November 9, 2011 Edition

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Ava Grace Caldwell Jack Clayton Davis Ella Grace Potter
Brigg Matthew Tate


Lemon ~ Midkiff Penn ~ Manning Todd ~ Thornton


Marilyn Lee Alsup Carol Lee Bennett Michael Burns/a>
Boyd Walter Crumpton Annette Hatfield Rosie Alice Hayes
Aubrey O'Connor Sylvia A. Pickrell Paul Roberts
Joshua Duwayne Sherley


Ava Grace Caldwell

Derek and Candi Caldwell of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on Oct. 24, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Ava Grace Caldwell.

Grandparents are Steve and Pam Skinner of Mountain View and Bill and Lesa Caldwell of Hoxie.

She is the great-granddaughter of Norma Lance of Jonesboro, Ruth Skinner of Batesville and Ellen Caldwell of Williford.

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Jack Clayton Davis

Blaine and Nikki Davis of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son on Oct. 27, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro

The baby weighed seven pounds, three ounces, and has been named Jack Clayton Davis.

He has a brother, Andrew, 12, and a sister, Emoree, five.

Grandparents are Gary and Carolyn Fowler of Hoxie, Coni Davis of Walnut Ridge and Bill and Sarah Davis of Walnut Ridge.

He is the great-grandson of Jewel Snapp of Walnut Ridge.

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Ella Grace Potter

Michael and Katie Potter of Paragould have announced the birth of a daughter on Nov. 4, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Ella Grace Potter.

She has an older brother, Zayne Potter, who is four.

Grandparents are Scott and Cindy Logan of Walnut Ridge and Josephine Potter of Paragould and the late Paul Mack Potter. She is the great-granddaughter of Ray and Laveda Scott of Walnut Ridge.

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Brigg Matthew Tate

Erick and Tashena Tate of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on Oct. 25, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and has been named Brigg Matthew Tate.

He has an older brother, Brogan, who is three.

Grandparents are Mark and Christine Tate of Walnut Ridge, Tony Matthews of Smithville and Ken and Karen Hobba of Bono.

He is the great-grandson of Doris Matthews of Lynn and Bobby and Janna Neal of Sedgwick.

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Lemon ~ Midkiff

Chimney Rock in Concord was the setting on Aug. 20, 2011, at 7 p.m. for the double-ring ceremony uniting Brooke Lemon and Sam Midkiff in marriage.

The bride is the daughter of Russell and Susan Lemon of Batesville. She is the granddaughter of Mona Hayes of Batesville, the late Roger Moody and the late Lowell and Joan Lemon.

The bridegroom is the son of Phillip and Diane Midkiff of Hoxie. He is the grandson of Bert and Alice Walter of Hoxie and Charlena Midkiff of Walnut Ridge and the late J.T. Midkiff.

The officiating minister was Matt Rothacher of Pine Bluff, former youth pastor of the groom. Greg Moody, uncle of the bride, and Grant Moody, cousin of the bride, both of Branson, provided nuptial music on acoustic guitar. Marcos Esteves, vocalist, of Los Angeles sang "Love Never Fails."

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a white trumpet gown of alencon lace with cap sleeves and a sweetheart neckline. The gown featured a lace keyhole back and a heavily beaded sash with a sweep train.

She wore a headpiece of white silk flowers and pearls and carried a bouquet of green hydrangeas, white roses and white calla lilies, hand tied with white lace ribbon and pearls.

Allie Burns of Branson served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Valerie Baldwin of St. Louis, Amanda Grove of Portland, Ore., and Kaytlyn Vandeloecht and Courtney Roe, both of Branson.

Makenzie Massey of Pocahontas was flower girl.

Best man was Bill Midkiff of Jonesboro, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Marcos Esteves of Los Angeles, Jordy Dakin of Seattle, Thomas Turbyeville of Kansas City, Mo., and Nicolas Grimwood of Oklahoma City.

Ushers were Stephen Van Dorn of Los Angeles and T.J. Morgan of Branson.

A reception followed the ceremony at Chimney Rock. Servers were Juanice Brewer and Connie Barnett, both of Batesville, Carrie Mae Snapp and Joyce Rose, both of Walnut Ridge, and Tami Watson of Hoxie.

Brides book attendants were Janie Walter of Jonesboro, cousin of the groom, and Arielle Moss of Batesville.

Following a wedding cruise to Nassau, Bahamas and Key West, Fla., the couple resides in Branson.

