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ABSHIRE, Dovie Mae Bouchelle


BANDLOW, John Howard

BELL, Raymond R.

BLAKE, Alice Morgan


CLEMENT, Joann Marie

COX, Eleanor Estella Littell

CRAWFORD, Audrey Rhodes

DAVIS, Carol

FRAMPTON, Raymond A.


HRENICK, Pauline Ridle


LEE, Virgie

MANTOOTH, Clarence F.

MORPHEW, Henry Ellis


WADE, Jean Davis



DOVIE MAE ABSHIRE, 69, of Cape Girardeau, MO died Tuesday, January 21, 1992 at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, MO.  She was born August 16, 1922 in Mena, AR, daughter of James and Nettie Bouchelle.  She married James Carroll Abshire January 12, 1944.  He died November 17, 1965.  Abshire was a member of First Pentecostal Church.  Survivors include a daughter, Carol Hankins of Cape Girardeau; a brother, John Bouchelle of Georgia; a sister, Opal Howard of Oklahoma; and two grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a brother.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City, MO.  The Rev. John Gourley will officiate.  Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Fort Smith, AR.

NACOGDOCHES, TX - PET ASHWORTH, 82, died Friday in Nacogdoches.
Funeral: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Episcopal Church in Mena, Ark. Burial: Pinecrest Memorial Park.
Memorials: St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Arlington.
Pet Wood Ashworth was born Aug. 13, 1913, the daughter of pioneer merchant-farmer Silas Irving Wood and Jo Alva Huddleston Wood.
She was an Arlington resident after her marriage to Charles N. Ashworth on June 13, 1976. They moved to her childhood home, Mena, shortly before her final illness.
They were communicants of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Arlington.
Survivors: Her husband of 19 years, Charles N. Ashworth, himself in poor health, who resides with his daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and David Sweet of Conroe; granddaughters, Lynda Harris of Arlington and Mrs. Greg (Hillary Harris) Helfenbein of Mansfield; and great-grandchildren, Amy and Chad Helfenbein of Mansfield.
In addition, Mrs. Ashworth leaves three children, Diane O'Neal of Longview, Michael O'Neal of Citrus Heights, Calif., and Dr. Larry O'Neal of Nacogdoches; two brothers; four other grandchildren; and another great-grandson.
Beasley-Wood Funeral Home, Mena, Ark., (501) 394-1310
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - December 19, 1995.

MENA, Ark. - JOHN HOWARD BANDLOW, 74, a retired electronic engineer, died Friday in a Fort Smith hospital. The funeral was Monday in St. Agnes Catholic Church, according to Hall Funeral Home. Burial, directed by Stuhr's Greenridge Road Chapel of North Charleston, will be at 11 a.m. today in Carolina Memorial Gardens in North Charleston.
Mr. Bandlow was born in Benton Harbor, Mich., a son of Walter E. Bandlow and Anna Burby Bandlow. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion, the Institute of Electronic Engineers and the American Radio Relay League. He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife, Johnnie Braswell Bandlow; a son, John H. Bandlow Jr. of Friendwood, Texas; four daughters, Anne Thornton of Waco, Texas, Judy Bandlow of Oklahoma, Mary Jarboe of Pasadena, Texas, and Lydia Schneider of Mount Belview, Texas; a brother, Walter E. Bandlow of Cleveland; a sister, Dorothy G. Bandlow of Arlington, Va.,; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
--Post and Courier, The (Charleston, SC) - December 9, 1998

