OBITUARIES

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BARNES, Zenobia A. Ford

BASS, Mary J.

BELL, Betty J.

BRASWELL, Shelby

COLVIN, Frankye Ruth

COOK, Frances Lowery

CROSLEY, George Robert

ELDRIDGE, Iva Lee

MATTHEWS, Mary Elizabeth

PARKER, Ethel Crowell

RICE, Theron

TAYLOR, Benoid Coleman

WRIGHT, Frank



ASHTABULA, OH–ZENOBIA A. FORD BARNES, 70, of Bridge Street, Ashtabula, died Friday, March 14, 1997, at the residence of her son, Raymond, where she had been residing.
She was born in Union County, Ark., July 19, 1926, a daughter of the late Rev. Ernest and Rhoda Butler Ford.
She had lived in Ashtabula since 1947. Mrs. Barnes had worked many years in the dietary department of the Ashtabula County Medical Center before retiring in 1985. She was on the Mother's Board of People's Baptist Church, where she was a missionary and usher, and enjoyed
quilting in her spare time. She often spent Wednesdays visiting the sick and homebound members of the community.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Barnes, whom she married April 14, 1946, in Arkansas. He died in 1978. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Marshall and Maurice, in infancy; a sister, Verda Norman; and three brothers, Cardell, James and J.D.
In addition to her son, Raymond Barnes, survivors include a son, Rudy Barnes, of Ashtabula; two daughters, Annette Franklin of Erie and Amanda Thomas of Findlay; five brothers, J.C. and Milton, both of Urbana, Ark., Amos and T.J., both of Inkster, Mich. and Billy Gene of
Detroit, Mich.; and two sisters, Geraldine Kendrix of Crossett, Ark. and Florine George of El Dorado, Ark.
Friends may call at the People's Baptist Church, 3867 Ann Ave., Ashtabula, Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of services there at 1
p.m. The Rev. Dr. Sam Wells Jr. will officiate. Burial will be at Edgewood Cemetery.

Ducro Services, Inc., Ashtabula, is handling arrangements.  --Erie Times-News (PA) - March 17, 1997



Sikeston, MO.--MARY JO BASS, 53, of Sikeston, died July 26 (1989) at Missouri Delta Medical Center.  A native of Eldorado, AR, she was born April 3, 1936, the daughter of William Carter and Etta Bernice Carter Ware.  She was the wife of Rev. Thomas Neal Bass.
She was a member of Hunter Presbyterian Church, Chapter HB of PEO, and Coalesce Club.  She was a teacher's assistant at Sikeston Public Schools.
Survivors include her husband; one son, Benjamin Neal Bass of St. Louis; one daughter, Amy Lee Miller of Albuquerque, NM; one brother, William C. Ware Jr. of Dallas, TX; two sisters, Emily Lake of Austin, TX, Sara Paulk of Big Sandy, TX; two grandsons, Sean Miller and Matthew Bass; and one granddaughter, Erin Bass.
Private committal service was held July 28 at Garden of Memories Cemetery.  Memorial services were held July 28 at Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Edwin R. Short officiating.



HOBBS, NM--No services are planned for BETTY JEAN BELL, 84, of Hobbs. Betty died May 18, 2012, at Lea Regional Hospital. She was born January 18, 1928, in Wolco, OK, to Robert and Sarah Fisher. She married Dennis Bell in Elderado, AR. Betty was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church. Cremation will take place.
Betty graduated from the College of the Southwest and became a second grade teacher for the Hobbs School. Betty was a member of the Jubilee Choir. Many thanks to Desert Gardens for their loving care.
Surviving Betty are two brothers, Bobby D. Fisher, and wife Vi, of McKinney, TX, and Billy J. Fisher, and wife Joann, of Grand Saline, TX; a sister, Cleta Heath of Gulf Breeze, FL; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dennis
--Source: Chapel of Hope, Hobbs, New Mexico (Printed with permission).  Submitted by Erny Long.




WHITNEY, TX - SHELBY BRASWELL, 83, a driver for the City of Fort Worth Fire Department until his retirement in 1975, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, in Clifton.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Lake Episcopal Church in Laguna Park. Burial: Hillcrest Garden of Memory near Hillsboro.
Memorials: Our Lady of the Lake Episcopal Church in Laguna Park; or the 2604 Volunteer Fire Department near Whitney.
Shelby Braswell was born Dec. 2, 1914, in Union County, Ark.
He lived in the Fort Worth area most of his life. He had lived at Lake Whitney since 1975.
He was instrumental in forming the 2604 Volunteer Fire Department of Lake Whitney. He was a charter member of Our Lady of the Lake Episcopal Church at Laguna Park.
He married Lee Bailey Nov. 1, 1936, and she died Jan. 4, 1994. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Derek A. Braswell, May 19, 1986.
Survivors: Sons, Gary A. Braswell of Peaster, David H. Braswell of Whitney; daughter, Diane Lankston of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Kurt A. Braswell of Peaster, David E. Braswell of Springtown, Ra Lona Moran of Springtown, Timothy Lankston of Fort Worth; and great-grandchildren, Shena Darter of Springtown, Johnnie A. Braswell of Springtown and Bailie Moran of Springtown.
Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors Hillsboro
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - August 17, 1998


