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picture Lillie Christine (Welch) Dearrington



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          Death: 14 Feb 2012
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This Obituary was published 22 Feb 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

Christine Dearrington

Lillie Christine Dearrington, 92, passed from this life on February 14, 2012 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Christine was born on April 5, 1919 to Lester and Orpha (Ray) Welch in Havana, Arkansas. She worked as a beautician and at the Radar Institute.

She is the niece of former statesman, Joe Ray who preceded her in death. She is also preceded by her loving husband, Gene Dearrington; son, Bobby "Bear" Dearrington; parents; and brother, James Ray Welch.

She is survived by son, Joel Dearrington and wife, Jeanne; grandchildren, Lance Dearrington and girlfriend, Lisa Gray, Kim Dearrington and wife, Loretta, Kris Dearrington, John Dearrington and wife, Anne and Bobby Dimery; great grandchildren, Paige Dearrington, Noah Dearrington, Brice Dearrington, and Olivia Dearrington, Taylor and Stevie Dimery, Nick Swiger and Nicole Campbell; and former daughter- in-law, Lisa Dearrington Baldridge.

Service was February 18, 2012 at Floral Haven Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Havana Cemetery, Havana, Arkansas February 20, 2012.

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Feb 22, 2012)


picture Athalea (Shoemaker) Higgins Deeds



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          Death: 11 Nov 2013
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Her obituary was published 13 Nov 2013, On-Line at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Athalea Deeds

Athalea Shoemaker Higgins Deeds, age 92, of Delaware died Monday, November 11, 2013 at Dardanelle Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was born August 29, 1921 at Delaware to the late Robert and Johnnie Roper Shoemaker. She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a member of the Delaware First Baptist Church. She loved to quilt, cook, find a word books and spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Garland Higgins and J.C. Deeds; four brothers, Desmond Shoemaker, Farris Shoemaker, Robert Shoemaker, Gerald Shoemaker; two sisters, Florence Lynn and Hilda Davis.

Survivors include two daughters, Ellen Hillis and husband Carl of Dardanelle, Barbara Cornett of Ola; one son, Leroy Higgins and wife Janet of Mableville; one sister, Ruby Floyd of Delaware; seven grandchildren, Melinda Troxel and husband Jim of St. Peters, Missouri, Patrick Hillis and wife Paige of Irving, Texas, Darrell Reedy Jr of Ola, Jerry Reedy of Sherwood, Gavin Higgins and wife Sana of North Little Rock, Tony Higgins and wife Sandy of Cabot, Lee Higgins of Mableville; great grandchildren, Kayla Troxel, Kendall Troxel, Parker Hillis, Preston Hillis, Jerry Reedy II, Wayne Reedy, Larry Reedy, Ashley Higgins, Ethan Higgins; four great great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with Bro. Bob Loyd officiating. Burial will be in Graves Cemetery in Delaware. Visitation will be held Wednesday, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the chapel.

Pallbearers will be Gavin Higgins, Lee Higgins, Tony Higgins, Keith Cravens, Bob Bata and Patrick Hillis.

Arrangements are by Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle.

Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com

(On-Line at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com)


picture Athalea (Shoemaker) Higgins Deeds



      Sex: F

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          Death: 11 Nov 2013
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Her obituary was published 20 Nov 2013, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Athalea Shoemaker

Athalea Shoemaker Higgins Deeds, age 92, of Delaware died Monday, November 11, 2013 at Dardanelle Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was born August 29, 1921 at Delaware to the late Robert and Johnnie Roper Shoemaker. She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a member of the Delaware First Baptist Church. She loved to quilt, cook, find a word books and spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in deah by two husbands, four brothers, two sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, one son, one sister, seven grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews.

Funeral services was held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with Bro. Bob Loyd and Bro. Wylie Jones officiating.

Burial was in Graves Cemetery in Delaware. Visitation was held Wednesday, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the chapel.

Arrangements are By Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle.

Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Nov 20, 2013)


picture Martha Mae (Roberson) Defoor



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          Death: 7 Mar 2013
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Her obituary was published 27 Mar 2013, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Martha Defoor

Martha Mae (Roberson) Defoor of Harvey, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, March 7, 2013 in Waldron, Arkansas surrounded by her loving family.

