June 08, 2011 Edition

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Jordyn Gilbreath Skylar Amerie Irwin Izabella Kay Jackson


Tribble ~ Maxie


David Allen Baird Virginia Irene Bennett Russell Benson
Billy Davis Harold Hoffman John Thomas James
Gladys Louise Johnson Teewahnee Laird Opal Lucille Merrell
James Middleton Truman Moore Jackie Dean Morris


Jordyn Edwina Sue Gilbreath

Lewis and Amanda Gilbreath of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on May 25, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Jordyn Edwina Sue Gilbreath.

She has one older brother, Shooter Gilbreath, who is two and a half.

Grandparents are Bobby Moore of Walnut Ridge and Ronnie and Carolyn Gilbreath of Jonesboro. She is the great-granddaughter of Cecil Moore of Walnut Ridge.

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Skylar Amerie Irwin

Spencer Irwin and Shana Douglas of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on May 21, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Skylar Amerie Irwin.

Grandparents are Barry and Sandy Bryant of Jonesboro, Shawn and Cindy Irwin of Hensley and Larry and Tina Douglas of Smithville.

She is the great-granddaughter of Ancil and Syble Brown of Ravenden, W.G. and Daphine Douglas of Sedgwick, Linda Story of Jonesboro, Russell and Becky Newell of Trumann and Charlie and Paulette Masterson of Conway.

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Izabella Kay Jackson

Mitchell and Jessica Jackson of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on May 31, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Izabella Kay Jackson.

Grandparents are Bill and Malisa Schmidgall of Walnut Ridge and David and Kay Jackson of Bono.

She is the great-granddaughter of Cathy Williams of Cotter, James Larkins Sr., Peggy Kiplinger and Opal Baker, all of Jonesboro, Charles Szczeblewski of Palmyra, Ill., Irva Roberts of Spring Valley, Ill., David Jackson of Delaplaine.

Great-great-grandparents are Juanita Keaton and Veda Sweeney, both of Jonesboro.

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Tribble ~ Maxie

Kelly Renee Tribble and Dylan Harley Maxie, both of Hoxie, have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Maxine Gillean of Hoxie. The prospective groom is the son of Danny and Kim Maxie of Hoxie.

The couple will be married in a ceremony set for 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the Lawrence County Meeting Room. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow.

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David Allen Baird

David Allen Baird, 57, of Arcadia, Mo., died June 1, 2011, at his residence.

Born June 30, 1953, in Pittsburg, Calif., he was the son of Isaac and Laura McBee Baird. He was a former resident of Hoxie and Clover Bend and worked for the Lawrence County Road Department. He was also a reserve officer before becoming disabled. He was a member of the local VFW and was treasurer for many years, later becoming commander.

He was preceded in death by a son, Heath Baird; his father, Isaac Baird; and grandparents, Frank and Mattie Baird.

Survivors include his wife, Joanie Baird; a daughter, Heather Baird, Cave City; two stepsons, William Watson and Lee Watson, both of Walnut Ridge; his mother, Laura Baird, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Debbie Rice, Walnut Ridge, and Mary Baker, DeKalb, Texas; a half sister, Tifany Guilliams, Hoxie; and six grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Eric Faler officiating. Burial followed in Clover Bend Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jason Rice, Travis Wheeler, Tony Cole, James Cagle, Shaun Hopkins, J.C. Hart, Jerry Ward and Lee Watson.

Honorary pallbearers were Robert Rice, Harold White, Carl White, Bobby Collins and David Burnside.

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Virginia Irene Bennett

Virginia Irene Bennett, 65, of Walnut Ridge, died June 4, 2011, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born Sept. 16, 1945, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of William and Elva Hendrix Bennett. She was a cashier at a local grocery store and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include a brother, Jackie Bennett and wife Jessie of Willow Springs, Mo.; a nephew, Jack W. Bennett of Pennsylvania; two nieces, Joyce Sands and husband Michael and Rose Mary Bennett, all of Hoxie; three great-nephews, Jace Dakota Bennett, Joshua Sands and Jonathon Sands; and a great-niece, Veronica Boyd.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

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Russell Benson

Russell Gene Benson, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died June 3, 2011, at his home.

Born Sept. 22, 1927, in Walnut Ridge, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He was a farmer, a mason, a United States Navy veteran having served in WWII and was of the Methodist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Ressie Hennesse Benson.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Benson; and a brother, Kenneth Benson, Dallas.

A memorial service was held Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Cook officiating. The body was cremated.

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Billy Davis

Billy Davis, 84, of Memphis, died May 31, 2011.

