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Angel Vicks Pelts

Angel Danae Vicks Pelts, 31, of Clarksville died from injuries sustained from a tornado which hit the area early on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

She was born February 18, 1980, in Forrest City, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her father, Kevin White, and sister, Courtney White.

Survivors include her husband, Andy Pelts and two sons, Colton Pelts and Colby Pelts of the home; her mother, Sandra White of Clarksville; and brother, Clint White of Clarksville.

Services were at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dan Lightfoot officiating. Burial was in Stillwell Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Donnie Pelts, Travis Pelts, Adam Walters, Chad Morrow, David Smith, Michael Miller, Sam McClure, and Grailen Davis. Honorary pallbearer was Clint White.

Memorials may be made to the Johnathon Andy Pelts Benefit account at any Bank of the Ozarks.

Paid Obituary
David Vardaman

On Tuesday, June 7, at 10:00 AM an interment of David Vardaman will be in the Vardaman family plot at Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville.

As David passed away in Quincy, IL on August 31, 2009, this will be very simple, informal rite and is really a “walk down memory lane” to honor him and make his final resting place with his parents in the town he loved best.

Any family and old friends wishing to attend and share a memory will be most welcome.

Paid Obituary

Dennie Lee Halmes

Dennie Lee Halmes, 82, of Ozark, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2011, in the Ozark Nursing Home. She was employed by the Franklin County Extension for 10 years, member of the New Hope Extension Homemakers Club for around 50 years, member of the Calvary Baptist Church.

She was born in Cass, Arkansas, on May 12, 1929, to Robert and Nellie Barham Durning. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, F.L. Halmes; one son, Timothy Lowell Halmes; one sister, Geraldine Parrish; three brothers, Mack Durning, Bill Durning, and Kenneth Durning.

Graveside service was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Jackson Cemetery with Rev. Coyce Couch officiating under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark.

She is survived by one son, David Lee Halmes and his wife, Paula Hillard Halmes, of Ozark; daughter-in-law, Sarah Halmes of Ozark. She was the proud Granny of six grandchildren, Kristopher Lowell Halmes, Justin Hillard Halmes, Heidi Halmes Gregory, Callie Halmes Roberson, Timothy Tyler Halmes, and Levi Tyler Halmes; five great-grandchildren, Gavin and Adleigh Halmes, Bryce Gregory, Cadien and Gracie Roberson; one sister, Sue Smith of Ozark; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 1504 West School Street, Ozark, AR 72949.

Paid Obituary

Emily Fry Griffith

Emily Fry Griffith, 86, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Graveside service will be held at Srygley Cemetery, Coal Hill, AR Friday, June 3rd at 2:00 P.M. Interment by Hardwicke Funeral Home, Clarksville, AR. Memorials may be given to First Christian Church, Music Ministry, 3501 Rogers Ave., Ft. Smith, AR 72903.

Emily was born on May 29, 1924 to Edward and Maude Fry in Coal Hill, AR. She was a graduate of The College of the Ozarks and worked for the Draft Board during WWII. She married Jimmy Griffith from Coal Hill in 1950 and moved to Fort Smith. There she made her home and raised her family. She worked for the Social Security Administration until retirement in 1984. She was an avid golfer and had a great passion for music. She was the choir director for Second Presbyterian Church for many years and then gave of her talents singing in the choir, playing the hand bells, and her trumpet for First Christian Church where she and Jim spent their last years worshiping together. She was a member and officer of the Ft. Smith Musical Coterie, and a Regent and Chaplain for the Ft. Smith Chapter of the D.A.R. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie Ann and Johnnie Pechal of Trophy Club, TX, and many loving family members and friends.

Paid Obituary
Everett E. Epperson

Everett E. (Buddy) Epperson, 81, of Wichita, Kan., died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at his home.

He was a native of the Fernwood Community, son of the late Edward (Edd) and Flora Gaugh Epperson, graduate of Hot Springs High School, retired from the U.S. Army in 1971 after 20 years of service, employed for several years for American Olean, and was preceded in death by one brother, Leroy Epperson.

Survivors include one brother, Fred Epperson and wife, Bertha, of Marion, Kan.; one sister, Charlotte Epperson Baskin of Hartman; two nieces; and three nephews including Jim Epperson and wife, Kathy, who were his caregivers.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Troy Vaughn officiating. Burial will be in Lone Pine Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Fred Epperson, Jim Epperson, David Handley, Dale Henderson, Jim Terrell, and Jimmy Dorney.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Fowler, Glenda Morrison, and Mark McVay.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Hubert N. Curtis

Hubert N. Curtis, 74, passed away in Edmonds, Washington, on May 23, 2011.

