2010-2019, AR, Compiled by James W. Blankenship jkblank1(at)sbcglobal.net

 

SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi , AR, Transcribed by Jim @ Blankenshipweb.com

Blankenship, Beverly A. 63, 16Nov1946 - 08Jun2010, (72), AR-429-90-7938

Blankenship, Jimmy D. 64, 01May1947 - 15May2011, (72), AR-429-90-1691

Blankenship, John D. 48, 17Jul1962 - 05Apr2011, (72), AR-429-29-6863

Blankenship, Virginia A. 84, 16Dec1925 - 02Feb2010, (72), AR-429-42-1054

 

Ashley

 

+2010, Crossett, Ashley Co., AR, Obituary

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Joy Blankinship, 87, of Crossett died Sunday, February 7, 2010, at her daughter's residence in Crossett. She was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a homemaker, and a member of the South Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Jimmy Blankinship and Ed Blankinship and wife Janis; one daughter, Martha Gill and husband Dennis, all of Crossett; eight grandchildren, Tommy, Melvin Leigh Ann and Rob Blankinship, Paula Blankinship Stadler, Brad Gill, Zach Gill and Stephen Campbell; twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Houston Blankinship; her parents, Robert and Mable Summerland Linder; two brothers, Robert and John Leslie Linder; and two sisters, Lillian Patterson and Mae Lewis.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, at South Crossett Missionary Baptist with Bro. Don Justice officiating. Active pallbearers were to be Andy Gill, Dallas Wilson, Mike Herrington, Danny Ferguson, Keith Maxwell and Bill McLeod. Honorary pallbearers were to be Billy Miller, Roger Miller, Bill Clanton, Billy Clanton, John Sturdivant, Gordon Wilcox and Bobby Martin. Burial was to follow at the Antioch Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

 

2011, Crossett, Ashley Co., AR, Obituary

http://www.crossettar.com/cat_index_19.shtml

Doris Grace Blankenship, 84, of Crossett, died March 11, 2011 at Ashley County Medical Center. Funeral services were March 14 at West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church, with burial in Pinewood Memorial Cemetery. The Revs. Clayton Hales and Joel Meredith officiated. She was a lifetime resident of Crossett, a homemaker and a member of West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Minnie Lochala Barnett; a grandson, Matthew Lee Tyson; five brothers, Arthur, Ted, Fred, Oliver and Floyd Barnett and two sisters, Agnes Irby and Mattie Pitchford.

Sheis survived by her husband, Doyle Blankenship, Sr. of Crossett, two sons, Doyle Blankenship, Jr. and Bruce Blankenship, both of Crossett; three daughters, Betty Tyson, Charlotte McDonald and Carolyn Crow, all of Crossett; a sister, Belle Morgan of Amarillo, Texas; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Cliff Gee, Tony Blankenship, Greg Blankenship, Brad Blankenship, Mark Tyson and Doug Maxwell.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Crossett, Ashley Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - December 1, 2013

William Rayford "W. R." Blankenship, age 94, of Crossett, Ark. passed away on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at his residence. He was born on May 6, 1919 in Crossett, Ark., to his parents, Alford Jackson and Elizabeth Coody Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship was an entrepreneur, having interest especially in logging, cattle and rental properties.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, five brothers and a son, William Rogers Blankenship.

Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Odette McKoin Blankenship; two sons, Jerry Ray Blankenship and wife, Marsha; Mark Blankenship and wife, Connie, all of Crossett, Ark.; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Antioch Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, Ark.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Hamburg, Ashley Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - March 14, 2014

James Meziere, 75, of Hamburg, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock [Pulaski Co., AR]. Mr. Meziere was a native of Campti, Louisiana, and was raised in Oak Grove, Louisiana.

He was a resident of the Milo Community outside of Hamburg for the past 45 years. He worked for Deep South and Ideal Construction for many years and faithfully attended Egypt Missionary Baptist Church. He was an avid cattleman, horseman, coon hunter and loved working a garden with his wife.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Leo and Ada Sanchez Meziere; seven brothers, Pete, Patrick, Robert, Paul, Raymond, Joseph and Eugene Meziere, and a sister, Mattie Meziere.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nancy Rice Meziere of Hamburg; two sons, Jeff Blankenship of Crossett and Jim Meziere and wife, Misty, of Springdale; two daughters, Janet McGhee and husband, Jason, of Little Rock and Michelle Meziere of Haughton, Louisiana; a brother, Charles Meziere of Mishawaka, Indiana; a sister, Sylvia Wood of Mishawaka, Indiana; eight grandchildren, Seth, Jodie and Wesley Blankenship, Logan and Anna Claire McGhee, Logan and Ashlen Hill and James Tate Meziere; a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Buddy Boykin and Bro. Roy Craig officiating. Burial will be in the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jeff Blankenship, Jim Meziere, Jason McGhee, Paul A. Meziere, Ronny Rice, Aaron Davis, Dale Streeter and Eddie Wayne Burch. Honorary pallbearers are Ed Murphy, Bobby Burt and Randall Burchfield.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Ashley Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Doris 84, 17Nov1926 - 11Mar2011, Crossett, Ashley, AR, AR-430-42-0235

Blankinship, Joy 87, 16Mar1922 - 07Feb2010, Crossett, Ashley, AR, AR-431-64-4299

 

Baxter

 

+2012, Mountain Home, Baxter Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - April 18, 2012

Laura C. Cridlebaugh, age 101, died Sunday. Memorial services will be private.

She is survived by four daughters: Audrey Blankenship, Patricia Almquist, Sandra Disney and Karen Schlitt.

Arrangements are by Roller Funeral Home, (870) 425-2161.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Benton

 

+2011, Lowell, Benton Co., AR, Obituary

Rogers Morning News (AR) - December 21, 2011

Dorothy Marie Williams, age 94, of Lowell, died Dec. 19, 2011, at Ashley Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born April 30, 1917, in Bentonville, Ark., the daughter of David Overton and Daisy Lucinda Harty Blankenship.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Williams in 1987. Mrs. Williams was a member of the Zion Baptist Church which was in Lowell and a homemaker. She was raised in Oklahoma and returned to Arkansas, where she met her husband and raised her five children. She was a strong supporter of education, loved gardening, a remarkably talented singer and a very spiritual woman, who was very active in her church throughout her life.

Mrs. Williams is survived by two sons, Don Williams (Joanna) and Danny Williams (Arlynda), all of Springdale; three daughters, Dr. Rose Marie Willett (Forrest Whelchel) of Rogers, Marquita Whitaker (Larry) of Edmond, Okla., and Mary Kathryn "Kathy" Neal (Eddie) of Little Rock; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Friendship Cemetery, with Deacon Ray Brust officiating under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Rogers, Benton Co., AR, Obituary

Rogers Morning News (AR) - January 8, 2012

Robert Wayne Towe entered the gates of Heaven from his home in Rogers on Jan. 6, 2012, surrounded by his family. Wayne was born Dec. 28, 1948, in Springfield, Mo., to Robert Medley and Jesse Opal (Hull) Towe, the oldest of four children.

He grew up in the Mansfield area, graduating from Mansfield High School in 1966. A few weeks later, he started college at The School of the Ozarks (now The College of the Ozarks), where he met the love of his life, Nancy Gilson. After their marriage in 1967, Wayne transferred to Southwest Missouri State College (now Missouri State University) where he completed his degree in Agriculture in 1970. Wayne spent most of his business career in the food production industry, working for Mid-America Dairymen, Kraft Foods, R.T. French, Speaco Foods, Nakano/Mizkan America and Standard Register. He also completed a second bachelor's degree in Personnel Management at SMSU in 1987.

Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Nancy; their three children and their families, Kristi Towe of Pea Ridge, and Sarah; Holly and Dan Allan of Kirkwood, Mo., and Mackenzie and Grant; and Terry Towe and Cammy Le of Oro Valley, Ariz., and Brian, Brandon, Bruce and Tift any Pham and Riley Towe; his parents, Bob and Opal Towe of Mansfield, Mo.; two sisters, Cheryl and Tom Steftens of Kansas City, Mo., and Vicki Blankenship of Mansfield, Mo.; and one brother, Rick and Kathy Towe of Straft ord, Mo. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, in-laws and friends, as well as a special sister-in-law, Cheryl Reid of Paris, Ark.

Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, with services beginning at 2 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Rogers officiated by Pastor Randy Parks. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery near Mansfield, Mo.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Siloam Springs, Benton Co., AR, Funeral

Tulsa World (OK) - January 1, 2011

Siloam Springs, Ark. - Sharon Kaye Blankenship, 65, certified nursing assistant, died Thursday. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Wasson Funeral Home, and graveside service 2 p.m. Sunday, Oak Hill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Siloam Springs, Benton Co., AR, Funeral

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=63569364

Sharon Kaye Blankenship, 65, of Siloam Springs died Dec. 30, 2010, at Bentonville Manor in Bentonville. She was born June 13, 1945, in Prairie Grove to Lewis Hall and Euphama Dunlap Hall. She was a licensed EMT and a CNA at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital for 18 years.

Survivors include her mother of Siloam Springs; two daughters, Dawna Bartlett and husband John, and Karisha Fuentes, all of Siloam Springs; six grandchildren; one great-grandson and a brother.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Siloam Springs.

 

2014, Siloam Springs, Benton Co., AR, Obituary

The Siloam Springs Herald-Leader, (AR) - May 11, 2014

Margaret Euphama Dunlap Hall, 95 year old resident of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, died on May 8, 2014, at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital. She was born to Ora Farley Dunlap and Evert N. Dunlap on June 26, 1918.

She married Lewis J. Hall on June 1, 1938. Euphama was a charter member of Harvard Avenue Baptist Church, Siloam Springs, and was attending New Life Church in Siloam Springs. She attended high school in Watts, Oklahoma, riding her horse to her Aunt Kate's in Watts and walking on to school with her cousins Velma and Dollie. She was a homemaker with a passion for her grandkids and her jobs. She sold Stanley Home Products and then joined the JC Penney Co in 1964, where she worked until it closed. Euphama was a volunteer at the Manna Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Hall; one daughter, Sharon Blankenship; her parents; and one grandson, James Robert.

She is survived by one son, Alan Hall and wife Amanda of Vinita, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Dawna, Karisha, Craig and wife Cynthia, and Katie; five great-grandchildren, Lacy and husband Mark, Tyler, Justin, Shaley, and Trace; three great great-grandchildren, Connor, Maddie-Kaye and Easton.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014, at New Life Church, Siloam Springs, Arkansas with Pastor Tim Estes officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Benton Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Dave M. 63, 10Jul1947 - 24Feb2011, Bella Vista, Benton, AR, CA-560-68-8270

Blankenship, Sharon K. 65, 13Jun1945 - 30Dec2010, Bentonville, Benton, AR, AR-430-84-2380

Blankenship, Un H. 68, 20Aug1941 - 24Mar2010, Siloam Springs, Benton, AR, OK-445-58-1625

 

Boone

 

2012, Bellville, Boone Co., AR, Obituary

The Courier, (Russellville, AR) - May 22, 2012

James Donald "Donnie" Sisk, 56, of Bellville passed away Monday, May 21, 2012. He was born March 10, 1956, in Danville to the late William Nathaniel and Reva Su Murphy Sisk. He worked for Wayne Farms. He was a USSSA Umpire, peewee basketball referee, he coached peewee basketball and was the coach for the Sonic Bommers fast pitch softball team.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Nathaniel "Bill" Sisk and Reva Sue Murphy Thompson; and grandparents, Mutt and Agnes Murphy and Sam and Esther Fowler.

Survivors include his daughters, Kym and Devin Brignoni of Hicksville, N.Y., Brittany and Todd Blankenship of Rover, Courtney Bogart and Mark Yarbrough of Dardanelle and Whitney Brown of Charleston; stepfather, Jimmie Thompson of Bellville; brothers, Rusty and Vickie Sisk of Bloomer and Joey and Cathy Sisk of Bellville; sisters, Cindy and Bill Stevens of McPherson, Kan., Cassie and Marshall Hewitt of Bellville and Billie Sisk of California; grandchildren, Austyn Nolen of Fort Smith, Sailor Dabney, Tabitha Dabney, Roky Dabney and Trew Brignoni, all of Hicksville, N.Y., Pyper and Claire Bogart of Dardanelle, Weston and Tatem Blankenship of Rover and Briston Yarbrough of Havana; and many aunts, uncle nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at WYC Sports Complex in Bellville. Cremation arrangements are by Cornwell Funeral Home in Danville and River Valley Crematory in Dardanelle.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Lead Hill, Boone Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Northwest Edition (AR) - October 22, 2013

Vemer Vee Saylors, 80, died on Oct. 19 in Harrison.

Visitation is Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Holt Memorial Chapel in Harrison at 6 p.m. Funeral is Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Monarch Tabernacle in Lead Hill at 10 a.m.

Survivors include her daughter, Coveta Blankenship , and a son, Otto Saylors.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Bradley

 

+2011, Warren, Bradley Co., AR, Obituary

Pine Bluff Commercial (AR) - August 1, 2011 [Monday]

Judy Gail Mann Taylor, age 67 [1944], of Warren, Ark. died Saturday [30Jul2011].

Survivors include two sons, Scott Taylor and Shannon Taylor both of Warren, Ark.; one daughter, Denise Doss, Conway, Ark.; her mother, Maxine Blankinship Mann, Warren, Ark.; four brothers, Steve Mann, Mack Mann, Ricky Mann, Mark Mann, Warren, Ark.; five sisters, Charlene Lowe, Pat Galloway, Joyce Sipes, Warren, Ark., Donna Lytle, Monticello, Ark., Lana Bodiford, Hot Springs, Ark.; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2011, Outlaw Cemetery, Sumpter, Ark. by Frazer's Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2011, Warren, Bradley Co., AR, Obituary

Camden News (AR) - December 19, 2011

Charlene Mann Lowe, 75, of Warren, died on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. She was born on Nov. 15, 1936, in Warren, a daughter of Maxine Blankinship Mann of Warren and the late Wheeler Mann. She was a homemaker and a Jehovah's Witness.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Gregory Shane Lowe; three brothers, Charles "Buddy" Mann Jamie Mann and Wade "Bo" Mann; and a sister, Judy Gail Mann Taylor.

Surviving in addition to her mother is her husband, Carl Lowe, whom she married on Jan. 22, 1955; two sons, Billy Carl Lowe of Chidester and Mitchell Lloyd Lowe of Camden; a daughter, Cathy Coleman of Hampton; four brothers, Steve Mann, Mark Mann, Mack Mann and Ricky Mann, all of Warren; four sisters, Pat Galloway and Joyce Sipes, both of Warren, Donna Lytle of Monticello and Lana Bodiford of Hot Springs, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Frazer's funeral home chapel Burial will be at Chidester Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Warren, Bradley Co., AR, Obituary

The Saline Courier, (Benton, AR) - October 11, 2012

Louise White Councille, formerly of Warren, died peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 9, in hospice care. The third child of Preston McCager and Vera Cotner White, she was born in 1918 in Wilmar.

"Miss Louise" graduated from Monticello A& M and taught in Wilmar for five and a half years. Later, she taught first grade in Warren for 22 years and second grade for two years. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and served a term as district vice president of Wesleyan Service Guild. She retired at the age of 60 because of failing eyesight. She was the third person to enter the new Warren Assisted Living Home (now The Guest House), where she lived for 14 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Perry Councille; and her siblings, Eleanor W. Blankinship, James Preston White, Elizabeth W. Towler and Lynn W. Hunter.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan C. Dill, and husband, John, of Benton. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Brenda Fowler, and husband, Dewayne, of Hot Springs; Russell Dill of Bozeman, Mont.; Mark Dill of Forsyth, Mont.; and James Dill and wife, Samantha, of Danville; great-grandchildren, Brandy Milton, Skyler Fowler and Eliza Dill; several beloved nieces and nephews; and her aunt, Marguerite Hennessey.

Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at First United Methodist Church in Warren, with visitation following the service. Cremation was through Ashby Funeral Home of Benton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Warren, Bradley Co., AR, Obituary

El Dorado News-Times (AR) - March 30, 2014

Fannie Annette Sinclair Blankinship, 80, of Warren, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at J.R.M.C. [Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR]. Born Aug. 12, 1933, in Ingalls, she was a daughter of Raymond Franklin Sinclair and Mary Ellen Temple Sinclair.

She was a homemaker, member First Assembly of God Church and the widow of H. C. Blankinship. Also, preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, Ira Saunders, William Harbour, Thomas Harbour, Johnnie Sinclair; and sisters, Hazel Mann, Mae Milholland and Iona Jester.

Survivors are three sons, Paul Beard, of Tillar, Steven Sinclair, of El Dorado, and Bubba Laws, of Warren; two daughters, Paulette Scott, of Carrolton, Texas, Pam Harton, of Warren; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Frazer's Chapel. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery near Hamburg by Frazer's Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Draft Registration; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KL79-NTY

Blankenship, Tally H. C. b.08Jun1926 1940-1945, Crossett, Ashley,

 

AR Marriage; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NM2K-1VZ

Blankinship, H. C. 21 Sinclair, Annette 16 - 01Nov1947, Ashely,

 

Public Records; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KLJR-B1T

Blankinship, H. C. b. Jun1926, Residence 2008: Crossett, AR - Relatives: Annette F. Blankenship, Fran R. Blankenship, John Blankinship, Johnny T. Blankenship, Joshua Lee Blankenship, Murleen C. Blankenship, Talley H. C. Blankenship,

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Tally C., 78, 08Jun1926 - 18Jul2004, Crossett, Ashley, AR, AR-432-42-9227

 

Carroll

 

+2013, Eureka Springs, Carroll Co., AR, Obituary

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on March 27, 2013

Claudia J. Blankenship, a resident of Eureka Springs, Ark., was born July 21, 1934, in Hugoton, Kan., daughter of Earl S. and Ruth Marian (McKenna) Greenwood. She departed this life Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Eureka Springs, Ark., at the age of 78 years. Claudia was of the Christian faith. She worked as a hospital transporter.

Claudia is survived by four sons, Joe Stephenson Blankenship and wife Suzy, of Port Aransas, Dale Blankenship, of Beeville, Johnny Blankenship and wife JoNell, of Tyler, and David Blankenship and wife Beverly, of Eureka Springs, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Cindy Walker, Christy Fowler, Brian Blankenship, Laura Blankenship, Lacey Blankenship, Amanda Blankenship and Travis Blankenship; two great-grandchildren, Cayden and Connor Walker; and several other relatives and friends.

On Oct. 16, 1950, Claudia was united in marriage with Joe Stephenson Blankenship, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded by her parents, Earl and Ruth Greenwood.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Holly House, 100 Ridgeview Road, Eureka Springs, Ark., 72632. Cremation arrangements are under direction of Nelson Funeral Service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Joe Stevenson, 78, 16Oct1929 - 10Jul2008, Tyler, Smith, TX, TX-457-36-8393

 

Clark

 

2013, Arkadelphia, Clark Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - March 6, 2013

Nell Childress Wetherington, age 85, of Arkadelphia passed away Monday, March 4, 2013. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a retired seamstress having worked at Oberman Manufacturing and Hollywood Vassarette.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Emma Thomasson Childress, husband, Earnie Wetherington, brothers, George, Otha and Roy Childress; and sister, Margie Childress.

She is survived by daughters, Shelia Blankenship of Benton, Sharis (Mike) Armstrong of Arkadelphia; sisters, Pearl Buck of Arkadelphia, Eunice Holder of California; grandchildren, Robert Blankenship, Beau (Rachel) Blankenship , Kyle (Meridith) Armstrong and Alana (Spencer) Eifert; great-grandson, Walden Blankenship; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 7th at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens with Bro. Phillip Runyan officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Caddo Valley, Clark Co., AR, Obituary

The Sentinel-Record, (Hot Springs, AR) - April 29, 2014

Delaine Herbert Julseth, age 85, of Caddo Valley, passed from this life on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at his home. He was born in Deerfield, Wis., on Nov. 4, 1928, to the late George and Betsy Hoel Julseth. Delaine served in the United States Army, was a farmer and retired from Weyerhauser.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Pearl, of Caddo Valley; three daughters, Charlene Blankenship (late Norman), of Atlanta, Ga., Tina Moore (David), of Hot Springs, Heidi Jones (Steve Smith), of Caddo Valley; one son, Jeff Julseth, of New Lisbon, Wis.; two brothers, Maynard Julseth, of McHenry, Ill., and Roger Julseth, of Madison, Wis.; nine grandchildren, Zac Blankenship , Alisha Steadman, Jonathon Jones, Joshua Jones, Kandyce Jones, Kristopher Diehl, Gretta Julseth, Clara Julseth and Michael Moore; and six great-grandchildren.

There will be a private memorial service and burial will be at Liberty Lutheran Church Cemetery in Deerfield, Wis.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Public Records: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KLHD-Z8V

Blankenship, Norman L. II b.11May1956 - Residence 2000: Riverdale, GA

Relatives: Charlene C. Blankenship

 

Public Records: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KB5H-XMT

Blankenship, Charlene C. b.03Feb1961 - Residence 2003: Riverdale, GA

Relatives: Norman L. Blankenship II

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Norwin L., 82, 29Jan1926 - 08Jun2008, Cecil, Franklin, AR, IL-351-16-6161

 

Clay

 

2014, Corning, Clay Co., AR, Obituary

http://www.ermertfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2446216&fh_id=12369

Donna Blankenship Janes, 51, of Corning passed away March 4, 2014 at Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis, [Crittenden Co.,] AR. Born August 6, 1962 in Paragould,

Mrs. Janes was a former Personnel Manager for Wal-Mart where she worked for 15 years. She enjoyed spending time with her babies, dancing and singing around the house, cleaning, and visiting with the church ladies.

