April 13, 2021

1/24/2001

Irene J. Gracey


Irene J. Gracey, 90, of Clarksville died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.

She was a native of Newtonia, Mo., daughter of the late John Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Garren Weems, widow of Wayne B. Gracey, and a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She is survived by two sisters, Vera Banke of Pittsburg, Kan., and Dorothy Weems of Clarksville; and one nephew, Robert T. Clugston of Davenport, Fla.

The body was cremated. Local arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Jeffrey Earl Taylor


Jeffrey Earl Taylor, 40, of Clarksville died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at Pine Bluff.

He was a native of Santa Rosa, Calif.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Bob Gene and Sharon Kay Taylor of Morro Bay, Calif.; four sisters, Stephanie Ray of Clarksville, Robin Taylor of Reno, Nev., Cindy Johnson of San Diego, Calif., and Cheryl Howell of Sacramento, Calif.; one brother, Vernon Ross Taylor of Brickers; one niece, Brandie McCarrick of Clarksville; and one nephew, Jason O’Brien of Scranton.

The body was cremated. Local arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Sister Leonella Spanke


Sister Leonella Spanke of St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, in the Monastery Infirmary.

She was a native of Hartman, daughter of the late Hugo and Anna Soerries Spanke, and made her religious profession on June 24, 1936. With a M.A. in history from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., her professional career included 42 years as an educator in Prairie View, Charleston, Scranton, Altus, St. Vincent, Rogers, Subiaco, Tontitown, and Clarksville and also in Pilot Grove, Mo. In addition she served a number of years as the Monastery’s librarian and archivist prior to retiring to the Monastery Infirmary in 1999 where she was a part of the Prayer Team.

She is survived by three brothers, Edwin Spanke of Schererville, Ind., Theodore of Indianapolis, Ind., and Francis of Overland Park, Kan.; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Vespers of the Dead was recited at the Monastery at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. A cousin, Abbot Jerome Kodell of Subiaco, will preside at the Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. Sister Elise Forst, prioresses, will preside at the commital service. Sisters of the community will be pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to St. Scholastica’s Continuing Care Fund.

Mary Jean Essary


Mary Jean Essary, 70, of Clarksville died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, at her home.

She was a native of Corsicana, Texas, daughter of the late Noah Lee and Mary Agnes Henson Tidwell, former University of Arkansas employee, and a member of the Bible Church.

Survivors include her husband, Ernest Essary; one son, Bobby Essary of Huntsville; one daughter, Debra J. Allen of Clarksville; one sister, Judy Haley of Siloam Springs; three grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Cornerstone Baptist Church at 904 Highway 12 West in Bentonville. Arrangements are under the direction of Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Springdale.

Memorials may be made to Gideon Bibles, % Gideons International, P. O. Box 1243, Springdale, AR 72765-1243.

Robbie H. Stevenson


Robbie Jewell Hatchett Stevenson, 80, of Modesto, Calif., died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at her home.

She was a native of Johnson County and a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include five children, Gary Joe O’Brien, Mark Stevenson, Clara Cudney, and Patricia Gill, all of Modesto, Calif., and Gail Kubo of Kona, Hawaii; five sisters, Helen Folkner and Docha Sperry, both of Coal Hill, Pauline Mayfield of Clarksville, Melva Hansen of Clear Lake, Calif., and Mildred Newman of Auburn, Calif.; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Hillview Funeral Chapel in Patterson, Calif., with graveside services and burial to follow at 2 p.m. at Patterson District Cemetery.

Tessie M. Lemley


Tessie M. Lemley, 69, of Lamar died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at her home.

A native of Lamar, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Ruby Harris Henderson, graduate of Lamar High School, member of the Church of Christ, widow of Harold King Lemley, and was preceded in death by two sisters, Madeline Roof and Wanda Ross Callaham; and two brothers, Morris and Clarence Henderson.

She is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth Lemley of Seligman, Mo.; mother, Elsie Henderson Anderson of Clarksville; two grandchildren, Mitch Garrett of Russellville and Molly Garrett of Eureka Springs; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Hardwicke Funeral Home. The body was cremated.

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