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picture Claud L. "Junior" Crawford, Jr.



      Sex: M

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          Death: 4 Dec 2012
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• His obituary was published 6 Dec 2012, Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Junior Crawford

Claud L. Crawford Jr., 85, of Dardanelle went home to be with his Lord on December. 4, 2012.

He was born March 3, 1927 in Atkins to Claud Lee Crawford Sr. and Mary Haralson Crawford. Junior was a member of The First Free Will Baptist Church in Dardanelle where he was an ordained deacon for over 40 years.

He retired from AP&L after 35 years of dedicated service. He was a veteran of WWII and was a retired member of the Dardanelle City Fire Department.

Junior had the heart of a servant. He was happiest when working and doing for others. He was the true patriarch of his family and was loved by many. He loved spending time with his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids as well as extended family.

Junior is preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Edmon Crawford and Donal Crawford.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lola Fink Crawford; two children, a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Tonnie Crawford and his daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Rodney Mondey; five grandchildren, Kim Olson and her husband Kurt, Lynn Crawford and his wife, Tricia, Dustin Ford and his wife, Jennifer, Jennifer Moore and her husband, Fabian, and Staci Ford; great-grandchildren, Logan, Morgan, A.J., Lauren, Lindsey, Alex, Maddie, Eli, Tarin, Austin, MaryJane, Chase, and Mazee; and numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Dardanelle First Free Will Baptist Church. The service will be officiated by the Rev. David Riker, the Rev. David Bishop, the Rev. Jared Higginbotham, and his grandson the Rev. Lynn Crawford. Burial will be at Brearley Cemetery in Dardanelle. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle.

Pallbearers will be Larry Taylor, Aaron Beam, Jason Beam, Tom Miller, Chris Myers, and Kenny Biggs.

Arrangements By Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle.

Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com

(The Courier Newspaper, Russellville, Arkansas, pub. Dec 6, 2012)


picture Michael Lee "Mike" Crawford

      Sex: M

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          Birth: 
          Death: 6 Dec 2011
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• This Obituary was published 14 Dec 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

Mike Crawford

Michael Lee "Mike" Crawford, age 58, of Little Rock died Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at River Valley Medical Center.

He was born February 17, 1953 at Niles, Michigan to Lee and Evelean Hightower Crawford.

He was preceded in death by his father and his grandmother, Lillie Moore.

Survivors include his mother, Evelean Stogdell of Dardanelle; companion of 37 years, Vikki Bartel of Little Rock; son, Michael "Shane" Stunkel of New Mexico; brother, Steve Crawford of London; sisters, Brenda Hightower of Havana, Sheri Fausset of Dardanelle, Alisa Crawford of Dardanelle, Karen Crawford of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Caylea and Kaiden; other children, Britni Patton and Stephen Plunket of Little Rock.

Graveside services were held Thursday, December 8, 2011 at Bluffton Cemetery.

Arrangements By CornweII Funeral Home, Dardanelle.

Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Dec 14, 2011)


picture Myrtle (Ballew) Crawford

      Sex: F

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          Death: 24 Mar 2011
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• Her obituary was published 30 Mar 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

Myrtle Crawford

Myrtle Crawford, 97, of Ola, AR, died Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville, AR.

The daughter of Robert and Josephine Clara Martin Ballew, she was born December 20, 1913 in Hollis, AR. She was a member of the Valley Home Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed quilting. Myrtle was a homemaker and help mate to her husband of 69 years Henry Crawford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Henry Crawford; 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

Left to cherish her memory are her brother Everett Ballew of Hollis, AR; 3 sisters-in-law, Ruby Nell Sanders of Dardanelle, Laverne Ballew of Perryville, Faye Ballew of New Mexico and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral was March 28, 2011 at Valley Home Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Jimmy Scott officiating. Burial was at Nooner Cemetery in Hollis, AR by Humphrey Funeral Service.

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Mar 30, 2011)


picture Mrs. Etta (Barnett) Crelia

      Sex: F

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          Birth: 
          Death: 31 Jul 1965
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• Her obituary was published in Aug 1965, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mrs. Etta Crelia

Mrs. Etta Barnett Crelia, age 55, of St. Joseph, La. died July 31 at the St. Charles Memorial Hospital after a long illnesss. She was a native of Yell County and a Methodist.

