Our Obituaries

Reba Hall

March 17, 1925 - September 13, 2016

Reba Hall, 91,of Ozark passed away Tuesday September 13, 2016. She was born March 17, 1925 in Woodward, OK. She was a member of Oak Bend Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral Service will be 10AM Saturday September 17, 2016 at Oak Bend Missionary Baptist Church, burial will follow in Morgan Hill Cemetery under the direction of Smith Mortuary, Charleston, AR. Left to cherish her memory is...
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Bessie Hunter

August 24, 1936 - September 12, 2016

Bessie Hunter, 80, of Fort Smith, AR passed away September 12, 2016. She was born August 24, 1936 at Arbuckle Island, AR. She was a long time employee for Walmart. She was preceded in death by her parents Audie and Sallie Eubanks Freeman and her husband Jack L. Hunter. Funeral service will be held 1:30 PM Friday September 16, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Fort Smith under the...
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Mary Howard

November 17, 1948 - September 11, 2016

Mary Joyce Howard, 67, of Barling, AR passed away Sunday September 11, 2016 at Fort Smith. She was born November 17, 1948 in Rivervale, AR to the late Elbert Earl and Eva Mae Martin South. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Smith Mortuary, Charleston, AR. Left to cherish her memory is her son John Howard of...
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Gary Don Frost

October 25, 1955 - September 5, 2016

Gary Don Frost, 60 of Branch, AR, passed away September 5,2016. He was born October 25, 1955 to Darvin and Violette Mars Frost. He serviced in the military and was also a truck driver. He was preceded in death by his father Darvin Frost and sister Donna Jendreas. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Smith Mortuary in Charleston, AR under the direction of...
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Raymond Becker

March 21, 1931 - September 4, 2016

Raymond Becker, 85, of Fort Smith, AR, passed away September 4,2016 in Fort Smith. He was born March 21, 1931 at Fort Chaffee to the late I.R. and Dorothy Weindel Becker. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary's Catholic Church. He served in the US Air Force. Raymond also worked in construction and was a furniture builder. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters Jo Ann...
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Kenneth Smith

August 1, 1960 - September 3, 2016

Kenneth Smith, 56, of Charleston, AR, passed away September 3, 2016. He was born August 1, 1960, at Charleston to the late William Smith and Lucille Binz Smith. Kenneth worked as an auditor for Cloyes Gear. Funeral Mass will be 10 AM Tuesday September 6, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Charleston, AR, under the direction of Smith Mortuary. Left to cherish his memory is his wife...
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Jo Nell Rainwater

September 1, 1933 - August 29, 2016

Jo Nell Rainwater, 82, of Charleston, passed away August 29, 2016 in Charleston. She was born September 1, 1933, at Arbuckle Island to the late William Chester and Ollie Choate Passmore. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harold Gene Rainwater, one sister, Katherine Taylor, and one brother Gerald Passmore. She retired from Riverside Furniture. She was a member of Union...
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Bob Hutchins

December 25, 1942 - August 24, 2016

Bob Hutchins, 73, of Charleston, passed away August 24, 2016 in Fort Smith. He was born December 25, 1942 at Arbuckle Island to the late Ralph and Eula Hutchins. He was business owner and farmer. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing and horse racing. Preceding him in death are his parents, one sister, Lodema Ramsey and one brother, Bill Hutchins Graveside service will be 10AM Friday August 26, 2016...
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Susie McGee

December 31, 1942 - August 10, 2016

Susie ( Phelan) McGee, 73, of Charleston, AR passed away Wednesday August 10, 2016 in Fort Smith, AR. She was born December 31, 1942 Keota, OK to James and Francie (Bond) Phelan. She was proceeded in death by her parents, husband Billy Kenneth McGee, two sons Christopher Earl and William F McGee, two brothers Leon Seagavest and William Phelan. Graveside service will be 10AM Saturday August...
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Gary Thurlow Cross

April 26, 1969 - August 1, 2016

Gary Thurlow Cross, 47, of Anderson, MO passed away August 1, 2016 in Anderson. He was born April 26, 1969 in Fort Smith, AR to Glenn Cross and Linda VanMeter Breen. He was a member of Charleston First Baptist Church, Army National Guard, where he served in Desert Storm. He was preceded in death by his father Glenn. Memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 4th at...
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Curtis Henry Varnell

August 3, 1932 - July 29, 2016

Curtis Henry Varnell, 83, of Subiaco, AR passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016 in his home. He was born August 3, 1932 in St. Louis valley Community, AR to Lee Samuel Thomas Varnell and Nettie Maryann Moore Varnell. He was a member of Midway Assembly of God Church, The Salvation Army and Perky Pioneers of Midway. He was a Car Salesman. Daddy was loved by many and always loved friends &...
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Vicki Ann Simmons

August 29, 1941 - July 28, 2016

Vicki Ann Simmons, 74, of Charleston, AR passed away Thursday, July 28th, 2016 in Fort Smith, AR. She was born August 29, 1941 in Grand Rapids, MI to George Ager and Adelia Bailey Ager. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial service will be at 2:00p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Smith Mortuary Chapel with Cremation under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston, AR. She...
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Cleo Bollinger

