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Tollie D. Lackey
Tollie D. Lackey of Tumbling Shoals died August 11, 2000 at his home. He was the son of the late Loys Lackey and Bertha (Dill) Lackey. He was born March 14, 1933 at Ida. He was a retired route salesman for Yarnell Ice Cream in Searcy. He was a United States Army veteran serving in Korea, a lifetime member of the American Legion and the VFW. He was baptist.
He is survived by four sons, Doug Lackey of Searcy, David Lackey of Heber Springs, Don Lackey of Rose Bud and Dennis Lackey of Heber Springs; one brother, Johnny Lackey of Tumbling Shoals; four sisters, Sherry Clayton and Marylin Clayton, both of Tumbling Shoals, Charlene Fiveash of Memphis, Tenn. and Carolyn Roland of Drasco. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held at Chastain Chapel Church on August 14 with Rev. Ervin Clayton conducting the service. Interment followed in the Chastain Chapel Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were the Honor Guard of VFW Post 3543.

Lois Jean Buchanan
Lois Jean Buchanan of Safford, Ariz., died August 21, 2000 at Lordsburg, N.M. with her son, Ted, and his wife by her side after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's.
Born in Shirley on August 15, 1918, she was 82. She was the daughter of the late Preston and Lottie (Gibson) Eoff.
She worked at the Children's Colony in Conway and retired from there. She quilted quilts and sold them to support her husband, Sam, and son, Ralph, who preceded her in death. She loved her garden and the last year she was well, canned 85 quarts of green beans and had her picture in the paper with a large sweet potato.
She is survived by one son, Ted Morgan of Safford, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Deborah Perry, Mike Morgan and Clay Morgan of Safford Ariz.; six great grandchildren, David Plantz, Marty Morgan, Kaylee Morgan and Kacey Perry of Safford, Ariz. and Ashley Perry and Janell; one great great grandchild, Kelsey Plantz of Safford, Ariz. and one niece, Helen Couch of Searcy. Lois had a dog named Buster that was almost as well known in Quitman as she was.
Funeral services were held August 26 at the Center Point Cemetery.

Floyd M. Carlson 
Floyd M. Carlson of Quitman died December 4, 2000 at the Central Arkansas Hospital in Searcy. Born in Westby, Mont. on February 5, 1920, he was 80. He was the son of the late Martin A. and Mary J. (Sampson) Carlson.
A resident of Quitman since 1986, he was a retired maintenance worker for Burlington Northern Rail Road. He was a member of the Full Gospel Church.
He is survived by his wife, Sue (Reeves) Carlson of Quitman; two stepsons, Howard W. Pitt and wife, Lillian, of West Memphis and Michael R. Pitt of Lexington, Ky.; one brother, Loren Carlson of Westby, Mont.; one sister, Frances Elm of Westby, Mont.; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held December 8 from 4 - 6 p.m. at Olmstead Funeral Home, Inc. Funeral Services will be held December 9 at 9 a.m. in the Olmstead Chapel with Pastor Don Pettit and James Mayfield officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Hill Cemetery at Memphis, Tenn.

George Clifton Galloway
George Clifton Galloway of Prim died December 29, 2000 at Beverly Health Care in Heber Springs. Born in Brewer on December 6, 1911, he was 89. He was the son of the late C.C. and Uva (Tyler) Galloway.
A lifetime resident of Cleburne County, he was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Prim Full Gospel Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Onie Galloway, on December 23, 1998.
He is survived by five sons, Elden Lee Galloway of Mountain View, Grady George Galloway of Troy, Mo., Gary Galloway of Greers Ferry, Rick Galloway of Drasco and Presley Leon Galloway of Mountain View; one daughter, Cleta "Sue" Brooks of Heber Springs; three brothers, Vane Galloway of Valley Park, Mo. and Lois Galloway and Don Galloway of Prim; 26 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held December 31 in the Prim Full Gospel Church with Rev. Dennis Knapp officiating. Interment followed in the Everett Cemetery. Nephews served as pallbearers.

