Izard County & Surrounding Area Obituaries

Submitted by Vera Reeves

Name of Paper Date Article
Unknown 6/25/1943 John C. Ashley Dies in St Louis Thursday (also has a picture)

John C. Ashley, 58, former circuit judge, prosecuting attorney and state senator and president of the Bank of Melbourne, died at the Barnes Hospital in St Louis, Mo., early Thursday morning. About two years ago he suffered a sudden break in health since which time he spent many weeks in various hospitals.
He was born December 31, 1884 on a farm near Violet Hill. After attending Melbourne High School in 1905-06, he entered the University of Arkansas and received a B. A. degree in 1911. He was one of the top ranking students. After teaching in the rural schools of Sharp, Independence and Izard counties, he was principal of the Evening Shade High School two terms and then attended Cumberland University Law School at Lebanon, Tenn. After being admitted to the bar he opened offices at Melbourne.
Mr Ashley was elected state senator from Twenty-third district in 1913 and served until 1917. He then was elected prosecuting attorney of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit and served three terms. He was circuit judge in 1922, serving two terms. He made an unsuccessful race for Congress in 1930 and entered the governor's race in 1936, but withdrew before the election. He served as a member of the State Forestry Commission under the administration of former Governor Carl E. Bailey.
Mr Ashley owned considerable farm acreage in this county. He served for many years as a member of the Melbourne school board.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Miss Catherine Ashley of Melbourne; a son, Capt. John C. Ashley, Jr., with the army in North Africa; a brother, William Ashley of Tuckerman; and three sisters, Mrs J. B. Smith of Violet Hill, Mrs Edith Jacobs of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Mrs Cora Johnson of Tuckerman.
Funeral services will be held at Violet Hill Sunday at 2 p.m., with Rev Horace M. Lewis, pastor of the Methodist Church of Batesville and Rev R. E. Lee, pastor of the Methodist Church at Melbourne, in charge. Interment will be in Violet Hill Cemetery.
Melbourne Times 4/6/1933 George Battles aged 75 of LaCrosse died suddenly Thursday morning in Bartesville, Okla., where he and Mrs Battles were visiting their sons Ernest and Leonard Battles. They left for the visit last Tuesday and at that time Mr Battles was apparently in good health. The body was brought back home and buried at LaCrosse Friday afternoon, the Rev. W. H. McCuistion conducting the services. He is survived by two other sons, Knox of Wichita, Kansas and Earl of LaCrosse.
Calico Rock Progress 1/17/1957 Mrs Jo Anna Billins Dies in Oklahoma

Funeral services for Mrs Jo Anna Billins who died Sunday, January 6, in Crowder, Okla., were held Wednesday, January 9 at 2 p.m. at the Reeves Church near Gid and burial in Reeves Cemetery. Mrs Billins was born at Elizabeth and had lived her entire life-time in Arkansas, having spent 56 years in Izard County. (Note, Reeves Cemetery: Billings, Joann 1869-1957
Calico Rock Progress 9/27/1962 Samuel Richard Birdsong was born in Fulton County, Nov 12, 1877. He departed this life Sept. 22, 1962 in Crawfordsville, Ind. He was married to Matilda J. Shelton, Jan 22, 1905 and to this union was born 11 children. Three sons preceded him in death. He was a member of the Methodist Church.
Survivors include is wife, three sons, Thedous R., Crawfordsville, Ind., Natchel, Red Bluff, Calif., and John Sedalia, Mo.; five daughters, Mrs Charles Agee, Crawfordville, Ind., Mrs Pleas Powell, Pineville, Mrs William Tutt of Crawfordville, Ind., Mrs Allen Wood, Pineville and Mrs Woodrow Dillard, Compton, Calif. Twenty-one grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two sisters also survive.
Services were held Tuesday Sept. 25 in the Hebron Church at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Remmel Rowden and Rev. Price Lovelace officiating. Interment was made in the Hebron Cemetery under the direction of the McCallum Funeral Home, Calico Rock.
Calico Rock Progress 1/10/1963 Funeral Services For Sam Curtis Box Held At Fairview

