August 17, 2011 Edition

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Kaia Ariana Gutierrez


Lowell Cunningham Cloyce Wayland Davidson Marvil Hill
Virginia Lynn Jones Ray Richey Brenda Ridgway
Dan Webb Phyllis Wilkinson


Kaia Ariana Gutierrez

Miguel and Holly Gutierrez of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter on July 26, 2011, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Kaia Ariana Gutierrez.

She has one older sibling, Jaslene Gutierrez, who is 23 months.

Grandparents are Jeff and Debbie King of Paragould, Miguel Gutierrez of Louisiana and Maria Valadez Medina of Jalisco, Mexico.

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Lowell Cunningham

Lowell Cunningham, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died last week at his home.

Born June 3, 1939, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Cecil Ray and Bessie Kathleen McLeod Cunningham.

He was a airplane mechanic and inspector and was of the Methodist belief.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be announced later by Bryan Funeral Home of Hoxie.

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Cloyce Wayland Davidson

Cloyce Wayland Davidson, 71, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 16, 1939, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Paul and Juanita Riggs Davidson. He was a fuel truck driver for Farm Service for 34 years and a member of the Church of Christ.

He loved drag racing. He was a loyal fan, attending the George Ray's Drag Strip from the day of the very first races, till he got sick and could no longer go. He also had a passion for buying, selling, trading and collecting old soda bottles, having several rare bottles in his collection.

He was united in marriage to Barbara Rush on June 1, 1957. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Paul and Juanita Davidson; a brother, Billy Joe Davidson; and a sister, Lois Davidson.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Davidson of the home; a daughter, Annette (Delbert) Warner, Walnut Ridge; a son, Roy Paul Davidson of the home; four granddaughters, Jennifer (Chris) Hart, Pocahontas, Kara (Jason) Malin, Imboden, Erica (Justin) Hall, Bono and Megan Geisman of the home; six great-grandsons, Zachary and Eric Hart, Pocahontas, Brody Malin, Imboden, Andrew and Braydon Davidson, Highland, and Kason Hall, Bono; a great-granddaughter, Ally Davidson, Highland; a step-great-granddaughter, Lyvee Hunter of Oak Grove Heights; eight brothers, Jr. (Christine) Davidson, Hoxie, Lonnie (Betty) Davidson, Terry (Eunice) Davidson, and Jerry Davidson, all of Doniphan, Mo., Donnie (Eva) Davidson, Memphis, Ronnie Davidson, Walnut Ridge, Harold (Debbie) Davidson, Jonesboro, and Jackie Davidson, Portia; two sisters, Geraldine (Doug) Arnold, Walnut Ridge and Willene (Bobby) Luster of Portia; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

Service will be this morning at 10 in the Bryan Chapel with Rob Combs officiating. Interment will be in the Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jr. Davidson, Lonnie Davidson, Donnie Davidson, Ronnie Davidson, Terry Davidson, Harold Davidson, Jerry Davidson and Jackie Davidson. Honorary pallbearers will be Farm Service, Inc. Tire Shop and Fuel Dept. employees and all his racing buddies from George Ray's Drag Strip.

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Marvil Hill

Marvil Eugene Hill of Imboden went to be with the Lord Jesus on Aug. 13, 2011, at his home surrounded by his wife and family. He was 85 years old.

He was born Sept. 2, 1925, in Powhatan, to the late Alonzo and Lizzie Bell Seward Hill. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, seven sisters and one great-grandchild.

He married Calverine McLaughlin on May 7, 1948, near Powhatan. He was a faithful member of the Imboden Assembly of God. He was a retired Port Captain who spent most of his life on the river working for A.L. Mechling, Rose and Security Barge Lines. He was an avid coon hunter and bluetick breeder who was inducted into the Arkansas State Coon Hunters' Hall of Fame in 2006. He loved being surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren.

Marvil is survived by his wife of 63 years, Calverine, of the home; one son, Marvil Jr., and Martha Hill, of North Little Rock; three daughters, Carol, and Truman Chatman of Doniphan, Mo., Melissa, and Ray Dickson of Imboden and Becky, and Ray Toland of Nevada, Mo.; one sister, Nadine Verkler of Eaton; nine grandchildren: Pam Dial, Sam Hill, Terry Dickson, Micheal Dickson, Karen Marlow, Joe Hill, Chris Toland, Tim Chatman and Matthew Toland; and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Imboden Assembly of God. Rev. Michael Bradley and Rev. Rickie Hawkins officiated. Burial followed in the Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock. Pallbearers were Marvil's seven grandsons.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service of Walnut Ridge. An online guest registry is available at

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Virginia Lynn Jones

Virginia Lynn Jones, 73, of Smithville, formerly of Blytheville, died Monday, Aug. 8, at her home.

Born to Herman Turner "Bo" and Beatrice Lewis Richardson, Virginia graduated from Blytheville High School in 1956.

Her parents; husband, Charles Edward Jones; daughter, Lisa Kaye; brother, Jack Richardson; and sister, Billie Lazar preceded her in death.

Survivors include: a daughter, Lesa Roe; a son, Charles Jones Jr.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Saturday at Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville with graveside services following at Elmwood Cemetery. The Rev. Dennis Fitzpatrick officiated.

