May 6, 2015 Edition

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Stone Walker


Maxwell ~ Durham


Tamara Leigh Baldwin Keith Brand Darrell Davis
Linda Sue Ellis Charlene Ella Howard William Dale Niswonger
Thomas Azor Penn James Allen Rone Paul Hugh Tretenburg


Xander Ryan Stone

Andrew and Brittany Stone of Fayetteville have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born on April 6, 2015.

The baby weighed nine pounds, four ounces, and has been named Xander Ryan.

Grandparents are Dale and Connie Hart of Warrenton, Mo., and Victor and Rhonda Stone of Pocahontas.

Great-grandparents are John Dion and Patricia Colbert of Calico Rock and Bernice Hoffman of Walnut Ridge and the late Robert Hoffman, Cletis and Eldridge Neece and Sherman and Gayle Stone, all of Pocahontas.

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Paxton Michael Walker

Zachary and Johna Bibb Walker of Little Rock have announced the birth of a son, born on April 29, 2015.

The baby weighed eight pounds, three ounces, and has been named Paxton Michael Walker. He has one sister, Aubrey.

Grandparents are Michael and Scarlett Walker of Holly Grove, Miss., and Ginger Snapp Bibb of Walnut Ridge and the late John E. Bibb.

Jewel Snapp of Walnut Ridge is the great-grandmother.

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Maxwell ~ Durham

Brad and Beth Maxwell have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Stacy Maxwell, to Clint Durham.

The bride-elect is a 2014 graduate of Hillcrest High School and is currently a sophomore at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro majoring in education.

The prospective groom is a 2013 Hillcrest High School graduate and is employed by the Arkansas State Highway Department in Lawrence County.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, May 16, at 6 p.m. at the home of Brad and Beth Maxwell. In the event of rain, the wedding will be moved to Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Tamara Leigh Baldwin

Tamara Leigh Coats Baldwin, 53, of Glade Hill, Va., formerly of Alicia, died April 26, 2015, at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va.

Born May 2, 1961, in Helena, she was a mental health nurse practitioner and a member of Diamond Hill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Franklin and Mary Marzee Chancey Coats; and her stepfather, Bill Chancey.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. O. Monroe Baldwin, former pastor of Alicia Baptist Church; two daughters, Kristen A. Green and husband Adam, Lynchburg, Va., and Jessica Lauren Baldwin, Glade Hill, Va.; a son, Dylan Taylor Baldwin, Glade Hill, Va.; a brother, Andy Coats and wife Evelyn, Indian Bay; a sister, Janice Spakes and husband Larry, Peoria, Ill.; and a granddaughter, Truelee Marzee Green.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Diamond Hill Baptist Church in Moneta, Va., with Rev. Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Diamond Hill Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Updike Funeral Home of Bedford, Va.

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Keith Brand

Keith Eugene Brand, 55, of Walnut Ridge, died May 4, 2015, in Little Rock.

Born Nov. 7, 1959, he was a lifelong resident of Walnut Ridge. He served as City President of Regions Bank in Walnut Ridge. He was of the Methodist belief and was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Keith was a 1978 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a graduate of Williams Baptist College.

Some of his community service involvement included being a longtime and current member of the Walnut Ridge/Lawrence County School Board, a member of the Lawrence Health Services Board of Governors, the Kiwanis Club, Park Committee and Little League Program and serving his church in numerous roles.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clarence and May Brand, Rudy Pickens, and Imogene and Ted Riggs.

Survivors include his wife, Tonda McEntire Brand; two sons, Ben Brand and Brighton Brand, both of Walnut Ridge; his parents, Gene and Sue Pickens Brand, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Alan Brand and wife, Tonya, and Kevin Brand, all of Walnut Ridge; and a sister, Kay Lynn Brand Bennett and husband, Kenneth, Pocahontas.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge with Revs. Jeanne Williams and J. Anthony Holifield officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Bill Wilcoxson, Larry Weeks, Clay Sloan, John Bland, John Howard, Tom Hilburn, Steve Jackson and Paul Bennett. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Brannon, Scott Allison, Ross Rainwater, Daniel Mullen, Terry Belcher, Terry Kelley, Jeff Taylor and Kelly Austin.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

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Darrell Davis

Darrell Davis, 78, of Jonesboro, passed away April 29, 2015, at Ridgecrest Nursing Center.

Born July 2, 1936, in Marie, he was the son of George and Lela Croxton Davis.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia "Jenny" Davis; three brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include a son, Todd Davis and wife Christy, Mandan, N.D.; a daughter, Sherry Russell, Hoxie; four sisters, Jean Davis, Jonesboro, Sue Mitchell and husband Bill, Deary, Idaho, Mildred Andrews, Cave City, and Virginia Moyers, Madras, Ore.; four grandchildren, Courtney Russell, Sarah Russell, Caleb Davis and Zane Davis; and a great-grandchild, Andria Davis.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Glenn Smith officiating. Burial was in Pine Log Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bill Mitchell, Bruce Davis, Larry Davis, Winston Lovelace, Jack Davis and Greg Russell.

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Linda Sue Ellis

Linda Sue Ellis, 58, of Ravenden, died April 27, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was born July 12, 1956, in East St. Louis, Ill.

Survivors include her husband, Mack Ellis; three sons, Brent Ellis and wife Kim, Braden Graddy and Branson Ellis and wife Lea; her parents, Lloyd and Glenda McEntire; a brother, Danny McEntire and wife Sherry; a sister, Peggy Sherman and husband John; and two grandsons, Alex Graddy and Matthew Graddy.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Williford with Jackie Pickett officiating. Burial was in Dail Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Braden Graddy, Branson Ellis, Alex Graddy, Patrick Ellis, Jason Marshall and Jordan Marshall. Honorary pallbearers were Brent Ellis and Matthew Graddy.

