Miscellaneous Crawford County, Arkansas Obituary Notices

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Reba Burt
Reba Miller Burt, 63, of Mulberry died August 2, 2001. She was a homemaker, master gardener and member of the Art Council in Van Buren.
Survivors include her husband Ted; two daughters, Karen Lavonne Hudson of Ozark and Janice Doss of Piedmont, Okla.; one son, Teddy Burt Jr. of Ozark; her father, Wilson Miller of Hackett; one sister, Hilda Sue Mars of Fort Smith; three brothers, Leon Miller and Robert Miller both of Hackett and Billy H. Miller of Pleasanton, Kan.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Aug. 4 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel. Burial was at Mt. View Cemetery in Hackett under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers were Glenn Warren, Ralph Spencer, Terry Massengale, Billy Miller, Ron Miller and Kevin Amer.

Kyleigh Danyiel Burgdahl
Kyleigh Danyiel Burgdahl of Fort Smith, infant daughter of Misty and Nolan Burgdahl, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at a local hospital. 
Other survivors include her grandparents, Tammy Badeaux of Lavaca and Harry Daffron of Midland; great-grandmother, Winona Cunningham of Barling, great-great-grandmother, Delmar Cunningham of Mansfield; one uncle, Matthew Holmes of Lavaca; one aunt, Samantha Gulley of Barling.
Graveside service was held Aug. 6 at Oak Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Mary Kathleen Kester
Mary Kathleen Kester, 82, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001. She was a retired chef and a member of Central Assembly of God Church in Fort Smith.
Survivors include husband, Charles N. Kester; one daughter, Chareleen Montgomery of Fort Smith; two grandchildren, Teresa McCarley of Greenwood and Pam Ashby of Alma; six great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Aug. 6 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers were Tony Williams, Josh McElyea, Ray Melton, Curtis Williams, Wayne Ashby Jr. and Alex Blevins.

Lucille McNatt
Lucille McNatt, 84, of Van Buren died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, at a local nursing home. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, Alvis McNatt.
Survivors include two sons, Allen McNatt of Greenbrier and Delmer “Red” McNatt of Van Buren; two sisters, Hazel Thigpen of Arkoma and Elizabeth Maier of Fort Smith; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral service was held Aug. 7 at Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Mamie Inez Smith
Mrs. Mamie Inez Smith, age 91, entered into rest Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001, in Fort Smith. She was born in Van Buren to Lynn and Molly Lovegrove on March 21, 1910. She was a lifetime resident of Crawford County and a member of the Concord Baptist Church.
She was preceded death, by her husband and, best friend of 65 years, Raymond Willie Smith, and two sons, Cleo and Eddie Smith. She is survived by six daughters, Elizabeth Arnold of Alma, Barbara Patton of Springdale, Wanda Meadors of Mulberry, Edith Harvey of Fayetteville, Brenda Reed and Shirlene Carter, both of Alma; three sons, Clyde, Jimmy, and Dean Smith, all of Alma; a sister, Lucille Green of Alma; a sister-in-law, Trudy Smith, of Van Buren; 26 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 
Funeral service was held Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 1O a.m. at Concord Baptist Church. Interment followed at Alma Cemetery. 
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Terry Smith, Tim Patton, Todd Patton, Michael Harvey, Chris Harvey, Ronald Reed, Scott Reed, Randy Arnold, Shannon Meadors, and Jamie Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were the deacons at Concord Baptist Church.
Arrangements are by Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Inez Elaine Christello
Inez Elaine Christello, 82, of Alma died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001, at a local nursing home. She is a homemaker and of the Lutheran religion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael F. Christello.
Survivors include two sons, Scott Christello and Jay Christello, both of Alma and three grandchildren, Laura Pointer and Brian Christello, both of Alma, and Jacque Christello of Collinsville, Okla.; and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held Aug. 7 at Alma City Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

William Cecil Bright
William Cecil Bright, 82, of Alma died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, at a local nursing home. He was a World War II Army veteran and of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delma Bright.
Survivors include one daughter, Jackie Morse of Alma; one son, William Keith Bright of Rogers; two sisters, Alice Ladd of Malvern and Lucille Bratton of Mulberry; three brothers, S.M. Bright and Chris Bright, both of Mulberry, and Geraldine “Pete” Bright of Olathe, Kan.
Funeral service was held Aug. 6 at Ocker Chapel of Alma. Burial was at Morse Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were Michael Piper, Robby Bruce, Damon Brown, James Morse, Danny Morse, Jeff Rogers and Michael Bright.

