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Westerfield, Vera
Vera D. Bailey Westerfield, 94, of Batesville died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, in a Searcy hospital.
Born Sept. 13, 1903, in Tuckerman, she was a homemaker and a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Roy D. Westerfield of Bellevue, Neb., and LaVaughn E. Westerfield of Jacksonville; two sisters, Ida Hall of Springfield, Mo., and Edith Thomas of Evening Shade; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Roy Westerfield; seven brothers; two sisters; and a great-grandchild.
The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. Bob Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Charles Insell, Ted Masters, Billy Cargill, Earl Evans, Carroll Sullivan and Ron Ward.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Cadena, Logan Shane
CAVE CITY - Logan Shane Cadena, infant son of Michael and Stephanie Cadena of Mount Pleasant, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
Other than his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Dakota Cadena of Mount Pleasant and Joseph Berry of Indianola, Miss.; his grandparents, Steve Medlock of Mount Pleasant, Debbie Medlock of Troy, Ala., Chain and Nancy Cadena of Indianola, Miss.; and his great-grandparents, John and Ruth Story of Evening Shade and Jim and Jean Rush of Kokomo, Ind.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Jessica Cadena; and his great-grandparents, Bill and Charla Medlock.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City with Keith Gregson officiating. Burial will be in Spotts Cemetery in Poughkeepsie.
Honorary pallbearers will be Russell Rogers, Richard Stowers, Mike Medlock, Dale Kirk and Jerry Medlock.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
 
Helms, Myrtle
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Myrtle Jewel Sutton Helms, 75, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at her home.
Born Dec. 29, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Milton and Sarah Sutton. She was a homemaker and a member of the School Avenue Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, George W. Helms; a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Pat Helms of Mountain View; a daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Lee Whidden of Mountain View; two granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Myra and Hank Harris and Julie and Michael Winkle; a grandson, Jason Helms; four great-grandchildren, Karen Harris, Terry Harris, Myranda Harris and Machaela Winkle; a sister, Nona Helms of Mountain View; and many nieces and nephews.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Ellen Helms; three brothers, Otto Sutton, Henry Sutton and Robert Sutton; and three sisters, Lena Cates, Opel Potter and Gladys Potter.
The funeral was on Wednesday at School Avenue Church of Christ with Frank Curtis officiating. Burial was at Norricks Chapel under the direction of Roller-Coffman Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Pallbearers were Johnny McIntire, Roger Gardner, Doyle Cates, Bill Sutton, Tommy Taylor and Jerry McIntire.

