July 06, 2011 Edition

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Garrison Sylar Green Clementine Blu Midkiff Shaye Elizabeth Thompson


Allen ~ Walker Halfacre ~ Mitchell Seamans ~ Mize
Wayman ~ Benton


Barbara Bruce Cabato Mildred Ruth Cochran Elsie G. Garner
Michael Claude Lowry Paul Leroy Martin Lena Schmidt Petero
Donald W. Stephens William Levi Webb Lora Jane Wright


Garrison Sylar Green

Rodney and Amber Green of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son on June 19, 2011, at St. Benards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and has been named Garrison Sylar Green.

He has an older sister, Hailey Winspear, who is nine.

Grandparents are Ronnie and Kathy Evans of Lynn and Ronnie and Danita Green and Terry and Carol Hibbard, all of Jonesboro.

He is the great-grandson of Ruby Evans of Lynn, Paul and Nellie Lyle of Cambria, Ill., James and Willene Byrd of Imboden, Bud and Louise Gann of Ravenden and Larry and Ramona Hibbard of Portia.

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Clementine Blu Midkiff

Joseph and Sarah Midkiff of New York City have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, on June 14, 2011, at NYU Medical Center Hospital.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Clementine Blu Midkiff.

Grandparents are Drs. David and Sheri Midkiff of Portia, Helen Lathrop of Midlothian, Va., and Dr. Greg Lathrop of Richmond, Va.

She is the great-granddaughter of Charlena Midkiff of Walnut Ridge, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Pickett of Pocahontas and Mr. and Mrs. Guy Lee Lathrop of Plymouth, Minn.

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Shaye Elizabeth Thompson

Mitchell and Paige Thompson of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born June 19, 2011, in Kansas City, Kan.

The baby weighed six pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Shaye Elizabeth Thompson.

Grandparents are Lisa Thompson of Portia, Ed and Lisa Lemke of Blytheville, Scott and Darlene Crawford of Paragould and Chuck Thompson of Jonesboro.

She is the great-granddaughter of Larry and Beverly Couch of Portia, Roy Burroughs of Manila and Jerry Crawford of Osceola. Great-great-grandmother is Jewell Couch of Portia.

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Allen ~ Walker

Barry Allen of Minturn and Cheryl Watkins of Grove, Okla., have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Cassey Allen, to Landon Walker, son of Richard and Sheila Walker of South West City, Mo.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ernest and Vaudeen Allen of Minturn and the late Otis and Jean Mathia.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Richard and Phyllis Walker and Ronnie and Deleva Ostrander, all of Cassville, Mo., and Carolyn Bowling of Crane, Mo., and the late Robert Bowling.

The wedding will take place in Eureka Springs at the Crescent Hotel on Sept. 3.

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Halfacre ~ Mitchell

Elizabeth Ann Mitchell of Walnut Ridge became the bride of Lloyd Luke Halfacre of Walnut Ridge in a family ceremony on May 28, 2011, at Angels Among Us in Eureka Springs.

The bride is the daughter of Jamison and Rose Mitchell of Paw Paw, Mich. She is a graduate of Paw Paw High School and is a construction manager for Yates Construction.

The groom is the son of the late Luther and Carol Halfacre, who lived in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Venice High School in Los Angeles and is employed as a window installer for Franks Glass.

Celena Marie Pugh of Walnut Ridge was maid of honor, and Kevin Mitchell Pugh of Walnut Ridge served as best man.

Following the wedding trip to Eureka Springs, they are residing in Walnut Ridge.

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Seamans ~ Mize

Jacquelyn Mize became the bride of Clint Seamans on May 25 at the White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev.

The bride is the daughter of Max Mize and Tracy and Shannon Long, all of Smithville. She is the granddaughter of Homer and Maxine Mize of Smithville and Jimmy and Venita Doyle of Saffell. A 2003 graduate of River Valley High School in Strawberry, she was in the Air Force for four years. She graduated from Tech School at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas.

The groom is the son of Leona Staggs of Imboden and the late Max Seamans. He attended Sloan-Hendrix School. He is a logger and farmer and is owner of the Indoor Birdell Arena.

Following the wedding trip to Las Vegas, Dallas and Benton, La., they are at home in Smithville.

