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Ernest Lee Fultz Sr.

Ernest Lee Fultz Sr., 90, of Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Coal Hill, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at the Veterans Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.

He was a native of Hampton, Va., son of the late Onnie and Nellie Holmes Fultz, retired builder, veteran, and was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth O. Johnson Fultz; one son, Ernest Lee (Bud) Fultz Jr.; two brothers, Jessie Bert Fultz and Onnie Fultz Jr.; and one sister, Thelma Loch.

He is survived by one daughter, Patsy O. (Tony) Morgan of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; five grandsons, David (Stephanie) Morgan and Tim (Tracey) Morgan, all of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Steven (Shannon) Morgan of Columbia, Tenn., Mark (Tracey) Morgan of Kansas City, Mo., and Tony (Greta) Morgan of Noble, Okla.; and one granddaughter, Heather (Cedrick) Wallace of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Coal Hill Assembly of God Church with Rev. David Morgan officiating.

Burial will be in Hartman Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Father Hilary Filiatreau

Father Hilary Filiatreau, O.S.B., age 89, monk of Subiaco Abbey, died peacefully in his room in the monastic health center on December 20, 2011. He was born April 21, 1922, to Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Filiatreau in Mechanicsburg, Indiana. He was christened James Edward.

Edward attended grades one through ten at Saint Joseph School in Elwood, Indiana. His junior and senior years of schooling were at Saint Meinrad Minor Seminary, Saint Meinrad, Indiana, where he graduated with the class of 1941.

From 1943-45 he attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. It was there that he received a package from a friend, which was partially wrapped in a copy of the jubilee issue of The Abbey Message dated March 1941. The paper aroused his interest, which resulted in his coming to Subiaco Abbey on August 16, 1943. Edward Filiatreau professed his vows as a monk of Subiaco Abbey on September 15, 1944, receiving the name Hilary. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 1949, at Subiaco Abbey by Bishop Albert L. Fletcher of the Diocese of Little Rock.

Father Hilary’s friendly disposition and ready wit won the affection of his fellow clerics. Following ordination, he was assigned as chaplain in Subiaco Academy from 1950-55. During this time he also began a lifelong pastoral ministry in the Subiaco deanery where he served in six Arkansas parishes.

Known as “an ambassador of the joy of the Lord,” Father Hilary worked in various apostolates at the abbey including Director of Oblates and assistant Director of Oblates and assistant Director of Hospitality.

From 1953-59, and again from 1989-90, he was pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in Subiaco. From 1959-75 he was pastor of two parishes: Saint Ignatius and Saints Peter and Paul in Scranton and Morrison Bluff, respectively. A third parish, Saint Meinrad in Prairie View, was assigned to his pastorate from 1965-75.

From 1975-84 he was assigned as pastor of Saint Boniface Parish in Fort Smith. Father Hilary was then recalled to the abbey to become guest master, director of retreats, and manager of Coury House. He served in this capacity from 1984-90.

It was in 1990 that he received his final pastorate, namely Saint Mary Church in Altus, Arkansas, where he spent 21 years before retiring to the abbey in June 2011. During his time as pastor there the congregation undertook a gigantic renovation project restoring the church’s interior to its pristine beauty of the early 1900s. From its priceless murals to its hand-done woodwork, the renovated church bespeaks a work of art created for the greater honor and glory of God and edification of the faithful.

He celebrated his golden jubilee of priesthood in 1999, and his diamond jubilee of monastic profession in 2004.

Father Hilary was well loved by the faithful in each of the parishes where he served. Always optimistic, humorous and smiling he ministered to the spiritual as well as the temporal needs of his parishioners.

During the final six months of his life, Fr. Hilary was an active member of the community, concelebrating at the daily conventual Mass and taking his meals in the monastic refectory.

He is survived by his niece Dr. Mary C. Breden; nephews, Dr. J. Leo Brueggeman and David Filiatreau and sister-in-law Mrs. Conroy Filiatreau.

The wake service was Thursday, Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m. at St. Benedict Church, and the Mass of Christian burial was Friday, Dec. 23 at 10:00 a.m.

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Jarrett Howard Pratt

Private graveside services and burial for Jarrett Howard Pratt, 31, of Orlando, Fla., who died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, were at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Mount Airy Cemetery with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

He was a native of Hampton, Va., former resident of Johnson County, and employed in sales.

Survivors include one daughter, Kaylea Pratt of Van Buren; parents, Gary Pratt of Mountainburg and Linda Pratt of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Trena Pratt of Orlando, Fla.; and one brother, Eric Pratt of Orlando, Fla.

Lawrence E. Peterson

Lawrence E. (Larry) Peterson, 65, a resident of Russellville, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville.

He was born Feb. 7, 1946, at Minneapolis, Minn., to Wallace Earl and Norma Audrey Lundell Peterson. He was a former hunting and fishing guide who worked all over North America and was retired from the Russellville Public School District. He was a United States Navy combat veteran of Cuba and Vietnam, having received the National Defense Service Medal. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church at Augsburg and was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Deborah Peterson of Russellville; a stepson, Jordon Melson and his wife, Dora, of Rowlett, Texas; a stepdaughter, Lisa Snow and her husband, Brad, of Scranton; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Glen and Ronella Amos of Ludwig; a sister; and five grandchildren.

