Arvil Earl Harmon, 91, of Tulsa, Okla., died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in Claremore, Okla.
He was a native of Lamar, son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Molly Tate Harmon, served in the Navy during World War II, and was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah Pauline Lollis Harmon; two brothers, Marvin and Roy; one sister, Dona; and one granddaughter, Michele Ferguson.
Survivors include one daughter, Janice Steed of Tulsa, Okla.; two sons, Roger Harmon and wife, Madeline, of Tulsa, Okla., and Randy Harmon and wife, Carol, of Vinita, Okla.; five grandchildren, Jonalyn Smith and husband, Terry, Kenneth Steed and wife, Melva, Robert Harmon and wife, Rachele, Nanci Kissel and husband, Eric, and Justin Harmon; 11 great-grandchildren, Vanessa, Cindy, Brent, Craig, Jesse, Angela, Audrey, Andrew, Joseph, Victoria, and Angelina; three great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Bessie Rowbotham of Lamar.
Funeral was at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at Peters-Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel with Larry Merideth officiating. Graveside services and burial were at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at Lamar Cemetery.
George James Tencleve, 85, of Scranton died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
He was a native of Shoal Creek, son of the late George and Christine Engle Tencleve, World War II Air Force veteran, dairy farmer, member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Morrison Bluff City Council, American Legion, Scranton School Board for 15 years having served as president, Farm Bureau, Logan County Cooperative, and served on the AMPI Board. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ben Baumgartner; and one sister, Ruth Peterson.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Josephine Tencleve; five daughters, Phyllis Koerdt and husband, Jerry, Alice Hughes, Lois Duvall and husband, Jeff, Ellen Kirbo and husband, Jackie, and Pam Siebenmorgen and husband, Dennis; seven sons, Ron Tencleve and wife, Charlotte, Jim Tencleve and wife, Jan, Ken Tencleve and wife, Deborah, David Tencleve and wife, Diane, Tim Tencleve and wife, Susan, Bruce Tencleve and wife, Jeanine, and Mike Tencleve; one sister, Leona Koch; 29 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Rosary service was at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Subiaco. Funeral mass was at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at St. Benedict Catholic Church. Interment was at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery at Morrison Bluff under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home in Paris.
Active pallbearers were grandsons, Brandt, Jeff, Andrew, Keith and Matthew Tencleve, Ryan Koerdt, Allen Hughes, and Justin Stovall. Grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.
Jackie Marie Smith James went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. She was the fourth child born to Preston Elbert and Grace Taylor Thomas Smith on June 6, 1928. She was raised in the Johnson and Newton county areas. She attended school in several one room school houses at the time ending her school career at Oark. As a young woman, she worked at Armor Chicken Plant in Bentonville, Arkansas. She married Charlie C. James on March 6, 1954. Together they had and raised six children on Low Gap Road in northern Johnson County. She dedicated her life to her family, endlessly cooking, cleaning and washing clothes. She especially loved raising a garden and canning. She won several ribbons at the Johnson County Fair after her family was raised. Making jelly was her specialty. She was a member of the Hartman United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Imogene Arbaugh and Eileen Smith; two brothers, Leo Smith and Johnnie Smith; and her husband of 36 years.
She is survived by six children, Anita Cooper of Clarksville, Joel James of Hartman, Debbie James of Hartman, Arkansas, Rickey James of Hartman, Arkansas, Vanessa Thomas of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Gracie Laura Griffin of Fayetteville; one daughter-in-law, Deborah James of Hartman; three sons-in-law, Roger Griffin of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Bobby Cooper of Clarksville and Gerald Thomas of Broken Arrow, Okla.; one sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Marvin Graves of Springdale, Arkansas, one brother and sister-in-law, Dolin and Lorene Smith of Farmington, Arkansas, 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel, Clarksville, Arkansas. Pastor Regina Turner officiated. Burial was in the West Mount Zion Cemetery, Hartman, Arkansas.
Pallbearers were Bryan Cooper, Sonny James, Ed Newsom, Terry Stamps, Paul Vickers, and Robert Wofford.
Roller-Cox Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Jamie Chandler Whittington was born on September 23, 1958, in Plainview, Texas, to Polly Cooley Chandler and the late V.N. (Bob) Chandler. She departed this life on September 29, 2010, at Countryside Manor in Clarksville, AR. She was preceded in death by her father and brother-in-law, John Everhart.
At an early age, Jamie was a graduate of Dardanelle High School in 1978, and a member of the band. She also was an active member of the St. Martin’s in the Fields Church in Southlake, TX.
Her family wrote: “Jamie’s generosity and kind heart were an inspiration to all who knew her. She lived her life with integrity and bravery.”
She leaves to cherish her sweet memories, two daughters: Maegan Vencill (Brandon) and Emily Whittington of Dallas, TX; mother, Polly Cooley Chandler of Russellville, AR; two sisters, Kay Chandler Merritt (David) of Clarksville, AR and Lisa Chandler Everhart of Russellville, AR; two grandchildren, Shane Patterson and Madalynn Vencill; a host of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Jamie beginning her new life was held Friday, October 1, 2010, 3:00 p.m. at Cornwell Chapel, Dardanelle with Bro. Ray Edwards officiating.
Cremation arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle.
Rita Kay Davis, 48, of Paris, whose sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Jim Looney, reside in Clarksville, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in Clinton.
She was a native of Fort Smith, daughter of the late John Eugene and Patsy Joyce Davis Nehus, and of the Christian faith.
