Our Obituaries

Theda June O'Kelley

November 21, 1933 - December 11, 2017

Theda June O'Kelley, 84, of Rudy, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born November 21, 1933 in Aubrey, TX to the late Ollie and Rose Jerden. She was a homemaker, a member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church where she worked as a volunteer, and a genealogist. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifton and Billie Jerden; and a grandson...
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Benjamin Franklin Merryman

August 23, 1945 - December 9, 2017

Frank Merryman, 72, of Van Buren, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born August 23, 1945 in Bengal, OK to the late Benjamin and Henrietta Merryman. He was a retired Fort Smith Firefighter, a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, having served in the United States Marine Corps, and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was preceded in death by a daughter,...
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Nora Leigh Schubert

June 5, 1999 - December 8, 2017

Nora Leigh Schubert, 18, of Van Buren, passed away Friday, December 8, 2017. She was born June 5, 1999 in Fort Smith. She is survived by her parents, John and Cindy Schubert of Van Buren; five sisters, Nancy Pruitt and husband Porky of Van Buren, Amanda Moore of Alma, and Shirley, Brylee, and Zarianna Schubert all of Van Buren; and four brothers, John Schubert, Jr. of Van Buren, Noah Schubert of...
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George G. Henson

March 24, 1946 - December 7, 2017

George Henson, 71, of Mulberry, passed away Thursday, December 7, 2017 at his home. He was born March 24, 1946 in Dyer to the late Adlai and Ella Henson. He was retired from Dixie Cup, and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict.He is survived by his wife, Lennie Henson of the home; two daughters, Patti Harris of Mulberry, and Gayla Tolbert of Ozark; a son, Heath Staap of Muldrow;...
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Melissa Gregory

June 22, 1979 - December 5, 2017

Melissa "Sissy" D. McCormick Gregory, 38, of Van Buren, passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at her home. She was born June 22, 1979 in Fort Smith. She was an animal lover, and rescuer of all types of animals. She worked in the food service industry as a server, cook, cashier, or anywhere she was needed. She was preceded in death by a son, Scott Aldridge; grandfather, John McCormick;...
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Arvil Anglin

July 2, 1948 - December 4, 2017

Arvil Dewight Anglin, 69, of Alma, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017 at his home. He was born July 2, 1948 in Holdenville, OK to the late George and Addie Anglin. He was an engineer for Baldor, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Ray Anglin.He is survived by his wife, Wanda Anglin of the...
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Ellen Laverne Rackley

November 1, 1938 - December 3, 2017

Ellen Rackley, 79, of Van Buren, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017. She was born November 1, 1938 in Haskell, OK to the late Everett and Senna Mae Ridley. She was a homemaker, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Van Buren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Yvonne Burke and Betty Casebolt; and five brothers, J.D., Dale, Vernon, Ernest, and Jimmy...
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Raymond Douglas Spencer

November 29, 1943 - December 3, 2017

Raymond "Doug" Spencer, 74, of Tulsa, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Cedarville. He was born November 29, 1943 in Fort Smith to the late Raymond and Mary Lou Spencer. He was retired from Boeing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Stewart Sargent III.He is survived by a brother, Mike Spencer and wife Mary Ann of Cedarville; nieces, Laura Rompf and...
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Loyd Hefley

March 11, 1928 - December 2, 2017

Loyd Clayton Hefley, 89, of Alma, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born March 11, 1928 in Haskell County, OK to the late Talmage and Nettie Hefley. He was a plasterer, and swimming pool contractor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Bobbie Jean Hefley; two sisters, Drucilla Bishop and Syble Dine; and a brother, Grady Hefley...
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Mac Anderson

November 29, 1942 - December 2, 2017

Mac Anderson, 75, of Alma, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 at his home. He was born November 29, 1942 in Van Buren to the late George and Grace Anderson. He was retired from the Alma School District.He is survived by his wife, Freeda Anderson of the home; two daughters, Christy Hollan of Van Buren, and Kim Hampton of Alma; two sisters, Mavis Bess of Sallisaw, and Maxine Hines of...
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Cortess Gerald Smith

August 22, 1939 - December 1, 2017

Cortess "Buddy" Smith, 78, of Van Buren, passed away Friday, December 1, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born August 22, 1939 in Paris, AR to the late Dick and Gracie Smith. He retired from Riverside Furniture after 41 years of being a plant manager.He is survived by his daughter, Valorie Freeman and husband Daniel of Russellville; a son, Stephen Smith and his wife Lisa of Alma; two sisters, Genelda...
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Charles Nagy

April 18, 1940 - November 30, 2017

Charles Nagy, 77, of Fort Smith, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 in Van Buren. He was born April 18, 1940 in Budapest, Hungary. He was a retired Sergeant with the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam. He was a car enthusiast and loved taking long drives around the countryside. He is survived by his wife, Kornelia Nagy of the home; two daughters, Kora Czifra of Simi Valley, CA, and...
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Margaret McCormick

December 23, 1933 - November 29, 2017

Margaret McCormick, 83, of Alma, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in a local hospital. She was born December 23, 1933 in Crawford County to the late Bill and Hazel Cristee Plum of Alma. She was a licensed beautician, homemaker, avid member of Brammer's Ole Barn Square Dancers, member of Highway 71 Freewill Baptist Church, and a member of the Fine Springs Lodge Order of the Eastern Star,...
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Claud Willis

