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3/9/2011

Bill I. Skidgel

Graveside services and burial for Bill I. Skidgel, 82, of Fort Smith, who died Saturday, March 5, 2011, were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.

He was a retired salesman, former assistant manager for Arcade Furniture, and preceded in death by his wife, Virgie Skidgel; and one son, Steve Skidgel.

Survivors include one daughter, Connie Martin of Van Buren; one son, Bruce Skidgel of Fort Smith; one brother, Doug Skidgel of Tulsa, Okla.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Debra Kay Baker


Debra Kay Baker, 52, of Lamar died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at her home.

A native of San Jose, Calif., she was a daughter of the late Donald Joe and Cordie Elizabeth Whybark and preceded in death by one sister, Carol Jones.

Survivors include one daughter, Tonya Baker of Clarksville; two sons, Stewart Baker of Sheridan and Donald Whybark of Malvern; six brothers, Joe Whybark of Ozark, Richard Whybark of Clarksville, Jack Whybark of Hector, Monty Whybark and Leonad Whybark, both of Malvern, and Bill Whybark of California; three sisters, Virginia Nichols and Sandra McGaw, both of Clarksville, and Peggy Crabtree of Malvern; and nine grandchildren, Eliza Whybark, Saranda Whybark, Donald Whybark, Destiney Whybark, Robert Whybark, Jay Whybark, Scott Whybark, Mellissa Whybark, and Mellissa Whybark.

Graveside services and burial were at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Don Alexander officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Donald Whybark, John Baker, Joe Whybark, Monty Whybark, Richard Whybark, Leonard Whybark, Jack Whybark, and Mark Johnson.

Helen Lorene Johnson

Helen Lorene Johnson, 62, of Hartman died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith.

She was a native of Spurger, Texas, daughter of the late James Monroe and Jewell Ray Perkins Warren, member of Hartman Baptist Church, graduate of Hartman High School, and preceded in death by one brother, J.R. Warren; and one sister, Joyce Kiger.

Survivors include her husband, Charles R. Johnson; one daughter, Misty Dillinger of London; two sons, Charles Russell Johnson and John Michael Johnson, both of Hartman; two sisters, Cathy Campbell of South West City, Mo., and Linda Johnson of Knoxville; six brothers, J.R. Warren of Arizona, Leroy Warren of Clarksville, Billy Warren of Hunt, Tommy Warren of Hartman, Pat Warren of Knoxville, and Doyle Warren of Fort Smith; nine grandchildren, Michelle Johnson, Peyton Johnson, Blake Johnson, Richard Johnson, Mikala Johnson, Quinton Johnson, Kerstin Wilson, Lauren Johnson, and Jeremiah Johnson; four stepgrandchildren, Chelsea Dillinger, Payton Dillinger, Devin Thompson, and Justin Mayfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday, March 7, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Grady Glass and Rev. Billy Mack Smith officiating. Burial was in Hartman Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Duel Miller, Lonnie Wilson, Ronnie Dillinger, Shawn Thompson, David Owens, Matt Roberts, Scott Campbell, and Michael Mooney.

Mary Doris Noyes

Mary Doris Noyes, 63, of Coal Hill died Friday, March 4, 2011.

She was a native of Springfield, Mo., daughter of the late Estell Noyes and Mary Boatwright Miller, employed as a supervisor at Con-Agra for 33 years, and was preceded in death by two brothers, David Noyes and Darrel Noyes; one sister, Kathy Parker; and one nephew, Darren Parker.

Survivors include one son, Jeffery Noyes and wife, Sonya, of Dover; four grandchildren, Shelby Noyes of Clarksville, Meghan Noyes, Jaina Noyes and Zachary Noyes, all of Dover; one brother, Steve Noyes and wife, Charlotte; one sister, Emily Davis and husband, Freddy; brother-in-law, Robert Parker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, at The Journey in Russellville with Pastor Steve Pyle officiating.

Burial was in East Point Cemetery at London under the direction of Community Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Sean Smith, Ronnie Butler, Anthony Davis, Richard Ratcliff, Jim Smith, and Duane Yates.

