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David N. Fitzgerald

David Nelson Fitzgerald, 63, of Clarksville died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at his home.

He was a native of Framingham, Mass., graduate of Milford (Massachusetts) High School, Vietnam veteran, member of Coal Hill VFW Post No. 8532 and retired Tyson Foods employee.

Survivors include one son, Robert Wood of Fort Smith; four daughters, Lisa Kilbourn of Fort Smith, Katherine Martin of Clarksville, Melanie Escalante of Huntington, and Jessica Snyder of Fayetteville; one sister, Donna Fitzgerald of Milford, Mass.; one brother, Michael Fitzgerald of Hamilton, Mass.; and two grandsons, Adrien Martin and Dougie Kilbourn of Fort Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Coal Hill VFW Building with Chaplain Cloud and James Dahlem officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Donald Phillips

Donald “Britches” Phillips, 70, of Alix, Arkansas, died January 5, 2012 in Alix. He was retired from Cargill. He was born June 10, 1941 in Paris, Arkansas to Truman Leon and Jessie Willie Hawkins Phillips. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Jack, Dave and Johnny Phillips.

Funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Monday, January 9, 2012, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Keith Dodson and Reverend Troy Vaughn officiating, with burial at Phillips Cemetery in Alix under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Dougan Phillips of Alix; three sons, Truman Phillips of Alix, Fred Phillips and wife, Charlotte,  and David Phillips and wife, Donna, all of Alix; one daughter, Chrissa and husband, J.J. Tull, of Alix; nine grandchildren, Alex Kasey, Lexie, Dougan, Ruston, Makenna, Jesse, Jacob, Ashton and Piper.

Pallbearers were Truman, Fred and David Phillips, J.J. Tull, George Flegel and Chad Binyon. Honorary pallbearers were all of his buddies.

The family visited with friends from 4:00–6 :00 PM, Sunday, January 8, 2012, at Shaffer Funeral Home, 2315 W. Commercial, in Ozark.

 To leave an online memorial tribute visit www.shafferfuneralhomeweb.com

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Elizabeth Ann Nichols

Elizabeth Ann Nichols, 73, mother of Diane Wood of Clarksville, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Waldron.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Altus First Baptist Church with Rev. Chuck Starnes and Zack Belt officiating.

Burial was at Highland Cemetery in Ozark under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Andrew Archer, Michael Maher, Devin Nichols, Eric West, Omar Gonzales, Aubrey Bowen Jr., Lee West, Earl West, Aaron West, Christopher West, Timothy Davis, Kevin Davis, C.J. West, Jeff Wood, Dale Wood and Kevin Wood.

She was born in the Greenwood Community to Riley and Virginia McGhee West, widow of Pete Nichols, retired Whirlpool employee, member of Altus First Baptist Church and former church secretary-treasurer. She was preceded in death by one sister, Bobbie Gene West; and one brother, Willard West.

Survivors include one son, Dean Nichols of Waldron; one other daughter, Sandy Stewart of Altus; three brothers, Wallace West and Clinton West, both of the Greenwood Community, and Gary West of Alma; two sisters, Connie Bowen of Ozark and Aileen Davis of El Reno, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Gregory Allen Irwin

Gregory Allen Irwin, 23, of Lakeland, Fla., grandson of Jewell and James Damon of Clarksville, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at his home.

He was a native of Lakeland, Fla., attended Valleyview Elementary, Lakeland Highlands Middle School, graduated from George Jenkins High School in 2006, and Tallahassee Community College with an AA degree in 2008, was a senior at the University of Central Florida majoring in digital media, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland, Fla., Scout Pack 104 and Scout Troop 104. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Charles Irwin; and maternal grandparents, Billy and Barbara Wade.

Other survivors include his parents, Louis and Cheryl Irwin of Lakeland, Fla.; one brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Katy Irwin of Jacksonville, Fla.; aunts and uncles, Alice Hazel of Lakeland, Fla.; Billy and Diane Wade of Belington, W. Va., Mary and John Thomas of Frostproof, Fla.; and Charlie Irwin and Larry Irwin, both of Clarksville; and numerous great-aunts, great-uncles, and cousins.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at First Presbyterian Church followed by graveside services at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Suncoast Chapter, 3507 East Frontage Road, Suite 300, Tampa, FL 33607 or the charity of the donor’s choice.

James David Williams

James David Williams, 69, of Clarksville died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.

He was a son of the late J.C. and Hazel Mae Reeves Williams, former resident of Pine Bluff, attended Pine Bluff and Watson Chapel School districts, served 23 years in the Armed Forces including the United States Navy and was a Vietnam War veteran, member of Crossroads Assembly of God Church and was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Williams and Roy Williams.