May 2, 1944 - November 28, 2017

Claud Willis, 73, of Kibler, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at his home. He was born May 2, 1944 in Yoestown to the late Vurn and Ardella Willis. He was retired from Fort Smith Rim & Bow, and attended God's Harvest Pentecostal Church in Alma. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Everett and Roy Dean Willis.He is survived by his wife, Louise Willis of the home; a daughter, Tina...
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Della Reed

September 16, 1941 - November 26, 2017

Della Reed, 76, of Winslow, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 in Winslow. She was born September 16, 1941 in Chester, AR to the late Abe and Fannie Seratt. She retired from Cargill in Springdale, AR. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Reed.She is survived by her two daughters, Nancy Moore of Winslow, and Dorothy Hattabaugh of Rogers; a son, Jerry Seratt of Chester; a brother,...
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Mike Hatley

November 3, 1960 - November 22, 2017

Mike Hatley, 57, of Alma, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017 in Franklin County. He was born November 3, 1960 in Crescent City, CA to the late Hess and Naomi Hatley. He was retired from Bekaert Steel, was a member of Maple Shade Church of the Nazarene, worked at Crawford County Speedway, and loved hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters,...
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Connie Elaine Fielder

July 24, 1949 - November 21, 2017

Connie Elaine Fielder, 68, of Alma, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born July 24, 1949 in Fort Smith to the late C.R. and Pauline Shepard. She was a retired beautician of 38 years. She is survived by her husband, George Fielder of the home; two sons, Bruce Goss of Panama, OK, and Jason Goss of Pine Bluff; a daughter, Shawna Fielder of Wichita, KS; two brothers,...
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Betty Jo Harris

November 3, 1932 - November 20, 2017

Betty Jo Harris, 85, of Cedarville, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born November 3, 1932 in Natural Dam to the late William and Agnes Rogers. She was retired from Westark Junior College in Fort Smith, and was a member of Cedarville First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elzie Harris.She is survived by a daughter, Sandy Alls of Uniontown;...
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Frank Bullington

May 2, 1959 - November 19, 2017

Frank Bullington, 58, of Van Buren, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017 at his home. He was born May 2, 1959 in Fort Worth, TX. He was a flooring installer, and was preceded in death by his mother, Emma Bullington.He is survived by a daughter, Maria Bullington of Fort Smith; his father, Jerry Bullington of the home; and a sister, Teresa Bullington of Van Buren.A family-hosted memorial...
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Roy Dale Davis

August 19, 1951 - November 18, 2017

Roy Dale Davis, 66, of Van Buren, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 in St. Louis, MO. He was born August 19, 1951 in Flippin, AR to the late Roy Lee and Joyce Avey Davis. He was a retired vacuum technician, and served in the U.S. Army.He is survived by his wife, Linda Davis of the home; two daughters, Avey Preston of Van Buren, and Nola Turner of Yuba City, CA; two sisters, Patricia Scott...
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Bob Ed Shambarger

January 7, 1936 - November 17, 2017

Bob Ed Shambarger, our Dad, died on Friday, November 17, 2017, while visiting at Springdale. He was born January 7, 1936, at Mulberry, lived around the world while in the service, and settled at Alma when he got to come home to Crawford County. He was a lifelong Southern Baptist, and a member of First Baptist Church at Alma.Mom and Dad married in 1958, and began their family, and Dad began the...
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Janice Tuck

May 2, 1948 - November 15, 2017

Janice Tuck, 69, of Van Buren, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born May 2, 1948 in Fort Smith to the late Claude and Erma Tindell. She was a homemaker, and preceded in death by her first husband, Carl Tuck.She is survived by her husband, Dennis McCaslin of the home; two daughters, Stephanie Mulkey of Alma, and Brittany Gregory of Van Buren; a son, Carl Tuck II of...
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Gracie Reeves McGuire

February 27, 1920 - November 13, 2017

Gracie Reeves McGuire, 97, of Van Buren, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017 in Van Buren. She was born February 27, 1920 in Alma, AR to the late Fred and Ollie Melton. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, General Reeves; two daughters, Pauline Phelps and Theresia Stewart; and one Son, Floyd Reeves.She is survived by her daughter, Darlene Trimble of Van Buren; two...
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Verna M. CABLE

September 3, 1935 - November 12, 2017

Verna Mae Cable, 82, of Alma, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born September 3, 1935 in Fort Smith, AR to the late James and Eula Robertson. She retired from Rheem Manufacturing after 26 years and was a member of Bluff Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith.She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Shores of Alma; son, Russell Cable of Fayetteville; sister, Martha...
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Jimmy Dodson

March 29, 1962 - November 11, 2017

Jimmy Dodson, 55, of Fort Smith, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017. He was born March 29, 1962 in Fort Smith. He was an oilfield worker for Ross Exploration in Fort Smith, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and a member of the NRA.He is survived by his wife, Sherry Dodson of the home; three sons, Alfred Yutterman of Van Buren, Kelly Yutterman of Rocky Ford, CO, and Jeff Dodson of Houston,...
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Terry Wayne Massengale

