October 6, 2010 Edition

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Births

Avery Jo Bullard Kipton Stone Burleson Ashton James Lambert
Connor Owen McGinnis Layton Brady Wheelis

Weddings/Engagements

Crosno ~ Orrick Weldon ~ Simmons

Obituaries

Patsy Fern Ables Florine Othel Austin David Connor
Tressia Darlene Emerson Truman Ray Jackson Mary Jane Knight
Emma J. Mast Bryan Ray Osburn James O. Reid Sr.
Maudie Rogers Edna E. Sawyers William G. Smith Jr.

Births

Avery Jo Bullard

Chris and Cassie Bullard of Bono have announced the birth of a daughter, born Sept. 5, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Avery Jo Bullard. Grandparents are Jeff and Keely Huskey of Calamine and Dennis and Shelia Bullard of Hoxie.

Great-grandparents are Ona Lou Huskey of Saffell, Bob and Barbara Wilson of Calamine and Lilburn and Ann Rogers of Hoxie.

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Kipton Stone Burleson

Mark and Cynthia Burleson of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born Aug. 27, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, five ounces, and has been named Kipton Stone Burleson.

He has an older brother, Logan Zane Burleson, 11.

Grandparents are Johnny Holder and Delano Johnson, both of Baxley, Ga., and the late Ed and Wilma Burleson, who lived at Black Rock.

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Ashton James Lambert

Chris and Nikki Lambert of Blytheville have announced the birth of a son, born Sept. 2, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Ashton James Lambert. She has three siblings, Chris Jr., 16, Allison, 14, and Kiley four.

Grandparents are Perry and Peggy Manus of Walnut Ridge, Billy Joe and Sherry Hancock of Blytheville and Ed Lambert of Manila.

Great-grandparents are JC and Barbara Slatton of Walnut Ridge, Sam and Evelyn Wells of Ravenden, Dorthy Lambert of Manila and ST and Shirley Ray of Dyersburg, Tenn.

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Connor Owen McGinnis

Matthew and Kenna McGinnis of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Aug. 25, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Connor Owen McGinnis.

Grandparents are Kenny and Donna Whittaker and Alan McGinnis, all of Walnut Ridge, and Danny and Corrina Flanery of Pocahontas.

Great-grandparents are Steve Whittaker, Nancy Whittaker and Rita McGinnis, all of Walnut Ridge, Linda Morton of Imboden and Jerry Woods of Holland, Mich.

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Layton Brady Wheelis

Michael and Terran Wheelis of Light have announced the birth of a son, born Sept. 20, 2010, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Layton Brady Wheelis. He has one brother, Xander James, three.

Grandparents are Rhonda and Jack Land of Clover Bend, Toby Brady of Pea Ridge and Mike and Debbie Wheelis of Walnut Ridge.

He is the great-grandson of Robin and Frances Whaley of Clover Bend, Phyllis Brady of Siloam Springs and Eula Wheelis of Walnut Ridge.

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Weddings/Engagements

Crosno ~ Orrick

David and Kim Light of Clover Bend and Steve Crosno of Oklahoma announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Crosno, to Jeffrey Logan Orrick, son of Jeff and Janet Orick of Imboden.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dixie Lee Dodd of Black Rock and the late Earnest Lakey, and Joe Crosno of Walnut Ridge and the late Jean Crosno.

She is a 2008 Hoxie High School graduate and a 2009 graduate of Blackwood Beauty Academy. She is employed as a stylist at the Hair Trend in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Betty Orrick of Illinois and the late Charles Orrick, and Ray Lee of Portia and the late Joyce Lee.

He is a 2007 Black Rock High School graduate and is employed at Tinsley Farms.

The couple will exchange vows on Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. at Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church. A reception will follow at the church immediately after services.

All family and friends are invited.

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Weldon ~ Simmons

Stacy Ann Weldon of Portia and Byron Keith Simmons of Walnut Ridge have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Gary Weldon of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Susan Spence of Corning.

