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John Brainerd
John E. “Pop” Brainerd, 74, of Fort Smith died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was an Episcopalian, a former commissioner of Babe Ruth and American Legion Baseball and a member of the American Legion, Westark Century Club. He was the voice of the baseball Lions. He received the Mayor’s Spirit of the Frontier Award in 1998 and in his honor the “Pop” Brainerd Invitational American Legion Tournament is sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, formerly Westark Community College. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. He is survived by his wife, Dona; a son, John G. Brainerd of Conway; two brothers, Merl Brainerd of Phoenix and DeForrest Brainerd of El Campo, Texas; two grandchildren, Lori Kaye Brainerd of Little Rock and Johnathon Brent Brainerd of Conway. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Online tribute can be made to SUBMIT@MEM.COM Memorial contributions may be made to University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Century Club, Att: Athletics P.O. Box 3649, Fort Smith, AR 72913-3649 and Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club, 4905 North O St., Fort Smith, AR 72904.

Lola Hale
Lola Hale, 97, of Van Buren, formerly of Russellville, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, in Van Buren. She was born Jan. 4, 1905, in Tilly. She was a homemaker and a Missionary Baptist. She was the widow of William “Bill” Hale. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Langford Cemetery in Scottsville under the direction of Shinn Funeral Home of Russellville. She is survived by two daughters, Lucy Smith and Reba Hale, both of Van Buren; four grandchildren, Gary and Ronnie Smith, Shirley Wesley and Cindy Gartrell; eight great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. There will be an open visitation from noon to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rose Blake
NOCONA, Texas — Rose Zetta Blake, 93, of Nocona, Texas, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, in Nocona. She was born Aug. 8, 1908, in Spanish Fort, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Nocona, Texas. She was the widow of John Edward Blake. Funeral was held Monday in Scott Morris Funeral Home in Nocona, Texas, with burial at Molsbee Chapel Cemetery. She is survived by her children, Louise Belcher, Willie Mae Henry and Floy Ames, all of Nocona, Texas, Loy Bowman of Fort Smith and Johny T. Blake of Winona, Texas; 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Ruby Coffman
LAMAR — Ruby Marie Young Coffman, 88, of Lamar died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, in Clarksville. She was a retired secretary and a member of First United Methodist Church in Clarksville, organizing regent of the Clarksville Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution Colonial Dames, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims and the Eastern Star. She was the widow of Harry Coffman. Funeral will be 10 a.m. today in First United Methodist Church in Clarksville with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home of Clarksville. She is survived by two nephews, Steve Eggensperger of Cabot and Charles Pitts of Plano, Texas; a cousin, Minnie Lou Casey of Russellville. Pallbearers will be Bill Porter, Keith Lewis, Jack Cecil, David Morgan, Lee White and Robert Ed Farris. The family will visit with friends from 9:30 to 10 a.m. today at the church before funeral service.

Josie Robinson
CLARKSVILLE — Josie Emaline Willis Robinson, 95, of Clarksville died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, in her home. She was a homemaker and was Assembly of God faith. She was the widow of George Robinson. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksville with burial at Porter Cemetery in Hunt. She is survived by three daughters, Ruby Young of Clarksville, Glenda Greenham of Harrison and Hazel Madewell of Lamar; a son, Lawrence Robinson of Coal Hill; 12 grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Everett, James, Bill, Claud, Larry and George Willis. The family will visit with friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Glen Clemons
PANAMA — Glen Allen Clemons, 49, of Panama died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, in Panama. Private family service will be at a later date. Burial will be at New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro. He is survived by two sisters, Dortha Leech of Niles, Mich., and Linda Szody of Rodeo, Calif.; four brothers, Donald Clemons of Rodeo, Calif., Bob Clemons of Suisan, Calif., Edward Gene Clemons of Delta Junction, Alaska, and Ron Clemons of Panama. The body may be viewed at the funeral home.