April 27, 1957 - November 8, 2017

Terry Wayne Massengale, 60, of Alma, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born April 27, 1957 in Clarksville. He was a claims adjuster for State Farm, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Alma. He was preceded in death by his father, Arvin Massengale.He is survived by his wife, Cindy Massengale of the home; a daughter, Brittany Massengale of Alma; a son, Scott...
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Ruby Fain

April 26, 1928 - November 6, 2017

Ruby Fain, 89, of Natural Dam, passed away Monday, November 6, 2017 at her home. She was born April 26, 1928 in Natural Dam to the late Lankford and Myrtle Ellison. She was a homemaker, and preceded in death by her husband, Pete Fain. She is survived by a daughter, Janet Workman of Natural Dam; a son, Pete Junior Fain of Natural Dam; eight grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren and...
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Jake Frank Dyer

May 30, 1924 - November 5, 2017

Jake Frank Dyer, 93, of Dyer, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017 in Fort Smith, after a three-month illness. He was born May 30, 1924 in Dyer to the late Asa and Mary Lee Dyer. He was a Navy combat veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific. In addition to his duties onboard his ship, he also served as a gunner on amphibious landing craft. He saw action from the Solomon Islands to...
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Travis L. Williams

August 28, 1935 - November 5, 2017

Travis "Tab" Lee Williams, 82, of Mulberry passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017 at his home. He was born on August 28, 1935 in Mulberry to the late George and Ethel (Medlock) Williams. He was retired from Mead Containers and was a member of the Mulberry First Assembly of God Church and the Alma Camp Gideons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Allie Kathleen ...
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Henry Riley Coughran

May 8, 1943 - November 2, 2017

Henry W. Riley Coughran, 74, of Van Buren, went to be with his Savior Thursday, November 2, 2017 in Little Rock. He was born May 8, 1943 in Fort Smith to the late Helen Wanda (Chance) Sexton and Lee Coughran. He was the retired owner/operator of Coughran Trucking and Coughran Home Builders. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Wanda Inman, Susan Burris, Melinda...
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Boyd Blake Dunbar

June 24, 1948 - November 1, 2017

Boyd Blake Dunbar, 69, of Alma, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born June 24, 1948 in Galesburg, IL to the late Harry and Helen Dunbar. He was a retired machinist and maintenance worker at Bryant Preserving Plant. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Dunbar; daughter, Misty Lee; son, Blake Eugene Dunbar; two brothers, Howard and Steven Dunbar and one...
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Ila Jean Stratton

March 21, 1923 - October 24, 2017

Ila Jean Stratton, 94, of Van Buren, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017. She was born March 21, 1923 in Kibler to the late Moody and Ethel Montgomery. She was a retired Postmaster for Dyer, and a member of Heritage United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Stratton; a sister, Mary Lou Cilone; and two great-grandchildren, Ashtyn...
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Jodie Dyer

December 1, 1931 - October 23, 2017

Jodie Dyer, 85, of Van Buren, passed away Monday, October 23, 2017 in Van Buren. She was born December 1, 1931 in El Reno, OK to the late Amos and Mary Yeakley. She was a homemaker, and preceded in death by her husband, Laban Dyer. She is survived by three daughters, Debra Hines of Van Buren, Tracy Pape of Tulsa, and Patty Hassell of Alma; a special adopted daughter, Laurie Foster of Van Buren;...
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Patsy Carter

July 9, 1945 - October 20, 2017

Patsy Delores Carter, 72, of Van Buren, passed away Friday, October 20, 2017. She was born July 9, 1945 in Van Buren to the late Buck and Treva Mattingly. She was of the Pentecostal faith, and was a housekeeping and laundry supervisor at Fianna Hills Health and Rehab Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle E. Carter, and sister, Melba Jones.She is survived by three daughters,...
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Harvey Sexton

September 22, 1944 - October 17, 2017

Harvey James "Jim" Sexton, 73, of Fort Smith, went to be with his Savior on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. He was born September 22, 1944 in Mulberry. He was a speech and communications instructor at Westark Community College, the co-owner of Sexton Music in Van Buren, co-owner of Sexton Flowers in Fort Smith, member of the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, a consultant with Oscar-Schmidt, and was...
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Gladys Mae Moore

October 7, 1931 - October 16, 2017

Gladys Mae Moore, 86, of Van Buren, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born October 7, 1931 in the Locke Community, to the late Earnest and Violet Moore. She was a seamstress. She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth A. Strickland.She is survived by four daughters, Linda Darlene Horton of Virginia, Diana Lynn Latino of Rogers, Debora Smith of Little Rock, and Donna...
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Richard Vick

December 7, 1945 - October 16, 2017

Richard Allan Vick, 71, of Van Buren, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at his home. He was born December 7, 1945 in Cape Girardeau, MO to the late Norman and Beatrice Vick. He was retired from Walmart, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Fort Smith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marquita Vick; and a daughter, Deborah Caple.He is survived by two...
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Billy G. Kelton

August 25, 1928 - October 16, 2017

Reverend Billy G. Kelton, 89, of Van Buren, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born August 25, 1928 in Stigler, OK to the late Robert and Della Kelton. He was a retired Freewill Baptist Minister, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Kelton. He is survived by his wife, Irine of the home; a daughter, Doris...
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Julie Primo

