Miscellaneous Crawford County, Arkansas Obituary Notices

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Herbert Roberts
Herbert Riley Roberts, 76, of Alma died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at a local nursing home. He was a member of Van Buren Church of Christ, a World War II Air Force veteran and retired from Hughes Tool Co.
Survivors include his wife, Pat; one daughter, Cindy Osborn of Van Buren; one son, Max Roberts of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren Nathan, Ross, Brooke and Rex; two step-grandchildren, Nicole and Jessica; one great-grandchild, Ashtin.
Memorial service was held Oct. 23 at Ocker Funeral Home Chapel of Alma. The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Elaine Davis
Elaine Davis, 62, of Van Buren died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001. She was a quality control worker for Simmons Foods in Van Buren.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Davis; one daughter Kayla and husband Billy Hill of Van Buren; one son, Chuck Davis Jr. of the home; three brothers, Kenneth Rhinehart of Hawkins, Texas, Donnie Rhinehart of El Dorado, Texas, and Charles Rhinehart of College Station, Texas; and two grandsons, Carl Hill and Sean Hill, both of Van Buren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. The body was cremated under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Minnie Bascue
Minnie Bascue, 88, of Mulberry died Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, at a local nursing home. She was a member of Alma Full Gospel Outreach Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Bascue.
Survivors include five sons, Marion Bascue of Mulberry, Bob Bascue of California, David W. Bascue of Ozark, Johnny Allen Bascue of Huntington and Billy Jack Bascue of Midland; one sister, Allie Ruth Collins of Fort Smith; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Oct. 18 at Alma Full Gospel Outreach Church. Burial was held at New Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Sam Bascue, Matt Bascue, Jamie Bascue, Warren Bascue, Robert Bascue and David Bascue Jr.
Honorary pallbearers were Robert Householder, Eddie Cook, Richard Taylor, Marion Michael Bascue, Robert Douglas Bascue and Keith Gillett.

Elizabeth Scott
Elizabeth Nelle Scott, 73, of Fort Smith died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a retired cafeteria worker for the Fort Smith Public School system and a member of Oak Cliff Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph Woods Scott; two daughters, Connie P. Stewart of Barling and Lynn Scott of Fort Smith; three sons, Alan R. Scott of Fort Smith, Keith F. Scott of Van Buren and David R. Scott of Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Doris Clyma of Van Buren and Jean Morris of Fort Smith; numerous nieces and nephews, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Oct. 18 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction o Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Don Campbell, Dennis Allen, Kevin Allen, Allen Smith, Kirby Smith and Eric Scott.
Honorary pallbearers were Dow Scott, Carl Gross, Byron Richardson and Art Pollock.

Velta Schuster
Velta Louise Schuster, 65, of Dora died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker and member of the Pentecostal faith.
Survivors include one stepdaughter, Margie Vaughn of Muldrow; one son, Jimmy Schuster of Las Vegas, Nev.; and two grandchildren, Brandon Schuster of Van Buren and Cody Schuster of Las Vegas.
Graveside service was held Oct. 18 at Dyer Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Eldon Stephens
Eldon Stephens, 80, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at a local hospital. He was a retired supervisor for the Union Pacific Oil Company in Long Beach, Calif., a member of the Army Air Corps, member of the American Legion Ellig-Stouffer Post No. 31, and a retired supervisor for the Crawford County Road Department. He was preceded in death by his wife, May E. Stephens.
Survivors include one daughter, Pam Grimmett of Van Buren; three sons, James E. Stephens of Dyer, Joseph K. Stephens of Mulberry and Gerry D. Stephens of Van Buren; three sisters, Nellie Tomblin of Apple Valley, Calif., Marie Warsh of Westminister, Calif., and Norma Gell of Torrence, Calif.; one brother, John Stephens Jr. of Malvern; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held Oct. 20 at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Sonny Grimmett, Stephen Locklear, Terry Ray, Brian Locklear, Stan Grimmett and Johnny Stephens.

