February 25, 2015 Edition

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Births

Hart Miller Moore

Weddings/Engagements

Rice ~ Wright Starr ~ Swann

Obituaries

James Steven Blaxton Joe Dale Goodwin Robbie Turley Kincade
Sally Sharon Schafer

Births

Cooper Blake Hart

Houston and Kerri Hart of Bono have announced the birth of their first child, a son, on Jan. 19, 2015, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces and has been named Cooper Blake Hart.

Grandparents are Karen Patterson, Dave Fowler and Blake and Debi Hart, all of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Mary Boozer and Benson Hart, both of Walnut Ridge.

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Jaelyn Khloee Miller

Mark Johnson of Batesville and Callie Miller of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Feb. 9, 2015, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, two ounces, and has been named Jaelyn Khloee Miller.

Grandparents are Nancy Miller of Walnut Ridge, Kenny Medlock of Black Rock and Johnny and Tracie Johnson of Batesville.

Shirley Lacoss of Walnut Ridge is the great-grandmother.

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Lillian Rose Moore

Aaron and Jessica Moore of Jonesboro have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Feb. 14, 2015, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed eight pounds, two ounces, and has been named Lillian Rose Moore.

Grandparents are Gordon (formerly of Walnut Ridge) and Rayanna Moore of Hot Springs and Calvin and Lidia Wallace of Forrest City.

Great-grandparents are Bob and Rose Miller of Jonesboro.

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Weddings/Engagements

Rice ~ Wright

Over 200 guests witnessed Bethany Denise Wright and Nicholas Dalton Rice as they were united in marriage on Jan. 3 in a double-ring ceremony at the Hoxie Church of Christ. Matthew Balentine served as the officiating minister.

Parents of the couple are Kevin and Beverly Wright of Hoxie and Rick and Stacy Rice of Walnut Ridge. The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Chloe Rice of Walnut Ridge, sister of the groom, served as maid of honor. Sara Ann Wright of Smithville, Sarah Green of Walnut Ridge and Emily Smith of Pocahontas were bridesmaids. The flower girl was Collins Balentine of Hoxie.

Layne Wright of Hoxie, brother of the bride, served as best man. Groomsmen were Logan Brady, Hunter Yates, both of Walnut Ridge, and Zach Reinhart of Manila. Austin Brown of Little Rock served as ring bearer.

Ushers were Cooper Wright of Smithville and Luke Harper of Walnut Ridge. The aisle runner was placed by Kayli Hazelwood of Bono and Madison Burris of Walnut Ridge.

Karen Looney of Walnut Ridge served as wedding coordinator. Kim Harden of Little Rock was the decorator and Alex Archer of Jonesboro was in charge of the music and slideshow.

The reception was held at the Lawrence County Meeting Room. Servers were Katrina Papi of Walnut Ridge, Rhonda Looney of Black Rock, Sharon Griffen of Bono, Karen Griffen of Jonesboro and Laura Wright of Smithville.

Photographer was Josh Looney of Memphis and videographer was Will Usery of Walnut Ridge.

Kortney Wayland and Ashlyn Wayland presided at the bride's book. McKenzie Griffen of Jonesboro served as hostess.

The couple enjoyed a honeymoon trip to New Orleans and a cruise to Cozumel and Progresso. They will reside in Jonesboro.

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Starr ~ Swann

Mr. and Mrs Ben Starr of Smithville have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Allison Renee Starr, to Joshua Adam Swann, son of Edward Swann and Barbara Swann, both of Pocahontas.

Allison is a 2005 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School and a 2009 graduate of the University of Arkansas, with a bachelor’s degree in child development and a minor in psychology.

She is currently employed at the Arkansas Department of Human Services in Pocahontas.

Josh is a 2005 graduate of Pocahontas High School and is employed with the Union Pacific Railroad.

The wedding will be held in June.

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Obituaries

James Steven Blaxton

James Steven "Shorty" Blaxton, 66, of Black Rock, died Feb. 17, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 9, 1949, he was a longtime resident of Craighead and Poinsett Counties before moving to Lawrence County 15 years ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Vietnam and was a carpenter/construction worker. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Verna Glaudine Wood Blaxton; and two brothers, Billy Joe Blaxton and Butchie Blaxton.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Blaxton; two sons, Steven Blaxton, Trumann, and Justin Blaxton and wife Stacey, Jonesboro; a stepson, Paul Ragsdale, Black Rock; two stepdaughters, Mary Noles and husband John, Jonesboro, and Jessica Ragsdale, Black Rock; a brother, Johnny Blaxton, Jonesboro; a sister, Carol Armstrong, Mountain Home; and five grandchildren. He was also the guardian of his granddaughter, Natalie Ragsdale.

Graveside service was Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at Birdeye. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Steven Blaxton, Justin Blaxton, Dale Hooks, Jimmie Lyles, Jack Noles and Chris Armstrong.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.

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

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Joe Dale Goodwin

Rev. Joe Dale Goodwin, 87, of Scott, died Feb. 16, 2015.

Born April 16, 1927, at Lynn, he was the son of Joseph Mark and Vera Goodwin. He attended Lynn High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated from the Missionary Baptist Seminary in Little Rock with a Doctorate of Divinity in 1963. He pastored many churches in Arkansas and Houston, and served as a missionary to Peru and Romania before retiring from the ministry in 2007.

He was preceded in death by eight siblings, Everett, Ozro, Alford, Paul, John Warren, Pearl Penn, Merle Sawyer and Eula Robertson.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Louise Edwards Goodwin; two daughters, JoAnn Henry and husband Larry, and Linda Patterson and husband Mike; a son, Mark Goodwin; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at North Little Rock Funeral Home. Burial was in Arkansas Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Missionary Baptist Seminary, 5224 Stagecoach Rd., Little Rock, AR 72204.

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

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Robbie Turley Kincade

Robbie Turley Kincade, 65, died Feb. 13, in Hazen.

Born June 27, 1949, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of the late Frank and Mildred Turley Kincade.

Survivors include five sisters, Lois Smith and husband Don, Seymour, Mo., Joyce Somers, Murrysville, Pa., Linda Huckaba and husband Harlan, Menifee, Calif., Marilyn Henson and husband Gary, Flint, Mich., and Frankie Coffman, Port Royal, S.C.; 13 nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Don Smith officiating. No visitation or graveside service will be held.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

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Sally Sharon Schafer

Sally Sharon Schafer, 66, of Ravenden, formerly of Jonesboro, died Feb. 22, 2015, at her home.

Born Jan. 3, 1949, in Jonesboro, she was a retired customer service manager for Walmart and attended Lighthouse Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer Leonard and Millie "Mouse" Floyd Hill; four brothers, Leon Hill, David Hill, Bill Hill and Terry Hill; and a sister, Kim Staggs.

Survivors include her husband, Perry "Terry" Schafer, whom she married July 4, 2001, in Pocahontas; a son, Mike Noles Jr., Jonesboro; three stepchildren, Tonya Foster and husband Jim, Pocahontas, Terry Don Schafer, Ravenden, and Kristen Schafer, St. Louis; three brothers, Buck Hill and wife Patty, Lynn, Rick Hill and wife Janet, Bono, and Randy "Pokie" Hill and wife Deb, Jonesboro; two sisters, Patti Tippett and husband Steve, Jonesboro, and Teresa "Tootie" Hill, Jonesboro; and seven grandchildren, Krista Noles, Jake Noles, Zack Meeks, Hunter Arter, Jesse Smith, Jeagan Schafer and Sawyer Schafer.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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