Sam Curtis Box was born at Violet Hill, Arkansas June 5, 1891 and passed away at the Melbourne Hospital December 30, 1962 at the age of 71 years, 7 months and 25 days. He was a member of the Church of Christ and a Veteran of World War I.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs Bertha Box of the home, one son, Cecil Box of Wichita, Kansas and one daughter, Mrs Cleava Moles of Decota, West Virginia. He had seven (few words missing) three sisters (next line missing) Hill and Mrs Effie Hames of Wenatchee, Washington, one brother, Inman Box of Violet Hill.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 2nd at Fairview Church at Violet Hill by Brother Dean. Burial was in the Violet Hill Cemetery by Crouch Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Stanley Sellars, Cleo Sellars, Don Powell, John Powell, Marion O'Neal and Doyne Gaston
Calico Rock Progress 3/10/1939 Alexander F. Bullington Dies Tuesday Morning--Alexander F. Bullington, aged 69, well known Spanish-American War Veteran, died early Tuesday morning, at the home of Mrs C. Ritchie of Old Joe. He had been ill but a few days.
Deceased was born in Tennessee and resided at Greenville, Mo., many years. He saw several years service in the U. S. regular army and re enlisted for service in the Spanish-American war. He had been a resident of Calico Rock and vicinity about eight years. He was a good citizen and leaves many friends. Known relation are his mother, Mrs Clark, and a sister, Mrs Ova Moore, both of St Louis, Mo.
Funeral services were held at the graveside at 2 p.m. Wednesday, with the Gerald F. Chambliss Camp, United Spanish War Veterans, officiating, assisted by Rev D. E. Steely. Interment was in Roselawn cemetery here. Baxter County Burial Association being in charge of arrangements.
Calico Rock Progress 9/17/1937 Oscar Bunch Dies of Gunshot Wounds

Oscar Bunch, former resident of Calico Rock, died Monday night a Okmulgee, Okla., from the effects of gunshot wounds received Saturday night.
Messages to relatives of this place did not give particulars of the incident.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, burial being at Okmulgee.
Deceased, who was about 55 years of age, was born and reared in this community and moved to Oklahoma several years ago. He is survived by his wife and children, of Okmulgee, also a sister, Mrs R. T. Dalrymple and three brothers, John, Jim and George Bunch all of Calico Rock.
Calico Rock Progress 8/12/1949 Mrs Burgess Dies Following Long Illness

Mrs Margaret Burgess, life-long resident of this section, died at her home at this place, Thursday morning, August 11, following a long illness.
She was born in Stone County. She was married to Alfred Burgess and the greater part of her life was spent in and near Calico Rock. She was a devout member of the Methodist Church, having united with Spring Creek church early in life.
Surviving, are her husband; three brothers, Walter Cantrell of Oxford, Charles Cantrell of Calico Rock and Herman Cantrell of Oregon; and six sisters, Mrs Della Sullivan of Jamestown, Ark., Mrs Oma Wallace of Byers, Okla., Mrs Nollie Kytle of Gorgy, Mrs Lella Dillard, Mrs Hattie Raby and Mrs Pearl Dillard of Calico Rock.
Funeral services will be held at Spring Creek Church, this (Friday) afternoon, services to be conducted by Rev. Luther K. Wilson of this place and Rev. Luther K. Wilson of this place and Rev. W. T. Watson of Imboden. Burial will be in Spring Creek Cemetery, under direction of the Roller Funeral Service.
Calico Rock Progress 12/12/1947 Chas. L. Butler Dies After Struck By Car

