Our Obituaries

Richard Brian Jennen

March 12, 1972 - January 24, 2018

Richard Brian Jennen, 45, of Van Buren, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018. He was born March 12, 1972 in Fort Smith. Richard was an avid outdoorsman with his love for piloting, skydiving and rock climbing. He enjoyed running marathons with his children and most of all loved watching Halie and Jake play sports. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Wade of...
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Elizabeth Alverson

September 9, 1931 - January 22, 2018

Rev. Elizabeth Alverson, 86, of Van Buren, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018 in Fort Smith. She was born September 9, 1931 in Fort Smith to the late William and Effie Mason. She was an Ordained Minister through World-Wide Fellowship Ministries, and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Cecil Alverson; and two sons, Cecil "Buddy" Alverson, and Michael Alverson. She is...
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Sandra Marlene Barker

October 7, 1960 - January 21, 2018

Sandra Marlene Barker, 57, of Alma passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018 at her home. She was born October 7, 1960 in Bellflower, CA to the late Bill and Patricia Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Barker; and two brothers, Dennis and Ronald Smith. She is survived by her husband, Terry Barker of the home; a son, Kenneth Barker of Alma; two brothers...
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Gloria Woods

December 15, 1927 - January 20, 2018

Gloria "Jeanne" Woods, 90, of Van Buren, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 in Fort Smith. She was born December 15, 1927 in El Reno, OK to the late Ray and Edith Alexander. She was a homemaker and was a member of City Heights United Methodist Church in Van Buren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Woods; sister, Ferol Hopkins; and three brothers, Billy, Ray and Thomas...
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Troy Wayne Barker

August 15, 1953 - January 18, 2018

Troy Barker, 64, of Van Buren, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Fort Smith. He was born August 15, 1953 in Van Buren to the late Billy and Dorothy Barker. He had worked for Allen Canning, and retired from the U.S. Navy.He is survived by his wife, Janie Barker of the home; five daughters, DeAndrea Bull of Van Buren, Christina Hibbard of Alma, Lisa McBride of Fort Smith, Tina Drost of...
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John Lamar Foster

December 6, 1946 - January 18, 2018

John Lamar Foster, 71, of Mulberry, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at his home. He was born December 6, 1946 in Manchester, GA to the late Arthur and Ellen Foster. He was retired from Hickory Springs. He was preceded in death by his first and second wife, Zona Foster and Sue Foster; and a grandson, Braxton Goins. He is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Cantrell and husband Jody, and...
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Charles P. Fritchey

February 14, 1933 - January 17, 2018

The Rev. Charles P. Fritchey, 84, received his ultimate healing entering Heavens Gates on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 17 in Fort Smith where he so anxiously longed to meet Jesus and his many relatives and friends. He was born February 14, 1933 in Van Buren, to the late Rev. T. R. Fritchey and Laura Bell (Palmer) Fritchey. He is survived by his loving wife Willa Dean (Atwell) Fritchey of almost 64...
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Keith Parmenter

July 24, 1977 - January 11, 2018

Keith Parmenter, 40, of Van Buren, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018 at his home. He was born July 24, 1977 in Fort Benning, GA. He was preceded in death by his father, Bud Parmenter.He is survived by his mother, Sue Parmenter of Cedarville; a special Momma, Cub Pulford of Cedarville; a sister, Debra Jones and husband Mike of Van Buren; nephews, Dillon Hobbs and wife Morgan of Cedarville,...
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Ray H. Jackson

August 13, 1927 - January 9, 2018

Ray H. Jackson, 90, of Mulberry, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in Alma. He was born August 13, 1927 in Mulberry to the late Raymond and Elizabeth Jackson. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service; and served in the U.S. Army during WWII.He is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth Jackson of the home; four daughters, Vicki Jackson of Little Rock, Chris Fendley of Lawrenceville, GA, Doris...
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Richard Rosiere

August 27, 1939 - January 8, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, Van Buren, AR.
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Laura Osborne

October 9, 1972 - January 5, 2018


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Laura Lee Osborne

October 9, 1972 - January 5, 2018

Laura Lee Osborne, 45, of Van Buren, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at her home. She was born October 9, 1972 in Englewood, NJ to the late Jesse and Mildred Sharpe. She was a certified nursing assistant. She is survived by her husband, Jeff Osborne of the home; a daughter, Sierra Osborne of the home; two sons, Christopher Osborne of the home, and Jimmy Fescoe of New Jersey; a sister,...
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Joseph Raymond Kessler

June 26, 1927 - January 2, 2018

Joseph Raymond Kessler, 90, of Checotah, OK, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in Warner, OK. He was born June 26, 1927 in Medicine Lodge, KS to the late Charles and Edna Kessler. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Kessler; a son, Dan Hall; a daughter, Sherry Thompson; a sister, Mae Grazier; and three brothers, Charlie Kessler, George Kessler, and Frank Kessler. The family will...
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Frank Staten

