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Wayne Gardenhire
Wayne Gardenhire, 89, of Mansfield, Ark. died Monday, July 30, 2001, in his home. He was a retired service station owner, a member and Deacon of Mansfield First Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Sam Godwin of Mansfield, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Chris Godwin, Susan Pyles, Brooks Godwin, Stuart Godwin, Cullen Gardenhire, Kelly Moulton, Kim Bentley; 11 great-grandchildren
Funeral services were August 1, 2001, at Mansfield First Baptist Church with burial at Coop Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, Ark. under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield.
Pallbearers were Chris Godwin, Brooks Godwin, Stuart Godwin, Levi Godwin, Bruce Pyles, Michael Freeman, Joshua Burton, Cullen Gardenhire.

Mary Kathleen Kester
Mary Kathleen Kester, 82, of Fort Smith, Ark. died Saturday, August 4, 2001, in her home. She was a retired Chef and a member of the Central Assembly of God Church in Fort Smith.
Survivors include her husband, Charles N. Kester of the home; one daughter, Chareleen Montgomery of Fort Smith, Ark.; two grandchildren, Teresa McCarley of Greenwood, Ark. and Pam Ashby of Alma, Ark.; six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were August 6, 2001, at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark. under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers were Tony Williams, Josh McElyea, Ray Melton, Curtis Williams, Wayne Ashby, Jr. and Alex Bleving.

W.A. "Jim" Haynes
W.A. "Jim" Haynes, 79, passed away on August 1, 2001. Mr. Haynes was born in Owenboro, Ky. on April 28, 1922. He was owner and operator of Arkoma Machine Shop, Inc. for 34 years and a resident of Greenwood, Ark. for over 30 years.
Survivors include one son, John Haynes of Tulsa, Okla.; two stepsons, Larry Bearden of Greenwood and Robert Bearden of Fort Smith; two stepdaughters, Kerry Nichols and Debbie McElroy of Greenwood; one brother, Henry Haynes of Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister-in-law, Hazel Haynes of Calif. and several step-grandchildren.
Services were held at Calvary Assembly of God Church in Poteau, Okla. on Friday, August 3, 2001. Interment was at Witteville Cemetery.

Kenneth Dan Christian
Kenneth Dan Christian, 77, of Arkoma, Okla., formerly of Mansfield, Ark. died August 3, 2001, in his home. He was a retired 20 year Navy Veteran of World War II and the Korean War, retired insurance salesman for Foundation Life Insurance Company in Fort Smith, he was a Baptist, a 32 degree Mason and member of the Reid Lodge #163, F&AM, in Mansfield, Ark.
Survivors include his wife, Carleva Christian of the home; three daughters, Janice White of Heavener, Okla., Julie Pelz of Arlington, Texas, and Joyce Stevenson of Winnsboro, Texas; one sister, Frances Repass of Fayetteville, Ark.; one brother, Duke E. Christian of Concord, Calif.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were August 6, 2001, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, Ark. with burial at Coop Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Don Roy, Gary Tidd, Bobby Crouch, John Repass, Shannon Miller, Christopher Tidd.

Grace Dugan
Grace Dugan, 87, of Sugarloaf Lake, Ark. died Tuesday, August 7, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was the widow of Enoch Dugan, a homemaker and a member of the Tyro Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Zelma Morris of Midland, Ark., Louise McKinney of Sugarloaf Lake, Ark. and Shirley Oliver of Sugarloaf Lake, Ark.; 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were August 9, 2001, at McConnell Funeral Chapel in Greenwood, Ark. with burial at Slaytonville Cemetery in Slaytonville, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were grandsons.

Harold E. "Jim" Griffin
Dr. Harold E. "Jim" Griffin, 66, of Conway, Ark. died Monday, August 6, 2001. Born July 29, 1935, he was the son of Harold W. Griffin, and the late Jewel Griffin. He is survived by his wife Pegge Griffin; three sons, Hal Griffin, Kirk Griffin and his wife Dana, Doug Davis and his wife Tami, and one daughter, Denece Ferebee and her husband, Charles; seven grandchildren, Sammi, Breezy, Tony, Michael, Juli, Jami and Sara. He was preceded in death by grandchildren, Jake and Molly. He is also survived by his father Harold W. Griffin, and three brothers, Bill Griffin, Ray Griffin, Ron Griffin, and one sister LaVerne Griffin.
He attended Arkansas Tech in 1958 and received his masters M.ed from The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1959, and University of Missouri Ed.D in 1972. Jim taught at SE Missouri, and recently retired from the University of Central Arkansas after 12 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Conway, Ark., a veteran of the U.S. Army, a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Newburg, Missouri.
Funeral services were August 9, 2001, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, Ark. with burial at Mount Zion Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund in Conway, Ark.

Charlie J. Johnson
Charlie J. Johnson, 85, of Hackett, Ark. died Friday, August, 3, 2001, in a Greenwood nursing home. He was a retired cattle farmer.
Survivors include three sisters, Flora Bell Ibison of Weatherford, Texas, Ruth Francis and Nellie Hamilton both of Hackett, Ark.; one brother, Earl "Sam" Johnson of Fort Smith, Ark.; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were August 6, 2001, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, Ark. with burial at Liberty Cemetery in Greenwood under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Charles "Bud" Hamilton, Bud Johnson, Henry Clyde Holland, Jesse Lee Francis, Allen Spradley, Charlie Ray Johnson.

