June 3, 2015 Edition

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Clay ~ Veer Smith ~ Dail Walker ~ Walker
Woodard ~ Ellis


Katie Sue Anderson Doyne Max Batterton Thelma Jeanette Crosslin
Jerry Wayne Darris Billy H. Romine Elizabeth Dianne Towell
Emmett Tolbert Whitlow


Clay ~ Veer

Brian Clay and Jami Lee Veer were united in marriage at Cathedral Baptist Church in Rockford, Ill., on May 16, 2015.

The bride-elect is the daughter of John and Eileen Veer of Strawberry and Jodi Veer of Rockford.

The groom is the son of Donna Haynes-Clay of Rockford and Robert Clay of Roanoke Rapids, N.C. He is the grandson of Sue (Forrester) Johnson, formerly of Egypt.

The couple is both employed by WalMart in Rockford.

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Smith ~ Dail

Ted and Cheryl Dail of Black Rock have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their son, Richard Nicholas Dail, to Emily Kate Smith, daughter of Joe and Sherry Smith of Alpena.

The prospective groom is the grandson of David Thatcher of Alicia and the late Joyce Thatcher and the late Richard and Imal Dail of Ravenden.

He is a 2009 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a 2013 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor's in civil engineering. He currently works as an engineer II in Roadway Design Division with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department in Little Rock.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Tom and Donna Blevins and the late Altamay Blevins of Springdale and Ray and Margaret Dickens and the late Billy Joe Smith of Harrison.

She is a 2009 graduate of Alpena High School and a 2013 graduate of Williams Baptist College with a B.S.E. in middle school math and science education. She currently works as a junior high math teacher at Alpena High School.

The ceremony will be Saturday, June 27, at 1 p.m. at Ravenden Baptist Church.

Friends and family are invited to attend.

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Walker ~ Walker

Ray and Ann Walker of Campbell, Mo., have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Megan Danielle Walker, to Justin David Walker, son of Joe and Lori Walker of Light.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Campbell High School and is the owner and stylist at Head-to-Toe Salon in Campbell, Mo.

The prospective groom attended Walnut Ridge School and graduated from Paragould High School. He currently works with American Railcar Industries in Marmaduke.

The couple will exchange vows on June 13 at 3 p.m. in a semi-formal, western-themed ceremony at Crosspointe Family Church in Campbell. Pastor Randy Vaughn will be the officiating minister.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Woodard ~ Ellis

Barry and Shelly Woodard of Black Rock have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Maddison Shea Woodard, to John Martin Ellis, son of Rodney and Jay Dee Standridge of Caddo Gap and the late Jon Raymond Ellis.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Linda Linebaugh and Wayne and Renee Linebaugh, all of Walnut Ridge, and Bud and Peggy Woodard of Black Rock.

She is a 2013 Hoxie High School graduate and a 2015 graduate of Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. She will begin her junior year in the fall at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, majoring in education.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Ray and Jeannene Ellis of Morrilton, Jerry Bobo of Black Springs and Lois Standridge of Mt. Ida.

He is a 2013 graduate of Arkansas State University and is employed by the Caddo Hills School District in Caddo Gap as a track/cross country coach.

The couple will exchange vows Saturday at 4 p.m. at the United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

All family and friends are invited to attend the wedding and reception, which will follow at the Hoxie Service Center.

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Katie Sue Anderson

Katie Sue Anderson, 86, of Hoxie, died May 27, 2015, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home.

Born Aug. 15, 1928, she was the daughter of Frank and Ruby Harvey Austin. She was a homemaker and a member of the Hoxie Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Anderson, whom she married June 9, 1947; a son, Swan; a sister, Virginia Martin; and six brothers, Jewel "Peck" Austin, Kenneth "Newt" Austin, Donald "Pookie" Austin, Maxie Austin, Jackie Austin and Bill Austin.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Downing and husband Terrell, Hoxie, and Terri Anderson, Mountain Home; a sister, Pat Buercklin, Greers Ferry; four grandchildren, Marc Anderson, Sherwood, Kyle Downing, Springdale, Amy West, Powhatan, and Kellie Garing, Modesto, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Matthew Downing and Luke Downing, both of Springdale, and Jack Garing and Kate Garing, both of Modesto, Calif.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

A visitation was held Saturday from 6–8 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home, and a memorial service was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hoxie Methodist Church with Garry Wiles officiating. Cox Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Private burial will be at a later date.

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


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Doyne Max Batterton

Doyne Max "Don" Batterton, 82, of Ruston, La., died May 28, 2015, in Ruston.

Born April 12, 1933, in Hoxie, he was the son of Edward Elmer and Opal Ann Batterton. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, where he was a crew member on the B-36 bomber. He was stationed in Guam and Okinawa, and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant before being discharged.

He attended Washington State College. He moved to Ruston in 1970, and was a maintenance worker for Westinghouse and Tri-State Elevator for 31 years. He was a member of the Volunteer Christian Builders.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Wilma Batterton, Janet Rose Batterton and Jeannie McClelland; two brothers, Robert Batterton and Thomas Batterton; a sister-in-law, Loretta Batterton; and a brother-in-law, George Taylor.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years: Helen Faye Mickel Batterton, whom he married Aug. 5, 1961; three sons, Donald Batterton and wife Christine, Dubach, La., Ronald Batterton and wife Kimberly, Fort Worth, Texas, and Michael Batterton and wife Betty, Choudrant, La.; three sisters, Mary Taylor, Haltom City, Texas, Carolyn Carr and husband Richard Carr, Frisco, Texas, and Emma Burger and husband James, Alvord, Texas; a brother, Scott Batterton, Hot Springs; a sister-in-law, Sandra Batterton, Choudrant, La.; a brother-in-law, Don McClelland, Hurst, Texas; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston, La., with Revs. Tommy Taylor, Marion Boggs and John Kavanaugh officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston.

