December 08, 2010 Edition

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Katelynn Ann Ditto Case Hamilton Haynie Beckett John Holewinski


Anemone ~ Stacy Johnson ~ Jones


Lloyd Ashlock Leo Levon Baker Pauline L. Gilbert
John H. Johnston Jr. Wendell R. Kimbrough Roy C. McEntire
John Franklin Sain III


Katelynn Ann Ditto

Bret and Stephanie Ditto of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born Nov. 29, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds and has been named Katelynn Ann Ditto. She has one brother, Trenton, five.

Grandparents are Ricky and Tammy Ditto and Judy Johnson, all of Walnut Ridge, and Allen and Lee Stewart of Paragould.

Great-grandparents are Junior and Glenda Johnson of Minturn and Bonnie Culver of Walnut Ridge. Alice Johnson of Minturn is the great-great-grandmother.

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Case Hamilton Haynie

John and Holli Haynie of Bella Vista have announced the birth of a son, born Oct. 26, 2010, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville.

The baby weighed seven pounds, five ounces, and has been named Case Hamilton Haynie.

Grandparents are Allen and Robin Hamilton of Jonesboro and Joe and Charlotte Haynie of Bentonville.

Great-grandparents are Bobby and Mary Ann Watson of Hoxie, Don and Norma Belk of Jonesboro and Alma Kitchens of Fayetteville.

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Beckett John Holewinski

Trevor and Amber Holewinski of Brentwood, Tenn., have announced the birth of a son, born Nov. 22, 2010, at Williamson County Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn.

The baby weighed 10 pounds, 10 ounces and has been named Beckett John. He has one sister, Harper, who is two.

Grandparents are Greg and Karen Evans of Walnut Ridge, David and Terri Harris of Batesville and John and Sue Holewinski of Columbia, Tenn. Great-grandparents are Bonnie Smith of Strawberry, Mary Evans of Walnut Ridge, Edith Holewinski of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Joyce Horvath of Naples, Fla.

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Anemone ~ Stacy

Mr. and Mrs. Leon Anemone of Cabot have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kelsey Anemone, to Branigan Stacy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Stacy of Imboden and Joanna Riddle of Cabot.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Joe and Joyce Regis and the late Leon and Betty Anemone.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bill and Linda Stacy of Imboden and the late Joe and Pat Gaskins.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. at the An Enchanted Evening in Roland. A reception will follow the ceremony.

All family and friends are invited to attend the event. Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling 870-844-5321 or 501-941-4066.

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Johnson ~ Jones

Scotty and Linda Johnson of Saffell have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Megan Johnson, to Jared Jones, son of Allen and Rhonda Jones of Poughkeepsie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jim and Helen Oliver of Lynn and Wayne and Lana Johnson of Saffell.

She is a 2005 Hillcrest High School graduate and is a junior at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., pursuing a degree in dental hygiene.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Carolyn Sisney of Ash Flat and the late Jim Sisney and Scott and Deanna Jones of Poughkeepsie. He is the great-grandson of Garland Branscum of Ash Flat.

He is a 2003 graduate of River Valley High School and is employed at Townsends of Arkansas. He also operates a cattle farm in Poughkeepsie.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn.

A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Lloyd Ashlock

Lloyd Ashlock, 81, of Cave City, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 3, 2010, at the Batesville Healthcare Center.

Born April 13, 1929, in Alicia, he was the son of Julius Elmer and Jewel Elrolann Young Ashlock. He was a mechanic and former owner of Ashlock Tire in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Marvin Brannon, Newton Brannon, Leslie Brannon and Everett Ashlock; and two sisters, Dora Brannon and Sadie Ashlock Sheppard.

Survivors include his wife, Mae Earlene Richey Ashlock, whom he married Nov. 29, 1947; a son, Lloyd Anthony Ashlock and wife Janene, Gravette; a daughter, Althea Marie Hoggard and husband James, Cave City; four grandchildren, Marcus Anthony Ashlock, Laurel Chonta Salts, Julie Ann Helms and Andrew Wilson Hoggard; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lynn with Bros. Terrell Neely and Michael Hoggard officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Leo Levon Baker

Leo Levon Baker, 75, of Perryville, Mo., died Nov. 10, 2010, at Independence Care Center of Perry County.

Born Dec. 12, 1934, in Hoxie, he was a schoolteacher and coach at Perryville High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and American Legion Post 133.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo Lincoln and Mabel Perryman Baker.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Fassold Baker, whom he married Jan. 25, 1969; a son, David Baker and wife Jennifer, Perryville, Mo.; two daughters, Lana Cooper and husband Dennis, and Renea Bohnert and husband Dennis, all of Perryville, Mo.; seven siblings, Novella Bradshaw, North Carolina, Frieda Handley, Shreveport, La., Earl Dale Baker, Panama City, Fla., Jesse Baker and Linda Middleton, both of Vicksburg, Miss., Phyllis Johnson, Conyers, Ga., and Truel Baker, Black Rock; 10 grandchildren, Brooke Picou, Mitchell Picou, Leah Picou, Nicolette Baker, Brett Baker, Jarrett Baker, Lindsay Bohnert, Ethan Bohnert, Alexandria Bohnert and Trevor Bohnert.

