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Tressie Lynn

Tressie Inez Lynn, 83, of Van Buren died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a member of R.S.V.P., a homemaker and attended the Second Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Dibrell Lynn.
Survivors include two daughters, Rosetta June Sukovich of Cliffwood Beach, N.J. and Pat Robbins of Van Buren; one stepdaughter, Francis Briley of Van Buren; two sons, Steven Ray Bond of Van Buren and Wayne Lynn of Alma; one sister, Pauline Chastain of Greenwood; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held June 15 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was held at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Christopher Bond, James Bond, Jim Chastain, Robert Simmons, Tim Harrell and Bobby Wait.

Linda Stringer

Linda Stringer, 59, of Fort Smith died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Jimmie Don Stringer; three daughters, Debra Sue Stringer and Soundra Renee Brown, both of Van Buren, and Bernita Joan Huntley of Seneca, Mo.; five sons, Jimmy Don Stringer of Mulberry, Anthony Paul Stringer of Van Buren, Jimmy Lynn Stringer of Fort Smith, Bradley Dean Smith of Waldron and Brandon DeWayne Massingale of Dallas; three sisters, Joan Loyd of Van Buren, June Blackford of Fort Smith and Tawie Smith of Roland; one brother, Jim Hamlet of Van Buren; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral service was held June 15 at Ocker Memorial Chapel. Burial was held at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Jim Hamlet, Grover Blackford, David Stringer, David Neal, Harold Smith and Bryan Stringer.

Vincent Kiely Jr.

Vincent Thomas Kiely Jr., 50, of Mountainburg died Friday, June 8, 2001. He was a self-employed carpenter.
Survivors include his former wife, Carole Ann Kiely of Winslow; one daughter, Melissa Sue Jackson of Winslow; two sons, Joshua William Kiely and Jacob Levi Kiely, both of Winslow; his mother, Mary Walsuk of Ozark; one brother, Michael David Kiely of Alma; and four grandchildren.
The body was cremated under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Marvin Shelton

Marvin Shelton, 79, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a member of Evangel Temple Church, retired from BF Goodrich and Galloway Tire Company and an Army veteran of World War II.
He was honored by congressman Asa Hutchinson in 1998 for his participation in five major battles including the D-day invasion of Normandy. He was awarded six medals including the Silver Star.
Survivors include his wife, the former Martha Ann Muck of Van Buren; one daughter, Marilyn Rogers of Fort Smith; two stepdaughters Sunny Brasuell of Fort Smith and Marie Cagle of Alma; four brothers, Raymond Shelton of Tulsa, Bennie Shelton of El Dorado, James Shelton of Bonanza and Larry Shelton of Texas; two sisters, Marie Bowden and Doris Rist, both of Tulsa; one grandson, Stacey Rogers of Fort Smith; six stepgrandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held June 15 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith. Burial was held at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Stacey Paul Rogers, Dale Brasuell Jr., Toney Brasuell, Tracy Brasuell and Bill Morgan.

Olen Kincy

Olen Kincy, 94, of Dyer died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at a local nursing home. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, a retired carpenter and attended Dyer Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Joe Kincy of Dyer; five sisters, Minnie, Pauline and Bessie Mae of California, Hazel of Oklahoma and Alvia of Missouri; one brother, Claud Kincy of California; three grandchildren, Deborah Stephens of Van Buren, Kim Kincy of Alma and Dr. Tammy Jo Cain of Frisco, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Christi Smith of Mulberry, Adam Cain and Rachel Cain, both of Frisco and Mary Kincy of Russellville; and one great-great-granddaughter, Meagan Smith of Mulberry.
Funeral service was held June 16 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at Dyer Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Joe Lee Beckham, Morel Gregory, Pavy Gregory, Troy Gregory, Bill Coulter, Billy Joe Adams and Billy Gayle Morse.
Honorary pallbearers were members of Remy Lodges 487 and 260.
Memorial contributions may be made to Remy Lodge No. 487 in Mulberry.

George Parker Jr.

