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Last Updated 11 June 2010

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Saturday, 17 December 2005

BOLES — Theresa Ann Garrett, 65, of Boles died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, in Mena. She was born April 24, 1940, in Shawnee, Okla. She was a homemaker, a member of Chant Pentecostal Church of God, past member of Union Pentecostal Church God, where she was a teacher and supervisor for the children’s program. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Union Mission Pentecostal Church of God with burial at Six Mile Cemetery under the direction of Hall Funeral Service of Mena. She is survived by her husband, Vernon; two daughters, Theresa Williams of Beaumont, Texas, and Melinda McMellon of Mena; two sons, Dewey Garrett of Siloam Springs and Vernon Garrett Jr. of Pearl River, La.; a brother, Bill Hines of Las Vegas; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Victor Rowell, Danny Hale, Randall Woodard, Jeff Tedder, Tim Skaggs and Jeffrey McCaffey.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Wednesday, 25 January 2006

WALDRON — Andrew Jason Gausepohl, 15, of Waldron died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006, in Waldron. He was born Nov. 22, 1990, in Snellville, Ga. He was a student and of the Baptist faith. The body was cremated under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Melanie and Shawn McGath of Cumming, Ga.; father and stepmother, John and Mary Gausepohl of Waldron; a sister, Sarah Mosseller of Lynn, N.C.; a brother, Jordan of Waldron; paternal grandparents, John and Nancy Gausepohl of Huntsville, Texas, and Rita Green of Huntsville, Ala.; maternal grandparents, Robert and Joyce Elzey of Gainesville, Ga., and maternal grandmother, Myrna Elzey of Cumming, Ga.; paternal great-grandmother, Vivian Roberson of Joplin, Mo.; maternal great-grandmother, Bo Elzey of Cumming, Ga.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Wednesday, 5 April 2006

HUNTINGTON — Harold Edward Gibson, 85, of Huntington died Sunday, April 2, 2006, in his home. He was a member of Mansfield Assembly of God, a World War II veteran and a member of VFW and the American Legion. Funeral and burial will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove No. 2 Cemetery in Mansfield under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield. He is survived by three daughters, Shirley Moore of Huntington, Cathy Stevenson of Anvenger, Texas, and Vickie Stinson of Waldron; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 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 (Electronic edition)
Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Charles “Charlie” Glass, 49, of Hackett died Saturday, July 14, 2007, in his home. He was a crane operator for Whirlpool and a member of the Apostolic Church in Action of Waldron. Preceded in death by his son, Thomas Roy Glass. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at Ocker-Putman Funeral Home Chapel with burial at 2 p.m. at Oark Cemetery in Oark under the direction of Ocker-Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith. He is survived by three sons, B.J. Glass of Hackett, Steven Glass of Hackett and Tyler Glass of Van Buren; his mother, Betty Kepesky of Hackett; his father and stepmother, Bill and Dorothy Glass of Fort Smith; three brothers, Mike Glass of Bath, N.Y., Ray Glass of Hackett and Bobby Glass of Fort Smith; two stepbrothers, Paul Neu of Roland and Clay Neu; and one grandchild, Kadence Glass of Hackett. Pallbearers: Ray, Bobby and Mike Glass, Paul Neu, Phil Colton, Roger Wheless and Steve Harden. Honorary pallbearers: David Campbell, Jerry Fiser and Gregg Stepp. The family will visit with friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ocker-Putman Funeral Home, 4500 Jenny Lind, Fort Smith.

Contributed by William Highfill
Bakersfield Californian (online edition)
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Sept. 15, 1928 - Sept. 24, 2010