Charles L. Butler, aged 20, son of Mr and Mrs G. S. Butler, formerly of this place, died at a Paragould hospital several hours after he was struck by a car as he was walking along the Jonesboro road in front of the Green County High School, near Paragould, Friday night. The driver said he was blinded by approaching headlights. Deceased was born at Calico Rock. His father is a former superintendent of Calico Rock schools. Survivors, besides his parents are a sister and five brothers.
Calico Rock Progress 7/30/1948 Former Supt. of School Dies at Conway Thursday--Garvin S. Butler, former superintendent of Calico Rock schools, died at a hospital at Conway Thursday. He was 59 years of age.
Mr Butler moved to Conway from Paragould with his family a month ago. He entered the hospital for an operation two weeks ago.
He was born at Rector, Ark., and was a teacher throughout his adult life.
Survivors are a daughter, Mrs H. H. Loveless of Paragould; fives sons, Lt. C. H. Bulter, now at home on leave from Germany; Edward E. of Lufkin Texas; G. S. Jr., of Los Angeles, Calif.; James F. and Bobby C. Bulter of Conway; four brothers and one sister.
Baxter Bulletin 4/27/1972 Mrs. Frances Johnson Cantrell, 84, of Clarks, LA, a former resident of this area, died Sunday at a Columbia, LA nursing home. She was the widow of the late R. C. Cantrell, a Bakersfield, MO, native. She was born Jul 27, 1887 and attended the old Mountain Home academy.
Mrs. Cantrell was a sister to the late Mrs. Cora Bodenhamer and an aunt of Noble Mitchel of Mountain Home. She is also survived by a son, Francis Cantrell and a grandson, Roscoe Cantrell.
Funeral services and interment were in Monroe.
Calico Rock 10/28/1985 Dallas Lewis Cantrell, 69 died Wednesday at the Fulton County Hospital at Salem. He was born Oct 8, 1916 at Viola.
Services were held Friday in the Assembly of God Church at Viola with the Rev. Ray Shelton and sister Nelda Collins officiating.
Mr. Cantrell was united in marriage to Vera Chestnut April 11, 1939 at Viola.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, T. J. Cantrell of Viola; three daughters, Juanita Mosier of West Plains, MO; Carolyn Barker of Peculiar, MO; Judy Batterton of Viola; four brothers, Doyle Cantrell of Dos Palos, CA; Vernon Cantrell of Hot Springs; Russell Cantrell of Concord; Kenneth Cantrell of Belton; four sisters, Inez Williams of Viola; Bertha McMillen of Milan, IL; Margie Williams of Dos Palos, CA; Lucille DeWitt of Brentwood, TN; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Larry Burns, Junior Barber, Charles Campbell, Jewell Batterton, Wendel Sears and Otis Dihel. Honorary pallbearers were Hubert Peterson, Robert Mabes and Carl Franks.
The Brown Quartet sang. Interment is at Mt. Calm Cemetery at Viola. Arrangements were handled by Leland Carter Funeral Home.
Baxter Bulletin 2/22/1929 Mrs. W. M. Cantrell died at her home near Advance a few days ago after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Cantrell is survived by her husband. Mr. & Mrs. Cantrell have made their home in that section of the county for several years and were highly respected. Mrs. Cantrell was about 70 years of age at the time of her death. She was a splendid Christian woman and will be sadly missed in her home and community. Burial was in the Advance Cemetery.

The Baxter Bulletin dated Feb 26, 1937

Mr. & Mrs. Dora Acklin had spent most of the week with their daughter Maudie Cantrell of Advance. Mrs Cantrell's husband William passed away Wednesday night. He would have been 90 years old his birthday.

The Baxter Bulletin dated March 5, 1937

Uncle Bill Cantrell an old pioneer of this county, 89 years old departed from this life Feb 18th. He was laid to rest in the Burnt School Cemetery. He is survived by his wife and two adopted children, Mrs. Noah King of Calico Rock Arkansas and Mrs. Phoebe Cox of Colorado.

Buried in the Burnt School House Cemetery

Matilda Cantrell (w/o William)
b. 27 May 1844 d. 12 Feb 1929

William (Bill) Cantrell (7 VA INF CSA)
b. 15 Mar 1847 d. 17 Feb 1937
Note from Vera: Clyde H. Cantrell b. 1914 d. 1989 is also buried in this cemetery if anyone should want the obituary. His parents were James & Helen (Brewer) Cantrell.
Calico Rock Progress 7/2/1926 Wm D. Cantrell Dead

Wm D. Cantrell after a long illness, died at his home two and one-half miles east of Calico Rock last Saturday afternoon at one o'clock. Burial took place at the Spring Creek Cemetery Sunday afternoon, services being conducted by Rev. T. J. Justice, pastor of the Methodist Church here.
Mr Cantrell for the past ten years or more has been afflicted partial paralysis and rheumatism, but about eleven months ago he fell and received a fracture of a hip, which accident has confined him to his bed since then.
Mr Cantrell was born in Alabama in 1861, coming to this section of Arkansas when twelve years of age and has been a citizen of Izard county since leaving Alabama, having been engaged at farming till incapacitated by ill health. He was a member of the Methodist church and lived the life of a true and consistent Christian, highly respected by everyone. Besides his wife, deceased is survived by three sons, seven daughters and four sisters.
Calico Rock Progress 1/24/1930 Community News

Mrs Sallie Cantrell age 63 years died at her home two miles east of Calico Rock on Saturday. She is survived by three sons and five daughters. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. J. Wade pastor of the First Methodist Church, burial was at the Spring Creek Cemetery
Calico Rock Progress 9/20/1956 W. D. Cantrell Passes At Home In Oxford

