Donna Jo Meuser Murphy
Donna Jo Meuser Murphy, age 62, a resident of De Queen, AR died Thursday, May 5, 2011 at her home.
She was born November 17, 1948 in Gary, Indiana. She worked for Southern L.P. for 33 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Vera Jeffress Meuser.
She is survived by her husband, Ron Murphy of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Christy Murphy of De Queen; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Jeff Watson of Texarkana, AR and Micki and Jimmy Copeland of Broken Bow, OK; five grandchildren, Josh Copeland, Jessica Caudle, Jordan Murphy, Jayden Murphy and Steven Curtis; one great grandchild, Jace Roberts; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Sue and Denny Janssen of Paxton, IL, Mary and Doug Parsons, also of Paxton, IL, Bonnie and Mike Maron of Dallas, TX and Carol Coplea, also of Dallas; one brother, Paul Meuser of Moore, OK; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Murphy will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2011 at the funeral home.
David Duane Creekmore
Mr. David Duane Creekmore, age 42, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in his mother’s home after a long courageous battle with leukemia.
He was born to Paul David Creekmore and Mary Darlene Cook Creekmore at Modesto, California, on June 29, 1968. He was a member of the Assembly of God, and enjoyed church, gospel music, and tinkering on his computer.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his mother Mary Darlene Ayers of De Queen; two brothers, Jerry Dale Creekmore of De Queen, and Robert Kenneth Creekmore of Antioch, California; a sister, Diana Haley of Pioneer, California, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Cremation was under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. A memorial service to be held Saturday, May 7th at 4:00 p.m. in the First Assembly of God Church, De Queen, Ark. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Assembly of God for the purchase of Bibles.
Beverly Ann Chandler Ruzin
Mrs. Beverly Ann Chandler Ruzin, age 59, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Friday, April 29, 2011, in a Texarkana Hospital.
She was born on December 31, 1951 at Sentinel, Oklahoma. She was Administrative Assistant for Sevier County Judge, and enjoyed gardening, reading, crafts, flowers, and people.
She is survived by her husband, Tom Ruzin of Lockesburg, a son, Chris Ruzin of Austin, Texas, two daughters and a son-in-law, Melissa Ruzin of Lockesburg, and Stephanie and Jesse Purcell also of Lockesburg, her father and step-mother, Arlice and Jackie Chandler of Horatio, her mother and step-father, Wanda and Bob Decker of Lockesburg; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and George Kurachi, Jr. of Austin, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Beverly Ruzin will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 3rd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Duane Alspaw and Rev. Sam Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, Ark. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Monday, May 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to Beverly Ruzin Memorial Fund, First National Bank, 504 Collin Raye Dr., De Queen.
Pallbearers are: Dick Tallman, Greg Ray, John Partain, Richard McKinley, Ronny Chandler, and Darrell Chandler
Lena Bell Adcock
Mrs. Lena Bell Jones Adcock, age 91, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, April 29, 2011, in Brookewood Nursing & Rehab.
She was born to Watson Jerome and Sally Viola Magouirk Jones at Ada, Oklahoma, November 2, 1919. She was a former employee of Mountaire Poultry, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of Geneva Missionary Baptist Church, and enjoyed quilting, flowers, fishing, and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Henry Richard Jones, Kage Jones, Opal Mildred Jordan, Janola Faye Bennett, and Mary Ruth, and her beloved husband, William L. “Bill” Adcock.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Hoyt and Gayle Adcock, and Doyle and Lisa Adcock
and a Special daughter Brenda Adcock all of De Queen, one sister, Iva Lee Bullard of Post, Texas, six grandchildren, Karen Watson, Melissa Fisk, Michael Adcock, Jeremy Adcock, Alexandria Clayton, and Victoria Clayton, six great-grandchildren, Tyler, Alex, Kaylee, Mallory, Aubreigh, and Natalee, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lena Bell Adcock will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 3rd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Mt. Ida Cemetery, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Monday, May 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Pallbearers are: Ray Stinnett, Cody Stinnett, Ernest Noey, James VanVoast, Dr. Louis Stubbs, and Kenneth Bryan
Joaquin Ray Long
Joaquin Ray Long, age 87, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Springhill, Louisiana.
She was born January 8, 1924 in Walnut Springs, Arkansas. She was a retired teacher and a member of First United Methodist Church in De Queen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Thomas Milton and Ina Cecil Rankin Ray; her husband, Ray A. Long; one grandson, Chance Long.
