Miscellaneous Crawford County, Arkansas Obituary Notices

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Blondell Boyakin
Blondell Lester Boyakin, 78, of Rudy died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a retired department manager for a furniture store, rancher, Freewill Baptist and member of Van Buren Masonic Lodge No. 6.
Survivors include his wife, Ersell; one daughter, Joyce Lorene Holt of Germantown, Tenn.; three sisters, Reba Lamb, Betty Bonewell and Lee Mae McCurdy, all of Rudy; one brother, Donald Boyakin of Rudy; and two grandchildren, Lisa and Keri Holt of Germantown.
Funeral service was held Feb. 6 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at Mount McCurry Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Leon Lamb, Bobby Boyakin, Donnie Boyakin, Ronald Dale Bonewell, Rickey Franklin and James Franklin. Honorary pallbearers were R.C. Rogers, Everett Cluck, Dwight Cluck, Ronnie Richmond, Jimmy Richmond, Mackey Burkart, John Holt, Darrell Smith and Rickey Smith.

Shelly Graves
Shelly Graves, 57, of Chester died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a caregiver for Elder Choices Home Health Care.
Survivors include on son, Dustin Graves of Chester; four sisters, Genevia Hamrick of Newport News, Va., Jean Hammond of Beloit, Wis., Mindy Weber of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Vickie Dushane of Raytown, Mo.; and four brothers, Cecil Estep of Odgen, Ore., Thomas Estep of Murray, Ky., Jimmy Darrell Thornsberry of Colorado and Everett Estep of Las Vegas.
Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Chester Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Betty Lincoln
Betty Lincoln, 84, of Springdale died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at her home. The former resident of Van Buren was the widow of Leonard Lee "Abe" Lincoln.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Cole of Springdale; one sister, Dena Barnes of Bartlesville, Okla.; six grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The body was cremated under the direction Rollins Funeral Home of Rogers.
Memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 610 E. Emma, Springdale, Ark., 72764.

Velma Neely
Velma Neely, 92, of Van Buren died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at a local nursing home. She was a resident of Van Buren since 1917 and worked for the Sterling Variety Store and Van Buren High School lunch program. She was a member of Van Buren First Assembly of God Church, widow of Buford Neely and did volunteer work for Project Compassion, Senior Volunteer Program and RSVP.
Survivors include four daughters, Frances Cantrall of Springfield, Ill., Mary Ruth Boyd of Wichita Falls, Texas, Janet Rainey of Bartlett, Tenn., and Barbara Berry of Fort Smith; one son, Buford "Buddy" Neely Jr. of Las Vegas; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial will be at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ocker Funeral Home, 700 Jefferson, Van Buren.

Esther Pullus
Ester Pullus, 84, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, in Van Buren. She attended St. Michael's Catholic Church and was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, George Pullus; two daughters, Patricia Edwards and Susan Lamar, both of Van Buren; and four grandchildren.
Memorial service was held Feb. 3 at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.

Lea Turner
Lea Riddle Turner, 83, of Fort Smith died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, in Fort Smith. She was a retired elementary school teacher for Van Buren Public Schools, and a 1934 graduate of Van Buren High School where she was homecoming queen and Pointer cheerleader. She was a 1936 graduate of Central Baptist College in Conway and member of First United Methodist Church and Gleanors Sunday school class. She was a volunteer for Sparks Regional Medical Center and on the women's board.
Survivors include her husband, Finley; three daughters, Anne Carolyn Turner of Fort Smith, Janie Turner Lowe of Little Rock and Patti Turner Lueck of Northfield, Minn.; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral service was held Feb. 7 at Roebuck Chapel of First United Methodist Church. Private family burial was at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Gleanors Sunday school class.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 N. 15th St., Fort Smith, Ark., 72901.

William Bass
William Lee "Bill" Bass, 70, of Fayetteville died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at a Fayetteville hospital. The veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars served more than 20 years in the Army and Air Force, receiving numerous citations including the Bronze Star. He retired as a tech sergeant, was a Baptist and formerly of Van Buren and Muskogee.
Survivors include his wife, Helen; two stepsons, Winston Harvey of Tulsa and Gary Harvey of Fayetteville; one sister, Nadine Wood of Muskogee; one brother, Melvin Bass of Muskogee; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held Feb. 1 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery with full military honors under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were military personnel.

Jerusha Dill
Jerusha Dill, 78, of Long Beach, Calif., died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, in Long Beach. The former resident of Chester was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include two nieces, Barbara Ann White of Norwalk, Calif., and Coleen Costa of Lancaster, Calif.
Graveside service was held Feb. 1 at Mount McCurry Cemetery near Rudy under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

James Edwards
James F. Edwards, 71, of Mulberry died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at a Fort Smith hospital. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, deacon and Sunday school teacher at Mulberry First Baptist Church and former owner of Jim's Grocery in Mulberry.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Edwards; two daughters, Sandy Allen and Cindy Tobey, both of Mulberry; one son, Jim Edwards of Fort Smith; four sisters, Nina Braden of Limestone, Ark., Neva Tilseth and Joyce Cervantes, both of Albuquerque, N.M., and Faye Fulford of Elizabethtown, N.C.; one brother, R.B. Edwards of Mulberry; three grandchildren, John Allen of Mulberry, Lori McCalister of Alma and Erin Tobey of Mobile, Ala.; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor BreeAnne of Alma and Hayden James of Mulberry.
Funeral service was held Feb. 2 at Mulberry First Baptist Church. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Frank Allen, Ermon Crabtree, David Martin, Fred Moon, David Moody and Jimmy Moore. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Mulberry First Baptist Church.