Herbert James Brice Jr.
Herbert James Brice Jr. of Heber Springs died February 25, 2001 at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born in Walker, N.Y. on August 2, 1922, he was 78. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Herbert James Brice Sr.
He was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps Air Force. He was a retired chemist and a member of the Frontier Petroleum Club. A former resident of Kentucky and Buffalo, N.Y., he had been a resident of Heber Springs for 17 years where he served in several local clubs and organizations including past president of the AARP, treasurer of the Cleburne County Historical Society, a driver for Meals on Wheels and a past member of the planning and zoning commission. He was a member and Deacon of the First Baptist Church of Heber Springs where he served as Sunday school director. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mahota (Dubois) Brice, on January 20, 1999.
He is survived by one son, H. James Brice III and wife, Sandra, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one daughter, Sharon V. Green and husband, Doug, of Opelousas, La.; one brother, John Brice and wife, Beverly, of Zephyrhills, Fla.; one sister, Jo Ann Barber and husband, Tony, of Brockport, N.Y.; three grandsons, Jamie Green, Christopher Brice and Evan Brice and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be held February 27 at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Heber Springs. Interment will follow in Cleburne County Memorial Gardens.

Foster Adams
Foster Harry "Bill" Adams of Owasso, Okla. died June 7, 2001. Born June 8, 1914 in Heber Springs, he was 86. He was the son of John Quincy and Helen Louise (Chesbro) Adams.
He married Hazel Loraine Pickens on August 23, 1938. He worked as a welder, was a member of the Woodmen of the World and Believers Covenant Church.
He was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Hazel, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, E. Foster and Bonnie Ann Adams of El Paso, Texas; daughter, Katheryn Ruth Freeburg of Tulsa, Okla.; two grandsons, John Foster and Micah Shawn Adams; one granddaughter, Andrea Dawn Eldridge; four great grandchildren; two brothers, John and George Adams of Heber Springs and a sister, Ruth Kelly of Silsbee, Texas.
Funeral services were held June 11 at Mowery Funeral Service Chapel in Owasso, Okla. with Pastor Frank Adams officiating. Interment followed in Sandridge Cemetery in Collinsville, Okla. 
Pallbearers were Foster Adams, John Adams, Donald Adams, Raymond Dodridge and Donald Eldridge.

Ryan Odell Adams
Ryan Odell Adams died November 18, 2001 at White County Medical Center in Searcy. Born on November 16, 2001, he was two days old. He was the infant son of Carl and Kimberly (Gay) Adams of Drasco.
His family is nondenominational.
He is survived by his parents, Carl and Kimberly Adams of Drasco; two brothers, Christopher Adams and Christian Adams of Drasco; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dwain Gay of Drasco; his grandmother, Ann Adams of Ben; and his great grandmothers, Lorene Altom of Drasco, Avanell Gay of Heber Springs and Beatrice Nelson of Ill. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends of the family.
Funeral services were held November 20 in the Pleasant Ridge Union Church with Rev. Odell Altom officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Michael Gay and Tommy Adams served as pallbearers. 

Hazel Merle Messenger
Hazel Merle Messenger, 92, died August 13, 2000 on her birthday. She was born in Cameron, W. Va. and was the daughter of the Late Wylie and Clara (Murphy) Johnson. She later moved to Spring Valley, N.Y., where she was employed by Lakeside School until her retirement in 1974. She moved to Jacksonville, Fla. at that time and lived there until coming to Fairfield Bay six years ago. She has been a resident of Indian Rock Nursing Home for the past one and a half years and was a member of the Fairfield Bay Baptist Church and the Joy Sunday School class..
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace messenger, and sisters, Helen Jetter and Lois Vitello.
She is survived by a brother, Glenn B. Johnson of Greers Ferry and his wife, Phe.
Graveside services will be at Cleburne County Memorial Gardens on August 16 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ronny Waycaster officiating. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 10411 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR, and Fairfield Bay Baptist Church, PO Box 1029, Fairfield Bay, AR.

Doyne Ward Norton
Doyne Ward Norton, a lifetime resident of Drasco and Cleburne County, died August 25, 2000 in Beverly Health Care at Heber Springs. The son of the late Jake Upton Norton and Mary Alta Ward Norton, he was born June 9, 1911 at Drasco. He was 89.
He had the distinction of being a member of the first graduating class of Concord High School. There were three members of this class. He was a farmer and member of the Drasco General Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel (McGrew) Norton; a son, Norman Ward Norton of Drasco; two daughters, Ava Partridge of Quitman and Linda Crawford of Greenbrier; his brother, J.U. Norton of Drasco; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were August 28 at the Drasco General Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Henderson and Rev. Jerry Millkin conducting the service. Interment followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Mike Stinnett, Wayne Crawford, Chuck Stinnett, Darrell Norton, Jimmy Buckman and Rusty Dillard. Honorary pallbearers were Don Barker and Chris Norton. 

