Garth E. Baskin of Clarksville, Arkansas, was born October 26, 1921, in Harmony Community, Arkansas. He was the son of Dewey Buchanan Baskin and Essie (Jacobs) Baskin. He died April 30, 2010, at his home, at the age of 88. He was a loving husband, exemplary father, and a true and caring friend to the many who were privileged to know him over the years. Garth was an avid gardener, an expert fisherman, and a fine cook. He was a World War II veteran, having served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946, and at the time, was the youngest officer to hold a command. Garth was a retired educator, having been a principal in Grove, Oklahoma, and finishing his career as the Director of Vocational Rehabilitation for the state of Oklahoma. He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Blake Baskin and Wade Baskin. Survivors include one brother, Mercein Baskin and wife, Shirley, of Atlanta, Georgia, three sisters, Reba Laster and husband, Abe, Marilyn Kilcrease, and Ann Schmatjen, all of Clarksville, Arkansas.
Garth leaves behind his beloved wife, Gerry Baskin, and their children: two daughters, Brenda Darnell and husband, Larry, of Vinita, Oklahoma, and Keri Bivins and husband, Ed, of Kingfisher, Oklahoma; four sons, Randy Baskin and wife, Shirley, of Wichita, Texas, Blake K. Baskin of Claremore, Okla., Tim Edmondson and wife, Julie, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Trent Edmondson and wife, Kathy, of Grapevine, Texas; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
The pallbearers were Josh Baskin, Aaron Baskin, Jed Darnell, Gabriel Darnell, Israel Darnell, and Luke Darnell.
The honorary pallbearers were Ed Bivins, Tim Edmondson, Trent Edmondson, Larry Darnell, Abe Laster, Jordan Polson, Kenny Baskin, and Danny Baskin.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2010, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home, Clarksville, Arkansas. Funeral service was at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at Harmony Presbyterian Church. Reverend Tracy Julian officiated. Burial was in Harmony Cemetery. Roller-Cox Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com
Jon Noah Simpson, 29, of Clarksville died Saturday, May 1, 2010, in Johnson County.
He was born in Dardanelle, graduated from Clarksville High School in 1999, spent four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, employed by the Veterans Administration at Fayetteville, student at Blue Cliff College in Fayetteville, and was preceded in death by his grandparents, Russell Stickley, and Billy R. and Emma Jean Walker Simpson.
Survivors include his parents, Mark and Lisa Simpson of Clarksville; grandmother, Mary Stickley of Hartman; one sister, Dinah Lewis and husband, Andrew, of Clarksville; one niece, Emerson Lewis of Clarksville; one nephew, Lawson Lewis of Clarksville; and great-aunt, Joanne Jacobs of Benton.
Private graveside services and burial will be Wednesday, May 5, at Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Needy Paws Animal Shelter, P. O. Box 523, Clarksville, AR 72830.
Marvin Harold Weathers, 71, of Coal Hill died Monday, May 3, 2010, at his home.
He was a native of Coal Hill, son of the late Charles E. and Edith Harger Weathers, graduate of Coal Hill High School, member of Coal Hill First Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by one son, Robert Weathers; and one sister, Charlene Luebke.
Survivors include his wife, Berta Johnson Weathers; two sons, Harold Weathers and wife, Melissa, and Gary Weathers, all of Coal Hill; one sister, Becky Burke of Coal Hill; one brother, Robert Weathers of Coal Hill; mother-in-law, Alice Reeves of Coal Hill; three grandchildren, Nikki Weathers, Billy Weathers, and Heaven Lee Weathers; three stepgrandchildren, Mark and Felish Oswald and Alesha Oswald; and one stepgreat-grandchild, Alyssa Oswald.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at Coal Hill First Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Lockridge officiating.
Burial will be in Coal Hill Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Madia Leanda Laugwitz Patton, 73, of Clarksville died Monday, May 3, 2010, in Clarksville.
She was a daughter of the late Polly Ann Long and John Britton Laugwitz, retired employee of Clarksville Footwear, Walmart Super Center and Forrester-Davis Development Center, member of the Clarksville Church of Christ, and preceded in death by one brother, Joe Kenneth Long; and son-in-law, Gary Moore.
Survivors include her husband, Franklin D. Patton; one daughter, Tammy Moore of Clarksville; one son, Patrick Patton and wife, Judy, of Clarksville; one brother, John Wayne Laugwitz and wife, Mary, of Clarksville; eight grandchildren, Britt Moore, Jennifer Patton, Leanda Kendall, Jade Turner, Jordan Patton, Amanda Dorrough, Brittany Patton, and Austin Patton; four great-grandchildren, Britlyn Kendall, Kenzie Moore, Braden Wilcox and Whitman Patton; sister-in-law, Betty Long Dunafan of Fort Smith; and family caregiver, Cindy Patterson of Clarksville.
Graveside services and burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, at the Lone Pine Cemetery with John Ballard and Todd Rabalais officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel.
Jerry W. Watson, 63, of Knoxville died Monday, May 3, 2010, at his home.
He was a native of Pikeville, Ky., son of the late Walter A. Watson, and retired from the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Watson; one daughter, Brandee Fowler and husband, David, of Lamar; one son, Jeff Watson and wife, Mandy Vroman, of Everett, Wash.; mother, Buenos Phipps Watson of Dalton, Ohio; one granddaughter, Shannan Fowler of Lamar; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Private cremation was under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.