OBITUARIES

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CHANEY, Horace Raymond

CLARK-JOHNSON, Hazel (Lawson)

COLLINS, Clarence Jr.

DAVIS, Carrie Elizabeth

DUFFEL, Hollis E.

EASON, Lillian Inez Sorrels

GAINES, Paul Thomas

HUFFMAN, Herman Glenford

KYLE, Lewis "Slick"

KYLE, Milton

MILLER, Alphonzo Trent

PEGG, Freddy L., Jr.

PEGG, William Ira

PERRY, Bobby Gene

PULLEY, Cecil G.

SMITH, Marjorie Friar

TAYLOR, Onedith Browning

THOMPSON, Vercie Annette Covington

WILLIAMSON, Frances Louise

WILLIAMSON, Isiah

MC CRORY, AR--HORACE RAYMOND CHANEY, 94, of McCrory, retired merchant, died Sunday at his home after a long illness. Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson- Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory with burial in Fakes Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark.
He was a member of McCrory United Methodist Church and was a former McCrory alderman. He leaves his wife, Johnie Harris Chaney. His local survivors include two daughters, Miss Frances Chaney of Memphis and Mrs. Virginia Williams of West Memphis.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - August 22, 1990



YORK, PA - HAZEL L. CLARK-JOHNSON, 83, of York, formerly of Forrest City, Ark., died Sunday at York County Hospital and Home.
The service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Friendship Baptist Church, 651 E. King St., York. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery. Viewing will be 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. The Boulding Mortuary Inc., Boundary and Cleveland avenues, York, is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Clark-Johnson was born Jan. 30, 1914, in Woodruff County, Ark. She was the daughter of the late Luther and Lizzie (Turner) Lawson.
She was a missionary for New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Forrest City. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star Fredonia Chapter 62 in Forrest City.
Mrs. Clark-Johnson is survived by two sons, Larry D. Clark of Arlington, Texas, and Woody Johnson of Chicago; four daughters, Willa Odom of Los Angeles, Hazel M. Washington of Fort Raleigh, Kan., Shirley Mapalo of Arlington, Texas, and Ruthie Watson of York; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and two sisters, Ruby James of Indianapolis and Beatrice Spencer of Milwaukee. Mrs. Clark-Johnson was preceded in death by two daughters, Virginia Clark and Erma M. Clark.
Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Benjamin T. Haley Sr., pastor of Friendship Baptist Church.
--York Daily Record (PA) - December 2, 1997



KANSAS CITY, MO--CLARENCE COLLINS JR., 76, Kansas City, MO, in Clay County, died January 13, 1999, at North Kansas City Hospital. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, January 15, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1402 NE 42nd Terrace; burial in Resurrection Cemetery North. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Thursday at McGilley Antioch Chapel, where the rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m.
Mr. Collins was born February 18, 1922, in Augusta, AR, and lived in this area since 1977. Previously he had lived in Laredo, MO. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church. Mr. Collins was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served for three years during WWII. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was a member of VFW. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and retired in 1983 after 36 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Collins, of the home; two sons, Dennis Collins, Kansas City, and Mark Collins, Laurie, MO; a daughter, Suzanna Coppock, Kansas City; a sister, Billy Jean Waldren, Sikeston, MO; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
(Arrangements: McGilley Antioch Chapel)
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - January 14, 1999


Memphis, TN--CARRIE ELIZABETH DAVIS, 93, of Memphis, formerly of Woodruff County, Ark., homemaker, died of heart failure Sunday at Shelby Pines Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home McCrory (Ark) Chapel with burial in Woodman Cemetery near there.  She was a Baptist.
--The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN, Aug 26, 1997.



AKRON, OH–HOLLIS E. DUFFEL, 79, of Akron, passed away Sept. 29, 1996, in Memphis, Tenn.
Born in Woodruff County, Ark., on Sept. 11, 1917, he moved to the Akron area, where he retired from the Ohio Mechanical Handling Co.
Preceded in death by wife, Jennie E., and daughter, Darlene, he is survived by his loving son, David P. Duffel of Akron; brothers, Morris of Searcy, Ark., and Vernon Duffel of Sedona, Ariz.; sisters, Ola Garrison of Moscow, Tenn., Dorris Marlett of Gainesville, Mo., and Learlean Downs of Houston, Texas.
Funeral service will be Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, at 1 p.m. at the Schermesser Funeral Home, South Main Street Chapel, 1446 S. Main St., with Rev. Winston Pike officiating. Calling hours will be Sunday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment at Glendale Cemetery.
(Schermesser, South Main Street Chapel.)
--Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - October 5, 1996.



MEMPHIS, TN--LILLIAN INEZ SORRELS EASON, 81, of Memphis, formerly of McCrory, Ark., died Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory with burial in Woodman Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark.
Mrs. Eason, the widow of Charles Alfred Eason, leaves three daughters, Barbara Inez Berry of Philadelphia, Pa., Donna J. Harwood of Collierville and Linda Jo Gilman of Davie, Fla.; two sisters, Edna Mae Studley of Alexandria, Va., and Eloise Jones o f Chantilly, Va., 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - November 8, 1992.



