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7/28/2010

Benjamin Simmons Dunn


Benjamin Simmons Dunn, 54, of Clarksville died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Clarksville.

He was a native of Bremerton, Wash., and a carpenter.

He is survived by one daughter, Samantha Dunn of Ozark; one son, Jacob Dunn of Stoughton, Mass.; parents, Charles B. and Edna M. Simmons of Massachusetts; and one brother, Jeffery Dunn of Massachusetts.

Crematory arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Billy R. Pannell

Billy R. Pannell, 75, of Ozark, father of Timothy Pannell of Clarksville, died Friday, July 23, 2010, in Ozark.

He was a retired United States Air Force master sergeant, Pentecostal, lifetime member of the Coal Hill VFW Post 8532, past quarter master and all state, member of the Tonk Card Club, native of Paris, son of the late Walter and Ruby Carter Pannell, and was preceded in death by Verna Jo Scott, mother of his children; two sons, Stephen and Anthony Pannell; one grandson, Scott Stover; and one sister, Carolyn Beweley.

Other survivors include his wife of 27 years, Carolyn Skidgel Pannell; one daughter, Susie Mathews of Ozark; three stepchildren, Kenny, Gaylan and Rosemary; two sisters, Joann Contrades and Dorothy Skaggs, both of Ozark; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial were at 2 p.m. Monday, July 26, at the Fort Smith National Cemetery with Rev. Gaylan Williams officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark.

Active pallbearers were Derek Pannell, Josh Tadlock, Caleb Chittic, Kevin Graham, Steven Mathews, and Luke McClelland.

Honorary pallbearers were Coal Hill VFW members, Larry, Sam and Chuck Skidgel, Dee Rudder, Clifford Roberts, Mike Helton, Abe Contrades, and Janelle (Jadean) McClelland.

Carol S. Byers


Carol S. Byers, 60, of Humboldt, Tenn., formerly of Clarksville, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, in Humboldt, Tenn.

She was a native of Fort Smith, daughter of the late Rev. W. Leonard and Naomi Byers, 1967 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, 1972 graduate of the University of the Ozarks, member of Northbrook Church, social caseworker, church youth director/counselor, teacher, tutor, caregiver, and was preceded in death by one brother, Norris Byers.

Survivors include one brother, Bill Byers; one niece; and two nephews.

A celebration of life service was held Thursday, July 22, at the Gathering Place of Northbrook Church in Three Way, Tenn., with Rev. Chuck Maxwell officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Humboldt, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to the University of the Ozarks, 415 North College Avenue, Clarksville, AR 72830.

Charles Ronnie Funderburg

Charles Ronnie Funderburg, 58, of Lamar died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at his home.

He was a native of Benjin, son of the late James and Cornelia (Connie) Hipp Funderburg, graduate of Lamar High School and the University of the Ozarks, received a master’s degree at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, retired after having taught school and having coached baseball at Lamar and Alma for 30 years, former school bus driver and Johnson County Girls Club coach, and member and deacon of Cabin Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Rita Patterson Funderburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Ramanda and Chris Chappell of Clarksville; one sister, Mary Jane Bittick of Tulsa, Okla.; three brothers, Jim Funderburg of Mountainburg, Gary Funderburg of Alma, and Joe Funderburg of Clarksville; and two grandchildren, Victoria Chappell and Isaac Chappell, both of Clarksville.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at Cabin Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Blair officiating.

Burial was in Harmony Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Fern Ann Hess

Fern Ann Hess, 89, of Jasper died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at Jasper Nursing Home.

She was a native of Limestone, daughter of the late John Preston and Sara Elizabeth Sparks Robinson, widow of James Carey Hess, and Baptist.

Survivors include one son, Carey Lee Hess; one sister, Pearl Criner of Jasper; one niece, Marilyn Campbell of Springfield, Mo.; and one nephew, Jay Hess of Lucas, Iowa.

Graveside services and burial were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 23, at Essex Cemetery at Limestone with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Harry Carl Allam

Harry Carl Allam, 80, died Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at Topeka, Kan.

He was a native of Lamar, son of the late Forrest and Rose Sawyer Allam, owner and operator of Carl Allam Oil in Hutchinson, Kan., for 25 years, and was preceded in death by two brothers, WR (Bill) Allam Sr. and Bedford (Buck) Allam.

Survivors include one son, Eric Allam of Lawrence, Kan; one daughter, Christine Allam of Costa Mesa, Calif.; one granddaughter, Ashleigh Allam of Lawrence, Kan.; two nieces; and two nephews.

Graveside services and burial were at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, at Laurel Cemetery in Haven, Kan., under the direction of Ott Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the KU Endowment Fund, c/o Ott Funeral Home, 102 North Wichita, Haven, KS 67543.

Janice Renee Benson

Janice Renee Benson, 50, of Howe, Okla., sister of Sherrie Mathews of Clarksville, died Monday, July 19, 2010, in Howe, Okla.

She was a native of Tulsa, Okla., daughter of the late Walter E. and Betty J. Cramer Gregory, and was preceded in death by one brother, Walter Eddie Gregory III.

She is survived by three other sisters, June Hunt of Perry, Okla., Lorine K. Bozarth of Gage, Okla., and Dorine Smallwood of Heavener, Okla.; and companion, Jim White of Howe, Okla.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener, Okla.

Lee Roy Dickerson


Lee Roy Dickerson, 82, of Woodward, Okla., died Sunday, July 18, 2010, in Enid, Okla.

He was a native of Coal Hill, son of the late Olin and Ollie Ogden Dickerson, graduate of Clarksville High School, served in the Merchant Marines, was employed by Tidwell Construction, Haines Construction and Rangers Construction as a pipeline superintendent prior to retirement, and was preceded in death by three children, Mike, Leanna, and Sharon; and one brother, Larry.

Survivors include his wife, Leanna Jean Moore Dickerson; one daughter, Saunnie Thompson of Woodward, Okla.; one sister, Betty Jo Foulke and husband, Lester, of  Texarkana, Texas; grandchildren, Robert Cody Thompson, Amber Rinehart, Sabra Donley, and Terri Paurich; two great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Charlene Dickerson.

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 23, at Nichols Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tony Barros officiating. Inurnment will follow at a later date.

Melvin West

Melvin West, 58, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Clarksville, died July 17, 2010, at his home.

He was a Jehovah’s Witness, son of the late Rev. and Mrs. George (Myrtle Newton) West Sr., and was preceded in death by one brother, Alfred Joe West Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Reba West; seven children, Monique Brown, Terry Gocha, Jejuana Johnson, Marendo, Lecoiyan, Shekwan and Keyonica West and five grandchildren, all of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Geraldine Kelco and husband, Timothy, of Kansas City, Mo., and Frances Shurn and husband, Lowesta, of Clarksville; and four brothers, George West Jr. and wife, Joann, of Sacramento, Calif., Rev. Thelbert Lee West and wife, Mattie, of Eufaula, Ala., Winfred West and wife, Selma Cotton, of Fayetteville, and John West and wife, Mary, of Clarksville.

The body was cremated. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 31, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Shrilda K. Nowotny


Shrilda K. Nowotny, 33, of Ozark died Saturday, July 24, 2010, at UAMS Hospital in Little Rock.

She was a native of Texas and daughter of the late James T. Lancaster.

Survivors include one son, William Lee Ray Nowotny of Ozark; two sisters, Sherry K. Lancaster of Middleton, Texas, and Stacey K. Owens of Coal Hill; and one brother, Roy G. Lancaster of Clarksville.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gerald Morris officiating. Burial will be in Hartman Cemetery.

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