May 25, 2011 Edition

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Nathan Perry Smith


Catron ~ Ryals Massey ~ Blevins Richey ~ Delay
Roche ~ McCarroll Walker ~ McDaniel


Randall Bounds Herschel Brown Lexie Rae Climer
Kenneth Earl Demastes William L. Doyle Audrey Forrester
Arles Virgil Freeman David M. Helms Brenda Lynette Knipple
William Edward Lakey Bernice McGee Logan Simpson
Laura F. Smith


Nathan Perry Smith

Tyler and Amanda Smith of Springdale have announced the birth of a son on May 17, 2011, at Willow Creek Woman's Hospital in Springdale. The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and has been named Nathan Perry.

Nathan has an older brother, Ben, who is 16 months old.

Grandparents are Perry and Rebecca Webb and Doug and Diana Smith, all of Springdale. Great-grandparents are Bob and Mary Ann Jackson of Walnut Ridge and Doris Boyles of Mt. Ida.

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Catron ~ Ryals

Mike and Becky Catron of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Tonya Michelle Catron, to Allen Michael Ryals. He is the son of Cindy and Ronald Boyd of Annieville and Dale and Tigist Ryals of Texas.

The bride-elect is a 2008 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. She is attending Williams Baptist College, where she is an English major. She is employed at the Lawrence County Library.

The prospective groom is a 2007 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School in Imboden. He is attending Black River Technical College, where he is an English major. He is employed at Wendy's in Pocahontas.

The couple will exchange vows on May 30 at 2 p.m. at Sunset Ridge in Judsonia with a reception to follow.

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Massey ~ Blevins

James and Terrie Massey of Strawberry announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lori Lea Massey, to Christopher Boyd Blevins, son of Sammy and LuAnne Blevins of Lynn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dauty Cranford of Judsonia and Jim and Willene Massey of Strawberry.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bob and Barbara Whitmire of Eaton and Sam and Carmella Blevins of Lynn.

The couple will exchange vows on June 3 at 7 p.m. at the Massey residence, located at 232 Lawrence 289 in Strawberry. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and the reception to follow.

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Richey ~ Delay

Johnnie and Mary Richey of Powhatan have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Stephanie Richey, to Stefan Delay, son of Donald Delay of Marietta, Ga., and the late Martha Delay.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Loyd and Catherine Richey of Powhatan. She was homeschooled and graduated from high school in 2004. She is a May graduate of Regent University with a degree in organizational leadership and management.

The prospective groom works at C.H. Martin Company - Orthotics and Prosthetics and owns a landscaping company, Stefan's Lawn Service.

The couple will exchange vows on June 11 at 2 p.m. Due to the flood, the wedding will no longer be held at Freedom Church of NEA but will be held at First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas. A reception will follow in the church's fellowship hall.

All family and friends are invited to attend the wedding and reception.

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Roche ~ McCarroll

Mary Kathleen Roche and Nathan Scott McCarroll have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of the late David and Florence Roche, who lived in Ontario, Canada. She is the granddaughter of the late Clifford and Gladys Cressman of Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada.

The prospective groom is the son of Billy and Julie McCarroll of Cabot and the grandson of Richard and Ina Spades of Cabot, formerly of Black Rock, and the late Edward "Jack" and Syble McCarroll, who lived in Black Rock.

Roche is a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana, Texas, and a graduate of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass.

She is a public affairs specialist at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW) in Little Rock.

McCarroll is a Cabot High School graduate and a graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He is employed as a political consultant.

The couple will exchange vows on June 11, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Arkasnas Arts Center in Little Rock.

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Walker ~ McDaniel

Scott and Kathy Walker of Ravenden have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Tara Lynn Walker, to Marion Eli McDaniel, son of Bobby and Wanda McDaniel of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Carol Brown of Ravenden and the late Willie Brown, Troy and Toni Campbell of Imboden and Norma Walker of Ft. Atkinson, Wisc., and the late Gerald Walker.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Sherman (Shorty) and Thelma Mashburn, who lived at Powhatan, and Marion and Alena McDaniel of Tahlequah, Okla.

The couple will exchange vows on June 4 at 2 p.m. at New Life Full Gospel Church in Black Rock with a reception to follow. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Randall Bounds

Randall Boyd Bounds, 60, of Pocahontas, died May 20, 2011, at his home.

Born June 11, 1950, in Pocahontas, he was the son of Cleo and Charlene Bounds.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Roger Bounds and Denny Bounds; and a niece, Amber Malin.

Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Bounds; a sister, Sue Malin, Searcy; six brothers, Charles Bounds, Marthasville, Mo., Tommy Bounds, San Antonio, Grady Bounds and Berell Bounds, both of Pocahontas, and Larry Bounds and Gary Bounds, both of Delaplaine; his father-in-law, Leon Hibbard, Walnut Ridge; and lifelong friends, Freddie and Hazel Murray.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

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Herschel Brown

Herschel "Cooter" Brown, 65, of Walnut Ridge, died May 22, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 4, 1945, at Rivervale, he was the son of Howard and Violet Jones Brown. He was a farmer and of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include three daughters, Rachel Brakensiek, West Memphis, and Becky Brown and Debbie Brown, both of Walnut Ridge; a son, Herschel Brown Jr., Walnut Ridge; a sister, Lafrida Huddleston, Brighton, Tenn.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Chapel with Vonda Keasler officiating. Burial was in Potters Cemetery near Lepanto.

