POTEAU — Norma L. Thompson Taylor, 80, of Poteau died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a bookkeeper and retired from Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center. She was a member of Rebekkah Lodge No. 146, where she served as a secretary. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Poteau, a member of “Rockin’ Ages” and Plenty Niners and the Esther Sunday School class. She was the widow of Floyd Taylor.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Poteau with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home in Poteau.
She is survived by five daughters, Suzanne Ritter and Vicki Wilson, both of Poteau, Kay Ollar of Hatfield, Jan Clark of Spiro and Gean Taylor of El Reno, Okla.; two sons, Wayne “Tuffy” Taylor of McAlester, Okla., and Bill of Poteau; one sister, Laverne Smith of Midwest City, Okla.; one brother, Richard Thompson of Midwest City; 22 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
HEAVENER — Bea Harris, 90, of Heavener died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, in a local nursing home. He was a retired coal miner and timber worker.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Elva; three daughters, Cathrine Kelley of Waldron, Carolyn Dawson of Oklahoma City and Della Kessler of Fort Smith; one stepdaughter, Maxine Luce of Heavener; three sons, Bud of Bethany, Okla., and Midge and Bob, both of Heavener; two stepsons, Harold Ray of Heavener and Carl Ray of McAlester, Okla.; one sister, Carrie Stacy of Wister; three brothers, Finis of Houston, Rufus of Wister and Orell of Greenwood; 11 grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Dan, Jack and Doug Harris and Scotty Scott.
POCOLA — Margot R. Falleur, 79, of Pocola died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, in a local hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of Cavanaugh Missionary Baptist Church. She was the widow of Joseph Falleur.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Fentress Mortuary in Fort Smith.
She is survived by one daughter, Carol J. Voelkel of St. Joseph, Mo.; one son, Joel of Pocola; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
WILLIAM RUSSELL SR.
FAYETTEVILLE — William L. “Bill” Russell Sr., 86, of Fayetteville died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, in a Fayetteville hospital. He attended the University of Central Arkansas on a football scholarship and served as co-captain on the football team in 1940. He was a former sheriff of Franklin County and was a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He received eight Purple Hearts and the Silver Star for valor and was most decorated soldier in the 83rd Infantry Division in World War II.
Funeral with full military honors will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Nelson’s Funeral Home in Fayetteville. Burial will be at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fayetteville with military honors provided by the Army and Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys; two daughters, Phyllis R. Temple of Dhaharan, Saudi Arabia, and Vicki R. White of Jonesboro; one son, William Leon Russell Jr. of Maumelle; two sisters, Evelyn Jangston of Cecil and Hazel Rainwater of Fort Smith; two brothers, Clayton and Paul Russell, both of Fort Smith; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MOFFETT — Edward Wayne Brown, infant son of Melissa Brown and Eddie Conner of Moffett, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, in Tulsa.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Long Cemetery, north of Muldrow, under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Roland.
In addition to his parents, he survived by his maternal grandmother, Barbara Ann Reynolds of Moffett; paternal grandmother, Brenda Bower of Moffett; paternal great-grandmother, Edith Smith of Moffett; and paternal great-grandfather, Arthur Bailey of Moffett.
GREENWOOD — Mary Elizabeth Gwin, 55, of Greenwood died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, in a local hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of Burnville Baptist Church.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday in McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with burial at Liberty Cemetery in Greenwood.
She is survived by her husband, Lee; one daughter, Charlene Tibbits of Greenwood; one son, William of Midland; her mother, Ila Johnson of Greenwood; one sister, Rebecca Jones of Greenwood; seven grandchildren, Courtney Elizabeth, Christian Lee and Curtis Ray Gwin and Autumn Leigh, Alanna Danae, Ashlin Grace and Aslene Pearl Tibbits.
Pallbearers will be Jason Netz, Gary Delp, Jerry Smith, Dale Kopf, John Goddard and Ronnie Williams.
The body may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 11500 North Rodney Parham Road, Executive Suite Bldg. No. 19-20, Little Rock, AR 72212.
BARLING — Amber Dawn Cathers, 22, of Barling died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, in a Waldron hospital. She was a mother and homemaker.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Dayton Cemetery in Dayton under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home in Greenwood.
