Mart Stepp Jr., 83, of Hartman died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, at Johnson Regional Medical Center in Clarksville. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel, Clarksville. Burial was at West Mount Zion Cemetery, Hartman.
Jeremy Patrick Ashlock, 26, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, in Fort Smith. He was a 1995 graduate of the Youth Challenge Program and worked in retail sales. Local survivors include his parents, Linda and Troy Blasingame of Ozark and Rick and Theresa Ashlock; and two brothers, Chance Blasingame of Coal Hill and Chism Blasingame of Altus. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at New Cemetery, Mulberry.
Ralph Lee Pinkston, 62, of Ozark died Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, in Ozark. He was a self-employed auto upholster and attended the Assembly of God Church at Mulberry. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rankin Cemetery, with burial under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Verna Haynes, 88, of Charleston died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a member of Charleston First Baptist Church and a retired sales clerk for J.C. Penney and Hunt's. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Smith Mortuary Chapel in Charleston, with burial at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 297, Charleston, AR 72933.
Aubrey L. Barnes, 48, of Ozark died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, in Fort Smith. Born at Mulberry, he was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Barnes, and his grandmother, Susie Barnes. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Monday at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Highland Cemetery.
Henry Mitchell Holt, 60, of Clarksville died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at his home. A logger and farmer, he is locally survived by his son, Bryan Mitchell Holt of Oark. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Lamar Cemetery.
Nila Ruth Hardesty, of Ozark, formerly of California, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, in Little Rock. She was a homemaker. Cremation was under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home. Immediate survivors include her husband, Leo; a son, Ronny Lee Hardesty of Paris; a sister, Lawana Parsley of California; and a brother, Larry Parsley of California.
Jerome L. "Jerry" Sax, 63, of Texarkana died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005. Born at Altus, he was an U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church and a retired heavy equipment mechanic for Red River Army Depot. Local survivors include a sister, Delores Ann Spyres of Ozark. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Sax. Rosary was at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Texarkana, with Mass of Christian Burial following. Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Cemetery, Altus, under the direction of East Funeral Home - Downtown, Texarkana. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Texarkana, 83 Spruce St., Texarkana, TX 75501, or St. Edwards Catholic Church, 407 Beach St., Texarkana, AR 71854.
Hurlon Dean Moore, 69, of 5680 Highway 21, Clarksville, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, at his home. He was a retired construction worker and a Baptist. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Roller-Cox Chapel, Clarksville, with burial at Oark Cemetery.
Carl Lee Pitts, 30, of Ozark died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, in an accident at a drilling site at Cleveland in Conway County. He worked for Nabors Drilling Company and attended Mountain Home Free Will Baptist Church. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lemley Funeral Chapel, with burial at Bells Chapel.
Modine Sutherland, 78, of Ozark died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, in Ozark. The widow of Bernard Brown and George Ewell, she was a homemaker and a member of Union Assembly of God. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Cemetery Ridge, south of Ozark. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Daley Ray Hice, 82, of Paris died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, at Charleston. He was a farmer and the widower of Edna Hice. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris, with burial at Baxley Cemetery, Paris.
Metta Swaite, 88, of Ozark died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, in Ozark. She was a retired waitress and was preceded in death by her husband, O'Neal Swaite, and a sister, Doris Embry. The body was cremated under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.
Gervase Rofkahr, 70, of Altus died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, at his home. He was a self-employed carpenter. The body was cremated under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark.
Jeanette Wadley Allen, 57, of Pocola, Okla., died Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, in her home. A native of Clarksville, she was a former Sebastian County deputy sheriff and a member of the American Quarterhorse Association and attended Harvest Time Tabernacle. She was preceded in death by her father, Erin Wadley. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith, with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Raymond Samuel Wakefield, 85, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, in Fort Smith. He was married to the former Mary Frances Lewis of Pleasant View and was a retired captain for the Fort Smith Fire Department, a retired contract painter and a member of First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368.
Ashley Nicole Williams, 15, of Clarksville died Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, in an accident north of Clarksville. She was born Aug. 21, 1990, at Clarksville and was preceded in death by her father, Nicholas Dewayne Williams. Among her survivors are her mother and stepfather, Stephanie and Johnny Edwards of Clarksville. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel, Clarksville, with burial at Oark Cemetery.
Dorothy L. Gray, 73, of Ozark died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, in Ozark. She was a retired nurse, worked as secretary for her husband at Gray's Aviation and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Ozark. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, her 74th birthday, at Calvary Baptist Church in Ozark. Burial was in Prairie View Cemetery, Scranton, under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.
John David Keck, 50, of Fort Smith died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, in Fort Smith. Born in Ozark, he was a truck driver. A private family service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith.
Daniel Dean Ray, 37, of Mulberry died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, in a Little Rock hospital. He was an employee of Klaas Meyer Construction and a Pentecostal. He was preceded in death by his mother, Faye Ray. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith, with burial at Barling Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
Edward Jacks II, 48, of Russellville, the son-in-law of Demus and Glae Anderson of Ozark, died unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville. He was married to Julie Anderson, and was an United States Navy veteran and worked for Arkansas Nuclear One as an operations technical specialist. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christians Church in Russellville. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fellowship of Christians Church in Russellville. Arrangements are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Audra M. Cowan, 87, of Fort Smith, a retired band director, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, in a Fort Smith nursing home. A native of Harmony, he taught band at Coal Hill for two years while attending College of the Ozarks. After serving overseas in World War II, he received his master of music education degree from the University of Oklahoma and served as band director at Clarksville, Sheridan and Ozark before accepting the position at the new Ramsey Junior High School in Fort Smith in 1954. He taught band there until his retirement in 1983. He was also a retired Army captain, receiving the Purple Heart for wounds suffered near Aachen, Germany, in 1944. He was Bandmaster of the Year for 1975 and later was inducted into the Arkansas Bandmasters Hall of Fame. Funeral services were Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Central Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, with burial at Oakland Cemetery, Clarksville.
James Bowles, 81, of Wagoner, Okla., died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, in Wagoner. Born at Mulberry, he served in the Army, worked for Alma Canning Company in Alma for 25 years and operated a forklift for Baldor Electric for 19 years. He was a door greeter at Wal-Mart in Wagoner and a member of First Baptist Church in Wagoner and the men's Steadfast Sunday school class. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 11 a.m., at Shipman Funeral Home Chapel in Wagoner, with burial at Fort Gibson Cemetery.