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Burl Grace

Burl Grace, 76, of Van Buren died Friday, July 25, 2003.

A native of Lamar, he was a retired diesel mechanic, Protestant, and Navy veteran.

He is survived by one stepson, Ronald Duvall of California; twp sisters, Darlene Moon of Fort Smith and Susan Hubbard of Bentonville; and six brothers, Ralph C. Grace of Van Buren, John D. Grace of Fort Smith, Clarence Grace of Palmdale, Calif., James Grace of Ozark, Argus Grace of Bentonville, and Albert Grace Jr. of Lowell.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Lewis Funeral Chapel with burial in the U. S. National Cemetery at Fort Smith.

Pallbearers were Dustin Shipman, Clifford Shipman, Travis Moon, Allen Grace, Randy Jones, Tommy Grace, Brent Sampley, and Keith Sampley.

Chiquita L. Sills

Chiquita L. Sills, 79, of Benton died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at Saline Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Benton, artist, former typesetter for Jones Printing, former coordinator for the Saline County Literacy Council, and a member of the National Poets Society and the Poets Roundtable. She was a daughter of the late William and Annie Virginia Cook Anderson and the widow of Charles Monroe Oliver and William Wilson Sills.

Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law, Carlos William (Tony) and Phyllis Oliver of Clarksville and Jose Deshon Oliver of Benton; five grandchildren, Casa Paul Oliver of Benton, Tonya Ann Holben of Lamar, Tanya Ladon Carlton of Clarksville, Terri Lynn Sisco of Altus, Okla., and Heaven Anticlea Oliver of Wayne, Pa.; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Saline County Humane Society in Benton.

Edith M. Weathers

Edith M. Weathers, 90, of Coal Hill died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at her home.

She was a native of Denning, daughter of the late Robert A. and Verta Dixon Weathers, widow of Charles E. Weathers, lifelong member of Coal Hill Methodist Church, and was preceded in death by one daughter, Charlene Luebke; and one grandson, Robert Weathers.

Survivors include one daughter, Becky Burke of Coal Hill; two sons, Marvin Weathers and Bob Weathers, both of Coal Hill; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Gerald Morris officiating. Burial was in Coal Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Jerrod Blockburger, Joe Smith, Bill Luebke, Dustin Luebke, Mike Luebke, Harold Weathers, Gary Weathers, Steve Weathers, and Darrell Weathers.

Honorary pallbearers were Mary Self, Linda Owens, Sherry Self, Arlene Bartlett, and Betty Poindexter.

Memorials may be made to Forrester-Davis Development Center, 1000 Buchanan Street, Clarksville, AR 72830.

Joyce A. Ragsdale

Joyce A. Ragsdale, 51, of Lamar died Thursday, July 24, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was retired, daughter of the late Shirley Lee Pitts Metzger, and was preceded in death by one brother, William Cleo Metzger.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald Ragsdale; one son, Michael Wayne Griffin of Lamar; father and stepmother Robert E. and Virgina Metzger of Knoxville; two sisters, Barbara Jean Wright of Arizona and Lavina Bethany Metzger of Pennsylvania; two brothers, Robert Lee Metzger of Nevada and Thomas Edward Metzger of Arizona; and five grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, at the Minnow Creek Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Mary E. Domerese

Mary E. Domerese, 62, of Clarksville died Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was a native of Johnson County, daughter of the late Robert and Grace Griffith Pelts, and Pentecostal.

She is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Henry Dane Domerese Jr. and David Allen and Sharon Domerese, all of Coal Hill; two stepsons, Marvin Domerese and Edward Domerese, both of Coal Hill; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda Sue and Hiarm Stone of Fort Smith; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the Free Jesus Name Church in Coal Hill with Rev. David Zeiler officiating.

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

Pallbearers were Jerry Hicks, Bryan Domerese, Jimmy Sisk, Billy Paul Roberts, Joe Sexton, Patrick Crosby, Alan Clayborn, and Pedro Figueroa.

Nell Ruth Owens

Nell Ruth Owens, 72, of Sacramento, Calif., died Tuesday, July 8, 2003.

She was a former resident of Johnson County, daughter of the late Vaughn and Virga Patton Wimmer of Lamar, widow of Mason Owens, and was preceded in death by one sister, Marilyn Young of Coal Hill.

Survivors include one daughter, Verna Caruthers of Hohenwald, Tenn.; one grandson, William Caruthers of Spokane, Wash.; five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Lorene Lemons of Lamar, Linda Collins of Hunt, Betty Palmer of Puyallup, Wash., and Lela Potter of Tacoma, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Friday, July 11, in Sacramento, Calif. Burial was July 16 at Clark Cemetery at Big A Mountain, Va., under the direction of Honaker Funeral Home.

Velma I. Woodson

Velma Ilene Mayfield Woodson, 68, of Oark died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, in Louisville, Ky.

A daughter of the late Walter and Belva Stewart Mayfield, she was preceded in death by one brother, Delmer Mayfield.

Survivors include her husband, Obert F. Woodson; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Melvin Hairrell of Texas and Dawn and Richard Clover of Kentucky; four sisters, Thelma King, Zelma Pruitt, Belma Clark and Melba Schindo, all of California; two brothers, Elmer Mayfield of Arkansas and Walter Mayfield of California; and five grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev. Mike Shields officiating. Burial was in the Batson Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Anthony Hairrell, Jeffrey Clover, Alan Pruitt, Michael Hairrell, Kristin Clover, and Robert Mayfield.

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