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Thomas Beckham
Thomas Eugene Beckham, 57, of Boca Raton, Fla. died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at a Florida hospital. He was a chief engineer at List Industries in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Melissa Beckham; one daughter, Melissa Keller of Fort Smith; one son, Mark Lee Beckham of Hartford; and three grandchildren, Addison, Austin and Joshua.
Funeral service was held May 14 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was held at New Cemetery in Mulberry under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were J.W. Dugan, Robbie Dugan, Stephen Hatcher, Jeremy Bollinger, Joshua Sherman, Barry Presson, Eric Dugan and Patrick Dugan. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Dugan, James Wilman and Ronnie Roe.

Linda Rowland
Linda Jean Rowland, 49, of Mountainburg died Friday, May 11, 2001. She was a former resident of Fayetteville and member of Locke Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Harry Rowland; one daughter, Renee Masa of Winslow; five sons, Jimmy Dale Willson of Elkins, David Allen Willson of Mulberry, Derek Rowland of Mountainburg, Jeff Rowland of Springdale and Michael Rowland of Fairborn, Ohio; three sisters, Elaine Tash of Alma, Beverly Donaldson and Patricia Gregory, both of Mountainburg; two brothers, Alvin Spears of Mountainburg and Roger Spears of Mulberry; and six grandchildren.
Funeral service was held May 15 at Locke Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was held at Locke Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Willson, David Willson, Heath Spears, Kevin Spears, Matthew Spears, Eric Spears, Joseph Brewer, Jeff Rowland and Michael Rowland.

Elbert Frazier
Elbert Ellis “Pug” Frazier, 62, of Ozark died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at a local hospital. He was self-employed and a Pentecostal.
Survivors include his wife Wanda Frazier; one son, Mike Frazier; his stepmother, Cora Frazier; five sisters, Wanda Murphy, Betty Moore and Sylvia Frazier, all of Van Buren, Emma Lois Welch of Bakersfield, Calif. and Irene Cowan of Mulberry; four brothers, Delmar Frazier of Medford, Okla., Von Frazier and Carroll Frazier, both of Van Buren and Raymond Frazier of Alma; two grandchildren, Duane and Kendall, both of Ozark; and one great-grandchild, Austin of Ozark.
Funeral service was held May 14 at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark.
Pallbearers were Dale Jones, Dennis Harris, Jim Easom, J.D. Ellison, Charles George and Leonard George. Honorary pallbearers were his nephews.

Harvey Hopkins
Harvey Edward Hopkins, 71, of Alma died Monday, May 14, 2001, at a local hospital. He was retired from the Army and served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was also retired from Capco Pipe Company as a Plant Superintendent. He is preceded in death by his wife, Liane Hopkins.
Survivors include three daughters, Dolores Chandler of Greenbrier, Susanne Moses of Van Buren and Tanya Coram of Alma; one son, Norman Hopkins of Alma; six sisters, Ruby Thomas of Cleveland, Ga., Doris Metcalf of Arkadelphia, Joyce Dickerson of Ozark, Linda Sparkman of Iowa, Esther Weldon of Fort Smith and Carol Mann of New Mexico; one brother, Jack Reed of Natural Dam; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at U.S. National Cemetery with full military honors under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be the military.
The family will visit with friends Wednesday from 6–8 p.m. at Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Joyce Love
Joyce E. (Long) Love, 75, of Fort Smith died Monday, May 14, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a member of the Friendly Pentecostal Church in Van Buren and was a homemaker.
Survivors include one step-daughter, Sherry Long; one step-son, Mike Love of Idabelle, Okla.; a nephew, Alvin Warren Saylor of Fort Smith; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Allen of Blocker, Okla.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial will be held a t Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.

Kenneth Gifford
Kenneth Odell Gifford, 68, of Alma died Monday, May 14, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a retired supervisor with Riverside III Manufacturing and a member of Assembly of God Church in Dyer.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie Jean Gifford; his uncle, Louis Oxford of Mulberry; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at Dyer Cemetery under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Mulberry.
Pallbearers will be his nieces and nephews.

