Donna Kay Sandlin, 45, of Van Buren died Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, at a Fort Smith hospital. She was a member of Van Buren First Assembly of God.
She is survived by her husband, Wesley; two sons, Wesley James Sandlin Jr. and his wife, Marla of Van Buren and Kenneth DeWayne Sandlin and his wife, Leigh Ann of Lowell; her parents, James “Red” and Gurtie Taylor of Van Buren; six sisters, Janice Haggler of Watts, Okla., JoAnn Taylor, Wanda Gragg, Linda Marston and Patsy Ellifritz, all of Van Buren, and Diane Crims of Fort Smith; two brothers, James Taylor of Van Buren and Dennis Taylor of Muskgoee, Okla.; and two grandchildren, Allison Sandlin and Jacob Harrell.
Funeral service was held Aug. 25 at Van Buren First Assembly of God with burial at Gill Cemetery
in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Daniel Perry, Steve Grizzle, Steve Weaver, Steve Staggs, Steve Gunner and Lance Dixon. Honorary pallbearers were Ricky Jones, Gary Six, John Bentley, Steve Black, Lewis (Buddy) Irvin and Jamie Dyer.
Memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia Society of America Inc. in memory of Donna Kay Sandlin, 77 W. Port Plaza, Suite 101, St. Louis, MO. 63146-3111.
Willene W. Poe of Heber Springs died Friday, May 16, 2003, at her home. She had moved to Heber Springs from Alma in 1972, was a member of United Methodist Church and widow of William E. Poe.
Survivors include one daughter, Betty Holman of Heber Springs; one grandson and two great-granddaughters.
Graveside service was held May 20 at Alma Cemetery
under the direction of Olmstead Funeral Home of Heber Springs.
Jackson S. Bond, 98, of Natural Dam died Monday, May 19, 2003, at a local hospital. He was a retired state trapper for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the widower of Annie Frances Bond.
He is survived by two daughters, Vondel Ramey of Tulsa and Evelyn Burrows of Natural Dam; three sons, Cecil Bond of Natural Dam, Floyd Bond of Van Buren and James Bond of Cedarville; 25 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grandview Assembly of God in Natural Dam with burial at Hall Cemetery
under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Susan Denise Goodwin Grinnell, 39, of Mountainburg, formerly of Big Sandy, Tenn., died Thursday, May 15, 2003, at a Galveston, Texas, hospital. She was a construction worker and former resident of Big Sandy, Tenn.
Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Pigeon Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Local arrangements under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
She is survived by a daughter, Sarah Grinnell of Big Sandy, Tenn.; two sons, Albert Henson of Jackson, Ky., and A.J. Grinnell of Big Sandy, Tenn.; her parents, Wayne and Doris Goodwin of Mountainburg; a sister, Teresa Bryan of Fort Smith; a brother, Walt Goodwin of Lawrenceville, Ga.; and her grandmothers, Lydia Webb of Van Buren and Woodie Ward of McEwen, Tenn.
John Edward Vinson, 59, of Van Buren died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at his home. He was a member of the Mulberry United Methodist Church and a retired manager of the Hunt’s Department Store. He was a past member and president of the Sertoma Club, past president of the Cloverleaf Association and a former employee of Rhodes Chevrolet.
Survivors include his wife, Joy Benham Vinson of Van Buren; one son, John Allan Vinson and his wife, Sarah, of Little Rock; his mother, Mabel Vinson of Knightdale, N.C.; one sister, Mary Crozier of Elsberry, Mo.; one brother, Dan Vinson of Youngsville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held May 17 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial was at New Cemetery
in Mulberry under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Robert Gregory, Joey Benham, Kevin Jones Marc Crozier, Justin Boyd and Michael Gregory. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Don Pennington, David Harris, Tom Harris, James Griffin, A.C. Champion, D. Dane Warnock, Daniel Bryant and Gabe Roy.
Margaret Newman Pinkerton, 81, of Van Buren died Thursday, May 15, 2003, at a local hospital. She was of the Baptist faith, graduate of Alma High School class of 1940 and retired cook.
