MISCELLANEOUS SCOTT COUNTY OBITUARIES
The following obituaries were contributed for the use of Scott County researchers.
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Last Updated 7 May 2011
Ricky Ray Sallee, 50, of Bakersfield, Calif. died Friday, March 4, 2005, in Bakersfield. He was
preceded in death by his father, Lee Cline Sallee and his mother, Elouise "Hunt" Sallee. Burial
was Friday, March 11, 2005, at Chant Cemetery at Y City under the direction of Martin Funeral
Home of Waldron. He is survived by two daughters, Ashley and Kimberly Sallee; two sons, Eric and
Nicholas Sallee; and three brothers, Jack Sallee of Little Rock, Jerry Sallee of Fort Smith and
Tracy Sallee of Texarkana, Ark.
Tuesday, March 22, 2007
Contributed by Sandi Suggs
Mrs. Anna Faye Sampler died in the Adair hospital at Clarendon Sept. 23. She had not been sick
but a short time, but her condition grew worse and she was taken to the hospital Saturday and
died Sunday. Mrs. Sampler was born Feb. 16, 1919. She was converted in 1932 at Bray. She was married
to Ralph Sampler Dec. 17, 1933 at McKnight. She is survived by her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
F.S. Blackwell, her brothers, Rube, Lowell and Huey Lee Blackwell, her sisters, Mrs. Bertha Koontz
of Clarendon, Mrs. Eunice Johnson and Mrs. Ollie Malone. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock
Sunday, Sept. 23 at the First Baptist church, conducted by Rev. M.E. Wells. And another young life
has gone out to meet the Father who gave it. Her young husband is left so lonely, and mother and
father, brothers and sisters hearts are bleeding because of her passing. But how consoling the
thought that you may some day be reunited around the Great White Throne, where heartaches are not
known and where we can dwell together throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity, where there is no
separation and where all is well and we are happy who live for the Master in Heaven. She is free from
pain now as she lies in her tomb, resting from all her labors. Loved ones, you may not grieve as those
who have no hope, but have the consolation that she gave her heart to God and passed from death unto
life. A Friend.
ANNA FAYE BLACKWELL SAMPLER
Contributed by Debbie Johnson
Funeral service for Marlow Sanders, 45, Howe resident, was to be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Bates
Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Gipson Cemetery at Bates under direction of Dowden Funeral Home.
Rev. Gene Shelton will officiate at the rites. Born January 17, 1924 at Bates, Mr. Sanders died Nov. 4
at the Poteau hospital. He was a member of the Bates church. Survivors include his wife Lois; father,
Everett Sanders, Sr., Heavener; five sons, Larry of Bates, John of Tulsa, Jerry, Ricky and Randy of the
home; four daughters, all of the home, Connie, Bonnie, Mary and Tammie; two brothers, Everett, Jr. of
Bates and Elvin of Bates; one sister, Betty Oaks; two grandchildren.
The Heavener Ledger, page 1
6 November 1969
Contributed by Debbie Johnson
Funeral service for Clay Sanford, 79-year-old Heavener resident, was conducted Monday afternoon in the
Dowden Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Gordon Patterson, pastor of the church, officiated, and burial was in the
Oakdale Cemetery under direction of Dowden Funeral Home. Born March 19, 1888 at Waldron, Mr. Sanford had
been a resident of Heavener since 1918. He was a retired fireman from the Kansas City Southern; was a member
of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen and the First Methodist Church. Mr. Sanford died Friday
at a nursing home in Poteau where he had made his home recently. Survivors include his wife Hattie; one son Tom
of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; one daughter Mrs. Lucille Bellingham of Arlington, Va.; one brother Ray of
Heavener; and one sister Lela of Heavener; two grandchildren. Pallbearers were Hugh Bennett, Ralph Vandiver,
Norris White, Ivy Little, Ted Sexton and Clyde Olive.
The Heavener Ledger, page 10
16 January 1968
Curia Genevieve (Forman) Scott, 83, of Hodgen, passed away Satgurday, August 6, 2008, in
Hodgen. She was born March 6, 1925, in Hodgen, to John Foreman and Iona (Talley) Foreman.
She was a life-long resident of the Hodgen area and a member of the Stapp-Zoe Baptist Church.
She is survived by four daughters, Bert Burden, of Oklahoma City, Janna Byrd, of Hodgen, Lynda
Long and husband Mel, of Howe, Deanna Scribner and husband Dale, of Edmond; three sons, Bill
Connall and wife Etta, of Vale, Okla., Ceb Scott and wife Annette, of Zoe, Scotty Scott and
wife Tresa of Hodgen; three sisters, Mary Birmingham, of Grove, Okla., Betty Sue Deere, of
Waldron, Ark., Wanda Sherril, of Blanchard, Okla., 18 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren;
14 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband C.O. (Scotty) Scott and
an infant daughtrer, Bonnie Sue Scott.
Heavener (OK) Ledger
Thursday, 04 August 2008
Graveside services for Mr. Paul Seay, age 84, of Yoakum, TX, formerly of Tenaha, TX, will be held at 1:00 p.m.
on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at Restland Cemetery in Tenaha with Dr. Lee Evans officiating. The family will
receive friends from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon on Saturday at the funeral home prior to the service. Mr. Seay
passed away on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 15, 2009, in Bonham, TX. Paul Seay was born on September 27, 1925, in
Spartanburg, SC to Paul and Annie Belle Belcher Seay. He graduated from Spartanburg High School. Mr. Seay married
Lois Jean Pruett on Dec. 20, 1957, in San Francisco. Mr. Seay served his county in the U.S. Navy, retiring after
20 years. He later worked for Daniels Construction in Greenville, SC as safety engineer for over 20 years. Mr.
Seay moved to Tenaha in 1985, from South Carolina. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tenaha. Mr.
Seay is survived by two sons, Dr. Michael Seay and wife Belinda of Yoakum, and David Seay and wife Doris of
Waldron, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Dusty Seay of Longview and George Seay of Yoakum; and three step-grandchildren,
Maranda Hammons of Longview, Erin Nahgahnub and husband Joe of Barksdale A.F.B., and Holly Hammons of Tulsa. If desired,
memorials may be made to Restland Cemetery Assn., C/o Mr. Jerry Smith, 8195 SH 96 N., Tenaha, TX 75974.
