David Owen Partain, 82, of Van Buren died Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at
a local hospital. He was a member of the Van Buren First Presbyterian Church
and was a former attorney and circuit judge. He was first elected prosecuting
attorney of the 15th Judicial District in January 1947. He was later elected
Van Buren city attorney in 1957 and was circuit judge of the 15th and 12th
Judicial Districts from 1971 until he retired in 1986. He was admitted
to practice law before the Arkansas and Unites States Supreme Court. He
was also an Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was
a member of the Van Buren Masonic Lodge and the Western Arkansas Consistory.
He was past president of the Van Buren Rotary Club and a member of the
Arkansas and Crawford County Bar Associations. He was a charter member
of the Gracelawn Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Norma; one daughter, Paige Zelikow of Charlottesville,
Va.; one granddaughter, Carolyn Zelikow of Charlottesville; and one grandson,
Alex Zelikow of Charlottesville.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ocker Memorial Chapel.
Burial will be held at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker
Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Wylie Brewer, Paul Gant, Finis Batchelor Jr., Judge
Gary Cottrell, Judge Floyd G. Rogers and Mike Medlock.
Honorary pallbearers will be Phil Holder, J.C. Hubbs, Doug Smtih, Charles
Ledbetter, Eddie Christian, Bradley Jesson, J.B. Garrison, David Ferguson,
Judge John G. Holland, Judge Warren O. Kimbrough, Judge Robert Dawson,
N.D. Edwards, Robert L. Jones Jr., Earl Summerhill, Worman Owens and Clyde
Billy Ray Truelove, infant son of Danny and Debra Truelove of Mountainburg,
died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at a local hospital.
Other survivors include three sisters, Becky Truelove of Rockaway Beach,
Mo., Amy Perry of Fort Smith and April Truelove of Mountainburg; his paternal
grandmother, Pearl Truelove of Omaha; his maternal grandmother, Janice
Truelove of Mountainburg; and his maternal grandfather, David Church of
Graveside service was held May 18 at Conley Cemetery in Mountainburg
under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Phyllip M. Willeford, 86, a lifelong resident of Dean Springs, died
Friday, May 17, 2002, at a local nursing home. He was a retired truck driver
for Deanís Furniture in Alma and a World War II Army veteran. He worked
at Rhodes Chevrolet in Van Buren, was a life member of the VFW Post 1322
in Van Buren and was a deacon at Dean Springs Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Louise; and one sister, Phyllis Boll of
Melcher, Iowa; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral was held May 21 at Dean Springs Missionary Baptist Church.
Burial was held at Alma Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma
Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Frank Gregory, Johnny Howard, Joshua Jordan, Jerry
Karr, Chad Kennedy, Warren McCallister, Gary Newton and Earl Owens.
Evert Cline, 76, of Van Buren died Friday, May 17, 2002. He was a retired
truck driver for Farmerís Coop in Van Buren and an Army veteran. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Elsie.
Survivors include three daughters, Pat McMinn of Dumas, Texas, and
Christine Eversole and Ann Meek, both of Van Buren; two sons, Don Cline
of Stephenville, Texas, and Tommy Cline of Alma; 15 grandchildren; and
Funeral service was held May 20 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial
was held at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, Donald Eversole, Chris Eversole, Ricky
McMinn, Bobby Don Meek, Shannon Weese, Kaden Cline and Eric Cline.
Rena R. Tucker, 105, of Van Buren died Friday, May 17, 2002, in Van
Buren. She was born to Willaims A. Rabold and Josephine Claypool on Dec.
1, 1896 in Bowling Green, Ky. She was formerly of Decatur, was a bookkeeper
for the newspaper she and her husband operated in Decatur and was a member
of First Baptist Church in Decatur. She was preceded in death by her husband
Survivors include one daughter, Dorothy Navarro of Ruidoso, N.M., two
daughter-in-laws, Gladys Tucker of Van Buren and Jean P. Tucker of Pensacola,
Fla.; two nieces, Iva Jo Hutton of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Barbara Penning
of New Port Richey, Fla.; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and
three great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist
Church in Decatur with Rev. Al Maines officiating. Burial will be held
at Decatur Cemetery under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Ida Craft, 100, of Claremore, Okla., died Friday, May 3, 2002. She
was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tulsa and was formerly of Van
Buren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles.
