August 10, 2011 Edition

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Axel Hoyt Cain Maggie Zee Shoe


Durbin ~ Martin Harris ~ Evans


Delores Mae Brooks DeWayne Dale Chastain Camille Ellis
Mary Ruth Fielder Heather Holbrook George Jackson Jr.
Virginia Jones Wanda Lee McEntire William D. Reding


Axel Hoyt Cain

Ben and Krissy Cain of Smithville have announced the birth of a son on Aug. 4, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Axel Hoyt Cain.

He has an older brother, Evan Cain, who is five.

Grandparents are Ron and Phyllis Turner of Egypt, Butch and Bonnie Cain of Hoxie and Dewayne Simmons of Pocahontas.

He is the great-grandson of Mary Cain of Wisconsin, Wavie Watts of Hoxie and Ruby Foreman and Maureen Simmons, both of Egypt.

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Maggie Zee Shoe

Benji and Windy Shoe of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born Aug. 1, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital Women's Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Maggie Zee Shoe.

She has one sister, Roxy Jane Shoe, three.

Grandparents are Gary and Rita Bilbrey of Walnut Ridge and Ronnie and Darlene Shoe of O'Kean. Great-grandmothers are Maxine Lance of O'Kean and Minnie Howard of Walnut Ridge.

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Durbin ~ Martin

Earnie and Pam Durbin of Pocahontas announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Heather Nicole Durbin, to Jason Blake Martin, son of Sonia Self of Walnut Ridge and Jackie and Sherry Martin of Hot Springs.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Rose Blevins of Maynard and the late Emory Blevins and Betty Durbin of Pocahontas and the late Gene Durbin.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Jerry and Martha Wells of Clover Bend, Jerry and Mary Jones of Ash Flat, Mack and Jane Self and Jim and Patsy Butler, all of Urbana, Ill., the late Leon Martin and the late J.B. and Marie Sharp. He is the great-grandson of Daisey Wells of Minturn and Alpha Smith of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

The wedding will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Engelberg on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in the parish hall. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

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Harris ~ Evans

Anthony and Rhonda Harris of Lynn have announced the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Allison "Allie" Kay Harris, to Trea Coleman Evans, son of Dennis and Twyla Evans of Lynn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charles and Alice Harris of Lynn and Denver and Kay Wilson of Calamine. She is a 2010 graduate of Hillcrest High School and is pursuing a degree in education at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Ruby Evans of Lynn and the late G.T. Evans and Kenneth and Shirley Dunlap Fears of Walnut Ridge and the late Billy W. Dunlap. He is employed by Mitchell Evans Landscaping.

The couple will exchange vows on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Harris family lake near Lynn. All family and friends are invited. Signs will be posted from Lynn and Smithville.

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Delores Mae Brooks

Delores Mae Brooks, 75, of Smithville, died Aug. 2, 2011, at her home.

Born April 26, 1936, in Smithville, she was a homemaker and a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Grace Tanner Thacker; six brothers, Willard Thacker, Charles Thacker, Gerald Thacker, Mark Thacker, Richard Thacker and Conward Thacker; and two sisters, Florieda Thacker and Linda Swenson.

Survivors include two sons, Roy Hayes, Sanford, Fla., and Jeff Brooks, Fort Worth, Texas; a brother, Harold Thacker, Boydsville; four sisters, Lorieda "Dee" Carter, Winter Haven, Fla., Loveda Drury and Shirley Drury, both of Marmaduke, and Joyce Malone, Paragould; and three grandchildren, Brittany Brooks, Justin Brooks and Trevor Brooks.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bros. Charles Morgan and Bill Teague officiating. Burial was in Townsend Cemetery at Smithville.

Pallbearers were Roy Thacker, David Thacker Jr., David McAnally, Keith McAnally, Eric Johnson and Trent Seat. Honorary pallbearers were Ricky Drury, Joe Cox and Ricky Pickett.

