Obituaries - Aug. 14, 2013

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Betty McDaniel

Mrs. Betty June McDaniel, 86, of Van Buren died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at a local nursing home. She was a homemaker, a Baptist and preceded in death by her husband, Geral McDaniel.

She is survived by a daughter, Dean Davis of Fort Smith; two sons, Tony McDaniel and his wife Linda of Van Buren and Rick McDaniel and his wife Sharon of Mansfield; a sister, Mary Jo Campbell of Van Buren; a brother, James McMurray and his wife Joyce of Van Buren; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Aug. 13 at Macedonia Cemetery in Uniontown under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers were Kevin McDaniel, Chris McDaniel, Michael McDaniel, David Buchanan, Tony McDaniel and Rick McDaniel.

Honorary pallbearers were Mat McDaniel and Nick Ronzzo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Macedonia Cemetery at Uniontown.

To place an online tribute, please go to www.edwardsvan-almafuneralhome.com.

Ruby Wolf

Ruby Inez Wolf, 80, of Van Buren, formerly of Fayetteville, passed away peacefully in her sleep and entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was born in June 13, 1933, in Brinkley, Ark., to the late Andrew J. and Martha Louise Terry. She was preceded in death by her husband, John O. Wolf, and her mother and father.

Ruby was a Southern Baptist and long-time member of University Baptist Church in Fayetteville,. She was a retired Mary Kay beauty consultant and was very accomplished in her profession, earning a car from the company. A proud and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin Ruby loved her extended family very much. She was an outstanding cook and loved to host large dinners for her family and her “secret recipe” for frying catfish was the envy of all. She loved to sing, fish and travel as well as crocheting and other arts and crafts.

Ruby was a patriot who loved our country very much and was especially proud of her son’s decades of military service in the U.S. Army Special Forces.

Ruby is survived by her son, Master Sgt. (Retired) Ronald J. Smith and wife Tammy of St. Joseph, Mo.; daughter, Sandra K. Sapp and husband Daniel of Fort Smith; daughter, Pamela R. Posey and husband Brad of Mountainburg; two sisters, Peggy Goodgion of Jonesboro and Gladys Walker and husband Jimmy Dale of Kinsett, Ark.; one brother, James Terry and wife Wanda of Searcy; 10 grandchildren, Lorea Scheffer and husband Jeff of Wichita, Kan., Austin Smith of Wichita, Kan., Wendy Hartman and husband Brian of Wichita, Buck Mills of Fort Smith, Kim Pittman of Cedarville, Bradley Posey of Van Buren, Zachary Posey of Van Buren, Hannah Posey of Conway, David Hatfield of St. Joseph and Keytra Hatfield of St. Joseph; 11 great-grandchildren, Gabriel Scheffer of Wichita, Logan Hartman of Wichita, Anna Hartman of Wichita, Alec Hartman of Wichita, Brandon Mills of Conrad, Calif., Caitlyn Mills of Greenwood, Jeremy Pittman of Fort Smith, Cheyenne Pittman of Fort Smith, Kyndra Pittman of Fort Smith, Alesha Pittman of Fort Smith and Alleysia Hatfield of St. Joseph.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Ocker Funeral Home Chapel of Alma, 917 U.S. 64 East, Alma. Interment will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Fairview Memorial Gardens, 1728 E. Mission Blvd, Fayetteville.

Pallbearers will be Austin Smith, Bradley Posey, Zachary Posey, Jeremy Pittman, Logan Hartman and Jeff Scheffer.

Honorary pallbearers will be Buck Mills, Brandon Mills, Alec Hartman and Gabriel Scheffer.

Memorials can be made to Cedarville First Assembly of God Building Fund, 9530 N. Arkansas 59, Cedarville, AR 72932 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

To place an online tribute please visit: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.

Roy Patterson

Roy Raymond Patterson, 78, of Mulberry died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at a local hospital. He was a builder in the construction industry, Christian and Navy veteran.

Graveside service was Aug. 13 at Oak Bower Cemetery with military honors under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Alma. The body was cremated.

He is survived by three daughters, Pamela Owens of Mount Grove, Mo., Peggy Mackey of West Plains, Mo., and Brenda Griffin of St. Louis; two sisters, Linda Wilson and Kathy Yancy, both of Mulberry; two brothers, Wallace Patterson of Mulberry and Kenneth Patterson of Alma; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Harold Henson

Harold E. (Sonney) Henson Jr., 85, of Van Buren died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was born July 18, 1928, in Fayetteville. He graduated from Springdale High School, received a degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas in 1949 and was an Army veteran of the Korean Ward. In 1995, he received the meritorious service award by the Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor for his lifelong commitment to Arkansas sports.

