November 13, 2013 Edition

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Emma Raylynn Colburn Adam Blake Gann


Huggins - Stone


Idell Parker Craig Jack O'Neal Dean Aleta Jean Liscomb
Victor Miesner Sandra Rash Ella Marie Rorex
Bertha Louetta Steele


Emma Raylynn Colburn

James and Courtney Colburn of Trumann have announced the birth of a daughter on Oct. 18, 2013, at the St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed seven pounds and has been named Emma Raylynn Colburn. She has five siblings, Lily Colburn, six, Brooklynn Chambers, six, Brooke Colburn, five, Camryn Chambers, four, and Gatlin Colburn, two.

Grandparents are Sammy and Kathy Colburn of Walnut Ridge, Bobby and Lori Holladay of Trumann, Tommy and Judy Stevens of Bay, and Roberta Hoover of Paragould.

Great-grandparents are Eral and Barbie Cover of McCrory, Marylin and Darrell Colburn of Walnut Ridge, Brenda Hawkins of Trumann and Dennis and Cora Dill of Jonesboro.

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Adam Blake Gann

Adam Gann and Sammantha Murphy of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on Oct. 26, 2013, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and has been named Adam Blake Gann.

Grandparents are Tonya Murphy, Heath Murphy and James and Dennise Webb.

Great-grandparents are Judy Fears, Evelyn Murphy and Franklin and Carolyn Gann.

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Huggins - Stone

Outside, underneath an aging oak tree at the Stan Jones Mallard Duck Lodge in Minturn was the setting on Saturday, Oct. 19, for the double-ring ceremony uniting Ragan Mary Stone and Jonathan Thomas Huggins in marriage.

The bride is the daughter of Ray and Johnnie Stone of Walnut Ridge. She is the granddaughter of Mary Stone of Walnut Ridge, the late Emit Stone, Jane Barnhill of Mountain Home and the late Jerry Barnhill.

The bridegroom is the son of Dr. Fred and Lori Huggins of Jonesboro. He is the grandson of Mae Ruth Faulkner of Little Rock, the late Coolidge Faulkner and the late Tommy and Shirley Huggins of Cotton Plant.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore an elegant, ivory gown with a cap-sleeved fitted lace badice atop a Cinderella skirt of chiffon and satin.

The bride's hair was adorned with a lightly jeweled waist-length veil, which framed the v-shaped lace of the gown's back, and baby's breath. She carried a bouquet of blush and champagne colored flowers that were bound by satin ribbons and featured a pearl memory charm of her late grandfather.

Bonnie Argo of Fayetteville served as maid of honor and Janee Shutzius of Hoxie served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Megan Cox, Holly Shoemaker, Hope Childers, Taylor Richmond, all of Fayetteville; Kelsey Hon of Walnut Ridge; Elizabeth Nazarenus of San Diego; and Kelli Newman of Cordova, Tenn.

Dyla Huggins, brother of the groom, of Fayetteville served as best man. Groomsmen were Ben Stone, brother of the bride, of Walnut Ridge; Will Woodruff of Little Rock, Marcus Cranford and Patrick Erwin of Fayetteville; Jeremie Smith of Jonesboro; Jackson McDaniel of Dallas; Kade Dickerson of Memphis and Jordan Taylor of Searcy.

Flower girls were Haven McCormack and Brynlee Huggins. Autumn Mason and Faith Bland presided the guest table. Kylee Huggins and Eden McCormack handed out wedding programs.

Ringbearer was Caiden Mason. Ushers were Matthew Cox, Tyler Hipp and Kyle Rowe. Hope Argo of Nashville served as wedding coordinator.

The outdoor ceremony concluded with a release of white doves, signifying the joining of two lives.

The parents of the bride hosted a reception at the lodge following the wedding. The celebration included entertainment by blues band King Beez from Memphis and featured culinary delights by the chef Jay Taggart.

Following a wedding trip to Hawaii the couple are now residing in Fayetteville where Ragan is a senior communications major and Jonathan is employed at Washington Regional Medical Center.

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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. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Young, Wayne Linebaugh, Bill Peppers, Martin Allen, Reggie Allen, J.R. Rogers, Warner Allen and Gary Hilburn.

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Jack O'Neal Dean

Jack O'Neal Dean, infant son of Neal and Chrissy Dean of Walnut Ridge, passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at UAMS in Little Rock.

Jack was born Nov. 6, 2013, at UAMS. Jack was baptized as a Catholic before he was taken into The Kingdom of Heaven.

Survivors in addition to his parents include two brothers, Ben and Will Dean, of the home; his grandparents, James and Shirlette Dean, Paragould, and J.F. Russell, Pocahontas; great-grandmother, Bernice Powers, Paragould; two uncles, Greg Russell, Walnut Ridge, and Jason Russell, Kampala, Uganda; four aunts, Lori Corbett and Janie Russell, both of Pocahontas, Amy Sandefur, Brookland, and Sherry Russell, Hoxie; and several cousins.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Cemetery in Pocahontas with Father Anthanius Okeiyi officiating. McNabb Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Aleta Jean Liscomb

Aleta Jean Coggins Liscomb, 67, of Melbourne, died Nov. 7, 2013, at her home.