Victor Childers
LAMAR — Victor Childers, 89, of Lamar died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, in a local nursing home. He was born Dec. 3, 1912, in Lamar. He was a retired farmer and cattleman, retired from Con Agra and a member of Lamar Masonic Lodge No. 362. He was the widower of Mildred Childers. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksville with burial at Lamar Cemetery in Lamar. He is survived by a daughter, Shirley Albertson of Russellville; a brother, Earl Childers of Clarksville; four grandchildren, Jackie Whiteturkey of Lamar, Janet Nimrod of Denver, Teri Crawford of Benton and Steve Childers of Magnet Cove and four great-grandchildren. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Howard Underwood
SPIRO — Howard Hugh Underwood, 71, of Spiro died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was a Navy veteran and a real estate agent with Marsha Rogers Realty in Spiro. He coached basketball for 34 years at Hanna, Monroe, Keota, Spiro and Panama, was inducted in the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame and was a member of Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association and a member of Spiro First Baptist Church. He was a junior high principal for many years and owned and operated a service station at Sunset Corner. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Spiro First Baptist Church with burial at Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro. He is survived by his wife, Dollie; a daughter, Rhonda Poulson of Conway; a son, Stephen Underwood of Spiro; three sisters, Marian Wright of Dallas, Betty Allbritton of Spiro and Bonnie Pendleton of Pocola; three brothers, Charles Underwood of Newalla, Okla., Joe Underwood of Panama and Jimmie Underwood of Spiro; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Enie Tobler, Tommy Roberson, Bill Greenwood, Robert Sheffield, Bill Mills, Newell Atkinson and Rucker Blankenship. The body may be viewed at the funeral home.

Buster Harris
HARTMAN — Buster Herbert Harris, 83, of Hartman died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, in Russellville. He was a union laborer and a member of VFW and the Laborers Local No. 107 and was Pentecostal. He was the widower of Bernice Newberry Harris. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksville with burial at Hartman Cemetery in Hartman. He is survived by two daughters, Shelia Willcutt of Clarksville and Loutisha Dalton of Dover; a son, Billy “Bear” Harris of Altus; a brother, John Harris of Shafter, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Mark, Steve and Geoffery Dalton, all of Dover, David Dalton of London, Sara Willcutt and B.J. Harris, both of Clarksville, Damon Willcutt of Mulberry and April Collins of Lamar and 10 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Gary Roberts, Ken Mederios, Steve and David Dalton, Kenneth Knight and Lonnie Wilson. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Carrie Tucker
Carrie Mae Tucker, 92, of Fort Smith died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, in a local nursing home. She was born Jan. 19, 1920, in Russellville. She was a homemaker and a member of First Pentecostal Holiness. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith. She is survived by her husband, James; a son, Charles Bingham of Carrollton, Texas; three stepdaughters, Carolyn Ansley of Seattle, Marilyn Atkerson of El Centro, Calif. and Linda Melton of Alma; two stepsons, Jimmie A. Tucker of Mesa, Ariz., and Jerry W. Tucker of Renton, Wash.; a sister, Ruby Rodriquez of Fort Smith; three grandchildren, 19 stepgrandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Rodney, Richard and Phil Melton, Claude Reese, Mike Bingham and Franklin Atkerson. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James Smith
HAMILTON, Ohio — James J. Smith, 80, of Hamilton, Ohio, formerly of Van Buren, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, in Hamilton. He was born June 29, 1921, in Coffeyville, Kan. He was a retired major from the Air Force and a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and retired from Boeing Aircraft in Seattle. Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Greenwood Cemetery Chapel in Hamilton with burial at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Brown-Dawson Funeral Home of Hamilton, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Arietta; a daughter, Jimmie Leigh Rusk of Florida; a son, James Smith; two sisters, Arlene Coplen of Fort Smith and Alene Tankersley of Fayetteville; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family will visit with friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel before the service.

Peggy Crockett
DALLAS — Peggy Jacobs Crockett, 74, of Dallas died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, in her home. She was born March 27, 1927, in Paris. She attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority graduating with a degree in psychology. She was a homemaker. Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday in Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas under the direction of Restland Funeral Home of Dallas. She is survived by her husband, Charles; a daughter, Carol of Texas; a son, Scott of Texas; and three grandchildren, Chris, Brett and May. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 1615 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207.