Survivors include three sons, Ray and Tommy of the home and Roy of Natchez, Miss.; one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Kirby of Natchez; three sisters, Esther Keener of Danville, Ollie Lewellen of Maysville, Okla. and Nettie Ducan of Modesto, Calif.; two brothers, Bill and Ernest Barnett of Danville; four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Methodist church in St. Joseph with Rev. W.P. Blackwood officiating. Burial was in the Newelton [Newellton] Cemetery.

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Aug 1965)


picture Mrs. Fannie Criswell

      Sex: F

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          Birth: 
          Death: 21 Mar 1963
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• Her obituary was published in Mar 1963, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mrs. Fannie Criswell

Mrs. Fannie Criswell, aged 67, of Seymore, Mo. died March 21 in a Springfield, Mo. hospital. Mrs. Criswell was raised at Gravelly and was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Ben Criswell; two sons, Lawrence of Texas, Joe of Seymour; three daughters, Lois of Nevada, Ada of Seymour, Mollie of Iowa; five sisters, two brothers, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. March 1963)


picture Billy Eugene Crites



      Sex: M

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          Death: 16 May 2012
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• His obituary was published 23 May 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

Billy Crites

Billy Eugene Crites, 64 of Dardanelle, AR left us for his eternal home on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at his brothers home.

He was born in Russellville, Arkansas on November 20, 1947, the son of Eugene Crites and Arlene Lockhorst. At the young age of seven, his family moved to Kansas where he lived for many years. He attended schools in Medicine Lodge and Sharon, Kansas. He was a 1964 graduate of Sharon High School. He later served two years in the United States Army.

He was united in marriage to Carolyn Spaeth in 1970. This union was blessed with two children, Karen and Darrin. They later divorced. He was later blessed with another son, Brandon.

Bill's greatest interests were hunting, fishing, carpentry work and helping others.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Terry.

Left to cherish his memory are his two sons, Darrin and Brandon Crites of Hutchinson, Kansas; one daughter Karen Crites of Hutchison, Kansas; stepmom Peggy of Medicine Lodge, Kansas; five brothers, Jerry (Paula) of Russell, Kansas, Larry (Betty) of Dardanelle, Rick and Toby both of Attica, Kansas and Lonnie of Sharon, Kansas. Other survivors include one sister, Gina of Argonia, Kansas; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A private family service will be held.

Arrangements by Bishop- Griffin Funeral Home of Greenbrier. (501) 679-4400 www.bishopgriffinfuneralhome.com

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. May 23, 2012)


picture Carolyn Sue (Forsyth) Crites

      Sex: F

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          Death: 9 Aug 2015
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Events
• Her obituary was published 12 Aug 2015, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Carolyn Sue Crites

Carolyn Sue Crites, age 70, of Gilkey Creek passed away Sunday, August 9, 2015, at Chambers Memorial Hospital.

She was born September 29, 1944, in Fredricktown, MO to the late William & Mertle Elizabeth Miller Forsyth.

Preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, James Hubert Crites; sons, Lincoln & Amy Crites of Seaford, Delaware; James Lindell Crites of Gilkey Creek; grandkids, Ashley Foster of Danville; Ashley Leighann Crites of Gilkey Creek; Audrey Haney of Plainview; great-grandchildren, Nathan Lane Foster; Riley Via; Alexia, Ryan & Dakota Arndt; brothers, William Forsyth of Kansas City MO; Terry Forsyth of Kansas City, MO; Larry Forsyth of St. Louis, MO; and several nephews and nieces.

Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at New Bethel Cemetery with Josh Crites officiating. Visitation was held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 11, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville.

Online guestbook and condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Aug 12, 2015)


picture Clarence Crites



      Sex: M

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          Birth: 
          Death: 14 Feb 2014
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• His obituary was published 26 Feb 2014, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Clarence Crites

Clarence Crites, 94, of Russellville, passed away Friday, February 14, 2014, at Legacy Heights Nursing Center.

He was born November 7, 1919, in Plainview, son of the late W.R. and Ida Mae Mullins Crites.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, a man of God, and of the Assembly of God faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mamie Inez Bryant Crites; and a daughter, Nina Ruth Crites Nelson.

