OBITUARIES

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ALLEN, George Clayton

AUSTIN, Ina Melton

BROWN, Susan Tate

BUCKLES, Gladys B.

CLARK, Russell J.

COFFEY, Edward L.

DOUGLAS, Maggie E.

GABBARD, Lucille T.

GARDNER, Wilma C.

GILBERT, Kathryn Elvira Penrose

HEFNER, Sybil

HILL, Minnie E.

KING, Velma M.

KIRK, Georgia Lee

MILLER, Earmer R. Whorton

MULLEN, Ruth Frances Wilkins

NICHOLS, Charles B.

ODAWARE, Cora Mae

OLIVER, Winnie D.

PAYNE, James Oscar

REMER, Thomas Adam

SHEPHERD, Idell

STURDIVANT, Elbert E.

WILLETT, Willie A.



RAYMORE, MO--GEORGE CLAYTON ALLEN, 70, Raymore, MO, passed away January 27, 1999, at St. Joseph Health Center of cancer. Burial will be 2 p.m. Sunday, January 31, in Mt. Springs Cemetery, Yell County, AR. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday, January 29, at E.K. George & Sons Belton Chapel, where a eulogy service will be held at 8 p.m.
Mr. Allen was born November 19, 1928, in Independence, MO. He was a member of Teamsters 541 and retired from Lone Star Concrete after 20 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles & Gladys Allen, and sister, Katherine Hamill. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mildred Allen, of the home; two daughters, Phyllis Van Camp, Belton, MO, and Nancy & her husband, David Whistance, Lee's Summit, MO; a son, Paul Allen, Belton, MO; seven grandchildren, Melissa Burton, Malynda Van Camp, Angela and Jon Whistance, Barbara, Samantha and Rahne Allen. He will be missed.
(Arrangements: E.K. George & Sons Belton Chapel)
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - January 28, 1999


INDEPENDENCE, MO–INA MELTON AUSTIN, 84, Independence, died Nov. 30, 1991, at the home. She was born in Yell County, Ark., and moved to Independence 66 years ago.
Mrs. Austin was a member of the Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Carol J. Mays, Independence; two sisters, Ora Carey, Lee's Summit, and Alma Henker, Anderson, Mo.; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Speaks Midtown Chapel; burial in Mount Washington Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the chapel.
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - December 1, 1991


KANSAS CITY, MO--SUSAN TATE BROWN, 88, Kansas City, MO, died Friday, March 21, 1997, at Research Medical Center.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at D. W. Newcomer's Sons Longview Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to organizations that benefit victims of domestic violence or the St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary.
Mrs. Brown was born September 22, 1908, in Danville, Yell County, AR, the daughter of Thomas H. and Mary Ann Tate.
Mrs. Brown was a resident of Kansas City since 1934. She was employed as a commercial real estate agent, primarily with Hardin-Stockton Realtors and with Varnum, Armstrong, Deeter.
After retirement from real estate in 1980, she was employed as a commercial property manager with various real estate management companies. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross during World War II. In recent years, she volunteered for St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary. She married Merl O. Brown in 1933 in Benton, AR, who preceded her in death in 1964.
Survivors include one son, Jim T. Lacy, Sr., one granddaughter, Mona Lacy-Wilkerson, grandsons, Josef Lacy and Lee Lacy, all of Lee's Summit; one grandson, Jim T. Lacy, Jr., Dallas, TX; and one sister, Elizabeth Ann Chronister, Ft. Myers, FL. She was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.
(Arrangements: D. W. Newcomer's Sons Longview Funeral Home)
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - March 23, 1997


MOUNT PULASKI, IL –GLADYS B. BUCKLES, 83, of Danville, Ark., formerly of Mount Pulaski, died at 6:15 a.m. April 12 (1991) at North Logan Mercy Hospital in Paris, Ark. Graveside services will be at noon Tuesday at Mount Pulaski Cemetery. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski, is in charge of arrangements. Surviving are her husband, Floyd, and one niece.
--State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - April 20, 1991.


