SCOTT COUNTY ARKANSAS
OBITUARIES, 1998 to 2017
SURNAME "O"

The Waldron News
9 January 2013
JACK ODEAN OAKES

Jack Odean Oakes, 85, of Rogers, AR formerly from Waldron, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 28, 2012. He had been admitted to Northwest Hospital in Bentonville, Arkansas where he later departed due to heart and lung complications. Jack was born March 3, 1927 in Cauthron (Morgan Springs) AR to William Ragon and Verna Vise-Oakes. He had two siblings, Ronald Lee Oakes of Rancho Cordova, California and Patricia Ann Sampson of Waldron. Jack attended schools in both Los Angeles, California at John H. Francis Polytechnic High School and later attended and graduated from Waldron High School. Jack met and married the love of his life Thelma Louise Hunt on December 31, 1971. Jack was a retired Merchant Seaman, truck driver, security guard, school bus driver, and farmer. He loved to talk about his times traveling the world as a Merchant Seaman. During his maritime service he circumnavigated the world twice and visited nearly every major port of call in the world. He loved to tell of his travels and discoveries from these distant lands. Jack entered into the maritime service just before the end of World War II during the liberation of the Philippines. Jack took part in providing supplies to include oil for the war effort in the Pacific Theatre. He would later receive veteran status for his contributions in World War II. Jack was later drafted into military service as a private first class in the Korean War where he served in the 1st Cavalry Division and was the main gunner on a half track. Jack's hobbies included being with his family and friends, fishing, and his love of reading and traveling. Jack is preceded in death by his mother, Verna; father, Ragon; brother Ron; and his sister Pat. Jack is survived by his wife, Louise of Rogers, Arkansas; a step-son, Ronald Joe Isenhower and his wife Monika of Fayetteville, AR; Michael Ragon Oakes of Rogers and Bryan Dean Oakes of Fayetteville. He had six grandchildren: Cassandra Jo Isenhower, Julie Amanda Isenhower, Jessica Nicole Isenhower, Kyle Austin Oakes, Ryan Jackson Oakes and Hannah Renee Oakes and three nephews and one niece and many beloved cousins. Jack's life celebration service was held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2012 at the Cauthron Methodist Church with Reverend Jack Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Kirk Cemetery in Cauthron, Arkansas with military honors. Arrangements were entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Waldron, Arkansas. Jack's visitation was held on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home where his family received friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Jack often remarked about how fortunate he was to have lived in the times that he did and to be able to look back over his life and see the amount and the rate of change that occurred and he did feel most fortunate to be able to live to see those advancements.

Scott County Times
14 July 2004
SAMUEL OAKES

Waldron--Samuel Nuell Oakes, 56, passed away July 1, 2004 in Austin, Texas. he was an employee of the United States Postal Service. Funeral services for Mr. Oakes were held Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at Martin Funeral Home Chapel. Sam Oakes was born September 8, 1947 in Hope, Arkansas. He graduated from high school in Cohoma, Texas and received a bachelors degree from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. He was employed by Texas A & M University prior to his employment with the Postal Service. He was an army veteran who served in Vietnam where he was awarded a Bronze Star. His hobbies included photography, antiques and participating with a host of talented friends playing bluegrass music. He was preceded in death by a brother, David Oakes, and by a sister, Sarah Elaine Turner. He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Gwen Oakes of Waldron, niece, Kimberly Avila and her husband Edward and their children Sarah, Caleb and Jacob of New Albany, Indiana, as well as a host of relatives and friends.

The Waldron News
6 April 2016
SAMUEL GERALD OAKES

Samuel Gerald Oakes passed away in Pencil Bluff, AR on March 28, 2016 and entered into his heavenly home joining his wife, Gwen. He was born in Cauthron, AR to the late Clifton Oakes and Esther (Parks) Oakes. Mr. Oakes was stationed in Italy with his twin brother Harold working on B52's during WWII and was awarded 3 Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal. He then attended the University of Arkansas and met the love of his life, Gwen McMahen, and married her on December 21, 1946. Upon completing his degree, he dedicated his life to vocational education for 38 years. During his teaching career, he received the Texas State Ag Teacher of the Year Award. After retiring, he returned to Scott County and was involved in numerous community organizations. Mr. Oakes served on the Scott County Quorum Court, was a member of the Masonic Lodge #132, and served as President of the Scott County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Mr. Oakes was passionate and instrumental in securing rural water to communities in Scott County. He understood the significance of the "living waters;" not only from a pragmatic approach, but also a spiritual one. He loved his Savior Jesus Christ and lived the parable of the Good Samaritan by being a good neighbor to all. Mr. Oakes leaves behind to cherish his memory, granddaughter Kim Avila and husband Edward, great grandchildren Sarah, Caleb and Jacob and great great granddaughter Ellie all of Waldron, AR; his brother Cliff Oakes and wife Velma of Etna, CA, and a host of nieces and nephews. During his final months of life, he was greatly and lovingly cared for by his caregivers, Jim & Lisa Bradley of Maguire Lane Living. Mr. Oakes was preceded in death by his parents, three children, Sam Oakes, Sarah Turner, infant child David Oakes; two brothers and two sisters. A memorial service to celebrate Gerald's life was held Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Martin Funeral Home Chapel, Waldron, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Scott County Boys & Girls Club, P.O. Box 1013, Waldron, AR 72958.

The Waldron News
25 February 2015
SARAH GWENDOLYN McMAHEN OAKES

Sarah Gwendolyn (McMahen) Oakes passed from her earthly home in Waldron, AR to her heavenly home on February 18, 2015. She was born in Magnolia, Arkansas on July 2, 1928 to the late George McMahen and the late Sarah Ellen (Talley) McMahen. She was united in marriage to Gerald Oakes on December 21, 1946. She was a lifelong learner and educator, retiring from both Texas and Arkansas. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Garden Club, Extension Homemakers, and enjoyed playing Bridge. She will be remembered for her love of cooking and delicious meals. Gwen was a loving wife, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Mrs. Oakes leaves behind to cherish her memories husband Gerald Oakes, granddaughter Kim Avila and husband Edward, great grandchildren: Sarah Moudy and husband Dakota, Caleb Avila, Jacob Avila and one great-great granddaughter Ellie Moudy all of Waldron, AR. She also has one sister, Faye Palmer and husband Ret. Col. Art Palmer of Fort Worth, TX, and a host of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Oakes was preceded in death by her parents, three children, Sam Oakes, Sarah Turner, infant child David Oakes, four brothers and 4 sisters. A memorial service to celebrate Gwen's life was held Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to the Scott County Boys & Girls Club, P.O. Box 1013, Waldron, AR 72958.

Scott County Times
19 March 2003
ALEEN O'BRYANT

Aleen O'Bryant, 85, of Gravelly, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville. She was born in Gravelly on November 20, 1917 to the late Warren and Maggie Elizabeth Price Robinson. She was a graduate of Baptist State Teachers College in Conway and had operated O'Bryants Grocery in Gravelly since 1966. She was a member of the Gravelly Methodist Church and a member of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pat O'Bryant, and a brother, Price Robinson. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Diana O'Bryant of Gravelly, Arkansas; a daughter and son-in-law, Betty Ann O'Bryant and Gary Harshbarger of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; five grandsons; four great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 15, 2003 at 10:00 am at the Gravelly Methodist Church with Eastern Star Rites. Reverend Royce Savage officiated. Burial followed at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Gravelly. Arrangements were under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, Arkansas.

The Waldron News
14 April 1999
DELLA O'DONNELL

Della O'Donell, 92, of Y-City, died Monday, April 5, 1999 in her home. She was born in Swinsford, Mayo County, Ireland. She was a homemaker and attended the St. Jude Catholic Church in Waldron. A rosary service was at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7 at the funeral home. Funeral service was at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 in St. Jude Catholic Church with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove, Ill. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and John Heinen of Y-City; several nieces and nephews; one grandchild, Chris Heinen of Dardanelle; one great-grandchild, Kirstie Heinen. Martin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Scott County Times
25 May 2005
WILLIAM O'DONNELL

William Edward O'Donnell, age 84 of Mansfield, Arkansas died Thursday, May 19, 2005 in his home. He was a retired general contractor for Rockwell and a Marine veteran of WWII. He is survived by his wife, Helen of the home; four daughters, Pamela Mastreanando of Las Vegas, Nevada, Patricia O'Donnell of Victorville, California, Julie Weber of Fountain Valley, California and Cheryl O'Donnell of Huntington Beach, California; one step daughter, Barbara Hager of Aloha, Oregon; two sons, William E. O'Donnell, Jr. of Fountain Valley, California and Scott O'Donnell of New York; three step sons, Roger Stevens of Middleburg, Florida, Michael Stevens of Rhoadesville, California and John Stevens of Braverton, Oregon; one sister, Shirley Ross of Southbury, Connecticut; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. The body was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Mansfield.

Scott County Times
7 April 2004
LILLIE OGDEN

Gravelly--Lillie Mae Ogden, age 88 of Gravelly, died Saturday, April 3, 2004 at the Yell County Nursing Home in Ola. She was born February 28, 1916 in Gravelly, Arkansas to the late Warren and Eva (Taylor) Lofland. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Gravelly. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Ogden, 2 brothers, John Lofland, Joe Lofland, 3 sisters, Joyce Rhoades, Abbie Jones and Lois Southard. She is survived by a sister, Eva Poindexter of Midwest City, Oklahoma; several nephews, nieces and cousins. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 6, 2004 2:00 pm at the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with Rev. Charley Jones officiating. Interment was held at Young Gravelly Cemetery.

