Marion County, AR
Pleasant Ridge Cemetery

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WARE Death Date Monday, November 5, 1934
The Mountain Echo, November 7, 1934 Issue: Dr. J. C. WARE. Dr. J. C. WARE who had been in failing health for the past two years, peacefully passed away at his home on West Carter street about nine o'clock Monday morning, at the age of 86 years. He is survived by his wife and one adopted son, who lives near Rush, and one brother, who lives in Oklahoma. Dr. WARE was an active practitioner of medicine in this county for more than forty years, and accumulated quite a lot of wealth. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church in this town at on o'clock Tuesday evening by Rev. H. W. Jett, in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends, after which the body was conveyed to the Pleasant Ridge cemetery, and laid to rest. Christianson Mortuary of Harrison was in charge as funeral directors.

PYLE Death Date Sunday, November 11, 1934
The Mountain Echo, December 5, 1934 Issue: [From the Cowan Barrens News Column] The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Norvel PYLE was buried at Pleasant Ridge Friday of last week. Funeral services were conducted by Elder Gattie Keeter. [Jimmy Lynn PYLE died November 11, 1934.]

BIRRER Death Date Tuesday, January 15, 1935
The Mountain Echo, January 23, 1935 Issue: Anna Flo BIRRER, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Wayland BIRRER, died on the morning of the 15th inst., of diptheria, and was buried the 16th in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. J. Hager, pastor of the Methodist church. The young parents have the sympathies of their many friends in their bereavement.

LAYTON, SETZER, SUTZER Death Date Saturday, January 26, 1935
The Mountain Echo, January 30, 1935 Issue: Man And Wife Killed When Truck Went Over Dump. Mrs. Wesley SUTZER Killed Instantly And Her Husband Is Fatally Injured When Truck Went Over Embankment. Other Passengers Uninjured. A tragedy occurred on South highway No. 14 Saturday afternoon that brought sorrow to the hearts of many of our people. Some time ago Wesley SUTZER had purchased a tract of land from the state a few miles south of Yellville and purchased lumber and other materials with which to build a house and had placed them on the ground. Saturday morning, he and his wife were working at the house site, when some one told him he was not on the land he purchased, and fearing he was not, he decided to come to Yellville and ascertain whether or not he was right. He hailed an auto that was coming to Yellville, and he and Mrs. SUTZER came to town. He finished his investigation about 2:30, and Edward Estes who had hauled a truck-load of ore to the R. R. station at Summit earlier in the day stopped here on his return to Rush, and they requested a ride back to their home. Mr. Bud LAYTON, Mrs. SUTZER's father, got in the cab with Estes. Mr. and Mrs. SUTZER, and one of her brothers, Walter LAYTON, a lad about 16 years of age, sit down on the end of the floor of the truck, which had no side frame on it, and Dave Tyler stood behind the cab and the journey home was begun. All went well until they began to round the curve along the James place near the concrete bridge across Mill creek, when they saw a school bus just ahead of them, driven by Mr. John Lewis, and Estes attempted to pass it, unmindful of a wagon and team just in front of the bus. In attempting to pass both the bus and the wagon, Estes' truck went over the dump, which was several feet high and very rough. The truck turned about half over, and caught Mrs. SUTZER under the edge of the tuck bed, while Mr. SUTZER was thrown several feet down the embankment, and seemed to have struck on his head. Arthur Melton who was riding on the wagon with John Carson, seeing the wreck jumped off the wagon and ran to the wreck. Walter LAYTON and Dave Tyler, who were occupants of the truck, but who escaped without injury, lifted the truck body up, and Mr. Melton removed the lifeless body of Mrs. SUTZER from under it. Death seemed to have been almost instant. Mr. LAYTON, her father, and Mr. Estes, the driver were unhurt. They carried Mr. SUTZER and the body of his wife to a little platform which had been built near the edge of the road, and SUTZER was found to have a bad laceration on his head and a skull fracture. Mr. SUTZER and the body of his wife were rushed to the Holt Undertaking parlor in this town and Dr. Thompson was summoned, but Mr. SUTZER was beyond human aid, and passed away at 6:15 that evening. The bodies were prepared for burial. It was the desire of the family that both bodies be placed in the same casket, and as there was no double casket in stock, Mr. C. Z. Pruitt set to work to make one which, when completed, was as neat as a factory made casket. A double grave was dug in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery, and in the afternoon the bodies were transported to the Pleasant Ridge church where funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. J. Harger, pastor of the Methodist church, attended by a host of sorrowing relatives and friends, after which they were laid to rest. Besides their parents and several brothers and sisters, Mr. and Mrs. SUTZER left two small sons, four and two years old, to mourn their untimely death. [Also] The Cotter Record, February 1, 1935 Issue: Two Killed In Accident Near Yellville. Yellville, Jan. 27, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley SETZER, aged 26 and 19, respectively, were killed when a truck on which they were riding plunged down a 20-foot embankment on Highway 14, two miles south of Yellville, about 3 p.m. today. Mrs. SETZER died almost instantly while SETZER lived about two hours. Four other persons in the truck escaped injury. They were Edward Estes, 30, owner and operator of the vehicle; Bud LAYTON, father, and Walter LAYTON, brother of Mrs. SETZER, and Dave Taylor. Walter LAYTON and Taylor jumped out of the truck before it turned over. Bud LAYTON was riding in the cab with Estes. Mr. and Mrs. SETZER were in the rear of the vehicle. They were pinned beneath the wreckage. Officers were told that the accident occurred when Estes attempted to overtake a school bus traveling in the same direction. He drove to near the edge of the graveled highway, it was said, and the truck plunged down the embankment. All those in the truck were residents of Rush, a zinc mining community about 12 miles south of Yellville. Mr. and Mrs. SETZER were the parents of two children. [George Wesley SETZER and Helen LAYTON SETZER died January 26, 1935.]

