June 4, 2014 Edition

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Layla Rayne Archibald Macy Rose Broadway Isaiah Dewayne Maronde


Doyle ~ Hicks Bailey - Matthews Moore - Gibson


William John Gaither Rev. Dick Haltom Gaylord Dawson Howard
Jennifer Renee Jordan Lena Lois McElyea Cloyce Bernard Smithee
Bill Spotts George H. Stallings Jimmie Leroy Thatcher
Jimmy Lynn Wagner Tammy Lynn Williams


Layla Rayne Archibald

Malorie Frazier and Brian Archibald, both of Walnut Ridge, have announced the birth of a daughter, born on May 7, 2014, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, and has been named Layla Rayne Archibald. She has two siblings, Lily Burleson, four, and Haven Archibald, three.

Grandparents are Larry and Donna Frazier of Hoxie and Bryan and Tara Pittman of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Roger and Marcy Archibald, Larry and Lana Henson and Leon Winn, all of Paragould; Broady and Betty Pittman of Ravenden and Sue Pittman of Walnut Ridge.

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Macy Rose Broadway

Chad and Amber Broadway of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born on May 21, 2014, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, five ounces, and has been named Macy Rose Broadway. She has one sister, Karlee, seven.

Grandparents are Blake and Shelia Britton of Walnut Ridge and Leann Broadway of Little Rock and the late Dewey Broadway.

Great-grandparents are Katheryn Dobbs and Marcene Britton, both of Walnut Ridge, and Birtha Broadway of Little Rock.

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Isaiah Dewayne Maronde

Jericho Maronde and Christy Gaskins of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born May 16, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, seven ounces and has been named Isaiah Dewayne Maronde.

Grandparents are Richie and Tommy Montgomery, Tim and Teresa Hudson, all of Hoxie, and Steve Maronde of Leaf River, Ill.

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Doyle - Hicks

Bobby and Peggy Doyle of Cabot have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann Doyle, to Robert Preston Hicks, son of Robert and Tracy Hicks of Cabot.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mary Beth Mize of Strawberry and the late Leland E. Mize and the late Dot E. and Reba Doyle of Cherry Valley.

She is a 2008 graduate of Cabot High School and a 2012 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor's degree in business management and business administration. She received her master's degree in secondary education from the University of Little Rock in 2013.

She is employed as a teacher at Lonoke Middle School.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Caryl Hicks and Richard and Katie Hicks, all of Jacksonville; Monte and Sharon Hardin of Cabot and the late Preston Goode.

He is a 2008 Cabot High School graduate and received a bachelor's degree in technology from ASU in Jonesboro in 2013. He is employed at Avionics & Systems Integration Group in Maumelle as a design engineer.

The couple will exchange vows on June 28 at the Cabot United Methodist Church.

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Bailey - Matthews

Greg Allen Bailey and Farrah Elizabeth Matthews were united in marriage in a double-ring, semi-formal ceremony on Wednesday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at Matthews Memorial United Methodist Church in Madison, Tenn.

The bride is the daughter of Tommy and Sarah Rose Matthews of Lynnville, Tenn. She is the granddaughter of the late Genevieve Watts Rhine and the late Buster Watts, both of Portia, and the late Bernard and Francine Matthews of Walnut Ridge.

The bridegroom is the son of Patricia Bailey of Light and the late Bill Bailey. He is the grandson of the late Earl and Elsie Bailey and the late Austin and Rose Kemp, all of Light.

Rev. Steven VanHooser performed the ceremony and organist Bobby Phillips provided nuptial music.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. Tatum Young of Bragg City, Mo., served as flower girl.

A reception was held following the wedding at the home of Robert and Cassandra Elliott, who is the bride's sister, in Nashville.

Following a wedding trip to England the couple are now residing in Walnut Ridge.

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Moore - Gibson

Bailey Jean Moore and Derrick Nathaniel Gibson have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Doris Knight of Montana and Stephen Moore of Batesville.

The prospective groom is the son of Dyanne Payne of Walnut Ridge and the late Shelby Gibson.

The couple will exchange vows in a double-ring, informal ceremony on June 28 at 5 p.m. in Manley Chapel.

All family and friends are invited to attend the ceremony and reception, which will follow the wedding at the Walnut Ridge Country Club.

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William John Gaither

William John "Bill" Gaither, 77, of Pocahontas, died May 26, 2014, at Pocahontas Nursing and Rehab.

