June 6, 2012 EditionAlso in this issue...
Will and Jessica Pickney of Newton, Kansas, formerly of Pocahontas, announce the birth of a daughter, born on May 7, 2012, at Harris Hospital in Newport.
The baby weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Alyssa Marie Pickney.
She has an older brother, Gavin, who is six.
Grandparents are Jeff and Diane Olson of Pocahontas, Joe Pickney of Black Rock and Regina Pickney of Walnut Ridge.
Tim Harvell and Teresa Clark have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Audrey Meeks of Black Rock and the late Herschel Meeks.
She is the granddaughter of the late Cecil and Johnnie Meeks and the late Aubrey and Lucille Brandon, all of Black Rock.
She is employed as a teacher at the visual and performing arts West Magnet Elementary School in Batesville.
The prospective groom is the son of Jean Harvell and Wayne and Phyllis Harvell, all of Melbourne.
He is the grandson of the late Owen and Sybil Harvell and the late Robert and Nobia Miller. He is employed at Home Depot in Batesville.
The couple will exchange vows at the First Baptist Church in Melbourne on June 16 at 2 p.m.
All family and friends are invited to attend.
Ylinda Doreen Mullen and Scott Meltin Cambron, both of Jonesboro, have announced plans for their upcoming wedding.
They are the parents of Kara Mullen of Ridgetop, Tenn., and Ryan Cambron of Jonesboro.
The bride-elect is the daughter of JoAnn Trawick of Portia and is a 1978 graduate of Clover Bend High School. She is a department manager at Walmart on Highland Drive in Jonesboro.
The prospective groom is a 1985 graduate of Brookland High School and is self-employed.
The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at the wishing well in Crowley's Ridge State Park at Walcott. Frank Martin will officiate the double-ring ceremony.
All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow at Pavilion 3 at the park.
Courtney Jade Segraves will become the bride of Derek Evan Lawson on Saturday at 3 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.
The bride elect is the daughter of Bobby and Michelle Segraves and Tim and Cheryl Stocker, all of Walnut Ridge. The prospective groom is the son of Ed and Tracy Lawson of Walnut Ridge and Byron and Vivian Ford of Urbana, Ill.
Jade is the granddaughter of Billy and Hope Segraves of Walnut Ridge and Lonnie and Betty Davidson of Doniphan, Mo.
She is a 2006 Hoxie High School graduate, a 2010 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, and is a third-year pharmacy student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She is employed as a pharmacy intern at the Outpatient Pharmacy at UAMS.
Derek is the grandson of the late Jack and Shirley Lawson and the late Billy Joe and Elouise Jones. He is the great-grandson of Marguerite Gwaltney.
He is a 2007 graduate of Nettleton High School and a 2011 Arkansas State University graduate. He played for the ASU football team for five years. He broke the single season rushing record in Arkansas for 2006 while playing football at Nettleton and was also part of ASU's Sunbelt Conference Championship team in 2011. He is employed in insurance sales at Lee Tuxhorn State Farm in Maumelle.
All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and a reception to follow at the Lawrence County Meeting Room.
Jesse T. Baker, 69, of Vicksburg, Miss., died April 24, 2012, at River Region Medical Center.
Born in Walnut Ridge, he was a Hoxie High School graduate. He had lived in Vicksburg for the past 50 years. He was retired from the Vicksburg Fire Department with the rank of captain. He was a member of the Bovina United Methodist Church and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 1581.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Mable Baker; and a brother, Lavon Baker.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Kitty Baker; a son, Tommy Baker and wife Margaret, Vicksburg; a daughter, Lisa Hasty and husband John, Brandon, Miss.; two brothers, Earl Dale Baker and wife Paula, Panama City, Fla., and Truel Baker and wife Dian, Black Rock; four sisters, Novella Bradshaw and husband Lester, Waxhaw, N.C., Fredia Handley, Haughton, La., Linda Middleton and husband Bobby, Vicksburg, and Phyllis Johnson and husband J.C., Conyers, Ga.; and three grandchildren, Brenna Hallberg, Lucas Hasty and Ashlyn Baker.
Burial was April 27 in Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery in Vicksburg.
Pallbearers were Billy Griffin, Jerry Collins, Robert Pierce, John Wilkinson, Wesley Boykin and T.J. Stubbs.
Honorary pallbearers were active and retired firefighters, Charles Landers, Wayne Williamson and Darryl Williamson.
Memorials may be made to the Bovina United Methodist Church, 70 Bovina Drive, Vicksburg, MS 39180.
Terry "Frog" Beasley, 54, of Portia, died June 1, 2012, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.
Born July 6, 1957, in Peach Orchard, he was the son of Velmer and Myrtle Light Beasley. He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was self-employed in the concrete business.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Rocky Beasley.
Survivors include his wife, Arline Beasley, of the home; a daughter, Holly Beasley, Walnut Ridge; a son, Steven Wilson, of the home; two brothers, Billy Beasley and Tom Beasley, both of Pocahontas; three sisters, Sheila Midgett and husband Carl, Walnut Ridge, Judy Fleming, Hoxie, and Norma Haigwood, Hot Springs; and a stepsister, Audrey Lenderman, Walnut Ridge.
A graveside service was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock with Harold Russell officiating.
Pallbearers were Mike Pickney, Billy Joe Beasley, Derek Beasley, Jeremy Gilliam and Jimmy Don Holder. Honorary pallbearer was Billy Pearson.
