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David and Audra Cobble of Tuscaloosa, Ala., have announced the birth of a son, born Aug. 26, 2011, at DCH Hospital in Tuscaloosa.
The baby weighed eight pounds and has been named Roman David Cobble.
He has a three-year-old sister, Riley.
Grandparents are Dale and Kathy Cobble of Walnut Ridge, Allen and Fawnda Griffin of Jonesboro and David and Kelly Rutledge of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Craig and Magan Phillips of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born Aug. 19, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.
The baby weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Dexter Ray Phillips.
Grandparents are Mike and Jocarol Phillips of Walnut Ridge and Richard and Robbie Eagan of Pocahontas.
Great-grandparents are Dorothy Keller of Jonesboro and Jack and Lin Eagan of Black Rock.
Clay and Jordan Phillips of Arkadelphia have announced the birth of a daughter on July 22, 2011, at Baptist Medical Center in Arkadelphia.
The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Rylee Elizabeth Phillips.
She has an older sister, Maggie Grace Phillips, who is three.
Grandparents are John and Marsha Haltom of Manchester and Danny and Lesia Phillips of Black Rock.
Eugene and Hazel Anston of Poughkeepsie and Jim and Mary Ritzer of Eagle River, Wisc., invite family and friends to help their children, Anthony and Jamie (Ritzer) Anston, celebrate their marriage together.
A reception will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of the Highland First Assembly of God Church, located at 33 Meadowbrook Drive in Highland.
The couple were united in marriage July 30 at the Eagle River Inn in Eagle River, Wisc.
Rodger and Debbie Sullivan of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kathleen A. Sullivan, to Kevin M. Privett, son of Michael and Johnetta Privett of Harrisburg.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Grady and Juanita Linebaugh of Walnut Ridge and Loeta Sullivan Bay of Hoxie and the late Bobby Sullivan.
The future groom is the grandson of Maxine Long of Harrisburg and the late John long and Faye Privett of Payneway and the late Novice Privett.
The wedding will take place Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited to attend the ceremony and the reception that follows.
Marti Tate and Seth Bradley will exchange wedding vows Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Rick Tate of Imboden and Lisa Bailey of Benton. The future groom is the son of Deborah Bradley of Ravenden Springs and the late Mike Bradley.
Friends and relatives are invited to the wedding and to the reception, which follows in the church fellowship hall.
Mr. and Mrs. Billy L. Tyson of Powhatan have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kacy Lee Ellen Tyson, to Don Jared Morgan, son of Don W. Morgan of Jonesboro and Pat Sluder of Walnut Ridge.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Armilda Tyson of Powhatan and the late Billy Jo Tyson and the late Roy and Wanda Lee Roberts. She is a 2006 graduate of Hoxie High School and is a student at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. She then plans to complete her nursing degree at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Glenda Spain of Jonesboro, Hubert and Emily Wilkey of Osceola and the late Paul and Beatrice Morgan. He is a 1999 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is employed by Frito Lay in Jonesboro.
The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Black Rock. A reception will follow the ceremony in the fellowship hall. All friends and family are invited to attend.
Virginia Maziebelle Barnhill, 86, of Greenwood, died Aug. 25, 2011, in Greenwood.
Born Oct. 26, 1924, in the Strangers Home community, she was the daughter of Jesse and Matra Blackshear. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Greenwood.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Barnhill; and a son, Jerry Barnhill.
Survivors include two sons, Terry Barnhill and wife Jane, Greenwood, and Gary Barnhill and wife Sharon, Portia; a daughter-in-law, Jane Barnhill, Mountain Home; three sisters, Pearlie Cooper, St. Charles, Mo., Margie Dundore, Commerce, Ga., and Jenny Ludzow, Melbourne, Fla.; two brothers, Robert Blackshear, Warner Robbins, Ga., and Leon Blackshear, Tupelo, Miss.;10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Revs. Howard Pankey and Ryan Johnston officiating.
