November 24, 2010 Edition

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Corey Mason Ditto Wright twins


Pratt ~ Cook Pratt ~ Morris


Marty Mae Allen Ruby Lee Benson Gary Lynn Clark
Earl Colley Fred Dean Damron Freddie Wayne Ditto
Gladys Cook Neoma Joyce Crawford Melva Lee Doyle
Clinton Lee Ferguson Gary Nathan Goodrum Jean Kingston
Donald R. Pulliam T.J. Russell Martha Katherine Smith
Ethel Mae Wood


Corey Mason Ditto

Chris and Jennifer Ditto of Manila have announced the birth of a son, born Nov. 18, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, four ounces, and has been named Corey Mason Ditto. He has one brother, Payton, five.

Grandparents are Jim Bo and Jeanette Pickens of Braggadocio, Mo., and Becky Ditto of Hoxie and the late Freddie Ditto.

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Hunter Chase and Gunner Bo Wright

Spencer and Ashley Wright of Strawberry announce the birth of twin sons, born on Nov. 12, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The babies weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and six pounds, 11 ounces, and have been named Hunter Chase and Gunner Bo Wright.

Grandparents are David and Debbie Wigginton of Cave City, Tena Wright of Batesville and Vince and Jennifer Wright of Strawberry.

Great-grandparents are Vic and Eithel Miesner and Charles and Shelby Randolph, all of Strawberry; John Wigginton of Cave City, Charles and Alice Harris of Lynn and Gary and Judy Brannon of Farmerville, La.

Aurora Moore of Cave City is the great-great-grandmother.

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Pratt ~ Morris
Pratt ~ Cook

At a double-wedding ceremony on Oct. 10, 2010, Kyle Pratt and Kim Morris and Eric Pratt and Emily Cook were united in marriage.

The wedding was performed by a Jamaican minister and took place at Runaway Bay at Breezes Resort in Jamaica.

Kim is the daughter of John and Mary Jo Franks of Walnut Ridge, and Emily is the daughter of Dora Hufstedler of Pocahontas and the late Glenn Shirrel Hufstedler.

Kim is enrolled in the nursing program at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

Grooms Kyle and Eric are the sons of Linda Kurc of Hoxie and Alan Pratt of Smithville.

Kyle is employed by American Commercial Lines, and Eric is employed at Post Foods in Jonesboro.

Those who attended the double ceremony included Linda Kurc, Charles and Onida Ellison of Powhatan, grandparents of the grooms; and Tara Ivie, sister of the grooms.

Following the wedding, the couples returned to their homes. Kyle and Kim reside in Saffell, and Eric and Emily reside in Marion.

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Marty Mae Allen

Marty Mae Allen, 66, of Alicia, died Nov. 18, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 8, 1944, near Nettleton, she was the daughter of Lester and Floy Sowell Passmore. She was a former employee of Frolic Footwear and was of the Protestant belief.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Allen; two sons, Clarence Allen and wife Judy, and Phillip Allen and wife Shirley, all of Alicia; four brothers, Lester Passmore and Bobby Passmore, both of Bono, Jim Passmore, Hoxie, and Donald Passmore, Jonesboro; two sisters, Madge Scalf, Paragould, and Edna Holder, Bono; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Cemetery at Bono with Bro. Roger Brand officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Ruby Lee Benson

Ruby Lee Kinder Benson, 79, of Swifton, died Nov. 21, 2010, in Jonesboro.

Born June 22, 1931, in Swifton, she was the daughter of E.B. and Eula Jane Kinder. She was a homemaker and a member of Murphy's Chapel Assembly of God Church in Swifton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Benson, on Jan. 19, 1985; two brothers, Carl Kinder and Ray Kinder; and four sisters, Lola Mae Kinder, Joyce Kinder, Alma Jean Benson and Lois Self.

Survivors include three sisters, Faye Keaster, Dierks, and Pauline Calhoun and Aline Brewer, both of Swifton; a brother, Joe Kinder, Swifton; a brother-in-law, Jack Benson, Swifton; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Kinder, Swifton; and special nieces, Tronda Watkins and Shawnda Nunn.

Funeral is Wednesday at Swifton First Assembly of God Church with Bros. Carl Neal and Floyd Porter officiating. Burial will be in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Visitation is Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Kent Watkins, Andy Watkins, Rick Nunn, Rickey Benson, Tony Kinder and Tim Shelton. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Benson, Jim Daniels, Jim Rorex, Charles Kinder and Bobby Keller.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 East Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

An online guestbook is available at

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Gary Lynn Clark

Gary Lynn Clark, 56, of Cord, died Nov. 17, 2010, in a Batesville hospital.

