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SOME OF OUR DECEASED MEMBERS
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Adams, Homer Eschol

Mr. Adams was born April 13, 1918, in Bonnerdale, Arkansas, to Edmon and Sarah Elizabeth Adams. He was a retired lieutenant colonel with 21 years of service in the United States Air Force, serving during World War II and later. His love was flying, and he flew every type of bomber the Air Force had at the time. After retiring from the service, he flew for 19 years as a general aviation pilot in Northwest Arkansas. He and his wife, Hazel, joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1990. He died June 29, 2011, at his home in Norman and was survived by his second wife, Dorothy Cook Adams. He was buried July 5, 2011, at Howerton-Wildwood Cemetery in Montgomery County.

Adams, Hazel Lorene Weston

Hazel Weston was born to Dallas Lester and Effie Beatrice Weston June 13, 1923, in Oklahoma. She married Homer E. Adams May 19, 1941, in Garland County, Arkansas. They joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1990 and lived in Norman, Montgomery County, Arkansas. She died December 4, 1992, and is buried in Howerton-Wildwood Cemetery in Montgomery County.

Amis, Dorothy Armour Johnson

Dorothy Johnson was born November 12, 1920 in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, to George Arthur and Alice Postill Johnson. She was married to Robert W. Kent and Gilbert H. Amis. Ms. Amis moved to Hot Springs in 1982 and was a registered nurse. She was a member of the United Church of Canada and joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1980. She died May 17, 1993, in Hot Springs and was survived by her husband, Gilbert Amis.

Amis, Gilbert Harry

Gilbert Harry was born June 25, 1922, in El Paso, Texas, to Frank Elmo and Zelma Elizabeth Williams Amis. He was married to Dorothy Johnson. He was a major in the United States Air Force and served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was a 32nd degree mason, Scottish rite, Military Order of World Wars-Sojourners. He was survived by his wife, Olivia of Hot Springs. He died May 26, 2005, and is buried in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in Pulaski County.

Arthur, Mary

Bair, Kathryn

Ms. Bair was born February 25, 1922, and married Robert C. Bair. They joined in the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1996. She died August 31, 2003, and is buried in Crestview Memorial Park in Hot Springs.

Bair, Robert C.

Born December 20, 1921, Mr. Bair was a retired forester for Weyerhaeuser Company, a World War II veteran, and member of the Amateur Radio Club and First Baptist Church. He and his wife joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1996. He died February 21, 1999, in Hot Springs, and was survived by his wife, Kathryn, and was buried in Crestview Memorial Park in Hot Springs.

Berry, Emmett

Bennett, Bonita Ann Miller

Bonita Ann Miller was a daughter of Rheinhart and Winona Austin Miller. She and her husband, Benny Bennett, were co-owners of the Rocky Top Jubilee Family Music Show. She and her husband became members of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1996.
Bonita Miller Bennett died September 17, 2012.

Bodemann, Louis Charles Jr.

Louis Charles Bob Bodemann Jr

Bob was born February 27, 1927, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Louis Charles Bodemann, Sr., and Nella Stolfa Bodemann.
He served in the US Navy until 1946 and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He married Wanda Sanders of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1951.
After the service and college he worked for Tenneco Oil as a petroleum engineer in Houston, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Denver, Colorado; Casper, Wyoming; and then settled in Iola, Kansas, as an independent oil producer.
He coached his sons' baseball teams, served as a Boy Scout leader, sang in a barbershop quartet, and played tennis and softball. He and Wanda were involved in community theater in Iola, performing in numerous musical productions.
Bob and Wanda moved to Hot Springs Village in 1998 to be closer to their children and then to Hot Springs in 2001. They joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2006.
Bob died January 1, 2012.

Booles, Raymond Duddley

Raymond was born in Cheltenham, England, May 23, 1944, to Jesse Duddley Booles and Valerie Booles while his father was a soldier during World War II. His mother brought him to the United States on the RMS Queen Mary, landing in New York Harbor in 1946.
He graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1962 and attended Hendrix College in Conway for two years. He and Mary Elizabeth Powell married October 19, 1964. He spent four years in the United States Air Force (1964-1968) with one tour of duty in Vietnam and earned the rating of staff sergeant. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was listed on the Who's Who for University of Texas in 1970 for research he performed while attend UT.
He worked for Pantex in Amarillo, Texas, and then for Westinghouse in Richland, Washington, and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He then worked for his stepfather and served as executive vice president of Klipsch and Associates.
He and Mary joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1994. They were very active with the society until he became ill. His spent six years on dialysis. He died May 29, 2004, and his ashes are interred in Peak Cemetery, Garland County.

Breckling, Julius Peter-Herman "Sunny"

Julius Breckling photograph

Mr. Breckling was born March 7, 1929, to Martha Weigle Breckling and Julius Breckling Sr. in Hot Springs. A graduate of Lakeside High School and Oklahoma State University in 1951, he was the parks and recreation director in Little Rock.
He was a member of First Lutheran church, Garvan Woodlawn Gardens, and Fifty for the Future. He served on the board of directors of the Hot Springs Housing Authority. He and his wife, Uva, became members of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2010.
Mr. Breckling died October 22, 2012, and is buried in Shady Grove Cemetery, Hot Springs.

Broadbent, Arthur Jr.

Arthur Broadbent Jr photograph

Arthur was born November 12, 1930, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Arthur and Eva Rhodes Broadbent.
Arthur graduated from South High School in Worcester and then attended Worcester State Teachers College until he entered the United States Air Force in December 1950, where he served for 26 years earning the rank of major. He married Blanche Irene Keith in 1953. After retiring from the service, he and his family moved to Hot Springs where he worked for Landmark Savings and Loan.
He was active in several organizations including Hot Springs Homebuilders Association, Hot Springs Junior Achievement, and was a charter member of the Lake Hamilton Optimist Club. His fraternal memberships included Hot Springs Lodge No. 62 Free and Accepted Masons, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Little Rock, Arkansas, and Moslah Temple of Fort Worth, Texas. He and his wife joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2009.
Arthur died October 29, 2011, and was buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hot Springs.