Edgar Lee Jackson
Edgar Lee Jackson, 59, of Mountainburg died Friday, April 20, 2001, at a local hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred.
Graveside service was held April 26 at Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
 

Pat Fath
Pat "Holley" Fath, 73, of Alma died Monday, April 23, 2001. She was a homemaker, artist, songwriter, professional astrologer, former teacher in the Mountainburg school system and attended Van Buren Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Cheryll Cartwright of Mountainburg and Leta Cruse of Rudy; one son, Carl H. Fath Jr. of Kibler; five grandchildren, Toni Cruse of Van Buren, Jessica Cruse of Rudy, Angie Cartwright of Austin, Texas, Kellie LaRue of Alma and Michael Cruse, Jr. of Fort Smith; three great-grandchildren, Taylor Cruse of Van Buren, Roxanne LaRue and Christopher LaRue both of Alma; a niece and a nephew.
A memorial service was held April 26 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. The body was cremated under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
 

Elizabeth Krause
Elizabeth A. Krause, 61, of Jay, Okla. died Tuesday, April 24, 2001, in Grove, Okla. She was a computer specialist for Fabricut Inc., a 1956 graduate of Central High School in Tulsa, Okla., 1st Class Girl Scout and a member of First Methodist Church in Tulsa, Okla.
Survivors include her husband, Leslie Krause; one daughter, Anita Y. Krause Davis of Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, Kenneth A. Krause of Broken Arrow, Okla.; four grandchildren, Matthew Krause of Broken Arrow, Okla., Ellisa Davis, Shannon Davis and Glenn Davis, all of Jacksonville, Fla.
Funeral service was held April 27 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was held at Hall Cemetery in Natural Dam under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
 

Elmer Dutton
Elmer David Dutton, 91, of Alma died Tuesday, April 24, 2001. He was a retired coal miner, retired cheese maker and a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Van Buren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mable Dutton.
Survivors include two daughters, Legenia Oakes of Alma and Naomi Bealer of Van Buren; two sons, Paul Dutton of Bettendorf, Iowa and David Dutton of Orlando, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 28 at Ocker Chapel of Alma. Burial was at Gregory Cemetery in Alma under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Lloyd Shores, Odel Shores, Jackie Gregory, Bobby Wall, Calvin Dutton and Melvin Dutton.
 

Gene Hamlin
Gene D. Hamlin, 61, of Alma died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at a local hospital. He was the owner of Hamlin Wholesale Furniture and a member of Butterfield Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; one daughter, Kymberly Ann Pope of Kibler; one son, Steven Gene Hamlin of Van Buren; two sisters, Mary Jarrett of Fort Smith and Kathy Moore of Rudy; two brothers, Jerry Hamlin of Greenwood, Neil Hamlin of Mountainburg; four grandchildren, Mary Breanne Dahlke and Kyle Pope, both of Kibler, Cody Steven Hamlin of Van Buren and Dustin Pope of Fort Smith.
Funeral service was held April 28 at Butterfield Assembly of God Church. Burial was at Steward Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Dirk Hamlin, Keith Hamlin, Wade Landers, Mickey Landers, Donnie Hooten, Kenny Hooten, Michael Brammer and Ryan McKinnie.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 1751, Van Buren, Ark. 72957.
 

from April 25, 2001

Eula Sumner
Eula Mae Sumner, 97, of Mulberry died Friday, April 20, 2001. She was a homemaker, member of Mt. Zion Regular Baptist Church in Mulberry and the widow of Ben Sumner.
Survivors include two daughters, Roxie Gilbert of Cincinnati, Ohio., and Delphia Morse of Alma; one son Clinton Sumner of Mulberry; one sister, Avanelle Carter of Mississippi; three brothers Bill Jones and Carol Jones, both of Ozark, and Jim Jones of Kansas City, Kan.; nine grandchildren, 22 great-children and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 21 at Mt. Zion Regular Baptist Church. Burial was at New Cemetery in Mulberry under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were Carl Jones, Billy Jones, Gary Sumner, Don Herd, Ted Gilbert and Mark Gilbert. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Gilbert, Lomer Morse, Clyman Young, Eugene Whitlock, Arlis Jones and members of Sandy Chapel Church.

Jerry Householder
Jerry David Householder, 59, of Mountainburg died Monday, April 16, 2001. He was a retired truck driver and Army veteran of Vietnam.
Survivors include his father, Doyle Householder of Marmaduke; three sons, Eddie Wayne Householder of Truman, Billy Joe Householder of Jonesboro and Bobby Joe Householder of Mountainburg; four sisters, Wanda Blankenship of Sardis, Tenn., Jenola Wells of Groveland, Fla., Vickie Woods of Jonesboro and Ann Burnside of Becker, Miss.; three brothers, Kenneth Householder of Lake City, Gale Householder of Mountainburg and Joe Householder of Rudy; and six grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 19 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Ben Porter
Ben Frank Porter, 91, of Arkoma, Okla., died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at a local nursing home. He was a retired farmer, Protestant, Army veteran of World War II, former member of the Board of Directors of Crawford County Farm Bureau and instrumental in starting the Alma Nutrition Center.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Porter; two sons, Joe Porter of England and Glen Porter of Arkoma, Okla.; one sister, Hazel Brown of Alma; two brothers, John Porter and Stewart Porter, both of Dyer; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 18 at Putman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers were Todd Medlock, Toby Medlock, Mike Medlock, Chuck Clark, Docky Brasher Jr., Manford Burris, Randy Bradley and Rusty Medlock.

