July 11, 2012 Edition

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Births

Kobe Daniel Bates Lucy Grace Fry Adaleyah Jade Snyder

Weddings / Engagements

Lamb ~ Brown Simpson ~ Deen

Obituaries

Jimmy Edward Blazer Jimmie Sue Crase Louise W. Dickson
Roy L. Dunn Joe F. Ferguson Rev. Mack Gore
Nina Julia Hon Paul Laverne Perkins Jimmy Lynn Thomas
Danny Eugene West Jeana Jeannit Wilson

Births

Kobe Daniel Bates

Daniel and Magen Bates of Brookland have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born June 25, 2012, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed nine pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Kobe Daniel Bates.

Grandparents are Larry and Beverly Bates of Poughkeepsie and Royetta Perkins of Smithville.

He is the great-grandson of Iris (Mrs. Wilson) Bates of Poughkeepsie, Bernice (Mrs. Walter) Ivey of Cave City, Gerald and Nina Richey of Lynn and Paul and Bonnie Perkins of Smithville.

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Adaleyah Jade Snyder

Haley Brown and Westley Snyder, both of Walnut Ridge, have announced the birth of a daughter on June 26, 2012, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, five ounces and has been named Adaleyah Jade Snyder. She has a sister, Alice Avery, who is one.

She is the granddaughter of Melissa Brock of Hoxie, Rob Snyder of Walnut Ridge, Ronnie Brown of Jonesboro and Crystal Brown and Aaron Koller of Blytheville.

Great-grandparents are Gene and Betty Brown and Thomas and Sharon Hodge all of Walnut Ridge, Dorothy Stewart of Hoxie and Bill and Paulette Price of Ravenden.

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Lucy Grace Fry

Marcus and Hope Fry of Russellville have announced the birth of a daughter on July 5, 2012, at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville.

The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces and has been named Lucy Grace Fry. She has a brother Dylan Deavours who is eight.

Grandparents are Marty Fry of Newport, Henry and Joan Hill Mitchell of Jonesboro, Randy Timmons and Jacky and Beth Dunn, all of Russellville.

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Weddings / Engagements

Lamb ~ Brown

Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro was the setting Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m. for the double-ring ceremony uniting Michelle Nicole Lamb and Drew Tyler Brown in marriage.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lamb of Jonesboro. She is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. James Little and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Lamb, all of Walnut Ridge.

She is a 2007 graduate of Valley View High School and is in her senior year at the College of Pharmacy at UAMS in Little Rock. She will graduate with a doctorate of pharmacy in May 2013.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Brown of Jonesboro. He is the grandson of Earlene Brown of Jonesboro and the late Doyle Brown and the late Mr. and Mrs. John F. Banks.

He is a 2007 graduate of Valley View High School and a 2011 graduate of UALR with a bachelor's degree in health science. He is employed with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Little Rock.

Dr. Glen Putman, pastor of Walnut Street Baptist Church, performed the ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Mary Hope Wallace, pianist, and Shawn Kelly and Brandon Kelly, vocalists.

The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. She wore a formal gown made of organza and English net, designed by Allure. The gown featured a fitted bodice with a dropped waistline and a strapless sweetheart neckline, both adorned with embroidery of pearls, crystals and bugle beads that cascaded down the front and back of the dress extending into a chapel-length train.

Her headpiece was a band of pearls and crystals in a floral pattern attached to an elbow-length veil edged in crystals. She carried a bouquet of roses and peonies in shades of coral and pink, which was adorned with her great-grandmother's broach.

Kelli Brown of Jonesboro served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Katie Russell of Jonesboro, Lindsey Wright of Strawberry and Krista Westerman of Little Rock.

Flower girl was Lily Kent, cousin of the bride, of Jonesboro.

Wade Brown, brother of the groom, of Jonesboro served as best man. Groomsmen were Chris Dudley, Chris McCutcheon and Cody Prater, all of Jonesboro.

Ring bearer was Lane Holden of Paragould. Ushers were Jacob Bradford of Paragould and Matt Gillean of Brookland.

