February 29, 2012 Edition

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Births

Josslyn Caroline Bristow Aubrey Elizabeth Copeland Gabriella Lesha Smith
Frank Karter Todd

Obituaries

Victor Dwayne Allen Roland Baldridge Jerry W. Bell
Ralph Roberts Clark Emily Cockrill Betty Lucille Deen
Benjamin Don Kennon George Lowery Ozella Bertha McGinnis
Dorothy Louise Ring Alice Marie Roberts Henry Scott
Ray Warner Robert Gene Webb R.B. Young

Births

Josslyn Caroline Bristow

Blake and Julia Bristow of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on Feb. 16, 2012, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Josslyn Caroline Bristow.

She has an older brother, Canon Bristow, who is four.

Grandparents are Michael and Jennifer Bristow of Jonesboro and Charles and Carolyn Morrisett of Pollard.

She is the great-granddaughter of Burrell and Sue Bristow of Lynn, Martha Mansfield of Eaton, Glen Simpson of Ashland, Miss., and Normadean Langford of Piggott.

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Aubrey Elizabeth Copeland

Sean and Betsy Copeland of Baton Rouge, La., have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Feb. 27, 2012.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Aubrey Elizabeth Copeland. She has one older brother, Drew, three.

Grandparents are Aubrey and Ralphaine Copeland of Walnut Ridge, Larry and Kathy Hughes of Little Rock and Dean and Marguerite Brent of Pontotoc, Miss.

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Gabriella Lesha Smith

Kurt and Renda Smith of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on Feb. 18, 2012, at St. Bernard Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Gabriella Lesha Smith.

Grandparents are Gary and Linda Smith of Walnut Ridge, Tresia Robbins of Jonesboro and Barb Wallis and Rendell Wallis, both of Pocahontas.

She is the great-granddaughter of Gene Thompson of Pocahontas and Mary Wallis of Walnut Ridge.

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Frank Karter Todd

Frank Todd and Kasi Truxler, both of Walnut Ridge, have announced the birth of a son, born on Feb. 8, 2012, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, six ounces, and has been named Frank Karter Todd.

Grandparents are Dennis Truxler of Hoxie, Sheri Truxler of Walnut Ridge, Marty and Renee Todd of Black Rock and Rob and Debbie Flahive of Antioch, Ill.

Great-grandparents are Paul and Jen Adkinson of Walnut Ridge, Frank and Patt Todd of Pocahontas, George Wedge and Nancy Swineheart, both of Antioch, Ill; and Richard and Carole Fogle of Trevor, Wis.

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Obituaries

Victor Dwayne Allen

Victor Dwayne Allen, 41, of Pocahontas, passed away Feb. 24, 2012, at his home.

He was born Nov. 16, 1970, in Batesville.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bruce and Bertha Allen, and John Laird and Vonnie Prater.

Survivors include his wife, Shonna Allen; three sons, Ben Allen, Nicholas Allen and Daniel Allen, all of Saffel; his parents, Larry and Rebecca Allen, Saffel; a brother, Jeff Allen, Saffel; and a special nephew, Canyon Hardin, whom he was especially close. Canyon fondly referred to Vic as his "Buddy Vic".

Funeral was Tuesday at 3 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Paul Craig and Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Will Clark, Don Turner, Ronnie Brackett, David James, Todd Laird, Gary Whitlow, Jim White and Russell Green. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Allen, Nicholas Allen and Daniel Allen.

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

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Roland Baldridge

Roland E. Baldridge, 75, of Imboden, formerly of Ozark Acres, died Feb. 22, 2012, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Aug. 22, 1936, in the Hilltop community in Sharp County, he was a construction worker for the city of Cherokee Village and a member of the Ward Street Church of Christ in Hardy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Lea Price Baldridge; a daughter, Rhonda Mae Lawrence; his parents, Aurthur and Nora Young Baldridge; five brothers; six sisters; and a grandson, Roger E. Baldridge II.

