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Ashley, Iley Rainbolt
Iley Rainbolt Ashley, 80, died Wednesday, March 4, 1998, in a Mountain View hospital.
Born Aug. 24, 1917, at Alco, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Dosha Rainbolt. She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith.
Survivors inclue three sons, Dowice Ashley of Mountain View, Huston Ashley of Drasco and Jimmy Ashley of Lexington, Ky.; two daughters, Nola Faye Williams of Indianapolis and Shirley Hipp of Prim; a brother, Samuel Rainbolt of Ida; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Ashley; a son, Jerry Lynn Ashley; and two brothers, Andy Rainbolt and Daniel Rainbolt.
The funeral began was Friday at the Evangelistic Center in Mountain View with Tommy Williams and Jimmy Ashley officiating. Burial was in Levisy Flat Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Coffman Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Pallbearers were Afton Rainbolt, Floyd Glenn George, Jerry Richardson, Floyd Wallis, Don Smith, William Corter and David Hopper.

Bickerstaff, Dorothy
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Dorothy Bickerstaff, 88, of Mountain View died Thursday, March 5, 1998.
She was born in Lamonte, Mo., in 1909. A graduate of Lamonte High School and Arkansas State Teachers College with a degree in home economics, she was a teacher at Moro High School and T.A. Futrall High School in Marianna where she taught home economics for 14 years. 
As part of President Roosevelt's New Deal, she was home management supervisor in charge of 25 canning centers in Lee County and had 135 client families who she visited and helped with gardening, canning and their homes. She also served as home management supervisor for the Southeast District of Arkansas that included 18 counties. She was home economist for the Resettlement Administration, a provision of the New Deal in Chicot County.
In 1974, she and her husband moved to Mountain View where she was owner of the Dogwood Hollow Antiques and Museum.
She was affiliated with the PEO Chapter of Marianna, Lee County Extension Homemakers, the Regional Library Board, Omega Chapter of the the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Mountain View Garden Club, Mountain View Leatherwoods, Daughters of the American Revolution, Mountain View Business and Professional Women's Organization, the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, University of Central Arkansas Half Century Club, Arkansas Craft Guild, Stone County Retired Teachers Association and the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association.
Survivors include a daughter, Helen Kern of Little Rock; a son, David Bickerstaff of Stuttgart; five granddaughters; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Bickerstaff; and a son, Robert D. Bickerstaff.
The funeral began was Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Mountain View. Burial was in Levisy Flat Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Mountain View or the First Christian Church of Marianna.

Finley, Denna V.
Denna Vey Finley, 58, of Golden, Colo., died Feb. 27, 1998, at her home.
Born April 15, 1939, in Levant, Kan., she was the daughter of Bryon and Emma Berry Keck.
Survivors include her husband, Dale Finley; a son, Jeffery Finley of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; three daughters, Tracey King of Arvada, Colo., Marcia Rush of Denver, Colo., and Stephanie Finley of Arlington, Va; four brothers, Larry Keck of Troutdale, Ore., Melvin Keck of Commerce City, Colo., Darel Keck of Alpena and Doyle Keck of San Antonio, Texas; three sisters, Faye Star of Denver, Arleta Keck of Pico Rivera, Calif., and Kaye Coraluzzo of Glassboro, N.J.; and eight grandchildren, Justin Finley, David Jeremy King, Melynda Finley, Ashley Finley, Brendon Finley, Aubree Finley, Emma Rush and Abbie Rush, all of Denver.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The funeral was held March 3 in Denver under the direction of Newcomers Funeral Services.

Hopper, Elsie Williams
Elsie Williams Hopper, 89, died Thursday, March 5, 1998, in Calico Rock.
Born in Hazzard, Ky., on June 16, 1908, she was the daughter of Dial and Martha Messer Williams.
Survivors include two sons, Owen L. Hopper of Henderson, Colo., and Garry Hopper of Sinaloa, Mexico; three grandchildren, Melissa Hopper, Tiffany Mead and Katy Mead; and three great-grandchildren, Dwight Hopper, Elizabeth Hopper and Chrissie Mead.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Owen Hopper; two brothers; and three sisters.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Levisy Flat Christian Fellowship Church with the Rev. Terry Tilley officiating. Burial will be in Levisy Flat Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Pallbearers will be David Hopper, Benny Stevens, Tom Walker, Jerry Engle, Jerry Hopper and Joel Hopper.
Visitation will be until 9 p.m. today.

