Howard County Arkansas Genealogy Trails



FARRIS, Ella Louise

JONES, Alma Marjorie Chambers

LANDS, Doyle Winton

MILLER, Pauline M.




SMITH, Clarence Porter



TURQUETTE, Ellis Edgar

WELLS, Thomas Edmond


WENATCHEE, WA - MELVA M. ANDREWS, 85, a longtime Wenatchee resident, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1993, in Central Washington Hospital.
She was born Aug. 7, 1908, to Silas and Callie (Jester) Howell in Howard County, Ark.
She married Roy Andrews in September of 1926, in Howard County. They moved to Wenatchee in 1944.
Mrs. Andrews was a member of the Free Methodist Church, where she worked in the nursery, kitchen and with the church missionary program. She also was a volunteer at the Wenatchee Senior Center.
Survivors include one daughter, Alta Williams, Wenatchee; one sister, Clarice Smith, Fort Worth, Texas; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 15, 1968, and one brother.
Arrangements are by Betts Funeral Home.
--Wenatchee World, The (WA) - November 1, 1993

GREENVILLE, SC–PATSY R. DAVIDSON, 50, of 724 Edens Road, died Thursday, June 17, 1999, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Howard County, Ark., she was a daughter of the late Lake and Mae Harris Stevens. Technician: AT&T in Liberty. Member: First Methodist Church, Murfreesboro, Ark.
Survivors: husband, Don L. Davidson; a son, Brian Davidson of Seneca; a brother, Bobby L. Stevens of Murfreesboro; sisters, Doris Elliott of Murfreesboro and Faye Hilt of Blanchard, La;. grandchildren, Andrew and Emily Davidson. Predeceased: a sister, Ann Fletcher.
Visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Dillard Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.   --Greenville News, The (SC) - June 18, 1999.

FORT WORTH - ELLA LOUISE FARRIS, 71, a retired registered nurse, died Wednesday, June 23, 1999, in Fort Worth.
Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Chapel. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Ella Louise Farris was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Howard County, Ark.  She was a member of Rosen Heights Baptist Church for 40 years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors: Husband of 49 years, Clifton Farris of Fort Worth; son, Kenneth Farris and his wife, Mary, of Houston; brother, Greg Dellinger and his wife, Linda, of Brownfield; grandchildren, Heather and Cory Farris of Houston; and numerous extended family; and a host of friends.
Greenwood Funeral Home 3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - June 25, 1999

EAST WENATCHEE, WA - ALMA MARJORIE JONES, 75, of Malaga, (WA) died Monday, Oct. 25, 1993, in Highline Convalescent Center, after an extended illness.
She was born Sept. 18, 1918, to Tom and Anna Marie (Hawkins) Chambers in Howard County, Ark. She grew up and attended school at Dierks, Ark. She later moved to Wickes, Ark.
She married Robert F. Bull in 1937, at Wickes, Ark. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Wenatchee. She worked as a cook, and they traveled frequently with Mr. Bull's logging and carpentry job. She later worked at Cedergreen's Frozen Foods before they moved to Bakersfield, Calif., in 1945. They returned to East Wenatchee in 1946. She worked as a nurse's assistant at Parkside Convalescent Center from 1952 until retiring in 1962 with a work-related injury.
She married Lon Schraeder in December of 1968 at East Wenatchee, and they made their home at Wenatchee. She moved to Oroville in 1974 and lived there until moving to Malaga in August of 1992.
She married Richard Jones on July 31, 1993, at East Wenatchee.
She was a member of the Church of God.
She is survived by her husband, of the home; a son, Michael Bull of Waterville; a daughter, Robbie Gordon of East Wenatchee; two sisters, Ovie Wilson and Oma Terrelle, both of Wickes, Ark.; five granddaughters; and a great-grandson. She was preceded in death by two husbands and two brothers.
Arrangements are by Jones and Jones Funeral Directors, Wenatchee.
--Wenatchee World, The (WA) - October 26, 1993