Scott County Times
1 September 2004
SHARON O'KEEFE

Sharon O'Keefe, 58, of Waldron, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2004 in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Timmothy J. O'Keefe, Sr. of the home; three sons, Timothy J. O'Keefe, Jr. of Heavener, Oklahoma, Thomas O'Keefe of Waldron, Arkansas and Tony O'Keefe of Waldron, Arkansas; two sisters, Gweneth Crocker of Waldron, Arkansas and Lynnette Murphy of Clearlake, California; and one grandson, Michael O'Keefe.

Scott County Times
4 January 2006
DORIS OLDAKER

Doris Jane Oldaker, age 65, of Waldron died December 23, 2005 in a hospital. She was a member of the Bates Assembly of God. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Oldaker of the home; two sons, Clyde Lee, Jr. of Poteau, Oklahoma, Clifton Oldaker of Bates; parents, Julius and Martha Pepper of Bates; four grandchildren, Robbie, Devin, Royce and Alisa. Funeral service was held at 10:00 am Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at Bates Assembly of God with burial at Kirk Cemetery in Cauthron under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron. Serving as pallbearers were Mike Nix, Terry Nix, Rod Nix, Larry Underwood, Bob Stafford and Gary Pottridge.

The Waldron News
18 March 2009
BILLY RAY OLDHAM
June 12, 1939 - March 10, 2009

Billy Ray Oldham, 69, of Mulberry, Arkansas died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 in a local hospital. He attended the Solid Rock Tabernackle Church in Alma and was a retired route salesman for Pepsi Cola after 30 years of service. He was born June 12, 1939 in Hon, Arkansas to the late Kellow and Jewell Plummer Oldham. Funeral servie was 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at Ocker Chapel of Alma with burial at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at a later date under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife, Greta Oldham of the home; one daughter Terri Martin of Fort Smith, AR; Danny Ray Oldham of McKinney, TX; one sister, Myrna Jankowski of Dayton, AR; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Brent Ellison, Gene Jones, Jim Taylor, Bob Campbell, Larry Newman and Don Owsley.

Scott County Times
17 October 2001
ADA OLIVER

Ada Oliver, 74, of Waldron died Tuesday, October 9, 2001 in a Little Rock hospital. She was a Baptist and a retired factory worker. She was preceded in death by one sister, Zadie Dedmon and two brothers, Carroll Wagner and Walter Wagner. Funeral services were at 2 pm Friday, October 12, 2001 at the Martin Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Lamb Cemetery in Waldron. She is survived by one daughter, Betty Sherrill of Waldron; one step-son, Mark Oliver of Waldron; three sisters, Florence Walker, Madie Plum and Etta Vaughn all of Waldron; one brother, James Wagner of Waldron; 2 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

The Waldron News
7 April 2010
ANN OLIVER

Ann Oliver of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life Thursday, April 1, 2010 in a Waldron nursing home. Ann was born June 29, 1925 in Las Vegas, New Mexico the daughter of the late Reverend John and Mrs. Myrtle Evans. She was a former treasurer of the City of Waldron and retired from a secretarial career with ARVAC and several county judges. She was a member of the Haw Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth H. Oliver; her brothers Leon, Leo and LaMoine Evans; and her sister Nada Currier. Ann is survived by two sons, Ken Oliver of Dallas, Texas, John Oliver of Germantown, Tennessee; a daughter, Sitzes of Hope, Arkansas; two grandchildren, April Brown of San Antonio, Texas and John Sitzes of Hope, Arkansas; and her brother, John Evans of Waldron, Arkansas. Ann's funeral service was Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Elmore officiating. Interment followed in the Duncan Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements were entrusted to Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory. Pallbearers were John J. Evans, Bill Evans, Ric Evans, Bud Sims, Mac Lee and Brent Keener. Memorials to Ann may be sent to the American Cancer Society Research Fund, 901 North University, Little Rock, Arkansas 72207.

The Waldron News
15 December 1999
CURTIS LEE OLIVER

Curtis Lee Oliver, 87, of Waldron, Arkansas, died Friday, December 10, 1999 in a Cleveland, Oklahoma hospital. He was retired from the State Highway Department and a Baptist. Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 13 with burial at Duncan Cemetery in Waldron under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron, AR. He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Charlette and Alan Johnson of Jennings, OK; four grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.

The Waldron News
3 December 2014
DONALD GENE OLIVER

Donald Gene Oliver, also known as "Tall Boy," of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, November 23, 2014 in Waldron, Arkansas surrounded by his loving family. Donald was born March 13, 1935 to Eugene Oliver and Ethel (Essman) Oliver in the area of Lake Hinkle, Arkansas. Donald was 79 years, 8 months and 10 days old. Donald was a member of the Unity Church near Waldron, Arkansas. Donald was a rancher and a logger. He was a member of the Scott County Wolf Hunters. Donald was an avid hunter. With that being siad, Donald mostly enjoyed the time each day that he would go and tend to his cows. Being a farmer is hard work but Donald never complained because he loved the peace and tranquility that came from being on the farm. Donald especially loved when his grandchildren would come and they could play outside. Donald has passed down his legacy of hard work and dedication to his grandchildren. He treasured those precious moments that he could be with each of those grands and share just a little piece of time and make everlasting memories. Donald leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife Shirley of the home, one daughter, Donna Latimer and husband David of Morrilton, Arkansas, three sons, Michael Oliver and wife Regina of Waldron, Arkansas, Alan Oliver of Waldron, Arkansas and Philip Oliver and wife Jenna of Mountainburg, Arkansas. Poppa will forever remain in the hearts of his grandchildren: Aaron Oliver, Tyler Oliver and wife Ashley, D.J. Latimer and Jamie McReynolds, Ryan Gardner, Gabriel Brand and Kirbe Brand and great grandchildren: Keyton, Jacey, Jolie and Jackson. Donald is also survived by one sister, Essa Faye Hawke and husband Tommy. Donald will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives were impacted by him, including cousins, nieces, nephews, many friends and loved ones. Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Ethel Oliver, one sister, Katherine Graham and one brother, Harlon Oliver. Donald's life celebration was at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Donald Fittin officiating. Interment followed in the Sehorn Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. Donald's pallbearers were Michael Oliver, Aaron Oliver, Tyler Oliver, Philip Oliver, D.J. Latimer and David Latimer. Honorary pallbearer was Alan Oliver. Donald' visitation was Wednesday, November 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

The Waldron News
30 December 1998
ELSIE LEE OLIVER

Elsie Lee Oliver, 80, of Waldron died Dec. 22, in Cleveland, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. Funeral Service was from 2 p.m. Dec.26, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron with burial at Duncan cemetery in Waldron under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron. She was survived by her husband Curtis of the home; one daughter, Charlett Johnson of Jennings, Oklahoma; four grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. There was no viewing.

The Waldron News
26 September 2001
LILLIAN J. OLIVER

Lillian J. Oliver, 85, of Fort Smith, Arkansas died Friday, September 21, 2001 in her home. She was a homemaker, a member of Temple Baptist Church and T.O.P.S. AR #5. Funeral service was at 1:30 p.m. Monday,September 24, 2001at Putman Funeral Home Chapel with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, AR under the direction of Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith, AR. She is survived by one daughter, Sondra McGinnis of Fort Smith, AR; one son, Stephen Ray Oliver of Overland Park, KS; one sister, Robbie Roberds of Fort Smith, AR; three grandchildren, Randy McGinnis, Mark McGinnis and John McGinnis all of Fort Smith, AR; and seven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Randy McGinnis, Mark McGinnis, John McGinnis, Kevin Gravett, Jerry Graham and Jim Wright. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Baptist Church, 5100 South 31st, Fort Smith, AR or the charity of your choice.

The Waldron News
11 July 2007
MABLE ERNESTINE OLIVER

Mable Ernestine Oliver, still full of life, love and laughter until her last few days on this earth, went to be with her Heavenly Father Wednesday, on Independence Day, July 4th, 2007 at the wonderful age of 93. Mable was a beloved lifetime member of Waldron's First Church of the Nazarene, and committed her life to the Lord in 1937. Mable owned and operated the hometown landmark business, Oliver's Jewelry Store on Main Street in Waldron for over 60 years of her life. She was most known for her joyful smile and the devoted love she had for her church and her family. Mable is preceded in death by her husband, R.G. Oliver; two sons, Harold Dean Oliver and Billy Lee Oliver; and one great-granddaughter, Katelyn Mackenzi Dewitt. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Milo Hughes; one son and daughter-in-law, Glen Dale and Betty Oliver, all of Waldron. Mable leaves behind nine granddaughters, Arlene English, Debbie Lott, Cindy Oliver, Janet Drye, Heather Hale, Jada Settle, Jaime Smith, Bridget Oliver and Brooke Oliver; three grandsons, Keith Oliver, Russell Hughes and Zack Oliver; 16 great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless loved ones. Honorary pallbearers were Woody English, Todd Hunsucker, Bill Bates and Eric Smith. Pallbearers were Russell Hale, Wesley English, Justin English, Russell Hughes, Travis Moore and Charlie Settle. Funeral service was Friday, July 6, 2007 at the Waldron Church of the Nazarene with interment at the Duncan Cemetery under the direction of the Martin Funeral Home.

