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October 19, 2021

10/24/2001

Eddie Tate


Eddie Tate, 66, of Knoxville died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

A native of Johnson County, he was a son of the late Elbert and Nancy Field Tate, Baptist, served in the Army National Guard, and retired after 37 years teaching pub-
lic school at Perryville, Oark and Waldron. He was preceded in death by one brother, Ermal Tate; and one sister, Lola Tranor.

Survivors include his widow, Katherine Tate; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Isaac Tate of Clarksville and Elmer and Wilma Tate of Wichita, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Hagarville Church of Christ with Robert Boen officiating.

Burial was in North New Hope Cemetery near Dover under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.

Active pallbearers were Jackie Young, Bill Yates, Douglas Ritchie, Carl Jones, Everett Turner, and Dennis Staggs.

Honorary pallbearers were Randy Staggs, Darrell Tate, Ruble Tate, Phillip Tate, Ernest Tate, and M. C. Himes.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Mrs. Jeff Mobley, Memorial Chairman, 225 Skyline Drive, Russellville, AR 72802.

Diana Sue Wright


Diana Sue Wright, 47, of Clarksville died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.

A native of Ohio, she was a graduate of Beechgrove (Indiana) High School, member of Woodland Baptist Church, and an employee of OK-Harvest Foods.

Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Easom of Ozark, Diana Wright of Fort Smith, and J. J. Wright of Florida; one son, Albert Wright of Clarksville; parents, Jack and Alice Wright of Fort Smith; two sisters, Robin Points of Springdale and Bobbie Riggs of Fort Smith; two brothers, Ray Wright of Paris and Ronald Wright of Albuquerque, N. M.; and one grandchild, Devin Wright of Fort Smith.

Graveside services and burial were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Woodland Cemetery with Rev. Sam Howell officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Mary A. Blackford


Mary Alice Russell Blackford, 79, of Russellville died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at AMI St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville.

A native of Lamar, she was a daughter of the late Jesse Elwood and Bertha Virginia Cowan Russell, widow of Johnny M. Blackford, member of Russellville First Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by one brother, Jack Walker Russell; and one sister, Betty Jean Summers.

Survivors are one son, Stephen Milton Blackford of North Little Rock; two daughters, Mary John LaCombe of Memphis, Tenn., and Nan Beth Blackford of London; two sisters, Susie Kathryn Webb of North Little Rock and Jessie M. Head of Lamar; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Shinn Funeral Service Chapel in Russellville with Rev. Tom Walker officiating. Burial will be in Lamar Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jim Guin, Brian Bewley, Terry LaCombe, Don Summers, Will Summers, and Jerry Curtis.

Muriel M. Hobbs


Muriel M. Hobbs, 91, of Clarksville died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was a native of Batesville, daughter of the late Bud and Pearle Hill Luster, widow of Oscar Hobbs, member of Clarksville First Baptist Church where she served as treasurer for 40 years, Sunday school teacher in the primary department for several years, and secretary for the Bethany Sunday School class, and was preceded in death by one stepson, Clarence Hobbs; one brother, Lincoln Luster; and three sisters, Alma Ford, Lillian Hobbs, and Essie Williamson.

Survivors include two stepgranddaughters, Leslie Moore of Conway and Betsy Hobbs of Tulsa, Okla.; and several cousins.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Clarksville First Baptist Church with Dr. Robert Brown officiating. Graveside services and burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Barnes Cemetery in Batesville. Arrangements are under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Neal P. Kinney


Neal Preston Kinney, 81, of Bryant died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001.

A native of Spadra, he was a son of the late D. F. and Gertrude Kinney, attended and was a boxing coach at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and later graduated from the University of Arkansas. He was a Mid-South Golden Gloves Middle Weight Champion and runner-up National AAU Middle Weight, served on the 206 Coast Artillery during World War II, was a retired school teacher who taught agriculture, shop and science for 36 years, and a member of the First Methodist Church in Bryant. He was preceded in death by his wife, Syble Evans Kinney; and one brother, Ragon Kinney.

Survivors include one brother, Gary Neal Kinney of Midway; one daughter, Gail Blevins of Little Rock; one sister, Dana McDaniel of Kansas; and six grandchildren.

Funeral was at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the First Methodist Church in Bryant with graveside services and burial following at 3 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville with Rev. Bud Reeves officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Ashby Funeral Home of Benton.

Pallbearers were Carl Douthit, Gary Kinney, Dana Kinney, Jesse Kinney, Robert Dudley, and Mathew Blevins.

Relus C. Sosebee


Relus Clyde Sosebee, 75, of Altus died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at his home.

He was a member of Corinth Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Army veteran of World War II, and a member of Bunch Walton Post 22 of the American Legion and Rural Letter Carriers Association.

Survivors include his widow, Joan Hurst Sosebee; three daughters, Greta Sosebee of Caulksville, Joetta Hawkins of Ratcliff and Patti Alexander of Fayetteville; one sister, Grace O’Neal of Altus; and three grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Shaffer Funeral Home with burial in the Hess Cemetery at Coal Hill.

Active pallbearers were David Sosebee, Mitchell Hurst, J. L. Jaggers, Tom McCormick, Harrison Allred, and Steven Sosebee.

Honorary pallbearers were Don Sosebee, C. L. Coley, Sam Wish, and Hartsel Sosebee.

Memorials may be made to Corinth Missionary Baptist Church.

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