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Obituaries - Sept. 4, 2013

Goldie Blan

Goldie Lou Blan of Kibler passed from this life on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at the age of 85. She was born June 6, 1928, in Rogers County, Okla. She was of the Assembly of God faith and a Christian. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, George Blan; a son, Larry Blan; parents, Henry and Monia Darrow; sisters, Elizabeth Darrow and Dorothy Nixon; and brothers, Elmer and Dee Darrow.

Goldie loved to quilt and cook for everyone. She was an excellent caregiver to her parents and son Larry. She enjoyed playing with her grandkids and great-grandkids. She was the best grandma and great-grandma anyone could ask for. She never gave a gift to one without giving the others one, she didn’t want the others to feel left out. She was deeply loved by everyone and always will be missed. We love you, Meme!

She leaves behind two daughters, Hester Jones and Katie Blan, both of Kibler; a son, James Blan and wife Sarah of Kibler; seven grandchildren, Breanna Wagoner, Talissa Breeden, Jayme Blan, Ronny and David Jones and Judy and Brenda Shepard; 11 great-grandchildren, Shaylee and Logan Wagoner, Kayla Jo Breeden, Stephanie Romero, Michael Jones, Michelle Dixon, Joshua Shepard, Michael Shepard, Jessica Jefferson, Makayla Jones and Haleigh and Bryan Fry; one great-great-grandchild, Logan Romero; several nieces and nephews, including special nephews, Harley Darrow, Robert Darrow and Bobby Nixon; and a niece, Sue Jerden.

Graveside service was Sept. 3 at the Old Cache Cemetery in Haskell County, Okla., under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.

James Suggs

James Michael “Mikey” Suggs, 58, of Alma passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at his home. James was born in Van Buren May 24, 1955. He served as a volunteer firefighter for Crawford County for 40 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmore and Pat Suggs, and a son, Shawn Jackson died in 2010.

Survivors are three daughters, Holly Hice and husband O’dell of Alma, Brandy Henson and husband Nicholas of Greenwood and Amber Ashlock of Onalaska, Texas; a brother, Bruce Suggs of Van Buren; two sisters, Sharon Hood and husband Ricky of Van Buren and Anita Burkhart and husband Johnny of Van Buren; 10 grandchildren, Bow Michael Franklin, Leigh Ann Franklin, Thayden Henson, Steven Henson, Zowie Jackson, Jozie Jackson, Travis Napolitano, Alicia Napolitano, Gabrielle Dugan and Kirstin Dugan.

Funeral was Sept. 3 at 88 Freewill Baptist Church near Rudy with the Rev. Mike Ward officiating. Burial was at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers were Bow Franklin, O’dell Hice, Nicholas Henson, Jerry Gentry, Bruce Suggs and Randy Kuykendall.

Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.

Sherryl Brewer

Sherryl Ann Brewer, 67, of Mountainburg died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at her home. She was born Nov. 1, 1945, in Fort Smith. She was a manager of a bakery and a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, David; two daughters, Angie Marie Maxwell of Mulberry and Barbara Sue Thompson of Texas; two sons, Jarrod Greenfield of Mulberry and Samuel Greenfield of Mulberry; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Cremated was under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Barbara Cain

Barbara Jean Cain, 61, of Fort Smith died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker, formerly of Chicago and widow of Dennis Cain.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. today at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

She is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Cain of Chicago; a son, Michael Cain of Chicago; and a brother, Douglas Brubach of Canyon County, Calif.

Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Merrick

Mary Faye Merrick, 92, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Van Buren. Formerly from Nashville, Ark., she was the daughter of the late Josh and Lynn Nichols. Mary Faye was born on March 4, 1921, in De Queen, Ark. She was married to the late George W. (Billy) Merrick in December 1948. A talented musician, Mary Faye was church organist for the Nashville First Presbyterian Church and then at the First Baptist Church in Nashville. She also played the organ for the Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville for many years. She served as church secretary for First Baptist Church in Nashville until her retirement.

Mary Faye was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Merrick; and brother, Joe B. Nichols.

She is survived by her children, Melissa Schaefer and husband Dennis of Russellville, George Merrick and wife Laura of Van Buren and Melinda Merrick of Austin, Texas. Mary Faye had six grandsons, Andrew Schaefer, Matthew Schaefer, Shawn Loftin, Joshua Merrick, Bradley Merrick and Zachary Merrick; and two great-grandsons, Arden and Ronin Schaefer.

Funeral arrangements were conducted by the Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville Saturday, Aug. 31.

The family would like to thank all the staff of Crawford Health and Rehab Center in Van Buren, Peachtree Hospice and all the doctors and nurses who attended our Mother. We are grateful for all their kindness and loving care.

Memorial can be made to the music ministry of the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 339, 415 N. Main St., Nashville, AR 71852.

Obit submitted by Ocker Funeral Home, 700 Jefferson St., Van Buren.

Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.

Ama Womack

Ama Sue Womack of Mulberry died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. She was born Oct. 27, 1933, at Dover and served as district manager of River Valley Advertising Supply. She was a homemaker, member of the Methodist faith and widow of Mike Womack.

She is survived by three sons, J.T. Mashburn Jr. of Deer Park, Texas, David Terry Mashburn of Dardanelle and Jack Womack of Mulberry; two sisters, Beth Jones of Alma and Freda Diffee of Ozark; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sept. 3 at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel in Ozark with burial at Rankin Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Wheatley and Michael Mashburn, Tony Thomas, Bruce Jones, Bob Dixon and Richard Gillham.

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