September 28, 2016 Edition

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Births

Luke Inman Manning
Kayson James Shimasaki

Weddings

Difani ~ Hancock Wayland ~ Griffin

Obituaries

Alice Jeanne Cunningham Vera Lee Horton John R. Long
Melvin Junior Loughary Ray McEntire Beatrice Kay Needham
George A. Perrin Judy Rone Robert Michael Smith
Sue Sullens Oneda Inez Sullinger Wanda Sue Young

Births

Luke Inman Manning

Aaron and Amber Manning of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born Sept. 4, 2016, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Luke Inman Manning. He has a sister, Rylee Erin, who is two and a half years old.

Grandparents are David and Dana Penn of Hoxie and Bruce and Kelley Manning of Walnut Ridge.

He is the great-grandson of Bill Davis of Lynn and the late Joanne Davis, James Manning of Walnut Ridge and the late Bobbie Manning, Zola and Jay Beary of Walnut Ridge and the late Carl Brewer.

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Kayson James Shimasaki

Specialist Matthew and Lauren Shimasaki of Steilacoom, Wash., have announced the birth of a son born on Aug. 20, 2016, at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Wash.

The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Kayson James Shimasaki.

Grandparents are Cindy Shimasaki of Sedgwick, Daniel and Leslie Shimasaki of Jonesboro and Ed and Julie LaBelle of Steilacoom, Wash.

Great-grandparents are Richard and Carrol Owens of Sedgwick, Yoshiko Shimasaki of Clarksville, Tenn., Jack and Joyce Wood of Orange County, Calif., and Tina LaBelle of Neptune, N.J.

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Weddings

Difani ~ Hancock

Dayna Difani of Pocahontas has announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Adrienne Leigh Difani, to Houston Drake Hancock, son of Donnie and Tammy Hancock of Hoxie. Adrienne is also the daughter of the late John Difani.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lizette Difani of Pocahontas and the late Harold Difani and the late Robert and Fay Collier.

She is a 2010 graduate of Pocahontas High School and a 2014 graduate of Concorde Career College in Memphis as an occupational therapy assistant. She is a licensed certified occupational therapy assistant at Connex Rehab Group in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Kenneth and Sue Quarry of Hoxie and Mary Hancock of Hoxie and the late Joe Hancock.

He is a 2008 graduate of Hoxie High School and a 2014 graduate of Concorde Career College in Memphis as an occupational therapy assistant. He is also a licensed certified occupational therapy assistant at Connex Rehab Group in Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. at Katava Springs, located at the Saunders residence, 213 Lawrence 203, in Imboden.

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Wayland ~ Griffin

Ashlyn Kate Wayland and William Coty Griffin have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Keith Wayland of Walnut Ridge and the late Kim Blazer of Black Rock. She is the granddaughter of Doug and Shelby Wayland of Walnut Ridge.

A 2014 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, Ashlyn attended Williams Baptist College and is a CNA at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

The prospective groom is the son of Danny and Diana Griffin of Trumann. He is the grandson of Raymond and Barbra Moise of Trumann.

Coty studied energy control at Arkansas State University Newport in Marked Tree and is a machine operator at Roach Manufacturing.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and reception to follow at the church.

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Obituaries

Alice Jeanne Cunningham

Alice Jeanne Cunningham died Sept. 21, 2016, as a result of pancreatic cancer.

Alice was born Sept. 23, 1937, in Walnut Ridge. She was the second of four children of Barbara B. and P.S. Cunningham.

Alice is survived by Mary Alice Clower with whom she shared 56 wonderfully happy years; two sisters, Barbara Broadhurst of Conway, and Mary Anne Meacham of Marietta, Ga.; and one brother, James P. Cunningham of Carrollton, Ga. She is also survived by six nieces and nephews and 12 great-nieces and nephews.

After pre-college education in the public schools in Walnut Ridge, Alice completed undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University and the University of Arkansas.

