December 22, 2010 Edition

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Maddisen Marie Crowell


Shackelford ~ Tarkington


Naomi Bailey Bertha Brewer Essie Louise Brown
Imogene Johnson Marilyn Sue Jones Nelda Evonne Pully
John Henry Rhine Bruce Taylor Harold Gene Thorn
Margaret E. Wingate Lisa Boyd Woodard


Maddisen Marie Crowell

Brad Crowell and Autumn Lasiter, both of Jonesboro, have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Dec. 13, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Maddisen Marie Crowell. She has one older sister, Kennedy, 14.

Grandparents are Randall Crowell and Judy Davis, both of Jonesboro, and Jeff Lasiter of Clover Bend and the late Bertha Lasiter.

Great-grandparents are Anne Lasiter and Forrester and Virginia Davis, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Shackelford ~ Tarkington

Dr. Bobby and Karen Shackelford of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Rachel Ilene Shackelford, to Friedric Kristen Tarkington, son of Beau and Anita Tarkington of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Doris Shackelford of Walnut Ridge and Jon and Sue Jett of Cherokee Village.

She is a 2008 home school graduate.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Doris Jackson of Kennett, Mo., and Dora Wilson of Sparta, Ill.

He is a 2006 home school graduate and is a 2009 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He received a bachelor's degree in political science and is the owner of TopShop, Inc.

The couple will exchange vows on Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Walcott. A reception will follow the ceremony at The Historic Clover Bend Auditorium in Clover Bend.

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Naomi Bailey

Naomi Smith Bailey, 99, of Ravenden, died Dec. 14, 2010, at her home.

Born Feb. 17, 1911, in Sharp County near Hardy, she was the daughter of Walter and Sarah Ellen Wilson Smith. She was a homemaker and worked with her husband on the family farm. She also worked as a cook in the cafeteria at Ravenden Springs School for seven years. She was an active member of Bethany Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Murel Bailey, whom she married Nov. 24, 1929; two sons, Clarence Carl Bailey and Vencil Murel Bailey; a brother, Raymond Smith; a sister, Mattie Markirtz; a stepbrother, Memory Childers; and a stepsister, Lucille Phillips.

Survivors include a daughter, Larita Cheryl "Chatty" Compton, Ravenden Springs; two sisters, Maime Malo, Michigan, and Nadean Brown, Missouri; a stepbrother, John Childers, Missouri; a grandson, Darrell Dean Compton; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at the Bethany Church of Christ in Ravenden with C.C. Baird officiating. Burial was in Yadkin Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Bertha Brewer

Bertha L. Brewer, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 17, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 4, 1923, at Dyer, she was the daughter of Charles Raymond and Mary Anner Lawhorn Hood. She was a homemaker and a former "Rosie" during World War II. She was a member of the Faith Assembly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gent Brewer, on Sept. 12, 2000, whom she married July 29, 1944; and 11 siblings.

Survivors include a son, Doyle Brewer, Hoxie; a daughter, Darlene Dobbs, Hoxie; two brothers, Raymond Hood, Mountain Home, and Robert Hood, Alma; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Sister Betty Williams, and Bros. Bobby Marriott and Ted Shields officiating. Burial was in Crossroads Cemetery at Portia.

Pallbearers were Ben Dobbs, Lee Dobbs, Danny Shewmaker, Mike Duckworth, John Duckworth and Jimmy Brewer.

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Essie Louise Brown

Essie Louise Brown, 86, of Ravenden, died Dec. 20, 2010, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 23, 1924, in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of Huler and Daisey M. Lillard Dover.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Freeman Brown; three children, Carolyn Fay Brown, Lewis Gene Brown and Rita Faye Dail; and two brothers, L.G. Dover and John Dover.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry Brown and wife Charla, and James Brown, all of Ravenden, and Rickey Brown and wife Vickie, Walls, Miss.; two daughters, Linda Wiles and husband Ronnie, Ravenden, and Betty Bradley and husband Randy, Cord; two brothers, Jack Dover and Troy Dover; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Gayland Russell officiating. Burial will be in Bradford Cemetery near Ravenden.

Pallbearers will be Jason Brown, Jason Riddle, Tommy Riddle and Tanner Bradley. Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel Dail, Brian Strickland, Jerry Jernigan and Dale Brausen.

An online guestbook is available at

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Imogene Johnson

Imogene Johnson, 82, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 16, 2010, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 6, 1928, in Biggers, she was a lifelong resident of Northeast Arkansas. She and her husband formerly operated a grocery store in O'Kean. She was a retired note clerk for Mercantile Bank and a member of Fisher Street United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Bud Johnson; two brothers and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Randy Johnson and wife Lana, Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Jill Pierce and Jeremy Johnson; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. with Doug Pierce officiating. Emerson Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Fisher Street United Methodist Church, 301 N. Fisher, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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Marilyn Sue Jones

Marilyn Sue Jones, 62, of Mt. Vernon, Ind., formerly of Lawrence County, died Nov. 21, 2010, at her home.

She was born Oct. 23, 1948, in Louisville, Ill.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Bass; and her father, Dorris E. Kerby.

