December 07, 2011 Edition

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Brooklyn Claire Blackwell Logan James Clairday Martin twins


Critcher ~ Carey


Bob Boyd William Coin Seth W. Sanders
Kenneth Stephens Clinton Eugene Stormes Donald H. Wilcox


Brooklyn Claire Blackwell

Derek and Ashley Blackwell of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on Nov. 28, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, five ounces, and has been named Brooklyn Claire Blackwell.

She has an older brother, Luke Blackwell, who is two.

Grandparents are Gary and Rhonda Little of Walnut Ridge and Dale and Sherlyn Blackwell of Jonesboro.

She is the great-granddaughter of Maxine (Mrs. Brooks) Little of Walnut Ridge, Russell and Lucille Blackwell of Jonesboro and Troy and Lola May Burney of Mountain Grove, Mo.

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Logan James Clairday

Chad and Marla Clairday of Lafe have announced the birth of a son on Nov. 23, 2011, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. The baby weighed five pounds, six ounces and has been named Logan James Clairday.

Siblings are Tristion, Tylor, Alexis, Ethan and Gavin Clairday of the home and Sarah Clairday of Louisiana.

Grandparents are Charles and Vicky Simpson of Lynn, Wayne Richey of Smithville and Doug Clairday of Trumann. He is the great-grandson of Pauline Richey of Lynn and Helen Clairday of Trumann.

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Haiden Meadow Martin
Brayden Garrett Martin

Brandon and Heather Martin of Bono have announced the birth of twins on Oct. 19, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Haiden Meadow Martin weighed four pounds, five ounces, and Brayden Garrett Martin weighed five pounds, two ounces.

Grandparents are Benny and Doris Martin of Fontaine, Rip and Darlene Harrison of Jonesboro and Steve and Judy Bennett of Paragould.

They are the great-grandchildren of Rosa Lee Livesay of Cash.

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Critcher ~ Carey

Mike and Terri Critcher of Grubbs have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Heather Aileen "Ali" Critcher, to Joseph Paul "Joe" Carey, son of Tony and LaDonna Carey of Black Rock.

The bride-elect is a 2011 graduate of Tuckerman High School and is a student at Arkansas State University in Newport.

The prospective groom is a 2011 graduate of Black Rock High School and is serving in the U.S. Army.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Swifton Baptist Church with Bro. Tony Clem officiating. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow.

The couple will be living in Baumburg, Germany.

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Bob Boyd

Bob Boyd, 62, of Hoxie, died Dec. 4, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Born March 12, 1949, he was retired from the City of Hoxie Water Works after 30 years of service. He was a member of Hoxie Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Buford and Alice Walker Boyd; a brother, Donnie Boyd; and four sisters, Sherry McLaughlin, Lisa Woodard, Patsy Tribble and Ruthie Jean Boyd.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Pierce Boyd, whom he married Sept. 26, 1986; five daughters, Mary Ann Walker, Hoxie, Tammy Walker, Paragould, Nena Sumner and husband James, Jonesboro, Donna Taylor and husband Mike, Lonoke, and Samantha Cross, Walnut Ridge; a son, Blake Boyd and wife Maegan, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Steve Boyd, Hoxie; six sisters, Margie Bell, College City, Helen Halcum, Cayce, S.C., Kay Hutton and Betty Stafford, both of Walnut Ridge, Norie Tribble and Becky Gray, both of Hoxie; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Monday evening at the Hoxie Service Center. His body was donated to science, per his request. His final resting place will be at Lawrence Memorial Park. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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William Coin

William Coin, 80, of Trumann, died Dec. 1, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 16, 1931, at Portia, he was the son of Robert and Ola Willis Coin. He was a longtime resident of the Trumann area and attended the Church of God of Prophecy in Trumann.

