Marion County, AR
Pleasant Ridge Cemetery

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CARSON, FREEMAN Death Date Wednesday, March 12, 1930
The Mountain Echo, March 20, 1930 Issue: Joe FREEMAN Dies In Little Rock. Joe FREEMAN of DeSoto Springs, who had been in poor health for several weeks, and who was taken to a hospital in Little Rock on Sunday, March 9th, died there on Wednesday evening following. Thursday morning Mr. and Mrs. Kenner CARSON left for Little Rock to accompany the body back home, and returned that evening about 7:30. Mrs. FREEMAN, who had accompanied her husband to Little Rock, returned with them. Friday afternoon the body was laid to rest in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery in the presence of many relatives and friends, funeral services being conducted at the grave by Rev. Seay of Summit. For many years Mr. FREEMAN, as manager, had looked after the interest of the T. A. Miller Lumber Company in Marion county. He was efficient, honest and upright in his dealings with every one, and had attracted to himself many friends who will regret to learn of his death. Besides his widow, he leaves several children and many relatives, who have the sympathies of many friends. [Also in the same issue, from the Cowan Barrens column:] Joe FREEMAN, one of our good citizens and best saw mill men, was buried at Pleasant Ridge last Friday. Rev. Tom Seay of Summit conducted the funeral.

MCENTIRE, SMITH Death Date Monday, October 13, 1930
The Mountain Echo, October 19, 1938 Issue: Walton SMITH Passes. After having been a sufferer from tuberculosis for several years, Walton SMITH passed away at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. O. MCENTIRE, on Thursday morning of last week. Burial was in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery Friday afternoon, with funeral services in charge of Rev. Boyd W. Johnson, pastor of the local Methodist church. In addition to his parents, the deceased is survived by one brother and two sisters, as well as many relatives, all of whom have heartfelt sympathies of a host of friends. Mr. SMITH served one term as county surveyor of Marion county, and made a good record in that office, prior to the time that he was stricken with the disease that eventually caused his death. He had many friends throughout the county who will be genuinely sorry to learn of his death.

CHEEK, MATLOCK Death Date Wednesday, December 31, 1930
The Mountain Echo, January 8, 1931 Issue: Mrs. Susan E. CHEEK. Mrs. Susan E. CHEEK, wife of N. M. CHEEK, died at her home in Eureka Springs last Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock and her remains were brought to Yellville Thursday evening and buried in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery, funeral services being conducted by Rev. J. M. Fryar, pastor of the Methodist church. Mrs. CHEEK leaves her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Bessie MATLOCK, of near Yellville. Mr. and Mrs. CHEEK were citizens for many years in the Pleasant Ridge community but moved to Eureka Springs seven years ago. Mrs. CHEEK was a member of the Methodist church, a good Christian woman, and many relatives and friends mourn her departure. The husband and daughter have the sincere sympathy of their friends.

GATTIS Death Date Saturday, January 31, 1931
The Mountain Echo, February 5, 1931 Issue: [From the Cowan Barrens Column.] Freeman GATTIS passed to his reward last Saturday at 6 o'clock p.m. He was buried Sunday at Old Pleasant Ridge. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Fryar.

FREEMAN, JONES, OTT Death Date Monday, November 16, 1931
The Mountain Echo, November 26, 1931 Issue: Obituary. Mrs. Malissa (FREEMAN) JONES, wife of John W. JONES, died at her home November 16, 1931, about 8:30 p.m., at the age of 66 years. Mrs. JONES was married to John W. JONES Sept. 3, 1882. To this union were born eleven children, eight of whom are now living. Five were present at her death. Three have passed to their reward-Mrs. Rebecca OTT, William and Charlie JONES. Mrs. JONES was united with the Christian church in 1897. Throughout her life she was ever striving in her humble way to win souls to Christ and to help in the upbuilding of humanity. A Friend.

