Irene Bell Vaughn, 84, of Ozark, a retired nurse, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, in Ozark.
Born April 16, 1923, in Chickasha, Okla., she was the daughter of the late James Abel and Etta Jane Wright Morgan.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bill Pen-dergrass, husband, Bill Vaughn; and daughter, Suzy Oliver.
Survivors include a daughter, Genese Cameron of Old Fort, N.C.; a son, Ron Pendergrass of Sun City, Calif.; two sisters, Flora Jobe of Ozark and Roberta Justice of Boulder City, Nev.; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
The body was cremated under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home. No services were held.
Memorial contributions may be made to Springs of Living Water Tabernacle, c/o Flora Jobe, 305 N. 27th Street, Ozark, AR 72949.
Sandy Wright, 54, of Cass, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007.
Born in Sacramento, Calif., she was the daughter of the late James and Dorothy Williams. She relocated from Arizona to Fayetteville and worked at Bogeys Restaurant for many years.
She later moved to Delaney where she met her husband, James Wright. She was a long time employee of Turner Bend and she and her husband were owners of Lizard Springs lodging in Cass. She was involved in several youth organizations in Ozark including, K-Life, Cub Scouts and Ozark Area Youth Organization.
Survivors include her husband and his family; daughter, Angel Ritz,granddaughter, Emma, sons Willy Wright, of Vero Beach, Fla., and Ben Wright of Fayetteville; sisters, Cheri Lewis and Kathy Coon, and brother, Jim Williams, all of Arizona.
A memorial service was held at Turner Bend Campground Sunday at 2 p.m. Arrangements were by Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home of Rogers.
Memorials may be made at Bank of the Ozarks to the Sandy Wright Memorial Fund. This fund will be used to create a garden to honor her passion for gardening.
Jonathan Lee Blair, 45, of Fort Smith, formerly of Charleston, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, in his home.
Born Oct. 12, 1962, in Santa Maria, Calif., he was the son of Royce Loyal Blair and BettyJane Corp Blair. He was a roofer for R & B Roofing Co. in Charleston.
Survivors include his wife, Sherrie; a stepdaughter, Quenna Riggins of Fort Smith; a son, Jonathan Blair Jr.; two stepsons, Airek and Reo Riggins, both of Fort Smith; a sister, Mrs. Larry (Stephanie) Adams of Ozark; a brother, Royce Blair Jr., of Charleston; and four nieces, Amanda Rivera of Fort Smith and Sierra, Breanna and Amber Blair of Charleston.
The body was cremated under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home of Charleston.
Memorial services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel, Ozark.
Gerald Dewitt Dover, 64, of Mulberry died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at his home.
He was born Nov. 1, 1943, in Copperhill, Tenn., and was a retired U.S. postal employee, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Talent Dover; a daughter, Kimberly Ann Kimsey of Ozark; three sons, Jason Dover of Van Buren, Sean Dover of Fort Smith and Jonathan Dover of Phoenix, Ariz.; his mother and stepfather, Ruby and Levi Craig of Chatsworth, Ga.; his father, Floyd Dover of Florida; two sisters, Shirleen Adams and Debbie Allen, both of Chatsworth, Ga.; two brothers, J.D. Dover and Joey Craig, both of Chatsworth; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel, Ozark, with Chaplain Pair officiating.
Graveside services followed at 1 p.m., at Ft. Smith National Cemetery.
Virgel Columbus Furr, 64, of Dover died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Russellville.
Born Oct. 27, 1943, he was a pipe fitter and a member of Dover Church of Christ in Dover.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram and Vivian Hill Furr, and a sister, Louise Furr.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Ann Furr; a daughter, Alicia Sherrill of Hartman; a son, Virgel T. Furr of Auburn, Neb.; three sisters, Montine Ramsey of Hardy and Geraldine Wooten and Linda Kay Arnold, both of West Helena; a brother, Mackie Furr of Marvell; and three grandchildren.
Graveside services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday at North New Hope Cemetery, Dover, with Micah Williams and Earl Whitted officiating. Burial was under the direction of Roller Cox Funeral Home of Clarksville.
