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Jackson, Dona
MELBOURNE - Dona Ella Anderson Pogue Jackson, 82, of Ash Flat died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
She was the daughter of Clint and Maude McCollum Anderson, and was a homemaker and member of Wiseman Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Jesse Jackson of Franklin; a son, Ransom Pogue of Batesville; two stepsons, Robert Jackson of South Carolina and Lloyd Jackson of Franklin; three stepdaughters, Olvie Lee Walker of Wharton, Texas, Lula Mae Sherrill of Myron and Lula Faye Moser of Violet Hill; and four grandchildren, Kyla Hawkins of Thayer, Mo., Monty McClough of Salem, Galen McClough of Conway and Libbi McClough of Nashville, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Brun Pogue; a brother; a sister; and a daughter.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Crouch Funeral Home of Melbourne with the Rev. O.I. Ford and the Rev. Bill Scroggs officiating. Burial will be in Wiseman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Lloyd Jackson, Shelby Sherrill, Hank Moser, Galen McClough, Monty McClough and Hugh Tanner.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today.

Johnston, Gearldine
Gearldine Johnston, 79, of Batesville died Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, in a Batesville nursing home.
Born in Batesville on Aug. 7, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Ella Richardson Owens. She was a charter member of the Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Eddie Joe and Vonda Johnston of Batesville; a daughter and son-in-law, Betty Ann and Reggie Trent of Bowling Green, Ky.; four grandsons, Richard Trent and Darrin Trent, both of Nashville, Tenn., and Scotty Johnston and Brian Johnston, both of Batesville; and two great-grandchildren, Michael and Shelby.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Johnston; two sisters, Lois Pierce and Billie Davis; and a brother, Jack Owens.
The funeral began at 10 a.m. today at Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with James Forlines and J.W. Blanks officiating. Burial was in Allen Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers were Bill Barker, Jim Cartwright, Gary Davis, Andy Galloway, Ronnie Ruminer and Bill Richardson.
Honorary pallbearers were the men of Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church and Dr. Bob Slaughter.

Martin, Noah A.
Noah Austin Martin, 100, of Pleasant Plains died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born in Pleasant Plains on Jan. 5, 1897, he was the son of the late John Melvin and Celesta Ann Roberson Martin. He was a lifelong member of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church where he had been a deacon since 1937. He was also the Sunday school superintendant.
Survivors include a daughter, Evelene Stephens of Pleasant Plains; three grandchildren, Edward Stephens, Linis Stephens and Veheda Griffin, all of Pleasant Plains; seven great-grandchildren, Cindy Huskey, Dave Stephens and Judy Griffin, all of Pleasant Plains, Phyllis Scroggins of Floral, Chrystal Durham of Batesville, Leslie Galligher of Valley Springs and Brittany Stephens of Harrison; and three great-great-grandchildren, Samantha Stephens of Batesville and Austin Scroggins and Cameron Scroggins, both of Floral.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mabie Martin, six brothers and a sister.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Union Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery under the direction of Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Robert Galligher, Bill Scroggins Jr., Kevin Girtman, Curtis Durhman, Tim Huskey and Dave Stephens.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Munda, Bessie
SILVER CITY, N.M. - Bessie V. Munda, 84, of Lake Roberts, N.M., died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997.
Born June 20, 1913, in Apache, Ariz., she was the daughter of Edgar Lee Wright and Mary Herbert Wright Clark. She had worked as a telephone operator in Douglas, Ariz., and as a ranch cook for Diamond A Cattle Co. She and her husband moved to Colville, Wash., in 1946 and lived there for 11 years. They returned to Arizona in 1957. She worked part-time in a grocery store and school cafeteria and was a den mother for the Cub Scouts. In later years, she published a cookbook and family tree.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Ben L. and Charlene Munda of Oklahoma City, Bill and Gwen Munda of Globe, Ariz., and Bruce and Margaret Munda of Tucson, Ariz.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Del Shaw of Mount Pleasant and Barbara and Jim Wyrick of Lake Roberts, N.M.; three sisters, Betty Brittain and Mary Pointer, both of Pierce, Ariz., and Peggy Owens of Tyler, Texas; a brother-in-law, Dick Pointer of Pierce; two stepbrothers, Perry Clark and Charles "Buster" Clark Jr., both of Mesa, Ariz.; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ben L. Munda; and four brothers, Dolby Wright, Curtis Wright, Lee Wright and Glen Wright.
The graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Cochise Memory Gardens in Sierra Vista, Ariz., with David Strain officiating. Arrangements are by Bright Funeral Home of Silver City, N.M.

