Mary Ann Fant
Mary Ann Fant, 87, of Fort Smith died Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, in her home. She was born Jan. 20, 1917, in St. Mary’s, W.Va. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Harlan Benton Fant.
Funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith.
She is survived by two daughters, Elaine Walker and Virginia Bruce, both of Fort Smith; two sons, William “Bill” Fant of Fort Smith and Jack Lee Fant of Springdale; a sister, Kathleen Allmon of Wellsville, Ohio; a brother, Robert Boley of Wellsville; 12 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Todd McCorkle, Tommy Bagwell, Tony and Michael Fant, Phillip Bruce and Joel Bowman.
Honorary pallbearers will be David and Kevin Bruce and Mark Walker.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MANDEVILLE, La. — Billy Joe Oliver, 78, of Mandeville, formerly of Fort Smith, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, in Mandeville. He was a convention decorator, a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion.
Memorial service and burial of cremains will be 11 a.m. today at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Schoen Funeral Home of Mandeville.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; two daughters, Linda Noble of Houston and Charlotte Oliver of Mandeville; a son, Billy Reed Oliver of Seattle; two sisters, Mary Dial of Sun City, Calif., and Deane Greene of Atlanta, Texas; a brother, LeMoyne Oliver of Bellflower, Calif.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Obituary submitted by McConnell Funeral Home.
PARIS — Otto Schmalz, 90, of Paris died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, in Fort Smith. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Catholic War Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion and the Polar Bears Association of World War II.
Rosary will be 7:30 p.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paris. Funeral Mass will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Paris under the direction of Roller Funeral Home of Paris.
He is survived by his wife, Freida; two daughters, Jeanette Frederick of Subiaco and Linda Ussery of Dickinson, Texas; a son, Larry Schmalz of Paris; a sister, Mary Schmitz of Paris; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Glynn Frederick, Brian Ussery and Ben, Joe, Mike and Dan Schmalz.
Honorary pallbearers will be Catholic War Veterans.
NEW BLAINE — Rocky L. Woods, 47, of New Blaine died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004. He was of the Christian faith and was employed at Suzie Q’s in Fort Smith.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Murry Funeral Home in Paris.
He is survived by a son, Bobby Woods of Roland; his father, Joe Woods of New Blaine; and four brothers, Jody Woods of Estell, N.C., Mark Woods of Eriell, N.J., Danny Woods of Paris and Mitch Woods of Greenwood.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Ruth F. Futral
Ruth F. Futral, 83, of Fort Smith died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, in Fort Smith. She was a homemaker, a member of First Baptist Church, and all-around sweet lady. She is survived by three daughters, Sandra and husband Edward Thicksten of Alma, Sharon and husband Charles Gunzburg of Gaithersburg, Md., and Barbara and husband Jeffrey Tribby of Lakeland, Fla. Seven grandchildren, Anastasis May, Cpt. David Tribby, Michael Tribby, Elizabeth Tribby, Spec. Regina Powell, Chris Thicksten and Karl Gunzburg. One great-grandchild, Delaney Tribby.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m. at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. Pallbearers will be Tom Ashwood, Rex Terry, Chris Thicksten, Michael Tribby, Tom Craft, Blake Montgomery and Charles Gunzburg. Honorary pallbearers will be Norris Taylor, Carolyn Terry, Gracia King, Neil Tatum, Carol Boen, Mary Smith, Triva Luper, Virginia Jones and her Sunday school class of First Baptist Church. The family will greet friends at Edwards Funeral Home today from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Research Hospital, 539 Lane Ave., Memphis, TN 38105; Arkansas Children’s Hospital, P.O. Drawer 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203; Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203; or the charity of donor’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
James Garner Jr.
ST. LOUIS — James Dorsey Garner Jr., 63, of St. Louis, formerly of Fort Smith, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004, in a St. Louis hospital. He was born March 16, 1941, in Stanton, Tenn. He was a retired staff sergeant with the Army, a retired employee of the U.S. Postal Service and a member of Communion Church Ministries in St. Louis.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Communion Church Ministries in St. Louis with burial at National Cemetery in Missouri under the direction of Austin A. Layne Mortuary of St. Louis. Obituary submitted by Rowell-Parish Mortuary of Fort Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie; two daughters, Adriene Ball of Columbia, S.C., and Garbrielle Thomas of Fort Smith; two stepdaughters, Michelle and Andrea Burnam, both of St. Louis; six sisters, Kath Orr, Doris Neely, Beverly Raynor, Sharon Garner, Anita Young and Janet Jefferson, all of Memphis; three brothers, Marshall, William and Ryne Garner, all of Memphis; and four grandchildren.
PARKS — Roger L. “Bill” Martin, 56, of Parks died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, in a Fayetteville hospital.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Parks Baptist Church with burial at Hawkins Cemetery near Parks under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Jim and Lela Martin of Parks; two sisters, Mary Witchey of Fort Worth, Texas, and Kimberly Balentine of Parks; three brothers, Ronnie of Jones Creek, Texas, David of Yosemite, Calif., and Gary of Atwater, Calif.
OZARK — Joseph “Bud” McLaughlin, 87, of Ozark died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, in Ozark. He was born July 9, 1917, in Jethro. He was retired from the State Highway Department.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Belt Cemetery in Ozark under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark.