Survivors include three sons, Roger E. Baldridge and wife Debby, Ravenden, Nolan Baldridge, Jonesboro, and Ronald Baldridge and wife Mary, Imboden; a daughter, Sheree Ozburn and husband Steven, Imboden; a brother, Carson Baldridge; a sister, Ruby Baldridge; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Tri-County Funeral Home in Highland with Bro. Tom Oneal and Joel Harris officiating. Burial was in Baker Cemetery at Ozark Acres.

Pallbearers were Billy Joe Lawrence, Jason Baldridge, Corey Baldridge, Jordan Baldridge, Matthew Baldridge and Hunter Ozburn.

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Jerry W. Bell

Jerry W. Bell, 70, of Swifton, died Feb. 23, 2012, at the White County Medical Center.

Born June 26, 1941, at Caraway, he was a maintenance worker for Riceland Foods and a member of the Swifton Volunteer Fire Department and the Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda E. Johnson Bell; a son, Jeff Johnson; his parents, Lewis and Alpha Bell Roberts; four brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include a son, Wendell Bell, Swifton; two daughters, Vivian King, Swifton, and Tammy Tharp, Moline, Ill.; a brother, Roy Bell; a sister, Virginia Kimmer; four grandchildren, Brandy Glidewell, Savana Smith, Ashley McQuay and Amanda Slagley; and great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at the New Hope Community Church in Swifton with Mark Duncan officiating. Burial was in Johnson Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Tony Lewis, Mike Campbell, Paul Holder, Phil McQuay, Wendell Bell and Kenny Crider. Honorary pallbearers were Danny Gutherie, Freeman Rhodes, Lewis Smith, Joe Kinder, Ronnie Brock and Steve Rushing.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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

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Ralph Roberts Clark

Ralph Roberts Clark, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 28, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 18, 1925, in Black Rock, he was the son of Luther Sherman and Aurora Corbet Clark. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II.

He was initiated into the Black Rock Free and Accepted Masonic Lodge #476 on Nov. 21, 1946. At the time of his death he was serving as Worshipful Master. He was also a member of Walnut Ridge Lodge #423, where he served as treasurer for many years.

He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #143 in Black Rock, and dual member of J.F. Hammett Lodge #55 at Smithville. He was also a member of the Black Rock Lions Club for many years and a faithful member of the Portia Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Betty Lou Aaron Clark, in 2003, whom he married June 5, 1948; five brothers, Luther Chalmers Clark, Chester A. Clark, Millard M. Clark, Sherman Lavelle Clark and Corbet Leroy Clark; and a great-granddaughter, Reese Avery Anderson.

Survivors include three children, Terry Lee Clark and wife Terri, Eureka Springs, Peggy Carol Sutton and husband Rocky, Walnut Ridge, and Billy Gene Clark, Annieville; a brother, Victor Albert Clark and wife Patsy, Portia; a sister-in-law, Roma Aaron, Black Rock; his aunt, Elizabeth Christie, Walnut Ridge; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Portia Church of Christ with Robert Davis and Daryl Douglas officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park, with Masonic funeral honors rendered at graveside. Higginbotham Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Adam Jean, Rob Anderson, Matthew Clark, Vic Clark Jr., Phil Clark and C.L. Clark. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Aaron, Michael Aaron and members of the Masonic Lodge and the Lions Club.

Memorials may be made to the Paragould Children's Home, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

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

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Emily Cockrill

Emily McClendon Cockrill, 76, of Wynne, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 23, 2012, at Cross Ridge Community Hospital in Wynne.

Born Sept. 23, 1935, she was the daughter of William Tibby and Susie Rainey. She graduated from Turrell High School in 1953 and attended Memphis State College. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Wynne for 46 years, and served as program director for 32 years.

She was the first female lay leader of the North Arkansas Conference and served as the chair of the Conference Council of Ministries. She was also a past president of the local PEO, Chapter AY.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Haden Cockrill Sr.

Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Cockrill, Lakeland, Tenn.; a son, Al Cockrill and wife Stephanie, Jonesboro; a brother, Pal Rainey and wife Patty, Marion; and two grandchildren, Pharis Cockrill and Allen Cockrill.

A celebration of her life was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Wynne. Burial was in Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis.

Memorials may be made to the building fund of the First United Methodist Church in Wynne or the Alzheimer's Association.

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

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Betty Lucille Deen

Betty Lucille Gates Deen, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 22, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 30, 1941, at O'Kean, she was a homemaker and a member of United Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Alfred Deen, on April 23, 2008, whom she married June 28, 1975.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Deen and wife Valarie, Harrison, Dale Deen, Marshall, and Frankie Deen, Arkansas; a daughter, Lisa Deen, Arkansas; two brothers, Jasper

"Skip" Gates and wife Lou, Marietta, Okla., and Ted Gates and wife Edwina, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Kathy Kellett and husband Ron, Hoxie; and a granddaughter, Kasha Marchbanks.

Graveside service was Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Old Military Cemetery with Bro. Glenn Smith officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Randy Kissee, Robert Deen, Ron Kellett, Allen Gates, Ted Gates and Jasper Gates.

Memorials may be made to the Betty Deen Memorial Fund.

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

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Benjamin Don Kennon

Benjamin Don Kennon, 58, of Winter Haven, Fla., died Feb. 20, 2012, at Winter Haven Hospital.

Born Jan. 10, 1954, in Walnut Ridge, he moved to Winter Haven from San Antonio in 1988. He was president and chief executive officer of B-Lak Logistics and B-Lak Express.

He was a member of the standing committee of the Diocese of Central Florida, a past president of Southwest Deanery, a licensed lay preacher and a senior warden and member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Winter Haven. He was a member of the executive board and past president of Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Debbie Kennon; three sons, Michael B. Kennon and Alexander Woodard Kennon, both of Winter Haven, and Clinton Bill Kennon, Gainesville, Fla.; a daughter, Carolina Elizabeth Kennon, Winter Haven; his father, Benjamin C. Kennon, Paducah, Ky.; a brother, David W. Kennon, Jonesboro; a sister, Laura Ann Kennon, Winter Haven; and four grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Winter Haven. Crisp-Coon Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of Winter Haven.

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George Lowery

George True Leroy Lowery, 84, of Nashville, Ark., died Feb. 10, 2012, in Dierks.

Born Nov. 13, 1927, in Manila, he was the son of Otto Lando and Ollie Mae Baughn Lowery. He had lived in Lawrence County before moving to Nashville in 1968. He was a retired woodyard operator for International Paper and a member of Midway Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Murlene Lowery, on July 13, 2011.

Survivors include four daughters, Connie Ann Ardwin Cupp and husband David, and Tracy Charlene Mays and husband Keith, all of Mineral Springs, Donna Kaye Richmond and husband Phil, Foreman, and Patricia Ann Cline and husband Curt, Neosho, Mo.; a son, Eddie Leroy Lowery, Mineral Springs; a sister, Minnie Bell Crumpton, Wichita, Kan.; 11 grandchildren, Phillip Richmond, Cole Lowery, Johnathon Mays, Andrew Mays, Matthew Mays, Mindy Newburg, Andria Ardwin, Courtney Richmond, Jennifer Robertson, Debra Cornell and Janey Cline; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday, Feb. 13, at Nashville Funeral Home with Herman Welch and Keith Mays officiating. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Midway Baptist Church Memorial Garden Fund, 504 Hwy. 27 South, Nashville, AR 71852.

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

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Ozella Bertha McGinnis

Ozella Bertha McGinnis, 100, of Hot Springs Village, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 23, 2012, at the Arkansas Hospice in Hot Springs.

