July 20, 2011 Edition

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Lemon ~ Midkiff Phelps ~ Williams Richmond ~ Lamb
Ritzer ~ Anston


Jessie Mable Armstrong Michael Joseph Brady Sr. Burley Eudine Elliott
Alvin F. Foster Mattie Diane Goodman Hazel Howell
Sarah Lavender Virginia Murlene Lowery Dee Anna Steele


Lemon ~ Midkiff

Russell and Susan Lemon of Batesville announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brooke Alyse Lemon of Branson, to Samuel Wesley Midkiff of Branson, son of Phillip and Diane Midkiff of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mona Hayes of Batesville, the late Roger Moody and the late Lowell and Joan Lemon of Marcella.

She is a 2007 graduate of Southside High School and graduated in 2011 from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., with a bachelor's degree in theatre performance. She is employed at Sight and Sound Theater in Branson.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bert and Alice Walter of Hoxie and Charlena Midkiff of Walnut Ridge and the late J.T. Midkiff.

He is a 2005 graduate of Hoxie High School and graduated in 2010 from College of the Ozarks with a bachelor's degree in theatre. He is employed at Sight and Sound Theater in Branson.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at Chimney Rock Ranch in Concord. A reception will follow the ceremony. All friends and relatives are invited.

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Phelps ~ Williams

Dr. Dennis and Robbin Phelps of Greater New Orleans, La., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Phelps, to Jarod Williams, son of Bill and Rose Mary Williams of Floral.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Vestal Phelps of Monroe, La., and the late Vaughn Phelps and Harold and Glenna Loewer of Eunice, La.

She is a 2006 graduate of Cabot High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. She will graduate with a master's degree in occupational therapy at UCA in 2012.

The prospective groom is the grandson of James and Peggy Williams of Walnut Ridge and Ellene Cox of Floral and the late Adrian Cox.

He is a 2006 graduate of Midland High School and a 2011 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas/Baptist Health. He is a registered medical technologist at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

An Oct. 16 wedding is planned. The couple will reside in Conway.

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Richmond ~ Lamb

Amber Lamb became the bride of Daniel Richmond in a double-ring ceremony solemnized June 4 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Lamb of Black Rock and Mr. and Mrs. Joey Richmond of Powhatan.

Grandfather of the groom, O'Neal Richmond, performed the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

The bride wore a strapless satin gown accented with sequins. Her veil was embellished with a satin bias edge secured with a white daisy. She carried a bouquet of orange, green and pink flowers accented with baby's breath.

Trisha Glenn of Lynn served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Pam Lenderman of Walnut Ridge and Laura Luster of Powhatan.

Best man was Brad Lenderman of Walnut Ridge. Groomsmen were Chris Harper of Walnut Ridge and Jason Luster of Powhatan.

Flower girls were Lily and Maddy Luster of Powhatan, nieces of the groom. Ring bearer was Justin Slusser of Walnut Ridge, nephew of the groom.

Ushers were Levi Lamb, brother of the bride, and Jason and Luke Harper of Walnut Ridge. Tyler Ingram of Brookland was bride's book attendant.

A reception at the church followed the ceremony. Servers were Shari Moore, Kammie Fears and Vicki Huffstedler. Following a wedding trip to St. Louis, the couple will reside in Walnut Ridge.

Rehearsal dinner

Bobby and Sharon Lamb hosted a rehearsal dinner for the Lamb-Richmond wedding party at their home in Black Rock.


Laura Luster and Pam Lenderman hosted a miscellaneous shower on April 16 at Powhatan Community Center honoring the couple. They received many nice gifts.

On May 7, Dorthy Davis hosted a family shower honoring the bride and groom. The couple received many gifts.

On May 15, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville hosted a bridal shower honoring Daniel and Amber.

Jelly Bean Junction Daycare in Walnut Ridge hosted a bridal shower honoring Amber on June 1.

A bachelorette party honoring Amber was given by Trisha Glenn and Alex Ford on May 27. They enjoyed dinner and a movie.

