Buford W. Williams
Buford Wayne Williams, 73, of Yale died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, at his
He was a native of Davidson, Okla., son of the late E. C. and Jennie
McPike Williams, retired cattle farmer, contractor and Johnson County
Road Department employee, Army veteran of the Korean War, member of
Mulberry Masonic Lodge No. 272 at Oark, Baptist, and was preceded in
death by one sister and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife of 51-plus years, Betty Williams; two
Dale Williams and wife, Karma (Missy), and Kenneth Williams and wife,
Elizabeth, all of Oark; one sister, Mary Schrontz and husband, Lee, of
Southern Pines, N. C.; two brothers, Don Williams and wife, Mary, of
Cleburne, Texas, and Burl Williams of Mansfield, Texas; mother-in-law,
Eunice Smith of Canton, Texas; two brothers-in-law, John Smith and
wife, Lana, of Canton, Texas, and Pat Smith and wife, Linda, of
Cleburne, Texas; six grandchildren, Dana Eubanks of Fort Smith, Jaime
Eubanks of Springfield, Mo., Lindsey Williams and Whitney Williams,
both of Oark, Skye Peters and husband, Jeremy, and Brandi Williams, all
of Siloam Springs; and three great-grandchildren, Zach Young of Fort
Smith and Danae and Arabeth Peters, both of Siloam Springs.
Funeral was at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Oark Baptist
Church with Rev. George Farquhar officiating.
Burial was in Yale Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral
Pallbearers were David Graves, Wendell Lee, Don Dougan, Jim Jennings,
Ron Patterson, and Bennie Warren.
Donald Earl Grigsby
Donald Earl Grigsby, 69, of Hartman died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at
Johnson Regional Medical Center.
He was a farmer, son of the late James D. and Audie M. Benge
and was preceded in death by six brothers, Michael, J. D., Dean,
Charlie, James, and I. J. Grigsby and one sister, Emma Jane Bethel.
Survivors are his wife, Welline Grigsby; two sons, Bobby Earl
and wife, Debra, of Hartman and Ricky Stevens Grigsby and wife, Rita,
of Hunt; three brothers, Rusty Grigsby of Hunt, Bronk Grigsby of
Gerald, Mo., and Buddy Grigsby of Danville; six sisters, Exine Phillips
of Magazine, Maxine Dorrough and Barbara Stegemann, both of Dardanelle,
Sharlie Osborn of Plainview, Texas, Mary Grigsby of Ola, and Carolyn
Johnson of Kaukauna, Wis.; nine grandchildren; and eight
Harris officiating. Burial
was in Liberty Hill Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were David Davidson, John Hodge, Jimmy Arbaugh,
Gary Grigsby, Frank Grigsby, and Jody Dalton.
Honorary pallbearers were Tom McCormick, Kenneth Wheeless, James
Shepard, Al Wiederkehr, Dennis Wiederkehr, grandson and nephews.
Effie A. Boen
Effie Armentha Boen, 86, of Clarksville died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006,
at her home.
She was a retired cook, daughter of the late Suel M. and Sarah J. James
Stepp, widow of W. T. Boen, Pentecostal, and was preceded in death by
one brother, Efton Stepp, and two sisters, Anna Hammons and Gladys Case.
Survivors include two daughters, Fay Knuckles and husband, Joe, of
Lamar and Kay Davis and husband, James, of Fallsville; one son, Odell
Boen of Clarksville; one brother, Reuben Stepp of Clarksville; one
sister, Elva M. Boen of Tulsa, Okla.; five grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren; and a great-aunt, Iva Moore of Lamar.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Salus Free Holiness
Church with Rev. Clayton Rylee and Rev. Robert Boen officiating.
Burial was in the Rosetta Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox
Active pallbearers were Glenn Stepp, Keith Stepp, Dolen Stepp, Ronnie
Stepp, Ed Kimbriel and Cordell Harderson.
Honorary pallbearers were Hearl Boen, Christopher Boen, Brent Cook,
Lane Davis, Dawson Boen, and Delorn Stepp.
Evelyn T. Knight
Evelyn Tyson Knight, 92, of Russellville died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006.