Pallbearers were James, Anthony and Bryan Arnold, Robert Wooten, Earl Whitten and Jim Sherrill.
Ann Hill, 73, of Lavaca died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, in her home.
Born Sept. 14, 1934, in Lavaca, she was the daughter of the late James Van and Neva Eads Brewer. She was a homemaker and a member of the Vesta Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Delbert; two daughters, Cynthia Gann of Lavaca and Lisa Eubanks of Van Buren; a son, Lynn Hill of Lavaca; a sister, Nancy Horne of Charleston; a brother, Richard Brewer of Hackett; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday at Brotherton Funeral Home Chapel in Charleston, with Bro. Curtis Smithson officiating. Burial was at Oak Valley Cemetery, south of Lavaca.
Pallbearers were Clyde Simmons, Jimmy Lee, Jim Milam, Bobby Neissl, Randy Rice and Tommy Reed.
Alma Jean “Granny” Hoyle, 86, of Mulberry died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, in a Van Buren nursing home.
Born Aug. 1, 1921, in Mulberry, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Ethel Buck Roe. She was a charter member of First Assembly of God in Mulberry, a homemaker and the widow of Clyde Hoyle.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Louise Millsap of Bentonville and Eva Millsap of Mulberry; a son, David Hoyle of Mulberry; three brothers, C.C. Roe of Weed, Calif., Leroy Roe of Mulberry and Bob Roe of Bakersfield, Calif.; seven grand-children and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday at First Assembly of God in Mulberry, with Pastor Dade Kindrix officiating. Burial was at New Cemetery in Mulberry, under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were Mike, Doug and Jeff Millsap, Wanda Teel, Dana Higdon and Greg and Chris Hoyle.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Adult Sunday school class of First Assembly of God in Mulberry.
Evelyn Marie Johnson, 86, of Mulberry died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at Mulberry.
Daughter of the late John and Christine Deuarte Domingos, she was born March 6, 1921, in Ventura, Calif. She was a homemaker, a Catholic and the widow of Mervin Johnson.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen McKnight of Mulberry and Kayse Williams of Hot Springs; two sons, John Williams of Mulberry and Bryan B. Williams Jr., of Auburn, Calif.; two grandchildren and two great-grand-children.
The body was cremated under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark.
Funeral services for Curtis John Ketron, 82, of Farmington, N.M., formerly of Ozark, were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Smith Mortuary Chapel in Charleston. Burial was at Lowes Creek Cemetery, north of Branch.
Rev. Vondal Davenport officiated, and pallbearers were Demus Shaw, Michael Howard, Larry Childers, Charley Smith, Ron Shelby and Tony Ketron.
He was born Jan. 14, 1925, in Bingham County, Utah, to William James and Mary LaPriel Wright Ketron and died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, in his home.
A World War II Army veteran, he served with the Third Infantry Division in Europe as a machine gunner, seeing action in Naples, Italy, France, Oran and Africa. Upon his discharge, he attended Woodbury College in Los Angeles, Calif., graduating in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He then began a 38-year career with Utah Construction Company, which later became Utah International, then BHP.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William George Ketron.
Survivors include his wife, Jessie Faye Ketchem Ketron; a son, Jimmy D. Ketron of Farmington, N.M.; three grandchildren, Jessica Shiloh Ketron, Machele and Tony Ketron; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 North University, Little Rock, AR 72207.
Hunter Lewis, infant son of James Lewis and April Mont-gomery of Rogers, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, in a Little Rock hospital.
Survivors include a sister, Jacinda Montgomery of the home; his paternal grandparents, James and Minnie Lewis of Charleston; maternal grandparents, Rex and Darlene Montgomery of Fort Smith; paternal great-grandmother, Edith Ann Cluck of Trumann; and maternal great-grandmother, Nemie Anne Dunn of Fort Smith.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Brotherton Funeral Home Chapel in Charleston, with Rev. Buddy Corbell officiating. Burial was in Morris Cemetery, Bloomer.
