Jack Berryman, 61, of Van Buren died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, in Van Buren. He was an instructor for the Army and served during the Vietnam War and retired. He received the Purple Heart in 1967 for services rendered. He was a member of the Catcher Freewill Baptist Church.
Graveside service with full military honors will be 1 p.m. today at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah of Van Buren; and two sisters, Barbara Cupp of Wyoming and Connie Swanson of Mulberry.
Gladys Oglesby, 93, of Van Buren, formerly of Hope, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, in Van Buren. She was a telephone operator, homemaker, and a pharmacy clerk, a lifelong member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and recently attended the First Christian Church of Fort Smith. She was the widow of Orville Oglesby.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the chapel of First Christian Church, 3600 Free Ferry Road in Fort Smith. Arrangements are under the direction of Herndon Funeral Home of Hope.
She is survived by a son, Don Oglesby of Van Buren; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family will visit with friends and guest following the ceremony.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church.
Jesse D. Brannam, 79, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, in Oklahoma City. He was a retired Navy veteran, serving in the World War II and the Korean Wars, and was a retired salesman for Glidewell Distributing Co. after 25 years.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. today at Dyer City Cemetery Arbor with military honors under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
He is survived by his wife, Geneva; two daughters, Gale Sneed of Moore and Danna Hibben of San Diego; two sons, Terry Brannam of San Diego and Michael Brannam of Seattle; three sisters, Thelma Wilkins of Glendora, Calif., Phyllis Howard of Hitchcock, Texas, and Sue Weatherbee of Riverside, Calif.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
ODEN — Linda Weston, 53, of Oden died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, in Hot Springs. She was born Jan. 11, 1950, in St. Louis. She was a certified nurse’s aide and a homemaker.
Graveside service was held Tuesday at Missy Ride Cemetery in Oden under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
She is survived by two daughters, Audrey Phelps of Oden and Christy Amason of Mena; a son, Douglas Kemp of Mountain View; a sister, Patricia Garner of Hot Springs; and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jerry Lyons, Kenneth Lamb, Joey Weston, Chris Amason and Andy and David Phelps.
POTEAU — Larry Eugene Ferguson, 49, of Poteau died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, in Poteau. He was an auto mechanic and of the Baptist faith.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
He is survived by a sister, Linda Luman of Heavener; and a brother, Lonnie Donaldson of Virginia Beach, Va.
PETERSBURG, Tenn. — Dixie Kay Higgins Wiles, 67, of Petersburg, Tenn., formerly of Heavener, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, in Tennessee. She was a retired nurse with Lincoln County School System and a member of First Baptist Church in Petersburg, Tenn.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Loving Baptist Church with burial at Loving Cemetery in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener.
She is survived by her husband, Dan; two sons, Mike and Stephen Wiles, both of Huntsville, Ala.; a brother, Gary Higgins of Port Orchard, Wash.; and seven grandchildren.
Marie Bartsch Owen
Marie Bartsch Owen, 87, of Fort Smith died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, in Fort Smith. She was a retired secretary for the Farmers Insurance Group, and was of the Catholic faith.
Mass will be 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with burial at St. Benedict Cemetery in Subiaco under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
She is survived by three nieces, Josephine Geels of Fort Smith, Dolores Verkamp of Charleston and Lenora Mainard of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers will be Tim, Kevin, Mark and John Verkamp, Jim Geels and Howard Bagby.
Richard “Rick” Bruce
Richard “Rick” Bruce, 51, of Fort Smith died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, in Fort Smith. He was an employee of the Whirlpool Corp., served in the Marine Corps and the Navy Seabees, was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and served both the Evans Boys Club and the church league baseball association as a coach.
Rosary will be 7 p.m. today at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel.
Mass will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at Christ the King Catholic Church with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Bruce of Fort Smith; two daughters, Heather Twiggs of Estero, Fla., and Jamie Bruce of Fort Smith; two sons, Jeremy and Joshua Bruce, both of Fort Smith; his mother, Juanita Bruce of Mulberry; five sisters, Mary Merrill of Azusa, Calif., Toka Santellan of West Covina, Calif., Cathy Richter of Lowell, Sherryl Brown of Alma and Pamela Bruce of Mulberry; 13 nieces and nephews; and three great-nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Hampton, Bill Moss, Charles Blevins, Kenneth Bouxsein, Steve Goins, Steve Nelms, Gary Palmer and Henry Bell.
Memorial contributions may be made to Evans Boys Club, 4905 North O St., Fort Smith, AR 72901.
