OBITUARIES, 1998 to 2016

The Waldron News
12 October 2016

Mary Elizabeth Pyle Imperiali passed away in her sleep Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the age of 58. She was born January 5, 1958 in Long Beach, California to Joseph Monroe Pyle, Jr. and Mary Anna Gendreau Pyle. She was preceded in death by her father. Mary Beth was of the Catholic faith. She was an animal lover, a wonderful pianist, and loved spending time with family and friends. Those left behind to cherish her memory include: her son and his wife, Travis and Ashley Imperiali, of Waldron; one granddaughter, Summer Imperiali, and one grandson, Travin Imperiali, both of Waldron; a special friend, Darren Allen, of the home; her mother, Mary Anna Pyle, of Buena Park, California; four siblings, Suzie, Rosie, Joey, and Tommy all of Buena Park, California; her husband, Frank Imperiali, of Fullerton, California; and by a host of other family and friends. Visitation will be Friday October 7, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday October 8, 2016 at Martin Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kenny Finney officiating. Interment will follow the services at Square Rock cemetery under the direction of Martin Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Kenny Lynch, Matt Isom, Albert Villasenor, Allen Dye, Shawn Hunt, and BJ Shaddon.

The Waldron News
12 April 2000

Ethel Leora Ingle, 79, of Waldron, Arkansas died Wednesday, April 5, 2000 in a Waldron hospital. She was a homemaker, a Baptist and widow of Herman Ingle. Graveside service was at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 10, 2000 at Parks Cemetery at Nola, Arkansas followed with burial under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron. She is survived by two daughters, Susie Hunt of Waldron, AR and Betty Morris of Nola, AR; two sons, David Ingle of Star City, AR and Daniel Ingle of Little Texas, AR; one sister, Bernice Rhoads of Gravelly, AR; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The Waldron News
28 October 1998

Jackie Lee Ingle, 29, of Waldron died Oct. 22, 1998 in his home. He was a logger. Survivors include his wife, Brenda of the home; one daughter, Celeste of the home; his mother and father, Mary Lois and Dan Ingle of Little Texas, Arkansas; paternal grandmother, Ethel Ingle of Little Texas; two sisters, Judy Russell and Jennifer Ingle both of Little Texas; one half sister, Becky Knight of Shady Point, Oklahoma, and one brother, Jason Ingle of Little Texas. Graveside service was set for 2 p.m., Oct. 26, at Parks Cemetery at Nola, Arkansas with burial at Parks Cemetery in Nola under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron.

The Waldron News
24 February 2016

Shirley Ingle, 75, of Waldron, Arkansas passed away February 17, 2016. She was born April 5, 1940 to the late Dudley Rorie and Mary Smith in Blakely, Arkansas. Shirley is survived by eight children: Steven Ingle, Angela Crow, Andrew Ingle, Desaree Ingle and husband Shaun Sherer, John Ingle and wife Lynda, Toby Ingle and wife Beth, Natasha McCubbin, Brandilyn Corntassel and husband Josh; 23 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, one sister Sue Nation. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon Ingle and one son Paul Brandt. Visitation was Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service was held 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 22, 2016 at Waldron Pentecostal Church of Gopd with Bro. Rickey Hunt officiating. Burial will follow the service at Lamb Cemetery under the direction of Martin Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jamae Rose, Winchester Ingle, Marshall Ingle, Morgan Ingle, Sonny Ingle and Billy Black. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob McFeeters and Cody Thorton Jacob Cagle.

The Waldron News
29 August 2007

Lillie Bernice Simpson Irons, 87, of Mountain Pine, died Thursday, August 23, 2007 at home. Born September 15, 1919 in Gravelly, Arkansas to Dan M. and Mattie Lunsford Simpson, she was a member of First Assembly of God, Mountain Pine. She was predeceased by her husband, Jonathon Colvin Irons; a daughter, Lois W. Irons; granddaughter, Sissy Irons; four brothers, J.R. Simpson, John Ellis Simpson, Homer Leon Simpson and Bobby Simpson; three sisters, Eva Isom, Sybil Hunt and Tressie Coker. Survivors include two sons and one daughter- in-law, Junior Irons of Montrose, Arkansas and Jimmy and Pamela Irons of Mountain Pine; one sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Oscar McElhaney of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two sisters-in-law, Jeannie Simpson of Booneville and Virginia Simpson; three grandchildren, Toby, Holly and Alex; six great-grandchildren, Michael, Patrick, Paden, Denise, C.J. and Crystal; two great-great grandsons; two daughters-in-law, Adine Irons and Laura Irons; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2007 at Gross Funeral Home with Brother Joe Thompson officiating. Pallbearers were Junior Irons, Jimmy Irons, Toby Irons, Holly Irons, Michael Irons and Denise Oliver. Honorary pallbearers were Alexandria Garibay, Doug Isom, Gary and Jerry Hunt, Daniel and Brian Simpson, Dean Harmon, Arkansas Hospice with Dr. William Cole and special thanks to Dr. Daniel Rowe. Burial was at Parks Cemetery near Nola, Arkansas.