He is survived by a daughter, Evelyn Bunton; 2 granddaughters, Angela and husband Larry Hartwick, and Marcella Faye and husband Douglas Martin; grandson, Michael Bunton; 4 great-grandsons, Brandon Bunton, Eric Huihui, Dustin Martin and Dusty Martin; 4 great-granddaughters, Ruth Ann Blyther, Tesha Omar, Alesha Webb and Carol Sides; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service and burial was at 1:00 PM, Thursday, February 20, at New Bethel Cemetery in Plainview with Bro. Larry Hartwick officiating under the direction of Lemley Funeral Service of Atkins.

Visitation was from 6:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, at Lemley Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to the Clarence Crites Memorial Fund c/o Lemley Funeral Service, P.O. Box 126, Atkins, AR 72823.

Online obituary and condolences are available at www.lemleyfuneral.com.

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Feb 26, 2014)


picture Jackie B. Crites

      Sex: M

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          Birth: 
          Death: 22 Mar 2012
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Events
• His obituary was published 28 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

Jackie Crites

Jackie B. Crites, age 60, of the Gilkey Community passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Chambers Memorial Hospital.

He was born January 26, 1952 in Danville, Arkansas to the late Hubert "Buddy" & Martha Mae Mitchell Crites. He was a Security Guard at Wayne Farms. He was a member of the Branded by Christ Cowboy Church.

Preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include wife Joyce Brown Crites; sons, Jay & Angela Brown of Fort Smith and Gary Brown & fiancιe Deborah of Cater Cove; daughters, Angela & Greg Hammet of South Carolina and Lori Tayna Crites of Belleville; sister Judy & Eddie Boggs of Ola; brothers James & Susie Crites of Gilkey Community and Jeff & Teresa Crites of Greenbrier; brothers-in-law, Terry Brown and Larry Brown of Plainview; sister-in-law Louanne Fournier of New Hampshire; mother-in-law Lucille Brown of Plainview; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was March 27, 2012 at New Bethel Cemetery with Bro. Josh Crites officiating.

Arrangements are by Cornwell Funeral Home Danville.

Online guestbook and condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Mar 28, 2012)


picture Pete Crites

      Sex: M

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          Birth: 
          Death: 22 Feb 2005
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Events
• His obituary was published in Feb 2005. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pete Crites


A country boy all his life, Pete Crites, age 82, died Tuesday, February 22, 2005 and will be committed at a private graveside service near his birth place in Rover, Arkansas today.

He was born on April 16, 1922 to Herschel and Myrtle Crites in Yell County.

An unusually quiet and private man, he was nonetheless a devoted and loving human being to his family, friends, pets and surviving spouse, Audrey T. Crites of North Little Rock.

He grew up in a large rural family and loved working outdoors, baseball, old cars, flea markets, his small gun collection, Wal-Mart, growing, canning, freezing and cooking his own food, chocolate covered cherries, his gas-powered tiller, animals, especially his dogs and his black cat Tutu. At Christmas he was known for his special fruit-cake and cocoon cookies. In summers he made sure the family was well-stocked with fresh vegetables.

Although he would rather have stayed in Yell County, he served with pride and distinction in World War II in the U.S. Army, Company E. 127th Infantry, receiving the Purple Heart when he was wounded at Luzon, Philippines and served the remainder of his tour in the Army of Occupation in Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1949.

After the war he worked as a dietetics supervisor in food service at the V.A. Hospital at Fort Roots in North Little Rock until he retired in 1972.

His greatest joy was spoiling dogs and children.

He is survived by his daughter Sandra Rodney and her spouse Richard of England, Arkansas, one daughter-in-law, Judy Crites of Camden, and six grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

He is predeceased by his son Shelby Crites.

In mid-life he remarried and gained another family, including two stepdaughters, Gayle Gardner and her spouse Jerry of North Little Rock; Betsy Singleton and her spouse Victor Snyder of Little Rock; and three stepsons, including Jack Singleton and his spouse Carolyn of North Little Rock; Tom Singleton of North Little Rock; and Steve Singleton and his spouse Becky of Mountain Home.

The family will be receiving visitors on Thursday, February 24 at the Gardners' home at 310 East "A" Avenue in Park Hill from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Memorials can be made to the Humane Society of Pulaski County.

(Obituary Transcription courtesy of Gaye Cooper)

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