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Last Updated 10 November 2011

Contributed by Debbie Johnson
The Heavener Ledger, page 1
9 January 1969

Funeral service for John Columbus Daniel, 90-year-old resident of the Zoe community, was to be conducted Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Dowden Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Sherman Cox will officiate with burial in the Hodgens Cemetery. Born in Arkansas December 18, 1879, Mr. Daniel was a lifelong resident of this area and a retired farmer. Survivors include one son, Carrol of Page; a daughter, Mrs. Beulah Wright of Hodgens; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Benton (AR) Courier
12 May 2005

Thelmo Daniels, 80. of Bryant died Monday, May 9, 2005, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Blue Ball on the Scott-Yell county line to L.V. Lunsford and Hettie Dickens Lunsford. Mrs. Daniels worked as a cafeteria worker at the Alexander Youth Services Facility in Alexander and was a member of the Abundant Life Assembly of God in Bryant. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hanon Daniels; and one great-granddaughter, Abigail Cox. Survivors include three daughters, Charlotte Daniels of Bryant, Charlene Stiles of Mabelvale and Martha Cox of Benton; two brothers, Hoover Lunsford of Bakersfield, Calif., and Kenneth Lunsford of Liberty, Mo.; two sisters, Neamo Beckett of Booneville and Shirley Dorrough of Woodward, Okla.; four grandchildren, Carla Cloninger, Jeff Cox, Brent Byrd and Daniel Cox; and Kyla Archer, Stephine Archer, Eric Archer, Zoe Byrd and Bailey Cox. Services were scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Abundant Life Assembly of God in Bryant. Burial was to be in Forest Hills Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jeff Cox, Brent Byrd, Daniel Cox, John Walden, Calvin Beckett and Steve Beckett. Arrangements are under the direction of Ashby Funeral Home of Benton. Memorials may be made to the Abundant Life Assembly of God building fund.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Saturday, 09 January 2010

MANSFIELD — Cecilia “Cel” A. Danko, 69, of Mansfield died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, in Greenwood. She was a homemaker and a member of Mansfield Church of the Nazarene. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at Mansfield Church of the Nazarene with burial at Coop Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. She is survived by her husband, Paul; two daughters, Patte Clopton of Huntington and Kimberle Danko of Cleveland, Tenn.; two sons, Michael Danko of Haltom City, Texas, and Dale Reibold of Rock Creek, Ohio; two sisters, Betty Demine of Warren, Ohio, and Trudy Wilson of Somerset, Pa.; four brothers, Ralph Kerr of Greenville, S.C., Lee Williams of Columbus, Ohio, and Gary and Tom Williams, both of York, Pa.; and five grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Mike Danko, Jordan and Chris Clopton, Tony Erke, Larry Slate and Jason Pinckney. The body may be viewed from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 2 to 4 p.m.

Contributed by Pam Leonard
(September 17, 1923 - June 5, 2010)

Almira “Toots” Davis, age 86, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday June 05, 2010 in Mena. She was born September 17, 1923 in Bristow, Oklahoma to the late Harry Ensminger and the late Almira Letter Ensminger. Almira was married to the late Johnie R. Davis February 28, 1937 in Blackfork, Arkansas and was a member of Freewill Baptist. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother, sister and a friend to all who knew her. She is survived by: Sons: Elvin Davis and wife Armel of Mena, Arkansas Vernon Davis and wife Judy of Decatur, Arkansas Denver Davis and wife Lecia of Mena, Arkansas. 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchildren. Half-Brother: Harry Warden of Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her husband Johnie Davis, her parents Harry and Almira Ensminger, son Herman Davis. Graveside services will be Wednesday June 9, 2010 at 10:00 in the Piney Cemetery at Blackfork, Arkansas with Brother Roger Bishop officiating. Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Contributed by William Highfill
Emmett (ID) Messenger-Index (online edition)
04 February 2009

