July 27, 2021


Bolin Dale Stewart

Bolin Dale Stewart, 66, of Slaytonville, southwest of Hackett, died Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at his home.

He was a son of the late Olin and Mittie Bowles Stewart, reared in the White Rock Community in Franklin County, former coach and teacher and retired as a high school principal at Johnson County Westside High School at Coal Hill. He was a farmer, member of the Western Arkansas Coon Hunters Association, avid bird hunter, and member, deacon and Sunday school teacher at New Providence Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Olin Stewart; two sisters, Maxine Stewart and Rosemary Hudson; one nephew, Kenneth Bearden II; and one great-nephew, Kenneth Bearden III.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Sherrie Stewart; one son, Sean Stewart of Hackett; one daughter, Shannon McClure of Slaytonville; three brothers, John Stewart of Altus, and Jack and Elbert Stewart, both of Mulberry; three sisters, Jane Graf of Mulberry, Bertha Bearden of Ozark and Judy Mobarak of Little Rock; four grandchildren, Avery and Ashlyn McClure of Slaytonville and Jonathan and Mackenzie Cooper of Hackett; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Rock Island Community Church in Rock Island, Okla.

Burial was at New Providence Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

Active pallbearers were George Green, Mike Heffley, Clarence Holt, Louis Kirkendall, Johnny Graf and Greg Gibson.

Honorary pallbearers were Earl White, John Paul Mathis, Jonathan Cooper and Kyler Graf.

Edwin E. Willis

Edwin E. Willis, 79, of Knoxville died Thursday, March 11, 2010, at his home.

He was a native of Hunt, son of the late Felix Monroe and Nancy Brison Willis, member of the Flat Rock Assembly of God Church, retired heating and air employee, and was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Edwin Willis; one granddaughter, Audra Willis; two brothers, William Eli Willis and Roy Denver Willis; three sisters, Annis Melson, Ollie Collins, and Melvina Martin; and two infant siblings.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Martin Willis; two daughters, Marilyn Atchison and husband, John, of Lowell and Jannace Doughan and husband, Shaun, of Gore, Okla.; one sister, Sylvia Norman of Chandler, Okla.; two brothers, Dennis Willis of Oark and Levi Willis of Clarksville; one daughter-in-law, Ruth Willis of Russell, Kan.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, March 15, at the Flat Rock Assembly of God Church with Pastor Ronnie Birge, Larry Willis and Robbie Willis officiating.

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

Active pallbearers were Rusty Martin, Mike Morse, Wayne Rothmeyer, David Willis, Dewayne Melson, and Doyle Martin.

Honorary pallbearers were Bill Dollison, Gabriel Atchison, Edwin Kiefer, Jonathan Kiefer, George Willis and Johnny Willis.

Edwin Knoernschild

Edwin Frank Knoernschild, 80, of Cole Camp, Mo., died Friday, March 5, 2010, at Golden Age Living Center in Stover, Mo.

He was a native of Lutherville, son of the late Emil and Rosie Drittler Knoernschild, high school graduate, attended college at Winfield, Kan., River Forest, Ill., and graduated from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. He was employed as a teacher for 30 years in Lutheran schools in The Grove, Texas, Oberlin, Kan., Farrar, Mo., Alma, Mo., and finished his teaching career at Trinity Lutheran School in Cole Camp, Mo. He also served in the Army National Guard and was employed as an insurance salesman for Lutheran Brotherhood and Ken Lake Insurance in Sedalia, Mo.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, Mo., where he served as an organist for 50 years, choir director, youth instructor and held various church offices. He also served as an ombudsman for several years at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Cole Camp, Mo. He was preceded in death by one brother, Gary Knoernschild; and one brother-in-law, Ken Stroupe.

Survivors include his wife, Iona Drosche Knoernschild; one daughter, Paula Goosen and husband, Harry, of Cole Camp, Mo.; one son, Jeff Knoernschild of Sedalia, Mo.; one sister, Ruby Stroupe of Russellville; six brothers, Alvin Knoernschild and wife, Sandy, of Valparaiso, Ind., Richard Knoernschild and wife, Beverly, of Lutherville, Karl Knoernschild of Broken Arrow, Okla., David Knoernschild and wife, Chris, of Hot Springs, Melvin Knoernschild and wife, Sandy, of Benton, and Leo Knoernschild and wife, Sharon, of Lutherville; three grandchildren, Tonya Goosen, Dustin Goosen, and Travis Goosen, all of Cole Camp, Mo.; and one sister-in-law, Verna Knoernschild of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Funeral was at 11 a.m. Monday, March 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, Mo., with Pastor Todd Kollbaum officiating. Burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Cole Camp, Mo.

Pallbearers were Dustin Goosen, Travis Goosen, David Knoernschild, Melvin Knoernschild, and Leo Knoernschild.

Memorials may be made to International Lutheran Laymen’s League or Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund, c/o Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp, Mo.  