Burl Bruce
Burl Bruce, 88, of Orange, Calif. died Saturday, July 28, 2001, in his home. He was a retired lineman for Edison Power Company, a Veteran of the U.S. Army and World War II, a member of the Elks Lodge in Orange, Calif. for 60 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sybil.
Survivors include one daughter, Burldene Cogburn of Orange, Calif.; one sister, Nora Brown of Oceanside, Calif.; two brothers, Pat Bruce of Oceanside, Calif., Claudis Bruce of Midland, Ark.; one grandchild, Brian Cogburn of Sammamish, Wash.; one great-granddaughter, Victoria Harper of San Diego, Calif.
Funeral services were August 4, 2001, at First Baptist Church in Hartford, Ark. with burial at Hartford Memorial Park in Hartford under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Hartford.
Pallbearers were Jerry Bruce, Homer Michael, Aaron Files, Charlie D. Posey, Bob Eaton, Bobby Frazier.

Susie Hopper
Susie Hopper, of Hackett, Ark., beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister, went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 6, 2001.
Susie was born in Oklahoma City, Okla. on March 26, 1954. She graduated from Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City and received a bachelor's degree from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ark. She has taught in the Hackett School system for 10 years.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hackett, serving as church organist, Sunday school teacher, G.A. and Acteen leader, and with her husband, was called by the Lord to serve as youth directors.
Susie is survived by her husband of 26 years, Frankie; one son and daughter-in-law, B.J. and Cherise of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Lindsay Elizabeth and Lacy Jean of the home; one grand-daughter, Alyssa Grace of Houston; her parents, Billie Lee White of Hackett and Billie Joe White of Oklahoma City; her grandmother, Ida Mae Long of Mansfield, Ark.; one brother, and sister-in-law, Bryan and Bea White of Greenwood, Ark.; one aunt and uncle, Dee and Parviz Mehdizadeh of Scottdale, Ariz., two uncles, Claude White of Tulsa, Okla. and Doil White of Ganesville, Fla. several nieces and nephews and cousins. She will be missed by her family and her many, many friends.
Services were held August 9, 2001 in the Hackett High School Gymnasium.
A Susie Hopper memorial scholarship fund has been established at Farmer's Bank. 

Geneva Hobbs Salter
Geneva Hobbs Salter, 74, of Hendersonville, Tenn. formally of Hartford, Ark. died Tuesday, August 7, 2001, in Hendersonville. She was the widow of Milo E. Salter. She was also preceded in death by her parents. Marion and Lula Hobbs; two brothers, Marion Hobbs Jr., and Robert Hobbs; and four step-sons.
She was a member of a Southern Baptist Church.
Funeral service was held August 9, 2001, at the Hendersonville Chapel of Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home with burial at Woodlawn East Cemetery in Hendersonville.
Geneva graduated from Hartford High School in 1944 and was the recipient of the McConnell Medal which was given to the best all-around student. She attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and taught fourth grade at Midland Elementary in 1946.
She is survived by a daughter, Judy Gallo; two brothers, Gene Hobbs of Holly Grove, Ark. and Carl Hobbs of Fort Smith, Ark.; two sisters, Jane Glover of Van Buren, Ark. and Hazel Moss of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Carol Gilbreath
Carol Gilbreath, 61, of Greenwood, Ark. died Tuesday, August 7, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was retired from Farmers Bank and a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Ray Gilbreath of the home; two daughters, Marilyn Bair of Fort Smith, Ark., Jennifer Gilbreath of Fort Smith, Ark.; one son, Phillip Gilbreath of Siloam Springs, Ark.; her mother, Tracy Woods of Greenwood, Ark.; one sister, Carmen Nelson of Charlo, Mont.; one brother, James A. Woods of Witcherville, Ark.; two grandchildren, Andrew and Megan Bair.
Funeral services were August 11, 2001 at Greenwood United Methodist Church with burial at Liberty Cemetery in Greenwood, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Pat Warrick, Cleve Gipson, Donald Hurt, Dallas Gilbreath, Jr., Larry Williams, Paul Wade Dunn and Stanhope Wilkinson.
Honorary pallbearers were The Now and Then Sunday School Class.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fort Smith Christian School, 4201 Windsor Dr., Fort Smith, AR. 72904 or The Greenwood United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 548, Greenwood, AR. 72936.

Keith Dunn
Keith Dunn, 41, of Fort Smith, Ark. died Tuesday, August 14, 2001, in Cameron, Okla. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Poteau, Okla.
Survivors include one sister, Carolyn Green of Broken Arrow, Okla., three brothers, Ron Dunn of Cameron, Okla., Kenneth Dunn of Van Buren, Ark., Randy Dunn of Rye Hill, Ark.; one half-brother, Henson Dunn of Subiaco, Ark.
Funeral services were August 17, 2001, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, Ark. with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Eddie Dunn, Dale Baskette, Matthew Dunn, Brandon Dunn, Wayne Carver, Richard Green.