Dora Jetton
Dora Jetton, 79, of Bowling Green, Ky., formerly of Van Buren, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, in Bowling Green. She attended Shibley Baptist Church in Van Buren and was the widow of Otho B. "Amos" Jetton.
Survivors include one daughter, Dorothy Jean Curry of Bowling Green; two stepsons, Charles Jetton of Phoenix, Ariz., and Otho Jetton Jr. of Florrisant, Mo.; one sister, Lillian Voss of Las Vegas, Nev.; one brother, George Mutert of Fallon, Mo.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Feb. 1 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Rosemary Taber
Rosemary Murphy Taber, 79, of Fort Smith, formerly of Russellville, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, in Fort Smith. She was Catholic.
Rosary was held Feb. 2 in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith. Mass was Feb. 3 in St. Boniface Catholic Church with burial at Rest Haven Memorial Park in Russellville.
She is survived by four daughters, Pat Morgan of Atlanta, Kathy Humiston and Susan Starr, both of Fort Smith, and May Scovic of Portage, Mich.; eight sons, Clint of Edwardsville, Ill., Steve of Kemore, Wash., Mike of Hot Springs, David of Houston, Tom of Augusta, Ga., Peter of Fayetteville, Rick of Van Buren and Robert of Kansas City, Mo.; four sisters, Sally Boniecki of Chicago, Virginia Brewster of Falls Church, Va., Pat Tighe of Palo Alto, Calif., and Eileen Oliver of San Mateo, Calif.; two brothers, Richard Murphy of La Habra, Cal. And chuck Murphy of Sterling, Ill.; 29 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers weres Jeff and Adam Humiston, David and Clint Taber III, Shaun Easton and Nick Westphal. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Betty Daugherty
Betty Daugherty, 71, of Van Buren died Friday, Jan. 19, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker and member of First Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include her husband, Ewing Daugherty; one son, Larry Daugherty of Van Buren; and one brother, Arnold Tudor of Van Buren.
Graveside service was held Jan. 22 at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Sagley, Don Hardcastle, Dale Moore, Ted Myers, Carl Daugherty, Bill Freeman and Garland Hudson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon Memorial Bible International, P.O. Box 1751, Van Buren, Ark., 72957.

Bobby Myers
Bobby Leo Myers, 64, of Van Buren died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at his home. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, attended Albert Pike Christian Church and retired driver for Ryder Trucking.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann Myers; one daughter, Stefanie Gifford of Hutchinson, Kan.; one stepdaughter, Trudy Nay of Martinville, Ind.; and six grandchildren.
Graveside service was held Jan. 24 at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Howard Jones
Howard E. "Dick" Jones, 71, of Alma died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a member of Rena Road Church of Christ in Van Buren and retired truck driver for OK Feed Mills in Fort Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; one daughter, Heath Jones of the home; one son, James Jones of Van Buren; two sisters, Mauliene Gilmore of Joplin, Mo., and Murldean Fritch of Windsor, Colo.; two brothers, James E. "Bud" Jones of Casper, Wyo., and Robert W. "Bob" Jones of Leonard, Texas; and two grandchildren, Morgan Jacobs and Shelby Lynn Jones, both of Van Buren.
Graveside service was held Jan. 24 at Alma Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

LaQuita Russell
LaQuita Gayle Russell, 31, of Van Buren died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at her home. She was a native of Danville, homemaker and a member of Assembly of God Church in Havana.
Survivors include two sons, Eric Dehart and Jeffery Dehart, both of Van Buren; her mother, Mary Ann Miles of Booneville; five sisters, Angel Anders of Russellville, Debbie Russell of Booneville, Sandra Russell of Fort Smith and Juanita Russell and Kathy Wiley, both of Van Buren; three brothers, Leon Russell and Richard Russell, both of Fort Smith, and Randy Russell of Dardanelle; and three uncles.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Havana Cemetery under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. The Rev. Bill Shorts will officiate.

Sherman Martindale
Sherman Martindale, 65, of Van Buren died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, in Cowlington, Okla. He was the former owner and operator of Sherman's Grocery, a cattleman, farmer and member of the Crawford County Cattleman's Association.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Martindale; four daughters, Robin Moore, Cindy Mizell, Tammy Flynn and Dana Davis, all of Van Buren; his mother, Lucille Martindale of Cowlington; one sister, Sue Shakingbush of Cowlington; and seven grandchildren, Nicholas and Bradford Moore, Kris and Kolby Kendrick, Katy and Ivy Mizell and Bailey Smith, all of Van Buren.
Funeral service was held Jan. 22 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at Cowlington Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Toby Breeden, Wally Hays, Dr. B.C. Criswell, Larry Spiller, Raymond Akins and Davis Kelly.

Darlene Balazic
Darlene Balazic, 50, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Jan, 17, 2001, at her home. She was a member of Mountainburg Presbyterian Church and owner/operator of Darlene's Salon.
Survivors include her husband, Mike; three daughters, Monica Nolen of Fayetteville, Mindy Alexander of Fort Smith and Malory Toothaker of Van Buren; one sister, Linda Smith Palmer of Richmond, Texas; two brothers, Billy Smith of Fort Smith and Robert Gene Smith of Rock Island, Ark,; and six grandchildren, Taylor and Robert Nolen, Alexis and Ethan Alexander, Hunter Balazic and Reagan Toothaker.
Funeral service was held Jan. 20 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Stanley Burkhart, Roger Parker, Jim Pogue, Danny Cochran, Roy Gene Cochran, Dale Balazic, Bobby Wofford and Ed Scheumack.
Memorial contributions may be made to Peachtree Hospice, 2910 Jenny Lind, No. 6 Boston Square, Fort Smith, Ark., 72901.

