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Billie Davis
Billie Joan Davis, 67, of Alma died Monday, March 4, 2002, at a local nursing home. She was a member of the Dyer Assembly of God Church, former Dyer resident and a retired employee of Dixie Cup. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Wilson Davis.
Survivors include four daughters, Martha Kimes of Alma, Donna Epps of Alma, Alice McDonald of Fort Smith and Joni Shaum of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Virginia Walters and Nelda Burks, both of Alma; one brother, Robert R. Wilson of Alma; eight grandchildren, Brian Kimes, Jason Kimes, Amy Kimes, Corey Shaum, Justin Shaum, Chelsea Smith and Chris Smith and Laura McDonald.
Funeral service was held March 6 at Ocker Chapel of Alma. Burial was at the Dyer City Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were Brian Kimes, Jason Kimes, Corey Shaum, Justin Shaum, Tony Kimes, Rick Wilson and Jeff Burks.

Jerry Clark
Jerry Clark, 62, of Van Buren died Monday, March 4, 2002, at a local hospital. He was a member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Van Buren and owner of Clark Interiors.
Survivors include his wife, Ann; one daughter, Dianna Clark of Van Buren; one son, Jeff Clark of Van Buren; two sisters, Barbara Upton of Oklahoma City and Alfreda Belt of Van Buren; two brothers, Bill and Lawrence Clark, both of Van Buren; and three grandchildren, Austin Clark, Dalton Clark and Cameron Clark.
Funeral service was held March 7 at Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Billy Gene Clark, Marty Clark, Stanley Clark, Jeff Clark, Johnny Burkhart and John O’Kelley.
Honorary pallbearers were Derick Morland, Robert Woods, Mark Organ and Buddy Belt.

Daryil Norgaar
Daryil Norgaar, 60, of Van Buren died Sunday, March 3, 2002, at a local hospital. He was an Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War, retired as a sergeant first class and received numerous awards and medals incuding National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four Service Stars, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, three Overseas Service Bars, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal Fifth Award, Army Commendation Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Excellent and Competition Badge Pistol, Army Commendation Medal with Second Oak Leaf Cluster.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Norgaar of the home; a daughter, Sherry McCormick of Fort Smith; three sons, David Norgaar, Daniel Norgaar and Michael Norgaar, all of Van Buren; two brothers, Charles Norgaar and Benjamin Phillips, both of Danville, Ill.; and 15 grandchildren.
Funeral service was held March 6 at Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith with full military honors under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were military.

Robert Boyd
Robert Earl Boyd, 75, of Fort Smith died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at a local hospital. He was a retired cook.
Survivors include three sisters, Ruth Burns, Norma Berard and Dorothy Edwards, all of Fort Smith; two brothers, Troy Boyd of Muldrow and Lloyd Boyd of Alturas, Calif.
Graveside service was held March 4 at Forest Park Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Robert Grimes
Robert Joseph Grimes, 57, of Van Buren died Sunday, March. 3, 2002, at a local nursing home. He was a former dairyman.
Survivors include two sisters, Dottie France of Van Buren and Rose Ann Cox of Modesto, Calif.; three brothers, Joe Grimes and John Grimes, both of Mesquite, Texas, and David Grimes of Modesto.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. The body will be cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Jeannie Bush
Jeannie Bush, 43, of Fort Smith died Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her fiancee Ronald Watkins Sr. of Fort Smith; two sons, Chester Bowles of Alma and Joseph Bowles of Fort Smith; one sister, Marie Hunter of Van Buren; two brothers, Norman Sivage and J.C. Sivage, both of Alma; and one grandchild.
Graveside service was held march 7 at Love Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Dr. Thomas Whitaker Jr.
Dr. Thomas J. Whitaker Jr. of Cedarville died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was born June 27, 1935, in Heber Springs. He graduated from Heber Springs High School in 1953, the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1960 with a doctor of medicine degree. He completed his residency training at Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Hospital in obstetrics and gynecology in 1964. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Fort Smith more than 30 years at Sparks Regional Medical Center, St. Edward Mercy Medical Center and Crawford Memorial Hospital. He volunteered at Sebastian County Health Clinic, Holt-Krock Sports Medicine Clinic and was a member of the Arkansas Medical Society and the American Medical Society. He was a member of First Presbyterian in Fort Smith where he was former deacon and choir member, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, was a KCCH 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of Van Buren Masonic Lodge No. 6, the Cedar Masonic Lodge No. 762, the Temple Lodge No. 755 in Fort Smith, the National Lodge No. 411 in Ratcliff, the Scimitar Temple in Little Rock, the Jacques DeMolay Commandery No. 3, the Royal and Select Masters Osiris Council No. 5, the Royal Arch Mason Van Buren No. 3, former secretary of Van Buren Lodge No. 6, former chairman of the scholarship committee of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, member of Van Buren Sertoma Club, the Van Buren Downtown Merchants Association and a former Cedarville alderman.
Funeral service was held March 1 at Ocker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with graveside Masonic rites at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith.
He is survived by wife, state Sen. Ruth Reed Whitaker; a daughter, Alicia Mattingly of Greenville, Miss.; a son, Dr. Bryan Whitaker of Fayetteville; and three grandchildren, Emily, Madeline and Amelia Whitaker, all of Fayetteville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army, 301 N. Sixth St., Fort Smith, AR 72901 or Cedarville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 184, Cedarville, AR 72932.