Pallbearers were Kyle Barnhill, Jonathan Barnhill, Randy Barnhill, Brock Barnhill, Brandon Barnhill, Ben Stone and Brent Hufstedler.
Louise Robins Berry, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 27, 2011, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.
Born Aug. 22, 1922, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Rudy and Beuna Doyle Robins. She was a retired supervisor at Southern Baptist Nursery and was a member of Clear Springs Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell D. Berry, on Jan. 13, 1997, whom she married in 1938.
Survivors include a daughter, Julia Stroble and husband David, Walnut Ridge; a son, Robin "Poker Chip" Berry and wife Bobbie, Walnut Ridge; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Chris Winters, Jerry Winters, Clint Berry, John Rorex, Matthew Menne and Robin Nichols.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
Towana Sue Craft, 55, of Hoxie, died Aug. 26, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born Feb. 10, 1956, in Illinois, she had lived in Lawrence County the past 20 years and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Travis; her parents, Elvis and Mary Alexander Robinson; three brothers, Jean Carlock, Floyd Edward Robinson and Jackie Lavern Robinson; and a sister, JoAnn Stovall.
Survivors include her husband, William Marvin Craft Sr.; a son, William Craft, of the home; two sisters, Gina Robinson, Black Rock, and Sally Jones, Ravenden; two brothers, Billy Robinson, Hoxie, and Teddy Robinson, California; and five grandchildren.
A visitation was held Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Private burial will be at a later date.
An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.
Mary Francis Davis, 60, of Imboden, died Aug. 30, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born Nov. 18, 1950, at Powhatan, she was a homemaker and a member of Clear Springs Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Mary Garrett Dow; and a sister, Ruby Smith.
Survivors include her husband, Ted Davis, whom she married Feb. 14, 1987; a son, Ben Davis, Imboden; and two sisters, Charlscie Chappell, Pocahontas, and Dolores Duckworth, Smithville.
Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Hope Cemetery with Rev. Rowdy Morgan officiating. Bryan Funeral Home of Imboden has charge of arrangements.
Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home in Imboden.
Jimmie Lee DeJarnette, 58, of White Hall, died Aug. 20, 2011.
Born Oct. 26, 1952, in Monette, he graduated from Strawberry High School. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and worked at the Pine Bluff Arsenal.
He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn DeJarnette.
Survivors include his wife, Sheri Gardner DeJarnette, whom he married Oct. 20, 1982; three daughters, B.J. DeJarnette, White Hall, Autumn Woodall and husband David, Quitman, and Amber Mitchell and husband Jason, Fordyce; his mother, Noma Mullen DeJarnette, Portia; three brothers, Everett DeJarnette and wife Cletha, and Jackie DeJarnette, all of Portia, and Scott DeJarnette and wife Melody, Sedgwick; and three grandchildren, Kelci Funderburg, Alyssa Funderburg and Emma Ruth Mitchell.
Funeral was Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Cranford Funeral Home of White Hall with Bro. J.R. Dinwiddie officiating. Burial was in Black Cemetery near Rison.
Pallbearers were Mike Cotner, Ken Dillon, Greg Krisell, Dan O'Bryan, Tommy Hurst and Johnny Johnson.
An online guestbook is available at www.cranford.com.
Phil Edward Dodd, 42, of Bono, died Aug. 25, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born Jan. 19, 1969, in Walnut Ridge, he was a farmer and attended Sedgwick Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Maxie Seel Dodd; and his grandparents, Ethan and Vera Dodd and Mack and Minnie Seel.
Survivors include two sons, Jesse Dodd and Dillion Dodd, both of Walnut Ridge; his father, Tom Dodd and wife Inez, Minturn; and three brothers, John Dodd and wife Trish, Bono, David Dodd and wife Cindy, Weiner, and Teddy Dodd and wife Leslie, Jonesboro; and a sister, Susan Jordan.