Earl Dean Gilpin
Earl Dean Gilpin, a lifetime resident of Drasco, died December 30, 2000 in the White County Medical Center at Searcy. Born in Drasco on August 10, 1929, he was 71. He was the son of the late Criss Earl Gilpin and Hattie Mae (Endsley) Gilpin.
He was a Christian man who loved his family and friends, a United States Army Veteran and worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice (Wisdom) Gilpin; one son, Steve Holmes of Carthage, Texas; three daughters, Brenda Stair and husband, Wendell, of Searcy, Kathy Nelson of Drasco and Lynda Dean Dill and husband, Lonnie, of Concord; one brother, Hubert Gilpin of Drasco; one sister, Nellie Deckard of Ida; eight grandchildren, Scott Gilpin, Ray Dill, Daniel Dill, Eric Dill, Cody Nelson, Tera Nelson, Kevin Holmes and Ann Boganshultz and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held at the Olmstead Funeral Chapel on January 2 with Rev. Bill Sutton and Wendell Stair conducting the service. Interment followed in the Antioch Cemetery.

Jeffery Eddy
Jeffery "Jeff" Thomas Eddy of Quitman died at home on November 17, 2001. Born in Baltimore, Md. on May 1, 1957, he was 44. He was the son of James Edwin and Kathleen Esther (Sentz) Eddy.
A former resident of Baltimore, Md., he lived in Quitman for one year. He was a welder and a veteran of the United States Army. He enjoyed cars and spending time working on them. He was a Protestant.
He is survived by his parents, James and Kathleen Eddy of Quitman; two sons, Jeffery Cerrone and Joseph Cerrone, both of Baltimore; two daughters, Patricia Eddy and Kimberly Eddy, both of Baltimore; two brothers, James Eddy Jr. of Arkadelphia and Mark Eddy of Arlington, Texas; one sister, Dolly Long of Heber Springs; aunts; uncles; nieces and nephews. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held November 20 in the Olmstead Chapel with Rev. Jackie Wilson officiating. Interment followed in Cleburne County Memorial Gardens. Jammie Eddy, Bobby Ray Campbell, Johnny May, Rodney Jones, Kirby Jones and Mike Johnson served as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Research Foundation.

Retha Ezell 
Retha Ezell of Drasco died December 18, 2001 at the White County Medical Center in Searcy. Born in Wolf Bayou on July 27, 1918, she was 83. She was the daughter of the late John and Josie (Sagers) Laster.
She was a mother, homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. She was a lifetime resident of Cleburne County.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Clark Ezell on December 6, 1974 and one daughter, Gracie Draper.
She is survived by two sons, Earl Ezell and Marvin Ezell of Drasco; three daughters, Helen Ward of Drasco, Mary Sprinkle of Tumbling Shoals and Martha Coffman of Greers Ferry; 16 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. She is also survived by other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were held December 20 in the Olmstead Chapel with Rev. Dennis Ezell and Bro. Darrel Ezell officiating. Interment followed in the Sypes Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandchildren and Don Baker.

Jack D. Pennington
Jack D. Pennington of Drasco died August 12, 2000 in the White River Medical Center at Batesville. He was the son of the late Claudis Pennington and Della (Phillips) Pennington. Born May 1, 1933 at Pierce, Okla., he was 67.
He and his late wife, Earlene, who died January 25, 2000, had made their home in Cleburne County since 1978.
He was a retired school teacher, a member of the National Education Association and he was active in the FFA Organization. He was a United States Army veteran serving in Korea. He was a member of the Lyford Baptist Church.
He is survived by his daughters, Dina Dollar of Drasco, Laura Smith of Truman and Jill Stark of Heber Springs; three grandchildren, Aaron, Amy and Rubin; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held August 15 at the Macedonia General Baptist Church with Harmon Seawel and Jimmy McMasters conducting the service. Interment was in the Macedonia Cemetery. Pallbearers were Norman Phillips, John Treece, Donny Branscum, Hulan Spinks, Richard Blevins and Frank Monroe.

