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Byrum, Katie Evelyn
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Katie Evelyn Byrum, 89, of Lawrence, Kan., died Saturday, March 21, 1998, at her home.
Born Dec. 1, 1908, in Heber Springs, she was the daughter of William F. Creek and Nancy Elizabeth Stiles Creek. She was a homemaker and farmer and operated a grocery store with her husband. In 1951 she moved to Lawrence and cared for the elderly until her retirement. She was a member of Clinton Parkway Assembly of God and enjoyed quilting, crocheting and gardening.
Survivors include two daughters, Lillie Mae Stephens of Batesville and Dorothy Marie Willis of Lawrence, Kan.; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Byrum of Winchester, Va.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Washington Byrum; and two sons, Hugh Nelson Byrum and George W. Byrum Jr.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence, Kan. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Clinton Parkway Assembly of God Building Fund.

Gennings, William A.
William A. Gennings, 86, of Fordland, Mo., died Monday, March 23, 1998, in a Springfield, Mo., hospital.
Born Feb. 7, 1912, in Sulphur Rock, he was the son of George Lee Gennings and Minnie L. Bray Gennings. He was a retired steel plant worker, a Navy veteran of World War II, member and past commander of the American Legion and a member of the Fordland Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Nora E. Weaver Gennings; three sons, Doyle Gennings of Kenbridge, Va., Tony Gennings of Springfield, Mo., and Robert Gennings of Lebanon, Mo.; three daughters, Kathleen Wackerly of Raymore, Mo., Jeanette Meyer and Billie Elaine Bowling, both of Springfield, Mo.; three granddaughters; a grandson; a great-grandchild; and three great-great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Edward Gennings, Dene Gennings and Earl Gennings; and a sister, Vonnie Batson.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with Bob Harris officiating. Burial will be in Mac's Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Gennings pallbearers
Pallbearers for the William A. Gennings service, which was at 10 a.m. today at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville, were Ted Holcombe, J.R. Marshall, Dan Weaver, Jim McDoniel, Kirk Thompson and Hershell Marshall.
Burial was in Mac's Chapel Cemetery.

Howard, Gary Taylor
CAVE CITY - Gary Taylor Howard, 56, of Cave City died Monday, March 23, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Jan. 25, 1942, at Cave City, he was the son of Taylor and Velma Wooldridge Howard. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Cave City.
Survivors include his parents of Cave City; a sister, Diane Michele Wilkes of Cave City; two nephews, Barry Wilkes of Foreman and Brandt Wilkes of Cave City; two nieces, Julianne Petkovich of Batesville and Susannah Allen of Des Moines, Iowa; two great-nephews, Matt Allen of Batesville, and Joshua Petkovich of Franklin, Tenn.; and two great-nieces, Houston Allen and Mariah Petkovich, both of Batesville.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, J.E. and Lillie Wooldridge and H.J. and Aurora Howard.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City with Paul Strang officiating. Burial will be in Mount View Cemetery located east of Cave City.
Pallbearers will be Duaine Anderson, Jerry McCall, Dwight Howard, Jackie Wallis, James Landers and Harvey Howard.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Powell, Meda K.
HARDY - Meda K. Powell, 87, of Williford died Monday, March 23, 1998 in an Ash Flat convalescent center.
She was born June 19, 1910, in Randolph County to James Luke and Ella Gage Marshall. She was united in marriage to Lee Powell on Feb. 3, 1927. She was a homemaker and a member of the Banks Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, T.J. Sonny and Jane Powell; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jean and Fred Lindsey of Highland, Emma and Ted Sawyer of Williford, and Glenda Ervin of Cherokee Village; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, A.N. Marshall, James Marshall, and Tom Marshall.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Vern Fosburg and Floyd Rikard officiating. Burial will follow in Baker Cemetery under the arrangements of Higginbotham Funeral Service of Hardy.
Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 at the Spring River Presbyterian Church.
Memorials may be sent to the Arkansas Sheriff's Boys and Girls ranches at Batesville.