Funeral was Saturday at 9 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Tom Lamb officiating. Burial was in Markham Cemetery.
Pallbearers were John Dodd, Katun Dodd, JoeRay Dodd, Michael Dodd, Justin Cook, Terry Booth, Robert Pratt and Adam Pratt.
Emma Lois Gifford, 74, of O'Kean, died Aug. 30, 2011, at her home.
Born May 22, 1937, in Tilton, she had lived in Lawrence County most of her life and was a member of O'Kean Free Will Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Isam W. Gifford; her parents, James and Edith Boling Sisco; four brothers, Billy Joe Sisco, Dan Sisco, Elmo Sisco and Coy Sisco; a sister, Minnie Huffman; and a grandchild, Joshua Curtis Gifford.
Survivors include a daughter, Carmen McElhaney and husband Donald, O'Kean; five sons, Paul Gifford and wife Kathryn, Heber Springs, Marvin Gifford and Danny Gifford and wife Donna, all of O'Kean, Billy Gifford and wife Patricia, Byhalia, Miss., and Homer Gifford and wife Sherry, Hardy; two sisters, Edith Ragsdell, Walnut Ridge, and Sletty Haynes, O'Kean; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Lorado Cemetery, near Walcott, with Aaron Winfrey officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be James Gifford, John Paul Allred, Matthew Gifford, Justin Gifford, Ryan Gifford and Wes Gifford. Honorary pallbearers will be Isam Gifford, Noah McElhaney, Daniel Gifford and Jason Gifford.
An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.
Wanda Thursia Harrell, 84, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, after a brief illness.
The only child born to Elmer and Buena Driskell on Nov. 6, 1926, at Powhatan, Wanda spent her young years in Powhatan and Black Rock. At the close of WWII, when the love of her life was discharged from the Navy, she married Marcy Monroe Harrell in Detroit, where they made their home for the next 12 years. They had two daughters during this time, Pamela Lea and Candis Kay.
In 1958, the Harrells moved back to Walnut Ridge to be closer to family and help Mr. Albert Harrell in his shoe store in Black Rock. This was the beginning of Harrell's Shoe Outlet in Walnut Ridge, which closed in 1971. Mrs. Harrell retired from the Lawrence County Cooperative School at Portia as physical therapy aide. She loved the children there and was a much loved caregiver.
Immediately upon her retirement, Mrs. Harrell sought activities and causes to keep her busy. She was active in the First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge and delivered Meals on Wheels, and helped with the care of her parents. Finding a job in her area of expertise, Ms. Harrell became a Wal-Mart greeter at the Walnut Ridge store and continued as a greeter in Parker Road Wal-Mart in Jonesboro until the day she entered the hospital, 17 years later. Mrs. Harrell loved her job, her colleagues, and considered them a second family.
The Harrells moved to Jonesboro in 2004 and became active in First Baptist Church and many community events. Her neighbors on Oak Meadow Cove and her Sunday school members became her close friends, and she treasured the time spent with each of them.
Mrs. Harrell was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 63 years.
Her living family includes her daughter, Pamela Harrell Bush and husband Ben of Jonesboro, and daughter Candy Harrell of Fayetteville. She loved her precious grandchildren, Tanner Bassett of Fayetteville, Tiffany Bush Meyer of Evansville, Indiana, and Jordan Bush McIntire of Jonesboro. Their spouses became her grandchildren, too: Sarah Bassett, Ryan Meyer and Jeremy McIntire. The great-grandchildren were more treasures to love: Ella and Grace Bassett, Aiden and Saylor Meyer, and Haley-Anne, Brinlea and Bracken McIntire. "Nanny" was loved by all her family and will be missed forever. It was a privilege for her family members to be by her side when she left to be with her Lord.
Mrs. Harrell has many friends and extended family members whom she talked about often and continued to keep as a special part of her life.
Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Dr. Bruce Tippit officiating, with Emerson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Burial followed at Lawrence Memorial Park.
Honored to serve as active pallbearers were Ben Bush, Tanner Bassett, Jeremy McIntire, Dr. Ryan Meyer, Jerry D. Bassett and Lonnie Gilbreth. Honorary Pallbearers were Tom Sloan, Leroy Lacy, Max Harrell and Dr. Ralph Joseph.
An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.
Jettie Darrel Holland, 67, died Aug. 26, 2011, at his home.
Born May 6, 1944, at Ravenden, he was the son of the late Walter Clarence Holland and Alice Lee Vardale.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Margie Holland; a son, Mickey Holland; a brother, Walter Lee Holland; and a sister, Juanita Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Melissa Joe Holland; two sons, James Holland, Imboden, and Billy Holland, Jonesboro; nine daughters, Jessica Sears, Fort Lewis, Wash., Jennifer Atkinson and Sherry Hively, both of Black Rock, Julia Mathews, Imboden, Debra Carnes, Maynard, Franky Holland and Karen Holland, both of Jonesboro, and Andrea Barton and Carrol Daniels, both of Forrest City; a sister; three brothers; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at a later date under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.
An online guestbook is available at www.higginbothamfuneralservice.com.
William Grant Nichols, 69, of Jonesboro, died Aug. 28, 2011, at NEA Baptist Hospital.
Born Sept. 28, 1941, in Sedgwick, he was the son of Jasper Garland and Virginia Marguerite Veal Nichols. He was a barber and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include a son, Cary Nichols, Jonesboro; a sister, Wanda Davis, Walnut Ridge; and two grandchildren, Kyle Nichols and Reiley Smith.
Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick with Bro. Tom Lamb officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Tim Nichols, Matthew Nichols, Mark Nichols, John Nichols, Jeff Worlow and Mitch Worlow.
Charlotte Louise Rider, 78, of Cherokee Village, died Aug. 22, 2011, at Ash Flat Nursing & Rehab Center.
Born Nov. 13, 1932, she was the daughter of Hoseia and Pearl Goodwin Penn. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Cherokee Village.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
Survivors include her husband, Tom Rider, whom she married in March 1951; a daughter, Kathryn Hamilton, St. Petersburg, Fla.; a son, Thomas Wayne Rider, Naples, Fla.; two brothers, John Penn, Benton, and Thomas Penn, St. Louis; five grandchildren, Lori Sowers, Amy Pool, Phillip Hamilton, Jennifer Elkins and Jessica Brown; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cherokee Village with John Penn and Dr. Larry White officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Fred Schwadeur, Freeman Colley, Gary Brison, Leroy Pointer, Richard Lewis and Steve Tompson.
Warren Rowlett Sr., 83, of Swifton, died Aug. 27, 2011.
Born Nov. 3, 1927, at Swifton, he was the son of Dewitt Andrew and Ethel King Rowlett.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired farmer. He was a 32nd degree Mason and held a BSE from Arkansas State University. He was a former deacon and Sunday school teacher at New Home Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Joan Thompson and Angela Davis; four brothers, Jack, Andrew, August and Thurman; and five sisters, Mable, Lola, Esther, Agnes and Geneva "Nicky".
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Stewart Rowlett; three sons, Gary Rowlett, Little Rock, Stanley Rowlett and wife Mary, Jonesboro, and Warren Rowlett Jr., Swifton; two daughters, Linda Casteel and husband D.B., Cabot, and Beverly Rowlett, Little Rock; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Tuesday at the Tuckerman Free Will Baptist Church. Burial was in Haines Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Chris Rowlett, Jeff Rowlett, Andrew Rowlett, Keith Thompson, Scott Thompson and Deral Casteel.
An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.
Emil Harold "Peaberry" Smelser, 78, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 27, 2011, in Walnut Ridge.
