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Laverne Kennedy

Laverne Kennedy, 83, of Van Buren died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, in a local hospital. She was a member of the Church of Christ, a life-long resident of Crawford County and a retired nurses’ aid for Crawford Memorial Hospital.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today in Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery.

She is survived by two nieces, Sue Collins of Russellville and Inez Christian of La Junta, Colo.; two great-nieces, Janell Collins and Cathy Heim, both of Russellville; five nephews; and two great-nephews, Greg Collins and Jim Collins, both of Russellville.

William Jordan

SMITHVILLE, Okla. — William Ray Jordan, 89, of Smithville, Okla., died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, in Mena. He served in the Army during World War II, was co-owner of Jordan Bros. and the owner of Texaco Gas and Grocery Station in Smithville before working in the construction business. He was a Baptist.

He is survived by three nephews, Ben Jordan of Smithville, Jerry Jordan of Vian and Bill Sanders of Mena; two nieces, Donnie Sue Ward of Dennison, Texas, and Alice Irene Cooper of Jacksboro, Texas, and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Octavia Baptist Church with burial at Smithville Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be Jess Umsted, Ben and Kenny Jordan, Randy Lancaster, Lloyd Kromka and George Benge.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

James Brannon

FANSHAWE — James Carl “J.C.” Brannon, 60, of Fanshawe died Tuesday, April 4, 2000. He was a carpenter.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. today at Fanshawe Cemetery under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.

She is survived by one son, James Dale Brannon of Hearne, Texas; one daughter, Judy Gail Arrendondo of Houston, Texas; one stepdaughter, Debbie Bosley of Bryan, Texas; his father, Carl Brannon of Fanshawe; one brother, Leonard Brannon of Fanshawe; four sisters, Norma Smith of Sapulpa, Okla., Joyce Fay Kerns of Catoosa, Okla., Louise Roldan of Tulsa and Lois Brannon of Red Oak, Okla., and three grandchildren, Jeremy Brannon, Roderick Valdez and Kaley Valdez.

Floyd Hinton

Floyd Herman Hinton, 90, of Van Buren died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, in a local nursing home. He was an Army veteran of World War II where he received a Bronze Star for battles in the India-Burma campaigns. He was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church and was a retired brakeman for Missouri Pacific Railroad.

Graveside service with military honors provided by District No. 7 Burial Detail will be 1 p.m. today at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren. Arrangements are under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

He is survived by one son, Billy Ray Hinton of Mulberry; one sister, Lois McClendon of North Little Rock; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Susan Nehus

PARIS — Susan Elizabeth Nehus, 81, of Paris died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, in Paris. She was a homemaker, a retired psychiatric technician and attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paris. She was the widow of Emil Nehus.

Rosary will be 6 p.m. today in Roller Chapel in Paris. Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Paris.

She is survived by one daughter, Pat Bell of Paris; one son, Larry of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Lois Childers and Lucy D. Price, both of Ozark; several nieces and nephews, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Leonard, Bob, Sonny, James, Tommy and Charlie Nehus.

Glendle Nichols

Glendle Arlie Nichols, 76, of Van Buren died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, in a local hospital. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion and a retired carpenter.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

He is survived by one daughter, Amanda Lynn Mattingly of Van Buren; two sons, Richard Dale Nichols of Fort Smith and Arlie Edward Nichols of Van Buren; three sisters, Anna Ballard of Van Buren, Belva Scott of Kennesaw, Ga., and Katherine McKay of Bristow, Okla.; several nieces and nephews; and four grandchildren.

The family will visit with friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Denver Didier

POCOLA — Denver D. Didier, 78, of Pocola died Wednesday, April 5, 2000. He was a member of Jenny Lind Blue Lodge, a 32nd-degree Mason and a member of the Methodist Church in Pocola.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church in Pocola with burial at Steep Hill Cemetery in Rye Hill under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; one son, Don of Pocola; three sisters, Emma Ulmer, Nancy Ray and Floretine Vozel, all of Fort Smith; two brothers, Pete and Raymond Didier, both of Fort Smith; three grandchildren, Gina England of Cedarville, Keri Didier of Los Angeles and Allie McKenzie of New York, and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Rich Krutsch, John Vozel, Eddie Ray, Jerry Ulmer, Ron Walters and Bob England.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church in Pocola.