Marlene Reynolds
Marlene Reynolds, 54, of Mulberry died Monday, April 16, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a former employee of Allen Canning Company and member of the First Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include her husband, Archie; one son, Danny Reynolds of Mulberry; and one brother, Ricky Dean Wallace of Mulberry.
Funeral service was held April 19 at Graphic Community Building. Burial was at Pope Cemetery in Mulberry under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were Junior Brooks, Adrian Nelson, Dolen Nelson, Timothy Presley, Tom Presley, Phillip Pixley and Delbert Wallace.

Edna Wright
Edna Faye Wright, 91, of Mountainburg died Friday, April 13, 2001, at a local nursing home. She was a homemaker, member of the Eastern Star Clear Creek Chapter #196 and member, as well as pianist, of the Pigeon Creek Free Will Baptist Church in Mountainburg.
Funeral service was held April 16 at Ocker Funeral Home Chapel in Alma. Burial was at Conley Cemetery in Mountainburg under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles G. Wright. Survivors include two daughters, Jimmie Dean Bailey of Mountainburg and Peggy Sue Chapen of Alma; one brother, Charles Kelly of Fort Smith; seven grandchildren, Lynn Colley of Barling, Bubba Bailey of Kibler, Amy Wilmoth of Fort Smith, Emily Rucker, Carol Gaither, Linda Phillips and April Ogilive, all of Alma; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were great-grandsons, K.C. Colley, Andrew Bailey, Jeremy Shores, Jordan Shores, Chapen Rucker and Clayton Ogilive.

Allie Dale
Allie Bessie Dale, 83, of Alma died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at a local hospital. She was the widow of Bud Dale, a homemaker, and of the Pentecostal faith.
Funeral service was held April 21 at Ocker Chapel of Alma. Burial was at Dyer Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Survivors include three daughters, Connie Sampley of Alma, Joyce Criswell of Muldrow and Sharon K. Price of Burleson, Tx.; four sons, Charles Dale, Doyal Dale, Ronnie Dale, all of Alma, and Darrell Dale of Azle, Tx.; three sisters, Ruby Henson, Velta Crowder and Lois Travis, all of Van Buren; 24 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Doyal Dale Jr., Darrin Sampley, Ronnie Dale, Darrell Wayne Dale, Roger Dale and Ronnie Price Jr.

Tom Summerhill
Tom Summerhill, 92, of Van Buren died Thursday, April 19, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a retired minister, retired landscaper, member of the Holiness Church and widower of Mina Shaw Summerhill.
Survivors include two daughters, Reba Ball of Alma and Mildred Markanen of Battle Ground, Wash.; five sons, Paul Summerhill and Earl Summerhill, both of Van Buren, Lawrence Summerhill of Ridgefield, Wash., William Summerhill of Puyallup, Wash., and Dallas Summerhill of Van Couver, Wash.; 20 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 24 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at Wood Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, Paul Summerhill, Brian Summerhill, Stanley Ball, Randy Boyd, Wallace Russell and Frank Newman.

Stella Wakefield
Stella Brody Wakefield, 86, of Van Buren died Saturday, April 21, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Frances L. Ray of Lavaca; five sons, Lloyd Brody of Wichita, Kan., Bob Brody of Mountainburg and Ralph Brody, Lee Brody and Harold Brody, all of Fort Smith; 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 25 at Ocker Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Brian Brody, Ralph Brody Jr., Jeff Ray, Greg Ray, Brad Ray and Robert Wooten.

Fred Sullivan Jr.
Fred A. "Fast Freddy" Sullivan Jr., 53, of Van Buren died Saturday, April 21, 2001, at a local hospital. He was an artist, self-employed sign designer and a pin striper.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Sullivan; one daughter, Karen Harshbarger of Van Buren; two sons, Steven Sullivan and Michael Sullivan, both of Van Buren; his parents, Fred A. Sullivan Sr. and Mary G. Sullivan of New Blaine; two brothers, Alan Sullivan and Barry Sullivan, both of Van Buren; and two grandchildren, Tyler Harshbarger and Andrew Harshbarger both of Van Buren.
Funeral service was held April 24 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was held at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Greg Cochran, Jerry White, Joe Berry, Chester McGrew, Frank Merryman and Larry Breeden. Honorary pallbearers were Chuck Jennen, Danny Jennen, Gene Jennen, Tom Terry, Jimmy Green, Merlin Yeager, Dale Johns, Denny Johns, Ed Johns and Pete Breeden.
Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 5438, Ft. Smith, Ark. 72913.