Roger Kuykendall Jr.
Roger Allen Kuykendall Jr., infant son of Sandy and Roger Kuykendall of Van Buren, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, in a Little Rock hospital. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Chastain Cemetery Arbor in Chastain Community north of Dyer under the directions of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Katelyn Kuykendall of the home; his paternal grandparents, Barbara and Larry Elkins of Alma and Gordon Kuykendall of Mulberry; maternal grandparents, Patricia and Luigi DiMarco of Mulberry and William Ray Polly of Mulberry; paternal great-grandparents, Fannie Rodgers of Alma, Wayland and Jenece Kuykendall of Mulberry; maternal great-grandparents, Louise Polly of Mulberry, Ruth Campbell of Alma and William Oliver McCollum of Mulberry.

Lee Hemby
POCOLA — Lee Elbert Hemby, 84, of Pocola died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, in a local nursing home. He was retired from St. Edward Mercy Medical Center and a member of Southside Nazarene Church in Fort Smith. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Southside Nazarene Church in Fort Smith with burial at Macedonia Cemetery in Pocola under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Robert and Josh Gillooley, Johnny and Jeffery Smack, Danny Conn and Mitchell Henry. The body may be viewed at the funeral service.

Crystal Ashworth
Crystal Lynn Ashworth, infant daughter of Jennifer Ann Carr and Marcus Shawn Ashworth of Fort Smith, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, in Fort Smith. Funeral will be 3 p.m. Wednesday in Woodlawn Memorial Park Chapel with burial Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith. In addition to her parents she is survived by a brother, Robert James Ashworth of Fort Smith; her paternal grandparents, Evelyn Louis Ashworth of Fort Smith and James Douglas Ashworth of Pineville, La. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Ora Lewis, 94, of Alma died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, in her home. She was a homemaker and a member of Maple Shade Church of the Nazarene. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Lewis, a daughter, Mary Louise Lewis and a son, Russell Farrell Lewis. Funeral was held Monday in Maple Shade Church of the Nazarene with burial at Newberry Cemetery in Alma under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren. She is survived by a daughter, Freda Mae Smith of Alma; four grandchildren, Scheryl Ann Dotson of Van Alstyne, Texas, Douglas Keith Smith of Alma, Karen Elaine and Russell Dewayne Lewis, both of San Antonio and four great-grandchildren.

Herschel Johnson, 75, of Van Buren died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, in a local nursing home. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a retired printer for Dixie Cup and a member of the Pace No. 5-0656 local union and a member of Westark Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Johnson and a brother, Guy “Jack” Johnson. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Ocker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren. He is survived by three daughters, Deborah Strong of Van Buren, Phyllis Porter of Norman, Okla., and Marsha Johnson of Oklahoma City; a son, Jimmy Johnson of Van Buren; five sisters, Shirley Ann Shoppach and Patsy Minish, both of Fort Smith, Joyce Thomas, Wanda Fagan and Louise Newton, all of Van Buren; three brothers, Robert, Richard and Danny Johnson, all of Van Buren; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Tom Porter, Eddie Newton, Charlie Stockton, Brad Thomas, John David Fagan and Steve Shoppach. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill McCoy and printing department of Dixie Cup. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

David O. “Dave” McGee died at home in Van Buren on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at the age of 80. He retired from the Marine Corps after serving 25 years. During that time, he served in the South Pacific in World War II, in Korea during the Korean War and in Vietnam. He was proud to have served his country for that length of time. During his military career, he received the following decorations, Asiatic Pac Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Theatre, Korean Service W/1, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Personal Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Pistol Expert Badge and Rifle Expert Badge. After he retired from the Marine Corps, he worked for 12 years as a career counselor for the state of Louisiana and for three years he taught High School Vocational Training in Louisiana. Dave was a member of Kibler Road Church of God and the VFW. Funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday in Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel in Van Buren with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith with full military honors. Dave is survived by his wife of 58 years, Maxine of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Ronald Medley of Fort Smith; two sons, David of Van Buren and Donald of Mukilteo, Wash.; four grandchildren, Dustin, Brian, Angela and Pamela Medley; a sister and brother-in-law, Lotus and Brantley Cagle of Lake Charles, La., and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Charles McCord, Earl Summerhill, Layton Davis, Jim Morland, Layne Hurst and Eugene Morse. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Kibler Road Church of God Building Fund, 3304 Kibler Road, Van Buren, AR 72956.