August 19, 1964 - October 11, 2017

Julie Kaye Primo, 53, of Van Buren, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born August 19, 1964 in San Diego, CA. She was a homemaker, and preceded in death by her husband, Terry Primo; and her mother, Patricia Graham.She is survived by a daughter, Rachel Neal of Fayetteville; a son, Shawn Neal of Fort Smith; her parents, Carl and Peggy Graham of Van Buren; a sister,...
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Helen Shriver

November 18, 1944 - October 8, 2017

Helen Louise Shriver, 72, of Mountainburg, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017 at her home. She was born November 18, 1944 in Ingalls, KS to the late Clyde and Esther Smith. She was a homemaker, a cosmetologist, and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Shriver; and a sister, Mary Hoskinson.She is survived by two daughters,...
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Mary Ruth Short

October 8, 1926 - October 8, 2017

Mary Ruth Rankin Short, 91, of Kibler, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born October 8, 1926 in Kibler, to the late Ed and Ethel (Pinson) Rankin. She was a lifelong member of Kibler United Methodist Church where she met her husband, Jack Short when his father, Milton Bruce Short was the pastor. She was the church pianist there for many years. She played all sorts of...
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Betty Jane Turner

December 11, 1945 - October 4, 2017

Betty Jane Turner, 71, of Van Buren, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at her home. She was born December 11, 1945 in Los Angeles to the late Alton and Gene Ellison. She was a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Gelene Young.She is survived by her husband, Eddie Turner of the home; three sons, Bart Turner and wife Heather of Alma, Michael Turner...
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Mildred Jones

October 29, 1927 - October 3, 2017

Mildred "Granny" Jones, 89, of Alma, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in Springdale. She was born October 29, 1927 in Aransas Pass, TX. She was a homemaker, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Alma. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dow Jones; a son, Roger Jones; and a great-grandson, Ryan Jones. She is survived by a grandson, Tony Jones and wife Tracie, and two great...
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Danny Joe Rye

March 2, 1964 - October 2, 2017

Danny Joe Rye, 53, of Mountainburg, AR, passed away Monday, October 2, 2017 in Mountainburg. He was born March 2, 1964 in Arroyo Grande, CA. He served in the Air Force. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Lee Rye.He is survived by his son, Michael Rye of Missouri; father, Joe Rye of Mountainburg; and mother, Geneva Rye of Mountainburg.He will be cremated under the direction of Edwards...
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Alma Rae Parker

May 13, 1935 - September 30, 2017

Alma Rae Woodruff Peevy Parker, 82, of Van Buren, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017. She was born May 13, 1935 in Plainview, AR to the late Oscar and Iva Woodruff. Alma was a retired schoolteacher, having taught elementary school for 40 years in both the Van Buren and Alma School Systems. She private tutored for 16 years, loved sewing, gardening, crocheting, painting, and designing...
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Brieanna Neal

September 6, 1994 - September 27, 2017

Brieanna Neal, 23, of Van Buren, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at her home. She was born September 6, 1994 in Fort Smith.She is survived by her parents, Tracy Neal and Ricky Brown of Van Buren; a brother, Christopher Brown of Fort Smith; and grandparents, Sandra Radcliff of Van Buren, Wayne Neal of Columbus, OH, and Joyce Brown of Muldrow.Cremation is under the direction of Edwards...
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Emma J. Bullington

December 22, 1941 - September 27, 2017

Emma Bullington, 75, of Van Buren, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at her home. She was born December 22, 1941 in Oklahoma to the late Franklin and Arvella Smith. She was a homemaker, and of the Pentecostal faith. She is survived by her husband, Jerry of the home; a daughter, Teresa Bullington of Van Buren; a son, Frank Bullington of Van Buren; a brother, David Smith of Oklahoma City;...
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Melinda Jensen

September 18, 1973 - September 16, 2017

Mindy Jensen, 43, of Alma, passed away Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Van Buren. She was born September 18, 1973 in Fort Smith. She was a long-term care LPN. She was preceded in death by her mother, Darlene Balazic.She is survived by her husband, Stephen Jensen of the home; a daughter, Alexis Alexander of Fort Smith; a son, Ethan Alexander of Fort Smith; her father and stepmother, Mike and...
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James Donald McMahen

March 23, 1941 - September 16, 2017

James McMahen, 76, of Alma, passed away Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Little Rock. He was born March 23, 1941 in Magnolia, AR to the late Olen and Thelma McMahen. He was a retired Engineering Manager for Gaffey Crane Manufacturing, and a member of First Baptist Church of Alma. James designed fighter jets for the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam Conflict for LTV Aeronautics in Dallas, had...
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Marjorie Ellene Summerhill

October 10, 1925 - September 14, 2017

Marjorie Ellene Summerhill, 91, of Coweta, OK, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 in Broken Arrow. She was born October 10, 1925 in Russellville to the late William and Arbie Huffstetler. She was a homemaker, a member of the Coweta Assembly of God, and loved to sing and garden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Fenley Summerhill; a sister, Mildred Ritchie; and three...
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Lonnie Joe Allen