George J. Parker Jr., 84, of Van Buren died Wednesday, June 13, 2001. He was an Army veteran of WWII, a retired self-employed roofer, former worker for Monte McDermit and was of the Pentecostal faith. He was a member of the American Legion, Moose, Eagles and AMVETS. He was preceded in death by his wife, LaDonna Parker.
Survivors include, two daughters, Shenna M. “Mike” Hamilton of Poneto, Ind. and LaDonna N. Brasuell of Van Buren; two sons, George M. “Montie” Parker and Steven Jae Parker, both of Fort Smith; 10 grandchildren; 20 step grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 9 step great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held June 16 at Keplinger Funeral Home Chapel in Hartford City, Ind. Burial was at Hartford City Cemetery under the direction of Keplinger Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hartford City Cemetery, P.O. Box 66, Hartford City, IN 47348.

Melvin Ray Mills

Melvin Ray Mills, 71, died June 13, 2001, in Marysville, Calif. He was born and raised in Uniontown and was the last surviving child of Omer and Ruth Mills. He was a retired heavy equipment operator. He is a descendant of long time pioneer Uniontown families, the Comstocks, Smalls and Mills. He was preceded in death by two sisters Goldie and Fern and three brothers Thomas, Roscoe and J.M.
He is survived by his wife Mary Lou; one son, Omer Ray; four daughters Melva, Karen, Christine, and Marcy all of the Marysville and Sacramento area and many nieces and nephews in the Van Buren and Uniontown area.

Ike Crabtree
Ike Wilson Crabtree, 81, of Mountainburg died Friday, June 15, 2001. He was retired and a World War II veteran.
Survivors include his wife Irene Crabtree; two daughters, Nancy Roberts of Springfield, Mo., and Sharla Harp of Kansas, Okla.; two stepdaughters, Linda Sue Morgan of Mountainburg and Mary Ann Casey of Rudy; one stepson, Thomas Morgan III of Van Buren; two grandchildren, Mary Clark of Springfield, Mo., and Stasha Harp of Kansas, Okla.; six step-grandchildren and one step-great grandchild.
Graveside service was held June 18 at Fairview Cemetery in Fayetteville under the direction of Edwards Van–Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas Morgan III, Leo Anderson, Thomas Morgan Jr. (TJ), Jim Casey, Travis Morgan, Eric Scowden, Aaron Scowden, Brian McKenzie and Tim Brooker.

Tink Brown
Tink E. Brown, 76, of Van Buren died Sunday, June 17, 2001. He was a retired plumber with Malone Mechanical, a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #29,a 32nd degree mason.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Patton of Van Buren; two sons, Dale Brown of Fayetteville and Paul Brown of Cedarville; five sisters, Beatrice Moore and Lois Geels, both of Fort Smith, Nancy Williams of Van Buren, Earnestine Brasher of Cedarville and Josephine Fears of Uniontown; one brother, Charlie Brown of Springdale; four grandchildren, Janet Patton of Lexington, Ky., Amy Patton of Springdale, Greg Brown of Houston, Texas and Jennifer Brown of Cedarville.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ocker Memorial Chapel. Burial will be held at Dripping Springs Cemetery with a graveside masonic service under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Vestel Wood, Mike Malone, Larry Merrill, Bob Brown, Melvin Williams and Larry Briley.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #29, Jay Freeman, Marvin Briley and AG Morrison.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cedarville Public Schools, P.O. Box, Cedarville, AR 72932.

Minnie McClung
Minnie McClung, 97, of Hartford, died Sunday, June 17, 2001 at a local nursing home. She was a music teacher in Midland and Hartford and a retired cafeteria worker from Hartford School System. She was a member of the Hartford Baptist Church were she played the organ and piano for over 75 years. She is preceded in death by her husband J.A. McClung.
Survivors include two sons, John A. McClung Jr. of Huffman, Texas and Paul McClung of Sherwood; four daughters, Wanda Millican and Wilma Yocum of Fort Smith, Thelma J. Gibson of Van Buren and Naomi Parker of Ozark; 30 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21 at First Baptist Church of Hartford. Burial will be held at Hartford Memorial Park under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home in Hartford.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Larry Yocum, Bobby Yocum, Michael Parker, Robert Parker, Robert Millican , Richard Millican and Danny King.
Honorary pallbearers will be her remaining grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Hartford.

