October 12, 2011 Edition

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Births

Branson Robert Green

Weddings/Engagements

Downing ~ Kirby

Obituaries

Pauline Holland Tony Jones Erma Kauffman
Shelby Ladd William Grover Mullen Elizabeth Rawls
August Edward Snell Clifford Snodgrass Wilburn William Thomas
George Weaver Zora Gertrude Williams

Births

Branson Robert Green

Jason and Donna Green of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son, born Oct. 5, 2011, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Branson Robert Green. He has one sister, Brylee, five.

Grandparents are Don and Brenda Alls of Walnut Ridge and David and Sandy Green of Searcy.

Great-grandparents are Molly Gray and Wilson and Mazie Alls, all of Walnut Ridge, and Bob and Lora Lee Fry of Piggott.

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Weddings/Engagements

Downing ~ Kirby

Billy Downing of Imboden and Sharon Ferguson of Ravenden announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kiala Jean Downing, to Eric Cole Kirby, son of Don and Jackie Kirby of Reyno and Denise King Clark of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is a 2007 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School and a 2011 graduate of Arkansas State University. She will be attending dental-hygiene school in November.

The prospective groom is a 2002 graduate of Biggers-Reyno High School and is employed by Center-Point Energy.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 2 p.m at Westridge Church of Christ in Pocahontas. A reception will follow. All friends and family are invited to attend.

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Obituaries

Pauline Holland

Pauline Holland, 81, of Little Rock, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 5, 2011.

Born March 9, 1930, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of Lee and Irene Thompson Craig.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Holland; and a son, Jonathan Holland.

Survivors include five sons, Michael Holland and wife Brenda, Gary Holland and wife Kim, Craig Holland, Phillip Holland and wife Theresa, and Dennis Holland and wife Kelli; two daughters, Connie Lake and husband Ed, and Brenda Kennon and husband David; a sister, Bonnie Sue Goodson; 25 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday at 1 p.m. in Little Rock with Rev. Michael Holland officiating. Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth of Little Rock had charge of arrangements.

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

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Tony Jones

Tony S. Jones, 64, of Ravenden, died Oct. 5, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 24, 1947, in Ravenden, he was a bus driver for Sloan-Hendrix Schools and a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elson and Jennie Cox Jones; a brother, Alfred Jones; and a grandson, Cory Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleene Jones; three daughters, Denise Jones and Rachel Jones, both of Ravenden, and Jennifer Spencer, Robinson, Ill.; a brother, Ernie Jones, Ravenden; two sisters, Ethel Ratliff, Ravenden, and Mattie Middleton, Texas; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland with Bill Teague officiating. Burial was in Bradford Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gary Ratliff, Buddy Hughes, Jerry Brown, Danny Green, Tim Moore and Ron Hirsch.

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Erma Kauffman

Erma Yutzy Byler Kauffman, 76, of Strawberry, died Oct. 9, 2011, at her home.

Born Nov. 18, 1934, in Plain City, Ohio, she was the daughter of Homer and Ada Viola Frey Yutzy. She was a member of the Strawberry Mennonite Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Elmer A. Byler, on Aug. 12, 1996, whom she married Sept. 20, 1956, in Stuarts Draft, Va.; a brother, Ivan Yutzy; four sisters, Laura Miller, Verna Miller, Leah Byler and Bernice Yutzy; a stepdaughter, Maxine Kauffman; and two great-grandsons.

Survivors include her husband, Curtis Joseph Kauffman, whom she married Aug. 31, 2002; a son, Merlin Elmer Byler, Jaratt, Va.; a daughter, Carolyn Erma Jones and husband Floyd, Strawberry; a brother, Milo Yutzy, Linneus, Mo.; two sisters, Edna Gingerich and husband David, Linneus, Mo., and Arlene Schlabach and husband Stanley, Monticello, Ky.; two stepsons, Marlin Kauffman and wife Cindy, LaCombe, Ore., and James Kauffman, Buffalo, Mo.; two stepdaughters, Donna Kroph and husband Earl and Ila Hostetler and husband Mervin, all of Brownsville, Ore.; nine grandchildren, Natasha Byler, Loren Jones, Leon Jones, Timothy Jones, Paul Jones, Jolene Jones, Susanna Jones, Katrina Jones and Louise Yoder; 15 step-grandchildren; and 21 step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the Strawberry Mennonite Church. A second funeral service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Locust Creek Mennonite Church in Brookfield, Mo. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City has charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the church in Brookfield.

Pallbearers will be Loren Jones, Leon Jones, Tim Jones, Paul Jones, Wilmer Yutzy and Conrad Miller.

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Shelby Ladd

Shelby Ladd, 80, of Corning, father of Cathy Harpole of Imboden, died Oct. 3, 2011, in St. Louis. Burial was Friday in Black's Cemetery at Palatka under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home of Corning. An online guestbook is available at www.ermertfuneralhome.com.