Plemmons, Dr. Lloyd H.
CAVE CITY - Dr. Lloyd H. Plemmons, 61, of Ash Flat died Friday, March 6, 1998, at his home.
Born Sept. 25, 1936, in Asheville, N.C., he was the son of Lawrence N. and Misha G. Gillis Plemmons. A graduate of the University of Tennessee Medical School, he was a physician at the Spring River Medical Clinic at Hardy. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Dianne Plemmons; a son, David Plemmons of Tennessee; a stepson, David Haney of the home; three daughters, Cheryl Plemmons of Michigan, Lyn Plemmons of California and Susie Campbell of Tennessee; a stepdaughter, Sherry Miller of Ash Flat; and a brother, Dr. Ron Plemmons of Asheville, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The body was cremated. Arrangements were by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Scoggins, Ruby Jo
NEWPORT - Ruby Jo Scoggins, 74, of Newport died Sunday, March 7, 1998, in a Jonesboro hospital.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Surrounded Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, John Wayne Scoggins of Newport and Roy Clifton Scoggins of Bradford; two daughters, Martha Smith of Oil Trough and Connie Smith of North Little Rock; three sisters, Rosie Wells of Morrilton, Berniece Brooks of Southaven, Mich., and Dorothy Merrell of Tuckerman; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Conard Scoggins.
The funeral began at 2 p.m. today at Surrounded Hill Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Threet officiating. Burial was at Maple Springs Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Shirley Haigwood, Eldine Ball, Morris Dunivan, Bobby McDougal, Oliver Jackson and Tom Whaley.
Honorary pallbearers were Glover Haigwood, Claude J. Burris, A.J. Merrell, Frank Merrell, Patrick Laidlaw, Barry Pearson, Darin Wagner, Jackson Dewayne Balentine and Earl Wayne Crawford.

Burge, Ella Mae
Ella Mae Burge, 86, died March 3, 1998.
Born Nov. 26, 1911, at Tuckerman, she was the daughter of the late Calvin and Savannah Ring Allen. A graduate of Tuckerman High School, she owned and operated a grocery store and diner. She was a charter member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Pomona, Mo.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Kathy and Dale Watkins of Sunrise Beach, Mo., and Freda Clinton of West Plains, Mo.; a son and daughter-in-law, Coy Olen and Pat Burge of Kansas City, Kan.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Coy Orandle Burge; a son, Jimmy Allen Burge; and a brother, Ray Allen.
The funeral was Friday, March 6, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains with the Rev. Duane Fine officiating. Burial was in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Donnie Osborn, Jason Osborn, Justin Osborn, Randy Watkins, Jim Barszczak and Coy Clinton.