SANTA ROSA, CA–DOYLE WINTON LANDS, who retired in Sonoma County and moved to Clearlake in Lake County, died Monday at his home after battling cancer for a year. He was 71.
Lands was born in Washington, Ark. He lived in Cloverdale for 45 years and in Lake County for the past four years.
He retired after working 25 years as a supervisor for M/I Air Drilling in Healdsburg. Before that, he was a truck driver.
While serving in the Navy during World War II, Lands was a member of a unit that rescued a Marine Battalion from behind enemy lines. The rescue resulted in decorations for outstanding courage and devotion to duty.
He enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing and working on cars. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice Lands of Clearlake; sons, Doyle Randel Lands and Gregory Dee Lands, both of Cloverdale; daughters, Linda Joyce Minor of Houston, Tex., and Patty Lou Mandville of Redding; stepsons, Robert Gregg of Tacoma, Wash., John Gregg of Las Vegas, Nev., and Thomas Gregg of Cloverdale; stepdaughter, Debra Mello of Las Vegas; sister, Marinell Hooks of Nashville, Ark.; brother, Charles Lands of Redmond, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial gathering will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at the home of Randy and Cindi Lands, 418 Merlot Drive, Cloverdale. Cremation will be at Lake County Memorial Crematory in Lakeport. Burial will be at Greens Chapel Cemetery, 115 East Hempstead St., Nashville, Ark., 71852.
--Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) - September 14, 1996.

DENVER, CO--PAULINE M. MILLER, 88, of Denver died Feb. 21 in Arvada. Services were Feb. 26 in Crown Hill Mortuary. Burial was in Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Mrs. Miller, a native of Howard County, Ark., was a homemaker. She was a member of Gold Star Wives of America.
Survivors include a daughter, Rosemary Hein of Arvada; two sisters; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
--Rocky Mountain News (CO) - February 27, 1991

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--OMA NETHERY, 83, of Colorado Springs died Monday at a local hospital. She was a homemaker.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Swan-Law Funeral Home, 501 N. Cascade Ave. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Greg Chandler officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, 1000 S. 26th St.
Mrs. Nethery was born March 9, 1907, in Dierks, Ark., to William E. and Martha A. (Teal) Keeney.
She had lived in Colorado Springs since 1956. Mrs. Nethery attended the Billy Spielman Center and was a member of Second Horizons, a local senior citizens club.
She is survived by three sons, Lester of Palestine, Texas, Raymond of Toms River, N.J., and Loyal of Colorado Springs; three daughters, Verna Gore of Sillsbee, Texas, Christine of Colorado Springs, and Velda Rice of Harrisburg, Pa.; a brother, Robert Keeney of Alleene, Ark.; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
--Gazette, The (Colorado Springs, CO) - January 30, 1991.

DALLAS, TX--MRS. MARY ROGERS--Funeral services for Mrs. Mary E. Rogers, of 7107 Mohawk, a Dallas resident for 31 years, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Dudley M. Hughes Funeral Chapel, 2615 S. Buckner.  Burial will be in Grove Hill Memorial Park.
She died here Monday.  A native of Howard County, Ark., Mrs. Rogers was a member of St. Luke's Methodist Church.
--Dallas Morning News, Wednesday, April 14, 1971.

NASHVILLE, AR--JAY DERIEL ROMINE, 69, of Nashville died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006 in Nashville. He was born Sept. 22, 1937 in Illmo, Scott County, MO, son of Sylvester and Mary Simpson Romine.
Romine was a veteran of the Army and a member of First Baptist Church in Nashville; he was retired after 35 years in retail business.
Survivors include his wife, Edwina Rowe Romine of Nashville; a son, Deriel Romine of Washington, AR; a daughter, Lisa Romine of Conway, AR; a sister, Fran Baker of Sikeston, MO; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. David Blase officiating. Burial will follow in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery.

LONGMONT, CO--CLARENCE PORTER ''BILL'' SMITH, 99, of Longmont died March 28 (1999). Services were March 31, with burial at Greenlawn Cemetery in Berthoud. Mr. Smith was born in Howard County, Ark., on May 1, 1899. He married Lulu Schroeter, 1918. He retired from Gates Rubber Co. in 1964. He was a member of East Denver Masonic Lodge 160, Del Norte Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Sargent Methodist Church and Saint Paul's Methodist Church. Survivors include daughter Mary Hottel of Allenspark; half-brother Charlie of Arkansas; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great- grandchildren.
--Rocky Mountain News (CO) - April 15, 1999.

MAYNARD, AR--MONT SPENCER, a son of the late Will and Gainey Ainley Spencer of Maynard, passed away Friday (Jan 16, 1981) at Veteran's Hospital in Little Rock.
He was a World War II veteran and after service in the U. S. Army, he attended Jonesboro A. & M College and Russellville College.  Mr. Spencer was a member of the American Legion and a United Methodist.  He was a rancher and worked for Nashville, Ark. Production Credit Assoc. for several years.  Mr. Spencer built and managed a 30-unit tourist court at Nashville until the health of his wife and himself forced his retirement.
He was married to the former Waida Reece, who preceded him in death.  Four brothers and three sisters also preceded him in death.
His oldest brother, Gordon Spencer, resides in Doniphan, Mo.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services were at Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville at 10:30 Monday morning.  Interment was in Old Nashville Cemetery.  --Pocahontas Star Herald, Jan 22, 1981; contributed by Freda Roberts.

