January 1, 2014 Edition

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Braxton Austin Maness David Jedi Bryce Rutledge


Head ~ Verkler


Trevor Lane Carter John Raymond Commire Pauline Curtis
Joseph Taylor Douglas Debra Ann Doyle J.B. Hurst
Kay Kellim Larry Ray Lawson Ronald Dean Matthews
Patricia Riley Ruby Clem Tippett


Braxton Austin Maness

Austin Maness and Ashley Michelle Dimitriou of Paragould have announced the birth of a son, born Dec. 24, 2013, at NEA Baptist.

The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and has been named Braxton Austin Maness. He has two sisters, Marlee Marie Maness, three, and Ahbree Grace Maness, one.

Grandparents are Lemuel and Lissa Grady of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Lemuel Ray Taylor of Walnut Ridge and Deborah Patricia Heniger of California.

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David Jedi Bryce Rutledge

Joe and Leslie Rutledge of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born on Nov. 5, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, and has been named David Jedi Bryce Rutledge. He has a sister, Lillie Mae, five.

Grandparents are Chips and Bobbie Berry, Dave Fowler and Karen Patterson, all of Walnut Ridge, Jerry Rutledge of Nesbitt, Miss., and Debbie Rutledge of Hernando, Miss.

Great-grandparents are Maxine Reese of Walnut Ridge and Duke Snyder of Gleeson, Tenn.

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Head ~ Verkler

Tiffany Leah Verkler became the bride of Michael Scott Head II in a 3 p.m. double-ring, semi-formal ceremony on Nov. 2, 2013, at Petit Jean State Park.

Parents of the couple are Eddie and Lynda Verkler of Black Rock and Scott and Yvonne Head of Little Rock.

Paul Winsey of Tampa, Fla., American Marriage Ministries, performed the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her father.

She wore a Mori Lee gown in ivory luxe taffeta with a full A-line skirt, sweetheart neckline, ruched bodice, chapel-length train and beaded sash and cowboy boots. She carried a bouquet of daisies, mums, carnations and pompoms in fall shades of orange, purple, lime, red, peach, yellow and burgundy.

Ashley Cargill of Maumelle was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Autumn Gillmore of Batesvile, Melissa Stamps of Conway, Kendra Ridgeway of Cabot and Ashley Head of Little Rock, sister of the groom.

Benson Head of Little Rock, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Zac Hedrick of Conway, Chris Webb of Little Rock, Matt Shell of Little Rock and Donn Bishop of Little Rock.

Morgan Braswell of Fayetteville, niece of the bride, was the flower girl, and Wave Simmons of Fayetteville, nephew of the bride, was ringbearer.

Charles Kittrell of Chandler, Ariz., and Stacey Simmons of Fayetteville, brothers-in-law of the bride, served as ushers. Reception and bride's book attendants were Tonya Kittrell of Chandler, Ariz., and Tarra Simmons of Fayetteville, sisters of the bride; Scott Townsend of Sherwood, Ken Fortenberry of Conway, Amy Newkirk of Stuttgart, Theresa Winsey of Tampa, Fla., and Michelle Head of Little Rock, sister-in-law of the groom.

The reception, which was also held at Petit Jean State Park, continued the vintage country/rustic theme of the wedding. Music was provided by The Big Johnsons with the couple sharing their first dance to "A Woman Like You" by Lee Brice.

Those attending the wedding from Lawrence County included Eddie and Lynda Verkler of Black Rock, Brenda and Wendell Wier of Walnut Ridge, Butch Vance of Portia and Bobby and Brenda Vance, Donna and John Augustine, Sandra McGinnis, Mallory McGinnis, Addison McGinnis, Dylan McGinnis, Mitch and Shelly Verkler, all of Black Rock.

Following a wedding trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico, they are at home in Conway, where she is promotions supervisor at Arkansas Educational Television Network and he is a Microsoft Alliance Champion with Hewlett-Packard.

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Trevor Lane Carter

Trevor Lane Carter, son of John Carter III and Mollie Osburn, entered into Heaven Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at his home in Bono.

During Trevor's brief time here on Earth, he touched so many lives and was loved deeply by family and friends. He was such a happy baby that loved to goo and gah at everyone and was always able to put a smile on everyone's face.

In addition to his loving parents, Trevor is survived by his maternal grandparents, Jeff and Kathy Osburn and Sharon and Tommy Murray; paternal grandparents, Jackie and Sean Speakman; maternal great-grandparents, Darrell and Jean Osburn, and Ronnie and Dale Bridger; two great aunts, Shea Bridger and Kim Greenway; and a host of aunts and uncles.