Born Feb. 22, 1927, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Robert and Jessie Williams Davis. He was a truck driver and a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Davis; a son, Robert Allen Davis; and a grandson, Shane Hibbs.

Survivors include four daughters, Madeline Grimoldby, Geneva, Ill., Brenda Hibbs, Walnut Ridge, and Ranella Lynn Bush and Melody Snooks, both of Memphis; two sons, Billy G. Davis Jr., Paragould, and Austin Davis, Memphis; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Old Military Cemetery with Lloyd Clark officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Harold Hoffman

Harold Robert Hoffman, 76, of Walnut Ridge died June 2, 2011, at his residence.

Born Dec. 14, 1934, in Paragould, he was the son of Thomas and Myrtle Huffman Hoffman. He had lived in Randolph County before moving to Walnut Ridge 19 years ago and attended the Faith Assembly in Walnut Ridge. He had worked for Hussman Refrigeration.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl Hoffman, Vernon Hoffman and Elijah Hoffman.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice Hoffman; two daughters, Kathy Hall and husband Gene and Connie Hart and husband Dale, all of Warrenton, Mo; a brother, L.C. Hoffman and wife Faye, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Leoma Robinson and husband Lowell, Pocahontas, Dorothy McCall and husband Harland, Warner, Okla.; three grandchildren, Brad Moellering, Brittany Stone and Christian Hart; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Betty Williams and Bob Marriott officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Brad Moellering, Christian Hart, Allen Flanery, Danny Shewmaker, Jason Hoffman and Donald Hoffman.

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John Thomas James

John Thomas James, 87, of Jonesboro died June 4, 2011, at St. Bernards Medical Center.

The family will receive friends Friday from 5-7 p.m. at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Completed funeral arrangements will be announced later by Higginbotham Funeral Service of Walnut Ridge.

Online guest registry at www.higginbothamfuneralservice.com.

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Gladys Louise Johnson

Gladys Louise Johnson, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died June 1, 2011, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and had worked for the United States Navy after graduating from high school. She was of the Church of God belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Ollie Taylor Johnson.

Survivors include close friends, Aleeta Dame and Beulah Evans, both of Walnut Ridge, and Linda Stafford of Strawberry.

Graveside services were Friday at 10 a.m. in Lawrence Memorial Park with Don House officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

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Teewahnee Laird

Teewahnee Laird, 84, of Forrest City, formerly of Lawrence County, died June 4, 2011, at Crest Park Nursing Home, after a long illness.

Born April 7, 1927, in Malvern, she was the daughter of Venito and Louise Whiteside Grayhorse. She had lived in the Forrest City area most of her life and was an LPN for 45 years, working at Forrest City Hospital for many years. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Laird; and a daughter, Melissa Callahan.

Survivors include two daughters, Floyetta Hambrick, Forrest City, and Vanessa Renee Shelton, Tennessee; two sons, Edward "Eddie" Laird and Michael Laird, both of Forrest City; a sister, Loretta Prince, Texas; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at First Assembly of God Church in Forrest City with Bro. Bill Cooper officiating. Burial was in Forest Park Cemetery under the direction of Morgan Funeral Home.

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Opal Lucille Merrell

Opal Lucille Merrell, 86, of Arizona, formerly of Jonesboro and Walnut Ridge, died June 5, 2011, at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, Ariz.

Born Nov. 11, 1924, in Jonesboro, she was a lifelong homemaker. The family moved to California in 1962, where they lived in Riverside and later at Kaiser Steel Mine Community in Eagle Mountain, Calif. In 1979 their family moved to Prescott Valley. She was a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Prescott Valley.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Jonesboro native Ben J. Merrell.

Survivors include three daughters, Sherlyne Hall and husband Barry of Sedona, Ariz., Janette Smith and husband Paul and Patti Cox and husband Carl, all of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; a son, Phil Merrell and wife Kim of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; two sisters, Charlene Melton, Independence, Mo., and Helen Davidoski, Crowley, Texas; eight grandchildren, Benjamin Hall, Timothy Hall, Jeffrey Smith, Jana Smith Rea, Daniel Cox, Bryan Cox, Benjamin Merrell and Jessica Merrell; and great-grandson Joseph Hall.

Funeral service will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at First Southern Baptist Church of Prescott Valley. Burial service will be held at Heritage Park Cemetery in Dewey, Ariz. Sunrise Funeral Home and Crematory of Prescott Valley has charge of arrangements.

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James Middleton

James Almen Middleton, 81, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., formerly of Hoxie, died June 5, 2011, at the VA Hospital.