She is survived by her husband, Jody; two daughters, Tyller Gray Duke and Joedeanna Cathers of the home; one son, Joshua Paul Duke; her mother, Pam Woods of Fort Smith; her father, Harold Woods of Poteau; paternal grandmothers, Lola Woods and Mary Hope, both of Spiro; maternal great-grandmother, Vera Hays of Fort Smith; one brother, Harold Wayne Woods of Spiro.
Stateroom hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
LENEXA, Kan. — Viola Thronebury, 94, of Lenexa and formerly of Clarksville, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, in Overland Park, Kan. She was a homemaker and a Free Will Baptist. She was the widow of Silas Thronebury.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday in Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksville with burial at Minnow Creek Cemetery in Lamar.
She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Tumbleson of Lenexa and Barbara Yarbrough of Wington, Ore.; one son, Johnie of Grandview, Mo.; three brothers, George Wheeler of Jasper, Gene Wheeler of Western Grove and Grady Wheeler of Merriam, Kan.; 19 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
The family will visit with friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
STILWELL — Mollie Spangler, 56, of Stilwell died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, in Stilwell. She was a homemaker and the widow of T.H. Buckner and W.H. Buckner.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. today at Salem Baptist Church in Stilwell with burial at Ewing Chapel Cemetery in Stilwell under the direction of Roberts/Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Stilwell.
She is survived by her companion, Eunah Marshall; two daughters, Lisa Dannette Hatfield and Terria Ann Morton; five sons, Franklin Wayne Keller, George Isaac Foster, Steven Eugene Foster, William Oscar Foster and Jeffery Jason Buckner; two brothers, William Benjamin Spangler Jr. and Newton Coldern Spangler; and 16 grandchildren.
HEAVENER — Rufus Montgomery, 84, of Heavener died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, in Fort Smith. He was member of Heavener Masonic Lodge and Oddfellows Lodge. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church in Heavener with burial at Memorial Park in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
He is survived by his wife, Vaulcie; one daughter, Ionia Pearson of Mobile, Ala.; one sister, Carmen Scott of Eureka Springs; four grandchildren, Lance and Rocky Yandell, Brett Montgomery and Wintress “Wendy” Fry; and two great-grandchildren.
HARRISBURG, Ore. — Effie Morgan, 87, of Harrisburg, Ore., formerly of Mena, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, in Oregon. She was a homemaker and a member of Valley Christian Center in Harrisburg and attended Cowboy Church. She was the widow of Lawrence Morgan.
Funeral will be today in the Murphy-Musgrove Funeral Home in Harrisburg with burial at Alford Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Jo Nell Houston of Dexter, Ore.; four sons, Fred and Jimmie Morgan, both of Harrisburg, Dwain Morgan of Eureka, Mont., and J.D. Morgan of Eugene, Ore.; one sister, Oza Kelley of Mena; one brother, Vernon Bates of Littlefield, Colo.; 19 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Christian Center, 210 LaSalle St., Harrisburg, OR 97446.
WALDRON — Roy Burton Johnson, 88, of Waldron died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, in a Waldron nursing home. He was a retired drayman and a Baptist.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron with burial at Duncan Cemetery in Waldron.
He is survived by one half-sister, Lucy Russell of Mabelvale; one half-brother, Ross Johnson of Quitman; two grandchildren, Charlene Street of San Jose, Calif., and Keith Johnson of Modesto, Calif.; and one great-grandchild.
Viewing will be 3 to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home.
POTEAU — Imogene G. Wilber, 83, of Poteau died in Tuesday, Oct., 10, 2000, in Poteau. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church in Poteau. She was the widow of Herman Wilber.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Southside Baptist Church in Poteau with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
She is survived by one daughter, Linda (Wilber) Holton of Poteau; one sister, Mary Dawson of Peoria, Ariz.; one brother, Harry Griffin of Dover, N.H.; two grandchildren, James C. Holton Jr. of Fort Smith and Jerry Lee Holton of Poteau; and five great-grandchildren.
CANADIAN, Okla. — Stella G. Stockam, 66, of Canadian, Okla., died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at her home. She worked as a nurses aide in Mesa, Ariz. She graduated from Westark Community College in Fort Smith with an associates degree in nursing. She worked as a registered nurse in Fort Smith, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington and Maine. She was a member of Canadian Church of Christ.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Canadian Church of Christ with burial service at 2 p.m. at Macedonia Cemetery in Uniontown under the direction of Black’s Funeral Home of Eufaula, Okla.