Shelby County Today (online edition)
Thursday, 17 December 2009
September 27, 1925 – December 15, 2009
Contributed by Bryce Self
James Alvin Eugene “Gene” Self, 79, of Grand Junction, Colorado passed
from this life on Sunday, January 23, 2005 at a hospital in Denver
from complications of pneumonia. Mr. Self was born February 10, 1925,
in Kansas City, Missouri, the youngest of four children, to Arvil
Almer and Fern Ruth (Huston) Self. Gene was raised on the family place
near Greenridge and carried with him a lifelong delight in the wooded
hills and waters of his childhood home in Scott county. As a teenager,
he lived for a time with his eldest brother, Beryl, near Kansas City,
and graduated there in 1942 from Pleasant Hill High School. Soon
afterward he joined the United States Marine Corps, serving during
W.W.II as a military policeman in the Pacific Theatre. Seven months
after his discharge, Gene was married on May 24, 1947, in Fort Smith
to Miss Doris Marie Speaks, daughter of Jesse H. and Pearl Josephine
(Black) Speaks. No children were born to this union, which ended in
divorce in 1952 in Tulsa. It was there that Mr. Self remarried on
March 25 1956 to Virginia Mae (Peet) Kruger of Alden, Iowa, the
youngest of twelve children of Edward Wheelock and Nellie Hart
(Hogeland) Peet. By this marriage, Gene became stepfather to Ricky
Lane Kruger, whom he loved as his own. Gene and Virginia’s two
children together were Jeanine, who died in infancy, and Bryce
Wheelock Self. This marriage also ended in divorce in 1961 in
Muskogee. Mr. Self never married again, and afterward lost contact
with his family back home. Arvil and Fern never saw their youngest son
again. Gene’s mother went on to be with her Lord in 1975. His father
survived, a fixture in many Scott county lives and hearts until 1993,
when he departed at the age of 101. A few years before, Gene’s son
Bryce had sought and found his father’s family, and was honored to
bring to Arvil’s last years some measure of comfort for Gene’s
disappearance. On Christmas Eve of 1994, Bryce traveled to Grand
Junction to meet his Dad for the first time in over 30 years. The
following summer, Bryce accompanied Gene back to the old home to be
reunited with his remaining brother and sister, Bill Self and Freddye
Martin. Within six months, Mrs. Martin has also passed away, and Gene
was always grateful for that brief but happy reunion. Mr. Self was
predeceased by his parents, sister, eldest brother, daughter, stepson,
and first wife. He is survived by his son Bryce of Redwood City,
California, brother and sister-in-law Bill and Ruth Self, numerous
nieces and nephews with their families, former wife Virginia Taylor of
Ceres, California, and a special friend and neighbor, Pat Lewis of
Grand Junction, Colorado, whose care, aid and friendship has been
profoundly appreciated. Special thanks are due for superb care to the
following and their staffs: Dr. Cordoban and Veterans’ Hospital of
Grand Junction, Dr. Bechtel and St. Mary’s Hospital of Grand Junction,
and Dr. Yaeger and Kindred Hospital of Denver. The personal attendance
of his nurse Tammy as Gene left us was especially meaningful and
appreciated. Arrangements are in care of All-Veteran’s Mortuary of
Denver, Colorado. Services and interment will take place at a future
date in the Self family plot of Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association.
There is a safe and everlasting home for all prodigals in the arms of
January 25, 2005
JAMES ALVIN EUGENE "GENE" SELF
Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
Susan Ida Self, was born at Jackson, County, Mississippi to James and Sarah Ammons, November 4, 1870, and
died January 26, 1928 at her home northeast of Waldron where she has lived for several years. She was married
to R. L. Self January 7, 1894. To this home five children were born, three boys and two girls: Roy Self, of
Waldron, Mrs. Ora Terry, of Heavener, Orester Self, of Waldron, Tom Self of Fort Smith and Mrs. Roxie Killion,
of Waldron. She professed religion at an early date and joined the Missionary Baptist church, and has lived a
Christian from that time until her death. Her last words were not to grieve of her going, "For I am ready."
The funeral services were conducted at the Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery Saturday evening at 2 o'clock by
Brother Huston and Brother Cagle. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, five children, three brothers,
R.L. Ammons, W.F. Ammons, James Turner Ammons, all of Waldron, two sisters, Mrs. Molly Starr of Blair, Oklahoma,
Mrs. Mattie Cummings, Dela, Oklahoma and a host of friends.
SUSAN IDA SELF
Mabel Marie Presson Selph, 98, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at her home of over 70 years in
Greenwood. She was born Aug. 7, 1911, in the Dayton community. She married Dave Selph and lived on
the family farm in what is now Fort Chaffee. Mabel worked at the Fort Chaffee base during World War
II, then, she and her husband operated the Selph Cafe in Mansfield for many years. Following that,
she worked at Stewart Drug Store in Greenwood, was a substitute teacher at Jenny Lind School and a
substitute cafeteria worker at Greenwood Schools, as well as an Emmons Jewelry representative for
many years. Mabel was a member of First Baptist Church in Greenwood for over 40 years and later New
Hope Baptist Church in Greenwood and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Lavaca until
illness prevented her attendance. During her lifetime, she was an active volunteer in several
organizations and was well known for her flower and vegetable gardening as well as her culinary skills.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter S. Presson and Willie Elmyra Presson Dill; and her
brothers and sisters, Faye Selph, Fern Meeks, Ollie Presson, Leffel Presson and Evelyn Farmer. Survivors
include a daughter and her husband, Zelda and Larry Hoaglan of Pine Bluff; two grandsons, David Hoaglan
of Shawnee, Kan., and Jordan Hoaglan of Fayetteville; and five generations of nieces and nephews. Funeral
services were Feb. 6, 2010, in the McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with interment at Gentry
Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 100 Main Street, Lavaca, AR 72941, or the South
Sebastian County Historical Society, P.O. Box 523, Greenwood, AR 72936.
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Tuesday, 09 February 2010
MABEL MARIE PRESSON SELPH
Contributed by Hartzell Sherrill
Vera Marie Sherrill departed this earth January 6, 2013, into the welcoming arms of her Savior with the love of her
life and best friend, Hartzell Sherrill, by her side. She passed away peacefully after battling complications from a
fall and head injury. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, dedicated grandmother and beautiful person inside and out.
Born January 31, 1922, in Houston, Marie was the youngest child of John Daniel Rather and Ludie Ellen Wade Rather. Raised
in the family homestead in the Houston Heights during the Depression, she was a resourceful, creative, determined
individual, much stronger than her petite body would reveal. As a young woman, she spent many hours training with the
Houston Conservatory of Music as a concert violinist. When she was fortunate enough to be offered a job her junior and
senior year of high school at Star Engraving to help with family expenses, she proved to be a tenacious and loyal
employee – a trait that didn’t go unnoticed by Mr. Robert Higginbotham who encouraged her to go to college, and helped her
get a part-time job to support her while at North Texas State Teachers College in Denton where she studied journalism. In
the summer of 1941, she returned home to Houston where she met the love of her life, Hartzell Leolen Sherrill, on a blind
date. Only months later, Pearl Harbor was attacked, he left for the Navy and she used borrowed train fare to travel alone
to Washington, D.C., to work in the Office of War Information for 15 months. At the young age of 21, alone and far from
home, she returned to Houston where she worked for the Reconstruction Finance Corp. and lived with her mother. Marie and
Hartzell married April 19, 1946, in the North Shepherd Church of Christ in Houston, upon his return from the War. Their
love and commitment to each other were an inspiration and example for their children and all who met them. They had three
children: Robert Kenneth, William Sydney and Sue Ellen. In 1948, Marie accepted Christ and was baptized, and devoted her
life to serving Him by serving and teaching others, and setting an example of a Godly woman. In 1958, the family moved to
Beaumont where they would live for the next 21 years. Even as a busy mother of three young children, she committed to
completing the college degree cut short by World War II. She graduated from Lamar College of Technology (now Lamar
University) in 1963 with a bachelor’s in elementary education. Many students and families were blessed by having her as a
teacher at Amelia Elementary where she taught second and third grades and later was the first ombudsman in the South Park
School District until her retirement. In 1979, they were transferred to Houston where Marie and Hartzell spent many happy
and busy years traveling with grandkids, visiting their extended network of friends, pursuing hobbies, tending to her
growing menagerie of pets including birds, cats and Tooter the dog, and volunteering with Candlelight Church of Christ.
