August 24, 2011 Edition

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Eayon Thomas Jumper Blake Owen Reeder Harley Danielle Waddell


Binkley ~ Harl Blansett ~ Brunson Bradley ~ Hibbs


Heath Edward Bass Bettie Jo Butler Jackie W. Davidson
Michelle Yvette Freer Elbert D. Gall Fred L. Ratliff


Eayon Thomas Jumper

James and Amy Jumper of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on Aug. 10, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Eayon Thomas Jumper.

He has an older sister, Cadence Marie Jumper, who is five.

Grandparents are David and Cynthia Slagley of Hoxie, Randy and Mimi Jumper of Paragould and Mike and Gail Bradsher of Fontaine.

He is the great-grandson of Emogene Slagley of Swifton, Bill Light of Bono, Dorothy Bradsher of Fontaine and Nippy and Nancy Mangrum of Paragould.

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Blake Owen Reeder

Donald and Brittany Reeder of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on Aug. 8, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, four ounces, and has been named Blake Owen Reeder.

He has an older brother, Darren Reeder, who is 10 months old.

Grandparents are Johnny and Tracy Johnson of Walnut Ridge, Brenda Ezzell of Jonesboro, Eddie Ramsey of Bono, Don and Kathleen Reeder of Anna, Texas, and Dallas Spence of Jonesboro.

He is the great-grandson of Debbie and Vernon Finley of Jonesboro and Freddy and Gloria Prine of Bono.

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Harley Danielle Waddell

Timothy and Chevonna Waddell of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Aug. 13, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, three ounces, and has been named Harley Danielle Waddell.

She has an older sister, Alexis Faith Parker.

Grandparents are Ted Lamb and Paula Baker of Paragould, Dale Parker of Monette, Carroll Waddell of Pocahontas and Alice Waddell of Walnut Ridge.

She is the great-granddaughter of Travis Parker of Monette.

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Binkley ~ Harl

Miles and Paula Binkley of Ironton, Mo. have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Alyssa C. Binkley, to Scott Harl, son of Robert and Nancy Yount of Bismarck, Mo. and Fred Harl of Desloge, Mo.

The future bride is the granddaughter of J.M. Johnson, former mayor of Hoxie, and the late Pauline Johnson and Jim and Irene Binkley of Ravenden.

She is a 2006 graduate of Arcadia Valley High School and a 2008 graduate of Mineral Area College. She is employed at Unico Bank.

The prospective groom is a 2003 graduate of Valley R6 High School in Caledonia, Mo., and is employed at NJVC in St. Louis.

The couple will exchange vows Oct. 8.

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Blansett ~ Brunson

Larry and Gina Blansett of Imboden announce the engagement of their daughter, Tessa Blansett, to Josh Brunson, son of the late Phillip Brunson, Jane Brunson of Imboden and Tina Brunson of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect received her certification in massage therapy after graduating in the fall of 2007 from Northeast Arkansas School of Massage in Jonesboro. She is employed as a licensed massage therapist.

The prospective groom is a 2005 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor's degree in communications. He is employed as the Memphis territory manager for Valspar.

After a wedding and honeymoon on Sept. 17 in Jamaica, there will be a reception held in Imboden on Oct. 1. All family and friends are invited to attend.

The couple will reside in Memphis.

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Bradley ~ Hibbs

Casey "C.J." Hibbs of Walnut Ridge became the bride of Cody Bradley of Mount Pleasant on July 16, 2011, at the Foothill Cowboy Church in Batesville.

The bride is the daughter of Willard and Roxann Hibbs of Walnut Ridge and the granddaughter of Pauline Cooksey of Hoxie and Wilburn Hibbs of Walnut Ridge.

The groom is the son of Allen and Kellie Bradley of Mount Pleasant and the grandson of Mary Douglas of Mountain Home, Dale Bradley of Heber Springs and Jack Fletcher of Gainesville, Mo.

Beth Snow of Jonesboro served as maid of honor, and Gary Sudol of Batesville served as best man.

The ring bearer was Keegan Sudol, and the flower girl was Darbie Hudson.

Following the ceremony, the couple took a cruise to Mexico. They reside in Batesville.

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Heath Edward Bass

Heath Edward Bass, 39, of Pocahontas, died Aug. 16, 2011, at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville.

Born Oct. 20, 1971, in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., he was the son of Ralph and Sandra Bass. He was a truck driver for Tweedy Transport and a member of the Pyburn Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, including his grandmother, Beverly Huffman.

Survivors include his wife, Ginger Bass; a daughter, Gabrielle Bass, of the home; a son, Andrew Bass, of the home; his mother, Sandra Gibson, Walnut Ridge; and his stepfather, Tommy Gibson, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Little Children's Church of Christ in Pocahontas with Joey Harris and Wayne Herring officiating. Burial was in Home Place Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Richard Bice, Shannon Scott, James Holland, Mel Poisso, Darrell Hawkins, Ronald Wicker, Bob Anderson and Lee Tweedy. Honorary pallbearer was Andrew Bass.

Donations may be made to the Heath Bass Fund at First National Bank in Pocahontas.

An online guestbook is available at

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Bettie Jo Butler

Bettie Jo Butler of Lakeside, Navajo County, Ariz., passed away Aug. 17, 2011 at Solterra Senior Living in Lakeside. She has gone home to be with the Lord, her mother and father and brother and sisters. She was 84.

Bettie was born on April 11, 1927, in West Plains, Howell County, Mo., to the late James and Susan (Campbell) Trantham.

