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Obituaries - July 17, 2013

Pill Danciu

Pill (Rosanna) Robinson Danciu, 88, of Van Buren passed away Monday, July 15, 2013, at a local nursing home in Van Buren. She was a former member of the Crawford County Quorum Court where she presided over 3,000 weddings in her 35 years as a justice of the peace. She was an active member of the Crawford County Democratic party, a member of the Red Hatters Organization and a former resident of the Hope’s Creek Retirement Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Danciu.

Graveside service will be 2 Friday at U.S. National Cemetery Pavilion in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home Van Buren.

She is survived by two daughters, Rae Anne Linton of Van Buren and Jane Austgen and husband Jim of Kailua, Hawaii; two sons, Jack and wife Cheri of Fort Smith and Jim Danciu and wife Wanda of Fort Smith; one sister, Ootsie Driver of Alma; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Family will visit with relatives and friends 5-7 p.m. today at Ocker Funeral Home, 700 Jefferson St., Van Buren.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Disabled Veterans Association of your choice. Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.

Laura Adams

Laura Adams, 66, of Chester died Saturday, July 13, 2013, at a local hospital. She was born June 21, 1947, in Marietta, Ga., and worked for the Veterans’ Administration in Fayetteville.

She is survived by her husband, Duane; a daughter, Terry Reed of Winslow; four sons, Scott Adams of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Mike Adams of Allegan, Mich., Eddie Sweet of Payson, Ariz., and Matthew Adams of the home; three sisters, Ruby Lord of Cane Hill, Diana Cassidy of Frankfurt, Ky., and Barbara Lord of Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Brian Lord and Richard Lord, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A family-hosted memorial service will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Winslow United Methodist Church.

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

Johnnie McClennahan

Mrs. Johnnie Ruth McClennahan, 69, of Van Buren died Saturday, July 13, 2013, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church in Van Buren.

She is survived by her husband, Finis of the home; two daughters, Sonya Tapley of Winthrop and Carolyn Knight of Clarksville; a son, Gary McClennahan of McKinney, Texas; four sisters, Virginia Morrow of Blanchard, Okla., Jozell Montgomery of Norman, Okla., Nova Watson of Springfield, Mo., and Laquita Rogers of Moore, Okla.; a granddaughter, Nichole McClennahan; as well as eight other grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 12:30 p.m. today at Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church in Van Buren with interment to follow at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Steve Reeves, Tim Parks, Danny Perryman, Dennis Odom, Rick Dickens and Calvin Rainwater.

Gerald Jones

Gerald Jones, 58, of Dyer died Friday, July 12, 2013, at a local hospital. He was a member of Westark Church of Christ in Fort Smith and a driver for Walmart. Gerald loved fishing, camping and his grandchildren and was a faithful husband and father. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martha and Ernest Jones; a sister, Kay Mitchell; and a brother, Gene Jones.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy of the home; a daughter, Sherry Wyninger and her husband Chad of Mulberry; three sisters, Joyce Wright of Tenkiller, Okla., Betty Krajewski of Van Buren and Sue Windham of Greenwood; two brothers, Kenny Jones of Kibler and Robert Jones of Ohio; two grandchildren, Aliya and Jaxon Wyninger, both of Mulberry; and his mother-in-law, Mary Kelly of Dyer.

Funeral service was June 15 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel in Van Buren. Gerald was cremated following the funeral service with interment of ashes at Dyer Cemetery in Dyer at a later date. Service and cremation were under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Honorary pallbearers will be Louis Vardaman, Tom Kelly, Alan Foliart, Debbie Foliart and the Band of Brothers Walmart Truck Drivers.

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

Dave Cook

Dave Cook, 58, of Cedarville died Saturday, July 13, 2013, at a Tulsa hospital. He was a self-employed auto mechanic.

He is survived by two sons, Toby Cook of Scranton and Jason Cook of Van Buren; his father, David Cook of Cedarville; two brothers, Mike and Barry Cook, both of Van Buren; and three grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. today at Hall Cemetery Arbor in Natural Dam under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be John Ellison, Casey Whitehouse, Ted Wells, Tony Eubanks, Doug Rose and Tyler Vines.

Norma Rogers

Norma Faye Rogers, 84, of Van Buren died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at a local nursing home. She was a former employee at Kay Chair Co., attended Van Buren Freewill Baptist Church and widow of Pollard Gene Rogers.

She is survived by three sons, Bobby Hamm of Muldrow, John Maxwell of Van Buren and Gary Maxwell of Fort Smith; two brothers, Ray Young of Alma and Olen Young of Van Buren; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral was July 15 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren.

Pallbearers were Frank Rentfro, Burl Crowder, Darrel Bailey, Floyd Cameron, John Jordon and David Bray.

Ruby Landers

Ruby Lucille Landers, 94, of Van Buren died Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was born Nov. 12, 1918, in Crawford County. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Van Buren and a homemaker. She was the widow of Gene Landers.

She is survived by two daughters, Lora Beckman of Fort Smith and Frances Roberts of Van Buren; three sons, Kenneth, Gary and Tim Landers, all of Van Buren; two brothers, Charles Parks of Alma and Delmar Parks of Roland; two sisters, Clovie Edwards of Alma and Virginia Owens of Van Buren; 16 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was July 13 at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Van Buren with burial at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Building Fund.

Charles E. Wright

Charles E. Wright, 68, of Alma died Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Alma. He was born Sept. 28, 1944, in Indianapolis. He was a Vietnam War veteran and a member of the DAV Chapter 42 in Alma, VFW and American Legion. He was a former executive chef at Sheraton Inn.

Funeral was July 15 at Maple Shade Church of the Nazarene in Alma under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Clara; two daughters, Tammy Johnson and Tanya Smith, both of Alma; a son, James Brown of Alma; two sisters, Patti Deaton of Fayetteville and Beverly Parks of Heber Springs; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Lora Hay

Lora Elizabeth Hay, 68, of Van Buren died Monday, July 15, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was born Sept. 27, 1944, in Kibler to late Lalen and Margaret Parks. She was a homemaker and a member of the Van Buren United Pentecostal Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 19 years, Gerald Hay; a son, Gerald Kyle Hay; a brother, Donald Ray Parks; and two sisters, Linda Faye and Alice Parks.

She is survived by two daughters, Lora Jones and husband Alan of Mulberry and Sherrell Foster and husband Brian of Fort Smith; two sons, Carroll Hay of Fort Smith and Jonathan Hay of Van Buren; two sisters, Shirley George of Corcoran, Calif., and Barbara Sue Blair of Van Buren; three brothers, Johnny Parks of Selma, Calif., Raymond Parks of Kibler and Harold Parks of Figure Five; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Van Buren United Pentecostal Church with burial to follow at Barling Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Carroll Hay, Alan Jones, Ernest McDade, Gerald Foster, Michael Foster and Jason Kaffer.

The family will visit with friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren.

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

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