On May 30, 1981 she was married to Danny Janes I in Corning. He survives. Other survivors are Andrea (Chris) Pritchard of Corning, Danny (Rachel) Janes II of Corning; Jennie (Ray II) Pettus of Sevierville, TN; parents Pat Blankenship of Corning and Bob Blankenship of Corning; brothers Ricky Lambert of Rogers, Bobby Blankenship, II and Allen Blankenship both of Corning; sisters Connie Thompson of Memphis, TN and Teresa Vannoy of Corning; grandchildren Kassadee, Christa, and Annie Pritchard, Cadence, Mollie, and Gracie Janes, Alana, Colben, and R.J. Pettus; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be Sat. March 8, 2014 at Ermert Funeral Home at 2 p.m. with Rev. Tony Monreal officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Pollard.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Public Records; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KLGW-DZF

Bobby Ladon Blankenship b.27Dec1968 - Residence 2009: Corning, AR,

Relatives: Allen L Blankenship, Angela Dianne Blankenship, Patsy J Blankenship

 

Clay Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Florene 86, 02Feb1925 - 04Feb2011, Pollard, Clay, AR, AR-429-38-8415

 

Cleburne

 

+2012, Heber Springs, Cleburne Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - October 9, 2012

Charles Edward Blankenship "Charlie", age 72, of Heber Springs, died October 7th, 2012- having done what he loved most - fishing with Benny Hargrove.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Elizabeth; three daughters, Charlotte and husband John Griffith of Jonesboro, Gretchen Humphreys of Heber Springs, and Ashley Blankenship of Conway; three grandchildren, Katherine Tubbs, Hugh and Selden Humphreys, a multitude of friends and his faithful dog Riley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tucker and Mildred Blankenship.

Charlie attended the University of Arkansas where he was a lifetime member of Pi Kappa Alpha and Arkansas State University. In 1976 he moved to Heber Springs after purchasing the Heber Springs Bank with his dad. In 1978, Charlie and his dad also purchased Big John Tree Transplanter Mfg., Inc. His great passions were hunting and fishing and he was fortunate to have done both worldwide. He was a lifespan member of Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club International, and a member of the Turkey Federation as well as served on the Heber Springs Police Commission. An avid reader, he was a supporter of the Cleburne County Library, The Youth Hunt Outreach Program and Cleburne County 4-H.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 9th, from 5-7 p.m. at Olmstead Funeral Home in Heber Springs. www.olmstead. cc.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Cleveland

 

2012, Woodlawn, Cleveland Co., AR, Obituary

Pine Bluff Commercial (AR) - October 5, 2012

Helen Dolorese Jones, age 87 of Woodlawn, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, October 4, 2012. She was born June 19, 1925, in Fountain Hill, a daughter of the late Gus Pierce and Minnie Belle White Pierce. Mrs. Jones enjoyed sewing, quilting, being a loving mother and spending time with her family. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Carl Jones; two sons, John Ronald Jones, Gus Donald Jones; eight brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Jones is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Jeanette Jones of Fountain Hill, Julian and Linda Jones of Woodlawn; one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Manuel Marin of Arlington, Texas; four grandchildren, Gary White Jr., Staci Ward, Kristi Blankenship and Justin Carl Jones; four great grandchildren.

Graveside services are 2 p.m., Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Flat Creek Cemetery near Fountain Hill with Reverend Garry Wiles officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Columbia

 

2012, Waldo, Columbia Co., AR, Obituary

Hope Star (AR) - June 14, 2012

Myrtis Grace Hollis Blankenship, 86, of Waldo, died at her home Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Mrs. Blankenship was born to the late Joseph E. and Ola Mae Moses Hollis on December 14, 1925, in Patmos.

Known as "Ma", family and friends were her passion and delight. She was admired for her many talents, some of which were sewing, ceramics, photography, computers and Facebook. She took great joy in sharing her talents through gifts to many family and friends that crossed her path. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cathy Lentz; three brothers; and five sisters.

She is survived by her best friend and loving husband of 69 years, Hoyett "Sport" Blankenship, of Waldo; granddaughter, Jan Loe Glover and husband, Willie, of Magnolia; great-grandsons, Jimmy Smelser and Josh Smelser; precious jewel of her life great-great-grandson, Haygen Ledell Smelser; sister, Loretta Nicholas, of Hope; brother, Joe C. Hollis, of Hope; and, a number of other relatives and close friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 15, at the Smith Funeral Home chapel in Stamps, with Bro. Donnie Dillard and Bro. David Frizzelle officiating. Interment will be at Falcon Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Smelser, Josh Smelser, Sidney Wayne Hollis, Charlie Hair, Glen Moses, Rodney Cox, Christopher Morrison and Cole Law.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Columbia Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Madge 88, 04Jan1923 - 31May2011, Magnolia, Columbia, AR, TX-453-52-8935

 

Craighead

 

2011, Caraway, Craighead Co., AR, Obituary

The Jonesboro Sun, (AR) - October 10, 2011

Terry Ramsey, 63, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at his residence. He was born Sept. 24, 1948, to Camille Mangrum Ramsey and the late Elvin Ramsey.

He was a resident of Manila until 1992, when he moved to Caraway. He graduated from Manila High School in 1966 and received his bachelor's of science degree in education from Arkansas State University in 1971. He was a retired high school science teacher with most of his 26-year career in the Gosnell Public Schools. He was also a cotton scout for area farmers from 1968-2000 and a BASF representative for approximately seven years. He was a member of the Black Oak Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Farley Ramsey of the home; his mother, Camille Ramsey of Lake Charles, La.; three siblings, Connie Blankenship (Eddie) of Lake Charles, Raychene Michaels (Ken) of Woodsboro, Md., and Barry Mangrum of Chicago; three daughters, Cody Elliott (Matt) of Greenville, Ala., Heather Crum (Eric) of Jonesboro and Laurel Hatch (Brooks) of Caraway; six grandchildren, Calson and Luke Elliott, Emerald and Ramsey Crum, and Easton and Brooklyn Hatch; and his caregivers, Jim and Patty Watson of Monette and Madeline Horne of Lepanto.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today in Caraway Cemetery with Rick Stevens officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Caraway.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Jonesboro, Craighead Co., AR, Obituary

The Jonesboro Sun, (AR) - August 28, 2011

Marc Evan Despain, 34, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at his home. A native and lifelong resident of Jonesboro,

Marc was a real estate appraiser and member of Central Baptist Church. He was a 1995 graduate of Nettleton High School, where he was a member of the football team and many other sports. Marc enjoyed the beach, hunting and scuba diving. He was a sports fan and supporter of the Valley View Blazers.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Loretta Blankenship; grandfather, Lawrence Despain; and a brother-in-law, Brant Luke.

Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Michelle Despain of the home; one daughter, Brooke Despain; two sons, Zac Despain and Blake Despain, all of the home; his maternal grandfather, J. C. Blankenship , and paternal grandmother, Doris Despain, both of Lake City; his father-in-law, Carl Kelley of Paragould; mother-in-law and her husband, Kathy and Kevin Luke of Jonesboro; his aunt and her husband, Mandy and Kevin Turman of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law, Mary Kelley of Paragould; sister-in-law and her husband, Jaelyn and Daniel Goodwin of Jonesboro; brother-in-law and his wife, Tyson and Nikki Luke of Campbell, Mo.; cousins, Alex Turman and Austin Turman, both of Houston; his parents, Jack and Tana Despain of Jonesboro; one sister, Jacquelyn Clayton of Jonesboro; three nieces; two nephews; and many more loved ones and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Central Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Blackmore officiating. Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery. Active pallbearers include Jason Marshall, Matt Cossey, Josh Bean, Joey Perry, Kevin Cook and Jon Stotts. Honorary pallbearers include Jeremy Ragsdale, Nate Webb, Nick Thompson, Dave Tomlinson, Kevin Rouse, Mark Thurman, Brian Priddy, Jody Waleszonia, Mike Barkley, Jeremy Stracener, T. L. Davis, Michael Alexander, Clay Cahoon, Denver Ferguson, Jared Seeman, Jason Deatherage, Preston Ergle, Scott Holden, Chris Mitchell and the Nettleton Raider Class of 1995.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

SSDI; Blankenship, Loretta M., 70, 04Feb1938 - 06Dec2008, Lake City, Craighead, AR, AR-432-70-7500

 

2012, Jonesboro, Craighead Co., AR, Obituary

The Paragould Daily Press, (AR) - July 3, 2012

Inez Morrow Clark passed away July 1, 2012 at Skil Care Nursing Home in Jonesboro. Mrs. Clark was born April 4, 1918 to Jeff and Pearl Goins Morrow in the Stanford/Beech Grove area of Greene County.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Gilbert Clark, one sister, Judy Mock, one grandson, Darrell Clark.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Alma Clark of Jonesboro, Jeff and June Clark of Pocahontas, one daughter and son-in-law, Jimi and Roger Bowman of Conway, six grandchildren and their spouses: two grandsons, Keith Clark and Greg and Cherie Clark, of Jonesboro, four granddaughters, Mary Ann Clark, Whitney and JJ Blankenship , of Paragould, Rebecca and Caleb Henry of Jonesboro and Clark and Joey Hambuchen of Little Rock, and nine great-grandchildren, Heather Clark, Haylee Clark, Hannah Clark, Joey Clark, Chloe Clark, Ethan Henry, Levi Henry, Zoe Blankenship and Burkley Blankenship . She is survived by three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Golvia Metheny of Albertville, Alabama, June and Lawrence Rizzotto of Mesquite, Texas, Kate and Jim Smith, and nephew, Jim Smith, Jr. of Jonesboro and one brother and sister-in-law, John and Pat Morrow of Burton, Michigan.

There will be a memorial celebration of her life at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 7th at Mitchell Funeral Home, Paragould. According to the wishes of the deceased, the body will be cremated. Following the memorial, a private family burial of the ashes at Morrow Cemetery will take place.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Jonesboro, Craighead Co., AR, Obituary

The Jonesboro Sun, (AR) - July 9, 2013

Miss Hilary Eden Moore 22 of Jonesboro passed away Saturday July 6 2013 at her home after a brave battle with cancer. Miss Moore was born Jan. 22 1991 at Dallas to Bob and Monica Blankenship Moore.

Miss Moore was a member of The Rock of Northeast Arkansas in Jonesboro and had a very strong faith in the Lord. She graduated from Paragould High in 2009 and enjoyed painting scrapbooking and photography. She loved her service dog Shimmer and her final act of kindness was her donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for research.

Survivors include her parents Bob and Monica Moore of the home; grandparents Arnold and Betty Moore of Van Alstyne Texas and Jimmy and Phyllis Blankenship of Kennett Mo.; great-grandfather Lloyd Blankenship of Tennessee; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Assembly of God in Kennett with Pastor Jeff Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila. Pallbearers will be Ricky Ross Matt Sikes Cody Sikes Marc Blankenship Kevin Rouse and Charles Smith.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Jonesboro, Craighead Co., AR, Obituary

The Jonesboro Sun, (AR) - September 10, 2013

Joyce Joann Hughes 67 of Jonesboro entered into rest Sept. 62013at her home. She was born Jan. 8, 1946 at Pocahontas to John Blankenship and Lena Pauline Hannaford Blankenship. Joyce had lived in the Jonesboro/Bay area since 1992 was a homemaker and of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death her parents.

Survivors include her husband of 38 years Gordon Hughes of the home; son Chad Hughes (Emily) of Bay; daughters Carla Bradford (Tommy) of Jonesboro and Christa Brand (Ronnie) of Bay; brothers Leroy Blankenship of Batesville and Bill Blankenship of Little Rock; sisters Barbara Hill of Bay and Connie Simkowiak of Jonesboro; grandchildren Lisa Cole Hammett, Beth Cole Mullins, Londyn Hughes, John Brand and Allison Brand; and great-grandchildren, Taylor Hammett, Haley Hammett, Aubrey Hammett, Railynn Mulllins, Reyanna Mullins and Patrick Mullins.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Emerson Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Rex Darling officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Emerson Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers will be Chad Hughes, Ronnie Brand, Tommy Bradford, DeWayne Hammett, Ray Mullins and Ben Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Jonesboro, Craighead Co., AR, Obituary

The Jonesboro Sun, (AR) - March 16, 2014

Ms. Wilma Jean (Easterwood) Crafton 83 of Jonesboro passed away Saturday March 15 2014 at St. Bernard's Medical Center. Ms. Crafton was born at Crocket near Pollard on Sept. 17 1930.

She was a former hotel and restaurant owner. She enjoyed playing bridge, bird watching and gardening. She was of the Southern Baptist faith.

She is survived her daughter Peggy and husband Max Higgins of Jonesboro; two grandchildren Eddie Landreth and wife Rhonda and Laura Landreth; two great-grandchildren Michael and Sierra Landreth; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death her parents William Kirand & Eva Laura (Peck) Easterwood; her son Eddie Michael Crafton; six sisters Marie Alexander, Mae Davis, Mildred Davis, Mamie Dollins, Florene Blankenship, and Wanda Smith; three brothers; Marvin, Bradley and Doyle Easterwood.

Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning. Burial will be in the Corning Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Monette, Craighead Co., AR, Obituary

The Jonesboro Sun, (AR) - March 17, 2013

Richard Kyle Blankenship,91,passed away Saturday March 16, 2013 at Monette Manor. He was born April 11 1921 at Macey to the late Richard Clyde and Allie Mae Wallace Blankenship.

Mr. Kyle was a 1940 graduate of Monette High School where he was valedictorian. He served his country proudly in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, then as a member of the American Legion. He served his community as a member of the Monette Volunteer Fire Department from 1947 until 1996; helped organize the first V. J. Day celebration in Monette; helped organize the first baseball park in Monette and coached for several years; and built the foul board in the old Monette Gymwhich he operated for more than 30 years. He was a faithful member of Monette First Baptist Church. He started Blankenship 's Body Shop in 1945 and his son continues the family business. He raced speed boats in the '50s and stock cars in the '60s and '70sand he loved watching NASCAR. He was also called "Tin Bender" all of his CB radio friends. He loved watching his grandkids play ball and to listen to them sing. He will be remembered as a loving husband father grandfather and friend.

He is survived his children and their spouses Judy and Gary Gipson of Benton, Suzanne and Russ Hurt of Lamar Mo. and Bob and Doris Blankenship of Monette; a brother Phillip Blankenship of Cardwell Mo.; a sister Doris Ballew of Dallas; 10 grandchildren Chad Carter Micah Gipson Kris Gipson Todd Gipson Brooke Gibson Blake Westbrook Chase Hurt Ryan Hurt Missi Miller and Kristi Wildy; and 11 great-grandchildren Logan Gipson Matthew Gipson Carson Browning Noah Gibson Eden Gibson Beighlor Hurt Jordon Miller Caleb Miller Connor Miller Blaire Wildy and Blaine Wildy.

He was also preceded in death his wife of 50 years Geneva Mahan Blankenship; and two sisters Betty Wright and Bonita Reed.

A celebration of his life will be 2 p.m. Monday at Monette First Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Gipson and Chaplain Robert Chambers officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Monette Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette. Honored to serve as active pallbearers are Billy Harrell W. T. Bibb Kevin Wimberley David Clark Kristian Nuckles and Bob Hurst. Honorary pallbearers will be Mac Bounds Marlin Kingpast and present members of the Monette Volunteer Fire Departmentand the members of the Monette-Abner Blankenship American Legion Post.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Crawford

 

2011, Van Buren, Crawford Co, AR, Obituary

Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) - August 18, 2011

Louis F. Graham, 85, of Van Buren died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, in Fort Smith [Sebastian Co., AR]. He was born Jan. 19, 1926, in Goose Creek, Texas, and was a retired carpet layer.

Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Monday at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.

He is survived by three daughters, Carolyn West and Cathy Blankenship, both of Van Buren, and Ann Clippard of Winder, Ga.; a sister, Linda Barton of Mesquite, Texas; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Van Buren, Crawford Co., AR, Obituary

Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) - January 18, 2014

Deceased Name: Jonell Brown

Jonell Christina Brown, 35, of Van Buren died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in her home. She was born Dec. 19, 1978, in Pattonville, Texas. She was a Pentecostal.

Cremation is under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home in Charleston. No service is scheduled at this time.

She is survived by her husband, Eddie; two daughters, Savannah and Dakota, both of South Carolina; two sons, Colton Brown and Shawn, both of South Carolina; her mother, Joy Bergeron of Van Buren; five sisters, Ora Cole of Van Buren, Cha'Marie Robertson of Arkoma, Angela Posey of South Carolina, April Blankenship of Fort Smith and Elisa Hawkins of Florida; and three brothers, Val Bartlett of Fort Smith, John Bergeron of Georgia and Billy Bergeron of Tennessee.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Van Buren, Crawford Co., AR, Obituary

Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) Date: August 28, 2014

Murtice Irene (Bennett) Taylor, 99, formerly of Vian, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Van Buren. She was born Jan. 21, 1915, in Hattieville to John and Ida Bennett.

She was married to Virgil Hudson Taylor on July 21, 1956, in Sallisaw. He preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 1986, in Sallisaw. Mrs. Taylor owned and operated a country grocery store in the Carlile community in Oklahoma and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors are a daughter, Carol Blankinship of Van Buren; a son, Chester Blankinship of Gore; two grandchildren, Cheryl Blankinship and Terry Blankinship of Oklahoma City; several great grandchildren; a sister, Monice Summerlin of Vian; and a brother, J. C. Bennett of Geary, Okla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; her parents, John and Ida Bennett; three sisters, Emma Barrett, Georgia Pope and Louise Phillips; and three brothers, Gleason Bennett, John Raymond Bennett and Quinton Bennett.

Funeral service will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Vian. Burial will be at Round Mountain Cemetery under the direction of Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw. Active pallbearers will be Richard Bennett, Pete Bennett, Charles Bennett, Melvin Martin, Barney Taylor and Preston Remer. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Coleman, Dale Mott, Beau Spyres, Les Owens, Louie Slape, Terry Blankinship and Robert Bennett.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Public Records: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJXT-Z5GX

Chester A Blankinship b.07Dec1944 Gore, OK

 

Crittenden

 

2012, Marion, Crittenden Co., AR, Obituary

Published in The Commercial Appeal on August 23, 2012

Robert F. Blankenship, 59 (1953), of Marion, Arkansas died Tuesday August 21, 2012 at his home. Mr. Blankenship was a Business Agent for UFCW/Local 1529. He was a member of the Marion First Baptist Church and served Hope House Ministry and Arkansas Disaster Relief.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy Moore Blankenship of Marion, AR; a son, Robert F. Blankenship Jr. of West Memphis; two daughters, Tonia Hall of Marion and Ashley Blankenship of Clarksville, TN; his mother, Frances DeChene of Proctor; a granddaughter, Brianna Hall of Marion; seven sisters and two brothers and one special cancer Yorkie B. B. Claire.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in West Memphis starting at 10 a.m. with services following at 11 a.m. with interment in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Marion, Crittenden Co., AR, Obituary

Published in The Commercial Appeal on January 20, 2013

Dr. Euel H. Belcher, Jr. went home to be with God Friday, January 18, 2013 at the age of 83. He was born March 27, 1929 to Mr. and Mrs. Euel Belcher, Sr. of Mt. Olivet, Alabama.

He had a Doctorate of Music Degree from the University of Indiana and taught music and organ at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas for many years, finishing his career at Grand Canyon College in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Belcher retired and lived in Hughes, Arkansas and then Marion, Arkansas for the remainder of his life.

During this time he taught at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis and was the organist for the United Methodist Church in Wynne, Arkansas and also the interim pianist for the First Baptist Church of Memphis, Tennessee. He was loving, kind, unselfish and generous to family and friends.

He leaves his sister, Lucille (Carroll) Evans of West Memphis, Arkansas; a niece, Kathleen (Warren) Cupples, a great-nephew, Damon Cuples, a great-niece, Katie Cupples and a great-great-nephew, John Warren Blankenship all of Marion, Arkansas. Euel has gone to the Heavenly choir above where he will continue to make beautiful music for all eternity.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2013 in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church. 200 East Parkway North, Memphis, Tennessee, with Dr. David Breckenridge officiating services. A private interment will be held later at Shawmut Cemetery in Lanett, Alabama.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2011, West Memphis, Crittenden Co., AR, Obituary

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Dixie Arline Rose Blankenship, [October 22, 1936 - August 19, 2011] 74, of West Memphis, AR, passed away Friday, August 19, 2011 at her residence.

She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in West Memphis and was preceded in death by her husband, Lidell Elmer Blankenship.

She is survived by five daughters, Rosemary Hodge of Plano, TX, Melanie Pratt of Marmaduke, AR, Joy Terral of West Memphis, AR, Sandra Dyer of Memphis, TN and Janet Haflich of Texarkana, TX; three sisters, Lena Ray of Bentonville, AR, Polly Gibson of Marmaduke, AR and Jean Stallings of Marmaduke, AR; her brother, Sanford Porter Rose, III (Sandy) of Marmaduke, AR; grandchildren, Mark and Michael Hodge, Elizabeth, Rachel, Abigail, Deborah and Jesse Pratt, Jessica Terral, Lawrence and Meagan Terral, John Garner and Marlena Haflich, Alexandra and Christine Mulvaney and Miranda and Nicole Dyer and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at Grace Baptist Church. Interment will follow the service in New Liberty Cemetery in Paragould, AR.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Crittenden Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Dixie R. 74, 22Oct1936 - 19Aug2011, West Memphis, Crittenden, AR, AR-429-66-4058

 

Desha

 

2013, McGehee, Desha Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - May 11, 2013

James Russell Earl Whitaker, 71, of McGehee, Ark., passed away May 8, 2013, following heart surgery. He was born in Dermott, Ark., on Jan. 27, 1942, to Howard Earl and Shirley Gard Whitaker.