August 18, 1970 - September 10, 2017

Lonnie "Joe" Allen, 47, of Spiro, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born August 18, 1970 in Pineville, LA to the late William and Tracy Allen. He was a truck driver. He is survived by two daughters, Angela Orzol and husband Stan of Poteau, and Whitney Bowen and husband Coady of Charleston; a son, Joseph Allen and wife Whitney of Van Buren; three sisters, Gracy Marler...
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Ashtee Nickolej Hooten

September 9, 2017 - September 9, 2017

Ashtee Nickolaj Hooten, infant daughter of Justin and Ashley Hooten of Van Buren passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017. She was preceded in death by a grandfather, Brad Heister, and great-grandmother, Mary Gibson.In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Hadrian Dayne Hooten of the home; grandparents, Debbie and Allen Gibson of Van Buren, and Tammie Heister of Van Buren; and...
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Fred Zimmerman

October 20, 1937 - September 9, 2017

Fred Zimmerman, 79, of Greenwood, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017 at his home. He was born October 20, 1937 in Natchez, MS to the late Harry and Mary Lou Zimmerman. He was a retired auditor for Western Union Telegraph, a member of the Apostolic Tabernacle Church in Poteau, a seasonal worker for the Four Rivers Cotton Gin in Jonesville, LA, and had served in the United States Army. In...
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Daniel Voorhees

November 22, 1942 - August 29, 2017

Daniel "Danny" Voorhees, Sr., 74, of Alma passed away Tuesday morning, August 29, 2017 at his home. He was born November 22, 1942 in Fort Smith to the late William and Marie (Smith) Voorhees. He had worked most of his life as a Millwright out of the Carpenter's Local Union 71 in Fort Smith. He was an avid outdoorsman loving both hunting and fishing.He is survived by his son,...
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Elijah Ray Wallace

June 8, 2017 - August 26, 2017

Elijah Ray Wallace, infant son of Kimberly Wallace and Logan Allen of Central City passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017 at his home. He was born June 8, 2017 in Fort Smith. In addition to his parents, he is his grandparents, Shana Smith of Springfield, MO, and Terry Wallace of Central City; and his great-grandparents, Betty and Rick Bodine of Lavaca, and Joy and Chuck Wallace of Central City....
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Genelovee Green

October 11, 1954 - August 25, 2017

Genelovee Green, 62, of Mountainburg, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 at her home. She was born October 11, 1954 to the late Jake and Billie Faye Green. She was a waitress. She is survived by her boyfriend, Ronnie Rose of the home; a son, Kevin Schmous of Oklahoma City; a sister, Alice Watkins of Bremerton, WA; and two grandchildren.Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma...
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Zane Alexander Douglas

August 16, 2016 - August 25, 2017

Zane Alexander Douglas, 1, son of Nicholas Douglas of Van Buren passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 in Little Rock. He was born August 16, 2016 in Fort Smith.In addition to his father, he is survived by a sister, Hayli Douglas of Van Buren; a brother, Bryson Douglas of Van Buren; his grandparents, Tammy and James Douglas of Van Buren; his great-grandmother, Billie Douglas of Charleston; and his...
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Michael Reedy

October 18, 1961 - August 25, 2017

Michael "Mike" Reedy, 55, of Fort Smith, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 in Van Buren. He was born October 18, 1961 in Tacoma, WA to the late Emery and JoAnn Reedy. He worked at Dillmeier Enterprises Inc. in Van Buren. He was a very hard worker and a loving father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by a brother, Pat Reedy.He is survived by three daughters, Amber Johnson of Fort Smith...
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Jack Raymond Plumbtree

December 16, 1927 - August 25, 2017

Jack R. Plumbtree, 89, of Mulberry, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born December 16, 1927 in Hollister, OK to the late George and Gladys Plumbtree. He worked for Covey Furniture Co. for nearly 20 years. He was a business representative for UFWA Local 270 where he served as President for a number of years, and a business agent for IUE. He is survived by his wife,...
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Nancy Lynn Millican

November 5, 1947 - August 24, 2017

Nancy Lynn Millican, 69, of Van Buren, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born November 5, 1947 in Brunswick, MO to the late Paul and Laverna Smith. She was an accountant. She is survived by her husband, Curtis Millican of the home; a daughter, Jody Jenkins of Van Buren; two sons, Wade Jenkins of Columbia, MO, and Derrick Jenkins of Van Buren; a stepdaughter, Angela...
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Hubert S. Coombes

July 25, 1929 - August 23, 2017

Hubert S. Coombes, 88, of Van Buren, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at his home. He was born July 25, 1929 in Blackwater, MO to the late Ellis and Ollie Coombes. He was the retired co-owner/operator of Coombes Construction, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Van Buren for 52 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola E. Coombes; a son, Larry Coombes; a daughter-in-law,...
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Beverly Marie Mourney

July 5, 1934 - August 21, 2017

Beverly Mourney, 83, of Mountainburg, passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at her home surrounded by her children. She was born July 5, 1934 in Endicott, New York, to the late George F. and Marie Hayes Blewer. She grew up on the family dairy farm in Weltonville, New York before moving with her family to Mesa, Arizona and graduating from Mesa High School in 1952. Beverly was devoted to her...
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Michael Wayne Shelly

