Armil O. Curran
Armil O. Curran, 70, of Clarksville died Thursday, March 16, 2006,
Johnson Regional Medical Center.
He grew up on the Johnson-Newton county line at Salus, son of the late
W. E. (Bill) and Beryl Warren Curran, graduate of Oark High School and
Capital City Business College in Little Rock having studied accounting
and administration, employee of the Arkansas Air National Guard for
approximately eight years, co-owner and operator of a poultry and
cattle farm north of Ozone from 1961-79, employed as executive director
of the Johnson County Neighborhood Youth Corps in 1965-66 and later
served as job development coordinator for ARVAC from 1966-70.
He was elected circuit clerk and ex-officio recorder for Johnson County
from 1971-78, after which he was co-owner and operator of Curran's
Abstract and Title, Inc., served as chairman of the Johnson County
Democratic Committee and the Johnson County Election Commission for
four years, past president of the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce,
served eight years on the board of directors of the Johnson County
Development Corporation, past president of the Ludwig Water Users
Association, served on the board of governors of the Arkansas Land
Title Association from 1987-1993, immediate past president of the
Arkansas Land Title Association, member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church,
served Johnson County and the western one-fourth of Pope County in the
Arkansas Legislature in 1992-98, member of city, county and local
affairs committee, the health, welfare and labor committee, joint
legislative audit committee, joint retirement and Social Security
committee, ex-officio member of energy committee, chairman of interim
committee local government personnel for city, county and local
affairs, member of the commission to assist persons who have
catastrophic financial loss, co-chairman of the legislative audit
subcommittee on city, county and local affairs, member of the
telecommunications committee of American Legislative Exchange Committee.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Orville and Harrison Curran.
Survivors are his wife, Lura Berry Curran; two sons, A. O. Curran and
wife, Pat, of Clarksville and William Curran and wife, Donna, of
Cookeville, Tenn.; two grandsons, Pierce and Austin Curran of
Clarksville; and two sisters, Reta Patton and husband, Bob, of
Springdale and Harriett Smiley and husband, Bill, of Farmers Bench,
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel
with Rev. Jack Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Buddy Smith, Darrel Wheeler, M. L. Griffith, Joe
Fields, Don Wilkins, and Larry Selby.
Memorials may be made to Cabin Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, P.
O. Box 315, Lamar, AR 72846, or the Gideons.
Arnold E. Turner
Arnold Eugene Turner, 82, of Lamar died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at
the Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock.
He was a native of Lamar, son of the late Alfred B. and Lena Pearl
Crutchfield Turner, Army veteran of World War II having fought in the
Invasion of Normandy, member of Lamar Baptist Church and was preceded
in death by two brothers, Elbert Fay and Delbert Ray Turner.
Survivors are his wife, Arvetta Seeman Turner; two daughters, Shirley
Farmer-Russell of Fort Smith and Belinda J. Shannon of Lutherville; one
son, Danny Lee Turner of Rogers; three brothers, Kenneth Turner of
Lamar, Leonard Turner of Portland, Ore., and Burl Wayne Turner of Sun
City, Calif.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, March 20, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel
with Rev. Clyde Vire officiating. Burial was in Holman Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Jim Clabo, Joe McCarley, Norman Reynolds, Lloyd
Reynolds, Terry Miller, and Leon Bachus.
Honorary pallbearers were S. D. Colvin, Arnold Ahrens, Clarence
Madewell, Bud Burgess, Junior Warren, and Bobby Joe Wilkins.
Eula E. Strickland
Eula Etta Curtis Strickland, 86, of Clarksville died Wednesday, March
15, 2006, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
She was a daughter of the late James Bruce and Minnie Young White, was
of the Assembly of God faith, and was preceded in death by her first
husband, Rual Curtis, and second husband, Earl Strickland; one
daughter, Wanda Bernice Curtis; three brothers, William, Perry and
Archie White; and three sisters, Evelyn (Evie) Garrison, Alvie White,
and Eunice Kraus.
Survivors include five daughters, Betty Waddill, Juanita Cooper, Mary
Bean, Tricia Gregory and Glenda Self, all of Clarksville; two sons,
Paul Curtis of Clarksville and Jerry D. Curtis of Lamar; 15
grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and seven
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home
Chapel with Rev. Jerry Self officiating. Burial was in Annie's Chapel
Active pallbearers were Eric Daniel, Brian Cooper, Steve Bean, Jeff
Curtis, Mike Self, and Tim Self.
Honorary pallbearers were great-grandsons.
Inez C. VanAllen
Inez Cowan Shoopman VanAllen, 82, of Zanesville, Ohio, died Saturday,
March 18, 2006, at Willow Haven Care Center.
A native of the Jamestown Community, she was a daughter of the late
William Newton Sr. and Martha Angeline Davis Cowan, 1943 graduate of
Oark High School and later taught in the Oark Elementary School,
municipal court bookkeeper for the state of Ohio, bookkeeper for
Zanesville Country Club, secretary and receptionist for Dr. Donald
Merker for many years, member of Market Street Baptist Church and an
active member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 485 having
served as past worthy matron.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Eugene Shoopman and
David VanAllen; one son, Staff Sgt. Gary Michael Shoopman; three
sisters, Ama, Anna and Minnie; and three brothers, Verlin, Roy and W.