Edward Curd
Edward D. Curd, 65, of Cedarville died Friday, April 20, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a veteran of the Air Force
Survivors include several brothers and sisters.
Graveside service will be held Wednesday at Ware Cemetery at McRae in White County, under the direction of Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe.

Barbara Palmer
Barbara Sue Palmer, 68, of Alma died Monday, April 23, 2001. She was a retired community property underwriter and member of the Eastern Star Rio Vista Chapter and United Methodist Church, Rio Vista. She is preceded in death by her husband, Travis Palmer.
Survivors include one son, Larry Keller of Van Buren; her mother and stepfather, Leona and Jack Powell of Atoka, Okla.; two aunts, Wanda Jackson and Novia Meadows, both of Alma; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside service was held April 25 at Grange Hall Cemetery in Johnson County, Texas, under the direction of Crosier-Pearson-Mayfield Funeral Home of Cleburne, Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Church, Rio Vista or Eastern Star Rio Vista Chapter.

Truman Morse
Truman Thomas Morse, 77, of Alma died Monday, April 23, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a farmer and a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Morse; three daughters, Shirley Hale of Fort Smith and Linda Robertson and Catherine Gilliam, both of Van Buren; four sons, Steve Morse of Uniontown, Kenny Morse of Roland, and Wayne Morse and Mark Morse, both of Van Buren; four sisters, Irene Campbell of Oklahoma, Imogene Coleman of Washington and Hazel McCullom and Wilma Henderson, both of Alma; three brothers, Ed Morse of Dyer and Odell Morse and James Morse, both of Alma; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held April 25 at Pope Cemetery in Mountainburg under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were Randy Nolan, Frankie Crumpton, J.C. Green, Floyd Biggs, Johnny Miller and Donnie Cecil.
 

from April 18, 2001

Orville Barkley
Orville A. Barkley, 88, of Visalis, Calif., formerly of Van Buren, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001. He was employed by Charles J. Hammer Machinery Co. for 25 years before his retirement. The native of Paden, Okla., was a member of Visalia First Assembly of God Church and widower of Ruby McElvany Edwards.
Survivors include two daughters, Helen Edwards Luttrell and Betty Bell, both of Visalia; three sons, Bill Barkley of Van Buren and Jerry Barkley and Carl Barkley, both of Tulare, Calif.; one sister, Martha Barkley of Cleara, Okla.; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held April 13 at Visalia District Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Optimal Hospice, 1315 Boughton Drive, Bakersfield, Calif., 93308.

John Burrow
John Burrow, 84, of Fort Smith died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at a local nursing home. He was a retired upholsterer and member of First Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; three daughters, Edwina Whitson, Eda Stamps and Sheila Hampton, all of Fort Smith; two sons, J.C. Burrow of Van Buren and Jerry Burrow of Fort Smith; one brother, Ruben Burrow of Branson, Mo.; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 18 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Randy, Rodney and Ronnie Stamps, Greg Boley, Monte Whitson and Donald Hunter.

Dennis Cecil
Dennis Leon Cecil, 30, of Fort Smith died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at his home.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Moore of Fort Smith; father, Glendell Cecil of Van Buren; two sisters, Doris Ann Cecil and Linda Faye Cecil, both of Van Buren; six brothers, Daniel Earl Cecil, Joe Cecil, Raymond Cecil Jr. and David Wayne Cecil, all of Fort Smith, and Robert Cecil and Donnie Cecil, both of Van Buren; grandmother, Louise Maxwell of Fort Smith; six aunts, two uncles and seven cousins.
A memorial service was held April 18 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. The body will be cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.

Miriam Denton
Miriam Denton, 85, of Fort Smith died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at her home. She was a homemaker and member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Joy Group and Builders Sunday School Class.
Survivors include one daughter, Larua Crowder of Van Buren; one son, James Alfred Denton of Fort Smith; one brother, Harry Bernard of Crystal Bay, Nev.; six grandchildren, Rick and Gary Crowder, Darla Bray, Tom and Rodney Denton and Edna Mull; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 18 at Lewis Funeral Chapel with burial at Roselawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Rodney and Tom Denton, Barry Mull, Rick Crowder, David Bray and the Rev. Cliff Ahart. Honorary pallbearers will be member of Builders Sunday School Class.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4100 Grand Ave., Fort Smith, Ark., 72904.

