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Wedding Announcements

Chelsea Jones
Daniel Diaz

Chelsea Brianne Jones and Daniel Paul Diaz, along with their families, would like to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.

Chelsea is a 2010 graduate of De Queen high School and a 2013 honors graduate of Henderson State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of arts majoring in mass Media, and a minor in Spanish.  She is the daughter of Donna Jones and Max and Stefani Jones, all of De Queen.  She is the granddaughter of Jo Ann and Jerry Jarrell of De queen and Carol Ann and the late Sherman Jones of Dierks.

Daniel is a 2009 graduate of De Queen high School, a 2011 graduate of the LPN Class at CCCUA-De Queen and a support manager at Wal Mart in Arkadelphia   He is the son of Carolyn Jones and the grandson of Orene Jones of De Queen.

The wedding will be April 18, 2014 at the Hendrix Ranch in the Tom T. Wilmeth Chapel at 6:00 p.m. with reception to follow at the De Queen Country Club.


Dani Hartsfield


Kenny Purtell


Trent and Laura Cox of Murfreesboro would like to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Dani Hartsfield to Kenny Purtell of Ashdown.

 The bride to be is a 2011 graduate of Murfreesboro High School and is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice @ CCCUA. Dani is currently employed at the Buckle in Texarkana.

 Kenny is a 2009 graduate of Lockesburg High School. Kenny is the son of Kelly Purtell and Kim Atchley. Kenny is a Deputy for Little River County Sheriff’s Department.

The couple will exchange vows June 14, 2014 in Amity. After a honeymoon cruise to Mexico, the couple will reside in Ashdown.

Zackery Don Taylor

Kelsie Leann King


Mr. and Mrs. Timothy King  &  Ms. Christine Payne are please to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Kelsie Leann King to Zackery Don Taylor.


Kelsie is a 2012 graduate of De Queen High School. She is the granddaughter of  Mr. & Mrs. Paul Spears of De Queen, and Mr. & Mrs. Ben Sullivan of Foreman along with Ms. Nancy Payne of Hot Springs, AR.


Zack is a 2009 graduate of De Queen High School. He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Steve Taylor of De Queen, AR. Zack will graduate from the University of Central Arkansas in May 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education and a Minor in Health. Zack plans to pursue a career in coaching.


The couple will exchange their vows on top of Mt. Nebo in Dardanelle, AR on May 10, 2014 at three O’clock with a reception to follow right after in the Club House at Mt. Nebo State Park.


Shelby Coulter Hill
Alex Glenn Liggin

Steven and Lei Hill would like to announce the engagement and up coming marriage of their daughter Shelby Coulter Hill to Alex Glenn Liggin.

Shelby is the daughter of Steven and Lei Hill of Lockesburg,  the granddaughter of Doug and Louise Hill of Lockesburg and Peggy Hudson of Fort Smith.

Alex is the son of Travis Liggin of Blevins and Misty Jamison of Nashville. The grandson of Lavern Runnels of Lockesburg, Jeanette and Raymond Smith of Dierks and also the great-grandson of Pauline and the late Doyle Kitchens of Dierks.

The two will wed on February 22nd, 2014 at Old Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lockesburg. The Liggins will reside in Lockesburg.


Megan Noel Smith


Blake Thomas McAfee


Miss Megan Noel Smith and Mr. Blake Thomas McAfee were united in marriage on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at five o’clock in the afternoon at the Hot Springs Country Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  The ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Rusty Ross of the First Baptist Church of Fordyce, Arkansas.  The bride is the daughter of Ms. Tami Smith of De Queen, Arkansas, and Mr. David Smith of Texarkana, Texas.  Megan is the granddaughter of Mrs. Judy Smith of De Queen and the late Mitchell and Neldene Smith.  She is also the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyndall Smith of De Queen and Mrs. Linda Riley of Gillham, Arkansas and the late Mr. Bud Riley.  Blake is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick McAfee of Hope, Arkansas and the grandson of Mrs. Myrl Thrash of Hope and the late Pennix Thrash.

