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BACORN, Mamie Marie

BARNES, Ormond (Rev.)

BELDING, William



CHAPPELLE, Earnest C. Jr.

CLINGAN, Lyda Dell

DAVIS, Jeffries (Senator; Governor)

DUNCAN, Alfred W.

ELMORE, Eddie Lou Greathouse


FULLER, Roy Franklin

GRIBBLE, William Arnold

JOHNSON, Rev. Roy L.

LEWIS, Robert S.


MAY, Jeanne D.

MC GAHEY, Eugene Claire

MOORE, Mary Lee

REED, Troy

STEWART, Earl Eugene

SWEEZEA, George Milton

WILLSIE, Myrtle Guyton

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK--MAMIE MARIE BACORN, 84, passed away Sept. 19, 1988, born Aug. 7, 1904 in Ashdown, Ar. She was a retired alterations tailor.
Survived by a son, Paul Scarborough of Valliant, Ok.; 4 daughters, Nora Cox, Midwest City, Edith Rice, Nicoma Park, Geneva Provence, Choctaw and Delane Wilkinson, MWC; 1 brother, Alvie Lee Davis, Valliant, Ok.
Service 10am Saturday, Sept. 24, 1988, at the Bill Eisenhour Northeast Chapel, burial Moran Cemetery, Valliant, Ok. at 4pm.
--Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - September 21, 1988.

REV. ORMOND BARNES, 85, of Ashdown, Ark., formerly of Memphis, died of heart disease Monday in Ashdown. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Ashdown, where he was a member, with burial in Wilton (Ark.) Cemetery. Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown has charge.
He attended Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Rev. Barnes, the husband of Lillian Bernice Roberts Barnes, also leaves two sons, Timothy Barnes of Ashdown and Tom Barnes of Memphis; a sister, Virginia Medford of Carrollton, Texas, and two granddaughters.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - Saturday, February 17, 1996.

FORT WORTH, TX - WILLIAM BELDING, 55, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at a local hospital.  Burial: Ashdown, Ark.
Survivors: Daughters, Monica Funderburg and her husband, Mike, of Los Angeles, Calif. and Megan Belding of Fort Worth; brothers, Paul Belding of Weatherford, Maurice Belding of Guthrie, Okla. and Don Belding of Portland, Ore.; sister, Jeannie Manning of Mountain Home, Ark.; grandchildren, Jonas Funderburg and Shanna Rae Funderburg; and numerous nieces and nepehws.
Guardian Funeral Home 5704 James Ave., 293-8477
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - Wednesday, March 10, 1999.

Rochester (NY) resident RUTH EDNA BERTRAND died Tuesday in Ashdown, Ark.  She was the widow of Leon E. Bertrand.
Surviving are five sons, Richard of Panama City, Fla., Robert of Hastings, Mich., William of Ashdown, Malcolm of Highbridge, N.J., and John of Nedrow; three daughters, Mary Bertrand of Syracuse, Margaret McGraw of Grandview, Mo., and Pamela Clements of Horseheads; two sisters, Eleanor Rider of Edmeston and Estelle Hauge of Syracuse; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at a date to be announced.
Madden Funeral Home, Ashdown, has arrangements.
--Post-Standard, The (Syracuse, NY) - Thursday, July 3, 1997.

ELSBERRY, MO–LOIS V. BROOKSHER, 81, of Elsberry died Tuesday (Oct. 10, 1995) at a hospital in Ashdown, Ark.
  Mrs. Brooksher was a homemaker. She has been in Arkansas since earlier this year.
  The funeral was Friday at the First Baptist Church, 402 North Fifth Street in Elsberry. Burial was in the Elsberry City Cemetery on Highway B.
  Among the survivors are her husband of nearly 50 years, Charley Brooksher of Elsberry; two sons, Charles David Brooksher and Richard Allen Green, both of Elsberry; two daughters, Deanna Blackmore of Foreman, Ark., and Garnet Shelburne of Land of Lakes, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Norma Beavers of Ozark, Mo.; three brothers, Vernon Moudy of Elsberry, Mason Moudy of Belleville, Ark., and Morris Moudy of Russellville, Ark.; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the Elsberry First Baptist Church or to the Alzheimer's Disease Association in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home, 107 South Fifth Street, Elsberry, Mo. 63343.
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Monday, October 16, 1995

