Category:People from Newport, Arkansas
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The following 19 pages are in this category, out of 19 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Newport, Arkansas – Newport is a city in and the county seat of Jackson County, Arkansas, United States, located on the White River 84 miles northeast of Little Rock. The population was 7,879 at the 2010 census, Newport is home to a campus of the Arkansas State University system, with particular focus on training in transportation careers. Newport is known as the town in which Sam Walton owned a Ben Franklin store prior to starting Wal-Mart, Newport has ten properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 13.7 square miles, of which 13.4 square miles is land and 0.27 square miles. The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers, according to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Newport has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated Cfa on climate maps. As of the census of 2000, the citys residents comprised 7,811 people in 2,690 households 1,702 families, the population density was 599.2 people per square mile. There were 3,118 housing units at a density of 239.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 56. 57% White,41. 76% Black or African American,0. 27% Native American,0. 33% Asian,0. 01% Pacific Islander,0. 28% from other races, and 0. 77% from two or more races. 1. 13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race,33. 2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17. 9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the family size was 2.90. 19. 6% of the population were under the age of 18,16. 7% from 18 to 24,24. 9% from 25 to 44,20. 9% from 45 to 64, the median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 84.9 males, for every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.9 males. The median income for a household in the city was $30,507, and the median income for a family was $41,426. About 23. 6% of families and 28. 1% of the population were below the poverty line, the Grimes Unit and the McPherson Unit, prisons of the Arkansas Department of Correction, are located in Newport, off Arkansas Highway 384,4 miles east of central Newport. The prison houses the death row for women. The United States Postal Service operates the Newport Post Office, Newport is supported with public education from the Newport School District, including Newport High School. The main campus of the community college, Arkansas State University-Newport is located here. Helen Walton, wife of Sam Walton Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart S. Robson Walton, John T. appointed to succeed John McClellan as United States Senator upon McClellans death in 1977 Paul K. A
2. Sonny Burgess – Albert Austin Sonny Burgess is an American rockabilly guitarist and singer. In the early 1950s, Burgess played boogie woogie music in dance halls, Burgess, Kern Kennedy, Johnny Ray Hubbard, and Gerald Jackson formed a boogie-woogie band they called the Rocky Road Ramblers. In 1954, following a stint in the US Army, Burgess re-formed the band, calling them the Moonlighters after the Silver Moon Club in Newport, after advice from record producer Sam Phillips, the group expanded to form the Pacers. The bands first record was We Wanna Boogie in 1956 for Sun Records, in Memphis, the flip side was Red Headed Woman. The songs have been described as among the most raucous, energy-filled recordings released during the first flowering of rock and their onstage antics in performance were similarly described. Like other artists such as Ray Harris, Hayden Thompson, Billy Lee Riley and Warren Smith, Burgess disbanded the group in 1971 but later found a new audience in Europe. In 1990, Burgess toured with The Sun Rhythm Section and this group was composed of former session musicians from the Sun Recording Studio. Beside Burgess, band members included Paul Burlison, J. L. Smoochy Smith, Stan Kessler, Marcus Van Story, fontana was a member of Elvis Presleys band. Burgess was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of Europe in 1999 and his group, now called The Legendary Pacers, was a hit that same year in a rockabilly concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. It recorded Still Rockin’ and Rollin’ in 2000, voted the best new album in the country, the group was inducted in 2002 into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Sonny Burgess & The Legendary Pacers performed at the 2006 National Folk Festival in Richmond, Virginia to large, Burgess hosts a weekly radio program called We Wanna Boogie with co-host June Taylor. The program, named after his first record, airs Sunday nights from 5-7pm Central Time on 91. 9FM KASU in Jonesboro, Burgess was born on a farm near Newport, Arkansas to Albert and Esta Burgess. He graduated from Newport High School in 1948, Burgess has two brothers, and three sisters. Burgess was formerly married to Joann Adams starting in 1956, between performances, Burgess lives in Newport. Live at Sun Studios Sonny Burgess and the Pacers Critical acclaim in 1996 Radio program hosted by Sonny Burgess, youTube video of We Wanna Boogie with Sonny Burgess with pianist Kern Kennedy playin at High Rockabilly 2005
