October 13, 2010 Edition

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Births

Addyson Reese Felton Alyssa Grace Longmire Audrey Elizabeth Miehl

Weddings/Engagements

Amore ~ Murrell

Obituaries

June Belle Baxter Paul DeLeon Bennett Audrey E. Cameron
Evelyn Iva Cline Dale Shelby Hooten Donald C. Kifer
Dolphis Russell Jean Frances Sargent Dorothy L. Walley

Births

Addyson Reese Felton

Jeramie and Bray Felton of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Sept. 15, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Addyson Reese Felton.

She has two older brothers, Riley Felton, eight, and Jakob Felton, five, and an older sister, Gracie Felton, three.

Grandparents are Nathan and Vickie Romine of Minturn, Bruce Dorton of Smyrna, Tenn., Loran and Pat Barnes of Powhatan and Steve Felton of Hot Springs.

She is the great-granddaughter of Buck and Mable Jones of Minturn and Jo Blackshear of Hot Springs.

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Alyssa Grace Longmire

Terry and Jamie Longmire of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born Oct. 5, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Alyssa Grace Longmire. She has four older siblings, Logan, Savannah, Whitney and Ethan.

Grandparents are Donna Jones of Jonesboro, Jim Jones of Powhatan and Larry and Beverly Swan of Bono.

Great-grandparents are Estalee Adkisson, Shirley Collins and Ann Swan.

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Audrey Elizabeth Miehl

Robert and Erin Miehl of Jonesboro have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Oct. 4, 2010, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Audrey Elizabeh Miehl.

Grandparents are Vaughn and Ellen Wisdom and Mike and Karen Cole, all of Jonesboro.

Great-grandparents are Ida Diekey, formerly of Walnut Ridge, Jewell Culbertson, Carlton and Betty Grey and Lorne and Izenna Cole, all of Jonesboro.

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Weddings/Engagements

Amore ~ Murrell

Jalyn Murrell of Kennett, Mo., became the bride of Chris Amore of Manhattan, N.Y. in a ceremony solemnized on Sept. 11, 2010, at the Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas, Nev.

Rev. Lawrence Lentz and Rev. Robert Adamo performed the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Latheda Gail Murrell of Kennett, Mo., and the granddaughter of Martha Manning Statler and the late H.T. Statler. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Jeff and Cordia Manning, who lived in Walnut Ridge.

The groom is the son of John J. Amore and the late Donna Amore.

Racheal Johnson, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Michelle Joyner, Meagan McCullah, Melanie Smith and Heather Wilkins.

John V. Amore, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were David Alba, Matthew Amore, brother of the groom; Stephen Giannotti, Daniel Hayes, Timothy Tsgro, Garmine Jichetti, Nicholas Napolitiano and Rami Said.

Ring bearer was Isaac Johnson, nephew of the bride, and flower girls were Gabriella and Julianna Heptinstall.

Greeters were Josephine Tsgro, Lauren Van Vorst and Taryn Vivelo.

A rehearsal dinner was held on Friday, Sept. 10, at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. Appetizers, salad, entrees and dessert were served.

A reception, including dinner and dancing, followed the ceremony in the Monet Room at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The wedding cake, made by Jean Philippe, was seven feet tall and will be featured on The Learning Channel's "Fabulous Cakes."

Following the reception, the couple departed for New York City, where they will reside.

Chris is an active military captain and has served in Korea and Iraq. He is in his last year of studies at Brooklyn Law School in New York. Jalyn is employed with Skadden Arps Law Firm in New York.

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Obituaries

June Belle Baxter

June Belle Baxter, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 6, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 22, 1922, in Venton, Iowa, she was the daughter of Raymond and Maude Kline. She was a homemaker and a member of the Morman Church.

She was preceded in death by a brother, George Wilkerson; and a sister, Grace "Jesse" Franks.

Survivors include her husband, Robert "Bob" Baxter; two daughters, Lucia Brown and husband Gary, and Linda Roberts and husband Jessie, all of Walnut Ridge; four grandsons, Roy Zentz, Rodney Beltz, Gary Brown and Brian Brown; and a great-grandson.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Portia with Carl Rider officiating.

The body was cremated.

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Paul DeLeon Bennett

Paul DeLeon Bennett, 77, of Hot Springs, died Sept. 29, 2010, in Hot Springs.

Born Dec. 22, 1932, in Illinois, he was the son of Ralph and Reba Sowell Bennett. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Korean War. He had a long career in engineer sales with water treatment and sewage facilities.

Survivors include his wife, Libby Swindle Bennett, formerly of Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Jody Bennett, Washington, D.C.; a son, Mitchell Bennett and wife Barbara, Denver; his wife's two sisters, Judy Swindle, San Antonio, and Cindy Lester and husband Chuck, Hot Springs; and three grandchildren, Matthew Bennett, Stephen Bennett and Katherine Bennett.

