Miscellaneous Howard County, Arkansas Obituaries

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Shelba Jean Stedman, 65
Saratoga natie dies of breast cancer
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Shelba Jean Stedman, 65, died Monday, June 10, 2002, at her home in Arlington, following an eight year battle with breast cancer. She was born Oct. 22, 1936, in Saratoga, Ark.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 13 in Fielder Road Baptist Church. Burial was scheduled at 1 p.m. in DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.
Mrs. Stedman was preceded in death by her father, Haskell McJunkins, and a son, Randy, in August 1995.
Survivors include: her husband, C.T. Stedman; her mother, Bessie Fern McJunkins; four sons, Ron Stedman, Dan Stedman, Gary Stedman and Andy Stedman; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Dixie Johnson, 68
Resident of Nashville since 1959
NASHVILLE -- Funeral services for Dixie Faye Killian (Coulter) Johnson, 68, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 in First United Methodist Church. Rev. Jim Polk officiated.
Burial was in Restland Memorial Park under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 17, 1934, in Kennett, Mo., daughter of Hazel Fleeman Killian and Robert William Killian. She died Thursday, Aug. 8.
A resident of Nashville since 1959, she was active in Nashville Junior Auxiliary and was a former elementary school teacher and literacy tutor. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Trinity Sunday School class. She had also served as a church organist and member of the Chancel Choir.
Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by: her husband, Andrew Johnson, in 1995; her father, Robert Killian, in 1952; her sister, Bobbye J. Killian, in 1968; and her mother Hazel Freeman Meyer, in 1992.
Survivors include: three sons, Nate Coulter of Little Rock, Rob Coulter of Nashville and John Coulter of Little Rock; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 119, Nashville, Arkansas 71852 or the Howard County Literacy Council, 415 N. Fourth Street, Nashville, Arkansas 71852.

Sylvia T. Mattice, 76 
Burial at Bluff Springs Cemetery
MINERAL SPRINGS -- Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 in the Bluff Springs Cemetery for Sylvia Thomas Mattice, 76, of Mineral Springs. Bro. Art Baker and Bro. Jerry Icenhower officiated, and arrangements were by Nashville Funeral Home.
Mrs. Mattice was born Aug. 9, 1924, in Boone, Iowa, daughter of the late Glen and Helen Davenport Thomas. She died Sunday, April 15, 2001, in Texarkana.
She was a homemaker and member of the Bluff Springs Community Church.
Mrs. Mattice was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Mattice, who died in 1994, and a sister, Doris Mattice.
Survivors include: two daughters, Janet Mattice of Mineral Springs and Linda Butler of Dallas; a brother, LeeRoy Mattice of Farmersville, Texas; a sister, Louella Mueller of Tomball, Texas; four grandsons; two great-grandsons; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Myrtle Blount, 84
Delight homemaker died Nov. 18
MURFREESBORO -- Funeral services for Myrtle Blount, 84, of Delight were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 in Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.
Harold Presley and Hamm Bradford officiated with burial in the Delight Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Blount was born May 3, 1917, in Delight, daughter of the late Luther and Edna Era Cross. She died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, in an Arkadelphia hospital.
She was a homemaker and member of the Bowen Community Church.
Mrs. Blount was preceded in death by her husband, Grover E. Blount, who died June 28, 1979, and a son, Kennth Blount, who died in November 1990.
Survivors include: two sons, Dewey Blount and Lindell Blount, both of Delight; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Delight Cemetery, c/o Larry May, P.O. Box 68, Delight, Arkansas 71940.

