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Basil C. Brock

Basil C. (Joe) Brock died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at the age of 90, at his home.

He was born in Fresno, Calif., on Dec. 23, 1919, son of the late Basil C. and Jettie Brock, and sibling of the late Fyrl Gregg.

Basil and his family moved to Clarksville, AR in 1972, where he resided until his death. Basil served as a pilot for the Army Air Corp Class 43-D in WWII. After the war, he worked at Hughes aircraft. From there, he opened his own business in precision metal fabrication which remains in operation today.

Basil married Francis Rusin on Feb. 14, 1959. He was an avid reader and a business man. Basil liked anything and everything western and entertained many with his dry wit and humor. Basil had something to say for everything. He had a very generous and kind spirit and gave back to many.

Basil is survived by his wife, Francis Brock of Clarksville; daughters, Debra Graves of California and Lisa Toth, and husband, Tony Toth, of Fort Smith, stepsons, Kenny Rusin and wife, Lucinda, of Fort Smith, Dale Rusin of California, and Bruce Rusin and wife, Mary, of California, 14 grandchildren and his late grandson, Scott Rusin; and eight great grandchildren.

A small service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 from, 1:00-3:30pm at the Brock residence.

Instead of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Arkansas Children’s Home, P.O Box 427, Monticello, AR 71655.

Arrangements are by Hardwicke Funeral Home.

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Coty Dean Mefford

Coty Dean Mefford, 19, of Springdale died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, in Clinton, Okla.

He was a native of Clarksville, member of Trinity Chapel Pentecostal Church of God, and an employee of SESCO Seed Company in Hobart, Okla.

Survivors are his parents, Donald and wife, Amy, Mefford of Springdale and Vicky and husband, Daniel, Fontinel of Hobart, Okla.; one sister, Tyler Nicole Mefford of Springdale; one brother, Alex Cordell Skidgel of Clarksville; paternal grandfather, Don Mefford of Lamar; maternal grandfather, Bobby Hall of Clarksville; and numerous, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at Trinity Chapel Pentecostal Church of God with Rev. Terry Schlinker officiating.

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

Active pallbearers were William Hollingsworth, Blair Hatch, Aaron Skidgel, Ashley Duncan, Scottey Moore, and Cody Doughty.

Honorary pallbearers were Alex Cordell Skidgel and Dylan Sparks.

Freddy Hutchison

Freddy Lee Hutchison, 64, of Van Buren, whose sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Tom Justice, reside in Clarksville, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010.

He was a native of Webb City, former resident of Ozark, son of the late Fredrick L. and Dorothy I. Smith Hutchison, member of First Christian Church of Ozark, retired Arkansas Valley Electric employee, and was preceded in death by his wife, Nyla D. Felcher Hutchison.

Survivors include one daughter, Sandra D.  Lingo and husband, Ronnie, of Van Buren; one son, Kevin Hutchison of Ozark; one other sister, Wanda Brewer and husband, Alvin (Shorty), of Ozark; four grandchildren, Chris Long and wife, Lacy, Colby Hutchison, Caitlin Hutchison, and Hope Lingo; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Memorial graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at Highland Cemetery in Ozark with Dr. Jim Mattson and Rev. Ted Darling officiating.

Jeremy Ryan Delrio

Jeremy Ryan Delrio, 34, of Lamar died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near the intersection of Highway 109 and Crawford Street in Clarksville.

He was a native of Clarksville, graduate of Westside High School, employee of Cloyes Gear, and preceded in death by one brother, Joey Fowler.

He is survived by two daughters, Ryan Delrio and Elizabeth Delrio, both of the home; two sons, Logan Judah and Jacob Delrio, both of the home; mother, Sheila Ragsdale of Lamar; father, Joseph Delrio of West Monroe, La.; maternal grandparents, Laura and Clint Kelley of Hunt and Bill Stewart of Jacksonville, Fla.; paternal grandparents, Joseph and Gloria Delrio of West Monroe, La.; two sisters, Heather Delrio and Nikki Delrio, both of West Monroe, La.; three brothers, Joshua Delrio and sister-in-law, Christina, and Jay Fowler, all of Lamar, and Joseph Delrio of West Monroe, La.; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; and companion, Stacey Mize of Lamar.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at Lamar Baptist Church with Rev. John Griffin officiating.

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

Pallbearers were Joseph Delrio, Josh Delrio, Jay Fowler, Senica Henderson, Johnny Hern, and Brandon Southard.

