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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]

Schran, Carolyn Moore - Carolyn Moore Schran, 79, of Bella Vista, formerly of North Little Rock, passed away Friday, October 4, 2013.
Born in Akron, Ohio, on December 29, 1933, Carol moved with her family to Hot Springs as a teenager and graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1952. She and her husband Jim, met in high school and married December 18, 1954, in Hot Springs.
Carol was a member of the Certified Dietary Managers Association, having previously worked in various central Arkansas health facilities. She was active in the Methodist church and local community, particularly as a volunteer for Arkansas Hospice of Little Rock. She was named the Arkansas Hospice Volunteer of the Year in 2002 and recently celebrated her 10-year volunteer anniversary.
She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and three brothers and is survived by her husband of 58 years, James Schran, of Bella Vista: a daughter, Linda Schran Chitwood, of Bella Vista; two grandchildren, Carolyn and Courtney Chitwood, of Bella Vista and Little Rock, respectively; a sister in-law, Mrs. Patsy Hall, of Hot Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Inurnment will take place at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arkansas Hospice of Little Rock or the Circle of Life Hospice, Legacy Village of Bentonville, Arkansas.    [from Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory online obituary]    [Class of 1952]

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 hospital.
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]

Searcy, Karla Ingrid Clinton - Karla Clinton Searcy passed away in her sleep July 17th in Bend, Oregon. She was born July 28, 1940, in Hot Springs, to the late Raymond and Mary Selma Clinton. She graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1958 and attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 33 years, Larry Searcy.
Karla's family meant the world to her and she is survived by her two loving daughters, Muffin Pearce (Allen) and Sandy Searcy (Michael Spragg); four grandchildren, Sean Bauer, Alyssa Bauer, Reid Bartell and Savannah Spragg; a brother, Raymond (Corky) Clinton Jr. (Kim), a sister, Mary Ann Clinton Wasson (Field); niece and nephew Trey and Elleyna Clinton; niece Angela Wasson-Hunt and nephews Field Wasson Jr., Karl Wasson; and many cousins.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 25, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. (Dr.) Lacy Sellars officiating. Pallbearers will be Sean Bauer, Reid Bartell, Trey Clinton, Field Wasson Jr., Dan Clinton, and Roger Clinton. Honorary pallbearers will be Bo Clinton, Fred Loyd, Al Carney, former President Bill Clinton, Mark Middleton, Roy Allen Clinton Jr., Allen Pearce and Mike Spragg.
Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Arthritis Foundation. Arrangements are by Gross Funeral Home.    [from Gross Funeral Home online obituary]    [Class of 1958]

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, Darrel Dean - Darrel Dean Short went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday July 5, 2013.
He was born in Glenwood, Arkansas, June 28, 1929, to the late Houston and Jenny Short.
Darrel was preceded in death by a son Franklin Dean Short, two granddaughters, Lora Short and Roxanne Short, a brother Leon Short and a sister Janice Short.
Loving survivors include his wife of 66 years Linda Adcock Short; son Teddy Leon Short; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce Short Hardage and her husband W. C.; grandchildren Wyndy Short (Chris) Hamilton of Hot Springs, Megan Short (Chris) Thomas of Benton, Jason Dean Short of Sherwood, and Sammy Short of Seattle, Washington; great-grandchildren, Destinee and Christain Hamilton, Grayson and Bekah Thomas, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Darrel was a member of First Pentecostal Church, The Gideon’s and Kiwanis. He worked in Jail Ministry. He graduated as Salutatorian, Hot Springs High School Class of 1947, and graduated UALR in accounting and was a licensed for real estate agent.
He worked for Southwestern Bell for 23 years and was a member of the Pioneers Telephone. He worked with Jim Randall Reality and Fred Hand Reality. He later purchased a major H&R Block franchise and retired after 33 years.
Honorary pallbearers are Patsy Smith, Nina Hardage, Renee Barentine, Cindy Harper, Merek Rowe, and Rev. Billy Frank Glidewell.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Van Glidewell, Rev. Wilburn Bates and Rev. Billy Frank Glidewell officiating. Burial will follow at Crestview Memorial Park.
The family would like to thank Dr. William Wright, Dr. Michael Frais, Dr. Bimlendra Sharma and nurses of Arkansas Hospice.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.    [from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary]    [Class of 1947]

Short, Earline Willis - Earline Short, 89, of Hot Springs passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. She was born January 1, 1925, to the late Willie Bettis Willis and George Willis in Hot Springs.
Earline served many years as a Sunday School teacher, secretary and worked on the bus and youth ministry at Oaklawn Missionary Baptist Church.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Clifford Short and her sister, Betty Walker.
Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Billy Joe and Faye Willis; two nephews, Rick Walker and Eddie Walker; two nieces, Sonya McFarland and Sandy Green; six great nephews; four great nieces and five great-great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday June 29th at Hot Springs Funeral Home. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday June 30th at Oaklawn Missionary Baptist Church with Brother Jeff Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Rick Walker, Eddie Walker, Cody Walker, Tyler Walker, Derick Walker, Kyle Green, Zack Tilley and Blake Tilley. Honorary pallbearers are the Deacons and members of Oaklawn Missionary Baptist Church.   [from Hot Springs Funeral Home online obituary]  [Junior in Class of 1943]

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 Legion.
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]