Audelene B. Davis, 72, of Emmett, Idaho, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at a Boise, Idaho, hospital. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at the Emmett Cemetery. The procession will leave the Potter Funeral Chapel at 10:45 am. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3 until 8 p.m. at the Chapel. Audelene was born Sept. 3, 1936, in Texas. She grew up in California. On Feb. 14, 1980, she was married to Edward Davis in Emmett. She worked for years in the fruit packing plants and the cannery. She later became a CNA and helped care for people in their homes. She loved to work in her flowers and garden and enjoyed taking pictures. Survivors include her husband, Edward of Emmett; two brothers, James Farnsworth of Emmett and Ongie Lea Farnsworth of Abilene, Texas; and her three sisters, Roberta Driskell of Strathmore, Calif., Virginia Beck and Marlene Vankleef both of Emmett. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and her beloved pets, Baby, Bullet, Rex-e and her cat, Little-bit.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Thursday, 12 March 2009

WALDRON — Audrey P. Davis 84, of Waldron died Monday, March 9, 2009, in Waldron. She was born Feb. 14, 1925, in Allen, Texas. She was a homemaker and the widow of Samuel Davis. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Big Fork under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. She is survived by two daughters, Sue Hutchinson of Gainesville, Texas, and Dianne Evans of Waldron; a son, Jack Murphrey of Waldron; two sisters; a brother; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Bobby White, Tom and Brad Evans, Devin Sims, Shane Woodrum and Beth Milligan.

Contributed by Pauline Davis

Notes: Son of Lee Davis and Mary Jennings of Blackfork, Scott County, Arkansas.

Bobby Lowell Davis, age 71, of Bluewater, NM, passed away on January 18, 2009 at the Circle of Life Hospice Home in Springdale, AR. He was born to Lee Davis and Mary Josephine (Jennings) Davis in Fayetteville, AR on June 22, 1937. Bob was the kind of man that made friends everywhere he went and will be missed by all. Survived by his brother, Patrick L. Davis of CO; sisters, Retha Welsel of OH, Mary Josephine Cunio of CA; ex-wife, Carol Davis of Siloam Springs, AR; their nine remaining children, Lorelie Massey of Marshall, AR, Bonnie Raucher and husband John of Haurgen, MT, Troy Davis and wife Beth of Arlington, TX, Charla Williams and husband Karl of Harrison, AR, Cindie Masterson and husband Dale of Olive Branch, MS, Linda Dickard and husband Terry of Wesley, AR, Leroy Davis and wife Karen of Decatur, AR, Stacy Davis of Siloam Springs, AR, Nathan Davis and wife Jamie of Leslie, AR; twenty-two grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harlon and Rufus Davis; son, Ace Davis. Memorial services are planned for 3:00 p.m. Thursday, January 22, at the Mountain Springs Pentecostal Tabernacle, Hindsville, AR. Burial will be Friday, January 23, at the Piney Cemetery in Eagleton, AR. Cremation arrangements are being handled by Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home.

Contributed by Pauline Davis

Notes: Herman E. Davis was born Dec. 21, 1932 to John Isaac Davis and Mattie Watts of Blackfork, Scott Co., Ark. They are buried at Piney Cemetery. Grandparents were Lee Davis and Viney Sullivan, buried at Piney Cemetery. S.R. Watts and Annie Jane Hill, buried at the Oliver Cemetery.

Herman E. Davis, age 73, of Mena, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 in Fort Smith. He was born December 21, 1932 in Blackfork, Ark., to the late John I. Davis and Mattie Watts Davis. He was united in marriage to Pauline R. Bryan on July 27, 1956 in Poteau, Okla. He was the retired head mechanic of buses for the Acorn Public School System. He was also a veteran, serving his country in the Korean War in the United States Army. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Survivors include wife, Pauline Davis of the home; children, Cindy Weatherford and husband Darrell of Mena, Ark., Johnny Davis and wife Elizabeth of Mena, Ark., James Davis and wife Mona of Mena, Ark., Kenny Davis and wife Cathy of Mena, Ark., Travis Davis and wife Mary of Mena, Ark.; uncle, Cecil Watts of Wagner, Okla.; aunts, Edna Oglesby of Indianapolis, Ind., Mary Martin of Mena, Ark.; special nephews Eddie, Jerry and Jim Davis; special niece, JoAnn Gann of Houston, Texas; seven grandsons; two granddaughters; one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Robert, Noble and Billy Joe Davis. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Dardanelle Townsley and Bro. Orville Heath officiating. Interment followed at Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Pallbearers were Bobby Copelin, Jimmy Standridge, Clint Davis, Doyle Davis, Robert Hutcheson, Jonathon Voelkel, Tim Woods, and DeWayne Curry. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Gorden, Miles Aynes, Mondale Aynes, Arnold Lunsford, Shelby Head, Marvin Wolfenbarger, and Doyle Lewis.

