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picture Betty (Alley) Batson

      Sex: F

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          Death: Mar 1937
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Her obituary was published 18 Mar 1937, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mrs. S. S. Batson

Mrs. Betty Alley Batson, aged 66, widow of the late Mr. Samuel S. Batson, died at the family home on North Second Street Sunday after an illness of several weeks.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. Sam B. Wiggins, of Conway, assisted, by Rev. E. E. Stevenson, pastor of the local Methodist Church, were held Monday afternoon, the business houses of the city being closed during the funeral hour. Burial was in Brearley Cemetery.

Mrs. Batson, who had been a resident of Dardanelle nearly all of her life, was loved and admired by all who knew her. Since girlhood she had been a member of the Methodist Church. She was also a member of Joe Wheeler Chapter, U. D. C.

Mrs. Batson is survived by three sons, Messrs. Calvin A., Reese and Lester; one daughter, Mrs. R. L. Harkey; two sisters, Mrs. Virgil Keathley, of Danville, and Mrs. Carl Moore, of Henryetta, Okla.; four brothers, Messrs. T. C. and J. R. Alley, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Alf Alley, of Ardmore, Okla., and Lee Alley, of Morrilton.

The Post-Dispatch joins the host of friends of the family in extending deepest sympathy in their great loss.

(Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, pub. Mar 18, 1937)


picture Calvin A. Batson

      Sex: M

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          Death: 25 Jun 1939
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His obituary was published 29 Jun 1939, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mr. Calvin A. Batson


Though not unexpected, announcement of the death of Mr. Calvin A. Batson, aged 50 years, which occurred at his home on North Second Street at 3:45 o'clock Sunday afternoon, June 25th, 1939, brought sadness and regret to every home in the city. Due to a heart ailment, Mr. Batson had not been in robust health for a year, or more, but only during the past ten days had his condition been regarded as critical.

Awaiting the arrival of his son, Calvin ("Sonny") Batson, Jr., who was enroute home from Venezuela by air at the time of his father's death, the funeral was not held until Tuesday evening at 5 o'clock. The service was conducted at the family home by Rev. Ethan Dodgen, pastor of the Methodist Church, of which deceased was a member, assisted by Rev. John E. Parse, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. A large concourse of sorrowing friends from all sections of the County was present, to pay a last tribute of respect and devotion, and so extensive was the wealth of floral tribute that an extra conveyance was required to carry it to the cemetery.

Calvin Batson, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Batson, was born in Dardanelle, where he spent his entire life. Modest and unassuming, he was yet a man of strong character, fair and generous in his dealings with his fellows, sympathetic and kindly and considerate, he won and held the warm friendship and respect of all with whom he came in contact. Associated with his brother, Reese Batson, in the firm of Batson Bros., highway contractors, he played no small part in the building of Arkansas' splendid system of highways. He was also extensively engaged in farming.

Mr. Batson is survived by his wife, the former Miss Mollie Stirman; one daughter, Mrs. Richard Linebarger, of Camden; one son, Calvin Batson, Jr.; a sister, Mrs. R. L. Harkey, of this city; and two brothers, Reese, of Dardanelle, and Lester, of Conway.

The Post-Dispatch joins the many friends of the family in extending condolence in their bereavement.

(Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, pub. Jun 29, 1939)


picture Lester Fred Batson

      Sex: M

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          Death: Jun 1942
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His obituary was published 2 Jul 1942, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lester Batson Dies of Heart Attack


Lester Fred Batson, aged 42 years, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sam Batson and brother of Mayor Reese Batson, of this city, died suddenly at his room in a Little Rock hotel last Thursday night. He was an employee of the Government Ordnance Plant at Jacksonville where he held a responsible post as inspector.

The remains were brought to Dardanelle where the funeral service, conducted by Rev. E. W. Faulkner, Pastor of the local Methodist Church, of which deceased was a member, was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Reese Batson at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Pallbearers were: Joe D. Jault, Garrett Jones, Robert Campbell, George Phillips, Frank Phillips and Geo. F. Upton.

Lester Batson, affectionately known to his friends as "Bushy", was born and reared in Dardanelle. He was of a friendly, jovial disposition, loyal to his friends and kind and considerate to all, and he enjoyed the sincere friendship of all with whom he was associated.

