June 16, 2021

7/14/2004

Betty L. Pettigrew

Betty L. Pettigrew, 76, of Ratcliff died June 28, 2004.

She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Caulksville, daughter of the late William Harrison and Bonnie P. Samuels Wages, and was preceded in death by four sisters, Ruby Basham, Evelyn Rice, Jewelene Wages and Edna Prescott, and three brothers, Jim, Jack and Cecil Wages.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Richard Pettigrew; one daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Jamie Short of Ratcliff; one sister and brother-in-law, Billie and John Arthur of Clarksville; one brother, Denver Wages of Hartman; and four grandchildren, Teigan Neumeier, Kristin Rieder, Nicholas Rieder and Alexandria Short, all of Ratcliff.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Caulksville with burial in Caulksville Cemetery under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Paris.

Pallbearers were Jim Best, Ryan Castleman, Joe Patterson, Kedric Paschal, Gary McCartney and Cory VanMeter.

Henry Fuhrmann

Brother Henry Fuhrmann, O.S.B., 84, of Subiaco Abbey died Tuesday, July 6, 2004.

He was born Edward Fuhrmann in Lindsay, Texas, the first of 11 children of Willie N. and Margaret Orth Fuhrmann, attended St. Peter’s School in Lindsay, Texas, and was a farmer prior to coming to Subiaco Abbey in 1942, where he professed his monastic vows on Sept. 8, 1943, and received the religious name of Henry. His monastic life was spent at Subiaco, where he worked as a farmer and a craftsman in the carpenter shop, with the exception of three months when he was at Santa Family Monastery in Belize, Central America, where he continued to assist with farm and construction work.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Anna Stoffels, and one brother, William.

He is survived by eight siblings, Father Nicholas of Subiaco Abbey, Joe, Tony and Aloys Fuhrmann of Lindsay, Texas, Ottilia Wachsman of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Rose Stoffels, Theresa Huchton and Mickey Haverkamp of Muenster, Texas.

A Christian Wake was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 8, in Saint Benedict Church at Subiaco. The liturgy of Christian burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, July 9, in St. Benedict Church with interment in the Abbey Cemetery under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Paris.

Ira Jones


Ira Jones, 81, of Clarksville died Sunday, July 11, 2004, at Country-side Manor Nursing Home.

He was a son of the late Elihu and Bethanie Francis McAllister Jones, member of Mt. Home Freewill Baptist Church, retired Army sergeant and Berkley College employee, and chaplain of the Disabled American Veterans. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Carol Lynn Jones; four sisters, Sarah Townsend, Leona Pitts, Beulah Tumbleson, and Nana Lou Hodges; and four brothers, Granville Jones, Elmer Jones, Columbus Jones, and Leonard Jones.

Survivors include one son, Michael Kent Jones of California; three sisters, Eula Owen and Iva Rushing, both of Clarksville, and Earlene Davis of Russellville; one brother, Elihu Jones Jr. of Clarksville; and one grandchild, Claire Carlson Jones of California.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev. Amos Pledger and Rev. Claude Froggatt officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Minnow Creek Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Steve Jones, Shannon Owen, Waylon Thomson, Les Jones, Fred Proctor, and Delane Davis.

Honorary pallbearers will be William Cagle, Basil Harderson, and Al Dierene.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Michael G. Gunn

Michael G. Gunn, 61, of Clarksville died Friday, July 9, 2004, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

He was a native of Chicago, Ill., son of the late Gene Gunn, 1962 graduate of Hayti High School, 1968 graduate of the University of the Ozarks and received a specialist degree from the University of Arkansas in 1981. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Bruegman Gunn, and oldest brother, Tyrone Gunn.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Jennifer and Tim Bellamy of Paris and Cyndy Gunn of Washington; one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Sarah Gunn of El Paso, Texas; mother, Margaret Pardon Gunn of Hayti, Mo.; two sisters, Sharon Snow and Betty Hampton of French Village, Mo.; one brother, Bobby Gunn of Clarksville; and four grandchildren, Sydney and Maitlyn Bellamy and Preston and Dawson Gunn.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, July 12, at Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of the Ozarks.

Burial was in Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Paris.

Pallbearers were Sid Kern, Leon Kern, Jerry Curtis, John Burke, Mike Kinder, and Ashley Whitman.