Born Feb. 6, 1954, in Newport, he served in the National Guard and was a self-employed truck driver. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Burnis Clinton and Dorothy Louise Miser Clark.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa Lea Meeks Clark, formerly of Black Rock; two sons, Gary Clark II and Joshua Clark; two sisters, Doris Hightower, Savannah, Ga., and Lelia Parker, Rincon, Ga.; and three grandchildren, McKenly Clark, Jayden Hendrix and Drake Lynn Clark.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Willis Funeral Service in Batesville. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

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Gladys Marie Lindsey Cook

Gladys Marie Lindsey Cook, 85, of Pine Bluff, mother of Rev. Steve R. Cook, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 20, 2010, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Funeral was set for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home. Burial will be in Drake Cemetery at Star City. Memorials may be made to Greenlee Baptist Church, 4901 Old Warren Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. An online guestbook is available at

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Neoma Joyce Crawford

Neoma Joyce Crawford, 75, of Black Rock, died Nov. 16, 2010, at her home.

Born Dec. 28, 1934, at Portia, she was the former owner and operator of Warlock Printing in West Helena and was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis Crawford; her father, Leonard Austin; and her mother, Cloyce Waddell Austin.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Crawford, whom she married June 8, 1952; a son, Jerry Crawford and wife Pam, Heber Springs; two daughters, Pam Ferguson, De Valls Bluff, and Ellen Woodyard, Beebe; two brothers, Dwain Austin and wife Willene, Hoxie, and Doug Austin and wife Fran, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bros. Lynn Garmroth and Mike Frost officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Tom Dodd, Stan Schmidt, John Statler, Lawrence Kildow, Larry Corbett and Hoss Jones.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter, Inc., 6465 South Yale Avenue, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK, 74136-7804.

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Melva Lee Doyle

Melva Lee Doyle, 69, of Maynard, died Nov. 18, 2010.

Born July 12, 1941, in Sedgwick, he was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Washington and Marze Doyle; and three brothers, Lonnie Doyle, Sterling Doyle and Tommy Gene Doyle.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Doyle; two sons, Kenny Shipman and Paul Doyle, both of Maynard; a daughter, Angel Berry, Maynard; five brothers, Charles Doyle and wife Ruby of Rockford, Ill., Billy Joe Doyle and wife Daleta, Sedgwick, J.W. Doyle and wife Karon, Jonesboro, Jim Doyle, Calico Rock, Joey Doyle and wife Yvonne, Walnut Ridge; seven sisters, Launia McElrath, Walnut Ridge, Gina Eidson and husband Johnny, Hot Springs, Dianne Minton, Betty Wagner and husband John, Alean Wright and husband Kevin and Polly Harlan and husband Dale, all of Jonesboro, and Sarah Colburn and husband Marty, Bono; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Maynard Cemetery with Pete Avery officiating. McNabb Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Clinton Lee Ferguson

Clinton Lee Ferguson, 56, of Black Rock, died Nov. 16, 2010, at St. Louis University Hospital.

He had lived in Lawrence County most of his life and worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for 21 years.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Oscar and Bessie Ferguson, and Henry and Mamie Vaughn.

Survivors include his wife, Cathryn Ferguson; two sons, Dwight Ferguson and wife Tonya, Black Rock, and Kenneth Tribble and wife Chera, Imboden; three daughters, Christina Mason, Jonesboro, Hope Moore and husband Doug, Walnut Ridge, and Sharon Tribble, Black Rock; his parents, Harold and Emma Ferguson, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Ed Ferguson and wife Laura, Denver, Colo., and Joe Ferguson and wife Lisa, Hoxie; a sister, Linda Howard and husband Terry, Hoxie; 12 grandchildren, River Ferguson, Luke Ferguson, Shelby Grace Ferguson, Clinton Todd Mason, Cody Mason, Magen Nicole Price, Eric Moore, Doogie Moore, Isaiah Tribble, Anna Tribble, Jeremiah Tribble and Jayden Tribble; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Mike Price and Joe Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Oak Forrest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were Florian Brown, Dan Perkins, Phil Allen, Joe Wayne Ferguson, Jason Ferguson and Eldon Helms. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Owens, L.B. Aaron and Don Reynolds.

