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Batson, Robert F.
HAYSVILLE, Kan. - Robert Fred Batson, 72, of Haysville, Kan., died Friday, May 8, 1998.
Born Feb. 16, 1926, in Magness, he was a retired farmer and a veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Nina D. Batson; a son, Donald W. Batson of Haysville; a daughter, Linda K. Tucker of Wichita, Kan.; two sisters, Mary Gemmings of Kansas City, Mo., and Mildred Jackson of Maulden, Mo.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was today at Midway Baptist Church. Burial was in Waco Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Midway Baptist Church.

Elliott, Jewell A.
HARRISON - Jewell A. Elliott, 85, of Harrison died Sunday, May 10, 1998, in a Harrison nursing home.
Born Oct. 14, 1912, in Charlotte, she was the daughter of Commodore and Josephine Moore Ball. She was a homemaker, a member of Capps Road Church of Christ and retired from the Bristol Meyers Co. in Kansas City, Mo. She also was a Luzier Cosmetics inspector.
Survivors include two nieces, Marion Bullington of Harrison and Wanda Wilkerson of Tuckerman; a nephew, Charles Burge of Broken Arrow, Okla.; and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Newton Elliott; a brother, Benjamin Ball; and a sister, Eula Burge.
The graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sharon Cemetery in Drexel, Mo., under the direction of Christeson Funeral Home of Harrison.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald Brewster, Robert Allen Brewster Sr., Mike Bullington, Mark Burge, Dannie Hessenflow and David Wilderson.
Memorials may be made to the Drexel Ambulance Fund, Drexel, Mo.

Love, Bessie Irene Taylor
Bessie Irene Taylor Love, 85, of Batesville died Saturday, May 9, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born Sept. 18, 1912, in Batesville, she was the daughter of William George Taylor and Virginia Harper Taylor. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church.
Survivors include a nephew, Joe Freeman of Batesville; three nieces, Dorothy McCurn of Des Moines, Iowa, Johnnie M. Ferguson of Las Vegas and Ancel Haynes of Los Angeles; two great-nieces, Gloria J. Banks of Los Angeles and Niambi D. Webster-Pearson of Memphis; two cousins, Loraine Smiley and Ethel Taylor, both of Batesville; and several great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tresvant Love; and her parents.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Bethel A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Johnny Kelley officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Arthur Montgomery, Loyal Montgomery, Ben Earls, Tommy Harper, Cecil Sherrill and Willis Drinkard.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

Milligan, Mitchel E.
Mitchel E. Milligan, 68, of Batesville died Sunday, May 10, 1998, in Batesville.
Born Dec. 15, 1929, in Strawberry, he was the son of Elvin O. and Virgie Foster Milligan. He was a retired foreman for White-Rodgers and a member of the Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church. He was a member of the Center Grove Masonic Lodge No. 402 of Batesville.
Survivors include his wife, Georgia Jo Matlock Milligan; a son, Larry Milligan of Little Rock; a daughter, Carolyn Maggie Hughes of Little Rock; a brother, Fred Milligan of Batesville; three sisters, Avalene Taylor of Batesville, Mary Wilson of Tulsa, Okla., and Birteen Walker of Strawberry; four grandchildren, Allen Milligan of Niles, Mich., Nicki Milligan and Lauren Milligan, both of Batesville, and Richard Hughes Jr. of Little Rock; and a great-granddaughter, Tiffany Milligan of Niles, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Randy Milligan.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Grayden Milligan and the Rev. James Jones officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Mike Clark, Rick Gann, Jim Thomas, Dwayne Dickey, Norman O'Brien, Donald Jones, L.C. Spurlock and Jay Crawford.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Bob Walton, Pascal Spurlock, David Martin, C.O. Painter, Ken McCormack and members of the Center Grove Masonic Lodge.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, followed by Masonic services at 8 at Crouch Funeral Home.

