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Beckum, Lois Ruth
JONESBORO - Lois Ruth Beckum, 68, of Bono died Thursday, April 16, 1998, in a Mountain Home hospital.
She was born Sept. 5, 1929, in Alabama. She lived much of her life in Payneway and moved to Bono in 1978. She was retired from Riceland Foods and was a member of Old Enterprise Church.
Survivors include a son, Danny Beckum of Batesville; three daughters, Phyllis Hansen of Bono, Cathy Dollar of Jonesboro and Peggy Price of Peoria, Ill.; and a granddaughter, Angela Hansen.
The funeral began was Sunday at Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with John Cornish officiating. Burial was in Old Enterprise Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Tommy Cox, Timmy Chatman, Dewayne McClendon, Mark Forrester, Ernie Goodon and Newton "Peanut" Phillips.

Davis, Mildred Lorene
Mildred Lorene Davis, 90, of Hot Springs, formerly of Melbourne, died Monday, April 20, 1998, in a Hot Springs hospital.
Born at Franklin, she was the daughter of Jim and Roxie McAnnally Jackson. She was a homemaker and a member of Midway Baptist Church and the Home Demonstration Club.
Survivors include a daughter, Audrey Lucille Davis of Hot Springs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Noah Leonard Davis; her parents; and two brothers, W.C. Jackson and Autry Jackson.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Midway Baptist Church with Ralph Allman officiating. Burial will be in Roberts Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Melbourne.
Pallbearers will be Rayburn Stroud, O.C. Felton, Dean Floyd, George Merriott, Melvin Merriott and Rick Merriott.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Krison, Peggy Ann Wallace
NEWPORT - Peggy Ann Wallace Krison, 53, of the Oliphant Community died Monday, April 20, 1998, in a Jonesboro hospital.
She was a licensed practical nurse at Newport Hospital for eight years until her retirement in 1994. She was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church at Newport.
Survivors include her husband, John Robert Krison; a son, Alan Craig Watts of Vancouver, Wash.; her mother, Minnie Olean Jones Wallace of the Oliphant Community; four stepchildren, Kathleen Jackson and Kris Krison, both of Shreveport, La., Anne Mitchell of Dallas and Larry Krison of Waterbury, Conn.; two brothers, Bobby Lee Wallace of Benton and Sammy David Wallace of Oliphant; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, S. Milbren Wallace.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home with the Rev. Clayton Gould officiating. Burial will be in Heard Cemetery at Bradford.
Pallbearers will be Frank Jones, Larry Jones, Lynn Jones, Keith Piggs, David Wallace and Billy Wallace.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The rosary will be said at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Meek, Martha Watson
WARREN - Martha Watson Meek, 85, of Warren died Saturday, April 18, 1998, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born Nov. 18, 1912, in Warren, she was the daughter of the late John Rufus Starr and Mary Lema Watson Meek. She was retired from the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., a member and substitute organist of First Presbyterian Church in Warren, a member of Bradley County Hospital Auxiliary, and she attended Lyon College, then Arkansas College, in Batesville.
Survivors include two sisters and a brother-in-law, Sarah and Jack Chenault of Roland and Mary Baldwin Hankins of Little Rock; four nephews, Dr. Edwin Hankins III of Little Rock, John Bernard Chenault of Roland, Lawrence Ralph Chenault of Dallas and Dr. James Alison Meek of Baldwin, Mo.; three nieces, Ann Meek Hankins of New York City, Kay Hankins Martin of Garland, Texas and Starr Chenault Boschetti of Roland; 10 great-nieces; four great-nephews; and two great-great-nieces.
The graveside service began at 1:30 p.m. today at Oakland Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren.
Memorials may be made to Bradley County Library or First Presbyterian Church.

