Classmates Obituaries - Letter S
These obituaries correspond with the yearbooks that are listed on this website. Whenever possible, the source of the obituary will be shown as well as the date.
Sanders, Carolyn Geneva Jackson - Carolyn Geneva Sanders
made her transition from the earthly to the heavenly on Tuesday, April 9th,
2013, at 11:40 p.m. in her home surrounded by family members. She was 75.
Born November 11, 1937. in Bonnerdale, Arkansas, she is predeceased by her parents Russell and Viola (nee Weatherford) Jackson.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bobby Joe Sanders, son Jodie Scott Sanders and Cecelia of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Russell Dean Sanders and Charlene of Hot Springs; two sisters, Joyce Kimery and Bob of Tulsa, Oklahoma. and Diane Simmons and Lawson of Royal. There are ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
She was employed as the business office manager at St. Joseph's hospital for over 30 years, where she was known for her commanding presence, level head, and acute business sense.
Upon retirement, her greatest joy in life was to love and spoil her grandchildren. She kept busy, dishing up savory meals, reading, gardening, cranking out hundreds of beautiful knitted wash cloths, and wagging her forefinger in fun at her choice opponent in conversation.
A daughter of Christ, Carolyn became especially close to the Lord during her latter years. Her peace and serenity through Him was a comfort to all who were close to her, and kept her well through her most trying moments. Though no longer with us, Carolyn will always be remembered with honor, respect, and the great love which was shown in everything she touched. She was a member of Bismarck Pentecostal Church where Van Glidewell is pastor.
Pallbearers are Riley Sanders, Nathan Sanders, Josh Sanders, Travis Simmons, Donald Kimery, Robert Kimery, David Braswell and Gabe Anderson. Honorary pallbearers are Drs. Timothy English and Fred Divers. Reverend C. G. Wiley will be officiating.
Visitation is Friday the 12th from 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday the 13th at Gross Funeral Home in Hot Springs. Interment will be at Mazarn Chapel Cemetery in Bonnerdale. [from Gross Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1956]
Scrivner, Marjorie Humphries
- Marjorie Scrivner, 84, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, went to be with
her Lord Tuesday, December 25, 2012. She was born February 12, 1928, in
Hot Springs, Arkansas, to the late J. B. and Bessie Mae (Bray) Humphries
Sr. Marjorie was a lifetime member of Park Place Baptist Church and a homemaker.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Louis Scrivner; brother J. B. Humphries Jr. and his wife Jean; sister Peggy Carter and her husband Boyce, and infant daughter Kimberly Bess Scrivner. Marjorie is survived by her daughter Karen Allen (Jim) and Tracy Crabtree (Mike Rohan) all of Hot Springs; sons Mark Scrivner (Carol) of Hot Springs and Paul Scrivner (Peggy) of Bismarck; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers include Brooks Allen, Steve Reagin, Derek Scrivner, Brian Sorensen, Clint Scrivner, Kirt Scrivner and Zachary Crabtree.
Memorials may be made to Park Place Baptist Church.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the fourth wing of Quapaw Care and Rehab.
Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Saturday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. A graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood Cemetery with Brother Coy Sample officiating. [from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1945]
Scudder, Robert H. - Robert
H. Scudder, 83, of Hot Springs died Tuesday, February 9, 1993, in a local
He was president of Scudder Chevrolet Co. He was a member, deacon emeritus and former trustee of Central Baptist Church and was past president of Hot Springs Auto Dealers Association. He worked on the Miss Arkansas Pageant and was a member of the YMCA board.
Survivors his wife, Vera Williams Scudder of Hot Springs; one son, Bob Scudder of Richmond, Virginia; one daughter, Suzanne Stubblefield of Fort Smith; five grandchildren, Greg Scudder of San Bernardino, California, Todd Scudder of Richmond, David Stubblefield of Dallas, Dr. Tracy McNair of Little Rock; five great-grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.
Arrangements will be announed by Gross Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church. [from Sentinel-Record, February 10, 1993] [Class of 1928]
Shirley, Bob - Bob J. Shirley,
78, of Hot Springs, passed away Monday, October 8, 2012. He was born January
21, 1934, in Hot Springs, the son of A. L. and Tessie Wright Shirley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bill; and an infant brother.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Shirley of Hot Springs; a son, Randy (Lisa) Shirley of Mountain Home, Arkansas; a daughter, Suzanne Cearley of North Little Rock, Arkansas; a daughter, Lynne (Steve) Chapman of Hot Springs; three grandchildren, Ian Shirley of Mountain Home and Dylan and Lyndi Chapman of Hot Springs; and a sister, Betty (Don) Boles of Fort Worth, Texas.
