September11, 2013 Edition

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Births

Kamdyn Tillman Shirley Cohen Thomas Turner

Weddings/Engagements

Erwin ~ Jones Moody ~ Milligan Morris ~ Foster

Obituaries

Marie T. Arnold Jeremy Lee Bayles Kathleen Davis
Afton Gerald Eades Beulah Lee Evans Mary Emma Evans
Jeanette Gregory Charles Owen Hilburn Harold B. Hodges
Robert D. Hutchins Edith Ragsdell Hattie T. Smith
Raymond Willis

Births

Kamdyn Tillman Shirley

Jacob Shirley and Athena Kronk of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son, born on Aug. 31, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Kamdyn Tillman Shirley.

Grandparents are William Kronk of Mountain View and Jackie and Helen Travis and Ava Kronk, all of Pocahontas.

Martha Smith of Hoxie is the great-grandmother.

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Cohen Thomas Turner

Bobby and Amy Turner of Pocahontas have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born on Aug. 8, 2013, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Cohen Thomas Turner.

Grandparents are Robby and Tonda Turner of Hermitage, Tenn., Sharon Turner and Thomas and Brenda Ray, all of Imboden.

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Weddings/Engagements

Erwin ~ Jones

Tony and Mary Erwin of Black Rock have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Bethany Laura Erwin, to Colby Cheyenne Jones, son of Harry Jones of O'Kean and the late Sharon Ragsdale Jones.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Helen Isreal of Ravenden and the late Kenneth Isreal and the late Rudolph and Bessie Erwin.

She is a graduate of Black Rock High School and Blackwood Beauty School. She is employed as a hairstylist at ImageZ in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Fred and Edith Ragsdale and the late Orvil and Agnes Jones.

He is a 2011 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is employed by E and S Farms.

The couple will exchange vows on Oct. 5, 2013, at 5 p.m. at the James Ranch, located on Old Ferry Road in Pocahontas.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Moody ~ Milligan

Amanda Beth Milligan became the bride of Anthony Duane Moody on July 21, 2013, at Old Enterprise General Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

The bride is the daughter of Ann Milligan of Portia and the late Riley Milligan. She is the granddaughter of the late Elmer and Thelma Milligan and the late Noble and Mildred Dailey, all of whom lived in Portia.

She is a 1988 honor graduate of Hoxie High School, received her certificate in practical nursing from Black River Technical College in 1995 and earned her bachelor's degree in early childhood education in 2003.

She is a staff LPN wit Corizon Correctional Medical Service at the Scott grimes Correctional Facility in Newport.

The groom is the son of Ronnie and Sue Moody of Jonesboro, formerly of Hoxie. He is the grandson of the late Herschel and Ruby Moody and the late Almus and Margaret Davis, all of whom lived in Hoxie.

He attended school at Hoxie and Westside and served in the U.S. Army. He is employed at Hytrol in Jonesboro.

Bro. Bobby Wade officiated the double-ring, semi-formal ceremony.

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Morris ~ Foster

Natalea Rae Foster became the bride of Jacob Daniel Morris during a double-ring ceremony performed by Bro. Lee Brewer, pastor of First Baptist Church in Aledo, Texas, on June 29, 2013, at Manley Chapel in Walnut Ridge.

The bride is the daughter of Robert and Lea Andra Foster of Walnut Ridge and the granddaughter of David and Carol Foster of Tulsa, Okla., and Jim and Carolyn Land of Lancaster, Ky.

The groom is the son of Trudy Morris of Fort Worth, Texas, and Joe Morris of Arlington, Texas, and the grandson of Josephine Spence of Rockport, Texas the late Kenneth Spence, Cecil Cook of White Settlement, Texas, and the late Carolyn Cook and Jonell Morris of Arlington, Texas, and the late Cliff Morris.

Leah and Lauren Palmer of Oklahoma City, Okla., provided vocal and stringed music.

The bride wore a strapless, sweetheart bodice shantung taffeta ball gown with a beaded, satin sash, sweeping train and a mid-length veil with an embellished edge featuring pearls, beads and sequins.

Her bouquet of white and coral flowers was made by her mother and her hand-tatted handkerchief was made by her father.

Alice Banks of Oklahoma City served as matron of honor. Maids of honor were Madeleine Foster of Walnut Ridge, sister of the bride, and Allie Morris of Fort Worth, Texas, sister of the groom.

