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Obituaries - July 20, 2013

Shirley Johnson

Shirley Weems Johnson, 75, of Uniontown died Monday, July 15, 2013, in Van Buren. She was born Sept. 18, 1937, in Dumas, Ark., to the late Howard and Alice Orrell. She was the deli manager at Snyder’s IGA in Yukon, Okla., an Avon representative and a volunteer cook for the Cedarville Senior Center. She enjoyed ceramics, cake baking, sewing and crocheting. She attended Christian Life Ministries in Van Buren.

She is survived by three sons, Loyd Weems and Kenney Weems, both of Yukon, Okla., and Doug Weems of Alma; three sisters, Brenda Frazier of White Hall, Ark., Judy Wrinkle of Stuttgart, Ark., and Geneva McBee of Wright, Ark.; a brother, Buster Orrell of Arkansas; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was July 19 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel with burial at Nooner Cemetery near Plainview, Ark., under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

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

Misty Jones

Misty Lynn Jones, 39, of Van Buren died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at her home. She was born Oct. 27, 1973, in Van Buren to Billy Joe and Betty Lou Mann. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jodi Mann.

She is survived by two daughters, Haleigh Fry and Makayla Jones of Van Buren; a son, Bryan Fry of Muldrow; two sisters, Teresa Garrett of Van Buren and Lisa Ruiz of Apple Valley, Calif.; three brothers, Jesse Mann of Van Buren and Tommy and Gene King of Fort Smith; the father of her children, David Jones; and two grandchildren.

Graveside service was July 18 at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

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

Paul Miller

Paul Miller, 78, of Van Buren died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at a local hospital. He was retired from Darrell Thomas Co. in Van Buren and of the Baptist faith.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today at Dougan Cemetery near Mulberry under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

He is survived by a brother, Henry Miller of Alma.

Daniel Ogden

Daniel Gene Ogden, 70, of Van Buren died Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Van Buren. He was born Dec. 22, 1942, in Norwich, Conn. He was a 1961 graduate of Fort Smith High and earned a business degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Most of his career was spent in furniture sales and he was retired from sales at KDYN Radio in Ozark. He was a member of West-Ark Church of Christ and the Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; a daughter, Gina Hatmaker of Collierville, Tenn.; a son, Scott Ogden of Memphis; two sisters, Sally Loftin and and Susan Coomer, both of Fort Smith; and two grandchildren.

Memorial graveside service was July 19 at Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.

Memorials may be made to the Diabetic Foundation or American Heart Association.

Dorothy Neal

Dorothy Mae Neal, 70, of Van Buren died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at a local nursing home. She was a retired secretary for Crawford Memorial Hospital and HealthSouth Rehabilitation in Fort Smith and widow of Charles Neal.

Memorial service will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial of cremains at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren.

She is survived by a son, Charles Neal of Van Buren; three grandsons and four stepgrandchildren.

Robert Braselton

Robert “Bob” Braselton Sr., 85, of Mulberry died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at his home. He was a retired engineer for Texaco Oil Co., where he worked 32 years, cattleman, rancher, Navy veteran of World War II and of the Baptist faith. He was born March 29, 1928, in Russellville.

He is survived by his wife, Kym; a son, Robert Braselton Jr. of Reno, Nev.; a stepdaughter, Jacueline Brown of Wales, United Kingdom; a sister, Pat Hargrove of Tulsa; a brother, Bud Braselton of Mulberry; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was July 19 at Ocker Chapel of Alma. Burial with military honors was at New Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Barry and David Hargrove, Billy Braselton, Len Williams Jr., Ron Gilbow and William Berry.

Jimmy Crowder

Jimmy Crowder, 73, of Van Buren died Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was born Nov. 25, 1939, in Van Buren. He was a member Van Buren Freewill Baptist Church, retired employee of Arkhola and widower of Judy Crowder.

He is survived by a daughter, Lisa Creek of Greenwood; a son, Terry Crowder of Atlanta; his parents, Jerry and Velta Crowder of Van Buren; a brother, Burl Crowder of Van Buren; five sisters, Pat Steward of Van Buren, Donna Baldridge, Beverly Patterson and Chris Pope, all of Alma, and Jeri Brumley of Kibler.

Memorial service will be 10 a.m. today at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.

Karen Martin

Karen Mavis Martin, 69, of Van Buren died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at a local hospital. She was a retired secretary at Riverside Furniture in Fort Smith and a Baptist.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence; a daughter, Pam Salazar of Van Buren; two sons, Ray Martin of Van Buren and Bob Martin of Fort Smith; a brother, Herman White of Sallisaw; three grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral was July 19 at Ocker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith.

Pallbearers were her grandsons and stepsons.

Charles Parks

Charles Wesley Parks, 85, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at a Fayetteville hospital. He was born March 29, 1928, in the Catcher community. He was an Army veteran, retired truck driver, mason and widower of Wanda Parks.

He is survived by his wife, Norma; three sons, Charles and Michael Parks, both of Alma, and Tracy Parks of Lowell; three stepsons, Steven Van Winkle of Muldrow and Greg and Carson Van Winkle, both of Alma; two sisters, Clovie Edwards and Virginia Owens; and a brother, Delmar Parks.

Funeral was July 18 at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren.

Pallbearers were Kenneth and Wayne Landers, B.J. Turner, Dan Nunley, Terry Parks and Roger Edwards.

Gerald Bailey

Gerald Edward Bailey, 85, of Alma died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at his home. He was a retired tool and dye marker for Williams Manufacturing in Fort Smith, member of Chester Freewill Baptist Church and Mountainburg Masonic Lodge and an Army veteran of World War II and Korean War. He was born Aug. 26, 1927, in Shepard, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Jimmie; two daughters, Lynn Colley of Barling and Carol Gaither of Alma; a son, Gerald Bailey of Kibler; a sister, Mary Jones of Abilene, Texas; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at Ocker Funeral Home of Alma. Burial with military honors will be at Conley Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be K.C. Colley, Jordan and Jeremy Shores, Andrew Bailey, Adam Randall, Alan Fulton and Travis Sharp.

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