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Last Updated 11 January 2012

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
Monday, 02 August 2010

Prudie Jane Auleidine Janway Hairrell, 100, of Haw Creek (Heavener), passed away July 27, 2010 in Haw Creek. She was born Oct. 28, 1909 in Blackfork, Ark. to William Thomas and Dora Jane (Smith) Janway. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Blackfork. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emil Hairrell; a son Estle Hairrell and wife Marlene; a grandson, Marvin Russell Hairrell; her parents; five brothers, Crowder Janway, Tom Janway, Jay Janway, Cordie Janway, and Bud Janway; and three sisters, Augusta McCamish, Arbell Dehart, and Sarah Janway. She is survived by a daughter, Sadie Gregory and husband Joe of Heavener; two granddaughters, Phyllis Hairrell of Heavener and Brenda Rowton and husband Randy of Poteau; two grandsons, Scott Hairrell and wife Janie of Heavener and Curt Gregory and wife Cyndi of Greenwood, Ark.; five great-grandsons, Jamie Rowton and wife Mandy of Searcy, Ark., Wes Rowton of Poteau, Jon Hairrell of Heavener, Christopher Gregory of Greenwood, and Wade Hairrell of Heavener; two great-great-grandsons, Shawn Rowton of Heavener and Taylor Rowton of Searcy; and numerous other relatives, friends, and loved ones. Pallbearers will be Scott Hairrell, Curt Gregory, Jamie Rowton, Wes Rowton, Jon Hairrell, Christopher Gregory, and Wade Hairrell. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Gregory, Randy Rowton, Ray Freeman, William Davis, Steve Davis, and Justin Davis. Services will be conducted Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church in Blackfork. Interment will be at Blackfork Cemetery. The family will visit with friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener.

Contributed by Barbara Hale Reynolds
15 November 2009

Kenneth Leon “Kenny” Hale was born September 6, 1950 in Waldron, Scott County, Arkansas, the son of Sherry Wanda Lehl and Clyde Leon Hale; grandson of Oscar and Dollie Hale. He passed away November 12, 2009, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Surviving him are his wife Nora, daughter’s Jennifer Hamm Smith, Carrie Hale Warren and husband Todd, grandchildren Alexandra Smith, Nikolas Smith, Madison Smith, and Summer Warren. He also leaves two sisters, Barbara Hale Reynolds and Deborah Hale Walker, niece Kimberley Reynolds Milburn and nephew's Brandon Reynolds, Sean Lawrence, and Christopher Lawrence. As well as his aunt and uncles, great nieces and nephews, many friends and his beloved pets. Kenny served in the Navy during the Vietnam War; he had many interests and passions – among them love of animals and music. He had a heart of gold and his family will miss him dearly.

Contributed by Barbara Hale Reynolds
October 14, 2007

Sherry Wanda Hale, age 79, died at her home on Sunday, October 14, 2007, in Grand Junction, Colorado. Sherry was born September 28, 1928, to Jacob Earl Lehl and Dorothy Muriel Bellwood in Denver, Colorado. Sherry is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Barbara Ann and Don Reynolds of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; her son and daughter-in-law Kenneth Leon and Nora Hale of Tulsa, Oklahoma; her daughter and son-in-law Deborah Kay and Ric Walker of Grand Junction, Colorado; six grandchildren: Kimberley Milburn and Brandon Reynolds of Houston, Texas; Carrie Hale and Jennifer Smith of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Sean Lawrence and Christopher Lawrence of Grand Junction Colorado; and eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Carol Young of Joppa, Maryland; and brothers: Richard Lehl of Vero Beach, Florida; Kenneth Lehl and Donald Clark Lehl of Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved step-mother Leota Wentz Lehl; and her in-laws Oscar and Dollie Hale of Dutch Creek, Scott County, Arkansas. Sherry was greatly loved by her family and devoted friends, who will miss her tremendously.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Saturday, 29 November 2008

Capt. Douglas L. Hall of Hartford died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, in Van Buren. Capt. Hall was a graduate of Mansfield High School. In 1941 and 1942 flew 30 missions in Spitfire Fighter planes for the British Royal Air Force. In 1943 and 1944 he was with the US 8th Air Force and flew 77 missions as a P-47 pilot and flew missions with all pilots from all forces, not just the US, as a prelude to the Normandy Invasion, which came 44 days later. Captured by the Germans and after 11 months as a POW, he had earned four Air Medals, two Presidential Citations, a Purple Heart, POW Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Nov. 28, at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield. Pallbearers were the Air Force Honor Guard. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Laverne Hudson; and a brother, Arnold Hall. He is survived by a brother, William “Randy” Hall; and nieces and nephews, Marilyn Stroud, Caroll Hall, Joann Beril, Steve Hudson, Susan Huey and Richard Hudson.

Contributed by William Highfill
Russellville Courier (Online edition)
Wednesday, 06 October 2011

Eva "Geraldine" Owens Hall of Blue Ball died Oct. 4, 2011, at Mitchell's Nursing Home in Danville, where she has resided since 1990. She was born Feb. 11, 1926, in Tate Town to John and Erah L. Brantley Owens. She was a wife, mother and homemaker. She was a member of Spring Creek Freewill Baptist Church and was a servant of the Lord. She loved gospel music and enjoyed playing her guitar and singing "specials" up to her death. She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepdad, Ted Pollard; husband, Harold Harding Hall; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Hall Millard and husband Otis Ray Millard; brothers, Larry Don Pollard, Ottis Pollard, Troy Defoor and twin brother, Eugene 0wens; and sisters, Lillian Owen Garner and Melba Pollard Miller. Survivors include sons, Harold Gene and wife Peggy James Hall of Pottsville and William Curtis and wife linda Collier Hall of Russellville; grandchildren, Michelle Millard (Terry) Solley, Lisa Millard (Stacy) Fowler and Shane (Sheila) Millard, all of Blue Ball, Jennifer Hall (Tony) Buyffington of Springdale, Dustin (Britt) Hall of Austin, Chris (Erika) Hall of Fayetteville and Aaron (Shelly) Hall of Dover; great-grandchildren, Cody and Dalton Solley, Paige and Cole Fowler, Samuel and Robert Ray Millard, Devan, Katelyn, Julia and Tristan Buffington and Logan Hall, Andrew and Madeline Hall, Blake and Delaney Hammons, and Ashlynn, Megann and Will Hall; sisters-in-law, Catherine Pollard, Jetty Pollard and Shirley Defoor James; and brother-in-law, Herb Miller. She also counted among her special friends, James, Agnes, Robert Mitchell and Sarah Mitchell Sanders of Mitchell's Nuirsing Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Egypt Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Kevin Haralson officiating. Burial will be at Egypt Cemetery in Blue Ball. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home in Danville. Pallbearers are Dustin Hall, Chris Hall, Aaron Hall, Shane Millard, James Mitchell and Robert Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers are Agnes Mitchell, Kent Dennis, Ed David, Tuff Dixon, Bart Heard, Randall Havener and Tracy Pool. Arrangements are by Cornwell Funeral Home in Danville.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Mrs. Edna Faye Kimes Ham, 71, of Fort Smith died Saturday, March 13, 2010, in her home. She was a homemaker. Grave-side service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren. Burial will follow at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren. She is survived by three daughters, Terisa Reeves of San Antonio, Michelle Winbery and her husband, Henry of Fort Smith and Rhonda Dodd and her husband, Brandon of Van Buren; two sons, Robert Cox of Van Buren and Chuck Cox of Plant City, Fla.; four sisters, Jenny Willis of Mountainburg, Betty Simco of Fayetteville, Helen McGowan of Uniontown and Pat Winner of Van Buren; two brothers, Roger Kimes of Cedarville and Wayne Kimes of Waldron; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record
(online edition)
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

