August 29, 2012 Edition

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Michael Anthony Gunn II Garrett Grayson Truxler


Stormes ~ Kennedy Whitener ~ McKenzie


Dwain Croom Bessie Lois Dotson Phyllis Gayle Kyger
Dorothy Reser LeBlanc Laveda R. Nichols Angela Stokes
Helen Sturgeon Michael Whitmire


Michael Anthony Gunn II

Michael Anthony Gunn and Amber Nicole Lee, both of Walnut Ridge, have announced the birth of a son, born on Aug. 16, 2012, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

Grandparents are Richard and Michele Ward II of Walnut Ridge, Rayburn and Brenda Lee of Alicia and Stacey Lee of Bono.

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Garrett Grayson Truxler

Zack Truxler and Sarah Hooks of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on Aug. 25, 2012, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Garrett Grayson Truxler.

Brenda Whited is the grandmother.

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Stormes ~ Kennedy

Sammy Stormes of Walnut Ridge and Kimberly Endsley of Clarendon have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Heidi Nicole Stormes, to Tyler Glenn Kennedy, son of Glenn Kennedy and Leisa Kennedy, both of Walnut Ridge

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Danny and Faye Stormes of Walnut Ridge and George and Wilma Knapp of Doniphan, Mo.

She is a 2008 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is employed as a sales representative at the Apex AT&T stores located on Southwest Drive in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Marvin and Sharon Kennedy of Walnut Ridge and Sue Dunham Fallis of Ratcliff and the late Alva Dunham.

He is a 2007 Walnut Ridge High School graduate and is employed as a parts salesman at Farm Service Inc. in Hoxie.

The couple will exchange vows on Sept. 22, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Following the wedding a formal reception will be held in the Church Life Center, followed by dancing at the Walnut Ridge Country Club.

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Whitener ~ McKenzie

Amy Nicole McKenzie became the bride of Robert "Bobby" Christopher Carroll Whitener on June 2, 2012, at 6 p.m.

The bride is the daughter of Scott and Lori McKenzie of Strawberry and the granddaughter of Barbara Broadway of Smithville and the late Larry Broadway and Rose Marie McKenzie of Conway.

The groom is the son of Caroll and Linda Whitener of Pleasant Plains and the grandson of Ruthie Hobbs of Floral and the late R.E. Hobbs and the late Howard and Irene Whitener.

Amy graduated from Black Rock High School in 2009 and is a student at Arkansas State University. She will graduate in December with a degree in public relations and management. She is employed at the ASU Convocation Center as a PR administrative assistant. While in college, she has participated in Kappa Tau Alpha and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She was recently awarded the Department of Journalism Research Award as well.

Bobby graduated from Midland High School in 2006 and will graduate from Arkansas State University in December of 2012 with a degree in physical education. He is employed by Residence Life Maintenance at ASU.

The semi-formal outdoor wedding and reception were held in Conway at the home of Rose Marie McKenzie. Caroll Whitener, father of the groom, officiated the double-ring ceremony, and the bride was escorted down the aisle by her father.

She wore a strapless, high-low white bridal dress designed by Mori Lee with satin buttons covering the length of the back of her dress. She also wore a waist length veil with sparkling jewels. She carried a live bouquet of red roses and white carnations and greenery. A yellow rose was placed in the center of the bouquet in memory of her grandfather, Larry Broadway.

Ricky Whitener of Floral, brother of the groom, was the best man, and Jonny Whitener of Greenbriar served as a groomsman.

Hannah Holloway of Bono served as maid of honor. Catherine Ramsey of Walker, La., was bridesmaid.

Braxton Whitener, nephew of the groom, served as ring bearer, and Andee Whitener, niece of the groom, was flower girl. Cody McKenzie and Caleb McKenzie, brothers of the bride, served as ushers.

Jessica Broadway, cousin of the bride, sat at the guest book and played the music for the ceremony. Amber Witt, cousin of the bride, directed the wedding.

Servers were Jessica Broadway, Amber Witt and Suz Ann Smith. The bouquets, flowers and chair decorations were created by Rose Marie McKenzie. Kassy Whitener, sister-in-law of the groom, was the photographer. Following the reception, the couple traveled out of town for their honeymoon. They now reside in Jonesboro.