JOHNSON Death Date Wednesday, December 23, 1931
The Mountain Echo, December 31, 1931 Issue: "Uncle Ben" JOHNSON Passes Away Tuesday. The Many friends of "Uncle Ben" JOHNSON were made sad on Wednesday morning of last week, when they learned that he had passed away on Tuesday night at the home of his son, Gus, near Bellefonte, Boone county. His body was brought back to Marion county, where he had spent most of his life, and Thursday evening it was laid to rest in the cemetery at Pleasant Ridge beside his companion, who preceded him to the grave about two years ago. Funeral services were conducted at the grave by Rev. H. W. Jett, pastor of the Methodist church, in the presence of a host of sorrowing relatives and friends. Mr. JOHNSON was 73 years old, and had spent most of his life in this county, and up until about two years ago, when he and his wife sustained injuries in an automobile wreck, from which she never recovered, dying a few days later, he was very active in the community where he lived. While Mr. JOHNSON seemingly recovered from his injuries, he never recovered from having to give up his companion, and for the past several months his health gave way fast, and the end came on the above date. Mr. JOHNSON was a good citizen, and was always found on the right side of every moral question, as he saw it, and did not hesitate to speak his convictions. The Echo joins his many friends in extending sympathies to his bereaved children.

JAMES, SHIRLEY Death Date Friday, January 1, 1932
The Mountain Echo, January 7, 1932 Issue: Obituary. Mr. John Henry JAMES was born in Baxter county December 18, 1859; moved to Missouri at the age of 15; was married to Miss Elvira SHIRLEY of Moody, Mo., to which union were born eleven children, 8 sons and 3 daughters, ten of whom are living. Seven children were present when the end came. He was converted 43 years ago and joined the Missionary Baptist church, and remained a member until death, which came January 1st, 1932, at the age of 73 years and 14 days. Bro. James was a deacon in the church, was a faithful Christian, a faithful and loving father and companion, and was loved by all who knew him. He was laid to rest in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery in the presence of a large congregation.

CALLAHAN, CARSON, CLEM, REED, REID Death Date Saturday, April 23, 1932
The Mountain Echo, April 27, 1932 Issue: Mrs. Arthur CLEM. Mrs. Tessie CLEM, nee REED, wife of Arthur CLEM, after long suffering, died at Little Rock at 8 o'clock Saturday morning. The body was prepared for burial and Sunday was brought overland by the Owen Undertaking Company to the home of her sister, Mrs. Ernest CALLAHAN, just north of Yellville, where it laid in state until Monday morning about 10 o'clock, when funeral services, conducted by Rev. W. H. McCuistion, were held, after which it was conveyed to the Pleasant Ridge cemetery, where it was laid to rest. Besides her husband and two children, she leaves her mother, Mrs. Lee CARSON, and other relatives to mourn her untimely death. [Also} Obituary. Tessie REID CLEM was born Sept. 14, 1895, in Marion county, Ark.; was married to Arthur CLEM Dec. 29, 1912. To this union were born two children, one son, Doyne Talmadge, and one daughter, Georgie Kathlyn. She joined the Baptist church seven years ago. She leaves her husband, two children, her mother, step-father, two sisters, one brother living, and three brothers dead. She died April 23, 1932, at the age of 36; was laid to rest in Pleasant Ridge cemetery, the services being attended by a large crowd. The writer preached the funeral. W. H. McCuistion.

BURROW Death Date Monday, July 4, 1932
The Mountain Echo, July 6, 1932 Issue: Betty Jo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter BURROW of Cowan Barrens, died July 4th, after an illness of two weeks. Her body was laid to rest in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery Tuesday in the presence of many sorrowing relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the Pleasant Ridge church by Rev. H. W. Jett. Betty Joe was one year, eleven months and ten days old at the time of her death. The bereaved parents have the sympathies of their many friends in the loss of their little daughter.

HUDSPETH Death Date Tuesday, November 29, 1932
The Mountain Echo, December 7, 1932 Issue: The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John HUDSPETH died Tuesday evening of last week, after several days' illness. The body was laid to rest Wednesday afternoon in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. B. Rousey. The grief stricken parents have the sympathy of their many friends. [Eugene HUDSPETH died November 29, 1932.]