CLARKSVILLE — Marie Ross Handley, 83, of Clarksville died Sunday, July 11, 2004, in Clarksville. She was born March 19, 1921, in Ozark. She was a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, a cafeteria manager at Clarksville Schools for 21 years, a beautician, and a former member of Spadra Quilting Club. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church with burial at West Mount Zion Cemetery in Hartman under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home of Clarksville. She is survived by her husband, Robert; two daughters, Carla Donaldson and Lisa Whorton, both of Clarksville; three sons, David and Mark Handley, both of Clarksville, and Robert Handley of Waldron; two brothers, Bud and Bennie Ross, both of Clarksville; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Wendell Lee, Ronnie Ashlock, Dale Caldwell, Jim Lewis, Steve Askins and Royce Colley. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times-Record, Friday, 06 June 2008

MANSFIELD--Jeffrey Thomas Hanley, 38, of Mansfield died Monday, June 2, 2008, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a medic at Fort Chaffee Range Control. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Lavaca First Baptist Church with burial at 10 a.m. Monday at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield. He is survived by his wife, Deanna; two daughters, Megan of Hartford and Jessica of Ratcliff; two sons, Chris and Josh of Mansfield; and one grandchild. The body may be viewed today from 4 to 8 p.m.

Contributed by Nicole Day
Statesman Journal
Salem, Oregon
17 April 2004
September 23, 1921 - April 14, 2004

SALEM - Joe Hanna passed away at home, surrounded by the family that loved him and he loved, on April 14, 2004. He was 82. He was a tough, quiet, gentle, loving man. He was born in Gainesville, Texas on September 23, 1921, the oldest child of Joe O. and Lillie (Martin) Hanna. In life, he helped define, and was defined by, the Greatest Generation. He endured the Great Depression as a young man, helping his family farm in hardscrabble East Texas. He joined the Army in September 1941. He was trained for artillery and in that capacity, witnessed the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor from nearby Schofield Barracks. He remained in the Pacific theater until he volunteered for flight school in early 1944. He arrived at Fort Hood, Texas among the flood of volunteers that were mostly reassigned to infantry. He was trained to administer field hospitals and spent the remainder of the war working in the 119th General Hospital in England that treated wounded from the European theater. He was discharged in late summer 1945, shortly after VE Day. After the war he met Gracie Beatrice ‘Bea’ (Hunt) Hanna, the love of his life, and married her on September 14, 1946 in Mena, Ark. He moved west from rural Arkansas, first to California and then, in 1954, to Springfield, Ore. He worked for, and retired from, Weyerhauser’s Springfield timber operations. He spent 24 years as a timber faller. He moved to Lakeside, Ore. in 1988 after retirement, and fished, watched the Altanta Braves and enjoyed his family. He moved to Salem, Ore. in 2003 to be nearer to his children. He is survived by Bea Hanna, his wife of 57 years; his children, George Owens (wife Mary) of Bend, Jean McKinney of Astoria, Joe T. Hanna (wife Judy) of Eugene, Gresielda ‘GR’ Castillo of Salem, and Gordon Hanna of Salem; 9 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers, Jim Hanna, Willis ‘Butch’ Hanna, and Jerry Hanna, all of Waldron, Ark.; and sisters, Betty Byford of Boles, Ark., Billie Cox of Fort Smith, Ark., Joyce Byford of Waldron, Ark., and Peggy Collins of Paragould, Ark. There will be graveside services at 11 a.m., Mon., April 19, at Springfield Memorial Gardens, Springfield, Ore. The family will miss the twinkle in his eye and the mischief in his grin.

Contributed by William Highfill
Mena Star (online edition)
Friday, 28 November2008

Savilla Anna “Ann” Hansard, age 61, of Mena, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at her home. Services will be held Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel. Interment will be at Hawkins Cemetery at Parks, AR under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Contributed by William Highfill
Press-Telegram (online edition)
Long Beach, California
12 February 2010

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend went home to the Lord on February 8, 2010. Aldena was born in Waldron, Arkansas on March 20, 1932 and lived there for 17 years. She moved to Ontario, California in 1950 where she lived there for 58 years. She lived in Chino, CA for the remainder of her life. Aldena is survived by her brothers: Gene McCafferty of Stuttgart, Germany and Paul McCafferty of Lake Station, Indiana, 2 daughters: Karen Meler of Malibu and Paula Tamberen of Upland. She also leaves behind 4 grandchildren: Karissa Blades, Christopher Meler, Kelly Campos and Tracy Meler and 1 great grandchild: Alex Campos. A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 12, 2010 at 9:00am at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario, CA in the West hall Chapel of the Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Alzheime's Foundation of America; 322 Eighth Avenue 7th Floor New York, NY 10001 or call 1-866-232-8484. Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin from February 11 to February 12, 2010

Contributed by William Highfill
The Heavener Ledger
Thursday, March 4, 2004, p.12

Bernard A. Harris, 59, passed away at his home in Waldron, Arkansas (Tickbush community), on February 28, 2004. He was born April 26, 1944 to Mack Coy and Jackie Lynn (Bell) Harris in Meritta, Okla. He married Dorothy Jean Lampkin on February 24, 1969 in Poteau. Bernard operated a dairy farm for a few years and most currently was a truck driver. He was known by his fellow truckers as "The Big Okie." Funeral services will be Thursday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of God Seventh Day in Wister with burial in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of the home, one daughter, Tammy Jo Johnson of Waldron; one son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Teresa Harris of Waldron; four sisters, Georgia Sue Scott of Hackett, Ark., Barbara Helen Nichols of Poteau, Sherry Lynn Sing and Martha Kay Blevins, both of Ada; three brothers, Phillip Mack Harris of Natalia, Texas, Billy Don Harris of Poteau and Jack Thomas Harris of Cameron; one granddaughter, two grandsons and many other loved ones and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and a son, Timothy Harris. The family will greet friends Wednesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributed by William Highfill
Greenwood Democrat (online edition)
Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Genevieve Jones Harris, 86, of Salisbury, Mo. surviving spouse of Methodist pastor Verlie F. Harris, died May 7, 2005, at Chariton Park Health Care Center in Salisbury. She was born Feb. 8, 1919, in Hickeytown, Ark., the daughter of Charles Erron and Margaret Hickey Jones. She was a 1937 graduate of Lamar High School. She worked at a Greenwood bank for many years. She married Rev. Harris, an ordained elder and member of the former North Arkansas Conference, in Ozark in 1939. She joined him in serving the church faithfully at charges including Waltreak, Waldron, Dardanelle, Lamar, Plainview, Perry, Perryville, Alma, Van Buren, Bald Knob, Clinton, Greenwood, Prairie Grove and Sulphur Springs, Rev. Harris retired from the ministry in 1960 and died in 1964. She moved to Keytesville, Mo., where she resided for many years and was active in Keytesville United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, the Help-One Another Club and Greenwood Garden Club. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and knitting. Survivors include a brother, Joe Jones of Keytesville; a sister, Cana Lou Bonds of Bourbonnais, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews. Services were May 12 at Keytesville UMC, with burial in Keytesville City Cemetery.