He is survived by his wife, Marie; a daughter, Sharon Blan of Ozark; two sons, Roger McLaughlin and Steve Carpenter, both of Ozark; two sisters, Pauline Hemingway of Georgia and Imogene Patterson of Oklahoma; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Rocky L. Woods
Rocky L. Woods, 47, of New Blaine passed away Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, of natural causes. He was of the Christian faith and was employed at Suzie Q’s Club in Fort Smith. He was preceded in the death by his mother, Dorothy “King” Woods of New Blaine.
He is survived by his son, Bobby Lee Woods of Roland; his father, Joe Woods of New Blaine; and four brothers, Jody Woods of Estell, N.C., Mark Woods of Eriell, N.J., Danny of Paris and Mitch Woods of Greenwood. He had four nephews, Toby and Jacob Woods of Paris, Andrew Woods of Eriell, N.J., and Brandon Wiley of Fort Smith; three nieces, Amber and Heather Woods, both of Paris, and Tamara Woods of Hackett.
There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. today at Murry Funeral Home in Paris.
Dale Garner, 69, of Greenwood died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, in Houston. He was born April 29, 1935, and retired from the corrugated packaging business after many years and several positions.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23 at the First Baptist Church in Greenwood with burial at Liberty Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Sue Garner of the home; two sons, Dr. Steve Garner and wife, Cheryl Black Garner, of Houston and Stan Garner and wife, Melissa Gibbs Garner, of Greenwood; one daughter, Karen McCullen and husband, Jon, of Greenwood; one brother, Frank J. Garner Jr. of Kansas City, Mo.; one sister Dorothy Jean Johnson of Clarendon; and six grandchildren.
Viewing will be 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22 at the funeral home.
Catherine Wright Cook
Catherine Wright Cook of Daytona Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, in Daytona Beach. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Cook.
She is survived by two sons, Roger Cook of Austin, Texas, and William Cook Jr. of Carbondale, Colo.; a granddaughter, Christa Renee Holt of Austin, Texas; one grandson, Russell Cook of Oahu, Hawaii. Also, four cousins, Betty Ann Creaghe of Denver, Marion Doss, Franklin Hawkins and Bob Hawkins, all of Fort Smith.
She was a native of Fort Smith and graduated from Fort Smith High School in 1942. Also, she was a charter member of PEO Chapter AS.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with a private burial at Forest Park Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
STIGLER — Bruce Lamont Hood, 68, of Stigler died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, in Stigler. He was a university professor.
Arrangements were made through Malloy-Martin Funeral Home of Stigler.
He is survived by a daughter, Susan Hood of Connecticut; two sons, Jeff Hood of California and James Hood of Alaska; a sister, Patsy of Colorado; two brothers, Jim and John Hood, both of California; and two grandchildren.
BOONEVILLE — Kevin Scott Buffington, 38, of Booneville died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, in his home.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at Unity Baptist Church in Keota, Okla., with burial at Sans Bois Cemetery in Kinta under the direction of King & Shearwood Funeral Home of Stigler.
He is survived by his wife, Dan-Yelle; two daughters, Nicole Robinson of Booneville and Bailey Shaw of Crab Orchard, Ill.; two sons, Jeffery Buffington of Booneville and Jonah Shaw of Crab Orchard, Ill.; parents, Melvin and Virginia Buffington of Keota and Rita and Don Eroh of Marion, Ill.; three sisters, Jacqueline Brashaw of Pensacola, Fla., Amber Anderson of Oklahoma City and Sharron Nagle of Tamaha, Okla.; four brothers, Tom Buffington and Vernon Eroh, both of Marion, Ill., Jeff Buffington of Tucker, Okla., and Donnie Eroh of Thompsonville, Ill.
Pallbearers will be Tommy, Jeff, Wes, Jeremy, James and Cody Buffington, Ross Donsworth and Todd Seagraves.
Helen Yarbrough, 90, of Fort Smith died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, in a local hospital. She was born May 6, 1914, in Muskogee, Okla. She was a homemaker, a member of First United Methodist Church, the Stephens Society at First Gleaners Sunday school of First United Methodist Church.
Memorial service was held Thursday at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith.
She is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Meadows of Bellville, Texas; a sister, Lucille Cox of Sedona, Ariz.; a brother, C.A. Overstreet Jr. of Keota; and two grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gleaners Sunday School Class, 200 N. 15th St., Fort Smith, AR 72901.
J.C. Young, 81, of Fort Smith died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, in a local hospital. He was a Army veteran of World War II and a graduate of the National School of Aeronautics and Air Craft.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
He is survived by his wife, Jenella; a daughter, Brenda Workman of Greenwood; two sons, David Young of Fort Smith and Dwayne Young of Van Buren; a sister, Kathleen Wooten of Fort Smith; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Floyd Cameron, Terry Dean, Gary Hamm, Brant Musgrave, Bruce Tolbert and Scott Peters.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Van Buren Boys and Girls Club, 1400 City Park Road, Van Buren, AR 72956.
Billie June Fallin
Billie June Fallin, 72, of Fort Smith died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, in Fort Smith. She was a bookkeeper for Central Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith and a member of Central Presbyterian Church.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; two daughters, Joy Conaway and her husband David and Jody Hartmeier and her husband Robert Jr., all of Fort Smith; one son, Tommy Fallin of Fort Smith; and 12 grandchildren, Erin and William Porter, Catherine and Elizabeth Conaway, Weston and Ashton Lacewell and Shelby, Jennifer, Emily, Bobby, Tiffany and Abby Hartmeier.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation of Arkansas, 4942 W. Markham, Suite 100, Little Rock, AR 72205.