Rheba Henley
Rheba F. Henley, 73, of Van Buren died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at a local nursing home. She was a retired bookkeeper for Joe Sanford CPA, attended New Home Community Church in Uniontown and was the widow of Ray Henley.
Survivors include one daughter, Ava Marie Kronk of Walnut Ridge; one son, Randall Ray of Fort Smith; two sisters, Ruth Ferguson and Mary K. Barber, both of Oklahoma City; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Jan. 18 at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ryan and Brandon Henley and Ronnie Van Nostrand.

John LeFlore
John Junior LeFlore, 53, of Van Buren died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Fort Smith He was a disabled veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Kathie; one daughter, Sandra Lynn LeFlore; one stepdaughter, Darlene Berryhill; one son, John III; two stepsons, Paul and Stanley Rogers; three sisters, Corrine Nunn, Welma Anderson and Joelle LeFlore; three brothers, Silias Daniel, Jackie LeFlore and Otis Campellbee; and four step-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held Jan. 17 at Siloam Springs Cemetery near McCurtain, Okla., under the direction of King and Sherwood Funeral Home in Stigler.
Pallbearers were Stanley and Paul Rogers, Silas Daniel LeFlore, Stanley Wynn, Timmy Mayhall, Richard Pullen and Larry Timmons.

John Medlock
John E. Medlock, 68, of Alma died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a member of Alma Heights Baptist Church, retired businessman and Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Medlock; two sons, Darryl Medlock and Brent Medlock, both of Alma; three sisters, Freda Adams and Anna Gabbert, both of Independence, Mo., and Ruth Duniven of Alma; four brothers, John Medlock of Dyer, Jimmy Medlock of Alma, Jerry Medlock of Van Buren and Jerald Medlock of Altus; and five grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Jan. 20 at Ocker Chapel of Alma. Burial was at Alma City Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Kent, Clint, D.J., Brandon and Mike Medlock and Gary Pinkerton.

Soumountha Mixayphone
Soumountha Mixayphone, 73, of Van Buren died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker and Buddist.
Survivors include her husband, Keo; four daughters, Sompha Chalensack, Aloun Keobounham and Bounleuah Chounelamany, all of Van Buren, and Sika Rattahasinh of California; two sons, Thomas of Van Buren and Metta of Laos; one brother, Bounnhok of Chaleunsack of Laos; 24 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Jan. 20 at Lewis Funeral Chapel. The body was cremated.
Pallbearers were Alan and Arnold Chaleunsack, Soney Aloun, Buasay Keobounham, Toy Sisoukrath and Nhong Phaxay.

Frances Parks
Frances Lucell Parks, 77, of Van Buren died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a member of Freewill Baptist Church in the Catcher Community and widow of Homer Parks.
Survivors include six daughters, Patricia Gilcrease and Evelyn Gill Mosley, both of Van Buren, Loretta Roscoe of Kibler and Reba Ratterree, Linda Person and Janice Beckham, all of Fort Smith; two sons, Roger Parks and Rickey Parks, both of Kibler; three sisters, Mable Cox of Meeker, Okla., Ora Bell Bowers of Eufaula, Okla., and Louise McGuyre of Mantica, Calif.; 24 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Jan. 18 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Larry Ricketts, Jonathon Davis, Bobby Burns, Mike McClendon, Chuck Baimbridge and Phillip Person.

Joseph Rands
Joseph L. Rands, 68, of Van Buren died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Fort Smith. He was a retired Army staff sergeant, driver for Klein Tool Co., Methodist and active supporter and volunteer for the Boys Scouts of America.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; two sons, Marc of Bossier City, La., and David of Philadelphia; and two grandchildren, Thomas and Timothy Rand.
Funeral service was held Jan. 18 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith with full military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Boys Scouts of America, 1401 S. 31st St., Fort Smith, Ark., 72901.

Anna Slater
Anna Slater, 89, of Ozark died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at a hospital. He was a resident of New York for 50 years and widow of Clarence Slater Sr.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Ann Wlaskuk of Ozark, Joyce Varrone of New Paltz, N.Y., and Lana Ferley of Fort Collins, Colo.; two sons, Charles Slater of Beverly Hills, Fla., and Clarence F. Slater Jr. of Clovis, N.M.; one sister, Mary Zaroshlinski of Princeton, N.J.; 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
The body was cremated under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Calvin Shibley
Calvin Gene Shibley, 60, of Van Buren died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, at a local hospital. He was the owner and operator of Shibley Salvage.
Survivors include three daughters, Tammy Howard and Carolyn Taber, both of Van Buren, and Charlotte Jones of Chester; one son, Mark Shibley of Van Buren; his mother, Marie Shibley of Van Buren; one sister, Bonnie Pacello of Van Buren; one brother, Fred Shibley of Cour d'lena, Idaho; and seven grandchildren.
Graveside service was held Jan. 10 at Macedonia Cemetery near Uniontown under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Glen Taber, Bill Jones, Joe Howard, Tom McGhee and Wally Adams. Honorary pallbearers will be Bradley Howard and Michael Howard.

Fred Allen
Fred Rudoph Allen, 74, of Van Buren died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Van Buren, attended the Gospel Rescue Mission, Army veteran of World War II, member of the American Legion Post No. 31 and retired employee of Roselawn Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Corrine; four daughters, Shirley Ann Wood and Betty Jo Anthony, both of Fort Smith, Mary Gaylon Wells of Rogers and Frances Lee Titsworth of Van Buren; two sons, Fred R. Allen Jr. and Billy Ray Allen, both of Cedarville; one brother, Eugene Douglas Allen of Salem, Ore.; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Jan. 8 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at Lowe's Creek Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Matt Utz, Mike Fotenopulos, John Martin, Jake Wells, Andy Greenwood, Jackie Foulk, Randall Hicks and Webb Merry. Honorary pallbearers were David Wells, Phillip Wood and Will Anthony.

