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Last Updated 2 June 2014

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt
Faye Cleaver Talley
January 20, 1919 - May 27, 2014

ALICE - Faye Cleaver Talley reached out to her Precious Lord and He took her hand to lead her home on May 27, 2014 at the age of nearly 96. She was born on January 20, 1919 in Waldron, Arkansas, daughter of Julia Virginia Harrison and Oscar Lafayette Cleaver, maternal granddaughter of Anretha Yarborough and Julius A. Harrison; paternal granddaughter of Salena Jenkins and John Marion Cleaver. She was a resident of Jim Wells County, Texas for 77 years. he following events occurred in the year of her birth:
• World War 1 officially ended with the Treaty of Versailles.
• The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages, was ratified by Congress.

Irene Faye Cleaver first saw Jule Foster Talley when she was 9 years old as she was perched in an apple tree, in Scott County, Arkansas. Her father had told her he better never catch her in the apple tree, so she had to remain hidden in the branches for more than an hour until he and his family ended their visit. Nine years later they met again and were married on Easter Sunday, April 18, 1937.

The following events occurred in the United States in that year:
• Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as President for his second term.
• The National House Act was signed by Pres. Roosevelt, which created the U.S. Housing Authority.
• ”Gone With the Wind”, by Margaret Mitchell, won the Pulitzer Prize.
• The first coast-to-coast radio program was conducted, reporting the Hindenburg disaster. Additionally, the first worldwide radio broadcast received in the U.S. covered the coronation of King George VI of England.
• A minimum wage law for women was upheld by the United States Supreme Court.
• The federal woman suffrage amendment, originally written by Susan B. Anthony and introduced in Congress in 1878, is passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Faye and Jule worked together side-by-side for 50 years, beginning with their XX Ranch west of Palito Blanco, followed by the Talley Fence Company and other business endeavors. After her husband’s death in 1987, she became an astute and respected business woman in her own right, continuing to her death the day-to-day management of Lantana Properties, two ranches and living in her own home without any assistance. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Alice for over 66 years. Even though her road on the earth had its share of “pot holes” and “ruts”, she indeed won the battle of staying true to her values and ideas. The strength of her character will be forever admired and remembered. Her children shall always be indebted to her for the wonderful childhood they had, for the love that was always so abundant in her home, as well as for her godly values and her “JUST DO IT” attitude.

Good habits are not made on birthdays,
or Christian character at the New Year.
The workshop of character is everyday life.
The uneventful and commonplace hour
Is where the battle is lost or won.

Faye is survived by her son Daniel Jule Talley, her daughter and son-in-law, Saundra and Don Patterson, of Corpus Christi, Texas; four grandchildren, Darla Patterson and Teresa McGinnis of Bryan, Texas; D. Kent (Brenda) Patterson of Columbia, Missouri; Deanna (Dean) Scacco and two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Lauren Scacco of Rosedale, California. She also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Her life was deeply enriched by her friends, her nieces Marcene Ammons Blatt and Wayna Bird Fraser, as well as her loyal companion, a little long-haired Chihuahua named “Tiger”. Since Faye had lived such a long life, she was well acquainted with the grief of losing so many of her family and friends. Faye lost her parents; her husband, Jule Foster Talley; a son, Maxwell H. Talley; seven siblings, Dorothy Smith, Claud Cleaver, Emma Leta Ammons, Monte Lee Baldwin Faulkner, Jo Bird Truax, Marie Condry Snyder and Emmett Cleaver as well as her very close nieces, Shirley Faye Condry Gainer and Anna Jean Brodt Malandrococolo.

The Plan of the Master Weaver
My life is but weaving between the Lord and me,
I may not choose the colors,
He knows what they should be
for He can view the pattern upon the upper side,
while I can see it only on this, the underside...
Sometimes He weaveth sorrow, which seemeth strange to me,
but I will trust His judgement, and work on faithfully,
'tis He who fills the shuttle, ad He knows what is best,
so I shall weave in earnest, leaving to Him the rest...
Not till the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly
shall God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why-
the dark threads are as needed in the Weaver's skillful hand
as the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.

Visitation will be with family present from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014 at Holmgreen Mortuary. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Roselawn Cemetery in Alice.