Martha was born May 4, 1932 to William Harvey Roberson and Elsie Elizabeth (Brown) Roberson in Little Texas, Arkansas. Martha was 80 years, 10 months and 3 days old. Martha was a member of Mulberry Freewill Baptist Church near Gravelly, Arkansas. In June 1957, Martha married the love of her life, Carlton Defoor. They enjoyed 45 years together before his passing in 2003. They raised four children and shared their lives with many, many friends and loved ones. All who knew Martha, knew the love she had for her family. She made no bones about her devotion and commitment to her loved ones. Martha was notorious across several counties for her cooking. If you went to Martha's home she expected you to eat. If you didn't go back for seconds, then something was wrong. Martha's, made from scratch, pies and fried pies have been a long time sought after delicacy at local fund raisers. It's been said, that someone once paid $400.00 for some of Ms. Martha's fried peach pies.

Martha leaves behind to cherish her memory, four daughters; Carolyn Williams and husband David of Harvey, Arkansas, Marilyn Sherrill and husband Terry of Waldron, Arkansas, Deloris Hutchens and husband Jerry, Janice Blankenship and husband Robert all of Harvey, Arkansas. Gran will forever be missed by nine grandchildren: Sue Cox, Laura Kluthe, Kris Williams, Amanda Hill, Megan Bass, Lisa Hunt, Jeremy Hutchens, Lindsy Kearney and Ethan Blankenship. Gran will also be missed by 18 great grandchildren and one on the way. Martha is also survived by one sister, Mary Blackwell and husband Doug of Jesseville, Arkansas and four brothers: Harvey Roberson of Bluffton, Arkansas, Dan Roberson of Jesseville, Arkansas, Jim Roberson and wife Vickie of Bluffton, Tommy Roberson and wife Mary of Little Texas, Arkansas. Gran will be missed by all who knew her and the many whose lives she touched, including a number of nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones.

Martha is preceded in death by her husband Carlton Defoor, her parents, William and Elsie Roberson, brothers R.B. Roberson, R.C. Roberson and sisters in law, Veaora Roberson, Brenda Roberson and Betty Roberson.

Martha's life celebration will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013 at the Mulberry Freewill Baptist Church in Gravelly, Arkansas with Rev. Rickey Hunt and Rev. David Riker officiating. Interment will follow in the Cedar Creek Cemetery in Cedar Creek, Arkansas.

Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Waldron, Arkansas.

Martha's pallbearers were Kris Williams, Jared Kluthe, Darris Hill, Jeremy Hutchens, Nickey Hunt and Josh Kearney. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Sherrill, Stephen Bass, Adam Cox, and Ethan Blankenship.

You may leave words of remembrance for Martha's family and view her video tribute by visiting: www.heritagememorialfh.com

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Mar 27, 2013)


picture Waylan Defoor

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His obituary was published 10 Oct 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

Waylan Defoor

WayIan Defoor, age 84, of Gravelly passed away Tuesday, October 09, 2012 at his home.

He was born January 17, 1928 in Gravelly, Arkansas to Elbert & Lillian Lemons Defoor. He was retired from General Motors and a member Mulberry Freewill Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Myrel Melton Defoor; and grandson Coady Defoor.

Survivors include sons & daughters-in-law Jerry & Lisa Defoor of Bluffton; Dennis & Joyce Defoor of Dardanelle; grandsons Randy & Alicia Defoor of Russellville; Tim Defoor of Bluffton; great grandchildren Jacob & Saran Defoor of Russellville; step-grandchildren Nick Vaughn of North Carolina; Rick Vaughn of Belleville and Bobby Vaughn of Van Buren; step- great-grandchildren Ty Vaughn of Russellville; Cole Vaughn of Dover and Kara Vaughn of Belleville; several nieces & nephews & other family members.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the Mulberry Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Frayer and Rev Lavan Robinson officiating. Burial will be at Parks Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home Danville Online guestbook and condolence at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Oct 10, 2012)


picture Patricia Ann (Reagan) Delony



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          Death: 18 Feb 2012
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This Obituary was published 22 Feb 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

Pat Delony

Patricia Ann Reagan Delony of Little Rock, Arkansas died at Arkansas Hospice at St. Vincent's on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the age of 80.

