September 04, 2013 Edition

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Sidney Diana Fortson Tinsley Layne Smith Braelyn Jullian Waddell


Kennemer ~ Manning


Joyce L. Cagle Sandra Kay Fisher Doris A. Henderson
Charline Cona Johnson Earlie Leon Lawson Doris Ann McElrath
Doris Marie Morgan Doris Lee Sandusky Lex Ward
Danny Watson John P. Welch Jr. Charles F. Whittaker


Sidney Diana Fortson

Cody Fortson and Melanie Jacobson Le›n of Bono have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Aug. 20, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed six pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Sidney Diana Fortson. She has six siblings, Cody Hudson, 22, Gabriel Le›n, 12, Lourdes Le›n, 10, Billy Fortson, six, Gavin Fortson, four, and Kennah-Ann Fortson, two.

Grandparents are Joan Jacobson of Bono, Vickie Ward of Hoxie and David and Tammy Eubanks of Lafe.

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Tinsley Layne Smith

Luke and Brittney Smith of Ravenden have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born on Aug. 23, 2013, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed six pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Tinsley Layne Smith.

Grandparents are Joyce Dobbs and Jeff Williams of Walnut Ridge, Luther and Sharon Smith of Ravenden and the late Rodney Dobbs.

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Braelyn Jullian Waddell

Timothy and Chevonna Waddell of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born on Aug. 4, 2013, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Braelyn Jullian Waddell. He has two sisters, Alexis Parker, five, and Harley Waddell, two.

Grandparents are Carroll Waddell of Pocahontas, Alice Waddell of Hoxie, Ted and Paula Lamb of Paragould and Eric Parker of Monette.

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Kennemer ~ Manning

Manley Chapel on the campus of Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge was the setting on Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. for the double-ring ceremony uniting Erin Lee Kennemer and Ryan Drake Manning in marriage.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Davis of Walnut Ridge and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kennemer of Hendersonville, Tenn.

The bridegroom is the son of Sherry Manning of Walnut Ridge and the late Richard Manning.

The Rev. Bob McMillion performed the ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by the Delta String Quartet, soloist John Householder, and pianist David Foley.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a one-shoulder, Allur diamond white satin gown, with a corset back and ruching throughout the slim silhouette. The waist and shoulder were adorned with Swarovski crystals.

She wore a single tier, finger-tip veil of diamond white illusion, which was edged with bugle beads, and carried a round hand-tied clutch bouquet of green and white hydrangeas, white cremons and white ranunculus encrusted with crystal accents and green rose embroidered satin ribbon.

Her Òsomething blueÓ was a handkerchief, attached to the stems of her bouquet, given to her by her students, which had each of their names embroidered in blue. Her Òsomething oldÓ was her great-grandmother's handkerchief, which was tucked inside her bouquet.

Laura Madden of Jonesboro, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Taylor Gregory of Jonesboro, cousin of the bride, and Veronica Manning of Walnut Ridge, sister-in-law of the bride.

Flower girl was Grace Lee Madden of Jonesboro, niece of the bride. Mackenzie Davis of Pocahontas, niece of the bride, presided at the bride's book.

Tosh Manning of Walnut Ridge, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Houston Hart of Bono and Josh Graddy of Walnut Ridge. Tyler Worlow of Bono was the usher.

The parents of the bride hosted a reception at the Walnut Ridge Country Club following the wedding.

The couple reside in Jonesboro.

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Joyce L. Cagle

Joyce Laverne Cagle, 69, of Batesville, died Sept. 2, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 30, 1944, in West Memphis, she was the daughter of the late William B. and Elsie Coleman Byrd.

Survivors include her husband, James Everett Cagle; three daughters, Debra Ann Burnam, Elk City, Okla., and Lisa C. Rudd and Becky S. McAfee, both of Batesville; a son, Tony James Cagle, Batesville; a brother, Glenn Byrd, Cabot; a sister, Gail Beavers, Marshall; 11 grandchildren, Dakota Buckner, Garrett Buckner, Bryan Snow, Colby Love, Ciara Love, Jamie McAfee, Colton McAfee, Jessie Rudd, Chy Rudd, Charlie Cagle and Dustin Cagle; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Austin Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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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.; four stepsons, Perry Fisher, Mountain Home, and Berry Fisher, Shannon Fisher and Mark Fisher, all 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, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Doris A. Henderson

Doris A. Lackey Henderson, 77, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Lawrence County, died Aug. 28, 2013.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Henderson; and five children, Tona Henderson and partner Katie Clark, Penfield, N.Y., Pete Henderson and wife Anita, Independence, Mo., Donald Henderson, San Jose, Calif., Vivian Love and husband Scott, Overland Park, Kan., and Betsy Grant and husband David, San Diego.

A memorial service will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Affinity All Faiths Lincoln Chapel in Wichita. Burial will be in The Belle Plaine Cemetery in Belle Plaine, Kan.

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Charline Cona Johnson

Charline Cona Johnson, 76, of Fayetteville, died Sept. 2, 2013, at her home.

Born July 17, 1937, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Elvis and Elizabeth Manning Johnson. She lived in Lawrence County for 60 years before moving to Fayetteville 16 years ago. She was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Pamala Johnson Stoner; and a brother, Hillis Johnson.

Survivors include a brother, Willis Johnson and wife Sherry, Farmington, Mo.; an uncle, James Manning and wife Bobbi Jo, Walnut Ridge; a sister-in-law, Glenda Johnson, Portia; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Gerald Fears officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Mike Johnson, John Johnson, Vaughn Johnson, Benny Stayton, Shayne Stayton and Jim Stoner.

