March 23, 2016 Edition

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John Martin McKim Jr. Shiloh Elizabeth Orrick


Anita Faye Couturier Brenda Kay Cullum William M. Dixon
Esther Louise Kurtz Ashlynn Cheyenne Tubbs


John Martin McKim Jr.

John and Rheadawn McKim of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on March 8, 2016, at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock.

The baby has been named John Martin McKim Jr.

Grandparents are Bill and Judy Gage of Jonesboro, Mike and Belinda McKim of Benton, Pam and Steve Twilla of Lynn and Mike and Kristi Croom of Black Rock.

He is the great-grandson of Marie Loftis of Alexander and Irene Branch of Hot Springs.

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Shiloh Elizabeth Orrick

Logan and Sarah Orrick of Portia have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born March 11, 2016, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Shiloh Elizabeth Orrick.

Grandparents are Jeff and Janet Orrick of Imboden, David and Kim Light of Clover Bend and Steve Crosno of Hoxie.

Great Grandparents are Joe Crosno of Hoxie, Lavon and Betty Light of Clover Bend, Ray Lee of Portia and Betty Hall or Wisconsin.

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Anita Faye Couturier

Anita Faye Whitlow Couturier, born Feb. 8, 1931, to Charles R. and Mattie Segraves Whitlow, was carried from her earthly body through God's Heavenly Portal on May 27, 2015.

Her earthly remains were placed beside her husband, Sammy Couturier, in a private ceremony on May 29, 2015, at Dry Creek Cemetery in Lynn.

Faye was valedictorian of her 1948 graduating class at Strawberry High School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sammy Couturier; her parents; and two brothers, Wallace and Willard Whitlow.

Survivors include a son, Ronald Keith Couturier, Germantown, Tenn.; a brother, Worrance Whitlow, Walnut Ridge; and two sisters, Mildred Maxwell, Cave City, and Millie L. Daggett, Colona, Ill.

Private services were requested by Faye. Although she gave many flowers to friends and relatives, her favorite saying was, "Dead noses can't smell roses."


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Brenda Kay Cullum

Brenda Kay Cullum, 66, of Walnut Ridge, died March 19, 2016, at her home.

Born Aug. 17, 1949, in Walnut Ridge, she was a seamstress and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Agnes Collins Jones; a brother, Rex Jones; and a sister, Sue Jones.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Fredrick "Jack" Cullum, whom she married Sept. 28, 1965; four sons, Charlie Cullum and wife Genea and Freddy Cullum and wife Candace, all of O'Kean, Harvey Cullum and wife Rita and Jonathon Cullum and wife Crystal, all of Walnut Ridge; a sister, Jean White, Delaplaine; four brothers, Harry Jones, Walnut Ridge, and John Jones, Larry Jones and Billy Mack Jones, all of Smithville; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Gene Cullum officiating. Burial was in Sharum Cemetery at Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were George Jones, Lamar Jones, Billy Cullum, Robert Cullum, Bobby Woodard and Pete Woodard.

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William M. Dixon

William M. "Dick" Dixon, 93, of Smithville, died March 17, 2016, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 9, 1922, in Smithville, he was the son of Henry Otto and Emma Franklin Dixon. He served in the U.S. Army in Puerto Rico and as a machinist in World War II. He owned and operated Dixon Auto Parts and Repair in Jonesboro, Alicia and Kennett, Mo. He also owned and operated a cattle farm at Smithville. He was a past administrator for the Moose Lodge in Jonesboro, and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville.

He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Dixon; a son-in-law, Gary Horne; a stepdaughter, Rebecca Miller; a brother, Gene Dixon; a brother and sister-in-law, Devon and Willene Dixon; and two brothers-in-law, Earl Clements Sr. and James Wells.

Survivors include his wife, Freida Dixon; a son, Nolan Dixon and wife Sandie, Jonesboro; daughters, June Horne, Annette Carr and husband Jerry, Diane Pierce and husband Gaylon, all of Jonesboro, and Traci Cole and husband Myron, Bartlett, Tenn.; a brother, Brice Dixon and wife Shirley, North Port, Fla.; a sister, Dulene Clements Wells, Paragould; the mother of his children, Florene Dent Dixon, Jonesboro; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Dixon, Smithville; a sister-in-law, Edna Dixon, Walnut Ridge; two stepsons, Daniel Davis and wife Kathee, Old Monroe, Mo., and Scotty Davis and wife Carrie, South Carolina; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Townsend Cemetery at Smithville.

Pallbearers were Paul Vick, Bob Sharp, Gary Etter, Mike Collins, Hunter Horne Clark and Jerry Darr.

Memorials may be made to Townsend Cemetery, Attn: Linda Bunn, 1376 Lawrence 430 Road, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Esther Louise Kurtz

Esther Louise Kurtz, 56, of Monticello, died March 18, 2016, following a sudden illness.

Born Feb. 4, 1960, in St. Louis, she was a homemaker, collector and decorator. She attended Trinity New Beginnings Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Rosalee Johns McAlpin; two sisters, Wanda Kirkpatrick and Gwendolyn McAlpin; and a brother, Lester McAlpin.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald Kurtz, whom she married March 25, 2002; two sons, Teddy Martin Jr., and Jesse Martin, both of Monticello; a daughter, Rose Martin, Monticello; three brothers, Alfred McAlpin, Alicia, Daniel McAlpin, Pocahontas, and John Chancellor, Walnut Ridge; and two sisters, Martha Wilburn, Walnut Ridge, and Lena Norman, Marshall, Texas.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Rebecca LaPiro officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Kyle McGinty, Terry McGinty, J.R. Cater and Jeffery Bryant.

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Ashlynn Cheyenne Tubbs

Ashlynn Cheyenne Tubbs, born June 19, 2002, in Jonesboro, to Jennifer Nunally Tubbs and Kenneth Brian Tubbs, passed away from this life March 16, 2016, at the age of 13 years, eight months and 26 days.

She is survived by her mother and father, Jennifer and Kenneth Tubbs of Powhatan; her brother, Hunter Nunally of the home; maternal grandparents, Nelson and Teresa Nunally of Imboden; maternal grandparents, Ruth and Larry Gibbens of Ravenden; maternal great-grandfather, Bud Nunally of Black Rock; paternal grandmother, Dovie Furgeison of Oil City, La.; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceeded in death by paternal grandmother, Pamela Tubbs; paternal grandfather, Cowboy Furgeison; maternal great-grandfather, Thomas Bagwell; and maternal great-grandmother, Patty Nunally.

A lifelong resident of Powhatan, Ashlynn had attended both Black Rock and Sloan Hendrix High Schools, and had recently transferred to Walnut Ridge to become a junior cheerleader for the Bobcats.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Imboden where she loved helping her mother with children's church and other youth activities. She was also a dishwasher at Renea's Café, and enjoyed babysitting for friends and family. Ashlynn was a member of the ATF Martial Arts of Walnut Ridge, the Imboden Girl Scouts Troop 3429 and the Odyssey of the Mind Team.

Ashlynn also had aspirations of becoming an RN in the US Air Force. More than anything, Ashlynn loved to sing. She had the voice of an angel and was very active in all choir activities.

Ashlynn was a beautiful person with a beautiful soul who touched many lives in her 13 short years. She was a blessing to so many and such an upbeat, positive young woman who loved her family and friends with her whole heart.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Old Black Rock Gym with Bro. Frank Casillas officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Forest Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Joe Nunally, Jeffery Settles, Shawn Green, Logan Orrick, Garrett Thompson and Calvin Robinson. Honorary pallbearers will be Imboden Girl Scouts Troop 3429.

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