She was a native of Buena Vista, daughter of the late William J. and
Emma Walker Tyson, graduate of Camden High School, retired employee of
the city of North Little Rock and Century Marketing Company of
Batesville, volunteer at Batesville Help and Hope, member of the Church
of Christ, and was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Hershel
Tyson and four sisters, Lillian Smith, Christine Greening, Norma
Ainsworth and Pauline Ainsworth.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, James and Sue Knight of
Dover; two grandsons, Nathan Knight and wife, Kim, of Clarksville and
Rex Knight and wife, Amberly, of Russellville; five
great-grandchildren, Bethany, Brooke Ann and Noah Knight of
Russellville and Moriah and Zachariah Knight of Clarksville; and one
sister, Willie Margaret Mobley of Texarkana.
A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 3, at Bethesda Cumberland
Presbyterian Church in Camden. The cremains were buried at Bethesda
Irma Lee Thomas
Irma Lee Thomas, 73, of Hartman died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at Johnson
Regional Medical Center.
She was a native of Van Buren, daughter of the late Lee and Velma
Bennett Patterson, retired Tyson Foods Inc. employee, and member of the
Coal Hill Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include her husband, Jackie Thomas; one daughter, Donna Dobbs
of New Blaine; one son, Jim Thomas of Manassas, Va.; two sisters,
Maxine Mott of Van Buren and Eula Rasler of Wichita, Kan.; two
brothers, Bobby Patterson and Ray Patterson, both of Wichita, Kan.; and
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel
with Rev. John Kindrix officiating. Burial was in West Mount Zion
Pallbearers were Kyle Thomas, Ashton LaRue, Gary LaRue, Tom Fowler,
Charles Beavers, and Bill East.
John (Bud) Ross
John Henry (Bud) Ross, 92, of Clarksville died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006,
at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
A native of the Spadra Community, he was a son of the late Thoder
(Tobe) and Flora Parker Ross, member of Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 9,
retired owner and operator of Bud Ross Construction Company, and was
preceded in death by three brothers, Cecil, Harold and Bennie Ross; and
two sisters, Della Mae Bennett and Marie Handley.
He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services by Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 9 were at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11, at the West Mount Zion Cemetery with Rev. Jack Smith
officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral
Memorials may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1910 North
Grant Street, Suite 1-A, Little Rock, AR 72207 or Gideon Memorial
Thomas W. Brooks
Thomas William (Bill) Brooks, 82, of Corpus Christi, Texas, formerly of
Johnson County, died Dec. 29, 2005, at his home.
A native of Lafferty, he was a son of the late Earl and Lavana Brooks,
son-in-law of the late Everett and Ova Gash of Clarksville, and a sheet
metal mechanic at CCAD Army Base.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years Bonnie Gash Brooks; one son,
Tommy Brooks of Corpus Christi, Texas; two daughters, Linda Davenport
and husband, Dennis, and Vicki Verdugo, all of Corpus Christi, Texas;
eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters,
Christine Ammons of Lilburn, Ga., and Lois Nelhouse and Bonnie Ann
Chillcott, both of Fort Smith.
Funeral was at 1 p.m. Jan. 2 at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors with
interment at Duncan Cemetery.
Willie R. Kirk
Willie Raymond Kirk, 71, of Clarksville died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006,
at his home.
He was an Army veteran, retired mechanic, member of Westside Full
Gospel Church, son of the late Lucy Edna (Madden) and David Morgan Kirk
Sr., and was preceded in death by one son, Raymond Lee Kirk; two
sisters, Irene Jennings and Corine Vaughn; and four brothers, David
Morgan Kirk Jr., Daymond Kirk, Frankie Kirk, and Donald Kirk.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Rose Woods Kirk; four daughters,
Jean Wood and husband, Dale, and Lawanda Combs and husband, Sam, all of
Clarksville, Debbie Leaman and husband, Steve, of East Jordan, Mich.,
and Linda Reynolds and husband, Mickey, of Clair, Mich.; two sons,
David Kirk and wife, Jan, of White Pine, Mich., and Martin Kirk and
wife, Kay, of East Jordan, Mich.; two sisters, Pauline Rex of
Gainesville, Texas, and Lawanda Hume of Marietta, Okla.; two
sisters-in-law, Opal Kirk of Sherman, Texas, and Edith Kirk of Newalla,
Okla.; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Westside Full Gospel
Church with Rev. J. W. McEntyre officiating.
Burial was in Union Grove Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox
Active pallbearers were C. D. Cain, Gary Rex, Randy Kirk, Johnny Kirk,
Ricky Kirk and Randy Kirk.
Honorary pallbearers were Keith Cain, Ralph Cain, Ricky Kirk, Mike
Kirk, Royce Humes, Donnie Humes, Larry Kirk, Jimmy Kirk, Sam Cain, and