Garrett Haney
Garrett Roy Haney, infant son of Sarah and Harold Haney IIII of Van Buren, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, at his home.
Other survivors include maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Barbara Husley of Fort Smith; paternal grandparents, Rita and Ray Dillard of Hackett and Harold Haney Jr. of Uniontown; maternal great-grandparents, Lee and Charlotte Walker of Normangee, Texas, Don Jensen of Bryan, Texas, and Albert Hulsey of Edmond, Okla.; paternal great-grandparents, Harold and Linda Haney of Uniontown; and paternal great-great-grandmother, Roxie Sharp of Spiro.
Funeral service was held April 17 at Ocker Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Gertrude Loth
Gertrude L. Loth, 95, of Van Buren died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at her home. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Van Buren, retired tavern owner and widow of Raymond Loth.
Survivors include two grandsons, Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic, USNR, Oklahoma City, and Gary Slavonic of Carrollton, Texas; and five great-grandchildren, Corey and Danielle Slavonic, both of Carrollton, and Kara, Maggie and Blake Slavonic, all of Oklahoma City.
Rosary was held April 15 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home. Mass was April 16 at St. Michael's Catholic Church with burial was U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith.
Pallbearers were Steve and Hal Weigel, Corey and Blake Slavonic, Ted Novak and Charles Nichols.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Catholic Church in Van Buren.

Janice Matheny
Janice C. Matheny, 68, of Rudy died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at her home. She was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church and graduated college with a degree in education. She taught school, sold real estate, was a lay chaplain, attended LPN nursing school and graduated in 2000 as a message therapist.
Survivors include her husband, C.J. Metheny; one daughter, Carol Tommey of Tulsa; one son, Martin Matheny of Rudy; and six grandchildren, David, Brent, and Summer Skye Matheny, all of Rudy, and Stephen, Autumn and Samantha Toomey, all of Tulsa.
A private service will be held at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward or Sparks Hospice and the Care Team at St. Luke's Lutheran Church.

James McClelland
James B. McClelland, 43, of Oakland, Calif., died Thursday, April 5, 2001, in Oakland. He graduated from Van Buren High School in 1975 and Arkansas Tech in 1985 and was an assistant manager in banking.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, William and Glenda McClelland of Van Buren; two sisters, Joyce Watson and Jean Snow, both of Van Buren; two stepsisters, Leigh Ann Newman of Fort Smith and Terri Foley of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and two brothers, Joe McClelland and Bryant McClelland, both of Van Buren.
Graveside service was held April 16 at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Jabe Pierce
Jabe J.B. Pierce, 80, of Fort Smith died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at his home. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and retired truck driver for Eastern tank.
Survivors include his wife, Lula Mae Pierce; one son, Gary Pierce of Tulsa; one stepson, Jerry France of Van Buren; one sister, Pauline Pierce Wilson of Fayetteville; one brother, Gene Pierce of Springfield, Mo.; four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Graveside service was held April 16 at Vaught Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Johnnie Ware
Johnnie Ray Ware, 60, of Dora, Okla., died Friday, April 6, 2001, in Dora. He was a retired truck driver for Gorden's Trucking.
Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia McCann of Charleston, Debbie Neal of Fort Smith and Jennifer Ware of Alma; two sons, John H. Ware of Van Buren and John L. Ware of Alma; one brothers, Jerald Ware of Dardanelle; and five grandchildren, Brandon Hubbard, Amanda and Dax Rofkahr, Justin Ware and Drew Neal.
Funeral service was held April 17 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Johnny Bennett, Glenn Cooksey, Bill Campbell, Jack Neilson, Glenn Chitwood, Ronnie Coble, Paul Brown and Tommy Greer.

Colene Gandy
Colene Gandy, 64, of Fort Smith died Friday, April 6, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a former parts manager for the Chrysler dealership, Methodist, member of the Action Squad C.B. Club and formerly known as Penelope Pitstop.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth; two daughters, Sheryl Smithson of Winder, Ga., and Tina Gandy of Little Rock; one son, Richard Jones of Fort Smith; one sister, Patt Smith of Covington, Ga.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 9 at Putman Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Gill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Rick Taylor, John Layes, Johnny Cox, Matthew Pemaley, David Adrion and David Urias.

William Morris
William Dean Morris, 68, of Van Buren died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at a Little Rock hospital. He was an operating engineer for Lone Star Sand Plant in Marina, Calif.
Survivors include three daughters, Jennifer Wyndham and Linda Chamber, both of Escondido, Calif., and Susan Eastman of Cottonwoood, Calif.; one son, Scott Morris of Castroville, Calif.; one sister, Anne Jacobs of Portland, Ore.; and six grandchildren.
The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Stephanie Wagner
Stephanie Dawn Wagner, 15, of Mulbery died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, in Mulberry. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mulberry, Junior Angus Association and Junior Quarter Horse Association, 10th grade student at Alma High School, former member of the Dandies and a 4:13 rider.
Survivors include her parents, Kendale and Lisa Wagner of Mulberry and Jerry Gilbow of Fayetteville; one sister, Natalie; one brother, Jonathan; paternal grandparents, Betty Wagner of Mulberry and Lonnie and Billie Gilbow of Fayetteville; and maternal grandparents, John and Shirley Avey of Mulberry.
Funeral service was held April 14 at Ocker Chapel of Alma. Burial was at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Brett Baker, Johnn Baker, Nathan Baker, Cliff Boyd, Stuart Boyd and Capt. Robert Reed. Honorary pallbearers were members of the 4:13 riders.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stephanie Wagner Memorial Fund, Cross Road Minister, 4:13 Riders, P.O. Box 445 Mountainburg, Ark., 71916.

