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Obituaries for July 24, 2013

Henry White

Henry Rex White, 87, of Van Buren died Friday, July 19, 2013, at his home. He was owner of Rainbow Country Retail Store in Fort Smith and a Navy veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his companion, Shirley Horn; three daughters, Doris Coggeshell of Lake Stevens, Wash., and Diane Stalter and Rita George-Hagen, both of Marysville, Wash.; two sisters, Mary Young and husband Ray of Alma and Rose Marston of Rudy; three brothers, Jack and James White, both of Alma, and Eric White of New Braunfels, Texas; 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was July 23 at Ocker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial with military honors was at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be David and Doyle Atwell, Jess Baker, Dewite DeShazo, David and John Marston and Mark White.

Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice, 5401 Ellsworth Road, Fort Smith, AR 72903.

Ralph Grace

Ralph Clifford Grace, 84, of Van Buren died Friday, July 19, 2013, in Van Buren. He was born Oct. 10, 1928, in Lamar. He was the retired owner of Central Mall Barber Shop, member of Butterfield Assembly of God, U.C.T. and the Noon Exchange Club and Navy veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma; a daughter, Cheryl Crowe of Rudy; two sisters, Darlene Moon and Susan Hubbard, both of Bentonville; five brothers, John Grace of Fort Smith, James Grace of Ozark, Argus Grace of Pea Ridge, Albert Grace Jr. of Lowell and Clarence Grace of Palmdale, Calif.; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was July 22 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith. Burial with military honors was at Roselawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Carey Wilson, Jerry Prescott, Charley Anderson, Ronnie Coleman, Charley Wagoner and Tommy Sullivent.

Memorials may be made to Butterfield Church Building Fund, 1302 N. 30th St., Van Buren, AR 72956 or Peachtree Hospice, 2910 Jenny Lind, Fort Smith, AR 72901.

Joyce Marley

Joyce Lynette Marley, 67, of Van Buren died Friday, July 19, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was born July 26, 1945, in Spiro, former employee of Brazier Manufacturing and a member of Mulberry First Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Darel; two sons, Michael Marley of Fort Smith and Gregory Marley of Booneville; and one sister, Ethel Harlow of Mountainburg.

Funeral service was July 22 at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Woody Memorial in Rudy.

Pallbearers will be Paul Dodson, David Christmas, Eddie Wolsey and Brian Harlow.

Sharon Haralson

Sharon Kay Stevens Haralson, 64, of Van Buren died Thursday, July 18, 2013, in Van Buren. She was born Sept. 28, 1948, in Fort Smith. She was a homemaker and the widow of David Haralson.

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

She is survived by three sisters, Dennie Cupp of Fort Smith and Sue Drysdale and Pat Valdez, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother, Clayton Anderson of Van Buren; and a grandchild.

Walter Burkhart

Walter Burkhart Jr., 79, passed away on July 1, 2013, at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas.

A graveside service was held July 6 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman. The family received visitors July 5 at Scoggins Funeral Home in Van Alstyne.

Walter was born Aug. 8, 1933, in Van Buren to Walter Burkhart Sr. and Sylvia Pinson Burkhart. He married Charlene Morris in Poteau in 1957. She predeceased him on May 9, 2000. Walter’s career started in the 1960s in glass. His first job in the glass business started in Okmulgee, Okla., at American Saint Gobain Glass Factory. In 1964, Walter and his family moved to California where he would start a new job with Libby Owens Ford Glass Factory. It began a career with this company that would last for more than 30 years. In 1968 Walt picked his family up and transferred to Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, also with Libby Owens Ford. In 1979 he and his family transferred to Sherman, Texas. He retired from Libby Owens Ford in 1997.

He was a 33rd degree Mason. After retirement Walter’s passion was spent restoring antique cars at his hobby shop in Sherman. There was nothing he loved more than spending time with his kids and grandkids. For nearly the past four years Walter resided at Clyde Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham, Texas. He suffered from dementia. Walter was extremely sweet natured and would always say “I love you” which became the only words that he could speak. He was able to speak those words even at the peak of his dementia.