Guests attending from Lawrence County included: Barbara Broadway, Bret and Pam Broadway, Jessica Broadway, Amber, Maci and Gabe Witt, Larry and Sandra Penn, Kathey Wilson, Rickey and Virginia Goff, Steve and Robyn Fore, Jordan Brooks, Keith and Tina Goff, Steve and Rita Prestidge and Brooks and Diana Howard.


They were honored with a shower in April in Pleasant Plains, which was attended by the groom's family and friends, as well as Amy's mother, Lori, and grandmother, Barbara Broadway.

The Convocation Center at ASU was the site for a May shower hosted by Amy and Bobby's co-workers.

The ladies of Smithville Baptist Church hosted a wedding shower in June. This shower was also attended by the groom's parents, Caroll and Linda Whitener.

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Dwain Croom

Dwain Croom, 72, of Sullivan, Mo., died Aug. 20, 2012, at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis.

Born Jan. 9, 1940, in Lynn, he was a welder and inspector. He traveled the country for more than 18 years as a representative of White's Metal Detectors. He was a member of the St. James Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherill E. and Martha C. Adams Croom.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Jones Croom, whom he married July 2, 1957, in Batesville; two sons, Lionel W. Croom and wife Theresa, O'Fallon, Mo., and Phillip E. Croom and wife Kim, Sullivan, Mo.; two grandchildren, Christopher W. Croom and Mariah Christine Croom; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Mo., with Lynn Huggins officiating. Burial was in the family plot at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Lanny Jones, Kerry Jones, Tony Anderson, Christopher Croom, Butch Zeis and Rusty Otis. Honorary pallbearers were Norman Baker and Stephen Laughtner.

An online guestbook is available at

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Bessie Lois Dotson

Bessie Lois Dotson, 92, of Poughkeepsie, went to be with the Lord Aug. 22, 2012, at her home.

Born Jan. 14, 1920, in Mammoth Spring, she was the daughter of Frank and Donna King Perry McKee. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Ridge Community Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Dotson Sr.; two sons, Glenn Dotson Jr. and Samuel Dotson; a daughter, Patricia Dotson Groves; two sisters, Hazel Robbins and Flossie Williams; a brother, Clifford Perry; a granddaughter, Stephanie Dotson Burton; and an infant great-grandson.

She is survived by her sons, Steve Dotson and his wife Doris, Poughkeepsie, and Dr. Laurence Dotson and wife Gail, Anaheim Hills, Calif.; daughters, Teresa Dotson Pickett and husband Jackie, Poughkeepsie, and Kathryn Dotson Richmond and husband Larry, Cherokee Village; a brother, Clayton Perry, Ventura, Calif.; a sister, Snoda Corbett, Walnut Ridge; 16 grandchildren, Nancy, Cheryl, Michelle, Tonya, Tiffany, Samantha, Brenda, Nancy D., Karen, Michael, Tim, Matt, Steven, Robbie, Thomas and Jim; 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Heath Funeral Home in Highland. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery at Poughkeepsie with Bro. Jackie Pickett and Bro. Jim Pagan officiating.

Pallbearers were Michael Dotson, Matt Dotson, Charles Morgan, Charlie Martin, Tommy Pagan and Tracy Grissom. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Richmond, Tim Dotson, Eugene Anston and Dr. Anthony Anston.

An online guestbook is available at

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Phyllis Gayle Kyger

Phyllis Gayle Pyland Kyger, 77, of Ellisville, Mo., died Aug. 22, 2012, at her home.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Pyland; a sister, Migion Pyland Smith; two brothers, Joe Pyland, Bobby Pyland; a granddaughter, Hanna; and a son-in-law, Pat.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Norman Kyger; four daughters, Kristi, Katie and husband David, Kelly Juregens, and Mary and husband Eric; four grandchildren, Nathan, Alex, Lillie and Grace; four step-grandchildren; and very special friends, Don and Carolyn DePriest.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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Dorothy Pauline Reser LeBlanc

Dorothy Pauline Reser LeBlanc, 88, of Cave City, grandmother of Beth Ann Jones of Alicia, died Aug. 26, 2012, at Gassville. A private funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City. Burial will be in Hardy Cemetery.