Mittermiller, Ramona (Ona) Vickery
Ramona "Ona" Vickery Mittermiller, 78, of Batesville died Monday, April 20, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born April 26, 1919, in West Point, she was the daughter of the late George and Frances Tarwater Vickery.
Survivors include a sister, Maxine Chambers of Batesville; a sister-in-law, Vida Vickery of Batesville; four nieces; three nephews; and several cousins.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Alfred Vickery, Howard Vickery and Eldon Vickery; and a sister, Anna Masters.
The graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. April 22 at the Reeves Pine Grove Cemetery in Guion with the Rev. Bob Reynolds officiating. Arrangements are by Willis Funeral Home of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Fetters, Rondal (Ron)
DEXTER, Mo. - Rondal "Ron" Fetters, 58, of Decatur, Ala., died Monday, April 20, 1998.
Born May 1, 1939, in Dexter, Mo., he was the son of Evalee Fetters Wilson and the late Norman Fetters. He was affiliated with the Assembly of God Church, an equipment operator working in construction all over the United States, and an Army veteran. He enjoyed NASCAR racing.
Survivors include his wife, Marianne Fetters; a son, Alan Fetters of Batesville; two daughters, Janet Tosh of Batesville and Kelly Britt of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; three stepsons, John Loran of Malone, N.Y., Sanford Loran of Eatontown, N.J., and Scott Loran of Massena, N.Y.; five stepdaughters, Vicki Beeson, Sheri Cree, Sandra Loran and Melanie Jacobs, all of Hogansburg, N.Y., and Annette Swamp of Massena; his mother of Dexter; two brothers, Bruce Fetters of Van Buren, Mo., and Dennis Fetters of Bardwell, Ky.; five grandchildren; and 14 step-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at Rainey Funeral Home of Dexter on Thursday with the Rev. Gary Petty officiating. Burial will be in Dexter Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Watlington, Melissa Brandy
BALD KNOB - Melissa Brandy Watlington, 19, of Pangburn died Monday, April 20, 1998.
Born in Jonesboro on March 28, 1979, she was the daughter of Gary and Gail Floyd Watlington of Pangburn. She graduated as salutatorian from Midland High School at Pleasant Plains in 1997 where she was president of her senior class and a member of the student council and Beta Club. She was a member of Floral Baptist Church and a student at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
Other than her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Brad Watlington of the home and Wayne Watlington of Jonesboro; a sister, Sandy Pennington of Munsford, Tenn.; her grandparents, Herbert and Ester Watlington of Colt, and Odis and Goldie Floyd of Pleasant Plains.
The funeral will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Floral Baptist Church. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery under the direction of Powell Funeral Home of Bald Knob.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Campbell, Troy Dale
Troy Dale Campbell, 82, of Mountain Home, formerly of Batesville, died Sunday, April 12, 1998, in a Baxter County hospital.
Born Jan. 25, 1916, at Mountain Home, he was the son of William and Laura Campbell. A retired owner of a dental lab, he had lived in Mountain Home since 1949. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 225 of Mountain Home and was on the building committee and member of the First United Methodist Church. He also was Sunday school superintendent for several years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Trudy Campbell; a daughter, Kathryn Grover of Rogers; a brother, Robert Campbell of Mountain Home; and two granddaughters, Shelley Grover and Laura Grover, both of Rogers.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
The funeral was at Roller Chapel with the Rev. N. Wayne Clark officiating. Burial was in Baxter Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Bob Pratt, Dr. Jim Kirkpatrick, Wayne Reeves, Dr. John Ahrens, Dr. Joe Griffin and Ernie Wright.
Honorary pallbearers were Ben Gennings, Darrow Garner, Howard Baker, C.N. Kent, Neil Hudson and Jim Pratt.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund of Mountain Home.

Lively, Lois Swaim
Lois Swaim Lively, 82, of Batesville died Thursday, April 23, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born May 30, 1915, in Independence County, she was the daughter of Buck and Elizabeth Collins Swaim. She was a homemaker, a retired employee of the International Shoe Co. of Batesville, and a member of West Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Bernard Lively of Batesville; five grandsons, Gary Lively of Pangburn, Steve Lively of Bald Knob, Chris Lively, Shane Lively and Todd Lively, all of Batesville; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Lively; her parents; and several brothers and sisters.
The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville. Burial will be in Barnes Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Qualls, Paul D.
Paul D. Qualls, 62, of Batesville died Thursday, April 23, 1998.
Born Aug. 2, 1935, in Batesville, he was the son of Clyde M. and Lenell Qualls. He was a retired manager for Jones Building Supply and a member of Central Avenue Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Gwen Jeffery Qualls; a son, Scott Qualls of Batesville; a daughter, Angie Qualls of Batesville; his mother of Batesville; a sister, Junita Jackson of Gainesboro; and a granddaughter, April Ann Qualls of Batesville.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Rose Marie Collins.
The graveside service began at 10 a.m. today at Barnes Cemetery in Bethesda with J.B. Milligan officiating. Arrangements were by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers were Bill Tipton, Gerald Sutton, Gifford Jeffery, Aaron Jeffery, Mack Caldwell and Mike Jones.
 
