March 23, 2011 Edition

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Ali Grace Belin


Berry ~ Pfeiffer


Huron Coats Lorene Ollan Deeter Ronnie D. Ennis
David L. Lay, M.D. Saline Nowlin Maggard Johnie Oneal Minick
Andrew Jackson Perry Billie E. Shields Pamala Stoner
Ruby Alifare Whaley Billy D. Williams


Ali Grace Belin

John and Jackie Belin of Gatlinburg, Tenn., announce the birth of a daughter, born January 19, 2011, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. She weighed 15 ounces and has been named Ali Grace Belin.

They have two other daughters, Anna Claire, four, and Ava Elizabeth, two.

Grandparents are Jerry and Joyce Hensley of Pocahontas and George and Phyllis Belin of Branson. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Raymond and Vurnece Jones, Raydean Hensley Guthrie and Jess Hensley, all of whom lived in Lawrence County.

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Berry ~ Pfeiffer

Amanda Kathleen Berry and Adam Joseph Pfeiffer of Sandusky, Ohio, announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Gary and Karen Berry of O'Kean and the granddaughter of Thelma Berry of O'Kean and the late Sam Berry and Hardee and Bessie Dean of Delaplaine. She is a 2001 graduate of Delaplaine High School and a 2005 graduate of Harding University.

The prospective groom is the son of David C. Pfeiffer of Vickery, Ohio, and David A. Sr. and Doris R. Riedy of Castalia, Ohio. He is the grandson of Marion Pfeiffer of Vickery and the late Charles "Dutch" Pfeiffer, the late Joseph and Florence Swartz and the late Harold and Mamie Riedy. He is a 2002 graduate of Margaretta High School.

The couple will exchange vows on April 9 at 4:30 p.m. at United Church of Christ in Catalia, Ohio. A reception will follow at Marconi's in Huron, Ohio.

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Huron Coats

Huron "Leo" Coats, 87, of Portia, died March 20, 2011, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

He had lived in Lawrence County most of his life and was a World War II Army veteran. He was a former member of the Portia City Council and a member of the Church of Christ in Portia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mae Walker Coats; three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Greg Coats, Hoxie, and Chris Coats and wife Bridgette, Bono; two daughters, Ronda Gay and husband Steve, Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and Brenda Ross and husband John, Memphis; a sister, Saloney Waddlington, Trumann; seven grandchildren and one on the way.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Portia with Robert Davis officiating. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Greg Coats, Chris Coats, Steve Gay and Chris Steele. Honorary pallbearers will be Jordon Thompson, Carson Coats, Cade Coats and Hayden Coats.

An online guestbook is available at

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Lorene Ollan Deeter

Lorene Ollan Deeter, 90, of Lynn, died March 19, 2011, at Lawrence Hall Nursing and Rehab.

Born May 15, 1920, in Smithville, she was the daughter of Garland and Fannie Franklin Ratliff. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church until later in life when she moved her membership to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Deeter, whom she married on June 2, 1942; four brothers, Devoe Ratliff and Earl Ratliff and two infants.

Survivors include two sons, Van Deeter and wife Marida, Jonesboro, and Bill Deeter and wife Liz, Lynn; two sisters, Betty Kathel Lawrence, Walnut Ridge, and Avo Webb, Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Jill Woodard, Joe Deeter, Adam Deeter, Lindsey Wright and Brett Deeter; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lynn with Bro. Jerry Clements and Joe Deeter officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery, near Lynn, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Joe Deeter, Kennon Woodard, Brandon Wright, Troy Ratliff, Joe Lawrence and Gerald Howard.

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Ronnie D. Ennis

Ronnie D. Ennis, 74, of Summerville, S.C., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died March 2, 2011.

Born in Newport, he spent his early years in Weldon. After high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958. He attended Arkansas State College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics.

After college, he returned to the Air Force, serving as an avionics officer at bases in England, California, The Netherlands and Charleston, S.C. He also served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967.

He received a Master of the Arts in teaching from The Citadel, then taught mathematics at Berkeley Middle School from 1982 to 1989. He then served as a substitute teacher in the Dorchester Two School District.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rex Dale Ennis Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Ann-Charlotte Grenninger Ennis, whom he married in 1974 at Zeist, The Netherlands; a daughter, Stephanie Ennis Snider and husband Brandon, Hanahan, S.C.; his mother, Geraldine McCoy Ennis, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Billy Mack Ennis and wife Paula, Jackson, Tenn., and Rex Dale Ennis Jr. and wife Melissa, Conway; and a sister, Joyce Fanny Heffernan, Memphis.

Burial was Wednesday, March 9, at Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, S.C.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Charleston Foundation, 676 Wando Park Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464.

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David L. Lay, M.D.

David L. Lay, M.D., 59, of Springfield, Mo., died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family Sunday, March 6, 2011.

A former resident of Heber Springs, Dr. Lay was the son of the late George D. and Sarah Chesbro Lay of Heber Springs.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Joe B. Whitmire, one niece and one nephew.

Dr. Lay was a graduate of the University of Arkansas Medical School in May of 1977 and won the U.S Navy Scholarship. He was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and proudly served for 11 years.

Dr. Lay ran his own medical practice in Heber Springs for 11 years, before moving to Springfield, Mo., in 1993. He had been a physician in the Springfield area for the last 18 years. Nine-and-a-half of those years were spent caring for the veterans at the Gene Taylor Outpatient Clinic of the Veterans Administration in Mount Vernon, Mo. He considered caring for his veteran patients as a great honor and considered them a part of his extended family.

