February 23, 2011 Edition

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Births

Jaelyn Faye Bennett Sloane Alise Cain Izabella Jewel Jones
Makynli Claire Lomax Bradley Davis Russell

Weddings/Engagements

Hart ~ Ward McNutt ~ Saylor

Obituaries

William Joseph Borsch Fay Champion James Carl Cook
Diana Estelle Hahne Freda Mae House Jessie May Liles
Veda Long Earl Ratliff

Births

Jaelyn Faye Bennett

Nathanael William and Tyna Lynn Bennett of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on Feb. 7, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 10 ounces and has been named Jaelyn Faye Bennett.

She has an older brother, Brayden Nathanael Bennett, two.

Grandparents are Roy Bennett of Paragould, Rhonda Bennett of Jonesboro, Mike Barker of Bay and the late Frank and Karen Cravens.

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Sloane Alise Cain

Russell and Jessica Cain of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Feb. 11, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Sloane Alise Cain.

She has an older brother, Jack Cain, who is five.

Grandparents are Donna Harris of Walnut Ridge, Butch and Bonnie Cain of Hoxie and Paul Harris of Searcy. She is the great-granddaughter of Wavie Watts of Walnut Ridge, Mary Cain of Tomah, Wisc., and Lex Ward of Hoxie.

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Billy and Desiray Jones of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on Feb. 2, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, five ounces, and has been named Izabella Jewel Jones.

She has an older sister, Kaitlyn Jones.

Grandparents are Trish and Willie Davidson of Jonesboro, Laura Alderson of Bono and Gerald Jones of Imboden. She is the great-granddaughter of Bill and Wanda Jones of Imboden, Rose Lowery of Ravenden Springs, James Bourassa of Jonesboro and Effie Jewel Choat-Bruce of Walnut Ridge.

Great-great grandparents are Charles and Marie Willbanks of Walnut Ridge.

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John and Rhandi Lomax of Manila have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Feb. 12, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Makynli Claire Lomax.

Grandparents are Rick and Lesa Gramling of Stanford, John Lomax II of Manila and Larry and Beth Tipton of Savannah, Ga. She is the great-granddaughter of Julia Smith of Stanford, formerly of Lynn, and Jean and Sue Jorn of Manila.

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Bradley Davis Russell

Donny and Kristan Russell of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son on Feb. 2, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Bradley Davis Russell.

He has four older siblings, Destiny, 15, Dillon, 12, Austin, seven, and Zack, five.

Grandparents are Darrell and Judy Pierce of Pocahontas, Julia Witt and Jeff Witt, both of Imboden, and the late Johnny Russell. He is the great-grandson of Maxine Howard of Walnut Ridge, Davis and Margaret Matthews and Frankie Witt, all of Imboden.

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Weddings/Engagements

Hart ~ Ward

Bob and Vicky Davis of Walnut Ridge and Jeff and Melanie Hart of Jonesboro announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kristin Victoria Hart, to Garren Shain Ward, son of Sid and Sheila Phillips.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Robert K. Bennett of Sterling City, Texas, and the late Betty Jean Bennett and Benson and Pate Hart of Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. on March 12 at First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited.

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McNutt ~ Saylor

David and Stacy McNutt of West Memphis have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Heather Ashley McNutt of Rogers, to Daniel Salmons Saylor of Springdale, son of George Saylor and Barbara Bossarte, both of Van Buren.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of D.S. "Rosie" and Helen Foley and Juanita McNutt, all of Walnut Ridge, and the late Dolph McNutt.

She is a 1994 West Memphis High School graduate. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 1998 with a degree in elementary education, and graduated with a master of education in reading from Harding University in 2006.

She is employed as a fifth-grade teacher at Siloam Springs School District.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Lillie Salmons of Blytheville and the late Louis Salmons and the late Lloyd and Margaret Saylor.

He is a 1998 Van Buren High School graduate and received his bachelor's degree in education from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville in 2002.

He is employed as a junior high Spanish teacher at the Springdale School District.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m. at the Cross Church Pinnacle Hills in Rogers.

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Obituaries

William Joseph Borsch

William Joseph "Billy" Borsch, 53, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 17, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 27, 1957, in Louisville, Ky., he had lived in Louisville most of his life before moving to Walnut Ridge three years ago. He was a professional painter and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Crystal Borsch.

Survivors include his wife, Julia Ann Borsch; two stepchildren, Shane Johnson, North Carolina, and Michelle Smith, Conway; a brother, Charles Lashley and wife Denise, Louisville; three sisters, Judy Johnson and husband Jimmy, Louisville, Rebecca Harvey and husband Keith, Light, and Barbara Moya and husband Leonard, Olive Branch, Miss.; and five grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Wayne French and Al Spearman officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery at Louisville.

Pallbearers were Keith Harvey, Leonardo Moya, Andrew Johnson, Larry Cruse, Dallas Moya and Geno Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were the Elders of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Hoxie.

Memorials may be made to pastor Rebecca LaPiro-Harvey, in care of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ, 42 Grn. 307 Rd., Bono, AR 72416.

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

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Fay Champion

Fay Champion, 93, of Batesville, died, Feb. 18, 2011, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Sept. 12, 1917, she was the daughter of Marion and Omie Doris Raney. She lived in Strawberry most of her life and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Champion; a son, Dale Champion; three brothers, Ellis Raney, Edson Raney and Laverne Raney; and three grandchildren, Steven Champion, Tonya Champion and David Earl Ward.