William Dillard, 87
First store of retail chain was in Nashville
LITTLE ROCK -- Funeral services for William Thomas Dillard, 87, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11 in Trinity United Methodist Church. Dr. Walter Smith and The Very Reverend Henry Hudson officiated. Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Park.
Mr. Dillard was born Sept. 2, 1914, in Mineral Springs, the only child of Thomas J. and Hattie Mae Gibson Dillard. He died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at his home.
He was the founder and chairman of Dillard's, Inc.
Survivors include: his wife of 61 years, Alexa Latimer Dillard; five children, William Thomas Dillard II of Little Rock, Drue Dillard Corbusier of Fort Worth, Texas, Dennis Alexander Dillard , James Michael Dillard and Denise Dillard Mahaffy, all of Little Rock; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Herman Cummings, 75
WWII sailor was a retired carpenter
MURFREESBORO -- Memorial services for Herman Rolland Cummings, 75, were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 9 at Calvary Tabernacle Church. Rev. Mathew Marshall officiated.
Mr. Cummings was born March 17, 1927, son of the late Walter B. and Flossie Belle Lingo Cummings. He died Wednesday, April 3, 2002.
A World War II Navy veteran, Mr. Cummings was a retired carpenter.
Survivors include: his wife, Carol Lillie Cummings; five daughters, Cheryle Murdock of Anderson, Ind., Sheila Blanchard of Falkville, Ala., Kathryn Stephens, Jennifer Allen and Robin Barnes, all of Murfreesboro; one brother, Wesley Cummings; and one sister, Norma Jean of Little Rock; 11 grandchildren nad 12 great-grandchildren.

Katelyn Grace Key
Maternal grandparents are Nashville residents
NASHVILLE -- Graveside services for Katelyn Grace Key, infant daughter of Jerry and Wendy Ross Key of Foreman, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 in County Line Cemetery. Arrangements were by Nashville Funeral Home.
The infant was born Aug. 7, 2002, in a Texarkana hospital, and she died Aug. 7, 2002.
Survivors include: her parents; two sisters, Kendra Key and Kristin Key, both of Foreman; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Linda Ross of Nashville; paternal grandparents, Mary and Jerry Key, Sr., of Foreman; maternal great-grandparents, George and Linda Ross of Nashville; paternal great-grandparents, Loraine Woods Gore of Foreman; and paternal great-great-grandmother, Viola Chadwick of Foreman.

Dallas Latch
A former elder of the Delight Church of Christ
DELIGHT -- Funeral services for Dallas Latch, 87, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12 in the Delight Church of Christ. Wallace Alexander officiated, and was assisted by Randy Hughes, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Burial was in Paradise Cemetery under the direction of Swengel Funeral Home in Salem, Ill.
Mr. Latch was born Feb. 28, 1915, son of the late Orville and Edith Latch. He died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at his home.
A member of the Delight Church of Christ, he was a former elder, a retired welder and superintendent for Trunkline Gas Co.
Mr. Latch was preceded in death by: his first wife, Lois Mary Latch; a son, Larry DeWayne Latch; a brother, Dale Latch; two sisters, Ella Faye Latch and Betty Lou Latch.
Survivors include: his wife, Evelyn Latch of Delight; a son, Gary Wayne Latch; two brothers, Bill Latch and Charles Latch; two sisters, Mary Edith Baker and Elizabeth Ann Streming; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews and nieces.

Earlean Scoggins, 75
Was active member of Dodson Street Church of Christ
NASHVILLE -- Funeral services for Earlean Wesson Scoggins, 75, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 in Dodson Street Church of Christ. Bro. Norman Adamson officiated.
Burial was in the Center Point Cemetery under the direction of Hicks Funeral Home.
Mrs. Scoggins was born June 8, 1926, in Center Point, and she died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, in a Little Rock hospital.
She was employed in the poultry industry and was a member of Dodson Street Church of Christ, where she was a Sunday school teacher, usher, choir member and secretary-treasurer of the Ladies Bible Class.
Survivors include: a son, Don Scoggins of Nashville; four daughters, Janice Green and Mary Scoggins, both of Houston, Texas, Loretta Scoggins of Waco, Texas, and Peggy Scoggins of Nashville; three sisters, Fern Robinson of Inglewood, Calif., Mae Lou Hendrix of Quitman, Texas, and Nona Thomas of Maud, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Violet M. Barrs
Age 82
NILES, Mich. -- Funeral services for Violet M. `Dolly" Barrs, 82, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7 in St. Mark Catholic Church. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery with arrangements by Halbritter Funeral Home.
Survivors include: five daughters, Mary Hartness of Nashville, Ark., Elizabeth Clifford of Berryville, Ark., Cassandra Weideman of Ann Arbor, Susan Fralick of Edwardsburg and Jane Breyer of Ishpeming; a son, John Barrs of Mishawaka, Ind.; a stepdaughter, Marcia Horvath of Mishawaka, Ind.; a stepson, William Barrs of Edwardsburg; a brother, Maurice Vermullen of Channing.

