Robert Coleman Wise, of Clarksville, Arkansas, was born August 14, 1938, at home in Peak’s Mill, near Frankfort, Kentucky. He died January 18, 2008, in Little Rock, Arkansas, after a lengthy battle with leukemia. Growing up in rural Kentucky, he graduated midterm 1957 from Peak’s Mill High School and immediately enlisted in the United States Air Force.
Soon after enlistment, he served with the Air Force Drill Team in Washington, D.C., escorting Senator and Mrs. Estes Kefauver at the Inauguration festivities for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, as well as honoring fallen heroes in funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. He later cross-trained into Aircraft Fuel Systems and Mechanics, serving in Ohio, Florida, Alaska, Oklahoma and Arkansas. His overseas assignments included Greenland, Nova Scotia, and, during the Vietnam era, Thailand, the Philippine Islands, and Japan. He earned the Air Force Commendation medal and Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired as a Master Sergeant in 1977, serving 21 years, 6 mo, and 21 days.
He “retired” to Johnson County, Arkansas, raising registered Beefmaster cattle at Ludwig, chickens at Harmony, repeatedly earning Top Producer honors for his efforts. He owned Good Guys Auto Parts, was parts and station manager for Lazy Earl’s Truck Plaza, and owned & operated Film Transit/Beaver Express delivery, serving Conway, Pope, Yell, Johnson and Franklin counties. His favorite retirement occupation was driving the school bus in town and rural areas, often covering 72 miles a day on his routes. He greatly enjoyed kick-starting the day with his school kids, his friends, and fellow school bus drivers, often stating “if there was no rumor going, we could start one.” He drove a school bus on various routes for 28 years for the Clarksville School District, retiring several times to farm, but finally, reluctantly and permanently, retiring in May 2007.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Josie and Harry James Wise; sister, Anna Mae Martin; grandparents, Lucy and Neal Taylor and Lizzie and Graham Wise, all of Peak’s Mill, Kentucky; and infant son, Francis James Wise.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Franlee Jo Hamilton Wise, of Clarksville; his children, Robert Graham Wise, Sr. and wife, Nicki, of Statesville, North Carolina; Robin Lee Milligan and husband, Patrick, of Mountain Home, Idaho; and David Neal Wise and wife, Catherine, of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; grandchildren, Ashly Druew and Robert Graham (Gray) Wise, Jr. of Salisbury, North Carolina; and Allison Aron and Ida Lee Lewallen, of Mountain Home, Idaho; father-in-law, Francis Hamilton of Clarksville; brothers-in-law, Bill Martin, of Frankfort, Kentucky, and David Hamilton of Sale Creek, Tennessee; nephew, Steven Martin, and nieces, Becky Gill and Lois Roberts of Frankfort, Kentucky, and Jamie Hamilton and husband, Will Perry, of Sale Creek, Tennessee.
Pallbearers will be Dusty Talley, Jon Talley, Scott Talley, Doug Hunter, Danny Nichols, Ronnie Zachary, Mike Hanshew, and Don Garrett. Honorary pallbearers will be the Bus Drivers for Clarksville Schools.
Bob Wise will be most remembered for his strong, independent, hard-working spirit, and unabashed honesty. He leaves a legacy of family and friends, tied together by more than DNA. He also leaves four generations of Johnson County children, whom he safely and caringly transported to adulthood.
The Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at 10 am at Grace Lutheran Church, 406 Brown Street in Clarksville, Arkansas. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, January 22, 2008, 6-8 pm at Hardwicke Funeral Home in Clarksville, Arkansas. Interment with full military honors at Harmony Cemetery on Lone Pine Road, Clarksville, Arkansas.
Memorials may be sent to Grace Lutheran Church Building fund or Heifer Project International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.
Ramona Lucille Worley died suddenly in her home January 18, 2008. Known affectionately as Ray by her family and close friends, she was born on March 20, 1926, to Martha Mabel Holman Daniel and Jess D. Daniel in Lamar, Arkansas. When she was a young girl, the family moved to the area around Sikeston, Missouri, and she grew up there. There she met Manlief Clyde Worley and they were married October 14, 1953. She had two daughters, Katherine Worley Crockett who lives in Hallsville, Missouri, and Debra Worley Mitchell from Columbia. Also surviving is one sister, Nadine Turner.
