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Scheer, Robert William
Robert William Scheer, 80, of Batesville died today, April 29, 1998, in Batesville.
Born March 18, 1919, in St. Louis, he was the son of Frederick August and Marie Delhougne Scheer. He was a retired aeronautical engineer with McDonnell Douglas Corp., an Air Force veteran, and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Beshers Scheer; a brother, Frederick August Scheer Jr. of Powell, Tenn.; a niece, Martha Salk of Oakridge, Tenn.; and a nephew, Jon Scheer of Denver, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Oaklawn Cemetery with Scott Wood and Tom Snelgrove officiating. Arrangements are by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
There will be no visitation.
 
Jones, Charles Ray
PINE BLUFF - Charles Ray Jones, 70, of Pine Bluff died Wednesday, April 29, 1998.
He was a retired assistant vice president and White Hall branch manager of Simmons First National Bank. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a former member of the Pine Bluff Jaycees and Pine Bluff Optimist Club.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Jean Morgan Jones; a son, Charles Ray Jones Jr.; two daughters, Janet Scherm and Jerrie Townsend; a brother, Lloyd Mayhue Jones; and two granddaughters, Jill Scherm and Katie Jones.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Theodore and Vernia Mayhue Jones; a brother, Oscar Theodore Jones Jr.; and a sister, Maxine Vangelder.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
 
Dear, Florence Irene Wood
Florence Irene Wood Dear, 81, of Sage died Thursday, April 30, 1998, in a local hospital.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Zion Hill Southern Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Wayne Dear of Sage; a daughter, Shirley Jennings of Sage; a brother, Lamar McKeown of Centerville, Pa.; a sister, Flossie Wood McKeown of Heartselle, Ala.; two grandchildren, David Randall Jennings of Zion and Caren Christine Jennings Smith of Sage; and four great-grandchildren, Joshua Randall Jennings and Jessica Rochelle Jennings, both of Zion, and Blake Alan Smith and Cara Christine Smith, both of Sage.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Herman Sanders Jernigan; a daughter, Alma Christine Jernigan; a sister, Flora Wood Grubbs; and two brothers, Floy Wood and Harold McKeown.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Crouch Funeral Home of Melbourne with Bruce Qualls, Arthur Barber and Leonard Williams officiating. Burial will be in Caney Springs Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Paul Sellers, Rayburn Finley, Tim Finley, Tom Finley, Brent Finley and Bobby Cannon.
Honorary pallbearers will be Hoyt Jackson and W.E. Wilton.
Visitation will begin this evening at 6.

Diaz, Lorenzo (Larry)
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Lorenzo "Larry" Diaz, 72, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., died Wednesday, April 29, 1998.
Born in Tampa, Fla., Diaz returned to Florida in 1979 from Sidney. He was retired after 20 years as a chief petty officer with the U.S. Navy and was former owner of the New Smyrna Beach Ice Co.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Diaz; a son, Larry N. Diaz of Little Rock; a daughter, Barbara Hamilton of Evening Shade; and three grandchildren.
The graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sea Pines Memorial Gardens in Edgewater, Fla. Arrangements are by Settle-Wilder Funeral Home of New Smyrna Beach.

Williams, Vallie
Vallie Williams, 77, of Batesville died Thursday, April 30, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born Sept. 23, 1920, in Evening Shade, she was the daughter of Ernest and Willie Royal Williams. She was an employee of Clinic Drug Store, and a member of Central Avenue Church of Christ.
Survivors include a son, George R. Williams of Hot Springs; four grandchildren, Lisa Jackson of Jenks, Okla., Laura Gillis of Conway, Janette Dumas of Oklahoma City and Julie Dees of Broken Arrow, Okla.; and ten great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George N. Williams; a daughter, Mary Lou Moore; and a brother, L.E. Williams.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Central Avenue Church of Christ with Dr. Robert Calvery officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Baker, Roy Satterwhite, Randolph Williams, Vernon Paysinger, Jeff Zelasko and Lee Womack.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Burge, Letiah C.
Letiah C. Burge, 85, of Batesville died Saturday, May 2, 1998, in Batesville.
Born March 13, 1913, in Cave City, she was the daughter of James Edward and Allie Hutchison Burge. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include a son, Paul "Bo" Burge of Batesville; two daughters, Sharon Kay Moffitt and Patricia Ann Couch, both of Batesville; four grandchildren, Kristi Moffitt and Stacey Couch, both of Batesville, and Kevin Couch and Victoria Couch, both of Cave City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Chester Burge, Dean Burge, George Burge, Ancil Burge, Lexie Burge and Burnice Burge; and a sister, Beatrice Burge.
The funeral was at 10 a.m. today at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with Ralph Wallis officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Kelly Shields, Alvin Jeffrey, George Kephart, Brian Bomer, Roger Sprinkle and Frank Tripp.
Honorary pallbearers were Chester Bomer, Marcus Chaudoin, Glen Burge and Truman Burge.

