March 16, 2011 Edition

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Addyson Nicole Duckworth Joshua Daniel Mason Adeline LeJune Ring


Arnold ~ Johnson Bennett ~ Jones Burt ~ Newton
Shackelford ~ Tarkington


Joshua Edward Barnes Jewel Ann Butler James Davis
Donald Duckworth Gregory Dale Fortenberry Charles Edward Guilliams
Bobby Surridge Guimon Lawrence Gene McCabe Debra Reynolds
Dr. Carol Sloan Swindle


Addyson Nicole Duckworth

Brian and Trisha Duckworth of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on Feb. 28, 2011, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Addyson Nicole Duckworth.

She has an older sister, Ashtyn, who is three.

Grandparents are Charles and Linda Hendrix of Hoxie and Carroll and Eva Duckworth of Jonesboro. She is the great-granddaughter of Mearl Pulliam of Walnut Ridge and Angela Hendrix of Hoxie.

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Joshua Daniel Mason

Ben and Mary Mason of Caruthersville, Mo., have announced the birth of a son, born Feb. 11, 2011, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Joshua Daniel Mason. He has two sisters, Abigail, eight, and Hannah, three.

Grandparents are Chet and Sue Moyers of Caruthersville, Mo., and Carl and Beth Mason of Walnut Ridge.

Mrs. Roscoe F. Haysof Jonesboro is the great-grandmother.

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Adeline LeJune Ring

William and Christie Ring of Imboden have announced the birth of a daughter on March 2, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, nine ounces and has been named Adeline LeJune Ring.

She has one older brother, Wyatt Ring, who is three.

Grandparents are Charles and Rebekah Ring of Dalton, Nita Richey of Black Rock and Gail Richey of Missouri. She is the great-granddaughter of Jerry and Donna Moore of Black Rock and Bill Cates of Dalton.

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Arnold ~ Johnson

Eddie and Karen Arnold of Light have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Misty Arnold, to Nick Johnson, son of Alan Johnson of Pocahontas and Vicki Bringard of Biggers.

The couple will exchange vows on March 19, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Skaggs Church of Christ in Pocahontas.

A reception will follow the ceremony. All family and friends are invited.

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Bennett ~ Jones

Reggie and Kathy Bennett of Paragould, formerly of Walnut Ridge, have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Whitney Leah Bennett, to Cody Alan Jones, son of Donald and Vicki Jones of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Carl and Imogene Marlin and the late Willis and Travis Bennett. She is a 2006 Greene County Tech High School graduate and is completing a degree in business technology and business administration. She is employed by Independent Medical Solutions in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Virginia Lovelady of Walnut Ridge and the late Billy Lovelady and the late Amos and Arvenia Jones. He is a 2003 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a 2008 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor's degree in sports medicine.

The couple will exchange vows on April 2 at 5 p.m. on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. A reception will immediately follow at The Hangout in Gulf Shores.

All family and friends are invited to attend. The couple asks that those planning to attend RSVP with Whitney at 870-759-0100.

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Burt ~ Newton

Tamila Cate Farr and Chris Burt of Little Rock have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jamie Renae Burt, to Michael Robert Newton, son of Mike and Maryann Newton of Redfield.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Carl and Pat Cate of Walnut Ridge and Tina Burt of Crossett and the late Charles Burt.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Joanne Newton and the late William Newton and Peggy Gee and the late Robert Gee.

The wedding will be held at Little Rock's First Baptist Church on Saturday, May 14, at 6 p.m. The reception will follow at Maumelle's Park on the River.

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Shackelford ~ Tarkington

Rachel Ilene Shackelford and Friedric Kristen Tarkington were united in marriage at a double-ring ceremony at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Walcott on Jan. 22, 2011 at 4 p.m.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. Bobby and Karen Shackelford of Walnut Ridge. She is the granddaughter of Doris Shackelford of Walnut Ridge and Jon and Sue Jett of Cherokee Village.

The bridegroom is the son of Beau and Anita Tarkington of Jonesboro. He is the grandson of Doris Jackson of Kennett, Mo., and Dora Wilson of Sparta, Ill.

Rev. Faris Paxton performed the ceremony, and organists were Ashley Hall and Rachel Hall.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Rebekah Shackelford of Walnut Ridge, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Hannah Shackelford and Abigail Shackelford, both of Walnut Ridge, sisters of the bride, and Anastasia Tarkington of Jonesboro.

