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Last Updated 17 March 2011

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Michael Duane Napier, 34, of Dyer died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, in a local hospital. He was born Aug. 15, 1970, in Fort Smith. He was a resident of Dyer, was of the Assembly of God faith and was an employee of Whirlpool for 12 years. Preceded in death by his father, Floyd Napier. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004 at Ocker Funeral Home Chapel in Alma with burial at Dyer City Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma. He is survived by his companion, Laurie Hartsfield of Spiro; a son, Christopher Michael Napier of Alma; his mother and stepfather, Charlene and Charles Scott of Dayton; his maternal grandmother, Alice Julian of Van Buren; a sister, Melody Price of Dyer; two brothers, Jerry Don Medlock of Van Buren and Randy G. Medlock of Dyer; two stepbrothers, Charles Junior Scott and James Scott, both of Waldron; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Jason Julian, Jerry Ray Cecil, Jimmy Mark Medlock, Johnny Bull, Bryant Underwood, Kenneth Rosson, Russell Drewry and Jimmy Ray Julian. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Ocker Funeral Home in Alma, 917 U.S. 64 East, Alma, AR 72921.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times-Record (online edition)
Wednesday, 17 June 2009

HEAVENER — Jerry T. Naylor, 57, of Heavener died Sunday, June 14, 2009, in Fort Smith. He was born Oct. 2, 1951, in Conser, Okla. He was a member of Perry Chapel Baptist Church in Conser, the Heavener Masonic Lodge and Hodgen Fire Department, a 1970 graduate of Heavener High School and retired from Kansas City Railroad. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener with burial at Conser Cemetery in Heavener. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two daughters, Tonya Hamilton of Springfield, Mo., and Brandy Hiatt of Red Oak, Okla.; two stepdaughters, Lisa Mahaffey of Bentonville and Latrina Mahaffey of Waldron; a stepson, Ricky Mahaffey of Danville; two sisters, Helen Bell and Florita Lord, both of Heavener; a brother, Finnis Naylor of Chicago; two grandchildren and four stepgrandchildren. The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Contributed by William Highfill
Heavener (OK) Ledger
Tuesday, 12 March 2009, p. 8

Margie Ruth Neal, 67, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2009 in Oklahoma City. She was born November 17, 1941 in Heavener to Ivy and Byron Kinslow. A memorial service will be held for Margie at a later date which will appear in the Ledger. She is survived by her mother, Ivy Kinslow of Oklahoma City; one son, Allen Neal of Moses Lake, Washington; three grandchildren, Shawn, Hailey and Britney also of Washington; two brothers, Ralph Kinslow of Paulsbo, WA, Marvin Kinslow of Abbieville, Louisiana; two sisters, Bonnie Woodall of Mansfield, Ark., and Brenda Hemphill of Oklahoma City; one special friend, Sam Beler of Heavener. She was preceded in death by her father, Byron Kinslow, one brother, Arvel Kinslow, and a niece, Kristy Kinslow.

Contributed by David Eick
Heavener Ledger
March 23, 1933

COMMENTS: CW Neff was a resident of both LeFlore and Scott Counties between 1903 and 1933. He was survived by sons Johnson F. Neff of Heavener, Frank Cyrus Neff of Winfield, AR, Hugh B. Neff of San Diego, CA and Nora Suschanke of CA. Thanks to Elizabeth Neff, librarian in LeFlore County. David Eick, g-g-grandson of CW Neff.

C.W. Neff, aged father of J.F. Neff, of this city, died at eleven o’clock Saturday morning at the home of his son, death being due to old age. Mr. Neff was seventy-seven years old. Funeral services were held at the grave in the Oakdale cemetery and were conducted by Rev. E.W. Westmoreland, local Baptist pastor.

Contributed by David Eick
Orange County Register
April 30, 2003

COMMENTS: The last of Frank Neff and Dora Eva Cagle's children has gone home. Don was the brother of Helen, Opal and Mildred Neff, and they all grew up and lived in the Winfield and Heavener areas for many years.

