April 13, 2011 Edition

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Births

Zelda Hilderbran Emree Kay Smith Peyton Elizabeth Stanfill
Cade Michael Tillman

Weddings/Engagements

Spargo ~ Dame

Obituaries

Steven D. Bradley Aileen Mullen Calvery Freddie K. Crouch
J.R. Jackson Bertha P. Mitchell Darla Denise Price
Bernice Richey Darrell Smart Roger Burt Stearns
Vera Walker Ronnie Dalton Wheeless

Births

Zelda Alita Jade Hilderbran

Kenneth and Teala Hilderbran of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on March 28, 2011, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed nine pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Zelda Alita Jade Hilderbran.

Grandparents are Isaac and Karen Green of Hoxie, Thomas Carmickle Jr. of Maynard and Roxanne Wooten of Weiner. She is the great-granddaughter of William and Flora Thompson of Jonesboro, Thomas Carmickle Sr. and Connie Carmickle of Maynard and Chet Warner and Leota Warner of Walnut Ridge.

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Emree Kay Smith

Jared and Leslee Smith of Strawberry have announced the birth of a daughter on March 24, 2011, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed five pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Emree Kay Smith.

He has two older brothers, Chase, eight, and Ayden, four.

Grandparents are Jerry and Beverly Matheny of Strawberry and Alan and Shirl Smith of Jesup. She is the great-granddaughter of F.K. and Nina Willmuth and Bonnie Smith, all of Strawberry, and Helen Allen of Saffell.

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Peyton Elizabeth Stanfill

Joey and Jamie Stanfill of Diaz have announced the birth of a daughter on March 17, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and has been named Peyton Elizabeth Stanfill.

She has an older sister, Madelyn Grace, who is 4.

Grandparents are Jim and June Shultz of Walnut Ridge, Richard and Brenda Turner of Hoxie and Jim Stanfill of Pocahontas.

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Cade Michael Tillman

Michael and Kristin Tillman of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on April 6, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Cade Michael Tillman.

He has one brother, Cillian Wesley Tillman.

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Weddings/Engagements

Spargo ~ Dame

Morganne Dame became the bride of Preston Spargo in a double-ring ceremony on March 18 at Sedgwick Church of God.

The bride is the daughter of Rhonda Pattillo of Walnut Ridge, and the groom is the son of Larry Spargo of Pocahontas and Trenna Poff of Little Rock.

Pastor Scott Small of Smithville performed the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her grandfather, Buel Dame.

Attendants were Samantha Watson and Heath Davis. Sons of the bride, Drake Nash and Caegan Dame, were ring bearers, and daughter of the bride, Piper Dame, was the flower girl.

The wedding reception was held in the church's dining hall. Betty Pattillo, Shelby Pattillo, Stephann Petty and Christen Petty were servers.

The couple are at home in Walnut Ridge after a wedding trip to Nashville, Tenn. Morganne attends Black River Technical College in Pocahontas, where she is an education major, and Preston is employed with Farm Service Inc. in Walnut Ridge.

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Obituaries

Steven D. Bradley

Steven D. Bradley, 43, of Alicia, died April 7, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 10, 1968, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., he was a painter and was of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include a son, Wyatt Bradley, of the home; his mother, Vona Bradley, Alicia; a brother, Randy Bradley, Fort Worth, Texas; his former wife, Linda Bradley, Walnut Ridge; and a special uncle, Manual McGonigal, Fort Wort.

No services will be held. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Aileen Mullen Calvery

Aileen Mullen Calvery, 83, of Batesville, died April 5, 2011, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born March 3, 1928, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Austin and Bertha Campbell Mullen. She was a Christian and served as a missionary in Japan for over 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Calvery; a son, Jonathan Calvery; and a brother, James Austin Mullen.

Survivors include a son, Michael Calvery, Austin, Texas; a daughter, Rebecca Calvery Arthur, Snow Hill, N.C.; a sister, Eileen Crafton, Batesville; four grandchildren, J.W. Calvery, Daniel Calvery, Lori Westfall and Jamie Calvery; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Batesville with Rev. Hoover Lewis officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were J.W. Calvery, Daniel Calvery, Troy Middleton, Chris Middleton, Robin Goodwin and Blake Smith. Honorary pallbearer were Tim Eno and Mike Farrow.

