Miscellaneous Howard County, Arkansas Obituaries


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Cecil O. Bratcher, 77 
Lockesburg native had lived in Massachusetts for 52 years
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Cecil O. Bratcher, 77, a native of Locksburg, Ark., died Feb. 23, 2001 in Westfield, Mass.
He was born in May Pearl, Texas, son of Fannie and Lawson Bratcher of Locksburg, Ark., and had been a resident of Westfield for the past 52 years.
Mr. Bratcher retired in 1980 as a machinist for Sterling Radiator. Prior to that he was a 20-year Navy veteran, serving as Petty Officer 1/C from 1943 to 1963. He participated in the Berlin Air Lift during WWII, and served during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include: his wife, Ruth V. Jacobs Bratcher; two daughters, Donna C. Button-McEwan of Westfield and Debra I. Francis of Columbia, Conn.; a sister, Irene Crabtree of Nashville, Ark.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials made to made the VA Medical Center, c/o Peter Galante, Director of Voluntary Services, 421 North Main Street, Leeds, MA 01053.
Memorial service and burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery in Westfield.

Janice Buckley, 52 
Wife of physician, former Nashville resident
PARIS -- A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 in St. Benedict Catholic Church for Janice `Jan" Buckley, 52, of Scranton.
Mrs. Buckley was born Sept. 2, 1948, in Welland Ontario, Canada. She died Thursday, April 11, 2001, in Hartman, Ark.
A former resident of Nashville, Ark., she was a homemaker and president of the board of Community Outreach Services in Paris.
Survivors include: her husband, Dr. Douglas Buckley of Scranton; a daughter, Meghan Graham of Quebec, Canada; two sons, Jay Graham and Tristan Buckley, both of Scranton; her mother, Betty Daw Tunnacliffe of Fenwick Ontario, Canada; and two sisters, Wendy Minor and Cathy Watt, both of Ontario, Canada.

Gladine Bollinger, 70 
Former piano teacher, storyteller
NASHVILLE -- Funeral services for Dora Gladine Bollinger, 70, were at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26 in First Baptist Church with Dr. David Blase officiating.
Burial was in the State Line Baptist Church Cemetery in Cerro Gordo under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bollinger was born Dec. 27, 1930, in Hugo, Okla., daughter of the late James Luther Cash and Hazel Thomas Cash. She died Thursday, June 21, 2001, in a Hot Springs hospital.
She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Mary Martha Sunday School Class, WMU and Hope Writers and Storytellers. She taught piano for a number of years.
Mrs. Bollinger was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Bollinger, who died Aug. 20, 2000, and a sister, Magdaline Westmoreland.
Survivors include: a son, William McKinley Bollinger of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Paula Reeder of Madisonville, La.; a sister, Pauline Wolfey of Oklahoma City, Okla.; four grandchildren; and a number of nephews and nieces.

Iola Proctor Hinsley, 96
Dierks woman died in De Queen hospital
DIERKS -- Funeral services for Mrs. Iola Proctor Hinsley, 96, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20 in Holly Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Tim Boren officiated.
Burial was in the Lockesburg Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Hinsley was born Sept. 24, 1904, in Logan County, daughter of the late Walter and Artie Mae Whitecotton Proctor. She died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001, in a De Queen hospital.
She was a homemaker and member of Holly Creek Baptist Church.
Mrs. Hinsley was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Fredrick `Freddie" Hinsley; and a son, Kenneth R. Hinsley of Lone Star, Texas.
Survivors include: a son, Arlis Hinsley of Dierks; a daughter, Verlene Perry of Euless, Texas; two sisters, Esther Hinsley of Lockesburg and Dorothy Green of Dierks; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Edward R. Baber, 82
Served under Gen. Patton in European Theatre of WWII
LOCKESBURG -- Funeral services for Edward R. Baber, 82, are scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the Lockesburg United Methodist Church. Rev. J.R. Callicott will officiate.
Burial will be in the Lockesburg Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
Mr. Baber was born Sunday, Oct. 5, 1919, in Lockesburg, son of the late Sim and Rena Butler Baber. He died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, in a Texarkana hospital.
A World War II veteran, he served under General George Patton in the European Theatre and was decorated with the Purple Heart and Silver Star. He was a member of Lockesburg First United Methodist Church and was retired from the D&E Railroad.
Mr. Baber was preceded in death by his wife, Eva, in 1994 and a grandson, Joshua Speer.
Survivors include: a daughter, Patsy Speer of Pass Christian, Miss.; a grandson; two step-grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Slaton of Lockesburg and Christine Hamilton of Rector.