His professional career began with First National Bank of Springdale and soon moved to Little Rock, where he served as vice president at the Worthen Bank on Asher Avenue. In 1965, while in Little Rock he was elected mayor and served one term as mayor of the city. He was president of Security National Bank in Joplin, Mo., from 1966-72 and president and CEO of City National Bank (now BancorpSouth) in Fort Smith from 1972 to his retirement in 1993. He continued his service to BancorpSouth as an active board member for several years.

He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, board member of Freeman Hospital of Joplin and member of the Sparks Regional Medical Center Board of Directors of Fort Smith, president and active member of the board for the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and Razorback Foundation, on the board for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences foundation, the Westark area council for Boy Scouts, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, the Small Colleges of Arkansas, Leadership Fort Smith, the Community Rescue Mission and the President of the Arkansas Bankers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; two sons, Hal Henson of Farmington and Todd Henson of Little Rock; two daughters, Hollye Dickinson of Fort Smith and Tonya Matthews of Springdale; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial service was Aug. 13 at Community Bible Church in Fort Smith with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Hunter and Chandler Collyar, Chad Dickinson, Neil Dickinson, Bruce Matthews and Jim Harwood.

Memorials may be made to Razorback Foundation, 1295 S. Razorback Road, Suite. A, Fayetteville, AR 72701 or Mercy Hospice of Fort Smith, 5401 Ellsworth Road, Fort Smith, AR 72903.

Reba Evans

Mrs. Reba Joyce Evans, 81, of Mountainburg died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at a local hospital. She was born Sept. 9, 1931, in Van Buren to Frank and Margie Buchalla. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Hawkins; and a brother, Sonny Buchalla. She was a Christian and was retired from Central Mall in Fort Smith.

She is survived by her husband, Cecil of the home; a daughter, Corette Cogburn and her husband B.J. of Mountainburg; two sons, Jim Casey and his wife Mary of Rudy and Chuck Evans of Alma; a brother, Bill Buchalla; grandchildren, Sharla Casey, Crystal Collins, Angie Morrison and Kenny Pixley; great-grandchildren, Casey Hays, Sophie Morrison and Mason Collins; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. today at New Heights Baptist Church in Alma with the Rev. Jimmy Morrison officiating with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Pixley, Brad Morrison, A.J. Collins, Randy McClendon, Ronald Walls and Bobby Walls.

Honorary pallbearers will be the staff and management of Alma Healthcare and Rehab.

To place an online tribute, please go to www.edwardsvan-almafuneralhome.com.

Haydee Gonzalez

Haydee E. Gonzalez, 79, of Van Buren died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at her home. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church in Van Buren.

She is survived by a daughter, Diana Campfield of Fort Smith; a son, Carlos Capote of Bloomfield, N.J.; five sisters, Dolores Lopez of Keene, Texas, Eve Masdeu of Ocala, Fla., and Olga Prado, Piedad O’Dicio and Sonia Tania, all of Riverside, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

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

Cassie Sossamon

Cassie Lee Sossamon, 87, of Mulberry died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in Alma. She retired from the Princess Gardner Co., member of Cain Missionary Baptist of Alma and widow of Gerald Sossamon. She was born March 9, 1926, in Alma.

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

She is survived by a sister, Susie Wilson of Alma.

Leona Hopson

Leona M. Hopson, 72, of Van Buren died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at her home. She was a homemaker and member of 43 Assembly of God Church in Van Buren.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Dripping Springs Cemetery in Van Buren.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne; three daughters, Wronda Chisolm of Barling and Carol Bright and Shonna Rodden, both of Van Buren; two sons, Jacky Hopson of Kibler and Michael Hopson of Van Buren; a sister, Nancy Martin of Bridgeport, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

A.G. Painter

A.G. Painter, 68, of Barling died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at a local hospital. He was retired from Rheem Manufacturing Co. in Fort Smith.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

He is survived by two daughters, Shana Holland of Barling and Tammy Woodruff of Ozark; a son, Anthony Painter of Hackett; three brothers, Johnny Painter of Kibler, Coy Painter of Fife, Ala., and Troy Painter of Rymer, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Donna Dinsmore

Donna Kay Dinsmore, 69, of Van Buren died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at a Little Rock hospital. She was a 1964 graduate from the Sparks School of Nursing LPN program. Her 49-year nursing career started in surgical nursing but she later moved to OB/GYN and worked at Eastside Family Practice for the last 13 years. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Carl Dinsmore Jr.; a daughter, Carla Moore of Fort Smith; a son, Carl Dinsmore III of Van Buren; four brothers, Ronnie Hall of Zanesville, Ohio, Eugene and Randy Hall, both of Van Buren, and George Hall of Azle, Texas; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Reynolds Cancer Support House, 3324 S. M St., Fort Smith, AR 72903, or the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280, Washington, D.C. 20077.

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