Upon retirement, they moved back to the area of their roots, Wharton, Texas. There, they made many new friendships and
renewed old ones, and continued an active, busy life of service to others. In addition to teaching in public school, she
led Bible studies and Sunday School classes until her late years. She was a wonderful cook, and her chocolate cakes,
pear pies and pumpkin breads were always sought after at any family or church event. She also was a gifted seamstress who
stitched many an outfit for her daughter and grandchildren, and created cherished needlecrafts like the embroidered
Christmas stockings she made for each grandchild. She loved reading and writing, maintaining her many plants and keeping
a warm and welcoming home. Her favorite times were spent when the house was full of family and she was in the kitchen, on
long shopping outings with her daughter and grandchildren, camping with the family at Inks Lake in the camper Hartzell
built, and ‘floating down the river’ in New Braunfels with all the kids. She was preceded in death by her parents, John
Daniel and Ludie Ellen Rather; brothers Daniel Irvin and John Taylor Rather II and their spouses; and nephew John Taylor
Rather Jr. Marie leaves behind her loving husband of 66 years, Hartzell Leolen; son, Robert Kenneth, and wife, Janis, of
Houston; son, William Sidney and wife, Peggy, of Wharton; daughter, Sue Ellen Sherrill Durio and husband, John Keith
Durio, of Austin; her grandchildren whom she adored: Kaylyn Miska (Carter), Courtney Lynch (Matt), Austin Sherrill (Pia),
Jenna Durio and Lani Durio; great-granddaughters Kaylie and Chloe Miska, and Carlotta Sherrill; nephews Don, Dan
and Tyrone Rather and their families; and niece Patricia Thompson and family. She also is survived by a large extended
family and friends too numerous to count. Pallbearers will be Austin Sherrill, Ty Rather, James McNeil, Randy Ashley,
Bill Edwards and Van O’Quinn. Family and friends are cordially invited to a visitation at xxx. A celebration of her
life will be held at Abell St. Church of Christ, 501 Abell St., in Wharton with grave side services at the Evergreen
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mission Fund at the Abell Street Church of Christ.
VERA MARIE SHERRILL
Contributed by Hartzell Sherrill
Verlie Selvin Sherrill, age 95, of Wharton, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Wharton Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation was
from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Wharton Funeral Home. Burial was held at Wharton City Cemetery. He was born May 8, 1918 to Charlie and Stella Stewart Sherrill in Scott County, Ark. Mr.
Sherrill was a well-known barber in Wharton and owned his shop for more than 65 years. Verlie was also a member of First Presbyterian Church in Wharton. He married Helen Waters in 1939
in Wharton and was a faithful husband for almost 75 years. Mr. Sherrill is preceded in death by a daughter, Retha O'Quinn Sherrill, in 2009. Survivors include his wife Helen Sherrill;
son, Verlie Sherrill, Jr. of Wharton; sisters, Lessie B. Kocurek and Charlene Kocurek; brothers, Harold and James Sherrill; grandchildren, Jeannie Suhr, David Wayne Suhr, Jr., Sherri
Scheffer, Todd Sherrill, Kelly Burke and Allison Noriega; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church
of Wharton. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.
HADLEY -- Marge Rudolph "Mickey" Shiel, age 81, of Third Avenue, died Monday
morning, Feb. 21, 2005, at his home. Born on April 7, 1923, in Booth, Ark., he
was the youngest of five children of Rudolph and Rebecca (Starr) Shiel. Mickey
served in the United States Army during World War II in Italy and Africa in
the military police, and had earned the Victory Medal, the European-African-Middle
Eastern Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and two bronze service stars prior to his honorable
discharge in November of 1945. He married Ida Scofield on April 6, 1955, at the Rockwell
Falls Presbyterian Church, Lake Luzerne, with the Rev. H. Borden Adams, presiding. He was
a life member of the Hudson Sacandaga V.F.W. Post No. 5836, Hadley and a member of the
William J. Varney American Legion Post 862, Lake Luzerne. Mickey had worked for the town
of Hadley for many years and had also operated a barber shop in Lake Luzerne and Hadley
for several years. He had worked on construction and his last employment was for the
transportation department of The Sagamore resort in Bolton Landing. Mickey was predeceased
by his parents, two brothers, Emile Shiel and Edward Shiel; one sister, Clara Carson; and
two nephews; Joseph Shiel and Wayne Shiel. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Ida Shiel
of Hadley; two daughters and four sons: Roger Boor of Queensbury, Deborah Kirkpatrick and
her husband, Paul, of Stony Creek, Julie Wait of Luray, Va., Randy Shiel and his companion,
Marla, of Hadley, Eric Shiel and his companion, Lena, of Lake Luzerne, and Kevin Shiel and
his wife, Amy, of Saratoga Springs; seven grandchildren: Ronald Myers of Lake Luzerne,
Nicholas Myers of Stony Creek, Rudy Wait of Schuylerville, Robin Wait of Luray, Va.,
Amanda Shiel of Hadley, Serena Shiel of Saratoga and Eric Shiel of Lake Luzerne; one
sister, Josephine Fuller of Corinth; a sister-in-law, Helen Allen of Lake Luzerne; one
niece, Carol Sim of British Columbia; three nephews, Robert Shiel of Lake Luzerne, John
Carson of Greenwich and Gary Fuller of Corinth and their extended families. Special thanks
to Nia Miller for her daily help and care and Dr. Pitkin for his weekly visits. At Mickey's
request, there will be no calling hours or funeral services scheduled. Burial with full
military honors will be at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville,
at the convenience of the family. Contributions in Mickey's memory may be directed to the
Hadley-Luzerne Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 215, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846 or to a charity of
one's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Brewer Funeral Home, Inc., 24
Church St., Lake Luzerne.
MARGE RUDOLPH "MICKEY" SHIEL
Contributed by Debbie Johnson
Funeral service for Mrs. Bertha Mae Sims, 69, Waldron, who died Sunday at Waldron, was held Tuesday at
Independence Baptist Church near Heavener. Burial was at Heavener Memorial Park by Dowden Funeral Home. A
member of Independence Baptist Church, she was a long-time resident of Heavener prior to moving to Waldron
over a year ago. Rev. Lawrence Glenn officiated at the funeral service. Mrs. Sims was born Feb. 19, 1900
at Heavener. Survivors include her husband Elmo; two sons, Hershal, Waldron, and Lloyd, Heavener; four
daughters, Mrs. Verna Blackwell, Barnsdall, Okla., Mrs. Gracie Crownover, Heavener, Mrs. Patsy Elder,
Howe, and Mrs. Glenda Elder, Muskogee; one brother, Estel Victor, Heavener; one sister, Mrs. Opal Cox,
Howe; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The Heavener Ledger, page 5
24 April 1969
Hazel Lee Simmons, 93, of Heavener passed away Monday, June 7, 2004 in Heavener. She was a
lifelong resident of the area. She was of the Baptist faith and a homemaker. Suvivors include
four nieces, Mary Evelyn Sunderman of Willows, Calif., Teresa Manas of Winters, Calif., Margie
Evans of Waldron, Ark. and Georgia Sue Shaddon of Panama; one nephew, Ernest Hattabaugh of
Vacaville, Calif; a host of great-nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday,
June 10 at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery
at Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
Poteau (Oklahoma) Daily News (Electronic version)
Wednesday, June 9, 2004
HAZEL LEE SIMMONS
Maudie Ellen Simmons, 67, of Rt. 1 Box 234, Pasco WA died Monday February 3, 1975 in Our Lady
of Lourdes Hospital. She was born in Bates, AR, moved to Washington in 1960 from Bakersfield,
CA and lived in the Pasco area since 1967. She was a member of the Southern Baptist Church.
Survivors include daughters, Juanita Tucker and Betty Haworth, both Pasco, brother Bill Doyle,
Heavener, OK, sister, Carnella Elliott, Bakersfield, CA and Viola Coughern, Hodgen, Okla.; four
grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Burial in City View Cemetery.