Stroud, Hazel
Hazel Stroud, 89, of Batesville died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born Dec. 27, 1908, in Cushman, she was the daughter of the late Luna Calvin and Bertha Oreta McClain Pickring. She was a homemaker and an active member of the Cushman United Methodist Church for many years.
Survivors include five daughters, Katha Dean Stroud, Anna Lee Swaim, Darlene Smith, Reba Jo Smith and Donna Faye Willis, all of Batesville; a half-brother; three sisters; a half-sister; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Walter Stroud; a brother and two sisters.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cushman United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Barnes Cemetery near Bethesda under the direction of Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be James Owen Shaw, Dennis Martin, James Martin, Calvin Dwayne Smith, Gerald Mack Tucker and Tony Greenfield.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today.
 
Ward, Lillie
Lillie R. Ward of Batesville died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997, in a local hospital.
Born in Independence County, she was the daughter of Jim and Ella Qualls Ward. She was a retired cashier for Kelley's Restaurant in Batesville and Walgreen's of Little Rock. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Business and Professional Women of Batesville.
Survivors include three nephews, Randy Johnson of North Little Rock, Stan Kelley of Wynne and Sam Kelley of Bald Knob; three nieces, Karen Gardner of Newark, Dora Rushing of Wynne and Margaret Hanks of Flagstaff, Ariz.; and 18 great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Bertha Kelley and Louise Walker; a brother, Ernest Ward; and three nephews, Mike Kelley, Jimmy Kelley and Clarence Robert Johnson.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Keith Limbaugh, Reekie Gardner Jr., Ronnie Painter, Shannon Kelley, Denny Walker and Wayne Wyatt.
Honorary pallbearers will be Forrest Jeffrey, Handford McClure, Tom Snelgrove, Robert Ford and Millard Cowin.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Wilkins, Crystal I.
CAVE CITY - Crystal Irene Wilkins, 77, of Cave City died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Oct. 18, 1920, in Cave City, she was the daughter of the late Squire F. Wilkins and Mary J. Jones Wilkins. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cave City.
Survivors include a brother, L.J. Wilkins of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Janice Sherrill of Cave City and Ruby Lee Rumpf of Apache Junction, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Billie Franklin Wilkins.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City with the Rev. Paul Strang officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund in Cave City.

Aldrich, Dorothy Bishop
BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. - Dorothy Bishop Aldrich, 64, of Berrien Springs, Mich., formerly of Batesville, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997.
She was the daughter of the late William and Ira Hall Bishop.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry Aldrich; two daughters and a son-in-law, Phyllis and Frank Jones of Batesville and Cheryl Zech of Berrien Springs; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Andy and DeDee Aldrich of Indiana, James and Sharon Aldrich of Watereliet, Mich., and Aaron Aldrich of Mishawaka, Ind.; and eight grandchildren, Shane Aldrich, Tony Jones, Ronnie Jones, Mark Aldrich, Matt Zech, Melissa Aldrich Jackson, Cindy Aldrich and Amanda Zech; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Jackson, Taylor Jackson and Damon Coburn; and a brother, Archie Bishop of Watereliet.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Betty Bishop, Bonnie Bishop, Doris Bishop Williamson and Freda Bishop Simpson; and four brothers, Luther Bishop, Bill Bishop, Donald Bishop and Ernest Bishop.
Burial will be in Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor, Mich., under the direction of Dey Brothers Funeral Home.

Mason, Geneva Helm
MELBOURNE - Geneva Helm Mason, 78, of Salem died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1997, in Salem.
Born Jan. 9, 1919, in Wideman, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Lula Webb Helm. After the death of her mother, she was raised by Ed and Mattie Morgan. She was a homemaker and had taught music at the Brockwell School of Music for 38 years. She was an active member of the Forrest Chapel Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Orgel Mason; two sons, Loye Vern Mason of Brockwell and Chaney Mason of Chattanooga, Tenn.; four sisters, Venita Gaston of Violet Hill, Laura Sexton and Vester Kankey, both of Oxford, and Gladys Sexton of Indianapolis; a brother, Earl Helm; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Naomi Collins; and a brother, Ethel "Son" Helm.
The funeral began at 2 p.m. Friday at the Roman and Billy Memorial Chapel in Melbourne with Loye Vern Mason and Chaney Mason officiating. Burial was in Forrest Chapel Cemetery in Violet Hill under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne. 
Pallbearers were Vern Garner, Bernard Eymann, Bud Wheeler, Bobby McCollum, Matt Runge and Jackie Copeland.
Honorary pallbearers were Ace Garner, Eckley Schatzman, Ed Luedtke, Don McCollum and Howard James.
Memorials may be made to the Brockwell School of Music, P.O. Box 34, Brockwell, AR 72517.