Born Feb. 12, 1937, in Jacksonville, Ill., he was the son of James and Ruby Huff Gaither. He moved here from California and then resided in Pocahontas. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a truck driver and a member of First Baptist Church in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James Riley Gaither Jr.; and a sister, Judith Gaither.

Survivors include a sister, Linda Blansett, Hoxie; and three brothers, Ronald Gaither, Hoxie, Raymond Gaither and wife Judy, Pocahontas, and Stan Gaither, Clover Bend. Graveside service was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with William Vassar officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

The men of Hoxie First Baptist Church were honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

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Rev. Dick Haltom

Rev. William Clyde "Dick" Haltom, 81, of Jonesboro, died May 24, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Jan 29, 1933, he was the son of Clyde and Jessie Findley Haltom. Rev. Haltom served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge during the mid-1970s.

After graduation from Jonesboro High School, he obtained a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, minor in speech and psychology from Bethany Nazarene College in Oklahoma. While in college, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1952 to 1954. He attended seminary at Nazarene Theological Seminary, graduating in 1961 with a Master of Divinity in English Bible. He continued studies at Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology, and Dallas, Texas (Continuing Education Series (1967-1976)) and post-graduate school studies at University of London the summer of 1975.

Having served a number of years as a minister of the Church of the Nazarene, he became an associate minister of First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, Texas. He was ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church in the Texas Conference and ordained Elder into United Methodist Church at Conway in 1963. Rev. Haltom's ministry continued in Arkansas as organizing minister of Hendricks Hills Methodist Church in Fort Smith and organizing minister of Indian Hills Methodist Church, now First United Methodist Church in North Little Rock. He served Wilson, West Helena, Walnut Ridge, Grace UMC, Searcy, First UMC, Van Buren, Winfield UMC, Little Rock, Oaklawn UMC, Hot Springs, Marion, Huntington Avenue UMC, Mount Carmel UMC, and Minister of Visitation, First UMC, Jonesboro.

Reverend Haltom was known as an outspoken peace advocate and advocate for racial and economic justice in Arkansas, having helped organize black voter registration in the mid 1960s in Mississippi. He served in numerous positions in the Arkansas Conference of The United Methodist Church.

He developed "Urban Family Outreach," a program featuring activities for Central Little Rock youth and families.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Naomi Catherine Haltom and Virginia Ruth Haltom Griffin.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Barbara Ann Barrett Haltom; two daughters, Ronda Ann Haltom Walker and husband Gary, Cypress, Texas, and Jennifer Lee Haltom; a son, Jeffrey William Haltom and wife Janet, Memphis; two sisters, Roberta (Boots) Haltom Stallings and Martha Haltom Heady; and seven grandchildren, David and Mark Walker, Matthew, Amanda and Kristen Haltom, Danielle Hardin and Mitchell Dulaney.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas, 5300 Evergreen Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205; Keller's Chapel Cemetery Association, c/o Russell Hendrix, 63304 Southwest Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72404. Donations will be applied to the purchase and installation of a Columbarium and continued maintenance of the cemetery.

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

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Gaylord Dawson Howard

Gaylord Dawson Howard, 69, of Strawberry, died May 31, 2014, at a Little Rock hospital.

Born Jan. 29, 1945, in Springfield, Mo., he was a 1963 graduate of La Habra High School in La Habra, Calif. He was previously employed with Banquet Foods and later with Ross Wells Purina Dog Food. He was a logger for many years in California and Arkansas. He moved to Sharp County from California in 1970 and was a member of First Baptist Church of Cave City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dawson and Wanda Miller Howard.

Survivors include a sister, Rhene Smith and husband Wayne, Springfield, Mo.; a brother, Billy Howard Sr. and wife Terry, Little Rock; and nine nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Billy Howard Sr. and Scott Howard officiating.

Private burial will be at a later date.

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

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Jennifer Renee Jordan

Jennifer Renee (Bishop) Jordan, 38, passed away May 29, 2014.

On March 19, 1976, a 7-lb., 6 oz. baby girl was born to Jerry and Virginia Bishop. That made our family circle perfect, a boy and girl. She was a fighter from the very start. Whatever that girl wanted, and that was a lot, she went for it. She grew up surrounded with Micky's friends and a classroom of boys and two girls until she went to Westside. They made her tough! She could do any job a guy could do - frog'n, fish'n, mowing, drive a tractor, fix a flat, boost a car, play basketball with a girls team and a boys team.