T.J. Jordan
T.J. Jordan, 68, of Rudy died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at a local nursing home. He was a retired laborer and of the Pentecostal faith.
Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Ann of Oklahoma and Lessie Mae of Fort Smith; two sisters, Marie Stuckle of Fort Smith and Gladys Harp of Van Buren; three brothers, Joel of Rudy and Roy and Troy, both of Tulsa; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held Oct. 20 at Sarah Grove Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith.

Robert Willroth
Robert A. Willroth, 80, of Mountainburg died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at a local hospital. He was a member of Presbyterian Church in Mountainburg, Lions Club and Clear Creek Masonic Lodge No. 322. He was associated with Midland Bowling Alley at its inception, former owner/operator of Mountainburg Dairy Dream and widower of Madelyn Willroth.
Survivors include four sons, Alan, Robert P., Jerry R. and Dale L. Willroth, all of Mountainburg; one brother, William Willroth of Denison, Iowa; and eight grandchildren, Matt, Steve, Ryan, Brooke, Greg, Jennifer, Heather and Dustin.
Funeral service was held Oct. 17 at Presbyterian Church in Mountainburg. Burial was at Vaught Cemetery in Mountainburg under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were Doyle Osburn, Art Richmond, Ned Spivey, Don Shepherd, Gary Marshall and Terry Bassham. Honorary pallbearers were members of Men's Presbyterian Breakfast Club.
Memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Church, 109 Highway 71 Southwest, Mountainburg, Ark., 72946.

Timothy Brasuell
Timothy Brasuell, 17, of McKinney, Texas, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, in McKinney. He was a former resident of Van Buren.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Sheila and Jerry Harris of McKinney; father and stepmother, Steve and Delores Selman of Greenwood; and one sister, Jacqueline Johnson of Van Buren.
Graveside service was held Oct. 18 at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Timothy Mantooth, Robbie Harris, Adrian Whitehurst, Jeffrey Whitehurst, Billy Gilbert and Cody Dyer.

Fred Gibbs
Fred E. Gibbs, 96, of Dora died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at his home. He was a member of Woodland Hills Pentecostal Church in Roland, lifelong resident of Crawford County and retired painter.
Survivors include four daughters, Linda Gibbs of Dora, Ola Mae Hicks of Kibler, Ima Gene Henderson of Charleston and Virginia Roberson of Plymouth, N.C.; three sons, Frank and James Gibbs, both of Van Buren, and Freddie Gibbs of Atemore, Ala.; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and one nephew.
Funeral service was held Oct. 18 at Woodland Hills Pentecostal Church in Roland. Burial was at Dora Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Joe Pat Fletcher, Jim Grones, Melvin Roberts, Delmas Roberts, Kenny Roberts and Wess Vaughans. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Men's Bible Class at Woodland Hills Pentecostal Church.

Joyce Gossett
Joyce "Red" Gossett, 58, of Greenwood died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at a Fort Smith hospital. She was employed by Moll Plastics of Fort Smith and a member of Faith Christian Center in Alma.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald Niles; 10 daughters, Lynne Coleman of Marion, Judy Hart, Julie Jones and Kimberly Boggs, all of Greenwood, Laura Wald and Valarie Welch, both of Van Buren, Michelle Boggs of Lavaca, Christie Dawn Niles of Pocola, Trish Conley of Booneville and Janice Boggs of Milltown; seven sons, Wayne Boggs and Ronald C. Niles II, both of Booneville, Bruce Boggs of Greenwood, John Boggs of Milltown, Marcus Niles of Paris, Calif., Christian Niles of Tulsa and Joshua Niles of the home; paternal grandmother, Aileene Boggs of Dover; one sister, Bobbie Nell Russ of Booneville; one brother, the Rev. Manuel Mann of Booneville; 52 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Oct. 17 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Roger Kuykendall, Matthew Berry, Joseph Wald, Johnathan Wald, Marcus Scott Niles and Joshua Caleb Niles.