Everidge, Sanford Lee
BALD KNOB - Sanford Lee Evridge, 37, of Bradford died Sunday, March 8, 1998.
Born April 4, 1960, in Batesville, he was the son of Floyd Evridge and Thelma Mashburn Evridge. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his parents; a son, Randall Evridge of Pleasant Plains; two brothers, Floyd "Junior" Evridge of Pleasant Plains and Alan Wayne Evridge of Cozad, Neb.; two sisters, Janet Hannah of Bald Knob and Comelia Hartley of Batesville; and his grandmother, Willie Mae Mashburn of Pleasant Plains.
The graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Plains Cemetery under the direction of Powell Funeral Home of Bald Knob.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Gillmore, Zena Dee Fallis
Zena Dee Fallis Gillmore, 82, of Charlotte died Monday, March 9, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born Aug. 6, 1915, near Charlotte, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Lucy Wood Fallis. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sharp United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons, J.D. Gillmore and Charles Gillmore, both of Charlotte; three daughters, Shirley Reinhardt of South Haven, Mich., Betty Pilot of Charlotte and Lucy Harris of Batesville; three sisters, Eula Mae Fallis of Charlotte, Minnie Marie Bracy of Batesville and Clara Bell Thomas of Southside; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, John Harvey Gillmore.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sharp United Methodist Church at Gainesboro with Bob Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hills Cemetery under the direction of Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Jay Gillmore, Chris Gillmore, Marney Gillmore, Dwight Ford, Danny Cole, Trey Heath and Dustin Henley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Goad, Merle D.
BALD KNOB - Merle D. Goad, 73, of Bradford died Saturday, March 7, 1998.
Born at Pleasant Plains on March 15, 1924, he was the son of the late Delpha Washington and Gracie Florence Whitener Goad. He was retired from Boeing Aircraft Co., a veteran of the Merchant Marines and a member of the Independence Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Hickman Goad; a son, Richard M. Goad of Bradford; two stepsons, Dallas Alexander of Memphis and Tommy Johnson of Renton, Wash.; three stepdaughters, Betty Dunn of Memphis, Darlene Washburn of Seattle, Wash., and Vivian Toley of Renton; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Powell Funeral Home of Bald Knob. Burial will be in Goad Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Wilson, Willie Mae
Willie Mae Wilson, 74, of Judsoinia died Monday, March 9, 1998, in a Judsonia nursing home.
Born Dec. 5, 1923, in Sulphur Rock, she was the daughter of Newt and Annie Langston Isley. She was a retired employee of East Elementary School and a member of 20th Street Baptist Church of Batesville.
Survivors include a daughter, Pat Ellis of Searcy; two grandchildren, Billy Ellis and Donna Cleveland, both of Searcy; and two great-grandchildren, Tiffany Shourd and Rachel Shourd, both of Searcy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Wilson; her parents; and a brother, Elmer Isley.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with Mario Fraser, Jim Swindle and the Rev. Michael Hulsey officiating. Burial will be in Sulphur Rock Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Wilson pallbearers
Pallbearers for the Willie Mae Wilson service which was at 2 p.m. today at Crouch Chapel were Jerry Harris, Marvin Coldwell, Ricky Isley, Chuck Mason, Keith Mason and Gary Mason.
Burial was in Sulphur Rock Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Garrett, Loretta Pearl
LITTLE ROCK - Loretta Pearl Garrett, 73, of Little Rock died Sunday, March 8, 1998.
Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Lewis of Crossett; a son, Charles Garrett of Little Rock; three sisters, Neva Chase of Louisiana, Alice Story of Idaho and Donna Bastian of Arizona; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry L. Garrett; and a daughter, Delores Maddox.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Crystal Hill Baptist Church. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in Egner Cemetery at Salado under the direction of Roller-Chenal Funeral Home of Little Rock.

McDougal, James Bert
ARKADELPHIA - James Bert McDougal, 57, of Arkadelphia, died Sunday, March 8, 1998, in a Fort Worth, Texas, hospital.
Born Aug. 25, 1940, in Bradford, he was the son of the late Leo and Lorene Purvis McDougal. He was a graduate of Bradford High School and attended the University of Arkansas before being appointed assistant reading clerk for the Arkansas House of Representatives. He worked on the Arkansas campaign of John F. Kennedy in 1960 and afterward joined the staff of Sen. John McClellan in Washington and worked in the office of the secretary of the United States Senate.
He returned to Bradford in 1964 to join his family in business there but went back into politics for Sen. J. William Fulbright in 1968 and ran Fulbright's Little Rock office until his defeat in 1974.
McDougal obtained a degree from Ouachita Baptist University and taught on the school's political science faculty before going into business as a land developer in 1976.
He worked on the staff of Gov. Bill Clinton during his first term in office, then took control of Madison Bank & Trust in Kingston. An unsuccessful candidate for Congress in northwest Arkansas in 1982, he returned to Little Rock to run McDougal Enterprises, centered at Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan.
He was a United States Army veteran.
Survivors include an aunt, Alma Mae Ward of Newport.
The graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Arkadelphia with the Rev. Gary Turner officiating. Arrangements are by Murry-Ruggles Funeral Home of Arkadelphia.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Powell, Iona Grace Birdsong
CALICO ROCK - Iona Grace Birdsong Powell, 81, died Tuesday, March 10, 1998, in Calico Rock.
Born April 13, 1916, in Wild Cherry, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Richard and Matilda Shelton Birdsong. She was a dental assistant, having worked for Dr. Dale Hudson for 31 years, and she was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Pineville and the Christian Service Center in Pineville.
Survivors include two daughters, Sammie Givens of El Dorado and Johnnie Killian of Calico Rock; a sister, Eddie Dillard of Yorba Linda, Calif.; a brother, John Birdsong of Redding, Calif.; four grandchildren, Nancie Givens of North Little Rock, Sara Givens-Cato of Conway, Gina Nave of Pineville and Stephen Killian of Calico Rock; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pleas Powell; five brothers; and four sisters.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Calico Rock with Wayne Wood and Dave Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Pineville Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Joe Jennings, Earl Killian, Floyd Hicks, Lee Cowgill, Rexal Williams and Wayne Hopper.
Honorary pallbearers will be Fern Estes, Darlis Cowgill, Rudine Franklin, Lola Jones, Meryl Simmons, Pauline Williams, Treva Horton and Marie Smith.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Gregory, J. Brian
MONROE, La. - J. Brian Gregory, 24, of Monroe, La., died Tuesday, March 10, 1998.
He was an honor graduate of Neville High School where he was a varsity football letterman and a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Latin Club. He received a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Northeast Louisiana University where he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, an international history honor society. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe.
Survivors include his parents, Jim and Frances Gregory of Monroe; a brother, Jeff Gregory of Monroe; a sister, Anne Gregory of Monroe; his grandmother, Leah Wooley of Monroe; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jim and Nancy Gregory; and his maternal grandfather, J.B. Wooley.
The graveside service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe. Arrangements are by Mulhearn Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the Brian Gregory Memorial Library Fund, in care of N.L.U. Foundation, Anna Gray Noe Alumni Center, Monroe, LA 71209.

