June 19, 2013 Edition

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Births

Isabelle Ruth Constantine Cadance Dulaney

Weddings/Engagements

Freeman ~ Williams Mellenthin ~ Evans

Obituaries

Laura Louise Berndt Tommy Brown Mark Anthony Dobbs
Bettie Floyd Delores Helms Juanita Hoggard
Robert J. Kisling Cameron Light Jean Little
Johnny Allen Looney Mary Rash Daisy Richardson
Chris Carol Stewart James E. Vaughn Bertie Lee York

Births

Isabelle Ruth Constantine

Jonathon and Conna Constantine of Bono have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born on June 6, 2013, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Isabelle Ruth Constantine.

Grandparents are Dana and Waynoma Strong of Walnut Ridge and Pat Constantine and Steve Kirchen, both of Oswego, Ill.

Great-grandparents are John Robert and Marilyn Constantine, both of Oswego, Ill., and Kenneth and Donna Roberts of O'Kean.

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Cadance Azul Wren Dulaney

Joe Dulaney and Victoria Ward, both of Walnut Ridge, have announced the birth of a child, a daughter, born on June 5, 2013, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed six pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Cadance Azul Wren Dulaney. She has two siblings, Briton Ward, four; and Lennox Ward, 19 months.

Grandparents are Jerry and Judy Ward of Hoxie, Leslie Burns of Tulsa, Okla., and Kenneth and Glenda Dulaney of Hoxie.

Great-grandparents are Lex Ward of Walnut Ridge, Jennie Dulaney of Portia and Joyce Hoffman of Jonesboro.

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Weddings/Engagements

Freeman ~ Williams

Randy and Loretta Freeman of Pocahontas have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Randi Marisa Freeman, to Harrison Tyler Williams, son of Bobby Williams of Walnut Ridge and Kimberly Simpson of Black Rock.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Arles and Nora Freeman and the late Darrell and Dorothy Hollaway.

She is a 2011 graduate of Pocahontas High School and is majoring in health information management at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bill and Odessa Rogers of Walnut Ridge and the late Bobby Lee and Olivee Williams.

He is a 2009 Hoxie High School graduate and is majoring in physical therapy at Arkansas Tech University.

The couple will exchange vows on July 20, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Shannon Baptist Church in Pocahontas. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Mellenthin ~ Evans

Jess and Julie Mellenthin of Maumelle have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amber Lee Mellenthin, to Mander Heath Evans, son of Greg Evans and Terri Evans-Lawrence, both of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lynn and Jan Mellenthin of Cottage Grove, Wis., and Robert and Jeanie Crosby of Waterloo, Wis.

She is a 2003 graduate of Mount St. Mary's Academy in Little Rock and received a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in 2009.

She is employed in management at Kroger in Little Rock.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mary Emma Evans of Walnut Ridge, the late Mander Evans, Erma Bateman of Paragould and the late Harry Bateman.

He is a 2001 Walnut Ridge High School graduate and graduated from Williams Baptist College in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

He is employed at MHPP Families, Inc., in Jacksonville.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 17, 2013, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock. Invitations will be mailed.

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Obituaries

Laura Louise Berndt

Laura Louise Berndt, 67, of Jonesboro, mother of Gwen Shown of Alicia, died June 16, 2013. No public service is scheduled. Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.

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Tommy Brown

Tommy Brown, 75, of Ravenden Springs, brother of Paul Brown of Black Rock, died June 14, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Tuesday in Antioch Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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Mark Anthony Dobbs

Mark Anthony Dobbs, 57, of Bull Shoals, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died June 16, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident.

Arrangements will be made at a later date.

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Bettie Floyd

Bettie Jane Perry Floyd, 77, of Humboldt, Tenn., died June 4, 2013, in Jackson, Tenn.

Born Feb. 9, 1936, in Friendship, Tenn., she was the daughter of Mark and Era White Perry. She married Bill Floyd, a native of Walnut Ridge, on Jan. 20, 1968. They have lived in Madison County, Tenn., since 1996.

At an early age, she moved with her parents to Southern California. She graduated from Palo Verde High School in Blythe, Calif., where she was selected as a Job's Daughters queen.

She graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., with a degree in fashion and design. She studied business at the University of Southern California, Imperial Valley College, Palo Verde College and the University of Hawaii. She graduated from the Western CUNA Management School in Pomona, Calif.

She was a marketing rep at Lordleigh of Calif., and a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, Calif. She also worked at Goldwater's in Phoenix. She was a special assistant to the Postmaster General in Washington, D.C. She served as the assistant manager of Government Agencies Federal Credit Union in El Centro, Calif.

In 1960, she was with the advance committee to elect Lyndon B. Johnson for president. In 1966, she worked with the advance committee to elect Robert F. Kennedy for president. That same year, she worked with the committee to re-elect Gov. Brown of California. In 1970, she served as the campaign treasurer and headquarters manager for the election of Al McCandless for county supervisor of Riverside County, Calif. She served on the advisory committee for the Riverside County Parks Department and was recognized for her contribution to the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

A celebration of her life will be held in Friendship, Tenn. Her cremains will be placed in Belle Vernon Cemetery in Crockett County, Tenn., and on the west mesa of the Palo Verde Valley in Blythe, Calif. Dates and times have not been set.

