November 23, 2011 Edition

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Births

Harleigh Alexis French Kenzley LeeAnn Newsom Landon Wyatt Troutman

Obituaries

Owen F. "Bud" Cooper Lawrence Ellison Danny F. Gibbs
Leonard Goza L.J. Hardin Pate Hart
Hiawatha Lindberg Helms Carl Hudson Doris Jones
Beatrice Justus Huron Hollis Justus Hazel Marie Rooker
Carlton Vaughn Chester Waldrupe Melvin C. Whitmire
Danny Thomas Williams

Births

Harleigh Alexis French

Eric and Wendy French of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a daughter on Nov. 8, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center. The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Harleigh Alexis French.

Grandparents are Terry and Carol Hibbard and Ronnie and Danita Green, all of Jonesboro, and Mike and Becky French of O'Kean.

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Kenzley LeeAnn Newsom

Keelen and Krystal Newsom of Blytheville have announced the birth of a daughter, born Nov. 7, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Kenzley LeeAnn Newsom. She has one sibling, Kason, five.

Grandparents are Gary and Cindy Goff of Walnut Ridge and Ricky and Dorothy Newsom of Paragould.

Great-grandparents are Sam and Joann Hood and James and Joyce Goff, all of Walnut Ridge; and Rennard and Shirley Cooper of Hoxie.

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Landon Wyatt Troutman

Chris and Courtney Troutman of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born Nov. 2, 2011, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Landon Wyatt Troutman. He has one brother, Hunter, two.

Grandparents are Mark Hull of Poyen, Tim and Melinda Ray of Hoxie and Nick and Tammy Troutman of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Larry and Joann Couch and Rick and Carline Anglin, all of Hoxie; Paul and Ersel McDaniel of Poyen, Eddie and Wanda Atkins of Phoenix, Bill and Caroline Troutman of Jonesboro and Terry and Ann Clymer of Conroe, Texas.

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Obituaries

Owen F. "Bud" Cooper

Owen F. "Bud" Cooper, 79, of Mountain Home, father of Dr. Brett Cooper of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 14, 2011, in Mountain Home. Burial was Friday in Baxter Memorial Gardens under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Mountain Home or to Williams Baptist College. An online guestbook is available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.

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Lawrence Ellison

Lawrence Eugene Ellison, 71, of Falcon, Mo., died Nov. 17, 2011, at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran's Hospital in Columbia, Mo.

Born Sept. 27, 1940, in Ravenden, he had lived in Lawrence County as a child, but spent most of his life serving in the Army and residing in Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.E. and Lorene Kelley Ellison; a sister, Patricia Ellison; and a granddaughter, Candace Connell.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Connel and husband Scott, Falcon, Mo.; a son, Robert Ellison, Potosi, Mo.; a brother, Charles Ellison and wife Onida, Lynn; two sisters, Rita Morgan and husband Jerry, Lynn, and Carol Ellison, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren, Wade Connell, Matthew Connell, Cody Connell, Logan Ellison, Trisha Vosberg and Leah Ellison; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Jerry Wayne Morgan officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Wade Connell, Matthew Connell, Jerry Wayne Morgan, Mart Morgan, Danny Morgan and Shawn Morgan.

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

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Danny F. Gibbs

Danny Frankland Gibbs, 62, of Hoxie, died Nov. 17, 2011, at Baptist Medical Center in Memphis.

Born April 19, 1949, in Newport, he was a salesman and a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Christine Webb Gibbs; and a brother, Jimmy Lee.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Gibbs; two sons, Blain Gibbs, Paragould, and Jimmy Dan Gibbs, Hoxie; a daughter, Samantha Gibbs, Hoxie; a sister, Pat Goodin, Hoxie; and a granddaughter, Dani Leigh Gibbs.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ with Bill Wheeler and David Holcomb officiating. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery at Swifton.

Pallbearers were Gary Weeks, Larry Weeks, Fred Barnett, Mike Tedder, Larry King and Rick Myers. Honorary pallbearers were Roy Rogers, Karen Weeks, Lonnie Selvidge and Debbie Schmidt.