Honorary bridesmaids were Amanda Burchfield, Jenna Tripp, both of Paragould; Morgan Jackson of Jonesboro and Janai Powell of Powhatan.

Beau Tarkington of Jonesboro, father of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Sebastian Tarkington and Xavier Tarkington, both of Jonesboro, brothers of the groom; and Luke Shackelford of Walnut Ridge, brother of the bride.

Erica Morrow of Oran, Mo., was the brides book attendant.

Out-of-county guests in attendance included: the Jonathan Hobby family, the Chris Dacus family, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gibson, the Shannon Menard family, the Jason Ward family, the Warren Damron family, Brian Davidson, the Chris Hutchinson family, the Curtis Collins family, the Dr. Samuel Burchfield family, the Bill Jackson family, the Joel Mason family, the Charles Hansen family, the Hal Housely family, the Walt King family, Karen Perkins and daughters, the Tyrus Teague family, Tammy McEntire and Cindy Cravens, all of Jonesboro.

Priscilla Hobby, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Forbis, Jeannine Thompson, the Bill Tripp family, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Tripp, Mr. and Mrs. Roudy Fortson, all of Paragould.

Judy and Amy Downs, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Downs, the Alonzo Jiles family, Keith Hogan, the Justin Stansy family, all of Pocahontas; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jett, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Jett, Mr. and Mrs. Logan Jett, Debbie Young, Brother and Mrs. Wayne Johnson, all of Corning.

The Jackie Rutherford family, the Jeff Jones family, all of Cabot; the Barry Hall family of Brookland; the Michael Payne family of Calico Rock; the Greg Smith family of Bono; the Burten Moore family of Roe; Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Burns of Russellville; the Tony Busby family of West Memphis; Mr. and Mrs. David Jett of Cherokee Village.

Out-of-state guests included: the Jerry Blackshear family of Doniphan, Mo.; the Chuck Visocky family of Ohio; Judy and Erica Morrow of Oran, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Karl Wilson of Tyler, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wilson of Big Sandy, Texas; Billy Tarkington of Nashville; the Chad Kruizenga family of Michigan; the Major David Meece family of Ft. Belviour, Washington, D.C.

Other guests included the Randall Rogers family, the Jay Allen family, Laurie and Michael Sherill and Sandra Greene.

A reception was held at the Historic Clover Bend School in Clover Bend following the wedding. The bride's parents hosted the reception. Reception coordinators were Donna Jackson, Cristy Housley, Corey Smith, all of Jonesboro, Joette Phillips of Hoxie and Donna Patterson of Alicia.

Following a wedding trip to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., the couple are at home in Jonesboro.

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Joshua Edward Barnes

Joshua Edward Barnes, 31, of Walnut Ridge, died March 11, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He had lived in Lawrence County most of his life and worked in the tree trimming business.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Troy Ingram and Junior Davis.

Survivors include his parents, Ronnie and Frances Barnes, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Sarah Hall and husband Scott, Smithville; his grandparents, Veda Ingram, Walnut Ridge and Rick and Kathryn Lewis, Powhatan; a nephew, Chad Hall, Marmaduke; and his fiancˇ, Mandy Sanchez, Conway, and her son, Adrean "Big Little Man" Sanchez.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Steve Alexander and Dennis Truxler officiating. Burial was in Pine Log Cemetery near Paragould.

Pallbearers were Shane Barnes, Justin Barnes, Richard Spargo, Jeff Spargo, Jeremy Ezell, Brad Morris, Tim Collins and Darryl Knight. Honorary pallbearers were Lynn Barnes, Donnie Barnes, Terry Wheelis and Andy Fain.

An online guestbook is available at

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Jewel Ann Butler

Jewel Ann Butler, 70, of Strawberry, died March 12, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was born April 11, 1940, in Moore Park, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rex and Phyllis "Pat" Blood; and a great-grandchild.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Gerald Butler; three daughters, Susan Wentworth and husband Joe, Columbia City, Ind., Sharon Jacobs and husband Mark, Three Rivers, Mich., and Patty Price and husband Donald, Strawberry; a son, Steven Butler, of the home; a sister, Virginia Meabon and husband Loren, Mendon, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be in Moore Park at a later date.

