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Last Updated 10 November 2011

Contributed by Debbie Johnson
The Heavener Ledger, page 5
31 July 1969

Funeral service for Dewey Ralls, 71, Bates, who died Friday at his home, was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bates Pentecostal Church. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery by Dowden Funeral Home. A resident of Bates for five years, he was a farmer. Survivors include his wife, Stella; one son, Proby, Stockton, Calif.; two brothers, Butler, Bokoshe, and Charles, Poteau; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 (on-line edition)

HUNTINGTON Marie Ranz, 94, of Huntington, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, in her home. She was a homemaker, a member of Mansfield First United Methodist Church and the widow of LeRoy Ranz. Graveside service was Tuesday at Washburn Cemetery in Washburn under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. She is survived by two sons, Richard Ranz of Mansfield and Donald Ranz of Farmington; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Nelson and Jason Campbell, Adam Eyerman, Tucson Stafford, Kevin Mills and Dewayne Feimster.

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
Monday, 31 October 2011

Ruby L. Ray, 85, of Poteau died Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Poteau. She was born Jan. 11, 1926, in Cauthorn, Ark., to James David and Emma Lee (Holmes) Stuart. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and great-aunt. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Burley Ray, and brother and sister-in- law, J. B. and Florence Stuart. Ruby is survived by a son and a daughter-in-law, Ricky Joe Latta and wife Pam of Poteau; two grandchildren, Jennifer Jo Lokken and Jessie Green; a great-grandchild, Sydney Watson; nieces, Linda and Theo Johnson of Abbott, Ark., and Marilyn Nicols of Waldron, Ark.; nephew, James and Pam Stuart of Cauthron; great nieces, Melissa Campbell of Garfield, Ark., and Audrey and David Duncan of Decatur, Ark.; great nephews, Joseph A. Dinar of Abbott, Ark., and Jay Stuart of Kansas City, Mo.; as well as a host of other family members, friends and loved ones. Pallbearers will be Joseph Dinar, Ted Johnston, Steven Herin, Jay Stuart, Wesley McCroskey and Carl Johnston. Services will be held graveside at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Lower Center Point C emetery near Hon, Ark. The family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will follow under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau.

Contributed by William Highfill
The Heavener Ledger
Thursday, February 20, 2003, p. 10

Beulah E. Reed, 91, of Howe, died Monday, February 17, 2003 at a Ft. Smith hospital. She was born June 5, 1911 at Mansfield, AR. She was a homemaker/minister's wife, a member of the Springhill Baptist Church in Monroe, where she and her husband, the late Reverend William Haskell Reed pastored for more than 10 years. Service was Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at Springhill Baptist Church in Monroe with burial at Monroe Cemetery. Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Melba Carter of Hurrah, Kathryn and James Crouch of Monroe, one son and daughter-in-law, W.H. "Sonny" and Erma Reed of Monroe, 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones and a host of beloved friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, William and Willie (Jenkins) Cain; a grandson, Don Haskell Reed; a granddaughter-in-law, Donna Jane Reed and one great-grandson, James Ryan Crouch.

Contributed by Paula Doyle-Bicket
Jan. 9, 1914-Oct. 7, 1999

Addie Mae Earls Reid, 85, of Chula Vista died Thursday. She was born in Oklahoma. Mrs. Reid was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, V. Gordon Reid; daughter, Doris Martin of Chula Vista; sons, Billy Earls of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Gary Earls of Chula Vista; stepson, Douglas Reid of Chula Vista; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation: 4 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, Glen Abbey Mortuary, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita. Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
Friday, 14 November 2008

Nancy Maud Rice, 91, formerly of Howe, passed away Nov. 9, 2008 in South Park Health Care Center, Oklahoma City. She was a homemaker. Nancy was born July 12, 1917 in Dutch Creek, Ark. Maud was a charter member of First Free Will Baptist Church of Poteau. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Claud Lee Rice; an infant daughter, Betty Lee; a daughter Doris Mae Stephens; three sisters, Ruth Marie Perkins, Helen Mae Odom, Elizabeth Ann Paige; a granddaughter, Lisa Dunnavant; great granddaughter Ashley Cole; a great grandson Derrick Cole; and her parents, Bud and Sarah Gibson. Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Greer of Oklahoma City; eight grandchildren/ 15 great grandchildren; 15 great great grandchilden, and numerous friends, relatives and loved ones. Funeral services will conducted Friday, 2 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church, Poteau, with Rev. Jimmy D. Cook and Rev. Junior Phillips officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau. Pallbearers will be Mark Stone, Brenda Stone, Jerry Rice, Bill Rice, David Odom and Kevin Adams. The family will be at the funeral home from 6 8 p.m. Thursday evening to visit with relatives and friends. Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, is in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by William Highfill
Heavener (OK) Ledger
Thursday, 06 December 2007
Page 6

Betty Rae Richmond, 77, of Howe, passed away Monday, December 3, 2007 in Poteau. She was born August 29, 1930, in Quinton, to Bufford and Elizabeth (Swanner) Core. She was a member of the Forrester Baptist Church and a longtime resident of the area. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 5th, 2007, at the Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home. She is survived by a daughter, Becky Dunham and husband Julius of Heavener, three sons, Rocky Richmond and wife Margie of Oklahoma City, Rusty Richmond and wife Brandi of Heavener, Joe Richmond of Van Buren, Ark.; a sister Shirley Hunt of Tucson, Ariz.

