March 30, 2011 Edition

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Corbet Leo Clark Jacob Andrew Davis Reece Emery Harpole


Johann ~ Glass Morgan ~ Geurin


Linda Adams Dotty Ann Foley Mary Virginia Grady
Gracie L. Kankelfitz Jeremy Levi Larimer Sylvia Marie Mangrum
William C. Miller Snoda Morgan Owens Lester Passmore Jr.
R.V. Roach William Wayne Tippitt Nancy Wallis
Chester Floyd Warner Rev. Michael Winberry


Corbet Leo Clark

Corbet and Bethany Clark of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born Jan. 30, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Corbet Leo Clark.

Grandparents are Jeffery and Cathy Cutlip of Pine Bluff and CL and Gail Clark of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Maureen Fabian and Hank Hebert, both of Salem, N.H., Edna Cutlip of China Grove, N.C., and Delores Wiederkehr of Altus.

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Jacob Andrew Davis

Brian and Melissa Davis of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son on March 10, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Jacob Andrew Davis.

He has an older brother, Landon Davis, who is five.

Grandparents are Brenda Brewer of Thayer, Mo., Dennis and Donna Grover of Brighton, Ill., Gary and Susan Blevins of Pocahontas and Peggy Davis of Pocahontas and the late Andy Davis. He is the great-grandson of Ray Snodgrass of Pocahontas.

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Reece Emery Harpole

Robby and Jessica Harpole of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on March 16, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, three ounces, and has been named Reece Emery Harpole.

Grandparents are James and LaDonna McMasters of Bay and Bob and Cathy Harpole of Imboden. He is the great-grandson of Bill and Sharon McMasters of Bay and Shelby and Ann Ladd of Corning.

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Johann ~ Glass

Clark Glass and Darlene Hall Johann have announced their upcoming wedding celebration. The nuptials will take place on April 16 at the New Hope Baptist Church, located at 2720 Highway 117 in Black Rock, at 10:30 a.m.

The reception will take place at the Piggott Community Center, located on Highway 49 in Piggott, beginning at 4 p.m. A dinner menu, along with cake and punch, will be served. Patrick Patterson and band will begin playing at 6 p.m., as well as other guest musicians.

The groom is an owner-operator in the trucking industry. The bride is the health information management director at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge.

They request no gifts. All friends and relatives are invited to attend the ceremony and reception.

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Morgan ~ Geurin

Mart and Sherri Morgan of Lynn have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashton Paige Morgan, to Jonathan Blake Geurin, son of Keith and Debbie Geurin of Lynn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jerry and Rita Morgan of Lynn, Loeta Sullivan Bay of Hoxie and the late Bobby Sullivan. She is a 2005 graduate of Hillcrest High School and attends Arkansas State University, where she plans to graduate in May 2012 with an early childhood education degree. She is employed at Lynn Supermarket.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Darrell and Anna Sue Geurin of Lynn and Jerry and Shirley Gill of Portia. He is a 2001 graduate of Lynn High School and is employed by Geurin Contracting as an equipment operator.

The couple will exchange vows in a sunset wedding on May 18 at Maui, Hawaii. Following the couple's return, a reception will be held in Hardy on May 27 at 7 p.m.

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Linda Adams

Linda Adams, 64, of Brookland, sister of Donald Story of Powhatan, died March 27, 2011, at her home. Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Burial will be in Pine Log Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at

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Dotty Ann Foley

Dotty Ann Foley, 63, of Jonesboro, died March 26, 2011, at her home.

Born Sept. 12, 1947, in Smithville, she worked for Arkansas State University for 45 years, including serving as secretary to the men's basketball program under coach Nelson Catalina. A reception was held in July 2010 honoring her years of service to the university.

While growing up, she was active in school athletic programs and was recruited by the Redheads basketball team. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Annieville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J. Dot and Gladys Winters Foley; and two sisters, Sue Foley Davis and Peggy Foley.

Survivors include a sister, Vicki Foley, Jonesboro; and two brothers, Danny Foley and wife Teresa, Smithville, and Ben Foley and wife Lisa, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Annieville with Bro. Jerry Clements and Dr. Donald T. Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation is tonight from 5-8 p.m. at the church.

Pallbearers will be Nelson Catalina, Tommy Holland, Leighton McCrary, Michael Covey, Danny Ballard, Jerry Ray Foley, Spencer Foley, Kyle George and Bobby Gross. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of the purchasing department at ASU and Cracker Barrell.

Memorials may be made to WINGS c/o Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 186, Imboden, AR 72434.

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Mary Virginia "Jinnie" Grady

Mary Virginia "Jinnie" Grady, 83, of Cave City, sister of Zela Holland of Jesup, died March 23, 2011, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Burial was Monday in Milligan Campground Cemetery, near Strawberry, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

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Gracie L. Kankelfitz

Gracie L. Kankelfitz, 85, of Cave City, died March 24, 2011, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born June 25, 1925, in Moundsville, Ala., she was the daughter of George and Idella Grimes. She was a homemaker and a member of Souls Harbor Church in Cave City.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Thomas O. Manuel and Robert Kankelfitz; a son, John Manuel; three daughters, Sue Thrasher, Margaret Kent and Barbara Mitchell; two brothers, David Grimes and Dink Grimes; two granddaughters, Tonya Taylor and Vicky Mitchell; and two great-grandchildren, Kelsey Thrasher and Caleb Garner.