Walter “Walt” was known to many people as different things, he was known as mentor, long-time friend, brother, grandfather, uncle junior and most honored title, “Daddy.” To his kids and grandkids he was the one person who could always solve our problems. We will miss him terrible until we are reunited one day.

Surviving are his two daughters, Kim Oliver and husband Roy and Kris Vaughan and husband Russell; granddaughters, Kristell Williams and husband Shannon, Kasee Mitchell, Laci Miller and husband Kerry and Joleen Beckett; grandson, Perry Burkhart and wife Yuko; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Dixon of Garland, Jonnie Neal of Van Buren and Shirley Jack of Springdale; brother, Gary Burkhart of Springdale; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service was under the direction of Scoggins Funeral Home, 637 W. Van Alstyne Parkway, Van Alstyne, Texas (903)482-5225. You may sign the online guest book at www.scogginsfuneralhome.com.

James Oden

James Oden, 82, of Alma died Sunday, July, 21, 2013, at a local nursing home. He was a retired truck driver for Yellow Fright Line and attended New Heights Baptist Church in Alma. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Van Buren, Shriners in Springfield, Mo., Veterans of Foreign Wars in Republic, Mo., and drove a school bus for Clever, Mo., school district.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; three sons, Larry Oden of Branson, Bert Oden of Alma and Eddie Oden of Rudy; a daughter, Terry Thomas of Van Buren; a brother, Dr. Rev. Russell Dean Oden of O’Fallon, Mo.; 22 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Cremations was under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Marjorie Walker

Marjorie Iona Walker, 83, of Alma died Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Alma. She was born Nov. 4, 1929, in Dean Springs to the late Claude and Helen Dean. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ in Alma. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Walker.

She is survived by a daughter, Freda Rose and husband Fred of Prairie Grove; a son, Rick Walker of Alma; three grandchildren, Timothy Scott Rose, Melissa Anne Hutsell and Stephanie Reed; and six great-grandchildren, Niklas, Michael, Meliah, Moriah, Jakson and Harrison.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel, with interment to follow at Dean Cemetery in the Dean Springs Community under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Michael Hutsell, Niklas Rose, Guy Dean Jr., C.L. Dean, Rodney Squires and Timothy Rose.

The family will visit with friends 6-8 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.

Gemes Moore

Gemes Moore, 81, of Uniontown died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at a local hospital. He was a retired truck driver for D & J Pipe and Steel.

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today at Dripping Springs Cemetery near Van Buren under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

He is survived by his wife, Melba; three daughters, Debra Loudermilk of Hartford, Wanda Qualls of Muldrow and Belinda Adams of Fort Smith; five sons, Bennett Moore of Paragould, Tony Moore of Lavaca, Calvin Moore of Mulberry, James Moore of Fort Smith and Marvin Moore of Uniontown; two sisters, Margaret Murphy of Cooter, Mo., and Frances Moore of Sallisaw; three brothers, Frank Moore of Alma, Burley Moore of Sallisaw and Jimmy Moore of Roland; 23 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Patricia Pannell

Patricia Veryl Pannell, 53, of Cedarville died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was born Aug. 29, 1960, in Fresno, Calif.

She is survived by her husband, Steven; two sons, Matthew Pannell of Marysville, Calif., and Mitchell Pannell of the home; a brother, Richard Jackson of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Susan Hunt of Cedarville; and two grandsons.

Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Ocker Memorial Chapel.

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

Karen Anderson

Karen “LeAnn” Anderson, 44, went to be with the Lord in Heaven on July 6, 2013, after succumbing to her 10 year courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Fayetteville, LeAnn leaves behind her loving husband Jason Anderson; her sons, Grayson and Parker; her mother, Vonda Wright; and her brothers, Mike Rogers and Scott Rogers.

LeAnn and Jason were married in Van Buren and have been residents of Castle Rock, Colo., for the past six years. LeAnn was a talented artist, loving wife, mother, daughter and friend and she will be greatly missed.

A celebration of LeAnn’s life will be held Friday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. at The Rock Church, 4881 Cherokee Drive, Castle Rock, Colo. LeAnn’s favorite colors are red and pink and the family is requesting red or pink (or other bright colors) be worn to the service in her honor.

Please visit www.castlerockfuneralandcremation.com to share your memories of Leann.

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