COPELAND, MILLS Death Date Thursday, May 9, 1935
The Mountain Echo, August 14, 1935 Issue: Sherman COPELAND, JR. Sherman COPELAND, Jr. 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman COPELAND, died at Harrison Sunday morning. He had been sick for some time, and Friday morning in charge of his nurse, Mrs. Annie MILLS, of Summit, he was taken to Harrison where at 9:30 Sunday morning he underwent an operation for abscess of the liver and lungs. He died at 12 o'clock, about three hours after the operation. His body was returned to Yellville late Sunday evening where it lay in state at the Yellville Undertaking Parlors until Monday afternoon when it was taken to the Pleasant Ridge cemetery. His is survived by his parents and one brother and one sister. The bereaved ones have the sympathies of their friends. (

DOSHIER Death Date Friday, May 17, 1935
The Mountain Echo, May 22, 1935 Issue: Mrs. Sallie DOSHIER who lived south of Yellville, died Friday of last week and her body was laid to rest Saturday afternoon in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery in the presence of many sorrowing relatives and friends. We were unable to learn the cause of her death.

BAKER, COTTON, MORROW, STOKES Death Date Saturday, May 18, 1935
The Mountain Echo, May 22, 1935 Issue: Mrs. Laurana STOKES MORROW. Mrs. Laurana STOKES MORROW passed away May 18th after suffering a severe illness for several months. Mrs. MORROW was a devoted Christian since the age of 15 years. She was married September 25th, 1901 to J. M. MORROW and lived her entire life in Marion county. She leaves her aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bud STOKES of Leslie, her devoted husband and four children-namely, Howard, Harry, Ernie and a daughter, Mrs. Burley BAKER, all of Marion county, also four brothers, John and Charley of Springfield, Mo., Rex of Oklahoma, Harve of Montana, one sister Mrs. Virgie COTTON of Leslie, together with many other relatives and a host of friends. She was laid to rest Sunday, May 19th, at Pleasant Ridge cemetery. A few days before her death she (being aware the end was near) requested that the song, "I'll Soon Be At Home Over There," he sung. This request was carried out. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. B. Keeter of Flippin with the Yellville Funeral Home in charge. I cannot say-I will not say That she is dead, but just away. With a cherry smile and a wave of the hand, She wandered into an unknown land. Think of her still as the same, I say She is not dead-She's just away.-One Who Loved Her.