Herschel Johnson
Herschel Johnson, 75, of Van Buren died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at a local nursing home. He was a member of Westark Church of Chist, a Navy veteran of World War II, a retired printer for Dixie Cup and a member of the Pace #5-0656 local union. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Johnson.
Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Strong of Van Buren, Phyllis Porter of Norman, Okla., Marsha Johnson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one son, Jimmy Johnson of Van Buren; five sisters, Shirley Ann Shoppach and Patsy MInish, both of Fort Smith and Joyce Thomas, Wanda Fagan and Louise Newton, all of Van Buren; three brothers, Robert Johnson, Richard Johnson, Danny Johnson, all of Van Buren; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ocker Memorial Chapel of Van Buren. Burial will be held at Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Tom Porter, Eddie Newton, Charlie Stockton, Brad Thomas, John David Fagan and Steve Shoppach.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill McCoy and the printing department of Dixie Cup.

Roger Allen Kuykendall Jr.
Roger Allen Kuykendall Jr., infant son of Sandy and Roger Kuykendall of Van Buren died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Other survivors include one sister, Katelyn Kuykendall; paternal grandparents, Barbara and Larry Elkins of Alma and Gordon Kuykendall of Mulberry; maternal grandparents, Patricia and Luigi DiMarco and William Ray Polly, all of Mulberry; paternal great-grandparents, Fannie Rodgers of Alma, Wayland and Jenece Kuykendall of Mulberry; maternal great-grandparents, Louise Polly and William Oliver McCollum, both of Mulberry and Ruth Campbell of Alma.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Chastain Cemetery Arbor. Burial will be held at Chastain Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Dave McGee
Dave McGee, 80, of Van Buren died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002. He was retired from the Marine Corps after serving 25 years. During that time he served in eh South Pacific in World War II, in Korea during the Korean Conflict, and in Vietnam. He received the following decorations, Asiatic Pac Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Theatre, Korean Service W/1, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Personal Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Pistol Expert Badge and Rifle Expert Badge. He worked for 12 years as a career counselor for Louisiana, and taught high school vocational training in Louisiana for three years. He was a member of Kibler Road Church of God and V.F.W.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine; two sons, David McGee of Van Buren and Donald McGee of Mukilteo, Wash., one daughter, Helen Medley of Fort Smith; four grandchildren, Dustin Medley, Brian Medley, Angela Medley and Pamela Medley; one sister, Lotus Cagle of Lake Charles, La.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will e held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be held with full military honors at U.S. National Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Charles McCord, Earl Summerhill, Layton Davis, Jim Morland, Layne Hurst and Eugene Morse.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kibler Road Church of God Building Fund, 3304 Kibler Road, Van Buren, AR 72956. 

Helen Jones
Helen S. Jones, 69, of Alma died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2001. She was a retired vice-president of Commercial Bank of Alma, a member of First Baptist Church of Alma, where she also taught Sunday school.
Survivors include her husband, Arles; two daughters, Tonda Dean of Alma and Dawn Arnold of Kibler; one sister, Betty Teague of Alma; four grandchildren, Timothy Dean of Little Rock, Daniel Dean of Alma; Elizabeth Arnold and Tesia Arnold, both of Kibler.
Funeral service was held Jan. 29 at First Baptist Church of Alma. Burial was held at U.S. National Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Dickie Teague, Kenneth Hanna, Wesley Warnock, Buddy Teauge, Jerry Osborne and Nathan Teague.
Honorary pallbearers were Bert Meadors, W.R. Teague, Bob Harris, Bill Harris, Tom Harris, Kerry Brown, David Peters, JIm Davenport, Bro. John Evans, Otis Arnold, Tommy Steward, Rick Douglas, Roy Austin, Terry Carson, Dockey Brasher, A.J. Lee, Dr. Bart Sills, Ron Condren, Ron Haught, Dale Austin and Buel Harris.
The family will receive friends at 633 Meadowbrook Drive in Alma.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Alma Building Fund.

Grant Rodgers
Grant Rodgers, 80, of Mountainburg died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at a local hospital. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Rodgers.
Survivors include five daughters, Joyce Trigg of Houston, Patricia Kitchens of Fort Smith, Mary Alice Adair of Magazine, Jean Merriweather of Alma and Linda Kaufmann of Mountainburg; a son, Grant Jimmy Rodgers of North Little Rock; a sister, Opal Love of Lake City; a brother, Gene Rodgers of Mulberry; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be held at the U.S. National Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Edmund Shearer
Dr. Edmund C. Shearer, 59, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at a Hays, Kan., hospital. He was chair and professor of the chemistry department at Fort Hays State University, a former preacher for the Church of Christ in Agra, Kan., and a member of the Church of Christ, the Optimist Club and the American Chemical Society.
Survivors include his wife, Frances; two daughters, Terri Bray of Naperville, Ill., and Tammy Shearer of Marietta, Ga.; a son, Tim Shearer of Kansas City, Kan.; two brothers, William Shearer of Alma and James Shearer, D.V.M., of Paris; and one grandchild, Hannah Bray of Naperville.
Funeral service was held Tuesday at the Church of Christ in Hays. Burial was held at the Fort Hays Memorial Gardens in Hays under the direction of Hays Memorial Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Edmund C. Shearer Scholarship Fund for the chemistry department at Fort Hays State University.

