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November 30, 2022


Allen Luther Penny Jr.

Allen Luther Penny Jr., 58, of Springdale, formerly of Clarksville, died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at his home.

He was a native of El Paso County, Texas, son of the late Floynell (King) and Allen L. Penny Sr., served in the U. S. Army and was later employed as a truck driver for a log mill, and has resided in Springdale the past 14 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Julia Penny of Clarksville and Adria Roach and husband, Robert, of Lamar; one son, Joel Penny of Benton; one brother, Larry Penny; four grandchildren; and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Benton County Memorial Park in Rogers.

Edna Athline Cates

Edna Athline Houston Cates, 90, died Monday, May 28, 2007, in Tulsa, Okla.

She was a daughter of the late John W. and Edna Houston, graduate of Clarksville High School, attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Kansas City, Mo., and practiced nursing for several years prior to becoming involved in art and paintings. She was a former resident of Bella Vista.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, William Cates; one daughter, Caren Elizabeth O’Gwin of Inola, Okla.; one grandson, Michael O’Gwin; and two great-grandsons.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Billy Frank Rosson

Billy Frank Rosson, 64, of  Clarksville died Thursday, May 31, 2007, at his home.

He was a native of Altus, son of the late J. W. and Rae Zolliecoffer Rosson and was preceded in death by two brothers, Chuck and Johnny Rosson.

Survivors are his wife, Matilda Burgett Rosson; two daughters, Angelia Bush and husband, Wayne, of Rudy and Charity Loudon of Ozark; three sons, Kenneth Rosson and wife, Patricia, of Dyer and Joseph Rosson and wife, Vanessa, and Aaron Rosson, all of Hunt; one brother, Stan Rosson and wife, Barbara, of Ozark; sister-in-law, Ruby Rosson of Perryville; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Eddie Birdsong officiating. The body was cremated.

Clarence E. Becker

Clarence E. Becker, 66, of Lavaca, father of Donna Becker of Clarksville, died Sunday, May 27, 2007, at his home.

He was a native of Barling, son of the late Arthur and Bridget Greb Becker, member of the Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Barling, retired set-up man for Whirlpool and a veteran of the U. S. Army.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Carole Becker; one other daughter, Brenda Frederick of Subiaco; one son, Mark Becker of the home; seven sisters, Virginia Butler of Rudy, Bernice Stipp of Lavaca, Barbara Vandes Linden of Murray, Iowa, Gladys Hicks and Sharon Mullin, both of Medina, Ohio, Reba Wilbanks of Mulberry and Marilyn Hodges of Barling; three brothers, Bill Becker of Van Buren, Danny Becker of Lavaca and Mike Becker of Fort Smith; and one granddaughter, Angela Frederick of Subiaco.

Rosary was at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Smith Mortuary Chapel in Charleston. Funeral was at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 31, at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Barling with burial at Sacred Heart of  Mary Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Leon Frederick, Nick Floyd, Chris Ihle, Jeremy Ihle, Patrick Schluterman, Matthew Frederick and Anthony Sharm.

Dorothy Mary Frogue

Dorothy Mary Frogue, 75, of Clarksville died Thursday, May 31, 2007.

She was a daughter of the late Charles Mac and Dovie Jane Smith Wood, widow of Ralph Eugene Frogue, member of Ministries A Flame, and was preceded in death by one brother, Roy Lee Wood.

Survivors include three daughters, Gail Martin and husband, Rickey, of Clarksville, Jennifer Cox and husband, Charles, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Angela Frogue of Yerka, Calif.; one son, Freddie Frogue of Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother, Floyde Wood of Salem, Ore.; three sisters, Willa Mae Taylor of Lamar, Bonnie Ruth Taylor of Santa Maria, Calif., and Esther Earnest of Harrison; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, June 4, at Roller-Cox Funeral Chapel with Rev. Rickey Martin officiating. Burial was in Lamar Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jack Taylor, Bobby Warren, Bill Henrey, Raymond Johnson, Billy Johnson and James Hobbs.

Gellila M. Miner

Gellila Marie Miner, 79, of Selma, Calif., sister of Roger Umholtz of Lamar,  died Tuesday, May 22, 2007.

She was a native of Mountain Top, daughter of the late Thomas and Lacie Nichols Umholtz, widow of William Miner, postal employee, volunteer with the American Heart Association, Pentecostal and had taught Sunday school since she was 11 years old.

Other survivors include three daughters, Donna Bolin of Selma, Calif., Janice Miner of Chowchilla, Calif., and Brenda Kimball of Mill Creek, Wash.; one son, Larry Miner of Yucaipa, Calif.; one sister, Lue Mae Hunter of Tehachapi, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Williams Cemetery near Ozark with Rev. Roger Umholtz officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark.

