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Velma Lee Burgess
KANSAS, Okla. — Velma Lee Burgess, 84, of Kansas died June 5, 2000, at Park Hill North Nursing Home in Salina, Okla. She was born May 12, 1916, in Leach, Okla., to Earl and Minnie Gleason Coppedge. She was a longtime resident of Kansas and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Kansas and the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Burgess, on Sept. 3, 1999.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Burgess of Kansas and Tom Burgess of Salina; one daughter, Glenda Cantwell of Salina; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five brothers, Floyd Coppedge of Oklahoma City, Okla., Lloyd Coppedge of Tahlequah, Okla., Delano Coppedge of Oaks, Okla., Robert Coppedge and Edgar Lee Coppedge, both of Kansas, Okla.; six sisters, Gladys Jones of Tulsa, Okla., Jewell Russell of Kansas, Bonnie Mahaffey of California, Norma McCall of Tulsa, Francis Fall of Kansas City, Mo., Lula Hess of Siloam Springs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs with Lloyd Coppedge and Floyd Coppedge officiating.
Burial will be in Kansas (Okla.) Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Robert L. Chandler Sr.
LOWELL — Robert L. Chandler Sr., 89, of Lowell died June 6, 2000, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1911, in Oak Park, Ill., to John Henery and Clara Weber Chandler.
He was a carpenter and a member of First United Methodist Church in Springdale.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Ann Chandler, in 1973.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Toms Chandler of the home, to whom he was married 26 years; three sons, Robert L. Chandler Jr. of Prescott Valley, Ariz., John C. Chandler of Springdale and Earl R. Chandler of Lowell; two stepsons, John Zolk of Ola and Toms Zolk of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Virginia Boothe of New Braunfels, Texas, and Mary Horn of Billings, Mont.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Nelson’s Funeral Home in Fayetteville with the Rev. David Orr officiating.
The family requests memorials be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 610 E. Emma Ave., Springdale, 72764.

Margaret Ruth Crile
SILOAM SPRINGS — Margaret Ruth Crile, 81, of Siloam Springs died June 6, 2000, at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital.
She was born Aug. 2, 1918, in Moseley, Okla., to Henry and Mary Ridley Johnson.
She was a homemaker, a longtime resident of Siloam Springs and a member of Moseley Regular United Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Crile.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, David Wayne Crile and Sarah of Siloam Springs; three grandsons; two great-grandchildren; three half sisters, Ruby Johnson of Fayetteville, Cathy Turner of Fort Smith and Linda Schwartz of Kansas; one half brother, Henry Johnson of Alma; two stepbrothers, Forrest Norris and Frank Norris, both of Fayetteville.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Moseley Baptist Church with Lloyd Johnston officiating.
Burial will be in Johnson Cemetery in Delaware County, Okla.
Arrangements are by Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs.

Homer C. Dugal
ROGERS — Graveside services for Homer C. “Duke” Dugal, 87, who died May 31, 2000, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery, with military honors.

Charles E. Durham
SPRINGDALE — Charles Edward “Chucky” Durham, 53, of Springdale died June 4, 2000, at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale.
He was born March 4, 1947, in Wichita, Kan., to Bruce and LaFaye Pippin Durham. He moved to the area from Enid, Okla., and worked for American Tubing. He was a self-employed construction worker for 30 years. He enjoyed karoake, fishing and hunting and caring for animals.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda F. Norton Durham of the home, to whom he was married June 26, 1997; one son, Jeff Robinson of Springdale; one brother, Warren Durham of Texas; two sisters, Carol Parks of Frankfort, Ohio, and Debra Waters of Boston, Mass.; two grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Elm Springs Cemetery with Jeff Robinson officiating. Arrangements are by Sisco Funeral Chapel in Springdale.

Charles E. Farner
ROGERS — Charles Edgar Farner, 77, of Rogers died June 5, 2000, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rogers.
He was born March 5, 1923, in Pennsylvania to Percy and Ida Fisher Farner.
He moved to the area in 1990 from Yorba Linda, Calif.
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and worked on the Apollo Space Shuttle program. He was a Sunday-school teacher at Temple Baptist Church and was a master gardener.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Farner, to whom he was married 16 years; one son, Charles Edgar Farner Jr. of Anaheim, Calif.; four daughters, Barbara Prince of Yorba Linda, Beverly Martinson of Kennewick, Wash., Charlene Pendergraft of Anaheim and Pam Schroeder of Castro Valley, Calif.; four sisters, Dorothy Baker, Violet Alleman, Patsy Wright, Rosalie Strayer, all of Shippensburg, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Temple Baptist Church in Rogers with Ron Fields officiating.
Burial will be in Loma Vista Cemetery in Fullerton, Calif.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or Temple Baptist Church Food Pantry.