March 18, 1926 - July 21, 2016

Cleo B. Bollinger, 90 of Charleston, AR passed away Thursday, July 21st, 2016 in Charleston. She was born March 18, 1926 in Nocona, Texas to Gilbert Breeze and Golda Hill Breeze. She was a member of Charleston First Baptist Church. Cleo and John greatly enjoyed fishing and camping and spent many months out of the year on the banks of the Toledo Bend Reservoir, she also loved Blue Grass...
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Helen May Wells

August 3, 1926 - July 16, 2016

Helen May Wells, 89, of Charleston passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Fort Smith. She was born in the Marietta Community in what is now Fort Chaffee to Roy Rice and Blanche Delaney Rice. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Raymond, and a sister, Faye Whittington. Helen was a retired educator having taught for 28 years at schools in Branch, Dardanelle, Farmington, and...
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Billy Joe Knight

February 13, 1939 - July 15, 2016

Billy Joe Knight, 77, of Van Buren, formerly of Charleston, AR passed away July 15, 2016 in Van Buren, AR. He was born February 13th, 1939 in Richton, MS to William Owen Knight & Ruby Lee Ivy Knight. He was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict & a business owner. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley Fry Knight, one daughter Patty Jo Knight and one sister Shirley Ann...
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Sophia Jane Maier Martin

January 8, 1932 - July 6, 2016

Sophia Jane Maier Martin, 84, of Charleston, AR passed away July 6th 2016 in Charleston. She was born January 8, 1932 in Charleston to Charley Maier and Susan Rogers Maier. She was a homemaker. Service will be 10AM Monday, July 11, 2016 at Smith Mortuary Chapel with burial at Lowes Creek Cemetery under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston. She is survived by her husband James A....
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Shelby K Essman

December 2, 1946 - July 4, 2016

Shelby Essman, 69 of Charleston, AR passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 in Fort Smith, AR. He was born December 2, 1946 in Charleston to Franzis "Sonny" Essman & Johnnie Corbel Essman Reed. He was a member and deacon at Mt. View Free Will Baptist Church and was an Auto Body Repairman. Service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2016 at Smith Mortuary Chapel in Charleston with burial at...
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Carolyn Cauldwell

September 6, 1943 - June 29, 2016

Carolyn Rambo Cauldwell ,72, of Tulsa, OK, formerly of Charleston, AR passed away June 29, 2016 in Tulsa. She was born September 6, 1943 in Charleston, AR to J.D. Rambo and Mary Alice Edmonds Rambo. Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Bloomer Baptist Church with burial at Garden of Memories in Charleston under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston, AR . She is...
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Ellen Fox

October 2, 1922 - June 20, 2016

Ellen Fox, 93, of Ratcliff, AR passed away Monday, June 20, 2016 in Charleston, AR. She was born October 2, 1922 in Washburn, AR to Mr. and Mrs. Tom J. Watson. She graduated from USF St. Petersburg, FL in 2002 at the age of 79, a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Damon Fox and her parents. Service will be at 2:00 p.m....
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Jimmy Austin Gann

July 29, 1945 - June 17, 2016

Jimmy Austin Gann, 70, of Barling went to be with the Lord Friday June 17, 2016 in Fort Smith. He was born July 29, 1945 in Charleston, Arkansas to the late Calvin and Clara Eubanks Gann. He was a Vietnam Veteran. He retired from Randall Ford in 2007 where he worked as a service advisor. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Lane Gann and Ronnie Gann. Memorial service will be...
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Bertie A. Umholtz

February 9, 1928 - June 10, 2016

Mrs. Bertie A. Umholtz, 88 of Paris, AR passed away Friday, June 10, 2016 in her home. She was born February 9, 1928 in Vesta, Arkansas to Robert T. "Bob" Spillers and L. Marie Spicer Spillers. She was a member of Primitive Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Noel Umholtz, brothers Curtis O., G.W. and Russel spillers. Service will be 10Am Tuesday June...
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Carolyn Dickerson

December 14, 1938 - May 11, 2016

Carolyn Dickerson, 77, Ratcliff passed away Wednesday May 11, 2016 at Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born December 14, 1938 in Ratcliff, AR to the late Thomas J. Phillips and Leoma Brooks Phillips. She was a member of Roseville Baptist Church, where she was very active in her Sunday School class and the Roseville Hospitality Committee. She was former secretary/treasure County Line Booster Club...
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David Glenn Cobb

November 20, 1957 - May 7, 2016

David Glenn Cobb, 58, of Paris passed away Saturday May 7, 2016 at Fort Smith, AR. He was born November 20, 1957 in Bakersfield, CA to James S. Cobb and the late Betty R. Cowellr Harris. He was a member of the House of Prayer Church. Funeral service will be 10AM Wednesday May 11, 2016 at Smith Mortuary Chapel; burial will follow in Carpenter Cemetery under the direction of Smith Mortuary of...
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Hugh Buck "Shorty" Arnett

October 29, 1929 - April 23, 2016

Hugh Buck "Shorty" Arnett, 86, of Fort Smith passed away Saturday April 23, 2016. He was born October 29, 1929 in Ratcliff, AR to the late Hugh D. Arnett and Opal C. McClain Arnett. He was retired from Rheem. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bobby and one sister Mary Tripp. Funeral service will be 11AM Wednesday April 27, 2016 at Smith Mortuary chapel; burial will follow...
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Marion E. Ferguson

November 17, 1923 - April 22, 2016

Marion E. Ferguson, 92 of Charleston, AR passed away Friday, April 22, 2016 in Fort Smith. She was born November 17, 1923 in Greenwood, AR to Charlie Berger and Mary McBride Berger. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Joe, two sons Quinton and Melvin, two sisters & three brothers. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday...
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Maxine Maness

