May 21, 2014 Edition

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Births

Kamrynn May Crawford

Weddings/Engagements

Huskey - Brown Manis - Bruce

Obituaries

Billy Greg Austin Travis Bobrowski Jeffrey Doyle Brand
Ted E. Davis Louise Hutson Carolyn L. Lamb
Bertie Maxine Reese Bobby Gene Watts Pat Watts
Earnest Ray Weitkamp Dr. Jerry Whittington William M. Davis

Births

Kamrynn May Crawford

Rick and Krystal Crawford of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on May 11, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed eight pounds, five ounces, and has been named Kamrynn May Crawford. She has three siblings, Drake, Mallory and Michael Neal Spain.

Grandparents are Debbie Towery of Neosho, Mo., Rick and Carol A. Crawford of Rockwall, Texas, and Dale and Kathryn Neal of Henderson, Tenn.

Great-grandparents are Bill and Roberta Towery and Lucille Crawford, all of Neosho, Mo.

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Weddings/Engagements

Huskey - Brown

Jeff and Keely Huskey of Calamine have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Lea Huskey, to Spencer Garrett Brown, son of Billy and Kim Brown of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bob and Barbara Wilson of Calamine and the late Jerry and Ona Lou Huskey.

She is a 2002 River Valley High School graduate and a 2013 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is employed as a kindergarten teacher.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bill and Betty Brown of Sedgwick and Larry and Frances Forrester of Hoxie.

He is a 2005 graduate of Hoxie High School and is employed as a water operator.

The couple will exchange vows during a private ceremony at Lake Charles State Park on June 6, 2014.

A reception will follow the ceremony at the Smithville Community Center at 7 p.m. All family and friends are invited to the reception.

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Manis - Bruce

Randy and Lesa Manis of Sedgwick have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Erika Faye Manis, to Justin Ely Bruce, son of Spencer and Jean Ann Bruce of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Darrell and Frances Smith and Bud and Clara Manis, all of Sedgwick.

She is a 2010 Hoxie High School graduate and attends Crowley's Ridge College studying early childhood education. She is employed at Hoxie School as a teacher at Mustang Camp.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Imogene Smith of Imboden and the late Charles Smith and the late Joy and Eula Bruce of Hoxie.

He is a 2011 graduate of Hoxie High School and is attending Black River Technical College for his electrical journeyman's license. He is currently employed by Smith Electric of Imboden LLC.

The couple will exchange vows on June 7 at Hillcrest Church of Christ in Paragould at 4 p.m. A reception will follow the ceremony in the fellowship hall.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Obituaries

Billy Greg Austin

Billy Greg Austin, 51, of Dyersburg, Tenn., formerly of Walnut Ridge, was found deceased on May 19, 2014, at his home.

Born April 17, 1963, in Walnut Ridge, he was a 1981 WRHS graduate and had a BSE in business administration. He worked as a claims officer for the Social Security Administration in Jackson, Tenn., and volunteered as an announcer for he Dyersburg High School baseball team. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jewell Willard "Peck" and Bessye Jo Waldron Austin; a sister, Georgia Allison; and his grandparents, Frank and Ruby Austin and Jim and Vivian DeArman.

Survivors include two sons, Bailey Austin and Jacob Austin, both of the home; and a sister, Carolyn Rudder and husband Gary, Jonesboro.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Three Oaks Chapel Baptist Church in Dyersburg under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

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

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Travis Bobrowski

Travis Bobrowski of Walnut Ridge died May 20, 2014.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Bryan Funeral Home.

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Jeffrey Doyle Brand

Jeffrey Doyle Brand, 31, of Walnut Ridge, died May 3, 2014, at his home.

Born June 30, 1982, he was the son of Jeff and Barbara Lemmons Brand.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Survivors include a sister, Lorraine Brand Mansker, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Scott Cook and wife Tonya, Springfield, Mo.; two aunts, Phyllis Vaccari and husband Nick, and Marjorie Myatt and husband Jolly, all of Walnut Ridge; an uncle, James Lemmons and wife Billie Sue, Pocahontas; nieces, Sara Woodson, Hannah Mansker, Brittany Derby, Brooke and Blair Cook; and several cousins.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Ted E. Davis

Ted Ervin Davis, 73, of Imboden, died May 16, 2014, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Sept. 22, 1940, he was a U.S. Army veteran and an electrician.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Davis; his parents, Hershel and Mary Davis; and a sister, Sandra Davis.

Survivors include two sons, Ben Davis, Imboden, and Charles Davis and wife, Amber, Paragould.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Hope Cemetery in Imboden with Bro. Rowdy Morgan officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

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Louise Hutson

Louise Hutson, 94, of Walnut Ridge, died May 15, 2014, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Sept. 24, 1919, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Ezra and Bessie Lee Perkins Moore. A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, she was a retired teacher who taught at all the schools in Lawrence County during her 44-year career. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell Hutson, in 1987; a brother, Hershel Moore; two sisters, Eunice McEntire and Helen Rash; and two nieces, Marjorie Franks and Sandra Rash.

Survivors include two nieces, Karen Crum and husband John, and Ruby Graham and husband Glendon, all of Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Jake Guenrich officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Seth Bruce, Nathan Gann, Ryan Jones, John Franks, Dirk Davis and Jeb Davis.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Youth/Children's funds.

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

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Carolyn L. Lamb

Carolyn L. Lamb, 68, of Hoxie, died May 19, 2014, at Cornerstone Hospital in Little Rock.