Lera Patton

MULDROW — Lera Belle Hicks Patton, 93, of Muldrow died Wednesday, April 5, 2000 in Broken Arrow, Okla. She was a retired teacher, a member of First United Methodist Church of Muldrow and the widow of Roy Gideon Patton.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church in Muldrow with burial at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Muldrow under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Muldrow.

She is survived by one granddaughter, Patricia Jeanne Patton Adams of Broken Arrow; two grandsons, Jeffrey Alan Patton of Oklahoma City and Bill Gregory Patton of Wisconsin; two stepgranddaughters, Deborah McCoy of Oklahoma City and Phyllis VanCuren of Denver; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be family members.

Viewing will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Zona Beach

LUMBERTON, N.C. — Zona Faye Beach, 66, of Lumberton, N.C., died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, in her home. She was born in Fort Smith, attended Godwin Heights and Hyde Park Baptist churches and was a retired assistant manager of Piece Goods Co.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Gardens of Faith Cemetery under the direction of Briggs Funeral Home of Lumberton.

Survivors include her husband, Russell; two daughters, Brenda Prevatte of Lumberton and Barbara Cornett of San Diego, Calif.; a brother, Carl Smith of Fort Smith; two sisters, Lucy Austin and Lila Boylan, both of Oklahoma City; three grandchildren, Matthew Prevatte and Christina McMahon, both of Lumberton, and Bonnie Cornett of San Diego, and one great-grandson, Jasper McMahon of Lumberton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the University Health Systems in Greenville, N.C., or to Hospice of Robeson in Lumberton..

William Heddrick

William J. “Bill” Heddrick, 62, of Fort Smith died Saturday, May 6, 2000, in a local hospital. He retired as Master Chief from the Navy after 31 years. He was a 32nd degree Mason with Fairweather Lodge No. 82 of Tacoma, Wash., Scottish Rite, AFIFI Temple of Tacoma and member of V.F.W. Post No. 8845. He was a Lutheran.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith with burial at the U.S. National Cemetery of Fort Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Setsuyo; one sister, Joyce of Baltimore; one brother, Jerry Heddrick of Charleston, N.C. and three nephews and three nieces.

Pallbearers will be Willie Boatman, Randel Templeton, Jeffrey Larey, Ray Pence, William Awbrey and L.B. Tennison.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the VFW.

The family will visit with friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Luckie Pittman

HATFIELD — Luckie A. Pittman, 71, of Hatfield died Friday, May 5, 2000, in Fort Smith. She was a top stitcher at Cowden-Aalfs and a lead cutter at U.S. Motors. She was the widow of David H. Stone.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel of Mena with burial at Six-Mile Cemetery.

She is survived by one son, David Stone of Hatfield; three sisters, Jimmie Dee Shaw of Mena and Margaret Wilcox and Ruby Daugherty, both of Hatfield; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Danny Richardson, Larry Paul Floyd, Bob Yazzetti, Guy Harrison, Tommy Floyd and Larry Gross.

John Jones

John Walter Jones, 58, of Van Buren died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at his home. He was a welder for Butler and Cook and 14-year member of the Army National Guard. He was a member of the New Vision Worship Center.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. today at Sarah Grove Cemetery, near Cedarville under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

He is survived by his wife, Rosie Jones; three daugthers, Karen South of Greenwood and Lisa Rierson and Frances Hale, both of Van Buren; his mother, Flora Ellen Jones of Van Buren; one sister, Gladys Lewis of Van Buren; three brothers, Calvin Warmack and C.W. Jones, both of Van Buren and Harold Warmack of Kentucky; and eight grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jim Martin, Matt Nicely, Larry Wilhelm, Ivan Cummings, Larry Hanna and Jeff White.

Johnny Marchant

WALDRON- Johnny Marchant, 59, of Waldron died Sunday, May 7, 2000, in a Waldron hospital. He was a private investigator and a supervisor for Globe Security in Florida.

The body will be cremated under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

He is survived by his wife, Annie Mae Marchant of the home; one daughter, Millie Ann Kozak of Social Circle, Ga.; two sons, Johnny G. Marchant of Greenwood and Keith R. Marchant of Moss Point, Miss.; one sister, Evelyn; one brother, James Marchant of Clyo, Ga.; three grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.

Patricia Powell

GREENWOOD - Patricia Ann Powell, 44, of Greenwood died Saturday, May 6, 2000, in a Fort Smith hospital. A homemaker, she was a member of Arkansas Retarded Citizens and the Sebastian County Homemakers Extension Club.

