Alma Percilla Selby Burgess, 90, of Lamar died Friday, June 13, 2003, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
She was a member of Lamar Baptist Church, widow of Coleman Burgess, daughter of the late Samuel Oscar and Mary Agnes Boley Selby, and was preceded in death by five brothers, Coleman Selby, Vaughn Selby, Ray Selby, Earl Selby, and Jack Selby.
She is survived by one brother, Jim Selby of Fayetteville.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, at the Lamar Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Milam officiating.
Burial was in Lamar Cemetery
under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Bud Selby, Ron Selby, Kenny Selby, Larry Selby, Jerry Selby, and Danny Selby.
Lucile L. Murphy
Lucile Lucas Murphy, 90, of Clarksville died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at her home.
She was a retired librarian of the University of the Ozarks, daughter of the late Marcus A. and Mary Lou Mitchell Lucas, widow of J. O. Murphy, received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of the Ozarks in 1933 and a degree in library science from the University of Illinois in 1934, with further graduate studies at Columbia University School of Library Science. She also attended Middlebury School of French in Middlebury, Vt.
During 1934-39, she worked as a librarian at Rio Grand College in Ohio, Sue Bennet College in New London, Ky., and in New York City at the New York Institute for the Blind. She returned from Europe in 1939 and while living in Clarksville in the early 1940s was employed by the Ozark Regional Library. As assistant state supervisor of WPA Library Project, she organized the first public regional library in the state. In 1953, she began working as head librarian at the University of the Ozarks until her retirement in 1975. In 1988, she received the Frances P. Neal Award by the Arkansas Library Association.
Her retirement years were spent painting outdoors with friends. She created a slide show "Painter of the Ozarks. She studied with several artists in Gloucester, Mass. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Clarksville, the Clarksville Historical Association, and The Culture Club, and a long-time supporter of the University of the Ozarks.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Lena, and one brother, Marcus.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Mike Lafferty of Gloucester, Mass.; two granddaughters, Kathleen Lafferty of Two Harbors, Calif., and Sarah Lafferty of Brooklyn, N. Y.; one sister-in-law, Virginia Lucas of New Canaan, Conn.; one nephew, John Mitchell Lucas and wife, Kathy, of Darien, Conn.; one niece, Mary Lucas of San Francisco, Calif.; one great-nephew, J. Z. Lucas, his mother, Maria, and his children, all of Seattle, Wash.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the First Presbyterian Church in Clarksville with Rev. Lance Jones officiating.
Local arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
The body was cremated.
Memorials may be made to the University of the Ozarks or the First Presbyterian Church in Clarksville.
Mattie G. Laurell
Mattie S. Bretz Griffith Laurell, 87, of London died Sunday, June 15, 2003, at AMI St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville.
She was employed as a medical and dental assistant, adult literacy teacher in Zimbabwe, Africa, in advertising sales and as editor of various newsletters and periodicals.
She was the daughter of the late Charles Montecello and Verna Amelia Raymond Bretz, widow of Kenneth Herman Griffith and John Leonard Laurell, and was preceded in death by one son, Timothy James Griffith; two sisters; and three brothers.
Survivors include two daughters, Verna Ruth Peters of Holiday, Fla., and Esther Marian McDaniel of New Richmond, W. Va.; two sons, Herman Charles Griffith of Blanchard, Mich., and Kenneth Earl Griffith of London; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 23, at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 4th and Gilson streets in Edmore, Mich.
Local arrangements were under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Paul Tipton, 74, of Hartman died Saturday, June 14, 2003, at his home.
He was a native of Johnson County, son of the late Issac and Thelma Goodin Tipton, graduate of Hartman High School, retired Peden Foundry employee, member of Free Jesus Name Church at Coal Hill, and was preceded in death by one brother, Silas Tipton.