Cadena, Logan Shane
CAVE CITY - Logan Shane Cadena, infant son of Michael and Stephanie Cadena of Mount Pleasant, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
Arrangements will be announced by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Jaco, Rebecca Lynn
Jaco, Naquita Dianne
Rebecca Lynn Jaco and Naquita Dianne Jaco, infant daughters of Charles and Rebecca Jaco of Pleasant Plains, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
Other survivors include their grandparents, Harley and Leah Jaco and Butch and Connie Phillips, all of Pleasant Plains; great-grandparents, Opal Sample and Earnest and Edith Candler, all of Pleasant Plains; and great-great-grandmother, Velma Clement of Pleasant Plains.
The graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Floral under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Jason Rickett and Jimmy Jaco.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Terrell, Happel
Happel J. Terrell, 91, of Bethesda died Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998, at her home.
Born Jan. 6, 1907, in Batesville, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Norah Pierce Brooks. She was a homemaker and a member of Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church.
Survivors include five sons, Troy Lee Terrell of Mount Pleasant, Kae D. Terrell and Robert J. Terrell, both of Bethesda, Jerry Don Terrell of Mobile, Ala., and Happel D. Terrell of Annadale, Va.; a daughter, Bernadine Weis of Bethesda; two sisters, Zelda Hudson and Litchford Gamel, both of Batesville; 28 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Henry Terrell; a son, Carl A. Terrell; and seven grandchildren.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church near Bethesda with the Rev. Leonard Williams officiating. Burial will be in Campground Cemetery in Bethesda under the direction of Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Mike Terrell, Brian Jackson, Billy Konkler, Andy Konkler, Andy Denham, Matthew Terrell and Norman K. Terrell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Weis, Bobby Lee Terrell, Jimmy Terrell, Hugh Dowell, Johnnie Hugh Dowell, Joe Terrell and Tom Dowell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Bristow, Dudley E. Bristow
Dudley Ernest Bristow, 93, of Batesville died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, in a Cave City nursing home.
Born July 31, 1904, in Batesville, he was the son of Dudley Lafayette Bristow and Daisy Phillips Bristow. He was a retired lock and dam operator on the White River and was a member of Maple Springs Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Charles Ernest Bristow of Batesville; a daughter, Wanda Thompson Davis of Batesville; a sister, Eleanor Marchello of Wilmington, Del.; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Fannie Griffith Bristow and Zelma Gilliahn Bristow; a daughter, Laverne Crowder; a grandson, Charles Crowder; three sisters, Edith Crowder, Lela Tadlock and Vera Goff; and a brother, Homer Bristow.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. Paul Strang officiating. Burial will be in Egner Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Pate, Elvin L.
Elvin Lee Pate, 67, of Batesville died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born March 3, 1930, in Independence County, he was the son of the late Al and Mattie Roberson Pate. He was a self-employed truck driver and diesel mechanic, a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and he was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Pate of Batesville; a son, Terry Pate of Batesville; three daughters, Deborah McClurg of Batesville, Donna Pate of Roanoke, Va., and Tammy Pate of Jonesboro; a brother, Ezra Pate of Searcy; four grandchildren, Mande Herekamp, Jim McClurg, Trevor Hill and Kylie Hill; and a great-grandson, Dylan Herekamp.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Elza Pate.
The graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Egner Cemetery in Salado under the direction of Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Shelton, Fred O.
WEST PLAINS, Mo. - Fred Oscar Shelton, 78, of West Plains, Mo., died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, in a West Plains hospital.
Born June 13, 1919, in South Fork, Mo., he was the son of the late Frank and Myrtle Evelyn May Shelton. He attended schools in South Fork, Mo., and farmed and had dairy cows most of his life. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Shelton; a long-time friend, Clifford Nokes of the family home; three sisters-in-law, Rachel Collins of Batesville and Mary Towns and Louzetta Shelton, both of West Plains; and many nieces and nephews.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Willie Shelton, Tom Shelton, Ollie Shelton and Jim Shelton; and two sisters, Julia Frew and Alice Davis.
The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home of West Plains with the Rev. Glenn Murray officiating. Burial will be in Dripping Springs Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today.

Al Harris Jr.
BENTON - James Alfred "Al" Harris Jr., 84, of Bryant died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, in Little Rock.
He was born Feb. 16, 1913, in Bauxite. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, he was a member of the Arkansas Razorback Football Team and a member of the "A" Club, lettering in 1933-1934. He was a teacher and coach at De Queen and Pine Bluff, leading the Pine Bluff Zebras to the State Championship in 1943. 
He moved to Batesville where he was a teacher, coach, principal, superintendent, athletic director and a member of the Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame. He later moved to Bauxite, where he was superintendent of schools, and then to the Bryant Public Schools, where he retired in 1982. He was a member of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association and enjoyed studying Arkansas history. His hobbies included quail hunting and creek fishing, pen and ink drawings, cartooning, spending time with family and friends, crossword puzzles and reading.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Trigg Harris of Bryant; two sons, Al Harris III of Arkadelphia and Pete Harris of Damascus; a daughter, Sarah Mold of Harris, Minn.; a brother, A.G. "Hap" Harris of Gonzales, La.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bauxite Community Center under the direction of Ashby Funeral Home of Benton.
Memorials may be made to the Independence County or Saline County libraries.

