May 11, 2011 Edition

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Jayden Conner Bass Mason James Blansett Ellie Elizabeth Coats
Ethan Yue Ran Keen Riley Lyn Mitchell


Malone ~ Cameron


William B. Bilbrey Jewel Brewer Patsy Carley
Denny Lee Clayton Pauline Jones Craig Melba Ruth East
Ruth Ann Glasco Benny James Jr. Buster Johnson
Joyce Marcella Milligan Mary Alice Pennington Bobbie Lee Tribble
Dorothy Mae Winchester


Jayden Conner Bass

Cody and Heather Bass of Black Rock have announced the birth of a son on April 28, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, five ounces, and has been named Jayden Conner Bass.

Grandparents are Tony and Sharon Nunley of Walnut Ridge and Joe and Kathryn Bass of Black Rock.

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Mason James Blansett

Gary and Suzie Blansett of Harrah, Okla., have announced the birth of a son on Feb. 6, 2011, at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The baby weighed seven pounds and has been named Mason James Blansett.

He has two older brothers, Brayden and Jayce, and an older sister, Avery.

Grandparents are Larry and Gina Blansett and Melissa Hendershott, all of Imboden. He is the great-grandson of Ralph and Mae Blansett, Uladean Davis and Kenneth and Roberta Stephens, all of Imboden.

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Ellie Elizabeth Coats

Chris and Bridgette Coats of Bono have announced the birth of a daughter on April 23, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Ellie Elizabeth Coats.

She has two older brothers, Carson, 14, and Cade, 12.

Grandparents are Linda Hurst of Hoxie, the late Leo Coats and the late Phyllis Black.

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Ethan Yue Ran Keen

Chris and Xiaoyun Keen of Brookland have announced the birth of a son on May 5, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Ethan Yue Ran Keen.

Grandparents are Kim Keen of Walnut Ridge, Scott Keen of Gainesville, Gaisheng Wu and Luli Shi of Beijing, China. Great-grandparents are Madge Keen of Paragould and Matt and Sandy Petty of Marmaduke.

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Riley Lyn Mitchell

Bobby and Dr. Ashley Lyn (Baker) Mitchell of Cincinnati have announced the birth of a daughter, born April 14, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital.

The baby weighed eight pounds, four ounces, and has been named Riley Lyn Mitchell. She has one brother, Corwyn Tyler Mitchell, four.

Grandparents are Barney and Teri Lyn Baker of Walnut Ridge. Joyce Green of Walnut Ridge is the great-grandmother.

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Malone ~ Cameron

Betsy Malone of Annieville will become the bride of Michael Cameron of Imboden on May 21 at the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Annieville.

Pastor Jerry Clements will officiate. The bride's son, Nathan Malone, and brother, Johnny Bookout, will give her away.

A wedding reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. All family and friends are invited.

Annieville will be home to the couple after a wedding trip to Denver.

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William B. Bilbrey

William B. Bilbrey, 98, of Robinson, Ill., died May 3, 2011, at Cotillion Ridge Nursing Center in Robinson.

Born April 2, 1913, in Smithville, he was the son of Joe and Fannie Justice Bilbrey. He was a self-employed farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Jones Bilbrey, on July 2, 1981, whom he married June 26, 1942; a brother, J.C. Bilbrey; and five sisters, Ellen, Ruth, Lillie, Josophine and Willean.

Survivors include two sons, Greg Bilbrey and wife Noni, Robinson, Ill., and Ronald Bilbrey and wife Patricia, Essexville, Mich.; four grandchildren, Will, Erin, Eric and Ann; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 9 a.m. at Hope Cemetery in Imboden under the direction of Goodwine Funeral Home of Robinson, Ill.

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Jewel Brewer

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

Born June 1, 1926, in Black Rock, he was the son of Elmer and Nettie Brewer. He had lived in Black Rock the past 41 years and attended New Life Full Gospel Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired truck driver.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, John Brewer and Darrell Brewer; and a sister, Ruby Malone.

Survivors include his wife, Ernestine Brewer; two sons, Jewell Brewer, Pleasant Plains, and Michael Brewer, Paragould; a daughter, Susan Monroe, Walnut Ridge; and four sisters, Caralee Hardin and Nina Bailey, both of Tennessee, Patsy Vowell, Paragould, and Mildred Metcalf, Ferguson, Mo.

Funeral was Thursday at 11 a.m. at the New Life Full Gospel Church with Bro. Wayne Bryant and pastor Betty Willows officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Ricky Collins, Mike White, Rick Brewer, Brad Brewer, Chad Brewer and Charles Brewer.

An online guestbook is available at

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Patsy Carley

Patsy Carley, 67, of Hoxie, passed away May 8, 2011, at her home.

Born Aug. 21, 1943, she had lived in Hoxie most of her life and was an activity director for a long-term care facility.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Carley; her parents, Sidney and Addie Warner Parsons; two sisters, Mary Matthews and Mable Lamb; and three brothers, Jr. Parsons, Chester Parsons and Chelsey Parsons.