Then Ms. Pat showed her a new sport, volleyball. Now, there was her real passion. She was in the gym and Ms. Pat said "Come on Jennifer, just give it a try," and boy she gave it her all from the start. At that time basketball was her passion. It didn't take long until that all changed. Ninth grade through twelfth grade she gave Ms. Pat her all. Ms. Pat rewarded her hard work by finding her a scholarship at Williams Baptist College with Mrs. Judy Johnson. She and her teammates were winners. She graduated, did her student teaching at Nettleton and landed a job at Wynne.

Now, with her being so busy, she found time to have a beautiful baby boy, Austin Hunter Shipman. Volleyball may have been her passion, but he was her pride and joy!

It was at Wynne where she became a real winner. She started a volleyball team from nothing. That sport wasn't introduced to those girls until Jennifer brought it to them. Every girl was treated as a child of hers, and Austin was their little brother. She left Wynne and went to Jonesboro High and she had some big shoes to fill there, that school lost a winning coach. She accepted the challenge and was a winner there too. She went to Los Cruces, N.M., and introduced volleyball to them. From there she went to Harrisburg where she was currently.

No matter where she went, she was always a winner. Jerry and I may not have bragged openly about Jen's accomplishments, but we were very proud of her. Our hearts were full of pride. We loved her in every way a mother and dad could. In loving memory of Jennifer Renee (Bishop) Jordan.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Homer and Willma Bishop, and Hershal Merritt; and step-grandfather, Trannie Vanhoozer.

Jennifer is survived by her son, Austin Shipman of Jonesboro; her parents; brother, Micky (Melinda) Bishop of Cash; nieces, Kaitlyn, Abbie, Daelyn and Lilly Bishop; grandmother, Ruby Belle Vanhoozer of Cash; and many other family members and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, from 5-9 p.m. at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro. There will be a private funeral for family and close friends. Honored to serve as pallbearers are: Dewayne Merritt, Chris Barnes, Greg Dobbs, John Dacus, Josh Cureton and Brad Bishop. Honorary pallbearers will be the 2014 Harrisburg volleyball and softball teams.

An online guestbook is available at www.taylor-coxfuneralhome.com.


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Lena Lois McElyea

Lena Lois McElyea, 87, died May 25, 2014, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Jan. 12, 1927, at Light, she was the daughter of Sam and Hazel Huffman Liles. She retired from Cinch in Pocahontas after several years. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of Apostolic Church in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robie McElyea, whom she married Nov. 5, 1949; three brothers, Harley "Bode" Liles, Jay Liles and David Liles; and two sisters, Effie Bruce and Alma Duncan.

Survivors include three brothers, Hubert Liles, Imboden, Sammy Liles, Hoxie, and Earnest Liles and wife Mary, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Darrell Walker officiating. Burial was in Austin Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Liles, Grant Liles, Jacob Trinidad, Anthony Liles, Chris Liles and Troy Chappell.

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

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Cloyce Bernard Smithee

Cloyce Bernard Smithee, 76, of Hoxie, died June 2, 2014, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Born May 1, 1938, in Minturn, he was a U.S. Army veteran and the former owner and operator of Ark-Mo Tractor Salvage.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Louise Gosha Smithee, on Feb. 17, 2007, whom he married Nov. 28, 1964; his father, Sid Smithee; and three brothers, Boyce Smithee and infants Garland and Leland Smithee.

Survivors include a son, Brad Smithee and wife Bonnie, Paragould; his mother, Thelma Brand Smithee, Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Freda Wall, St. Augustine, Fla., Sue Fallis and husband David, Ozark, and Geraldine Rogers and husband Roy, Hoxie; beloved companion, Glenna Whitlow, Paragould; two sisters-in-law, Patsy Mosier, Paragould, and Barbara Gosha, McDonough, Ga.; a brother-in-law, Dean Gosha, Rockford, Ill.; and three grandchildren, Seth, Hannah and Abby Smithee.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Father Mike Sinkler officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Gary Light, Scott Mosier, Kevin Whitlow, Mark Light, Seth Smithee and Brad Smithee.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m.

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

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Bill Spotts

W.L. "Bill" Spotts, 68, of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died May 29, 2014, at St. Frances Hospital in Colorado Springs.