The Waldron News
3 July 2013

Marek Brodie Irvin from Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life June 23, 2013 in Waldron, Arkansas. Marek was born December 11, 2010 to his parents, Jaime and Jonathon Irvin. Marek was 2 years, 6 months and 12 days old. Marek was always happy and full of hugs and had a puckered up kiss for everyone. For Marek's young age, he was very smart, full of curiosity, and wanted to do everything by himself. He had a tremendous love of super heroes and knew every one of them by name. Like his super hero friends, his "squaddies," he was fearless and always ready to climb anything. Marek leaves behind to cherish his memory, his mom and dad, Jaime and Jonathon Irvin of Waldron, Arkansas, two sisters, Makenzy and Addie, and one brother, Drew, all of the home. He will be forever missed by his maternal grandparents, Russell Sims of Boles, Arkansas, Brenda and Dale Charlson of Waldron, Arkansas, as well as JOhn and Vickie Irvin of Mansfield, Arkansas. Marek is survived by his maternal great grandparents, Donna Sims of Waldron, AR, Jerry Don and Thelma Hall of Y-City, Arkansas and Leta Stanley of Mansfield, Arkansas. Marek is also survived by one uncle, Josh Sims and wife Jessica of Waldron, Arkansas, and one aunt, Courtney Graves and husband Mike of Muldrow, Oklahoma. He will be missed by a host of more aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family that loved him very much. He will also be missed by a huge spiritual family. Marek's life celebration was held Friday, June 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Waldron, Arkansas with Brother Hank Hopkins officiating. Interment followed in the Chant Cemetery near Y-City, Arkansas. Arrangements were entrusted to Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Waldron, Arkansas. Marek's pallbearers were Josh Sims and Adam Hecox. Marek's visitation was Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home.

The Waldron News
18 December 2002

Betty Jo Vise Isenman, age 81, of Little Rock died Tuesday, December 10, 2002. She was born December 14, 1920 in Heavener, Oklahoma, to Clarence Minor and Bertha Bethel Vise and was raised in Waldron, Arkansas. She was a graduate of Waldron High School and the University of Arkansas, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She was a communicant and charter member of Christ the King Catholic Church, and she was also a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. She was a member of the Fair Park Extension Homemakers Club. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Albert Walter Isenman, Jr; two sons, Dr. Albert Walter Isenman III and his wife Cecelia of Evanston, Illinois and Thomas Raymond Isenman and his wife Gail of Little Rock; one daughter, Mary Bethel Isenman of Nashville, Tennessee; one granddaughter, Mary Colleen Isenman of Little Rock; one grandson, Albert Walter Isenman IV of Evanston, Illinois; and many other relatives. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1:00 pm. Friday, December 13, 2002 at Christ the King Catholic Church with Msgr. Francis Malone officiating. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery. A Rosary was held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, at Christ the King Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to Lions World Services for the Blind, 2811 Fair Park Blvd., Little Rock 72204. Arrangements were made with Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Custom Funerals & Cremations, 5800 West 12th Street, Little Rock. To sign the online guestbook, visit