Elsie Booker
Elsie Booker, 92, of Fort Smith died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, in Van Buren. She was a member of the New Hope Regular Baptist Church. Formerly of the Graphic Community in Crawford County and widow of Gene Booker.
Survivors include one daughter, Dorothy Snyder of Van Buren; two grandchldren, Kimela Milton of Ontario, Ore., and Robert McCabe of Norwalk, Calif.; and one great-grandchild, Brecklin Milton of Ortario.
Funeral service was held Jan. 9 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at Pope Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.

Kenny Cushing
Kenny Cushing, 25, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at his home.
Survivors include his wife, Kristen; one daughter, Rashana Bond of the home; his parents, Nadine and Williard Cushing of Van Buren; one sister, Sherry Cunningham of Van Buren; two nephews, Shawn Pitts and Drew Ashworth of Van Buren; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral service was held Jan. 8 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were John and Pete Sands, Eric Fusha, Erin Smith, Kevin Cochran and Chris Williams.
Memorial contributions may be made to a fund for Rashana, c/o Kristen Cushing, 4201 Royal Oak Drive, Fort Smith, Ark., 72904.

Leo Jones
Leo Jones, 59, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at a local hospital. He was retired from Spray-Rite Inc.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie; one son, Michael lee Jones of Brickley, Ark.; his brother, Celia Jones of Van Buren; two sisters, Fay Cagle of Van Buren and Nancy Gallagher of Fort Smith; two brothers, Billy Ray Jones of Rudy and Melvin Ray Jones of Van Buren; one grandchild, Serenity Kay Jones of Fort Smith; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buen under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Derek Blount, Billy Reynolds Jr., Willie Nichols, Curtis Willhite, Jimmy Willhite, Eric Jones, Melvin Jones Jr. and Billy Dewayne Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Spray-Rite Inc.
The family will meet with friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Vernon Martin
Vernon James Martin, 60, of Cedarville died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at his home. He was a Baptist, former resident of Fort Smith and truck driver for SDS Transportation in Alma.
Survivors include four daughters, Cindy McCulyea of Oklahoma, Susie Warren of North Carolina, Jamie Brennan of Arizona and Stacie Wilson of Illinois; two sons, James Lee Martin of Arizona and Vernon Edward Martin of Illinois; one sister, Betty Garrett of Cedarville; three half sisters, Marcella Williams of Florida and Margie Links and Ann Jones, both of Fort Smith; one half brother, Carl Elmer Martin of Fort Smith; seven nieces and four nephews.
The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Mike Mathis
Mike Velton Mathis, 55, of Van Buren died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, in Mexico City. He was a member of New Vision Worship Center in Van Buren and superintendent for Park-Built Construction in Fort Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; four daughters, Monica and Velta Mathis, both of the home, Michelle McFadden of Cedarville and Leslie Sheffield of Roland; two sisters, Dollie Ruth Helms and Pat Mathis, both of Yazoo City, Miss.; one brother, Bill Mathis of Yazoo City; and three grandchildren, James Velton McFadden and Alice Beth McFadden, both of Cedarville, and Baylee Sheffield of Roland.
Funeral service was held Jan. 10 at New Vision Worship Center in Van Buren. Burial was at Mount McCurry Cemetery in Rudy under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Rick McFadden, James McFadden, Kenneth Winberry, Dale Thompson, Joey Bell and Tom Gibson.

Jerry Thomas
Jerry Neal Thomas, 63, of Fort Smith died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at his home. He was a heavy equipment operator for Arkhola Sand and Gravel, Army veteran and attended Van Buren Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Myra; one daughter, Nancy Logan of Muldrow; one son, Mickey Thomas of Fort Smith; one sister, Frances Barenbery of Alma; one brother, Jimmy Thomas of Alma; and five grandchildren, Bryce Kimes of Alma, Lane Thomas, Zachary Thomas and Summer Dodson, all of Fort Smith, and Bethany Logan of Muldrow.
Graveside service was held Jan. 10 at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Fred Allen
Fred Rudolph Allen, 74, of Van Buren died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Crawford County, member of the First Baptist Church in Van Buren and attended the Gospel Rescue Mission. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Post No. 31. He was a retired employee of Roselawn Cemetery.
Funeral service was held Jan. 8 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at Lowes Creek Cemetery, south of Ozark, under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Corrine; four daughters, Shirley Ann Wood of Fort Smith, Mary Gaylon Wells of Rogers, Betty Jo Anthony of Fort Smith and Francis Lee Titsworth of Van Buren; two sons, Fred R. Allen and Billy Ray Allen, both of Cedarville; one brother, Eugene Douglas Allen of Salem, Ore.; 19 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Matt Utz, Mike Fotenopulos, John Martin, Jake Wells, Andy Greenwood, Jackie Foulk, Randal Hicks and Webb Merry. Honorary pallbearers will be David Wells, Phillip Wood and Will Anthony.

Natividad Martinez
Natividad "Tivie" Martinez, 66, of Mountainburg died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a member of Moutainburg First Assembly of God Church and a retired construction worker for the Labor International Union of North America Local No. 107.
Memorial service was held Jan. 6 at the Mountainburg First Assembly of God Church with burial at Pope Cemetery in Mountainburg under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
He is survived by his wife Nona Martinez; one son, Noe Martinez of Sweeney, Texas; one sister, Juanita Rodriquez of Brownsville, Texas; two brothers, Guillermo "Willie" Martinez and Luis Martinez, both of Brownsville; two grandchildren and nine nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Swafford, Daniel Swafford, Nowell Martinez, Boe Dickson, Johnny Taylor and Roy Garrett.