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DeWayne Dale Chastain

DeWayne Dale Chastain, 53, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 6, 2011, at his home.

Born Jan. 15, 1958, in Rockford, Ill., he had lived in Lawrence County the past 26 years and was a member of the Apostolic Church in Hoxie.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Chastain; a son, Seth Chastain, of the home; three daughters, Amanda White, Paragould, Melanie Rush and husband David, Hoxie, and Stacy Flanery and husband Shea, Pocahontas; his parents, Donald and Marie Niswonger Chastain; a brother, Larry Chastain and wife Denise, Galena, Ill.; three sisters, Janice Forkum, Portia, Karen Townsand and husband Ronnie, Rogers, and Deborah Meador, Dallas; and three grandchildren, Isiah White, Kelsey White and Jaxon Rush.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Delbert Curtis, Darrell Walker and Ted Shields officiating. Burial will be in Stranger's Home Cemetery at Alicia.

Pallbearers will be Alan Armstrong, Jacob Armstrong, Elvis Forkum, Austin Forkum, Kenny Green and Jerry Baker. Honorary pallbearers will be Ernie Liles, Roy Hall, Brent Walker and Tony Gosha.

An online guestbook is available at

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Camille Ellis

Camille Waldron Fitzhugh Ellis, age 93, of Little Rock, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011.

She was born in Black Rock, the daughter of the late R.C. and Lucille Steadman Waldron. Camille graduated from Walnut Ridge High School and in 1940 received her degree in history form the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where she was an active member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.

In 1942, she joined the U.S. Navy, who sent her to Smith College (now Harvard University) where she was awarded her commission as Ensign in the Navy. Following graduation, she was assigned to duty in Oregon as a supply officer. After the war, she moved to Little Rock to continue her employment with the Fitzhugh and Cockrill Law Firm.

In 1948, she married Thomas Fitzhugh, who died in 1954. During this time Camille was a member the Junior League of Little Rock, Aesthetic Club and the Country Club of Little Rock, where she enjoyed playing golf each week. In 1966 she moved to Washington, D.C., marrying Clyde Ellis, former United State Representative from Western Arkansas. She continued her love of golf, being a lifetime member of the Congressional Country Club.

After Clyde's death in 1980, Camille moved back to Little Rock in 1989, where she was once again active in golf, becoming president of the Women's Golf Association at the Little Rock Country Club, which included being a member of the Tuesday Morning Golf Club. She also enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the Little Rock Duplicate Bridge Club, becoming a Gold Life Master. Camille loved to travel, spending 20 plus years seeing every country in Eastern and Western Europe, with Russia her favorite.

She is survived by four sons; Davis G. Fitzhugh and wife Brenda of Little Rock, James Fitzhugh of Little Rock, Bay Fitzhugh and wife Dorrie of Augusta, and Edward Fitzhugh of Florida; one brother, Tom Waldron of Walnut Ridge; one sister, Inez Riggs and husband Orval of Little Rock, and one grandson, Andrew Fitzhugh.

A visitation was held Tuesday at Ruebel Funeral Home followed by a funeral service today at 10 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, officiated by The Reverend Russ Snapp. Burial will follow with a graveside service at 1 p.m. at the Augusta Memorial Park in Augusta.

Service arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home,

Memorials may be made to C.A.R.E., P.O. Box 7604, Little Rock, AR 72217, or Humane Society of Central Arkansas, 14600 Col. Glenn Road, Little Rock, AR 72210.


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Mary Ruth Fielder

Mary Ruth Fielder, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 8, 2011, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 25, 1923, in the Oak Hill community, she was the daughter of Frank and Alma Smith Britton. She was a seamstress for Lawrence Manufacturing and a longtime member of First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, J.W. Bellar Jr.; and eight siblings, Floyd Britton, Hugh Britton, Walter Britton, Thomas Eugene Britton, Jessie Tilley, Lola Dacus, Eunice Dunham and Lois Scott.