Joseph Rutland
GORE — Joseph Scott “Joey” Rutland, 20, of Gore died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, in Muskogee, Okla. He was born March 6. 1981, in Oklahoma City. He was a laborer and a Protestant. Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in Agent Funeral Home Chapel in Gore with burial at White Cemetery northeast of Gore. He is survived by a companion, April; a daughter, Mariah Erin Rutland of the home; his parents, Jan and Diane Rutland of Lake Tenkiller area; a sister, Kristi Rutland of Tulsa; a brother, Jim Rutland of Beaver Creek, Ohio; and his maternal grandparents, Ted and Joan Schwartz of Moore, Okla. Pallbearers will be John Hensley, Kevin Chandler, Jared Shanks, Frank Walker, Joe Pack and Chris Bailey. The body may be viewed at the funeral home.

Robert Sangster
Robert H. Sangster, 69, of Fort Smith died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, in Fort Smith. He was an Army veteran serving in Korea and owner/operator of Sangster’s Garage in Van Buren. Funeral will be 11 a.m. today in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith. He is survived by his wife, Kitty; a daughter, Gigi Sangster of North Richland Hills, Texas; three sons, Scott, Robert J. and Justin Sangster, all of Fort Smith; two sisters, Thelma Breeden of Van Buren and Lottie Porter of Tucker; two brothers, Burl Sangster of Alma and Jesse Sangster of Van Buren; and four grandchildren. Pallbearers will be James Richesin, Tommy Bowen, Gene Row, Garry Frederick, Rob Crawford and Tim Henson.

Charles Coggins
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Charles “Buster” Coggins, 56, of Las Cruces, N.M., died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, in Las Cruces, N.M. He was a graduate of Heavener High School and Northeastern State College, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a retired salesman for Weyerhauser. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener. He is survived by a sister, Grace Kidwell of Lincoln. Memorial contributions may be made to Resident Activity Fund, c/o Casa ‘d Oro Care Center, 1005 Lujan Hill Road, Las Cruces, NM 88005. Bird sanctuaries will be purchased in his name.

Alan McCullough
SUMMERFIELD — Alan D. McCullough, 45, of Summerfield died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, in his home. He worked in the coal mines and rock yards and was Baptist. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday in Heart O’ the Hills Baptist Church in Summerfield with burial at Summerfield Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener. He is survived by his wife, Sherry; a daughter, Angela McCullough of Tahlequah; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Payne of Poteau; three stepsons, Clifford Payne of Fort Hood, Texas, James Graham of Heavener and Cody Maxie of the home; his parents, Walter and Betty McCullough of Waldron; a sister, Wanda Lanning of Waldron; and two grandchildren.

Virginia McConnell
HOT SPRINGS — Virginia Stuard McConnell, 66, of Hot Springs, formerly of Fort Smith, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in a Hot Springs hospital. She was born Jan. 12, 1936, in Bradley County. She was a homemaker, a businesswoman, a Baptist and the widow of Otis “Mack” McConnell. Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday in Piney Baptist Church in Hot Springs with graveside service at 10 a.m. Saturday at Outlaw Cemetery near Sumpter under the direction of Frazer’s Funeral Home of Warren. She is survived by a daughter, Sandy Springfield of Hot Springs; two stepdaughters, Susan Gay McConnell Lambiotte of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Kelly Ann McConnell Wilson of Little Rock; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. E mail frazers@cei.net.

