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Sue Pye

Sue Pye, 83, of London died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at Mitchell’s Nursing Home in Danville.

She was a native of London, daughter of the late Julius and Artie Jane Hickey Baumann, widow of Emery E. Pye, member of Lamar Baptist Church,  Order of the Eastern Star at Lamar and Extension homemakers club, and was preceded in death by one daughter, Teresa Thomas.

Survivors include two sons, Quentin N. Pye and wife, Linda, of Weatherford, Okla., and Artis Lynn Pye and wife, Carol, of Plainview; five grandchildren, Jason Pye of Weatherford, Okla., Jeremy Pye and wife, Li Bai, of Gainesville, Fla., Matthew Pye and wife, Heidi, of Searcy, Christyl Rowland and husband, Chris, of London, and Deanna Arivett and husband, Brock, of Nashville, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Katie Baumann Whorton of Russellville.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Humphrey Funeral Service Chapel with burial at East Point Cemetery at London.

Edith N. East

Edith N. Rhett East, 69, of Prescott Valley, Ariz., formerly of Clarksville, died May 28, 2008, in Arizona.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, James East; one daughter, Sherry Berberich; two sons, Rickey Matthews and Danny Matthews; one brother, Leonard Rhett of Grovespring, Mo.; and numerous stepchildren, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Friday, May 30, in Dewey, Ariz.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arville Singleton

Arville Ray Singleton, 97, of the Flat Rock Community died Sunday, June 1, 2008, at his home.

He was a native of Moreland, son of the late Andrew and Anna Elizabeth Duvall Singleton, United States Army veteran of World War II having served in the European Theatre, peach grower and farmer, owner and operator of Singleton Orchards at Flat Rock, attended the Baptist and Assembly of God churches, and was preceded in death by three brothers, Troy Singleton, Leonard Singleton and Roy Singleton; and four sisters, Ella Mae Singleton, Della Whorton, Kathleen Smith and an infant sister.

Survivors include one sister, Hazel Singleton of London; seven nephews, Leonard Whorton, Jack Whorton, Don Whorton, and Larry Whorton, all of London, Kenneth Whorton of Knoxville, and Bob Whorton and Roy E. Singleton, both of Russellville, one niece, Bonnie Meimerstorf of Russellville; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Graveside services and burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at the Shiloh Cemetery at Atkins with Rev. Ronnie Birge officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service.

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

Joe Kramer

Joe Kramer, 77, of Alma, a native of Coal Hill, died Monday, May 26, 2008, at his home.

He was a son of the late Frank and Annie Glanzman Kramer, 1948 graduate of St. Anne’s Academy in Fort Smith,  U. S. Army veteran of the KoreanWar, employee of Donrey Media Group for 36 years in Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Nevada, and North Dakota and was past president of the Oklahoma Press Association. He was ordained a deacon on May 31, 1998, at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Little Rock and served as a deacon at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Van Buren, a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and was a member of the board of directors for Compassionate Ministries. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Frank, Paul, Herman, Bernard and Willie Kramer; and one sister, Margaret Royalty.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Dahlem Kramer; four children, Linda Taber and Nancy Scherrey, both of Fort Smith, and Bob and Kanessa Kramer, both of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Mary Bowling of Fort Smith and Martha Kohler of Beloit, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Bryan and Gwen Taber, Tom Jr. and Michael Scherrey, and Justin, McKinley and Kennedy Kramer; and one great-grandson, Cory Henderson.

Rosary was at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Van Buren where funeral mass was recited at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 30, by Father Jack Vu. Burial was in the U. S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to St. Michaels Catholic Church Building Fund, 1019 Pointer Trail, Van Buren, AR 72956 or to the Compassionate Ministries, 3812 Kibler Road, Van Buren, AR 72956.

Willie Smith

Willie Smith, 62, of Hartman died Friday, May 30, 2008, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

He was a native of Clay County, Kentucky, son of the late Carlo and Laney Buttrey Smith, member of Salus Free Holiness Church and was preceded in death by twin grandsons, Nicolas and Nathan Willis.