BURNES, CALLAHAN, COVEY, MATLOCK, THOMPSON Death Date Friday, January 13, 1933
The Mountain Echo, January 18, 1933 Issue: Mrs. Laura THOMPSON. Word reached Yellville Saturday morning that Mrs. Laura THOMPSON, widow of Green THOMPSON, who formerly lived in this county, died suddenly Friday evening about 9 o'clock at her home in Harrison. It is said that she had been slightly indisposed for a few days, but her condition had not been considered serious. She leaves three children, two daughters and one son. She was a daughter of the late Judge Sam MATLOCK, and is survived by two brothers, Will, of Cowan Barrens, and John, of Oklahoma, and three sisters, Mrs. Willie CALLAHAN, Mrs. Tom COVEY, of Yellville, and Mrs. Theo BURNES of Harrison. Her body was laid to rest Sunday in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery beside her husband, in the presence of a host of sorrowing relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. W. Jett.

WAGGONER Death Date Sunday, January 15, 1933
The Mountain Echo, January 18, 1933 Issue: Farmer Found Dead Near Home. Sunday morning a messenger was sent to Yellville to notify Coroner Wm. Lay that Luther WAGGONER had been found dead near his home, which is near the No. 10 school house on Blue John. Mr. Lay, Deputy Sheriff Claud Dosier, Dr. Thompson and others went at once to the scene of death. The body was in a woodland forty or fifty yards from Mr. WAGGONER's barn. A corner's jury was empaneled and after examining the body, and several witnesses, the jury returned a verdict that he came to his death from natural causes, either heart failure or apoplexy. The evidence showed that Luther had assisted his boys in starting a bunch of cattle to the range, and after they had driven them quite a ways Mr. WAGGONER had left them and started to return home. About one and one-half hours later his lifeless body was found. A few days prior to Sunday Mr. WAGGONER and Mr. Bob Brown had arranged to exchange tom turkeys. Sunday morning Mr. Brown had gone to Mr. WAGGONER's with his tom, and when he arrived there Mr. WAGGONER was not at home, and his turkeys had left the barnyard. He put his tom in a coop and he and one of Mr. WAGGONER's younger sons began a search for the turkeys, and in the woodland they came upon the body of Mr. WAGGONER. As to how long he had been dead they did not know, but the indications showed that death had come instantly. Mr. WAGGONER was engaged in farming and stockraising and was fairly successful. He leaves a wife and six children, three sons and three daughters. One brother, Horace, who lives at Union, Mo., and who was notified at once of his brother's death. His wife called the central telephone office in Yellville late Sunday evening and said she and her husband would leave Union some time Sunday night and would arrive here as early as possible, to hold the body until they came. Horace, his wife and two children arrived in Yellville about 7 o'clock Monday morning, having left St. Louis at 7 o'clock Sunday night. After eating breakfast they drove on to the home of his brother, about 14 miles southeast of Yellville. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jett, pastor of the Methodist church at this place, and interment was made Monday evening in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery. The Echo joins the many friends of the family in extending heartfelt sympathy.

