July 28, 2021


Billy Gene Freeman

Billy Gene Freeman, 79, of Clarksville, Arkansas died Sunday, December 5, 2010, at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas following illness. Bill was born October 18, 1931, in Spadra, Arkansas to parents Frank A. and Essie Gifford Freeman. He married his childhood sweetheart (Ruby Bean) on September 2, 1950. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he retired in January 1997 as city manager of Clayton, New Mexico. Bill was a member of the Clarksville Church of Christ.

Surviving Bill are: a loving wife, Ruby; three sons, Steve and his wife, Sherry (Clarksville, AR), Mark (Clarksville, AR), and Glenn and his wife, Laura (Beaumont, CA); five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Carl and his wife, Phyllis, and Jim and his wife, Alex; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Bill loved God, his family, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. He loved to have a good time, to entertain, and to see people smiling and laughing.

Bill Freeman was a uniquely talented man who brought joy to the lives of his spouse, family, friends and acquaintances.

Bill’s relationship with his children can be summarized in this: “When Dad came home from work, it was like Christmas time. As he opened the door you would always hear “Dad’s home!” –Steve, Mark and Glenn.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Clarksville Church of Christ with Todd Rabalais and John Ballard officiating.

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

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James H. Gray

James H. Gray, 70, of Hartman died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at his home.

He was a native of Pope County, son of the late William and Anna Bell Harris Gray, farmer, and was preceded in death by one daughter, Jewell Gray; one great-granddaughter, Taylor Ewing; one brother, John Gray; and one sister, Virginia Linton.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah Gray; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Randy Thornhill of Jay, Okla., and Tonya and Larry Scarborough of Albany, Ky.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Thurman, Bob and Lloyd Gray; four sisters, Nellie Ruth, Juanita Dale, Patricia Campbell and Pearl Hurst; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel in Atkins with Rev. Joe Day officiating. Burial was at Bells Chapel Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Donald Gray, Steve Gray, Ricky Gray, Timmie Gray, Robbie Gray and Dale Ray Moulder.

Honorary pallbearers were Michael Mullen and Alfred Mullen.

Jess W. Thompson, Jr.

Jess Ward Thompson, Jr. of Clarksville, Arkansas died at his home surrounded by family and friends November 30, 2010, in Clarksville.  He was 83.

Thompson was a Navy veteran serving in World War II and the Korean conflict. He was an atomic veteran stationed on the USS Bayfield and present during atomic testing in the Bikini Atoll in 1946. Operation Crossroads was designed to determine the effects of nuclear testing on naval ships. The explosion sank five ships including the USS Arkansas. As quoted the Courier Democrat ,”We had no protection,” Thompson said. “We didn’t have goggles, didn’t have anything. We were told to turn our heads. I saw the battleship Arkansas go down. It stood right up on its end.”

He married Nettie Tinsley in 1951, and established his longtime business, Thompson Automotive in 1953. H was a founder and member of the Cherry Street Baptist Church in Clarksville. He was a former Light and Water Commissioner in Clarksville as well as a member of the downtown renovation committee.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jess Thompson Sr. and Eleonora Thompson as well as a sister, Dorothy Edwards. He is survived by his wife, Nettie, and three daughters, Teri Thompson and husband, Jim Herre, of Weston, Connecticut, Nancy Thompson and husband, David Heim, of Newton, Kansas, and Cheryl Thompson and husband, Jeff Sears, of Weston, Connecticut, two grandchildren, Erin Heim and John Sears, three sisters, Mary Henderson of Rogers, Arkansas, Anna Brewer and husband, Robert, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Barbara Wilson and husband, Toby, of Clarksville, and one brother Raymond Thompson and wife, Jane,of Whispering Pines, North Carolina, several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel in Clarksville from 6:00 to 8:00 pm December 2, 2010. A memorial celebration of life service was held at 11:00 am on Friday, December 3, 2010, at Cherry Street Baptist Church in Clarksville, Arkansas with the Reverend Billy Usery and Reverend Rusty Bushong officiating.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to Needy Paws P.O. Box 523 Clarksville, AR 72830, Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home #10 Remington Drive Little Rock, AR 72204 or Arkansas Hospice 2405 East Parkway Suite 3 Russellville, Arkansas 72802.

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Larry R. Ruffaner

Larry R. Ruffaner, 69, of Oark died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at Clarksville.

He was a native of Kittanning, Pa., son of the late Dale and Lucile Bowser Ruffaner, Tyson Foods truck driver, and member of Glory Land Church at Oark.

Survivors include his wife, Villia Skaggs Ruffaner; three daughters, Brenda Youngblood and husband, Lee, and Sherry Ruffaner, all of Clarksville, and Crissy Stepp and husband, Jason, of Oark; two sons, Dale Christy of Pittsburg, Pa., and Larry Don Ruffaner and wife, Theresa, of Clarksville; one sister, Darlaine Litteck of Ford City, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Linda Tate officiating. Burial was in Patterson Springs Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Mitch Ruffaner, Larry Ruffaner, Eric Youngblood, Talon Christy, Shawn Christy, and Brandon Main.

Honorary pallbearers were John Hodge, Dave Frantz, Bobbie Ritchie, Dennis Stutzman, Mike Sukut, and Ronnie Sherrell.

Lois Grace McMinn

Lois Ellen Grace McMinn, 75, of Dover died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at her home.

She was a native of the Holman community, daughter of the late Thomas Wadie and Vera Smith Grace, widow of Omer Dean McMinn, and was preceded in death by one sister, Linnie Louise Grace Riddell; one brother, Willis Grace; and one great-granddaughter, Ashley Renee.

She is survived by one daughter, Peggy Lynnette Bird and husband, Ricky, of Dover; two sons, Karl Dean McMinn and Danny Wayne McMinn and wife, Tammy, all of Dover; one sister, Lola Parsons and husband, Tommy, of Lamar; one brother, T.R. Grace and wife, Nell, of Clarksville; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Holman Freewill Baptist Church with Terry Rudder officiating.

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

Active pallbearers were Lloyd Schembra, David Morris, Tommy Coble, Ronnie Ivy, Ian Bowes, and Tim Wilson.

Honorary pallbearers were Roger Morris, Troy Morris, and Ricky Bird.

Stella Rae McMillan

Stella Rae McMillan, 61, of Springdale died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, in Springdale.

She was born in Springdale the daughter of Raymond Andrew and Anita Littrell Parson, member of the Springdale Adventist Fellowship and the DAV, and was preceded in death by an infant son, Steven Allen Qualls.

Survivors include two sons, Mike Qualls and wife, Rochelle, and David Qualls and wife, Teresa, all of Clarksville; two daughters, Leanne Price and husband, Kelly, of West Fork and Kitty Bann and husband, James, of Farmington; one sister, Carol Landelius of West Fork; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Rev. Gary Ford officiating. Burial was in Mount Comfort Cemetery.

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