July 13, 2011 Edition

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Slade Mason Dean Bagwell Ava RaeLynn Morse


Fore ~ Brooks Morgan ~ Smith Seamans ~ Mize
Sikes ~ King Weeks ~ Terlouw


Johnie Richard Dunlap Betty Johnson Joyce Kennedy
Nora Maxine Medlock Allena P. Robb Katherene Jewel Ross
Harvy Sutherland Junior Lavelle Tinker Marvin Vaughn
Wanda Lee Wilson


Slade Mason Dean Bagwell

Del and Jessica Bagwell of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born on June 28, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, two ounces, and has been named Slade Mason Dean Bagwell. He has one sibling, Kiera, who is three.

Grandparents are Jim and Ada Meeks of Black Rock and James and Jenny Williams of Walnut Ridge.

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Ava RaeLynn Morse

Nathan and Whitney Morse of Powhatan have announced the birth of a daughter, born June 30, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Ava RaeLynn Morse. She has two siblings, Josiah David, six, and Simeon James, three.

Grandparents are David and Vanessa Morse of Powhatan and Harvey and Jackie Savage of Mammoth Spring.

Great-grandparents are Harvey and Loretta Savage and Sam and Nancy Case, all of Mammoth Spring, and George and Effie Bruce of Walnut Ridge.

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Fore ~ Brooks

Steve and Robyn Fore of Powhatan have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jordan Lynn Fore, to Bray Jason Brooks, son of Vic and Nancy Brooks of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Larry and Joann Norman of Jonesboro and Gary and Patricia Kaiser of Jessieville.

She is a 2008 Black Rock High School graduate and is a 2011 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is employed by Minturn Grain.

The prospective groom is the grandson of VJ Brooks of Senath, Mo., June Boyer and Amy Carter, both of Jonesboro, and the late Leland Carter.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Morgan ~ Smith

Linda Morgan and Danny Smith, both of Walnut Ridge, have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The couple will exchange vows on Sunday at 4 p.m. at 503 Oak Street in Walnut Ridge.

Mike Smith will perform the double-ring informal ceremony. All family and friends are invited.

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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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Sikes ~ King

Amy Elizabeth King of Fredericktown, Mo., formerly of Hoxie, became the bride of Joaby Lee Sikes of Fredericktown on June 25 in a 6:30 p.m. ceremony at Vance Vineyards and Winery in Fredericktown.

Parents of the couple are Jeff and Debbie King of Paragould, formerly of Hoxie, and Scott and Becky Sikes of Fredericktown.

The bride is a 2011 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a bachelor's degree in nursing, and the groom is a 2009 graduate of Williams Baptist College with a bachelor's degree in health/wellness and physical education.

The couple will reside in Fredericktown.

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Weeks ~ Terlouw

Chance Younger Weeks and Natalya Marie Terlouw exchanged vows on June 26, 2011, at the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista.

The bride is the daughter of Jon and Lori Terlouw of Bentonville and the granddaughter of Roberta Cline of Omaha, Neb., and Randy and Marilyn Terlouw of Newton, Iowa. She is the great-granddaughter of Marjorie Wickham of New Sharon, Iowa.

The groom is the son of Fred and Susan Weeks of Walnut Ridge and the grandson of Inez Weeks of Hoxie and Elaine Novak of Rapid City, S.D.

Rev. Arthur Fogartie officiated at the ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Bob Cordry, pianist.

Aaron French served as best man. Groomsmen were Range Weeks, brother of the groom, Kyle Gallien, Eric Leemis and Collin Trovillion.

Sarah Carney was the maid of honor. Serving as bridesmaids were Abby Terlouw, sister of the bride, Monica Baskin, Emily Bohannan and Brittany French.

A. J. Fowler, cousin of the groom, was the ring bearer.

The bride wore a formal gown designed by Enzoani.

Following the ceremony, a reception hosted by the parents of the bride and groom, was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Rogers. Others helping to host the event were: Range Weeks, Karen Weeks, Tami Brock, Victoria Bjerke and Larry and Shelly Weeks.

After honeymooning in Costa Rica, the couple returned to Morristown, Tenn., where Chance is employed as a mechanical engineer.

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Johnie Richard Dunlap

Johnie Richard Dunlap, 93, of Portia, died July 9, 2011, at his home. Born Jan. 22, 1918, at Clover Bend, he was the son of James and Kate Coats Dunlap. A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he had lived in Portia the last 28 years and was a member of the Portia Church of Christ. He was retired from the Walnut Ridge Street Department and served as a fireman and custodian at the Walnut Ridge Airport for 14 years. He was a 4-H Club leader and played mandolin in the Olde Timers Band.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Mary Campbell Dunlap; five sisters, Melba Palmer, Lucille Fears, Rosalee Dunlap, Mandy Dunlap and Pearl Dunlap; four brothers, James Dunlap, Burrdean Dunlap, Billy Dunlap and Ernest Dunlap; and a granddaughter, Alexis Morris.