The Waldron News
23 July 2008
ROBERT EARL OLIVER

Robert Earl Oliver, 51, of Waldron, Arkansas passed away Saturday, July 12, 2008 in a Waldron hospital. He was a truck driver. He is survived by his mother June and husband Jim Haas; his father Winford and wife Betty of Fort Smith, Arkansas; his wife Doris of the home; two children Nathan Oliver and wife Amanda of Russellville, Arkansas, April and husband Aaron Morris of Greenwood, Arkansas; two granddaughters, McKenzie and Cadance Morris; one brother Jimmy Haas of Fort Smith, Arkansas; mother and father-in-law Jim and Velma Barker of Boles, Arkansas; one aunt Jackie Speaks of Waldron, Arkansas. He is preceded in death by his wife Chris of 13 years; his maternal grandparents Dorothy and Earl Herrin and paternal grandparents John and Emma Oliver; a granddaughter Andie Lynn Oliver and a special cusin Michelle Speaks. Graveside Service was 2:00 pm Thursday, July 17, 2008 at Cedar Creek Cemetery with interment at Cedar Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jimmy Haas, Aaron Morris, Mitchell Rose, Mark Wagner, Ricky Speaks and Nathan Oliver.

The Waldron News
17 June 1998
RUSSELL G. OLIVER, JR.

Russell G. Oliver, Jr., 82, of Fort Smith, died June 10, 1998 in a local hospital. He was a retired electrician, a member of Temple Baptist Church, and a veteran of World War II serving in the Army. He was a member of the VFW. Funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 1998 in Putman Funeral Home Chapel with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. Survivors include his wife, Lillian, of the home; one daughter, Sondra McGinnis, of Fort Smith; one son, Stephan R. Oliver, of Overland Park, Kansas; two sisters: Bonnie Devlin, of Ozark, and Juanita Kinney, of San Leandro, California; four grandchildren: Heather Gravett, Randy McGinnis, Mark McGinnis and John McGinnis; four great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Randy McGinnis, Mark McGinnis, John McGinnis, Kevin Gravett, Jerry Graham and Ronny Graham. Putman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The Waldron News
25 September 2013
MARY "JANE" ELIZABETH (HAMILTON) OLLER

Mary "Jane" Elizabeth (Hamilton) Oller, 91, of Barling, Arkansas formerly of Waldron, Arkansas passed away on Friday, September 20, 2013 in a Fort Smith hospital. Jane was born April 4, 1922 in Waldron, Arkansas to the late Frank and Daisy (Poe) Hamilton. She is survived by 2 nieces: Suzie Pritchett, Mary Melvey and one nephew Ernie Pritchett all of Van Buren, Arkansas. She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister Luella (Hamilton) Pritchett. Graveside funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Duncan Cemetery with burial to follow under the direction of Martin Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

The Waldron News
12 March 2008
GRACE F. O'NALE

Arlington--Grace F. O'Nale, age 97 years, passed away Saturday. Funeral service was 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 2020 S. Collins, Arlington, with Rev. Mary Fortner officiating. Burial, Monroe Cemetery, Harvey, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 2020 S. Collins Ave., Arlington, TX 76010 or a charity of choice. Grace was born March 2, 1911 to Edgar and Stella Von Boeckman in Geronimo, Texas. A native Texan, Mom was raised in Seguin where her father was the first auto dealer in Seguin, and a city alderman. She married the love of her life, Harold O'Nale in San Antonio on June 6, 1936. Daddy preceded Mom on April 23, 1994. A devout Methodist, she was always very active in the Bruni United Methodist Church in Bruni, where they resided for 48 years. When they retired in Waldron, Arkansas (Daddy's home town) she became active in the Waldron United Methodist Church. When she moved to Arlington after Daddy died, she continued her church involvement with the Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, being named Church Woman of the Year in 2005. She held every UMW office as well as working in vacation bible school, teaching Sunday School. She was also always invoved in PTA and was a room mother every year we were in school. Quite the dancer, Mom won several Chrleston dance contests when she was a young woman. She was always proud of her whole name. In German tradition, she was named after many family members, becoming Gracie, Clementina, Francesca, Whilamena Von Boeckman O'Nale. A graduate of Main Avenue High School in San Antonio, Mom went to Marinello Beauty College in Dallas when she was 48 years old and owned her own beauty salon for many years in Bruni prior to retirement in Arkansas. Also preceding her in death are both parents, her brother, Joe Von Boeckman, sister, Judy Von Boeckman Tucker, son-in-law, Blane Masters, very loved brothers-in-law, Robert H. O'Nale, Wallace O'Nale, sisters-in-law, Ruby O'Nale, Muriel O'Nale McCraw, Louise O'Nale Anderson and Muriel (Peggy) O'Nale. "Amazing Grace" became the matriarch of the O'Nale clan. Grace is survived by son, Robert C. O'Nale and wife Paula of Carrollton; daughter Peggy O'Nale Masters of Arlington; 6 granddaughters, Kelly Masters Kaimana of Arlington, Kuni Grace Masters of Plano, Patty Jones of Jackson, Miss., Lisa Box of Durant, Ms. Robbie Williams and Jennifer Dove of Tomball; 9 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. She was most adored by Peggy's girls as Kelly's "My Grandma" and Kimi's "Grandmama." To Robert's girls she was "Mawmaw." Also survived by brother-in-law, John P. O'Nale of Beebe, Arkansas and sister-in-law, Maryann O'Nale of Jacksonville, Florida, and numberous nieces and nephews. Always the lady, "Amazing Grace" was loved by many and always respected. She'll be loved always, missed terribly but is now dancing the night away in heaven with Daddy.

The Waldron News
3 March 2010
COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR (RET.) JOHN P. O'NALE

Command Sergeant Major (ret.) John P. O'Nale of Beebe died 24 Feb. 2010. He was born 28 March 1923 in Harvey, Arkansas to the late Nick and Ina O'Nale. He was a veteran of World War II and Korea, serving with the 3rd Armored Division, participating in combat action in Northern France, the Rhineland, Central Europe and the Ardennes, during the Battle of the Bulge. His decorations included the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation medal, the Army Good Conduct medal, the American Defense medal, the American Campaign medal, the European/African/Middle East medal, the World War II Victory medal, the Korean Service medal and the United Nations Service medal. In his civilian life, he worked as a revenue auditor for the Arkansas Forrestry Commission and was the former Director of the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Division. Indulging his passion for both Arkansas and history, he was actively involved with the Scott County Historical Society, which led him to author several books about Arkansas and Scott County. He was preceded in death by his wife Muriel Margaret "Peggy" O'Nale. He is survived by his children Colleen Haney of Binghamton, NY; Kathleen O'Nale of Tarpon Springs, FL; Maureen and Richard Dennis of Vilonia, AR; Eileen O'Nale of Nashville, TN; Eugene and Barbara O'Nale of Kapolei, HI; Sean and Cindy O'Nale of Beebe, AR; and Dean and Michelle O'Nale of Palm Harbor, FL, as well as a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends. In lieu of flowers, John would ask that you make a donation in his name to the National D-Day Museum, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. There will be a private memorial service on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, followed by interment at the family cemetery in Harvey, Arkansas. Submitted by Martin Funeral Homes, Inc., Waldron.

The Waldron News
29 March 2017
MARYANNE HOLMES O'NALE

Maryanne Holmes O'Nale passed away on March 18, 2017 due to complications arising from cancer. She was 86 years old. Maryanne was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, August 1, 1930, one of seven children born of Noah Dortch and Mary Ella Hamlin Holmes. After graduating from Pine Bluff High School, she moved to Gulfport, Mississippi where she met and married her husband of 45 years, William W. O'Nale, Sr. Together, they moved to Jacksonville, Florida where they raised two sons, William W. O'Nale, Jr. and Bryan H. O'Nale. Maryanne had a deep and abiding love for her family and she prided herself on her culinary and homemaking skills. She was an accomplished tennis player and volunteer at local hospitals, always seeking to help others. When physically able, she attended First Baptist Church. She is survived by her two sons and grandchildren Lindsay Ann O'Nale-Barrington, William W. O'Nal, III and Ashley O'Nale, her great grandson William Barrington, and her brothers and sisters-in-law Robert Holmes of Arlington, Texas, Jimmy and Luann Holmes of Tampa, Florida and Ruth Holmes of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Her husband, one sister (Julia Belle) and three brothers, Noah Dortch, Jr., Walter Gray and Billy Hamlin predeceased her. She will be buried next to her husband in the O'Nale family plot located at the Monroe Cemetery in Harvey, Arkansas. A service in Arkansas will be set at a later date.

The Waldron News
26 August 1998
WILLIAM WALLACE O'NALE

William Wallace O'Nale, Sr. died February 2, 1998 at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, FIorida, after a long bout with cancer. Wallace was born July 27, 1929 to Nick and Ina O'Nale in Harvey, Arkansas. He graduated Waldron High School in 1948 and attended Arkansas State Teachers College and S.E. Oklahoma A&M, then enlisted in the Air Force. He assumed the duties of General Agent for the John Hancock Life Insurance Co. in 1964 and retired in 1991. Wallace was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert Wayne (his twin), Harold and Robert Harry; sisters: Louise and Muriel. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Maryanne; his sons and daughters-in-law: William W. O'Nale, Jr. and Ann and Bryan H. O'Nale and Joy; his grandchildren Michelle, Lindsay, Ashley and William III; one brother, John Paul, of Beebe, Arkansas; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law: Grace and Ruby. A service will be held at the family burial plot in Monroe Cemetery, September 5, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. for friends and family.

The Waldron News
24 May 2006
DELTA "PEGGY" (DAVIS) O'NEIL

Delta "Peggy" Davis O'Neil, 89, wife of the late Ralph W. O'Neil of Norristown, died Friday in E. Norriton Twp. She was a former resident of Lower Providence Twp. Mrs. O'Neil was born on October 6, 1916 in Waldron, Arkansas. She was the daughter of the late Claude and Ruth (Chambers) Davis. She was a former seamstress at Collegeville Flag & Mfg. Co. She is survived by three daughters, Trudy Zimmerman of Lower Providence, Shirley Beamer of Hanover, and Eva O'Neil of Lower Gwynedd; one son, Ralph C. O'Neil of Lower Providence; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; cousins, JoAnn Jones and Helen Fay Taff of Waldron, AR and Dorothy Mae Frizzel of Heavener, OK; nieces and nephews, Linda Goodner of Waldron, AR, Donna Judy of Harrison and Jerry Davis of Texas. She was preceded in death by her brother, Dick Davis and his wife, Alvanue. A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Riverside Cemetery in Norriton with Rev. Ernest E. Mascho officiating. Arrangements are by the Holcomb Funeral Home.