Contributed by William Highfill
Greenwood Democrat (online edition)
Tuesday, July 13 July 2010

Inis G. Taylor, 81, of Jenny Lind, went to be with the Lord Saturday, July 10, 2010. She was a beautician for twenty-one years, and mother of four boys. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jenny Lind, and was preceded in death by her husband, George J. Taylor, and three sons, James Lee, Author Gene, and Daniel W. Taylor. She is survived by one son, Virgil Taylor and wife Callie of Greenwood; three grandchildren, Zech Taylor of Parsons, Tenn., John Paul Taylor of Greenwood, and Emily Kay Taylor of Greenwood; two great- grandchildren, Annabelle and Silas Paul, both of Tennessee; two sisters, Margaret Cook of Fort Smith, and Dean Kerr of Fort Smith, and three brothers, Al Smith of Greenwood, Jim Smith of Mansfield, and Marion Smith of Fayetteville. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Jenny Lind, with burial at Union Ridge Cemetery at Dayton under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Pallbearers will be Roger Cook, Kenny Smith, Danny Smith, Carl Nichols, Troy Smith and Jeff Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Dake, Jim McClain, Harold Thames, Chris Remaley, Wendell Russell and Scotty Smith.

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

Funeral service for Jess Lee Taylor, 79, Heavener, who died Wednesday at LeFlore County Memorial Hospital, were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Heavener Assembly of God Church. Burial was at Heavener Memorial Park Cemetery by Dowden Funeral Home. Rev. L.B. French officiated. He was a native of Russellville, Ark., born there Feb. 4, 1890, and had lived in Heavener since 1947. Survivors include his wife, Bertha; one son, George, of Rogers; two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Price of Heavener and Mrs. Betty Keeton of San Leandro, Calif.; two brothers, M.A. of Sapulpa and Johnny of Sapulpa; four sisters, Mrs. Ada Berry of Amarillo, Tex., Mrs. Etta Brown of Colorado, Mrs. Lois Hunter of Russellville and Mrs. Lucy Knight of California; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Claude Edwards, Orville West, Ezie Cagle, Emit West, Calvin Davis and Anson Stacy.

Contributed by Marcene Ammons Blatt

WALDRON--Evaleta Thomas, 64, of Waldron died Friday, Oct. 13, 1989, in a Waldron hospital. She was a retired medical office receptionist and a Methodist. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday in Birdsview United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Birdsview Cemetery under the direction of Rice-Martin Funeral Home. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Sadie Self of Waldron; two sisters, Athadean Weir of Springdale and Pauline Mitchell of Hot Springs; two brothers, R.D. Self, Jr. and Raymond Self, both of Waldron; three aunts, Lela Fisher of Little Rock and Ora Terry and Roxie Fuller, both of Ceres, Calif.; and an uncle, Clarence Kopf of Waldron.

Contributed by William Highfill
Heavener Ledger, p. 11
Thursday, 27 June 2002

Dale Edward Thompson, 74, of Bates, Arkansas, died Thursday, June 20, 2002 in his home. He was an employee of Crane Plumbing Co. for 38 years; a World War II veteran and owner and operator of River Oak Charolais Ranch. A memorial service will be Saturday, July 29 at 2:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home Chapel, Waldron, Ark. He is survived by his wife, Eupha, one daughter and son-in-law, Beth and John Roberts of Barling, Ark.; one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Regina Thompson of Ft. Smith; his mother, Beatrice Thompson of Waldron; three sisters, Delores Tolbert, Howe; Geneva Cook, Mesa, Ariz. and Kathy Sosa of Ft. Smith; three brothers, M. D. Thompson, Mena; Steve Thompson and Dewayne Thompson, both of Ft. Smith; four grandchildren, Mary Ellen and William Roberts and Kathy and Maegan Thompson.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online)
Sunday, 11 January 2009

MANSFIELD — Jerome “Gus” Thompson, 66, of Mansfield died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, in his home. He was employed by Baldor, a volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician and first responder, and member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Smith. Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Smith with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; a daughter, Jomie Carter of Van Buren; a son, Michael Annen of Fort Pierce, Fla.; two brothers, Larry Thompson of Norman, Okla., and Doug Thompson of Norco, Calif.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Marty Nelson, Jim Almond, Mike and Jackie Smith, Kenny Hobbs, Danny Ganns and Johnny and Christie Helms. Honorary pallbearers will be all firefighters, first responders and EMT personnel. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church for the Physical Needs of Underprivileged Children and Youth Ministries, 2100 Cavanaugh Road, Fort Smith, AR 72908.