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

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Leonard Goza

Leonard Goza, 86, passed away Nov. 18, 2011.

Born in Lawrence County, he was a retired truck driver, a World War II Navy veteran and a 32nd degree Mason. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Goza was a lifelong member of Bellevue Baptist Church and lived his life serving the LORD.

He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Beve Lou Guntharp Goza; daughters, Sheila Goza Bivens, Gwyn Alesia Bentley (Donald); two grandsons, Jason (Rachel) and Jarrod Bivens; four great-grandchildren, Tori, Tyler, Josh and Ryan Bivens; a sister, Madeline Goza; and a sister-in-law, Opal Goza.

In death, he goes to be with his parents, Leonard and Ada Goza; his brother, Raymond; and sisters, Velma and Ola.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 28, at Forest Hill East Funeral Home. Services will be Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at Bellevue Baptist Church with interment to follow.

Memorials may be sent to Love is Worth Finding or Bellevue Baptist Church.

Forest Hill East Funeral Home in Memphis had charge of the arrangements.

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L.J. Hardin

Leonard James "L.J." Hardin, 71, of Imboden, died Nov. 18, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 13, 1940, in Lepanto, he was the son of Arple Sweeten Hardin. He was an employee of the fertilizer department at Farm Service for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Gretta Morris Hardin, whom he married in May 2001; three sons, Gary Hardin and David Hardin, both of Walnut Ridge, and Ricky Hardin, Imboden; two daughters, Rhonda Renee O'Connor, Walnut Ridge, and Brenda Gail Anderson, Imboden; two sisters, Ola Mae Couch, Roanoke, Va., and Ola Wadley, Lapeer, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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Pate Hart

Mary Peyton "Pate" Fletcher Hart, 86, died, Nov. 16, 2011, at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born Oct. 27, 1925, in Mississippi County, she was the daughter of E.P. and Elsie Oliver Fletcher. Throughout her life, she derived great satisfaction from her ability as a creative and talented seamstress, a gift she shared with all her friends and family. Many people were the recipients of her generous and inventive skill.

She was preceded in death by three sisters; Alice Elizabeth Speck, Jane McDonough and Sue Hipson.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, D. Benson Hart, whom she married Feb. 20, 1949; three sons; Blake Hart and wife Debi, Walnut Ridge, Eric Hart and wife Becky, Malvern, and Jeff Hart and wife Melanie, Jonesboro; a daughter Jennifer Fogleman and husband David, Marion; seven grandchildren; Jeffrey Hart and wife Charla, Jonesboro, John R. Hart of Armenia, Kristin Ward and husband Garren, Walnut Ridge, Natalie Keeth and husband Adam, Rogers, Houston Hart, Bono, and Will Fogleman and Peyton Fogleman, both of Marion; five great-grandchildren, Tristin Hart, Acelen Hart, Chloe Keeth, Tripp Hart and Garistin Ward; and a sister Jennieve McNabb, Pocahontas.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with Steve Cook officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jeffery Hart, Houston Hart, Will Fogleman, Peyton Fogleman, Adam Keeth and Peyton Speck.

Memorials may be made to First Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge for the elevator fund.

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

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Hiawatha Lindberg Helms

Hiawatha Lindberg "Lindy" Helms, 83, of Murrieta, Calif., passed away Nov. 18, 2011.

Born June 23, 1928, in Smithville, the son of Wyatt and Mary (Willett) Helms, he was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Erma Lorraine Helms.

Survivors include his wife, Lois (Johnson) Helms, of the home; two daughters, Brenda Lee and John Harrel of Norwalk, Calif., and Gretta Meyers of Laughlin, Ariz.; one son, Joel Wayne and Kathy (Jordan) Helms of Phelan, Calif.; one sister, Bonnie (Helms) Walters of Smithville; three grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

After serving briefly in the Army in WWII, Lindy traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., where he worked and entertained with guitar and fiddle for many years. He will be missed by family and friends.

