Izard County & Surrounding Area Obituaries

Submitted by Vera Reeves

Name of Paper Date Article
Melbourne Times 6/13/1957 Funeral Services For Jessie Vines To Be Held Today

Funeral services were to be held this Thursday morning for Jesse Vines who died Tuesday morning at the Batesville Clinic hospital. Hugh Cooper will have charge of the services. Burial will be in the Jones Cemetery at 10:30 under the direction of the Hall Funeral Home.
Mr Vines was born January 4, 1901 and departed this life June 11, 1956 at the age of 56 years 5 months and 7 days.
He is survived by his wife, Virgie, one son Verlin Vines of DeSoto, Kan., two daughters, Bonnie Strout of DeSoto, Kan., and Esie (unclear) Lee Gillihan also of DeSoto, seven grand-children, one brother, Tom Vines of Melbourne, two sisters, Laura Mulbanks of Artesia, N. M. and Liza O'Neal of Melbourne, two half sisters, Sarah O'Neal of Melbourne and Mary Drake of Stratford, Okla., and two half brothers, Marshall Byler of Boswell and Jim Byler of Bradford, Ark.
Unknown 12/19/1952 Mrs Ronald Walker Dies in Springfield

Mrs Ronald Walker, aged 48 former resident of this county, died at Springfield, Mo., Tuesday of last week. She had been a resident of Springfield for several years.
Deceased was a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs George Mullins of Wideman. She was born and reared near Oxford.
Surviving are her husband, Ronald Walker of Springfield; one sister, Mrs James Graham of Oxford; several nieces and nephews, besides a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services conducted by Rev. Y. D. Whitehurst of Melbourne were at Wideman and burial was in the Wideman Cemetery with the Hall Funeral Service of Calico Rock in charge.
Calico Rock Progress 12/9/1927 Mrs Dixie Wayland Dead

Dixie Wayland, wife of J. H. Wayland, died at her home early Monday morning, December 5, and was laid to rest in the local cemetery, Tuesday, December 7 at 3 p.m.
Mrs Wayland was one of the best known women in this section of the country, having been born near Iuka, in Izard County, Dec 7, 1882 and spent most of her life in this part of Arkansas. She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs P. H. Caldwell of Iuka and was married to J. H. Wayland, November 17, 1904.
Mrs Wayland was of a very kind and cheerful disposition, which won for her, the friendship of all who knew her. She was a member of the Christian church, having been converted early in life. She has been an invalid almost four years and her patience and cheerfulness during this time have been remarkable.
She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, three children, Mrs Ira Hargraves, Eva and Winefred (sp) Wayland, two sisters, Mrs J. B. Roe of Camden; Mrs Laura Chestnut, one brother Jim Caldwell of Searcy, besides an unusually large number of friends.
Funeral services were held at the family residence, conducted by Rev. Mose Cooper, of the Baptist church. A large number of beautiful flowers were the tribute of sorrowing friends.
Mrs Wayland held a place in the community that none can fill, and the sympathy of the people of Mtn Home goes out to her family in their bereavement.

Added information from Vera: She & her husband are buried in the Mt Home cemetery, Mt Home, Baxter County, AR.
Calico Rock Progress 6/19/1936 Mrs Weathers Passes Away

Mrs Alice Weathers, aged 66, died at her home at Melbourne, Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, after a long illness. She had been an invalid for about ten years.
Mrs Weathers has been a resident of Melbourne for many years and practically all her life was spent in Izard County. She was a highly respected woman, a devout Christian and loved by all who knew her. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Surviving members of her family are four daughters, Mrs Earl Rector of Shawnee, Okla., Mrs Grady Perryman of Calico Rock, Mrs Raymond Clark and Miss Mayme Weathers of Melbourne.
Funeral services will be held today, Friday, services to be conducted by Elder T. H. Sherrill of Calico Rock and Rev H. F. Vermillion of Melbourne. Interment will be at Philadelphia cemetery.
Calico Rock Progress 5/3/1929 Neill Weathers Dies Suddenly

