Delmar Kerby, 81, of Van Buren died Monday, March 10, 2003, at a local nursing home. He was born in Saskatchewan Handley, Canada, and was a retired self-employed carpenter.
Survivors include two daughters, Jeanne Baldwin of Redford, Mich., and Judy Kerby of Flint, Mich.; two sons, Jerry Kerby of St. Augustine, Fla., and Jeff Kerby of Camarillo, Calif.; two sisters, Donna Bowman of Detroit, Mich., and Norma Holiday of Texas; one brother, Nathan Kerby of Van Buren; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Hazel E. McCollum, 75, of Mulberry died Monday, March 10, 2003, in Mulberry. She was retired from Allen Canning Co.
Survivors include her husband, Henry; three daughters, Jeri Morse and Vickie Campbell, both of Alma, and Sue Foster of Mulberry; three sisters, Irene Campbell of Muskogee, Jeanie Coman of Washington and Wilma Henderson of Alma; three brothers, Odell Morse and J.W. Morse, both of Alma, and Ed Morse of Dyer; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Edwards Van-Alma Chapel. Burial will be at New Cemetery
in Mulberry under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be David Goins, Roger Henderson, Trent Johnston, John L. Foster, Shannon Gregory, Robbie Woods and Aaron Bruce. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Dewitt, Danny Robertson, Don Woods, Larry Beneux, Jimmy Don Flurry and Jackie Swaim.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Betty J. Goins, 72, of Fort Smith died Monday, March 3, 2003, in Fort Smith. She was a homemaker, member of the Order of Eastern Star and a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, Alvin; four daughters, Scottie Williams of Hackett, Raylene Hillhouse of Colorado Springs, Colo., Delores Shaw of Van Buren and Pat Carruth of Fort Smith; four sons, Dale R. Sines II of Killeen, Texas, Thomas Goins of Fort Smith and Larry Goins and Howard Sines, both of Alma; three sisters, Helen Stafford of Litle Rock, Doris Morgan of Jacksonville, Ark., and Roxie Boyette of Perryville, Ark.; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held March 6 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel. Burial was at U.S. National Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Boyd Williams II, Dale Sines III, David Shaw, Lee Steele, David Goins, Randall Morgan, Jesse Morgan and Brian Morgan. Honorary pallbearers were Charles “Dennis” Dooly and John David Boyette.
Memorial contribitons may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8006, Fort Smith, AR 72901.
Dr. James Shaver
Dr. James H. Shaver, 61, of Joplin, Mo., died Friday, March 7, at a Joplin, hospital. He was born July 2, 1941, in Edinburg, Texas. He was raised in Van Buren and graduated from Van Buren High School in 1959 before attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he graduated with a bachelor’s in accounting in 1974. He then attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, graduating with a master’s of business administration and in 1985 with a doctor of business administration degree.
As a certified public accountant, he taught at Missouri Southern State College, Joplin; Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield; Northeast Louisiana State University, Monroe; Baylor University, Waco, Texas; and Southern Arkansas Usniversity, Magnolia. He wrote a number of articles published in academic journals and presented at conferences and received the outstanding teacher award in 1993 while on the faculty at Missouri Southern State College. He received the govenor’s award for excellence in teaching in Missouri in 1992.
He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accoutants, the Institute of Management Accountants, the American Accounting Association, the Missouri Society of CPAs, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Epislon and Golden Key National Honor Society. He served in the Air Force from 1961 to 1964.
Survivors include one son, Paul Nicholas Shaver of Searcy; one daughter, Ashley Diane Davis of Conway; two brothers, William N. Shaver III of Fort Smith and Perry T. Shaver of Clinton, Ark.; and four grandchildren.
Memorial service was held March 10 at Matthews Hall at Missouri Southern State College.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. James Shaver Memorial Fellowship Fund in care of the Missouri Southern State College Foundation.
Sonja Moore, 60, of Van Buren died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at her home. She was an employee of Whirlpool Corp. and attended Faith Tabernacle Church.
Survivors include her husband, John; one daughter, Peggy Aldridge of Van Buren; two sons, James Moore and David Moore, both of Van Buren; five sisters, Juanita McCaleb of Rochester, Minn., Maxine Wiley of Natural Dam, Norma Corbett of Choteau, Okla., Betty Peterson of Salinas, Kan., and Barbara Edwards of Cedarville; two brothers, Hubert Evans of Cedarville and Donnie Evans of Fort Smith; and seven grandchildren, Alica Gage, Christina, Cliff and Mary Aldridge and Tara, Bradley and Jonathan Moore.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial will be at Shamrock Cemetery
near Cove City under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Paul Moore, Art Corbett, Jonathan Hicks, Gerry Edwards, Barry Wilson, Marlin Evans and Kevin Hicks. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons.
The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ocker Funeral Home, 700 Jefferson St., Van Buren.
Virginia “Ginger” Brasuell, 72, of Whittier, Calif., formerly of Van Buren, died Saturday, March 1, 2003, in Whittier. She was a retired library clerk with the South Whitter School District and the widow of Herman Brasuell.