Born July 29, 1945, he joined the U.S. Air Force shortly after graduating from WRHS and was stationed in Colorado. After leaving the Air Force, he remained on Colorado, where he worked as a master electrician.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patty Spotts; and his parents, V.L. "Buster" and Betty Spotts.

Survivors include two daughters, Terry Thornton, Colorado, and Tracy Ledford, Maryland; a sister, Teresa Lovelady, Hoxie; and two granddaughters.

Burial will be in Colorado.

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George H. Stallings

George H. Stallings, 71, of Imboden, died May 31, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 12, 1942, in Marked Tree, he was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea during the Vietnam War. He was a backhoe operator, a farmer and was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Reinhardt Stallings, whom he married Jan. 10, 1970; two sons, Robert Thomas Stallings and wife Kristie, Imboden, and Christopher George Stallings and wife Tamya, Newport; a daughter, Crystal Marie Manning and husband Jason, Batesville; three brothers, Larry Stallings and Bob Stallings, both of Black Rock, and Tommy Stallings, Imboden; two sisters, Melba Sloan, Pocahontas, and Marsha Moore, Jonesboro; and eight grandchildren, Jakob, Haylie, Aliceson, Jonathan and Matthew Stallings, and Mariah, Jessica and Anthony Manning.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Hope Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Larry Stallings, Tommy Stallings, Jake Stallings, Chris Jones, Jim Jones, Steve Jones and Billy Powell. Honorary pallbearers were Jonathan Stallings, Matthew Stallings and Anthony Manning.

Memorials may be made to the Sloan-Hendrix FFA Alumni Association.

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

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Jimmie Leroy Thatcher

Jimmie Leroy Thatcher, 67, died May 27, 2014.

Born Dec. 14, 1946, in Smithville, he was a U.S. Army veteran and lived most of his life in Lawrence County. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Smithville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Velma Belle Wildrick Thatcher; and two brothers, Allen and Jackie Stuart.

Survivors include a sister, Faye Stuart, Port Arthur, Texas; nephew and niece, Chuck and Geneta Stuart Whitmire and Danny Scott Whitmire, all of Walnut Ridge, nephew and niece, Joe and Earlene Stuart Martz, Melbourne; nieces, Andrea Lester and Jodi Boggs, Melbourne; and a special niece, Carla Stuart, Smithville.

Funeral, with military honors in the chapel, was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Don House officiating. Burial will be announced at a later date.

Pallbearers were Scott Whitmire, Korey Jackson, Jordan Cooper, Jared Lister, Steve Baker, Johnny Stuart and Joel Bartee. Honorary pallbearers were Vietnam War veterans.

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

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Jimmy Lynn Wagner

Jimmy Lynn Wagner, 68, of Jonesboro, died June 2, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born Dec. 21, 1945, in Swifton, he was a musician and was of the Church of Christ belief.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Wagner Bledsoe; his parents, Jeff and Eula Adams Wagner; and five brothers, J.D, Gerald, Tommy, Bobby and Dalmer.

Survivors include a son, Christopher Wagner, Jonesboro; five sisters, Sherry Craig and Judy Hill, both of Jonesboro, Louise Dixon and Patsy Dixon, both of Rogers, and Pansy Henry, Bentonville; two brothers, Marty Wagner, Jonesboro, and Roger Wagner, Rogers; and two grandchildren, Brandy and Justin.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Dowell Cemetery with James King officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Justin Craig, Scotty Baker, Adam Hill, Kevin Wagner, Joe Dan Wagner and Marty Lee Wagner.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

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

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Tammy Lynn Williams

Tammy Lynn Williams, 45, of Ward, was born Jan 29, 1969, in St. Louis, and went to be with the Lord Sunday, May 25, 2014.

She was a nursing home CDM and attended Union Valley Baptist Church.

Tammy is survived by her husband, Walter Williams; a son, Tom Carley of Saffell; a daughter, Angel Mize of Poughkeepsie; one granddaughter, Braelyn Mize and one soon-to-be granddaughter, Finley Carley; her parents, Jim and Vicky Eddens of Doniphan, Mo., and Luella May Luther of Hoxie; a brother, Johnny Eddens of Doniphan, Mo.; and a sister, Debbie Perren of Wichita, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Jimmy Eddens and Janice Matlock.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral was 2 p.m. Friday, May 30, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Burial in Johnson Chapel Cemetery.

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


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