June 5, 2013 Edition

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Births

Sawyer Brooks Corkran Ariella Renee Gentry Peyton Alexandria Horn

Obituaries

Verniece Abbott Carrie L. Angelo Cleo Baty
Mary Anna Davis Lois Evelyn Doyle Katherine Gallina
Christopher Lorrand Manuel Carl Melton Paul Elmer Needham Jr.
Eleanor Riddick Roberge Kitty Gaither Stringfellow Enid Marie Thomen
Norman Gene Wheeler

Births

Sawyer Brooks Corkran

Jacob and Holly Corkran of Bono have announced the birth of a son on May 12, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighted nine pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Sawyer Brooks Corkran.

He has two older siblings, Ethan, six, and Raylan, 19 months.

Grandparents are Bro. Matt and Brenda Corkran of Conway and Allen and Debra Brooks of Jonesboro.

He is the great-grandson of Jimmy and Doris Corkran of Luxora.

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Ariella Renee Gentry

Samantha Gentry of Walnut Ridge has announced the birth of a daughter on May 22, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, five ounces, and has been named Ariella Renee Gentry.

Grandparents are Angie Russell of Walnut Ridge, Alan Gentry of Bald Knob and Donnie Russell of Pocahontas.

She is the great-granddaughter of Pam Hawkins of Walnut Ridge, Imogene Gentry of Bald Knob and Hank DuBois of Pocahontas.

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Peyton Alexandria Horn

Joshua and Jessica Horn of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter on May 22, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds and has been named Peyton Alexandria Horn.

Grandparents are Dennis and Belinda Maple of Portia, Howard R. Horn of Pocahontas, Barbara Horn of Waynesboro, Va., and Bill Briscoe of Alligator, Miss.

She is the great-granddaughter of Donald and Mary Stone of Ravenden, Evelyn Maple of Portia and Shirley Morris of Waynesboro, Va.

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Obituaries

Verniece Abbott

Verniece Norris Abbott, 88, of Beebe, formerly of Newport, died May 27, 2013.

Born Aug. 15, 1924, in Swifton, she was the daughter of C.E. and Lilly Mae Norris. She was a retired LPN, having worked at Newport Hospital, where she was also the director of the Auxiliary volunteers.

She was a 4-H leader in Swifton for many years and served as district vice president and state president of the adult leaders council. She was also a Cub Scout leader. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Newport until she moved to Mountain Home, where she attended Eastside Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by six brothers, Clarence, Noel Gene, Joe, Shelby, Charles and Alfred Norris; a sister, Alma Norris; and a brother-in-law, Wendell Kimbrough.

Survivors include a son Jimmy Norris Hulett and wife Teresa, Mountain Home; a daughter, Brenda Davis and husband Jim, Beebe; two brothers, Hubert Norris and wife Linda and Bobby Norris and wife Linda, all of Swifton; three sisters, Erma Lee Kimbrough, Little Rock, Shirley Lemay, Bono, and Joyce Tims and husband Tommy, Paragould; and six grandchildren, Robin Gattis, Jim Davis Jr., Julie Baltz, Jamie Pryor, Susan Newman and Sara Hulett.

Funeral was Thursday at 1 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jerry Hulett, Roy Runyan, Steve Gattis, Michael Gattis, Eddie Joe Norris and Casey Newman. Honorary pallbearer was Talmadge Harbison.

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

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Carrie L. Angelo

Carrie L. Angelo, 73, of Benton Harbor, Mich., died June 1, 2013, at Lakeland Specialty Hospital in Berrien Center, Mich.

Born Dec. 3, 1939, in Missouri, she worked with her husband at Angelo's Small Engine Parts and Service.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Carrie Kent Null; four sisters a five brother.

Survivors include her husband, Mike Angelo; a son, Michael Jackson and wife Susan, Walnut Ridge; three stepsons, Chuck Angelo and wife Kathy, Tom Angelo and wife Dar and John Angelo and wife Kelly, all of Benton Harbor, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Theresa Immoos, Benton Harbor, Mich.; a brother, Bobby Null and wife Doris, Springfield, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren, including Tom Jackson and Curtis Jackson, both of Walnut Ridge; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation is Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett, Mo. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens at a later date.