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Wayman ~ Benton

Greg Benton and Melinda Wayman of Paragould, formerly of Sedgwick, invite all family and friends to their wedding on Saturday, July 16.

The couple will exchange vows at 4 p.m. at Greater Vision Ministries, located at 1006 South Rockingchair Road in Paragould.

A reception will follow the ceremony.

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Barbara Bruce Cabato

Barbara Bruce Cabato, 70, of Albany, Ga., died July 2, 2011, at her home.

Born May 6, 1941, she was a native of Hoxie. She had lived in Jacksonville, Fla., before moving to Albany in 1989. She was a retired waitress at 3 Squares Diner in Leesburg, Ga., and was a member of First Baptist Church in Putney, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Ely and Lillian Rosella Emmons Bruce; and a brother, Joy Spencer Bruce.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Allen and husband John, Scottsboro, Ala., and Melissa Graige and husband Michael, Leesburg, Ga.; two sons, Teodoro Cabato II, Raymore, Mo., and Jeffery Cabato, Albany, Ga.; a sister, Charlise Little and husband Jim, Albany, Ga.; and six grandchildren, Kristy Allen, Noah Allen, Stephanie Spuehler, Teodoro Cabato III, Sebastian Graige and Kristina Graige.

Visitation was Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home in Albany.

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

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Mildred Ruth Cochran

Mildred Ruth Cochran, 84, of Little Rock, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

Born Dec. 17, 1926, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Della Halcomb House. Mildred was of the Pentecostal faith, and was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and mother-in-law. She was an advocate for children and animals, especially for her dog, Brittany, who she loved very much. Sunday dinner with family at her home was always mandatory. Those who met her will never forget her.

Mildred was also preceded in death by her husband, Millard Cochran; a daughter, Linda Sims; a sister, Bea Haigwood; and a brother, Darrell House.

Mildred is survived by her son, Gary Cochran and wife Karrie, Little Rock; a daughter, Mary Mobbs and husband Bill, Wooster; a brother, Carl House and wife Diana, Little Rock; four grandchildren, Jack May, Laurie Sims Barsotti, Cori Cochran and Zach Cochran; a son-in-law, Leland Sims, Bryant; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to express special thanks to Deborah Haigwood Blakley.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery in Alicia with Gary Cochran officiating. Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Pulaski County Humane Society, 14600 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, AR 72210.

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


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Elsie G. Garner

Elsie G. Garner, 97, of Lee's Summit, Mo., formerly of Hardy, died June 27, 2011, at Lee's Summit Medical Center.

Born July 27, 1913, in Hardy she was the daughter of Ben and Lula Martin Cooper. She was a homemaker and of the Church of Christ faith._

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Crossland, Lee's Summit; a sister, Flora Causbie, Hardy; a brother, Donald Cooper, Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Roy Crossland, Green Valley, and Carol Hodges, Bates City, Mo.; two great-grandchildren, Melissa Tye, Lee's Summit, and Jeffrey Crossland, Kansas City; two great-great-grandchildren, Makayla Dawn Tye and Kyleigh Nichole Tye, both of Lee's Summit; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends._

Funeral was Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Floyd Rikard officiating. Burial was in Hardy Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rodney Cooper, Gary Cooper, Randall Cooper, James Causbie, Roy Wayne Causbie, Doye Tye and Jeffrey Crossland.

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


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Michael Claude Lowry

Michael Claude Lowry, 76, of Imboden, died June 29, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 11, 1934, in Fort Worth, Texas, he was the son of Claude Oscar and Annie Lurline Austin Lowry. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Survivors include three sons, Michael Eugene Lowry, Honea Path, S.C., Thomas Claude Lowry, Mansfield, La., and Willis Daniel Lowry, Batesville; a stepson, Jonas R. Alvarez, Imboden; four brothers, Dave Lowry and wife Jan, Bill Kelley and wife Mary Ann and Tom Lowry and wife Lerna, all of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Bob Lowry and wife Dani, Syracuse, Utah; two sisters, Lynn Delaney and husband Chuck, Abilene, Texas, and Nancy Reed, Lake Havasu City; and five grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Bernard Edens officiating.

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

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Paul Leroy Martin

Paul Leroy Martin, 78, of Black Rock, died July 1, 2011, in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 11, 1932, he was the son of William Andrew and Julie Ann Kester Martin. He moved to Peoria, Ill., from Arkansas in 1964 and was retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company. He returned to Arkansas in 1993.