Joe Vestal
Joe Vestal, 77, of Fort Smith, Ark. died Wednesday, August 8, 2001, in his home. He was retired from the U.S. Army and a Veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Waltraud Doris Vestal of Boblingen, Germany; three daughters, Linda Woods and Cathy Frank both of Carmel, Ind., Victoria Lee of Bloomington, Ind.; one son, Marc Vestal of Germany; four sisters, Jeanette Adams of Frisco, Texas, Reba McElhaney of Dallas, Texas, Mary Jones of Fort Smith, Ark., Brenda Zimmerman of Lantana, Fla.; four brothers, Robert Vestal of Naples, Fla., Kenneth Vestal of Greenwood, Ark., Newell and Richard Vestal both of Duncanville, Texas; seven grandchildren.
Graveside services were August 10, 2001, at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark. with Military Honors under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

Alvin Ward (Smokey) Thomas
Alvin Ward (Smokey) Thomas, of Huntington, Ark. died Tuesday, August 14, 2001 in a Fort Smith nursing home. He was a Presbyterian and was retired from Fiberboard Manufacturing Company. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Redlands Lodge. He was preceded in death by two sons, Edward Alvin Thomas and Delbert Ralph Thomas.
Survivors include his wife, Edith of the home; two daughters, Edit James and Rose Ann Metcalf both of Huntington, Ark.; one sister, Ruby Vasquez of Paxton, Nebr.; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were August 17, 2001, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Mansfield, Ark. with burial at Coop Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, Ark. under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield.

John Robert Polky
John Robert Polky, 58, of Hackett, Ark. died Thursday, August 9, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was retired from the U.S. Army and Baldor and a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores of the home; three daughters, Terry Kuhl of Hackett, Ark., Kelly Rena Polky of Fort Smith, Ark., Tiffany Grace Polky of the home; three sisters, Mary Polky of Beloit, Wis., Marie of Beloit, Wis., Richard Polky of Beloit, Wis.; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Loretta Roberts
Loretta Roberts, 75, of Hackett, Ark. died Thursday, August 9, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a homemaker and a cook for Hackett Public School for several years. The widow of Henry Green Roberts.
Survivors include two daughters, Angela Belle Crase of Barling, Ark., Linda Gail Mitzel of Barling, Ark.; two sons, Larry Don Roberts and Stephen Paul Roberts both of Hackett, Ark.; her twin sister, Lorenna Bragg of Oxnard, Calif.; sisters, Lila Mae Burkett of McAlester, Okla., Pat Wakefield of Oxnard, Calif.; two brothers, Butch Sullenger of Somis, Calif., Orvis Sullen of Fairfield, Calif.; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were August 11, 2001, at Old Union Cemetery in Hackett, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were grandsons.

Bernice Shankle
Bernice Shankle, 84, of Hartford, Ark. died Tuesday, August 14, 2001, in a Greenwood nursing home. She was a homemaker and a Pentecostal.
Survivors include her husband, Alva Shankle of the home; one daughter, Rose Edwards of Hartford, Ark.; one son, Albert Shankle of Genoa, Nev.; one sisters, Faye Anderson of Freemont, Calif.; four grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were August 16, 2001, McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Hartford, Ark. with burial at Hartford Memorial Park in Hartford, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Hartford.

Thomas Eldridge Thrift
Thomas Eldridge Thrift, 74, of Greenwood, Ark. died Wednesday, August 8, 2001, in his home. He was retired from the U.S. Army and Whirlpool, a veteran of World War II, and The Korean War and a member of the Greenwood First Baptist Church in Greenwood, Ark.
Survivors include his wife, Melba Jo Thrift of the home; one son, Rick Thrift of Greenwood, Ark.; one brother, Jim Thrift of Greenwood, Ark.; two grandchildren, Carrie Townsend and Tracy Curry; three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were August 10, 2001, at First Baptist Church in Greenwood, Ark. with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were David Martin, Paul Turner, Steve Peoples, Sam Martin, Ed Decroo, Terry Hamilton.

Jack Lee Hattabaugh
Jack Lee Hattabaugh, 76, of Hartford, Ark. died Thursday, August 16, 2001, in Hartford, Ark. He was a retired school bus driver for Hartford Public School and retired Hartford police officer.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Hattabaugh of the home; one daughter, Kay Womack of Sallisaw, Okla.; one sister, Ann Simmons of Lincoln, Ark.; three brothers, Basil Hattabaugh of Mansfield, Ark., George Hattabaugh of Pocola, Okla., Seth Hattabaugh of Fort Smith, Ark.; three grandchildren, Michael, Don and Beth Womack; seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were August 20, 2001, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Hartford, Ark. with burial at Hartford Memorial Park in Hartford, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Hartford.
Pallbearers were Sonny, Mike & Don Womack, Earl Bruce, Ronnie Moore, Allen Layne.

Viola Mae Tower
Viola Mae Tower, 73, of Hartford, Ark. died Wednesday, August, 15, 2001, in Hartford, Ark. She was a homemaker and member of the Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Hartford, Ark.
Funeral services were August 20, 2001 in Jones Memorial Church in Hartford, Ark. with burial at Hartford Memorial Funeral Home of Hartford.
Survivors include one daughter, Leona E. Carpenter of London, England; three sons, Raymond J., William H. and Ernest A. Tower all of Hartford, Ark.; one sister, Romela Pickle of Hartford, Ark.; one grandchild; four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were August 20, 2001, at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Hartford, Ark. with burial at Hartford Memorial Park in Hartford, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Hartford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jones Memorial United Methodist Church of Hartford, Ark.