The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father and was given away by her parents.  Maid of Honor was Bonnie Hunter of Savannah, Georgia, best friend of the bride.  Bridesmaids were Suzy Smith of Conway, Arkansas, sister-in-law of the bride and Tiffany Shea of West Memphis, Arkansas, step-sister of the bride.  The best man was Rick McAfee, father of the groom.  Groomsmen were Kyle McAfee of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, brother of the groom and Tom Thrash, uncle of the groom, from Houston, Texas.  Flower girl was Camille Thrash, cousin of the groom, from Houston, Texas.  Ring bearer was Collin Thrash, cousin of the groom, also from Houston.  Ushers were Dustin Smith, brother of the bride, from Conway, Arkansas and Kyle McAfee of Arkadelphia.  Guest book attendant was Jessica Smith of Russellville, Arkansas, cousin of the bride.  Reception attendants were Emilee Smith and Sarah Smith of Rogers, Arkansas and Ella Johnstone of St. Louis, Missouri; all cousins of the bride.  Vocalist was Whitney Broadway of Little Rock, Arkansas who sang “I Will Be Here” by Steven Curtis Chapman.  The wedding and reception director was Carol Scrivener of Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Wedding music and reception music was provided by Eddie Buie of Prescott, Arkansas.


The bride wore an ivory satin ball gown by Allure Couture with a strapless bodice featuring a sweetheart neckline.  Swarovski crystals encrusted the entire bodice.  Her single-layer ivory tulle finger-tip veil was also edged in crystals.  Bridesmaids wore dresses of Regency Purple satin that were tea-length and strapless with a sweetheart neckline.  Intricate beading surrounded the waist.  The flower girl wore an ivory satin tea-length ball gown featuring a bodice with wide spaghetti straps.  Encircling the waist was a Regency Purple sash with a bow at the back.  The groom and his attendants wore black tuxedos with Regency Purple vests and ties.

The bridal bouquet was created with white hydrangeas, lavender and pale pink carnations and lavender and pale pink roses.  The stems were wrapped in lavender satin ribbon and accented with the bride’s antique crystal brooch.  The bridesmaid’s bouquets included white hydrangeas and pale pink and lavender carnations with a lavender satin wrap.  The flower girl carried white rose petals in an ivory satin basket and wore a halo wreath of baby’s breath.  The mothers of the bride and groom wore pin-on corsages of light lavender mini-carnations and white spray roses with crème ribbon.  The groom’s boutonniere was a light lavender carnation and the boutonnieres for all of the groom’s attendants and the minister was a medium lavender carnation.

 The altar area where the ceremony took place was decorated with a large antique mirror.  The table in front of the mirror was covered with a satin, Regency Purple tablecloth overlaid with an antique, ivory crocheted tablecloth in the Wedding Ring pattern.  The cloth was hand-crocheted by the bride’s  great-grandmother, Fronie Elizabeth Smith.  Two large Boston ferns flanked each end of the table on wooden plant stands that were handcrafted by the bride’s great-uncle, Ray Sims.  The altar table held two large purple, mosaic, cut-glass vases holding loose bouquets of white hydrangeas, pale pink roses, lavender daisies, lavender stock and draping, seeded eucalyptus.  In between the flowers and centering the table were a collection of various sizes of purple, mosaic vases and mercury glass candle holders holding lavender candles.

 The guest-book table was decorated with a Regency Purple table runner with a large purple, mosaic, cut-glass vase full of white hydrangeas, pale pink roses, and lavender daisies with lavender stock.  Kindergarten pictures of the bride and groom in white frames completed the setting. 

 Tables at the reception were covered with ivory tablecloths with a mixture of Regency Purple voile toppers and Regency Purple table runners.  In the center of each table were a collection of various sizes of purple, mosaic, cut-glass vases and silver mercury glass candleholders.  Trails of English Ivy and lavender mini-berry garlands were intertwined through the candlesticks.

 The outside grand staircase leading up to the balcony where the ceremony was held was draped in white tulle with Regency purple voile bows dispersed along the way.  Two large Boston ferns sat at the base on each side of the stairs.

 The bride observed the traditional “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in her shoe”.  The “something old, something new” was her engagement ring which was newly designed by using the old solitaire diamond from the groom’s mother, Francis McAfee’s, engagement ring.  The “borrowed and blue” came from a small fabric heart that was cut from a blue shirt belonging to the bride’s beloved grandfather, Mitchell Smith, who passed away the previous March.  The heart was attached to the hoop skirt underneath the dress as a memorial to him.  The “sixpence in her shoe” was brought back from England in the 1980’s by the bride’s great-aunt and uncle, Jerry and Anita Thomas, specifically to be used for family weddings.