He was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene Beavers Martin, whom he married Aug. 13, 1954; two sons, David Martin and wife Valerie, Annieville, and Gary Martin and wife Lori, Rockledge, Fla.; two daughters, Patricia Johnston and husband Greg, Rockledge, Fla., and Paula Burns and husband Jim, Chino, Calif.; a brother, Hoy Martin, Maynard; a sister, Charlene Watkins, West Memphis; eight grandchildren, Melissa Foster, Steven Darling Jr., Joshua Johnston, Julie Chandler, Amy Heaton, Greg Burns, Nicole Burns and Andrew Martin; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Lena Schmidt Petero

Lena Ophelia Schmidt Petero, 91, of Jonesboro, died June 29, 2011.

Born Dec. 17, 1919, in Alabama, she was the daughter of James Marion and Theodora "Dora" Yancey Hitt. She was a housekeeper and was of the Catholic faith.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Steven Schmidt; her second husband, Loy Petero; two brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Sheets and husband Troy, Jonesboro; three sons, Stephen Schmidt and wife Barbara, Jonesboro, Stanley Schmidt and wife Jewell, Hoxie, and Patrick Schmidt, House Springs, Mo.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Maurice Hitt officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Brandon Sheets, Al Sheets, Stephen Schmidt, Blake Schmidt, Randy Schmidt, Mike Gibbs, Tyler Gibbs and Mark Guenther.

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Donald W. Stephens

Donald Wayne Stephens, 51, of Imboden, died June 27, 2011, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Sept. 4, 1959, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Josh and Bessie Stephens and Rhea and Ella Starr.

Survivors include his wife, Melanie Stephens; three daughters, Khara Sorenson and husband Jeff, Fort Worth, Texas, Kristina Young and husband Triston, Rosebud, and Demi Stephens, Imboden; a son, Josh Stephens, Imboden; his parents, Kenneth and Roberta Stephens, Imboden; a brother, Kenny Stephens, Imboden; three sisters, Teresa Rowsey and husband Danny, Smithville, and Diane Wells and husband Lanny and Gina Blansett and husband Larry, all of Imboden; and five grandsons, Kaleb, Zachary, Chase, Riley and Beau.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Sloan-Hendrix Gym with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Billy Rowsey, Larry Blansett, Lanny Wells, Danny Rowsey, Britt Conrad and Kenny Stephens. Honorary pallbearers were Terry Stephens, Danny Holder, Renny Holder, Gene Dearen Jr., Warren Williams, Eric Wells, Patrick Murphy, Chris Stallings, Tim Hawkins, Joe Wallis, Cory Conrad and Bill Stacy.

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William Levi Webb

William Levi Webb, 73, of Imboden, died July 2, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 10, 1938, in Alabama, he was the son of Odis Arzo and Viola Edna Shirley Webb. He was a truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Flisha Webb; nine children and several stepchildren, including William Lee Webb, Oklahoma, Patty Melton, Jonesboro, Mike Hefner, Cherokee Village, and Anna Smith, Ravenden; five siblings, Niladean Willfond, Hoxie, Ann Bolt and Robert Webb, both of Indiana, Kelly Webb, Texas, Ray Webb, Alabama; and several grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Bryan Funeral Home.

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Lora Jane Wright

Lora Jane Wright, 69, of Evening Shade, died July 2, 2011, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Aug. 6, 1941, at Strawberry, she was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She was a master doll maker and judged many doll contests.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Eathel Lankford Grimes.

Survivors include her husband, Dale Wright; a son, Dennis Wright, Evening Shade; two daughters, Kathy Donnelly, Bolingbrook, Ill., and Theresa Garner, Beebe; a brother, John Grimes, Monroe, Iowa; a sister, Freda Smith, Covington, Ga.; five grandchildren, Virginia Jacobsen, Aric Donnelly, Salina Smith, David Garner and Dale Wright; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Alvin Wiles officiating. Burial will be in Roberts Cemetery at Franklin.

Pallbearers will be Keith Grimes, Tommy Grimes, Joshua Jacobsen, Larry Helms, Jim Pack and Charlie Johnson.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

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