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Carolyn Dean Bates

Carolyn Dean Bates, 71, of Clarksville died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.

She was a native of Muldrow, Okla., daughter of the late Monroe and Mamie Steveson Morgan, widow of Larry Randall Bates, and member of First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Melinda (Bo) Middleton and Kelly (Justin) Waterman, all of Clarksville; three sons, Michael (Carolyn) Morgan and Jeffrey (Deanna) Bates, all of Lamar, and Scotty Sosebee of Gladewater, Texas; three sisters, Macie Trice of Roland, Okla., Melba Barnes of Muldrow, Okla., and Lucille Dustman of Gladewater, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Vernon Bass officiating. Burial will be in Stillwell Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Ronnie Ashlock, Alan Bratton, Bo Middleton, Michael Morgan, Scotty Sosebee, and Jeffrey Bates.

Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Eva Lorene Nesbitt

Eva Lorene Nesbitt, 91, of Clarksville died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith.

She was a native of Dillon, daughter of the late Edward M. and Bertha Wheeler Mayfield, widow of Milton Lee Nesbitt, member of Woodland Missionary Baptist Church, and was a retired shoe factory employee.

She is survived by one daughter, Carol L. Nesbitt of Clarksville; one son, Stanley (Rita) Nesbitt of Clarksville; four sisters, Alice Reeves of Coal Hill, Lillian Mason of Grand Junction, Colo., and Doris (Ronald) Reeves and Delores Rives, all of Clarksville; two grandchildren, Andrea LaPoint and Kristi (Jerry) Bradley; and two great-grandchildren, Lindsey Avlos and Jacob Bradley.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. George Farquhar and Rev. Garland Ming officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Freddie Christian, Claude James, Carl Curtis, Robert Boen, Roger Boen, and Doug Harvey.

John Thomas Watson

John Thomas Watson, 75, of Lamar died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at his home.

He was a native of Hagarville, son of the late Ive Charles and Myrtle Johnson Watson, veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, truck driver and oil company employee, and preceded in death by two grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Vaughn Dell Harmon Watson; one daughter, Tessie Dalton and husband, John, of Hagarville; two sons, Gary Watson and wife, Teresa, of Lamar and Todd Watson and wife, Lori, of Hagarville; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Burial was in Hagarville Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Matt Watson, Greg Stricklin, T.J. Watson, John Dalton, Robert King, and Jim Harmon.

Honorary pallbearers were Buddy Clark, Bob Boen, Dale Rowbotham, and David Davidson.

Kayla Jaynelle Tilden

Kayla Jaynelle Pitts Tilden, 25, of Clarksville died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at UAMS Hospital in Little Rock.

She was a native of Clarksville, 2004 graduate of Scranton High School, and was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Dora Ellen Whitson; and paternal grandfather, Orvil J.T. Pitts.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Tilden; mother, Kelly Whitson McGaughey of Clarksville; father, Rick Pitts and wife, Loretta, of Knoxville; three brothers, Garrett Pitts and wife, Jessica, and Justin Pitts, all of Clarksville, and Chad Pitts and wife, Kelsea, of Knoxville; maternal grandfather, Charles Whitson Sr. of Clarksville; paternal grandmother, Jo Ellen Pitts of Clarksville; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Richard Snyder officiating. Burial was in Hays Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Charles Whitson Jr., Ronald Whitson, Stephen Whitson, Larry Pitts, Heston Ashlock, and Chris Lira.

Scott W. Stumbaugh

Scott Walton Stumbaugh, age 55, died Oct. 2, 2011, in Fort Smith.

He was born on Oct. 13, 1955, in Clarksville, AR to Leon and Anna Stumbaugh. He graduated from Sylvan Hills High School in North Little Rock, AR. He then moved to Jonesboro, AR where he earned a bachelor of science degree in general business from Arkansas State University.

After graduating, he moved to Fort Smith to accept a position as a conductor with Union Pacific Railroad. During this time, he married Carol Shawn Crowley also of Fort Smith and together they had two children, James and Lynsey.

After many years working with the railroad, he accepted a sales position at Wal-Mart in order to spend time with his family. Scott dedicated over 10 years of service to the company and in 2009 was promoted to zone marketing manager of Wal-Mart Store #0141 in Fort Smith.

Those who knew Scott would describe him as a wise, hard-working man with a great sense of humor. To his family, he will always be remembered as a loving father, brother and husband.

His passion for his family extended to his hobbies. He enjoyed researching his genealogy and happily shared his findings with those around him. He was a sports enthusiast, and loved to spend a Saturday watching college football. Scott was also a baseball fan and even owned a baseball signed by his favorite player, Ted Williams. He also found time to delve into academics, his favorite subject being history.

He is survived by a son, James, of Pine Bluff, AR; a daughter, Lynsey of Fort Smith, AR; their mother, Carol Shawn Stumbaugh of Van Buren, AR; three siblings, Ronnie Stumbaugh of Fayetteville, AR, Cheryl Fuller of Memphis, TN, and Paula Padilla of Little Rock, AR; and cherished nieces and nephews.

The visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. at Hardwicke Funeral Home in Clarksville, AR followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. Afterwards, there will be a procession following the service to Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville, AR.

Pallbearers, Lance Stumbaugh, Kurt Stumbaugh, Jordon Stumbaugh, Wyman Jones, Spencer Fuller, James Cowles.

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Timmy Allen Roe

Timmy Allen Roe, 48, of Van Buren, brother of Lee Gilmer of Clarksville, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Fort Smith.

He was a native of Blytheville, member of Calvary Baptist Church in Van Buren and W and C Hunting Club, and an employee of Baldor.

Other survivors include his wife, Lisa Roe; one daughter, Kristen Reather of Van Buren; one son, Michael Roe of Van Buren; one sister, Deborah Reeves of Van Buren; and four grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Lewis Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith.

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