May 18, 2011 Edition

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Lawson Harrison


Jones ~ Sluder Jones ~ Smith Lindsey ~ Burk


Jean Allison C. Raymond Alls Ida Mae Coffman
Faith Douglas Sandy Dulaney Isabell Fleming
Thomas L. Hilburn Floyd Clay Holder Gordon W. Ogilvy
Jim Skimahorn


Lawson Ryan Wess Harrison

Doogie Moore of Hoxie and Sydney Harrison of Bono have announced the birth of a son on April 12, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Lawson Ryan Wess Harrison.

Grandparents are Burt and Kristi Harrison of Bono and Doug and Hope Moore of Hoxie. He is the great-grandson of Wynell Wess of Paragould, Larry and Norma Harrison of Jonesboro, Tom and Bev Moore of Hoxie and Catherine Ferguson of Black Rock.

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Jones ~ Sluder

Herschel and Margo Jones of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brittany Faith Jones, to Derek Allen Sluder, son of Kenneth and Jutta Sluder of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dorothy Burns of Walnut Ridge and the late Tiger Burns and the late Wes and Bettie Jones, who lived in Hoxie. She is a Hoxie High School graduate and will attend Black River Technical College in the fall.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Anni Reich of Waynesville, Mo., and the late Gerd Reich and Donald Sluder of Walnut Ridge and the late Doris Sluder. He is a Walnut Ridge High School graduate and is a student at BRTC.

The couple will exchange vows on June 3 at 5 p.m. at House of Mercy in Pocahontas. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception to follow at the BRTC Randolph County Development Center.

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Jones - Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Scottie Jones of Reyno have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Sarah Ann Jones, to Kevin Wayne Smith, son of Susanna and Greg Minton of Walnut Ridge and Darrell and Lisa Smith of Reyno.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bernard and Ann Jones and Rita Copher, all of Reyno, and the great-granddaughter of Charlene Collier of Maynard and Gertrude Williams of Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Gčnter and Marita Rink of Spain, Glen and Melba Smith of Reyno and Raymond and Carol Minton of Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church in Pocahontas. All family and friends are invited.

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Lindsey - Burk

Ronny and Rhonda Lindsey of Cord announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Cassie Lindsey, to T.J. Burk, son of Terry and Debbie Burk of Jessieville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Gene and Mary Lou Lucy and Leonard and Mickey Lindsey, all of Cord.

The groom is the grandson of Bill and Jackie French of Hot Springs and Patricia Burk of Mountain Home and the late Herbert Burk.

The couple will exchange vows on May 28 at 5 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn with a reception to follow. All family and friends are invited.

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Jean Allison

Jean Kathrine Allison, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died May 10, 2011, in Paragould.

Born June 17, 1927, in Sitka, she was the daughter of J.W. and Jenny Wilson Ratliff. She had lived most of her life in Lawrence County and was a member of the Church of Christ. She was a retired cook for Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Allison; and two brothers, Everett Ratliff and Waldo Ratliff.

Survivors include a son, Tim Allison and wife Otella, Paragould; two grandchildren, Tim Allison and Renee Nelson; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Dane Adams, Mark Hatfield, Mack Westbrook, Greg Gill, Wendell Jones and Ed Doman.

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C. Raymond Alls

C. Raymond Alls, 82, of Albuquerque, N.M., died May 8, 2011.

Born Oct. 22, 1928, in Lynn, he was the son of Clarence and Clara Alls. He graduated with a masters degree from the University of Arkansas in 1954. He moved to Albuquerque to work as an electrical engineer for Sandia Laboratory, retiring in 1991.

He attended Del Norte Baptist Church, where he was a deacon. He attended Temple Baptist Church from 1955 to 1994.

He was preceded in death by a son, Chris Alls.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Geraldine Alls; a daughter, Joan Pridham and husband Sherman, Albuquerque; four grandsons, Matthew Pridham, Joshua Alls, Michael Pridham and Markus Pridham; and three great-granddaughters.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Del Norte Baptist Church in Albuquerque. Burial was in Santa Fe National Cemetery under the direction of French Funerals and Cremations.

Memorials may be made to the Del Norte Baptist Church Building Fund, 5800 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.

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Ida Mae Coffman

Ida Mae Coffman, 84, of Russell, died May 11, 2011.

Born June 11, 1926, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Samuel and Ida Belle Hudson Cypret. She was a member of the Russell Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Coffman; and two sisters, Agnes McGillvray and Lucille Batchelor.

Survivors include a son, James Coffman; a daughter, Judy Ann Jackson and husband David; three grandchildren, Dave Jackson, Ryan Jackson and Jo Angela Woods; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Powell Funeral Home in Bald Knob. Burial was in Carter Cemetery at Russell.

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Faith Douglas

Faith "Tina" Douglas, 25, of Swifton, died May 9, 2011.

Born May 23, 1985, in Hope, she was the daughter of Leo Dennis and Debra Green Varela. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Nathan Patrick Douglas Sr.; four children, Nathan Douglas Jr., Austin Douglas, Serena Douglas and Carman Douglas, all of Swifton; her father, Leo Dennis Varela, Mexico; two brothers, Jimmy Finnegan, Tuckerman, and Anthoni Varela, Paragould; and a sister, Crystal Fortune, Swifton.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Coffeyville Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Anthoni Varela, Leslie Arnold, Lyn Holt, Chris Jones, Matt Starnes and James Wilson.

