April 25, 2012 Edition

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Lillee Ann Nash Zatchary Scott Price Everett Riley Stowers


Bibb ~ Geniesse Maxwell ~ Smith


Ethel Jewel Coursey Edward L. Downing Sr. Nancy Helm
Melva V. Massey Austin A. Rowlett Lesa Ann Szerbowski


Lillee Ann Nash

Brandon and Brooke Nash have announced the birth of a daughter on March 16, 2012, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Lillee Ann Nash.

She has two brothers, Ryan and Drake, who are both five, and a sister, Brylee, who is four.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Byron Busby of Pocahontas and Mr. and Mrs. Rickey Nash of Walnut Ridge.

She is the great-granddaughter of Imal (Mrs. Richard) Dail of Ravenden and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Nash and Katheryn (Mrs. Charles) Horn, all of Pocahontas.

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Zatchary Scott Price

Eric and Alex Price of Imboden have announced the birth of a son on April 2, 2012. The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Zatchary Scott Price.

Grandparents are Tim and Karen Hudson and Richard and Misty Girard, all of Walnut Ridge, Kenny and Cindy Price of Paragould and Donald and Patty Price of Strawberry.

He is the great-grandson of Jean Chesser of Walnut Ridge, Leroy and Mary Price of Strawberry and Ancel and Lucille Matthews of Imboden.

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Everett Riley Stowers

Blair and Jamie Stowers of College City have announced the birth of a son, born on March 19, 2012, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, and has been named Everett Riley Stowers. He has one brother, Henry, six.

Grandparents are Harold and Tina Stowers of Hoxie and Jim and Sheila Price of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Ann Milligan of Portia, Lelia Stowers of Pocahonas, Gertie Cox of Paragould and Margie Price of Dexter, Mo.

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Bibb ~ Geniesse

Nicole Tate Bibb became the bride of John Paul Geniesse in a double-ring ceremony held Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at The Pinery in Black Forest, Colo.

The bride is the daughter of Chris and Cindy Tate of Walnut Ridge. She is the granddaughter of the late Cletus and Celeste Tate and the late Dolan and Aline Chesser.

She received her master's degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and is employed as an education director for Axios Youth Academy in Green Mountain Falls, Colo.

The bridegroom is the son of Mike and Lisa Geniesse and Kent and Mary Jane Coleman. He is the grandson of Jack Geniesse of Wisconsin, the late Horace and Mandy Jaster and the late Geraldine Geniesse.

He received his master's degree from the University of Great Falls in Montana and is employed as the director of admissions for Axios Youth Academy.

Pastor Ryan Roberts officiated the ceremony. Cindy Lynn Hulen of Jacksonville served as matron of honor. Honorary matron of honor was Victoria Montgomery of Okinawa, Japan.

Sophie Geniesse of Los Angeles served as flower girl.

Rico Sauzo of Missoula, Mont., was best man. Groomsmen were Jeffrey Geniesse of Marquette, Mich., Kyle Miller of Du Bois, Wyo., and Anthony Owens of Portland, Ore.

Ring bearers were Charlie Geniesse of Los Angles and Brogan Tate of Walnut Ridge.

Tashena Tate and Brigg Tate attended the bride's book.

Guests who traveled from Arkansas to attend the wedding included Chris and Cindy Tate, Erick and Tashena Tate, and Brogan, and Brigg, CJ Tate and Cindy Hulen.

A reception followed the wedding at The Pinery in Black Forest. The couple resides in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Maxwell ~ Smith

Brad and Beth Maxwell of Strawberry have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Elizabeth Maxwell, to David Wayne Smith Jr., son of David Smith of Alicia and Joe and Corina Lewis of Lynn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bob and Dian Maxwell of Cave City and Jim and Linda Crabtree of Saffell. She is a 2010 graduate of Hillcrest High School and is a graphic design student at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Ted and Pat Burleson of Black Rock, Gary Lawson of Lynn and Carol Lawson of Paragould. He is a 2008 graduate of Hillcrest High School and is a sales representative at Aarons in Newport.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell. All family and friends are invited.

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Ethel Jewel Coursey

Ethel Jewel Coursey, 92 of Tontitown, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012, in Springdale.

She was born June 16, 1919, in Pumpkin Bend, to Charles and Lucy (Garrett) Taylor. She lived in Jonesboro until about 1970 when she moved to Northwest Arkansas. She was a member of Philadelphia Church of God. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Coursey; her parents, two brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by two sons; Lester and Lesley Coursey, both of the home; three daughters, Wilma Bagwell of Powhatan, Lucy Koch of Rogers, and Lois Crawley of Springdale; one brother, Huston Taylor of Duncan, Okla., nine grandchildren, Lachelle Vurns, Hoxie, Cindy Kinder, Powhatan, Julie Spain, Walnut Ridge, Melanie Spence, Imboden, Blaine Bagwell, Jonesboro, James Darren Coursey, Rogers, Sharon Kay Cash, Berryville, Shawn Crawley, Nixa, Mo., and Jennifer Walker, Farmington; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home at Fayetteville with Mr. Robert Brown officiating. Graveside services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Johnson Cemetery at Cash.

