Obituaries - April 13, 2013
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Allyne C. Rownak, 95, of Fayetteville went home to be with the Lord on April 8, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, John J. Rownak Sr. She was born in Denning, Ark., to Charles B. and Effie L. Crutchfield on Aug. 14, 1917. She graduated from Van Buren High School in 1934 and attended the University of Arkansas. She worked at Citizens Bank in Van Buren, and then spent 23 years at Cooper Clinic in Fort Smith prior to retiring in 1982.
Following retirement, Allyne and John played a lot of golf, often traveling to senior tournaments in Arkansas and Texas. They were active members of Wood Memorial Christian Church in Van Buren. She was also active in Eastern Star in Van Buren for many years. She also enjoyed movies, reading, traveling, spending time with her family and she was a loyal Razorback sports fan.
Allyne is survived by her son, John Rownak and wife Judy, of Fayetteville; son, Richard Rownak and wife Pam, of Culver City, Calif.; grandsons, David and Brian of Fayetteville and Joel and wife Emily of Lowell; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was April 11 at Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren. Interment was at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Jeff Crutchfield, Brian Rownak, Doug Crutchfield, Joel Rowneck, Chris Hargis and Bob Huckelbury.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Washington Regional Hospice, 34 Colt Square, Fayetteville, AR 72703.
Doua Soukhawan, 29, of Van Buren died Monday, April 8, 2013, in Owasso, Okla. He was born Feb. 21, 1984, in Vientiane, Laos. He was a student at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and was a member of Amen Baptist Church Lao Congregation.
He is survived by a son, Nicholaus Soukhawan of Van Buren; his parents, Pa Soukhawan and Teng Soukhawan of Van Buren; and two brothers, Sa and Choua Soukhawan, both of Van Buren.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. today at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren.
Pallbearers will Sa and Choua Soukhawan, Phiew and Peter Xiong, Touchai Thao and Phetsavanh Lekdavanh.
Mary Eddie Peters, 82, of Alma died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in her home. She was born May 19, 1930, in Cecil to William and Birdy Tipton. She was a retired cook from the school district and an award-winning member of the Crawford County Extension Homemakers Club for canned goods, crocheting, arts and crafts and quilting. She was known for her hospitality.
She is survived by her husband, Troy of the home; two daughters, Twana Alghojeh and husband Asgharal of Oklahoma City and Joyce Baugh and husband Russell of Katy, Texas; four sons, Larry Peters and wife Peggy of Lavaca, Tony Peters and wife Athena of Alma, Van Peters and wife Nanette of Van Buren and Mikel Peters and wife Charla of Van Buren; four sisters, Ruth Richesin of Van Buren, Venia Mae Sattazahn of Alma, Vera Fay Agnew of Caddo Mills, Texas, and Lula Goines of Owasso, Okla.; two brothers, Floyd Tipton of Alma and Mitchel Tipton of Van Buren; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. today at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel in Van Buren with interment to follow at Cain Cemetery near Mountainburg under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home in Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Peters, Weldon Peters, Richard Peters, Jackie Peters, Tyler Peters and Jon Baugh.
To place an online tribute, go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.
James Hartman, 65, of Rudy died Monday, April 8, 2013. He was born Jan. 27, 1948.
Private service will be at a later date under the direction of Rosewood Cremation in Morrilton.
He is survived by his wife, Sheryl; a daughter, Dawn Dye; a son, Tony; a brother, Bob; and six grandchildren.
Thomas “Junior” Hill, 87, of Alma died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at his home. He was born Aug. 10, 1925, at Arbuckle Island, Ark., and widower of Helen Hill. He was a retired backhoe operator for Forsgren Construction and a retired deputy sheriff in Ventura County, Calif.
He is survived by a daughter, Sherry Drewry of Alma; two sons, Jerry Hill of Sallisaw and Tommy Hill of Augusta, Texas; a sister, Exine Walker of Oklahoma; a brother, Louie Hill of Bakersfield, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was April 12 at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were James Newton, Kenneth Barker, Jerry Cecil, Dakota Barker, Bill Hoover and Chris Adams.
Wilma Jane Johnson, 69, of Alma died Thursday, April 11, 2013. She was of the Methodist faith. She was born July 25, 1943, in Altus, graduated from Altus High School and of the Methodist faith.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. today at Shaffer Funeral Home with burial at Hartman Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Johnson; a daughter, Shanna Hathaway of Alma; a sister, Francis Thompson of Kansas City, Kan.; two brothers, Michael and Kenneth Buck, both of Ozark; and three grandchildren.
Bob R. Smith, 82, of Van Buren died Friday, April 12, 2013, at a local nursing home. He was born Jan. 15, 1931, in Muldrow to the late Ralph and Margie Smith. He was a retired plant manager for Southwestern Glass in Van Buren and served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy of the home; two sons, Gary Smith and wife Diana of Van Buren and Alan Smith and wife Patricia of Van Buren; two brothers, Calvin Smith of Bristow, Okla., and D.C. Smith of Pasa Robles, Calif.; four grandchildren, Amy Bell and husband Kevin of Alma, Danielle Lien and husband Marc of Sultan, Wash., Kristy Delgado and husband Omar of Van Bure, and Jason Smith of Van Buren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel in Van Buren with cremation to follow. Ashes will be interred at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith at a later date,under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.