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Charles R. Crooks

Charles Roy Crooks, 69, of Ozark, father of Randel Crooks of Clarksville, died Monday, July 3, 2006, in Ozark.

He was a retired Whirlpool Corporation employee, Army veteran, member of Liberty Baptist Church at Hunt, and was preceded in death by one son, Dennis Crooks; two sisters, Mildred Taylor and Lillian Nolan; and two brothers, Ray Crooks and George Crooks.

He is survived by one daughter, Rosie Crooks of Ozark; one other son, Tracy Crooks of Ozark; three sisters, Edith Crooks of Russellville and Wilma West and Irma Thronebury, both of Ozark; and four grandchildren, Brittney Crooks, Gage Crooks, Logan Crooks and Lauren Schluterman.

Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at Gar Creek Cemetery under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.

Clarence G. Hardin

Clarence Gene Hardin, 73, of Clarksville died Sunday, July 9, 2006, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

He was a son of the late Burr and Dessie Hill Harden, member of Crossroads Assembly of God Church, construction foreman, packing house employee, mechanic, and was preceded in death by one son, Ron Hardin; one brother, Kenneth Harden; two brothers-in-law, Charles Dickerson and Howard Pelts; and two infant twin great-grandsons.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Cowan Hardin; four daughters, Jeannett Willis and husband, George, of Batson, Margaret Hardin of Muskogee, Okla., P. J. Skaggs and husband, Tim, of Ozark, and Kay Breedlove and husband, Tom, of Oark; two sons, Billy Hardin and wife, Beverly, and Lonnie Hardin, all of Clarksville; three brothers, Calvin Harden and wife, Merisue, of Texas, Luther Hardin and wife, Juanita, of Ozark, and Glen Harden and wife, Bonnie, of the Pleasant View Community; six sisters, Molly Dickerson of Clarksville, Velma Stone and husband, Noble, of Dodge City, Kan., Lois Brown and husband, Dellis, of Harrison, Leann Pelts of Lamar, and Bernice Cowell and husband, Donnie, of the Low Gap Community; one sister-in-law, Pat Harden of Clarksville; 18 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 13, at Grenade’s Chapel Church with Rev. Tommy Parker officiating.

Burial will be in Jackson Cemetery at Ozark under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers will be Adam Hardin, Darin Harden, Dale Wright, Randy Cowell, Dustin James, and Clyde Cowan.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lucas Skaggs, Terry Pelts, Billy Hardin II, Duane Yates, Gary Dickerson, and Greg Willis.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Eveylene Chronister

Eveylene Alderson Chronister of Lamar, died July 1, 2006, at her home. She was born to James Roy Alderson and his wife, Ollie Frances Clark, on August 25, 1935, in Johnson County, Arkansas, proceeded in death by her first husband, William Ralph Owens.

She attended Denny, Lutherville and Lamar Schools. She was a retired Food Service worker and manager, a former long time employee of O.K. Food Market in Clarksville, a member of Mt. Home Free Will Baptist Church and Ladies auxiliary, a loving and devoted wife, mother and friend, a doting grandmother and great-grandmother, a lover of gospel music, an active member in the local senior Citizens Center, and co-founded the Clark family reunion. She will be remembered for her infectious laughter and loving heart.

She is survived by her husband, E. O. (Buck) Chronister; her daughter, Sandra Kay Verdier and husband, Rod, of Williams, Calif.; her son, Gary Ralph Owens of Dardanelle; daughter-in-law, Donna Owens of Dover; sisters and spouses, Hettie and Richard Johnson of Clarksville, Margaret and Bill Childers of Van Buren, and her twin, Evadene Hollis of Clarksville; brothers and spouse, Lee and Vanita Alderson of Hagarville, James Floyd (Son) Alderson of Lutherville and Raymond Clark (Buck) Alderson of Lutherville; two stepdaughters and spouse, Debbie Blackard of Lamar and Teri and Tom Werner of Russellville; two stepsons and spouses, Larry and Carol Chronister of Lamar and Evan and Kelly Chronister of Breinigsville, Pa.; grandchildren, Sarah Wagoner, Kendall and Laura Werner, Gabrielle and E. J. Chronister, Heather and R. J. Verdier, Bryan Owens and Gary Owens of Westwood, Calif., Candy Lucido and husband, Steve, of Antioch, Calif., Amber Parham and husband, Thomas, of Minnow Creek, Misty Lumpkins and husband, Douglas, of Russellville; great-grandchildren, Devon Lumpkins, Liam Parham, and Joey, Stephen, Tony and Frankie Lucido; and a large extended family and uncountable friends.

