Miller County, Arkansas
MAMIE SYBLE CHAMBERS
NORFOLK, VA– MAMIE SYBLE CHAMBERS, 93, formerly of Texarkana, Ark., passed away on Sept. 28, 1998, in a local hospital.
She was the widow of Willis Earl Chambers. She is survived by daughters, Wilma C. Creamer and her husband, James, of Virginia Beach and Avis C. Sutton and her husband, Theo, of Bossier City, La.; sons, Doyle L. Chambers of Lewisville, Texas, and Delbert W. Chambers and Boyce E. Chambers, both of Chesapeake; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Services are being held in Central Church of Christ Cemetery in Miller County, Ark., by Boone Funeral Home in Bossier City, La. Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel, is handling local arrangements. --Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA) - September 30, 1998
BILLY GENE CHANDLER
BILLY GENE CHANDLER, 41, of Texarkana, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006 in Texarkana. He was born April 13, 1965 in Charleston, Mo., son of Laudy Forrest and Elzetta Jordan Chandler. He and Marsha St. Clair were married Nov. 5, 2005. Chandler had lived in Texarkana a number of years and was owner of Chandler Landscaping.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Christopher Chandler of Clarksville, Ga; a stepson, Michael Daniels of Texarkana; a stepdaughter, Stacey Daniels of Texarkana; four brothers, Robert and Wilford Chandler of Texarkana, Forrest Chandler of Little Rock, Joe Chandler of Charleston, Mo; five sisters, Freda Quertermous and Mary Jones of Charleston, Zetta Bell of Cape Girardeau, Mo, Martha Norris of Marble Hill, Mo, Debbie McClendon of Clarksville; and a half sister, Hazel Zimmerman of East Prairie, Mo. He was preceded in death by a half brother and two half sisters.
Friends may call at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston, Mo. from 11 a.m. until time of service Friday. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The eulogy will be given by Debbie McClendon. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery near Charleston.
FLOYD W. COLLINS
BLUE MOUND, TX - FLOYD W. COLLINS, 80, a retired truck driver, died Thursday at home.
Graveside service: 10 a.m. today in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park.
Floyd W. Collins was born Oct. 22, 1915, in Miller County, Ark. Mr. Collins, a Fort Worth area resident since 1938, worked for Pioneer Supply Co. for 35 years until his retirement.He was married to Lily Joyce Woolverton on Oct. 15, 1941, in Parker County. Survivors: Wife of 54 years, Lily Joyce Collins of Blue Mound; son and daughter-in-law, Walter W. and Sharon Collins of Fort Worth; daughters and son-in-law, Jean and Richard Hudler, and Diane Miller, all of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Biggers Funeral Home, 7139 Jacksboro Highway, 237-3341. -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - March 9, 1996
DALE W. DANIEL
FORT WORTH, TX - MRS. DALE W. DANIEL, a homemaker, died Sunday (May 16, 1991) at a Fort Worth hospital. She was 80. Funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery in Arkansas.
Mrs. Daniel was born in Miller County, Ark., and had lived in Fort Worth 36 years. She was a member of Olive Branch Methodist Church in Miller County, Ark. Survivors: Husband, L.T. Dan Daniel of Fort Worth; two daughters, Beverly Murphy of Oklahoma City, and Darla Jean Smith of Henderson, Nev.; brother, Floyd L. Patterson of Shreveport, La.; two sisters, Edna Bankston of Bright Star, Ark., and Oundia Davis of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. --Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - May 28, 1991
RALPH BRYAN DUNN, JR
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK– MAJOR (RET.) RALPH BRYAN DUNN, JR, age 66, of Texarkana, Ark., died Wednesday, July 28, 1999 in a local hospital. Maj. Dunn was born October 4, 1932 in Visalisa, CA and had lived in Texarkana since 1980. He was retired from the U.S. Army, having served as an enlisted man and an officer, with two tours of duty during the Vietnam War and was the recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor Device for Service in Vietnam, the Medal of Honor for Vietnam Merit, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, Elks Lodge # 399, Texarkana, Ark., was a member of the St. Edwards Catholic Church, and had spent many years as a Coach at the St. James Day School. He is survived by his wife: Annette Thomas Dunn of Texarkana, Ark.; one daughter, Tracy Lewis of Texarkana, Ark.; two sons: Bryan Dunn of Kenosha, WI and Brad Dunn of Spring, TX; and ten grandchildren.
The Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 A.M. Saturday at St. Edwards Catholic Church with Rev. Phillip Reaves officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Texarkana Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. --Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - July 31, 1999
ODIS KENNITH EASLEY
TEXARKANA, Ark. - ODIS KENNITH EASLEY, 64, died Friday in Texarkana, Texas.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at Fairland Holiness Church in Fouke, Ark. Burial: East Memorial Gardens in Texarkana, Ark. Visitation: 7 to 9 tonight at East Funeral Home.
He was a member of the House of Prayer Holiness Church in Texarkana, Ark. Survivors: Wife of 44 years, Wanda Easley; son, Kenneth Ray Easley of Texarkana, Ark.; two daughters, Patsy Thrasher and Sharon Patton, both of Glen Rose; two brothers, Clint Easley of Clarksville and Raymond Easley of Ashdown, Ark.; four sisters, Virginia Nolte and Valerie Sweet, both of Ashdown, Mary Alice Eaves of Fouke and Joyce Stanfield of Irving; five grandchildren, Michael Thrasher, Tony Thrasher and Jason Patton, all of Glen Rose, and Amberly Easley and Kimberly Easley, both of Texarkana; and a host of family and friends. East Funeral Home, Texarkana, Texas. --Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - October 28, 1995
PHYLOUS DEAN EVANS
FORT WORTH, TX - PHYLOUS DEAN EVANS, 79, a homemaker, died Friday, July 30, 1999, in Fort Worth.
Funeral: Private. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park.
Phylous Dean Evans was born Nov. 4, 1919, in Miller County, Ark. She was a life long resident of Fort Worth and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond in 1995. Survivors: Son, Ron Evans and wife, Dorothy of Fort Worth; daughters, Karen McClendon and husband, James, Karla Tamada and husband, Ron, all of Benbrook; sisters, Allie Boswell of Arlington and Hazel Dumas of Georgia; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Greenwood Funeral Home 3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584 -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - August 1, 1999
IDA C. GREER ELLEDGE
Texarkana,TX-- ELLEDGE, Ida C. Greer was born 12 Nov 1896 in AR, the d/o JohnChandler. She died 11 Sep 1960 in Texarkana, Bowie, TX and wasburied 13 Sep 1960 in Miller County, AR. Ida had attained the ageof 63y, 8m, 29d. She was married and a housewife. Burialwas in Silverina Cemetery. --Texas Deaths, 1890-1976.
ANDY FARRIS HENSLEY
FORT WORTH, TX - ANDY FARRIS HENSLEY, 89, a retired carpenter, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, in Fort Worth.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Olive Branch United Methodist Church in Miller County, Ark. Burial: Olive Branch Cemetery in Miller County, Ark. Visitation: open on Monday at Shannon TCU Funeral Chapel and Wednesday at Hanner Funeral Home in Atlanta, Texas.
Andy Farris Hensley was born March 22, 1909, in Bloomburg.
Mr. Hensley retired in 1972 from a local carpenter's union. He enjoyed fishing, spending many hours gardening, was a member of Overton Park United Methodist Church and a veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Lee. Survivors: Sons, Lester Ray Hensley and his wife, Barbara Gayle of Fort Worth, Howard Dale Hensley and Flora Dayton of Fort Worth and James Edward Hensley and his wife, Kim Elizabeth of Fort Worth; sister, Edna Maddox; brother, Edgar Ray Hensley; three grandsons; four granddaughters; and one great-grandson. Shannon-TCU Funeral Chapel 3015 Merida, 926-3314 --Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - May 25, 1998
IVA ELIZABETH JONES
MILLER COUNTY, AR - IVA ELIZABETH JONES, a life long resident of Miller County, Arkansas, went to be with our Lord, January 16, 2005, in a nursing home in Tyler, Texas at the age of 91 years and 6 months. Born in Miller County, July 12, 1913, she was a longtime member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Iva loved her gardening, flowers, and family. That love extended to all her children, 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. Iva was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe Jones and two sons, James Henry (Jim) Jones and Dr. Travis Wayne Jones, DVM and a great grandson, Shaun Huckabee. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Charlie and Jackie Jones of Texarkana, Arkansas; daughters and sons-in-law, Charlene and Larry Cunningham of Ringgold, Louisiana and Elizabeth and Thomas Huckabee of Tyler, Texas; two sisters, Lillian Sangalli of Redwater, Texas and Dorothy Ward of Texarkana, Arkansas, a number of nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Fuqua-Everett Memorial Chapel of Texarkana Funeral Home with Reverends James Lann and Greg Burk officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family will be at the home of Charlie Jones, Pleasant Hill Community, Texarkana, Arkansas. --Times, The (Shreveport, LA) - January 20, 2005.