Don Reed
Don C. Reed, 66, of Van Buren died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at a local hospital. He was retired from the Arkansas Air National Guard, currently driving a bus for Van Buren School activities, a member of Heritage United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge No. 6.
Funeral service was held Feb. 28 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Viva; a daughter, Lynn Wilson of Alma; a son, Don Richard Reed of Van Buren; a brother, Jim Reed of Natural Dam; and five grandchildren, Brian LaRue, Daniel Reed, Jacob Reed, Jay Ruehle and Ryan Wilson.
Pallbearers were Art Parks, Toby Breeden, Merlin Yeager, Bobby Shultz, Bill Mason and Jerry Hassler. Honorary pallbearers were the Air National Guard.

Mary McAdoo
Mary McAdoo, 73, of Seagonville, Texas, formerly of Dyer, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, in Dallas. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, Ray McAdoo.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Humphrey of Mesquite, Texas; two sons, Donald McAdoo of Garland, Texas, and Eddie McAdoo of Forney, Texas; two sisters, Mildred Wright of Van Buren and Lois Gregory of Alma; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral service was held March 1 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was held at Dyer Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Jason McAdoo, Jerid McAdoo, Gatlin McAdoo, Cody McAdoo, Eric McAdoo and Dale Morrell.

Laurel Carr
Laurel Carr, 85, of Roland died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include a daughter, Bobby Killmer of Mucksinn, Idaho; a sister, Geneva Harris of California; two brothers, Morris Moon of Modesto, Calif., and Eugene Moon of San Antonio; six grandchildren, Denny, Susan, Hughie, Michael, John and Wade; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held March 1 at Roland City Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
Memorial contributions may be made to Peachtree Hospice, 2910 Jenny Lind, Fort Smith, AR 72901.

Agnes Wright
Agnes Jobe Wright, 92, of Mountainburg died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at a local nursing home. She was a member of Pigeon Creek Free Will Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, William F. “Boy” Wright.
Survivors include two daughters, Nelda Watkins Marshall of Mountainburg and Lou Vaughan Furr of Gallatin, Tenn.; one sister, Juanita Powell of Antlers, Okla.; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held March 2 at Pigeon Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was held at Vaught Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were Tim Watkins, Tom Watkins, Cedar Wright Furr, Tracy Brad Wright, Shaun Owen and Kelly Rogers.
Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Pigeon Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Sid Eoff, Gerald Bailey, Ray Sims and Jimmy Rogers.

