June 18, 2021

12/31/2008


Elihu Jones Jr.

Elihu Jones Jr., 83, of Clarksville died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at his home.

He was a native of Hagarville, son of the late Elihu and Bethaney McAllister Jones, retired, and preceded in death by six brothers, Granville Jones, Leonard Jones, Columbus Jones, Elmer Jones, Ira Jones and an infant; and four sisters, Sara Townsend, Beulah Tumbleson, Leona Pitts and Nan Hodges.

Survivors include his wife, Flora Ellen Hodges Jones; two daughters, Delcie Tipton of Omaha and Vonnell Dybala of Martinsville, Ind.; two sons, Les Jones of West Plains, Mo., and Steve Jones of Knoxville; three sisters, Eula Owen of Lamar, Iva Rushing of Clarksville and Earlene Davis of Russellville; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Burial was in Minnow Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Shane Dybala, Delane Davis, Shannon Owen, Jesse Jones, Van Ray Page, and Paul Wayne Duvall.

Gene Phillips

Gene Phillips, 78, of Springdale, father of Sherri Payne of Clarksville, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Ponca City, Okla., to Lonnie S. and Pearl Hewitt Phillips, 1948 graduate of Springdale High School, attended the University of the Ozarks where he lettered in football from 1948 to 1950, also attended the University of Arkansas in 1955, was an Eagle Scout and former scout master of Troop 112, longtime member of First Baptist Church in Springdale, and retired from Jones Truck Lines as manager of the interline department in 1991 after 29 years of service. He also worked with his father as a realtor for the Ozark Land Company from 1960 to 1967, served as staff sergeant in the U. S. Air Force from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean War, and was preceded in death by three sisters, Marion Juanita Phillips, Martha Helen Munson and Katherine Marie Largent.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Wilma Phillips; one son, Michael Phillips of Lowell; two other daughters, Ginger Bickerton Sampson of Seattle, Wash., and Lisa Carlin of Westlake Village, Calif.; ten grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two nephews; and two nieces.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, at Sisco Funeral Chapel of Springdale with Rev. Charlie Foster officiating. Burial was in the Bluff Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3291 South Thompson, Suite D104, Springdale, AR 72764.

Hazel M. Hatchett

Hazel Marie Hatchett, 64, of Clarksville died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was a native of Owens, Wis., daughter of the late Harold Tobias and Jean Ellamae Christenson Brown, cook, member of the Johnson Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, and member of Stillwell Baptist Church for 28 years.

Survivors include her husband, Roy Donald Hatchett; two sons, Paul Hatchett of Siloam Springs and John Hatchett of Little Rock; two sisters, Marion Carter of Soledad, Calif., and Carol Martignoni of Gonzales, Calif.; two brothers, Roger Brown of San Ramon, Calif., and Harold Brown of Clarksville; and three grandchildren.

The body will be cremated. Local arrangements are under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Stillwell Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Goodman officiating.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Stillwell Baptist Church, 117 CR 3452, Clarksville, AR 72830.

Neoma L. Bearden

Neoma Lucille Bearden, 91, of Ozark, mother of Phyllis Day of Lamar, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, in Ozark.

She was a native of Paris, daughter of the late John and Flora Keck Biggs, widow of Olen Bearden, member of Webb City Baptist Church, and a craftmaker.

She is survived by two other daughters, Freeda Everly of Van Buren and Kathy Umholtz of Overland Park, Kan.; four sons, Bill Bearden and Bob Bearden, both of Ozark, Jim Bearden of Fort Smith, and Danny Bearden of Paris; four sisters, Bernice Puckett of California, Lillian Batchelor of Van Buren, Evelyn Smith of Stockton, Mo., and Patsy Joubert of Mulberry; three brothers, Clifford Ming of Texas, Clarence Ming of Booneville, and Raymond Ming of California; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with Rev. Jan Akins and Rev. Chuck Gililland officiating. Burial was in Morgan Hill Cemetery at Ozark.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Webb City Baptist Church Sunday School Class.

Opal Bean Palmer


Opal Bean Palmer, 88, formerly of Clarksville, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, in Castro Valley, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Bessie Bean, and her husband of 55 years, Lloyd Palmer.

Survivors include one son, Stanley Palmer and wife, Maggie, of Anthem, Ariz.; one daughter, Janice Palmer of Hayward, Calif.; three grandchildren, Michael Palmer of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Jason and wife, Kelli, of Rockwall, Texas, and Stuart Palmer of Austin, Texas; two sisters, Loleita Whiteis of Tulsa, Okla., and Eileen Stumbaugh of Clarksville; and several nieces and nephews.

Burial was in San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine, Calif.

Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100, Dublin, CA 94568 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Patricia Ann Wing

Patricia Ann Hobbs Wing, 66, of Fort Smith went to be with our Lord and Savior on December 13, 2008. She was born in Bakersfield, CA and lived most of her life in and around Santa Maria, CA until she moved to Arkansas in the year of 1985 where she spent her last years in the Fort Smith area prior to being a resident of Clarksville where she was an employee in the deli department of the Piggly-Wiggly Store.

Pat was someone who enjoyed reading her Bible and talking about the Lord. What she loved and valued the most in her life was her family, whom she loved spending time with. Over the years she also spent much of her time crocheting blankets for those that she loved, putting love into every stitch. She will be most remembered for her sense of humor and for her big heart. She was a mother to everyone and loved by all that met her. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend. She will be truly missed.

She is survived by her children, Jimmy Burson of Bakersfield, CA., Babette Olson of Greenwood, AR., and Dee Dee Hobbs of Fort Smith; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation was under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

The family greeted friends at Edwards Funeral Home before the memorial service from 5-6 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Peachtree Hospice, 4300 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72901 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 539 Lane Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105.

To sign an online guestbook visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

Stella Irene Harmon

Stella Irene Harmon, 90, of Oark died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home at Lamar.

She was a daughter of the late Thomas and Eva Jenkins Adams, widow of Leroy Clark Harmon, member of the Assembly of God Church, served as the Batson correspondent for The Graphic for several years, and was preceded in death by two brothers, George Proctor Adams and Gerald (Pete) Adams; and one sister, Lena Marie Lovell.

She is survived by one daughter, Peggy Stepp and husband, Dwight, of Oark; one sister, Lois Bounds of Woodford, Va.; one brother, Willard Adams of Anderson, Ind.; two grandchildren, Karen Young and husband, Brad, of Coal Hill and James Stepp and wife, Lavahnda, of Clarksville; two great-grandchildren, Melody Rose Vickers of Coal Hill and Tara Lee Stepp of Clarksville; and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Denver and Chance Young, both of Coal Hill.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Amos Pledger and Rev. George Willis officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Tommy Adams, Bobbie Adams, Ronnie Adams, Jody Cooper, Carroll Sherrell, and Jody Sherrell.

Honorary pallbearers were Willard Adams, John Bruce Cresap, Delorn Cooper, Gurvis McCartney, Art Stepp, Tooter Stepp, and caregivers at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.

Wendell Riddell

Wendell Riddell, 92, of Clarksville died peacefully December 22, at home.

He was the son of Buford and Ethel Riddell, a lifelong member of Clarksville Presbyterian Church, a member of the Masonic Lodge for over sixty years, and was active in Boy Scouts of America dating from 1931. He was employed as an auditor by the State of Arkansas for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Katherine, and two children, Marian Cargile and Forrest Riddell.

He is survived by one son, Mark of Seattle, WA.; four grandchildren, Eden Riddell Hennessy and Marc Riddell, both of Seattle, WA., Kevin Cargile of Sugarland, TX, and Jason Cargile of Oceanside, CA.; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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