Thomas Oliver
Thomas Joseph Oliver II, 85, of Wewoka, Okla., died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at a Holdenville hospital. He was a former Crawford County resident a retired bookkeeper.
Funeral service was held Jan. 3 with burial at Holdenville Cemetery under the direction of Stout Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Edith V. Oliver; one son, Thomas Sluder of Cromwell; one sister, Lillian "Trixie" McDonald of Van Buren; eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were John Hall, Brad Hall, Thomas Oliver, Larry Mitchell, Robert Noisey and Leslie Hernandez.

Deborah Potter
Deborah Potter, 49, of Mulberry died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, as a local hospital. She was a homemaker.
Memorial service was held Jan. 5 at Ocker Funeral Home Chapel in Alma. The body was cremated.
She is survived by her fiancee, Dale Parker of Mulberry; and one sister, Mary McBroom of Kansas.

Ida Sallee
Ida Marie Sallee, 86, of Fort Smith died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at her home. She was a homemaker, a member of Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church in Van Buren and a former Sunday School teacher.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; one daughter, Joann Dunaway of Fort Smith; three grandchildren, Cheryl Gentry of 88 Community and Wayne Mantooth and Rita Noblin, both of Fort Smith; and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held Jan. 5 at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers were Jerry and Max Gentry, Wayne and Chris Mantooth, Ceeth Noblin and Eddie Vaughn.

Ralph Turner
Ralph E.G. Turner, 92, of Van Buren died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at a local nursing home. He was a retired mechanic and widower of Priscilla Turner.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Lindsey of Riverside, Calif.; one son, Edward Turner of Van Buren; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral service was held Jan. 4 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.

Orvel Thomas
Orvel Howard Thomas, 77, of Van Buren died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at a local hospital. He was retired from the Arkansas State Highway Department after 21 years.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Eugenia; two daughters, Elaine Bush of Muldrow and Lorraine Farmer of Fort Smith; three sons, Lee Thomas of Alma, Randy Thomas of Sardis, Miss., and David Thomas; one sister, Dorothy Neal of Van Buren; one brother, Gene Thomas of Alma; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held Jan. 4 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Glenn Cameron, Todd Thomas, Chuck Neal and Ken Redding.

T.G. Watkins
T.G. "Red" Watkins, 78, of El Dorado died Jan. 4, 2001, at a Little Rock hospital. He has been a painting contractor in Union County since 1945, was a World War II veteran of the Merchant Marines, a 32nd degree Mason and member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Funeral service was held Jan. 6 at the Immanuel Baptist Church in El Dorado with burial at Arlington Cemetery under the direction of Rumph-Owers Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Braswell; one son, Kenneth Larry Watkins, of El Dorado; a daughter, Sheila Watkins Bell of Van Buren; a sister, Birdie Burton of El Dorado; two stepchildren, Jeff Tipton and Pam Jovanovich, both of Lumberton, Texas; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, 701 South West Avenue, El Dorado, or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1246, Texarkana, Texas, 75504-1246.

Ben Gabbard
Ben Franklin Gabbard, 81, of Van Buren died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at a local hospital. He was a member of Calvary Chapel Pentecostal Church in Alma and Marine Corps veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Anges; one daughter, Nellie Guinn of Van Buren; two sons, Charlie Gabbard of Houston and David Gabbard of Miami, Okla.; six grandchildren, Jene Gabbard, Chad Guinn, Devin Gabbard, Jeremy Guinn, Alesa Kashwer and Michaela Gabbard; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Jan. 2 at Friendly Pentecostal Church of God in Van Buren. Burial will be at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were David Gabbard, Chad Guinn, Jarret Kashwer, Tommy Gregory, Glendle Barker and Jim Litchford.

Gracie Blevins
Gracie Peters Blevins, 89, of Mulberry died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at her home. She was a retired cook for Mulberry Senior Inn and member of the Mulberry First Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Katherine Hughes of Van Buren and Wanda Dunn of Mulberry; one stepdaughter, Lois Marion of Fort Smith; one son, Howard Peters of Mulberry; one stepson, Bill Blevins of Justin, La.; one brother, Cleburne Burton of Dover; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Dec. 29 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel with burial at New Cemetery. Grandsons were pallbearers.

Opal Cochran
Opal Cockran, 75, of Mountainburg died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, at her home.
Survivors include her husband, Oscar; three daughters, Judy Radman of Miami, Fla., Darlene Brereton of Bern, S.C., Mary Reed of Mountainburg; one sister, Lilly Moody of Tulsa; and several grandchildren including Matthew West of Mountainburg, Carrie West of the home and John West of Fort Smith.
Graveside service will be held Dec. 30 at Conley Cemetery in Mountainburg under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Matthew West, Wally Reed, Donnie Spradlin and Carlos Ridenour.

Myrtle Brewer
Myrtle McGehee Brewer, 88, of Fort Smith died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker and widow of Quince Brewer.
Survivors include one sister, Marie Roff of Fontana, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held Jan. 2 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at Roselawn Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Chester Crawford
Chester Crawford, 84, of Van Buren died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at his home. He was a member of Rena Road Church of Christ and Van Buren Masonic Lodge, Coast Guard veteran of World War II and retired truck driver.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Marie Crawford; one sister, Betty Jackson of Tulsa; one brother, Bobby Crawford of Alma; nine nephews, Gregg Crawford of Fort Smith, Grant Crawford and W.L. Arnold, both of Texas, Jeff Crawford of Springdale, Wilford Arnold of Alma, Bob Crouch of Fayetteville, Ryan Martin of Dallas and Steve Crawford and Neal Crawford, both of Washington; five nieces, Jennifer Martin of Texas, Deborah Crouch of Fayetteville, Lisa Tresch of Tulsa and Kathy and Lisa Crawford of Washington; and caregiver, Junior Bing.
Funeral service was held Dec. 29 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Gregg Crawford, Grant Crawford, Jeff Crawford, Wilford Arnold, W.L. Arnold, Bob Crouch and Ryan Martin.