Contributed by Pauline Davis

Herman Warden Davis, age 68, of Mena, formerly of Black Fork, passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006 in Mena. He was born September 30, 1937 in Black Fork to Johnie R. Davis and Almira Ensminger Davis. He was a timber worker and a veteran, serving his country in the United States Navy in the Korean Conflict. He was a lifelong resident of Scott and Polk Counties and was a loving son, brother, uncle and friends. Survivors include mother, Almira Davis of Mena, Ark; brothers, Elvin Davis of Acorn, Ark., Vernon Davis of Decatur, Ark., Denver Davis of Mena, Ark; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Graveside services were held Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Piney Cemetery in Black Fork with Bro. Roger Bishop officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Contributed by Pauline Davis
From the Mena Star paper

Funeral service for Lee Davis was held Thursday morning at 11.00 o”clock in the Geyer chapel with Bro. Bill Barton officiating. Burial was in the Piney Cemetery under the direction of the Geyer Funeral Home. Casketbearers were Herman Davis, Wayne Davis, Noble Davis, Homer Davis, James Lee and Vernon Nelson. Mr. Davis was born June 17, 1878 Grannis and died May 14, 1967 at Mena at the age of 88 years. He moved to Scott County as a small child where he grew to manhood. He then moved to North Arkansas where he lived for about 15 years. About 12 years age he moved to Polk County where he spent the remainder of his life. He had been a member of the Piney Missionary Baptist Church for the past 60 years. He is survived by eight sons, John I. Davis and Dan J. Davis, both of Mena, Pless W. Davis, Siloam Springs, George W.Davis, Springdale, Harlin Davis, Grand Junction, Colo., M-Sgt. Pat Davis stationed in Vietnam, Bob and Rufus Davis both of Utah; one stepson, O.J.Rainwater, address unknown, four daughters, Mrs. Mary Martin, Wisco, Calif., Mrs. Edith Lancaster, Denair, Calif., Mrs Retha Miller of Calif., and Mrs. Mary Jo Stanley of Fort Bragg, Calif., one brother Isaac Davis, Mena, also 43 grandchildren, 65 greatgrandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Pauline Davis
From the Mena Star paper

Noble Oscar Davis, 61, of Mena died Sunday, March 18, at his home. He was born August 10,1928 in Scott County. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church with Bro. Joe Lamond and Bro. Elvie Adams officiating. Interment was in Piney Cemetery under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Pallbeares were Doug Suttle, David Spurgin, Bob Fields, Jim Hicks, Curt Boyd, Delbert Hughes, Bob Cogburn, and Orval Bush. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Posey, Norman Liles, Bobby Funderburk, and Frank Grady. He was the son of John I. Davis and Mrs. Mattie Mable Watts and was united in marriage to Mrs. Lola Rice on April 3, 1978 in Mena. He was a logging contractor. Survivors are wife, Lola Davis, Mena, three sons, Jimmy Davis, Fayetteville, Jerry Davis, Mena, Eddied Davis, Austin,Tex., two step-sons, Gary Bert and Ear Berg, both of Mena; three daughters, JoAnn Gann, Houston, Tex., Jackie Franklin, Asheville, Ala., Janice Thompson, Steele, Ala; one step-daughter, Linda Warren, Mena, two brothers, Bill Davis and Herman, both of Mena, four grandchildren, six step-grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Baker City (OR) Herald (online edition)
30 January 2003