Minnie Brammer
Minnie Catherine “Rusty” Brammer, 75, of Van Buren died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at a local nursing home. She was a member of the 81 Freewill Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school, a retired machine operator for Dixie Cup, and a member of the local 5-0656 PACE International Union.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Meadors of Alma, Patricia Willis of Ridgedale, Mo., and Carol Webb of Franklin, N.C.; three sons, Richard Hicks of Alma, Jim Hicks of Bald Knob and Dennis Brammer of Van Buren; two brothers, Henry Stevenson of Dennison, Texas, and Thomas Stevenson of Lubbock, Texas; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial service was held March 2 at Ocker Chapel of Alma. The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

James King
James Richard “Ricky” King, 24, of Alma died July 13, 1997. He was a member of the Graphic New Hope Baptist Church and a construction worker.
Survivors include one daughter, Kelly Carter of Mountainburg; mother and stepfather, Harold and Dianna Pointer of Alma; one sister, Becky Brown of Alma; and three brothers, Steve Weaver of Van Buren, Matthew Pointer and Jeff Pointer, both of Alma.
Funeral service was held March 4 at Ocker Chapel of Alma. Burial was at Pope Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma. 

Charles Nolan
Charles V. Nolan, 31, of Van Buren died Sunday, March 10, 2002. He was a Red Cross volunteer and spent 11 weeks at the World Trade Center Ground Zero after Sept. 11. He taught English to the Spanish at Lau Beuch Literacy Action Service and was a computer installation technician for Nolan Computer Service.
Survivors include his mother, Barbara Moore of Van Buren, his father, Stan Nolan of Oklahoma City; a sister, Sherry Smith of Van Buren; a brother, William Moore of Fort Smith; and his grandparents, Thurman and Louise Gilbreth of Alma.
The body will be cremated. Burial of remains will be held at Pilot Grove Cemetery south of Ozark under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Roger Curry 
Roger Keith Curry, 14, of Van Buren died Feb. 7, 2002, in Van Buren. Roger was a student at Coleman Junior High in Van Buren where he loved to act, often joining the School’s Drama Club and performing skits at church. Basketball was one of his many loves, and Michael Jordan was his favorite player. Roger also won a three-point shooting contest at his school. He had a passion for writing and wrote numerous short stories and poems, and often edited the school papers. At age 12, Young Americans, published one of his works in the 2000 edition of the “Anthology of Poetry.”
Roger resided with and is survived by his aunt and uncle, Jay and Tammy Douglas of Van Buren. He also is survived by his mother, Cheryl L. Curry of Fayetteville; three sisters, Brittany Curry, Nicole Curry and Karyssa Curry, all of Fayetteville, his cousins, David Douglas, Michael Douglas, Nicolas Douglas and Tiffany Douglas, all of Van Buren; his maternal grandparents, Nancy and Gerald Lewis of Fort Smith; paternal grandparents, David and Ollie Birkett of Mukilteo, Wash., and Joe McVey of Fort Smith; uncles, Bobby Ackermaan of San Diego, Calif., Dewayne Ackerman of Van Buren, Jim Curry of Arlington, Wash., and Dave Curry of Glendora, Calif. He was preceded in death by his father, Roger Keith Curry Sr., and his aunt, Summer McVey.
Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. The body will be cremated under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.

Merle Decker
Merle Wayne Decker, 69, of Mountainburg died March 7, 2002. He was a self-employed welder, auto mechanic and Navy veteran.
Survivors include two daughters, Terri Morgan of Mountainburg, Sheri Lynn Davidson of Fayetteville; one sister, Marlene Waterson of Fayetteville; one brother, Jimmy Decker of Tulsa; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held March 6 at Freedom Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Shay Palmer, Jackie Moore II, Matt Byron and Leonard Seratt.

