Ada Mills, 89, died Sunday night, Sept. 30, 2001, in her Clarksville home.
A native of Prairie Grove, she was a daughter of the late Clifford and Belle Simmons Parks, and widow of Joe B. Mills.
She was a successful businesswoman. In Clarksville, she and her husband founded and operated Ozark Hardwood Manufacturing Company, Mills Oil Company, Ozark Box and Crating Corporation, and Ozark Hardwood Lumber Company. In Caney, Kan., they operated F&M Box and Crating Corporation and in Texarkana, Texas, they founded and operated Texas Container Corporation.
In 1973, she was awarded the SBA Businessperson of the Year award and served on numerous local, state and national business commissions.
Mrs. Mills dedicated much of her life to her beloved alma mater, the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville. On Christmas Eve, 1933, she and her husband were the first couple to be married in the then-new Ozarks chapel. She was president of the university’s alumni association for many years, a member of its board of trustees, and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in 1970.
Mrs. Mills was a nationally respected Republican. For over 40 years, she lead the campaign to build the Arkansas River bridge connecting Johnson and Logan counties, which was named for her. In 2000, she was awarded the Republican Party’s Eagle Award for 50 years of outstanding service to the county, state and nation. Many state authorities list her as one of the original catalysts of Arkansas’ current two-party system of government.
Survivors include one son, Jim Pat Mills of Clarksville and Dallas, Texas; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joanie and Lee McCleskey of College Station, Texas, and Mary Tom Riley-O’Bar and Clyde O’Bar of Lubbock, Texas; seven grandchildren, Amanda Mills of Dallas, Texas, Major Matt McCleskey of the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Derek McCleskey of Oak Hill, Va., Jarrett McCleskey of South Riding, Va., Kristin Moratzka of Dover, Del., Stephanie Eubanks of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Joe Jackson Riley of Lubbock, Texas; and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville with Rev. Aaron Barling, Rev. Lowell Eaton, Dr. Robert Brown, Abbot Jerome Kodell, O. S. B., Rev. Bill Woodard, and Governor Mike Huckabee officiating.
Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be George McClaine, Phillip Sexton, Lee White, Harve Taylor, Tom Taylor, Garner Lee Taylor, Floyd Pledger, and Larry Isch.
Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the University of the Ozarks, 415 North College Avenue, Clarksville, AR 72830.
Dorothy H. Love
Dorothy Totton Hunt Love, 75, of Sanders, Ariz., formerly of Clarksville, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, in Sanders, Ariz.
She was a daughter of the late Dr. Earle and Ellen Totton Hutchison Hunt, native of Clarksville, graduate of Clarksville High School, former Clarksville High School food service director, former Senior Companion program director, past president of Chapter Q, PEO, lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church, past director of the First United Methodist Church Mustard Seed, widow of Louis Lawrence Love, and was preceded in death by one daughter, Pamela Dee Love.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Dottie and Doug Mason of Sanders, Ariz.; one son, W. Tracy Love of Clarksville; one sister, Lillian Zarwell of Clarksville; one brother and sister-in-law, Earle H. Jr. and Helen Hunt of Clarksville; and three grandchildren, Ronald A. (Drew) March and Eleanor L. March, both of Clarksville, and Nathan D. Mason of Sanders, Ariz.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Lowell Eaton officiating.
Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Mustard Seed, P. O. Box 535, Clarksville, AR 72830.
Elsie H. Anderson
Elsie Henderson Anderson, 89, of Clarksville died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, at Russellville Nursing Center.
A native of Lamar, she was a daughter of the late Samuel H. and Mary Belling Sparks, widow of Arthur Henderson and Leonard Anderson, member of the Church of Christ and Lamar Chapter No. 516 Order of the Eastern Star, former co-owner and instructor of Clarksville Beauty College, retired beautician, and was preceded in death by two sons, Morris Henderson and Clarence Henderson; and three daughters, Madeleine Roof, Wanda Ross Callaham, and Tessie Lemley.
She is survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Frances and W. L. Davis of Clarksville; three brothers and sisters-in-law, William E. and Jackie Sparks of Wappapello, Mo., Boyd E. Sparks of Russellville, Thomas L. and Goldie Sparks of Belleville, Mich., and Allene Sparks of Clarksville; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces including Pat Sparks of Clarksville.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Clarksville Church of Christ.
Burial will be in Lamar Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Edith E. Whitbey
Edith E. Whitbey, 90, of London died Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, at AMI St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville.
A native of Dardanelle, she was a daughter of the late James and Sally S. Higgins Trammell, member of Martin Chapel Assembly of God Church, and was preceded in death by three sons, Raymond, Johnny and Ronald Gene Sapp.
Survivors include her husband, Arvy E. Whitbey; one son, Eddie E. Whitbey of London; one daughter, Rebecca Boxnick; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral was at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Martin Chapel Assembly of God Church with Rev. Roy Goates Jr. and Rev. Claude Jackson officiating.
Burial was in North New Hope Cemetery near Dover under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service.
Pallbearers were Dennis Ward, Gary Ward, Chad Whitbey, Charles Cochran, Tim Julian, and Ronnie Wells.
Geraldine M. Scott
Geraldine M. Scott, 75, of Clarksville died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at Clarksville Convalescent Home.
She was a daughter of the late Jim and Sena C. Ottmaans Nunis, widow of David M. Scott, retired practical nurse, member of Grace Lutheran Church, and was preceded in death by one son, Gary James Schultz.
She is survived by three stepdaughters, Anna Lois Turner and Patty Qualls, both of Clarksville, and Lois Marie Carter of Illinois; two stepgrandchildren; and cousins, Stan and Leona Lohrenz of Lincoln, Ill.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Loren Famuliner officiating.
Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Leo Knoernschild, Don Langdon, Jeff Haas, Herman Ahrens, Edmund Drittler, and Clint Taylor.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 406, Clarksville, AR 72830.
Lowell W. Jones
Lowell W. Jones, 69, of Clarksville died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at his home.
He was a son of the late Earl Ernest and Lena Mae Mills Jones, retired self-employee, and affiliated with the Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include his widow, Christina Marshall Jones; two sons, Ricky Brent Jones of Mau, Hawaii, and Rob Kent Jones of Bella Vista; ten grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev. Randy Long officiating. Burial was in Lamar Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Michael Ivey, David Ivey, Rusty Marshall, Matt Marshall, Steve Marshall, and Larry Hahs. Honorary pallbearer was Kent Jones.
Mary Alice Rake
Mary Alice Rake, 74, of Ozark, mother of James Hill and Bill Hill, both of Clarksville, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, at her home.
Born in the Pilot Grove Community to James and Sarah Stockton Moten, she was a former restaurant owner and manager, and a Baptist.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Sue Petty of Little Rock and Shirley Davis and Sarah Halmes, both of Ozark; two other sons, Dennis Hill of Ozark and David Hill of Dardanelle; three stepdaughters, Renae Seago of Corrigan, Texas, Nancy Clarke of Austin, Texas, and Melinda Tybor of Wimberly, Texas; 21 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with Rev. Ted Darling officiating. Burial will be in Pilot Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Pilot Grove Cemetery Fund.
Nancy A. Yates
Nancy A. Yates, 54, of Hartman died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
She was a retired nurse and daughter of the late Charles and Tillie McGuire Wallen.
Survivors include her husband, Ted Yates; two sons, John Yates of Hartman and Michale Scott Wallen of Wisconsin; four brothers, Jim Wallen, Paul Wallen, Gene Wallen, and Duane Wallen, all of Findlay, Ohio; and four grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. The body will be cremated.
Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home.