November 17, 2010 Edition

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Brenden Jacob Driggs Mackenzie LeAnne Forkum Jazmyn Izabella Stowers


William Robert Biddle Kenneth Wayne Billings Edith Worlow Carter
Earl Colley Fred Dean Damron Freddie Wayne Ditto
Michael Glenn Eaton Donald Gene Ervin Loyse Forehand
Howard B. Forrester Boyce Lee Gilmore Jim Harber
Imogene Hatcher Mary Johnson Brenda K. Kunkemueller
Ina Lee Lewis Carl S. Tweedy Verna Charline Wilkerson
Lois Ethel Wilson David Young


Brenden Jacob Driggs

Patrick Driggs and Tonya Smyth, both of Lincoln, have announced the birth of a son, born Nov. 11, 2010, at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Brenden Jacob Driggs. She has five siblings, Heaven, 11, August, nine, Isis, four, Justice, two, and Wyatt, one.

Grandfather is Tony Gosha of Clover Bend.

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Mackenzie LeAnne Forkum

Jason Forkum and Lisa Roper, both of Walnut Ridge, have announced the birth of a daughter, born Nov. 11, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Mackenzie LeAnne Forkum.

Grandparents are Ray and Virgina Roper of Walnut Ridge and the late Bufford and Maydean Forkum.

Mary Lee Roper of Walnut Ridge is the great-grandmother.

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Jazmyn Izabella Stowers

John Jr. and Lisa Stowers of Hoxie have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Nov. 2, 2010, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

The baby weighed five pounds, 11.2 ounces, and has been named Jazmyn Izabella Stowers.

Grandparents are Johnny and Connie Stowers and Bobby Hancock, all of Hoxie, and Joetta Poteet of Thayer, Mo.

Great-grandparents are Joe and Mary Hancock of Hoxie and Burvil Stracner of Horseshoe Bend.

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William Robert Biddle

William Robert Biddle, 91, of Mountain Home, died Nov. 12, 2010.

Born June 22, 1919, in Poinsett County, he was the son of Chester Elmore and Lucy Irene Benson Biddle. A World War II Army veteran, he had lived in Mountain Home the past 46 years after moving from Walnut Ridge. He owned and operated Bob's Alignment in Mountain Home. He was a member of East Oakland Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Letha Ernestine Posey Biddle, whom he married Dec. 24, 1941, in Nettleton; a daughter, Sherrye Smoyer; a brother, C.E. Biddle Jr.; and a sister, Nellie Mae Stanley.

Survivors include two sons, William Biddle and wife Patsy, Bald Knob, and Rick Biddle, Mountain Home; a brother, Wallace Biddle, Batesville; a sister, Christine Reagan, Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Robbie Biddle, Greg Biddle, Ronnie Biddle, Jesse Roever, Jason Biddle and Gloria Allen; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Kirby Family Funeral Home in Mountain Home with Terry Ott officiating. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Robbie Biddle, Greg Biddle, Ronnie Biddle, Jesse Roever and Jason Biddle.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House.

An online guestbook is available at

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Kenneth Wayne Billings

Kenneth Wayne Billings, 47, of Holland, died Sept. 27, 2010, at his home.

Born Feb. 16, 1963, in Rockford, Ill., he worked for Arkansas Box Company.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Billings; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Billings, who lived at Portia.

Survivors include a daughter, Kendra Hadley; a son, Clifton Harrison; a stepdaughter, Mariah Gillihan; his mother, Shirley Eakin, Holland; a brother, Kevin Billings, Lawrenceville, Ga.

A memorial service was held at the Holland Community Building under the direction of Bishop-Griffin Funeral Home of Greenbrier.

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Edith Worlow Carter

Edith Worlow Carter, 96, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 9, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 22, 1914, in the Oak Grove community near Sedgwick, she was the daughter of John William and Willie Catherine Woodward Worlow. She worked as a cosmetology instructor in St. Louis for many years and was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge and was a resident of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Peyton Carter, whom she married on Oct. 30, 1939; two brothers, Joe Worlow and Dee Worlow; six sisters, Essie Manning, Lillie Shackelford, Elsie Worlow, Hazel Worlow, Effie Baird and Ethel Worlow; three special nephews, Tom Manning, Walter Manning and Charles Shackelford; two nieces and another nephew.