The Waldron News
17 March 2010
ROBERTA JONES ORMSBY

Juneau resident Roberta Jones Ormsby also known as Bert passed away on February 23, 2010 in Harborview Medical Center at the age of 77. She was the seventh child born to Samuel Thomas Jones and Emma Mae Thornton Jones in Nolan, Arkansas December 20, 1932. After attending Bush Valley High School Roberta moved to Tracy, California in 1951 where she met Thomas Willard Ormsby at the Giant Orange Cafe where she worked as a waitress. They were married in Tracy February 1952 and resided in Tracy until they moved to Moses Lake, Washington in 1975. They were divorced in 1978. She resided in Moses Lake working as a waitress at TJ's Pantry until the early 90's and then moved to Juneau, Alaska in 2005. Her hobbies included a good joke, gardening, sewing, cooking, water skiing in her younger years, watching or reading a good mystery. Here in Juneau she loved going on whale watching tours during the summer. She stated many times that she wished she had moved to Alaska when she was younger so she could have experienced more of Alaska. Roberta attended Auke Bay Bible Church where she gave her life to Christ in February 2007. She is preceded in death by her father and mother; brothers Troy, Leonard, Winford, Bill, Sam, Wendell and Clay; sisters Pauline and Colleen. She is survived by her sister Willeen Hutchens living in Waldron, Arkansas; daughter Victoria Ormsby living in Spokane, Washington; son Marc Ormsby and his wife Jesie living in Juneau, Alaska, and her other son Steve Ormsby and his wife Mary living in Moses Lake, Washington; two grandsons Dustin and James and one granddaughter Sophi. We will miss her sense of humor, pickle chunks, and many pies and jellies. A memorial service will be held at Jamison's, 605 East Nelson Rd., Moses Lake, Washington. There will be no memorial service held in Juneau.

The Waldron News
20 February 2008 & 27 February 2008
ROSAMOND OSBORN

Rosamond Osborn, 77, of Waldron, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2008 in a Waldron hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Life Church of Waldron. Funeral services were at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2008 at the New Life Center with interment at Duncan Cemetery under the direction of the Martin Funeral Home. She is survived by her two daughters, Debra Goolsby and Lynette Perez both of Waldron, Arkanas; two sons, Ernest Deaver of Fresno, CA and Marvin Deaver of Cottonwood, CA; 9 grandchildren, Anthony Goolsby, Ernest Deaver, Jr., Kristal Johnston, Jennifer Marshall, Christopher Deaver, Sarah Gouthro, Kathleen Deaver, Jimmy Fink, Jr. and Daniel Perez; 7 great grandchildren; two sisters, Hermalce Davis of Stockton, CA and Peggy Boles of Orange Cove, CA; and her friend and fiance Nester Hutchins of Waldron, Arkansas. She is preceded in death by her husband Royal Osborn, daughter Linda Solley and grandsons Kevin Goolsby and Adam Fink. Pallbearers were Homer Perez, Daniel Perez, Jason Gouthro, Lance Marshall, Zack Carter.

The Waldron News
15 September 2010
JAMES PAUL OSWALD

James Paul Oswald, 64, of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life Tuesday, September7, 2010 in a Fort Smith, Arkansas hospital. James was born June 23, 1946 in Chicago, IL to the late Edward Paul Oswald and Beatrice Kluczink. James is survived by three daughters, Tracy Justice and husband Charles of Waldron, Arkansas, Denise Davis and husband Danny of Waldron, Arkansas, Dawn Freeman of Waldron, Arkansas; three sons, Christian Oswald of Waldron, Arkansas, Paul Costanzo and wife Sheila of Massachusetts, Jimmy Oswald and wife Belenda of Waldron, Arkansas; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild; seven sisters, Carol Wenckus and husband Wally of IL, Marlene Suska and husband Lou of IL, Arlene Rusdel and husband John of CA, Sharon Sanchec and husband Rich of CA, Patty Sachs of WI, Debbie Elsinga and husband Bob of IL, Rosemary Rolnicki and husband Ray of IL, two brothers, Tom Oswald and wife Tena of AR, and Herbie Henfler and wife Annie of AR. James was preceded in death by three sisters, Judy Webber, Jeanette Hubbard and Gloria Jugger. James' memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 10, 2010 at the Heritage Memorial Chapel with Father Neil Pezzulo officiating. Arrangements are being entrusted to Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Waldron, Arkansas.

The Waldron News
21 March 2001
ESSIEMAE OVERSTREET

Essie Mae Overstreet, 86, of Arkoma, Oklahoma, died Sunday, March 18, 2001 in Pocola, OK. She was a retired department store sales clerk and a member of First Baptist Church in Arkoma, OK. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Overstreet and a son, Bob Overstreet. Funeral service was at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at First Baptist Church in Arkoma, OK with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Fort Smith, AR under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith, AR. She is survived by four daughters, Alva Harrald of Pocola, OK, June Freeman of Waldron, AR, Sue Shackleford of Pocola, OK and Kay Dye of Fort Smith, AR; one son, Charles Overstreet of Arkoma, OK; one sister, Erma Jewell Lovett of Arkoma, OK; one brother, Robert Holmes of Sherman, TX; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were her grandsons.

The Waldron News
22 March 2017
IRMA OVERTON

Irma Overton, 90, of Mansfield, Arkansas passed away March 13, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born August 24, 1926 in Vesta, Arkansas to the late Romeo and Lucy (Mathis) Boyd, moved to Mansfield at the age of seven and never left. Irma was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Arkansas Education Association, is a graduate of Mansfield High School and the Arkansas State Teachers College (now the University of Central Arkansas) and is a retired teacher from the Mansfield School District. Irma began her teaching career in the fall of 1944 after completing high school and attending two sessions of summer school at ASTC. She taught for nine years, teaching in the fall then attending summer school before stopping in 1953 to have her family. She resumed teaching in the fall of 1967 and remained in the classroom until her retirement. Irma was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Mansfield and was co-owner of Mansfield Plumbing and Heating. She is survived by her husband Earle Overton of the home, three children; Jerry Earle Overton of Conway, Arkansas, Irma Jane Mathias of Fayetteville, Arkansas, David Frank Overton of Fort Smith, Arkansas, seven grandchildren; Matthew Overton, Blake Overton, Julia Heien, Brittany Mathias, Molly Oshman, Andrew Overton, Sarah Overton, four great-grandchildren and by a host of nieces, nephews, friends and other family. She was preceded in death by her parents, six siblings; Romalee Strang, Arden Boyd, Pauline Holland, C.R. Boyd, Frank Boyd and Arthur Boyd. Visitation will be Thursday March 16, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Mansfield. Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday March 17, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Mansfield with burial to follow at Coop Prairie cemetery under the direction of Martin Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Neal Jones, Royce Jones, Mike Metcalf, Bill Stamps, Donnie Williams and Harold Rye. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Williams, Winston Nichols, Jack Turner, Dr. Lyndon Tate and Larry Phipps. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Mansfield.

Scott County Times
20 April 2005
JUANITA OVERTON

Juanita Katherine (Stroud) Overton, 78, of Waldron, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2005 in a Waldron nursing home. She was a homemaker and attended Waldron Pentecostal Church of God. Graveside services were held at 2:00 pm Saturday, April 16, 2005 followed with burial at Coop Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, Arkansas under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron, Arkansas. She is survived by one daughter, Alice Long of Waldron, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Ann Goff, Carl Long and Samantha Schlorff all of Waldron; six great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Michael Ping, Adam Sloniker, Robert Salmon, Carl Long, John Schlorff and Doice Preston. Honorary pallbearers were James Ping and Marshal Salmon.

Scott County Times
17 April 2002
BILLY OWENS

Billy L. Owens, 56, of Waldron died Sunday, April 14, 2002 near Waldron. He was an employee of Thermo Environmental Instruments in Waldron and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was also a Charter Member of the Waldron Golf Club and was of the Nazarene faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, W.L. (Red) Owens and Bettie Mae Owens as well as one sister, Sara Horn. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at the Church of the Nazarene in Waldron with burial at Union Hill Cemetery in Union Hill under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron. He is survived by his wife, Linda; one daughter, Kimberly Heifner of Waldron; one son, William Kyle Owens of Waldron; two sisters, Linda Forrest of Waldron and Barbie Slater of Fort Smith; two brothers, James Owens of Abbott, Arkansas and Myrtie Owens of Waldron; 3 grandchildren, Kelli Ann Pollard, Gregory Ryland Pollard and Eric Tyler Owens. Pallbearers will be Randy Solomon, Deanie Woodard, Gary Plummer, Reggie Owens, Robert May and Paul Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Hall, Clyde Audas and Dale Perry.

The Waldron News
5 December 2012
BOYD ALLEN OWENS

Boyd Allen Owens of Los Angeles, California, formerly of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life November 5, 2012 in Los Angeles. Boyd was born October 4, 1924 to John Owens and Myrtle Millard Owens. Boyd was 88 years, 1 month and 1 day old. Boyd was of the Baptist faith. Boyd was a maintenance man for an oil company for over 30 years. His passion was building stuff and working with his hands. He also enjoyed tinkering in the junk and going to swap meets. When time would afford him the opportunity, Boyd loved to go fishing. Boyd also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Boyd leaves behind to cherish his memory three sons: Ritchie "Pepper" Mitchell and wife Janice of Waldron, Arkansas, Gene Owens of California and Charlie Owens of Oregon. Boyd is also survived by two grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and one brother Jack Owens and wife Cora of Waldron, Arkansas. Boyd is preceded in death by his parents, John and Myrtle Owens, two brothers and two sisters. Boyd's graveside memorial service was at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in the Union Hill Cemetery in Union Hill, Arkansas. Arrangements and cremation were entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Waldron, Arkansas.

