Virgil “Butch” Arnold, 57, of Van Buren died Saturday, May 17, 2003,
at his home. He was a retired engineer for Rheem Air Conditioning Division
in Fort Smith and a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife, Velma; two daughters, Danette Harms of
DeRidder, La., and Veronica Parish of Prairie Grove; six sisters, Linda
Phillips of Tulsa, Mary Lou Miller of St. Louis, Connie Berry of Pocola
and Debbie Cole, Carolyn Grow and Tammie Grimes, all of Fort Smith; two
brothers, Tommy Arnold of Fort Smith and Ricky Rodriques of Hartford; and
Funeral service was held May 21 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel
in Van Buren with burial at Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith.
Memorial contributions may be made to Peachtree Hospice, 2910 Jenny
Lind Road, Fort Smith, AR 72901.
Charles Alvin Hamilton, 81, of Van Buren died Sunday, May 18, 2003,
at a Fort Smith hospital. He was a retired truck driver, former employee
of Sebastian County Road Department and an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Alice; one daughter, Carolyn Sue Williamson
of Freemont, Calif.; one son, Jerry Alvin Hamilton of Greenwood;. one stepson,
Norvell Strickland of Van Buren; one brother, M.C. Hamilton of Greenwood;
six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held May 21 at Bloodworth Cemetery in Scott County
under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Hamilton, Jesse Hamilton, Tom Wilson, Bobby
Hamby, Keith Hamilton and Calvin Hamilton.
Mamie F. Teague, 101, of Mountainburg died Sunday, May 18, 2003, at
an Alma nursing home. She was a charter member of the Pigeon Creek Freewill
Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was the widow of Andy Teague.
She is survived by a son, George Teague of Mountainburg; six grandchildren,
15 great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held May 21 at Pigeon Creek Freewill Baptist Church
with burial at Conley Cemetery in Mountainburg under the direction of Ocker
Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were great-grandsons Nicholas Reed, Ryan Willroth, Bruce
Bull, David Church, Shannon Reeves and Jeff Teague.
Honorary pallbearers were the rest of her great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Carolyn R. Marion, 58, of Cedarville died Friday, May 16, 2003, at
her home. She was retired from Whirlpool after 31 years of service. She
was a member of the Cedarville First Baptist Church and a graduate of Cedarville
High School, class of 1963.
She is survived by her husband, Richard; two sons, Chris and James
Marion, both of Cedarville; a sister, Marilyn Mitchell of Dripping Springs;
a brother, David Miller of Dripping Springs; and three grandchildren, Amber,
Taylor and Cole.
Funeral serevice was held May 19 at Cedarville First Baptist Church
with burial at Kimbler Cemetery in Cedarville under the direction of Ocker
Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Cecil and J.L. Freeman. Kenneth McClendon, Bill Neighbors,
James Parmenter and John Odom.
Essie Weldon, 101, of Van Buren died Sunday, May 18, 2003, at a local
nursing home. She was a homemaker, a Baptist and the widow of Isaac Weldon.
Graveside service was held May 20 at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren
under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
She is survived by a son, Denver Townley of Alameda, Calif.; two sisters,
Bessie Cole of Fort Smith and Florine Armstrong of Van Buren; four grandchildren
and several great-grandchildren.
Will Roy Lewis, 59, of Alma died Sunday, May 18, 2003, at a Van Buren
hospital. He was the owner and operator of Lewis Insurance Agency in Alma,
a lifelong resident of Crawford County and of the Assembly of God faith.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; three daughters, Tammy Pate of Emerald
Isle, N.C., and Trina Hayes and Leslie Entrekin, both of Mulberry; two
sons, Roy and Jeff Lewis, both of Alma; a brother, Robert Lewis of Fort
Smith; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral service was held May 20 at Ocker Funeral Home Chapel in Alma
with burial at New Cemetery in Mulberry.
