January 26, 2011 Edition

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Emmilianna Grace Baiza Olivia Kate Thatcher


Green ~ French


Orpal Earlene Adams Paul H. Ezell Richard Dale Goforth
Karen James Aileen Kapales Mary Dean Lininger
Gurden Dean Phillips Bernice Powers Mary Louise Smith
Duel Lee Tinker Olas Wayne Turner Doris J. Walton


Emmilianna Grace Baiza

Felipe and Judy Baiza of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter on Jan. 13, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Emmilianna Grace Baiza. She has four older siblings, Nicholas, Gabriel, Aiden and Avery.

Grandparents are Rickey and Vicki Hampton of Delaplaine and Lawrence and Maria Baiza of San Antonio. She is the great-granddaughter of Cecil and Regeana White of Delaplaine and Robert and Louise Garza of San Antonio.

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Olivia Kate Thatcher

Christopher and Amanda Thatcher of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Dec. 9, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Olivia Kate Thatcher. She has an older brother, Grayson, two.

Grandparents are Darrell and Debbie Blalock of Walnut Ridge, Rick and Dianne Tribble of Jonesboro and Gene Thatcher of Trumann.

Patricia Winfrey of Hoxie is the great-grandmother.

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Green ~ French

Wendy Green and Eric French, both of Pocahontas, have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Ronnie and Danita Green and Terry and Carol Hibbard, all of Jonesboro. She is the granddaughter of James and Willene Byrd of Annieville, John and Louise Gann of Ravenden and Larry and Ramona Hibbard of Portia.

The prospective groom is the son of Mike and Becky French of O'Kean. He is the grandson of Jimmy and Gail French of O'Kean and Mary Summers of Mountain Home.

The couple will exchange vows on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Randolph County Development Center on the campus of Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow.

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Orpal Earlene Adams

Orpal Earlene Adams, 70, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 23, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She had lived in Walnut Ridge most of her life and was a homemaker and of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Adams; her parents, Walter Sr. and Ruby Craft Callahan; a brother and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Oran Adams, Cave City; two brothers, Wayne Callahan, Hoxie, and Walter Callahan Jr., Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Ann Rea, Missouri, and Dee Murphy, Texas; and two grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Whittaker Cemetery with Derek Collins officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Paul H. Ezell

Paul H. Ezell, 75, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 22, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

He had lived in Ravenden most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ezell.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Ezell, Batesville; two sons, Timothy Ezell, Eldon, Mo., and Jo Ezell, Poughkeepsie; and five grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Lonoke Cemetery, near Smithville, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

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Richard Dale Goforth

Richard Dale Goforth, 58, of Lynn, died Jan. 24, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He had lived in Batesville and Cave City before moving to Lynn 14 years ago. He was employed at ConAgra.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Goforth; six sons, Eric Goforth, Jesse Goforth and wife Heather, Jeremy Goforth and wife Asha, and Logan Stokes, all of the home; Clinton Goforth, Missouri, and Bobby Keeling and wife Jessica, Pocahontas, two daughters, Angela Stokes, Rector, and Dawn Green and husband Shawn, Minturn; two brothers, Danny Goforth and wife Jackie, Austin, and Lantz Goforth, Pleasant Plains; a sister, Sherry Landers, Cave City; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Cave City Church of God. Burial will be in Weavers Chapel Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home in Lynn.

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

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Karen James

Karen James, 52, of Williford, died Jan. 21, 2011.

She was preceded in death by her father, James England; and a brother, David England.

Survivors include her husband, Will James; two daughters, Molly James, Williford, and Marlene Powell, Westville, Ill.; four sons, Hank Compton, Thayer, Mo., John Compton and Rick Compton, Danville, Ill., and Zebulon Compton, Williford; a sister, Carolyn England, Hardy; her mother, Lora Henderson, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Carl Henderson, Walnut Ridge, and Terry Henderson, New York; and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Heath Oak Hill Chapel in Highland with Bro. Jackie Pickett officiating. Burial was in Bradford Cemetery at Williford.

An online guestbook is available at www.heathfuneralhome.net.

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Aileen Kapales

Aileen Kapales, 81, of Ravenden Springs, died Jan. 24, 2011, in Pocahontas.

She had lived in Walnut Ridge before moving to Ravenden Springs 18 years ago. She was a retired cook for Walnut Ridge School and was a member of the Women's Auxiliary and Free Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilson and Gladys Carter; a sister, Billy Ruth Nodine; and a grandchild.

Survivors include her husband, James Kapales; four daughters, Sharon Holmes, North Little Rock, Karen Knatcal and Patsy House, both of Batesville, and Susan Spencer, Sebring, Fla.; a son, Jim Kapales, Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Jo Ann Taylor, New Mexico, Betty Housdan, Conway, and Barbara Anglin, Hoxie; a brother, David Carter, Fisk, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

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

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

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Mary Dean Lininger

Mary Dean Lininger, 77, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 25, 2011.

Born July 9, 1933, she was the daughter of Charles Henderson and Pauline Williams Darby. She was a homemaker and a member of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Robert Lininger, whom she married Jan. 5, 1954; a brother; two grandchildren and a stepson.

