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Last Updated 14 January 2016

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
Thursday, 28 June 2007

Samuel J. “Sam” Abbott , 74, of Poteau, passed away June 24, 2007, in Poteau.He was born May 15, 1933, in Waldron, Ark. He spent his days as a construction worker. He was a Baptist, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the Korean War and a Democrat. He was a lover of good horses, bird dogs and life in general. He was also a musician.He is preceded in death by his parents, Dero and Lois Abbott, and a sister, Bonnie Dean Allen.He is survived by his sisters, Reba Dunning of Fort Smith, Ark., who was his caregiver to the end and responsible for his not going to the nursing home, Dora and husband Dr. Marco Escobar of Houston, Texas; three brothers, Woodie Abbott and wife Bea of Fort Smith, Hank Abbott and wife Willene of Poteau, and Charles Abbott and wife Hope of Poteau; brother-in-law, George Chester of Poteau and also a caregiver to the end.Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with Rev. Jimmy D. Cook officiating. Interment will follow at Vaughn Cemetery in Gilmore. Arrangements were made under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home in Poteau.Pallbearers will be Rev. Leon Glenn, Frank Wiles, Charlie Been, Jerry Qualls, Gene Hamilton and Earl Hearon.

Contributed by William Highfill
Chattanooga Times Free Press (online edition)
Monday, 02 September 2008

ROSSVILLE -- Harlin Addington, 80, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at his residence. A resident of the Rossville area for the past 35 years, he was a former employee of Ben Parker Co. and was a member of Boynton United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Dora Swindall Addington; one sister and six brothers. He is survived by his wife, Sherma Addington, of Rossville; two daughters and son-in-law, Kelly and Noel Carter, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Vickie Smith, of Perry, Fla.; sister, Lenora Smith, of Boles, Ark.; brother, Bill Addington, of Tombstone, Ariz.; granddaughter, Kristy (Shane) Fann, of Rossville; great-granddaughter, Ashley Fann, of Rossville; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Bill Jackson officiating. The family will receive friends after 2 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until funeral time Tuesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are by W.L. Wilson and Sons Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Friday, 19 January 2007

WALDRON — Madison Marcella Akins, infant daughter of Chris and Jennifer Akins of Waldron, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007. She was born Jan. 17, 2007, in Fort Smith. Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at First Church of the Nazarene in Poteau with burial at Oakland Cemetery Babyland in Poteau under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Mackenzie Akins of the home; two brothers, Chase and Blake Akins, both of Shady Point; maternal grandparents, Steve and Debby Martindale of Bates; and paternal grandparents, Jess and Vickie Akins of Wister. Pallbearers will be her uncles, Randy Potter and Lee Akins.

Contributed by William Highfill
Sunday, 12 February 1967, p. 2.

Comments: Ruth Irene Alletag was the oldest child of Albin Barto Highfill and Addie Matilda Tate. Her grandparents were Albert Washington Highfill and Margaret Louisa Farnsworth (one set of my great grandparents), and Thomas Jefferson Tate and Martha Matilda Rogers. Ruth lived for most of her adult life in Ada, Oklahoma, where her husband, his brother, and her brother Clyde Highfill were associated for many years with the Ada newspaper. Clyde later moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he worked for The Tennessean.--William C. Highfill, 21 April 2008.

Services for Ruth Irene Alletag will be Monday at 4 p.m. in the chapel of the Smith Funeral home. She died Friday at her home. She was born Oct. 24, 1904, in Blue Ball, Ark., and came to Ada from Russellville, Ark. She attended grade school in Danville, Ark., and graduated from high school in Hartford, Ark. She was married Dec. 24, 1923, to Clyde Alletag. Mr. Alletag, circulation manager of this newspaper, preceded his wife in death in 1963. A member of the First Baptist Church, she was active in many areas. She was a faithful member of the order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the Allied Arts Department of the Tantl Study Club. She was a past matron of the Eastern Star and was a member of the Kiwanianns. A wonderfully friendly and outgoing woman, Mrs. Alletag had literally hundreds of friends. She was always thinking of something she could do for someone to make them a little happier. Dr. David Hause will officiate at the service. Burial will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors are a son, Roy C., Houston, Tex.; a daughter, Mrs. Peggy Watson, Roscoe, Pa.; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Fleming, Lindsay, and Mrs. Virginia Wilson, Shawnee; a brother, Clyde Highfill, Nashville, Tenn., and her mother, Mrs. Addie Highfill, Ada. Casketbearers will be Roy Lollar, J.O. Vernon, Florian Smith, Frank Orebaugh, Homer Flowers, and Preston O’Neal.

