March 27, 2013 Edition

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Davis Wade Copeland Clinton Keeling Gibson Kai Aaron Sellers


Shackelford ~ Bryant


Maxine Doran Ollie Elizabeth Greer Mike Hulen
Kenneth L. Kohart Jr. Milta Jo Lemmons Imogene Lewis
Perry Thomas Tennison Joshua L. Weeks Mary M. Whitlow


Davis Wade Copeland

Drew and Meredith Copeland of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son, born March 19, 2013, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Davis Wade Copeland.

Grandparents are Stan and Maria Daniel and Ken and Marilyn Copeland, all of Jonesboro.

Great-grandparents are Virginia (Mrs. Raymond) Davis Gilliam of Harrisburg, James and Cleata Daniel, Judith (Mrs. William) Johnson of Jonesboro and Mildred (Mrs. Roy) Copeland of St. Louis.

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Clinton Liam Keeling Gibson

Clinton Tylar Gibson and Gabriel Elizabeth Keeling of Paragould have announced the birth of a son on March 7, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Clinton Liam Keeling Gibson.

Grandparents are Donnie Clayton and Kim Gibson of Marmaduke, Richard Beller of Bono and Mona Kay Beller of Walnut Ridge.

He is the great-grandson of Bobby and Linda Keeling of Lafe and Clinton and Nancy Gibson of Marmaduke.

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Kai Aaron Sellers

Corey and Brittany Sellers of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born March 19, 2013, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Kai Aaron Sellers. He has one brother, Matthew Sellers, three.

Grandparents are John and Lucy Sellers of Walnut Ridge, Dwight and Sharon Baker of Lonoke and Barbara Baker of Mountain Home.

Great-grandparents are Ron and Betty Thomas and Louise Baty, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Shackelford ~ Bryant

L.J. Bryant and Rebekah Shackelford will exchange vows in holy matrimony on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. at Stan Jones Mallard Lodge. Invitations have been mailed.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. Bobby and Karen Shackelford of Lawrence County. She is the granddaughter of Doris Shackelford of Walnut Ridge and the late R.L. Shackelford and Jon and Sue Jett of Cherokee Village.

The prospective groom is the son of Cheri Bryant of the Weiner area and the late Larry Bryant. He is the grandson of Mary Lou Thomas and the late Millard Adams and the late Hershel and Mildred Bryant.


Maxine Doran

Virginia Maxine Pettyjohn Sultenfuss Doran, 89, of Boerne, Texas, died March 16, 2013.

Born Aug. 12, 1923, in Arkansas, she was the daughter of R.M. and Jeanie Pettyjohn. She taught school in Del Rio, Texas, and Brackettville, Texas, for 33 years. After retirement, she lived in Walnut Ridge for many years, where she was an active member of First Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Udo Sultenfuss, on April 1, 1976, whom she married Aug. 15, 1947; and her second husband, Hillary Doran.

Survivors include four nieces, Debra Silvestre, Sally Saunders, Dolores Holman and Leona Adam; three nephews, Arley Sultenfuss, Leroy Becker and Jerry Becker; and two great-nieces.

Graveside service was held Friday at 1 p.m. at Westlawn Cemetery in Del Rio, Texas, under the direction of Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne, Texas.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

An online guestbook is available at

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Ollie Elizabeth Greer

Ollie Elizabeth Greer, 95, of Strawberry, died March 23, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 15, 1918, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of James T. and Martha Penn Sharp. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was a member of the Jerusalem Baptist Church at Strawberry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Greer; a sister, Opal Lee; and a brother, Sloan Sharp.

Survivors include two cousins, Owen Sharp and wife Mary, and Lori Highfield and husband Eric, all of Smithville.

Funeral was Monday at 2:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Billy Mac Jones officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery.

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Mike Hulen

Mike Hulen, 88, of Swifton, died March 18, 2013, at his home.

Born Feb. 19, 1925, at Swifton, he was the son of George and Frances Hulen. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps as a teenager before enlisting in the U.S. Navy at age 17.

He served as a gunner's mate, second-class, aboard the USS Mississippi in the Pacific from 1942-1945, where he helped liberate the Philippines and Okinawa. He also took part in battles at Kiska, the Marshall Islands, the Gilbert Islands, Leyte Gulf, Peleliu, Kwajalein, Taroa, Lingayen Gulf and Suriago Strait.

