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Obituaries - July 3, 2013

Bill Berna

Bill G. Berna, 83, of Alma went to our Lord Saturday, June 29, 2013, at a local hospital. He was born May 23, 1930, in Alma to the late Frank and Dora Berna. He was a retired maintenance supervisor for California Textile Mill in Hanford, Calif. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Annette Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Tessie Berna of the home; a daughter, Brenda Riley of Alma; three sons, Rick Berna, Terry Berna and Brian Berna, all of California; a sister, Mary Ragsdale of Fort Gibson, Okla.; 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

The family will host a memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday at Solid Rock Tabernacle in Alma with interment to follow at 11 a.m. at Newberry Cemetery in Alma. Burial is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Rick Berna, Terry Berna, Jim Riley, Gary Kelly, Jason Dowdy, John Dowdy, Jason Riley and Nathan Berna.

The family will visit with friends 2-4 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.

Marlin Denton

Marlin Ivan Denton, 85, of Mountainburg died Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Fayetteville. He was born Dec. 2, 1927, in Nash County, N.C.

He was an author, historian, musician and songwriter.

He is survived by his wife, Rose; four stepsons, Robert Sisco of Shell Knob, Mo., Tim Sisco of Fayetteville, Ron Sisco of Springdale and Don Sisco of Missouri; three daughters, Janet Cordell of Greenland, Laura Denton of Mountainburg and Adina Huckins of West Fork; a stepdaughter, Sandi Lawrence of Shell Knob; a brother, Pedro Denton of Anchorage, Alaska; a sister, Betty Denton of Oklahoma; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

No service is scheduled. Arrangements were by Epting Funeral Home of Fayetteville.

Bonnie Coleman

Bonnie Bowles Coleman, 80, of Mulberry died Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Van Buren. She was a homemaker and member of Center Point Baptist Church and Center Point Ladies Auxiliary. She was born Feb. 25, 1933, in London.

She is survived by two daughters, Rita Stout of Mountainburg and LaDonna Payne of Ozark; and two sons, Leland Bowles of Mulberry and Larry Bowles of Fern.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with burial at New Cemetery in Mulberry.

Pallbearers will be Gary Wilson, Jason Teague, Mike Vaughn, Jeremy Bowles, Damon Winfrey and Frank Harris.

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

LaDonna Peters

LaDonna Peters, 60, of Mulberry died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker, of the Baptist faith and widow of Delmer Peters.

She is survived by three daughters, Charlotte Goodall and Viann Marr, both of New Mexico, and Lisa Emery of Mulberry; two sons, Dwayne Peters of Alma and Jason Peters of Van Buren; a sister, Margaret Berna of Mulberry; two brothers, Johnny Belt of Van Buren and Bobby Belt of Barling; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was July 1 at Ocker Memorial Chapel of Alma. The body was cremated.

Olena Harris

Olena Myra Harris, 82, of Van Buren died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker, attended First Assembly of God in Van Buren and widow of widow of George E. Harris.

She is survived by two daughters, Paula Gordon and Mary Arthur, both of Van Buren; two sons, Jimmy Harris of Fort Smith and Ron Harris of Van Buren; three sisters, Polly Johnson of Van Buren, Gail Dean of Alma and Parthenia Campbell of Wewoka, Okla; a brother, Bob Workman of Natural Dam; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

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

Pallbearers were Sean and John Harris, Paul and Matt Goodwin, Mark Kelly and Gary Wheat.

Laymon Parker

Laymon Parker, 66, of Mulberry died Monday, July 1, 2013, at his home. He was a retired plant manager for Allen Canning Co. and of the Pentecostal Faith. He was born Feb. 4, 1947, in Mulberry.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda; four daughters, Chanda Dixon and Sheila Stanard, both of Dyer, Rhonda Pixley of Mountainburg, and Rebecca Parker of Van Buren; three sons, Raymond, Robert and Roy Parker, all of Mulberry; a stepson, John Taylor of Mountainburg; three sisters, Brenda McHugh, Shirley Martin and Edith Young, all of Mulberry; two brothers, Norman Parker of Mountainburg and Roy Parker of Mulberry; 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Pope Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Pallbearers will be James Young, Paul Craft, Archie Reynold, Darrell Hattabaugh, Raymond Butler and Larry Don Smith.

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

Darrel Gattis

Darrel Leon Gattis, 85, of Van Buren died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at his home. He was a retired Army master sergeant, veteran of the Korean War and retired from Tomahawk Industries in Paris. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Van Buren.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, a stepdaughter, Dona Watson of Van Buren; a sister, Lenore Hughes of Arizona; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. today at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Kendrick Cemetery north of Subiaco.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Robinson, Roy Lee Kimmons and Charles, Jerry, Richard and Ronnie Watson.

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