Contributed by Charlene Holland
Whittier Daily News
Saturday, June 10, 2000
Educator Harris died at 82

Lester L. Harris, a longtime Whittier resident and former Whittier College staff member died Tuesday. He was 82. A memorial service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 6355 S. Greenleaf Ave. Harris was born Aug. 31, 1917 in Fort Worth, Texas. His family moved to Oklahoma, where he grew up and attended Oklahoma Panhandle Agricultural and Mechanical College. He graduated from the University of Denver and earned a doctorate degree in speech pathology from the University of Southern California. Ha married Barbara Tutt in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1943. He taught at Whittier College, where he was director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic and chairman of the Department of Communication Disorders, until retiring in 1983. Harris held certification membership in the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association and was a founder and life member of of both the California Speech, Language and Hearing Association and the California Speech Pathologists and Audiologists in Private Practice. Service in Whittier organizations included the Kiwanis, Y's Men's Club, Family Services and the Intercommunity Child Guidance Clinic. He was also an active member of First Christian Church. Harris is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Harris of Whittier; daughters Lee Hipple of Texas and Helen Westcott of Solano Beach; and grandchildren Stephen and Nathan Hipple and Danny Westcott. Memorial donations are suggested to the First Christian Church Endowment Fund.

Contributed by Charlene Holland
Los Angeles Times
Thursday, June 15, 2000
LESTER L. HARRIS, Head of Speech, Hearing Clinic

Lester L. Harris, 82, who for 32 years directed the Whittier College Speech and Hearing Clinic and named in his honor. Harris also headed the college's department of communication disorders. The clinic aided people in Whittier and surrounding communities until it closed in 1998 when the college discontinued its academic major in speech pathology and audio logy. Harris helped found and remained active in the California Speech, Language and Hearing Assn. and the California Pathologists and Audiologists in Private Practice. Born in Fort Worth, he attended the Oklahoma Panhandle Agricultural and Mechanical College and graduated from the University of Denver. He earned a doctorate in speech pathology from USC in 1950 and spent his entire career teaching and heading the clinic at Whittier. On June 6 in Whittier.

Contributed by Pauline Davis

Sarah Charlene (Davis) Harris, age 61, of Earle, Ark., passed away Monday, Aug. 28, 2006 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was born March 3, 1945 in Black Fork, Ark., the daughter of Charlie and Lillian Davis. She was a 1963 graduate of Acorn High School and was a graduate of Henderson State University. She was united in marriage to William Walker Harris on May 27, 1968 in Augusta, Ark. She was a Baptist and was a retired teacher from the West Memphis Public School System. Survivors include husband, William W. Harris, Sr. of Earle, Ark; one son, William W. Harris, Jr. and wife Maggie of Marion, Ark; three sisters, Eloise Stobaugh of Mena, Ark., Erma Lynn and husband James of Mena, Ark., Marie Hill and husband Charles of Garland, Texas; two brothers, Bennie Davis and wife Roberta of Waldron, Ark., Leonard Davis of Foreman, Ark; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 31, 2006 at the Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis, Ark., with Dr. Steven Earl Bailey, pastor of First Baptist Church of Earle and Rev. James Voyt Lynn, associate pastor of Orchards Baptist Church in Loveland, Colo. officiating. Interment was at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion under the direction of Roller Funeral Homes of West Memphis.

Contributed by William Highfill
Booneville Democrat (online edition)
Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Mary Cleo Harwell, 90, of Blue Mountain, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009 in Danville. She was born Nov. 6, 1919 in Blue Ball, to George Lafayette and Mary Martha “Molly” (Beason) Newman. She was a nurse’s aide and the former mayor of Blue Mountain, Arkansas and a member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Blue Mountain. She enjoyed dancing, fishing and playing music. She is preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Lee Harwell; two sons, Jimmy Dale Harwell and J.C. Harwell; and her parents. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Roberts Memorial Chapel in Booneville with burial in Blue Mountain, under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home. She is survived by three daughters; Judy Gail Elliott of Blue Mountain, Janice Karol Burgerlar of Greenwood and Mary Lee Robinson of Magazine; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Michael Elliott, George Newman, Christopher Elliott, Brandon Johnson, Tyler Higgs, Steven Cox, Tim Cox, Cody Phelps, Doug Robinson and Jay Weaver. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Johnson, Andy Cox, Robert Pershanger, Peyton Higgs, Lonnie Carter and David Nelson.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Sunday, 14 March 2010

C.E. “Buddy” Hattabaugh, 83, of Lucas passed away Friday, March 12, 2010, in his home. He was owner of C.E. Hattabaugh Trucking and a member of the Lucas Community Church. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Pine Log Church with burial at Pine Log Cemetery in Barber under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. He is survived by his wife, Nell; two daughters, Pam Williams of Elm Park and Susan Morgan of Lucas; two sons, Kenny Hattabaugh of Ione and Randy Hattabaugh of Lucas; four brothers, Loyd Hattabaugh and Van Hattabaugh Jr., both of Elm Park, Howard Lee Hattabaugh of Lake Spur and Bobby Hattabaugh of Fort Smith; and eight grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Brenton Townsend, Josh Williams, Jesse Hattabaugh, Derek Morgan, Jerald and Steve Hattabaugh. The body may be viewed from 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward Mercy Hospice, P.O. Box 17000, Fort Smith, AR 72917 or Gideons International, P.O. Box 685, Greenwood, AR 72936.

Contributed by William Highfill
The Hawk Eye (online edition)
Saturday, 01 July 2006

William A. Heinzel, 83, of Racine, Wis., formerly of Burlington, died Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at his home. Born Jan. 12, 1923, in Burlington, he was the son of Frank W. and Caroline Liedermann Heinzel. On Nov. 17, 1951, he married Mary E. McConnell in Burlington. Mr. Heinzel was a Burlington firefighter for 30 years, retiring in 1978. He and his wife then moved to Boles, Ark., before moving to Racine in 1998 to be closer to family. During World War II, he served in the Navy as Third Class Gunnersmate. He was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church, Iowa Firemen's Association and the Naval Reserve. Survivors include his wife; five sons, Frank Heinzel of Denver, Colo., Math Heinzel of Madison, Wis., David Heinzel of Edina, Minn., Thomas Heinzel of Venice, Fla., and John Heinzel of Germantown, Wis.; two daughters, Sage Graham of Nashville, Ind., and Crispina Miceli of Spring, Texas; 13 grandchildren; three great–grandchildren; one brother, James Heinzel of Burlington; nieces; and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Heinzel will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., Racine, with the Rev. Brian Mason officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery in Racine. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass Monday at the church. A memorial has been established for the Iowa Firemen's Association.