Scott County Times
9 August 2000

Betty Jo Isham, 67, of Waldron died Sunday, July 30, 2000 in Waldron. She was a homemaker and attended the New Life Center. Jo was born to Charles Ezra and Jessie Isham on October 17, 1932 in Duncan, Oklahoma. Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 2, 2000 at 2 pm at the New Life Center with burial following at Friendship Cemetery under the direction of Martin Funeral Home. Jo was survived by two daughters, Lesta Helms and Rita Grogan both of Lawrence, Kansas; one son, Kerry Horn of Carson, California; four sisters, Maxine Williams, Jean Powell and Kay Hatton all of Waldron and Paula LaCroix of Montgomery, Louisianna; five brothers, Sanford Isham of Duncan, Oklahoma, Jack Isham of Dierks, Arkansas, Jim Isham of Waldron, Charlie Isham of Magazine, Arkansas and Floyd Isham of Waldron; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were: Jason Helms, Scott Helms, Joe Helms, Gary Isham, Rick Isham, Jerry Don Isham, Dale Williams, Todd Isham, Rick Powell, Heath Hatton, B.J. Adair, Jimmy Isham, Joe Isham, Ronnie Powell and Steve Williams.

The Waldron News
13 April 2016

Charles Allen Isham, 90, of Delaware, formerly of Waldron, died April 9, 2016, at the River Valley Hospice Home in Russellville. He was born Dec. 5, 1925, in Loco, Okla. to Charles Ezra and Jessie Middleton Isham. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the 243rd Engineer Combat Battalion, A Company, from 1944 until 1946. Following the war, he lived in Bakersfield, Calif., and worked for 20 years at Alex Robinson Brothers. He retired from ARB in 1971 and moved back to Arkansas with his family. He was a dedicated member of Faith Church in Dardanelle for 14 years, where he had served on the church board. A long-time resident of the River Valley area, he was a cherished friend to many locals who knew that he was always willing to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed hunting on Mount Magazine, fishing, camping and spending time with family. He is survived by three brothers, Jack, Floyd and Jim Isham; three sisters, Maxine Williams, Jean Powell and Paula Lacroix; four children, Freda Parish and Brenda Isham, both also of Delaware; Richard and Mary Isham of Fort Smith and Debbie Phillips of Claremore, Okla.; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Sandford Isham and sisters Betty Jo Isham and Kay Ammons. Charles' life celebration will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the New Life Center in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. Jerry Isham officiating. Interment will follow in the Friendship Cemetery near Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. Visitation will be Friday, April 15, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

Scott County Times
17 November 2004

Hollis E. Isham, 78, of Duncan died Thursday, November 4, 2004 in Duncan Regional Hospital. Funeral was at 1 pm Saturday in Carter-Smart Funeral Chapel with the Rev. W.M. Howard and Gerald W. Howard officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Hollis was born October 17, 1926 in Waldron, Arkansas to Johnny and Lillie (James) Woodard. She married Sanford Isham in Arkansas in 1943. Mrs. Isham was a member of the Church of God. Survivors include her husband, of the home; a son, Garry Isham of Duncan; a daughter and her husband, Sharon and Billy Groves of Duncan; two sisters, Lexie Millard of Waldron, Arkansas and Violet Honea of Renton, Washington; four grandchildren, Donnetta Byrom, Barry Groves, Cher Jackson and Jenson Isham; and four great-grandchildren, Randal Speck, Shane Byrom, Bryce Groves and Kendall Jackson. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister, Haskell Woodard, Carl Woodard and Nellie (Woodard) Travis. Pallbearers were her grandsons Barry Groves, Jenson Isham, Randall Speck, Bryce Groves, Shane Byrom and son-in-law, Billy Groves.

