Miscellaneous Sebastian County, Arkansas Obituaries

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Arthur Kelley 
Arthur Kelley, 76, of Mansfield, Ark. died Monday, November 19, 2001, in a Fort Smith nursing home. He was a retired superintendent with Sugar Refinery, and retired from the Orange County School District, a member of Reed Lodge #163 F & A M, and a Shriner. Survivors include five sisters, Vera Hayes of Fort Smith, Ark., LaVerne Cialone of Fort Smith, Ark., Grace Clark of Fort Smith, Ark., Bea Kelley of Mansfield, Ark., Marie Wooten of Mansfield; one brother, Bud Kelley of DeKalb, Texas Funeral services were on November 21, 2001, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Mansfield, Ark. with burial at Dayton Cemetery in Dayton, Ark. under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield. Pallbearers will be Bob Clifft, Tom Clifft, John Clifft, Eddie Joe Wooten, Jim Wilson and Bruce Whittaker. 

Kenneth Dale Alexander
Kenneth Dale Alexander, 64, of Waldron, Ark. died November 18, 2001 in a Waldron hospital. He was a retired truck driver and a member of Lighthouse Church. Survivors include his companion, Ruth Ann Alexander of Bourbon, Mo.; two sons, Jeffrey and wife, Terry Alexander of Rolla, Mo., Gregory and wife, Terry Alexander of Sullivan, Mo.; seven sisters, Evelyn Smith of Waldron, Ark., Peggy Alexander of Waldron, Ark., Iola Alexander of Greenwood, Ark., Sally Shandy of Greenwood, Ark., Lela Caldwell of Greenwood, Ark., Dorothy Rader of Greenwood, Ark. and Viola Franklin of Booneville, Ark.; two brothers, Carl Alexander of Sullivan, Mo., Donald Alexander of Greenwood, Ark.; four grandsons, Jason, Chris, Timmy, Aaron; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were November 23, 2001, at Jubilee Church with burial at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Waldron, Ark. under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron. Pallbearers were Glen Cook, Perry Mercer, Richard Smith, Ricky Rader, Dennis Franklin, and Donald Alexander. 

John Francis Sharum 
John Francis Sharum, 71, of Greenwood, Ark. died Thursday, November 22, 2001, in Greenwood. He was retired from Whirlpool Corporation, served 16 years in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of St. Sabina & Mary Catholic Church in Jenny Lind. He was born December 23, 1929 in Fort Smith to Noah Sharum and Clara (Merkle) Sharum. Survivors include his wife, Celestine of the home; two daughters, Gerardette Steinkamp of Greenwood, Ark., Charlotte Runnels of Bixby, Okla.; one son, Anthony Sharum of Greenwood, Ark.; one brother, David Sharum of Barling, Ark.; nine grandchildren. Rosary services were November 23, 2001 at Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Barling officiated by Father Henry Mischkowiuski. Funeral services were November 24, 2001, at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Chaffee under the direction of Smith Mortuary, Inc. of Charleston. Pallbearers were Allen Denton, Benjamin, Randy, and Donald Sharum, Roy Brown, Jack Madden. 

Ruby Odesha 
Ruby Odesha, 84, of Jenny Lind, Ark. died Wednesday, November 21, 2001, in a Greenwood nursing home. She was a homemaker, a member of The Jenny Lind Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by both her first husband James P. Reano and second husband, Fred Odesha. Survivors include three sons, Peter A. Reano of Huntington, Ark., Joe Reano of Jenny Lind, Ark., James Reano of Ozark, Ark.; three sisters, Katie Hoopengarner of Jenny Lind, Ark., Mary Bahorich of Baltimore, Maryland, Mildred Sulcek of Springdale, Ark.; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Graveside services were November 23, 2001, at Old Jenny Lind Cemetery in Jenny Lind, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. 

Alex Monroe Martin 
Alex Monroe Martin, 92, of Witcherville, Ark. died Monday, November 26, 2001, in his home. He was retired form Stell Manufacturing and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Witcherville, Ark. Survivors include his wife, Vada Martin of the home; one daughter, Betty Smith of Witcherville, Ark.; one son, Dale Martin of Greenwood, Ark.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2001, at Fellowship Baptist Church in Witcherville, Ark. with burial at Gilliam Cemetery in Greenwood, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Pallbearers were Bradley Martin, Ronnie Vineyard, Donna Scharbor, Mike Smith, Rickie Vineyard, Rob Vineyard, Allan Sturdivant. 