BATON ROUGE, LA--Former Baton Rouge aviation director EARNEST C. CHAPPELLE, JR died Friday in Ashdown, Ark., after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 73.  Chappelle's funeral was held Monday afternoon in Ashdown.
  Chappelle was executive director of the Greater Baton Rouge Airport District from 1969 to 1974. Under pressure from Mayor Woody Dumas and the East Baton Rouge Parish Council, he resigned and accepted an unpaid position on the Aviation Board of Commissioners.
  The parish council removed Chappelle from the position in 1975 when it learned he did not own assessed property in East Baton Rouge Parish as required by state law. Chappelle challenged the ruling, and in 1979 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Chappelle's dismissal unconstitutional, overturning state court rulings. Chappelle served two more years on the Aviation Board.
  An Ashdown native, Chappelle served for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and eight air medals.
  Chappelle was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Delaney Woodson Chappelle. He is survived by his son, Earnest C. Chappelle III of the Virgin Islands; a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Claude Hawkins of Foreman, Ark.; three stepchildren, John Henry Woodson of Grapevine, Texas, Patricia Woodson of Truth or Consequences, N.M., and Richard Woodson of Fairbanks, Alaska; one grandchild and six step-grandchildren.
--Advocate, The (Baton Rouge, LA) - Tuesday, May 21, 1996

BATON ROUGE, LA–LYDA DELL CLINGAN--Died 9:35 p.m. Monday, April 6, 1987, at Field Memorial Community Hospital, Centreville, Miss. She was 87, a native of Alleene, Ark., and resident of Woodville, Miss.
Visiting at Berryhill Funeral Home, Woodville, Miss., 8 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, conducted by Dr. O. B. Beverly. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Woodville, Miss.
Survived by two daughters, Mrs. Adell C. Babers, Woodville, and Mrs. Dorothy C. Bryant, St. Francisville; a son, John E. "Hot Shot" Clingan, Woodville; a sister, Mrs. Eva Ponder, Lucerne Valley, Calif.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by husband, Roy L. Clingan; two sisters, Mrs. Rose Clingan and Mrs. Myrtle Norwood; and a brother, Noah Honnell.
--Advocate, The (Baton Rouge, LA) - April 8, 1987.


United States Senator from Arkansas Dies of Apoplexy


Held the Distrinction of Being Only Man to Serve His State Three Times as Governor.

Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 3--United States Senator Jeff Davis died suddenly at his home here at 12:30 o'clock this morning as the result of an attack of apoplexy.
  Senator Davis complained of feeling badly early in the evening but the family physician who was called did not regard his condition as serious.  At midnight he called for his son and complained that he was ill and to summon a physician.  A doctor arrived half an hour later.  As he entered the room Senator Davis fell back on his bed and was dead when the physician reached him.
  Up to the time he called his son, Senator Davis had apparently slept soundly.
  Senator Davis, when he returned home from Washington for the holidays, seemed in his usual healthy condition and yesterday was about on the streets.
  During his last political campaign in September, there was general comment on the fact that he did not use the vigorous political methods that characterized his earlier campaigns.
  Senator Davis is survived by a widow and seven children.  The oldest son, Wallace, aged 24 years, has been associated with the Senator in his law office.  His eldest daughter, Miss Bessie, acted as his private secretary.  His other children, Janie, Jeff Jr., Ina, Lucille and Lewis are students in local schools.
  Senator Davis' aged mother, who is 84 years old, still lives at Russellville.  Senator Davis was twice married.
  ...Senator Davis had the distinction of being the only man elected to the governorship of Arkansas three times...
  Mr. Davis was born in Little River County, Ark. in 1862 and received his education at Russellville, Arkansas and at Vanderbilt University, graduating in 1884...
--Source:  Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), Friday, January 3, 1913.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL--ALFRED W. DUNCAN, 72, of St. Petersburg died July 15 at Bayfront Medical Center. He moved to the area from his native Ashdown, Ark. He was a construction worker.
He is survived by his wife, Isabell; a son, James A. of Oakland, Calif.; a step-son, Peter Cowie of St. Petersburg; two daughters, Allie Fay James of Ashdown, Ark., and Marlene Harris of Clear Lake, Calif.; a brother, Arnet of Los Angeles; three sisters, Ernestine Banks of Richmond, Calif., Catherine Allen of Tulsa, Okla., and Early Adams of Tulsa, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
International Chapels Funeral Home, Pinellas Park.
--Tampa Tribune, The (FL) - July 20, 1991

ASHDOWN, ARK--EDDIE LOU GREATHOUSE ELMORE-July 11, 1933- Aug. 10, 1999-- a homemaker, died in Texarkana, Texas. She was 66.
The native of Hominy, Okla., lived in Brentwood and Antioch before moving to Ashdown 40 years ago.
Hobbies: Reading, rock gardening.
Survivors: Husband, Ralph; daughters, Linda Ford and Karen Elmore, both of Ashdown, , Pam Rodgers of Antioch and Sandy Dosett of Alabama; sons, Dave John Blumen and Frank Elmore, both of Texas; sisters, Myra Moschetti of Red Bluff, Verna Fisher of Benicia and Connie O'Bryan of Oakley; brothers, Harvey Greathouse of Stockton, Norman Greathouse of Dublin, David Greathouse of Galt and Larry Greathouse of Yuba City; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown.
--Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) - August 13, 1999.