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


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Edward L. Downing Sr.

CPO Edward L. Downing Sr., 74, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at a hospice center in Jacksonville, Fla., with his family gathered around him.

He was retired from the U.S. Navy, having served in Vietnam.

Among his survivors are his children, Carolyn Hayes, Edward Lawrence Downing Jr. and Mark Downing; his sisters, Katherine Gallina, Helen Godfry, Elizabeth MacCormack, and one brother, Barry Downing.

Memorial contributions may be made to your local American Red Cross in memory of CPO Edward L. Downing Sr.

A graveside inurnment funeral service will be held on Friday, May 4, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern, at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218-1247.

Arrangements are under the care of Hardage-Giddens Town & Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32205.


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Nancy Helm

Nancy Lee Stokes Helm, 79, of Jonesboro, died April 21, 2012, in Memphis.

Born Jan. 12, 1933, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Robert and Bertha Bench Stokes. She attended Harding College and Memphis State University. She owned the House of Treasure antique store in Walnut Ridge for 20 years and was a homemaker after spending time overseas as a military wife. She had lived in Jonesboro for the past 32 years and was a member of the Valley View Church of Christ.

Survivors include a daughter, Kaye Robert and husband Lavelle, Fort Worth, Texas; a son, George Helm and wife Lana, Las Vegas; six grandchildren, Louis Stadler, Amber Benton, Nicholas Helm, Jonathan Helm, Bryce Robert and Jordan Robert; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Louis Stadler, Nicholas Helm, Jonathan Helm and Bryce Robert. Honorary pallbearers were George Helm and Lavelle Robert.

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

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Melva V. Massey

Melva V. Massey, 88, of Sterling, Ill., died April 14, 2012, at her home.

Born June 6, 1923, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Charles and Anna Simmons Counts. She was an active member of the 16th Avenue Church of Christ in Sterling.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Garlin Massey Sr., in 1992, whom she married in 1946; a son, Kenny Massey; a grandson, Zach Massey; and a great-grandson, Xavier Delgado.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Renee Delgado and husband Rudy Sr., Sterling, Ill.; two sons, Garlin Massey and wife Barbara, Searcy, Roger Craig Massey and wife Julie, Sterling; four sisters, Wanda Petersen, Elkhorn, Wis., Lavoe Harbor and husband Guy, Cordova, Tenn., Joy Fowler, Walnut Ridge, and Deborah Kluge and husband Robert, Marmaduke; two brothers, Charles Gale Counts and wife Helen, Tom Bean, Texas, and Lindsey Dale Counts, Clover Bend; 10 grandchildren, Mark Massey, Laura Price, Todd Massey, Kelsey Massey, Nick Massey, Andy Pierson, Crystal Rodriguez, Rudy Delgado Jr., Michael Massey and Ali Massey; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling with Joe Puckett officiating. Burial was in Oak Knoll Memorial Park.

A memorial will be established.

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

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Austin A. Rowlett

Austin A. Rowlett, 82, of Cave City, died April 18, 2012, at his home.

Born Nov. 3, 1929, in Swifton, he was the son of August and Leona Tucker Rowlett. He retired from Gen-Corp Automotive in Batesville and had worked for General Motors in Pontiac, Mich. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Curia Creek Masonic Lodge and First Free Will Baptist Church of Cave City.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bruce Anthony Rowlett; two brothers, Neal Rowlett and Donald Rowlett; and a sister, Carmelita Rowlett.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Josie Ann Rowlett; a son, David Rowlett, Cave City; two brothers, Rayburn Rowlett, Washington, and Homer Rowlett, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Andre Rowlett, Erin Witty, Dion Rowlett and Brandi Parker; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Cave City with Bros. Jeff Holland and Bill Sagely officiating. Burial was in Mount View Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

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Lesa Ann Szerbowski

Lesa Ann Szerbowski, 46, of Walnut Ridge, died April 17, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 21, 1965, in Paragould, she was the daughter of Sherman and Judy Elliott Pierce. She graduated from Nettleton High School, where she was a cheerleader, and was a longtime area resident.

Survivors include two daughters, Ashley Szerbowski and Stephanie Szerbowski, both of West Bend, Wis.; her mother, Judy Ann Cagley, Havelock, N.C.; two sisters, Carla Pease, Havelock, N.C., and Sherma Simpkins, Springdale; a brother, Michael Pierce, Havelock; and her grandmother, Martha Burchard, Manila.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Faith Funeral Service in Manila.

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