Survivors include three special niece-in-laws, Mardelle Holder Manning, Ruth Manning and Mildred Shackelford; a niece, four nephews and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Lamb officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

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Earl Colley

Earl Colley, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 11, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita Wilson Colley; a daughter; two sisters; two brothers; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Brandon Colley; three daughters, Vickey Sue Ashlock and Mary Gosha, both of Walnut Ridge, and Jennie Williams, Hoxie; three sons, Larry Colley and Ricky Colley, both of Hoxie, and John Upchurch, Anna, Ill.; four stepsons, Danny Brandon, Florida, Randy Brandon, Bono, and Kenneth Brandon and Fred Brandon, both of Walnut Ridge; a stepdaughter, April Brandon, St. Louis; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Living God Church in Clover Bend. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Fred Dean Damron

Fred Dean Damron, 63, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 9, 2010, at NEA Baptist Memorial Health Care in Jonesboro.

He had lived in Washington state before moving to Lawrence County three years ago. He had served in the Army National Guard and had worked at William Baptist College.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Damron.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Damron; two daughters, Kathy Damron Phipps and husband Brian, and Kirstie Damron Hoefler and husband Michael, all of Wichita, Kan.; his mother, Leilia Damron, Kirksville, Mo.; a brother, David Damron and wife Elaine, Springfield, Mo.; and three grandchildren, Zach Phipps, Josh Hoefler and Jordan Hoefler.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with John Householder and Steve Alexander officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Brian Phipps, Zach Phipps, Michael Hoefler, Jim Bolton, Lee Turnbull and Adam Staples.

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Freddie Wayne Ditto

Freddie Wayne Ditto, 60, of Hoxie, died Nov. 11, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

A lifelong resident of Hoxie, he was a carpenter and was of the Pentecostal belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Dean Taylor; and four brothers, Elvis Ditto, James Ditto, Terry Ditto and Truman Ditto.

Survivors include his wife, Becky Ditto; a daughter, Sarah Heard, Bentonville; two sons, David Ditto, Hoxie, and Chris Ditto, Manila; three sisters, Alene Taylor, Granite City, Ill., Susie Smith, Imboden, and Tonda Sandusky, Paragould; four brothers, Jerry Ditto, Little Rock, Troy "Bo" Ditto and Ricky Ditto, both of Walnut Ridge, and Nicky Ditto, Paragould; and three grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rick Hart and Everett Hart officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Michael Glenn Eaton

Michael Glenn Eaton, 56, of Searcy, died Nov. 13, 2010, at White County Medical Center.

Born June 20, 1954, at Eaton, he worked as a police officer for 23 years, serving in Chicago, Lakeland, Mo., and Searcy. He was a sergeant with the White County Sheriff's Department.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Eaton; a son, Mickey Glenn Eaton and wife Kelly, San Diego; his parents, Roland Glenn and Una Oldea Eaton, formerly of Eaton; two brothers, Mark Eaton, Searcy, and Jimmy Davis Eaton, St. Roberts, Mo.; four grandchildren, Dalys Eaton, Keara Eaton, Colin Michael Eaton and Rylan Glenn Eaton; and a devoted friend, Debbie West.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Larry Wells, Marty Nunally, Larry Davis, Shawn Davis, Lynn Long and Rick Matthews.

Visitation is Thursday from noon until time of the service.

An online guestbook is available at

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Donald Gene Ervin

Donald Gene Ervin, 67, of Swifton, died Nov. 12, 2010, in an automobile accident.

He had lived in Jonesboro all his life before moving to Swifton three years ago. He was the owner of Mr. D's Muffler Center for 30 years. After retiring, he worked at Mid-South Health Systems and Arkansas Area Agency on Aging. He was a member of Southwest Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Ervin; and a brother, Kenneth Ervin.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Ervin; two daughters, Barbara Ervin Schmidt, Florida, and Kelly Ervin Rose, Jonesboro; a son, Donald Thomas Ervin, Jonesboro; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Culpepper, Clarksville, Tenn.; two stepsons, Greg Eldridge, Bono, and Keith Cremeens, Kosovo, Serbia; his mother, Marie Whitmire Ervin, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Gail Tolson, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Gary Ervin, Queen Creek, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Dr. Jimmy Adcox officiating. Burial was in Haynes Cemetery at Swifton.