Broadbent, Blanche Irene Keith

Blanche Irene Keith Broadbent photograph

Blanche Irene Keith was born June 10, 1931, at DeRoche, Arkansas, to Marvin Edgar Keith and Ruby Jane Thomason Keith. She graduated with honors from Hot Springs High School in 1949 and from Henderson State Teachers College in Arkadelphia in 1953. While at HSTC, the faculty named her as one of the top ten students of the freshman class 1949-50. She began her teaching career at Glenwood High School. In 1953, she married 2nd Lt. Arthur Broadbent, Jr. She taught at Bowie High School while they were assigned to Biggs AFB in El Paso, Texas.
The couple returned to Hot Springs in 1956, and she taught at Hot Springs High School. She began teaching at Lakeside High School and Lakeside Elementary in 1957. Lt. Broadbent was called back into the service in 1962, and she taught at Keeseville High School of Keesville, New York, and Peru Central School of Peru, New York. After retiring from the service, the family returned to Hot Springs in 1976. She, once again, taught at Lakeside Elementary and retired from Lake Hamilton Elementary in 1996.
They were members of Second Baptist Church and Crossgate Church. She was a charter member of the South Hot Springs Business and Professional Women's Club in 1956-57 and a member of the Garland County Retired Teachers Association. She and her husband joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2009.
Mrs. Broadbent died February 24, 2011, and is buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hot Springs.

Brooks, Sue Nooner

Sue Nooner Brooks

Sue Nooner Brooks passed away Friday November 30, 2012. She was born September 5, 1932, to Ruby and Elihue Nooner in Benton, Arkansas. She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, R. C. Nooner; her aunt, Jewel Meredith Muse; and her daughter, Crystal Suzonne Brooks.
She was a former member of Second Baptist Church and a present member of Hot Springs Baptist Church. She was a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society and a graduate of Hot Springs High School Class of 1950.
Sue is survived by three sons, Randy Brooks and his wife Karen, Brian Brooks, Greg Brooks and his wife Tamara; three granddaughters, Lauren, Whitney and Madison Brooks; two grandsons, Alex and Steven Brooks.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Pallbearers will be Kirby Stough, Mark Yates, Richard Meredith, Bradley Stillman, Steven Brooks, Alex Brooks and Jeff Grisham.
Services will be 10:00 am Wednesday December 5th, at Hot Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. (from Hot Springs Funeral Home online obituary)
Sue became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2006.

Brown, Alma Nell Soward

Nell Soward Brown

Alma Nell Soward, known as Nell, was born April 20, 1931, in Garland County to James Guy and Ruth (Lavender) Soward. She was a member of the 1949 graduating class of Hot Springs High School.
Nell married Donald Brown December 9, 1950, in Saline County, Arkansas, and they were the parents of three children: daughter, Liz;  and sons, Gerald Dwight and John "Hoppy."
A member of New Salem United Methodist Church, she and her late husband, Donald, were very active in the VFW and she was a cub scout leader. She may be remembered as a door greeter at Wal-Mart, where she made many friends.
Nell became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2004 where she served as treasurer from 2008-2011.
Nell passed away June 11, 2013. A memorial service was held in her honor June 22, 2013, at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home.

Brown, Andrew Jennings "Jack"

Jack Brown was born March 30, 1921, in Lexia, Kansas, to Andy A. and Gladys Ann Jennings Brown. Jack, like many of his Brown relatives, served on the Hot Springs Fire Department . He retired from the United States Postal Service in 1986.
March 14, 1947, he married Patricia Ann Soward, sister of Alma Nell Soward who married his half-brother D. A. Brown. Pat joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1982 and has been very active serving as a board membership and membership chairman.
Jack died July 29, 2000, and is buried in Godwin Cemetery in Garland County.

Brown, Calvin C.

Calvin was born November 22, 1920, to Clem and Suzie Brown. He was a member and deacon of Hot Springs Baptist Church, gospel singer and a past president of Oklahoma and Arkansas Gospel Singers Convention. He married Maxine Inez Norman August 9, 1942. They became members of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1987 and remained active members the remainder of his life.
Calvin died September 22, 2001, in Hot Springs and was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Royal.

Brown, Donald Austin "D. A."

Donald Austin Brown photograph

Donald was born July 6, 1926, in Hot Springs to Andy and Janice Morris Brown. He was a member of New Salem United Methodist Church. He was a former Hot Springs fireman and policeman. He was a member of Texas VFW District 21 where he served as state judge advocate, district commander, post commander, and district quartermaster. He was a retired electrician for Mary Kay Cosmetics in Dallas, Texas.
He married Alma Nell Soward December 9, 1950, and they were the parents of three children. Nell joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2004 and has served on the board of directors.
D. A. died December 22, 2009, and is buried in Godwin Cemetery, Garland County.

Brown, Elizabeth Combs Winn

Elizabeth Combs Winn was born June 4, 1915, in Grenada, Mississippi. She was a granddaughter of Dr. James L. Combs of Hot Springs whose home was on the site now occupied by the Ouachita Children's home on Combs Street. She attended school in Charleston, Senatobia and Jackson, Mississippi. In 1934, she married Francis Emory Brown.
She and Emory lived in Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, Memphis, Tennessee, and New Orleans, Louisiana, before retiring to Hot Springs in 1971. Mr. Brown became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1977.
Mrs. Brown is buried in Hollywood Cemetery alongside her husband and grandfather, Dr. James L. Combs.

Brown, James Clarence

James Clarence Brown photograph

James Clarence Brown was born September 10, 1927, at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia, to Oscar Brown and Levonia Ruth McGraw Brown. On March 1, 1983, he was married to Twila Marie Ackley-Dearing in Huber Heights, Ohio.
He attended Park College in Parkville, Missouri. In 1983, he retired from the U.S. Civil Service and went to work for Long & Foster Real Estate until 1990. He and Twila joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2006. He was also a member of numerous clubs and organizations including The Elks Lodge #380, the Republican Party of Garland County, the Garland County Master Gardeners, Garvan Woodland Gardens, the Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society, the Ouachita Hosta Society, Michael Finnell Masonic Lodge #711, Friends of the Library, and The National Rifle Association. He worked as an election poll worker, a past executive secretary and treasurer of the Garland County Fair Board, past president of Cherry Oak Property Owners Association, U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary, Tax Aide Preparers, and was a past Cub Master for a 250 Cub Scout pack. He was an Army and Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was an avid supporter of the Garland County Junior Livestock Auction. He was a patron in the Dictionary Project giving dictionaries to children in the third grade at Oaklawn Elementary of Hot Springs, Arkansas and the Pray-Woodman School in Maize, Kansas.
He enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling, and loved his family very much. He was well known as being a very kind and considerate man.
Interment was in the Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery on January 12, 2012, with military honors provided by the U.S. Air Force and the Thaddeus H. Carraway Post #2278 Honor Guard.

