Marion County, AR - 1900s Obituaries


BARHAM, BARNETT, JONES, LINDON, MARBERRY, WOOD posted by Mt Echo Newspaper on Friday, November 13, 1998

Helen WOOD, 87, of Flippin, died Nov 13, 1998 in El Centro, California. Mrs. WOOD was born Jan 17, 191? in Flippin the daughter of James LINDON and Ophelia (BARNETT) MARBERRY. She was a housewife, a member of Yellville First Assembly of God Church and a life long resident of Flippin. On December 5, 1931 she was united in marriage with Bernard WOOD. Survivors include her husband of Flippin; her son, Jon Hal WOOD of Flippin; her daughter P. Darlene BARHAM of El Centro, Cal.; her brother Blaine MARBERRY of Flippin; her sisters, Vivian JONES of Houston, TX, and Vena WOOD of Flippin; 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and several great, great grandchildren. Mrs. WOOD was preceded in death by her parents. Services were held at Yellville First Assembly of God Church with Rev. Cecil Barham and Rev. Talmai Sutterfield officiating. Burial was at the Flippin Cemetery with her grandsons serving as pallbearers. Burns Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. (Mt. Echo Newspaper)

ARNOLD, DEAN, MELTON, WOOD posted by Mt Echo Newspaper on Tuesday, November 17, 1998

Lillian ARNOLD, 83, Yellville Lillian ARNOLD, age 83 of Yellville died Nov 17, 1998 at the Marion County Nursing Home. Mrs. ARNOLD was born Dec 4, 1914 in Yellville the daughter of Aud V. and Myrtle E. (DEAN) MELTON. She was a retired beautician, attended the Yellville United Methodist Church and was a life long resident of Marion County. Survivors include her son, Jimmy Lynn WOOD of Pana City Fla; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Mrs. ARNOLD was preceded in death by a brother. Burial was private. Burns Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (Mt. Echo Nov 25, 1998)


Bill J. HODGES, 71, Flippin Bill J. HODGES, age 71, of Flippin died Dec 12, 1998 at Mountain Home. Mr. HODGES was born Sept 19, 1927 in Flippin, the son of Upton and Bevia (RORIE) HODGES. On Sept 9, 1947, he was united in marriage with Audra HALL. He was a heavy equipment operator for the corp of Engineers and a security guard for Ranger Boats from 1983 to 1997. he was a member of the Rea Valley Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II. he was a life long resident of Marion County. Survivors include his wife, Audra (HALL) HODGES of Flippin; his sons, Chad and Ryan HODGES, both of Flippin; his daughters, Gail VALORA of Haden, Colo., and Gina WHEELER of Doge City, Kan; his sisters, Kathryn and Ron BUSCH of Flippin and Louise and Lonnie BURCH of Flippin, and Lucile and Claude STUDDARD of Mountain Home; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Services were held at the Burns Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Ramsey officiating. Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery. Doyce HANEY, Shane SNADERS, Kenneth WHITE, Ronald FLIPPIN, Phil NANTZ and Billy BAKER served as pallbearers. John KELLY, Ernie BUSCH, Lyle VALORA and Dale Dwain MCFARLAND served as honorary pallbearers. Burns Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. (Mt. Echo Newspaper Dec 17, 1998)

ADAMS, BRIGGS, CAMPBELL, LEE, PIERCE, SCHULLER, TREAT posted by Mt Echo Newspaper on Tuesday, December 22, 1998

Mary ADAMS, 72, Yellville Mary Marie BRIGGS ADAMS, 72, of Yellville died Dec 22 at her home. She was a housewife and attended the Yellville First Baptist Church. She was born Aug 21, 1926 at Yellville, the daughter of Elfie Marie (PIERCE) and Worth Malcom BRIGGS. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Earl, two sons, David and Stephen, and a brother, Worth W. BRIGGS II. Survivors include a daughter, Alicia D. CAMPBELL of Tacoma, Wash.; two sisters, Mrs. LaRue BRIGGS TREAT of Yellville and Mrs. Jessie LEE Briggs SCHULLER of Quartzite, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. No local services were held and burial was in Washington state, where Mrs. ADAMS formerly lived. Arrangements were by Burns Funeral Home in Yellville. (Mt. Echo Newspaper Dec 31, 1998)