Anglum, Frances A. Haigwood
Frances A. Haigwood Anglum, 52, of Mount Pleasant died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
Born April 18, 1945, in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of William and Odena Propes Haigwood. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, John F. Anglum; two sons, John Michael Anglum and Dean F. Anglum, both of Mount Pleasant; a daughter, Kimberly Ann Booker of Mount Pleasant; a brother, Wayne H. Haigwood of Mount Pleasant; two sisters, Ann V. Nichols of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Nora M. Humphreys of Ash Flat; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday in Lee's Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Arthur Barber officiating. Arrangements are by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

McKelvey, Arthur W. "Mack"
PARAGOULD - Arthur W. "Mack" McKelvey, 79, of Paragould died Monday, March 23, 1998.
Born Sept. 3, 1918, in Paragould, he was the son of Leonard and Belva Whelchel McKelvey. He was a graduate of Oak Grove High School, a retired truck driver for Baker Truck Co., an Army veteran of World War II and of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen McKelvey of Paragould; three daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie Anderson and Mary and Gene Burrow, all of Paragould, and Patricia and Edward Mohr of Murphysboro, Ill.; a stepson, Barry Wilkes of Center; four stepdaughters, Joanne Pier of Ash Flat, Shirley Parks of Evening Shade, Billie Jo Marp of Florida and Dena Kay Markley of California; four brothers, Ralph McKelvey of Albuquerque, N.M., Leonard Dale McKelvey of Paragould, Ray McKelvey of Morton, Ill., and James McKelvey of Pekin, Ill.; an aunt, Helen Rogers of Flint, Mich.; seven grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ella Mae Bonnet McKelvey; a granddaughter, Shelia Anderson; and a son-in-law, Gerald Anderson.
The funeral will begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with the Rev. Everett Isom officiating. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Gardens under the direction of Heath Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Davis, Belford C. 
Belford C. Davis, 87, of Batesville died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born Aug. 5, 1910, in New England, Ohio, he was the son of the late Samuel Jenkins and Margaret Ann Marquis Davis. He was a retired mechanic for Jones Buick Co. and was a World War II veteran.
Survivors include a son, Wayne Davis of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Judy Doerner of Batesville; a special friend, Clara Davis of Athens, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Freda Polly Gould Davis; a daughter, Susan Lynn Winchell; a grandson, Garrett Winchell; and two sisters, Mary Pearl Starlin and Pleasant Burchfield.
The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jagers & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Silvas officiating. Burial will follow at New England Cemetery in New England, Ohio.
Local arrangements are by Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.

Hix, William Madison
William Madison Hix, 70, of Batesville died Thursday, March 26, 1998, at his home.
Born in Charlotte on March 31, 1927, he was the son of the late Lucien and Aleata Wiltrout Hix. He was a member of Locust Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, William Hix and David Hix, both of Cord; four daughters, Tessie Caughron, Janetta Hughes, Teressia Brashers and Kathy Roach, all of Batesville; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Curtis Caughron and George Roach.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Locust Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Neil Wilkerson officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery under the direction of Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Gene Simpson, Charlie Hix, Malcom Hix, Clayton Lancaster, John Furgason and Ernie Daniels.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Bob Walton, Dr. Gail McCracken and Dr. John Deidrick.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Donations may be made to Lung Disease Research.

Simpson, Ronald G.
Ronald G. Simpson, 49, of Batesville died Thursday, March 26, in Oklahoma City.
He was born in Arkansas on June 13, 1948, and was a member of Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Survivors include his mother, Rosemary Caluza; a son, Robert Dwayne Simpson; two daughters, Chasity Sue Simpson and Elizabeth Evelyn Simpson; two brothers, Gary Simpson and Arthur Darrell Simpson; five nephews, George Mendoza, Tommy Simpson, Darrell Simpson, Christopher Simpson and Joseph Simpson; and a niece, Pam Evans.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Batesville Funeral Service with the Rev. James Forlines officiating.
There will be a private family visitation.