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Penn ~ Manning

David and Dana Penn of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amber Marie Penn, to Bruce Aaron Manning, son of Bruce and Kelley Manning of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bill and Joanne Davis of Lynn and the late Dennis and Syble Penn. She is a 2004 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a 2011 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. She is employed with Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

The prospective groom is the grandson of James and Bobbie Manning of Walnut Ridge and Zola Brewer of Hoxie and the late Carl Brewer. He is a 2004 graduate of Hoxie High School. Aaron is in partnership with the Bruce Manning Farms.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Manley Chapel at Williams Baptist College followed by a reception in the Moody Dining Room.

All family and friends are invited.

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Todd ~ Thornton

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Todd of Paragould have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ginger Rae Todd, to Aaron Michael Thornton, son of Lakay Thornton of Batesville and the late Kenneth Thornton.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Fred Westmoreland of Jonesboro and the late Flossie Westmoreland and Lynn Tutor and Herbert Todd Jr., both of Wynne. She is a 2008 graduate of Greene County Tech in Paragould and is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2012 from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a bachelor's degree in social work.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Whiteside of Batesville and Evelyn Thornton of Cabot and the late Lewis Thornton. He is a 2007 graduate of Batesville High School and graduated from Lyon College in Batesville in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He is employed as head baseball coach, assistant football coach and mathematics teacher at Hoxie High School.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. at East Side Baptist Church in Paragould. Everyone is invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow.

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Marilyn Lee Alsup

Marilyn Lee Alsup, 79, of Hot Springs, died Oct. 26, 2011, in a Hot Springs nursing home.

Born Oct. 30, 1931, in Fritch, Texas, she was the daughter of Robert and Ethel Sharp Finley. She was a former resident of Walnut Ridge and a member of Main Street Church of Christ. She was one of the original employees of the Black River Area Development (BRAD) office in the early 1960s.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Alsup; a son, Van Kevin Alsup; and a daughter, Suzzette Alsup Weeks.

Survivors include a son, Billy Alsup and wife Erin, Hot Springs; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. There were no services. Gross Funeral Home of Hot Springs had charge of arrangements.

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Carol Lee Bennett

Carol Lee Bennett, 64, of Portia, died Nov. 2, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born June 3, 1947, in Mesa, Ariz., she was the daughter of the late Leslie and Della Ray Horton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie "Butch" Bennett; and a sister, Mary Sartin.

Survivors include three sisters, Patsy Lane and Barbara Sullivan, both of Queen Creek, Ariz., and Brenda Horton, Imboden; and brothers-in-law.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport with pastor Jimmy Dale Sartin officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Dale Sartin, Jackie Roberts, Steve Robinson, Pete McAbee, Ronald Brown and Ernie Jewell.

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Michael Burns

Michael Burns, 58, of Louisville, Ky., formerly of Egypt, died Oct. 27, 2011, in Louisville.

He was a retired English professor at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and moved to Louisville last year.

Survivors include a daughter, Shannon Burns, Louisville; son, Dakotah Burns, Louisville; a brother, Johnny Burns, Jonesboro; a sister, Carolyn Faulkner, Walnut Ridge; and his wife, Michelle Burns, Springfield.

The body was cremated. Private services were held in Louisville.

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Boyd Walter Crumpton

Boyd Walter Crumpton, 87, of Hillsboro, Mo., died Oct. 30, 2011, at his daughter's home.

Born Feb. 26, 1924, in Alicia, he was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy and an assembly line worker for General Motors.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bill Huff.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Brooksie L. Haigwood Crumpton; four children, Doug Crumpton and wife Penny and Carole Michaels, all of DeSoto, Mo., Gwen Rainwater and husband Raymond, St. Louis, and Pat Abbott, Lake City; a sister, Alene Murphy and husband Jerry, Walnut Rige; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Thursday at Kutis South County Chapel in St. Louis. Burial was in Sandy Baptist Cemetery near Hillsboro, Mo.

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Annette Hatfield

Annette Thompson Hatfield, 70, of Swifton, died Nov. 1, 2011.

Born Nov. 18, 1940, in Ripley, Tenn., she was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Lavern Hatfield, whom she married Aug. 28, 1960; and her parents.

