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Buddy Markes

Buddy E. Markes, 80, of Ozark, father of Gloria Sams of Hartman, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, in Ozark.

He was a native of Kentucky, son of Ervin Markes, farmer and member of St. Paul Baptist Church.

Other survivors include his wife, Izola Davis Markes, one other daughter, Teresa Farmer of Ozark; five sons, Randy Markes, Danny Markes and J. C. Case, all of Ozark; Herman Davis of St. Paul and L. V. Case of Altus; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with Rev. Sam Judd officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Felix Milligan, Joe Woods, Ronnie Sherrell, Simon Keck, Carl McComas, Kay Whitmore and Leroy Nather.

Charles Benjamin Smith

Charles Benjamin Smith, age 74, passed away November 19, 2008, at the Clarksville Convalescent Home.

He was born July 17, 1934, in Pownal, Vermont. He attended Perkins School for the blind in Boston, Massachusetts, where he made many friends.

He moved to Arkansas in 1961 and resided in Hartman with his sister, Ethel and husband, Raymond Oberste. After moving to Clarksville in 1985, he was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Clarksville.

Charles is survived by one brother, Eugene Smith and his wife, Sally of Effingham, New Hampshire. Two nieces, Barbara Hilton and Anita Tighe, both of Clarksville, Arkansas. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews in many states.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Francis Smith. Three sisters: Ethel Oberste of Clarksville, Geraldine Blackler of New Hampshire and Elizabeth Smith of Vermont; 3 brothers: Francis Smith of Florida, Albert Smith of Massachusetts and Alton Smith of Vermont.

Charles was a huge country music fan and loved listening and singing along. Because he was legally blind, the Association for the Blind provided him with “Talking” Books. With those records he read The Bible daily and tried to memorize it. He also enjoyed westerns.

He also loved getting to know the many caring people at the Clarksville Convalescent Home, having been the longest living resident there after 23 years. They were all part of his family.

Memorial service was Friday, 10 a.m. Nov. 21, 2008. Burial will be in Vermont.

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Clara M. Ritchie

Clara Marie Ritchie, 54, of Lamar died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at her home.

She was a native of Clarksville, daughter of the late Gus Henry and Clara Ovilee Davis Skaggs, employee of Johnson Regional Medical Center, member of Hedgeway Church, and was preceded in death by two infant brothers.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Ritchie; two daughters, Tonya Qualls and husband, Duane, of Clarksville and Shauna Beck and husband, Claye, of Lamar; one son, Kevin Ritchie of Lamar; four sisters, Alice (Faye) Goni and Villia Day Ruffaner, both of Oark, Wanda May Frantz of Clarksville, and Sharon Kay Hodge of Lamar; one brother, Dallas Skaggs of Oark; and 11 grandchildren, Tiffany, Sheridan, Tia, Ryann, Trenton, Marina, Maranda, Kaylee, Destiny, Austin, and Shyanne.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Hedgeway Church with Rev. Don Alexander officiating.

Burial will be in Patterson Springs Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers will be Tom Mingo, John Hodge, Dale Williams, Larry Don Ruffaner, Mike Skaggs, and Robert Lastoria.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kelly Ritchie, Kite Castillo, Darrell Cowell, Fred Ritchie, Donnie Ritchie, Robbie Ritchie, and Jimmy Suggs.

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George W. Bramucci

George William Bramucci, 59, of Altus died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at Ozark.

He was a native of Memphis, Tenn., son of the late Willie and Ethel Marshall Bramucci, cook, auto parts employee, and was preceded in death by one brother, Lance Bramucci.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Haney Bramucci; five sons, Brett and Brent Bramucci of the home, and Mark, Shawn and Greg Bramucci, all of Ozark; two sisters, Sissy Phillips and Lisa Britton, both of Marion; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ted Darling officiating. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery at Alix.

Pallbearers will be David Luna, Roger Halpin, Bobby Thomas, Paul Kendrick, Ronnie Bugg, and Jeremy Haney.

Gladys L. Stokes

Gladys L. Stokes, 57, of Clarksville died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at Clarksville Health and Rehab.

She was a native of Kansas City, Mo., Baptist, member of Johnson Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, retired from Tyson Foods; and was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Alice Clark, Alma Myers and Joe Stokes, mother, Roberta Clark Stokes, and brother, Jimmy Stokes.

Survivors include her father, Lee R. Stokes of Ozark; four sisters, Linda Miller and husband, Lyn, of Raytown, Mo., Ann Knight of Clarksville, and Darlene Stepp and husband, Marvin, and Patty Stokes, all of Hunt; one brother, H. R. Stokes and wife, Marietta, of Clarksville; and five nephews and six nieces.

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the Knoxville First Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Snyder and Rev. Amos Pledger officiating.

The body was cremated.

Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the JRMC Auxiliary.

Josephine Dahlem

Josephine Catherine Smreker Dahlem, 99, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at Medical Lodge in Kansas City, Kan.

She was a native of Hartman, widow of Augustine Dahlem, and member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Kansas City, Kan., Altar Society, Go Getters, Senior Citizens Club, and Nocturnal Adoration Society.

She is survived by one sister, Ida Marie Smreker of Kent, Wash.; two sisters-in-law, Earline Dahlem of Fort Smith and Phyllis Dahlem of St. Louis, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Christ the King Church with burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, Kan.

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Linda Joyce Owens

Linda Joyce Owens, 52, of Coal Hill, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at her home.

She was a native of Long Island, N. Y., retired secretary and was preceded in death by an infant brother, Douglas Alan Britt.

Survivors include her husband, James E. Owens of Coal Hill; one daughter, Stephanie Massey, and husband, Kevin, of Lamar; one son, Mark Owens of Coal Hill; two stepdaughters, Jamie Hickman and Stephanie Fox, both of Sale Creek, Tenn., parents, Joseph Allen and Doris (Groschwitz) Britt of Trenton, Ga.; three sisters, Yvonne Gothard and husband, Mike, and Norma Ramey and husband, Bill, all of East Ridge, Tenn., and Beverly Guess of Rossville, Ga.; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Roller-Cox Funeral Chapel

Pearline A. Martin

Pearline A. Martin, 78, of Ozone died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at her home.

She was a native of Hardwick, Vt., daughter of the late Phoebe (Shedd) and Harold F. Martin Sr., 1948 graduate of Hardwick Academy, widow of Leon Hayford Jr., member of Ozone Senior Citizens, formerly employed as a licensed practical nurse in several hospitals as well as private nursing for the elderly, and was preceded in death by one sister, Faustine Sholan; and two brothers, Arnold Martin and Robert Martin Sr.

Survivors include one son, Norman Hayford and wife, Diana, of East Barre, Vt.; one daughter, Phyllis Dailey and husband, Lloyd, of Woodbury, VT.; one foster daughter, Florence Keating of Colchester, Vt.; one brother, Harold Martin Jr. and wife, Florence, of Hardwick, Vt.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and companion, Mel King of Ozone.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home with Northern Vermont Funeral Service of Hardwick, Vt.,  assisting.

Memorials may be made to Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P. O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, VT 05657.

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