Ruby Davis
WALDRON — Ruby Davis, 89, of Waldron died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, in a local nursing home. She was a homemaker, a Methodist and a member of the Eastern Star. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Lower Center Point Cemetery in Hon under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron. She is survived by two sons, Billy Gene Davis of Russellville and Jerry Davis of Clinton; six grandchildren, Kelly Davis of Harrison, Toby Ridenhour and Traci Hood, both of Russellvile, Jeffery Davis of Fort Smith, Jonathan Davis of Clarksville and Abby Henry of South Carolina; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The body may be viewed Friday morning before the service at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clifford Moore
Clifford G. Moore, 98, of Fort Smith died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, in his home. He was a retired salesman for Best Foods, a member of First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith and the Fort Smith Country Club. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith. He is survived by his wife, Mattie; a son, Keith Moore of Fort Smith; a stepson, Don Dickey of Fort Smith; a grandchild, Randy Moore of Little and two great-grandchildren. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Willie Allen
Willie R. Allen, 96, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in a local nursing home. He was a retired mechanic for International Harvester, a member of Trinity Baptist Church and a former volunteer for the Fort Smith Boys Clubs. He was the widower of Eva Allen. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday in Putman Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith. He is survived by a son, James Allen of San Antonio; two sisters, Edna Miller of Brookhaven, Miss., and Evelyn Douglas of Crystal Springs, Miss.; two brothers, John Robert Allen of Jacksonville, Fla., and Charles Allen of Archibald, La.; nine grandchildren, Janet Shahan of Van Buren, Frances “Casey” Hulsey of Greenwood, David and Scott Truett, Sammie Jo LaTour and Toni Odom, all of Fort Smith, Eva Neldner of Torrance, Calif., Mary Parker of Colorado Springs, Colo., and John Allen of San Antonio; 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Greg Caughman, Sam, David and Scott Truett, James Hulsey, Les Odom, Jackie Lewis and Justin Haller. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bertha Hammock
STIGLER — Bertha “Pete” Hammock, 81, of Stigler died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, in Broken Arrow, Okla. She was a homemaker. Funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday in Mallory Funeral Home Chapel in Stigler with burial at Coleman Cemetery in Porum. She is survived by three daughters, Shirley Cordle of Broken Arrow, Okla., Doris Russell of Tulsa and Karen Monks of Stigler; three sons, Archie Hammock of Chouteau, Okla., Joe Hammock of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Rick Hammock of Muskogee, Okla.; two sisters, Rachel Macon of Washington and Rhodie Parker of Stigler; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. The body may be viewed at the funeral home.

Reba McKown
RUDY — Reba Dell McKown, 76, of Rudy died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in a local hospital. She was a homemaker, a member of DAV Women’s Auxiliary, a volunteer worker at the Veterans Hospital in Fayetteville and a Baptist. She was the widow of Bert Ross McKown. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday in Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home in Van Buren with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. She is survived by two daughters, Jeannie Gentry of Van Buren and Teresa Burnett of Figure Five community; two sons, Kenneth McKown of Figure Five community and Bert A. McKown of Bond Special community; a sister, Mildred Goins of Spiro; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Donna Simmons
Donna Kaye Gore Simmons, 46, of Fort Smith died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in a local hospital. She was born Dec. 8, 1955, in Fort Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Memorial service will be noon Friday in Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith. She is survived by her husband, Robert; a daughter, Robin Simmons of Fort Smith; a son, Robert Simmons Jr. of Fort Smith; a sister, Lynn Mabrey of Lawton, Okla.; and two grandchildren, Vanessa and Alex Malone. Memorial contributions may be made to Shootin Stars Wheelchair Sports Association, 1122 N. 12th St., Fort Smith, AR 72901.

