Alean M. Gross
Alean Mamie Gross, 87, of Clarksville died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at
Countryside Manor Nursing Home.
She was a member of Center Point Baptist Church, widow of Doyle Gross,
daughter of the late George Walter and Florence Elizabeth Smith
McGuire, and was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Gross; three
sisters, Virginia Hicks, Ruby Faulkner and Orene Barentine; and three
brothers, Gerald McGuire, Kenneth McGuire, and Carrol McGuire.
Survivors include one daughter, Beverly Nelson of Clarksville; one
sister, Lavonne Marcum of Des Arc; five grandchildren; eight
great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Roller-Cox Chapel with burial
in Lone Pine Cemetery.
Pallbearers were David Gilliam, Mark Hatchett, Philip Taylor, Harold
Pitts, Eugene Faulkner, and Carl Turpin.
Arvin Massengale Jr.
Arvin (Junior) Massengale Jr., 67, of Hartman died Tuesday, Jan. 27,
2004, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
He was a son of the late Luella (Bailey) and Arvin Massengale Sr.,
graduate of Clarksville High School, supervisor for Navajo Mining
Company in Farmington, N. M., for ten years, retired maintenance
supervisor of Arkansas Nuclear One, owner and operator of AMJ Machine
Company, raised registered cattle and horse, former president of
Johnson County Roundup Club, deacon of First Baptist Church, former
Johnson County Girls Club basketball and softball coach, and was
preceded in death by one sister, Charlene Kelton of House Springs, Mo.
Survivors include his widow, JoAnn Massengale; one son and
daughter-in-law, Terry Wayne and Cindy Massengale of Alma; two
daughters and sons-in-law, LeCleta and David Aitken of Scranton and
Sheila and Neil Thomas of Clarksville; three brothers, F. M. Massengale
of Green Forest, Carroll Massengale of Cedarville, and Garrie
Massengale of Searcy; three sisters, Wanda Cozort of House Springs,
Mo., Anna Jo Smith of Waldron, and Rita Vaught of Scranton; and nine
grandchildren, Scott and Brittany Massengale of Alma, Trace, Jaxon,
Zach and Morgan Thomas of Clarksville, Barbara Aitken and Ronda Aitken
Huff of Scranton, and Heather Aitken McGuire of Bella Vista.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the First Baptist Church
in Clarksville with Dr. Robert Brown and Rev. Billy Ray Usery
Burial will be in West Mt. Zion Cemetery near Hartman.
Active pallbearers will be Donald Meek, Danny Leeds, Tim Swindle, Dane
Woodard, Dave Ross, and Lonnie Qualls.
Honorary pallbearers will be J. R. Guess, Lewis Robinson, Glen Kern,
Dr. David Goodman, Marty Howard, Bob Hurley, and Rev. Clyde Vire.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Hardwicke
Gladys Yeager, 90, of Lamar died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, at AMI St.
Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville.
She was a native of Raspberry, daughter of the late Joe and Annah
Waterman Humphrey, widow of Lewis A. Yeager, former resident of Treat,
member of the Falling Water Church, and was preceded in death by one
brother, Vernon Humphrey.
She is survived by one aunt, Stella Waterman of Dover.
Graveside services and burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at
the Treat Cemetery with Rev. Lester Chisum officiating. Arrangements
are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service of Russellville.
Henry A. Coords
Henry A. (Hank) Coords, 50, of Fallsville died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004,
He was a Navy veteran and was preceded in death by one sister, Susan
Coords; and one brother, Chris Coords.
Survivors include one daughter, Jeanifer Kozakiewicz of Fall River,
Mass.; parents, Paul and Irmgard Montanus Coords of Fallsville; one
brother, Ralf Montanus of Coy; and two grandchildren, Carlos M.
Kozakiewicz and Hanna A. Kozakiewicz, both of Fall River, Mass.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Salus Free Holiness
Church with Rev. Robert Boen officiating. The body was cremated.
Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Jewell C. Ross
Jewell Colburn Ross, 87, of Altus died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at Mercy
Hospital/Turner Memorial in Ozark.
She was a native of Hartman, daughter of the late Sam and Mary Dorney
Colburn, widow of George Ross, former hotel and apartment manager, and
a member of the Altus Baptist Church and Coal Hill VFW Post 8532 Ladies
Survivors include one sister, Christine Colburn Brown of Altus; and
several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and burial were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the
Houston Cemetery at Alix with Bobby Jack Covert officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Coal Hill VFW Post 8532 Ladies Auxiliary.
J. Paul Shields
J. Paul Shields, 99, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Knoxville, died
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, at Grace Presbyterian Retirement Center.