Contributed by William Highfill
Fort Smith Times Record
Online Edition
31 December 2004

MENA — Curtis March Hendrick, 83, of Mena died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, in Waldron. He was born March 1, 1921, in Texas. He was a member of Waldron Masonic Lodge and Knights Templer, a retired Air Force captain, an accountant and a school teacher; he was a World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veteran. He was the widower of Betty Ruth Love. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Southside Church of God in Mena with burial at Pinecrest Cemetery under the direction of Hall Funeral Service of Mena. He is survived by a daughter, Betty Pate of Mena; a son, Curtis E. Hendrick of Granite Bay, Calif.; three sisters, Elora Woolsey of Riverside, Calif., Druscilla Smith of Clegg, Texas, and Nancy Gammon of Texarkana, Ark.; a brother, Troy Hendrick of Stinton, Texas; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record
Thursday, 24 September 2009 (online edition)

Arnold Fred Henson, 85, of Mansfield passed away Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, in a Fort Smith hospital. Arnold was a deacon for decades at Mansfield First Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for many years. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a leader in the business community of Mansfield. In 1946, Arnold and his brother, Leonard Henson, started Henson Lumber Co. in Mansfield. After Leonard’s death, Arnold and the Didier brothers formed a business partnership, and the sawmill became Didier Lumber Co. He was owner of Henson Oil Co. and a distributor for Mobil and Gulf Oil companies. He was a true sportsman and loved bird and deer hunting. He had a large deer camp in Camden that he shared with many friends. “Hoss” was what he was called by his close friends because of his untiring work ethic and leadership among men. Arnold had many special relationships, but the relationship he held dearest to his heart was his love of Jesus Christ. He is survived by two sons, James C. Henson of Mansfield, Richard A. Henson and wife, Jan of Greenwood; one daughter, Linda K. Booth and husband, Richard of Treasure Island, Fla.; five grandchildren, Amanda Morrison and husband, Tim of Hartford, Christy Davenport and husband, Ryan of Conway, Jason Henson and wife, Lisa of Greenwood, and Ryan Horne and Farrah Horne, both of Fort Smith; six great-grandchildren, Haley, Holly and Haden Henson of Greenwood, Kirstie and Preston Morrison of Hartford and Aaron and Abigail Davenport of Conway; special friend and caretaker, Donna Slate of Waldron; special friend, Robert Armstrong of Mansfield; and a host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Inez Henson. Arnold’s funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Mansfield with the Rev. Mark Griffith officiating. Interment will be at Coop Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributed by William Highfill
Greenwood Democrat (online edition)
Saturday, 16 January 2010

Shirley Ann Herdison, 71, of Pocola passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at a Fort Smith hospital. She was the owner and operator of Hair-Do Beauty Shop in Pocola and a member of Pocola First Methodist Church. Funeral services were Jan. 8, 2010, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with burial at Mayberry Cemetery in Central City. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Joe Herdison; two daughters, Joni Griffith of Poteau and Sherry Reano of Mansfield; three sons, John Anderson of Golden, Mo., Gary Herdison of Pocola and Robert Herdison of Greenwood; three sisters, Velma Gage of Alma, Louise Anderson of Moss Bluff, La., and Brenda Earnest of Fort Smith; one brother, James Cowan of Midland; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one bird dog. Pallbearers were her sons and grandsons.

Contributed by William Highfill
Salem (OR) Statesman Journal (online edition)
23 February 2010
June 21, 1919 – Feb. 21, 2010

Born in Mexico, she moved to the United States in 1921. She lived in Texas before moving to Colorado where she graduated from high school and attended Business College. She moved to Nebraska and was married to Domingo in Colorado in 1945 and they made their home in Arizona for over 7 yrs. and California for 3 yrs. before moving to Oregon in 1962. Domingo preceded her in death in 1989. She became a US citizen at the age of 50 and was a homemaker and farm laborer. She was a member of the Catholic Church and enjoyed gardening, watching TV, esp. wrestling, sewing, learning about politicians and was an avid voter. She enjoyed making tamales, loving and caring about her family, church and other organizations. Her favorite comedian was Jimmie Durante. She is survived by her daughters, Cecilia Hernandez of Salem; son, Narciso (JoAnne) Hernandez of Lyons; daughter, Mary Margaret (Randy) Holland of Waldron, Arkansas; sons, Carlos (Anne) Hernandez of Turner and Thomas (Arlene) Hernandez of Monmouth; daughter, Monica Culver of Salem; son, Felix Hernandez of Salem; brother, Rene Diaz of Nebraska; sister, Delia Jimenez of Nebraska; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren. Proceeded in death by sons, Antonio and Esteban. Visitation will be Wed. 1-5pm at Weddle Funeral Chapel, Stayton, OR. Rosary will be Thurs. Feb. 25th at 10:15 am followed by Funeral at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Stayton followed by rite of committal at St. Mary’s Cemetery- Stayton, OR.

Contributed by Debbie Johnson
The Heavener Ledger, page 8
23 February 1967

Funeral service for Decie Herrington, 89, of LeFlore, was conducted Wednesday at the Fanshawe Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mrs. Herrington died Sunday in a Poteau hospital. She had been a resident of LeFlore County since Indian Territory days. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Nora Brannon, Mrs. Londy McAlester, Mrs. Lona Burgess and Mrs. Lillie Hodo, all of Wister; two sons, Luke of Kansas City and Walker of Wister.

Contributed by William Highfill
Siloam Springs Herald Leader (online edition)
Sunday 31 July 2005

Mary Ann Hewes, 78, of Siloam Springs, Ark., died July 26, 2005 at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born Sept. 21, 1926 in Olio, Ark., she was the daughter of Edgar and Elizabeth Hale. She married Roy Hewes. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in West Siloam Springs, Okla. She was a farmer and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy. Survivors include one son, Larry Hewes and wife Sookie of Anchorage, Alaska; one daughter, Sandra Long and husband Rick of Siloam Springs; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five brothers, Jake Hale of Boonville, Ark., Don Hale, Wendell Hale, Wayne Hale, and Charles Hale, all of Waldron, Ark.; and four sisters, Rook James, Imojane Mitchelle, and Sue Hackworth, all of Waldron, and Edna Ingram of Harrison, Ark. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 at Backstrom-Pyeatte Chapel in Siloam Springs with the Rev. Jay Foley and the Rev. J.W. Walker officiating. Burial will be in Johnson Cemetery in West Siloam Springs. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. July 31. at Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home in Siloam Springs. Arrangements are under the direction of Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home, Siloam Springs.