Dorothy Cox
Dorothy Cox, 76, of Rock Island, Okla. died Thursday, August 16, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, James Cox of home; two daughters, JoAnn Carpenter of Rock Island, Okla., Kay Daubenberger of Rock Island, Okla.; one sister, Pauline Jones of Pocola, Okla.; Bob Shipman of Arkoma, Okla.; four grandchildren, Denise Gregory, Grethchen Fisher, Julie Beals and Matthew Daubenberger; five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were August 18, 2001, at Macedonia Cemetery in Pocola, Okla. with burial at Macedonia Cemetery in Pocola, Okla. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

Edith Mae Balm
Edith Mae Balm, 89, of Greenwood, Ark. died Saturday, August 18, 2001 in Fort Smith hospital. She was a homemaker, a member of Harvest Time Tabernacle and the widow of Lawrence Balm.
Survivors include one daughter, Jerrie Leonard of Woodard, Calif., one son, Richard Balm of Greenwood, Ark., one sister, Alice Ackerson of Fort Collins, Colo.; eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2001, at Northlawn Cemetery in Fort Dodge, Iowa under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

Margaret Katherine Fritsche
Margaret Katherine Fritsche, 67, of Booneville, Ark. died August 19, 2001, in Little Rock, Ark. She was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Booneville, Ark., a member of Catholic Womens Organization and a community volunteer. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mary Koch and a brother, Gene Koch.
Survivors include her husband, George Fritsche of Booneville, Ark.; two daughters, Audrey Leftwich of Greenwood, Ark. and Elaine Jones of Sherwood, Ark.; three sons, Glen Fritsche and Ken Fritsche both of Greenwood, Ark., David Fritsche of Booneville, Ark.; three sister, Jule Rogers of Prairie View, Ark., Clara Forst of Subiaco, Ark., Maggie Naegle of Scranton, Ark.; four brothers, Edward Koch of Prairie View, Ark., Joe Koch of Hawthorn, Nev., Dennis Koch and Ray Koch both of Fort Smith, Ark.; 15 grandchildren, Josh and Brittany Leftwich, Erin, Matthew, Allison, Nicholas, Jacob and Lauren Fritsche, Micah, Rachel and Daniel Fritsche, Anthony and John Michael Jones, Tanner and Chandler Fritsche.
Rosary services were August 21, 2001 at our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Booneville, Ark. Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Subiaco, Ark. with burial St. Scholastica Catholic Cemetery in New Blaine, Ark.
Pallbearers will be Josh Leftwich, Matt Fritsche, Micah Fritsche, Ray Koch, Dennis Koch and Edward Koch.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Koch and grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 904 Autumn Drive Suite 500, Little Rock, Ark. 72211.

John Leroy Parish
John Leroy Parish, ENC (SS) Navy retired, 63, of Waldron, Ark. died August 25, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was retired from US Navy, owned and operated an insulation and air conditioning company and was of the Church of Christ faith. He was a Viet Nam and Cuban Crisis Veteran. He retired with 20 years service in the Navy, was a member of VFW, member of Fleet Reserve Association and an active member of USS Seacat committee.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Jane of the home; one daughter, Debra Parish Leonard of Lewisville, Texas; five sons, Mike of Ocala, Fla., Paul of Huntington, Ark., Russell, John and Randal of Mansfield, Ark.; his father, Homer William Parish of Walrdon, Ark.; one sister, Minnie Jane Robinson of Morrilton, Ark.; two brothers, Steve Parish of Hackett, Ark. and Jack Parish of Mansfield, ark.; ten grandchildren; ten-step grandchildren; fourteen step-great grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Stella Bingham of Waldron, Ark.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on August 29, 2001, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Ark. with burial at Duncan Cemetery in Walrdon under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron.
Pallbearers will be his sons, Mike, Paul, Russell, John, Randal and grandson, Randy Parish.

Bertha "Gal" McClain
Bertha "Gal" McClain, 66, of Jenny Lind, Ark. died Monday, August 20, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was retired from Baldor, a member of First Baptist Church in Jenny Lind, Ark.
Survivors include her husband, Jim McClain of the home; two daughters, Linda Yother of Bear Hollow, Ark., Diana Simmons of Jenny Lind, Ark.; one brother, Harold Cheek of Fort Smith, Ark.; six grandchildren, Rob Woodhull, Jamie Bridges, Kim Woodhull, Kyle Simmons, Kale Simmons, Kristen Simmons.
Funeral services were August 23, 2001, at First Baptist Church in Jenny Lind, Ark. with burial at Steep Hill Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Bill Smith, Lance Bridges, Stan Yother, Rob Woodhull, Harold Thames and Teddy Griffin.

Albert C. Whiley
Albert C. Whiley, 79, of Fort Smith, died August 19, 2001. He was born December 15, 1921 in Hollis, Ark. to Felix and Martha Blythe Whiley.
Mr. Whiley devoted his life to education. He used his God given gifts of teaching and administrating to help and change many lives across the state of Arkansas. He began his education career teaching in a two room school in Hollis, Ark. with a Normal Training Certificate, a two year state certificate. Mr. Whiley went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas Tech University and then his Master's Degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. From Hollis, his career took him to Pottsville, Magazine, Havana, Mulberry, Gentry, Decatur and Mansfield. After 31 years, he retired while the Superintendent of Schools in Lincoln, Ark.
Before beginning his career as an educator, Mr. Whiley served in the US. Air Force.
Mr. Whiley is survived by his wife of 59 years, Grace Jones Whiley; two children, Jimmy Whiley and Janice Whiley Williams; four grandchildren, Jessica, Ashley, and Travis Williams, and Charles Whiley; one brother, Wayne Whiley; two sisters, Bertha Whiley Jones and Helen Whiley Tyler. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Cecil, Roy, and Bryan.
The service was held on August 23 at Valleyhome Missionary Baptist Church in Hollis, Ark. with burial at Nooner Cemetery in Hollis under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Wink Knowles, Earl Overton, Brent Jones, Curtis Jones, Charles Whiley, and Travis Williams.
Memorials may be made to the Barling Senior Citizen's Center.