Monty Swift Sr.

Monty Max Swift Sr., 74, of Fort Smith, brother of Celeste Nichols and Jim Swift of Clarksville, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011.

A native of Mississippi, he was formerly of Booneville, Viet Nam era veteran, retired from the Air Force, Baptist, and was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Swift.

Survivors include two daughters, Lenora Swift of Altus and Shirl Robles of Texas; two sons, Frankie Swift of Oklahoma and Monty Swift Jr. of Florida; two other sisters, Mary Swift of Hillsboro, Ore., and Debby Barnard of Booneville; one other brother, Bill Swift of Booneville; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and companion, Sue Fatheree of Booneville.

Graveside services and burial were at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery at Booneville under the direction of Booneville Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were members of the Air Force Honor Guard.

Rex Raymond Coon

Rex Raymond Coon, 96, of Clarksville died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Rogers.

He was a native of Newton County, retired plumber, minister of Jehovah Witnesses Kingdom Hall, and  preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Margaret Strait Coon; and wife, Mary Etta Russel Coon.

Survivors include one daughter, Rebecca Ring of Rogers; one sister, Grace Ashlock of Lamar; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Jehovah Witnesses Kingdom Hall.

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

Robert Dale Taylor

Robert Dale Taylor, 46, of Scranton died March 3, 2011, in Clarksville.

He was born in Coos Bay, Ore., son of the late Wendell Dean and Beverly (Sweeney) Taylor, employed as a grader operator for Logan County and was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors are his wife of 16 years, Danna Louise (Barnett) Taylor; two sons, Eric Lee Seaman and wife, Holly, of Paris and Chase Anthony Dale Taylor of Tulare, Calif.; two daughters, Brittany Nicole Taylor of Scranton and Ronda Jean Barnett of Clarksville, one sister, Nyra Taylor of Stonewall, Okla.; one brother, Wendell Dean Taylor Jr. of Stonewall, Okla.; two grandchildren, Anna Marie Seaman and Shawn Lee Seaman; and four stepgrandchildren, Morgan Bailey Flint, Jordan Taylor Flint, Nautia Norris and Nicholas Joesph Norris.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris. Burial will be at Wares Chapel Cemetery in Dublin.

Active pallbearers will be Jared Brazell, Joe Brazell, Eric Seaman, Josh Flint, Kelly Koch and Scott Seaman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Allen Becker and Bill Flint.

Shane Sutliff


Robert Shane Sutliff, 42, of Springdale, father of Laurie Miller of Clarksville, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, in Springdale.

He was a native of Paris, Catholic, taught at Arkansas Valley Vo-Tech in Ozark, and was preceded in death by grandparents, Johnnie and Ocena Sutliff and Eugene Huber.

Other survivors include one son, Joseph Sutliff of Colorado; parents Robert and Bertha Sutliff of Paris; grandmother, Louise Huber of Paris; one brother, Jason Sutliff of Paris; one granddaughter, Trinity Miller of Clarksville; and three nephews.

A private family memorial service will be held.

Crematory arrangements were under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Paris.

William (Dub) Freer

William (Dub) Freer, 86, of Clarksville died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at his home.

He was a native of Walnut Ridge, son of the late Orto and Essie Bennett Freer, U.S. Marine Corps corporal, World War II veteran, served in Iwo Jima, Purple Heart recipient, attended Oakland University in Auburn, Mich., retired supervisor for General Electric after 30 years of service, farmer, and was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Shepherd Freer; one son, Robert Dennis Chase; two sisters, Mary Ann Dillon and Betty Sue Smith; and two brothers, Guy Freer and Bill Gene Freer.

Survivors include one daughter, Diana Rainwater of Clarksville; four grandchildren, Richard (Lisa) Parry of Troy, Mich., Jennifer Parry Allen of Clarksville, Michael Parry of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Josh Hammond of Clarksville; five great-grandchildren, Richard Parry III, Tamara Parry, Rachel Burton-Sams, Allie Parry and Jack Parry, two great-great-grandchildren, Tristan Parry and Victoria Parry; one brother, Otho (Valerie) Freer of Clarksville; and one sister, Linda (John) Bailey of Camden, Del.