KANSAS CITY, MO–RUSSELL J. CLARK, 69, Dardanelle, Ark., formerly of Kansas City, died Aug. 1, 1993, at a hospital in Dardanelle.
Burial was in Petillo Hill Cemetery, Centerville, Ark.
Mr. Clark was born in Centerville and lived in Kansas City before moving to Dardanelle five years ago. He was a machine operator for the Simmons Mattress Co., retiring in the late 1980s. He was a member of the Harmony Free Will Baptist Church, Dardanelle. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include a son, James R. Clark, and a daughter, Marlena C. Clark, both of Kansas City, Kan.; three sisters, Lawena Yeager, Florissant, Mo., Annalee Clark, Lee's Summit, and Bennie Patterson, Manhattan, Kan.; and a grandson.
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - August 5, 1993


CAMARILLO, CA–EDWARD L. COFFEY, age 78 of Camarillo, died Sunday Dec. 12 1999.
He was born Feb. 1 1921 in Yell County Ark. the son of Seth and Cleo Coffey. He was raised on a farm and was mobilized with the Arkansas National Guard during WWII following graduation from Dardanelle High School. He served 21 years in the U.S. Army and after retirement worked 24 years with TI Corp. He was devoted to his family and served in various capacities in the churches he attended. He eventually became an avid golfer.
He was preceded in death by John H. Coffey son; Jack Coffey brother; Lavada Benefield sister; and George Coffey brother.
He is survived by Jewel (Judy) Coffey his spouse for 55 years; Edward L. Coffey Jr. son of Huntsville Texas; Adaline McCurdy sister of Dardanelle Ark.; Mae Jones sister of Burlington Okla.; Betty Jean Scott sister of Dardanelle Ark.; Polly Merritt sister of Dardanelle Ark; Jim Coffey brother of Dardanelle Ark.; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 15 1999 at the Conejo Mountain Funeral Home Chapel of the Islands. Burial will follow with Pastor James Hermeling from Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Camarillo officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Conejo Mountain Memorial Park & Funeral Home 2052 Howard Road Camarillo Calif.
--Ventura County Star (CA) - December 15, 1999.


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK–MAGGIE E. (DOUGIE) DOUGLAS, 93, OKC, passed away Sept. 22, 1988. Born July 21, 1895 in Yell County, Ar. She was a long time resident of Choctaw and Bethany, Ok.
Survived by daughters, Norma and husband, Arnold Cupples of OKC, Agnes and husband, Dyer Finley of Parsons, Ks.; grandsons, Tom Cupples of OKC, Bill Finley, Portland, Tx.; granddaughter, Beverly Hodges of OKC; great grandsons, Tommy Cupples, Norman, Scott Finley, Abilene, Tx.; great granddaughter, Tammy Chamberlain, Beaumont, Tx.; nieces and nephews, also a host of friends. Service 11am Monday, Bill Merritt Chapel Bethany.
--Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - September 24, 1988


MANTECA, CA–LUCILLE T. GABBARD, (Oct. 27, 1907-Nov 20, 1992) 85, of Manteca died Friday at St. Dominic's Hospital.
Mrs. Gabbard was a native of Dardanelle, Ark., and had lived in Tracy for 45 years before moving to Manteca a year ago. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
She is survived by her children, Lemoyne Gabbard of Modesto, Norma Cook, Marilyn Garris, William Gabbard and Katherine Burchett, all of Tracy, and Mary Pickering of Valley Springs; sister, Mary Adams of Branson, Mo., Modene Ash of Wasco and Anna Wilhite of Salinas; brother, Bill Tilman of Dardanelle, Ark. and 25 grandchildren.
A funeral is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday at Hotchkiss Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be at the New Hope Cemetery in Dardanelle, Ark. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the chapel.
--Modesto Bee, The (CA) - November 22, 1992


Norfolk, VA–WILMA C. GARDNER, 82, died March 27, 1998.  Born in Yell County, Ark., she was the widow of Vernon J. Gardner and was a member of Norfolk Church of Christ.
Survivors include her son, Thomas Gardner of Norfolk; a sister, Eslie Hopkins of Dardanelle, Ark.; a brother, Jack D. Maddon of Norwalk, Calif.; two grandchildren, Mark Gardner and Tony Gardner, both of Norfolk; two great-grandchildren, Evan Gardner and Shelby Gardner, both of Norfolk.
The body will be sent from Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel, to Fentress Mortuary, Fort Smith, Ark., for services and burial on Tuesday in Fort Smith National Cemetery.
-- Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA) - March 28, 1998.


