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Obituaries - Aug. 3, 2013

Murl Nichols

Murl E. Nichols, 85, of Mulberry died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Alma. He was born July 20, 1928, in Dorchester, Texas, to the late George and Ida Nichols. He was a retired press operator with Whirlpool after 30 years and a member of God’s Miracle Lighthouse in Mulberry. He served in both the U.S. Army and the Air Force. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Jo Petty Nichols; a son, Ricky Nichols; and four sisters, Barbara Nichols, Georgia Kelley, Evvie McCarthy and Ruth Hirst.

He is survived by two nieces, Lois Pershall of Stillwell, Okla., and June Campbell of Talala; a special friend and caretaker, Anna Campbell and family; and his church family.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. today at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel with cremation to follow. Ashes will be interred at a later date 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 prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m. until funeral time at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren.

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

Alice Mae Charlton

Alice Mae Charlton, 67, of Fort Smith died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at a local hospital. She was born Feb. 13, 1946, in Hampton, Iowa, to the late Rudolph and Ida Mae Masiker. She was a retail manager. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Todd Charlton, and a great-granddaughter, Breanna Charlton.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Charlton of the home; two daughters, Elizabeth Stites and husband Bobby R. of Van Buren and Tina Hall of Fayetteville, N.C.; three sons, Rick Charlton and wife Lisa of Van Buren, Chris Charlton and wife Shannon of Van Buren and Guy Charlton and wife Carrie of Chickasaw, Okla.; 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Aug. 2 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel with interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers were Rick Charlton, Chris Charlton, Joe Stone, Bobby Stites, Devon Charlton and Zeke Charlton.

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

Donald Campbell

Donald Harold Campbell, 84, of Van Buren died Monday, July 29, 2013, at a local hospital. He was a self-employed auto upholsterer, member of Central Christian Church in Fort Smith and widower of Betty Campbell.

He is survived by three daughters, Linda Porter of Fayetteville, Donna McGuire of Van Buren and Kathy Powers of Dallas; a brother, Rick Campbell of Van Buren; nine grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Aug. 2 at Ocker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren.

Pallbearers were Cannon, Michael, Nick and Jesse White and Justin and Matt Powers.

Gertrude Cox

Gertrude Sara Cox, 88, of Van Buren died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at a local nursing home. She was a homemaker, of the Pentecostal faith and widow of William D. Cox.

Graveside service was Aug. 2 at Harrisburg, Ark., Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary Harris of Van Buren, Dorothy Bennett of Bay, Ark., and Betty Cleek of Lake City, Fla.; three sons, David Cox of Turlock, Calif., William Arthur Cox of Ceres, Calif., and Douglas Cox of Damascus, Ore.; 14 grandchildren and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Mary Bromley

Mary Jane Stephens Bromley, 95, of Van Buren died Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Alma. She was born Oct. 15, 1917, in Arkansas and was the widow of Albert Stephens and W.T. Dub Bromley. She was a member of Concord Baptist Church and Tops in Fort Smith.

She is survived by two brothers, W.G. Butler of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Burl Butler of Alma; two sisters, Betty Cook of El Monte, Calif., and Pat Laws of Lawrence, Kan.; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Concord Baptist Church with burial at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.

Pallbearers will be Ron, Taylor, Don, Wendell and Wayne Stephens and Randy Gilbert.

Honorary pallbearers will be Glen Cooksey, Burl Butler and Ray Wallace.

Memorials may be made to Peachtree Hospice, 2910 Jenny Lind, Fort Smith, AR 72901.

Donald Keener

Donald Leon Keener, 81, of Van Buren died Monday, July 29, 2013, in Van Buren. He was born Feb. 20, 1932, in Slowford. He was the head station manager for Central Airlines in Ada, Okla., and was later the station manager for Frontier Airlines at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City. He retired in 1986 after 33 years in the airline industry and was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Verla; two sons, Danny Keener of Choctaw, Okla., and Mackey Ray Keener of Blanchard, Okla.; a daughter, Connie K. Porter of Van Buren; three brothers, Gilroy Keener of Muskogee, Jim Keener of Florida and John Keener of Houston; a sister, Daisy Mae Keener of Dardanelle; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service with military honors was at Little Cemetery in Seminole, Okla., under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.

Lorraine Lollis

Lorraine Lollis, 90, of Alma died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was born June 28, 1923, in Bakersfield, Calif. She was a member of United Hebrew Congregation and a home health worker.

The body was cremated. Service will be at a later date under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.

She is survived by two daughters, Janeen Kirby of Rohnert Park, Calif., and Shaun Goodman of Van Buren; a son, Mike Edwards of Chino, Calif.; a brother, Ron Padgett of Brea, Calif.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to United Hebrew Congregation, P.O. Box 8201, Fort Smith, AR. 72902.

Dorothy Dorsey

Dorothy Lois Dorsey, 86, of Verdigris, Ark., died Friday, July 26, 2013. She was born May 28, 1927, in Oologah and was salutatorian of the class of 1945 at Oologah High School. She was a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and served the Arkansas District Assemblies of God as sectional W.M. president for more than 10 years.

She is survived by her husband, Buford; two sons, Darrell Dorsey of Verdigris and Glenn Dorsey of Beebe; a sister, Ellen Dorsey of Verdigris; three brothers, James Roberts of Broken Arrow and Tommy and Gary Roberts, both of Claremore, Okla.; four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, nine stepgreat-grandchildren and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held July 30 at Verdigris Assembly of God under the direction of Rice Funeral Service.

Chester Cates

Chester Cates, 77, of Charleston died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his home. He was born Oct. 28, 1935, in San Angelo, Texas, was an oil refinery technician and served in the Navy Reserve, Army and Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; a daughter, Fayla Wright of Midland, Texas; three sons, Hank Cates of Argyle, Texas, and Cornel McKay and Scott McKay, both of Kewaskum, Wis.; three brothers, Len Cates of Comanche, Texas, Leon Cates of Bay City, Texas, and Elmer Cates of Odessa, Texas; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Christopher Gracie

Christopher Lee Gracie, 34, of Van Buren died Monday, July 29, 2013 in Heath, Ark. He was born June 4, 1979, in Houston.

He is survived by his mother, Sandra Montgomery of Heath; a sister, Becky Gracie of Van Buren; a grandmother, Birtie Montgomery of Van Buren; and grandfather, Robert Montgomery of Texas.

Ashes will be interred at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Mortary Services in West Memphis.

Lonnie Powell

Lonnie Lee Powell, 69, of Ozark died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at a local hospital. He was born March 31, 1944, in Ozark and a retired dozer operator.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hixson Cemetery in Franklin County under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

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

He is survived by a daughter, Alecia Powell-Crowe of Alma; a son, Kavin Powell of Mulberry; five grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Smith twins

Holden Lance Smith and Connor Michael Smith, infants twins of Blake and Amber Smith of Mountainburg, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at a local hospital.

Private service will be held at Pope Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Other survivors include maternal grandparents, Denise and Michael Cannedy of Van Buren; paternal grandparents, Lance and Kathy Smith of Mountainburg; maternal great-grandparents, Paul and Betty Parker of Alma; and paternal great-grandparents, Gene and Donna Waters of Branson, Mo.

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