Rev. Welcome Nix
The Rev. Welcome Thornton Nix, 84, of Van Buren died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at a local hospital. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a Southern Baptist minister and a member of the Van Buren First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred; three daughters, Evelyn Scott of Fort Smith, Linda Joanne Polly of Killeen, Texas, and Bonnie Lee Haag of Van Buren; a son, William Henry Nix of Van Buren; two sisters, Jessie Brown of Fresno, Calif., and Willie Mae Moore of Cullman, Ala.; 25 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral service was held Jan. 29 at Van Buren First Baptist Church. Burial was held at Ewing Chapel Cemetery in Stilwell under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Adams, David Wright, Emmitt Hampton, Andy and Scotty Scott.
Honorary pallbearers will be ministers.

Lois Graves
Lois Jean Graves, 85, of Mountainburg died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at a local hospital. She was retired postmistress for the postal service, the forestry service, past grand mistress of the Clearcreek Eastern Star No. 332, grand warder and past deputy for her district and a member of Mount View Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Graves.
Survivors include a son, Charles Graves of Fayetteville; several grandchildren and one great-grandson; and her caregivers, Dorothy Hayre and Connie Seratt, both of Mountainburg.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ocker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be held at Vaught Cemetery in Mountainburg under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers will be Chris Nolen, Dustin Leakey, Wayne Leakey, Jim Moody, Andy Brown and Ronald Beliles.

Carol Klaus
Carol Klaus, 58, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002. She was a resident of the Mont Belvieu, Texas, and Baytown, Texas, area for 38 years. For the last five years, she had resided in Mulberry. She was a former member of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Baytown and a current member of Vine Prairie Baptist Church in Mulberry. She had been a nurse in the greater Houston area for 30 years.
Survivors include her husband, Charles B. Klaus of Mulberry; four daughters, Cheryl Sheffield of Mont Belvieu; Kally Licciardo from the United Kingdom; Melissa Abate of Baytown; Julie Medlin of Dayton, Texas; grandmother, Evelina Reed of Tacoma, Wash.; mother, Yvonne Dintleman of Wenatchee, Wash.; four brothers, Bill Bowen of Grant's Pass, Ore.; Dan Bowen of Old River, Texas; Ron Bowen of Baytown and Jim Bowen of Tacoma, Wash.; two sisters, Sandra Merwin of Everett, Wash.; and Debbie Armstrong of Snohomish, Wash.; and 11 grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Jan. 21 at the Earthman Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was held at the Earthman Memory Gardens Cemetery in Baytown.
Memorials contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Baytown; Vine Prairie Baptist Church, Highway 64, Mulberry, Arkansas, 72947; or the Gideon Memorial Bible program.
Pallbearers will be David Klaus, Danny Klaus, Larry Harrison, Wesley Klaus, Tony Trchalek and Pat Wurm.
Honorary pallbearers are Koby Licciardo, Brandon Sheffield, Harold Frances, Darrell Klaus, Robert Klaus, Roy Klaus, Lynn Wood Klaus, Fred Klaus, Kennety Klaus and Calvin Klaus.

Julie Bryan
Julie Ann Bryan, 40, of Van Buren died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, at a Little Rock hospital. She was an Whirlpool employee, a graduate of Mountainburg High School and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Bryan, Jr.; one daughter, Joanna Bryan; mother, Barbara Farrar of Van Buren; paternal grandmother, Mary Farrar of Barling; three sisters, Carrie Burchman and Adell Copeland, of Van Buren and Tammy Elkins of Fort Smith; three brothers, Gene Farrar of Fort Smith, Mike Farrar of California and Albert Farrar of Rudy; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Mt. McCurry Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Charles Newman
Charles Wendel Newman, 71, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002. He was self-employed in construction.
Survivors include one daughter, Connie Dorothy of Van Buren; two sisters, LaVonda Kay Mitchell of Bonaparte, Iowa, and Sheila Carr of Salem, Iowa; one brother Gary Newman of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Salem Friends Church. Burial will be held at Salem South Cemetery. Local arrangements will be under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Edna Jones
Edna Lee Jones, 88, of Van Buren died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, at a local nursing home. She was a retired apartment manager and a Protestant.
Survivors include a sister, Mary Jean Taylor of Lemoore, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ocker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Burial will be held at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will nephews, David Hunter, Mike Hunter, Larry Alverson, Danny Nicely, Robbie Harman and Bryan Foster.

