February 02, 2011 Edition

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Caleb Ellison Madison Lynn Warren


Lewis ~ Henry


Drex Garland Guthrie Rev. Lawrence Harris Paul David Huskey
Vernell E. Jackson Georgia Hulett Jarrett Beatrice Luna
Elva Miller Alice Peck Agnes Lorine Pickney
Pauline Sears Edith Marie Swartzlander


Caleb Jeremy Cooper Ellison

Jeremy and Kara Cooper Ellison of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son, born on Jan. 28, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Caleb Jeremy Cooper Ellison. He has one sibling, Chloe.

Grandparents are Don and Patsy Cooper of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, Diane Ellison and Wayne and Bonnie Ellison, all of Jonesboro.

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Madison Lynn Warren

Jacob Warren and Tenene Mason of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Jan. 17, 2011, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed eight pounds, two ounces, and has been named Madison Lynn Warren. She has one older brother, Tyler Carley, five.

Grandparents are Danny and Karen Warren and Marilyn Mason and the late Winfred Mason, all of Hoxie.

Great-grandparents are Becky (Mrs. Bill) Warren and Willie and Inez Bennett, all of Hoxie.

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Lewis ~ Henry

Jennifer Hurst Henry of Walnut Ridge became the bride of Jeremy Lee Lewis of Walnut Ridge in a private ceremony on Jan. 11, 2011.

The bride is the daughter of Linda Hurst of Hoxie and the late Silas Hurst. She has three sons, Hunter, Riley and Jaxon Henry.

The groom is the son of the late Jackie Lewis and the grandson of Willie Tyler of Walnut Ridge.

They are both 2001 graduates of Hoxie High School and will make their home in Walnut Ridge.

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Drex Garland Guthrie

Drex Garland Guthrie, 31, of Denver, formerly of Troy, Ala., died Jan. 28, 2011, in Denver.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cecil and Florence Guthrie, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and Drexel Cook.

Survivors include his parents, Gary, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and Carla Guthrie, Troy, Ala.; a brother, Adam Guthrie, Birmingham, Ala.; a son, Cade, and his mother, Chelsi Guthrie, Denver; and his grandmother, Nell Cook, Elba, Ala.

Funeral is Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Park Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Danny Arnold officiating. Burial will be private. Dillard Funeral Home of Troy, Ala., has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 4-7 p.m. and Friday from 12:30 p.m. until time of the service.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Corley, Newton Campbell, Todd Smith, Wade Marona, Stuart Gay, Bryant Webb, J.D. Cook III and Tom Anderson. Honorary pallbearers will be the Pike Liberal Arts School Class of 1997 and his teammates on the PLAS football and golf teams.

Memorials may be made to the Park Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1291, Troy, AL 36081.

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

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Rev. Lawrence Harris

Rev. Lawrence Harris, 75, of Portia, died Jan. 26, 2011, at his home.

Born Nov. 27, 1935, in Birmingham, Ala., he was a Baptist minister for many years. He pastored Maynard Baptist Church for eight years and other churches in Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mildred Hancock Harris; a son and a sister.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Onzell L. Harris; three children, Laurie Midgett and husband Bobby, Clover Bend, Julee McClurkan and husband Jimmy, Cleveland, Tenn., and Jane Prine, Portia; a sister, Jerry Lay, Cullman, Ala.; a brother, James Harris, Tuscumbia, Ala.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Clover Bend Cemetery with Bro. Ryan Johnston officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

Donations will be accepted on behalf of Gideon's International to purchase Bibles for placement.

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

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Paul David Huskey

Paul David Huskey, 57, of Strawberry, died Jan. 31, 2011.

Born June 29, 1953, in Jonesboro, he was retired from General Tire in Batesville.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jace Paul Freeman; and his grandparents.