Elmer LaRue
Elmer LaRue, 83, of Mountainburg died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at a local nursing home. He was a retired factor employee of Nolen Mill Co. and member of Gregory Chapel Church of Christ.
Survivors include one sister, Grace Todd of Stillwater, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews including Carl LaRue and Hope LaRue, both of Mountainburg.
Graveside service was held Oct. 16 at Morrison Cemetery under the directiono of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Anna Mae Lloyd
Anna Mae Lloyd, 67, of Kibler died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker, attended Van Buren Freewill Baptist Church, had worked as a filler at Allen Canning Co. and was the widow of William T. Lloyd.
Survivors include three daughters, Helen Ann Yakley of Kibler, Gail Ward of the Dean Springs community and Judy Scantlin of Dyer; three sons, Ricky Lloyd of Alma, Stephen Lloyd of Kibler and James Lloyd of Searcy; her mother, Reba Dehart of Van Buren; four brothers, J.C. Dehart and Paul Dehart, both of Van Buren, Larry Dehart of Rudy and Bobby Dehart of Mustang, Okla.; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Oct. 17 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Dickey, Ronnie and Donnie Dehart, Jackie Wallace and David, Joe, Bobby and Randy Dehart. Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons.

Amber Snead
Amber Ellen Ewing Snead, 101, of North Kansas City, Mo., died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000. She was a native of Uniontown, member of First Christian Church where she was president of the Mission Society and sang in the choir and widow of William "Steamboat" Snead. 
Survivors include two nieces, Treva Ragland Potter of Topeka, Kan., and Peggy Ragland Blackwell of Holiday Island, Ark., and several great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held Oct. 9 at D.W. Newcomer's Sons White Chapel Funeral Home. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery in Kansas City.

Leo Teague
Leo Charles Teague, 74, of Mountainburg died Monday, Oct. 15, 2000, at a local hospital. He was a member of Pigeon Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Army veteran of World War II and groundskeeper and caretaker at Conley Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Mamie Teague of the home; one brothers, Geroge Teague of Mountainburg; four nieces, Janice Truelove, Dorothy Bull, Lou Willroth and Phyllis Reeves, all of Mountainburg; two nephews, Leonard Teague and Dale Reed, both of Mountainburg; and several great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held Oct. 18 at Pigeon Creek Freewill Baptist Church in Mountainburg. Burial was at Conley Cemetery in Mountainburg under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Claud Dotson
Claud Dotson, 86, of Alma died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at a local nursing home. He was a member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as an usher.
Funeral service was held Oct. 12 at Zion Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Lewis Cemetery in Alma under the direction of Rowell-Paris Mortuary in Fort Smith.
He is survived by three sons, James of Van Buren, Cecil of Fort Smith and Jimmie of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sisters, Mary Howard of Little Rock and Ruth Moore of Los Angeles; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were his grandsons and nephews. Honorary pallbearers were the men of Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Charles Sheward
Charles Edward Sheward, 69, of Rudy died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at his home. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a retired dispatcher for Arkansas Best Freight.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; two daughters, Sharon Novak of Salina, Kan., and Cheryl Davis of Little Rock; five sons, Dwayne Sheward of Little Rock, David Arthur, Richard Arthur and Ronald Arthur, all of Van Buren, and Robert Arthur of Tulsa; his mother, Alice Delso of Tulsa; two sisters, Wilma Cummings of Sapulpa, Okla., and Doris Cabrera of Carlsbad, N.M.; and 13 grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Oct. 14 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Columbus Dalmut, Dwayne Sheward, Curtis Davis, John Novak, Rick Arthur and Ron Arthur.

Susie Jane Chronister
Susie Jane Chronister, 94, of Fort Smith died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2002. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Zackery Chronister, and was of the Freewill Baptist faith.
Survivors include two daughters, Edith Thornton of Fort Smith and Geraldine Dodd of Rudy; one son, Harry Chronister of Fort Smith; one brother, Fred Warren of Las Cruces, N. M.; 26 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Feb. 9 at Mountain Home Freewill Baptist Church in Lamar. Burial was at Minnow Creek Cemetery under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.
Pallbearers were Harold Steed, Daniel Chronister, Jamie Dodd, Marcus Mitchell, Billy Chronister and Pete Kovalck.