He was a native of Johnson County, son of the late William Patrick and
Minnie Janette Smith Shields, retired farmer and Eureka Brick and Tile
Company (now Acme Brick Company) employee, former member of the Lamar
School District Board and member and deacon of First Baptist Church of
Knoxville, and was preceded in death by his first wife of 58 years,
Bessie Lamb Shields, and his second wife, May Nowotny Shields.
Survivors include two sons, J. Pat Shields of Irving, Texas, and J.
Roger Shields of Euless, Texas; one daughter, Margie Brown of
Knoxville; ten grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at First Baptist Church
in Knoxville with Rev. Richard Snyder officiating.
Burial will be in Knoxville Cemetery under the direction of Shinn
Funeral Service of Russellville.
Active pallbearers will be Mike and Timothy Shields and Kerry, Stephen,
David and Bryan Brown.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lloyd Pitts, Brent Williams and Kevin
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Knoxville, AR 72845.
Leon T. Gillian
Leon T. Gillian, 81, of Fort Smith, formerly of Johnson County, died
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004.
He was a retired superintendent and coach for Omaha (Arkansas) Public
School System and member of the Westark Church of Christ, Belle Grove
Lodge No. 410 of Clarksville, Westark Consistory, Shriners of Fort
Smith and the Sebastian Retired Teachers Association.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Margaret Gillian.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel
with burial at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith.
Pallbearers were Phillip, Lee, Andy Shawn, and Jesse Lee Jackson, and
Memorials may be made to Westark Church of Christ, 900 North Waldron,
Fort Smith, AR 72903.
Louise Rigsby, 85, of Clarksville died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, in Ozark
She was a native of Alix, daughter of the late Carl and Sara McKinney
Westover, and was preceded in death by one son, Tommy Rigsby; and two
brothers, Bill and Albert Westover.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Ed Bridgewater
of Clarksville; one son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Joann Rigsby of
Clarksville; one brother, Tommy Westover of Hartman; 12 grandchildren;
26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several
Graveside services and burial were at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Mt.
Vernon Cemetery with Rev. Burnett King officiating. Arrangements were
under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Linda Kay Smith
Linda Kay Smith, 59, of Greenwood, mother of Steven Wyatt of
Clarksville, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at her home.
She was a member of Excelsior Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur Smith; one daughter, Cenda Vendel
of Charleston; two other sons, John Wyatt of Branch and Michael Wyatt
of Little Rock; one stepdaughter, Paulena Schoentholer of Littleton,
Colo.; one sister, Deanna Smith of Kansas City, Mo.; four brothers,
Jerry Basinger of Rock Island, Paul Basinger of Hartford, and Larry and
Lynn Basinger, both of Hackett; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Excelsior Baptist Church
with burial in Liberty Cemetery at Greenwood. Arrangements were under
the direction of McConnell Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers were Haskell and Ryan Casalman, John Plunkett, J. B.
Turner, Melvin Cahoon, and Frank Shaurn.
Honorary pallbearers were Sunday school class members.
Lestel Andrew Yount
Lestel Andrew Yount, 91, of Little Rock, father of Aubrey Yount of
Clarksville, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004.
He was the founder and owner of Yount Truck Line having hauled for
Eureka Brick and Tile Company from 1946-76, was a member of the Wally
Byam Caravan Club and traveled with the Arkansas Razorback Unit, was a
member of the Rosedale Optimist Club for 36 years where he achieved
lifetime membership, an avid sportsman, and was preceded in death by
one brother, Narvel Yount.
Other survivors include his wife, Eva Anderson Yount; three daughters,
June Troxell of Harrisburg, N. C., Marilyn Crenshaw of Little Rock and
Mary Jo Bowen of Camden; three stepchildren, Eddie Anderson of Little
Rock, Becky Nordman of Bauxite, and Jimmy Anderson of Benton; one
sister, Fern Mayor; three brothers, Adron, O. C., and Daniel Yount; 13
grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four
stepgrandchildren; and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Griffin Leggett Forest Hills
Chapel at Alexander with Rev. Jimmy Baker and Rev. Lester Burton
officiating. Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park.
Mary Sue Sears
Mary Sue Hatchett Sears, 60, of Clarksville died Saturday, Jan. 24,
2004, at her home.