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Ray Richey

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, Ray Eugene Richey, 86, died after a period of declining health.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Henley Richey.

Ray is survived by his children, Betty Ann R. Rapozo of Sacramento, Calif., Ray Richey Jr. of Carmichael, Calif., Kenneth Richey of Bee Branch, Rita R. Smith of Brevard, N.C., Douglas Richey of Booneville, Ray L. Richey of Black Rock, Brenda R. Frazier of Walnut Ridge, Leonard Richey of Hoxie, Patricia R. Dillard of Walnut Ridge, Alan Richey of Elsah, Ill.; 21 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren will miss Grandpa.

Ray was born and raised in the Eaton Community of Lawrence County. He is the son of the late William Thomas and Gertrude King Richey. He served in the 100th and 399th Infantry Divisions of the U.S. Army during WWII. He landed on Omaha Beach during the D-Day Invasion of Europe. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Cluster, Bronze Sv. Star, Combat Infantry Badge - 399th, Central Europe Campaign Ltr., EAME Ribbon WD Cir., Good Conduct Medal, Citation Letter for saving the life of a comrade. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 14, 1945.

Pallbearers are Heath Richey, Jason Richey, Stephen Gullett, Shane Richey, Justin Frazier and Jason Callahan.

Visitation was held Friday, Aug. 12, at noon, with services following at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in the Lebanon Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Honor Guard from Ft. Sill, Okla. The Rev.Wayne Bryant officiated.


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Brenda Ridgway

Brenda Kay Ridgway, 52, of Cabot, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011.

She was born May 5, 1959, in Walnut Ridge to the late William Lloyd and Maxine "Pat" Adams. Brenda was a medical assistant supervisor for Radiology Consultants and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cabot, where she loved singing in the choir.

She enjoyed crafts, baking and decorating cakes, was a big Elvis fan, but most important in her life was her family. Above all, she enjoyed spending time and going places with her children and grandchildren.

Brenda is survived by her husband, Mike Ridgway of Cabot. She is also survived by her four daughters, Tracy Hart and her husband, Todd Hart, of Cabot, McKala Barnett and her husband, Trinity Barnett, of Ward, Catherine Langlois and her husband, Brian Langlois, of Beebe and Rebecca Davis and her husband, Robert Davis Jr., of Little Rock. She is also survived by one sister, Wanda Hardin Fincher of Conway; two half sisters, Evelyn and Lola Adams; two brothers, Doneal and Robert Ray Adams, both of Pocahontas; and nine grandchildren, Matt, Katie and Alex Bayles, Alexis Barnett, Spence and Madison Hart, Ana and Briana Langlois and Robert Davis III; and a nephew, Hunter Stivers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, William Lloyd Adams Jr. and Billy Adams, and two half brothers, James Calvin Hardin and Leonard Hardin.

Visitation will be this evening from 4-7 p.m. in the chapel of Moore's Cabot Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, at the First Baptist Church of Cabot, with burial following in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gideon Bible Foundation at or donation cards may be picked up at First Baptist Church in Cabot. Arrangements are under the direction of Moore's Cabot Funeral Home. An our online guestbook is available at

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Dan Webb

Dan Eugene Webb, 76, of Ravenden, died Aug. 14, 2011, at his home.

Born Sept. 6, 1934, at Cape Girardeau, Mo., he was the son of Elmer James and Emma Reynolds Webb. He was a mechanic and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louella Webb.

Survivors include two sons, Danny Webb and Maury Webb; three daughters, Martha Armstrong, Debbie Hockett and Kathy Tidwell; two brothers, Elmer Webb and Gale Webb; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and his best friend, Iva Abercrombie.

A private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

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Phyllis Wilkinson

Phyllis Elenora Wilkinson, 69, of Paragould, died Aug. 10, 2011, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Born June 21, 1942, in Delaplaine, she was an elementary school principal at Delaplaine for 31 years and was a member of Delaplaine Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chacy Rudolph Sr. and Mary Edith Rice Eveland; and a granddaughter, Claire Vivian Wyatt.

Survivors include her husband, William Edward Wilkinson; two daughters, Mary Christina Lewis and husband James Edward, Dalton, and Lacey Shayann Wyatt and husband John Robert Jr., Memphis; a son, Steven Joseph Wilkinson and wife Mary Lee, Paragould; two sisters, Christina Marie French, Pocahontas, and Darlyne Evelyn Paulson, North Little Rock; four brothers, Chacy Rudolph Eveland Jr., Burlington, Conn., Solomon Lee Rex Eveland and Randall Wayne Eveland, both of Pocahontas, and Roger Ray Eveland, Imboden; three stepbrothers, Howard Rice, Phoenix, Ralph Rice, St. Louis, and Bill Rice, Pocahontas; three grandchildren, Stacy Rae Lewis, Autumn Rachelle Lewis and Casey Edward Lewis; and two special nieces, Gay Carter and Sherry Staber.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Delaplaine Baptist Church with Revs. David Stallings and Adam Bruton officiating. Burial was in Brownie Cemetery under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Paragould.

Memorials may be made to The Benjamin Project, Inc., 5008 South 27_ Street, Paragould, AR 72450 or Baptist Children's Home, 222 West Pope Avenue, Monticello, AR 71655.

An online guestbook is available at

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