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Gary Nathan Goodrum

Gary Nathan Goodrum, 67, of Bennett, Colo., died Nov. 16, 2010.

He was a Vietnam War veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a former police officer in Little Rock. He also worked as an insurance adjuster for Continental Casualty. After retiring, he volunteered for several church and community organizations.

He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Nathan Goodrum; his mother, Lillian Cathaleen Goodrum; a brother, Cecil Dale Goodrum, all of Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include his wife, Lyn Goodrum; a son, Gary Bruce Goodrum, Denver; a daughter, Margaret Michelle, Denver; and a sister, Ann Head, Memphis.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the local humane society or the charity of the donor's choice.

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Jean Kingston

Jean Kingston, 82, of Paragould, died Nov. 20, 2010, at Greene Acres Nursing Home.

Born Aug. 30, 1928, in Imboden, she was the daughter of Cleo and Ethel King. She was a member of Prospect Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.H. Kingston; and a son, Phillip Kingston.

Survivors include three sons, Randal Kingston and wife Donna, Paragould, Michael Kingston, Jonesboro, and Kevin Kingston, Powhatan, Va.; a daughter, Debra Miller and husband Bill, Paragould; a daughter-in-law, Deborah Kingston, Midlothian, Va.; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Center Hill Chapel of Phillips Funeral Home. Burial will be in New Friendship Cemetery at Paragould.

Visitation was set for Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home in Paragould.

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Donald R. Pulliam

Donald R. Pulliam, 76, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 13, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 11, 1934, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Otis Buck Pulliam and Addie Christine Pierce Price. He worked at Nettleton Concrete and was a member of the Jonesboro Worship Center.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Pulliam; and a son, Mark Pulliam.

Survivors include a son, James Pulliam, Jonesboro; a daughter, Deborah Gibson, Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Austin Gibson, Brittney Gibson, Aaron Gibson, Megan Johnson and Caitlyn Johnson; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service was set for Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Shiloh Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

The family will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will include the Jonesboro High School Class of 1955, Carroll McCallister and Mose Rhea.

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T.J. Russell

T.J. "Burr Head" Russell, 84, of Swifton, died Nov. 16, 2010.

Born July 13, 1926, in Newport, he was the son of Rudy Cowgill and Joanna Hargis Russell. He was a resident of Pitts until moving to Swifton in 1957. He was a farmer and was also the co-owner of Faye's Cafˇ at Swifton. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Swifton First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Ted Russell, Bob Russell, Harold Russell and Eugene Russell.

Survivors include three sons, Johnny Russell and wife Bonnie, Clayton Russell and wife Sheri and James Russell, all of Swifton; two daughters, Hellen Blank and husband Ron, Traverse City, Mich., and Dee Scott and husband James, Lillian, Ala.; a brother, Joe Russell, Harrisburg; two sisters, Eva Metts, Decatur, Ala., and Larue Wilson, Highland Village, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Swifton First Baptist Church. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Todd Fortune, Doug Fortune, Charlie Russell, James Wilson, Josh Russell and Landon Russell.

An online guestbook is available at

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Martha Katherine Smith

Martha Katherine Smith, 87, of Sedgwick, died Nov. 19, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 8, 1923, at Lela, Okla., she was the daughter of Henry and Mary Colbert Ashlock. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cache River Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry W. Smith; a daughter, Katherine Jean Smith; three brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry Smith and wife Zelda, Sedgwick, Joe Smith and wife Vivian, Jonesboro, and David Smith and wife Melba, Pocahontas; a brother, Lawrence Ashlock, Kingsburg, Calif.; a sister, Mary Robinett, Jonesboro; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the Cache River Pentecostal Church with Bros. Rick Hart and Jerry Cochran officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jonathan Smith, Royce Smith, Chris Smith, Larry Henson, David King and Eddie Robinett.

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Ethel Mae Wood

Ethel Mae Wood, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 20, 2010, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Aug. 23, 1925, at Mountain Grove, Mo., she was the daughter of William Harvey and Mary Ethel McCarty Dodd. She was a former employee of Frolic Footwear and was a member of Hoxie First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Wood, on July 12, 2007, whom she married Nov. 20, 1974.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Simmons, Portia; a sister, Vivian Kious, Lancaster, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Steve Simmons and Lisa Simmons.

Graveside service is Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Markham Cemetery with Bro. Rowdy Morgan officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were John Aden, Franklin Caruthers, Joe Boothe, Joe Ray Dodd and Michael Dodd.

Visitation was set for Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home.

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