Jonesboro — Dr. C. Calvin Smith, the first African-American faculty member at Arkansas State University, died Dec. 24 in Jonesboro. Smith was 66 years old.
Visitation is scheduled for 5-7 tonight at the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday also at the church. The Rev. Curtis Wilson will officiate. Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with arrangements handled by Woodard Funeral Home in Jonesboro, (870) 802-0999.
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Joe Edd Pearce, 87, of Columbus, Ga., died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, in a Columbus hospital.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Qualls Batesville Funeral Service Chapel with Phillip Wysocki officiating. Burial will be in Egner Cemetery in Salado.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to First Church of God, P.O. Box 4157, Columbia, SC 29240; Atlanta Braves Community Foundation, P.O. Box 4064, Atlanta, GA 30302-4064; or the charity of choice.
PLEASANT PLAINS — James Franklin Hudson, 88, of Pleasant Plains died today, Dec. 30, 2009, at his home.
Born May 10, 1921, at Comanche, Texas, he was the son of Walter Eugene and Margaret Etta Wright Hudson. He retired from the U.S. Army as a master sergeant. He was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include a daughter, Connie Hudson of South Carolina; a brother, Earl Hudson of Shallow Water, Texas; four sisters, Lela Honkonen of Batesville, Alice Moon of El Dorado, Creta Mertz of Oil City, Pa., and Aline Hudson of Colorado; and a grandson.
Edwin Alberto Vargas Gonzalez, 50, of Batesville died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
He was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He had lived in Batesville for the past nine years, moving here from Chicago. He was of the Catholic belief. He had worked with elderly people while doing transportation for the last 25 years.
CAVE CITY — Mabel Paul, 92, of Cave City died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, in a Cave City nursing home.
Born Dec. 15, 1917, at Pleasant Plains, she was the daughter of Judson Earl and Bertha Mabel Caplinger Pasley. She was a homemaker and a member of Sidney Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Dale Wright of Evening Shade; three grandchildren, Kathy Donnelly of Chicago, Dennis Wright of Evening Shade and Theresa Garner of Beebe; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and several nephews and nieces.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Extension Homemakers Club met Dec. 14 at the Cave City Community Center.
Vice President Frances Ball called the meeting to order and the group sang “White Christmas.” Roll Call was “My favorite memory of Christmas as a child.” Six members plus one guest were present. A brief business meeting was conducted and then members adjourned to a Christmas party potluck and gift exchange. After lunch they assembled the Christmas fruit bags for the Head Start Class and wrapped Christmas gifts for the Life Skills Class.
The Independence County chapter of the Arkansas State Employees Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6 in the George Rider Community Room of First Community Bank in Batesville. The meeting is open to all state employees in Independence County.
Guest speaker will be Debby Norton with Liberty Tax Service.
ASEA field representative Marc Watts will answer general questions about the latest developments affecting state employees, and chapter oficers will be elected.
THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Mr. and Mrs. Mike Allen of The Villages, Fla., have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Marnie Allen, to Dr. Mark Davis, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Davis.
The bride-elect is a graduate of B.T. Washington High School in Pensacola, Fla., and Lyon College.
The prospective groom is the grandson of J.C. Wells of Batesville and the late Nina Wells and the late J.O. and Julia Davis of Mountain View.
Justin and Stephanie Little, Aydin, Brionna and Jordan of Cave City have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on Dec. 23, 2009. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces and has been named Chy Ann Little.
Grandparents of the child are Junior and Betty Kolb, Bill and Judy Little and Bill and Rita Johnson.
Great-grandparents are Billydean and Geraldine Kunkel and Jimmy and Anna Little.
Nathan and Ashley Nicholson, Crystal and Josh of Concord have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on Dec. 24, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 1.4 ounces and has been named Reagan Netania Nicholson.
Grandparents of the child are Charlie and Debbie McKenzie, Curtis and Chere Nicholson, Jim and Sandra McCall and the late Tommy Ruffin.
Great-grandparents are Richard and Virginia Ehret, Virginia Nicholson and the late A.A. Nicholson, Donna Sue Spurlock and the late Clifton Taylor.