Compton, Emma Jo Searcy
Emma Jo Searcy Compton of Cordovia, Tenn., died March 17, 1998.
She was a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph S. Compton; a daughter, Debra Stroupe of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; her stepmother, Katie Searcy of Batesville; a brother, Kyle Searcy of Searcy; four grandchildren; and several cousins.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Highland Heights Baptist Church. Burial will be in Memphis Memory Gardens under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the M.D. Anderson Clinic in Houston, Texas, or to Highland Heights Baptist Church in Memphis.

Cummins, June
June Cummins, 71, of Judsonia, formerly of Batesville, died Sunday, March 29, 1998, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born June 26, 1926, in Pine Hill, N.J., she was the daughter of Harry and Emma Knoll Johnson. She was a former hostess of McDonald's Restaurant in Batesville and a former clerk for the M.C. Drug Store in Helena.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Ken Benton of Judsonia; three sisters, Emma Worrell of Pine Hill, N.J., Harriett Creelman of Mantua, N.J., and Jean Dowd of Berlin, N.J.; and three grandchildren, Danielle Benton, Wesley Benton and Allison Benton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Cummins; her parents; two brothers, Herman Langjhar and Albert Johnson; and a sister, Alma Little.
The graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Roselawn Cemetery with Dee Edwards officiating. Arrangements are by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.

Cummins pallbearers
Honorary pallbearers for the graveside service of June Cummins at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Roselawn Cemetery will be Daniel Benton, Fred Gray, Mac Harmon, Stan Reed, Steve Taylor, Randall Montgomery, Jim West, Don Buckliew, Clifton Clark, Doug Hill, Joe Reynolds, David Sneed, Tom Martin, Marcus Bowers, Larry Bentley, Larry Moore, Bob Reynolds, Craig Brown, Conway Cook, Don Rummel, Al Dick, Fred Gillett and Bob Bolin.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.
Arrangements are by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Davis, John W. Jay
MOUNTAIN VIEW - John W. "Jay" Davis, 69, of Pleasant Grove died Saturday, March 28, 1998, in Batesville.
Born Aug. 28, 1928, at Pleasant Grove, he was the son of the late Nathan and Mable Blair Davis. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and retired from the Mountain View School System. He was a farmer and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Glenn Dell Perkey Davis; five children, Randell and Carla Davis, Keith and Donna Davis, all of Pleasant Grove, Reda Jay and Mike Cartwright of Fifty-Six, Annette and Gene Blackwell of Mountain View, and Linda and Darrell Gilley of Batesville; nine grandchildren, Jarred Cartwright, Elisha Cartwright, Amy Cartwright, Kristi Blackwell, Jeremy Davis, Kyle Davis, Hannah Davis, Bryan Davis, and Dakota Davis; three brothers, Ed Davis of St. James, Adler Davis of Pleasant Grove and Eugene Davis of Rantoul, Ill.; and two sisters, Euna Fantisia of Chicago and Irene Therrin of Melbourne.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jim Davis; and an infant brother.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Westfall and the Rev. Jerry Baker officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Pallbearers will be David Donnell, Mike Cartwright, Gene Blackwell, Darrell Gilley, Jim Scroggins and Jarred Cartwright.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Charles Betta, Dr. Robert Walton and Don Collins.

Herron, Rose Vera Wallis
MELBOURNE - Rose Vera Wallis Herron, 84, died Thursday, March 26, 1998, in Franklin.
Born Jan. 23, 1914, in Myron, she was the daughter of the late Tandy Nick and Ada Bell Lampkins Wallis. She was a homemaker and a member of the Franklin Church of Christ.
Survivors include three brothers, Dean Wallis of Mountain Home, Shurman Wallis of Ash Flat and Rudy Wallis of Walnut Ridge.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Herron; two sisters, Tommye Buster and Martha Reid; and three brothers, Luther Herron, Alfred Herron and Conrad Herron.
The funeral began at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Franklin Church of Christ with Author Mock officiating. Burial was in Violet Hill Cemetery under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Jerry Floyd, Johnnie Lee Shelton, Rendell Wallis, Gary Wallis, Donnie Wallis and Gus Wallis.