Mr. Batson is survived by a daughter, Miss Martha Jean Batson, of San Francisco, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. R. L. Harkey, of Little Rock, and a brother, R. E. Batson, of this city.

(Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, pub. Jul 2, 1942)


picture Mollie (Stirman) Batson

      Sex: F

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          Death: 5 Jan 1955
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Her obituary was published 6 Jan 1955, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mrs. Mollie Batson Called By Death

Mrs. Mollie Stirman Batson, widow of the late Calvin A. Batson, died early Wednesday morning at the Russellville hospital.

She was a native of Dardanelle and the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George T. Stirman
..... missing section of obituary ...

and one brother, Tom Stirman of Holdenville, Okla., also by five grandchildren.

Funeral services are this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Presbyterian Church, by Rev. Dixon Nolen, of Little Rock. Burial will be in the Brearley cemetery.

[editors note: Much of the middle section of the archived newspaper clipping is missing. I have transcribed the few sentences that are complete.]

(Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, pub. Jan 6, 1955)






picture Reese Ellis Batson

      Sex: M

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          Death: Sep 1962
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His obituary was published 20 Sep 1962, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reese E. Batson

Reese Ellis Batson, aged 71, former mayor of Dardanelle for 21 years died Tuesday at a Russellville hospital.

He was a lifelong resident of Dardanelle. For 18 years he was a maintenance superintendent with the state Highway Department.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Violet Parks Batson; a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Pearce of Little Rock; a sister, Mrs. R.L. Harkey Sr. of Little Rock, and three grandchildren.

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Sep 20, 1962)


picture Samuel S. "Sam" Batson

      Sex: M

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          Death: 20 Aug 1934
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His obituary was published 23 Aug 1934, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mr. S. S. Batson Passed Away Monday

Mr. S. S. Batson, aged 72 years, died at his home on North Front Street at 7:15 a. m. Monday, August 20, 1934.

News of the passing of this popular and respected citizen was a distinct shock to his friends throughout Yell County, for while he had not been in robust health for some time, it was only within the past two or three weeks that he had been confined to his home, and few knew that his condition was critical.

The funeral was held at the family home at 5 o'clock Tuesday evening, the beautiful and touching sermon being preached by Rev. Sam B. Wiggins, of Jonesboro, former pastor of deceased, assisted by Rev. Chas. F. Wilkins, Pastor of the local Baptist Church.

The handsome casket bearing the earthly remains of one who for more than three-score years had lived and labored honorably and uprightly among us was borne from the home to the waiting funeral car by Messrs. Joe D. Gault, Aubrey Love, Dalton Stubbs, Robert Campbell, Garrett Jones and Robert Pierce. And as grandchildren of deceased, Misses Martha Jean Batson, Selma Elizabeth Harkey, Corinne Batson and Annette Batson, and Calvin Batson, Jr., and R. L. Harkey, Jr., followed with a wealth of flowers, all heads were bowed. Interment was in Brearley Cemetery.

Samuel S. Batson was born October 26th, 1862, in Waverly, Tenn. He came to Dardanelle at the age of eight years, since which time he had continued to make this city his home. For more than 40 years he had been engaged in buying cotton, and perhaps no citizen of the County was so widely known among the business men and farmers. He was also extensively engaged in farming and his expert knowledge and close personal attention made him unusually successful in this avocation.

Honest and upright in all of his dealings with his fellows, kindly and genial by nature, Mr. Batson won and held the friendship of all with whom he came in contact and his death has brought sorrow and regret to most of the homes of Yell County.

Besides his widow, Mr. Batson is survived by one daughter, Mrs. R. L. Harkey, and three sons, Messrs. Calvin, Reese and Lester Batson, all of this city; also by six grandchildren.

The Post-Dispatch joins the many friends of the family in extending deepest sympathy in their great bereavement.

(Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, pub. Aug 23, 1934)


picture Violet L. (Parks) Batson

      Sex: F

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          Death: 1 Mar 1974
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Her obituary was published 7 Mar 1974, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Violet Batson


Mrs. Violet L. Parks Batson, age 82, of Little Rock, formerly of Dardanelle, died March 1, 1974, at a Little Rock Hospital. She was the widow of former Dardanelle Mayor, Reece Batson. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Little Rock, past President of the Dardanelle Garden Club, past president of the C.W.F. and a former Sunday school teacher of the Dardanelle Christian Church. Mrs Batson was a native of Windson, Missouri, the daughter of the late William Frank and Annie Shipp Parks.

Survivors are one daughter, Mrs Annette Pearce of Little Rock; three grandsons Reece M., Patrick R. and Mark S. Pearce of Little Rock; 1 great granddaughter Miss Amanda Gay Pearce of Little Rock.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m Saturday afternoon at the Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with Rev Frank Clemmons, pastor of Dardanelle United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in Brearley Cemetery at Dardanelle.

Casket bearers were Warren McGuire. Charles Hunt, Gordon Boles, A.B. Cox, Carl Jaggers, Ed Love, Bob McKenzie and Dana Merrill.

(Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, pub. Mar 7, 1974)


picture Ella Mae (Richardson) Batten

      Sex: F

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          Death: 2 Jul 2012
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Her obituary was published 11 Jul 2012, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ella Batten

Ella Mae Batten, age 83, of Conway, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, July 2, 2012.

She was a resident of Greenbrier Nursing Center. She previously resided in Conway, Paragould and Plainview, Arkansas. Ella was born on May 8, 1929 in Marmaduke, Arkansas, to the late William and Iva Richardson.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Ralph and Jack Richardson; a sister, Anna Bea White, and a grandson, Travis Vaught.

Survivors are: one sister, Audie Lee White of Paragould; daughter, Brenda (Jerry) Hashman of Harker Heights, Texas; sons: Michael Vaugnt ( Becky) of Conway and Donnie Vaught of Plainview, AR; five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law: Audrey and Louise Richardson of Paragould and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ella was a retired nurse and had been a Foster Grandparent at Faulkner County Day School. Wherever she lived she was always active in the Free Will Baptist church, and she loved studying the Bible. She was a loving, caring person and always brought joy to those around her with her teasing and practical jokes.

Arrangements are being handled by Roller McNutt Funeral home of Conway. In honor of her request, she will be cremated and there will be not memorial service.

On line guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Jul 11, 2012)


picture Michael Ray Battershell

      Sex: M

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          Death: 25 Jan 2011
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His obituary was published 2 Feb 2011, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Michael Ray Battershell

Michael Ray Battershell, age 51, of Atkins died Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center.

He was born October 28, 1959 at Rogers to Billy Jack and Verlene Mcentire Battershell.

He is preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife, Regina Battershell of Atkins; his children, Billy Jack Battershell of Atkins, Michael Ray Battershell, Jr. of Atkins, Savanna Battershell of Atkins; one brother, Ronnie Battershell and wife Annette of Springdale; one sister, Terri Carr of Springdale; two grandchildren, Trevor Battershell, Briden Battershell both of Atkins and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Cornwell Chapel, Dardanelle with James Finley officiating. Burial was in Canaan Cemetery in Marshall, AR.

Pallbearers were Shawn Brannon, Darrin Carr, C.J. Brannon, Shane Savage, Rudy Guajardo, Steven Wedge.

Honorary pallbearers were Wesley Carr, Lewis Tucker, and Jeremy Robinson.

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Feb 2, 2011)


picture Mrs. Annie (Weaver) Baughn

      Sex: F

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          Death: 10 Dec 1960
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Her obituary was published 22 Dec 1960, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Annie Baughn (Mrs.)

Mrs. Annie Weaver Baughn, age 73, died at her home at Gravette on December 10. She was formerly a resident of Belleville.

Survivors include her husband, Luther Baughn; two sons, Charles Baughn of Pittsburg, Pa. and Dr. William Baughn of Anderson, Ind.; two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Sibley of Amarillo, Tex and Mrs. Alvyn Marable of Los Angeles; one brother, Dr. Wallace Weaver of Philadelphia, Pa.; three sisters, Mrs. Kate Coy and Mrs. Lois Pledger of Amarillo, Texas and Mrs. Esther Blackwell of Tulsa; and seven grand-children.

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Dec 22, 1960)

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