Ivan Gammon
ROGERS — Ivan “Earl” Gammon, 80, of Rogers died June 5, 2000, at Kellmark Nursing Center. He was born Oct. 27, 1919, in Decatur to William and Nancy Riley Gammon. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was an engineer and supervisor for Boeing Aircraft before his retirement and was a Catholic.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Burchardt Gammon of the home, to whom he was married Jan. 5, 1941; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie Bihl and Charles of Newark, Del., and Kathleen McDaniel and David of Wichita, Kan.; one brother, George Gammon of Burgin Valley; three sisters, Lavina Wallace of Rogers, Norma Jean Pierce of Indianapolis, Ind., and Billie Wilbanks of Decatur; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Falling Springs Church in Decatur. Burial will be in Falling Springs Cemetery under the direction of Burns Funeral Home in Bentonville.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice, c/o Burns Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers, 72756.

Genevieve Kelly
FAYETTEVILLE — Genevieve Roberts Kelly, 88, of Fayetteville died June 6, 2000, at Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville. 
She was born May 1, 1912, in Little Rock to John O. and Nelle Nunnally Roberts. 
She served as director of the First Christian Church pre-school and kindergarten school in Little Rock and was a member of the church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Kelly.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. J. Michael Kelly and Lynn of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two daughters and one son-in-law, Pat Tribell of Little Rock and Kitten Weiss and Dr. John Weiss of Fayetteville; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church in Little Rock. 
Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetery.
Local arrangements are by Moore’s Chapel in Fayetteville.
Memorials may be made to Council on Aging, 1 N. School St., Fayetteville, 72702, or Butterfield Trail Village, 1923 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, 72703.

Edna Ruth King
BENTONVILLE — Edna Ruth King, 81, of Bentonville died June 6, 2000, at Heritage Park Nursing Home in Rogers.
Arrangements are pending at Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home in Bentonville.

Verne Neal
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Verne Neal, 92, of Phoenix died June 4, 2000, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was born Jan. 21, 1908, to Perry Dennis Neal and Iddella Grundy Neal. He was a longtime resident of Pea Ridge, where he retired from Arkansas Western Gas after 31 years of service. He was a member of North Phoenix Baptist Church and sang in the Joy Singers chorale. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ester Neal.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Fran Higgins and William of Sun City, Ariz.; two sons, George Neal and Eric Neal, both of Phoenix; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Callison-Lough Funeral Home in Rogers. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka, Kan.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Joseph Woltman
BELLA VISTA — Joseph Woltman, 88, of Bella Vista died June 5, 2000, at Concordia Care Center.
He was born June 23, 1911, in Chicago, Ill., to Gus and Bird Glickave Glickauf Woltman.
He moved to the area in 1971. He was a district manager at Jewell Food Stores in Chicago for 35 years and was a charter member of Bella Vista Community Church. He enjoyed golf and playing bridge.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Woltman, in 1983.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Woltman of the home; two daughters, Joanne Frentz of Cos Cob, Conn., and Joyce Woltman of Carbondale, Colo.; one sister, Marie Cronk of Bella Vista.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Bella Vista Community Church with the Rev. Richard Lindman officiating.
Burial will be later.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bella Vista Community Church.
Arrangements and cremation are by Callison-Lough Funeral Home in Bentonville.

Sharron Barnes 
FAYETTEVILLE — Sharron Diane Barnes, 45, of Fayetteville Health and Rehabilitation Center died Aug. 16, 2000. She was born July 16, 1955, in Prairie Grove to Ora E. and Stella M. Talbott Grubbs.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Angela Brittain and Joshua of Springdale; three grandchildren; two sisters, Sandra Starr and Donna Parks, both of Fayetteville; eight brothers, Edward Osburn and Burl Osburn, both of Fayetteville, Troy Osburn of Lincoln, Ronnie Grubbs of Santa Ana, Calif., Larry Grubbs, Paul Grubbs, Billy Grubbs and Thomas Huber, all of Fayetteville.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Life Tabernacle Pentecostal Church of God in Baldwin with the Rev. C. Lang Brittain and the Rev. John Martin officiating. Cremation arrangements are by Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of Hospice, or to the Christopher Reeves Foundation.