Thomas “Tommy” Moore, 73, of Ozark died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, in a Fort Smith hospital.
He was born June 11, 1934, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Harold C. and Eulalia Wisner Moore. He was a salesman.
Survivors include his wife, Madonna Jenkinson Moore; a daughter, Jerra Lynn Moore of Oregon; two sons, David Scott Moore and Ricky Allen Moore, both of California; a sister, Sue Bradley of California; and a brother, Pete Moore of California.
The body was cremated under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home, Ozark.
Memorial services were at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Ozark.
Carroll Smith, 63, of Ozark died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at his home.
Born July 8, 1944, at Paris, he was a journeyman lineman for OG&E, Benton Utilities and AP&L and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 34 in Benton.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Smith, and a sister, Francis Shelton.
Survivors include two sons, Wyatt and Ira Smith, both of Ozark; his mother, Lorene Tolbert Smith of Ozark; two sisters, Frieda Geyer of Lawrence, Kan., and Betty Elrod of Martinez, Calif.; a brother, Claude A. Smith of Tulsa, Okla.; and two grandchildren, Christopher and Christina Smith, both of Ozark.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark, with Rev. Forrest Primm officiating assisted by Judy Culver. Burial will be at Cemetery Ridge, south of Ozark.
Pallbearers will be Joe Powell, Gary Kuykendall, C.A. Kuykendall, Wayne Hodges, John Pickartz and Mike Ford.
Honorary pallbearers will be Reed Haynes, David Rofkahr, Roy Johnson, Gwen Franklin and Craig Smith.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday (today) at the funeral home.
Daisy Rae Smith, 79, of Lavaca died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, in Charleston.
She was born Dec. 19, 1927, in Apoka, Fla., to Raymond and Marie Williams Nobles and was a member of Lavaca First Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sisters, Ruby Fryer of Orlando, Fla., Mable Richardson of Mobile, Ala., and Lucille Geurian of Lavaca; and two brothers, Jackie Nobles of Orlando, Fla., and Raymond Nobles.
Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Monday at Lavaca City Cemetery, with burial under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston.
Pallbearers were Matt, Kevin, Jerry and Tyler Geurian, Chris Dooly and Omar Zubidat.
Attie F. Speer
Attie Fay Speer, 88, of Booneville died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, in Booneville.
Born July 15, 1919, in Charleston, she was the daughter of the late Cleve and Mary Louise Gilliam Pearson. She was a retired medical records specialist at the State Tuberculosis Sanitarium in Booneville, a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernie Loyd Speer.
Survivors include a daughter, Janet Robert of Mena; a son, Jerry Loyd Speer of Lavaca; and five grandsons, Scott, John, Chris, Paul and David.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Roberts Memorial Chapel in Booneville, with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Booneville.
Paul Levi “Pete” Underwood, 78, of Lavaca died Wed-nesday, Dec. 12, 2007, in a Fort Smith hospital.
He was born Nov. 15, 1929, in the Island community near Lavaca to the late Jackson and Mary Alice Brotherton Underwood and was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lavon Thompson Underwood; and his son, Paul Terrance Underwood.
Survivors include two daughters, Gina Maestri of Lavaca and JoAnn Watts of Roland, Okla.; two sisters, Margie Blan-kenship of Cecil and Mildred Casey of Muskogee, Okla.; a brother, Albert Underwood of Cecil; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday at Brotherton Funeral Home Chapel, Charleston, with burial at Island Cemetery, east of Lavaca.
Pallbearers were Jack and Weldon Triplett, Roy Davis, Scott Smithson, Aaron Pierce and Kenny Lindsey.
Darrell Brent Brooks Sr., 60, of Ozark died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in Ozark.
Born Dec. 24, 1947, in Mulberry, he was retired from the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was preceded in death by his son, Brent Brooks, his parents, Art and Juanita Brooks, and a granddaughter, Kerstin Gilbreth.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Shipp Brooks; a daughter, Gwendi Gilbreth, and husband Chris of Ozark; two sisters, Sandra Stiles of Duncan, Okla., and Sharla Holtz of Ozark; two brothers, Bill and Craig Brooks, both of Ozark; and four grandchildren, Alex, Zoey, McCoy and Gavin Gilbreth, all of Ozark.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel, Ozark, with Rev. Jan Akins officiating. Burial was at Highland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Steve Kendall, Kennith Lynch, Ron Sanders, Johnny Maxwell, William Mackey, Jim Nevel, Monte Canady and Bill Shankle.
