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Last Updated 1 October 2010

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Tuesday, 18 November 2w008

Note: Margaret Paddack was my junior high school social sciences teacher at Mansfield when we lived there in the late 40s and early 50's--and was a very good teacher.

Margaret Berry Paddack, 89, of Mansfield passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, in Mandeville, La. A graduate of what is now Western Kentucky University, she was a longtime public school teacher, starting in Kentucky and retiring from Mansfield Public Schools. She also helped her husband with the dairy and beef farm outside of Mansfield, where she enjoyed reading, gardening and the birds at her feeders following retirement. She loved to travel and won a trip to Spain as a part-time sales representative for World Book Encyclopedias. Mrs. Paddack was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mansfield, where she was a longtime Sunday school teacher and active in women’s missionary organizations, and an active member of the South Sebastian County Retired Teacher’s Association. Survivors include two sons, David Paddack and his wife, Anita, of Mandeville, La., and Bill Paddack and his wife, Barbara, of Little Rock; a granddaughter, Amy Lawson and her husband, Sean, of San Diego; and a niece, Nancy Walsh of Louisville, Ky. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the First Baptist Church in Mansfield with interment at Hartford Memorial Park in Hartford under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Greenwood. Memorials may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering at First Baptist Church in Mansfield, or a charity of choice.

Contributed by William Highfill
Booneville Democrat online edition
Monday, 29 Seotenber 2008

Claudine Suttle Rogers Partain, 80, of Texarkana, Ark., died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 in Texarkana, Texas. She was born April 23, 1928 in Booneville. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Moore’s Lane in Texarkana, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Claude (Fitz) Suttle and Ona Mills Suttle; her husband, Autrey Partain; her husband and father of her children, Hayden O. Rogers, two brothers, John L. Suttle and Omer Eugene Suttle; and a brother-in-law, Oatman Rogers. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 29, at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Sheridan with burial at 3 p.m., in Oak Hill Cemetery in Booneville, under the direction of Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan. She is survived by a son, Ron Rogers and wife Devon of Texarkana, Texas; a daughter, Judy Rogers of Texarkana, Ark.; five grandchildren, Kyle Rogers, Josh Hoggard, Kellie Rogers, Haylie Bass and Trent Rogers; two great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Don Rogers and wife Emma Lee of Dallas, Texas; five sisters-in-law, Lee Suttle of De Queen, Kate Rogers of Magazine, Flo Smith and husband Dale of Magazine, Minnie Kate Grey and husband Jerry of Mansfield and Johnnie Dublar and husband Jack of Shawnee, Okla.; as well as many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Contributed by William Highfill
Johnson County Graphic (online edition)
2 January 2007

Donald Roy Payne, 73, of Clarksville died Dec. 28, 2006, at the home of his son, Don R. Payne in Apex, N.C. He was a son of the late Mable M. Norton and Robert S. Payne and was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma D. Payne; one brother, James R. Payne; and one sister, Elva R. Miller. He is survived by two other sons, Larry Reece of Mount Ida and Kenneth L. Wood of Riverside, Calif.; six grandchildren, Jennifer R. Reece of Greenwood, Allison L. Floyd of Waldron, Meredith A. Reece of Fort Smith, Christopher W. Payne and Brandon R. Payne, both of Charlotte, N. C., and Kevin Wood of Clermont, Fla.; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home with Rev. John Belken officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Troy Blankenship, Bill Hill, Danny Leeds, Len Bradley, Marty Howard, and Randy Gresham. Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Green, Don Patridge, John Hill, and Dan Hagar.