Her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Emory University was conferred in 1966. In 1967-68, she did post-doctoral research with Allen J. Bard at the University of Texas in Austin. From 1984 to 1986 she was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at Emory University.

For 25 years, Alice was a member of the faculty of Agnes Scott College, where she was the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemistry. She was also Chair of the department from 1978-90. Throughout her tenure at the college, one of her primary interests was young women's undergraduate education with emphasis on the importance of undergraduate research in professional preparation. After retirement from the faculty in 1992, she continued to contribute to the field of bioanalytical methodologies through her monograph, Introduction to Bioanalytical Sensors (John Wiley and Sons, 1998).

Alice was a member of Sigma XI, the Scientific Research Society; the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a 50-year member of the American Chemical Society. She served in numerous ACS offices at the local, division (analytical) and national levels of the organization. She was the Georgia Section's representative to the ACS' governing Council from 1978-89. For nine years she was also a member of the society's Committee on Professional Training, which she chaired from 1986-88. This group establishes guidelines for the undergraduate chemical education across the nation and evaluates institutions' adherence to the standards for certified chemists.

In 1993, Alice was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) "for outstanding contributions to chemical education, particularly at the national level." Her work in chemical education was also recognized when she received the Honorary Member Award in Scientific Education from Sigma Delta Epsilon-Graduate Women in Science.

Alice was a firm believer in the old adage that "all work and no play make Jack a dull boy." She enjoyed life to the fullest. That meant good times with friends, family and former colleagues or students. Whether it was enjoying a new play at the Alliance, planting new flowers in the Memorial Garden at the church, being royalty entertained by good music programs or basking in the sun on a beautiful day on the golf course, there was always joy and thanksgiving for the gifts of each day. Some of the most treasured times were those relaxed get-togethers at beautiful Lake Burton when funny stories, camaraderie and shared appreciation of nature ruled the days and evenings. One of the posters at the lake house says "A wasted day is a day without laughter." There were no wasted days in Alice Cunningham's life, and laughter was abundant!

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, where Alice was a faithful member who served in numerous parish activities and offices through the years.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial gift might consider among charities the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany or the Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221. Arrangements by A.S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory.

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

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Vera Lee Horton

Vera Lee Warner Horton, 90, of Powhatan, died Sept. 21, 2016, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born April 18, 1926, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Roy and Arah Jackson Warner. She lived most of her life in Powhatan and was of the Baptist belief. She worked as a beautician for over 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Horton; a son, Teddy Horton; a daughter, Sandra Etta Horton; and two sisters, Mildred Bridges and Fern Hawley.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas Horton and wife Ruby, Frisco, Texas, and Ronald "Butch" Horton and wife Pamela, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Lee Roy Warner, Illinois; six grandchildren, Eric Horton, Jay Horton, Thomas G. Horton II, Debra Gaye Guerrero, Shawn Durham and Heather Schlef; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Wayne Bryant officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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John R. Long

John R. Long, 79, of Rockford, Ill., formerly of Caulfield, Mo., died Sept. 19, 2016, at St. Anne Center.

Born Nov. 25, 1936, in Wichita, Kan., he was the son of Homer and Alma Wallace Long. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for several years, retiring as a supervisor in 1991.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Veda Long, in 2011.

Survivors include a son, Dennis Johnson and wife Linnea, Taylorsville, Ga.; a brother, Jerry Long, West Plains, Mo.; two sisters, Sue Roberts and husband Dennis and Renee Cawvey, all of West Plains, Mo.; two grandchildren, Kristina Brown and Kari Ann Parramore; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.

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

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Melvin Junior Loughary

Melvin Junior Loughary, 70, of Paragould, died Sept. 21, 2016, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital.

Born Feb. 2, 1946, in Gideon, Mo., he was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was a member and usher at New Covenant Worship Center.