A wire to M. H. Weathers Thursday morning stated that Neill Weathers of Drumright, Okla., had died earlier in the day, following a stroke of Paralysis.
Neill was a son of the late W. C. S. Weathers and was well known here, having been born at Larkin and reared there and at Melbourne. He married Miss Annie Smith and is survived by her and by two children, one having died. He is also survived by his mother Mrs. Melbourne; two brothers Omery, of Salem; and Hayden, of Melbourne; and by four sisters, Mrs Stella Clark, of LaCrosse; Mrs Mabel Rector, of McAlister, Okla.; Mrs Lota Perryman, of Calico Rock and Miss Mamie Weathers. Burial was at Drumright Friday.
Calico Rock Progress 5/11/1934 O. C. Weathers Dead

Omery C. Weathers, aged 44, Fulton County judge, died at his home at Salem Tuesday. He was a native of Izard County, but has lived at Salem for several years. He was widely known in this part of the state.
Mr Weathers had served two terms as clerk and two terms as sheriff preceding his election as judge. He had been in failing health for several months. funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, burial being in the Salem Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, four sons, Don, Carl, Eugene and Bobby Lee; two daughters, Louise and Betty Katherine; his mother, Mrs Alice Weathers of Melbourne; a brother, M. H. Weathers of Melbourne; and four sisters, Mrs Grady Perryman of Calico Rock, Mrs Earl Rector of Shawnee, Okla., Mrs V. R. Clark and Miss Mamie Weathers of Melbourne.

(note: Salem Cemetery - 14 Sep 1889- 8 May 1934)
Calico Rock Progress 7/29/1949 Mrs Whitfield Dies Suddenly at Mtn. View

Mrs Ada Whitfield, age 49, formerly of Calico Rock, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, at her home at Mountain View. She and other members of the family were preparing to leave Mountain View for a visit with relatives in Pineville, when it was decided to visit a doctor for a casual check-up. The physician advised against making the trip and that she return to her home. She became seriously ill within a short while after reaching home and died within a few minutes.
Mrs Whitfield was born and reared near Pineville and the greater part of her life was spent in this vicinity. She was a daughter of Mrs Jas. Richardson and the late Mr Richardson. In 1918 she was married to Herman Whitfield. They were residents of Calico Rock for several years before moving to Mtn. View seven years ago. She was a devout Christian. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are; her husband, Herman Whitfield; one daughter, Miss Dessie Whitfield of Wichita, Kansas; four sons, James Whitfield of Batesville, Ark., Dale, Billy and Bobby Whitfield of the Home; her mother, Mrs Jas Richardson of Calico Rock; three sisters, Mrs Annie Brumley of Calico Rock, Mrs Jewel Adams and Mrs Josie Morgan of Oklahoma City and five brothers, William Richardson of Calico Rock, Otho Richardson of Cross Roads, Curry Richardson of Elizabeth, Obie and Clover Richardson of Utah.
Funeral service to be conducted by Rev. Hubert Morrow of Calico Rock will be at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Pineville, Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Burial will be in Pineville Cemetery, with the Roller Funeral service in charge of arrangements.
Calico Rock Progress 7/2/1920 Aged Citizen Passes Away