ST. PETERSBURG, FL--FRANKYE RUTH COLVIN, 79, of 5601 31st St. S, St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Feb. 22, 1989) at Whitehall Nursing Home. She was born in Rochester, Texas, but lived most of her life in Arkansas.
She came here in 1974 from Arkansas and lived here for six years before returning to Arkansas in 1980. She came back to St. Petersburg in 1984. She taught school in Union County, Ark., for 25 years. She received her bachelor's degree from Ouachita Baptist College and her master's degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She worked several years as an employment counselor for the Employment Security Division in El Dorado, Ark. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an honorary education fraternity, at the University of Arkansas. She w as a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the First Baptist Church in El Dorado, where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Locally, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg. Survivors include three daughters, Jo Beth Wisner, St. Petersburg, Charlotte Mayden, Great Bend, Kan., and Gail Carter, Fort Worth, Texas; two brothers, Jarvis Wells, Pine Bluff, Ark., and W. C. Wells, Mena, Ark.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Mathews-Palms Memorial Funeral Directors, St. Petersburg.
--St. Petersburg Times (FL) - February 26, 1989



DALLAS, TX–FRANCES LOWERY COOK--Burial services for Frances Lowery Cook, a longtime Dallas teacher, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Elmwood United Methodist Church in Oak Cliff.
Mrs. Cook, 58, died of cancer Monday at her Dallas home.
The Union County, Ark., native graduated from Southern Arkansas University in 1954 and moved to Dallas the next year to teach math at Gaston Middle School. She taught there for eight years, while completing a graduate degree at Southern Methodist University, before taking a 15-year break from teaching. In 1978, she resumed her teaching career at Cary Middle School, where she taught for one year before returning to Gaston. She later taught at Lincoln High School and in the mid-1980s transferred t o Thomas Jefferson High School. She was on medical leave when she died.
Mrs. Cook is survived by her husband, the Rev. Charles Cook of Dallas; two sons, Dr. Bill Cook of Pear-land and Robert Cook of Houston; a brother, Cecil Lowery of El Dorado, Ark.; and a sister, Martha Grigsby of Phoenix.
--Dallas Morning News, The (TX) - December 10, 1992



     ELDORADO, ARK--GEORGE ROBERT CROSLEY, 90, of 300 Thompson, a former business and civic leader in Union County, died Friday at a local nursing home after a long illness. Funeral services will be held today 2:30 PM at Young's Chapel with Dr. Don B. Harbuck officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Young's.

     Mr. Crosley was mayor of El Dorado from 1935 to 1939. His former civic and business associations included employment with the El Dorado Oil Mill and Fertilizer Co., the title and abstract business, tax collector under former Sheriff John W. Harmon and Sheriff Grady Wooley and the Alphin Estate, a post from which he retired in 1953.

     In 1969, Mr. Crosley stepped down as secretary of El Dorado Lodge No. 13, Free and Accepted Masonry, bringing to a close one of the longest terms of continual service in the annuals of local and state Masonry. He had filled the office for 38 years and had been a Mason since 1917.

     Mr. Crosley was born Oct 27, 1884 and was the son of Jane Eccles O'Leary and Frederic Atkinson Crosley.

     He moved to Union County in 1913 from his native village of Abbeville near Oxford, Miss. He had been associated with the York Blue Lodge No. 13; El Dorado Chapter No. 14, Royal Arch Masons; No. 52 Royal Select Masters and Gethsemane No. 31 Knights Templar, where he was the only surviving charter member. He served in numerous other capacities as a Mason and in 1946 was given the York Cross of Honor, one of the first two to be awarded in Arkansas.

     He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

     Survivors include his wife, Winnie Butler Crosley; a son, George Crosley Jr. of Muscatine, Iowa; a daughter, Mrs. Walter L. Wright; three grandchildren, Nathan Wisinger of El Dorado, Davis Crosley of Muscatine, Iowa and Miss Georgene Crosley of Beaumont, Tex. and two great-grandchildren.

     The family will be at the Walter L. Wright residence, 1015 W. Oak. Masonic graveside services will be conducted by Lodge 13, AF&AM. Pallbearers will be Grady R. Wooley, Carl E. Blake, Phil Owen, O. E. Bishop, Victor Lawton, Paul Butler, Francis Matthews, and James C. Fernald Jr.  Honorary pallbearers will be all members of Masonic Lodge 13 F&AM.  --El Dorado News-Times, Sunday, September 29, 1974; submitted by Kathie Marynik.

