December 05, 2012 Edition

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Callie Claire Richey Kaylie Renee Warren


Douglas - Cullum Milligan - Wilbanks


Calvin Billips Freda Nell Holder Pete Passalaqua
Nancy Lou Rodgers Alpha Smith Melissa Tennison


Callie Claire Richey

Shelby and Christy Vance Richey of Powhatan have announced the birth of a daughter on Nov. 17, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Callie Claire Richey.

Grandparents are Alan and Debbie Richey and Jerry and Bobbie Vance, all of Powhatan. Great-grandparents are Loyd and Catherine Richey and Clarice Parker, all of Powhatan, and Irene Vance of Walnut Ridge.

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Kaylie Renee Warren

Jacob Warren and Tenene Mason of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born Nov. 24, 2012, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Kaylie Renee Warren. She has two siblings, Tyler Carley, seven, and Madison Lynn Warren, 23 months.

Grandparents are Karen Warren and Marilyn Mason, both of Hoxie, the late Danny Warren and the late Winfred Mason.

Great-grandparents are Doyle Pirtle of Missouri and Willie and Inez Bennett of Hoxie.

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Douglas ~ Cullum

Pamela Douglas of Light and Roger Douglas of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Valerie Ann Douglas, to Michael Lee Cullum, son of Billy and Rena Cullum of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Danny and Patricia Webb of Light and Barbara Hackworth of Hoxie. She is the great-granddaughter of Wayne and Marie Russom of Light.

She is a 2011 graduate of Black Rock High School.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Cloria Cullum of Hoxie and Don and Twila Causey of Walnut Ridge.

He is a 2010 graduate of Hoxie High School and is employed at Custom-Pak.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

All family and friends are invited.

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Milligan ~ Wilbanks

Amanda Beth Milligan of Portia and Matthew Edward Wilbanks of Mountain Rest, S.C., have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

Joining in the announcement are her daughter, Maranda Richey of Portia, and son, Wil Richey of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Ann Milligan of Portia and the late Riley Milligan and the granddaughter of the late Noble and Mildred Dailey and the late Elmer and Thelma Milligan, all of whom resided in Portia.

She is a 1988 honor graduate of Hoxie High School. She received her certificate in practical nursing from Black River Technical College in Pocahontas in 1995 and her bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Williams Baptist College in 2003.

She is a staff nurse for Corizon Corrections Medical Service at the Scott Grimes Correctional Facility in Newport.

The prospective groom is the son of Oscar and Sherry Wilbanks of Mountain Rest, S.C., and the grandson of Helen Wilbanks of Mountain Rest and the late Edward Wilbanks and R.B. Cobb of Long Creek, S.C., and the late Louise Cobb.

He is a 2003 graduate of Walhalla High School in Walhalla, S.C., and received his associate's in machine tool technology, with honors, in 2012 from Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, S.C.

He is a machinist II for Borg Warner, Inc. in Seneca, S.C.

The couple will exchange vows in a private ceremony on Dec. 12 at Mountain Rest, S.C.

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Calvin Billips

Calvin Junior Billips, 73, of Paragould, died Nov. 27, 2012, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Born March 28, 1939, in Walnut Ridge, he was a shipping clerk at the Colson factory in Jonesboro and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Billips; his parents, D.C. and Jessie Martin Billips; and a half-brother, D. Blackwell.

Survivors include three sons, Calvin Billips, Charles Billips and Mark Billips, all of Paragould; six half-sisters, Caline Cline, Brenda Metz, Coni Hank, Nilly Snyder, Kay Cook and Anna Warnick, all of Paragould; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Jake Guenrich officiating. Burial was in Lorado Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dewayne Barker, Nick Caldwell, Douglas Billips, Donald Billips, Bruce Billips and Ryan Rangel.

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Freda Nell Holder

Freda Nell Verkler Holder, 86, of Kansas City, Kan., died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Providence Medical Center. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Wyandotte United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Kan. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Porter Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kan. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Kansas City.

Mrs. Holder was born April 17, 1926, in Black Rock, and her Arkansas roots were a source of great pride to her. She graduated from Black Rock High School and attended Arkansas State College in Jonesboro. After college, she taught briefly at a one-room schoolhouse in rural Randolph County.

In 1946, she married Martin David Holder in Walnut Ridge. They remained faithfully and lovingly married for 59 years, until his death in 2005. They lived in Indiana and Illinois until 1956, when they moved to Kansas City, where they made their home for the rest of their lives.

Mrs. Holder was a homemaker and mother who was deeply involved in her children's lives as they grew up. She was a member of the PTA wherever her children attended school.