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Freddie K. Crouch

Freddie K. Crouch, 69, of Cave City, father of Tim Crouch of Strawberry, died April 5, 2011, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Burial was Friday in Cave City Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

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J.R. Jackson

J.R. Jackson, 97, of Pocahontas, died April 5, 2011.

Born April 29, 1913, in Paragould, he was the son of A.W. and Jennie Lightle Jackson. After graduation from Paragould High School, he earned degrees from New Mexico Military Institute, the University of Chicago, the University of Arkansas and Yale University. He also graduated from the LSU School of Banking.

He was a Civil Engineer in his early working years and operated Sallee Bros. Handle Factory in Pocahontas from 1945 to 1958. He spent 35 years as an officer and director of Bank of Pocahontas, retiring from banking in 1990. He was also involved in rice, soybean and Angus cattle farming through ownership of farmland in Randolph County.

Dick, as he was affectionately known, was actively involved in a wide variety of civic and community affairs. He served on the Pocahontas School Board, was Chairman of the Pocahontas Water Commission for 25 years, served as President of the Pocahontas Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow, was an organizer of the Rolling Hills Country Club in Pocahontas and served for 10 years as that organization's first treasurer.

He joined the Pocahontas First United Methodist Church in 1952, and had been an active member holding many offices and teaching Sunday School. He was an avid golfer, who played regularly into his early 90s. He was also an ardent Razorback enthusiast who believed that the Razorbacks' chances of winning were lessened if he did not wear red on game days.

By far, his favorite activity was anything involving his family. The thing he disliked the most about being in his 90s was the inability to play on the floor with his great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Luck; and a brother, Bill Jackson.

Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Genevieve Sallee Jackson, Pocahontas; two sons, John Jackson and wife Mary and Raymond Jackson and wife Ginger, all of Pocahontas; two daughters, Sue Gibson and husband Danny, Walnut Ridge, and Lucy Jordan and husband Steve, Searcy.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren and their spouses, Caroline and David Morgan of Conway, Laura and Blake Whitley, Hot Springs, Elizabeth and Wade Williams, Fayetteville, Jeff and Allison Hatfield, Emily and Grant Cox and Alice Ann Jordan, all of Little Rock, and Genny and Porter Montgomery of Dallas. Eleven great-grandchildren are Clair and Paige Whitley, Matthew, Jackson and Henry Cole, Jessica and John David Morgan, Meredith and Garrett Hatfield and John and Charlie Montgomery.

In addition he is survived by three step-grandchildren, Mike Miller, Pocahontas, Sloane Kelley and Shannon Cox, both of Walnut Ridge; and 10 step great-grandchildren, Mary Katherine and Payton Miller, Cameron, Barrett, John-Scott and Caroline Kelley, Andrew Smith, Abbey Cox and Lucy and Leslie Williams.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Rockey Starnes officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Jeff Hatfield, Blake Whitley, David Morgan, Mike Miller, Porter Montgomery, Grant Cox and Wade Williams.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 400 Thomasville Ave., Pocahontas, AR 72455.

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

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Bertha P. Mitchell

Bertha P. Mitchell, 72, of Pocahontas, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died April 5, 2011, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

She was born Jan. 24, 1939.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Cox and Donald Cox; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Chesser Cemetery with Danny Garman officiating. Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Darla Denise Price

Darla Denise Price, 49, of Jonesboro, died April 7, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 29, 1961, in Arlington, Calif., she had lived in Jonesboro for 47 years, and was a waitress at Country Kitchen. She was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Ronald Teters.

Survivors include her husband, Danny Price; a son, Ernesto Castro, Fremont, Ohio; her mother, Annabelle McQuay Lowery and husband Bob, Walnut Ridge; six sisters, Kendra Peck, Jonesboro, Rhonda Teters, Leia Crane and Kara Teters, all of Walnut Ridge, Jana Christopher, Lineville, Ohio, and Maria Clairday, Trumann; a half-sister, Leanne Teters, Ukiah, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery with Rev. Rick Hart officiating. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

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Bernice Richey

Bernice Kennedy Richey, 80, of Strawberry, died April 11, 2011, at her home.

Born Nov. 20, 1930, in the Turkey Hill community at Dowdy, she was the daughter of Avery P. and Lena Sanders Kennedy. She was a retired school cafeteria manager and a member of the Church of Christ at Strawberry.