Opal "Dee" Davis, 71, of Boardman, died Jan. 25, 2003, at his home. Private cremation with a Celebration of Life graveside service will be held later this year in Canyon City, with time and date to be announced later. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. Dee was born March 27, 1931, at Waldron, Ark., the third child of Reacel and Monta May Starr Davis. He was raised in Booneville, Ark., then moved to Oregon in 1948. There he married Norma Jean Wood on Aug. 9, 1949, in John Day. They had four children, Linda Davis Pifher, Della Davis Edison, Rick Davis, and Roger Davis. He worked as a cat skinner, mechanic, heavy equipment operator and road builder. Dee loved to hunt, fish and be with his family, and always had a story or joke to share. He was always ready to go fishing rain or shine, he hunted up until last year when his health declined. He will be greatly missed by those who dearly loved him. Dee is survived by his daughters, Linda Davis-Pifher of Boardman, and Della Edison and her husband, Jim, of Baker City; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Dalene Davis of Baker City; 12 grandchildren; 18 great- grandchildren; three brothers, Arnold, Elmer and Dean; one sister, Janie; many nieces and nephews; and a very dear and special friend, Clarice Dumler. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Davis; son, Roger Davis; his parents and an infant brother, Glen.

Contributed by Pauline Davis

Samuel J. Davis, age 79, of Waldron, Arkansas died Friday, November 21, 2008 at Waldron. He was born July 17, 1929 in Big Fork, Arkansas to the late Harvey Davis and the late Matilda Heath Davis. He was united in marriage to Audrey P. Jarrell. Mr. Davis was a timber worker by profession. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, step-father and friend. Survivors are: Wife: Audrey Davis of Waldron, Arkansas. Daughter: Lucille Davis of Hawaii, Shirley Diane Davis of Springfield, Oregon. 13 Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren, Step-Son: Jack Murphey of Waldron, Arkansas, Step-Daughters: Sue Hutchinson of Gainesville, Texas, Diane Evans of Waldron, Arkansas, Brother: Eugene Davis of Mena, Arkansas, Sister: Nancy Casey of Mena, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Matilda Davis, a son, Lanny Dean Davis, a grandchild, Wade Martin, a brother Doyle Davis and two sisters, Aliene Davis and Madlyn Davis. Graveside services will be Monday, November 24, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Big Fork. Interment will follow under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation with family and friends will be Sunday, November 23, 2008 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Contributed by William Highfill
Arizona Silver Belt (online edition)
Wednesday, 31 March 2004

Jimmie Roena Richardson Dear, 92, of Joshua, Texas, died March 3, 2004, at Huguley Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas. She was born at Cedar Creek, Ark., and moved to Morenci in the early 1940s where she worked in the mill. She moved to Globe then to Phoenix, to Ray, Riverside, Roosevelt, and back to Globe. She spent the past year with a granddaughter in Joshua. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Willard and Marilyn Dear of Sun City; one sister, Ocie Woodland of Phoenix; 24 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service was conducted at Mountain Valley Funeral Home in Joshua. Interment was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Tolar, Texas.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Tuesday, 02 March 2010

Eva Henry DeHart, 86, of Fort Smith died on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, in her home. She was born on April 20, 1923, to the Rev. John and Lonia Dent Henry. Eva was retired from the Arkansas Casket Company and Gerber Products Company. She was a devout Christian who spent many years visiting with the sick and infirm from her church, and was a witness to God’s word in all her deeds and actions. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Claude DeHart; her brother Eugene Henry; and her sister Ann Cospelich. Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at Community Freewill Baptist Church in Pocola with burial to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Ocker-Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith. Eva is survived by her son, Monroe Moody and his wife Elaine of Charleston; two granddaughters, Kellie Ann Plotts and her husband Roy of Greenwood and Brandie Watkins and her husband Thurman of Waldron; four great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Madilyn and Austin Plotts and Adam Miles; two sisters, Margaret Batounis of Pocola and Sue McClain of Fort Smith; a brother, Charles Henry of Dayton; a cousin, Eunice Carruth; several nieces and nephews; three stepchildren and several stepgrandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff of Amedisys Home Health and the Rev. Carl Cheshier for his love and support to Eva in her final days.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Jimmy R. Delp, 59, of Fort Smith died Saturday, March 14, 2009, in Fort Smith. He was born Jan. 11, 1950, in Greenwood. He was a truck driver. Memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. The body was cremated. He is survived by his wife, Anita; two sons, O.J. and Brian Delp, both of Fort Smith; a stepdaughter, Trinity Horn of Fayetteville; a stepson, Steve Dutton of Uniontown; a sister, Doris Peters of Jenny Lind; four brothers, Bill and Robert Delp, both of Mansfield, Willis Delp of Fort Smith and James Delp of Huntington; and four grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
KENA Radio, 102.1 FM
Mena, Arkansas
(October 2, 1937 - March 12, 2011)