Contributed by Debbie Johnson
The Heavener Ledger, page 6
12 January 1967

Funeral service for Fannie Susan Richmond, 90, was conducted Monday afternoon at the Conser Baptist Church. She had been a lifelong resident of this area. Born January 16, 1876 at Hon, Ark., Mrs. Richmond died January 7 in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a member of the Conser Baptist Church. Rev. Paul McDaniel and Rev. O.T. VanMeter officiated at funeral services and burial was in Heavener Memorial Park under direction of Dowden Funeral Home. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ocie Haynes of Heavener; four brothers, Luther Stuart of Waldron, Claude Stuart of Waldron, Cleemo and Marvin Stuart, both of Heavener; two sisters, Lizzie Young of Mena and Lora Dunn of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were C.D. Johnston, O.J. Stuart, J.C. Stuart, J.B. Stuart, J.K. Stuart and L.D. Casey.

Contributed by William Highfill
Van Buren Press-Argus (online edition)
Wednesday, 29 October, 2008

W.J. Rimmer, 84, of Van Buren died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at his home. He was a retired county extension service agent, having served Crawford, Scott, Logan and Johnson counties, Army veteran of World War II and graduate of the University of Arkansas with bachelor's and master's degrees in agriculture. He was a member of Crawford County Farm Bureau, Van Buren Rotary Club, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and First Baptist Church of Van Buren where he served as a deacon. He was the widower of Mary Ruth Rimmer. He is survived by two daughters, Lynette Gore of Bartlesville and Jeanie Perkins of Van Buren; one son, James Rimmer of Naperville, Ill.; three sisters, Franz Horton of Little Rock, Janice Cooley of Houma, La., and Irene Fielder of Broomfield, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at Van Buren First Baptist Church with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Bryan and Caleb Rimmer, Wade Perkins, David Gore, Austin Roberts and Jason Paulsmeyer.

Contributed by William Highfill
Sacramento (CA) Bee, Online edition
Tuesday, 25 December 2007

HELLEN ROBINSON, Born: Oct. 6, 1920, Died: Dec. 19, 2007
Remembered for: Sold real estate and worked at Sacramento department stores; mother of Hollywood actor John Denos. Survived by: Daughter, Carole Ann Kreeger of Citrus Heights; sons, James Duke Denos of Murray, Utah; Harold Gene Denos of Los Angeles; and John Denos of Los Angeles. Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Vernon Memorial Park, 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks.

Hellen Robinson was mom, Realtor, political activist. Hellen Robinson was proud to be the daughter of a communist activist who fought for workers' rights during the Great Depression and the mother of a Hollywood heartthrob on two top-rated soap operas in the 1980s. Her father was a poet and writer for communist newspapers, the Daily Worker and People's Weekly World. One of her sons, actor John Denos, spent six years portraying photographer Joe Blair on "The Young and the Restless" and Dr. Malcolm Rutledge on "General Hospital." "She encouraged me in everything I did," Denos said. "She became a big soap opera fan." Mrs. Robinson died Wednesday of natural causes in Los Angeles at age 87, her family said. Mrs. Robinson moved to Los Angeles in 2002 after spending much of her life in Northern California. She started as a real estate agent in Vallejo before moving to Sacramento and was a member of the California Board of Realtors. She also worked at Montgomery Ward and J. Magnin stores in Sacramento before retiring in Placerville. She was a political activist who wrote poetry and protested U.S. wars, her family said. She was inspired by her father, Eugene Rex Cantrell, who wrote for communist papers and was arrested trying to organize workers at a Southern California labor camp in the 1930s, said her sons, John and Gene Denos. "She came out of that 'Dust Bowl' period," John Denos said. "Everything she wrote reflected that period of time, when people were struggling." Hellen Justine Cantrell was born in 1920 in Mansfield, Ark., to sharecroppers who farmed in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. She was 6 years old when her mother died, and her father moved his four daughters to live in a labor camp near Bakersfield. She was 15 when she married John William Denos, a cement plant foreman. They moved to Sacramento and had four children before divorcing in 1944. She lived in Salinas, Fresno and Vallejo, where in 1966 she married Robbie Robinson, a community college political science teacher. The marriage ended in divorce in 1986. Outgoing and vivacious, Mrs. Robinson was a woman of principles, her family said. She went back to school and earned a diploma in Salinas, where she also was fired from a newspaper job for speaking out against the Korean War. Years later, she marched against the Vietnam War. Shaped by the Great Depression, she valued hard work, thriftiness and doing what is right, her sons said. "One time in Salinas in the 1940s, we found a wallet, and we took the money in it and bought some groceries," Gene Denos said. "When she got home and found out, she called the owner and returned the wallet, and she insisted on repaying him for the groceries."