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

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Cleo Baty

Cleo Baty, 72, of Walnut Ridge, departed this life Tuesday, May 28, 2013. He was born March 10, 1941, to Pete and Ollie Baty. He attended the Church of Christ and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by a son, Phillip Baty; his parents; five brothers, Ray, Bill, Daniel, Red and Leo; and three sisters, Lora Lee Brumley, Lottie Way and Joyce.

Survivors are wife, Wilma Baty of Walnut Ridge; two sons, Charlie Bass (Cindy) of Batesville, and Gerald Bass of Fisher; five daughters, Brenda Smith (Tony) of Mountain Home, Peggy Green (Anthony) of Hoxie, Lori Yarbro (John) of Jonesboro, Kathy Madden (Jeffrey) of Newport, and Barbara Baker of Mountain Home; two brothers, Fred Baty of Hoxie, and Glenn Baty of Springdale; one sister, Mabel Green of Springdale; thirteen grandchildren; and twenty-six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Wilson Cemetery in Harrisburg. Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport had charge of arrangements.

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

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Mary Anna Davis

Mary Anna Davis, 93, of Imboden, died June 3, 2013, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born March 3, 1920, in Imboden, she was the daughter of William Owen and Eula Weir Winchester. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Imboden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Davis; two sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Lea McLeod and husband Larry, Imboden, Elaine Helms and husband Charles, Walnut Ridge, and Phyllis Simmons and husband Phillip, Black Rock; a brother, Robert Winchester, Pocahontas; three sisters, Martha Lou Sellers, Warsaw, Ind., and Ernestine Brewer and Ruth Smith, both of Black Rock; eight grandchildren, Dave McLeod, Melanie Mandera, Terri Lynn Clayton, Phillip Andrew Simmons, Eric Joseph Simmons, Leanna Jo Fuller, Matthew Helms and Ryan Helms; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Imboden with Bros. Tommy Medley and Tommy Haynes officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation will be today from 12:30 p.m. until time of the service.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

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Lois Evelyn Doyle

Lois Evelyn Doyle, 92, of Armona, Calif., died May 29, 2013.

Born Sept. 10, 1920, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Alfred Theodore and Martha Jane Milligan Walker. She was raised in Strawberry, where her family farmed cotton and corn. She and her husband, Denver, along with their three children, moved to Armona in 1955.

She retired from King's County Hospital in 1975, after 20 years of service. She was a member of the Armona Church of Christ for 58 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Denver Doyle, in 1995, whom she married in 1938; three brothers, Roy, Paul and Ray; and a sister, Pauline. She was also preceded in death by her son, Larry Denver Doyle, on May 28, 2013.

Graveside services for Lois Doyle and Larry Doyle will be held Tuesday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Grangeville Cemetery with minister Gene Hall of the Armona Church of Christ presiding. People's Funeral Chapel of Hanford, Calif., has charge of arrangements.

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

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Katherine Gallina

Katherine Downing Gallina, 79, of Sacramento, Calif., died May 22, 2013, at her home.

Born Aug. 15, 1933, in Memphis, she was the daughter of L.E. and Patty Downing. She was raised in Old Walnut Ridge and lived in Lawrence County throughout her high school years.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Edward E. Downing.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Sam Gallina; a daughter, Helen Godfrey; a son, Vincent Gallina; two sisters, Elizabeth McCormack, Loomis, Calif., and Helen Oellerich, Memphis; a brother, Barry Downing, Citrus Heights, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Joseph Gallina, Mariah Godfrey and Marshall Godfrey.

Rosary was May 28 at W.F. Gormley & Sons Chapel in Sacramento.

Mass of Christian burial was Wednesday, May 29, at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Private burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at gormleyandsons.com.

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Christopher Lorrand Manuel

Christopher Lorrand Manuel, 37, of Delaplaine, died May 31, 2013, at his home.

Born Dec. 30, 1975, in Paragould, he was a stay-at-home dad and a member of Delaplaine Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Debbie Manuel; and his grandparents.