Survivorsi include a daughter, Shirley Johnson, Portia; three sons, Bobby Dunlap Sr., Portia, Jimmy Dunlap, Cherokee Village, and Tommy Dunlap Sr., Walnut Ridge; a brother, Sammy Dunlap, Portia; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2:30 p.m. at the Portia Church of Christ with Robert Davis, Gerald Fears and Darrell Fears officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

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Betty Johnson

Betty Joann Johnson, 72, of Walnut Ridge, died July 10, 2011.

She was born April 13, 1939, at Hamil.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Mazie Wright; and two sisters.

Survivors include a son, Jim Wright; two sisters, Billie Lemmons and Connie Hicks; two brothers, Tim Wright and Jack Wright; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Rob Combs and Ed Baker officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation is tonight from 5-7 p.m.

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Joyce Kennedy

Joyce Lanelle Halliburton Kennedy, 82, of Oklahoma, died June 23, 2011, at her home.

Born Jan. 28, 1929, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Leslie and Blanche Halliburton. She was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, where she also played basketball. She moved to Tulsa, Okla., where she worked for American Airlines. She and her husband moved to Broken Arrow, Okla., in 1962. They owned and operated Kennedy's Food Market in Jay, Okla., from 1965 to 1981. She then worked for the Delaware County Clerk's Office in Jay until her retirement in 1992.

She was an avid bowler who traveled to national tournaments in Las Vegas and Reno, Nev., several times. She was a member of First Baptist Church and was secretary for the Order of the Eastern Star for several years.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Leslie Halliburton Jr. and Hayden Halliburton; a sister, Hallie Glenn Halliburton; a grandson, Jeremy Todd Graham; and a son-in-law, Steven Richard Watts.

Survivors include three daughters, Pamela Kay Watts, Grove, Okla., and Shelli Lea Hudgens and Sherri Lyn Taylor and husband Jeff, all of Jay, Okla.; a son, Robert Brian Kennedy and wife Dena, Jenks, Okla.; a brother, Sammy Halliburton and wife Raima, Tulsa, Okla.; 10 grandchildren, Matt Buzzard, Toby Buzzard, Kim Summerfield, Michael Hudgens, Chelsee Bacon, Cassi Graham, Keller Kennedy, Chelsea Watts Handle, Brittany Watts Cabral and Darrin Taylor; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday, June 28, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Jay, Okla., with Bro. Jesse Jones and Bobby Summerfield officiating. Burial was in Duffield Cemetery in Jay under the direction of Grand Lake Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jeff Taylor, Michael Hudgens, Toby Buzzard, Matt Buzzard, Bobby Summerfield, Mitchell Earp, Brian Meek and Marty Hudgens.

An online guestbook is available at www.grandlakefuneralhome.com

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Nora Maxine Medlock

Nora Maxine Medlock, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died July 8, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was the former owner of the N&M handbag factory in Walnut Ridge and was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon Medlock; a son, James Sparrow; her parents, Harry and Neoma Harrid Nash; and a grandson, Jack Lawson.

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret Beck and husband Larry, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Hazel Veal and husband Curt, Piggott, and Blanche Elliott and husband Fred, Memphis; and several grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don Winfrey officiating. Burial will be private.

Pallbearers will be Denny Smith, Dylan Smith, Joe Medlock, Randy Sparrow and Bobby Sparrow.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

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

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Allena P. Robb

Allena P. Robb, 83, of Searcy, died July 8, 2011, at Byrd Haven Nursing Home in Searcy.

Born in Walnut Ridge and raised in Black Rock, she was the daughter of John and Eunice Bratcher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Robb Sr.; a son, Terry Robb; and two brothers, Charles Bratcher and Richard Bratcher.

Survivors include three sons, Dennis Robb, Searcy, Col. Danny Robb and wife Mary, Honolulu, and Woodrow Robb, Wilburn; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Mical-Robb, Dearborn Heights, Mich.; four grandchildren, Ashley Eichorn, Adam Robb, Kevin Robb and Joseph Robb; and a great-granddaughter.

Graveside service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Walcott under the direction of Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

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Katherene Jewel Ross

Katherene Jewel Forsythe Ross, 87, of Hoxie, died July 9, 2011, at Craighead Nursing Home in Jonesboro.

Born May 19, 1924, near Minor Hill in Giles County, Tenn., she was the daughter of Frank and Viola Felker Forsythe. She had lived in Hoxie for 65 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Ross Sr., whom she married Sept. 4, 1946; four brothers, Grady Paul Forsythe, Aubrey Forsythe, J.C. Forsythe and William Forsythe; and two grandsons, Nathan Wilson and Clinton John Ross.