James Nathan Noel Verser
James Nathan Noel Verser of Woodrow, died August 23, 2000 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock. Born in Cleburne County on October 6, 1926, he was 73. He was the son of Mabel (Martin) Verser and the late Jim Verser.
He was a retired saw miller and a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army. He was a Baptist.
He is survived his wife, Betty (Peel) Verser of Woodrow; one son, Gary Verser of Woodrow; one daughter, Jo Ann Barger of Ida; his mother, Mabel Verser of Woodrow; one brother, Leo Verser of Concord; two sisters, Helen Hipp and Myrene Stevens of Woodrow; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Graveside services and interment with military honors were held August 25 in the Verser Cemetery with Rev. Anthony Woods officiating. Heith Barger, Cole Verser, Kelly Verser, Jamie Hipp, Jason Hipp and Justin Hipp served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer was Cody Heith Barger.

William F. Howard Jr.
William F. Howard Jr., Lt. Col. United States Air Force, retired, died at his home on December 28, 2000. Born in Kansas City, Mo. on October 18, 1922, he was 78. He was the son of the late William F. and Hazel E. (Butcher) Howard Sr.
He retired from the United States Air Force as a Lt. Colonel with 27 years of service and was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He has been a resident of Bee Branch for 30 years and was a member of the Christian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey (Hawks) Howard of Bee Branch; one son, William F. Howard III of Shannon Hills; two daughters, Sharon Connors of Vi(?), Calif. and Debbie Howard of Conway; one brother, Ray Howard of Concord ; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Services will be held January 3 at 2 p.m. in the Olmstead Chapel. Interment will follow in Cleburne County Memorial Gardens with Military Honors by the United States Air Force. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mary O. Vokes
Mary O. Vokes of Heber Springs died February 12, 2001. Born in Williamsburg, W.V. on March 28, 1934, she was 66. She was the daughter of the late Arnie and Florida (Clevenger) Morrison.
A resident of Heber Springs for five years, she was a retired real estate broker, a mother, a homemaker and a member of the Heber Springs First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, James W. Vokes Sr. of Heber Springs; two sons, James W. Vokes Jr. of Madrid, Iowa and Steven Vokes of Mississippi; two daughters, Sandra L. Struve and Karen Erickson of Iowa; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She is survived by other relatives and many friends.
Graveside services will be held February 16 at 10 a.m. in the Heber Springs Cemetery with Rev. John Miles officiating.

Esther Redmon Hooten
Esther Redmon Hooten of Heber Springs died at her home on December 17, 2001. Born March 23, 1919 at Stark, she was 82. A native of Cleburne County, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Edna (Stark) Redmon.
She was a member of Lone Star Baptist Church in Greers Ferry. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. The memory of her many thoughtful acts of kindness will always remain to bless the ones she touched.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emery L. Hooten and one son, Larry G. Hooten.
She is survived by eight daughters, Myrna Prince of Deming, N.M., Virginia Jones and Nell Davis of Heber Springs, Nola Bailey of Rose Bud, Reba Davis of Silom Springs; Peggy Stone and Kathy Bittle of Greers Ferry and Debbie Dill of Drasco; two sons, Jerry Hooten of Tumbling Shoals and Terry Hooten of Greers Ferry; 24 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held December 20 in the Lone Star Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Berry officiating. Interment followed in Shiloh Cross Roads Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons Ricky Jones, Randy Hooten, James Davis, Shawn Stone, Chris Hooten, Jason Bittle, Jeremy Dill and Pat Hooten. Honorary pallbearers were Jared Dill, Steven Stone, Kevin Jones, Dustin Hooten, Kirk Hooten, David Prince, Lynn Davis, Mike Hooten and Dylan Hooten.

Dewey Odell Strange
Dewey Odell Strange, 85, of Heber Springs, died August 5, 2000 at Baptist Medical Health Center in Little Rock.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rites.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lawson Strange of Heber Springs; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Pattie Strange of Mississippi; a stepson, James H. Lawson of Heber Springs; a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Peggy Strange of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Juanita Beavers of Smackover and Jeraldine Smeltzer of Texas.
Services were held August 8 at Rawlings Funeral Chapel. Interment was at Mattox Cemetery. 