Survivors include a daughter, Tammy Huskey, Strawberry; his parents, Paul J. and Dorothy Emmalee French Huskey, Strawberry; two brothers, Bill Huskey and wife Helen, Batesville, and Scott Huskey and wife Wendy, Strawberry; a sister, Lucinda Huskey, Herman, Mo.; and a grandson, Dyllon Freeman.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will be in Lincoln-Ward Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Kerry Van Crouch, Bubba Crouch, Junior Thacker, Jerry Ray Huskey, Vester Burns, Bobby Joe Jones, Lanny Jones and Junior Bristow. Honorary pallbearers will be Scooter Crouch, Ronnie Fowler, Richard Hurley, Jeff Broyles, Tisann Sandridge, Steven Birmingham, Barry Neal and Ronnie Tippett.

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

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Vernell E. Jackson

Vernell E. Jackson, 89, of Batesville, died Jan. 27, 2011, at White River Medical Center.

Born Sept. 24, 1921, in Smithville, she was the daughter of James T. and Etta Casper Stewart. She was a 1939 graduate of Batesville High School and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for 59 years. She taught the Gleaner's Sunday school class for 30 years and chaired the bereavement committee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. S.L. Jackson; and two brothers, Harry Stewart and Ralph Stewart.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Jackson and wife Rose, Charlotte, and Andy Jackson and wife Paula, Cave City; two daughters, Dr. Patricia Jackson, Batesville, and Dr. Mary Jackson Pitts and husband Stephen, Jonesboro; five granddaughters, Carolyn Simmons, Andrea Jackson, Jennifer Jackson Tate, Lillie Pitts and Sarah Pitts; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Batesville with Bro. Joe Don Hawthorn officiating. Burial was in Hickory Valley Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Pallbearers were Von Perkey, Marion Thompson, J.B. Presley, Junior Kervin, Roy Cartwright and Ken Cross. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Rutledge, Charles Stewart, Robert Ford, Don Heuer and the deacons of Calvary Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church's Music Ministry or the Football Breakfast Ministry, 1775 Lyon Street, Batesville, AR 72501 or to Hickory Valley Cemetery, P.O. Box 3725, Batesville, AR 72503-3725.

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

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Georgia Hulett Jarrett

Georgia Hulett Jarrett, 92, of Poughkeepsie, died Jan. 26, 2011.

Born Dec. 30, 1918, at Center, she was the daughter of Martin Luther and Fanny Myrtle Thompson Hulett. She was a retired schoolteacher, having taught at Flatwoods, Swifton, Cave City and Poughkeepsie. She was a member of the Poughkeepsie Church of Christ.

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Beatrice Luna

Beatrice Luna, 89, of Trumann, sister of Helen Brock of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 31, 2011, at the Trumann Health and Rehab Center. Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann. Burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park. An online guestbook is available at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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Elva Miller

Elva Miller, 81, of Strawberry, died Jan. 28, 2011, at her home.

Born Sept. 28, 1929, in Dover, Del., she was the daughter of Jacob and Sarah Yoder Miller. She was a homemaker and a member of the Strawberry Mennonite Church in Jesup.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Miller; her stepmother, Nancy Schrock Miller; and three sisters, Ida Schrock, Miriam Heatwole and Martha Miller.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Amos "T" Miller; five sons, David Miller, Stuarts Draft, Va., Sam Miller, Strawberry, Amos Miller Jr., Amherst, Va., Simon Miller, Itasca, Texas, and Enos Miller, Belvidere, Tenn.; twin daughters, Ruth Miller and Rhoda Miller both of Belvidere, Tenn.; five brothers, Irvin Miller and Elmer Miller, both of Stuarts Draft, Va., David Miller, Newton, N.C., Alvin Miller, Harrisonburg, Va., and Joe Miller, Valley, Wash.; four sisters, Amanda Schrock, LaMizpa, Costa Rica, Alma Troyer, Newport, Me., Rhoda Miller, Itasca, Texas, and Mary Troyer, Stuarts Draft, Va.; 36 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Strawberry Mennonite Church in Jesup with Joe Weirich, Lloyd Troyer, Loren Troyer, Eli Hostettler and Elmer Schrock officiating. Burial was in Jesup Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Tim Miller, Duane Miller, Glen Miller, Lowell Miller, Luke Miller and Lawrence Miller.