Hicks, James Donel
James Donel Hicks, 73, of Batesville died Saturday, March 28, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born July 18, 1924, in Bethesda, he was the son of James Edward and Pearl Joyce Hicks. He was a retired employee of Tinker Air Force Base of Midwest City, Okla. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was awarded the Purple Heart and survived the sinking of the USS Bougainville. He was a member of the First Assembly of God and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife, Carmel Hon Hicks; a son, Larry Hicks of San Diego, Calif.; three daughters, Cassandra Reis of Little Rock, Pamela Treat of Batesville and Stasha Beckmeyer of Oklahoma City; a sister, Vernie Harvey of Oklahoma City; 10 grandchildren, Eric James Engel, Nick Mayhew, Jeremy Grey, Crystal Dill, Chris Hicks, Renee Hicks, Phillip Hicks, Andy Beckmeyer, Jon Reis and Jami Reis; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Gordy Hicks, Bill Hicks and Von Hicks; and two sisters, Mae Gildehaus and Millie Purler.
The military funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. Terry Davis officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Wayne Stice, Thomas Beckmeyer, Jeremy Grey, Jack Reis, Mark Treat and Nick Mayhew.
Honorary pallbearers will be Virgil Sisk, Jon Reis and Eric Engel.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today.

Page, Gary Lee (Bodie)
NEWPORT - Gary Lee "Bodie" Page, 52, of Rosie died Friday, March 27, 1998.
He was the son of Franklin and Daisy Beck Page. He was a carpenter and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Kathryn Olive Page; a son, Christopher Gary Dean Page of the home; two daughters, Michelle Harris of Clark Ridge and Jennifer Richardson of Jonesboro; three brothers, David "Buck" Page and Jerry Page, both of Newport, and Franklin "Sonny" Page of Beedeville; two sisters, Emma Lois Robinson of Beedeville and Bertha Lou Sullivan of Tuckerman; and three grandchildren, Bradley Harris, Briar Harris and Forrest Richardson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, James Page and Marlin Page.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home with Orville Berg officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Delmer Deason, Bo McElroy, Frank Adair, Todd Ireland, Curtis Tapp and Leon Mathes.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until service time on Tuesday.
 
Payne, John Edward
John Edward Payne, 61, of Pine Bluff died Friday, March 27, 1998, in a Pine Bluff hospital.
Born April 7, 1936, in Little Rock, he was the son of Ray and Myrtle Payne. He was employed by Tyson Foods.
Survivors include two sons, Tracy Turnbow and Scott Turnbow, both of Houston, Texas; four daughters, Judy Normand of New Orleans, Debra Paxton of Benton, Tina Vanderpool of Pine Bluff and Pamela White of New Orleans; two sisters, Dorothy Pickett of Macon, Ga., and Mary Fields of Albuquerque, N.M.; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine Payne; and his parents.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. Jim Harrell officiating. Burial will be in Alderbrook Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Max Edwards, Glenn Edwards, Danny Leonard, Jeremy Jones, Ray Paxton and Mack Harmon.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

Simpson, Ronald G.
Ronald G. Simpson, 49, of Batesville died Thursday, March 26, 1998, in Oklahoma City.
He was born in Arkansas on June 13, 1948, and was a member of Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Survivors include his mother, Rosemary Caluza; a son, Robert Dwayne Simpson; two daughters, Chasity Sue Simpson and Elizabeth Evelyn Simpson; two brothers, Gary Simpson and Arthur Darrell Simpson ; two sisters, Jeanie Curtiss and Kathy Memdoza; six nephews, William Reeves, George Memdoza, Tommy Simpson, Derrell Simpson, Christopher Simpson and Joseph Simpson; and a niece, Pam Evans.
The funeral began at 10 a.m. today at Batesville Funeral Service with the Rev. James Forlines officiating. Arrangements were by Batesville Funeral Service.