Clarence Bell
Clarence A. Bell, father of Van Buren Police Chief Kenneth Bell, died Monday, June 18, 2001, at a nursing home in Bryan, Ohio. He was 69 years old. He was born on May 1, 1932, in Tustin, Mich. to Phineas and Lucy (Poff) Bell. He married Patricia Hanks in Angola, Ind., on May 21, 1990. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as a sister, Helen Hilt, and brothers, Leonard and Robert Bell.
Mr. Bell served his country in the National Guard. He was a diesel mechanic for many years. He was also a shop foreman at Central Transport in Morency, Mich., for several years before retiring in 1996. He enjoyed square dancing and served as a square dance caller. He also enjoyed collecting model trains.
Other survivors include his wife, Patricia Bell of Camden, Mich.; three sons, Clarence Bell of Bryan, Ohio, Dennis Bell of Bryan, Ohio, and Donald Bell of Archibald, Ohio; a sister, Evelyn Coffee of Roscommon; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at Highland Township Cemetery under the direction of Fosnaught Funeral Home in Marion, Mich.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillside Country Dementia Living Unit. 

Lindsey Irvin
Lindsey Irvin, infant daughter of Randy and Flora Irvin of Van Buren, died Friday, June 8, 2001, at a local hospital.
Other survivors include her grandparents, Elmer and Melba Spoon of Cedarville and James Henry Irvin of Uniontown; one sister, Miranda Irvin, and one brother, Randall Irvin.
Funeral service was held June 9 at Ocker Memorial Chapel of Van Buren. Burial was held at Dripping Springs Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Marleen Reuterskiold
Marleen Ann Reuterskiold, 52, of Tolar, Texas, died Sunday, June 10, 2001, in Granbury, Texas. She graduated from Tarlton State with a degree in criminal science, was employed by the North Power Plant in Texas and was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, Michael Reuterskiold; two daughters, Rachel Reuterskiold and Rebecca Reuterskiold, both of Tolar, Texas; five sons, Michael Reuterskiold Jr., Christopher Reuterskiold, Jessie Reuterskiold, Timothy Reuterskiold and Joshua Reuterskiold, all of Tolar, Texas; her mother, Lorraine Fisher of Watertown, Wis.; three brothers, Wayne Partart, Larry Partart and Lonnie Partart, all of Waterton, Wis.; and five grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
The family will visit with friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Bridgett Bartlett

Bridgett Portia Bartlett, infant daughter of Frankie and Lorene Bartlett of Van Buren, died Friday, June 8, 2001, at a local hospital.
Other survivors include her grandparents, Wanda Bartlett of Fort Smith and Steven Pope of Van Buren; and three sisters, Victoria Elizabeth Bartlett, Bethany Jerusla Bartlett and Brittany Nichole Bartlett.
Graveside service was held June 12 at Mount Olive Cemetery at Midland under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Ellsworth Hibler
Ellsworth Porter “E.P.” Hibler, 84, of Granbury, Texas, died Sunday, June 10, 2001, at a Fort Worth hospital. He was a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.
Survivors include his wife, Reta R. Utley Hibler; a son, David Ellsworth Hibler of Oklahoma City; and two grandchildren, David E. “Tiger” Hibler and Kimberly Lynn Hibler, both of Shawnee, Okla.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Granbury. Burial will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Alma City Cemetery in Alma.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church in Granbury, Texas, or any Disabled American Veterans organization.

Marjorie Travis

Marjorie Travis, 73, of Van Buren died Monday, June 11, 2001, at a local nursing home.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Larry Travis; two daughters, Dawn Pincock of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Jamie Leib of Bellingham, Wash.; one son, Daral Travis of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada; and seven grandchildren.
The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
A memorial service will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 92 W Sunbridge, Fayetteville, AR 72703.

Ernest Swearingen Sr.
Ernest Swearingen Sr., 82, of Fort Smith died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a baker for Shipley and Wonder Bakeries, an Army veteran of W.W.II, a member of the American Legion and a Presbyterian.
Survivors include two sons, Allen “Eddie” Swearingen and Ernie Swearingen Jr., both of Fort Smith; and four grandchildren, Ernie Swearingen III, Allen Swearingen, David Swearingen and Melissa Swearingen.
Funeral service was held June 8 at Putman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was held at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith with the American Legion providing color guard.
Pallbearers were Dean Epps, Denver Clement, Joe Bob King, Donald McDonald, Ronnie Clegg and Rick Clegg.