Survivors include two sons, Rev. Tony Hatfield, Sheridan, and Tim Hatfield and wife Pennie, Swifton; a daughter, Sissy Baker and husband Phillip, Swifton; a brother, Jimmy Hall, Chicago; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Hope Community Church. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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Rosie Alice Hayes

Rosie Alice Hayes, 87, of Hoxie, died Nov. 7, 2011, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born April 2, 1924, at Egypt, she was the daughter of Grover Cleveland and Gracie Marie Cline Price. She was a homemaker and of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, three brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Hayes, whom she married Sept. 27, 1941; four sons, Jim Hayes and Harold Junior Hayes, both of Hoxie, Benny Hayes, Union, Miss., and Lloyd Hayes, Walnut Ridge; three daughters, Cynthia Batterton, Pocahontas, Cristie Teel, Hoxie, and Kathy Merchant, Rockford, Ill.; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Cemtery.

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Aubrey O'Connor

Aubrey Darrell O'Connor, 72, of Memphis, died Nov. 4, 2011, in Memphis.

Born Dec. 30, 1938, in Craighead County, he was raised in Sedgwick and was a graduate of Hoxie High School. He attended Southern Baptist College, the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton, the University of Houston and Arkansas State University. He was also a former resident of Smithville.

He was an entrepreneur, an investment banking executive, a farmer and racecar driver.

Serving in the Army from 1956 to 1958, his affinity for math and numbers led him to become an E5 cryptographer in what would become the National Security Agency. He was co-founder, president and chairman of Hibbard, O'Connor & Weeks with offices in Memphis, Chicago, New York City and Houston. He was co-founder and president of F & O Oil Corporation and executive vice president and managing director of Government Securities Corporation in Houston. He was also owner and manager of O'Connor Farms in Newport.

He began racing motorcycles in the Army in 1958 and continued to race throughout the 1960s and 1970s, racing in the USAC, NASCAR and Formula 2 series, among others. He competed on such storied tracks as the Daytona International Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Texas World Speedway.

He was proud to have served as a board member and special event organizer for the Texas Zoo in Victoria, Texas, from 1981 to 1985.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eddie Aubrey O'Connor.

Survivors include a son, Lawrence Aubrey O'Connor, Austin, Texas; his mother, Alma Chapman O'Connor Mount, Walnut Ridge; and a sister, Doris Gill and husband Colbert, Cherokee Village.

A memorial service was held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis. Burial will be today at 3 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Victoria, Texas.

Honorary pallbearers were Colbert Gill, Glen Worlow, Brien O'Connor Dunn, Joe Rocket, Rafael Moreno Turrent, Roy Jones, Andy Udale, Bob Bevill, Bill Morris and John Elkington.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Sylvia A. Pickrell

Sylvia Agnes Pickrell, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 2, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 5, 1920, in Couch, Mo., she was the daughter of Jim and Ludy May Alford Brewer. She was a homemaker and a member of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Arlo Pickrell, on Sept. 8, 1999, whom she married Oct. 4, 1948; and a daughter, Janice Pickney.

Survivors include a brother, Herbert Brewer, Black Rock; a son-in-law, Reggie Pickney, Walnut Ridge; two grandchildren, William Pickney and Amanda Pickney, both of Walnut Ridge; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 9 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home.

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Paul Roberts

There will be a celebration of life in honor of Paul Roberts at the Strawberry Community Center in Strawberry on Nov. 20, at 2 p.m.

Paul was the husband of Carolyn (Cameron) Roberts, father of Blake and Paula, father-in-law to Leslie, Papa to Haylee and Cameron, son of the late Eulan and Olevia Roberts and brother of Darryl Roberts.

Paul spent many happy hours roaming the hills of Lawrence County. If you have a favorite story about Paul, come share it with family and friends on Sunday afternoon as we celebrate his life.


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Joshua Duwayne Sherley

Joshua Duwayne Sherley, 21, of Piggott, formerly of Eaton, died Nov. 1, 2011, near Piggott.

Born Oct. 7, 1990, in Ann Arbor, Mich., he attended First Baptist Church in Piggott.

Survivors include his father, Terry L. Sherley, Piggott; his mother, Brenda Small, Crestview, Fla.; a brother, Adam Martinez, Little Rock; a sister, Kaitlyn Small and James Small; his grandparents, George W. and Lilly Sherley, Piggott, and Jack and Evelyn Henry, Crestview, Fla.; and his fiancˇ, Misty England, Piggott.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Robert Welborn officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Eaton.

Close friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

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