Survivors include seven daughters, Paula K. Kowalke, Painesville, Ohio, Cathy A. Lininger, Arlington Heights, Ill., Bobbie L. French and Kimberly Roney, both of Honolulu, Deborah J. Peters, Frederick, Md., and Mary E. Willison and Amy J. O'Marah, both of Walnut Ridge; a stepson, Thomas R. Lininger, Gautier, Miss.; a brother, James A. Darby, Louisa, Ky.; a sister, Alice Robinette, Catlettsburg, Ky.; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bro. Derek Collins officiating.

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Gurden Dean Phillips

Gurden Dean Phillips, 91, of the Denton community, died Jan. 18, 2011, at his home.

Born May 15, 1919, he was the son of George and Mary Walker Phillips. He was a retired tool and die maker and cattle farmer. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church for over 50 years.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Pierce Phillips, Russel Phillips, Noel Phillips and Chesser Phillips; and three sisters, Lala Wilson, Linnie Jones and Lois Henderson.

Survivors include his wife Juanita Culver Phillips, whom he married Oct. 30, 1943; two sons, Gary Phillips and wife Karen, Denton, and Danny Phillips and wife Lesia, Black Rock; four grandchildren, Jennifer Haskins, Ryan Phillips, Austin Phillips and Clay Phillips; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church with Bros. Harold Russell and Randy Williams officiating. Burial was in Holobaugh Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Ryan Phillips, Austin Phillips, Clay Phillips, Elden Henderson, Charles Blankenship and Clay Blankenship.

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

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Bernice Powers

Bernice Powers, 85, of Jacksonville, died Jan. 20, 2011.

Born Nov. 14, 1925, in Powhatan, she was the daughter of Charlie Hill and Clara Collins. She retired from Westinghouse Electric Company in Little Rock after 32 years of service. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Eastern Star.

She was a member of the Jacksonville Razorback Club and a three-time champion bowler. Her favorite charities included the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Salvation Army.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Powers; a brother, Lloyd Hill; and two grandsons, Kerry Dale and Darin.

Survivors include a son, Buddy Powers and wife Carolyn, North Little Rock; a daughter, Patricia Elaine Schlosser, Mountain Home; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home in North Little Rock with Rev. Philip Housdan officiating. Burial was in Rest Hills Memorial Park.

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

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Mary Louise Smith

Mary Louise Gates Rice Smith, 88, of Delaplaine, died Jan. 23, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Jan. 31, 1922, at Jones Ridge in Greene County, she was the daughter of C.J. and Alice Gates.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Smith; a son, Dannie Rice; three brothers, Albert Gates, Joe Gates and Ray Gates; and six sisters, Francis Varvil, Thelma Gillean, Cynthia Jones, Rachel Mustain, Ruby Rice and Belle Rice.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Rice and wife Rhonda, and Tommy Rice, all of Delaplaine; seven grandchildren, Melissa Tucker, Danny Allen Rice, Kim Miller, Jeremy Rice, Jamie Rice, Chris Rice and Joey Rice; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2:30 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Roger Tidwell officiating. Burial will be in Jones Ridge Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chris Rice, Joey Rice, Danny Allen Rice, Melissa Tucker, Ben Tucker and Tommy Rice.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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Duel Lee Tinker

Duel Lee Tinker, 84, of Hoxie, died Jan. 24, 2011, in Walnut Ridge.

He had lived in Lawrence County most of his life and was a farmer and a member of the Church of Christ in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Belva Tinker; his parents, Ira and Gracie Peters Tinker; a brother, Reukauf Tinker; and a sister, Thelma Franklin.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Prater and husband Edward, Lawson, Mo., and Edith Ball and husband Dennis, Hoxie; a son, Richard Tinker and wife Margretta, Walnut Ridge; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with A.J. Stracener officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Jamie Tinker, Travis Tinker, Daniel Prater, Blake Prater, Jeff Ball and Jeremy Smelser. Honorary pallbearers will be T.Z. Jones, Lex Wood, James Manning, David Ball, Dennis Ball and Eddie Prater.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Olas Wayne Turner

Olas Wayne Turner, 68, of Strawberry, died Jan. 19, 2011, at his home.

Born April 26, 1942, in Shelbyville, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a retired construction operator and a member of the Bold Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Olas and Annie Lackey Turner.

Survivors include two brothers, Paul Turner, Jonesboro, and Glenn Turner, Dixon, Mo.; two sisters, Helen Turner Gay, Jonesboro, and Janie Turner Jarrett, Batesville; and two special friends, Wilma Rawlings and Wade Reynolds, both of Cave City.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with David Eric King officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Wade Reynolds, Billy Allen, Matthew Allen, Tim Crouch, Billy Jarrett and Adam Jarrett.

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Doris J. Walton

Doris Jean Linebaugh Walton, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 21, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born March 2, 1926, in Imboden, she was the daughter of Theodore E. and Myrtle Mae Groves Linebaugh. When she was 17 years old, she moved from Imboden to Houston, where she was a homemaker and worked in the family business for 60 years until moving back to Arkansas. She had lived the past seven years in Hoxie and attended United Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank H. Walton; a son, Frank Walton Jr.; three brothers, Grady Linebaugh, Pat Linebaugh and Gordon Linebaugh; and two sisters, Lucille Lee and Ida Kaiser.

Survivors include two sisters, Eula Mae Taylor, Colorado, and Francis Emmons, Michigan; four grandchildren, Levey O. Walton, Frank Walton II, Larry Walton and Mary Francis Walton; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Glenn Smith officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Wayne Linebaugh, Gale Linebaugh, Larry Linebaugh, Rodger Sullivan, Greg Coats and Mike Inman.

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