August 17, 1948 - January 1, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, Van Buren, AR.
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Donna Sue Shepherd

May 23, 1939 - December 30, 2017

It is with much love and sadness we announce Donna Sue Shepherd, our beloved mother, grandmother and sister went home to be with the Lord at the age of 78 on December 30, 2017. She was born in Mulberry to the late Harlan and Lillian Mae Gaines on May 23, 1939. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Billy Olen Shepherd, and two grandsons, Kregg Allen Moran, and Luke Harlan Shepherd. ...
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Francis Zielinski

October 5, 1937 - December 30, 2017

Francis "Frank" Zielinski, 80, of Van Buren, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017. He was born October 5, 1937 in Chicago, IL to the late Frank and Sylvia Zielinski. He served in the U.S. Navy, and was retired from PepperSource. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Dennis and Gerald Zielinski; and a grandson, Tyler Zielinski.He is survived by his wife, Judith Zielinski of the home; a...
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Lucille Walls

October 21, 1955 - December 30, 2017

Lucille Walls, 62, of Alma, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 in Little Rock. She was born October 21, 1955 in Fort Smith to the late Herman Howe and Wanda Lee Phillips. She had worked for Allen Canning. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Walls, Jr.; two sons, William Wayne Walls, and Arthur Berryhill; two sisters, Letha Shelton and Linda Howe; and two brothers, Jim Howe,...
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Gloria Mildred Caselman

February 10, 1931 - December 29, 2017

Gloria Mildred Caselman, 86, of Alma, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 in Fort Smith. She was born February 10, 1931 in Chester, PA to the late Walter and Sara Williams. She retired from Con-tel as a supervisor and was a member of First Baptist Church in Alma. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Caselman and one sister Joyce Murphy.She is survived by her son, Bruce Caselman...
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Dollie Berniece Robertson

March 22, 1938 - December 28, 2017

Dollie Berniece "Niecey" Robertson passed peacefully to glory on Thursday morning, December 28th with her husband and family gathered at her side.Resident of Arlington, Texas and member of Arlington First Church of the Nazarene. Wife of Billy "Joe" Robertson and loving mother of every child she ever held in her arms in addition to her own six daughters and two sons. As mother, grandmother, great...
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Lorraine Horton

September 16, 1928 - December 28, 2017

Lorraine Horton, 89, of Alma, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017 in Van Buren. She was born September 16, 1928 in South Bend, IN to the late Casimir and Mary Ann Pinkowski. She was preceded in death by a son, Gary Lee Horton. She is survived by her husband, Max Horton of Florida; a daughter, Kathy Hawblitzel and husband John of Alma; a son, Max Loren Horton of Indiana; four grandchildren,...
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Claudie Pentecost

December 11, 1918 - December 27, 2017

Claudie Esther Gilleylen Pentecost, 99, formerly of Bentonville, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in Franklin, Tennessee, where she lived for the last 12 years with her daughter. Born in Pike City, Arkansas on December 11, 1918, Mrs. Pentecost moved to Washington D.C. in December 1941 where she worked for the War Production Board during World War II, and then the General Services...
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Rickie Little

August 11, 1955 - December 25, 2017

Rickie Andrew Little, 62, of Mountainburg, passed away Monday, December 25, 2017 at his home. He was born August 11, 1955 in Wichita, KS to the late Howard Little and Mae Cecil. He worked in construction, and served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by two daughters, Angela Davis and husband Wesley, and Misty Harris and husband James, all of Van Buren; a son, Josh Collins of Gould, AR; a...
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Clovie Edwards

March 12, 1922 - December 25, 2017

Clovie Edwards, 95, of Kibler, passed away Monday, December 25, 2017 in Alma. She was born February 12, 1922 in Haroldton, AR to the late James and Lora Parks. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, A.O. "Oak" Edwards; a daughter, Priscilla Jones, a grandson, Ronnie Webb, and eight siblings.She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Hughes of Van Buren, and Judy Steinsiek...
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Terry Robinson

October 2, 1931 - December 25, 2017

Terry Robinson, 86, of Van Buren, passed away Monday, December 25, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born October 2, 1931 in St. Paul, AR to the late John and Delia Robinson. He had worked for Arkansas Rim & Bow. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Robinson; two sisters, Betsy Thomas and Patsy Shipp; and two brothers, Bill and Joe Robinson. He is survived by a...
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Evelyn Bernice Armer