She was preceded in death by a son, Calvin Richey; two brothers, Elbert "Pete" Kennedy and Joe Kennedy; and a grandson, Jered Lee Morgan.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, James Maynard Richey; a son, James Ellis Richey, Hackett; two daughters, Cindy Morgan and husband Jerry Wayne, Lynn, and Marilee House and husband Mark, Batesville; two brothers, Delbert Kennedy and wife Mae and George Kennedy and wife Carol, all of Cord; two sisters, Verna Faye Latting and husband T.J. and Evelyn Lance and husband Harold, all of Saffell; and eight grandchildren, Brandi Shilts, Beverly Richmond, James Richey, Haley Ward, Lauren Geurin, Trevor Morgan, Clayton House and Maggie House.

Funeral is today at 6 p.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Gregg Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Visitation will be today from 4 p.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to Children's Homes, Inc., 5515 Old Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

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Darrell Smart

Darrell Smart, 57, of Batesville, formerly of Saffell, died April 11, 2011, at his home.

Born Aug. 23, 1953, in Batesville, he was of the Assembly of God faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Roe and Theda Emagene Henley Smart; a brother, Ronald Lynn Smart; and his grandparents, Acie and Jewell Smart and Dallis and Alma Henley.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Doyle Smart; a son, Chadwick Roe Smart and wife Angie, Charlotte; two daughters, Candace Michelle Scribner and husband Dan, Sulphur Rock, and Ashley Nicole Moser and husband Daniel, Fayetteville; and five grandchildren, Janell Scribner, Clint Scribner, Mashae Smart, Emma Smart and Kole Moser.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Sulphur Rock Pentecostal Church.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Willis Funeral Service in Batesville.

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Roger Burt Stearns

Roger Burt "R.B." Stearns, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died April 12, 2011, at his home.

Born Dec. 29, 1941, in Walnut Ridge, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Darwin and Mary Burns Stearns; four brothers and a sister.

Survivors include his wife, Gina Stearns; three daughters, Tiffani Kurtz and husband Michael, Hales Corner, Wis., Lici Beveridge, Hattiesburg, Miss., and Gayle Stearns, Michigan; four brothers, Emmitt Stearns, Bradford, Louis Stearns, Swifton, Jerry Henson, California, and Donnie Henson, Oregon; and four grandchildren.

No services are planned. The body was cremated. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Vera Walker

Vera Virginia Walker, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died April 5, 2011, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

She had lived in Lawrence County for the past 15 years after moving from Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Walker; her parents, Gerris and Nellie Shepard; four brothers and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Bill Walker, Walcott; a daughter, Jeanie Owens, Lake Station, Ind.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

No services are planned. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Ronnie Dalton Wheeless

Ronnie Dalton Wheeless, 69, of Pocahontas, died April 6, 2011, at his home.

Born Dec. 18, 1941, in Campbell, Mo., he lived most of his life in Walnut Ridge before moving to Pocahontas 12 years ago. He was a 1960 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and retired from farming in 1992. He was a veteran of the National Guard and a member of Shannon Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 29 years, Mary Jane Wheeless; an infant daughter, Jacqueline; a sister, Louise; and a brother, Jimmy.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Tonda Wheeless; two sons, Ronald Wheeless and wife Melanie, Jonesboro, and Heath Jarrett and wife Lindsey, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Cyndi Wheeless, Paragould, and Mica Lamb and husband John, North Little Rock; a sister, Carolyn Towell and husband Tom, Pocahontas; three brothers, Wendell Wheeless, Pocahontas, Ricky Wheeless and wife Autie Jarboe, Walnut Ridge, and Gene Wheeless and wife Charlotte, Powhatan; his mother-in-law, Ruth Warner, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren, Taylor Wheeless, Tyler Wheeless, Cody Lamb, Cord Lamb, Trey Lamb and Abby Lamb; and three close friends, Alvin Taylor, Paragould, Carroll Callahan, Walnut Ridge, and John Moyer, Marks, Miss.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Bro. Kevin Barnett officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Jay Towell, Shaun Wheeless, Andrew Warner, Terry Rapert, James Taylor and Randy Getson. Honorary pallbearers were Alvin and Bertha Taylor, Carroll and Barbara Callahan and John and Nancy Moyer.

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

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