FORT WORTH, TX - RAYMOND R. BELL, 76, a retired railroad switchman, died Friday, June 26, 1998, in Fort Worth.
Graveside service: 10 a.m. Monday in Greenwood Memorial Park.
Pallbearers: Burk Rosenthal, Steve Bell, John Ware, Bryan Strittmatter, Paul Bell, Jeff Krippel, Jeff Coffey, Robin Rosenthal and Missy Krippel. Honorary Pallbearers: All co-workers from the M.K.T. Railroad. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials: Alzheimer's Association.
Raymond R. Bell was born Dec. 1, 1921, in Polk County, Ark. He was a World War II veteran and worked for Katy Railroad 35 years. He was a member of Travis Avenue Baptist Church. Raymond was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. He was a resident of Fort Worth 70 years.
Survivors: Wife of 56 years, Peggy Walsh Bell of Fort Worth; son, Ray Bell and his wife, Vicki, of Crowley; daughters, Helen Rosenthal and her husband, Bill, of Fort Worth, Kathy Ware and her husband, Jim, of Fort Worth, and Barbara Bell and Dayson Goetz of Weatherford; three brothers; two sisters; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Greenwood Funeral Home 3100 White Settlement Road.
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - June 29, 1998.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK–ALICE MORGAN BLAKE, 57, died Monday, Jan. 17. 1983 at South Community Hospital. Born in Mena, Ark. April 20, 1925, the fourth child of C.V. and Bess Gunn. Alice lived in OKC from 1946 until 1972 and was a Charter Member of St. James Episcopal Church. She then served as a District Manager for the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board in Little Rock, Ark, Tulsa, Ok, and Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. until her death.
Preceded in death by husbands, Adrain Morgan and C.M. Blake, her parents, and brother Joel Gunn.
Survivors include her daughter, Julia Robison of OKC, her son, Gerald Morgan, Fordyce, Ark. 2 grandchildren, Larry Rudiger of OKC, Cassie Rudiger Roldan of Miami, Fla. and 1 great-granddaughter, Natalie Roldan. 2 sisters, Kathryn Grossman of Dallas, Tx, and Julia Washburn of Mena, Ark.
Services will be Wednesday at 1 pm in the Chapel at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. Directed by Hahn-Cook Treet and Draper.
Memorials may be made to St. James Episcopal Church.
--Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - January 18, 1983.

MENA, Ark. - FRED E. CHAPPELL, 65, a pipe fitter, died Monday, Oct. 5, 1998, in Mena.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at Pleasant Glade Baptist Church. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.
Fred E. Chappell was born Oct. 12, 1932, in Bowdon, Ga.
Survivors: Wife, Pauline Chappell of Mena; sons, David Chappell of Garland and Steve Chappell of Denver, Colo.; daughters, Vickie Chappell of Fort Worth, Debbie Addy and her husband, Wayne, of Euless, Connie Millhollon and her husband, David, of Seven Points, Bettie Chamberlin and her husband, Marty, of Grand Prairie, Kerrie Chappell of Mena and Laurie Gallagher and her husband, David, of Euless; brother, James Chappell; sisters, Eva Cole and Monzia Upner; grandchildren, Phillip, Michael, Daniel and Rachel Addy, Brandon Chappell, Shannon and Heather Millhollon and Elliot, Emmet and Eland Chamberlin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home Colleyville, 281-8751
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - October 8, 1998

FORT WORTH, TX - JOANN MARIE CLEMENT, 27, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at a local hospital.
Memorial service: Will be held in Mena, Ark. Burial: Lower Big Fork Cemetery in Mena. There will be a private family visitation.
Joann Marie Clement was born Oct. 2, 1971, in Mena, Ark. She graduated from Eastern Hills High School and was a wonderful person who never met a stranger. She is preceded in death by her father, Lloyd McGraw.
Survivors: Mother, Rose Marie Clement McGraw; aunts, Susan Dollarhyd and her husband, Roylee, Michelle Rosson and her husband, Aldin, Joyce Watts and her husband, Sam; uncle Hugh Clement and his wife, Donna; and numerous cousins and friends.
Guardian Funeral Home 5704 James Ave., 293-8477
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - September 2, 1999