Anna Belle Moore 
Anna Belle Moore, 80, of Greenwood, Ark. died Thursday, January 17, 2002, in Greenwood Retirement Home. She was a member of Rye Hill Baptist Church in Rye Hill, Ark. and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Moore. Survivors include one daughter, Carol Atchley of Greenwood, Ark.; one son, Marklee Moore of Booneville, Mo.; five grandchildren, Robyn Manner, Tyson and Michael Moore and Chris and Steven Atchley; four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were January 19, 2002, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, Memorials and Honor Program/NCC, P.O. Box 2680, N. Canton, Ohio 44720.

Wanda G. Brooks 
Wanda G. Brooks, of Greenwood, Ark. died January 22, 2002, in Greenwood. She was born November 21, 1913 and was a member of the Garden Club and Hosanna Freewill Baptist Church of Charleston. Services were January 24, 2002, at Hosanna Freewill Baptist Church with burial at Hosanna Cemetery in Charleston. Services are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary. She is survived by a daughter, Carol Moore of Charleston; two sisters, Doris Watson of Clearwater, Florida and Betty Whitworth of Atlanta, Texas; two brothers, Jack Crittenden of Tampa, Fla. and Harris Crittenden of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three grandchildren, Kim Cole, Laura Hodgens and Mandy Seratt; six great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Justin Moore, Kenny Dorsey, Tony Moore, Mike Cole, Paul Hodgens and Bill Mayfield.

Hilda Lee Brown 
Hilda Lee Brown, passed away January 24, 2002, in an Alice, Texas Nursing Home. She was 88. Mrs. Brown was born November 16, 1913 in Greenwood, Ark. to Lon and Myrtle Dunn. She was a homemaker. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Brown, by her daughter, Donna Ann Newman and by a sister, Matha Carroll. Mrs. Brown was a member of the Baptist Church.  Survivors include two sons, L.A. (Claudia) Brown of Alice, Texas and Bill (Pat) Brown of Malvern, Ark.; one sister, Geneva Oliver of Fort Smith, Ark.; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were January 28, 2002, at the McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, Ark. with burial at Mount Olive Cemetery in Midland, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

William Ray “Bill” Perkins 
William Ray “Bill” Perkins, 58, of Abbott, Ark. died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002 in his home. He was the owner and operator of Perkins Trucking and rancher and farmer, a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Abbott, Ark. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeff and Gladys Perkins and one brother, Jim Ed Perkins.  Survivors include his wife, Uvyone Perkins of the home; four sons, LaRay Perkins of Van Buren, Ark., Jason Perkins of Fort Smith, Ark., Michael McCurry and wife, April of Greenwood, Ark., Jeff McCurry of Mansfield, Ark.; two grandsons, Dominic Perkins and Trevor McCurry; two granddaughters, Tori McCurry and Tara McClorey. Funeral services were January 28, 2002, at Fellowship Baptist Church in Witcherville, Ark. with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Abbott, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Pallbearers were Jimmy Hughes, Harry Lawton, Butch Sigman, Donald Williams, Donnie Wagner, Mickey Kelly. Honorary pallbearers were Phil Morieno, Kiethen Brown, Bill Brewer, Glenn Brown, Harvey Brown, Ricky, Brown, Mickey Brown, Tony Boykin, Bobby McQueen, Steve Moore, Hal Lacy, W.M. Wharton. Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, #2 488 Dizzy Dean Rd., Booneville, Ark. 72927

William Thomas “Bill” Daniel 
William Thomas “Bill” Daniel, 82, of Fort Smith, Ark. formerly of Greenwood, Ark. died January 25, 2002, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a floor covering contractor, an Army Veteran of World War II, a member of Harris-Hannah VFW Post #6527, Greenwood, Ark. Survivors include three daughters, Sandy Huff, Gayle Payte, and Mayetta Pruitt, all of Fort Smith, Ark.; two sisters, Maudie Gullion and Jessie Mae Simmons both of Elba, Ala.; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were January 28, 2002, at McConnell Funeral Home in Greenwood, Ark. with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Pallbearers were Al Davis, Randy McAllister, Rick Pruitt, Jr., Jeff Taylor, Sr., Bill Moore, Edmond Friemel. 

