October 17, 2012 Edition

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Katie-Ann Marie Acre Miranda Lynn Ayers


Blakeney ~ McClendon Hale ~ Watts Palmer ~ Akins
Stone ~ Lamb


Mary Jo Higginbotham Helen M. Hurst Bobby Patrick
Vera Graham Stidham Dorothy Snow Stuart Pauline Ruth Wright


Katie-Ann Marie Acre

Brian and Chanda Acre of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Oct. 4, 2012, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed nine pounds, and has been named Katie-Ann Marie Acre. She has one brother, Jonathan, five.

Grandparents are Jim and Sandra Thresher of Jonesboro, Gail Thomas of Dardanelle, Carrell Acre of Conway and Hollis Shadden of Jefferson, Texas.

Great-grandparents are Lorene Taylor of Jonesboro and Thresera Thomas of Dardanelle.

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Miranda Lynn Ayers

Steven and Jessica Ayers of Clarksville, Tenn., have announced the birth of a daughter, born Sept. 25, 2012.

The baby weighed six pounds, two ounces, and has been named Miranda Lynn Ayers. She has one brother, Daniel.

Grandparents are Lloyd and Barbara Clark of Powhatan and Gene and Kathryn Ayers of Pasco, Wash.

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Blakeney ~ McClendon

Perry and Peggy Manus of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Summer SuAnn Blakeney, to Thomas Eugine McClendon II, son of Linda McClendon of Helena-West Helena and the late Thomas McClendon.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of J.C. and Barbara Slatton of Walnut Ridge and the late Rosco and Velma Griffith.

She is a Walnut Ridge High School graduate and attended Black River Technical College. She is secretary at Manus Welding in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Eloise McClendon of Helena-West Helena and the late Gene McClendon and the late Clyde and Julia Ritchie.

He graduated from Lee Academy in Marianna and attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He is a farmer with Cox and Stone Farms in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on Nov. 3 at the Stan Jones Mallard Lodge in Clover Bend.

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Hale ~ Watts

The lawn at the Old Portia School in Portia was the setting Oct. 6, 2012, at 5 p.m. for the ceremony uniting Katie Michelle Hale and Matt Watts in marriage.

The bride is the daughter of Toni Worsham of Light and the late Shane Hale.

She is a graduate of Hoxie High School and is employed by Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge.

The bridegroom is the son of Jimmy and Chrystal Watts of Walnut Ridge.

He is a graduate of Hoxie High School and is employed by Greg Gill Farms.

The bride was given in marriage by Tracy Hale, and Junior Briner performed the ceremony.

A reception followed the wedding in the Old Portia School Building.

Following the wedding, they are residing in Walnut Ridge.

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Palmer ~ Akins

Bryar Dalton Palmer and Amber Lynn Akins were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony at Old Davidsonville Historic State Park on Sept. 22, at 1:30 p.m.

The bride is the daughter of Rebecca Burleson of Powhatan and the late Sanford Akins. She is the granddaughter of Freta Akins of Pocahontas and the late Esman Akins and the late Ed and Wilma Burleson.

The bridegroom is the son of Lanny and Shawnea Palmer of Paragould. He is the grandson of Belinda Harris of Austin, Texas, Dearl and Linda Palmer of Victoria, Texas, and the late Dale and Rebecca Wofford.

Jason Sutfin performed the ceremony and soloist Brett Jones of Victoria, Texas, provided nuptial music. Chris Sloan of Black Rock served as the deejay.

The bride was given in marriage by her mother. Rebecca Palmer of Paragould served as maid of honor.

Bridesmaids were Kristyn Ragan of Pocahontas, Kaila Jones of Warm Springs and Lee Ann Pulliam of Jonesboro.

Flower girls were Cameron Brown and Haylee Brown, escorted by Jayden Saulsbury, all of Walnut Ridge.

Tommy Lee of Victoria, Texas, served as best man. Groomsmen were Nathan Palmer and Brett Jones, both of Victoria, Texas, Sebastian Wofford and Lawton Wofford, both of Paragould, and Dennis Kincaid of Walnut Ridge.

Ringbearers were Zane Burleson and Kipton Burleson, both of Hoxie. Ushers were Shalon Wofford and Blade Wofford, both of Paragould.

A reception was held following the wedding at Old Davidsonville.