Lillie Kane
Lillie C. Kane, 65, of Olathe, Kan., died Friday, March 8, 2002, at her residence after a three-year battle with cancer. She was born on Oct. 30, 1936 in Non, Okla. 
Survivors include two sons, Dave Sill and wife, Carla, and Dan Sill, both of Olathe; four daughters, Judy Rider and husband, Gary, Carol Haart and husband, Will, Debi Logan and husband, Wade, all of Olathe, and Vicki Hosfelt and husband, Doug of Baxter Springs, Kan.; two brothers, James Fisher and Bud Fisher, both of Holdenville, Okla.; two sisters, Elma Medler of Shawnee, Okla., and Margaret Byrd of New Mexico; 14 grandchildren, Jason Robbins, Tori Logan, Lyle Logan, Tara Logan, Eric Sill, Ashlee Sill, Misty Rider, Michelle Rider, Josh Rider, Vince Rider, Danny Hosfelt, Jesse Hosfelt, Sasha Hosfelt and Kara Hosfelt; four great-grandchidlren, Corey Williams, Jessica Williams, Isaiah Rider and Jonathan Hosfelt.
Funeral servics was held March 13 at W.L. Frye and Son Chapel, 105 E. Loula, Olathe. Burial was at Olathe Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sister Servants of Mary, 800 N. 18th St., Kansas City, KS 66102.

Noah Irvan
Noah G. Irvan, 75, of Boise, Idaho, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002. He served in the Army medical division during World War II, worked for Roy C. Davidson Co. and later Bob Rice Ford as parts manager. 
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; a son, Michael Irvan of Boise; a daughter, Donna Revels of Eagle, Idaho; two brothers, Earl Irvan and Donald Irvan, both of Van Buren; one sister, Helen Flannery of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial service was held March 1 at the First Baptist Church of Eagle. Burial was under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, Ustick Chapel, Meridian, Idaho.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Eagle Building Fund, P.O. Box 156, Eagle, Idaho 83616.

Kenneth Smith
Kenneth E. Smith, 70, of Van Buren died Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at a local hospital. He was a 12-year Army veteran and served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Survivors include a niece, Rebecca Linton of Van Buren.
Cremains will be interred at a later date at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. The body was cremated under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Marilyn Lacy
Marilyn B. Lacy, 54, of Covington, La., died Saturday, March 9, 2002. She received her bachelor’s degree in home economics at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., in 1969 and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.
Survivors include her husband, David; a daughter, Jennifer Lacy Ostendorf; her mother, Marie Aaron Bruns; two sisters, Susan B. Quinn and Pam B. Kirby; and a brother, Hank Bruns. 
Funeral service was held March 11 at First Baptist Church of Covington, La. Burial was held at Theodore Dendinger Cemetery in Madisonville, La., under the direction of E.J. Fielding Funeral Home of Covington.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Covington, 16333 Highway 1085, Covington, LA 70433 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454.

Viva Goines
Viva Gertrude Goines, 93, of Alma died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at a local hospital. She was a member of Concord Baptist Church and a lifelong resident of Crawford County. She was preceded in death by her husband, A.G. Houck.
Survivors include a son, Lee Thomas Houck of Tacoma, Wash.; a brother, Oran Ball of Missouri; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held March 12 at Concord Baptist Church. Burial was at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers were Daniel Houck, Garrett Houck, Scott Houck, Glenn Houck, Robert Houck and Kevin Linton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Concord Baptist Church, 6105 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR 72956.