Donald V. Neff, 84, of Santa Ana, died April 29, 2003 of natural causes. Visitation: 4 - 8 p.m. Thursday, with services at 10 a.m. Friday, Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary, Santa Ana. Wife, Mary; daughter, Donna Goodger; sons, Marion, Wayne; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
03 August 2005

TULSA — Opal L. Neighbors, 86, of Tulsa died Friday, July 29, 2005. He was born Dec. 11, 1918, in Rover. He served in the Army during World War II, worked in poultry, construction, transportation industries and worked as a foundry core maker for Fairbanks and Morris in Kansas City, Kan., for 23 years. Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Moore's Southlawn Chapel in Tulsa. A service will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Church of Christ with burial following at Parks Cemetery in Nola. He is survived by a son, Gary Neighbors of Lake Jackson, Texas; a sister, Villa Neighbors of Nola; one grandchild; and a companion, Pauline Morrow.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Thursday, 17 June 2004

William "Bill" Neill, 44, of Fort Smith died Tuesday, June 1, 2004 in Van Buren. He was a construction worker. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Putman Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith. The body was cremated. He was survived by two daughters, Stephanie Neill of Yakima, Wash. and Trisha Neill of Vicksburg, Wash.; a son, Michael Reed of Fort Smith; his father, Jimmy Brooks of Waldron; three sisters, Darlene Prine and Debbie Pipkins, both of Cassville, and Pamela Rose of Waldron; three brothers, Jeffery Neill of Alma, Richard Neill of Fort Smith and Jason Neill of Waldron; and two grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Wednesday, 2 August 2006

BOONEVILLE — Douglas William Nelson, 32, of Booneville died Saturday, July 29, 2006, in Booneville. He was born May 7, 1974, in Booneville. He was a laborer. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Roberts Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Booneville with burial at Hunt Cemetery near Waldron. He is survived by a daughter, Haylee Nelson of Waldron; a son, Skylar; his mother, Mary Nelson of Booneville; and a brother, David Newberry of Lincoln. Pallbearers will be Edward Higgs, Shane and Brandon Johnson, Michael and Chris Elliott and William Woodall. The family will visit with friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributed by Pauline Davis
(March 3, 1933 - March 14, 2011)

Mr. Vernon Nelson, age 78, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Monday, March 14, 2011 in Mena. He was born March 3, 1933 in Black Fork, Arkansas. He was united in marriage to Ida Bell Posey. Mr. Nelson was an avid fisherman. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He is survived by: Wife: Ida Posey Nelson of Mena, Arkansas; Mother: Mary Martin of Mena, Arkansas; Daughters: Judy Clanin of Mena, Arkansas, Jo Ann Edwards of Dickson, Tennessee; Son: Kenneth Nelson and wife Megan of Las Vegas, Nevada; 8 Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Lavonia May Nelson and his brother, Norman Lyles. Mr. Nelson was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. A memorial service will be Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church with Brother Keith Rose officiating.

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
Thursday, 06 March 2008

V.F. "Vick" Nowlin, 80, of Wister passed away March 3, 2008 at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born Jan. 18, 1928 in Summerfield. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict. He was the former owner and operator of KINB Radio. He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Lola (Hollan) Nowlin; two sisters, Wauita Croy and Bea Williams; a granddaughter, Chandra Richmond; an infant sister and an infant brother. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Nowlin of the home; three daughters, Rita and husband Landon Richmond of Waldron, Ark., Shelly and husband John Ellard of Edmond and Shannon and husband Larry Stacy of Van Buren, Ark.; eight grandchildren, Jackie Richmond, Scott and Heather Richmond, Victor Richmond, Joe and Beverly Richmond, Landon Richmond II, Candita Nowlin, Hunter Ellard and Sierra Stacy; eight great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives, friends and loved ones. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 10 a.m. at the Summerfield Church of Christ with Tracy Lloyd officiating. Interment will follow at the Summerfield Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jackie Richmond, Victor Richmond, Joe Richmond, Landon Richmond II, Jonathan Cauthen and Jeff Shoemake. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Richmond, Hunter Ellard, Herbert Morris, Harold Turner and Denver Evans. Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, is in charge of arrangements.

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