Pallbearers were Robert Childers, Randy Alderson, Rick Johnson, Billy Dickerson, Larry Holman, Jeff Vire, Jerry Miller, Jonathan Vire and Terry Miller.

Edna M. Morrow

Edna Marie Morrow, 80, of Hunt died Friday, July 7, 2006, at Clarksville Convalescent Home.

A native of Hunt, she was a daughter of the late Loyd and Emma Swofford Jones, widow of John Wesley Morrow Sr., Baptist, and was preceded in death by one son, Fred Morrow; three brothers, Curtis, Horace and J. T. Jones; and three grandchildren, Fred and Sidney Morrow and Chris Keith.

She is survived by five daughters, Shirley Walton Lockard and Irene Kelly, both of Hartman, Ruth Ledbetter and Janet Downen, both of Hunt, and Gail Warren of Scranton; seven sons, John Wesley (Bud) Morrow Jr., Roy Morrow, and Larry Morrow, all of Hunt, Bobby Morrow of Louisiana, Eddie Don Morrow of Hartman, Jimmy Morrow of Miami, Okla.; and Teddy Morrow of Knoxville; one sister, Ruth Timmerman of Hunt; two brothers, Vernon Jones and Wayne Jones, both of Hunt; 34 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Liberty Hill Church with Rev. Raymond Kelly officiating.

Burial was in Liberty Hill Cemetery at Hunt under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were John Wesley (Bud), Roy, Bobby, Eddie Don, Jimmy, Larry, Teddy and Chad Morrow.

Grandsons served as honorary pallbearers.

Fred Cowell

Fred Cowell, 96, of Clarksville died Sunday, July 9, 2006, at his home.

He was a retired timber employee, son of the late J. A. and Mary Elizabeth Johnston Cowell, attended the Clarksville First Assembly of God Church, and was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Cowell.

Survivors include his wife, Leota Dollar Cowell; four daughters, Albertine Reddell and husband, Chester, Ina Davidson and husband, Ray, and Lanell Laster and husband, Raymond, all of Van Buren, and Mary Laugwitz and husband, John, of Clarksville; four sons, Fred H. Cowell and wife, Faye, Gerald Cowell and wife, Diane, and Jerry Ray Cowell and wife, Marilyn, all of Clarksville, and Don C. Cowell and wife, Cheryl, of Lamar; two stepdaughters, Shirley Chavez of Texas, and Jean Henson and husband, Paul, of Kansas; one stepson, Sam Henderson and wife, Ginger, of Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the First Assembly of God Church in Clarksville with Rev. Dade Kindrix and Rev. Terry Cameron officiating.

Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers will be grandsons, Steve Reddell, Alan Davidson, Jeff Laster, Todd Cowell, Brad Cowell, Jared Cowell, Nathan Cowell and Ashley Cowell.

Honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters, Rita Reddell, Johna Syfert and Jamie Williams.

Memorials may be made to Hospice.

Fannie R. Green

Fannie Robbie Green, 98, of North Little Rock died Friday, July 7, 2006.

She was born in Clarksville to Walter and Willie Shamblin Temple, taught school in Johnson County for several years, was an employee of J. C. Penney after moving to North Little Rock, and was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Green Sr.

She is survived by two daughters, Meredith Prince and Glena Criner and husband, Tommy, all of North Little Rock; one son, Robert Green and wife, Ann, of Little Rock; one sister, Edyth Geisler of Clarksville; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Levy United Methodist Church. Burial was in Edgewood Cemetery under the direction of North Little Rock Funeral Home.