O.D. Meadors
MOUNTAINBURG — O.D. Meadors, 80, of Mountainburg died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, in a local hospital. He was an Army veteran of World War II in the 16th Armored Division, a retired farmer and a member of First Baptist Church in Mountainburg. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Ocker Funeral Home Chapel in Alma with burial at Vaught Cemetery in Mountainburg. He is survived by his wife, Depp; a son, John S. Meadors of Mountainburg; a sister, Anita Osburn of Mountainburg; two grandchildren, Donny and Danny Meadors, both of Mountainburg; several nephews and several great-nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Randall Reed, John, Eugene and Ray Meadors, Dale McDaniel and Doyle Osburn. Harold Loyd, 67, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in his home. He was an Army veteran, former deputy circuit clerk, county clerk and Crawford County judge. He was a member of Van Buren Masonic Lodge No. 6, County Judge’s Association, County Clerk’s Association, Cattlemen’s Association, Crawford County Fair Association, Crawford County Junior Livestock, Lion’s Club, WAEDA, Area Agency on Aging and Comprehensive Juvenile Services and a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday in Van Buren First Assembly of God with burial at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Loyd of the home; a daughter, Debra and husband, Bill Bridges of Fort Smith; a son, Randy and wife, Becky Loyd of Van Buren; a stepson, Kevin Moore of Alma; and four grandchildren, Heather and Chris Bridges, Desirae and Brooklyn Loyd. Pallbearers will be Judge Gary Cottrell, Bill Farrar, Gerald Medlock, Bruce Neidecker, Johnny Parker, Bill Thomas, Judge Joe Powell and Larry McClure. Honorary pallbearers will be Patti Hill, Sammie Page, Dianna Gentry, Tina McAlister, Donnie Easter, Dorvan Wiley, Col. Weldon Ramey, Johnny Ragsdale, Jim Medley, Milton Brownlee, Judge Pete Rogers, Wylie Brewer, Bill Edwards, Dean Metheny, Herman Pulse, Herman Kimes, Jim Saragent Jr., Russell Montag and David Burkhart. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Stepping Stone School, P.O. Box 2389, Alma, AR 72923.

Robert Joseph Rowden, 71, of Alma died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, in his home. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, a retired employee of Schucks Construction and was a Protestant. Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in Ocker Funeral Home Chapel in Alma with burial and military honors at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Rowden of the home; four daughters, Carolyn Rowden and Vicki Yaeger, both of Phoenix, Nancy and Deven Rowden, both of Alma; five sons, Ronny and Bobby Rowden Jr., Vince, Vance and Vaughn Smith, all of Alma; his mother, Velda Marie Rowden of Alma; three sisters, Mary White and Alma Billington, both of Arizona, and Jean Herzog of Danville; three brothers, Tom Rowden of Arizona, Don and Rich Rowden, both of Alma; and 10 grandchildren, Josh, Michael, Carlos, Ryan, Carneilus, Colby, Emily, Daci, Cardell and Jessica. Pallbearers will be Bobby, Ronny and Rich Rowden, Vince and Vaughn Smith and Victor Herzog. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mildred Bell
Mildred L. Bell, 88, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in a local nursing home. She was a homemaker and a member of Van Buren First Baptist Church. She was the widow of Oscar R. Bell. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Gill Cemetery Arbor in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren. She is survived by a sister, Ellen Anderson of Van Buren; three grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Harold Loyd
Harold Loyd, 67, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in his home. He was an Army veteran, former deputy circuit clerk, county clerk and Crawford County judge. He was a member of Van Buren Masonic Lodge No. 6, County Judge’s Association, County Clerk’s Association, Cattlemen’s Association, Crawford County Fair Association, Crawford County Junior Livestock, Lion’s Club, WAEDA, Area Agency on Aging & Comprehensive Juvenile Services and Oak Grove Baptist Church. Funeral will be 2 p.m. today in Van Buren First Assembly of God with burial at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; a daughter, Debra Bridges of Fort Smith; a son, Randy Loyd of Van Buren; a stepson, Kevin Moore of Alma; and four grandchildren, Heather and Chris Bridges, Desirae and Brooklyn Loyd. Pallbearers will be Judge Gary Cottrell, Bill Farrar, Gerald Medlock, Bruce Neidecker, Johnny Parker, Bill Thomas, Judge Joe Powell and Larry McClure. Memorial contributions may be made to Stepping Stone School, P.O. Box 2389, Alma, AR 72923.

Ronnie Myers
RUSSELLVILLE — Ronnie Lee Myers, 58, of Russellville died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, in a local nursing home. He was born July 7, 1943, in Fort Smith. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Fort Smith, was a retired janitor and a member of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in Russellville. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday in New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Reed Cemetery in Russellville under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville. He is survived by three daughters, Ronesha and Takeia Patterson and Ronda Myers, all of Russellville; two sons, Calvin and Mark Myers, both of Fort Smith; two sisters, Debra Mathis of Jackson, Miss. and Berta Fay Nealy of Michigan; and 10 grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Sherman Foster, William Williamson, Carnell, Chris and Freddie Jr. Holmes and William Nichols. The family will visit with friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to New Prospect Missionary Church in Russellville.