Pat was born to Bob and La Verne Reagan in Danville, Arkansas on September 9, 1931. She and her sisters Paula, Bobbie, and Marty were raised in Danville where their parents ran the post office. While attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville she met Lawson Leonard Delony, Jr. They were married on September 14, 1952. Their first several years of marriage coincided with Lawson's service as a pilot in the Air Force, after which they moved to Little Rock and had two children - Diane and Lawson III (Len).

At Danville High School, Pat was the president of the student body and a basketball player and cheerleader. She was an elementary school teacher and later belonged to the Junior League of Little Rock. She was a member at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral where she taught children's Sunday School.

Pat was known for her pride in her Irish heritage, her enjoyment of holidays and celebrations, and especially, for her abundant love for children and for her family and friends.

Pat is survived by her husband Lawson Delony; her sister, Marty Stewart; her children, Diane and Ashvin Vibhakar and Len and Rebekah Delony; her grandchildren, Nathan, Malina, Abbey, Anna and Katherine; and by many other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Paula and Bobbie. The family is grateful for the support of many family and friends, particularly, the care of Betty Russell and Bobbie Hughes.

Pat was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who will be missed by many.

Visitation was held at Ruebel Funeral Home on Monday, February 20 with funeral services at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Tuesday, February 21.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to St. Jude Children's Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Arkansas Hospice at St. Vincent, or Alzheimer's Arkansas, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Feb 22, 2012)


picture J. Ira Dempsey

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          Death: 29 Oct 1964
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His obituary was published in Nov 1964, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

J. I. Dempsey

J. I. Dempsey, aged 88, of Ola died Thursday morning, October 29, in the Yell County Hospital. He was a native of Fairfield, III. and a member of the Christian Church.

Survivors include one son, Alfred R. Dempsey of Sun Valley, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. J. H. Bata of Hayti, Mo. and Mrs. T. H. Bly of Birta; 19 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Birta Baptist Church Sunday with Rev. Luther Riddle officiating. Burial was in Birta Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites.

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Nov 1964)


picture Stuart William Denney

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His obituary was published 14 Mar 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

Stuart Denney

Stuart William Denney, age 30, of Sherwood, Arkansas, passed March 2, 2012.

Born in a military hospital in Stuttgart, Germany, on June 15, 1981, Stuart's life began with connections to the armed services as his parents, Woodrow Denney and Nancy Crawford, were both serving in the U. S Army. From Germany, Stuart moved with his family to Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Hot Springs, Arkansas; Guam; and North Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2000, Stuart graduated from North Pulaski High School in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Shortly after graduation, Stuart reported to boot camp in Fort Benning, Georgia, to complete basic training. Fort Rucker, Alabama, is where Stuart completed advanced training in Flight Operations.

Stuart was a soldier with the Arkansas Army National Guard at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock. While serving in the Arkansas Army National Guard, Stuart volunteered for two tours of duty in Iraq. He also volunteered a third time for a peace-keeping tour of duty in Kosovo. Stuart worked in Flight Operations, coordinating, among other responsibilities, medical evacuations for wounded soldiers.

During his ten years of service to his country, Sergeant Denney was awarded numerous commendations and service medals. In his civilian life, he was the shipping and receiving manager for Bed, Bath and Beyond in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Being a man of few words, Stuart was always direct and straight to the point. Stuart could talk the ears off of those people with whom he developed close relationships. Although large in stature and capable in combat, Stuart had a gentle side that anyone with children saw in him. Stuart was shy and unassuming. He enjoyed Sci Fi, space movies, and computer games. His friends and family appreciated and understood that Stuart possessed a dry and wry sense of humor and great smile. He was definitely a "meat and meat kind of guy as long as there was plenty of A-1 sauce, with Slim Jims on the side." Anybody who truly knew Stuart knew that he loved his family, his friends, his brothers in arms and the military. Stuart is survived by his parents; Athena Hum, sister; Amber Denney, sister; and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Fred Denney, and his maternal grandparents, Franklin and Constance Crawford.

Funeral services was March 9, 2012, at Huson Funeral Home in Sherwood, Arkansas. Burial was at the Arkansas Veterans' Cemetery on Maryland Avenue in Sherwood, Arkansas.