Mrs. Long is survived by two children, Kay Emerson of Taylor, Arkansas and Ronald Long of De Queen; one sister, Vivian Long of Little River Club, Arkansas; one brother, Milton Ray of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren, Suzanne and Mike Ivey of Taylor, Bart Emerson of Taylor, Melody and Roderick Gray of Little Rock and Paige and Lawrence Shields of Houston, Texas; seven great-grandchildren, Kelsey Maloch, Mason Maloch, Alexx Ivey, Beau Emerson, Speed Shields, Caroline Gray and Rhett Gray.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Long will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 30, 2011 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Williams and Cheryl Nelson officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 29th at the funeral home.
Edna E. Jordan
Mrs. Edna E. Jordan, age 95, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011 in the Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas. She was surrounded by her family when angels took her away.
She was born August 14, 1915 in Coleman, Oklahoma. She was a café cook, a member of the AARP, Hospital Lady’s Auxiliary and Rose Hill Baptist Church.
Mrs. Jordan was preceded in death by her parents, Stonewall Jackson and Annie Belle Defer Blount; her husband, Porter Jordan; three sons, Kenneth, Bobby and Billy Jordan; one daughter, Helen Magar; two sisters and three brothers.
She is survived by three sons, Howard Jordan of Beatrice, Nebraska, Porter Jordan Jr. of Irving, Texas and Chester Ray Jordan of Paoli, Oklahoma; two daughters, Maxine Spears of Amarillo, Texas and Vickie Higgins of Horatio, Arkansas; one sister, Jewell Matlock of Kilgore, Texas; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Jordan will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2011 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Mike Moody and George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in the Denison Cemetery
in Idabel, Oklahoma.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 28th at the funeral home.
Fannie Bell “Fan” Oakley Wilemon
Mrs. Fannie Bell “Fan” Oakley Wilemon, age 86, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in the De Queen Medical Center.
She was born to Glenn and Dona Smith Oakley at De Queen, Arkansas, on January 20, 1925. She was a former employee of Baldwin, and Brookwood Nursing Home, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Horatio Assembly of God Church, and enjoyed Blue Grass Music. She could play the guitar, the fiddle, and the mandolin. She also enjoyed song writing, quilting, and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe A. “Bud” Wilemon, a son, Ricky Joe Wilemon; a sister, Eva Cowling, and a brother, Raymond Oakley.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Morris Alan and Charlotte Wilemon of De Queen, a daughter, Donna Lou Wilemon of Arkadelphia, a daughter-in-law, Rebecca Wilemon Rickey of Foreman; four grandchildren, Dane Hullender, Toby Joe Wilemon, Jason Robert Wilemon, and Janelle Howell; five great-grandchildren, Brandi, Brooke, Kaylynne, Chantz, and Cole, and a special niece, Dona K. Morris of De Queen.
Graveside funeral Services for Mrs. Fan Wilemon will be held at 2:00p.m., Friday, April 29th in Redmen Cemetery
with Rev. Ralph Staggs officiating. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Thursday, April 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Mae Shaw Gentry
Mrs. Mae Shaw Gentry, age 93, a resident of De Queen, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, in the De Queen Medical Center.
She was born March 5, 1918, in Nashville, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Pentecostal.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Milton and Maud Bishop Shaw and her husband, Earnest Gentry.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Dink and Delois Gentry and one daughter, Sue Bailey all of De Queen; a foster son, George Brizendine of Glenwood, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Dewayne Bailey, Bud Gentry, Jimmy Ray Gentry and Amy Bailey; eight great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Gentry will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Eddie Schlinker officiating. Burial will follow in the Avon Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 26th at the funeral home.
The family will be at the home of Dink and Delois Gentry, 1025 Circle Drive in De Queen.
Buddy Bob Benson
Buddy Benson, 77, of Arkadelphia died on Good Friday, April 22, 2011, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.
