March 20, 2013 Edition

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Dye ~ Doman Kennemer ~ Manning


Bruce Bennett Clata Ramona Browning Linda Diane Buchanan
Maudie Harris Lula Mae Holt Billie Earl Hutcherson
Herbert Knight Madie Inez Lillard Barney Van Phillips
Perry Thomas Tennison Anita Frances Tippy Anna Lois Wilson


Dye ~ Doman

Charla Howard of Walnut Ridge has announced the engagement and forthcoming wedding of her daughter, Teigha L. Dye, to Christopher R. Doman, son of Roger Doman of Walnut Ridge and Earl and Debbie Riemenschnieder of Oklahoma City.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Charlene Howard of Gobles, Mich., and the late Joe Howard.

The couple will unite in marriage on April 6 at Gethesemane Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. A reception will follow at the church.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Kennemer ~ Manning

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Davis of Walnut Ridge and Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Kennemer of Hendersonville, Tenn., have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Erin Lee Kennemer, to Ryan Drake Manning, son of Sherry Manning of Walnut Ridge and the late Richard Manning.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Alice Gregory of Piggott and the late Charles Gregory and Rose Lee Kennemer of Texarkana, Texas, and the late Glen Kennemer. She is the great-granddaughter of Isabel Cochran of Piggott.

She is a 2002 Walnut Ridge High School graduate and received a bachelor of science degree in education from Arkansas State University in 2006. She is employed as a third-grade teacher at Walnut Ridge Elementary School.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Loretta Tillman of Walnut Ridge and the late Chester Brown and the late Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Manning.

He is a 2001 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is employed as a conductor for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

The couple will exchange vows on June 8 at 7 p.m. at Manley Chapel on the campus of Williams Baptist College. A reception will follow at the Walnut Ridge Country Club.

Invitations will be issued.

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Bruce Bennett

Bruce William Bennett, 40, of Hoxie, died March 19, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 17, 1972, in Walnut Ridge, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Survivors include two daughters, Christa Bennett and Felicia Bennett; a son, Dalton Bennett; his parents, Willie and Inez Johnson Bennett, Hoxie; six sisters, Peggy Inman and husband Larry, Greers Ferry; Betty Cummings, St. Charles, Mo., Kathy Lakey, Portia, Janice Dawson, Walnut Ridge, Marilyn Mason and Christie Watson and husband David, all of Hoxie; and two brothers, Wayne Bennett and Larry Bennett, both of Hoxie.

Visitation is Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. A memorial service will immediately follow the visitation.

An online guestbook is available at

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Clata Ramona Browning

Clata Ramona Browning, 71, of Panama City, Fla., a native of Walnut Ridge, died March 13, 2013.

Born Oct. 10, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Jefferson and Clata Morrow McNutt. She was a member of the Red Hats and the Baptist Women's Missionary Union. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church and the LLL Sunday school class until becoming disabled.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Lee D. Browning; a son, Randy Browning and wife Kathy, South Jordan, Utah; a daughter, Carmen Buckley, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and five grandchildren, Nicole Moore, Megan Browning, Ian Browning, Austin Buckley and Joseph Buckley.

Funeral was Sunday at 3 p.m. at Kent Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Panama City with Revs. Clyde Ellison and Jim Browning officiating. Burial was in Garden of Memories.

An online guestbook is available at

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Linda Diane Buchanan

Linda Diane Buchanan, 54, of Batesville, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at a local nursing home.

Born Jan. 11, 1959, in Phoenix, she had a bachelor's degree in education and library science. She was a retired librarian, having worked in the Osceola School District.

She enjoyed reading and was dedicated to education and children. She once received the "Teacher of the Year" award and was a member of the Ladies Desha VFW Auxiliary and Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Minnie and M.B. Buchanan and Vaughn and Leona Guthrie.

Suvivors include her parents, Charles "Bill" and Maxine L. Guthrie Buchanan; two sisters, Katherine Mayberry, Floresville, Texas, and Sue Lavon Squire, Lawrenceville, Ga.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Graveside service was Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Buchanan Cemetery, near Poughkeepsie and Sitka, on Highway 58 with Marline Moody and Bro. Warren officiating. Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville had charge of arrangements.

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Maudie Harris

Maudie Catherine Harris, 95, formerly of Lawrence County, died March 14, 2013, in Pensacola, Fla.

Born July 19, 1917, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of George and Carry Dunham and the last living child of 10 children. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She married Roy Henry Schrader of Burr Oak, Mich., in February 1942 and had one daughter, Carol Ann. They resided in Strawberry. Roy passed away in 1975. In March 1989, she married William Felix Harris. They resided in Saffell until 2009, when they both entered Lawrence Hall Nursing Center. She later moved to Milton, Fla., to be close to her daughter and son-in law.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Henry Schrader; her second husband, William Felix Harris; and five brothers, Claude Durham, Ed Durham, Elmus Durham, Audie Durham and Everett Durham.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Driggers and husband Gerald of Milton, Fla.; three grandchildren, Mitch Freeman (Kim) of Marysville, Wash., Terry Freeman (Cindi) of Longwood, Fla., and Cindy Chunn (Paul) of Raleigh, N.C., and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at the House Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Lynn.

Funeral Services is Thursday at the Strawberry Church of Christ in Lynn with Don House officiating. Burial will follow in Lancaster Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge and Lynn.

Pallbearers will be Perry Bell, Sloan Durham, Tal Durham, Carl Durham, Eddie Durham and Keith Koogler. Honorary pallbearers will be Denny Durham, Jim Durham, Mike Durham, Max Durham, Noel Durham, Edward Durham, Bill Durham, Charles Durham, Mitch Bell and Gary Crouch.

