May 4, 2011 Edition

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Haven Lennix Archibald


Frank ~ Combs Neal ~ Crum


William Marlynn Bailey Jewel Brewer Pearl L. Gray
Michael G. Moore Bette Phillips William E. Spradling
Bob Verkler


Haven Lennix Archibald

Malorie Frazier and Brian Archibald of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on April 10, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Haven Lennix Archibald.

He has an older sister, Lily Ann Burleson, 10 months old.

Grandparents are Larry and Donna Frazier of Hoxie and Tara and Bryan Pittman of Walnut Ridge.

He is the great-grandson of Mina Davis and Sue Pittman, both of Walnut Ridge, Roger and Marcy Archibald, Larry and Lana Henson and Leon Winn, all of Paragould, and Boady and Betty Pittman of Ravenden.

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Frank ~ Combs

Starla Larae Combs became the bride of Jeremy Frank on April 9, 2011, at Lynn.

The bride is the daughter of Billy and Cindy Combs of Walnut Ridge and the granddaughter of Don and Shirley Malish of West Mempis and the late Cleo and Lucille Combs. She is general manager at McDonald's in Walnut Ridge.

The groom is the son of Rick and Elaine Frank and the grandson of Ada Horn, all of Hammond, Ind.

The couple are residing in Walnut Ridge and plan a fall wedding trip to Maui.

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Neal ~ Crum

Hollyann Leigh Crum and Joshua W. Neal were united in marriage at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Rev. Mark Evans of The Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock officiated.

Karen and John Crum of Walnut Ridge are the parents of the bride. She is the granddaughter of Virginia Crum of Walnut Ridge and the late Ross Crum and the late Helen and Earl Rash.

The bridegroom is the son of Pamela Neal of Little Rock. His grandparents are Shirley and Don Craig of Conway.

Nuptial music was by pianist and vocalist Garrett Greer.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a strapless satin gown with a fitted ruched bodice accented with beaded embroidery and a mermaid skirt that extended to a chapel train. Her illusion veil was embellished with a satin bias edge and secured with a clip of flowers and feathers.

She carried a clutch of red roses and black feathers accented with a 1940's rhinestone brooch of the bride's late grandmother.

Jennifer Harris of Jonesboro served as her sister's matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Amanda Crum of Searcy, Robin Strack of Sherwood and Kellye Neal of Little Rock, sisters of the bridegroom; and Ashley George of Walnut Ridge.

Flower girl was Vada Neal of Little Rock, niece of the bridgegroom, and ring bearer was Gavin Harris of Jonesboro, nephew of the bride.

Best man was Matthew Mitchell of Little Rock. Groomsmen were Kevin Strack of Sherwood; Parker Crum of Searcy, brother of the bride; and Gregg Frizell and Chris Blair, both of Little Rock.

A reception at the church followed the ceremony. Servers were Linda Summers, Vicki Henry, Henrietta Crum, Courtney Adams and Alexa Gann.

Dede Long of Jonesboro and Becky Rose of Bay co-directed the wedding. Emily Henry presided at the bride's book table.

Following a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple will reside in Little Rock.

Rehearsal dinner

Ms. Pamela Neal, mother of the bridegroom, hosted a rehearsal dinner for the Crum-Neal wedding party at Don's Steakhouse.


The couple were honored with various showers.

Jennifer Harris, Amanda Crum and Carole Lenninger hosted a miscellaneous shower on March 19 in Walnut Ridge honoring the couple.

Robin Strack and Kellye Neal, sisters of the bridegroom, hosted a family shower in Sherwood on March 20.

The ladies of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge hosted a bridal shower honoring Josh and Hollyann on March 27.

On April 3, Megan Foley and Rita Bilbrey hosted a bridal shower honoring Hollyann.

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William Marlynn Bailey

William Marlynn Bailey, 67, of Light, died April 30, 2011, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born Jan. 11, 1944, he was an employee of Bailey Lumber Company in Walnut Ridge and was of the Free Will Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Earl and Mary Nelsie Miller Bailey; and a brother, J.D. Bailey.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Bailey; a daughter, Linda Westhause, Galveston, Texas; two sons, Marlin Bailey, Paragould, and Greg Bailey, Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Pat Myrick, Stanford, and Beverly Tedder and Marilyn Crafton, both of Walnut Ridge; three brothers, Carl E. Bailey, Boyd Bailey and Jerry Bailey, all of Light; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Don Winfrey officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

An online guestbook is available at

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Jewel Brewer

Jewel Brewer, 84, of Black Rock, died May 3, 2011, at his home.