DARDANELLE, Ark. - KATHRYN ELVIRA PENROSE GILBERT, 91, a homemaker, died Friday, May 9, 1997, in Dardanelle, Ark.  Graveside service: 3:30 p.m. Monday in Greenwood Memorial Park.
Kathryn Elvira Penrose Gilbert was born May 2, 1906, in Penrose, Ark. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Gilbert, and her parents, W. J. and Ethyl Penrose.
Survivors: Brothers, Robert Penrose of Walnut Creek, Calif.; sisters, Bea Grace of Dardanelle, Ark., Elizabeth Jane King of Forrest City, Ark. and Margaret Mantle of Forrest City, Ark.
Greenwood Funeral Home 3100 White Settlement Road, 336-0584
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - May 12, 1997


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK–SYBIL “AVIE” HEFNER, born December 14, 1912, Dardanelle, Ar, died July 18, 1997 in Fremont, Ca. Former cook at Baptist Boys Ranch, Edmond.
Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Reba Jo and Robert Moorman of Fremont; son-in-law, Earl Pitts of Williamsburg, Va. Grandmother of Anne Moorman, Tn, Guerin Moorman, Mn, Scott Pitts, Fl, Jeff Pitts, NC, and Steve and Lee Pitts, West Germany. "Mamo" of Rachael and Brooke Moorman, Ali, Timothy and Shanno Pitts. She is also survived by her sisters, Vera Tarr, OKC, Edith Lewis, Midwest City, and Frances Peterson, Barstow, Ca.
Her husband, Lee Hefner, died in 1961 and her daughter, Janelle Pitts, died in 1992. She was predeceased by her sisters, Bea, Dorothy and Bertalene.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, in her memory to Baptist Boys Ranch, 5100 SE 33, Edmond, Ok 73013 or American Cancer Society.
Memorial services will be held at Baptist Boys Ranch, Edmond, 135 N. Exit 33rd East, 1 mile north of Memorial Rd, at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 2, and burial was held at Highland Cemetery in Lawton, Ok.
--Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - July 31, 1997.


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK–MINNIE E. HILL, age 94 of 1319 NW 1, died March 24 after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 4, 1889 in Yell County AR, and has been a resident of OKC since the early 1940's, having moved from Arkansas.
She was a Methodist and a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include 4 daughters, Gertrude Strait, Macie Ashley, Velma Stevenson, Mary Glasgow, 1 son Benton Hill, all of OKC. Also survived by 19 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 4 pm, Saturday, in the Guardian Funeral Home Midtown Chapel, with interment in Resthaven Cemetery.
--Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - March 26, 1983


POCAHONTAS, AR--MISS VELMA M. KING, 80, of Dardanelle, passed away Monday in the Dardanelle Hospital.  
She is survived by four brothers, Robert King of Paducah, KY, Leo King of Pocahontas and Cleo and Gerald King of Biggers (AR); a sister, Mrs. Wanda Wiemann, also of Biggers; an uncle Luther McMillen of Pocahontas.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m, Wednesday in the Biggers Baptist Church with Rev. Loy Culver officiating.  Burial followed in Hite Cemetery with McNabb's in charge.  --Pocahontas Star Herald, Jan 15, 1987; contributed by Freda Roberts.


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK–GEORGIA LEE KIRK, 80, Midwest City, died Sat., May 25, 1996. She was born April 5, 1916 in Yell County, AR to Ferdinand and Ada (Horton) Herzfeld. She was a homemaker.
She married Kyle Kirk on July 7, 1934 in Okmulgee, OK.
She is survived by 4 sons, Kyle Kirk of Choctaw, Allen Kirk of Midwest City, Norman Kirk of Okla. City, and Larry Kirk of Arcadia; 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was a member of I00F Rebecca Lodge No. 151 of Del City for over 40 years.
Services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 29, 1996 in Bill Eisenhour Southeast Chapel with burial in Sunny Lane Cemetery.
-- Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - May 27, 1996.