She retired from the Wal-Mart Corporation after having worked at a Columbia store for more than 20 years. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting and many other hand arts. She will be remembered as a supportive and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 22, from 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home with a memorial service at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the Holman Church in Lamar, Arkansas, with burial following in Holman Cemetery. A visitation will also be held on Friday, January 25, from 5-7 p.m. at Roller-Cox Funeral Home in Clarksville, Arkansas. Memorial contributions may be made in Ramona’s name to the Holman Cemetery Association. Local arrangements are under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home of Clarksville. Online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Brenda Sue Stumbaugh, 56, of Clarksville died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville.
She was preceded in death by her father, Amos Owen Stumbaugh and was a member of Clarksville First Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include her mother, Maxie Clark Stumbaugh of Clarksville; one sister, Wanda, and husband, Carl Williams of Clarksville; one niece, Sharla, and husband, Eden Norris III of Clarksville; one great-nephew, Trey Carl Norris of Clarksville; uncle, J. T. and wife, Marvalene Clark of Chouteau, Okla.; and several cousins.
Funeral was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Clarksville First Assembly of God Church with Rev. Terry Cameron officiating.
Burial was in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Ron Wylie, Levi Willis, Edd Young, Jerry Leavell, Tommy Thomas, and Wes Kendrick.
Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God Church, 2126 West Main Street, Clarksville, AR 72830.
Cathy Ann Linton, 50, of Fort Smith, died Jan. 15, 2008, at Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith.
She was a native of Houston, Fla.
Survivors include one son, Dakota Linton of Oklahoma; parents, Hadley and Charlotte Bozzell of Big Stone Gap, Va.; one brother, Gene Linton of Clarksville; two half-brothers, Mike Daniels and Michel Litton of Big Stone Gap, Va.; two half-sisters, Crystal Rollins of Big Stone Gap, Va., and Lorie Delph of Little Rock; stepmother, Mary Key of Clarksville; and seven nieces and five nephews.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at Roller-Cox Funeral Chapel with Rev. Amos Pledger. Burial was in the Hess Cemetery at Coal Hill.
Pallbearers were Lee Nichols, James Linton, Dustin Reynolds, Jonathan Reynolds, Anthony Russell and Thomas Vannoy.
Honorary pallbearer was Ladonna Robinson.
Clarence Frederick Bauman, 82, of Clarksville died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at his home.
He was a Baptist, Army veteran, NRA Millennium Honor Roll Member and retired Arkansas State Highway Department employee for over 30 years, and was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Maggie Prokish Bauman, brother, Dale Bauman; and half-brother, Wilford Prokish.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Dobbs Bauman; two daughters, Brenda Morehead of Atoka, Tenn., and Sandra Watson of Clarksville; one son, Larry Bauman of Clarksville; one sister, Norma Jacobson of Rapid City, S. D.; two brothers, Lawrence Bauman of Lodi, Calif., and Donny Bauman of Milwaukee, Ore.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bob Qualls, Jon Newton, Wesley Patton, Gary Johnson, Carlus Traylor, and Ronald Withrow.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
Doris Jean Cables, 52, of Goldthwaite, Texas, formerly of Lamar died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, in Goldthwaite.
She was born Jan. 6, 1956, in Clarksville, was a Baptist, graduate of Lamar High School and member of the American Legion Bunch-Walton Post 22 Auxiliary, and was preceded in death by her father, Henderson Chavers, and daughter, Cathy Kuykendall.
Survivors are her husband, Warren; one son, Tye Cables of Goldthwaite, Texas; parents, Ida Marie and Paul Morrison of Knoxville; and two brothers, Charles Chavers and Darrell Chavers, both of Mangun, Okla.
Graveside service and burial were Monday, Jan. 21, in the Knoxville Cemetery, under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home with Rev. Lee Cording officiating.
Robert Don Nichols Jr., 35, of Ozark, son of Sherry Bowman of Clarksville, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, in Ozark.