Survivors include one daughter, Margaret Pinkerton Skillern of Houston; two sons, Roland Pinkerton Jr. of Fort Smith and Darryl Pinkerton of Van Buren; three grandsons, one great-granddaughter, three nieces and two nephews.
The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Frances O. Henninger, 81, of Mountainburg died Friday, May 16, 2003, at a nursing home. She was a member of Revis Hill Assembly of God Church, retired nurse for Southern California Hospital, member of the Gideons Auxiliary and widow of Hilton L. Henninger.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Hooper of Oklahoma; one son, William R. Kirkhardt of Mountainburg; 16 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held May 19 at Pope Cemetery
in Mountainburg under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Lindalee Alice Humphrey, 56, of Alma died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at her home. She was an employee of Pradco and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin L. Humphrey; one daughter, Patricia Strickland of Conway; four sons, Marvin J. and Johnny Humphrey, both of Mulberry, and Paul and Keith Humphrey, both of Mississippi; three brothers, Billy, Michael and Johnny Adden; and 17 grandchildren.
Funeral service was held May 17 at Ocker Chapel of Alma. The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
Velma Jean Stephens, 58, of Dyer died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at her home.
Survivors include one sister, Brenda Gothard of Fort Smith; two brothers, Michael Washburn of Alma and Steve Washburn of Mountainburg; one aunt, one uncle and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Graveside memorial service was held May 21 at Dyer Cemetery. The body will be cremated under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home.
Frank Campbell Jr.
Frank Leslie “Les” Campbell Jr. was born on Dec. 25, 1923, in Van Buren and died of natural causes on May 9, 2003. Les was born to Frank Leslie Campbell Sr. and Lorena Paine Campbell. He was preceded in death in by his parents and his brother, Robert Paine Campbell.
Les graduated from Van Buren High School, then enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and became a flight instructor at the naval base in Pensacola, Fla. After his service in the Navy, he graduated from the University of Arkansas where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Les worked as an insurance executive starting at their home base in Hartford, Conn., with Traveler’s Insurance, then moving to Dallas in 1967. He retired from Traveler’s after 32 years of service and continued his career as vice president of Maverick Insurance Agency and a member of the Advisory Board of Walker Insurance Agency.
Les also served 14 years on the Texas Workman’s Compensation Board. Les served two years as chairman on the Hockaday School annual Parents’ Fund Drive and was a member of Schreiber Methodist Church where he served as a member of the Board of Trustees for 17 years. Dad especially loved his family, his friends at Dunston’s and 1st & 10, and the Razorbacks.
Les is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary K. Campbell; daughter, Candace Campbell Swango (Max) of Dallas; sons Philip Lynndon Cindy McKanna (Cindy) of Longview, Texas; Sterling Barnes McKanna of Dallas; grandchildren Campbell Page Swango, Jackson Sterling Swango, Kymberli Lynndon McKanna and Stephen Kyle McKanna; a sister, Mrs. Betty Skokos of Fort Smith; mother-in-law Freda Randall Barnes, numerous nieces and nephews and many loyal friends.
Funeral service was held May 12 at Sparkman Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel with the Rev. Duane Van Giesen officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Robert Paine Campbell Jr., William C. Cage, Dr. Theodore Skokos, Theodore Campbell Skokos, Dr. Campbell Kemp Skokos, Douglas King Skokos, Layton J. Hill and William Owen Campbell.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 805 E. Park Row Drive, Arlington, TX 76010 or Erna Lively Scholarship Fund at Hockaday School, 11600 Welch Road, Dallas TX 75229, or the charity of choice.
Pat R. Beneux, 70, of Van Buren died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, in Fort Smith. She was born July 10, 1934, in Muskogee, Okla. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Van Buren, a volunteer with the Crawford Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and the widow of Justin Beneux.
Funeral service was held Sept. 21 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at the U.S. National Cemetery
in Fort Smith.
She is survived by two sons, Brent and Barry Beneux, both of Van Buren; and a brother, Mike Corliss of Rockwall, Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8006, Fort Smith, AR 72902.