She is survived by two sisters, Rachel Adell Martin of Kingston, Okla., and Zita Creota Compton of Glebe, Ariz.; four brothers, Calvin Reno Stockam of Queen Creek, Joseph Earl Stockam of Troutdale, Ore., Pearce Buckie Stockam of LaGrange, Ga., and Dale Stockam of Van Buren.
Raymond G. Didier, 85, of Fort Smith died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, in his home. He was co-owner and operator of Didier Lumber Company. He was a member of Jenny Lind Masonic Lodge No. 503. He was a 32nd degree Mason and received his 50-year Masonic pin. He was a Methodist.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Steep Hill Cemetery in Fort Smith with a Masonic service under the direction of Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
He is survived by one daughter, Linda Lovvorn of Fort Smith; two sisters, Florentine Vozel, Emma Ulmer and Nancy Ray, all of Fort Smith; one brother, Pete of Fort Smith; and one granddaughter, Alicia Lovvorn of Fayetteville.
Pallbearers will be George Van Kleeck, Don and Jimmy Didier, Jerry Ulmer, John Vozel, Ronnie Walters, Leo and Edward Ray and Steven Reed.
Memorial contributions may be made to Steep Hill Cemetery, 12909 Hwy. 45, Fort Smith, AR 72916.
VIAN — Richard William Bellamy, 75, of Vian died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, in Sallisaw. He was an Army veteran of World War II and retired from the U.S. Post Office in Midwest City, Okla. He was a member of Oklahoma Anthropological Society, Oklahoma Historical Society, National Rifle Association, National Geographic Society, National Wood Carvers Association and Blackgum volunteer Fire Department. He was a Protestant.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Arlington Memory Gardens Cemetery in Midwest City under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
He is survived by two sisters, Marjorie Pryor of Midwest City and Laura Tracy of Illinois; one brother-in-law, Floyd Pryor of Midwest City; one niece Trina Ann Haslam Of Newalla, Okla.; and one nephew, Robert Edward Pryor of Midwest City.
Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TEXARKANA, Texas — Charles Scott Stewart, 48, of Texarkana, Texas, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, in Texarkana. He was a certified welder.
The body was cremated under the direction of Hall Funeral Home of Mena.
He is survived by one daughter, Alicia Devy of Sacramento, Calif.; one son, Eric Stewart of Sacramento; his father and step-mother, Bob and Margaret Stewart of Mena; one sister, Mary N. Tittler of Sterling, Colo.; one brother, Robert S. Stewart of Grand Junction, Colo.; and three grandchildren.
THOMAS BROCK SR.
ROLAND — Thomas Brock Sr., 80, of Roland died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, in Fort Smith. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was employed at Petit Jean, Acme Brick and Shipley Bakery.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Roland with burial at Shady Grove Cemetery in Roland under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
He is survived by his wife, Jewell; three daughters, Barbara D. Hudson of Muldrow, Kathy D. Brook of Garland, Texas, and Camenae L. Dooley of Roland; four sons, Thomas W. Brock of Fort Smith, Donald L. Brock of Bolingbrook, Ill., Allen R. Brock of Pittsboro, Ind., and Randall E. Brock of Barling; five sisters, Lottie Reynolds of Poteau, Rosie Lee Harris and Verna Glover, both of Berkeley, Calif., Omie Bean of Fresno, Calif., and Edith Kitt of Mount Morris, Mich.; one brother, Wyatt Brock Jr. of Flint, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Moshome and Myron Brock, Don Biggs, Earl Chatman, Ocie Releford, James Williams and King Strafford.
Viewing will be at the funeral home.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
The Rev. Rupert E. Pixley, 80, of Fort Smith died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000, in his home. He was a pastor of First Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Smith for 44 years and was the pastor of Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church in Van Buren at the time of his death. He was involved in the ownership of three local nursing homes, was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Belle Point Masonic Lodge.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Smith with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
He is survived by his wife Gladys; three daughters, LaBetha Parks of Springhill, Tenn., Aletha Ray of Alma and Emmetta Hawkins of Van Buren; two sons, Ben of Van Buren and Harlan of Fort Smith; two sisters, Belva Dodd of Van Buren and Leah Atwell of Fort Smith; one brother, the Rev. Gilbert Pixley of Van Buren; 13 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Kevin, David and Matthew Pixley, Larry Stem and Roderick and Russell Ray.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church, 2721 Alma Blvd., Van Buren, AR 72956.