A native of Ozark, he was a 1990 honor graduate of Ozark High School and a recipient of a Merit Scholarship. He attended Southwest Missouri State College and was an employee of American Airlines.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charley and Dennie Nichols, and his grandfather, Alfred Bowman.
Other survivors include his father and stepmother, Robert Don Sr. and Hazel Nichols of Ozark; and his grandmother, Lilly Mae Bowman of Ozark.
Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with Rev. Ted Darling officiating.
Robert V. Ricketts, 58, of Fort Smith died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, in Fort Smith.
A native of Clarksville, he was accountant for Day and Associates, member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Virginia Rinke Ricketts; two daughters, Melissa Ricketts of Rogers and Kristen Ricketts of Fort Smith; one son, Brandon Ricketts of Little Rock; five sisters, Normie Boen of Kansas City, Mo., Alice Treadway of Cabot, Jeannie Smith of Lamar, Barbara Freeling of North Little Rock and Georgie Hale of Bald Knob.
Funeral was Monday, Jan. 21, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fort Smith. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Pallbearers were James Keith, Wesley Baker, Steve Boen, Randy Boen, Eddie Bradley, Len Bradley, Gary Bradley, Scott Freeling, Andy Pistone and Doug Ricketts.
Memorial may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Ladies Auxiliary, P. O. Box 1866, Fort Smith, AR 72902; St. Scholastica Continuing Care Fund, P. O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913; or Gregory Kistler Treatment Center for Women, 3304 South M Street, Fort Smith, AR 72903.
Steven Ray Willis, 48, of Lamar died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock.
He was a native of Clarksville, graduate of Clarksville High School, member of Lamar Planning & Zoning Committee and was preceded in death by his grandparents, Burl and Marvelene Childers and Odie and Ollie Willis.
Survivors include one son, Zack Willis of Clarksville; parents, Ray and Wanda Willis of Lamar; uncle and aunt, James and Doris Childers of Hartman; and cousins, Rusty, Kelly and Hailey Hardgrave of Clarksville.
Funeral was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at First Baptist Church in Clarksville with Rev. Darrell Bridges and John Ballard officiating.
Burial was in Lamar Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Jerry Boen, Jason Dillard, Steve Woodard, Jerry Don Childers, David Wyles and Troy Graham.
Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Roberson, Roy Gene Williams, Dane Phillips, Terry Blackard, Russ Thorman, Kenny Talley, Rick Harmon, Bob Garrison, Don Dougan, Danny Leeds, Rusty Hardgrave, Bobby Dane Phillips and Bruce Phillips.
Marjorie Jean Mann Scarborough, 89, of Clarksville died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
She was born Sept. 18, 1918, in Whitewood, Saskatchewan, Canada, and was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. James H. and Josephine Gibson Mann; one son, Timothy; one sister, Anne McKillop; and one brother, Hewson Gibson Mann.
She was a graduate of Whitewood High School, the University of British Columbia with a bachelor of science degree and trained as a registered nurse at Vancouver General Hospital. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Association of Presbyterian Women, Ladies of the Nile, NARFE, Panama Canal Zone Medical Wives, InterAmerican Women’s Club and Sallis School PTA.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dr. William R. Scarborough; son and daughter-in-law, Billy Bob and Kary Hardin Scarborough of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; son, Rev. Jimmy Scarborough of San Antonio, Texas; two daughters, Jo Anne Martin of North Little Rock and Maradee Stroupe of Clarksville; nine grandchildren, Steve and Marianne Scarborough of Midpoint, Ohio; Ginna and Kevin Bird of Charles Town, WVa.; Michelle and Scott Shellabarger of North Little Rock; Margaret and Joe Silva of Chicago, Ill.; Bill Stroupe of San Antonio, Texas; Terry and Marie Scarborough and Cara Lee Scarborough, all of British Columbia, Canada; Kenneth and Valerie Martin of North Little Rock; and James Scarborough of Bono; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Marcia Ward officiating under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 1068, Clarksville, Ark. 72830; University of the Ozarks, 415 North College Ave., Clarksville, Ark. 72830; or Reynolds Cancer House, 3324 South M Street, Fort Smith, Ark. 72903.