March 11, 2015 Edition

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Butts ~ Nettles Penn ~ Harris


Gene Brightwell Lorna A. Hackworth Freeda Johnson
Wayne Allen McLaughlin Amos T. Miller Sr. Michael Corey Smith
Billy G. Stephens Billy L. Young


Bradley Tycen Kennedy

Tyler and Heidi Kennedy of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born March 2, 2015, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Bradley Tycen Kennedy. He has an older brother, Jaxton Kennedy, four.

Grandparents are Kim and Bubba Endsley of Holly Grove, Sammy Stormes, Leisa Kennedy and Glenn Kennedy, all of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Marvin and Sharon Kennedy, Danny and Faye Stormes, all of Walnut Ridge, George and Wilma Knapp of Doniphan, Mo., and Sue Fallis of Ratcliff.

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Butts ~ Nettles

Sherry Butts and Bryan and Sharna Butts, all of Walnut Ridge, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsey Shantel Butts, to Brandon Dale Nettles, son of Dale and Shelia Nettles of Alicia.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of James and Linda Watson of Walnut Ridge and Anna Warnick of Paragould and the late David Warnick.

She is a 2013 Walnut Ridge High School graduate.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Shirley Nettles of Alicia and the late Billy Nettles and the late Eddy and Lucille Conrey.

He is a 2011 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and recently returned home from a seventh-month deployment. He serves in the United States Navy as an information systems technician and is stationed at San Diego. His deployment was with the U.S. Fifth and Seventh Fleet, Areas of Operations with ports in Hawaii, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Cache River Pentecostal Church in Sedgwick.

A reception will follow the ceremony at The Studio on Main Street in Walnut Ridge.

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Penn ~ Harris

Jason and Marsha Penn of Lynn have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Morgan Taylor Penn, to Austin Wilson Harris, son of Anthony and Rhonda Harris of Smithville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of James and Verla Penn of Smithville and James (Murphy) and Carolyn Willmuth of Strawberry.

She is a 2012 graduate of Hillcrest High School and is attending Williams Baptist College for a bachelor's degree in mid-level education.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Denver and Kay Wilson and Alice Harris, all of Smithville, and the late Charles Harris.

He is a poultry and cattle farmer and a hay producer.

The couple will exchange vows on March 21, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Gene Brightwell

Gene Brightwell, 88, of Black Rock, died March 6, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born June 24, 1926, in Imboden, he was the son of Benjamin and Florence Norris Brightwell. He served in the U.S. Navy and Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier for 37 years and was of the Church of Christ belief.

He was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Brightwell; a son, Ben C. Brightwell, Black Rock; two daughters, Nancy Day, Springfield, Mo., and Patty Dickson, Imboden; a twin sister, Imogene Hancock, Jonesboro; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Hope Cemetery with Lloyd Clark officiating. Cox Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Ben H. Brightwell, Jerrod Rainwater, Michael Cole, Phillip Dickson, Eugene Dickson and Larry Dickson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jennifer Cole and Amber Rainwater.

An online guestbook is available at

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Lorna A. Hackworth

Lorna A. Hackworth, 80, of Ravenden, passed away March 4, 2015.

Lorna was born Feb. 17, 1935, in Imboden, to the late Cebe and Ruth Lawrence Burrow.

Lorna is survived by children, Cindy Hackworth-Pinkus and Wendell Hackworth; grandchildren, Kyle Hackworth, Kelsey Hackworth, Ryan Ratfield, Melodi Riss, Brad Hackworth, Alyssa Hackworth, Breanna Hackworth, Maeghan Hackworth, David Cullinan, Sandra Cullinan, Chris Cullinan, Caitlin Cullinan, Brooke Pinkus, Nikki Pinkus, Nathan Pinkus and Justin Pinkus; great-granddaughters, Destiny Hackworth, Victoria Jeppesen and Taylor Connely; a sister, Joyce (Harry) Huss; brothers, Troy Burrow and Cloyce (Snowann) Burrow; nephews, Danny Huss, David Huss and Justin Burrow; and nieces Tara Todd and Brenna Jones.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Cebe and Ruth Burrow; her husband, Cecil L. Hackworth; and a son, Jimmy Hackworth.

A funeral service celebrating her life was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Shane Dail, Anthony Guilliams, Gavin Murphy, Anthony Wells, Stetson Wells and Shannon White. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Dail and Carl Wells.

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Freeda Johnson

Freeda Virginia Johnson, 87, of Pocahontas, died March 8, 2015, at Randolph Home Nursing Center in Pocahontas.

Born Feb. 4, 1928, at Eaton, she was the daughter of Joseph Paul and Bessie Randolph Chappell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Johnson; three brothers, Gayle Chappell, Jamie Chappell and Larry Chappell; and a sister, Wilene Poteet.

Survivors include a brothter, Eugene Chappell, Eureka Springs; two sisters, Yvonne Fielden and husband Bill, St. Charles, Mo., and Retta Jean Sellers, Overland, Mo.; a nephew, Joe Chappell and wife Linda, Imboden; five nieces, Sharrie Weisenbach and husband Randy, Maynard, Shelly Liscomb and husband Curtis, Imboden, Jimene Springer and husband Bob, Columbia, Ill., Lisa Daniels and husband Kevin, Connecticut, and Pam Leonard and husband Brian, Arizona; a brother-in-law, Everett Poteet, Imboden; and three sisters-in-law, Charlscie Chappell, Pocahontas, Juanita Thornhill, Bourbon, Mo., and Dorothy Mae Springer, Sullivan, Mo.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at the Imboden Church of Christ with Frank Foust officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery. Fears Family Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be LaDonna Mendleski, Rocky Chappell, Slade Weisenbach, Jace Weisenbach, Kainen Rogers and Maigen Rogers.

