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5/29/2002

Arthur W. Kotch


Arthur W. Kotch, 41, of Brunswick, Maine, formerly of Clarksville, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002.

He attended Clarksville Schools, received a bachelor of behaviorial and social sciences in 1998, spent six years in the U. S. Marine Corps, served on the Meridian City Police Department for two years, St. Mary’s Police Department for one year, Maine Yankee Power Plant Security Guard for four years, special education specialist for two years, and was case manager for Lutheran Social Services for two years. He was preceded in death by one sister, Beth Cornett of Clarksville.

Survivors include his widow, Kimberly Kotch; one daughter, Belinda; two sons, Christopher and Scott; mother, Wilma Helmert of Clarksville; father, Robert Bartlett Sr. of Mesa, Ariz.; grandmother, Lillian Howerton of Clarksville; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Pam and Gary Pruett of Clarksville, Penny and Billy Carter of Ozark, and Cindy and Randy Talley of Richardson, Texas; and four brothers, Bob Bartlett and wife, Tammi, of Coppell, Texas, and Matthew Kotch, Brian Mann, and Tom Crowder, all of Clarksville.

Funeral was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Rev. Rebecca Werner officiating. The body was cremated. Arrangements were under the direction of Stetson’s Funeral Home of Brunswick, Maine.

Billie Joyzelle Einert


Billie Joyzelle Einert, 58, of Clarksville died Saturday, May 25, 2002, at her home.

She was a member of East Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 12-year employee of Sara Lee Hosiery, and daughter of the late Cecil W. Pratt.

Survivors are her husband, Loy Einert; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Shannon Burton, Stan and Karen Einert, and Staylon and Christi Einert, all of Clarksville; two stepdaughters, Deborah Wise of Pennsylvania and Iretha Edwards of Lincoln; one stepson, Johnny Einert of Ozone; mother, Jewell Patterson Pratt of Clarksville; one sister, Patty Owen of Clarksville; one brother, Wayne Pratt of Clarksville; three grandchildren, Michaela Einert, Brittany Einert and Tristan Einert; two nephews, Mark Pratt and Lavon Owen; and two nieces, Cheryl Castleman and Renee Campbell.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev. Robbie Jackson officiating. Burial was at Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Matt Born, Mike Williams, Ian Clark, Morgan Howard, Todd Joyner, and Robert Williams.

Mary Bertha Horton


Mary Bertha Horton, 77, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at Inola (Oklahoma) Health Care Center.

She was a daughter of the late Art Berry and Viola Mabel Wyers Gaines, widow of Charles Horton, attended Crossroads schools, former resident of Texas, and a Methodist.

Survivors include one son, Noel McFadden of Lenexa, Kan.; three daughters, Velta Long of Pleasant Hill, Mo., Mary Ann Williams of Inola, Okla., and Patricia Newman of Fayetteville; two brothers, Dewey Gaines of Ozark and Paul Gaines of Weatherford, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 3 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the United Methodist Church in Inola, Okla., with Rev. Paul Hamilton officiating.

Burial was at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Inola Funeral Home.

Ben H. Rowbotham


Ben Harold Rowbotham, 83, of Lamar died Thursday, May 23, 2002, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

He was a son of the late Silas O. and Ruby Overbey Rowbotham, World War II Navy veteran, member of Lamar Baptist Church and American Legion, a poultry and timber employee, and was preceded in death by one sister, Beulah Peters; and two brothers, Everett Rowbotham and Earnest Rowbotham.

Survivors include his widow, Bessie M. Harmon Rowbotham; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and J. Keith Hale of Springdale and Mary and Johnny Schuh of Clarksville; two sisters, Pauline Hutchens of Hamilton City, Calif., and Reba Rae Baker of Lawrence, Kan.; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Lamar Baptist Church with Rev. Clyde Vire officiating.

Burial was in Lamar Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were L. G. Crutchfield, Lloyd Reynolds, James Overbey, John Steed, Norman Reynolds, and Gene Rowbotham.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Houston, Mark Houston, John Schuh VII, Lloyd Dillard, Huey Long, and Tommy Rowbotham.

Rev. Charles R. Wood


Rev. Charles R. Wood, 68, of Clarksville died Monday, May 27, 2002, at his home.

He was a son of the late Jeff Davis and Elsie K. Vinson Wood, former owner of Wood Tire Service for 25 years, Clarksville School bus driver for 13 years and a retired minister having pastored five churches in Johnson County since 1957 in addition to having a Sunday morning radio program for 24 years. He served as pastor of the Strawberry Assembly of God Church, Jamestown Assembly of God Church, Oakland Street Full Gospel Church and was founder and pastor of Trinity Chapel Pentecostal Church of God and Ozone Full Gospel Church. He was employed at Roller-Cox Funeral Home for three and one-half years prior to retiring in January 2000, and was preceded in death by one sister, Lorene Criss.

Survivors include his widow, Mary Lou Brown Wood; three daughters, Rebecca Butler and Bethany Dawson, both of Clarksville, and Carolyn Ranee Ricono of Monticello; six sons, Charles R. Wood Jr., John Wayne Wood and Brian Crossno, all of Clarksville, Paul Douglas Wood and Freddie Ray Wood, both of Springdale, and Ernie Wood of Springfield, Mo.; two sisters, Linda Brandenburg of Clarksville and Laura Estridge of North Little Rock; three brothers, John Wood and Norman Wood, both of Clarksville, and Bill Wood of Lubbock, Texas; 21 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Oakland Street Full Gospel Church with Rev. J. W. McEntyre and Rev. Mike Payne officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Vernon Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Bill Stewart, Finis Roberts, David Payne, Conard Villines, Melvin Vinson, and Kenneth Turpin.