DEDUBNIC, GOODNALL, REISKY posted by Mt Echo Newspaper on Saturday, March 20, 1999

Mt. Echo Newspaper: April 5, 2000 issue, pg 2: "Murdered woman's love and efforts endure": Family and Friends of Bettine REISKY DEDUBNIC: Bettine GOODNALL REISKY DEDUBNIC lived alone on a large farm in Lead Hill which fronts Bull Shoals Lake and is otherwise surrounded only by the rolling farmland of the Ozark foothills. An ardent land conservationist her entire life, she moved to the location in 1990 and self-styled a graceful and completely self-sufficient home on the site of a burned-down, rustic resort which once hosted President Truman. At 54 years of age, Bettine had finally accomplished her life's work; namely, the construction of a beautiful, self-sufficient home where she could spend the rest of her days living peacefully and safely without dependence on anyone or anything but herself, her small family and like-minded friends. With the backup power of a generator and solar batteries, a furnace, a large garden, two wells and a prodigious sense of self-reliance, Bettine was finally safe and happy. The home she created was situated at the end of a two-mile private drive off the main highway and was completely isolated from neighbors. Despite such isolation (or perhaps because of), there were no locks on the French doors which wrapped her home; a fact that was further indicative of Bettine's level of comfort and strong sense of independence. Bettine REISKY DEDUBNIC was murdered in her bed late at night on March 20, 1999. Her bedroom was illuminated only by a television in the wall, which was usually camouflaged behind a large painting of her only daughter. Without entering the home, her killer stood on the terrace outside the French doors to her bedroom and fired five shots into her head with a large-caliber weapon. With the noted exception of a partial footprint, little evidence was left behind. Such a dispassionate act resembles a professional hit, yet Bettine had neither an involvement with illegal substances nor romantic entanglements. Peach-loving and independent-minded Bettine did not even own a gun. She was, however, about to conclude a very contentious land deal involving further privatization (and conservation) of a large tract of land neighboring hers on Bull Shoals Lake. She was the deal-maker for this purchase on behalf of similarly-minded Michigan-based friends. Bettine is survived by a daughter and an ailing son. Her love of land and conservation-minded efforts also endure. Despite the murder, Bettine's Michigan-based friends concluded the land deal (Bettine's dream and life-long work) and purchased the 250 acre tract of land neighboring hers. In accordance with Bettine's last wishes, they further agreed never to sell their newly purchased land and never to subdivide it. This land, like Bettine's will remain as it is for perpetuity ... undeveloped and unspoiled, a sanctuary for beliefs and ideals like the ones Bettine perpetuated. There is a $50,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Bettine REISKY DEDUBNIC. If you have any information or know of anyone who might have, Bettine's loved ones strongly urge you to call the Boone County Sheriff's Dept in Harrison at 870-741-8404. Callers can remain anonymous and still accept the reward. Bettine's final request, written in her will, was to be buried on her farm where she believed the earth would most benefit from her remains. While the soil there is contaminated by a killer who walks free, Bettine's children are unable to comply with this, her last wish. Please help them.