Survivors include one brother, Jimmy (Marylyn) Williams of Fayetteville; one sister, Mary Kesterson of Pine Bluff;

three nephews, Stephen (Linda) Williams of Tucker, Tony Williams of San Francisco, Calif., and Kevin (Yesi) Kesterson of Santa, Anna, Calif.; one niece, Alisa Williams of Fayetteville; and one great-nephew, Matthew Williams of Tucker.

Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.

Jimmie Eugene Trost

Jimmie Eugene Trost, 76, of Little Rock, brother of Beatrice Wiser of Clarksville, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

He was born in Leedey, Okla., a graduate of Green Forest High School and barber college, served in the United States Army, attended Arkansas Technical College, graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, licensed as a professional engineer (PE), retired as a civil engineer from the survey and maintenance division of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, and following retirement served part-time as a disaster relief professional with the Federal Emergency Management Administration. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Cecelia Trautman Trost of Green Forest; one sister, Beverly Ann Trost of Green Forest; and four brothers, Gordon O. Trost of Green Forest, Victor E. Trost of Virginia Beach, Va., Herbert A. Trost of Wilmington, N.C., and Dale W. Trost of Cabot.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Witherington Trost; two daughters, Margaret Trost of San Antonio, Texas, and Lt. Col.-Select, Jennifer Vecchione of Vandenberg AFB, son-in-law, Scott Vecchione, and grandson, Sijan, of Santa Maria, Calif.; one other sister, Eunice Wise of Beebe; and seven nieces and six nephews including Celia Wiser of Fayetteville and Grant Wiser of Alton, Ill., both formerly of Clarksville.

Visitation and funeral were Friday, Jan. 6, at the Temple Baptist Church in Little Rock where he served as a deacon. Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Egypt Cemetery at Hamburg. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock.

Memorials may be made to the Egypt Cemetery.

Joe A. Askins

Joe A. Askins, 89, of Anaheim, Calif., died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.

He was a native of the Lone Pine Community, son of the late Joe and Etta Bean Askins, and widower of Joan Garner Askins. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Leland M. King and Lowell A. Higgs; and a brother, Varnell J. Askins.

He is survived by one son, Bradley Askins and his wife, Alice, and two grandchildren, all of Bethlehem, Pa.; as well as several nephews, nieces and cousins in the local area.

Interment was under the direction of Memory Garden Memorial Park and Mortuary of Brea, Calif.

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Margaret Ruth Davis

Margaret Ruth Davis, age 85, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012, in Muskogee, OK. She was born in Oktaha, OK on June 6, 1926, to William Love and Arminta “Minnie” (Byrd) Stephens.

Ruth was living and working in Muskogee when she met Simual “Ray” Davis, who was stationed at Camp Gruber. Ruth and Ray married just five weeks later, on February 19, 1945. After living in Muskogee and in Eastern Arkansas, they moved to California in 1952, to be close to Ray’s family.

Ruth loved California: the beach, the parks, the weather, and her favorite job as Quality Control at a defense plant. Her later jobs were in retail. With her husband’s health declining, the family moved to Clarksville, AR in 1962. In 1968, with their three children grown and in college, Ruth returned to Muskogee. She married Leslie O. Davis, no relation.

Ruth loved to read, crochet, and experiment with new recipes, as one of her greatest pleasures was cooking for others. She enjoyed digging in the dirt, wherever she lived, both weeding and planting flowers. Ruth and Leslie spent many evening hours playing dominoes and cards with both family and friends. She attended a Baptist Church wherever she lived when her health allowed, and enjoyed helping with Vacation Bible School.

 Ruth was preceded in death by her two husbands, S. Ray Davis and Leslie O. Davis, no relation; and all of their siblings. She was also preceded by her half-brothers, Jack and Lee Henry; her half-sister, Bell Henry Sampson; her brothers, Haskell and Charley Stephens; and her sister, Lucille Stephens London; and several nieces and nephews. Ruth is survived by her son, Billy Ray Davis (Becky) of Afton, OK; daughters, Carolyn McBride (Hershel) of Muskogee, and Linda Haltom (Gerald) of Clarksville, AR; grandchildren, Danielle Cara, Chaun Davis, Billy Ray Davis, Jan Williams, Alicia Sharp; Michael and Robert Boger; Mark and William Haltom; her beloved sister-in-law, Rosa Lee Stephens, born the same day and year as Ruth; as well as several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A family visitation for Ruth will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday January 11, 2012, at Bradley Funeral Service of Muskogee. A funeral service for Ruth will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday January 12, 2012, at Bradley Belltower Chapel with Pastor Tom Shelton officiating. Interment will follow in Greenhill Cemetery.