MATLOCK Death Date Wednesday, September 25, 1935
The Mountain Echo, September 25, 1935 Issue: Will MATLOCK. Mr. Will MATLOCK who resided a few miles south of Yellville on highway 14, after a prolonged illness, passed away at his home last Sunday morning. Surviving is his wife, many relatives and a host of friends. His body was laid to rest Monday in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery, Rev. H. J. Harger conducting the funeral services. Mr. MATLOCK was a good citizen, and will be greatly missed in the community where he spent his life. The Echo joins the many friends of the family in extending heart-felt sympathies.

HORNER, SMADES, STOKES, WATTS Death Date Wednesday, December 25, 1935
The Mountain Echo, December 25, 1935 Issue: Uncle John HORNER Passes. After a lingering illness extending over a period (unable to read), J. H. HORNER passed away at his home in this town Sunday morning about 4 o'clock, at the age of 79 years. Interment was made Monday afternoon in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery, funeral services being conducted by Rev. G. B. Keeter. Mr. HORNER is survived by his widow and four children, George, who lives just south of Yellville; Mrs. Ida WATTS, Mrs. Lily STOKES and Mrs. Myrtle SMADES, all of Springfield, Mo., all of whom were present when the end came Sunday morning.

HALL Death Date Thursday, January 9, 1936
The Mountain Echo, January 15, 1936 Issue: [From Cowan Barrens News] On last Friday evening at 9 o'clock God looked down in his infinite wisdom and mercy and said to one of good neighbors and old childhood friends and a schoolmates to come up here, I have more use for you here with me than down there in that old troublesome sin-cursed world. She was a Christian, surely in the full meaning of that great word. That woman was Mrs. Lizzie HALL. May God's blessings rest on her relatives. Mrs. HALL was buried Saturday evening at Old Pleasant Ridge, Rev. Gattie Keeter conducting the funeral. I recall the times when she visited my home when sickness, sadness, and death was in my own home. Her mission was to lend a helping hand when needed. We hope to spend eternity in her home above.

SPEEGLE Death Date Wednesday, January 22, 1936
The Mountain Echo, January 27, 1937 Issue: Child Dies From Burns: Little Betty June, 19-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. SPEEGLE, who live a few miles south of Yellville, succumbed last Friday night from burns she received about a week before, when she fell into a tub of live coals, which had been taken from a stove. All possible medical attention was given to the child in an effort to overcome the effects of the burns, but to no avail. The body of the little victim was laid to rest Saturday afternoon in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery, with Rev. Boyd W. Johnson conducting funeral services. The many friends of the heartbroken parents deeply sympathize with them in their sorrow.

BURGES, CALLAHAN Death Date Thursday, March 19, 1936
(Death Date from tombstone) The Mountain Echo, February 26, 1936 Issue: Mrs. Mary Lou CALLAHAN. Mrs. Mary Lou CALLAHAN, widow of the late Robert Henry CALLAHAN, passed away Friday afternoon of last week at the home of her son, Ernest, just north of Yellville, at the age of 79 years. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon by Rev. H. J. Harger, and the remains were laid to rest in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery, with the Holt Undertaking Company in charge. Mrs. CALLAHAN is survived by two sons, Ernest of this place, and Weldon of Olvey. Another son, Grayson, died many years ago. Several grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Ella BURGES, of Chicago, also survive. The deceased was a life-long member of the Baptist church and was a devout Christian, and a loving wife and mother. Sincere sympathies of their many friends go out to the bereaved sons and other relatives in their sorrow.