Born Sept. 12, 1945, in Sedgwick, she had lived in East Alton, Ill. and Hoxie. She was a homemaker and attended First Baptist Church in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lovern and Eleen Hayes Mankey; and four brothers, Jesse Mankey, Robert Mankey, R.L. Mankey and Vincey Mankey.

Survivors include her husband, Floyd Lamb, whom she married Aug. 8, 1964; two daughters, Ramona Vincil and husband David, Walnut Ridge, and Brooke Lamb, of the home; a son, Vernon Lamb, Walnut Ridge; four brothers, Donald Mankey and wife Betty, Bald Knob, Winford "Bud" Mankey, Kansas City, Mo., Johnny Mankey, Jonesboro, and Mack Mankey and wife Faye, Hoxie; and two grandchildren, Josie Vincil and Jack Vincil.

Funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with William Vassar officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Mankey, Bobby Mankey, Stanley Mankey, Josh Mankey, Allen Mankey and Adam Lamb. Honorary pallbearer will be Junior Hayes.

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

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Bertie Maxine Reese

Bertie Maxine Reese, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died May 13, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 21, 1926, in Mammoth Spring, she was the daughter of W.E. and Lula Mae Irby Lawrey. She was a cook at Williams Baptist College and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tressie Leonard "Speedy" Reese, on Nov. 21, 2008, whom she married June 7, 1942; two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Eddie Reese and wife Christine, Jonesboro, and Dale Reese and wife Reba, Turrell; a daughter, Bobbie Berry and husband Chip, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Wanda Carson, Walnut Ridge, and Willie Greer, Lampasas, Texas; six grandchildren, Larry Dale Mosher, Jeff Reese, Michelle Boots, Jason Reese, Justin Reese and Leslie Rutledge; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Glenn Smith and Leslie Rutledge officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Clayton Reese, Josh Mosher, Justin Reese, Jason Reese, Jeff Reese and Larry Dale Mosher.

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

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Bobby Gene Watts

Bobby Gene Watts, 68, of Thayer, Mo., died May 12, 2014, at Fulton County Medical Center in Salem.

Born June 3, 1945, in Strawberry, he lived most of his life in Lawrence County before moving to Thayer about 10 years ago.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Foring Watts; his parents, John and Fannie Guilliams Watts; and three sisters, Lulamae Watts, BettyLu Watts and Wilma Watts.

Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Milgrim Watts; five sons, William Mark Carroll, Whittion, Eugene Watts and wife Dina, Coldwater, Willie Gene Watts and wife Lisa, Dyess, Bobby Gene Watts Jr., Marked Tree, and Dale Berry and wife Sandy, Tuscumbia, Mo.; four daughters, June Darty and husband Chris, Florence, Ala., Rose Watts, JoAnn Watts and husband Arthur Cuble III, all of Tyronza, and Martha Holder and husband Stanley, Mammoth Spring; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Opposition Cemetery in Ravenden.

Pallbearers were Kevin Barnes, Kelly Berry, Don Guilliams, Ralph Guilliams, Jim Price and Junior Ross.

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Pat Watts

Patricia Ann Watts, 78, of Ravenden, died May 13, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 31, 1936, in Kalamazoo, Mich., she was the daughter of Raymond and Dorothy Green Roberts. She lived in Michigan before moving to Lawrence County and was of the Catholic belief.

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

Survivors include her husband, Lee Watts; four sons, Jack Calhoun and wife Donna, Kalamazoo, Mich., James Calhoun and wife Marilyn, Elkhart, Ind., Robert Calhoun and wife Tammy, Imboden, and Terry Watts and wife Tara, Atlanta; three daughters, Debra Damron and husband Tom, Goshen, Ind., Marge Skinner, Tampa, Fla., and Tabitha Davis, Plant City, Fla.; three stepsons, Jim Watts, Bristol, Ind., Randy Watts and wife Theresa, Milford, Ind., and Ricky Watts and wife Tammie, Union, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Joanne Thacker and husband Ulan, Houston; a brother, Jim Roberts and wife Nellie, Texas; 24 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

No funeral services are scheduled. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Earnest Ray Weitkamp

Earnest Ray Weitkamp, 93, of Pocahontas, died April 25, 2014, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

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

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Dr. Jerry Whittington

Dr. Julius Jerome "Jerry" Whittington III, 88, of Benton, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died March 20, 2014 at Saline Memorial Hospice in Bryant.

Born Dec. 31, 1925, in Greenwood, Miss., he owned a family medical practice in Walnut Ridge in the 1960s.

Funeral was Monday, March 24, at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch, Miss. Burial was in Blocker Cemetery in Olive Branch.

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

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William M. Davis

William M. Davis, 92, of Smithville, died May 17, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 9, 1921, at Eaton, he was the son of Garland and Margaret King Davis. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a farmer. He served on the Lynn School Board for many years and was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church at Eaton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Alice Bailey Davis, whom he married June 14, 1941; a son, Michael Dewayne Davis; two brothers, Leo Davis and Guss Davis; six sisters, Ruby Matthews, Blanche Walling, Beulah Stalnaker, Zelma Perryman; Beatta Perryman and Lorene Stevenson; and two grandchildren, Chris Hardin and Matthew Davis.

Survivors include five children, Jimmy Max Davis and wife Mary, Rogers, Danny Joe Davis and wife Tammie, Judy Diane Hardin and Timmy Lynn Davis, all of Smithville, and Randall Keith Davis and wife Judy, Lynn; a brother, Cecil Davis, Kansas City; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church with David Stuart officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery, near Lynn, under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Dennis Hardin, Chris Davis, Andrew Hagel, Jared Bousquett, Jason Davis, Larry Vance and Anthony Crabtree.

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

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