The parents of the bride hosted a reception at the church following the wedding. Hannah Riggs of Paragould presided at the bride's book table.

Following the wedding, the couple honeymooned in Cozumel, Mexico. They now reside in Little Rock.

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Simpson ~ Deen

Stephanie Jo Deen became the bride of James Matthew Simpson in a 2 p.m. ceremony on June 2, 2012, at First Free Will Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Parents of the couple are Waylan and Cheryl Deen of Jonesboro and Jeffery and Marla Simpson of Rogers.

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

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

Pastor Jeffery Simpson, father of the groom, officiated the double-ring ceremony, and Joyce Holder of Conway served as pianist.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

She wore an elegant white strapless gown accented with hand-beaded lace, featuring an A-line silhouette and fitted bodice, empire waist and a soft flowing chiffon skirt and chapel-length train. She wore an elbow-length veil with pearl and bead edging and a crystal and pearl tiara.

She carried a bouquet of peach gerberas, white dendrobium orchids, white roses, blue delphiniums and white stephanotis with pearl centers.

Elizabeth Harmon of Jonesboro served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Emily Moody and Cherish Rutherford of Jonesboro, cousins of the bride, and Rebekah Simpson of Rogers, sister of the groom.

Junior attendants were Jacqueline Doyle and Lillie Doyle of Jonesboro, cousins of the bride. Alexa Bessee of Jonesboro served as flower girl.

Best man was Shawn Hudson of Rogers. Serving as groomsmen were Jesse Simpson of Rogers and Nathan Simpson of Springdale, brothers of the groom, and John O'Connor of Rogers.

Ring bearers were Logan Bessee of Jonesboro and Benjamin Simpson of Springdale, nephew of the groom.

Ushers were Seth Moody and Caleb Rutherford of Jonesboro, cousins of the bride.

Bride's book attendants were Jacqueline Doyle and Lillie Doyle of Jonesboro, cousins of the bride.

A wedding reception followed in the church fellowship hall. Servers were Deidra Adamson of Jonesboro, Erin Simpson of Springdale and Wendy Fry of Sedgwick.

Following a wedding trip to Mountainside Resort in Granby, Colo., they are residing in Arkadelphia where Stephanie is a senior speech pathology major at Ouachita Baptist University, and James is recent honor graduate of OBU with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology.

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Obituaries

Jimmy Edward Blazer

Jimmy Edward Blazer, 37, of Walnut Ridge, died July 7, 2012.

Born May 6, 1975, in Jonesboro, he was an auto mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Johnny and Marie Blazer; and a grandfather, Vernon Moore.

Survivors include two daughters, Amie Blazer and Ashley Blazer, both of Walnut Ridge; his father, Jim Blazer and wife Patricia, Hoxie; his mother, Linda Moore Davis and husband Eddie, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Sandy Ellis, Westlake, Ohio, and Vicky Bookout, Swifton; a stepsister, Martha Hopkins, Hoxie; and a grandmother, Della Moore, Hoxie.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bros. Roger Brand and Chuck Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Jimmie Sue Crase

Jimmie Sue Crase, 77, of Southaven, Miss., died July 4, 2012, at her home, following a lengthy illness.

Born April 20, 1935, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Claude and Opal Roach. She was of the Lutheran faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold V. Crase.

Survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Calvi and husband Butch; three sons, Mike Crase and wife Laura, Pat Crase and wife Jerri, and Randy Crase; six grandchildren, Michael Crase, Sarah Crase, Travis Calvi, Jessica King, Patrick Crase and Dustin Crase; and two great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. Twin Oaks Funeral Home of Southaven, Miss., had charge of arrangements.

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Louise W. Dickson

Louise W. Dickson, 85, died July 2, 2012, at Fulton County Hospital.

Born Nov. 18, 1926, near Light, she was the daughter of Joseph and Dora Webbe. She was a homemaker and a member of Light Baptist Church. She was retired from Western Electric in Aurora, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Dickson, whom she married Feb. 24, 1943; a son, James; three brothers, James Webbe, Buford Webbe and Billy Webbe; and a grandson, Raymond.