Pallbearers were Roy Lewis, Jeff Lewis, Adam Hayes, Jack Entrekin,
Tracy Johnson, Don Hardcastle, Kevin Hardcastle and Paul Lewis. Honorary
pallbearers were Gary Moon, Russell Griffin, Raymond Ivey, Dave Valentini,
Brenda Belcher, Doug McKinney and John Parris.
Charles “Chock” Fitzgerald, 66, of Van Buren died Saturday, May 17,
2003, at his home. He was the widower of Juanita Fitzgerald. He was a Baptist
and was retired from the construction business.
He is survived by a daughter, Laura Putman of Van Buren; a son, Charles
Fitzgerald of Van Buren; a sister, Florence Winters of Boyton, Okla.; a
brother, Dorvon Fitzgerald of Van Buren; and three grandchildren, Christen,
Jacqueline and Jake Fitzgerald.
Graveside service was held May 19 at Macedonia Cemetery under the direction
of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Randy Long, Brett Winters, Coyd Welch, Glen Putman
and Dustin and Carrol Wilson.
Willene W. Poe of Heber Springs died Friday, May 16, 2003, at her home.
She had moved to Heber Springs from Alma in 1972, was a member of United
Methodist Church and widow of William E. Poe.
Survivors include one daughter, Betty Holman of Heber Springs; one
grandson and two great-granddaughters.
Graveside service was held May 20 at Alma Cemetery under the direction
of Olmstead Funeral Home of Heber Springs.
Jackson S. Bond, 98, of Natural Dam died Monday, May 19, 2003, at a
local hospital. He was a retired state trapper for the Arkansas Game and
Fish Commission and the widower of Annie Frances Bond.
He is survived by two daughters, Vondel Ramey of Tulsa and Evelyn Burrows
of Natural Dam; three sons, Cecil Bond of Natural Dam, Floyd Bond of Van
Buren and James Bond of Cedarville; 25 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren;
and 23 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grandview Assembly
of God in Natural Dam with burial at Hall Cemetery under the direction
of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Susan Denise Goodwin Grinnell, 39, of Mountainburg, formerly of Big
Sandy, Tenn., died Thursday, May 15, 2003, at a Galveston, Texas, hospital.
She was a construction worker and former resident of Big Sandy, Tenn.
Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Pigeon Creek Freewill
Baptist Church. Local arrangements under the direction of Ocker Funeral
Home of Alma.
She is survived by a daughter, Sarah Grinnell of Big Sandy, Tenn.;
two sons, Albert Henson of Jackson, Ky., and A.J. Grinnell of Big Sandy,
Tenn.; her parents, Wayne and Doris Goodwin of Mountainburg; a sister,
Teresa Bryan of Fort Smith; a brother, Walt Goodwin of Lawrenceville, Ga.;
and her grandmothers, Lydia Webb of Van Buren and Woodie Ward of McEwen,
John Edward Vinson, 59, of Van Buren died Wednesday, May 14, 2003,
at his home. He was a member of the Mulberry United Methodist Church and
a retired manager of the Hunt’s Department Store. He was a past member
and president of the Sertoma Club, past president of the Cloverleaf Association
and a former employee of Rhodes Chevrolet.
Survivors include his wife, Joy Benham Vinson of Van Buren; one son,
John Allan Vinson and his wife, Sarah, of Little Rock; his mother, Mabel
Vinson of Knightdale, N.C.; one sister, Mary Crozier of Elsberry, Mo.;
one brother, Dan Vinson of Youngsville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held May 17 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren.
Burial was at New Cemetery in Mulberry under the direction of Ocker Funeral
Pallbearers were Robert Gregory, Joey Benham, Kevin Jones Marc Crozier,
Justin Boyd and Michael Gregory. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Don Pennington,
David Harris, Tom Harris, James Griffin, A.C. Champion, D. Dane Warnock,
Daniel Bryant and Gabe Roy.