Memorials can be made to Wounded Warrior Project.org or Fisher House.org in Stuart's honor.

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Mar 14, 2012)


picture Sgt. Stuart William Denney



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His obituary was published 9 Mar 2012, On-Line at www.husonfuneralhome.com. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sgt. Stuart Denney - phota

(June 15, 1981 - March 2, 2012)

Stuart William Denney, age 30, of Sherwood, Arkansas, passed March 2, 2012.

Born in a military hospital in Stuttgart, Germany, on June 15, 1981, Stuart's life began with connections to the armed services as his parents, Woodrow Denney and Nancy Crawford, were both serving in the U. S Army. From Germany, Stuart moved with his family to Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Hot Springs, Arkansas; Guam; and North Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2000, Stuart graduated from North Pulaski High School in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Shortly after graduation, Stuart reported to boot camp in Fort Benning, Georgia, to complete basic training. Fort Rucker, Alabama, is where Stuart completed advanced training in Flight Operations.

Stuart was a soldier with the Arkansas Army National Guard at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock. While serving in the Arkansas Army National Guard, Stuart volunteered for two tours of duty in Iraq. He also volunteered a third time for a peace-keeping tour of duty in Kosovo. Stuart worked in Flight Operations, coordinating, among other responsibilities, medical evacuations for wounded soldiers.

During his ten years of service to his country, Sergeant Denney was awarded numerous commendations and service medals. In his civilian life, he was the shipping and receiving manager for Bed, Bath and Beyond in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Being a man of few words, Stuart was always direct and straight to the point. Stuart could talk the ears off of those people with whom he developed close relationships. Although large in stature and capable in combat, Stuart had a gentle side that anyone with children saw in him. Stuart was shy and unassuming. He enjoyed Sci Fi, space movies, and computer games. His friends and family appreciated and understood that Stuart possessed a dry and wry sense of humor and great smile. He was definitely a "meat and meat kind of guy as long as there was plenty of A-1 sauce, with Slim Jims on the side." Anybody who truly knew Stuart knew that he loved his family, his friends, his brothers in arms and the military. Stuart is survived by his parents; Athena Hum, sister; Amber Denney, sister; and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Fred Denney, and his maternal grandparents, Franklin and Constance Crawford.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Huson Funeral Home; 7700 Highway 107, Sherwood, Arkansas. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 9, 2012, at Huson Funeral Home in Sherwood, Arkansas. Burial will follow at 12:00 p.m. at the Arkansas Veterans' Cemetery on Maryland Avenue in Sherwood, Arkansas.

Memorials can be made to Wounded Warrior Project.org or Fisher House.org in Stuart's honor.

(On-Line at www.husonfuneralhome.com, pub. Mar 9, 2012)


picture Claudia Irene (Anderson) Dennis

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Her obituary was published in May 2010, Seminole, Seminole County, Oklahoma. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Claudia Dennis


Claudia Irene Dennis, age 92, passed away on May 13, 2010 in Cushing.

She was born to William Edward Anderson and Margaret Susan (Rutledge) Anderson on July 26, 1917 on Chickalah Mountain near Belleville in Yell County, Ark.

Irene, a homemaker, and her husband, Edward J. Dennis, who preceded her in death on November 11, 2009, lived on a farm south of Yale for many years.

She had been a resident of Linwood Village Nursing Home in Cushing since last fall.

Irene is survived by three sons, Kent M. Young and his wife Jeanette of Tulsa; David L. Young and his wife Darlene of Wewoka; Donald R. Young of California; one daughter, Claudia Kay Cater of Oklahoma City, and step-daughter Murna Rae Dennis of Yale.

She is also survived by numerous loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and others.

She was also preceded in death by former husband, Earnest M. Young, son Jimmy Dale Young, both of Wewoka; and her parents, brother Stanley Anderson, and sisters Vinia Horn and Tenia Mae Malone.

A graveside celebration of her life was held at Oakwood Cemetery just south of Wewoka on Monday, May 17, 2010.

Services were under the direction of Palmer Marler Funeral Home of Yale.

Condolences and an online guestbook are available at www.PalmerMarlerFH.com.

(The Seminole Producer Newspaper, Seminole, Oklahoma, pub. May 2010)

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