Slaughterbeck, Charles A. - Charles A. Slaughterbeck, 74, of Hot Springs, passed away August 27, 2013. He was born September 23, 1938, in Hot Springs to Charles and Hazel Slaughterbeck. Charles was a member of Gardner United Methodist Church and the Elks Club. He graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1957 and attended Henderson State Teachers College. Charles retired from Reynolds Aluminum Co. where he worked as a tool and die maker. Charles enjoyed gardening and was a custom knife maker.
He is predeceased by his parents, daughter, Tamra Slaughterbeck, son-in-law, Richard Bosson, sister, Caroline Slaughterbeck, brother, Gerald Slaughterbeck and father-in-law, Richard G. Snodgrass.
Loving survivors include his wife of 53 years, Shirley Slaughterbeck, sons, David Slaughterbeck and Chris Slaughterbeck, daughter, Julie Bosson, brother, Paul Slaughterbeck, of Missouri, sister, Charlene Grey, of California, mother-in-law, Mary Geneva Snodgrass, sister-in-law, Eloise (Richard) Meeks , nieces and nephews.
A gathering of family and friends will be 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2013, at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to Arkansas Hospice and the doctors and staff of UAMS’s ALS-MD Clinic.    [from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary]    [Class of 1957]

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 faith.
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 hospital.
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 around her.
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]

Spitzer, Eddie - Eddie Spitzer, attorney at law, age 61 of Hot Springs, died Tuesday, March 18, 2008.
Mr. Spitzer was born on November 12, 1946, in Germany, the son of Josef Spitzer and Anna Luxenburg Spitzer. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He practiced law for 36 years in Hot Springs and was noted for his wit and love of animals as well as his love of the beach, his favorite destination was Destin, Florida. He is survived by one brother and sister in law; Mark and Shirley Spitzer of Hot Springs; several lifelong friends; Janice McGrew of Glenwood, Kim Schrader, Rusty Scoggins, Phillip Mariage, Alicika, John Michael, Kaylee, and his little buddy Eli, all of Hot Springs, and Chris and Lisa Schmieteke, Anna and Olivia Schmieteke, all of Dallas; nieces, nephews; and a host of friends.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 24, 2008, at Beth Jacob Cemetery with Rabbi Fox officiating, under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Mariage, Rusty Scoggins, Richard Evans and Tony Batts.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Donald P. Brady, Dr. Robert F. McCrary Jr., Patricia and Darrell Blunt and the nursing staff of St. Joseph 5 West. [from Davis-Smith Funeral Home online obituary]  [Class of 1964]

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]

Stephens, Bernon Michael "Mike" - Mike Stephens, age 73, of Hot Springs, died, Saturday, August 11, 2012.
He was born on July 19, 1939, in Hot Springs, the son of Bernon Green "B.G." Stephens and Martha Jean Hutchingson [Huchingson] Stephens. On November 28, 1958, he was married to Martha Muse. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was a member of Center Fork Missionary Baptist Church.
Mike is survived by his wife, Martha Stephens of Hot Springs; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jay and Neyda Stephens of Nederland, Texas and Cameron and Marilee Stephens of Hot Springs; one daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Garold Lessig of Conway; six grandchildren, Ryan and Jayla Lessig of Greenbrier, Sydney and Brandon Fryxell of Conway, Christy Stephens and Tania Stephens both of Nederland, Texas, Kelsey Stephens and Kyler Stephens both of Hot Spring; two great-granddaughters; Jentry Lessig of Greenbrier and Aubree Shuffield of Hot Springs; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Larry and Gwen Stephens and Richard Stephens all of Hot Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2012, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Hot Springs, with Bro. Lynn Baxter officiating.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday evening.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Robert T. Muldoon and the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.    [from Davis-Smith Funeral Home online obituary]    [Class of 1957]

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]

Sullivan, John Edward "Ed," Jr. - John Edward "Ed" Sullivan, Jr., 70, of Nixon, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, after a valiant battle against cancer.
Ed was the son of the late John Edward Sullivan and Myrtle Elizabeth Mackey of Hot Springs, Arkansas; and brother of the late Julia Ann Inge of Austin, Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Diane Sullivan; their daughters Sherri Sullivan of Seattle, Washington, and Jennifer Drumm and her husband Mark Drumm of Thorndale, Texas; grandchildren Emily Drumm and Mason Drumm; his niece Debra George and her husband John George and their family of Waco, Texas; and Cheryl Walker and her husband David Walker and their family of Austin, Texas.
Ed was born November 5, 1942, in Hot Springs, Arkansas; graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1960; earned a bachelor degree in Psychology from Henderson State Teachers College in 1964; married Diane Tolson August 15, 1964, in Hot Springs, Arkansas; and earned an MBA from the University of Arkansas in 1978.
Ed was an officer in the U.S. Army for 23 years and served in the Vietnam War as a DUSTOFF pilot where he earned 16 awards including the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal. Among his assignments, he served as the MEDDAC Treaty Officer in Panama during the planning and preparation for implementation of the Panama Canal Treaty 1978 - 1981. He retired in 1987 having achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Ed was a member of the Nixon Lions Club, a member of the board of directors of the Gonzales Independence Golf Course and served as the vice president of the Water Protection Association for several years. He was a loving husband, devoted father and a proud American.
Arrangements have been made to hold a visitation at Finch Funeral Chapel on Sunday, September 15th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 308 E. Third St. Nixon, Texas. The burial is scheduled Monday, September 16th at 1:45 at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at donate.cancer.org.
Arrangements by Finch Funeral Chapel, LLC, of Nixon (830) 582-1521.    [from Finch Funeral Chapel online obituary]    [Class of 1960]

Swartzbaugh, Harold Edward - Harold Edward Swartzbaugh, 70, of Hot Springs passed away on Friday March 16, 2012.
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]