Out-of-town guests included Leroy Palmer, great-grandfather of the groom, of San Angelo, Texas.

They reside in Paragould, where Bryar is a bushing machine operator at Tenneco Monroe and Amber is a certified veterinary technician at the Paragould Animal Clinic.

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Stone ~ Lamb

Forest Hill Baptist Church was the setting Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, for the double-ring ceremony uniting Kelly Rae Stone and Levi Grant Lamb in marriage. The bride is the daughter of Tammy Stone of Hardy and the late David Stone.

The bridegroom is the son of Bobby and Sharon Lamb of Black Rock.

The bride wore a white, strapless gown, and a veil accented with satin bias. She carried a bouquet of orange and green Gerber daisies and spider mums.

Heather Sharp of Jonesboro, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Daniel Richmond of Walnut Ridge served as best man.

Allison Hogue of Hardy served as the bride's book attendant.

Flower girl was Lauren Rodgers of Brookland, cousin of the groom, and ring bearer was Erron Lane Collins of Hardy, cousin of the bride. Ushers were Spencer Moore of Maynard and David Booth of Hardy.

Following the wedding a reception was held at the church.

The parents of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner prior to the wedding at the church's fellowship hall.


The home of Joyce Bettis was the setting for a miscellaneous shower honoring Kelly. Bettis and Amber Richmond hosted the shower, which was held Aug. 19. The couple received many nice gifts.

The bride and groom were honored with a family shower on July 29. Hostesses were Amber Richmond and Heather Sharp.

The bride was honored with a bachelorette party at the home of Pam Lenderman on Aug. 25. Lenderman, Amber Richmond and Heather Sharp also served as hostesses, and guests enjoyed swimming and games.

The groom was honored with a bachelor's party on Aug. 25, hosted by Daniel Richmond. Guests enjoyed a cookout and fishing.

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Mary Jo Higginbotham

Mary Jo Higginbotham, 81, of Cherokee Village, died Oct. 13, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.

Born Aug. 1, 1931, in Naylor, Mo., she was the daughter of Harlan and Tola "Sweet Mama" Shaver. She graduated from Pocahontas High School, where she was a cheerleader and homecoming queen, and won several beauty pageants in her youth.

She lived most of her adult life in Walnut Ridge and Hardy, where she owned and operated the family business, Higginbotham Funeral Service, Inc. and Higginbotham Burial Insurance Co. for many years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She loved the water and spending time at Lake Norfork. She cared for four stray dogs that found their way to her lake house in Cherokee Village.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. "Bill" Higginbotham; two sons, William C. "Carter" Higginbotham and Kevin Carson Higginbotham; a brother, Ray Shaver; and a sister, Jenny Shelby.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Robert Lee Higginbotham, Eugene, Ore.; a sister, Peggy Yerton, Tulsa, Okla.; a granddaughter, Rachel Young; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Pam Guidrey of Fountain Place in Cherokee Village and Daniel Mullen officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Mullen, Clell Cox, Jeff Taylor, Stan Jones, John Bland and Bill Wilcoxson.

Visitation is today from noon until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to the Cherokee Village Animal Shelter, 1531 Highway 289 North, Cherokee Village, AR 72429.

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

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Helen M. Hurst

Helen M. Hurst, 78, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 13, 2012, in Jonesboro.

Born May 21, 1934, in Zalma, Mo., she was the daughter of Cletis and Thelma Goble Hendrix. She had lived in Northeast Arkansas most of her life and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Donald Hendrix, Dale Hendrix, Doyle Hendrix and Hugh Leon Hendrix; two sisters, Jerrie Bentley and Reva Harrison; and a granddaughter, Lisa Dawn Calvin.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Calvin, Jacksonville, Fla., and Vickey Wells and husband Tony, Earle; three sons, Richard Miller and wife Terri, Willow Springs, N.C., Tony Miller, Jerseyville, Ill., and Darris Miller, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Anna Lee Morgan, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Janice Hunter, Chaffee, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Tony Wells officiating. Burial will be today in Union Park Cemetery in Chaffee, Mo.

Pallbearers were Terry Lawrence, Richie Miller, Michael Day Jr., Christopher Miller, Jarrod Miller and Jordan Miller.