Brown-Weil, Maxine Norman

Maxine Inez Brown.

Maxine Inez Norman Brown-Weil was born 12 September 1923 to Joseph Ellis and Ida Mae Johnson Norman in Garland County, Arkansas.  She was a graduate of Mount Ida High School and attended Henderson University in Arkadelphia and Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway.  She married Calvin "Brownie" Brown 9 August 1942 in Garland County.  She taught school at Green Smith, Pleasant Hill and Fountain Lake Schools while Calvin was overseas during WWII.  After Calvin's death, Maxine married Thomas Lee Weil.  Maxine was a member and served as president, vice president, editor and treasurer of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society.  Maxine died 1 December 2006 and was survived by her son Kenneth Brown; a daughter Norma Su Brown Warner.  She was buried 6 December 2006 in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Royal, Garland County, Arkansas.

Bryant, Vaughn Motley

Mr. Bryant was born in February 28, 1916 in Austin, Texas, to Thomas Vaughn and Ethel Motley Bryant and spent his early childhood in Japan and Chicago, Illinois.
After attended college at the University of Missouri and the University of Virginia, he graduated with degrees in Spanish and journalism. He first worked for the Dallas Morning News and then was chief of bureau for the Associated Press in South America during the 1940s.
He returned to the United States in 1947 to assume the position of director of International Relations first for the Port of New Orleans and later for the Port of Houston.
In 1965 he was honored by the government of Belgium with membership in the Order of Leopold II for his years of work in establishing close links between the government of Belgium and the state of Texas. While at the Port of Houston, he was also instrumental in helping establish the Houston Seaman's Center as a place where sailors and crews from foreign ships could go for help and recreation during the time their ships were in port.
He retired from the Port of Houston in 1970, and he and his wife Elizabeth Daniel Bryant moved to Hot Springs.
He was a member of the Anglican Church, National Huguenot Society and helped with the Hot Springs Animal Shelter. He joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1982 and remained a member up until his death October 20, 1996. He is buried in Crestview Memorial Park in Hot Springs.

Buchheit, Ned Daniel

Ned Daniel Buchheit was born 23 December 1939 in Pearcy, Arkansas, to Frederick Austell and Mary Louise Francis Buchheit.  He served in the Air Force for four years before marrying Rachel Rainwaters on 17 November 1960, and they were the parents of four children. He served four years as a firefighter for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department in Santa Barbara, California, before moving back to Arkansas where he was a captain of the Piney Volunteer Fire Department and owned Ned's Air Conditioning Service. Mr. Buchheit became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1998 where he served as a volunteer library worker. He died 24 July 2007 and was buried 27 July 2007 at Oma Cemetery in Hot Spring County.

Burford, Elizabeth Jane Pittman

A lifelong resident of Hot Springs, Elizabeth Jane Pittman was born September 20, 1919, to Thomas W. "Mike" Pittman and Naomi V. Young Pittman. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Chrysostom's Anglican Church. She joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1988.
She was married to David R. Burford, Sr., and was survived by one son, David R. Burford, Jr., and predeceased by her daughter, Sherry McCain.
She died September 26, 1990, in Hot Springs and is buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Burkhart, Juanita Ann Parrish

Juanita Parrish was born May 28, 1927, in Du Quoin, Illinois, to Isaac Jarrett "Jack" and Anna Catherine "Mamie" Baker Parrish. She married Ralph S. Burkhart on November 24, 1945, in Macon County, Missouri. Mr. Burkhart preceded her in death June 27, 2004. She and Mr. Burkhart had four children; two of whom predeceased her: Ralph Stephen and Jo Ann Burkhart.
She graduated from Graham School of Nursing in Canton and then worked as a registered nurse. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1993 where she served as corresponding secretary in 1999. Leaving Hot Springs, she moved to Graham, North Carolina. She enjoyed music and was a gifted piano player.
Ms. Burkhart died March 8, 2012, at the Presbyterian Home of Hawfields in Mebane, North Carolina, and was buried at St. Charles Cemetery in Havana, Illinois.

Caldwell, Jacqueline Clark

Jacqueline Clark Caldwell

Jacqueline "Jackie" Clark was born August 18, 1932, in Hot Springs to Clare and Edith Stitt Clark. She was married to Renaford Stearns Caldwell.
Ms. Caldwell was an original board member of Quapaw House, one of the founders of the AIDS Resource Center, a volunteer for the Contact crisis line for twenty years, a DBS Alumni, one of the founders of the Telephone Pioneers of America in the Hot Springs area, co-owner of the Today magazine of Hot Springs, former owner of the Arrangement Flower Shop and former president of the Floral Association of Hot Springs, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs. She joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2000.
Ms. Caldwell died June 10, 2010, and was predeceased by her husband and son, David Eric Caldwell, and was survived by a son John Caldwell.

Caldwell, Renaford Stearns

Ren Caldwell was born November 19, 1928, in Hot Springs to Ford Weddington and Rena Stearns Caldwell. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a member of the First United Methodist Church. He worked for F.C. Stearns Hardware and was a former owner of the Arrangement Flower Shop. He joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2000.
He married Jacqueline Clark, and they were the parents of two sons: David Eric and John Caldwell. He died April 25, 2008.

Cartwright, Robert Eugene "Bob"

Robert Eugene "Bob"Cartwright was born November 8, 1922, in Wichita, Kansas, to Oliver Virgil and Leona Ella (Shutts) Cartwright.
Box was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal - 1943, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal with “Asia” Clasp, and Philippine Independence Ribbon.
Bob was retired from South Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in California.
Bob was first married to Daisy Cartwright and later married Ethel Mae Bradshaw Moore.
He was a charter member of the Methodist Church in Crestline, California. His wife, Ethel, became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1996.
Bob died April 5, 2014, at the age of 91.