Funeral is Friday at 3 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Kevin Murray and Jake Guenrich officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Log Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Bridger, Darrell Osburn, Jeff Osburn and Sean Speakman. Honorary pallbearer will be Tommy Murray.

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

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

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John Raymond Commire

John Raymond Commire, 62, of Horseshoe Bend, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem.

Born Sept. 12, 1951, in Allen Park, Mich., he was the son of Floyd R. and Lelia May Varner Commire.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sharon Krell; and a brother-in-law, Wray Krell.

Survivors include a sister, Nancy Wollschlager, Horseshoe Bend; Daniel Commire, Beverly Hills, Fla.; Angela Powers, Allen Park, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.

No services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home.

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


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Pauline Curtis

Pauline Curtis, 46, of Evening Shade, sister of Norman John Schmidt Jr. of Black Rock, died Dec. 26, 2013, in Cave City. Burial was Sunday in Campground Cemetery, north of Evening Shade, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City. An online guestbook is available at www.quallsfh.com.

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Joseph Taylor Douglas

Joseph Taylor "Lizard" Douglas, 80, of Black Rock, died Dec. 28, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 9, 1933, at Smithville, he was the son of Carlos and Verna Clark Douglas; He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Hoxie Water Works. He was a member of the Baptist church.

He was preceded in death by two infant sisters, Gene Mae Douglas and Grace Ann Douglas.

Survivors include his wife, Lola Douglas; a daughter, Pam Nelson and husband Bill, Ravenden; two sons, Leslie Douglas and wife Patricia, Hoxie, and Kevin Spradlin and wife Sandra, Imboden; two sisters, Maurine Parrish and husband Fred, Illinois, and Kathryn Thomas, Greenbrier; three brothers, Bob Douglas and wife Maggie and Fred Douglas and wife Marie, all of Heber Springs, and Don Douglas, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Crysti Phillips, Kyra Witt, Lola Joe Douglas and Brandon Douglas; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with John Durham officiating. Burial will be in Hillhouse Cemetery.

Visitation is from noon until time of the service.

Pallbearers will be Barry Thomas, Michael Witt, Chris Phillips, Jay Corrons, Beau Douglas and Leif Douglas. Honorary pallbearers will be Steven Day, Ed Crawford and Brandon Douglas.

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

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Debra Ann Doyle

Debra Ann Doyle, 58, of Saffell, died Dec. 21, 2013, at her home.

Born Feb. 12, 1955, in Batesville, she was a homemaker and a member of Cord Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Brian Keith Doyle; her parents, Guy Wilson and Gaynell Slayden Gipson; and a brother, Guy Gipson Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Danny Doyle; two daughters, Danyell Weaver, Saffell, and Crystal Wood, Batesville; four brothers, Wilson Gipson, Cushman, and Larry Gipson, Denny Gipson and Kenny Gipson, all of Cord; four sisters, Margaret Coffey, Chicago, Linda Herring, Cord, Janet Avery, Oil Trough, and Darnell Cullum, Newark; and four grandchildren, Ethan Weaver, Beth Weaver, Celsey Wood and Caely Wood.

Funeral was Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Cord Baptist Church with Bros. Jeff Childers and Curt Howard officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery, near Saffell, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Service of Batesville.

Pallbearers were Wilson Gipson, Larry Gipson, Denny Gipson, Kenny Gipson, Ethan Weaver, Ronnie Melton, Scotty Huskey and Cliff Weise. Honorary pallbearers were sons-in-law, Jeff Weaver and Shane Wood; and all nieces and nephews.

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

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J.B. Hurst

J.B. Hurst, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 29, 2013, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born Sept. 18, 1931, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Jack and Cora Casper Hurst. He was a veteran of the Korean War and worked in retail. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Hurst.

Survivors include his wife, Flossie McEntire Hurst, whom he married July 5, 1981; two sons, Danny Hurst and Ronnie Hurst, both of Texas; two stepsons, Tony Waldrupe, Arkansas, and Bob Waldrupe, Texas; a stepdaughter, Henrietta Crum, Florida; and a sister, Barbara Murray, Arkansas.