LaReine Graham
LaReine Ann Graham, 68, of Mountainburg died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, at her home. She was a retired warden for the Los Angeles County Department of Probation, former resident of Lakewood, Calif., who had lived in Mountainburg for six years and Catholic.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Duggin of Chester and Celia Graham-Adams of Mulberry; three sons, Owen Graham of Alma, Bradley Graham of Lakewood and Martin Graham of San Diego, Calif.; her mother, Camile Michkowski of Llano, Calif.; one sister, Lynn Ortega of Las Vegas; one brother, Paul Michkowski of Llano; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 5438, Fort Smith, Ark., 72913, or the Mountainburg Public Library, 1300 Highway 71 NE, Mountainburg, Ark., 72946.

Nora House
Nora House, 85, of Mulberry died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, in Mulberry. She was the former owner and operator of Hunt's Beauty Shop, member of the Pilot Club for 50 years. She was a member of the UCT, Mulberry First United Methodist Church and various church boards. She was a board member of the Crawford County Fair Association, charter board member of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Library Association and Mulberry Library Board and former member of the board of the Mulberry Bank. She was the widow of T.J. "Tobe" House.
Survivors include one sister, Elva Graham of Lavaca, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held Dec. 30 at First United Methodist Church in Mulberry. Burial was be at New Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were her nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mulberry First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 251, Mulberry Ark., 72947.

Iva Ross
Iva Ross, 93, of Mountainburg died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at her home. She was a member of Gregory Chapel Church of Christ, homemaker and widow of Bryan Ross.
Survivors include three daughters, Naomi Kilpatrick of Yakima, Wash., Alla Mae Hanna of Mountainburg and Sue Foster of Fayetteville; one son, David Ross of Clarksville; one sister, Bonnie Fields of Fayetteville; one sister in law, Redith Hauth of Mountainburg; 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Dec. 30 at Ocker Chapel of Alma. Burial was at Cain Cemetery at Mountainburg under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Ross Hanna, Bryan Ross, Zachary Dean, Landon Parker, Joey Harp and Phillip Parker.

Ralph Squires
Ralph Dale Squires, 51, of Van Buren died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000, at a local hospital. He was an Army veterans of the Vietnam War, member of Faith Christian Church and Alma Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 42, 1967 graduate of Alma High School and an employee of MacSteel Co.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Squires; three daughters, Regina Jones of Natural Dam, Kerry Holt of Van Buren and Veronica Squires of the home; one son, Michael Squires of Alma; his parents, Emerson and Melba Squires of Van Buren; two sisters, Billie Sue Squires of Alma and Kathy E. Morgan of Fort Smith; two brothers, Terry A. Squires of Uniontown and Rodney Squires of Alma; and five grandchildren, Derick and Cody Jones, Tyler Holt and Kristin and Christopher Squires.
Funeral service was held Dec. 29 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at Chastain Cemetery near Mulberry with military honors by Alma VFW Post No. 42. Arrangements were under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Lonnie Wilson, John Howard, Everett Hogan, Carl Nebergall, Ted Stiles, Ed Smith, Jack Young and Don Maxson. Honorary pallbearers were members of Faith Christian Center.

Clara Carter
Clara Carter, 97, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker, attended the Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Fort Smith, last member of her immediate family and widow of Ernest Carter.
Survivors include one daughter, Ruth Carter of Fort Smith, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ocker Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Dripping Springs Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.

Jim Closser
Jim Closser, 80, of the Dripping Springs Community died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at his home. He was retired from Dixie Cup and a Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen; five sisters, Dorothy Brown and Betty Truax of Parkersburg, Iowa, Mary Sue Stone of Moberly, Mo., Helen Kennedy of Sacramento, Calif., and Elsie Mae Choate of Beaumont, Texas; one brother, Richard Closser of Fayette, Mo.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held Dec. 27 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at Macedona Cemetery at Uniontown under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Fred Melville, Ken Landers, Tom and Ted McMurray, Gerald McDaniel and Wilburn Fears. Honorary pallbearers were co-workers at Dixie

Clara Carter
Clara Carter, 97, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker, attended the Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Fort Smith, last member of her immediate family and widow of Ernest Carter.
Survivors include one daughter, Ruth Carter of Fort Smith, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ocker Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Dripping Springs Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.

Jim Closser
Jim Closser, 80, of the Dripping Springs Community died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at his home. He was retired from Dixie Cup and a Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen; five sisters, Dorothy Brown and Betty Truax of Parkersburg, Iowa, Mary Sue Stone of Moberly, Mo., Helen Kennedy of Sacramento, Calif., and Elsie Mae Choate of Beaumont, Texas; one brother, Richard Closser of Fayette, Mo.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held Dec. 27 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at Macedona Cemetery at Uniontown under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Fred Melville, Ken Landers, Tom and Ted McMurray, Gerald McDaniel and Wilburn Fears. Honorary pallbearers were co-workers at Dixie Cup.