Cash, Robert

Chote, Carrie Lucille Crews Reynolds

Carrie Lucille Crews Reynolds Chote

Carrie Lucille was born May 25, 1933, in Montgomery County, Arkansas, to George Franklin and Carrie Jane Crews Reynolds. November 10, 1950, Lucille married Carl Ellis Chote in Hot Springs and went on to graduate from Hot Springs High School in 1952.
She was an active member of the Parent-Teacher Association and became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1990 where she was also an active member. As a member of Second Baptist Church, she was Women on Mission Coordinator and later joined Hot Springs Baptist Church.
She worked at Peeple’s Grocery (on Third Street) where she met Carl, Cecile’s Shop (on Central) and Ross Maddox before she stopped due to shingles and then to become a stay-at-home mother. After her children became teenagers, she worked as a teacher’s aide at Gardner Elementary School, a clerk at Wal-Mart Pharmacy and a sales clerk at Dunkin’ Donuts, which became House of Donuts.
Lucille died December 14, 2012, in Hot Springs and is buried in Bethel Cemetery in Glenwood.

Chote, Carl Ellis

Carl Ellis Chote photograph

Carl Ellis Chote was born June 10, 1929, in Hatfield (Polk County) to Wallace Ira Ellis and Martha Catherine Boone Chote.
He dropped out of high school to make a living for his family after his father became too ill to work. He met Lucille Reynolds at Peoples Grocery on Third Street in Hot Springs where she worked and he delivered groceries for Stuart's Grocery. Carl and Lucille were married November 10, 1950.
He was licensed to preach on October 11, 1953, at Piney Baptist Church of Hot Springs and was ordained on May 27, 1956, at Piney Baptist Church.
He earned his GED and then attended Ouachita College for 2 1/2 years until Lucille became too sick and could no longer work full time.
He served as a bi-vocational pastor for more than 40 years until his health forced him to retire. Other employment was Stuart's Grocery Co., Ross Maddox, Reliable Life Insurance, Keith Smith Co., Oaklawn Farms, Abilities Unlimited, Inc., and Lake Hamilton School District, where he retired in 1994 after 22 years as director of maintenance.
He was a short-wave radio operator and a member of the Spa Ham Radio club and the Hot Springs Ham Radio Club. His wife, Lucille, joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1990.
He died March 23, 2011, and is buried in Bethel Cemetery in Glenwood.

Clements, Enon Willice

Enon Willice was born September 3, 1924, in De Queen, Arkansas, to Inon and Agnes Karr Clements.. He married to Margaret Blanche Johnson Clements, a charter member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society, on May 18, 1946. He was a World War II U.S. Navy Veteran, retired Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America area superintendent of communication, member of Entelec, Arkansas Crime Commission and First Christian Church of De Queen. He died October 10, 2001, and is buried in Avon Cemetery in Sevier County, Arkansas.

Cline, Willy Frank "Billy"

Billy Cline was born July 23, 1921, to Will W. and Nancy Cline. He was a retired truck driver for F.C. Stearns and a school bus driver for Lake Hamilton schools. He was a member of Second Baptist Church and the Garland County Historical Society, His wife, Inez, was one of the charter members of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society.
He died January 23, 1984, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs.

Conn, Leslie V.

Leslie V. Conn was born June 27, 1920, in Onarga, Illinois, to Leon and Ethel Daugharthy Conn. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II and a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was married to Mildred Wilson. He and his wife joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1998.
He died May 15, 2002, and is buried in Onarga Cemetery in Onarga, Illinois.

Cravy, Betty Jean Dozier

Betty Jean Dozier was born March 11, 1941, to Miller Z. "Toots" and Hazel Durell Dozier in Canton, Texas. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University and held a doctorate from Texas Women's University. She taught high school chemistry and physics, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1995.
Dr. Cravy died March 12, 2009, and is buried in Old Bethel Cemetery in Van Zandt County, Texas.

Crawford, Betty Jo Germany Hendershot

Betty Jo Germany was born August 22, 1930, in Smackover, Arkansas, to Samuel and Lorene Holt Germany.
Betty worked at Craighead Laundry for many years and was of the Baptist faith.
She was predeceased by two husbands, Wayne Hendershot and James W. Crawford; three stepsons, Eugene Crawford, James Crawford, and David Crawford; and one sister, Dorothy Runyon.
Survivors include one son, Eugene Hendershot; two brothers, Charles and Eugene Germany; two grandchildren, Angela Crawford and Austin Craig.
Mrs. Crawford became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1993.
Mrs. Crawford died October 8, 2013, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Hot Springs.

Dickson, Joe Alex

Joe Alex Dickson

Commander Joe Alex Dickson was born 25 August 1924, in Horn Lake, Mississippi, to LaDelle Ingram and Lucius McNairy Dickson and was married to Mary Edwards Miller.
Dickson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1949. He received the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf clusters for his actions in the invasion of Inchon. He entered the Naval flight training school in Pensacola, Florida, in January 1951 where he receiving his wings May 1952. He began working for Ford Motor Company in 1956 where he retired in 1989.
He served with Rotary International and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs, and he and his wife Mary became members of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1999.
Mr. Dickson died 20 November 2012 and was buried at Hinds Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Nesbit, Mississippi.

Dickson, Mary Edwards

Mary Edwards Dickson

Mary Edwards Miller was born 31 July 1923 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Dr. Oliver Patteson and Mary Virginia Edwards Miller and was married to Joe Alex Dickson.
Mrs. Dickson attended the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville earning her degree in social work. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs, Daughters of the American Revolution, Questers and Rotary Ann's of Rotary International, Hot Springs Garden Club, and she and her husband Joe became members of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1999.
Mrs. Dickson died 5 December 2009 and was buried at Hinds Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Nesbit, Mississippi.

Dillard, Virgil Ray

Virgil Ray was born April 7, 1916, to James Wayne and Canna Bell Childs Dillard. He married Frances Marcile Carson (one of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society's charter members) on October 9, 1938. He died November 20, 1989, and is buried next to Marcile in Oak Hill Cemetery, Garland County.

