April 14, 2021

9/15/1999

Obituaries

Allen Ray Elam


Allen Ray Elam, 70, of Chandler, Okla., died Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999.

He was a native of the Piney Community, son of the late William Richard and Mary Lynn Harless Elam, served in the U. S. Army where he was a cannoneer with the artillery, and was preceded in death by two sisters, Dora Mae Wurst and Luise Horten.

Survivors include seven daughters, Ellen Elam of Chandler, Okla., Shelia Money of California, Wanna Elam and Donna Elam, both of Oklahoma City, Okla., Rita Khouri of Israel, Tammy Hendricks of Moore, Okla., and Chrystal Sinor of Missouri; two brothers, Richard Elam of Lemon Grove, Calif., and Dan Elam of Knoxville; one sister, Mamie Manning of Van Buren; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral was at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at Baggerley-South Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Todd Scoggins officiating. Burial was at Smith Cemetery in Moore, Okla.

Charles (Pat) Pitts


Charles (Pat) Pitts, 92, of Clarksville died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, in Clarksville.

He was a member of the Clarksville Country Club, an avid golfer, veteran of the U. S. Army, member of the American Legion, former resident of Fort Smith and a member and deacon of Central Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith.

Survivors include one son, Charles Pitts Jr. of Plano, Texas; one brother, Hill (Horner) Pitts of Raleigh, N. C.; one grandchild, Jill Alexander of Allen, Texas; and one great-grandchild, Danielle Alexander.

Funeral was at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at Central Presbyterian Church with burial at the U. S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. Arrangements were under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.

Pallbearers were Bill Rodgers, Hartsell Hall, Claude Hall, Bill Holder, and John Whitt.

Memorials may be made to Central Presbyterian Church, 2901 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901.

Clarence R. Pelts


Clarence Richard Pelts, 73, of Lamar died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, at his home.

He was a Navy veteran, member of the Assembly of God Church, and son of the late Royal and Laura Hyder Pelts.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mary Butler Pelts; two daughters, Shela Cotton of Clarksville and Cheryl Heath of Oklahoma; five sons, John C. Pelts of Subiaco, Rickey Pelts of Clarksville, Mark Pelts and Randy Pelts, both of Knoxville, and Chad Pelts of the home; two sisters, Dovie Tuck of Hunt and Lucy Apodoca of Cheyenne, Wyo.; three brothers, Arlis Pelts and Robert Pelts, both of Hunt, and Melvin Pelts of Colorado; and ten grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev. Leon Ketcherside officiating. Burial was in Minnow Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were John Pelts, Rick Pelts, Randy Pelts, Mark Pelts, Chad Pelts, and Vernon Heath.

David W. Hawkins


David W. Hawkins, 92, of Russellville, grandfather of Dr. Blake Hawkins of Clarksville, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at Legacy Lodge Nursing Center in Russellville.

He was a son of the late Arthur William and Josephine Rush Hawkins, former grocer, retired mechanics instructor at Arkansas Tech University and Petit Jean Vo-Tech, former resident of Paris and the Altus-Denning area, 32nd degree Mason, and a member of Western Arkansas Consistory and the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mildred Bryan Hawkins; one son, Tom Hawkins of Russellville; one daughter, Betty Cole of Russellville; four other grandchildren, Bruce Hawkins of Fayetteville, Carol Smith of Little Rock, Marsha Berdan of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sara Hamby of Russellville; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Rest Haven Memorial Park in Russellville with Masonic graveside rites. Rev. Stephen Davis officiated and arrangements were under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Howell Dean Clinton


Dr. Howell Dean Clinton, 74, of Conway died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at Conway Regional Medical Center.

He was born at Hunt, son of the late Cecil and Bertha Johnson Clinton, member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Disabled American Veteran and was retired from the Veterans Administration where he served as chief of counseling and rehabilitation.

Dr. Clinton received a bachelor of science degree in 1950 at Arkansas State Teachers College (now the University of Central Arkansas), master of science degree in 1951 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and doctorate in education degree in 1974 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Wanda Nunley Clinton; one son, Larry Clinton of Morrison, Colo.; one daughter, Carol Enderlin of Conway; one brother, Charles Clinton of Clarksville; uncle, Howard Clinton of Hunt; great-aunt, Hazel Johnson of Clarksville; and three grandchildren, Emily, Ross and Amy Enderlin.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 11, in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Greg Rickel officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Griffin Leggett-Conway.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

J. B. Sparks


J. B. Sparks, 76, of Clarksville died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

A native of Clarksville, he was a son of the late Delbert and Ercy Smith Sparks, member of the First United Methodist Church, Friendship Sunday School Class, Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 9, and Clarksville Chapter No. 172 Order of the Eastern Star, Army veteran of World War II, recipient of the Purple and Bronze Star, former owner of Clarksville Sheet Metal Shop, and was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Lee Fowler Sparks.

Survivors include one sister-in-law, Mary Ann Sexton of Clarksville; one brother-in-law, Tommy Oliphant of Kansas City, Kan.; one aunt, Murval Hays of Clarksville; six nephews; and six nieces.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Lowell Eaton officiating.

Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Hardwicke Funeral Home.

William Wayne Hale


William Wayne Hale, 61, of Clarksville died Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

He was a retired painter and son of the late William H. Hale and Louanna Freeman Hale.

Survivors include three daughters, Connie Porter and Lillian McCarley, both of Clarksville, and Mary Kaylor of Cabot; one son, Jimmy Hale of Clarksville; one sister, Wilma Daniel of McCleary, Wash.; three brothers, Devaughn Hale of Lamar, Leon Hale of Ward, and J. C. Hale of Vista, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev. Terry Schlinker officiating. Burial will be in Annie’s Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Everette McAlister, Johnny Phillips, Archie Pilgram, Gwen Woods, Don Freeman and Leland Freeman.


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