DARDANELLE, ARK. -- MRS. EARMER R. MILLER, 86, of Dardanelle, Ark., died Friday, April 17, 1998, in Dardanelle.
Mrs. Miller was born Jan. 8, 1912, in Piney, Ark. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney A. and Nora L. Nordin Whorton; her husband, Frank Miller; a son, Sidney Miller; and a daughter, Joy Miller.
Survivors include a son, Billie Fred Miller of Biloxi; two brothers, Sidney Whorton and Howard Whorton, both of Vallejo, Calif.; two sisters, Lorene Butler and Helen Moore, both of Dardanelle; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A service will be at 2 p.m. today at Cornwell Funeral Home Chapel in Dardanelle, where friends may call 45 minutes before service time. Burial will be in Petillo Hill Cemetery.
--Sun Herald, The (Biloxi, MS) - April 20, 1998


Flora, Ill. — RUTH FRANCES MULLEN, 98, of Noble, (IL) died at 6:25 a.m. Thursday, May 27, 2010, at Flora Rehab & Health Care Center in Flora.
There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Rose Lawn Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark.  Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Mullen was born September 13, 1911, in Havana, Ark., the daughter of Charles E. and Willie (Vinsett) Wilkins. She married Jack Willard Mullen on September 21, 1935, in Riley, Ark. He preceded her in death on March 28, 1978.
She was a homemaker. She was a member of Ingraham Christian Church. She loved her church work and enjoyed quilting and sewing.
Mrs. Mullen is survived by her daughter, Patty Junkins, of Noble; two grandsons, Jay Sheffield and his wife, Kathleen, of Libby, Mont., and Mark Sheffield and his wife, Suzie, of Madison, Miss.; and three great-grandchildren, Michael, Hunter and Allison.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles E. and Willie Wilkins, brother, Charles Edward Wilkins, and sister, Oda Corbin.
–Olney (IL) Daily Mail, May 27, 2010.


ROCK HILL, NC - MR. CHARLES B. NICHOLS, 65, of Rt 2, Box 1436, Dardanelle, Ark., died Jan. 21, 1996 at St. Mary's Hospital.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. at Forest Hills Cemetery with Rev. Harold ''Bo'' Coleman officiating. Visitation is 7-9 p.m. today at Greene Funeral Home.
Mr. Nichols, formerly of Rock Hill, was a retired electrical contractor and a member of Oakland Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Korean War.
Mr. Nichols is survived by his wife, Paula B. Nichols of Dardanelle, Ark; his mother, Evelyn M. Nichols of Dardanelle, Ark.; two sons, Mike Nichols of Rock Hill and Dennis Nichols of Dayton, TN; his granddaughter, whom he raised, Christina Nichols of Columbia, SC; and three additional grandchildren.
Greene Funeral Home is in charge.
--Charlotte Observer, The (NC) - January 25, 1996


SLIDELL, LA–CORA MAE ODAWARE, a retired school lunchroom worker, died Tuesday of heart disease at Slidell Memorial Hospital. She was 64.
Mrs. Odaware was born in Yell County, Ark., and lived in Slidell for the past 32 years. She worked at Florida Avenue Elementary School for 10 years.
Survivors include a son, Phillip Wayne Odaware; two daughters, Brenda O. Kelt and Sarah Ann White; a brother, William Grigsby; six sisters, Winnie Galarza, Shirley Toney, Bobby Robertson, Connie Cooper, Betty Brister and Jean Grigsby; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will begin at 7 p.m.
--Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - July 23, 1997


HOOKER, OK--WINNIE D. OLIVER, 77, long time Hooker resident, died at Deaconess Hospital in OKC Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1991, following a lengthy illness. She was born to Mac and Deliaha Mott Aug. 26, 1913 in Yell County, Ar. She married Lloyd E. Oliver Sept. 18, 1933 at Ft. Smith, Ar. They moved to Hooker in 1948 and made it their home since.
She was a housewife/homemaker and was a cook for the Hooker Public Schools for a number of years. She was a member of the Hooker First Baptist Church and Baptist Women's Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother and 2 sisters. Survivors include her husband, Lloyd of the home; a son, Loyd Lee of OKC; a daughter, Mrs. Glen (Peggy) Collins of Pawnee, Ok.; 9 grandchildren, Karen Rich, Terry Oliver, Linda Randall, Debbi e Turner, James Oliver, Barbara Martin, Doug Pauls, Brenda Wheeler, and Steve Collins; 12 great grandchildren and 1 sister.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at 10:00 a.m. at the Hooker First Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Lee officiating. Interment will be in the Hooker Cemetery, under the direction of Roberts Brothers Funeral Home of Hooker.
--Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - August 17, 1991