MAUDIE ELLEN (DOYLE) SIMMONS
Nuel Sylvester Simmons, born February 28, 1900 in Wing Ark. Died Sunday November 8, 1970.
Retired Lane Wells Perforator. He died of Black Lung Disease from working in the coalmines
and oil fields. He is survived by brothers Aurtor Simmons of Cauthorn, Ark., Auburly Simmons,
Oklahoma City, Okla.; sisters Mrs. W.C. (America) Wiles, of Rayville, LA, and Mrs. Ann Mathis,
of Heavener, Okla. Burial in City View Cemetery.
NUEL SYLVESTER SIMMONS
Mrs. Willie Sisco died at her home, two miles South of Hodgens at 7:20 o'clock, last Saturday
after a short illness of six weeks. She was born September 26, 1911 at Black Fork, Arkansas
and moved to Hodgens in 1918 and has lived close around ever since. She was the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. S.L. Doyle and was united in marriage to Willie Sisco in July, 1926. She is
survived by a husband; a six-week-old son, mother and five sisters, also two brothers, all
of whom were present when she passed away. For the past two years, Mrs. Sisco has been a
member of the First Baptist Church of Hodgens. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. W.
Westmoreland, of Heavener at two-thirty Sunday afternoon at the Baptist Church in Hodgens.
MANDY (DOYLE) SISCO
Thurman Harvey Sizemore, 69, a resident of Pine Bluff, passed away March 31, 2008, at his home. He was born the third
son to the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harvey Sizemore on Aug. 4, 1938, in Boles, Ark. He is survived by his wife of 49
years, Shirley Winston Sizemore of Pine Bluff; two sons, William Harvey Sizemore and his wife, Rhonda of Pine Bluff,
Micheal Lynn Sizemore and his wife, Marla of Pine Bluff; one daughter, Lisa Ann Mehrabi, and her husband, Dr. Amir
Mehrabi of Memphis, Tenn.; and seven grandchildren, Suzannah Sizemore Jackson of San Diego, Calif., Bryant Sizemore
of Little Rock, Winston, Scout, and Weston Sizemore of Pine Bluff, and Alexander and Barrett Mehrabi of Memphis, Tenn.;
two brothers, Bill Sizemore of Pine Bluff, Eddie Sizemore of Hot Springs; and a sister, Betty Jeter of Russellville. He
was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Vernon, Marlin, and Bobby Sizemore. Thurman moved to Pine Bluff from
McGehee in the late 1950s where he met his wife Shirley and began his career in the auto parts business. He started out
as a delivery boy and within one year had worked his way up to a management position. Shortly after Mr. Sizemore opened
720 Auto Parts at 720 Main St. in Pine Bluff his business would quickly expand to over 13 stores from Texas to
Mississippi. The store was open seven days a week and was the first auto parts store to offer a delivery service to
customers. The business sold in the early seventies and he began a new business with his sons called Mr. Parts on U.S.
79. Soon, he placed his efforts in development and real estate. He developed East Plaza, Olive Street Plaza, West 28th
Street Plaza, University Plaza, Chapel Village, and Regency Square. In his later years, he built, bought, managed or
sold single family homes, duplexes, apartments, office buildings and shopping centers. He was the President of
Sizemore Properties. He has always had a strong belief in the future growth and potential of Pine Bluff as well as in
the auto parts business. He worked hard all of his life to fulfill his dream, and through his hard work and drive, he
succeeded. He was a Baptist and devoted husband who enjoyed spending time with his children and loved watching his
grandchildren grow. The family will receive friends at Ralph Robinson & Son on Wednesday, April 2, from 5-7 p.m. Funeral
services will be held on Thursday, April 3 at 1:30 p.m. at Olive Branch Baptist Church with Rev. Roger Stewart and Rev.
Tony Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Lost Creek Cemetery in Sheridan, Ark., by Ralph Robinson & Son. The
family requests that memorials take the form of contributions to Olive Branch Baptist Church, 5130 Bobo Road, Pine
Bluff, Ark., 71603.
Pine Bluff Commercial (online edition)
Wednesday, 02 April 2008
Vernon Marvin Sizemore, age 72, of Morrilton, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord Thursday, August 18. He was born August
21, 1932, in Boles, Arkansas, to the late Harvey and Mattie Sizemore. He is survived by one daughter, Sandy (Ronnie)
Horn; five granddaughters, Ashley, Allison, Erica, Lindsey, and Whitney Horn; three brothers, Thurman (Shirley)
Sizemore of Pine Bluff, Eddie Sizemore of Hot Springs, and Bill (Sue) Sizemore of Pine Bluff; a sister, Betty Jetter,
of Russellville; and numerous nieces and nephews. After graduating from Arkansas Tech and receiving his master’s degree
from the University of Arkansas, he started a teaching and coaching career that lasted many years. After teaching and
coaching, he opened Northwestern Sporting Goods store where he continued to be involved with sports. His other passion
in life was his daughter and granddaughters, who he loved, cherished and was so very proud of. Funeral services were 2
p.m. Saturday, August 20, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Brown officiating. Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery by
Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton. Pallbearers were David Stobaugh, Frankie Vines, Tommy Tice, Johnny Watson, John Crow,
Ray Holbrook, Joey Fisher, and Barry Fisher.
Petit Jean County Headlight (online edition)
26 August 2005
Claudie O. Skinner, 85, of Poteau, passed away Monday Sept. 6, 2004. She was born Feb. 14, 1919, at
Cauthron, Ark. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Poteau for 60+ years. She was a
member of DAV Auxiliary and a nurse (retired). Survivors include her husband, Luther E. Skinner of
the home; two sons, Garry Skinner of Cameron and Carl Edward Skinner of DeBerry, Texas; three sisters,
Jean Shaw of Poteau, Jimmie Baldwin of Wister and Ophelia Plummer of Idabel; one brother, Carl Latta of
Chickasha; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and loved ones; and a
host of beloved friends. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9 at Evans Chapel of Memories
at Poteau with the Rev. Roger Mattox officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery at Poteau under
the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau. Pallbearers will be Larry Baldwin, Brandon Basldwin,
Caleb Baldwin, Ben Baldwin, J.T. Baldwin and Josh Baldwin.
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
Wednesday, September 8,2004
CLAUDIE O. SKINNER
Winford A. Skinner, 86, of Muldrow went into his rest Friday, May 21, 2010, with family at his bedside.
He was born Sept.12, 1923, in Mansfield and was preceded in death by his son, Lin Skinner, and great-grandson,
Blake Skinner, both of Greenwood. He was a World War II veteran and after seeing many of his friends killed
decided there must be a better way to solve differences. Upon returning home with several metals, he married
and began a study of religions. He found that Jesus being King of the Kingdom and Price of Peace promised
life with no more war, sickness or death and was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on Feb. 2, 1951. He
served as an elder in several congregations including Arkansas, California and Oklahoma. He was also an
accopmpished self-taught musician. He played the fiddle, bass fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and trombone. He
was a retired barber and owner/operator of Skinner's Barber Shop in Fort Smith. His last nine years were spent
in Muldrow with his wife, Oneta, where his grandson Mark and wife Paula and great-grandchildren built him a
small home and provided for their care in his final days. Memorial services will be Monday at noon at Lewis
Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Oneta; their daughter, Lana
Nicols and husband, Jerry, of Greenwood; grandson Mark Skinner and wife Paula of Muldrow; granddaughter
Stephanie Daniels of Sanford, Fla.; six great- grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and many friends
who considered him as part of their family and will miss his compassion, honesty and wit. The family will visit
with friends 1-5 p.m. Monday at Creekmore Park Rose Room with a covered dish luncheon following the service.