BEVIN, BRANTLEY, CHILDERS, GANDY, JONES, MANNS, RODEWALD, YOUNG posted by Mt Echo Newspaper on Tuesday, July 13, 1999

Mt. Echo Newspaper, Jul 22, 1999 issue: Laura E Rodewald, 81, Yellville: Laura E RODEWALD, age 81, of Yellville died July 13, 1999 at the Baxter County Regional Hospital. Mrs. RODEWALD was born Jan 21, 1918 in Fifty-Six, AR the daughter of Walter and Millie (YOUNG) CHILDERS. On Apr 21, 1936 she was united in marriage with Theodore RODEWALD who precedes her in death. She was a homemaker, a member of the Broadway Church of Christ and had lived in Yellville for 30 years. She was a former resident of Pleasant View, CO. Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-laws, Mrs. Juanita Marie BEVIN and her husband, Don of Florence, AL, Mrs. Betty Jean MANNS and her husband, Frank of Midwest City, OK and Mrs. Katherine Jane JONES and her husband, Gary of Yellville; her sister-in-laws, Earline CHILDERS of Oklahoma City, OK and Inez CHILDERS of Lake Charles, LA; her sisters and brother-in-laws, Mildred GANDY and her husband, Pat of Clarksville, TX and Ina BRANTLEY and her husband Harold of Oklahoma City, OK; her step grandson, Billy and Eva JONES of Mountain Home; her step granddaughter, Yvette JONES and her great granddaughter Lauren JONES. Mrs. RODEWALD was preceded in death by her son, Theodore Jr; her parents, and her brothers, William, Harold and Ernest CHILDERS. Services were held at the Burns Funeral Home Chapel with burial at the Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison. Memorials may be made to the Marion County Nursing Home in Yellville or the Search Ministries in Edmund, OK Burns Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

ADAMS, DODD, HARTFIELD, HELMS, WILLIAMSON posted by Mt Echo Newspaper on Wednesday, July 14, 1999

Mt. Echo Newspaper, Jul 22, 1999 issue: Erma Hester Adams, 85, Gentry: Erma Hester ADAMS, 85, of Gentry, died July 14, 1999 at the Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital in Siloam Springs. Mrs. ADAMS was born Sept 12, 1913 in Marion County, the daughter of Harvey and Lily (HELMS) DODD. Mrs. ADAMS had been a resident of Gentry since 1953, formerly a resident of Kansas City, MO. She was the co-founder of the Adams Truss Company in Gentry and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church. Her husband, Fred ADAMS, preceded her in death in 1975. Survivors include her son, Dale F ADAMS of Gentry; her daughters, Dolores J ADAMS of Gentry and Diana S HARTFIELD of Decatur, AR; her grandchildren, Jennifer ADAMS and Brian ADAMS, both of Gentry, Anna HARTFIELD of Decatur and Stephanie WILLIAMSON of Siloam Springs; her great-granddaughter Samantha Jo WILLIAMSON of Siloam Springs; and her brother, J H DODD of Pyatt. Services were held at the Wasson Memorial Chapel with Dr. Larry Philbeck, Dorrie Philbeck and Pastor Wayne Wiley officiating. Burial was at the Gentry Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Erma Adams Book Ministry Fund, c/o Seventh Day Adventist Church, Gentry AR 72734. Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs was in charge of the arrangements.


Mt. Echo Newspaper, Jul 22, 1999 issue: John Paul Williams, 80, Harrison: John Paul WILLIAMS, age 80, of Harrison died July 15, 1999 at his home. Mr. WILLIAMS was born Dec 15, 1918 in Everton, the son of John Edward and Dora Bell (RHOTON) WILLIAMS. He was united in marriage with Mozell BROWN on Oct 12, 1938. He founded JP Williams Motor Company in 1947, which he operated until his retirement in 1988. He was a cattleman, a lifetime member of Harrison Roundup Club, a charter member of Faith Assembly of God church and a lifelong resident of Boone County. Survivors include his wife, Mozelle of the home; his son, John Ronald WILLAMS of Harrison; his daughters, Edith BARRETT and Mellody WILLIAMS, both of Harrison, Mary GEYER of Mountain Home, Mavis SHIRES of Plano, TX and Marilyn JONES of Mabank, TX; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Leamond HARRISON of Wichita, KS, Thelma JONES of Hemet, CA and Mae YOUNG of Harrison. Mr. WILLIAMS was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Chester WILLIAMS and his sisters Mamie and Irene WILLIAMS and Lela HARRIS. Services were held at the Faith Assembly of God Church with Rev. Arlis Thrasher and Rev DL Hudspeth officiating. Burial was at the Maplewood Cemetery with John Ronald WILLIAMS Jr, Chad MCCUTCHEN, Eddie GEYER, Leon YOUNG, Ray CRAWFORD and Richard RAMSEY serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Royce BARRETT, John BEYER, Jerry SHIRES and Robert JONES. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Hills, PO Box 1927, Harrison, AR 72601. Holt Memorial Chapel in Harrison was in charge of the arrangements.