She is survived by three sons, Cecil Roy Davis and Brian Davis, both of Paris, and Mitchell Davis of Barling; two other sisters and brothers-in-law, Suzan and Larry Naegle of Prairie View and LeAnn and William Jones of Paris; one brother and sister-in-law, John Alan and Kathy Davis of Paris; one grandson, Destin Davis; and companion, Gaylon Bennett.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Baxley Cemetery in Paris under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Paris.
Pallbearers will be Austin Weeks, Toby Woods, Wayne Davis, Ryan Edmonson, Jonathan Binz, and Cody Lukas.
William A. Diffee, 64, of Van Buren, father of Bradley M. Diffee of Clarksville, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, in Fort Smith.
He was born at Elgin Air Force Base in Florida, son of the late V.A. (Burt) Diffee, former resident of Ozark, previously employed as a counselor at Cass Job Corps Center, and was preceded in death by one nephew, Ronnie German; and one great-niece, Ashley Rudder.
Other survivors include his wife, Marilyn Diffee; one daughter, Shannon L. Price of St. Albans, W. Va.; mother, Alma Diffee of Oakland, Tenn.; three sisters, Carol Foster of Paragould, Charlotte German of Oakland, Tenn., and Marilyn Osburne of Memphis, Tenn.; two grandsons, Damian Price of St. Albans, W.Va., and Damian A. Diffee of Clarksville; seven nieces; and two nephews.
A memorial service will be held in Tennessee at a later date.
Dorothy M. Harkreader, 77, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith.
She was native of Hartman, daughter of the late George and Dollie Linton Acord, former security guard at Whirlpool, member of the American Association of Retired Persons, attended First Baptist Church in Fort Smith, and was preceded in death by one son, Allen Harkreader.
Survivors include four daughters, Peggy Holmes of Breaux Bridge, La., Linda Harkreader of Mountain View, and Jane Burgess and Pee Wee Stroud, both of Clarksville; two grandchildren, James Warren of Washington, D.C., and Dillon Burgess of Fort Smith; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Annie Sparks of Fort Smith.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Horne officiating.
Doyle Daymond Evans, 87, of Hartman died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.
He was born in Hartman, son of the late George W. and Florence Bell Evans, a World War II Navy veteran, coal miner, retired employee of A&P Warehouse in Kansas City, Kan., and was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Sarenah (Sally) Brown Evans; five brothers, Dewey, Lowell, Ermal, Robbie and Donald Evans; and three sisters, Vera Emery, Biddie Hoover and Anna Jean Salerino.
Survivors include four sons, Jerry Brown of Meeker, Colo., George Evans of Hartman, Larry Evans of Lavaca, and James Evans of Bella Vista; one daughter, Janet Evans of Hartman; 10 grandchildren, Nick Brown of Grand Junction, Colo., Rene Heibert of Twin Falls, Idaho, Daymond Evans and Ginger Larsen of Pea Ridge, Jerry Rodgers of Fort Smith, Autumn Hunt of Ozark, Amber Vameter and Zechariah Evans of Lavaca, and Heather Hudson and Whitney Eyerman of Charleston; 23 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Hess Cemetery at Coal Hill under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Harold R. Puckett Jr., 82, of Pottsville, formerly of Clarksville, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at Stella Manor Nursing Home in Russellville.
He was an Army veteran, member of Pottsville Presbyterian Church, refrigeration mechanic, and preceded in death by his wife, Frona Ledbetter Puckett; and three sisters, Gertrude Thomas, Carmen Dunlap, and Elise Parker.
Survivors include one daughter, Della Marie Puckett of Dardanelle; two sons, Claude Harold Puckett of Pottsville and Jerard C. Puckett of Cumberland, Md.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Pottsville Presbyterian Church with Rev. Howard Wheeler officiating.
Crematory arrangements are under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Jimmie Daniel Demmitt, 76, whose sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Paul Morrison of Ottawa, Kan., are former residents of Knoxville, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, in Topeka, Kan.
He was a native of Chester, Okla., son of the late James A. and Hazel Timblin Demmitt, Quaker, cowboy, and had resided in Arkansas the last 28 years prior to moving to Topeka, Kan. He was preceded in death by two sons, Duane and Lavern; one grandson, Gabriel Demmitt; one sister, Norma Jean Pearce; one brother, Mike Demmitt; and wives, Dorothy Louise Castleberry Demmitt and Kathleen Kinder Demmitt, and the mother of his children, Rita Taylor.
Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Demmitt and Tina (Ron) Cramer of Topeka, Kan.; two other sisters, Dorothy Bennett of Rantoul, Kan., and Margaret (Daryl Barnes of Baldwin City, Kan.; one brother, Charles (Pat) Demmitt of Baldwin City, Kan.; three granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; and several stepchildren and stepgrandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home in Osawatomie, Kan., with burial in Spring Grove Quaker Cemetery in Lane, Kan.
Memorials may be made to Midwest Mustang and Burro Saddle Club, c/o Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home, P.O. Box 430, Osawatomie, KS 66064.
Pablo Rodriguez, 96, of Clarksville died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 29, 1914 at Las Pomas Municipio Tephunes Dgo.
Survivors include six daughters, Modesta, Julia, Esperanza, Ines, Betzabe, and Rafaela; and seven sons, Juan Rodriguez, Jesus Rodriguez, Benito Rodriguez, Mario Rodriguez, Gerardo Rodriguez. Mareelo Rodriguez and Gilberto.
Funeral was at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Burial was in Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.