Marie R. Handley

Marie Ross Handley, 83, of Clarksville died Sunday, July 11, 2004, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was a native of Ozark, daughter of the late Tobe and Flora Parker Ross, member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, former cafeteria manager at Clarksville Schools for 21 years, former member of Spadra Quilting Club and a beautician.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Handley; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carla and Jesse Donaldson and Lisa and Mike Whorton, all of Clarksville; three sons and daughters-in-law, David and Judy Handley and Mark and Marci Handley, all of Clarksville, and Robert and Mary Handley of Waldron; two brothers, Bud Ross and Bennie Ross, both of Clarksville; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Vernon Bass officiating.

Burial will be at West Mount Zion Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Wendell Lee, Ronnie Ashlock, Dale Caldwell, Jim Lewis, Steve Askins, and Royce Colley.

Robert Watson

Robert (Bill) Watson, 72, of Lamar died Monday, July 12, 2004, at AMI St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville.

He was an engineer, building supervisor, member of the National Coon Hunters Association and the Church of the Nazarene, son of the late Charles Graham and Ada Posey Watson, and was preceded in death by one son, William Dale Watson; two sisters, Ethel Jackson and Sarah Lou Lewey; and three brothers, Willard Watson, Doug Watson, and Jim Watson.

Survivors include his widow, Suzanne Watson; one daughter and son-in-law, Sharon Kay and Rev. Charles Elliott of Carthage, Mo.; one stepdaughter, Kim Taylor and husband, Brad, of Havana; two stepsons, James Tapp III of Odessa, Texas, and Jason Tapp and wife, Shirley, of Muskogee, Okla.; one sister, Gloria McNeely of Lamar; five brothers, Paul Ralph Watson and Ray Felton Watson, both of Holden, Mo., Eugene Howard Watson of Nowell, Mo., Kenneth Watson of London, and Phil Watson of Clarksville; three grandchildren, Dena Watson, Brandie Sneed and Alana Elliott; one great-grandchild, Kaylee Reed; and four stepgrandchildren, Tori Taylor of Havana, Robert and Steven Tapp of Odessa, Texas, and Clara Tapp of Muskogee, Okla.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 15, at Roller-Cox Chapel with burial to follow at Russell Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Charles Watson, Darryl Johnson, Jason Tapp, Robert Jackson, James Tapp III, and Doug Morgan.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Syble I. Lamb

Syble I. Lamb, 95, of Russellville, widow of Jesse E. Lamb, died Monday, July 12, 2004, at Stella Manor Nursing Center.

She was born in the Pittsburg Community of Johnson County to the late Marion and Dilla Taylor Wallace, was a member of the First Baptist Church of Knoxville and was preceded in death by one brother, Glen Wallace, and one sister, Bessie Wallace.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Virgil Higgs of Russellville; one sister, Mildred Johnson of Huntington; one sister-in-law, Ida Wallace of Portland, Ore.; two grandchildren, Donna Higgs of Russellville and Greg Higgs of St. Joseph, Mich.; three great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Megan and Jake Higgs; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at the First Baptist Church in Knoxville with Rev. Don R. Hankins officiating.

Burial will be in Lamar Cemetery under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.

Pallbearers will be Glen Rainey, Hartzel Hankins, Ted Melton, David Clayborn, Ronald Zachary and James Mize.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 203, Knoxville, AR 72845.

Wanda Durning

Wanda Durning, 68, of Ozark, sister of Bea Nowotny of Lamar, died Monday, July 5, 2004, in a Fort Smith hospital.

She was a native of Low Gap, daughter of the late Charlie and Lena Belt Waits, and member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Mack Durning; one daughter, Nina Lee of Paris; four sons, Michael, Bobby, Danny and Todd Durning, all of Ozark; two other sisters, Velma Easom of Ozark and Bessie Smith of Odessa, Texas; four brothers, Billy and Jimmy Waits, both of Ozark, Monty Waits of Fort Smith, and June Waits of Lenexa, Kan.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 8, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with Rev. Coyce Couch officiating. Burial was at Belt Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Kiley, Joshua and Nicholas Durning, Dusty and Shannon Lee and Justin Halmes.

Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Spencer, James Lee, Jim Easom, David Halmes, Brian Vaughn and James Wickizer.

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