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Ritzer - Anston

James and Mary Ritzer of Eagle River, Wisc., announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Jamie Marie Ritzer, to Anthony Eugene Anston, son of Eugene and Hazel Anston of Poughkeepsie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Gene and Evelyn Ritzer and Wallace and Helen Seyfert.

She is a graduate of Northland Pines High School in Eagle River and earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Cedarville in Cedarville, Ohio. She is employed at St. Clare's Hospital in Weston, Wisc., as an ICU cardiac nurse.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late George Anston and Imogene Dillinger and Bert and Louise McGuire.

He is a graduate of River Valley High School in Strawberry and earned his doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Mo. He is completing his residency in family medicine at UAMS AHEC in Pine Bluff.

The ceremony is planned on July 30 at 11 a.m. in Eagle River, Wisc., at the Eagle River Inn.

An Arkansas reception for the couple is being planned on Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Highland First Assembly of God in Highland.

Anthony and Jamie plan to reside in Pine Bluff.

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Jessie Mable Armstrong

Jessie Mable Armstrong, 93, of Hoxie, died July18, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 9, 1918, in Portia, she was the daughter of William and Emmer Cunningham Stayton. A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, she was retired from the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Armstrong; a daughter, Earlene Armstrong; and two brothers, Lee Stayton and Wyatt Stayton.

Survivors include two sons, Edward Armstrong and wife Helen, Eau Claire, Mich., and Jerry Armstrong, Hoxie; two daughters, Shirley Armstrong, Hoxie, and Debra James and husband Tim, Trumann; a sister, Letha Miller, Black Rock; 14 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Lois Stayton officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Walcott.

Pallbearers will be Neal Smith, Billy Smith, Kelley Pruett, James Houston, Clark Gatewood and Zach Long.

Visitation will be from noon until time of the service.

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

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Michael Joseph Brady Sr.

Michael Joseph Brady Sr., 65, of Walnut Ridge died July 12, 2011.

Born July 31, 1945, he was a retired U.S. Navy chief and a truck driver for LMB Transportation.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Brady; a daughter, Andrea Brady; his parents, Joe and Bernice Van DeWoestyne Brady; and a brother, Jimmy Percento.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Brady; two sons, Toby Brady and Michael Brady Jr., both of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Datri Brady, Springdale; three stepsons, Jeremy Cullum, Jonesboro, Gerald Dunning, Hoxie, and Tyler Cullum, of the home; a stepdaughter, Mary Arnold, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Suzanne Winch, Taos, N.M.; three brothers, Ken Van DeWoestyne and wife Sis, Kevin Van DeWoestyne and Butch Van DeWoestyne, all of Kalamazoo, Mich.; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church with Derek Collins and Don House officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter, 107 Benson Drive, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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

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Burley Eudine Elliott

Burley Eudine Elliott, 76, of Doniphan, Mo., died July 18, 2011, at his home.

Born July 19, 1934, in Hoxie, he was the son of Burlie Monroe and Liddie Remer Elliott. He was a tool and die maker and a veteran of the U.S. Marines, serving in Korea.

He was preceded in death by four sisters and a brother.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Landeweer Elliott, whom he married June 6, 1975, at Oak Grove Church in Doniphan; four sons, Dennis Ray Elliott and Gregory Dean Elliott, both of Columbia, Mo., Michael Louis Elliott, Marion, Iowa, and Dennis Jerrel, Anna, Ill.; two daughters, Patricia Ann Camp, Magness, and Kelli Jean Harris, Doniphan, Mo.; four sisters; 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. at Edwards Funeral Home in Doniphan.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

An online guestbook is available at www.edwardsfuneralhome.org.

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Alvin F. Foster

Alvin Floyd Foster, 71, of Light, died July 13, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 7, 1939, he was a retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Floyd and Ellen Price Foster; three brothers, Virgil Foster, Paul Foster and Lloyd Foster; and a sister, Velma Bowlin.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Foster; and two sisters, Weldon Bryant, Black Rock, and Diann Wall, Walcott.

Funeral was Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould with Paul McFadden officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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Mattie Diane Goodman

Mattie Diane Goodman, 53, of Walnut Ridge, died July 13, 2011, at her home.