Survivors include two sons, William Dickson, Cherokee Village, and Thomas Dickson, Aurora, Ill.; two daughters, Betty Wardlow, Aurora, Ill., and Connie Taylor, Highland; a brother, Alvin Webbe, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Sandra York, Jonesboro; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with pastor Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery at Annieville under the direction of Heath Funeral Home Oak Hill Chapel of Highland.

An online guestbook is available at www.heathfuneralhome.net.

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Roy L. Dunn

Roy L. Dunn, 63, of Walnut Ridge, died July 5, 2012, at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock.

Born Sept. 16, 1948, in Walnut Ridge, he was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Vietnam War. He was a construction worker and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Clifford and Ruby Florence Simmons Dunn.

Survivors include a brother, Larry Dunn and wife Linda, Queen City, Texas; and a special friend, Joyce Armstrong.

Graveside service was Sunday at 3 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery, near Alicia, with Darrell Douglas officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Johnny Gilliam, Garland Gilmore, Mike Phillips, Raymond Minton, Steve Wade and Randy Wade.

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

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Joe F. Ferguson

Joe Franklin Ferguson, 67, of Hoxie, died July 2, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 13, 1944, in Kennett, Mo., he was a retired truck driver. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James M. and Alice Lewis Ferguson; three brothers, Carl Ferguson, Tom Ferguson and Bobby Ferguson; and a great-granddaughter, Remi Dulaney.

Survivors include three daughters, Glenda Dulaney, Walnut Ridge, Kristina Ferguson, Warren, Mich., and Brandy Hollett, Lancaster, Ohio; three sons, Bill Ferguson, Jonesboro, Adam Ferguson, Batesville, and Dennis Bumgarner, Hernando, Miss.; two sisters, Sherry Eaves, Memphis, and Melba Herring, Walnut Ridge; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be announced later. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Rev. Mack Gore

Rev. Mack Evangle Gore, 88, of Portia, died July 8, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 5, 1924, in Gainesville, Texas, he was the son of Elmer Elijah and Jodie Elizabeth White Gore. He pastored eight churches over a 55-year career in the ministry, retiring in 2005. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving three years aboard an aircraft carrier during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Mayes Gore, whom he married in 1945.

Survivors include a son, Michael Gore and wife Peggy, Choctaw, Okla.; three daughters, Glenda Richardson and husband Larry, Pocahontas, and Carolyn Woehl and husband Fred, Harrison, and Becky Brann and fiancˇ Jeff Spencer, Swifton; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Dale Hughart and Chris Gore officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Mark Pharr, Chris Gore, Todd Gore, Jeremiah Woehl, Myles McCullough, Mack Pharr and Don Berrier.

Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 835, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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

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Nina Julia Hon

Nina Julia Hon, 93, formerly of Egypt, died July 2, 2012, in Lewisville, Texas.

Born March 27, 1919, she was the daughter of George and Effie Gallauher Jones. She lived most of her life in Egypt and was a member of the Church of Christ. She was retired from Frolic Footwear.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur "Pete" Hon; a son, Victor Hon; three brothers, Andy Jones, Montie Jones and Jim Jones; and a sister.

Survivors include a daughter, Debra Martin, Lewisville, Texas; three grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Randolph Memorial Gardens in Pocahontas under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Paul Laverne Perkins

Paul Laverne Perkins, 89, of Smithville, died July 9, 2012, at his home.

Born Aug. 2, 1922, in Smithville, he was the son of Noah Webster and Beatrice Deyling Perkins. He served as an airplane mechanic in the Air Force during World War II. He attended the Smithville Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Earl D. Perkins.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Baker Perkins, whom he married Dec. 6, 1952, in Imboden; a son, Jim Perkins, Smithville; two daughters, Jo Perkins, Smithville, and Myra Bradford, Mountain Home; a sister-in-law, Irene Perkins; four grandchildren, Blake Perkins, Jeffery Jines, Paula Perkins and Magen Bates; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the Smithville Methodist Church with Bob McMillon officiating. Burial will be in Townsend Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

Pallbearers will be Jeffery Jines, Blake Perkins, Courtney Durham, Daniel Bates, Charles Goff and Clint Burrow.