Contributed by William Highfill
Booneville (AR) Democrat (online edition)
Tuesday, 03 November 2009

Lorene Tidwell, 77, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 in Little Rock. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30 at Cornwell Funeral Home Chapel in Danville with burial in Shark Cemetery, under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home. She is survived by her husband of 59 1/2 years, Joe; their children, JoAnn and son-in-law Larry Keith of Danville, Kathy and son-in-law Richard Fryar of Dardanelle, Rickey and daughter-in-law Cheryl Tidwell of Booneville, Deborah and son-in-law Floyd McInturf of Blue Ball, Randy and daughter-in-law Kim Tidwell of Delaware; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Edna Fowler of Danville and Berniece Ward of Russellville; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Contributed by William Highfill
Poteau Daily News
Monday, 08 February 2010 (online edition)

Brandon Wayne Tom, 25, of Mena, Ark., passed away Feb. 3, 2010, in Mena. He was born Feb. 24, 1984, at Talihina, to Bruce and Brenda (Qualls) Tom. He is survived by his mother and step-father Brenda and Doyle Wright of Wister; his father Bruce Tom of El Reno; a daughter Aurora Tom of Mena; two brothers, Levi Tom and Joseph Haag, both of the home; five step-brothers Timothy Tom and Travis Tom both of Oklahoma City, Bobby Haag of Poteau, J.D. Wright of Independence, Kan. and Eric Wright of Lawrence, Kan.; two step-sisters Krystal Smith of Wister and Amanda Stell of Mansfield, Ark.; his grandmother Shirley Ricker of El Dorado, Kan., and great-grandmother Dorothy Turner of El Dorado; and many other relatives, friends and loved ones. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Assembly of God Church, Poteau, with the Rev. Keith Williams officiating. Interment will follow service at Ellis Chapel Cemetery, Wister. Pallbearers will be Timothy Qualls, Brandon Hayes, Stephen Smith, Matthew Qualls, Bobby Haag and Dillon Ford.

Contributed by William Highfill
Ft. Smith Times Record (online edition)
Saturday, 22 October 2005

WALDRON - John W. Trumble, 78, of Waldron died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005, in a local nursing home. He was a retired iron worker and farmer, and a member of Waldron Pentecostal Church of God. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron with burial at Mount Pleasant Cemetery near Waldron. He is survived by his wife, Mary; one daughter, Amenda Wagner of Waldron; two sons, John Trumble of Chicago and Terrel Trumble of Waldron; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Terrel and John Trumble, Clint, Ross and Travis Wagner and Billy Carnahan.

Contributed by Paula Doyle-Bicket

Juanita Tucker (Skeet) was born September 8,1924 in Heavener, Okla. Died April 6, 1989 in her home in Pasco, WA. She moved from Bakersfield, CA to Washington in 1960. She retired from Universal Frozen Foods in Pasco, WA. Daughter Beverly Bacon, four granddaughters, two grandsons, many great grandchildren and a sister, Betty Haworth, survive her. Juanita Tucker is buried in City View Cemetery next to her parents.

Contributed by William Highfill
Toledo (OH) Blade
17 January 2010, (online edition)

David W. Tyler, age 85, formerly of Fleet Rd., passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 16, 2010, at Heartland of Oregon, where he lived for the past four years. He was born in Mansfield, AR, to James R. and Callie May (Fergusson) Tyler. A WWII Veteran, David proudly served in the U.S. Air Force taking part in the China, India-Burma assault. He then served in the National Guard as a diesel mechanic until 1949 and was a longtime member of American Legion Post No. 479. David married Marjorie Keller on his 23rd birthday in Toledo, OH. She preceded him in death on August 2, 2005. For over 50 years, David worked as an auto mechanic for Seyfang's Automotive. David is survived by his step son, Glenn A. Keller; step grandson, David Allen Keller; step great-grandson, Justin Keller; special niece, Peggy (Ernie) Fodor, who oversaw his care for the past 4 years, and many other nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, David was preceded in death by his step grandson, Danny Allen Keller and sisters, Geneva Trout and Melvina Dedmon. A heartfelt thank you goes to Heartland of Oregon's staff and Hospice of Northwest Ohio for their care of Uncle Dave. "Blue eyes looking at you". Friends may call at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main St., Sylvania, on Monday, January 18, 2010 from 6-9 p.m., where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Toledo Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.

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