DEPOISTER, FIRESTONE, SMITH Death Date Friday, April 10, 1936
The Mountain Echo, April 15, 1936 Issue: Aged Woman Succumbs. After an illness of only a few days with bronchitis, Mrs. Martha (FIRESTONE) SMITH passed away last Friday morning at the home of her son, Mr. H. C. FIRESTONE, a few miles south of Yellville. The mortal remains were laid to rest Saturday in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery, with funeral services conducted by Rev. H. J. Harger, pastor of the Yellville Methodist church. Mrs. SMITH was born on May 29, 1840, in the state of Alabama, being 95 years, 10 months and 13 days old at the time of her death. In 1886 she moved with her husband to Yellville, and has lived in this county continuously since that time until her death. "Aunt Martha," as she was known to her many friends, was a noble Christian woman. She was baptized into the fellowship of the Baptist church 77 years ago, and her life was a shining example of true Christianity ever afterward. Notwithstanding her advanced age, she enjoyed wonderful health until she was stricken with the fatal illness a few days ago. She often walked a considerable distance over the neighborhood to visit with her friends and neighbors, and she was always cheerful, spreading sunshine and happiness wherever she went. She is survived by two sons, H. C. and A. L. FIRESTONE, both of whom lived with her, and two other sons, W. P. AND J. W, went west several years ago, and it is not known whether they are still living or not. Many grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive her. The Echo joins with the many friends of the family in extending sympathies to them in their sorrow. [The grave is marked Martha Francis DEPOISTER FIRESTONE.]

MORROW, STOKES Death Date Tuesday, April 21, 1936
The Mountain Echo, April 29, 1936 Issue: [From Cowan Barrens News] Mrs. Bud STOKES of Leslie passed away Tuesday, April 21st, and was buried at Pleasant Ridge Wednesday evening by the side of her daughter, Mrs. Jim MORROW, who preceded her to the grave 11 months ago. Ministers from Leslie came over and held funeral services. Thus God is calling us one by one. Its great to be ready for the call. [Amy D. STOKES died April 21, 1936.]

FIRESTONE, KEETER Death Date Wednesday, August 12, 1936
The Mountain Echo, August 19, 1936 Issue: H. C. FIRESTONE. Following an illness of several days Mr. H. C. FIRESTONE passed to his reward at his home a few miles south of Yellville on Wednesday of last week, at the age of 75 years. The remains were laid to rest Thursday in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery. Rev. W. H. McCuistion conducting the religious services, while the Masonic fraternity was in charge of the funeral. Mr. FIRESTONE was born on May 3, 1861, in Alabama, but had been a resident of Arkansas practically all his life. He was converted several years ago and united with the Missionary Baptist church at New Hope, and continued an active Christian until his death. He was married on July 17, 1884 to Miss Mary F. KEETER, to which union were born nine children. His companion and six children preceded him in death, only 3, George, Walter and Floyd now surviving. They were all present when the end came. He is also survived by a brother, Mr. L. A. FIRESTONE, who lived with him at the family home. The Echo joins the many friends of the family in extending heart-felt sympathy.

DOSHIER, GILLIAM, MELTON, STUBBS, TUCKER Death Date Monday, August 24, 1936
The Mountain Echo, August 26, 1936: Romie MELTON Instantly Killed Here Monday. Last Monday morning about 9:30 o'clock Romie MELTON, an employee of the Tanner Paving Company, was killed instantly, when the conveyor at the gravel plant fell from the bin and struck him, crushing his head and body. Romie was loading the trucks from the bin and was working under the conveyor, one end of which rested on the loading bin, the other end being at the gravel pit. From some cause as yet undetermined, trouble developed at the lower end of the conveyor, pulling the end off of the bin, and the great weight struck Romie in the head as it fell, death resulting immediately-Dr. Thompson was summoned and went at once to the scene, but there was nothing that medical aid could do. The Hannah Undertaking Company was called and took charge of the body and prepared it for burial, after which it was removed to the home of his mother, Mrs. John MELTON, in this town, from which place funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. J. Harger at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, followed by interment in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. The deceased is survived by his wife and three children, J. C., 11, Don, 8, and Wynonia, 10 months of age; his mother, Mrs. John MELTON, one brother, Ernie MELTON, and four sisters, Mrs. Elvie GILLIAM, Mrs. Addie STUBBS, Mrs. Violet TUCKER and Mrs. Edith DOSHIER, besides a large number of other relatives. Romie was a fine young man, 30 years of age, honest and industrious, and it is indeed a tragedy that he was stricken down in the prime of life, and the Echo joins the many friends of the grief-stricken family in extending heart-felt sympathies in their sorrow. All work was shut down by the construction company, which is paving a section of highway 62 west of Yellville, and was not resumed until after the funeral.