Imogene Gant
Imogene Gant, 86, of Van Buren entered into rest Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker. Edith Imogene Farabough Gant was born on April 17, 1915, in Rogers, the daughter of George and Jessie Alice Farabough. She attended Trinity University in San Antonio and the University of Arkansas. She was a former member of the Eastern Star, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Crawford County Historical Society. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she served for many years with the Bereavement Committee. Her life was devoted to giving of herself to family and those in need.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Beth Harwood of Fort Smith, a son, Paul D. Gant of Van Buren; seven grandchildren, Joe D. Schoolcraft of Owasso, Okla., Jean Schoolcraft Hunt of Greensboro, N.C., Judy Schoolcraft Parsons of Grapevine, Texas, Jim" Schoolcraft of Maumelle, Kyle Harwood of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kristen Harwood Arrington of Allen, Texas, and Kimberly Gant Griffin of Waco, Texas. Also surviving are 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Alice Margaret Schoolcraft, and one son, Zed George Gant. Her loving husband of 65 years, H. Zed Gant, died on Jan. 13.
Funeral service was held March 9 at the First Baptist Church in Van Buren with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren. Pallbearers were Joe D. Schoolcraft, Jim Schoolcraft, Kyle Harwood, Earl Robinson, Mike Hurst, Gene Bell, Butch Love, and Jimmy Riddle.
Honorary pallbearers were the Adult 7 Sunday School class of the Van Buren First Baptist Church.

Martha Frye
Martha Jane Frye, 85, of Bella Vista died Monday, March 4, 2002. She was a secretary for Prudential Insurance Company in Kansas City for 28 years.
Survivors include three nephews, David Frye of Fort Smith, Stephen Frye of Tulsa, Okla., Ron Frye of Baraboo, Wis.; and five great nieces and nephews
Memorial service was held March 8 at Ocker Memorial Chapel under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Extendicare Foundation, 1 Concordia Drive, Bella Vista, AR 72714 for Alzheimer’s Research.

Delores Camyn
Delores Helen Camyn, 68, of Van Buren died Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at a local nursing home. She was a homemaker. 
Survivors include two daughters, Naomi Camyn of Fort Smith and Lori Hurst of Orlando, Fla.; four sons, Mark Camyn of Orlando, Fla., John Camyn of Virginia, Brian Camyn and Kevin Camyn.
The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Paul Kilburn
Rev. Paul Kilburn, 70, of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, died Sunday, March 3. 2002. He was a Korean War Army veteran and the founder and pastor of Fairview Church of God in Scarborough for 23 years.
Survivors include one sister, Imogene Tudor of Natural Dam, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Independence Freewill Baptist Church in Natural Dam.
Pallbearers will be David Tudor, Rocky Tudor, L.G. Turner, Michael Brodrick and Daren Shockey.

Merle Brandenburg
Merle Brandenburg, 86, of Van Buren died Wednesday, March 6, 2002. at a local hospital. He was a security guard for St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, worked for Conoco Oil Company in Davis, Okla., and attended the Turner Gospel Rescue Mission Church.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda; two daughters, Marlene Blagg of Krugerville, Texas, and Nancy Coulson of Roff, Okla.; three sons, Raymond Brandenburg and Steven Brandenburg, both of Van Buren, and Glenn Brandenburg of Mulberry; four sisters, Pearlie Brawner of Guthrie, Okla., Dorothy Wright of Cushing, Okla., Martha Johnson of Edmond, Okla., and Mary Jo Ramsey of Tacoma, Wash.,; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held March 8 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial was at Pope Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were his grandsons.

Josephine Moore
Josephine Moore, 92, of Pierre, S.D., died Tuesday, March 5, 2002. She and her husband were ranchers in Branson, Colo., and ranched in the Van Buren area for several years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Murray.
Survivors include her sister, Lois Thompson of Pierre, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held March 9 in Colorado.

William Sims
William L. Sims, 77, of Van Buren died Thursday, March 7, 2002, at a local hospital. He was a member of the Concord Baptist Church in Van Buren and a retired cement truck driver. He was formerly of Salinas, Calif., and Duncanvlle, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Euline; two daughters, Pam Sims of Salinas, Calif., and Genie Thompson of New York; one son, Jerry Lee Sims of Wills Point, Texas; three sisters, Lena Mae Foster of Hot Springs, Joanna of Salinas and Murline Atherton of Oregon; one brother, Ray Sims of Rudy; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held March 9 at Concord Baptist Church. Burial was at Gracelawn Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were members of Gene Loyd’s Sunday School class at Concord Baptist Church.