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Delores Helms

Delores Helms, 78, of Maryland Heights, Mo., died June 17, 2013, at the SSM DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, Mo.

Born Feb. 1, 1935, in Arkansas, she was the daughter of Verlin and Audrey Deen Marshall. She was a nurse's aid and a member of the Dorsett Village Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Helms.

Survivors include her husband, Roy Helms; two sons, Troy Helms and wife Susie, Farmington, Mo., and Robert Helms and wife Shelley, St. Ann, Mo.; a daughter, Pamela Helms, Maryland Heights, Mo.; six grandchildren, Matthew Helms, Alex Helms, Anthony Helms, Erik Helms, Jennifer Helms and Jaclyn Helms; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Lamb officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.

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

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Juanita Hoggard

Juanita Hoggard, 84, of Cave City, mother of Paul Hoggard of Strawberry, died June 16, 2013. Funeral is today at Cave City First Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Cave City Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.quallsfh.com.

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Robert J. Kisling

Robert J. "Bob" Kisling, 81, of Alicia, died June 17, 2013, at his home.

Born Oct. 6, 1931, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Clifford and Pearl Keith Kisling.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sonjia Kisling; and a sister, Coleen Light.

Survivors include his wife, Pearline Kisling; the mother of his children, Lois Kisling; a daughter, Robbin Smith and husband Lee, Sedgwick; two sons, Steve Kisling and wife Belinda and Glenn Kisling, all of Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Sue Thompson, Walnut Ridge, and Linda Fry, Swifton; a brother, Jimmie Kisling, Swifton; two grandsons, Jeremy Kisling and Hunter Smith; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Aldridge Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Aldridge Cemetery, P.O. Box 203, Hoxie, AR 72433.

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

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Cameron Light

Cameron Wayne Light, 33, of Walnut Ridge, died June 15, 2013, at Baxter County Regional Hospital in Mountain Home.

Born June 27, 1979, in Pocahontas, he was an installer of aquatic systems and of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Coleen Light; and a grandfather, Paul Carr.

Survivors include two sons, Evan Cullen, Bono, and Lake Light, Hoxie; his father, Roger Light, Bono; his mother, Terry Light, Brookland; two sisters, Jamie Barker, Jonesboro, and Melissa Rece, Lake City; grandmother, Norma Carr, Jonesboro; step-grandmother, Mickey Carr, Galesburg, Ill.; grandfather, Billy, and Georgia Light, Bono; and his fiancˇ, Teneisha, and her son, Takoda Ewing, Walnut Ridge.

A memorial service was held Monday at 7 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Stan Ballard officiating.

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

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Jean Little

Emma Jean Little, 86, of Jonesboro, died June 15, 2013, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 31, 1926, in Charleston, Mo., she was the daughter of Ray and Alice Diggs. She lived in Hoxie before moving to Jonesboro in 1962, where she lived for 50 years. She was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

She was a member of the Charles Chapter 410 Order of the Eastern Star "Hoxie," where she was a past Worthy Matron. She was a past member of the Hoxie Hooking Club and had worked at the Fashion Nook Dress Shop. She was a volunteer for the St. Bernards Auxiliary for many years.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Douglas Gleghorn; a son, Douglas Gleghorn; a daughter, Judy Fischer; a brother, Edward Diggs; and a sister, Margaret Sharp.

Survivors include her husband, Elbert Little; a daughter, Pat Bailey, Conway; four stepsons, Ron Little and wife Barbara, Sammemish, Wash., Tony Little, Charlotte, N.C., David Little and wife Dianna, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Steve Little and wife Jo Ann, Schaumburg, Ill.; a brother, La Vaughn Diggs, St. Louis; a sister, Helen Gullett, Springfield, Mo.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Chapter 410 of the Order of the Eastern Star officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is today from 2-8 p.m.

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

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Johnny Allen Looney

Johnny Allen Looney, 56, of Black Oak, brother of Randy Looney of Walnut Ridge, died June 15, 2013. Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at the Black Oak Church of Christ. Gregg Funeral Home of Monette has charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.mcnabbfuneralhomes.com.

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Mary Rash

Mary "Louise" Rash, 93, of West Memphis, died June 11, 2013, at Crittenden Regional Hospital.

Born Sept. 24, 1919, she was retired from West Memphis Utilities. She was a member of the West Memphis Altrusa Women's Business Club, the Ladies Auxiliary at Crittenden Memorial Hospital and the Missouri Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John G. Rash.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Rice and husband David, Drummonds, Tenn.; two sons, Gary Rash and wife Carole, Marion, and Foster Rash and wife Renita, West Memphis; two brothers, J.D. Henry, Wealder, Texas, and Glenn Henry, Millstadt, Ill.; six grandchildren, Rob Rash, Ashley Campbell, Tom Rash, Amanda Oakley, Rachel Boylan and Paul Rice; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at the Missouri Street Church of Christ in West Memphis. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis.