Contributed by William Highfill
Times Record News (online edition)
Wichita Falls, Texas
30 January 2010

Etta Mae Payton, 70, of Wichita Falls, died Monday, January 25, 2010. The funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 1, 2010, in the chapel of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls with the Rev. Howard Chapman, minister of pastoral care at First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, officiating. Interment will follow at Electra Memorial Park under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls. A daughter of the late James and Nora Belle (Shelton) Frazier, she was born April 23, 1939, in Iowa Park. She was a homemaker and co-owner, alongside her husband, C. E. Payton of Big Boy’s Bait Shop. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Kenneth and Don Frazier. Survivors include her husband, C. E. “Big Boy” Payton of Wichita Falls; daughter, Susan Payton of Wichita Falls; beloved granddaughter, Sarah Payton; sisters, Wanda Jo Kuhlmann and husband, J.W. of Waldron, Arkansas and Shirley Jean Rains and husband, Don of Wichita Falls; sister-in-law, Cornelia Frazier of Wister, Oklahoma; and her brother, James Frazier of Iowa Park. The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m., Sunday, January 31, 2010, at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

Contributed by Kevin Craig
Mena Star
(Week of 26 Jan 1964; exact date uncertain)

Funeral service for Mrs. Margaret Jane Payton, 83-year-old Mena resident who died Friday, Jan. 24, following an extended illness, was held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Beasley-Wood Funeral Chapel with the Rev. H.D. Ginther, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial took place in Pinecrest Memorial Park. The pallbearers were J.B. Stevenson, Henry Sandefur, Max Brown, Bob Beauchamp, Harvey Davis and Benny Busch. Mrs. Payton was born April 26, 1880, at Waldron, Ark., daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hickerson. She was married to John C. Payton Dec. 23, 1902 at Waldron. With her family she moved to Mena in 1932 from Checotah, Okla., and had made her home here since that time. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Preceded in death by her husband in 1943 at Mena, Mrs. Payton is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Reba Sandefur, Columbus, Ind.; Mrs. Norma L. Grove, Mena; a son, Marvin Payton, Mena; a brother, Fred Hickerson, Mansfield, Ark.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. From out of town attending the funeral were: Frank Hickerson and daughter Wanda, Mansfield; Mr. and Mrs. John L. Craig, DeQueen; Harry Craig, Hatfield; Miss Sharon Sandefur, Fayetteville, Ark.; Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Harris, Hatfield; Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Sandefur, Columbus, Ind.

Contributed by Paula Doyle-Bicket
Tulsa World
June 21, 1999

Hodgen -- Elsie Lorene Permenter died Sunday. Graveside services 10 a.m. Tuesday, Zoe Cemetery. Dowden, Heavener.

Contributed by Paula Doyle-Bicket
Tulsa World
October 27, 1997

Heavener -- Raymond O. B. Permenter 79, retired KCS railroad worker, died Saturday. Services 11 a.m. Tuesday, Zoe Cemetery. Dowden.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record, Tuesday, 10 June 2008

MANSFIELD--Leslie Megan Paige Perry, 16, of Mansfield died Friday, June 6, 2008, in Fort Smith. She was a student at Mansfield High School and employed at Sonic. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hackett. She is survived by her mother, Debra Rich of Mansfield and father and stepmother, Staff Sgt. Leslie and Gabrielle Perry of Hindsville, Ga.; a sister, Marissa Perry of Mansfield; four brothers, Joshua and Jacob Goodson, both of Hindsville, Ga., Craig Perry of Coffeyville, Kan., and Kevin Perry of Tahlequah, Okla.; and grandparents, Jack Perry and Geraldine Maddox of Fort Smith, John and Donna Guillott of Pierre, S.D., and Marilyn and B.J. Jones of Waldron. Pallbearers will be Rusty Clark, Andy Boren, Bill Kilgore, Chris Perry, Sam Strozier and Terry Bowers. The body may be viewed 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 7 to 9 p.m.

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
9 March 2006

Nera “Nennie” Pickle, 96, of Poteau, passed away March 4. She was born April 17, 1909, in Winfield, Ark. to Elmer and Annie Plummer. Nennie married Marlin Pickle on May 4, 1929. They owned several businesses including the DX Service Station and Mistletoe Express both in Poteau and the Dairy Hut in Wister. She was one of 37 Charter Members of Southside Baptist Church. She led the first song ever sung and the first Sunday School Class. She was elected Superintendent in 1945 of the Intermediate Department until 1979. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1993; one sister, Winnie “Dutchie” Hendricks; twin sister and brother, L.C. Roy and E.C. “Buster” Plummer, and brother, Bob Plummer. Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Anna Lou Burgess of Poteau, Linda Pugh of Houston, Texas, Everett Plummer, Dianna Manis, Paul Plummer, Johnny Roy and Bobby Hendricks of Poteau, Sue Weatherford of Miami, J.C. Pickle and Harold Bright, of Poteau; numerous great-nieces and nephews, including Dena Manis of Dunedin, Fla. and Cati Roy of Poteau. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Southside Baptist Church in Poteau with Rev. Garry Haskins officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery at Poteau. Pallbearers will be Dexter Haskins, Aud Balentine, Carrol Hale, Bob Free, David Robertson and Glendon Chester. Arrangements are under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.