Survivors include three sons, John L. Ross Jr. and wife Faye, San Antonio, Jackie Ross and wife Linda, Paragould, and Ronnie Ross and wife Melissa, Little Rock; two daughters, Jewel Wilson and husband Larry, Jonesboro, and Betsy Bennett and husband Ronnie, Springdale; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Roger Brand officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Grandsons and great-grandsons served as pallbearers.

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

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Harvy Sutherland

Harvy Sutherland, 81, of Swifton, died July 8, 2011.

Born Nov. 7, 1929, at Saddle, he was the son of Ernest and Sarah Thompson Sutherland. He had worked for the Arkansas Highway Department driving a road grader, and later worked for Gerome Boyd Farms until his retirement. He was a member of New Hope Community Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Oliga Satterfield Sutherland; a brother, Rex Sutherland; and a sister, Carolyn Sue Oberlichner.

Survivors include a son, Jody Sutherland and wife Sue, Swifton; a daughter, Tobett Brock and husband Ronnie, Swifton; two brothers, Wayne Sutherland, Norman, Okla., and Lindy Sutherland, Wenatchee, Wash.; five sisters, Argeline Hoyt, Monette, Mo., Ann Wahl, Isabella, Okla., Jean Walker and Bonnie Helt, both of Norman, Okla., and Kay Metcalf, Tecumseh, Okla.; four grandchildren, Tabitha Brock Johnson, Ashley Sutherland Branyan, Kevin Sutherland and Cody Cole; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at New Hope Community Church under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery at Swifton.

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

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Junior Lavelle Tinker

Junior Lavelle "Tink" Tinker, 66, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Hoxie, died June 3, 2011, at his home.

Born Dec. 8, 1944, in Bono, he was a retired flight engineer with the U.S. Navy and a life member of VFW Post 5562.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Christine Tinker; a brother, Roy Tinker; two sisters, Glenda Tinker and Etta Tate; and two brothers-in-law, Houston Tate and Howard Fry.

Survivors include three brothers, Donnie Tinker and wife Sally, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Lonnie Tinker and wife Kim, Columbia, Ill., and Danny Tinker, St. Louis; and four sisters, Wilma Fry, Pocahontas, Linda Taylor, DeKalb, Ill., Anita Miller, Columbia, Ill., and Sandra Buffington and husband Neal, Festus, Mo.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with full military honors.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Apostolic Faith Church, 306 Park Street, in Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Boys Town or Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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Marvin Vaughn

Marvin E. Vaughn, 84, of Highway 230 in Walnut Ridge, passed away July 10, 2011, at the NEA Baptist Hospital of Jonesboro.

Born June 15, 1927, at Black Oak, he was the son of Louis and Dona Moore Vaughn. He was an engineer for the Army and was stationed in the Philippines. He was a retired farmer who loved the outdoors and was an avid sportsman. He also loved to watch his grandson, Chad Wynn, play ball.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Dona Vaughn; three sisters, Essie Phipps, Bunnes Montgomery and Mary Ruth Wilson; two brothers, Willis and Ruble Vaughn.

Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Gertrude Vaughn; two daughters, Monte Gale Oiler and husband Johnny, Heth, Phyllis Wynn and husband Glenn, Bono; four granddaughters, Tracie Dawson, Stephanie Young, Heather Conner and Jennifer (Wynn) Alvarado; one grandson, Chad Wynn; five great grandchildren, Kayla Oiler, Amanda Dawson, Daniele Young, Chase Alvarado and Kimber Wynn; one great-great grandchild, Kenzie Dracey; two sisters, Imogene Johnson, Hoxie, and Betty Statler, Bono; two brothers, Carlton "Sonny" Vaughn, Walnut Ridge, and L.E. Vaughn, Ash Flat; and many other relatives and friends.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at the Trinity Cemetery in Bono with Richard Akins officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Gene Davis, Buster Davis, Jeff Deuter, Eddie Burris, Glenn and Chad Wynn.

Memorials may be made to the Bono Church of Christ pantry or a charity of the donor's choice.


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Wanda Lee Wilson

Wanda Lee Wilson, 85, of Jonesboro, died July 6, 2011, at her home.

Born Feb. 3, 1926, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Ott and Effie Porter Cagle. She was a factory worker and of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Wilson; a son, Jay Wilson; a daughter, Willene Wilson; and a brother, Jr. Cagle.

Survivors include five daughters, Brenda Pierce and husband Eugene, Barbara Bolin and husband Malcolm, Dollie Galbreath and Shirley Russell, all of Jonesboro, and Samantha Gilbert and husband Kerry, Paragould; two sons, Wayne Wilson, Alicia, and Vernon Wilson and wife Laura, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Phillip Cagle, Jonesboro; a sister, Mary Lee Roper, Walnut Ridge; 30 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at noon at Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Robert Gilbert, John Arnoult, Christopher Seals, Troy Drabbant, Derek Cagle and Kelly Cagle. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Galbreath and Rickey Allen.

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