Dallas Bonner
Dallas Mae Bonner, 59, of Van Buren died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at a local hospital. She was the owner of a thrift shop, a homemaker and a member of the Presbyterian Church in Van Buren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie “Butch” Bonner.
Survivors include two daughters, Janice Clark of West Fork and Lily Copeland of Van Buren; two sons, Jackie Bonner of Van Buren and Tommy Bonner of Monte Vista, Colo.; one sister, Anne Hatfield of Van Buren; two brothers, James Nabours of Muldrow, Okla. and Jackie Nabours of Van Buren; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held June 8 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was held at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Claudie Copeland, Carrol Copeland, Charles Gilmore, John Szczerba, Conrad Smith, Dewayne Cauchern, Clifford Newberry and Gene Stanton.

Eugene Allen

Eugene Douglas Allen, 71, of Salem, Ore. died Monday, June 4, 2001, in Salem, Ore. He was a farmer.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Lee Allen of Mulberry; and two sisters-in-law, Corrine Allen of Van Buren and Velma Allen of Buxton, Ore.
Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Sean LaRue
Sean Star LaRue, 14, of Mountainburg died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a member of victorious life ministries.
Survivors include his parents, Roger and Melina LaRue of Mountainburg; his grandparents, Velma LaRue of Alma and Walter and Mary McCartney of Pleasanton, Texas; two sisters Beth LaRue and Karena LaRue; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Morrison Cemetery in Rudy under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Rye, Chris Smiley, Joey Beard, Josh LaRue, Mark McCartney, Daniel McCartney, Timothy McCartney and Daniel Dollard.

Austin Griffith
Austin Griffith, infant son of Rick Griffith and Angie Edmonson of Van Buren, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at a local hospital.
Other survivors include his grandparents, David and Linda Goff of Van Buren, John and Margaret Turner of Sentinel, Okla. and John and Elga Goff of Van Buren; one sister Maranda Griffith of Van Buren; and a twin brother, Justin Griffith of Van Buren.
Graveside service was held June 8 at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Phillip Bridges and Billy Ball.

Edna Sangster

Edna Marie “Isam” Sangster, 81, of Fort Smith died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at a local hospital. She was retired from Riverside Furniture and was of the Church of Christ faith.
Survivors include six daughters, Sue Mahar and Dean Murchison, both of Fort Smith, Evelyn Sangster and Jane Young, both of Van Buren, Jackie Hollis of Lake Charles, La. and Linda Brixey of Greenwood.; 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. June 9 at Lewis Funeral Chapel. Burial will be held at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers will be Larry Crawford, David Crawford, Richard Teague, Tommy Hawkins, Kendall Looper and Greg Vandecar.

James Daugherty

James F. Daugherty of Yankee Hill, Calif., was born on June 1, 1924, he entered in the presence of the Lord Jesus on June 1, 2001, at the age of 77. A native of Van Buren, he moved his family to Pinole, Calif., in 1957, beginning a diversion from generations of farmers to a long and prosperous venture in the structural steel and miscellaneous iron business. It was his desire to provide a “better life” for his wife and two children and saw California as the place of “opportunity.” A veteran of W.W.II, he served in the South Pacific in the Navy Sea Bees, building airstrips and using his leadership abilities in agriculture. He was a Mason in Lodge No. 6 in Van Buren of which he was very proud to be a member. He accepted the Lord as his personal savior when he was 27 years old. He served in the Southern Baptist Church as a member, teacher and a deacon for many years. In 1967 he and his partner formed COFAB Corporation in Vallejo, Calif., working primarily for the large oil companies, such as Exxon, Union Oil, etc. He retired at the age of 56, and traveled with his wife across the U.S. three times visiting friends and relatives and fishing to his “hearts desire” His home was in the mountains above Lake Oroville, among the whistling pines and lake view. His more quiet times were spent reading books by Louis L’amour, and of course being a devout “conservative” on such subjects as Ronald Regan, Bob Dole and George Bush Sr. His hero was Harry Truman and he often told the story of how President Truman “even took the pens out of his pocket” when he left the White House because he said “I came here with nothing and I leave with nothing.” Character was a very important virtue to James.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Christine (Vinsett); one daughter, Cheryl Wellman of Danville, Calif.; one son, James Daugherty of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; one great-grandson, Erik James Jimenez; four grandsons, Jaron James Daugherty, Ryan Michael Daugherty, Britton James Jimenez, Brent Ralph Jimenez; five brothers and sisters, Darrol Daugherty and Jeannie Neidecker, both of Van Buren, Hugh Daugherty of Vallejo, Calif., Verna Young of Pinole, Calif. and Elsie Goines of Napa, Calif.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Paradise, Calif.
Memorial contributions may be made to one of James’ favorite organizations: Bat Conservative, Inc., P.O. Box 162603, Austin, TX 78716–2603 or Sloan Kettering Cancer Research, Box E, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021.