She leaves behind her son, Richard Butler of Louisville, Ky., and daughter, Cherry (Bruce) Carroll of Show Low, Ariz.; grandchildren, Stacey Butler of Louisville, Ky., and JR Carroll of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister-in-law, Carolyn Trantham of Walnut Ridge, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Bettie loved growing up in Walnut Ridge. She relocated to Houston in the late '50s, where she raised her children and was a stay-at-home mom. In the mid '70s, she returned to her hometown of Walnut Ridge, where she enjoyed her family, friends, her home and her newfound independence. She loved making a beautiful home for her family and her many friends.

Inurnment will take place at a later date in Arkansas.

The family would like to thank Anita James and the entire staff at Solterra Senior Living for her lovely home over the past two years and also her many friends she made while there.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low, Ariz., handled the arrangements.

For those who have special memories and would like to send private condolences or sign our online guest book, we invite you to visit our website at


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Jackie W. Davidson

Jackie W. Davidson, 53, of Portia, passed away Aug. 17, 2011, at his residence.

Born Dec. 19, 1957, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Paul and Juanita Riggs Davidson. He had served in the Army and was a self-employed diesel mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Joe and Cloyce Davidson; and a sister, Lois Davidson.

Survivors include his wife, Jeri Davidson; a son, Cody Davidson (Nikki Turner), Portia; a daughter, Amie Ledman (Jessie Wood), Hoxie; seven brothers, Jr. (Christine) Davidson, Hoxie, Lonnie (Betty) Davidson, Jerry Davidson and Terry (Eunice) Davidson, all of Doniphan, Mo., Donnie (Eva) Davidson, Memphis, Ronnie Davidson, Walnut Ridge, and Harold (Debbie) Davidson, Jonesboro; two sisters, Geraldine (Doug) Arnold, Walnut Ridge, and Willene (Bobby) Luster, Portia; four grandchildren, Kyli Powers, Chloe Jones, Jackson Ledman and Brody Davidson; and many other relatives and friends.

Graveside service was Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery with Bro. Roger Brand and Brian Alexander offiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Chip Dogar, Phillip DeClerk, Dale Chitty, Stacy Davidson, Billy Jones and Harley Ledman. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Luther, Bobby Hatfield, Gary Barnhill, Jesse Woods, Billy Hatfield, David Slagley, Muriel Allison, Gary Burton, Larry Woods, Rodney Rutherford, Lance Lancaster, Jonathan Barnhill, Brent Hufstedler and Raymond Bradford.

Memorials may be made to the Jackie Davidson Memorial Fund at the iBERIABANK in Hoxie.


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Michelle Yvette Freer

Michelle Yvette Freer, 42, of Rector, died Aug. 19, 2011, in Hoxie.

She had lived in Lawrence County before moving to Rector in 2000. She was a homemaker and a member of Hoxie Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Shorty and Freda Lamb and Gene Sexton.

Survivors include two daughters, Courtney Freer and Whitney Freer, Rector; a son, Korey Freer, Rector; her father, Boyd Lamb and wife Charlett, Hoxie; her mother, Linda Newell, East Prairie, Mo.; three sisters, Tammy Combs, Tuckerman, Angie Garrett, East Prairie, Mo., and Julie Holmes and husband Justin, Belton, Mo.; two brothers, Boyd Lamb Jr. and wife Jessica, Oklahoma City, and Bob Carmack and wife Lynn, Glasco, Mo.; and a grandchild, Bentley Meredith.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Matthew Ballentine officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Boyd Lamb Jr., Bobby Carmack, Christopher Liles, Adam Lamb, Vernon Lamb and Joey Cox. Honorary pallbearers were David Dobbs, Wayne Freer, Glen Williams and Allen Mankey.

A guestbook is available at

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Elbert D. Gall

Elbert Dene "Buck" Gall, 73, of Machesney Park, Ill., died Aug. 15, 2011.

Born March 4, 1938, in Hoxie, he was retired from Camcar after 32 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernie and Mildred Gall; and two brothers, Clarence Gall and Charles Gall.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Dolly Welch Gall, whom he married on April 8, 1961; four daughters, Donna Morton, Dianna Archer, Sharon Warren and husband James, and Pat Hale and husband Keith; two sons, Alan Harlacher and wife Valerie, and Daniel Gall and wife Connie; his twin brother, Delbert Gall and wife Mary, Walnut Ridge; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home in Machesney Park with Rev. Brent Dahlseng officiating.

Memorials may be made to the family.

An online guestbook is available at

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Fred L. Ratliff

Fred L. Ratliff, 71, of Salem, died Aug. 21, 2011, at Southfork River Therapy and Living Center.

Born Feb. 26, 1940, in Imboden, he worked at the American Lantern factory and was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim Mack and Effie Henderson Ratliff; a brother, Leroy Ratliff; and two sisters, Evelyn Ratliff and Helen Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Thomas Ratliff, whom he married Sept. 19, 1986; three stepdaughters, Shelia Pavlu and husband Mark, Greenbrier, Tracy Lamb and husband Muril, Viola, and Lalane Johnson, Tuckerman; three brothers, Jim Ratliff and Neil Ratliff, both of Kansas City, Kan., and Frank Ratliff, Rolla, Mo.; three sisters, Margie Cravens, Columbia, Mo., Raye Henderson, Imboden; and FayWanda King, Kansas City, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Imboden with pastor Winford Franks and Michael Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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