July 21, 2021


Betty Faw

Betty Faw, 82, of Mount Ida, formerly of Johnson County, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, in Hot Springs.

She was a native of Oark, daughter of the late Mitchell and Norma Tate, widow of Henry Faw, and was preceded in death by two brothers, Coy Tate and Roy Tate; two sisters, Hattie Jacobs and Lillie Tate; and one great-grandchild, Austin Pentz.

She is survived by three sons, Danny Faw and wife, Cha, and Richard Faw and wife, Cathy, all of Lampasas, Texas, and James Pentz and wife, Jeannie, of Springdale; two daughters, Mary Ann Tucker and husband, Bill, of Benton and Roberta Sivley and husband, Gary, of Mount Ida; one sister, Ruby O’Neal of Fayetteville; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the U. S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. Arrangements were under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Irmalee J. Smith

Irmalee Jordan Smith, 83, of Fort Smith died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, in Fort Smith.

She was a former house mother for the 4-H House at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, former employee in food service for the Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center in Fayetteville and the Johnson County Extension Service in Clarksville, and a member of First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Don E. and Paul M. Jordan.

Survivors include her husband, Carl W. Smith; two daughters, Leamae Brown Van Riper and husband, Dean, and Mary Elaine Brown Wilkins and husband, Charley, all of Fort Smith; one stepdaughter, Peggy Smith Pryor and husband, Jim, of Tulsa, Okla.; one brother, Ray W. Jordan of Gilbert; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the First Baptist Church. Private family interment will be in the Gilbert Cemetery. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Edwards Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the First Help Program, c/o First Baptist Church, 1400 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901.

Jack Gilmer

Jack Gilmer, 60, of Perryville died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009.

He was a native of Montrose, son of the late David and Sybil Gilmer, and was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Gilmer.

Survivors include his mother, Sybil Gilmer of Clarksville, five sons, John Gilmer of Lamar, Shawn Gilmer of Clarksville, James Daniel (J.J.) Gilmer of Florida, and Ricky Dale Vick and Sherman Bentrum, both of Mississippi; eight grandchildren; and companion, Mary Taylor of Perryville.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Cherry Hill.

Arrangements were under the direction of Bishop-Griffin Funeral Home of Greenbrier.

Mildred L. Timmons

Mildred Lucille McKinney Timmons, 93, of Paris, aunt of Norma Lou Young and Jeannie Crowden of Clarksville, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009.

She was a daughter of the late R. J. and Martha Spillers McKinney, lifelong resident of Logan County, graduate of Paris High School, widow of Hanvy Timmons, retired employee of General Electric in Fort Smith, member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Caulksville, and preceded in death by one daughter, Martha Lou Tillery; one son-in-law, Jack Tillery; and one great-granddaughter, Jordan Grist.

Other survivors include one son, Bobby Timmons and wife, Margaret, of Paris; one sister, Ruth Levey of Bakersfield, Calif.; grandchildren, Letitia Bratcher and husband, Kevin, of Santa Fe, Texas, Robin Bell and husband, Brett, of Dover, Pa., Robert Timmons Jr. and Randy Bryant and wife, Toni, all of Deer Park, Texas, and Christy Grist and husband, Wayne, and Joey Kearney, all of Paris; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at Roller Funeral Home with burial at McKendree Cemetery at Subiaco.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Robert Timmons Jr., Wayne Grist, Kevin Bratcher, Randy Bryant, Brett Bell, and Charles Housewright, and great-grandsons, Jon and Stephen Bryant.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Jimmie Elzy, 307 E. Klan Street, Paris, AR 72855.

Dr. P. R. Anderson

Dr. P. R. Anderson, 90, of Arkadelphia left this earth on Wednesday August 26, 2009 at his home.

He was preceeded in death by his wife Alice Lee Anderson, and his son Rupert Anderson.  He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Melinda and Hugh Harrison of Clarksville, 4 grandchildren:  Bryan Anderson and wife Onjie of Dallas Texas, Alexis  Morris and husband Ryan of Greenville N. C., Kacee Anderson of HIckory N. C., and Andy Harrison and wife Ashley of Holly Ridge

N. C. ; 3 great-grandchildren Mia Anderson of Dallas Tx, and Sincere and Lela Grace Anderson of Hickory N. C.,  sister-in-law Estelle Bethea of Little Rock, and brother-in-law James Cotham and wife Shirley of Lawton, Oklahoma.

Dr Anderson attended Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway, and graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical School in Little Rock in 1940.  He practiced medicine for 30 years as a surgeon and general practice physician in Arkadelphia.

He was a Captain in the United States Army and served as a doctor in the European Theater throughout World War II.

