October 09, 2013 Edition

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Aaron Lee Duncan


Daniel ~ Allison Smith ~ York


Anna and Sophie Crum Matthew Keith Davis Kathleen Elizabeth Farmer
Lucy E. Fender Layton Lee Holder Wilma Plumlee
Leslie G. Smith


Aaron Lee Duncan

Josh and Samantha Duncan of Imboden have announced the birth of a son, born on Sept. 30, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Aaron Lee Duncan. He has a brother, Austin William Duncan, one, and a half sister, Zoey Duncan, three.

Grandparents are Ricky and Jeanine Duncan of Walnut Ridge and the late Sam and Wilma Bayles.

Pearline Franks of Walnut Ridge is the great-grandmother.

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Daniel ~ Allison

A double-ring ceremony was held at the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 4 p.m. uniting Madison Claire Daniel and Joshua Scott Allison in marriage.

The bride is the daughter of Stan and Maria Daniel of Jonesboro. She is the granddaughter of James and Cleata Daniel of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and Virginia Gilliam of Harrisburg and the late Raymond Gilliam.

The bridegroom is the son of Tim and Linda Allison of Jonesboro. He is the grandson of Christine Holloway and G.W. and Fran Allison, all of Jonesboro.

Dr. Bruce Tippit and brother G.W. Allison performed the ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by the Delta String Quartet and Michael and Rebekah Wallace, guitarist and vocalist, of Little Rock.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore an Allure strapless gown, with a sweetheart neckline made of ivory tulle, with a mermaid-style skirt covered in antique ivory lace that flowed into a chapel-length train.

She wore a cathedral-length bridal veil made of sheer ivory tulle and carried a bouquet of ivory callas, roses and hydrangeas wrapped in ivory ribbon.

Meredith Copeland, sister of the bride, of Jonesboro served as matron of honor, and Kelli Blanchard of Little Rock served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Katie Price and Mollie Price, both of Jonesboro; Kiley Steele of Little Rock, Meredith Frieberg of Fayetteville, Hyunah Ahn of Springfield, Mo., and Erin Keeven of St. Louis.

Seth Allison, brother of the groom, of Conway and Dustin Hartzer of Stuttgart served as best men. Groomsmen were Joe James of Rogers, Joe Sugg of Heber Springs, Brett Kinning of Omaha, Neb., Ryan Tousley and Bob Van Polen, both of Des Moines, Iowa, and Sean Cockrell of Jonesboro.

Rachel Allison of Jonesboro served as bridal attendant, and ushers were Kyle Norris, Kadin Hydrick, Mitchell Ryan and Austin Holloway, all of Jonesboro. Sue Best of Jonesboro served as wedding director.

The parents of the bride hosted a wedding reception at the Jonesboro Country Club following the wedding. Music was provided by the Vikki McGee Band.

Following a wedding trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the couple will reside in Jonesboro where Madison is a registered dental hygienist for Higginbotham Family Dental and Josh is head baseball coach for Valley View Public Schools.

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Smith ~ York

Greg and Mary Smith of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lacy Anna Smith, to Adam Douglass York, son of Rodney and Ramona York of White House, Tenn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mason and Polly Smith of Rogers and Anna West of Hoxie and the late Dan West.

She is a 2004 graduate of Crowley's Ridge Academy in Paragould and received a bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising from Harding University in Searcy in 2008.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Rosemary Dismang of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Thurman and Hazel York of Old Hickory, Tenn.

He is a 2002 White House High School graduate and graduated from Harding University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in political science. In May, he graduated from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis with his juris doctor degree.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Bruce and Leigh An Taylor, located at 4203 Peachtree Avenue in Jonesboro.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Anna Claire and Sophie Meshaele Crum

Our precious baby, Anna Claire, came to us by stillbirth on Oct. 6, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Although she never took a breath or cried, she left a very profound mark on our lives.

Our precious baby, Sophie Meshaele Crum, Anna Claire's twin, was born Oct. 8, 2013, and lived a short time before she died.

Anna Claire and Sophie Meshaele were the daughters of Corey and Sara Crum of Walnut Ridge.

In addition to their parents, survivors include their grandparents, Marlyn and Brenda Tate, Hoxie, and Mark and April Crum, Walnut Ridge; great-grandparents, Larry and Nancy Rogers, Paragould, and Bob and Jeannette Crum, Black Rock; aunts and uncles, Whitley Crum, Walnut Ridge, Will and Amanda Tate, Hoxie, Adam and Shelby Tate, Benton, and Jill Tate, Hoxie; and several cousins.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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Matthew Keith Davis

Matthew Keith Davis, 40, of Lynn, died Oct. 7, 2013, at his home.