Crouch, Melvin L.
Melvin L. Crouch, 74, of Fairfield Bay died Tuesday, May 12, 1998, in a Searcy hospital.
Born Oct. 5, 1923, in Moran, Kan., he was the son of the late George and Edith Donaldson Crouch. He was a retired educator for the Kansas public school system, a decorated World War II Air Force veteran, a 32nd-degree Mason, past president of the Fairfield Bay Shriner's Club, a member of the American Legion and Rotary and past lieutenant governor of the Kansas Kiwanis and a member of the United Methodist Church in Fairfield Bay.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Barbara Alderson Crouch; a son, Michael Crouch of Joplin, Mo.; two daughters, Connie Vitale of Prairie Village, Kan., and Shelia Reed of Cave Creek, Ariz.; two brothers, Russell Crouch of Akron, Ohio, and L.C. Crouch of Topeka, Kan.; six grandchildren, Michael Vitale, Rick Crouch, Heather Mader, Shawna Reed, Kristi Crouch and Amy Crouch; and two great-grandchildren, Ashley Mader and Austin Mader.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and four brothers.
The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fairfield Bay United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sherman Waters officiating. Arrangements are by Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.
Memorials may be made to Indian Rock Village, 265 Dave Creek Parkway, Fairfield Bay, AR 72088.

Kendrick, Arlie Davis
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Arlie Davis Kendrick, 83, died Monday, May 11, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
Born April 4, 1915, at Guion, she was the daughter of the late Bob and Maude Davis Thompson. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Mountain View.
Survivors include two sons, Earl Davis of Batesville and J.R. Kendrick of Mountain View; a stepson, Rayborn Kendrick of California; a daughter, Carol Acklin of Mountain View; two stepdaughters, Juanita Gennings of Searcy and Mary Sue Smith of Kansas City, Kan.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Guy Kendrick.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Mountain View with the Rev. Jackie Fendley officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Pallbearers will be Van Rosa, Pete Whitfield, Vernon Lawrence, Ivan Anderson, Danny Farris and David Kendrick.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Walker and Earl Talburt.
Visitation will be 7 to 8 p.m. today.

McNeill, Daniel Lindsey
HEBER SPRINGS - Daniel Lindsey McNeill, 66, of Drasco died Monday, May 11, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Dec. 24, 1931, in Ferda, he was the son of the late Daniel and Mildred Lindsey McNeill. A former resident of Memphis, he had lived in Drasco for 10 years. He was a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and was a retired director of sales for Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Co. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at Fairfield Bay.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Suttle McNeill; a son, Sean McNeill of Okinawa, Japan; two daughters, Robin Lin Carter of Jackson, Miss., and Tadd McNeill of Memphis; a stepson, Brady Suttle of Batesville; a stepdaughter, Lana Fugett of Batesville; a brother, John McNeill of Little Rock; and two grandchildren, Annie Turner and Jamie Carter.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fairfield Bay with the Rev. Francis Calvecchio officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Memorial Park under the direction of Olmstead Funeral Home of Heber Springs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Norton, Fay Lafayette
Fay Lafayette Norton, 85, of Wolf Bayou died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in Heber Springs.
Born July 19, 1912, at Wolf Bayou, he was the son of the late Jake and Alta Norton. He was a member of Concord Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Lewis Norton; a son, Charles Norton of Drasco; two daughters, Alice Norton and Wanda Cannon, both of Drasco; three brothers, Doyne Norton, Loy Wade Norton and J.U. Norton, all of Drasco; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Leon Norton, Lonis Norton, Therrell Norton and Hoy Norton.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Oak Grove Church with the Rev. Billy Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Chris Norton, Benny Norton, Alan Cannon, Douglas Cannon, Philip Cannon and Chuck Hubbs.
Visitation will be today.

Rhodes, A.J.
HOPE - A.J. Rhodes, 70, of Hope died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in a Texarkana, Texas, hospital.
Born Oct. 19, 1927, in Hammond, Okla., he was the son of Homer and Iva Blackmon Rhodes. He was retired from Emmet Mercantile and Hope Builders Supply and was owner-operator of Poor-Boy Furniture Store. He was a member of the Hope Church of Christ and American Legion, past president of the Hope Boosters Club, former member of Hope Lions Club and was active for many years in youth sports programs, including coaching in Hope's first Little League baseball season.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Collier Rhodes; his mother of Hope; two sons, Gary Rhodes of Batesville and Jim Rhodes of Spring Hill; a daughter, Jennifer Rhodes Hurd of Searcy; two sisters, Thalia Curtis of El Dorado and Lula McCain of McCaskill; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father.
The funeral will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hope Church of Christ with Tommy Mounts, Larry Keele and Steve Norris officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Hope under the direction of Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home of Hope.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Wilson, Bill
Bill Wilson, 77, of Batesville died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in a Little Rock hospital.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Willis Funeral Service Chapel.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Further arrangements will be announced later by Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.