Jason Williams
Jason Dale Williams, 28, of Alma died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at a local hospital. He was employed by Kenworth Freightline, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Van Buren Pipe and was a member of Fort Smith Dart Club.
Survivors include his companion, Brandi Bowman; two daughters, Linsey Michelle of Purcell, Okla., and Cassandra Dawn of Gore, Okla.; one son, Zachary Quentin of Gore; mother and stepfather, Donna and Jesse Shepherd of Alma; father, Sammy Williams of Greenwood; three brothers, Roy Williams of Bonanza, Charlie Shepherd of Alma and Russell Shepherd of Pascagoula, Miss.; and paternal grandfather, Leo Williams.
Funeral service was held April 14 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Mark and Phillip Williams, Sam and Scott Miller, Joe Little, James Young and Larry Dean.

Edward Brewer
The Rev. Edward Franklin Brewer, 76, of Kodak, Tenn., died Sunday, March 25, 2001. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church in Kodak.
Survivors include his wife, Florris Willeford Brewer; two sons, Logan Brewer and Lawrence Brewer, both of Illinois; three daughters, Loretta Slavik and Laura Borvan, both of Illinois, and Linda Brewer of Kodak; two sisters, Jane Morse and Wanda Peterman, both of Alma; and five grandchildren.
Funeral service was held March 27 at Beech Springs Baptist Church in Kodak. Burial was at Smokey Mountain Memory Garden.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International.

Bessie Kincy
Bessie Nora Kincy, 96, of Dyer died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at a local nursing home. She was retired from Alma Canning Co., member of New Bethel Assembly of God Church in Dyer and widow of Ellis Kincy.
Survivors include three daughters, Loretta Faulkner and Geneva Brannam, both of Fort Smith, and Elsie Gifford of Alma; two sons, Truman Kincy of Arvin, Calif., and Tom F. Kincy of Dyer; one sister, Clara Stanfield of Saratoga, Calif.; 21 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 10 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Alma. Burial was at Dyer City Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.

Edward Lewis
Edward Eugene "Pluto" Lewis, 61, of Van Buren died Sunday, April 8, 2001, in Little Rock. He was a member of the Booneville National Guard unit for 22 years.
Survivors include one son, Jason Edward Lewis of Van Buren; one sister, Debra Lewis Brown of Fort Smith; and one brother, James Larry Lewis of Dora.
Graveside service was held April 11 at Ephrim Davis Cemetery in Booneville under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Booneville.
Pallbearers were James Roberts, Paul Jenkins, Earl Greene, Mark Morgan, Freddy Pearson and Chuck Lawless.

Ronald Lynch
Ronald "Willie" Lynch, 53, of Van Buren died Monday, April 9, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a line supervisor at Tyson Foods and a member of Victory Temple Pentecostal Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Helen D. Lynch; six daughters, Debra Renolds and Joe Ana Turner, both of Van Buren, Shelly Wilkins, Crystal Griffith and Lilly Skelton, all of Fort Smith, and Mary Ann Ruppel of Kansas City, Kan.; three sons, Ronald W. Lynch Jr. of Cedarville and Troy E. Lynch and Audie Ray Chapion, both of Van Buren; 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held April 11 at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Jim Gregory, Steve Smalling, Sammie Gibson, Curtis Becher, David Brunett, Elbert Gibson, Allan Sheppard and Mike Burton.

Joe Mills
Joe C. Mills, 94, of Kibler died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a retired self-employed carpenter, Army veteran of World War II and member of the Kibler Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include his wife, Jessie; one daughter, Shelba Lacey of Kibler; and one son, Anthony Mills of Kibler.
Graveside service was held April 9 at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Lula Montgomery
Lula Edith Montgomery, 84, of Van Buren died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a lifelong member of Kibler Baptist Church and lifelong resident of Kibler.
Survivors include two daughters, Lou Ellen Gisler of Sonora, Calif., and Rosemary Brown of Alma; two sons, Glen Cooksey of Van Buren and Thomas Neal Montgomery of Fort Smith; three sisters, Mary Jane Bromley of Van Buren, Betty Cook of El Monte, Calif., and Pat Laws of Lawrence, Kan.; four brothers, John, Burl and Leon Butler, all of Van Buren, and Gayle Butler of Temecula, Calif.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 10 at Kibler Baptist Church. Burial was at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Jerry Brown, Mark Arnold, Harold Oliver, Jimmy Gunn, Clifton Gunn and Leslie Montgomery. Honorary pallbearers were her brothers and deacons of Kibler Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kibler Baptist Church or Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints.