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 www.mcnabbfuneralhome.com.
Cheryl Jean Hart, 56, of Walnut Ridge, died May 30, 2012, at her home.
Born March 17, 1956, in Columbus, Ohio, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Hart; her parents, Orville and Lovina Crabbe Toland; a sister, Karen Clinton; two brothers, Franklin Thomas Toland and Orville "Butch" Von Toland Jr.; two grandchildren, Steven Lomax and Loraine Brown.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Adams and wife Tina, of the home, and Patrick Hart, of the home; three daughters, Pauline Lomax and Jenny Meine and husband Bill, all of Jonesboro, and Jessica Wilson and husband Robert, Hoxie; two brothers, Charles William Allen Toland and wife Melanie, Marion, Ohio, and Robert Toland, Jackson, Ohio; a sister, Patricia Strohl, Lynn; 30 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.
Memorial service was Saturday at the Walnut Ridge Community Center. Burial was private under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila.
Buna Marie Manthey, 96, of Marion, formerly of Imboden, died May 29, 2012, at Willowbend Nursing and Rehab Center in Marion.
Born June 13, 1915, in Imboden, she was the daughter of Henry and Lena Goad Oldham. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jewel Clay Oliver; her second husband, Bob Manthey; a son, J.C. Oliver; a sister, Ann Reeves; and a granddaughter, Jodie Beth Oliver.
Survivors include a daughter, Jean Tindell, West Memphis; two sons, Charles Oliver, Wynne, and Elton Oliver, Newton, N.C.; a sister Armolee Garner, Paragould; a brother Elvis Oldham, North Dakota; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Gary Hair officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Steve Tindell, Tommy Oliver, Terry Oliver, Dennis Oliver, Chris Oliver ad Brian Kelley.
An online guestbook is available at www.coxfhwalnutridge.com.
Fred A. O'Dell, 92, of Pleasant Plains, died May 29, 2012, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.
Born July 15, 1919, in Imboden, he was the son of Thomas A. and Martha Jones O'Dell. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired from Memphis State University, where he worked as an armed security officer. He also farmed most of his life. He served as a deacon of the Kensington Baptist Church in Memphis and was a member of the Independence Missionary Baptist Church in Pleasant Plains.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Clara Faye O'Dell, and four brothers, Cecil O'Dell, Perry O'Dell, Sid O'Dell and Ed O'Dell.
Survivors include two sons, Joe O'Dell and John O'Dell, both of Pleasant Plains; a daughter, Julie Wilbur, Knoxville, Tenn.; a sister, Martha Moore, Pleasant Plains; four grandchildren, Nicholas David Wilbur, Emily Claire Wilbur, Makenna Machae O'Dell and Kiernan Mae O'Dell; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was Friday at 3 p.m. at Putman Cemetery in Pleasant Plains with Bro. Brad Roberts officiating. Qualls Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Honorary pallbearers were Michael Hampton, Shane Martin, Ralph Smith, Alex Britt, Dan Wilbur and Bodie Payne.
Joe Tannehill, 94, of McAlester, Okla., brother of Edwin Tannehill of Hoxie, died April 19, 2012, at his home.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1940 and served in the Phillipines, was captured by the Japanese and was forced into the Bataan Death March.
Burial was in Tannehill Cemetery in the Tannehill Community. Arrangements were under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service.
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 www.taylor-coxfuneralhome.com.
Harold Walker, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died June 4, 2012, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.
Born Sept. 10, 1940, in Walnut Ridge, he was a lifelong resident of Walnut Ridge and was self-employed as an auctioneer for 52 years. He was of the Baptist belief.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Walker, in 2003; his parents, Richard and Veda Frazier Walker; and a sister, Bonnie Williams.
Survivors include a daughter, Debra Kimball and husband, Robbie, New Madrid, Mo; a brother, Mike Walker, Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Jeriod Kimball and Jacob Kimball; and a great-grandchild.
Graveside service will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Rev. Steve Cook officiating.
Visitation will be tonight from 6-8 in the House Gregg Funeral Home Chapel.
Pallbearers will be Jessie Birmingham, Dave Fowler, Charlie Ragland, Darrell Osborne, Steve Cravens and Danny Walker. Honorary pallbearer was Johnny Ridenhower.
James E. "Jim" Young, 81, of Conway, died June 1, 2012, at St. Andrew's Place Nursing Home. He was a longtime resident of Walnut Ridge.
He was born Nov. 26, 1930, in Carlisle, to German "G.P." and Susie (Glover) Young. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant from 1952-1954.
Upon graduation he went to work for City Service Oil Co., and in 1956 went to work in Walnut Ridge as agency manager for Farm Bureau of Lawrence County. In 1961, he bought two independent insurance agencies in Walnut Ridge.
Jim had served as president of the Walnut Ridge Chamber of Commerce, Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Walnut Ridge Country Club. He was also honored for his contributions to the March of Dimes.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Donald P. Young, and a sister, Audrey Stainton.
Survivors are his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Jean (Schafer) Young; two daughters, Deborah "Deby" (Young) Langeloh (Greg) of Crandall, Texas, and Janet Young of Morrilton; and one grandson, Bradley James Langeloh.
A graveside service, with military honors, was held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Carlisle Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home-Conway. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com
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