Dodd, Ollie Bell Coleman

Ollie Bell Coleman was born February 20, 1912, to Fred H. and Mary Frances Winkler Dodd in Garland County, Arkansas. She married Ernest J. Dodd. Ms. Dodd became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1978. She died December 16, 1990, and is buried in Mountain Valley Cemetery in Garland County.

Douglass, Wayne L., Sr.

Wayne Douglass photograph

Wayne L. Douglass Sr., a son of Lee Andrew and Rubie Douglass, was born October 5, 1938, in Hot Springs and was married to Sara Martin. Wayne was a 1958 graduate of Hot Springs High School.
In 1992, after serving his country and completing two tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam during conflict he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force as a SMSGT. Upon retirement he continued to work with the Disabled American Veterans at local, state, and national levels. He also was employed with the state of Arkansas Employment Security Division. He was an active member of the following organizations: Elks lodge #380, Disabled American Veterans, Athletic Commissioner for the state of Arkansas, member and deacon of Central Baptist Church, member of the Caleb Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, He was youth leader to the protestant youth group in Spangdahlem Germany, youth leader at Central Baptist and the Gideons. He and his wife joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2006.
Wayne passed away February 22, 2013, at National Park Medical Center and is buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Driver, Olivia Maxwell Hartman

Olivia was born July 1, 1923, in Dallas, Texas, to William Wallace and Ida Wolcott Maxwell Hartman. She graduated from North Dallas High School in 1941 and married Billy Jay Driver in 1942. The couple moved to Hot Springs in 1967, owned and operated Bill Driver's Western Auto Stores, then sold real estate until Bill's death in 1994.
She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church from 1967-2007 and later, a member of First Presbyterian Church of Springdale; a member of Hot Springs Lioness club, Beta Sigma Phi, Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary, and joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1999.
She died April 18, 2011, in Springdale, Arkansas, and is buried next to her husband, Bill, in Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Hot Springs.

Duke, Ruby Marie Balcom

Ruby Marie Balcom Duke

Ruby Marie Balcom was born January 26, 1933, and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was a graduate of Cheyenne High School in 1950 and attended Christian College at Columbia, Missouri, where she was named to membership in Alpha Pi Epsilon, a honorary commerce society. After marrying William E. Duke of Biloxi, Mississippi, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and moving to Laramie, she attended the University of Wyoming while working at the Bureau of Mines and serving on the board of the First Christian Church.
In the next few years she and Mr. Duke had two children, William E. Duke and Deirdre Duke. In 1971, Mrs. Duke and her family moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, where her husband worked at Weyerhaeuser and her children attended Lakeside High School. Mr. Duke is buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Garland County.
Some of her activities in this community included memberships in the Audubon Society, the Melting Pot Genealogical Society, and the John Percifull Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. She became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1995 and served as vice president from 1996-1997 and president from 1998-1999.
Sadly, Mrs. Duke passed away June 2, 2011, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Eaton, Leonard

Ellis III, Leonard Richard

Leonard Richard Ellis was born October 7, 1940, in Hot Springs to Leonard Richard and Jeanne Pamplin Ellis.
He graduated from Hot Springs High School and attended Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Henderson State University. He was co-owner of L.R. Ellis Properties, Inc., and a member of First United Methodist Church. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club, a past member of the Downtown Rotary Club, past vice president of the Arkansas Land and Title Association, a member of the Hot Springs Golf and Country Club, and Chamber of Commerce. He joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2007.
He died December 31, 2007.

Fendley, Gary

Fendley, Pearl Mae Weatherford

Pearl Mae Weatherford Fendley photograph

Pearl Mae Weatherford was born November 4, 1922, in Oma to David Monroe and Ola Kizziar Weatherford. She married Artis Auston Fendley February 15, 1942.
Pearl was a homemaker most of her life but learned the trade of welder in the California shipyards during World War II in order to assist in the war effort. She was a member of the Center Fork Missionary Baptist Church and became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1991.
She died September 5, 2013, and is buried in Oma Cemetery in Hot Spring County, Arkansas.

Gibson, Jim

Jim Gibson was born April 25, 1934, in Hot Springs to Andrew Marvin and Ona Marie Orrell Gibson. He was a member of Christway Unity Church. He and his wife, Nancy, joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2002.
Jim graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1953 and from Ouachita Baptist College in 1959 with a degree in economics. He worked for Safety for 39 years in Arkadelphia, Little Rock, Monticello, Greenwood, Pine Bluff, and Mississippi. After retiring from Safeway, he and Nancy moved back to Hot Springs where he worked as a greeter in the Instant Racing room at Oaklawn Park.
Jim died August 17, 2005, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

Graves, Wayne

Gray, James Andrew

James Andrew Gray was born October 4, 1922, in Austin, Arkansas, to Andy Dinsmore and Mary Frances Tilley Gray. He married Lola Lovenia Lane August 21, 1943. He became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1981. He died January 20, 1989.

Greenlee, Elmer

Hall, John Carroll

John Carroll was born to Sarah Jean McDonald September 24, 1929, in Benton, Arkansas. In 1932, Sarah married Raymond Leard Hall, and he adopted John Carroll. John Carroll, along with his brother Gene Raymond, joined their father in Hall Printers and Stationers of Hot Springs. John married Patsy Ruth Schran October 28, 1951. Patsy joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1997. John died October 26, 1997, and is buried in Crestview Memorial Park in Hot Springs.

Hancock, Leona Vincent

Hardwick, Deller Scott

Deller Scott was born January 3, 1917, in Bessemer, Alabama, to Romie Rufus and Arlevie Cofer Scott. She was a deacon for the First Presbyterian Church and joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1992.
Deller died February 26, 2008, at her home in Hot Springs and is buried next to her husband in Crestview Cemetery, Hot Springs.

Hardwick, James Thomas Jr.

James T. Hardwick was born in 1915 and married to Deller Scott. Deller joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1992.
James died in 1997 and is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Hot Springs.

Hawley, Gary Cletis

Gary Cletis Hawley was born October 5, 1942, in Hot Springs to Louis B. Hawley and Christine (Meeks) Otten.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from San Diego to the U.S.S. Sierra from 1958-1962. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene and an electrician. He joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1984.
Gary died March 11, 2009, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Garland County.

