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Leona Davis Boylan
Dr. Leona Davis Boylan, 86, of Conway died Tuesday, March 11, 1997, in a Conway hospital.
She was a painter, art historian and professor of art cm12and spent her life promoting the arts and art education in Arkansas. She was instrumental in founding the Arkansas Festival of Arts and served as juror for one of the first statewide fine arts exhibitions in Little Rock in the 1950s.
She organized fund-raising in northeast Arkansas when the Arkansas Arts Center was only a dream. She was member No. 10 of the MidSouthern Watercolorists.
She taught at Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in the early 1960s and returned to college at age 55, earning a doctorate in art history from the University of New Mexico, specializing in Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial and North American Indian Art. Her book, "Spanish Colonial Silver," was published by the Museum of New Mexico Press and is still the definitive work on the subject.
A professor of art history at Memphis State University, she was one of the founders of the Memphis/Germantown art league. Throughout her career, she continued to paint, and her works can be found in major collections throughout the country.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene Monroe Boylan; a daughter, Sheila Boylan Parsons of Conway; two sons, David E. Boylan of Tullahoma, Tenn., and James A. Gillaspy of Little Rock; a daughter-in-law, Trish Boylan of Batesville; a sister, Marie Davis Worline of Paonia, Colo.; a brother, Kenneth Davis of Kennewick, Wash.; eight grandchildren, Kelley Boylan of Chicago, Don Boylan of Memphis, Brenda Boylan of Tullahoma, Tenn., Robert Boylan of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Lucien Boylan Parsons of Little Rock, Art Gillaspy of Dallas, Betsy Gillaspy of Seattle and Stephen Gillaspy of Little Rock; and two great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas James Boylan. The memorial service was March 13 Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Conway.

Leota Carpenter
SEARCY - Leota Pufaul Carpenter, 50, of Concord, formerly of West Memphis, died Friday, March 7, 1997, at Heber Springs.
Born Aug. 21, 1946, in Hickory Ridge, she was the daughter of Carl Henry Pufahl and Ruby Josephine Dixon Pufahl. She was employed by Aromatique and was a member of Concord Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Andy Carpenter of Concord; her father of Concord; a brother, Roger Pufahl of Owensboro, Ky., and a sister, Frieda Fletcher of Batesville.
The funeral was 10 a.m. Monday, March 10, at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home chapel in Searcy. Burial was in Fisher Cemetery.

Dorothy Dowzer
Dorothy Dowzer of Batesville died Thursday, March 13, 1997.
Born in Batesville, she was the daughter of John C. and Mary Cole Dowzer. She was a retired bookkeeper for Batesville Insurance and Abstract Co., a graduate of Arkansas College and a member of First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include a sister, Marjorie Dowzer of Batesville; and six cousins, Charles F. Cole Jr. of Little Rock, Charlote Cole of Lyles, Tenn., Rena C. Reazin of Mountain Home, Penny M. Werhle of Bel Air, Calif., Kay C. Wilkerson of Little Rock and Margaret Neighbors of Anaheim, Calif.
The graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, in Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Leila Power officiating. Arrangements are by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Lyon College or the Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home at Monticello.

Letha Matthews
NEWPORT - Letha Bennett Matthews, 67, of Newport died Thursday, March 13, 1997, in a Little Rock hospital.
She was a member of Oil Trough Baptist Church and was a retired nurse.
Survivors include four sons, James Riley and David Riley, both of Oil Trough, Ricky Riley of Newport and Timothy Riley of New Orleans; a brother, Orvie Collom of Oil Trough; a sister, Laverne Cathey of Oil Trough; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Oil Trough Baptist Church. Burial will be at Maple Springs Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home. 