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
Morris Newspaper
April 26, 1974

Funeral services for Earl H. “Shorty” Ammons, 73 longtime rancher and farmer of the Morris area who died Thursday morning in the local hospital following a brief illness will be held at 11.00 a.m. Saturday in the Sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Morris. The Rev. Dave Kelley will be the officiant and interment will be in the Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of the Buchanan Funeral Home. Mr. Ammons was born August 19, 1900 in Waldron, Arkansas where he was reared and received his normal schooling. On December 15, 1923 he was married to Faye Thelma Hurt in Waldron where they continued to live until moving to rural Morris in 1929. Mr. ammons was involved in cattle ranching and farming all of his life. On December 15, 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Ammons were the guest honors at their Golden Wedding Anniversary held at their home near Morris. Mr. Ammons was a member of the Baptist Church, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Associaton, was a former member of Morris Lions Club. Survivors include his wife, Faye T. of the home, two sons, L.D. Ammons, Modesto, California, and Lester Ammons, Oklahoma City, two daughters, Mrs. L.D. (Verba Lee) Green, Hulbert, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Vernon (Melba) Fuller, of Henryetta, one brother, Otis Ammons, Waldron, Arkansas, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
Southwest Times Record
Fort Smith, Arkansas

Cecil C. Ammons, 81, of Heavener died Friday, May 10, 1996, in his home. He was a retired Carman with the Kansas City Southern Railroad, a veteran of World War II, a member of American Legion Post 188, the Heavener Masonic Lodge No. 154, the McAlester Consistory Scottish Rite – 32nd degree, KCCH, Bedouin Shrine, Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8403, the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen Division of Transportation International Union and former member of the Heavener Board of Education. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. May 13 in First Methodist Church in Heavener with burial at Memorial Park in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral home in Heavener. He is survived by his wife Mary; two daughters, Brenda Cravotto of Sallisaw and Barbara Grubbs of Heavener; two sisters, Bernice Dickerson of Derby, Kan.; and Shirley Wood of Fort Smith; three brothers, Leon of Borger, Texas, Buck of Waldron and Bill of Wichita, Kan,; and four grandchildren. The body may be viewed from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and until service time May 13 in First United Methodist Church in Heavener.

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
Morris Newspaper

Funeral services for Faye T. Ammons of Morris will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 in the Buchanan Memorial Chapel with Rev. Dave Kelley officiating. Interment will be in the Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of the Buchanan-McClendon Funeral Home. Mrs. Ammons, who was born Feb 7, 1902 in Booneville, Ark.; died Nov. 16 in Cushing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Ammons in 1974 and a daughter, Melba Dean Fuller in 1985. Survivors include one daughter Verba Lee Green of Drumwright; two sons, Lester Ammons of Morris and L.D. of Riverbank, Calif.; three brothers, Johnny Hurt, Bakersfield, Calif.; Gary Hurt, Seminole, Texas, and Newt Hurt, Kansas City, Kan.; two sisters, Allie Brigance, Morris, and Billie Gibson of Odessa, Texas; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
Morris Newspaper

Lester B, Ammons 72, a resident of rural Morris, died Saturday, January 17, 1998. He was born on October 19, 1925 to Earl H. and Thelma Hurt Ammons in Waldron, Scott County, Arkansas. He had been a surveyor for the Shell Oil Company. Ammons married Oletha Alma Pickard in Rosewell, New Mexico on March4, 1950. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Morris. His parents and two sisters, Melba Dean Fuller, Verba Lee Green preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Oletha Ammons, of the home, one brother L.D. Ammons of California, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, 1998 at the McClendon Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Earnest Ashoraft will officate. Interment will be in the Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of the McClendon Funeral Home. Casketbearers will be Dick Ashley, Bud Reynolds, Dave Reynolds, Jerry Shoemake, Floyd Sharp, and Olen Stafford Jr.

