David Alan Sykes
David Alan Sykes, 69, died Tuesday,
June 15, 2010, in Tulsa, Okla.
He was a native of Clarksville, son
of Ralph and Sue Adkins Sykes, Clarksville High School graduate, served
in the United States Army Reserves, and was employed as a welder in the
Survivors include his wife, Linda
Harrington Hicks Sykes; one daughter, Kimberly Sykes of Broken Arrow,
Okla.; one son, Mark Alan Sykes of Broken Arrow, Okla.; two
stepdaughters, Sarah Elaine Hicks and Shannon Elizabeth Hicks; two
sisters, Sandra Simms and husband, Bobby, of Montgomery, Ala., and Sue
Ann May of Houston, Texas; and one stepgrandchild, Jacob Gribble.
A graveside service will be held at
10 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at the Holman Cemetery northeast of Lamar.
Memorials may be made to
Therapetics, 9433 E. 51st, Suite J, Tulsa, OK 74145.
Marie Peters, 86, of Clarksville
died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.
She was a native of Bean Station,
Tenn., graduate of Bean Station (Tennessee) High School, registered
nurse in the United States Army Nurses Corps during World War II, and
was a former employee of Area Agency on Aging.
Survivors include one daughter, Pam
Warren of Anchorage, Alaska; and two sons, Ernest D. Peters Jr. of
Clarksville and Loren Peters of Austin, Texas.
A memorial service was held at 10
a.m. Monday, June 21, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Amos
Velda Fern Roland
Velda Fern Roland, 75, of Ozark,
mother of Wanda Parton of Hunt, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at Ozark.
She was a native of the Adams
Community in Franklin County, daughter of the late Fred and Ruth Walker
Hans, widow of LeeRoy Roland, attended Cass Baptist Church, and was
preceded in death by one granddaughter, Nikki Parton; one brother,
Bobby Hans; and one sister, Norma Leaver.
Survivors include two other
daughters, Carrol Reagan of Mulberry and Billie Jo Hall of Ozark; five
sons, LeeRoy Roland Jr., Jimmy Roland, Teddy Roland Sr., Frank Roland
and Harold Roland, all of Ozark; 13 grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Graveside services and burial were
at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Hixon Cemetery with Rev. Morris Boseman
officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Shaffer Funeral
Home of Ozark.
Honorary pallbearers were Cody
Muerrel, Matt Dailey, David Freeman, Kevin Reagan, Eugene Hagler, Brian
Hall, Mike Parton, and Jack Sossaman.
Hal Don Sears
Hal Don Sears died Monday, June 14,
2010, in Lawrence, Kan.
He was born in 1942 to Lowry and
Evelyn Jones Sears on Turkey Mountain near Clarksville and joined the
Marines in 1960, where he played the French horn in the Marine Band
until 1964. After completing his service with the Marines, he attended
the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and in 1966 he moved to St.
Louis, Mo., where he received a degree in history from the University
of Missouri. In 1969, he was awarded a Danforth Fellowship and moved to
California to study at Stanford University and from there he went to
Santa Cruz to study natural medicine, herbs and wild-crafting prior to
moving to Lawrence, Kan., where he joined the Community Mercantile
Co-Op in 1982 and became a vitamin and herbal supplements
until his retirement in 2005. He was a writer, an avid reader, and a
member of St. John's Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Davida
Sears; two daughters, Laurel Birdsong Sears and Saida Cora Bonfield;
and grandchildren, Mercury Faye and Greer Posey, all of Lawrence, Kan.;
and two sisters, Rochelle Sears of Phoenix, Ariz., and Phyllis Hogue of
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday, June
18, at St. John's Catholic Church in Lawrence, Kan.
Huie Bird, 75, of Clarksville,
passed away peacefully at his home, June 19, 2010.
He was born on February 25, 1935 in
He was the youngest of ten children
to Rosa Gordon Bird and Samuel Porter Bird.