Survivors include six sons, George Manuel, Sammy Manuel and Phillip Manuel, all of Cave City, Thomas Manuel, Melbourne, Gerald Manuel, Peoria, Ill., and Tony Manuel, Smithville; two daughters, Faye Melton, Washington, Ill., and Renee Greenhaw, Rogers; a sister, Ethel Newell, Lepanto; 45 grandchildren; 77 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church with Bros. Gaylon England and Devin England officiating. Burial was in Cave City Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

Pallbearers were Jerry Manuel, Scotty Crossno, George Manuel Jr., Brandon Manuel, Gary Caudle, Ted Taylor, Roger Manuel and Bo Manuel. Grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made at Citizens Bank in Cave City.

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Jeremy Levi Larimer

Jeremy Levi Larimer, 31, of Augusta, formerly of Lawrence County, died March 26, 2011, at White County Medical Center.

He was born July 27, 1979, in Paragould.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Juanita Whitlow and Arlin and Elizabeth Fairchild; and his great-grandparents, Thurman and Vianna Birmingham and Benjamin and Alma Whitlow.

Survivors include his mother, Alma Phipps, Conway; his father, Russell Larimer, Paragould; a sister, Dena Ashby, Augusta; and two brothers, Jerry Watkins, Augusta, and Bruce Phipps, Bald Knob.

A memorial service will be announced later. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Sylvia Marie Mangrum

Sylvia Marie Mangrum, 87, of Ravenden, died March 25, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 25, 1924, she was the daughter of Thomas and Lula Mae Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Mangrum; a daughter, Debra Mangrum; two sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include five sons, Gene Mangrum, Wayne Mangrum, David Mangrum, Dennis Mangrum and Rick Mangrum; two daughters, Sylvia Holeman and Betty Richway; a brother, Butler Smith; two sisters, Ruth Griffin and Lena Mae Ready; 20 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Michael Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at

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William C. Miller

Colonel William C. "Bill" Miller, 85, of Little Rock, died March 20, 2011.

Born April 14, 1925, in Portia, he was the son of Fred and Vida Miller. He was a World War II veteran, a member of First Baptist Church in Little Rock and a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the Arkansas State Police for many years, beginning as a radio operator and holding every rank before retiring as director. He was active in the Police Officers' Association for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Margaret June Kapales Miller.

Survivors include his wife, Laverne Bradley Davidson Miller; a son, William C. Miller Jr. and wife Sharon; and three granddaughters, Lisa Miller Barrentine, Dana Miller Emmons and Stacy Miller Dougherty; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Little Rock with Dr. John Wright officiating. Burial was in Pinecrest Memorial Park, conducted by the Arkansas State Police. Roller-Chenal Funeral Home of Little Rock had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Methodist Children's Home, 2002 S. Fillmore Street, Little Rock, AR 72204; Arkansas Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 552, Little Rock, AR 72203; or Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Way, Little Rock, AR 72202.

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Snoda Juanita Morgan Owens

Snoda Juanita Morgan Owens, 84, of Williford, died March 27, 2011, at her home.

Born March 2, 1927, in Ravenden, she was the daughter of Coleman C. and Jessie Byers Morgan. She was a member of the Bradford Community Church.

Survivors include two sons, Bill Wilkerson, Williford, and Boyd Wilkerson, Jonesboro; a daughter, Linda Horrlek, Detroit; a sister, Opel Lester, Imboden; four grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Bradford Cemetery at Ravenden Springs with Thomas Clark and Teddy Sawyers officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Roger Dover, Mike Wilkerson, Steve Wilkerson, Raymond Wilkerson, Boyd Wilkerson and Bill Wilkerson.

An online guestbook is available at

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Lester Passmore Jr

Lester Passmore Jr., 64, of Bono, brother of Jim Passmore of Hoxie, died March 21, 2011, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. Graveside service was Tuesday, March 22, at Trinity Cemetery at Bono with Rev. Roger Brand officiating. Faith Funeral Service of Manila had charge of arrangements.

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R.V. Roach

R.V. Roach, 77, of Evening Shade, died March 24, 2011, at Viola.

Born June 15, 1933, in Decatur, Ala., he was the son of Harvey and Annie Roach. He was a lifelong farmer and drove his first mule team when he was seven years old.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Mae Roach; a son, Jerry Lynn Roach; six brothers, Robert Roach, R.C. Roach, Bill Roach, Fred Roach, John Roach and Marvin Roach; and a sister, Ida Mae Tillman.

