March 02, 2011 Edition

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Sophie Dove Morse


Lamb ~ Richmond


Wilma Bayles Margie Lamb Berry Allen Dale Brown
Jewell E. Chappell Oran Ray Collins Martha Croom
Vernon Faulkner Taylor Forehand Vida L. Gongway
Ina Beatrice Miles Oliver Andrew Smith Irma Bookout Thomason


Sophie Dove Morse

Mark and Sarah Morse of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Feb. 24, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Sophie Dove Morse.

She has two older siblings, Jonah and Carter Morse.

Grandparents are Tommy Morse and Ann Morse, both of Jonesboro, and Dewayne and Tammy Reese of Walnut Ridge. She is the great-granddaughter of Effie Choat of Walnut Ridge, Sidney Reese of Jonesboro and Sue Goza of Black Rock and the great-great-granddaughter of Violet Hoffman of Portia.

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Lamb ~ Richmond

Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Lamb of Black Rock have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amber Gail Lamb, to Daniel Paul Richmond, son of Joey and Brenda Richmond of Powhatan.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Davis of Williford and the late Gracon and Nancy Lamb, who lived at Sedgwick. She is a 2010 graduate of Black Rock High School and is a student at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. She plans to complete her degree in early childhood education at Arkansas State University. She is employed at Jelly Bean Junction in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the grandson of O'Neal and Frances Richmond of Lynn and Bob Gilbert of Portia and the late Patsy Nunally. He is a 2007 graduate of Black Rock High School and is a graduate of Black River Technical College. He is employed by Save-A-Lot in Newport and plans to continue his education at Arkansas State University.

The couple will exchange vows on June 4 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville. A reception will follow the ceremony in the fellowship hall. All friends and family are invited to attend.

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Wilma Bayles

Wilma L. Resse Bayles, 49, of Imboden, died Feb. 25, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 14, 1961, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of Jonnie Wesley and Rosie Lee Chesum Resse.

Survivors include five children, Annie Snearly, Debbie Bayles, Jonathan Bayles, Jeremy Bayles and Samantha Bayles; a brother; two sisters; and six grandchildren.

Burial will be at a later date. Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.

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Margie Lamb Berry

Margie Lamb Berry, 93, of Tinley Park, Ill., died Feb. 24, 2011.

Born June 7, 1917, in Sedgwick, she was a former resident of Jonesboro, Perrytown, Greeley, Colo., and Westcliffe, Colo. She was retired from General Electric and was an active member of the Southern Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, John T. Berry.

Survivors include her children, Carl Berry and Glenn Hay, both of Westcliffe, Colo., David Berry and Debbie Best, both of Pasco, Wash.; Glenn Berry and Cathy Bedwell Berry, both of Escondido, Calif.; Mary Baker and Ivan Baker, both of Tinley Park, Ill.; a sister, Lucille Smith, Salem; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Private service will be held Thursday in Greeley, Colo., under the direction of Allnutt Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Baptist Children's Home, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, AR 72203.

An online guestbook is available at

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Allen Dale Brown

Allen Dale Brown, 71, died Feb. 11, 2011, in Butner, N.C.

Born Nov. 17, 1939, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Virgil A. and Mary Ellen “Jane” Brown.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Brown.

Survivors include two adopted sons, James Anthony Brown, Leavenworth, Kan., and Michael Jason Brown, Holcomb, Mo.; three brothers, Ancil Brown and wife Sybil, Ravenden, David Brown, Ravenden, Michael Brown and wife Pauletta, Paragould; a sister, Sharon Timperley and husband Clayton, Fontanelle, Neb.; and a sister-in-law, Anita Brice, Jonesboro

Graveside service was Saturday, Feb. 19, at Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Children's Homes of Paragould or the charity of the donor's choice.

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Jewell E. Chappell

Jewell E. Chappell, 80, of Corryton, Tenn., formerly of Lawrence County, died Feb. 14, 2011, at his home.

Born Jan. 13, 1931, he was the son of Edgar and Clara Richey Chappell. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and earned the rank of Corporal. He was employed for 40 years by the Brown-Lee-Kesterson Construction Company.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Evelyn Chappell; and a brother, Ules L.V. Chappell.

Survivors include one child, Terry Chappell; a brother, Bob Chappell; and five sisters, Enid Brumley, Margie Price, Theda Hemmingson, Gloria Pruitt and Lola Janeszuski.

Funeral was Thursday, Feb. 17, at Bridges Funeral Home in Knoxville, Tenn., with Will Boggs officiating. Burial was in Eastview Memorial Gardens. Military honors were provided by the East Tennessee Veteran Honor Guard.