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Lula Mae Holt

Lula Mae Hughes Holt, 85, of Swifton, died March 16, 2013.

Survivors include her husband, Hurshel Holt; a son, Bobby Hurshel Holt and wife Brenda, Swifton; two grandchildren, Anthony Holt and Joy Holt; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ. Burial will be in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Billie Earl Hutcherson

Billie Earl Hutcherson, 63, of Hoxie, died March 10, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 1, 1948, in Trumann, he owned Alpine Maintenance Co. and attended Peoples Faith Tabernacle Church in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Henrietta Spaulding Hutcherson; three brothers, James Hutcherson, William David Hutcherson and Dennis Hutcherson; and a sister, Rose Annette Speakman.

Survivors include his wife, Nadine Kissee Hutcherson; two daughters, Samantha Hutcherson Speakman, Trumann, and Billie Jo Rita McCauley, Florida; four sons, Bill Hutcherson, Illinois, Jody Steven Hutcherson and Billy Earl Hutcherson Jr., both of Walnut Ridge, and Christopher Lee Hutcherson, Malvern; two brothers, Larry Ray Hutcherson, Pine Bluff, and Eddie Hendricks, Indiana; a sister, Carolyn Pociask, Clarksville, Tenn.; his mother-in-law, Christine Milligan; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Roger Brand officiating.

Pallbearers were members of the Cache River Warriors, which include Robert Webster, Joe Johnson, Leon White, Chuck Cecil, Chris Scott and Jody Hutcherson. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Hutcherson, Robby Matthews, Earl Lamb and Beau Fortson.

An online guestbook is available at

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Herbert Knight

Herbert Harvel Knight, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died March 17, 2013, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Aug. 31, 1931, in Bay, he was the son of Herbert H. and Dessie Martin Knight. He was a gospel preacher for more than 60 years, serving in Churches of Christ in Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Texas and Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Knight; and three brothers, C.W. Knight, Jamie Knight and Rayburn Knight.

Survivors include two sons, Roger Knight and wife Kina, Paragould, and Richard Knight and wife Christine, Benton, Ill.; five daughters, Pat Knight, Walnut Ridge, Donna DeMent and husband Doug, Cardwell, Mo., Sharon Knight, Nevada, Mo., and Sarah Whaley and husband Alan and DeeDee Bridges and husband Daniel, all of Clover Bend; two brothers, Ted Knight, Conway, and Jack Knight, Bay; two sisters, Linda Dix, Bay, and Laura Belew, Biloxi, Miss.; and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Walton Weaver and Ted Knight officiating. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. in Cardwell Cemetery at Cardwell, Mo.

Pallbearers will be Roger Knight, Richard Knight, Stephen Knight, Ryan Knight, Daniel Bridges, Jeb Bridges, Doug DeMent, Alan Whaley and River Whaley.

An online guestbook is available at

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Madie Inez Lillard

Madie Inez Lillard, 80, of Smithville, died March 13, 2013, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born June 12, 1932, in Dorsey, Miss., she was the daughter of Archie and Gertrude Humphries. She was a member of Smithville Baptist Church, where she served as secretary of Sunday school for many years.

She was preceded in death by a sister, two brothers and a grandson.

Survivors include her husband, Taylor Lillard, whom she married June 7, 1952; a son, John Lillard and wife Debbie, Smithville; three daughters, Nancy Young and Connie Lillard, both of Pocahontas, and Teresa Bussey and husband Bill, Fountain Inn, S.C.; a brother, Buford Humphries and wife Dorothy, Jonesboro; two sisters, Mavis Hampton, Cabot, and Betty Murrell, Harrisburg; three grandchildren, Travis Lillard, Wesley Lillard and Jennie Oden; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at the Smithville Baptist Church with Bros. Keith Marlin and Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Smithville Baptist Church.

An online guestbook is available at

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Barney Van Phillips

Barney Van Phillips, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died March 17, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born March 5, 1921, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Greene and Alice Bales Phillips. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marines, serving from 1939 to 1945. He retired as a superintendent of a construction company.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ira Phillips, Lee Phillips and Elbert Phillips.

Survivors include a son, Barney L. Phillips, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Ruby Marlin, Newport; and a grandson, Christopher V. Phillips, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Arrangements will be announced by Bryan Funeral Home.

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Perry Thomas Tennison

Perry Thomas Tennison, 54, of Sun Prairie, Wis., died March 12, 2013.

He was born Aug. 28, 1958.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jeremy Thomas Tennison.

Survivors include his parents, Thomas and Barbara; and a brother, Jeff Tennison.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at 20th Street Missionary Baptist Church in Rockford, Ill., with Mark Hullinger officiating.

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Anita Frances Tippy

Anita Frances Tippy, 65, of Jonesboro, mother of Deanna Newell of Black Rock, died March 17, 2013, at NEA Baptist Hospital. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Cobb Funeral Home in Blytheville with Billy Holifield officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 1 p.m. until time of the service. An online guestbook is available at

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Anna Lois Wilson

Anna Lois Wilson, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died March 11, 2013, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 12, 1933, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Willie and Ellen Muncie Frye Smith. She was a homemaker, waitress and member of the White Oak Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, James Wilson; a grandson, Jim Palmer; and a sister, Imogene Marlin.

Survivors include two daughters, Lou Ellen Massey and husband Linden of Republic, Mo., and Cindy Wilson of Sedgwick; a son, Wick Wilson of Hoxie; a brother, Darrell Smith and wife Maxine of Michigan City, Ind.; a sister, Naomi Marlin of Jonesboro; seven grandchildren, Becky McLaughlin, Stacy and Troy Owens, James and Magan Wilson, Samantha Wilson and Vickie Collins; 10 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

An online guest book is available at

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