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Earlie Leon Lawson

Earlie Leon Lawson, 72, of Portia, died Aug. 28, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 17, 1941, in the Little Brown community, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was of the Pentecostal belief. He worked at Delta Steel and B & R Machine shop as a welder.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Lawson; and his parents, Earlie Lee and Esther Juanita Keith Lawson

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann Lawson; a daughter, Shelia Taylor and husband Buddy, Fontaine; a son, Kevin Lawson, Powhatan; four sisters, Tish Worlow and husband Glenn, Sedgwick, Joan Arnold, Jonesboro, Sue Lawson, Cleveland, Tenn., and Cathie Moody and husband Danny, Baton Rouge, La.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick.

Pallbearers were Buddy Taylor, Taylor Lawson, Jeremy Buck, Gynn Arnold, Mitch Worlow and Randy Worlow.

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Doris Ann McElrath

Doris Ann McElrath, 67, of Newark, sister of Beverly Worthington of Swifton, died Aug. 27, 2013. Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ballew's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport. An online guestbook is available at

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Doris Marie Morgan

Doris Marie Morgan, 63, of Lynn, died Aug. 27, 2013, at her home.

Born July 28, 1950, in Jonesboro, she was a member of the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Quincy and Bertha Love Grimes; and a brother, James Grimes.

Survivors include a daughter, Diana Brawley, Strawberry; two son, William Morgan and wife Rebecca and Walter Morgan and wife Sonya, all of Lynn; four sisters, Minnie Blackburn, Tuckerman, Betty Burks and Flo Nixon, both of Newport, and Mary Adams, South Carolina; four brothers, John Grimes, Hampton, David Grimes, Salem, Bill Grimes, Aurora, Ill., and Melvin Grimes, Jonesboro; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Strawberry. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Doris Lee Sandusky

Doris Lee Sandusky, 81, of Jonesboro, died Aug. 28, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 28, 1932, in Alicia, she was the daughter of William and Bertha Baker Lee. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Sandusky; a granddaughter, Carita Baker; three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include five sons, Gary Sandusky, Phillip Sandusky, Terry Sandusky, Jackson Sandusky and Ray Sandusky; five daughters, Charlene Dowdy, Sandra McQuay, Betty Brown, Kay Tilley and Anita Gellert; a brother, Roy Lee; 33 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at noon at Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Lex Ward

Lex Vern Ward, 82, of Hoxie, died Aug. 31, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born June 2, 1931, in the Giles Spur community, he was the son of Charley D. and Vedis Seagraves Ward. He was a musician and performed with his country and western band. He also worked at the Corner CafŽ, The Times Dispatch, Ford Motor Company, McDonald Aircraft Company and as a local taxi driver. He was most proud of his pipeline work and travels.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Della Mae Wilson Ward; two brothers, Charles Ray Ward and James A. ÒJayÓ Ward; an infant sister, two daughters-in-law, Teresa Ward and Jill Ward; and a great-granddaughter, Remington Dulany.

Survivors include five sons, James R. Ward and wife Freda, Walnut Ridge, Richard S. Ward and wife Donna, Hardy, Lex O. Ward and Jeff L. Ward, both of Loves Park, Ill., and Jerry W. Ward and wife Judy, Hoxie; three daughters, Donna J. Harris and Nena L. Ward, both of Walnut Ridge, and Leigh Ann Ward-Lewis and husband Kenny, Hoxie; a sister, Ellen Ruth Stout and husband Lee, Rockford, Ill.; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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William ÒDannyÓ Watson, 64, of Cabot, died Aug. 30, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock.

Born Jan. 10, 1949, in Newport, he was a 1966 graduate of Hoxie High School. He had lived in Cabot for 28 years after moving from Hoxie. He was a Farm Supply marketing director and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cabot.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley and Lorene Watson.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Jimmye Carol Allison Watson; a son, Gregg Watson and wife Amy, Fayetteville; two daughters, Allison Osterberg and husband Brad, Oklahoma City, and Autumn Watson, Cabot; a brother, Wiley Norris Watson and wife Laura, Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Janis Henry and husband Randall, Lebanon, Tenn.; and 13 grandchildren, Cole, Aidan, Claire, Aimsley, Ella, Watson Wade, Holly Lynn, Marie, Austin, Abby, Heathre, Addison and Blaise.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Revs. David Mitchell and Warner Allen officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery at Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Gregg Watson, Brad Osterberg, Watson Wade Osterberg, Cole Watson, Aidan Watson and Blaise Northern.

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John P. Welch Jr.

John Patrick Welch, Jr., 59, of Hoxie, died suddenly on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

He was born on July 26, 1954, to Betty Sue (Longmire) and John P. Welch Sr. in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by both his parents; one sister, Rhonda Sue Welch; maternal grandparents, Ed and Dessie Longmire; and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Hazel Howell.

He is survived by one daughter, Amber Welch of Jonesboro; two sisters, Lida (Lanny) Tinker, and Katie (Lonnie) Smith of Hoxie; one nephew, three nieces, four great-nephews and four great-nieces.

John was a member of the Hoxie United Methodist Church and a carpenter by trade.

A memorial service will be held at the Hoxie United Methodist Church on Friday at 1 p.m.

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Charles F. Whittaker.

Charles F. Whittaker, 54, of Jacksonville, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Charles was born December 23, 1958, in Wichita, Kan.

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Charles loved the outdoors, especially fishing, and he enjoyed listening to country music.

He is survived by his wife of six years, Lisa Whittaker of Jacksonville; brother Terry Dooley of Haysville, Kan.; daughters Samantha Harris of Douglass, Kan., Tristann Whittaker of Wichita, and Callie Whittaker of Wichita; stepchildren Tracy Hatcher (Terrance) and Eric Borders of Jacksonville; and grandchildren Katelyn Harris, Zari Hatcher and Alana Hatcher.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 5 p.m. at Arkansas Funeral Care in Jacksonville.

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