3. Ed Madden – Ed Madden is a poet, activist, and Director of Womens and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina in the USA. He grew up in Newport, Arkansas, got his B. A. from nearby Harding University, Madden is an associate professor of English. He has written critical articles on modern British and Irish poetry and has completed a book on representations of Tiresian liminality in modernist poetry. In addition to his criticism, he also publishes on issues involving sexuality and spirituality. He has published Gospels of Inversion, Literature, Scripture, Sexology in a collection of essays entitled Divine Aporia, Madden has been a South Carolina Academy of Authors fellow in poetry twice. He also works with the South Carolina Poetry Initiative and has named a 2006 Artist-in-Residence by the South Carolina State Parks. More recently, Madden was selected as one of the top 50 New Poets by Meridian Magazine for his poem, Sacrifice and his poetry collection Prodigal, Variations appeared in 2011. His chapbook, My Fathers House, was runner-up for the 2011 Robin Becker Chapbook Prize and his latest books of poetry are Nest and Ark. In January 2015, Madden was named Columbia, SCs first Poet Laureate, Madden has been Secretary, Vice President, and President of the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement. He has written numerous editorials advocating gay liberation in local and national newspapers and this project culminated in the book Out Loud, The Best of Rainbow Radio, a collection and joint project with fellow activist Candace Chellew-Hodge. This book was chosen by the University of South Carolinas Upstate campus as a reader for their first-year experience. This led the South Carolina House of Representatives to cut funds to school in what some called an act of censorship. His life partner is Mr. Bert Easter, President of the South Carolina Gay and they live in Columbia, South Carolina, and both serve as board members for the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Community Center, now called the Harriet Hancock Community Center. They were among the first men to file for a marriage license, and ten years after doing so for the first time, they were also among the first men legally married in the state
4. Mary Steenburgen – Mary Nell Steenburgen is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing the role of Lynda Dummar in Jonathan Demmes 1980 film Melvin and Howard. Her other film appearances include Cross Creek, Parenthood, Back to the Future Part III, Philadelphia, Whats Eating Gilbert Grape, Elf, The Brave One, Step Brothers, The Proposal, and The Help. Steenburgen is also a humanitarian who is involved with various groups ranging from human rights to environmental causes. Steenburgen was born in Newport, Arkansas, to Nellie Mae, a secretary, and Maurice Steenburgen. She has a sister, Nancy Kelly, a teacher, after graduating from high school, Steenburgen enrolled at Hendrix College to study drama. She subsequently traveled to Dallas, Texas at the suggestion of her teacher to audition for a slot in New York Citys Neighborhood Playhouse. Steenburgen moved to Manhattan, New York City in 1972 after being selected by the Neighborhood Playhouse to study acting and she worked as a server at Magic Pan and for Doubleday while studying under Will Esper. Steenburgen had a role in the 1979 film Time After Time as a modern woman who falls in love with author H. G. Wells. Another notable film appearance came in the well-received 1983 film Cross Creek, in which she played Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, in Back to the Future Part III, Steenburgen played Clara Clayton, a school teacher who falls in love with Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd. Dirty Girl, which features Steenburgen along with Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich and William H. Macy and she had a small part in A Walk in the Woods as Jeannie. In television, Steenburgen starred as Kate Montgomery in the CBS sitcom Ink with her husband, Ted Danson and she had a recurring role as herself with Danson in the HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm. Steenburgen co-starred as Helen Girardi, the mother of Amber Tamblyns title character in the CBS fantasy/family drama Joan of Arcadia, in 2011, she had a recurring role as Josephine in the HBO sitcom Bored to Death with Danson again. Steenburgen starred as Anastasia Lee in the 2011 FX pilot, Outlaw Country and she finally appeared on FX in the dark sitcom Wilfred from 2011 through 2013 as Catherine Newman, the title characters eccentric and mentally ill mother. Steenburgen had a role on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock from 2012 to 2013 where she played Diana Jessup. In 2014, she began a role as former Dixie Mafia boss Katherine Hale in the fifth and sixth seasons of the FX crime drama Justified. On June 13,2014, it was announced that Steenburgen would have a role as Delia in the Netflix crime comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black in the third season. Currently, she plays Gail Klosterman on The Last Man on Earth, in 1978, Steenburgen met and began dating actor Malcolm McDowell while both were co-starring in Time After Time
5. Alice Walton – Alice Louise Walton is an American heiress to the fortune of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She is the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton, and sister of S. Robson Walton, Jim Walton, with a net worth of $40.8 billion she is the second wealthiest woman on earth, according to Forbes. In September 2016 she was reported to own over US$11 billion in Walmart shares, Walton was born in Newport, Arkansas. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a B. A. in economics, in 1988, Walton founded Llama Company, an investment bank engaged in corporate finance, public and structured finance, real estate finance and sales and trading. She served as President, Chairperson and CEO, for a time, she was a broker for E. F. Hutton. She was the first chairperson and driving force behind the Northwest Arkansas Council and this community development organization played a major role in securing the development of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. Walton arranged for and provided the seed capital to finance the construction of the airport. In 2001, Walton was inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame, in the late 1990s, Walton closed Llama Company and moved to a 3, 200-acre ranch in Millsap, Texas, named Waltons Rocking W Ranch. An avid horse-lover, Walton