He graduated from McGehee High School in 1960 and attended Henderson State College. There he met and married his wife of 48 years, Ann Blankinship. Ann preceded him in death just more than a year ago. James joined his father in Whitaker Masonry after college and by age 30 was Businessman of the Year in Arkansas. After leaving construction, he became a successful farmer, continuing a family tradition that began in 1890. This career lasted until his retirement in 2008. James was a deacon of the First Baptist Church of McGehee and served his church and community throughout his life. He traveled across the country with the Red Cross and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Disaster Relief. From North Dakota floods to New York's Hurricane Sandy, he worked many long hours serving others. He and Ann worked tirelessly for the McGehee Food Pantry. Countless other acts of kindness and generosity were extended outside of formal organizations. James loved his family dearly. It was an easy, gentle love that spread naturally to friends and community members who saw in him unquestionable integrity. That love extended to nature, where he was completely at home on the farm or in a duck blind. In those settings, he was happy. His broad smile and ready wit, the hallmarks of a sweet soul, were there for everyone. We know that he is smiling even now-in heaven.

James was the father of three beautiful families: Sam, wife Alicia, and their sons, John Arthur and Harrison Whitaker of Monticello, Ark.; Suzanne, husband Lance, and their children, Brittney, Whit, and Grayson Waters of Little Rock, Ark.; Jim, wife Lesli, and their children, Jessica and Scott David of McGehee, Ark.

James was preceded in death by his sister, Sherrill Mayo of Pine Bluff, Ark.

He is survived by his sister, Vicki Whitaker, and her husband, Paul Brawner of Midlothian, Texas; and his brother-inlaw, Curtis, and his wife, Brenda Blankinship of Warren, Ark.

Funeral services will be held at McGehee First Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday with burial to follow at Tillar Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Drew

 

2011, Monticello, Drew Co., AR, Obituary

Starkville Daily News (MS) - August 31, 2011

Funeral services for Robert Doyle Collins will be today at 3 p.m. at Coleman Funeral home with Rev. Russell Mord in charge of arrangements. Burial will be at bethel Methodist Cemetery near Sturgis with Coleman Funeral home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Collins, 73, of Monticello, Ark., died Aug. 28, 2011, at belle View Estates in Monticello, Ark. he was born Aug. 16, 1938 in Oktibbeha County. He was an insurance salesman.

Survivors include sons, Donald Lee Collins of Clarksville, Tenn., Ricky Bryan Collins of Sturgis, and Robert Daniel Collins of Star City, Ark.; daughter, Karen Stark of West point; brothers, Billy Blankenship of Sturgis, Bobby Blankenship of Bradley, Archie Collins of Weir, Charles Collins of Longview and Jerry Collins of Lamar; sister, Angie McGinnis of Sturgis; and seven grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Faulkner

 

2013, Conway, Faulkner Co., AR, Obituary

Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from April 10 to April 17, 2013

Louise Loveless Bailey, age 100, of Conway, went to be with the Lord, April 10, 2013. She was born April 20, 1912, to Luther and Vera (Edens) Loveless at Needs Creek.

She was united in marriage to Erman Ray Bailey on Nov. 4, 1933; they were married for 67 years. She was a very loyal, faithful Christian. She was committed to the Lord and her church and served him with all of her heart. She joined Old Liberty Baptist Church in August of 1940 and served side by side with the love of her life. She often said, "The happiest day of my life was when I met Erman, and the saddest was the day he died."

Survivors include her children, Peggy Francis, Billie (Bill) Robins, Annabelle (Georg) Andersen, Robert "Bob" (Martha) Bailey, Lana (Danny) Lawrence; grandchildren, Kelly Francis, Shannon (Gary) Blankenship, Ray Robins, Katrina (Tom) Dolislager, Kristian (Brandi) Andersen, Kirsten (Ryan) Kravitz, Robin Burnett, Cyndi (Ben) Tiner, Candace (Chris) Coleman, Lance (Vanessa) Lawrence and Daniel Lawrence; as well as 23 great-grandchildren; siblings, Eunice Richardson of Boulder, Colo., Chester Loveless of Vinita, Okla., and Charles Loveless of Mannford, Okla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Erman; grandson, Robert Wade Bailey; and siblings, Faye Boyd, Lois Yarbrough, Agnes Erickson, Gwen Hunt, L.A. Loveless Jr., James Loveless, Robert Loveless, Harlan Loveless, Eugene Loveless, Maxfield Loveless; as well as son in law Charlie Francis.

Funeral Services will be Friday, April 12, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Old Liberty Baptist Church near Conway, with Dr. Jesse Thomas and Pastor Jeff Russell officiating. Interment will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kelly Francis, Ray Robins, Ethan Tiner, Kristian Andersen, Lance Lawrence and Daniel Lawrence.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Conway, Faulkner Co., AR, Obituary

Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from Oct. 14 to Oct. 21, 2014

Julian Harold White, 89, of Conway, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 13, 2014. He was born on July 31, 1925, to the late Roy F and Edna Blankenship White in Conway.

Julian was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church; he served in the 6th Marine division during WWII, worked as an independent truck driver, and enjoyed wood working.

Julian is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Catherine Moix White; one son, William White (Judy); three daughters, Sharon King-Kordsmeier (Bill), Martha Harless (Bill), and Julie Jeffery (Melvin); 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous other friends and family.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Wendell White; two sisters, Minnie Sue White and Inez White Garrett; and two great-granddaughters, Ana Isabella and Maria Elena Barcenas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Conway, with Father Robert Cigainero officiating, and burial to follow at Crestlawn Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Cadron Twp., Faulkner Co., AR,

White, Ray F. 45, M, AR, Head,

White, Edna 36, F, AR, Wife,

White, Harold 14, M, AR, Son,

White, Wendall 11, M, AR, Son,

White, Inez 10, F, AR, Dau,

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Flore

 

2013, Poteau, Flore Co., AR, Obituary

Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) - March 6, 2013

Audry Sampson, 91, of Poteau died Monday, March 4, 2013, in Fort Smith [Sebastian Co., AR]. She was born July 25, 1921, in Milton, Okla. She was a teacher and the widow of Herman Sampson.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Poteau under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home in Poteau. Pallbearers will be Carold, Gary, Bryan and Rodney Abernathy, Chris Blankenship and Brent Sterling.

She is survived by two stepsons, Hershell Sampson of Sapulpa, Okla., and Dean Sampson of Roland; a sister, Frankie Blankenship of Stigler; and a brother, Ed Abernathy of Poteau.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Franklin

 

2011, Ozark, Franklin Co., AR, Obituary

Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) - October 29, 2011

Donald Holzman, 68, of Ozark died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 29, 1943, in Roseville. He was a member of Roseville Baptist Church, worked in the poultry industry and was a rancher.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Smith Mortuary Chapel in Charleston with burial at Carpenter Cemetery, north of Caulksville.

He is survived by a daughter, Shanda Blankenship of Ozark; two sons, Donnie and Dustin Holzman, both of Ozark; a sister, Pam Tobey of Charleston; two brothers, Bill of Charleston and Bob of Grand Prairie, Texas; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Josh Reames, Trae and Colby Holzman, Hunter Immel, Matt Peters and Richard Udale.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Fulton

 

2013, Elizabeth, Fulton Co., AR, Obituary

Published in Baxter Bulletin from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2013

A Graveside Service for Gracyn Rose Blankenship of Elizabeth, Arkansas, will be 11:00 am, Friday, November 22, 2013, at Owens Cemetery, Brockwell, Arkansas.

Gracyn was born and passed away November 17, 2013, in Batesville, Arkansas. Gracyn is the daughter of Josh Blankenship and Amanda Campbell.

Gracyn is survived by her mother, Amanda Campbell; father, Josh Blankenship; brother, Bennett Blankenship; two sisters, Carly Blankenship and Madison Campbell; paternal grandparents, Jerry and Rose Blankenship; maternal grandparents, Dennis and Karen Grant and Karen Morrell; paternal great-grandmother, Elsie Blankenship; maternal great-grandmother, Edna Marshall; four uncles, Heath Blankenship, Jason Blankenship, Loren (Angie) Blankenship and Logan (Kristi) Grant and one aunt, Lacy Grant.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Garland

 

2012, Hot Springs, Garland Co., AR, Obituary

http:// www.grossfuneralhome.com.

Don J. Friend, a Jehovah's Witness who spent decades volunteering time to serve others, died in Hot Springs on Aug. 14, 2012, at age 83. Don was born in Bonnerdale on April 25, 1929.

He married his wife, Lucy, on Aug. 26, 1950. Don was highly regarded not only for his strong work ethic and sense of humor, but especially for his loving manner. He served as a traveling minister for a time and spent over 20 years assisting in the building and renovation of Kingdom Halls of Jehovah's Witnesses throughout Arkansas.

Don is preceded in death by his parents, George and Ruby Friend, brother, Carl, and daughter, Brenda Blankenship.

He is survived by wife, Lucy; daughter, Donna Simmons; four grandchildren, Dawn Ellis (husband, Dusty) and Ben Simmons (wife, Lindsay), of Marked Tree, Doncie Blankenship, of Paragould and Jeremy Blankenship (wife, Judy), of Patterson, N.Y.

Memorial service at Hot Springs Convention Center, rooms 207,208, at 2 p.m. Saturday.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Garland Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Marvin 84, 09Jun1926 - 26Mar2011, Hot Springs Village, Garland, AR, MI-372-20-8078

 

Greene

 

2011, Gainesville, Greene Co., AR, Obituary

The Paragould Daily Press, (AR) - April 2, 2011

Maudie Eather Say Cook, known to most as Grandma Cook or "Saint Maudie," left this world to join her Savior in heaven Thursday. She was born Feb. 12, 1917, in Alton, Mo., to John Blake Say and Laura Melissa Risenhoover Say.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; two sons, Clyde Alfred and John Edward; two daughters, Sherrilene Opar and Peggy Weaver.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Blankenship of Paragould, Sally Shepard of Marmaduke and Martha Rodriguez of Lafe; five sons, George of North Carolina, Marvin of Paragould; Sam of Texas, Gary of Paragould and James of Jonesboro. She filled their home with love, laughter, and prayer. As each one of her children married, she added the spouse to her family and treated him or her like her own. She was blessed with 30 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren whom she loved very much. She was known for her incredible sense of humor, her compassionate heart, her wonderful cooking, beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, her love for Jesus, and her devotion to her family. She was the driving force and mastermind of the shop where she and Clarence built furniture and many wooden toys and other items for their children and others in the community.

The celebration of her life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Heath Colonial Chapel with Reverend Josh Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow at Gainesville Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2011, Paragould, Greene Co., AR, Obituary

The Paragould Daily Press, (AR) - May 2, 2011 [Monday]

David Wade Blankenship, 86, of Paragould has gone to be with the Lord on Friday [29Apr2011] at St. Bernards Medical Center. He was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Delaplaine, the son of the late William and Thalia Blankenship.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Blankenship. He was a member of Grace United General Baptist Church.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and David Anderson of West Virginia; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Lynn and Linda Blankenship of Paragould and Vernon and Connie Blankenship of Iowa; grandchildren, Jamie Rogers, Stefanie Ward, Melissa Stone, Pfc. Michael Anderson and Amanda Troug; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Heath Funeral Home. Her life will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Heath Colonial Chapel with Rev. Royce Schanda officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Paragould, Greene Co., AR, Obituary

The Paragould Daily Press, (AR) - July 26, 2011

Bertha Marie Fears Jetton, 86, of Paragould died Sunday at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. She was born Feb. 24, 1925, in Beech Grove, the daughter of the late Jess and Ethel M. Ryan Fears.

She was also preceded by her husband, David Weldon Jetton; sisters, Inez Bibb, Alma Huffman, Mary Eunice Garman; brother, Troy Fears. She was retired from Emerson Electric.

She is survived by her daughter, Kay Lee; son, David Jetton, both of Paragould; sisters, Olean Walker of Paragould, Shirley Blankenship of Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. today at Heath Colonial Chapel. The celebration of her life will follow at 11 Heath Colonial Chapel with Jesse Dollars officiating. Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Hackney, Eddie Pilkey, Bill Bobo, Jerry Ball, Jimmy Hardin and Bill Pillow.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Paragould, Greene Co., AR, Obituary

The Jonesboro Sun, (AR) - September 29, 2011

Doyle Guy Householder, son of the late William Householder and Stella Neely Householder, was born Aug. 21, 1919, at Pollard and died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, in Paragould.

Survivors include his wife, Dorris L. Householder; children, Kenneth Householder, Joe Householder, Wanda Blankenship, Jenola Wells, Vicki Woods and Ann Burnside; one brother; four sisters; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be tonight from 6-8 at McDaniel Funeral Service in Kennett, Mo., with services at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home and burial in Memorial Gardens Cemetery with full military honors.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Paragould, Greene Co., AR, Obituary

The Paragould Daily Press, (AR) - July 28, 2012

Betty Lou Mann, 82, Paragould, died Friday, July 27, 2012, at St Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro [Craighead Co., AR]. Betty was born October 9, 1929 in Marmaduke, the daughter of Tom and Nora Swink Watson.

She was also preceded by her husband, Basil E. "Cotton" Mann, son, Robert Timothy Holcomb, infant son and sister, Jo Nelson. She retired from the The Garment Factory in Rector, loved going to the roundup, fishing and spending time with her friends and was a member of East Side Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law: Carol and Tommy Blankenship, Linda Stafford, Diane and Jim Owen, all of Paragould, Patricia and Avon Kepner of Richmond, VA; grandchildren: Misty and Shannon May, T J and Laura Holcomb, Courtney and Chad Cochran, Anthony and Sandy Blankenship, Lisa and Steve Mims, Christina Swinney, Jack Stafford, Wendy and Kevin Perry, Jamie and Keith Eddings, Melissa and Jay Larouche; 19 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Her life will be celebrated at Heath Colonial Chapel, 10:00 AM, Monday, Rev. Kevin Hawley officiating. Pallbearers are George Robinson, Jimmie Lee Thomas, David Woltz, Bill Jackson, Glen Staggs, and Gary Swink. Interment will follow at Cudd Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Paragould, Greene Co., AR, Obituary

The Paragould Daily Press, (AR) - July 26, 2013

Deceased Name: Edguar Louis Riney

Mr. Edguar Louis Riney, 79, of Paragould, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2013 at his home. Mr. Riney was born on July 27, 1933 in Peach Orchard, Arkansas to the late Thurman and Julia Riney.

Mr. Riney was a member of West View Baptist Church where he was an ordained deacon and Sunday school teacher and he loved doing church work. He was retired from Martin Sprocket and Gear, an Army Veteran and he enjoyed bowling, yard work, working on lawn mowers, and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include; his wife of 60 years, Gloria Riney of the home; two sons: Rick Riney and wife Jolynn of Woodstock, Georgia and David Riney of Brookland, Arkansas; two sisters: Dortha Long of Cathedral City, California and Judy Blankenship of Lexington, Tennessee; five grandchildren: Ella White, Josh Riney, Chris Riney, Katie Riney, and Ava Riney; and a host of other family and friends.

Mr. Riney was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter: Debra K. Riney; two brothers: Joseph Riney and Roy Riney; four sisters: Mae Davis, Anna Stokes, Liddie Russom, and Georgia Risner.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the West View Baptist Church, Paragould, Arkansas. Interment will follow at Woodland Heights Cemetery with military honors. Pallbearer: Deacons from West View Baptist Church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Paragould, Greene Co., AR, Obituary

The Paragould Daily Press, (AR) - December 4, 2013

Fred Wesley Clark passed away December 3, 2013 at Greene Acres Nursing Home. He was born on September 7, 1927 to Fred Sr. and Vashti Clark, in Red Onion, AR.

Fred was a life time farmer and raised livestock, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Fred was also a member of The Bethel Station Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lola Clark and a granddaughter, Shelia Clark.

Fred is survived by five sons, Nolan Clark, Dennis Clark, Bobby Joe Clark, Michael Clark and Ralph (Robbie) Clark; and two daughters, Mary Blankenship and Debbie Parmenter.

Services will be Saturday December 7, 2013, in The Center Hill Chapel of Phillips Funeral Home at 12 p.m. with David Dodd officiating. Burial will be at Greene County Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Clark, Robbie Clark, Bobby Clark, Dennis Clark, Nolan Clark, Bradley Clark, Jim Bob Clark, Frankie Blankenship and Jody Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Paragould, Greene Co., AR, Obituary

The Paragould Daily Press, (AR) - March 5, 2014

Bonita L. Huffman, 76, of Paragould, passed away March 15, 2014 at her residence. She was born December 23, 1937 to the late L. E. and Ethel Blankenship in Silverdale, Missouri. Mrs. Huffman was a member of First Church of God in Paragould.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Vernal Huffman; sister, Shirley Pruitt; brother, Lidell Blankenship.

Survivors include step-sons, Mike and Keith Huffman; brothers, Frankie, Jr, Don, and Tommy Blankenship; sister, Betty Prince.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 7, 2014 at 2:00 in the Center Hill Chapel of Phillips Funeral Home with Kevin Edgar officiating. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Paragould, Greene Co., AR, Obituary

Published in The Commercial Appeal on Mar. 28, 2014

Fred "Tony" Blankenship 83, passed away on March 24, 2014 at Methodist Hospital in Paragould, AR. He was born in Leachville, AR on December 22, 1930, to the late W. E. and Carrie (Swindle) Blankenship.

He was active as one of Jehovah's Witnesses for 73 years and was also a retired switchman for Union Pacific.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Margie (Albisser), and a daughter, Amy.

He is survived by his daughter, Jill Blankenship of Rosemark, TN, son, Andy Blankenship (Jeanine) of Olive Branch, MS, and 3 grandchildren: Joseph Greenwood of Winter Park, FL, and Brent and Katie Blankenship of Olive Branch, MS.

He was interred at Brown's Chapel Cemetery in Paragould with a Memorial service planned for Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 2 p.m., Kingdom Hall, 6895 Bluebird Lane, Olive Branch, MS.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Paragould, Greene Co., AR, Obituary

The Jonesboro Sun, (AR) - May 30, 2014

Wilma McCreless 76 of Paragould passed away May 29, 2014 at St. Bernard's Medical Center. She was born Nov. 4, 1937 to the late Edgar and Laverne Blankenship.

Wilma worked for Montgomery Ward for 25 years and also worked at Emerson Electric for eight years. She was a member of Brown's Chapel church and volunteered for 23 years for Lady Auxiliary at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center where she was its president for one term.

Preceding her in death was her parents; a son Kenneth McCreless; and a great-granddaughter Josie May Austin.

Survivors include her husband Billy McCreless; two sons and daughter-in-laws Ron and Tammy McCreless of Rector, Darrell and Darla McCreless of Paragould; a daughter, Carol Sue Austin of Paragould; four brothers Bud Blankenship, Eddie Blankenship, Ron and Gayle Blankenship, all of Paragould and Dennis and Linda Blankenship of Jasper; two sisters Loretta Hallman and Lavetta Staton; seven grandchildren: AJ and Tyler Austin, Hailey McCreless, Eric and Brooke Clayton and Chase and Addison McCreless; and two great-grandchildren Cash and Barrett Austin.

The family will receive friends 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home. Services will follow at 1 p.m. in the Center Hill Chapel of Phillips Funeral Home with Royce Boling officiating. Pallbearers include Gary Worley Jim Bradley, Keith Metzker, Don Russell, Jerry Gifford and Jeff Gammon. Burial will be in Mt. Zion cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Greene Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, David W. 86, 11Aug1924 - 29Apr2011, Paragould, Greene, AR, AR-432-26-0148

 

Hempstead

 

2013, Hope, Hempstead Co., AR, Obituary

Daily Siftings Herald (Arkadephia, AR) - August 1, 2013

Kelly Ray Whisenhunt, age 45, of Hope, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope. He was born June 4, 1968, in Pine Bluff, the son of James Alfred and Glenda Mae Ray Sorrells. Kelly was a farm manager for Sitzes Farms and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Kelly is survived by his wife, Tasha Thrasher Whisenhunt; one son, Dustin Blankenship of Minnesota; his father and step-mother, James and Patsy Sorrells of Dalark; one brother, Kevin Whisenhunt of Arkadelphia; his grandmother, Dorothy "Nana" Nilz of Gurdon; mother-in-law, Nikki (Robert) Schee of Whelen Springs; father-in-law, Jimmy (Joyce) Thrasher of Gurdon; brothers-in-law, Jonathan (Tiffany) Schee of Bismarck, James Schee of Hawaii, Paul (Traci) Schee of Arkadelphia, Eddie (Diona) Davis of Arkadelphia, and Jeremy (Jessica) Davis of Arkadelphia; sisters-in-law, Wendy (Rick) Suit of Bismarck, and Mitzi (Jeremy) Bolt of Arkadelphia; and a host of nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Bro. Lloyd Baumgardner and Bro. James Cox officiating. Interment will be in Bethlehem Cemetery at Gurdon.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hot Spring

 

2011, Malvern, Hot Spring Co., AR, Obituary

Malvern Daily Record (AR) - September 2, 2011

Eleanor K. Cook, age 82, of Malvern, died Wednesday evening, August 31, 2011, in the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on March 18, 1929, to the late Shuryo Nishihira and Helen Watata Nishihira.

Reared and educated in Hawaii, she had been a Malvern resident since 1965. Eleanor was a homemaker and had worked at Arbor Oaks for 15 years. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. Eleanor loved to bake for her family and to tend her flowers. She was the widow of the late Robert Cook, to whom she was married on April 2, 1950, in Hawaii. He preceded her in death on October 11, 2005.

