Billy Jack Cremer, 84, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2010, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home, Lamar, Arkansas. He was born November 8, 1925, in St. Louis, Oklahoma. He was the son of the late Arthur J. and Cordia Brown Cremer. He is preceded in death by one daughter, Carolyn June Cremer; one sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Jack Butler; one son-in-law, Arthur A. Davenport.
He worked in the oilfield for over 40 years, member of First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, Clarksville, Arkansas. He moved to Johnson County, Arkansas in 1962, he was a 2nd class boatman mate, World War II Navy vet, worked 1947-1961 for Fleet Drilling Company, from 1961-1969 for Stephens Production Company, 1969-1986 for Kerr McGee until retirement and was a member of the Franklin Lodge #9, and a 32nd degree Mason.
He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, a special neighbor and friend to all, Marie Bryant Cremer of Hartman, Arkansas; two daughters, Debra Davenport, Cheryl Ann Pitts and husband, Dane Pitts, all of Hartman, Arkansas; son, Billy Gene Cremer of Van Buren, Arkansas; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation was from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 16, 2010, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home, Clarksville, Arkansas. Funeral services were 2 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2010, at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, Clarksville, Arkansas. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery, Clarksville, Arkansas. Reverend Vernon Bass and Reverend Amos Pledger officiated.
Pallbearers were Chris Sampley, Kevin Davenport, Dallas Davenport, Robert Hadlock, Zachary Cremer, Terence Davenport.
Honorary pallbearers were Tom Fowler, Mike Ralph, Jimmy Leavell, Cody Pitts, Mark Davenport, all granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church Mission Fund.
Roller-Cox Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Frank D. Wiser, 77, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at his home in Clarksville.
He was a native of Havana, son of the late Porter and Ratha Rogers Wiser, graduate of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and the University of Arkansas with a vocation agriculture degree, served in the U.S. Air Force in Alaska, where he taught vocation agriculture, retired from the USDA FmHA as county supervisor, ordained lay preacher, 37-year member of the American Legion and had spent the last 23 years farming. He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Madlyn Wiser; and four brothers, James Wiser, Hulon Wiser, Robert Wiser and Joe Wiser.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Beatrice Trost Wiser; one daughter, Cecilia R. Wiser of Fayetteville; one son, Grant E. Wiser of Alton, Ill.; two brothers, Henry Wiser of Boron, Calif., and Roger Lee of Havana; three sisters, Ida Hall of Belleville, Betty Reed of Hensley, and Molly Fish of Garland, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, May, 17, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tom Patton officiating. Burial followed at 2 p.m. at Havana Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Oncology, 1801 West Main Street, Russellville, AR 72801, for the purchase of a blanket warmer, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
James McGuire, 84, of Knoxville died Friday, May 14, 2010, at Clarksville Health and Rehab.
He was a native of Newton County, son of the late Louis and Annie Radford McGuire, farmer, and was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Farmer McGuire; four sons, L.J. McGuire, Don McGuire, Billy McGuire, and Kenneth McGuire; two daughters, Sue Young and Shirley White; four sisters; and three brothers.
He is survived by one daughter, Patsy Ralls of Clarksville; two sons, Jimmy McGuire of Clarksville and Frank McGuire of Joiner; one brother, Earnest McGuire of Clarksville; 27 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
Crematory arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Jane Eichenberger, 72, of Clarksville died Friday, May 14, 2010, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
She was a native of Lamar, daughter of the late John Henry and Ora Bell Henderson Havener, 1956 graduate of Lamar High School, 1960 graduate of the University of the Ozarks with a bachelor’s degree in science and education, member of the Church of Christ, and retired as director of the Johnson County Senior Activity Center in 2005.
Survivors include her husband, Don Eichenberger; one daughter, Sue Ann Jernigan and husband, Gary, of Dardanelle; one son, Don Al Eichenberger and wife, Myra, of Springdale; one brother, Buddy Paul Havener of Monroe, La.; and three grandchildren, Zachary Eichenberger and J.T. Eichenberger, both of Springdale, and Emma Jernigan of Dardanelle.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Buddy Havener officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Larry Holman, Earl Eichenberger, David Eichenberger, Bob Eichenberger, J.T. Eichenberger, Zach Eichenberger, Floyd Pledger, and Duane Steele.
Memorials may be made to Johnson County Unit American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 1835, Clarksville, AR 72830.
Pablo Castaneda Rivas, 70, of Hartman died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
He was a native of Palo Alto, Mexico, Catholic, and self-employed.
He is survived by three daughters, Maria Del Refujio Rivas De Rodriguez of Granite Shoals, Texas, Graciela Rivas of Cottonwood, Texas, and Alta Rivas de Gomez of Russellville; two sons, Raul Rivas of Webster, Texas, and Reyes Rivas of New Orleans, La.; parents, Reyes Rivas Marmolejo and Maximina Castaneda De Rosales; three sisters, Angelina Rivas Castaneda of Leon, Mexico, and Blasa Rives Castaneda and Maria De La Luz Rivas Castaneda, both of Aguas, Mexico; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and companion, Mary Kay Thompson.
Graveside services and burial were at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at West Mount Zion Cemetery with Father William Wewers officiating.
Pallbearers were Raul Rivas, Reyes Rivas, Manuel Jaramillo, and Saul Gomez.
Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Rheba Nora Weir, 87, of London passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2010, in Russellville, AR. She was born October 26, 1922, in the Augsburg Community outside of London to Dora Ethel Pless Bauman and Gustaf A. Bauman, both of whom have preceded her in death.
During her life, Mrs. Weir was very active in Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a founding member of the Pless Community Extension Homemakers Club, a Pope County Cattlewoman, and a member of the Gideon’s International Auxiliary.
Also preceding her in death was James H. Moore Jr., her first son-in-law, married to Linda Paulette Weir.
Mrs. Weir is survived by her husband of 68 years, Paul Edison Weir; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Joe Williams of Choctaw, Okla., and Anita and Arnie Burk of London; three granddaughters and their husbands, Kim and Nathan Knight of Clarksville, Brittney and Lance Garner of Russellville, and Jamie and Brent Abbott of London; two grandsons and their wives, Michael and Misty Moore, and A.J. and Natalie Burk, all of Russellville; and 15 great-grandchildren, Campbell, Payton, Moriah, Hannah, Caraline, Zach, Haley, Taylor, Carter, Brooks, Harmony, Tori, Brenna, Cate, and Sydney.
Funeral service was at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 17, 2010, at the Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church north of London in the Pless Community. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. The family received friends from 6-8:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Internet obituary and online guestbook are at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
The family requests that all gifts in memory of Mrs. Weir’s life be given to Gideon’s International in the form of “In Memory” or “In Honor Bibles” to be placed in her name so that others might come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Memorials may be sent to Gideons International, P. O. Box 164, Russellville, AR 72811 or online at www.gideons.org.