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William Grover Mullen

William Grover Mullen, 81, of Black Rock, died Oct. 8, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 31, 1930, he was the son of William and Lillie Perry Mullen. He had lived in California before moving to Black Rock in 1971. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and a retired general foreman for Scott & Fetzer Company in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Mullen; three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Bill Mullen and wife Karen, Black Rock; a daughter, Lynne Rowland and husband Kenny, Black Rock; a sister, Van Chromaski, St. Charles, Mo.; a brother, Jim Braden and wife Shea, Augusta, Ga.; his companion, Shirley Guy and her daughter, Laura Molnar, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Billy Mullen, Shawn Pfeffer, Jeremy Beary and Jenny Dollins; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Steve Alexander and O.D. Winfrey officiating. Burial was in Crossroads Cemetery near Portia.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Beary, Brandon Pfeffer, Houston Franks, Kenny Vaira, Billy Mullen and Robert Dollins. Honorary pallbearers were his 11 great-grandchildren.

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

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Elizabeth Rawls

Betty "Elizabeth" Hager Rawls, 59, of Paragould, died Oct. 8, 2011, in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 29, 1952, in Lawrence County, she was employed by International Bread Company and attended Cowboy Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Fannie Hager.

Survivors include a daughter, Ginger Gale Isom and husband Tracy, Paragould; two sons, Ronnie Edward Rawls and wife Christy, Paragould, and Lee Westley Rawls and wife Dianne, Stanford; a sister, Ann Meeks, Hoxie; two brothers, Earl Hager, Walnut Ridge, and Robert Hager Sr., Plano, Ill.; and 10 grandchildren, Mykala, Hunter, Jenna, Ethan, Haven, Lane, Levi, Kiersten, Tysan and Jacob.

A celebration of her life was held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould with Rev. Robert Hager Jr. officiating. Burial was in Whittaker Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in memory of Frankie Meeks to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

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August Edward Snell

August Edward Snell, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 5, 2011.

Born March 30, 1919, he was the son of the late Henry and Maggie Snell. He was a longtime member of the VFW, the American Legion and the Moose Lodge of Mascouth, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Snell; a brother, Hank Snell; and four sisters, Anaalee, Mickey, Dorothy and Margarett.

Survivors include three sons, Edward Snell, Ironton, Mo., David Snell, Maynard, and Joseph Snell, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Patricia Hufford, Walnut Ridge; 11 grandchildren, Pam, Larry, Chris, Donald, Kim, Jamie, Eddie Jr., Sally, David Jr., David, Tony; 30 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at Hoffmeister South County Chapel in St. Louis with Ray Fultner officiating. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

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

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Clifford Snodgrass

Clifford Curtis Snodgrass, 89, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 9, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 31, 1921, in Clever, Mo., he was the son of Nathan and Rosemary Fulton Snodgrass. He served in the 203 Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during World War II. He was retired from Caterpillar and of the Pentecostal belief.

He was preceded in death by a son, John Snodgrass; and four siblings, Ada Lisz, Lum Snodgrass, Polly Frazier and Cuma Bradley.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Kieser Snodgrass, whom he married May 15, 1971; a daughter, Mary Hall, Hoxie; a son, Kirk Snodgrass, Warrenton, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Tyler Hall and Grace Hall.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Becker officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steven Parker, Gerald Manual, Sammy Manual, Tyler Hall, Sebastian Irvin and Kenny Mashburn.

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

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Wilburn William Thomas

Wilburn William "Bill" Thomas, 95, of Powhatan, died Sept. 28, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired automobile mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gwendolyn "Gwen" Thomas; his second wife, Laura Thomas; his parents, Herman and Lucy Thomas; three sisters, Alice Rabe, Buelah Thomas and Virginia Bollinger; and a brother, Marlin Thomas.

Survivors include a daughter, Doris Thomas, Walnut Ridge; a son, Bill Thomas and wife Leta, Helotes, Texas; a brother, Lum Thomas, Lafe; four stepchildren, Charles Rush, Lynn, Lynnette Smith, Williford, Curtis Rush, Rockford, Ill., and Lucinda Smith, Black Rock; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gainesville Cemetery. Heath Funeral Home of Paragould had charge of arrangements.

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

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George Weaver

George R. Weaver, 85, of Delaplaine, died Oct. 6, 2011, at his home.

Born July 6, 1926, in Denton, Mo., he was the son of Henry Harvey and Virginia Janette "Jenny" Weaver. He was a World War II Army veteran and a retired farmer. He was a former school board member and was a member and deacon of Delaplaine Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by four sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Edna Palmer Weaver, whom he married Oct. 27, 1951; two daughters, Judy Richardson and husband Bob, Delaplaine, and Sandra Zirkle and husband David, Harrison; two sons, Phil Weaver and wife Sharon, Millersville, Mo., and Gary Weaver and wife Mala, Paragould; a brother, William Weaver, Jefferson, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Chris Richardson, Mark Weaver, Kevin Weaver, Andrew Weaver, Grant Weaver, Allen Zirkle and Alesha Deweese; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning with Rev. Adam Bruton officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens at Paragould.

Pallbearers were Chris Richardson, Mark Weaver, Kevin Weaver, Andrew Weaver, Allen Zirkle and Grant Weaver.

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

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Zora Gertrude Williams

Zora Gertrude Williams, 87, of Rector, father of Jackie Kinder of Swifton, died Oct. 1, 2011. Burial was Saturday in Piggott Cemetery under the direction of Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home of Piggott. An online guestbook is available at www.hoggardfuneralhome.com.

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