Sawyer James Augustine Madyson Nicole Gates Josie Belle Lady
Noah Benjamin Snearly


Jones - Cusson Rindels - Powell


William Scott Bennett Idell Parker Craig James Flood
Mary Elfreda Jarrett Samuel Earl Rorex Stewart
Archie Williams Jr. Richard Joseph Williamson Winnie Mae Wright


Sawyer James Augustine

Josh and Keysha Augustine of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on Oct 14, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed nine pounds, six ounces, and has been named Sawyer James Augustine. He has a brother, Trevor, five.

Grandparents are Dewayne and Susan Griffin of Walnut Ridge, Wayne and Pat Augustine of Walnut Ridge and John Dodd of Bono.

Great-grandparents are Muriel and Richard Smick of Alicia and Tom Dodd of Minturn.

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Madyson Nicole Gates

Christopher Gates and Mika Mans of Paragould have announced the birth of a daughter on Oct. 17, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Madyson Nicole Gates.

Grandparents are Larry and Sonia Mans of Bono and Angela Gates and Scott Hoover, both of Jonesboro.

Great-grandparents are Carl Mans of Walnut Ridge, Kathy McCracken and Richard Hoover, both of Jonesboro.

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Josie Belle Lady

Hank and Janet Lady of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Oct. 9, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed nine pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Josie Belle Lady. She has a sister, Marlee, four.

Grandparents are Hal and Susan Lady of Walnut Ridge, John Franks and the late Mary Jo Franks.

Great-grandparents are Archie and Aileen Harden of Walnut Ridge and Jewel and Diane Woodson of Hoxie.

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Noah Benjamin Snearly

Nick and Julie Snearly of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on Oct. 14, 2013, at the St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed nine pounds, 8 ounces, and has been named Noah Benjamin Snearly. He has a brother, Elijah, five, and a sister, Leah, three.

Grandparents are Rick and Joyce Snearly of Highland, Diane Moore of Hoxie and Vernon Moore of Swifton.

Great-grandparents are Claudine Snearly and Earlene Schales, both of Highland, Elsie Clark of Black Rock and Della Moore of Hoxie.

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Jones - Cusson

Eddie and Julie Jones of Portia and Terri Mullen of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Charla Jones, to Steve Cusson of Pocahontas, son of Jean Walker of Paxton, Mass., and the late Frank Cusson.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bill Justus of Powhatan and Norma Justus of Little Rock and the late Charles Jones and Linda Jones of Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. at the Timber Ridge Lodge in Charlotte. All family and friends are invited to attend the wedding and reception, which will follow the ceremony.

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Rindels - Powell

Angeli Crista Janai Powell became the bride of Ryan Scott Rindels in a double-ring ceremony solemnized at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at First Baptist Church in Forrest City.

The bride is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Brenton C. Powell Sr. of Powhatan and the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kerry G. Powell of Newport, Tenn., and Alyene Todd Jones of Forrest City and the late Dr. Wayne H. Jones.

The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Mark S. Rindels of Grass Valley, Calif., and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Rindels of Gillette, Wyo., and Rosario Cotton of Weimar, Calif., and the late Robert H. Cotton.

Dr. Mark Rindels, father of the groom, officiated the ceremony, assisted by Dr. Kerry Powell, grandfather of the bride, who said a prayer of blessing.

Nuptial music was provided by Victoria Harris of Forrest City, organist and pianist; LeNan DeVazier of Forrest City, pianist; Jennifer Hutchinson of Jonesboro, violinist; and Rev. Brent Powell, father of the bride, vocalist.

The bridal couple also sang a duet and recited their own written vows.

Given in marriage by her father, she wore a white satin gown of her own design, reminiscent of a 1940s mermaid-style gown with a long train. The gown was adorned with lace, rhinestones, and flower appliquŽs. On her head, she wore a 1940's era birdcage netting with a large white flower on the side.

She carried a bouquet, designed by her mother, which was built on a family heirloom Bible, and contained purple wisteria, teal dahlias and peacock feathers and a white peahen bird and a white embroidered hankerchief from her maternal grandmother held together by teal satin ribbon.

Katie Shewmaker of Fort Smith was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Kati Powell Cannon of Wake Forest, N.C., Emily Powell of N. Augusta, S.C., Michelle Rindels of Las Vegas, sister of the groom; Sara Grambling of Paragould and Rachel Tarkington of Smithville.

Flower girl was Karis Enchelmayer, and ringbearer was Jaedon Enchelmayer, both cousins of the bride.

Matt Rindels of Lima, Peru, brother of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were brothers of the bride, Craig Powell of Powhatan and Justin Powell of Jonesboro, as well as Chris McKinsey of Corona, Calif., Caleb Powell of Perry, Ga., and Christopher Powell of Maumelle.