Dea Jai Lang
Dea Lang, 18, of Lavaca died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002. She was a member of FFA, Lavaca High School Band and attended Westark Barber College.
Survivors include her father, Richard Lang of Van Buren; her mother, ReVona “Crickett” Freeman of Lavaca; paternal grandparents, James Lang of Fort Smith and Elta Boatright of Decatur; maternal grandparents; David Coombes of Graphic Community and LaVona Coombes of Lavaca; paternal great-grandparents, the James Duncan family and the Thurston Brownfield family; two sisters, Emalie Lang of Van Buren and E.J. Bobbitt of Dallas, Texas.
Funeral service was held Feb. 11 at Oak Cliff Baptist Church. Burial was at Barling City Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were special friends.

Josie Rooney
Josie Rooney, 92, of Van Buren died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at a local nursing home. She was a retired chef and a member of First Baptist Church in Fort Smith.
Survivors include two sisters, Nita Morris of Alma and Aleta Davis of Van Buren; two nieces and four nephews.
Funeral service was held Feb. 11 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel. Burial was held at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were her family members.

Alice Toler
Alice V. Toler, 80, of Van Buren died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002. She was a homemaker, loved music and was a Methodist.
Survivors include her husband, Charles R. Toler; one daughter, Fredrecia Whittenburg of Aurburn; one son, William Nellums of Kansas City, Mo.; three stepchildren; two sisters, Marion Vanes of Fredonia, Del., and Dawn Ellinsworth of Milford, Del.; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held Feb. 11 at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Murray Funeral Home of Durant, Okla. Local arrangements were by Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Lorene Nolan
Lorene Nolan, 80, of Van Buren died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker and member of Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow.
Survivors include one daughter, Sharon Partain of Uniontown; three sons, Scottie Nolan of Gentry and Glynn Nolan and Donald Nolan, both of Uniontown; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held Feb. 12 at Allison Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were her grandsons and Richard Hunter.
Teddy Burt Sr.
Teddy Floyd Burt Sr., 64, of Mulberry died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002. He was a retired U.T.C. chief petty officer in the Navy with 20 years of service, 34 years with the Arkansas Valley Electric Coop Corp. and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his companion, Carrie Lavon O’Brien of Grove, Okla.; four daughters, Karen Lavonne Hudson, Rhonda Lee Robison and Donna Christine Johnston, all of Ozark, and Janice Lynn Doss, of Piedmont, Okla.; one son, Teddy Floyd Burt Jr. of Ozark; one sister, Barbara Cochran of Fort Smith; two brothers, Joe Burt of Stigler and Willie D. Burt of Fort Smith; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Feb. 12 at Ocker Funeral Chapel. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery with full military honors under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were the military.
Honorary pallbearers were Melissa Holt, Sidney O’Bar, Terry Masgengale, Glenn Warren, W.C. Bill Young and Ralph Spencer.

Helen M. Harris
Helen Harris, 83, of Alma died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of Christ in Alma. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Harris.
Survivors include one son, James Harris of Alma; three sisters, Hazel Lowery of Kansas City, Mo., Doris Richmond of Salem, Mo., and Betty Piff of Englishtown, N.J.; one brother, Norman Wells of McAllen, Texas; two grandchildren, Raoul Harris of Van Buren and Amber Stanart of Alma; two great-grandchildren, Miranda Harris and Mariah Harris, both of Van Buren.
Graveside service was held Feb. 12 at U.S. National Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Tommy Hurst
Tommy Dean Hurst, 68, of Fort Smith died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002. He was a retired police officer for the city of Fort Smith for over 24 years, member of the Arkansas Municipal Police Association, Arkansas Retired Municipal Police Association, American Legion Post No. 31 and V.F.W. post No. 2036, Army veteran and attended Harvest Time Tabernacle.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine; four sons, Marty Hurst of Van Buren, Keith Hurst of Houston, Texas, Steve Hurst of Greenwood and Wesley Hurst of Fort Smith; one sister, Mozelle Stallings of Bonita, La.; eight grandchildren, Shawn, Mart, Blake, Brayden, Miranda, Whitney, Kortney and Kassidy.
Funeral service was held Feb. 13 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Hess Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers were Rex Mathews, Harley Thomas, Tom Masingale, Russell Bartlett, Ronnie Atkins and Donald Ray Hurst
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Fort Smith Police Department.