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Sunday, 23 May 2010
WINFORD A. SKINNER
HEAVENER — Velma Kate “Ford” Smallwood, 87, of Heavener died Sunday, May 3, 2009, in Heavener. She
was born Feb. 17, 1922, in Albion, Okla. She was of the Pentecostal faith and the widow of Fred
Smallwood. Funeral will be 4 p.m. Tuesday at First Assembly of God in Heavener with burial at Hontubby
Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener. She is survived by three
daughters, Barbara Collins of Summerfield, Okla., and Mary Taylor and Nellie Watts, both of Heavener;
six sons, Edward of Waldron, J.R., Carol, Jesse and Paul, all of Heavener, and Clarence of Bates; 30
grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Monday, 04 May 2009
RATCLIFF — Mary Jane P. Smith, 78, of Ratcliff died Wednesday, July 20, 2005, in Ozark. She was born Oct.
12, 1926, in Pennyfarms, Fla. She was a sewing machine operator in New York and a member of Ozark Seventh-
day Adventist. No services are scheduled. The body was cremated under the direction of Shaffer Funeral
Home of Ozark. She is survived by three daughters, Maella Smith of Ratcliff, Ellen Kinney of Illion, N.Y.,
and Esther Smith of Waldron; a son, Raymond Smith of Clinton, N.Y.; three brothers, David Pointon of Johnstown,
N.Y., Clifford of Pepperall, Mass., and Norman Pointon of Phoenix; seven grandchildren; and three great-
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Friday, 22 July 2005
Jean Snell, 83, of Longview, Texas, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at Good Shepard Hospital in Longview. She
was born Nov. 30, 1924, in Waldron to Mae Beal and Claude Winters, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded
in death by her husband, Rocky Snell. She was a homemaker and member of Calvary Baptist Church since 1957. She is
survived by one daughter, Paula Gamble and husband Martin of Chandler, Ariz.; one son, Jeff Sutton and wife Carol of
Longview, Texas; one brother, Franklin Winters of Uniontown; three grandchildren, Josh and Jason Sutton and Daegen
Kluxdal; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews. Funeral will be held
Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Liberty Cemetery in Greenwood under the direction
of Edwards Funeral Home. The family will greet friends at Edwards Funeral Home today from 5 to 7 p.m.
Ft. Smith Times-Record Online edition
Thursday, 02 October 2008
Claude L. Tinsley Edwards Snow, 87, of Van Buren died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at her home. She was a native of
Hartman, former co-owner of Smith Mortuary and Wilbert Vault Company in Charleston, and was preceded in death
by her husbands, M. L. (Bill) Edwards and Fred E. Snow; and one son, Ray Edwards. Survivors include two daughters,
Cindy Young and husband, Garry, of Waldron and Theresa Snow of Riverside, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Kevin and
Karen Brown, Athena, Christie and Ray Edwards II, Morgan and Alexandra Young; and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral
was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rusty Bushong officiating. Burial was
at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith. Pallbearers were Donnie and David Clay, Ray Chastain, Chris Brazil and
Gary Woodard. Memorials may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, #1 Billy Graham Parkway,
Charlotte, N.C. 28201
Johnson County (AR) Graphic (online edition)
25 November 2009
CLAUDE L. SNOW
James Ronnie Solley, 64, of Mansfield, Ark. died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, in a Fort Smith hospital.
He was a retired truck driver and a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Funeral services were March 10, 2007,
at First Baptist Church in Jenny Lind with burial at Old Jenny Lind Cemetery under the direction of McConnell
Funeral Home of Greenwood. He is survived by a daughter, Tammy Taylor of Bella Vista; a brother, Don Solley
of Greenwood; and two grandchildren. Pallbearers were Jason and Keith Solley, Will and Brandon Robinson,
Terry Bottoms and Johnny Chastain.
Greenwood Democrat (online edition)
Sunday, 18 March 2007
COMMENTS: Iva was raised in the Winfield area of Scott County, Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her husband Otis Sparks, her father, Frank C. Neff and
mother Ersie Metcalf Neff, formerly of Winfield, Arkansas, and her brother
Lee Hawthorne of Winfield. Her brother Vernon Neff, of Santa Ana, CA,
recently preceded her, as did her sister Helen Audry Neff Murphy of Orange,
CA. Burial will be this week at Sehorn Cemetery, Winfield, Arkansas.
Orange County Register
Feb 2, 2001
IVA MAE SPARKS
David Eick, g-nephew and family history buff, Colorado
Iva Mae Sparks, 87, of Orange, a homemaker, died Jan. 31, 2001, of natural
causes. Visitation: 3-8 p.m. today, Shannon-Donegan Mortuary, Orange.
Services out of state. She is survived by daughter, Dorothy Harris; sons,
Jerry DeWitt, Wayne Sparks; sisters, Opal Fitch, Mildred Farnsworth; brother, Don Neff;
six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
Munford - TRUMAN ROBERT SPURGIN, Born May 19, 1925 in Konawa, OK to Thomas Jefferson Spurgin and Meda
Skelton Spurgin. He went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 4, 2010, in Bartlett,
TN. Truman leaves his beloved wife of 63 years, Melba Lois Sparks Spurgin. Truman also leaves three
children: Randal Truman Spurgin (Panda) of Berryville, AR, Beverly Ann Hale (Fred) of Bartlett, TN,
Cristi Lynn Carver (Kevin) of Germantown, TN; granddaughters, Emily Jane (Travis) Nichols of Overland
Park, KS; Lora Ellen Spurgin of Little Rock, AR, Erica Lynn Camille Wagner (David) of Bartlett, TN;
grandsons, Bradley Dale McGee (Alison) of Bartlett, TN, Kevin Michael Carver, Jr. of Germantown, TN,
and Robert Benton Carver of Germantown, TN; great-grandson, David Hale Wagner of Bartlett, TN. Truman
graduated from East Central College of Ada, OK with a degree in math. He also received a degree from
the Institute of Mortuary Science in Dallas, TX. He completed formal education receiving his Master of
Divinity degree in 1959 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Truman was
ordained to the Gospel Ministry in the First Baptist church of Ada, OK. He went on to pastor the First
Baptist Church of Francis, OK, and later First Baptist Church of Rolf, OK. He served as pastor of the
First Baptist Church of Waldron, AR from 1960 to 1967. He was then called as pastor of the First Baptist
Church of Parkin, AR, serving from 1967 to 1978. During his years of ministry, he served on the Executive
Board of both the Arkansas and Tennessee Baptist State Conventions. He retired from active ministry from
the First Baptist Church of Halls, TN in 1987, yet spent his retirement years preaching God’s word as
interim pastor of various Baptist churches in the West Tennessee area until his health began to fail.
Over the years, Truman enjoyed traveling with his family, mostly to Southern Baptist Conventions around
the country. A trip to the Holy Lands was his trip of a lifetime. Truman was a loving husband and father
as well as a dedicated pastor to his church congregations. He was faithful to God’s word and will
throughout his life. He loved preaching God’s word from the pulpit. He was greatly loved and will be
greatly missed, but those who knew him know he is now standing at the foot of the throne singing “I
Stand Amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene.“ Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 7
and funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 8, both at Munford Funeral Home, Munford Chapel.