Kyle Richter of Aledo, Texas, was the best man. Serving as groomsmen were Michael Sapp of Weatherford, Texas, and Nicholas Foster of Walnut Ridge, brother of the bride.

Flower girls were Angela and Alyssa Donachy of Lancaster, Ky., cousins of the bride. Ring bearers were Mason and Collin Andrews of Walnut Ridge.

Paul Inman of Okarche, Okla., and Adam and Caleb Sanders of Eufaula, Okla., served as ushers, and Caio and Whitney Fran¨a of Shawnee, Okla., were guest book attendants.

Out-of town guests attending the wedding traveled from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky and Honduras.

Natalea and Jacob reside in Little Rock.

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Obituaries

Marie T. Arnold

Marie T. Arnold, 93, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 8, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 20, 1919, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Jess and Nettie Lockheart Tennison. She was a homemaker and a member of the Egypt Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess Thomas Arnold, on Oct. 10, 1965, whom she married Sept. 20, 1938; a son, Morris Arnold; two sisters; two brothers; and a great-grandson, Taylor McQuay.

Survivors include two sons, Don Arnold and wife Gail, Walnut Ridge, and Bruce Arnold and wife Joyce, Bono; a daughter, Judy Rucker and husband Jim, Bono; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Arnold Cemetery, near Swifton, with Bro. Rickey Clark officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Cody Arnold, Rusty Rucker, Cason McQuay, Slade Dalton, Jarret Wann, Caden Arnold, Trent Green and Luke Green. Honorary pallbearers were Kylea Rucker, Riley Rucker, Alexis Dalton, Jordan Lawrence and Allyson McQuay.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge.

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

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Jeremy Lee Bayles

Jeremy Lee Bayles, 24, of Imboden, died Sept. 8, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born Oct. 29, 1988, in Jonesboro, he was a 2007 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Wilma Reese Bayles; a brother, Sam Gene Bayles; his grandparents, Rose Lee Reese, John Webster Reese, Annie Lou Reese and Sam Elgene Bayles; and a niece, Christina Bayles.

Survivors include a brother, Jonathan Bayles and wife Kelsee, Imboden; three sisters, Samantha Duncan and husband Josh, Imboden, Annie Bayles, Jonesboro, and Debbie Bayles, Paragould; five nephews; and three nieces.

Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. Funeral will be private.

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

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Kathleen Davis

Elizabeth Kathleen "Kathy" Holder Davis, 69, of Marion, died Sept. 7, 2013, in Memphis.

Born Aug. 19, 1944, in Walnut Ridge, she attended Hoxie School until 10th grade. She had lived in Memphis and West Memphis before moving to Marion.

She worked in the cafeteria and as a crossing guard for the West Memphis School District. She was a homemaker, an Avon salesperson and later baby-sat in her home. She was a member of the Cypress Creek Church of the Nazarene in Marion.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Franklin Neil Davis, whom she married Aug. 14, 1964, in Walnut Ridge; two sons, Michael Davis and wife Leona, Shallowater, Texas, and Christopher Davis, Marion; a daughter, Karen, Marion; and three grandchildren, Krista, Cynthia and Nathanael.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cypress Creek Church of the Nazarene in Marion.

Memorials may be made to the Methodist Hospice Residence of Memphis or to Cypress Creek Church of the Nazarene.

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

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Afton Gerald Eades

Afton Gerald Eades, 88, of Strawberry, died Sept. 7, 2013, at Strawberry.

Born Jan. 22, 1925, in Van Buren County, he was the son of William Henry and Eula Mae Eades. He was a farmer and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Burnis McClain Eades; a son, Mike Eades; a daughter, Shirley Elaine Ellison; and the mother of his eight children, Gearlene Harlan Eades.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Eades and wife Patsy, Mena, and Jerry Eades and wife Nancy, Alicia; four daughters, Barbara Joan Bagwell and husband Johnny and Patty June Bagwell and husband Junior, all of Strawberry, Judith Ann Dent and husband Jerry, Jonesboro, and Beverly Darlene Presley and husband David, Jamestown; four brothers, William Eades, Lonnie Eades, Doyan Eades and Wayne Eades; three sisters, Reba Thomas, Earnestine Eades and Imogene Stout; 17 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and an adopted grandson, Caleb Lancaster.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Coffeyville Cemetery with Bro. Joe Lancaster officiating. Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport had charge of arrangements.