Reatha Ivon Womack Martin
Reatha Ivon Womack Martin of Concord died December 30, 2000 in Batesville. Born March 27, 1917 in Centerville, she was 83. She was the daughter of the late Frank Franklin Womack and Oma J. Jordan Womack.
She was a beautician and also retired from Concord Public school where she served as a cook. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Concord, a former PTA President at the Concord Public School and a former Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church. She organized the first Teen Club of Concord, was a former director of M.Y.F. and a recipient of the Community Service Award of Concord.
She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, Clete, Floyd, Buel, Dell and Jay Womack.
She is survived by her husband, Samuel Cleston Martin of Concord; two sons, Sam Martin and Connie Martin of Greenbrier and Lannie Martin and Debby Martin of Batesville; one daughter, Gunelda Ann Martin Leathers and Bill Leathers of Lake Jackson, Texas; one brother, Harold Womack of Tyler, Texas and four grandchildren, Eric Martin and Brandon Martin of Greenbrier, Deana Martin of Batesville and Kathryn Leathers of Lake Jackson, Texas.
Funeral services will be held January 3 at First Baptist Church of Concord with Rev. Harmon Whitehurst and Rev. Jerry Milligan officiating. Burial will be in the Concord Cemetery. Pallbearers are Troy Lynn Jeffery, Charles Stuart, Dalda Womack, Gaylon Womack, Wendal Womack and Lavon Womack. Honorary pallbearers are V.O. Tharp, Sonny Cooper and Felton Spinks.

Kenneth L. Ward
Kenneth L. Ward of Drasco died at his home on February 13, 2001. Born at Wolf Bayou on June 19, 1922, he was 78. He was the son of the late Ewing and Ola Mae (Sutherland) Ward.
He worked in the upholstery business and was a lifetime resident of Cleburne County. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army. He was a member of the Drasco General Baptist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elma (Grant) Ward on November 24, 1999.
He is survived by one daughter, Alice Greene and husband, James, of Little Rock; one sister, Verna Williams of Little Rock and one granddaughter, Aden Rose Greene. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be held February 16 at 2 p.m. in the Drasco General Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Henderson officiating. Interment will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery.

Henry F. Seymore
Henry F. Seymore of Heber Springs died November 15, 2001, at White County Medical Center in Searcy. Born in Ida on December 5, 1912, he was 88. He was the son of the late L.L. and Ada (Soles) Seymore.
A lifetime resident of Cleburne County, he was a retired equipment operator for Rock Products, Inc. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Union Church at Ida.
He is survived by his wife, Emma (Kennedy) Seymore of Heber Springs; one son, Don E. Seymore Sr. of Heber Springs; two brothers, Delbert Seymore and Sherman Seymore, both of Heber Springs; three sisters, Lettie Rackley, Myrtle James and Mary Ann Clark, all of Heber Springs and one grandson, Don E. Seymore Jr. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held November 18 in the Olmstead Chapel with Rev. Ervin Clayton officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery at Ida. Pallbearers were Sonny Kennedy, Roger Kennedy, Milburn Southerland, Joe Spinks, Robert Warren and Freddie Nichols.

Olive Elizabeth Wilkinson
Olive Elizabeth Wilkinson died at her home on February 22, 2001. Born in Heber Springs on January 5, 1912, she was 89. She was the daughter of Lee and Daisy Allen Watters.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of the Firstborn which she joined on March 6, 1927. She lived her life in Cleburne County and enjoyed gardening, flowers and crafts.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Wilkinson and one son, Charles Wilkinson.
She is survived by two sons, Glen Wilkinson of Wichita, Kan. and Troy Wilkinson of Heber Springs; two daughters, LaVerne Cline of Rio Linda, Calif. and Velma Smith of Sacramento, Calif.; three sisters, Eva Ward of Almyra, Agness West and Ocie Gilpin, both of Heber Springs; several grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held February 26 in the Olmstead Chapel by Lewis Manes and Lewis Garrett with interment in South Cross Roads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Kearns, Henry Sloate, Harvey Sloate, Darrin Sloate, Carl Davis and Bud Moore.

Gussie Snell
Gussie "Pat" Mahon Snell of Heber Springs died November 16, 2001, at Lakeland Lodge Nursing Center. Born at Earle on March 23, 1907, she was 94. She was the daughter of the late Gus and Bertie Mahon.
She had lived in Cleburne County most of her life and was a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Snell on December 26, 1985 and one son, Jerry Neal on October 19, 1974.
She is survived by one daughter, Vivian Patchell and husband, T.E. of Heber Springs; grandson, Doug Patchell and wife, Dr. Allison Patchell of Heber Springs; great granddaughter, Cara Patchell of Heber Springs; one sister, Addie Young of Liberal, Kansas and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held on November 19 in the Heber Springs Cemetery with the Rev. Stuart Cranford officiating.