ANCHORAGE, AK--Retired special education teacher ELEANOR “ELLE” ESTELLA COX, 72, died Feb. 9 at Providence Hospital.
A memorial service was conducted Wednesday at Muldoon Community Assembly of God Church. The Rev. Kent Redfern and the Rev. Gary Don Cox officiated.
Mrs. Cox was born Sept. 4, 1919, in Polk County, Ark., the daughter of George and Gladys Littell. She was raised by her grandmother. She traveled from Texas to California and was married to Milburn Cox Sr. in Burlingame, Calif., July 4, 1937.
As the wife of a pastor, she was involved in pastoring, teaching and volunteering in many areas of California. She was involved in education for nearly 50 years. She moved to Bethel in 1971 and taught in many Bush communities in interior Alaska.
Mrs. Cox was employed as a special education teacher with the State Operated School System and Anchorage School District at Woodland Park Elementary School, Booth Memorial Home, Helen Whaley Center, Hope Cottage and Denali Elementary School before retirement.
Her family said: "Tirelessly and unselfishly she gave her time, her love, and her money to churches and charities both in Alaska and California."
In Anchorage, she worked and volunteered for the Salvation Army where she was fondly known as "Elle." She volunteered at Easter Seals, and as recently as last week, at Bean's Cafe. She also volunteered at the Anchorage Senior Center, Anchorage Pioneer Home and Muldoon Community Assembly.
In 1987, Mrs. Cox was recognized for her talent in restoration of Alaskan and Eskimo beadwork when her prayer necklace display took first place at the Alaska State Fair.
One of her lifelong desires was to locate and be reunited with her lost brother, Glenn, which she accomplished in 1990. They were reunited after 66 years.
Mrs. Cox is survived by her sons, Milburn Jr. of Newport News, Va., and Daniel of San Jose, Calif.; her daughters, Sharon Bate of Anchorage, Estella Cox of Redding, Calif., and Kovita Alcobandas of Fontana, Calif.; her brothers, George Littell of Grannis, Ark., and Glenn True of Ventura, Calif.; her sister, Maxine Knighten of Foreman, Ark.; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great- grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel.
--Anchorage Daily News (AK) - February 13, 1992

Vienna, MO--AUDREY CRAWFORD, 77, Vienna, died May 30, 1999, at Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City.
She was born Feb. 5, 1922, in Polk County, Ark., a daughter of Hubert and Molly Rhodes. She was married in 1944, in Arkansas, to Leroy Crawford, who died Feb. 19, 1974. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include: one son, Leroy Crawford Jr., Vienna; one brother, Odel Rhodes, Dublin, Va.; and two sisters, Estel Ashcraft and Helen Jewell, both of Arkansas.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home, Vienna. The Rev. Don Kelly will officiate. Graveside services and burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Fair View Cemetery, Roanoke, Va. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Thursday.
--Jefferson City News-Tribune (MO) - June 2, 1999.

CHARLOTTE, NC–CAROL DAVIS, Waitress, 54, of 411 N. Davis St. died April 10, 1995, at home. Funeral is 11 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Baptist Church in Lowell, where she was a member, with the Rev. James Drennan officiating. Burial will be in Westview Gardens in Bessemer City. Visitation is 7 to 8:30 tonight at Greene Funeral Service in Gastonia.
Mrs. Davis, a waitress at the Anytimes Restaurant in Gastonia, was born in Polk County, Ark., daughter of the late Jim and Hazel Sellers Riffle. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Clyde Lewis and Richard Seller.
Survivors are her husband, Larry W. Davis; sons, Leonard Davis, Larry Davis, Landry Davis; daughters, Mrs. Lesa Gellnee of Asheville; Ms. Susie Davis of Gastonia, Mrs. Cammie Carlin; brothers, Truman Riffle of Conway, Ark., Dave Seller of Miss.; 16 grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Leonard Davis, Larry Davis, Landry Davis, Eddie Dean, Gary Farmer, Bobby Davis, Johnathon Davis, Ricky Pittman.
--Charlotte Observer, The (NC) - April 12, 1995.

WOODLYN, PA–RAYMOND A. FRAMPTON, 64, formerly of Woodlyn, died of a heart attack May 17 while fighting a house fire in Mena, Ark.
Mr. Frampton was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Delaware County. He attended Chester schools and was a gradaute of Chester High School.
He owned and operated Frampton Signs in Woodlyn for 20 years before moving the business to Troy, Pa. He moved to Mena, Ark., in 1978, and continued to operate his sign business.
Mr. Frampton was deputy fire chief and arson investigator for the Ink Rural Volunteer Fire Company in Mena, Ark. He was a founding member of the company and was a former fire chief.
The firehouse in Mena, Ark., will be renamed in his honor, according to his sister, Terry Downey.
A decorated Navy veteran, Mr. Frampton served during World War II and the Korean War and earned a Purple Heart. He was a submariner and served on the USS. Dashiell and USS Cowell as a torpedo man, first class. He also served as a demolition expert with the Navy Frogmen.
As a hobby, Mr. Frampton bred and raced pigeons. He had 200 to 300 pigeons, and was considered an authority on pigeon flying; he wrote for magazines on the subject.
While in Chester, Mr. Frampton was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
He was the son of the late Alfred W. and Mildred Salter Frampton.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian; a daughter, Susan; a brother, Ronald Frampton, and his sister, Terry Downey.
A funeral service was held May 19 at the Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Ark. Interment was in Concord Cemetery, Mena, Ark. It was attended by 14 fire companies and American Legion Post members.
--Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) - May 28, 1989