Margaret Newman Pinkerton, 81, of Van Buren died Thursday, May 15,
2003, at a local hospital. She was of the Baptist faith, graduate of Alma
High School class of 1940 and retired cook.
Survivors include one daughter, Margaret Pinkerton Skillern of Houston;
two sons, Roland Pinkerton Jr. of Fort Smith and Darryl Pinkerton of Van
Buren; three grandsons, one great-granddaughter, three nieces and two nephews.
The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of
Frances O. Henninger, 81, of Mountainburg died Friday, May 16, 2003,
at a nursing home. She was a member of Revis Hill Assembly of God Church,
retired nurse for Southern California Hospital, member of the Gideons Auxiliary
and widow of Hilton L. Henninger.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Hooper of Oklahoma; one son,
William R. Kirkhardt of Mountainburg; 16 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren
and three great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held May 19 at Pope Cemetery in Mountainburg
under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Lindalee Alice Humphrey, 56, of Alma died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at
her home. She was an employee of Pradco and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin L. Humphrey; one daughter, Patricia
Strickland of Conway; four sons, Marvin J. and Johnny Humphrey, both of
Mulberry, and Paul and Keith Humphrey, both of Mississippi; three brothers,
Billy, Michael and Johnny Adden; and 17 grandchildren.
Funeral service was held May 17 at Ocker Chapel of Alma. The body was
cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Velma Jean Stephens, 58, of Dyer died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at her
Survivors include one sister, Brenda Gothard of Fort Smith; two brothers,
Michael Washburn of Alma and Steve Washburn of Mountainburg; one aunt,
one uncle and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Graveside memorial service was held May 21 at Dyer Cemetery. The body
will be cremated under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Frank Campbell Jr.
Frank Leslie “Les” Campbell Jr. was born on Dec. 25, 1923, in Van Buren
and died of natural causes on May 9, 2003. Les was born to Frank Leslie
Campbell Sr. and Lorena Paine Campbell. He was preceded in death in by
his parents and his brother, Robert Paine Campbell.
Les graduated from Van Buren High School, then enlisted in the Navy
in 1941 and became a flight instructor at the naval base in Pensacola,
Fla. After his service in the Navy, he graduated from the University of
Arkansas where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Les worked
as an insurance executive starting at their home base in Hartford, Conn.,
with Traveler’s Insurance, then moving to Dallas in 1967. He retired from
Traveler’s after 32 years of service and continued his career as vice president
of Maverick Insurance Agency and a member of the Advisory Board of Walker
Les also served 14 years on the Texas Workman’s Compensation Board.
Les served two years as chairman on the Hockaday School annual Parents’
Fund Drive and was a member of Schreiber Methodist Church where he served
as a member of the Board of Trustees for 17 years. Dad especially loved
his family, his friends at Dunston’s and 1st & 10, and the Razorbacks.
Les is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary K. Campbell; daughter,
Candace Campbell Swango (Max) of Dallas; sons Philip Lynndon Cindy McKanna
(Cindy) of Longview, Texas; Sterling Barnes McKanna of Dallas; grandchildren
Campbell Page Swango, Jackson Sterling Swango, Kymberli Lynndon McKanna
and Stephen Kyle McKanna; a sister, Mrs. Betty Skokos of Fort Smith; mother-in-law
Freda Randall Barnes, numerous nieces and nephews and many loyal friends.
Funeral service was held May 12 at Sparkman Hillcrest Northwest Highway
Chapel with the Rev. Duane Van Giesen officiating. Interment followed in
Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Robert Paine Campbell Jr., William C. Cage, Dr. Theodore
Skokos, Theodore Campbell Skokos, Dr. Campbell Kemp Skokos, Douglas King
Skokos, Layton J. Hill and William Owen Campbell.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America,
805 E. Park Row Drive, Arlington, TX 76010 or Erna Lively Scholarship Fund
at Hockaday School, 11600 Welch Road, Dallas TX 75229, or the charity of