November 28, 2012 Edition

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Births

Karsyn Rae Kelley

Weddings/Engagements

Jansen - Meeks Mosier - Lamb

Obituaries

Viola M. Booth Essie Willene Chadister Mina Davis
James Roy Doyle Shirley Jane Jarrett Russel Wayne Jessen
Jim Kissel Donald C. Klaas Kevin Michael Lavergne
Richard Lawson William Russell Rea Robert Yates

Births

Karsyn Rae Kelley

Cody and Tori Kelley of Paragould have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born on Nov. 24, 2012, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould.

The baby weighted five pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Karsyn Rae Kelley.

She is the granddaughter of Michelle Anthony of Portia and Mike Kelley of Paragould and the niece of Maddie Anthony of Portia.

Great-grandparents are Nancy Hall of Portia and Larry Hall of Warren.

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Weddings/Engagements

Jansen ~ Meeks

Rusty James Meeks of Black Rock and Lauren Louise Jansen of Pocahontas have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, located at 1002 Convent Street in Pocahontas.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Mosier - Lamb

Jimmy and Glenna Mosier of Powhatan and Truel and Diane Baker of Black Rock have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Malessie Lynn Mosier, to Adam Lee Lamb, son of Earl and Ann Lamb of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Leonard and Betty Ann Snow, the late Pete and Clara Mosier and the late Leo and Mable Baker.

She is a 1992 graduate of Hoxie High School and a 2008 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

She holds a bachelor's degree in physical education and is completing her master's degree in special education. She is employed as a teacher at Walnut Ridge Middle School.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Shorty and Freda Lamb and the late Melvin and Naomi Wilson.

He is a 1995 graduate of Hoxie High School and a 2000 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science.

He is employed at iBERIABANK in Walnut Ridge as a senior relationship banker.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at Elnora Free Will Baptist Church, located on Hwy. 67 toward Pocahontas.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Obituaries

Viola M. Booth

Viola M. Booth, 93, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 20, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 5, 1919, at Swifton, she was the daughter of John B. and Elizabeth Rowlett Rousey. She was a homemaker and was of the Assembly of God faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Frank Booth.

Survivors include three sons, Bill Brewer and wife Gerldine, Hoxie, Charles Steven Booth, Memphis, and Robert James Booth and wife Sheila, Manila; a daughter, Shirley Jean Molina, Stockton, Calif.; a brother, Frank Rousey, Illinois; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Manning #1 Cemetery at Promised Land with Rev. Michael Harmon officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Rick Brewer, Dustin Harmon and Eric Harmon.

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

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Essie Willene Chadister

Essie Willene Chadister, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 22, 2012, in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 19, 1922, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Willie and Dona Lynn Rogers. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and had worked at Lawrence Manufacturing for many years. She was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Ester Ballard and Virgie Kidd and infants Vivian and Iola Rogers; a brother, Floyd Rogers; and a grandson, Wade Benton.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Butts and Dian Lawrence, both of Walnut Ridge; a twin sister, Bessie McEntire, Jonesboro; seven grandchildren, Nathan Benton, Forrest Benton, Roxann Kenner, Renea Benton Thomen, Cindy Lawrence Johnson, Sandi Lawrence Blazer and Jessie Lawrence; 11 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Wade Drury officiating. Burial was private Pallbearers were Jeff Johnson, Trey Johnson, Frank Williams, Carmen Yarbrough, Brian Keith Butts and Roger Thomen Jr. Honorary pallbearer was Danny Lawrence.

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

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Mina Davis

Mina Belle Davis, 77, of Hoxie, died Nov. 21, 2012, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born June 30, 1935, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Fred and Pearl Rimer Kisling. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Davis; a brother, Earnest Kisling; and her companion, Tom Smith.

Survivors include three sons, Ronnie Brewer, Jonesboro, Roger Davis, Springfield, Mo., and Timmy Davis, Little Rock; three daughters, Lisa Hollister, Walnut Ridge, Sharon Billings, Bismarck, and Donna Frazier, Hoxie; a brother, Buddy Kisling, Jonesboro; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Glenn Smith officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Grandchildren served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association.

