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December 06, 2022


Doris H. Watkins

Doris Houston Watkins, 93, of Clarksville died July 2, 2003, in Tulsa, Okla., where she had resided the past 48 years.

She was a native of Morrilton, daughter of the late John W. and Edna Houston, graduate of Clarksville High School, and attended the University of the Ozarks before graduating in 1933 from St. Mary’s Hospital Nursing School in Kansas City, Mo. She was employed as a registered nurse in Clarksville prior to moving to Tulsa, Okla., in 1955 where she worked at St. John Hosptial and later served as resident nurse at the University of Tulsa.

Survivors include one son, Steve Houston Watkins of Houston, Texas; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Stuart of Tulsa, Okla., and Athline and William Cates of Bella Vista; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Woodard officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Wendell Riddell, Lynn Reynolds, John Howell, and Phillip Lamb.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 1068, Clarksville, AR 72830 or the charity of the donor’s choice.

F. L. Halmes

Francis Lowell Halmes, 77, of Ozark, brother of Lillian Blackard and Howard Halmes, both of Hartman, died Thursday, June 26, 2003, at Mercy Hospital/Turner Memorial in Ozark.

He was a cattle rancher, a veteran of World War II and a member of the Cattleman’s Association and Texas Feeder’s Association. He was a native of Ozark and son of the late Nicholas Fuller and Euna Mae Chandler Halmes.

Other survivors include his widow, Dennie Durning Halmes; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Sarah Halmes and David and Paula Halmes, all of Ozark; one brother, J. E. Halmes of Ozark; six grandchildren, Heidi Halmes, Callie Halmes, Kristopher Halmes and wife, Char, Justin Halmes, Tyler Halmes, and Levi Halmes; and one great-grandson, Tyler Morris.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Coyce Couch officiating. Burial was at Jackson Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Justin, Tyler and Kris Halmes, Mike Durning, Randy Hillard and Bruce Haney.

Honorary pallbearers were Frank Sutherland, Joe Halmes, Buel Swaim, L. D. Holland, Willie Davis, Sterlin Bramlett, Kenneth Wheeless and Jimmy Waits.

Laura G. Sisk

Laura Gelene Sisk, 63, of Coal Hill died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was a member of the Free Jesus Name Church in Coal Hill, daughter of the late Johnny and Dora Patterson Williams, and was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert Williams, Bill Williams, Nobel Williams and Riddle Williams; and three sisters, Willie Mae Williams, Sula Williams and Johnnie Lee.

Survivors include her husband, Carl Ray Sisk; one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Jeanette and Jimmy Dwayne Parker of Coal Hill; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Jimmy Ray Sisk of Hartman and Kenneth Wayne and Irene Machele Sisk of Coal Hill; three sisters, Isabell Grayson and Wanda Rice, both of Altus, and Lois Ellison of Ozark; one brother, Paul Wesley Williams of Ozark; and six grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Free Jesus Name Church with Rev. Gerald Morris and Rev. David Zeiler officiating.

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

Active pallbearers were Clifton Ellison, Paul Lee, Ronnie Lee, Jackie Ray, Johnny Harold Williams and Alfred Williams.

Honorary pallbearers were J. D. Ellison, Sonny Williams, Kenneth Williams, Johnny Williams, and Billy Gene Williams.

Martha Jane Geer

Martha Jane Owen Geer, 77, of Park Hills, Mo., died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at her home.

She was a daughter of the late Alfred M. and Grace Snow Owen, widow of Homer Raymond Geer, Baptist, and was preceded in death by one sister, Vida Lowers; and one brother, Arthur Owen.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Terry Trumbull of French Village, Mo.; one son and daughter-in-law, David Ray and Judy Geer of St. Louis, Mo.; seven sisters, Vivian Courson of Clarksville, Ruby Esterline of Santa Cruz, Calif., Eltrie Smith of Greenbrier, Rachel Nemitz, Mary Lin, and Fayma Nelson, all of Minnesota, and Grace Young of Russellville; one brother, Arnold Owen of Tacoma, Wash.; two grandchildren, Rose White and husband, Jerry, of Park Hill, Mo., and Nichols Geer of St. Louis, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Burial will be in Annie’s Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ken Young, Arron Arnold, Terry Trumbull, Thomas Courson, Curtis Fetters, and Matthew Keylon.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Courson, Melvin Keylon and Nichols Geer.

Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Miriam C. Murray

Miriam Cloud Murray, 101, former resident of Clarksville, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at Hospice House in Hutchinson, Kan.

She was a native of Sturgis, S. D., daughter of the late Rev. Charles A. and Lorena A. Adams Cloud, widow of Roy H. Murray, graduate of Southwestern College, member of Pi Kappa Delta, deaconess with Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church for six years at Atchison, Kan., and Cleveland, Ohio, charter member and past president of the United Methodist Women, active as a Stephen Minister at Trinity United Methodist Church, and member of United Methodist Women and Together Sunday School Class at Trinity Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by a sister, Rachel Pond.

She is survived by two sons, Mark F. of Glendale, Calif., and Gordon R. of Abington, Pa.; one brother, Robert W. Cloud of Florida; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. Johnson and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory were in charge of the arrangements.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Nadine R. Pont

Nadine R. Pont, 60, of Clarksville died Sunday, July 6, 2003, at her home.

She was a native of Missouri and daughter of the late Claude and Velma Black Farrar.

Survivors include her husband, Phil Pont; three daughters, Tammy Mooney and Terry Dixon, both of Clarksville, and Gidget Bartoletti of Pennsylvania; two sons, Roger Richter of Ozark and Travis Richter of Knoxville; mother-in-law, Mary Pont of Clarksville; three stepdaughters, Patty McDonald of West Virginia and Leslie Nielson and Julie O’Neal, both of Iowa; three brothers; 21 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Don Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 9.

Oliver R. Sexton

Oliver R. Sexton, 70, of Lamar died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.

A native of Coal Hill, he was a son of the late Charles and Rosie Burdine Sexton, employee of Whitson-Morgan Motor Company for 42 years, member of the First United Pentecostal Church, and was preceded in death by one son, Jimmy Lee Sexton; and one son-in-law, Russell Hilton.

Survivors are his widow, Bobbie Sexton; three daughters and one son-in-law, Teresa Hilton of Clarksville, Kimberley Martin of Lamar, and Shannon and Robert Phillips of Clarksville; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Charles and Mattie Sexton of Texas, Garland and Mildred Sexton of Flint, Mich., and Joe and Evelyn Sexton and Hartsell Sexton, all of Ozark; four grandchildren, April Hefner, Naja Auterson, Jordan Phillips and Jimmy Lee Phillips, all of Clarksville; and one great-grandson, Tyler Williams of Clarksville.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the First United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Vernon Long and Rev. Mike Minniear officiating.

Burial was in Lamar Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were J. C. Wheeler, Bobby Wheeler, Robert Phillips, Mark Hilton, Rick Harmon, and Jerry Martin.

Honorary pallbearers were employees of Whitson-Morgan Motor Company, Bill Talley, Bill Bavis, Tyler Williams, Jordan Phillips, and Jimmy Lee Phillips.

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