September 29, 2010 Edition

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Lillian Mae Johnson


Gann ~ Jones McGee ~ White


Amos Fleming Vernon Lee Wilkinson David Connor
Evelyn Foley Welch Lela Faye Scudder Bertie Mae Lawrence
Hazel Raye Rowlett Julian E. Long John Charles Rushing
Vonnie Laird Prater Patsy Sue Thompson Dorothy Ann Huddleston
Steven Lee Bellah


Lillian Mae Johnson

Derek and Rachel Johnson of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on Sept. 21, 2010, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Lillian Mae Johnson.

Grandparents are Ron and Pam Johnson of Walnut Ridge, Tim and Laura Woodall of Sheridan and Doug and Guniz Barton of Little Rock. She is the great-granddaughter of Chester and Kathleen Warnick and Bob and Lenda Bellah, all of Walnut Ridge, Linda Johnson of Black Rock and Murray and Elaine Barton of North Little Rock.

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Gann ~ Jones

Jimmy and Sharon Gann of Osceola have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kerri Gann, to Nathan Jones, son of Tony and Georgie Jones of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mary Gann and the late Charles Gann and the late Floyd and Ruby Robertson.

She is a 2002 graduate of Mississippi County Christian Academy and holds a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State University. She is in the master's program at ASU and is the executive officer of the Jonesboro Board of Realtors.

The prospective groom is the grandson of T.Z. and Lula Belle Jones and Jolene Pierce, all of Walnut Ridge, and the late William Pierce.

He is a 1999 graduate of Westside High School and is a farmer, having taken over the family business.

The couple will exchange vows on Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception to follow at the Jonesboro Elks Lodge.

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McGee ~ White

Christopher Andrew McGee and Samantha Elizabeth White were united in marriage on Aug. 14 at the Chatham Baptist Church in Chatham, Ill.

The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Edna White of Chatham and is the granddaughter of Zada Dickey of Walnut Ridge and the late Sam Dickey and Melvin White of Jonesboro and the late Gertrude White.

The groom is the son of Michael McGee Sr. of Sherman, Ill., and Kimberly McGee of Springfield, Ill. He is the grandson of Thomas and Barbara McGee and Allen Brewer, all of Springfield, and the late Doralee Brewer.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. Rev. Milton Bost officiated, and David Coonrad, pianist, provided nuptial music.

Katherine White, sister of the bride, of Chatham was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Kate Hoke of Chatham and Amber Goodall of Westchester, Ill. Lyndsey Coonrod of Chatham served as flower girl. Jayme Ray of Petesburg, Ill. was the bridal attendant.

Best man was Michael McGee Jr., brother of the groom, of Springfield. Groomsmen included Daniel McGee, brother of the groom, and Andrew Brewer, cousin of the groom, both of Springfield. Max Powers, nephew of the groom, of Springfield served as ring bearer.

Ushers were Thomas Jackson and Curtis Jackson, cousins of the bride, both of Walnut Ridge.

Brandon Coonrod and Derrick Coonrod, both of Chatham, presided at the guest book and program table.

Following the wedding, a reception was held at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield, hosted by the bride's parents.

The couple honeymooned in Maui, Hawaii, and now reside in Springfield.

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Amos Fleming

Amos Fleming, 88, of Black Rock, died Sept. 28, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 21, 1922, in Black Rock, he was the son of James and Margie Fleming.

Survivors include his wife, Isabel Fleming; a son, Richard Fleming, Black Rock; a daughter, Brunella Moran, Benton; two sisters; a brother; five grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock.

Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m.

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Vernon Lee Wilkinson

Vernon Lee Wilkinson, 88, of Smithville, died Sept. 22, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Wilkinson; a son, Jerry Wilkinson (Estelle), Pennsylvania; a daughter, Tracy Wilkinson (Heather), Texas; a stepdaughter, Denise Lane (Dana), Michigan; three stepsons, Paul Brown (Debbie) and Timothy Brown (Laurie), all of Michigan, and Darrin Brown (Beth), Iowa; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Joel McMasters officiating. Burial was in Bratcher Cemetery at Smithville under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

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David Connor

Gerald David Connor, 64, of Sedgwick, died Sept. 28, 2010, at his home.