August 17, 1950 - August 19, 2017

Michael Wayne "Mike" Shelly, 67, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He was born on August 17, 1950 in Fort Smith. He graduated from Alma High School in 1969, and was the first recipient of the John Phillips Sousa Award for playing the trombone in the high school band. In December of 1969, he enlisted in the U.S. Army...
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Robert T. Chick

January 8, 1947 - August 17, 2017

Robert "Bob" Chick, 70, of Alma, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Fayetteville. He was born January 8, 1947 in Stringtown, OK. He was a retired long-haul driver, and a member of the V.F.W. Post in Rogers. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary.He is survived by two sons, Thomas Chick of Van Buren, and Orville Chick of Fort...
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Eldon Ritcheson

May 6, 1949 - August 17, 2017

Eldon Ritcheson, 68, of Kibler, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 at his home. He was born May 6, 1949 in Fort Smith to the late Eulis and Wilma Ritcheson. He was a retired welder for Rheem Mfg., and a member of the D.A.V. Chapter 42 in Alma. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a pilot, and loved to hunt, fish, and ride motorcycles. He was preceded in death by...
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Pike C. Robinson

April 7, 1931 - August 16, 2017

The Rev. Pike Robinson, 86, of Van Buren, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2017. He was born April 7, 1931 in Spur, TX to the late Julius and Eunice Robinson. He was a retired Minister for the Assemblies of God, a member of Butterfield Assembly of God Church, and a full-time evangelist for nearly six years. He is survived by his wife, Clara of the home; two daughters, Cynthia Gonzales of...
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Mark Rowan

September 9, 1958 - August 11, 2017

Mark Rowan, 58, of Alma, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born September 9, 1958 in Moberly, MO to the late Clifton and Ruth Rowan. He was the Transportation Director at OK Foods in Fort Smith, and a member of District 6 Volunteer Firefighters. He is survived by his wife, Debra Gayle of the home; a son, Brian Rowan and wife Nicole of Van Buren; his mother-in-law,...
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Nina Clover Forehand

October 26, 1922 - August 10, 2017

Nina Clover Bailey Forehand passed from this earth on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Michael Garrigan in Grove, Oklahoma. Nina was the daughter of Reverend John Quincy and Lydia Ellen Blevins Bailey. She was born October 26, 1922 on a farm five miles east of Van Buren on Catcher Road. Nina was 94 years old. Nina met Ervin Forrest Forehand...
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Kimberly Harris

February 26, 1976 - August 5, 2017

Kimberly Harris, 41, of Van Buren, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was a waitress for various restaurants.She is survived by three daughters, Allison Spurlock of Fort Smith, Shanda Harris of Rogers, and Breanne Harris of Cedarville; her parents, Kathy and James Shipley of Van Buren; a sister, Dawn Peters of Springdale; a brother, James Shipley II of Van Buren; and two...
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Regina Turner

March 22, 1953 - August 4, 2017

Regina Turner, 64, of Van Buren, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born March 22, 1953 in Rector, AR to the late Lloyd and Sylvia Ray. She was a retired Credit Counselor for Lowe's in Van Buren, and had worked for Montgomery-Ward Department Stores in the past.She is survived by her husband, Alvis of the home; two daughters, Jennifer Fournier of Farmington, and Leah McCoy...
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Dorothy Russell Adamson

February 17, 1934 - August 4, 2017

Dorothy Russell Adamson, 83, of Figure Five, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017. She was born February 17, 1934 in Okemah, OK to the late Effie and Charlie Russell. Dorothy worked at many jobs during her lifetime and retired from Klein Tools. She was a member of Impact Church of Alma, and loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart.She is survived by her husband, Bill of the home; three...
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Charles Edward Pulford

September 30, 1924 - August 1, 2017

Charles Pulford, 92, of Cedarville, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at his home. He was born September 30, 1924 in Minnesota to the late V'Tell and Rachel Pulford. He was a dealer for Watkins Products, and a member of Shamrock Community Church. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII as a member of the Edson's Raiders, receiving three Purple Hearts. In addition to his parents,...
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Kenneth Harold McClendon

May 16, 1934 - August 1, 2017

Kenneth H. McClendon, 83, of Cedarville, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born May 16, 1934 in Alma to the late Carl and Ruby McClendon. He had retired from Dixie Cup after 39 years. He had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Cedarville since 1974 where he was a Deacon, a Sunday school teacher, and a food bank volunteer. In addition to his parents, he was...
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James Mack Forrest

September 6, 1947 - July 27, 2017

James "Mack" Forrest, 69, of Alma, passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017. He was born September 6, 1947 in Fort Smith to the late Mark Caswell & Elizabeth McLendon Forrest. He grew up in Alma and Ozark, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, and was the former Business Manager of the Southwest Times Record. He then embraced his...
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Bonnie Reinschmiedt

April 11, 1967 - July 26, 2017

Bonnie Reinschmiedt, 50, of Mountainburg, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at her home. She was born April 11, 1967 in Van Buren. She had worked for John Wood State Farm Insurance in Alma, was a member of Kibler Freewill Baptist Church, the Alma Band Boosters, and was active in the Girl Scouts. She was preceded in death by her father, Carthel Mongold.She is survived by her husband, Keith...
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Doris Spradley