Open visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Community Funeral Service. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in Greenwood Cemetery in Eufaula, Okla.

William Patrick Shepard

William Patrick Shepard, 75, of Conyers, Ga., died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011.

He was a former resident of the Springhill Community, 1955 graduate of Hartman High School, served in the United States Air Force and United States National Guard, and was a retired employee of General Motors Doraville Plant after 33 years as a mechanic.

Survivors include his wife, Loraine Shepard; one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Doug Weaver of Covington, Ga.; one son and partner, William P. Shepard and Robert G. Sokalsard Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Wright, Lexlie Lively, and Lauren Weaver; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Ellen Boyter and Gary and Robin Boyter; brothers, Steve Boyter and Dale Boyter; sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Charles Cleveland; and sisters, Ann Jones and Barbara Portige.

Funeral was Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Scot Ward’s Harry White Chapel in Conyers, Ga., with Rev. Mark George officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Research Institute or a cancer charity of the donor’s choice.

Virginia Lou Williams

Virginia Lou Williams, 89, of West Columbia, Texas, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Angelton-Danbury Hospital.

She was a native of the Harmony Community, daughter of the late Franklin and Virginia King Laster, recipient of the 2006 Alumni Legacy award from the University of the Ozarks, member of Bethel Presbyterian Church in West Columbia, Texas, American Association of Retired Persons, and Friends of Library, received numerous awards for volunteer work over a period of 33 years, and was preceded in death by five brothers, Cecil Laster, Harl Laster, Frank Laster, Fred Laster and Hance Laster; and three sisters, Reuh Yandell, Lorna Peirson, and Gussie Harmount.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bruce Williams; two daughters, Jannette Chambers of Nashville, Tenn., and Ginger Abbiatti of Gresham, Ore.; and one granddaughter, Ashley Schwinn.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Julian Tracy officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery.

Lowell Phillips


Lowell Phillips, 96, of Clarksville died Saturday, March 5, 2011, in Clarksville.

A native of Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late John and Zora Jeanette Steele Martin of Hartman. Lowell was married to the late Ira Albert Phillips of Clarksville.

She is survived by one son, Dayne Phillips and wife, Kanna Lou, of Clarksville and one daughter, Jeanette Phillips Frazier and husband, Bob, of Ponca City, Okla.; grandchildren, Bryan Frazier and wife, Terry, Brad Frazier and wife, Dee Dee, Gina Frazier Garza and husband, Freddy, and Kim Frazier Hall and husband, Brad, all of Ponca City, Okla., Bobby Dayne Phillips and wife, Stephanie, and Bruce Phillips and wife, Cindy, of Clarksville; 16 great-grandchildren, Gerrilynn Eddinger, Kara Sneed, Matthew Garza, Eriz Garza, Andrew Garza, Derek Frazier, Brittany Frazier, Justin Hall, Lindsey Hall, Dustin Frazier, Devin Phillips, Heather Phillips, Logan Phillips, Lindy Phillips, Lacey Phillips and Lakyn Phillips; and seven great-great-grandchildren, Donna Marie Frazier, Ryan Frazier, Cain Frazier, Carson Garza, Leyti Garza, Addison Phillips and Avery Phillips.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lera Martin and Letha Martin Cline; one brother, Julius Martin; and one great-great-grandson, Maddix Cruz Redman.

Lowell was a member of the Clarksville First Baptist Church and the Antioch Home Demonstration Club and was retired from the Clarksville Shoe Plant.

Funeral services were held at the Clarksville First Baptist Church on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. conducted by Darrel Bridges, pastor of Clarksville First Baptist Church, and Billy R. Usery, retired pastor of Clarksville First Baptist Church.

Serving as pallbearers were Danny Leeds, Marty Howard, Gary Thompson, Lonnie Qualls, Dane Woodard, Kent Lewis, Charles Mason and Donald Meek.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Clarksville First Baptist Church, 924 South Crawford, Clarksville, AR 72830.

Arrangements by Hardwicke Funeral Home.

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