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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 officiating.

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 Funeral Chapel.

Gladys Yeager


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, at Fallsville.

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 Auxiliary.

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 great-great-grandchildren.

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 Hetting.

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 Willie Powell.

Memorials may be made to Westark Church of Christ, 900 North Waldron, Fort Smith, AR 72903.

Louise Rigsby


Louise Rigsby, 85, of Clarksville died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, in Ozark Nursing Home.

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 stepgreat-grandchildren.

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 Pitts.

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 stepgrandchildren.

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 Funeral Home.

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 great-great-grandchildren.

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 Funeral Home.

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 Smith.

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 Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Stella Wells Christmas Fund, c/o Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, 405 Main Street, Parsons, KS 67357.


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