Funeral and internment will be Nov. 23, 2011, in the Murietta Valley Cemetery District, Murietta, Calif.

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Carl Hudson

Carl O'Neal Hudson, 85, of Tumbling Shoals, died Nov. 16, 2011, at his home.

Born Nov. 1, 1926, at Swifton, he was the son of William Olan and Verd Juanita Monroe Hudson. He was a World War II Army veteran and a retired carpenter. He was of the Nazarene faith.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes McGill Hudson; three daughters, Sandra "San" Smithson and husband James, Carla "Jinky" Bellini and husband Skitch, and Pam "Charlie" Hudson; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Eudell Stroud officiating. Burial was in Philadelphia Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons Jason Bellini, Jeremy Bellini, Cody Smith, Casey Smith, Josh Fairchild and Jacob Smithson.

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

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Doris Jones

Doris Maxine Dance Jones, 78, of Sterling, Ill., formerly of Lawrence County, died Nov. 12, 2011, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Born May 13, 1933, in Pritchett, Colo., she was the daughter of William and Pearl Felts Dance. She was a graduate of Hoxie High School and attended the Hoxie Church of Christ. She was a "grandmother" at Hoxie Elementary for several years.

She was preceded in death by a son, Gary Coleman; a sister, Wilma Shirley; two brothers, Bob Dance and Lonnie "Dick" Clark; and her stepfather, Lloyd Clark Sr.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Charleston and husband Mike, Rock Falls, Ill.; five sons, Bill Coleman, Rockford, Ill., Don Coleman, Wisconsin, Bob Coleman, Jonesboro, Scott Coleman and wife Terri, Utah, and Mike Coleman, New Hampshire; two sisters, Daisy Wells, Minturn, and Mona Roush, Canton, Ohio; six brothers, Joe Dance, Michigan, J.W. Clark, Dover, Del., Lloyd Clark Jr., Powhatan, J.B. Clark, Jim Clark and Ronnie Clark, all of Arkansas; two daughters-in-law, Jean Coleman, Rockford, and Mary Coleman, Rock Falls; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday at 1 p.m. at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling, Ill., with Joe Puckett officiating. Burial will in be Arkansas at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.

A memorial has been established.

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

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Beatrice Justus

Beatrice Justus, 99, of Smithville, died Nov. 16, 2011, at Baptist Medical Center in Arkadelphia.

Born Dec. 24, 1911, she was a member of Smithville Baptist Church, where she served as treasurer and taught Sunday school for several years. She also saw to it that a vacation Bible school was started there many years ago.

She was a past PTA president at Sloan-Hendrix High School, and worked at the Smithville Post Office from 1950 to 1977.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Justus.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Elliott and husband Carroll, Milford, Va., and Rita Guthrie and husband James, Arkadelphia; five grandchildren, Shannon Schiebel, Jennifer Wilson, Jessica Hinson, Ian Smith and Kloey Graf; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Smithville Baptist Church under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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Huron Hollis Justus

Huron Hollis "Spec" Justus, 92, of Smithville, died Nov. 16, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 3, 1919, in Smithville, he was the son of Gwen Cass and Julia America Justus. A lifelong resident of Smithville, he was over the Imboden Feeder Calf Sale from 1956 to 1965. His family was named as the Lawrence County Farm Family of the Year in 1982.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ferrell Justus, G.C. Justus and Flynn Justus; and a sister, Violet Brown.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Melba Justus, whom he married Sept. 28, 1978; four nieces; and a nephew.

Funeral was Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Smithville Methodist Church with Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Park Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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

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Hazel Marie Rooker

Hazel Marie Rooker, 96, of Pocahontas, died Nov. 16, 2011, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born May 22, 1915, in O'Kean, she was the daughter of Martin and Tina Morgan.

She was preceded in death by a son, Eugene Smith; a grandson, Johnny Frame; a granddaughter, Cathy Tempton; and two great-grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, Houston Smith, Dyersburg, Tenn.; two daughters, Shirley Frame, Clarksville, Mo., and Minerva Segraves, Pocahontas; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Jeff Smith officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Cemetery.

