August 5, 2015 Edition

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Anglin Whitener


Small ~ Haines


Paul Lee Goings Jr. Edward Melvin Golden Bonnie Sue Goodson
Marvin Don Hanan Hubert McKinney Rachel Alphia Palmer
Ann Snow


Blaire Faith Anglin

Jeremy and Emily Anglin of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born July 23, 2015, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named, Blaire Faith Anglin.

Grandparents are Scott and Becky Holder of Walnut Ridge, Dwayne Anglin of Hoxie and Brenda Lee of Alicia.

Great-grandparents are Dallas and Sue Roberts of O'Kean, Jerry and Barbara Anglin of Smithville and George Porter of Walnut Ridge.

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Adigail Caraline Whitener

Bobby and Amy Whitener of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born July 22, 2015, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed six pounds, nine ounces, and was named Adigail Caraline Whitener.

Grandparents are Scott and Lori McKenzie of Strawberry and Caroll and Linda Whitener of Pleasant Plains.

Great-grandparents are Barbara Broadway of Smithville, Rose McKenzie of Vilonia and Ruthie Hobbs of Floral.

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Small ~ Haines

Scott and Myrtie Small of Smithville have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Bethany Danielle Small, to Joseph Andrew Haines, son of Amorette Isreal of Knobel.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jr. and Sharon Small of Rector and the late Marvin and Nadine Bowden.

She is a 2013 graduate of Higher Calling Home School and is employed at the Lawrence County Circuit Clerk's office.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Lenora Helen Isreal of Ravenden. He is a 2014 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School and is employed by Anytime Farms of Knobel.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Stone Ridge Baptist Camp in Smithville. There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony.

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Paul Lee Goings Jr.

Paul Lee Goings Jr., 73, of Pocahontas, passed away Aug. 1, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Paul was born June 26, 1942, to the late Paul Lee Sr. and Nellie Irene Mitchell Goings in Peach Orchard. Paul was a retired United States Air Force Senior Master Sergeant. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #692, Order of the Eastern Star-Olive Chapter #147 and Charles Chapter #410, and was Past Grand Patron of the State of Arkansas. He attended the First Free Will Baptist Church in Pocahontas.

Paul is survived by his wife, Jeanette Goings; children, Patti (Corkey)Yates, Jennifer Dorman and Sarah Jobe; grandchildren, Veronica (Jason) Rogers, Amanda (Devin) Cleek, Rebecca (Cody) McCallum, Cassandra Yates, Dylan Dorman, Maia Butts, Christopher Jobe, Kyle Jobe and Patrick Jobe; six great- grandchildren; and sisters Sue (Clarence) Rose, Jackie Weyer and Freida (Maury) Weiner.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Goings Sr.; his mother, Nellie Mitchell Goings; and a beloved son, Paul "Lee" Goings III.

A funeral service celebrating his life will be held today at 10 a.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Pocahontas with Nelson Henderson and Corkey Yates officiating. Burial will be in Chesser Cemetery, with full military honors performed by the USAF.

Pallbearers will be Dylan Dorman, Christopher Jobe, Kyle Jobe, Patrick Jobe, Greg Rose and Jonathon Jobe.

An online guestbook is available at


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Edward Melvin Golden

Edward Melvin Golden, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died July 30, 2015, at his home.

Born Dec. 18, 1924, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Luther and Mettie Hyslip Golden and a lifelong resident of Walnut Ridge. He served in World War II and was retired from Union Pacific Railroad. He was a member of Free Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Ruth Childers Golden; and two sisters, Ruby Neton and Georgia Page.

Survivors include two sons, Randy Golden and wife Sally, and Terry Golden; two brothers, Rex Golden and Bud Golden; two sisters, Jeanette Pace and Pat Todd; four grandchildren, Blair Golden, Natalie Ezell, Drew Garland and Bray Felton; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Lloyd Clark officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Doug Arnold, Bob Anderson, Garland Gilmore, Lynn Nicholson, Jerod Whitmire and Terry Henry. Honorary pallbearers were Danny Gibson, Jack Allison, Dr. Harold Willmuth, James Ivy, Buddy Cox and Lerory Lacey.

Memorials may be sent to Free Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 94, Powhatan, AR 72458.

An online guestbook is available at

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Bonnie Sue Goodson

Bonnie Sue Goodson, 81, of Paragould, died Aug. 2, 2015.

Born June 27, 1934, in Trumann, she was the daughter of Lee Craig and Irene Thompson. She lived most of her life in the Fontaine area, and was a member of Sedgwick Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dutch Goodson; and a sister, Pauline Holland.

Survivors include three daughters, Theresa Dees and husband Jerry, Paragould, Terry Simpson and husband Bob, Black Rock, and Rhondia Woods and husband Donnie, Marmaduke; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service is today at 11 a.m. at Nettleton Cemetery with Thomas Lamb officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Darrel Simpson, Dexter Miller, Trever Miller, Jon Miller, Blake Waldrupe and Mike Vowell.

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Marvin Don Hanan

Marvin Don Hanan, 66, of Swifton, died July 28, 2015, at his home.

Born Feb. 17, 1949, in Fisher, he was a backhoe operator, a third-degree Master Mason, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Ruritan Club and a Baptist. He served 25 years on the Swifton City Council, where he accomplished many things for the city, including 20 years of service as head of the Swifton Christmas Parade

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jake Andrew and Earline Ruby Ragsdale Hanan; two brothers, A.J. Hanan and Clearence Hanan; and a nephew, Jackie Hanan Jr.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Swanson, Vardaman, Miss.; three stepdaughters, Debbie Haskett and husband Donnie, Austin, Rhonda Propst and husband Jimmy, Black Rock, and Kathy Roberts, Swifton; a stepson, Ricky Roberts and wife Susie, Swifton; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Sue Roberts.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Swifton Baptist Church with Bro. Nathan Bentz officiating. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Tom Reynolds, Larry Wilbanks, Ricky Wilbanks, Randy Belvis, David Williams and Dylan Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Sonny Burgess, J.R. Rogers, James Tinsley and Kenny Williams.

