December 25, 2013 Edition

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Gabriel Andrew Cole Caroline Wallace Green Emma Lou McQuay


Barrow ~ Brooks Lindholme ~ Meeks


Ruby Ella Biggers Jewel L. Clements Homer Lee Harper
Jerry Harris Ruthann Nunnally Brenda Jeannette Smith


Gabriel Andrew Cole

Devin and Amber Cole of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born on Dec. 12, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Gabriel Andrew Cole.

Grandparents are Patricia Mansfield of Walnut Ridge, Charles Cole of El Dorado, the late Michael Scott and the late Kerry Manasco.

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Caroline Wallace Green

Thomy and Kris Green of Malvern have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Nov. 8, 2013, at the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

The baby weighed six pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Caroline Wallace Green. She has two sisters, Ellie, three, and Ameila Kate, two.

Grandparents are Wally and Karen Cox of Hot Springs Village and Everett and Generia Green of Hoxie.

Great-grandmother is Elizabeth Cox of Jonesboro.

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Emma Lou McQuay

Matthew and Ashley McQuay of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born Dec. 6, 2013, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Emma Lou McQuay. She has three siblings, Xavier and Robert Dettmann and Madison McQuay.

Grandparents are Harold and Karen Woolbright, Rick and Diana Slagley, Wendell and Carolyn Bell and Mark Ellison.

Great-grandparents are Martha McQuay, Shirley Stone, Florean Ivy, Gene Junior and Bill Huff.

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Barrow - Brooks

Alyson Brooks became the bride of William Barrow on Nov. 9 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fort Smith.

The bride is the daughter of Beth Brooks of Alma and the late David Brooks and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darnell Potter of Walnut Ridge.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Barrow of Port Arthur, Texas.

The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in Jamaica.

The couple live in Irving, Texas, where Alyson works as the assistant emergency management coordinator for the city of Irving, and William is a financial adviser with TD Ameritrade.

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Lindholme - Meeks

Frankey Meeks of Black Rock and Gracie Allen of Bonita Springs, Fla., have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ariel Chantale Meeks, to Cody Darrell Lindholme, son of Ted Lindholme of Corning and Kimberly Russum of Amagon.

The bride is the granddaughter of Fred and Verna Snyder of Walnut Ridge and Frankie and Betty Meeks of Black Rock. She is a 2009 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School.

The groom attended Corning High School and works for Irby Construction. He is a second-year lineman.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 2:30 p.m. at New Life Cathedral in Hoxie. All family and friends are invited to attend the wedding and reception, which will follow the ceremony at the Van Atkins Event Center in Walnut Ridge.

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Ruby Ella Biggers

Ruby Ella Biggers, 94, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 20, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 26, 1919, in Shiloh, she was the daughter of Charley Andrew and Mary Jane Stacy Stark. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Elijah Biggers, whom she married Oct. 22, 1938, in Caraway; five brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include a son, Freddie Biggers and wife Belinda, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Mary Moody and husband Bob, Walnut Ridge, and Joyce Helms and husband Joe, Pleasant Plains; grandchildren, Bobby Moody, Terri McDaniel, Leigh Ann Patterson, Mark Biggers, Scott Helms and Shane Helms; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Joe Helms officiating. Cox-Fears Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

No visitation is planned.

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Jewel L. Clements

Jewel L. Clements, 66, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 18, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born May 29, 1947, in Powhatan, he was the son of Henry Clay and Linnie Lea Waller Clements.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Edward Clements, Richard Clements and John Clements.

Survivors include a brother, Wayne Clements and wife Linda, Florence, Ala.

Funeral was Friday at noon at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Lynn.