MC CRORY, ARK--PAUL THOMAS GAINES, 70, of McCrory, farmer and landowner, died Friday at Cross County Hospital in Wynne, Ark. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Morton Baptist Church near McCrory, where he was a member, with burial in Woodman Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark. Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of McCrory has charge.
He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, and a member of McCrory Masonic Lodge No. 190 and American Legion Post No. 112 in McCrory.
Mr. Gaines, the husband of Grace Gaines, also leaves local survivors including a daughter, Susie Rowland of Memphis.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - December 7, 1992



MEMPHIS, TN--HERMAN GLENFORD HUFFMAN, 82, of Memphis, retired from Baptist Memorial Hospital, died Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with graveside services at 2 p.m. Monday in Fakes Chapel Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark. Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of McCrory, Ark., has charge.
Mr. Huffman, the husband of Cleo Pittman Huffman, also leaves two daughters, Shirley Bivins of Smyrna, Tenn., and Jo Ann Miller of New Albany, Miss.; a son, Jerry Huffman of Huntsville, Ala.; two sisters, Lois Clingan and Hazel Holt, both of Iuka, Miss.; two brothers, Preston Cagle of Fulton, Miss., and Dempsey Cagle of Belmont, Miss., 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - June 27, 1993



Memphis, TN--LEWIS "SLICK" KYLE, 80, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Woodruff County, Ark., and Memphis, retired television service manager for Sears in Memphis, died of heart failure on Jan. 17 in Fort Myers.  Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory with burial in Woodman Cemetery there.  He was a World War II Army veteran.  Mr. Kyle, the widower of Cleo Sue Looney Kyle, leaves two daughters, Judi Wright of Fort Myers and Becky Tous of Hudson, Ohio; a sister, Velma Bailey of Pocahontas, Ark.; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchilden.



MC CRORY, AR--MILTON 'BANTY' KYLE, 70, of McCrory, farmer and retired meat-cutter, died Sunday after an automobile accident on U.S. 64 near Augusta, Ark. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory with burial in Fakes Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark.
He was a Baptist and a World War II Coast Guard veteran.
His Memphis survivors include a son, Michael L. Kyle, and a sister, Mrs. Velma Bailey.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - August 6, 1991



FORT WORTH - ALPHONZO TRENT MILLER, 67, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at a local hospital.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Baker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Skyvue Memorial Garden, Fort Worth. Visitation: 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Alphonzo Trent Miller was born June 16, 1932, in Cavell, Ark. He was the son of the late Malachi and Anna Taylor Miller and grew up in Woodruff County, Ark. Al was a graduate of Arkansas AM & N College in Pine Bluff and continued his studies at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Miller worked for the Social Security Administration, EEOC, EEO and Department of Agriculture during his 34 years service in the federal government. He came to Fort Worth 20 years ago and retired as civil rights officer for the Federal Aviation Administration in 1989.
He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Survivors: Wife, W. Mae Miller of Fort Worth; son, Alphonzo P. Miller and wife, Paula of Bryan-College Station; daughters, Lydia Joann Miller of Garland and Karen Miller Wilson of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Nicole Miller, Matthew Miller and Allison Miller; and many other family members and friends.
Baker Funeral Home 301 E. Rosedale St., 332-4468
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - July 27, 1999


MEMPHIS, TN--FREDDY L. PEGG JR., 35, of Houston, formerly of Memphis and Bartlett, died Thursday in Houston after a long illness. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory, Ark., with burial in Fakes Chapel Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark.
He was a Navy veteran.
Mr. Pegg leaves a daughter, Morgan Pegg of Savannah, Tenn.; a son, Jason Pegg of Memphis; his mother, Norma Kay Fitzcharles of Spring, Texas; his father, Fred. L. Pegg of Memphis; a sister, Linda Turnage of Spring, and two brothers, Mark Pegg of Houston and Michael Pegg of Memphis.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - March 13, 1993.



COUNCE, TN--WILLIAM IRA PEGG, 74, of Counce, formerly of Memphis and McCrory, Ark., retired employee of Sears, Roebuck and Co., died Wednesday at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory with burial in Fakes Chapel Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark.
He was a member of Coast Guard Auxiliary and Pickwick Yacht Club.
Pegg, the widower of Janie James Pegg, leaves two daughters, Ms. Patricia Edington of Marion and Ms. Marianne Milligan of Michie, Tenn.; two sons, Fred L. Pegg and William Pegg Jr., both of Memphis; two sisters, Ms. Lucille Thomson and Ms. Juanita Watwood, both of Nash, Texas; three brothers, Charlie Pegg and Erman D. Pegg, both of Nash, and L. L. Pegg of McCrory, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family requests any memorials be sent to the American Heart Association or Methodist Hospital Foundation.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - August 23, 1991.