Percy Spears
Percy A. Spears, 84, of Mountainburg died Monday, April 9, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a member of Locke Freewill Baptist Church, Army veteran of World War II, retired carpenter, lifelong resident of the Locke Community and widower of Lila Spears.
Survivors include four daughters, Elaine Tash of Alma and Beverly Donaldson, Patricia Gregory and Linda Rowland, all of Mountainburg; two sons, Alvin Spears of Mountainburg and Rogers Spears of Mulberry; one brother, Arvel Spears of Alma; 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral service was held April 12 at Locke Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was at Locke Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were Orville Burrough, Dalton Williams, Jimmy Blain, Gene Evans and Glen Evans.

Mason Childers
Mason Lee Childers Sr., 51, of Van Buren died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at a local hospital. He was the chief of police for the City of Van Buren, an Army veteran and longtime resident of Van Buren. He was a member of Living World Baptist Church, Arkansas Municipal Police Association, Arkansas Chiefs of Police Association, 911 Board and Van Buren Rotary Club.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Childers; one daughter, Melinda Johnston of Van Buren; one son, Mason Childers Jr. of Van Buren; his mother, Alberta Loyd of Fort Smith; father, Jack Childers Sr. of Booneville; one sister, Sue Lowe of Fort Smith; four brothers, Larry Childers of Van Buren, Jack Childers Jr. of Kansas City, Mo., Robert Jones of Dora and Bill Jones Jr. of Fort Smith; and four grandchildren, Amber Johnston, Tyler Johnston, Katie Childers and Whitney Childers.
Funeral service was held April 6 at Living World Baptist Church. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren. The Little Rock Police Department provided an honor guard at the cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Blount, Don Mullens, Alan Swaim, Stan Oldham, Todd Jewell, Teasie Harris and Paul Dunn. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Van Buren Police Department.
Memorial contributions may be made to Living Word Baptist Church building fund, c/o Citizens Bank and Trust Co., P.O. Box 469, Van Buren, Ark., 72956.

Louis Green
Louis Green, 81, of Van Buren died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at a local hospital. He was an Army veteran of World War II and retired custodian for the Fort Smith Public School System.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Tuck of Muldrow and Mary Jane Croff of Clarksville; four sons, J.C. Green and Bill Green, both of Dyer, Ginny Green of Fort Smith and Leon Green of Van Buren; one sister, Marie Fant of Fort Smith; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 7 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Glen Sherburn, David Horn, Clay Wiley, Mark Moore, Bill Chronister and Danny Robertson.

Lucy Burt
Lucy Jean Burt, 78, of Van Buren died Monday, April 2, 2001, at a local nursing home. She was a homemaker and member of Oak Park Baptist Church in Irving, Texas.
Survivors include one daughter, JoAnn Comstock of Van Buren; one son, David Liles of Balch Springs, Texas; two grandchildren, Kevin and Shawn Comstock of Van Buren; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held April 7 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton, Okla., under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Trenton Lord
Trenton Lane McMillan Lord, 3, of Van Buren died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at a local hospital.
Survivors include his father, Ralph Lord of Van Buren; mother, Kim McMillian of Waldron; maternal grandparents, Carol and Randall French of Waldron; paternal grandparents, Pauline Nickerson of Fort Smith and Ralph Lord II of Barling; maternal great-grandparents, William and Helen Terry and Betty and Hershel Simpson, all of Spiro; paternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Jones of Muldrow; and one brother, Dylan McMillian Lord of the home.
Funeral service was held April 7 at Ocker Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Randall French II, Dustin Clark, Brian Simpson and Joshua Barnes.

Anna B. Stephens
Anna B. Stephens, 90, of Van Buren died Thursday, April 5, 2001, in Forrest City. She was a member of the Van Buren First Baptist Church where she served on many committees and was a longtime Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the National Teachers Association and Arkansas Teachers Association and retired after 26 years as director of the Van Buren School District food service program. She was a life member of the Parents Teachers Association, honor of the Grand Cross of Colors from the Rainbow Girls, past matron of the Order of Eastern Star and widow of Burrell Stephens.
Survivors include one daughter, Betty E. Beazley of Forrest City; one son, David A. Stephens of Manchester, Mo.; two sisters, Evora James Bates and Pauline Dean, both of Van Buren; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 7 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at Forest Park Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Earl Robinson, Richard Biggerstaff, Jim Dick Tate, Tom Fowler and Lindy Cotner.