April 5, 1928 - July 24, 2017

Doris Spradley, 89, of Fort Smith, passed away Monday, July 24, 2017. She was born April 5, 1928 in Midland, AR to the late George and Cora Derrick. She was a homemaker, a member of First Baptist Church in Van Buren, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Guy Spradley, and a granddaughter, Emily Spradley.She is survived by two sons,...
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Sandra Davis

August 28, 1950 - July 20, 2017

Sandra Davis, 66, of Van Buren, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born August 28, 1950 in Little Rock to the late Louis and Margaret Burcham. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Ray Davis; a sister, Cathy Burcham, and a brother, Bobby Burcham.She is survived by two daughters, Sondra Corbell and Beverly Yepez, both of Van Buren; a son,...
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Cecil Osburn

January 14, 1943 - July 20, 2017

Cecil Darmon Osburn, 74, of Van Buren, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born January 14, 1943 in Haskell, OK. He had worked for Mead Containers. He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Osburn.He is survived by his wife, Wanda Titsworth-Rose Osburn of the home; a son, Aaron Osburn and wife Mandy of Mulberry; three stepsons, Duane Rose and wife Raney of Mulberry,...
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Jimmy Douglas Shelton

March 10, 1932 - July 20, 2017

Jimmy Douglas Shelton, 85, of Alma, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Fort Smith after an 11-month battle with cancer. He was born March 10, 1932 in Norphlet, AR to the late Creighton and Eva Shelton. He was married to Betty Mott on October 21, 1960. An extremely shy young person, he went on to be quite the talker in later life. Friends have teased that if he'd had his knees replaced...
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Jeanette Penson Daugherty

October 23, 1939 - July 18, 2017

Jeanette Penson Daugherty, 77, of Alma, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at her home. She was born October 23, 1939 in Kibler to the late Kerney and Lillian Akins. She had worked for Tankersley Bros. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Burl Penson; and a sister and brother, Charlotte and Faye Curtis Akins. She is survived by her husband, Jan Daugherty of the home; a daughter,...
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Joe Usrey

March 28, 1940 - July 13, 2017

Joe Lloyd Usrey, 77, of Van Buren, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017. He was born March 28, 1940 in Springdale to the late Samuel and Daisy Usrey. He was self-employed.He is survived by his wife, Peggy Usrey; two daughters, Tammie Craigmyle of California, and Terrie Usrey of Cedarville; a sister, Naomi Slone of California; a brother, Erton Usrey of Springdale; five grandchildren, nine great...
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Sandra F. Robson

December 6, 1935 - July 12, 2017

Sandy Robson, 81, of Van Buren, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017. She was born December 6, 1935 in Alma to the late Macon and Verna Mae Cawthon. She was a retired accountant for the Arkansas National Guard. She was a member of Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church in Van Buren, and loved the Arkansas Razorbacks and the St. Louis Cardinals. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death...
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Freddie Morgan

January 26, 1926 - July 12, 2017

Freddie Morgan, 91, of Mountainburg, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017. He was born January 26, 1926 in Mountainburg to the late Oscar and Sophie Morgan. He was the retired owner/operator of F&W Auto Parts in Mountainburg. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda; a sister, Jewell Jones; and brothers, Harold, Herschel, Virgil, Oscar, Jr., and Lee. He is survived by a daughter, Donna...
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Patricia Sampley

January 10, 1953 - July 10, 2017

Patricia Sampley, 64, of Fort Smith, passed away Monday, July 10, 2017. She was born January 10, 1953 in Florence, AZ to the late J.W. and Myrlene Phillips. She was a retired Certified Nursing Assistant, and loved to play bingo. She is survived by a daughter, Patricia LaRue of Alma; a son, Jason Phillips of Van Buren; three sisters, Darlene Sampley and Tammy Powell, both of Van Buren, and...
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Billy Don Watson

September 27, 1943 - July 8, 2017

Billy Don "Donnie" Watson, 73, of Rudy, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017 at his home. He was born September 27, 1943 in Alma to the late Billy Edwin and Norma Mae Watson. He was the retired owner and operator of Watson's Garage and Body Shop in Alma, and co-owner of the Crawford County Speedway. He attended Maple Shade Church of the Nazarene in Alma, and loved deer hunting and camping. He...
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Grover F. Blackford

April 15, 1940 - July 7, 2017

Grover Blackford, 77, of Fort Smith, passed away Friday, July 7, 2017. He was born April 15, 1940 in Fort Smith to the late Hercule and Elnora Blackford. He was a retired maintenance worker for Shipley Baking Company in Fort Smith, and served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, June; and a grandson, Jason Likens. He is survived by four daughters, Margo Belt of Van Buren,...
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William Perry Reather

February 7, 1983 - July 6, 2017

William Perry Reather, Jr., 34, of Van Buren, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017 in Camden, AR. He was born February 7, 1983 in Fort Smith. He was a self-employed welder. He was preceded in death by his father, William Perry Reather, Sr.; a sister, Casey Reather; grandparents, Clinton and Frances Graham, Raymond and Ada Reather, and Paul and Peggy Bishop; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins...
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Barbara Ann Patterson

