June 27, 2012 Edition

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Jadyn Dawn Lawrence


Allen ~ Wilcoxson Becker ~ Bagwell


Orville Brown Vona Campbell Lloyd Ralph Gadberry
Mary Francis Harmon Ruby King Maxine Kathleen Rowley
Eddie Russell Jack Stroud Roy Max Stroud
Marilyn F. Sweeten


Jadyn Dawn Lawrence

Tommy and Jordan Lawrence of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born on June 6, 2012, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Jadyn Dawn Lawrence. She has one sister, Cameron, one.

Grandparents are John McQuay and Sherry McQuay, both of Walnut Ridge, Tommy Lawrence of Powhatan and Renee Lawrence of Black Rock.

Great-grandparents are Don and Gail Arnold of Walnut Ridge, Joe and Jutta McQuay of Jonesboro and Marilyn Browder of Milton, Fla.

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Allen ~ Wilcoxson

Brian and Jeannie Hixson and Robie and Jennifer Allen, all of Walnut Ridge, have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Courtney LeAnn Allen, to William Franklin Wilcoxon II, son of Bill and Pam Wilcoxson.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Luther and Joan Allen of Walnut Ridge and Harold and Diane Allen of O'Kean.

She is a 2007 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a 2010 graduate of Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

She is employed as a registered dental assistant at Patrick Carroll, D.D.S. General Dentistry in Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Frank and Maggie Wilcoxson and Shirley Turbyeville, all of Walnut Ridge, and the late Ray Turbyeville.

He is a 2009 Walnut Ridge High School graduate and is employed as an electronics sales associate at Walmart in Pocahontas.

The couple will exchange vows on July 14 at 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow in the church's MAC building.

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Becker ~ Bagwell

Sheila Becker of Sedgwick has announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Chasity Morgan Becker, to Nicholas Gauge Bagwell, son of Jay and Sandi Bagwell of Powhatan.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Larry and Clara Fortenberry of Bono and James and Thelma Becker of Jonesboro.

She is a graduate of Hoxie High School and attends Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is employed at the Lawrence County Cooperative School in Portia as a preschool instructor.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Harold Bruner of Jonesboro and the late Loretta Bruner and the late Harvey and Lorine Bagwell.

He is a graduate of Black Rock High School and attends Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. He is employed at the Walnut Ridge Water Department.

The couple will exchange vows on July 13 at 6 p.m. at the Ravenden Baptist Church. All family and friends are invited.

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Orville Brown

Orville Gene Brown, 61, of Lepanto, died June 20, 2012.

He was born March 5, 1951, in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Brown; his parents, Harden Edward and Gerline Brown; and a brother.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Ross, Trumann, and April Richmond, Lepanto; a stepson, Justin Richmond, Livingston, Texas; four sisters, Mary Darren, Linda Hamm, Sharon Daniels and Brenda Brown; five brothers, James Brown, Bobby Brown, Troy Brown, Benny Brown and Doug Brown; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at Wilson Funeral Home in Osceola. Burial was in Garden Point Cemetery at Etowah.

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Vona Campbell

Vona Louise Hudgens Campbell, 70, of Jonesboro, formerly of Swifton, died, June 22, 2012, at her home.

Born Oct. 15, 1941, at Alicia, she was a member of the Swifton Baptist Church. She worked as the secretary to the principal of the Swifton School District for 43 years and was very involved with the George Kell Classic basketball tournaments. She was a member of the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Faye Hudgens; and a granddaughter, Meredith Hoover.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Floyd Campbell; a son, Floyd "Sonny" Campbell and wife Vikki, Jonesboro; a daughter, Shari Hoover and husband Dean, Conway; a sister, Shirley DeLisle and husband Jerome, Gulf Breeze, Fla.; four grandchildren, Meagan Campbell, Alex Campbell, Jarrett Hoover and Cole Hoover; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton Baptist Church. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jabo Floyd, Ricky Floyd, Bart Campbell, Bobby Tinsley, Ross Gallant and Trent Lawrence. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Lawrence, Todd Lawrence, Joan Tinsley, Louise Runyan, Ike Wheeler, Linda F. Norris, Linda N. Norris, Paula Young, Vickie Thompson and Linda Benson.

