Arnold G. Sims
Arnold G. (Arnie) Sims, 65, of Piney died on October 23, 2005, at the home of friends. He was born in Corona, CA to Gordon David Sims and Virgie Erma Sims on September 27, 1940.
An accomplished flyer, he received his pilot’s license and bought his first airplane as a freshmen in college. He put himself through school working at Lockheed Aerospace and was assigned as a mathematician on the secret SR-71 “Blackbird” project. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in art, he joined the United States Air Force where he completed Officer’s Training School and received his military pilot’s wings in October of 1966. During his five years in the Air Force he served three tours of duty in Vietnam flying the F-4 fighter jet, B-52 bomber and the OV-10 observation aircraft.
While flying as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) assigned to Rustic Aviation in the “secret war” over Cambodia his plane was shot down by enemy fire. He eluded communist forces for 23 days before he was able to reach safety inside friendly lines.
Captain Sims, call sign “Rustic 2-0,” was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.
After his military service Sims managed airports in Fitzgerald, Tifton, and Douglas, GA and in Clarksville, AR. He was a corporate and charter pilot. As a licensed flight instructor he taught many Johnson County area residents the art of flying. A licensed aerobatic pilot he delighted in fascinating onlookers with his ariel artistry in his beloved Zlin airplane. For the past twenty years he has been the printer for the University of the Ozarks where he developed and designed their in-house printing program.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Inalee Hurt. Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Gordena and Ron Bradley of Hickory Flat, MS, two sons, Travis Coe and Trevor Coe, two nieces, Kimberly Coe and Rochelle Hahn, a nephew, Terry Blythe, and his friends and caregivers, Kerry and Ron Taylor.
A memorial service will be held at the Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of the Ozarks at 11:00 A. M. on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Memorials may be made to the University of the Ozarks, Advancement Department, 415 North College Avenue, Clarksville, AR 72830.
Local arrangements are under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Bobby L. Goodin
Bobby L. Goodin, 62, of Russellville, brother of Guy Goodin of Coal Hill, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.
He was a native of Oxnard, Calif., employee of Alcan Packaging in Russellville, and son of the late Guy L. Goodin, and was preceded in death by one brother, William (Billy Don) Goodin.
Other survivors include his mother, Leona M. Buffalo Goodin of Russellville; five sisters, Lorinda Wise of Fort Worth, Texas, Phyllis Lanoy Sloan of Russellville, Jessie Christine Goodin of Port Hueneme, Calif., Clrissia Lickliter of Ozark, and Maria Earls of London; and several nephews and nieces including Stephanie Walker of Dardanelle.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Lemley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Travis George officiating.
Herman J. Elser
Herman Joseph Elser, 70, of Altus, father of Mitchell Elser of Clarksville, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, in Ozark.
He was a native of Altus, son of the late Leo J. and Matilda Rofkahr Elser, car hauler, and member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Forbus Elser; one daughter, Mary Holsapple of Fayetteville; one other son, Mark Elser of Altus; one brother, Johnny Elser of Altus; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Rosary service was at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Shaffer Funeral Home in Ozark.
Funeral mass was recited at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Hilary Filiatreau, O.S.B., officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Harold McFadden, Mark Bartlett, Danny and Johnny Wayne Elser, Harold McFadden Jr., and Leonard Rofkahr Jr.
Honorary pallbearers were Mike and Ted Skolarski, Don Neumeier, Julius Rofkahr, Gerald Rinke, James Dahlem, Bud Terpstra and Richard Leding.
James E. Crowder
James Everett Crowder, 70, of Clarksville died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, at his home.
He was a mechanic at South Park Truck Stop, retired from the U. S. Air Force, member of the Crossroads Assembly of God Church, son of the late James Everett and Geraldine Stewart Crowder, and was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Liz Crowder; one son, Jimmy Crowder; and one brother, Tom Crowder.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Mills Crowder; four daughters, Sue Curtis and husband, Gary, of Clarksville, Karen Baars and husband, Ray, of Knoxville, Christa English of Clarksville and Raelyn Ramsey of Altus; grandchildren, Gary Lee Curtis and wife, Delenah, Chris Curtis and Audria, Danny Joe Curtis and Jill, Garrett Ramsey, Trevor Ramsey, and Jayme, Ashley and Kayla Baars; and great-grandchildren, Hailey, Skyleigh and Ashton Curtis.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Crossroads Assembly of God Church with Rev. Morris Bozeman and Rev. Robert Willis officiating.
Burial with full military honors was at Lamar Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers were Don Mefford, Billy Joe Felkins, John Daniel, John Wilson, Dean Hammons, and Jackie Daniel.
Honorary pallbearers were Gomer Jones, Joe Bill Russell, and Gary Dickerson.
Memorials may be made to the Crossroads Assembly of God Church.
Margie L. Lemons
Margie Lee Lemons, 74, of Clarksville died Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
She was a member of Trinity Chapel Pentecostal Church of God, daughter of the late John and Minnie Henderson Holland, and was preceded in death by three brothers, Ottis, Carl and George Holland; and four sisters, Ova Henderson, Thelma Taylor, Oma Carlton and Rhoda Strode.
She is survived by five sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Sandy Wood of Clarksville, Ernie and Lisa Wood, of Bois D’Arc, Mo., John Wayne and Carol Wood of Clarksville, and Fred and Michele Wood and Paul and Carrie Wood, all of Springdale; four sisters, Lorena Page of Farmington, Ruth Norton of Morrow, Ardith Murr of Farmersville, La., and Audie Latta of Olathe, Kan.; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Trinity Chapel Pentecostal Church of God with Rev. Terry Schlinker, Rev. Bob Freeman and Rev. Phil Redding officiating.
Burial was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers were Clinton Holland, Carl Holland, Johnny Einert, Billy John Page, Mitchell Taylor, Lyn Norton, Alvis Shelton, and Elzia Carlton.
Grandsons served as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Chapel Pentecostal Church of God or the Mt. Vernon Cemetery Association.
Ruby J. Mayhew
Ruby Jean Mayhew, 59, of Texarkana, Texas, whose daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Frankie Tucker, reside in Clarksville, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005.
She was a native of Houston, Texas, former resident of Avery, Texas, member of the Buchanan First Baptist Church, and was a teacher for the Maud Independent School District where she was employed for 20-plus years.
Other survivors include her husband, Dan Mayhew; one granddaughter, Allison Marie Tucker of Clarksville; and mother-in-law, Evelyn Mayhew of Texarkana, Texas.
Funeral was at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Fuqua Everett Memorial Chapel at the Texarkana Funeral Home with Rev. Don Brazile officiating followed by graveside services and burial at 4 p.m. at the Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville.
Ina Faye Young
Ina Faye (Cookie) Young, 63, of Clarksville died Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.
She was a daughter of the late Virgil and Lois Karr, member of the City Park Church of Christ, a police officer and dispatcher for the Clarksville Police Department, and was preceded in death by one brother, Joel D. Karr; and one sister-in-law, Shirley Platt.
Survivors include her husband, Ted Young; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra Dawn and Donnie Anderson of Oklahoma and Barbara Ann and Steve Frederick of Clarksville; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Bobby Zane Stevens Jr. of Springdale, Mike and Debbie Young of Jonesboro, and Greg and Robin Young of Conway; one sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen (Cat) and Joe Johnson of Pettigrew; one sister-in-law, Zelda Karr of Clarksville; and 16 grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Paul Bates and Keith Avaritt officiating. Burial will be in Oark Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Doyle Karr, Dale Karr, James Cameron, Terrell Cameron, Kevin Raboin, and Joel Karr Jr.