For nearly 50 years she was an active member of Central Avenue United Methodist Church in Kansas City until it closed. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and for many years president of the Rachel's Circle group. At the time of her death she was a member of Wyandotte United Methodist Church. No Sunday was complete for her unless she was able to attend her church.

She was a sports fan who followed Kansas Jayhawks basketball, but she especially loved the Kansas City Royals.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and one sister.

Survivors include three children, Karen Kroening and her husband, Don, of Kansas City; Allen Holder and his wife, Jill, of Bonner Springs, Kan.; and Jeanine Baughman and her husband, Marty, of Kansas City; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was a beloved mother, a cherished grandmother, a dear aunt and a devoted friend who will be missed forever.

Memorials may be made to Wyandotte United Methodist Church.

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Pete Passalaqua

Pete Passalaqua, 74, of Newport, died Dec. 2, 2012, in Newport.

Born July 13, 1938, in Des Plains, Ill., he was employed at several different factories during his working years. He was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Newport, where he served on the church board.

He was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Passalaqua; his parents, Antonio Sr. and Carmella Loicona Passalaqua; two sisters, Mary Richardson and Eleanor Clark; and five brothers, Ross Passalaqua, Nick Passalaqua, Tom Passalaqua, Henry "Hank" Passalaqua and Antonio "Tony" Passalaqua.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Vandiver Passalaqua; a daughter, Jeannie Broyles, Hoxie; a son, Jeff Passalaqua and wife, Kathy, Hoxie; two stepsons, Dewayne Pierce and Bobby Pierce, both of Newport; a brother, Joseph Passalaqua, River Ridge, La.; nine grandchildren, Shannon Dobbs, Sarah Arreguin, Kristy Allen, Ashley Allen, Katlyn Cunningham, Hannah Cunningham, Maryanne Cunningham, Samuel Passalaqua and Kaleb Passalaqua; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. until time of the service.

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Nancy Lou Edith Rodgers

Nancy Lou Edith Rodgers, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 4, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 28, 1924, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of William Charles and Sadie Cook Lakey. She was a cosmetologist and a member of First Baptist Church in Sedgwick.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles "Huck" Rodgers, on Feb. 17, 1980, whom she married March 17, 1947; a daughter, Sheila Lou Rodgers; three sisters, Edna Medici, Bobby Prater and Polly Lakey; and a brother, Bud Lakey.

Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Fowler and husband Jerry, Sedgwick; two granddaughters, Holly Dever and husband Billy, and Crystal Moore and husband James; and three great-grandchildren, Alyssa Dever, Sadie Moore and Tyler Moore.

Graveside service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Old Military Cemetery with Bro. Dennis Truxler officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Alpha Smith

Alpha Smith, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 4, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 24, 1926, at Powhatan, she was the daughter of Charles and Mattie Rash Hall. She was retired from Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where she worked in housekeeping.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dempsey "Red" Smith, on Oct. 24, 2007, whom she married July 15, 1944; three brothers, two sisters, a great-grandchild and a great-great-grandchild.

Survivors include two daughters, Martha Wells and husband Jerry, Clover Bend, and Debra Hankins and husband J.R., Bryant; two sons, Bobby Smith and wife Kay, Black Rock, and Jimmy Smith, Powhatan; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Clover Bend Cemetery with Don House officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Jason Martin, Shane Foley, Matthew Stewart, Jeff Wells, Nick Smith, Frankie Meeks and Christopher Taft.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Melissa Tennison

Melissa Tennison, 50, of Bono, died Dec. 3, 2012, at her home.

Born Aug. 20, 1962, in Manila, she was the daughter of Junior and Kathryn Wheeler Davis. She had lived in Walnut Ridge most of her life before moving to Bono eight years ago. She was a homemaker, but her most important job was being a Nana. She had also worked at Don and Loree's Fish House for over 10 years and was of the Assembly of God belief.

She was preceded in death by her father, Junior Davis; a daughter, Angelia Courtni Tennison; and a nephew, Joshua Barnes.

Survivors include daughters, Keri Ezell and husband Jeremy, Swifton, Jodi Householder and fiancˇ Ross Ashford of Hoxie; her spouse, Terry Wheelis, of the home; her mother, Kathryn Lewis and husband Rick of Powhatan; three brothers, Ronnie Barnes and wife Fran, Walnut Ridge, Lynn Barnes, Alicia, and Donnie Barnes and Ricia Lewis, Hoxie; a sister, Cindy Richardson, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Gavin Fain and Kaydence Ezell of Swifton, and Corbyn and Jadyn Householder of Hoxie.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Steve Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mike Wheelis, Greg Wheelis, Shane Barnes, Justin Barnes, Troy Chappel and Mike Duckworth. Her brothers will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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

Memorials may be made to House-Gregg Funeral Home, P.O. Box 166, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476 for final funeral expenses.

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