Letha Love
Letha Fern Thomas Love, 73, of El Dorado died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002. She was a member of Parkers Chapel United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women’s Gideon Auxiliary and a 1946 graduate of Parkers Chapel High School.
Survivors include her husband, Robert; two sons, David Love and Ricky Love, both of El Dorado; a daughter, Denise L. Phillips of El Dorado; two brothers, James Earl Thomas of El Dorado and William “Bill” Thomas of Van Buren; and five grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Feb. 9 at Parkers Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial was at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens under the direction of Rumph Owers Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Parkers Chapel United Methodist Church, 3134 Haynesville Highway, El Dorado, AR 71730, or to Gideons International.

Bob Boston Jr.
James Robert “Bob” Boston Jr., 58, of Van Buren died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, at a local hospital. He was a mechanic for Van Buren Bus Garage and attended United Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; one daughter, Rona Boston of Mountainburg; three sons, Raymond Boston and Robert Boston, both of Bridgeport, Texas, and Matthew Boston of Van Buren; his mother, Opel Boston of Fort Smith; five sisters, Wanda Tinsely of Stigler, Okla., Joyce Lindsey of Van Buren, Carolyn Bamburg of Greenwood, Gracie Zink and Georgia Schalski, both of Fort Smith; two brothers, Bill Boston of Keota, Okla., and Robert William Boston of Fort Smith.
Funeral service was held Feb. 13 at Ocker Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Forest Park Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Charles DeShazo, Wade Barnes, Shawn Pinkerton, Grant Beckman, James Richesin and Kent Means.

Frank Scott
Frank Niels Scott, 80, of Van Buren died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, at a local hospital. He was a Navy submarine veteran of World War II, a Pearl Harbor survivor, member of the Fleet Reserve Association, member of the Enlisted Association, a 50 year member of the Pythagoras Lodge of Masons, Old Lyme Connecticut and employed by General Dynamics Electric Boat Division as a purchasing agent for 20 years.
Survivors include his wife, Harriett Scott; one daughter, Susan Maxon of Questa, N.M.; two sons, Stephen Scott of Alexandria, Va., and Stanley Scott of Whitmore Lake, Mich.; one brother, Wilburn Scott of Byron, Ill.; and nine grandchildren.
The body will be cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Jean McKisson
Jean L. “Mimi” McKisson, 75, of Van Buren died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002. She was a member of the Van Buren First Baptist Church and was retired from Whirlpool. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theron.
Survivors include three daughters, Sherri Gentry of Van Buren, Jan Lockhart of Rudy and Patti Hill of Figure Five; five sisters, Betty Roberson of Van Buren, Ann Moore of Oshkosh, Wis., Faye Kennedy and Ima Rogers, both of Peoria, Ill., and Ruby Baldwin of Beaumont, Calif.; two brothers, Cecil Lollis of Van Buren and O.D. Lollis of Fort Smith; seven grandchildren, Tom, Gina, Jennifer, Shane, Christy, Matthew and Linda; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ocker Memorial Chapel under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1604 Merrill Drive, Suite D, Little Rock, AR 72211.

Bill Spivey
Bill C. Spivey, 77, of Mulberry died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at a local hospital. He was a retired carpenter, attended Chastain Church of Christ, an Army veteran of World War II, former P.O.W., a life time member of 101st Airborne Division, was in the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment during the D-Day Invasion in Normandy, France, a member of Western Arkansas Scottish Rite, 32nd degree Mason, member at Van Buren Lodge, Vine Springs Lodge, Uniontown Lodge, Eastern Star, VFW, Purple Heart, life member of the 101st Airborne Division Association, the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Union.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; four daughters, Punkin Corse and Rosemary Groda, both of Alma, Barbara Rupley of La Porte, Texas, and Bonnie Spivey of Atlanta; a son, Billy Spivey of Deer Park, Texas; a sister, Ruth Koeferd of Houston; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside Masonic service was held with military honors Feb. 9 at Chastain Cemetery Pavilion under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were Bryan Groda, Joshua Groda, Christopher Rupley, Jordan Rupley, Matthew Handy , Michael Handy, Brad Handy and Michael Bennett.
Memorial contributions may be made to Chastain Cemetery, c/o Bank of Mulberry, P.O. Drawer A, Mulberry, AR 72947.