April 6, 1935 - April 18, 2016

Maxine Maness, 81, of Lavaca, AR passed from this life on Monday, April 18, 2016 in Fort Smith. She was born April 6, 1935 in Lavaca to William Isaac Williams and Annie Keith Williams. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband's Richard Ladd & Greenville Maness; sisters Laurene Tinney, Edna Awalt, Dorothy Decker & Louise Hayes, brothers Clyde, Keith &...
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Bill R. Richmond

May 5, 1931 - April 16, 2016

Bill R. Richmond, 84, of Charleston, AR passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016 at his home. He was born May 5, 1931 in Van Buren, AR to Leonard Richmond and May Smith Richmond. He was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, a US Army veteran of the Korean War, retired from Rheem Mfg. Co. and a Cattleman. Service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 21st at Smith Mortuary Chapel with...
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Wesley Charles Maledon

July 18, 1970 - April 15, 2016

Wes Maledon, 45, of Barling, AR passed away, April 15, 2016 in his home. He was born July 18, 1970 in Fort Smith, AR to Earnest Joseph Maledon and Joyce Rae Shockley Maledon. He was preceded in death by his father. Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 18th at Edwards Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston, AR. He is survived by his...
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Lee Dean Burchfield

February 26, 1934 - March 31, 2016

Lee Dean Burchfield 82, of Pea Ridge, AR went home to be with the Lord Thursday, March 31st. He was born February 26, 1934 in Charleston, AR at the Bollinger Hospital to Eulas Andrew Burchfield and Ruby May Graham Burchfield. He was an Assembly of God ordained minister, a school teacher and principal. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Terral and wife Gladys and son Gary,...
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Billy Ray Moore

January 12, 1938 - March 29, 2016

Billy Ray Moore, 78, of Fort Smith, AR passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Fort Smith. He was born January 12, 1938 in Magazine, AR to Orville Gordon Moore and Lorene Hunter Moore. He was a retired truck driver. He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Melissa Moore. No Service is scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Smith...
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Hester Mae Grubb

April 7, 1932 - March 26, 2016

Hester Mae Grubb, 93, of Charleston, AR passed away Saturday, March 26, 2016 in her home. She was born April 7, 1923 in Charleston to Delos Err Neuhart and Maude Mae House Neuhart. She was a homemaker and a member of Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Smith and a member of Cavanaugh Quilting Club. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John D. Grubb, one son John...
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Gladys Marie Seaton

January 13, 1931 - March 25, 2016

Gladys Marie Seaton, 85, of Charleston passed away March 25, 2016 in Fort Smith. She was born January 13, 1931 in Hampton, AR to Willie and Winnie Todd King. She was of the Baptist faith. Gladys owned and operated Gladys' Snack Shop in Charleston for many years, then later worked at Walmart in Fort Smith in the bakery for many years. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one...
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Rosa Jean Blocker Daves

September 6, 1935 - March 15, 2016

Rosa Jean Blocker Daves 80, of Charleston, AR passed away March 15, 2016 in her home. She was born September 6, 1935 in Jack County, Texas to Tom Wilson blocker & Vernon Savell Blocker. She was a member of Charleston First Baptist Church & a long time sunday school teacher. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Elfreida Hinshaw and one brother Wayne Blocker. Service will...
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Lola Elaine Dillon

September 19, 1937 - March 9, 2016

"I see Hands opening…" Lola Elaine (Barnes, Cordell) Dillon collected the stepping stones required to cross the River of Life into the open Loving Hands of Jesus Christ Her Savior, on March 9, 2016, in Ft. Smith, AR. Born September 19, 1937 in Iowa to RC & Vera (Tackett) Barnes. She was their fourth child in a family of eight. Lola grew up in Taylor Co. Iowa & graduated from high school...
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William Anthony Becker

July 3, 1928 - March 9, 2016

William Anthony "Bill" Becker 87 of Alma, AR , passed from this life Wednesday, March 9th in Fort Smith, AR. He was born July 3, 1928 in Omaha, Neb.to Bill Becker & Anna Marie Pollreis Becker. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, a retired mechanic having worked for Massey Ferguson, John Deer & Perrin Tractor Co.'s for many years; a Deacon for over 40 years and Sunday School...
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Margie Keeton

March 14, 1931 - March 8, 2016

Margie Keeton formerly of Branch, Arkansas passed away peacefully on March 8, 2016 surrounded by her family. She was born March 14, 1931 to William and Virginia (Hutchins) Harless and grew up in the Shaver Community. She worked many years at Lady Fair Mills in Ratcliff, and later as an aide for many years for Home Health Care. She dedicated a great deal of her life caring for others and felt...
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Robert James Robinson

July 30, 1933 - March 7, 2016

Robert James Robinson, 82, of Fort Smith, AR passed away March 7, 2016 in Fort Smith at a local hospital. He was born July 30, 1933 in Branch, AR to Ben Robinson and Jessie Coddington Robinson.. He was a heavy equipment operator for Peter Kewit Co, a US Army Veteran of the Korean War, member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, a member of Church of Christ in Roland, OK. He was preceded in death...
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Laurabelle Brewer