The prospective groom is the son of Byron and Tammy Simmons of Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at Faith Worship Center in Portia. All family and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Patsy Fern Ables

Patsy Fern Poindexter Ables, 71, of Memphis, formerly of Hoxie and Jonesboro, died Oct. 2, 2010, in Memphis.

She was a homemaker and a legal secretary in Jonesboro. She was a devoted Christian and a loving mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Rosie Kilburn Poindexter; and three brothers, Avery Kilburn, Fred Kilburn and Charlie Kilburn.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Ables; two daughters, Debbie Perkins and husband Calvin, Fayetteville, Tenn., and Karen Timms, Garland, Texas; three grandchildren, Patricia Timms, Rachel Perkins Rieger and Sarah Perkins; and her loving poodle for 11 years, FiFi.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Scott officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Visitation will be Saturday from noon until time of the service.

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Florine Othel Austin

Florine Othel Austin, 96, of Trumann, died Sept. 27, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 18, 1914, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Luther and Mary Middlecoff Wilson. She had lived in the Trumann and Weona areas since 1952 and was a member of the Viva Drive Church of Christ. She was a retired school teacher with a BSE degree from Arkansas State University.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theo Austin Sr.; two sisters and five brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Helen Cole and husband Dennis, Wasilla, Alaska; two sons, Aubrey Austin Travis, Jonesboro, and Theo Austin Jr. and wife Sheila, Trumann; a sister, Lucy Fleming, Sherman, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann with Bill Willard officiating. Burial was in Blue Springs Cemetery at Newark.

Pallbearers were Wes Cole, Dalton Hills, Nate Hills, Tom Hills, Jackie McHalffey and Josh Owens.

Memorials may be made to the Teacher Education Program at Arkansas State University.

An online guestbook is available at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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David Connor

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

He had lived in Lawrence County for the past 44 years and attended the Cache River Pentecostal Church in Sedgwick. He was a truck driver and had worked for Quality Gladiolus Gardens for 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Connor; his parents, Emerson Connor and Dessie Shaffer Augustine; and a brother, J.C. McGinty.

Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Galbreath and husband Jack, and Tonya Hutsell and husband Lanny, all of Hoxie; a son, Randy Connor and wife Richetta, Jonesboro; a sister, Lou Robinett, Hoxie; six brothers, Arvis Connor and Joe Connor, both of Bono, Wayne Augustine, Walnut Ridge, Bill Augustine, Rogers, Lum Augustine, Hoxie, and Eldon Augustine, Frederick, Md.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at the Cache River Pentecostal Church in Sedgwick with Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Kevin Smith, Chris Smith, Aaron Hutsell, Kaylan Hutsell, Steve Neal, Jason Augustine, Josh Augustine and Justin Wade. Honorary pallbearers were Jim McGinty, Joe McGinty, Elmer McGinty, Billy McGinty and Jr. McGinty.

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Tressia Darlene Emerson

Tressia Darlene Emerson, 51, of Bay, sister of Wesley Adams of Sedgwick, died Sept. 25, 2010, at her home. Burial was Friday in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, near Lorado, under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro. An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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Truman Ray Jackson

Truman Ray Jackson, 83, of Hoxie, died Oct. 4, 2010, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

He had lived in Lawrence County for the last 20 years and was a retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Jackson and Rosie Verble; his stepmother, Martha Jackson; five brothers, Bill Jackson, Ed Jackson, Robert Jackson, Walter Jackson and Charles Jackson; and a sister, Ida Baysinger.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jackson; two daughters, Carolyn Weeks and Tammy Davis, both of Hoxie; three sons, Bobby Jackson and Floyd Weeks, both of Walnut Ridge, and James Jackson, Hoxie; four sisters, Mable Chappell, Walnut Ridge, Lena Rushing, Black Rock, Veda Copenhaver, Nebraska, and Sharon Keathley, Jonesboro; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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

Pallbearers will be Willie Blazer, Randy Cobble, Franky Jackson, Floyd Weeks, Randall Schultz and Troy Chappell. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Heard, Nick Willfond, Andrew Willfond, Tony Willfond, Jeff Willfond, Scott Weeks, Robert Jackson, Joseph Jackson, Pamela Cline and Heather Hibbard.