Survivors include his wife, Kristy Snider Manuel, whom he married Oct. 20, 2001, in Pocahontas; a son, Kolby Manuel, of the home; a daughter, Makynnzi Manuel, of the home; his father and stepmother, Bobby and Shirley Manuel, Munford, Tenn.; his mother and stepfather, Kathy Gillean and Gary Bounds, Delaplaine; and three brothers, Kelly Manuel, Corning, Kendall Manuel, Paragould, and Bobby Manuel, Munford, Tenn.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Adam Bruton officiating. Burial was in Brownie Cemetery near Peach Orchard.

Pallbearers were Brandon Shreve, Keith Ooten, Terry Menz, Mike Snider, Jeremy Walton and Jason Gillean.

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

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Carl Melton

Carl Melton, 91, of Bono, died June 2, 2013, in Jonesboro.

Born May 27, 1922, in Pocahontas, he was the son of Jess and Addie Hatfield Melton. He spent many years as a farm laborer at George Kell Farms, and also worked for the city of Walnut Ridge. He was a member of Revival Tabernacle in Bono.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Magdalene Sanders Melton; a daughter, Regenia Ann Cagle; four brothers, Ralph Melton, Jack Melton, Darryl Melton and Buck Anderson; and a sister, Annie Gilson.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Melton and wife Paulette, Tuckerman, and Carl Ray Melton, Swifton; two daughters, Ulala Haines and husband Al, Bono, and Gloria Ann Barnhill, Bald Knob; a stepson, Dean Sanders and wife Nadine, Niceville, Fla.; a sister, Erma Faye Goza, Newport; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Abiding Faith Pentecostal Church of God in Swifton. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Lampkin, Jackie Haines, Taylor Lawson, Steven King, Robert Gilbert and James Goza. Honorary pallbearer will be Mark Haines.

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

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Paul Elmer Needham Jr.

Paul Elmer Needham Jr., 79, of Imboden, died May 30, 2013.

Born June 5, 1933, at Lepanto, he was the son of Paul Elmer Needham Sr. and Millie Lawrence Needham. He served in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. He owned and operated the Circle 7 Cab Company and was a member of Imboden Methodist Church. He was heavily involved in disaster relief work through the Salvation Army.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Kay, Georgia and Wanda; and two brothers, Buddy and Stanley Joe.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia Lea Needham; four daughters, Linda Pendergrass, Connie Needham and Stephanie Needham, all of Bono, and Nancy Priddy and husband Jesse, Jonesboro; a son, Paul A. Needham, Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Gloria Roth, Amanda Cline, Daniel Pendergrass, Leamber Pendergrass and Jesse Priddy Jr.; and a great-grandchild.

A celebration of his life was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Opposition Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ronald Coleman, Larry Cobb, Zack Cline and Matt Roth. Honorary pallbearers were Daniel Pendergrass, Jesse Priddy Jr., Isaac Newell Cline, J.W. Massey and the men of Imboden Methodist Sunday school class.

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

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Eleanor Wade Riddick Roberge

Eleanor Wade Riddick Roberge, 92, died May 26, 2013, in West Memphis.

Born Dec. 22, 1921, in Walnut Ridge, she was born into the Methodist faith and was true to God all of her life.

She graduated from Walnut Ridge High School with honors. During World War II, she remained in Walnut Ridge, assisting her father who was the town's mayor. She then attended the University of Arkansas, and was a Chi Omega. She graduated in 1948 from the School of Architecture.

She soon moved to Memphis, where she practiced architecture until she retired in the 1970s. She married late in life and had no children. She was known for her homegrown okra and taking in every dog and cat that happened along. In her early life she played the viola and tennis.

Her passion in the 1960's was single-handedly campaigning to save the Eleven Point River from the overzealous Corp of Engineers damming projects that were rampant at that time. She canoed the river many times taking pictures and slides.

She tirelessly wrote many letters and traveled alone to Washington, D.C., to sit outside congressmen's doors and talked to anybody who would listen and watch her slide shows. She even sponsored canoe trips on the Eleven Point River to generate a letter campaign to save the river. Her efforts, along with others saved the river from being dammed.