Ewell Lasiter
Ewell L. Lasiter, 74, of Roland died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at a local hospital. He was a retired horse trainer.
Survivors include two daughters, Lynn Spain of Pocola and Robin Wilkins of Van Buren; a sister, Bernice Smith; a brother, Jerry Dale Lasiter Sr. of Roland; and four grandchildren, K.C. Spain and Derek Spain, both of Pocola and Rikki Wilkins and Katy Wilkins, both of Van Buren.
Graveside service was held Jan. 25 at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Jerry Lee Lasiter, David Lasiter, Jerry Dale Lasiter Jr., Ronald Gene Harvell, Jerald Harvell and K.C. Spain.

Henry Nicolas
Henry G. Nicholas, 58, of Elsmere, Ky., died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, in Florence, Ky. He was a former employee of Benjamin Hey Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Survivors include his companion, Stanley Reis of Elsmere, Ky.; two brothers, Charles Nicholas of San Pablo, Calif., and William Nicholas of San Antonio, Texas; one niece, Pam Rose of Waldron; four nephews, Jeffery Neill and William Neill, both of Fort Smith, Richard Neill of Poteau, Okla., and Jason Neill of Waldron.
Graveside service was held Jan. 25 at Forest Park Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Ora Lewis
Ora Lewis, 94, of Alma died Jan. 24, 2002, in her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of Maple Shade Church of the Nazarene. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Lewis; a daughter, Mary Louise Lewis; and a son, Russell Farrell Lewis.
Survivors include one daughter, Freda Mae Smith of Alma; four grandchildren, Sheryl Ann Dotson of Van Alstine, Texas, Douglas Keith Smith of Alma, Karen Elaine Lewis and Russell Dewayne Lewis, both of San Antonio, Texas; and four grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Maple Shade Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be held at Newberry Cemetery in Alma under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
The family will visit with friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

LeRoy Harris
LeRoy Harris, 82, of Van Buren died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at a local hospital. He was a member of Church of God (Seventh Day) and was a retired truck driver for Allen Canning Co. in Van Buren.
Survivors include his wife, Anna; a daughter, Peggy Harris of Van Buren; three sons, Dennis Harris of Van Buren, Gary Harris of Rogers and Larry Harris of Pocola; two sisters, Elsie Cone and Myrtle Carr, both of Merced, Calif.; two brothers, Ralph Johnson of Merced, Calif., and Bill Johnson of Mount Ida; six grandchildren, Eric Harris, Shelley Kolb, Daren Harris, Aaron Harris, Marla Harris and James Harris; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held May 28 at Gill Cemetery Pavillion under the direction of Edward Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, Eric, Daren, Aaron and James Harris and James Kolb.

Althea Dorsey
Althea Dorsey, 88, of Alma died Friday, May 24, 2002, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, Claude.
Survivors include two daughters, Rosemary LaRue of Alma and Kitty Dorsey of Georgetown, Texas; three sons, Claude Lyndon Dorsey of Concord, Calif., Wayne Alan Dorsey of Fort Smith and Glen Harris Dorsey Olatha, Kan.; one brother, Elroy E. Harris of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren, Hope Cook, Daniel, Jonathan and William Morris, Stephanie Dorsey-Grimm and Angela Dorsey; and three great-grandchildren, Maggie Dorsey-Grimm and Bethany and Isabella Cook.
Graveside service was held May 28, at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith.
Pallbearers were Daniel, Jonathan and William Morris, LeRoy Cook and Paul Lampack.

Doyle Lankford
Doyle Lankford, 82, of Van Buren died Friday, May 24, 2002, at a local hospital. He was retired from the Union Pacific Railroad and was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church in Van Buren and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
Survivors include his wife, Macie Jo; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ocker Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Bill Lloyd Evans, Lonnie Evans, Jim Evans, Tommy McGrew, Anthony McGrew and Charles Edward Stockton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Campbell, Bill Vickery, Jimmy Don Gooch, Billy Ross Bryan, Otis Arnold and Earl Muck.

Gene Rotert
Freda Imogene Spicer Rotert, 81, died Friday, May 24, 2002. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Van Buren.
Survivors include her husband, John; a daughter, Sondra Spears of Hampton, Ga.; a son, John D. Rotert of Van Buren; a sister, Ruby LeRose of Portage, Ind.; two grandsons, Brad Rotert of Van Buren and Scott Rotert of Fort Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Madison and Lucas Rotert, both of Fort Smith.
Funeral service was held May 28 at Ocker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith.


 

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