Visitation will be today from 12:30 p.m. to time of the service.

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Mary Jane Knight

Mary Jane Knight, 86, of Searcy, formerly of Jonesboro, died Oct. 3, 2010, at the Searcy Health Center.

Born Sept. 24, 1924, in Imboden, she was the daughter of Bud and Mary Elizabeth Chesser Diles. She was a retired hairdresser and a longtime member of Central Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.D. Knight; two daughters, Sandra Gale Kessel and Judith Ann Knight; a brother, Jack Diles; and a sister, Roxie LaMeu.

Survivors include three sisters, Vivian Hoffman, Walnut Ridge, Willene Tate, Rockwall, Texas, and Thelma Blanchard, Lansing, Mich.; two brothers, Louis Hollans, Jonesboro, and Albert Diles, Clinton; two grandsons, Kevin Broeffle and David Zumbro; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Mount Zion Cemetery with Rev. Larry Bailey officiating. Langford-Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

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

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Emma J. Mast

Emma J. Mast, 78, of Strawberry, died Oct. 2, 2010, at her home.

Born Oct. 29, 1931, in Middlefield, Ohio, she was the daughter of Joe M. and Saloma Byler Miller. She was a homemaker and a member of the Strawberry Mennonite Church.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Andy Miller and Levi Mast; an infant daughter; two brothers, John Miller and Christy Miller; two sisters, Katie Miller and Lizzie Kuhns; and two grandsons, Travis Mast and infant Greg Beachy.

Survivors include two sons, Philip Mast, Strawberry, and Joel Mast, Summersville, Mo.; three daughters, Ada Mae Schwarts, Huntsburg, Ohio, Sarah Mast, Rawlins, Wyo., and Martha Beachy, Estacada, Ore.; two brothers, Joe Miller and Ervin Miller, both of Middlefield, Ohio; four sisters, Saloma Miller, Orwell, Ohio, Sarah Detweiler, Mesopotamia, Ohio, Ada Byler, Middlefield, Ohio, and Martha Miller, Seymour, Mo.; 25 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Strawberry Mennonite Church in Jesup with Loren Troyer, Daniel Mast, David Miller, Joe Weirich and Eli Hostetler officiating. Burial was in Jesup Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Kevin Miller, Chad Miller, Mark Miller, Matt Derstine, Kendal Mast and Tyler Mast.

Memorials may be made to Legacy Hospice, 1056 1st Ave., Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Bryan Ray Osburn

Bryan Ray Osburn, 21, of Nelsonville, died Oct. 4, 2010, at his home.

He graduated from Hillcrest High School at Strawberry in 2008 and was a member of Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church at Nelsonville.

Survivors include his mother, Carolyn Jane Osburn, Lepanto; a sister, Kimberly McKay, Cave City; his grandparents, Kenneth and Phyllis Coates, Nelsonville; and a niece, Claire McKay.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church with Phillip Lewallen officiating. Burial will be in Spotts Cemetery, near Poughkeepsie, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers will be Ben Davis, Tim McKay, Tanner Weaver, Wayne Brown, Ryan Maxwell, Mark Dupree and Stan Jones.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

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James O. Reid Sr.

James O. Reid Sr., 68, of Cash, died Sept. 27, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 1, 1942, in the Elgin community, he was retired from Lincoln Manufacturing in Jonesboro after 29 years of service. He was a member of Grubbs First Baptist Church, where he served as usher, and the Flat Woods Hunting Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Pearl Stout Reid; four sisters and a brother.