Elwin Rhoads III
Elwin Dale Rhoads III, 15, of Mountainburg died Thursday, May 31, 2001. He was a student at Mountainburg High School.
Survivors include his mother Letha Rhoads of Mountainburg; his father, Elwin Dale Rhoads Jr. of Cement, Okla.; his grandparents, Paulette Rhoads of Cement, Okla., Everett and Izzy Frisk of Hickman, Calif. and Joe and Birdie Vanderweide of Modesto, Calif.; his great-grandparents, Luther and Dessie Williams of Delhi, Calif., Earl Frisk of Oakdale, Okla., and Gertrude Martin of Apache, Okla.; three sisters, Brandie Rhoads of Mulberry, Kimberly Rhoads and Leslie Rhoads, both of Cement, Okla.; two brothers, Dusty Rhoads and Logan Williams of Cement, Okla.
Funeral service was held June 4 at Edwards Van–Alma Chapel. Committal service. Burial was held June 5 at Anadarko Cemetery in Anadarko, Okla., under the direction of Edwards Van–Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Elwin Dale Rhoads Jr., Patrick Rhoads, Shawn Polly, Eric Chittenden Sr., Eric Chittenden Jr. and Bobby Wilkinson.

Travis Foster
Travis M. Foster, 16, of Mountainburg died Thursday, May 31, 2001. He was a student at Mountainburg High School and a former student of Alma High School where he was a member of N.J.R.O.T.C.
Survivors include his mother, Kathy Foster of Alma; his father, Raymond Foster of St. Elmo, Ill.; his stepfather, John Foster of Mountainburg; his grandparents, Rachel Foster of Van Buren and Carolyn and Vernon Bailey of Alma; his stepgrandparents, Thomas and Virginia Foster of Jonesboro; and three sisters, Tiffany Foster of Mountainburg, Amanda Foster, Jasmine Foster and Kyle Foster, all of Alma;
Funeral service was held June 5 at First Presbyterian Church of Alma. Burial was held at Morrison Cemetery in Rudy under the direction of Edwards Van–Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Alma N.J.R.O.T.C. members.

Evelyn McChristian
Evelyn Rey McChristian, 72, of Mulberry died Saturday, June 2, 2001. She was a retired LPN after 15 years with Sparks Regional Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow McChristian.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan McAuliffe of Glendora, Calif., and Anita Harrod of Hampton; three sons, Dr. Paul McChristian of Conway, Dr. Jimmy McChristian of Rogers; and Randall McChristian of Maumelle; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held June 6 at Edwards Van–Alma Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Douglas Stephens, Hans Hoewt, John Hunter, Calvin Teague, Russ Workman and James David Hoyle.

Ruben Freeman
Ruben Freeman, 60, of Alma died Sunday, June 3, 2001. He attended the Mulberry Assembly of God Church, was a retired utility worker at Van Buren Canning Company, a retired farmer and a lifelong resident of Crawford County.
Survivors include two daughters, Wendy Freeman of Moore, Okla., and Vickie Freeman of Arkansas; three sisters, Rosie Lee Schmitt of Greensburg, Kan., Ruth Lindsey Ellison of Fort Smith and Betty Davis of Keota, Okla.; three brothers, Edward Freeman Jr. of Ada, Okla., Joe Freeman of Fort Smith and Robert Freeman of Alma; and four grandchildren.
Funeral service was held June 6 at Edwards Van–Alma Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Love Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van–Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were David Freeman, Idus Evans, Eugene Davis, Gary Daniels, Hubert Staggs, Jesse Lindsey and Theodore Lindsey.