Contributed by William Highfill
Russellville Courier (online edition)
Sunday, 18 March 2007

Wilna E. Piper, 89, died March 14, 2007, at the Oklahoma Methodist Manor nursing home in Tulsa, Okla. Miss Piper began teaching at age 19 in rural Arkansas, the daughter of a retired teacher. Her first jobs were in Mansfield and Crossett, Ark., before moving to West Memphis in 1947. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State Teacher’s College in Conway and a master’s degree from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Wilna Piper is one of two children born to William Garfield Piper and Rose Buckman of Havana, Ark., and half- sister to W.G. Piper’s only child by prior marriage to Lydia M. Arnn, a young bride who did not survive her daughter’s first year. She was preceded in death by her brother, John Buckman Piper, a retired Marine Corps aviator and Northern Virginia real estate appraiser, and by her half-sister Jane Lee of Tulsa, a retired elementary school teacher. Miss Piper moved to West Memphis in 1947 where she taught sixth grade at Hulbert- West Memphis Elementary. She became principal of Bragg Elementary, a position she held 26 years until retirement in 1979. She also was the first principal of Richland Elementary in West Memphis when it opened in 1963, and held both positions concurrently. Both her father and grandfather Piper were teachers. Her mother was the daughter of pioneer farmers in Yell and Sebastian counties in Arkansas and one of 17 children born to Noble I. Buckman and Addie Elizabeth Fergeson. She belonged to the National Educators Association, Arkansas Educators Association, Association for Childhood Education International, and Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. She was a member more than 40 years of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honor society of women educators. Miss Piper gave the valedictory address at her high school commencement exercises at Magazine, Ark., in 1931 at age 17. She was awarded National PTA life membership in 1958, honored by the Virginia Shamblin Guild of First Methodist Church-West Memphis in 1966, received the Madam Elementary Principal Award in 1968 for outstanding principal of the year in a five-state region, and ARTA Achievement Award in 1998 from the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association. She was a professional woman in an era when few women sought careers, and a leader during the critical years of school desegregation. When state mandated separate-but-equal schools were federally ordered to become unitary systems, she led her school in the transition. The Board of Directors of the West Memphis School District commended her efforts in 1970. Miss Piper never married but she is surrounded by children, many of whom know her as Aunt “Bet,” a nickname from her childhood in Arkansas. Her late sister Jane Lee’s family are grandniece Leigh Ann Montgomery of Tulsa, grandnephew David Shales of Tulsa, grandnephew Gary Shales of Noblesville, Ind., and grandniece Lucy Shope of Minnesota. Her late brother’s family are niece Gwendolyn Bette Piper of Albuquerque, N.M., and nephew John B. Piper, Jr. of Ocean Park, Wash.; and among these relatives are many great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews living in Arkansas, California, Oklahoma, Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico and Virginia. Graveside services will be at noon on Monday, March 19, 2007, in the Havana Cemetery in Havana, Ark. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Ninde Funeral Directors, Woodland Chapel, 5757 S. Memorial, Tulsa, OK 74145; phone (918) 742-5556.

Contributed by William Highfill
Russellville Courier (online edition)
Friday, 19 January 2007

Note: Laymon Millard, mother of Harold Pledger, Sr., was a sister of my paternal grandmother, Barbara Ellen Millard. The Millards, Pledgers, and Highfills lived in Dutch Creek Valley in both Scott and Yell counties for several generations.

