April 24, 2013 Edition

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Cason Ross Farrar John Junior Frank II Adalee Miranda Watson


Foster ~ Morris Williams ~ Kemper


Wilbur L. Arnn Ray Baldridge Claude Bradley
George Andrew Bruce Melba Jean Diles Joe Kinder
Christopher Alan Parker Karen Rivera Nova Joy Smith
Tracy Allen Whitlow


Cason Ross Farrar

Derek and Chasity Farrar of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their third child, a son, born March 28, 2013, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Cason Ross Farrar. He has two siblings, Caleb, three, and Caleigh, one.

Grandparents are Lawanda Sullivan of Hardy, Kevin and Kim Turner of Paragould and Donna Farrar of Memphis.

Great-grandparents are Terry and Faye Sullivan of Hardy, Judy Pitcher of and Jim and Lana Turner, all of Jonesboro, and Robert and Marie Davis of Hoxie.

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John Junior Frank II

Jeremy and Starla Frank of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on April 12, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and has been named John Junior Frank II.

Grandparents are John and Elaine Frank of Hammond, Ind., and Billy Combs of Walnut Ridge and the late Cindy Combs.

He is the great-grandson of Don and Shirley Malish of West Memphis.

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Adalee Miranda Watson

Lee Watson and Heather McQuay, both of Walnut Ridge, have announced the birth of a daughter, born April 17, 2013, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed six pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Adalee Miranda Watson.

Grandparents are Darrell and Melissa McQuay of Alicia and Joanie Baird of Arcadia, Mo., and the late Moss "MC" Watson.

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Foster - Morris

Robert and Lea Andra Foster of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Natalea Rae Foster, to Jacob Daniel Morris, son of Joe Morris of Arlington, Texas, and Trudy Morris of Fort Worth, Texas.

The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. She will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla. She will attend UAMS Pharmacy College in Little Rock in the fall.

The prospective groom is a 2009 graduate of Aledo High School in Aledo, Texas. He will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in biology from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.

The couple will exchange vows on June 29 at 2 p.m. at Manley Chapel on the campus of Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge.

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Williams ~ Kemper

Swindle's Farm in Paragould was the setting Saturday, March 30, for the double-ring ceremony uniting Natalee Christian Williams and Stephen Ryan Kemper in marriage.

Father of the groom, Michael Kemper, performed the ceremony. Nuptial music was performed by the groom's brothers, David and Matt Kemper.

The bride wore a custom gown accented with handmade lace from Burano, Italy. She carried an all-white bouquet decorated with a hand-laced handkerchief from her mother, which was adorned with an antique set of pearls that belonged to her grandmother, Linda Jones, and a medal of honor from her late grandfather, Bob Wagoner.

The strand of pearls also featured the engagement ring of her late great-grandmother, Beaulah Batterton, and a ring that belonged to her late aunt, Debbie Wagoner Morris.

Katryn Estes of Chicago served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Taylor and Josie Wagoner, cousins of the bride.

Flower girls were Katie Lynn Morris, niece of the bride, and Isabelle Kemper, niece of the groom.

David Kemper, brother of the groom, of Memphis served as best man. Groomsmen were Lane Kemper of Memphis and Matt Kemper of Hoxie.

Following the wedding, a reception was held for the couple. Lauren Richmond and Tyler Ogles performed a duo of the song "When You Say Nothing At All."

Following a honeymoon to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the couple will reside in Walnut Ridge.

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Wilbur L. Arnn

Wilbur L. Arnn, 83, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Lawrence County, died April 16, 2013.

Born Sept. 4, 1929, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 59-1/2 years, Lena Faye Arnn; a daughter, Donna Sue Taylor, Wichita; a son, Gary Arnn and wife Susan, Augusta, Kan.; three sisters, Nona Faye Donovan and husband Virgil and Juanita Patterson and husband Jack, all of Alicia, and Viola Lane, Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Jeff Arnn, Andy Taylor, Melissa Burnett and Terri West; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at Old Mission Mortuary in Wichita.

Memorials may be made to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.

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

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Ray Baldridge

Ray Baldridge, 83, of Poteau, Okla., died April 16, 2013, in Fort Smith.

Born Sept. 17, 1929, in Powhatan, he was the retired owner of Ray's Grocery in Heavener, Okla., and a member of Calvary Assembly of God in Poteau.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Baldridge.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Baldridge, Van Buren; four sisters, Hazel Matthews, Wilma Webb and Ruby Ivy, all of Yuba City, Calif., and Helen Ward, Powhatan (now of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center); a brother, Alfred Baldridge, Yuba City; three grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Assembly of God in Poteau. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.

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

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Claude Bradley

Claude "Buddy" Bradley, 63, of Cave City, died April 23, 2013, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Jan. 3, 1950, at Newport, he was a truck driver for many years and was the owner of Bradley's Produce Market in Imboden. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Marilton Bradley.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Bradley; a daughter, Carey Bradley Markum, Cave City; his mother, Lola Mae Bradley, Cave City; a brother, Eddie Bradley, Cave City; a sister, Shirley Herald, Florida; and a grandson, Travis Markum.

Graveside service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Mount View Cemetery, east of Cave City, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m.