ORLANDO, FL--JAMES T. ''JACK'' FORTSON, 81, 2403 Marlboro St., Orlando, died Monday. Born in Ashdown, Ark., he moved to Orlando from Miami in 1953. He was a retired freight solicitor with the Rock Island Railroad System.
Survivors: wife, Sallie E.; sons, Jimmy C., Big Run, W.Va., Clifford Roberts, Irving, Texas; daughter, Sally McCoy, Orange Park; sister, Kathleen Davis, Arkansas; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
Woodlawn Funeral Home, Orlando.
--Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - Wednesday, May 11, 1988

MIDWEST CITY, OK–ROY FRANKLIN FULLER, 72, MWC; born in Ashdown, AR, moved to Midwest City area in 1951. Died June 22, 1986.
He was a retired Tinker AFB sheet metal worker for 28 years. Member of the Church of Christ, Boswell Masonic Lodge, Del City Eastern Star, Order of Amaranth.
Survivors are his wife, Romaine, of the home; 1 son, Roy Fuller; daughter-in-law, Beverly; grandson, Lance all of Altus.
Services will be Tuesday, June 23, at 1:00 PM at the Bill Eisenhour SE Funeral Home, interment Sunnylane Cemetery.
--Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - June 23, 1986.

WICHITA, KA–WILLIAM ARNOLD GRIBBLE, 78, of Ashdown, Ark., formerly of Garden City, former Gardiner Dairy employee, former Gribble Brothers Trucking owner, died Wednesday, May 19, 1993. Service 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Garnand Funeral Home, Garden City.
Survivors: sons, David of Ashdown, John of Garden City; daughter, Arnice Davis of Lakin; stepson, Rick Orr of Hot Springs, Ark.; mother, Anna of Enterprise; brother, Marshall of Garden City; sisters, Pauline Brown of Lawrence, Juanita Cash of Enterprise; 17 grandchildren; 22 great- grandchildren,
Memorial has been established with the American Cancer Society.
--Wichita Eagle, The (KS) - Thursday, May 20, 1993

Portland, OR--REV. ROY L. JOHNSON--A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 1995, in Lincoln Street Baptist Church. The Rev. Johnson died Feb. 13 at age 93.  He was born March 3, 1901, in Alleene, Ark.  He received a bachelor's degree from Ouachita Baptist University, a master's and a doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and took graduate studies at West Texas State University.

The Rev. Johnson ministered to Baptist churches in Arkansas and Texas until 1959 when he became superintendent of Northwest Baptist Convention Metropolitan Missions in Portland. From 1967 to the present, he was manager and printer of Interchurch Printing, an instructor in Seminary Extension Center -- Interstate Bible Institute -- and Northwest Center of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.  The Rev. Johnson also wrote several books on religion and church history. 

He married Nelle Laverne Cowan Aug. 4, 1927. She died in April 17, 1985.

Survivors are his son, Don Paul Johnson of Annandale, Va.; brother, Foster D. of Houston; and two grandchildren.

Private interment in Sunset Hills Memorial Park.  --Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - February 17, 1995.

IRVING, TX -ROBERT S. LEWIS, 62, a former aircraft maintenance planner for Braniff International and Dalfort Aviation, died Friday at an Arlington nursing home.
Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Monday at Colleyville Presbyterian Church, where he was a member.
Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville.
Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. today at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home.
Mr. Lewis was born in Little River County, Ark., and lived in Irving for 20 years.
He was a graduate of North Texas State University.
He was an Air Force veteran.
Survivors: Two brothers, Dr. James S. Lewis of New Braunfels and H.D. Lewis of Lancaster; and sister, Jewel Faye Garrett of Grand Prairie. --Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - March 5, 1995.

WATERTOWN, NY–HAROLD L. MANCHESTER, 68, Ashdown, Ark., formerly of Edwards, (NY) died Wednesday in Texarkana, Texas.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Madden Funeral Home, Ashdown, with the Rev. Curt Jones of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Texarkana, officiating. Burial will be in Ashdown Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Helen; five daughters, Halene Childers, St. Louis, Mo., Hope Manchester, Beloit, Kan., Helena Ingram, Poteau, Okla., Heidi Jones, Ashdown, and Harlene Bartlett, Texas; a brother, Donald, Lacona; a sister, Leona Lalonde, Fine, and seven grandchildren.
Born April 5, 1927, in Bigelow, son of Harold Leon and Mildred Washburn Manchester, he attended Edwards schools and entered the Army June 12, 1951. He was stationed at Camp Chaffee, Ark., for nine months before being sent to Korea for a year. He returned to the United States in December 1953 and enlisted in the Army Engineer Corps. He served until 1956.
He married Helen Louise Kelly Sept. 11, 1954, in the parsonage of Edwards Methodist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Lord, then pastor, officiating.
Mr. Manchester was a retired paper mill pipefitter. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
--Watertown Daily Times (NY) - August 10, 1995