Tilley, Donna Lee
Donna Lee Tilley, 61, of Batesville died Wednesday, April 22, 1998, at her home.
Born Nov. 16, 1936, in Omaha, Neb., she was the daughter of the late Leo and Rosemary Clark Chamberlain. She was a waitress and was of the Catholic faith.
Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Mendoza of Batesville; two stepsons, Wayne Tilley and Tim Tilley, both of Blytheville; a sister, Penny Ferrin of Omaha; two grandchildren, Justin Mendoza and Nikki Mendoza, both of Batesville; a nephew, Kevin Ferrin; and a niece, Debbie Georges.
The funeral wil begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Batesville with the Rev. Clayton Gould officiating. Burial will be in Barnes Cemetery under the direction of Willis Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Ferrin, Mario Moreno, Jacque Shaffer, J.R. Wyatt, Alvin Hardin and Russ Ohnstad.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today. The rosary will begin at 5:30.
Memorials may be made to hospice or Barnes Cemetery.

Frazier, Betty Lou
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Betty Lou McSpadden Frazier, 67, of Phoenix, formerly of Mount Pleasant and Batesville, died March 9, 1998, in a Phoenix hospital.
Born in Bethesda on March 20, 1930, she was the daughter of John Oscar and Laura Jane McSpadden.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Daniel Frazier; two sons, Daniel Joseph Frazier and David John Frazier, both of Arizona; two daughters, Nancy Ann Cumero of California and Stephanie Mary Dempsey of Flagstaff, Ariz.; a sister, Leona Hancock of Willows, Calif.; a brother, Gerald McSpadden of Morro Bay, Calif.; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters.
The memorial service was March 14 at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix.
Memorials may be made to Mount Pleasant School, in care of Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 144, Mount Pleasant, AR 72561.

Gray, Glenn F.
Glenn F. Gray, 62, of Horseshoe Bend died Thursday, April 23, 1998, in a Horseshoe Bend nursing home.
Born June 12, 1935, in Batesville, he was the son of Walter and Edna Mae Bickers Gray. He was a piano teacher and a church organist in Michigan and a member of West Baptist Church in Batesville.
Survivors include two brothers, Billy H. Gray of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Jimmy L. Gray of Chelsea, Mich.; a sister, Charlene M. Shoffner of Grand Junction, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral was at 10 a.m. today in Crouch Funeral Home chapel in Batesville with the Rev. Bob Dailey officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Fred Ivy, George Ivy, Howard Davis, Walter Davis, Jack Wyatt and G.C. Anderson.

Holley, Isaac Thomas
Isaac Thomas Holley, 77, of Batesville died Friday, April 24, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born May 16, 1920, in Wynne, he was the son of Elijah and Martha Caroline Ellis Holley. He was a retired employee of Collier Oil Co., an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Dorsey Holley; four sons, James Holley, Harold Holley and William Holley, all of Batesville, and John Holley of Texarkana; two daughters, Genevia Williams and Susan Armstrong, both of Batesville; a sister, Melverta Holley of Batesville; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Louis Holley; and a sister, Mary Holley.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. Bob Dustman officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Kyler Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Hank Williams, Buddy Justice, Terry Justice, Carl Wilson, W.C. Coleman and Larry Coleman.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Armstrong, Bobby Armstrong, John Armstrong and Allen Williams.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
 
