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Obituaries - May 4, 2013

Deborah Brewer

Deborah Brewer, 60, of Van Buren died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at a local nursing home. She was a member of Christ for the World Church in Fort Smith and retired from continuing education and United Built Homes.

She is survived by her husband, Sammy; three daughters, Bethany Fisher, Mary Thacker and Katie Bishop, all of Van Buren; a son, Phillip Brewer of Van Buren; a brother, Bill Friend of Branson; a sister Regina Jay of Neosho, Mo.; and 13 grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. today at Vest Cemetery in Charleston under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Chuck and Terry Wallace, Carlene Biggs, Mattie Jenkins and Bennett Moore.

John England

John Phillip England Sr., 58, of Natural Dam died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at his home. He was an independent truck driver.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters, Sara Gilstrap of Alma and Lacey Brock of Sallisaw; a son, John Phillip England Jr. of Natural Dam; mother, Edith Traylor of Van Buren; four sisters, Ann Orsbun and Liz White, both of Van Buren, Sue Thompson of Fort Smith and Betty Pachl of Alma; a stepsister, Latrecia Luce of Lavaca; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Glen and Michael Tabor, Scott White, Cory Orsbun, James Gaston, Landon Workman and John England Jr.

Don Hunter

Don Hunter, 64, of Alma entered into Glory Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at his home. He was born Dec. 13, 1948, in Kibler to the late Robert and Roseann Hunter. He was the retired owner/operator of H&H Cabinets in Alma. He was a member and former elder at Jubilee Christian Center in Van Buren. He sang, played the guitar and loved music.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Hunter of the home; two daughters, Arica Hunter of Fresno, Calif., and Nichole Jeffrey of Alma; four sons, Shawn Shankle and Rocky Shankle, both of Van Buren, Marty Pruett of Alma and James Pruett of Gridley, Calif.; a sister, Brenda Free of Van Buren; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. today Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel with interment to follow at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Edgar, David Hunter, Daniel Glover, Marty Pruett, Dennis Moor, and Matt Nichols.

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

James Peters

Rev. James Peters, 78, of Alma died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at a local hospital. He was born May 20, 1934 in Idabel, Okla., to the late Frank and Lela Peters. He was a retired civil service worker at Fort Chaffee and a retired Assembly of God minister. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Cosma and Clyde Peters.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ella Jo Peters of the home; a daughter Barbara Warren and husband Leroy of Mulberry; a son, Scott Peters and wife Kelli of Alma; a brother, Fred Peters and wife Reba of Mountainburg; five grandchildren, Amanda Fouts and husband Heath of Muldrow, Adam Warren and wife Ashley of Tomahawk, Ky., and Newt, Jake, and Cooper Peters of Alma; and two great-grandchildren, Mylea and Ayden Warren of Tomahawk, Ky.

Funeral service was May 3 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel with interment at Dyer Cemetery in Dyer under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers were Adam Warren, Heath Fouts, Scott Peters, Newt Peters, Jake Peters, and Cooper Peters. Honorary pallbearers were the Arkansas Assembly of God Ministers of Section 5 North.

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

Beth Weeden

Beth Weeden, 80, of Roland died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at her home. She was born March 8, 1933, in Dewey, Okla., to the late Edward and Jesse Bowen. She was a retired LPN and a member of Butterfield Assembly of God in Van Buren. She was preceded in death by a son, Sam Weeden; and a grandson, Anthony Weeden.

She is survived by her husband, Al Weeden of the home; a daughter, Kathy Rice of Fort Hood, Texas; two sons, Ned Weeden of Roland and Jeff Cosper of Cullman, Ala.; two sisters, Peggy Smith of Thibodaux, La., and Barbara Nichols of Bartlesville, Okla.; two brothers, Joseph Bowen of southeast Texas and Jerry Bowen of Joplin, Mo.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. today at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel with interment to follow at Newberry Cemetery in Alma under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Freddie Weeden, Bobby Weeden, Morgan Weeden, David Rice, Elbert Weeden, and Aaron Cosper.

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

Sue Carlton

Ronnie Sue “Mama Sue” Carlton, 88, of Alma died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at a local nursing home. She was a retired truck driver and of the Mormon faith. She was born Feb.22, 1925, in Yuma, Ariz., and was the widow of Belva Freeman Sr. and William Daniel Carlton.

She is survived by three daughters, Clydean Wood of Van Buren and Melissa Amen and Belinda Taylor, both of Texas; four sons, Belva Freeman Jr. of Fort Smith and Raymond, John and Gary Freeman, all of Cedarville; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was May 3 at Alma City Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Pallbearers were Willie and Willie Joe Wood, John, Booth and Opal Freeman, Elizabeth Montgomery and Carmen Moore.

Patricia Miller

Patricia Mae Miller, 64, of Van Buren died Tuesday April 30, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was born July 25, 1948, in Fort Smith.

She is survived by her husband, Ron; four sons, Martin Jamison of Fort Smith, Gary Jamison of Newark, N.J., Monte Jamison of Van Buren and Justin Miller of Vian; mother, Patsy Stem of Fort Smith; a brother, Randall Stem of Dallas; and nine grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of her life on Memorial Day weekend at her home. Arrangements are under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.

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