Donna Epton, 66
Burial at Bluff Springs Cemetery
NASHVILLE -- Donna Epton, 66, died April 14, 2003, in a local hospital.
Funeral services were scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at Nashville Funeral Home, followed by burial in the Bluff Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include: her husband, Charles Epton of Nashville; two daughters, Danea Robinson of Nashville and Cheryl House of Iowa Park, Texas; three sisters, Romaine Payne and Betty Jo Wimmer, both of Lawton, Okla., and Wanda Blackburn of Wichita Falls, Texas.
Memorials may be made to a favority charity.

John Lee Hansen, 84
Nashville
NASHVILLE -- John Lee Hansen, 84, of Nashville, died Dec. 14, 2002, in Nashville.
He was born Aug. 9, 1918, in Donna, Texas, to the late Hans Paulus and Dora Christina Larsen Hansen. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Lockesburg Methodist Church.
Mr. Hansen was a hard worker during his life, tending to his cattle and gardening. When he had time he loved to watch wrestling matches on TV and when they came to town. Mr. Hansen was a member of the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association and a member of the Oddfellow Lodge in Texas.
He was preceded in death by a brother Paul Hansen and his wife, Vera Elizabeth Hansen, who died in October 1996.
Survivors include: one daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Harold Hartness of Nashville; one son and daughter-in-law, John Albert and Teresa Hansen of Atlanta, Texas; two grandchildren and their spouses, Donnie and Sharla Parrish of Nashville and Mark and Shannon Parrish of Bingen; four great-grandchildren, Chad Parrish, Katie Parrish, Zac Parrish and Ty Parrish; and many other friends and family members.
Services will be graveside Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, at 10 a.m. in the Oddfellow Cemetery in Lockesburg with Bro. David Blase officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, Dec. 16 from 6 until 8 p.m.

Peggy Ann Buck
Age 52
HOT SPRINGS -- Graveside services for Peggy Ann Buck, 52, of Hot Springs were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 in Fleming Cemetery with arrangements by the Hot Springs Funeral Home.
Mrs. Buck died Feb. 15, 2003.
Survivors include: a son, Ezra Buck of Conway; two daughters, Tennia Buck of Murfreesboro and Lavel Hollaway of Melbourne; three brothers, Jerry Teague, Jewel Teague and Donald Teague, all of Kirby; and three sisters, Nona McNabb of Kirby, Clara Griffin and Dessie Goodman, both of Texas.

James L. Jones, 33
Burial at Jones Ranch
MINERAL SPRINGS -- Funeral services for James L. (J.J.) Jones, 33, of Springdale are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19 in the Mineral Springs Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Jones Ranch Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, April 18 at 284 Cornbridge Road, Mineral Springs.
Mr. Jones died Saturday, April 12.
Survivors include: his father, James Jones; his mother Beverly Jones; and children, Nakota Jones and Trystyn Jones.

