August 28, 2013 Edition

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Khloe Eden Ludwig Isabellah Marie Mooney William Jack Vincil


Hall ~ Hudson


Rick Baird James Renaldo Ball Shirley A. Bilbrey
Sandra Kay Fisher Dollie Mae Galbreath Annie Zelma Keith
Loyde Scott Winnie Akin Taylor Charles William Woody


Khloe Eden Ludwig

Jason and Mandy Ludwig of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on July 26, 2013. The baby weighed five pounds and has been named Khloe Eden Ludwig.

Grandparents are Rick and Joy Nash of Walnut Ridge and TJ and Crysti Ludwig of Black Rock.

She is the great-granddaughter of Raymond and Sue Nash and Katheryn Horn of Pocahontas, Earl and Diane Ragsdale of Black Rock and Jerry and Agnes Smith of Pleasant Plains.

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Isabellah Marie Mooney

Keanon Mooney and Megan Bailey of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter, born Aug. 10, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed six pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Isabellah Marie Mooney.

Grandparents are Randy and Barbara Bailey of Jonesboro and Manuel and Lana Mooney of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Joe and Earline Clark and Ruth Bailey, all of Jonesboro, Edwin Tannehill of Hoxie, Brenda Lamb of Walnut Ridge and Jim and Linda Mooney of Imboden.

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William Jack Vincil

David and Ramona Vincil of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on Aug. 14, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named William Jack Vincil. He has an older sister, Elizabeth Josephine "Josie," 23 months.

Grandparents are Floyd and Carolyn Lamb of Walnut Ridge, Wm. Keith Falls of Mount Airy, N.C., and Susan Vincil of Deer Lodge, Tenn.

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Hall ~ Hudson

Karen Hall and Tim Hudson, both of Walnut Ridge, were united in marriage on Aug. 17, 2013, at a private ceremony held at the Chapel of Angels in Eureka Springs.

The bride is the daughter of Jean Chesser of Walnut Ridge. She is employed at NEA Baptist Clinic of Jonesboro.

The groom is the son of Don Hudson of Walnut Ridge and Jim and Judy Bridges of Pocahontas. He is employed at Hytrol of Jonesboro.

Following the ceremony the couple honeymooned in Eureka Springs. They now reside in Walnut Ridge.

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Rick Baird

John Ray "Rick" Baird, 67, of Ravenden, died Aug. 17, 2013, in Jonesboro.

Born July 6, 1946, in Lawrence County, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. After retiring from the United States Postal Service in 1980, he attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Science and became a licensed embalmer. He was the owner and operator of North Arkansas Mortuary Service. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Ravenden Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John H. and Clara Bell Davis Baird; two brothers, Hubert Baird and Jack Matthews; a sister, Ann Woodson; and a grandson, Danny James.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Opal Baird; a son, David Lester and wife Donna, Ravenden; a daughter, Shelly Sisco, Ravenden; two stepsons, Tim Lester, Williford, and Dennis Lester and wife Kathy, Imboden; a stepdaughter, Diane Roberson, Thayer, Mo.; a brother, Earl Matthews, Williford; two sisters, Regina Ellington, Carley, Miss., and Margaret Travis, Sycamore, Ill.; 13 grandchildren, Haley Terrell, Michael Terrell, Jodi Lester, Stormy Sisco, Cage Sisco, Katie Miller, Roman Staten, Skyla Lester, Kody Lester, Sherry Lester, Jessie Lester, Jesse Techke and Destiny Lester; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Ravenden Springs with Matthew Donner officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne

Pallbearers were Jimmy Mahaffey, Michael Matthews, Terry Honeycutt, Ed Nicolai, Hal Collier and Jerry Brown.

An online guestbook is available at

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James Renaldo Ball

James Renaldo Ball, 72, of Paragould, died Aug. 20, 2013, at his home.

Born Dec. 19, 1940, in East Chicago, Ind., he was a diesel mechanic, a truck driver and a member of the Tea Party.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie James Ball; his parents, Walter and Pauline Southred Ball; three brothers, Rayford Ball, Buddy Ball and Phillip Ball; and a sister, Sonia Marsh.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Stringer Ball, whom he married March 17, 1961, in Gary, Ind.; four sons, James Stringer, James Ball, Willie Ball and Eric Ball; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 11 a.m. at Old Military Cemetery near Sedgwick with James Ball officiating. Cox-Fears Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Shirley A. Bilbrey

Shirley A. Bilbrey, 79, of Fredericksburg, Va., died Aug. 23, 2013, at Woodmont Center in Fredericksburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy J. Bilbrey, a native of Smithville; and two sisters, Aleta Buster and Linda Perez.

Survivors include three daughters, Katrinka J. Craig and Melody A. Van Pelt, both of Fredericksburg, and Ginger L. Otstott, Lake Stevens, Wash.; a brother, Harold Poe, Arizona; four grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

Private services are under the direction of Covenant Funeral Service of Fredericksburg.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorials Processing Center, Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

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Sandra Kay Fisher

Sandra Kay Fisher, 66, of Alicia, died Aug. 23, 2013, at NEA Baptist Women's Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 15, 1946, in Bloomington, Ill., she was a homemaker and was of the Catholic belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Elmyra Kribbs Thompson; and two stepsons, Michael Fisher and Jeff Fisher.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Fisher; a daughter, Myra Turner and husband Jeff, El Paso, Ill.; two sons, James Cremer and wife Ava, Minonk, Ill., and Brian Fisher, Clover Bend; three stepdaughters, Pam Hancock and husband Scott, Maynard, Tammie Gill and husband Donald, Powhatan, and Debbie Savage and husband Thomas, Woodland Park, Colo.; three stepsons, Perry Fisher, Mountain Home, and Berry Fisher and Shannon Fisher, both of Walnut Ridge; a brother, Donald Thompson and wife Debbie, Lexington, Ill.; a sister, Debbie Fever and husband Mitch, Carlock, Ill.; 24 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Dollie Mae Galbreath

Dollie Mae Galbreath, 51, of Jonesboro, died Aug. 20, 2013.