Memorial services for Jimmie Dell Goddard will be held in the Basham Funeral Care Chapel (3312 Niles St.) on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. Jimmie Dell Goddard, 82, of Bakersfield, California passed away at home on September 24, 2010. Jim, or "Da" as he came to be known by many, is survived by wife, Reba; daughter, Amber; brother, Valton and sister-in-law, Bernice; brother-in-law, Howard McWhorter; sister-in-law, Gladys Ware; special family members, Anita Bottoms, James Bottoms, Kathy Aguirre, and Haley Osborne; and many friends. Jimmie is preceded in death by his parents, Jim Bell and Mary; daughter, Robin; brother, Bill; and cousin, Malcolm Bottoms. Born September 15, 1928 in Waldron, Arkansas, Jimmie enlisted with the United States Army in 1953 and was stationed for two years in Germany. He moved to Bakersfield shortly after returning home in 1955, where he began working in various aspects of construction. In 1961, he joined the International Association of Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers, Local 155, working with several local fence companies for over 30 years. Also in 1961, Jim married Reba McWhorter, and the two would have celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on December 23, 2010. Chances are, if you lived on the East Side and you were up in the early morning hours, you saw Jim out on one of his daily walks. He loved gardening in his backyard, and there were always tomatoes and cucumbers filling up tables and windowsills when they were in season. He didn't just stop with growing food, though, and was known to make the "Best Chili in the World." When he wasn't cooking and gardening, Jim could be found watching old TV westerns like "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza", arguing with cable news, or making helpful household gadgets. The family would like to thank family friend, Alex Leon for all his help over the last few months, Army buddy, Lloyd Hattabaugh for his visits and calls from Arkansas, Rosa and Diana from Mercy Hospice, and many kind family members and friends for their thoughts and prayers. For additional service information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200. Basham Funeral Care www.bakersfield.com/obits

Contributed by Jack W. James

Note: These are funeral notice/card from my grandmother Bertha Ellen Smith Goff. She was born and raised in the Packsaddle area near Waldron.


Huntington--Funeral service for Mrs. Bertha Ellen Goff, 67, the widow of Tom Goff, who died Thursday at her home, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Huntington Assembly of God Church. Burial will be at Hartford Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home, Greenwood. Survivors include two sons, Edward and Henry of Huntington; one daughter, Mrs. Zella James of Huntington; one sister, Mrs. Julia Calloway of Poteau; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Booneville Democrat (online edition)
Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Martha Lillian Goff, 81, of Booneville, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2006 in Little Rock. She was born Oct. 21, 1924 in Waldron. She was a housewife and a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary in Booneville. She is preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Goff. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 10, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Booneville, under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Booneville. She is survived by a daughter, Judy Widener and husband Robert of Havana; a son, Ben Goff of Fort Smith; two sisters, Ella Harvill of Pine Bluff and Lorene Davis of Waldron; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were nephews.

Contributed by Pam Leonard
(March 5, 1932 - June 8, 2010)

Virgie M. Golden, age 78, of Mena, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at her home. She was born March 5, 1932 in Boles, Arkansas to the late James Grover Pettit and Alvanya Aynes Pettit. She was united in marriage to James Golden. Mrs. Golden was a loving homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. Survivors are: Husband: James Golden of Mena, Arkansas. Sons: Jimmie Don Golden and wife Barbara of Mena, Arkansas Doug Golden and wife Betty of Mena, Arkansas. Daughters: Hilda Douglas of Little Rock, Arkansas Helen Curry and husband Kenny of Omaha, Nebraska Heather Golden of Omaha, Nebraska. 8 Grandchildren 8 Great Grandchildren. Sister: Nadine Griglio and husband Michael of Mena, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Alvanya Pettit, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. Funeral services will be Friday, June 11, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at The Crossing Church in Mena With Brother Victor Rowell officiating. Interment will be at the Owens Chapel Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation with family and friends will be Thursday, June 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wayne Golden, D.J. Bates, Dakota Schaffer, Thomas Hubbard, Caleb Ellis, Trey Reed, Steven Hubbard, Jeremy Ellis, Leslie Reed, Darryl Bates and Jason Morrison. Honorary pallbearers will be the late Bobby Lee Phillips and the late Clay Golden.

Contributed by William Highfill
Russellville Courier (online edition)
Monday, February 06, 2006

DANVILLE — Roland Ray “Red” Gorman, 68, of Havana died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at Chambers Memorial Hospital. He was born July 28, 1937, at Fort Davis, Texas, to Walter David and Maudie Bell Gallihare Gorman. He was owner of Red’s Electric Service, a farmer and a member of Western Yell County Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a great-granddaughter, Ryan Faith Gorman. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Carolyn Childress Gorman; sons and daughter-in-law, Leslie and Sharee Gorman of Danville, and Robbie Gorman of Havana; daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Donald Parks of Havana; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Joyce Gorman of Havana; two half-sisters, Ola Mae Heflin of Abilene, Texas, and Barbara Smith of Lake Fork, Texas; seven grandchildren, Russell Gorman of Havana, Sara Loyd of London, Nathan Gorman of Waldron, Josh Parks of Havana, Amanda Bland of Belleville, Shales Gorman of Benton and Tanna Parks of Havana; four great-grandchildren, Lauren Gorman of Waldron, twins Kaitlin and Ashley Bland of Belleville, and Jessie Duncan of London, and arriving in May Justin Tyler Bland; and several nephews and nieces. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Western Yell County Church of Christ with John McCourt officiating. Burial will be in Havana Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home. Pallbearers include John Walker, Mark Fincher, Dan Fincher, Ronald Parks, Rick Wiser, Steve Ridenour, Jason Ridenour, James Ridenour and Philip Ridenour.