Chester Crawford
Chester Crawford, 84, of Van Buren died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at his home. He was a member of Rena Road Church of Christ and Van Buren Masonic Lodge, Coast Guard veteran of World War II and retired truck driver.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Marie Crawford; one sister, Betty Jackson of Tulsa; one brother, Bobby Crawford of Alma; nine nephews, Gregg Crawford of Fort Smith, Grant Crawford and W.L. Arnold, both of Texas, Jeff Crawford of Springdale, Wilford Arnold of Alma, Bob Crouch of Fayetteville, Ryan Martin of Dallas and Steve Crawford and Neal Crawford, both of Washington; two nieces, Jennifer Martin of Texas and Deborah Crouch of Fayetteville; and caregiver, Junior Bing.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial will be at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Gregg Crawford, Grant Crawford, Jeff Crawford, Wilford Arnold, W.L. Arnold, Bob Crouch and Ryan Martin.

Kenneth Gray
Kenneth Joe Gray, 50, of Barling died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at a local hospital. He was a salesman for Truck Pro, attended Harvest Time Tabernacle Church and was a member of the antique car club.
Survivors include two daughters, Denise Wadsworth of Eules, Texas, and Sheila Jackson of Prescott, Ark.; four sons, Ricky Joe Gray of Jacksonville, Ark., Michael Gray of McRae, Ark., Steven Gray of North Little Rock and James D. Henry of Little Rock; two brothers, Bobby Gray of Mountainburg and Phillip Gray of Little Rock; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Dec. 27 at Putman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Harmony Community Cemetery, north of Conway.
Pallbearers were Kenny Scott, Scott Crenshaw, Leon Kyzer, Brad Henry, Johnny C. Scott and Bill Young.

Iva Ross
Iva Ross, 93, of Mountainburg died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at her home. She was a member of Gregory Chapel Church of Christ and a homemaker.
Survivors include three daughters, Naomi Kilpatrick of Yakima, Wash., Alla Mae Hanna of Mountainburg and Sue Foster of Fayetteville; one sister, Bonnie Fields of Fayetteville; one sister in law, Redith Hauth of Mounainburg; 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Ocker Chapel of Alma. Burial will be at Cain Cemetery in Mountainburg under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Ross Hanna, Bryan Ross, Zachary Dean, Landon Parker, Joey Harp and Phillip Parker.
The family will meet with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ocker Funeral Home, 917 Highway 64 East in Alma.

Sherry English
Sherry E. English, 54, of Mulberry died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at a Fort Smith hospital. She was a support manager for Wal-Mart for 19 years and a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.
Survivors include her husband, Gaylen English; one daughter, Eva LaDonna Aruchuletta of Van Buren; one son, Calvin Ray English of Fort Smith; her mother, Joy Vinyard of Oceanside, Calif.; two sisters, Valerie Barnhart of Las Vegas and Tracie Johnson of Oceanside; five brothers, Bill, Mike, Mark and Daniel Vinyard, all of Oceanside, and Scottie Vinyard of Las Vegas; and two grandchildren, Kathryn and Matthew Aruchuletta.
Funeral service was held Dec. 22 at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Highland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Fort Smith 208.

Floyd Harrison
Floyd Harrison, 90, of Pocola died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at a hospital. He was a member of Hackett Methodist Church and an Air Force veteran of World War II who retired as a master sergeant after 30 years of military service. He was a 32nd degree Mason, Eastern Star worthy patron and member of Scottish Rites. He retired to his home in Pocola in 1968 and raised cattle until the 1980s. He retired from civil service in the 1970s.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; two daughters, Eloise Rogers Williams of Pocola and Erlene Keller Shaddy of Van Buren; five grandchildren, Jim Childress of Waynesville, Ohio, Jeff Childress of Norman, Okla., Michael Keller and Tracie Rogers Reichard, both of Van Buren, and Stuart Keller of Fort Smith; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will full military honors was held Dec. 26 at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were a military honor guard. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

Kathryn Hebard
Kathryn Hebard, 82, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at her home. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Van Buren, retired registered nurse and widow of Robert Hebard Jr.
Survivors include three sons, John Robert Hebard of Russellville, Richard Lee Hebard of Figure Five and Roy Gene Hebard of Van Buren; two sisters, Sarah Bates and Eletha Zuber, both of Van Buren; and four grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Dec. 22 at First Baptist Church in Van Buren. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Bell, Kevin Bell, Chris Bell, Steven Hobbs, Randy Hobbs and Mike Zuber.

Kelly Speaks
Kelly M. Speaks, 72, of Rudy died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at his home. He was retired from Coca-Cola Bottling in Fort Smith, Army veteran of World War II, Navy veteran of the Korean Ward and widower of Barbara Jean Speaks.
Survivors include five daughters, Sherry Dodson, Kellie Speaks and Carolyn Moore, all of Rudy, Lynn Shields of Fort Smith and Shannon Kelley of Kibler; one sister, Lucille Westcott of Morrilton; one brother, Bill Speaks of Morrilton; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held Dec. 23 at Mount McCurry Cemetery in Rudy under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Ethel Atwell
Ethel Howell Atwell, 83, of Clovis, Calif., formerly of Van Buren, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000. She was a member of Clovis Assembly of God.
Survivors include her husband, Leonard; one son, Ralph of Caruthers, Calif.; two daughters, Willa Dean Fritchey of Van Buren and Linda Orderay of Clovis; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Caruthers Assembly of God Church under the direction of Boice Funeral Home of Clovis.

