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Brown, Elmer
Elmer Brown, 66, died Tuesday, April 7, 1998, in Little Rock.
Born in Mountain View on July 4, 1931, he was the son of Burley Oliver and Laura Turner Brown. He was a retired sawmill worker and of the Pentecostal faith.
Survivors include his wife, Viola Staffen Brown; three sons, Danny Brown of Sharon, Tenn., Johnnie Brown of Marcella and Lonnie Brown of Locust Grove; six daughters, Dana Sue Stout of Sharon, Tenn., Marie Brock of Nashville, Tenn., Phyllis Roseberry of Parma, Terrie Whippie of Plumerville, Julana Killian of Mountain View, Melissa Kennedy of Quitman; four brothers, Grady Brown of Jamestown, Jimmy Brown of Brewer, Tommy Brown of Parma and Buddy Brown of Dugan; a sister, Georgia Kimbrough of Blytheville; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James Brown; and a brother, Elvin Brown.
The funeral was to begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Dugan Pentecostal Church with Barbara Bullard officiating. Burial will be in Mount Joy Cemetery by Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Pallbearers will be grandsons: Kevin Lamb, Shannon Brock, Lonnie Brown, Travis Roseberry, Christopher Brown and Jeffery Victory.

Cotton, Vina
Vina Cotton, 88, of Calamine died Tuesday, April 7, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
She was born March 1, 1910, at Hot Springs to George and Lou Weston. She was a homemaker and a member of the Maxville Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.
Survivors include her husband, C.J. Cotton of Calamine; three sons, Eldon Cotton and Allan Cotton, both of Calamine, and Clyde Cotton of Cave City; two brothers, Paul Weston of Chino Valley, Ariz. and Cletus Weston of Carlsbad, N.M.; four sisters, Vica Moore of Oklahoma City, Okla., Rachael Golemon of Oceanside, Calif., Strilla Christian of Hobbs, N.M., and Ruth Golemon of Artesia, N.M.; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Roxie Qualls; and four brothers, Lynn Weston, Nathan Weston, Jack Weston and J.D. Weston.
The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home chapel in Cave City with L.J. Gay officiating. Burial will be in the Parsley Cemetery east of Cave City with arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Charles Cotton, Steve Bauer, Chris Ubank, Scott Pounds, Danny Myrick and Charles Hutchison.
Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Stewart, Floyd R.
Floyd R. Stewart, 87, of Newport died Wednesday, April 8, 1998, at Newport.
He was retired from the Victor Metal Corporation and was a Baptist. He was a World War II Army veteran, a member of the Collier-Massey Post No. 4,683 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Neil-Griffin Post No. 47 American Legion of Newport.
Survivors include his wife, Anna (Pegg) Stewart of Newport; a son, Floyd Wayne Stewart of Oklahoma; a daughter, Bobbie Pollard of Newport; four grandchildren, Paul Stewart, Floyd Stewart Jr., Stuart Byrd and Jeffrey Pollard; and two great-grandchildren, Blake Byrd and Anthony Pollard.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Byrd; and his parents, Pierce and Lena (Hartline) Stewart.
The funeral will be Saturday at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Binson officiating. Burial will be in Kyler Cemetery in Southside with arrangements by Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Ralph Byrd, Roy Byrd, Bobby Massey, Craig Shirley, Tim Shirley and Scotty Parmer.
Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until service time at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.
 
Barnett, Leah E. Montgomery
Leah E. Montgomery Barnett, 95, of New Caney, Texas, died Thursday, April 9, 1998, in Kingwood, Texas.
Born March 6, 1903, in Sandtown, she was the daughter of Moses and Sarah Ann Mayhue Montgomery. Moses Montgomery was a former school teacher in the Sandtown area.
She was a homemaker, a member of First Baptist Church of Earlsboro, Okla., and a member of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Billy D. and Elvera W. Barnett of New Caney, Texas; a daughter, Beverly Ann Barnett McGahan of Mathis, Texas; a brother, Enon Montgomery of Cave City; a grandson and granddaughter-in-law, William Robert and Lorie Barnett of Highland Village, Texas; three granddaughters, Cynthia Ann McGahan ad Allison Kay McGahan of Mathis, Texas, and Brenda Kay Barnett Bartlett of Tulsa, Okla.; and five great-grandchildren, Rush Lloyd Bartlett II, Katherine Kayleah Bartlett and Kristine Klara Bartlett, all of Tulsa, William Steven Charles Bartlett and Elaine Ann Barnett of Highland Village, Texas; and several nieces and nephews in Arkansas and Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar C. Barnett; a brother, Ezra Montgomery; and a sister, Pauline Montgomery Girtman.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Crouch-McGee Chapel with the Rev. Richard Hawkins officiating. Burial will be in Lee's Chapel Cemetery in Sandtown under the direction of Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers will be William Robert Barnett, Rush Lloyd Bartlett, Ervin Barnett, Billy Girtman, Ronald Montgomery and Donald Montgomery.
Honorary pallbearer will be Enon Montgomery.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Saturday.