Pallbearers were Brad Holloway, Mitch Hovis, Kris Wolf, John Edington, Steve Baker and LeMon Baker.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy., Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

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Loyse Forehand

Letha Loyse Pulliam Forehand, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 11, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 10, 1925, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Layman and Amy Holland Pulliam. She was a teacher at the Richwoods and Clear Lake schools for several years and was a homemaker. She also was the Clear Lake correspondent for The Times Dispatch and a member of Clear Lake Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Chester Pulliam; and a sister, Anna Henry.

Survivors include her husband, Relton Forehand; two daughters, Janet Tate and husband Robert, Little Rock, and Jo Carol Phillips and husband Mike, Walnut Ridge; a son, Harold Forehand and wife Teresa, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Vida Rosselot, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Jon Surles, Amy Hamann, Craig Phillips and Cameo Forehand; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Doug Parsons, Billy Combs, Wendell McCormic, Monty Weaver, Don Alls and Kelly Waddell. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Williams, Phillip Rothe, Terry Spradlin, Alan Barnett and Kendall Barnett.

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Howard B. Forrester

Howard B. Forrester, 62, of Rockford, Ill., died Nov. 10, 2010, at his home.

Born Dec. 30, 1947, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Sloan and Audrey Adkisson Forrester. He served with the Rockford Police Department for 38 years, most of this time as a detective.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Linda Forrester; a son, Michael Forrester and wife Jinny, Aurora, Ill.; a daughter, Theresa Ratzlaff and husband Tim, Lisle, Ill.; his mother, Audrey Forrester, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Larry Forrester and wife Frances, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Patsy Coy, Walnut Ridge; and a granddaughter on the way.

Funeral was Tuesday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Rockford with Rev. Richard Russo officiating. Burial was in Owen Center Cemetery.

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Boyce Lee Gilmore

Boyce Lee "Blackie" Gilmore, 83, of Swifton, died Nov. 15, 2010, in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 3, 1927, in Swifton, he was the son of Robert L. and Effie Halcomb Gilmore. He worked as a mate on a riverboat for 32 years and was also a farmer.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Lee Gilmore Jr. and Virgil Gilmore; and two sisters, Almadene Vinson and Gertrude Curry.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Lola Rogers Gilmore, whom he married July 15, 1950; three sons, Roger Gilmore and wife Rita, Crawfordsville, Bobby Gilmore and wife Debbie, and Ricky Gilmore, all of Swifton; two daughters, Debby Crider and husband Kenny and Penni Manuel and husband David, all of Swifton; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Swifton Baptist Church. Burial will be in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Gary Worthington, Harry Wright, Mark Ogden, Jay Hartsell, Matthew Worthington and Doug Worthington. Honorary pallbearers will be Odean Templeton, Carl Ray Melton, Charles Gwaltney and Mitch Worthington.

An online guestbook is available at

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Jim Harber

Jim Harber, 68, of Decatur, Texas, died Nov. 7, 2010.

Born Dec. 30, 1941, in Hoxie, he worked for Martin-Brower for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Jessene Wallis Harber; a son, James Harber Jr.; a daughter, Tish DeLeon; four grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

He will be greatly missed.

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Imogene Hatcher

Imogene Hatcher, 81, of St. Paul, Va., died Nov. 14, 2010, at the Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn.

Born in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of George and Susie Davis Parker.

Survivors include two daughters, Alice McGuire, North Wilkesboro, N.C., and Carolyn Ball, St. Paul, Va.; a son, Clifford Hare and wife Barbara, Castlewood, Va.; two sisters, Joyce Danner, Jonesboro, and Jessie Blake, Kentucky; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Castlewood Funeral Home in Castlewood, Va., with Rev. Lanny Powers officiating. Burial will be in Austin Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Hill, Robert Justice, Larry Austin, Danny Ervin, Larry Brewer and Rodney Trent.

An online guestbook is available at

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Mary Johnson

Mary Francis Johnson, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 13, 2010.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include two daughters, Lucille Huckabee and Jane Talton, both of Walnut Ridge; a brother, Edward Allred, Indiana; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Oct. 16 at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Brenda K. Kunkemueller

Brenda K. Kunkemueller, 53, of Granite City, Ill., died Nov. 12, 2010, at St. Louis Medical Center in St. Louis.

She was born Nov. 19, 1956, in Victoria, Texas, and her mother is a former resident of Alicia.