He was active in his community serving on the Arkadelphia school board and hospital board, as well as enjoying and supporting the Arkansas Razorback Football program.

His main interest was always family and spent his life doing all he could to encourage and support family members.  Most recently he was able to devote himself to the love of his life, Alice Lee (his biggest fan),   during her lengthy illness as they continued to enjoy their deep love, laughter, and companionship that had become their trademark.

Graveside services were 2PM Saturday, August 30, Oaklawn Cemetery, at Brinkley, Arkansas. Bob Neal & Sons Funeral Home-Brinkley is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the online guestbook at www.bobnealandsons.com

For those wishing to remember and honor  P. R. Anderson , contributions may be made to any organizations support the lives of unborn children.

(Paid Obituary)
Bill Driver (William Fondren Driver, Jr)

Bill Driver, a local stained-glass maker, artist and craftsman, record-setting swimmer, and pilot for the Navy during the Vietnam War, died at his home near Oark, last Wednesday, August 26, 2009. He was 67 and was diagnosed with secondary liver cancer this spring.

The oldest of five brothers—all competitive swimmers—Bill spent his early years in Redmond, Washington then moved to Walnut Lake in Michigan for middle and high school and attended Michigan State University. In 1960, Bill set the American Record for the 100-yard breaststroke. He earned All American recognition 1960-63.

As a naval pilot, Bill served in Vietnam, lived in the Philippines, and in England. A Lieutenant Commander when he left the service, Bill then returned to the Detroit area where he owned and ran a local aviation charter business.

In 1976, Bill and three of his four brothers with their wives and children, as part of a “back to the land movement,” settled on a beautiful farm on the Little Mulberry River, where they designed and built their own houses. Over the past 33 years Bill and his wife Karen have become deeply tied to their community.

Creativity, physical vitality, a spirit of independence, and a sense of humor have defined Bill’s life. His stained glass can be seen locally at the Post Familie Vineyard and Winery in Altus and at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Clarksville. His talent for rockwork can be seen in the walls and structures surrounding his house as well as pillars here and there throughout the area. Bill also built furniture, played the piano, guitar, and painted—acrylics, oils, and watercolors (the last which he learned from Lucille Murphy of Clarksville). Never one for a 9 to 5 job, Bill has been self-employed for many years, most recently in real-estate renovation.

Perhaps most defining of all is Bill ’s lifelong romance and partnership with his wife Karen, a schoolteacher at Oark Public School for 26 years, retired this year. They have known each other since middle school, and have shared 43 years of marriage, adventures, dreams, and raising their three kids. Erin Driver-Linn, director of institutional research at Harvard University, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband Robert Linn, an architect, and their 6-year old son Jackson. Jason Driver, a musician, lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Mina Nguyen-Driver, a pediatric neuropsychologist, and their 3-year old son Miles and 1-year old daughter Lila. Brahm Driver, a civil engineer, and his wife Amanda Sobel Driver, who just finished graduate work in museum education, moved back home last week from Boston, Massachusetts.

The family invites friends and loved ones to a memorial service to celebrate Bill’s life, to be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 3rd, on Bill and Karen’s Little Mulberry Creek property, Johnson County Road 5099. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made for a scholarship to be awarded to a creative, well-rounded student from Oark, Arkansas (send contributions c/o William Driver Scholarship Fund, Oark Public School, Highway 215, Oark, AR 72852).

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

(Paid Obituary)

Ivan D. Printz Jr.

Ivan Delbert Printz Jr., 71, of Coal Hill died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at his home.

A native of Beach Grove, Ind., he was a son of the late Ivan Delbert Printz Sr., graduate of Beach Grove High School and manager of a door manufacturing company.

Survivors include his wife, Natalie Printz; three daughters, Robin Kennedy of Indianapolis, Ind., Diane Coomer of Beach Grove, Ind., and Diane Sturm of Paducah, Ky.; one stepson, James Sweeny of Coal Hill; one brother-in-law, Randall Houp of Booneville; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. Arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Lisa Greathouse

Lisa Diahann Greathouse, 39, of Lamar died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at her home.

She was a native of Clarksville, daughter of the late Woodrow Covington, graduate of Clarksville High School, and member of Church of Christ.

She is survived by two sons, Joshua Greathouse of Clarksville and Matthew Greathouse of Biloxi, Miss.; mother, Patsy Covington of Clarksville; one sister, Cynthia Fox of Clarksville; one brother, Brian Covington of Lamar; three nephews, Zachary Fox and Brandon Fox of Clarksville and Aaron May of Russellville; and two nieces, Adrian Fox of Clarksville and Haley Link of Russellville.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at River Valley Church of Christ.

Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

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