Born April 16, 1962, she was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Wanda Wilson; a brother, Jessie Wilson; and a sister, Willine Wilson.

Survivors include a son, Brian Galbreath, Hoxie; three daughters, Shanna Rodriguez, Illinois, Tonja Romero and husband Juan, Bono, and Jamie Galbreath, Simsboro, La.; two brothers, Wayne Wilson, Swifton, and Vernon Wilson, Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Brenda Pearce, Barbara Bolin and Shirley Russell, all of Jonesboro, and Samantha Galbreath, Paragould; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport.

An online guestbook is available at

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Annie Zelma Keith

Annie Zelma Keith, 90, of Leachville, died Aug. 21, 2013, at her home.

Born March 6, 1923, at O'Kean, she was the daughter of Dawson and Della Dean Jackson. She was raised in the Delfore community and was a 1941 graduate of Childress High School. She retired from Emerson Electric and was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Leachville, where she was a member of the choir and volunteered with the food bank and clothes closet.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Virgil Keith; a son, Ronnie Keith; a son-in-law, Paul Pickle; four brothers, R.D. Jackson, Zan Finley, Gene Finley and Vance Finley; a sister, Charlene Wells; a brother-in-law, James Wells; and four sisters-in-law, Ruby Jackson, Applerine Finley, Monteen Finley and Edna Finley Burk.

Survivors include a son, James Keith and wife Ruth Ann, Leachville; two daughters, Charolette Ann Pruitt and husband Paul, Bella Vista, and Kay Pickle, Jonesboro; a daughter-in-law, Vicki Keith, Siloam Springs; three sisters, Nadine Weir, St. Louis, Fern Woodsmall and husband Rudolph, Paragould, and Claudine Sparks, Jonesboro; a sister-in-law, Crick Keith, Leachville; nine grandchildren, Kevin Reagan, Tammy Stockton, Paul Keith, Angie BoBo, Shad Pickle, Heather Martin, Aaron Keith, Rhonda Wilbanks and Joe Pruitt; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Howard Funeral Service in Leachville with Jace Tubbs officiating. Burial was in Leachville Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kevin Reagan, Paul Keith, Shad Pickle, Aaron Keith, Joe Pruitt and Tommy Stockton.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge or St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis.

An online guestbook is available at

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Loyde Scott

Loyde Scott, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 24, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Born April 18, 1921, at Fontaine, he was the son of Tom and Mary Simpson Scott. He was a World War II Army veteran and was of the Methodist belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Britton Scott; two sisters, Nora Thompson and Lena Childers; five brothers, Caraway Scott, Thomas Scott, Bill Scott, Larry Scott and Floyde Scott (his twin).

Survivors include two brothers, Ray Scott, Walnut Ridge; and Joe Scott, Branson, Mo.

Graveside service was Monday at 11 a.m. at Lorado Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

An online guestbook is available at

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Winnie Akin Taylor

Mrs. Winnie Akin Taylor, age 94, of Walker Dr., Carrollton, Ga., passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Sept. 6, 1918, in the home where she passed away. Daughter of the late LaFayette Walker and Avva Walker Brock, Mrs. Taylor was a 1936 graduate of Roopville High School and, in her early years, worked as the society editor for what is now the Times-Georgian. She later worked and retired as an agent with Progressive Farmer Insurance.

Currently she was the longest tenured member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, where she worshiped for over 79 years. Her outside interests included a love of gardening and she especially enjoyed sharing her bounty with family and friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Glenn Akin; and second husband, Thurlo Taylor; a brother, Ralph Walker; and a sister, Ruby Walker Pyle.

Survivors include her children, Joseph Akin and his wife Pam Odom Akin of Hamilton, Ga., Linda Akin Elliott and her fiancˇ Douglas Palamountain of Carrollton, Ga., Barbara Akin Teal and her husband Tracy Teal of Johnson City, Tenn., Alice Akin Startup and her husband Kenneth Startup of Walnut Ridge, Avva Akin Perry and her husband Wendell Perry of Bowdon, Ga., and Dennis Akin and his wife Wanda Langley Akin of Carrollton.

Also surviving are 16 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. the Oak Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Rob Vincent, pastor Spencer Teal and Dr. Kenneth Startup officiating.

Music will be rendered by her granddaughters, Laressa Teal McCarty, Meredith Teal Copp, Emily Akin Carlisle, Rebecca Startup Partain, Rachael Startup Russell, Jessica Perry McRae and Amanda Perry.

Mrs. Taylor's grandsons, Alan Akin, Glenn Akin, Chris Martin, David Martin, Spencer Teal, Adam Akin and Daniel Akin will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the church from 1 p.m until the service hour. Interment will follow in the Stripling Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Martin & Hightower Funeral Home of Carrollton.

Messages of condolences may be sent to the family at


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Charles William Woody

Charles William Woody, 78, of Southside, died Aug. 22, 2013. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Woody, formerly of Strawberry; and a stepdaughter, Tammy Reese of Black Rock. Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Campground Cemetery at Bethesda under the direction of Qualls Funeral Service of Batesville. An online guestbook is available at

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