Rhodes, Eugenia J.
FAYETTEVILLE - Eugenia J. Rhodes, 99, of Fayetteville died Friday, Jan. 2, 1998, in a Fayetteville hospital.
Born March 3, 1898, in Memphis, she was the daughter of Henry Sheffield and Josephine Ann Moore Joseph. A resident of Fayetteville since 1921, she was a homemaker and a member of Central Avenue United Methodist Church where she was active in the Missionary Circle of the church. She also was a member of Chapter AT of PEO, the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of American Colonists, a founding member of the Northwest Arkansas Doll Club and a member of the Mother's Club of Pi Beta Phi.
Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn I. Hickson of Fayetteville; a son, Paul Taylor Rhodes Jr. of Batesville; a granddaughter, Ansel Rhodes Ponder of Batesville; a sister, Mrs. William McGinnis of Daytona Beach, Fla.; and two nieces, Mrs. Dale Beck of French Creek, W.Va., and Joanna Page of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Paul Taylor Rhodes Sr.
The graveside service were Saturday at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville with the Rev. C. Douglas Simmons officiating. Arrangements were by Nelson's Funeral Home of Fayetteville.
Memorials may be made to the University of Arkansas Mullins Library, Music Section.

Smith, Jimmy M.
Jimmy M. Smith, 61, of Ballwin, Mo., died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, in a hospital at Chesterfield, Mo.
Born in Batesville, he was the son of Loda Ann Smith and the late Troy E. Smith. He was a graduate of Arkansas College where he lettered in basketball. He was regional manager of the United Shoe Machinery Corp., Western Region, and started his career in the footwear industry with the International Shoe Co. in Batesville where he was a supervisor. He was a member of the St. Louis Shoe and Leather Trade Association, the Four Seasons Country Club and was an avid golfer.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Beckmann Smith; two sons, Stuart Smith of Batesville and Michael Smith of Ballwin, Mo.; two daughters, Susan McGarry of Ballwin, Mo., and Sandra Sewing of St. Charles, Mo.; his mother of Batesville; and eight grandchildren, Jeffrey Smith, Kevin Smith and Quinton Smith, all of Batesville, Bridgett McGarry, Corey Smith and Hannah Smith, all of Ballwin, Mo., and Ashton Sewing and Alex Sewing, both of St. Charles, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his father.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Tony Wilwerding officiating. Burial will be in Kyler Cemetery under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Bill Goodpasture, Jim Smith, Bob Bollinger, John Kilbreath, Norman Glastetter and Tommy Thomas.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Smith pallbearer
An additional pallbearer for the Jimmy M. Smith service will be Morris Meacham.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Batesville with the Rev. Tony Wilwerding officiating. Burial will be in Kyler Cemetery by Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening.
 
Teague, Gladys
MOUNTAIN VIEW - Gladys Mary Tinkle Teague, 87, of Mountain View died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, in a Jacksonville hospital.
She was the daughter of the late Dollie and Silas Tinkle and was a homemaker and of the Assembly of God faith.
Survivors include a son, Jack L. Teague of Mountain View; two daughters, June Andress of Cabot and Pat Pierce of Maumelle; a sister, Amy Engle of Pittsville, Ill.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Otis N. Teague; two sisters, Ola Jesson and Agnes Fox; and a brother, Roscoe Tinkle.
The funeral was Saturday at Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View with the Rev. David Campbell officiating. Burial was in Levisy Flat Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jim Tinkle, Tony Tinkle, R.P. Tinkle, Jerry Engle, Joe Thatcher, Michael Storey and Andy Tinkle.

Watters, Celia
Celia Watters, 96, of Katy, Texas, formerly of Batesville, died Friday, Jan. 2, 1998.
Born in Kentucky on Oct. 7, 1901, she was the daughter of the late George and Josephine Smith Singleton. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was employed by Fitzhugh's Clothing Store for many years. Following her retirement, she worked in the office of the Batesville Housing Authority.
Survivors include a daughter, Helen Bickers of Katy, Texas; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lamar Watters; a son, Herbert L. Watters; and seven brothers and sisters.
The funeral began at 2 p.m. today at Batesville Funeral Service with the Rev. Ed Wyers officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Steven Watters, Bob Bickers, Carter Jeffery, B.C. Henderson and Jim Barnett.