Aaron B. Cantrell, 78
Army Veteran of Korea, insurance agent
GLENWOOD -- Funeral services for Aaron B. Cantrell, 70, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, in Glenwood First Baptist Church. Bro. Erby Burgess officiated.
Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral home.
Mr. Cantrell was born July 27, 1932, son of Curtis Cantrell and Bertha Moran Cantrell. He died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002.
An Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was an insurance agent for more than 40 years and the director of Pike County Housing Authority. He was a member of Glenwood First Baptist Church, where he attended the Fish Nest Sunday School class and sang bass with the First Baptist Church Adult Choir. He was a member of Glenwood Masonic Lodge #662.
Mr. Cantrell was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gene Cantrell.
Survivors include: his wife, Virginia Brogdon Cantrell of Glenwood; three sons, Paul Cantrell of Little Rock, Marty Cantrell of Glenwood and Jeff Cantrell of Rogers; a granddaughter; a sister, Phyllis Oblander of Greenville, Texas; two step-daughters, Carolyn Kapp of Little Rock and Pam Brogdon of Sherwood; two step-granddaughters; and a step-great-granddaughter.

Jesse F. Alexander, 92
Retired railroad master, mayor of Lockesburg
NASHVILLE -- Funeral services for Jesse F. Alexander, 92, were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at Nashville Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Polk and Dr. David Blase officiated.
Burial was in Greens Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
Mr. Alexander was born Dec. 16, 1909, in Lockesburg, son of the late William Benjamin and Florence Ann Shelton Alexander. He died Monday, Oct. 14, 2002, in a local hospital.
A retired railroad master and a member of First United Methodist Church in Nashville, he was a member of the Lockesburg Masonic Lodge for more than 65 years. He was a former mayor of Lockesburg, who had also served as a council member.
Mr. Alexander was preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include: his spouse of more than 11 years, Betty Hile Alexander of Nashville; five step-children, Kay Lane of Conway, Elizabeth Scoggin of Nashville, William H. (Bill) Bagwell of Conway, Diane Shewmaker of Nashville and Cathy Johnson of Fayetteville; three brothers, Clyde N. Alexander of Dierks, Walter L. Alexander of Winston, Ore., and William B. Alexander of Salem, Ore.; and nine grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Nashville

Lucy Jester, 87 
Graveside services in Delight Cemetery
DELIGHT -- Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 in the Delight Cemetery for Lucy Jester, 87.
Mrs. Jester was born May 23, 1913, daughter of Albert and Lela Howell Stark. She died Sunday, April 15, 2001.
She was a homemaker and member of the Delight Church of Christ.
Mrs. Jester was preceded in death by her husband, Clib Jester.
Survivors include: three daughters, Virginia Freeman of Fort Worth, Texas; Mary Jester of Delight and Shelby Neal of Fort Worth, Texas; four sisters; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Harvey P. Dyer, 72 
Retired trucking company owner
TEXARKANA -- Funeral services for Harvey P. `Bo" Dyer, 72, were Wednesday, June 27 in Texarkana Funeral Home Fuqua-Everett Memorial Chapel with Rev. Greg Burks and Rev. Fred Smith officiating.
Burial was in East Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Dyer was born July 7, 1928, in Buck Range, and he died Sunday, June 24, 2001, in a Texarkana hospital.
He was a retired owner of Dyer Trucking, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Rondo Hunting Club and Rondo United Methodist Church.
Survivors include: his wife, Marie Dyer of Texarkana; two sons, Dale Dyer and Richard Dyer, both of Texarkana; a daughter, Sandra Rogers of Texarkana; a sister, Genevieve Hawthorne of Tomball, Texas; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

