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Burge, Frances Johnson
Frances Johnson Burge, 81, of Batesville died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, in a local nursing home.
Born June 27, 1916, in Batesville, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Sarah Frances Young Johnson. She was a retired bookkeeper and member of the First Presbyterian Church of Batesville and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include two sons, Larry Rutledge of Beaver Creek, Ohio, and Louis Case Burge of Denver; a daughter, Eva Smith of San Jose, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Case Burge; her parents; two brothers; and five sisters.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. Ed Wyers officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Irvin Kimmer, Will Kimmer, John Eldridge, R.L. Bowman and Donald Vanston.
Honorary pallbearers will be Norman White, Gene Gaddy and Bill Cullum.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m today.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Emery, Judy
NEWPORT - Judy "Chick" Hatfield Emery, 49, of Bradford died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
She was the daughter of Mary Doris Riley Emery and the late Charlie Edward Hatfield.
Survivors include her mother of Bradford; four brothers, Eldon Hatfield of Blevins, Benjy Emery of Newark, Harold Emery of Searcy and Walter Tine Emery of Thida; and three sisters, Daphine Halliburton of Beedeville, Joanna Ervin of Yucaipa, Calif., and Ada Griffith of Thida.
Other than her father, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Walter Gray Emery; and two infant brothers.
The funeral was at 10 a.m. today at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home with Neil Wilkerson officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery at Bradford.
Pallbearers were Jay Dee Mabry, William Bethel, Coy Burgess, Jim McAdams, Robert Murphy and Harvey Henderson.
Honorary pallbearers were David Martin and Charles Griffith.

Evans, Betty
Betty Evans, 68, of Batesville died today, Feb. 2, 1998, in a local hospital.
Arrangements will be announced by Batesville Funeral Service.

Griffin, Frank Taylor
Frank Taylor Griffin, 80, of Newark died Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
He was the son of Clyde and Mabel Snapp Griffin. He was a farmer and owner/operator of Griffin Seed and Grain, and he was a member of the Hazel Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church at Newark.
Survivors include two sons, Frankie Griffin and Robert Griffin, both of Newark; a daughter, Anne Moore of Little Rock; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lavada Crawford Griffin, and his parents.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Hazel Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Goodwin officiating and the Rev. Donnie Hudson assisting. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery at Newark under the direction of Jackson's Newark Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be David Moore, Joel Moore, Jon Moore, Frankie Griffin, Brad Griffin and Rodney Griffin.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

Heigle, Connie Ann Jones
CAVE CITY - Connie Ann Jones Heigle, 48, of Salado died Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born in Kalamazoo, Mich., she was the daughter of Ralph Jones and Bertha Willis Jones. She was a nurse for 17 years and was employed at White River Medical Center.
Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Heigle; a son, Eric Fulbright of Shreveport, La.; a stepson, Rodney Heigle of Batesville; a daughter, Julia Curtis of Cave City; a stepdaughter, Christie Heigle of Bradford; and seven grandchildren.
The graveside service began at 2 p.m. today in Parsley Cemetery in Cave City with Kenneth Altom officiating. Arrangements were by Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.

Barber, Charles J.
Charles J. Barber, 69, of Choctaw died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998, at his home.
Born Nov. 4, 1928, in Judsonia, he was the son of Everett and Evie Barber. He lived in Montecello, Ind., for several years where he was owner of Montecello Dry Cleaners.
Survivors include his wife, Sybil Cooley Barber; four sons, Mike Barber of Charleston, S.C., Thom Barber of Strawberry, Tim Barber of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Mark Barber of Russellville; a daughter, Jurita Barber of San Antonio, Texas; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Mike and Debbie Cooley of Clinton; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Merle Barber.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery at Shirley.

Flinn, Shirley
Shirley Vickery Flinn, 57, of New Douglas, Ill., formerly of Batesville, died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998, in New Douglas.
Born June 14, 1940, in Cushman, she was the daughter of Howard and Anna Arnold Vickery. She was a homemaker and a member of New Douglas Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Leslie E. Schuette of Mount Olive, Ill., and Laura M. Flinn Baechtel of Los Angeles, Calif.; her mother of Batesville; two brothers, Winford Vickery of Colchester, Ill., and Eddie Tate of Batesville; three sisters, Janice Bales, Veda Martin and Carolyn Dowell, all of Batesville; and three grandchildren, Matthew Schuette and Michael Schuette, both of Mount Olive, Ill., and Andrew Baechtel Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Conway Flinn.
The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Ruddell Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Black officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Sherrill, Billy W.
Billy Wayne Sherrill, 42, of Batesville died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1998, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born Feb. 10, 1955, in Batesville, he was the son of Robert and Flora Long Sherrill. He was a certified Ford technician for Truman Baker Ford of Batesville, a member of West Baptist Church and an Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Ann Stewart Sherrill; a son, Taft Sherrill of Batesville; a daughter, Amy Sherrill of Batesville; three brothers, William Sherrill of Charlotte, Gerald Sherrill of Salado and Dillard Sherrill of Jacksonville; two sisters, Bessie Branscum of Batesville and Lora Etta Goodman of the Hutchinson Mountain community.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alfred Lee Sherrill and Joey Sherrill; two sisters, Hazel Terry and Lula Belle Circy; and two infant sisters.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at West Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Dailey officiating. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Andy Sherrill, Randy Sherrill, Eric Sherrill, Todd Sherrill, Jimmy Sherrill and Jason Goodman.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Nast, Mike Stewart, Gerald Cuppler, Dr. J.R. Baker, Bryce Bruce, employees of Truman Baker Ford and his hunting friends.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Baptist Home for Children, Monticello, AR 71655.