Memorials may be made to the Missouri Street Church of Christ.

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

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Daisy Richardson

Daisy McCluskey Richardson, 91, of Pocahontas, died June 8, 2013.

Born May 25, 1922, in the Sharum community, she was the daughter of Charles "C.W." and Julia Ann McCluskey.

Survivors include a son, Mike Richardson and wife Judy, Pocahontas; a daughter, Donna Statler and husband David, Imboden; five grandchildren, Chad Richardson, Brandon Richardson, Nick Richardson, Cody Statler and Elizabeth Statler; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Wednesday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Randy Scott and Aaron Winfrey officiating. Burial was in Ford-Campbell Cemetery.

Pallbearerers were Chad Richardson, Brandon Richardson, Nick Richardson, Cody Statler, Joe McCluskey and John McCluskey. Honorary pallbearer was Elizabeth Statler.

Memorials may be made to Ford-Campbell Cemetery or O'Kean Free Will Baptist Church.

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

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Chris Carol Stewart

Chris Carol Stewart, 69, of Bartonville, Ill., died June 8, 2013, at her home.

Born Dec. 25, 1943, in Peach Orchard, she was the daughter of Richard John "R.J." and Henrietta Cain Clayton, but was raised by R.J. and his second wife, Genendal King Clayton. She graduated from Delaplaine High School in 1962 and was of the Protestant belief. She worked in the emergency room of Saint Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill., for 23 years.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Christine Ann Stewart; and her father, Richard John Clayton.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Wayne Stewart, whom she married in March 1963; a son, Keith Stewart, of the home; her mother, Gen Atkinson, Walnut Ridge; sisters, Ida Hewett and husband Don, Corning, Ruth Ann Clayton, Newport, and Donna Beaube and husband George, Baytown, Texas; a brother, Van Clayton and wife Carolyn, Green Forest; and a special aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Baer, Fenton, Mo.

She requested no services.

Memorials may be made to National Cancer Society.

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

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James E. Vaughn

James E. "Jim" Vaughn, 87, of Jonesboro, formerly of Delaplaine, died June 16, 2013.

Born Dec. 7, 1925, in Ashland, Ky., he was the son of James and Frances Lynk Vaughn. Mr. Vaughn was a teacher and principal at Hoxie High School in the 1960s. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

He was a student at Michigan State College when he entered the U.S. Navy during World War II. He achieved the rank of lieutenant. He attended Arkansas A&M at Monticello, and received a BA from Oklahoma University in 1947, and an MSE from Arkansas State University in 1962.

He managed a commercial broadcast station in Miami for a time before moving with his wife to Arkansas in 1955. He was a member of the Arkansas Educational Telecommunications Commission from 1980 to 1988, and played a major role in establishing a statewide academic competition known as Quiz Bowl.

He served as a director of Riceland Food's Corning division, and as a member of the Arkansas State University Chancellor's Cabinet.

Over a period of some 20 years he authored more than 60 instructional books and computer programs, including a software program for Apple IT computers that was included in NASA's second catalog for aerospace education. His first work of fiction won the 1993 Heartland Writers' Guild award for Contemporary Fiction. He published two novels.

He was preceded in death by a brother, George Vaughn; and a sister, Ida M. Vaughn Jacobs.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Wanda Lee Vaughn; a niece, Melanie Lemley, Pasadena, Calif.; a nephew, James "Skip" Jacobs, Palmdale, Calif.; four great-nieces; and four great-nephews.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Kathy Holler officiating. Eulogists were Rev. Warner Allen and Charlotte Rogers Myers. Music was provided by Danny and Jimmye Carol Watson and Darlene Moore. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens in Paragould.

Pallbearers were Steve May, Fred Schmidt, Keith Mosby, Billie Joe Rice, Garland Gilmore, Bill Lovelady, Frank Rice, Jim Finley and Bill Caldwell. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Waldron, Larry Mouser, Jack French, Dr. Don Berry, Rupert White, Paul Osborn, Eli Murray, John Ed Wilkinson and the Hoxie Class of 1966.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis or the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society of Jonesboro.

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

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Bertie Lee York

Bertie Lee York, 84, of Alicia, died June 12, 2013, in Jacksonville.

Born June 22, 1928, in Swifton, she was the daughter of William and Rose Etta Smith Moskop. She lived in Walnut Ridge and Alicia for most of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll O'Neil York; a son, William O'Neil York; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a son, Joey York and wife Jackie, Cabot; four daughters, Pat Sexton and husband Wayne, Pine Bluff, Diane Stewart and husband Grady and Audra Andrews and husband Joe, all of Fort Worth, Texas, and Nancy Fox and husband Randy, Oxnard, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Alicia Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Kausler officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Billy Sexton, Ben Andrews, Neil York, Joshua Andrews, Michael York, Frank Kaiser, Stephen Higgins and Steven DeFratus.

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

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