March 7, 2012 Edition

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Births

Reese Makena Hatcher Karson Wyatt Wildrick

Weddings/Engagements

Ksiazek ~ Wilson Rider ~ Segraves

Obituaries

John Paul Adams Eddie Dean Dixon Geraldine J. Faulkner
Georgia Ola Hickman Bobby J. Hill Barbara Ellen Macom
Kenneth McEntire Jerry Newman Alma Catherine Ridenhower
Wanda Steele Lloyd Warren Thornton Levi Webb
Millard Wells Lillie Mae Whitlow Kenith Herbert Worsham

Births

Reese Makena Hatcher

Nick and Stefanie Hatcher of Paragould have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Feb. 22, 2012, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, six ounces, and has been named Reese Makena Hatcher.

Grandparents are Eddie and Peggy Chadwick of Black Rock and David and Jackie Hatcher of Rector.

She is the great-granddaughter of Bill and Laverne Gaines of Portia, Dortha (Dot) Clayton and Janice Hatcher, both of Rector, and Joyce Booth of Paragould.

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Karson Wyatt Wildrick

Michael and Michelle Wildrick of Imboden have announced the birth of a son on Dec. 20, 2011 at NEA Baptist Women's Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed nine pounds, seven ounces and has been named Karson Wyatt Wildrick.

Grandparents are John and Betty McGlothin and Cordia Wildrick, all of Imboden, and the late Travis Wildrick.

He is the great-grandson of Ina Grace McGlothin.

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Weddings/Engagements

Ksiazek - Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. John Ksiazek of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kattie Lynn Ksiazek, to Dakota Zane Wilson.

The prospective groom is the son of Glenda Hamblin of Grove, Okla., and Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wilson of Norman, Okla.

The couple will marry on the beach at Gulf Shores, Ala., on Oct. 20.

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Rider - Segraves

Allysa Rider and Matthew Segraves of Cherokee Village have announced their plans to be married on Saturday, March 17, at 2 p.m. at the John 3:16 Ministries Chapel in Charlotte.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Debbie Meizler of Paragould and Mike Rider of Hoxie. She is the granddaughter of Jerry and Pat Stebbins of Jonesboro and Carl and Erma Rider of Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the son of Cindy and James Bragg of Cherokee Village and David and Debi Segraves of Mountain View. He is the grandson of Billy and Hope Segraves of Walnut Ridge and Joan Drury of Powhatan and the late Leroy Drury.

Allysa is a 2006 graduate of Hoxie High School, and Matthew is a 1998 graduate of Black Rock High School. Both are employed at Hometown Radio in Highland.

All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow from 5-8 p.m. at the Hoxie Service Center.

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Obituaries

John Paul Adams

John Paul Adams, 80, of Comanche, Okla., died March 2, 2012, at his home.

Born Sept. 15, 1931, at Lynn, he was the son of William W. and Arlie Zoe Sackett Adams. He was a graduate of Lynn High School and Arkansas State University. In high school, he played baseball and basketball. He moved to Comanche in 1970 and was a lifetime member of the VFW and AMVETS.

He was preceded in death by a son, John Paul Adams Jr.; a brother, Lloyd C. Adams; and a grandson, John Martin Jones.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Kelley Adams, whom he married Jan. 10, 1956, in Jackson, Miss.; four daughters, Barbara Adams, Edmond, Okla., Ann Cranford and husband Jim, Chandler, Okla., Deborah Ledbetter and husband Phil, Willow Park, Texas, and Diane Alderson and husband Mark, Baker City, Ore.; and two brothers, Dale Adams, Arkansas, and H.L. "Dusty" Adams, Tennessee.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Meridian Volunteer Fire Department.

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Eddie Dean Dixon

Eddie Dean Dixon, 59, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 29, 2012, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 15, 1952, in Alicia, he lived most of his life in California before moving to Walnut Ridge 18 years ago.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Cora Reeves Dixon; three brothers, Charles Dixon, Jessie Dixon and LD Dixon; a sister, Bonnie Gamboa; and a grandson, Robert Dixon.

Survivors include his significant other, Kathy Driggers; four sons, Jack Hawkins, Medford, Ore., Eddie Dixon Jr., Los Banos, Calif., Richard Dixon, Yorkville, Ill., and Isiah Dixon, of the home; four daughters, Cherish Wells, Arvada, Colo., Angela Brown, Walnut Ridge, Michelle Mapes, Valley Springs, Calif., and Corissa Lang, Los Banos, Calif.; his wife, Tonya Dixon, Los Banos; a brother, Larry Dixon, Ceres, Calif.; five sisters, Laura Vassar, Walnut Ridge, Barbara Allen, Drytown, Calif., Louise Sheets, Jonesboro, Loraine Evans, Hoxie, and Rosie Simpson, Ceres, Calif.; 25 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A celebration of his life was held Monday at 2 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge with Dale Hughart officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Richard Dixon, Eddie Dixon Jr., Jack Hawkins, Triston Fernandez, Will Plumbley and John Dixon. Honorary pallbearers were Isaiah Dixon, Jason Lang, Todd Wells, Ray Brown, Henry Dixon, Lenny Dixon and Frank McCullough Jr.

