Arval E. Thetford, 89, of Fort Smith died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, in Fort Smith.
He was a retired supervisor for Harding Glass Company after 34 years and a member of Butterfield Assembly of God Church in Van Buren. He was a master Mason and a member of the Belle Point Masonic Lodge No. 20 F & AM and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was the widower of Octavia Thetford.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. today at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Roselawn Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Arvelene Faulkner of Duncanville, Texas, and Naomi Hardcastle of Van Buren; two sons, Jack L. Thetford of Houston, and Jerry L. Thetford of Irving, Texas; a sister, Verna Jean Candler of Cushing, Okla.; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Brian, James and Erik Faulkner, Lee Hardcastle, Jeff Thetford and Bill Candler Jr.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Dexter B. Merrill, 74, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Pocola, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, in Kansas City. He was born Dec. 31, 1927, in Anna, Texas, and was a longtime resident of Pocola, where his career was in sales.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia,; two sons, Lee and Gene Merrill, both of San Diego; two stepsons, Monty Miller of Kansas City, Mo., and Mickey Miller of Fort Smith; three sisters, Jessie Normandin of Edmond, Okla., Bonnie B. Ford of Dallas and Sally Moffett of Arlington, Texas; a brother, Billy B. Merrill of Euless, Texas; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be 12:30 p.m. today at Pocola First United Methodist Church with interment at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers will be Andy Weant, John Highley, Don and Ronnie Bradford, Mike Bryant and Britt Reaves.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pocola First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2606 Love, Pocola, OK 74902 or Gospel Rescue Mission, 201 Drennen, Van Buren, AR 72956.
Connie S. Moore
Connie S. Moore, 52, of Fort Smith died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was involved with Bost Human Development and the Special Olympics. She was preceded in death by her parents, William F. and Helen M. Baker, and a sister, Katie Baker.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith.
She is survived by a son, Jason Moore of Fort Hood, Texas; a sister, Maurine Rogers of Fort Smith; two brothers, Bill Baker of Denver and Rick Baker of Fort Smith; two grandchildren, Kelsy Marie Moore and Aaron Triston Moore of Killeen, Texas; one niece and several nephews.
Pallbearers will be Rick Baker, Shay Morse, Maxwell Baker, Jeff Rogers, Larry Jones, Dicky Zellars, Jessie Yutterman and Jason Moore.
Honorary pallbearer will be Bill Baker.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 2605, Fort Smith AR 72902.
Mae Ruth Selig Meyers
Mae Ruth Selig Meyers, 77, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic minister.
Rosary service will be 6:30 p.m. today at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Boniface with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith.
She is survived by her husband, Greg Myers; two sons, Mike Meyers of Malvern and Chris Meyers of Fort Smith; and five grandchildren, Erik, Evan, Henry and John Meyers and Rudy Merryman.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Hendricks, Kenny Schlag, Jimmy Klimpt and Rick, Danny, Ryan, Sam and B.J. Meyers.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Boniface Catholic School, 201 N. 19th St., Fort Smith, AR 72901.
Ray Daniels, 74, of Van Buren entered into rest Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was born Feb. 15, 1928, in Webbville, Ky., the son of the late Kenneth and Grace Daniels. He and was a retired security guard for Professionals Security and a member of Southside Church of the Nazerene.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at Southside Church of the Nazerene under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith.
He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Michaelle of the home; two daughters, Vicki Thompson of Columbus, Ohio, and Grace Hibdon of Fort Worth, Texas; six sons, Daniel Conn of Barling, Timothy Daniels of Alma, and Eric, Keith and Kenny Daniels and Larry Davis, all of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, Betty Buck of Groves City, Ohio, Louise Lowry of Canal Winchester, Ohio, and June Daniels of Columbus; 11 grandchildren, Misti Green, Brandy Herbstriet and Kendra Daniels, all of Columbus, Kim Mayer of Marion, Ohio, David Conn of Barling, Angela and Jerry Conn, both of Fort Smith, Austin Daniels and Jackie and Cody Manus, all of Alma, and Julian Daniels of Houston; three great-grandchildren, Cora Mae Green of Columbus and Kaitlyn and Brooke Mayer, both of Marion, Ohio; a devoted sister-in-law, Bernice Watson, devoted niece Rebecca Langley and her husband James of Mulberry; a nephew, William Watson of Fort Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers will be Lucky Spearman, Claude Smith, Timothy Daniels, Daniel Conn, Jim Steel and Michael Bridges.
Memorial contributions may be made to Southside Church of the Nazerene, 1215 S. O Street, Fort Smith.
Patricia Ann Avlos
Patricia Ann Avlos, 76, of Fort Smith died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, in Fort Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of the Greek Orthodox Church.
Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with a private family committal at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Mabry, Kathy Albright and Becky Avlos, all of Fort Smith; a son, Nick Avlos of Dallas; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes. Association, 212 Natural Resource Drive, Little Rock, 72205; or to the National Kidney Foundation of Arkansas, 4942 W. Markham Ave., Suite 100, Little Rock, AR 72205.
Loretta S. Cooper
Loretta S. Cooper, 89, of Fort Smith died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, in her home.
She was a secretary for the Don Bowers Insurance Agency. She was a lifelong member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and was in Circle 4 of St. Boniface. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Cooper. Her father Pete Schmitz was the founder of Petes Place and Bill and Loretta owned and operated it for several years. She was a volunteer at the Wear House and a graduate of St. Boniface Catholic School and Fort Smith High School.
Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Boniface Catholic Church with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery under the direction of Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
She is survived by three daughters, Linda Cooper of Fort Smith, Susie Koenigseder of Subiaco and Ann Childs of Fort Smith; a son, Clark Cooper of Fort Smith; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jill Sewell, Amy Strobel, Kathy Schluterman, Jay Koenigseder, Audrey Burgess and Kelly Cooper.
Memorials may be made to Fountain of Youth Day Care, 2409 S. 56th Street, Suite 121, Fort Smith 72903; or to St. Boniface Education Endowment Fund, 201 N. 19th Street, Fort Smith 72901.
HEAVENER Velma Thornton, 90, of Heavener died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, in Lexington, Okla. She was born Aug. 19, 1912, in Central. She was a vocational-agriculture instructor in Heavener from 1938 to 1968, was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Heavener and the Golden Age and United Methodist Women in Heavener and worked at a flower shop for a number of years after the death of her husband, Reeder, in 1970. In 1999 she moved to Purcell, Okla., and for most of the past three years she lived in an assisted living center.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Heavener with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home of Purcell.
She is survived by her two daughters, Faynelle Johnson of San Angelo, Texas, and Betty Little of Purcell; a son, Reeder Thornton of Lenexa, Kan.; 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 105 E. Ave. B, Heavener, OK 74937, or Trinity United Methodist Church, 211 N. Second St., Purcell, OK 73080.
DOVER Jewell Ross, 83, of Dover died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, in an area hospital. She was born July 3, 1919, in Bullfrog Valley. She was a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church of Hector and the widow of Arthur Ross.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Humphrey Funeral Service Chapel in Russellville with burial at Lane Cemetery in Dover.
She is survived by two daughters, Suella Bratton of Ozark and Ida Rosa Chisum of Scottsville, Ariz.; a son, Donald L. Ross of Dardanelle; two sisters, Evelyn Meeks of Exeter, Calif., and Mildred Yeager of Russellville; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Bill Davidson, David Partridge, Jason McNutt, Leslie Higgins, Cecil Ramsey and Kenneth Thomas.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Hector or the Lane Cemetery Fund.
Internet obituary may be found at Legacy.com.
TULSA John Clark Gunter, 65, of Tulsa died Aug. 25, 2002, in Tulsa. He was a construction worker, a 1955 graduate of Gans High School and a graduate of Connors State College in Warner, Okla.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Agent Funeral Home Chapel in Sallisaw with burial at Sallisaw City Cemetery.
He is survived by his companion, Jacqueline Gardner of the home; a daughter, Shanan Looschen of Austin, Texas; two sons, David Gunter of Austin and Jeff Gunter of Dallas; three sisters, Ferne Van Deusen of Tucson, Ariz., Rose Ferguson of Houston and Ann Crawley of Tulsa; a brother, George Gunter of Claremore, Okla.; and three grandchildren.
Leda Volene Likens, 77, of Van Buren, formerly of Scranton, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, in a local hospital. She was born Feb. 14, 1925, in Scranton. He was retired licensed practicing nurse and a member of City Heights Methodist Church in Van Buren, Eastern Star, American Legion Post No. 31 and Disabled American Veterans.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Prairie View Cemetery in Prairie View.
She is survived by three daughters, Linda Mahar, Rachel Turman and Beverly Fisher, all of Van Buren; three sisters, Freda Goolsbee of St. Clair Shores, Mich., and Sue Waldon and Betty Lowe, both of Scranton; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons: Pat and Chuck Mahar, Rick, David and Mark Turman and Brian Fisher.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
GORE Bert Clark, 85, of Gore died Friday, Aug. 23, 2002, in Gore. He was a former police officer in Muskogee, Okay and Boynton, Okla., and a former barber and construction worker. He was a veteran of World War II and attended the Church of Christ.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Agent Funeral Home Chapel in Gore with burial at Gore City Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Elizabeth Clark; two daughters, Susan Clark of Tahlequah, Okla., and Linda Grimes of Bristow, Okla.; and two grandchildren, Tobias Grimes of Bristow, Okla., and Janette Grimes of Gore.
Pallbearers will be Thomas and Tobias Grimes, Lynn Hubler Sr., Joe I. Hunt, Slaten Durrett and Brian Bedwell.
Randall Alexander, 88, of Fort Smith died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, in his home. He was a retired carpenter and a member of Church of Christ in Greenwood.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Putman Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Georg Etta; three daughters, Joy Breuer and Barbara Adams, both of Barling, and Joan Fleming of Fort Smith; a brother, Paul Alexander of Fort Smith; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CLARKSVILLE Dovie Jane Johnson, 88, of Clarksville died Friday, Aug. 23, 2002, in an area hospital. She was a homemaker, a retired cook and a Baptist. She was the widow of Jack E. Johnson.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksville with burial at Lamar Cemetery in Lamar.
She is survived by four daughters, Dorthy Mary Frogue and Willa Mae Taylor, both of Clarksville, Bonnie Ruth Taylor of Sana Maria, Calif., and Ester Leigh Ernest of Harrison; two sons, Roy Lee Wood of Clarksville and Floyd E. Wood of Salem, Ore.; two sisters, Effie Mae Brown and Lois Brown, both of Missouri; a brother, Harley Smith of Webb City, Mo.; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Martin, Billy Henry, Travis, Raymond and Randy Johnson and Jimmy Holman.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Foundation.