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Homer Lee Harper

Homer Lee "Big Red" Harper, 69, of Sedgwick, died Dec. 11, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 28, 1944, in Manila, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He was a truck driver, having owned his own business, and a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by three sons, Ethan Harper, Zach Harper and Adam Homer Harper; and his father, Richard Harper.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Peggy Perkins Harper; three sons, Steve Harper, Sedgwick, Chris Harper and wife Sarah, Walnut Ridge, and Zebulin Harper, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; a daughter-in-law, Susan Harper, Sedgwick; his mother, Alta Vineyard, Festus, Mo.; a sister, Carol Sue Willcockson, Jonesboro; five half-siblings, Joyce Harper, Christine Harper, Danny Harper, David Harper and Robbie Harper; two stepsisters, Lisa Vineyard Pashia and Debbie Vineyard Kassen, both of Missouri; six grandchildren, Taylor Conner Harper, Matt Harper, Eli Harper, Jason Harper, Luke Harper and Hannah Harper; and a great-grandson, Zayn Harper.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Jerry Harris

Jerry Neal "Little Man" Harris, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 17, 2013, in Walnut Ridge.

Born July 25, 1934, in Strawberry, he was the son of Claxton and Opal McCampbell Harris and a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He was a self-employed truck driver and a member of Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jackie Harris.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Moore Harris; two daughters, Pam Kopp, Walnut Ridge, and Angie Fegtly and husband Rich, Jonesboro; three sons, Ronnie Harris and wife JoAnn, Pocahontas, Wesley Gates and wife Tracy and Leslie Gates and wife Tammy, all of Hoxie; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Wednesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Hoover Lewis officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery near Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Lavon Light, Ken Cole, Kenny Lewis, Hunter Fegtly, Rich Fegtly and Waylon Deen. Honorary pallbearers were members of the men's class of Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

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Ruthann Nunnally

Our beautiful mother, Ruthann Nunnally, was born Nov. 17, 1948, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to Margie and Edgar Lantz. She left this Earth on Dec. 4, 2013.

She graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, and a Masters of Science in Education. She was one of the smartest people you would ever know. She had a memory like an encyclopedia.

Early in her career, she was a teacher at Poughkeepsie and Lynn. Her students knew her as Mrs. Penn back then. Later, she was a counselor at Oak Ridge Central, Newark High School and Cord Charlotte Elementary at Cedar Ridge. She loved her students and was very passionate about their success.

Her greatest joy and reason for living was her five granddaughters, Pasha Alexander and Whitney Williams, of Batesville; Victoria Mills, Olivia Mills, and Jacqueline Holly of Gautier, Miss. She always had a sweet story to tell about them to anyone who would listen. Every drawer of her home had an old photo, drawing, spelling test or baby item of theirs in it. That kind of precious love lives on forever.

Ruthann was an avid reader and bird watcher. She also loved her little dog, Pepper.

Ruthann was a member of the Lynn Church of Christ for many years of her life. Although her passing was sudden and unexplained to us here on this Earth, we know she has the comforting peace with God with her.

Ruthann was preceeded in death by her father, Edgar Lantz; and two brothers she loved dearly, Jason Bennett and Gene Lantz.

Ruthann is survived by her three children, Keith Hardin of Paragould, Tabitha Penn of Gautier, Miss., and Richard Shandon Penn of Texarkana; her mother, Margie Nunnally Lantz of Strawberry; four brothers Rick Lantz, Danny Hugg and Kenny Bennett, all of Strawberry, and Wayne Hugg of Jonesboro; one sister, Margaret Smith of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Ruthann's funeral was Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at the Lynn Funeral Home Chapel with Kenny Townsley officiating. Her burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Matthew Alexander, Rodney Christopher Cline, Matthew Cohn, Joseph Fowler, Martin O'Brien, and Blake Self.

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Brenda Jeannette Smith

Brenda Jeannette Smith, 54, of Gamaliel, died Dec. 17, 2013, at Baxter Regional Medical Center.

Born July 31, 1959, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Cecil and Louise Blunt Burrow. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her father; and her stepfather, Cleo Baty.

Survivors include her husband, Anthony Smith, whom she married Dec. 31, 1993; two daughters, Tonya Burroughs, Black Rock, and Jami Wells, Jacksonport; her mother, Louise Baty, Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Peggy Green, Hoxie, Lori Yarbro, Jonesboro, Kathy Madden, Newport, and Barbara Baker, Mountain Home; and six grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery with Sister Johnnie Ruth Owens officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Chris Fears, Nick Barnett, John McArthur, Shawn Hilson, Jarrod Burroughs and Corey Sellers.

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