N. Baxter Cater
N. Baxter Cater, 93, of Hartman died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Countryside
Manor Nursing Home.
He was a native of Excelsior, son of the late George D. and Mamie McWilliams
Cater, a retired farmer, World War II Army Air Corps veteran, and member
of the Hays Chapel Methodist Church, American Legion Bunch Walton Post
No. 22, and the Johnson County Riding Club.
He is survived by one nephew, Bill Walton of Columbus, Ga.; and two nieces,
Mamie Lou Dunn of Harlin-
gen, Texas, and Carol Benge of Seattle, Wash.
Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at the Hays Chapel Methodist
Church with Rev. Chris Rink officiating.
Burial will be in the Hays Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke
Pallbearers will be Bill Nowotny, Jimmy Morris, Dale Meek, Donald Meek,
Bob Hurley, and Bobby Lewis
Mrs. Bessie Frost
Mrs. Bessie Florence Pitts Frost, 78, of Clarksville died Saturday, Jan.
1, 2000, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
She was a charter member of Stillwell Bible Baptist Church, widow of King
Frost, and daughter of the late Levi and Ida Bell Bash Pitts.
She is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Shirlene and Wendell
Sears of Clarksville and Loma Sexton of Clarksville; one son and daughter-in-law,
Keith and Susie Frost of London; two sisters, Doris Wilson and Gerta Collins,
both of Florida; one sister-in-law, Gertrude Pitts of Lamar; one brother-in-law,
Mervin Frost of Clarksville; seven grandchildren, Mike Sexton of Clarksville,
Lance Sexton of Springdale, Joann Sexton Bartlett of Clarksville, Steve
Sears of Pottsville, Stan Sears of Great Falls, Mont., Donny Frost of Clarksville
and Tammy Frost Brown of Lamar; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Roller-Cox Funeral Chapel with
Rev. Amos Pledger and Rev. Jim Goodman officiating. Burial was in Lone
Pallbearers were Mike Sexton, Lance Sexton, Stan Sears, Donny Frost, Jimmy
Frost, and Steve Sears.
Mrs. Betty McCollum
Mrs. Betty (Tiney) McCollum, 72, of Tulsa, Okla., died Friday, Dec. 31,
1999, in Hartford.
She was a native of Hartman, daughter of the late Emil and Mamie Beumer
Oberste, widow of Hugh L. (Mac) McCollum, and a member of St. Thomas Moore
Catholic Church in Tulsa, Okla.
Survivors include one daughter, Gloria Snider of Hartford; two sons, Phillip
McCollum of Chicago, Ill., and Daniel McCollum of St. Charles, Ill.; four
sisters, Vera Stewart of Arlington, Texas, Jeanette Kendall and Bernice
Hubbard, both of Tulsa, Okla., and Evelyn Clough of North Little Rock;
two brothers, Danny Oberste of Sallisaw, Okla., and Mickey Oberste of Tulsa,
Okla.; seven grandchildren, David Snider of Fort Smith, Dennis Snider of
Waukesha, Wis., Laura Hicks of Waldron, Katie Snider of Hartford, and Sarah
McCollum, Matthew McCollum, and Patrick McCollum, all of St. Charles, Ill.;
and two great-grandchildren.
Rosary was at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel. Funeral
mass was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with
Rev. William Wewers, O.S.B., officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic
Cemetery at Hartman.
Pallbearers were Gary Clough, Dennis Clough, Rick Oberste, Mark Oberste,
Tim Hardin, and Steve Hubbard.
Mrs. Bernice E. Steele
Mrs. Bernice E. Steele, 78, of Clarksville died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at
Johnson Regional Medical Center.
She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, retired licensed practical
nurse, daughter of the late Bertrum and Hattie Keppel Alison, and widow
of Bruce W. Steele.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Betty Kelly
and Raymond and Kathy Evans, all of Grand Island, Neb.; five grandchildren;
and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev.
Glenn Newton officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Raymond Evans, Gary Dorney, Terry Kelley, Tracy Watts,
Dennis Kelly, and Arthur McKittrick.
Memorials may be made to the Church of the Nazarene.
Earl O. Brown
Earl O. Brown, 99, of Clarksville died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Johnson
Regional Medical Center.