The wedding reception, hosted by the bride's parents and coordinated by Lesia Phillips of Black Rock, followed in the church's fellowship hall, where Bethany Powell of N. Augusta, S.C. was the guest book attendant.

Other hosts included: Aimee White of Witchita, Kan., Valerie Jones Enchelmayer of Russellville, Traci Powell of Perry, Ga., Sherry Sparks of Asheville, N.C., Kelly Lewis of Forrest City, Jeannine Thompson of Jonesboro, along with caterers JoAnn Meyers of Forrest City and Karen Shackelford of Smithville.

Special guests included Mr. and Mrs. Don Jones of Hot Springs, great aunt and great-uncle of the bride; and Mrs. Gerri Powell Sparks of Warren, 91-year-old great-aunt of the bride.

Other out-of-town guests came from Lynn, Walnut Ridge, Black Rock, Powhatan, Jonesboro, Bryant, Thornburg, South Carolina, Kentucky and Mississippi. Pre-wedding events

The week's pre-nuptial activities began with a bridal shower in Lawrence County at the New Hope Baptist Church, where the bride's father is pastor. Other events included a groomsmen's outing, a bridesmaids' luncheon and a bride's brunch.

Following a honeymoon at Hawaii's Wakaki Beach, they have made their home in the North Bay community of Mill Valley, Calif.

On Aug. 24, a reception was held at First Baptist Church in Grass Valley, Calif., where the groom's father is pastor.

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William Scott Bennett

William Scott Bennett, 50, of Ravenden Springs, died Oct. 30, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born July 18, 1963, in Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kenneth and Irene Vandergriff, and Rufford and Lorene Bennett; his stepfather, Clarke Smith; and his father-in-law, Sonny Cox.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Janie Cox Bennett; a son, Christopher Scott Bennett and wife Jessica, Ravenden Springs; two daughters, Crystal Jane Willfond and husband Chris, Stokes, and Cortney Jessica Bennett and Dewayne Helms, Ravenden Springs; his father, Charles Kendall Bennett, Pocahontas; his mother, Wanda Marie Smith, Dalton; nine siblings, Clinton Bennett, Kenny Bennett and Tammy Ross, all of Ravenden Springs, Amy Foster, Dalton, Justin Bennett, Lynn Bennett and Barbara Meeks, all of Pocahontas, Nita Chaisson, Maynard, and Sarah Barclay, Little Rock; and five grandchildren, Kaden Scott Bennett, Rylee Sue Bennett, Aubrey June Bennett, Christopher Kyle Lee Willfond and Cree Cearia Willfond.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Danny Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at

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Evelyn Idell Parker Craig

Evelyn Idell Parker Craig, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 30, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 24, 1923, in the Richwoods community, she was the daughter of Henry and Virgie Walling Matthews. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a homemaker and a member of United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Cleo Parker and Charles Craig; a sister, Aline Hall; two brothers, Burl Matthews and Henry Gene Matthews; two grandsons, Clinton Fallis and Chris Parker; and two sons-in-law, Charles "Porky" Woodson and Jay Shelton.

Survivors include four daughters, Evelyn Peppers and husband Bill, Fredericktown, Mo., Myrna Shelton, Charleston, and Barbara Woodson and Linda Linebaugh, both of Walnut Ridge; four sons, Connie Parker and wife Sharon, Rockford, Ill., Tony Parker, Jonesboro, Terry Parker, Walnut Ridge, and Ted Parker and wife Cathy, Charleston; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Glenn Smith officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Mark Peppers, Mike Woodson, Josh Parker, Terry Burnside, Dr. Terry Doyle, Barry Woodard, Scott Luther and Greg Hindman.

An online guestbook is available at

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James Flood

James "Jim" Flood, 75, died Oct. 22, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

He was a native of Borris, County Carlow, Ireland, a past veteran of the U.S. Army and a lifetime member of the Limerick Hurling Club.

He was a devoted father of Brian, Yvonne Thommes (Gary), Courtney Finn (William Braunshausen) and Sheila Gorman (Jeff).

Jim is survived by his significant other, Brenda Johnsen; his siblings, Sylvester (Rita), Mary Parsons (Brian), Thomas (Mary), Michael (Laurie), Christopher, Elizabeth Sheehan (Patrick) and Jack (Tish); beloved grandfather of eight; and a dear uncle to many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Christopher and Ann Kavanagh Flood of County Carlow, Ireland; a brother, Brian Flood; a sister, Ann Flood; a nephew, Michael; and a granddaughter, Molly Gorman.

Burial will be private. House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge had charge of arrangements.

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Mary Elfreda Jarrett

Mary Elfreda Jarrett, 81, of Tuckerman, died Nov. 3, 2013.

Born Dec. 1, 1931, she was the daughter of Clyde H. and Ruth Crafton Coleman and was raised in the Saffell area. She was a member of the Tuckerman Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Jarrett; an infant son, Noel Ray Jarrett; and a brother, Clyde Coleman.

