May 30, 2012 Edition

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Evy Nicole Bailey


Bennett ~ Gruenewald


Dolores Anderson Barney Keith Baker Linda Kay Bales
Linda Kay Davis Vera M. Hibbard Zella Dobbs Holland
Dorothy Poindexter Melvin Shelton Leonard Leon Simms
Fred Emmons Sloan Sr. Eva Thompson


Evy Nicole Bailey

Jarrod Heath and Meagan Nicole Bailey of Paragould have announced the birth of a daughter on May 17, 2012, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Evy Nicole Bailey.

She has an older brother, Michael Hogan Bailey, who is two.

Grandparents are David and Jody Holman of Paragould, Johnny and Twila Holder of Walnut Ridge, Pam Kersey of Memphis and Michael Kersey of Robinsonville, Miss.

She is the great-granddaughter of Thomas and Sue Bailey of Paragould and Genree Holder of Walnut Ridge.

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Bennett ~ Gruenewald

Kenneth and Kay Lynn Bennett of Pocahontas announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jill Lynn Bennett, to Carl William Gruenewald IV.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Gene and Sue Brand of Walnut Ridge and Kathleen Bennett of Pocahontas and the late Dowell Bennett.

Jill is a 2008 graduate of Pocahontas High School and a 2012 graduate of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., with a bachelor's degree in early childhood and elementary education.

The prospective groom is the son of Bill and Terri Gruenewald of Hendersonville, Tenn. He is the grandson of Bobbie Russell of Hendersonville and the late Joe Russell, and Carl and Patricia Gruenewald of Brownsville, Tenn.

Will is a 2005 graduate of Hendersonville High School and a 2009 graduate of Union University with a bachelor's degree in Christian studies.

The couple will exchange vows on June 30 at 5 p.m. in First Baptist Church of Pocahontas.

Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in the Randolph County Development Center on the Black River Technical College campus. All friends and family are invited to attend the wedding and reception.

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Dolores Anderson

Dolores Anderson, 82, of Wichita, Kan., died May 24, 2012, at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita.

Born July 7, 1929, in Detroit, she was the daughter of Joseph Anthony and Dorothea Marie Schutt Endstrasser. She graduated from Denby High School and worked for Chrysler Corporation before marriage. She and her husband moved to Fayetteville following his retirement from the U.S. Navy, where she worked for the University of Arkansas. After his death, she moved to Wichita, where she was a member of the Disciples of Christ Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe Roy Anderson, whom she married Aug. 18, 1948.

Survivors include a son, Lanny Anderson; two daughters, Thyrsie Cahoon and Jeannie Reynolds; two grandchildren, Sarah Thorn and John Cahoon; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Clover Bend Cemetery. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be at graveside, beginning at 10 a.m.

An online guestbook is available at

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Barney Keith Baker

Barney Keith Baker, 50, of Walnut Ridge, died May 27, 2012, at The Med in Memphis.

Born Feb. 25, 1962, in Hannibal, Mo., he was a field tech for Ritter Communications and a member of Hoxie United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Alberta Shepard Baker; and a brother, Gary Baker.

Survivors include his wife, Teri Lyn Green Baker, whom he married Feb. 14, 1990; three children, Ashley Lyn Mitchell, Jonesboro, Lauren Kay Baxter, Little Rock, and Keith K. Baker, of the home; his father, Robert Baker, Monroe City, Mo.; two brothers, David Mike Baker, Kansas City, Mo., and Steve Baker, Monroe City; and two grandchildren, Corwyn Mitchell and Riley Mitchell.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Rev. Bonda Moyer officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Linda Kay Bales

Linda Kay Bales, 64, of Lorado, died May 24, 2012, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Born July 2, 1947, in Walnut Ridge, she retired after 38 years with the Arkansas State Parks. She then worked for Focus, Inc., aiding adults with disabilities. She was a member of Higher Trails Cowboy Church and previously attended Mount Zion Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Beatrice Blanchard; and a brother, Roy Byron Blanchard.

Survivors include her husband, James "Butch" Bales; a son, Jimmy Bales and wife Christi, Lorado; a daughter, Kristie Huffman and husband Joey, Lorado; a sister, Doris Highfield and husband Earl, Powhatan; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held tonight at 6:30 at Higher Trails Cowboy Church with Phillip Brown officiating. Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Higher Trails Cowboy Church, in care of Kristie Huffman, 404 Greene 324 Road, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

An online guestbook is available at

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Linda Kay Davis

Linda Kay Davis, 53, of Pocahontas, mother of Freddie Baldridge and Lowell Lawson, both of Ravenden, died May 24, 2012. Burial was Saturday in Old Union Cemetery, near Attica, under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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Vera M. Hibbard

Vera M. Hibbard, 91, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Portia, died May 27, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 22, 1921, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Delbert and Emma Weir Tate. She was a member of the Black Rock Order of the Eastern Star and Portia Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Hibbard, on Dec. 8, 1998, whom she married May 7, 1938.