He is survived by his loving wife Carol (Luther) Lay of 24 years; two daughters, Savannah and Cheryl of Springfield; and many other loving relatives, friends, patients and colleagues.

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Saline Nowlin Maggard

Saline Nowlin Maggard, 89, of Little Rock, died March 20, 2011, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

Born June 1, 1921, in Powhatan, she was the daughter of William S. and Sadie Vincent Nowlin. She was a retired cabinet builder and a member of Baring Cross Baptist Church in North Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Zerle Nowlin, Eckie Nowlin and William Nowlin.

Survivors include two nephews, Larry Nowlin, Jonesboro, and Kevin Nowlin, Proctor; and three nieces, Lynette Moore and Marcia Nowlin, both of West Memphis, and Rebecca Franklin, Houston.

Graveside service is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Powhatan Cemetery with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Johnie Oneal Minick

Johnie Oneal Minick, 82, a longtime resident of Bay, died March 19, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Jan. 16, 1929, in Big Flat, he was the son of James C. and Clara Lawrence Minick. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving in the artillery and was retired from Singer Manufacturing in Trumann. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Orphas Minick and Lavon Minick; and two sisters, Emma Lee Lawson and Georgia Veteto.

Survivors include a brother, Leon Minick, Bono; and a sister, Kathryn Sue Minick, Walnut Ridge.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Pine Log Cemetery with Rev. William R. Whitlock officiating. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

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Andrew Jackson Perry

Andrew Jackson Perry, 97, formerly of Light, died March 16, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born Aug. 30, 1913, in Bernie, Mo., he was the son of L.W. and Elvie Proffer Perry.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Minnie Francis Davis Perry and Irene Book Perry; a son, J.C. Cannady; a daughter, Jewell Book; three brothers, Ory Perry, Elvis Perry and Charles Perry; and four sisters, Lena Capp, Nora Perry, Aliena Perry and Irene Bellah.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Watson, Cave City, and Lacona Dickey, Harrison; a son, Octavis "Art" Cannady, Bella Vista; two brothers, Earl Perry, Light, and Elwood Perry, Michigan; a sister, Francis Covington Cox, Walnut Ridge; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery with Bob Carter officiating. Heath Funeral Home of Paragould had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Caring Hands Hospice, 2000 Harrison Street, Suite E, Batesville, AR 72501.

An online guestbook is available at

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Billie E. Shields

Billie E. Shields, 77, of Jonesboro, died March 21, 2011, at his home.

Born May 3, 1933, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Beadie and Esther McMullen Shields. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer after serving during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Sams Shields; a brother, Gerald Shields; and a sister, Mary Shields Doyle.

Survivors include a sister, Merle Price, Granite City, Ill.; and a brother, Johnny Shields, Jonesboro.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Pamala Stoner

Pamala Stoner, 67, of Fayetteville, died March 15, 2011, in Fayetteville.

Born Dec. 30, 1943, in Walnut Ridge, she was a caregiver for Life Styles, Inc. and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Jess" Stoner; a stepson, Wesley H. Stoner; her parents, Elvis and Elizabeth Mae Manning Johnson; and a brother, Hillis Johnson.

Survivors include two sons, William Shayne Stayton, West Fork, and Benny Lee Stayton, Elkins; two stepdaughters, Judy Lynn Griggs, Searcy, and Crickett Ann Saltz, Houston; three stepsons, Bill J. Stoner, West Fork, and Jimmy C. Stoner and Ricky P. Stoner, both of Lincoln; a brother, Willis Johnson, Farmington, Mo.; a sister, Charline Johnson, Fayetteville; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Son's Chapel Cemetery in Fayetteville. Nelson-Berna Funeral Home of Fayetteville had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Ruby Alifare Whaley

Ruby Alifare Whaley, 88, of Holt, Mich., died March 19, 2011.

Born Aug. 10, 1922, she was a former resident of Lawrence County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.R. Whaley.

Survivors include three daughters, Sandy Casebere and husband Stan, Linda Hannahs and husband Bob, and Sharon Pittman and husband Larry; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. at Chapel in the Pines Funeral Home in Lansing, Mich. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday from 1-3 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Eaton Community Hospice.

An online guestbook is available at

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Billy D. Williams

Billy Dean Williams, 80, of Black Rock, died March 20, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 26, 1930, in Black Rock, he was the son of William Roy and Mae Propst Williams. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was a chief engineer for Cenac Boating Company and of the Presbyterian belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Meeks Williams, on July 12, 2010, whom he married Sept. 1, 1960.

Survivors include four daughters, Tommie Richey, Becky Callahan and Charlotte Croom, all of Black Rock, and Cassie Kirk, Pinole, Calif.; a son, Mike Williams, Brookland; two sisters, Ruth Ann Smith, Black Rock, and Gloria Jean Waymon, Jonesboro; 14 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers will be Heath Richey, Jason Richey, Nathan Richey, Michael Croom, Ian Williams, Trevor Williams and Tyler Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Shelby Workman, Houston Netrefa, Robbie Netrefa, Brandon Blackwell, Zander Croom and Josh Callahan.

Visitation is today from 10:30 a.m. until time of the service.

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