Grady, Rebecca Virginia
CAVE CITY - Rebecca Virginia Grady, infant daughter of Steve and Angela Hower Grady of Smithville, died Friday, May 1, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
Other than her parents, she is survived by her grandparents, Mark and Rebecca Hower of Smithville, and Virginia Grady of Cave City; and her great-grandfather, Raymond Hower of Smithville.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Buddy Grady, and her maternal great-grandmothers, Elizabeth Hower and Bertha Gill.
The graveside service was Saturday at Lancaster Cemetery in Strawberry with Bob Dustman officiating. Arrangements were by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Huesmann, William H.
SEARCY - William H. Huesmann, 72, of Beebe died Saturday, May 2, 1998, in Little Rock.
Born Jan. 21, 1926, in St. Paul, Minn., he was the son of Odilo Nicholas and Ruth Torne Huesmann. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and was a member of St. Jude's Catholic Church in Jacksonville and the Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Huesmann; two sons, William M. Huesmann of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mark O. Huesmann of Bremerton, Wash.; three daughters, Karen Delacruz of Pueblo, Colo., Lyn Kelley of Batesville and Cheri Coats of Conway; a brother, Larry Huesmann of Backus, Minn.; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The memorial service was at 1 p.m. today at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Jacksonville. Arrangements were by Roller-Daniel Funeral Home of Searcy.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis.

Marshall, John E.
MOUNTAIN VIEW - John E. Marshall, 80, of Onia died Tuesday, April 28, 1998.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Anderson Marshall; a daughter, Pamela Taylor; three stepsons, David Hess, Scott Hess and Mark Hess; a sister, Ruth Ripley; five grandsons, and a great-grandson.
The memorial service was at 2 p.m. today at Roller-Coffman Funeral Home of Mountain View with David Campbell officiating. There will be a private burial.

Michaels, James J.
NEWARK - James J. Michaels, 75, of Newark died Friday, May 1, 1998, at a Newport hospital.
He was retired from Hurley's Gin where he was a ginner and maintenance man.
Survivors include five sisters, Bonnie Arnold of Newark, Lena Taylor of Des Plaines, Ill., Virginia McAuliffe of Newport, Carolyn Courtney of Elwood, Ind., and Ruby Southard of Arlington, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard K. and Rosa Ethel Barber Michaels.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. today at Jackson's Newark Funeral Home with J.B. Milligan officiating. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery in Newark.
Pallbearers were Jackie Simmons, Matt Simmons, Larry Marshall, Eulos Nicholas, Jack Griffin and Patrick Arnold.

Pickering, Otis Oscar
Otis Oscar Pickering, 74, of Batesville died today, May 4, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born Jan. 23, 1924, in Berne, Ind., he was the son of Charles E. and Mary Andress Pickering. He was retired from B.F. Goodrich Co. after 26 years of service and a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Desha Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include two brothers, Charles Pickering of Sharon Center, Ohio, and Glen Pickering of Florida; four sisters, Alma K. Lasch, Marceil Lasch and Loretta Pittman, all of Lodi, Ohio, and Joyce Taylor of Wayne, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Russell Pickering, Lloyd Pickering and Theodore Pickering.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of one's choice.