Coach Benson was an Arkansas sports legend – a 1993 inductee into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, an inductee into the NAIA Hall of Fame, the head football coach at Ouachita Baptist University for 31 seasons and the man who in 1954 threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Preston Carpenter at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium to lead the University of Arkansas Razorbacks to a 6-0 victory over the nationally ranked Ole Miss Rebels. The late Orville Henry, the longtime sports editor of the Arkansas Gazette, later would describe what was known as the “Powder River Play” as the school’s most famous play to that point because it put the Arkansas program on the map and gave the Razorbacks a statewide following. During his lengthy coaching career, Coach Benson was known for turning boys into men. His hundreds of former players had a strong loyalty to the man who had been such a tough taskmaster when they were in college. Coach Benson was an intense coach, a man who accepted nothing less than a player’s best. He consistently led Ouachita teams to winning records in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference, an amazing accomplishment considering the ever-present lack of quality facilities and funds at Ouachita. Coach Benson produced 16 All-America and 208 all-conference players during his 31 years as Ouachita’s head coach. Coach Benson compiled a 162-140-8 record at Ouachita and won four AIC championships, but he often said his greatest accomplishment was the fact that almost all of his players graduated. Former Tigers moved on to success in business, medicine, law, education and other professions. His recruiting strategy was based on quality rather than quantity, not only physical quality but also mental and moral excellence. Once those recruits reached the Ouachita campus, Coach Benson saw to it that football and social life did not outweigh academic concerns. Though he had chances to move to larger schools, Coach Benson decided to spend his career at Ouachita. He once explained: “There’s just something special about this school. You can see it in the students and feel it when you walk around the campus. We have a high class of individuals who go to school here, and I think that if a kid can stick it out with us for four years, he’ll end up being a pretty high-class person himself.” Coach Benson’s most famous player was Cliff Harris, who went on to play in five Super Bowls for the Dallas Cowboys and was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor. Harris said that Coach Benson “taught us to achieve at levels we didn’t believe were possible. At critical moments in my life, I’ve thought of Coach Benson and the things he taught me. It was his influence that allowed me to step it up a notch at those important times.” Coach Benson was born Nov. 9, 1933, and was one of the nation’s most highly recruited players coming out of high school at De Queen. He signed with legendary University of Oklahoma Coach Bud Wilkinson, whose Sooners had won the national championship in 1950. Between 1953 and 1957, Wilkinson’s Oklahoma squads won 47 consecutive games. But Coach Benson, missing his home state, transferred to the University of Arkansas, where he met the love of his life, Janet Ball of Nashville. In 1954, the man known in college as “Buddy Bob” helped lead Coach Bowden Wyatt’s team to an 8-3 record, a share of the 1954 Southwest Conference championship and a berth in the Cotton Bowl against Georgia Tech. Following college graduation in 1956, Coach Benson was offered a professional contract to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL. He turned down the offer to try his hand at coaching high school football. It didn’t take him long to achieve success as a coach. His first team at Lewisville went 10-1, and his second team had a 7-1-2 record. In the spring of 1958, however, he decided he could make more money selling automobiles. Three years later, Coach Benson realized he belonged in the world of sports molding young men’s lives rather than making money in the world of business. He showed up at the annual Arkansas coaching clinic in Little Rock in August 1961 looking for a job. He was told that Ouachita head coach Rab Rodgers was searching for an assistant. Coach Rodgers decided to give the automobile salesman a chance. When Coach Rodgers decided to devote all of his time to serving as Ouachita’s athletic director in 1965, Coach Benson was promoted to head coach. It was, at best, a risky proposition for him. Few people believed Ouachita could win consistently in football. He took over a program that had experienced just two winning seasons in the previous 16 years. Ouachita would not have a losing season in Coach Benson’s first 12 years. The turnaround he engineered was a far cry from the late 1950s when Ouachita President Ralph Phelps had declared in a speech to the student body: “We should not expect overnight miracles of our teams or coaching staffs. Ouachita, after having been at the pinnacle of athletic glory, has sunk about as low as a school can go without dropping competition altogether.” Coach Benson worked his magic quickly. By his second year as head coach, the Tigers had captured a share of the AIC championship. His players reflected their head coach – they wore suits on road trips; they maintained a clean-cut appearance; they played the game cleanly. After Ouachita won a share of the AIC championship in 1975, Arkansas Democrat sports editor Fred Morrow wrote of Coach Benson: “His athletes are going to go to class. They’re not going to abuse (or even get caught using) tobacco or alcohol, and they’re going to keep their hair nice and neat, and they’re going to say yes sir and no sir. Oh, they’re also going to receive diplomas.” Coach Benson, known by many of his players simply as “The Man, ” often would say: “I’m not running a popularity contest.” Yet few figures in Arkansas sports history were more popular. After retiring from coaching following the 1995 season, Coach Benson served as Ouachita’s athletic director until 1998. In retirement, he was a constant presence on the golf course at DeGray Lake Resort State Park, where he was known for rounds of speed golf that regularly tired those golfing with him. Coach Benson also enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends in the Arkadelphia area. “I always wanted my kids to grow up in one town, go to one school, ” Coach Benson once said of his decision to spend decades at the same institution. “I felt like after the kids were grown, there would always be time to move on. I didn’t really count on coming to love this place so much, though. We were very happy at Ouachita. Arkadelphia is a good town to live in.”