Survivors include a son, Tom Carley, Hoxie; two daughters, Rhonda Carley and Kim Roberts and husband Kevin, all of Hoxie; three brothers, Ray Parsons, Portia, John Parsons and wife Barbara, Cave City, and Charles Parsons, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Alice Gillispie, Walnut Ridge, and Bea Manning, Rock Falls, Ill.; a granddaughter, Angel Mize and husband Jimmy, Lynn; three grandsons, Casey Carley and wife Tenene and Tommy Carley, all of Hoxie, and 2nd Lt. Derick Roberts and wife Kem, Quantico, Va.; two great-grandchildren; and two special sisters-in-law, Euna Parsons, Hoxie, and Verna Mae Parsons, Pocahontas.

Funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with William Richmond officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Denny Lee Clayton

Denny Lee Clayton, 67, of Saffell, died May 7, 2011, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

Born Nov. 29, 1943, in Batesville, he was the son of Lester and Bernice Allen Clayton. He was a farmer and a member of the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church for over 50 years.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Dorothy Clayton; two stepdaughters, Debra Cunningham and Deanna Richardson, both of Batesville; a brother, Roger Clayton and wife Janice, Saffell; a sister, Ann Turnbow and husband Sloan, Jonesboro; and four grandchildren, Trae Richardson, Michelle Lankford, Emily Richardson and Jackson Richardson.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Larry Etheridge and Keith Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Lincoln Ward Cemetery at Saffell under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers will be Larry Allen, David Allen, Tommy Tidwell, Wendell Saffell, Charles Randolph and Randy Richey.

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Pauline Jones Craig

Pauline Jones Craig, 95, departed this life Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge.

She was born to Jim Alexander (J.A.) and Earle Gray Jones on Sept. 30, 1915, in the Anchor community near Smithville.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Jesse David Craig Sr.; two daughters, June Ann Craig in 1947 and Judith Jessamine Craig in 1950; three brothers, Lester Jones, Justin Jones and Eugene Jones; and a sister, Edith Jones Bilbrey.

She is survived by a son, Jesse David Craig Jr. and wife Marilyn, Powhatan; a daughter, Rita Prestidge and husband Steve, Powhatan; a sister, Ruby Jones, Imboden; five grandchildren, Angela Craig Miller and husband Scott, Bentonville, Andrea Craig Vancil and husband Darren, Pocahontas, Amanda Craig Kirksey and husband Chris, Bono, Adam Prestidge and wife Amanda, Powhatan, and Allison Prestidge Phillips and husband Sean, Franklin, Tenn.; six great-grandchildren, Tyler McCarroll, Trent Kirksey, Emma Vancil, Braden Vancil, Andrew Prestidge and Alexander Prestidge.

Pauline was united to Jesse Craig on January 24, 1942, shortly after Pearl Harbor. They lived the first years of their married life in Galveston, Texas, where he was stationed during the war. After the war, they made their home on the Craig farm near Powhatan, where she worked beside her husband in the fields and made a loving home for her family. She was known for her good cooking and for the love that she had for her husband, children and grandchildren.

Having been mostly a housewife, she also worked as a clerk in a grocery store and as a cook for Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She entered Lawrence Hall Nursing Home in Walnut Ridge in 2007. She was a Christian and enjoyed worship services and all activities provided by Lawrence Hall during those four years.

Funeral was Monday at 1:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Steve Prestidge officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Scott Miller, Darren Vancil, Chris Kirksey, Sean Phillips, Adam Prestidge, Tyler McCarroll and Trent Kirksey.

An online guestbook is available at

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Melba Ruth East

Melba Ruth East, 84, of Portia, died May 9, 2011, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born Dec. 3, 1926, in Fairview, she was the daughter of George and Pearl Davis McCarroll. She was retired from Brown Shoe Company in Pocahontas and was a member of the Black Rock Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus Ronald East, whom she married March 25, 1949, in Powhatan; a son, Ronald East; two brothers, Marshall McCarroll and Edward McCarroll; and a sister, Mildred Evans.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Russell, Jonesboro; a brother, Dalton McCarroll, Sycamore, Ill.; a grandson, Brice Russell and wife Amy, Jonesboro; and granddaughter, Michelle Brown and husband Steve, Jonesboro; six great-grandchildren, John Garland, Mikayla Gosha, Haley Russell, Mercedes Russell, Gunner Russell and Coty Luther; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Revs. Harold Russell and Tony Clem officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forrest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers will be Billy McCarroll, Steve Brown, John Garland, Robert Shelton, Jimmy McCarroll and Mitchell McCarroll.

Visitation was set for Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at

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Ruth Ann Glasco

Ruth Ann Glasco, 68, of Burnsville, Miss., died May 4, 2011, in Corinth, Miss.