Born July 28, 1957, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Willard Grant and Agnes Jewell Rice Parker. She was an X-ray technician and of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include two sons, Derek McEntire, Walnut Ridge, and Billy Taylor, Bono; four brothers, Lonnie Parker, Casa Grande, Ariz., Rickey Parker, Walnut Ridge, and Dan Parker and Dell Parker, both of Jonesboro; two sisters, Meleta Mullican, Frederick, Md., and Cathy Lehman, Alicia; two grandsons, Drake McEntire and Tyke Taylor; her stepfather, Wilburn Hibbs; and a companion, Gary Wagoner.

Graveside service was Saturday at noon at Whittaker Cemetery with Bro. Leonard Hensley officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Rick McEntire, David McEntire, David Smith, Blake Webbe, Jeremy Parker and Jim Goodman. Honorary pallbearers were Tyke Taylor and Drake McEntire.

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Hazel Howell

Hazel Anna Howell, 102, of Walnut Ridge, died July 15, 2011, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born July 24, 1908, in Greenwood, Miss., she was the daughter of Jake and Helen McClain Sanders. She was a retired nurse from St. Bernards and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Hoxie United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Howell; two sons, John Welch and Jim Howell; a granddaughter, Rhonda Welch; a grandson, Christopher Howell; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a sister, Ann Peusch, Pearl, Miss.; three daughters-in-law, Linda Welch, Little Rock, Charlotte Scales, Stuttgart, and Helen Welch, Hot Springs; two granddaughters, Lida Tinker and husband Lanny and Katie Smith and husband Lonnie, all of Hoxie; four grandsons, John Welch, of Hoxie, Jim Howell, Jonesboro, and James Welch and Mike Welch, both of Fort Worth, Texas; eight great-grandchildren, Melanie Volner, Owen Smith, Laura Prondzinski and Christopher Howell of Jonesboro, Amanda Prestidge of Powhatan, Amber Welch of Hoxie, and Eric Welch and Christian Welch of Fort Worth, Texas; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Rev. Bonda Moyer officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family served as pallbearers.


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Sarah Lavender

Sarah Lavender, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died July 16, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 27, 1930, in Black Oak, she was the daughter of Howard and May Miller Powell. She was a housewife and was of the Church of Christ faith.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Powell and Miller Powell.

Survivors include a son, Andrew Lavender and wife April, Powhatan; a daughter, Amy Bennett, Navarre, Fla.; a sister, Marian Melton, Jonesboro; and five grandchildren, Leslie Lavender, Tyler Lavender, Krista Lavender, Traci Bennett and Jennifer Bennett.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Black Oak Cemetery in Black Oak with Jimmy Ferguson officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Virginia Murlene Lowery

Virginia Murlene Lowery, 80, of Mineral Springs, died July 13, 2011, at her home.

Born April 8, 1931, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Ed and Mary McGonigal.

She was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and Roma Davidson; a brother, Anthony "Amp" McGonigal; a brother-in-law, A.B. Williams; a son-in-law, Don Ardwin; a grandson, Michael McFarland; and four great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, George Lowery; five children, Connie Ann Ardwin Cupp, Eddie Lowery and Tracy Mays, all of Mineral Springs, Donna Kaye Richmond, Foreman, and Patricia Cline, Neosho, Mo.; a sister, Patsy Williams, Humble, Texas; two brothers, Darrell McGonigal and wife Molly, Tuckerman, and Don McGonigal and wife Mary, Mt. Pleasant, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Nashville Funeral Home with Herman Welch and Keith Mays officiating. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Midway Baptist Church Building Fund.

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

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Dee Anna Steele

Dee Anna Oiler Steele, 63, of Knoxville, Tenn., died July 12, 2011, at her home.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Doug Johnson and Jeff Johnson; her parents, Nelson E. and Mary Marie Wright Oiler; and a grandson, Christian Seal.

Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Butch Steele; a son, Chris Johnson and wife Rachael, Knoxville, Tenn.; two daughters, Delyn Johnson Seal and husband Kenny, Dandridge, Tenn., and Tina Johnson Lawson and husband Rusty, Morristown, Tenn.; a brother, Johnny Oiler and wife Montegail, Heth; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren with one on the way.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow.

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

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