June 1, 1904 --Jan. 7, 1995
Keyes, CA--Junice M. Gonzales, 90, of Keyes died Saturday at Evergreen Convalescent Hospital, Modesto.
Mrs. Gonzales was a native of Polk County, Ark. She lived in Keyes one year and previously lived in Atwater 19 years. She was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses.
She is survived by one granddaughter and four great-grandchildren.
A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. today at Wilson Family Funeral Chapel, Atwater. Burial will follow at Chowchilla District Cemetery.
--Modesto Bee, The (CA) - January 11, 1995.

MENA, Ark. –PAULINE RIDLE HRENICK, 73, of Mena, Ark., formerly of Girard, PA, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1997, at her home.
She was born in Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 27, 1923, daughter of the late Clyde Edgar Ridle and Flora Allen Ridle.
She lived in Girard until 5 1/2 years ago, when she moved to Mena.
Mrs. Hrenick was a housewife. She had worked at Viscose, Marx Toys and Stefanelli's Candies, and did catering services in her home. She enjoyed crafts, cooking, reading, traveling, caring for houseplants, and watching classic movies. She was an avid animal lover.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Steven Peter Hrenick, whom she married May 19, 1945, at Fort Knox, Ky.; a son, Bruce A. Hrenick; and four sisters, Anna, Frances, Ruth and Peggy.
Survivors include three daughters, Ruth Hrenick-Pitts and her husband, Noel, and Mary Hrenick Reeb and her husband, George, all of Mena, and Susan Hrenick-Pifer and her husband, David, of Erie; a granddaughter, Rachel L. Karpas of Pittsburgh; and four grandsons, Travis M. Bowen of Albion, Ryan K. Miller of Fairview, and Stevie and John Hrenick of Girard.
A memorial service was scheduled for today at the Presbyterian Church in Mena.
Burial will be at St. James Cemetery in Crossingville, (PA).
Arrangements are being handled by Hall Funeral Service of Mena.
--Erie Times-News (PA) - September 19, 1997

MIDLOTHIAN, TX-- THALA M. KENDRICK, 82, a retired bookkeeper, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, in Grand Prairie, TX.
Graveside service: 1 p.m. Friday in Moore Memorial Gardens.
Thala M. Kendrick was born June 25, 1915, in Polk County, Ark. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Kendrick, and son, James Curtis Kendrick.
Survivors: Sons, Charles and Larry Kendrick, both of Midlothian; daughter, Irma Alsup and Earlene Edwards, both of Midlothian, and Jane Britton of Lubbock, TX; brother, Charles Bowden of Wichita Falls, TX; sister, Ruth Oates of Waxahachie,TX; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Moore Funeral Home 1219 N. Davis Drive
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - January 23, 1998.

BRECKENRIDGE, TX - VIRGIE LEE of Breckenridge, a retired waitress, died Saturday (Dec 14, 1991) at an Abilene hospital. She was 77.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Melton Funeral Home in Breckenridge. Burial will be in Breckenridge Cemetery.
Mrs. Lee was born in Polk County, Ark., and had lived in Mena, Ark., before moving to Breckenridge in 1929. She was a Baptist.
Survivors: Daughter, Virgie Faye Wilson of Breckenridge; son, Leroy David Roberts of Breckenridge; mother, Ona Deramus of Breckenridge; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - December 16, 1991.