Bell, Clate
Clate Bell, 77, of Batesville died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, in a local nursing home.
Born April 16, 1920, in Duncan, Okla., he was the son of Thomas J. Bell and Susie Fannie Foust Bell. He attended Newark Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, J.C. Bell of Eau Claire, Mich.; two stepdaughters, Nell Terry of Newport and Mary Tugwell of Batesville; four brothers, Roy Calvin Bell of Batesville, Caleb Enos Bell of Wichita, Kan., Lonnie Lee Bell of Toronto, Kan., and James Oscar Bell of Sulphur Rock; a sister, Ethel May Cameron of Desha; a grandson, Scott Bell of Lawrence, Mich.; five step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clyde Alexander Bell and Clete Richard Bell; a sister, Fannie Leona Carlile; and an infant brother.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. Bill Williamson officiating. Burial will be in Alderbrook Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Guy Pruitt, Michael Pruitt, Shorty Coles, Allen Zehr, Zed Hays, Dan Moody, Kevin Coles and Ricky Starks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Starks and Ronnie Bolin.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Herron, Stella
CAVE CITY - Stella E. Herron, 90, of Ash Flat died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, in a Cherokee Village hospital.
Born in Zion, she was the daughter of Arch and Laura Oden Johns. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Ash Flat.
Survivors include a son, Douglas Herron of Ash Flat; a daughter-in-law, Eudene Herron of Ash Flat; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer Herron; a daughter, Eudene Felton; two sisters, Thelma Allgier and Estell Johns; a grandson, Earl Mack McGuire; and a son-in-law, Kelsie Felton.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Ash Flat. Arrangements are by Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers will be Jake Johnson, Dan Orr, Lindel Estes, Guy Branscum, Garland Branscum and Danny McGuire.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Ash Flat.

Ramer, Christopher
Christopher M. Ramer of Pleasant Plains, 5-year-old son of Nathan Ramer and Angela Allen, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1998.
He was born in Clinton on Feb. 20, 1992, and was a kindergarten student at Midland Elementary School.
Other than his parents, he is survived by his stepfather, Dale Allen; grandparents, David Allen, Nancy Allen and Pat Ramer; and two brothers, Johnathan Ramer and David Allen, both of Pleasant Plains.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joshua Ramer.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Community Church in Shirley with the Rev. Bobby Ward officiating. Burial will be in Bradford Cemetery under the direction of Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be his family.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Bailey, Mae
CAVE CITY - Mae V. Bailey, 83, of Evening Shade died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, in a Cave City nursing home.
Born Aug. 11, 1914, in Evening Shade, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Maggie Williams Bradley. She was a homemaker and a member of Piney Fork Church of Christ in Evening Shade.
Survivors include three sons, Donald Bailey of Jonesboro, Roy Bailey of Evening Shade and Jerry Bailey of Eastmoline, Ill.; a daughter, Sue Bristow of Lynn; a sister, Fayon Finley of Jonesboro; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Melvin Bailey; three brothers, Earl Bradley, Lawrence Bradley and L.W. Bradley; and a great-granddaughter, Cynthia Bailey.
The funeral began at 2 p.m. today at Piney Fork Church of Christ in Evening Shade with C.C. Baird officiating. Burial was in Evening Shade Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers were Jim Parks, Brian Bailey, Michael Bristow, Curtis Bailey, Terry Bristow and David Bailey.

Cooper, Paul
MELBOURNE - Paul H. Cooper, 76, of Melbourne died Saturday, Feb. 9, 1998, in a Melbourne nursing home.
He was the son of George Thomas Cooper and Martha Elizabeth Craig Cooper, and he was a retired farmer and a member of the Melbourne Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Williams Cooper; two sons, Robert Cooper of Wichita, Kan., and Ronnie Cooper of Batesville; two daughters, Paula Cooper of Mountain Home, and Barbara Burge of Little Rock; a brother, Gill Cooper of Violet Hill; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, two sisters and a granddaughter.
The funeral began at 2 p.m. today at Lunenburg Cemetery with Ralph Wallis officiating. Arrangements were by Crouch Funeral Home of Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Robert Cooper, Ronnie Cooper, Ralph Burge, Duane Cooper, Terry Harris and Randy Cooper.
Honorary pallbearers were James Gaston, Eugene Barksdale, Howard Lamb, Homer Wren, Curtis Dale, P.O. Wren, Bert Weaver and Eugene Loggains.

