May 2, 2012 Edition

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Kinsley Ryann McCarty Robbie Erwin Womack


Deen ~ Simpson


Wendell Davis Lenore Belk Doyle Maggie Eagan
Mary Beth Howe Georgia "Ann" Rawls Peggye Imogene Winningham


Kinsley Ryann McCarty

Josh and Jill McCarty of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born on April 24, 2012, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, three ounces, and has been named Kinsley Ryann McCarty. She has two siblings, Cason, three, and Paxton, 18 months.

Grandparents are Jack and Janice McCarty of Huntsville and Jeff and Sherry Green of Richardson, Texas.

Great-grandparents are Rosemary McCarty of Springdale, Mary Lou Tice of Huntsville and Jim and Helen Hamilton of Richardson, Texas.

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Robbie Erwin Womack

Rob and Stacy Womack of Pocahontas, formerly of Walnut Ridge, have announced the birth of a son, born on April 23, 2012, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Robbie Erwin Womack. He has four siblings, Shelbi, Reagan, Mattison and Whitley.

Grandparents are Tony and Mary Erwin of Black Rock and Bob and Janet Womack of Batesville.

Great-grandparents are Helen Israel of Ravenden and Charles and Eugenia Womack of Conway.

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Deen ~ Simpson

Waylan and Cheryl Deen of Jonesboro have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Stephanie Jo Deen, to James Matthew Simpson, son of Jeffery and Marla Simpson of Rogers.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Floyd and Bonnie Deen of Sedgwick and the late Willard and Margaret McCampbell, who lived at Hoxie.

She is a 2009 graduate of Valley View High School, where she was salutatorian of her class. She is a junior speech pathology major at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Melvin and Norma Simpson of Rogers and Chuck and Myrna Buehler of Cassville, Mo.

He is a 2008 home school graduate and is a senior kinesiology major at Ouachita Baptist University.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Jonesboro. All family and friends are invited.

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Wendell Davis

Wendell Davis of Black Rock died May 1, 2012.

Arrangements will be announced by House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Lenore Belk Doyle

Lenore Belk Doyle, 101, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Craighead Nursing Center in Jonesboro. She lived most of her life in the Hoxie area serving her family, church and community.

Jennie Lenore Belk was born September 26, 1910, to Joe and Edith Belk at their family farmhouse two miles west of Hoxie. The fourth of their six children, she graduated Hoxie High School in 1928 after excelling in literature, Latin and dramatic performance.

Lenore survived a tornado that struck Hoxie High School in the 1920s by moving to a different desk, moments before the roof crashed in. On a later occasion, she was able to walk away from a wreck after a train struck the automobile she was driving across the Iron Mountain tracks at Hoxie.

She married Roy Jefferson Doyle on October 30, 1931, as the Great Depression was beginning, and she gave birth to their three children in the separate decades of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Widowed in 1960, she finished raising a daughter and raised her youngest son alone during that decade and, in the 1970s and '80s, she helped her oldest son in raising his four boys after their mother died.

During her active years, Mrs. Doyle taught children's classes in Sunday school and vacation Bible school, sang in the church choir and served as a communion steward at the Hoxie United Methodist Church where she was a member for more than eight decades. She was a member of the Women's Society for Christian Service (WSCS), the organization that later became United Methodist Women (UMW).

In the 1990s, Mrs. Doyle created a dramatic monologue in which she appeared in character as Susannah Wesley, the mother of Methodism's founder John Wesley, presenting that role in a number of United Methodist churches in the area. She was in her eighties at that time.

Serving as a 4-H club sponsor, Mrs. Doyle wrote and directed original dramatic productions for the young participants, once taking her club to Fayetteville for a state competition. Mrs. Doyle was active in the Home Demonstration Club, the Hoxie Garden Club, and a group of women who enjoyed producing hooked rugs, one of her favorite activities.

At the time of her birth in 1910, many states including Arkansas did not allow women the right to vote. By the time she came of age in the early 1930s, women's suffrage had passed and Lenore exercised that right regularly, voting in elections that ranged from the Roosevelt era to the Obama era.

An avid reader and lover of all things English, she was well acquainted with the literature of William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Agatha Christie, and the King James Bible. Some of her poems were published in magazines and newspapers. One of her favorite places was the Lawrence County Library in Walnut Ridge.

Appreciating the importance of music, she traded fresh eggs to Mrs. S.L. Richardson of Hoxie for her daughter's piano lessons. She loved Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Before becoming severely hearing impaired, she enjoyed listening to music programs on KASU. In fond memory of her husband Roy, and of her brother-in-law Lloyd "Red" Cochran, she liked to check in on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Lenore's independent personality and quirky frankness sometimes caused older family members to roll their eyes; younger members found Grandma to be refreshingly - in their words - cool. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren have been known to quote this saying of hers: "Don't worry so much about what other people will think. Most of them do so very little of it anyway."