Janet Rainey

Janet Rainey, 51, of Ozark, sister of Kevin Kulp of Clarksville, died Wednesday, March 3, 2010, in a Fort Smith hospital.

She was a native of Iowa City, Iowa, daughter of the late Edwin Kulp and Nancy Kulp Burk, member of Ozark Church of Christ, and was preceded in death by one sister, Jackie Massey.

Survivors include her husband, Kirby Rainey; two sisters, Laurie Jones of Ardmore, Okla., and Julie McKinney of Greenwood; two other brothers, Larry Edwards of Ardmore, Okla., and Clifford Kulp of Tulsa, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Heritage Addition Church of Christ in Booneville.

Burial was in Needmore Cemetery in Perry County under the direction of Booneville Funeral Service.

Marie Selby

Marie Selby, 92, of Clarksville died Thursday, March 11, 2010, at her home.

She was a native of Clarksville, daughter of the late Walter Frederick and Elizabeth Pearson Jennings, widow of John R. Selby; teacher and high school librarian for 37 years, member of Mt. Vernon Church of Christ, historical society and retired teachers association, and was preceded in death by one son, John L. Selby; and three brothers, Herbert Jennings Sr., Virgil Jennings and Carl Jennings.

She is survived by one daughter, Ruth Ann Farrar and husband, Paul, of Clarksville; two sisters, Joyce Cox of Clarksville and Virginia Redman of Dallas, Texas; two granddaughters, Rebecca Dawdy and husband, Benjamin, of Siloam Springs and Sylvia Hiatt and husband, Russel, of Searcy; and eight great-grandchildren, Anna-Marie Dawdy, Briar Dawdy, Bonnie Dawdy, Hannah Dawdy, Abigail Dawdy, Josiah Dawdy, Zebulon Dawdy, and Angus Dawdy.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Lucian Farrar Jr. officiating. Burial was in Mount Airy Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Don Cochran, Duane Childers, Autry Meeker, Noel Rowbotham, Dane Woodard, and James Cox.

Honorary pallbearers were Selby Brown, Lawrence Carothers, James Casey, Leo Knoernschild, and John Taylor.

Rayma Rocole Graves

Gravesise services and burial for Rayma Rocole Graves, 89, who died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at Heritage Living Center in Conway, were at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Hagarville Cemetery with Charles Loum officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Griffin Leggett Funeral Home of Conway.

Memorials may be made to Odyssey Health Care, 333 Executive Court, Suite 205, Little Rock, AR 72205.

She was born at Limestone to Goldie and Alice Rocole and was preceded in death by her husband, Harvie N. Graves, and one brother, Leslie Rocole.

She is survived by one son, Dallas (Charla) Graves of Springfield, Mo.; three daughters, Mary Alice (Robert) Rice of Front Royal, Va., Dian (Bill) Polk and Nancy Graves of Conway; 12 grandchildren,  Angelia (Albert) Anzar, Teresa Graves Fiser, Caleb Graves, Callie Graves, Carley Graves, Tery (Sheri) Graves, Keri Gunter, Scot (Mary) Polk, Amy (Vafa) Ferdowsian, Gregory Rice, James (Mary) Rice, and Elizabeth (David) Wallace; 15 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Hugh (Jean) Rocole of Benecia, Calif.

Virgil R. Higgs

Virgil R. Higgs, 85, of Russellville died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

He was a native of Knoxville, son of the late Chester and Anna Belle Ketcherside Higgs, United States Army veteran having served in Japan during the Korean War, former employee of International Shoe Company, Mortons Frozen Foods and Russellville School District where he retired as maintenance supervisor, member of the First Baptist Church and Fishers of Men Fishing Club, and was preceded in death by four brothers, Albert, J.W., C.R., and Everett Higgs; and two infant siblings.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Joyce Lamb Higgs; one son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Tricia Higgs of Andrews, Texas; one daughter, Donna Higgs of Russellville; three grandchildren, Chelsea Johnston and husband, Eric, of Springdale, Megan Higgs and Jake Higgs of Andrews, Texas; one great-granddaughter, Abigail Johnston of Springdale; one sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Rev. Don R. Hankins of Dover; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at Shinn Funeral Service Chapel in Russellville with Rev. Tom Walker, Jock Davis and Winford Hoover officiating. Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Park at Russellville.

Active pallbearers were nephews, Kenny, Hartsil and Jerry Hankins and Gordon and Phillip Higgs, and grandson, Jake Higgs.

Honorary pallbearers were members and wives of the Fishers of Men Fishing Club and members of the Berean Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 1604, Russellville, AR 72811.

Sanjeev B. Patel

Sanjeev B. Patel, 34, of Clarksville died Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Fayetteville.

He was a native of London, U.K. and self-employed.

Survivors include his parents, Balubhai Lallubhai Patel and Kokila Balubhai Patel of Clarksville; and one sister, Nisha Balubhai Patel of Clarksville.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Sanatbhai Vyas officiating. The body will be cremated.

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