Fenrich, Arthur J.
Arthur J. Fenrich, 85, formerly of Batesville, died Thursday, May 14, 1998, in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandi Kantz; two sons, Arthur Fenrich Jr. and Theodore Fenrich; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
 
Lovelady, V.J.
V.J. Lovelady, 77, of Guion died Thursday, May 14, 1998, in a Calico Rock hospital.
He was the son of J.M. and Edna Breeden Lovelady. He was a member of the Guion Baptist Church and the Melbourne Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Ouida Cook Lovelady; a son, Vernon Lovelady of Beebe; a daughter, Connie Coots of Batesville; four grandchildren, Rex Lovelady, Jeff Lovelady, Ike Coots and Amy Coots; and three great-grandchildren, Garrett H. Lovelady, Greyson Lovelady and Victoria Lovelady.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Crouch Funeral Home of Melbourne with the Rev. Noble Wiles officiating. Burial will be in Melbourne Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Vernon Lovelady, Ronnie Coots, Rex Lovelady, Jeff Lovelady, Ike Coots and Gary Hilburn.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
 
Reaper, Carless Handford
BALD KNOB - Carless Handford Reaper, 66, of Pangburn died Wednesday, May 13, 1998.
Born June 29, 1931, he was the son of the late Louis Franklin Reaper and Addie Sloate Reaper. He was a truck driver and cattle farmer, a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Harris Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lola Wood Reaper; three sons, Norris C. Reaper and Eric Gene Reaper, both of Hickory Flat, and Louis Franklin Reaper of Searcy; a sister, Collene Pate Dutcher of Searcy; and five grandchildren.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harris Chapel Baptist Church at Hickory Flat. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery under the direction of Powell Funeral Home of Bald Knob.
Visitation will be 4 to 9 p.m. today.

Williams, Verna
Verna Williams, 78, died Thursday, May 14, 1998, in a Little Rock hospital.
She was a longtime resident of Batesville.
Survivors include a son, Mark Williams of Dallas; a daughter, Ellen McKenney of Batesville; a sister, Connie Collier of Batesville; two grandchildren, Vikki Middleton of Batesville and Troy VanKlooster of Milwaukee, Wis.; and a great-grandchild, Hunter Middleton.
A private family graveside service will be Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Wilson, Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas Wilson, 77, of Batesville died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born April 28, 1921, in Flippin, he was the son of the late Willie Green Martin and Arizona Mae Williams Wilson. He was a retired log cutter for the Kirby Lumber Co. in Silsbee, Texas, an Army-Air Force veteran, a member of the Disabled American Veterans, and was of the Church of Christ faith.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Pauletta Wilson of Bentonville; three sons, William "Buddy" Walter Wilson and David Thomas Wilson, both of Batesville, and Calvin "Donnie" Wilson of Melbourne; three daughters, Dovie Lucille Knight, Brenda Kaye Moore and Rita Faye Overton, all of Bentonville; 16 grandchildren ; 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Nita Jo Wilson; a sister, Imogene Hale; and two sets of twin grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Willis Funeral Service with James Callicoat officiating. Burial will be in Egner Cemetery near Salado.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Brancecum, Helen Weaver
LEPANTO - Helen Weaver Brancecum, 62, of Newark, formerly of Lepanto, died Saturday, May 16, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
She was a retired nursing home aide.
Survivors include two daughters, Faye Farmer of West Memphis and Marie Jones of Newark; two sons, Marvin Weaver of Osceola and Frank Weaver of West Memphis; two sisters, Arvella Cotton of Cord and Arlene Parman of Dexter, Mo.; a brother, Donald Morgan of Dexter, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Murphy Funeral Home of Lepanto. Burial will be in Potter Memorial Cemetery at Lepanto.
Pallbearers will be Roy Weaver, Brent Gilmar, Steve Weaver, Bobby Farmer, Sheldon Jones and Robert Hunt.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Fenrich, Arthur J.
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. - Arthur James Fenrich, 86, of Grand Junction, Mich., died Thursday, May 14, 1998.
Born Aug. 24, 1911, in Chicago, he was the son of Theodore and Francis Fenrich. He worked as a service engineer at Combustion Engineering until his retirement. He was a member of the Chicago Masonic Lodge, Madini Temple and also belonged to the York Rite. He moved to Grand Junction, Mich., from Batesville in 1995.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Kantz of Holland, Mich.; two sons, Arthur J. Fenrich Jr. and Theodore Simmons Fenrich, both of Grand Junction; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gereta Fenrich; a son, Frank Fenrich; and a granddaughter, Opal Sanderson.
The graveside service will be Wednesday at Saugatuck Cemetery in Saugatuck, Mich., with George Kantz and Brian Goosman officiating. Arrangements are by the Calvin, Starks & Frost Funeral Home of South Haven, Mich.