She is survived by two daughters, Edna Cook, and Anna Bennett and her husband Tim, all of Malvern; a son, Carl and his wife Judy Cook, of Rockport; a sister, Janet Fukumoto of Mililani Town, Hawaii; two grandchildren, Benjamin Bennett and Carrie and her husband Jason Blankenship , and by three great grandchildren, Cory, Nathan and Camie Blankenship .

Eleanor was also preceded in death by a son, Bobby Cook, and a grandson, Jeff Cook.

Her funeral will be at two o'clock Saturday afternoon, September 3, 2011, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverends Chat Hart and Darrell Teeter officiating. As per her wishes, the body will be cremated.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Malvern, Hot Spring Co., AR, Obituary

Malvern Daily Record (AR) - June 13, 2012

Willie Lorene (Plumlee) Rogers, 85, of Malvern passed away June 11, 2012, at her home. She was born June 17, 1926, in Bismarck, the daughter of Will and Rosie (Burris) Plumlee. She was a homemaker, an excellent seamstress, and was a member of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband, to whom she was married on Aug. 5, 1944, James Arnold Rogers; and grandson, Jeff Cook.

Survivors are daughters, Elaine Painter (Robert) of Alamogordo, N.M.; Donna Freeman (Wade) of Malvern; brothers, Clyde Hughes (Gwendolyn) and Lyndal Hughes (Nettie), all of Malvern; sisters, Floree Rogers of Malvern, Joyce Francis (Benny) of Gurdon, Brenda Jones (Herbert) of Texas; sister-in-law, Jimmie Holt of Malvern; grandchildren, Chris Nodine (Jennipher), Carrie Blankinship (Jason), all of San Diego; great-grandchildren, Corey, Nathen, and Cameron; numerous nieces and nephews, and special caregiver, Dorothy Morgan.

Services are Thursday, June 14 at 10 a.m. in the Regency Chapel with Brother John Owen officiating. Interment will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bill Kizer, Ron Holt, Shorty Simms, Edward Conklin, Glenn Spraggins and Clifford Green.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Malvern, Hot Spring Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - June 22, 2013

Mayme Ross Shnaekel, age 62, of Malvern passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Hot Spring County Memorial Hospital. She was born May 10, 1951, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to the late Geneva G. and William H. Ross. Mayme loved family, laughter, and working in the yard. She was born into a large family, and later had a large family of her own. She was of Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and four siblings, Betty Gindhart, Buddy Don Ross, Mary Bright, and Pete Ross.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, W. H. Shnaekel, three sons, Jay, Michael, and Chris Shnaekel; four step-sons, Bill, Wes, Lloyd, and Nick Shnaekel; four step-daughters, Kay Dalby, Teresa Lee, Susan Blankenship, and Annette Wilson; four brothers, Eddie, George, John, and Wade Ross; and three sisters, Jane Evans, Leona Mooney, and Lois Reeves. Mayme was blessed with 25 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for friends and family will be held on Monday, June 24, 2013, at two o'clock at J.A. Funk Funeral home in Malvern.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Howard

 

+2013, Dierks, Howard Co., AR, Obituary

Texarkana Gazette (TX) - July 13, 2013

Rodney Kent Blankenship, 56, of Dierks, Ark., died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at his home. Mr. Blankenship was born June 27, 1957, in De Queen. He was a crane operator for Weyerhaeuser and a member of Dierks First Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by one son, Jason Blankenship.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Robinson Blankenship of Dierks; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Mandy Blankenship of Texarkana; one daughter, Michelle Blankenship of Ruston, La.; his mother, Marcelene Garner Blankenship of De Queen; three brothers and one sister-inlaw, Ronnie Blankenship , Randy and Sherri Blankenship and Marty Blankenship of De Queen; four grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Wilkerson Funeral Home with Mark Hodges and Wesley Blankenship officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Nashville, Howard Co., AR, Obituary

Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Mar. 6, 2014

`Ralph "Bo" England, beloved partner of Randy Goss. Loving son of Penny and Ralph England. Dear brother of Ann (Melvin) Blankenship. Also survived by numerous other loving family members and friends.

Suddenly, Thursday, February 27, 2014. Age 41 years. Bo took great pride in his work as an RN for HCR Manorcare, Extendicare and Riverview Community. Bo had an infectious smile and the ability to love and touch the lives of all he met. He was a wonderful singer, loved to work in the garden and decorate the home for all seasons.

Visitation and funeral mass will be Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Friendship Church of God, 560 Jordon Road, Nashville, Arkansas 71852. A memorial/celebration service will be set at a later date in the Cincinnati area.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Independence

 

2011, Oil Trough, Independence Co., AR, Obituary

Newport Independent (AR) - January 27, 2011

Dicey Davis, 71, of Oil Trough, departed this life Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernard F. Davis, Sr.; one son, Vernard F. Davis, Jr.; one step-son, Craig Davis; her mother, Alberta Marie Berry; one brother, Doug Berry; and two grandchildren, Steven Foster and Corky Blankenship.

She is survived by sons, Wayne Wright of Eugene, Ore., Bill Wright of Texas, Kenny Hazelip of Newport, Doug Hazelip (Patti) of Campbell Station; daughters, Regina Coomes of Evansville, Ind., Lynn Douglas (Dwight) of Tuckerman, Renee Dickey of Tuckerman, Martha Smith (Fred) of Oil Trough, Shanny Rehm (Ben) of Rose Bud; step-daughters, Ann Foster of Newport, Sandra Corbit (Junior) of Bradford; sisters, Doris Haar of New Baden, Ill., Betty Berry of Evansville, Ind., Lori Gilslinger of Evansville, Ind.; 30 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at Gracelawn Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Izard

 

2013, Calico Rock, Izard Co., AR, Death

Published in Baxter Bulletin on April 12, 2013

Anna Blankenship, 77, Calico Rock, died 04-10-2013.

Arrangements: Eddie's Family Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Calico Rock, Izard Co., AR, Funeral

http://www.arkansasonline.com/obituaries/2013/apr/13/anna-blankenship-2013-04-13/

Published: April 13, 2013

Anna Muss Blankenship, 77, [1935 2013] Calico Rock, AR, died April 10.

Memorial service will be Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at Calico Rock First Baptist Church under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Calico Rock, Izard Co., AR, Obituary

http://eddiesfamilyfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2063651&fh_id=14154

Anna Muss Blankenship, daughter of the late Ausbie Muss and Goldie Hively Muss, was born July 10, 1935 in Calico Rock, Arkansas. She departed this life April 10, 2013 in Calico Rock, Arkansas at the age of 77 years and 9 months. She was united in marriage to Carl Blankenship on August 12, 1955 in Wenatchee, Washington. She spent her life as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, homemaker and friend. During her working years, she worked as a waitress at the Leatherwood Restaurant in Calico Rock. She was of the Baptist Faith and a member of the Calico Rock First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years: Carl Blankenship of the home; three sons and two daughters-in-law: Terry Blankenship of Melbourne, Gary and Shannon Blankenship of Melbourne and Scott and Shannon Blankenship of Fayetteville; one daughter and son-in-law: Jannie and David Swafford of Benton; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and many good friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her twin sister: Goldie Cantrell.

Memorial service will be Saturday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Calico Rock First Baptist Church under the direction of Eddies Family Funeral Home in Calico Rock. Honorary Pallbearers will be her Grandsons

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Calico Rock, Izard Co., AR, Obituary

http://eddiesfamilyfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2063651&fh_id=14154

Anna Kaye Muss Blankenship of Calico Rock, Arkansas, daughter of the late Ausbie Muss and Goldie Hively Muss, was born July 10, 1935 in Calico Rock, Arkansas. She departed this life April 10, 2013 in Calico Rock, Arkansas at the age of 77 years and 9 months.

She was united in marriage to Carl Blankenship on August 12, 1955 in Wenatchee, Washington. She spent her life as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, homemaker and friend. During her working years, she worked as a waitress at the Leatherwood Restaurant in Calico Rock. She was of the Baptist Faith and a member of the Calico Rock First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years: Carl Blankenship of the home; three sons and two daughters-in-law: Terry Blankenship of Melbourne, Gary and Shannon Blankenship of Melbourne and Scott and Shannon Blankenship of Fayetteville; one daughter and son-in-law: Jannie and David Swafford of Benton; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and many good friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her twin sister: Goldie Cantrell.

Memorial service will be Saturday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Calico Rock First Baptist Church under the direction of Eddies Family Funeral Home in Calico Rock. Honorary Pallbearers will be her Grandsons

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Melbourne, Izard Co., AR, Obituary

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=94217458

Fred Norman Blankenship, 95, of Melbourne died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at his home. Born July 31, 1916, in Bandmill, he was the son of Loren Smith Blankenship and Althea Clementine Rodman Blankenship.

He was united in marriage to Elsie Webb on Oct. 31, 1941, in Calico Rock. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in Germany. He attended College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, graduating with a pharmacy degree. He was the owner and pharmacist of Blankenship Drug from 1950 until he retired in 1980. He was an active member of the Lions Club, Melbourne Masonic Lodge and Izard County Historical Society. He was of the Baptist faith and was a long-time member of Melbourne First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years; a son, Jerry Blankenship of Melbourne; a daughter, Ann Moser of Melbourne; five brothers, Paul Blankenship of Fordyce, Wayne Blankenship of Kansas City, Mo., Newt Blankenship of Melbourne, Dean Blankenship of Springfield, Mo., and Carl Blankenship of Calico Rock; a sister, June Willsie of Kansas City, Mo.; six grandchildren, Shayne Moser, Heath Blankenship, Loren Blankenship and Josh Blankenship, all of Melbourne, Jason Blankenship of Fayetteville and Jessica Eldred of Bentonville; 12 great-grandchildren, Tadd Hickerson, Morgan Moser, Tyce Moser, Riley Moser, Katelyn Shrable, Sydney Shrable, Leyton Eldred, Emery Eldred, Kalen Eldred, Charis Eldred, Bennett Brice Blankenship and Carly Blankenship; and a great-great-grandson, Trip Hickerson.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Melbourne First Baptist Church with Rick Burke and Doyne Robertson officiating. Burial will be in Combs Cemetery under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne. Pallbearers will be Shayne Moser, Heath Blankenship, Jason Blankenship, Loren Blankenship, Josh Blankenship, Tadd Hickerson and Tyce Moser. Honorary pallbearers are Rocky Campbell, Bob Cooper, Rick Halbrook, Junior Majors, David Miller, Jim Roten, Jim Shell, Gary Sims, Dr. Harold Tatum, Terry Rush and Y.D. Whitehurst.

 

 

+2012, Melbourne, Izard Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - November 28, 2012 [Wednesday]

Edith Morehead, 88, of Melbourne died Monday [26Nov2012].

Survivors: sons: Hearley Morehead, Willis Morehead; daughters: Vivian Mitchell, Gladis Tate; brother, Cleveland Blankenship; sister, Zelpha Riggs.

Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Roller-Crouch Chapel, Melbourne. Burial: Combs Cemetery by Roller-Crouch Funeral Home, Melbourne.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Melbourne, Izard Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - June 8, 2013

Nina Jean (Blair) Blankenship, 82, of Melbourne died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at White River Medical Center in Batesville [Independence Co., AR]. She was born in Melbourne on August 20, 1930, to Raymond Landers and Nina Zoe (Davis) Blair.

After graduating from high school, she married James Newt Blankenship. She went on to graduate from Arkansas State Teacher's College with a BSE. She was an active member of the Izard County Democratic Women, Melbourne Cemetery Board and a docent at the Independence County Museum. She was also active in the Izard County Retired Teachers and the Izard County Historical Society. She was a member of the Melbourne United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, James Newt Blankenship of Melbourne; a son, Dr. James Blair Blankenship and his wife, Rachel, of Fayetteville; three grandchildren, Blair, Holden and Griffin Blankenship ; nieces Charlotte Blair Jones and Teresa Blair Hamlisch; nephew, Ron Blair; and two great-nieces, Aubrey and Jordan Jones.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; an infant daughter, Nina Jo Blankenship; and a brother, Bill Blair.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the Melbourne United Methodist Church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Melbourne, Izard Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - August 13, 2013

James Newt Blankenship, 85, of Melbourne, Arkansas, died Friday, August 9, 2013. He was born in Forty-Four, Arkansas, on October 19, 1927, to Loren Smith and Althea Clementine Rodman Blankenship.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class. He was honorably discharged after being wounded in battle. After his army service he returned to Izard County and wed Nina Jean Blair on January 30, 1953. He graduated from Arkansas College in Batesville, Arkansas, in 1956 with a Bachelor's of Arts degree and was an educator for the majority of his career. He was Izard County's first County School Supervisor, a position he held until his retirement. He was an avid golfer and loved to hunt quail with his life-long friends. He was a member of Melbourne United Methodist Church and was active in the church as well as other civic work.

He is survived by his son, James Blair Blankenship and his wife Rachel of Fayetteville; three grandchildren: Blair, Holden, and Griffin Blankenship; four brothers: Paul, Wayne, Dean, and Carl Blankenship; one sister, June Willsie; along with many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 60 years, Nina Blair Blankenship; an infant son; an infant daughter, Nina Jo Blankenship; and five brothers; Fred, Rosco, Hugh, Guy, and Kay.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Roller-Crouch Chapel in Melbourne with graveside service to follow at Melbourne Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Melbourne, Izard Co., AR, Obituary

http://eddiesfamilyfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2364044&fh_id=14154

Elsie Inez Webb Blankenship, daughter of the late Marvin Nolan Webb and Effie Elizabeth Ann Spicer Webb, was born March 8, 1921 in Oxford, Arkansas. She departed this life December 28, 2013 in Batesville, Arkansas at the age of 92 years, 9 months and 20 days.

She was united in marriage to Fred N. Blankenship on October 29, 1941 in Calico Rock, Arkansas and to this union two children were born. She spent her life as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, homemaker and friend. Elsie and Fred owned and operated Blankenship Drug Store in Melbourne from 1950 until they retired in 1980. She was of the Baptist faith and a long time member of Melbourne First Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law: Jerry and Rose Blankenship of Melbourne; one daughter and son-in-law: Ann and L. D. Moser of Melbourne; six grandchildren: Shayne and Tonya Moser of Melbourne, Heath Blankenship of Melbourne, Jason Blankenship of Fayetteville, Jessica and Charles Eldred of Bentonville, Loren and Angie Blankenship of Melbourne and Josh Blankenship of Melbourne; twelve great grandchildren: Tadd Hickerson, Morgan Moser, Tyce Moser, Riley Moser, Katelyn Shrable, Sydney Shrable, Leyton Eldred, Emery Eldred, Kalen Eldred, Charis Eldred, Bennett Brice Blankenship and Carly Blankenship; one great great grandson: Trip Hickerson and a host of other relatives and many good friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 70 years: Fred Blankenship; two sisters: Mary Benbrook and Irene Harber; one brother: Orison Webb.

Funeral service will be Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Melbourne with Doyne Robertson and Ricky Burke officiating. Burial will be at Combs Cemetery under the direction of Eddies Family Funeral Home in Melbourne. Pallbearers: Paul Gray Miller, James Loggains, Gale Cooper, Jim Shell, Bob Rector, Garry Sims.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Calico Rock, Izard Co., AR, Obituary

Daily Dunklin Democrat Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Therodo Hermond "Butch" Blankenship, 64, of Calico Rock, Ark., formerly of the Bragg City, Mo. and Kennett area, passed away Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at the VA Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. Born Sept. 4, 1948, in Orange Grove, Fla., son of the late Tom Blankenship and Martha Smith Blankenship, he was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam.

Survivors include one son, Robert Blankenship and wife, Renee, of Hornersville, Mo.; two daughters, Angie Biby and husband, Mike, of Hornersville, and Sara Suiter, of Pearson, Tenn.; two brothers, Jerry Blankenship and Charles Smith, both of Calico Rock; eight grandchildren, Christian Blankenship, Michael Easley, Justin Easley, Nathan Easley, Leah Blankenship, Tyler Dewitt, James Suiter and Ashlynn Suiter, and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Bradshaw Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Paul Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Jackson

 

2012, Grubbs, Jackson Co., AR, Obituary

The Jonesboro Sun, (AR) - July 6, 2012

Hazel Barner McLaughlin, 96 of Grubbs, died Thursday.

Survivors include one daughter Shirley J. Smith of Memphis; three sons Donald Ray McLaughlin of Memphis Joe Dale McLaughlin of Olive Branch Miss. and Doug McLaughlin of Grubbs; two brothers Joel Barner and William Paul Barner; three sisters Sue Milligan Juanita Parker and Orida Blankenship; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Ballew's Chapel Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Jefferson

+2012, Jefferson, Jefferson Co., AR, Obituary

There is also a Jefferson in Columbia Co., AR,

Pine Bluff Commercial (AR) - February 8, 2012

Laverne Shinn, 83, of Jefferson, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Laverne was born November 3, 1928 in Dew Drop to the late George and Suzy Blankenship Shinn.

Laverne attended Redfield Schools and was a member of Redfield Missionary Baptist Church. Laverne served in the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the Arkansas National Guard and was a member of American Legion Post in Redfield. Laverne helped form the Redfield Athletic Association and coached baseball at Redfield. Laverne was an avid squirrel hunter and a member of the Lions Club.

Laverne was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Helen Skipworth and Ruby Thrower.

Survivors include son, Mike Shinn of Cabot; daughter, Tami De La Hunt of Jefferson; sister, Maudie Jones of Texas; six grandchildren; one great grandchild.

Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, February 10, Redfield Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2010, Moscow, Jefferson Co., AR, Obituary

The Daily Sentinel , February 17, 2010,

William Porter Blankenship, 92, of Moscow, Arkansas, left this life February 13, 2010, at White Hall Nursing and Rehab Center in White Hall, Arkansas. Born July 8, 1917, in Moscow, Arkansas, he was the son of the late Samuel Wirt and Maude Marie McDill Blankenship. He was reared and received his early education in the Grady and Linwood area. After graduating from Linwood High School, he went on to attend Arkansas A&M (now University of Arkansas at Monticello). During World War II, he served in the Arkansas Army National Guard. Mr. Blankenship was a farmer at Moscow and was a partner in Richland Planting Company. He was a member of Grady United Methodist Church and a charter member of Grady Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Samuel Wirt Blankenship; and two sisters, Marie Harshaw and Florence Blankenship.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-nine years, Myrtle Jane Newton Blankenship; three sons, William P. Blankenship Jr. (Sharon), of Pine Bluff, Ronald D. Blankenship (Joy), of Pine Bluff and Donald G. Blankenship, of Moscow; one daughter, Jan Harris (John), of Nacogdoches, Texas; eight grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Walter (Alan), of Paragould, Arkansas, William Lee Blankenship, of Pine Bluff, Kimberly Kay Sardin (Bill), of Little Rock, Andrew Bond Blankenship (Ginny), of Little Rock, Benjamin Ramsay Blankenship, of Pine Bluff, Katherine Blankenship, of Little Rock, John William "Bill" Harris (Heather), of Douglass, Texas, and Mary Jane Harris of Austin, Texas; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Thursday, February 18, 2010, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home with the Reverend Lee Zuehlke officiating, and burial following in Newton Chapel Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Moscow, Jefferson Co., AR, Obituary

Published in The Daily Sentinel on January 13, 2013

Jane Newton Blankenship, 91, longtime resident of Moscow, Arkansas, died January 10, 2013. Born at home near Cornerville in Lincoln County, Arkansas, daughter of the late Albert Harvey and Winnie Johnson Newton, she grew up in Lincoln County, graduating from Star City High School and West Point (Georgia) Business College. As a young woman she worked for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration before marrying William Porter "Bill" Blankenship December 20, 1940 in Pine Bluff. She moved to join her husband in Moscow and resided there most of her life. Mr. Blankenship died February 13, 2010.

Mrs. Blankenship was actively involved in her community. She was a member of Grady United Methodist Church where she served as an adult coordinator of the Methodist Youth Fellowship and on the parsonage building committee. She was an adult leader for the Linwood 4-H Club, a Jefferson County Tuberculosis Association (now American Lung Association) volunteer, and a volunteer and officer for the Linwood School PTA.

Her survivors include three sons, William P. "Bill" Blankenship, Jr. (Sharon) of Pine Bluff, Ronald Blankenship (Joy) of Pine Bluff, Donald Blankenship of Moscow; her daughter, Jan Harris (John) of Nacogdoches, Texas; grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Walter (Alan) of Paragould, Arkansas, William Lee Blankenship of Pine Bluff, Kimberly Kay Sardin (Bill) of Brookland, Arkansas, Andrew Bond Blankenship (Ginny) of Little Rock, Benjamin Ramsay Blankenship (Betsy) of Little Rock, Katherine Blankenship of Little Rock, John William "Bill" Harris (Heather) of Douglass, Texas, Mary Jane McClendon (Levi) of Austin, Texas; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Miller of Hot Springs. Three brothers, Albert Harvey Newton, Jr., Alfred Johnson Newton, William Glen Newton, and a sister, Tabitha Nell Newton Langley also died before her. She always made the comment, "Isn't this pleasant?" whenever her family gathered together. Surely she is saying the same thing as she is welcomed by her Heavenly Father.

Services are Monday at 2 p.m., Ralph Robinson & Son Chapel in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Interment is in Newton Chapel Cemetery in Lincoln County.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - October 14, 2013

Virginia Lee Work, 87, of Pine Bluff, Ark., passed away, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at White Hall Nursing and Rehab. She was born Aug. 22, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., to William Vernon and Ella Comer Frank.

She was reared and educated in Hancock High School in Lemay, Mo. Mrs. Work was a member of Watson Chapel Baptist Church. She had worked at International Paper before retiring as a secretary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Fischer Work, Jr., whom she married on Sept. 7, 1944, in Kansas City, Kan.; her parents; a brother and a sister.