Alta Byer
NEWPORT - Alta Ethel Foster Byer, 89, of Portage, Ind., formerly of Magness, died Friday, March 14, 1997, at a nursing home in Highland, Ind.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include a daughter, Koleta Jinkerson of Portage, Ind.; five grandchildren, Steve Gardner, Lee Gardner, Russ Gardner, Robin Tetak and Allen Jinkerson; and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Byer.
The graveside service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Blues Springs Cemetery in Newark with Paul Evins officiating. Arrangements are by Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Virgie Combs
NEWPORT - Virgie Oza Campbell Combs, 82, of Newport died Saturday, March 15, 1997, in a Jonesboro hospital.
She was the daughter of Wesley A. Monroe and Melissa Tennessee Bruton Campbell. She was a homemaker and a member of Stegall Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, David Samuel Combs; two sons, Dr. David Dale Combs of Wallingford, Conn., and Dr. Stanley W. Combs of Huntington, Beach, Calif.; a daughter, Betty Lea Finnell of Sherwood; two sisters, Opal Pauline Butler of Bloomington, Minn., and Jean Stahly of Cave City; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Opal Carolyn Ritter; a brother, Floyd Campbell; and a sister, Tula Jane Hays.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Trixie A. Hoaney
CAVE CITY - Trixie A. Whitten Qualls Hoaney, 93, of Sidney died Friday, March 14, 1997, in a Sidney nursing home.
Born in Evening Shade on Oct. 26, 1903, she was the daughter of Jasper Whitten and Manerva Wilkes Whitten. She was a homemaker and a member of Main Street Church of Christ in Evening Shade.
Survivors include two daughters, Marie Wilkinson and Euna Mae Franks, both of Evening Shade; two sisters, Carrie Barnett of Evening Shade and Eva Lee Paysinger of Batesville; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Anderson Qualls; her second husband, Luke Hoaney; a son, Garvie Qualls; three grandchildren, Jerry Qualls, Barbara Wilkinson and Dennis Ray Wilkinson; two brothers, Bill Whitten and John Henry Whitten; and two sisters, Artie Pilant and Jewell Whitten.
The funeral was March 17 at Crouch-McGee Funeral Home chapel of Cave City with Jack Richardson officiating. Burial was in Evening Shade Cemetery.

Lillye May Lackey
Lillye May Lackey, 80, of Concord died Saturday, March 15, 1997, in a Batesville hospital.
Born in Chickasha, Okla., on Oct. 2, 1916, she was the daughter of H.J. and Hattie Arnold Bell. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Ann Harris of Plano, Texas; a sister, Lillian Brackett of Concord; and two grandsons, Brian Harris and Alan Harris, both of Plano, Texas.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Florence Baily; and four brothers, Frank Bell, Loyd Bell, Kenneth Bell and Arthur Bell.
The funeral was 10 a.m. March 17 at Batesville Funeral Service with the Rev. Jim Black officiating. Burial was in Concord Cemetery.

William C. Morris
William Conrad Morris, 90, of Batesville died Sunday, March 16, 1997, in a local nursing home.
Born Aug. 20, 1906, in Moorefield, he was the son of William Baldwin Morris and Julia Jessamine Moore Morris. He was a retired farmer and cattleman, a member of Moorefield United Methodist Church, and an Army veteran of World War II where he served under General Patton.
Survivors include a sister, Louise Stone of Batesville; and several nieces and nephews.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Hugh Morris and Clifford Morris; and a sister, Mabel Morris Meacham.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Crouch Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Lee's Chapel Cemetery.

Arlis Pierce
Arlis Pierce, 79, of Batesville died Saturday, March 15, 1997, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born April 1, 1917, in Sylamore, he was the son of John T. and Bertha Stevens Pierce. He was a retired truck driver for Arkansas Lime Company for 47 years, was a Baptist and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Finley of Fordyce; a brother, J.D. Pierce of Batesville; four sisters, Inez Pierce, Verna Rounds and Mary Wackerly, all of Batesville, and Gladys Baker of Independence, Mo.; two grandchildren, Scott Pierce of Lowell and Stacy Pierce of Fordyce; and two great-grandchildren, John Thomas Finley and Seth Finley, both of Lowell.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Hedges Pierce.
The funeral was March 17 at Crouch Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with the Rev. Don Pollard officiating. Burial was in Barnes Cemetery.

Nora Smith
Nora Thompson Smith, 93, of Pleasant Plains died Saturday, March 15, 1997, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Aug. 4, 1903, in Enola, she was the daughter of Maynard Thompson and Julie Cardon Thompson. She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Ralph Smith of Pleasant Plains; two daughters, Clara Odell and Jimmie Rickett, both of Pleasant Plains; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Smith; four brothers; and two sisters.
The funeral was 2 p.m. March 17 at Batesville Funeral Service with the Rev. Herbert Meharg officiating. Burial was in Putman Cemetery at Pleasant Plains.