Mary Junita Denton, age 73, of Ludlow, Oklahoma passed away March 12, 2011, at her home. She was born October 2, 1937, at Ludlow, Oklahoma to the late Robert Moore and late Hazel Smith Moore. Junita was married to the love of her life for forty-seven years, Gary Denton. She was a loving homemakier and loved spending time with family and friends. Junita enjoyed gardening, playing cards, canning, fishing, and the races. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all who knew her and loved her. She is survived by housband, Gary Denton of Ludlow, Oklahoma; sons: Randall Cline and wife Pat of Waldron, Arkansas, Don Cline of Honobia, Oklahoma, Gary Gale Denton and wife Jessica of Pickens, Oklahoma; daughters: Cathy Gortemiler and husband Phillip of Mena, Arkansas, Mary Ann Webb and husband Glen of Hochatown, Oklahoma; grandchildren: Adam, Misty, Josh, Jessy, Samantha, Jennifer, Glen, Kristen, Brooklynn, and Dakota; ten great-grandchilden and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Hazel Moore, a brother, Milfred and a sister, Omedia Martin. Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Josh Bates officiating. Interment will follow at Ludlow Cemetery at Ludlow, Oklahoma under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral home of Mena. Familoy and friends visitation will be Monday, March 14, 2011 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be Mike Cline, Phillip Gortemiller, Travis Jacobs, Corey Pollard, Kenneth Denton and Jeff Dentgon. Honorary pallbearers will be Doyle Cook, David Miller, and Jerry Dentgon.

Contributed by William Highfill
Booneville Democrat (online edition)
Wednesday, 05 March 2008

Erven Lee “Buddy” Dickens, 84, of Blue Mountain, passed away Monday, Feb. 18 at his home. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. He retired from Plumber’s and Pipefitter’s Union with over 55 years of service. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Little Rock. He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Nellie Onedia “Sis” Dickens and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Dickens. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at Moores Chapel in Waveland with burial in Moores Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. He is survived by four sons, Larry Sr. and wife, Laura, Gary, Paul and John and wife Amanda, all of the Little Rock area; three sisters, Marie Hattabaugh of Mansfield and Faye West and Retha Bowden, both of Belleville; seven grandchildren, Ashley, Larry Jr., Chris, Amanda, Leah, Taylor and Haylee; a great-granddaughter, Natalie; numerous nieces and nephews; and extended family and friends.

Contributed by William Highfill
Mena Star (online editiion)
Tuesday, 08 November 2011

