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December 06, 2022


Annie Church

Annie Church, 95, of Russellville died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, at Legacy Lodge Nursing Home in Russellville.

She was a native of the Rosetta Community, daughter of the late Custer and Lou Ella Graves Price, member of the Alliance Church, and was preceded in death by two husbands, Samuel Albert Kraus and Lewis Church, and two sisters, Edna Dlugosh and Velma Saner.

She is survived by three nephews, Dewayne Dlugosh of Lamar and Waymond Price and Dean Dlugosh, both of Russellville.

Graveside services and burial will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Lamar Cemetery with Rev. Mark Wood officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service of Russellville.

Gilbert D. Kersey

Gilbert Devon Kersey, 51, of Oark died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007, in Altus.

A native of Modesto, Calif., he was a son of the late Marlene Kersey; graduate of Modesto (California) High School, former employee of Wal-Mart Distribution Center, and was preceded in death by one brother, Larry Kersey.

He is survived by one daughter, Megan Holman of Clarksville; two sons, Joshua Kersey of Lamar and Justin Kersey of California, Mo.; father, Paul Kersey of Altus; two sisters, Bertha Sampley of Altus and Pam Kersey of Clarksville; two brothers, Rick Kersey of Clarksville and Clyde Kersey of Ozark; and five grandchildren, Noah Kersey and McKenzie Kersey, both of Lamar, Callon Kersey and Hunter Holman of Clarksville, and Daylon Kersey of California, Mo.

A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at the Assembly of God Church in Ozark with Rev. Danny Marshall officiating. The body was cremated.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Helen M. Rinke

Helen Martha Rinke, 87, of Coal Hill died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, in a Fort Smith hospital.

A native of Coal Hill, she was a daughter of the late Newt and Rebecca Wright Lowe, widow of Ed Rinke, member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was preceded in death by one son, Walter Rinke; one granddaughter, Rebecca Bramlett; two sisters, Lucille Risse and Nora Ann Lowe; and two brothers, Arles and Tom Lowe.

Survivors are one daughter, Frances (Toots) Whisenant of Fort Smith; three sisters, Edith Eveld of Altus and Faye Rinke and Elizabeth Moore, both of Coal Hill; five grandchildren, Diane Knaack, Patty Kalinich and Cindy Martinez, all of Fort Smith, and Yvonne (Renee) Case and Joseph Rinke, both of Coal Hill; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Rosary service was at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark. Funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Altus with Father Hilary Filiatreau officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Tommy, Stanley, and Jerry Eveld, Ronnie Garner, Merle Del Soto Jr., and Robert Abbott.

Honorary pallbearers were Freddy Holloway, Ben and Dee Yates, Charles (Buddy) Beavers, Mickey Smith, James Hampton, Jayson Peppas and Gerad Neihouse.

Lindell E. Wise

Lindell Earl Wise, 78, of Clarksville died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

A native of Clarksville, he was a son of the late Earl B. and Virgie Mae Bohannon Wise, retired coal miner, member of the Miners Local Union, attended the Clarksville First Assembly of God Church, and was preceded in death by one daughter, LaDana Goff, and one sister, Denise Nichols.

Survivors include his wife, Neomia Owens Wise; three daughters, Linda Kay Wise of Conway, Brandy Wise Olivas of Price, Utah, and Mildred Anderson of Wellington, Utah; two sons, Don Ray Hansen of Stillwater, Okla., and Troy Wise of Lamar; two sisters, Earlene Lipsey of La Mirada, Calif., and Karlene Hawkins of Russellville; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the First Assembly of God Church in Clarksville.

The body was cremated.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 212 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205 or Arkansas Children’s Hospital, P. O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Ottis C. Hampton

Ottis Cole Hampton, 90, of Lamar died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.

A native of Lehigh, Okla., he was a son of the late Boswell and Mary Hornbuckle Hampton, graduate of Lehigh (Oklahoma) High School, retired plywood mill employee, and was preceded in death by one son, James Boswell Hampton.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Southard Hampton; two sons, Lawrence Hamtpon of Eufaula, Okla., and William (Bill) Hampton of Erick, Okla.; one daughter Carolyn Adams of Stratford, Okla,; one stepson, Don Walters of Oak Ridge, Ore.; five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Raymond Pendergrass

Memorial services for Raymond L. Pendergrass, 76, of Holiday Island, who died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, in Springdale, were at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at the St. James Episcopal Church in Eureka Springs with Rev. Edie Bird officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery at Clarksville under the direction of Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Springdale.

Memorials may be made to American Legion, Walker-Wilson Post No. 9 in Eureka Springs, St. James Episcopal Church, or the Sonia Strong Pendergrass scholarship fund at Hendrix College in Conway.

He was a native of Booneville, son of the late John Jason Lafayette and LaRue Holland Pendergrass, member of St. James Episcopal Church in Eureka Springs, lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW, graduate of Booneville High School, Arkansas Teachers College and received a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, served in Korea in 1952-1953 with the Arkansas National Guard 217th Medical Collecting Corps (Sep), continued to serve in the National Guard achieving the rank of major general and appointed adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard, and teacher of history and political science and director of student financial aide at the University of Missouri at Rolla. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sonia Strong Pendergrass; and one son, Porter Holland Pendergrass.

Survivors are one son, John S. Pendergrass and wife, Shelly; one daughter, Sarna Pendergrass; grandchildren, Cal and Ally Pendergrass; and companion, Suzanne Sanders-Tourtelot.

Tyla R. Hodges

Tyla Robert (T. R.) Hodges has finally completed his mission here on earth that the Good Lord laid out for him. His wife, Anna L., left to be with the Lord seven years ago and he asked the Lord everyday since then to let him move on.

On Jan. 25, 2007, in the early morning at his home he said farewell. He had endured more than his fair share of physical pain during his 81 years here.

This all started on July 18, 1925, in Dallas, Texas. He was the third child of Otis and Charlotte Hodges. He outlived all of his immediate family, parents, Otis and Charlotte Hodges, one sister, Juanita (Hodges) Clayborn, one brother, Frances V. Hodges, but there was two of them he surely wished he hadn’t of and that would be his wife of 56 wonderful wild years, Anna L (Collins), and his first born son, Ronald Gene Hodges. He said he only had two bad days in his 81 years and that was when he had to bury them.

He left three sons, Terry R. Hodges, Kelly W. Hodges and his wife, Naomi, Randy G. Hodges and his wife, Jacquie, all of Johnson County, 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was a driller in Southwest Texas for the biggest part of his young life, then retired to farming and raising four boys on 40 acres of mountain top in Newton County. There was just “one” thing during his 81 years that he couldn’t do and that was to carry on without his loving wife, but now he is whole once more.

He will be laid to rest with his loving wife’s ashes beside their son, Ronnie, on the Little Buffalo at Jasper, AR.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate his 81 awesome years and it will be held at Spadra Park Pavilion, 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007.

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