Haynes, Nancy Ann Cotton

Nancy Ann Cotton Haynes photograph

Nancy was born September 30, 1946, in Centerpoint, Arkansas, to Tom William Cotton Sr. and Vera Gean Duff Cotton. She was married to Terry Haynes, and they were the parents of three children.
Nancy was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Daughters of the American Revolution (Hot Springs of Arkansas Chapter). She became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1982 and was a lifetime member. She served as recording secretary in 2000 and 2001. A very active member of MPGS, she was also a volunteer librarian.
Nancy died October 25, 2012, and is buried in Crestview Cemetery, Garland County.

Haynes, Terry Lane

Terry Lane Haynes was born March 8, 1942, in Guys, Tennessee, to the late Nathan Dale and Etta Kathren Durel (Gooch) Haynes.
He served in the Army and Air Force, was a public school teacher, and a businessman. As lieutenance colonel of the Civil Air Patrol, he served with Emergency Services for forty years. Terry was also a college professor, world traveler, professional pilot, and a quiet philanthropist.
He and his wife, Nancy Ann Cotton Haynes, became members of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1982 and were quite active in the association.
Terry died March 16, 2014.

Hobbs, William Charles, Jr.

Charles Hobbs was born January 5, 1925, in Benton to William Charles and Dovie Cordelia Drennan Hobbs, Sr.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. He was retired from Reynolds Metals, former owner of H&H Beauty Supply in Benton and Davidson's Beauty Supply and Charlie's Clipper Service of Hot Springs, Oaklawn Jockey Club clipper man and member of the Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church, VFW Post 2278 and joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1996.
Charles died January 11, 2001, in Hot Springs and is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery, Saline County.

Holbrook, D. L.

D. L. Holbrook was born July 28, 1915, to Lee and Mentie Sullivan Holbrook (from findagrave.com).
He was a retired rural letter carrier, a deacon and educational director at Sunset Church of Christ in Nashville, and taught home Bible studies. He and his wife were missionaries in Canada, Belize, Australia, England, Ireland and Wales.
He was on the board of directors for the World-Wide Spanish Speaking Literature Ministry, a former secretary of the Arkansas Rural Letter Carriers Association, and past president of the Hot Springs Village Kiwanis Club.
He was first married to Virginia Ann Hutchinson, who died in 1973. He then married Becky Tilotta and the couple moved to Hot Springs Village. He joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1988.
D. L. died May 31, 1996, and is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Howard County, Arkansas, next to his first wife, Virginia.

Huelster, William

Hughes, Carol Dee Heidorn

Carol Dee Heidorn was born November 24, 1935 in Antioch, Contra Costa, California. She married Raymond W. Hughes September 14, 1968, and became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1983. She died January 7, 1986, in Contra Costa, California.

Humphrey, Mary

Jackson, Clara Madsching

Clara Madsching Jackson, a daughter of George and Mary Madsching, was born in 1900. She was a former rural school teacher and active in community affairs in Saline and Garland County, Arkansas. She joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1980.
Clara passed away May 9, 1986, and was buried in Ten Mile Cemetery in Saline County, Arkansas.

Jones, Gilford Merle

Gilford Merle Jones photograph

Gilford Merle Jones was born December 26, 1922, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to James Roy Jones and Audrey Genevieve Maughn Jones. Merle, as he was known, married his Lakeside High School sweetheart, Jimmie Lois Caton Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Jones were the parents of four children: Stephen Wayne, Michael Alan, David Merle Jones, and Martha M. Jones Koon.
Merle served in the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet for six years during World War II and was a lifetime member of VFW Caraway Post 2278 of Hot Springs. He was a supporter of the Veterans Memorials of Garland County and was honored there with a personalized brick. After the war he received a degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma City University. Later, he became the head mechanical engineer for Munro Co. and superintendent of B. G. Wilson Lumber Company.
He and Jimmie joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1984 and became very active members; and, after retiring, they traveled and researched their family history.
Merle died May 6, 2011, and was buried in Morning Star Cemetery in Hot Springs.

Joyce, Norma Jhonell Hammond

Kekich, Dorothy Midkiff

Dorothy was born February 3, 1922, in Hot Springs to George Dee and Ella Kirkpatrick Midkiff. During World War II, Dorothy went to Washington, D. C., and worked at the Pentagon. Later on, she returned to Hot Springs and worked at the Army and Navy Hospital with the Red Cross. She retired from Reynolds Metals Company. She joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1987 and served on the telephone committee. She died September 6, 2004, in Hot Springs and is interred in the First United Methodist Church Columbarium.

Kemp, Raymond O.

Raymond Otis Kemp was born November 2, 1918, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to William Harvey and Nora Emma Fields Kemp. Raymond married Norma Theodora Murphy on February 3, 1945.
Raymond, a retired postal clerk, was a U. S. Army veteran and past master of Masonic Sumpter Lodge 419, member of the Elks Lodge 380, and the First Christian Church.
He and Norma are buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, in Garland County, Arkansas.

King, Jacob Larry

Jacob Larry King was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on March 11, 1910. Mr. King was a public accountant and lifetime resident of Garland County. He was a life member and past president of the Arkansas Society of Public Accountants.
Jacob graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1926. He married the former Ruth Aleene Burns and they were the parents of three daughters.
Jacob was an active member of the First Baptist Church since 1935. He served as church treasurer for 50 years and a Deacon Emeritus. He also served 30 years on the board of trustees of Baptist Health in Little Rock, Arkansas, with two years as president.
Mr. and Mrs. King became members of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1977.
Jacob passed away on June 23, 2001. Ruth in 2007. Both are buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
This comment was included in Jacob King’s obituary:
It is my earnest desire to pass on to my posterity my strong belief in Divine Providence and the importance of the power of God in the affairs of men. I have tried to frame my life around the importance of dependability, honesty, integrity and loyalty, and I heartily recommend to my posterity these guidelines for living a full and rewarding life. Jacob L. King

King, Ruth Aleene Burns

Kinsey, Floretta Kilgo

Floretta Kilgo was born August 8, 1932, to Harry Greene and Evelyn Keller Kilgo and grew up in Mountain Valley of Garland County.
She was married to Vernon Kinsey, and they had six children. She and Vernon joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1987.
Mrs. Kinsey passed away July 19, 2011, of cancer and is buried in Peak Cemetery in Garland County.