Edward Brewer
The Rev. Edward Franklin Brewer, 76, of Kodak, Tenn., died Sunday, March 25, 2001. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church in Kodak.
Survivors include his wife, Florris Willeford Brewer; two sons, Logan Brewer and Lawrence Brewer, both of Illinois; three daughters, Loretta Slavik and Laura Borvan, both of Illinois, and Linda Brewer of Kodak; two sisters, Jane Morse and Wanda Peterman, both of Alma; and five grandchildren.
Funeral service was held March 27 at Beech Springs Baptist Church in Kodak. Burial was at Smokey Mountain Memory Garden.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International.

Bessie Kincy
Bessie Nora Kincy, 96, of Dyer died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at a local nursing home. She was retired from Alma Canning Co., member of New Bethel Assembly of God Church in Dyer and widow of Ellis Kincy.
Survivors include three daughters, Loretta Faulkner and Geneva Brannam, both of Fort Smith, and Elsie Gifford of Alma; two sons, Truman Kincy of Arvin, Calif., and Tom F. Kincy of Dyer; one sister, Clara Stanfield of Saratoga, Calif.; 21 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 10 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Alma. Burial was at Dyer City Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.

Edward Lewis
Edward Eugene "Pluto" Lewis, 61, of Van Buren died Sunday, April 8, 2001, in Little Rock. He was a member of the Booneville National Guard unit for 22 years.
Survivors include one son, Jason Edward Lewis of Van Buren; one sister, Debra Lewis Brown of Fort Smith; and one brother, James Larry Lewis of Dora.
Graveside service was held April 11 at Ephrim Davis Cemetery in Booneville under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Booneville.
Pallbearers were James Roberts, Paul Jenkins, Earl Greene, Mark Morgan, Freddy Pearson and Chuck Lawless.

Ronald Lynch
Ronald "Willie" Lynch, 53, of Van Buren died Monday, April 9, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a line supervisor at Tyson Foods and a member of Victory Temple Pentecostal Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Helen D. Lynch; six daughters, Debra Renolds and Joe Ana Turner, both of Van Buren, Shelly Wilkins, Crystal Griffith and Lilly Skelton, all of Fort Smith, and Mary Ann Ruppel of Kansas City, Kan.; three sons, Ronald W. Lynch Jr. of Cedarville and Troy E. Lynch and Audie Ray Chapion, both of Van Buren; 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held April 11 at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Jim Gregory, Steve Smalling, Sammie Gibson, Curtis Becher, David Brunett, Elbert Gibson, Allan Sheppard and Mike Burton.

Joe Mills
Joe C. Mills, 94, of Kibler died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a retired self-employed carpenter, Army veteran of World War II and member of the Kibler Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include his wife, Jessie; one daughter, Shelba Lacey of Kibler; and one son, Anthony Mills of Kibler.
Graveside service was held April 9 at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Lula Montgomery
Lula Edith Montgomery, 84, of Van Buren died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a lifelong member of Kibler Baptist Church and lifelong resident of Kibler.
Survivors include two daughters, Lou Ellen Gisler of Sonora, Calif., and Rosemary Brown of Alma; two sons, Glen Cooksey of Van Buren and Thomas Neal Montgomery of Fort Smith; three sisters, Mary Jane Bromley of Van Buren, Betty Cook of El Monte, Calif., and Pat Laws of Lawrence, Kan.; four brothers, John, Burl and Leon Butler, all of Van Buren, and Gayle Butler of Temecula, Calif.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held April 10 at Kibler Baptist Church. Burial was at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Jerry Brown, Mark Arnold, Harold Oliver, Jimmy Gunn, Clifton Gunn and Leslie Montgomery. Honorary pallbearers were her brothers and deacons of Kibler Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kibler Baptist Church or Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints.

Percy Spears
Percy A. Spears, 84, of Mountainburg died Monday, April 9, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a member of Locke Freewill Baptist Church, Army veteran of World War II, retired carpenter, lifelong resident of the Locke Community and widower of Lila Spears.
Survivors include four daughters, Elaine Tash of Alma and Beverly Donaldson, Patricia Gregory and Linda Rowland, all of Mountainburg; two sons, Alvin Spears of Mountainburg and Rogers Spears of Mulberry; one brother, Arvel Spears of Alma; 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Locke Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be at Locke Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Orville Burrough, Dalton Williams, Jimmy Blain, Gene Evans and Glen Evans.
The family will visit with friends frm 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ocker Funeral Home, 917 Highway 64 East, Alma.


 

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