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December 06, 2022


Audra M. Cowan

Audra Monroe Cowan, 87, of Fort Smith died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005.

He was a native of the Harmony Community, son of the late George Monroe and Cornelia Rhea Cowan, attended Harmony school, graduated from Clarksville High School and the University of the Ozarks, and received a master of music education degree from the University of Oklahoma.

He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith, the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, the Western Arkansas Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and the Community Band of Western Arkansas.

While attending the University of the Ozarks, he taught band at Coal Hill for two years. Following graduation from college, he taught band at Indianola, Okla., for two years prior to entering the U. S. Army in 1942. He played in an Army band and took officer’s training at Fort Benning, Ga. He fought with the infantry across France, Belgium, and Germany. He received the Purple Heart in September 1944. He received a medical retirement with the rank of captain in December 1946. He taught band in Clarksville, Sheridan, Ozark and Ramsey Junior High School until retiring in 1983. He was selected by the Arkansas Bandmasters Association as “Bandmaster of the Year” in 1975 and inducted into the Arkansas Bandmasters Hall of Fame. In 1990, he received the distinguished alumnus award of the class of 1940 from the University of the Ozarks.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years Margaret King Cowan; one daughter, Kathryn Rice and husband, Bruce, of Fort Smith; three sons, David Cowan and wife, Terry, of Little Rock, Donald Cowan of Dallas, Texas, and Kenneth Cowan and wife, Susan, of Fort Smith; two granddaughters, Sarah Cowan of Jackson, Miss., and Rachel Cowan of Fort Smith; and four grandsons, Patrick Cowan of Little Rock, Kendall Rice of New Haven, Conn., and Daniel Rice and Phillip Cowan, both of Fort Smith.

Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Central Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith with Rev. Tom Ulrich officiating followed by burial at 2:30 p.m. in Oakland Cemetery at Clarksville. Arrangements were under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.

Pallbearers were Stanley Cate, W. N. Shaver III, Richard Peer, Ronald Garner, Leighnora Buchanan, Ralph Riley, Gene Maddux, Steve Kesner and the grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Central Presbyterian Church, 2901 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903, the Western Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association, 320 N. Greenwood Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901, or the Fountain of Youth Day Adult Day Care Center, 2409 S. 56th, Suite 121, Fort Smith, AR 72903.

Nettie Jacobs

Nettie Jacobs, 96, of Clarksville died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.

She was a daughter of the late John Franklin and Savannah Smith Bridges, widow of Roy Jacobs, and member of Johnson Regional Medical Center Auxiliary and Landmark Missionary Baptist Church where she had been a Sunday school and Bible school teacher. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Rev. Oren Bridges and Erna Bridges, and one sister, Lennie Randle.

She is survived by two sisters, Magdalene Dobbs and Lucy Jacobs, both of Clarksville; one brother, Olen Bridges and wife, Doris, of Camargo, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Vernon Bass and Don Gillam officiating.

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

Pallbearers were Mike Young, Brian Syfert, Chris Case, Bridges Crumrine, Bobby Jacobs, and James Allen Bridges.

Ruby A. McCleary

Ruby Arnette McCleary, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, in Manteca, Calif., where she had resided for 52 years.

She was a native of Hartman, daughter of the late Joe and Bertha Shoeffler, widow of Homer F. McCleary Jr., and a 50-plus year member of the Assembly of God Church where she led the Women’s Missionary Council (WMC), was Sunday school superintendent for the children’s division, and held a seat on the mission’s board for many years. She and her late husband started McCleary Plastering in 1962 which she continued to operate even after his death in 1971 until she retired in 1994.

Survivors include her children and spouses, Stacy and Danell McCleary, Robin and Russ Sousa, and Rod and Brenna McCleary of Manteca, Calif.; grandchildren, Janell and Christopher Morris, Nicole and Forrest Woodman, Brian and Rebecca McCleary, Randi and Rick Fowzer, Rachele Sousa, Ranette Sousa, and Rod McCleary Jr., all of Manteca, Calif., and Darci and Damon Eisenga of Escalon, Calif.; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Melba Robertson of Manteca, Calif., and Harold Shoeffler of Stockton, Calif.; and sister-in-law, Mrs. Joseph (Priscilla) Shoeffler of Hartman.

Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the First Assembly of God Church in Manteca, Calif., with Pastor Donald Annas, Pastor Michael Dillman and Pastor Scott Hoag officiating.

Burial was in Lakewood Memorial Park in Empire, Calif., under the direction of P. L. Fry and Son Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Rodney McCleary Jr., Christopher Morris, Rick Fowzer, Robert Tyler, Brian McCleary, Forrest Woodman, and Damon Eisenga.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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