March 14, 2012 Edition

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Elias Clauzell Kazzee


Lash ~ Doyle Wilson ~ Stocker


Tony Rex Crabtree Charline Dinkins Hershel W. Ragsdale
Tim Rowlett Ronnie Ray Smith Sr. Charles D. Tippy
C.W. Webb Jr.


Elias Clauzell Kazzee

Mitchell and Amanda Kazzee of Cave City have announced the birth of a son, born on Feb. 24, 2012, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Elias Clauzell Kazzee.

Grandparents are Randy and Anglee Kazzee of Cave City and Steve and Barbara Lawson of Mountian View.

Great-grandparents are Coy and Vernell Mitchell of Hoxie and Helen Head of Walnut Ridge.

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Lash ~ Doyle

Adam and Tracey Lash of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Joetta Lash, to Cody Doyle, son of Charles and Betty Doyle of Strawberry.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of James and Martha Stone of Sikeston, Mo., the late Rita J. Stone, the late Thomas and Patricia Brandon and the late Shirley Lash.

She is a 2010 Hillcrest High School graduate and is currently attending Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Horace Doyle, the late Lorene Sullivan, the late Mildred Hendrickson and the late Marlin Hendrickson.

He is a 2010 graduate of Hillcrest High School and is employed in the timber business out of Strawberry.

The couple will exchange vows on March 24 at 3 p.m. in an outdoor ceremony at 444 Lawrence 326 in Strawberry.

A reception will follow the wedding. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Wilson ~ Stocker

Skyler Stocker and Tara Wilson, both of Walnut Ridge, have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Tina Wilson of Imboden. She is the granddaughter of George Wilson of Imboden and the late Bonnie Wilson.

She is a 2002 Sloan-Hendrix High School graduate and is employed as the activity director at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the son of Tim Stocker of Walnut Ridge and Sonya Stocker of Hot Springs. He is the grandson of Pat Stocker and Scotty and Shelvie Morris, all of Hoxie.

He is a 2005 graduate of Hoxie High School and is employed by Inland Marine.

The couple will exchange vows on May 12 in Annieville.

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Tony Rex Crabtree

Tony Rex Crabtree, 67, of Clarksville, died March 6, 2012.

Born Jan. 11, 1945, in Batesville, he graduated from Strawberry High School in 1962. He was an entrepreneur and was involved in farming, saw milling, excavating, F & S Metal Works and the opening of the Music Mountain Jamboree in Hot Springs.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Penny Denise; and his father, Estle Crabtree.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Gerry Vawter Crabtree; a daughter, Donna Dhooghe and husband Rick, Rogers; four sons, Darrell Elkin and wife Karen, Hot Springs, Dwayne Elkin and wife Melissa and Leo Elkin and wife Denise, all of Clarksville, and Anthony Crabtree and wife Penny, Cord; his mother, Lorena Crabtree Hubbard, Saffell; two brothers, Jim Crabtree and wife Linda, Saffell, and Gary Crabtree and wife Lynda, Conway; nine grandchildren, Jonathan Neal, Joshua Elkin, Toni Walker, James Elkin, Jessie Nealy, Chase Elkin, Kelli Elkin, Aaron Crabtree and Andrew Crabtree; four great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Sheri Neal, Hot Springs.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Gross Funeral Home in Hot Springs with senior pastor Ken Carney officiating.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Jonathan, Josh, James, Chase, Joe and Landon. Honorary pallbearers were the late Jerry Dodson, Johnny Flurry, Dr. Mike Verser, Dr. Ab Tilley, the clinic and staff of the Mercy 270 Clinic, the Walmart Stores, Inc., of Bentonville, Charles Stanford, David Daniels, and the employees of F & S Metal Works, Steve Pyle, Erik Dickerson and the late John Gibson.

