Obituaries - Oct. 2, 2013
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Donald Jimmie Bray, 79, of Van Buren died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was born Nov. 6, 1933, in Van Buren. He was a police officer in Downey, Calif., and Buena Park, Calif., served in the Army and was the widower of Anita Bray.
He is survived by a daughter, Karin Dunn of River Falls, Wis.; a son, David Bray of Cedarville; a brother, Bobby Dean Bray of Brea, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Funeral was Oct. 1 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren.
Pallbearers were David Bray, Jeff Dunn, Leon Combel, Rick Wilkins, Johnny and Steve Johnson and Larry and David Crawford.
Mary Ruth Wooley, 93, of Van Buren passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was a resident of Hope’s Creek Retirement Center and a member of First Baptist Church in Alma. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrelton Wooley; three sisters and three brothers.
Service was Oct. 1 at Ocker of Alma Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Shelton and the Rev. Mike Franklin officiating. Burial at Shady Grove Cemetery in Clarendon was under the direction of Ocker-Putman Funeral Home in Alma.
She is survived by her son, Jerry Wooley and wife Sue of Lansing, Kan.; her daughter, Vicki Lambert and husband Charles of Rudy; grandchildren, Brian Wooley and wife Lisa of Columbia, Ill., Bruce Wooley and wife Kelly of Pittsfield, Mass., Sean Wooley of Lansing, Holly Parker of Alma and Casey Lambert of Prescott; great-grandchildren, Sean Wooley II of Lansing, Katelyn Wooley of Pittsfield, Kimberlyn Utter and husband Michael of Leavenworth, Kan., Judson and Jayden Parker and Adelin Lambert, all of Alma; and one great-great-granddaughter, Maddison Utter of Leavenworth, Kan.
Pallbearers were Brian Wooley, Bruce Wooley, Sean Wooley, Sean Wooley II, Marvin Lindley and Terry Dean.
Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Osborne, Rick Douglas and Wesley Warnock.
The family visited with friends and relatives Sept. 19 at Ocker of Alma Funeral Home, 917 U.S. 64 East, Alma.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Alma, 211 Mountain Grove, Alma, AR 72921.
Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.
Don Robert Rapier, 89, of Reston, Va., passed away peacefully at 7:23 a.m. on Sept. 22, 2013, at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va.
Visitation was Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at the Shorter Funeral Home, 1905 S. Main St, Farmville, Va. The funeral followed. Pastor Rev. Michael Kendall officiated. The interment was at the Worsham Baptist Church Cemetery.
A subsequent celebration of life service will be held 2-4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Everly Funeral Home, 10565 Main St., Fairfax, Va.
Don was born in Van Buren to Bessie Elvira Rapier and Val Marquis Rapier on July 31, 1924. Don graduated from Van Buren High School and enlisted in the Navy Seabees shortly after the outbreak of World War II. He subsequently graduated with honors from Hampden-Sydney College and received his master’s degree in administration from the University of Arkansas. His professional appearance began with two years teaching at his alma mater, Van Buren High School.
After moving back to Virginia and teaching for one year at Bassett High School, he became an elementary school principal in Henry County for three years. In 1955 he accepted a position as instructor in methods of instruction with the Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Belvoir. After a year’s absence from the public educational field, he joined the McLean High School faculty as a math teacher.
Throughout his career, Don has been a member of the VEA, NEA and his local association and has frequently been chosen to provide leadership in these organizations. From 1966-67, he served as president of the Fairfax Education Association. In 1971, Don became the first full-time president of the Virginia Education Association. During the summer months, he pursued his hobby of building executive homes in Reston, Va. He subsequently accepted a position as principal of Brookfield Elementary, Chantilly, Va., where he served until his retirement in 1979. Afterwards he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his wife, Esther Rapier, until her death on Aug. 24, 2011.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Bessie and Val; two brothers, Paul Val Rapier and Gayle Rapier; and a sister, Juanita Bess Rapier. Don is survived by his younger brother, Kent Edward Rapier and his wife, Sakae, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America Inc., 2000 L. Street, NW, Suite 410, Washington, D.C. 20036 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 23718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Online condolences may be left in Don’s online guest book at www.shorterfuneralhome.com. Select Don R. Rapier under the “Obituaries” heading located on the far right side of the home page, and then select the condolence tab.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Reston Hospital Center, The Virginian Continuing Care Retirement Community and to the Inova Fairfax Hospital for their support, kindness and gentle care in his final days.