GENTRY, GRAY Death Date Wednesday, September 23, 1936
(Death Date is NP issue date) The Mountain Echo, September 23, 1936 Issue: "A Tribute To My Grandmother, Mrs. GENTRY". Nature deals with us, and takes away Our loved ones, one by one, and by the hand Leads them to rest so gently, that they go Scarce knowing if they wish to go or stay, Being too full of sleep to understand How far the unknown transcends. Belief in immortality is found in religious faith, greatest comfort of the human race. Even at our daily tasks we are the sky and sun, and at night the stars, and still ask, as Napoleon did, "Who made all that?" And that extraordinary young pilot, Amelia Earhart Putnam, on her flight from Hawaii to the states said she found it interesting to "pick (unreadable word) she flew, voices of the broadcasters on the ground. "I know many of them," she says, "recognize the voice" of every one, although I have never seen them." It might be like that in another world, where, with material bodies left behind on earth, and nothing "to see of each other," spirits would know each other only by their "mental voices," not even any sound, no vocal cords to create it. That would seem strange, at first, a "mental emanation," and then the delighted exclamation, in another mental emanation: "Oh, is that you, Bunch?" I think of my Grandmother passing on. How I will miss her! "Tis strange our sweetest rapture springs From joys which soonest go. Behind the sadness in our eyes The tears of sorrow steep. The only joys we really prize Are those we can not keep. If life were endless, fixed and sure, What then could love supply? Who'd call a doctor in to care The one who couldn't die? Oh, love and loss go hand in hand And love and death are twain. We care because we understand Our care may be in vain. We love because we never know How soon we'll sit and weep. For all the joys worth while below Are those we can not keep. But lived, such a life that it was a privilege to pass away. Death didn't scare her. It was only an episode in her life. If you live right, death is a joke to you as for as fear is concerned. Certainly no bodily death could halt her blithe spirit. Freed of the painful, cloddish body, she must be ascending new heights, scaling new peaks. This I firmly believe. Consciousness after death is not a mere "something to be hoped for" with me but a conviction-as certain and fixed as the scatter of stars at night. After the Angel Gabriel has written down, "A very useful, splendid life spent in the rearing of seven children, three grandchildren, practically rearing twenty-one other grandchildren and even daring for and nursing her own children and in-laws after marriage as if babies. Throughout life many hours spent yearly in the care and nursing of friends, neighbors and unfortunate during illness and troubles. These services given not bought. (Certainly no service is greater than service and love to fellowman, remember "About Ben Adhem?) Other splendid deeds too numerous to mention. Not once but many times did she face death-death through intense suffering as the price of life. It is not what she professed to be but the way she actually lived throughout life is what maker her so beneficial in God's scheme of things. Surely Gabriel the Angel will not be hesitant to close the line, "She has found a new happy beginning in the Life that last forever.-Mrs. B. W. GRAY. [Also in the same issue] Card Of Thanks. We wish to show our love, appreciation and thanks to our kind friends for the many kindnesses, goodness and all else shown us through the illness and death of our beloved Grandmother and Mother and especially do we love and thank those who were almost constantly with her and us. The GENTRY Family. [Kimmie Lee GENTRY]