Pallbearers were Harold White, Mitchell Lamb, Tim Lamb, Charles Brakensiek, Waylon Huskey and Mark Ellison. Honorary pallbearers were Lacy Burns, Russell Burns, Billy Nelson, Fred Treece, Shane Horton, Cap Phillips, Eugene Milgrim, Jack Howell, Mike Teel and Cleo Cooper.

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Lexie Rae Climer

Lexie Rae Climer, 11, of Jonesboro, died May 22, 2011, in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 22, 1999, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of Stanley "Duke" Climer and Cindy Ann Miesner Richardson.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Debra Miesner Carter; and her great-grandparents, Bill and Ruth Taylor.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Caragan Climer, of the home; a brother, Bradley Joe Climer, Brookland; her grandfather, Sam Miesner, Strawberry; her grandparents, James and Betty Copeland, and Donald and Marlene Climer, all of Jonesboro; and her great-grandparents, Victor and Eithel Miesner, Strawberry.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro with Larry Sellers officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery at Jonesboro under the direction of Hardy & Loresa's Family Funeral Service of Batesville.

Visitation is Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the church.

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Kenneth Earl Demastes

Kenneth Earl Demastes, 51, of Hot Springs, died May 20, 2011, at his home.

He had lived in Black Rock as a child before moving to Hot Springs. He was self-employed and owned a vending company.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ola Faye House; and three sisters, Peggy McQuay, Carolyn Cagle and Wanda Louise Diaz.

Survivors include his father, Cecil Haynes and wife Brenda, Paducah, Ky.; three brothers, Doug Jones and wife Mary, Cherokee Village, John Demastes and wife Mary, Clinton, and Charlie Demastes and wife Penny, Shelbyville, Ky.; a sister, Wanda Hobbs, Williford; and an uncle, Earl Demastes, Black Rock.

A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rebecca LaPiro officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

An online guestbook is available at

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William L. Doyle

William L. Doyle, 84, of Maynard, died May 22, 2011, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born Feb. 16, 1927, in Strawberry, he was the son of Joe and Polly Doyle. He had lived Maynard for the past 24 years and owned and operated a painting business. He was a member of the Free Will Baptist church.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Billy Elbert, Joe Harvey Doyle, Bobbie Eugene Doyle, Roscoe Doyle, Wash Doyle and Ivorn Doyle; and three sisters, Ruby Fry, Merle Doyle and Opeline Tipton.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Janice Doyle; a son, Terry Doyle, Fayetteville; a daughter, Teresa Doyle, Dallas; a brother, Jack Doyle, Sedgwick; a sister, Verlin Right, St. Louis; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Herman Cemetery in Jonesboro with Bro. Paul Bean officiating. Emerson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home in Jonesboro.

An online guestbook is available at

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Audrey Forrester

Audrey Forrester, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died May 22, 2011, surrounded by family and friends.

Born Oct. 10, 1921, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Walter and Affie White Adkisson. She moved to Rockford, Ill., in 1951, where she was a member of Cathedral Baptist Church. She returned to Walnut Ridge in 1997 and attended Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sloan Forrester, whom she married on Oct. 5, 1940, in Sedgwick; a son, Howard Forrester; a sister, Clarice Smith; and three brothers, Charles Adkisson, Woody Adkisson and Jackie Adkisson.

Survivors include a son, Larry Forrester and wife Frances, Hoxie; a daughter, Patsy Coy, Walnut Ridge; a daughter-in-law, Linda Forrester, Rockford, Ill.; three brothers, Gerald Adkisson and wife Marilyn, Hoxie, Marvin Adkisson and wife Jackie, Inverness, Fla., and Kenneth Adkisson and wife Mona, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren, Kim Brown and husband Billy, Sherry Boles and husband Tommie, Tammy Scott and husband Jim, Larry Forrester and wife Ashley, Michael Forrester and wife Jinny, and Theresa Ratzlaff and husband Tim; and seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas Brown and wife Christin, Joe Scott, Shakara Woodley and husband Dalton, Shalena Boles, Cade Forrester, Cara Forrester and newest great-grandbaby, Sophia Forrester.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Tommie Boles officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be great-grandchildren: Nicholas Brown, Christin Brown, Spencer Brown, Shakara Woodley, Dalton Woodley, Joe Scott and Shalena Boles.

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Arles Virgil Freeman

Arles Virgil Freeman, 89, of Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Pocahontas and Walnut Ridge, died May 18, 2011, in Tulsa.

Born Aug. 17, 1921, in Heber Springs, he was the son of Bertie Marshall and Viola Freeman. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nora Pearl Bowen Freeman, whom he married in 1952 at Powhatan; and a brother, Roy Duane Freeman.