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James Davis

James "Jimmy" Davis, 32, of Cash, died March 7, 2011, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

He graduated from Tuckerman High School in 1996.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Newberry; and his grandparents, Charlie and Annie Cantrell, and R.J. Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Kristen Davis; two sons, Tatum Davis and Dylan Davis, both of the home; a daughter, Danielle Davis, of the home; his parents, James and Linda Davis, Swifton; his grandmother, Arlene Davis, Swifton; a brother, Harold Davis and wife Madonna, Grubbs; and two sisters, Nellie Goza and husband James, Swifton, and Suzi Norman and husband John, Newport.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Revs. Carl Neal and Billy Joe Hoots officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Cash Volunteer Fire Department or to the American Red Cross.

An online guestbook is available at

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Donald Duckworth

Donald "Willard" Duckworth, 81, of Salem, Mo., died Feb. 8, 2011.

Born May 4, 1929, in Memphis, he was the son of David Warren and Ruby Avis Smith Duckworth. He lived most of his early life in the Clear Springs area between Black Rock and Imboden. After serving in the Korean War, he received a teaching degree in mathematics from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in the late 1950s. He taught high school in Missouri at Dora, Cabool and Salem before retiring in 1989.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Woodyard; and a great-granddaughter, Ava Deters.

Survivors include his wife, Corene "Laquetia" Smith Duckworth; a son, David Duckworth and wife Diane, Flippin; two daughters, Brenda Bishop and husband Ray, Paragould, and Beth Duckworth and husband Tony Farris, Mokane, Mo.; two sisters, Glenda Jones and husband Harlen, Texas, and Anna B. Ruscin and husband John, Illinois; a brother, Howard Duckworth and wife Deloris, Imboden; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday in Salem, Mo. Burial will be at noon on March 26 at Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock.

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Gregory Dale Fortenberry

Gregory Dale Fortenberry, 54, of Smithville, died March 13, 2011, in Newport.

Born Oct. 25, 1956, in Newport, he was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Tuckerman Missionary Baptist Church. He worked at American Lantern in Newport for several years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe D. Fortenberry Sr.; and a brother, Joe D. Fortenberry Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Emmalee Fortenberry; two stepdaughters, Angela Lindley, Hardy, and Roxanna Tims, Walnut Ridge; his mother, Lamelda Fortenberry, Tuckerman; a sister, Barbara Fields, Tuckerman; and four grandchildren, Lisa Goza, Tyler Mitchell, Paige Mitchell and Gracie Mitchell.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home with Bro. Kyle Rhea officiating. Burial will be in Dowell's Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joe Fortenberry, Todd Fortenberry, Jason Fortenberry, Travis Fields, David Clay and Jeremy Lindley.

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Charles Edward Guilliams

Charles Edward Guilliams, 68, of Ravenden, died March 11, 2011, at his home.

He was a lifelong resident of Ravenden and worked as a route driver for the Tom's Snack Company for 23 years. He was a member of the Ravenden Masonic Lodge 451 and the Spring River Chapter 626 Order of the Eastern Star. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Charles Edward Guilliams Jr. and an infant son; a brother, Benny Guilliams; and his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Jewell Guilliams; three daughters, Donna Smith and husband Terry and Kathy Bagwell and husband Tom, all of Ravenden, and Margretta Johnson and husband Mark, Hardy; a son, Anthony Guilliams and wife Brandi, Ravenden; two sisters, Willene Byrd and husband James, Imboden, and Gaynell Price and husband Jimmy, Williford; four brothers, Ralph Guilliams and wife Martha, Pocahontas, Donald Guilliams and Doyle Guilliams and wife Pat, all of Ravenden, and Troy Guilliams and wife Cathy, Hoxie; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Gaylon Russell officiating. Burial will be in Opposition Cemetery near Ravenden.

Pallbearers will be Cody Bagwell, Rusty Smith, Charlie Guilliams, Skylar Johnson, Keith Bagwell, Clay Bagwell and Charlie Cordell. Honorary pallbearers will be the brothers of Ravenden Masonic Lodge 451.

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Bobby Surridge Guimon

Bobby Surridge Guimon, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died March 10, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born and raised in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Jacob "Jake" and Essie Lacey Guimon. He was one of the founders of Big Star Grocery in Walnut Ridge. He was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church and taught Sunday school for over 50 years.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Kyle Guimon; two foster brothers and a foster sister.

Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Nedra Guimon; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Guimon, St. Louis; a grandson, Matt Guimon; a sponsored daughter, Marlene Pacheco, Santo Domingo Pueblo, N.M.; two nieces, Susan Logan, Columbus, Ga., and Barbara Weldon, Houston; two nephews, John Lovelady, South Lyon, Mich., and Tommy Mouser, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; a great-niece, Sarah Stuart; and five great-nephews, Zac Stuart, John Lovelady, Ryan Lovelady, Stuart Logan and Sam Logan.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Derek Collins officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Keith Brand, Bill Wilcoxson, John Bland, Jeff Taylor, Tony Waldrupe, Sam Logan, Zac Stuart and Dewayne Baker. Honorary pallbearers were Archie Hardin, Buck Pickrell, Gene McCormic, Alex Latham, Ray Ellis, Red Adamson, Fred Herring, Luther Allen and Jack Allison.

An online guestbook is available at

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Lawrence Gene McCabe

Lawrence Gene McCabe, 70, of Smithville, died March 12, 2011, at his home.

Born Sept. 17, 1940, he had formerly lived in Fredericktown, Mo., and Franklin, La. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and moved to Smithville after retiring from Cleco in 2007.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Romey "Jack" and Mary Susan Young McCabe.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Georgia Mae Goolsbee McCabe; four sons, Scott McCabe and wife Gail, Quedersbach, Germany, Stephen McCabe and wife Leriza, Savannah, Ga., David McCabe and wife Lacey, Franklin, La., and Solomon McCabe, Fort Hood, Texas; two daughters, Kristal DeMahy and husband Shane, New Iberia, and Holly Robb and husband Spencer, Franklin; a brother, Ronald McCabe and wife Mary, Parker, Colo.; 11 grandchildren, Britlyn, Travis, Hailey, Jessica, Chloe, Sean, Alissa, Jackson, Olivia, Toni and Romey; and a family friend, Daniel Wilt, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Walnut Ridge with Fr. Mike Sinkler officiating. Burial will be in Townsend Cemetery at Smithville under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers will be Ronald McCabe, Scott McCabe, Stephen McCabe, David McCabe, Solomon McCabe and Shane DeMahy. Spencer Robb will serve as rear guard.

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Debra Reynolds

Debra L. Reynolds, 52, of Lawrence, Kan., died March 9, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence.

Born Oct. 17, 1958, in Rockford, Ill., she was the daughter of John Clay and Cliddie Mae Ball Hilburn. She was a factory employee and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include two daughters, Theresa Dobson and husband Scott, Onalaska, Wis., and Jamie Reynolds, Rockford, Ill.; four brothers, Lehman Hilburn, Imperial, Neb., John Hilburn, Batesville, Mike Hilburn, Maryland, and Samuel Massey, Pleasant Plains; three sisters, Shirley Ballard, Lawrence, Kan., Kathy Massey, Bull Shoals, and Stephanie Hilburn, Maryland; and three grandchildren, Devlin Morgan, Alexis Morgan and Nicholas Dobson.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Robert E. Davis officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Bill Hilburn, Jerry Hilburn, Danny Hilburn, John Toussaint, Danny Ballard Jr. and Johnathan West.

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Dr. Carol Sloan Swindle

Dr. Carol Sloan Swindle of Conway passed away March 9, 2011, after a long battle with breast cancer.

Sloan was born April 16, 1958, in Walnut Ridge.

She is survived by two daughters, Polly Caroline Sloan Swindle and Swan Elisabeth Dowell Swindle, one surviving aunt, Sarah Sloan Heckle, a very dear friend, Miss Judy, and four dogs, Annie, Junie, Stark and Beau.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Swan Dowell Swindle and Carolyn Baber Sloan Swindle, both of whom had long-standing ties to Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County.

Sloan earned her Bachelor's Degree from Hendrix College in 1980. She worked at Entergy in New Orleans after obtaining a Master's Degree from Tulane University in 1982. Ms. Swindle earned a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Florida in 1991. She taught finance at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., before returning to Arkansas in 1994. She worked as a financial analyst for Avalon Research of Boca Raton, Fla., and for BCA Research of Montreal, Canada.

Sloan was very active in animal rescue. She established Leland's Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding forever homes for stray dogs. She was heavily involved with the Humane Society of Faulkner County and fostered many stray dogs at her home. She also supported various forms of art and acting education at St. Joseph's School.

Rosary was Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Conway. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park in Walnut Ridge under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Faulkner County, P.O. Box 1055, Conway, AR 72033 or St. Joseph Catholic School Endowment Fund, 1315 College Avenue, Conway, AR 72034.

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