Billie Joe Smythe, 75, of Batesville died May 19, 2009.
Born Sept. 13, 1933, in Austin, he was the son of Orlin and Lilla Smythe.
Survivors include two sons, Brian Smythe and Darrin Smythe; a daughter, Dana Smythe Morgan; a brother, James Smythe; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Powell Funeral Home in Searcy. Burial will be in Center Hill Baptist Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight.
HARDY — Terri “Momma T” Skinner, 53, of Hardy died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at Hardy.
Born July 18, 1956, at Memphis, she was the daughter of Bethel James and Edith Ilyne Sutton. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Scott Skinner; two sons, Jeremy Nehring and Zachary Nehring, both of Hardy; two sisters, Phyllis Sutton of Cherokee Village and Linda Smith of Olive Branch, Miss.; and two grandchildren, Kobe Nehring and Xander Nehring, both of Hardy.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
LONGVIEW, Texas — Michael Eugene McCourt, 59, died Wednesday, May 20, 2009, in Longview, Texas.
Born Nov. 21, 1949, in Batesville, he was the son of Loyd McCourt and Etta Jean Dossett McCourt Moore. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Ticonderoga, and participated in the recovery of the Apollo 16 moon mission. He was a welder and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He became a child of God on Dec. 31, 1960, in Pleasant Plains and was of the Baptist faith.
SMITHVILLE — Raymond H. Hower, 89, of Smithville died Friday, May 22, 2009, at his home.
Born Aug. 2, 1919, at Jeannette, Pa., he was the son of Herley and Emma Duncan Hower. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II. He retired from the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville as an industrial maintenance instructor. He attended Cornerstone Baptist Church at Mount Pleasant.
FLORAL — Carlon Gay, 74, of Floral died Friday, May 22, 2009, at his home.
Born June 15, 1934, at Floral, he was the son of Elvin Otto and Monnie Jo Harper Gay. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a farmer and an industrial maintenance worker. He was a member of Floral Baptist Church.
CAVE CITY — Laura Ann Miller Belcher, 69, of Cave City died Friday, May 22, 2009, at her home.
Born Nov. 18, 1939, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Lowell and Nona Miller. She moved with her parents to Cave City at the age of 7 and attended Cave City School System. She married Earl Belcher on May 4, 1957, and they traveled extensively. She was a homemaker and enjoyed going to yard sales.
EVANSTON, Ill. — National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of 2,500 students who have won National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. Designees were chosen from a talent pool of approximately 15,000 finalists in the 2009 program.
Local winners include Mary E. Castleman, a graduate of Southside High School. Her probable career field is in psychology/English.
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Police say nothing could be found missing following a weekend burglary of the TWH Inc. plant at 700 Pepsi Cola Road in the Allen Chapel community.
Deputy Gary Franks said he was dispatched to the factory Sunday morning to speak with Vonda Crowl, who said she discovered a window broken out when she arrived around 8 a.m.
NEWARK — Randy and Marla Hendrix of Newark have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Charissa Hendrix, to Chris Alexander, son of Mike and Tina Alexander of Batesville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Josephine Gardner and the late Estle Gardner and JoAnne Hendrix and the late Calvin Hendrix, all of Newark.
She is a 2004 graduate of Newark High School and is pursuing a degree in Spanish at Arkansas State University.
The prospective groom is the great-grandson of Juanita Painter of Batesville.
Cory and Stacy Miller, Bridget and Andrew of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on May 19, 2009. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and has been named Brendan Alan Miller.
Grandparents of the child are Don and Brenda Lemley, Tim and Robin Miller and Chuck and Jane Koehler.
Great-grandparents are Cattie Mae Lemley and the late Earl Lemley, the late Andrew and Edith Savage, Hilda Wert and the late Vern Wert, Ed Miller and Louise Downs.
Rodney, Jo Ann and Carter Wayne Greenfield have announced the birth of a son and brother at Northwest Regional Medical Center in Bentonville on May 19. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Sawyer Ron Greenfield.
Grandparents of the child are Debbie and Kendall Buchanan and Ron and Joy Burroughs.
Great-grandparents are Eugene and Ruby Greenfield, Laverne O’Donnell, Charles Mitchell and Betty and Arlen McIrvin.