Herbert Jackson Dilbeck, age 81, of Waldron, Arkansas, formerly of Mena, passed away Monday, October 31, 2011, in Waldron. He was born April 20, 1930, in Big Fork, Arkiansas, to the late Harvey Dilbeck and the late Beulah Coogan Dilbeck. He was united in marriage to Mary Powell Dilbeck. He was honorably discharged from the United States Armed Services, serving in both the Army and the Navy, also serving in the Korean and Vietnam War. After his service, Mr. Dilbeck worked as a security guard in California, and also at U.S. Motors in Mena. His faith was that of the teachings of the Assembly of God Church and he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather, stepfather, brother, and friend. He is survived by his wife Mary Dilbeck of the home, sons Rodney Dilbeck of Rowland, Oklahoma, Harvey Dilbeck of Muldrow, Oklahoma, Frankie Dilbeck of Van Buren, Arkansas; daughters Nancy Woodall of Muldrow, Oklahoma, Darlene Qualls of Rowland, Oklahoma, Dorothy Jones of Muldrow, Oklahoma; step-daughters Debbie Dilbeck of Muldrow, Oklahoma, Debra Ann Powell of Mena, Arkansas; brothers Berlin Dilbeck of Fort Smith, Arkansas, H.B. Dilbeck of Mena, Arkansas, Johnny Dilbeck of Hot Springs, Arkansas, sisters Minnie Cossey of Mena, Arkansas, Faye Dilbeck of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Eula Mae Bass of Ozark, Arkansas; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Beulah Dilbeck; a brother, Jimmy Dilbeck, and 2 sisters, Mollie and Elizabeth Dilbeck. Funeral services were Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mena Assembly of God Church with Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Interment followed in Cherry Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Canaan Dilbeck, Billy Jones, Russell Woodall, Dennis Dilbeck, Billy Marks and Danny Bass. Honorary pallbearers are Mike Dilbeck, Kenneth Cossey, and Leroy Bass. Visitation for family and friends was Tuesday evening, November 1st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributed by Pam Leonard
Southwest Times Record

ALMA--Cledis A. Douglas, 88, of Alma died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, in her home. She was born Oct. 4, 1917, in Scott County. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Alma, a homemaker and the widow of Luther Douglas. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Ocker Funeral Home Chapel in Alma with burial at 12:30 p.m. at Duncan Cemetery in Waldron. She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Hawkins of Alma; a son, Jerry Douglas of Belvedere, Ill.; a sister, Willie Evatt of San Jose, Calif.; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Mark Lauber, Justin France, Donald Douglas and Larry Murry.

Contributed by William Highfill
Van Buren (AR) Press Argus-Courier (Online edition)
Friday, 11 June 2004

Arnold Eleon Doyel, 76, of Van Buren died Friday, June 4, 2004, in Van Buren. He was born April 4, 1928, in Hon. He was a retired postal supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service, a Merchant Marine and an Army veteran of the Korean War, receiving several medals including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Shirley Ann Doyel; one daughter, Leslie L. Copher and husband Mark of Van Buren; two sons, Michael A. Doyel Sr. and wife Julie and Casey S. Doyel and wife Elisha, all of Van Buren; two stepsons, David Powers of Sacramento, Calif., and Mike Powers of Ranger, Texas; stepdaughter Cindy Powers of Sacramento, Calif.; stepsister Mildred Farnsworth of Fresno, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Stacey and Jeb Doyel, Ginnie L. Doyel, Michael A. Doyel Jr., Gabby N. Doyel, Mark and Audrey Copher and Joseph Abdel-Aal, all of Van Buren; eight step-grandchildren; great granddaughter Skylar Doyel of Van Buren; and five step-great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Oak Cliff Baptist Church with burial at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith. Family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home. Active pallbearers will be Howard Edwards, Dennis Lairamore, Bo Gramlich, Jerry and Joley Casey, Marvin Smith and Tim and Pat McNally. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom McNally and Don House.

Contributed by William Highfill
Heavener Ledger
Tuesday, May 16, 2003, p.9

D.J. Doyle, 75, of Poteau, died Wednesday, may 7, 2003 in Poteau. He was born December 26, 1927, in Jean, Texas, to John David and Corda May (Newman) Doyle. He was a member of the Canaan View Primitive Baptist Church in Poteau and retired from Whirlpool. Graveside service was May 10, 2003 with burial in the Lamb Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau. He was survived by one sister, Mahala Clark of Poteau and numerous nieces, nephews and beloved family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Doyle, his parents and one brother Henry Doyle.