VALIER, MT -JAMES OSCAR PAYNE, 68, a longtime Valier-area resident, died of emphysema Sunday at a Shelby medical center.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Pondera Funeral Home of Conrad is in charge of cremation and arrangements.
Payne was born April 4, 1930, in Danville, Ark., and moved in 1958 to Montana. On Sept. 23, 1958, he married Patricia Yeager in Dillon.
He worked on farms and ranches in the Valier area, then in 1972 began working at the Valier Cenex station. He worked there until he was diagnosed with emphysema in 1987.
Surviving are his wife of Valier; three daughters, Debra Brodeur of Lincoln and Rebecca Greene and Tabatha Kline of Valier; a son, Jimmy Payne of Conrad; three brothers, Gloyd Payne, Linzey LeRoy Payne and Robert Payne, all of Danville, Ark.; six sisters, Katheline Campbell, Laura Grace Swaffar, Rosie McCoy and Elizabeth Payne, all of Danville, Ark., Frankie Sue Wilson of Ola, Ark., and Ruby Taylor of Fresno, Calif.; and 14 grandchildren.   --Great Falls Tribune (MT) - February 17, 1999

ANCHORAGE, AK--THOMAS A. REMER-- Former Anchorage resident Thomas Adam Remer, 34, died of natural causes Jan. 16, 1999, at his home in Danville, Ark.
A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Egypt Freewill Baptist Church in Danville. A visitation is scheduled for 2 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
Mr. Remer was born April 26, 1964, in Waldron, Ark.
He lived in Alaska from 1976 until 1988. He graduated from Chugiak High School, where he participated on the wrestling team. His goal was to be a pilot, and he soloed out of Birchwood Airport for the first time on his 16th birthday.
After high school, he attended and graduated from Spartan School of Aviation in Tulsa, Okla. He returned to Alaska and went to work for Mile High Geophysical on the North Slope. Later, he was employed as a heavy-equipment operator for Pearson of Alaska.
Mr. Remer had been a member of the Aircraft Owners Association and the National Rifle Association.
He had attended the Freewill Baptist Church in Egypt.
Mr. Remer is survived by his wife, Linda Remer; his children, Marilyn, Charlie, Millie, Windy, April, Donald and Michael Remer, all of Harrison, Ark.; parents, Jack and Joan Remer of Danville; paternal grandmother, Millie Remer of Danville; sister, Ora Meredith of Harrison; and brothers, Sherman and Charles, both of Russelville, Ark.
Service arrangements were by Martin Funeral Home in Waldron, Ark.
--Anchorage Daily News (AK) - January 20, 1999.

DARDANELLE, ARK--IDELL SHEPHERD, 81, of Dardanelle, Ark., retired owner of Shepherd Grocery, died of heart failure Monday at Dardanelle Nursing Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle with burial in New Hope Cemetery there.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Dardanelle for 50 years and a member of the Council Oaks EHC.
Mrs. Shepherd, the widow of Chester Shepherd, leaves local survivors including a son, Billy Jack Shepherd of Collierville.
The family requests that any memorials be sent to First Baptist Church in Dardanelle or the Dardanelle Nursing Center Christmas Fund.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - August 25, 1998

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK--ELBERT E. “PETE” STURDIVANT, of Oklahoma City, passed away October 24, 1991, in Tulsa, at the age of 86, following a brief illness. Pete was born February 2, 1905 in Yell County, Ar., the son of Thomas V. and Elvia Sturdivant.
He was a longtime Tinker employee. Pete was active in Capitol Hill baseball and softball until 1986. He was also an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons and grandsons.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel; 2 sons, Bobby Joe and Tom, both of OKC; grandchildren, Tom, Paul, David and Cindy Sturdivant; 12 great grandchildren; sisters, Maude and Bessie Sturdivant of Dardanelle, Ar. Pete was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Claudia. Graveside services will be held Saturday, 10:00 a.m. in Resthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery.
--Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - October 25, 1991.


Danville, AR--WILLIE A. WILLETT, 97, of Danville, Ark., and Joiner, Ark., died Monday at Danville Nursing Home. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. She was a charter member of the Wilson (Ark.) Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Joiner Baptist Church. Mrs. Willett, the widow of T. R. Willett, leaves a son, Paul J. Willett of Danville, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  -- Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - November 16, 1993



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