Survivors include her son, Samuel Fischer Work III (Linda), of Pine Bluff; a daughter, Sandy Hudson (Dowell) of Little Rock; grandchildren, David Work (Shannon) of Bryant, Virginia Blankenship (Drew) of Little Rock, Michael Work (Bridgette) of Russellville; and five great-grandchildren.

Private graveside service was held by Ralph Robinson & Son.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR, Obituary

Pine Bluff Commercial (AR) - July 3, 2014

John H. Turley, 84, of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock [Pulaski Co., AR]. He was born October 7, 1929 in Pine Bluff, son of John H. and Freida Rex Turley.

John was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School. He was a custom home builder. John took pride in his work and was known for his quality craftsmanship. John was a member of Altheimer United Methodist Church. He loved music, especially singing at church or at nursing homes. John also enjoyed visiting people at nursing homes, hospitals or shut-ins at home in recent years.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Blankenship Turley, whom he married April 12, 1957 in Pine Bluff; his parents; six sisters, Dorothy Williams, Lucille Turley, Lura Bailey, Freida Johnson, Mildred Purvis and an infant sister; and brother, Robert Turley.

Survivors include two daughters, Lyn Shoffstall (Terry) of Tallahassee, Florida and Lisa Price (Mark) of Pine Bluff; four grandchildren, Katherine Price, Allison Price, Gretchen Price and Scott Shoffstall; and five step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 5, 2014 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Reverend Jeff Price and Reverend Fred Arnold officiating. Burial will be private.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Jefferson Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, William P. 92, 08Jul1917 - 13Feb2010, Moscow, Jefferson, AR, AR-431-66-2425

 

Lawrence

 

+2012, Black Rock, Lawrence Co., AR, Obituary

The Jonesboro Sun, (AR) - September 14, 2012

Mary Kathryn Clark 76 of Black Rock formerly of Portiapassed away Wednesday Sept. 12, 2012. Born June 15, 1936 in the Fender community daughter of Remal and Leona Haynes Blankenship she was a home maker, a minister and member of the Lake Charles Full Gospel Church. She was united in marriage to Charles L. Clark on Nov. 25, 1955.

She was preceded in death her parents and a son-in-law David Bryant.

Survivors include her husband of the home; three daughters Candis Clark Bryant of Smithville Peggy Clark Maneotis and husband Chris of Colorado and Janet Clark Brewer and husband Darrell of Couch Mo.; four sisters Betty Ann Rockwell of Illinois Francis Quest of Pocahontas Loretta Blankenship of Illinois and Phyllis Lester of Ravenden; a foster son Danny Sullivan of Hot Springs; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Bryan Funeral Home Chapel with daughter Janet Clark Brewer officiating. Interment will be in Parks Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Strawberry, Lawrence Co., AR, Obituary

The Jonesboro Sun, (AR) - February 26, 2013

Inez Wagoner 66died Sunday in Jonesboro [Craighead Co., AR].

She was preceded in death her parents; brothers Donald Jerry and Paul Vinson; and sister Lucille Blankenship.

Survivors include her husband Clarence Wagoner of the home; sons Ronald Wagoner Gary Wagoner Kenneth Wagoner and wife Christina and daughter April Wagoner all of Strawberry; brother Onzo Vinson Jr. of Sulphur Rock; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn with Roger Randolph officiating. Burial will follow in Ward Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lincoln

 

2010, Gould, Lincoln Co., AR, Obituary

Published in The Commercial Appeal on November 17, 2010

Georgia Payne Blankenship, 73, died November 15, 2010.

Survivors are husband, Ray Blankenship; son, Wayne Fowler and daughter, Sandy Hubler, both of Alexander, AR; two brothers, Ray Payne of Southaven, MS and Rick Payne of Walls, MS, and two sisters, Nina McCraw and Betty White, both of Southaven, MS.

Funeral will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 17 at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel, Dumas, AR, with burial in Dark Corner Cemetery.

Griffin Funeral Home 109 South Brasfield Dumas, Arkansas 71639 (870)382-4352

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Star City, Lincoln Co., AR, Obituary

Pine Bluff Commercial (AR) - May 28, 2013 [Tuesday]

Mr. James Ralph Blankenship, 78 of Star City, died Monday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center [Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., AR]. He was born June 24, 1934 in Alabama to the late John Melvin and Elsie Inez Maples Blankenship.

Also preceding him in death were two sons; Mickey Ray Blankenship and Michael Dean Blankenship.

Survivors include one son; Rick Blankenship of Glendora, Calif., one daughter; Kathy Woods of Covina, Calif., nine grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be announced at a later date in California.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lincoln Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Georgia L. 73, 19Sep1937 - 15Nov2010, Gould, Lincoln, AR, MS-428-66-3149

 

Little River

 

2013, Ashdown, Little River Co., AR, Obituary

Texarkana Gazette (TX) - January 13, 2013

Martha Thrash, 84, of Ashdown died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Texarkana, [Bowie Co.] Texas. Mrs. Thrash was born Jan. 6, 1929, in Hot Springs, [Garland Co.] Ark. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Ashdown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Thrash; and one great-granddaughter, Carley Blankenship.

Survivors include three daughters and two sons-inlaw, Katy Welch of Ervin, Texas, Elizabeth and Joe Mack Bennett of Ashdown and Jeannie and Tommy May of Texarkana; seven grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday in Ashdown Cemetery with the Rev. Butch Riddle officiating. Burial will be under direction of Madden Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Cerrogordo, Little River Co., AR, Obituary

Texarkana Gazette (TX) - August 13, 2012

Carrell Luther Russell, 76, of Cerro Gordo, Ark., died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at his home. Mr. Russell was born Nov. 12, 1935, in Cerro Gordo. He was retired from Mrs. Baird's Bakery in Dallas, a cattleman, member of Church of Christ and an Arkansas National Guard veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Lazenby Russell of Cerro Gordo; two sons, Marty Russell of Cerro Gordo and Justin Russell of Melissa, Texas; two daughters, Frita Kay Blankenship of Garland, Texas, and Krissy Prince of Anna, Texas; one stepson, Mark Cleghorn of Cerro Gordo; two stepdaughters, Deedy Tody and Stacy Cleghorn of Cerro Gordo; one brother, Sam Russell of Dallas; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Church of Christ, Horatio, Ark., with Virgil Romine officiating. Burial will be in Pauley Cemetery under direction of Chandler Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Logan

 

2011, Paris, Logan Co., AR, Obituary

Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) - September 20, 2011

Oleda Mae Zimmer, 91, of Paris died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, in Paris. She was born April 25, 1920, in Dardanelle. She was a homemaker, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paris and the widow of Frederick Zimmer.

Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Paris with burial at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Paris under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris.

She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Beck of Boulder City, Nev., and Marolyn Hardin of Dardanelle; two sons, Rick Zimmer of Mulvane, Kan., and Randy Zimmer of Paris; one sister, Doris Blankenship of Rover; one brother, Allen Bates; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Ron Hardin, Ted Crowell, Charles and Harold Zimmer, Lester Rose and John Caskey. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 6465 S. Yale Ave., Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74136.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lonoke

 

Lonoke Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Thomas E. 84, 06Sep1926 - 17Dec2010, Cabot, Lonoke, AR, CA-567-34-9178

 

Madison

 

2013, Huntsville, Madison Co., AR, Obituary

Springdale Morning News (AR) - July 15, 2013

Madelyn Herriman, age 89, of Huntsville passed away July 13, 2013, in Bryant, [Saline Co.], Ark. Madelyn was born Nov. 14, 1923, to Agnes Yochum Cook and Shurley Cook, in Depew, Okla. She spent much of her early years near Lampe, Mo., but most of her life in Huntsville, Ark.

Madelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Arlis Herriman; daughter, Jann Baker; and granddaughter, Heather Herriman.

She is survived by her daughter, Jill (Phil) McConnell of Bryant, Ark.; son, Arlis (Kathy) Herriman Jr. of Fayetteville; son, Joe (Jo Anne) Herriman of Springdale; daughter, Jennifer (Wyatt) Blankenship of Dunellon, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, in the chapel of Brashears Funeral Home with The Reverends John Wimberly and Scott Brandon oft ciating. Interment will be in the McBroom Cemetery under the direction of Brashears Funeral Home Pallbearers will be Josh Allen, Todd Herriman, Tyler Herriman, Jack Hudgins, Kevin Hutcheson and Matt Tomiello.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Miller

 

2014, Texarkana, Miller Co., AR, Obituary

http://texarkanafuneralhome.com/?pagetype=obitlink&obit_id=1355810

William Vernon Ousley, 76, of Texarkana, Arkansas, was promoted to heaven on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Vernon was born April 3, 1938 in Bessemer, Alabama. He was a home builder and was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Ousley and Buddy Ousley, Sr. and three sisters, Mary Sanderson, Retha Johnson and Linda Winslett.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Dickson Ousley; three sons and daughters in-law, Don and Judy Ousley of Salt Lake City, Utah, David and Gini Ousley of Texarkana, Texas, Buddy Jr. and Denise Ousley of Texarkana, Arkansas; two daughters and one son in-law, Deneise Ousley Burnham of Falkville, Alabama and Ronda Ousley Cantrell and Larry of Hueytown, Alabama; four step-sons and spouses, Ricky and Jana Meadows of New Boston, Texas, Sam and Joey Meadows of Texarkana, Texas, Ron Meadows of Texarkana, Texas and Donnie and Debbie Meadows of Texarkana, Arkansas; two step-daughters and spouses, Debby Meadows Daniel and James of Texarkana, Arkansas and Patty Meadows Wyatt and Eric of North Richland Hills, Texas; two sisters and a brother in-law, Elizabeth and J. B. Winslett of Shelby, Alabama and Ruth Blankenship of Bessemer, Alabama; 24 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at Texarkana Funeral Home, Texas Chapel with Rev. Tim Perkins officiating. Interment will be at Harmony Grove Cemetery, Texarkana, Arkansas.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Mississippi

 

+2014, Blytheville, Mississippi Co., AR, Obituary

Published in The Commercial Appeal on Apr. 11, 2014

Rupert Martin Buzz Crafton died April 10, 2014 at the Baptist Hospital, Memphis, [Shelby Co.,] Tennessee. He was born January 1, 1934, to the late Rupert and Elizabeth Martin Crafton in Blytheville, Arkansas and resided there most of his life.

Mr. Crafton attended Blytheville Public schools and graduated from Columbia Military Academy, and the University of Arkansas in 1956. While at the University, he was a Razorback cheerleader and a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity where he made many lifelong friends. Following military service, Mr. Crafton returned to Blytheville to work with his parents at the Rupert Crafton Commission Company, an agricultural supply company that he still managed until March of this year when he sold the business to Jimmy Sanders, Inc.

Mr. Crafton married Barbara Dale Dunlap on November 28, 1959, and together they raised their two daughters, Dabney Waters (Steve), of Nashville, Tennessee and Dale Crafton of Memphis, Tennessee. Caroline Waters and Ridge and Clayton Roberts are his much loved grandchildren. Also, surviving him are his sisters, Sue Hines (G.A., Jr.) of Conway, Arkansas and Pam Blankenship (Koehler) of Blytheville, and his brother-in-law, Ron Dunlap of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Michael White of Manila, Arkansas who worked with Mr. Crafton for twenty-five years and was a valued friend, not only to him but to his family as well.

Over the years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing at the Blytheville Hunting Club at Mellwood, Arkansas where his father and uncles were original members. Watching the ponies run at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Arkansas was another favorite pastime where the Craftons enjoyed a home on Lake Hamilton. Mr. Crafton was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church where he had served on the Vestry.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, April 12th, at 3 p.m. at St. Stephens Episcopal Church with Father Scott Trotter officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Blytheville, Mississippi Co., AR, Obituary

The Jonesboro Sun, (AR) - April 11, 2014

Rupert Martin "Buzz" Crafton died Thursday April 102014at the Baptist Hospital Memphis, [Shelby Co., TN]. He was born Jan. 1, 1934 to the late Rupert and Elizabeth Martin Crafton at Blytheville and resided there most of his life.

Mr. Crafton attended Blytheville public schools and graduated from Columbia Military Academy and the University of Arkansas in 1956. While at the university he was a Razorback cheerleader and a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity where he made many lifelong friends. Following military service Mr. Crafton returned to Blytheville to work with his parents at the Commission Co.an agricultural supply company that he still managed until March of this year when he sold the business to Jimmy Sanders Inc.

Mr. Crafton married Barbara Dale Dunlap on Nov. 28, 1959 and together they raised their two daughters Dabney Waters (Steve) of Nashville Tenn. and Dale Crafton of Memphis. Caroline Waters and Ridge and Clayton Roberts are his much loved grandchildren. Also surviving him are his sisters Sue Hines (G.A. Jr.) of Conway and Pam Blankenship (Koehler) of Blytheville and his brother-in-law Ron Dunlap of Hot Springs and Michael White of Manila who worked with Mr. Crafton for 25 years and was a valued friend not only to him but to his family as well.

Over the years he enjoyed hunting and fishing at the Blytheville Hunting Club at Mellwood where his father and uncles were original members. Watching the "ponies run" at Oaklawn in Hot Springs was another favorite pastime where the Craftons enjoyed a home on Lake Hamilton. Mr. Crafton was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church where he had served on the vestry.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Scott Trotter officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Dell, Mississippi Co., AR, Obituary

http://www.couriernews.net/story/1811456.html?response=no, Thursday, February 2, 2012

Mr. Andrew Crafton "Drew" Blankenship died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at St. Bernard's Hospital in Jonesboro. He was born to Koehler and Pam Blankenship of Dell Oct. 22, 1968, and lived his entire life there.

He is survived by his wife of nearly fifteen years, Angela Ramey Blankenship, and their two sons Jacob (11) and Crafton (8).

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rupert Crafton of Blytheville, Mrs. Mildred Blankenship of Dell, Mr. U. S. Blankenship of Jackson, Miss., and his older brother, Gus Blankenship of Dell.

Drew was a long distance runner at Gosnell High School and went on to run cross-country at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He later graduated with a degree in Mass Communications from Arkansas State University. After college he farmed with his father in Mississippi County. They were named 1996 Mississippi County Farm Family of the Year. Drew was a lifetime member of the Dell United Methodist Church, served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi County Farm Bureau and founded the Gosnell High School Trap team. An avid outdoorsman and pilot, he loved fishing, hunting and traveling with his family and friends. His zest for life was enough to fill several lifetimes.

Survivors also include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Koehler Blankenship; A sister, Liz Blankenship Carroll and her children, Gus (14), Grace (12) and Spencer (8); In-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ramey; Drew and Julia Ramey and their children Lake and Noah, as well as many loving aunts, uncles and extended family.

If a man's wealth can be measured by the depth and number of his friends then Drew Blankenship may well have been one of the wealthiest men who ever lived. He leaves behind a legacy of friends too dear and numerous to list. His family will remain forever mindful of the many kind and thoughtful gestures on the part of family and friends these past few days. We find comfort in the knowledge of their support in the days to come.

Services were held at the Dell Methodist Church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

SSDI, Blankenship, Mildred K., 81, 23Jan1912 - 18Dec1993, Dell, Mississippi, AR, AR-429-09-0261

SSDI, Blankenship, Ulus S., 90, 10Feb1908 - 28Jun1998, Jackson, Hinds, MS, AR-429-70-5038

There are 2 U. S. Blankenships born in AR in 1908

Ulysses S. Blankenship, Son of Allen Graves Blankenship & Ida Little Newcom

Ulysses Solomon Blankenship, Son of William Isiah Barney Blankenship & Mary Ann Aitkins

Ulysses Solomon Blankenship, was b. 27 Nov 1908 so I put this under the son of Allen, JIM

 

Mississippi Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Haskel E. 61-62, 21Dec1948 - 13Dec2010, Blytheville, Mississippi, AR, AR-429-84-8679

 

Monroe

 

2011, Brinkley, Monroe Co., AR, Obituary

Newport Independent (AR) - February 3, 2011

Imogene Rousey, 88, of Brinkley, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at Baptist Health-Stuttgart. She was born in Yellville, Sept. 12, 1922, to John Brock Rousey and Elizabeth Rowlett Rousey.

Miss Rousey was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Andrew, John, William, Dewitt, and Gaston Rousey; and two sisters, Ruby Blankenship and Wanda Marian Shands.

She is survived by one brother, Franklin Rousey and wife, Ruby Mae, of Springfield, Ill.; one sister, Viola Marie Booth of Walnut Ridge; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Fowler Funeral Chapel in Brinkley with Bro. J.T. Medford officiating. Interment followed in Swifton Cemetery in Swifton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Phillips

 

+2011, Elaine, Phillips Co., AR, Obituary

The Daily World, (Helena, West Helena, AR) - April 11, 2011

L. R. Blankenship Sr., 87, of Elaine, died Sunday, April 10, 2011 in Elaine. L. R. was born May 3, 1923, in Chewalla, Tenn. to the late Thomas and Minnie Blankenship. He was a farmer. He leaves his wife, Rosemary Cox Blankenship of Elaine; two sons, Ricky Blankenship (Adellia) of Elaine and Nathan Blankenship (Ruth Ann) of Casscoe; two daughters, Brenda Morgan of Houston, Texas and Melissa Masters (Newell) of Warm Springs; nine grandchildren, Jesse and Hunter Blankenship , Thad, Elizabeth, and Ben Blankenship , Tracey and Charles Turner, Cheryl Shy, and Charlie Heathcock; seven great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Ila Felts (Gerald) of Jonesboro and Norma Newsom, also of Jonesboro.

His parents, a special grandson, Justin Blankenship, four brothers, Gerald, Loyd, Joe and Jessie Blankenship, preceded him in death.

Graveside services for L. R. Blankenship will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sunset Memorial Park in Helena-West Helena. The Rev. Luke Watson will officiate. Pallbearers are Thad Blankenship, Hunter Blankenship, Jesse Blankenship, Ben Blankenship, Charles Turner and Enoch Batchelor.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2011, Elaine, Phillips Co., AR, Obituary

http://www.helena-arkansas.com/obituaries/x832288350/Mora-Obit

Marcelina Mora, 63, of Elaine, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in Little Rock. Ms. Mora was born April 26, 1948 in Texas to the late Marcilio Mora and the late Concepcion Carrillio Mora. She worked as a teachers aide for Elaine Public Schools for 32 years.

She leaves seven sisters, Matilda Palacios (Virgil) of Racine, Wis., Connie Garcia of Clarksville, Adelia Blankenship (Ricky) of Lambrook, Adelina Mora of Elaine, Juanita Acord (Glen), Maria Chism and Rebecca Steelman, all of Clarksville; five brothers, Eusebio Mora of Cleveland, Ohio, Francisco Mora (Eva) of Elaine, Ramiro Mora of Delmont, S. D., Refujio Mora (Patricia) of Elaine and Ray Mora (Pam) of Inola, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents; two brothers, Gilberto and Margarito; and three nephews, Johnny Palacios, Justin Blankenship and Tony Mora, preceded her in death.

Services for Marcelina Mora will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, June 11, 2011 at St. Marys Catholic Church. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park in Helena-West Helena.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Elaine, Phillips Co., AR, Obituary

The Daily World, (Helena, West Helena, AR) - February 11, 2014

Francisco Mora, 70, of Elaine, passed away Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at home with his family at his side. Mr. Mora was born Aug. 6, 1943 in Houston, Texas to Marcilio Mora and Conception Carrillo.

Mr. Mora leaves his wife, Eva Garcia Mora of the home; six sons, Felix Mora of Elaine, Marcilio Mora (Barbara) of Delmont, S. D., Franciso Mora Jr. of Elaine, Gilbert Mora of Elaine, Joe Mora (Melanie) of Helena-West Helena, Heath Mora of Elaine; two daughters, Tina Mora of Clarksdale, Miss., Haley Mora of Elaine; 24 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Matilda Palacios (Virgil) of Racine, Wis., Connie Garcia of Clarksville, Adelia Blankenship of Lambrook, Adelina Mora of Elaine, Juantia Acoree (Glen) of Clarksville, Maria Chism of Clarksville, Rebecca Steelman of Clarksville; four brothers, Eusebic Mora of Cleveland, Ohio, Ramiro Mora of Delmont, S.D., Refugio Mora (Patricia) of Elaine and Ray Mora of Inola, Okla.; and a host of nieces and nephews and friends. The family wishes to thank Misty Teal for her services as nurse's aide during his final days.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marcilio Mora and Conception Carrillo, two sisters, Marcelina Mora and Conception Mora, two brothers, Maggie and Gilbert Mora, two nephews, Justin Blankenship and Johnny Palacios.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Helen. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. with Rosary at 6 p.m. before visitation on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in the Roller-Citizens Chapel. Serving as pallbearers will be Greg Faulkner, Kirk Faulkner, Marshall Faulkner, Francisco Zuniga, Jesse Zuniga and Santos Zuniga Sr.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Phillips Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, L. R. 87, 03May1923 - 10Apr2011, Elaine, Phillips, AR, AR-432-52-1843

 

Pike

 

2012, Langley, Pike Co., AR, Obituary

The Sentinel-Record, (Hot Springs, AR) - October 11, 2012

Luther Franklin Turner, 85, of Langley, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. He was born Jan. 10, 1927, at Dierks, the son of Gus and Coy Dove Miller Turner.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ruby Faye Turner, of Langley; one daughter, Diane (Benny) Kelley, of Langley; five grandchildren, Kris Kelley, Jennifer Blankenship, Kevin Kelley, Kaci Palmer and Nikki Neel; 10 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Landon, Maverick, Jordan, Rachel, Kamry, Carlie, Taylor, Roselynn and Brayden; numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be 2 p.m. today in Mount Joy Free Will Baptist Church with Brother Raymond Dees and Brother Joe Ray Short officiating. Interment will be in Mount Joy Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Polk

 

2010, Mena, Polk Co., AR, Obituary

http://swtimes.com/obituaries/article_8f76e684-b69c-11df-a0f2-001cc4c002e0.html

David Shawn Blankenship, 40, of Mena died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, in Mena. He was born Dec. 25, 1969, in Grants Pass, Ore. He was a forklift operator at Sterling Machinery.

Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. The body will be cremated.

He is survived by his father, David Blankenship of Springfield, Ore.; a brother, Bryan Blankenship of Pineville, Ore.; and a sister, Kristi McKenzie.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Wickes, Polk Co., AR, Obituary

Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) - February 8, 2013

Charlotte Lynn Blankenship, 52, of Wickes died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in her home. She was born Dec. 5, 1960, in Jacksonville, Fla. She was a homemaker, a Baptist and the widow of Terry Blankenship.

No service is scheduled. Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home in Mena.

She is survived by two daughters, Amanda and Jordon Dodds, both of Mena; a son, Anthony Dodds of Wickes; a brother, Charles Dodds Jr. of Goose Creek, S.C.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Pope

 

2011, London, Pope Co., AR, Obituary

The Courier, (Russellville, AR) - October 19, 2011

John A. Bewley, 92, of London died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at Countryside Manor in Lamar. He was one of 12 children born, to Robert Lee and Susie Armanda Davis Bewley on Feb. 21, 1919, in Atkins.

He was in the U.S. Navy for two years before beginning work at General Motors in Flint, Mich. Upon retiring, he moved to the London area.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaretta; six brothers, Leland, Roy Arvil, Robert Heartsill, Rolland, Virgil Dean and Rayburn Leo Bewley; and two sisters, Gladys Blankenship and Nina Tyler.

Survivors include two brothers and sisters-in-law, Marvin and Bernice Bewley and William Glen and Glenda Bewley, all of London; a sister and brother-in-law, Ruby Bernell and Rufus Case of Russellville; several nephews and nieces; and other family and friends.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Shinn Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Jerry Ferguson. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery, north of Atkins, by Shinn Funeral Service in Russellville.

The family will receive friends from 5-6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Judy Murphy, 126 Lakeview Circle, Russellville, AR 72802. The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.shinnfuneral.com. Paid obituary

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Russellville, Pope Co., AR, Obituary

http://obitsforlife.com/obituary/11751/Ketcherside-Geneva.php

Geneva L. Ketcherside, 69, of Russellville, died Thursday, July 1, 2010, at St. Vincents Hospital in Little Rock. She was born May 23, 1941, the daughter of Goldman and Della Blankenship Holmes. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Ray Ketcherside; brother, Carl Holmes; sons, Randy, Aaron, Dennis and Michael; and two daughters, Connie and Sheila.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa and husband Douglas Grindle of Russellville; five grandchildren, Garrett, Hannah, Raechyl, Madison and Peyton Grindle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, July 6, at Lemley Chapel in Atkins. Burial will be in St. Joe Cemetery by Lemley Funeral Service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Russellville, Pope Co., AR, Obituary

The Courier, (Russellville, AR) - April 1, 2013

Gary Lynn Keeney, 63, of Russellville passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. He was born April 28, 1949, in Willets, Calif., to the late Melvin Benton and Alpha Lucille Barnes Keeney.

He was a retired as J. C. Westside Elementary School principal, had been an elementary principal at Bald Knob, and had taught in Paron. He was an Army veteran, a member of NRA, Retired Teachers Association and AARP. He loved going to the shooting range, exploring different foods, and loved the southwest cultures.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Keeney.

Survivors include his children, Jared Keeney, Plainview; Deidre and Chris Thurman of Plainview, and Aaron Smith of Florida; two grandchildren, Adrianna and Christopher Thurman; a sister and brother-in-law, Veta and Leo Rickard of Plainview; nieces, Lisa Blankenship of Rover, Cindy Rickard of Benton, Amy Rickard of Plainview; several other great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle. His remains will be buried at Salem Cemetery at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Pope Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankinship, L. D. 85, 30Jul1925 - 27Nov2010, Russellville, Pope, AR, AR-431-54-3600

 

Pulaski

 

2013, Alexander, Pulaski Co., AR, Obituary

Pine Bluff Commercial (AR) - May 28, 2013

Edward G. (Eddie Boy) Fletcher, 86, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 25, 2013. Edward, a 1945 graduate of LRHS served in the U.S. Army as Quartermaster in Japan. Eddie married the love of his life, Mary Jo (Jody) Lewis in 1947; raised their family until her death in 1983. Eddie was Vice President of General Press Services in Little Rock; published The Arkansas Legislative Digest, The Daily Record, Arkansas Baptist News Magazine, small town newspapers and many other publications. After retiring in 1985, Eddie continued his love of printing with Lloyd Mayfield at their shop in Mabelvale. Eddie enjoyed hunting, fishing and dancing the Polka with his wife.

Eddie is survived by two daughters; Robin Ashmore, Sharon Blankenship , her husband John, one son; Danny Fletcher, his wife Cathy, six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Thursday, May 30th 10 a.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - September 14, 2012

Carmeletta (Pat) Fleming, 91, went home to be with the Lord, September 12, 2012 at Arkansas Hospice Inpatient Facility at St. Vincent's Infirmary. She was born March 21, 1921 in Brinkley, Ark., the youngest of four children of Charles and Willie Patterson.

She was predeceased by her parents, siblings, and a granddaughter, Hannah Fleming.

She is survived by her husband, the love of her life for the past 70 years, David Fleming. She is also survived by her children, Diane (Jim) Blankenship of Pittsburg, Texas and Paul (Ginger) Fleming of Little Rock; five grandchildren, Linda Blankenship , Jamie (Greg) Huebner, Grant, Davis and Ashley Fleming; three great-grandchildren, Lindsey (Jake) Angell, Casey (Jon) Fausset and Josh Huebner; two great-great-grandchildren, Madison and Gavin Angell.

Pat grew up on a farm in Brinkley and graduated from Brinkley High School as Class Valedictorian. She later moved to Little Rock to attend Draughon Business School. While living in Little Rock she met David and they were married November 20, 1941. For many years she was a wife and homemaker but worked outside the home for several years at Peoples Savings and Loan Association. As long as her health allowed, she was an active member of The Bible Church of Little Rock where she served faithfully leading Good News Clubs and Vacation Bible School. She was well known for her delicious country homecooking, especially her pies and desserts at church potlucks and picnics.

Graveside services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pine Crest Memorial Park in Alexander.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR, Fatal Shooting

Arkansas Times: Blogs (AR) - January 14, 2013

Deceased Name: Michael Daniel - LRPD identifies officers in fatal shooting

The Little Rock police say Detective Todd Hurd, a member of the force since 1992, fired the two shots that killed a burglary suspect, Michael Daniel, 25, Friday morning. The police report said that Hurd fired when the suspect was attempting to take a gun from Detective Kenneth Blankenship, a 27-year veteran. The police narrative of events, much like one released Friday without identifying the officers involved, follows on the jump. It says Daniel stopped during a chase as if to surrender, then started fighting with Blankenship. Here's the incident report and the arrest report of Daniel's companion.

The police are not saying where the slain suspect was wounded until autopsy results are complete. Hurd was featured in a 2002 article for his gang-related work. LRPD STATEMENT On Friday, January 11, 2013, the Little Rock Police Department received information that two individuals had broken into a residence and were returning to that residence to remove property. The Department was not provided with the specific address of this residence, only the general area of town. Detective Kenneth Blankenship and Detective Todd Hurd from the Department's Special Investigations Division and property crimes Detectives from the Department's Downtown Division searched this area and at approximately 9:40 a.m. located the burglary at the west side of the duplex at 4521 W. 16th Street, observing an individual loading items taken from the residence into a gray Toyota Camry driven by a second person. As this vehicle pulled away from the residence (with both individuals now inside), the Detectives followed it and attempted to arrange for a marked patrol unit to assist in stopping it.

Prior to the arrival of a marked unit, the suspect vehicle stopped just off the alley west of 1418 S. Brown and both individuals exited the vehicle and ran. According to the Detectives, they gave chase to both individuals and, during the course of this, one individual stopped, appeared as if he was surrendering, and then charged and fought with pursuing Detective Kenneth Blankenship. This struggle continued for a few moments, during which time the suspect knocked the Detective Blankenship down and attempted to take control of his handgun.

A second Detective (Detective Hurd) now approached, attempted to assist and, believing that the suspect was about to acquire Detective Blankenships weapon, fired two rounds at the suspect from his own weapon. Both rounds struck this individual and he was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.

Location of the round strikes on the body of Mr. Daniels will not be released until the autopsy of the victim has been completed. Detective Blankenship did sustain some injury to ligaments during this struggle. Property recovered from the Toyota Camry has been identified as having been stolen from the residence at 4521 W. 16th Street.

Attached please find the police incident report and arrest report for Marcus Davis. Mr. Davis has a criminal history that includes Possession of Drugs, Theft By Receiving and Possession of a firearm by certain person. The deceased Michael Daniels' criminal history includes several counts of breaking and entering, Theft of Property. Possession of an Instrument of crime, Theft By Receiving and Theft of Property. Photos of these officers are not included because they are classified as undercover officers. Officer Blankenship was hired in 1985. Officer Hurd was hired 1992.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR, Obituary

Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from March 26 to April 2, 2013

Steve B. Davidson, 56, of Little Rock, Ark., went to be with the Lord, March 25, 2013, surrounded at his bedside by family. He was born Nov. 4, 1956, in Morrilton, Ark., to Jimmy H. & Ila Huett Davidson. Steve was a member of Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Plumerville, Ark., and employed by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department as a Materials Technician.

Steve is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Savary Davidson; 2 beautiful daughters: Charlotte (19) and Shelby (16); parents: Jimmy & Ila Davidson, Plumerville, Ark.; 2 sisters: Nancy & Jimmy Hart and Judy & Gus Biggers, all of Springfield, Ark. Also, parents-in-law, Jack Savary & Mary Savary, Little Rock, Ark.; 4 sisters-in-law: Linda & Bo Edwards, Patricia Savary, Janie & Jason Hart, all of Little Rock, and Rachel & Beau Blankenship, Benton, Ark.; 5 nieces; 5 nephews; and a host of family and friends. Steve will be greatly missed and most remembered for his generous heart freely given to all!

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 896 Hwy. 92, Plumerville. Interment will follow at Kilgore Cemetery Birdtown, Ark.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - July 7, 2013

Oriana "Ann" Terry Fox born Oct. 22, 1918 in Little Rock, to John Harvey Terry and Lena Beyer Terry, passed peacefully at home on Independence Day, July 4, 2013 at the age of 94 years old.

She was a member of the Methodist faith, having taught Sunday school for many years. She was retired from the Little Rock Public Schools, having been instrumental in establishing libraries in elementary schools throughout Little Rock. Ann and her husband, George, were members of the Defenders of Bataan and the American Ex-Prisoners of War Groups. Ann was also affiliated with the Daughters of the American Revolution, after personally completing genealogy research in order to achieve certification. She also donated her time to the Aldersgate Program in its infancy. Ann was a model mother, wife, sister, grandmother, and friend serving as a wonderful example to all of us, leaving each life she touched with a legacy of love. She had many passions in life such as enjoying many years of worldwide travel, and hobbies which include cross-stitch, crochet, knitting, embroidery, tailoring, and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, George Fox Jr.; her parents; two brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by one sister, Ruby Terry DeLinde (Henry) of Hot Springs, Ark.; four daughters, Linda Witcomb (Rob) of Exeter, N.H., Judi Fox (Anthony Overton), Jenni Davis, and Julia Blankenship (Carl) all of Little Rock; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday, July 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth, 5800 West 12th Street, Little Rock. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Alexander.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Web Edition Articles (Little Rock, AR) - September 22, 2013

Emory M. LaBrot, 95, passed away on Sept. 16, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Emory was a long time resident of Little Rock. While stationed in Camp Robinson during WWII, he met his wife of 68 years, Margaret Durbin. Margaret preceded Emory in death by only two weeks.

During his military career, he was stationed as a Sergeant during the bombing of Dutch Harbor in Alaska. His platoon built the airstrip in the Aleutian Islands for American planes to land during the war. After the war, he settled in Little Rock and was owner of LaBrot Sewing and Vacuum stores for 50 years. Emory was a member of many men's clubs in the community, including the Little Rock Business Men's Club and was elected Business Man of the Year. Emory was a founding member of Christ the King Catholic Church and was very active as a Fourth Degree Knight's of Columbus. He loved fishing, gardening and many outdoor activities. He was always considered a true gentleman and everyone who knew him loved him for his kindness and generosity.

He is survived by his daughter, Glenda and her husband, Michael Blankenship of Dallas. He has grandchildren, Heather Abbott of Dallas and Shayne Blankenship and his wife, Amy of Houston. Emory has six great-grandchildren. He has a very dear niece, Mary K. Ruble and her husband, Scott of Maryland. He has three beloved sisters, Maxine Poston and Dorothy Straughn of Missouri and Virginia Ellis of Indiana, as well as many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed as a Christian and a patriot.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - December 29, 2013

John C. Zenone, 85, of Little Rock, passed away Dec. 27, 2013 in Searcy. He was born Feb. 26, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pa., to the late Eugenio and Marianne Zenone. Mr. Zenone was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII and a commercial artist for large department stores including Gimbal's, Foley's, M.M. Cohn's, and Bensky Furs.

Besides his parents, he was proceeded in death by his wife, Florence, and a son, John Zenone.

Survivors include one son, Bruce Zenone (Kathy) of Nellysford, Va.; three daughters, Florence Wilson (Dennis) of Bryant, Debbie Hatcher (Jeff) of Rhode Island, and Jill Simons (Stuart) of Jonesboro; and four grandchildren, Scott Blankenship (Haley) of Benton, John Paul Zenone (Elisabeth) of Oklahoma, Sandy McCullum (Bill) of Rhode Island, and Dawn Gibson (Greg) of New Jersey.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the gazebo at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Ark. Services conducted by Roller-Ballard Home (315-4047).

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR, Obituary

Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) - July 20, 2014

Norris "Goat Man" Stapleton, 78, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Little Rock. He was born on June 16, 1936, in Minford, Ohio, to his parents, Earl Stapleton and Nellie (Wright) Stapleton.

He was a retired phone company employee and a jack of many trades.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Nellie Stapleton; his wife, Dorothy Stapleton; three sisters, June Stapleton Alexander, Eulah Sue Stapleton Henesy and Hazel Stapleton Levi; and seven brothers, Robert Earl Stapleton, Jack Stapleton, Paul Stapleton, Samuel Stapleton, George Stapleton, Pete Stapleton and his twin, Roger Stapleton.

He is survived by two daughters, Mona Sayers of Ratcliff and Donna Naegle of Little Rock; one son, Daniel E. Stapleton of Anderson, Ind.; six grandchildren, Raegen Lynn Naegle, Sara Jane Robinson, Rebecca Dawn Naegle-Sneed, Colt Norris Gene Sayers, Jade Elizabeth Stapleton and Jessica Lynn Thompson; five great-grandchildren, Eve Anya Blankenship , Samantha Lynn Williams, Daniel Britton, Braidyn Alexander Stapleton and William Floyd Thompson; one sister, Carma Stapleton Baldin of Indianapolis; and three brothers, Frank Stapleton of Las Vegas, Richard Stapleton of Sciotoville, Ohio and Joseph Stapleton of Legioneer, Ind.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Roller Funeral Home Chapel, under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris. Cremation and a memorial service will be held at a later date in Indiana.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, North Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - April 23, 2014

Frank A. Aiello passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014. He was born in Memphis, Tenn., on September 6, 1917 and was one of nine children born to parents Frank A. and Mary Aiello.

Frank was a charter member of the Park Hill Christian Church established in 1949. He was a faithful husband to Fay Winningham Aiello for 53 years. Frank was a 32nd degree Mason with the Crescent Masonic Lodge and the Scimitar Shrine Temple for over 50 years and also a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion and the Christian Men's Fellowship. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Frank was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. Frank also loved to sing and was a great cook.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife and daughter, Jeannine Hooper, son-in-law, Joseph Leon Hooper, son, Robert Allen and daughter-in-law, Edna Allen.

He is survived by his sister, Constance Patterson, daughter, Mary Patricia Knight, son, Eugene B. Allen, grandchildren, Tena & Rick Long, LeJeana & Bill Grant, Mary Carmen Cantabrana, Rick Allen, Tina Blankenship and Edna Rose Johnson; 16 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren with another one on the way.

A visitation will be held Thursday, April 24th at 1 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock, Ark. Internment immediately following in Rest Hills Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Riverdale, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR, Obituary

Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) Date: June 20, 2014

Albert Jackson "Fish" Underwood, who resided in the Riverdale community, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in his home. He was born Jan. 31, 1923, near Arbuckle Island, east of Lavaca in Sebastian County, to the late McKenley Jackson Underwood and Mary Alice (Brotherton) Underwood. He was 91 years old.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Margie Blankenship, Norma Harriman, Phyllis Erp and Clara White; and a brother, Pete Underwood.

Albert retired from Dale Crampton Roofing Co. in Fort Smith. He was a World War II Army veteran and was a Baptist. He loved fishing and enjoyed hunting Indian artifacts.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alene; one daughter, Pam Davis and husband Roy of Riverdale; and one sister, Mildred Casey of Muskogee, Okla.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Riverdale Freewill Baptist Church, east of Lavaca. Burial will be at Island Cemetery under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home and Flower Shop in Charleston. Officiating the service will be Bro. Richard Shotzman. Pallbearers will be Max Nason, Richard Slate, David Berkshire, Jackie Franklin, Gary Franklin and Brian Nichols. Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Reed, Harold Conner, Carroll Collett, Mike Walker, Jack Masterson, Curtis Nichols, Bob Martin, Mark Martin, Jeff Smith, Gene DeCoster and Danny Uselton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1930 Census, Island, Sebastian Co., AR,

Underwood, Mckinley 33, M, AR, Head,

Underwood, Alice 35, F, AR, Wife,

Underwood, Clara B. 16, F, AR, Dau,

Underwood, Albert J. 07, M, AR, Son,

Underwood, Margie M. 04, F, AR, Dau,

Underwood, Mildred 02, F, AR, Dau,

Underwood, Paul L. 00, M, AR, Son,

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XMGF-LQQ

 

Public Records: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJWT-V55Q

Blankenship, Margie M. b.03Aug1925 - Residence 2005: Cecil, AR,

Relatives: Dee Pack, Norwin Lee Blankenship,

 

Public Records: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KR53-PY3

Blankenship, Norwin Lee b.29 Jan 1926 - Residence 2002: Cecil, AR,

Relatives: Dolores H. Blankenship, Esther O. Blankenship, Margie M. Blankenship,

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Norwin L., 82, 29Jan1926 - 08Jun2008, Cecil, Franklin, AR, IL-351-16-6161

 

2014, Roland, Pulaski Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - January 8, 2014

Family and friends mourn the loss of Kyle Kenneth Berry of Roland, Ark., who left this world on Jan. 3, 2014. He was born on May 20, 1958, to James and Nancy Berry of Oklahoma City.

Kyle was a graduate of Oklahoma City University and University of Central Arkansas and a math teacher at Sylvan Middle School. Kyle was a man of many talents. He enjoyed music with his son, James, especially on their road trips. He loved muscle cars and was a gun enthusiast. He always made you smile, made you laugh and brought a big kid attitude to the party. Kyle loved the outdoors, spending time pursuing his hobbies of hunting and fishing or enjoying good times around a bonfire. Most of all, Kyle enjoyed spending time with his family, where he was the proud Grand PoohBah at family events.

Kyle is survived by wife, Kerri; children, Rachel Hurst and her husband, Justin, of Maumelle, Jennifer Wilson and her husband, Jonathan, of Jonesboro, James Berry of Bryant; sister, Brenda Berry; bonus children, Allison, Justin and Kylie Blankenship; and two beautiful grandchildren, Byron Hurst and Lyla Wilson. Kyle made a positive impact on everyone's life he touched. Kyle, you may be gone, but the memories will always remain.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in the Chapel of Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Ark. (501) 224-8300, with burial to follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Pulaski Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, William 84, 21Jun1927 - 03Aug2011, North Little Rock, Pulaski, AR, WV-236-36-4117

 

Randolph

 

+2010, Reyno, Randolph Co., AR, Obituary

http://www.jonesborosun.com/obituaries.php

Vernon Blankenship, 93, of Reyno died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, in Pocahontas Health & Rehab.He is survived by one stepson, Charles D. Wilson of Maynard; one brother, James Blankenship of Pollard; and three sisters; Geneva Holland of St. Louis, Dorothy ONeal of Rockford, Ill., and Lorene Shepard of Corning.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Susan Blankenship; wife, Addie Blankenship; wife, Delia Mae Blankenship; infant daughter, Mary Charles Blankenship; three brothers, Robert Blankenship, John Blankenship and Benny Blankenship; and two sisters, Kathryn Smith and Mildred Oxner.

He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Mississippi River Transmissions at Biggers and was a member of the Reyno Church of Christ. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Ermert Funeral Home Chapel at Corning. Burial will follow in Johnston Cemetery at Reyno.

From: Ida Foster sfoster32(at)hotmail.com

 

Randolph Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Charles V. 93, 11Aug1916 - 22Jan2010, Pocahontas, Randolph, AR, AR-432-12-0102

 

Saint Francis

 

2011, Forrest City, St. Francis Co., AR, Obituary

Mrs. Betty Regina 'Giny' Blankenship, age 55, of Forrest City, died Saturday (March 5, 2011) at the Forrest City Medical Center in Forrest City. She had been in poor health for the past two and a half years. Mrs. Blankenship was born October 8, 1955, in Memphis, Tennessee, and was the daughter of Royce Hamblin and Dorothy Dillard Hamblin Hoover.