Walter Davis Cantrell, son of the late William and Sarah Benbrook Cantrell was born near Calico Rock, Arkansas on May 10, 1888, departed this life at his home at Oxford, Ark., on September 11, 1956 at the age of 68 years, 4 months and one day.
He was united in marriage to Kee Jane Powell at Pineville, Ark., on March 10, 1909 and to this union ten children were born. He was preceded in death by one child.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of the home at Oxford; eight daughters, Mrs Wash, Mrs Lotha Martin and Mrs Maybell Martin both of Oxford, Mrs Adell Stanford, Mrs Ruby Blevins, Mrs Willie Rains, Mrs Pauline Campbell and Mrs Lenora Yancey all of Wenatchee, Washington; one son Roe Cantrell of Kansas City, Mo.; six sisters, Mrs T. W. Sullivan of James Town, Ark., Mrs Oma Wallace of Byres, Okla., Mrs Lela Dillard, Mrs Pearl Dillard, Mrs Hattie Raby all of Calico Rock, Ark., and Mrs Nollie Kytle of Sunflower, Kansas; two brothers, Charlie and Herman both of Calico Rock; 21 grandchildren; one great grandchild and a host of other relatives and many friends.
Mr Cantrell had been a member of the Methodist Church for more than twenty years.
Services were held at the Oxford Methodist-Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 15 at 2 p.m. with Sister Mary Chaffin of Melbourne and Rev. Remmel Rowden of Oxford officiating. Interment was in the Oxford Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Service of Salem.
Pallbearers were Doyle Wayne Martin, Billie James Martin, Jimmie Lee Cantrell, Carl Edward Cantrell, Bobby Don Cantrell and Jerry Wayne Cantrell all grandsons of the deceased.
Honorary bearers were Hubert Flemming, Marion Cooper, Arthur Harris, Coburn Weston, Earnest Helm, Henry McCollum, Leonard Wyatt, Paul Grills, Earl McVey, Wesley Reynolds, Ulyes (sp) Garner and Jesse Kent.
Calico Rock Progress 1/31/1930 In memory of: A precious one from us has gone, He has called her home to Heaven
A voice we love is still, to that peaceful shore.
A place is vacant in our home, It seems that we can't live without
The never can be filled. her but when God guides you,
While sitting by her bedside, There is no fear and we are trying
My hear was over flown, to follow her motto through
Oh we loved her yes, we loved her Her motto was 'trust in God and
But our Savior loved her more. all is well'

Sarah L. Cantrell departed from this life Jan 18, 1930. Age 62 years and she lived a true Christian life from the early age of 17 her whole desire was to do something for some one that was in need, she lived up to the cross and her desire was to see others do the same. She was married to W. D. Cantrell Jan 16, 1884, raised a family of 11 children:
Mrs Della Sullivan ------Walter Cantrell ---—Mrs Oma V. Wallace ---—Mrs Maggie Burgess --—Charlie Cantrell --—Mrs Leile Dillard --—Mrs Nollie Kytle --—Herman Cantrell --—Mrs Pearl Dillard ----Catherine Georgia Cantrell --—Hattie Veta Cantrell
Calico Rock Progress 1/29/1943 Card of Thanks

We take this method to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to each and every one who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our baby, Jimmie Dale Cantrell. You may be sure each deed is appreciated, and the sacrifices you made will be cherished memories. May God's love and blessings ever be yours is our heart's desire.
Mr & Mrs C. W. Cantrell & Children, Mrs J. W. Dillard, sister of Mr Cantrell
Calico Rock Progress 12/12/1947 George Edwin Caruthers, 46 formerly of Oxford died unexpectedly in Indianapolis, Ind., Thursday of last week. His family was living at Walnut Ridge at the time of his death. Funeral services were conducted at Union Sunday.
Calico Rock Progress 9/16/1963 Julia Caruthers Passed Away Near Oxford

Julia Ann Gibson Caruthers, a daughter of the late George and Mrs Gibson was born April 18, 1873 and passed away at the home of a daughter, Mrs Steve Caruthers, near Oxford September 12, 1963 at the age of 90 years, four months and 25 days, following a long and lingering illness.
She was married December 26, 1895 to John Mart Caruthers who preceded her in death in 1955. She was also predeceased by a son Ed Caruthers, who passed away in Dec. 1947.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs Steve (Leffie) Taylor of Oxford, Mrs Marvin (Lela) Chadwick of Cushing, Okla. and Mrs Roe Franks of Raytown, Mo.; Tom Gibson of Oxford, 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
She was a long time member of the Baptist Church and was a life long resident of the vicinity of Oxford.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon September 14 at the Oxford Baptist Church by the Rev Stanley Cooper and Rev. Remmel Rowden. Memorial songs were directed by Earl Dillard with Miss Katherine Webb at the piano.
Burial was in the Oxford Cemetery by Carter Funeral Services of Salem. Pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased.