Funeral was Saturday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. at Young & Sons Funeral Home in Perryville, Mo., with Rev. Mark Matthews officiating. Burial was in Friedenberg Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran School Building Fund or Church.

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Pauline L. Gilbert

Pauline L. Gilbert, 81, of Pocahontas, died Dec. 5, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 10, 1929, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Robert and Bessie Miller Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J. Gilbert; three brothers, Leonas Smith, Gene Smith and Billy Smith; and a grandchild, Eddie Gilbert.

Survivors include three sons, James Edward Gilbert and wife Janie, Piggott, Marvin Gilbert and wife Phyllis, Black Rock, and Rodney Gilbert and wife Sharon, Maynard; a daughter, Barbra Mitchell, Marked Tree; three sisters, Elwanda Taylor, Illinois, Wilma Gilbert, Portia, and Olene Clark, Imboden; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Old Bethel Cemetery at Black Rock with Harold Russell officiating. Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.

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John H. Johnston Jr.

John H. Johnston Jr., 90, of Wynne, died Nov. 27, 2010, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis.

Born May 31, 1920, in Imboden, he grew up in Kensett. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1940 with a B.S. in business administration. Following a year of employment with the Farm Security Administration, he came to Levesque to assist his father, John H. Johnston Sr., in raising cotton and cattle.

He was a member of the Wynne Rotary Club for many years and a member of the Wynne First United Methodist Church. A board member of the Cross County Bank for 40 years, he served as chairman of the board from 1987 to 1988. He retired from the farming business in 2003, but continued to stay active with business interests.

He was preceded in death by a son, Hank Johnston.

Survivors include his wife, Howard Holloway Johnston, whom he married in 1948; two daughters, Amelia Johnston Harris and Jennifer Johnston Tippett; a daughter-in-law, Susan Johnston; a son-in-law, Elsey Harris; two sisters, Nina Louise Todd and Jean Clarke; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 4, at Wynne First United Methodist Church. Kernodle Funeral Home of Wynne had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Wynne First United Methodist Church or to the Cross County Library.

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Wendell R. Kimbrough

Wendell R. Kimbrough, 83, of Des Arc, formerly of Pocahontas and Alicia, died Dec. 5, 2010, at Des Arc Nursing and Rehab.

Born June 6, 1927, near Alicia, he was the son of W.W. and Mertie Claxton Kimbrough. He had farmed and was a former postmaster at Alicia, Pocahontas and Jonesboro. He was active in the National League of Postmasters in Washington, D.C., as National Officer and also served on various assignments in the St. Louis Regional Office, the Southern Regional Office and the Memphis District.

Following retirement from the Postal Service, he was named the executive director of the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce. He was named by Gov. Mike Huckabee to a Child Placement Board for the State of Arkansas. He was associated with The Lord's Ranch as an administrator, and the Veterans Administration of Randolph County Veterans Service Office. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, attended Harding College and served as an instructor for the Postal Service in the Southern Region.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Merle Cole.

Survivors include his wife, Erma Norris Kimbrough; two daughters, Debbie Kimbrough Hughes and husband Phil, Norman, Okla., and Terri Lyn Ratcliff, Little Rock; four grandsons, Patrick, Barett, Chris and Jeff; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Tim Wooldridge and Steve Norris officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery. Military honors will be provided at graveside by the Promberger-Traw VFW Post #4556 of Pocahontas.

Visitation is Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home in Paragould.

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Roy C. McEntire

Roy C. McEntire, 80, of California, died Nov. 18, 2010.

Born Feb. 21, 1930, in Walnut Ridge, he was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of the Operating Engineers Local 3 Union.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Becky McEntire.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Alice Clark McEntire, whom he married Feb. 3, 1952, in Walnut Ridge; a son, Steven McEntire; two daughters, Theresa Perez and Janice Pipkin; a brother, Denny McEntire; grandchildren, Ramanda Ramirez, Jason McEntire, Kevin Caine, Roxanne Pipkin-Tamayo, Meredith Gibbs and Brooke Caine; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. at Reedley Cemetery in Reedley, Calif. Millers Memorial Chapel of Visalia, Calif., had charge of arrangements.

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John Franklin Sain III

A time of remembrance of John Franklin Sain III, 60, who died Nov. 29, will be held Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the Lawrence County Meeting Room. Guests are invited to bring pictures and memories of John. Donations will be accepted to assist with doctor and hospital bills. No flowers, please. All family and friends are invited.

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