Arrangements will be announced by Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Pearl L. Gray

Pearl L. Gray, 107, of Tuckerman, died April 30, 2011.

Born Sept. 24, 1903, at Strawberry, she was the daughter of William Maston and Mary Ellen Mosier Raney. She was a homemaker and a charter member of the Tuckerman First Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ottis Princeton Gray; six brothers; and a granddaughter, Janie Gray.

Survivors include a son, William P. Gray, Strawberry; a daughter, Sybil Hardin, Cedar Lake, Ind.; four grandchildren, Janice Bishop, Larry Hardin, James P. Gray and Rebecca Layman; three great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Tuckerman. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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Michael G. Moore

Michael G. Moore, 25, of Pryor, Okla., died April 27, 2011, in Tulsa.

Born Dec. 28, 1985, in Pryor, he was a roofer and attended Word Fellowhip Church.

Survivors include his wife, Misty Moore; a daughter, Krystal; two sons, "Biggie" and Jaydon; his mother, Patty Price and husband Donald, Strawberry; his father, Barry Moore, Chouteau, Okla.; a sister, Kayla Moore, Imboden; a brother, Cory Ward, Chouteau; a stepbrother, Eric Price, Imboden; a stepsister, Felicia Price, McCrory; and his grandfathers, Thomas Remington, Chouteau, and Gerald Butler, Strawberry.

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Bette Phillips

Elizabeth "Bette" Phillips, 87, of Newport, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died May 2, 2011.

Born Feb. 9, 1924, in Donnellson, Iowa, she was the daughter of Clinton and Mary Schock Clemons. She was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church. She received a business degree at Quincy Business College and was a World War II veteran of the Coast Guard.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, William S. Phillips, whom she married Sept. 9, 1945, at the Army Air Base Chapel in Miami; a son Bill "Shock" Phillips and wife Tammy, Selmer, Tenn.; a daughter, Mary Lou Delcase and husband Ron, Newport; a brother, Jack Clemons and wife Eilene, Donnellson, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Carol Phillips, Fayetteville; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Graveside service are today at 1 p.m. at Walnut Grove Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Fourth and Main, Newport, AR 72112 or to the W.A. Billingsley Memorial Library, 213 Walnut St., Newport, AR 72112.

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William E. Spradling

William E. Spradling, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died April 26, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 11, 1932, in Sharp County, he was the son of Otis Spradling and Grace Sanders Brandon.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Leota Spradling Everette; and a brother, Johnny Brandon.

Survivors include a brother, Dwight Brandon, Evening Shade; and two sisters, Linda McFarlin, Cave City, and Barbara Ridgeway, Prescott, Ariz.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Wiles Cemetery at Ash Flat with Rev. Thomas Lamb officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Bob Verkler

Robert "Bob" Verkler, 74, of Ridgedale, Mo., formerly of Black Rock, died April 29, 2011, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

He was a former mayor of Black Rock, a former grocer and restaurant operator and a self-employed dynamite blaster. He was a member of the Church of Christ and a former deacon at North Heights in Batesville.

He was also a licensed real estate broker, a member of the Lions Club, a Mason and a former volunteer firefighter. He served in the National Guard and was federalized in 1957 during the integration crisis. He was also a licensed pilot.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wave Ed and Imogene Burris Verkler; a sister, Mary Verkler; and a brother, Darrell Verkler.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Verkler; three sons, Terry Verkler and wife Judy, Rancho Cordova, Calif., Brian Verkler, Ridgedale, Mo., and Jason Verkler and wife Jennifer, Greenbrier; two daughters, Lisa Collier and husband Tony and Kelli Dunegan and husband James, all of Batesville; three brothers, Harold Verkler, Gentry, and Wave Ed Verkler III and Charles Verkler, both of Black Rock; two sisters, Greta Monday and Sandra McGinnis, both of Black Rock; and eight grandchildren, Justin Collier, Kendra Collier, Teran Collier, Kaila Dunegan, Kenzi Dunegan, Andrew Verkler, Ashlee Verkler and Austen Verkler.

Funeral is today at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Black Rock with Don House and Bob Harris officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Terry Verkler, Brian Verkler, Jason Verkler, Tony Collier, Justin Collier and James Dunegan.

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