June 10, 1926 - March 4, 2016

Laurabell Murphy Brewer, 89, reside in Charleston, Arkansas, departed this life on Friday March 4, 2016 at her home. She was born June 10, 1926 in Rockford, Iowa, to the late Clement Lee and Lela Murphy. She was raised by her loving aunt and uncle, Clifford and Rose Crowell. Laurabelle graduated from Rockford High School and Iowa State Teacher's College (now Northernn Iowa University). She had...
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Delbert Ervin

December 16, 1927 - February 28, 2016

DELBERT D. ERVIN CHARLESTON, ARKANSAS Delbert Ervin, age 88 of Charleston Arkansas, joined his heavenly Father, Sunday, February 28, 2016. He was born December 16, 1927 to the late Mollie Pritchett Ervin and Homer Ervin of Charleston. Delbert was an active member of the community having graduated from Charleston High School in 1946. After graduation, he joined the United States Marine...
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Jimmy Houston McClure

May 13, 1935 - February 15, 2016

Jimmy Houston McClure, 80, of Barling, AR passed away February 15, 2016 in Fort Smith. He was born May 13, 1935 in Oak Grove community, outside Van Buren, AR to Paul Houston McClure and Ruby Mae Hammell McClure. He was a 20 year US Navy Veteran and served in the Viet Nam War. He has played the harmonica with Jerry Roller & the Gang and at Bob & Wanda's in Barling and at West Fork. He...
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Marie Crawford

April 19, 1922 - January 30, 2016

Marie Crawford, 93, of Charleston, AR passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Chapel Ridge Health & Rehab in Fort Smith. She was born April 19, 1922 in Webb City, AR to the late Jess & Lou Vena Rich Harris. She was preceded in death by her husband Ed Crawford in 2000. A brother Bascom Harris in 2003 & a nephew Don Harris in 2011. She was a lifelong resident of Franklin County. She & her...
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Gary B. Mathews

October 8, 1938 - January 26, 2016

Gary B. Mathews, 77 of Caulksville, AR passed away January 26, 2016 in Fort Smith. He was born October 8, 1938 in Fort Smith to Roy Mathews & Althea Stewart Mathews. He was a Construction Supervisor/Consultant for McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc. He also served with the Army National Guard. Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 28, 2016, at Smith Mortuary Chapel with Rev....
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Mary Sue Martine

June 10, 1932 - January 24, 2016

Mary Sue Martine, 83, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 24th, 2016. Mary was born on June 10, 1932, in Kansas City, MO to Lewis and Ruby Belcher. She was a faithful member of Hillcrest Baptist Church since 2006 and a member of First Baptist Church of Charleston, Arkansas for over 30 years prior to moving to Florida. Mary worked as a beautician and seamstress. In her spare time,...
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Vera Jean White

December 29, 1926 - January 20, 2016

Vera Jean White, 89, of Cecil, AR passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at her home in Cecil. She was born Dec. 29, 1926 in Branch, AR to Jeptha Evans Taylor and Dessie Elizabeth Stubblefield Taylor. She was a member of Corinth Missionary Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a business owner. She was preceded in death by her husband Leroy White and one daughter Linda Kay. Service will...
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Jerry Charles Lee

February 7, 1944 - January 16, 2016

Jerry Charles Lee, 71, of Ozark, AR, passed away on January 16, 2016 at Fort Smith. He was born February 7, 1944 in Charleston, AR to the late Charles Richard Lee and Mary Ada Hutchins. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of the American Legion. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Smith Mortuary Chapel . Left to cherish his memory is one daughter Vicky...
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Clyde Wesley Posey

September 10, 1935 - January 13, 2016

Clyde Wesley Posey, 80, of Fort Smith, AR passed away January 13, 2016 in Fort Smith. He was born Sept. 10, 1935 in Ozark to Clyde Posey and Jeanettie Perile Knight Posey. He was Mail Carrier for the USPS. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers William Thomas Posey and Charles Posey. Service will be at 10:00 a.m., Graveside, Saturday, January 23rd at Garden of...
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Christy Basurto

August 24, 1975 - January 5, 2016

Christy M. Basurto, 40, of Charleston, AR passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 in Fort Smith. She was born August 24, 1975 in Magnolia, AR. She was a member of Charleston Church of Christ, a Cashier and Avon Representative. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 at the funeral home under the direction of Smith Mortuary, Charleston, AR. She is survived by her...
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Judith D. "Judy" Wood

October 13, 1951 - December 31, 2015

Judith D. "Judy" Wood, 64, of Charleston, AR passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015 in Charleston. She was born October 13, 1951, to Doyle C. Wood and Connie Gordon Wood. She was a member of Charleston Church of Christ and was a devout Christian and loved the Lord very much. She was preceded in death by her parents an one brother Donald Wood. Service will be 2:00 p.m. Graveside, ...
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Anna Lee Redding

August 24, 1928 - December 31, 2015

Anna Lee Redding, 87, of Paris, AR passed from this life on Thursday, December 31, 2015 in Paris. She was born August 24, 1928 in Midway, AR to Bennie Lowe and Mae Adams Lowe. She began attending Harmony Assembly of God in 1945, becoming a member in 1965 where she taught Sunday school and helped at the Election Polls. Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 at Harmony...
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Janie Roberds

May 10, 1947 - December 21, 2015

Janie Roberds, 68, of Branch, AR passed away Monday, December 21, 2015 in Branch. She was born May 10, 1947 in Bowie, Texas to E.L. Bush and Nadine White Bush. She was a member of Branch First Baptist Church; she was a loving mother, grandmother and sister who loved everyone. She worked as a seamstress for most of her life and she never met a stranger. She was preceded in death by her...
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Timothy McFarland