Lt. Col. Martin E. Stipe
Lt. Col. Martin E. Stipe, 61, of Bossier City, La., died Saturday, March 15, 1997, in a Bossier City hospital.
He was born in Moorefield, and lived many years in Bossier City, La. A retired United States Air Force officer, his interests included photography, skiing, computers, researching family genealogy, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Mary E. "Sissy" Stipe; a daughter, Marie E. Stephens of Atlanta; a son, Mark E. Stipe of Lafayette, La.; two grandchildren, Mary Morgan Stipe and Louis Rowe Stipe, both of Lafayette; four sisters, Narcine Elms of Tequesta, Fla., Minnie West of Orlando, Fla., Bobbie Sisk of Downey, Calif., and Elizabeth Martin of Albany, Ga.; and two brothers, John R. Stipe of Forrest City and Everett Stipe of Baxley, Ga.
The funeral was 2 p.m. March 17 at Hill Crest Funeral Home chapel in Bossier City with the Rev. Dick Humphries officiating. Burial was at Hill Crest Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the Martin Stipe Memorial Endowment Fund, in care of the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, La.

William R. Bales
CAVE CITY - William Robert Bales, 58, of Batesville died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, at his home.
Born Oct. 13, 1938, at Batesville, he was the son of Robert and Rosie Martin Bales. He worked for ConAgra for 30 years and was a member of Rejoice Fellowship Church in Cave City.
Survivors include his wife, Janis Vickery Bales; a son, Robert Wayne Bales of Batesville; three daughters, Debbie Frisbee and Tammy Reynolds, both of Batesville, and Lorie Pinckard of Moorefield; and four grandchildren.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Smith.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Rejoice Fellowship Church in Cave City with the Rev. Jimmy Limbaugh and the Rev. Vernon Bradshaw officiating. Burial will be in Egner Cemetery in Batesville under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Eula Burge
CAVE CITY - Eula Noba Ball Burge, 86, of Charlotte died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, in Harrison.
Born in Charlotte on Nov. 5, 1910, she was the daughter of Commodore and Josephine Moore Ball. She was a homemaker and a member of the Charlotte Church of Christ.
Survivors include a son, Charles Burge of Broken Arrow, Okla.; two daughters, Wanda Wilkerson of Tuckerman and Marion Bullington of Harrison; a sister, Jewell Elliott of Harrison; seven grandchildren, Brenda Chambliss, David Wilkerson, Leah Hightower, Michael Bullington, Michelle Fallis, Leslie Wofford and Mark Burge; and 10 great-grandchildren, Sarah Chambliss, Barton Chambliss, Shea Wilkerson, Barton Wilkerson, Joey Hightower, Ben Hightower, Shannon Fallis, Kristie Wofford, Karrie Wofford and Austin Bullington.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Burge; a brother, Benjamin "Buck" Moore Ball; and a granddaughter, Sarah Wilkerson.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Crouch-McGee Funeral Home Chapel of Cave City with Ralph Wallis and Neil Wilkerson officiating. Burial will be in Charlotte Cemetery under the direction of Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.

Mart E. Lassiter
CAVE CITY - Mart Edward Lassiter, 87, died Thursday, March 20, 1997, in Searcy.
Born Oct. 5, 1909, near Sidney, he was the son of J.E. "Ed" Lassiter and Janie Garrison Lassiter. He was a retired farmer and a member and deacon of Eutopia Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Bill Lassiter of Searcy; a daughter, Martha L. Barber of Beebe; a brother, J.J. Lassiter of Cave City; a sister, Nina Meeker of Blue Ridge, Ga.; six grandchildren, Cindy Sullivan and Steve Lassiter, both of Searcy, Kelly Lassiter of Little Rock, Susan Lassiter Wittenburg of Sherwood, Jeffery T. Lassiter of North Little Rock, and Chris Barber of Beebe; and two great-granddaughters, Leslie A. Hammond of Searcy and Tara R. Wittenburg of Sherwood.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Augie Barnett Lassiter; and a son, L. Willard Lassiter.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Utopia Baptist Church. Burial will be in Eutopia Cemetery under the direction of Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.

Johnny Hall
Johnny Hall, 58, of Batesville died today, March 20, 1997, in a Memphis hospital.
Born in Cushman on Nov. 20, 1938, he was the son of Everett and Mary Bunch Hall. He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Batesville and a retired owner of J&B Construction Company.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Barbara Goodwin Hall; a son, Randy Hall of Batesville; a brother, Everett Hall Jr. of Batesville; a brother-in-law, Larry "Butch" Goodwin of Marion; and two sisters, Esther King and Jean Campbell, both of Batesville.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Willard Hall; and a brother-in-law, Buddy Goodwin.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 21, at Rehobeth Cemetery under the direction of Batesville Funeral Service. There will be no visitation.