Hubert was born in Lamar, Arkansas to Lena and Odis Curtis. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Ruth, until she passed away in 1999.

He is survived by his daughter, Terri of Hilo, Hawaii; his son, David of Lynnwood, Wash.; and his sister, Emogene Smith of Lamar, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Olene Johnson and Mildred Shurm.

To share memories go to: www.becksfuneralhome.com

Paid Obituary
Inocente Medina

Inocente Medina, 63, of Clarksville died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in Hot Springs Hospital.

Survivors are his wife, Ernestina Medina; three sons, Arturo Medina, Alonso Medina, and Cruz Medina; two daughters, Maria Perez and Hortencia Torres; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters.

Rosary was at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass was at 2 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Father William Wewers officiating. Burial was in Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Arturo Medina, Cruz Medina, Alonso Medina, Irvin Torres, Guadalupe Torres, and Misael Perez.

John Paul Sparks

John Paul Sparks, 50, of Hartman died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at St. Vincent Hospice in Little Rock.

He is survived by one sister, Paula Sparks of LaMarque, Texas.

Cremation was under the direction of Crestlawn Crematory in Conway.

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

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Linda F. Lewis

Linda F. Blaylock Lewis, 70, of Dover, mother of Angie Harris of Clarksville, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at her home.

She was a native of Brasfield, daughter of the late Audie Franklin and Mary Cleo Schembra Blaylock, widow of Billy Wess Lewis, retired JC Penney employee after 16 years of service as a sales associate, and a member of The Sanctuary in Russellville.

She is survived by four sons, Tony Lewis of Russellville, Otto Brewer of Auburn, Ala., Chris Lewis of Fort Smith and Jeremy Lewis of Dover; two other daughters, Tina Johnson of Atkins and Anna Reddell of Jasper; two brothers, Walter Blaylock of Dover and Alfred Blaylock of Highland, Ill.; five sisters, Ruth Wade of Russellville, Sharon Link of Freeburg, Ill., Myrna Jackson of Dover, Reba Crawford of Union City, Tenn., and Robin Teague of Dover; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at The Sanctuary with Rev. Todd Steffy, Rev. Arlin B. Elmore, and Rev. Norman Chenowith officiating.

Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery at Dover under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.

Active pallbearers were Chris Arnwine, Jeffrey Boehm, Russell Taylor, Daniel Ward, Ozzy Picton, and Chris Dotson.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Thomas Sneed and the staff of Arkansas Oncology Clinic.

Memorials may be made to the Susan Cohan Kasdas Colon Cancer Foundation, 201 North Charles Street, Suite 2404, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Paul E. Williams

Paul Edward Williams, 79, of Mulberry, father of Peggy Price of Knoxville, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, in Mulberry.

He was a native of Franklin County, son of the late Wallace and Millie Smith Williams, retired foreman for Mulberry Lumber Company and a saw filer, veteran of the United States Army, member of the American Legion, attended Mulberry Assembly of God Church, and was preceded in death by one daughter, Paulann Williams; four brothers, Doug Williams, Gene Williams, Theron Williams and Curtiss Williams; and two sisters, Pauline Stark and Agnes Elliot.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Nichols Williams; one son, Phillip Williams of Mulberry; three other daughters, Penny McCollum of Fort Smith and Paula Bethel and Patty Ponder, both of Mulberry; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services and burial were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Belt Cemetery with Rev. Chet Smith officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark.

Grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.

Sam DiCosola

Sam DiCosola, 78, of Lamar died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in Little Rock.

He was a native of Bari, Italy, son of the late Vito and Mary Scavo DiCosola, retired heating and air technician, Catholic and Korean War veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Maart DiCosola; one son, Mark DiCosola and wife, Judy, of Bensenville, Ill.; one sister, Angela Carbonara and husband, Joseph, of Lecanto, Fla.; two brothers, Frank DiCosola of Lecanto, Fla., and Vincent DiCosola of Willow Springs, Ill.; and one grandson, Sean DiCosola.

Graveside services and burial were at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Knoxville Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Wanda Pauline Mayfield

Wanda Pauline Mayfield, 85, of Clarksville died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Clarksville.

She was a native of Franklin County, daughter of the late E. Lee and Nona E. Davis Hatchett, widow of Troy J. Mayfield, nurse’s aide, retired receptionist for Roller-Cox Funeral Home, and was preceded in death by seven sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan Harris and Sandy Smith, both of Madera, Calif.; one son, Gilbert Carter of Fresno, Calif.; one sister, Melva Hanson of California; four grandchildren including caregiver and granddaughter, Melissa Jones of Clarksville; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

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