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Berta L. Houston


Berta Laster Houston, 99, of Clarksville died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.

She was a native of Harmony, daughter of the late James Monroe and Louisa Turney Laster, widow of Denver Houston, attended Harmony Presbyterian Church, and was preceded in death by two daughters, Majorie Engbretson and Augusta "Tootsie" Dixie Chaney; and one son, James Laster Houston.

She is survived by one sister, Aulda Meek of Clarksville; three grandchildren, Janet Matney and husband, Dallas, of Sparta, Mo., Ron and Debra Greer of Strafford, Mo., and Carol Sue Engbretson of Decorah, Iowa; four great-grandchildren, Ronald Ray Greer III and Jacob Greer, both of Strafford, Mo., Jennifer Gray of Columbia, Mo., and Tiffany Matney of Decatur, Ill.; and one great-great-grandchild, Matthew Dallas Gray.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Burley King officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Kerry Sears, Dutch Houston, Dale Meek, Donald Meek, Abe Laster Jr., and Saulo Garcia.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald Laster, Raymond Wyers, Herman Houston, Ray Greer III and Jacob Greer.

Curtis L. Spence


Curtis Lee Spence, 21, of the Pine Haven Community near Upton, Wyo., whose father and stepmother, Lance and Virginia Spence, reside in Clarksville, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 27, 2005, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.

He was employed by his maternal uncle as a crew foreman for Benson Construction and was preceded in death by paternal great-grandparents, Frank and Shandon Kleinshmit; maternal great-grandmother, Marie Barnett; maternal grandfather, Benjamin Benson; and paternal cousin, Blake Cool.

Other survivors include his mother, Cally Spence of Pine Haven, Wyo.; two-year-old son, Landon, of Upton, Wyo.; two sisters, Alicia of Upton, Wyo., and Paige; one brother, Tanner, of Clarksville; one niece, Ayvree of Upton, Wyo.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Upton Elementary Auditorium with burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Upton, Wyo.

Dora L. Daniels


Dora Louise Daniels, 64, of Pettigrew died Dec. 28, 2005, at her home.

She was a member of Salus Free Holiness Church and daughter of the late Dora Mae (Joiner) and Henry Hamilton Sr.

Survivors include her husband, Jerome Daniels Sr.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Tom Cooley of Sneads, Fla., Jerri and Larry Willis of Hartman, Debbie and Ray Holt of Lamar, and Dawn and Eddie Dietz of Combs; two brothers, Robert Hamilton of Bentonville and Jerome Hamilton of Florida; one sister, Carol Arnold of Bonita Springs, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Roller-Cox Funeral Chapel with Rev. Robert Boen and Rev. Larry Willis officiating. Burial was in Evans Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Darryl Cooley, David Willis, Michael Willis, T. J. Hilton, Joshua Holt, Brandon Dietz, Brandon Arnold and Jamie Willis.

Elmer Conley


Elmer (Maggie) Conley, 86, of Booker, Texas, whose son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Laura Conley, reside in Clarksville, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at Ochiltree General Hospital in Perryton, Texas.

He was a native of Blue Mound, Okla., son of the late Warren and Louie Blum Conley, served in the United States Army Medical Corps and was the recipient of the Bronze Star for action on the island of Saipan during World War II, member of the United Church of God, and was owner and operator of a cement construction company from 1956 until his retirement in 2000. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Littau Conley; one sister, Fay Holt; and one brother, W. D. Conley.

Other survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Rodney Forrest of Big Sandy, Texas, Donna and Alec Surratt of Cincinnati, Ohio, Barbara and Guy Burke of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Ruth and James Roberts of Booker, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Heart Cemetery with Guy Burke officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Good Samaritan Funeral Service of Booker, Texas.

Memorials may be made to Ochiltree General Home Health Care, 3101 Garrett Drive, Perryton, TX 79070.

James R. Nelson


James Raymond Nelson, 69, of Knoxville died Jan. 2, 2006, at his home.

He was a heat and air contractor, son of the late Raymond H. and Lola Vinson Nelson, and veteran of the U. S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Lawson Nelson; one daughter, Ranay Brown Storms of Knoxville; five stepchildren, Clarine Kamphaus of Clinton, Okla., Gayle Webb of Burns Flat, Okla., Benny L. Rich of Sacramento, Calif., Dale R. Rich of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Mike Rich of Horse Shoe Bay, Texas; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. Local arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

James W. Woodward


James W. Woodward, 81, of Wichita, Kan., died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005.

He was a native of Lamar and a retired sheet metal fabricator.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years Kathryn Griffin Woodward; three sons, James Woodward Jr. of Wellington, Kan., Robert Woodward of Wichita, Kan., and Greg Woodward of El Dorado, Kan.; three daughters, Connie Stowe of Wichita, Kan., Joyce Foster of Mulvane, Kan., and Kathy Schrader of El Dorado, Kan.; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Smith Mortuary in Haysville, Kan.

Memorials may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.

L. B. Smith


L. B. Smith, 78, of Ozark died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, in Ozark.

He was a native of Ozark, retired city of Ozark Water Department employee, member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, son of the late Andrew Jackson and Polly Ann Estep Smith, and was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Smith; and one daughter, Monica Kaye Smith.

He is survived by one daughter, Frances Lane Smith of Ozark; one son, Gary William Smith of Ozark; and two grandchildren.

Rosary was at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Shaffer Funeral Home in Ozark. Funeral was at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Hilary Filiatreau officiating followed by burial in Highland Cemetery at Ozark.

Active pallbearers were Merl Del Soto, Chris Hunt, Michael Thomas, David Del Soto, Tommy Owens Jr., and Art Timmerman.

Honorary pallbearers were the coffee shop crew.

Robert E. Peak


Robert E. Peak, 50, of London died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at his home.

He was a native of South Bend, Ind., owner and operator of the Peak Express Truck Lube in Russellville, and was preceded in death by one son, Darren Peak.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Vail Peak; one daughter, Kim Marie Humphrey of Mishawaka, Ind.; one son, Christopher Stockbridge of Mishawaka, Ind.; one stepson, Charles McClure and wife, Michelle, of Pottsville; father, Richardo Peak of Elkhart, Ind.; mother and companion, Sherry Peak and Tom Knox of Vandalia, Mich.; and three grandchildren, Carlee McClure of Pottsville and Austin and Kayrna Humphrey of Mishawaka, Ind.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Cornwell Funeral Home Chapel in Dardanelle with Rev. Danny Fudge officiating. Burial was in Brearley Cemetery at Dardanelle.

Active pallbearers were John Blackard, Tom Ed Bullock, David Hudson, Mike Neal, Andy Thomas, and Bud Burnett.

Honorary pallbearers were employees of Peak Express Truck Lube.


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