Contributed by William Highfill
The Heavener Ledger
Thursday, February 2003

Henry Doyle, 88, of Poteau, died Saturday, February 1, 2003 in Poteau. He was born February 20, 1914 in Ft. Worth, Texas to John David and Corda May (Newman) Doyle. He was a lumberjack and a member of the Canaan View Primitive Baptist Church in Poteau and loved to go bowling with his brother Jesse. Funeral services were Monday, February 3 at the Grace Manor Memorial Chapel in Poteau with burial in the Lamb Cemetery in Waldron, Ark., under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau. He is survived by two brothers, Jesse Doyle and D.J. Doyle, both of Poreau; one sister, Mahala Clark of Poteau and many beloved nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Contributed by Debbie Johnson
The Heavener Ledger, page 6
20 October 1977

Funeral services for Lee Doyle, 85, of Buffalo Valley were held Monday at 2:30 at the Buffalo Valley School. Burial was in the Reichert Cemetery. He was born at Booneville, Ark., Jan. 23, 1892 and died Friday in the Poteau hospital. He was an area resident, moving to Buffalo Valley in 1945. A member of the Perry Chapel Baptist Church. Rev. Herman Highfill and Rev. Alton Linker officiated at the services. Survivors include his wife Emma; two daughters, Reba Taylor and Helen Williams of Haw Creek; two sons, James and Jimmie Doyle of Buffalo Valley; 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Jack Swearingen and grandsons, C.L. Williams, Bobby Taylor, Jimmy Dale Doyle, Willie Young, L.J. Hill.

Contributed by Paula Doyle-Bicket

Martha Francis Hughes-Doyle, wife of Samuel Lafayette Doyle, Jr. was the daughter of John Hughs and Kisiah Dunlap who according to Pike County, Illinois were married on April 15, 1858. Martha was born May 5, 1875. To this union the following children that we know: Martha Francis, Carrie, William Benjamin Huffman James E. and John E., Carrie. Much of her family is buried in Hontubby Cemetery, Hontubby, Oklahoma. Martha died September 11, 1942 of high blood pressure. The family can be found in various census of Logan and Scott Counties.

Contributed by Paula Doyle-Bicket
Heavener Legend

Nora Edna Mason Doyle of Hodgen, Oklahoma passed away on August 26, 1972 in Poteau, Oklahoma. Nora was born on October 23, 1904 in Hartford, Arkansas, she was the daughter of James Perry and Martha Lou Ellen Hawkins Mason. She had been a resident of Hodgen, Oklahoma the greater part of her life. Burial was at Heavener Memorial Park. Survivors include her husband Samuel Lee Doyle of the home, daughter, Wanda Lee Branstetter, Independence, Missouri and son, Paul Emery Doyle of Independence, Missouri. One daughter, Velma Grafftas preceded her in death in 1970, one son, died in infancy and grandson Paul Alan Grafftas died of polio in 1963. Brother, Poley Mason of Welch, WV. Sister's, Pearl Shearer and Lillian Elbertson of Poteau. Another sister Lucy Haley of San Pedro, CA. She leaves four grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.

Contributed by Paula Doyle-Bicket
Kansas City Star and Heavener Legend

Paul Emery Doyle 71 of Danville, Arkansas died October 5, 1995 in Danville. Graveside services were held at Prairie Ridge Cemetery, Polo, Missouri. He was born on August 25, 1924 in Hodgen, Oklahoma. Paul was the son of the late Samuel Lee and Nora Edna Mason Doyle of Hodgen, Oklahoma. He was a WWII veteran serving in the Army. He attended Danville Assembly of God, Danville, Arkansas. He worked for Middlewest Frieghtways, Kansas City. He married Mary Jane Bayer of Polo, Missouri On January 12, 1950 in Topeka, Kansas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Lee and Nora Enda Mason-Doyle, sister Velma Grafftas of Kansas City, one nephew, Paul Alan Grafftas of Kansas City. In addition, brother Melvin Samuel Doyle died January 8, 1935 in Worland, Missouri. He leaves his wife Mary Jane, two daughters, Paula Bicket of Overland Park, Kansas and Linda Doyle of Polo, Missouri. In addition, he leaves son, Samuel Doyle of Polo. Granddaughter, Lori Woods of Kansas City and grandson Christopher Gaulter of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. One great grandson, Christopher Alan Woods of Kansas City. One sister, Wanda Branstetter of Independence, Missouri.

Contributed by Paula Doyle-Bicket
Heavener Legend - 1917

Lath Doyle, a well known farmer of near Hodgens, died Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock after an illness of about a week, with lagrippe or pneumonia. Mr. Doyle is survived by a wife and a large family of children. He was a good citizen and had many friends who are grieved at his death. The remains were buried at Hodgens Tuesday afternoon.