Rosary will be recited at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in St. Sabina and Mary Catholic Church in Jenny Lind. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Sabina and Mary Catholic Church with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Charleston under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Virginia and Cecil C. Cooper of Greenwood; two stepsisters, Carol Dunn of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Sandi Sparks of Apple Valley, Calif.; two brothers, Richard W. White of Brea, Calif., and Timothy G. White of Mounds, Okla.

Pallbearers will be Richard and Timothy White, Phillip Savage and Troy Conrad.

Viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

The family will visit with friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Elsie May Williams

HEAVENER - Elsie May Williams, 85, of Heavener died Monday, May 8, 2000, in Heavener. She was a lifetime resident of Heavener and was a member of First Baptist Church. She was the widow of John F. Williams.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.

She is survived by three daughters, Connie Duncan of Tahlequah, Donna Marie Barnard of Wilburton and Willa Mae Gregory; two sons, Stanley E. Williams of Fort Smith and Chuck Williams of Walker, La.; two sisters, Mamie Looper of Riverside, Calif., and Owietta Lambert of Marshal, Texas; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Leron Krebill

DONNELLSON, Iowa — Leron Rings Krebill, 52, of Donnellson died Saturday, May 6, 2000, in an Iowa City, Iowa, hospital. He was a truck driver and formerly drove for Tyson and Arnold & Son. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War where he served as a medic. He received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church of Clarksville.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church with burial at St. Paul Cemetery of Lutherville under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home of Clarksville.

He is survived by his wife, DiAnne; five daughters, Tina Parks of Muscatine, Iowa, Tanya Bently of Muskego, Wis., Tamarya Krebill of Donnellson, Angela Krebill of Paris and Crystal Gagnon of Fort Madison, Iowa; his mother-in-law, Darlene Lossman of Clarksville; one sister, Geraldine Stice of Lewistown, Mo.; two brothers, Vernon and Larry, both of Donnellson; and eight grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Don Langdon, Leo Knoernchild, Herman Ahrens, Edmund Drittler, Jeff Haas and Stuart Stelzer.

The family will visit with friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Finley Eaton

BOONEVILLE - Leo Finley Eaton, 88, of Booneville died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at his home. He was a rancher and was a charter member and deacon of Victory Baptist Church. He was vice president of The Helping Hands and a board member of Farm Bureau and the Rural Fire Department and was instrumental in the development of the Booneville rodeo arena. He was the recipient of the Farm Family of the Year Award for 1963 and 1964. He recieved the Top Hand Award in 1986 and 1987, was named Mr. Christmas 1999 and served as president of the Senior Citizens Board of Directors. He was a member of the Fisher Co. Sheriff’s Posse.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Victory Baptist Church. Burial will be at Cauthron Cemetery in Booneville under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Booneville.

He is survived by his wife, Zula Eaton; one daughter, Joyce Kendrick of Waco, Texas; three sons, Truett of Stockton, Texas, Horrace of Hodgens, Okla., and Morrace of Springdale; one sister, Thelma Cook of Waco; two brothers, Willie of Amarillo, Texas, and Billy of Ratan, Texas; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Don Bedford, Ray Gossett, Wilson Porter, John Paul Koch, Larry Lux and Bud Kelly.

Geraldine Yeager

CLARKSVILLE - Geraldine “Jerry” Yeager, 79, of Clarksville died Monday, May 8, 2000, in a Clarksville hospital. A graduate of Harper Beauty School, she was a beauty operator for 44 years and was the former owner and operator of Vogue Beauty Shop. She was a member of Hays Chapel Methodist Church and Clarksville Chapter Order of the Eastern Star No. 172.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksville with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville.

She is survived by her husband, Glen; three nephews, Kevin Yeager of Longview, Texas, Kendall Yeager of Tulsa, and Stephen Yeager of Broken Arrow, Okla.; and two brothers-in-law, Dean and Gene Yeager, both of Tulsa.

The family will visit with friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnson County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 55, Clarksville, AR; or to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Gladys Riggins

CLARKSVILLE - Gladys Lucille Riggins, 83, of Clarksville died Monday, May 8, 2000, in Houston. She was the widow of Samuel Uriah Riggins.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Hunt under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home in Clarksville.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia L. Driskell of Clarksville; three sons, James V. Riggins of Pasadena, Texas, Samuel U. Riggins of Jacksonville, Texas, and Ronnie L. Riggins of Crosby, Texas; three sisters, Lorene Vaught, Ollie Metzler and Lois Parker, all of Texas; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Crystal Duncan

BOONEVILLE - Crystal E. Duncan, 73, of Booneville died Sunday, May 7, 2000, in a local nursing home. She was a homemaker and attended Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Carolan Cemetery in Booneville under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Booneville.