Arrangements will be announced by House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Evelyn Foley Welch

Evelyn Foley Welch, 73, of Broken Bow, Okla., formerly of Batesville, died Sept. 22, 2010, at DeQueen Medical Center in DeQueen, Ark.

Born Nov. 3, 1936, in Smithville, she was a longtime member of the Mt. View Baptist Church in Cave City. She was a homemaker and a current member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Broken Bow.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Eunice Clements Foley; and a sister, Gretta Foley.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Earl "Pete" Welch; a daughter, Connie Curtis and husband Greg, Broken Bow, Okla.; a brother, Dale Foley and wife Nancy, Evening Shade; a sister-in-law, Carlene Hicks, Cave City; and two grandchildren, Bryant Curtis and Logan Curtis.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. View Baptist Church in Cave City with Bro. Vance Penn officiating. Burial was in Mt. View Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Jerry Ray Foley, David Foley, Charles Sharp, Don Clements, Bob Clements and Ben Foley.

An online guestbook is available at

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Lela Faye Scudder

Lela Faye Scudder, 97, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 25, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 3, 1912, at Eaton, she was the daughter of Henry and Loma Goad Oldham. She had worked as a cashier at Piggly Wiggly in Walnut Ridge and was a grandmother at the Lawrence County Exceptional School. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, M.A. Scudder, on Jan. 8, 1988, whom she married Dec. 6, 1930.

Survivors include two sons, Leroy Scudder and wife Luella, Walnut Ridge, and Dennis Scudder and wife Maleta, Paragould; a brother, Elvis Oldham, Omaha, Neb.; three sisters, Beuna Mathey, West Memphis, Marjorie Blackshear, Rockwell, Texas, and Armolee Garner, Paragould; two grandsons, Bob Scudder and Jim Scudder; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bro. Ryan Johnston officiating. Burial was in Cross Roads Cemetery, near Portia, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Grandchildren and great-grandchildren served as pallbearers.

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Bertie Mae Lawrence

Bertie Mae Lawrence, 94, of Duncan, Okla., died Sept. 24, 2010, in Duncan.

Born Oct. 9, 1915, in Paint Rock, Texas, she was the daughter of Homer L. Sr. and Sally G. Hurt Dalton. She was a homemaker and a member of Elk Avenue Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude E. Lawrence, on Jan. 8, 1999, whom she married May 12, 1934, in San Angelo, Texas; and four brothers, Homer L. Dalton Jr., Milton Dalton, Lloyd Dalton and Leonard Dalton.

Survivors include a son, Travis Lawrence and wife Terri, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Claudell Heilman and husband, Geary, Duncan, Okla.; a brother, Gordon Dalton, San Angelo, Texas; five grandchildren, Brent Heilman, Amy Cordova, Heath Evans, Cory Evans and Brandon Evans; and two great-grandchildren, Trent Heilman and Brendan Heilman.

Graveside service was Monday at Duncan Cemetery with Robert Teague officiating. Don Grantham Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to The Christian Relief Fund or the charity of the donor's choice.

An online guestbook is available at

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Hazel Raye Rowlett

Hazel Raye Rowlett, 81, of Swifton, died Sept. 25, 2010.

Born May 20, 1929, in Swifton, she was the daughte of Jim and Gertie Hartsell Foust. She was a homemaker and a member of the Swifton Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Neal Rowlett; a brother, Jimmy Foust Jr.; and a sister, Louise Lewellyn.

Survivors include two sons, Bobby Rowlett and wife Jaquita, Arlington, Tenn., and Jimmy Rowlett and wife Cindy, Cabot; two brothers, Wayne Foust and Scotty Foust, both of Swifton; two sisters, Ethel Lee Helvering, Bradford, and Linda Norris and husband Bobby, Swifton; five grandchildren, Jennifer Rowlett Warne, Kenneth Rowlett, Kevin Rowlett, Michael Rowlett and Jacob Rowlett; four great-grandchildren; and her special friend and caregiver, Donna Fears, Swifton.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ with Jon Binkley officiating. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Rowlett, Kevin Rowlett, Michael Rowlett, Jacob Rowlett, Shannon Norris and Andy Foust.