Memorials may be sent to Brighton Baptist Church, Brighton, TN or to Mission: Dignity, a ministry which
helps financially struggling ministers or their widows, Mission: Dignity, Guidestone Financial Resources,
SBC, 2401 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas, TX 75201-1498. Munford Funeral Home Munford Chapel (901)837-0123
The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee
Sunday, 07 March 2010, (online edition)
TRUMAN ROBERT SPURGIN
Dena Sarah Elizabeth Benson Stacy, 96, of Shady Point, passed away March 7, 2011, in Shady Point. She was born
May 16, 1914 in Waldron, Ark. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin Cameron
and DeLanie H. (Jackson) Benson; her husband, Lee Stacy; son, Dale Stacy; brothers, J.C. Benson, D. B. Benson,
Cameron Benson, Clarence Benson, and Orviller Benson. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Will and
Edna Stacy of Shady Point; one daughter and son-in-law, Alma and Eulice Butler of Shady Point; ten grandchilden;
nine great grandchilden; five great great grandchildren; two brothers, Delmer Benson of Heavener, James Irvin of
Heavener; numerous other relatives, friends, and loved ones. Funeral services will be conducted March 10 at 10
p.m. at Calvary Assembly of God Church, Poteau, with Rev. Lynn Bullard officiating. Interment will follow in
Howe Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home this evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. to visit with friends
and realtives. Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, is in charge of arrangements.
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
10 Narch 2011
DENA SARAH ELIZABETH BENSON STACY
Lora Christine Stafford, 97, of Bates, Ark., died Friday, December 12, 2003 in Bates.
She was a life long resident of the area and a member of the Cedar Creek Baptist Church
in Weeks, Ark. Funeral services were Monday, December 15, 2003 at the Cedar Creek Baptist
Church with burial in the Weeks Cemetery in Weeks, Ark., under the direction of Dowden
Funeral Home of Heavener. She is survived by seven daughters, Wynona Evans of Heavener,
Aylene Martindale of Bates, Ark., Freda Pierce of Waldron, Ark., Glenda Griffin of Bates,
Ark., Maggie Scott of Nashville, Ark., Modine Hall of Pocola and Sandra Leonard of Oklahoma
City; four sons, Fred J. Stafford of Lovings, Bobby D. Stafford of Bates, Ark., Samuel M.
Stafford of McCurtain, Gary Stafford of Lovings; one sister, Edith Cavanaugh of Jacksonville,
Florida; three brothers, Bill Stevens of Austin, Texas, Lloyd Stevens of San Antonio, Texas,
Sam Stevens of San Antonio, Texas; 29 grandchildren; 58 great great grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her husband Fred; daughter, Geraldine.
The Heavener Ledger
Thursday, December 18, 2003, p. 10
Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
Georgiana Staggs, 41, of Waldron, died Monday, April 30, 1990 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was an employee
of Tyson Foods. Funeral services are being held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3 at Mt. Pleasant Methodist
Church. Interment will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Athel Staggs of the
home; one daughter, Stepheani Michelle Staggs of the home; one son, George Douglass Staggs of the home;
her mother, Lavonne Craig of Waldron; one sister, Linda Hutchens of Waldron; and one brother, Lee Roy
Craig of Waldron. Funeral arrangements were made by Rice-Martin Funeral Home.
GREENWOOD--Billy H. Stanfill, 80, of Greenwood died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, in Fort Smith. He was a
member of Greenwood First Baptist Church, an Army veteran of World War II, member of Harris-Hannah
VFW Post No. 6527 in Greenwood, retired from SWEPCO, member of Mansfield Lion’s Club, the Sebastian
County Cattlemen’s Association and past member of the Mansfield School Board. Funeral will be 2 p.m.
Wednesday at Greenwood First Baptist Church with burial at Dawson Cemetery in Milltown under the
direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; three sons, Larry
Stanfill of Greenwood, Terry Stanfill of Gentry and Greg Stanfill of Lowell; a brother, Carvel Stanfill
of Fort Smith; five grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-
grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Eric, Joe, Addison and Harrison Stanfill, Patrick Izell and Brantley
Carter. Honorary pallbearers will be the Clyde Holland Sunday School Class of Greenwood First Baptist
Church. The body may be viewed from 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, where the family will
visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Fort Smith Times-Record, Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
John W. Starr, 80 year old Blair merchant, died early Tuesday at the home of his son, Carl Starr of Blair,
Oklahoma following several months illness with a heart ailment. Starr was born on September3, 1858 in Arkansas
and was married there in 1874 to Miss Elizabeth J. Bell, who died in 1902. He married Miss Mary E. Ammons there
in 1904 and she died in 1938. He had been a resident of Jackson County since 1910. Funeral arrangements were not
complete Tuesday afternoon but it was announced that services would be held in the Blair Baptist Church. Burial
will be under the direction of the Merrit Funeral Home. Surviving Starr are the following sons and daughters,
R. L. Starr, Frederick, Julia Smith, Arlington, Virginia, J.W. Starr, Bakersfield, California, Evie Price, Taft,
California, Mrs. Jewel Ramsey, Mangum, Mrs. Florence Smith, Vallijo, California, Bessie Snodgrass, Joe Smith and
Carl Starr of Blair and A.L. Onzo Starr of Altus.
Altus Times Democrat, Altus, Oklahoma
Tuesday January 5, 1943
John W. Starr Dies at Blair
Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
Note: I have typed this the way it was in the newspaper but make note that Mary Elizabeth was born in Fayette,
Lincoln County, Tennessee not Arkansas and that her husband was J.W. not G.W. Starr.
Mrs. G.W. Starr, 69, died at her home on Blair, Rt. 1. Tuesday following a two month's illness. Mrs. Starr was born
in Arkansas on November 2,  and was married in 1904 to G.W. Starr in Arkansas. She came to Jackson County 
years ago making her home here since that time. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Blair. Mrs. Starr is
survived by her husband, 5 sons, Wyatt Lee, Walden, Ark, Tommy Lee, Wetumka, Henry Lee, Carnegie, Floyd Lee, Carnegie
and Carl Starr, Blair and two daughters, Mrs. Eva Brewer and Mrs. Jewel Starr of Blair. Funeral services were to have
been held at 2 P.M. today in the Blair Methodist Church with Rev. R.N. Colyar in charge of services. Burial was to
have been in the Blair Cemetery with the Merritt-Lynch Funeral Home in charge.
Altus Times Democrat
Wednesday, March 2, 1938
Funeral Today for Mrs. Starr
DARDANELLE — Aline Stewart, 82, of El Dorado died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at the John R. Williamson Hospice
House following a lengthy illness. She was born April 18, 1926, in Mansfield, Ark., to Fred and Ada Owens Clopton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charlie V. Stewart; and five brothers and sisters. Survivors
include five sons, Kenneth Clopton of Dover, Willis Stewart of Alvarado, Texas, Bill Stewart of El Dorado, Donald
Stewart of Madill, Okla., and John Stewart of Joshua, Texas; two daughters, Donnia Estes of Katy, Texas, and Alice
Dordon of Lucedale, Miss.; three sisters, Bestine Stafford of Arkoma, Okla., Connie Morgan of Kansas City, Mo.,
and Marie Smith of Hot Springs; 19 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct.
27, 2008, at Cornwell Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cornwell Funeral Home. Visitation
will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Russellville Courier-News (online edition)
Monday, 27 October 27 2008
Dr. John Been Stewart was born April 21, 1916, in Greenwood and died March 16, 2007, at the age
of 90 from cancer in his home surrounded by a team of caregivers that God hand-picked. His life
consisted of many accomplishments, beginning in the sawmill town of Forester, Ark., working for
Vernon Carter in the company store. Continuing from that point he attended college and medical
school. He was class president of the 1940 UAMS medical students. His residency was served at Park
Lane Hospital in Dallas and six months before completion of that residency he was drafted into the U.S.