Survivors include three daughters, Lola Rock and Dianne Sanders, both of Michigan, and JoAnne Overstreet, Sherwood; three sons, Billy Champion, Batesville, Dewayne Champion, Michigan, and James Champion, Florida; two sisters, Pauline Taylor and Ruby Evans, both of Lynn; 20 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery.

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

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James Carl Cook

James Carl Cook, 77, of Saffell, died Feb. 21, 2011, at his home.

Born Sept. 10, 1933, he was the son of William Gratis and Ollie Elizabeth Nelson Cook. He was U.S. Army veteran, a retired timber worker and a member of American Legion Post 129 in Lynn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alpha Omega Adams Cook, whom he married June 7, 1951, in Saffell; and a son, Louis Keith Cook.

Survivors include two sons, Ronnie Cook and Steve Cook, both of Saffell; two daughters, Karen Hager, Saffell, and Rhonda Hamilton, Germany; two sisters; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Lynn under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of American Legion Post #129 of Lynn.

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

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Diana Estelle Hahne

Diana Estelle "Dee" Hahne, 71, of Black Rock, died Feb. 19, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She lived in Oklahoma City before moving to Black Rock six years ago. She was a registered nurse and worked in Germany as a supervisor for drug and alcohol training. She received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts and was of the Methodist belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Isabell Crapser Decker; and a sister, Barbara Decker.

Survivors include her husband, Garry Hahne; two sons, Steven Rose, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and William Rose, Clinton, N.Y.; two stepsons, Ray Hahne, Granite City, Ill., and David Hahne, Staunton, Va.; a stepdaughter, Jean Homeier, Belleville, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Charles Abernathy officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeffery Bristow, Billy Dixon, Tim Richey, Mike Hahne, Robert Burrow and Sam Walker.

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

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Freda Mae House

Freda Mae House, 74, of Searcy, formerly of Walnut Ridge and Little Rock, died Feb. 17, 2011, at the White County Medical Center in Searcy.

Born Sept. 19, 1936, she was a former executive secretary for Little Rock Road Machinery and was also an executive secretary for the U.S. Senate Operations Committee under U.S. Sen. John McClellan. She was a former Arkansas Woman of the Year for Business and Professional Women and was a former member of the Board of the Arkansas Arthritis Foundation. She was former president of the Arkansas Women Executives and a member of International Women Executives. She was a licensed real estate agent and former secretary of the Arkansas Congressional Employees. She was a member of the West Side Church of Christ in Searcy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ora Edward and Lois Shell House; a sister, Mary Jo House Gist; and two nieces, Kerri House and Mary Jean "Sissy" Gist.

Survivors include three brothers, Edward House and wife Carol, Swifton, Jim House and wife Sue, Searcy, and Don House and wife Mary, Walnut Ridge; four nephews, Mark House, Matt House, Jordan House and Jim Ed House; three nieces, Connie Smith, Amy Floyd and Ashley Sheffield; six great-nieces; four great-nephews; a great-great-niece; and a great-great-nephew.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs and Don House officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Jessie May Liles

Jessie May Liles, 79, of Imboden, died Feb. 17, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born June 29, 1932, in the Campbell community, she was the daughter of John Alvin and Audrea Myatt Hare. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a homemaker. She was the pastor's wife and a member of the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Hubert Liles; three daughters, Rita Bond, Ruth Johns and husband Glenn, all of Missouri, and Vickie Walker and husband Darrell, Imboden; a son, Steve Liles and wife Karen, Missouri; four sisters, Thelma Arthur, Paragould, Lois Stayton and Linda Kay Tillman, both of Walnut Ridge, and Carolyn Bobo, Jonesboro; a brother, Junior Waldrupe, Hoxie; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Danny Murphy and Darrell Walker officiating. Burial was in Lorado Cemetery.

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

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Veda Long

Veda Long, 84, of Rockford, Ill., died Feb. 19, 2011, in Mission, Texas.

Born in Union, she lived in the Walnut Ridge area as a child, before moving to Rockford in 1942. She retired from the Newell Company in 1989 and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Maud Jones Turner; a sister, Nina Johnson; and a brother, Lowell Turner.

Survivors include her husband, John Long; a son, Dennis Johnson and wife Linnea, Taylorsville, Ga.; a sister, Imogene Smith, Imboden; a brother, Kenny "Doyan" Turner, Rockford; two granddaughters, Christina Brown and Kerri Parramoore; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Mike Turner, Larry Fletcher, Burt Brown, Shaun Parramoore, Spencer Bruce and Josh Bruce. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Smith and Jared Brooks.

Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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Earl Ratliff

Earl Troy Ratliff, 86, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Texarkana, died Feb. 21, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born in 1924, he was the son of Garland and Fannie Franklin Ratliff. He was a World War II veteran and a longtime minister. He pastored nearly a dozen churches in Texas and Arkansas, including Hillcrest Baptist and Grand Avenue Baptist in Texarkana.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Doris Ratliff; a son, Mark Ratliff; and a brother and sister-in-law, Devoe and Eva Ratliff.

Survivors include a son, Michael Ratliff and wife Sharon, Tyler, Texas; a daughter, Dr. Phyllis Miller and husband Dr. Anthony Burton, Fayetteville; three sisters, Lorene Deeter and Betty Kathel Lawrence, both of Walnut Ridge, and Avo Webb, Jonesboro; a sister-in-law, Virginia Davis; seven grandchildren, Karen Henry, Kyle Henry, Jenny Sawyer, Matthew Ratliff, Susan Ratliff, Julie Edwards and Sarah Ratliff; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Chapelwood Funeral Home in Nash, Texas.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

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