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Helen Powell
Anita Helen Erwin Powell, 48, of Batesville died Friday, July 11, 1997, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born April 9, 1949, in Lynn, she was the daughter of Rudolph David Erwin and Bessie Ola McLeod Erwin. She was a labor relations and benefits manager for ConAgra, a member of the Rotary Club and a member of Desha First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Dennis Powell; a son, Terry H. McGee of Batesville; a daughter, Debara R. Patterson of Magness; her parents of Powhatan; four brothers, Donald Erwin of Powhatan, Dr. Ronald Erwin of Batesville, Tony Erwin of Black Rock and Robert Erwin of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Ellen Erwin of Powhatan; and four grandchildren.
The funeral was 10 a.m. today at Desha First Baptist Church with the Rev. Clyde Spurgin officiating. Burial was in Blue Springs Cemetery at Newark under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers were Jeff Phillips, Steve Kirk, Richard Conboy, Tate Lawrence, Bill Cash and Bill Walmsley.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. David O'Steem, Carl Shaver, Don Irvin, Paul Henry and the Rev. Keith Sandefur.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
Ruth Satterwhite
Ruth Bernice Smith Satterwhite, 75, of Batesville died Saturday, July 12, 1997, in a local hospital.
Born June 6, 1922, in Miami, Okla., she was the daughter of Oscar N. Smith and Peggy Annie McAffee Schultz Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of the 20th Street Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Randy Satterwhite of Batesville; a daughter, Carolyn Ann Reynolds of Oxford; a sister, Ruby Davidson of Southside; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Satterwhite; and four brothers, Homer Smith, Harrison Smith, Wilburn Smith and Mack Smith.
The funeral was 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. Travis Covington officiating. Burial was in Egner Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ron Davidson, Larry Lawellin, Ronald Satterwhite, Tom Taylor and Lavaughn Coles.
 
Floyd Vickers
Floyd B. Vickers, 83, of Batesville died today, July 14, 1997, in a local hospital.
Arrangements will be announced by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
 
Donald Ragland
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Donald L. Ragland, 70, died Friday, July 11, 1997, in a hospital in Van Buren County.
Born Feb. 14, 1927, he was a Navy veteran of World War II. 
Survivors include his mother, Laura Ragland of Marshall; Betty Tate of the home; three sons, Billy Ragland, Hughy Ragland and Randy Tredwell, all of Marshall; a daughter, Judith Sutterfield of Mountain View; a sister, Muril Horton of Marshall; and five grandchildren.
The funeral was 10 a.m. today at Roller-Coffman Funeral Home of Mountain View with James Stone and Clif Roach officiating. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery.
 
J.D. Stewart
CONWAY - J.D. Stewart, 63, of Conway died Friday, July 11, 1997.
Born Aug. 28, 1933, in Timbo, he was the son of F.T. Stewart and Elva Fox Stewart. He was a construction supervisor.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Brewer Stewart; two sons, Greg Stewart and Charlie Stewart, both of Conway; two brothers, L.E. Stewart of Luray, Mo., and Fred Stewart of Eudora, Kan.; a sister, Martha Wilson of Heber Springs; and four granddaughters.
The graveside service was 2 p.m. Sunday at Timbo Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Stewart officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were Billy Duffield, Marvin Parker, C.R. Bohannon, Glen Taylor, Charles McLain, Paul Peevey and Morris Patterson.
 
Joe Raney Jr.
NEWPORT - Millard Joseph "Joe" Raney Jr., 74, of Newport died Saturday, July 12, 1997, at his home.
He was the son of Millard Joseph Raney Sr. and Perle Oakley Drake Raney. He was owner and operator of Raney's Florist of Newport until his retirement in 1995, and he attended Umsted Methodist Church where he was a member of the Methodist Men's Club.
He was past master of Jackson Lodge No. 191 Free and Accepted Masons, a member of the Royal Arch Chapter No. 40, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 417 of Newport. He was also a member of the Experimental Aviation Association and the Scottish Society of the Ozark Region and served as an alderman for the city of Newport for a number of years.
A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, he was in the Arkansas National Guard for 33 years, retiring as lieutenant colonel. He was a member of the Collier-Massey Post No. 4683 Veterans of Foreign Wars of Newport and the Neil-Griffith Post No. 47 American Legion of Newport.
Survivors include his wife, Delores Daveene Hiett Raney; two daughters, Delores Daveene Raney Hightower of Oklahoma City and Mary Jo Raney Warren of Lees Summit, Mo.; four grandchildren, Rebecca Hightower, Allen Douglas Hightower, Craig Upton and Stephen Upton; and one great-grandchild, Jacob Hightower.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson, Michael David Hightower.
The graveside service was 4 p.m. today at Gracelawn Cemetery in Tuckerman with the Rev. Jan and Dee Edwards officiating. 