Crenshaw, Laith E. "Jake"
NEWPORT - Laith E. "Jake" Crenshaw, 86, of Newport died Wednesday, March 11, 1998, in a Newport hospital.
He was retired from General Motors Corp. as a tool and die maker. A graduate of Beedeville High School, he taught school at the Cow Lake community for a year.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Jackson Crenshaw; a son, Michael Crenshaw of Sterling Heights, Mich.; a daughter, Laithene Price of St. Louis, Mo.; two stepsons, Cliff Jackson and Lynn Jackson, both of West Memphis; a stepdaughter, Brenda Jones of Newport; two sisters, Doug Mullins of Memphis and Margie Ridley of Little Rock; a brother, O.E. Crenshaw of Magalia, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery at Newport.
Pallbearers will be Clifton Jackson, Lynn Jackson, Scott Jones, Richie Jones, Edward Jones and Jeremy Decker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Miller, Virgie Irene
CALICO ROCK - Virgie Irene Miller, 92, of Calico Rock died Wednesday, March 11, 1998.
Born Sept. 1, 1905, in Boswell, she was the daughter of Will and Mary Elizabeth Jeffery Watson. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include two daughters, Naomi Albritton of Branson, Mo., and Doris Markle of Yakima, Wash.; three sons, Junius Miller and Lowell Miller, both of Calico Rock, and Norman Miller of Canton, Texas; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wade Orvill Miller; a daughter; and a great-granddaughter.
The funeral began at 2 p.m. today at Howard Funeral Home of Calico Rock with Jess Sumrall officiating. Burial was at Roselawn Cemetery in Calico Rock.
Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Sheffield, Dale
Dale Sheffield, 83, of Bakersfield, Calif., died Wednesday, March 11, 1998, in California.
Born April 1, 1914, in Guion, he was the son of Elisha M. and Grace Bobitt Sheffield. He was a retired manager of Safeway Stores after 40 years of service, a veteran of World War II and a Christian.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Jewell Stubbs Sheffield; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Alice and Clyde Ralph Morgan of Moorefield; two nieces, Cathy Nash and Clyda Felts, both of Moorefield; two great-nieces, Brittany Nash of Moorefield and Kim Stalker of Batesville; a great-nephew, Scott Felts of Conway; a great-great-niece, Morgan Felts of Conway; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Lucille Sheffield.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. John David Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Steve Felts, Randy Nash, Scott Felts, Scott Stalker, Jimmy Smith and Danny Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be Clyde Ralph Morgan, R.L. Sheffield and Carl Dene Medlock.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time on Monday.

Young, Altha Bevans
Altha Bevans Young, 89, of Sulphur Rock died Thursday, March 12, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born Feb. 26, 1909, in Sulphur Rock, she was the daughter of James and Mandy Ward Bevans, a retired housekeeper and a member of the First Pentecostal Church of Sulphur Rock.
Survivors include two sons, James A. Prichard of Melbourne, Fla., and Larry Young of Sulphur Rock; a daughter, Betty Young Jackson of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Thelma Price of Harrisburg and Emmogean Langston of Jonesboro; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Young; her parents; a son, Thomas J. Young; an infant daughter, Helen Ruth Young; three brothers; and a sister.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Pentecostal Church of Sulphur Rock with Michael Mott officiating. Burial will be in Sulphur Rock Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Crabtree, Harold Beck, Orville Scribner, Leroy Scribner, Mack Young and Jimmy Brinsfield.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to First Pentecostal Church of Sulphur Rock.


 

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