J.D. Perser, 80
Member of Teamsters, Navy Seabee in WWII
BONHAM, Texas -- Grave-side services for Joseph Dixon Perser, 80, of Clayton, Texas, are scheduled at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 in Willow Wild Cemetery. Bro. Billy Colston will officiate, and services will be directed by Hawthorn Funeral home.
Mr. Perser was born Aug. 22, 1920, in Greenville, Texas, son of Joseph C. `J.C." and Nannie Neoma Robinson Perser. He died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2001, at his home in Clayton, Texas.
He graduated from Bonham High School in 1937, and served in the Navy Seabees at the end of World War II. He worked for Strickland Transportation for almost 40 years, and was a member of Teamsters Local #989 in Little Rock and a rancher.
Survivors include: his wife, Brenda Perser of Clayton, Texas; a son, Ricky Perser of Lufkin, Texas; four daughters, Beth Baxter of Grand Prairie, Texas, Joyce Jobe of Bonham, Texas, Janie Young of Mineral Springs, Ark., and Lisa Sharp of Nashville, Ark.; a brother, George William Perser of Pineville, La.; a sister, Frances Perser Hicks of Hugh Springs, Texas; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one great-great-grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Jack Doyle Stuard, 84
WWII vet, oilfield worker
RANGER, Texas -- Funeral services for Jack Doyle Stuard, 84, of Dierks were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 in First Baptist Church. Rev. Jim Kemp officiated.
Burial followed in Merriman Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Local arrangements were by Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen.
Mr. Stuard was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Ranger, Texas, son of Clarence and Lula Cunningham Stuard. He died Wednesday, Nov. 14 in a Dierks, Ark., nursing home.
A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, Mr. Stuard graduated from Colony High School in Ranger, Texas, and attended Ranger College before working as an oilfield manager for Shell Pipeline and IW Hot Oil and Arkansas Hydraulic Shop. He moved to Lovington, N.M., in 1953, then back to Ranger in 1957, where he owned and operated a laundromat for several years.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Articia, N.M., a member of the American Legion and Victory Baptist Church in Lovington, N.M. He moved to Dierks, Ark., in 1999.
Survivors include: four sons, Lonnie Stuard of Giddings, Texas, Wesley Stuard of Dierks, Tommy Stuard of Murfreesboro and Barry Stuard of Dierks; a brother, Claude Stuard of Irvan, Texas; a sister, Imogene Jean Lain of Articia, N.M.; nine grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Jerry W. Holloway, 55
Truck driver will be buried at Fellowship
DIERKS -- Funeral services for Jerry Wayne `Peavine" Holloway, 55, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks. Rev. Dwayne Holloway and Rev. John Henry Williams will officiate.
Burial will be in the Fellowship Cemetery.
Mr. Holloway was born April 13, 1946, in Hamilton, Ala., son of the late Ollie Vester and Febie Illine Gray Holloway. He died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at his home.
He was a driver with Gilbert Trucking and was a member of the Bethany Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include: his wife, Helen Lott Holloway of Dierks; a son, Dewayne Holloway of Dierks; a daughter, Laura Romine of Dierks; six brothers, J.C. Holloway of Brigent, Ala., M.G. `Dick" Holloway and Travis Holloway, both of Hamilton, Ala., Vernon Holloway of Hackburg, Ala., Bobby Holloway of West Padukah, Ky., and Winford Holloway of Wilmor, Ala.; five sisters, Frances Brown of Hamilton, Ala., Ruby Loper and Earlene Walker, both of Saraland, Ala., Ollie Childers of Wilmor, Ala., and Mary Carol of Peckin, Ill.; a grandson; and a number of nephews and nieces.

Ora W. Robinson, 87
Center Point native was active in Los Angeles church
LOS ANGELES -- Funeral services for Ora Whitmore Robinson, 87, were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 30 in Holman United Methodist Church. Rev. Henry L. Masters, Sr., officiated.
Mrs. Robinson was born Dec. 16, 1914, in Center Point, Ark., the daughter of the late Pearly and Estella Belcher Whitmore. She died Friday, May 24, 2002.
She moved to California in 1947 and joined Holman United Methodist Church. She was a past president of the Wesleyan Service Guild, a Communion Steward chairman and a member of the Holman Needle Crafters. She was also a member and past matron of the Sadie Alexander Chapter No. 63 Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Rite of Adoption.
Mrs. Robinson was employed by the Los Angeles School District at Dorsey High School until her retirement Dec. 16, 1976.
The third of eight children, she was preceded in death by two sisters, including her twin, Zora Dowd, and Mattie Dowd, and four brothers, Willie, Ira, Ledell and Arlandas Whitmore. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Robinson.
Survivors include: a son, Amos Bullock; a sister, Hattie Clardy; four granddaughter; five great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews and nieces.

Curtis L. Jones, 90
Father of former U.S. Surgeon General
NASHVILLE -- Funeral services for Curtis L. Jones, 90, of Mineral Springs are scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18 in the Nashville Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Chester Ray Jones will officiate.
Burial will be in Tabernacle Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
Mr. Jones was born March 23, 1912, in Nashville, son of the late Charley and Minnie Walker Jones. He died Oct. 13, 2002, in a local hospital.
He was preceded in death by: his wife, Haller Jones, in 1995; a son, Dr. Bernard Jones; a daughter, Dr. Patricia Jones-Jackson; a sister, Elnora Jackson; and a brother, Augustus Jones.
Survivors include: six children, Dr. Joycelyn Elders of Little Rock, Katie W. Turrentine of Bellville, Mich., Beryl G. Watson of Detroit, Charles C. Jones of Chicago, Rev. Chester R. Jones of Washington, D.C., and Phillip Jones of Nashville; three sisters, Joella Sewell of Mineral Springs, Eartha L. Walker of Chicago and Susie M. Jordan of Mineral Springs; 25 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at the funeral home.