Survivors include a son, Edward Jarrett and wife Donna, Newport; three sisters, Bonita Jiles, Janis Sykes and Anna Lee McClure, all of Tuckerman; six grandchildren, Angie Lindley, Roxanna Tims, Britney Morgan, Jessica Ross, Caleb Bankster and Matthew Jarrett; 12 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Mary Ward, Newport.

Funeral is today at 3 p.m. at Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport. Burial will be Dowells Chapel Cemetery.

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Samuel Earl Rorex

Samuel Earl "Buddy" Rorex, 56, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 2, 2013, at his home.

Born Nov. 22, 1956, in Walnut Ridge, he was a bricklayer and of the Church of Christ belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Babb Rorex; a son, David Way; and his father, Samuel Earl Rorex Sr.

Survivors include two daughter, Samantha Capps, Walnut Ridge, and Mary Couch, Lebanon, Mo.; his mother, Nina Vinson, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Tony Scott "Skeeter" Rorex, Paragould; and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Dale Hughart officiating. Burial was in Markham Cemetery near Egypt.

Pallbearers were Rick Ingram, Rick Forman, Paul Park, Marvin Park, Mark Tannehill and Andy Capps.

An online guestbook is available at

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Stewart memorial service

A graveside memorial service for Kenneth Wayne Stewart and his wife, Chris Clayton Stewart, will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock.

Kenneth Wayne Stewart died June 16, 2013, and Chris Clayton Stewart died June 8, 2013.

Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Archie Williams Jr.

Archie Leon Williams Jr., 92, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at St. Bernard's in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 12, 1920, in Little Rock, he was the son of Archie Leon and Mary Etta Akin Williams Sr. He was a retired local pharmacist, a veteran of World War II who served in both the Army and the Navy, a member of the United Methodist Church and the Free and Accepted Masons, Aurora Lodge #423.

He was united in marriage to Mildred Kathleen Lingo on March 11, 1950, who preceded him in death Jan. 18, 2005. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen Isgrigg.

Survivors include two daughters, Joan Kilman of Walnut Ridge, and Janice Whitmire of Springdale; a son, Charles Scott Williams of Tuckerman; five grandchildren, Darren Kilman, Kimberly Du Plessis, Mollie Macias, Devan Williams and Scott Williams; six great-grandchildren, Keagan Kilman, Reagan Kilman, Kathleen Du Plessis, Katylyn Macias, Quito Macias and Ziva Williams; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Jeanne Williams officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Devan Williams, Darren Kilman, Francois Du Plessis, Jorge Macias, Quito Macias and David Whitmire. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Rice, Bob Baxter and Bill Bristow.

Memorials may be made to the Walnut Ridge Senior Citizens Center, or Walnut Ridge First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

An online guestbook is available at


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Richard Joseph Williamson

Richard Joseph Williamson, 76, of Powhatan, died Nov. 5, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 8, 1936, in St. Louis, he was the son of George Richard and Pearl Rose Gulley Williamson. He owned and operated Williamson Chiropractic Center in Arizona and was a design engineer. He was a member and deacon of New Hope Baptist Church near Black Rock.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Curtis Williamson.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Palmer Williamson, whom he married Feb. 14, 1956; two sons, Richard Jeffery Williamson, Powhatan, and Randel Williamson, Mesa, Ariz.; a daughter, Jennifer Tesnow and husband Tim, Black Rock; three brothers, Larry Williamson, Jonesboro, Don Williamson, Powhatan, and Jon Williamson, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Eraca Williamson, Joel Williamson, Stephen Williamson, Nichole Reynolds, Kody Reynolds, Jesse Tesnow, Shelby Tesnow; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at noon at New Hope Baptist Church in Black Rock with Bro. Brent Powell officiating. Burial will be in Huddleston Cemetery at Alton, Mo., under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church.

An online guestbook is available at

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Winnie Mae Wright

Winnie Mae Wright, 80, of Pocahontas, died Nov. 4, 2013, at UAMS in Little Rock.

Born Feb. 22, 1933, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of Walter and Elsie Workman. She was a spot welder for Magee Picture Frames and a member of 166 Church of Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Raymond Workman; and a step-granddaughter, Lisa Junkersfeld.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Wright, Pocahontas, and Larry Wright, Oregon; three grandchildren, Nikki Hart (Chris), Shane Wright (Sarah) and Anthony Wright; and two great-grandchildren, Brianna and Londyn Hart.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the 166 Church of Christ in Noland with Gary Moore officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery at Pocahontas under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be John Wicker, Ben Wicker, Paul Wicker, Aaron Wicker, David Ballard and Chase Cook. Honorary pallbearer will be Kurt Light.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at the church.

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