Henderson, Guy Hampton
Guy Hampton Henderson, 85, died Thursday, April 9, 1998, in Batesville.
Born Oct. 28, 1912, in Mountain View, he was the son of Earl and Susan Wade Henderson.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Marcella Huskey Henderson; three sons, Billy Joe Henderson of Marked Tree, Donald Ray Henderson of Harrisburg and Timothy Earl Budy of San Antonio, Texas; four daughters, Mary Ellen Burnett of Collierville, Tenn., Betty June Sutterfield of Hensley, Joanna Kay Davis of Mountain View and Debra Ann Barnes of North Little Rock; a brother, Hershal Henderson of Jonesboro; a sister, Audie Campbell of Yarbro; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and a great-grandson.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Crouch Chapel in Mountain View with the Rev. Randy Long officiating. Burial will be in Elizabeth Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Harold Talburt, Joey Talburt, Keith Whitfield, Truman Henderson, Bobby Sartin and Elmer Harris.
Honorary pallbearer will be Murray Henderson.

McClain, Charles Marion (Charlie)
Charles Marion "Charlie" McClain, 74, of Newark died Thursday, April 9, 1998, at Batesville.
He was a retired self-employed farmer and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include three sons, Danny McClain of Newark, Steve McClain of Greensboro, N.C., Sonny McClain of Washington, D.C.; a brother, Edward Lee McClain of Newark; four sisters, Janie Mabry of Jonesboro, Fern Abernathy of Dexter, Mo., Ruth Moore of Kansas City, Mo., Patsy Rust of Batesville; six grandchildren, Tina McClain, Dedee Crabtree, Monica McClain, Marci McClain, Hays McClain and Alex McClain; three great-grandchildren, Blake McClain, Cole Crabtree and Cade Crabtree.
He was preceded in death by a son, David McClain; a great-grandson, Chadwick Chase Crabtree; his parents, Bent and Ethel (Rawlings) McClain; and three brothers, J.R. McClain, Clarence McClain and Gene McClain.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Newark Church of Christ with Mark Richardson officiating. Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery at Newark under the direction of Jackson's Newark Funeral Home
Pallbearers will be Eugene Gardner, Wilbur Gardner, Keith Gardner, Jackie Gardner, Larry McClain and Jerry McClain.
Honorary pallbearer will be James Troy.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today at Jackson's Newark Funeral Home.

Rector, Ruby Felts
Ruby Felts Rector, 95, of Waco, Texas, died Sunday, April 5, 1998.
She was born April 4, 1903, in Izard County. She was a homemaker and a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church for 70 years.
Survivors include two sons, Jakie Lee Rector of Waco and Roger B. Rector and his wife, Elizabeth, of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom J. Rector, in 1978.
The funeral was Wednesday, April 8 at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel in Waco with the Rev. Ron Durham officiating. Burial was at Waco Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Craig Rector, Lee Rector, Todd Guidry, Joe Don Reynolds and R.L. Carpenter.

Cooper, Don
CAVE CITY - Don W. Cooper, 87, of Cave City died Sunday, April 12, 1998, at his home.
Born Feb. 17, 1911, at Calamine, he was the son of Walter and Piety Warnick Cooper. He was a farmer and a Protestant.
Survivors include a brother, Shelby Cooper of Ironton, Mo., and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and two sisters.
The graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry with Grayden Milligan officiating. Arrangements are by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Hynes, Myrtle
Myrtle Catherine Milligan Hynes, 101, of Jonesboro, formerly of Batesville, died Saturday, April 11, 1998, in a Jonesboro hospital.
Born April 7, 1897, in Batesville, she was the daughter of John and Lucinda Goforth Milligan. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Jonesboro.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Ruth H. and William W. Leonard of Jonesboro; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Otto Hynes; two sons, Lloyd Hynes and Harry Wayne Hynes; her parents; three brothers; and three sisters.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. Tim Morgan and the Rev. J.W. Blanks officiating. Burial will be in Lee's Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Raper, Mick
NEWPORT - Minnard Lee "Mick" Raper, 83, of Newport died Saturday, April 11, 1998, in a Newport hospital.
He was retired from Revere Copper & Brass and was of the Church of Christ faith.
Survivors include three sons, Johnny Raper of Oil Trough, Mickey Raper of Newark and Denny Hightower of Magness; a brother, Nolan Raper of Burlington, Iowa; three sisters, Louise Cates and Maxine Qualls, both of Trumann, and Pearline Adams of Lepanto; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport with Paul Evins officiating. Burial will be in Blue Springs Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Raper, Denny Hightower, Jimmy Pettit, Lonnie Taylor, Jimmy Pharis and Les Hartsell.
Honorary pallbearer will be Gaylord Huckaba.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

