VanWinkle

Mary Neoma VanWinkle, 88, died Aug. 1, 2010.

Born Oct. 6, 1921, at Paul's Switch, she was the daughter of Walter and Cora Medsker Dunham. She had lived in Indiana for 20 years before returning to Arkansas in 1971. She was a member of New Life Full Gospel Church at Black Rock and the DAV Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clay VanWinkle; her stepmother, eight brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret "Maggie" Ratliff and husband Truel; a stepson, John Shoemaker and wife Patty; three sisters, Ethel Lawson, Sally VanWinkle and Clara Keech and husband Wyatt; three grandchildren, Rhonda Neiswander, James Dean and Glen Shoemaker; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery.

Visitation is Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

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Carlton Joseph Wolf

Carlton Joseph Wolf was born Oct. 22, 1973, in Corona, Calif., and passed from this life on August 10, 2010 at 7 a.m.

He is survived by his wife Ali Blakeney Wolf of Walnut Ridge; parents Joe and Bonnie Wolf of Aptos, Calif., a brother Sep (sister-in-law Brynn) Wolf of Santa Barbara, Calif., two nieces Kasia and Kana, and a nephew Kelham, and grandparents, Carl and Dossie Perkins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Elsa Wolf.

Carl was educated at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. He traveled through Europe and the U.S. before finding his soul mate and marrying Dec. 22, 2006. Carl was an exceptional artist and an even better chef. We celebrate the big laugh and beautiful smile and his ability to walk into a room and brighten everyone's day. Anyone who ever met Carl came away knowing they had a friend.

He recently taught at Hoxie School, where he was much loved by the students and the Hoxie School Community. His motto was to "hug it out." "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Gal. 2:20

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home. The family has requested that donations be made to the Hicks-Blakeney Scholarship Fund at HHS instead of flowers.

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Bob Zalaker

Robert E. "Bob" Zalaker, 77, of Loda, Ill., died July 30, 2010, at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, Ill.

Born Sept. 28, 1932, in Memphis, he was the son of John and Irene Little Zalaker. He grew up in Walnut Ridge and graduated from St. Paul High School in Pocahontas. He attended Arkansas State University and served in the U.S. Air Force for 15 years. He also worked for Ag services and retired from Civil Service at Chanute Air Force Base.

He was a honeybee farmer and a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loda. He also fished in professional tournaments in the 1970s and 1980s and was awarded the Joe Jacobson Memorial.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marian T. Swanson Zalaker, on Jan. 15, 1984, whom he married Aug. 10, 1957; a daughter, Mary Ann; and a stepdaughter, Robin Sternes.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Wilkens Sternes Zalaker, whom he married Sept. 9, 1989, in Buckley, Ill.; four sons, John Zalaker, Loda, Ill., Michael Zalaker and wife Wendi, Gibson City, Ill., Bobby Zalaker, Buckley, Ill., and David Zalaker, Paxton, Ill.; three daughters, Liz Laurie and husband Robert, Paxton, Ill., Cindy Krumwiede and husband Rex, Mahomet, Ill., and Melissa Kivisto and husband Eric, Spring Lake, Mich.; a sister, Carol Dinkins and husband Ed, Hot Springs; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loda with Rev. Daniel A. Olson officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery at Paxton, Ill., under the direction of Baier Family Funeral Service of Paxton.

Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Loda, Ill., or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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