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

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Beulah Lee Evans

Beulah Lee McLeod Massey Evans, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 8, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 21, 1921, in the Denton community, she was the daughter of W.H. and Viola Smith McLeod. She was a volunteer at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center for many years, as well as at the WRAFS Museum. She was a member of the United Church of God and the Lawrence Health Services Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, D.C. Massey; her second husband, Owen Evans; three brothers, Nealis McLeod, K.D. McLeod and Don McLeod; a sister, Bessie Erwin; and two grandchildren, Kevin Kirk and Robin Washburn.

Survivors include two daughters, Janet Crabbe and husband Jon, Pocahontas, and Patricia White, Springfield, Mo.; a son, Joseph Massey and wife Linda, Lyndon, Kan.; a stepson, Dwight Evans and wife Teddy, The Dalles, Ore.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with John Petty officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery near Lynn.

Pallbearers will be Quinton Washburn, Cory Purinton, Bill Massey, Tim Massey, Rick St. Pierre and Mike Greene.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge or Old Bethel Cemetery, c/o Ann Burrow, 401 Lawrence 225, Black Rock, AR 72415.

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Mary Emma Evans

Mary Emma Evans, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 7, 2013, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Oct. 27, 1922, in Marston, Mo., she was the daughter of William and Mary Brown Stubblefield. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and retired from Walmart after working in Walnut Ridge and Pocahontas for many years. She was a charter member of the United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mander Evans; and two sons, Roger Dale Evans and James Evans.

Survivors include two sons, Mack Evans and wife Dianna, Jonesboro, and Greg Evans and wife Karen, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Regina Hayes and husband Gabby, Black Rock; a sister, Nadine McDowell, East Emdine, Ill.; a daughter-in-law, June Evans, Batesville; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bill Hughes and Tim Campbell officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Jeanette Gregory

Jeanette Gregory, 88, of Bryant, died Sept. 10, 2013, in Little Rock.

Arrangements will be announced by House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Charles Owen Hilburn

Charles Owen Hilburn, 84, of Greenbrier, died Sept. 6, 2013.

Born Feb. 27, 1929, in Black Rock, he was the son of Richard Owen and Mary Elizabeth Shaver Hilburn. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a retired instructor at Twin Lakes Vo-Tech in Harrison. He raised Missouri Foxtrotters and was a member of the Missouri Foxtrotters Association and the Greenbrier Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Genelda Hilburn and Euline Freeman.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jean Massey Hilburn; a son, Danny Hilburn and wife Mary Ann, Cabot; three daughters, Vickie Rogers and husband Roy, Conway, Carol Farrar and husband Bud, Lillie, La., and Diane Hilburn, Jonesboro; a sister, Lou Ann Shaw and husband Bob; two brothers, John Hilburn and wife Bonnie, and Dale Hilburn and wife Jan; a sister-in-law, Mona Hardin; six grandchildren, Adam Rogers, Jared Rogers, Kristen Barber, Lynley Farrar, Lillianna Hilburn and Sanders Hilburn; and special friend, Bill Burns.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Greenbrier Church of Christ with Bro. Glen Elliott officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Greenbrier.

Memorials may be made to Southern Christian Home, 100 W. Harding Street, Morrilton, AR 72110 or the Children's Home, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

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

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Harold B. Hodges

Harold B. "Arkie" Hodges, 81, of Alicia, died Sept. 6, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 16, 1932, at Swifton, he was the son of Fred Chester and Lillie Mae Reeves Hodges. He was a petty officer, second class (MML2) in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Holder during the Korean War. Later in life, he was a machinist and helped make parts for the first Apollo spacecraft.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Rosie Odell Harbison; and a sister-in-law, Betty Hodges.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Johnson Hodges, whom he married Jan. 14, 1957; five daughters, Vickie (Mitchell) Layne, Senath, Mo., Mickie Baker, Swifton, Shelia Mae (Chuck) Dawdy, Glen Carbon, Ill., and Dianna (Tom) Shriver and Beverly (Michelle) Hodges, all of St. Louis; a son, Stanley (Becky) Hodges, St. Ann, Mo.; a sister, Floy (William) Kysar, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Chester Marlin Hodges, Walnut Ridge; a special friend, Jamie Haigwood, Alicia; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Revs. Everett Hart and Gerald Goza officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael Hodges, Albert Hunot, Tommy Hunot, Allen Philbrook, Matthew Smith and Jerry Burchfield. Honorary pallbearers were Benjamin William Hodges and Chuck Dawdy.