Coach Benson was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Lyons. He is survived by his wife Janet Benson, one son Gary Benson (Chris) of Hot Springs, one daughter, Laurie Jordan (Tiger) of Hot Springs, six grandchildren, Blair and Benson Jordan, Abby, Steven, Joey, and Garret Benson.
A committal service will be 1 PM Tuesday, April 26 at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens followed by a memorial service a 2 PM in the First Baptist Church of Arkadelphia. The casket will be open at Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home in Arkadelphia between the hours of 10 AM Monday, April 25 till 7 PM in the evening. There will be no formal visitation. Honorary pallbearers will be teammates form DeQueen High School, Oklahoma University, University of Arkansas, former players, coaches, and managers of Lewisville High School and Ouachita Baptist University, Bill Dixon’s Sunday School Class, and Andy’s Coffee Shop Group.
Memorials may be made to the Ouachita Gridiron Club c/o David Sharp, OBU box 3788, Arkadelphia, AR 71998. Sign on line guest book at www.ruggleswilcox.com.
Zerma Marie Horn George
Zerma Marie Horn George, age 76, of Idabel, Oklahoma, formerly of Hatton, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2011 in Idabel.
She was born January 3, 1935 in America, Oklahoma to the late Robert Moody Horn and the late Pally Jennings Horn. She was united in marriage to Millard Lester (Pete) George. She was a sanitation worker for Tyson Foods and was of the Christian faith. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, and will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by:
Son: Lester Jim George of Grannis, Arkansas
Daughters: Nona Marie Billings and husband Dwaynn of Broken Bow, Oklahoma
Stella June Billings and husband Dwight of Grannis, Arkansas
Brother: Mike Horn of Moon, Oklahoma
Sisters: Annie Alford of Moon, Oklahoma
Bonnie Cox of Idabel, Oklahoma
Georgia Tunnell of Moon, Oklahoma
Faye Procter of Tom, Oklahoma
Patsy Billingsley of Idabel, Oklahoma
Kathy Tunnell of Moon, Oklahoma
8 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Alice Horn, her husband, Millard Lester (Pete)George, 2 sisters, Estelle Horn and Edith Neal, and 2 brothers, James “Bo” Horn and Roy “Buck” Horn.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, April 27, 2011 2:00 p.m. at Witherspoon Cemetery
at Vandervoort with Dr. Douglas DeRamus officiating. Arranegments are under the direction the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday evening, April 26, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be David Randoff, Jimmy Hunter, Eric Billings, Paul Geroge, Jimmy Alford, Mickey Tunnell, Bobby Horn, and Mike Horn. Honorary pallbearers will be Morris England & Perrell Dering
Mrs. Virginia Louthan, age 69, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, April 21, 2011 in the De Queen Medical Center.
She was born April 13, 1942 in Baker, Oregon. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant; a member of the De Queen Medical Center Lady’s Auxiliary and attended the Kern Heights Baptist Church in DeQueen.
She was preceded in death by her father, Elijah Samuel Denton.
She is survived by three daughters, Karen Louthan of De Queen, Rebecca Whiteley of Mena, Arkansas and Stacie Louthan of Smithville, Kansas; two sons, Forest Louthan of Russellville, Arkansas and Curtis Louthan of Nebraska City, Nebraska; her mother, Gladys Faye Holden of De Queen; one sister, Sharon Bryant of De Queen; two brothers, Jimmy Denton of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Billy Denton of Waco, Texas; seven grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Louthan will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 25, 2011 in the Chapel Hill Cemetery
with Rev. Rusty Ross officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 24th at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Virginia Louthan Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 640 De Queen, AR 71832.