Pat Gregory, age 80, died at his Heavener home Sunday, Aug. 19, 2001. He suffered from the devastating aftermath of the radiation treatments for prostate cancer. He said the disease was preferable to the cure.
As a young man, Pat left Pocola and joined the CCC’s at Stapp, Okla., where he learned masonry and met and eventually wed the local beauty, Oynotis Pledger. They raised their five sons in the house that he built on the hill above the high school in Heavener. Over the years he served as president of the Arkansas Bricklayer’s Union, past president of the Heavener Eagles Aerie, and was a 32nd degree Mason. He served in the Navy with the Pacific fleet during World War II.
Pat will be remembered by generations of families over this region who wanted a new home built or an old one remodeled, or a new building for a new or growing business, or any and all general contracting projects. His conviction to provide a professional service made his reputation in the construction arena. He will be fondly remembered by any friend or stranger who shared a fishing hole with him. He loved to fish and was as no nonsense about that as he was about his construction business. He was always in the hunt for the next big catfish. Pat was an unsung champion of the underdog, many times during his lifetime he, through his generosity, made it easier for some to better help themselves.
He is survived by four sons, Tony, Dana, John and Jim, all of Heavener; two grandchildren, Guy of Tulsa and M. Jay of Heavener; two sisters, Elsie Freeman of Payson, Ariz., and Esta Alice Pipkins of Pocola; two nephews who regard him as their second father, Jerry of Pocola and Joe of Heavener; one uncle, Edgar Gregory of Spiro; plus many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the Hodgens Cemetery. Cremation services under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau.
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Kathryn “Kat” Massey, 80, of Brunswick, formerly of Booneville, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, in Brunswick. She was a member of the Lakeview Pentecostal Church in Booneville.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Roberts Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with burial at Cauthron Cemetery near Booneville under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home of Booneville.
She is survived by two sons, James Massey of Mansfield and Jo Massey of Clinton, Miss.; a sister, Iris Marshall of Brunswick; a brother, Joe Cheney of Magazine; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Raymond Patrick, Stanley McConnell, Thurman Ingram, Bill Smith, Charles Corbitt and Amos Stropes.
The family will visit with friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
MENA – Arneva Costello, 93, of Mena died Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, in Mena. She was born Dec. 5, 1910, in Howard County. She was a longtime resident of Mena, living most of her life in the Ink area. She attended the Freewill Baptist Church and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. She was the widow of Perry Strother and George Costello.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Concord Cemetery in Ink.
She is survived by her two daughters, Doris Sirmon of Mena and Sue Vaughn of Waldron; two sons, Bill Strother of Mena and Larry Strother of Mena; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be George, Ricky, Steve, Billy, Bobby, Perry and Danny Strother and Edward Vaughn.
The family will visit with friends from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jack A.J. Carson, 83, of Fort Smith died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, in Fort Smith. He was a coal miner and an Army veteran.
Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith.
He is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Scully of Fort Smith and Rachel Rook of Tulsa; and two brothers, Orville Carson of Roland and Esco Carson of El Cajon, Calif.
MENA — Thelma Eva Lawrence, 87, of Mena died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, in a Mena nursing home. She was born May 4, 1916, in Watson, Okla. She was a lifelong resident of Mena, a homemaker, a member of the United Pentecostal Church of God and the widow of A.C. Lawrence.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Corinth Cemetery under the direction of Hall Funeral Service of Mena.
She is survived by two daughters, Judy Lee and Sue Harrison, both of Mena; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
MONROE — Jackie Wayne Wilson, 44, of Monroe died Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, in an area hospital. He was born July 25, 1959, in Poteau. He was a a rancher.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Monroe with burial at Monroe Cemetery under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
He is survived by his wife, Leann Wilson of Cameron; three daughters, Shana Franks of Monroe, Holly Rangel of Poteau and Heather Pascarelli of Waldorf, Md.; a son, John Wilson of Cameron; three sisters, Patsy McKenzie, Nancy Steelman and Janet Yocham, all of Monroe; four brothers, Donnie Wilson of Hesperia, Calif., and Rick, A.J. and Robert Wilson, all of Monroe; and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Russell and Boyd Wilson, Jimmy Autrey, Jimmy King, Lance Smith, Charlie Claiborn, Johnny Evans and Wade Wann.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
CLARKSVILLE — James Ervin Carter, 65, of Clarksville died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, in an area hospital. He was born Dec. 4, 1938, in Johnson County.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hardwicke Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksville with burial at Lamar Cemetery in Lamar.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Carter of Missoula, Mont.; three daughters, Sheila Headman of Spokane, Wash., and Pamela and Lisa Carter, both of Portland, Maine; a son, Michael Carter of Missoula. Mont.; his mother, Dorothy Carter of Clarksville; two brothers, Roger Carter of St. Louis and Robert Carter of Clarksville; and eight grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be John and Leonard Buffington, Jim Campbell, Jeff Riley, David Clayborn and Kermit Warren.
WALDRON — Elsie Mae Stamps, 92, of Waldron died Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, in a Waldron nursing home. She was a homemaker and a member of the Waldron Church of Christ.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at Waldron Church of Christ with burial at Duncan Cemetery in Waldron under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron.