INDEPENDENCE, M0–BOBBY GENE PERRY, 55, Independence, died Feb. 4, 1993, at the Independence Regional Health Center. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Independence Chapel; burial in Mount Washington Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the chapel. Mr. Perry was born in Woodruff County, Ark., and had lived in this area since 1959. He was a service technician for Consolidated Freightways for 27 years.. He was an Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Loucille Perry of the home; two sons, Mike Perry, Fort Worth, Texas, and Ronnie Perry, McCrory, Ark.; a daughter, Pamela Young, Independence; four brothers, Charles Perry, Hunter, Ark., Ray Perry, Los Gatos, Calif., Fred Perry, Pangburn, Ark., and Thomas Perry, Searcy, Ark.; a sister, Jewell Longrader, Hunter; and four grandchildren.
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - February 5, 1993



PORTLAND, OR--A funeral for CECIL G. PULLEY of North Portland will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Peninsula Church of Christ. Interment will be in Lincoln Memorial Park.
He died of lung cancer Wednesday in his home at the age of 81.
Mr. Pulley was born Jan. 3, 1909, in Woodruff County, Ark. He married Louise Gaddis on Dec. 15, 1933, in Leachville, Ark. He had lived in Portland since 1953.
A maintenance worker, Mr. Pulley had worked for the Portland Parks Bureau for a number of years until his retirement in 1974. He was a member of Peninsula Church of Christ.
Survivors besides his wife include a daughter, Frances Dix of Prineville; a brother, Lindsay of Arkansas; three sisters, Vera Stuckey and Mary Etta Stewart, both of Arkansas, and Kathy Huckabay of Livermore, Calif.; three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
The family suggests remembrances be contributions to Columbia Christian College or Emanuel Hospital & Medical Center's hospice program.
--Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - August 11, 1990

MRS. MARJORIE SMITH, 100, of Tamms, IL, passed away at 4:02 p.m., November 14, 2006 in Daystar Care Center in Cairo, IL. Mrs. Smith was born Aug. 3, 1906 in Augusta, Ark. to the late Ernest and Ophelia Friar. After the death of her parents in 1926, she moved to Tamms and married the late Jeff Ford in 1927. After the death of Mr. Ford, she met and married the late Mr. Elmer Smith.
She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age. She joined Trinty Baptist Church in Tamms for a short while, then united with Second Baptist Church in Tamms. She remained a faithful member until her health failed. Mrs. Smith was the oldest of the original members of Second Baptist Church. Her favorite song was, "This Little Light of Mine." Mrs. Smith loved the Lord with all her heart, mind, soul and strength.
She served the church as the Superintendent of Sunday School, church treasurer, Sunday school teacher, member and vice-president of the missionary society, and was the oldest church mother. She was faithful until death and there is now laid up for her a crown of righteousness. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Left to cherish her memory are a cousin and a nephew; nieces and nephews by marriage; a special friend who cared for her as if she were her own mother, Mrs. Marjorie La Grone; and a host of good friends and neighbors.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Second Baptist Church in Tamms with the Rev. James E. Anderson, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Spencer Heights Cemetery in Mounds, IL. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. --Courtesy of The Southern Illinoisan, 11/15/2006.

GREENWOOD - ONEDITH BROWNING TAYLOR, 69, native of Woodruff County, Ark., co-owner and operator of Taylor's Fabric and Foam Shop, died Thursday (Nov 30, 1995) at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi after a stroke. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Church of God with burial in Pumpkin Bend Cemetery in McCrory, Ark. Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of McCrory and Wynne, Ark., has charge. She was a member of Greenwood Church of God. Mrs. Taylor, the husband of Burnest B. Taylor, also leaves two sons, Harvey H. Taylor and Jimmy W. Taylor, both of Greenwood; a sister, Thelma Mae Ball of Indianapolis, Ind., eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - December 1, 1995.



MC CRORY, ARK--VERCIE ANNETTE COVINGTON THOMPSON, 78, of McCrory, formerly of Alicia, Ark., died Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in McCrory with burial in Woodman Cemetery in Woodruff County, Ark.
She was a member of Arbor Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Hoxie, Ark.
Mrs. Thompson, the widow of William Marion Thompson, leaves local survivors including a daughter, Annette Henderson of Memphis.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - October 21, 1992

RIVERDALE, FL--FRANCES LOUISE WILLIAMSON, 70, of Riverdale, died Thursday at Royal Oaks Nursing Home in Dade City.
A native of Woodruff County, Ark., she moved to this area 30 years ago from Missouri.
She is survived by three sons, Sonny of Dade City, Dannie of Tampa, and Jim Sr. of Trilby; her mother, Gladys Hallman of Dade City; a brother, Carthal Hallman of St. Petersburg; three sisters, Magdalene Thomas of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Dorothy Garza of Arcadia, and Mildred Bowerman of Brinkley, Ark.; four grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Oakley Funeral Home, Dade City.
--Tampa Tribune, The (FL) - May 28, 1997

PLANT CITY, FL--ISIAH WILLIAMSON, 66, of Plant City died Saturday at South Florida Baptist Hospital, Plant City.
A native of Woodruff County, Ark., he moved to Plant City eight months ago from Richland. He was a farm laborer, a member of the Church of God, a Mason and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by two sons, Junior of Tampa and Ronnie of Dade City; two daughters, Kathy of St. Catherine and Karen of Dade City; six brothers; six sisters; and several grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills.
--Tampa Tribune, The (FL) - June 25, 1993.




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