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Obituaries - Sept. 28, 2013

Dutch Watson

Dutch Watson, 89, of Van Buren passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at a local hospital. He was a farmer and retired from Beckman Dairy Co. and the Van Buren Police Department. He was a charter member of the Top Hands Riding Club. He was a member of Van Buren First Assembly of God Church. He was preceded in death by his parents Sterling and Ethel (Cox) Watson; four brothers Clifford, Clyde, Bob and Allen Watson; one grandson, Richard Kendall Watson; and one great-grandson, Landon Taylor Watson.

Funeral service will be 9 a.m. today at First Assembly of God in Van Buren with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine of the home; five sons, Jimmy Watson and wife Dona of Van Buren, Jerry Watson and wife Beverly of Rudy, Charles Watson and wife Brenda of Van Buren, Richard Watson and wife Teresa of Van Buren and Ronnie Watson and wife Carmena of Mountainburg; one sister, Geneva Wiley of Van Buren; a special friend, adopted by the family, Larry Gordon of Van Buren; seven grandchildren, Becky Wilson and husband Trey of Fayetteville, Renea Buttress and husband Bo of Van Buren, Rodney Watson and wife JoAnne of Muldrow, Kandatha Rose and husband Greg of Van Buren, Daniel Watson of Van Buren, Kenzie Watson of Alma and Brooklyn Patrick of Mountainburg; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Bobby, Daniel and Rodney Watson, Larry Wiley, Olin Smith and Johnny Jack.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lloyd Montgomery, Bill Vickery, Bill Farrar, Larry Gordon, Glen Thompson and Paul and Sherry Brant.

Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.

Charlotte Leger

Charlotte Leger, 63, of Van Buren died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at her home. She was a senior telephone operator for Pallmar College in San Diego, Calif.

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond; two daughters, Niccola Allan of Long Beach, Calif., and Shannyn Allan of Chicago; a stepson, R.G. Leger of Fort Worth; mother, Francine Birchfield of Van Buren; a sister, Cynthia Brown of Beaumont, Calif.; and two brothers, Vernon Birchfield of Clovis, N.M., and Marlon Birchfield of Van Buren.

Betty Eubanks

Betty Eubanks, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Little Rock. She was born Nov. 3, 1921, in Mulberry. She was a homemaker and the widow of Dr. Ralph Eubanks.

Memorial service was Sept. 27 at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock with burial at New Cemetery in Mulberry under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home in Van Buren.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda Umphress of Cordova, Tenn.; a son, Ralph Eubanks of Little Rock; a sister, Mary Carty of Mulberry; a brother, Jim Carty of Collinsville, Okla.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, Easter Seals Arkansas and CareLink.

Willie Ming

Willie Hoyt Ming Sr., 86, of Springdale died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Springdale. He was an ordained minister and evangelist, having served in the Assemblies of God Churches for more than 50 years and ministering in 27 states.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby; a daughter, Sharon Ming of Poteau; two sons, Bob Ming of Centerville, Kan., and Willie Ming Jr. of Springdale; two sisters, Wanda Owens of Alma and Doris Keezer of Medford, Ore.; a brother, Wayman Ming of Selma, Calif.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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

Pallbearers will be Bob Ming Jr., Bobby Ming III, Daniel Ming, Jonathan Ming, Greg Collins and Chuck Landers.

Emma Upton

Emma Lea Upton, 72, of Alma died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Alma. She was born Sept. 18, 1941, in Kibler. She was a homemaker, attended Catcher Freewill Baptist Church and widow of J.B. Upton.

She is survived by five sisters, Georgia Anderson of Kibler, Joyce Speaks of Greenwood, Sue Newton of Catcher Community, Donna Lively of Rogers and Mary Brown of Fort Smith; a brother, Jimmy Cox of Fort Smith; her stepchildren, Barbara Stevens and Virgil Upton, both of West Plains, Mo.; five stepgrandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. today at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel with burial at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Denny Knight, David Payton, Justin Watkins, Charles and Steve Anderson and Eddie Newton.

James McCutcheon

James William McCutcheon, 68, of Chester died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at his home. He was born Jan. 8, 1945, in Fort Smith. He was a rancher and attended the Family Worship Center in Van Buren.

A family-held memorial service will be 4 p.m. today at the Family Worship Center in Van Buren. The body was cremated under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Alma.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannie; a daughter, Heather Chapman of Keota; five sons, James McCutcheon Jr. of Fort Smith, James Edward McCutcheon of Pocola, Billy Mills McCutcheon of Fort Smith, Douglas McCutcheon of Cedarville and Jeffery McCutcheon of Mansfield; two sisters, Nelda Wilkerson of Rudy and Charlotte Jones of Fort Smith; a brother, Robert Biggerstaff of Lavaca; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Glen Hosier

Glen Eldon Hosier, 77, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. He was born April 12, 1936, in Garnett, Kan., and was the owner of Eastside Imports Auto until his retirement in 1996. He then worked with his son, Lloyd, at Hi-Tech Truck Refrigeration until July. He was a member and president of the Cedarville Water Association and member of Old Town Cruizers Car Club and Crawford County Car Club.

He is survived by his wife, Beulah; two daughters, Glenda Sue Eagle of Roland and Pamela Faye Bates of Morrow; two sons, Alan Ray and Walter Lloyd Hosier, both of Van Buren; a brother, Ronald Hosier of Van Buren; 20 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sept. 27 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren.

Pallbearers were J.B. Sparks, Adam and Chase Hosier, Brent Oden, Justin Long, Matthew Potter, Jamie Wilson and Jeff Winstead.

Donnie Jones

Donnie Ray Jones, 56, of Cedarville died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at his home. He was born Jan. 31, 1957, in Mulberry. He was an auto mechanic and and member of the Cedarville Masonic Lodge No. 762.

He is survived by his wife, Gwenna; a daughter, Krystal Webster of Lakeland, Ga.; a son, Kaleb Jones of Sallisaw; mother and stepfather, Billie Dean and Jim Hyde of Siloam Springs; four sisters, Rebecca Brown, Mary Harl, Barbara Adcock and Sylvia Brown; three brothers, Ronnie Jones, David Jones and Mike Jones; a stepbrother, Jimmy Don Hyde; and eight grandchildren.

A family-hosted memorial service will be 2 p.m. today at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Van Buren. Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

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