James Brasher 
James Brasher, 84, of Greenwood, Ark. died Tuesday, January 8, 2002, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a retired mechanic and a member of Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist Church in Hackett, Ark. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ola Mae Brasher. Survivors include four sons, Richard Brasher of Fort Smith, Ark., Jerry Brasher and Wayne Brasher of Martinez, Calif., Mike Brasher of Greenwood, Ark.; four sisters, Lois Black of Hackett, Ark., Willa Mae Mason, Elisie Byrd and Kay Nelson all of Greenwood, Ark.; one brother, Raymond Brasher of Hackett, Ark.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were January 12, 2002 at Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist Church in Hackett, Ark. with burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hackett under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Pallbearers were Toby Brasher, Bill Shores, Don Brasher, Allen Strozier, Dallad Black, Kennith Nelson. Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill Cemetery Fund, 3810 Quillman Road, Greenwood, AR. 72936

Pauline Holland 
Pauline Holland, 83, of Mansfield, Ark. died Friday, January 12, 2002, at a Fort Smith hospital. She was born at Dayton, Ark. on May 14, 1918, the daughter of Lawrence (Babe) and Effie Blankenship Cotner. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Dan DeHart of Mansfield and one granddaughter, Teresa DeHart of Fort Smith. Funeral services were January 14, 2002 at Mansfield Church of Christ with interment at the Datton Cemetery, under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield. Pallbearers were be Jim Cotner, Richard Cotner, Carroll Slate, Mike Carson, Donald Williams, and Jack Cumbie.

Charley Claude Metcalf 
Charley Claude Metcalf, 97 of Mansfield died Thursday, January 10, 2002, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a retired farmer and a Penetecostal. Survivors include four daughters, Inez Gallimore of Mansfield, Ark., Charlene Spina of Pearland, Texas, Melba Iwamiya of Fort Smith, Ark., Pat White of Shereveport, La.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were January 12, 2002, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Mansfield with burial at Coop Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, Ark. under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield, Ark. Pallbearers were Verman Gallimore, Mike Gallimore, Ryan Gallimore, Curtis Taylor, Craig Metcalf and Greg Howard.

Matha Dunn Carroll 
Matha Dunn Carroll, 84, of Arlington, Texas died Thursday, January 10, 2002, in Arlington, Ark. She graduated from Greenwood High School in Greenwood, Ark. and was as member of Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. Survivors include her husband, Charles E. Carroll of the home; one daughter, Phyllis Leman Porter of Addison, Texas; two sons, James E. Laman, Jr., and wife Jamie Arlington, Ed Carroll and wife, Marie of Sacramento, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were January, 14, 2002, at Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas under the direction of Arlington Funeral Home in Arlington, Texas with burial at Liberty Cemetery in Greenwood, Ark. with a graveside service on January 15, 2002, under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood, Ark.

Norman G. Rhodes 
Norman G. Rhodes, 62, of Midland, Ark. died Tuesday, January, 8, 2002, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a retired supervisor of plant operations at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, a Charter Member of the Oklahoma Association of Hospital Engineers, and in the Who's Who of Hospital Engineers, a member of Shady Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Hackett, Ark. Mr. Rhodes received his second birth in Christ in 1959 at the age of 20 years. He attended elementary school at Hopewell Community, Okla., secondary education at Kenefic High School in Kenefic, Okla., attended College at Murray State College, Tishamingo, Okla. where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Rhodes of the home; one daughter, Debra and husband, William Bartlett of Midland, Ark.; one granddaughter, Heather Bartlett of Midland, Ark.; three sisters, Wilma Owens and Linda Miller both of Coleman, Okla., Benvel Johnson of Caney, Okla.; three brothers, Melvin J.. Rhodes of Hugo, Okla., Sam Rhodes of Caney, Okla., Cletus Rhodes of Durham, Okla. Funeral services were Jan. 11, 2002 at Shady Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Hackett, Ark. with burial at Mount Olive Cemetery in Midland, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Pallbearers were Family and Friends 

Wanda Mae Hopkins 
Wanda Mae Hopkins, age 74, of Pottsville, died Wednesday, December 12, 2001, at Stella Manor Nursing Center in Russellville. A daughter of the late James Thomas and Lela Mobley Benefield, she was born August 3, 1927, at Old County Line in Logan County. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Jack Hopkins and a brother Farrel Benefield. She was a member of the Greenwood Assembly of God, in Greenwood. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jackie Dale and Deborah Hopkins, of Van Buren, Ark.; a daughter and son-in-law Barbara G. and Larry Johnson of Pottsville; and five grandchildren Services were December 15, 2001, at the Shinn Chapel with Rev. John Miller, and Rev. Marion Fleming officiating. Burial will be in the Blue Mountain Cemetery under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville. Pallbearers were A.D. Mobley, Adrian Mobley, Jerry Williams, Buddy Daniels, Mike Grizzle and Terry Grizzle. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Mrs. Jeff Mobley, 225 Skyline Drive, Russellville, Ark. 72802.