Contributed by William Highfill
Booneville Democrat (online edition)
Monday, 29 December 2008

Virgie L. Gossett, 79, of Booneville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 in Booneville. She was born Nov. 5, 1929 in the Shiloh community between Mansfield and Hartford to G.W. and Annie (Newman) Holmes. She was a homemaker and a member of the Victory Baptist Church in Booneville where she played the piano for many years. She enjoyed her family ad fishing. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Victory Baptist Church in Booneville with burial in Carolan Cemetery in Booneville, under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Booneville. She is survived by her husband, Ray Gossett of the home; three sons, Jim Gossett and wife Debbie of Greenwood, Eddie Gossett and wife Judy of Booneville and Aaron Wayne Gossett and wife Bonnie of Hattieville; seven grandchildren, Andrea Reed, Kelly Crisp, Jarod Gossett, Tim Gossett, Joshua Gossett, Alex Gossett and Dallas Wayne Gossett; and one great-grandchild, Andrew Reed; and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were grandsons, Brian Reed and Jarod, Tim, Joshua, Alex and Dallas Wayne Gossett. Memorials may be made to the Victory Baptist Church.

Contributed by William Highfill
The Oklahoman
Wednesday, May 10, 2006, Page 17A

COMMENTS: The parents of Charles Dean Graves were John W. Graves and Zelma Z. Kirkley. His paternal grandparents were Lavarius B. and Elizabeth Clementine Graves; his maternal grandparents, Monroe M. and Luda E. Kirkley. Charles and I, though not related, had an aunt and uncle in common: Charles Haygood Graves and Bertie Lois Highfill.

On Friday, May 5, 2006, Dr. Charles Graves departed this "crazy, mixed-up, fouled-up, clobbered-up world" and went home to be with the Lord. He was 75. He was born to John and Zelma Graves on January 25, 1931 in Howe, Oklahoma and was reared in Poteau. Because of the Godly influence of his mother, he attended the Southside Baptist Church of Poteau where he accepted Jesus as his Savior when he was 15-years-old. A short time later he surrendered to God's call on his life to preach and was ordained to the gospel ministry by Southside Baptist. He was a 1953 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University where he served as Student Council President and was the Oklahoma Inter-Collegiate pole vaulting champion for three years. OBU remained dear to his heart his entire life. He served four different terms on the university's Board of Trustees and twice served as chairman. in 1988, OBU honored him with a Doctor of Divinity degree. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth which recognized him in 1998 with their Distinguished Alumni Award. He was a faithful Pastor and Preacher of God's Word for 59 years, beginning when he was a junior in high school. During his ministry, he pastored churches in Bowen, Missouri and Woodbine, Texas, as well as numerous churches in Oklahoma including Buck Creek, Williams Church, Laverty Church, First Baptist Church of Bradley, Michigan Avenue in Chickasha, and Highland Park in Duncan. He also enjoyed six wonderful years as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Van Buren, Arkansas which he left in 1966 to become Pastor of the Nichols Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma (now Quail Springs Baptist). For thirty-two years he led that great church to unprecedented growth and a far-reaching impact for the kingdom of God. Upon his "semi-retirement" in 1998, he served for two years as Pastor of the Meridian Avenue Baptist Church. Most recently he served as the interim Pastor of Crown heights Baptist Church. His gifts of leadership and the depth of his spiritual walk were recognized by the state and national Southern Baptist Conventions. He served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and was elected three times to serve as President of the state convention. The national Southern Baptist Convention enlisted him to serve on the Executive Committee and to chair the Resolutions Committee in 1982. One denominational leader said of Dr. Graves that "on those occasions when Baptists have needed to hear a voice trusted by all, when balance, consistency, and integrity were needed, his peers called on him. Always he brings sensitivity and sensibility, a keen wit, and a quick mind. There is a transparency to his life, honesty to his relationships, and an openness of heart which makes him a wonderful role model and leader." Dr. Graves was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bobby, and his son Mark. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Dorla of Oklahoma City; a son, Stuart Graves and his wife Allyson of Longville, LA; a daughter, Melanee Riemann and her husband Dan of Bethany, OK; his grandchildren, Jon Graves and Jenifer King of Oklahoma City, Amanda, Jessica, Adam, and Dillon Graves of Longville, LA, and Brock Riemann of Bethany; and his great-grandchildren, Jordan Graves and Jillian King. He is also survived by his precious sisters, Bertha Kordis and her husband Lawrence of Red River, NM, and Wilma Robinson and her husband Skip of Duncan, OK. In addition, he is survived by many other family members and close friends. Chief among these friends is Rev. Stanley Daniel of Oklahoma City, who was his best friend for a remarkable fifty-seven years. A memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2006 at Quail Springs Baptist Church. His family and friends take great comfort in knowing that "Bro. Charlie" has at last heard the words he long to hear from the Lord Himself, "well done, thou good and faithful servant. . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." (Matthew 25:21) Guardian North, 11600 N. Pennsylvania 752-9292, www.guardianfuneralhome.com