Survivors include a son, Larry Hibbard and wife Ramona, Portia; two daughters, Sue Lovelady and husband Bobby, Walnut Ridge, and Jean Bookout, Beebe; a sister, Vida Rogers, Black Rock; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Terry Hibbard, Benjy Harris, Alex Latham, Allen Tennison, Michael Lovelady and Dale Freeman.

An online guestbook is available at

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Zella Dobbs Holland

Zella Dobbs Holland, 95, of Strawberry, died May 22, 2012, at her home.

Born Jan. 1, 1917, in Oxford, Ark., she was the daughter of Elmer and Rebecca Jane Julian Dobbs. She was a homemaker and a member of the Eli Lindsey Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleed Holland; two brothers, Roscoe Dobbs and W.T. Dobbs; and two sisters, Zelma Milligan and Virginia Grady.

Survivors include two sons, Buford Holland and Winford Holland, both of Strawberry; and four sisters, Lucille King, St. Charles, Mo., Juanita Smithee, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Ina Huddleston and Isabella Ring, both of Batesville.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home in Cave City with Rev. Roger Hook officiating. Burial was in Milligan Campground Cemetery near Cave City.

An online guestbook is available at

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Dorothy Poindexter

Dorothy Overstreet Poindexter, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died May 27, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 15, 1922, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Floyd and Abbie McEntire Overstreet. She was a lifelong resident of Walnut Ridge and a charter member of United Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Poindexter, in 2006; and a brother, Floyd Bennett Overstreet.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Poindexter, Walnut Ridge; a brother-in-law, Ralph Poindexter and wife Alene, Richardson, Texas; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Isabelle and Morris Frazier, Houston; a special niece, Carol Poindexter Parcel, Carrollton, Texas; and a granddaughter of the heart, Millissa Gentry, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Glenn Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Visitation is Friday, one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Larry Cook, Don Hudson, Earl Borah, David Baltz, Herman Shaw and Charles Rickey. Honorary pallbearers will be Ron Kellett and Jerry Warner.

An online guestbook is available at

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Melvin Shelton

Melvin Lee Shelton, 90, of Pocahontas, died May 26, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 13, 1922, at O'Kean, he was the son of Robert and Lillie Shelton. He had been a pastor for 64 years, serving Northside Free Will Baptist Church the past 35 years.

He was preceded in death by two sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Mary Louise Shelton; a daughter, Debra Hudson, O'Kean; a sister, Mary Wallis, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Pam French, Kathy Hudson, Kelley Goodson and Shelly Ringo; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Nelson Henderson and Larry Ness officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Dorian Gray, Sherwin Wallis, Rendall Wallis, Gary Wallis, Randy Gray and Brad Gray.

Memorials may be made to Northside Free Will Baptist Church.

An online guestbook is available at

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Leonard Leon Simms

Leonard Leon Simms, 76, of Minturn, died May 23, 2012, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born Jan. 24, 1936, in Minturn, he was the son of Earl and Alma Naomi Hendrix Simms. He was a farmer and insurance salesman. He had formerly served as the mayor of Minturn.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Mae Anglin Simms, whom he married Aug. 2, 1974; two sons, John Kevin Simms, Jonesboro, and Alan Wayne Simms, Minturn; a daughter, Amanda Simms Thomas, Dallas; a brother, Alfred Simms, Rock Falls, Ill.; and seven grandchildren, Derrick Simms, Kirk Simms, Linzi Simms, Randi Simms, Isaac Booth, Ezra Thomas and Keslie Simms.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Travis Eades officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Kirk Simms, Derrick Simms, Jerry Eades, Gary Light, Ronnie Light and David Dobbs.

An online guestbook is available at

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Fred Emmons Sloan Sr.

Fred Emmons Sloan Sr., 99, of Georgetown, Texas, died May 12, 2012, in a Georgetown nursing home.

Born July 15, 1912, in Walnut Ridge, he worked for the Arkansas Highway Department and was a self-employed home contractor. He had lived in the Georgetown area since 1983 and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Temple, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Adney Sloan, on Aug. 15, 1996.

Survivors include a son, Fred Emmons Sloan Jr., Temple, Texas; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Sunday, July 15, in Salado Cemetery with Rev. Bobby Ellis officiating. Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan, Texas, has charge of arrangements.

His body is being donated to science at Texas A&M University.

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Eva Thompson

Eva Blanch Neece French Thompson, 79, of Pocahontas, died May 24, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 19, 1932, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Homer and Vada Moore Neece. She was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by a son, Timothy French; a brother, Luther Neece; a sister, Pauline Phillips; and three half-sisters, Zalma Darris, Florence Collins and Irene Mooney.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Thompson; a son, Edward French and wife Cheryl, Pocahontas; a stepdaughter, Linda Joy Nash and her husband James Dell, St. Charles, Ill.; two brothers, Elisha Neece, Pocahontas, and Everett Ray Neece, Maynard; four sisters, Josie Davis, Pocahontas, Mary Burrell, Mississippi, Barbara Clinton, Hot Springs, and Ruby Rainbolt, Eminence, Mo.; six grandchildren, India, Brandon, Dustin, Brittany, Aaron and MaKayla; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at noon at Taylor-Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Bill Gray and Jerry Cochran officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

An online guestbook is available at

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