Survivors include her husband, J.S. Fielder, whom she married Sept. 27, 2001; a daughter, Peggy Hinrich and husband Charlie, Jonesboro; a son, Ted Bellah and wife Lee, Carrollton, Texas; a stepson, Lanny Fielder, Walnut Ridge; five grandchildren, Kelly South, Mark Jones, Christopher Jones, Garth Bellah and Stephanie Thurston; and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church with Bros. Dale Hughart and Jerry Reed officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Mark Jones, Chris Jones, Trent Jones, Matthew Jones, Lanny Fielder and Ron South. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Joe Jones, Paul Schaffer, Chuck Cagle and Nick Gerner.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge or the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

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Heather Holbrook

Heather Holbrook, 25, of Imboden, died Aug. 9, 2011, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Liberty Vallance; an infant son, Benjamin Vallance; and her grandmother, Lottie Vallance.

Survivors include a daughter, Raylee Nacole Vallance, Imboden; her father, Terry Vallance, Searcy; a sister, Renee Vallance, Imboden; two stepsisters, Atina Wagner and Jessica Brown; a stepbrother, Benden Brown; and her grandfather, Tim Vallance, Imboden.

A graveside service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Hosie Cemetery at Knobel. Heath Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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George Edward Jackson Jr.

George Edward Jackson Jr., 48, of Pocahontas, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died July 31, 2011, at his home.

Born Feb. 3, 1963, in Walnut Ridge, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence and Randolph Counties.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Jackson Sr.; a brother, Alan Jackson; and a sister, Sandy Blazer.

Survivors include a son, Nathan Jackson and wife Sonya, Black Rock; his mother, Doris Darris, Black Rock; two sisters, Donna Ashby and husband Terry, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Charolette McGarrah, Hardy; three brothers, Eugene Jackson and Frankie Jackson and wife Karen, all of Black Rock, and Steve Jackson, Miami; and a granddaughter, Stormee Jackson.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Steve Alexander officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Memorial gifts may be made at First National Bank in the name of Junior Jackson.

An online guestbook is available at

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Virginia Jones

Virginia Jones, 72, of Smithville Route, died Aug. 8, 2011, at her home.

She was retired from Skil Corp. in Walnut Ridge.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Memorial gifts to help with embalming and funeral expenses can be dropped off at Hadacol Corner to Wendolyn Hutson, 3328 Highway 25.

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Wanda Lee McEntire

Wanda Lee McEntire, 75, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 31, 1936, in Walnut Ridge, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. She was a member of Main Street Church of Christ and was involved in missions, including a trip to Panama. She was active in the bowling league for several years and loved sewing, quilting and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lehman and Opal Marshall Jones; a brother, Leo Jones; a sister, Shirley Cates; and her grandparents.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth McEntire; two sons, Rick McEntire and David McEntire, both of Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Leota Warner, Walnut Ridge, and Linda Jackson and husband Steve, Oklahoma; a brother, Homer Jones, Walnut Ridge; five grandchildren, Kim Roberts and husband Jeff, Searcy, Missy Ditto and husband Steve, Hoxie, Ashley Forrester and husband Larry, Walnut Ridge, Derrick McEntire, Walnut Ridge, and Kenna George and husband Jeremy, Jacksonville, N.C.; a stepgrandchild, Krys Wheeler; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ with Rob Combs officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Larry Forrester, Jeff Roberts, Steve Ditto, Derrick McEntire, Cody Roberts and Layne Ditto. Honorary pallbearers were Drake McEntire, Jett Ditto, Cade Forrester, Zach Brunson and Dylan Wheeler.

An online guestbook is available at


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William D. Reding

William D. "Bill" Reding, 74, of Cave City, brother of Dorothy Gay of Smithville, died Aug. 6, 2011, in Cave City. Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Maxville Cemetery at Cave City under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home.

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