Scott County Times
21 November 2001
BUEL OWENS

Buel Albert Owens, age 88, of Copperas Cove, Texas passed away Monday, November 12, 2001 in Killen, Texas. Buel was a U.S. Navy CB's veteran, retired as a Fire Control Instrument Specialist, a member of Copperas Cove First Baptist Church and a member of VFW and DAV. Buel is survived by his wife Laverne Owens; two daughters, Jean McKinney of Sweet Home, Oregon, Pamela Tyler of Belton, Texas; two sons, George Owens of Bend, Oregon and Sam Owens of Copperas Cove, Texas; four sisters, Bernice Herrin of Victoria, Texas, Treva Leeper of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Claradean Willmes of Coulterville, California and Maxine Garvin of Wagoner, Oklahoma, nine grandchildren and seven great-grand- children. Funeral service was held Saturday, November 17, 2001 at Martin Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Duncan Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas under the direction of Martin Funeral Home.

The Waldron News
21 November 2012
DOROTHY JEAN OWENS

Dorothy Jean Owens of Blueball, Arkansas passed from this life Tuesday, November 13, 2012 in Blueball, Arkansas. Dorothy was born September 9, 1937 to Ben L. Hunt and Vera Isabelle (Wilkins) Hunt in Blueball, Arkansas. Dorothy was 75 years, 1 month and 20 days old. In 1954 Dorothy married the love of her life J.T. Owens. Together they lived and raised their family. Dorothy enjoyed gardening and raising chickens. But most of all, she loved her family and doing things for each of them. Dorothy leaves behind to cherish her memory, one daughter, Sherry Lampkin and husband Daryl of Russellville, Arkansas and one son Terry Owens and wife Karri of Waldron, Arkansas. "Old Granny" will also be forever remembered by grandsons Will Owens of Waldron, Arkansas and Jason Lampkin and wife Lauren of Russellville, Arkansas as well as three great grandchildren, Paris Bond, Madison Lampkin and Britley Lampkin. Dorothy is also survived by two brothers, Norman Hunt and wife Shirley and Loyd "Topsy" Hunt and wife Linda all of Waldron, Arkansas. Dorothy will be missed by all that knew her and the many whose lives were impacted by her including extended family members, friends and loved ones. Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband J.T. Owens and her parents, Ben and Isabelle Hunt. Dorothy's life celebration was 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2012 at the Mt. Moriah Church in Haletown, Arkansas with Rev. David Hines officiating. Interment followed in the Union Hill Cemetery near Blueball, Arkansas. Arrangements were entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Waldron, Arkansas. Dorothy's pallbearers were Lewis Horn, Shane Millard, Stacy Fowler, Doyle Dickens, Tim Defoor and Virgil Wilkins. Dorothy's visitation was Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas where the family received friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Waldron News
14 June 2006
FERN LEE OWENS

Fern Lee Owens, 74, of Paramount, California passed away Thursday, June 1, 2006 in Downey, California. She was a homemaker and a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2006 at the Martin Funeral Home Chapel with interment in the Union Hill Cemetery in Union Hill, Arkansas under the direction of the Martin Funeral Home. She is survived by her husband, Boyd Allen Owens of the home; one son, Pepper Mitchell of Waldron, AR; two step sons, Gene Owens of California and Charlie Owens of Oregon; one brother, Doug Webb of Fort Smith, AR; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Terry Owens, Adell Dickens, Doyle Dickens, Allen Dickens, Scott Phillips and Dean Dickens.

The Waldron News
16 April 2014
GLENDA SUE "TOOTSIE" (HUNT) OWENS

Glenda Sue "Tootsie" (Hunt) Owens of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Waldron, Arkansas surrounded by her loving family. Tootsie was born September 1, 1938 to Jake Hunt, Sr. and Mona (Dickens) Hunt in Dutch Creek, Arkansas. Tootsie was 75 years, 7 months and 12 days old. She was a member of the Waldron Pentecostal Church of God. In September 58 years ago, Tootsie married the love of her life, William Owens. They were each other's companion, friend and confidant. Together they raised two wonderful children and then they carried the precious title of "Grandparents." Tootsie loved to meet and visit with people. She enjoyed cooking and would whip something from the kitchen when she had the opportunity. Tootsie loved to shop and go to yard sales. She was always up for a fun trip to look for a bargain. Tootsie loved her family and being with them. Time spent with her family and memories made with each of them were precious to her heart. Tootsie leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 58 years, William of the home, one daughter, Vicki Watkins and husband Randy, one son, Ricky Owens and wife Debbie all of Waldron, Arkansas. Nana will forever be missed by her grandsons Shannon Rogers, Dustin Owens and Zac O'Hagen, and one great grandson, Dawson Owens. Tootsie will remain in the hearts of two sisters, Clara Woodall of Waldron, Mary Owens of Greenwood, Arkansas and one brother, Jake Hunt Jr. of Waldron, Arkansas. Tootsie will be missed by all that knew her and the many whose lives were impacted by her including her special friends Sybil Rodrick, Donna Metz and Erma Purcell as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and loved ones. Tootsie is preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Mona Hunt and one brother Eddie Hunt. Tootsie's life celebration was held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas. Interment followed in the Union Hill Cemetery in Union Hill, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. Tootsie's pallbearers were Deral Hunt, William Bates, Fred Pontello, Mike Owens, Matt Metz and Clay Woodall. Honorary pallbearer was Jessie Oldaker. A special thank you to Lindsey Wright for all your love and compassion and the wonderful care you showed for Tootsie. Tootsie's visitation was held Monday, April 14, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas where Tootsie's family received friends from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Scott County Times
19 May 2004
JASON ROBERT OWENS

Waldron--Funeral services for Jason Robert Owens, 32, of Waldron will be held Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 2 pm at Waldron Pentecostal Church of God. Burial will follow at Union Hill Cemetery under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron. Mr. Owens died Monday, May 17, 2004 in a Little Rock hospital. He was a timber worker and a member of the Scott County Bass Masters Club. Survivors include his wife, Connie; two daughters, Jasie and Alexa of the home; a son, Joshua of the home; his parents, Wanette Travis of Waldron and James and Carol Owens of Abbott; three sisters, Skyla Travis, Samantha Ashford and Rocky Travis all of Waldron; three brothers, Snoopy Shrum of Haletown, Tim Shrum of Abbott and Tater Shrum of Dayton. Pallbearers will be Bobby Ammons, Dusty Ammons, Tim Maxwell, Dale Tanner, Bill Paul Brown and Mark Ashford. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Shores, Kyle Owens, Chad Owens, Snoopy Shrum, Bruce Tanner, Bill Bethel, Josh Owens and Sam Slater.

Scott County Times
26 October 2005
JAY OWENS

Jay Owens of Greenwood, Arkansas died October 17, 2005 in Ft. Smith. He was 72 years old, a Master Mason with Lodge #503, Jenny Lind. He attended Jenny Lind Freewill Baptist Church and retired as a mechanic with Riggs Tractor. He is survived by his wife, Mary Owens of the home; one daughter, Marsha Cossey and her husband Charles Cossey; one son, Mike "Buck" Owens; one sister, Tyke and her husband Ray Wilkins of Greenwood and one grandson, Shawn Cossey. Graveside services were held at 2:30 October 18, 2005, Egypt Cemetery, Blue Ball, Arkansas with burial at Egypt Cemetery at Blue Ball under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron. Serving as pallbearers were nephews.

The Waldron News
13 July 2011
JOHNNIE FAYE OWENS

Johnnie Faye Owens, 80, of Waldron, Arkansas was born in Waldron to B.S. and Bessie Lee Hinkle on January 3, 1931. She went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 1, 2011 in Waldron. Johnnie Faye was a very caring, compassionate person toward people and animals. She went above and beyond to help others through serving 15 years as a volunteer at St. Edwards Mercy Hospital. She was a proud member in the St. Edwards auxiliary, served as president, and was on the foundation boards. She served her community through helping with the historic restoration on the courthouse, being an avid lover of the Waldron Bulldogs and supporting her Razorback Football. She was also instrumental in the foundation of the Waldron Country Club with her husband Rena Owens. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Chuch where she taught Sunday school and worked in several areas of the church. She owned and operated Owens' Drug Store in Waldron for 30 years, was a former postal carrier, and Postmaster. Above all, she loved and supported her family and friends whom will miss her dearly. Johnnie Faye is survived by her son Reggie Owens and wife Janet of Waldron; daughter Lisa Kennedy and husband Clyde of Linden, Texas; four grandsons, Byron Owens and wife Misty, Jarrod Hughes and wife Kelly, Derek Owens and wife Erin, and Jordan Hughes; granddaughter Kelci Kennedy; four great grandchildren, Rena Owens, McKenzie Owens, Macey Owens and Evan Owens; and daughter of deceased sister Mary Frances Myers, Mary Jane Fisher. She was preceded in death by her parents B.S. and Bessie Lee Hinkle, husband Rena Owens, brother Jared Hinkle and sister Mary Frances Myers. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Waldron with interment in the Birdsview Cemetery under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron, Arkansas. Viewing was Monday, July 4, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the chapel. Pallbearers were Byron Owens, Jarrod Hughes, Derek Owens and Jordan Hughes. Honorary pallbearers were the St. Edwards Hospital Auxiliary and the Sisters of Mercy at St. Edwards Mercy Hospital.