Cynthia Elizabeth Skattebo, 20, of Booneville died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at her home. She was a student at the University of Arkansas – Monticello.
She is survived by her daughter, Tatiana Nicole Skattebo of the home; mother, April Mayle of Mountainburg; father, Brandon Tichenor of Booneville; maternal grandmother, Cynthia Lankford of Booneville; paternal grandparents, Gary and Gail Robertson of Booneville; a sister, Bella Sara Jones of Mountainburg; and two brothers Joshua Skattebo and Dylan Rakow, both of Mountainburg.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Lake View Pentecostal Church of God in Booneville. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Hazel W. Kubicki, 94, of Van Buren died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Van Buren. She was born Dec. 6, 1918, in McKenzie County, N.D. She was retired from Jamestown Hospital in Jamestown, N.D., as head of anesthesiology and the widow of Edward Kubicki.
She is survived by a son, Lee Kubicki of Alma; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Cremation will be under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Vivienne L. Clifton Reeves, 90, of Little Rock died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. She was born on Nov. 7, 1922, in Malvern, Ark., to the late Paul Harrelson Clifton Sr. and Susie Belle Mosely Clifton.
Vivienne was formerly a home economics teacher at Van Buren and Cedarville.
Over the years, Vivienne enjoyed sewing, crocheting, scouting, cooking for family and friends, volunteering and working in her yard. She loved her work as owner of “Receptions By Vivienne,” where she catered hundreds of wedding receptions. Vivienne had nearly 20 years service with RSVP of Central Arkansas and also volunteered at Oasis Renewal Center and served many years with Meals on Wheels.
Most importantly, she was an active and faithful member for nearly 60 years at Oak Forest United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her husbands, Carl Gray Henson of Van Buren and Clyde W. Reeves of Little Rock.
Survivors include two sons, Carl Henson and wife Kathy of Little Rock and Wym Reeves and wife Joy of Conway; one daughter, Kyly McMurray of Vancouver, Wash.; two grandchildren, Andrew Reeves and Brandon Mahoney; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the doctors and staff at Baptist Health Medical Center.
Visitation was at Ruebel Funeral Home Oct. 1. A private graveside service will be held at Oakridge Cemetery in Malvern.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Oak Forest United Methodist Church Food Bank, 2415 Fair Park Blvd., Little Rock, AR 72204.
Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.
Donald Ray Morgan, 77, of Van Buren died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. He was born June 12, 1936, in Muldrow.
He is survived by two sons, Clay and Steve Morgan, both of Short, Okla.; a daughter, Julie Armer of Short; a brother, Junior Morgan; a sister, Marie McAlpin; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was Oct. 1 at Blackjack Cemetery in Muldrow under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.
Billy Becker, 67, of Van Buren died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Van Buren. He was born Nov. 9, 1945, in Barling and was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fort Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Yvette; a daughter, Crystal Pate of Van Buren; two brothers, Danny Becker of Greenwood and Mike Becker of Fort Smith; and six sisters, Barbara Vanderlinden of Murray, Iowa, Gladys Hicks of Medina, Ohio, Virginia Butler of Rudy, Sharon McCullough of Medina, Ohio, Reba Wilbanks of Mulberry and Marilyn Hodges of Barling.
Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fort Smith with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Barling under the direction of Lewis Funeal Chapel in Fort Smith.
Pallbearers will be Lance Becker, Jim Clayton, Glenn Anderson, Josh Teague, Matthew Reeves and Matt Montgomery.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Betty June Goines, 88, of Van Buren passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at a local hospital. She was a secretary and a filing clerk for Crawford Memorial Hospital in Van Buren and of the Seventh Day Adventist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Scott Johnson Goines.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday at U.S. National Cemetery Pavilion in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Nunley and husband Odell of Van Buren; four sons, Duane Goines of St. Cloud, Fla., and Daryl Goines, Carl Goines and wife Paris and Frank Goines and his wife Elizabeth, all of Michigan; one brother, Bud Pettigrove of Traverse City, Mich.; one son-in-law, Myron Balchin of Quitman, Texas; 27 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.