June 29, 2011 Edition

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Births

Kinley Breanne Crews Kasen Eli Sellers

Weddings/Engagements

George ~ Williams Tate ~ Crum

Obituaries

David Theodore Edwards Susan Kay Moran Dr. Gene D. Sullivan
Col. Richard Walters Mike Willfond

Births

Kinley Breanne Crews

Brent and Kristy Crews of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter, born on June 21, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, one ounce, and has been named Kinley Breanne Crews. She has three siblings, Keegun, Kyla and Kaemon.

Grandparents are Donald and Peggy Crews of Jonesboro and Don and Linda Milligan of Bergman.

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Kasen Eli Sellers

Craig and Stephanie Sellers of Bono have announced the birth of a son, born on June 16, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Kasen Eli Sellers. He has one sibling, Kylie.

Grandparents are Roger and Michelle Smith of Cherry Valley and Jim and Liz Sellers of Trumann, formerly of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Raymond and Nina Moore of Cherry Valley, Bill and Letha Starnes of Black Rock and Ron and Betty Thomas of Walnut Ridge.

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Weddings/Engagements

George ~ Williams

Lindsey George and Jared Williams will exchange wedding vows Saturday, July 30, at 2 p.m. at Corning First Baptist Church, located on Third Street.

The bride-elect, daughter of Mark and Leilani George of Corning, is a 2009 graduate of Corning High School and attends Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge. She is majoring in early childhood education and plans to earn a master's degree in school counseling.

She is the granddaughter of Tommy and Brenda George and Romeo and Vickie Villaluna and great-granddaughter of Thomas and Berniece George and Howard and Jewell Russell, all of Corning.

The prospective groom is the son of Steve and Amy Williams of Jonesboro and Anjannette and Craig Conner of Katy, Texas. He is a 2008 graduate of Corning High School and is employed with DirecTV.

He is the grandson of Jerry and Pricilla Williams of Success and Jackie and Betty Thomas of Corning. His great-grandmother is Glenda Crafton of Corning.

The couple will reside in Walnut Ridge at Williams Baptist College.

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Tate ~ Crum

Marlyn and Brenda Tate of Hoxie announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sara Louise Tate, to Corey Michael Crum, son of Mark and April Crum of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Alger and Cora Tate, who lived at Hoxie, and the late J.W. and Anita Slagley, who lived at Swifton.

She is a 2005 Hoxie High School graduate and is employed as a title agent at Lawrence County Abstract Company in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Larry and Nancy Rogers of Paragould, Bob and Jeannette Crum of Black Rock, Dora Sue Crum of Walnut Ridge and the late Condy Smith.

He is a 2004 Hoxie High School graduate and is employed by Jimmy Sanders' in Light.

The couple will exchange vows at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Walnut Ridge on July 22 at 7 p.m. A reception will follow at the Hoxie Community Center.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Obituaries

David Theodore Edwards

David Theodore "DT" Edwards, 93, of Paragould, formerly of Ravenden, died June 25, 2011, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould.

Born June 2, 1918, in Ravenden, he was the son of John and Pearl McAbee Edwards. He was a graduate of Southern Baptist College and retired after many years of service with JAC's TV and Appliance in Jonesboro. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving at Pearl Harbor during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Junie Marie McPike Edwards, whom he married Jan. 7, 1937, in Leachville; a son, Teddy Caroll; two brothers, Rufus Edwards and Buell Edwards; and a sister, Nevia Sissom.

Survivors include four children, David Lee Edwards and wife Linda, Bono, John David Edwards, Ravenden, and Billy Wayne Edwards and wife Rondla, Oxford; a daughter, Tywana Marie Edwards and husband Harlan, Paragould; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral is today at 3 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Ryan Johnston, pastor of First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge, officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Smith, Bryant Smith, Spencer Jackson, Jimmy Cyril Turner III, Billy Wayne Edwards Jr. and Shannon Edwards. Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas Caroll Edwards and Billy Joe Edwards.

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

An online guestbook is available at www.higginbothamfuneralservice.com.

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Susan Kay Moran

A memorial service for Susan Kay Norman Moran, 55, of Foley, Mo., formerly of Lynn, who died Jan. 30, 2011, at DePaul Hospital, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ward Cemetery in Strawberry with Don House officiating.

She was born Aug. 31, 1955.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Kenny Norman; a son, Jude William Tucker; her mother, Daphine Webb Tucker; and a brother, Charles Joseph Tucker.

Survivors include her father, James F. Tucker, Weldon Springs, Mo.; two brothers, Fred Alan Tucker and wife Susie, Elsberry, Mo., and Randy Webb Tucker, Florida; and a sister, Helen Katharine Hoerlein and husband Gary, Murrells, S.C.