Brooks, Mike
Mike Brooks, 67, of Batesville, formerly of Tyler, Texas, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, in Batesville.
He was born May 12, 1930, in Phillips, Texas, to Dr. W.W. Brooks and Mary M. Brooks. He was a retired respiratory therapist at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas. He was a graduate of Culver Military Academy and North Texas State University and an Air Force veteran.
Survivors include a son, Will Brooks of Little Rock; two daughters, Lynn Brooks Hargis of Hot Springs and Leigh Brooks Schmidt of Batesville; his mother of Borger, Texas; a sister, Mary Ann Ferguson of Whitesboro, Texas; four grandchildren, Ashton Brooke Schmidt, Madeline Leigh Schmidt, Lyndsey Beth Hargis, and Jordan Bryan Brooks.
He was preceded in death by his father; and a brother, Bill Brooks.
Graveside services and burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Oaklawn Cemetery with Dr. Don Hall officiating. Arrangements are by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 Thursday afternoon.

Dobbins, Mae Catherine
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Mae Catherine Lancaster Dobbins, 89, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, in Calico Rock.
Born March 14, 1909, in Mountain View, she was the daughter of the late Albert A. Lancaster and Meda Huey Lancaster. She was a retired post mistress for the Allison Post Office and a member of First United Methodist Church of Mountain View. She was on the board of the Stone County Library, a member of the Garden Club, the Marine Corps Auxiliary, Retired Teachers Association, and Historical Society.
Survivors include two stepsons, Hale Dobbins and Dr. J.W. Dobbins, both of Mountain View; two stepdaughters, Lanell Duell and Ruth Burton, both of North Little Rock; two brothers, Winfield Lancaster of St. Petersburg, Fla., Richard Lancaster of Eureka Springs; two sisters, Edith Bartholomew and Maxine Case, both of Mountain View; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was this afternoon at 2 at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Johnson officiating. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery by Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Pallbearers were Bob Cheshire, Joe Cheshire, Phillip Dobbins, Jeff Dobbins, Jake Dobbins and Steve Dobbins.

Reeves, Dick
MELBOURNE - Dick Reeves, 82, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, in Batesville.
Born April 29, 1916, in Newport, he was the son of the late Elbert and Lillie McElroy Reeves. He was a farmer, a 32nd-degree Mason, a member of the Melbourne United Methodist Church and the Melbourne Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star.
Survivors include many nieces and nephews.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nola Martin Reeves.
The funeral was today at the Roman and Billy Memorial Chapel in Melbourne with Doyle Berchfeldt officiating. Burial was in Oxford Cemetery under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Raymond Owens, Don Helm, Charlie Lamb, David Miller, Lloyd Jones and Jerry Blankenship.
Honorary pallbearers were Fred Blankenship, Hale Bibb, Lloyd Garner and Darrell Sherrell.

Webb, Dwayne C. (Buck)
Dwayne "Buck" Webb, 62 of Mount Pleasant died Monday, May 4, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
Born June 23, 1935, in Mount Pleasant, he was the son of Jesse Ewell Webb and Edith Jones Webb. He was a retired farmer, a member and deacon of the Mount Pleasant Southern Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Webb; a son, Jerry Webb of Mount Pleasant; his mother of Mount Pleasant; a sister, Gwenda Johnson of Batesville; three grandchildren, Andrea Webb, Jesse Webb and Jared Webb, all of Mount Pleasant.
He was preceded in death by his father.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Mount Pleasant Southern Baptist Church with the Rev. Bruce Qualls, the Rev. Mike Rice, and the Rev. Leonard Williams officiating. Burial will be in Barren Fork Cemetery with arrangements by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Ray Ford, Lucius Bray, D.R. Edwards, Wayne Garner, Silas Ogilvie, and Harold Ball. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Jackson, Troy Terrell, Leonard Williams, and Mike Hanson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 Wednesday evening.

Carroll, Terry
Terry Raymond Carroll, 43, of Batesville died Sunday, May 3, 1998 in Batesville.
He was born Nov. 27, 1954, in Troy, Ohio, to Coats and Doris Lucille Greenfield Carroll. He was an employee of Arkansas Eastman.
Survivors include his parents, Coats and Wanda Fields Carroll of Batesville; a brother, Jeff Carroll of Kettering, Ohio; his grandmother, Dorceye Greenfield of Batesville; three nephews, Jeff Carroll, Steve Carroll and Doug Carroll, all of Kettering; and a niece, Tiffany Carroll of Kettering.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Carroll; his grandfather, Raymond W. Greenfield; and grandparents, Fred and Bessie Fields.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville chapel with Ralph Wallis officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening.