Born July 10, 1929, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He was a welder and auto mechanic for Rohr Aircraft Corporation and was a United States Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Cecil Spargo Middleton; and a stepbrother, Billy Middleton.

Survivors include five daughters, Jaunita Boss, Hoxie, Cheryl Sibert and Alveda Newsom, both of Jonesboro, Gracie Wineinger, Anderson, Mo., and Kathleen Matlock, Avoca; two sons, Frank Middleton, Walnut Ridge, and Carless Middleton, Avoca; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be today at 11 a.m. at Minturn Cemetery with Rebecca LaPiro officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Truman Moore

Truman Moore, a lifetime resident of Lawrence County and a descendent of two pioneer Lawrence County families, died Monday at the age of 96.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Bonnie Gibson Moore, of the home; two daughters, Fran Austin (Doug) of Cape Girardeau, Mo; and Cathy Clowers (Dr. Larry) of Hot Springs Village; two sons, Harry Truman Moore (Linda Lou) of Paragould; and Tom Moore (Darlene) of Walnut Ridge; four granddaughters, Tina Dolbeare (Alex) of Columbus, Ind; Teri Goodman (Scott) of Cape Girardeau; Dr. Marsha Clowers of New York, N.Y.; Dr. Holly Clowers of Jackson, Tenn.; one grandson, Matthew T. Moore of Walnut Ridge; a great-granddaughter, Meg Goodman of Cape Girardeau; two great-grandsons, John Paul Goodman of Cape Girardeau; and Austin Doyle of Columbus; and a step great-grandson, Nevada Dolbeare of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert C. Moore and Margaret Matthews Moore; and three adult brothers and two adult sisters.

Truman was a graduate of Sloan-Hendrix Academy and began his varied professional career as a country school teacher, teaching eight grades in one room in several rural Lawrence County communities.

The education of his children became one of his top priorities, and he was proud that all of his children and grandchildren have earned or are completing college degrees, with six of them earning advanced degrees.

His work experience included employment as a car salesman, grocery clerk, bookkeeper (including his duties as the bookkeeper and manager of the "company store" at the Lauratown plantation), as a retail merchant, a funeral director and as a real estate agent and broker.

From 1955-1982 he owned as a partner and then sole shareholder the Bowlin-Moore, and later, Moore Furniture Company. His wife, Bonnie, worked with him in the business from 1969 until they sold it.

In his final employment, he served until he was 94 as principal broker for a local real estate firm.

Truman was a respected community and business leader, including service as president of the Walnut Ridge Chamber of Commerce, president of the Arkansas Furniture Association and member of the Lawrence County Historical Society.

He was probably best known for his work for his church, First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge, where he was a devoted member for more than 65 years and served as a deacon, church treasurer, Sunday School superintendent and a choir member.

Truman possessed an incredible memory, and never forgot a face and the name that went with it. He maintained an interest in politics and public affairs until his last illness. He estimated that he attended more than 85 Fourth of July Picnics at Portia, and rarely missed the political speeches. His home was often open to office holders on the 4th, where candidates would stop for a visit with him and a glass of Miss Bonnie's homemade lemonade.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Mark Harris officiating. Pallbearers will be deacons of the church.

The family will receive visitors prior to the funeral beginning at noon at the First Baptist Church. Burial will follow under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home in the New Hope Cemetery near Denton, where he will join other family members on grounds donated by his grandfather.

Memorials may be made to the building fund of the First Baptist Church, Walnut Ridge, or to a charity of choice.

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Jackie Dean Morris

Jackie Dean Morris, 52, of Lawrence, Kans., died June 3, 2011.

Born July 16, 1958, in Caraway, he was the son of Woodrow and Dixie Morris.

He was preceded in death by his father, Woodrow Morris; two brothers, Dickey Morris and Danny Miles Morris; and a sister, Penny Thomas Matthews.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Morris; two daughters, Starla Fay Morris, Benton Harbor, Mich., and Jacklyn Mitchell Morris, Daytona Beach, Fla.; his mother, Dixie Morris, Hoxie; a sister, Pamela Morris, Hoxie; seven brothers, James Morris, Bangor, Mich., Scotty Morris and Ted Morris, both of Hoxie, Derward Morris and Joe Morris, both of Paragould, Ricky Morris, Walnut Ridge and Lynn Morris, Watervliet, Mich., and two grandsons, Conner and Carson Morris Underwood.

Burial was Monday in Lawrence, Kans. A memorial will be held Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the home of Ted Morris and Dixie Morris in Hoxie.

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