He was a golfer and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was an active community volunteer, serving at the Caring Place, The Christian Charitable Medical Center, and his church over many years.
The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Tim Webb and staff at the Genesis Cancer Center, Dr. Troy Oxner, the ICU, and Hospice staff at Mercy Medical Center, the Genesis Sunday School Class at FUMC, and to his caregiver, Dorothy Beryahi.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Caring Place in Hot Springs.
A family-planned service for family and friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs. [from Arkansas Funeral Care online obituary] [Class of 1951]
Short, James Donald
- El Dorado - James D. Short, 67, of El Dorado, passed away at his residence
on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. He was born February 17, 1942, in Hot Springs,
Arkansas, and is the son of the late James Lindsey Short and Alphalee Whitted
Short. He was a United States Army veteran and a member of the American
Preceding him in death are his parents, and most recently his wife, Barbara Jo Andrews Short, who passed away December 11, 2008.
James loved woodworking and attending craft shows. He also enjoyed coordinating reunions and was very active with his 1960 Hot Springs High School graduating class' reunions. He was a "fisherman" and enjoyed fishing, but most of all he loved his family and spending time with his grandson.
Surviving him are his son, Jim Short (Jami), of Little Rock, Arkansas; a daughter, Donna Starnes (Danny), of El Dorado, Arkansas; a brother, Danny A. Short, of Tucson, Arizona; and his grandson, Tom Starnes, of El Dorado; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial visitation was held from 4-6 p.m. on November 21, 2009, at Perry's Funeral Chapels. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2009, at Mount Tabor Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock AR 72205 [from The Sentinel-Record, November 27, 2009; page 10A] [Class of 1960]
Slezak, Juanita Billie
Parker - Billie Slezak, 79, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died
Friday, July 1, 2011. She was born August 29, 1931, to the late Charles
Otto and Gertrude (Brown) Parker, in Nashville, Arkansas. Billie graduated
from Hot Springs High School in 1949. She was the founder and owner of Slezak
Realty Co. in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Mrs. Slezak was one of the first women
to establish her own realty company in Garland County. She was a past president
of the Hot Springs Board of Realtors. Billie Slezak was of the Catholic
Mrs. Slezak was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James W. Slezak, Sr.; sisters, Ila Shelton, Irma Hollingshead and Helen Burks; and brother, Kenneth Parker. Billie is survived by her sons, Dr. James W. Slezak, Jr. (Claudia), of Springdale, Arkansas, and Michael Dean Slezak, Sr., of Hot Springs, Arkansas; grandchildren, Matthew James Slezak, Michael Dean Slezak, Jr., Sarah Anne Fuller and Emily Marie Slezak; and great-grandchild, Alexia J. Fuller.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, with rosary recitation at 6 p.m., in Caruth-Hale Funeral Home chapel. The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Crestview Cemetery. The services will be officiated by the Rev. Bill Thomas.
Pallbearers will include Matthew James Slezak, Michael Dean Slezak, Jr., Richard E. Van Gelder, and Robert S. Murphy. Honorary pallbearers include Dr. John Wayne Smith, Dr. Robert McCrary, Dr. Rajesh Schroff, Dr. Bob Johnson and Dr. Tom Hollis, Sr. [from The Sentinel-Record, July 3, 2011] [Class of 1949]
Smith, Pauline E. "Polly" Porter
- Pauline “Polly” E. Smith, 79, of Hot Springs passed away Friday, October
19, 2012. She was born May 18, 1933 in Hot Springs to Olie H. Porter and
Bessie Russell Porter.
Pauline graduated in the 1951 Class of Hot Springs High School where she was involved in Thespians, Historians, FHA, Vice-President of the Library Club, Thespian Play Committee, Candle Light Service and Home Room Treasurer.
She was co-owner of Smith Brothers Grocery for 12 years and was office manager at Williams Brothers Feed Store in the late 70’s.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Opal Hilbert and Mildred Lowder, both of Hot Springs. Pauline is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, John C. Smith; sisters, Jerri Harrison and Juanita Smith; stepsister, Jennie Troutt, all of Hot Springs; and many nieces and nephews.