Survivors include his children, Jerry Cantrell, Pocahontas, Jim Cantrell, Pocahontas, June Rogers, Catoosa, Okla., Debbie Campbell, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Arles Freeman, Raymore, Mo., Randy Freeman, Pocahontas, Rhonda Reed, Douglasville, Ga., Bert Freeman, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Robert Freeman, Pocahontas; a sister, Bernie Mae Moreno, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive him.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Michael Freeman officiating. Burial was in Duty Cemetery in Randolph County.

Pallbearers were Jerry Cantrell, Jim Cantrell, Rick Freeman, Randy Freeman, Bert Freeman and Robert Freeman.

An online guestbook is available at

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David M. Helms

David Mage Helms, 81, of Ravenden Springs, died May 19, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born March 1, 1930, in Imboden, he was the son of Ivy and Zelma Dunham Helms. He was a truck driver and jack-of-all-trades. He was a member of the Faith of the Apostles Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Pearlene Roberts and Martha Williams.

Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Sheets and Beverly McCoy, both of Jonesboro; three sons, Ron Helms, Ravenden, and Eldon Helms and Larry Helms, both of Ravenden Springs; a brother, Roy Helms, St. Louis; two sisters, Barbara Bolley, Georgia, and Lillian Bittle, Bono; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Old Jackson Cemetery near Imboden with David Morris officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Brenda Lynette Knipple

Brenda Lynette Knipple, 62, of Hoxie, died May 18, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 4, 1948, in Newport, she was a member of the Portia Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Knipple; her parents, Troy Lee and Maxine Swaffar Tims; and a brother, Dewey Tims.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Johnson and husband Patrick, Walnut Ridge; a stepson, Robert Owen, Walnut Ridge; a daughter-in-law, Christina Owen; a sister, Denise Tims Grissom, Kennett, Mo.; and five grandchildren, Taylor Johnson, Treyton Johnson, Ryder Johnson, Christopher Owen and Lindsay Owen.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Cemetery in Bono under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila.

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William Edward Lakey

William Edward "Bud" Lakey, 76, of Walnut Ridge, died May 24, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 20, 1934, in Sedgwick, he was the son of Charlie and Sadie Cook Lakey. He lived in Lawrence County most of his life. He was a carpenter and worked for B.B. Vance.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Vandergriff Lakey; and three sisters, Edna Mecini, Bobbie Prater and Polly Lakey.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Lakey; two daughters, Sharon Lakey-Jean and husband Roger, Hot Springs and Amy Cook of Hot Springs; a son, Greg Lakey and wife Sylvia, Grants Pass, Ore.; a sister, Edith Rodgers, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Marion Stringer officiating. Burial will be in Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Matt Mullen, Roger Jean, Ryan Scott, Dennis Ford, Dwight Coffey and Thurman Coffey. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Jean, Ronnie Pierce, Charles Marshall and Mark Constant.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart and Lung Association.

An online guestbook is available at

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Bernice McGee

Bernice McGee, 85, of Batesville, died May 22, 2011, at White River Medical Center.

Born Sept. 12, 1925, in Saffell, she was the daughter of William Clay and Syble Mae Harris Richey. She was a homemaker and of the Church of Christ faith.

Survivors include a son, Jerry McGee, Strawberry; a daughter, Catherine West, Fernley, Nev.; three brothers, Maynard Richey and W.C. Richey, both of Strawberry, and Gerald Richey, Lynn; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Ward Cemetery in Strawberry under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.

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Logan Simpson

Logan Walker Simpson, 6, of Kirbyton, Ky., formerly of Monroe, N.C., died May 16, 2011.

He was a first-grade student at Carlisle County Elementary School and attended Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky.

Survivors include his parents, Brian Kenneth and Melissa Asberry Simpson; two brothers, Brandon Tyler Simpson and Brian Colby Simpson, Kirbyton, Ky.; and his grandparents, Bro. Jerry and Demona Asberry, Paducah, formerly of Lawrence County, and Raeford and Diane Simpson, Monroe, N.C.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Paducah with Bros. Lee Hammel and Jerry Asberry officiating. Burial was in Kirbyton Cemetery in Carlisle County.

An online guestbook is available at

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Laura F. Smith

Laura F. Smith, 64, of Portia, died May 20, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born June 7, 1946, she was a homemaker. She had lived in Missouri before moving to Lawrence County in 1981. She was of the Church of God belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Fred Smith in 2009; her parents, David and Ollie Jarvis Risinger; three sisters, Donna Williams, Vivian Risinger and Alvada Kegin; six brothers, Jim Risinger, Joe Risinger, Herman Risinger, Jerry Risinger, Chester Risinger and Marion Risinger; and a grandson.

Survivors include five daughters, Cheryl Englert, Walnut Ridge, Christina Moore and husband Tommy and Phyllis Tribble and husband Ricky, all of Hoxie, Jane Wilmes and husband Paul, O'Fallon, Mo., and Brenda Butler, Wilmington, N.C.; two sons, Max Hendley and Gary Smith, both of Houston, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Monday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with James Noblin officiating.

An online guestbook is available at

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