Survivors include three daughters, Terri Chelgrin and Nina Brasuell, both of Whitter, and Susan Neighbors of Carson City, Nev.; one sister, Judy Francis of Belleville, Kan.; four brothers, Gene Francis of Mission, Kan., Dick Francis and Scott Francis, both of Belleville, and Paul Francis of Paola, Kan.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral will be held Thursday in Whittier. Burial will be at U.S. National Cemetery
in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Jessica Lynn Carter, 12, of Mulberry died Saturday, March 1, 2003, at her home. She was a student at Ozark Junior High School, a cheerleader and a member of the Church of Christ of Mulberry.
Funeral service was held March 4 at Mulberry Church of Christ with burial at Rankin Cemetery
under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark.
She is survived by her parents, Bruce Carter of Mulberry and Teresa Davis of Alma; her grandfather, Louis Carter of Ozark; three sisters, Kathren Carter of Van Alma, Amy Wilson of Van Buren and Sonny Davis of Kansas; and a brother, Bruce Carter Jr. of the home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jessica Carter Fund, c/o Bank of the Ozarks, Account No. 8511284.
Dorothy Isabell Wyatt, 87, of Branch died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, at a Fort Smith hospital. She was born June 7, 1915, in Delaware, Ark. She was a homemaker, member of the Order of Eastern Star and Branch First Baptist Church and widow of John Wyatt Sr.
Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Cox of Little Rock, Barbara Lovell of Fort Smith and Alicia Wyatt of Branch; three sons, Jim Wyatt of Fort Smith, Bill Wyatt of Van Buren and Phillip Wyatt of Caulksville; 18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held March 1 at Branch First Baptist Church. Burial was at Hampton Cemetery, north of Branch, under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston.
Jerry Edward Flaherty, 52, of Ozark died Saturday, March 1, 2003, at a Fort Smith hospital. He was born Feb. 15, 1951, in Spiro.
He is survived by his mother, Doris Flaherty of Ozark; 11 sisters, Brenda Phillips of Hunt, Gloria Bartsch of Subiaco, Linda O’Kula of Las Vegas, JoAnn McMasters of Blue Mountain, Kathy Jackson of Ozark, Mary Moore of Clarksville, Angela Predmore, Molly Brixie, Otta Ruston, and Polly Henslee, all of Alexander, and Doris Calhoun of California; five brothers, Lewis Flaherty of Lamar, Truman Flaherty of Coal Hill, Jackie Flaherty of Altus, Steven Flaherty of Lavaca and Thomas Flaherty of Scranton.
Graveside service was held March 5 at Peevyhouse Cemetery
in Van Buren under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark.
Pallbearers were Charles Bartsch, Harold Phillips, Doyle Bowman, Randy Henslee, Ricky Jackson and Phillip Brixie. Honorary pallbearers will be brothers and nephews.
Billy Howard Crabtree, 72, of Ozark died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at a Fort Smith hospital. He was born Dec. 10, 1930, in Coal Hill. He was a retried master sergeant in the Air Force and attended Ozark First Assembly of God. He was the widower of Margaret Crabtree.
He is survived by three daughters, Rita Perry of Van Buren, Regina McElhaney of Ozark and Rowena Anderson of Clearwater, Fla.; two sisters, Hortense Peterson of Fresno, Calif., and Francis Ellis of Tulsa; six brothers, Robert, Lloyd, Charles, Ronnie, Jerry and Darrell Crabtree, all of Porterville, Calif.; and six grandchildren.
Funeral service was held March 5 at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with burial at Highland Cemetery
Pallbearers were James and Lonnie Perry, Nathan McElhaney, Lloyd Rausher, Randy Bowman, Dan Anderson, Jimmy Pledger and Paul Turner.
Shirley Temple Painter, 59, of Alma died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at a local nursing home. She was born July 6, 1943, in Moredell, Mo. She was a homemaker and a member of Bible Mission in Alma.
She is survived by two sons, Arlo and Jason Painter, both of Alma; four sisters, Viola Burchett, Hellen Brisher, Ruby Painter and Sue Brisher, all of California; two brothers, Ellis Brisher of Fort Smith and Bailey Brisher of California; and three grandchildren, Nathan, Niki and Tommy Painter.
Funeral was held Feb. 27 at Ocker Funeral Home Chapel in Alma with burial at Alma City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Daniel Hurst, William, Jeff and Greg Painter, Charles Brisher and Jim Burchett.
John Francis Hobbs, 84, of Fort Smith died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, at a Van Buren nursing home. He was born Nov. 14, 1918, in Youngstown, Ohio, and spent much of his life in Canfield, Ohio, where he was very active in St. Michael Catholic Church. He participated in the Eastern Ohio Conservation Club, was employed at McKelvey’s Department Store, managed their semi-pro baseball team and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997. After retiring, his pastimes included woodworking and painting.
Survivors include his sister, Audrey Ferguson of Fort Smith; one niece, two nephews and a great-niece and nephew.
Memorial mass was held March 1 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Fort Smith with intermenty in Christ the King Columbarium under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.