Pauline will be remembered for her beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. She was deeply loved by her family and many friends.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home Chapel with Clarence Shell officiating. Burial will follow in Morning Star Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Terry Smith, David Smith II, Steve Watts, Danny Watts, Robert Jones and Jim Lucas. Honorary pallbearers include David Harrison, Russ Harrison, Ed Brown, David Smith, Sue Wilson, Fuji Horn, Elizabeth McDaniel, Mary and Richard Hawthorne, Carl and Pam Hawthorn, and Hot Springs High 1951 Classmates.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank Dr. Koehn, Dr. Muldoon, Dr. Pruitt and the staff of Arkansas Hospice. [from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home] [Class of 1951]
Smith, Sue Delle Appler
- Sue Delle Smith, 79, of Hot Springs died Sunday, July 13, 1997, in a local
Born September 12, 1917, in Hot Springs, she was a member of First United Methodist Church and active in Jaycees, PTA, Brownie, Cub and Girl Scouts and taught dance in her own studio before leaving Hot Springs 25 years ago. She was predeceased by her parents, Edward C. and Sue Smith Appler.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene L. Smith of Hot Springs; a son, Philip W. Smith of Dayton, Ohio; a daughter, Susan D. Larsen of Denver; four grandchildren, James Morava, Jr., and Matthew L. Morava, both of Denver, Greg Smith of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Kerry Smith of Dayton, Ohio; and a sister, Eunetia Wilson of Houston.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday in Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are by Gross Funeral Home. [from Sentinel-Record, date unknown] [Class of 1935]
Sorrells, Sue D. Rachilla Miller - Sue D. Miller Sorrells
of Hot Springs died Friday, April 1, 2005, at home with loving family members
She was predeceased by her father, Herman Dode "Junior" Rachilla; her mother, Helen Savannah Golden Veasey; two infant sons, Mathew Earl Miller and Joseph Wayne Miller; and her husband, Burval Lecial Miller.
Sue is survived by her husband, Klugh Edward Sorrels [a lifetime member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society]; her daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Doug Meredith of Pearcy; her son, Johnathan Andrew Miller of Hot Springs; three grandchildren, Jake, Jared and Jack Meredith of Pearcy; five siblings and spouses, Shirley and Les Gillemand of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Hellen Rachilla, Annette and Gary Stanfiell, Tony and Debbie Rachilla, Charlotte and Van Davis, all of Hot Springs; her stepchildren and spouses, Jimmy and Debbie Sorrells of Royal, Tony and Jennifer Sorrells of Little Rock, Lorra Metcalf of Sardis, Virginia and Henry Dodson of Jacksonville, Klugh Sorells II of Benton, and Karl Sorrells of North Little Rock; a many step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Sue worked for 22 years as cashier and customer service manager at Wal-Mart. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, and was loved and admired by all who knew her.
Services will be Monday, April 4, 2005, at First Baptist Church, Hot Springs, with Dr. John McCallum officiating. Interment will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery at Bismarck.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, David Gillemand and Anthony Rachilla of Hot Springs, Todd Cantrell of Fayetteville, Lynn Miller of Benton, her brother, Tony Rachilla of Hot Springs and Greg Kokemueller of Pearcy.
Honorary pallbearers will be Melanie McClain's Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, employees at Wal-Mart No. 52, Dr. Martin Koehn and Dr. Robert Muldoon.
Donations may be made to First Baptist Church, or the Charitable Christian Medical Clinic and Garland County 4-H Foundation at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Office. [Sentinel-Record, date unknown] [Class of 1960]
Stahl, Geraldine McGuire Parker - Geraldine "Gerri"
Stahl, 73, of Hot Springs, died Sunday, May 22, 2005, in a nursing home.
Born February 22, 1932, at Hot Springs to George and Elvie Sorrell McGuire, she was a member of Church of the Nazarene. She was predeceased by two husbands, Ralph C. Parker and Donald D. Stahl; and one sister, Emma Jean McGuire.
Survivors included two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Laura Parker of Murieta, California, and Greg and Kathleen Parker of Hot Springs; and eight grandchildren, Heather Parker, Ryan Parker, Kimberly Parker, Nicole Parker, Ian Parker, Curtis Parker, Dustin Parker and Derek Stahl.