WENATCHEE, WA - LULA M. TOWNSEND, 89, a longtime resident of the Wenatchee Valley, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 1995, at her home following an extended illness.
She was born Nov. 14, 1905, to William E. and Nancy (Blackwood) Kesterson at Dierks, Ark., where she was raised and attended school.
She married Lewis Monroe Townsend on Dec. 10, 1922, in Howard County, Ark. They made their first home at Dierks, Ark., where they farmed. They moved to Whitesboro, Texas, in the mid-1930s, where they continued farming. They moved to Moses Lake in the mid-1940s, where they operated a mobile home park. Mr. and Mrs. Townsend moved to East Wenatchee in the late 1950s and owned and operated an orchard until 1975, when they sold the orchard and retired.
Following the death of her husband in 1981, Mrs. Townsend moved to Wenatchee. She was a volunteer with the Salvation Army.
Survivors include a son, L. D. of East Wenatchee; three daughters, Mrs. Jim (Clara) Carlson of Wenatchee, and Josephine "Jo" Pate and Juanita Richardson, both of East Wenatchee; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, three sisters and a grandson.
Arrangements are by Telford's Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.
--Wenatchee World, The (WA) - October 6, 1995.

DALLAS, TX--ELLIS E. TURQUETTE--Funeral services for Ellis Edgar Turquette, 84, of 731 N. Winnetka, retired district agent for Ohio National Life Insurance Co., will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Campbell Funeral Chapel.  Entombment will be in Calvary Hill Mausoleum.
Turquette died here Monday.  He was born in Howard County, Ark., and had lived in Dallas 63 years.
He retired in 1956 after more than 30 years with Ohio National Life.  He had previously served as credit manager for Massey-Harris Implement Co. here, and during 1929, he was president of the Retail Credit Association.  He served 38 years as judge of Precinct 419 in Dallas.
Survivors:  Wife, two daughters, Mrs. Maurine Scruggs and Mrs. Lucille Kriese of Dallas; a son, R. W. Turquette of El Paso; two sisters, Mrs. Della Neece of Memphis, Tenn., and Mrs. Verna Purnell of Dallas; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
--Dallas Morning News, Wednesday, September 16, 1970.

DALLAS, TX--THOMAS E. WELLS--Funeral services for Thomas Edmond Wells, 71, of 302 S. Willomet Ave., iron molder for Refinery Castings Co. for 45 years who retired in May, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Laurel Land Memorial Chapel.  Burial will be in Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Wells died here Wednesday.  A native of Howard County, Ark., he moved from Anadarko, Okla. to Dallas 45 years ago.

Survivors include his wife, three daughters, two sons, two brothers and a sister.

--Dallas Morning News, Friday, October 13, 1972.


Lifelong Resident of This Section Died at Age of 92; Was County's Last Confederate Veteran--Elder J. A. Westbrook, aged 92, believed to have been the last Confederate Veteran in Howard county, passed away at his home here Wednesday January 22.  
Uncle Jim as he was familiarly-known, was born about four miles south of where the town of Dierks now stands, on April 28,1848.  He spent his entire life in Sevier and Howard counties with the exception of a year in Texas and the time that he went in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.  Local historians say that he is the last of the boys from this county to have followed the stars and bars.  Following his return from the Confederate Army, he married Miss Dorinda Choate in 1867.  To this union were born twelve children, six of whom survive him.  His wife died about ten years ago.
Uncle Jim was a Baptist minister for more than sixty years.  He possessed a strong physique, never having had measles, mumps, smallpox or any other contagious disease and never was sick a day in his life and never had a doctor with him.  Death came to him suddenly.
He is survived by his oldest son, Charley Westbrook, age 72 of Calhoun, Okla., also B. R. of Ivanhoe, Texas, Oscar and Arthur of Idabel, Okla, and Olie of Dierks; and one daughter, Mrs. Lou Walters of Dierks; four brothers, R. W. of Dierks, George V. of Okmulgee, Okla, Joe of Wetumpka, Okla., and Olie of Okena, Okla; and two sisters, Joelia Mitchell of Texas and Mrs. Etta Fuqua of Broken Bow, Okla, besides other relatives.
Funeral services were conducted by Elder T. I. Epton and T F. Westbrook, the latter being a nephew of Uncle Jim.  The body was laid to rest in Pleasant Hill cemetery near Provo, January 23.  --Contributed by Debra McKeever.

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