Kinsey, Mary Frances Payton Stephens

Mary Frances Patton Stephens Kinsey photograph

Mary Frances Payton was born November 20, 1927, to Roy and Hazel Delay Payton in Hot Springs. She was predeceased by her first husband, John William Stephens. She was a retired daycare operator, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Eastern Star. She joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1999.
She died June 2, 2011, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs.

Kinsey, Vernon

Vernon Kinsey

Vernon Kinsey was born June 10, 1921, to Marcus Lawson and Cynthia Kinsey in Mazarn Township of Montgomery County, Arkansas, one of seven children.
After graduating as valedictorian from the then one-room Mount Ida High School, he became a bookkeeper for Wilson Meat Packing Company.
As a young boy he was amazed by airplanes and always wanted to fly one. He became a private pilot. During World War II, Naval Aviator Lieutenant Vernon Kinsey trained pilots in Pensacola, Florida.
After the war, his last mission was to deliver his plane to the bone yard and make his way home.
He became a commercial pilot for Hot Springs Airways. Later he had a 40-year career at Sears and Allstate Insurance. At retirement his next successful career was as a real estate broker. He was a true entrepreneur and a driven businessman.
He was married to Floretta Kilgo Kinsey. They were the parents of six children. They joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1987.
Vernon died January 6, 2012. He is buried at Peak Cemetery in Garland County, Arkansas.

Kosmach, Johnny

Johnny Kosmach was born August 6, 1926, in Lovilia, Iowa, to John and Frances Zarnie Kosmach. He was retired from Jensen Construction in Des Moines, Iowa, and a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion-Howard Cessna Post 136, both in Iowa, and St. John's Catholic Church. He and his wife, Louise, joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1996.
Mr. Kosmach died June 13, 1998, in Hot springs and is buried in Oakview Cemetery in Albia, Iowa.

Kuyper, Alice Faye Doss

Alice Faye Doss Kuyper photograph

Alice Faye Doss was born February 16, 1945, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to the Rev. Alfred and Cecil Doss. she graduated from Henderson State University with a master's degree in music. She was a choir director for Garland County schools for many years. After retirement, she became interested in her family genealogy and joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1997.
She was married to David E. Kuyper. Alice Faye died March 4, 2011.

Lewis, Frank Forrest

Mr. Lewis was born October 4, 1926, to Frank and Ina Young Pharr Lewis in Houston, Texas. He served in the Air Force during World War II and retired from Shell Oil Company after 37 years of service. He was married to Onova Witherspoon and became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1983. He died November 18, 2004, and is buried at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

Mahoney, Mary Elizabeth

Matlock, Dr. Carl F.

Carl Matlock

Dr. Carl F. Matlock, age 76, of Benton passed away May 4, 2012, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born July 23, 1935, in Bismarck, Arkansas, to the late Howard F. and Oma Hughes Matlock. Carl was in the Army National Guard from 1957-1963. He was a chiropractor in Benton for many years and was of the Baptist faith.
Carl and his wife Betty (Bailey) worked together for many years in his office and many of their patients became part of their family. Carl loved to do history and genealogy for his patients and other people at no charge. He was in numerous genealogy groups in other states.
He was also a member of the Arkansas Chiropractic Society, the Saline County Tea Party, Saline County Republican Committee, Hot Spring County Historical Society and the Boone County Historical Society.
His service was Wednesday, May 9th, at 10:00 a.m., at the Regency Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Shane Knight and Brother Doug Hammonds officiating. Burial was in the Old DeRoche Cemetery. [from Regency Funeral Home online obituary]
He joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2001.

Maus, Frances Williams Blyth

Frances Williams Blyth Maus photograph

Frances "Fran" Williams Blyth Maus of Hot Srpings, Arkansas, was born on September 6, 1923, in Sheridan and graduated from State Teacher’s College in Conway. She married Col. Charles William "Bill" Blyth, USMC in 1946. Following his death, she was married to Louis Craig Maus, whom she followed to Hot Springs in 1989. She died October 28, 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents Oliver R. and Clara Zinn Williams of Sheridan and both husbands.  She was buried in Lost Creek Cemetery, Sheridan, Grant County, Arkansas. [from Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan online obituary]
Mrs. Maus became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2008.

McAdams, Dorothy Rushing

Dorothy was born September 16, 1925, to Pete and Ethel White Rushing and married to Joe Bob McAdams. She joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2000. She died February 26, 2004, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs.

McAllister, Elizabeth "Betty" Lane

Elizabeth "Betty" Lane was born March 24, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Gilbert and Elizabeth Lane. She was church librarian at Southland Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, for 29 years and organized a library at Hot Springs Baptist Church in Hot Springs. She was also a member of the Diamondhead Women's Golf Association, Diamondhead Republican Women, Melting Pot Genealogical Society, and a charter member of Hot Springs Baptist Church. She married Mark Lowery McAllister June 15, 1956. She died June 29, 1999, in Hot Springs and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.

McGowan, John J.

John J. McGowan was born April 23, 1923, in Costa Mesa, California.
He was a member of the Grand Avenue United Methodist Church, a 32nd Degree Mason in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and a World War II veteran.
Mr. McGowan and his wife, Mary Ann, began members of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1997.
John died July 24, 2000, at his home in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
He chose cremation and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs. Mr. McGowan was survived by his wife Mary Ann, two daughters and one son.

McKinzie, John D.

Melton, Manly Shannon

Merriott, Elva Pearl Dodd

Elva Pearl was born December 22, 1902, in Saline County, Arkansas, to Elmer Pemberton and Louanna Iona Tillery Dodd. She was married to Monroe Merriott and he predeceased her in death. She became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1977. She moved to San Diego, California, where she died March 12, 1996. She is buried in Antioch Cemetery in Saline County.

Merritt, Bette

Miles, Katharine

Miller, Burval L.