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

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James Roy Doyle

James Roy "J.R." Doyle, 80, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 23, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 6, 1932, in Hoxie, he was the son of Roy and Lenore Belk Doyle. He held a master's degree in school administration and held many positions in the education field. He retired in 1989 from the Hoxie School District, where he served as high school principal and was also the former elementary school principal. He formerly served as principal in Mansfield, Mo., and taught school in Zolfo Springs, Fla.

He was a member of the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, a former Arkansas director of the Delta Service Corps. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was also a former hog farmer and cattle farmer.

He was a member of the Hoxie United Methodist Church, but had been attending First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, where he was a member of the Men's Fellowship Sunday school class.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Loretta Doyle; and a son, Matthew Doyle.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian Doyle; three sons, Steven Doyle and wife Jan, Columbus, Miss., Philip Doyle and wife Dianne, Little Rock, and Tim Doyle and wife Misty, Jonesboro; a stepson, Tony LeBlanc and wife Sally, Paragould; a brother, Michael Doyle and wife Robyn, Sedgwick; a sister, Nancy Oldham and husband Daniel; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Bruce Tippitt officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Derek Doyle, Brandon Doyle, Bryan Doyle, Blake Doyle, Daniel Doyle and Jeff Potts. Honorary pallbearers were David Doyle, Charlie Belk, Joe Belk and the Men's Fellowship Sunday school class.

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

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Shirley Jane Jarrett

Shirley Jane Jarrett, 65, of O'Kean, died Nov. 21, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 28, 1947, in Black Rock, she was a housewife.

She was preceded in death by an infant child, Everett Lewis Jarrett; her parents, Claude Dutch and Johnnie Lou Stone Denton; two brothers, Les Denton and Shelby Denton; and a sister, Twalia Denton.

Survivors include her husband, Everett Jarrett, Walnut Ridge; three sons, Junior (Leann) Jarrett and James (Lindsey Campbell) Jarrett, all of Walnut Ridge, and Rodney Jarrett, Texas; five daughters, Tammy (Curtis "Skip") Moffitt and Janiece Archer, both of Paragould, Candie (Billy) Getson of O'Kean, Sharon (Chris) Adams, Doniphan Mo., and Betty (Gary) Tate, Pocahontas; three sisters, Helen (Gaylon) Hicks and Sue (Ronnie) Hicks both of Pocahontas, and Sloria Mae (Jerry) Dean of Jonesboro; 15 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Keith Marlin officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Curtis "Skip" Moffitt, Ty Moffitt, Billy Getson, Gary Tate, Chris Adams and James Jarrett.

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

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Russel Wayne Jessen

Russel Wayne Jessen, 61, of Imboden, died Nov. 20, 2012, at his home.

Born Oct. 2, 1951, in Starkville, Miss., he was a paramedic with the Spring River Ambulance Service and a member of Imboden Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl and Emma Brown and Arthur and Emma Jessen.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie DePriest Jessen, whom he married March 24, 1979, in Imboden; two daughters, Margaret Elizabeth "Beth" Hook, Bono, and Jana Jessen, Alicia; his parents, Arthur and Wilma Jessen, Imboden; two brothers, Gary Jessen, Alabama, and Joe Jessen, Imboden; a sister, Lyjuan Kelley, Jonesboro; and four grandchildren, Braydon Crowell, Jalynn Hook, Aiden Hook and Kenna Claire Hook.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Imboden Baptist Church with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

Pallbearers were Joe Jessen, Gary Jessen, Bryan Jessen, Garrett Jessen, Jacob Kelley and Larry Kelley. Honorary pallbearers were employees of the Spring River Ambulance Service.

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

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Jim Kissel

James Herbert Kissel, 90, of Paducah, Ky., formerly of Minnesota, died Nov. 21, 2012, at his home.

He was a Baptist minister, pastoring and planting churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Michigan.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia May Grimes Kissel; two daughters, Carol Scott Ballard and husband Jim, Ballard County, Ky., and Susan Houser and husband J., Boaz, Ky.; a son, James Kissel, London, England; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Paducah under the direction of Milner and Orr Funeral Home. Burial was in Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery in Cunningham, Ky.