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

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Jimmy Lynn Thomas

Jimmy Lynn Thomas, 58, of Bono, died July 3, 2012, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born June 13, 1954, in Walnut Ridge, he was a member of the Greensboro Road Church of Christ in Jonesboro and was a welder for Ramson Construction.

Survivors include two sons, Shawn Thomas and wife Tammy, Jonesboro, and Steven Thomas and wife Brynn, Bono; his parents, Harold Ray and Betty Lou Coggins Thomas, Mesa, Ariz.; a brother, Jamie Thomas, Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Haley Thomas, Addison Thomas, A.J. Thomas, Cheyenne Thomas and Mason Thomas; and the mother of his children, Shirley Thomas, Bono.

Funeral was Friday at noon at the Greensboro Road Church of Christ with Bill Willard officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery at Bono under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

Pallbearers were David Wooldridge Sr., David Wooldridge Jr., Kevin Wooldridge, Shane Wooldridge, Brian Burton and Jeremy Gibbs. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Halsey, Danny Joe Thomas and George Everett.

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

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Danny Eugene West

Danny Eugene West, 82, of Hoxie, died July 8, 2012, at his home, following a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 12, 1929, in Hickory Ridge, he was the son of Charles Edward and Gertrude Odom West.

He retired from the military after serving 22 years, including two tours in Korea and Turkey, and several stateside locations. While stationed in Minnesota, he worked with the FBI and the Secret Service for four years protecting Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

After retiring from the military, he returned to Hoxie and founded West Machine Shop, a small engine repair shop. He was a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry West.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Anna West; three sons, Robert West, Hoxie, Danny West and wife Cara, and Alan West and wife Kristen, all of Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Rita Huffstutter and husband Bob, Monroe, La., and Mary Smith and husband Greg, Hoxie; three foster children, Lonnie Woodruff and Bernice Woodruff, both of the home, and Larry Woodruff, Jonesboro; a sister, Colleen Bornhoft, Little Rock; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation is Thursday from 9-11 a.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ, to be followed by a memorial service. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers will be his eight grandsons: Travis Smith, Curry Smith, Cabot Huffstutter, Corbin Huffstutter, Tanner Smith, Warner West, Graham West and Reece West.

Memorials may be made to Crowley's Ridge Academy, 606 Academy Drive, Paragould, AR 72450.

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

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Jeana Jeannit Wilson

Jeana Jeannit Wilson, 36, of Alicia, died July 5, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 31, 1975, she lived most of her life in Lawrence County and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Albert and Leffie Green, and James and Jewell Fry.

Survivors include a daughter, Emily Wilson, Hoxie; her parents, Jolly and Imogene Green Fry, Alicia; four sisters, Stephanie Dunn, Janie Green and Jewel Fry, all of Hoxie, and Debbie Nicholas, Walnut Ridge; several nieces and nephews, Sadie Dunn, Dakota Dunn, Morgan Dunn, Kenny Green, Hunter Green, Willow Green, Leigha Green, Eli Howard, Logan Fry, Chayenne Stafford, Monica Green, Automn Beard, Catherine Finney, Haley Finney, Seith Finney, April Holder, Michael Fry, Billy Ray Johnson, Austin Johnson, Nathaniel Johnson, Harley Cain and Charles Wilson; a great-niece, Emmaka Stafford; and great-nephews, Eaden Stafford and Adriel Gullette.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Wilma Chastain officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia.

Pallbearers were Jason Winemiller, Edward Berndt Jr., Danny Hutchinson, Kenny Green, Harold White, Darrell Nicholas, Rickey Wilson, Charlie Gates and Claudy Gardner. Honorary pallbearers were Gail Berndt, Anna Finney and Easiebelle Wilson.

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

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