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Last Updated 3 June 2010

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Tuesday, 13 June 2006

TULSA — Bobby Sue Eagle, 65, of Tulsa died Saturday, June 10, 2006, in Tulsa. She was a former resident of Bates and the Heavener area. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gipson Cemetery in Bates under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener. She is survived by two daughters, Dawn Howland and Leslie Lauscher, both of Tulsa; a son, Eddie Howland of Tulsa; two sisters, Vema Henderson of Tulsa and Sharon Gray of Bates; two brothers, Eddie Cope of Heavener and Bill Cope of Bunker, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Tuesday, June 20, 2006

STILWELL, Okla. — James “Jimmy” Earls, 65, of Stilwell, Okla., died Saturday, June 17, 2006, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a retired self-employed roofer and attended Freedom Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Freedom Freewill Baptist Church with burial at Freedom Cemetery near Waldron under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield. He is survived by a daughter, Carla of Winfield; five sisters, Diane Peres of Fort Worth, Texas. Sue Mantooth of Fort Smith, Nadine Polk of Mansfield, Mary Daws of Muldrow and Margie Warburton of Arkoma; and four brothers, Dee Earls of Muldrow, Carl Earls of Rogers, Gene Earls and Joe Latimer, both of Arkoma. Pallbearers will be Johnny, Jerry, Terry and Ronnie Polk, Dan Henson and Richard Qualls. The body may be viewed 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Thursday, 27 July 2006

WALDRON — Laura Vivian Egger, 91, of Waldron died Saturday, July 22, 2006. She was born May 8, 1915, in Watts, Okla. She was a member of Cherry Hill Methodist Church in Mena and the widow of Ted Egger. Graveside service was held Tuesday at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Mena under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. She is survived by four stepchildren, Mary Byford of Waldron, Karen Walters of Mena, Don Egger of Arkadelphia and John Egger of Nashville; a brother, Bill Cline of California; seven stepgrandchildren and 14 stepgreat-grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Clarksville Johnson County Graphic (online edition)
28 July 2007

Lois Ellison, 81, of Ozark, grandmother of Jairus Martin of Clarksville, died Monday, July 16, 2007, at Clarksville. She was a native of the Cravens Community in Franklin County, daughter of the late Johnny and Dora Patterson Williams, retired Cargill employee, member of the Old Country Church of Ozark and was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert, Bill, Noble and Riddle Williams; four sisters, Willie Mae Williams, Sula Williams, Jonnie Lee and Laura Sisk; one great-granddaughter, Annie Acord; and son-in-law, Tom Brown. Survivors include her husband of 62-plus years, Troy Ellison; three daughters, Norma Rice and husband, Don, of Elephant Butte, N. M., and Lucille Martin and husband, Jerry, and Wanda Brown, all of Ozark; two sons, J. D. Ellison and wife, Helen, and Clifton Ellison and wife, Debbie, all of Ozark; two sisters, Wanda Rice of Altus and Isabell Grayson of Ozark; one brother, Paul Williams of Ozark; 10 other grandchildren, Dewayne Rice of Atkins, Sheila Hall of Waldron, Lisa Acord, Troy Don Ellison and Keith Ellison, all of Altus, Angie Green of Springdale, Mark Ellison of Gentry, Cliff Ellison of Ozark, Melissa Cooke of Prairie Grove, and Jared Martin of Russellville; 24 great- grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Funeral was at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with Rev. Russ Whittingham officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery at Ozark. Active pallbearers were Johnny Walter Williams, Jackie Williams, Billy Williams, Edward Williams, Alford Williams, and Johnny Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Sisk, Jimmy Sisk, Paul Lee, Kenneth Williams, and Orville Williams.

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
Thursday, 28 May 2010

Lavanna Ray Elmore, 38, passed away May 24, 2010. She was born Feb. 4, 1972, in Poteau. She is survived by her husband, Ted Andrew Elmore of Mansfield; her mother, Sharon Lopez (Carroll) and step-father, Mack Brewer of Ft. Smith; her father, James Ray, of Helena, Okla.; three children, Brock Ryburn of Mansfield, Ark., Blake Ryburn of Mansfield, and Kayla Potter of Terrelton, Okla.; two brothers, James Ray, Jr. and Bobby Ray, both of Poteau; a sister, Barbara Dodson, of Cushing, Okla.; two nephews, Preston and Olan; three nieces, Amanda, Jada and Jenny; a great-niece, Madalyn Ray, and numerous other relatives, friends, and loved ones. Pallbearers will be Jody Thompson, Buddy Thompson, Jason Timms, Lee Timms, Brian Skelton and Brent Carroll. Graveside services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at Dayton Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Martin Funeral Homes of Mansfield.