Mrs. Doyle was preceded in death by her parents, Joe D. and Edith Belk; a sister, Josephyne Belk Smith; three brothers, Harry Belk, Sidney Belk and Wilfred Belk; and a grandson Matthew Belk Doyle.

Survivors include her sister, Isabel Cochran of Piggott; one daughter, Nancy Doyle Oldham (Daniel) of Little Rock; two sons, James Roy Doyle (Vivian) of Jonesboro and Michael Belk Doyle (Robyn) of Sedgwick; seven grandchildren including James Steven Doyle (Jan) of Columbus, Miss.; Philip Hunt Doyle (Diane) of Little Rock; Timothy Bergen Doyle (Misty) of Jonesboro; Debbie Oldham Clement (Scott) of Little Rock; Cathy Oldham Sanders (Kraig) of Little Rock; Libby Doyle James (Zach) of Sedgwick; Daniel Scott MacGregor Doyle of Sedgwick; one step-grandson Tony Leblanc of Jonesboro; thirteen great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be today at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Hager and Rev. Bonda Deere Moyer officiating. Grandsons and grandsons-in-law will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Maggie Eagan

Maggie Eagan, 75, of Portia, died April 29, 2012, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Dec. 20, 1936, in Poughkeepsie, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and worked at General Electric in Jonesboro. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ella Milligan Webb; a sister, Juanita Massey; and two infant brothers.

Survivors include her husband, Brooks Dale Eagan; three sons, Timothy Brooks Eagan, Portia, Kenneth Ganther, Missouri, and David Ganther, Wisconsin; a daughter, Debra Ramirez, Florida; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 10 a.m. at Clover Bend Cemetery with Mike Frost officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Mary Beth Howe

Mary Beth Howe, 81, of Searcy, died April 30, 2012, in Searcy.

Born May 10, 1930, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Vernon C. and Pauline Davis Howe. She was a longtime resident of Walnut Ridge before moving to Searcy 11 years ago. She taught first grade at Walnut Ridge Schools for over 30 years and was a member of the Cloverdale Church of Christ in Searcy.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Lawrence Poindexter; and a half-brother, Gene Howe.

Survivors include a stepbrother, Daniel Poindexter and wife Regina, Walnut Ridge; and two cousins, Jack Harris and wife Hope, and Pat Clay, all of Searcy.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Art Smith and Karl McLarty officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Visitation will be Friday, one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home in Paragould or the Claudette Alexander Education Fund at Harding University in Searcy.

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Georgia "Ann" Rawls

Georgia "Ann" Rawls, 77, of Walnut Ridge, died April 26, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 8, 1935, in Delaplaine, she was the daughter of C.E. and Tennie Belle Copeland Rawls. She was a homemaker and was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Willard Rawls; and two sisters, Mary Fossett and Bernice Fossett.

Survivors include a sister, Barbara Jones, Florida; three nieces, Michelle Eubanks, Paragould, Kelly Jones, Delaplaine, and Stacey Lee, Bono; four nephews, Morgan Rawls, Delaplaine, Tim Lamb, Bono, Tony Lamb, Rockledge, Fla., and Jason Lamb, Jonesboro; and 14 great-nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Beech Grove Cemetery, near Paragould, with Rick Etheridge officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Steve Wilson, Mike Wilson, Dalton Lee, Tim Lamb, Malcom Rawls and Arrow Rawls. Honorary pallbearers were T.J. Lamb, Morgan Rawls and James Poole.

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Peggye Imogene Winningham

Peggye Imogene Tolbert Winningham, 70, of Center Ridge, died April 29, 2012, at Conway Hospital.

Born Jan. 15, 1942, in Hoxie, she was a graduate of Valley View High School and attended Arkansas College in Batesville. She received a bachelor's degrees in history and English from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in 1962 and began her teaching career in Greenbrier.

She earned master's degrees in English, history and counseling, and became certified in Gifted and Talented programs. She established the Gifted and Talented programs in the Morrilton school system, where she was a counselor for six years.

After retiring from teaching, she and her husband bought a farm near Center Ridge, where they became engaged in cattle and dairy farming and later went into the beef cattle business.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Ruby Tolbert.

Survivors include her husband, Doyce Stanton Winningham, whom she married Aug. 13, 1960; two sons, Lt. Col. Denny Lee Winningham and wife Rebecca, King George, Va., and Joe Don Winningham and wife Caroline, Conway; and five grandchildren, Joshua Blake Winningham, Taylor Grant Winningham, Joseph Samuel Winningham, Ethan James Winningham and Martha Grace Winningham.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Greenbrier with Bros. Freddie Mark Wilcox and Kirk Hardy officiating. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Van Buren County.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Watson, Joe Graham, Russ Benton, Bruce Vann, Dewight Love and Ronny Rainey.

Visitation was set for Thursday, one hour prior to the service.

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