Honorary pallbearers were Bill and Craig Brooks, Larry Stiles, David Holtz, Bobby Vint, Kennith Musgrove, Steve Jeffers, DeWayne Higgins, Craig Shipp and Bryan Styers.
Myrtle Lena Carr Burkes, 84, of Ozark died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in Ozark.
She was born Dec. 3, 1923, in Grove, Okla., to Perry and Grace Hepler Carr. A retired teacher, she had lived in the local area since 1968 and was a Southern Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey M. Burkes, in 1999.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Burkes Albrecht of Altus and Melanie Bowles of Ozark; two sons, James Burkes of Anchorage, Alaska, and John Burkes of Ozark; a sister, Marie Gwilliams of Temple, Texas; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
Memorial services were at 7 p.m. Saturday at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel, Ozark.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Goldthwaite, Texas, under the direction of Stacy-Wilkes Funeral Home.
Tommie Jean Conklin, 72, of Greenwood died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, in her home.
She was born Nov. 15, 1935, in Charleston to the late Thomas Perry Grubb and Josephine Hewitt Grubb. She was retired from Rheem and served as president of Rheem Credit Union from 1987 until 2004, later serving as chairman of the Supervisory Committee. She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Huntington.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Delbert Conklin; two daughters, Patricia Williams and Teri Hicks, both ofGreenwood; a son, Gary Conklin of Booneville; a brother, Harold Dean Grubb of Charleston; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, J.W. Grubb.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Brotherton Funeral Home Chapel, Charleston, with Rev. Bill Richmond and Rev. Charlie Murphy officiating. Burial will be at Garden of Memories Cemetery, Charleston.
Pallbearers will be Jared Walker, Justin Martin, Arch Conklin, Scott Parker and David and Justin Jewell.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Edward Mercy Hospice, 5401 Ellsworth Rd., Fort Smith, AR 72903.
Mack Durning, 76, of Ozark died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in Ozark.
Born Feb. 24, 1931, at Cass, he was a retired poultry farmer and a veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Waits Durning, and his parents, Robert and Nellie Barham Durning.
Survivors include a daughter, Nina Lee of Paris; four sons, Michael, Bobby, Danny and Todd Durning, all of Ozark; three sisters, Geraldine Parrish, Dennie Halmes and Sue Smith, all of Ozark; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark, with Rev. Coyce Couch and Rev. Ted Darling officiating. Burial was at Belt Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Nick, Josh and Kiley Durning, Dusty and Shannon Lee and Justin Halmes.
Honorary pallbearers were great-grandchildren.
Anna Hazel Anderson Duvall, 97, died Jan. 4, 2008, in Georgetown, Texas.
She was born in the rural community of White Oak near Ozark on Nov. 22, 1910, to William Eugene and Myrtle Louvinia Welton Anderson.
She graduated from Ozark High School and spent her youth gathering crops, working at the dime store on the Ozark square and helping at Carter’s boarding house overlooking the Arkansas River. She was part of the Ozark Bridge Queen’s Court in 1931 and participated in the Bridge Ceremony and parade. She spent most of her adult years in Dallas, where she taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir.
Survivors include her husband of 72 years, Ermon Guy (Short) Duvall; two sons, David of Friday Harbor, Wash., and Jerry of Sherman, Texas; a daughter, Ellen Greeney of Georgetown, Texas; a brother, Demus Anderson of Ozark; four sisters, Essie Turner, Vera Overton, Norma Morrow and Corlene Ball; four grandchildren, five great-grand-children, and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Ermon Gene; three sisters, Nora Woods, Lotha Carter and Agnes Woods; a brother, Robert Anderson, and an infant brother, Solon Ray.