Alta Varnell
Alta Neoma Jenkins Varnell, 91, of Batesville died Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
Born in Jonesboro on March 23, 1906, she was the daughter of the late William and Mable Jenkins. She was a homemaker and a member of the Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Etta Jean King of Batesville and Polly Scott of Elwood, Ind.; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul D. Varnell; a son, James Varnell; three daughters, Stella Haney, Glenda Robertson and Ava Lee Crabtree; a grandson, Charles King Jr.; two brothers, Ernest Jenkins and William Jenkins; and a sister, Stella Chandler.
The funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Curtis King and the Rev. J.W. Blanks officiating. Burial will be in Egner Cemetery under the direction of Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Dale Crabtree, David Crabtree, Steve Scott, Chris Arbuckle, Mike Scott, Keith Rogers, Calvin Haney, Brad Arbuckle and Anthony Wilson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Ethel Mae Woodruff
NEWARK - Ethel Mae Green Woodruff, 72, of Newark died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
She was the daughter of Clyde and Annie Jones Green. She was a retired factory worker and homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church at Newark, the Tate Lynch Post No. 9577 Veterans of Foreign Wars of Newark and the John Barnett Post No. 196 American Legion of Newark.
Survivors include her husband, Forest Samuel Woodruff of Newark; a daughter, Shirley A. Johnson of Newark; two brothers, L.C. Green of Newark and Elmer Green of Newark; a sister, Blanch Treadway of Newark; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a daughter, Katy Stout.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Newark with the Rev. Bill Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newark Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Douglas Tate, Ronnie Tate, Eddie Woodruff, Tommy Treadway, James Langston, Phillip Morrison, James McCoy and Larry McClain.
Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Green, Dennis Green, Dr. Robert Walton, Dr. Lackey Moody, Boyd Shirley and Conway Johnson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

Maxfield, Ruth Porter
NEW ORLEANS - Ruth Porter Maxfield of New Orleans died Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998, in New Orleans.
She was the daughter of the late May Conwill Porter and Charles R. Porter. A resident of New Orleans for many years, she was involved in several civic activities. She served on the boards of the Women of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, St. Anna's Home, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Le Petit Salon and the Orleans Club. She was a longtime member of several historical and preservation organizations, both local and national.
Survivors include two daughters, Malinda M. Tulloh of Spartanburg, S.C., and Sarah M. Smither of Asheville, N.C.; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Maxfield Wellborn of Cambridge, Mass.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Wesley Maxfield.
The graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville. Arrangements are by Bultman Funeral Home of New Orleans.
Memorials may be made to St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State St., New Orleans, LA 70115; the Archives of Old Independence Regional Museum, P.O. Box 4605, Batesville, AR 72503; or the charity of one's choice.

McGough, Nola Ellen
Nola Ellen McGough, 80, of the Hutchinson Mountain Community died Monday, Jan. 26, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born April 29, 1917, at Hutchinson Mountain, she was the daughter of the late David Preston and Docia Hall Evans. She was a homemaker and a member of the Hutchinson Mountain Church of Christ.
Survivors include five sons, Roy McGough and Gaylon McGough, both of Batesville, Omer Neal McGough of St. Charles, Ill., Jack McGough of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Larry McGough of Hutchinson Mountain; a daughter, Iva Nell Rath of Sioux City, Iowa; two brothers, Floyd Evans of Batesville and Denver Lamons of Pleasant Plains; two sisters, Marcella King of Sasakwa, Okla., and Verna Lea Clark of Hutchinson Mountain; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jim McGough; a daughter; two sisters; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Hutchinson Mountain Church of Christ with Floyd Rine and Billy Fred Grady officiating. Burial will be in the Hutchinson Mountain Cemetery under the direction of Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Larry Ellis, Reggie Barber, Monroe Storms, Allen Roy Bailey, Marvin Denny and Jessie Reynolds.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