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
Southwest Times Newspaper
Fort Smith, Arkansas

WALDRON – Funeral services for Mrs. Lores Emily Ammons, 80 of Waldron, who died Saturday in a Waldron nursing home, will be held at 10:a.m. Tuesday in Rice-Martin Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Birdsview Cemetery. She was a member of Free Will Baptist Church. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Elsie Ashabranner of Manill, Mrs. Thelma Center of Riverside, Calif.; Mrs. Bernice Dickerson of Wichita, Kan.; and Mrs. Shirley Wood of Fort Smith; five sons, Cecil of Heavener; Leon of Amarillo, Tex.; Buck of Waldron and Wilburn and Bill of Wichita, Kan.; three sisters, Mrs. Bonniw Brown of San Mateo, Calif.; and Mrs. Dewy Murphee and Mrs. Fern Taylor, both of Fort Smith; a brother Talmadge Rice of Colley, Okla.; 25 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
Southwest Times Record
Fort Smith, Arkansas

HEAVENER – Mary Francis Ammons, 79, of Heavener died Monday, Aug. 10, 1998 in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Pollyanna Sunday school class. She also was a member of the Women’s Guild. Funeral will be 2:p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Heavener with burial at Memorial Park in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home in Heavener. She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Cravotto of Sallisaw and Barbara Grubbs of Heavener; four grandchildren, Bridgett Young, Davis Grubbs Jr.; Sarah Grubbs and Jerrod Cravotto; and one great -grandson.

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
The Advance Reporter
29 September 1938

Ernest Ammons, 30 years old, was charged with first degree murder Tuesday, following the death early Tuesday at a Fort Smith hospital of his brother, Omer Ammons, 36, who was stabbed with a knife in a family altercation Saturday night. A charge of assault with intent to kill was filed against Ernest Ammons after his arrest Saturday. The father of the two men, Will Ammons, 63, who also suffered serious knife wounds in the affray, remained in critical condition late Wednesday at the farm home, seven miles southwest of Waldron, where the altercation occurred. Sheriff W.W. Austin said the cause of the dispute had not been learned. Ernest Ammons is being held here in the Scott County jail, and date for his preliminary hearing had not been set Wednesday. Omer Ammons was brought to the Fort Smith hospital Monday night, when his condition became critical. It was first believed he was not seriously injured. He suffered a deep wound in his chest just above the heart. Survivors, in addition to his father and brother, include his wife, Mrs. Maude Ammons; three daughters, Mevoline, Geraldine and Evaline Ammons, all of the home; three other brothers, Tom, Talmadge and Claude Ammons, all of Gravelly, Ark; and a sister, Mrs. Alonzo Wagner, Gravelly. Funeral service was held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Pilot Church, three miles east of Waldron. Rev. John Whitely and Rev. George Storms officiated. Burial was at the Pilot church cemetery, under direction of the Martin Funeral Home.

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
The Wichita Eagle
6 January 2016

William R. Sr., 82, Army veteran and retired Wichita Police Officer; Betty Jo (Jodie), 78, retired Wesley Hospital patient counselor, died within hours of one another on January 2, 2016, after nearly 60 years of marriage. Though they will be sorely missed, we rejoice that they are together with the Lord they loved, knowing that "precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" (Psalm 116:15). They are survived by three children and their spouses, Donna and Mike Wellemeyer, Darla and Wesley DeSpain, and William Jr., and Carrie Ammons; 10 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren and two more due this year. Betty Jo is also survived by her precious sister, Gladys Denton, of Mena, AR. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 8; Viewing will be from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, both at Resthaven in Wichita. The family thanks all who offered encouragement, love, and caring; they request donations to the Wichita Police Benefit Fund in lieu of flowers.

Contributed by William Highfill
The Heavener (OK) Ledger
Thursday, November 14, 2002, p. 10

Nora Mae Anderson, 93, of Panama died November 8, 2002 at Spiro. She was born August 31, 1909 at Cauthorn, Arkansas. Service was Sunday, November 10, 2002 at Evans Chapel in Poteau with burial in Shady Point Cemetery in Shady Point. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Mike Crook of Monroe, grandchildren Rena Adams of Monroe, Tracy Crook-Hibbs of Oklahoma City, Michael Crook of Oklahoma City, Patrick Ledbetter of Greenwood, Ark., Brenda Scabourne of Texarkana, Texas, Debbie Foyil of Guthrie, Ann Barker of Oklahoma City, John David Inge of California, Steve Inge of Las Vegas, Nev., Brad Anderson of Muskogee, David Anderson of Charleston, Ark., Keith Anderson of Broken Bow, Penny Moore of Indiana, Polly Oliver of Colorado, Phoebe Knadler of Texas, 21 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Nora was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis, two daughters, Doris Inge, and Patricia King, and one son, David Earl Anderson.