Contributed by William Highfill
Greenwood (AR) Democrat
Sunday 21 February 2010

Leon Emery, 71, of Hartford passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, in his home. He was born Jan. 24, 1939, in Huntington. He was the second of five sons born to Eddie Emery and Elma Elmore Emery. During his childhood, his family traveled with the harvest seasons between Arkansas, Texas and California. What Leon lacked in formal education he more than made up for in common sense. He was able to play several different instruments, teaching himself to play guitar at the age of 16. He was a quiet man, but his sense of humor always came through. He loved to walk in the woods with his children and grandchildren, telling humorous stories along the way. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and loved his family very much. He was an avid arrowhead collector and loved learning about Native American culture. His favorite activity was tending to the farm he shared with his wife of 49 years, Kaye. He retired from the Sebastian County Road Department in 1998 after 39 years of service. Leon is survived by his wife, Kaye of the home; a son, Leonard of Fort Smith; a daughter, Suzi McClain and husband Thomas of Jenny Lind; an "adopted" daughter, Lillie Scantling of Mansfield; five grandchildren, Dustin Emery and wife Sierra of Fort Smith, Ashley and Jesse Emery, both of Fort Smith, Jordan Holmes of Jonesboro and Kady Holmes of Jenny Lind; three step-grandchildren, Bridget Douglas and Bryan McClain, both of Fort Smith, and Stacey Pickle of Van Buren; one great-grandson, Gage Emery of Fort Smith; two stepgreat-granddaughters, Kylea Jo Pickle of Van Buren and Kadence Douglas of Fort Smith; three brothers, Robert and wife Esther of Harvey, Eddie Ray and wife Francis and Jimmy and wife Opal, all of Brownfield, Texas; and numerous other friends and loved ones. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with private interment at Mount Olive Cemetery in Midland. Pallbearers were Dustin Emery, Bryan McClain, Robby James, Rick Patton, Leo Fitzgerald, Roger Emery and Doug Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Sebastian County Road Department crew members.

Contributed by William Highfill
Greenwood Democrat (online edition)
Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Donnie Lee Escalanta, 71, of Mansfield, Ark. died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 in Fort Smith. He was the retired owner and operator of Napa Auto Parts in Greenwood, attended the Huntington United Methodist Church, was a thirty-second mason and member of Reid Lodge #163 F&AM in Mansfield, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Korean War. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Matthew and William Escalante; one sister, Virginia Holland, and one aunt, Mary Escalante. Funeral services will be today at 10 a.m. at the Mansfield First Baptist church with burial at Huntington Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Survivors include is wife, JoAnne of the home; two daughters, LeAnne Coward of Mansfield, and Sarah Campbell of Greenwood; two sons, Gary Escalanta of Tontitown and Larry Escalanta of Owasso, Okla.; two brothers, Bernard Escalante of Arkadelphia and Marion Escalante of Huntington; three sisters, Lois Boydston of Greenwood, Josie Elmore of Huntington and Edna Hewett of Fort Smith; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Ellie Boydston Jr, Lance Butler, Carroll Elmore, Phillip Escalante, Timothy Craig and Jim Hewett. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Reid Lodge #163 F&AM.

Contributed by William Highfill
Fort Smith Times Record, Online edition
Sunday, 28 September 2008

MENA — Truman E. Essman, 62, of Mena died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, in Mena. He was born Jan. 28, 1946, in Waldron and was a sawmill worker. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Freedom Baptist Church in Waldron with burial at Freedom Cemetery in Waldron under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Debra; a daughter, Teresa Hicks of Mena; and three sisters, Vera Gaston and Linda Wyman, both of Mena, and Patsy Word of Camden. Pallbearers will be Matt and James Smith, James Smith Jr., Arnold and Paul Williams and Glen Harrison.

Contributed by William Highfill
Jonesboro Sun (online edition)
Saturday, 03 September 2005

SIDNEY -- Reba Faye Williams Evans, 86, of Sidney died Thursday, Sept. 1, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Born at Needmore, she was retired from Sharp Nursing Home at Sidney. She was also a homemaker and a member of Corner Stone Baptist Church at Mount Pleasant. Survivors include a son, W.C. Evans of Mount Pleasant; four grandchildren, Russell Evans and Phillip Edwards, both of Mount Pleasant, and Matthew Edwards and Tabatha Higgins, both of Sidney; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Evans; and her parents, Bill and Pearl Marlin Williams. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Corner Stone Baptist Church, intersection of Arkansas 58 and Arkansas 69, with Elvis Sneathern officiating. Burial will be in Yeager Cemetery at Needmore. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Russell Evans, Phillip Edwards, Matthew Edwards, John Higgins, Trey Hill and Michael Evans.

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