The Waldron News
11 January 2012
MELBA LOUISE GILBREATH OWENS

Melba Louise Gilbreath Owens died January 6, 2012 in River Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Born in Parks, Arkansas, May 20, 1924 to Victoria O'Neal Thompson Gilbreath and Luther Milton Gilbreath, Melba was a direct descendant of one of Scott County's oldest pioneer families. She continued the legacy of James Foster Gaines and Pamelia Halley Gaines, who established in 1836 the Gaines Plantation along the Fourche La Fave River in Parks. Melba's life as a strong, capable woman modeled the strength and self-sufficiency of a long line of ancestral women. Melba's early school days were spent at Parks with brother, Milton and numerous cousins and local friends. Desiring the best education available, Melba finished her last two years of high school in Waldron, riding the school bus that transported students from the timber community of Forester to Waldron High School. She usually boarded the bus carrying a gallon of fresh milk provided by uncle and aunt, Seth and Gladys Thompson, which Melba traded to the school cafeteria for lunch. After graduating from high school in 1941, Melba married her childhood sweetheart Mondell Walter Owens in September 1941, less than three months before the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor. Shortly, her young husband, brother, and numerous other relatives and friends accepted the call for defenders of freedom during World War II. In order to be near her husband's naval station, Melba relocated to Chula Vista, California, where she worked as a Rosie the Riveter at Rhor Aircraft. Small in stature, Melba was able to make repairs inside the wings of planes damaged during the war effort. During World War II her mother, several sisters-in-law, cousins, and friends assisted in the war effort, often sharing the limited housing available in California. When the war ended, Melba, Mondell and Victoria returned to Parks, living together and farming their small acreage from the original Gaines Plantation. Soon two daughters were born. While the girls were young, Melba began her college education by taking correspondence courses and attending Saturday classes. She began her 32-year teaching career at Boles, Arkansas, before graduating from college. After completing her Bachelor's Degree in 1955 from Arkansas State Teacher College (now University of Central Arkansas) in Conway, Melba taught sophomore English 28 years in the Waldron High School. She later attended the University of Arkansas Fayetteville, where she received a Master's Degree in 1968. Melba and her daughter Louise, who was an undergraduate student, actually shared a dormitory room two summers. Education was of paramount importance to Melba, both in and out of the classroom. She always shared knowledge with and played a large role in the lives of not only her own children, but also grandchildren and great grandchildren, willingly tutoring any other children needing extra attention. Former students are a testament to "Mrs. Owens" dedication to teaching when they give her credit for their ability to think and write. Melba sponsored the Keener 4-H Club, directing a youth quartet who performed on Fort Smith Television Station Channel 5 during National 4-H Club Week during the 1960s. Mrs. Owens was senior class sponsor during her many years of high school teaching, persistently raising money for the senior trip to New Orleans aboard the Kansas City Southern Star that connected in nearby Heavener, Oklahoma. She and another teacher boarded the train with the seniors Friday evening after school and returned to Heavener Sunday night. Although students often slept in on Monday morning, Mrs. Owens was always in front of her class when the bell rang for first period. Melba introduced many Scott County families to home reference materials during the years she was a World Book Encyclopedia sales representative. After the teaching day, she would often present to families throughout the county the world of learning World Book offered. World Book's motto, "We don't guess; we look it up" became her mantra. Melba freely volunteered her time and talent to community organizations, often entertaining with one of her vocal solos. She was a member of the Waldron Business and Professional Women and often sang with her husband for programs and banquets for the Scott County Farm Bureau and Poteau River Soil Conservation Service. She and Mondell sang for hundreds of Scott County funerals, often those of people they barely knew. Melba volunteered hundreds of hours at the Waldron Nursing Center, working in the beauty shop, singing on many occasions, and playing piano and singing for monthly birthday parties. She reigned as Nursing Home Queen during the year she lived at the nursing center, from June 2010 through June 2011. Melba was a lifetime member of Parks United Methodist Church, which was always the center of her life. She proudly shared its history, including the fact that her ancestor Pamelia Halley Gaines established the church in 1837 as the first church in Scott County, Arkansas. Many church members were her aunts, uncles, and cousins. Throughout her life, Melba served as Sunday school teacher, pianist, organist, song leader, board member, and president of United Methodist Women. She served as president of the Waldron United Methodist Women and as an officer in the Fort Smith District United Methodist Women. One of Melba's greatest joys came from singing soprano and playing piano for the Paul Sorrels Quartet, a local group that sang during the 1950s and 1960s. The quartet was composed of bass Mondell Owens, alto Louveda Frost, soprano Melba Owens, all of Parks, and tenor Paul Sorrels, Abbott, Arkansas. A life-long learner, Melba quickly became computer literate while attending senior classes at Rich Mountain Community College in Mena, Arkansas. She and many other classmates enjoyed group travel throughout the state and nation. Melba also traveled extensively throughout the United States with Frances Tours of Arkadelphia and to Europe with Fort Smith educator and tour guide J. Fred Patton. Before retiring, Melba discovered oil painting, proving to be a quick study. She painted several county sites, including part of Waldron's city mural. Preceded in death by husband Mondell Walter Owens, mother Victoria O'Neal Thompson Gilbreath, and father Luther Milton Gilbreath, Melba is survived by two daughters, Patricia O'Neal Owens Richmond, Waldron and Cynthia Louise Owens Finney, Fort Smith; former son-in-law Gary Lee Finney, Fort Smith; three granddaughters, Reshia Rene Richmond Pinion and husband Danny, Parks, Stephanie Louise Richmond McConnell, Springdale, Lee Anna Rachelle Finney Darji and husband Ankur, Schaumburg, Illinois; one grandson, Clayton Owens Finney and wife Jenny, Houston, Texas; five great grandchildren Victoria O'Neal and Gaines Hampton Hudson, Waldron, Sydney Blair and Mason Garret McConnell, Springdale, and Evan Ankur Darji, Schaumburg, Illinois; one great-great grandson Colt Dewayne Oliver, Waldron; one brother, Milton Gilbreath and wife Hatie Lee; and four sisters-in-law, Treva Lucille Leeper, Fort Smith, Addie Clarodean Owens Wilmes, Danville, California, Mollie Maxine Owens Garvin, Wagoner, Oklahoma, Freda Laverne Yancey Owens, Temple, Texas. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Celebration of Life service will be held in the Parks United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 9, with Reverend David Orr, Senior Pastor First United Methodist Church Fort Smith, officiating. Interment will follow in the Thompson-Jameson Cemetery in Parks, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Waldron, Arkansas. Pallbearers were Gary Finney, Clayton Finney, Ankur Darji, Shane McConnell, Danny Pinion, Steven Gilbreath and Sam Owens. Honorary pallbearers are Dalton and George Hawkins, John Wright Jameson, Gaines Hampton Hudson, Harold Wayne Scott, Tommy Lee Lloyd and Wallace Hill. Family members received friends Saturday evening, January 7, from 5:00 - 7:00 in the home of Louise Owens Finney, 5717 Callaway Lane, Fort Smith (in Williamson Place Addition across from Riley Farms.) Viewing was held from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 8, at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home, 1879 West Sixth Street, Waldron. Here the family received friends from 5:00 to 7:00. Memorials may be sent to Parks United Methodist Church in care of Heritage Memorial Funeral Home at the above address.

The Waldron News
6 September 2000
MICHELLE SUSANNE OWENS

Michelle Susanne Owens, 28, died August 25, 2000 at Saint Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, MO. A memorial service was held at 4 pm Monday, August 28 at Village Presbyterian Church. Contributions may be made to the Michelle Owens Pediatric Rocking Chair Fund and sent to the McGilley Memorial Chapel, 12301 State Line Rd., Kansas City, MO 64145. Michelle was born June 1, 1972 in Shawnee Mission, KS, and is survived by her parents Will and Ruth Ann Owens of Leawood; a brother, Michael of Seattle, WA and his wife, Robin; an uncle, Ron Pippert, his wife Mary and their sons, John of Overland Park and Bob of Lenexa. She was the granddaughter of the late Frank and Gladys Pippert of Lawrence, KS, and of the late Paul and Vicki Owens, formerly of Lawrence and Waldron, AR. Michelle was a member of Village Presbyterian Church. Michelle graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University with a major in communications and attended the University of Kansas Law School for graduate studies. At the time of her death she was completing a Bachelors of Nursing degree at Saint Luke's Nursing College, and was serving as Vice President of the Missouri Nursing Student Association. Michelle was the recipient of a Zeta R. Giles Academic Scholarship and the Fuld Fellowship. She was a graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School Class of 1990. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She was invited, at age 10, to train with the San Francisco Ballet School; and spent the following six summers with the New York City Ballet. Volunteer activities included Saint Luke's Hospital Children's Spot, Children's Mercy Hospital, Children's Defense Fund and the Children's Rights Foundation in Washington, and the Sexual Violence Unit of the Justice Department in Washington. Michelle served as an assistant to the Social Secretary at the White House, and later, served as a program coordinator for The Washington Center. When she returned to Kansas City, she was an event coordinator for The Event Group and for the March of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation. Arrangements by McGilley State Line Chapel. Ule and Gean Horn, Betty Blume, and Wayne Horn of Waldron, Virginia Sizemore of Conway & Shirley Rose of Maumelle attended the funeral of their niece Michelle Owens on Aug. 28. She was the great- granddaughter of the late Martin & Ida Horn of Waldron.