Contributed by Mary Rollins

Moses Hickerson was born in Tennessee, Oct. 3, 1815, and died at his residence in Scott Co., Ark., Feb. 2, 1873. He made a profession of religion when about eighteen years of age, and connected himself with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, but on removing to Texas, and finding none of his own denomination convenient, he connected himself with the M. E. Church, South, in which he was a consistent and useful member for nearly twenty years, and though he had returned to his own Church before his death, he seemed to be with us in feeling, and was ever ready to meet with us in the class-meeting and other services of our Church, and was also ready at all times to assist us in the promotion of the various interests and enterprises of the Church. When he came to die, he was ready and willing to go; expressed himself as resigned, and in full assurance of eternal life in the world to come. He was a good man, and many besides his afflicted widow and children will realize that they have sustained a great loss by his death. F. M. Moore
On the 4th of February, Barber Lodge No. 246 F. and A.M. unanimously adopted the following preamble and resolutions:
WHEREAS, It has pleased the Great Architect of the universe, on the 2d day of February, 1873, to remove from our midst our faithful brother, Moses Hickerson, therefore, be it Resolved,
1. That in the death of brother Hickerson this Lodge has lost a worthy member, the community a kind and peaceable citizen, and his family their chief stay and support.
2. That as a Lodge we deeply mourn the death of our departed brother, and that we tender to his family our heartfelt sympathy in this their sad bereavement.
3. That in commemoration of their loss, the members of this Lodge be requested to wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.
4. That these resolutions be spread upon the records of this Lodge, and that they be published in the WESTERN METHODIST, and a copy of the same be furnished the family of the deceased.
George Minnim (? Hard to read copy)
G. E. James
A. Kincannon
T. A. Cochran
James Baker

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Sunday, 27 January 2008

BOONEVILLE — Leila Higgins, 70, of Booneville died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, in Booneville. She was born Aug. 19, 1937, in Cedar Creek community near Parks. She was retired from Ace Comb Co. in Booneville. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Cedar Creek Cemetery near Parks under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Booneville. She is survived by her husband, Kyle; two sons, James Brown of Russellville and Andy Brown of Booneville; three sisters, Irma Arms and Diane Sutterfield, both of Antlers, Okla., Jessie Salisbury of Green River, Wyo.; a brother, Doug Blackwell of Jessieville; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family will visit with friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Contributed by William Highfill
1952-10-13 - A, Monday
The Ada (OK) Evening News, Page 1 & 3

Comments: Albin was the oldest child and a son of Albert Washington Highfill and Margaret Louisa Farnsworth. Albin (born 22 September 1883 and died 12 October 1952) married Addie Matilda Tate on 24 December 1903, in Scott County, Arkansas. Addie was born 05 October 1884 and died 15 September 1974.

Funeral Tuesday for General Building Contractor

A. B. Highfill, 69, general building contractor since coming to Ada in 1928, died at his home, 601 South Rennie, Sunday morning at 3:30. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2:30 from Smith Funeral Chapel with burial at Memorial Park. Mr. Highfill grew up in Arkansas and moved to Ada from Russellville in that state. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Addie May Highfill; daughters, Mrs. Clyde Alletag of Ada, Mrs. John Fleming of Foster, Mrs. Harold Wilson of Shawnee; son, Clyde, Brownsville, Tex. Sisters, Addie Lee Highfill and Mrs. Mearl Dedman of Oakland, Calif.; Willie of Heavener, Oscar of Fort Worth, Loy of Bixby, and Earl of Tracy, Calif.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Albin B. Highfill, 69, died at the home, 601 South Rennie, Sunday at 3:30 a.m.; funeral Tuesday at 2:30, Smith Funeral Chapel, Rev. Jack Carroll, assisted by L.A. Ellison, Memorial Park. Pallbearers – Roy Lollar, Ed Clark, Conner Logsdon, H.J. Huddleston, L. T. Campbell, Joe Parker. Surviving are the widow, Addie May Highfill; daughters, Mrs. Clyde Alletag of Ada; Mrs. John Fleming of Foster; Mrs. Harold Wilson of Shawnee; son, Clyde Alletag of Brownsville, Tex.; sisters, Addie Lee Highfill and Mearl Deadman, Oakland, Calif.; brothers, Willie of Heavener, Oscar of Fort Worth, Loy of Bixby, Earl of Tracy, Calif.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Bixby Bulletin Archives

COMMENTS: Loy Highfill was a brother of my grandfather, William Edney Highfill. Both had Scott County and particularly Dutch Creek Valley connections.

Loy Highfill, 82, died 19 Dec 1983, born 25 Aug 1901 to Albert & Margaret Copeland (sic-Margaret's maiden name was Farnsworth; Dora's maiden name was Copeland--WCH) Highfill at Blue Ball, Arkansas. Survivors are wife, Dora Lee; sons, Dalton, Carlton (sic-Calton-WCH) & Bill; daughters, Leah Hogan, Mary Sams, Sue Cheatham; sisters, Merl Jones, Addie Highfill. Bixby Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home.

Contributed by William Highfill
San Antonio (TX) Express-News (online edition)
Sunday, 08 January 2012

Theo Highfill went to be with the Lord on January 7, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 86. He was born on April 12, 1935 in Blue Ball, Arkansas, to Elmer Highfill and Susan Hunt Highfill. He was a WWII veteran and a retired roofer by trade, with Local Union #36. His son and grandson followed in his footsteps in the trade as well. Theo cheered on the Cowboys and Spurs in his leisure time and also enjoyed being an avid yard salesman in his neighborhood. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed by not only his family, but by his neighbors and friends, whom he considered family, too. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Gary T. Butcher; and sister, Leona Franklin. Mr. Highfill is survived by his daughters, Beverly A. Metz (Bill) and Susie Highfill; son, Daniel A. Butcher; grandchildren, Teresa, Barry, Cory, Brittany, Danielle; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; 1 niece & 1 nephew. SERVICES: Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Mission Park Funeral Chapel North. A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, January 11,2012 at 120"00 am at Mission Burial Park north, 208900 IH-10 West, San Antonio, Texas 78257, with Military Honors.

Contributed by William Highfill
Mountain Democrat-Times
Placerville, California
04 August 1977, Page A-9

Comments: Verna Louise Bates was the daughter of Volley Lee Bates and Josie Elizabeth Martin. In 1929, Verna married Earl Albert Highfill, a son of Albert Washington Highfill and Margaret Louisa Farnsworth, my great-grandparents. Earl Albert was a twin of Mearl Margaret Highfill; they were born 14 March 1907. The Highfills, Bates and Farnsworths lived in both Scott and Yell Counties in Arkansas.

Verna Louise Highfill, 65, of Tracy, died July 26 at a local hospital. She was born in Arkansas and lived 44 years in California, one day in El Dorado county. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Highfill is survived by two daughters, Earle D. Powell of Castro Valley and Donna Pereira of Troy; two sons: Dennis C. Highfill and Robert L. Highfill, both of Stockton; her mother, Josie Bates of Tracy; two brothers, E.J. Bates and Jerome Bates, both of Tracy, and a sister, Vergie Harrison of Chico, and seven grandchildren. A funeral was held Friday July 29 at Hotchkiss Mortuary in Tracy. Local arrangements by Memorial Chapel interment was at the Tracy Public cemetery.