ALEDO, TX -JEANNE D. MAY of Aledo, a retired teacher for the Fort Worth school district, died Saturday (Feb 15, 1992) at her home. She was 68.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Madden Funeral Home in Foreman, Ark.
Burial will be at Graveley Cemetery in Foreman.
White's Funeral Home of Weatherford is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. May was born in Little River County, Ark.
She had been a secretary for her husband's law practice. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Weatherford.
Survivors: Husband, Ben May of Aledo; son, Hal May of Everman; and one granddaughter.
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - February 17, 1992.

ROBINSON, Ill. - EUGENE CLAIRE MCGAHEY, 75, of Ashdown, Ark., formerly of Robinson, died Aug. 15 in Texarkana, Texas.
Surviving are his wife, Norma; a daughter, Beverly Schutter of Portage, Ind.; a sister, Florence Cawood of LaPorte, Ind.; a granddaughter, Michelle Carlton; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pulliam Funeral Home Robinson Chapel, with burial in Palestine City Cemetery.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
--Evansville Courier & Press (IN) - Thursday, October 5, 1995.

KANSAS CITY, MO--MARY LEE MOORE, 58, Kansas City, MO, passed away Saturday, May 10, 1997, at Trinity Lutheran Hospital. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Red Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Ashdown, AR; burial in Red Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashdown, AR.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Watkins Brothers Memorial Chapel, Kansas City, MO. (Arrangements: Watkins Brothers Memorial Chapel)
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - May 13, 1997

Moreno Valley, CA--TROY FREDRICK REED, formerly of Moreno Valley, died Saturday of Alzheimer's disease at his home in Murrieta. He was 74.  Private services are planned.  Valley Funeral Home in Murrieta is handling arrangements.  

Mr. Reed, who was born in Alleene, Ark., lived in Murrieta three years. He formerly lived in Moreno Valley for 25 years.  He was a machinist/ supervisor for the Deutsch Co. in Banning for 25 years before he retired in 1988.  Mr. Reed was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 257 in Horatio, Ark.  He was past vice president of the American Association of Retired Persons in Horatio, Ark.

Mr. Reed is survived by his wife, Lorene; a son, Don of Temecula; a daughter, Rhonda of Vancouver, Wash.; four grandchildren; two sisters, Lavener Ford of Tyler, Texas, and Opal Fryar of Mount Ida, Ark.; and two brothers, Roy of Mesa, Ariz., and Marshal of Tyler, Texas.  --Press-Enterprise, The (Riverside, CA) - January 7, 1999

SARATOGA, Ark. - EARL EUGENE STEWART, 65, a self-employed pharmacist, died Friday in Irving, (TX).
Funeral: 1 p.m. Monday at Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, Ark. Burial: Ashdown Cemetery.
Mr. Stewart was born in Washita, Ark. He was an Air Force veteran and a Presbyterian.
Survivors: Two daughters, Cindi Baker of Richland Hills and Shelly Sable of Arlington; two brothers, Freeman Stewart of Story, Ark., and J.C. Stewart of Ashdown, Ark.; two sisters, Geneva Allred of Irving and Jackie Brown of Tyler; and four grandchildren.
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - April 2, 1995

Travares, FL--GEORGE MILTON SWEEZEA, 65, 903 County Drive, Tavares, died Thursday. Born in Alleene, Ark., he moved to Tavares from Flushing, Mich., in 1959. He was a retired inspector for Armco Steel and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Tavares. He was a veteran of World War II, a Mason and a member of the VFW and the Order of Eastern Star. Survivors: wife, Doris; son, Thomas, Tavares; brothers, Gerald, Grayling, Mich., Douglas, Flint, Mich.; sisters, Mildred Rosenberger, Pinkney, Mich., Geraldine Bell, Flint; one grandson. Steverson Funeral Home, Tavares.  --Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - May 24, 1985.

ASHDOWN, ARK. -- MRS. MYRTLE GUYTON WILLSIE, 79, formerly of Council, N.C., died Thursday in Pleasant Manor Nursing Home in Ashdown.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. today in Mount Horeb Presbyterian Church on N.C. 87 near Elizabethtown, N.C. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of Clarkton, N.C.
Mrs. Willsie is survived by a son, John Stowe of Wilmington, N.C.; a daughter, Jane Matherly of Springfield, Va.; a sister, Henrietta Hall of Lake Waccamaw, N.C.; and a grandson.
--Fayetteville Observer, The (NC) - December 19, 1995

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