Clem, Verna
Verna C. Clem, 92, of Strawberry died Monday, April 13, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
Born in Cave City, she was the daughter of Jim Clark and Nora Rutledge Clark. She was a homemaker and a member of Rosebud Assembly of God in Saffell.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Leroy and Mildred Clem of Strawberry and Willie and Ethel Clem of Trumann; a daughter, Ruby Tippett of Strawberry; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Y.L. Clem; a son, L.J. Clem; a daughter, Lillie Mae Crouch; a brother, Lloyd Clark; and three sisters.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rosebud Assembly of God in Saffell with the Rev. Leonard Smith and Rick Poole officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery in Strawberry under the direction of Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Dean Wilson, Denver Wilson, Ricky Clem, Ernest Clem, Leroy Clem, Carl Clem and George Gray.
Honorary pallbearers will be Paul David Huskey, James L. Wilson, Wandon Wilson, Dr. Andy Davidson, A.L. Moore and A.L. Bennett.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Dotson, Eddie Mae
TIFTON, Ga. - Eddie Mae Wyers Dotson, 71, of Tifton, Ga., died Wednesday, April 8, 1998, at her home.
Born Sept. 22, 1926, in Fayette County, Ala., she was the daughter of the late James Edgar and Elsie Wyers. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Tifton.
Survivors include her husband, Jessie A. Dotson; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Debbie Dotson of Tifton; two daughters, Martha Ann Dotson and Pam Dotson, both of Tifton; three brothers, Lee Wyers of New Port Richie, Fla., James Wyers of Iowa and Edward Wyers of Batesville; a sister, Bobbie Paustian of Moline, Ill.; three grandchildren, Suzanne Hyde, Chris Dotson and Chad Dotson; and one great-grandchild, Lauren Dotson.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a son and a sister.
The funeral began at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Elmer Carter and the Rev. Thomas Rash officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Bowen-Donaldson Funeral Home of Tifton.
Pallbearers were James Gardner, Jim Betts, Phillip Hamby, William Dotson, Dalon Dotson and Gary Hyde.
 
Cooley, Rhea
Rhea Dean Smith Cooley, 62, of Batesville died Monday, April 13, 1998, in Batesville.
Born May 14, 1935, in Guion, she was the daughter of Hugh P. and Mary Lola Shelton Smith. She was a retired employee of McDonnell Douglas Corp. in Tulsa, Okla., and was a member of Corner Stone United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Kelly McCance of Broken Arrow, Okla.; her parents, Hugh and Lola Smith of Oil Trough; a brother, Vaughn Smith of Oil Trough; three sisters, Nadine Warman of Columbia, Md., Virginia Sullivan of Oil Trough and Velma Van Meter of Huntington; and three grandchildren.
The graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday. Location will be announced later by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Nieman, Buster
J.B. "Buster" Nieman, 80, of Batesville died Monday, April 13, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born in Batesville, he was the son of Robert Benjamin Nieman and Fannie Lee Cummings Nieman. He was a retired maintenance supervisor with ConAgra.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Roach Nieman; two brothers, Charles Nieman of Oil Trough and Arthur Nieman of Cave City; two half-sisters, Mary Thomas of Greers Ferry and Judy Wood; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; and three sisters.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City with Hoover Lewis, Bobby Shepherd and L.J. Gay officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Williamson, Oscar R.
Oscar Ray Williamson, 56, of Batesville died Sunday, April 12, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born April 17, 1941, in Butler County, Mo., he was the son of James and Velma Waters Williamson. He was an employee of White-Rodgers in Batesville.
Survivors include a son, Alan Williamson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother, Robert Williamson of San Diego, Calif.; and four sisters, Mary Mercer of Oregon, May West and Fran Lopez, both of Virginia, and Helen Patterson of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The body was cremated. Arrangements were by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Hoover, Jack
Jack D. Hoover, 56, of Batesville died Thursday, April 16, 1998, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born September 30, 1941, in Caraway, he was the son of John A. and Lula Adams Hoover. He was a welder and a member of Peaceful Harbor Church of Batesville.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Hoover; two sons, Ricky Hoover of Wynne and Tim Mathews of Batesville; two daughters, Johnnie Hoover of Bolivar, Mo., and Dee Hoover of Bee Branch; a sister, Shirley Stratton of Helena; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Danny Mathews; his parents; a granddaughter, Amber Mathews; a brother, William Hoover; and a sister, Joyce Jenail Hoover.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Peaceful Harbor Church with Wally Varner officiating.
Graveside services and burial will be 3 p.m. in Franks Cemetery in Holly Grove.
Pallbearers will be Michael Stratton, Eddie Otts, Heaith Langston, Keith DeLoch, Henry Farris and H.J. Woodard.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today.