The Waldron News
19 January 2000
MONDELL WALTER OWENS

Mondell Walter Owens, 79, died January 11, 2000 in his home in Waldron, Arkansas. He was born December 3, 1920, the son of Lillie Smith Owens and George A. Owens. He was a life-long resident of Scott County, having lived most of his life in the Parks community. He served as a 1st Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy on a minesweeper in the invasions of the South Pacific Islands during World War II. He served as President of the Scott County Farm Bureau, chairperson of the Scott County Hospital Board, Justice of the Peace for Keener Township, and he was a board member of the Poteau River Conservation District. He also was Sunday School Superintendent, chairperson of the Board of Trustees and teacher in the Parks United Methodist Church. Mondell's family was the Scott County Farm Family of the year during the 1950's. He was a retired cattle rancher and retired from the United States Soil Conservation Service. Survivors include his wife Melba of the home; two daughters, Patricia Owens Richmond of Waldron and Louise Owens Finney of Fort Smith; four grandchildren, Reshia Hudson of Parks, Stephanie McConnell of Fayetteville, Clayton Owens Finney of Houston, TX and Lee Anna Finney of Fayetteville; three great-grandchildre, Victoria and Gaines Hudson of Parks and Sydney McConnell of Fayetteville; one brother, Buel A. Owens of Copperas Cove, TX; four sisters, Berniece Herrin of Victoria, TX, Treva Leeper of Fort Smith, Clarodean Willmes of Coulterville, CA and Maxine Garvin of Wagoner, OK; and 14 nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Parks Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Thompson-Jameson Cemetery in Parks. Pallbearers will be Clayton Finney, Gary Finney, Randy Garvin, Paul Garvin, Jeff Hudson, Gary Leeper, Shane McConnell, George Owens, and Sam Owens. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Brashier, Bob Cather, Clyde Garvin, Milton Gilbreath, George Steven Hawkins, Harlon Hawkins, Carl Jameson, Thomas L. Lloyd, Rainey Ridenhour and Gordon Thompson. Memorial contributions may be made to Parks United Methodist Church, Route 4, Box 142, Waldron, Arkansas 79258. Arrangements by Martin Funeral Home of Waldron.

The Waldron News
1 November 2017
OLEN E. OWENS

Olen E. Owens, better of known as "Bookie", of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life, Saturday, October 28, 2017 in Waldron, Arkansas. Bookie was born April 15, 1951 in Waldron, Arkansas to Tomie Owens and Alma Owens Johnson. Bookie was 66 years old. Bookie was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He was a tank driver. He then served a time of duty in the Army National Guard. After his service in the military, Bookie was a heavy equipment operator in the construction business. He was a kind and helpful person. He was friendly and was liked by all that knew him. Bookie was well known around town, in fact, it could be said he was a fixture at Country Express, always greeting people, holding open a door and waving at the young ones. He will be deeply missed by everyone. Bookie leaves behind to cherish his memory an extended family of friends and loved ones. Bookie was preceded in death by his parents, Tomie Owens and Alma Johnson. Bookie's life celebration will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas. Interment will follow in the Union Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. Bookie's visitation will be Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. Memorial Contributions may be made c/o Olen "Bookie" Owens, at Chambers Bank or Community National Bank to help cover final expenses or Union Hill Cemetery.

The Waldron News
3 April 2013
PEARLIE MAE (SMITH) OWENS

Pearlie Mae (Smith) Owens of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life Thursday, March 28, 2013 in Waldron, Arkansas surrounded by her loving family. Pearlie was born September 10, 1924 to George Phillips and Rosetta (Potts) Phillips in Parks, Arkansas. Pearlie Mae loved to be on the go. She was happiest when she was doing something. The opportunity to drive the bus for the Waldron Senior Center, which she enjoyed for about seven years, was right up her alley. She attended the senior center and loved to play cards with the people there. Pearlie enjoyed going to auctions and another favorite past time was eating snow cones. Pearlie loved her family and enjoyed making memories with each of them. Pearlie Mae leaves behind to cherish her memory, two daughters, JoAnn Harrison of Waldron, Arkansas and Delores Beran and husband Ronnie of Mansfield, Arkansas and one step son, Olen (Bookie) Owens of Waldron, Arkansas. Grandma will forever be missed by her six grandchildren: Ray Harrison and Cherish of Waldron, Arkansas, Kevin Harrison of Waldron, Arkansas and Shelly Wright of Hartford, Arkansas, as well as six great grandchildren: Alex Wright of Hartford, Arkansas, Ashley Solley and husband Cody, Conner Harrison, and one great great granddaughter, Ryleigh Harrison all of Waldron, Arkansas. Pearlie Mae is preceded in death by two husbands, Bill Smith and Tomie Owens, and one son, Johnny Smith as well as her parents, George and Rosetta Phillips. Pearlie Mae's life celebration was at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. Millard Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Freedom Cemetery near Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements were entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Waldron, Arkansas. Pearlie Mae's pallbearers were Ray Harrison, Kevin Harrison, Alex Wright, Bob Shores, Larry Shores and Daniel Rogers. Honorary pallbearers were Dwight Poole and friends from Waldron Senior Citizens Center. Pearlie's visitation was Friday, March 29, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas where Pearlie's family received friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Scott County Times
24 November 2004
RUSSELL OWENS

Russell Keith Owens, age 43, of Waldron died Frdiay, November 19, 2004 in Little Rock. He was born October 6, 1961 in Waldron and was a disabled Army veteran. He is survived by his parents, Willie "Shorty" and Leota Owens of Waldron; grandmother, Georgia Bendele of Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Brenda Hartness of Little Rock and Gwynda Perry of Bella Vista, Arkansas; three brothers, Bruce Owens of Waldron, Steve Owens of Greenwood and Brian Owens of Greenwood. Funeral service was held at 2:00 pm Monday, November 22, 2004 at Martin Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Birdsview Cemetery near Waldron under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron, Arkansas. Serving as pallbearers were Brian Owens, Steve Owens, Bruce Owens, Michael Owens, Gary Owens and Mark Smith.

The Waldron News
15 May 2013
SHARON ELIZABETH (HUDGENS) OWENS

Sharon Elizabeth (Hudgens) Owens of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life, Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Fort Smith, Arkansas surrounded by her loving family. Sharon was born March 12, 1942 to Charley Hudgens and Shirley (Blalock) Hudgens in Waldron, Arkansas. Sharon was 70 years, 1 month and 27 days. At the young age of 16, Sharon married the love of her life, Worman Owens. Together they made their life in Scott County. While raising her family, Sharon worked at a few different jobs throughout her lifetime, including being the Scott County Deputy Clerk, a USDA Inspector for Valmac Industries, and at retirement she was employed by Waldron Public Schools to work in the cafeteria. Although working and raising a family is never uneventful, whatever the day had in store, Sharon was a strong woman and conquered whatever obstacle came her way and never faltered. Sharon loved her family and especially enjoyed being a Memaw. When all her grandchildren would come to visit, it was quite a gathering. Sharon loved making special memorieis with each and everyone of them. Sharon leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 50 years, Worman Owens of the home, two daughters, Lisa Pace and Lori Jones and two sons, James Owens and Jeffrey Owens all of Waldron, Arkansas. Memaw will forever be missed by her grandchildren: Taylon Pace, Donovan Pace, Zachary Owens, Michele Owens Gonzalez, Austyn Jones, Brody Jones, April Owens, Chelsie Owens and Casey Owens as well as six great grandchildren. Sharon is also survived by one sister, Leola Stringer and husband Freddie of Fort Smith, Arkansas and one brother Jimmy Hudgens of Waldron, Arkansas. Sharon will be missed by all that knew her and the many whose lives were impacted by her including a host of nieces, nephews, close friends and loved ones. Sharon is preceded in death by her parents Charley and Shirley (Blalock) Hudgens and one sister-in-law Carolyn Hudgens. Sharon's life celebration was at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2013 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. Mike Shaddon officiating. Interment followed in the Duncan Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements were entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. Sharon's pallbearers were Brian Jones, Zach Owens, Casey Owens, Donovan Pace, Austyn Jones and Brody Jones. Honorary pallbearers were Taylon Pace, Louanna Smith and Gina Newman. Sharon's visitation will be Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas where Sharon's family received friends from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Scott County Times
12 January 2005
ULES "PUD" OWENS

Ules "Pud" Owens, age 83, of Union Hill died Friday, January 7, 2005 in a Waldron hospital. He was a veteran of W.W. II, member of the Union Hill Freewill Baptist Church. Born February 17, 1921 to the late John and Myrtle Owens and was retired from the timber industry. He was preceded in death by a brother, J.T. Owens and sister, Bertha Kate McLaughlin. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Willo Owens of the home; one daughter, Joyce and Bill Chrisman of Waldron; three sons, Royce Don and June Owens of Waldron, Ules "Jim" and Patsy Owens of Harvey, Roger and Darlene Owens of Union Hill; one sister, Elgin Dickens of Waldron; two brothers, Boyd Owens of Modesto, California and Jackie Owens of Union Hill; ten grandchildren; twenty three great- grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Funeral services were held at 2:00 pm Monday, January 10, 2005 at Union Hill Freewill Baptist Church with burial at Union Hill Cemetery at Union Hill under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron. Serving as pallbearers were Clint House, Darren Hatton, David Chrisman, Greg Owens, Tim Cox and Phillip Sherrill. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Steve Wright, Dylan House, Floyd Brothers, Ray West, Clayton Owens and Chris Wright.