Army Corps, where he was a flight surgeon in the 73rd Fighter Group, 318th Squadron. While serving in
the Army, he was on five different islands in the Pacific. He returned home with the rank of major and
a Bronze Star. He returned to Fort Smith to begin his medical practice with Dr. Jones, where he met
Sue Jean Webster and made her his wife. He then began his own private practice with Dr. Bob Thompson,
Dr. Jim Thompson and Dr. Ralph Kramer. They were broad ranging doctors, performing surgeries and
delivering many babies in the Fort Smith and surrounding areas. Their practice was the last of the
doctors that made house calls. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Noon Civics
Club, Wilderness Club and the Snake Root Society. He is survived by two daughters, Stacie Ashcroft and
husband Norm of Kansas City, Mo., and Ann Penn and husband David of Austin, Texas; one son, Jeb Stewart
of Van Buren; three grandchildren, Eric Cobb of Madison, Wis., Amy Cobb of Phoenix, Ariz., and John
David Penn of Austin; and three great-grandchildren, Josh, Erin and Morgan Cobb of Madison. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Sue Stewart. Memorial services were March 21, 2007, at First United
Methodist Church followed by a private entombment at First United Methodist Church Columbarium under
the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Following the memorial service, there was a celebration of his
life at Hardscrabble Country Club. Memorials may be made to the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers
Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72903; The Good Samaritan Clinic, 615 N. B St., Fort Smith AR, 72901; or Bost
Foundation, 1801 S. 74th, Fort Smith, AR 72903.
Greenwood Democrat (online edition)
Friday, 23 March 2007
DR. JOHN BEEN STEWART
Contributed by Debbie Johnson
Lela Stewart, wife of the late Jim Stewart, died Oct. 14 in a Bakersfield, Calif. hospital after suffering
multiple strokes. Lela was born Jan. 19, 1888 to Sarah and Irvin Justice at Loving, Indian Territory. She
was the oldest grandchild of John and Amanda Loving from which the community is named. The Stewart family
were residents of the Forrester community for many years, moving to Bakersfield some 40 years ago. She was
a member of Trinity Methodist Church where her funeral was held Saturday and burial was in Union Cemetery at
Bakersfield. Survivors include 3 daughters, Bucky Johnston and Mildred Owens, both of Bakersfield, and Dorotha
Okuma of Oildale, Calif.; one son, Cal, of Mesa, Ariz.; 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; one sister,
Arzena Hall of Ada; one brother, Hib Norman of Heavener.
The Heavener Ledger, page 7
20 October 1977
Michael Edward Stiles, 56, of Booneville, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 in Booneville. He was
born Jan. 18, 1953 in Ventura, Calif., to Doyle and Reba Stiles. He was a saw mill operator at Travis
Lumber Company in Mansfield. He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Alice Stiles. A memorial
service was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, at Roberts Memorial Chapel in Booneville, under the
direction of Roberts Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife Betty of the home; a sister, Lisa Fox
of Magazine; two brothers, Roy and Steve Stiles, both of Booneville; and four nieces and four nephews.
Booneville Democrat (online edition)
Thursday, 12 March 2009
MICHAEL EDWARD STILES
Lester Stinebaugh, 91, of Huntington died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, in Greenwood. He was a retired carpenter,
member of Dayton Baptist Church and was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Stinebaugh; one daughter,
Cathy Rayne Brown; and one sister, Wynema Hanna. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at Fellowship
Baptist Church in Witcherville with burial at Dayton Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of
Greenwood. Survivors include one son, Jim Bob Stinebaugh and wife Patsy of Witcherville; five grandchildren,
Kellie Sterling of Mansfield, Vanessa Waldron and husband Mike of Fort Smith, Jimmy Stinebaugh and wife Stephanie
of Huntington, Angie Archer and husband Bobby of Greenwood and Rick Stinebaugh and wife Apryl of Tyler, Texas; nine
great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Viewing will be 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where
the family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Pallbearers will be Nathan Sterling, Rick Stinebaugh, Jimmy
Stinebaugh, Mike Waldron, Bobby Archer and Matthew Archer.
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Thursday, 11 December 2008
R. E. Stinson, 79, of Muskogee, formerly of Waldron, passed away Wednesday, Octobber 20, 2004
in Catoosa. He was a longtime resident of the area and a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Funeral
services were held Saturday, October 23, 2004 at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron with burial
in Weeks Cemetery, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener. He is survived by one
daughter, Gail George and husband Vernon, of Catoosa; two sisters, Mona Brothers and Eupha Thompson,
both of Bates, Arkansas and three grandchildren, Jeff George and wife, Julie, Justin and Melissa George.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
R. E. STINSON
Russellville Courier (online edition)
Thursday, 19 January 2006
CLARKSVILLE — Doyle Patrick Stockton, 36, of Lamar died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at Keokuk, Iowa. He was
a millwright. Survivors include his wife, Pauline Ashalintubbi Stockton; a son, Corey Feikema of
Clarksville; daughters, Lacy Stockton Wright of Benton, Mo., and Jamie Dodge Massey of Lamar;
parents, John Dick and Doreen Hull Stockton of Lamar; a brother, Donald Joseph Stockton and wife,
Dana, of Waldron; and grandchildren, Marland Massey and Lucas Wright. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday
at Roller-Cox Chapel with the Rev. DeWayne Holland officiating. Burial will be in West Mount Zion Cemetery
at Hartman by Roller-Cox Funeral Service. Pallbearers: Active — Jackie Flaherty, Tom Flaherty, Jeff Arnold,
Vic Farmer, Donald Clark and George Floyd. Honorary — Ray Lockard and Jack Flaherty Jr. Visitation will be
6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
WALDRON — Richard Edward Stokes, 69, of Waldron died Thursday, July 13, 2006, in Fort Smith. He was
born April 19, 1937, in Cushocton, Ohio. He was a maintenance supervisor for Kent State University.
Graveside memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the
direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith. He is survived by a daughter, Lela Stokes of Waldron;
a son, Burton Stokes of Rootstown, Ohio; a sister, Virginia Hogue of Ravenna, Ohio; and two brothers,
Bennie Leant of West Branch, Ohio, and Freddy Leant of Vermont.
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Friday, 21 July 2006
Steven Strange, 54, of Jenny Lind, Ark. passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008. He was self-employed in the
concrete industry. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert. Survivors include his wife, Lisa of the home;
one son, Joey Strange of Greenwood; two stepsons, Gerry Hamberger of Fort Smith and Josh Branham of the home;
mother and stepfather, Josephine and William Hamilton of Huntington; two sisters, Brenda McCafferty of Somersworth,
N.H., and Marsha Clark of Pocola; two brothers, Cecil Strange of Huntington and Leo Strange of Muldrow; and two
grandchildren, Candance and Jordan Strange. Memorial services were Jan. 24, 2008, at Sehorn Cemetery in Winfield,
Ark., under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home in Greenwood. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny and Ronnie
Patillo, Dan Long, Leo Strange Jr., Guy Strange and Daniel Strange.
Greenwood Democrat (online edition)
Saturday, 02 February 2008
Sabrina Marie Streeter, 30, of Davidson, Mich., passed away Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, in Flint, Mich.