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Dr. Gene D. Sullivan

Dr. Gene D. Sullivan, 76, of Stone Mountain, Ga., died June 17, 2011.

Born in Calamine, he was the son of Ewell and Celia Hoggard Sullivan. He received degrees from Arkansas State University and Louisiana State University. Between college programs, he served two years in the U.S. Army.

He taught Agricultural Economics at LSU for several years before accepting a position as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta in 1969. After retirement, he was employed as an adjunct professor of economics at Georgia Perimeter College.

He was involved in many activities at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Senior University of Mercer and travel tours of local senior organizations. Singing was always a pleasure and he participated in various choral groups.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Bonnie Sullivan, who lived in Jesup, and Virginia Sullivan Hargrove, who lived in Heber Springs; and a brother, Billy Sullivan, who lived in Calamine.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Janene Collum Sullivan; four children, Bruce E. Sullivan and wife Melanie, Denton, Texas, Shannon Sullivan Braselton and husband Herbert Jr., Braselton, Ga., Dr. Lydia Sullivan Arnall and husband Dr. Philip, Blue Ridge, Ga., and Dr. Troy D. Sullivan and wife Dr. Tina Yean Wong, Singapore; 12 grandchildren, Kyle A. Sullivan, USMC, Krista Renee Sullivan, Brooke Sullivan and Tristan Sullivan, all of Denton, Texas, Justin T. Braselton, Westley R. Braselton and Herbert B. "Cody" Braselton III, all of Braselton, Ga., Darcy Arnall and Ethan P. Arnall, both of Blue Ridge, Ga., Hanwen Grey Sullivan, Mingwen Lee Sullivan and Suryanni Sullivan, all of Singapore; and a large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was devoted to his family and many friends.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Floral Hills Funeral Home in Tucker, Ga. Burial was in Melwood Cemetery at Stone Mountain.

Memorials may be made to the African Children's Mission, P.O. Box 26470, Birmingham, AL 35260 or online at www.africanchildrensmission.org.

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Col. Richard Edward Walters

Col. Richard Edward Walters of Smithville died June 22, 2011, at his home.

He was born and raised in Delano, Calif. He graduated from Delano High School in 1963 and Bakersfield College in 1965. He received a BA degree in cinematography from the University of Southern California in 1969 and an MS degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas in 1980.

He was selected for the Airman Education and the Commissioning program in 1968 and commissioned as Second Lieutenant in 1969. After commissioning, he entered undergraduate pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., in 1970. Upon graduating in 1971, he was sent to Cam Rahn Bay Air Base in Vietnam from 1971 to 1972, where he flew aircraft missions for direct combat.

He was a graduate of Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College. His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters and Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

After 28 years traveling with the United States Air Force, he and his wife, Bonnie, settled in Smithville in 1993. He drove a bus for the Hillcrest School District and volunteered as a Lawrence County Election Commissioner.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Hillary Elizabeth Walters; his parents, Robert Lee and Stella Howard Walters; and two sisters, Donna Louise Walters and Linda Kay Walters.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Helms Walters; a son, Bradley Holden Walters and wife Kristy, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Ann Walters Schauer and husband Michael, Kasson, Minn.; two brothers, Robert Leon Walters and wife Cheryl and Michael Allen Walters and wife Carla, all of Bakersfield, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Justin Walters, Lindsey Walters, Hayden Schauer and Eve Schauer.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home.

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Mike Willfond

Mike Edward Willfond, 26, of Corning, died June 20, 2011.

Born June 10, 1985, in Paragould, he served in the U.S. Army National Guard with the 875th in Iraq for 16 months and helped with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Survivors include his wife, Nikie Willfond, Uriah, Ala.; three daughters, Destiny Willfond and Bethany Willfond, both of Rector, and Jaydean Willfond, Illinois; two stepchildren, Anna Ikner and Bradey Ikner, both of Uriah, Ala.; his mother and stepfather, Geyvon and Mark Crest, Corning; his father and stepmother, Carl and Lorrie Willfond, Corning; two sisters, Nadine Hughes, Imboden, and Katrina Reid, Corning; a stepsister, Halie Reid, Corning; and his grandmothers, Lillie Willfond and Marjorie Pruitt, both of Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Friday at 3 p.m. at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning with Earl Ladyman officiating. Burial was in Duty Cemetery at Walnut Ridge with full military honors.

Pallbearers were Glenn Beach, Quinten Martinez, Marvin Willfond, Bub Cooper, Chandler Cooper, Daniel Willfond and Corey Willfond.

An online guestbook is available at www.ermertfuneralhome.com.

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