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

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Geraldine J. Faulkner

Geraldine J. Faulkner, 93, of Garland, Texas, died Feb. 17, 2012.

Born Oct. 11, 1918, in Imboden, she was the daughter of Cleveland D. and Johnnie Forrester. She lived most of her life in Trumann and was the salutatorian of the Trumann High School Class of 1936. She attended Arkansas State College and worked at Singer Manufacturing Company until her retirement at age 62.

She donated her time as secretary and treasurer of First United Methodist Church in Trumann, where she also served as president of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James O. Faulkner, in 1997, whom she married in 1937; a son, James "Butch" Faulkner; two brothers, Hendrix "Gink" Forrester and Eddie Forrester; and a sister, Hazeldine "Deanie" Hazel.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Grizzle; a brother, James Ray Forrester; a sister, Kathy Millsap; five grandchildren, Mark Files, Shane Faulkner, Cliff Files, Dana Files and Leigh Files; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Trumann with Rev. Jeff Weaver officiating.

Memorials may be made to the church.

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Georgia Ola Hickman

Georgia Ola Pounds Hickman, 89, of Kansas City, Mo., died March 2, 2012, in Kansas City.

Born Nov. 24, 1922, in Granite City, Ill., she was the daughter of Ernest and Addie Kell Hughes. She was raised in Black Rock and St. Louis, and also lived in California for 15 years. After her husband's death, she moved to Salina, Kan., where she was an active member of the First Southern Baptist Church. She was a Sunday school teacher and went on five youth mission trips. She moved to the Kansas City area in 2004.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Hickman; and two sisters, Blanche Hughes and Ruth Pounds.

Survivors include two sisters, Ernesteen "Ernie" Evans and husband Jim, and Shirley "Jo" Dippel; two nieces, Kathy G'Sell and Barbara Nichols; a great-niece; and three great-nephews; and special friends, Dennis and Miki Espinosa and Mary O'Farrell.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 17, at Leawood Baptist Church in Leawood, Kan. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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Bobby J. Hill

Bob Hill, 85, of Paradise, Calif., died Jan. 30, 2012.

He was born in Minturn on Dec. 14, 1926, to Boyce and Beulah Hill.

Bob graduated from Clover Bend High School in 1945, then served in the military during the latter part of World War II.

He was preparing for deployment to the European Theatre for occupation work when he suffered multiple injuries in an auto accident. After recuperation at Fort Sam Houston, near San Antonio, he attained the rank of platoon sergeant. He was discharged in 1946, when the need for occupation forces diminished.

He studied at Cherokee State University in Chico, Calif., and became a career state employee, retiring after 32-1/2 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nine brothers; and a sister.

Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years, Norma (Turner) Hill; a daughter, Bonnie Metz, Magnolia, Calif.; a son, Van Hill, Fallbrook, Calif.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joann Hood, Walnut Ridge.

A memorial service with full military honors was held at Chapel of the Pines, with burial in Paradise.

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Barbara Ellen Macom

Barbara Ellen Macom, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 28, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 17, 1938, in Mississippi County, she was the daughter of Doc and Pauline Hibbard Warren. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold James "Bud" Macom, on Nov. 17, 1998, whom she married Jan. 27, 1958.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Walker, Walnut Ridge; three grandchildren, James "Bobby" Macom, Larry Walker and Laura Walker; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Holly Springs Chapel Cemetery near Harrisburg. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Kenneth McEntire

Kenneth "Dennie" McEntire, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died March 5, 2012, at his home.

Born Oct. 13, 1925, he was the son of Rex and Maudie Milligan McEntire. He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a farmer and a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda McEntire, in 2011; four brothers, Alfred McEntire, R.L. McEntire, Roy McEntire and Ezert McEntire; and a sister, Eddie Mae Webb.

Survivors include two sons, Rick McEntire and David McEntire, both of Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren, Kim Roberts, Missy Ditto, Ashley Forrester, Derrick McEntire, Kenna George and Krys Wheeler; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Roberts, Steve Ditto, Larry Forrester, Homer Jones, Derrick McEntire and Cody Roberts. Honorary pallbearers will be Layne Ditto, Jett Ditto, Cade Forrester and Drake McEntire.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home in Paragould.

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

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Jerry Newman

Jerry Wilbur Newman, 66, of Glendale, Ariz., formerly of Lawrence County, died March 1, 2012, in Arizona.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Orangewood Church of the Nazarene in Phoenix under the direction of Palm Funeral Home of Sun City, Ariz. Burial will be in Walnut Ridge.