Pankey, Marcus S.T.
NEWPORT - Marcus S.T. Pankey, 74, of Oil Trough died Sunday, April 26, 1998, at his home.
Born Nov. 19, 1923, at Oil Trough, he was the son of Clarence Allen and Phronia Webb Pankey. He was a farmer and a Navy veteran of World War II. He served aboard the USS Elmore and participated in seven amphibious landings. He was a member and deacon of White River Baptist Church at Oil Trough.
Survivors include his wife, Marietta Kramer Pankey; a son, David Allen Sr. of Oil Trough; a daughter, Kay Jones of Normal, Ill.; six grandchildren, Walt Jones of Fayetteville, Marcus Jones of Fort Stewart, Ga., Mary Kathryn Murphy of Springdale, and David Allen Pankey Jr., Natalie Dawn Pankey and Matthew Ryan Pankey, all of Oil Trough; a great-grandson, McCormick Jones Murphy of Springdale; an aunt, Ines Pankey of Bradford; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at White River Baptist Church in Oil Trough with Thurlo Lee and Roy Crossland officiating. Burial will be in Maple Springs Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Cook, Kenny Kramer, Lester Pankey, Walter Pankey, Ron Webb and Jimmy Wyatt.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of White River Baptist Church, Bill Allen, Jim Barnett, John Davis, Preston Grace Sr., Wesley Ketz Sr. and Paul Rhodes.
Memorials may be made to the White River Baptist Church Building Fund.

Adamson, Larry Junior
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Larry Junior Adamson, 49, of Monette, formerly of Timbo, died Sunday, April 26, 1998.
He was a farmer and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include two brothers, Eddie Adamson and Robert Adamson, both of Timbo; and a sister, Wilma Adamson of Timbo.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Coffman Funeral Home of Mountain View. Burial will be in Sylamore Cemetery near Mountain View.

Caviness, Margie Martin
Margie Martin Caviness, 91, of Sulphur Rock died Monday, April 27, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born Jan. 12, 1907, in Memphis, she was the daughter of Capt. Thomas C. Martin and Annie Boles Martin. She was a retired waitress and a member of Oak Ridge United Methodist Church at Cord.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Annie Mae Biggs of Heber Springs; a cousin, Joan Feger of Holly Springs, N.C.; and special friends, Tom and Mary Woodyard of Batesville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Caviness.
The graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hopewell Cemetery in Cord with the Rev. Charles Mabry officiating. Arrangements are by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
There will be no visitation.

Decker, Jimmy Lee
BALD KNOB - Jimmy Lee Decker, 40, of Bradford died Sunday, April 26, 1998.
Born Oct. 27, 1957, at Bradford, he was the son of James and Johnnie Mae Crum Decker. He was a machine operator employed by Vickers Inc. and a member of the Bradford Church of God.
Survivors include his parents of Bradford; a son, James Edmund Decker of Thida; a daughter, Jamia Lynn Thornton of Bradford; a brother, Doyle Decker of Lansing, Mich.; a sister, JoAnn Grady of Thida; and a granddaughter, Kloey Lynn Thornton.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Powell Funeral Home of Bald Knob. Burial will be in Heard Cemetery at Bradford.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

Huffine, Jerry Ray
PARAGOULD - Jerry Ray Huffine, 55, of Paragould died Sunday, April 26, 1998.
Born Aug. 8, 1942, in Paragould, he was the son of Ibax and Opal Marie Barber Huffine. He was a deputy for the Greene County Sheriff's Department, a member of Lake Street Baptist Church in Paragould and a Navy veteran.
Other than his parents, he is survived by his wife, Belinda Myracle Huffine; three sons, Aubrey Remagen of Fort Smith, Steven Huffine of Batesville and Scott Huffine of Portland, Ore.; a daughter, Sheila Knuckles of Marmaduke; three brothers, Eugene Huffine of Campbell, Mo., Nathan Huffine and Joe Huffine, both of Paragould; a sister, Christine Austin of Fulton, Mo.; and seven grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Heath Funeral Home of Paragould with the Rev. Wayne Faulkner officiating. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 9 p.m.

Melton, Bynum
NEWPORT - Bynum Melton, 85, of Newport died today, April 28, 1998, in a Newport hospital.
He was a farmer and a member of the Airbase Church of Christ in Newport.
Survivors include two sons, Darrel W. Melton of Newport and Dale L. Melton of Cushman; a brother, David C. Melton of Odessa, Texas; two sisters, Rosie Whellis of Seattle and Faye Robbins of Augusta; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home with Gary Lawson officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery at Newark.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandsons-in-law, Bud Melton, Kevin Melton, Billy Max Warren, Steve Stark, Ty Honey and Jackie Sherrell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles "Peck" Wilson and Hugh Elmer Fisher.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.


 

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