Justin Wayne Morgan
Justin Wayne Morgan, 38, of Mansfield, Ark. died August 31, 2001, in Hartford, Ark. He was a Baptist, a member of Civil War re-enactment group, Mansfield City Council Member and a member of Mansfield Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife, Lauren of the home; his father, Jerry Morgan of Greenwood, Ark.; two sisters, Malinda Holt of Lake Worth, Texas and Marilyn Manas of Greenwood, Ark.
Funeral services were September 4, 2001, at First Baptist Church in Mansfield, Ark. with burial at Coop Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, Ark. under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield.
Pallbearers were Michael Smith, Jackie Smith, Daren Trantham, Rick Thomas, Rick Schenck, Ronald Morris.

Mildred F. Irwin
Mildred F. Irwin, 71, of Fort Smith, Ark. died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, in a local hospital. She was a retired waitress. She was preceded in death by her only son Charles Leroy Barton.
Survivors include two sisters, Audra Morales and Helen Hodges both of Greenwood, Ark.; two brothers, Jackie Nichols of Fort Smith and Leroy Nichols of Roland, Okla.; one grandchild.
Graveside services were September 4, 2001, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Booneville, Ark. under the direction of Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith, Ark.

Sammy D. Witcher
Sammy D. Witcher, 64, of Huntington, Ark. died Sunday, September 2, 2001, in a Nashville, Ark. hospital. He was born March 13, 1937, at Mansfield, Ark. the son of Mary Nell and Carl Witcher, Sr.
Survivors include, one brother and sister-in-law, Frances and Carl Witcher, Jr. of Fort Smith, Ark.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on September, 5, 2001, at Lovelace Cemetery in Witcherville, Ark. under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield, Ark.

James Edward "Cotton" Pickle
James Edward "Cotton" Pickle, 79, of Hartford, Ark. died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, in his home. He was a retired Pipe Fitter in Gardenia, Calif., a member of Pipe Fitter's Union, local #250, a member, a member of West Hartford Baptist Church in Hartford, Ark., a veteran of the Army Air Corps and World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Pickle of the home; one daughter, Diane Ruby Smith of Hartford, Ark.; two sons, James E. Pickle, Jr. of Huntington Beach, Calif., Donald Wade Pickle of Katie, Texas; one granddaughter, Lacy Annette Smith of Hartford, Ark.
Funeral services were Sept. 11, 2001, at West Hartford Baptist Church in Hartford, Ark. with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Hartford.
Pallbearers were Bernice Pickle, Mike Pickle, Kenneth Pickle, Terry Pickle, Lee Pickle and Leon Burrows.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward Mercy Hospice, P.O. Box 17000, Fort Smith, Ark. 72917-7000.

Jerry Dean Potter
Jerry Dean Potter, 59, of Mansfield, Ark. died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a truck driver and a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Carole; one daughter, Nina Marie Pitts of Mansfield, Ark.; five sons, Jeff Potter, Tim Potter both of Touloume, Calif., Allan Giliette of Modesto, Calif., Michael Pitts of Mansfield, Ark., John Everett Marshall of Oakdale, Calif.; father, Ernest Correa of Mariposa, Calif.; one sister, Venice Sullivan of Fair Oaks, Calif.; one brother, Richard Potter of Loom Lake, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral service were Sept. 11, 2001, at Mansfield First Baptist Church with burial at Hartford Memorial Park in Hartford, Ark. under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield.
Pallbearers were Bill Newman, Jim Bolin, Bobby James, Mike Roach, Ken Boyd, Lonnie Brown.

Tonya Lind Lawrason
Tonya Lind Lawrason, 32, of Kibler entered into rest Sunday, September 2, 2001, in Crystal Springs, Ark. She was born May 27, 1969 in Garberville, Calif., she was a homemaker and of Baptist Faith. She is survived by her Fiancee Raymond Newton of Kibler, two sons, Jimmie Michael Lawrason of Greenwood and Joseph Isaac Newton of Kibler, father Jimmie D. Clark of California, her mother and step-father Norma and Danny Garnes of Jenny Lind, three brothers, Billy Clark of Barling, Daniel J. Garnes of Greenwood, Johnny Clark of Boone, Iowa, two sisters, Cassie Marie Clark of Kibler and Jamie Garnes of Greenwood, paternal grandparents, John and Geraldine Clark of Yukiah, Calif.
Pallbearers were Billy Clark, John Taylor, Rickie Taylor, Chad McClain, Don Rush, and Michael Rush. Honorary pallbearers were Scott Butler and Dan Larson. Arrangements under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith.