Survivors include one daughter, Norma Seely of Claremore; a grandson,
Tom N. Seely of Claremore; two great-grandsons, Sean Thomas Seely and Scott
Michael Seely, both of Claremore; nieces and nephews, Mary Ruth Ramos,
Lillian Alice Holland Brewer, Mary Beth Holland Houghton, Teddy Holland,
Calvin Holland and Elmer Holland Jr.
Graveside service was held May 8 with interment at Chelsea Cemetery
in Chelsea, Okla., under the direction of Seaman Ė Blanke Funeral Service
in Chelsea.C.M. Thomasmug
C.M. Tommy Thomas, 83, of Alma died Tuesday, May 14, 2002. He was a
retired businessman with Plastice Research and Development in Granada Hills,
Calif., and a resident of Alma since 1974.
Survivors include his wife, Glennis; one daughter, Stormi Thomas; two
sons, James M. Thomas of Torrance, Calif., and Dr. Robert J. Thomas of
Newport Beach, Calif.; and five grandchildren.
Cremation was under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
James LeRoy Cross Sr., 80, of Rudy died Saturday May 11, 2002. He served
in the Navy during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Cecilia; seven children, Brian Cross of
Rudy, Gary Cross of Salida, Colo., Betty Syrock of Cedarville, Marty Cross
of Poncha Springs, Colo., Diana Wood of Poncha Springs and Jacqueline Neldner
of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mary Cross of Dolores, Colo.; four brothers,
John Cross, Earl Cross, Dale Cross and Lawrence Cross; three sisters, Ida
Irwin, Louise Rickshaw and Jesse Elvik; 21 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary was held May 15 with mass of the Christian
burial held at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment was held at Poncha
Springs Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Witt, Lewis
and Glenn Funeral Home.
John W. Parmenter, 88, of Vancouver, Wash., died Thursday, May 2, 2002.
He was formerly from Crawford County. He was a contractor in both commercial
and residential building, he worked for Sharff Brothers Construction Co.,
in Salem, Ore., and retired in 1975. He was preceded in death by his wife,
Survivors include two daughters, Thelda Dudley of Vancouver, Wash.,
and Norma Bahr of Klamath Falls; one son, Jonny H. Parmenter of Salem;
stepbrother, Joe Stockton of Fort Smith; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren
and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held May 8 at Restlawn Funeral Home in Salem.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Ruby Rush, 95, of Kibler died Thursday, May 16, 2002, at a local nursing
home. She was a homemaker and a member of Kibler Baptist Church. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Ernest.
Survivors include two daughters, Joy Foggia of Milwaukie, Ore., and
Peggy Freeman of Joliet, Ill.; two sisters, Lillian Arnold of Alma and
Jean Smith of Van Buren; one brother, Curtis Robinson of Cedarville; and
several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held May 18 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial was at Janes Creek Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma
Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Geneva Miller Vinsett, 83, of Van Buren died Thursday, May 16, 2002,
at a local hospital. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred.
Survivors include two sisters, Lillian Allen of Van Buren and Velva
Parks of Newport News, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service was held May 20 at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction
of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Bill Vickery, Bob Oliver, Jim Sargent, J.R. Young,
Tom Talley and Dr. J.C. Hubbs.
Memorial contributions may be made to Diabetes Foundation or the Heart
Delsia Vera Brown, 94, of Paris, died Sunday, May 19, 2002.
She was a homemaker and a member of First Assembly of God Church in
Booneville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Edgar and
Drew (Lamer) Johnson, and husband, Joe Brown.
Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at Roller Chapel in Paris
with burial in Oakhill Cemetery in Booneville under the direction of Roller
Funeral Home of Paris.
She is survived by five daughters, Lorine Anderson, Betty Crossno,
Juanita Kizer, and Peggy Wright all of Paris, and Jimmie Elsken of Hot
Springs; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Albert Smith, Byron Lassiter, Joshua Brown, Rickey
Wright, Daniel Wilder, Mark Willhite, William "Bill" Elsken.