DANVILLE — Harold Odell Pledger Sr., 80, of Danville died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, at Chambers Memorial Hospital. Born Aug. 14, 1926, in Belleville, he was the son of the late Paul Austin and Laymon Millard Pledger. He was a retired produce salesman and a member of Danville First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Pledger Jr. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Pat Nelson Pledger; two sons and daughters-in-law, Harold Jr. and Becky Pledger of Danville and Craig and Debbie Pledger of Bella Vista; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Rick Millsap of Danville; six grandchildren, Alicia and Daniel Uptagrafft of East End, Matthew and Susan Millsap of Fort Worth, Texas, Sarah and Stuart Creamer of Bella Vista, Darren Pledger of Conway, and Marissa Pledger and Bladen Pledger, both of Bella Vista; great-grandchildren, Taylor Uptagrafft, Blake Uptagrafft, Natalie Millsap, Nathan Uptagrafft, and another arriving in September. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Danville First Baptist Church with Brother Bobby Walker, Brother Jamie Staley and Brother Matthew Millsap officiating. Burial will be in Earl Ladd Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Active — Doug Miller, Pledger Ball, Daniel Uptagrafft, Stuart Creamer, Darren Pledger and Matthew Millsap. Honorary — Gordan Rhoades, Bud Hancock, Wayne Smith and Jack Wilson. Visitation will be 6-8 tonight. Memorials may be made to Danville First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 877, Danville, AR 72833.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
18 October 2005

Jeffery Lawrence Plum of Fayetteville died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005. He was born Aug. 8, 1960, in Alamogordo, N.M. He was employed by Westark Sod Co. in Elkins, a graduate of Southside High School, and a Southern Baptist. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Plum of Fort Smith. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Winfield Baptist Church, Arkansas 248 West in Waldron, with burial at Lamb Cemetery near Waldron under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Joe and Madie Plum of Waldron; three sisters, Shirley Russell of Fort Smith, Donna Cantrell of Waldron, and Julia Woods of Waldron; two brothers, Kenneth Plum of Hackett and Gregory Plum of Farmington; seven nieces; five nephews; one grandniece; and one grandnephew. Pallbearers will be Nicholas Woods, Christopher Cantrell, Dalton Cantrell, Anthony Plum, James Greenlee and Robbie Linthicum. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Jay, Larry Brigance and Roger Brigance.

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
Wednesday, 27 July 2005

Services for James W. Plummer, 73, of Salina, were held at 10 a.m. July 25 in the First United Methodist Church of Locust Grove and interment followed in the Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow, under the direction of the Key Funeral Home of Locust Grove. Mr. Plummer was born May 30, 1932, in Waldron, Ark. He died peacefully at home with his family on July 22, in Salina after a long battle with cancer. The son of Glen Moore and Mamie (Watts) Plummer, he grew up and attended school in Poteau, graduating high school in 1952. He was married to Joanne Gardner in 1953 and has two children, Lynne Plummer Crockett and husband John of Claremore and David Plummer of Albuquerque, N.M. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in civil engineering in 1967 and made his living as a professional civil engineer and land surveyor. He owned City Map Service during the time he completed his degree and then served as the primary engineer for several Tulsa subdivisions including Country Aire Estates and Gilcrease Hills. He also was an engineer for several projects for the Corp of Engineers. A visionary, he was always self-employed and aspired to develop and build on his own land. After retiring to the Lake Hudson area, he was chief engineer for the Lakeland Resort. He enjoyed organic gardening and began pursuing his dream of creating his ideal land development, The Plum Tree Estates and RV Park in Salina. Survivors include his mother, Mamie (Watts) Plummer of Poteau; his wife, Earlene of the home; his children; three grandchildren; his stepchildren, Larry and Cindi Carpenter of Newalla, Chris and Paul Hudson of Mead, Charles and Ninnah Webb of Norman, Charla and Jim Hackett of Oklahoma City; eight step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wayne Plummer of Poteau, Don Plummer of Tulsa and Darrell Plummer of Poteau; an uncle, Cecil Watts of Wagoner; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father.