Born Nov. 30, 1911, in Saffell, she was the daughter of George Thomas and Orlena Clark Huskey. She was a homemaker and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burl McGinnis, on Oct. 9, 1997, whom she married Nov. 12, 1927; two sons, Earl Van McGinnis and Jimmy Dan McGinnis; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a son, Larry McGinnis, Hot Springs Village; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Leroy Scudder officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the First Free Will Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, P.O. Box 401, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476 or Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR 72116.

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

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Dorothy Louise Ring

Dorothy Louise Ring, 80, of Louisburg, N.C., formerly of Pocahontas, died Feb. 26, 2012, at Franklin Oaks Nursing Center.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Hills, Zebulon, N.C.; two sons, Ronnie Ring and wife Sherri, Spring Hope, N.C., and Kenneth Ring and wife Rhonda, Portland, Ore.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Private burial is Thursday at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Alice Marie Roberts

Alice Marie Roberts, 51, of Swifton, died Feb. 23, 2012, at her home.

Born Oct. 4, 1960, in Walnut Ridge, she lived most of her life in Lawrence County. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Church in Sedgwick.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Jr. and Alice Owens Truxler; and a sister, Harriet Minton.

Survivors include her husband, Clayton Roberts; four daughters, Keri Ezell, Meghan Richenberger and Amy Bounds, all of Swifton, and Jodi Householder, Hoxie; two sons, Shane Reed and Dillon Winemiller, both of Swifton; three sisters, Zelda Smith, Sedgwick, Charlene White, Lake City, Fla., and Brenda Whited, Jonesboro; two brothers, Gary Truxler and Steven Truxler; and 11 grandchildren.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick with Joe Lancaster and Mark Duncan officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Anthony Minton, Jonathan Minton, Joe Coffey, Johnny Johnson, Keith Johnson and Zack Truxler. Honorary pallbearers were Wesley Minton and Shane Smith.

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

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Henry Scott

Henry Odis Scott, 90, of Swifton, died Feb. 21, 2012.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Holder Scott; a daughter, Wilma Church and special friend Jinx Olson, Swifton; a sister, Sarah Piker and husband Tommy, Bald Knob; three grandchildren, Jimmy Dale Church, Marsha Nicholson and Michelle Fisher; 10 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at the Swifton First Assembly of God Church. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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

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Ray Warner

Alfred Ray Warner, 95, of Hoxie, died Feb. 21, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 21, 1916, in Hoxie, he was the son of Andrew and Ora Tyler Warner. He was a farm machinery mechanic and a member of United Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by 10 siblings; and a grandson, Mark Warner.

Survivors include his wife, Lucy Binkley Warner, whom he married May 22, 1941; a daughter, Shirley Heard and husband Bob, Hoxie; a son, Jerry Warner and wife Cindy, Walnut Ridge; three grandchildren, Rob Heard, Scott Heard and Dana Moore; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church with Bros. Glenn Smith and Warner Allen officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Rob Heard, Scott Heard, Tracy Moore, Martin Allen, Reggie Allen and Gerald Dunning. Honorary pallbearers were Brady Heard, Drew Heard and Malorie Moore.

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

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Robert Gene Webb

Robert Gene Webb, 72, of Cash, father of Cathy Hickman of Alicia, died Feb. 23, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Private services were under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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R.B. Young

R.B. Young, 72, of Ashdown, died Feb. 20, 2012, at DeQueen.

Born Jan. 25, 1940, in Umpire, he was a salesman for Robbins Toyota in Texarkana. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Thomas and Snow Davis Young; an infant son, Mark Allen Young; and a sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Reese Manasco.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Sue Rainwater Young; a son, Martin Young and wife Judy, De Queen; a daughter, Jacqueline Duncan and husband Danny, Memphis; two sisters, Ruth Vaughn and husband Don and Belva Pinkerton and husband Larry, all of Umpire; four grandchildren, Seth Duncan, Olivia Duncan, Courtney Young and Thomas Young; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral was Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Umpire Holiness Church with Bros. Don Vaughn, Scott Kitchens and Scott Vaughn officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home of Dierks.

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

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