All arrangements are private and are under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to the Pope County Animal Shelter, 3115 South Mobile Avenue, Russellville, Arkansas 72801.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.shinnfuneral.com.

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Louise Graves

Louise Graves, 72, of Hagarville died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at London.

She was a native of Fort Douglas, daughter of the late Gus and Avline Gregory Terry, member of Strawberry Assembly of God Church, farmer, and was preceded in death by one daughter, Janice Holben; and one brother, Billy Terry.

Survivors include her husband, William Graves; one daughter, Bonnie Meimerstorf and husband, Leon, of London; two sons, David Graves and wife, Ronda, of Lamar and Stephen Graves and Susan, of Garfield; one son-in-law, Larry Holben and wife, Tonya, of Clarksville; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, at the Strawberry Assembly of God Church with Rev. George Willis officiating.

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

Pallbearers were Eric Meimerstorf, Don Graves, Dustin Holben, Scott Price, Cory Lawson, and Chase Pearrow.

Ruthie Mae Dillaha

Ruthie Mae Martin Dillaha, 87, of Jacksonville died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011.

She was a native of Beeville, Texas, daughter of the late Walter and Mary Martin, and preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Clennon Dillaha.

She is survived by one daughter, Kerry Taylor and husband, Ron, of Clarksville; and grandchildren including Michael Lunn and wife, Victoria, and Justin Lunn.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at East Shady Grove Cemetery in Greenbrier.

Juanita Arnold

Juanita Arnold, 91, of Oklahoma City, Okla., died Thursday, Dec. 22.

A former resident of Clarksville, she was a daughter of the late Charles W. and Eva Florence Wilson Austin, and widow of Raymond Arnold.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews including Jackie Davis, Kathleen Nicholas, Charles Callahan, and Rodger Callahan, all of Clarksville.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Don Bradford officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Leon Dalton

Leon (Shorty) Dalton, 88, of Ozark, formerly of Clarksville, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011.

He was a native of Montana, son of the late Elmer and Lillie East Dalton, retired truck driver, and was preceded in death by his wife, Virgie Dalton; two sons, Donnie and James; one grandson, Dennis; and one great-granddaughter.

Survivors include one son, Dennis (Tina) Dalton of Blue Jacket, Okla.; two daughters, Janice (Loyd) Youngman and Shirley Dalton, all of Ozark; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Ward and Rev. Rickie Jackson officiating. Burial was in Stillwell Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Dalton, Herman Remmer, Scotty Remmer, Ronnie Durham, Jimmy Scanlon, and Christian Torres.

Robert Jason Ford

Funeral for Robert Jason Ford, 49, of Oak Grove, who died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, at the Mountain Top Assembly of God Church with Rev. George Willis officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

He was a native of Kingman, Kan.

Survivors include his mother, Carol Slater of Oak Grove; father, Kenneth Ford of Pratt, Kan.; one brother, Jeff Ford of Wiggins, Miss.; two sisters, Gloria Ann Ford of Oak Grove and Mary Trammell of Kiowa, Okla.; one stepbrother; two stepsisters; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Kerm W. Rutledge

Funeral services for Kerm W. Rutledge were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at Hayhurst Funeral Home Chapel in Broken Arrow, Okla. Burial followed at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Broken Arrow under the direction of Hayhurst Funeral Home.

Kerm passed away at his home in Broken Arrow on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, after a long illness. He was 91 years of age. The son of W.C. Rutledge and Nancy Phillips Rutledge, he was born at Fort Douglas, Arkansas.

Kerm was in the C.C.C. He went to work for the Ozark National Forest Service planting trees and logging with mule teams and horse teams. He became a fire spotter on several towers in the Clarksville, Arkansas area. Kerm married the former Miss Hattie Henley on March 29, 1942, at the tower he manned in the Arkansas Ozarks. During the war Kerm and his wife moved to Broken Arrow to work at the Douglas Aircraft Bomber plant. After the war he went to work for PSO and retired after 37 years. He served on the Broken Arrow Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years and was the department’s first captain. Kerm and his wife owned and operated KR Electric for over 25 years. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed wiring and restoring old houses and telling stories of Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, Hattie Rutledge of Broken Arrow, Okla.; one daughter, Kerma Lynn Rutledge of Broken Arrow, Okla.; one sister, Erma Nicholas of Russellville, Ark.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Ruby Elsie Hunter

Ruby Elsie Hunter of Clarksville, AR was born November 02, 1928, to the parents of John Borgens and Mary Kay Bostron in Kersey, Colorado. She left to be with our Lord on December 24, 2011. She was preceded in death by husband, Charles C. Hunter; daughter, Patricia A. Johnson; and grandson, Ronald W. Olson.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Kay Thompson of Hartman, AR and Debbie Rhinebold of Golden Dale, WA.; her brother, George Borgens of Utah; and four sisters, Betty Olson of Fort Collins, CO, Mildred Myer of Loveland, CO, Madeline Wambolt of Greeley, CO, and Helen Stroh of Fort Collins, CO. She was a proud grandparent of nine grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She and her husband were residents of Clarksville, AR since 1977, and operated a janitorial business for many years.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Jill Perdue officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

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