Former World Oil Editor Clarence Mantooth Dies
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, ARK. - CLARENCE F. MANTOOTH, a former oil and gas editor of the Tulsa World, died Tuesday in this retirement community near Hot Springs. He was 77.
Memorial services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at Village United Methodist Church under the direction of Caruth Hale Funeral Home. A native of Polk County, Ark., Mantooth attended Oklahoma State University for nearly two years before getting married and joining the Tulsa World in 1943. During World War II, he was in the Navy, stationed in the Aleutian Islands.
After the war, he rejoined the World and attended the University of Tulsa. He graduated in 1949 and became the public relations director for Tulsa Public Schools. In 1951, Mantooth became the World's associate oil and gas editor, and eventually became the oil and gas editor.
In 1956, he joined Sinclair Oil and Gas Co. in Tulsa as its public relations manager, a post he held until 1970, when he took a similar job with Columbia Gas and Transmission Co. in Wilmington, Del. He retired in 1983.
He was a member of several professional and civic organizations including the Tulsa Press Club and the Public Relations Society of America.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Hot Springs Village; a daughter, Linda Honig of Houston; a son, Franklin Tilden Mantooth of Oak Park, Ill.; a sister, Jewel Savage, and a brother, Harlan Mantooth, both of Okmulgee; and three grandchildren.
--Tulsa World (OK) - October 12, 1994

COMANCHE, TX - HENRY ELLIS MORPHEW, retired owner and operator of Sunshine Rest Home, died Saturday at a Comanche hospital. He was 99.
Funeral was Monday in Comanche.
Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Hall & Chaney Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Morphew was born in Polk County, Ark. He had lived in the Comanche area for 82 years after moving from Arkansas.
He had been manager of the Comanche Flour Milling Company. He was a member of Gartman View Free Will Baptist Church for 67 years.
Survivors: Wife, Era Louise Morphew of Comanche; two sons, Dalton Morphew of Monahans and J.C. Morphew of Monahans; daughter, Idell Coker of Comanche; two stepsons, Norman Mauldin of Blairstown, Mo., and Daniel Mauldin of Garnett, Kan.; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - July 6, 1993.

ANCHORAGE, AK--Services for OPAL LEA SIEFKER, a former longtime Anchorage resident, will be held Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Wapanucka, Okla.
Mrs. Siefker, 75, died Saturday, March 26, in Mena, Ark.
She lived in Anchorage from the early 1930s to the early '70s, when she retired and moved to Arkansas. While in Anchorage, she owned and operated a beauty salon and a greenhouse, Lea's Garden. She was also a nightclub owner and operator.
Born Oct. 5, 1912, in Polk County, Ark., she spent her childhood years in Wapanucka.
She was a member of the Eastern Star, Chapter No. 8 in Arkansas.
She leaves her brothers, J.G. and Beauford Reeder, both of Wapanucka, and Gayle Reeder, of Tishomingo, Okla.; and her sisters, Fran Rogers, of Oklahoma City, Joyce Hackworth, of Bromide, Okla., and Vera Brewer, of Milburn, Okla.
Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Wapanucka. Service arrangements were by Richard Smith Funeral Home of Tishomingo, Okla.
--Anchorage Daily News (AK) - March 29, 1988

Sun City Center, FL--JEAN DAVIS WADE, 79, of Sun City Center died Tuesday (Jan 7, 1992) in Tampa. A native of Polk County, Ark., he had lived in the Tampa Bay area 12 years, coming from Evanston, Ill. He was a photographer, a retired cartographer and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Sun City Center Golf Association and the United Community Church of Sun City Center. He is survived by his wife, Georgia; two daughters, Georgia Jean Roth and Margery Wade Wightman; and four grandchildren. Zipperer's Agape Mortuary and Crematory, Ruskin.   --Tampa Tribune, The (FL) - January 10, 1992.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--CARL WATKINS, 80, of Colorado Springs died Thursday in a local hospital. He had been a carpenter.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Swan-Law Funeral Home, 501 N. Cascade Ave. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Mr. Ron Carter officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Mr. Watkins was born Jan. 28, 1908, in Mena, Ark., to Rufus E. and Fannie B. (Cole) Watkins. He had lived in Colorado Springs since 1935. Mr. Watkins served in the Army as a private during World War II. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local for 43 years and the West Side Church of Christ.
He was married Oct. 15, 1931, in Polk County, Ark., to Grace Head, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Watkins is survived by two sons, Robert Carl of Colorado Springs and Phil of Searcy, Ark.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
--Gazette, The (Colorado Springs, CO) - June 1, 1988

CRAFTON, TX - JAY N. WILEY, 81, a retired auto mechanic, died Tuesday at a Decatur hospital. Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Crafton Baptist Church. Burial: Crafton Cemetery.
Jay N. Wiley was born Dec. 21, 1913, in Polk County, Ark.
Hawkins Funeral Home, Bridgeport, (817) 683-2211
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - December 21, 1995

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