May 27, 2015 Edition

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Births

Rondell

Weddings/Engagements

Owens ~ Smith

Obituaries

Loretta Ann Brewer Bobby Broadway Sr. Gertrude Chadister
Michael Leroy Cooper Clell Cox Laverne Davis
Howard Allen Hoffman Katheryn Bell McKnight William Roscoe Sanders
Phyllis L. Smith Sheilda Wilson

Births

Aleigha Ann Marie Rondell

Adam and Aftyn Rondell of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born on May 20, 2015, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Aleigha Ann Marie Rondell. She has one sister, Arianna Alena Lorraine, 15 months.

Grandparents are Mark Anderson and Ray Martin, both of Walnut Ridge; Tammi Anderson of Davenport, Iowa; and Paula Rondell of Waco, Texas.

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Weddings/Engagements

Owens ~ Smith

Courtney Gail Owens and Grant Caleb Smith have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Mike and Lisa Owens of Paragould. She is a 2013 graduate of Arkansas State University with a B.S.E. in social studies. She teaches at Paragould High School.

The prospective groom is the son of Allen and Kim Smith of Walnut Ridge. He is a 2013 graduate of Williams Baptist College with a B.S.E. in social studies. He is a teacher at Walnut Ridge Middle School.

The couple will exchange wedding vows at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at Manley Chapel on the campus of Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge.

A reception will follow in the Moody Dining Room at Williams Baptist College.

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Obituaries

Loretta Ann Brewer

Loretta Ann Brewer, 73, of Portia, died May 23, 2015, at White County Advance Care Hospital in Searcy.

Born March 10, 1942, in Walnut Ridge, she was retired from SKIL and was a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Almus and Irene Davis Crider; two brothers; and a grandson, Christopher Lee Newsom.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisha Huntington, Strawberry; a son, Kenny Medlock, Black Rock; a brother, Tony Crider, Calamine; three grandchildren, Nathan Newsom, Wendie Briggs and Callie Miller; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. Burial will be in Whittaker Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 1-2 p.m.

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

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Bobby Broadway Sr.

Bobby Broadway Sr., 75, of Ravenden Springs, died May 22, 2015, at his home.

Born April 16, 1940, in Imboden, he was a farmer and was of the Church of Christ belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dallas Newt and Maxie Meredith Broadway; and three brothers, Scott Broadway, Jim Broadway and Cecil Broadway.

Survivors include a son, Bobby Broadway Jr., Clarksville; five daughters, Barbara Hill, Black Rock, and Mary Sanders, Betty Hick, Carolyn Phillips and Evelyn Keith, all of Clarksville; a sister, Kathy Guilliams, Hoxie; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Johnny Cochran officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery at Annieville.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Montgomery, Larry Hackworth, Miller Wells, Ronnie Dover, Troy Guilliams, Doyle Guilliams and Donald Guilliams.

Visitation is today from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

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

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Gertrude Chadister

Gertrude Chadister, 88, of Batesville, died May 19, 2015, in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Born Nov. 12, 1926, in Osceola, she was the daughter of John and Violet Wagster Underwood. She was a retired factory worker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Ruth Wadley; a brother, T.J. Underwood; a sister, Jennettia Lee Sansoucie; and a granddaughter, Jacinta Maycock.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas Glenn Underwood, Jacksonville, Fla., Harry James Rhyne, Benton Harbor, Mich., and Charles M. Chadister, Batesville; two stepdaughters, Julia Butts and Diane Lawrence, both of Walnut Ridge; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Alicia Baptist Church with Bro. David Emery officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Batesville.

Pallbearers were Christopher Wadley, Charles Chadister, Harry Rhyne and Angela Chadister. Honorary pallbearers were Craig Wadley and Thomas Underwood.

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

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Michael Leroy Cooper

Michael Leroy Cooper, 61, of Ravenden, died May 24, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 30, 1953, in Marked Tree, he was the son of the late John Cooper and Dorothy Seabourn. He was a mechanic and a jack-of-all-trades.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Griffin Cooper, whom he married in 1975; two sons, Jeffery (Jennifer) Cooper, Maumelle, and Jaried (Crista Sanders) Cooper, Ravenden Springs; a daughter, Victoria Cooper, Ravenden; his mother, Dorothy Shepperson, Jonesboro; two brothers, Kelly Cooper and Aaron Cooper, both of Jonesboro; three sisters, Mary Griffin, Ravenden, Pam King, Texas, and Angelique Cooper, Florida; and five grandchildren, Dylan Riney, Austin Riney, Jaxson Cooper, Hudson Cooper and Emerson Cooper.

Funeral was Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Nicholas Hartness officiating. Burial was in Johnstown Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfhcom.

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Clell Cox

Clell Cox, 67, of Pocahontas, died May 22, 2015, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born March 31, 1948, in Ponce de Leon, Mo., he was co-owner of Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. He was a graduate of Spokane High School and Dallas Mortuary School. He began his career in the funeral business at age 16. He was an embalmer and funeral director, and owned funeral homes in Arkansas and Missouri. He was a Mason and a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Mary Lee Cox; and a sister, Nathalea Dye.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Goff Cox, whom he married Dec. 31, 1989; a daughter, Jennifer Walker, Springfield, Mo.; and two granddaughters.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with David Gibson officiating. Burial was in Spokane Cemetery in Spokane, Mo.

