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7/23/2003

Arthur R. Cordry


Arthur R. Cordry, 67, of Clarksville died Sunday, July 20, 2003, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

He was a native of Otterville, Mo., son of the late Harold and Reta Kuebler Cordry, spent 20 years in the Army and Air Force, where he was a helicopter pilot, former University of the Ozarks employee, and was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Lea Cordry; and two sisters, Rose Christian and Elizabeth Williams.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda Holland and Frances Pentzer, both of Clarksville; four brothers, Lester Cordry and David Kuebler, both of Arkansas, Gerald Cordry of Clarksville, and John Kuebler of Missouri; and six grandchildren, Jessica Powers, Brittany Vaught, Kaitlyn Hylton, Logan Pentzer, Sherri Pentzer, and Joston Pentzer, all of Clarksville.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bob Holt officiating. Burial will be in Stillwell Cemetery.

Boice B. Donaldson

Boice B. Donaldson, 90, of Clarksville died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at his home.

He was a native of Silex, son of the late Walter Marion and Allie Mayes Donaldson, owner of D & P Garage and Radiator Shop, member of First Baptist Church, pastor of Batson Church for several years, and was preceded in death by his wife, Elma Phillips Donaldson.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jesse and Carla Donaldson of Clarksville; one grandson and wife, Greg and Emmy Donaldson of Clarksville; one great-grandson, Jace Allen Donaldson of Clarksville; and several nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 21, at Oakland Cemetery. The body was cremated. Local arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Curtis J. Tyson

Curtis Jean Tyson, 87, of Huntsville, brother of Quita Rosewarren of Coal Hill, died Sunday, July 6, 2003, at his home.

He was born at Ozark, son of the late Robert Onslow and Almeda Jane Maxwell Tyson, U. S. Army veteran of World War II, an oil field pumper and a member of the Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include his widow, Opal Lavern Riley Tyson; four sons, Paul Tyson and David Allen Tyson, both of Elkins, Curtis Tyson Jr. of San Angelo, Texas, and Robert C. Tyson of Huntsville; two daughters, Mary Katherine Bowman of Crane, Texas, and Easter Almeda Shubert of Mountain Home; two stepsons, Bobby Willis of Huntsville and Charles Ray Willis of Kingston; one brother, Aubrey Tyson of Portland, Ind.; two other sisters, Vessie Ivey of Mulberry and Robbie Smith of Fort Smith; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Brashears Funeral Home in Huntsville with Rev. David Gilmer officiating. Burial was in Huntsville Cemetery.

George W. Felkins

George Washington Felkins, 97, of Clarksville died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, in Countryside Manor Nursing Home.

He was a retired coal miner, member of the Hays Chapel Methodist Church, had owned and operated grocery stores in both Spadra and Clarksville, native of Clarksville, son of the late James Irvin and Missouri Tennessee Dillon Felkins, and was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Gean Felkins; and two sons, George Michael and Larry Von Felkins.

He is survived by four daughters and two sons-in-law, Patsy and Ed Paul of Ellijay, Ga., June Binam of Clarksville, Judy Stewart of Little Rock, and Marcia and Claud Dell Hall of Clarksville; one son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Shirley Felkins of Clarksville; one sister, Kizzy Head of Clarksville; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, at the Oakland Cemetery with Rev. David Zeiler officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Iladean Russell

Iladean Russell, 76, of Tacoma, Wash., a native of Clarksville, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Irvin Russell; two daughters, Deborah Stirret and husband, Douglas Stirret, of Roy, Wash., and Tammie Dayton and husband, Robert Dayton, of University Place, Wash., four granddaughters, Jennifer Stirret-Jones and husband, Kevin Jones; Jillian Stirret, McKenzie Rust and Amber Dayton; two sisters, Barbara Smith and Carolyn Wadley of Lamar; and one brother, Dorvan Ashlock.

Funeral was at 11 a.m. Friday, July 18, at Fir Lane Funeral Home Chapel in Spanaway, Wash.

Jerry Don Hickey

Jerry Don Hickey, 59, died July 14, 2003, in Antioch, Calif.

He was a native of Clarksville, son of the late Bob and Lorene Tipton Hickey, and attended Lamar School before moving to California. He was a retired construction employee.

He is survived by two daughters, Michelle and Jennifer of California; two brothers, Larry and Gary, both of California; two grandchildren; two nephews; several uncles and aunts, including Harlan and Jean Tipton and Ethel Bougher, all of Clarksville; and several cousins in Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

The body was cremated.

James H. Taylor

James Herman Taylor, 63, of Hartman died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at the Ozark Nursing Home.

He was born in Burnips, Mich., the son of the late Cash Edwin and Blanche McElhaney Taylor, and was a retired equipment operator with International Union Operating Engineers.

Survivors are his widow, Elzora Taylor; four daughters, Melinda Fisette of Kuno, Idaho, Brenda Pistolas of Jessup, Md., and Amy Murphy and Dee Scott, both of Casey, Ill.; two stepdaughters, Lisa Jeffers of Charleston and Debbie Lenning of Harrison, Mich.; two sons, J. C. Chambers of West Virginia and Dana Taylor of Casey, Ill.; one stepson, Duane Hughey Jr. of Clarksville; two sisters, Carolyn Smith of Lima, Ohio, and Donna Jones of Casey, Ill.; and 16 grandchildren.

