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Carolyn Loaskie

Carolyn Loaskie, 51, of Alix died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at a local hospital.

She was a former employee of Wal-Mart and was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Loaskie; and one granddaughter, Jenna Abagail Mendenhall.

She is survived by two daughters, Becky Zimmerman and husband, Mike, of Belleville, and Jennifer Mendenhall and husband, Kenneth, of Van Buren; four sisters, Gertie Taylor, Peggy Davis, Mary McClain and Alta Mullins, all of Van Buren; three brothers, Leon Bentley of Van Buren, John Bentley of Arkoma, Okla., and Bobby Bentley of Mountainburg; and two grandchildren, Michael Zimmerman Jr. of Belleville and Kenna Mendenhall of Van Buren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gill Cemetery at Van Buren.

Active pallbearers were Bobby Bentley, Mark Mendenhall, John Miller, Don Miller, Jake Bentley and Jeremy Bentley.

Honorary pallbearers were family members.

Deric Ray Kropf

Deric Ray Kropf, 3, beloved son of Jake and Doreen Kropf of  Clarksville, Arkansas, was born Wednesday, September 8, 2004, at Fayetteville, Arkansas. He died Sunday, August 17, 2008, at Johnson Regional Medical Center in Clarksville, Arkansas, from heart complications.

He leaves to mourn his early departure, his sorrowing parents, four brothers and two sister, Rylan, Randyn, Daryn, Danielle, Danae, and Rustyn, all of the home; his paternal grandparents, Jacob and Shirley Kropf of Sedalia, Missouri; maternal grandparents, Lyle and Ethel Hostetler of Shelbyville, Missouri; and maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Hostetler of Clarksville, Arkansas.

Deric is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Darlene Kropf; three uncles, Kevin Kropf, Tom Hostetler and Marvin Kropf; and five cousins, Tracey, Troyce and Tyler Kropf and Jewell and Amber Hostetler.

Visitation hours will be from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at the Mennonite School on Highway 164, near Hartman. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at the Clarksville Church of Christ on west Highway 64 with Lyle Hostetler, Clifford Hostetler, Wilbert Kropf and Jacob Kropf officiating. Burial will follow in the Harmony A. M. Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jake Kropf Jr., Rylan Kropf, Randyn Kropf and Daryn Kropf.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harmony Amish/Mennonite Church, 3962 CR 3171, Hartman, Arkansas 72840.

All arrangements are under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home of Clarksville (479) 754-2201.

Ivory Mae Brewer

Ivory Mae Wagers Brewer, 89, of Clarksville died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008.

She was a native of Irvine, Ky., daughter of the late Beverly Thomas and Bessie Ball Wagers, widow of Boyd Victor Brewer, and was preceded in death by an infant sister, Nina Ruth Wagers.

She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn S. Gould and husband, James, of Clarksville; two sons, Milburn D. Brewer of Stillwater, Okla., and James V. Brewer of Tulsa, Okla.; one brother, Stanley Wagers and wife, Cyrene, of Middletown, Ohio; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five stepgrandsons; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka, Okla., under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Violet L. Adams

Violet L. Adams, 73, of Ozone died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008, in Plainfield, Ind.

She was a daughter of the late Oral Henry and Sally Wheeler Adams, attended Salus Free Holiness Church, and was preceded in death by her stepfather, Manley Warren.

Survivors include seven sisters, Lillian Murry of Lamar, Eileen Hopkins and husband, Gailard, of Udall, Kan., Iva Sory and husband, Carl, of Ozone, Ava Provence and husband, Kenny, of Adair, Okla., Nadene Clayton and husband, David, of Indianapolis, Ind., Darlene Sullivan and husband, Don, of Plainfield, Ind., and Patty McElhany and husband, George, of Clayton Ind.; three brothers, Robert Adams and wife, Betty, of Udall, Kan., Jim Adams and wife, Helen, of McPherson, Kan., and Leroy Adams and wife, Jennett, of Udall, Kan.; two stepsisters, Juanita and Irene, both of Kansas; and three stepbrothers, Doc Bobby Warren of Clarksville, Kenny Warren of Texas, and Delbert Warren of Washington.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Salus Free Holiness Church with Rev. Robert Boen and Rev. Larry Willis officiating.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Udall Cemetery in Udall, Kan.

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

Active pallbearers will be Craig Hopkins, Greg Plummer, Ryan Warren, Darren Terry, Joshua McElhaney, and Jim Shahan.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Murray, Chad Hopkins, Brad Adams, and Aaron Adams.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Mary Ruth Rimmer

Mary Ruth Rimmer, 84, of Van Buren, formerly of Clarksville, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at a local nursing home.