June 13, 1961 - December 12, 2015

Timothy Matthew McFarland, 54, of fort Smith, AR passed from this life on December 12, 2015. He was born June 13, 1961 in Fort Smith to Tom McFarland and Betty June Chambers McFarland Buckner. The oldest of four, he was a mischievous boy from the get go and did whatever he could to get a laugh. He worked various jobs throughout the years, but his real love was being a "rodie" to various rock...
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Vernice Valda Martinez

December 13, 1941 - December 6, 2015

Vernice Valda Martinez, 74, of Charleston, AR passed away Dec. 6, 2015 in Little Rock, AR. She was born Dec. 13, 1941 in Lodi, CA . A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at Smith Mortuary Chapel under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston, AR with Rev. Terry Scott officiating. She is survived by four daughters, Roberta Adams and husband Brandon...
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Betty Jane Davis Jobe

March 25, 1956 - December 4, 2015

Betty Jane Davis Jobe, 59, of Cecil, AR passed away Friday, December 4, 2015 in Fort Smith. She was born March 25, 1956 in Ozark, AR to Howard C. Davis and Mary Hanna McElroy of whom preceded her in death along with one nephew Bobby Nichols. The family will conduct a memorial service will be 2PM Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Oak Bend Missionary Baptist Church. Burial of cremains will be held at...
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Geneva Ruth Tedder

January 18, 1935 - December 4, 2015

Geneva Ruth Tedder, 80, of Charleston, AR died Friday, December 4, 2015 in Fort Smith. She was born January 18, 1935 in Charleston, AR to William Jefferson Pruett and Ora Dell Carter Pruett . She graduated from County Line High School in 1953 as Valedictorian. She was a proud graduate of the University of Arkansas where she graduated with Honors, with a BSE in Secondary Education with a major...
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Patsy Hardin

August 21, 1944 - November 22, 2015

Patsy Ruth Hardin, 71, of Charleston, AR passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 to join her beloved family in Heaven. She was born August 21, 1944 in Charleston to Alfred David Hardin and Carrie Thelma Robertson Hardin. For her whole life Patsy loved and honored the Lord. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, one brother Alan Dean Hardin and one sister Nancy Anne Hardin. ...
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Michael Lee Roberts

September 17, 1960 - November 18, 2015

Michael Lee Roberts, 55, of Van Buren, AR passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Van Buren. He was born September 17, 1960 in Chowchilla, CA. Michael was a Journey Electrician. He is survived by his wife Carrie Elder Roberts, his mother, three daughters, two sisters and three brothers.
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Harold Steele

March 15, 1928 - November 16, 2015

Harold W. Steele, 87, of Charleston, AR passed away Monday, November 16, 2015 in Fort Smith, AR. He was born March 15, 1928 in Auburn, AR (formerly Ft. Chaffee) to Grant Steele and Willie Amos Steele. He was a retired Electrician, working for Khilco Electric in Fort Smith; a member of Charleston First Baptist Church; a Mason and a US Navy veteran; He was also an avid fisherman and outdoors...
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Billie Louise McDonald

July 9, 1932 - November 14, 2015

Billie Louise McDonald, 83, of Lavaca passed away Saturday November 14, 2015 at Charleston. She was born Saturday July 9, 1932 in Checotah, Oklahoma to the late Otto Cox and Gladys Ensey Cox. She was a member of City Harvest PCG church in Greenwood. She was very involved in the church; owned and operated a ceramics shop and loved her family. Funeral service will be 2PM Tuesday November 17, 2015...
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Imogene Gann

July 31, 1919 - October 31, 2015

Imogene Wilson Gann, 96 Van Buren, Arkansas, formerly of Lavaca, Arkansas passed away October 31, 2015 in Van Buren, Arkansas. She was born July 31, 1919 in Lavaca, Arkansas to Orville and Grace Hunter Wilson. Imogene was a homemaker and loved gardening. She spent many hours in the kitchen, canning and freezing much of the harvest from her garden and gave a great deal of it to family and...
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Mary Alice Colley-Pennington Parker

July 15, 1941 - October 29, 2015

Mary Alice (Colley, Pennington) Parker, 74, of Branch, AR went home to her Savior, Thursday, October 29, 2015 in Fort Smith. She was born July 15, 1941 in Cameron, OK to Lee Colley and Martha Alice Stroud Colley. Mary was of the Baptist Faith and spent many years caring for others. She was an LPN and worked at Sparks Regional Medical Center; a volunteer for the Salvation Army and a supporter...
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Lena Pearl Maness

May 27, 1927 - October 28, 2015

Lena Pearl Maness, 88, of Lavaca, AR, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Lavaca. She was born May 27, 1927 in Lavaca, AR to Perry Chapman and Maude Floyd Chapman. She was a member of Lavaca First Baptist Church, former City Recorder and Legal Secretary and Self-Employed and a homemaker. Service will be 10:00 a.m. Graveside , Friday, October 30, 2015 at Measles Cemetery in Lavaca...
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Ruby Rae Price

December 28, 1928 - October 22, 2015

Ruby Rae Price, 86 of Branch passed away Thursday, October 22, 2015. She was born December 28, 1928 in Paris, Arkansas to the late Jim Hunter and Bessie Carruth Hunter. She was a member of Mt Hope Missionary Baptist Church; a home maker and dairy farmer. She was a graduate of Ozark High School. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son-in-law C.L. Vest, one sister Virginia Milam ...
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Juanita Waggoner