He was a native of Clarksville, son of the late John Monroe and Mary Jane
Gilmore Brown, retired coal miner, member of the United Mine Workers Association,
and was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie Harris Brown, one brother,
John M. Brown, and three sisters, Victoria Laneer, Effie Garrett, and Della
He is survived by three nephews, Cecil Brown of Coal Hill, Dan Garrett
of Clarksville, and Chester Garrett of Hot Springs; one niece, Wilma Mincher
of Amarillo, Texas; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and several
great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel
with Rev. David Zeiler officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Billy Teal, Milton Teal, Mark Hatchett, Bobby Hatchett,
Robert Bartlett, and Jack Cecil.
Mrs. Elsie E. Potts
Mrs. Elsie E. Potts, 74, of Ola, mother of Glenda Terry of Hagarville,
died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville.
She was a native of Hollis, daughter of the late Virgil and Lena Wells
Douthit, widow of Limmie Potts, member of the Ola Assembly of God Church,
and was preceded in death by one son, Charles Potts, and one brother, Eugene
Survivors include two other daughters, Wanda Young of Forest Hill, La.,
and Marilyn Reeves of Fort Smith; one brother, George Hawks; and eight
grandchildren, Bert Young, Tiffany Young, Alica Terry, Allison Terry, April
Turnbow, Katlyn Turnbow, Kolyn Turnbow, and Shelby Potts.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at the Ola Assembly of God Church
with Rev. Norman Chenowith officiating.
Burial was in the Sandlin Cemetery at Ola under the direction of Humphrey
Funeral Service of Ola
Hayley Renee Syfert
Hayley Renee Syfert, infant daughter of Brian and Johna Syfert of Clarksville,
died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at AMI St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in
Other survivors include one sister, Saylor Syfert of Clarksville; one brother,
Hunter Syfert of Clarksville; grandparents, Robert and Barbara Syfert and
John and Mary Laugwitz, all of Clarksville; and great-grandparents, Fred
and Leota Cowell of Clarksville.
Private graveside services and burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan.
6, at Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Vernon Bass officiating. Arrangements
are under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
J. D. Grigsby
J. D. Grigsby, 69, of Hartman died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in Clarksville.
He was a retired rancher and miner, son of the late James Douglas and Audie
Marie Benge Grigsby, and was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ruby Grigsby; three daughters, Marcia
Patterson of Hartman, and Pamela Waits and Patricia Parham, both of Ozark;
two sons, Danny Grigsby of Glendive, Mont., and Ronnie Grigsby of Subiaco;
six sisters, Maxine Dorrough of Dardanelle, Exine Phillips of Magazine,
Charlotte Osborn of Plainview, Barbara Jordan of Danville, Caroline Johnson
of Kau Kaura, Wis., and Mary Jo Grigsby of Ola; four brothers, Donald Grigsby
and Vondell Grigsby, both of Hartman, Loyd Ray Grigsby of Gerald, Mo.,
and Barney K. Grigsby of Danville; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Roller Chapel in Paris
with burial in the Barnhill Cemetery at Magazine.
James W. Self Jr.
James Winfred Self Jr., 75, of San Diego, Calif., died Tuesday, Dec. 28,
1999, at his home.
He was a native of Johnson County, son of the late James Winfred Self Sr.
and Erla Patterson Self Snyder, and retired from the U. S. Navy and civil
He is survived by two daughters, Karen Self of Los Angeles, Calif., and
Rhonda Self of San Diego, Calif.; two sons, Richard Self of Washington
and James E. Self of San Diego, Calif.; one sister, Pam McKee of Clarksville;
and one brother, Richard Snyder of Lamar.
Funeral and burial were in San Diego, Calif.
Mrs. Lillian Day Patten
Mrs. Lillian Mary Day Patten, 94, of Clarksville died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000,
in Johnson Regional Medical Center.
She was a daughter of the late Samuel T. and Fredonia Jacobs Day, widow
of Carl M. Patten, charter member of the Woodland Baptist Church where
she was a Sunday school teacher, was instrumental in the construction of
the Bethlehem Church-Community Building, and was a correspondent for the
Johnson County Graphic for 80 years. She was preceded in death by five
sisters, Elmer McSwain, Fannie Waller, Dessie Dobbs, Eunice Brashears,
and Zenobia Edwards, and four brothers, Luster Day, Virgil Day, Seldon
Day, and Erastus Day.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Carolyn and Harley
Williams of Morrilton, Patsy and Sam Dodson of Tulsa, Okla., and Betty
Dennis of Clarksville; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at the Woodland Baptist Church
with Rev. Sam Howell officiating.
Burial will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox
Pallbearers will be Alan Nichols, Jeff Nichols, John Haubert, Tom Owens,
Gary Nichols, and Wesley Williams.
Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Roller-Cox Funeral
Lee Vinson, 70, of Bono, father of Sharon Jordan of Clarksville, died Friday,
Dec. 31, 1999, at his home.
He was a native of Grubbs, former resident of Egypt and Rockford, an employee
of Eclipse for 18 years, and was preceded in death by his wife, Ina Jane
Vinson, and three brothers, Ed, Lon and J. D.
He is survived by one son, Charles Vinson of Bono; two other daughters,
Mary Montgomery of Jonesboro and Linda Wilson of Memphis, Tenn.; one sister,
Edith Gatlin of Pocahontas; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services and burial were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, at Trinity
Cemetery in Bono with Rev. Jerry Jolly officiating. Arrangements were under
the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
Pallbearers were Sammy Montgomery, Terry Vinson, David Montgomery, Curt
Jordan, David Turner, Tony Becker, and Brian Montgomery.
Mrs. Mildred Heft
Mrs. Mildred A. Heft, 92, of Paris, mother of Fred Heft of Clarksville,
died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, in Paris.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Paris, widow of
Julius Heft, and was preceded in death by four sons, Theodore, Roy, Eugene
and Ed Heft.
She is survived by two daughters, Catherine Bowen of Carlsbad, N. M., and
Kay Johnson of Paris; five other sons, Art Heft of Steger, Ill., Thomas
Heft of Crete, Ill., Dick Heft of Subiaco, and Lonnie Heft and Ray Heft,
both of Paris; 25 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Roller Chapel in Paris
with burial to follow in Baxley Cemetery at Paris.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Roller Funeral Home
Chapel in Paris.
Mrs. Mattie Paul
Mrs. Mattie Paul, 87, of Ozark died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at Ozark Nursing
A native of Clarksville, she was a daughter of the late Garland and Ora
Harmon, widow of Jack D. Paul, member of the First United Methodist Church
of Ozark, graduate of The College of the Ozarks, and received a master's
degree in social work at Tulane University. She was employed as an area
supervisor for the welfare department and as the county director of the
welfare department from 1934 until retirement.
Survivors include two nieces, Susie Cunningham of Clarksville and Mikie
Wiley of Van Buren.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at the First United Methodist
Church in Ozark with Rev. Roger Glover officiating.
Burial was in Highland Cemetery under the direction of Shaffer Funeral
Mrs. Nina Arrington
Mrs. Nina Wiley Arrington, 67, of Hope died Dec. 31, 1999, at St. Michaels
Hospital in Texarkana.
She was a native of Atkins, daugh-
ter of the late J. A. and Cora Wiley, widow of Carl Lee Arrington, member
of the First United Methodist Church of Hope, was employed as a secretary
to John Robert Graves at Citizens National Bank and the Graves and Graves
Law Firm in Hope for 33 years, and was preceded in death by one brother,
J. E. Wiley of Atkins.
She is survived by one son, Jim Arrington of Glenwood; two daugh-
ters, Malinda Arrington and Donna Rhodes of Tulsa, Okla.; one brother and
sister-in-law, Raymond and Becky Wiley of Atkins; two sisters and brothers-in-law,
Alma Jean and Carl Embry of Atkins and Catherine and Jim Bolton of Dallas,
Texas; one brother-in-law, Leonard Arrington of Hope, formerly of Clarksville;
one sister-in-law, Dorothy Wiley of At-
kins; and four grandchildren, Eric Arrington, Lee-Ann Arrington, Tommy
Britt and Ashley Powell.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the Hope First United Methodist
Church with Davis Thompson and Norris Steele officiating followed by burial
at 4 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville with Rodney Steele officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of Herndon Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Foundation or the Susan B. Coleman
Breast Cancer Foundation.
Mrs. Vera Lindsey
Mrs. Vera Lindsey, 93, of Springdale died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at a Springdale
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Ozark.
Survivors include five daughters, Jewell Woolsey of Russellville, Alice
Hiner of California, Ruby Wyers of Ohio, Mary Wanda Bohn of Ozark, and
Linda Ryan of Mulberry; two sons, Floyd Lindsey and Ray Lindsey, both of
Springdale; 26 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Shaffer Funeral Chapel with
burial in Highland Cemetery at Ozark.
Pallbearers were Herbert Dickerson, H. B. Bowman, Artis Wayne Hill, Earl
Wyers, Glen Warren, and George Overbey.
Memorials may be made to the Oak Grove Cemetery Fund.