Tom Walters, 48, of Fort Smith passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, in Sallisaw. He was a sales supervisor for Burford Distributing.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
He is survived by his daughter, Ashley Morgan of Dallas; his parents, J.C. and Dorothy Walters of Fort Smith; two sisters, Judy LaBorde of Hot Springs and Jana Sharum of Fort Smith; two brothers, Terry Walters of Greenwood and Tim Walters of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers will be T.J. McCleod, J.E. Crosslin, Richard McGee, Mike Mahl, Billy Gene Ross and Bruce Ross.
Memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia Society of America, 77 W. Port Plaza, Suite 101, St. Louis, MO 63146.
Michelle Lynn Kistler
Michelle Lynn Kistler, 29, of Fort Smith died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, in Fort Smith. She was an employee of Bost Inc.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. The body will be cremated under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
She is survived by her mother, Jennifer Kistler of Fort Smith; maternal grandparents, Wayne and Betty Kistler of Fort Smith; two aunts, Penny and husband, Sid Tolchin of San Diego and Stephanie and husband, Gerald Hyman of Fort Smith; cousins, Wayne, Shauna and Angela Hyman, Kim English, Kristen King, Monica English, Julie Kistler and Brian Kistler; her caregiver, Sharon Baumgartner.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gregory Kistler Treatment Center for Children, 3304 S. M St., Fort Smith, AR 72903 or Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall, 706 Xavier, Fort Smith, AR 72901.
Ronald Alen “Ronnie” Daws, 36, of Muldrow died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, in Fort Smith. He was born Jan. 12, 1967, in Fort Smith. He was an iron worker, a Protestant and a 1985 graduate of Arkoma High School.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at Victory Temple Pentecostal Church in Roland with burial at Czarnikow Cemetery northeast of Roland under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Roland.
He is survived by two sons, Marcus Olen Daws and Kaleb Alen Daws, both of the home; his mother, Mary Daws of Roland; a sister, Becky Hendricks of Sand Springs, Okla.; three brothers, Larry Dean Daws of Cicero, Ind., Olen Dale Daws of Muldrow and Paul Howard Daws of Deming, N.M.; a 9-month-old baby girl he loved dearly named Shelby.
SALLISAW — Jerry Max Richardson, 28, of Sallisaw died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003. in Sallisaw. He was born Dec. 6, 1974, in Fort Smith. He was a tug boat operator for Arkola Sand and Gravel and a Baptist.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Akins Baptist Church with burial at Akins Cemetery northeast of Sallisaw under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; a daughter, Britney of the home; a stepson, Zackary Rodgers of the home; his parents, Jerry and Charity Richardson of Sallisaw; maternal grandfather, Charles Fine of Sallisaw.
Pallbearers will be Jason Seimens, Joe Ziemba, Anthony Fine, Monte Davis, Rocky Blackburn and Sam Randolph.
The body may be viewed 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
STIGLER — Robert “Joker” Pugh, 76, of Stigler died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, in Muskogee, Okla. He was fire chief of Stigler Southside Fire Department, a maintenance worker for the City of Stigler, a farmer, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4446 of Stigler and he served in the Army.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Mallory Funeral Home in Stigler with burial at Antioch Cemetery in Stigler. military rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4446.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel; a son, James Pugh of Stigler; a sister, Gail Brown of Stigler; two brothers, Lester and Jerry Pugh, both of Owasso, Okla.; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4446.
LILBURN, Ga. — Hellen Louise Watson, 71, of Lilburn, Ga., died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003. She was born Dec. 4, 1931, in Fort Smith. She was a homemaker, a volunteer and a member of Mountain Park United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. today at Mountain Park United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of National Cremation Society of Lilburn, Ga.
She is survived by her husband, Edward; two daughters, Lisa Armstrong of Melbourne, Fla., and Cindy Baker of Fort Myers, Fla.; a sister, Mary Epperson of Little Rock; and five grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Park United Methodist Church, 1405 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30087 or charity of donor’s choice in her name.
Ronald Gene Quick, 30, of Van Buren died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, in a local hospital. He was a self-employed roofer and of the Pentecostal faith.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
He is survived by two sons, Tyler Wilson of Fayetteville and Michael Bowles of Alma; his parents, Donald and Patricia Quick of Van Buren; a sister, Misty Quick of Van Buren; two brothers, Daniel Quick of Fort Smith and Donald Quick of Van Buren; maternal grandmother, Margaret Crutchfield of Van Buren; paternal grandmother, Lois Quick of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers will be Robert Parmenter, Randy Williams, Vince Adair, Jackie Thomas, Franklin Foster, Jerry Hallman, Marte Flores and Randy Ruth.
MALVERN — Arlene Smith Coplen, 79, of Malvern died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, in her home. She was a private duty caregiver and a member of Harvest Time Tabernacle.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Ocker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda Stanley and Debbie Goens, both of Malvern; a son, Harry Coplen Jr. of Van Buren; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie and Randy Ashley, Johnny, Jackie and Jay Rogers and Brandon Coplen.