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Charlene Ella Howard

Charlene Ella Howard, 72, of Pocahontas, formerly of Black Rock, died May 2, 2015, at her home.

Born Aug. 16, 1942, in Thayer, Mo., she was a member of Black Rock Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Howard; her parents, Bob W. and Gratie Wetzel Phenix; two brothers, Lloyd Phenix and Charles Phenix; and a sister, Meda Conley.

Survivors include a son, Ken Howard, Gobles, Mich.; two daughters, Charla Howard and Dana Driver, both of Pocahontas; three sisters, Sylvia Pitts, Monette, and Ethel Copus and Goldie Mitts, both of Batesville; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Derek Collins officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

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William Dale Niswonger

William Dale "Bill" Niswonger, 76, of Pocahontas, passed away May 1, 2015.

Born March 8, 1939, in Dowell, he was the son of Dallas Monroe and May Madgalene Brewer Niswonger.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Almous Niswonger, Hubert Niswonger and Manuel Niswonger; and five sisters, Ellen Hurt, Edith Robinson, Ruth Kisling, Louise Ashlock and Martha Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine Butler Niswonger; a daughter, Elisa Niswonger Tyler and husband Edwin, Pocahontas; a son, Brian Niswonger and wife Krystal, Pocahontas; two sisters, Marie Niswonger Chastain and husband Donald, Jonesboro, and Sheila Niswonger Kilbreath and husband Charles, South Beloit, Ill.; a brother, Junior Niswonger and wife Ethylene, Doniphan, Mo.; six grandchildren, Justin Rogers and wife Ashley, Lauren Tyler, Garrett Tyler, Cade Niswonger, Samuel Niswonger and Josephine Niswonger; a step-grandson, Dustin Evans; a great-granddaughter, Kambryn Rogers, all of Pocahontas; and numerous other loving family members.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Shannon Baptist Church in Pocahontas with Anthony Holt officiating. Fears Family Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Shannon Baptist Church, 1706 Pace Road, Pocahontas, AR 72455.


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Thomas Azor Penn

Thomas Azor Penn, 92, of Cave City, died May 2, 2015, at Cave City Nursing Home.

Born April 1, 1923, in Lynn, he was the son of Joseph and Pearl Ann Osborn Penn. He grew up in the Portia area and graduated from high school at Portia. He received a BSA from Arkansas State University, and a Master's degree from Peabody in Nashville.

He was a coach and a Veteran's instructor at Cave City, a principal at Dalton, a superintendent at Black Rock and finished his teaching career as superintendent at Cave City. He served in the Army Air Force as a pilot and was a state senator from 1959-1971.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Jackson Penn; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Brooks and Marie Penn and Don and Wilma Jane Penn; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Katherine and Charles Ross; and a grandson, Garrett Wesley Yeager.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Trice Dalton Penn, whom he married June 7, 1947; a son, Richard Lewis Penn, Melbourne; two grandchildren, Billy Penn and Holly Vinson; two great-grandsons; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Dean Fugett officiating. Burial was in Cave City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Russell Fowler, Chad Wooldridge, Wendell Saffell, Darrel Ford, Jim Smith and Jonathan Fowler. Honorary pallbearers were Benson Hardaway, Calvin Lester, Kenny Turner, Paul Wesley Johnson, James Street, Ricky Medlock and Jeff Qualls.

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James Allen Rone

James Allen Rone, 78, Delaplaine, died April 21, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 2, 1936, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Everett and Bernice Potter Rone.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Marvin and J.R.; and two sisters, Pauline Richardson and Sadie Rone.

Survivors include his wife, Etta Mae Rone; three sons, Donald Flanery and wife Sharon, Pocahontas, John Flanery and wife Tracy, O'Kean, and Rodney Rone and wife Jennifer, Delaplaine; six daughters, Katherine Walton, Knobel, Bonita McElhannon and husband Charles, Lowell, Norma Taylor, Corning, Karen Ungerank and husband Tim, Rogers, Chrystal Watts and husband Jimmy, Walnut Ridge, and Melissa Fitzner and husband Logan, Pea Ridge; 23 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday, April 23, at 2 p.m. at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Charles McElhannon officiating. Burial was in Jones-Ridge Cemetery near Delaplaine.

Pallbearers were Jamie Flanery, Matthew Watts, John Flanery, Bentley Taylor, Blake Taylor and Eric Webb. Honorary pallbearers were Phillip Keeling, Garrett Becker, Luke Watts, Jonathan Walton, Freddy Jo Walton, Travis Walton, Kolton James, Noah Taylor and Jeremy Flanery.

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Paul Hugh Tretenburg

Paul Hugh Tretenburg, 65, of Pocahontas, died April 27, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 1, 1950, in Imboden, he was the son of the late William and Eileen Ward Tretenburg.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Tretenburg; a son, Bo Tretenburg and wife Stephanie, Pocahontas; two daughters, Kisha Rose and husband Kevin, Batesville, and Heather Rickey and husband Cody, Pocahontas; a sister, Annie Kemper and husband Wayne, Imboden; and 11 grandchildren, Tori Wantulok, Kristina Tretenburg, Madalyn Tretenburg, Owen Tretenburg, Kolin Rose, Ava Rose, Trenten Rose, Jack Rose, Gwen Rickey, Brady Rickey, and Lucas Rickey.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Jeff Hamm and Bart Morrison officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery near Lynn.

Pallbearers were Sean Wantulok, Kolin Rose, Adam Ozburn, Jerry Hudson, Shane Brawner and Dale Stratton. Honorary pallbearers were Trenten Rose, Brady Rickey, Owen Tretenburg and Jack Rose.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

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