March 7, 1938 - December 24, 2017

Evelyn Bernice Armer, 79, of Ozark, was called to rest by the Lord on Sunday, December 24, 2017 in Fayetteville after a long battle with cancer. She was born March 7, 1938 in Bakersfield, CA to the late John and Pearl Hudson. She worked in housekeeping, and was an inspector for Holiday Inn and Days Inn. She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church in Mulberry, and a charter member of the...
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Anna Morgan Hicks

December 22, 2017 - December 22, 2017

Anna Morgan Hicks, infant daughter of Taryn and Colton Hicks of Alma, passed away Friday, December 22, 2017 in a Fort Smith hospital. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Adeline Hicks of the home; her grandparents, Colleen Nick of Alma, and John Nick of Rudy; two aunts, Morgan Nick and Cassidy Nick; and three uncles, Logan Nick, Baron Hicks, and Kaleb Hicks.Funeral service...
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Mildred Wright

January 19, 1923 - December 19, 2017

Mildred Wright, 94, of Van Buren, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017. She was born January 19, 1923 in Alma to the late James and Elizabeth Davis. She was a retired LPN; and was preceded in death by her husband, S.J. Wright; a daughter, Joyce Hartsfield; a son, Jimmy Wright; and a grandson, Steve Butler. She is survived by three grandchildren, Robin Schultz of Alma; Douglas Wright of...
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Nilda Joven Timbs

May 18, 1936 - December 17, 2017

Nilda J. Timbs died of renal disease after a long illness.She was born in Cotobato, Philippines, the eldest child of Jose Joven MD and Felicidad Galang, a pharmacist.Her early childhood was marked by the ravages of World War II. She was a gifted student - graduating from elementary school at age 10, valedictorian of her high school class at 14, and earned her BSE (cum laude) from the University...
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Bonnie Lea Davis

January 9, 1931 - December 16, 2017

On January 9, 1931, an angel, Bonnie Lea Gilpin Davis was born in Jefferson City, Missouri to Edgar and Gertie Gilpin. She earned her wings and halo and departed this earth to join her husband, Layton Davis Sr. in heaven on December 16, 2017 at Memory Lane at Legacy Heights surrounded by her loving family. Bonnie was retired from Wal-Mart and a member of CrossPointe Community Church in Van Buren...
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Leonard Mongold

December 9, 1961 - December 15, 2017

Leonard D. Mongold, 56, of Fort Smith, passed away Friday, December 15, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born December 9, 1961 in Van Buren. He was preceded in death by his father, Carthel Mongold, and sister, Bonnie Reinschmiedt.He is survived by his mother, Ruth Mongold of Dyer; a brother-in-law, Keith Reinschmiedt of Mountainburg; and two nieces, Christy Anna Owens of Dyer, and Etana Janae...
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Mary Malinda Pounder

July 28, 1956 - December 12, 2017

Mary Malinda "Lin" Pounder, 61, of Mountainburg, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at her home. She was born July 28, 1956 in Riverside, CA. She was the owner/operator of Cross Stitch Treasures, a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Mountainburg, and served in the U.S. Army. She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Rhoden; and niece and nephew, Melissa Gribling and Jeremiah...
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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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Betty Lou Milton

August 30, 1930 - October 2, 2017

Betty Lou Milton, 87, of Fort Smith, passed away Monday, October 2, 2017. She was born August 30, 1930 in Van Buren to the late Commodore and Cordelia Bolding. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Milton. She is survived by two daughters, Janice Milton of Alma, and Kay Hobbs and husband Ricky of Alma; a son, Michael Milton and wife Missy of Barling; two sisters,...
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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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Donna Farmer

February 16, 1932 - October 1, 2017

Donna Natalie McCormick Farmer, daughter of Wesley and Edythe McCormick, was born February 16, 1932, at the home of her grandparents, Harry and Cora McCormick in Canton, Oklahoma. She moved with her parents to Custer City at the age of 3. She attended all of her public school years there. Her interests were her studies, writing stories, and music. She sang in various musical groups at school...
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Benny Lee Adams

March 8, 1961 - October 1, 2017

Benny Lee Adams, 56, of Van Buren, passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Fort Smith. He was born March 8, 1961 in Springdale to the late Leroy and Mary Adams. He worked for Tyson. He is survived by two daughters, Amy Adams of Hot Springs, and Serenity Adams of Granby, MO; three sons, Benjamin Adams of Pea Ridge, Christopher Nichols of Gravette, and Jaydon Adams of Granby, MO; four sisters Lori...
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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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Teresa Lee Francis

September 26, 1952 - September 29, 2017

Teresa Lee Francis was born on September 26, 1952 to Rita Evalyn Green and Charles Scott Francis in Knoxville, TN. She was the cutest freckled girl imaginable, endearing the adults in her life with her charming personality and mischievous curiosity. She is the eldest child of seven siblings. She spent her childhood with four brothers and sisters, living at various times in Tennessee, Kentucky,...
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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 Jean 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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