The Waldron News
2 April 2014

Rose Ann Isham of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Waldron, Arkansas surrounded by her loving family. Rose Ann was born October 1, 1943 in Boles, Arkansas to Lone Barker and Mildred Esther (Simpkins) Barker. Rose Ann was 70 years, 5 months and 24 days old. Rose Ann was a long time member and pastor of New Life Center in Waldron, Arkansas. She was a devoted and faithful Christian. She strived to tell everyone she met about God and let him shine through her everyday life. Rose Ann was retired from the State of Arkansas as a probation officer. However, she also held the position of Deputy Tax Collector in Scott County for many years. Rose Ann was a loving wife, mom, grandmother and friend to everyone she met. She was a warm and kind spirited person. She loved to spend time with her family. Family gatherings were among her favorite opportunities to make memories. She held each one very dear to her heart. Rose Ann leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband Jim Isham of the home, two daughters: Rhoda Beyard and husband Doug of Waldron, Arkansas and Amy Hattabaugh and husband Trevor of Mansfield, Arkansas; two additional daughters, Sherrie Coomer of Waldron, Arkansas and Teresa Malone and husband Randy of Waldron, Arkansas, one son, Jimmy Isham and companion Donna Howard of Waldron, Arkansas. Rose is also survived by two sisters: Jane Horton of Greenwood, Arkansas and Patsy Slagle of Boles, Arkansas as well as four brothers, Bub Barker, Billy Wayne Barker, Robin Barker and Mack Barker all of Waldron, Arkansas. Nana will forever remain in the hearts of her 12 grandchildren as well as five great grandchildren. Rose Ann will be missed by all that knew her and the many whose lives were impacted by her including a dear friend and the father of her children, Amos Zimmer, many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and loved ones. Rose Ann is preceded in death by her parents, Lone Barker and Mildred Simpkins Barker. Rose Ann's life celebration was at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014 at the New Life Center in Waldron, Arkansas with Pastor Jerry Isham officiating. Interment followed in the Buffalo Cemetery in Boles, Arkansas. Arrangements were entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. Rose Ann's pallbearers were her grandchildren: Luke Malone, Michael Beyard, Jaren Ridenhour, Bryar Hattabaugh, Jon Isham and Josh Mize. Honorary pallbearers were Joshua Beyard, Phillip Mize, Treven Hattabaugh and Emily Beyard. Rose Ann's visitation was Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

The Waldron News
12 May 1999

Rosie Yandell Isham, 88, of Waldron, died Thursday, May 6, 1999 in a Waldron hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Friendship Pentecostal Church of God. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Charlie Yandell and Charles Isham; a son, Allen Yandell; a daughter, Dorothy Barnett; a granddaughter, Carla Kozak; a great-grandson, Anthony Vaughn; her parents, two sisters and four brothers. Funeral service was at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 8 in Friendship Pentecostal Church of God with burial at Friendship Cemetery near Waldron. Survivors include four daughters: Mae Slater, Mary Brothers, and Sue Barrett, all of Waldron, and Fayreen Vaughn of Waltreak; two sisters, Leona Burnett of Morrilton and Mary Griffith of Oklahoma City, Okla; 12 grandchildren, several step-children and step-grandchildren, 22 great- grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Tony Vaughn, Jefferey Vaughn, Rickie Brothers, Chuck Brothers, Michael Garrison and Russell Speaks. Honorary pallbearers were Leslie Vaughn, Chris Vaughn and Blake Garrison. Martin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The Waldron News
23 July 2014

Clemmie "Janie" Isom of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Janie was born in Waldron, Arkansas on August 1, 1954 to the late Bill and Alena Milligan. She was 59 years, 11 months and 14 days old. Janie loved to read and cook for her family that she loved dearly. Janie is survived by two daughters, Misty Passmore and husband Steven of Waldron, Arkansas and Anita Franklin and husband Billy of Booneville, Arkansas; three sisters, Jewel Yandell of Waldron, Arkansas, Diane Nixon of Van Buren, Arkansas, and Paulene Stuart of Russellville, Arkansas. Memaw will be dearly missed by her grandchildren: Hope, Faith, Bryce, Alexis and Moses and one great grandchild Ara-Bella. Janie is preceded in death by her parents, one brother Odell "Doc" Milligan, and three sisters, Imogene Bentle, Ann Watkins and Francis Hunt; one son Paul Isom, and a significant other Donnie Isom. Janie's memorial service to celebrate her life was held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Ray Jett officiating. Arrangements and cremation were entrusted to Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

The Waldron News
25 May 2011

Donnie Ray Isom, 58, of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life Sunday, May 22, 2011 at his home. Donnie was born July 28, 1952 in Heavener, Oklahoma to the late Paul Bird Isom and Eva Sue (Simpson) Isom. Donnie is survived by two daughters, Misty Boyd of Boles, Arkansas, Anita Franklin of Booneville, Arkansas; one son, Ronnie Allen Isom of Arkansas; three grandchildren, Hope and Faith Boyd, and Alexis Franklin. He is also survived by two sisters, Carolyn Naylor of Heavener, Oklahoma, Mary Jett of Waldron, Arkansas; and one brother, Doug Isom of Waldron, ARkansas. Donnie is preceded in death in addition to his parents by one son, Paul Isom, and one brother, Eddie Isom. Donnie's memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rickey Hunt and Rev. Pay Ray Biggs officiating. Interment will follow in the Hawkins Cemetery. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral HOme & Crematory in Waldron, Arkansas.