Pallbearers were Don Brown, Andy McCandliss, Ron Ott, Jason Martin, Johnny Moss, Stewart Lambert, Sonny Powell and Ray Rollings.

Memorials may be made to Childrens Home, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR.

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

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Laverne Davis

Laverne Davis, 82, of St. Ann, Mo., died May 24, 2015.

Born April 11, 1933, he had several relatives in Lawrence County.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Marie Davis; and an infant son, Ricky L. Davis.

Survivors include three children, Ronnie (Melissa) Davis, Tony (Connie) Davis, and Faith (Wayne Peters) Davis; several siblings; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Alexander-White-Mullen Funeral Home in St. Ann. Burial will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

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

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Howard Allen Hoffman

Howard Allen Hoffman, 94, of Walnut Ridge, died May 25, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 28, 1921, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Roy and Irene Brown Hoffman. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an airplane mechanic teacher at the Walnut Ridge airbase during World War II. He also served overseas in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Later in life, he was a high school history and art teacher, and retired as an elementary library teacher. He was of the Methodist belief.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Parker Hoffman, whom he met while stationed in Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Jeanenne Treadwell and husband James; a granddaughter, Amber Hoffman; and a great-grandson, Cannon Dail, all of Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Diane Easley, Black Rock; a son, Brian Hoffman, Washington; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Katheryn Bell McKnight

Katheryn Bell McKnight, 85, of Black Rock, died May 19, 2015, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Aug. 30, 1929, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Perry Tinker and Nora Viola "Lola" Clemmons. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a homemaker and a member of Smithville Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Bookout; two brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Justus McKnight; two sons, Johnny Bookout and wife Adella, and Tim McKnight; four daughters, Henryetta Tyler, Betsy Cameron and husband Mike, Jerry Ann Winters and Dianne Ray and husband Ronnie; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at Smithville Baptist Church with Bros. Keith Marlin and Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Jimmi Darrell Davis, Gage Marchant, Chris Winters, Jeremy Winters, Jeff Malone and Nathan Malone. Honorary pallbearers were Todd Childers, Jason Cameron, Jeff Cameron, Scott Park, Jeffrey Hines Farmer IV (baby Jeff), Leighia Park, Erica Bookout Laws and Miranda Bookout Childers.

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

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William Roscoe Sanders

William Roscoe Sanders, 87, of Minturn, died May 24, 2015, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born March 14, 1928, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of William Roscoe and Stella Arnold Sanders. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a farmer.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Dennis Sanders and William Sanders; two daughters, Debbie Sanders and Lora Green; four brothers, Dennis Williams, Lloyd Harris, John Sanders and Roy Smith; and three sisters, Ruby Thrash, LeVern Holt and Marie Finley.

Survivors include two sons, Allen Sanders, Walnut Ridge, and Mitch Mestler, Snead, Ala.; two daughters, Brenda Sanders, Moulton, Ala., and Lola Carroll, Guntersville, Ala.; two brothers, James Williams, Powhatan, and Marion Williams, Fayetteville; a sister, Gladys Jones, Dinuba, Calif.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Markham Cemetery, near Egypt, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home. No visitation is planned.

Pallbearers will be James Williams, Allen Sanders, Jonathan Sanders, Tom Dodd, Gary Cools, Mack Mankey and Paul McClusky.

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

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Phyllis L. Smith

Phyllis Lynn Smith, 62, of Myrtle, Mo., died May 19, 2015, at her home.

Born May 12, 1953, in Newport, she grew up in Alicia and Hoxie and was a 1971 graduate of Hoxie High School. She had worked at Walmart in Pocahontas for 11 years, achieving the position of customer service manager. She was an active member of Thayer Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John D. and Elva Mae Arnold Owens; uncles, Keith Arnold, Smithville, Lester Arnold, Strangers Home, and J.C. Arnold, Hoxie; and an aunt, Jean Jean, Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Larry G. Smith, whom she married Oct. 31, 1975, in Portia; a daughter, Laura McFann and husband Ralph, Myrtle, Mo.; an aunt, Mazie Alls, Walnut Ridge; and two grandsons, Gus McFann and Jake McFann.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Thayer Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Richard Robinson officiating. Burial was in Walnut Grove Cemetery, south of Myrtle, Mo. Carter Funeral Home of Thayer, Mo., had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers included Doug Arnold, Don Alls and Steve Arnold.

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

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Sheilda Wilson

Sheilda Wilson, 65, of Cave City, died May 25, 2015, at her home.

Born Dec. 14, 1949, in Batesville, she owned and operated Wilson’s Upholstery in Cave City for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of Mount View Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Wilson; her father, J.D. Asberry; and a sister, Yvonne Asberry.

Survivors include two sons, Keith Wilson and wife Sherry, Spiro, Okla., and Randall Wilson and wife Jennifer, Sulphur Rock; her mother, Elline Davis, Cave City; a brother, Larry Asberry, Cave City; a sister, Maxine Simpson, Batesville; six grandchildren, Christina Meurer, Dustin Wilson, Shadra Conley, Brandon Wilson, Seth Wilson and Nicole Wilson; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Mount View Missionary Baptist Church at Cave City with Bros. Keith Wilson and Kevin Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Spotts Cemetery, near Poughkeepsie, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers will be Dustin Wilson, Skylar Sloan, Jacob Wood, Gary Farmer, Spc. Brandon Wilson, Doug Meurer and Seth Wilson.

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

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