Survivors include her husband, Ed Kunkemueller; three daughters, Heather Kunkemeuller, Granite City, Ill., Carrie Brumley, Collinsville, Ill., and Crystal David, Troy, Ill.; her parents, Cecil and Cecilia Baker Varner, Granite City; a sister, Karen Schwarzkoff and husband Frank, Granite City; a brother, Doug Varner, Granite City; and four grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Sunset Hill Funeral Home in Glen Carbon, Ill. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation.

An online guestbook is available at

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Ina Lee Lewis

Ina Lee Turnbow Lewis, 93, of Cave City, died Nov. 11, 2010, at Cave City Nursing Home.

Born May 5, 1917, in Jesup, she was the daughter of Charles Luther and Pearl Rudy Turnbow. She was a graduate of Sloan-Hendrix School. She had lived in Florida, Arizona and New Mexico, where she assisted her husband in their welding business. They returned to Arkansas upon retirement and lived in Lynn for several years before moving to Cave City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.H. "Dub" Lewis, whom she married Nov. 22, 1935, in Smithville; a brother, Gus Turnbow.

Survivors include a brother, Charles Wayne Turnbow, Michigan; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Sonny and Mary Allen, Timbo.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Bro. Fred Nance officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery near Lynn.

Pallbearers were David Robins, Byron Robins, Jim Noordhoek, Jim Richey, Corky Hunter and Lynn Long.

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Carl S. Tweedy

Carl Stephen Tweedy, 83, of Pocahontas, died Nov. 10, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 1, 1927, in the Eleven Point community, he was the son of Henry and Ollie Myrtle Tweedy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Tweedy; a brother, Paul Tweedy; and a sister, Hazel Earley.

Survivors include seven sons, Bob Tweedy, Quinten Tweedy, Steve Tweedy and Thornton Tweedy, all of Pocahontas, Lee Tweedy and Travis Tweedy, both of Imboden, and Dan Tweedy, Black Rock; a daughter, Mary Cox, Pocahontas; a sister, Julane Melton, Pocahontas; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial was in Homeplace Cemetery.

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Verna Charline Wilkerson

Verna Charline Wilkerson, 79, of Imboden, died Nov. 16, 2010, at her home.

Born June 14, 1931, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Pierce F. and Mary Elizabeth Warner Phillips. She was a former factory employee and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur M. Wilkerson, on Nov. 6, 2004, whom she married Dec. 24, 1949.

Survivors include a son, Arthur Phillip Wilkerson, Imboden; two daughters, Mary Jo Johnson and husband Chris, Mt. Pleasant, and Sue Phillips and husband Jerry, Imboden; a sister, Betty Jean Davis, Walnut Ridge; seven grandchildren, James Eric Wilkerson, Jennifer Marie Torsett, Joe Allan Johnson, Bradley Pierce Shaw, Brandie LaRae Shaw Johnson, Christopher Blake Johnson and Kristie Nicole Hendrix; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Holobaugh Cemetery with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Bryan Funeral Home at Imboden has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Blake Johnson, Ryan Wilkerson, Joe Allan Johnson, Eldon Henderson, Gary Phillips and Danny Phillips.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home in Imboden.

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Lois Ethel Wilson

Lois Ethel Wilson, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 12, 2010.

Born Nov. 7, 1931, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of George and Ora Gosney Crumpton. She was a homemaker and a member of the Living Church of God.

Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Brewer and husband Frank, Strawberry, Debbie Fisher and husband Keith, Walnut Ridge, and Sherrie Zmolek and husband Tim, Springdale; a sister, Alene Murphy and husband Jerry, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Boyd Crumpton and wife Brooksie, Hillsboro, Mo.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Sunday at 11 a.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery with Wyatt Ciesielka officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were David Brewer, Josh Zmolek, Jared Wilhite, Scott McEntire, Brent Fisher, Kevin Nunnally and Mike Nunnally.

Memorials may be made to Alheimer's Arkansas.

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David Young

David Young, 52, of Imboden, died Nov. 8, 2010.

He was born Jan. 25, 1958, in Imboden.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Wilma Young.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Young; three daughters, Belita Gulick and husband Steven, Kansas City, Mo., Monique Kemp and husband Anthony, Springfield, Mo., and Paige Finley, of the home; his parents, Melvin and Agnes Young, Pocahontas; and five siblings, Marilyn Young, Arthur "Jim" Young, Johnny Young, Francille Young and Melba West and husband Vangela.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Chris Grandberry officiating. Burial was in Hardin Cemetery.

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