Mitchum, Maggie Mae Jones
Maggie Mae Jones Mitchum, 94, died April 27, 1998.
Born Aug. 22, 1903, in Mountain View, she was the daughter of Della and Ross Jones. She was of the Church of Christ faith.
Survivors include two daughters, Anna Lee Young of Heber Springs and Wilma Jean Bryant of Mount Dora, Fla.; a sister, Frances Harper of Rolla, Mo.; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Mitchum, and her parents.
The memorial service was Saturday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Southside.

Griffin, Jimmy Marion (Buddy)
NEWARK - Jimmy Marion "Buddy" Griffin, 68, of Batesville, formerly of Wichita, Kan., died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
He was the son of Robert Henry Griffin Sr. and Esther Mae Troy Griffin. He was a retired taxi driver.
Survivors include two daughters, Alice Marie Griffin and Mary Ellen Griffin; two sons, Paul Richard Griffin and Jimmy Wayne Griffin; three brothers, James Oran Griffin of Batesville, R.H. Griffin of Cohokia, Ill., and Jack Griffin of Newark; and four sisters, Pauline Wherry of McCrory, Erma Wherry of Newark, Marie Cleveland of Mountain View and Esther Lee Handy of Longmount, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Paul Griffin.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Jackson's Newark Funeral Home with Mark Richardson officiating. Burial will be in Tunstall Cemetery at Newark.
Pallbearers will be Don Wherry, Charles Barber, Eugene Gardner, Wilbur Gardner, Junior Sturdivant and Jim McDoniel.
Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until service time.

Case, Virginia V. Compton
Virginia V. Compton Case of Batesville died Thursday, May 7, 1998, in Batesville.
Born in Jamestown, she was the daughter of Thomas Smith Compton and Lula Mae Compton. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Patte Horner of Paragould; a sister, Lois Compton Shaw of Batesville; two grandchildren, Casey Horner and Chris Horner, both of Paragould; and a great-granddaughter, Alexis Horner of Paragould; five nieces; and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry R. Case; her parents; seven sisters; and two brothers.
Graveside services and burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Ed Wyers officiating. Arrangements are by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials may be made to Beautification for Oaklawn Cemetery, Municipal Building, 500 East Main St., Batesville, Ark. 72501; or the American Cancer Society; or the White River Medical Center.

Hix, Betty J.
Betty J. Hix, 65, of Batesville died Thursday, May 7, 1998, in her home.
She was born Dec. 14, 1932, in Washington, D.C., was a homemaker and a member of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Joe J. Hix of the home; a son, Ray Hix of Batesville; two daughters, Mary Lee Lewallen of Cave City and Joyce Whitener of Batesville; a brother, Cyrus Boley of Bealeton, Va.; a sister, Stella Mae Arnold of Warrenton, Va.; an aunt, Virginia Flair of Batesville; six grandchildren, Jody Hix, Wendel Lewallen, Shandy McIntosh, Artie Whitener, Matt Hix and Alan Whitener; and two great-grandchildren, Chandler Hix, and Caitlin Hix.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary T. Boley; and two brothers, Charles Eline and Edward Eline.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Kermit Crow officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery under the direction of Batesville Funeral Service Inc.
Pallbearers will be Ray Hix, Jody Hix, Wendel Lewallen, Ellis Tuten, Jimmy Airwood and Troy Coles. Honorary pallbearers will be Wes Rose, Fred L. Jackson, Dr. Tom Cummins, Shelby Branscum, Ronny Manuel and Jim Jackson.
Visitation will be this afternoon from 5 to 8 at the funeral home.

Shadwick, Tommie F.
HARRISBURG - Tommie F. Shadwick, 85, of Harrisburg died Wednesday in a Jonesboro medical center.
He was born June 27, 1912, in McCrory to Mr. and Mrs. William Shadwick. He was a farmer and of the Pentecostal faith.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma Ruffin Shadwick of the home; a daughter, Shirley Gardner of Harrisburg; three brothers, Pete Shadwick and Marshall Barnett, both of McCrory, and Red Shadwick of Newark; a sister, Clara Browning of McCrory; two grandchildren, Regina Jaynes of Trumann and Chris Gardner of Harrisburg; and two great-grandchildren, Heather Henry and Meaghan Henry, both of Harrisburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m. today in Pine Hill Cemetery at Jonesboro under the direction of Jackson's Harrisburg Funeral Home. The Rev. John Lindsey officiated.


 

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