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Duell R. Evans



Duell R. Evans, 78, of Hartman died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center.

A native of Hartman, he was a 1939 graduate of Hartman High School, retired rural mail carrier, charter member and deacon of Hartman Baptist Church, veteran of World War II, and former employee of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Frances Self Evans; two daughters, Rita Lange and Elaine Roberts, both of Hartman; one son, David Evans of Hartman; one sister, Johnnie Ruth Freeman of New York; one brother, Fred Evans of Piney View, W. Va.; and five grandchildren, Dana Flint, Roy Roberts, Angie Lange, Aaron Lange, and Chris Covey, all of Hartman.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Clyde Vire officiating. Burial was in West Mount Zion Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Jimmy Cowell, Floyd Hern, Amos Reeves, Tom Fowler, Leo Chrisman, and Bob Rofkahr.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Scott Kuykendall, Phillip Cook, Ray Johnson, Roy Roberts, Chris Covey, Aaron Lange, Jeffery Robert Bartlett, and Jacob Roberts.

Mrs. Elizabeth Cornett



Mrs. Elizabeth (Beth) Cornett, 35, of Clarksville, a native of Chicago, Ill., died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith.

Survivors include her husband, Billy C. Cornett; one daughter, Brittany Marie Cornett of the home; one son, Scotty Baker of the home; parents, Wilma and John Helmert of Clarksville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pam and Gary Pruett and Penny and Billy Carter, all of Clarksville; five brothers and three sisters-in-law, Bob Jr. and Tammi Bartlett of Coppell, Texas, Arthur and Kim Kotch of Brunswick, Maine, Matthew and Sheila Kotch, Brian Mann, and Tom Crowder, all of Clarksville; and grandmother, Lillian Howerton of Clarksville.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jim Goodman officiating. The body was cremated.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Erma Lee Pitts



Mrs. Erma Lee Pitts, 79, of Clarksville died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was a native of the Lone Pine Community, daughter of the late Hugh M. and Anna Laura Mickel Yandell, widow of Sherman Pitts, member of Stillwell Bible Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by one daughter, Ann Schmatjen.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Beverly Dianne and Vester Kimbrel of Rogers; six sons and five daughters-in-law, Robert and Kathy Pitts, Lloyd and Rhonda Pitts, and Hugh Dale Pitts, all of Clarksville, Murl and Melba Pitts of Casa, Randall and Betty Pitts of Russellville, and Neal and Sheila Pitts of Garfield; five brothers, Kenneth Yandell of Everett, Wash., Argus Yandell and Carl Dean Yandell, both of Coos Bay, Ore., Archie Yandell of Clarksville, and Tommy Yandell of Rockford, Ill.; and 20 grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, April 24, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Robbie Jackson officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rodney Pitts, Bobby Dale Pitts, Stephen Craig Pitts, Jeremy Pitts, Kenny Don Pitts, Dale Dwayne Pitts, Joshua Pitts, and Nathan Pitts.

Mrs. Estella Taylor



Mrs. Estella Taylor, 87, of Clarksville died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at her home.

A native of Colorado City, Texas, she was a daughter of the late Warren Abner and Blanche Crump Rice, member of the First Presbyterian Church, and was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

Survivors include her husband, Alva Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, April 24, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Lance Jones officiating. Burial was in Mt. Airy Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Troy Taylor, Ron Taylor, Tommy Ford, Bill Hadley, Donald Clark, and Donnie Rice.

Mrs. Floy M. Fields



Mrs. Floy M. Fields, 82, of Clarksville died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

A native of Casa, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Lavenia Baskin Harrison, widow of James Robert Fields, member of Clarksville Church of Christ, graduate of Casa High School and St. Margaret's School of Nursing in Kansas City, Kan., a nurse in the Women's Air Corps during World War II and had been in the nursing profession for 40-plus years.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Jim Lewis of Clarksville; one son, John Fields of Little Rock; three brothers, Dr. Vale Harrison and Dr. Roy Harrison, both of Little Rock, and John Harrison of New Waverly, Texas; two grandsons, Lindsey Lewis and wife, Sarah, of Conway and Preston Lewis of Clarksville.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at the Church of Christ in Ozark with John Brasseaux officiating.

Burial was in Highland Cemetery in Ozark under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Bill Bice, Robert Agee, C. H. Kuykendall, Lonnie Turner, Flynn Kinman, and Jim Clark.

Honorary pallbearer was Gene Walden.

Mrs. Hettie W. Gibson



Mrs. Hettie Witt Gibson, 93, of London died Friday, April 21, 2000, at AMI St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville.

She was a native of London, daughter of the late John Newton and Martha Reed Witt, widow of John W. Gibson, farmer, peach grower, member of the London Assembly of God Church for 70-plus years, and was preceded in death by one daughter; four brothers, Guy Witt, Everett Witt, Allison Witt, and Ernest Witt; and five sisters, Mary Witt, Minnie Wheeler, Ruth Toczak, Annice Rachel and Lydia Hudlow.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jim Ed and Mary Kay Gibson of London; two daughters, Johna G. Roedenbeck of London and Ruth E. Smith of Wichita, Kan.; six grandchildren, Jeff Gibson and John Gibson, both of London, Connie McCoin of Henderson, Nev., Karen Thurman of Wichita, Kan., Randy Smith of Augusta, Kan., and Sharon Forshee of Los Angeles, Calif.; 17 great-grandchildren, Amber Gibson, Ashley Gibson, Allison Gibson, Clayton Seely, John Forshee, Cody Forshee, John Daffron, Julie McCoin, Corby McCoin, Luke McCoin, Derek Thurman, Dustin Thurman, Brittany Thurman, Sarah Smith, Seth Smith, Steven Smith, and Jacob Smith; one great-great-grandchild, Morgan Daffron; one sister-in-law, Audrey Witt; and numerous nephews and nieces including Bettye Rachel and Opal Parnell.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, April 24, at the London Assembly of God Church with Rev. Sam Witt and Rev. Jerry Schlinker officiating.

Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service of Russellville.

Active pallbearers were Eddie Price, Gaylon Parnell, Dennis Lowe, Mike Whittenburg, Tom Manskar, and Wayne Reed.

Honorary pallbearers were John Henry Miller, James R. Ford, R. J. Cochran, Don Estep, Wayne Bradley, and Joe Witt.

Memorials may be made to the London Assembly of God Church, 54 Old Wire Road, London, AR 72847 or the London Ruritan Club Community Projects, 94 Cedar Lane, London, AR 72847.

Mrs. Mae Blanscet



Mrs. Mae Blanscet, 91, of Pampa, Texas, sister of Mrs. Oma Jaggers of Clarksville, died Friday, April 14, 2000, in Pampa, Texas.

She was a native of Munday, Texas, daughter of the late Erastus and Lantie Mae Sosebee, widow of Velmer W. Blanscet, and a member of Highland Baptist Church of Pampa, Texas.

She is survived by one son, Roy Blanscet of Pampa, Texas; one other sister, Mrs. Sylvia Allred of Mulberry; two grandsons, Gary Blanscet and Glen Blanscet, both of Carrollton, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Matthew Blanscet, Jonathan Blanscet, Jenna Blanscet, Zachary Blanscet, and Mark Blanscet, all of Carrollton, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Smith Mortuary Chapel in Charleston with Glen Blanscet and Gary Blanscet officiating. Burial was at Hickory Ridge Cemetery near Lavaca.

Active pallbearers were Harrison Allred, Harold Blanscet Jr., Harold Sosebee, Relus Sosebee, Don Allen Sosebee, and G. C. Smithson.

Honorary pallbearers were J. L. Jaggers, Bobby Blanscet, and Roland Blanscet.

Rev. Milton Edmonson



Rev. Milton Edmonson, 86, of Scranton died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at his home.

He was a retired Baptist minister and son of the late George Mose and Mattie Mae Hardwick Edmonson.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Esta Lee Swindle Edmonson; one daughter, Sandra Dix of Conroe, Texas; three sons, Neil Edmonson of Scranton, Wray Edmonson of Grove, Okla., and Ronald Edmonson of Oxford, N. C.; two brothers, Alvin Edmonson of Edinburg, Texas, and Gene Edmonson of Hemphill, Texas; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at the Second Baptist Church in Clarksville with Rev. Joe Craft officiating.

Burial was in Lamar Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Larry Hagensicker, Randy Vanderpool, Raymond McClelland, Jonathan Ely, Jay Edmonson, and Rodney Brown.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Morris, Virgil Knight, Herb Stalcup, Wayne Johnson, Tommy Bauer, and Dr. Allen Newcomb.

Philip B. Latimer



Philip B. Latimer, 87, of Clarksville died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

A native of Wellington, Kan., he was a son of the late Robert Leigh and Annie Daviette Bradford Latimer, 1930 graduate of Springhill (Kansas) High School, member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, member and past commander of the American Legion Bunch Walton Post No. 22, former member of the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra and The College of the Ozarks Orchestra, a violinist, and a First Class Amateur Ham Radio operator since 1942.

He was the first locksmith and first television repairman in Clarksville and in 1936 began a locksmith business on Main Street in Clarksville where he specialized in television and radio repair. He taught electronics at Clarksville High School, The College of the Ozarks, and Arkansas Valley Technical Institute in Ozark, and was employed in the maintenance department and on the field core line for the Singer Company in Clarksville for 13 years.

During World War II he was a chief petty officer in the Navy where he served in the Admiralty Islands and in the South Pacific as an electronics technican and taught Morse Code. He was responsible for keeping the electronic equipment operating for Hollywood stars including Bob Hope while they were entertaining the troops overseas.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lovenus Lively Latimer; one sister, Ina Sawyer of Gardner, Kan.; and one niece, Ina Joan Jones of Gardner, Kan.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 27, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Lance Jones officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be James Taylor, Norman Weatherton, John Arthur, Dr. W. R. Scarborough, J. L. Richardson, and Daniel McKinney.

Honorary pallbearers will be David McKinney, Donnie McKinney, J. C. Wheeler, George Amerson, John Wheeler, John Caery, Jim Einert, and Eddie Richards.

Worth L. (Dub) Hill



Worth L. (Dub) Hill, 72, of Spadra died Monday, April 24, 2000, at the Veterans Hospital in Little Rock.

A native of Cornith, Miss., he was a son of the late Benjamin Marshall and Annie Burcham Hill, retired Eureka Brick Company employee, Army veteran of World War II and Korean War, and was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Inez Hill; one son, Harvey Hill; and one daughter, Brenda Kay Hill.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary A. Purdion of Spadra; four sons, Leon Hill, Gary Hill, and Tommy Hill, all of Spadra, and William Hill of Ozone; two sisters, Eva Massey of Coldwater, Miss., and Bertha Dickey of Cornith, Miss.; one brother, Benjamin M. Hill of Ramer, Tenn.; 23 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Clayton Rylee officiating. Burial will be in Holman Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Alan Hill, Eugene Hill, Phillip (Jimbo) Stepp, Marvin Stepp, Gene Harmon, and James Hogue.

Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Hogue, Larry Hogue, John Sanders, and Raymond Hogue.



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