A celebration of his life was held Oct. 2 at Back Porch Grill. Gross Funeral Home of Hot Springs had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Disabled Veterans Association, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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

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Audrey E. Cameron

Audrey E. Cameron, 78, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 7, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 3, 1932, in Knobel, she was the daughter of Bascom and Nellie Wilder Arnold. She had lived in Corning before moving to Walnut Ridge 12 years ago. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Lawrence; and three brothers, Raymond Arnold, Cloyd Arnold and Bryan Arnold.

Survivors include her husband, Alvis J. Cameron; and a sister, Thelma Rapert, Delaplaine.

Funeral was Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Evelyn Iva Cline

Evelyn Iva Cline, 88, of Paragould, formerly of Lawrence County, died Oct. 4, 2010, at her home.

Born Jan. 29, 1922, in Burlington City, Wis., she was the daughter of Alfred and Ester Nyquist Dibble. She had formerly lived in Rockford, Ill., and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Cline; two brothers, Ray Dibble and LaVerne Dibble; and a sister, Viola Cooper.

Survivors include two daughters, Connie Barber and husband Paul, Columbia, Penn., and Debbie King and husband Jeffery, Paragould; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Private funeral and burial were under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila.

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Dale Shelby Hooten

Dale Shelby Hooten, 83, of Fillmore, Calif., died Sept. 23, 2010.

Born May 3, 1927, in Strawberry, he was the son of John Shelby and Clara Mae Hugg Hooten. He attended elementary school in Strawberry and was a graduate of Egypt High School. He was a World War II Navy veteran and worked as a machinist at Rockford Ordnance Division in Rockford, Ill. He moved to Fillmore in 1958, where he worked for the City of Fillmore in the Public Works Department for 23 years before retiring in 1981.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Verna Petrek, Maxine Huskey, Rose Marie Hooten and Linda Wilson.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Joan Hooten; a son, Allan Hooten, Ojai, Calif.; a daughter, Linda Kinsler, South Shore, Ky.; two stepdaughters, Lori Medrano and husband Ray, and Diane Arnett, all of Fillmore, Calif.; four brothers, Thomas Hooten and wife Jeri, Oak View, Calif., Ellis Hooten and wife Mae, Walnut Ridge, William Paul Hooten and wife Patsy, Jonesboro, and Joe Hooten and wife Janet, Victoria, Texas; two sisters, Barbara Alsup and Brenda Smith, both of Fillmore, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Justin Hooten, Jonathan Medrano, Brandon Lloyd, Christopher Medrano, Bryanna Arnett, Bryan Arnett, Amber Martin, Jessie Kinsler and Angie Coldiron; and two great-grandchildren.

At Dale's request, there were no services.

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Donald C. Kifer

Donald C. Kifer, 77, of Sainte Marie, Ill., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 6, 2010, at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, Ill.

Born Oct. 30, 1932, at Otwell, he was the son of Charles "Burt" and Ruby Nell McClurg Kifer. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired iron worker.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dosha Willene Rice Kifer, whom he married May 30, 1953; a daughter, Donna Barnett and husband Matt, Sainte Marie, Ill.; a son, Terry Kifer, Hebron, Ind.; a sister, Iona Smith, Augusta, Ga.; two brothers, Paul Kifer and wife Jackie, Paris, Ill., and Tony Kifer and wife Sandy, West Terre Haute, Ind.; five grandchildren, Jerry Mashburn, Shane Mashburn, Brittany Barnett, Amanda Kifer and Jerry Pittman; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service. Burial with full military rites was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Dolphis Russell

Dolphis Russell, 71, of Jonesboro, brother of Dale Russell of Ravenden, died Oct. 8, 2010, following a long illness. Graveside service was Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery. Emerson Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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Jean Frances Sargent

Jean Frances Allison Sargent, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 6, 2010, at NEA Baptist Health Center in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 17, 1941, in Tuckerman, she lived in California for 44 years before moving back here five years ago. She worked as a CNA at many hospitals and nursing homes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Harriet Allison; two sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include seven nieces, Joyce Taggart, Hoxie, Lucy Perry, Garland, Texas, Barbara Wright and Cheryl Person, both of Tuckerman, Kim Foster, Moreno Valley, Calif., Vickie Allison, Santa Monica, Calif., and Deliaha Martin, Wildomar, Calif.; and five nephews, Jerry Person, Joseph Person and Jeffery Person, all of Tuckerman, Wayne Person, Newport, and Robert Allison Jr., Santa Monica, Calif.

Graveside service was Thursday at 11 a.m. at New Hope Cemetery in Tuckerman with Hershel Richardson officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Dorothy L. Walley

Dorothy Louise Walley, 87, of Imboden, died Oct. 9, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 1, 1923, in Jackson, Tenn., she was the daughter of Virgil and Mae Bridges Thomason. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Walley; a daughter, Barbara Harmon; and eight siblings.

Survivors include a son, John L. Evans, Aurora, Ill.; two daughters, Patsy Blackwell, Imboden, and Kathy Omasta, North Carolina; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden with Bro. Michael Bradley officiating.

Pallbearers will be Junior Blackwell, Paul Blackwell, Danny Omasta, John Omasta, Derrick Parker and Jay Evans.

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