After the war, he opened Mike's Liquor in 1955 and operated The 67 Club in the 1950s and 60s. He later became a farmer and a homebuilder.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Audist Hulen, Wilburn Hulen and Walter Hulen; and two sisters, Norma Jean Hulen and Mavis Worthington.

Survivors include a daughter, Norma Jean Hulen, Houston; a son, Anthony Hulen, Washington, D.C.; three sisters, Ida V. Hartsell, Swifton, Mabel Morton, Little Rock, and Gertrude Cumby, Grand Prairie, Texas; his former wife, Boyce Ann Wyatt Hulen, Swifton; his companion, Lana Wilson; and three grandchildren, Alex Jonischkies, T.J. Hulen and Nathan Hulen.

The family will hold a private service at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Swifton United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimer's Association.

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Kenneth L. Kohart Jr.

Kenneth L. Kohart Jr., 54, of Black Rock, died March 23, 2013, at his home following a lengthy illness.

Born Aug. 24, 1958, in Fort Wayne, Ind., he was a truck driver most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth L. Kohart Sr.; two brothers; five sisters; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include his mother, Juanita Neal, Atwater, Ill.; his life partner, Theresa Morris, of the home; four daughters, Juanita Boyd, Waggoner, Ill., Mellisa Reed, Carlinville, Ill., Beth Stovall, Hoxie, and Angie Willfond, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Iven Gwinn and Gary Gwinn, both of Carlinville; three sisters, Connie Cole, Braxton, Miss., and Marilyn Kohart and Diane Kohart, both of Illinois; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A memorial service will be announced later by the family.

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Milta Jo Lemmons,

Milta Jo Lemmons, 60, of Pocahontas, sister of Valerie Dunn of Imboden, died March 24, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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Imogene Lewis

Imogene Lewis, 84, of Lynn, died March 25, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 17, 1928, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Roy Calvin and Amanda Pearl Huskey Doyle. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of the Lynn Church of Christ. She worked as a funeral assistant for House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cyril Lewis; and a sister, Olivee Williams.

Survivors include a son, Reggie Lewis, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Ruthie Lewis Rogers, Ash Flat, and Phyllis Lewis Myers, Birmingham, Ala.; three sisters, Bobbie Williams, Walnut Ridge, Faye Mitchell, Lynn, and Linda Drennen, Tuckerman; four grandchildren, Matt Dame, Emily Mann, Ashley Durham and Leslie Gitz; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Lynn Church of Christ with Kenny Townsley, Don Eubanks and Gregg Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers will be Matt Dame, John Mann, Andy Durham, Brad Gitz, Scott Whitmire, Dustin Rogers, Tyson Durham and Andrew Dame. Honorary pallbearers will be Kendell Snedeker, Leroy Johnson, Gerald Richey, Carl Sullivan, Melvin Dennison, Ralph Brown, Martin Carpenter and Billy Hooten.

Visitation is today from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the church.

An online guestbook is available at

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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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Joshua L. Weeks

Joshua Land Weeks, 32, of Fayetteville, died March 12, 2013, in Penn Hills, Pa.

Born Jan. 5, 1981, he lived most of his life in Farmington and was a 1999 graduate of Farmington High School. He attended Wentworth Military Academy and the University of Arkansas. He worked at Tyson Foods until his health forced his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Suzette Weeks.

Survivors include his father, Dr. Larry Weeks; and his stepmother, Shelly Weeks.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Farmington Baptist Church. Moore's Chapel Funeral Home of Fayetteville had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter, 1640 South Armstrong Road, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

An online guestbook is available at

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Mary M. Whitlow

Mary Mildred Whitlow, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died March 19, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 10, 1928, in Lake City, she was the daughter of Jesse and Dora Mae Gibson Lairson. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Whitlow; a brother; and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Emmett Tolbert Whitlow, Strawberry; two daughters, Linda Dean, Reno, Nev., and Gloria Henson, Black Rock; a sister, Shirley Fletcher, New Mexico; a brother, Gerald Doyle, California; two grandchildren; and seven great-granddaughters.

Graveside service was Thursday at 1 p.m. at Powhatan Cemetery with Bro. Roger Brumley officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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