Survivors include his wife, Erma Reid; a son, James Reid Jr., Grubbs; four daughters, Kathryn Dunman and husband Ronald, Cash, Donna Baugh, Trumann, Lorrie Reid, Minturn, and Pattie Ditto and husband Shane, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Henry "Buddy" Reid, Black Rock; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Grubbs First Baptist Church with John Pollard and Calvin Safford officiating. Burial was in Dowell's Chapel Cemetery, near Tuckerman, under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Brent Baugh, Rickey Baugh, Rickey Sharp, Jacob Sharp, Justin Mackey, Calvin Rains, Destry Bagwell and Bill Priddy.

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Maudie Rogers

Maudie Rogers, 89, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 29, 2010, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 27, 1921, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Thomas and Edith Beeler Robertson. She had lived in Jonesboro for 28 years after moving from Royal Oak, Mich. She was a homemaker and a member of the Valley View Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Rogers; and six brothers, Vernon Robertson, Virgil Robertson, Shelby Robertson, Sherman Robertson, Bernie Robertson and Levelle Robertson.

Survivors include a son, Bob Rogers and wife Kay, Cabot; a daughter, Barbara Jaress and husband Allan, Jonesboro; four sisters, Evelyn Flippo, Powhatan, Nettie Oldham and Dora McAlister, both of Jonesboro, and Betty Jean McCarthy, Ohio; four grandchildren, Debbie Smith, David Jaress, Todd Rogers and Tami Lewis; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 3 p.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park with Stanley Rogers officiating. Emerson Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Huntington's Disease Society of America, St. Louis Chapter, 3286 Ivanhoe Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139.

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Edna E. Sawyers

Edna E. Sawyers, 97, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 4, 2010, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Oct. 8, 1912, in Sharp County, she was the daughter of William Henry and Eunissa Mae Walling Douglas. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Sawyers, on June 20, 1978, whom she married Oct. 22, 1932; and four siblings, Carlos Douglas, Samson Douglas, Dennis Douglas and Retha Mae Douglas.

Survivors include four sons, Herschel Sawyers, Hoxie, Wayne Sawyers, North Little Rock, Leonard Sawyers, Jacksonville, and Charles Sawyers, San Antonio; two daughters, Melba Crumpler, Walnut Ridge, and Zelda Sarka, Enon, Ohio; a sister, Lois Porter, Batesville; 15 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Pickrell Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Hillhouse Cemetery near Smithville.

Pallbearers will be David Sawyers, Lonnie Sawyers, Paul Qualtieri, Tyler Graves, Jim Humphrey, Ronnie Humphrey, Charles Humphrey and Bill Gage.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

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William G. Smith Jr.

William G. Smith Jr., 85, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 2, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 11, 1925, in the Denton community, he was the son of William G. Sr. and Nellie McLeod Smith. He had lived in Jonesboro since 1950, after moving from Imboden. He was the retired owner and operator of Smith Sales Co. and was a retired salesman for Central Chevrolet in Jonesboro. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard ships in the South Pacific and a Boatswain's Mate. He was a member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Alton Smith, Milton Smith and Manuel Smith; and four sisters, Wilma Beavers, Mildred Williams, Madge O'Dell and Eula Jones.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Hall Smith; two sons, William Mark Smith, Jonesboro, and Phillip Hall Smith, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; three brothers, Leslie Smith, Pocahontas, Kennard Smith, New Orleans, and Raymond Smith, Imboden; a sister, Phyllis Pegram, Springdale; and four grandchildren, Anna Smith, Abigail Smith, Alexis Smith and Aubrey Smith.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home with Revs. Harold Russell and Adrian Parker officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Larry Brewer, Don Griffin, David Fowlkes, Kevin Rainbolt, Geoff Simmons and Bradley Littlejohn. Honorary pallbearers were Burke Gibson, Billy Gene McLeod, Larry McLeod, Leon Jones, Jess Wilson, Bo Pressgrove and the Men of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class of Grace Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Grace Missionary Baptist Church, 3930 Aggie Road, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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