**Note from Vera**
(Oxford Cemetery - John Mart Caruthers 28 SEp 1877 / 11 Oct 1955)
Calico Rock Progress 1/27/1923 Mrs Churchill Dead

Mrs Kizzie Elizabeth Churchill, wife of 'Uncle George' Churchill of this place died at her home here early last Saturday morning, Jan 20th at the advanced age of 73 years. Mrs Churchill was sick about a week prior to her death, being considered in comparatively good health until she suffered an attack of lagrippe (way it's spelled) or flu.
Burial took place at the Flat Rock Cemetery, six miles east of here Sunday, funeral services being conducted by Rev. M. B. Nichols.
Deceased was born in Whitfield County, Ga., Aug 20, 1850 and moved to Arkansas in 1856, locating in the Flat Rock vicinity, where she spent the greater part of her life. In 1872 Mrs Churchill, nee Morgan, was united in marriage to Geo. W. Churchill of this vicinity and to this union was born eleven children, four of whom are dead.
Mrs Churchill united with the M. E. Church, South in 1872 and lived a faithful member of that church through the remainder of her life, being a consistent follower of the teachings and principles of the Bible. She had a large circle of friends and acquaintances who testify as to her earnestness of purpose and patient consideration toward all, being held in the highest esteem by all who knew her.
Deceased is survived by her husband and the following sons and daughters; J. T. Churchill of Okmulgee, Okla.; Mrs M. L. Busby of Bald Knob, Ark; H. E. Churchill, W. A. Churchill, Mrs S. M. Farris, Mrs Huldse (sp) Greiner of Calico Rock and Mrs L. M. Nance of Moorefield, Ark.
Calico Rock Progress 8/8/1947 Aged Citizen Passes Away Tuesday Night

George H. Chambers, highly respected citizen who has made his home at the River View Hotel here for the past three years, died Tuesday night, August 5, about 7:30 o'clock. He was 84 years of age.
Mr Chambers had been in feeble health for several weeks, but was able to be out and make occasional trips to town, until only a few days before his death. He was found in the bath-room at the hotel a few minutes following his demise.
Mr Chambers had been a resident of this section for ten or twelve years and spent several years in the Hopewell vicinity of Baxter County before coming to Calico Rock. The early part of his life was spent in Nebraska. He was a retired railroad machinist.
Survivors include two sons, W. B. Chambers of Montclair, New Jersey and J. G. Chambers of Lincoln, Nebr.
The body was forwarded to Lincoln, Nebr., yesterday by the Roller Funeral Service and the funeral will b held there today or Saturday.
Calico Rock Progress 6/4/1937 Mrs Mary A. Churchill Succumbs Tuesday