Joy Bean
CLARKSVILLE — Joy Gayle Baskin Bean, 77, of Clarksville died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in a local nursing home. She was a homemaker and a member of Stillwell Bible Baptist Church. She was the widow of Clarence ”JR” Bean. Funeral will be 10 a.m. today in Stillwell Bible Baptist Church with burial at Harmony Cemetery in Clarksville. She is survived by two daughters, Dianne Hammond of Harrison and Marcia Dean of Tulsa; four sons, Dennis and Michael Bean, both of Clarksville, James Bean of Ozone and Scott Bean of Roland; two sisters, Beth Newton of Clarksville and Alma Ashlock of Fort Smith; 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be James Darren Melson, David Lasater, Mark Watkins, Bob Bean, Steve Askins and Steve Thulis. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Madge Jacobs
RUSSELLVILLE — Madge Ellen Woods Jacobs, 99, of Russellville, formerly of Fort Smith, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in Russellville. She was born Aug. 28, 1902. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Fort Smith. She was the widow of John W. Jacobs Sr. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith. She is survived by two sons, Henry Jacobs of Russellville and Harry Jacobs of Chickamauga, Ga.; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Robert Cole, Larry and Jody Herndon, John and Ben Jacobs and Joey Fulgham. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons, P.O. Box 971, Fort Smith, AR 72902.

Estelle Stutts
CLARKSVILLE — Estelle B. Stutts, 87, of Clarksville died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in Clarksville. She was born July 30, 1914, in Woodland. She was the widow of James Boyce Stutts. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. today in Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksville. She is survived by two daughters, Mozelle Beckham of Russellville and Maydelle White of Clarksville; two sons, Philip Rex Neal of Canyon Lake, Texas and Perry Houston Neal of Cave Creek, Ariz.; three sisters, Mae Storts of Tahlequah, Okla., Leoma Atkins of Clarksville and Paulina Goble of San Diego; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Faye Brown
WICHITA, Kan. — Faye Brown, 57, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Paris, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, in Wichita. She was a member of Progressive Baptist Church in Wichita, Kan. Funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris with burial at Gray Rock Cemetery in Paris under the direction of Rowell-Parish Mortuary of Fort Smith. She is survived by three sisters, Dorothy Collins, Margaret Cave and Daisy Ludgood, all of Paris; two brothers, Ray and Dan Bates Jr., both of Paris. Pallbearers will be Joe Brown, Mark and Chester Milum, Leroy Roper, Jimmy Jones and John Barnes.

Jim Carter
GREENWOOD — Jim Carter, 46, of Greenwood, formerly of Paris, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a compression superintendent for Stephens Production Company, a member of Westark Church of Christ and the Oilfield Bassmaster’s Fishing Club. Funeral will be 1 p.m. today in Westark Church of Christ in Fort Smith with burial at Liberty Cemetery in Greenwood under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. He is survived by his wife, Karen; two daughters, Alischa Dawn Breedlove of Paris and Vannessa Rose Carter of Saint Ann. Mo.; a son, Jim Carter Jr. of Paris; his mother, Virginia Carter of Paris; two sisters, Teresa Hill of Dumas and Cherry Bishop of Harrah, Okla.; and one grandchild. Pallbearers will be Baron Honea, Tim Kelly, John Coleman, John Carter, Tom Stovall, John Spencer and David Roberson. The body may be viewed 9 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Stephens Production Company. Memorial contributions may be made to Westark Church of Christ Benevolence Fund, 900 N. Waldron Road, Fort Smith, AR 72903 or the Paris Boys & Girls Club, 717 N. Fifth St., Paris, AR 72855 or American Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock, AR 72207.