The Mountain Echo, May 17, 1933 Issue: Nancy Ann REA SIMS. Was born Oct. 22, 1858, in Bollinger county, Mo. Her father died when she was two years old. She and her mother moved to Scott county, Ark. Her mother died when she was seven years old. She lived to womanhood with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. William WATTS. She confessed faith in Christ in early childhood and united with the Methodist church at Pleasant Ridge, Ark. She live a devoted Christian until called by death to the mansion Jesus had gone to prepare for her. January 14, 1875, she was united in marriage to John P. SIMS. To this union were born five boys and three daughters. Those who preceded her in death were her husband, Feb. 6, 1912, Watson C. SIMS and John Bascom SIMS, sons, and Audre E. SIMS, daughter. Those who live to mourn her death are her children, Mrs. Ella WILLILAMS, Seneca, Mo.; W. P. SIMS, Flovania, Texas; G. T. SIMS, Nash, Oklahoma; Mrs. Orpha CARSON, Ft. Worth, Texas, and A. W. SIMS, Tahlequah. A number of grandchildren and great grandchildren, many relatives and friends also survive. The funeral services were held Friday, May 12th, at Pleasant Ridge, by Rev. H. W. Jett, pastor of the Methodist church, assisted by Rev. W. W. Allbright of Corning, Ark. A large crowd of relatives and friends paid their last tribute of respect and love with a floral offering. [Also in the same issue] Card of Thanks. May we express our sincere thanks to our many friends who assisted us in placing our mother in her final resting place, and to those who contributed the beautiful flowers, and the words of comfort and cheer. Mrs. G. H. WILLIAMS and family. W. P. SIMS and family. G. T. SIMS and family. A. W. SIMS and family. Mrs. Orpha CARSON and family.

BAXTER, JAMES, WATTS Death Date Thursday, June 22, 1933
The Mountain Echo, June 28, 1933 Issue: Frank WATTS. Mr. Frank WATTS, formerly of this county, died about noon Friday of last week at his home in Springfield, Mo, with cancer of the throat. His body was brought to Yellville Sunday about noon by the Fox Undertaking Company, and at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon it was laid to rest in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery in the presence of a host of sorrowing relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. W. Jett, pastor of the Methodist church of this place, and Rev. G. B.Keeter, principal of the Flippin High School, and a minister in the Christian church. Mr. WATTS was 71 years old and had spent his life here up until a few years ago, when he disposed of his holding here and went to Springfield, Mo., and took charge of a rooming house in that city and remained there until his death. While living here Mr. WATTS was regarded as one of the county's best citizens and most progressive farmers and stockmen-honest, upright and fair in his dealings with his fellowmen. Of his immediate family he is survived by his widow and two stepchildren, Mr. Sherrill JAMES and Mrs. Ruth BAXTER, all of Springfield, and all of them accompanied the body to its final resting place. He is also survived by one brother, Alfred WATTS, of Wyandotte, Oklahoma, and several half brothers and half sisters, all of whom have the heartfelt sympathies of their many friends in this county.

CASS Death Date Friday, August 18, 1933
The Mountain Echo, August 23, 1933 Issue: Cowan Barrens Column. Louis CASS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed CASS, died at their home at the Climax spring Friday night and was buried Saturday evening at Pleasant Ridge.

STUBBS Death Date Saturday, August 26, 1933
The Mountain Echo, August 30, 1933 Issue: [From Cowan Barrens Column] On last Saturday at about 2 o'clock p.m., the news came that John STUBBS had just passed away. He was buried Sunday at Pleasant Ridge. Rev. Jett held funeral services. We visited him not long ago and he said he had made arrangements for an eternal home with God and was just waiting the call to go.