Born Dec. 4, 1942, she had lived in Lawrence County for about 10 years before moving to Mississippi in 2002. She had worked in retail sales at Walmart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Glasco; her parents, Claude and Bessie Haney; a brother, Jerry Haney; and a sister, Martha Haney.

Survivors include three daughters, Rheba Lewis, Pillowville, Tenn., Deborah Davidson, Walnut Grove, Mo., and Sandra Villarreal, Bolivar, Mo.; two sisters, Nell Harkness, San Antonio, and Lynn Miller, Counce, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Poindexter, Donnie Lewis, Charles Villarreal III, Adam Villarreal, William Villarreal and Christopher Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Malcom Miller and Charles Villarreal Jr.

An online guestbook is available at

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Benny James Jr.

Clyde Benjamin "Benny" James Jr., 67, of Topeka, Kan., died Dec. 2, 2010, in Kansas City, Kan.

Born Aug. 30, 1943, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of the late Clyde and Willie Ruth James.

Survivors include two sons, Benny James III, Powhatan, and Robert James, Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Melody James, Smithville, Mo.; two sisters, Janie Chadwick, Powhatan, and Bonnie Angles, Orlando, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Burial will be in Saturday at 10 a.m. in Crossroads Cemetery near Portia.

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Buster Johnson

Buster Johnson, 85, of Swifton, died May 7, 2011.

Born Jan. 9, 1926, in the Strangers Home community, he was the son Kennard Johnson and Allie Thornhill. He had lived in Swifton for 60 years and was a member of the Swifton Baptist Church. He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving aboard the USS Enterprise, where he participated in 18 battles in the South Pacific.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Merry Johnson; two brothers, Pete Johnson and Gene Johnson; and a sister, Pauline Whitlow.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Glenna Bartlett Johnson; five children, Jeanie Keton and husband Taylor, Jonesboro, Noel Adams, Carol Counts and Judy Runsick and husband Bryan, all of Swifton, and Timothy Johnson, Cherokee Village; two sisters, Juanita Thornhill and Dorothy Springer, both of Missouri; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Joyce Marcella Milligan

Joyce Marcella Milligan, 73, of St. Louis, formerly of Lawrence County, died May 7, 2011, at her home.

Born March 1, 1938, in Ravenden, she had lived in Lawrence County as a child before moving to Kentucky and lived in St. Louis for the past nine months. She was a banquet hostess and of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Milligan; her parents, Melvin and Mittie Stratton Haynes; two sisters, Ruth Ball and Ozella Green; and a brother, Harvey Haynes.

Survivors include three sons, Todd Milligan, Kentucky, and Ronnie Rapa and Rick Rapa, both of Missouri; four daughters, Rosemary Rapa, Rene Weseman and Ramona Browning, all of Missouri, and Rita Mayberry, Florida; three brothers, R.L. Haynes and wife Sharon, Black Rock, Kenneth Haynes, Missouri, and Cecil Haynes and wife Brenda, Kentucky; three sisters, Lugene Smith and husband L.V., Walcott, Lucille Springer and husband Carl, Missouri, and Sheila Hinson, Paragould; 21 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at People's Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie with Linnie Finney officiating. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Mary Alice Pennington

Mary Alice Davidson Pennington, 73, of Swifton, died May 4, 2011.

Born Sept. 14, 1937, in Little Rock, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Florence White Davidson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R. Pennington; two sisters, Ruby Dean Nobblet and Louise Lira; and two brothers, Charles Davidson and Leon Davidson.

Survivors include a son, Charles R. Pennington Jr., Pine Bluff; four daughters, Debbie McDonald, Swifton, Stella Lomax and Kathlean Blair, both of Walnut Ridge, and Terisa Roberts, Pine Bluff; two sisters, Linda and Ellen; a brother, Carroll; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock. Burial was in Pinecrest Memorial Park at Alexander.

An online guestbook is available at

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Bobbie Lee Tribble

Bobbie Lee Tribble, 80, of Henderson, died May 4, 2011.

Born May 1, 1931, in Randolph County, he was the son of Robert and Mary Gibson Tribble. He was a former truck driver and a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Mountain Home.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Cleo Tribble, Leo "Square" Tribble, Lehman Tribble, Earl Tribble, Wesley Tribble and Jack Tribble; and a sister, Juanita Hancock.

Survivors include his wife, Vie Tribble; a daughter, Sarita Hart, Portia; a brother, J.T. Tribble, Walnut Ridge; two grandchildren, Vaniel Hart and Vanessa May; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 1 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Wayne Bryant officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Vaniel Hart, Donnie May, Jeff Tribble, Jody Tribble, Tony Robinson and Jake Smith.

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Dorothy Mae Winchester

Dorothy Mae Winchester, formerly of Hoxie, died May 10, 2011, in Bridgeport, Conn.

Arrangements will be announced by Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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