Charles Richey
BLACKFORK — Charles Henry Richey, 61, of Blackfork died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in a local hospital. He was a timber worker and a Baptist. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Blackfork under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron. He is survived by five sisters, Celia Dehart Howell, Okla., Louise Workman of Soper, Jan Hunt of Blackfork, Pat Simmons of Little Rock and Betty Thaxton of El Dorado; a brother, Bob Richey of Wilburton, Okla. The body may be viewed 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Wilma Metcalf
WALDRON — Wilma Sue Metcalf, 71, of Waldron died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a homemaker and attended Primitive Baptist Church. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Pleasant Hill Primitive Baptist Church with burial at Square Rock Cemetery in Waldron under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron. She is survived by three daughters, Belinda Canada of Waldron, Sheila Bane of Van Buren and Rhonda Deer of Nashville; five sons, Larry of Waldron, Tommy of Bluffton, David of Germany, Henry of Fort Smith and Scottie of Booneville; a sister, Nemo Grammer of Booneville; 21 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; a companion, S.H. Metcalf and a special friend, T.H. Stuart. The body may be viewed 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Baxter Phillips
PARKS — Baxter Phillips, 74, of Parks died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in a Hot Springs hospital. He was a veteran of World War II and a retired carpenter and farmer and attended the Free Will Baptist Church. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday in Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron with burial at Hawkins Cemetery in Parks. He is survived by his wife, Ruby; and two nieces. The body may be viewed 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Willie R. Allen, 96, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, in a local nursing home. He was a retired mechanic for International Harvester and a member of Trinity Baptist Church and a former volunteer for the Fort Smith Boys Clubs. He was the widower of Eva Allen. Funeral will be 2 p.m. today in Putman Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith. He is survived by a son, James Allen and his wife, Shu Lin of San Antonio; a son-in-law, Samuel Truett of Fort Smith; two sisters, Edna Miller of Brookhaven, Miss., and Evelyn Douglas of Crystal Springs, Miss.; two brothers, John Robert Allen of Jacksonville, Fla., and Charles Allen of Archibald, La.; nine grandchildren, Janet Shahan of Van Buren, Frances “Casey” Hulsey of Greenwood, David and Scott Truett, Sammie Jo LaTour and Toni Odom, all of Fort Smith, Eva Neldner of Torrance, Calif., Mary Parker of Colorado Springs, Colo., and John Allen of San Antonio; 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Greg Caughman, Sam, David and Scott Truett, James Hulsey, Les Odom, Jackie Lewis and Justin Haller.

Darlene G. Daymude, 51, of Paris died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a receptionist for a medical clinic. Funeral was held Jan. 17 in Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris officiated by the Rev. Angelo Florenciano with burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Paris. She is survived by her friend and companion, Wanda Owen of Paris; a daughter, Connie of Virginia; and a grandson, Anthony of Virginia. Pallbearers were John Forst, Charles Wilson, Don, Donnie and Daniel Stinnett and Ashley Appleton.

“The Dam Builder” Jesse W. “Bill” Story, 89, of Ozark died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, in a local hospital. He was born March 29, 1912, in Pine Grove, La., to Jesse Winfield Story and Mary Edna King. He was a retired civil engineer, a member of First United Methodist Church in Ozark, a member of Trustee’s Administration Board, the Taylor Sunday School class, the Louisiana Engineering Society and the N.A.R.F. He was a graduate of L.S.U. in 1935 and a lieutenant colonel in the Army. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Ozark First United Methodist Church with burial at Highland Cemetery in Ozark under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark officiated by the Revs. Vaughn Marsden and Tom Babington. He is survived by his wife, Freda Richardson Story in Ozark; two daughters and sons-in-law, Trish and Wallace Alston of Ozark and Margaret and Shaler Wells of New Orleans; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Gaila Story of Ozark; a brother, Willard Story of Baton Rouge, La.; five grandchildren, Matt and Shaler Wells, Kayla and Jessica Story and Ashley Alston. Pallbearers will be Gary McGlothin, John Noggle, John Burns Jr., Jim Mainard, Tom White and Ken Warden. Honorary pallbearers will be the administrative board of Ozark First United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Ozark First United Methodist Church, 503 W. Commercial, Ozark, AR 72949.


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