JAMES ELMO LITTLETON
HUNTSVILLE, ALA -- JAMES ELMO LITTLETON, 65, died Dec. 24 at home in Huntsville, Ala.
He was a native of Miller County, Ark. He was a member of Texarkana Trail Riders and retired from the Army as a master sergeant after 23 years of service.
SURVIVORS: his wife, Wanda Bennett Littleton of Huntsville; four sons, Delane Littleton of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lawrence Littleton of Los Angeles, Scott Wood of Madison, Ala., and Kenneth Littleton of Santa Monica, Calif.; four daughters, Susan McComas of Madison, Ala., and Stacia Campbell of Toney, Ala., and Sheryl Wood and Stephanie Littleton, both of Huntsville; his father, James A. Littleton of Ashdown, Ark.; two sisters, JoAnn Odom and Bettie Pilgreen, both of Fouke, Ark.; 17 grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives.
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. today at Crosby Funeral Home, burial in Stewart Cemetery with full military honors. -- Savannah Morning News (GA) - December 28, 1999.
Bassist Bobby McBay of Texas Playboys dies at 60 after stroke
DALLAS, TX–BOBBY MC BAY, who spent most of his musical career playing bass with Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, died Sunday at age 60. Mr. McBay died at a Texarkana hospital after suffering a stroke Aug. 4. His daughter, Vicki McBay Ferguson of Frisco, said her father fell and hit his head during the stroke and suffered a blood clot on the brain.
Born the 11th of 12 children in a musically inclined Miller County, Ark., family, Mr. McBay and six of his older brothers formed a band when he was 7 years old. Mr. McBay started playing the drums but became fascinated with a double bass his brother owned, and that became his signature instrument for more than 50 years. The family band started playing at Dallas nightclubs when he was 11.
Mr. McBay played with a series of bands for years before joining Western-swing pioneer Bob Wills in 1963. Mr. Wills developed his mix of big band, blues, Dixieland, jazz and Western music in the 1930s, playing dance halls and radio stations in Texas and Oklahoma. He introduced drums to country music and formed the foundation for countless artists to follow. Possibly his greatest hit was San Antonio Rose , followed closely by Take Me Back to Tulsa and Faded Love . After Mr. Wills' death in 1975, Mr. McBay continued performing with the rest of the band, who renamed themselves Bob Wills' Original Texas Playboys. The group disbanded in 1986, but Mr. McBay performed on the Crook & Chase television talk show in 1995. Another Texas Playboys member, guitarist Eldon Shamblin, died last Wednesday of heart failure in Tulsa, Okla. He was 82. A memorial service for Mr. McBay is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville, Ark. --Dallas Morning News, The (TX) - August 11, 1998.
IVAN HAROLD RAMSEY
TEXARKANA, ARK– IVAN HAROLD RAMSEY, 89, of Texarkana, Ark., formerly of Ossian, Ind., died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana, Texas. He was born in 1909. The Adams County, Ind., native had worked for Kunkle Valve Co. in Fort Wayne as a machine operator, was a former member of Moose Lodge 1311 and a life member of Masonic lodges in Michigan and Fort Wayne. Surviving are a son, Ron of Vermontville, Mich.; stepsons Robert Ewart of Texarkana, Ark., and Charles Ewart of Geneva, Ind.; a stepdaughter, Bonnie Ewart of Fort Wayne; brothers Russel of Lansing, Mich., and Paul of DeWitt, Mich.; a sister, Cleona Greenlee of Lansing, Mich.; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, W. Marcile, a sister, Naomi Krick, and brothers Kenneth and Marion.
Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, Ind., with calling from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery, Ind. Information provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur. --News-Sentinel, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - November 2, 1999
RODESSA, LA - Graveside services for LETTIE "BILL" SPRAYBERRY, 77, will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, January 4, 2002 at Brown Cemetery, Miller County, AR. Officiating will be Rev. Dwight Bird and Rev. Gregg Tipton. Mrs. Sprayberry was born February 1, 1924 in Ravanna, AR and died January 1, 2002 in Vivian, LA. She was a homemaker and a member of Three States Baptist Church. Survivors are two daughters, Juanita Hindsman of Rodessa, LA and Shirley Sherman of Atlanta, TX; one brother, J. D. Johnson of Vivian, LA; three sisters, Tina Miller of Ravanna, AR, Deborah Bledsoe of Ravanna, AR and Nancy Davis of Atlanta, TX; six grandchildren, Kevin Hindsman, Bobby Sprayberry, Jr., Ray Sherman, Jon Sherman, Pennie Terry of Vivian, LA and Susan Ragland of Vivian, LA; three step-grandchildren, Vicki Fitzgerald, Billy Hindsman, Gary Hindsman; ten great-grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Sprayberry and a son, Bobby Sprayberry, Sr. Hanner Funeral Home. --Times, The (Shreveport, LA) - January 3, 2002.
LAVERNE BREEDLOVE STALTER
Eustis, FL-- LAVERNE BREEDLOVE STALTER, 86, of Eustis died on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 in Flagler Beach. Born in Miller County, AR, she moved to Eustis from Downers Grove, IL in 1972. She was a seamstress at Ferrans Dept. Store, Eustis and was a member of Orange Avenue Church of Christ, Eustis and of the Yale Canal Civic Club. She is survived by son, Tom L. Breedlove of Eustis, daughters: Diana Mish of Flagler Beach and Juanita Meyers of Ocala; 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Harden/Pauli Funeral Home on Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Lakeside Memory Gardens, Esutis. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from noon prior to service. --Daily Commercial, The (Leesburg, FL) - May 13, 2005
WAYNE DWIGHT WALKER
FORT WORTH, TX- WAYNE DWIGHT WALKER, a civil service employee at Carswell Air Reserve Base, died Thursday at a Fort Worth hospital from injuries received in a work-related accident. He was 49. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Shiloh Baptist Church in Texarkana, Ark. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery. Texarkana Funeral Home in Texarkana, Bowie County, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Walker was born in Miller County, Ark., and had lived in Fort Worth for 20 years. He was a member of the American Legion. He was a Baptist. Survivors: Wife, Marianne Walker of Fort Worth; two stepdaughters, Krystyne Howard and Pattie Woodall, both of Walnut Springs; mother, Eugenia Walker of Texarkana, Ark.; three brothers, Orval Walker, Hugh Ed Walker and Travis Clint Walker, all of Texarkana; two sisters, Janice Sexton of Texarkana and Lucy Bourque of Welsh, La.; and three step-grandchildren. -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - May 29, 1994.
WILLIAM VERNON WEBB
OAK RIDGE, TN--WEBB, WILLIAM VERNON (BILL) - born December 9, 1917, in Miller County, Ark., passed away Wednesday, March 10, 1999, at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge. Preceded in death by: his parents; a sister; and his first wife, Maxine. He was a retired pipefitter, an avid gardener, and an active member of Union Chapel Baptist Church in Kingston. Also a member in good standing of Union Lodge 38 AF&AM.
Survived by: his wife, Mildred of the home; three sons and their wives, Leonard and Sheila of Woodstock, Ga., Jerry and Jane of Winston Salem, N.C., Bill and Debbie of Herndon, Va.; four grandchildren, Stephen, Mindy, Kristi and Rob; two great-grandchildren, William Vernon Webb II (Little Will), Joseph Paul; brother, Louis of Carlsbad, Calif.; sister, Frances of Iowa City, Iowa; and a host of friends. Funeral 2 p.m. Saturday at Union Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Nickell officiating. The body will lie in state at the church 30 minutes before the service. Burial will follow in Kingston Memorial Gardens. Kyker Funeral Home. --Knoxville News-Sentinel, The (TN) - March 13, 1999
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