Stephens, Avinell
Avinell Stephens, 63, of Judsonia died Friday, March 27, 1998, at her home.
Born in White County on Aug. 23, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Bessie Martin. She was retired from White-Rodgers of Batesville and was a member of Roosevelt Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Stephens; three sons, Thomas W. Stephens and Kenneth W. Stephens, both of Judsonia, and Stanley E. Stephens of Southside; and 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Union Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Lester Wood officiating.
Pallbearers will be Richard McDougal, Gene McDougal, Harold McDougal, Jack McDougal, Justin McDougal and Freddy McDougal.
Honorary pallbearers will be Paul McDougal and Bennie McDougal.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Batesville Funeral Service.
 
Waltermire, Wanda Mae
Wanda Mae Waltermire, 49, of Batesville died Friday, March 27, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
Born in Batesville on Feb. 14, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Waltermire. She was a member of Jamestown United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a brother, Glenn Daniel Waltermire of Batesville; a niece, Michelle Joyce Hoyt of Benton Harbor, Mich.; an aunt and uncle; and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and brother.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Jamestown United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jackie Wilson officiating.
Pallbearers will be James Inman, Tom Inman, Gary Hodge, Reggie Barber, Tony May and Tommy Inman. Alternates will be Hugh Inman and Keith Inman.
Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Anderson, Marcus Dene Hargrove, Floyd Croak, Linda Milligan, Troy Milligan, Vernon Inman, Hugh D. Inman and Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Western.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Brockman, Edward G.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK - Edward G. Brockman, 96, of Batesville died Sunday, March 29, 1998.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Inge Brockman; three daughters, Susan Clark and Jane Watson, both of Dayton, Ohio, and Mary Brockman of Seattle, Wash.; a son, Paul Brockman of Southside; two grandchildren; and a niece.
A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Cremation Association of Arkansas.

Shanks, Capp Sr.
CONWAY - Capp Shanks Sr., 87, of Conway died Thursday, March 26, 1998, in a Conway hospital.
Born Sept. 9, 1910, in East Prairie, Ill., he was the son of James Alexander Shanks and Martha Frances Shanks. A 1932 graduate of Arkansas College, now Lyon College, he was retired from the Arkansas Revenue Department and served in the National Guard.
Survivors include a son, Capp Shanks Jr. of Denver, Colo.; a daughter, Sara Shanks Galvin of Long Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Monday at the First United Methodist Church of Conway with the Rev. Phil Hathcock officiating. Burial was at 4 p.m. in Oaklawn Cemetery at Batesville under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway.
Memorials may be made to the Capp and Ella Myrl Shanks Scholarship Fund, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway, AR 72032, or to the Shanks Chemistry Award at Lyon College, in care of P.O. Box 2317, Batesville, AR 72503.
 
Curtis, M. Ruth
CAVE CITY - M. Ruth Curtis, 89, of Greentown, Ind., formerly of Cave City, died Sunday, March 29, 1998, in a Greentown nursing home.
Born June 11, 1908, at Cave City, she was the daughter of Jasper and Nancy Johnson McLeod. She was retired from St. Joe Hospital in Kokomo, Ind., where she worked as a dietitian, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the First United Methodist Church of Cave City.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Donnie D. and Dixon Roberts of Marion, Ill., and Leeowen and Kimbrew Milligan of Cave City; two brothers, Roy McLeod of Hot Springs and Sidney McLeod of Hatley, Miss.; five sisters, Zana Hoggard of Batesville, Eva Jarrett of Waller, Texas, Tommie Merritt of Bridgetown, Mo., Elsie Israel of Abilene, Texas, and Nancy L. Holder of Kokomo, Ind.; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don Curtis; a daughter, Violet Ann Curtis; four brothers; and a grandson.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City with Sidney McLeod, Roy McLeod and the Rev. Paul Strang officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers will be Rick Milligan, Harry Curtis, Lonnie Curtis, Donald Milligan, Johnnie Curtis and Kenny Curtis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund at Cave City.