January 29, 1982 - October 20, 2015

Juanita Waggoner, 33, of Charleston, AR passed away October 20, 2015 in Fort Smith. She was born January 29, 1982 in Fort Smith, AR to Carl Joe Posey and Janet Horton Posey. Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 at Smith Mortuary Chapel with interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, North of Charleston under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston. She is survived by her husband ...
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John A Sutherland

June 5, 1921 - October 11, 2015

Commander John Arthur Sutherland ll of Charleston, AR, who was born June 5, 1921, in Waukegan, ILL, to Henry Rogers Sutherland & Mary Josephine Gilligan Sutherland, passed away on Oct. 11, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith, AR at the age of 94. John attended Cornell University. After that he attended & graduated from the US Naval Academy @ Annapolis, MD. John wanted it mentioned...
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Bernice McFerran

September 18, 1936 - October 10, 2015

Bernice McFerran, 79, of Charleston, AR passed away Saturday, October 10, 2015 in her home from complications of Parkinson Disease.She was born September 18, 1936 in Charleston to the late Ray Douglas and Agnes Nicely Douglas. She had a very successful career working with savings and loans in Harrison, Jonesboro and Little Rock; her hobbies were interior decorating and working with homeless...
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Robert Williams

June 15, 1941 - September 26, 2015

Robert Dennis Williams, 74, of Charleston, AR, passed away Saturday September 26, 2015. He was born June 15, 1941 at Charelston to the late Jeff Williams and Virgie White Williams. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Charleston. Funeral service will be 2PM Wednesday September 30, 2015 at Smith Mortuary Chapel; burial will follow in Garden of Memories cemetery under the direction of Smith...
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David Lyle

July 9, 1931 - September 22, 2015

David Faust Lyle, 84, of Van Buren, AR passed away September 22, 2015. He was born June 29, 1931 in Amory, Mississippi, to James & Gladys Lyle. He was a Veteran of the Korean and Viet Nam Wars, retiring after 20 years of service; a member of the American Legion and VFW. He was very active at the nursing home where he lived. He was preceded in death by two daughters Sheila Hancock and...
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Lona Jean Turner Binz

July 2, 1931 - September 13, 2015

Hurst, Texas - Lona Jean Turner Binz, 84, formally of Branch, Ark. passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 3:47 a.m. Graveside service will be Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Charleston under the direction of Smith Mortuary. She is preceded in death by husband, Norman Joseph Binz, formally of Paris, Ark. Survivors: Daughter, Vicky Jean Clements and...
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McKinley Carter

August 12, 1935 - August 28, 2015


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David Ainley

February 9, 1962 - August 25, 2015

James David Ainley, 53, of Branch, AR passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in Fort Smith. He was born February 9, 1962 in St. Louis, MO. To James F. Ainley and Bonnie Orick Ainley. He was a Machine Operator for H & S Plastic. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston, AR. Survivors are his father James F. Ainley, Branch, AR; Debbie Beam &...
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Clovis Warford

January 22, 1947 - August 24, 2015

Clovis Eugene Warford, 68, of Cecil, AR, passed away Monday, August 24, 2015 in his home. He was born January 22, 1947 in Fayetteville, AR to Garrett H. Warford and Marie Wallace Warford. He did home remodeling and repairs and was self-employed. Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 28, 2015 , Graveside, at Cecil Cemetery, under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston, AR. He...
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Randall Fish & Julio Fulmer

March 24, 1954 - August 23, 2015

Randall Lamar (Fish & Julio) Fulmer, 61, of Charleston, AR passed away, August 23, 2015 in Fort Smith. He was born March 24, 1954 in Paris, AR to Lamar Fulmer and Bertha Ester Hickman Fulmer. He was a LTO Forklift Operator of Rheem Mfg. Co. for 39 years. He was preceded in death by his father, the mother of his child Kim and stepson Bobby Della. Service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August...
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J. D. Rambo

August 29, 1923 - August 6, 2015

J.D. Rambo, 91, of Charleston, AR passed away Thursday, August 6, 2015 in Charleston. He was born August 29, 1923 in Charleston to John D. Rambo and Millie Belle Putnam Rambo. He was retired sales manager for Quality Auto Parts in Charleston, worked for Aiglan Diesel and Wilkerson Diesel in Oklahoma, was a member of Moore Lodge #539 and Grand Lodge of Oklahoma & AF&AM. He was preceded in...
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Leona Ebarb

November 8, 1924 - July 31, 2015

Leona Ebarb 90, of Charleston, AR, passed away peacefully, Friday morning July 31, 2015, at Greenhurst Nursing Home. She was born November 8, 1924, in Scranton, AR, to Jimmy and Pearl Dixon Young. She was married to Earl J. Ebarb who preceded her in death in 1989. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Ann Mantooth: a brother, Holman Young (wife Janie, living) of Paris, AR; and...
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Loretta Lou Swartzell

May 24, 1930 - July 29, 2015

Loretta Lou Swartzell , 85, of Charleston, AR passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Fort Smith. She was born May 24, 1930 in Los Angeles, CA to Frank G. Hooper and Nellie Deavault Hooper. She was a homemaker and member of Lavaca United Methodist Church in Lavaca. Memorial service will be at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, August 1st at Smith Mortuary Chapel under the direction of Smith Mortuary of...
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William Allen King