Jackson, Ruby
Ruby C. Jackson, 87, of Batesville died April 15, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born January 10, 1911, in Rustburg, Va., she was the daughter of Linwood and Ollie Hendricks Carwile. She was a retired employee of JCPenney Co. and a member of First United Methodist Church of Batesville.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, C. Ron and Virginia Withrow Jackson of Garland, Tex. and Wayne and Patti Birt Jackson of Batesville; two brothers, Lesley Carwile of Rustburg, Va. and Roger Carwile of Staunton, Va.; a sister, Maud Nash of Lynchburg, Va.; six grandchildren, Diane Aspholm of Albuquerque, N.M., Chuck Jackson of San Diego, Chris Craft of Richardson, Michael Jackson of Little Rock, Mark Jackson of Philadelphia and Jennifer Jackson of Little Rock; and six great-grandchildren, Anna Aspholm, John Aspholm, Bryce Jackson, Donald Jackson, Emily Craft and Grace Elizabeth Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Jackson; a son, Donald C. Jackson; two brothers; and three sisters.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. April 25 in Euclid Christian Church in Lynchburg, Va.
Burial will be in Mt. Zion United Methodist Cemetery in Gladys, Va., by Woodall-Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg, Va.
Local arrangements are by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Ledbetter, Leaona
HOXIE - Leaona Ledbetter, 57, of Walnut Ridge died Monday, April 13, 1998, at her residence.
Born May 21, 1940, at Huntingdon, Tenn., she was the daughter of Willis Henry and Flora Vaughn Arnold. She was a retired certified nurse's assistant and of the Pentecostal belief.
She is survived by two sons, Myron Gene Ledbetter of Pocahontas and Dennis Gary Ledbetter of Farmersville, Texas; two daughters, Janice Maple of Newark and Mary Lou Malden of Du Bois, Penn.; a brother, Willis Henry (Bud) Arnold of Irving, Tex.; three sisters, Lois Lucille Warren of Venice, Texas, Luler Pryor of Tennessee and Maddel Louise Whitehead of Steele, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Boyd Vaughn and Leslie Arnold.
A graveside service was today at 10 a.m. with Bro. Lowell L. Robertson officiating.
Grandsons were serve as pallbearers.
Burial was in the Opposition Cemetery in Ravenden under the direction of the Bryan Funeral Home of Hoxie.
Visitation was at the grave site.
 
Vickery, Winfred
Winfred Hays Vickery, 59, of Colechester, Ill., formerly of Batesville, died Tuesday, April 14, 1998, at Colechester, Ill.
Born May 14, 1938, at Cushman, he was the son of Howard and Anna Arnold Vickery. He was a dispatcher for the Southern Pacific Railroad for over 20 years, a graduate of Cushman High School, served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was of the Protestant faith.
Survivors include his wife, Evohn Vickery; his mother, Anna Arnold Tate of Batesville; two stepsons and a daughter-in-law, David and Sheila Sartorius of Colechester, Ill. and Larry Sartorius of Pontoosuc, Ill.; a stepdaughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jim Stansberry of Phoenix; a brother, Eddie Tate of Batesville; three sisters, Janice Bales, Carolyn Dowell and Veda Martin, all of Batesville; three aunts, Ruth Moser, Maxine Chambers and Ona Mittermiller, all of Batesville; four step-grandchildren; a step-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Vickery; and a sister, Shirley Vickery Flinn.
The funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City with Jimmy Limbaugh officiating.
Burial will follow in the Reeves Cemetery located off Guion Road with arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers will be Robert Bales, Shannon Tate, Richard Reynolds, Sammy Hurley, William Ingram and Joe Shulte.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eugene Dowell and Robert Chambers.
Visitation will be today from 2 to 8 p.m.


 

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