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Laveda R. Nichols

Laveda R. Nichols, 69, of Smithville, died Aug. 28, 2012, in Cave City.

Born Dec. 28, 1942, in Leachville, she lived in Illinois for most of her life before moving to Smithville in 2007.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Deloris Stroud Chastain; a brother, Robert Joe Chastain; and five sisters, Vera May Nichols, Reba June Parr, May Lou Chastain, Shirley Chastain and Dorothy Eaton.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Poarch, Texas, and Judi Adams, Louisiana; two sons, Jeff Nichols, Texas, and Christopher Nichols, California; a sister, Connie Smith and husband Robert, Smithville; and seven grandchildren.

Private services will be held at a later date under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Angela Stokes

Angela Dawn Goforth Stokes, 29, of Paragould, died Aug. 16, 2012, at home.

Born April 25, 1983, in Batesville, she was a member of the Smithville Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Goforth.

Survivors include her husband, Brett Stokes; a son, Logan Dale Stokes, Smithville; her mother, Sharon Goforth, Smithville; seven brothers, Eric Goforth, Jesse Goforth and Jeremy Goforth, all of Smithville, Bobby Keeling, Strawberry, Josh Lovelady, Lynn, Corey Foster, Tennessee, and Clinton Goforth, Missouri; and two sisters, Dawn Green, Minturn, and Starla Foster, Fifty-Six.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at the Smithville Baptist Church with Rev. Jay Wilkins officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila.

An online guestbook is available at

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Helen Sturgeon

Helen Jeannette Sturgeon, 75, of Paragould, died Aug. 26, 2012, at her home.

Born Dec. 8, 1935, at Eaton, she retired as secretary at 7th & Mueller Church of Christ, where she was also a member.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Sturgeon Jr.

Survivors include a son, Al Sturgeon III, Malibu, Calif.; two daughters, Jacki Davis, Grapevine, Texas, and Sandy Wallis, Paragould; two brothers, Onis Lawson, Salem, Ill., and Burl Lawson, Hoxie; a sister, Lucille Shannon, Newport; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at 7th and Mueller Church of Christ in Paragould with Al Sturgeon III and Larry McFadden officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Joe Dickinson, Jerry Carlile, Larry Watson, Ray Smith, Ronnie Taylor and Royce McMillon.

Memorials may be made to 7th & Mueller Church of Christ Recovery Program.

An online guestbook is available at

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Michael Whitmire

Mike Whitmire, 67, of Strawberry, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at White River Medical Center.

Born on Monday, March 5, 1945, in Dowdy, he was the son of V. H. Whitmire and Velma (Long) Whitmire.

He was a self-employed farmer and welder taking pride in the many special use trailers he built. On the farm, he looked forward every year to hay cutting time. He was a generous, warm and caring person who enjoyed laughing and finding humor in things. A confident person, he had a great influence on a lot of people. The most important people in his life were his family, especially his grandchildren. He liked to spend every minute of every day with his grandchildren; and singing with them was one of his favorite things to do. He would even draw and write poems about each one of them. He was a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ and would read and study his Bible daily.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth (Hugg) Whitmire of the home; two sons, Scott Whitmire and his wife Nancy of Strawberry, Craig Whitmire and his wife Rena, also of Strawberry; five grandchildren: Jessica, Caitlin, Madalyn, Aaron and Caleb Whitmire; a brother, Ronald Whitmire of Strawberry; a special sister, Patsy Grissom, also of Strawberry, and two brothers-in-law: Mike Mason and Doug Bennett.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters: Mary Jean Bennett and Beverly Mason.

Funeral service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Gary Buxton and Gregg Cooper officiating. Burial was in Penn Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Pallbearers were Ronald Saffell, Shane Holder, Wendall Adams, Jeremy Penn, Roger Penn, Anthony Harris, Bryan Brady, Cody Harris and Austin Harris. Honorary pallbearers were Waymon Long, Butch Miesner, Terry Moss, Tommy Lackey, Danny Walker, Maynard Richey, Jim Massey, Frank Fowler, Tim Fowler, Johnny Fowler, Tony Fowler, Joe Fowler, J. C. Stair, Mitch Bell and Zack Baxter.

Memorials may be made to Children's Homes, Inc., 5515 Old Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450 and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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