Charles W. “Chuck” Elser, 74, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at the Fletcher Allen Health Care Facility in Burlington, Vt.
He was born in Altus on Dec. 5, 1933, the son of Jacob and Theresa Glanzman Elser. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and in 1975 became general manager of H.L. Green Department Store, where he retired in 1995 when the store closed. Upon his retirement, he started his own merchandising company, Elser and Associates, with his wife, Deirdre.
Survivors, other than his wife, Diedre; two daughters, Chrisanna Golovach and her husband Matthew of Cadyville, N.Y., and Charlene MacKay and her husband Charles of Morgantown, W.Va.; abrother, Lawrence Elser and his wife Agnes of Barling; two sisters, Louise Dahlem and Catherine Hall, both of Fort Smith; two grandsons, Iain and William MacKay; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 12, at St. John’s Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Altus Coal Miners’ Memorial. Kindly mail any donations to the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburg, NY 12901.
Annie Mae English
Annie Mae English, 94, of Altus died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in Ozark.
Born Sept. 19, 1913, in Ozark, she was the daughter of the late Charles Alfred and Grace Brown Sumner. She was a homemaker and an avid seamstress.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George English, and a great-grandchild, Brandy Harris.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Whightsil of Topeka, Kan.; a son, Kenneth English of Altus; two sisters, Wilma Middlebrook of Springdale and Lorene Hyde of Milwaukee, Wis.; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday at Altus Baptist Church, with Rev. Chuck Starnes officiating. Burial was at Nichols Chapel Cemetery, Altus, under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Ray and Gary English, Kevin and Brandon Whightsil, Chris Walthall and Scott Murry.
Honorary pallbearers were Chris Daniels, Daniel Pruitt, Keith Allred, Norma and Beverly Nichols.
Toka L. Felder
Toka Lou Felder, 82, of Fort Smith died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, in Fort Smith.
Born Oct. 31, 1925, in Mulberry, she was a retired secretary, a Methodist and the widow of Irvin Felder.
Survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Barnard of Greenwood; three sons, Terry Felder of Bonanza, James Felder of Fort Smith and Eugene Felder of Dallas; a sister, Laura Jones of Mulberry; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith.
Lucille Hansen, 86, of Fort Smith died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, in Fort Smith.
Daughter of the late Homer and Effie Flynn Rambo, she was born June 23, 1921, in Charleston. She was a retired cook.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Hansen; two daughters, JoAnne Margolis and Marlene Talbot; and numerous brothers and sisters.
Survivors include a daughter, Denise Lysikowski of Bix-by, Okla.; two sisters, Dorothy Newhart of Charleston and Polly Materniak of Fort Smith; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Charleston, under the direction of Smith Mortuary.
Floyd James Hignite, 86, of Clarksville died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville.
Born April 18, 1921, he was in 1936 the first to establish a mail route from Ozone to Oark. He was an iron worker, a service member of C.C.C. of Locke Hollow, Ozone, a World War II Army veteran, a member of Iron Worker Local 75, Phoenix, Ariz., for 55 years and a member of the Clarksville Airport Commission.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Thomas and Janie Ritchie Hignite, and a brother, Charlie Hignite.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Marie Burlage Hignite; three daughters, Judy Marie Hignite of Fayetteville, Joan Frances Hignite Guinn of Sanford, Fla., and Marlene Juanita Bennett of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; two sons, Sonny John Hignite of Vance AFB, Enid, Okla., and Jerry Floyd Hignite of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Amy Lois Hignite of Hartman and Bessie Langdon of Ozone; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Oakland Cemetery, Clarksville, with Father William Wewers officiating. Burial was under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Joyce Jones, 55, of Mulberry died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, in a Fort Smith hospital.
She was born Nov. 29, 1952, in Johnson County. She was a homemaker and attended Liberty Fellowship Church in Van Buren.