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

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Robert D. Hutchins, 50, of Rosie, died Sept. 6, 2013, at his home.

Born Dec. 8, 1962, in Newport, he had worked at Arkansas Steel in Newport for many years. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hulen and Hazel Hutchins and Dexter and Norma Preston.

Survivors include his wife, Christie Huskey Hutchins; three sons, Elliot Hutchins and Eric Hutchins, both of Prattsville, and Christopher Hutchins, Rosie; three daughters, Samantha Huskey, Strawberry, and Jacqulyn Riggs and Brittany Hutchins, both of Rosie; a brother, Randy Hutchins, Batesville; three sisters, Rhonda Beard, Batesville, Lisa Barnett, Bethesda, and Teresa Cummings, Prattsville; and four grandchildren, Lynzi Hutchins, Lyzabeth Hutchins, Avery Hutchins and Myka Huskey.

Funeral is Thursday at 5 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City with Bro. Ron Canard officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Heath Preston, Todd Hutchins, Jeff Hutchins, Bobby Vaughn, Roger Randolph and Kenny Burns. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Crabb and Martin McLeod.

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Edith Ragsdell

Edith Louise Sisco Ragsdell, 87, of O'Kean, died Sept. 8, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 6, 1926, in Missouri, she was the daughter of Jim and Edith Balden Sisco. She was a lifelong resident of O'Kean, a homemaker and of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Ragsdell; two sons, Jimmy Ragsdell and Tommy Ragsdell; a daughter, Sharon Jones; four brothers, Dan Sisco, Coy Sisco, Elmo Sisco and Bill Sisco; and two sisters, Minnie Huffman and Emma Gifford.

Survivors include three daughters, Freda Dean and husband Eddie, O'Kean, Donna Eubanks and husband Dale, Delaplaine, and Virricka Wilson and husband Danny, Hoxie; a sister, Sleety Haynes, O'Kean; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Phillip Keeling officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Heath Eubanks, Anthony Eveland, Colton Wilson, Devine Wilson, Cheyenne Jones and Brian Dean. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Gifford, Jerry Sisco, Jay Jones, Terry Eveland, Weldon Denton, Jeff Sisco and William Sisco.

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Hattie T. Smith

Hattie T. Smith, 86, of Hoxie, died Sept. 8, 2013, in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 15, 1926, in Newport, she was the daughter of Oscar and Bessie Koettel Guinn. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob L. Smith; a brother, O.E. Guinn Jr.; and a sister, Terry O'Banion.

Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Whitaker and husband Charles, Jonesboro; two sons, Mike Smith and wife Debbie, Walnut Ridge, and Stephen Smith and wife Vicki, Elkhart, Ind.; a sister, Irene Monday, Newport; two brothers, Bob Montgrain and wife Betty, St. Louis, and Ben Smith and wife Pam, Springfield, Mo.; a special friend, Ruth Ann Dunahay and husband Glenn, Maumelle; six grandchildren, Andrea Corley, Amy Jones, Matthew Smith, Jill Crocker, Emily Smith and Andy Whitaker; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home in Paragould or the Main Street Church of Christ Wednesday night children's meals.

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

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Raymond Willis

Raymond Willis, 85, of Bedford, Ind., died Sept. 5, 2013, at the Stonebridge House Campus in Bedford.

Born Oct. 29, 1927, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Houston and May Pickney Willis. He had lived in Lawrence County and Michigan before moving to Indiana in 2002. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon Willis; and two sisters, Lucille Willis and Wilma Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Hall Willis; a daughter, Joann Fields and husband Michael, Bedford, Ind.; two sons, Jamey Willis and wife Debby and Jerry Willis and wife Sandy, all of Shelby Township, Mich.; a sister, Ruby Hill, Pocahontas; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Powhatan Cemtery.

Pallbearers were Mikey Fields, Ryan Fields, Brooks Willis, Calina Goss, Kristina Thomas and Joseph Willis.

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