Scott County Times
16 February 2005

Eddie Ison, Sr., 54, of Magazine, Arkansas died Sunday, February 13, 2005 in his home. He was a production worker at DPM at Booneville, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Eva Ison. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at Waldron Pentecostal Church of God with burial at Hawkins Cemetery in Parks, Arkansas under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife, Mary of the home; four sons, Kevin of Waldron, Phillip of Conway, Arkansas, Michael and Dennis both of Booneville, Arkansas; two step-sons, Kenton of Paris, Arkansas and Seth of the home; two sisters, Carolyn Naylor of Hodgens, Oklahoma and Mary Jett of Waldron, Arkansas; two brothers, Doug and Donnie, both of Waldron; six grandchildren. Pallbearers will be G.A. Griffith, Brad Jett, Chad Isom, Pepper Mitchell, Mike Yandell and Eddie Ray Cope.

Scott County Times
19 November 2003

Waldron--Funeral services for Eva Sue Ison, 73, of Waldron were held Thursday, November 13, 2003 at 10 am at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron. Burial followd at Hawkins Cemetery near Parks under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron. Mrs. Ison died Monday, November 10, 2003 in a Fort Smith hosital. She was retired from Tyson Foods, attended Pleasant Grove #3 Baptist Church and was the widow of Paul Ison. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jett of Waldron and Carolyn Naylor of Heavener; three sons, Eddie Ison of Magazine and Doug Ison and Don Ison both of Waldron; three sisters, Syble Hunt of Waldron, Lillie Irons of Mt. Pine and Margie McElhanay of Oklahoma City; fifteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Kevin Ison, Matt Ison, Chad Ison, Brad Jett, Shawn Jett and Mike Yandell. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Ison, Nicholas Ison and Steven Vongphakdy.

The Waldron News
7 June 2006

Violet Sylvia Ison, age 82, of Waldron, Arkansas departed this life Thursday, May 25, 2006. Violet was born July 7, 1923 in Waldron, Arkansas to the late Bert and Addie Vines. She married her sweetheart, Claud Ison on March 8, 1941. She worked as a cook at the Mid-Way Park Restaurant in Y-City for 29 years, and was employed at the Scott County Senior Citizen Center in Waldron at the time of her death. She enjoyed reading, gardening and visiting with family and friends. She attended the Freewill Baptist Church in Waldron. She was preceded in death by her husband of 18 years, Claud Ison; sisters, Virgie Frost and Iva Sizemore, and brother Jesse Lee Vines. She will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched. She leaves three loving children, daughter, Robert Davis and her husband Bennie of Needmore; son, Preston Ison and wife Carrol of Greenwood, and daughter, Brenda Lee of Fort Smith. Surviving siblings include brothers, L.D. Vines of Mansfield and Bird Vines of Y-City, and sisters, Alma Rose and Lillie Mae Windham of Waldron, Veda Pullen of Oxnard, CA and Arria Stroud of Fort Smith. She is survived by three grandchildren, Russell Davis of Needmore, Rick Davis and his wife Linda of Needmore, and Amanda Osborne and husband Bobby of Fort Smith. Her four surviving great-grandchildren include Trista Davis of Waldron, Ryan and Erica Davis of Needmore and Kailee Osborne of Fort Smith. Pallbearers were Ronnie Simpkins, Leon Windham, Russell Davis, Ricky Davis, Bobby Osborne and Randy Vines. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Waldron Freewill Baptist Church with burial at Hawkins Cemetery under the direction of Martin Funeral Home with Reverend Mike Galinato officiating.

Scott County Times
24 August 2005

Jim "Old Timer" Ivy, age 89, of Waldron died Friday, August 19, 2005 in a Ft. Smith hospital. He was a retired Major and Lt. Col. Reserves in the U.S. Army, local radio and tv personality, a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion. He is survived by his wife, O.J. Ivy of the home; four daughters, Karin Myers of Stafford, Virginia, Susan Clark of Lawton, Oklahoma, Mary Pritchard of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Kelly Hammond of Fort Smith, Arkansas; two sons, Jim Ivy of Waldron, Arkansas and John Ivy of the home; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Graveside services were held at 4:00 pm Monday, August 22, 2005 at Square Rock Cemetery at Waldron under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron.

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