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

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Bobby Patrick

Bobby Patrick, 54, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 13, 2012, at NEA Baptist Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Born April 24, 1958, in Knobel, he worked as a machinist for Hytrol in Jonesboro. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hershel and Ozell Williams Patrick; and three brothers, Albert Patrick, J.T. Patrick and Allen Patrick.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Redwine; two sons, Johnny Patrick, Black Rock, and Robert Patrick, Ravenden; a daughter, Donna Jones, Portia; two brothers, Glenn Patrick, Corning, and Anthony Patrick, Gatewood, Mo.; a sister, Martha Dowdy, Corning; six grandchildren, Kyle Jones, Andi Jones, Breezy Jones, T.J. Patrick, Jerry Patrick and Jamie Patrick; and the mother of his children, Phylis Patrick, Portia.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning. Burial was in Bond Cemetery at Knobel.

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

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Vera Graham Stidham

Vera Emily Elizabeth Inman Graham Stidham, 92, of Black Rock, formerly of Rector, passed away Oct. 10, 2012.

Born May 17, 1920, in Jumpertown, Miss., she was the daughter of Sidney and Julia Inman. She loved fishing and gardening and was always on the go. She was a selfless person who never had an unkind word to say about anyone, was loved by everyone who came in contact with her, and will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 42 years, Melvin Graham; her second husband, James Stidham; a daughter, Mary Jo Campbell; three sisters, Eunice German, Edith Malin and Katherine Inman; a brother, Thomas Inman; and a granddaughter, Darla Inman.

Survivors include two sons, Don Inman and wife Dorothy, Escalon, Calif., and Lynn Graham, Black Rock; two daughters, Jeannie Priest and husband Randall, Lafe, and Cathy Willfond and husband Larry, Black Rock; a brother, Charles Inman; a sister, Billie Keeney; 11 grandchildren, Donnie Inman and wife, Paola, Darwin Inman, Robbie Pence, Randall Lynn Priest, Julia Mitchell and husband, Joey, Melanie Polsgrove and husband, Chris, Jason Willfond, Sonya Jackson, Larry Dewayne Willfond and wife, Angie, Joe Willfond and Blake Willfond and wife, Rosa; 16 great-grandchildren, Ashlyn, Kaylee, Justin, Amber, Robert, Maticen, Lynley, Stormee, Evan, Slade, Keldon, Davis, Kaylee, Zoe, Brooke and Ali; one great-great-grandchild, Jackson; and many nieces and nephews who were very special to her.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home in Rector. Burial was in Woodland Heights Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gary Carter, Joey Mitchell, Jerry Don Osbon, Chris Polsgrove, Randall Priest and Jason Willfond. Honorary pallbearers were Robbie Pence, Nathan Jackson, and Larry, Joe and Blake Willfond.

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


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Dorothy Snow Stuart

Dorothy Snow Stuart, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 11, 2012, in Jonesboro.

Born April 13, 1927, in Delight, she was the daughter of Marshall and Ethel Beggs White. She lived in Lawrence County most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a son, Mark Stuart, and his wife Janet; and a brother, Charles White.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Stuart; a son, Fred Stuart Jr. and wife Holly, Jonesboro; a brother, Bob White, Hot Springs; and three grandchildren, Zac Stuart, Jill Stuart and Sara Stuart.

Funeral services were private.

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

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Pauline Ruth Wright

Pauline Ruth Wright, 91, of Wynne, died Sept. 25, 2012, in Wynne.

Born Feb. 9, 1921, at Eaton, she was the daughter of George Alvin and Ada Josephine King Nunnally. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of Wynne Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school. She also taught Bible and reading classes at Crestpark Nursing Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lester Wright; a son, Teddy Wright; three stepsons, Wayne Wright, Tony Wright and Norman Wright; three brothers, Leslie Nunnally, Osee Nunnally and Gene Nunnally; and two sisters, Hazel Crum and Lillie Shockley.

Survivors include three sons, Paul Johnson and wife Donna, Knoxville, Tenn., William Wright and wife Susan, Boynton Beach, Fla., and Donald Wright and wife Kathy, Custer Park, Ill.; three daughters, Barbara Bazik and husband Bernie, Creal Springs, Ill., Linda Mullen, Wilmington, Ill., and Carol Funderburg, Wynne; a stepson, Jerry Wright, Paragould; 23 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in Wynne. Burial was in Ellis Chapel Cemetery, in the Jolly Ellis community.

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

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