November 12, 2014 Edition

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Black ~ Speirs


Cadence Kingwood Akard Donna L. Cooper Virginia Downing
Dr. Wayne Bryant Glenn Leroy Junior Slatton


Dalton Shea Brooks

Tyler and Megan Brooks of Bono have announced the birth of a son, born Oct. 17, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed five pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Dalton Shea Brooks. He has two siblings, Lalen, two, and Ellie, one.

Grandparents are Shawn and Carmen Davidson of Bono, Michael Pierce of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Allen and Debra Brooks of Newport.

Great-grandparents are Ronald and Monta Gail Davidson of Harrison and Tommie and Ed Pierce of Walnut Ridge.

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Black ~ Speirs

Wayne and Gwendolyn Black of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Danielle Suzanne Black, to Jacob Anthony Speirs, son of Rosalee Speirs of Leachville and Shawn and Tracy Speirs of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is a 2012 graduate of Hoxie and works as a customer service representative at Hillbilly Wireless. She is the granddaughter of Larry and Wanda Black of Hoxie and Terry and Molly Rasdon of Trumann.

The prospective groom is a 2013 graduate of Hoxie and works as a sales manager at Kum and Go. He is the grandson of Margaret Speirs of Calico Rock and the late Charles Speirs, and Francis Murphy of Leachville.

The two will exchange vows in a double-ring, formal ceremony on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

All family and friends are invited to attend the ceremony and reception to follow.

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Cadence "Cade"
Kingwood Akard

Cadence Kingwood "Cade" Akard, eight months, died Nov. 3, 2014.

Born Feb. 12, 2014, in Hot Springs, he was the son of Wentz Akard III and Nikki Golden of Hot Springs.

He was preceded in death by three great-grandfathers, Wentz Akard Sr., Dale Davis and Jack Austin.

In addition to his parents, survivors include three brothers, C.J. Golden, Stone Tucker Akard and Wentz Akard IV, all of Hot Springs; a sister, Kynli Sky Akard, Idabel, Okla.; his grandparents, Wentz Jr. and Tracy Akard, Harvey Austin, Cindy and Ed Garrett, all of Hot Springs; great-grandparents, Betty Akard, Jerry and Rita Bryam, and Johnny and Peggy Smith, all of Hot Springs, Vada Davis and Linda and John Phillips, all of Walnut Ridge, and JoAnn and James Mitchum of Redfield; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Davis-Smith Funeral Home in Hot Springs with pastor Eric Capaci officiating. Burial was in Hollywood Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Harvey Austin and Wentz Akard Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Bryam and Johnny Smith.

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Donna L. Cooper

Donna L. Cooper, 81, of Shawnee, Kan., formerly of Hardy, died Nov. 5, 2014, at her home after a brief battle with cancer.

Born Sept. 16, 1933, in Hardy, she was the daughter of Ralph and Vera Goodwin Smith. She lived most of her life in the Kansas City, Mo., area, where she raised her children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Cooper; a son, Steven Cooper; and a brother, Bill Smith.

Survivors include a son, Bennie Cooper, Shawnee, Kan., a daughter, Neiha Cooper, Shawnee, Kan.; a brother, Jack Smith, Hardy; two sisters, Brenda Jackson, Hardy, and Judy Bell, Las Vegas; two granddaughters, Mitchele Hunt, St. Joseph, Mo., and Brandi Ringer, Blue Springs, Mo.; a grandson, Joel Cooper; and a great-grandson, Ethan Caw; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life was held Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Tri-County Funeral Home in Hardy. Burial will be today at 10 a.m. in Perry Cemetery in Hardy under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

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Virginia Charlene Downing

Virginia Charlene Downing, 89, of Portia, departed this life and went to meet her Lord on Nov. 10, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 15, 1925, in Sitka, she was the daughter of Charles Lee and Lillie Linon Boyer Wade. She was a loving mother, homemaker and a longtime member of the Portia Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Robert Downing; two brothers, Roy Wade and Chester Wade; and four sisters, Dessa Norton, Shelma Phillips, Lona Wade and Joyce Wade.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Adams "R.A." Downing, whom she married Jan. 12, 1946, in Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Connie Blackwell and husband Jim, Dexter, Mo., and Regina Robertson and husband Keith, Walnut Ridge; five granddaughters, Susie Allen, Angie Bobo, Sarah Blackwell, Lori Carson and Krista Robertson; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral is Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Robert Davis officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jim Blackwell, Keith Robertson, Ty Boling, Derek Carson, Zack Carson and Quinn Carson.

Visitation is Thursday from noon until time of the service.

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Dr. Wayne Bryant Glenn

Dr. Wayne Bryant Glenn, age 82, of Little Rock, died Friday, October 31, 2014.

Dr. Glenn was born in Lynn on Jan. 25, 1932, to Hannah Idell Glenn and Walter Glenn. His early childhood years were spent on his parents' farm in Lynn. After graduation from Lynn High School, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University at which time he was admitted to the University of Arkansas School of Medicine.

Dr. Glenn met his wife, Mary Ann Templeton, when he was a sophomore medical student and she was a medical technology student. After obtaining his doctor of medicine degree, he did a general practice residency at UAMS. He had a general practice residency in Walnut Ridge for one year, at which time he was called into the Navy.

He and Mary Ann spent two years in Barstow, Calif., attached to the U.S. Marine Corp as their base pediatrician. While in the Navy, Dr. Glenn decided he would like to do an anesthesiology residency at UAMS. He stayed there after finishing his residency for 14 years, becoming an associate professor. He then joined Little Rock Anesthesia Group at St. Vincent Infirmary and remained there for 30 years until his retirement.

Wayne had a wonderful retirement. He loved his farm and had a plentiful vegetable garden there. He shared the produce with many people. For many years, he and his family spent memorable times at his house on Greer's Ferry Lake. He and his wife also enjoyed traveling and visited many interesting countries and most of the United States. Wayne had a workshop, and after retirement, made lots of rustic furniture giving much of it to Ferncliff Camp and his family.

In the early 1970s, Dr. Glenn and Dr. Roger Bost traveled to Bolivia on a medical mission trip to help that country with a polio epidemic they were having at the time.

His professional affiliations were the Arkansas Medical Society, the Pulaski County Medical Society, the Arkansas Society of Anesthesia and the American Society of Anesthesia. He was board certified in anesthesia.

Dr. Glenn is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann Glenn; three daughters, Melissa Glenn, Maryland, Johanna Gillenwater (Price), Little Rock, and Leah Glenn (Lance Mattson), Colorado; two sisters, Martha Hunter, Lynn, and Faye Helms, Newport; and seven grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

A memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church. Ruebel Funeral Home of Little Rock had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Ferncliff Camp, 1720 Ferncliff, Little Rock, AR 72223.


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Leroy Junior Slatton

Leroy Junior Slatton, 69, of Pocahontas, died Nov. 10, 2014.

Born Dec. 16, 1944, in the Fender community, he was an exterminator for Hyde's Pest Control.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Slatton and Maxine Robinett.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Slatton; two daughters, Janet Lee (James Gibson) Slatton, Walnut Ridge, and Nichole (Rick) Hakey, Fairchild, Wis.; a son, Bill Gardner, Kiel, Wis.; a brother, Bill Slatton, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Sue (Alex) Hartle, Springfield, Mo.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Graveside service is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Warner Allen officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

An online guestbook is available at

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