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Obituaries - May 8, 2013

Kenneth Seratt

Kenneth Dale Seratt, 71, of Mountainburg entered into heaven at his home Monday, May 6, 2013. Kenneth was a retired foreman for Bassham Nursery, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a recipient of the Bronze Star with V Device for Heroism, Air Medal Flight, Army Commendation Medal and five Purple Hearts during his tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968-69. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8855 in Mountainburg and attended the Chester Freewill Baptist Church. He was born Oct. 5, 1941, in Chester to the late Clarence and Rosie (Pace) Seratt. He also was preceded in death by one sister, Stella Easter. and a brother William Seratt.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda Seratt of the home; two brothers, Raymond Seratt and his wife June of Chester and Jim Seratt and his wife Brenda of Chester; one sister, Beulah Watkins of Mountainburg; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Chester Freewill Baptist Church. Interment with military honors will be at Freedom Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Pallbearers will be Jimmie Ray Seratt, Ricky Seratt, Clarence Ray Easter, Steve Lovett, Ryan Sorensen and Darel Lewis.

Honorary pallbearers will be Barbara Lovett, Melissa Seratt, Tina Sorensen, Courtney Christee, Shawnee Sorensen, Cole Seratt, Cody Easter and Bruce Lockart.

The family will visit with friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Ocker Funeral Home of Alma, 917 U.S. 64 East, Alma.

To place an online tribute please visit www.ockerfuneralhome.com.

Joanna Bartlett

Joanna Bartlett, 78, of Ozark, formerly of Kansas City, Mo., died Monday, May 6, 2013, at her home. She was a retired manager from Dillard’s in Fayetteville and member of the West Park Baptist Church in Ozark.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. today at Ocker Chapel of Alma with burial at Highland Cemetery in Ozark under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

She is survived by her husband, John; a daughter, Angela Berry of Ozark; a son, John Michael Bartlett of Kansas City, Mo.; a sister, Lamoine Gregg of Altus; a brother, Harold Jennings of Altus; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at Ocker Chapel of Alma with burial at Highland Cemetery in Ozark.

Pallbearers will be Dereck and Milton Parker, Daniel, Jack and John Michael Bartlett and Blake Pendergrass.

Earldean Summers

Earldean Summers, 85, of Hutchinson, Kan., died April 25, 2013, at a Kansas hospital. She was born Sept. 5, 1927, in Dyer to the late Earl Thaedeus and Ola Mildred (Campbell) Morse. Earldean graduated in 1945 from Alma High School.

On Feb. 11, 1946, she married Gorden Summers. They resided in Topeka where they were owners of Vorse-Summers Heating and Air Conditioning for 17 years. Earldean was a Westar retiree, having worked for the former Kansas Gas Service for 27 years. After retiring in 1991, Earldean and Gorden moved to Bella Vista, Ark., where they were members of the Bella Vista United Methodist Church. Gorden passed away March 28, 2007.

She is survived by a daughter, Peggy Hughes and husband Gary of Hutchinson, Kan.; a son, Larry Summers and companion Andrew Barresi of Kansas City, Mo.; a grandson, Geoffrey S. Hughes of Dallas; and a sister, Irene Hurd of Lansing, Kan.

Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Friday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel in Van Buren. Interment of the ashes will take place at Simmons Cemetery in Dyer under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

The family will visit with friends following the service with light refreshments.

Memorial contributions may be made to Simmons Cemetery, c/o Billie Hunter, Treasurer, 807 Skyline Drive, Van Buren, AR 72956, or the Dyer United Methodist Church, c/o Wm. Nathaniel Brasher III, Treasurer, P.O. Box 45, Dyer, AR 72935.

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

Kris Davis

Kris Davis, 23, of Alma died Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Alma. He was born Aug. 9, 1989, in Fort Smith and a general laborer in retail.

He is survived by his parents, Tonya and Wayne Jett of Star City; five sisters, Leah Roe, Hannah Meyers, Amanda McCabe and Tiffany Stultz, all of Alma, and Shevi Jett of Star City; three brothers, Austin Davis of Alma, Jarrod Medrano of Barling and Trey Jett of Star City; maternal grandfather, Bruce Miller of Alma; and paternal grandfather, Warren McAlister of Alma.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Cemetery in Alma under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Pallbearers will be Chris and Cameron Wornkey, Corey Yarbrough, Wayne Jeff, Mark Dixon and Jarrod Medrano.

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

David Brooks

David Brooks, 54, of Alma died Saturday May 4, 2013, at his home. David was born in Fort Smith on Aug. 24, 1958, to the late Wanda and Eldon Brooks and was a graduate of Van Buren High School, class of 1976. He began his music career in high school as an All-State musician. David graduated from the University of Arkansas where he was a member of the Symphonic Band, Razorback Marching Band and Hog Wild band. He was a former band director and an avid music lover who enjoyed sharing music with others. He played in numerous groups at various times including the Fort Smith Symphony, Mr. Cabbagehead and the Screaming Radishes, the Ozark Mountains Brass Band, the Arkansas Winds and the Western Arkansas Community Band. It was in the Western Arkansas Community Band that he met Beth, whom he married in 1985. He was so excited when his daughter, Alyson, was born, and was a devoted father. He inspired many with his playing ability and taught countless students during his teaching career. David enjoyed helping others, and he was a Red Cross volunteer and active in the Knights of Columbus and the Fort Smith Huntington’s Disease Support group before he became ill.

He is survived by his wife, Beth; one daughter, Alyson Brooks of Irving, Texas, and her fiancé William Barrow, also of Irving; and numerous nieces and nephews who loved him greatly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Wanda Brooks; and two brothers, Don Brooks and Randy Brooks.

Rosary will be 7 p.m. today at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Saint Boniface Catholic Church with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.

Pallbearers will be Randy Rauh, David Kirkley, Boyce Wofford, Kenny Kaelin, Jeff Hines and John Sharum. The family will visit with friends 5-7 p.m. today at Edwards Funeral Home.

Memorial gifts can be made to St. Boniface Catholic School, 201 N. 19th St., Fort Smith, AR 72901, Fountain of Youth Adult Day Center, 2409 S. 56th St, Fort Smith, AR 72903, or Hereditary Neurological Disease Centre, Inc. 9340 East Central, Suite L, Wichita, KS 67206.

To place online tributes please visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com.

Harold Loveless

Harold Loveless, 72, of Van Buren died Monday May 6, 2013, at a local hospital. He was retired from the Corps of Engineers, Army veteran of the Vietnam War and member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign War, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 42 in Alma.

He is survived by two sons, Randy East of Greenwood and Billy East of Cabot; a daughter, Heather Holcomb of Hector; a sister, Faye Steen of Russellville; a brother, Ray Loveless of Fort Smith; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. Burial with military honors will be at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith.

Pallbearers will be the members of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 42 of Alma.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 42 of Alma.

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