March 20, 1943 - July 4, 2017

Barbara Ann Patterson, 74, of Alma, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born March 20, 1943 in Claremore, OK to the late Robert and Geneva McClendon. She was a candy maker at Kopper Kettle for 22 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Bobbie Hefley; two brothers, Robert and Roy McClendon; and a niece, Christie...
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Layton Davis,

June 17, 1933 - June 30, 2017

Layton Davis, Sr., 84, of Van Buren, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 at Memory Lane at Legacy Heights surrounded by his loving family. He was a 1952 graduate of Alma High School, and served his country in the Navy during the Korean War. He retired from Hickory Springs Manufacturing, and was a member of CrossPointe Community Church in Van Buren.The youngest of ten, Layton was born June 17, 1933...
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Howard Gentry

October 31, 1926 - June 27, 2017

Robert Howard Gentry, everyone called him Howard, was born on October 31, 1926 in a log cabin built by his grandfather in Crawford County, and left to be with Jesus at 10:17 a.m., Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from Chetopa, KS.Howard served in the United States Navy in World War II, serving in the Amphibians, special forces troops trained in the use of S.C.U.B.A. tactics, Marine combat tactics and ...
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John W. Adams

August 19, 1954 - June 19, 2017

John W. Adams, 62, of Van Buren, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born August 19, 1954 in Bentonville. He was retired from Bekaert Steel, and a member of Holiness Block Church in Van Buren.He is survived by his wife, LaTresa of the home; three daughters, Wendy Walker of Tulsa, and Bambie Adams and Cheyenne Adams, both of the home; five sons, Jeff Walker of Fairland, OK,...
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Donald John Henrichs

June 22, 1930 - June 16, 2017

Donald John Henrichs, 86, of Van Buren, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017 at his home. He was born June 22, 1930 in Minneota, MN to the late George and Mabel Henrichs. Born in Minneota, but raised in Watertown, SD, he enjoyed farm work and bronco riding until joining the Navy. He served on the U.S.S. Manchester during the Korean War. He then raised his family in Southern California. Coming...
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James E. Taylor

July 9, 1957 - June 15, 2017

James Everett Taylor, Jr., 59, of Van Buren, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017 at his home. He was born July 9, 1957 in Van Buren to the late James E. "Red" and Gurtie Taylor. He retired as the owner/operator of TNT Express in Van Buren, and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Kay Spradlin.He is survived...
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Ronald Warman

May 3, 1962 - June 14, 2017

Ronald Marc Warman, 55, of Van Buren, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at his home. He was born May 3, 1962 in Honolulu, HI. He worked for Planters Peanuts, and was preceded in death by his mother, Minerva Warman. He is survived by a daughter, Jessica Warman of Van Buren; a son, Marc Warman of Germany; his father, Roland Warman, sister, Ronda Warman, and brother, Roland Warman, all of Van...
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Joseph Szuba

March 17, 1931 - June 12, 2017

Joseph J. Szuba, 86, of Van Buren, passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born March 17, 1931 in Cleveland, OH to the Joseph and Mary Szuba. He was retired from General Electric, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict in the Air Defense Artillery branch. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Szuba.He is survived by three daughters, Debbie Thomas of Parma...
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Gideon Halal Jackson

June 23, 2002 - June 11, 2017

Gideon Halal Jackson, 14, of Van Buren, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017. He was born June 23, 2002 in Fort Smith. He attended Van Buren Freshman Academy, and was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Carolyn Brewer and Patricia Jackson.He is survived by his parents, Aaron and Robin Jackson of the home; a sister, Israel Jackson of the...
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Calvin W. Edwards

July 25, 1943 - June 9, 2017

Calvin Edwards, 73, of Mountainburg, passed away Friday, June 9, 2017 at his home. He was born July 25, 1943 in Fullerton, CA to the late Calvin and Jessie Edwards. Calvin was a retired Master Sergeant in the United States Army, and a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. He was a Mason, a member of the Scottish Rites, and a 32nd Degree Shriner. He was the owner and operator of Edwards Aviation...
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Pike Harvell

September 23, 1940 - June 8, 2017

Pike Harvell, 76, of Alma, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born September 23, 1940 in Muldrow, to the late Paul and Nadine Harvell. He was retired from Rheem, and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Muldrow. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Julie Anne Mitchael.He is survived by his wife, Carolyn of the home; two...
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Mark McCormick

November 26, 1958 - June 4, 2017

Mark Steven "Pops" "Hair" McCormick, 58, of Alma, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017 in Van Buren. He was born November 26, 1958 in Van Buren. He was an old hippie with the sweetest spirit and a giving heart who would always help a friend in need. He worked in construction, and was preceded in death by his father, John McCormick. He is survived by a son, Joshua McCormick and wife Shawney of Rudy...
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Hattie Fay Rudy

February 22, 1933 - June 2, 2017

Hattie Fay Rudy, 84, of Van Buren, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born February 22, 1933 in Fulton, MS to the late Dewey and Flora Thomas. She was a homemaker and of the Christian faith. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Carylen Huff and Betty Osman; and two sons, Jimmy and Stanley Skinner. She is survived by four daughters, Ellen Emery of Huntington, Linda...
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