Franks, Clyde
CAVE CITY - Clyde Franks, 77, of Batesville died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born July 25, 1920, at Batesville, he was the son of Oliver and Ovella Tate Franks. He worked for many years at General Electric in Jonesboro, was an Army veteran of World War II and was a Protestant.
Survivors include two sons, Doug Franks of Charlotte and Jackie Franks of Kingston, Ariz.; a daughter, Wanda Cliff of Jonesboro; two brothers, Roy Franks of Batesville and Floyd Franks of Mount Pleasant; four sisters, Edith Patterson and Hazel Elms, both of Batesville, Alphea Love of Mount Pleasant and Lois Winningham of Jonesboro; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Euleen Franks; a son, Robert Franks; two brothers, J.C. Franks and Joe Franks; and two sisters, Imogene Franks and Bessie Franks.
The funeral began at 10 a.m. today at Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City with the Rev. Carl Neal officiating. Burial was in Campground Cemetery in Bethesda.
Pallbearers were Danny Franks, Winfred Franks, Vaughn Patterson, Bobby Joe Franks, Carl Franks and Larry Love.

Lundy, Grace E.
Grace E. Scott Lundy, 87, of Batesville died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born July 7, 1910, in Salado, she was the daughter of J.W. and Mary Elizabeth Davis Scott. She was a homemaker and a member of the Charlotte Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sons, Gene Lundy of Mabelvale and Charles Lundy of Batesville; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral began at 10 a.m. today at the Charlotte Church of Christ with Ralph Wallis and Chuck Crow officiating. Burial was in Egner Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers were Ronald Spicer, Wesley Walls, Roger Lawrence, Mark Walters, Danny Storlie and Gerald Lillard.
Honorary pallbearers were Conway Lawrence, Bill Lillard, Hugh Mobley, Orville Arms and Burl Young.

Moore, Nita
Nita Raye Magness Moore, 80, of Batesville, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born April 4, 1917, in Newark, she was the daughter of Charles and Minnie L. Magness. She was a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in Magness and Southside schools for 30 years. She was a member of the Moorefield United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin E. Moore; a daughter, Marva Raye Hipp of Memphis, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Melissa Potter of Annapolis, Md., and Melanie Daugherty of Clarksville, Tenn.; and two great-grandchildren, Ryan Potter and Shelby Potter, both of Annapolis, Md.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Moorefield United Methodist Church with the Rev. John W. Martin officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Newton, Y.M. Mack III, Clyde Ralph Morgan, Charles Barnett, Clive Blount, Jim Gardner and Glen Pool.
There will be no visitation. Friends may stop by the residence.

Wallace, Delores Young
Delores Y. Young Wallace, 94, of Batesville died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born Dec. 24, 1903 in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was the daughter of Ethelbert H. and Hattie Driggs Young. She was a retired employee of Davco Electronic, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Batesville.
Survivors include eight nephews, Keith Young of Los Angeles, Calif., Rodger Young and Darrell Young, both of Portland, Ore., Kent Young of Salt Lake City, Jack Taylor of Pasadena, Calif., Mike Young of San Pedro, Calif., Bob Young and David Young, both of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and three nieces, Laura Lee Bruff of Salt Lake City, Kip Richards, and Karen Young, both of Fallbrook, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hanry Wallace; four brothers, Waldo Young, Dean Young, Jack Young, Claude Young, and Lyle Young: and a sister, Anona Bruff.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. today in the Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville chapel with the Rev. Dennis Wilson officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Harold Wilson, J.D. Pierce, Dwayne Millikin, Gene Barnett, Mike Young, and Rodger Young.

Whitley, Virgie Mae
Virgie Mae Huskey Keller Whitley, 82, of Rogers died Jan. 31, 1998, in a Rogers hospital.
Born Jan. 28, 1916, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Jimmy and Ada Honey Runyan. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rogers and was retired from Daisy Manufacturing and the Rogers School District.
Survivors include three sons, Boyce J. Keller and Lavern Huskey, both of Rogers, and Charles Huskey of Strawberry; a stepdaughter, Helen Allen of Strawberry; two sisters, Vernie Causby of Webb City, Mo., and Lorene Bell of Batesville; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; two brothers, Ed Runyan and Burt Runyan; a sister, Vircie Ketchum; and a grandson, Burl Huskey.
The funeral was at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Benton County Memorial Park in Rogers with the Rev. Ben Rowell officiating.

Zinn, Timothy
Timothy Zinn, 35, of Evening Shade died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born July 10, 1962, in Springfield, Ill., he was the son of Wayne and Helen Peterson Zinn. He was a nurse at the Salem Nursing Home, a Navy veteran and a Christian.
Survivors include his wife, Helda Zinn; his mother of London Mills, Ill.; a brother, Frederick Zinn of London Mills; and two sisters, Ethel Wilkins of Mountain Home and Melinda Schiper of Illinois.
The graveside service was today at Locust Grove Cemetery under the direction of Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.


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