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Sandy Dulaney

Sandra J. "Sandy" Dulaney, 64, of Jonesboro, died May 10, 2011, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born Nov. 1, 1946, she lived most of her life in Walnut Ridge before moving to Jonesboro eight years ago. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief. She had been a member of the Sedgwick Baptist Church for many years.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Harris; her parents, Lawrence and Maggie O'Connor; and two sisters, Virginia Patterson and Jill O'Connor.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Dulaney Sr.; three sons, Bruce O'Connor, Hoxie, Teddy Dulaney, Jonesboro, and Larry Dulaney Jr., Newport; a daughter, Pam Johnson, Jonesboro; two brothers, Jackie O'Connor, Hoxie, and Buddy O'Connor, Jonesboro; a sister, Cathy Wilson, Rockford, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick with pastor Dennis Truxler officiating. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

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Isabell Fleming

Isabell Fleming, 81, of Black Rock, died May 13, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born May 20, 1929, at Oakhill, she was the daughter of Ava and Everett Bradford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos Fleming; a son, Gary Fleming; and a granddaughter, Felicia Fleming.

Survivors include two children, Brunella Moran and husband Paul, and Richard Fleming and wife Shelia; a sister, Unbell Jenkins; four half-brothers, Willie Bradford, James Bradford, Freddie Bradford and Gary Bradford; five grandchildren, April Morgan, Angel Moran, Paul Moran, Travis Fleming and Shane Fleming; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Rick Hart and Marvin Marshall officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Visitation will be today from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

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Thomas L. Hilburn

Judge Thomas L. Hilburn, 71, of Cherokee Village, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

He was born Sept. 21, 1939, in Walnut Ridge, to Harry (Pop) and Mildred Hilburn and lived there most of his life until moving to Cherokee Village in 1995. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cherokee Village.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Annette Smith Hilburn; a son, Thomas "Tommy" Hilburn Jr. and wife Karla of Little Rock; three daughters, Leslie Morgan of Jonesboro, Natalie Smith of Walnut Ridge, and Caroline Robison and husband Lanier of Memphis; two brothers Dick Hilburn and wife Carolyn of Kennett, Mo., and Sam Hilburn and wife Diane of North Little Rock; a sister, Alice Stovall and husband Paul of Cherokee Village; grandchildren, Waylon Morgan, Nigel Morgan, Holly Hilburn, Lauren Robison, Chase Robison, Grace Robison, Jake Smith and Sheridan Smith; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Betty Ruth Sturch Hilburn, and an infant daughter, Amy Suzanne Hilburn.

After graduating from Walnut Ridge High School in 1957, he served in the United States Marine Corps from 1957 to 1964. He attended the University of Arkansas earning his law degree in 1970. Upon returning to Walnut Ridge, he served as City Attorney for 10 years and in 1983 he was elected Chancellor of the 3rd Judicial District until his retirement in 2003. He loved golf and enjoyed many golfing trips. He was a great cook, enjoyed entertaining family and friends and reading.

A visitation was held Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Cherokee Village. Memorial Services were Friday at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Arrangements were with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Cherokee Village; First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge; The Hilburn Foundation Scholarship, c/o First National Bank of Lawrence County, P.O. Box 509, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476; or to the charity of the donor's choice.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the doctors and staff at UAMS, the staff of Hospice for the care they provided in recent weeks, and to many friends and family.

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Floyd Clay Holder

Floyd Clay Holder, 84, of St. Louis, died May 11, 2011, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

Born May 30, 1926, in Black Rock, he was the son of Redmon Clay and Viola Ward Holder.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Holder Stone; and a brother, Charles William Holder.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Georgia Woodard Holder; a son, Clay Holder, St. Louis; a daughter, Barb Sims and husband Tom, St. Louis; a sister, Lucille Holder Davis, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Louie Holder, Jonesboro, and Edward Holder, Conway; and three granddaughters, Staci Sims, Andrea Sims and Katie Sims.

Burial with full military honors was Monday in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery under the direction of Kutis Funeral Home.

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Gordon W. Ogilvy

Gordon W. Ogilvy, 61, of Warm Springs, stepfather of Rebecca Cook of Walnut Ridge, died May 11, 2011, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas. Burial will be at a later date in Murdale Garden of Memory at Murphrysboro, Ill. Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of local arrangements.

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Jim Skimahorn

Jim Larry Skimahorn, 65, of Delaplaine, died as a victim of the recent floods. He was located May 14, 2011, near his home.

Born June 26, 1945, in Walnut Ridge, he was a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie and Vicey Collins Skimahorn; four brothers, Otis Skimahorn, Charley Skimahorn, Louie Skimahorn Jr. and Alan Skimahorn; and a sister, Vickey Skimahorn.

Survivors include two daughters, Linsey Rodgers and husband Jonathan, Delaplaine, and Chadisty Jackson and husband Shannon, Marmaduke; a son, Alvin Skimahorn, Beech Grove; three brothers, Roger Skimahorn, Delaplaine, Bill Skimahorn, Imboden, and Lloyd Skimahorn, Pocahontas; four sisters, Louise Hipp and Mary Davies, both of Indiana, and Jewell Louis and Ruth Parten, both of Lockwood, Colo.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Morrow Cemetery near Stanford.

Pallbearers will be Joey Jones, J.W. Grooms, Donald Keeling, Jeremy Powers, Larry Don Saffell and Artist Roush.

An online guestbook is available at

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