Doris Houston Watkins, 93, of Clarksville died July 2, 2003, in Tulsa,
Okla., where she had resided the past 48 years.
She was a native of Morrilton, daughter of the late John W. and Edna Houston,
graduate of Clarksville High School, and attended the University of the Ozarks
before graduating in 1933 from St. Mary's Hospital Nursing School in Kansas
City, Mo. She was employed as a registered nurse in Clarksville prior to
moving to Tulsa, Okla., in 1955 where she worked at St. John Hosptial and
later served as resident nurse at the University of Tulsa.
Survivors include one son, Steve Houston Watkins of Houston, Texas; two
sisters and one brother-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Stuart of Tulsa, Okla., and
Athline and William Cates of Bella Vista; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Hardwicke Funeral
Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Woodard officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Wendell Riddell, Lynn Reynolds, John Howell, and Phillip
Francis Lowell Halmes, 77, of Ozark, brother of Lillian Blackard and Howard
Halmes, both of Hartman, died Thursday, June 26, 2003, at Mercy Hospital/Turner
Memorial in Ozark.
He was a cattle rancher, a veteran of World War II and a member of the
Cattleman's Association and Texas Feeder's Association. He was a native of
Ozark and son of the late Nicholas Fuller and Euna Mae Chandler Halmes.
Other survivors include his widow, Dennie Durning Halmes; two sons and
daughters-in-law, Tim and Sarah Halmes and David and Paula Halmes, all of
Ozark; one brother, J. E. Halmes of Ozark; six grandchildren, Heidi Halmes,
Callie Halmes, Kristopher Halmes and wife, Char, Justin Halmes, Tyler Halmes,
and Levi Halmes; and one great-grandson, Tyler Morris.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel
with Rev. Coyce Couch officiating. Burial was at Jackson Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Justin, Tyler and Kris Halmes, Mike Durning,
Randy Hillard and Bruce Haney.
Laura Gelene Sisk, 63, of Coal Hill died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at
Johnson Regional Medical Center.
She was a member of the Free Jesus Name Church in Coal Hill, daughter
of the late Johnny and Dora Patterson Williams, and was preceded in death
by four brothers, Robert Williams, Bill Williams, Nobel Williams and Riddle
Williams; and three sisters, Willie Mae Williams, Sula Williams and Johnnie
Survivors include her husband, Carl Ray Sisk; one daughter and son-in-law,
Sandra Jeanette and Jimmy Dwayne Parker of Coal Hill; two sons and one daughter-in-law,
Jimmy Ray Sisk of Hartman and Kenneth Wayne and Irene Machele Sisk of Coal
Hill; three sisters, Isabell Grayson and Wanda Rice, both of Altus, and Lois
Ellison of Ozark; one brother, Paul Wesley Williams of Ozark; and six grandchildren.
Funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Free Jesus Name Church
with Rev. Gerald Morris and Rev. David Zeiler officiating.
Burial was in Coal Hill Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral
Active pallbearers were Clifton Ellison, Paul Lee, Ronnie Lee, Jackie
Ray, Johnny Harold Williams and Alfred Williams.
Honorary pallbearers were J. D. Ellison, Sonny Williams, Kenneth Williams,
Johnny Williams, and Billy Gene Williams.
Martha Jane Owen Geer, 77, of Park Hills, Mo., died Wednesday, July 2,
2003, at her home.
She was a daughter of the late Alfred M. and Grace Snow Owen, widow of
Homer Raymond Geer, Baptist, and was preceded in death by one sister, Vida
Lowers; and one brother, Arthur Owen.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Terry Trumbull
of French Village, Mo.; one son and daughter-in-law, David Ray and Judy Geer
of St. Louis, Mo.; seven sisters, Vivian Courson of Clarksville, Ruby Esterline
of Santa Cruz, Calif., Eltrie Smith of Greenbrier, Rachel Nemitz, Mary Lin,
and Fayma Nelson, all of Minnesota, and Grace Young of Russellville; one
brother, Arnold Owen of Tacoma, Wash.; two grandchildren, Rose White and
husband, Jerry, of Park Hill, Mo., and Nichols Geer of St. Louis, Mo.; and
several nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Roller-Cox Chapel
with Rev. Amos Pledger officiating. Burial will be in Annie's Chapel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ken Young, Arron Arnold, Terry Trumbull, Thomas
Courson, Curtis Fetters, and Matthew Keylon.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Courson, Melvin Keylon and Nichols
Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Roller-Cox Funeral
Miriam Cloud Murray, 101, former resident of Clarksville, died Saturday,
July 5, 2003, at Hospice House in Hutchinson, Kan.
She was a native of Sturgis, S. D., daughter of the late Rev. Charles
A. and Lorena A. Adams Cloud, widow of Roy H. Murray, graduate of Southwestern
College, member of Pi Kappa Delta, deaconess with Global Ministries of the
United Methodist Church for six years at Atchison, Kan., and Cleveland, Ohio,
charter member and past president of the United Methodist Women, active as
a Stephen Minister at Trinity United Methodist Church, and member of United
Methodist Women and Together Sunday School Class at Trinity Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Rachel Pond.
She is survived by two sons, Mark F. of Glendale, Calif., and Gordon R.
of Abington, Pa.; one brother, Robert W. Cloud of Florida; six grandchildren;
and eight great-grandchildren.
The body was cremated. Johnson and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory were
in charge of the arrangements.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Nadine R. Pont, 60, of Clarksville died Sunday, July 6, 2003, at her
She was a native of Missouri and daughter of the late Claude and Velma
Survivors include her husband, Phil Pont; three daughters, Tammy Mooney
and Terry Dixon, both of Clarksville, and Gidget Bartoletti of Pennsylvania;
two sons, Roger Richter of Ozark and Travis Richter of Knoxville; mother-in-law,
Mary Pont of Clarksville; three stepdaughters, Patty McDonald of West Virginia
and Leslie Nielson and Julie O'Neal, both of Iowa; three brothers; 21 grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel
with Rev. Don Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.
Oliver R. Sexton, 70, of Lamar died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at Arkansas
Heart Hospital in Little Rock.
A native of Coal Hill, he was a son of the late Charles and Rosie Burdine
Sexton, employee of Whitson-Morgan Motor Company for 42 years, member of
the First United Pentecostal Church, and was preceded in death by one son,
Jimmy Lee Sexton; and one son-in-law, Russell Hilton.
Survivors are his widow, Bobbie Sexton; three daughters and one son-in-law,
Teresa Hilton of Clarksville, Kimberley Martin of Lamar, and Shannon and Robert
Phillips of Clarksville; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Charles and
Mattie Sexton of Texas, Garland and Mildred Sexton of Flint, Mich., and Joe
and Evelyn Sexton and Hartsell Sexton, all of Ozark; four grandchildren, April
Hefner, Naja Auterson, Jordan Phillips and Jimmy Lee Phillips, all of Clarksville;
and one great-grandson, Tyler Williams of Clarksville.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the First United Pentecostal
Church with Rev. Vernon Long and Rev. Mike Minniear officiating.
Burial was in Lamar Cemetery under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral
Active pallbearers were J. C. Wheeler, Bobby Wheeler, Robert Phillips,
Mark Hilton, Rick Harmon, and Jerry Martin.
Honorary pallbearers were employees of Whitson-Morgan Motor Company, Bill Talley, Bill Bavis, Tyler Williams, Jordan Phillips, and Jimmy Lee Phillips.
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