A native of Clarksville, she was a daughter of the late Elijah Marion
and Ruth May Odgen Hatchett, former employee of Clarksville
Convalescent Home, and was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy,
Arthur and Merle Hatchett; and two sisters, Bessie Hylton and Ruby
Survivors include her husband, J. W. Sears; three daughters and two
sons-in-law, Tammy and Larry Teague of Batesville, Regina and Tim Marrs
of Lexington, N. C., and Sonya Yates of Clarksville; two sons, Doug
Willis and Donnie Willis, both of Clarksville; three brothers, Jim
Hatchett of Michigan and Burl Hatchett and Glen Hatchett, both of
Clarksville; seven grandchildren, Christopher Willis of Illinois,
Derrick Marrs and Trey Mitchell, both of North Carolina, Lindsay Teague
and Trey Teague, both of Batesville, and Brittany Willis and Davey
Yates, both of Clarksville; 11 stepchildren; and numerous
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Mt. Vernon
Assembly of God Church with Rev. Bill Holt officiating.
Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke
Pallbearers will be Todd Joynor, Leonard Kimbriel, Carl Sears, Mike
Parton, Robert Hatchett, and Jimmy Don English.
Roland C. Davis
Roland Chester Davis, 84, of Clarksville died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004,
at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.
He was a son of the late Alnut Reed and Lula Wood Davis, member of Mt.
Vernon Community Church, Army veteran, retired farmer and logger, and
was preceded in death by his foster father, B. A. Smith; one sister,
Maxine Porter; two half-sisters, Gladys Richardson and Mildred
Morrison; one foster sister, Betty Bramel; two brothers, Noel Davis and
Loyd Davis; and a son-in-law, W. H. Cossey.
Survivors include his widow, Edna Lee Gibson Davis; two daughters,
Wanda Cossey of Johnson and Martha Reynolds of Plainview, Texas; three
sons, Lawrence Davis of Lamar, Kenneth Davis of Rogers, and James
Roland Davis of Hindsville; foster mother, Lillie Smith of Lamar; two
half-sisters, Wilma Holt of Springdale and Lula Mae Pottinger of Ohio;
three foster sisters, Anna Bean and Emma Freeman, both of Clarksville,
and Peggy Carlew of Danville, Ala.; one brother, Boyd Davis of Little
Rock; five foster brothers, Johnny Smith, Donald Smith and Gary Smith,
all of Clarksville, Jackie Smith of Springdale and James B. Smith of
Tulsa, Okla.; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Mt. Vernon Community
Church with Rev. Bill Holt and Rev. Robert Boen officiating.
Burial was in the Hagarville Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox
Pallbearers were Roland Cossey, Mike Davis, Jason Davis, David
Reynolds, Jerry Davis, Kenny Davis, Brad Reynolds, Frank Glasscock,
Clinton Holland, Troy Holland, Raymond Davis, Johnny Smith, and James
Ronald L. Price
Ronald L. (Ron) Price, 63, of Parsons, Kan., father of Sally Thronebury
of Clarksville, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at St. John's Regional
Medical Center in Joplin, Mo.
He was born in Parsons, Kan., to Wayne E. Overby and Bertha (Price)
Overby and was raised in Parsons, Kan., by his grandmother, Lilly
Price. In 1959, he graduated from the Labette County Community High
School in Altamont after which he joined the United States Navy and
served on the aircraft carrier, USS Kiersarge. Following his discharge
in 1963, he moved to southern California where he worked for the
highway department. In 1968, he returned to Parsons, Kan., and worked
as a guard at the Kansas Army Ammunitions Plant until 1971, when he
began working as a letter carrier with the U. S. Postal Service, first
in Oswego, Kan., and later in Parsons, Kan., before retiring in 1988.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Viva A. (Vi) Evans Kinsch Price.
He is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law, Adam and Peggy
Kinsch, Ronald Price Jr., Jeff and Bridget Price and Tim and Mary
Price, all of Parsons, Kan.; two other daughters, Laura Kinsch and
Marcia Bartholomew, both of Parsons, Kan.; 16 grandchildren, Amanda and
Tim Johnson and Amber and Jake Shull, all of Mound Valley, Kan., Chris
Thronebury and Kymberly Thronebury of Clarksville; Tifanie Bartholomew
of Springfield, Mo., Shane Madore, Jon Bartholomew, Jessica
Bartholomew, Opal Briggs, Kaylee Kinsch, Steve Queen, Michael Price and
Bailiey Price, all of Parsons, Kan., and Nick Briggs of Pittsburg,
Kan.; five great-grandchildren, Alexis, Dylan and Madison Thronebury of
Clarksville, Kylie Johnson of Mound Valley, Kan., and Mary Mills of
Parsons, Kan.; one brother, Laverne Price of Parsons, Kan.; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Oakwood Cemetery with Keith
Stammer officiating. Military honors were by Brown-Bishop Post No. 704,
Veterans of Foreign Wars in Parsons, Kan., and the United States Navy
Honor Guard. Arrangements were under the direction of Forbes-Hoffman
Memorials may be made to the Stella Wells Christmas Fund, c/o
Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, 405 Main Street, Parsons, KS 67357.