 Services are entrusted to Bradley Funeral Service of Muskogee. Friends may share condolences with the family at www. bradleyfuneralservice.com.

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Martha Eulema Pyles

Martha Eulema Pyles, 78, of Ozark died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Ozark.

She was a native of Johnson County, daughter of the late Carl and Susie Hyder Hanshew, widow of Jim Pyles, retired lab technician, and member of Hunt Gospel Church.

Survivors include one niece, Susan Taylor and husband, Joe, of Ozark; one nephew, Bobby Hanshew and wife, Dolores, of Lowell; aunt, Violet of Saxton, Mo.; and three cousins, Dovie Tuck of Ozark, Dennis Hyder of Hunt, and Jesse Thomas of Conway.

Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Liberty Hill Cemetery at Hunt with Rev. Leo Villines officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.

Tina Marie Ferris

Tina Marie (T) Ferris, 32, of Plano, Ill., whose father and stepmother, Tom and Rita Ferris reside at London, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at her home.

She was a native of Sandwich, Ill., employed as an analyst for Group O at Caterpillar, Inc., in Aurora, Ill., attended Harvest Chapel in Sandwich, Ill., and was preceded in death by one son, Bryce Allen Johnson; and maternal and paternal grandparents.

Other survivors include two sons, Brendon McDonald and Kyle Ferris, both of Plano, Ill.; mother and stepfather, Vicki (Moss) and Tommy Nagy of Plano, Ill.; two brothers, Shawn Beck of Sandwich, Ill., and Brian (Kristina) Beck of Yorkville, Ill.; one sister, Amy (Chris) Stankovich of Plano, Ill.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral was at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Plano, Ill., with Pastor Joe Denbow officiating. Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Aurora, Ill.

Vane Carlyn Farrer

Vane Carlyn Farrer, 84, of Scranton died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at Paris Rehabilitation Center.

He was a native of Carden Bottom in Yell County, son of the late Walter Franklin and Doris Mae Magness Farrer of Rison, retired Army non-commissioned officer having served 22 years in the Army Medical Corps, also served combat tours in Korea and Vietnam after having entered the United States Army in 1946, before retiring in 1967 in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was a former owner of a welding supply business in Pine Bluff prior to moving to Scranton in 1977. He graduated from the police academy in 1978, was employed for the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and Paris Police Department, served as a justice of the peace and on the Logan County Quorum Court, poultry and cattle farmer, and was preceded in death by four brothers, James Walter Farrer, Hoy Franklin Farrer, Theron Roy Farrer, and Charles Morgan Farrer.

Survivors include his wife, Lilah Sue Farrer; two sons, Daniel Farrer and John Farrer, both of Scranton; two daughters, Gail Bottoms of Russellville and Carla Krohn of Clarksville; eight grandchildren, Lena, Matthew, Stuart, Melody, Sean, Rachel, John Dillon and Ian; seven great-grandchildren, Madeline, Reid, Bennett, Owen, Mitchell, Alyssa, Evan and Sarah; one brother, Bobby Farrer; and one sister, Geraldine Wallace.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Roller Funeral Home in Paris with Daniel Farrer officiating. Burial will be in Wares Chapel Cemetery at Dublin.

Active pallbearers will be Sean Krohn, Matthew Farrer, Stuart Farrer, Jim Krohn, John Farrer, and Dan Farrer.

Honorary pallbearers will be Edward Bottoms, John Dillon Farrer, and Ian Harkey.

Waymond Phillips Price

Waymond Phillips Price, 82, of Russellville, AR, died Monday, January 2, 2012, at his cabin near Pelsor, AR.

The son of Clarence Phillips and Velma Moore Saner he was born September 2, 1929, in Russellville, AR. He worked for many years with International Shoe Company and the Arkansas Highway Transportation Department while later retiring from both entities. He was a charter member of the Pope County Mounted Patrol. He enjoyed hunting, camping, spending time with his grandsons and great-granddaughters, and watching sports. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his son, Tracy Price and wife, Rita, of Lamar; two grandsons, Justin Price and wife, Holly, of Russellville and Scott Price and wife, Ann, of Lamar; two great-granddaughters, Rhylie Jo and Aybrie Price of Lamar; two cousins, Dean Dlugosh and wife, Becky, of Russellville and Dewayne Dlugosh and wife, Sandy, of Lamar.

Graveside service was at 10 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2012, at Oakland Cemetery in Russellville. Reverend Gerald Chenowith officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Visitation was from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.

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