Atta Merritt
Atta Faye Merritt, 79, of Van Buren died Friday, June 1, 2001, at a local nursing home. She was a retired hostess with the Betsy Ross Restaurants in Montclair, Calif.
Survivors include her son Paul G. Perrier of Van Buren; one brother, Allen Hall of Bakersfield, Calif., two grandchildren, Paul Brian Perrier of Sanger, Texas and Bradley Gene Perrier of Van Buren; and six grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora, Calif., under the direction of Edwards Van–Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Lona Williams
Lona Katherine Williams, 89, of Van Buren died Friday, June 1, 2001, at a local nursing home. She was a retired salesperson of the Singer sewing machine company, a long-time resident of Fort Smith and a member of First Baptist Church in Fort Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Williams.
Survivors include one sister, Margaret Pulley of Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers, Bill Porter and Glen Porter, both of Fort Smith; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service was held June 4 at Forest Park Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
 

Garry Miller
Garry Allan Miller, 52, of Lockwood, Mo., died Friday, June 1, 2001, at a Springfield, Mo., hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; one daughter, Tracy Banks; two grandchildren, Jessica and Zachary Banks of Van Buren; his mother, Maxine Miller of Lockwood, Mo.; his grandmother, Opal Haubein of Lockwood, Mo.; two sisters, Carol Jo Pyle of Lamar, Mo., and Sharon Moore of Dallas; and five nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held June 4 at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Lockwood, Mo.

Inez Harrison
Inez Symonds Harrison, 83, of Rudy died Sunday, June 3, 2001. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Hobert Harrison; one daughter, Edith Strickland of Alma; one son, Eddie Symonds of Rudy; one sister, Imogene Wells of Van Buren; four grandchildren and four great-granchildren.
Funeral service was held June 6 at Oliver Springs Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was at Anitoch Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Johnny Wells, Gerald Koeth, Andy Pope, Tommy Wiley, Buck Strickland and Paul Walters.

Dorothy Walters
Dorothy B. Walters, 73, of Winslow died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at a local nursing home. She was a retired employee of Shepard of the Hills and a homemaker.
Survivors include one daughter, Dorothy Sue Walters of Winslow; three sons, Jim Walters of Seaside, Calif., Rob Walters of Dallas and Chuck Walters of Baltimore, Md.; one brother, Charles Quinn of New Orleans, La.; five grandchildren and one great-granchild.
The body will be cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Esther Conley
Esther M. Conley, 70, of Fort Smith died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, George Conley; one daughter, Robin Byars of Muldrow; one son Michael G. Conley of Van Buren; one brother, Kendall Gothard Sr. of Greenwood; and six grandchildren
Funeral service was held June 6 at First Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was at Spiegel Cemetery in Bloomer under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers were Dean Winters, Floyd Moss, Kendall Gothard Jr., Dale Conley, Mark Byars and Joseph Conley.

Martha King
Martha E. King, 72, of Fort Smith died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a Protestant, a volunteer worker for WestArk R.S.V.P., Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center, Westark College and the Salvation Army.
Survivors include her husband, Walter E. King Sr.; three sons, Walter E. “Lucky” King of Tucker, Jack E. King Sr. of Jacksonville and Wayne King of Van Buren; two sisters, Jessie Hale of Fort Smith and Caroline Crenzshaw of Greenwood; 12 grandchildren and 40 great-granchildren.
Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
Family will visit with friends Thursday from 6–9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Reynolds Cancer Support House, 3324 S. M St., Fort Smith, AR 72903.

Carmen Young
Carmen S. Young, 86, of Van Buren died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at a local nursing home. She was a retired lab technician for Crawford Memorial Hospital and a member of Kibler Road Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin P. Young.
Survivors include two daughters, Nelda Morland and Loretta West, both of Van Buren; one son, Franklin Pierce Young Jr. of Van Buren; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held June 1 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was held at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Mike Castleberry, Danny Hubbard, Danny Tounzen, Trey Tounzen, Derek Morland, Damon Morland and Paul Curd.