Local arrangements will be announced by Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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

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Alma Catherine Ridenhower

Alma Catherine Ridenhower, 75, of Imboden, died March 3, 2012, in Paragould.

Born May 27, 1937, in Hoxie, she had lived in Lawrence County most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church in Imboden.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Ricky Ridenhower and Gary Ridenhower; her parents, Benjamin and Clarie George Reagan; a brother, Charles Reagan; three sisters, Agnus, Mary Ann and Ella; and a son-in-law, James Patterson.

Survivors include her husband, Johnnie "Dub" Ridenhower; three daughters, Sharon Lockard, Eolia, Mo., Linda Wills, Houston, and Sandra Patterson, Ravenden Springs; two sons, Johnnie Ridenhower, Paragould, and Thomas Ridenhower, Poplar Bluff; a brother, John Reagan; two sisters, Georgie and Helen; 22 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren, with three on the way.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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

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Wanda Steele

Wanda Steele, 93, of Walnut Ridge, died March 6, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 20, 1918, at Arbor Grove, she was the daughter of Arthur and Janie Allen Jones. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church at Hopewell.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Wendal Jones and Charles "Boy" Jones; and a sister, Hazel Videll.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph Steele, whom she married Nov. 1, 1936; two foster children, Joe Videll and Imodel Stewart; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Charles Davis officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia.

Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Steele, Terry Jones, Stan Jones, Vic Videll, Joe Videll and Bill Videll.

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

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Lloyd Warren Thornton

Lloyd Warren Thornton, 65, died Feb. 29, 2012, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Dec. 26, 1946, in Jonesboro, he had lived in Bono before moving to Lawrence County in 1999. He was a teacher and a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Brady Thornton; his parents, Emile and Othella Dacus Thornton; and a brother, Sonny Thornton.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Johnson and husband Patrick, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Nancy Bratten, Jonesboro; and three grandchildren, Taylor Johnson, Treyton Johnson and Ryder Johnson.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Bono Church of Christ with Bro. Kelly Craft officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Mark Reynolds, Lee Bratten, Zac Reynolds, Patrick Johnson, Treyton Johnson and Jake Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Craft, Derric Reynolds and Kenny Tolbert.

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

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Levi Webb

A memorial service for Lee Levi Webb of Imboden, who died July 2, 2011, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the old schoolhouse in Ravenden Springs. Family and friends are invited for an afternoon of remembrance.

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Millard Wells

Millard Wells, 90, of Hot Springs Village, died Feb. 26, 2012, in Hot Springs Village.

Born Nov. 13, 1921, in Imboden, he was the son of Oliver and Essie Brooks Wells. He was an accomplished watercolorist, winning awards throughout the United States and abroad. He taught college level drawing and painting in the Florida Keys. Serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he won first place in the National Soldier Art Competition, and his painting hung in the National Gallery of Art.

He was preceded in death by his wife of many years, Jeanne; and a son, Jon.

Survivors include his children, David, Paul, Joel, Robert and Wendy; a brother, Henry G. Wells; a sister, Addie Wells Leix; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Caruth Village Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at www.caruth-hale.com.

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Lillie Mae Whitlow

Lillie Mae Lewallen Sade Whitlow, 78, of Black Rock, died March 5, 2012, at her home.

Born Nov. 22, 1933, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Charley and Lizzie Gibbs Lewallen. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a homemaker and a member of the Pentecostal Church in Black Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Noble Sade; two sons, Charles Edward Sade and James Boyce Sade; a daughter, Virginia Mae Smith; and a brother, Charles Lewallen.

Survivors include two daughters, Juanita Bryant and husband Danny, and Mary Kissee and husband Rod, all of Black Rock; three sons, William Sade, Walnut Ridge, Eugene Sade, Clifton, Ariz., and Rick Sade, Clover Bend; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service is today at 11:30 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation will be this morning from 10-11.

Pallbearers will be Joe Bass, Cody Bass, Bobby Maxie, Harold Willett and Bobby Lewallen. Honorary pallbearer will be Shawn Wilson.

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

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Kenith Herbert Worsham

Kenith Herbert "Kenny" Worsham, 62, of Walnut Ridge, died March 1, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 1, 1949, in Pocahontas, he worked for Southwestern Bell as a communication technician for over 36 years. He was an amateur radio operator for many years and was the caretaker at the Smithville Hill Farm.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelby Owen and Fern Lena Robertson Worsham; and a brother, Shelby Worsham.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Twombly Worsham, whom he married June 8, 1972; a daughter, Holly Gill and husband Gary, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Milton Worsham and wife Nita, Mesquite, Texas; and a grandson, Luke Gill.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Bob McMillon officiating. Honors were provided by the Jonesboro Fire Department Honor Guard.

An online guestbook is available at bryanfh.com.

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