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
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
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
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
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
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