Gerald S. Dipietro

Gerald Stewart Dipietro, 26, of Dothan, Ala., died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at Flowers Hospital.

He was a native of Sicily, Italy, former resident of Clarksville, and a Werner Trucking Company employee.

Survivors include his wife, Heather Michelle Dipietro; mother and stepfather, Vivian and David Koch of Clarksville; father, Mario Dipietro of Italy; two brothers, Andrea Dipietro of Italy and Kenny Koch of Clarksville; two sisters, Giuliana Dipietro of Italy and Nichole Koch of Clarksville; grandparents, Eleonoriea Elliott and Ken Elliott, both of Cleveland, Ohio, Marie Dipietro of Italy; uncle, David Elliott of Italy; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lisa and Tom Etchberger of Dothan, Ala.; aunt, Alandra Elliott of Cleveland, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Shawn Johnson of Dothan, Ala., Kristopher Pierpont of Russellville, and Nobel Etchberger and Quyinten Etchberger, both of Dothan, Ala.; and grandparents-in-law, Tom and Doris Etchberger of Dothan, Ala.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at Byrd Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kyle Gatlin officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

James E. Higby

James Everett Higby, 76, died Thursday, July 6, 2006, in Antlers, Okla.

He was a native of the Hickeytown Community, son of the late James Martin and Edith Mae Blackard Higby, and was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva (Tommie) Estell Higby; one brother, Ervin Leon Higby; and one sister, Clemma Jo Higby.

He is survived by six children, Gwenda Faye Higby and James Ray Higby, both of Lamar, Jimmie Sue Harmon and Deborah LaJoy Wyles, both of Clarksville, Jamie Diann Romos of Pueblo, Colo., and Sonya Kay Carlton of Newalla, Okla.; four brothers, Rhuel Douglas Higby, David Kenneth Higby, George Allen Higby, and Robert Earl Higby; one sister, Vonda Mae Lamb; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and personal close friend, Bonnie Clifton.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Mills-Coffey Funeral Home Chapel in Antlers, Okla., with Rev. Michael Birdsong officiating.

Jerry E. Willis

Jerry Edwin Willis, 56, of Russell, Kan., died Sunday, July 2, 2006, at the Russell Regional Hospital. Jerry was born May 25, 1950 in Altus, Arkansas the son of Ed and Lucille (Martin) Willis. He grew up and attended schools in Clarksville, Arkansas and Timber Ridge, Oklahoma. He graduated from Catoosa High School with the class of 1968. He was united in marriage to Ruth Terrell on November 22, 1969 in Salina, Kansas. Jerry served his country in the U. S. Army. He was with the 173rd Airborne Division in Vietnam.

Jerry worked for the Allied Cementing Company when he first moved to the Russell area in 1973. In 1987 he became the owner and operator of Jerry’s Place. Then in 1995 he sold the restaurant and moved to Clarksville, Arkansas where he started JW Trucking. He retired from the trucking business in 2001 and Ruth and he returned to the Russell area.

Jerry was a life member and Past Commander of the V.F.W. in 1994. He also was a member of the Masonic Shrine of Russell. He enjoyed fishing and watching all types of sports. Jerry was known for his great sense of humor.

Surviving family includes his wife of 36 years, Ruth of the home; daughter, Amy Dollison and husband, Bill, and their two children, Bailey and Cody, all of Russell; parents, Ed and Lucille Willis of Knoxville, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Sylvia Newton and husband, Richard, of Russell; sisters, Marilyn Atchison of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Janace Doughan of Gore, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Audra Lyn Willis.

Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2006, at the Trinity United Methodist Church of Russell. Reverend Warren Hett officiated at the service. Interment was immediately following the services at the Russell City Cemetery. Visitation was from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell. The family was present to receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. A memorial has been established as the Jerry Willis Memorial Fund. Contributions and condolences may be left with Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary who assisted the family with the arrangements.
(Paid Obituary)

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