Mrs Mary A. Churchill, aged 63, died at her home at this place, last Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. Her death followed several months of lingering illness.
Mrs Churchill spent practically all her life in Calico Rock and vicinity. She was born in Alabama in 1874, but came to this section when she was about four years of age. At the age of 19 she was married to James Stoner of this place, to which union were born seven children. Mr Stoner's death occurred in 1908. In 1910 she was united in marriage to William Churchill of this place, who survives. The surviving children are: Mrs S. C. Berry of Berry, William Stoner, Paul Stoner, and Miss Zelma Stoner of Calico Rock, Mrs Earl R. Wiseman of New York City and Homer Stoner of Mellette, South Dakota.
Deceased was a woman of fine qualities and her life was one of strict devotion to those about her. She united with the Church of Christ early in life and lived a devout member until death. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. The beautiful floral offerings and the many sorrowing friends present at the funeral service bore testimony to the high esteem in which the deceased was held in her home community.
Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ, Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Eld T. H. Sherrill. Interment was in Rose Lawn Cemetery.
Calico Rock Progress 2/26/1937 Aunt Sarah Clark Dies at Age of 88--Aunt Sarah Clark, one of the oldest residents of this section, died last Sunday morning at the age of 88 years. She passed away at the home of her son, J. H. Southard of Calico Rock, with whom she had made her home the past several years.
Deceased has been a resident of this section practically all her life. At the age of 21 she was married to D. H. Southard, whose death occurred many years ago. To this union nine children were born, four of who survive, as follows; James and Thomas Southard of Rodney, Jobe Southard of Calico Rock and Tom Southard of Mississippi. In 1888 she was married to Thomas F. Clark, to which union was born one child, Frank Clark of Chastain, who survives.
Funeral services were Monday at 2 p.m., conducted by Elder D. A. Hively, assisted by Uncle Ewing Hall and Elder T. H. Sherrill. Interment was in Galatia Cemetery.
Deceased was a devout Christian, having been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church since she was 18 years of age. He life has been an inspiration to all with whom she came in contact.
Calico Rock Progress 1/29/1938 Wm T. Clarke Dies at Home Here Saturday--William T. Clarke, well known citizen of this place, died at his home in the east part of town, Saturday morning. He had been ill only a day or two, and his death was unexpected.
Mr Clarke was born in this county and practically all his life was spent in this vicinity. He has been a resident to Calico Rock nearly thirty years. He would have been 80 years of age next April 2nd.
Mr Clarke was well known in this part of the county and most everyone in this immediate vicinity was an intimate acquaintance and knew him as 'Uncle Bill'. He had many fine qualities that won for him the lasting friendship of the countless number who knew him.
Surviving are three sons and two daughters – W. L. Clarke of Calico Rock, John Clarke of Rogers, Ark., Buford E. Clarke of Borger, Texas, Mrs T. M. Lindsey of Borger, Texas and Mrs Will F. Reynolds of Joplin, Mo.
Funeral services, conducted by Elder D. A. Hively, were held at Spring Creek Church, Monday morning at 11 o'clock, interment being in Spring Creek Cemetery. O. B. McClure of Mountain Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Calico Rock Progress 8/27/1937 M. E. Clark Dies in Hospital Sunday Night--M. E. Clark, aged 73 prominent citizen of Melbourne, died at a hospital in Batesville Sunday night, after several weeks illness. He underwent an operation at Batesville a few weeks ago and was taken back to the hospital two weeks ago.
Mr Clark was road commissioner of this county for a number of years; was county representative for the Red Cross and has been prominently identified with public affairs of the county for many years. He resided at his farm home north of Melbourne. He has resided in the county practically all his life.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at New Liberty Church, conducted by Elder Frank Puckett. Interment was in New Liberty cemetery.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs Armand Connell of Snackover, Mrs Joe L. Rector and Miss Ada Clark of Searcy and a son Raymond Clark of Melbourne.
Calico Rock Progress 12/22/1933 Emily Irene Clark was born near Melbourne, Izard County, Arkansas, July 16th, 1858. Here she grew to womanhood and was first married to Rev. C. L. S. Jennings, who preceded her in death in 1900. To this union were born four girls and two boys, all of whom survive her. Her second marriage was to Allen Dillinger, who also preceded her in death in 1929.
She was converted early in life and lived a devoted Christian until she was called to her reward Sunday morning, December 17th 1933, at the age of 75 years, 5 months and 1 day. She had no fear of death; but happy in a savor's love, she fell asleep in Jesus.
She is survived by all of her children; Mrs G. F. McFadden, Mrs W. A. Whitehead, W. O. Jennings all of Bexar, Arkansas; Mrs M. M. Ray of Brockwell, Arkansas; Mrs O. D. Smith of Hackett, Arkansas and J. R. Jennings of Calico Rock; two brothers, Joe and Willie and two sisters, Abba and Jenney, a number of grandchildren and a host of friends.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Y. Whitfield at Caney Springs, near Sage, Arkansas, Monday, December 18th. There we left her body to await the resurrection.
Dear Mother, we miss you. — Her son, J. R. Jennings
Calico Rock Progress 7/23/1926 Mrs Clarke Called By Death

Mrs Dorothy L. Clarke, wife of W. T. Clarke of this place, died at her home Tuesday afternoon at about six o'clock after an illness of several weeks.
Mrs Clarke suffered a breakdown in health some four years ago, from which she never fully regained her health and has had a heart trouble with complications since that time. She suffered a severe attack about three weeks ago which was followed by paralytic strokes, resulting in her death as stated.
Mrs Clarke was 66 years of age and practically all her life was spent in this county. She was born at Pineville March 6, 1860. She was married to Wm. T. Clarke in 1877 and to this union were born seven children. The family moved to Calico Rock about fifteen years ago, residing here continuously since.
Besides her husband, deceased is survived by three sons and two daughters – Wm. L. and Buford Clarke of Calico Rock; John Clarke of Van Buren, Ark.; Mrs Pearl Lindsey of Burkburnett, Texas and Mrs Bessie Reynolds of Vinita, Okla.; three sisters, Mrs G. W. Sullivan of Sylamore; Mrs Jno. Hutson of Calico Rock and Mrs B. B. Smith of Okmulgee, Okla.; and two brothers, Dr Fate Anderson of Fort Smith, Ark., and John Anderson of Oklahoma.
Mrs Clarke was one of the most highly respected women of this community and a host of friends mourn her departure. She was a devout Christian, having lived a member of the South Methodist Church since her conversion fifty years ago. She born her affliction bravely, realizing that the end was but a few days distant. As a kind and loving wife and mother, a loyal friend and neighbor, she was endeared to all who knew her.
Funeral service were conducted at Spring Creek Church, in the vicinity of where she was born and reared. Services were held at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday by Rev. T. J. Justice, attended by a large gathering of friends. Burial took place in Spring Creek Cemetery.
Calico Rock Progress 4/5/1929 In Memory of Eula Cooksey