Mr Allen F. Wood, familiarly known to most every one as "Uncle Allen", died at his home a mile north of town last Wednesday morning at twelve-thirty o'clock., June 30th, after a lingering illness from dropsy, from which he had suffered intensely for the past four months and from which ailment he had been troubled for many years.
Mr Wood reached the 82nd year of his life last February. He was born near Yellville, Marion County, but came to this vicinity before the Civil War and has been a resident of this section ever since, being a most useful citizen and enjoying the highest esteem and respect of every one. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted his services with the cause of the Confederacy, the same true and faithful spirit characterizing him as a soldier, as well as a civilian. After the war he returned to this section to make his home and shortly afterwards was married to his present surviving wife, who was formerly Miss Mary Berry.
In the death of this aged citizen the community loses a most highly respected character, one whose life has done much to help those around him and who will be very pleasantly remembered by a host of friends.
Besides the grief-stricken wife, deceased is survived by two sons and two daughters, R. F. Wood of this place, Harve Wood of Cross Roads, Mrs Jack Forrister of Leachville, Ark., and Mrs Nix Garner of Leachville, Ark. A step-son and a step-daughter also survive who are Dr. Sanford Hames of Oklahoma and Mrs D. A. Hively of this place.
Burial took place in the Spring Creek Cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, services being conducted by Rev. J. C. Gibbons.
Calico Rock Progress 10/28/1927 Calico Rock, Izard County, AR-Oct 28, 1927

Mrs Mary Ann Wood Passes to Her Reward- Death has claimed another of this section's oldest and most highly respected citizens, Mrs Mary Ann Wood, aged 89, who died Sunday morning Oct 23, at the home of her daughter, Mrs Dan A. Hively town. Deceased, owing to her advanced age, has been in feeble health for many months past, but for the few days preceding her demise her condition was not such as to cause alarm. She suffered a sinking spell Sunday morning which terminated in her death a very short time afterwards.
Burial took place at Spring Creek cemetery Monday, funeral services being conducted by Rev T. J. Justice, pastor of the Methodist Church, assisted by Rev L. R. Ruble. A large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends attended and paid respects to this good woman.

"Aunt Ann", as she was familiarly known, was born in Georgia Jan 22, 1839. She was married in that state to Tipton Hames, whose death occurred a few years after their marriage. Two children, who survive, were born to this union, Dr W. S. Hames of Blanchard Okla., and Mrs Dan A. Hively of Calico Rock. After the death of her husband in the Civil War, she was married to Allen F. Wood Sept 30, 1866 near Flat Rock, this county and she has resided in this section since then, her husband's death occurring a few years ago. Seven children were born to this union, four of whom survive as follows; Mrs Frances Forrister, Monett, Ark., R. F. Wood of Calico Rock; H. W. Wood, Pineville; and Mrs Maud Garner, Monett, Ark. One brother and a sister also survive – Mr G. W. Berry, Berry, Ark., and Mrs Patty Rodman of Colorado.
Mrs Wood was a true Christian character. She united with the M. E. Church, South in early life, and lived a very devout life. She maintained a most cheerful disposition even through her declining years and those who knew her and were associated with her feel the loss of a very dear friend and neighbor, whose influence for good has been far-reaching during a long and useful span of life.

(Note: Allen Franklin Wood – 20 Feb 1838 – 30 Jun 1920)
Calico Rock Progress 1/7/1955 Mrs Woodcock Dies at Norfork Dec 31

Mrs Mandy Powell Woodcock, life-long resident of this section died December 31 at the home of her daughter, Mrs Willie Skidmore of Norfork, at the age of 73.
Mrs Woodcock was a devout Christian having united with the Methodist Church at Spring Creek at the age of 12. She was married to Monroe Woodcock, August 8, 1929. He preceded her in death June 16, 1939. She is survived by three sisters, Mrs Willie Skidmore of Norfork, Mrs R. L. Sanders of Calico Rock and Mrs Walter Cantrell of Oxford; two step-daughters, Mrs Dicie Woodcock, Rogers, Ark., and Mrs Ruth Woodcock, Fayetteville, Ark.; four step-sons, Sam Woodcock, Garfield, Ark.., Floyd and Hershel Woodcock of Colorado and Donald Woodcock of Oklahoma.
Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church at Norfork, Saturday at 1:00 p.m. by Rev. Anderson. Burial was in Wayland Arbor Cemetery, near Dolph with the Hall Funeral Service in charge.
Pall bearers were: Chester Hall, Glacen May, Arlie Davis, Rudolph Martin, Floyd Staggs and Marvin Stephens.

Return To Izard County