He was preceded in death by a son, Tony Burns; a daughter, Tammi Loughary Rankin; his parents, Claude and Pearl Loughary; five brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Brenda Hibbard Loughary; two sons, David Loughary and wife Tammy, and Michael Loughary; a daughter, Chanda Milligan and husband Michael; a brother, Elton Loughary; a sister, Gardenia Branscum; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Phillips Funeral Home in Paragould with pastor Dennis Bradley officiating. Burial was in Calvin's Crossing at Alicia.

Dennis and Paulette Bradley have set up a memorial fund at Focus Bank.

An online guestbook is available at www.phillipsfuneral.org.

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Ray McEntire

Roger "Ray" McEntire, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 26, 2016.

Born July 22, 1945, in Walnut Ridge, he lived most of his life in Anniston, Mo., and later moved to Horseshoe Bend. He had worked at Malone & Hyde in Missouri for many years. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin "Dick" and Pearalee "Pat" Holder McEntire; two brothers, Bob McEntire and Gregg McEntire; and a sister, Mary Emily McEntire.

Survivors include a daughter, Tina McEntire, Sikeston, Mo.; a son, Richard McEntire, Matthews, Mo.; three brothers, Clay McEntire and wife Anne, Hoxie, Jack McEntire and Steve McEntire and wife Margie, all of Conway; and two grandchildren, Jessica and Kelsey.

No services are planned. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Beatrice Kay Needham

Beatrice Kay Needham, 70, of Imboden, died Sept. 21, 2016, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 26, 1946, in Rockford, Ill., she was a housewife.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Coleman and Velma McCradic Cates.

Survivors include a son, Adam Needham and wife Jackie, Imboden; a daughter, Venus Sue Jones and husband Austin, Doniphan, Mo.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery near Lynn. 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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George A. Perrin

George A. Perrin, 85, of Saffell, died Sept. 21, 2016, at Cave City Nursing Home.

Born Nov. 13, 1930, in Saffell, he was a member of the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Howard Perrin; his mother, Vergia Perrin Pinkston; his stepfather, Orgil Pinkston; and his grandparents, George Alvin Sr. and Lucy Prince Perrin.

Survivors include a son, Michael Perrin, Saffell; a daughter, Teressa Rose and husband James, Cave City; three brothers, Ruben Pinkston, Charles Pinkston and wife Pat, all of Bryant, and Eddie Pinkston and wife Jo, Louisiana; five sisters, Eleanor Huie, Benton, Nancy Pinkston, Euliss Bend, Texas, Melba Whitaker, Florida, Veda Thompson and husband Gary, and Sharon Curths, all of Bryant; two grandchildren, Shawn Rose and Dustin Rose; and four great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Roller-Crouch McGee Funeral Home of Cave City has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/cavecity.

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Judy Rone

Judy Lou English Rone, 67, of Ravenden, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016.

Judy was born Oct. 31, 1948, in Thayer, Mo., to Hasting Looney and Flora Elizabeth Stevens English. On Sept. 7, 1968, Judy married the love of her life, Joseph William Rone, in Excelsior Springs, Mo. They were married 48 years. Judy was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother. She was a member of the Ravenden Church of Christ.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Jeremy Rone.

Judy is survived by her husband, Joseph William Rone; two sons, Joey Rone and Jason Rone, both of Ravenden; a daughter, Jonna Lawrence and husband Dean, Ravenden; two sisters, Emma Sue Collins and husband Jerry, Pocahontas, and Betty Jean Kellett, Peru, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, Jordin Rone, Jonesboro, and Makenzie Rone, Hasting Rone, Jaden Macie Rone, Joey Allen Rone, Layla Lawrence, Billy Joe Lawrence, Tray Lawrence, Todd Lawrence and Ava Lawrence, all of Ravenden; 13 nieces and nephews; many foster children; and others that called her Grandma.

Visitation is today from noon until 2 p.m. at Fears Family Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Graveside service will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Wyatt Cemetery, near Ravenden, with Gevan Murphy officiating.