Memorials may be made to Swifton Baptist Church.

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

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Lloyd Ralph Gadberry

Lloyd Ralph Gadberry, 87, of Imboden, died June 25, 2012, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center, following a brief illness.

He was a World War II veteran, a retired truck driver and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Fannie Gadberry; his parents, Cleatus and Lucy Mathis Gadberry; a brother, Dallas Gadberry; and two sisters, Rosie Gadberry and Jean Wilson.

Survivors include three daughters, Beverly Edrington, Mesquite, Texas, Carolyn Russell and husband Thurman, Henderson, and Joyce Foster and husband Jim, Benton, Mo.; three sons, Joey Crawford and wife Rose, Imboden, Stephen Gadberry and wife Ginny, Mountain Home, and Jeff Massey and wife Tracy, Puxico, Mo.; a brother, Ray Gadberry, Silva, Mo.; two sisters, Evelyn Martin and husband Junior Boyd, Imboden, and Louise Miller and husband Ralph, Potossi, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Dail Cemetery in Ravenden with Rowdy Morgan officiating. Cox Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Mark Russell, Joey Crawford and Garrett Gadberry; nephews, Victor Fields, Dennis Basco; and Johnny Green.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

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

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Mary Francis Harmon

Mary Francis Harmon, 86, of Akron, Ohio, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died June 26, 2012, at the Akron General Medical Center.

Born Feb. 13, 1926, in Vina, Ala., she was the daughter of Charles Franklin and Arka Chambers Armstrong. She had lived in Michigan before moving to the Walnut Ridge area in 1976. She was a homemaker and a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge before moving to Akron five years ago.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Harmon; a daughter, Rebecca Harmon; two sisters, Wilma Hale and Kathleen Armstrong; and three brothers, Charles Armstrong, Thomas Armstrong and Larry Armstrong.

Survivors include three daughters, Susan Burns, Canton, Ohio, Linda Schmidt and husband Steve, Macomb, Mich., and Karen Lawrence, Walnut Ridge; a son, Robert Harmon, Mountain Home; two sisters, Wilodene Farmer and husband A.J., Walnut Ridge, and Pamela Smith, Dearborn Heights, Mich.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements will be announced by House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

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

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Ruby King

Ruby King, 74, of Jonesboro, went to be with the Lord on June 20, 2012, surrounded by family and friends at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Crawford and Agnes Daniel; and brothers Edwin Daniel (Lora) and Ray Daniel.

She is survived by her husband, Earl King of Jonesboro; sons, Paul King (Cathy) of Jonesboro and Mark King (Rhonda) of Magnolia; and daughter, Jennifer Fowler of Jonesboro. She is also survived by grandchildren, Brad King (Kasandra), Josh King (Brittany), Cameron King, Abigail King, Katie Hamilton (Jon) and Molly Fowler. Her great-grandchildren are Emma Claire King and Collins Alexis King. She is also survived by brothers, J.W. Daniel (Barbra) of Rockford, Ill., and James Daniel (Cleta) of Jonesboro. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ruby was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She loved to crochet, embroider and knit. She was a member of the Extension Homemakers Club, the Potlickers Fellowship Bible Study Group and a member of Temple Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be sons Paul and Mark King; and grandsons Brad, Josh, and Cameron King; and Jon Mark Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers include her granddaughters and great-granddaughters, nieces and nephews and the members of the Potlickers Fellowship Bible Study Group.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jerry Jolly and Rev. Andy Neal officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery. Emerson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1138 E. Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or a charity of your choice.

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


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Maxine Kathleen Rowley

Maxine Kathleen Rowley, 83, of Leachville, died June 24, 2012, at the Monette Manor Nursing Center.