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
25 July 2006

Mamie Leona Plummer, 94 of Poteau, passed away July 24 at the Oaks Healthcare Center in Poteau. She was a homemaker, born Feb. 15, 1912 in Hepler, Kan. She was a member of the Southside Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Glen Plummer; a son James Warren Plummer; her parents, Robert and Annie (Hill) Watts; six brothers and three sisters. She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law Wayne and Janice Plummer and Darrell and Mary Plummer, all of Poteau, and Don and Wanda Plummer of Tulsa; a brother Cecil Watts of Wagoner; a sister Edna Oglesby of Crown Point, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and loved ones. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Haskins officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, is in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by William Highfill
Thursday, 29 April 2004
Poteau Daily News, online edition

Doss Edward Pottridge, 61, of Bates, Ark., passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2004. He was a longtime resident of the area and was a great outdoor sportsman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Tabitha Pottridge; one brother, Leon; and one sister, Peggy Bennett. Survivors include four sisters, Betty and Bob Stafford of Bates, Ark., Twilla Mae Maxwell of Wister, Shirley Brothers of Plainview, Ark., Gary and Ann Pottridge and Linda and Gene Hill of Heavener; two brothers, Gene and Joy Pottridge of Heavener and Gary and Ann Pottridge of Bates, Ark; several nieces and nephews; and a host of loved ones and friends. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 29 in Howe Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.

Contributed by Debbie Johnson
The Heavener Ledger, page 3
4 August 1977

Funeral services for Tlitha Pottridge, 66, of Bates, who died Monday at her home were held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bates Pentecostal Church of God. Burial will be in Howe Cemetery. Survivors include her husband Ed; five daughters, Mrs. Twilla Maxwell of Choctaw, Mrs. Betty Braviel of Pinole, Calif., Mrs. Shirley Brothers of Plainview, Ark., Mrs. Peggy Bennett of Bixby, and Mrs. Linda Hill of Bates; four sons, Leon of Waldron, Gene of Heavener, Doss of the home and Gary of Wister; three brothers, Thurman Thompson of Porterville, Calif., Jack Thompson of Visalia, Calif. and Paul Thompson of Heavener; 23 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Silsbee (TX) Bee (online edition)
Thursday, 34 June 2010

Ora Sherrill Powell, 91, of Fred, Texas, died on June 8, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar A. Powell of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of South Side Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, where she lived for most of her life. The daughter of David Meeks Sherrill and Emily Abigail Slater Sherrill, she was born in Waldron, Arkansas, one of seven sisters, four brothers, and four half-sisters. She was a member of the Eastern Star. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Darryl Smith (the former Nina Sue Powell) of Fred, Texas, and Beverly Karen Powell of North Little Rock, Arkansas, one grandson, David Scott Worthen of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, one granddaughter, Mrs. Joe McVay (the former Patti Carol Worthen), also of Pine Bluff, one great-granddaughter, Kristi Lynn Worthen of Fred, Texas, one great-grandson, David Stephen Worthen of Pine Bluff, and her sister, Opal Irene Phillips of Star City, Arkansas. A private memorial service for the immediate family was held in Silsbee Texas, on June 11, 2010. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any memorials in her honor be made to The Humane Society.

Contributed by Tom Presley

It is the sad duty of this scribe to report the passing of a native son of Hon. On Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at the age of 95 years, 3 days, Earl Presley of Little Rock, Ark. passed away after a brief illness. He was born on Sunday, March 12, 1905 in Hon, Arkansas, Scott County. He was the son of Robert James (1872-1935) and Cornelia H. Presley (1883-1956) of Hon. His father was the former Postmaster of Hon and also a partner in Presley, Piles and Co. of Hon. His grandparents were John Robert and Eliza Grigsby Presley also of Hon. He was the great grandson of Robert L. and Piercie Presley who came to Scott county in 1865-1866 from Alabama. Earl was preceded in death by his first wife Eula M. (1902-1979) and is survived by his second wife Dean. He was entombed at Crestlawn Memorial Park, Conway, Arkansas, on Friday, March 17, 2000 next to his first wife. Other survivors are daughter and son-in-law, three grandchildren and spouses and nine great grandchildren, two nieces and two cousins. Earl had retired as Little Rock Division Manager for Safeway Stores. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Pulaski Heights Masonic Lodge #673, Albert Pike Scottish Rite Consistory, and Scimitar Shrine Temple. He was a member of the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ. Earl and other family members are mentioned several times in the Hon book and I assume were well known in the community during the time they lived there. Much history was lost with his passing.

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