Survivors include her husband, Billy; two daughters, Tammy Jones of Dyer and Laura Jones of Mulberry; a son, Dewayne Jones of Alma; her father, C.J. Nichols of Denning; and three brothers, Larry Nichols of Denning, Jerry Nichols of Alma and Willie Nichols of Fort Smith.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren, under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Jesse and Willie Nichols, Jimmy Seabolt, Michael Belt, Jeremy Davis, Ricky and Randy Blount and Jeremy Lloyd.
Lena Lowe, 86, of Ozark died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in Ozark.
Born Aug. 21, 1921, in Vian, Okla., she was a homemaker and a member of the Rehobeth Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, J.W. and Gertrude Cox Lowe, and seven brothers, Noble “Jiggs,” Walter, James Burl, Clay, Orville, Harlen and Jess Lowe.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel, Ozark, with Rev. Ted Darling officiating. Burial was at Rankin Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Joe Powell, Vernon McDaniel, Larry Elder, Josh Sanders, Bob Harmon and Howard Gilbert.
Honorary pallbearers were Nora Fox, Jimmy Lowe, Gail Raynor and Cheryl Putney.
Billy Gene “Bill” Morrison, 73, of Booneville died Jan. 9, 2008.
Survivors include a sister, Ola Faye Yates of Huntington; two brothers, Floyd Dale Morrison and Charles Morrison, both of Booneville; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery in Booneville, with burial under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Booneville. Officiant was Rev. George Woodliff, pastor of the church he attended in Ozark.
Pallbearers were Jim Tilbert, Junior Merchant, Ronnie and Donald Yates, Jerry Merchant and James Hawkins.
Robert D. Nichols Jr.
Robert Don Nichols Jr., 35, of Ozark died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, in Ozark.
Born Feb. 24, 1972, in Ozark, he was a 1990 honor graduate of Ozark High School and a recipient of a Merit Scholarship. He attended Southwest Missouri State College and was an employee of American Airlines.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charley and Dennie Nichols, and his grandfather, Alfred Bowman.
Survivors include his mother, Sherry Bowman of Clarksville; his father and stepmother, Robert Don Sr. and Hazel Nichols of Ozark; and his grandmother, Lilly Mae Bowman of Ozark.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel, Ozark, with Rev. Ted Darling officiating.
Reesie Alidee Patterson, 92, of Clarksville died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, at Methodist Nursing Home in Fort Smith.
She was a beautician and a member of Cherry Street Baptist Church in Clarksville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Patterson, and her parents, Luther and Byance Phelps James.
Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Edwards of Fayetteville and Norma Lee Hook of Clarksville; a son, Mickey Don Patterson of Greenwood; a sister, LaQuita Hanik of Clarksville; a brother, Fred James of Kentucky; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Roller-Cox Funeral Home, Clarksville, with Rev. Bill VanMeter officiating. Burial will be at Hartman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Monroe and Johnnie Johnson, Randy and Lawrence Carter, David Chavers, Jim Walters, Jeff Cole and Tom Davenport.
Jessie H. Perkins, 84, of Altus died peacefully at home on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, after a valiant battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife and daughters.
The son of Jess and Frankie Perkins, he was born at home on June 13, 1923, in Barnes. He is survived by his wife, Connie, of Altus; four daughters, Carol Larsen of San Jose, Calif., Shirley Hampton of Wilton, Calif., Teresa Gonzales of Big Lake, Alaska, and Rebekah Kurz of Leawood, Kan.; his sister, Doris Lyman of Huntsville; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and five sisters.
He retired after 35 years of combined service in the Navy, the Air Force and civil service. He was a veteran of World War II, having served on the USS Satterly, a destroyer, whose sailors served valiantly off the coast of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. The Satterly also served in the Pacific Theater and North Africa.
Jessie lived and worked in Anchorage, Alaska, as a master plumber, electrician, mechanic and carpenter. He raised his family there and after retiring returned to his home state to live. He was a member of The Loyal Order of Moose 1534, the Eagles and VFW Post 8532 and a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
A private memorial service and wake will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at 11 a.m., on the family farm in Altus.
Arthur Jimmy Pigg, 82, of Mulberry died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008.
