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Obituaries - April 17, 2013

Christopher Cowan

Christopher Eugene Cowan, 35, of Mountainburg died Friday, April 12, 2013, at his home. He was a groundskeeper at Cedars Country Club in Van Buren and attended Revis Hill Assembly of God Church in the Turner Community. He was born Oct, 1, 1977, in Rogers.

He is survived by his parents, Billy and Michelle Cowan of the home; a brother, Caleb Cowan of Mountainburg; a sister, Crystal Gilmore of Mountainburg; two children, Jackson Cowan and Kristianna Cowan, both of Mountainburg; and his paternal grandmother, Irene Cowan of Mulberry.

The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home. Visitation will be 8 a.m. to noon today at the funeral home.

A family-held memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Joshua Cemetery in Mountainburg.

Pallbearers are Caleb, Billy and Jackson Cowan, Oliver Fraizer, Michael Gilmore, Ryan Oaks, Timmy Tuffs and Larry Jackson.

Priscilla Ripley-Boulay

Priscilla Faith Ripley-Boulay, 62, of Alma died Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Alma. She was born Nov. 6, 1950, in Great Lakes, Ill., and attended Dill City High School in Oklahoma and was a licensed practical nurse.

She is survived by three daughters, Susan Franklin of Healdton, Okla., Sharon Marion of Yukon, Okla., and Stephaine Harris of Alma; two sisters, Danny Kaye Anderson and Sherry Calhoun; two brothers, David and Tony Ripley; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Lewis Funeral Home in Fort Smith. Burial of ashes will be in Mangum, Okla.

Visitation will follow the service.

Frank Snyder

Frank Lewis Snyder, 59, of Van Buren died Friday, April 12, 2013, in a local hospital. He was a Navy veteran, secondary teacher at Darby Junior High School in Fort Smith and member of Zoe Abundant Life Ministries Church in Van Buren and Christian Motorcycle Association.

He is survived by his wife, Jaennine.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. today at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be members of the Christian Motorcycle Association.

Mickey Willhite

Micky Willhite of Fort Smith died Monday, April 15, 2013, at a local hospital. She was born in Pattonville, Ark., to the late Homer and Delia Booth. She was a retired bookkeeper for Vernon’s Bus Sales and Dennie Snow Trailer Sales. She was a member and church secretary for the Kibler Assembly of God Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert Willhite of the home; a daughter, Letitia Willhite of Fort Smith; a stepson, Dennis Willhite of Van Buren; three sisters, Martha Whiteman of Avery, Texas, and Shirley Suggs and Vickie Booth, both of Ashdown, Ark.; and five brothers, Willard Booth, Lewis Booth, Eddie Booth and Larry Booth, all of Ashdown, Ark., and Steve Booth of Spring, Texas.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel in Van Buren with interment to follow at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.

Ruth Jones

Ruth Doris Jones, 87, of Batesville died Monday, April 15, 2013, at a Batesville nursing home. She was born Aug. 4, 1925, in Batesville to the late Eugene and Mary Reves. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Alma. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Jones; a sister, Mary Faye Jones; and a brother, Baughn Reves.

She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Neely of Alma; a son, Dennis Jones of Kaneohe, Hawaii; a sister, Jessie Beers of Batesville; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

The family will visit with friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren.

To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.

Linda Oliver

Linda Sue Oliver, 64 of Ozark diedMonday, April 15, 2013, at a local hospital. She was retired CNA after 41 years of the Pentecostal faith.

Cremation was under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren. No service is scheduled.

She is survived by three sons, Jackie Neal of Lamoni, Iowa, Michael Neal of Ozark and Spencer Wade Oliver of Bethany, Mo.; six grandchildren.

Lorell Quick

Lorell Raymond Quick, 93, of Van Buren, formerly of Booneville, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was born Aug. 14, 1920, in St. Louis He was a retired truck driver and was an Army veteran of World War II, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was the widow of Ova Odean Quick.

He is survived by a daughter, Helen Granzella of Arizona; two sons, Ronnie Quick of Magazine and Donald Quick of Van Buren; a sister, Maggie Whamoff of St. Louis; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Roberts Memorial Chapel in Booneville with burial at Carolan Cemetery near Booneville.

Pallbearers will be Denver Griffith, Nate Hughes, Matt Himes, Kevin Shroyer, Roger Duncan and JoAnna Himes.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Roberts Funeral Home.

Billie Reeves

Billie Lewis Reeves, 87, of Mulberry died Saturday, April 13, 2013. She was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Vance County, N.C. She was retired from the Postal Service, member of Mulberry Main Street Missionary Baptist Church and widow of C.M. Lewis Jr. and Earl Reeves.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Lewis of Mulberry and Tony Lewis of Sanford, N.C.; two daughters, Teresa Smith of Pittsboro, N.C., and Kathy Green of Muskogee; two stepchildren, Connie Goodner of Alma and Bob Reeves of Mulberry; two sisters, Eleanor Hamm and Margaret Floyd, both of Henderson, N.C.; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at Firist Baptist Church in Mulberry with burial at New Cemetery in Mulberry under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.

Pallbearers will be Brian Hill, Brent Williams, Scott Green, Al Adams, Ronnie Adams and Gary Moon.

Viewing will be from 9 a.m. until time of service at First Baptist Church in Mulberry.

Memorial contributions may be made to Main Street Missions Baptist Church, P.O. Box 137, Mulberry, AR 72947.

Bob Smith

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. He was a retired plant manager for Southwestern Glass in Van Buren and an Air Force veteran of World War II.

Funeral was April 16 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel in Van Buren with burial of ashes at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith at a later date.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy; two sons, Gary and Alan Smith, both of Van Buren; two brothers, Calvin Smith of Bristow, Okla., and D.C. Smith of Paso Robles, Calif.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Sloan Schnell

Sloan Allison Schnell, 26, of Dublin, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2013, due to a tragic accident. Sloan was born on Feb. 17, 1987, in Danbury, Conn.

She was the daughter of Sammye and Jeff Schnell, the sister of Spencer and Emma, and the granddaughter of Sam and Bettye Sloan and Howard and Ann Schnell. Her aunts and uncles include Sterling and Dena Sloan, Cynthia and Michael Turner, Brian and Kim Schnell, and Natalie and Geoff Hetrick. Mary Francis Westhoven (U.S. Army retired), Katie Fischer, Andrew Fischer, Tyler Schnell, Ally Schnell, Jackson Schnell, Harper Schnell and Jeffrey Turner are Sloan’s cousins.

She graduated from Dublin Scioto High School and Ohio State University. Sloan was employed at Iacono’s in Powell, Ohio. Ms. Schnell was a strong advocate for increasing awareness about the symptoms of and methods of treatment for eating disorders. The family is requesting that anyone wishing to make a memorial donation in honor of Sloan be directed to the National Eating Disorders Association’s website at www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.

Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Newberry Chapel Cemetery in Alma under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

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