Dawn Sallis Cowan


Dawn Sallis Cowan, 77, of Russellville died Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.

A native of Clarksville, she was a daughter of the late John Wallis and Lucy Yearwood Sallis, member of the First United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the Pope County Historical Foundation, Booklovers, PEO Chapter AH, and Daughters of the American Revolution, and served on the board of directors for Potts Inn.

Survivors include her husband, Wally Cowan; one son, David W. Cowan of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Laura Willison of Maumelle and Lucy Doskocil of Houston, Texas; one brother, John W. Sallis III of Springdale; one sister, Betty Fiser of Memphis, Tenn.; two grandchildren, David C. Cowan of Westminster, Md., and Clay Shinn of Russellville; and two great-grandchildren, Joshua Curtis Cowan and Elizabeth Minei Cowan, both of Westminster, Md.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mackey Yokem officiating. The body was cremated. Arrangements were under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 301 South Denver, Russellville, AR 72801.

Marjorie Crowder


Marjorie (Liz) Crowder, 63, of Knoxville died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was a Baptist, daughter of the late William Christopher and Winifred Mabel Pilley Herbert, and was preceded in death by one son, James Lee Crowder; and one sister, Patricia Herbert.

Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Sue Curtis of Clarksville and Karen Lyn Baars of Knoxville; two sisters, Christine Herbert and Mary Cherry, both of Windsor, England; one brother, John Herbert of Windsor, England; and six grandchildren, Gary Lee Curtis, Christopher Dale Curtis, Daniel Joseph Curtis, Jayme Lyn Baars, Kayla Rae Baars and Ashley Ann Baars.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Burial was in Lamar Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gary Curtis, Ray Baars, Gary Lee Curtis, Christopher Curtis, Daniel Curtis, and Brandon Haubert.

Mildred Huhner


Mildre Huhner, 95, of Litchfield, Minn., formerly of Clarksville, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at Emmanuel Home in Litchfield, Minn.

She was a native of Spadra, daughter of the late John H. and Josephine Mertens Werner, widow of William R. Huhner, member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at Clarksville, attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School and Mount St. Mary’s in Little Rock, graduated from St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing in Little Rock in 1928, former employee of St. Vincent in Little Rock and Clarksville Hospital prior to retiring in 1963, and was board certified in Arkansas and Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Louis Werner, John Werner Jr., and Francis Werner; one sister, Lillian Coor; and two sisters-in-law, Katherine Werner and Martha Werner.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, DaNiel and Donald Aschenbrenner of Tomah, Wis., and Gretchen and Conrad Werra of Wauwatosa, Wis.; one son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William R. (Carol) Huhner Jr. of Litchfield, Wis.; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Josephine Werner and Mary and Al Lorfing, all of Clarksville; two brothers and one sister-in-law, William Werner of Little Rock and Bernard and Bernadine Werner of Clarksville; grandchildren, William B. Huhner of Litchfield, Minn., David and Angie Huhner of Litchfield, Minn., Ann, Paul and Jean Aschenbrenner of Atlanta, Ga., John and Leanne Aschenbrenner of Midland, Mich., Karin and Rich Vetrano of Milwaukee, Wis., and J. Conrad and Elizabeth Werra of Milwaukee, Wis.; and great-grandchildren, Evan and Julia Vetrano of Milwaukee, Wis., and Mayson and MaLaney Huhner of Litchfield, Minn.

Rosary was at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Hardwicke Funeral Home. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Rev. William Wewers, O.S.B., officiating. Burial will be in Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chuck Lorfing, Fred Werner, George Werner, Paul Aschenbrenner, John Aschenbrenner, and J. Conrad Werra.

Memorials may be made to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 103 East Main Street, Clarksville, AR 72830.

Phillip L. Cook


Phillip L. Cook, 49, of Hartman died Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at AMI St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville.

A native of Oklahoma City, Okla., he was a son of the late Verna Dean and Windle P. Cook Jr., graduate of Port Hueneme High School in Port Hueneme, Calif., member of the Knoxville First Baptist Church, truck driver for Mid-South Roller Company, and was preceded in death by one sister and brother-in-law, Shelia and Johnny Cagle; one brother, Marvin Cook; and one niece, Vicky Bowen.

He is survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Vanessa and Tom Bowen of Hartman; nieces and nephews, Paula and John Gilmer and Jason and Toi Cook, all of Lamar, Terry Bowen of Wichita, Kan., and Windle and Stacy Bowen, both of Hartman; great-nieces and great-nephews, Joey Gilmer, Duane Cook, Micha Thomas, and Ginny Bentrum; and aunts, Dona Slone and Shirley Cook, both of Hartman.

Graveside services and burial were at 2 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Hartman Cemetery with Rev. Ira Taylor officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Sarah Mae Freeman


Sarah Mae Freeman, 91, of Clarksville died Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was a Baptist, daughter of the late John and Julie Murry Pruitt, widow of Clifford H. Freeman, and was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Kimerly Sue Callahan; one grandson, Roland Lynn Freeman; one great-grandson, Derek Lee Freeman; two sisters; and two brothers.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Lenna L. and Nolan F. Hughes of Clarksville; one son, Olen E. Freeman of Clarksville; one sister, Gussie Marshall of Oklahoma; one brother and sister-in-law, Darrell and Evelyn Pruitt of California; four grandsons, Gary Hughes, Jim Hughes, Harley Freeman, and George Freeman; one granddaughter, Cynthia Diane McAlister; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Burial was in Lamar Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Gary Hughes, Harley Freeman, Everett McAlister, Michael Page, Jim Hughes, and George Freeman.

Honorary pallbearers were Fred Freeman and Tim Freeman.

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