She lived in Forrest City most of her life, was an R.N. for the Forrest City Medical Center, was a past employee of Baptist Hospice, and was a Beautician. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Forrest City.

Mrs. Blankenship married Donald Blankenship in 1981, and he survives her along with one son, Donald Baker Blankenship of Forrest City, three daughters; Laura Beth Lucas of Wynne, Kelly Lewis and Taelor Blankenship, both of Forrest City, her mother, Dorothy Hoover of Forrest City, two brothers; Royce Hamblin Jr. of Linden, Virginia, and Oather Hamblin of Alma, Arkansas, three sisters; Belinda Privetts of Romance, Arkansas, Amie Hamblin and Marlo Webb, both of Oak Grove, Arkansas, and four grandchildren.

Services for Mrs. Blankenship will be held at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, with burial in Forrest Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening, 6:00 till 8:00 P.M., with Stevens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Saline

 

2011, Benton, Saline Co., AR, Obituary

The Saline Courier, (Benton, AR) - May 18, 2011

Janet L. Renfro, 53, of Benton, died Monday, May 16, 2011. She was born on March 11, 1958, in Sacramento, Cali. to the late Wayne Alverson and Sally Birdie Phillips.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Drew Alan Renfro.

She is survived by two daughters, Haley Blankenship and husband, Scott, and Brandee Gray, all of Benton; one sister, Terri Nicholson of Wichita, Kan.; one brother, Garry Alverson of Humphrey; one aunt, Nona Alverson of Heber Springs; seven grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Friday in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 315-4047, with Garry Alverson and Tom Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Benton, Saline Co., AR, Obituary

The Saline Courier, (Benton, AR) - August 15, 2011

Joniece Moss Nichols, 81, of Benton, affectionately known to all as "Momma Jo", was born June 18, 1930 in Oxford to William and Willie Elizabeth Moss. She was a devoted mother and wife, retiree from the VA Hospital in North Little Rock, a faithful member of the Oxford United Methodist Church of Oxford and was a dedicated volunteer in the Mercy House Ministry of Sharon Baptist Church in Benton, where she chose to worship since moving to Benton. Her passion was researching and sharing family history.

Momma Jo gently passed away at home on August 13, 2011 surrounded by family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Roy A. Nichols of Benton, her older sister Ann Hovator-McKeaver and older brother Fisher Moss, both of Oxford.

She is survived by her daughter Lana Carter and husband Randy of Benton; son Randy F. Nichols of Fayetteville; son Frank A. Nichols and wife Rita of Texarkana, Ark.; stepson Rick A. Nichols of Bluffton, Ark.; grandsons Lance Carter, Nick Carter and Matt Nichols of Benton, and granddaughter Liane Nichols of Texarkana, Ark.; step grandchildren Chris, Kelly and Josh Nichols; siblings Sue and husband Sanford Howard of North Carolina; Jetta Peters; Herbert and wife Ima Moss; Rheta and husband Bill Blankenship , all of Oxford; and several nieces, nephews and loving friends.

Funeral Services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 17, at Ashby Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Coleman and Bro. Richard Hamlin officiating. Burial will follow at Pipkin Cemetery on Congo Rd. in Benton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Benton, Saline Co., AR, Obituary

Pine Bluff Commercial (AR) - August 23, 2011

Edward Lee Parham, age 77, died August 21, 2011 of natural causes at his home in Benton, Ark. He was born on January 12, 1934 to Edward and Bernice Parham of New Edinburg, Ark.

Growing up he loved to hunt, fish, and play basketball. After graduating from New Edinburg High School in 1952, he attended Arkansas A&M for three years. He then transferred to Lewis & Clark College of Portland, Ore. where he earned a B.S. in chemistry. He was drafted into the United States Army and applied for Officer Candidate School. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1957, and shortly thereafter married Sandra Blankinship of Warren, Ark. He later transferred to the Army Chemical Corp (Airmobile) under the command of Colonel Hal Moore in Viet Nam during 1965. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement. He retired after 21 years of active duty with the rank of Lt. Colonel and started a new career as a civilian employee at Pine Bluff Arsenal. He spent 16 years developing safe disposal programs for the Army's chemical weapons stockpile. During this time he was awarded the Legion of Merit. Edward Lee was a man of many hobbies. He was a passionate gardener, raising large crops of tomatoes and other vegetables, which he generously shared with others. He handcrafted handles for antique axes and hatchets for his friends.

Edward Lee is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandra; his son, Scott; his daughter, Joni Love and four grandchildren: Cory and her husband Russell Carey, Cristy Parham, and Nick and Noah Love.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24th. at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce, Ark.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Benton, Saline Co., AR, Obituary

The Saline Courier, (Benton, AR) - February 10, 2014

Frankie Witham, age 86, of Benton passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. He was born July 8, 1927 in Benton. Mr. Witham was a U.S. Army veteran, a surveyor for International Paper and of the Jehovah's Witness faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Bessie Witham; his wife, Lissie Witham; and several brothers and sisters.

He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Ausbrooks of Hensley and Janet Blankenship of Conway; a son, Jessie Witham (Bonnie) of Leola; a sister, Mary Russell of Benton; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A graveside service is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at New Rosemont Cemetery with Brother Gary Melton officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Benton, Saline Co., AR, Obituary

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - July 7, 2014

Millie Rea Nalley, age 87, of Benton passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014. It was a beautiful summer day when she went to be with the Lord. She was born Nov. 19, 1926, in Bauxite.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 52 years, Robert L. Nalley; her sisters Geneva Miller and Ellavonne Burks; her brothers Donald, Dewell, and Clayton Magby; and great-grandson, Orin Garcia.

Millie was a Christian of Baptist faith and a member of Mulberry Baptist Church. She loved and served her Lord in many capacities, as a Sunday school and Bible School teacher, and through her love of gospel singing. She was a wonderful singer with a beautiful alto voice. She started out her young married life as a hairdresser and cosmetologist. She later became curator of the Bauxite Museum and later retired from Power Technology. She also served on the Benton City Council as an alderman for three terms.

She is survived by her two sisters, Lexie Spickard and Jean Fulcher; and a sister-in-law, Pauline Magby; her daughter, Gwen Kinsey (Coy); her son, Jeff Nalley (Karen); her daughter, Jan Nalley; her grandchildren Debbie Blankenship, Keisha Baxley, Brett Nalley, Jamie Kitchens, Nalley Smith; and her great-grandchildren Kinsey Sage, Lauren and Quinn Nalley, and Kinley and Sophia Kitchens.

Our mother/grandmother was the grandest of southern women. She was the wonderful, fun-loving matriarch of our family, and we are blessed to carry her memory and spirit in everything we do until we meet her again.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with burial at New Rosemont Cemetery. Minister will be Dr. Rick Grant.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Bryant, Saline Co., AR, Obituary

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Greta Blankenship of Bryant, Arkansas, formerly of Black Rock, Arkansas, went to Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Friday, September 17, 2010 in Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Survivors include her husband of fifty years, Bill Blankenship of Bryant; one son, Mark Blankenship and wife Robin of Little Rock; two grandsons, Brian Blankenship and Justin Blankenship, both of Russellville; two sisters, Reta Kahley and husband Fritz, and Rita Toland and husband Rick, both of North Little Rock; and one nephew, Casey Hayes and his wife Audra, of Harrison, Arkansas. In addition, Greta leaves many extended family members and wonderful friends to cherish her memory.

A brief visitation at 10:00 A.M. Monday, September 20, 2010 will precede the service at the First United Methodist Church, 508 N. Reynolds Rd., Bryant, AR 72022. A graveside service will be held at Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock, Arkansas, at 3:00 P.M.

(could not find anything on SSDI)

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Sebastian

 

2013, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR, Obituary

Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) - April 13, 2013

Donald Lynn "Trae" Holzman III, 29, of Fort Smith was called home to be with our sweet Lord on Monday, April 8, 2013. He was born Dec. 23, 1983, in Fort Smith to Donnie Holzman and Shawn West.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Don and Pat Holzman; and his maternal grandmother, Billie Blackard.

After graduating Southside High School, Trae attended the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, transferring to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. Following with teaching for "Teach for America" in Marianna, he continued his education at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a full scholarship for his Ph.D. in education policy and procedures. Trae lived his life to the fullest, enjoying his family and friends. He was always willing to help and care for others. He enjoyed teaching and tutoring his students and always encouraged them to obtain the greatest education. His accomplishments were many, yet his love for his family and friends was even greater. Our dear son, brother, grandchild, nephew, cousin and friend will be dearly missed. His beautiful smile and sparking eyes now shine in heaven.

Memorial service will be at Smith Mortuary Chapel in Charleston on Monday at 4 p.m., followed by visitation with family and friends.

Survivors include his parents, Donald "Donnie" L. Holzman Jr. and stepmother, Daune Holzman of Ozark; his mother, Kealyn "Shawn" West and fiance Steve "Bubba" Carter and Dale West of Fort Smith; brothers, Michael "Hayden" and Nancy Holzman of Fort Smith and Colby Holzman of Ozark; nephew and namesake, Kasen Trae Holzman; grandparents, Bob Blackard of Fort Smith, Bill and Janice Rogers of Fort Smith and Jimmy Woodall of Waveland; aunts and uncles, Steve Blackard of Missouri, Connie Littlefield of Barling, Shanda and Jared Blankenship of Ozark, Dustin and Cindy Holzman of Ozark, Keith Rogers of Fort Smith, Robert and Paula Rivera of Florida, Jeremy and Karen Mosley of Fort Smith; and cousins, Jason Blackard of Ohio, Amy and Justin Brewer of Cedarville, Jeff and Dorie Littlefield of Cabot, Tyler Blackard of Springdale, Emily Blackard of Little Rock, Parker Littlefield of Cabot, Josh and Holden Reames of Ozark, Kiley and Matt Peters of Oklahoma City, and Amanda McQuaide, Hunter Immel and McKenzie Holzman of Ozark.

Honorary pallbearers will be his co-staff members at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, all Teach for America co-workers, friends and Daniel Larkin of Fayetteville.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=James+%22Jack%22-Hackney&lc=4079&pid=164246588&mid=5496766

James "Jack" Hackney, 62, of Fort Smith, died Saturday, April 13, 2013 in a Fort Smith hospital. He was a former Sebastian County EMS Director, and retired Fort Smith EMS Director. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Vietnam War being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, two Army Commendation Medals for Heroism, and one Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Achievement. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Gayle; three daughters, Nicki Blankenship of Greenwood, Jennifer Cates of Russellville, and Jessica Hackney of Greenwood; one son, Shane Spaulding of Sallisaw; his parents, Luke and Robbie Davis of Greenwood; two brothers, Jim Hackney of Greenwood and Jackie Davis of Greenwood; two sisters, Darlene Hayden of Greenwood and Brenda Brooner of Poway, CA, and six grandchildren, Matthew and Emma Blankenship, McKenzie, Marcus and Danika Spaulding, and Madeline Cates.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmie Davis and Randy Davis, and a granddaughter, Hannah Blankenship.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17 at the Greenwood First Baptist Church with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Pallbearers will be Ken Kifer, Richard Carlisle, Eddie Beshears, Jack Hood, Sam Hiller, and Rick Canada. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Garbizo, Mike Jones, Larry Miller, and Bob Sadler, in spirit.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR, Obituary

The Jonesboro Sun, (AR) - December 19, 2013

Edwin Harold Blankenship 85 of Fort Smith passed away Monday Dec. 16, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. He was born April 8, 1928 at Monette to the late Lucien and Mary Louise Willough Blankenship.

Edwin worked for many years at Hurt Grocery then retired from Forrest City Grocery Co. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Paragould and served in the U.S. Air Force. He calf-roped in rodeos played golf loved fishing, duck hunting, and most of all his grandkids.

Edwin was preceded in death his parents; his first wife Maurine Lincoln Blankenship; an infant son Eddie Ray Blankenship; a daughter Vanita Lynn Long; a brother James L. Blankenship; and a sister-in-law Elizabeth Blankenship .

Survivors include his wife Mary Jo Jowers Blankenship; a son Joe Long of Norman Okla.; one step son Sean (Erica) Baker of Fort Smith; two daughters Cathy Denise (Keith) Manning of Rector and Edwina Louise (Frank) Bradshaw of Quitman; a step daughter Tresa Eaton Reed of Bartlett Tenn.; 10 grandchildren Joey Walton Long, Josh Andrew Long, Mathew Blake Bradshaw, Mary Beth Bradshaw, Jay Edwin Bradshaw, Lindsey Danielle Manning, Seth Baker, Eli Baker, Trynn Baker, and Jessie Baker; five great grandchildren Madeline Long, Caleb Manning, Mallory Long, Marshall Bradshaw, Mason Bradshaw, and Kaia Bradshaw; and a brother Roger (Connie) Blankenship.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home1900 W. Washington Ave.in Jonesboro. Chapel services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Pat Fulmer officiating. Burial will follow at Philadelphia Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Joey Long, Josh Long, Mary Beth Bradshaw, Jay Bradshaw, Lindsey Manning.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR, Obituary

Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) - February 2, 2014

Patricia "Pat" Dinsmore, 67, of Fort Smith found rest with the Lord on Feb. 1, 2014, in Fort Smith. She began her joyful journey on Aug. 23, 1946.

Pat was a devoted pet lover and wonderful companion to Kaydee Beth and Tramp. She faithfully attended First Christian Church. She retired from Whirlpool and was employed with Walmart on Rogers Avenue. An avid sports fan she particularly loved golf and her eventful afternoons on the course with friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Lloyd Dinsmore; her mother, Frances Rogers Dinsmore; and her sister, Dolores Blankenship.

She is survived by her sister, Frances Kay Martin and husband Charlie; her bothers, Jim Rogers and wife Sharon and Dennis Wear and wife Nellie; brother-in-law, Vernon Blankenship; three very special friends-sisters, Debbie Napier, Kathy Sanders and Mary Johnston; four nephews; and one niece.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Hemphill, Patrick Walrod, Jim Hutchinson, Jack Bangs, Heath Lunsford and Casey Lunsford, Randy Yokum and Randy Dyer. Honorary pallbearers will be Brain Blankenship and Chuck Martin.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Dolores, 67, 04Nov1941 - 16Dec2008, Booneville, Logan, AR, AR-430-72-3699

 

Public Records; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KLP1-L8C

Blakenship, Vernon b.01Sep1941, Residence: Booneville, AR, 1995

Possible Relatives: Charlotte Louise Blake, Delores Blakenship, Dolores Blankenship, Deborah Kay Blankenship, Lisa K Blankenship, Nanette E Blankenship

 

2014, Greenwood, Sebastian Co., AR, Obituary

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Robbie Davis, 80 of Greenwood, Arkansas passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 in her home. Robbie was born April 8, 1934 in Fort Worth, Texas to Aubrey Warren and Essie Dee (Rainey) Webb.

She loved gardening, yard work and flowers. Her yard received Yard of the Month Award from the Greenwood Garden Club. She enjoyed handiwork, crocheting, sewing and cooking. Many people have her crocheted Christmas stockings and Hog hats. Her homemade pecan and chocolate pies were known countywide. Her true passion was her family; she loved being surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She loved working right alongside her husband, Luke at Davis Garage that they owned and operated for many years. After retiring and spending much time at the lake, they began working at McConnell Funeral Home, greeting visitors at night; where she was working right up until her death. She was also a member and greeter at Greenwood First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Luke Davis; three sons, Jimmie Davis, Jack Hackney and Randy Davis; one brother-in-law, Bob Sadler and one great granddaughter, Hannah Blankenship.

She is survived by two sons, Jim Hackney and Jackie Davis and wife, Heather both of Greenwood; two daughters, Brenda Brooner and husband, Chuck of Poway, CA and Darlene Hayden of Greenwood; one brother, Warren Webb and wife, Terri; one sister, Debbie Ralston and husband, Doug of Greenwood; two daughters-in-law, Gayle Hackney and Bethany Davis; nineteen grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Greenwood First Baptist Church with burial at Liberty Cemetery under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood. Pallbearers will be Harold Scharbor, Randy Carter, Steve Hayes, Kendall Cox, Ed Corbin and Ken Edwards. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons, Tom Cox, Freddy Lee Townley and Jimmy Miller.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Sevier

 

+2014, De Queen, Sevier Co., AR, Obituary

http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2598320&fh_id=10170

Mr. Coy Ramsey Chandler, age 89, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, in the Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, [Miller Co., AR]. He was born to Levi and Mattie L. Ramsey Chandler in Horatio, Arkansas, on June 2, 1925.

He was a retired employee of Frozen Food Express, and a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mable Blankenship, and in his wife of over 66 years, Doris L. Hames Chandler.

He is survived by one son, Gail Chandler of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Sondra Lavone and Chuck Foster of Gramby, Mo., three brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy Lee Chandler of Abilene,Texas, Arlis and Jackie Chandler of Horatio, and Charles and Charlotte Chandler of De Queen, five sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Cooper of Glenpool, Okla, Henrietta and Alvie Nix of Horatio, Mittie Jean and Sam Hendricks of Horatio, Janette and Leon Durham of Mesquite, Texas, Patricia and Danny Lipsey of Horatio, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Coy Chandler will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, July 13th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Cy Davis, Minister officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Scott

 

2013, Harvey, Scott Co., AR, Obituary

Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) - March 10, 2013

Martha Mae (Roberson) Defoor of Harvey went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Waldron surrounded by her loving family. Martha was born May 4, 1932, to William Harvey Roberson and Elsie Elizabeth (Brown) Roberson in Little Texas.

Martha was 80 years, 10 months and 3 days old. Martha was a member of Mulberry Freewill Baptist Church near Gravelly. In June 1957, Martha married the love of her life, Carlton Defoor. They enjoyed 45 years together before his passing in 2003. They raised four children and shared their lives with many, many friends and loved ones. All who knew Martha knew the love she had for her family. She made no bones about her devotion and commitment to her loved ones. Martha was notorious across several counties for her cooking. If you went to Martha's home, she expected you to eat. If you didn't go back for seconds, then something was wrong. Martha's made-from-scratch pies and fried pies have been a longtime sought-after delicacy at local fundraisers. It's been said that someone once paid $400 for some of Ms. Martha's fried peach pies.

Martha leaves behind to cherish her memory four daughters, Carolyn Williams and husband David of Harvey, Marilyn Sherrill and husband Terry of Waldron, Deloris Hutchens and husband Jerry and Janice Blankenship and husband Robert, all of Harvey. Gran will forever be missed by nine grandchildren, Sue Cox, Laura Kluthe, Kris Williams, Amanda Hill, Megan Bass, Lisa Hunt, Jeremy Hutchens, Lindsy Kearney and Ethan Blankenship. Gran will also be missed by 18 great-grandchildren and one on the way. Martha is also survived by one sister, Mary Blackwell and husband Doug of Jesseville, and four brothers, Harvey Roberson of Bluffton, Dan Roberson of Jesseville, Jim Roberson and wife Vickie of Bluffton and Tommy Roberson and wife Mary of Little Texas. Gran will be missed by all who knew her and the many whose lives she touched, including a number of nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Carlton Defoor; her parents, William and Elsie Roberson; brothers, R. B. Roberson and R. C. Roberson; and sisters-in-law, Veaora Roberson, Brenda Roberson and Betty Roberson.

Martha's life celebration will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mulberry Freewill Baptist Church in Gravelly with the Rev. Rickey Hunt and the Rev. David Rickers officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Creek Cemetery in Cedar Creek. Martha's pallbearers will be Kris Williams, Jared Kluthe, Darris Hill, Jeremy Hutchens, Nickey Hunt and Josh Kearney. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Sherrill, Stephen Bass, Adam Cox and Ethan Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Waldron, Scott Co., AR, Obituary

Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) - September 17, 2013

Billie Ruth Cox, 83, of Waldron passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Billie was born June 4, 1930, to the late Joe and Lillie (Martin) Hanna in Hollis, Okla.

She is survived by one son, Bud Cox and wife Nena of Greenwood; two daughters, Billie Jean Qualls and husband Mike and Vicki Mason, all of Fort Smith; five grandchildren, Jason Stearman and wife Kyla of Waldron, Jennifer Cates and husband Darrell of Pottsville and Trent Cox and wife Shauna, Nicki Blankenship and husband Craig and Jessica Charles, all of Greenwood; and 13 great-grandchildren; Megan Stearman, Jacob Stearman, Mindy Combs, Kyle Combs, Luke McCullough, Allison McCullough, Lindsey McCullough, Caleb Cox, Brycen Cox, Matthew Blankenship , Emma Blankenship , Maddy Cates and Mickayla Oden. Billie is also survived by three brothers, Butch Hanna and wife Janice of Winfield, Jim Hanna and wife Lea of Waldron and Jerry Hanna and wife Vicki of Monette; three sisters, Betty Byford of Lake Hinkle, Joyce Byford of Winfield, Peggy Collins and husband James of Paragould; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.T. Cox; one brother, Joe Hanna Jr.; half brother, John Hanna; and one great-granddaughter, Hanna Blankenship.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Martin Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Pilot Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Martin Funeral Home in Waldron. Pallbearers will be Jason Stearman, Trent Cox, James Hanna, Joe Lee Hanna, Joe Neal Byford and John Douglas Cox. Honorary pallbearers will be Clinton Byford, Ricky Byford, David Byford, Bobby Byford, Jim Hanna, Butch Hanna, Jerry Hanna, Joe Stearman, Tom Cox, Willie Cox, Sidney Cox and Morris Cox.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Sevier

2012, De Queen, Sevier Co., AR, Obituary

Texarkana Gazette (TX) - May 11, 2012

Paul Ray Yancey, 65, of De Queen died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in a Little Rock hospital [Pulaski Co., AR]. Mr. Yancey was born Dec. 18, 1946, in Elk City, [Beckham Co.]Okla. He was a retired roadmaster for De Queen and Eastern Railroad.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Higgins Yancey; one son, Paul Yancey Jr.; two daughters, Angela Curtis and Paula Blankenship; three sisters, Christine Morris, Betty Edwards and Ruby Suviaz; three brothers, Larry Yancey, Tommy Yancey and Charles Yancey; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Wilkerson Funeral Home with Tom Williams officiating. Burial will be in Mineral Cemetery, Gillham, Ark.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Gillham, Sevier Co., AR, Obituary

http://www.kdqn.net/obituaries.htm

Joe Dwayne Ayers, age 48, a resident of Gillham, died Monday, January 4, 2010 in the Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas. He was born December 27, 1961 in De Queen.  He was a master electrician for Weyerhaeuser in Dierks and a Baptist.