After attending high school in
Center Ridge, he began his career as a dragline operator at the age of
18. He worked in many areas of the country, including Oklahoma, New
Mexico, Tennessee, and Arkansas. In addition, he worked for nine years
on the Eastern Coast of the United States for American Dredging
Company, dredging bay areas in New Jersy, New York, Maine, and New
Hampshire. In 1969 he moved his family back to Arkansas, settling in
Johnson County. He and his wife, Doris , purchased the Hartman store
and later opened Birds’ Drive- In Restaurant & Recreation. During
this time he was also employed by Garland and Peabody Coal Company as a
dragline operator. In 1978 they sold their Hartman businesses, and
decided to pursue their dreams of owning and operating a motel. At this
time, they purchased their first motel, an independent property known
as The Caprice Motor Inn in Clarksville. This also included a
restaurant and service station. Mr. Bird continued working for Peabody
until 1980, and then focused full time on his new career in the
hospitality industry. Over the past 32 years, they have owned and
successfully operated 12 different franchised hotels, including
properties in Oklahoma and Missouri, as well as Arkansas. Currently,
Birds’ Hospitality, Inc. owns and operates the Hampton Inn and Holiday
Inn Express & Suites of Clarksville and the Hampton Inn, Fairfield
Inn & Suites, and Best Western Inn, all of Russellville. Mr. Bird
was passionate about property development and throughout the years
received many prestigious awards recognizing his successes and
He is survived by his wife of 54
years, Doris Bird; two daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Dan Cogan,
and Nancy and Jim Rogers, all of Clarksville; three granddaughters,
Chivon Cogan, Caitlin Rogers, and Crystal Martinez, and her
Rolando Martinez, as well as three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his
parents and nine older siblings, Esther McNew, Elbert “Eb” Bird,
Bird, Fay “Slim” Bird, Ralph Bird, Imogene French, Robert “Tip” Bird,
Dewey Bird, and Roy Lane Bird.
Arrangements are under the care of
Hardwicke Funeral Home in Clarksville.
Visitation was held at Hardwicke
Chapel on Monday, June 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The funeral service took place at
Cherry Street Baptist Church in Clarksville, where Mr. Bird was a
member, on Tuesday June 22, at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Bill Milam and
Rev. Jeff Brewer officiating and burial following at Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mike Wilson, Don
Highfill, Ronnie Ashlock, Terry Blackard, Ben Powell, John Burke, and
Honorary pallbearers were Paul
Cogan, Harold Lewis, C.O. Blackard, Toby Wilson, Roy Goodin, Dr. John
Werner & Don Johnson.
Memorials may be made to the
University of the Ozarks, 415 North Collage Avenue, Clarksville, AR
72830 or Cherry Street Baptist Church, P.O. Box 378, Clarksville, AR
Helen Perry, 92, of Clarksville died
Friday, June 18, 2010, at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith.
A native of Clarksville, she was a
daughter of the late Mack and Lula Harvey Newton, widow of Lafayette
Perry Jr., member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Clarksville and
St. James Baptist Church in Fort Smith, former employee of the late Mr.
and Mrs. E. K. Johnson for many years, and was preceded in death by one
daughter, Myrtle Rollie; and one grandson, Anthony Smart.
She is survived by one daughter,
Helen Wells of Fort Smith; two sons, Robert Newton of New York and
Lafayette Perry III and wife, Clara, of Clarksville; eight
grandchildren, Samuel Smart and wife, Pam, of Kansas City, Kan., Carl
Smart and wife, Shelby, of Springfield, Mo., Lenny West and wife,
Vivian, of Tulsa, Okla., Lisa Culver and husband, Steven, LaRonya West
and Timothy West, all of Fort Smith, and Lytesa Addison and Annie
Torres and husband, Andre, all of Clarksville; 20 great-grandchildren;
10 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, June 23, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary
Hinkle officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Lenny
West, Timothy West, Samuel Smart, Carl Smart, William Franklin, Walter
Ross, and Curtis Smart.
Honorary pallbearers will be John
West, Patrick Baker, Sam Scott, Leroy Cotton, Don Willis, Glenn
Addison, Virgil Willis, William Reed Jr., Dave Dodson, J.T. West and
Joel D. Karr Jr.
Joel D. Karr Jr., 47, of Clarksville
died Monday, June 21, 2010, at his home.
He was a native of Tulsa, Okla.,
graduate of Clarksville High School, veteran of the United States Air
Force, and preceded in death by his father, Joel D. Karr Sr.
Survivors include his mother, Zelda
Karr of Clarksville; two sisters, Rebecca McElhenny of Clarksville and
Elizabeth Peveto of Sulphur Springs; four nephews; two nieces; three
great-nephews; and four great-nieces.
Crematory arrangements were under
the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas
Hospice Foundation, 2405 East Parkway, Russellville, AR 72801.