An online guestbook is available at

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Hubert McKinney

Hubert Modell McKinney, 75, of Smithville, died July 30, 2015, at his home.

Born May 3, 1940, in Heafer, he was an auto mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lou Ella McKinney; and his father, Clarence.

Survivors include three sons, David Hasty, Ash Flat, Leonard McKinney and wife Deanna, Owensboro, Ky., and Bryan McKinney and wife Barbara, Memphis; a daughter, Jeri Thomas and husband Joseph, Wichita, Kan.; his mother, Melissa Baine McKinney, of the home; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

No services are planned at this time. Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Rachel Alphia Palmer

Rachel Alphia Christopher Palmer passed away on June 15, 2015, at the age of 87 due to complications of diabetes and congenital heart failure, in Bremerton, Wash.

She was born Sept. 30, 1927, to Harvey Raburn and Myrtle Blewe (Whitlow) Christopher in the Driftwood community. Alphia grew up in a large family, the fourth of eight children.

Rachel's father was a diversified crop farmer, and she worked cotton, corn and other crops. Living on a farm was hard work and Alphia shared chores with her three sisters and four brothers and helped her mom out with the other kids until she graduated from high school in Strawberry.

After graduation, she moved with her cousin, Pauline Malin, to Little Rock, where she trained to be a Western Union telegraph operator. She was transferred to their Seattle office, where her cousin introduced her to her future husband, Paul W. Palmer.

Alphia enjoyed tending two large gardens, an orchard, raising chickens, rabbits, milking Jersey cows, raising beef cattle, hogs, horses and the like. For years she dried fruits and canned vegetables and made jellies. She was known for her baking and making wedding cakes and Easter candies. She had many hobbies, such as knitting, crocheting, arts and crafts, crossword puzzles, quilting, and a bit later in life, genealogy.

With her natural musical skills, she played the guitar and piano, sang and yodeled - a talent that she learned at a young age. Alphia also managed to find time to start and play in the Rinky Dink Kitchen Band. The band came about when asked to play for an audience at the Chimacum Grange a few times. One thing led to another and she was eventually accompanied by a gut bucket, tambourine, washboard and, to go right along, a dish pan.

Alphia, Marge Andrews and Bernie Brooks started the Community Quilters (later renamed the Cabin Fever Quilters) in Chimacum. She was very active in 4-H work, fairgrounds work, and was leader of the 4-H Buttons and Batters Club in Quilcene for years. She served as both President and Secretary of the Chimacum Homemakers and was named Jefferson County Homemaker of the Year in 1979. Alphia was also active in the Quilcene V.F.W. serving as President for four terms and secretary for 32 years, along with being publicity chairwoman for several years.

After the children finished school and left home, Alphia started working as a receptionist at the Port Ludlow Beach Club at the Resort at Port Ludlow, Wash. There she became friends with homeowners and hotel guests and was "Grandma" to many. She retired after 31 years of service at the age of 81.

Alphia is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Paul W. Palmer; one son, Russell Wayne Palmer; sister, Christina; a brother, Junior; and two great-grandchildren, Lucas Ira Palmer and Briley Joel Palmer.

She is survived by her bothers, Ceburn, Bobby and Utah Christopher; two sisters, Pat Sanders and Euna Oudette; son, Aubrey L. Palmer (Carol), Center, Wash.; three daughters, Paula L. Palmer (David), Lake Forest Park, Wash., Colleen E. Miller (Phil), Dabob, Wash., and Rachel O. Palmer, Ocean Shores, Wash.; grandchildren, Aubrey I. Palmer (Tina), Joshua Palmer (Amy), Sasha Coffey, Matthew Miller, Ryan Miller (Clarissa), Jesse Palmer (Krista) and Julia W. P. Jones; along with 18 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Port Ludlow Beach Club in Port Ludlow, Wash.


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Ann Snow

Ann Snow, 76, of Omaha, Neb., died July 21, 2015, in Omaha.

Born Betty Ann Benson on Oct. 20, 1938, in a small town outside of Walnut Ridge, she was the second of six children born to George W. Benson Jr. and Frances Ramona Edmondson Benson.

Ann graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1956. She married young and had four daughters in as many years. In 1964 Ann moved with her family to Honolulu, where she raised her girls and was an active Girl Scout leader, avid card player, wonderful cook and mother to many.

She moved to Springdale in the 1980s, where she worked at Tyson Foods for 29 years. In 2013, Ann finally retired and joined her oldest daughter in Omaha, Neb, where she passed away peacefully.

She is predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Ed and Butch; two of her sisters, Mary Jo Clement and Georgia Johnson.

She is survived by all four of her daughters, Jerri England (Mark) of Omaha, Neb., Debi Shaghaghi (Tohid) of Sacramento, Calif., Lisa Naumann (Michael) of Stamford, Conn., and Jo Speitel of Springdale; her sister, Sue Wallis of Homer, Alaska; eight loving grandchildren, Alex Stroda, Christy Grove, Jessica Jorgensen, Sean and Parissa Shaghaghi, Christopher and Rachel Naumann and Mona Speitel; and, as of June 2015, she was able to boast that she had eight great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge. Attire is casual.

Memorials may be made to Theatre Development Fund's Autism Theatre Initiative (ATI), 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 801, New York, NY 10018-6507 or on their website

The family will receive well-wishers after the service.


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