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Oran Ray Collins

Oran Ray Collins, 75, of Westland, Mich., died Feb. 25, 2011.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Collins.

Survivors include four daughters, Mitzi Castelli and husband David, Onsted, Mich., Donna Keatts, Garden City, Mich., Linda Myers and husband Jeff, Kentucky, and Brenda Collins, Westland, Mich.; two sons, Paul Collins and wife Christy, Garden City, and Stan Collins and wife Denise, Westland; two brothers; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Steve Cook officiating. Burial will be in Wyatt Cemetery at Ravenden Springs.

Visitation was set for today from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

An online guestbook is available at

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Martha Croom

Martha Croom, 98, of Lynn, died Feb. 27, 2011.

She was the daughter of Tom and Viola Adams and a lifetime resident of Lynn. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lynn Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherrill Croom; a sister, Della Wade; and a brother, Guthrie Adams.

Survivors include a son, Dwain Croom and wife Barbara, Sullivan, Mo.; two grandchildren, Lionel Croom and Phillip Croom; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at the Lynn Church of Christ with Don Eubanks officiating. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery, near Strawberry, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

An online guestbook is available at

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Vernon Faulkner

Vernon Faulkner, 75, of Caraway, brother of Harvey Faulkner of Ravenden, died Feb. 28, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. A celebration of his life will be held today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Caraway. Burial will be in Caraway Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Caraway. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. An online guestbook is available at

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Taylor Scott Cameron Forehand

Taylor Scott Cameron Forehand, infant son of Paul Britton Forehand Jr. and Ashley Eugenia Segraves Forehand of Swifton, died Feb. 17, 2011.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Emmalea Dawson, Charles Abbott, Sonny Man McIllwain and Ardale and Eldridge Forehand.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by three brothers, Paul Jacob Eugene Forehand, Brayden Lee DeWayne Forehand and Carson Andrew Blaine Forehand, all of Swifton; his grandparents, Douglas Abbott, Angela and Paul Forehand, Paula and Virgil Busby and Debra Forehand; his great-grandparents, Mary Ann Garrison, Raymond and Ann Church, and Lavelle and Maureen Segraves; two aunts, Amber Abbott and Tori Forehand; and an uncle, Derek Abbott.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Arnold Cemetery. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Vida L. Gongway

Vida L. Gongway, 100, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Marked Tree, died Feb. 24, 2011, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Feb. 28, 1910, in Imboden, she was the daughter of Claude and Estell Lawson. She retired from E. Ritter Communications after 50 years as a telephone operator and was a Methodist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson H. Gongway.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Marked Tree with Janice Williams officiating. Murphy Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Ina Beatrice Miles

Ina Beatrice Miles, 98, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 22, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 21, 1912, in Richland, Ind., she was the daughter of Ernest Clinton and Beulah Ferguson Baker. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Miles, on Jan. 22, 1991, whom she married May 23, 1931; and a daughter, Carol Davis.

Survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Tetrault and husband Don, New Braunfels, Texas, and Trudy Miles, Englewood, Colo.; six grandchildren, Terri McCrary, Clint Weir, Richard Tetrault, Brittney McFall, Miles Davis and Dirk Davis; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Tillman officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Grandchildren served as pallbearers.

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Oliver Andrew Smith

Oliver Andrew Smith, 81, of Imboden, died Feb. 28, 2011, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital.

Born March 17, 1929, in Black Rock, he was the son of M.G. and Katie Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Smith; two sons, Mike Smith, Calico Rock, and Mark Smith, Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Melinda Williams, Imboden; a brother, Dale Smith, Black Rock; two sisters, Betty James and Irene Stulir, both of Phoenix; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Tommy Medley and Mike Smith officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Cedar Glade Baptist Camp at Imboden.

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Irma Bookout Thomason

Irma Bookout Thomason, 96, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 23, 2011.

Born June 18, 1914, in Rector, she was the daughter of Simon and Finer Wagner Bookout. Her husband, the late Rev. Elmo A. Thomason, served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge in the early 1950s.

She was also preceded in death by nine siblings; and a foster grandson, Philip A. Bookout.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Dana A. Thomason and wife Martha, Russellville; a foster son, Simon D. Bookout and wife Paula, Little Rock; a sister-in-law, Glenna Bookout, Rector; two grandchildren, Jonathan M. Thomason and Amy Bookout Christie; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector with Edward Pruett officiating. Mitchell Funeral Home of Rector had charge of arrangements. A memorial service was held Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Conway.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Conway.

An online guestbook is available at

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