Emil Strohmeyer
Emil Strohmeyer, 82, of Mountainburg died Wednesday, March 6, 2002. He wa a lifelong cowboy and rancher, and active member in the Armed Forces and lived most of his live in New Mexico.
Survivors include his wife, Bennie; three daughters, Barbar Walker of Roswell, N.M., Peggy Boyd of Mountainburg and Billie DiNicola of Organe, Conn.; one sister, Bonnie “Babe” Barker of Waynoka, Okla.; one grandson, Ben Walker of ALburquerque, N.M.; two granddaughters, Heather Boyd of Van Buren and Hollie Robertson of Alma; one great-granddaughter, Katlin Shepherd of Van Buren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held March 8 at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. 

Cynthia Graves
Cynthia L. Herndon Graves, 33, of Arkoma died Tuesday, March 5, 2002. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny; a daughter, Rachel Graves; her mother, Edna Melton; two sisters, Edna Miller of Muldrow and Sbyil Warwick of Fort Smith; four half sisters; four brothers, Coyd Welch of Garland, Texas, Jimmy Welch of Arkoma, Gary Don Welch of Muldrow and Calvin Welch of Fort Smith; and a half brother.
Graveside service was held March 12 at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren. 
Pallbearers were James Oliver, William McLane, Bill McLane, Leon Warrick, Trey Cardwell, James Shelly, Darrell Miller and Jimmy Wilcox.

Donald McKinney
Donald Ray McKinney, 72, of Yukon, Okla., died Wednesday, March 6, 2002. He attended Poteau High and became team captain and quarterback of the 1948 undefeated state champion football team. He later attended Eastern State University receiving his bachelor’s in education and later attended SouthWestern State University earning a master’s degree in Education. He served in the Air Force in occupied Japan and during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1952 having achieved final rank as staff sergeant. He received the Japan Occupation Medal as well as the Korean Service Medal. He was a retired field service officer and abatement judge for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, oil and gas division. Prior to that he had been a petroleum engineer for the Birdwell Co., a subsidiary of Seismograph Service Corp. of Tulsa. He worked with the Disabled American Veterans helping the fellow disabled apply for needed benefits. He received the Oklahoma DAV's 2001 award as volunteer of the year. He worked with the Yukon Salvation Army Senior Citizens Center for the Meals on Wheels program. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Yukon.
Survivors include his wife, Ethyl Marie McKinney; three children, Deborah Painter of Van Buren, Cheryl Cuzco of Fort Smith and Derek McKinney of Vancouver, Wash.; two stepchildren, Vickie Shawcross of Higgins, Texas, and Clendon Detrixhe of Yukon; five grandchildren, W. Scott and Brett Painter, Andrew Cuzco and Rachel and Bronte McKinney; four step grandchildren, James Hill, Jill Slocum, Jody Davis and Jovah Detrixhe; one brother, William E. McKinney of Bixby, Okla. and nephew, Mark W. McKinney of Rogers.
Funeral service was held March 11 at the First Baptist Church of Yukon. Burial with military honors was at Yukon Cemetery under the direction of Yanda Funeral Home of Yukon.

Mary Childers
Mary Louise Childers, 73, of Greenwood died Thursday, March 7, 2002. She was a retired bookkeeper, a member of First Baptist Church of Greenwood, the Order of Eastern Star and the Quilters Guild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Jack Childers.
Survivors include one daughter, Leeann Driscoll of Greenwood; two sons, Henry Childers of Seattle, Wash., and Cliff Childers of Fayetteville; one sister, Pauline Childers of Fort Smith; eight grandchildren, Joshua Childers, Elizabeth Childers, B.J. Childers, Heather Childers, Jessica Childers, Aubree Driscoll, Emily Driscoll and Sarah Driscoll; two great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Lauren Young.
Funeral service was held March 9 at First Baptist Church of Greenwood. Burial was at Steep Hill Cemetery under the direction of Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers were Rex Driscoll, Marion Driscoll, Ted Childers, Martin Ahne, Stan Brown and George Lensing. 


 

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