Born June 3, 1946, she was of the Baptist faith. She had worked as a healthcare aid at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center in Walnut Ridge, Pioneer Nursing and Rehab and Izard County Home Health Services in Melbourne.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff and Ora Housdan Coggins; a brother, Billy Coggins; and a sister, Janice Mitchell.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Rudolph Liscomb, whom she married May 5, 1965, in Walnut Ridge; a son, Curtis Liscomb, Imboden; two daughters, Kathy Allmon, Melbourne, and Vada Whitlock, Heber Springs; a brother, Dennis Coggins, Hoxie; a sister, Brenda West, Hoxie; 21 grandchildren, Michael Liscomb, Vanessa Pendergrass, David Rigsbee, Thomas Liscomb, Ryan Langston, Nina Langston, Isaiah Whitlock, Addison Whitlock, Krystal Allmon, Brittney Allmon, Hamilton Liscomb, Devin Liscomb, Katelyn Liscomb, James Whitlock, Jered Whitlock, Victoria Mansfield, Kainen Rogers Maigen Rogers, Lacy Liscomb, Lily Liscomb and Brooklyn Liscomb; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Melbourne Cemetery with Wayne Wilson officiating. Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne had charge of arrangements.

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Victor Miesner

Victor "Vic" Miesner, 87, of Strawberry, died Nov. 9, 2013, at a Batesville hospital.

Born March 29, 1926, in Mora, Mo., he was the son of Martin Rudolph and Alma C. Oelrichs Miesner. He was a disabled veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a Purple Heart recipient, having served in World War II. He was a member of the DAV, the VFW and the Strawberry Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Leroy Miesner, Ervin Miesner and Virgil Miesner; and two grandchildren, Christina Miesner and Lexie Rae Climber.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Eithel Long Miesner; four sons, Victor Miesner Jr., Mt. Pleasant, Sam Miesner, Jonesboro and Phil Miesner, Rison, and Adrian (Butch) Miesner Sr., Calamine; two daughters, Tammy Sellers, Calamine, and Debbie Wigginton, Grange; 19 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Larry Sellers and Tommy Boles officiating. Burial will be in Milligan Campground Cemetery, near Strawberry, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Visitation is today from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

Pallbearers will be Adrian Miesner Jr., David Wigginton Jr., Chris Sellers, Matt Sellers, Tyler Dobbs, Steven Dobbs, Colton Jones, Robert Jones, Spencer Wright, Lomer Turney, Peyton Dobbs and Joel Miesner.

Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Turner, Randall Northcutt, Ronald Whitmire, Waymon Long, Bob Long, Robert Northcutt, J.C. Stair, Carroll V. Willmuth, F.K. Willmuth, Murphy Willmuth, Jimmy Rex Williams, Doug Bennett, Jerry McGee, Keith Byler, Darrel Smith, David Smith, Ronnie Walling, Scott Whitmire, Noal Ray Durham, Craig Whitmire, Hershel Gilliam, Maynard Richey and James Mize.

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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.

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Sandra Rash

Sandra Rash, 63, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 8, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born June 30, 1950, in Jonesboro, she was a lifelong resident of Walnut Ridge and a 1968 graduate of WRHS. She earned a master's degree in education from Arkansas State University and was a teacher at Walnut Ridge Elementary School for over 10 years. She later became a social worker for family services in the Paragould and Jonesboro area. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Helen Moore Rash.

Survivors include a son, Seth Bruce and wife Melissa, Memphis; a daughter, Alexa Gann and husband Nathan, Hoxie; a sister, Karen Crum and husband John, Walnut Ridge; two grandchildren, Laura Bruce and Thomas Smith.

Graveside service was Monday at 11 a.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock with Bro. Don Martin officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Nathan Gann, John Franks, Jason Franks, Ryan Jones, Ron Jones and Dr. Dirk Davis. Honorary pallbearers were the WRHS Class of 1968.

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Ella Marie Rorex

Ella Marie Sammons Rorex, 83, of San Antonio, formerly of Lawrence County, died Nov. 9, 2013, at her home.

Born July 2, 1930, at Egypt, she was the daughter of Samuel and Edna McDaniels Sammons. She worked as a hospital unit secretary and was a member of United Methodist Church in San Antonio.

She was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include her husband Cecil Rorex, whom she married Oct. 8, 1949, in Egpyt; two sons, C. Douglas Rorex and wife Jane, Jacksonville,Ill., and Jeffrey C. Rorex and wife Margaret, San Antonio; a brother, Tommy Sammons, California; and three step-grandchildren, Paul Norman, Keith Norman and Stephan Norman.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Jay Justus officiating. Burial will be in Markham Cemetery near Egypt.

Pallbearers will be Paul Norman, Keith Norman, Stephan Norman, Sam Poe, Bruce Payne and Gary Grier. Honorary pallbearer is Steve Payne.

Visitation is set for Thursday, one hour prior to the service.

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Bertha Louetta Steele

Bertha Louetta Steele, 87, of Pocahontas, passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Pocahontas Health Care and Rehab.

Born Aug. 1, 1926, in Jamestown, she was the daughter of James Walter and Henrietta Manuel Bufford. She was the former director of First Baptist Preschool for over 20 years and was a member of the Imboden United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Steele, on May 13, 1988, whom she married Nov. 25, 1944; her parents; five brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Joe Steele and wife Janet, Imboden, and Roger Dale Steele and wife Marty, Mountain Home; five grandchildren, Joby Steele, Amanda Steele Keller, Christopher Steele, Jonathan Steele and Jaime Steele; eight great-grandchildren, Payden Steele, Molly Steele, Caleb Steele, Rylan Steele, Callie Steele, Alexis Keller, Stephen Hickman and Arianna Keller; and many other friends and relatives.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bros. Bob McMillon, Joby Steele and Joe Kaiser offiating. Burial was in Alderbrook Cemetery near Desha.

Pallbearers were Joby Steele, Christopher Steele, Jonathan Steele, Amanda Steele, Jaime Steele and Randall Keller.

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