Marion Anita Carter

Marion Anita Carter, 84, of Clarksville died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was a native of Washington, D.C., daughter of the late Abner Mason and Anita Vinson Arlett Ford Proctor, graduate of Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, Calif., member of All Faith Chapel in China Lake, Calif., editor  of the Johnson County Historical Society for several years, perpetual member and past matron of Clarksville Chapter No. 172 Order of the Eastern Star and Lamar Chapter No. 516 Order of the Eastern Star, and member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Colonial Dames.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Carter; one son, Alan Lee Carter of Seattle, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Myron Ricketts officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bobby Cooper, Dutch Houston, Gary Smedley, Lonnie Qualls, Lance Spanke, and Calvin Yeargain.

Melba Rae Cook

Melba Rae Hardgrave Cook, age 86, of Lamar went to her heavenly home Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, surrounded by her kids and family at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith.

She was born Nov. 14, 1923, in Ozark, AR to Annie Dobbs Gean and Earnest Hardgrave. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Cook; parents; three brothers, Marvin Hardgrave, Gene Hardgrave, Ewell Hardgrave; one grandson, Steve England; and one great-granddaughter, Brooke Key.

She is survived by son, Gene Cook; daughters, Marietta Laneer and Sharon (Jim) Birkhahn of Lamar; daughters, Becky (Charlie) Climer and Ann (John) Price of Russellville; daughter, Annabelle (Gary) Ethridge of Ozark; son, Ernest (Jeanenne) Cook of Casa; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; one brother, Lonnie Hardgrave of Riverside, Calif.; one sister, Faye James of Clarksville; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was a member of Landmark Baptist Church 47 years. She will always be remembered by her family and friends for her love of music, flowers and wildlife.

Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Doyle Caldwell and Rev. Vernon Bass officiating.

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

Active pallbearers were Norman Fortney, Ronnie Ashlock, Bill Stewart, Nick Teal, Dale Caldwell, A.J. Reynolds, Darrell Wheeler and David Handley.

Honorary pallbearers were Jim Harmon, Norman Reynolds, Harold Harvey, James Jaggers, Rip Teal, and Donald Wilhelm.

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Acie O. Thompson

Acie O. Thompson, 64, of Altus died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, in Altus.

He was a retired plumber and most recently a construction foreman, member of First Baptist Church in Ozark and the Ozark Aerie Eagles, native of Altus, son of the late Rembert O. Thompson, and was preceded in death by one son, Acie O. Thompson, Jr.; infant daughter, Stacy Louise Thompson; brother, Howard D. Thompson; and uncle, L. G. Howard Bartlett.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Rough Thompson; three daughters, Tracie Smith, Cindy Bramucci, and Courtney Pascal, all of Ozark; three stepsons, Bart Wachob of Van Buren, Bradley Wachob of Lowell and Brett Priest of Missouri; mother, Lucille Thompson of Altus; and five grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with Rev. Ted Darling officiating. Burial was in Coal Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Troy Blasingame, Bobby Hutchison, Alan Rofkahr, James Tedford, Denny Sikma, and Glenn Bartlett.

Ronnie DePriest

Ronnie De Priest, 57, of Greenwood, son of Sarah Griffin of Coal Hill, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, in Heber Springs.

He was employed by Chrisman Inc. of Ozark as a heavy equipment operator, son of the late J.W. DePriest, and of the Assembly of God faith.

Survivors include his wife, Ann DePriest; one son, Jason Alvarez of Wylie, Texas; three daughters, Jessica DePriest of Greenwood, Aimee Harrison of Fort Smith, and Ali Bryant of Mansfield; three sisters, Marianne Biggs of Fort Smith, Carolyn Jones of Winder, Ga., and Gerry Applegarth of Centerton; two stepsisters, Cheryl Vosburg of Ozark and Kim Schneider of Hartman; and five grandchildren, Zac and Summer Willhite, Austin Alvarez, Blayne Bryant and Caleb Christian.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with burial following at 5 p.m. at Salem Cemetery south of Danville.

William E. Holman

William E. Holman, 88, of Lamar died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

He was a native of Lamar, retired tree trimmer, harvest employee and mechanic, Army veteran, son of the late Pink and Clara Alpha Grace Holman, and was preceded in death by his wife, Verla Holman; and one stepson, Mike Bowers.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Clara and John Belcher of Lamar; one son and daughter-in-law, Ernie and Brenda Holman of Lamar; one sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Gaylon Reynolds of St. Charles, Mo.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, J.R. and Ruth Holman of Matthews, Mo., and Glen and Wanda Holman of Morehouse, Mo.; three stepchildren, Patricia Manning, Lee Roy Kemp, and Troy Wise, all of Lamar; and two grandchildren, Johnessa Belcher and Kyle Holman, both of Lamar.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Burial will be in Holman Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Dean Holman, Jimmy Holman, Terry Holman, Roger Holman, Ronnie Holman, and Mike Murphy.

Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Holt, Bob Holt, and David Holt.

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