Wesley Wright, 79, of Batesville died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, in a Batesville nursing home.
Born May 27, 1930, in O’Neal, he was the son of James D. and Gertrude Boyer Wright. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. He worked for Van de Kamp’s Bakery until 1969, when he moved from California back to Arkansas to help his parents on their farm. He was a line processor at ConAgra and a farmer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working with his bees and extracting their honey.
BAY — Billy Joe Simmons, 80, of Bay died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at his home.
Born Feb. 16, 1929, at Pontiac, Mich., he was the son of James Arthur and Alice Ida Holmes Simmons. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was retired from General Motors in Pontiac and was of the Christian faith.
Lewis Emmitt Mason, 96, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, in Batesville.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Pentecostal Church in Sulphur Rock with Dennis Killman and Daniel Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery in Newark under the direction of Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Tim Mason, Kevin Mason, Kenneth Mason, Robert Mason, James Mason and Robert Roach.
Honorary pallbearers are Don Mason Jr., Paul L. Mason, Joe Griffis, Alvine Mason and Mike Mason.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 tonight.
Shortly after the Oak Park Pharmacy was broken into Friday the doors were open and it was business as usual.
Independence County sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm call at the White Drive pharmacy around 2:50 a.m. where they found a lobby window had been broken out with a rock.
Pharmacy owner Lonnie Jackson said an unknown quantity of narcotic drugs, including pain killers morphine and Darvocet tablets, as well as Provigil (used for alertness in adults), Ritalin (an attention deficit drug) and Seroquel (used for mood disorders) were taken.
Mount Zion Baptist Church will celebrate homecoming and oldfashioned day Sunday.
Sunday school will be at 9:30 a.m., and the worship service will be at 10:30. A potluck will follow.
The Hannahs Music Quartet will perform at the 6 p.m. service Sunday.
Donations will be taken.
NEEDMORE — Old Baptist Church in the Needmore community will hold revival services at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
George Junior Wright will be the evangelist. Royce Ford will serve as music director and alternate speaker. Both men grew up in the Needmore community.
The event is open to the public. The church is located on Needmore Road four miles west of Evening Shade.
NEWARK — The Newark High School class of 1959 reunion was held Oct. 2 through 4.
Classmates present were Rose Dyles Fryer, Joella Rogers Fudge, Shirley Pipkins Fuller, Margaret Arnold Bryant, Gloria Jean Hutchinson Burns, Virginia Sue Battles Scott, Anne Griffin Moore, Conroy Barber, Gary Edwards, Phil Norris, Robert Wilson, Kenneth Morrison and Jimmy Dean Grisham.
Classmates and spouses met for dinner Oct. 2 at the home of Jack and Anne Griffin Moore. Margaret Arnold Bryant, who teaches china painting, provided hand-painted blue ribbon china as door prizes.
New Testament Holiness Church in Batesville will host a women’s conference at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The theme of the conference is “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Speakers will include evangelist Ercenia Lewis as well as other speakers. E.D. Childress, pastor of the church, will give the closing message.
There will be singing, testimonies, healing, deliverance and an invitation to receive salvation, according to a news release.
A salad luncheon will be served at noon Saturday.
SEARCY — The Continuing Education Department at Arkansas State University-Searcy will offer a free Women’s Self Defense class at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 on the school campus, located at 1800 E. Moore Ave.
Detective Anne Rigsby will conduct this free informative session to women of all ages.
“This class focuses on the importance of awareness, prevention, streetwise precaution and most importantly self-defense,” Rigsby said.
Brandon and Paige Langle of Pleasant Plains have announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on Oct. 6, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 13.8 ounces and has been named Brantley Grahem Langle.
Grandparents of the child are Sherwin and Bani Meharg and Rusty and Jeannie Langle.
Great-grandparents are Gary and Carolyn Wheeler, Margie Meharg, Annie Shrable and Carl Langle.
HARDY — Artisans and crafters throughout Arkansas and surrounding states will display their talents in Old Hardy Town Saturday and Sunday.
The event is free to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The activities will take place in the Old Hardy Gym, the Iberiabank Parking Lot, FNBC parking lot and several other locations along Main Street.