He was preceded in death by a son, Brian Kyle Coin; two brothers, Robert Coin and Carl Coin; and a sister, Callie Owen.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Linda Coin; a son, William S. Coin, Paragould; two daughters, Denise Hazelwood, Trumann, and Robin Ann Prince, Ravenden; a twin brother, Wilmer Coin, Trumann; two sisters, Imogene Mayfield and Jewel Huffmaster, both of Trumann; seven grandchildren, Rachel Hazelwood, Joshua Maxwell, Eric Maxwell, Spencer Maxwell, Reid Coin, Anna Hooker and Erin Hollis; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Church of God of Prophecy in Trumann with Revs. Larry Tribble and Carl Winkles officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila.

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Seth W. Sanders

Seth W. Sanders, 50, of Lynn, died Dec. 4, 2011, at his home.

Born April 28, 1961, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He was a self-employed truck driver and a volunteer firefighter in Lynn. He was a member of Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Powhatan, where he also served as song leader.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Sanders; and a sister, Brenda Hartley.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Sanders; his mother, Pat Christopher, Lynn; Derek Christopher, Cave City; and three sisters, Vena Petero and husband Clarence, Black Rock, Carmella Blevins and husband Sam, Lynn, and Reeba Schrair and husband Mike, Cave City.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Roger Brumley officiating. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery.

Visitation is Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service.

Pallbearers will be Mike Bristow, Randy Glenn, Trent Geurin, Rodney Parker, Tony Sutton, Tim Mansfield, Justin Parker and Norma Sutton. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Burrow, Shane Brower, Robert Burrow, Tom Carley, Billy Dixon, Telly Lawson, Adam Parker, Mica Vance, Bradley Harris and Jason Hammock.

Memorials may be made to the Lynn Volunteer Fire Department or the Dry Creek Cemetery Fund.

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Kenneth Stephens

Kenneth Marion Stephens, 81, of Imboden, died Dec. 3, 2011.

Born Oct. 20, 1930, he was the son of Joshua and Bessie Stephens. He was a self-employed mechanic, a body shop, gas station and grocery store owner, a used car dealer and also sold cable television.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served on the Lawrence County Regional Water District Board of Directors for 28 years. He also received the Sloan-Hendrix Appreciation Plaque.

He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Stephens; a brother, Richard Stephens; and a great-grandson, Beau Young.

Survivors include his wife, Roberta Stephens; a son, Kenny Stephens, Imboden; four daughters, Teresa Rowsey and husband Danny, Black Rock, Diane Wells and husband Lanny, Gina Blansett and husband Larry, and Melanie Stephens, all of Imboden; a sister, Norma Jean Smith, Columbia, Ill.; 13 grandchildren, Victor Stephens, Terry Stephens, Billy Rowsey, Danette Murphy, Tamya Stallings, Khara Sorenson, Kristina Young, Demi Stephens, Josh Stephens, Eric Wells, Tessa Brunson, Andrea Echeveria and Gary Blansett; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Imboden with Michael Bradley officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Grandsons and great-grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Sloan-Hendrix Community Baskets or to the Angel Tree fund. Donations can be made at Diann's Beauty Shop and the Sloan-Hendrix Elementary School office. Other memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church in Imboden.

An online guestbook is available at

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Clinton Eugene Stormes

Clinton Eugene Stormes, 58, of Kennett, Mo., died Nov. 28, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 2, 1953, in Clay County, he attended Knobel High School and was a farmer for many years. He was married to Karen Davis of Paragould for many years and was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Stormes.

Survivors include four children, Franklin Stormes and Scotty Stormes, both of Oak Grove Heights, and Billy Stormes and Lisa Stormes Smith, both of Paragould; his mother, Lena Stormes, Black Rock; three brothers, Clyde Stormes, Fort Smith, and Randle Stormes and Ricky Stormes, both of Oak Grove Heights; three sisters, Lena Sue Golliver, Paragould, Pat Sanders, Black Rock, and Wanda Cook, Walnut Ridge; and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning with Herbert Ellis officiating. Burial was in Corning Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at

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Donald H. Wilcox

Donald H. Wilcox, 88, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., died Dec. 5, 2011, at Conway Medical Center in Conway, S.C. Survivors include his wife, Naoma Riggs Bell, formerly of Walnut Ridge. Graveside service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Tabor City, N.C. Inman Funeral Home of Tabor City has charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at

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