Contributed by William Highfill
Russellville Courier (online edition)
Thursday, June 22, 2006

Ronnie "Butch" Hill, 59, of Waveland died Monday at his home. Born Nov. 3, 1946 in Tatetown, he was the son of Otha and Tina Lee Starr Hill. He was an equipment operator for the Yell County Road Department and was a member of the Ascension Life Christian Fellowship Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Otha Lee Hill. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, LaDonna Hadersbeck Hill; a stepmother, Barbara Hill of Waldron; a daughter and son-in-law, Venus and Tim Sorrells of Russellville; a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Polly Hill of Ada, Okla.; a sister, Deanna Seahorn of Waldron; and grandsons, Kyler and Ashton Sorrells of Russellville. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ascension Life Christian Fellowship Church with the Rev. Gary Garner and the Rev. Ricky Hunt officiating. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Tuesday, 31 January 2006

Y-CITY — Thomas James Himes, 61, of Y-City died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, in his home. He was born Oct. 3, 1944, in Mansfield. He was a mechanic and of the Pentecostal faith. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pilot Prairie Cemetery in Waldron under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. He is survived by his wife, Denise; two daughters, Lisa Stinson of Waldron and Janita Blotts of Oklahoma; a son, Ronald Morrison of Missouri; his mother, Evelyn Hitchcock of Waldron; two sisters, Wanda Hitchcock and Arlene Brown, both of Waldron; four brothers, Dub Himes of Abbott, Vernie Himes of Durant, Okla., Howard Himes of Waldron, and Lonnie Himes of Missouri; and six grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Fort Smith Times Record, Online Edition
Monday, August 16, 2004

CAMERON – Gary Lynn Hodges, 49, of Cameron died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, in Cameron. He was born March 4, 1955, in Beloit, Kan. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Buggy Hill Cemetery in Mansfield under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau. He is survived by a daughter, Kristy Cantu of Mansfield; a son, Michael Hodges of Mansfield; his father, Verle Hodges of Cameron; and two grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Amarillo Globe-News (online edition)
21 August 2004

Venita Crabtree Hoffman, 72, of Amarillo, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in Christian Lighthouse Church with Jackie Findley, pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home, 2800 S. Osage St. Mrs. Hoffman was born in Cedar Creek, Ark. She was a homemaker and a member of Christian Lighthouse Church. She loved the Lord. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathi Parman, and a son, Johnny Hoffman. Survivors include, her husband, Carl; two daughters, Paula Gomez and Cindy Kneeland, both of Amarillo; two sons, Mike Hoffman and Gary L. Ray, both of Amarillo; two brothers, John Crabtree and Tommy Crabtree, both of Amarillo; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren, who will greatly miss their "Grandma Chicken."

Contributed by William Highfill
May 18, 2008

Notes: Leah Louise Highfill, born 5 July 1925, Gravelly, Yell County, Arkansas. Died 15 May 2008, North Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. Married Robert Eugene Hogan, born 30 November 1927. County Connections: Scott and Yell Counties, Arkansas. Father: Loy Highfill, born 25 August 1901, Arkansas; died 19 December 1963, Bixby, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. Married September 1924, Gravelly, Yell County, Arkansas to Dora Lee Copeland, born 14 August 1902, Arkansas, died 22 April 1995, Bixby, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

Leah Hogan, 82,of North Little Rock passed away Thursday, May 14, 2008. She retired after 30 years from the John Deere Company and was a member of AARP #15116 (Chapter.) She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert E. Hogan of North Little Rock; son and daughter-in-law, Robert L. and Rita Hogan of Sherwood; two grandchildren, Clayton Hogan of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Stacy Jones (Russ) of Maumelle; one great grandson, Brady Jones of Maumelle; three brothers, Dalton Highfill, Carlton Highfill and Billy Highfill, and two sisters, Mary Sams and Sue Cheatham. She was preceded in death by her parents, Loy and Dora Highfill. The family wishes to express a special thanks to Dr. Joe Lee Buford. Memorials may be made to Lou Gehrig's Disease Foundation, 4746 Spottswood Avenue #192, Memphis, Tennessee 38117. Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at North Little Rock Cremation Center, 1921 Main St., 758-1170.

Contributed by William Highfill
Lodi (CA) News-Sentinel
Monday, 19 December 2005

Samuel "Porky" Robert Holden, 51, of Waldron, Ark. and formerly of Lodi, died Dec. 15 in Waldron. He was born Oct. 31, 1954, in Eureka. Mr. Holden married Linda Reed Thornburg in Lodi in 2000. He was employed as a tatoo artist and was of the Pentecostal faith. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. He is survived by his wife, Linda Holden, of Waldron Ark.; son, Samuel Holden, of Galt; daughters, Serena Martiniz, of Missouri, Gidget Holden, Desiree Willie, Candy Holden, Lisa Holden and Cindy Sample, all of Galt; step-son, Robert Thornburg, of Boles, Ark.; step- daughters, Malinda Thornburg and Shandra Carroll, both of Waldron, Ark.; brother, Frank Holden, of Galt; sisters, Mary Roper, of Stockton, Sandra Greenmyer, of Tulsa, Okla. and Jenny Hasty, of Lodi; mother, Doris Holden, of Galt; and 27 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Betty Ruth Holden. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the family home. The Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Debbie Johnson
The Heavener Ledger, page 5
13 November 1969

Funeral service for Doan Holliman, 76, Heavener, who died Saturday, was held at 3 p.m. Monday at Mt. View Baptist Church. Burial was at Glendale Cemetery by Dowden Funeral Home. He was a veteran of World War I and a native of Arkansas. Survivors include two brothers, John of Oklahoma City and Will of Fresno, Calif.; several nieces and nephews. Born August 2, 1893, Mr. Holliman was a retired sawmill worker. Rev. Warner Hall officiated at services. Pallbearers were Bill Akins, Doc Roberts, Gene Jackson, Hugh Altstart, Hugh Apple and Gene White.

Contributed by William Highfill
Press Argus-Courier (online edition)
Monday, May 10, 2004

GREENWOOD — Nola Mae Niblett Hollingshead, 101, of Greenwood died Friday, May 7, 2004, in Greenwood. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Abbott. She is survived by a daughter, Ellen Schnitzius of North Fork, Calif.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great- grandchildren and nieces and nephews. The body may be viewed from 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News
(online edition)
Friday, February 25, 2005

Lloyd Hoover, 91, of Heavener, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at Waldron, Ark. He was a lifelong resident of the area, a veteran of World War II and a member of the Howe Assembly of God church. Survivors include his wife, Annie Hoover; a sister; a brother; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel at Heavener. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery at Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.