Rotha Johnson
CAVE CITY - Rotha Johnson, 87, of Evening Shade died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, in a Sidney nursing home.
Born in Sharp County on June 19, 1909, she was the daughter of Cleo Duncan and Smithy Grace Duncan. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Cave City.
Survivors include a son, Bill Thomas of Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Wanda Dreher of Murfreesboro and Frances Tomlinson of St. Louis, Mo.; a sister, Ruth Nichols of Sidney; a half-brother, Warren Duncan of Poughkeepsie; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Johnson; an infant son; a brother; a sister; a grandson; and two half-brothers.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Crouch-McGee Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City with the Rev. Shelby Bittle officiating. Burial will be in Sharp Cemetery near Evening Shade.

Pearl Williams
CAVE CITY - Pearl Williams, 62, of Cherokee Village died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born Oct. 4, 1934, in Cave City, she was the daughter of Frank and Ola Williams. She was a retired teacher from Sand Lake Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska. After retiring in 1994, she returned to Arkansas to live at Cherokee Village. She was a member of Maxville Missionary Baptist Church of Cave City.
Survivors include three daughters, Janie Bollen of Malvern, Martha Rossi of Anchorage, Ala., and Robbin Goodrow of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Betty Allen of Hot Springs and Zadine Dishongh of Batesville; a brother, Roy Williams of Noblesville, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Shannon Bollen, Sarah Bollen, Daniel Bollen and David Bollen, all of Malvern, Matthew Metzger and Jacob Metzger, both of Anchorage, Ala., and Kristal Larios of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John Williams.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Maxville Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City with Grayden Milligan officiating. Burial will follow at Evening Shade Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers will be Mordecai Marlin, Billy Atckinson, Mike Dishongh, Bob Van Holton, Paul Wayne Johnson, Alan Dishongh and Billy Wayne Bacon.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Ray Bollen, Frank Larios and Bob Metzger.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Neil VanEmburg
Neil VanEmburg, 82, of Desha died Monday, March 17, 1997, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born Oct. 12, 1914, in Batesville, he was the son of Thomas and Frances Abby Vanemburg. He was a retired educator and farmer and a member of First Baptist Church in Batesville.
Survivors include two sons, Tom Vanemburg and Charles Vanemburg, both of Desha; two daughters, Dr. Becky Young of Richardson, Texas, and Kathy Moran of Desha; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emogene Laman VanEmburg; and two sisters, Bitha Vanemburg and Etna Vanemburg.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 20, at Desha First Baptist Church with the Rev. Clyde Spurgin and John Kelley officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Memorials may be made to Desha First Baptist Church, CARTI in Little Rock, or the American Heart Association.

Mabel Campbell
Mabel Sade Campbell, 89, of Batesville died Saturday, March 22, 1997, in a local nursing home.
Born March 13, 1908, in Mount Pleasant, she was the daughter of William Joe Fulbright and Ida "Kittie" Moser Fulbright. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Jerry Sade of Derby, Kan.; a stepson, Milon Campbell of Cushman; a grandson, Tom Sade of Haysville, Kan.; and two step-grandchildren.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Wendell Sade; her second husband, Mina Campbell; four brothers; and three sisters.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in Barren Fork Cumberland Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Mike Manning officiating. Burial will be in Barren Fork Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Gladys Rutherford
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Gladys Allen Rutherford, 81, died Sunday, March 23, 1997, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Dec. 16, 1915, at Fifty Six, she was the daughter of William Isiac Allen and Effie Thomas Allen. She was a homemaker and a member of White Water Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Rutherford; a daughter, Mary Lou Johnson of Diltmer, Mo.; three sisters, Sally Lancaster, Willa Johnson and Matilda Welch, all of Mountain View; a granddaughter, Victoria Lynn Beck of High Ridge, Mo.; and a great-granddaughter, Cristene Nicole Beck of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Emmett Allen, Melton Allen, Thomas Allen and Abe Allen; and two sisters, Mary Hartwick and Edith Rowden.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 1997, at White Water Baptist Church with Alton Holt officiating. Burial will be at Levisy Flat Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Coffman Funeral Home of Mountain View.


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