Survivors include four sons, James Roach, Portia, Randy Roach and Anthony Roach, both of Viola, and Ricky Roach, Springfield, Ill.; two daughters, Joyce M. Roach, Florence, Ariz., and Shirley D. Carpenter, Poughkeepsie; three brothers, Danny Roy Perry, Alabama, Pete Perry, Detroit, and Harvey "Buddy" Roach, Harrisburg; nine sisters, Aline Johnson and Bonnie Smith, both of Strawberry, Rosie Scott and Helen Priddy, both of Harrisburg, Goldie Thacker, Detroit, Lorine Little, Broken Arrow, Okla., Brenda Faye Perry, Mississippi, Marie Firm, Horatio, and Sheila Roach, Idaho; 18 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Tony Stuntz officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Paul Roach, Daniel Roach, Brian Roach, Casey Carpenter, Jason Carpenter, Michael Carpenter and Joseph Carpenter.

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William Wayne Tippitt

William Wayne "Bill" Tippitt, 66, died March 26, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.

Born March 15, 1945, he was the son of Pete and Annie Tippitt. He was a 1963 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and received a business degree from Arkansas State University. He had worked as a computer technician for Jackson-Hewitt in Memphis for the past several years.

Survivors include a niece, a nephew and his longtime best friend, Warner Allen.

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Nancy Wallis

Nancy Wallis, 64, of Heber Springs, formerly of Black Rock, died March 23, 2011, at her home.

She was born Sept. 8, 1946, in Portia.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Taylor Woodson; and her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Wallis; two children, Deanna Wallis Lovell and Scott Wallis; a daughter-in-law, Amy Wallis; and three grandchildren, Christopher Robinson, Landon Wallis and Blythe Wallis.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

An online guestbook is available at

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Chester Floyd Warner

Chester Floyd Warner, born October 25, 1934, passed from this earth on March 26, 2011, at his home in Walnut Ridge.

He was the son of Lester and Marie (Wilson) Warner.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Marie; three brothers, twin brother John Lloyd, Leonard (Boob) and Charlie Ray Warner; and one sister Yvonne Beller.

Survivors include two daughters Rosemary (Donald) Brunson of Walnut Ridge, Roxanne (Randy) Wooten of Weiner; and two stepchildren, Rusty Barnes of Davis Junction, Ill., and Jeanne Rhea of New Jersey;

Four grandchildren, Jeremy (Nicole) McLaughlin, Amber Brunson of Walnut Ridge, Teala (Kenny) Hilderbran of Hoxie and Zack Brunson of Swifton; and four great-grandchildren;

A sister, Ester Griffin of Galesburg, Ill.; and brother, Raymond (Gail) Warner of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and many other relatives and friends.

He grew up and went to school in the Walnut Ridge and Hoxie area until enlisting in the U.S. Army. It was then that his education really began. He served during the Korean War. After returning to the states throughout the 50s and 60s he became a certified welder, he managed a Sinclair Service Slation, a Sears and Roebuck Store, drove a taxi in the Walnut Ridge and Hoxie area, then went to work at McDonald Aircraft. In the 70s, he began working at the Chrysler Corp. until his retirement. He always had several projects and hobbies going at one time, from selling or working on cars to working on or remodeling the house.

He always wanted to enrich his learning capabilities about everything and everyone. He never forgot the face of someone he knew and he never knew a stranger.

When he was in the military, that is when his interest in flying began. He obtained his private pilot license and also his commercial license. He bought his first plane about 1968 and never took his eye off the sky, until his health prevented him from taking flight, around 2004, but he continued to dream and look upward at all fellow passersby. He wanted everyone to experience the love and freedom of flying as he did. He wanted to take everyone up flying with him to feel his passion.

Pallbearers: Donald Brunson, Zack Brunson, Jeremy McLaughlin, Chance McLaughlin, Randy Wooten and Robert Beller.

Visitation was Tuesday 6-8 p.m. Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. with Bro. Joel McMasters officiating. The procession will be leaving from Bryan Funeral Home to Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Rev. Michael Howard Winberry

Rev. Michael Howard Winberry, 61, of Jonesboro, died March 25, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 25, 1950, in Piggott, he was a former minister at Hoxie United Methodist Church and served on the Camp Board for Wayland Spring Camp at Imboden.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Leslie Winberry; and his mother, Marlis Winberry.

Survivors include his wife, Julie Winberry; four sons, Rick Gardner and wife Stephanie, Bono, Landon Winberry, Bay, Josh Nelson and wife Tara, Jonesboro, and Billy Whitted and wife Leah, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Erica Jones and husband Josh, Paragould; his father and stepmother, Howard and Bonnie Winberry, Malden, Mo.; a stepbrother, Wade Matthews, Bloomfield; a stepsister, LaDonna Mitchell, Malden, Mo.; and six grandchildren, Bryson Nelson, Mazey Gardener, Ty Gardener, Mya Gardener, Logan Jones and Hayle Whitted.

Funeral was Monday at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Jimmy Dale Thrasher officiating. Burial was in Piggott Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Billy Whitted, Wade Matthews, Karl Rudi, Josh Jones, Rick Gardner and Josh Nelson.

Memorials may be made to Wayland Spring Camp, United Methodist Church District Office, P.O. Box 1765, Jonesboro, AR 72403.

An online guestbook is available at

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