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record
Friday, 20 February 2009 (online edition)

Mrs. Grace Catherine Rogers, 89, of Paris went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, in Fort Smith. She was born April 23, 1919, in Paris to Rick Cotton and Dora Hunnicutt Cotton. She retired in 2008 from Master Made as a bookkeeper; she was the co-owner of Cotton Dairy in Paris until 1991 and a member of Paris First Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Wilson Rogers; one son, George Harold Rogers; and one brother, Garland Cotton. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Paris with Dr. Edgar Pierce officiating with burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Paris under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Kathryn Bryant of Fort Smith; two sons, James Wilson Rogers of Paris and Dr. C. David Rogers of Broken Arrow, Okla.; 11 grandchildren, Daniel Rogers of Paris, Jeana Sing of Branch, Kim Bruce of Mulberry, Jeff Rogers of Alma, David Rogers of Paris, Leigh Brown of Alma, Kelly Piper of Chesapeake, Va., Neal Martin of Kansas City, Kan., Patty Mickle of Mansfield, Chris Martin of Daphne, Ala., and Jesse Rogers of Broken Arrow, Okla.; and 20 great- grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Neal and Chris Martin, David W., James David and George Jeffery Rogers and Brandon and Cody Sing. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record
04 August 2008 (on-line edition)

BLACK FORK Russell George Rogers, 81, of Black Fork died Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, at his home. He was born Nov. 3, 1926, in Johnson City, N.Y. He was a bookkeeper and a veteran of World War II. Graveside service will be 9 a.m. Wednesday at Piney Cemetery in Black Fork under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; 11 children, Patricia Caren of Brooker, Fla., George Rogers of Huntsville, Ala., Ed Rogers of Octavia, Okla., Janette Hamblen of Summerfield, Fla., Sue Kreikemier of Garfield, Wash., William Rogers of Wiggins, Miss., Juanita Kikendall of Silver Springs, Fla., Elaine Staines and Rebecca Roberts, both of Blackfork, Lorraine Nordmeyer of the Republic of Djibouti and Bonnie Grundel of Baker, Fla.; 54 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to a travel fund to fly his daughter from East Africa for the funeral, at the John and Lorraine Nordmeyer fund at Octavia Baptist Church, P.O. Box 49, Smithville, OK 74957.

Contributed by Debbie Johnson
The Heavener Ledger, page 1
4 December 1969

Funeral service for John A. Roop, 85, Heavener, who died Saturday at his home, was held at 3 p.m. Monday at Loving Baptist Church, of which he had been a member 57 years. Burial was at Heavener Memorial Park Cemetery by Dowden Funeral Home. Rev. J.J. Hendricks officiated at services. He moved to Heavener in 1899, was born in Arkansas August 22, 1882. Survivors include his wife Bridgie; three sons, Alva and J.D., both of Heavener and James of Shreveport, La.; two step-sons, Pete Kelleher and Lonzo Hudlow, both of Heavener; one brother, Tom of Heavener; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
Saturday, 21 October 2006

Keith Virgil Rowland, 82 of Heavener, passed away Oct. 17 in Heavener. He was a longtime resident of the area and was a retired veteran who had served during the Korean Conflict and World War II. He was a member of the Blackfork Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola May. He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Rowland of Oklahoma City; two sons, David Rowland of Jay and Lester Rowland and wife Reba of Heavener; one sister, Maggie of California; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday at 10 a.m. at Hontubby Cemetery. Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener, is in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by William Highfill
Van Buren Press-Argus (online edition)
Saturday, 19 August 2006

Jackie Ryan, 72, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, in Fort Smith. She retired as a nurse's aide from Crawford Memorial Hospital in Van Buren. She loved to watch wrestling on television. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Adam Jones and William Blount; and two sisters, Louise Johnson and Duane France. She is survived by three daughters, Debbie Jones of Fort Smith, Kathy Owens and her husband Richard of Waldron and Kathy Johnson of Van Buren; one son, Kennith Blount and his wife Kathy of Pea Ridge; three sisters, Gerene Rice of Louisville, Ky., Garra Jean Livingston of Goshen and Judy Mason of Porum; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held Aug. 15 at Edwards Van Alma Chapel with burial at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van Alma Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Richard Owens, Billy Reynolds Jr., Buck France, Gary France, Derek Blount, Pete Rusin, Scott Rusin, Larry Moses and Gerald Mason. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Jones, Butch France, Bill Carte, Eugene Bentley, Richard Ray, Bobby Ray, Bill Ray, Johnny Miller, Ed Hoffman and Dale Valmire.

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