FORT WORTH, TX - IVA LEE ELDRIDGE, 74, a retired meat packer, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999, at a Fort Worth hospital.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at White's Azle Chapel. Burial: Ash Creek Cemetery in Azle.
Iva Lee Eldridge was born July 13, 1925, in Union County, Ark. She was a resident of the Fort Worth area since the 1930s.
She loved to sew when she was younger and was very devoted to her family. She was preceded in death by her children, Butch and Wayne.
Survivors: Husband, John Fox; brother, Rubin "Putt" Massey; sisters Wanda "Pauline" Kriz, Clara Frank and Helen Warren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
White's Funeral Home Azle.
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - October 30, 1999




BATON ROUGE, LA--MRS. MARY ELIZABETH  MATTHEWS, Died Saturday, Nov. 2, 1991, in Baton Rouge. She was 90, a native of Union County, Ark., former longtime resident of El Dorado, Ark., and resident of Baton Rouge since 1973. She was a homemaker and retired registered nurse.
Religious services at First Presbyterian Rowland Chapel at 11 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Charles Brown. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, El Dorado, Ark.
Survived by three daughters, Mrs. Anne Isch, Batesville, Miss., Mrs. Charles Dodds, McGehee, Ark., and Mrs. Joe A.Presley, Baton Rouge; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Benjamin Shelby Matthews; parents, David Rice and Betty Lauderdale McDonald; a brother, Albert J. McDonald; two sisters, Ella Nagle and Sue Witt; and a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Spears. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge. Young's Funeral Home, El Dorado, Ark., in charge of arrangements.  --Advocate, The (Baton Rouge, LA) - November 4, 1991



BATON ROUGE, LA--ETHEL CROWELL PARKER--A retired bookkeeper and a resident of Baton Rouge, she died at 5:05 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 1998, at The Guest House Nursing Home. She was 96 and a native of Union County, Ark. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., 8 a.m. Monday until religious services at 9 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Tom Denton. Graveside services at Riverview Burial Park, Monroe, at 2 p.m. Monday. Survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Parker Overton and John Overton, Baton Rouge; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Archie D. Parker Jr. and Genie Parker and Dr. Jack B. Parker and Marianne Parker, all of Baton Rouge; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Archie D. Parker Sr.; parents, Eugene Crowell and Sammie Cordelia Green Crowell; and three sisters. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons. She was a member of Laurel Lea Baptist Church and was queen of all nursing homes in Louisiana in 1993.
--Advocate, The (Baton Rouge, LA) - November 2, 1998



POCAHONTAS, AR--THERON RICE, 56, of 1108 Jones, Pocahontas, passed away at his home Saturday (Jan 10, 1987).  He was born Oct 14, 1930 in El Dorado, a son of Mrs. Armildred Gordon Rice and the late Homer Rice.
Mr. Rice was for many years active as an officail in Pocahontas Softball Assn., and he served several years as a commissioner with the Arkansas Softball Assn.
In addition to his mother who resides in Pocahontas, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Genelda Bradley Rice of the home; four sons, Brad, Jim, Charles and Thomas Rice, all of Pocahontas; a brother, Gordon Rice, also of Pocahontas; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday in Pyburn Street Church of Christ with G. W. Allison and Frank Foust officiating.  Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery with McNabb's in charge.  --Pocahontas Star Herald, Jan 15, 1987; contributed by Freda Roberts.



Union County, AR--BENOID COLEMAN TAYLOR died Thursday, Nov. 15, 1990, in El Dorado, Ark. He was 80, a native of La Pier, Ark., and resident of Union County, Ark. He was employed by Shell Oil Company for 29 years as a plant supervisor.
Religious services at Young's Funeral Home, El Dorado, Ark., at 2 p.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Tommy Mellinger. Burial in Arlington Cemetery, El Dorado, Ark.
Survived by wife, Artie Mills Taylor, El Dorado; two brothers, Vernon Taylor and Huger H. Taylor, both of El Dorado; a number of nieces; and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Robert John and Dixie Mary Cameron Taylor. He was of the Baptist faith.  --Advocate, The (Baton Rouge, LA) - November 17, 1990.



AZLE, TX - FRANK WRIGHT, 84, an oil pumper, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997, at an Azle nursing home.
Funeral: 2:30 p.m. Monday at White's Azle Funeral Home. Burial: Azleland Cemetery. Visitation: 8 a.m. Monday to service time at the funeral home.
Mr. Wright was born Oct. 3, 1913, in Union County, Ark. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He married Margaret Lowder Carr on Aug. 30, 1947, and they celebrated their golden anniversary in August.
Survivors: Wife, Margaret Wright of Azle; daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy and Paul Cherryhomes and Joann Freeman, all of Azle, Elaine and Cesar DeMichielli of Granbury; sister, Reva Evans of Eldorado, Ark.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
White's Funeral Home Azle.
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - December 22, 1997



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