Karen Kaye Lowry
Karen Kaye Lowry, 39, of Fort Smith, Ark. died Wednesday, August 29, 2001, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include mother, Nova Johnson Lowry of Greenwood, Ark.; father, Clarence Robert Lowry of Kansas City, Kansas; three sisters, Carol Eskridge of Parksville, Miss., Sharon Lowry of Fort Smith, Ark., Cheryl Reich of Fayetteville, Ark.; three brothers, Clarence, Troy and Donald Lowry all of Greenwood, Ark.
Graveside services were Sept. 4, 2001, at Liberty Cemetery in Greenwood, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

Tiffany Leigh Drozdowski
Tiffany Leigh Drozdowski, 5 months old of Fort Smith, Ark. died Sunday, September 2, 2001, in a Little Rock Hospital.
Survivors include parents, David and Lisa Drozdowski, Jr. of the home; one brother, Anthony Drozdowski of the home; paternal grandfather, David Drozdowski, Sr., of Y City, Ark.; paternal grandmother, Margo Parish of Huntington, Ark., paternal step-grandmother, Carolyn Drozdowski of Y City, Ark.; Paternal step-grandfather, Paul Parish of Huntington, Ark.; paternal step-great grandmother, Wanda Parish of Waldron, Ark.; paternal step-great-great-grandmother, Stella Butler of Waldron, Ark.; Maternal grandparents, Marilyn and Charles Beals of Cedarville, Ark.; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were September 5, 2001, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, Ark. with burial at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery in Greenwood, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

Marguerite Lancaster
Marguerite Lancaster, 74, of Greenwood, Ark. died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a retired food service manager.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Lancaster of the home; one daughter, Celeste McLennan of Greenwood, Ark.; one son, Arthur Schade of Erie of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren, Arthur Schade, Jason Schade, Christopher Schade, Shawn McLennan, Jessica McLennan, Travis McLennan; one great-grandchild, Ashley Schade.
Funeral services were Sept. 7, 2001, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, Ark.

Florence M. French
Florence M. French, 53, of Booneville, Ark. died Friday, August 31, 2001, in Booneville, Ark. She was a homemaker and a member of the Victory Baptist Church of Booneville.
Survivors include her husband, Derrel of the home; three sons, Derrel Dewayne French of Waldron, Ark., Jimmy Dale French of Booneville and George Fredrick French of the home; three sister, Dottie Riley of Booneville, Blanche of Oklahoma and Viola of Texas; four brothers, Earl, Chester, Johnny and Butch Hess all of Texas; three grandchildren.
Funeral services were Sept. 4, 2001, at Victory Baptist Church in Booneville with burial at French Prairie Cemetery in Ione, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Ray Gossett, Dean Jefferries, David Stone, Richard Myers, Walter Scott, Sr., and James Graves.

James Dennis Helker, Jr.
James Dennis Helker, Jr., 72, of Hartford, Ark. died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was retired from Whirlpool where he was known to his coworkers as "Chief", a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Faith Chapel, and American Legion Post #167 in Hartford, Ark.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Roseletta Helker of the home; one daughter, Cathy Cooper of Hartford, Ark.; two step-daughters, Yvonne Vogliotti of Clarksville, Tenn. and Chairmaine Rothlis of Hartford, Ark.; one son, Gary Helker of Bonanza, Ark.; one step-son, Daniel Vogliotti of Waldron, Ark.; two brothers, Harlan Helker of Foxton, Co., Charles Helker of Hartford, Ark.; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2001, at Faith Chapel in Hartford, Ark. with burial at Hartford Memorial Park in Hartford, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Hartford.
Pallbearers will be Hap Pitchford, Joey Moore, Frank Neal, Lonnie Sudbury, Paul Basinger.

Maj. Larry A. McConnell
Maj. Larry A. McConnell (Air Force, Ret.), who was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star for gallantry in action in Vietnam, died Monday at his home in Greenwood at the age of 69.
McConnell served in the Air Force for 20 years, including two long tours of duty as a jet fighter pilot in Europe, where he helped train NATO forces. However, he was assigned as a forward air controller in Vietnam and was in charge of FAC spotter planes from DA Nang to the border with North Vietnam. He flew 200 combat missions and a total of 691 hours as a forward air controller, for which he was also awarded the Air Medal with seven Oak Leaf clusters.
He was the son of the late Ellis M. (Bun) McConnell and Thelma Davis McConnell and was born June 8, 1932 in the Cornish community near the center of what is now Fort Chaffee. His great grandfather, Robert Houston McConnell, settled in the area in the 1850's, fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War and later served in the Arkansas House of Representatives and state senate.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ruth Winford McConnell, two sons, Russell and his wife Cindy of Fort Smith and Michael and his wife Barbara of Greenwood; three grandchildren, Wesley, Rachel and Alyssa McConnell; a step-grand, Crystal Beam, and a step-great-grandson, Andrew Beam; a sister, Joicie Pyle of Greenwood; a brother, Jerry McConnell and his wife Jo of Greenwood; three nieces, a nephew and numerous cousins.
The funeral services were Sept. 6, 2001, in Greenwood First Baptist Church, of which McConnell Was a lifelong member, with burial at Liberty Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
McConnell was a graduate of Greenwood High School, where he played football and was all-district in basketball (as were both of his sons). He attended Arkansas Tech for one semester, where he went out for basketball, but then enlisted in the Air Force. At that time, the Air Force required a college degree to enter pilot's training, so McConnell served as a jet mechanic for three years until the Air Force changed its rules. McConnell passed the required tests and won his wings.
After retiring from the Air Force, he and his wife built a home the site of a home once owned by his parents and before that his grandparents, Reuben Jefferson Davis and Rhoda Davis. He became manager of Greenwood Industries, which manufactured electronic harness, and served on the Greenwood City Planning Commission.