Laura Dee Tyler 
Laura Dee Tyler, 89, of Waldron, Ark. died Friday, December 14, 2001, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a homemaker, a Presbyterian and the widow of Bud Tyler. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Donna and James Hogge of Greenwood, Ark.; one son and daughter-in-law, Donald L. & Joyce Tyler of Baltimore, Md.; one granddaughter, Thersa Adams of Baltimore, Md; two step-grandchildren, Melinda Stevens of Fort Smith and Richard Hogge of Mansfield, ark.; four step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were December 18, 2001, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Pilot Prairie Cemetery in Waldron, Ark. under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron, Ark. 

Mrytle Gray Crain 
Mrytle Gray Crain, of Fort Smith, formerly of Pocola, died Monday, November 26, 2001, at the age of 92 in a local hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pocola, and the widow of Andrew Crain. They moved to Pocola in 1984 after living in Anaheim, Calif. For 37 years where she retired from Quick Loc Company after 36 years of service. She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Sanders of Jackson, Miss. And Belle Merryman of the home; two sons, Martin and Lawrence Crain both of California; two sisters, Olivia Martindale of White Bluff, Ark. and Frances Long of Girard, Ill; three brothers, Pershing Hershel, and Ronald Gray, all of Pocola; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Andrew, her parents Viola Ann and Lee Gray, two grandsons, three brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were November 30, 2001, in the First United Methodist Church in Pocola with burial in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith, under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home in Greenwood. Pallbearers were Don Bradford, Steve Wilson, George Reaves, Jack Been, Mike Bryant, and Stan Gray.

Ethelyn Doris Dollar
Ethelyn Doris Dollar, 92, of Greenwood, Ark. died Thursday, May 23, 2002, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a homemaker, a member of Greenwood United Methodist Church in Greenwood. She was the widow of Joel Dollar.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Efurd of Greenwood, Ark.; one son, Major General Douglas O. Dollar of Stillwater, Okla.; one brother, Owen Vick of Ozark, Ark.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 
Graveside services were May, 25, 2002, at Liberty Cemetery in Greenwood, Ark. under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

Relf Efurd, Jr.
Relf Efurd, Jr., Ed.D., 70, of Greenwood, Ark. died Wednesday, May 22 in Greenwood. He was born January 22, 1032 in Greenwood. Dr. Efurd spent most of his adult life in education, teaching secondary through college, and as a school administrator. most recently he retired from his jewelry and pawn business. He was a life member of Phi Delta Kappa, Harris-Hannah V.F.W. Post #6527 in Greenwood, the South Sebastian County Historical Society, and was of the Southern Baptist Faith. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Korean War. 
Funeral services were May 25, 2002 at the Greenwood First Baptist Church with burial at Liberty Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Martha of the home; two daughter, Martha Carol Mixon and husband Ken of Richardson, Texas, and Meryl Jo Ware and husband Steve of Greenwood; one son, Paul Alan Efurd and wife Karren of Charleston; one sister, Doris Amos of Duncanville, Texas; three brothers, Ted Efurd and wife Verna of Greenwood, Charles Efurd and wife Carolyn of Greenwood, and Dan Efurd and wife Margaret of Marina Valley, Calf.; four grandchildren, Adrianne Ware, Leslie Ware, Beth Mixon and Drew Mixon; one great-granddaughter, Faith Caroline Qualls; eleven nieces and nephews, and twenty great-nieces and great-nephews. He is also survived by his step-mother, Edra Efurd of Witcherville; three step-brothers, Ceril, Cecil and Johnny Cabe, and countless other loved ones and friends. 
Pallbearers were Ken Efurd, Jerry Efurd, Gerald Amos, Jr., Carlton Efurd, Conlan Efurd, Mike McConnell, Joe Lajaunie, and Bill Williams. 
Memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. box 8006, Fort Smith, Ark. 72902.


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