March 8, 2017 Edition

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Baker ~ Powell


Hatley David Doan Paul Fern Hembrey Olen Johnson
Charlotte Darlene Langston Mildred Maxwell Ronnie Dean Montgomery Sr.
Brittney Richardson George Rothman


Baker ~ Powell

Anna Christine Baker of Mountain View and Micah Justin Powell of Jonesboro have announced plans for their marriage to be solemnized this coming weekend in Historic Downtown Batesville.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. "Corky" Baker Jr. of Mountain View and Rev. and Mrs. Brenton C. Powell Sr. of Powhatan.

Rev. Jamar Andrews, college friend and pastor of the groom, pastor of Word Baptist Church in Jonesboro, will officiate the double-ring ceremony. Rev. Powell and Mr. Baker will assist by praying a prayer of blessing during the ceremony.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bonnie Cartwright and the late Ed Cartwright of Stone County, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Pete Baker of Faulkner County.

She is a homeschool graduate of Bellwood Home Academy and has studied business at Ozarka College in Mountain View. For the past several years she has directed a homeschool alumni association that draws people from across Arkansas, as well as other states.

She also serves in managerial and international marketing positions at Stone County Ironworks in Mountain View.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Kerry G. Powell of Newport, Tenn., and Alyene Todd Jones and the late Dr. Wayne H. Jones of Forrest City.

He is a homeschool graduate of Powle-brook Christian Academy and attended National Park College of Hot Springs, as well as Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge. He is a 2010 graduate of Arkansas State University with a bachelor's degree in physics and engineering.

During his college career, he was a member of Phi Beta Theta Honor Society, the Mid-America Singers, the Williams Singers, the ASU Handbell Choir, the Baptist Collegiate Ministries, International Student Ministries, Intramural Sports and was President of the ASTATE chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

In addition to various responsibilities in his church, he was previously a summer missionary to Kalispell, Mont. Other mission endeavors have taken him to numerous locations across Africa and North America. Since graduation, he has been employed by Arkansas State University in various technical and managerial positions within the College of Engineering and the Information Technology Department.

After the honeymoon, the couple will reside in Jonesboro.

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Hatley David Doan

Hatley David "D" Doan, 75, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

"D" Doan was born March 29, 1941, in Jonesboro, to Clarence Tanner Jr. and Katherine Ring Doan.

Dave was a loving, caring and devoted husband for 52 years. He taught fifth-eighth grade at Pocahontas Public School for 29 years. He was recognized by his students and awarded the Favorite Teacher Award while there.

He served our country by joining the National Guards for four years. He was of Methodist faith and then attended the First Assembly of God Church.

In his younger days, he was a cowboy at heart and followed the rodeo circuit, where he competed in bull riding and bareback bronc riding. He also was an avid lover of all animals.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, George Hatley Ring, Clara Ring, C.T. Doan and Carmen Rafferty.

He is survived by his wife, Shelba Wallin Doan of the home; three brothers, C.T. (Cona) Doan, C.R. (Sue) Doan, and Leonard (Virginia) Doan; a special brother-in-law, F. Mike (Karen) Wallin; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is today, Wednesday, March 8, from 1-2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home, with a graveside service and burial beginning at 2:30 pm at Lawrence Memorial Park with Dale Hughart and Ben Bush officiating.

Memorials may be made to Five Rivers Animal Aid, Pocahontas, AR 72455.


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Paul Fern Hembrey

Paul Fern Hembrey, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died March 3, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 26, 1930, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Charles William and Ethel Hembrey. He was a retired custodian and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Rupert, Oba, Richard and Fred Hembrey; and three sisters, Daisy Todd, Irby Deal and Sunshine Freer.

Survivors include several nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Seth Parnell officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia.

Pallbearers were Joe Hembrey, Jerry Lee Moore, Timmy Jones and Eddie Hembrey.

An online guestbook is available at

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Olen Johnson

Olen Johnson, 86, of Smithville, died March 2, 2017, at his home.