She had been a resident of Van Buren since 1977, a retired secretary, and member of Van Buren First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, W. J. Rimmer; two daughters, Lynette Gore of Bartlesville, Okla., and Jeane Perkins and husband, Bob, of Van Buren; one son, James Rimmer of Naperville, Ill.; one sister, Mildred Sherril of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild, Regan Paulsmeyer.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, David Gore, Jason Paulsmeyer, Austin Roberts, Wade Perkins, Bryan Rimmer, and Caleb Rimmer.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Ocker Funeral Home at 700 Jefferson Street in Van Buren.

Edna Anita Ryun

Edna Anita Ryun, 98, of Hartman, a native of Antonito, Colo., died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home in Lamar.

She and her late husband of 55 years, Lewis (Sid) Ryun moved to Hartman from Lovell, Wyo., where they operated a car and truck dealership, the local airport, other business interests, attended numerous horse races at race tracks on the East Coast and upon retiring raised cattle. She attended and participated in collectibles and depression glass shows and flea markets. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, all of Colorado.

Survivors include her daughter, Judy, and son, John Ryun and wife, Goldie, all of Hartman; four grandchildren, Markann Young and husband, Roy, of Conway, Penny Luther and husband, Tom, of Norwalk, Calif., Johnny Ryun and wife, Stephanie, of Altus, and Mike Ryun and wife, Roxanne, of Clarksville; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. William Wewers, O. S. B., officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery at Hartman.

Active pallbearers will be Mike and Johnny Ryun, Michael, James and Jesse Phillips, and Roy Young.

Honorary pallbearers will be Annetta Mooney, Dawn Stewart, Holly Hamilton, Megan Brown, Pat Campbell, and Bonita Long.

James Robert Laster

James Robert Laster, 73, of Clarksville died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

He was a son of the late Frank and Orene Laster, member of First Presbyterian Church in Clarksville, graduate of Clarksville High School, former employee of Whitson-Morgan Motor Company and later Clarksville Shoe Corporation and a cattle farmer.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Laster; one son, Robert Lee (Bob) Laster and wife, Marilyn, of Clarksville; two granddaughters, Ashley and Erin; one brother, Ronald Laster and wife, Maribeth, of Clarksville and their three children; double first cousins, Bonnie Jo Laster and Rena Sue Laster; mother-in-law, Vida King of Clarksville; and another sister-in-law, Sharon King Warnke and husband, Bob, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and their two children.

Private graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Harmony Cemetery followed by memorial services at 10 a.m. at the Harmony Presbyterian Church with Rev. Marci Ward and Tracy Julian officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Janet Climer Falls

On August 16, 2008, Janet Ilene Climer Falls went to sleep and awoke in the arms of her Savior. Janet was truly one of God’s unique creations. A true friend to those who knew and loved her, loving sister and daughter, devoted wife and mother. After having lost her son, Nathaniel, in an untimely death, she could have surrendered to her sorrow, instead with her faith and belief in God’s promises she chose to live by example. As her family we will remember her generosity and uniqueness. Always the one to go out of her way to insure gifts given were as special as the recipient.

Janet was an accomplished photographer with an artful eye demonstrated by her crafts and gifts. She worked for many years in the home health field which she dearly loved as well. Simple home pleasures such as gardening, cooking and caring for her animals brought her the most joy as she grew older. Carrying on her mother’s legacy, Janet made it a point to care for the misfortunate and elderly giving generously of her time and care.

Although our loss is heaven’s gain, Janet has left us with wonderful memories.

Falls, 52, of London died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008.

She was born Nov. 6, 1955, daughter of Charles Alexander and Margaret Palestine Whorton, 1973 graduate of Lamar High School and attended Petit Jean Vo-Tech.

Survivors include her husband, Max Falls; two daughters, Katie Van Es and Sara Backer, both of Russellville; one son, Craig Falls of Brooklyn, N. Y.; stepfather, Leonard Hardgrave of Russellville; three sisters, Carolyn Elder of Springfield, Mo., Cheryl Prock of Russellville, and Cindy Wilson of Rogers; four brothers, Charles Climer of the Flat Rock Community, Robert Climer and Leonard Hardgrave, both of Russellville, and Gary Climer of Dover; and three grandchildren, Annie, Alec and Allie Van Es.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Flat Rock Assembly of God Church with Rev. William Phelps officiating.

Burial will be in Price Cemetery at London under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Juanita S. Hignite

Juanita Schwartz Hignite of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Ozone, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, in Phoenix, Ariz.

She was a daughter of the late Fred and Ina Rowbotham Schwartz of Ozone.

Survivors include one son, Jerry Floyd Hignite of California; one daughter, Marlene Hignite Bennett of Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and several cousins in the Ozone area in addition to two local sisters-in-law, Amy Lois Hignite and Bessie Hignite Langdon.

Memorial services will be held at a late date.

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