Survivors include her husband, Cleatus Jones Sr.; a son, Cleatus Jones Jr., Mt. Vernon, Ind.; her mother, Lucille Martin Kerby, Mt. Vernon; two brothers, Robert Kerby and wife Beverly, Rockford, Ill., and Butch Kerby and wife Linda, Arizona; a sister, Myrna Lemmons and husband Randy, Oakland City, Ind.; three grandchildren, Casey Bass, Brenna Bass and Amanda Brock; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. at Austin-Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Ind., with Rev. Bill Reed officiating. Burial was in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Friends and family served as pallbearers.

An online guestbook is available at

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Nelda Evonne Pully

Nelda Evonne Pully, 73, of Pocahontas, died Dec. 14, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 15, 1936, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Edith Hightower.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Pully; two sons, Eldon Barnett and Michael Barnett; a brother, Johnny Robert Hightower; five sisters, Mildred Dachs, Wanda Robinson, Clara Wheat, Donna Smith and Joan Davis; and a granddaughter, Jessica VanKirk.

Survivors include two sons, Tim Barnett and wife Sherry, Imboden, and Ronald Barnett and wife Janet, Maynard; four dauthters, Mary Thomas and husband Scott, and Melissa Barnett, all of Pocahontas, Connia Berry and husband Steve, Maynard, and Lisa VanKirk and husband Jerry, College City; three sisters, Geraldine Steimel, Dianne Kincade and Brenda Eveland, all of Pocahontas; 13 grandchildren, Christy Hibbard, David Barnett, Rhiannon Smith, Erica Mullen, Stormy Simmons, Amanda Manis, Tim Barnett Jr., Candice Barnett, Matt Barnett, Kerchelle Barnett, Elizabeth Barnett, Jonathon VanKirk and Krista VanKirk; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Terry Miller officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

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John Henry Rhine

John Henry Rhine, 66, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 19, 2010, in Jonesboro.

He had lived in Bono before moving to Walnut Ridge two-and-a-half years ago.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Freda Rhine; and two brothers, Jack Rhine and Bobby Rhine.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Moore, Walnut Ridge; a son, Michael Rhine, Des Moines, Iowa; seven sisters, Lucille Millsap, Brookland, Mary Crawford, Carrollton, Texas, Dorris Crawford, Denton, Texas, Linda Briggs, Azle, Texas, Dorthy Guthrie, Romance, Barbara House, Cushion, Okla., and Wanita Crawford, Farmers Branch, Texas; three brothers, Ed Rhine Jr., Cabot, Rick Rhine, Azle, Texas, and Harmon Rhine, Hoxie; three grandchildren and one on the way.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Trinity Cemetery in Bono with Darrell Douglas officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Bruce Taylor

Bruce W. Taylor, 67, of Arkabutla, Miss., died Dec. 19, 2010, at his home.

He was a former resident of Egypt and a retired employee of DuPont.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Taylor; two sons, Brian Taylor and Ken Mayer, both of Mississippi; his mother, Jewell Taylor, Jonesboro; three sisters, Virginia Wise, Dorothy Sparks and Wanda Baker; and two grandchildren, Abigail Taylor and Logan Taylor.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Senatobia Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Pate-Jones Funeral Home of Senatobia, Miss.

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Harold Gene Thorn

Harold Gene Thorn, 74, of Sun City, Ariz., died Sept. 5, 2010, in Sun City.

He was born Dec. 24, 1935, in the Lauratown community, where he grew up. He was a 1954 graduate of Clover Bend High School.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Thorn; two children, Mischelle and Tom; and three grandchildren, Karrie, Joshua and Matthew.

A memorial service was held Sept. 11 at Faith Presbyterian Church in Sun City.

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Margaret E. Wingate

Margaret E. Wingate, 78, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Ravenden Springs, died Dec. 19, 2010, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Jan. 30, 1932, she was the daughter of Thad James and Carrie Franks Watkins. She had lived in Arizona before moving to Arkansas approximately 20 years ago. She had worked as a nursing home aid.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Bob" Wingate; a daughter; a sister; and a brother.

Survivors include a son; a daughter, and two sisters, Mary O'Day and Shirley Field, both of Arizona.

No services are planned. The body was cremated. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Lisa Boyd Woodard

Lisa Boyd Woodard, 48, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 17, 2010, at her home.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, she was a homemaker and attended the People's Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Buford and Alice Boyd; a brother, Donnie Boyd; and three sisters, Sherry McLaughlin, Pat Tribble and an infant sister, Ruthie Jean Boyd.

Survivors include her husband, Jody Woodard; a daughter, Leslie Woodard, of the home; four sons, Bobby Woodard and Pete Woodard, both of Black Rock, Jody Dean Woodard, Rayville, Mo., and Eric Woodard, Pocahontas; six sisters, Margie Bell, College City, Kay Hutton and Becky Gray, both of Hoxie, Helen Halcum, Cayce, S.C., and Betty Stafford and Norie Tribble, both of Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Steve Boyd and Bobby Boyd, both of Hoxie; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Gene Cullum and Roger Brand officiating. Burial was in Sharum Cemetery near O'Kean.

Pallbearers were Carlos Vidal, Shannon McLaughlin, Kyle Stafford, Michael Boyd, Kyle Boyd and Allan Brown. Honorary pallbearers were John Cullum, Stephen Boyd, Freddy Cullum, Charlie Cullum, Harv Cullum and DeWayne Barker.

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