In 2012, she was interviewed by the Eleven Point River Conservancy and was recognized by the non-profit group as being one of the earliest people to fight the Corp of Engineers.

A great deal of her retired life was spent outdoors with her husband Will, and her favorite puppy, "Bebet."

She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Edgar Kader Riddick Sr. and Eleanor Champion Wilkes Riddick; her brother, Edgar Kader Riddick Jr.; and her husband, William Raymond Roberge.

Having no children of her own, she is survived by two nieces, Ellen Bland Riddick Simpson and Leigh Ann Riddick Jaditz; and also by her nephew, Edgar Kader Riddick III. She is also survived by two grandnieces and one grandnephew.

The family will have a private graveside service at Lawrence Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Eleven Point River Conservancy, RR1, Box 1272, Alton, MO 65606.

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Kitty Gaither Stringfellow

Kitty Housdan Gaither Stringfellow, 68, of Austin, Texas, died June 1, 2013, at her home.

Born Feb. 21, 1945, in Walnut Ridge, she was a teacher at Hoxie Elementary and Rockefeller Elementary in Little Rock. She was a member of the VFW and American Legion Ladies Auxiliaries.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Riley Gaither and B.C. Stringfellow; her parents, Walker and Geneva Housdan; two sisters, Judy and Betty; and three brothers, Danny, Michael and Ted.

Survivors include a son, James Gaither, Sherwood; a daughter, Jamie Woleben and husband Bill, Austin, Texas; a brother, Dennis Housdan, Charlottesville, Va.; three sisters, Vida Stallings, Black Rock, and Carolyn Lamb and Lisa Berry, both of Powhatan; and five grandsons, Riley, Nicholas, Julian, Christopher and Damien.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Austin, Texas. A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 6, at 9 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

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

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Enid Marie Thomen

Enid Marie Thomen, 82, of Little Rock, formerly of Delaplaine, died May 30, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

Born Dec. 18, 1930, in Delaplaine, she was the daughter of A.M. and Zella Cannon. She was a homemaker and a volunteer at Delaplaine School. She was a member of Delaplaine Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Thomen; two brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include four sons, Darrell Thomen and wife Stephanie, Lucedale, Miss., Gary Thomen and wife Carolyn, Jonesboro, Larry Thomen and wife Cynthia, Haltom City, Texas, and Roger Thomen, Delaplaine; two daughters, Brenda Willett and husband Ron, North Little Rock, and Debra Thomen, Little Rock; a sister, Jean Tate, Paragould; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Delaplaine Baptist Church. Burial was in Jones Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould.

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

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Norman Gene Wheeler

Norman Gene Wheeler, 68, of Monette, died May 31, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born May 20, 1945, in Tuckerman, he was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War. He was employed as a supervisor with Colson Caster in Monette for 15 years, and spent 10 years as a supervisor at Mission Plastics in Nashville, Ark.

He was preceded in death by a son, Norman Keith Wheeler; his parents, Ernest and Lela Ross Wheeler; and a sister, Glenda Webb.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Brenda Shasteen Wheeler, whom he married in 1970; two daughters, Holly Sands and husband Robert, Lake City, and Dawn Overman and husband Gary, Black Oak; three brothers, Ed Wheeler and wife Nita and Gary Wheeler and wife Janice, all of Monette, and Steve Wheeler and wife Loretta, Hoxie; three sisters, Betty Ruth Blackwell, Drew, Miss., Virginia George, Hoxie, and Katherine Lewis and husband Rick, Powhatan; three grandchildren, Bryce Overman, Bethany Poole and Ben Sands; and a great-grandchild.

A celebration of his life was held Monday at 1 p.m. at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Rev. Joey Smithson officiating. Burial was in Monette Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers were the eldest son of each sibling: Eric Blackwell, Greg Wheeler, Ronnie Barnes, Stacy Dawson, Shane Barnes and Tony Wheeler. Honorary pallbearers were Chance Austin, Austin Hopkins, Kevin Guiltner, Bryce Overman, Bethany Poole, Baili Poole and Ben Sands.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

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

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