Brandon W. Barnes
MARSHALL - Brandon Wayne Barnes, 17, died Saturday, July 12, 1997, in a Harrison hospital.
Born Sept. 29, 1979, he was the son of Cliffy and Sharon Barnes of Big Flat and Jack and Joyce Brock of Alread. He was a student at Mountain View High School.
Other than his parents, he is survived by a brother, Jason Brock; five sisters, Miranda Brock, Tracey Brock, Shawna Brock, Ashley Barnes and Sabrina Barnes; his grandparents, Jack and Ann Vaughn, Steve and Donna McCoy and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brock; and several uncles and aunts.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Velburn and Elwanda Barnes.
The funeral was 2 p.m. today at Witts Spring Church with Charles Downs officiating. Burial was in Witts Spring Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Coffman Funeral Home of Marshall.
Pallbearers were Russell McCoy, Kenton Blair, Pat Norman, Rex Vaughn and Jack Vaughn.
 
Wilma Kemp
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Wilma Mavis Poff Kemp, 78, of Mountain View died Sunday, July 13, 1997, in Mountain View. 
Born June 3, 1919, in Stone County, she was the daughter of Houston Poff and Sadie Olive Haynes Poff. She was a homemaker and a member of Flatwoods Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Don Kemp of Mountain View; two daughters, Cloyce Risner of Mountain View and Ann Johnson of Camden; two brothers, Herbert Poff and Jack Poff, both of Mountain View; three sisters, Clovis Hankwitz, Betty Cartwright and Iva Nell Risner, all of Mountain View; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Truman Kemp; a son, Dean Kemp; a granddaughter, Amanda Kemp; and a brother, Bryce Poff.
The funeral was 3 p.m. today at Flatwoods Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Harper officiating. Burial was in East Richwoods Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Pallbearers were Kelly Kyseth, Clint Rose, Wayne Morse, Robert Ross, Dennis Cartwright and Larry Poff.
 
Floyd B. Vickers
Floyd Ben Vickers, 83, of Batesville died today, July 14, 1997, in a local hospital.
Born March 20, 1914, in Saffell, he was the son of John and Canzada Hybarger Vickers. He was a retired employee of the Arkansas Power and Light Co., a member of First Assembly of God of Batesville and a Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Ona V. Finster Vickers; a son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Kay Vickers of Batesville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Betsy and Steve McMahan of Batesville and Sue and Jim Birkhead of Cushman; five grandchildren, Mike Vickers, Tracy McMahan and Stacy McMahan Wilkins, all of Batesville, Chris Vickers of Dallas, and Ben Birkhead of Cushman; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler Vickers and Megan Vickers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and four sisters.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Assembly of God of Batesville with the Rev. Terry Davis officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
 
Marcus Weaver
Marcus R. Weaver, 73, of Charlotte died Sunday, July 13, 1997, in a local hospital. 
Born March 27, 1924, at Charlotte, he was the son of Allison and Una Mae Churchill Weaver. He was a retired farmer, a member of the Sharp United Methodist Church and an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Emogene Weaver; two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Janet and Leslie Wayne Bean of Benton and Connie Sue and Nathanal Whitaker of Charlotte; a brother, Burrell Weaver of Charlotte; three sisters, Willie Rae Wood of Charlotte, Ruth Wood of Gainesboro and Faye James of Avilla; and four grandchildren, Eric Bean, Aaron Bean, Amber Whitaker and Harrell Day Whitaker.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Judson Weaver, Joe Ed Weaver, J.B. Weaver and Taylor Weaver.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Sharp United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Charlotte Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Wood, Thomas Wood, Bob Weaver, James Ray Weaver, Jerry Weaver and Bill Wood. 
Honorary pallbearers will be Lynn Weaver, Keith James, Donald Weaver and Rick Weaver.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Burrow, Jeannie
Jeannie Burrow, 50, of Batesville died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born March 14, 1947, in Guymon, Okla., she was the daughter of Burnis Alfred Arnold and Faye Ellen Nash Ramsey. 
Survivors include her mother of Mississippi; two brothers, Jerry Arnold of Mississippi and David Arnold of Heber Springs; and two sisters, Susan Bennett of Cushman and Janice Holloway of Mississippi.
She was preceded in death by her father.
A private burial was Wednesday in Kyler Cemetery under the direction of Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.

