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Adrath O. Wheeler

Adrath Orval Wheeler, 89, of Clarksville died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.

He was a retired truck driver, World War II veteran having served with the U. S. Navy’s Construction Battalion, the CB’s, son of the late Arthur and Clemme Meek Wheeler, and was preceded in death by one brother, Milo Wheeler.

Survivors include his wife, Etta Louise Wheeler; one daughter, Janice Hanshaw of Tulsa, Okla.; two sons, James C. Wheeler of Clarksville and Robert A. Wheeler of Ozone; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Christine Brown

Ruby Christine Colburn Brown, 84, of Altus, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, in Fort Smith.

She was a former resident of Hartman, daughter of the late Sam and Mary Dorney Colburn, widow of Hoyt Brown, retired beautician, and was preceded in death by one son, Larry David Brown; one brother, Cecil Colburn; and one sister, Jewell Ross.

Survivors include two daughters, Billie H. Mainard of Ozark and Mary Kathryn Irvin and husband, Ben, of Fort Smith; six grandchildren, Debbie Kremers, Jan Wilson, Donna Stewart, Michelle Nigh, Christina Lawrence and Diana Bubar; nine great-grandchildren, Kathryn Wilson, Kara Austin, Nicholas Kremers, Kasey Wilson, Stephanie Kremers, Dylan Carpenter, Lacey Stewart, Haylee Nigh and Angel Bubar; one great-great-grandson, Jackson Austin; two nephews; and one niece.

Graveside services and burial were at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at Nichols Chapel Cemetery at Altus with Rev. Todd Rowland officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark.

Great-grandsons served as pallbearers.

Dickie Lynn Jones

Dickie Lynn Jones, 56, of Clarksville died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.

He was a native of Russellville, son of the late Benton and Opal Overby Jones, graduate of Pottsville High School and the University of the Ozarks, member of First Presbyterian Church, avid sportsman, member and past president of Arkansas Public Health Association, member and past president of Southern Health Association, member of SOPHE and ArkAHPERD, and was a 28-year employee of the Arkansas Department of Health where he was currently serving as a regional department of health supervisor for the Hometown Health Improvement Project for northwest Arkansas.

Survivors include his wife, Pam Shrigley Jones; one son, Benjamin Jones and wife, Loretta, of Mountainburg; two sisters, Betty Miller of Wisconsin and Patsy Jones of Florida; two brothers, T. J. (Jerry) Jones of Harrison and John Paul Jones of Morritlon; and two grandchildren, Dustin and Cody Stark of Mountainburg.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Lance Jones officiating.

The body was cremated.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the University of the Ozarks Scholarship Fund, 415 North College Avenue, Clarksville, AR 72830 or the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 1653, Topeka, KS 66601.

Patsy Sparks

Patsy Sparks, 65, of Clarksville died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.

She was a native of Sikeston, Mo., and member of the Clarksville Church of Christ.

She is survived by four sisters, Velma Gilmer and Verla Kaye Clifton, both of Clarksville, and Elsie King and Laura Stone, both of Sikeston, Mo.; and four brothers, Thomas Allen Williams of Onalaska, Texas, David Williams and Roy Dean Williams, both of Ozark, and Roy Gean Williams of Clarksville.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bob Oden officiating. Burial was in Stillwell Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Joey Morehead, Lenny Morehead, David Griggs, Jeffrey Sparks, Jeffrey Kulp, and Chad Kendall.

Honorary pallbearers were Colby Morehead and Brian Jones.

Shirley J. Tolar

Shirley Jean Tolar, 52, of Clarksville died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.

She was a daughter of the late Paul Eugene and Dorothy Lane Allen Tate.

Survivors include four daughters, Pamela M. Smith and Casey L. Bartlett, both of Lamar, Sara M. Freeman of Ozark and Sonya Tolar of Arkansas; three sons, James P. Smith of Russellville, Jason A. Hawkins of Louisiana and Michael J. Tolar of Clarksville; stepmother, Beatrice Tate of Clarksville; one brother, Vincent Tate of Rogers; two sisters, Brenda L. Tate of Arkansas and Nancy Ann Hurst of Clarksville; and 14 grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Minniear officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Hill Cemetery at Hunt.

Pallbearers will be Darren A. Smith, Matthew Pitts, Brandon Pitts, Craig Walker, Andrew Ham, and Jeff Gibson.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Velta P. Mills

Velta P. Mills, 85, of Clarksville died Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, at Clarksville Convalescent Home.

A native of Hagarville, she was a daughter of the late Marion and Rhoda Freeman Hughes, widow of Cecil Mills, and a 28-year employee of Tasty Bird Foods prior to retiring in 1983.

Survivors include two daughters, Nona Warren and Charlsie Butler and husband, Bruce, all of Clarksville; one sister, Wilma Owens of Temple, Texas; two brothers, Willie Hughes of Clarksville and Douglas Hughes of Advance, Mo.; four grandchildren and spouses, Debbie and John Beaupre, Stacey and Mark Granger, Jimmy and Bobbie Butler, and Rhett and Stacy Butler, all of Clarksville; five great-grandchildren, Courtney and Morgan Wilson and Ashley, Sean and Billy Butler, all of Clarksville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Oakland Cemetery with Rev. James Freeman of San Jacinto, Calif., officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

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