On the morning of March 12, about 6 o'clock, the death angel came into the home of Buddie Cooksey and took his dear wife, Eula.
She was overtaken by a lingering sickness some eighteen months age, which remained with her until death.
She was a good Christian woman and leaves a host of friends to mourn her death. She is survived by her husband, four girls and one boy, three sisters, Mrs Delta Reid of Brockwell, Mrs Ruthy Billingsley of Grady, Ark., (only list 2 sisters), two brothers, Hurshel of South Fork and Ransom of Missouri. She will be missed very much in the home and in the community as well.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Love and the remains were laid to rest in Violet Hill Cemetery March 13.
Melbourne Times 8/17/1933 Mrs Geneva Craig

Mrs Geneva Craig added 85 of Lunenburg died Tuesday night of heart trouble. She is survived by one son Murphy of Lunenburg and one daughter Mrs George Cooper of Sage and two brothers, John Landers of Roxton, Texas and Joe Landers of Sweetwater, Texas. She was buried at the Lunenburg Cemetery Wednesday afternoon, Rev. D. R. Robertson conducting the services.
Calico Rock Progress 1/7/1944 Paul Dalrymple Dies of Injuries Received at Camp

Paul Dalrymple, son of Mrs J. M. Dalrymple and the late Mr Dalrymple of Wideman; met death in an accident at Buckley Field, Denver, Colo., Monday. The young man and another soldier were riding in a jeep en route to duties outside of the camp when the machine turned over. Dalrymple was removed to a camp hospital where he died several hours later.
After learning of the accident, Mrs Dalrymple and two daughters left Wideman for Denver, but learned of the death upon arrival in St. Louis and returned home.
Funeral arrangements had not been completed early today, but the body is expected to arrive at Calico Rock on Saturday afternoon's train and interment will be at Wideman.
The deceased is a former student of Calico Rock High School, and graduated here in 1940. He was active in the work of the local chapter of Future Farmers of America, being an outstanding student in high school and the chapter. He was awarded the American Farmer degree in recognition of his accomplishments in F. F. A. work.
Surviving, are his mother; six sisters, Mrs Eunice Mullins, Mrs Mamie Butler and Miss Geraldine Dalrymple of California, Mrs Ethel Helm and Miss Armilda Dalrymple of Wideman and Miss Arah Dalrymple of Melbourne.
Melbourne Times 9/13/1945 Mrs Mabel Stroud Davidson

Mrs Mabel Stroud Davidson, aged 61, died at her home in Sage, Saturday. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs Alma Rose of Melbourne, Mrs Faye Shell and Laura Davidson of Sage and Mrs Helm Cooper of Tulsa; a son J. P. Davidson of Albuquerque, N. M., four stepdaughters, Mrs Mable Helm of Shafter, Calif., Mrs Muriel Merchant of Richmond, Cal., and Mrs Gladys Helm and Mrs Verbal Battles of Sage; two step-sons, Roy Davidson of Sage and Sgt. Vaughn Davidson of Fort Sam Huston, Tex., a brother G. A. Stroud of Batesville and a sister, Mrs William Qualls of Mount Pleasant.
Funeral services were conducted at the Sage Baptist Church Sunday afternoon by Rev. Gus Poole of Mt. View. Burial was at the Gray Cemetery near that place.
Calico Rock Progress 10/30/1936 Mrs Dennison Dies in Automobile Wreck