Betty Cash 
BENTONVILLE — Betty Farrell Cash, 73, of Bentonville died Aug. 16, 2000, at Bates Medical Center in Bentonville. She was born Feb. 20, 1927, in Carpenter, Okla., to Jesse Floyd and Ruth Florence Wright Farrell.
She was a homemaker and was retired from Daisy Manufacturing Co. in Rogers. She was preceded in death by her husband, William K. Cash Sr.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, William K. Cash Jr. and Harriet of Charlotte, N.C.; three daughters and one son-in-law, Linda Ann Cash of St. Louis, Mo., Carolyn “Sue” Ruckman and Johnny of Springdale and Pam Wilson of Springdale; seven grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Pea Ridge with the Rev. Al Fowler officiating.
Burial will be in Pea Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Sisco Funeral Home in Pea Ridge.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Ethyl Cryan
HUNTSVILLE — Mary Ethyl Cryan, 56, of Huntsville died Aug. 17, 2000, in Hindsville. She was born June 26, 1944, in Houston, Texas, to Felix Frederic and Ethyl Fern McPhail Calvert. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church at Huntsville and was a nurse’s aide. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Lynn Cryan, on Dec. 12, 1991.
Survivors include one brother, Fred Calvert of Huntsville; one sister, Pat Anderson of Hindsville.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Brashears Funeral Home in Huntsville with the Rev. Frank Cook officiating.
Burial will be in Huntsville Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Fred Calvert Jr., Eric Anderson, Patric Anderson, Clay Anderson, Cliff Anderson and Len Sheets.
Memorials may be made to the Huntsville First United Methodist Church, or Presley Chapel United Methodist Church.

Mary Edwards
SPRINGDALE — Mary Edwards of Springdale died Aug. 17, 2000, in Springdale. Arrangements are to be announced by Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Springdale.

Robert C. Greenwood
BRUNSWICK, Mo. — Robert Cecil Greenwood, 74, of Brunswick died Aug. 15, 2000, at his home.
He was born Jan. 6, 1926, in Rogers to Roger Norton and Maud Mitchell Greenwood.
He attended schools in Rogers and was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was a postmaster at Brusnwick for 32 years before retiring in 1992.
He managed Greenwood’s Phillips 66 in 1953 and had worked for Kinkhorst Bottling Works.
He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brunswick and was a former member of the Brunswick Lions Club, NAPUS, NORFE, Rucker-McAlister American Legion and the VFW.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Spence Greenwood, to whom he was married July 16, 1950; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy Kay Morrow and Gene of Springfield, Mo., Bobbi Arp and Jeff of Harrisburg, Mo., and Terri Rosser and Tom of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brunswick. Burial will be in Elliott Grove Cemetery under the direction of Gibson Funeral Home of Carrollton, Mo.
Memorials may be made to Memorial Fund, Division of Cardiology, UMC, 65212.
Pallbearers will be Gene Morrow, Tom Rosser, Jeff Arp, Jason Morrow, Jeffrey Morrow and David Rosser.

Merle V. Jones
DEL MAR, Calif. — Merle V. Jones, 83, of Del Mar died Aug. 1, 2000. He was born in Rogers.
He was a retired construction engineer and was a member of Torrey Pines Christian Church and Whispering Palms Golf Club.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
He was commissioned as a chief warrant officer in 1944.
His medals included the Navy Good Conduct with two stars, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Victory Medal of World War II, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the Navy Defense Service Medal and the Philippine Liberaton Ribbon.
Survivors include his wife, Enid Julia Jones; one sister, Maxine J. Dale; one brother, Norman E. Jones of Rogers.
Services were held Aug. 6 at Torrey Pines Christian Church in La Jolla.

Ed Lawson
BELLA VISTA — Ed Lawson, 33, of Bella Vista died Aug. 15, 2000, at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. Arrangements are pending at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers.

Evalyn Moore
ROGERS — Evalyn Moore, 63, of Rogers died Aug. 10, 2000, at Heritage Park Nursing Home in Rogers. She was born in Sterling, Neb., to William and Lucy Rowe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman W. Moore.
Survivors include two sons, Dave Moore of Fayetteville and William “Willy” Moore of Oregon; two daughters, Liz Moore of Fayetteville and Leah Moore of Oregon; one brother; three sisters; one grandchild.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Valley View Community Church in Pineville, Mo., with the Rev. Larry Jones officiating.
Burial will be in Shelt Noel Cemetery in Pineville.
Cremation arrangements are by Callison-Lough Funeral Service in Rogers.

Arthur L. Robbins Sr.
SILOAM SPRINGS — Arthur Leon Robbins Sr., 59, of Siloam Springs died Aug. 14, 2000, at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital.
He was born Dec. 31, 1940, in Stuttgart to Admiral Dewey and Ollie Geneva Robbins.
He was a farmer and a retired truck-driving-business owner. He was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Marie Robbins.
Survivors include his wife, Yvonne Arlene Overmyer Robbins, to whom he was married March 14, 1987; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Arthur Leon Robbins Jr., Roger Robbins and Sherry and Phillip Robbins, all of Siloam Springs; one daughter, Angie Goodnight of North Little Rock; two stepdaughters, Rachel Burelson of Ardmore, Okla., and Ledya Turner of North Little Rock; one sister, Brenda Weatherly of De Valls Bluff.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at De Valls Bluff Cemetery with Tom Jones officiating.
Arrangements are by Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home in Siloam Springs.

