Billie Cline Galloway, 88, of North Little Rock, former resident of Clarksville, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at her home.
She was a native of Alix, daughter of the late John and Grace Cline, and was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Fred Galloway.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Maloney and husband, Patrick, of Little Rock, Patricia Graham and husband, Rick, of Bedford, Texas, and Leslie Peresta of Fort Smith; two sons, Guy Galloway and wife, Angel, of North Little Rock and Curtis Galloway of Santa Cruz, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Lakewood Methodist Church. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Owens Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or American Heart Association.
Duane Stepp, 85, of Hartman died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith.
He was a native of Hartman, retired Tyson Foods employee, U.S. Army World War II veteran, Mason, and was preceded in death by his parents, Mart and Effie Lovell Stepp; six brothers, Darel, Leo, Cecil, Ray, Mart and Dwight Stepp; one sister, Myrtle Johnson; and one grandson, Allen Stepp.
Survivors include his wife, Deloris Burton Stepp; one daughter, Donna Walker and husband, Mike; one son, Michael Stepp and wife, Sharas; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eddie Birdsong officiating. Burial was in West Mount Zion Cemetery near Hartman.
Pallbearers were Jerry Holt, Darren Phillips, Allen Walker, Ben Stepp, Aaron Stepp, and Dustin Stepp.
James Allen Young, 97, of Russellville died Sunday, August 7, 2011, at Saint Mary’s Hospital. He was born August 19, 1913, in Dover, Arkansas to William Richard and Alta Haskins Young. James was a lifelong resident of Pope County.
James’ beloved wife, Katherene Vest Young of 67 years, went to be with The Lord in 2003, and both of them were members of Bakers Creek Baptist Church. He also served as a Trustee, Deacon and was Chairman of the House and Grounds committee for many years. James enjoyed planting seasonal flowers around the church, and also took pride in his skill of navigating a certain church lawnmower on treacherous slopes upon which others dared not tread.
James’ life of 97 years contained experiences at almost every phase of the 20th Century. From traveling daily in a wagon, to meeting Will Rogers and Wylie Post, to building B-24 Bombers and The Spruce Goose during wartime, to traveling abroad, James personally saw changes that altered the world. But with all the changes, James remained the same friend to those who knew they could depend upon him for help. He never met a stranger, and extended unquestioned credit to hundreds of Arkansas Tech post-war veterans and families. More than once, The College Grocery was a place of refuge from the rising waters of Prairie Creek.
James graduated from Arkansas Polytechnic College in 1934 with a degree in Agricultural Sciences. While agriculture did not become his primary vocation, the business practices taught at Tech were valuable in James’ years at The College Grocery and as an Exxon Commission Agent and cattle farmer. The neighborhood grocery store was built in 1948 with James and Katherene working side by side for 25 years. While he was a skilled businessman, James delivered fuel to smaller accounts at a loss just so they could stay in business.
In 1935 he fell in love with Fly Fishing and floating the Illinois Bayou, which he did for sixty years. Many people around Russellville came to regard a float trip with James as an experience to be treasured. From start to finish, these trips were a continuum of anticipation, stories of fish caught, unexpected immersions and generous laughter.
James was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Katherene Vest Young; infant sister, Betty; sisters Veda Grant and Mary Frances Vest; and his parents, William Richard and Alta Haskins Young. He is survived by his daughter, Ann Elizabeth Shields of Russellville; son, Allen Richard Young and wife, Martha Jo, of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Stephanie Wenona Williams, Aimee Louanne Erickson and Adam Allen Young; great-grandchildren Nicole Ann Williams, Molly Jean Williams and Logan Allen Erickson; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends and relatives.
Funeral service was at 10:00 AM Thursday, August 11, 2011, at Baker’s Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Doug White officiating. Burial was at St. Paul Cemetery at Gravel Hill by Humphrey Funeral Service. The family received friends from 6-8:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Baker’s Creek Baptist Church, 5572 North Arkansas Avenue, Russellville, AR 72802. Online obituary and guestbook may be found at www.humphreyfuneral.com
Jane S. Harrison, 73, of Little Rock died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011.
She was a native of Coal Hill, daughter of the late Harry and Katie Smith, 1956 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s Academy in Little Rock, employee of Miller and Company from 1956 until 1975, and later served as office manager, errors and omissions administrator and executive secretary of Arkansas Association of Insurance Agents until 1993. She was also a member of The Old Guard Insurance Group, graduate of the Little Rock Police Academy, member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Little Rock for 45 years where she was a member of the Altar Society and Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She was preceded in death by three sons, Jerry Thomas Griffin, Michael Anthony Griffin, and James Nicholas Griffin; and one sister, Mary Catherine McDougal.
Survivors include her husband, Donald M. Harrison; one granddaughter, Fallon Bailey Griffin; one stepson, Joseph Donald Harrison; one stepgrandson, Spencer James Harrison; one brother and sister-in-law, Mickey and Emma Smith of Coal Hill; six nephews; two nieces; two great-nephews; and five great-nieces.
Rosary was at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Little Rock. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Altus.
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Altus under the direction of Roller-Drummond Funeral Home.
Wanda J. Craig, 69, of Clarksville died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at Select Specialty Hospital in Fort Smith.
A native of Clarksville, she was a daughter of the late William (Bill) and Lorene Dover Johnston, graduate of Clarksville High School, beautician, and preceded in death by one son, Charles Craig.
Survivors include one granddaughter, Christina Craig of Clarksville; and two great-grandchildren, Courtney McAlexander of Perryville and Dillon Craig of Clarksville.
Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Winona Sue Warnock, 70, of Paris died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in Fort Smith.
A native of Hartman, she was a daughter of the late C.L. (Check) and Alma Lewis Brotherton, retired from the Army Corps of Engineers, owner of Circle W Pawn, vice commander of Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Chapter No. 39, member of First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksville, and was preceded in death by one brother, Harley Kenneth Brotherton.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Ronald Warnock; one son, Billy Warnock and companion, Pattye Ezell, of Paris; two sisters, Robbie Reeves of Hartman and Wanda Walker of Clarksville; one brother, Billy Brotherton of Hartman; one granddaughter, Magean Brents of Russellville; one grandson, Shawn Ezell of Paris; and three great-grandchildren, Loranne, Granger and Matthew Ezell, all of Paris.
Funeral was at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris. Burial was at West Mt. Zion Cemetery near Hartman.
Active pallbearers were Randall Zimmer, Larry Heathcott, Bob Pruett, Ted Crowell, Ron Hardin, and Ron Bourg.
Honorary pallbearers were Riley Warnock, Granger Ezell, Matthew Ezell, Chance Riorodan, Colton Riorodan, James Bowman, and Buddy Davis.
Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Chapter No. 39, 23 West Main Street, Paris, AR 72855 or March of Dimes, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, N.Y. 10605.
A former publisher of the Johnson County Graphic of 50 years ago and husband of a Clarksville area native has died in Sallisaw, Okla.
Dick Mayo, who managed The Graphic from 1954 to 1961 for his father, the late Wheeler Mayo of Sallisaw, and Ed Livermore Sr., of Tulsa, Okla., died Saturday of cancer at the age of 81.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, Sallisaw, with Bill Sampson officiating. Burial will be in Sallisaw City Cemetery, and arrangements are under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
He was born Richard Wheeler Mayo Jr., Nov. 19, 1929, in Fort Smith, the son of Richard Wheeler and Florence (Baker) Mayo. He graduated from Sallisaw High School in 1947 and from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1951.
Following college, he went on active duty in San Diego, Calif., with the Navy. He was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Curtis, which served as the flagship for the task force that conducted H-bomb tests in the South Pacific in 1952. He was aboard the ship when the world’s first hydrogen bomb was exploded at Eniwetok Atoll.
In 1953 he married Barbara Ann Bradford of McAlester. They had three children. The eldest, Allyn, was born in Sallisaw, and the younger two, Shannon and Richard, were born in Clarksville. They were divorced in 1973.
Following release from active duty, Mr. Mayo returned to Sallisaw briefly before moving to Clarksville to manage The Graphic. While publishing The Graphic, he began writing a weekly newspaper column, for which he was to become well known.
When The Graphic was sold to new owners in 1961, he returned to Sallisaw to manage his grandfather’s store until it was sold upon his grandfather’s death in 1964.
He then went into construction work, eventually settling into electrical and mechanical contracting work with the late James W. Martin of Sallisaw. The two later expanded into manufacturing pre-cast concrete septic tanks and related items in plants in Sallisaw and Fort Smith. He sold his interest to Martin in the early 1980s and began an active retirement.
He married Clarksville area native Grace Cowan Chastain in 1986. They taught English as a second language to doctors in Slovakia for five months in 1991. They also traveled extensively.
The two frequently returned to Clarksville to visit with family and friends and spent considerable time at her cabin near Ozone.
Mr. Mayo resumed writing a newspaper column, this time in the family’s newspaper, the Sallisaw Sequoyan County Times, in October 1976. Originally titled “From the Cookson Hills Boar’s Nest,” he later returned to the original column title he had used in The Graphic, “My Two Scents Worth.”
The column proved to be popular, and he wrote it weekly, with the last one appearing in the Times on April 7. The column won a number of state newspaper contest awards over the decades.
He also wrote occasional news and feature articles for the Times. A 2002 four-part series on how Great Depression era migrants from the Sallisaw area struggled to get to California in the 1930s where they later prospered won a Society of Professional Journalists award for in-depth enterprise in individual reporting and a National Newspaper Association innovation award.
He received an award in 2009 from the Oklahoma Press Association for 50 years of service to the industry.
Following the death of his mother in 1986, Mr. Mayo became president of Cookson Hills Publishers, Inc., the family corporation that publishes the Sequoyah County Times. He continued in that position until he and his sister, Andrea Mayo Quigley, sold their interests to their brother, Jim Mayo, in 2004. Following the sale, he continued his column and was an informal advisor to the paper.
In addition to his wife, Grace, of the home, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Allyn and Charles Wilson of Edmond and Shannon and Dennis Bishop of Sallisaw; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Melanie Mayo of Sallisaw; one brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Becky Mayo of Sallisaw; one sister and brother-in-law, Andrea and John Quigley of Beaumont, Texas. A younger brother, Dale Baker Mayo, died in infancy.
Other survivors include four grandchildren, Matthew Todd McBroom and wife Stephanie of Broken Arrow, Sean Robert McBroom of Edmond, Ryan Richard Mayo of Sallisaw and Leslie Michelle Loch and husband Josh of Fort Worth, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Tanner Ryan Mayo, Jayce Adallyn McBroom, Matthew Lantz McBroom and Joseph Todd McBroom; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sallisaw Education Foundation, P.O. Box 276, Sallisaw, OK 74955, and the Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library, 101 E. Cherokee, Sallisaw, OK 74955.