Davis, John W. (Jay)
MOUNTAIN VIEW - John W. "Jay" Davis, 69, of Pleasant Grove died Saturday, March 28, 1998, in Batesville.
Born Aug. 28, 1928, at Pleasant Grove, he was the son of the late Nathan and Mable Blair Davis. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and retired from the Mountain View School System. He was a farmer and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Glenn Dell Perkey Davis; five children, Randell and Carla Davis, Keith and Donna Davis, all of Pleasant Grove, Reda Jay and Mike Cartwright of Fifty-Six, Annette and Gene Blackwell of Mountain View, and Linda and Darrell Gilley of Batesville; nine grandchildren, Jarred Cartwright, Elisha Cartwright, Amy Cartwright, Kristi Blackwell, Jeremy Davis, Kyle Davis, Hannah Davis, Bryan Davis, and Dakota Davis; three brothers, Ed Davis of St. James, Adler Davis of Pleasant Grove and Eugene Davis of Rantoul, Ill.; and two sisters, Euna Fantisia of Chicago and Irene Therrin of Melbourne; and a lifelong friend of 45 years, David Donnell of Winnsboro, La.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jim Davis; and an infant brother.
The funeral began at 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Westfall and the Rev. Jerry Baker officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Pallbearers were David Donnell, Mike Cartwright, Gene Blackwell, Darrell Gilley, Jim Scroggins and Jarred Cartwright.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Charles Betts, Dr. Robert Walton and Don Collins.

Shanks, Ella Myrl
CONWAY - Ella Myrl Shanks, 86, of Conway died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in a Conway hospital.
Born Feb. 9, 1912, in Cushman, she was the daughter of David Ewing Dobson and Luella Collie Dobson. A 1933 graduate of Arkansas College, now Lyon College, she received the Charles H. Coffin Scholarship Medal, the college's highest academic award. She taught speech and directed theatrical productions at Arkansas College for 10 years before receiving a master's degree from Northwestern University in 1951.
In 1952, she joined the faculty of Hendrix College where she was professor of theater arts for 23 years, directing nearly 70 productions. In 1991 a group of Hendrix alumni established the Ella Myrl Shanks Theater Scholarship Fund in her honor. She received Lyon College's Distinguished Alumna Award in 1996.
Survivors include a son, Capp Shanks Jr. of Denver, Colo.; a daughter, Sara Shanks Galvin of Long Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral was Monday at the First United Methodist Church of Conway with the Rev. Phil Hathcock officiating. Burial was at 4 p.m. in Oaklawn Cemetery at Batesville under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway.
Memorials may be made to the Capp and Ella Myrl Shanks Scholarship Fund, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway, AR 72032, or to the Shanks Chemistry Award at Lyon College, in care of P.O. Box 2317, Batesville, AR 72503.

Gregory, Tom G.
Tom G. Gregory, 68, of Batesville died Monday, March 30, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born Oct. 22, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of Thomas George Gregory and Cleora Osterland Gregory. He had worked in scientific research for 32 years prior to his retirement from Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., and moving to Timbo in 1984. He was one of the first electron microscopists in the United States. While living in Timbo, he worked as a printer and broommaker at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View before moving to Batesville in 1994. He was a member of Rehobeth Baptist Church, an Army veteran of the Korean War and was active in scouting and a mountain search and rescue team in New Mexico.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, LaVerne "Verne" M. Gregory; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Donn Gregory of Wenatchee, Wash., and Daniel E. and Melonie Gregory of Batesville; five grandchildren, Jonathan Blackwell of Oklahoma, Marya Gregory-Madisen of Oregon, Tara Gregory-Madisen and Sarah Gregory-Madisen, both of Washington, and Megan Gregory of Batesville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Dawn Sharon Blackwell; and a sister.
The graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in Oaklawn Cemetery with David Campbell officiating. Arrangements are by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Assocation or the Salvation Army.


 

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