Born June 17, 1933, at Lafe, he was the son of Willard and Minta Cooper Smelser. He lived in Lawrence County most of his life and was a member of Main Street Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was self-employed as a plumber.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Smelser; two sons, Kevin Smelser and wife Melissa, and Kyle Smelser and wife Michelle, all of Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Alexa Gann, Jerimy Smelser, Drake Smelser and Maci Smelser; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ with Rob Combs and Ed Baker officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Rex Hart, Jim Pominville, Button Wallin, Nathan Crafton, Chris Tate and Lester Herring. Honorary pallbearers will be J.R. Rogers, John Fears, Bob Moody, Richard "ChooChoo" Owens, Jewell Woodson, Don Sluder, A.J. Henry, Ryan Saulsbury, Ben Purdue and Dennis Coggins.
Winona Higgins Hyde Smith, 86, of Paragould, died Aug. 27, 2011, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.
Born Oct. 12, 1924, in Greene County, she was the daughter of Charlie "Pat" and Ada Jones Higgins. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Smith; three brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors include two sons, Joe Lee Hyde and wife Nancy, Paragould, and David Ernest Hyde and wife Terry, Lander, Wyo.; three daughters, Carolyn Sue Griggs and husband Wilburn, Paragould, and Jackie Shaw and Dr. Tina Quinn, both of Jonesboro; a sister, Johnnie Lou Carr, Paragould; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery with Rev. Wilburn Griggs officiating. Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould had charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook is available at www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.
Thomas Leslie "Tommy" Staten Jr., 72, of Jonesboro, died Aug. 22, 2011.
Born May 5, 1939, he graduated from Walnut Ridge High School and Arkansas State University, and was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda Staten; and his parents, Thomas Leslie Sr. and Elizabeth Chaney Staten.
Survivors include his wife, Audrey Dunnam Staten; a son, Thomas Staten III; a daughter, Tonya Staten Wade and husband John; two brothers, John Staten and William Staten; a sister, Yetcha Stubblefield; and two grandchildren, Joshua Wade and Sophia Wade.
Funeral was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Central Baptist Church with Rev. James Lumpkin officiating. Emerson Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to The International Gideons, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214 or to the local Veteran's Association.
An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.
Irma "Toby" Tambussi, 86, died Aug. 5, 2011, at her daughter's home in Homestead, Fla.
Born July 31, 1925, in Powhatan, she was the daughter of Thomas and Pearl Stogsdill Hall. She taught school in a one-room schoolhouse at Powhatan and later worked alongside her husband in various businesses. After retirement, she did volunteer work at Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Tambussi, whom she married Jan. 14, 1945; and five sisters, Wilma, Artie, Joyce, Mabel and Ruth.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Tambussi-Brechon, Homestead, Fla., and Sally Tambussi-Balletto and husband William, Algonquin, Ill.; and a granddaughter, Brittany Balletto.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 12 at St. Mary Church in Windsor Locks. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery under the direction of Windsor Locks Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society CT Chapter, 538 Preston Ave., Meriden, CT 06450.
An online guestbook is available at www.windsorlocksfuneralhome.com.
Clyde Edwin Webb, 86, of Denver, who attended Sloan-Hendrix Academy at Imboden, died August 24, 2011.
Born Jan. 25, 1925, in Lawrence County, he was the son of D.J. and Lacy Field Webb. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946 and was of the Baptist belief.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Ila Mae Taylor; and a baby brother, Floyd Ivan Webb.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Nema Joyce Smith Webb, who graduated from Black Rock High School in 1945; a son, Keith, Colorado; three daughters, Janette and Lisa, both of Colorado, and Evette, Austin, Texas; a sister, Irene Vance, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Leon Webb, Leggett, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral was scheduled for Monday, at 2 p.m. at Olinger Chapel Hill in Centennial, Colo.
An online guestbook is available at www.olingerchapelhill.com.
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