Amon Poor
Amon Ward Poor, 75, of Wetumpka, Ala. died Wednesday, May 30, 2001. He was a retired truck driver.
Survivors include his wife, Edna H. Poor; three daughters, Carolyn J. Archer of Niles, Mich., Sandy F. Payne of Wetumpka, Ala. and Connie P. Zebell of Three Oaks, Mich.; three step–daughters, Rose Krueger of Westville, Ind., Judy McKinley of Middleton, Fla. and Mary Meyers of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; three sons, Steven W. Poor of Coloma, Mich., Tim W. Poor of Springdale and James E. Sherry of Hensley; 25 grandchildren and 23 great–grandchildren.
Graveside service was held June 2 at Freedom Cemetery in Chester under the direction of Edwards Van–Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
 

Lonnie Bonner
Lonnie “Butch” Bonner, 74, of Van Buren died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at a local hospital. He was born in Booneville. He was a retired truck driver for the postal service, a musician and a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Dallas Bonner; two daughters, Lily Copeland of Van Buren and Janice Clark of West Fork; two sons, Jackie Bonner of Van Buren and Tommy Bonner of Monte Vista, Colo.; one sister, Edna Mae Beaty of Springdale; three nephews; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held May 31 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was held at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Conrad Smith, Charles Gilmore, Jerry Cottingham, James Beaty, Claudie Copeland, Carrol Copeland, John Szczerba and Leon Green.

Betty Reeves
Betty J. Reeves, 70, of Alma died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a retired LPN from Sparks Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include two daughters, Lawanda Huff of Van Buren and Christy Renee Bussett of Georgia; two sons, Jerry Don Gifford of Lake City, Fla. and Tony Reeves of Alma; one sister, Lillie Ann Weldon of Madill, Okla.; and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Graveside service was held June 4 at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Jessie Goss
Jessie Harold Goss Sr., 68, of Van Buren died Friday, May 25, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a welder in bridge building and member of Pentecost Church.
Survivors include his wife, Willene; two daughters, Anita Butler of Fort Smith and Sharon Upshaw of Harrah, Okla.; one son, Harold Goss of Fort Smith; one sister, Gladys Ivey of Savannah, Okla.; two brothers, Troy Goss of Beaverton, Mich., Ray Goss of Michigan; one half brother, Edgar Stanful of Stockton, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held May 29 at Fentress Chapel. Burial was held at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.
Pallbearers were Timothy Goss, David Butler, John Butler, Ronnie Butler, Matthew Goss, Jessie Goss, Brandon Upshaw and Kevin Mitchelle.

Brett Rainwater
Brett Austin Stephens Rainwater, 38, of Rudy died Friday, May 25, 2001. He was a construction worker for Reed’s Construction.
Survivors include his wife Teresa; two daughters, Ciera Rainwater and Britney Rainwater; one stepdaughter, Ashley Mosby; his mother and stepfather, Anita and Jerry Carter of Alma; his father and stepmother, Milton and Linda Stephens of Spiro, Okla.; four sisters, Angella Brown of Rover, Mary Tyler of Fort Smith, Stefoni Melton of Texas and Crystal White of Alma; four brothers, Royce Blood of Sapulpa, Okla., Bryant Stephens of Fort Smith, Neal Tyler of Pine Bluff and Jess Carter of California.
Funeral service was held May 30 at Edwards Van–Alma Funeral Home Chapel. The body will be cremated under the direction of Edwards Van–Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Leora Bishop
Leora M. Bishop, 79, of Van Buren died Saturday, May 26, 2001. She was a homemaker and member of Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witness Church in Van Buren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Bishop.
Survivors include one daughter, Beverly Alton of Van Buren; one sister, Joyce Tobin of Sioux City, Iowa; and one brother, Leland Baker of New Ulm, Minn.
The body will be cremated with a memorial service to be held at a later date under the direction of Edwards Van–Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Frances O’Keefe
Frances D. O’Keefe, 77, of Van Buren died May 29, 2001, at a local nursing home. She was a retired bookkeeper for Sparks Credit Union, a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and past president of Catholic Business Women’s Association.
Survivors include one daughter, Sister Mary Thomas O’Keefe of Hot Springs and one sister, Elizabeth June Davis of Van Buren.
Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Putman Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers will be James Bruning, Gene Bruick, Bill Becker and Jim Moore.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 22 N. 13th St., Fort Smith, Ark. 72901.