Heron, Wilma
Wilma J. Heron, 52, of Batesville died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born July 1, 1945, in Golden Meadow, La., she was the daughter of the late Dida and Louise Trahan Guidry. She was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith.
Survivors include her husband, Leonard Heron of Batesville; a son, Byron Heron of Batesville; a stepson, John Heron of Fort Worth, Texas; three brothers, Paul Guidry and Ervin Guidry, both of Mississippi, and Junior Guidry of Louisiana; two step-brothers, Eddie Guidry and Louis Guidry, both of Louisiana; a stepsister, Ida Guidry of Louisiana; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.
The memorial Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Batesville. Arrangements are by Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Pitts, Paul
Paul Pitts, 51, of Batesville died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, at his home.
Born in Sikeston, Mo., on Dec. 30, 1946, he was the son of the late Owen and Mertle Pitts.
Survivors include a son, Waylon Pitts of Batesville; a daughter, Jennifer Pitts of Batesville; two brothers, Doyle Pitts of Texas and Charles Pitts of Batesville; and a sister, Mertyle Alice Newton of Newark.
The graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Valley Cemetery with pastor Mark Evants officiating. Arrangements are by Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Kelley, Ronnie Brown, Bob Francis, Glen Melton, Tommy Jones and Jerry Barnes.

Frazier, Scott Paul
Scott Paul Frazier, 38, of Batesville died Wednesday, June 24, 1998.
He was born in Little Rock Feb. 12, 1960, a son of James and Elaine Camel Frazier Jr. He was the owner of Pizza for Less in Batesville and Newport. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and a member of the Batesville Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include his parents of Helena; his wife, Lesa Smith Frazier of the home; a son, James Colby Frazier of the home; a daughter, Spencer Frazier of the home; andtwo brothers, James Martin Frazier of Little Rock and Robin Ford Frazier of Helena.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Revs. Les Farley and Tom Marks officiating. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Carl Williams, Dr. Mark Chunn, Dr. Jim Davis, Randy Rutherford, Jimmy O'Brien, Glenn Paige, Tracy Tisdale and Mike Norman. Honorary pallbearers will be Robin Frazier, Marty Frazier, Terry Smith and Brian Smith.
Visitation will be from 6-7 this evening. A Rosary will be at 7 p.m. at the Batesville Funeral Service chapel.

Newberry, Ernest
Ernest Newberry, 87, of Batesville died today, June 26, 1998, in a local nursing home.
He was born Feb. 2, 1911, in Agnos to Joseph and Amanda Roxanne Tucker Newberry. He was a retired employee of the Douglas Aircraft Industry and a United States Army veteran.
Survivors include three sons, Gerald Newberry of Michigan, Eddie Newberry of California and Paul Newberry of Missouri; a daughter, Norma Martin of Batesville; a sister, Nola Harris of Piggott; 35 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Newberry; and three daughters.
Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in Chaffee, Mo., at a later date. Local arrangements are by Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.

Rhodes, Charles H. II
WAPELLO, Iowa - Charles H. Rhodes II, 78, of Wapello died Wednesday, June 24, 1998, in Batesville.
He was born Oct. 29, 1919, in Moline, Ill., the son of Charles H. and Hattie Balmos Rhodes. He married Agnes Wittkoff on Oct. 16, 1946, in Chicago. He had been an assembler at Bendix Aviation in Davenport, Iowa. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Chester H. Rhodes of Wapello; a daughter, Melody Beeding of Wapello; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two sisters, Ruth Umbanhower of Muscatine, and Betty Bishop of Palmyra, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Charles H. Rhodes III; and a brother, Chester Rhodes.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home in Wapello. The Rev. Robert Ahlstrom of Lutheran Homes will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.


 

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