Contributed by William Highfill
Greenwood Democrat (online edition)
Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Billy Dean Horn, 75, of Greenwood passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2009, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was born March 21, 1934, in Blue Ball and was a retired plant superintendent with Allied Chemical in El Segundo, Calif. Mr. Horn was preceded in death by his parents, Loy and Evelyn Horn, and three brothers, Lavoy, Donney and Uvee. He leaves behind his loving wife of nearly 53 years, Sue; a son, Johnny and his fianc/e, Kathy of Greenwood; a daughter, Deanna of Greenwood; five grandchildren, Nikki, Matthew, John Francis, Denise and Danny; six great-grandchildren, Courtney, Andrew, Chase, Cooper, Noah and Ethan; 26 nieces and nephews; and scores of friends. Funeral services were July 24, 2009, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with interment at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Johnny Horn, Shane Waits, David Perry, Jason Helms, Scott Helms, Joey Helms and David Grogan.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Tuesday, 4 July 2006

POCOLA — Evelyn Horne, 85, of Pocola died Saturday, July 1, 2006, in a local hospital. She was a manager of WTC Mini Storage and the widow of Newton Horne. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Putman Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Oak Valley Cemetery. She is survived by three daughters, Sherry Green and Beva Baker, both of Pocola, and Patricia Morris of Fort Smith; three sons, Ricky Horne of Fort Smith, Gary Horne of Barling and Bobby Horne of Tulsa; a sister, Bevie Moore of Van Buren; a brother, Odean Graham of Waldron; 29 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Dana Biddle, Jason Curry, George Horne, Nate Allen, Dewayne Moquett and Keith Richison. The family will visit with friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times-Record (online edition)
Saturday, 24 October 2009

Marcella Johnston Horton, 74, of Mansfield died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009. She was a retired kindergarten teacher and artist. She was an early supporter of the Fort Smith Art Center and Fort Smith Little Theatre. Throughout her life, she befriended and enriched the lives of the elderly and children. She loved animals, nature and the Christmas season. Marcella was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Van Horton. Marcella’s strong and generous spirit survives in a son, Tim Johnston, and a daughter, Mary Johnston, both of Mansfield; three grandchildren, Heath, Casey and Madison; one great-grandchild, Aurbree; a sister, Gina Lunsford of Van Buren; a brother, Berl Stephens of Alma; a loving ex-husband, Jack Johnston; four nephews, Ron, Jeff, Steve and Chris; one niece, Karen; and all the children she came to know, teach and love through the years. Friends and family will gather at Creekmore Park on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at 2 p.m. to celebrate the life of Marcella.

Contributed by William Highfill
Russellville Courier (online edition)
Tuesday, 05 January 2010

Lucy Houston, 90, of Russellville died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Russellville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born Oct. 2, 1919, in Waldron, she was a daughter of the late Hollis and Freida Farnsworth Evatt. Lucy was a graduate of Booneville High School and Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway where she received her bachelor of science degree in home economics. She was a member and officer of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. She married Howard F. Houston in Booneville on Sept. 22, 1940. Following Howard’s service in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in Germany and later the Korean War, they moved to Morrilton and then settled in Clarendon. In 1965 they moved to Russellville. She was preceded in death by her parents and then by her husband of 55 years in 1995. She is survived by her son, Bubba Houston and wife, Micki, of Russellville; two daughters, Patty Rausher and husband, Lloyd, of Ozark and Carolyn Minyard and husband, Bill, of Conway; seven grandchildren, Betty Ann Dees of Pueblo West, Colo., Michael Rausher of Owasso, Okla., Carrie Kairalla of Durango, Colo., Lance Norwood of Hollister, Mo., Becky Norris of Little Rock, Chris Houston of Collierville, Tenn., and Ryan Houston of Bixby, Okla.; 13 great-grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and one sister, Bettye Brittenum of Russellville. Lucy’s family always came first. She was a beloved wife, a loving mother, and was devoted to her children and grandchildren. Her hands were never idle as she loved to bake (especially her homemade yeast rolls), play bridge, paint ceramics, knit, crochet, and quilt for family and friends. The children and their families shared their travels, holidays and special times with her. Another of her delights was gardening and working with fresh flowers. She loved the outdoors, especially during the fall. Lucille enjoyed crafts, was a member of the Arkansas Valley Arts and Crafts Guild and helped start the River Valley’s annual Arts and Crafts Fair. She was also a member of the Clarendon Garden Club. She was a long time member of First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and a volunteer. Memorial service celebrating her life will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Fort Smith National Cemetery. David Hawkins will officiate. Memorials may be made to the FUMC Building Fund, Russellville, AR or the American Cancer Society, c/o Judy Murphy, 126 Lakeview Circle, Russellville, AR 72802.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Wednesday, 16 May 2006

HEAVENER — Evazee Huddleston, 83, of Heavener died Monday, May 15, 2006, in Heavener. She was born Oct. 27, 1922, in Cauthron. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Heavener and the widow of S.B. Huddleston. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener with burial at Memorial Park in Heavener. She is survived by a daughter, Carlos Huddleston of Heavener; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt

Evelyn (Claudia Marie) Huff, age 83, was born in Waldron, Arkansas to Otis Ammons and Emma Leta Cleaver on September 6, 1927. She passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011 at her home in Roland, Oklahoma. She was one of God’s most caring, compassionate, and loving mothers and sister that anyone could ever have. Her sense of humor, twinkling smile and contagious laughter brightened so many moments in the lives of those who knew and loved her. During her life she has had many friends but during the latter years no one could have asked for a more faithful and considerate friend than her neighbor Lois Wallis of Roland, Oklahoma. The family is truly thankful for all she did to assist Evelyn in so many, many ways. Evelyn is survived by her son, Jackie B. Barker of Central Point, Oregon, and by the following: Grandchildren (3): Michael McDaniel and wife Bonnie of Lancaster, California; John Allen Dillinger and wife Erica of Fort Smith, Arkansas; Jacqueline Margaret Arnold and husband Ricky of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Great grandchildren (5) - Michael Jr. McDaniel., Matthew John McDaniel, Mikayla Marie McDaniel, all of Lancaster, California; John Allen 111 Dillinger and Lincoln North Dillinger, both of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Great-great grandchild: Hudson McDaniel of Lancaster, California. Sister: Marcene Ammons Blatt of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Nieces (9) - Shannon Blatt, Rhonda Russell, Renee Cupit, Janice Watkins, Denise McKaughan, Wannette Travis, Beverly Wall, Roxanne Williams, Staci Barrett, & Linda Hutchens. Nephews (2) - Mark Lowrey and Bob Ammons. She was preceded in death by the following family members: Son: Jerry Don Barker of Fort Smith, Arkansas; Daughter: Judy Marie Barker Dillinger of Fort Smith, Arkansas; Parents: Otis Ammons and Emma Leta Cleaver Ammons of Waldron, Arkansas; Brothers (2): Jay Ammons of Waldron, Arkansas and Robert Lafayette Ammons of Plainview, Texas; Sister: Faye Lavoyne Ammons Craig of Waldron, Arkansas. The family invites friends to visit with them from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on July 8, 2011 at Edwards Funeral Home –located at 201 North 12th Street Fort Smith, Arkansas. Graveside Memorial services will be held at 10:00 AM, 2011, officiated by Rev. George Corbell. Interment will be at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Contributed by William Highfill
Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville) Times
Saturday, 14 April 1962, p. 8
Pioneer Physician Succumbs at 92