The service will be 10 a.m. Friday in Gross Funeral Home. [Sentinel-Record; date unknown] [Class of 1950]
Stivers, Bernice Vera McTigrit Burns - Bernice Vera
Burns-Stivers, 94, of Hot Springs, was called to be with her Lord and Savior
Thursday, March, 23, 2012.
Born July 19, 1917, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, she was predeceased by her parents John Alexander McTigrit and Eva Mae Rowell McTigrit, four sisters and three brothers. Her husbands, Benjamin Hobson Burns of 55 years and Ish Stivers of 10 years and her daughter, Nancy Gale Burns Brake.
She was a 1936 graduate of Hot Springs High School. She was a lifetime member of the Salvation Army's Advisory Board, past president of Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and awarded the Angel Tree Volunteer Award. She was a member of the Whitfield Garden Club, former president of Hot Springs Lioness Club, member of the Forum Club, former member of the Garland County Council on Aging Board, Hot Springs Music Club Board, former president of the Mary Martha Church Circle, former president of Grand Avenue Methodist Women's Circle, Trivista Birthday Club, charter member of Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, former member of Virginia Clinton Kelly Democratic Club, past member of Garland County 4H Association. She established the Bernice and Ish Stivers Scholarship at National Park Community College. She was a retired homemaker and socialite.
She was a member of Grand Avenue Methodist Church and very strong in her faith. She never missed an opportunity to share with others about her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She always gave of herself to others, a living example of a true Christian. She lived everyday for God. She was a loving spouse, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include her grandchildren; Melissa (Tony) Burris of Hot Springs, Scott (Amy) Brake of Greenville, Alabama, Tonia (George) Breckenridge of Nampa, Idaho; nine great grand children; nieces, Imogene Miller of Hot Springs; Betty Lou Rowe Burroughs of Florence, South Carolina and great nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Larry Williams, David Rose, Frankie Francis, Larry Hatfield, Staton Flurry, and Major Jonathan McBride.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Sally Carder, Paul and Imogene Miller, James Bennett, John Wiggins, Betty Lou Burroughs, Patty Canada, Pat Gladden, Marvin and Mary Birdsong and Dorothy Flurry.
Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Gross Funeral Home with Rev. George Rook officiating. Interment will be at Memorial Gardens with Rev. J. B. Evans. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Gross Funeral Home.
Special gratitude to the staff at National Park Medical Center, Odyssey Hospice, Dr. Neeraj Bharany and all the love and support of wonderful friends and family. Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the Bernice and Ish Stivers Scholarship Fund at National Park Community College or The Salvation Army. [from Gross Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1936]
Stout, Bonnie Jean Donohue - Bonnie Jean Stout, 84,
of Hot Springs, passed away January 26, 2009, at home.
She was born on December 31, 1924, in Hot Springs to the late Timothy and Myrtle Donohue.
She was predeceased by her parents, Timothy and Myrtle Donohue and two sisters, Loraine Donathan and Dorthy Parker.
She is survived by daughter, Donna Lynn Hill, of Monroe, Louisiana; daughter, Debby Smith and husband Terry, of Hot Springs; four grandchildren: Laura Smelser, Chad Hill, Memory Moses and Stephany Milroy; eight great-grandchildren, three nephews and one niece.
She was a charter member of Hot Springs Baptist Church. She was employed for a number of years by Parker Bruce Co. and for AARP Senior Employment Program.
The memorial service for Bonnie will be 10 a.m. Thursday, January 29, 2009, at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home Chapel with Danny Baxter officiating.
Memorials may be made to Hot Springs Baptist Church Choir or Seasoned with Grace Ministries. [Sentinel-Record, January 28, 2009, p 11A] Class of 1943
Swartzbaugh, Harold Edward
- Harold Edward Swartzbaugh, 70, of Hot Springs passed away on Friday March
He was born July 25, 1941, to the late Harry Raymond and Christine (Baldwin) Swartzbaugh.
Survivors include his sister and brother in law, Virginia and Donald Stroud; two nephews, David Stroud and Phillip and wife Erin Stroud; two great nephews, Andrew and Jack Stroud; aunt, June Baldwin, and cousin, Danny Baldwin.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m Tuesday at Greenwood Cemetery with Chaplain Brad Launius from Dierksen Hopsice officiating. [from Gross Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1960]