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Bradly A. Boerner

Bradly A. Boerner, 31, of Dardanelle died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at Coal Hill.

He was disabled and a member of the United Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include his wife, Klarica Tracy Brewer Boerner; parents, Grady Lee and Esther Bewley of Dardanelle; two brothers, Matt Boerner of Russellville and Robert Bewley of Dover; and four sisters, Belinda Luneau of Little Rock, Paula McMullen of Summit, Nina Bewley of Deer and Natasha Robinson of Ola.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Houghton and Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Burial was in Lamar Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Matt Boerner, William Haston, Steve Holt, John Holt, Chris McMullen and Les Holt.

Christian T. Stewart

Christian Tyler Stewart, infant son of Cyrus and Laura Parkhurst Stewart of London, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at AMI St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville.

Other survivors include paternal grandparents, Robert and Denise Stewart of Piney Bay; maternal grandparents, Shonna and Keith Baca of Oconto Falls, Wis.; uncle and aunts, Shawn and Mickey Graham of Lamar, Eli and Ashley Stewart of London, Becca and Cassie Fraska of Ozark, and Paige Baca of Oconto Falls, Wis.; and cousins, Ethan and Kodie Sanders of Lamar.

Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Friday, March 31, at Madden Cemetery at Hickeytown with Rev. Bill Milam officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Robert Stewart and Steve Parkhurst.

Erick Zion Acord

Erick Zion Acord, 85, of Ozark, father of Paul Lewis Acord of Ozone, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at Fort Smith.

He was a native of Franklin County, son of the late Ted and Hester Pippin Acord, member of River Valley Community Church of Ozark, Army veteran of World War II, retired line superintendent for Oklahoma Gas and Electric, and was preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Don Acord; and three brothers, Vurl Acord, Hadley Acord and Dale Kenneth Acord.

Survivors include his wife, Cleo Keith Acord; one daughter, Vicki Waldon of Rogers; two other sons, Gary Lee Acord of Ozark and Tim Acord of Rogers; one brother, Paul Foise Acord of Ozark; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, April 3, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with Rev. Jan Akins officiating. Burial was in Cemetery Ridge at Ozark.

Active pallbearers were Jim Acord, Wayne Davis, Lonnie Tolbert, Richard Hardy, Jack Keith and Joe Kennedy.

Honorary pallbearers were the elders of the River Valley Community Church.

Memorials may be made to River Valley Community Church of Ozark Building Fund, P. O. Box 697, Ozark, AR 72949.

Ewell Pyron

Ewell Pyron, 97, of Ozark died Saturday, March 25, 2006, in Houston, Texas.

A native of Johnson County, he was a son of the late William Cleve and Lillian Stewart Pyron, a retired employee of Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative, a member of the First Methodist Church in Ozark, Ozark Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite 32nd degree of the Fort Smith Lodge, and was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Castleberry Pyron.

Survivors include one daughter, Jane Curtis of Conroe, Texas; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 30, at Highland Cemetery in Ozark with Rev. Ron Newberry officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.

Gertie M. Langston

Gertie Mae Hickey Langston, 93, of Wetumpka, Ala., formerly of Johnson County, died Sunday, April 2, 2006.

She is survived by one son, R. Lynden Hickey Jr. of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Jan (Pete) McCoy of Wetumpka, Ala.; four grandchildren, Jody Lynn (David) Nixon of Cincinnati, Ohio, Leatha Ann (Tommy) Bailey of Houston, Texas, and Peter Lyn McCoy and Carolyn Jeanette McCoy, both of Wetumpka, Ala.; eight great-grandchildren, Kimberly Lynn (Matthias) Beyer of Berlin, Germany, Carrie Noele Nixon and Jonathan David Nixon of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lettie Catherine Rosenbaum of Abilene, Texas, Andrew Reid McCoy and Christopher Lyn McCoy of Wetumpka, Ala., David (Christy) Bailey of Houston, Texas, and Sharon Bailey of Austin, Texas; one stepdaughter, Marlene (Ron) Copeland of Searcy; five stepgrandchildren, Danny and Kenny Mabe of Duck River, Tenn., and Aaron, Alexandria and Andrea Copeland of Seacy; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home with Pete McCoy and David Nixon officiating.

Graveside services and burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 7, at Minnow Creek Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers will be Peter McCoy, David Nixon, Terry Baker, and Marty Rucker.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 6, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to AGAPE of Central Alabama, Inc., P. O. Box 230472, Montgomery, AL 36123.

Howard (Red) Hickey

Howard (Red) Hickey, 89, son of the late Charles J. and Ada O’Neal Hickey, formerly of Johnson County, died Thursday, March 30, 2006, in Aptos, Calif.. He had resided the past eight years at Dominican Oaks retirement community in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Hickey attended the University of Arkansas where he earned a spot on the Razorback’s all-decade team in football and was also a first team all Southwest Conference forward for the school’s 1941 NCAA Final Four basketball team.

He coached San Francisco from 1959-63, going 27-27-1 before resigning three games into the 1963 season. He also played on the Cleveland Rams’ 1945 championship team, was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Rams’ title club in 1951, and spent two decades as an assistant and scout for the Dallas Cowboys.

Hickey was the NFL coach who invented the shotgun offensive formation with the 49ers. He made history in 1960, when he combined elements of a punt formation, a spread passing attack and a double-wing formation invented by Stanford’s Pop Warner into the shotgun, so named by Hickey because it sprayed receivers around the field.

He was a World War II veteran and was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Cecelia Surina Hickey.

Survivors are three sons, Michael, Patrick and Jeffrey; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Bailey; and several nephews and nieces including Cathryn Blackard of the Hickeytown Community.

A memorial service was held in California. The body was cremated.

James C. Pledger

James C. (Jim) Pledger of Danville, brother of John Pledger of Clarksville, died Friday, March 31, 2006.

He was a graduate of Danville High School and Arkansas Tech University and served on the Danville School Board and the ATU Board of Trustees, acting as president of both boards. He also served on the ATU Business School Advisory Council, was a member of the Danville United Methodist Church, served as Yell County Treasurer, president of the County Treasurers Association and president of the Association of Arkansas Counties.

He later joined the administration of Governor Bill Clinton where he served as legislative liason, chief of staff, commissioner of revenue, and director of the Department of Finance and Administration. He also served in the administration of Governor Jim Guy Tucker as director of the Department of Finance and Administration and chief of staff.

He was manager of the Yell County Fair for many years, member of the Arkansas Fair Managers Association, having served as secretary and president, and was general manager of the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show Association. He was a member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, where he served as a director and president of Zone 6, member of the Yell County Chapter of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, Danville Lions Club, and board member of the Arkansas 4-H Foundation, the Good Shepherd Ecumenical Retirement Center and the Chambers Bank board of directors. He was inducted into the Arkansas Fair Managers Hall of Fame, ATU Hall of Distinction and the Arkansas Agricultural Hall of Fame, and was the recipient of the Charles Smith Memorial award, UALR Good as Gold award, Farm and Ranch Club Col. T. H. Barton award, and state of Arkansas Governors Quality award.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Pledger; two daughters, Martha Cahill of Morrilton and Courtnie Pledger of Conway; two grandsons, Drew and Tyler Cahill of Morrilton; and one other brother, Bill Pledger of Conway.

Funeral was at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Danville United Methodist Church. Arrangements were under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Danville United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 729, Danville, AR 72833 or AR State Fair Foundation, 2600 Howard Street, Little Rock, AR 72206.

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