Miscellaneous Sebastian County, Arkansas Obituaries

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Sterling Maier Jr.

CECIL — Sterling P. Maier Jr., 76, of Cecil died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in a Fort Smith hospital. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a retired house painter.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. today at Cecil Cemetery under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston.

He is survived by his wife, Christine; two daughters, Mary Silver of San Jose, Calif., and Lynn Gilbreth of Ozark; one son, Jack of Cecil; one brother, Jack of Midland, Texas; one grandchild, Robert Shelton of Largo, Fla.; and two great-grandchildren.

Judy Harper

Judy Beggs Harper, 45, of Fort Smith died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in a Fort Smith hospital.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lone Valley Church of God in Sims with burial at Lone Valley Cemetery under the direction of Thornton Funeral Home of Mount Ida.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis; two sons, Blandon and Hansel Deen; her mother, Birtie Mae Carter Beggs; two sisters, Anna Jewell Taylor of Pine Ridge and Deborah Rodreguez of Sims; three brothers, Jerry Beggs of Chula, Ogene Beggs of Dardanelle and Harry Beggs of Sims; and one grandson, Kalin Ngynn.

The family will visit with friends from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

David Crabtree

ALTUS — David Crabtree, 90, of Altus died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at his home. He was a retired coal miner.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Houston Cemetery in Alix under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark.

He is survived by one son, Edward of Fresno, Calif., and one sister, Grace Nichols of Altus.

Wanda Drewry

PARIS — Wanda Faris Drewry, 77, of Paris died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in Fort Smith. A member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Paris, she was a licensed practical nurse and retired from the intensive care unit of St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Paris with burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Paris under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Paris.

She is survived by her husband, John; two daughters, Sandra J. Graber of Quinton, Va., and Donna Cross of Fort Smith; one son, John Sanford Drewry Sr. of Paris; one brother, Marshall H. Smith of LaVerne, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Dee Horne, W.H. Parsons, Jerry McDonald, Robert Joslin, Glenn Graber, Dr. Richard Lovell and Cortess “Buddy” Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Paris Boys and Girls Club, North 5th and Wood Streets, Paris, AR 72855, or Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, North 5th and Daley Streets, Paris, AR 72855.

Woodrow Mills

PARIS — Woodrow Wilson Mills, 88, of Paris died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, in Paris. He was a retired farmer and was a member of First Baptist Church in Paris. He was the widower of Ideliah Miller.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Paris with burial at Baxley Cemetery in Paris under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Paris.

He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Mills Johnson of Russellville and Requita Mills Williams of Paris; four sisters, Opal Lowrey, Maxine Ezell and Ruby Valentine, all of Paris, and Eulema Staton of Gravis Mills, Mo.; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Murray and Kenneth Greene, Donald J. and Wesley McCubbin, Mike Whitman, Brian and Bob Hardwicke and Robert Valentine.

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

Charley Russell

REDLAND COMMUNITY — Charley James Russell, 90, of Redland Community died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in Muldrow. He was a farmer/rancher and was a member of Eastside Freewill Baptist Church in Muldrow.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Agent Chapel in Muldrow with burial at Blackjack Cemetery, northeast of Muldrow.

He is survived by his wife, Cleo; three daughters, Cassie Brooks, Fern Shamblin and Wilma Linker, all of Redland Community; two sons, Charles and Jim, both of Redland Community; one sister, Marie Harvell of Muldrow; one brother, Jess of Muldrow; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Larry, Wayne, Rick and Jeff Russell, Michael Brooks, Danny Shamblin and Andy Linker.

The body may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Frances McEver

DEL CITY, Okla. — Frances Cleo McEver, 75, of Del City, formerly of Sallisaw, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, in Oklahoma City. She was retired from Little Giant Pump Co. She was a 1944 graduate of Central High School in Sallisaw, where she served as senior class president and played basketball, and was a Baptist. She was the widow of Robert Frank McEver.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at Del City First Southern Baptist Church in Del City with burial following at 4 p.m. at Akins Cemetery, northeast of Sallisaw, under the direction of Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home of Del City.

She is survived by two daughters, Judy Homes and Paula Pittman, both of Oklahoma City; one son, Doug of Sallisaw; three sisters, Lillian of Tulsa, Bernice of Owasso and Lena of Poteau; five grandchildren, Steve Holmes, Wyley McEver, Julie Murcer and Michala-Beth and Savannah Pittman, all of Oklahoma City; one great-grandchild; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Veryl Anderson

BOONEVILLE — Veryl Madelon Anderson, 88, of Booneville died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at her home. She was a homemaker.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements will be under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Booneville.

She is survived by two sons, Jon Anderson of Booneville and Lane C. Anderson of Pennsylvania; two grandchildren, Karen and Tami; and nine great-grandchildren.

Shirley Clark

JENNY LIND — Shirley Jean Clark, 62, of Jenny Lind died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a homemaker.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Howard Hill Assembly of God Church in Jenny Lind with burial at Steep Hill Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

She is survived by her husband, Bill; one daughter, Shirl Parnell of Greenwood; two sons, Bobby of Greenwood and Daniel of Mountainburg; one sister, Melba Hutsell of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers, Ken Lilly of Fort Smith and Bill Lilly of Fayetteville; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be her nephews.

The body may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

Billy Bodnar

HACKETT — Billy Joe Bodnar, 64, of Hackett died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in a Fort Smith nursing home.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with burial at Hartford Memorial Park in Hartford.