He is survived by four sisters, Margaret Terrill and Lavern Kerr, both of Hartman, Nadean Bradley of Clarksville and Louise Mills of Atkins; one brother, J. D. Tipton of Clarksville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. David Zeiler officiating. Burial was in Union Grove Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Burley Shook, Charles Jones, Daniel Hoffman, Roy Goodin, Darrin Phillips, and Wayne Peden.
Honorary pallbearers were Darrell Terrill, Stevie Terrill, Don Ray Terrill, and Bryan Tipton.
Wanda Fay Williams
Wanda Fay Williams, 85, of Clarksville died Friday, June 13, 2003, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
She was a native of Cecil, daughter of the late George and Dolly Cunningham Simmons, and a member of Oakland Street Full Gospel Church and the Johnson County Senior Activity Center.
Survivors include three daughters, Edna Hern, Wanda Mayner and Martha Jennings, all of Clarksville; four sons, Franklin Williams of Mulberry, Thurman Williams of Hartman, and Steven Williams and Johnny Williams, both of Clarksville; 28 grandchildren; and 46 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Oakland Street Full Gospel Church with Rev. Carl Sory officiating.
Burial was in Kingland Cemetery
at Mulberry under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Danny Hern Jr., John Wayne Hern, Joseph Hern, Mark Jennings, Dewayne Williams, Johnny Frank Williams, and Michael Nichols.
Elgie May Watson
Elgie May Watson, 77, of Oark died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at Countryside Manor Nursing Home.
She was a daughter of the late George Tommy and Ethel Simmons Young, widow of Clay Watson, Baptist, and was preceded in death by one son, Hartsel Watson.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Ruby and Joe Wood of Oark and Lorene and Joe Clark of Winslow; one brother and sister-in-law, Olen and Grace Young of Deer; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Mossville Church with Rev. George Farquhar officiating.
Burial will be in Mossville Cemetery
under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers will be Gary Clark, Kelly Tenison, Gary Young, Travis Wood, Eddie Skaggs, and Joe Wood.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joel Wood, Doug Pelfrey, Tracy Jones, Joe Clark, Bart Ledgerwood, Don Smith, and Tommy Young.
Visitation will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Larry James Smith
Larry James Smith, 28, of Lamar died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, from injuries sustained in a shooting incident near Knoxville.
He was an iron worker and was preceded in death by one sister, Lisa Shepherd.
Survivors include his widow, Angel Smith; two sons, Jamie Smith and Jaxon Smith, both of the home; mother and stepfather, Linda and Mike Shepherd of the Flat Rock Community; father, A. V. Smith of Lutherville; one sister, Tammy Shepherd of the Flat Rock Community; two brothers, Jody Smith of the Flat Rock Community and Michael Shepherd of Crested Butte, Colo.; and grandparents, Harvey and Faye Severn of London.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Mike Payne officiating. Burial was in Hess Cemetery
near Coal Hill.
Active pallbearers were Jody Smith, Michael Shepherd, Tammy Shepherd, Jimmy Butler, Andy Butler, Daniel Dunlap, James Callahan, and Rowdy Hodges.
Honorary pallbearers were David Lee Dunlap, Ronald Dee Dunlap, Bruce Dunlap, Wade Dunlap, Charles Dunlap, Leslie Dunlap, Michael Leeds, and Robert Morales.
Lois Gross, 80, of Conway, grandmother of Rhonda Hampton of London, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at Heritage Living Center.
She was a native of Hector, former resident of Russellville, daughter of the late William Cody and Maudie Loutilda Shuffield Heathcock, widow of Boyce E. Gross, a Free Will Baptist, and was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Duvall; and two brothers, Glen and James Heathcock.
Survivors are one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Esther Gross of Conway; two other grandchildren, Ronnie Duvall of Dardanelle and Jason Gross of Conway; and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services and burial were at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at Rest Haven Memorial Park in Russellville with Rev. Freddie Goates officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service.
Memorials may be made to Faulkner County Senior Citizens, 1620 N. Donaghey, Conway, AR 72034 or Southern Christian Home, 100 West Harding, Morrilton, AR 72110.