Williams, Christian Taylor
BALD KNOB - Christian Taylor Williams, infant son of Paula Donnell and Adam Williams, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998.
Other than his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Betty and Joe Topich of Searcy, John and Sharon Donnell of Fort Worth and LouAnn and Thomas Williams.
The graveside service was Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of Powell Funeral Home of Bald Knob.

Keener, Paul J.
CAVE CITY - Paul Jackson "Jack" Keener, 75, of Batesville died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998, at his home.
He was born on March 2, 1922, at Fayetteville to George and Mary Hankins Keener. He was a retired superintendent for Arkansas Poultry, a World War II Army veteran, and a member of the Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy C. Renfro Keener of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul Bart and Laura Keener of Rogers; a stepson, Jimmy Beams of Cave City; two stepdaughters, Vickie Musick of Cave City, and Gail McWilliams of Desha; two brothers, John Keener of Lodi, Calif., and George Keener of Springdale; a grandson, Riley Bart Keener of Rogers; six stepgrandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and five sisters.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Qualls Funeral Home chapel in Cave City with the Rev. Winford Sandy officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Cemetery at Batesville.
Pallbearers will be David Hardin, Chris Helm, Jimmy Crafton, Mike Brooks, Danny Sandy, Tommy Sandy, David Cossey, and John Hiett. Honorary pallbearers will be Lee Pennington, Marion Martin, Doyle Cossey, J.T. Goforth, George Bishop and Leeman James.
Visitation will be this evening from 5 to 8.

Martin, Duane L.
MELBOURNE - Duane L. Martin, 87, of Melbourne died Monday, Jan. 5, 1998, in a Melbourne nursing home.
He was a Presbyterian and a retired sheet metal worker.
Survivors include a nephew, Dr. Jack Severson of Venice, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Anna Munsey Martin; and his wife, Laura Martin.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Barren Fork Cemetery with the Rev. Tom Wilkins officiating, under the direction of Crouch Funeral Home of Melbourne.

Pearson, Ernest Wayne
Ernest Wayne Pearson, 64, of Batesville died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998, in a Little Rock hospital.
Born June 1, 1933, in Floral, he was the son of Roy and Ruth Floyd Pearson. He was a retired, self-employed construction worker and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his mother of Batesville; a son, Steve Pearson of Batesville; two daughters, Sharon Pearson and Paula Pearson, both of Batesville; a brother, Harold Pearson of Searcy; three sisters, Betty Taylor and Donna Ramey, both of Batesville, and Norma Campbell of Cushman; a granddaughter, Robin Pearson of Batesville; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; and his first wife, Ann Pearson.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Locust Grove Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Platt officiating. Burial will be in Alderbrook Cemetery at Desha under the direction of Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Marty Campbell, Casey Turner, Terry Pearson, Billy Scroggins, Max Bishop and R.B. Floyd.
Honorary pallbearers will be Millon Campbell and Jimmy Long.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Brown, Otis Bradford
Otis Bradford Brown, 82, of Smithville, died today, Jan. 8, 1998, in a local hospital.
Born July 14, 1915, in Newark, he was the son of Romas and Martha Sisk Brown. He was the manager of Kroger for 25 years in Batesville and of Piggly Wiggly for three years, retiring in 1968 to farm. He was a member of Smithville Baptist Church and an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Dunegan of Batesville and Rebecca Allender of Smithville; two half-brothers, Nelse Brown of Colorado and Craig Brown of Batesville; a half-sister, Mary Sue Davidson of Texas; five grandchildren, Jennifer Neal, Lisa Burgess, Rebecca Payne, James Dunegan Jr. and Brad Allender; and six great-grandchildren, Sarena Floyd, Kristi Neal, Blake Burgess, Brandi Payne, Trey Payne and Andrew Allender.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mona V. Patterson Brown; his parents; and three sisters, Maude Stair, Jewell King and Lenora Ciconne.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. Bob Dailey officiating and Tom Welborn assisting. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Danny Burgess, Mike Neal, Kirt Payne, James Dunegan Jr., Scott Sanders and Brad Allender.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

McKee, Kenneth
Kenneth A. McKee, 91, of Pleasant Grove died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998, in a Sidney nursing home.
Born May 21, 1906, in Pleasant Grove, he was a retired supervisor for Chrysler Corp. and a retired supervisor of maintenance at Fort Roots in Little Rock. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include a sister, Myrtle Wright of Detroit; a niece, Wanette Baker of Batesville; and a nephew, Dwight McKee of North Little Rock.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Ethel McKee; a brother, Carl D. McKee; a sister, Alta Edelheuber; and a nephew, Travis Fulks.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville with the Rev. G.C. Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.


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