January 30, 1944 - July 27, 2015

William Allen King, 71, of Branch, AR passed away July 27, 2015 in Charleston. He was born January 30, 1944 in Charleston to Frank King and Delphene Holt King. He was a US Army veteran, a member of Branch First Baptist Church and attended First Assembly of God in Paris, he loved gardening, animals and his dogs Katie & Foxy. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 29th at Smith...
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Joyce Duffin McDougal

November 6, 1926 - July 27, 2015

Joyce Duffin McDougal, 88, of Charleston, AR passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 in Fort Smith. She was born November 6, 1926, in Ratcliff, AR to Hollie Duffin and Millie Grimes Duffin. She was a member of Charleston First Baptist Church co-owner of The Lawn Mower Shop and The Bear Tree Gift Shop. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 56 years, Jessie McDougal. Service...
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Billie Jean Simmons Smith

July 27, 1927 - July 15, 2015

Billie Jean Simmons Smith, 87, of Branch, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in Ratcliff. She was born July 27, 1927 in Peter Pender Community to Clifton R. Simmons and Christine M. Erman Simmons. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, a homemaker and artist and she was a loving daughter, sister and mother and was known for her unending kindness. She was preceded in death...
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Neta Shelby Byrd

July 10, 2015

Neta Shelby Byrd, 78, passed away July 10, 2015, in Fort Smith, AR. She was born in Charleston, Arkansas on July 15, 1936. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hobart McKinley & Gussie Brown Shelby; her sisters Inez DeVito, Gladys Henningson, Annette Moore, Martha Graney and Mary Lou Shelby; brothers, Ralph, Jim & Harry Shelby. Neta Byrd was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother to...
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Mary F Dearing Forest

January 3, 1932 - June 30, 2015

Mary Francis Dearing Forest, 83, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Paris Rehabilitation Center in Paris, AR, She was born January 3, 1932 in Topeka, KS, resided in Hutchinson, KS, Utah, Northern California, Maine and Hawaii before settling in corpus Christi, TX. She worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in Texas until the late 1980's then moved to Ratcliff, AR to be close to her mother. A...
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Steve Warnock

September 1, 1972 - June 17, 2015

Stephen Lafayette Warnock, 42, of Springdale passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Springdale. He was born September 1, 1972, in Booneville, AR to Stephen Lee Warnock and Geneva (Gennie) Elizabeth Warnock. He enjoyed time with his family and friends and playing his guitar. He was of the Christian faith. He was preceded in death by his father Stephen Lee Warnock, his paternal grandparents,...
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John Crabtree

April 5, 1930 - June 13, 2015

John Crabtree, 85, Ozark, Arkansas passed away June 13, 2015. He was born April 5, 1930 in Cecil, Arkansas to the late Lensie R. Crabtree and Sallie E. White Crabtree. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of Lavaca First Baptist Church and member of the Temple Lodge #755 in Fort Smith. John is preceded in death by his wife Barbara Ann Dooly Crabtree, son, Johnathan Reese Crabtree and companion...
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Janis Kay Roper

October 4, 1951 - June 5, 2015

Janis Kay Roper, 63, of Charleston, AR passed away Friday, June 5, 2015 in Charleston. She was born October 4, 1951 in Paris to Gwendol Heathcott and Deloras Mabry Heathcott. She was a retired school teacher and a member of Charleston First Free Will Baptist Church. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2015 at McKendree Cemetery, No. of Subiaco, AR with Bro. Wendell...
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Richard Watson

September 26, 1948 - May 21, 2015

Richard Watson, 66, of Charleston, AR passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, in his home. He was born September 26, 1948 in Cedar Grove, AR to Paul Watson and Dora Fox Watson. He was self-employed, a Viet Nam Navy Veteran and a member of Charleston Assembly of God Church. He was preceded in death by his father Paul Watson. Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at Smith...
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Sherry Newton

September 29, 1961 - May 17, 2015

Sherry Newton, 52, of Bloomer, AR passed away Sunday, May 17th in her home. She was born September 29, 1961 in Cavallo Point, CA to Johnny Ray Lewis and Sharon Kay Oliver Lewis. She was a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Central City, a volunteer for Area Project Sunshine Tours and a homemaker. Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 22nd at First Southern Baptist...
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Frances Jeanette Sory

March 2, 1939 - April 21, 2015

Frances Jeanette Sory,. 76, of Charleston, AR passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in Charleston. She was born March 2, 1939 in Bloomer, AR to Othel Cook and Addie Carruth Cook. She was a retired housekeeper at St. Edward Medical Center and of the Baptist Faith. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Joe, Robert and Ruben and one sister Wanda Kay. Service will be at 2:00...
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Elsie L. Flint

May 28, 1933 - April 19, 2015

Elsie L. Flint, 81, of Branch, AR passed away April 19th, 2015 in Paris. She was born May 28, 1933 in Charleston, AR to James Alonzo Inklebarger and Mildred Olivia Carter Inklebarger. She loved Crocheting and was a member of Branch First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister Dorothy Sewell. Service will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 22nd, at Smith...
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Anna Mae Brown

June 27, 1922 - April 16, 2015

Anna Mae Brown, 92, of Charleston, AR died April 16, 2015 in Charleston. She was born June 27, 1922 in St. Albans, West Virginia to Floyd Dennison and Willie Meadows Dennison. She was a Past Worthy Matron of OES, Youth Leader in her church and of the Methodist faith. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother who loved animals and doing for other people. She also enjoyed running her knitting ...
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Earl Ray White