Contributed by William Highfill
Cassville (Mo.) Democrat (online edition)
Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Doyle Dan Angel, 79, of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2011, in his home. He was born April 25, 1932, in Scott County, Ark., the son of Ed and Edna (Blalock) Angel. on June 7, 1958, in Independence he was united in marriage to Elsie Etta Barnett, who preceded him in death on Dec. 28, 2005. Also preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Joe Angel. Survivors include: one son, Dan Angel and his wife, Allison, of Cassville; one daughter, Janice Avant and her husband, Steve, of Elizabeth, Colo.; four grandchildren; three brothers, Bill Angel, of Little Rock, Ark., Gerald Angel, of Hot Springs, Ark., and Charles Angel, of Hot Springs, Ark.; and six sisters, Linda Davis, of Parks, Ark., Elois Young, of Waldron, Ark., Louise Willsey, of Waldron, Ark., Ann VanDeWiele, of Tulsa, Okla., Pat Keener, of Parks, Ark., and Lisa Godfrey of Waldron, Ark. He grew up and received his education in Arkansas, and graduated from Waldron high School. During the Korean War, he joined the United States Air Force on Jan. 18, 1952, and was honorably discharghed on Jan 17, 1956. For 38 years he worked for Safeway Grocery Stores, retiring as a meat merchandiser. In 1998, he moved to Cassville to make his home and be near his son and his family. Funeral services were held Saturday in Fohn Funeral home, Cassville. Pastor Doyle Russell conducted the services. Contributions may be made to Haven of the Ozark Animal Sanctuary in his memory.

Contributed by Debbie Johnson
The Heavener Ledger, page 3
16 January 1969

Funeral service for Gilbert Bud Angel, 71, Heavener, who died Sunday at Poteau was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Heavener Memorial Park. A longtime resident of Heavener, he was a Baptist and a member of the Oddfellows. Mr. Angel was born Oct. 28, 1897 at Waldron. He had operated a taxi service here for many years. Survivors include his wife Preable; three sons, Omer, Phoenix, J.D., Galveston, TX, and M.C., Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Marcille Wigginton, Imperial Beach, California, Mrs. Shirley Johnston, Chula Vista, Calif., and Mrs. Gayla Caldwell, Heavener; one brother, Garrett, Oklahoma City; 15 grandchildren and and five great-grandchildren. Rev. Dennis Surber officiated at funeral rites. Pallbearers were Oddfellows.

Contributed by William Highfill
Lubbock (TX) Avalanche-Journal - Lubbock Online
Saturday, 02 August 2008

Note: Betty Ann Gilbert Anthony has strong Scott and Yell County roots: Her parents were Thomas Alonzo “Lonnie” Gilbert, born in Waldron, and Lillian Estelle Neal, born in Dike, Hopkins County, Texas. One pair of her grandparents were William M. Gilbert and Russia L. Farnsworth; and a set of her great grandparents were George Washington Farnsworth and Martha Ann Nancy Self.