Born Nov. 4, 1930, at Center, he was the son of Clem and Vera Thomas Johnson. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was retired from White River Medical Center in Batesville.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery Olen Johnson; two brothers, Roland Johnson and Plymouth Johnson; and a sister, Vena Schmidt.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Doris Johnson; four daughters, Shirley Brown, St. Louis, Pamela Dasher, Boston, Brenda Card, Collierville, Tenn., and Lisa Ferry, Rolla, Mo.; a sister, Edna Storey, Racine, Wis.; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Bobby Sanders officiating. Burial was in Buchanan Cemetery near Center.

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Charlotte Darlene Langston

Charlotte Darlene Langston, 66, of Jonesboro, died March 1, 2017, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 30, 1950, in Walnut Ridge, she was a homemaker and of the Assembly of God faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jay Roy and Lorine Fry Luster; and a brother, Eddy Luster.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Langston, whom she married Dec. 30, 1968; two daugters, Michele Allen and husband Scott, Paragould, and Audrey Langston, Jonesboro; two sisters, Peggy Bratcher, Imboden, and Deborah Gatrel, Black Rock; a brother, Jackie Luster, Oklahoma; and three grandchildren, Morgan Cowell, Lexi Allen and Abby Allen.

Graveside service was Saturday at noon at Pine Log Cemetery, near Brookland, with Bro. Blake Shaw officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Mildred Maxwell

Mildred Randolph Maxwell, 92, of Cave City, died March 5, 2017.

Born Feb. 1, 1925, in Sloan Town, she was the daughter of Charles and Mattie Segraves Whitlow. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. She lived at Lynn and later moved to Saffell. She was a homemaker and served at the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church as a secretary-treasurer.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Everett Randolph and George Maxwell; two brothers, Wallace Whitlow and Willard Whitlow; a sister, Anita Faye Couturier; and a great-grandson, Trevor Allen Walling.

Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Kay Davis and husband Jerry Sr., Strawberry, and Alice Faye Walling and husband Ronnie, Smithville; a stepson, Bob Maxwell and wife Dian, Cave City; a brother, Worrence Whitlow, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Millie Lou Dagget, Colona, Ill.; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Saffell Missionary Baptist Church with Jerry Dan Davis Jr., Reggie Walling and Matt Donnell officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Ronnie Dean Montgomery Sr.

Ronnie Dean Montgomery Sr., 57, of Jonesboro, died March 2, 2017, at his home.

Born July 22, 1959, in Walnut Ridge, he was a member of the Valley View Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Carolita Kirby Montgomery.

Survivors include two sons, Ronnie Dean Montgomery Jr. and wife Libby, Mammoth Spring, and Stephen Ryan Montgomery and wife Hailey, Paragould; four daughters, Candice Jackson and husband Kevin, and Heather Diles and husband Clinton, all of Jonesboro, Hannah Raeshell Montgomery, and Kelsee Dezerai Montgomery, both of Bono; four brothers, Kenneth Montgomery, Sam Montgomery, Bill Montgomery and James Montgomery; a sister, Shelia Brogdon; and eight grandchildren, Kaitlyn Alexis Jackson, Colleen Abigail Jackson, Harley Cheyenne Montgomery, Chandler Alan Diles, Conner Bryce Diles, Destiny Faith Diles, Kasen Eli James Boness and Liam Joel Michael Boness.

Graveside service was Monday at 1 p.m. at Bishops Cemetery in Jonesboro with Michael Meredith officiating. Faith Funeral Service of Manila had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Dean Montgomery Jr., Stephen Ryan Montgomery, Clinton Diles, Chandler Diles, Conner Diles, Brad Montgomery and Blake Montgomery.

An online guestbook is available at

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Brittney Richardson

Brittney Morgan Richardson, 21, of Jonesboro, died March 5, 2017.

Born May 18, 1995, she was the daughter of David and Tammie Richardson. She graduated from Nettleton High School and worked at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a sister, Tiffani Richardson; her grandparents, Robert and Glenda McGaha, formerly of Lawrence County, and Doris Richardson.

A celebration of her life will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Joe Richardson officiating.

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George Rothman

George Henry Rothman, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died March 6, 2017, at his home.

Born Jan. 4, 1938, in Hot Springs, he was the son of Emery and Delilah Irwin Rothman. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a minister and a security guard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenda Rothman.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Joe Jones, Hot Springs; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be announced later by the family.

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