Gretchen Blackburn
Gretchen Nickell Blackburn, 88, of Clarksville died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, at a Clarksville hospital. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Clarksville and the Church Circle and the widow of Roy R. Blackburn.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, David and Tona Blackman of Van Buren; one daughter-in-law, Wanda Blackburn of Yorktown, Va.; four grandchildren, Donna Sue Blackburn of Virginia Beach, Va., Roy Blackburn and Waiter Blackburn, both of Fort Smith, and Steven Blackburn of Conway; and two great-grandchildren, Iris and Aaron Paige of Virginia Beach, Va.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel in Clarksville. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Roy Blackburn, Walter Blackburn, Steven Blackburn, Alan Brooke, Wayne Kimbley and Martin Kimbley.
The family will visit with friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice.

Johnson Gunn
Johnson Gunn, 67, of Tulsa died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas where he letter in basketball and football, Marine Corps veteran and retired investor and produce broker. He developed Liberty Towers, founded Liberty Investors Life Insurance Co. and was on the board of directors of several companies.
Survivors include his wife, Sonya; one son, Jay Gunn; one daughter, Lisa Chapman; mother, Eddie Gunn; two sisters, Jane Barrett and Judy Maness; and five granddaughters, Taylor, Paige and Samantha Gunn and Abbey and Ally Chapman.
Funeral service was held Dec. 18 at Southern Bills Baptist Church. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Hollaway Cemetery in Spicewood, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Moore's Southlawn Chapel in Tulsa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

Oscar Price
George William "Oscar" Price, 59, of Alma died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, at a local hospital. He was a self-employed backhoe operator and of the Assembly of God faith.
Survivors include his wife, Danna Price; one daughter, Wendy Charity of Alma; two sons, John Allen Price of Aztec, N.M., and Keith Price of Alma; four sisters, Shirley Templeton, Dollie Barker and Darlene David, all of Plainview, Texas, and Bertie Nunn of Skellytown, Texas; three brothers, Charlie, Dale and Gerald Watkins, all of Alma; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ocker Chapel of Alma. Burial will be at Dyer Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ocker Funeral Home, 917 Highway 64 East, Alma.

Louie Sangster
Louie M. Sangster, 90, of Muldrow died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at his home. He was an Army veteran of World War II, Baptist and retired assistant foreman for a furniture company.
Survivors include his wife, Melba Sangster.
Funeral service was held Dec. 19 at Ocker Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Jim Denton, John Pollard, Chuck Hoover, John Pollard Jr., Faron Brunk and Greg Peters.

Paul Speer
Paul E. Speer, 74, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000, at his home. He retired as a baker from Syfert's Bakery after 32 years and was a World War II veteran and Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy; one daughter, Tammy Speer of North Little Rock; one son, Brian Speer of Van Buren; one sister, Bonnie Syfert of Fort Smith; two brothers, Robert of Little Rock and Billy Joe of Bell Gardens, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Patricia Ann and Jeffery L. Speer.
Graveside service was Dec. 12 at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward Hospice, P.O. Box 17000, Fort Smith, Ark., 72917, Calvary Baptist Church, 2301 Midland Blvd., Fort Smith, Ark., 72904, for the charity of the donor's choice.

Larry Steadman
Larry Steadman, 50, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at a hospital. He was a construction worker for Cooper Construction Co. and a Freewill Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Tressa; three daughters, April Steadman of Oklahoma City and Mary Steadman and Kathleen Steadman, both of Clare, Okla.; one brother, Perry Steadman of Oklahoma City; two grandsons, Travis and Joshua Steadman, both of Clare, Okla., and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial service was held Dec. 20 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren.

Herman Brasuell
Herman Brasuell, 73, of Sallisaw died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, at a local nursing home. The native of Crawford County bred, raised and raced quarterhorses.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Virginia; three daughters, Terri Breasuell of Placerville, Calif., Susan Neighbors of Carson City, Nev., and Nina Brasuell of Whittier, Calif.; his mother, Mary Brasuell of Sallisaw; two sisters, Sula Brasuell of LaHabre, Calif., and Mary Lou Brasuell of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; one brother, Rodney Brasuell of Southgate, Calif.; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral service was held Dec. 15 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith.

Rosemary Collins
Rosemary A. Collins, 44, of Van Buren died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, at her home. She was a housekeeper for OK Foods.
Survivors include two daughters, Cristy Gralish and Jennifer Eck, both of Van Buren; her mother, Stella Collins of Van Buren; and one brother, Jeffrey Collins of Columbus, Ohio.
Graveside service was held Dec. 19 at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Justin, Anthony and Jeremy Gregory, Jamie Jerrell, Justin Combs and Ronnie Smith.

Miraya Sallee
Miraya Lee Sallee, infant daughter of Miraya and Terry Sallee of Van Buren, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2000, at a Little Rock Hospital.
Other survivors include a twin brother, Hunter Newt Sallee of the home; paternal grandparents, Wanda Sallee of Van Buren and Linda Sallee of Fort Smith; maternal grandparent, Jean Teague of Alma; maternal great-grandparents, Burlin and Ruth Elma Keys of Fort Gibson, Okla.; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graveside service was held Dec. 16 at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Rhoda Robison
Rhoda Robison, 90, of Van Buren died Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at a local nursing home. She was a homemaker, member of Freewill Full Gospel Tabernacle in Arkoma and widow of Clarence Robison.
Survivors include two daughters, Ruby Ming of Van Buren and Ellen Tinsley of Bakersfield, Calif.; two sons, David Robison of Fort Smith and Dean Robison of Arkoma; one sister, Lucille Fortney of Fairfield, Calif.; two brothers, Ray Lape and Russell Lape, both of Bakersfield, Calif.; 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Dec. 14 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were grandons, Willie Ming, David Robison, Earl Robison, Charles Robison, Allen Robison and Danny Trevino. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Robison, William Robison, Glenn Berry and Andre Ming.


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