Jeff Palmer

Jeff Palmer, 78, of Mulberry, brother of Vonnie White of Clarksville, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007.

He was a native of Batesville, former resident of Guy, retired employee of the maintenance department of the Guy-Perkins School District and was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Palmer.

Survivors include one son, John Palmer of Mulberry; two daughters, Nancy McDowell of Hackett and Andrea Hoffman of Greenwood; one other sister, Ader Watkins of Judsonia; one brother, Ralph Palmer of Cave City; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Greenbrier with burial at Copperas Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Travis McDowell, Jason McDowell, Shay Palmer, Jody Sampley, Jason Sampley, and Joshua Sampley.

Lorain Sylvia Phillips

Lorain Sylvia Phillips, 95, of Lamar died Thursday, May 31, 2007, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.

She was a daughter of the late James Henry and Rosa Reedy Atkinson, widow of Everette Coleman Phillips,  Baptist, retired real estate broker, and was preceded in death by one sister, Carmon Mary Moore.

Survivors include three stepdaughters, Emogene Bradshaw of  Fontana, Calif., and Leota Parker and Evelyn Harvey, both of Coal Hill; ten stepgranchildren; and a number of stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with David Parker, grandson,  officiating. Burial will be in West Mount Zion Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Rip Teal, Mike Mee, Norman Fortney, and Ronnie Ashlock.

Rosemary D. Brown

Rosemary D. Brown, 60, of London died Sunday, May 27, 2007, at Saint Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith.

She was a native of Tallulah, La., daughter of the late Eugene Coleman and Hilly Ernestine Blair DeCamp, seamstress for Bobbie Brooks Clothing in Helena for 15-plus years, member of the Order of Eastern Star, Second Baptist Church in West Helena and Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Russellville, supporter of the DAV, and was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband of approximately 40 years, Ivan Brown; one son, Lance Edward Brown of Booneville; one brother, William Chapman DeCamp of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Norma Jean Hawkins of Russellville and Lavenia Gregory of Jonesboro; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Shinn Funeral Service Chapel in Russellville with Rev. Carl Faulkner of Hardy officiating followed by cremation.

Honorary pallbearers were James Robert Brown II, Sid Hawkins, Clinton Hawkins, Bradley Ralph, David Ralph Jr., Hollie Gregory and Stacey Ford.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-1905; the Main Street Mission, 1800 East Main Street, Russellville, AR 72801; or the Arkansas  Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, P. O. Box 3964, Batesville, AR 72503.

Vera Louise Rayon

Vera Louise Rayon, 80, of Clarksville died Monday, May 28, 2007, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

A native of La Porte, Texas, she was a daughter of the late David Lee and Bessie Shirley Roberson, widow of David Rayon Sr., longtime member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Liberty, Texas, volunteer at Liberty Convalescent Home in Liberty, Texas, several years, and was preceded in death by one brother,  Lee Roberson Jr.

She is survived by one son, David Rayon Jr. of Clarksville; two sisters, Ruby Fay Kimbell of Lufkin, Texas, and Johnie Mae Kelly of Houston, Texas; one grandchild, Adam Walter of Western Grove; and one great-grandchild, Keianna Walter of Western Grove.

Graveside services and burial were at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Harmony Cemetery with Rev. Lester Chism officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Woodrow Rogers

Woodrow (Woody) Rogers, 89, of Clarksville died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at  his home.

He was a native of Hartman, son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Linnie Ballentine Rogers, Army veteran of World War II and recipient of the Purple Heart Medal after being wounded in action on Aug. 11, 1944, near Lyon, France. He was a member of  Bunch-Walton Post No. 22 of the American Legion and the Fernwood Assembly of God Church at Goose Camp. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank Freeman Rogers, Estle Rogers and J. D. Rogers; one sister, Ruby Rogers; and one nephew, Buddy Rogers, who was his caregiver for 50-plus years.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Robert Bussey of Knoxville; one grandson, Jared Looper; several nieces and nephews including Lynell Rogers Russell of Hartman and George Rogers of Clarksville; three great-nephews, Robert, Jack and Jim Rogers of Clarksville; and one great-niece, Connie Rogers Lee of Clarksville.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Eddie Birdsong and Wesley Kendrick officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.

Military graveside honors were by VFW Honor Guard No. 2257.

Active pallbearers were Wesley Kendrick, Eddie King, Kyn Wilson, Dale Meek, Don Dougan, and Kent Cecil.

Honorary pallbearers were Lyla Moore, Charlene Soard, Wanda Frantz, Deborah Peterson, Anita Norris, Diane Perry, and Nancy Holman.

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