She is survived by one sister, Maxine Hopkins of Parker, Ariz.

Hazel Williams

POCOLA - Hazel Marie Williams, 74, of Pocola died Sunday, May 7, 2000, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a clerical worker.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oakland Cemetery pavilion in Poteau under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.

She is survived by one daughter, Judith Barkai of Clearwater, Fla.; one brother, Bud Anderson of Iowa; four grandchildren, Mechella Wickware of Alma, Dawn Haggard of Clearwater, Fla., Craig Wright of Spiro and Kelly Sullivan of Tulsa; and four great-grandchildren.

Violet Beaty

WALDRON - Violet Ray Beaty, 74, of Waldron died Monday, May 8, 2000, in a Waldron hospital. She was a homemaker, a member of the Church of Christ and was the widow of Luther Beaty.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron with burial at Square Rock Cemetery in Waldron.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Beaty of Waldron; two sisters, Alma Lee Hickman of Page, Okla., and Louise Hill of Bakersfield, Calif.; one brother, Carl Kannady of Page; and several nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

O.J. Plunkett 

O.J. Plunkett, 87, of Fort Smith died Sunday, May 7, 2000, in Dallas. He was founder and co-owner of Plunkett Music Company and the widower of Valda Plunkett. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Fort Smith, Alders Gate Sunday School Class, Amrita Grotto, Belle Point Lodge 20 Scottish Rite and a 32nd Degree Mason.

Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Roebuck Chapel of First United Methodist Church with burial at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith.

He is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Brown of Dallas; one son, Ronnie Plunkett of Fort Smith; two sisters, Helen Mae Dickerson of Conway and Hazel Chitwood; one brother, Maurice of Fort Smith; and two grandchildren, Kevin Brown of Houston and Traci Brown of Boulder, Colo.

Honorary pallbearers will be Alders Gate Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Department of First United Methodist Church, 200 N. 15th St., Fort Smith, Ar 72901.

Cloyd Brown 

Cloyd Brown, 69, of Van Buren died Sunday, May 7, 2000, in a local hospital. He retired from Thermatru Door Manfacturing and Desoto Furniture after 35 years. He was a Protestant and member of Woodmen of the World.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie; one daughter, Kathy Lairamore of Van Buren; two sons, Jackie and George, both of Van Buren; three sisters, Betty Reece of Wichita, Kan., Wanda Patterson and Mary House, both of Van Buren; one brother, Bill of Muldrow; and three grandchildren, Stacy Brown, Chelsea and Dylon Lairamore.

Pallbearers will be Herb Henson, Charles Dutton, David Patterson, Chipper Jermiah and John Lairamore.

The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel.

Raymond Barnett

BOONEVILLE — Raymond Dale Barnett, 54, of Booneville died Sunday, May 7, 2000, in Paris. He was a deputy sheriff of Mercid County in California and a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Booneville Post 5248 VFW and a Baptist.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today in Roller Funeral Home Chapel of Booneville with burial at Havana Cemetery in Havana.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta Barnett of Booneville; two daughters, Kristine Post of Queen City, Texas and Misty Goode of Wilburton.; four sons, Kenneth John Barnett of DeKalb, Texas, Kevin Ray Barnett of Fouke, Chris Smith of Wilburton and Greg Smith of Booneville; one sister, Loraine Blondie of Danville; one brother, Danny of Waveland; and nine grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jim Buckholts, Chris Smith, Bo and Gary Roberson, Rob Scott and Bobb Robertson.

Margaret Thienes

Margaret Schnitzer Thienes, 90, of Fort Smith died Saturday, May 6, 2000, in a local nursing home. She was a homemaker and the widow of Ted J. Thienes. She was a longtime member of St. Boniface Catholic Church of Fort Smith.

Rosary will be 6:30 p.m. today in Putman Funeral Home Chapel of Fort Smith. Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Boniface Catholic Church with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Fort Smith.

She is survived by three daughters, Peggy Vicary and Mary Thienes, both of Fort Smith and Kitty Bastian of Charlottesville, Va.; two sisters, Helen Hottenroth of Albuquerque, N.M. and Kathryn Latta of Northridge, Calif.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Terry, Ted and Don Bastian, Steve Vicary, Joe Udouj and John Sharum.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.


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