Qualls, Lynn Roe
Lynn Roe Qualls, 73, of Batesville died Saturday, May 16, 1998, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born Nov. 11, 1924, in Independence County, he was the son of Junie and Myrtle Prince Qualls. He worked for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., retiring as a switching equipment technician in 1984 after 36 years of service and was a member of the Arkansas Telephone Pioneers of America. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Batesville and had served on the boards of the Batesville church and the Walnut Ridge United Methodist Church and on various church committees. He was a member of the Mount Zion Lodge No. 10 of Free and Accepted Masons, was past master of Aurora Lodge No. 423 in Walnut Ridge, past patron of Rainbow Chapter No. 304 Order of the Eastern Star in Walnut Ridge, and was a member of the Ruth Chapter No. 91 in Batesville. He was a sponsor of Explorer Scouts of Lawrence County and co-founder of the Lawrence County De-Molay Chapter. A Navy veteran of World War II, he served as an armed guard on the Merchant Class Liberty Ships.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Qualls; two sons, Michael L. Qualls of Forest Grove, Ore., and Carlos L. Qualls of Hillsboro, Ore.; his father of Newark; two sisters, Juna McClure of Tamarac, Fla., and Della Grace of Benton; a granddaughter, Alexis Qualls of Forest Grove; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church of Batesville with the Rev. Ed Wyers officiating. Burial with Masonic rites will be at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Bill Campbell, Jimmy Frye, the Rev. Don Hall Jr., Stanley Hall, Gerald Lesely and Ronnie McClure; and Ed Haas.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of the Dialysis Center of North-central Arkansas; the Jones-Martha/Mary Sunday school class; Arkansas Telephone Pioneers of America; Dr. Robert Baker, John Bennett, Ken Bolton, Ervin Langston, Edgar McClure, Clyde McGinnis, Dr. John Scott, Dewey Vance, Shane Williams and Tom Woodyard.

Satterwhite, Jim
MABANK, Texas - Jim Satterwhite of Mabank, Texas, formerly of Newark, died Wednesday, May 13, 1998. He was the son of Moses and Elizabeth Pectol Satterwhite.
Survivors include his wife, LaVerne Satterwhite; two sons and two daughters; three brothers, Coy Satterwhite of Mesa, Ariz., and Roy Satterwhite and Robert Satterwhite, both of Batesville; two sisters, Florence Satterwhite of Newport and Pearl Satterwhite of Portland, Conn.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The funeral was on Friday.

Slater, George A.
CAVE CITY - George A. Slater, 65, of Wichita, Kan., died Friday, May 15, 1998.
Born in Douglas, Mich., he was the son of Roy M. Slater and Bessie Pierce Slater. He was retired from Lear Jet and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War. He was a member of Unity Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas.
Survivors include his wife, Carmaleta Russell Slater; two sons, Lige A. Slater of Wichita and Jim N. Slater of Hutchinson, Kan.; a daughter, Rebecca M. Hudson of Derby, Kan.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. today at Little Springs Baptist Church with W.E. Norris officiating. Burial was in Spotts Cemetery at Poughkeepsie under the direction of Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers were Chuck Rea, Brian Hudson, Dewan Russell, Dale Bailey, Kevin Bailey and John Bailey.
 
Brightwell, Owen Ray
Owen Ray Brightwell, 86, of Batesville died Sunday, May 17, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born Jan. 15, 1912, in Locust Grove, he was the son of Finis and Eva Lovell Brightwell. He was a retired employee of Ray's Radiator and Body Shop and a member of Calvary Baptist Church and Mount Zion Masonic Lodge No. 10.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Marie Young Brightwell; a son, Jerry Brightwell of Batesville; four grandchildren, Rex Brightwell and Stephen Brightwell, both of Batesville, Becky Brightwell and Jeff Brightwell, both of Mount Pleasant; a great-granddaughter, Haley Brightwell of Batesville; and a niece, Linda Shetterly of Knoxville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen "Snookum" Brightwell; his parents; a son, Owen Brightwell; and a sister, Lola Thorn.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. Mike Manning and the Rev. James Tirey officiating. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Rex Brightwell, Stephen Brightwell, Jeff Brightwell, Phillip Baker, Joe Bill Baker, Steven Millikin, Jimmy A. Mitchum and Raymond "Butch" Duncan.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the White River Medical Center.


 

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