Graveside services were at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Coal Hill Cemetery with burial under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark.

Lizzie Mefford

Lizzie Mefford, 88, of Lamar died Monday, July 21, 2003, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.

She was a daughter of the late John and Tamsey Atwell Chavers, Pentecostal and preceded in death by one daughter, Florence Massey; and two sons, Leon Ellison and Kenneth Greenhaw.

Survivors include five daughters, Jackie Pelts of Lamar, Louise Culley and Donna Mefford, both of Clarksville, Dimple Cross of Hartman, and Imogene King of Ozone; two sons, Jimmy Greenhaw of Lamar and Doyle Mefford of Clarksville; three brothers, Nelson Chavers of Springdale, Walter Chavers of Ozark, and Lee Chavers of Ponca City, Okla.; 33 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Jamestown Assembly of God Church.

Burial will be in Knoxville Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Troy Byrd, Trey Pitts, Kevin Massey, Bob Hall, John Massey, and James Massey.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Roller-Cox Chapel.

Norman Conway Sr.

Norman Conway Sr., 93, of Linden, Mich., died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, in Linden, Mich.

He was a native of Coal Hill, son of the late Thomas and Etta Mae Gould Conway, retired employee of General Motors in Detroit, Mich., and was preceded in death by his wife, Ethridge Carmen Conway; two sons, Charles Conway and Thomas Conway; and one brother, Hansel Conway.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Norma J. and Gene Leslie of Novi, Mich.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Kenneth W. and Rose M. Conway of Linden, Mich., and Norman Conway Jr. of Waters, Mich.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward and Jennie Conway, Hughey and Helen Conway, and Raymond and Eunice Conway, all of Michigan; ten grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial were at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Coal Hill Cemetery with Rev. David Zeiler officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Peg Newton Smith

Peg Newton Smith, 88, of Little Rock died Sunday, July 20, 2003.

She was a native of Little Rock, daughter of the late Evlyn (Hempstead) and Thomas Newton III, graduate of Mount St. Mary’s Academy, attended Little Rock Junior College, member of Holy Souls Catholic Church, volunteer at the Historic Arkansas Museum where she served as commission chair for several years, founder of the Arkansas Museums Association and the Quapaw Quarter Association, served on the Arkansas Bicentennial Commission and the Review Committee of the State Historic Preservation Program, and the board of advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and as president of the Junior League of Little Rock.

She was a charter member of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, active in the Pulaski County Historical Society, supporter of the Butler Center and the Little Rock Public Library, and served on the boards of the Ada Thompson Home, the Speech Correction School, the Visiting Nurse Association and the Little Rock Community Concert Association. She was the first woman elected to the board of Downtown Little Rock Unlimited Progress, now the Downtown Partnership, president of the Aesthetic Club, and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Museums Association in addition to being the honoree of numerous awards from various groups in the Little Rock area. She was the widow of Judge George Rose Smith and preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Allen Newton; and one sister, Evlyn McDade.

Survivors include one daughter, Dr. Laurie Fisher and her husband, Dr. Steve Fisher of Clarksville; one brother, William Newton of Bristow, Okla.; one grandson, Michael Fisher of Clarksville; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic Church with Msgr. David LeSieur as celebrant. A reception will follow the service. A private family interment will be held at Mt. Holly Cemeter. Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth in Little Rock.

Memorials may be made to the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 East 3rd Street, Little Rock, AR 72201, Mt. Holly Cemetery, P. O. Box 250118, Little Rock, AR 72225, or the Central Arkansas Library System, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Richard T. Morris

Richard Troy Morris, 87, of Fort Smith, formerly of Clarksville, died Friday, July 18, 2003, in Fort Smith.

He was of the Assembly of God faith, a 32nd degree Mason, and was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Ina Dell Morris.

Survivors include three daughters, Jan Echols, Karen M. Sharp and husband, William A. Sharp Jr., and Teresa Thornton, all of Fort Smith; one son, Greg Richard Morris and wife, Anita, of Clarksville; one sister, Bessie Goodin Guthrie of Hartman; eight grandchildren, Julie Bell, William Echols III, Nicole Sharp Moore, Kelsey Sharp, Tiffany Thornton, Richard Cole Thornton, Garrett Morris and Nathan Morris; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, July 21, at Fentress Mortuary Chapel with burial at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Bost Marilyn Foster Skills Center, 7701 Zero, Fort Smith, AR 72903.

Velma Epperson

Velma Epperson, 89, of Thousand Palms, Calif., died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, in Thousand Palms, Calif.

She was a former Hartman resident, daughter of the late William and Alice Rash Daggett, widow of Beamon Epperson, member of the Church of Christ, and was preceded in death by one brother, Arthur Daggett.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and John Holloway of Orange, Calif., Dorothy and Doug Hoyt of Thousand Palms, Calif., and Charlotte and Jay Baskin of Hartman; four grandchildren, Michael Holloway, Lisa Morris, Greg Parker, and Tracy Morales; and four great-grandchildren, Aston, Bayley, Presley and Beamon.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Gene Yeager officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Dean Yeager, Ralph Adams, Jimmy Walker, Danny Daggett, Jody Daggett, Doug Hoyt, Jay Baskin, Greg Parker, and Damon Morris.

Honorary pallbearers were Jack Epperson, Glen Yeager, and Charles Daggett.

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