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Alice Juanita Coats Weatherford Peck

Alice Juanita Coats Weatherford Peck, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 28, 2011, at her daughter's home in Moscow Mills, Mo.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Carol Weatherford Gleason; her parents, Herbert and Ethyl Coats; three brothers, William Dekalb Coats, Weldon Coats and Lloyd James Coats; and two sisters, Fawn Marie Osburn and Melba Ruth Whitmire.

Survivors include her husband, Charles W. Peck; two daughters, Babrara Certo and husband Anthony, Moscow Mills, Mo., and Alice Zimmerman; a son, Michael Weatherford; a sister, Mary Whitmire and husband Melvin; a brother, Allen Coats and wife Doris; seven grandchildren, Lee Ann Webb, Brandi Hausman, Lisa Weber, Scott Christopherson, Paul Riley, Janine Riley and Elisah Weatherford; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Missouri. Burial will be on family property.

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Agnes Lorine Pickney

Agnes Lorine Pickney, 92, of Hoxie, died Jan. 28, 2011, at her home.

Born June 17, 1918, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Oswald Boyd and Sally Pinchback Kildow. She was a retired cook for Hoxie Schools and of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Elias Pickney, whom she married Sept. 29, 1934; two sons, Ralph V. Pickney and Harold B. Pickney; a brother, Clarence Boyd; two sisters, Louise Kildow and Birdie L. Anglin; and a great-grandson, Robert Brumfield.

Survivors include five sons, Gilbert W. Pickney, Delbert D. Pickney and Melvin R. Pickney, all of Walnut Ridge, Darrell D. Pickney, Hoxie, and James R. Pickney, Springdale; a daughter, Verma J. Linebaugh, Ottumwa, Iowa; a sister, Nellie V. Rhoden, Walnut Ridge; 16 grandchildren, Cyndi McGough, Pam Warren Snow, Virginia Goff, Del Pickney, Terry Jo McNelly, Kevin Pickney, Rhonda Pickney, Darlene Pickney, Tammy Hall, Heather Bradway, Samantha Jones, Allen Pickney, Matt Pickney, Robert Campbell, Stephanie Williams and Wendy Emery; 34 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Anglin officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Terry McNelly, Randall Brumfield, Allen Pickney, Robert Campbell, Kevin Pickney and Joshua Goff. Great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.

A special thanks goes to the caregivers and the Legacy Hospice.

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Pauline Sears

Pauline Sears, 89, of Harrison, formerly of Hoxie, died Jan. 25, 2011, in Harrison.

Born Dec. 26, 1921, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Wesley and Elsie Presley Bennett. She was a cosmetologist and a member of Hoxie First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Danny Sears, on May 6, 1998, whom she married Nov. 27, 1937.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Sears and wife Maggie, Walnut Ridge, and Danny Sears and wife Sandra, Harrison; three brothers, J.D. Bennett and Billy Bennett, both of Pocahontas, and Cleatus Bennett, California; a sister, Shirley Moore, Peoria, Ill.; six grandchildren, Tammy Brecklein, Paula Jackson, Keri Sears, Tonya Arnold, Sarah Longstreth and John Sears; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Steve Jackson, Steven Jackson, Will Jackson, Allen Bennett, John Archer, Zach Mullen, Andrew Ballard, Trey Ballard, John Sears, Ryan Caldwell and Josh Ballard.

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Edith Marie Swartzlander

Edith Marie Swartzlander, 58, of Ravenden, died Jan. 26, 2011, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Nov. 10, 1952, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of the late John and Rosie Reese.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Swartzlander; two sons, Raymond Swartzlander, Ravenden, and Billy Swartzlander, Annieville; a daughter, Angel Woods, of the home; a brother, Johnny Reese, Birdell; and three sisters, Mabel Newman and Linda Benson, both of Williford, and Wilma Bayles, Imboden.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Friendship Church with Elroy Tesch officiating. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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