He is survived by one sister, Mary Garrett of Huntington; one brother, Kenneth of Hackett; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Richard Lennier, Jodie Haralson, Leon Slote, Carl Nemeth, Lynn Basinger and Dennis Hall.

The body may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jimmy Holden

Jimmy Lee Holden, 61, of Fort Smith died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, in Fort Smith. A member of Central Baptist Church, he was a Master Mason of Sebastian Lodge No. 706 and an Army veteran. He was a former construction foreman for R&E Excavating and was retired from Hudson Excavation Inc.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two daughters, Cathy Cagle of Fort Smith and Mary Williams of Fort Worth, Texas; four sons, Jim Holden Jr., and Robert and William Frye, all of Greenwood, and David Frye of Fort Smith; his mother, Juanita Wilson of Fort Smith; three brothers, Allen and John, both of Fort Smith, and Steve of Muldrow; six grandchildren, Dustin, Aaron and Gayla Frye, Amelia and Rachael Holden and Audra Munday; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Jim Holden Jr., Bill, Dustin, Bob, Aaron and David Frye, Randall Munday and A.Z. Hudson.

The family will visit with friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Central Baptist Church, 3631 Jenny Lind, Fort Smith, AR 72901.

Holland Bates

SALLISAW — Louis Holland Bates, 81, of Sallisaw died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in Sallisaw. He was a retired truck driver, a Methodist and a Navy veteran.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Brushy Cemetery, north of Sallisaw, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; one daughter, Holly Condit of Sallisaw; one son, Dale of Sallisaw; two grandchildren, Thomas Jeremy Dale Condit of Sallisaw and Jeffery BK Condit of California; and two great-grandchildren.

The body may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lorraine Cherry

MULDROW — Lorraine G. Cherry, 80, of Muldrow died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in Fort Smith. She was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church of Muldrow, a teacher for the Head Start program for 25 years and a 50-year member of the Electa Chapter 11 of Eastern Star.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Muldrow with burial at Muldrow Memory Gardens under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.

She is survived by three sons, Dennis of Booneville, and Jim and Mike, both of Muldrow; one sister, Kittie Hancock of Lake San Marcos, Calif.; one brother, Roy P. Condren of Temecula, Calif.; five grandchildren, Steven, Shawn, Todd, Wesley and Eric Cherry; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Steven, Shawn, Todd, Wesley, Eric and Jonathan Cherry.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 308 S. Main, Muldrow, OK 74948.

Lillian Gray

Lillian D. Gray, 74, of Fort Smith died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in Fort Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of Windsor Park Fellowship.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.

She is survived by one daughter, Sharon Prescott of California; one son, Ronald Neidecker of California; three sisters, Rena Kell of Fort Smith, Helen C. Gray of Tulsa and Alicia Gray of Fayetteville; two brothers, Loyal of Avery, Calif., and Michael of Farmington; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 2605, Fort Smith, AR 72902.

Bernice Armbruster

Bernice Armbruster, 97, of Fort Smith died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in Fort Smith. The former owner-operator of Mary Lou’s Doll Shop, she was a member of the United Methodist Women’s Society and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Muskogee Memorial Cemetery in Muskogee, Okla.

She is survived by one son, Walter David Armbruster of Fort Smith; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Paul Kinder, Bedell Hightower, Bob Harmon, Harley Strang, George Jensen and Bob Reather.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 2200 Phoenix, Fort Smith, AR 72901.

Thomas Rose 

Thomas Leo Rose, 79, of Fort Smith died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in Fort Smith. A member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church, he was a freight checker for Jones Truck Lines and a member of the Teamsters Local 373. He was a World War II veteran and received the Purple Heart.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith with burial at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Macie; three daughters, Patricia Burrough of Van Buren, Barbara Bonds of Russellville and Elizabeth Twilla of Branch; four sons, Jerry of Hackett, Howard and Charles, both of Van Buren, and David of Fort Smith; 23 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Glen Nelson Sunday School class.

Darril Hunt

HUNT — Darril Lane Hunt, 57, of Hunt died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, in Fort Smith. He was an Army veteran and a farmer.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Hill Church in Hunt with burial at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Hunt under the direction of Roller Cox Funeral Home of Clarksville.

He is survived by his wife, Joann; four sons, D.J. Hunt and Joseph Wayne Reynolds of Hunt and John Thomas and Mandy Reynolds of Coal Hill; three sisters, Anne Shafer, Barbara Kuykendall and Eva Irwin, all of Illinois; one brother, Othie Hunt of Illinois; and two grandchildren, Morgan and Cortney Reynolds of Coal Hill.

Pallbearers will be John Little, Bobby Durning, Thurman Ritchie, David Davidson, Jimmy Schoolfield and Mike Reynolds.

The body may be viewed from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family will visit with friends at the same time and place.

Sister Mary Manning

BARLING — Sister Mary Agatha Manning, 94, of McAuley Convent in Barling died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in Barling. She entered the Sisters of Mercy Community at Mount St. Mary’s in Little Rock in 1927 and took her vows in 1930. She taught in several Arkansas Catholic schools until her retirement at St. Joseph’s Convent in Hot Springs.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today in McAuley Convent Chapel at 1300 Strozier Lane in Barling. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Fort Smith. Services will be under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.

She is survived by two sisters, Catherine Gallant of Prince Edward Island, Canada, and Mary Elizabeth King of Newfoundland.


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