Contributed by Paula Doyle-Bicket
Heavener Legend

Samuel Lee Doyle 72 of Hodgen, Oklahoma died Saturday, March 18, 1973 at LeFlore County Memorial Hospital. Services were held Monday, March 20, 1973 at Dowden Funeral Chapel. Burial was at Heavener Memorial Park. He was the son of Samuel Lafayette "Lath" and Martha Francis Hughes Doyle of Hodgen. He worked for the railroad and lived in Hodgen the major part of his life. His wife Nora Edna Mason Doyle preceded him in death on August 26, 1972. Daughter, Velma Nadine Doyle Grafftas of Kansas City, Missouri died in 1970, Grandson, Paul Alan Grafftas age 16 of Kansas City, Missouri died of polio in 1963. One son Melvin Samuel Doyle died in infancy. He leaves one daughter, Wanda Branstetter of Independence, Missouri and one son Paul Emery Doyle also of Independence. Three sisters, Viola Caughern of Hodgen, Oklahoma, Mrs. Maude Simmons of Tocoma, Washington, and Carn of Bakersfield, California., one brother Bill of Heavener. Granddaughters, Paula Gaulter and Linda Doyle of Independence. One grandson, Samuel Joseph Doyle of Independence. Another Granddaughter, Charlotte Graftass of Kansas City, Missouri.

Contributed by Paula Doyle-Bicket
Heavener Legend
March 23, 1976

William T. Doyle, 72, of 462 Emerson Avenue, Chula Vista, a hydropress operator for Rohr Industries 26 years before he retired, died Monday in a local hospital. Services were yesterday in Humphrey Chula Vista Mortuary Chapel. Burial was in La Vista Memorial Park. Doyle was born in Oklahoma and a resident of the county 32 years. He was a member of the Chula Vista Masonic Lodge. His wife, Ruth: three sons, Donald and William, both of Chula Vista, and Gerald of San Diego: two daughters, Marilyn Johnson, in Tennessee, and Nena Delayne Carpenter of Virginia, Nellie (Millie) Williams, Emma Allen, and Addie Earls all of Chula Vista, a brother, Vernon Doyle, and 14 grandchildren survive.

Contributed by Debbie Johnson
The Heavener Ledger, page 6
6 October 1977

Funeral services for Callie Dunn, 84, wife of Frank Dunn, were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church. Rev. Murl Walker and Rev. David Foster officiated at services with burial at Sehorn Cemetery near Winfield, Ark., under direction of Dowden Funeral Home. Born Jan. 20, 1893 at Winfield, Mrs. Dunn had been a Heavener resident since 1917. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church. Mrs. Dunn died Monday at her home, 200 West Avenue A. Survivors include her husband; a brother, Isom Crutchfield of Waldron; two step-brothers, Denton Faulkner of California and Thurston Faulkner of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Hattie Denton of Waldron and Ora Mize of Earlsboro.

Contributed by Debbie Johnson
Heavener Ledger, page 2
20 March 1969

Funeral service for Fred Dunn, 80, former Heavener grocery merchant, was conducted Wednesday afternoon at the First Baptist Church here. Rev. Leonard Sullivan, pastor, officiated, and burial was in Heavener Memorial Park under direction of Dowden Funeral Home. Born Dec. 15, 1888 at Waldron, Mr. Dunn came to Heavener in 1926. He was a member of the Baptist Church, the American Legion, and a veteran of World War I. Mr. Dunn died Monday in the Poteau hospital following a lengthy illness. Mr. Dunn was in the grocery business for some 35 years before his retirement. Survivors include his wife, Trudy, of the home; a brother Frank of Heavener. Pallbearers were Albert Leard, Mel Moody, Gene Jackson, J.A. Crutchfield, Clyde Olive and Buck Wright. Honorary pallbearers were Chevis Barnes, George Cast, Henry Dedmon, M.A. Eddy, Tom Roop, Henry Moore, Chas. Coates and Buck Stewart.

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