An online guestbook is available at

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Charline Dinkins

Charline Dinkins, 68, of Corning, sister of Teddy Keeling of Lynn, died March 6, 2012, at her home. Burial was Friday in Greene County Memorial Gardens in Paragould under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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Hershel W. Ragsdale

Hershel W. Ragsdale, 71, of Black Rock, died March 13, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Arrangements will be announced by Cox-Higginbotham Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

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Tim Rowlett

Andrew Timothy "Tim" Rowlett, 50, of Swifton, died March 6, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; his adopted parents, Andrew and Hazel Rowlett; and a sister, Francis Elizabeth Dobbs.

Survivors include his birth mother, Virginia Dobbs, Walnut Ridge; an aunt and uncle, Paul and Dorothy Huskey, Saffell; and several cousins.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Haines Cemetery.

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Ronnie Ray Smith Sr.

Ronnie Ray Smith Sr., 62, of Jonesboro, died March 11, 2012.

Born June 29, 1949, in Walnut Ridge, he worked as a small engine technician and was of the Pentecostal belief.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Leona Cotton; and his parents, Clifford and Lula Mae Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Karen Smith; seven children, Wanda "Pete" Shettlesworth, Ronnie Ray Smith Jr. and Bobby Ray Smith and wife Karisa, all of Columbia, Mo., Michelle Ashley, Bono, Allison Malott, Hornersville, Mo., Kelsey Malott, Jonesboro, and Matthew Ray Smith, Hazelhurst, Miss.; a stepdaughter, Cynthia Williams, Bono; two brothers, Delford Smith and wife Martha, Senatobia, Miss., and Donald Ray Smith, Jonesboro; 11 grandchildren, Sindal, Gerrick, Joseph, Austin, Raeanne, Allysa, Kylee, Preston, Jazlynn, Isaac and Maddox; and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park with Rev. Scot Loyd officiating. Gregg-Langford-Bookout Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Charles D. Tippy

Charles D. Tippy, 65, of Jonesboro, passed from this life, Thursday, March 8, 2012, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Born in Dyess, to JT and Mae Evelyn Ward Tippy, Charles was a 1965 graduate of Blytheville High School. He was an avid fisherman and a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mae Evelyn Ward Tippy.

Charles is survived by his wife, Anita Prichard Tippy of the home; daughter, Deanna Newell and husband, Art of Black Rock; son, Charles (Bo) Tippy and wife, Katherine of Pocahontas; father, JT Tippy of Lake City; brothers, Paul Ray Tippy of Little Rock, and Phillip Tippy of Cherokee Village; sisters, Darlene Edwards and husband, Harry of Stafford, Va.; and Karen Parish and husband, Mike of Blytheville.

Funeral service was Monday at 3 p.m. at Cobb Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Billy Holifield officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.

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C.W. Webb Jr.

C.W. Webb Jr., 82, of Springdale, died Feb. 27, 2012.

Born Oct. 19, 1929, in Portia, he was the son of Clarence W. Sr. and Enid Webb. He earned a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Arkansas in 1949. After graduation, he joined the military, where he served in the Korean War as a master sergeant with the 5th Air Force.

Upon returning home, he worked for Wyandotte Chemical for 17 years and George's Egg Company for 15 years. He also became a member of the First United Methodist Church in Springdale, where he taught Sunday School and was a member of the board. He joined the Masonic Lodge, in which he would go on to reach the 32nd degree.

He was a Civil War and Revolutionary War historian, who shared his knowledge with schools and museums. He received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Washington County Historical Society and the Directors Special Commendation for Outstanding Volunteer Service at Prairie Grove State Battlefield Park in 2005, as well as Recognition for Duty Above and Beyond from the Support Group at Pea Ridge National Park and Foundation in 2009. Last spring, he led a program at the Headquarters House, where 50 service members who had just returned from active duty in Iraq were in attendance.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Daryl Beggs.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ann Webb; two daughters, Julie Beggs and husband Ed, and Linda Leedy and husband Steve; and two grandsons, Scott Beggs and Brad Leedy.

A memorial service was held Thursday, March 1, at First United Methodist Church in Springdale with Rev. Judy VanHoose officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Bread of Life Program at First United Methodist Church, 206 West Johnson Ave., Springdale, AR 72764 or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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