Born Aug. 7, 1928, in Ravenden, she was the daughter of R.G. and Lena Harris Perry. She was raised in the Manila area and had lived in Florida and Michigan before returning to Northeast Arkansas seven years ago. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Rowley; two brothers, Bud Perry and Gerald Perry; and an infant sister.

Survivors include a son, Dan Johnson, Linden, Mich.; a brother, Bill Perry, Leachville; two sisters, Imogene Perry Powell, Lennon, Mich., and Pauline Perry Ware, Manila; two grandchildren, Lisa Mangrum and Mark Johnson; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Howard Funeral Service in Manila with Rev. Lee Davis officiating. Burial was in Manila Cemetery.

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

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Eddie Russell

Eddie Russell, 61, of Lynn, died June 18, 2012, from injuries sustained when a tree fell on him.

Born Aug. 30, 1950, in Batesville, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of the Lynn Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a farmer and was retired from GE.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 18 years, Margaret Russell; his father, Ed Russell; and his grandfather, John Penn.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Russell; three daughters, Tracy, Paula and Jennifer; his mother, Jeanette Penn Russell, Lynn; a sister, Carolyn Spades, Trumann; his grandmother, Inez Penn, who is 103; and several grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at the Lynn Church of Christ with Kenny Townsley officiating. Burial, with military honors, was in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers were Denny Durham, Jimmy Durham, Danny Morgan, Larry Rainwater, David Cates and Terry Bristow.

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

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Jack Stroud

A memorial service for Jack Stroud, 61, who died March 11, 2011, in Los Angeles, will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the home of his parents, Richard and Laura Rainwater, at 76 Lawrence 601, Walnut Ridge. Interment of his ashes will follow at Duty Cemetery.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by five brothers, Clay Stroud and Stanley Rainwater, both of O'Kean, Frank Stroud and Terry Rainwater, both of Panacea, Fla., and Randy Rainwater, Lebanon, Mo.; and four sisters, Faye Stormes, Walnut Ridge, Barbara Thompson, Camden, Tenn., Sandra Hathcoat, Jonesboro, and Iola Hershell, Appolo Beach, Fla.

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Roy Max Stroud

Roy Max Stroud, 63, of Hoxie, died June 23, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 16, 1948, he had worked for Tyson Foods and Golf Bag Associates. He was an active volunteer in Cub Scouts and was a member of Green Forest Baptist Church. He moved to Lawrence County from Green Forest in 1972.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Marie Booten Stroud; his brother, Bill Stroud; and an uncle, Dale Booten.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Ring Stroud; and a son, Mike Stroud, of the home.

The body was cremated. A private memorial service will be held at a later date under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

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

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Marilyn F. Sweeten

Marilyn F. Sweeten, 75, of Lapeer, Mich., formerly of Arkansas, died June 22, 2012.

Born Jan. 18, 1937, in Lapeer, she was the daughter of Louis and Lula Mae Hemingway Russell. She retired in 2000 from White Lake Plastics, where she was a machine operator and inspector for over 20 years. She also worked at Jonathan Logan garment factory in Arkansas for over 10 years, before moving back to Michigan in 1972.

She was preceded in death by nine siblings, Duane Russell, Verna Bonesteel, Beverly Evans, Sharon Robbins, Sybil Walker, Clayton Russell, Roy Russell, Karl Russell and Gayle.

Survivors include her husband, James Virgil Sweeten, whom she married Sept. 14, 1953, in Auburn, Ind.; six children, James Sweeten and wife Pam, Kristine Sweeten Goodman, Darlene Navarre, Phillip Sweeten and wife Nancy, Diane Hawkins and husband George and Denise Sweeten; a sister, Deaneen North and husband Marvin; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Faith Bible Baptist Church in Lapeer, Mich. Burial was in Attica Township Cemetery under the direction of Muir Brothers Funeral Home.

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


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