 The bride and her attendants entered the wedding hall to “Unforgettable” by Irving Gordan and sung by Nat King Cole.  At the end of the ceremony, the couple and their attendants recessed to “Our Love Is Here to Stay” by George and Ira Gershwin and sung by Nat King Cole.

 Guests at the reception were served a southern themed buffet along with the bride and groom’s cakes.  The bride’s table was covered with a Regency Purple satin tablecloth and the cake was a four layer white cake covered with white buttercream frosting with fillings of raspberry, apricot, and buttercream.  The cake was decorated with fresh flowers of pale pink roses, lavender daisies and lavender carnations.  The groom’s cake was a strawberry cake with cream cheese filling decorated with a Texas Rangers theme.  Texas Rangers napkins and a large red bowl filled with “peanuts and crackerjacks” completed his table.

 After a honeymoon trip to Playa del Carmen along the Riviera Maya in Mexico, the couple is at home in Hot Springs where the bride is an occupational therapist at Hot Springs Nursing and Rehab and the groom is a golf professional at Hot Springs Country Club.


Rehearsal Dinner

Mr. and Mrs. Rick McAfee hosted a rehearsal dinner for Megan Smith and Blake McAfee on Friday evening, October 11th at the Bayshore Condominiums Clubhouse at Bayshore Cove Gateway in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Guests were served barbeque and all the trimmings from McClard’s Barbeque of Hot Springs.  Patio tables were decorated with mason jars filled with baby’s breath.  Tied around the mouth of the jar was a handcrafted ceramic heart with the bride and groom’s names and their wedding date inscribed on the heart.  The bride and groom presented their gifts of appreciation to all of their wedding attendants at this time.


Shower for Megan Smith

 First Baptist Church of De Queen, Arkansas was the setting for a miscellaneous shower for Miss Megan Noel Smith, bride-elect of Mr. Blake Thomas McAfee on Sunday, August 25th, 2013.   Hostesses for the shower were Patti Clay, Sharon Dykes, Kathy Heagwood, Terri Hill, Brenda Leeper, Gina Leeper, Patti Nealy, Tracy Ochoa, Shirley Taggart, Sue Tollett, Angelina Ward and Belinda Williamson.  The hall was beautifully decorated in the bride’s chosen colors of Regency purple, ivory, lavender and pale pink.  Refreshments centered around cupcakes placed in the shape of a beautiful, white, wedding gown with Regency purple accents.  The cake was crafted by Genita Whitley.


 Shower for Megan Smith

 A miscellaneous bridal shower and brunch was held honoring Miss Megan Noel Smith on September 21, 2013 at The Atrium at Serenity Pointe in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Hostesses for this event were Megan’s co-workers Whitney Broadway, Allison Griffin and Karen Thomas.  Tables were decorated with tall glass cylinders containing fresh flowers in fall colors.  Guests were invited to write down suggestions for special evenings out after the marriage and participated in several wedding shower games.


Sarabeth Bailey
John F. Gajdostik

Bobby and Deborah Bailey of De Queen announce the engagement of their daughter Sarabeth Bailey to John F. Gajdostik, son of Frank Gajdostik of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada and Lori Hall of Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Sarabeth is a 2001 graduate of De Queen High School and 2005 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  She is also a 2010 graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where she earned her Doctorate of Medicine. Currently, she is a fourth year Urology Resident at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. 

John is a 1998 graduate of Catholic Central High School and a graduate of the University of Lethbridge where he earned a Bachelor of Management and Commerce. Currently he is employed as a representative for a large multinational medical device company in Little Rock.

The couple will exchange vows on April 5, 2014. 



Devin Nicole Longacre
Benjamin Russell Sessions

Joe and Debbie Longacre of Horatio, AR are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Devin Nicole Longacre to Benjamin Russell Sessions of Little Rock, AR.  Devin is the granddaughter of James and Delitha Clowdis of Winthrop, AR. Ben is the son of Dr. Louis and Cheryl Sessions of Little Rock.

Devin is a 2006 graduate of De Queen High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  Ben is a 2006 graduate of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock.  He is also a 2010 graduate of Harvard University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government. Devin and Ben will both graduate from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine in May 2014.

The wedding will take place in Little Rock, AR in May 2014.


Rachel Ann Collins


Zackary Thomas Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Collins of Mena announce the engagement  and  up coming wedding of their daughter Rachel Ann Collins of Mena, AR. to Zackary Thomas Johnson  of De Queen, AR.