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

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George Andrew Bruce

George Andrew Bruce, 88, died April 22, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 6, 1924, in Dunklin County, Mo., he was the son of A.S. and Alice Amick Bruce. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and had worked for the government as a contractor in construction. He was a member of the Shekinah Tabernacle in Hardy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Effie Bruce; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Feurst, Horseshoe Bend; a son, Darrel Bruce, Washington; three stepdaughters, Vanessa Morse and husband David, Powhatan, Ann Morse and husband Tom, Jonesboro, and Laura Alderson and husband Robbie, Bono; two stepsons, Glenn Choat and wife Dawn, Ozark Acres, and Tim Choat and wife Joanna, Bella Vista; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rev. Marty McComas officiating. Burial will be in Jones-Ridge Cemetery at Delaplaine.

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

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Melba Jean Diles

Melba Jean Diles, 87, died April 21, 2013, at the White County Medical Center in Searcy.

Born May 2, 1925, in Clover Bend, she was the daughter of Jesse and Laura Overbee Garland. A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, she was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Diles; and two brothers, Cecil Garland and Estle Garland.

Survivors include two daughters, Lauraetta Melton and husband Elbert, Calamine, and Debra Garcia and husband Robert, Little Rock; a son, Gary Diles and wife Isabell, Poughkeepsie; three grandchildren, April Wallis, Rhonda Mena and Tala Tyler; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Ernest Perkins officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Joe Kinder

Joe Kinder, 66, of Swifton, died April 20, 2013.

Born June 15, 1946, at Swifton, he was a retired volunteer fireman. He served on the Swifton City Council for 16 years and was a justice of the peace for 24 years. He had also worked at Ray's Supermarket, Waters Brothers Supply and Rusty's Quick Shop. He was the former owner and operator of Joe's Grocery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, E.B. and Eula Nelson Kinder; two brothers, Carl Kinder and Ray Kinder; and six sisters, Ruby Benson, Lola Mae Kinder, Joyce Kinder, Alma Benson, Lois Self and Aline Brewer.

Survivors include his wife, Linda King Kinder; three sons, Tim Shelton and wife Tammy, Newport, and Rusty Kinder and Maston Kinder and wife Serena, all of Swifton; two sisters, Pauline Calhoun and husband E.E., Tuckerman, and Faye Keaster and husband Eunice, Dierks; four grandchildren, Cassie McFadden, Bryce Shelton, Jordan Shelton and Natalie Kinder; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery.

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

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Christopher Alan Parker

Christopher Alan Parker, 28, of Charleston, died April 18, 2013, near Lavaca.

Born Oct. 19, 1984, in Fort Smith, he was a 2003 graduate of Charleston High School and a graduate of Arkansas Tech University Ozark Campus. He was employed by Arkansas Poly in Van Buren.

He was preceded in death by his step-grandfather, Jessie Scott.

Survivors include his parents, Ted and Cathy Parker, Charleston; a sister, Keesha Parker and husband Roger, Barling; his grandmothers, Idell Parker Craig, Walnut Ridge, and Ann Scott, Paris; and his great-grandmother, Gloria Honea, Ozark.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home in Charleston with Revs. Terry Scott and Bill Van Meter officiating. Burial was in Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mark Bush, Neal Rice, Jessie Spiers, B.J. Krallman, Chase Rainwater and Heath Haney. Honorary pallbearers were Matt Chalfant, Lance Shepheard, Tyler Middleton, Mike Franklin, Dale Dooley, Brandon Fisher, Michael Robertson, David Haney and Steve Haney.

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

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Karen Rivera

Karen Sue Rivera, 47, of Jonesboro, died April 17, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 20, 1965, in Walnut Ridge, she served in the U.S. Marine Corps and later worked for Arkansas Department of Human Services.

She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Howard Downum; and a brother, Danny Downum.

Survivors include a son, Eric Rivera, Jonesboro; two daughters, Jessica Rivera and Mercedes Rivera, both of Jonesboro; her mother, Bonnie Downum, Jonesboro; a brother, Gary Downum, Jonesboro; a sister, Paula Smith, Clover Bend; and three grandchildren, Jalen Mitchell, Olivia Rivera and Deija Smith.

A memorial service was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home in Hoxie with Bro. Carl Cate officiating.

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

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Nova Joy Smith

Nova Joy Smith, 74, of Walnut Ridge, died April 18, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 12, 1938, in Bono, she was a homemaker and a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Rockford, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace Melvin and Minnie Violet White West; a sister, Lucy Taylor; and two brothers, Eugene West and Bennie West.

Survivors include her husband, William Harold Smith; two sons, Billy Smith, Walnut Ridge, and Gregory Smith and wife Patty, Rockford, Ill.; a daughter, Teresa Smith Rossato and husband James, Rockford; two sisters, Darlene Brito and Deb Simpson; two brothers, Bill West and Robby West; four grandchildren, Heidy Smith Needham, Aaron Smith, Brittney Rossato and Justin Doyle; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home with Matt Smith officiating. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery at Bono.

Pallbearers were Tim Whitaker, Danny Lee Whitmire, John Ronneau, Rusty Simpson, Shane Wadley and Russell West. Honorary pallbearers were Scotty Whitmire, Dennis West and Clint Whitmire.

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

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

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Tracy Allen Whitlow

Tracy Allen Whitlow, 40, of Benton, formerly of Saffell, died April 18, 2013.

Born Nov. 13, 1972, in Little Rock, he was the son of Thomas and Barbara Whitlow.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Dial and Dudley Funeral Home of Bryant has charge of arrangements.

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

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