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News and Sun
October 5, 2000

COMMENTS: Below is the obit of my uncle by marriage, Charles Haywood Graves. He was married to my aunt Bertie Lois Highfill.

Charles H. Graves, 86, of Poteau, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000. He worked in pipeline construction. He was born Sept. 2, 1914 in Waldron. Mr. Graves was veteran of World War II, and worked to help build the Alaska pipeline. He had been married to Lois Highfill Graves for 55 years and was a member of Southside Baptist Church. His survivors include his wife Lois; one daughter and son-in-law Pat and Rick Couri; one son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Glenda Graves, all of Poteau; four grandsons, Jason Graves, Chance Graves, Mike Stanley, and Alan McDaniel; three great- grand-daughters; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and loved ones; a host of beloved friends. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Southside Baptist Church in Poteau with the Rev. Dale Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Poteau, under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home of Poteau. Pallbearers will be Ron Seale, Jim Seale, Tim Champlin, Jim Fesperman, Bob Hendricks, Carroll Hale, Bob Carter and Tod Peters.

Contributed by William Highfill
The Heavener Ledger
Thursday, October 2, 2003, page 10

COMMENTS: Lois Graves was born in Scott County, Arkansas, the daughter of William Edna Highfill and Barbara Ellen Millard. One sister and brother-in- law also survive her: Virginia Lucille and Kenneth King of Lufkin, Texas. Her three brothers preceded her in death: William Herman, Bruce Arlton and Claude Henderson Highfill.--William Carl Highfill, nephew.

Lois Bertie Graves, 88, of Shady Point, formerly of Poteau, died Tuesday September 23, 2003 at Poteau. She was born September 30, 1914 in Arkansas. She was a homemaker and an active member of Southside Baptist Church in Poteau. Service was Thursday, September 25, 2003 at Southside Baptist Church of Poteau with burial in Oakland Cemetery in Poteau. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Glenda Graves of Shady Point; one daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Rick Couri of Poteau; three sisters-in-law, Rosemary Highfill of Burleson, Texas, Edna Highfill of Poteau, Faye Graves of Heavener; four grandchildren, Jason Graves, Chance Graves, Alan McDaniel and Mike Stanley; seven great-grandchildren;numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones and a host of beloved friends. Her husband of 55 years, Charles H. Graves preceded her in death on October 4, 2000.

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
Drumwright GusherNewspaper
October 27, 1993

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 23, 1993 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Morris, for Verba Lee Green. Officiating were Rev. Dave Kelley and Keith Jacobs. Specail music was by pianist, Susie Brown; organist, Karen cCollins and vocalists, David and Becky Hamilton. Serving as pallbears were Leonard Briley, Byron McDaniel, Vendall Brigance, Claude Brigance, Neal Brigance, and Tom Payne. Interment was in the Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of Don Smith Funeral Home , Drumwright. Verba was born the daughter of Earl and Faye Ammon January 26, 1927, at Waldron, AR. Verba and L.D. Green were united in marriage on Jaunuary 1, 1948 in Morris. They had made their home in Drumwright, since moving here in 1974. Before her retirement, Verba was the cosmetologist at the Drumwright Nursing Home. Verba Lee Green died October 20, 1993, at the age of 66 years. She is survived by her husband, L.D., of the home, two sons, Scott Green, Tulsa and Bret Green, Oklahoma City; her daughter Alyson Green, Tulsa; two brothers, L.D. Ammons of Coulterville, Ca, and Lester Ammons, Morris, and four grandchildren.

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