HUDSPETH, WICKERSHAM Death Date Tuesday, October 6, 1936
The Mountain Echo, October 7, 1936 Issue: Local Farmer Takes Own Life. John HUDSPETH, 38 year-old farmer, ended his life at his home three miles south of Yellville about 3:30 o'clock Tuesday morning, using a shotgun, with which he literally blew off the top of is head. It is said that Mr. HUDSPETH had been despondent for some time as a result of the drouth and his failure to make a crop this season, and it is believed that worry over this condition caused him to become unbalanced mentally and take his own life. Mrs. HUDSPETH said she heard her husband get up Tuesday morning and go outside, returning in just a few minutes, only to go outside again, but she supposed he was going to feed his team, as they expected to start early to another farm which Mr. HUDSPETH had rented, to sow wheat. Shortly after he went out the second time a shot rang out, and rushing outside, Mrs. HUDSPETH found her husband dead, the instrument of death still clutched in his hand. Coroner Lay was notified and went to the HUDSPETH home, and returned a verdict that death resulted from a self-inflicted wound. The Hannah Undertaking Company took charge of the body and prepared it for burial. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. H. B. Laws this (Wednesday) afternoon, with interment in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery. Mr. HUDSPETH was one of the hardest workers in his community and was always considered a good farmer. He was a member of the Apostolic church, and was an earnest, sincere Christian. The deceased is survived by his wife and three children-two boys and a girl, his mother, Mrs. Anna HUDSPETH, two brothers, George and Columbus, and two sisters, Mrs. Ada WICKERSHAM and Mrs. Addie HUDSPETH, all of this place. All of the relatives have the sincere sympathy of their many friends in their great sorrow brought about by this terrible tragedy.

The Mountain Echo, December 23, 1936 Issue: Mrs. J. H. JAMES. Mrs. Elviea JAMES, widow of the late J. H. JAMES, passed away about 5 o'clock last Sunday at the old family home about ten miles south of Yellville, at the ripe old age of 76 years. Mrs. JAMES, nee SHIRLEY, was born in Miller county, Mo., on October 20, 1860. She was married to J. H. JAMES January 2, 1882. To this union eleven children were born, ten of whom survive. They are Mrs. Margaret AVEY and Mrs. Laura ADAMS of Yellville, Mrs. Maud DILLAHUNTY of Osage, Oklahoma, Alex, Warren, Enos, Edd, Joel and Aaron JAMES of Yellville and community, and Rev. W. A. JAMES of Osage, Oklahoma. Another son, Frank, died 28 years ago. She is also survived by 35 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Mrs. JAMES had for many years been a consistent and consecrated Christian and a member of the Baptist church, was a faithful wife and a devoted mother and a good neighbor, whose memory will long linger in the hearts of many to whom she had rendered acts of kindness. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. P. W. Clampitt, pastor of the local Baptist church, at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon, after which the body was laid to rest beside that of her companion in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery. Pall bearers were Harve DOSHIER, Carl KEETER, Joe METHVIN, Wayland BIRRER, Arthur HURST and Jinks WOOD. The Echo joins the many friends of the family in extending heart-felt sympathies to the bereaved ones in their great loss.

GILLEY Death Date Wednesday, January 27, 1937
(Death Date is NP issue date) The Mountain Echo, January 27, 1937 Issue: J. A. GILLEY. After a lingering illness, Mr. J. A. GILLEY passed away at his home a few miles south of Yellville last Friday night at the age of 63 years. His body was laid to rest in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery Sunday afternoon, Rev. Boyd W. Johnson, pastor of the local Methodist church conducting funeral services. Mr. GILLEY was as good a citizen as ever lived in Marion county and will be greatly missed in the community where he lived. He is survived by his widow, his aged mother, and three sons, Hershel, Bas and Clomer GILLEY, all of this county. The Echo joins with the many friends of the family in extending sympathies to them in their sorrow.

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