CALLAHAN, KEETER Death Date Friday, September 15, 1933
The Mountain Echo, September 27, 1933 Issue: Aged Citizen Passes Away. On Friday afternoon of last week Mr. R. H. "Uncle Rob" CALLAHAN, one of the oldest citizens of the county, died suddenly from a heart attack at his home a few miles south of Yellville, at the age of 85 years. Mr. Tom Erwin, who was at the home of Mr. CALLAHAN, said Uncle Rob was sitting on the porch with him when he remarked, "I am about done for, " and added, "but I am not a bit sick". As these words were spoken he began to sink back in his chair. Mr. Erwin caught him, and he expired immediately without a struggle. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon by Rev. Lee Carson, and burial was made in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery, in the presence of many sorrowing relatives and friends. Mr. CALLAHAN is survived by his aged companion, with whom he had shared the joys and sorrows of life for 64 years, two sons, Weldon, of Olvey, and Ernest of this town, and four grandchildren, as well as a host of relatives and friends. An obituary, written by his pastor, will be found elsewhere in this issue. The Echo joins the many friends of the family in extending to them heartfelt sympathies in their bereavement. Also The Mountain Echo, September 27, 1933 Issue: Obituary. On last Saturday afternoon death again visited our community and removed from our midst one of our oldest and best citizens, in the person of Robert Henry CALLAHAN. Brother CALLAHAN was born and reared in North Carolina. On February 3rd, 1869, he was married to Miss Louisa KEETER, with whom he lived for more than sixty-four years. To this union three children were born, two of who survive him. These are Weldon CALLAHAN of Olvey, Ark, and Ernest of Yellville, Ark. Grason, the other son, died some years ago. Besides the two sons, he is survived by four grandchildren, Evelyn and Eltis, son and daughter of Ernest, and Floyd and Lena, son and daughter of Weldon. He is also survived by one brother, George CALLAHAN of Temple, Texas. Many years ago Brother CALLAHAN professed faith in Christ and united with the Baptist church, and was a member of the New Hope Baptist church at the time of his death. His age at the time of his death was 85 years and four months. Brother CALLAHAN was a true man, a faithful companion, and a loving father in all that these terms imply. He was ready at all times to administer relief to the sick and distressed, so far as his circumstances would permit. Funeral services were conducted by the writer at Pleasant Ridge cemetery where his remains were laid to rest to await the resurrections of the just. His children and all the grandchildren except Floyd were present at the funeral, he being unable to be present on account of car trouble on the way. We extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones, especially to the aged companion. We weep with them in their sad bereavement, but rejoice in the blessed hope of meeting again in the land where no tears shall ever come and no farewells ever be spoken. R. L. Carson.

MELTON, SMITH Death Date Friday, December 29, 1933
The Mountain Echo, January 4, 1933 Issue: Mrs. Maggie SMITH, after an illness of 45 days, passed away at the home of Romie MELTON, near the Cantrell school house, at the age of 69 years. Her body was laid to rest Saturday in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery beside her husband, who passed away several years ago. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. Con Medley. So far as know, she has no relatives. She never had any children of her own, but adopted Mrs. Romie MELTON when she was just a child, and reared her, and for the past several years had lived with her and her husband. [Also in the same issue] In Memorium. A precious one for us is gone; A voice we love is stilled; A place is vacant in our home, Which never can be filled. God in his wisdom has recalled The boon His love has given. And though the body slumbers here, The soul is safe in Heaven. By the foster daughter of Mrs. Maggie SMITH. Mrs. Thelma MELTON. [The grave is marked Anty SMITH.]

JONES Death Date Thursday, January 11, 1934
(Death Date is from tombstone) The Mountain Echo, January 10, 1934 Issue: Cowan Barrens Community Column. On last Saturday morning at 2 o'clock Granny JONES passed to her eternal reward. She was a Christian lady. We never heard of her putting into other people's affairs. She was buried at Pleasant Ridge Saturday evening. She was the widow of Fate JONES, who preceded her to the grave about 20 years. [Granny JONES was Martha JONES]

CALLAHAN, CARSON, REED Death Date Saturday, April 21, 1934
The Mountain Echo, April 25, 1934 Issue: Mrs. Ernest CALLAHAN. Mrs. Maud A. CALLAHAN nee REED was born January 11, 1886; died April 21, 1934 at ther home; age 48 years, 3 months and 10 days, was converted at the age of sixteen, and united with the Methodist church at Pleasant Ridge, but later united with the Missionary Baptist church of New Hope and was a member of that church at the time of her death. She was married to Lonso Ernest CALLAHAN November 27th, 1904; to this union was born two children, one daughter, Miss Evelyn, and one son Eltis. She leaves behind her, besides her companion, her son and daughter, her mother, Mrs. Lee CARSON, her step-father Rev. Lee CARSON, a sister Mrs. Ottie CARSON, a brother, Graden REED all of Little Rock, and host of relatives and friends to mourn her passing. Maudie was a faithful wife and mother, a good neighbor, and was loved by all who knew her. She was laid to rest in Pleasant Ridge cemetery and a large crowd attended the funeral, which was conducted by the writer. W. H. McCuiston.

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