Two writers with area connections have collaborated together to produce a children’s book, according to a news release.
Scott Wolford, formerly of Evening Shade, and Jody Hughes of Batesville are authors of “Gino the Minnow.”
Wolford “was raised in the Indiana Dunes National Park with an appreciation for the beaches that are close by,” he said. He worked as a lifeguard on Lake Michigan and spent numerous hours on the beach with friends and family.
MEXICO, Mo. — Curtis Alfred Van Alstine, 88, died Saturday, May 16, 2009, in Mexico, Mo.
Born July 11, 1920, in Batesville, he was the son of William S. and Pearl Eunice Van Alstine. He was a veteran of World War II and a Pearl Harbor survivor. He spent most of his adult life in the St. Louis area and worked for McDonnell Douglas. After retirement he moved to Pepsi Cola Road in Batesville, where he lived for over 25 years. He returned to Missouri several years ago to spend time with his sons.
WYNNEWOOD, Okla. — Gary Douglas Reynolds, 55, of Wynnewood, Okla., died May 4, 2009.
Born Nov. 22, 1953, in Eugene, Ore., he was the son of Glen Leon Reynolds and Lula Mae Edgmon Reynolds. He married Eva Emerson Reynolds on Dec. 16, 1978, in Farmington. He attended public school in Mena. He attended Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and pursued religious studies at the Missionary Baptist Seminary in Little Rock.
Betty Louise Lambert, 70, of Batesville died Sunday, May 17, 2009.
Born Dec. 14, 1938, in Davilla, Texas, she was the daughter of Embree and Fanny Hargrove. She worked at ConAgra Foods and was a member of Ruddell Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 24 years, William Lambert; three sons, Robert Clark of Conway and Tommy Clark and Richard Clark, both of Batesville; a daughter, Kim Clark of Batesville; a sister, Elsie Marie Naiser of Tomball, Texas; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
ASH FLAT — Frances M. Coughlan, 89, of Ash Flat died May 7, 2009, in an Ash Flat nursing home.
Survivors include a son, John Coughlan; two daughters, Mary Jane Coughlan Kremenski and Dale Judith Sutter; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cherokee Village United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Arrangements are by Heath Funeral Home Oak Hill Chapel in Highland.
Memorials may be made to the church.
“Doc” Spurlin, White River Medical Center chaplain, has been awarded the prestigious Academy Certified Master Chaplain, ACMC-III, designation by the Academy of Certified Chaplains, according to a news release.
Earning an appointment to the Academy of Certified Chaplain demonstrates true dedication to chaplaincy and a willingness to devote time and energy to advancing the field. The academy was established by the American Psychotherapy Association (APA) as a means to promote and support the area of chaplaincy.
Jerrie Hooper has been hired as secretary for the Division of Nursing and Allied Health at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, according to a new release.
She earned her associate of arts from UACCB and has more than 20 years experience working in secretarial and administrative assistant positions.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hughes celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Friday night at a dinner with family and friends.
Jimmy Hughes and Bertha Wade were married on May 15, 1959 in Batesville. He retired from the Batesville Daily Guard, and she is a retired cosmetologist.
They have two daughters and sons-in-law, Julie and Eddie Reves of Sherwood and Laura and Bruce Baldwin of New Albany, Ind., and one granddaughter, Natalie Baldwin of New Albany.
Plowing to be demonstrated
BIRDELL — The 22nd annual Good Earth Association’s Old Fashioned Plowing Demonstration will be held in Birdell (near Pocahontas) on May 23.
The day features plowing demonstrations, live music, old farming equipment, games for kids and horse demonstrations. For more information, call Donald Waterworth at (870) 378-0285.
Folk group to perform
CUSHMAN — Danny and Kathy Carter of Cushman have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Rachel Ann Carter, to Daniel Wade Henrickson, son of Robert and Charlotte Henrickson of Batesville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Faye Cowden of Cushman and the late Ed Cowden and John Carter of Cave City and the late Nina Carter.
She is a 2002 graduate of Cushman High School and a 2008 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, where she received a degree in accounting. She is a financial assistant at First Community Bank.
Teresia Mynatt of Batesville and Benny and Gina Mynatt of Sidney have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Kendra Sha Mynatt, to Thomas Andy Burrow, son of Neil and Cathy Burrow of Rosie and Bruce and Susan Southard of Batesville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Floyd and Helen Salter of Batesville and Dean and Doris Mynatt of Sidney.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Cornelius and Jetta Burrow of Rosie and Thomas King of Batesville and the late Janice King.