Mt. Echo Newspaper, Jul 22, 1999 issue: Anne Marie Doshier, 73, Yellville Anne Marie DOSHIER, age 73, of Yellville, died July 16, 1999 at her home. Mrs. DOSHIER was born in Bruno on Sep 5, 1925, the daughter of Ezra Arvil and Edna marie (SETLER) PYLE. She was a retired comptroller of the Marion County Bull Shoals Hospital and a member of the Main Street Church of Christ. She was a life long resident of Marion County. On Mar 5, 1943, she was united in marriage to Albert DOSHIER, who survivors her. Other survivors include her sons and daughters-in-laws, Jon and his wife, Ellen of Siloam Springs, and Daniel and his wife Ellen of Carterville, IL; her granchildren, David DOSHIER of Bald Knob, Kirk and Ester DOSHIER of Siloam Springs, Daymon DOSHIER of Siloam Springs, Aaron, Jenny and Neasa DOSHIER all of Soldotna, AK and Lauren DOSHIER of Carterville, IL; her great-grandchildren, Lance and Brittany DOSHIER of Siloam Springs. Services were held at the Burns Funeral Home Chapel with Terry Duffy officiating. Burial was at the Layton Cemetery with David DOSHIER, Kirk DOSHIER, Jess DOSHIER, Aaron DOSHIER, Scott JACKSON and Monty DAVENPORT serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Leo AVEY, Bob LAFEVERS, L.A. KELLY, Abija HUGHES, Kerry CAVANESS and Jack DEARMORE. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Ozarks. Burns Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

CROWNOVER, FEE, MCCRACKEN, MCKEE, OSBORN, REDBURN, STEWARD, STOKES posted by Mt Echo Newspaper on Wednesday, July 21, 1999

Mt. Echo Newspaper, Jul 29, 1999 Issue: Guy H McCracken, 87, Missouri: Guy H MCCRACKEN, age 87, of West Plains, MO died July 21, 1999 at the Ozark Medical Center in West Plains. Mr. MCCRACKEN was born Apr 3, 1912 in Flippin, he son of the late Rex and Lizzie (FEE) MCCRACKEN. He received his education in the schools of Flippin, and on Sep 3, 1932 he was united in marriage in Baxter County to Elma CROWNOVER. Mr. McCRACKEN was a life time farmer and while living in AR, spent many years as a guide on the White River. He had been a member of the church of Christ since 1947. Survivors include his wife, Elma MCCRACKEN of the home; his son and daughter-in-law, Don and Gussie MCCRACKEN of West Plains; his daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Charles STEWARD of West Plains; his granchildren; Donna REDBURN and husband, Curtis, Charlene MCKEE and husband, Craig and Monty MCCRACKEN and wife Donna; six great grandchildren, Amanda OSBORN and husband, Jason, Angela REDBURN, Cody MCKEE, Chad MCKEE, Jerad STOKES and Ashely MCCRACKEN and one great great grandchild, Tyler OSBORN. Mr. MCCRACKEN was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Harold MCCRACKEN. Mr. MCCRACKEN loved and enjoyed his family, his many friends and good neighbors. Services were held at the Rose Chapel of the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home with Evangelist Neal Phipps officiating. Burial was at the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains.

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