Annie D. Sampson
Age 88
TOLLETTE -- Funeral services for Annie Dillard Sampson, 88, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 in Floyd T. Jeans Memorial CME Church.
Mrs. Sampson died Feb. 17, 2003, in a Texarkana hospital.
Survivors include: a sister, Thelma Curl of Los Angeles; children, Faye B. Crosslin of Gary, Ind., Roy Lee White of Dayton, Ohio, Patricia D. Brown of Tollette, Norma G. Burrs of Harrisburg, Penn., and Bruce E. White of Nashville; stepchildren, Alonzo Sampson of Los Angeles, Bernell Sampson of Gary, Ind., William Dean Sampson of Flint, Mich., Lindsey Odell Sampson of Clow and Mary Helen Robinson of Little Rock.

Georgia L. Spradlin, 60
Funeral services at County Line Church
McCASKILL -- `Rita" Georgia Loretta Spradlin, 60, of McCaskill died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at her home.
Services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18 in County Line Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. James Spradlin and Carey Short officiating. Burial will be in Gilchrist Cemetery in Friendship, Ark., with arrangements by Latimer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Spradlin was born June 15, 1942, in Friendship, Ark., the daughter of the late Hiram and Alltha Eleanor Jones Spurlin.
She was a member of County Line Missionary Baptist Church.
Mrs. Spradlin was preceded in death by her husband, James B. Spradlin, Sr., a brother, Jewell Spurlin, and a sister, Madge Hughes.
She is survived by: two sons and a daughter-in-law, James B. Spradlin and wife, Rhonda, of Nashville, and Jeff Spradlin of McCaskill; two daughters and a son-in-law, Tammie Biffle of Tupelo, Miss., and Renee Rhodes and husband, David, of McCaskill; a brother, H.L. Spurlin of Oak Island, N.C.; two sisters, Janette Sheets of Boswell, Okla, and Thelma Smith of Hot Springs; seven grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Gerald Leroy Scharff
Age 83
NASHVILLE -- Gerald Leroy Scharff, 83, died Feb. 14, 2003, in a local nursing home.   A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 in Liberty Baptist Church.

James Dewan Vaught, 66
Logger's body rode his truck to gravesite
DIERKS -- James Dewan `J.D." Vaught, 66, of Dierks died April 12, 2003, in a Texarkana hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15 in Langley Hall, followed by burial in the Langley Hall Cemetery by Wilkerson Funeral Home of Dierks.
Survivors include: his wife, Lynn Jones Vaught of Dierks; three daughters, Carina Tolleson of Kirby, Tammy Hill of Bryant and Beverly Joe of Hot Springs; a step-son, Jamie Vinyard of Dierks; and two sisters, Mary Louise Cook of Kirby and Glenda Lovelace of St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
Memorials may be made to Log-A-Load for Kids for Arkansas Children's Hospital, 800 Marshall Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.

Gleoria Jo Wilson, 62
Native of Nashville
TEXARKANA -- Gleoria Jo Wilson, age 62, of Texarkana, Ark., died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, in a local adult care facility.
Gleoria was born Dec. 5, 1940, in Nashville, Ark., and had lived in Texarkana most of her life. She was retired from Red River Army Depot, and she was a Sunday School teacher and member of First Baptist Church, Moores Lane.
She is survived by: her husband, Norvin Wilson of Texarkana, Ark.; a daughter and son-in-law, Dana and James Brooks of Texarkana, Texas; a brother, Charles `Buddy" Young of Ashdown, Ark.; a sister, Terry L. Young of Nashville, Ark.; a special grandson, Connor Brooks of Texarkana, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17 in Fuqua-Everett Memorial Chapel at Texarkana Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Sims and Dr. Richard Hornok officiating. Burial will be in East Memorial Gardens under the direction of Texarkana Funeral Home.
Those wishing to memorialize Mrs. Wilson may make contributions to First Baptist Church, Moores Lane Children's Department, 3015 Moores Lane, Texarkana, Texas 75503 or the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 2801 Richmond Road, PMB 164, Texarkana, Texas 75503.
The family will be at their residence at 1201 East 42nd Street in Texarkana.


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