Born Nov. 9, 1972, in Walnut Ridge, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He received a bachelor's degree in computer science and was a member of the Lynn Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Jo Alice Davis; and great-grandparents, Roy and Dollie Pickett.

Survivors include his parents, Randy and Judy Davis, of the home; two brothers, Adam Davis and Zach Davis, both of the home; and his grandparents, Gerald and Nina Richey, Lynn, and Bill Davis, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at the Lynn Church of Christ with Don Eubanks and Kenny Townsley officiating. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Vance Penn, Randy Evans, Dennis Hardin, Danny Davis, Jim Davis and Blake Perkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Barnes, Sean Corder and Jonathan Woodard.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203-9984. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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

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Kathleen Elizabeth Farmer

Kathleen Elizabeth Watson Farmer, 69, died Oct. 1, 2013, at the Hospice House in Kansas City, following a lengthy illness.

Born May 23, 1944, in Oak Creek, Colo., she graduated from Black Rock High School in 1962.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Farmer; her father, Richard Watson; and her mother, Martha Watson.

Survivors include a son, Bernie Farmer, Jefferson City, Mo.; two daughters, Tina Boyce and Kristie Farmer, both of Merriam, Kan.; three brothers, Richard Watson, Raymond, Ill., Raymond Watson, Ash Flat, and Terry Watson, Black Rock; three sisters, Doreen Reynolds, Rowlett, Texas, and Kay Smith and Lois Watson, both of Black Rock; four grandchildren, Michael, Mickey, Craig and Sarah; and three great-grandchildren.

There will be no services. The body was cremated.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro or to the American Cancer Society.

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Lucy E. Fender

Lucy E. Fender, 96, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Oct. 7, 2013, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born April 5, 1917, at Birdell, she was the daughter of W.W. and Willie McDaniel Hufstedler. She was a homemaker and a member of United Free Will Baptist Church. She worked in retail most of her life and retired from Walmart after 15 years as a greeter. Her greatest joys were cooking for her family and watching her garden grow.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Elton Fender, on Sept. 28, 2005, whom she married Sept. 14, 1940; four brothers; four sisters; and a grandson.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Hatcher, Walnut Ridge; three sons, David Fender, Calico Rock, and Mark Fender and Warren Fender, both of Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Wilma Stone and Sue Fugatt, both of Jonesboro, and Glenda Marchbanks, Walnut Ridge; two grandsons, Jason Hatcher and Travis Fender; a granddaughter, Leslie Broadway; and a great-granddaughter, Susanna Broadway.

Graveside service is today at 11:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Glenn Smith officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation is today from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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

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Layton Lee Holder

Layton Lee Holder, 31, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 5, 2013.

Born Oct. 6, 1981, he was the son of Coy Bert and Joann Robertson Holder.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Layton and Angie Holder.

Survivors include his parents; three sisters, Tracy Miles, Ash Flat, Tammy Ragsdell, Pocahontas, and Heather Hendrickson, Strawberry.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Randy Scott officiating. Burial will be in Opposition Cemetery.

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

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Wilma Plumlee

Wilma Plumlee, 78, of Franklin, died Oct. 5, 2013, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born March 23, 1935, in Franklin, she was the daughter of Clarence J. and Telitha Ella Hall Plumlee. She was a schoolteacher in the Pocahontas, Williford and Oxford areas. She was a member of Franklin Baptist Church, where she worked as a clerk and librarian for many years. She was also a member of DKG, EHC and the Master Gardeners club.

Survivors include a brother, Ray Plumlee, Franklin; a sister, Loma Plumlee, Franklin; and three nieces, Anna Plumlee, Sarah Lesley and Katie Tate.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Franklin Baptist Church with Robert Norton and Doyne Robertson officiating. Burial was in Violet Hill Cemetery under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Tom Bailey, Don Selph, Tom Stiefel, Nick Lesley, Chris Tate and Bryan Phillips. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Yancey and Bill Brackett.

An online guestbook is available at www.cox-fearsfuneralhome.com.

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Leslie G. Smith

Leslie G. Smith, 91, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 5, 2013, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born July 5, 1922, at Denton, he was the son of William Grundy and Nellie McLeod Smith. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II and a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Annieville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnye Murphy Smith; five brothers, Milton Smith, Emmanuel Smith, W.G. Smith Jr, Alton Smith and Raymond Smith; and four sisters, Mildred Williams, Madge O'Dell, Eula Jones and Wilma Beavers.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen A. Smith Thompson and husband Chuck, Chicago; a brother, Kennard Smith and wife Virginia, Metarie, La.; a sister, Phyllis Pegram, Springdale; two grandchildren, Chip Thompson and Kim Thompson; and a great-grandson.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Annieville with Jerry Clements and Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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