He was a member and associate pastor of Highway 71 Free Will Baptist Church, a shoe repairman, assistant director of Abilities Unlimited and a small engine repair instructor at Northside High School.
Survivors include his wife, Venita; a daughter, Rita Anderson of Springfield, Mo.; two sons, John and Bobby Pigg, both of Mulberry; two sisters, Elsie Mitchell of Fort Smith and Mary Chittum of Van Buren; two brothers, Shelly Pigg of Van Buren and Leo Pigg of Tulsa; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Highway 71 Free Will Baptist Church, Alma, with burial at Woody Memorial Cemetery, Rudy, by Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Orvil J.T. Pitts, 70, of Hartman died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in the Clarksville hospital.
Born Dec. 4, 1937, in Clarksville, he was a Baptist and an Army National Guard veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Ellen; five daughters, Patricia Carter and Karen Pitts, both of Hartman, Linda and Cathy Pitts, both of Dallas, and Amanda Combs of Springdale; four sons, Larry Pitts of Clarksville, Terry and Ricky Pitts, both of Knoxville, and David Pitts of Hartman; three brothers, Roy Pitts of Springdale, Barney Pitts of Coal Hill and Billy Pitts of Oark; 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fernwood Assembly of God. Burial was at Stillwell Cemetery in Clarksville, under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home of Clarksville.
Lee Wakefield, 89, of Fort Smith died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, in Fort Smith.
Born Sept. 12, 1918, to George and Bertha Mullen of Charleston, she was married July 26, 1936, to Carroll “Scooter” Wakefield, who preceded her in death on Dec. 19, 2007. She was a homemaker and a founding member of the Faith United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Tom Wakefield of Platte City, Mo., and Clay Wakefield of Fort Smith; a daughter, Cindy Borchert of Omaha, Neb.; a sister, Wilma Thomas “Tommie” McIntosh; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a niece, Charlene Kalmer.
A combined memorial service for the couple will be held Friday, Feb. 1, at the Faith United Methodist Church by Rev. Dr. Charles Armor. Cremation and private intermenty will be under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Faith United Methodist Church or Methodist Nursing Home of Fort Smith.
James David “J.D.” Walker, 74, of Witter died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.
He was born April 28, 1933, in the Oak Ridge community near Ozark, the son of Preston and Amy Perry Walker. He was a farmer and was preceded in death by two sons, David Lee Walker and Jason Ralph Walker, four brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife, Drue Lackey Walker; three sons, James Michael Walker of Ozark, Ronnie Wayne Walker of Springdale and Kevin D. Walker of Brunswick, Ga.; three stepsons, Randall Smith of Goshen, Afton Smith of Fayetteville and Charles Smith of Farmington; two grandchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren, three great-grand-children and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Brashears Funeral Home, with Rev. Charles Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Combs Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Gary Lackey, Gaylen Keyes, Daniel Smith, Mark and Harold Perkins and Patsy Cousins, active; and Jimmy and Clifford Lackey, honorary.
Edward “Ed” Wilcox of Batesville, formerly of Altus, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, at the Batesville hospital after suffering a massive heart attack.
Born March 22, 1939, in North Branch, Minn., he was the son of Alan and Mary Wilcox. He recently retired as a certified licensed social worker but had many hobbies and talents. He was reared in North Branch, Minn., but moved to Altus in 1975. He continued his career as a social worker while living in Altus but also manufactured magic props and performed magic shows throughout the U.S. Involved in music throughout his life, he had become well-known for his musical saw and continued his career and talents after moving to Batesville from Mountain View.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; a son, Terry Wilcox of St. Louis, Mo.; two daughters, Heidi Wilcox of Mountain View and Young Wilcox of Hamm Lake, Minn.; a brother, Richard Wilcox of North Branch, Minn.; a sister, Marilyn Remer of Washington State; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Mitch Wilcox.
A celebration of life was held Saturday at the Jimmy Driftwood Barn in Mountain View where he had spent many evenings playing his various instruments. Another memorial will be held at a later date in Batesville.
Memorial donations may be made to the Stone County Humane Society in Mountain View or Williams Veterinary Clinic in Batesville.