George Haggard III
George W. Haggard III, 92, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at a local hospital. He was a musician and a published song writer, member of Wood Memorial Christian Church, Army veteran of World War II having been stationed in the Mid-East and Iran and a member of the VFW #1322.
Survivors include one sister, Pearl Bray of Van Buren; two brothers, Garth W. Haggard and Jack Haggard, both of Tulsa and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held Feb. 8 at Ocker Memorial Chapel. Burial was held at Uniontown Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Honorary pallbearers were his nephews.

Tillman Neal Sr.
Tillman T. Neal Sr., 90, of Fort Smith, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at a local nursing home. He was a retired farmer and a member of First Pentecostal Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma.
Survivors include four daughters, Marie Boyd and Sybil Sims, both of Fort Smith and Joyce Mote and Molly Hill, both of Van Buren; seven sons, Ted Neal, James Neal, Robert Neal and Charles Neal, all of Fort Smith, Elmer Neal of Del City, Okla., Everett Neal of Pryor, Okla., and Allen Neal of Texarkana; a half-sister, Elizabeth Sims of Springhill, La.; 35 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held Feb. 7 at Monroe Cemetery under the direction of Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers were Bill Boyd, Dale Carroll, Jack Mote, Everett Neal, Steven Ralph and Chris Hill.

Ray Gillett
Ray Gillett, 60, of Fort Smith died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at a local hospital. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a meat cutter for Wal-Mart store #125 and of the Nazarene faith.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Gillett; four daughters, Judy Dugan of Alma, Leanna Chrisman of Greenwood, Tammy Rogne and Angela Ewald, both of Fort Smith; one sister, Lucille Collins of Fort Smith; three brothers, Bill Gillet of California, Jim Gillett of Roland and Tommy Gillet of Fort Smith and 17 grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Feb. 11 at Ocker Memorial Chapel. Burial will be held at Roselawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers wew Rudy Salinas, James Bell, Jurden Dugan, Bryan Rogne, Peter Ewald and Michael Chrisman.

Karen Bogner
Karen Sue Bogner, 61, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002. She was a resident of Van Buren since 1969, a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, member of the Church Alter Society, a life member of the Van Buren PTSA, co-owner of Bogners Lawn Mower Shop and a former employee of the Van Buren High School.
Survivors include her husband, Arnold; three daughters, Debbie Moore, Deena Dunn and Tonia Fry, all of Van Buren; one son, Terry Bogner of Van Buren; one brother, Gene Gaut of Dodge City, Kan., three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Feb. 9 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Burial was at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Danny Moore, Paul Dunn, Bryan Fry, Paul Lehnen, Michael Klober and John Riggs.
Memorial contributions may be made to Karen Bogner Cancer Research Memorial Fund, Arvest Bank P.O. Box 11110, Fort Smith, AR 72917 Account No. 70180732.

Annie Paschall
Annie Elizabeth Paschall, 77, of Alma died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at a local nursing. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, Archie.
Funeral service was held Feb. 11 at Woodlawn Mausoleum Chapel. Burial was at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Survivors include three daughters, Ann Wangler and Marylan Smoak, both of Alma, and Virginia Reyes of Oxnard, Calif.; three sons, John Thomas Paschall of Alma, Harold Paschall and Archie Dean Paschall, both of Oxnard, Calif.; two sisters, Marie Knoblock of Star City and Virginia Wilson of Monticello; two brothers, Archie Harrison of Bastrop, La., and Raymond Harrison of Lubbock, Texas; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were David Smoak, Jeff Weatherman, Nathan Thomas and Billy Wade Paschall, Eric Robins and Merle Barenberg.


 

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