Memorials may be made to the Diamond-Blackfan Foundation, P.O. Box 1092, West Seneca, NY 14224.

An online guestbook is available at

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Julian E. Long

Julian E. Long, 83, of Streator, Ill., died Sept. 22, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital.

Born Jan. 4, 1927, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Charles and Tina Fritts Long. He attended school in Arkansas and served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. He was retired from owning and operating Picture This One Hour Photo in Streator. He attended Central Church of Christ in Streator.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie Watson Long, on July 9, 1984, whom he married June 30, 1957; a son, Elgie Long; and a stepson, William Simms.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Simms Long, whom he married Jan. 19, 1991; two stepsons, Reggie Simms and wife Melinda, Winterhaven, Fla., and James Simms and wife Karen, Urbana, Ohio; two stepdaughters, Deborah Abel and husband Michael, Flat Rock N.C., and Dixie Holt and husband William, Lakeland, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Jill Simms, Diamond Head, Miss.; two brothers, Jack Long and wife Madia, Hoxie, and Olian Long and wife Jean, Manville, Ill.; three sisters, Emma Jean Barnett, Walnut Ridge, Wilma Long, Pensacola, Fla., and Oleta Jo Vatsula, Pocahontas; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Winterrowd Funeral Home in Streator, Ill. Burial was in Wolf Creek Cemetery with flag folding ceremonies conducted by members of the Streator American Legion and VFW.

Pallbearers were Rick Long, Jason Long, Jeffery Long, Nathan Long, Reggie Simms and James Simms.

An online guestbook is available at

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John Charles Rushing

John Charles Rushing, 83, of Williford, died Sept. 22, 2010, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Feb. 11, 1927, in Williford, he was the son of John and Mary Rushing.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta Rushing; four sons, Bufford Rushing, Elmo Shelton and Johnny Rushing, all of Elkhard, Ind., and Kenneth Shelton, Ravenden; five daughters, Margaret Rushing and Linda Housh, both of Elkhart, Ind., Linda Fore, Jonesboro, Glenda Osmun, Osceola, Ind., and Mary Haynes, Little Rock; three sisters, Carrie Melburger, Evening Shade, Molly Roberts, Little Rock, and Polly Elders, Cabot; a brother, Larry Rushing Black Rock; 32 grandchildren; 73 great-grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Gene Griffin and Carl McKinney officiating. Burial was in Opposition Cemetery.

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Vonnie Laird Prater

Vonnie Laird Prater, 93, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 24, 2010, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born June 5, 1917, she was the daughter of Oder and Susie Penn Howell.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Howell.

Survivors include a son, James Laird, Jonesboro; two daughters, Dixie Bradley, Las Cruces, N.M., and Rebecca Allen, Saffell; five grandchildren, Liz Laird, Jimmy Laird, Todd Laird, Jeff Allen and Vic Allen; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Lancaster Cemetery, near Strawberry, with Stanley Vandergriff officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Patsy Sue Thompson

Patsy Sue Thompson, 29, of Ravenden, died Sept. 18, 2010, in Pocahontas.

Born Sept. 24, 1980, she was the daughter of the late Dover and Roslyn Lee Douglas.

Survivors include her children, Charlie Smith, Brandon Thompson and Stormy Thompson; her stepmother, Rosetta Douglas; and two sisters, Sherry Oden and husband Kenneth Sr., and Pamela Douglas.

Funeral was Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould with Rev. Pat Hovis officiating. Burial was in Providence Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Patsy Thompson Funeral Fund, P.O. Box 357, Paragould, AR 72450.

An online guestbook is available at

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Dorothy Ann "Cricket" Huddleston

Dorothy Ann "Cricket" Huddleston, 42, of Jonesboro, sister of Clay Huddleston of Imboden, died Sept. 20, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Funeral was Thursday at 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home.

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Steven Lee Bellah

Steven Lee Bellah, 49, of St. Louis, died Sept. 18, 2010.

He was born Oct. 27, 1960, in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilburn and Helen Felts Bellah.

Survivors include three brothers, three sisters, and 11 nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Markham Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

An online guestbook is available at

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