Memorials may be made to the Faith Missionary Baptist Church Mission Fund, 5321 Blandville, Rd., Paducah, KY 42001.

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

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Donald C. Klaas

Donald C. Klaas, 87, of Stockton, Ill., died Nov. 18, 2012, at the Stockton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Feb. 21, 1925, he was the son of Charles and Mabel Wise Klaas. He always lived on the home farm near Kent, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a special friend, Gladys Hess.

Survivors include two sisters, Ruby Hakimi, Frisco, Texas, and Pauline Richey, Smithville.

Funeral was Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton with Rev. Bob Zidziarski officiating.

A memorial fund has been established.

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

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Kevin Michael Lavergne

Kevin Michael Lavergne, 27, of Bono, died Nov. 18, 2012.

He was born Feb. 26, 1985, in Randolph County.

He was preceded in death by a son, Anthony Michael Lavergne; his mother, Bonnie Kay Marts; and his grandparents, Carolyn and Ernest Vanderver.

Survivors include a son, Spencer Lavergne; his father, Scott Lavergne, Imboden; three siblings, Shauna Marie Armstrong, Paragould, and Jamie Kay Lavergne and Falon Marie Lavergne, both of Imboden; a stepsister, Katrina Leann Miller, Arkadelphia; and a stepbrother, Charles Miller, Imboden.

A memorial service will be held this evening at 7 at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

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

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Richard Lawson

Richard Leon Lawson, 67, of Ravenden, died Nov. 23, 2012, in Jonesboro.

Born July 18, 1945, he had lived in Michigan before moving to Lawrence County 20 years ago. He was a truck driver for over 40 years and was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence "Dink" and Emma Lawson; and a brother, Allan Lawson.

Survivors include four sons, Jesse Lawson, A.J. Holder and Jordan Lawson, all of Little Rock, and Michael Lawson, Michigan; three daughters, Sami Lawson, Walnut Ridge, and Rhonda Lawson and Mary Ann Lawson, both of Michigan; a sister, Fay Smith, Imboden; two brothers, Garry Franklin, Ravenden, and Ray Lawson, Florida; and six grandchildren.

Private services were under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

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

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William Russell Rea

William Russell "Bill" Rea, 82, of Ravenden, died Nov. 25, 2012, at his home.

Born Aug. 22, 1930, in Chicago, he was the son of Milton and Margaret Katherine Rea. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a lifetime member of AmVets. He worked for the United States Postal Service and retired from the Aurora School District. He was a member of the Ravenden Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Georgia Anita "Arkie" Rea; and a son, William Jeffrey.

Survivors include a son, Robin R. Rea, Faribault, Minn.; a daughter, Brenda Henry and husband Cliff, Ravenden; six grandchildren, Lindsey Krake and husband David, Cliff Henry and wife Chastity, James Henry and wife Robin, Jasper Henry and wife Khristi, Brenda Neal and husband Javon and Anita Rea; and seven great-grandchildren, Emma Henry, Noel Henry, David Raymond Krake, Brendan Krake, Alyssa Krake, Alli Hana Krake and Chloe Krake.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be in Clover Bend Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Robin Rea, Cliff Henry, James Henry, Jasper Henry, Breanda Henry, Sonny Hagar and Billy Watts. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Blake, Grayson Blake, Allen Booth, Tony Dobyns, Robert Dobyns, Donald Evans, Steve Evans, Troy Evans and Barry Sellers.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Caring Hands Hospice, 1045 West Main St. Suite C, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476. Donations and memorials allow hospice to provide services to patients with incurable diseases or illness that are not covered by Medicare or private insurance, and to help provide services to those who cannot afford it. They are lifesavers for the family and caregivers as well.

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

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Robert Yates

Robert Charles Yates, 86, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 25, 2012, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Oct. 26, 1926, in Silver Springs, Md., he was the son of Charles Robert and Ada Wallace Yates. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He was an analyst and administrator for Chevron Oil Company for 36 years.

Survivors include his wife, Eula Yates, Jonesboro; a son, Ron Yates, Jonesboro; and a granddaughter, Sally Yates, Benicia, Calif.

Visitation and graveside service will be today at 11 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Tom Lamb and Bro. Marion Stringer officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

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

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