Connell Gardner, 72 
Was LPN at Howard Memorial for 38 years
NASHVILLE -- Connell (Connie) Gardner, 72, died Sunday, June 24, 2001, in a Nashville hospital. She was born Jan. 24, 1929, in Pike County, daughter of Albert and Opal Oliver Sanders.
Mrs. Gardner was an LPN at Howard Memorial Hospital for 38 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister, including Albert Sanders, George Sanders, Radie Sanders, Mosalee Rushing and Arlis Oliver.
Survivors include: her husband, Hugh D. Gardner of Nashville; two daughters, Judy Hutchison and Trudy Smith, both of Nashville; a son, Mike Gardner of Athens; a brother, Roe Sanders of Nashville; a half-sister, Austie Sanders of El Dorado; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 26 in Bluff Springs Cemetery with Samuel Peebles officiating and services directed by Nashville Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Howard Memorial Hospital.

Willie Shaw, 85
Burial set for Bissell Chapel Cemetery
NEW HOPE -- Funeral services for Willie Shaw, 85, are scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 in Pleasant Grove Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Bissell Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Mr. Shaw was born June 24, 1916, in Gunter, Texas, son of Frank and Della Ragan Shaw. He died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, in Nashville.
He was a retired logger for Weyerhaeuser Company and a member of Pleasant Grove Freewill Baptist Church in New Hope.
Mr. Shaw was preceded in death by a grandchild, Delaney Rae Shaw, and a great-grandchild, Riley Amber Yeargan.
Survivors include: his wife, Della Eunice Turner Shaw of New Hope; four sons, Elton `Bud" Shaw, Joel Shaw and Charles Shaw, all of New Hope, and Jerry Shaw of Lockesburg; a daughter, Mary Lou Yeargan of Murfreesboro; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled from 7 until 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at Latimer Funeral Home.

James Thomas Porter, 56
Memorial service Dec. 23 for Atlanta, Texas, barber
SARATOGA -- A memorial service for James Thomas Porter, 56, of Atlanta, Texas, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 in the Saratoga Cemetery. Arrangements will be directed by Nashville Funeral Home.
Mr. Porter was born Sept. 15, 1945, in Okay, son of Cecil and Kathleen Arnold Porter. He died at his home in Atlanta, Texas, and the body was cremated.
He was a barber and a member of Westside Baptist Church in Atlanta, Texas.
Survivors include: a son, Scott Porter of Ashdown; three daughters, Marcia Porter Mitchell of Ashdown, Susan Dancer of Fouke and Misty Porter of Ashdown; a sister, Sue Reed of Texarkana; and six grandchildren.

Charles W. Bradford, 74
Retired heavy equipment operator for county
NASHVILLE -- Funeral services for Charles Wayne Bradford, 74, were scheduled at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 in the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Jerry Smith officiated.
Burial was in Restland Memorial Park under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Mr. Bradford was born March 7, 1927, the son of the late Thomas Luther and Lucy Cornish Bradford. He died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at a Nashville hospital.
He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Howard County Road Department, and he was a member of Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church for 46 years.
Mr. Bradford was preceded in death by two brothers, Rufus Bradford and Mack Junior Bradford.
Survivors include: his wife of 48 years, Lorraine Ameson Bradford of Nashville; two sons, David Wayne Bradford of Murfreesboro and Randy Edwin Bradford of Glenwood; a daughter, Kathryn Marie Baxter of Kirby; five brothers, R.J. McClure of Nashville, Edwin Bradford of Wake Village, Texas, Larkin Bradford of Kountze, Texas, J.L. Bradford and R.V. Bradford, both of Nashville; six sisters, Ruby McDaniel of Magnolia,l Elsie Lakey of Silsbee, Texas, Shirley Bradford of Nashville, Betty Kibodeaux of Beaumont, Texas, Linda Hockaday of Nashville and Patsy Whitehead of Genoa; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews and nieces.
Memorials may be made to the Texarkana Baptist Orphanage, P.O. Box 611, Texarkana, Arkansas 75504.

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