She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Westbrook of Virginia; two sons, Noral Stamps of Waldron and Parry Stamps of Bentonville; two sisters, Birtie Small of Stockton, Calif., and Tommie Fulcher of Roswell, N.M.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Noral, Perry, Brad and Brent Stamps, Luther Bailey Jr. and Don Crawford.
The body may be viewed from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
JENNY LIND — Geraldine “Dean” Elliott, 82, of Jenny Lind died Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, in Greenwood. She was a homemaker and a member of God’s House of Prayer in Fort Smith.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Rose Garden Full Gospel Church with burial at Old Jenny Lind Cemetery in Jenny Lind under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
She is survived by her husband, Earnest; a daughter, Mary Resch of Hereford, Texas; three sons, Wayne Elliott of Tyler, Texas, Gerald Elliott of Cedarville and Earnest Elliott of Jenny Lind; two sisters, Georgie Booth of Fort Smith and Billie Cheek of Jenny Lind; two brothers, Roy and Kenneth Taylor, both of Alma; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be David Spain, Dennis Hart, James Hall, Jack Robison, Bobby Clark and Wesley Cantrel.
Viewing will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
SPIRO — William “Bill” Youngblood, 69, of Spiro died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, in Spiro. He was a 1952 graduate of Stigler High School and served in the Marine Corps from 1953 to 1958. He had lived in Spiro since 1984.
Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Assembly of God in Spiro with burial at Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Spiro.
He is survived by his wife, Dortha; a son, Mark Youngblood of Spiro; two sisters, Jewell Loggains of Newark, Texas, and Sylvia Walls of Fort Worth, Texas; and two grandchildren.
The body may be viewed from noon to 6 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Lucy Leo Patterson
Lucy Leo Patterson, 82, of Fort Smith passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, in Fort Smith. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin M. Patterson.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at Wesley United Methodist Church with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.
She is survived by a daughter, Beverly Thomas of Oklahoma City; three sons, Jim Patterson of Springfield, Mo., and Leo Patterson and David Patterson, both of Fort Smith; a sister, Dorothy Kelly of Tulsa; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Nally, Karen Freeman, Steve Patterson, Greg Nally, John Patterson, Jacob Patterson, Brandon Patterson, Laura Johnson and Bryan Patterson.
Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 2200 S. Phoenix Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72901.
Jackie Bowen Crippen
Jackie Bowen Crippen, 65, of Van Buren died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, in her home. She was a homemaker, a member of the Barling United Methodist Church and a former employee of General Electric and Trane.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Ocker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren.
She is survived by her husband, David; a daughter, Jan Redden of Van Buren; a son, Marty Hawkins of Coconut Creek, Fla.; her mother, Georgia Patterson of Van Buren; and three grandchildren, Reece Hawkins of Searcy, Taylor Hawkins of Coconut Creek, Fla., and Bryn Martin of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Ray Tittle, Gary Crippen, Harold Robbins, Bob Hawkins, Wayne Redden, Jimmy Stephens and Robert Cherry.
The family will visit with friends from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 5438, Fort Smith, AR 72913 or Peachtree Hospice, 4300 Rogers Ave., Suite 33, Fort Smith, AR 72903.
Troy Griffin Wilkerson
Troy Griffin Wilkerson, 85, of Fort Smith passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, in Fort Smith. He was a retired maintenance man at the Fort Smith National Historic Site for the Department of Interior National Park Service, an Army veteran of World War II, a member of Oak Cliff Baptist Church, National Retired Federal Employees and AARP and a former member of the Jolly Travelers of Grand Avenue Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Sharon BecQuart.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith with the Rev. Phil Whitten and the Rev. J. Elton Pennington officiating. Burial will be at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Mary “Betty” Wilkerson; a daughter, Nancy Fitzpatrick and her husband John of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; four sisters, Louise Solesbee, Laverne McCorkle, Sue Dobbs and Bernice Dyer, all of Greenwood; a brother, Bill Wilkerson and wife Betty of Fort Smith; two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jim Bolin, Giles Helbling, Jessie Casey, Roger Solesbee, Terri McCorkle and Scott Atkins.
The family will visit with friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Cliff Baptist Church, 3701 Gary St., Fort Smith, AR 72903.
James Edward Rice
James Edward Rice, 87, of Charleston died Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, in Fort Smith. He was a retired plumber and electrician for Adams Plumbing & Electric Co. and a Methodist. He was born Jan. 6, 1917, in Franklin County to Austin and Viola Essman Rice. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Freda Mae, and by one son, J.E. Rice.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Smith Mortuary Chapel in Charleston with burial at Mount Hope West Cemetery north of Charleston.
He is survived by his wife, Lyndell of the home; two daughters and a son-in-law, Carolyn and Troy Douglas of Fort Smith and Sandy Haney of Charleston; two stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Billy Young of Paris and Lisa and Bob Nubbie of Clarksville; a son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Pam Rice of Lavaca; two stepsons, James Buster Appleton and Bill Appleton, both of Charleston; two sisters, Kate Brown and Jean Hudson, both of Charleston; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Justin Douglas, Heath Haney, Jared Rice, Billy Young, Bob Nubbie and Bill Appleton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Buster Appleton and David Haney.
The family will visit with friends from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.