currently lives in a sprawling one-story,4, 432-square-foot and she is known for having an eye for determining which 2-month-olds will grow to be champion cutters. In his 1992 autobiography Made in America, Sam Walton remarked that Alice was the most like me—a maverick—but even more volatile than I am, Walton purchased her first piece of art when she was about ten years old. It was a reproduction of Picassos Blue Nude she got from her fathers Ben Franklin Dime-Store and she and her mother would often paint watercolors on camping trips. Her interest in art led to her spearheading the Walton Family Foundations involvement in developing Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in the heart of Bentonville, Arkansas. Crystal Bridges, opened in November 2011, is envisioned as a venue for a national art institution dedicated to American art and artists. In December 2004, the art collection of Daniel Fraad and wife, Rita, since almost every collector was at the auction, no one could figure out who on the phone was bidding such high prices. It was later discovered that Walton purchased at least $20 million worth of art that day, in 2005, Walton purchased Asher Brown Durands celebrated painting, Kindred Spirits, in a sealed-bid auction for a purported US$35 million. In 2009 at a price, Crystal Bridges museum acquired Norman Rockwells iconic Rosie the Riveter painting for its permanent collection. Waltons attempt to quit smoking led to the purchase of two great smoking paintings by Alfred Maurer and Tom Wesselman, in a 2011 interview, she spoke about acquiring great works by other artists. She went on to say and Andrew Wyeth-the mystery and loneliness that is expressed and she was the twentieth largest individual contributor to 527 committees in the U. S. presidential election 2004, donating US$2.6 million to the conservative Progress for America group
6. Jim Walton – James Carr Jim Walton is the youngest son of Sam Walton, the founder of the worlds largest retailer, Walmart. On the 2016 Forbes list of billionaires, Jim Walton was ranked as #15 with a net worth of $33.6 billion. Jim Walton was born in Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas, the child of Wal-Mart co-founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton, with siblings Rob Walton, Alice Walton. In 1972, he joined Wal-Mart and was involved in its real estate dealings, after serving for four years he moved to the family owned Walton Enterprises as president in 1975. On September 28,2005, Walton replaced his brother, John. He is currently on the Strategic Planning and Finance committees and he has pledged about $2 billion to the Walton Family Foundation along with his siblings from 2008 to 2013. The political action committee members include Alice and Jim Walton, Eli Broad of Los Angeles, California, and the trade association, four candidates in eight districts, including Sandy Holloway, James Garvey in District 1, and Holly Boffy were declared acceptable to the PAC. Holloway collected $87,696, Garvey, the vice president, $230,459, Boffy, another incumbent from Lafayette. The Common Core candidates staged major victories in the election held on October 24,2015. In September 2016, Walton was reported to own over 152 million of Walmart shares worth of approximately US$11 billion and he and his wife Lynne McNabb Walton have four children, Alice A. Proietti, Steuart Walton, Thomas L. Walton, and James M. Walton. The family resides in Bentonville, Arkansas and he is currently ranked at #10 on the 2014 Forbes list of billionaires with a net worth of $34.7 billion that has increased by $3 billion. On the 2013 Forbes 400 list of the richest people in America he is ranked at #7
7. John T. Walton – John Thomas Walton was an American war veteran and a son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. He was also the chairman of True North Partners, a venture capital firm, Walton cofounded the Childrens Scholarship Fund, providing tuition scholarships for disadvantaged youth. Walton was born in Newport, Arkansas and he graduated from Bentonville High School where he was a star football player. Walton went on to attend the College of Wooster in Wooster and he dropped out of college in 1968 to spend more time playing the flute and enlisted in the U. S. Army. During the Vietnam war Walton served in the Green Berets as part of the Studies and he was involved in combat in the A Shau Valley and in Laos, where he was the medic and second-in-command of a unit named Spike Team Louisiana. Walton later received a Silver Star for bravery in combat, after returning from Vietnam Walton learned to fly and went to work as a pilot for Wal-Mart. Walton then moved to San Diego where he founded Corsair Marine and he also lived in Durango, Colorado, and was an enthusiastic skier, mountain biker, hiker, motorcycle rider, sky diver and scuba diver. He was an advocate of school vouchers, for his achievements, he received the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership. Walton died on June 27,2005, when the CGS Hawk Arrow home-built ultralight aircraft that he was piloting crashed in Jackson, waltons plane crashed at 12,20 p. m. local time shortly after taking off from Jackson Hole Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board later reported that Walton had improperly reinstalled the rear locking collar on the elevator control torque tube and this allowed the torque tube to move rearward during his flight and loosened the elevator control cable tension. The outcome of the repair was an inflight loss of pitch control. Walton was survived by his wife Christy and their son Lukas and he was previously married to Mary Ann Gunn, who later became a judge in Arkansas. He had two brothers and a sister, S. Robson Walton, Jim Walton and Alice Walton, Forbes list of billionaires Walton family John T. Walton at Find a Grave Forbes. com, Forbes Worlds Richest People 2004 Genealogy of the Walton family