Batesville, Oct 25 - Mrs Walter H. Dennison, 67 was killed and Mr Dennison about 70 was injured, perhaps seriously, in an automobile accident this morning in New Mexico between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. A tire blew out, causing their overturn.
Mr Dennison is owner of considerable manganese mining properties at Cushman, Independence County. He had gone to New Mexico to sign several contracts for ore and to visit a son Alvis Dennison of Lamy. He and Mrs Dennison were in route home when the accident occurred.
Besides her husband and son at Lamy, Mrs Dennison is survived by five other sons, Milne of Caruthersville, Mo., Walter H. Jr. of East Vaughan, N. M. and Reed and Ross Dennison of Batesville; three daughters, Mrs Cledice Jones of Batesville, Mrs Floyd White of Pulaski, Tenn., and Mrs Helen Peters of Whitehead, N. C. and a brother, Tom F. Shell of Cushman.
Funeral services will be held at Batesville Sunday; interment in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Baxter Bulletin 1/13/1972 William M. Denton 71, of Aurora, IL a former resident of Gassville, died Saturday at a hospital in Aurora, IL.
Funeral services are scheduled for today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. at the Memorial Chapel with Rev. Harold Elmore, minister of the Mtn Home First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be at the Gassville Cemetery, under the direction of the McClure-Smith Service. Pallbearers will be Terry Denton, Ralph McCuistion, Henry Kiefer, Harold Tucker, Ralph Johnson and Rex Bayless.
The son of Lee Denton and Emma Sears Denton, he was born at Gassville on June 21, 1900. He was a retired maintenance man and a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife Mrs. Nola Denton of Aurora, IL; a son Terry Jack Denton of Arlington Heights, IL; two sisters, Mrs. Della Emmett of Mountain Home and Mrs. Eda Winton of Garden Groves, Calif; and two grandchildren.
Baxter Bulletin 1/27/1972 Mrs. Pearl Denton 82 of Cotter, a lifetime resident of this area, died Friday at the Marion County Nursing Home in Yellville. She was the widow of Hiram Judson "Jud" Denton, a Cotter attorney to whom she was married in 1909
Mrs. Denton was born Dec 3, 1889 at Buffalo (Marion County) the daughter of Simon S. Hathaway and Martha Toney Hathaway. She was a member of the Cotter United Methodist Church.
There are no known survivors.
Rev. Ray Edwards, minister of the Cotter United Methodist Church, officiated at graveside service Sunday at the Gassville Cemetery. The MeClure-Smith Service was in Charge of arrangements.
Melbourne Times 4/27/1923 Uncle Jim Driscoll Passes—

J. F. Driscoll, 'Uncle Jim' as he was called passed away at his home here Sunday night. He had been a sufferer from rheumatism for years and was to this cause together with paralysis that his death was due.
He was born in Indiana Jan 14, 1846, come to this county in '59, joined the Confederate Army at the age of 16, was married to Miss Tennie Landers Jan 16, 1873, had been a Mason about fifty years. Burial at the Melbourne Cemetery Monday afternoon. Services conducted by Eld. Cooper and Howard Sherril, assisted by the local Masonic Lodge.

(Note: Melbourne Cemetery – Driskill, J. F. 14 Jan 1846 / 23 Apr 1923)
(Note: Melbourne Cemetery – Driskill, Tennie 25 Nov 1851 / 28 Oct 1935)
Calico Rock Progress 6/25/1943 Thurman H. Drown Dies Saturday Morning--Thurman H. Drown, life-long resident of this section, died at an early hour last Saturday morning, June 19. He passed away at a hospital in Batesville, where he had been under treat-ment since Thursday night.
Mr Drown had been sick a week or ten days previous to his death, but was not confined to his bed until three or four days before being removed to the hospital. The news of his death was a shock to everyone.
Deceased was 54 years of age, being the oldest of a family of fourteen children. He was born and reared in the vicinity of Cross Roads. He was married to Miss Berth Estes of Cross Roads, who passed away in February 1941. The family moved to their farm home, one and a half miles north of town, a few years ago. Mr Drown was an upright citizen and held the confidence and esteem of everyone.
Surviving, are three sons, Vernon, of the Navy, stationed at Miami, Fla., Billie, who has just entered the Navy service, and Floyd of the home; one daughter Mrs Pauline Brinsfield of Mountain Home, Ark., his father, J. F. Drown, of Pineville, Ark.; seven brothers, Steve of Calico Rock, Tom of Cross Roads, Ark., frank of Oklahoma City, Okla., Charlie of California, Troy of Ardmore, Okla., Roy and Stanley Drown of Pineville and six sisters, Mrs Nora Lovelace and Mrs Cora Jennings of Cross Roads, Mrs Elsie Forrister of Wild Cherry, Mrs Maude Majors, Mrs Ersie Hutson and Mrs Emma Morgan of Pineville.
Funeral services were held at Spring Creek Church, Monday at 4 p.m., services being conducted by Rev Fred H. Bryson, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of this place. Interment was in Spring Creek Cemetery.

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