Ray Boster
Charles Ray Boster, 78, of Fort Smith died Monday, May 28, 2001, at a local hospital. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II, a retired service station owner, butcher for Kroger, Market Basket and Goff Brothers Grocery Stores.
Survivors include one daughter, Diane Stuart of Van Buren; three sons, David Boster of Van Buren, Dennis Boster of Fort Smith and Donald Boster of Alma; one sister, Leila Lollis of Van Buren; two brothers, Wayne Boster of Van Buren and Doyle Boster of Lincoln, Neb.; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial will be held at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Brad Boster, Brent Boster, Marty Stuart and Joe Dan Boster Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Dew, Bud Riley, Raymond Beckner and Leonard Keck.

David Lovegrove
David Lovegrove, 73, of Alma died Friday, May 18, 2001. He was a retired truck driver for Gordons Transport.
Survivors include one daughter, Cindy Lovegrove of Tuttle, Okla.; one son, David Lovegrove of Fort Smith; two sisters, Delema Fields of Van Buren and Gertrude Brown of Alma; two brothers, Jack Lovegrove of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Sonny Stephens of Haskell, Okla.; and one granddaughter, Amy Renae Lovegrove of Fort Smith.
Funeral service was held May 21 at Edwards Van–Alma Funeral Home. Burial was held at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van–Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Harold Poyner, Matthew Poyner, Robert Hood, Paul Underwood, Gerald McClure and Bob Shambarger.

Robert Cox
Robert Lake Cox, 78, of Mountainburg died Thursday, May 17, 2001. He was a retired diesel mechanic and a veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeralee Cox.
Survivors include one daughter, Valorie (Lori) Cox of Crown Point, Ind.; three brothers, Tom Cox of Arkansas, Russ Cox and Mike Cox both of Indiana; and two grandchildren, Tanya Cox Edwards and Nikki Cox, both of Indiana.
The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Charles Brown
Charles D. “Speedy” Brown, 70, of Van Buren died Saturday, May 19, 2001. He was a member of Alma Masonic Lodge No. 735, a Navy veteran of the Korean War, a retired employee of Olin Industries and a Baptist.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Poague of Van Buren; two sons, Steve Brown of Virginia Beach, Va. and Paul Brown of Chesapeake, Va.; one sister, Louise Ball of Sallisaw, Okla.; two brothers, Jack Brown of Springdale and Jerry Brown of Alma; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held May 22 at Ocker Memorial Chapel. Burial was held at Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were R.C. Walker, Jack Brown, Jerry Brown, Christopher Poague, Jason Brown and Jacob Brown.

Ira Pless
Ira “Junior” Pless, 65, of London died Sunday, May 20, 2001, at a Russellville hospital. He was a member of Martins Chapel Assembly of God Church, an Army veteran and was a retired splicer/repairman with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.
Survivors include his wife, Vera Wolfe Pless; four sons, Richard S. Huhn of San Antonio, Texas, Rodney S. Pless of Springdale, Michael D. Pless of Rudy and Victor W. Wolfe of London; two daughters, Pamela G. Jones of Alma and Shirley L. Crume of London; his mother, Martha J. Pless of London; two sisters, Faye White of London and Helen Bowden of Russellville; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held May 30 at the Humphrey Chapel. Burial was at East Point Cemetery in Russellville under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service.

Linda Slattery
Linda Gail (Fisher) Slattery, 29, of Spearville, Kan. died Friday, May 11, 2001, at a hospital in Dodge City, Kan. She was a homemaker and attended the Federated Church in Spearville, Kan.
Survivors include her husband, Nathan Slattery of Spearville, Kan.; her parents, George Fisher and Frieda Fisher, both of Van Buren; two sons, Eric Slattery and Nathaniel Slattery; one daughter, Katelynn Slattery; two brothers David Fisher and Steven Fisher, both of Van Buren; her grandmother, Thelma Morris of Arkhoma, Okla.; and a step-mother, Paula Fisher of Van Buren.
Funeral service was held May 15 at Federated Church in Spearville, Kan. Burial was held at St. Andrews Cemetery in Wright, Kan.
Memorial contributions can be made to Linda Slattery’s Children Education Fund.


 

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