Rachel is the granddaughter of Bo and Demerious Collins of Mena and Cecil and Sue Thigpen of Strawberry Plains Tennessee.

The future  bride is majoring in Agricultural Business at SAU in Magnolia, AR.  Zackary is the son of Tony and Kelly Johnson of De Queen, AR. He is the grandson of Peggy and Ben Bramlett, Lonnie and Kathy Johnson all of De Queen, AR. Leon and Mary Crawford of Winthrop AR.  He is the great grandson of Magel House of De Queen, AR.  Zackary is employed by L J Excavating,  the couple will wed at Cossatot  River  Visitor Center in Wickes, AR on March 16, 2014 at 3:00 in the afternoon.  After the honeymoon in Florida, the couple will reside in Magnolia, AR.



Birth Announcements

Natalie Claire Price

Matthew and Amber Price of Ward, AR are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Natalie Claire. Natalie was born at 7:56 a.m. on February 11th, 2014 at Baptist Medical Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.  She was welcomed home by her big brother, Tristan.

Maternal grandparents are Olen and Barbara Lacefield of DeQueen, AR and Monte and Dana Stringfellow of Horatio, AR. Paternal grandparents are Lee and Velda Price of Beebe, AR.


Molly Caroline Mangum

Clay and Amanda Mangum of Aiken, South Carolina are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Molly Caroline Mangum. Molly was born at 6:36 p.m. on February 19th, 2014 at Aiken Regional Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces and was 20 inches long.  

Maternal grandparents are Doug and Cecilia Miller of De Queen, Arkansas. Paternal grandparents are Robert and Nan Mangum of Brandon, Mississippi.

Colton James Chandler

Jonathan and Ashlee Chandler are very excited to announce the birth of their first born, Colton James Chandler. He was born February 4, 2014 at 11:40 a.m. in Texarkana, TX. Colton weighted 7 lbs. 9oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are James Micheal and Melissa Gay Smith of Lockesburg, AR. Paternal grandparents are Gaylon Ray and Teresa Marie Chandler of DeQueen, Ar.
Colton, you were baked with love!
John Wright Carver

Brent & Susie Carver would like to announce the birth of their son John Wright Carver.  He was welcomed home by his sister Marlee Carver and his loving family.  He was born December 30, 2013 @ 1:04 p.m. He weighed 9 lbs. 9 oz. and was 21 inches long.

His Maternal Grandparents are Susie Thompson and the Late John "Conoco" Thompson of Lockesburg, AR.

His Paternal Grandparents are Carlene Dolly Carver and the Late Raymond "Punk" Carver of Lockesburg, AR.


Ty Landon Davignon

Trevor and Alexis Davignon are proud to announce the arrival of their baby brother Ty Landon Davignon.  Ty was born on February 5, 2014 at 6:20 am. Ty weighed 8 lb 8 oz and was 19 1/2 in long. Maternal grandparents are Debbie Trotter of De Queen, Arkansas. Paternal grandparents are Paul and Cynthia Davignon of Provo, Arkansas


Aria Grace McGough

Jason and Ana McGough are very proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Aria Grace McGough. She was born December 26th, 2013. Aria weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Jaime and Pamela Lopez from Wickes, Arkansas. Paternal grandparents are Debbie Trotter from DeQueen, Arkansas and Vernon McGough from Hoover, Alabama.


Ahtziri Erandi Perez

Proud parents Erika Buenrrostro and Jaime Perez are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Ahtziri Erandi Perez.  Ahtziri was also welcomed into this world by her big sister Sarah Ivette and brother, Edson Gael Perez. 

  Ahtziri was born on January 24, 2014 @ 11:20 in Texarkana, TX weighing 6lb and 3oz.  Proud maternal Grandparents are Jose and Josefina Buenrrostro of De Queen, AR and paternal grandparents Gilberta and Thomas Perez of Mexico City, Mexico.  

Ahtziri... your welcome has long been waited for! We Love You baby girl!
Kaden Lee McWhorter

Proud parents Shawn & Libby McWhorter of De Queen AR along with big
sisters, Kalyn & Kashlynn McWhoter & big brother Kalib McWhoter
announce the Birth of Kaden Lee McWhoter  @ 1:17 pm.  1-5-2014
Weighed 8 lbs 5 oz.  21 1/2 " long.
Materal Grandparents are Claudie Bailey And Dennis & Lisa Rink-Hale.
Paternal Grandparents are David & Penney McWhorter
And Chuck & Jo Ann Martin.