Visitation is today from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

An online guestbook is available at

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Wayne Allen McLaughlin

Wayne Allen McLaughlin, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died March 4, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born April 1, 1935, in Ramer, Tenn., he was the son of Ansel Tillmon and Annie Gooch McLaughlin. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Air Reserve and a retired Ag Pilot. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James McLaughlin; and a sister, Rebecca Logan.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Catt Harlan McLaughlin, whom he married Dec. 27, 1968; two daughters, Alecia Ozimek, Gurnee, Ill., and Julie O'Brien, Plano, Texas; four sisters, JoAnn Joiner, Linda Eddings, Eva Tucker and Lois Bourland; two brothers, Jerry McLaughlin and Michael McLaughlin; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. John Durham officiating. Private burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Blake Hutchinson, Bobby Watson, Michael Scott, Jerry Eddings, Scott McLaughlin and Vic Clark Jr. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Masonic Lodge.

Memorials may be made to Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 442, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

An online guestbook is available at

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Amos T. Miller Sr.

Amos T. Miller Sr., 86, of Strawberry, died March 5, 2015, at his home.

Born June 2, 1928, in Thomas, Okla., he was the son of Tobe and Mattie Yoder Miller. He was a member of the Strawberry Mennonite Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elva Miller, whom he married March 15, 1951, a daughter, Elizabeth Miller; three sisters, Ada Miller, Martha Miller and Sylvia Byler; a brother-in-law, Steve Yoder; a sister-in-law, Florence Miller; and two infant great-grandchildren.

Survivors include five sons, David Miller and wife Miriam and Amos Miller Jr. and wife Rachel, all of Stuarts Draft, Va., Sam Miller and wife Linda, Strawberry, Simon Miller and wife Anna Mary, Itasca, Texas, and Enos Miller and wife Charlotte, Belvidere, Tenn.; twin daughters, Ruth Miller and Rhoda Miller, both of Strawberry; five sisters, Elizabeth Miller and husband Irvin, Sarah Ann Yoder and Fannie Miller, all of Stuarts Draft, Va., Minnie Yoder and husband Noah, Guthrie, Ky., and Clara Beachy and husband Henry, Huntland, Tenn.; a brother, Alva Miller, Fredonia, Ky., 36 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Strawberry Mennonite Church at Jesup with Joe Weirich, Ernie Yoder, Phillip Mast and Loren Troyer officiating. Burial was in Jesup Cemetery. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were David Miller, Sam Miller, Amos Miller Jr., Simon Miller, Enos Miller and Joe Miller.

An online guestbook is available at

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Michael Corey Smith

Michael Corey Smith, 41, of Walnut Ridge, died March 9, 2015.

Born Sept. 12, 1973, in Rockford, Ill., he was a carpenter, construction worker and heavy machine operator. He was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include a son, Garett Smith, Jonesboro; his father, Ronnie Smith, Walnut Ridge; his mother, Sherrill Naumann and husband Gene, Hanover, Ill.; and a sister, Amber Naumann, Chicago.

Funeral is Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. David Emery officiating. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery.

Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

An online guestbook is available at

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Billy G. Stephens

Billy G. Stephens, 78, of Farmington, Mo., died Feb. 28, 2015, at Mercy Jefferson Hospital.

Born Feb. 27, 1937, in Powhatan, he was the son of Lee and Elsie Stephens. After graduating from high school, he began a career in the U.S. Air Force. During his service, he received two Good Conduct Medals, two awards for Outstanding Unit and three Longevity Service Award Ribbons. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked as a materials manager for the Alaska Hospital and Medical Center in Anchorage. He had lived in Farmington for the past 13 years and was a member of the local AMVETS.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delayne "Dee" Stephens, in 2011; and two sons, Kenny Stephens and Michael Stephens.

Survivors include two daughters, Tami Helms and husband Paul, Mindenmines, Mo., and Laurie Chard, Arizona; a son, Wayne Stephens and wife Jennie, Lewiston, Calif.; a sister, Yvonne; a sister-in-law, Connie Neece, Farmington, Mo., and several grandchildren.

A celebration of his life, including a military honors service, was held Friday from noon until 6 p.m. at AMVETS Post 113 in Farmington, Mo. Cozean Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Billy L. Young

Billy L. Young, 80, of Smithville, died March 2, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 4, 1934, in Kentucky, he was a truck driver and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at Smithville.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, George Young, Willie Young, Roy Young, Estel Young and Denver Young; and three sisters, Clella Young, Etta Young and Ola Young.

Survivors include his wife, Rachel "Katherine" Young; two daughters, Bonnie Skarland, Arizona, and Cheryl Young, Idaho; two sons, David A. Young, Batesville, and Jason Young, Arizona; four sisters, Mable Branscum and Corda Branscum, both of Kentucky, Grace Roeh, Ohio, and Lenna Mae Houchins, Indiana; a brother, Arthur Young, Indiana; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at noon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Clemons officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home of Tyronza had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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