Bertha Youell-Proehl
WEST FORK — Bertha L. Youell-Proehl, 76, of West Fork died Aug. 17, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. She was born Feb. 28, 1924, in Salisbury, N.C., to John T. and Francis Lewis Linder. She was a registered nurse and a member of West Fork VFW Auxiliary and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fayetteville.
Survivors include her husband, Henry O. Proehl; two daughters, Judy Jeffries of Philadelphia, Pa., and Taleah Cress of Rockville, Va.; two stepsons, Robert Proehl of Atlanta, Ga., and Richard Proehl of York, Neb.; four stepdaughters, Susan Hulston of Nashville, Tenn., Jan Proehl of Delhi, India, Karen Daake of Nixa, Mo., and Helen Baumgartel of Detroit, Mich.; one brother, James Linder of Salisbury; two sisters, Eunice Freeze of China Grove, N.C., and Bernice Pridgen of Salisbury; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Moore’s Chapel in Fayetteville with Roger Schoolcraft officiating.
Burial will be in National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Moore’s.
Memorials may be made to Friends of Hospice, 4241 Gabel Drive, Fayetteville, 72703.

Neal Oakes
CENTERTON — Neal Oakes, 85, of Centerton died Dec. 4, 1998, at a Bentonville nursing home. He was born Sept. 6, 1913, in Sapulpa, Okla., to Oliver and Bertha Oakes. He was a former employee of a chicken plant, Bentonville Ice and Cold Storage and Matkins Flowers Greenhouse. He was a life resident of Benton County. He was preceded in death by his wife; two brothers; one sister.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Palmore of Centerton; one brother, Jack Oakes of Mexico; two sisters, Pauline Peck of Pineville, Mo., and Irene Ross of Maricusville, Calif.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Centerton Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Burns Funeral Home in Bentonville.
Memorials may be made to the Neal Oakes Memorial Fund, c/o the funeral home.

Billy Joe Pinson
ROGERS — Billy Joe Pinson, 71, of Rogers died Dec. 4, 1998, at his home. He was born Dec. 26, 1926, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Chester and Myrtle Hill Pinson. He was a chef at Holiday Inn and Wyatt Cafeteria and was an Army veteran of World War II. He had lived in the area since 1975. 
Survivors include his wife, Vonda Lee Pinson of the home; one son, Paul R. Benton of Rogers; one daughter, Cissy Dark of Rogers; two sisters, Wanda Edwards of Bentonville and Wilma Moeller of Wichita Falls, Texas.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. Cremation arrangements are by Rollins.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Mary’s Hospice.

Isaac Ferguson
ELKINS — Isaac Newton Ferguson, 80, of Elkins died Dec. 4, 1998, at his home. He was born Jan. 19, 1918, at Huntsville to Walter and Cora Lawson Ferguson. He was a retired machinist, an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Goshen Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Letha Muriel Buis Ferguson of the home; three sons, Gary Ferguson of Sun City, Calif., Walter Ferguson and Daniel Ferguson, both of Elkins; one daughter, Brenda Cummings of Sun City; one brother, Joe Ferguson of San Diego, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Berryville Memorial Park Cemetery with Paul Andrews, minister, officiating. Arrangements are by Brashears Funeral Home of Huntsville.

Wilbur Jr. Hileman
BEEBE — Wilbur Jr. Hileman, 70, died Dec. 3, 1998. He was born March 17, 1928, in Rogers to Wilbur and Stella Bever Hileman. He attended schools in Pea Ridge and Bentonville. He worked for the Bentonville Police Department, then joined the Arkansas State Police, retiring as captain after 30 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War, receiving the Purple Heart, and was a member of the Methodist Church.
Survivors include his mother; his wife, Peggy Hileman of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Paul Hileman and Laura of Mesquite, Texas; three daughters and one son-in-law, Sherri Murphy and Mike of Elizabethtown, Ky., Debbie Hileman of Lawton, Okla., and Lisa Hileman of Little Rock; one sister, Mary Louise Claypool of Springdale; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Burial will be in National Cemetery at Little Rock. 

Betty L. Roark
SPRINGDALE — Betty L. Roark, 84, of Springdale died Dec. 4, 1998, at Springdale. She was born Dec. 4, 1914, in Cave Springs to Ferd and Florence Dykes Livingston. She was a homemaker, past president of Northwest Medical Center Auxiliary, a board member of the Springdale Public Library and a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Ed Roark; one brother.
Survivors include one son, David Roark of Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Edwina Peters of Hindsville and Nancy Roark of Springdale; one sister, Lorene Hopkins of Tulsa, Okla.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Louis Dewett and the Rev. Shane Peters officiating. Arrangements are by Sisco Chapel of Springdale.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Northwest Medical Center Auxiliary or to the Springdale Public Library.


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