Betty Ann Gilbert Anthony died July 29, 2008. Betty was born on May 10, 1925, in Ft. Sill, Okla., to Col. Thomas Lonnie Gilbert and Lillian Estelle Neal. Her father was the first commanding officer at Lubbock Army Air Field, which later became Reese Air Force Base. As a military "brat", she had the opportunity to grow up in many places, with some of her fondest memories of her time spent in Hawaii. Betty attended Abilene Christian College for two years, and then graduated with a BA in English from the University of Texas in Austin. She remained an active member of the Chi Omega Sorority for many years. She settled in Lubbock and married William Ross Anthony. Their first child, Mary Ann, was born in 1948, followed by Will in 1950, John Gilbert in 1951, and Betty Jane in 1953. Betty achieved an MA in Education from Texas Tech University. She taught Sophomore English at Lubbock High School for one year, and then was a Substitute Teacher for the Lubbock Independent School District for 20 years. Betty was a Diamond Life Master in Duplicate Bridge and earned more master points than anyone in Lubbock. She lovingly shared her expertise by volunteering to teach many novice Bridge players. Betty was an avid reader of fiction novels and was rarely seen without a book at hand. She was also a life long member of the Broadway Church of Christ. In addition, Betty generously gave her time and energy to many volunteer efforts, including the University Medical Center. Betty's husband, Bill, preceded her in death. In addition to her four children, Betty is survived by four grandchildren, Trent Anthony, Anthony W. Bertrand, Taryn Anthony Farmer, and Matthew Anthony; and by one great grandson, Gage Farmer. Betty is also survived by her sister, Lillian Jacqueline Rehanek of Redwood City, Calif. One grandson, David Anthony, preceded Betty in death. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, August 4, 2008 at the Broadway Church of Christ chapel in Lubbock. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Rix Funeral Directors. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Meals on Wheels of Lubbock, 2304 34th St. Lubbock, Tx 79411, or to a favorite charity.

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt

Mrs. Elsie Marie Ashabranner of Manilla died Dec. 2, 1982 at Buffalo Inland Community Hospital in Manila at the age of 60. She was an employee of Manila Nursing Home. Survivors include her husband, H.C. Ashabranner of Manila; two sons, Bobby Ashabranner of Elaine and Sammy Ashabranner of Little Rock; five brothers, Leon Ammons of Texas, Buck Ammons of Waldron, Cecil Ammons of Heavener, Okla., Bill Ammons and Wilber Ammons of Wichita, Kansas; two sisters, Mrs. Shirley Woods, Ft. Smith, and Mrs. Berniece Dickerson of Wichita, Kansas. Services were 10 a.m. Saturday at Howard Funeral Service chapel in Manila, Rev. Bennie Harmon officiating. Burial was in Manila Cemetery with Howard Funeral Service in charge. Pallbearers were Tommy Towles, J.B. Brown, Simon Morris, Paul Robbins, Dewey Rice and Sam Moore.

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt

Haywood C. (Cutter) Ashabranner, 75, of Manila died Monday, Oct. 28, 1985, at his home. Born in Manila, he was a retired construction worker and member of the First United Methodist Church. Survivors include two sons, Bobby Ashabranner of Elaine and Sam Ashabranner of Jacksonville; four grandchildren. Services will be 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Howard Funeral Service Chapel, Manila, Rev. Tom Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Manila Cemetery.

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
Tuesday, 13 Novwmber 2012

Annie Bell (King) Ashby, 91, of Octavia, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Fort Smith, Ark. Annie was born June 12, 1921, to Albert and Sarah (Newman) King in Waldron, Ark. She married Neal Ashby on March 20, 1949. Annie and Neal lived in several different places, from Oklahoma to Alaska to Montana. Annie was a wonderful mother and grandmother who enjoyed gardening and fishing. She was a member of the Smithville Assembly of God. She is survived by her sons, David Ashby of Spiro, John Ashby of Memphis, Tenn., Ben Ashby and wife, Teresa, of Wilburton, and Toby Ashby and wife, Daccari, of Panola; daughter, Susan Parker of the home; sister Fora Scruggs of Mannford; grandchildren, Nick Ashby and wife, Aimee, of Red Oak, Peter Ashby and wife, Cindy, of Buffalo Valley, Katherine Ashby of Panola and Dayton Ashby of Panola; great-grandchildren, Allie, Raylee, Raygan, Brooklyn and Brodie and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends. Annie was preceded in death by her husband, Neal in 2000; parents, Albert and Sarah King; grqndson, Bryan Parker; five brothers, Paul, Ruben, Cebert, Martin and Charlie King; three sisters, Stella Hassel, Etna Eacret and Effie Gordon. Graveside services were held Monday, Nov. 12, at Octavia Cemetery with the Rev. Greg Hurd officiating. Pallbearers were David Ashby, John Ashby, Ben Ashby, Toby Ashby, Nick Ashby, Peter Ashby and Dayton Ashby. Jones Harkins Funeral Home, Wilburton, handled arrangements.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Texarkana--Inez Atchley, 77, of Texarkana, formerly of Cove, died Sunday, June 20, 2004 in Texarkana. She was born Aug. 21, 1926, in Waldron. She was a presser for the Renova Shirt Factory, and of the Baptist faith. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. today at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. She is survived by a daughter, Karon Ramsey of Wilston; a brother, Dale Atchley of Mena; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Polk County Enterprise
Livingston, Texas
Monday, 12 February 2007 (online edition)