McNabb, Hazel Sanders
Hazel Sanders McNabb, 91, of Batesville died Monday, Jan. 26, 1998, in a local nursing home.
Born Jan. 16, 1907, in Independence County, she was the daughter of the late George and Lula Deck Green. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Extension Homemakers Club.
Survivors include a son, Junior Sanders of Little Rock; two daughters, Georgia Pascoe of Kansas City, Mo., and Johnnie Bailey of Appleton; three brothers, Leonard Green of Newark, G.F. Green of Magness and Tony Green of Sulphur Rock; two sisters, Helen Melton of Leachville and Cleo McAfee of Newark; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Sanders; a son, Joe D. Sanders; three brothers, Shelly Green, Lawrence Green and Rader Green; and a sister, Pauline Webster.
The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. M.D. Parmley officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Terry Sanders, Randy Sanders, Jeff Sanders, Joe Ray Sanders, Gary Bailey and Durk Bailey.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Powell, Mary Beth Terry
Mary Beth Terry Powell, 92, of Little Rock died Monday, Jan. 26, 1998.
Born Oct. 15, 1905, in Prescott, she was the daughter of the late Laura Johnson Terry and George Jefferson Terry. She was educated in Batesville Public Schools and graduated from Batesville High School in 1922. She attended Galloway College (now Hendrix College) and later transferred to the University of Arkansas where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She graduated from Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in Batesville.
In 1930 she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Federal Housing Association. She later returned to Batesville where she lived for the next 50 years. She was the head librarian at the Independence County Regional Library, served as president of the Arkansas State Librarians, was a longtime secretary of the Batesville Country Club and was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a sister, Margaret Terry Rasco Dearing of Little Rock; a sister-in-law, Fannie Terry Richards of Alexandria, Va.; a stepdaughter, Lisa P. Dempsey of Westford, Mass.; four nephews, Jim Rasco and Terry Rasco, both of Little Rock, Jeff Terry of Atlanta and Howie Terry of Alexandria, Va.; a niece, Lucy Terry Rutkowski of Pflugerville, Texas; 10 great-nephews and nieces; and four great-great-nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Adm. Morgan Allen Powell; a son, Lt. Charles Howard Griffith; and two brothers, George Jefferson Terry Jr. and Howard Leroy Terry.
The graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville.
Visitation will be from noon until service time on Thursday at the Handford-Terry House, 658 Boswell.
Memorials may be made to the Independence County Regional Library, 368 East Main, Batesville, AR 72501.

Burrow, Jeannie
Jeannie Burrow, 50, of Batesville died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born March 14, 1947, in Guymon, Okla., she was the daughter of Burnis Alfred Arnold and Faye Ellen Nash Ramsey. 
Survivors include her mother of Mississippi; two brothers, Jerry Arnold of Mississippi and David Arnold of Heber Springs; and two sisters, Susan Bennett of Cushman and Janice Holloway of Mississippi.
She was preceded in death by her father.
A private burial was Wednesday in Kyler Cemetery under the direction of Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.

Heron, Wilma
Wilma J. Heron, 52, of Batesville died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born July 1, 1945, in Golden Meadow, La., she was the daughter of the late Dida and Louise Trahan Guidry. She was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith.
Survivors include her husband, Leonard Heron of Batesville; a son, Byron Heron of Batesville; a stepson, John Heron of Fort Worth, Texas; three brothers, Paul Guidry and Ervin Guidry, both of Mississippi, and Junior Guidry of Louisiana; two step-brothers, Eddie Guidry and Louis Guidry, both of Louisiana; a stepsister, Ida Guidry of Louisiana; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.
The memorial Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Batesville. Arrangements are by Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Pitts, Paul
Paul Pitts, 51, of Batesville died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, at his home.
Born in Sikeston, Mo., on Dec. 30, 1946, he was the son of the late Owen and Mertle Pitts.
Survivors include a son, Waylon Pitts of Batesville; a daughter, Jennifer Pitts of Batesville; two brothers, Doyle Pitts of Texas and Charles Pitts of Batesville; and a sister, Mertyle Alice Newton of Newark.
The graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Valley Cemetery with pastor Mark Evants officiating. Arrangements are by Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Kelley, Ronnie Brown, Bob Francis, Glen Melton, Tommy Jones and Jerry Barnes.


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