Survivors include his wife, Shelly Jenkins Smith; three children and spouses, Will and Amanda Smith, Melissa and Travis Tumbleson and Anna May and Robbie Willis; three sisters, Rosie Mitchell, Sally Koch, and Irene Kirk; six brothers, Eligie Smith, Roy Smith, Johnny Smith, Jerry Smith, Truman Smith, and John Henry Smith; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, at the Salus Free Holiness Church with Rev. Robert Boen officiating.

Burial was in Salus Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Robert Long Jr., Mike Wooten, Joe Wooten, Wesley Turner, Ray Holt, and Terry Turner.

Honorary pallbearer was Rick Frye.

Blanche Donelson

Blanche Donelson, 81, of Lamar died Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.

She was a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Georgia Ethel Jetton Dillon, widow of Earl Donelson, and was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Long and Betty Vinson; and one brother, Raymond Dillon.

Survivors include one daughter, Earlene Donelson of Lamar; one son, Mike Donelson of Ozone; and one brother, Joe Dillon of Lamar.

Graveside services and burial were at 1 p.m. Monday, June 2, at Lamar Cemetery with Rev. Larry Lasiter officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Pauline King

Pauline (Polly) Parker King, 59, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Hunt, died Saturday, May 10, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nev.

She is a daughter of the late John Gordon and Euticha Parker and was born in the Grenade’s Chapel Community north of Ozark. She was an interior designer specializing in private home décor, owned and operated an interior decorating store in Texas prior to moving to Las Vegas, Nev., in 2000, and owned and operated Home Décor and More in Henderson, Nev. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John Garner Parker and Gordon Dean Parker.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Phillip R. King; one daughter, Kimberly King Brimage of Las Vegas, Nev.; one son, Gregory King of Las Vegas, Nev.; five sisters, Locha Bea Kirkendall of Van Buren, Alfreda Covert of Altus, Geneva Scott of Fort Smith and Alice Mae Fancher and Wanda Faye Rainey, both of Clinton; four granddaughters, Andrea Hawkins of  New Mexico, Leslie Peters of  Texas, Tina Elizabeth King of Plano, Texas, and Karsten Nicole Brimage of Las Vegas, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31,  at Grenade’s Chapel Church on Highway 352 north of Ozark.

Carla R. Donaldson

Carla R. Donaldson, 61, of Clarksville died Friday, May 30, 2008, at her home.

She was a native of Clarksville, daughter of the late James and Marie Ross Handley, graduate of Clarksville High School and member of Landmark Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jesse Donaldson; one son, Greg Donaldson and wife, Emmy, of Clarksville; stepfather, Robert E. Handley of Clarksville; two half-sisters, Angela Klorwein and Karen Baffour, both of Germany; one half-brother, James O. Handley Jr. of Germany; one sister, Lisa Whorton of Clarksville; three brothers, David Handley and Mark Handley,both of Clarksville, and Robert L. Handley of Waldron; and two grandchildren, Jace Allen Donaldson and Greenlee Nicole-Marie Donaldson, both of Clarksville.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Vernon Bass officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Jeremy Handley, Martin Handley, Floyd Pledger, Wesley Kendrick, Danny Leeds, Darrell Plank, Rick Dailey, and Kenny Bridgewater.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Moore, Larry Jones, Johnson Henson, Leroy Warren, Larry Vanover, and Terry Wayne Massengale.

Sharon M. Bragg

Sharon M. Bragg, 58, of Clarksville died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at her home.

She was a daughter of the late Albert and Verna Hodges Dennis, native of Middleton, Ill., and was preceded in death by one son, Stuie Dunn.

Survivors include her husband, David Bragg; two daughters, Shari Lewis and Danyel Long, both of Clarksville; two sons, Roger Dunn Jr. and Chad Dunn, both of Clarksville; four sisters, Linda Doan of Missouri, Donna Griffin and Carla Glenn, both of Clarksville, and Bonnie Oldham of Colorado; three brothers, Rick Dennison and Mike Dennison, both of Arizona, and Albert Dennison of Illinois; and 11 grandchildren.

The body was cremated.

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

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