Veston "Ves" Leon Southerland
Veston "Ves" Leon Southerland of Seneca, Mo. died December 17 at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Mo. Born on April 13, 1921 in Wilburn, he was 80. He was the son of the late Samuel and Lucrecia Foust Southerland.
The extended Southerland-Foust family was musically inclined and as a young man, he and his brother and cousins performed in a gospel quartet which was well known in the Cleburne County area. He married his childhood sweetheart, Ruth Roberson, on August 15, 1943 in Wilburn. A graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, "Ves," as he was known to friends in Missouri, coached all sports and taught science and biology in schools in Goodman, Noel and Seneca, Mo. The 1960 Seneca Tiger Tales yearbook was dedicated to him. He was founder and first president of the Seneca Kiwanis Club, a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge #247 in Neosho and was a past Master, a member of the Scottish Rites and Lions club in Goodman and Noel. After retirement, he was free to pursue his favorite pastimes of golf, practicing gospel music on his organ and watching his many bird feeders. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Manerva Caroline Southerland, Irene Southerland Hazelwood and Lorene Southerland Harral and one brother, Harvey Southerland.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Southerland; three sisters, Kate Southerland Magness of Heber Springs, Ruth Southerland Martin of Roosevelt and Naomi Southerland Stratton of Jacksonville, Miss.; one brother, Clinton Southerland of Searcy and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Graveside services were held at Cleburne County Memorial Gardens on December 20 with Rev. Dennis Powell officiating. Honorary pallbearers were nephews. Masonic Rites were held December 19. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cleburne County Historical Society or the Seneca R7 School Foundation in care of the Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, PO Box 380, Seneca, Mo. 64865.

William Carl Johnson
William Carl Johnson of Kansas City, Mo. died February 14, 2001 at the New Mark Care Center in Kansas City, Mo. Born October 4, 1913 in Arkansas, he was 87. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Johnson.
He was a retired farmer and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alta (Mallonee) Johnson on April 29, 1993.
He is survived by one son, Carl Wayne Johnson of Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter, Joyce Smith of Tennessee and several grandchildren. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Visitation will be held February 19 at 10 a.m. in the Olmstead Chapel. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Sidon Cemetery.

Dr. Patsy Ruth Phelps
Dr. Patsy Ruth Phelps of Heber Springs died at her home on November 21, 2001. Born at Earle on May 3, 1923, she was 78. She was the daughter of the late Charley Idol and Nettye Lee (Ricketts) Phelps.
She was a retired pediatrician and had been a resident of Cleburne County since 1978. She was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Navy.
She is survived by numerous cousins, other relatives and friends.
Graveside services will be held November 23 at 11 a.m. at Cleburne County Memorial Gardens with Jed Hollan officiating.

Jesse M. James
Jesse M. James of Drasco died February 14, 2001 at Beverly Health Care in Heber Springs. Born September 27, 1917 at Brownsville, he was 83. He was the son of the late Joseph and Julie Ann (Hoover) James.
He was a retired farmer and a longtime resident of Cleburne County. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army. He was a member of Drasco General Baptist Church, where he served as song director for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Marie (Surgener) James of Drasco; one daughter, Velma Burks and husband, Dr. Willard Burks, of Wynne; two brothers, Walter James and Fred James of Heber Springs; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Services will be held February 17 at 2 p.m. in the Drasco General Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Henderson and Rev. Adolph Lacy officiating. Interment will follow in the Antioch Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Willard Burks Jr., Jonathan Burks, David Dowd, Jason Cornelison, Jon Cornelison and Brian Harlan. Honorary pallbearers will be Junior Baker, Charles Norton, Ward Davis, Harold Dean Lacy, Kenneth Foust and Preston Helms.

Nellie V. Markham
Nellie V. Markham of Heber Springs died February 26, 2001 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Heber Springs. Born in Brewer on January 6, 1912, she was 89. She was the daughter of the late Alexandra and Mary L. (Bickle) Mabry.
A lifetime resident of Cleburne County, she was a mother, a homemaker and Pentecostal.
She was preceded in death by one son, Carl Elms.
She is survived by three graddaughters, Debra Speights and husband, Jerry, of Heber Springs, Kathleen Levesque and husband, David, of California and Cynthia Peace and husband, Robert, of Illinois; For grandsons, Samuel Elms, Robert Elms and wife, Antoinette and John Elms of California and Wayne Miller of Greenbrier and two great grandchildren. She is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be held March 1 at 10 a.m. in the Olmstead CHapel with Rev. Dennis Distin officiating. Interment will follow in the Heber Springs Cemetery.


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