Scott County Times
11 June 2003
VELMA OWENS

Velma Pauline Owens, 90, of Waldron died Saturday, June 6, 2003 in Mena, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Hill Baptist Church. Funeral services will be at 2 pm Wednesday, June 11, at the Martin Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Union Hill Cemetery near Waldron. She is survived by one daughter, Ema Lou Sullivan of Mena; three sons, Johnny Owens of Mabelvale, Arkansas, Willie "Shorty" and Robert Lee Owens both of Waldron; four sisters, Reba Knox and Macy Rose both of Fort Smith, Evelyn Ferguson of California and Alice Lee Floor of Florida; one brother, Sam Butler of Fort Smith; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Gary Owens, James Clare, Jr., Bruce Owens, Steven Owens, Michael Owens and Bobby Owens.

The Waldron News
18 October 2017
WILLIAM OWENS

William Owens of Waldron, Arkansas, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, October 9, 2017 in a Little Rock Hospital. William was born October 16, 1938 to Victor Owens and Norma (Hunt) Owens in Dutch Creek, Arkansas. William was 78 years, 11 months and 23 days old. He was a member of the Waldron Pentecostal Church of God. William worked in the construction business for many years as a bridge builder. While working in construction he was also a farmer, loved putting out his garden every year, and hunting. He loved deer hunting season and being in the outdoors. Most of all, William love spending time with his family. William leaves behind to cherish his memory, one daughter, Vicki Watkins and husband Randy, one son, Ricky Owens and wife Debbie all of Waldron, Arkansas. Papa will forever be missed by his grandsons: Shannon Rogers, Dustin Owens and Zac O'Hagen, and one great grandson, Dawson Owens. William will remain in the heart of his sister, Sue Wagner of Arkadelphia. William will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives were impacted by him, including many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and loved ones. William is preceded in death by his wife, Glenda “Tootsie” Owens, parents, Victor and Norma Owens, three sisters, Margie Jones, Athia Lee Jones, Marcel Black, two brothers, Leon Owens, and Donald Lee Owens. William's life celebration was at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. Rickey Hunt, officiating. Interment will follow in the Union Hill Cemetery in Union Hill, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. Willliam's pallbearers were William Bates, Clay Woodall, Mike Owens, Eric Parsons, Myrtie Owens, Jesse Oldaker. William's visitation was Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

The Waldron News
4 April 2007
WILLO OWENS

Willo Owens, 82, of Waldron, Arkansas passed away Friday, March 30, 2007 in a Waldron nursing home. She was a homemaker, member of the Union Hill Freewill Baptist Church, and secretary for the church and cemetery. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2007 at the Union Hill Freewill Church with burial at the Union Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Martin Funeral Home. She is survived by one daughter, Joyce Chrisman and husband Bill of Waldron; three sons, Royce Don Owens and wife June of Waldron, Ules "Jim" Owens and wife Patsy of Harvey, Arkansas, and Roger Owens and wife Darlene of Union Hill, Arkansas; ten grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ules "Pud" Owens, her parents Claud and Rosa Owens; five sisters, Zell Kennon, Syble Miller, Ruby Vaughn, Lucille Herron, and Claudia Hunt. Pallbearers were Clint House, Darren Hatton, David Chrisman, Greg Owens, Tim Cox, and Phillip Sherrill. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Wright, Dylan House, Ray West, Clayton Owens and Chris Wright.

The Waldron News
25 April 2007
WILLO OWENS

Willo Owens, age 82, of Waldron, AR passed away Friday, March 30, 2007 in a Waldron nursing home. She was born September 5, 1924 in Olio, Arkansas to Claude Ernest and Rosa Bell Cockbourn Parker. She was a homemaker, member of Union Hill Free Will Baptist Church and secretary for the church and cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ules "Pud" Owens, her parents, five sisters, Zell Kennon, Syble Miller, Ruby Vaughn, Lucille Herron and Claudia Hunt. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Bill Chrisman of Waldron; three sons and daughters-in-law, Royce Don and June Owens of Waldron, AR, Ules "Jim" and Patsy Owens of Harvey, AR and Roger and Darlene Owens of Union Hill, AR; ten grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Funeral service was April 2 at the Union Hill Free Will Baptist Church with burial at Union Hill Cemetery under the direction of Martin Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Clint House, Darren Hatten, David Chrisman, Greg Owens, Tim Cox and Phillip Sherrill. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Wright, Dylan House, Ray West, Clayton Owens and Chris Wright.

The Waldron News
11 September 2013
WORMAN J. OWENS

Worman J. Owens of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life Sunday, September 1, 2013 in Waldron, Arkansas surrounded by his loving family. Worman was born December 25, 1937 to Buster J. Owens and Lela Marie (Gipson) Owens in Needmore, Arkansas. Worman was 75 years, 8 months and 7 days old. Woman married the love of his life, Sharon Hudgens, and together they shared 53 years before her passing in May 2013. At the young age of 17, Worman caught a bus and went to New York City. From there he joined the US Air Force and served four years. During that time he spent 18 months in Morocco. After returning to Scott County, Worman began his life long career in public service by working in the office at the Waldron Furniture Factory, followed by tenure at AVI doing payroll and dispatch. He enjoyed giving supplies to the people and especially the little old ladies. He then continued from 1973 to 1979 to serve as elected official for the County and Circuit Clerk for Scott County. In 1979 he then was elected for two terms as Scott County Judge. Worman then was appointed to the Dept. of Finance & Administration as the revenue agent. He was also co-owner of Waldron Realty. He then later served as road foreman under Scott Co. Judge "Sparky." He also served as deputy tax assessor and later was elected as Scott County Tax Assessor from 1993 until 2006 when he retired. Worman was very particular about his work. He was known as the "go to person" in the court house if you needed something. He would help anyone he could. Worman was very close to his family including his siblings. He was certainly a family man and enjoyed life everyday. Worman leaves behind to cherish his memory, four children: Lisa Pace, James Owens, Jeffery Owens and Lori Jones all of Waldron, Arkansas. Pop will forever be missed by his grandchildren: Taylon Pace, Donovan Pace, Zachary Owens, Michele Owens Gonzalez, Austyn Jones, Brody Jones, April Owens, Chelsie Owens and Casey Owens as well as six great grandchildren. Worman is also survived by one sister Verna Rogers and husband Jimmy, and one brother, Donnie Owens and wife Kay all of Waldron, Arkansas. Worman will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives were impacted by him including a host of nieces, nephews, close friends and loved ones. Worman is preceded in death by the love of his life, Sharon (Hudgens) Owens, his parents, Buster Owens and Lela M. Calvert, one sister, Mavis Trumble and brother in law Leroy Trumble. Worman's life celebration was at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas. Interment followed in the Duncan Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements were entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. Worman's pallbearers were Taylor Pace, Zach Owens, Casey Owens, Donovan Pace, Austyn Jones and Brody Jones. Honorary pallbearers were Do Good Jones, L.J. Waranaku, Joe Powell, Kellow Holland, Jimmy Rogers, Glen Dale Sparks and Pete Powell. Worman's visitation was Tuesday, September 3, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas where Worman's family received friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

The Waldron News
29 August 2001
MATTHEW DOUGLAS OXFORD

Matthew Douglas Oxford, 17, of Booneville, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2001, near Paris. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Arkoma and a student at Booneville High School where he was a member of the Bearcat football team. He was employed at CV's Grocery in Booneville. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at First Baptist Church in Booneville with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Booneville. He is survived by his parents, father Doug and fiancee Sherri Owens of Booneville and mother Michelle and Donald Keyes, Jr. of Fort Smith; maternal grandparents, Joe and Linda Dix of Arkoma; maternal great-grandparents, Eugene and Nell Mathew of Arkoma; paternal great-grandparents, Audie Harris of Spiro, Okla; maternal great-grandparents, Arnold and Odell Dix of Spiro; a step-sister, Jayme Bynum of Waldron; two brothers, Andrew Oxford of South Carolina and Corey Keyes of the home; three step-brothers, Dakota Owens of the home and Scott and Josh Bynum of Waldron; and other relatives and numerous friends. Pallbearers were Scott Bynum, Andrew Evans, Jessie Harris, Dietrich Busbee, Marty Oxford, Matt Evans, Stanley Cottrell, Jessie Mathewsand Kyle Mathews. Honorary pallbearers were the Bearcat Football Team and Coaching Staff.

The Waldron News
9 November 2016
GILIBALDO OZUNA

Gilibaldo Ozuna, formerly of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, October 31, 2016 in Fort Smith, Arkansas surrounded by is loving family. Gil was born on February 10, 1970 in Los Ramones, Nuevo Leon Mexico to his loving parents Guillermo and Sara Ozuna. Gil was a dayshift supervisor at Tyson Foods Inc. of Van Buren, Arkansas. He was very friendly and was loved by all his team members. There was never a dull moment when Gil was around. His ability to lighten any moment came naturally. He was a very loving and caring man who thought so much of his friends and family. Gil is survived by his mother, Sara Ozuna, his wife Griselda Ozuna, three wonderful children: son, Osbaldo Ozuna and wife Cora, daughters, Vanessa Ozuna and Jessica Ozuna and one grandson, Bryant Owen Ozuna. Gil is also survived by six sibliings: Juan Ozuna, Rita Cantu, Guillermo Ozuna II, Odilia Banderas, Saraelia Pompa, and Silvia Diaz. Gil will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives were impacted by him including a host of nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones. Gil is preceded in death by his father, Guillermo Ozuna and one brother Guadalupe Ozuna. Gil's life celebration will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Centro Cristiano Hispano, 433 Featherston St, Waldron, AR with Jose Banderas officiating. Interment will follow in the Bush Cemetery near Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. Gil's pallbearers will be Guillermo Ozuna III, Guadalupe Ozuna, Eduardo Cantu, Jose Banders Jr., Joel Diaz, and Santiago Pompa. Honorary pallbearers will be Juan Ozuna Jr., Leonardo Cantu and Alfredo Ozuna. Gil's visitation will be Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home where Gil's family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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