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

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Carlton Vaughn

Carlton "Sonny" Vaughn, 79, of Egypt, died Nov. 19, 2011.

Born Feb. 2, 1932, in Black Oak, he was the son of William L. and Donna Belle Moore Vaughn. He was a member of the Bono United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jamie Youlanda Vaughn; three brothers, Willis "Shorty" Vaughn, Rubble Vaughn and Marvin Vaughn; and three sisters, Essie Phipps, Bunnes Montgomery and Mary Ruth Wilson.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years Ester Ruth Vaughn, a daughter, Joette Sykes and husband Mike, Hot Springs; a son, Jeff Vaughn and wife Shelly, Cabot; two sisters, Imogene Johnson and husband John, Hoxie, and Betty Statler, Bono; a brother, L.E. Vaughn and wife Nila, Ash Flat; a sister-in-law, Gertrude Vaughn, Walnut Ridge; eight grandchildren, Wesley Cogburn, Michael Sykes Jr., Zach Cogburn, Trisha Brown, Carrie Barrett, Hannah Sykes, Sarah Vaughn and Jessica Vaughn; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Gregg-Langford-Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Revs. John Snyder and Nancy Rainwater officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Scott Montgomery, Matt Brewer, Shawn Brewer, Shawn Vaughn, Richard Belk and Darrell Vaughn.

Memorials may be made to the Bono United Methodist Church, 202 E. College, Bono, AR 72416.

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

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Chester Waldrupe

Chester Mearion Waldrupe, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 15, 2011, at his home.

Born Oct. 14, 1929, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Columbus and Stella Lyons Waldrupe. He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and worked for the City of Walnut Ridge. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Suttinger; two brothers, Leonard Waldrupe and Bobby Waldrupe; and a granddaughter, Allison Waldrupe.

Survivors include a daughter, Henrietta Crum and husband Gale, North Port, Fla.; three sons, Reggie Waldrupe and wife Ceressa, Litchfield, Ill., Tony Waldrupe and wife Michelle, Walnut Ridge, and Rob Waldrupe and wife Tina, Keller, Texas; a companion, Nella Mullen, Walnut Ridge; a half-brother, Junior Waldrupe; two half-sisters, Carolyn Bobo, Jonesboro, and Linda Tillman, Walnut Ridge; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Marion Stringer and Derek Collins officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Melvin C. Whitmire

Melvin C. Whitmire, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 18, 2011.

Born Feb. 28, 1932, in Saffell, he was the son of William and Velma Edwards Whitmire. He had lived in Lawrence County most of his life and had worked for John Deere. He was a member of the Hoxie Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Keith Whitmire; three brothers, Grant Whitmire, Millard Whitmire and Jimmy Whitmire; and two sisters, Louise Hoggard and Betty Williams.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Whitmire; a son, Randall Whitmire, Macomb, Ill.; a daughter, Judith Varner, Chandler, Ariz.; two brothers, Alfred Whitmire and J.W. Whitmire, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Polly Livingston, Batesville; and five grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Lonnie Smith, Charlie Belk, Buford Eagan, Wilson Alls and Eldon Whitmire.

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

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Danny Thomas Williams

Danny Thomas Williams, 63, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 18, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 12, 1948, in Walnut Ridge, he was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Noel and Larverne Williams.

Survivors include his wife, Ozella Williams; two sons, Daniel Williams and wife Tanya, and Samuel Williams and wife Amanda, all of Jonesboro; a daughter, Amanda Rodriguez and husband Carlos; two brothers, Billy Williams and Timothy Williams; two sisters, Judy Hardin and Pamela Comadoll; eight grandchildren, Jonathan Williams, Craig Williams, Dominique Williams, Brenda Lomax, Ryan Orduno, Malachi Rodriguez Williams, MaLeah Williams and Xander Williams; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 3 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Keith Marlin officiating.

Gregg-Langford-Bookout Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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