James Moore
James Moore, 77, of Fort Smith, Ark. died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a laborer and member of Temple Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Ark.
Survivors include his wife, Elda Moore of the home; two step-daughters, Judy Holloway of Fort Worth, Texas, Carol Riddle of Fort Smith, Ark.; one son, Eddie Ray Moore of Elk City, Okla.; two sisters, Goldie Rainwater of Calif., Opal Boston of Fort Smith, Ark.; three brothers, Alvis Moore of Kensett, Ark., Hubert Moore of Van Buren, Ark., J.D. Moore of Los Angeles, Calif.; one half-brother, Oval Osburne of Ventura, Calif.; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were September 17, 2001, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, Ark. with burial at Pleaseant Grove Cemetery in Abbott, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Wesley Johnson, Bobby, Boston, Ted Lindsey Sr., Ted Lindsey Jr., Harold Lindsey, Donnie Banburg.
Honorary pallbearers were Sandy Moore and Robert Boston. 

Veneda L. Riddle
Veneda L. Riddle, 78, of Fort Smith, Ark. died Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, in her home. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.
Survivors include her husband, Charlie D. Riddle of the home; three daughters, Sandy Hale of Alma, Ark., Brenda Lively of Fort Smith, Ark., Tamme Stockam of Fort Smith, Ark.; two sisters, Connie Ford of Hartford, Ark, Betty Stallings, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two brothers, Ray Basinger of Amarillo, Texas, Larry Basinger of Greenwood, Ark.; two grandchildren, Jeff Poole and Nick Lively.
Graveside services were Sept. 18, 2001, at Bolton Cemetery in Alma, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Bill Hale, Doug Lively, Alan Stockam, Jeff Poole, Nick Lively.

Paul David Skaggs
Paul David Skaggs, 52, of Greenwood, Ark. died Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, in his home. He was retired from the floor covering business.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Skaggs of the home; four daughters, Ashley Marie Skaggs of the home, Dianne Jaynes of Texas, Lisa Ann Maxwell of Waldron, Ark., Regina Ruth Gafford of Texas; five sons, Mathew Lee Skaggs of the home, Jonathan Laffery of Greenwood, Ark., Michael Allen Skaggs of Texas, Justin Paul Skaggs of Texas, Paul David Skaggs, Jr. of Okla.; three sisters, Judy Smith of Stilwell, Okla.; two brothers, Frank Skaggs of Mena, Ark., Jimmy Skaggs of Van Buren, Ark.; 11 grandchildren.
Graveside services were Sept. 17, 2001, at Old Bokoshe Cemetery in Bokoshe, Okla. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

Jennie Huber
Jennie Huber, 96, of Hartford, Ark. died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001, in a Greenwood nursing home. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.
She is survived by one brother, John Nena of Hartford, Ark.
Graveside services were Sept. 18, 2001, at Hartford Memorial Park in Hartford, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. 

Ethel Mae Biazo Best
Ethel Mae Biazo Best, 93, of Hackett, Ark. died Sept. 12, 2001, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bonanza Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include one son, Lyndell Biazo of Hackett, Ark.; one step-son, Bill Best of Greenwood, Ark.; two sisters, Mae Carger of Paris, Ark., Lorene Masingale of Dinuba, Calif.; two grandchildren, Marlin Biazo and Sherry Lowder; several step grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Sept. 15, 2001, at Bonanza Assembly of God Church in Bonanza, Ark. with burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Hackett, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Marlin Biazo, Marlin Biazo II, Ron Lowder, Ralph Farrar, Johnny Durham, Justin Reading.

Delbert Brassfield
Delbert Brassfield, 69, of Hartford, Ark. died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a 40 year member of IBEW Local 700 and member of Faith Chapel in Hartford, Ark.
Survivors include, his wife, Marilyn Brassfield of the home; one daughter, Paula Frasher of Midland, Ark.; two sons, Marty Brassfield of Charleston, Ark., Richie Brassfield of Hartford, Ark.; three sisters, Audra Burns of Hartford, Ark., Marticia Pitchford of Hartford, Ark., Wanda Moore of Hartford, Ark.; one brothers, Leon Brassfield of Searcy, Ark.; five grandchildren, Kelli Holcomb, Keith Frasher, Ashley Brassfield, Dustin Brassfield and Jonathan Brassfield; one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were Sept. 17, 2001, at Faith Chapel in Hartford, Ark. with burial at Hartford Memorial Park in Hartford, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Hartford.
Pallbearers were Wendell Pitchford, Paul Basinger, Lonnie Sudbury, Tommy Johnson, Stan Jenkins, Claude Hoopengarner.

Cecil Charles Armstrong
Cecil Charles Armstrong, 84, born July 6, 1917 in Hackett, Ark. passed away September 13, 2001, in Fort Smith, Ark. He is preceded in death by a daughter, Merylin Marie Armstrong. He was a member and deacon of the First Baptist church of Mansfield, Ark., he served as a song leader and Sunday school teacher at Amity Missionary Baptist Church some sixty years ago. He was very active in his younger days with many civic organizations. He was a fifty year member of the Masons, Amrita Grotto and the Eastern Star. He was a school board member at Hackett, Ark. and was the co-owner of Mansfield Plumbing and Heating.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Nina Marie Armstrong of the home; two sons, Robert A. Armstrong of Mansfield and Cecil Lewis Armstrong of Kemp, Texas; four daughters, Norma Riddle of Benton, Ark., Nancy McGee of Fort Smith, Ark., Kathleen Gross of Prairie Grove, Ark. and Mary Groves, M.D. of Gallup, New Mexico; a brother, A.J. Armstrong of Dallas, Texas; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service were September 17, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Mansfield, Ark. with burial at Old Union Cemetery in Hackett under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were John Gross, Jeff Gross, Bryan Gross, Neil Armstrong, Roger Armstrong and William Armstrong. Honorary pallbearers will be First Baptist Church deacons and Earl Overton.
Memorials may be made to the Mansfield First Baptist Church.