SILOAM SPRINGS (Special) -- Dr. George A. Hughes, 92, pioneer physician and long-time resident of Siloam Springs died Friday in Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. He was born at Waldron February 9 1870, graduated from Vanderbilt University at Nashville, Tenn., in 1804, he married and moved to Gravette, where he practiced medicine for 23 years. He moved to Siloam Springs in 1918. After 65 years of practice, he retired about two years ago. He was a member of the First Christian Church. Survivors include his widow, Madge, of the home; one son, Lewis of Oklahoma City, Okla.; three daughters, Mrs. Lina Witt of Houston, Tex., Mrs. Lillian Scheller and Miss Margaret Louise Hughes, both of Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, Albert of Westminster, Calif., and Lester of Oregon; one sister, Mrs. Mary Lewis of Muskogee, Okla.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the First Christian Church of Siloam Springs. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery at Gravette under the direction of Pyealte Funeral Service of Siloam Springs.

Contributed by Charlene Holland
Yell County Record
June 23, 1999

Thula Herrin Hunnicutt, age 96, formerly of Gravelly, died Friday, June 18 at Mitchell's Nursing Home in Danville. She was born July 1, 1902 in Nola, Arkansas to the late Robert and Laurah Belle Journey Harris. She was a co-owner of the S. C. Herrin Store in Gravelly. A homemake and a member of the Danville Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her first husband, S. C. Herrin and her second husband, Julian Hunnicutt. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Brehman "B. K." and Marie Herrin of Tulsa, OK; 1 grandson and his wife, Steve and Cathy Herrin of Tulsa, OK; granddaughter and her husband, Angelia and George Farrell of Fairfax, VA; 3 great-grandchildren, Sam and Cathie Herrin and Alistair Farrell. Funeral services were Monday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Danville Church of Christ with Brother John McCourt officiating. Burial was in the Parks Cemetery in Nola. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville.

Contributed by Allen Syler
Waldron News
Thurs. June 28 1979 page 11

Mr. Austin Hunt, age 77, of Waldron died early Wednesday morning June 20, 1979 after a long illness in the Scott County Hospital in Waldron. Mr. Hunt was a native of Gravelly, Arkansas, the son of the late Thomas Austin and Drew Siller Kitchens Hunt, a retired mechanic and a Freewill Baptist. Survivors include: his wife Mrs. Syble Simpson Hunt of the home, three sons, Jimmy Hunt of Bakersfield, CA, Jerry and Gary Hunt both of Waldron, and Lester Hunt of Gillarest, Oregon. One sister, Mrs. Ethel Otter of Texas, two half brothers Rex Hunt of California and Ray Hunt of Danville, AR, one step brother James Fincher of Arizona, three step sisters, Isabel Phoenix of CA, Mrs. Garette Brewer of Waldron, and Ilene Hopkins of Okla. City, OK. Also six grandchildren and one great grandson. Fuenral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday the 22 of June in the Waldron Assembly of god Church with Rev. Sam Wagner officiating with interment in the Parks Cemetery at Gravelly, AR. The family wishes to thank the nursing home, hospital and the doctors, nurses and staff for their kind attention to our husband and father. Also, to the pall bearers, Rev. and Mrs. Sam Wagner for their help in our time of need. And to all the people who sent food, flowers and cards. But most of all for your Prayers. Mrs. Austin Hunt & Family

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Friday, 23 March 2007

HAVANA — Claudia Hunt, 84, of Havana died Tuesday, March 2007. She was born July 3, 1922, in Union Hill. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Danville Assembly of God with burial at Union Hill Cemetery under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. She is survived by her husband, Ray; two daughters, Anna Thornton of Bella Vista and Helen Coots of Van Buren; a son, Parker Hunt of Bentonville; a sister, Willo Owens of Union Hill; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. The body may be viewed from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Danville Assembly of God.

Contributed by William Highfill
Herald-Leader, The (Siloam Springs) (online edition)
02 December 2005

Douglass D. Hutcheson, 34, of Pea Ridge, Ark., died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home in Bentonville. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lillie Virginia Jordan, 96, of Rogers, Ark., died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005. Graveside funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at the Sanders Cemetery in Cedar Creek, Ark.

NOTE: The following obituary also apparently appeared in the same newspaper on the same date.

Douglass D. Hutcheson, 34, of Pea Ridge died Nov. 1, 2005, at his home. He was born Dec. 20, 1970, in Fayetteville to Donald and Juanita (Presley) Hutcheson. He was a maintenance technician in the poultry industry. He was a member of Bentonville Freewill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Anichia of Bentonville; his mother, Juanita of Pea Ridge; a son, Erik Hutcheson of Bentonville; a daughter, Kursdie Hutcheson of Rogers; a stepson, Cory Carter of Bentonville; a stepdaughter, Chelsea Carter of Bentonville; five brothers, Gary and Bruce of Bentonville, Tim of Clever, Mo., Steven of Rogers and David of Elkins; and two sisters, Rebecca James of Springdale and Cynthia Robertson of Anderson, Mo. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home in Bentonville, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be Tuesday at Bentonville Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. Ellis Doyle and Phillip Shackelford officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Hiwasse. Pallbearers will be Jason Smith, Darren Warren, Jerrad Robertson, Scotty Hutcheson, Aaron Hutcheson, Michael Hoback, Blake Hutcheson, Ryan Hutcheson, Jason Shackelford and Shannon Williams.

Contributed by William Highfill
Texarkana Funeral Home (online edition)
(July 12, 1932 - September 1, 2011)

Mary Kathryn Hutchinson, age 79, of Texarkana, Texas, died Thursday, September 1, 2011 in a local hospital. Mrs. Hutchinson was born July 12, 1932 in Cutthand, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by her sons: Tommy Leon Hutchinson and James Neal Hutchinson. She is survived by her husband: Harrel Hutchinson of Texarkana, Texas; one daughter and son-in- law: Diane and J. D. Cooper of Leary, Texas; three sons and two daughters-in-law: Jerry and Janet Hutchinson of Texarkana, Texas; Michael Hutchinson of Texarkana, Texas; Donny and Traci Hutchinson of Redwater, Texas; six sisters: Marci Allen of Texarkana, Texas; Henrietta Pulliam of Texarkana, Texas; Sandy Carr of North Carolina; Shirley Vandewelle of Waldron, Arkansas; Sue Bice of Waldron, Arkansas; Vici Ryder of Waldron, Arkansas; three brothers: Dan Soderling of Doddridge, Arkansas; Richard Soderling of Texarkana, Texas; Glen Soderling of Waldron, Arkansas; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren and a number of other relatives. Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday at Chapelwood Memorial Gardens with Rev. Keith Ducroz officiating. Burial wil be under the direction of Chapelwood Funeral Home. Those wishing to memorialize Mrs. Hutchinson may make contributions to Chapelwood United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 4547, Nash, Texas 75569 or to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, Va. 22311.

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