Harry Franklin Ayers 74, of Dayton, died Friday, January 26, 2007 at the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown. He was born on November 1, 1932 in Waldron, Arkansas to parents: James F. Ayers and Jessie McCartney. He was an owner operator of the Ayers Transportation Company from 1991 to his retirement in 1997. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed fishing. He was a dairy farmer in Arkansas where he operated a dairy farm for over 25 years. He was preceded in death by his Parents; Son: Robert James Ayers; Grandsons: Mickey Stephenson and Jaison Ayers; Father-in-law: Wiley M. Trousdale and Brother-in-law: Dale Trousdale. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 29, 2007 from 6:00 P. M. until 9:00 P. M. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. He is survived by his Wife: Ellen Ayers of Dayton; Children: Gail Stephenson and her husband Dan of Hutchins, KS., Harry F. Ayers and his wife B. J. of Wichita, KS., Wiley Trousdale and his wife Darbye of Dayton and Hope Tillman and her husband Dwayne of Dayton; Sisters: Loverda Hale and her husband Jay of Alabama and Virginia Collins and her husband Robert of Ft. Townson, OK.; Brothers: Bill Ayers and his wife Velma of Portland, OR. and Fred Ayers of Arkansas; Grandchildren: Christopher Stephenson, Aaron Stephenson, A. J. Stephenson, Matthew Stephenson, Patricia Ayers, Trisha Renee Ayers, Kaleb Monarez, Carla Monarez, Payge Berry, C. W. Tillman and Rilea Trousdale; Mother-in-law: Pauline Trousdale and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service for Harry Ayers will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 10 A. M. at the First Baptist Church in Dayton with the Rev. Chris Trousdale officiating. The family will have a private committal service at a later date.

Contributed by Pauline Davis
Beasley-Wood/Geyer-Quillin Funeral Home
(November 27, 1931 - March 3, 2008)

Mondell Aynes, age 76, of Mena, passed away Monday, March 3, 2008 at his home. He was born November 27, 1931 in Waldron, Arkansas to the late Millard Aynes and the late Hester Ponder Aynes. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean Conflict. Mondell was retired from the Arkansas State Highway Department where he was office manager. He was of the Baptist faith and a devoted brother, uncle and friend. Survivors are: Brother: Miles Aynes and wife JoAnn of Mena, Arkansas. Sisters: Morese Heath of Benton, Arkansas, Janice Powell and husband Jay of Mena, Arkansas, Janet Brown and husband James of Del City, Oklahoma, 16 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Millard and Hester Aynes and his brother, Bobby Gene Aynes. Funeral services will be Friday, March 7, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dallas Avenue Baptist Church with Brother Dardanelle Townsley, Ronnie Heath and Todd Aynes officiating. Interment will follow in the Concord Cemetery in Ink under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be his nephews, Ronnie Heath, Lonnie Heath, Freddie Heath, Tim Aynes, Darrell Heath, Todd Aynes, Brad Brown, Danny Aynes, Jeremy Powell, and Justin Powell. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Hobson, Bill McChristian, C. F. Brumbelow, Larry McMellon, Tommy Wells, Doug Garrison, Bob Smith, Wayne Hansbrough, Billy Hull, Tuffy McConnell, Louis Waters, Eddie Lunsford, Ray Hale, and Jimmy Hicks.

Contributed by William Highfill
Heavener (OK) Ledger
Thursday, July 3, 2008, Page 10

Lela M. Azlin, 87, formerly of Hodgen and Poteau, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2008, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was born on April 22, 1921, in Waldron, Arkansas to John and Julie Phipps. She was the third of five children. She married Tom Azlin and assisted him in farming and ranching in Hodgen. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Hodgen. Upon moving to Poteau she became a member of First Baptist Church in Poteau. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 28, 2008 at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel under the directon of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener. She is survived by one son, Chaplin Boyd Walton and wife Agnes of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; one brother, Clinton Phipps and wife Barbara of Hodgen; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her son Luke “Tommy” Azlin; her sister, Novella Gassaway; and two brothers Willis Phipps and Pete Phipps.

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