Pallbearers will be Jody Sanders, Mike Sundahl, Brandon Rone, Dustin Foley, Wendall Kellett and Landon Wells. Honorary pallbearers will be Hasting Rone, Ronald Dulgar, Jerry Tibbs and Gary Collins.

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

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Robert Michael Smith

Robert Michael "Mike" Smith, 66, of Walnut Ridge, passed away suddenly, Sept. 22, 2016.

Born Nov. 2, 1949, in Newport, he was the son of the late B.L. and Hattie T. Guinn Smith. He was united in marriage to Debbie Davis on June 16, 1972. Before semi-retiring, Mike worked for the state as local Area Engineer for Natural Resources Conservation Services. He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Mike loved his Lord, his church, his family and his hunting. He gave his life to Jesus as an adult and faithfully served Him and His church by running the sound booth every Sunday. He had a servant's heart and showed his love with his actions. He would do any project you asked him and loved to show off his handiwork.

One of his greatest joys in life was sharing his love of hunting with others. He would work countless hours preparing the dove field, the deer stand or the duck blind for the perfect hunt. Then he would sit back and watch the next generation reap the harvest with a grin on his face. He leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter. 'Well done good and faithful servant!'

Survivors include his wife, Debbie, of the home; a daughter, Andrea (Jimmy) Corley of Little Rock; a son, Matthew (Laura) Smith of Walnut Ridge; one granddaughter, Erin Marie Smith of Walnut Ridge; one brother, Steve (Vicki) Smith of Brookland; one sister, Cindy (Charles) Whitaker of Jonesboro; mother-in-law, Norma Davis of Walnut Ridge; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral was Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Jake Guenrich officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Aaron Andrews, Matthew Franks, Matt Nichols, Charles Whitaker, Drake Martin and Phillip Midkiff. Honorary pallbearer was Ray Martin.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge Handbell Choir.

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

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Sue Sullens

Sue Jones Sullens, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 15, 2016, in Walnut Ridge.

Born July 11, 1931, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of W.G. and Mary Davis Jones. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the B&PW, and was a volunteer grandparent at Walnut Ridge Elementary School. She attended Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, James O. Sullens; three sisters, Lois Long, Amilia Leathers and Wilhemena Barton; and a brother, Ottis Jones.

Survivors include four sons, Dan Sullens and wife Shirley, Walnut Ridge, Jim Sullens and wife Anne, Jonesboro, Mike Sullens and wife Janet, Imboden, and Pat Sullens and wife Tammy, Concord; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Oneda Inez Sullinger

Oneda Inez Starling Sullinger, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 17, 2016, in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 19, 1932, in Delaplaine, she was the daughter of Albert and Bethna Smelser Starling. She lived most of her life in Walnut Ridge and was a homemaker. She was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Ovedia Beck, Joan Lambert, Joyce Bliss and Kay Wright; and three brothers, Rupert Starling, Albert Owen Starling and O'Neal Starling.

Survivors include three daughters, Denise Milgrim and husband Donnie, Marilyn Friday and Laveta Wolfe; two sisters, Oretta Starling and Portia Gaither; a brother, Fred Starling and wife Margie; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Private graveside service was Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Lawrence Memorial Park with Everett Hart officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Wanda Sue Young

Wanda Sue Young, 81, of Ashdown, died Sept. 14, 2016.

Born Feb. 11, 1935, in Lynn, she was the daughter of Troy and Olivia Rainwater.

She was preceded in death by her husband, R.B. Young; and a son, Mark Allen Young.

Survivors include a son, Martin Young and wife Judy, DeQueen; a daughter, Jacqueline Duncan and husband Danny, Ashdown; four brothers, Terry Rainwater, Jack Rainwater and Larry Rainwater, all of Lynn, and Howard Rainwater, St. Louis; a sister, Kathy Jacobson, Elgin, Ill.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A private service was held at Dry Creek Cemetery in Lynn on Saturday. Madden Funeral Home of Ashdown had charge of arrangements.

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

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