Graveside service will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery with Bro. Dereck Collins officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 9-10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

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Kay Kellim

Mary Katherine "Kay" Kellim, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 30, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 16, 1928, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Dee Everett and Anna Kathrine Stewart Oldham. She was a graduate of Hoxie High School and went to work as an operator for Southwestern Bell when she was 16. She also worked in the Lawrence County Circuit Clerk's office and Kellim Guarantee and Insurance. She worked in the mayor's office for O'Neal Kellim and Tommy Holland and was the executive director of the Lawrence County Public Housing Agency for the past 34 years. She also managed Larkspur Gardens and was the owner-operator of Phillips Motel. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, O'Neal Kellim; a son, O'Neal "Billy" Kellim; and three brothers, Jack Oldham, Charles Oldham and Michael Oldham.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Sue Kellim, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Melba Christie, Paragould; a brother, John Oldham, Corinth, Miss.; six grandchildren, Travis Bobrowski, McKenzie Hanshaw, Kelsey Hanshaw, Michael Kellim, Anna Kellim and Alex Kellim; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeanne Williams officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation is Thursday from noon until time of the service.

Pallbearers will be Bill Wilcoxson, Kenny Hanshaw, Jeff Taylor, Michael Oldham, Steve Collar, Matt Nichols, Blake Hart and Dr. Dirk Davis.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church memorial fund.

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

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Larry Ray Lawson

Larry Ray "Shorty" Lawson, 75, of Smithville, died Dec. 26, 2013, at his home.

Born Oct. 15, 1938, in Eaton, he was an inspector for Skil Corporation and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orace Ray and Dessie Mae Richey Lawson; and a brother, Ronald Lawson.

Survivors include his wife, Lynne White Lawson, whom he married July 24, 1958; two sons, Steve Lawson and wife Mary, Tiger, Ga., and David Lawson, Appalachia, Va.; a daughter, Cathy Lozano and husband Mario, El Paso, Texas; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at noon at Old Lebanon Cemetery with Bro. Terrel Neely officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Danny Voyles, Lanny Jones, Joshua Lawson, Jimmy Parker, Roger Parker and Richard Parker. Honorary pallbearers were Carl Durham and J.L. Parker.

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

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Ronald Dean Matthews

Ronald Dean Matthews, 60, of Imboden, died Dec. 27, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 16, 1953, in Imboden, he was the son of Julius Gene and Helen Ruth Horsman Matthews. He was a self-employed leather worker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Imboden.

Survivors include his mother, Helen Matthews, Imboden; a niece, Kim Vogel and husband Mike, Keller, Texas; a nephew, Kevin Matthews, Alaska; two great-nieces, Chloe and Olivia; a sister-in-law, Hazel Crawford Matthews, Riser City, La.; special cousins, Betty Weiss, Janis Goodwin, Judy and Craig Norris, Margaret and Davis Matthews, Rhonda and Dannie Eveland, all of Imboden, and Bob and Phyllis Blackshire, Jerusalem; and a special aunt, Arlene Horsman, Imboden.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Patricia Riley

Patricia Lynn Riley, 60, of Corning, died Dec. 27, 2013, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Corning.

Born July 11, 1953, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of Ray and Martha Recker Niedermeier. She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Riley, whom she married in January 2010; five sons, Randall Hill and wife Yvonne, Bryan Hill, Shane Hill and Nathan Sanders, all of Corning, and Jason Hill, Malden, Mo.; a daughter, Kandie Pitcher and husband Michael, Pocahontas; three brothers, Ray Niedermeier, Peach Orchard, Rickey Niedermeier, Knobel, and Randy Niedermeier, Knobb; a sister, Robin Sander, Corning; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Jimmy McMasters officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Randall Hill, Bryan Hill, Shane Hill, Nathan Sanders, Jason Hill, Derek Pitcher, Michael Pitcher and Rickey Niedermeier. Honorary pallbearer was Troy Crouch.

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

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Ruby Clem Tippett

Ruby Clem Tippett, 77, of Strawberry, died Dec. 26, 2013, in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 21, 1936, in Calamine, she was the daughter of Y.L. and Verna Clark Clem. She had worked for Salant and Salant Clothing Manufacturing for 12 years before retiring and was a member of Rosebud Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Joe Tippett; two brothers, Willie Clem and L.J. Clem; a sister, Lillie Mae Crouch; and a grandson, Jace Paul Freeman.

Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Brown, Melbourne; a brother, Leroy Clem, Strawberry; a grandchild, Tammy Huskey; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home in Cave City with Bros. Roger Randolph and Curt Howard officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

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

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