He is survived by one daughter, Jennifer Ayers of De Queen; his mother, Elwina Culp Ayers of De Queen; his father, Joe Ed Ayers of Horatio; one brother, Ernie Ayers of Texarkana, Arkansas; one sister, Sherri Blankenship of Horatio; two nephews, Jeffrey Ayers and Dillon Blankenship; his aunts and uncles, Frances Culp and Lynn Culp of De Queen, Tina and Mike James of Arp, Texas, Patsy and Sammy Sharp of Lockesburg and Jerry Bob and Tiny Ayers of Horatio; and a number of other relatives.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Bro. Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home. 

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2011, Horatio, Sevier Co., AR, Obituary

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Mr. Jimmy Dale Blankenship, age 64, a resident of Horatio, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, in the De Queen Medical Center. He was born on May 1, 1947, in De Queen, Arkansas to James Jim and Acie Viola Humphrey Blankenship.

He was a 1965 graduate of De Queen High School. He was an engineer for the Patriot Rail Corporation, and a Baptist. He was in the National Guard for 6 years, and enjoyed his grandchildren and cars. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of over 39 years, Dollie White Blankenship of Horatio, Two daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Paul Ernest, and Kimberley and Heath Leonard all of Horatio, six grandchildren, Jakeb Andrew Ernest, Ryne Luke Ernest Samuel Brady Ernest, Benjamin Kale Ernest, Easton James Leonard, and Demi Aleese Leonard all of Horatio, as well as other family members.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Jimmy Blankenship will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 17th in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Bro. Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Union

 

2012, El Dorado, Union Co., AR, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Evva-Ramsey&lc=6942&pid=159403906&mid=5216763

Evva Louise Ramsey, 93, of El Dorado, passed away Friday, August 24, 2012, at her residence. She was born June 8, 1919, to Carl Lee and Ossetta Bonds Crook in McGehee, AR. She was a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church in El Dorado, where she was active with the Bethany Sunday School Class, and the Prime Timers.

Preceding her in death are her parents; sister, Geneva Morrison; and brother, C. L. Crook.

Survivors include her loving husband of 73 years, Robert P. Ramsey; son, Bob Ramsey; daughter-in-law, Lynda Ramsey all of El Dorado; daughter, Shirley Ferrier and her husband LC of Shreveport, LA; four grandchildren, Robert Ramsey, Jr. and his wife, Brooke of Russellville, AR, Dees McHaney Davis-Hearnsberger and her husband, Michael of Little Rock, Holly Nabors and her husband Tony of Shreveport, LA, Anthony Blankenship of West Monroe, LA; nine great grandchildren, Eva Isabella Ramsey of Russellville, Jacob, Aaron and Ashley Davis of Little Rock, Cole Nabors and his wife Sarah, Logan and Mason Nabors all of Shreveport, Julia and Will Blankenship of West Monroe, LA; one great grandson, Connor Nabors; two step-grandchildren, Brige' Rogers, and Joel Ferrier and his wife Charlene; five step-great grandchildren, Chloe, Christian and Collin Ferrier, Nicholas Rogers, Brittney Woodruff and her husband John; and two step-great, great grandchildren, Alexis and Aiden Woodruff all of Texarkana, TX.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2012, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Lynn Worthen and Dr. Matt Pierson officiating. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Park under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, El Dorado, Union Co., AR, Obituary

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Billy John "Bill" Moudy, 78, of El Dorado went to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his family Sunday, February 24, 2013. He was born March 7, 1934, to Roscoe and Addie Robinson Moudy in Scranton, AR.

He was a devoted family man, an ordained deacon for 55 years and served at Immanuel Baptist Church, and taught youth Sunday School for many years. Bill never passed up an opportunity to give his testimony. In 1969, he joined Union County Mounted Patrol. He was a charter member of the Union County Sheriff's Office Reserve in 1972 until his retirement in 2010. Bill also worked as a sales representative for Union Tire Company for many years. He enjoyed showing his Tennessee Walking Horses, team penning, hunting, fishing, and watching the Arkansas Razorbacks.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Linton Moudy, Paul Moudy; and one sister, Melba Patton.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Kathy Morrison Moudy; two sons, Johnny Moudy, Billy Bob Moudy (Lorrie) all of El Dorado; two daughters, Pam Nevels (Glen) of White Hall, AR, Vickie Walker (Ken) of Bryant, AR, one sister, Louise Hayes of Morrilton, AR, two sister-in-laws, Jean Moudy of Danville, AR, Laymone Moudy of Little Rock, AR; six grandchildren, Chad Nevels (Lydia), Amy Rogers (Ford), Leslie Blankenship (Brian), Drake and Dawson Moudy, Landon Moudy; and five great grandchildren, Jamie, John, Lydia, and Luke Nevels, and Annabelle Rogers.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, at Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Faron Rogers and Rev. Garland Morrison officiating. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Park under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors. Serving as pallbearers are Brian Blankenship, Ford Rogers, Roger Hayes, Forrest Moudy, Jimmy Moudy, and Scotty Smith. Serving as honorary pallbearers are AV Beebe, George Boone, Bill Hardin, Bubba Marks, Bob Mayhan, Max Rogers and the Union County Sheriff Reserve.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, El Dorado, Union Co., AR, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Robert-Ramsey&lc=6942&pid=171001486&mid=5966357

Robert Pierce "Buddy" Ramsey, 96, of El Dorado passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. He was born January 20, 1918 in Lawson, AR to William Minor Ramsey and Millie Idell Reynolds Ramsey.

Buddy was owner and operator of Buddy's Supermarket and formerly managed several Safeway stores. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he was secretary of the Fellowship Bible Sunday school class and was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 73 years, Evva Louise Crook Ramsey and his brothers, Minor, Thomas & Charles Ramsey and one son-in-law L.C. Ferrier.

Survivors include his daughter, Shirley R. Ferrier of Shreveport, LA; a son, Robert L. Ramsey of El Dorado; a daughter-in-law Lynda Ramsey of El Dorado; grandchildren, Holly B. Nabors and her husband Anthony of Shreveport, LA, Anthony K. Blankenship and his wife Jerri Anne of W. Monroe, LA and Robert L. Ramsey, Jr. and his wife Brooke of Russellville, AR; great-grandchildren, Cole Nabors and his wife Sarah of Shreveport, LA, Logan Nabors of Humble, TX, Mason Nabors of Shreveport, LA, Julia Blankenship & William Blankenship both of West Monroe, LA and Eva I. Ramsey of Russellville, AR; a great-great grandson, Connor Nabors and a sister, Mary Jane Cash of Dallas, TX.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at First Baptist Church El Dorado with Dr. Donny Hargett officiating. Burial will follow at Arlington Cemetery under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Washington

 

2014, Elkins, Washington Co., AR, Obituary

Rogers Morning News (AR) - February 6, 2014

Shelly Irene Blankenship, 40, of Elkins passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Circle of Life Hospice [Springdale, Washington Co., AR]. She was born Aug. 2, 1973, in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Charles E. Ryan and Carol K. Partain Ryan.

She graduated Rogers High School in 1991. She graduated the University of Arkansas with a master's degree in animal and life sciences. She was a devoted wife and mother and an accomplished equestrian. She was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Elkins.

She was preceded in death by her brother, James David Ryan; grandfather, L. G. Ryan; and maternal grandparents, Nadine and A. C Partain.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Blankenship of the home; son, Cole Blankenship; father, Charles Ryan of Toquerville, Utah; mother, Carol Bigham of Rogers; brother, Charles Robert Ryan of Pineville, Mo.; three sisters, Leanna Kay Ryan of San Antonio, Texas, Charity Rodden of Anderson, Mo., and Betina Penny of Rogers; four nieces and four nephews and several other family members and friends.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Beard's Funeral Chapel with Pastor Anthony Stowers off ciating. Burial will follow at Stokenbury Cemetery in Elkins.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Fayetteville, Washington Co., AR, Obituary

Springdale Morning News (AR) - July 23, 2012

Bill Blankenship, 81, of Fayetteville died Thursday, July 19, 2012, in Springdale. He was born March 12, 1931, in Fayetteville, the son of George and Lillian Washington.

Survivors: brother, Henry. Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Dowell Cemetery. Burial and arrangements were handled by Moore's Chapel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Fayetteville, Washington Co., AR, Obituary

Enid News and Eagle (OK) - August 14, 2014

William "Bill" Byron Henderson, 58, currently of Fayetteville, Ark., passed suddenly while working in Karama, Egypt, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. He was born Jan. 12, 1956, at Bryan AFB, Bryan, Texas, to the late William Henderson and Kathleen Henderson.

Bill graduated from Garber High School in 1974. He married Carol (White) Henderson May 3, 1980, and they resided in Drummond, Okla., until 1997. They relocated to Ninnekah, Okla., where they lived until 2010. Bill was employed by Apache Corporation for 28 years. He was very passionate about his family and career. Recently, Bill was honored with Apache Improvement Method through Understanding Performance (AIM UP) award. Bill had a love for fishing, Harley Davidson motorcycles, show pigs, and most of all his family and beloved grandchildren.

Bill was survived by his wife of 34 years, Carol Henderson of Fayetteville, Ark.; daughter and son-in-law, Savannah and Justin Blankenship and grandchildren Billy Joe and Braxton Blankenship of Fayetteville, Ark.; daughter, Mckenzie Henderson of Skiatook, Okla.; mother, Kathleen Henderson of Enid, Okla.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Dwight Chustz of Spring Hill, Tenn., and Beverly and Denny Peterson of Yukon, Okla.; as well as many nieces and nephews and a host of cousins and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, William "Bill" Henderson, and his grandparents, William W. Henderson Sr., Ott and Martha Henderson Sturgell and Edgar Byron and Olive Fannon Walker.

A Celebration of Life service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2104, at Ladusau-Evans Chapel, with the Rev. Alan Siebel officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Springdale, Washington Co., AR, Obituary

Rogers Morning News (AR) - July 21, 2013

Reese Renee Shaw, infant daughter of Richie and Lacey (Blankenship) Shaw of Springdale, was born still on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Willow Creek Women's Hospital in Johnson.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister, Taylor, and her brother, Rhett, grandparents, Cece and Dennis Collier, and Eddy and Tricia Shaw, all of Springdale; maternal great-grandparents, the Rev. Bruce and Mary Holland of Highfill; paternal great-grandparents, Carolyn Faircloth and Harold Shaw Sr., both of Perry, Fla.; paternal great-great-grandmother, Ruby Morgan, also of Perry, Fla.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Dr. William Blankenship in 1993.

A private family service will be held at Douglas Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, William T., 39, 21Jul1954 - 27Sep1993, Gentry, Benton, AR, AR-431-06-4334

 

William T. Blankenship: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=28470445

 

Washington Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Geraldene 82, 04Feb1927 - 09Jan2010, Springdale, Washington, AR, AR-431-36-4417

 

Yell

2010, Centerville, Yell Co., AR, Obituary

http://www.couriernews.com/archivedobits.php?ID=2217&Search=blankenship

Hazel Diana King, 89, of Centerville, widow of Ernest King, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at the Dardanelle Nursing Center. She was born March 6, 1920, in Danville to William and Polly Miller West. She was an activity director for Stella Manor Nursing Home and a member of the Centerville Assembly of God Church and the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother; John West; and sisters, Etoy Sims, Estelle Blankenship and Etta Tacket.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Glen and Sue King and Charles and Jerri King, all of Centerville, and Lewis and Linda King of Dardanelle; sisters, Irene Murray of Russellville and Ruby Dickinson of Springdale; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Centerville Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Jim King and the Rev. Jeremy Bull officiating. Burial will be in Petillo Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Dardanelle, Yell Co., AR, Obituary

http://www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com/sitemaker/sites/Cornwe1/obit.cgi?user=1038828Nash

Bertia Irene Blankenship Nash age 84 of Dardanelle died Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Chambers Memorial Hospital [Danville, Yell Co., AR]. She was born October 29, 1928 at Rover to the late James and Bertie Spears Blankenship.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband John Nash.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Martin and husband Ed of Yantis, TX. and a host family and friends especially the one ones she worked with at the nursing home.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00A.M., Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Briggsville with Pastor Charlie King officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Dardanelle, Yell Co., AR, Obituary

The Courier, (Russellville, AR) - April 2, 2014

Ruby J. Litsey, 75, of Dardanelle died Monday, March 31, 2014, at Dardanelle Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born March 21, 1939, at Scott County to the late Virgil and Effie Calvert McConnell and Elsie McConnell. She loved to go to yard sales, plant flowers and spend time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen Litsey; four brothers, Johnny McConnell, Billy Joe McConnell, Bob Sharp and Cecil Sharp and one sister, Marie Blankenship.

Survivors include one son, Larry Litsey and wife Anita of Port Gibson, Miss.; six sisters, Sarah White of Ola, Jan Donnel of Rover, Shirley Judkins of Dardanelle, Chris Cunningham of California, Linda White of Havana and Pam Simpson of Russellville; three brothers, Lonnie McConnell of Cabot, Jim McConnell of Carter Cove and Jerry McConnell of Havana; three grandchildren, Jennifer White and husband Tim of Pottsville, Jessica Blair and husband Guy of Bellefonte, and Jason Litsey and wife Kaitlyn of Port Gibson, Miss.; five great-grandchildren, General, Devin, Weston, Emily and Dakota; and a special family friend, Mike Baker of Dardanelle.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle. Burial will be in Needmore Cemetery in Casa. Pallbearers will be Mark Thone, Ronnie Tucker, Kim Hickey, Chris Manns, Blake Manns and Mike Norris.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Mill Creek Twp., Scott Co., AR,

Mcconnel, Virgel 32, M, AR, Head,

Mcconnel, Effie 30, F, AR, Wife,

Mcconnel, Johnie 09, M, AR, Son,

Mcconnel, Lonnie 08, M, AR, Son,

Mcconnel, Marie 06, F, AR, Dau,

Mcconnel, Ruby Joy 01, F, AR, Dau,

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+2012, Ola, Yell Co., AR, Obituary

http://www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com/sitemaker/sites/Cornwe1/obit.cgi?user=690152King

Hattie Lorene Blankenship King, 80, a resident of Ola best known as Shorty or Nanny King, died Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at Dardanelle Nursing Center. She was born April 1, 1932, at Briggsville to the late James Ruben and Alice Roberta Spears Blankenship. Shorty, a Methodist, was a homemaker, a chicken grower, owner of King's Grocery, and an employee of both the Ola and Two Rivers School Districts.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill King, Jr., and her son, Jackie King.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Judy King, David King, Donna King, of Ola, Danny and Doris King, James and Sandra King, of Plainview, fifteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, her sister Irene Nash, and many nieces and nephews and friends.

Graveside service will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 23, at Sandlin Cemetery in Ola with Rev. Randal Gilbert officiating. Pallbearers are Shane King, Todd King, Mark King, Clint King, Kyle King, and James King. Honorary pallbearers are Bryan King, Will King, Tylor King, Taylor King, and Toby King.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Rover, Yell Co., AR, Obituary

The Courier, (Russellville, AR) - February 11, 2011

Coy L. Reed, 75, of Rover passed away Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at his home. He was born Jan. 4, 1936, in Marshall, Ark., to Wayne and Ona Reynolds Reed. He was a logger and farmer, and a member of the Rover First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dee Reed; sister, Billie Jo Tatum; and grandson, Randy Reed.

Survivors include wife of 54 years, Ethel Marie Blankenship Reed; sons and daughters-in-law, William and Patricia Reed of Rover, Justin and Marie Reed of Russellville, and Troy and Jennifer Reed of Rover; grandsons, Rickey Reed and wife, Holly, of Carter Cove, Nicholas Reed of Russellville, and Cody and Blake Reed of Rover; great-granddaughter, Hannah Reed of Carter Cove; brother, Wayne Reed of Oklahoma; sister, Mary Ann Morgan of Nashville, Tenn.; step-brother and wife, Larry and Iva Hoffman of Calico Rock; and stepmother, Gladys Reed of McCrory.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Rover First Baptist Church with Johnny Turner and Keith Shipley officiating. Burial will be at Hunts Chapel Cemetery in Rover. Pallbearers: Active Jimmy Don Fowler, Johnny Ray Blankenship, Johnny Fowler, Larry Wayne James, Billy Lofland and Kevin Milligan. Honorary Donnie Charles Anderson, Freddie Ornsbey, Dr. Karl Sandberg and all his logging buddies.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Rover, Yell Co., AR, Obituary

The Courier, (Russellville, AR) - April 24, 2012

Jimmy Lee "Big Jim" Donnell, 72, of Rover died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville. He was born Dec. 4, 1939, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Lester and Gladys Mamie Mahon Donnell. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam War, had worked as a construction worker for Forestgreen Construction Company in both Little Rock and Ozark and had worked in logging for John Blankenship for about 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Emma Jean Donnell.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jan Donnell; a son, David Donnell of Rover; a niece, Carol Walker and husband Mitch of Nola; two great-nieces, Rachael and Heather Walker; and a great-nephew, James Walker, all of Nola.

Graveside service and burial will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in the Blankenship Family Cemetery near Rover by Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville. Bro. Frankie McConnell will officiate.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Rover, Yell Co., AR, Obituary

The Courier, (Russellville, AR) - April 9, 2013

Riley Ornsbey, age 73, of Rover died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville [Pope Co., AR]. He was born Dec. 18, 1939, in Briggsville to the late Fred and Bertha Bratton Ornsbey. He was a logger, hunter and an avid fisherman. He attended the First Baptist Church in Rover.

He was preceded in death by his parents; children, James David Ornsbey and Cathy Ornsbey; brothers, Bobby Ray Ornsbey and Johnny Eugene Ornsbey; sister, Eva Mae Dickens; and half brother, George Ornsbey.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Bobbie Nichols Ornsbey; children, Robert Ornsbey of Rover, Becky Foster of Danville and Sandy Ornsbey of Rover; sisters, Ima Jean Blankenship and Bonnie Jean Stone, both of Rover, Ruby Janet Phillips of El Dorado and Martha Jane Paine of Russellville; grandchildren, Matthew, Regina, Ashley, Kimmi and Toby; and great-grandchildren, Nate and Mia.

Services will be conducted at 2p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Rover with Bro. Monroe Hunt officiating. Burial will be in Hunts Chapel Cemetery in Rover. Pallbearers will be Arlin Blaylock, Gary Roberson, Gary Morrison, Jason Henry, Michael Stone and Rita Emery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Rover, Yell Co., AR, Obituary

The Courier, (Russellville, AR) - April 4, 2014

Otis L. "Tee" Holloway, 93, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at his home in Rover. He was born Oct. 20, 1920, in Greenbrier to Marvin L. and Eva Jane Holloway. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Cumbie, Gene and Kenneth Holloway and sisters, Lucille, Luda and Polly Holloway.

Survivors include wife, Gracie Blankenship Holloway; sons, William and wife Irma and Carl and wife Kay; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was saved on Oct. 3, 1953, and served as deacon at Cheney Baptist Church in Kansas.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday April 5, 2014, at Rover Baptist Church with the service to follow at 2. Honorary pallbearers are Jake Miller, Jack Walls, Jack Wilson, Dr. Bewers, Dr. Sanburg and Arkansas Hospice. Pallbearers are Sonny Lofland, Ronny Crawford, Ray Hawkin, William Price, Carlton and Bill Milliagn.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Rover, Yell Co., AR, Funeral

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) - May 22, 2014

Ima Jean Blankenship, age 88, of Rover departed this life Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Funeral service; 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Plainview First Assembly of God Church. Burial; Hunts Chapel Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Rover, Yell Co., AR, Obituary

The Courier, (Russellville, AR) - May 22, 2014

Ima Jean Blankenship, 88, of Rover departed this life Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Chambers Memorial Hospital, [Danville, Yell Co., AR]. She was born Jan. 28, 1926, in Briggsville to the late Fred and Bertha Faye Bratten Ornsbey.

She was a member of the Plainview First Assembly of God Church and loved working in the church. She was a housewife, loved her garden and making quilts for everyone.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Blankenship of 63 years; parents; sister, Eva Mae Dickens and brothers, Bob, Johnny Eugene and Riley Fred Ornsbey.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnn and Dennis Gardenhire of Wonderview and Lula and Bob Fowler of Rover; sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Kathy Blankenship of Milton, Fla., R. L. Blankenship of Rover and Leon and Debra Blankenship of Rover; sister-in-law, Bobbie Jo Ornsbey of Rover; sisters and brother-in-law, Ruby Phillips of El Dorado, Martha and Buddy Paine of Russellville and Bonnie Stone of Rover; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the Plainview First Assembly of God Church with Bro. Mike Gullett officiating. Burial will be at Hunts Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers include her nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Joe F., 88, 10Oct1918 - 06Oct2007, Rover, Yell, AR, AR-430-24-2483