Pallbearers were Blake Batterton, Justin Batterton, Shane Martin, Shane Batterton, Tommy Batterton and Kristian Batterton. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Burger, Don McClelland, Dick Carr and L.C. George.

Memorials may be made to the Volunteer Christian Builders in care of First Baptist Church of Grapevine, Texas.

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

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Thelma Jeanette Crosslin

Thelma Jeanette Crosslin-Woodson of Black Rock passed over on May 27, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born Nov 10, 1941, to Wesley Woodson and Cora (Tyree) Woodson in the family home at the mouth of Spring River, and was one of eight children. Jeanette graduated from Black Rock High School in May of 1960. She was a bright student and star player on the school basketball team.

After receiving her high school diploma, she attended the University of Kansas and graduated as an LPN Nurse in 1964. She later joined the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War as a nurse, where she met her husband, Claude Crosslin. After living in California for a short time, they moved to Kansas City, where their daughter, Pennie Crosslin, was born. They settled in Tampa, Fla., where they embraced tropical weather and year-round sunshine.

Jeanette was a passionate, dedicated and greatly respected nurse who spent the majority of her career caring for high-risk pediatric patients. She retired in 2004 and moved back to Black Rock to help care for her mother, Cora Woodson.

In her spare time, Jeanette was a free spirit who loved spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed weekend camping trips, spending time at the beach and cherished the annual Fourth of July family reunion in Black Rock.

Jeanette is survived by her daughter, Pennie Crosslin of Greenville, S.C.; her granddaughter, Harmony Crosslin-Gilbert; her siblings, Nancy (Fred) Pinckney, James (Diane) Woodson and Anita Sue James; sisters in-law, Sharron Woodson and Jane Woodson; and many nieces and nephews.

Jeanette is preceded in death by her husband, Claude Crosslin; both parents, Wesley and Cora Woodson; sister, Alene Wilson; brother- in-law, Jim Wilson Sr.; brothers, John D Woodson and Tom Woodson; and sister, Barb Woodson-Tyree.

A visitation service for friends and family was held at Bryan Funeral Home, on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

Graveside service for friends and family will be held at the Black Rock cemetery on July 4 at 10:30 a.m.

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


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Jerry Wayne Darris

Jerry Wayne Darris, 65, of Black Rock, died May 28, 2015, at his home.

Born Sept. 2, 1949, in Powhatan, he was a maintenance and water technician for the city of Black Rock and a commercial fisherman.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Wayne Darris Jr.; his parents, Henry and Zelma Neece Darris; a brother, Alfred Charles Darris; and three sisters, Betty Berry, Pauline Wilson and Yvonne Shelton.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Pickney Darris, whom he married Nov. 9, 1968; a son, Wayne Darris, of the home; a daughter, Pam Smith and husband Alan, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Sonny Darris and Bobby Darris, both of Black Rock; five sisters, Maggie Davidson, Judy Reynolds and Cathryn Ferguson, all of Black Rock, Peggy Haley, Paragould, and Henrietta Twilla, Walnut Ridge; two grandchildren, Hunter Smith and Alyson Smith; and two special friends, Ray Cason, Tuckerman, and Linda Robertson, Black Rock.

Graveside service is Sunday at 2 p.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock with Bro. Joe Reynolds officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Billy H. Romine

Billy H. Romine, 81, of Durand, Ill., died May 26, 2015.

Born Oct. 10, 1933, in Swifton, he worked in automotive repair and owned Broadway Sunoco. He was a Mason.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie George and Jane Hulett; and a brother, James Romine.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Wilma Hopkins Romine; five sons, Wayne Romine and wife Lisa, Keith Romine and wife Cheryl, Kevin Romine and wife Wendy, Scot Romine and wife Melissa, and Larry Romine; two brothers, Edward Romine and Clarence Romine; eight grandchildren, Grant Romine, Jared Romine, Kyle Romine, Ashton Romine, Taylor Romine, Tyler Romine, Ethan Romine and Sabrina Gorton; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home in Machesney Park, Ill. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.

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

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Elizabeth Dianne Towell

Elizabeth Dianne Towell, 73, of Norwood, Mo., died May 29, 2015, at her home.

Born March 14, 1942, in Manila, she grew up in Lynn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Thelma King Cresap.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Towell, whom she married in 1960; a son, Jimmy Darryl Towell and wife Debbie, Ava, Mo.; a daughter, Deadra Hilbun and husband James, Vicksburg, Miss.; a brother, Terry Cresap and wife Janie, Maynard; two sisters, Lynda Perry and husband Ronnie, and Patricia Boling and husband Ken, all of Paragould; four grandchildren, Jamie Hilbun, Lara Stokes, Shelbie Towell and Morgan Towell; and two great-grandchildren.

Cremation was under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home of Mountain Grove, Mo. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

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

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Emmett Tolbert Whitlow

Emmett Tolbert Whitlow, 61, of Strawberry, died May 27, 2015, at his home.

Born Sept. 26, 1953, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Emmett and Mary Mildred Larison Whitlow. He was a retired railroad foreman. He married Rhonda O’Dell on March 29, 2013.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeaneana Lawrence, Branson, Mo.; two sisters, Linda Dean, Reno, Nev., and Gloria Henson, Black Rock; two stepsons, Donnie Whitlow and Dakota Whitlow, both of Strawberry; and three grandsons, Ryan Lawrence, Cooper Lawrence and Ty Lawrence.

Graveside service was Monday at noon at Lancaster Cemetery near Strawberry. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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

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