She was a 1992 graduate of Heavener High School and attended Carl Albert State College. She had been a
resident of Davidson Mich. for the past three years. She was preceded in death by her father, James Streeter,
paternal grandfather, Bud Streeter; maternal grandparents, Henry and Gertrude Ripley; and paternal grandmother,
Retha Davis. Survivors include a daughter, Hannah Streeter of Davidson, Mich.; a son, Blake Streeter of Davidson,
Mich.; her parents, Deborah and Joe Davis of Blackfork, Ark.; paternal grandparents, Sam Davis of Heavener, and
Russ and Elaine Streeter of Houghton Lake, Mich.; a sister, Sharon Smith of Ozark, Ark.; two brothers, Leonard
Joe Davis, stationed in Iraq and Jeff Sassen Hagen of Texas; several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at Big Creek Baptist Church with burial in Blackfork Cemetery
at Blackfork, Ark., under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener. A memorial service will be held at
11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Fountain of Grace Assembly of God Church, 2382 E. Mt. Morris Rd. in Mt. Morris, Mich.
Poteau Daily News
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
SABRINA MARIE STREETER
Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
Barbara J. Stringer, 77, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born November 19, 1939 in Harvey, Arkansas to the
late Knox and Irene (Martin) Monroe. She was a hairstylist for over thirty years. She and her husband owned and operated the Hairstyle Shop in Fort Smith. A memorial service will be
held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, November 13, 2017 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel in Fort Smith, under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of
Roberts Funeral Home. She is survived by her husband, G.W. Stringer of the home in Fort Smith; two daughters, Regina Stringer Garcia of Houston Texas and Amy Stringer of Fort Smith; one
son Mark Stringer and wife Maryann of Huntington; one sister, Suzy Richardson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Brittni Stringer-Ashmore and Rachel stringer and Jessica Garcia;
great grandchild, Ryan Labrun and Emma Sophia Garcia-McGrath. In lieu of flowers Memorials May be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s way, Little Rock, Arkansas,
72202 or the charity of your choice.
BARBARA J. STRINGER
(December 19, 1939 - November 9, 2017)
We mourn the loss of Chester John “Chet” Strom, who died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at his house
in Booneville, at 93 years of age. Chet was born in Thief River Falls, Minn., on Aug. 17, 1913. As a young man,
he worked in his father’s diner, “road the rails” for a while during the Depression and then joined the Navy before
the war started. He survived the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and served in the Pacific during World War
II. He was actively involved in the Battle for Midway and Guadalcanal. After the war, he switched to the newly
established Air Force, from which he retired in 1960. Chet moved his large family, his wife, Sis, and seven
children (six girls and one boy), to the Booneville area after retiring from the U.S. Air Force in October 1960.
Two more children were born after coming to Arkansas. He operated a small farm in the Tate community for a few
years before moving into Booneville with his family, and taking a job at Fort Chaffee as a refrigeration specialist.
Chet was first a husband and a dad. But, he loved a good pipe, a good book, crossword puzzles, walking his dogs,
gardening and telling stories to family and friends. He was a skilled “ham” radio operator. He love his country
and was proud of his military service. And he especially loved his wife, his children and his grandchildren. He
had just met his first great-grandchild the week before his died. He leaves a legacy of having touched thousands
of live as his children pursued careers in service-oriented occupations. His smile and caring will be desperately
missed. Chet and his wife, Sis, had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in April 2006. He is a member
of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Booneville. He is survived by his wife, and nine children, Donna
Strom of Booneville, Barbara Clare of Magazine, Judy Lovett of Waldron, Mary Petersen of Black River Falls, Wis.,
and John Strom, Tanya Berry, Patty Pyle, Tommy Strom and Joe Strom, all from Booneville; 10 grandchildren and one
great-grandchild. Pallbearers will be Mike Pyle, Gail Lovett, Johnny Lovett, Brady Oberman, Richard Lovett, Eddie
Clare, Nathan Clare and Gary Masterson. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. today at Roller Funeral Home
Chapel in Booneville. Mass services at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church
in Booneville with burial at 2 p.m. at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith with full military honor guard under
the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Booneville.
Ft. Smith Times-Record (online edition)
13 September 2006
CHESTER JOHN "CHET" STROM
Fines Franklin Sturgeon, 88, of Poteau passed away March 2, 2008 at the Advance Care Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark.
He was born Jan. 7, 1920 in Checotah to Fines and Nettie Sturgeon. He worked as a soil conservation engineer for
30 years and then for the OCC AML Program as Senior Project Inspector for 23 years. He was a member of the South
Broadway Church of Christ, Poteau, and a veteran of WWII, and was recently presented with a certificate for
surviving the Battle of the Bulge.He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Joe Sturgeon, Everett
Sturgeon, and Horace Sturgeon; a sister, Helen Pope; a grandson, Jeff Branch and a great-granddaughter, Brittney
Cox. He is survived by his wife, Goldie Sturgeon of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Delores and Max
Manlove of Poteau, Judy and Stanley Branch of Poteau and Brenda and Fred Woodral of Bates, Ark.; three brothers,
Lonnie Sturgeon Bonnie Leo Sturgeon and Wayne Sturgeon; four sisters, Lois Gould, Nina Cunningham, Hazel Utley and
Patsy Mayse; seven grandchildren, Mark Manlove, Eric Manlove (currently serving in Iraq), Terry Manlove, Tammy Cox,
Melody Wood, Angelia Tolleson and Robert Randolph; 10 great-grandchildren, Jacob Manlove, Cathleen Manlove, Seth
Manlove, Cody Cox, Kyla Wood, Britleigh Wood, Logan Randolph, Luke Randolph, Bryce Tolleson and Brayden Tolleson;
numerous other relatives, friends and loved ones. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 10 a.m. at the
South Broadway Church of Christ, Poteau, with Rob Lungstrum officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery,
Poteau.Pallbearers will be Terry Manlove, Cody Cox, Robert Randolph, Johnny Wood, Gene Sturgeon and Kenneth
Risenhoover. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Manlove, Eric Manlove, Bob Cooper, B.T. Davis, Kenneth Ferguson,
Hershel Lucas, Bill Wallace, Ed Abernathy and Mike Kastl.Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, is in charge of
Poteau Daily News (online edition)
Wednesday, 05 March 2008
FINES FRANKLIN STURGEON
Funeral services for Howard Lee Sumpter, 84, of Vian were held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Agent Chapel in
Sallisaw with Bishop Gerald Treadwell officiating. Burial was in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in
Vian under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw. Mr. Sumpter was born on Feb. 1, 1926, in Gore
to Andrew Sumpter and Almeda (Brown) Sumpter. He died on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in Fort Smith, Ark.
He married Betty Frances Treadwell on January 12, 1949, in Waldron, Ark. She preceded him in death on May
6, 2006, in Sallisaw. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Fowler Ray; one son and
daughter-in-law, Johnny and Carolyn; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Doris and
Ruth; two brothers, Harold and Arvil; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Clifford, Calvin and Jim Sumpter.
Sequoyah County (OK) Times (online edition)
Sunday, 18 April 2010
HOWARD LEE SUMPTER
NATURAL DAM — Sandra Kay Swaim, 65, of Natural Dam died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, in a local hospital. She was a
homemaker and attended Cornerstone Community Church in Cedarville. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Hall Cemetery
Arbor in Natural Dam under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren. She is survived by her husband, Earl;
a daughter, Maelena Glass of Spotsylvania, Va.; four sons, Robert Ross of Arkoma, Frankie Ross of Waldron, Rodger
Ross of Fort Smith and James Pendleton of Van Buren; a sister, Barbara Hudson of Fort Smith; three brothers,
Richard and Johnnie House, both of Fort Smith, and Jim House of Dallas; 27 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Friday, 15 September 2006
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