Survivors include one son, Terry Joe (Audrey Lynn) Shoopman of
Marietta, Ga.; two grandsons, Gregory James Shoopman and Douglas
Matthew Shoopman, both of Marietta, Ga.; two sisters, Maude (Victor)
Henninger of Kirbyville, Texas, and Margaret (Don) Adams of
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Market Street
Baptist Church in Zanesville, Ohio, with Rev. D. Scott Johnston
officiating. Burial will be in Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery. A
service conducted by the Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 485 was held
at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home in
Jerry Wayne Fultz
Jerry Wayne Fultz, 55, of Hartman died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at
A native of Clarksville, he was a son of the late Jesse Fultz Sr.,
graduate of the University of the Ozarks, Army veteran of the Vietnam
War, self-employed general contractor, and chairman of the Coal Hill
Planning and Zoning Commission from 1998-2003.
He is survived by one son, Jerry Fultz II of Ozark; mother, Violet Wood
Allen of Coal Hill; one sister, Sherrill Nichols of Paris; and four
brothers, David Fultz of Clarksville, Larry Fultz of Pine Bluff, Jesse
Fultz of Ozark and Randy Allen of Coal Hill.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, March 20, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel
in Ozark with Rev. James L. Wisdom Sr. officiating. Burial was in Coal
Active pallbearers were Larry Fultz, David Fultz, Jesse Fultz, Randy
Allen, Travis Fultz, and Ryan Fultz.
Honorary pallbearers were Bill Brockett and Orla Larsen.
Memorials may be made to In-Home Services, Johnson County Health Unit,
#22 Sherwood Plaza, Clarksville, AR 72830.
Ruby D. Clayborn
Ruby Duell Clayborn, 90, of Clarksville died Wednesday, March 15, 2006,
at Clarksville Convalescent Home.
She was a daughter of the late Earl Washington and Emma Bonnie Warren
Smith, widow of James Leonard Clayborn, and was preceded in death by
one son, Jimmy Clayborn; one brother, Jiles Smith; and one sister,
Survivors include five daughters, Geneva Carlton of Fayetteville,
Donnie Helen Bradley of Clarksville, Ora Lou Aichele of Charleston, S.
C., Bonnie Knick of Lamar and Connie Bernier of Fort Smith; three sons,
Danny and Tommy Clayborn, both of Clarksville, and Fred Clayborn of
Russellville; 22 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 12
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home
Chapel with Minister Susie Drinkwitz officiating. Burial was in Rosetta
Active pallbearers were Weldon Bradley, Steve Bradley, Jerry Bradley,
Arlis Wise, Billy Clayborn, and Dwaylin Clayborn.
Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Carlton, David Carlton, David Bernier,
Jerimiah Knick and Erin Clayborn.
Ruby B. Walters
Ruby B. Walters, 82, of Clarksville died Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at
Clarksville Convalescent Home.
A native of South Mound, Kan., she was a daughter of the late Harvey
and Daisy Blackburn Shepard, member of the First United Methodist
Church in Clarksville, member and past president of Johnson County
Twirler Square Dance Club, and was preceded in death by two brothers,
Wayne and Charles Shepard; two sisters, Virginia Walters and Erma
Shepard; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Walters; three daughters, Sharon
Brantley of St. Mary's, Ga., Rae Ann Brooke of Little Rock, and Marilyn
Chrisman of Hartman; one son, George Kilgore Jr. of Clarksville; two
sisters, Bonnie Dack of Parsons, Kan., and Donna McElroy of Altamont,
Kan.; two brothers, Lloyd Shepard of Parsons, Kan., and Billy Joe
Shepard of Ft. Scott, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren;
and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday, March 17, at the First United Methodist
Church in Clarksville with Rev. Steve Wingo officiating.
Burial was in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral
Pallbearers were Michael Weathers, Eric Kilgore, Chad Chrisman, Leon
Baldwin, Darrell Shepard, Kevin Farmer, Heath Zimmerman, and Mike Kraft.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box
535, Clarksville, AR 72830.
Wesley D. Balkcom
Wesley Daniel Balkcom, 26, of Clarksville died Wednesday, March 15,
2006, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident at Altus.
He was a native of Ocala, Fla., and was employed in the house roofing
He is survived by one daughter, Kallie Leann Balkcom of Clarksville;
two sons, William Lee Balkcom and Wesley James Balkcom, both of
Clarksville; father and stepmother, W. L. and Carolyn Balkcom of
Clarksville; mother, Donna Heule of Tennessee; one sister, Lynnett
Krachey and husband, Rodney, of Lamar; one nephew, Blake Smith of
Lamar; one niece, Michaela Smith of Lamar; several aunts and uncles;
and the mother of his children, Christi Cole of Clarksville.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday, March 17, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel
with Rev. Tony Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Rodney Krachey, Joseph Balkcom, Josh Smith, David
Walker Jr., William Cole, and Trevor Butler.