April 10, 1936 - April 14, 2015

Earl Ray White, 79, of Hackett, AR passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in his home. He was born April 10, 1936 in Cecil, AR to Vester L. White and Ollie Faye Milam White. He was a school administrator/teacher/and coach, a member of the Army National Guard, member of the Arkansas & Oklahoma Archeology Society and a member of Hackett United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his...
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Agnes Hice

July 7, 1928 - April 11, 2015

Agnes Hice, 86, of Ratcliff, AR died Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Fort Smith. She was born July 7, 1928 in Eastern, AR to Arthur Wrinkle and Haythen Rory Wrinkle. She was a farmer and member of House of Prayer. Service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 17th at Smith Mortuary Chapel with interment at McVay Cemetery, West of Paris. She is survived by one daughter Linda Hilliker of Ratcliff;...
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Wilda Caplena

July 30, 1928 - April 2, 2015

Wilda Caplena, 86 of Barling, AR passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 in Fort Smith. She was born July 30, 1928 in Forrest City, AR. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim Caplena and one son James Caplena. Service will be 10:00 a.m. Graveside Monday, April 6th at Mayberry Cemetery under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston, AR. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Cheryl...
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Charley D. Douglas

May 22, 1936 - April 2, 2015

Charley D. Douglas, 78, of Lavaca, AR died April 2, 2015 in his home. He was born May 22, 1936 in Lavaca to Weaver Douglas and Ruby Beatrice Kuykendall Douglas. He was a Rancher and Businessman; a member of West-Ark Church of Christ and former Deacon; graduate of National School of Meat Cutting, Toledo, OH; a 1954 graduate of Fort Smith Senior High School; a Basketball Official; a Charter Member...
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Scott Holzman

April 21, 1970 - March 13, 2015

Scott Holzman, 44, of Ozark, AR died Friday, March 13, 2015 in his home. He was born April 21, 1970 in Fort Smith, AR to Philip W. Holzman and Carolyn J. Cotton Holzman. He was an ASE Certified Technician at Warden's in Ozark, a 1988 graduate of Southside High School and a member of the ROTC and University of Ark. In Fayetteville and Fort Smith. He was preceded in death by his father...
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Janet Jean Posey

May 2, 1957 - March 13, 2015

Janet Jean Posey, 57, of Charleston, AR died Friday, March 13, 2015 in Charleston. She was born May 2, 1957 in Newport Beach, CA to Eldon Horton and Juanita Nelson Horton. She was a Christian and member of Mt. View Free Will Baptist Church. She was a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She loved small dogs, horses, taking short trips around the River Valley,...
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Paula Nelson

August 1, 1950 - March 1, 2015

Paula Nelson, 64, of Charleston, AR died Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Charleston. She was born August 1, 1950 in Corcoran, CA to Johnny Nelson and Pauline Whitley Nelson. She was a member of Mt. View Free Will Baptist Church and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and was a CNA Graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Mt. Hope Cemetery, North of Charleston under the...
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Audie May Hendrix

April 30, 1921 - February 15, 2015

Audie May Hendrix, 93, of Central City, AR died Sunday, February 15, 2015 in Fort Smith. She was born April 30, 1921 in Lavaca, AR to John and Cassie Martin . She was a member of Central Free Will Baptist Church, attended Lavaca Senior Citizens Center and loved to play Bingo. She was preceded in death by her husband Lester (Doc) C. Hendrix, one son Kenny; five brothers, Willie, Rufus, Doe,...
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Frances Shaver

December 1, 1915 - February 13, 2015

Frances Elizabeth Shaver, 99, of Charleston, AR died Friday, February 13, 2015 at Charleston. She was born December 1, 1915 in Russellville, AR to Leroy Clyde McCamant and Susie Clark McCamant. She was a member of Charleston First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for 50 years, was a retired public school teacher, retiring from the Charleston School System; a member of American...
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Ben A. Geheb

January 2, 1935 - February 11, 2015

Ben A. Geheb, 80, of Barling, AR died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in Fort Smith. He was born January 2, 1935 in Barling to Joe Geheb and Louise Morris Geheb. He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn, a son Billy Joe, his parents and three brothers Joseph, Robert & John. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic church in Fort Smith; retired from Whirlpool Corporation where he worked in...
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John C. "Jackie" Vaughn

September 1, 1936 - January 29, 2015

John C. "Jack" Vaughn 78, of Charleston, AR died January 29, 2015 in Fort Smith. He was born September 1, 1936 in Fort Smith to Jack Vaughn and Evelyn Schlieff Vaughn. He was a member of Charleston First United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School for 38 years; a retired Educator teaching at Charleston, Paris and West-Ark, where he taught for 20 years, he loved wood working and was ...
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Melissa Hall

September 7, 1980 - January 27, 2015

Melissa Lynn Hall, 34, of Fort Smith, AR, died Tuesday January 27, 2015 in Fort Smith. She was born September 7, 1980 in San Luis Obispo, CA to Gerald O. Hall and Paula Moore. She was a full time student at UAFS in Fort Smith, a former employee of Wal Mart and a member of Community Bible Church in Fort Smith. She was preceded in death by her father and paternal grandparents Roy & Mary Lee Hall...
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