Arthur Curtis Carter
Arthur Curtis Carter, 84, of Hackett, Ark. died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001, in his home. He was retired from Baldor, a member of American Legion Post #31, of Fort Smith and DAV and VFW, a member of Greenwood Lodge #131 F & AM, and a veteran of the U.S. Army and World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Imogene Carter of the home; one daughter, Theresa Hester of Hackett, Ark.; two sons, Gary Carter and Mike Carter both of Hackett, Ark.; two step-sons, Doug Rogers of Huntington, Ark. and William Harris of Augusta, Ga.; one sister, Marie Stoker of Wilburton, Okla.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m.., Sept. 19, 2001, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, Ark. with burial at Old Union Cemetery in Hackett, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers will be Louis Kirkendall, Bolan Stewart, Greg Gibson, Michael John Carter, Wilburn Carter, Larry Dabue.

Evelyn Foster
Evelyn Foster, 74, of Greenwood, Ark. died Tuesday, September 18, 2001, in her home. She was retired from Raytheon Electronics in Mt. View, Calif. and attended Howard Hill Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include her husband, John "J.C." Wallace Foster; one daughter, Pamela Sue Foster of Fort Smith, Ark.; two sons, James Foster of Livermore, Calif., Ron Foster, Sr. of Penn Valley, Calif.; two sisters, Nadine Wimbish of Mo., Beatrice Ferrell of Oklahoma; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Sept. 22, 2001 at Howard Hill Assembly of God Church with burial at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro, Okla. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Randal Foster, Donnie Ferrell, Ken Frunk, Ed Mitchell, Jerry and Glen Wimbish.
Memorial contributions may be made to Peachtree Hospice, 2910, Jenny Lind, #6 Boston Square, Fort Smith, AR 72901.

Donovan Scott Carter
Donovan Scott Carter, 19, of Greenwood, Ark. died Thursday, September 20, 2001, in Greenwood. He was a member of the 188th Air National Guard Battalion. He was also a member of the Bonanza Assembly of God Church. He was employed by Clark Construction Company.
Survivors include his wife, Shawna of the home; one daughter, Kaytlan Jo Carter of the home; one son, Kaleb Avery-Don Carter of the home; father, Gary and wife, Donna Carter of Waldron; mother, Yolanda and husband, Dave Hirst of Hackett; paternal grandmother, Thelma Little of Mansfield; paternal great-grandfather, A.A. Ware of Mansfield; maternal grandfather, Herbert Quinalty of Hackett; two sisters, Amanda Slate and Barbara Slate, both of Waldron; six brothers, David Loyd Butler of Hackett, Dustin Carter of Hackett, Jeremy Slate of Waldron, Chris Slate of Waldron, Dakota Carter of Waldron and Joey Carter of Greenwood.
Funeral services were Sept. 24, 2001 at Bonanza Assembly of God Church with burial at Mt. Harmony Cemetery, Greenwood, AR, under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers were Jeff Virginia, Ricky Perry, David Butler, Jeremy Slate, Chris Slate and Chris Dye.
Honorary pallbearers were Robert Scott and Bobby Jefferies.

Devin Michael Hancox
Devin Michael Hancox, infant son of Michael Hancox of Midland, Ark. and Amanda Nelson of Hackett, Ark., died Friday, September 21, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital.
Survivors include his maternal grandfather, Garland Nelson I of Fort Smith, Ark.; maternal grandmother, Gail Nelson of Hackett, Ark.; paternal grandparents, Wayne and Shirley Hancox of Midland, Ark.; several great and great-great grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graveside service was September 24, 2001 at Mountain View Cemetery, Hackett, Ark. with burial at Mountain View Cemetery, Hackett, Ark., under the direction McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

Justin Tyrone Eckle
Justin Tyrone Eckle, 34, of Alma, Ark., died Saturday, September 22, 2001 in a Van Buren Hospital. He was a construction worker and a Methodist. He was preceded in death by a son- Bryce.
Survivors include his wife, Merideth Lee; one daughter, Brittney of Booneville, Ark.; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Eckle Sr. of Mansfield, Ark.;maternal grandmother, June Elmore of Mansfield, Ark.; one brother, Thomas Eckle Jr. of Mansfield, Ark.
Memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2001 at Martin Funeral Home Chapel under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield, Arkansas.

Bruce Perry Hocott
Bruce Perry Hocott, 91, of Springdale, Ark., died Sunday, September 23, 2001 in a Springdale hospital. He was a retired coal miner and a member of The United Mine Workers Union. He was a member of The United Methodist Church of Greenwood, Ark. He was also a member of Lodge #131 F & AM in Greenwood, Ark.
He is survived by his wife, Ollie Hocott of the home; one son, Benny Hocott of Fayetteville, Ark.; one brother, Guy Hocott of Greenwood, Ark.; two grandchildren, Jo Jackson of Fayetteville, Ark., Carla Supiran of Emporia, KS and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel, Greenwood, Ark., with burial at Lovelace Cemetery in Witcherville, Ark., under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
Pallbearers will be Blake Hocott, Jerry Hocott, Rod Hocott, Bob Launes, James Mason and David Cole.
Honorary pallbearers will be Adult 7 Sunday School Class of Elmdale Baptist Church.


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