Milliron, Donna G. Witherell Hulsey Lingo

Donna was born February 7, 1951, in Hot Springs to Homer D. and Bertha D. Gardner Witherell. She became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2001. She died March 11, 2005, in Hot Springs and is buried in Morning Star Cemetery in Hot Springs.

Moffat, Charles M.

Moffat, Norma Miller

Moll, Ronald James

Ronald James Moll photograph

Ronald James Moll was born June 1, 1934, in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Bernard William and Ethel May Bruggink Moll. He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. He served with the American Association of Retired Persons at Washington, D.C., for many years and was a supporter of animal welfare and a member of First Baptist Church of Hot Springs and joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2000. He was married to Alice Jayne Lubberts.
He died December 30, 2011.

Murphy, Thomas E. "Ted"

Nance, James Henry

James Henry Nance photograph

John Henry Nance was born to John Richard Nance and Nanny Evaline Williams on November 4, 1917, the youngest of five children in Hot Springs. He married Mary Ernestine Smith on August 14, 1944. They raised their family of four children in Hot Springs where they were converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They were sealed as an eternal family in the Salt Lake Temple on August 5, 1968. Mary died on Christmas Day, 2005.
James was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He worked at Chitwood Chevrolet and Hensley Motors as a sales manager. In 1967, he and Ernestine moved to Salt Lake City to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
He and Mrs. Nance joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1985.
Mr. Nance died May 8, 2013, after a brief illness.

Nance, Mary Ernestine Smith

Necessary, James Martin

Nelson, Gloria Joann Young

Nobles, Don Larron

Don Larron Nobles.

Don Larron Nobles, age 63, of Fountain Lake, died Friday, May 22, 2009.
He was born on June 17, 1945, near Delight in Pike County, the son of Vernon Alexander Nobles and Anna Bell Shepherd Nobles. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Jerry Thomas Nobles.
He was retired from the Hot Springs Fire Department and a member of the Owensville Baptist Church.
Survivors are his wife, Charleen Cook Nobles of Fountain Lake; three children, Donna LeAnne Nobles Belote and her husband, Kurt, of Fountain Lake, Jerry Kieth Nobles and his wife, Connie, of Mobile, Alabama and Ronald (Ron) Larron Nobles and his wife, Tena, of Owensville; seven grandchildren, Marla Hammond and her husband, Chad, and Joshua Belote all of Fountain Lake, Kayla, Annabelle and Chloe Nobles of Alabama, Nathanial and Mason Nobles of Owensville; one great-granddaughter, Emma Faith Hammond; his sister, Brenda Scott of Hot Springs; his uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2009, in the Owensville Baptist Church with the Rev. Clarence Shell, Jr., and Rev. Scott Culpepper officiating.
Interment will be in the Owensville Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs.
Don served as vice president of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2002.

Nooner, R. C.

Owen, Ernest T.

Plant, Vera A. Boston

Ray, Arliss Dean

Arliss Dean Ray photograph

Arliss Dean Ray was born April 3, 1929, to Clyde E. and Gladys Lorraine Wofford Ray in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He served as a fire lookout in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, when he was 16 and 17. He served as a LTJG and ship chaplain on the USS New Haven in the Korean War and was awarded several medals including a Korean Presidential Unit Citation.
He married Ardyth "Jackie" Lee Sharman in San Diego, California, in 1952. They were the parents of five children and fostered three other children.
After graduating from Hot Springs High School in 1947, he entered Yale University where he graduated in 1951 and received his MS from Oregon State University in 1957 and his Ph.D. from University of California-Berkeley in 1962. He taught civil engineering at Vanderbilt University and University of Missouri-Columbus and was the vice president of Woodward-Envicon in New Jersey and was the executive officer of Emanco, an environment consulting business in Houston, Texas, from 1973-1994. [taken from obituary in the Sentinel-Record]
He returned to Hot Springs in 1993 and became active in the Garland County Historical Society and became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1995. He served as vice president for the Melting Pot in 1998 and 1999 and president in 2000 and 2001.
Mr. Ray died October 19, 2010, due to complications of Alzheimer's disease and his ashes were buried in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Reed, Melba Oldeene Hunter

Ridgeway, Pearl Lane

Pearl Lane Ridgeway.

Pearl Lane Ridgeway, 87, a lifelong resident of Hot Springs died on Monday, August 17, 2009, at her home. She was born March 11, 1922, to Lenora Ethel Cook Lane and Walton Y. Lane in Hot Springs.
Mrs. Ridgeway was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church, past president of the Garland County Historical Society, past president of Ramble School PTA, a member of the Melting Pot, retired manager of the Downtown Visitors Center for the Advertising and Promotion Commission of Hot Springs , and recipient of the Hot Springs Diamond Award in 2003.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Bill Ridgeway. Sr.; one sister and brother-in-law, May and Sammy Zorub.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Darla Ridgeway, Jr., of Hot Springs; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dr. Greg Foster of Vienna, Virginia; one nephew, Dr. David Zorub of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; seventeen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. William O. Reeves and Dr. David Wilson officiating.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hot Springs Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Keith Foster, Kurt Foster, Marc Ridgeway, Matthew Ridgeway, Jeffrey Lynch, Joshua Lynch, Drew McCurry, Zack McCurry and Donnie Reynolds.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Nizar Suleman, Dr. Timothy Webb, Dr. James Gardner, Bob Ridgeway, Mike Ridgeway, Bill Crone, Merek Rowe, Jim Buckner, Dr. David Zorub, David Nichols, Austin Wade Ridgeway, Don Bridges, Matt Roberts and T.J. Hughes.
Entombment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery Mausoleum.
Memorials have been designated to The Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure, Attn: Elizabeth Clark, Financial and Missions Director, 904 Autumn Rd. Ste 500, Little Rock, AR 72211 or Paws and Claws, P.O. Box 20254, Hot Springs, AR 71903.
Arrangements are by Hot Springs Funeral Home.
Online condolences at www.hotspringsfh.com [from Hot Springs Funeral Home online obituary]
Pearl has been a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society for numerous years as well as being very active in the Garland County Historical Society.

Robbins, Lanny S.

Lanny Robbins

Lanny Sydney Robbins, the son of John H. and Lillian Reader Robbins, was born 14 April 1938 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
He graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1956, Arkansas Tech, Southwestern Theological Seminary and U. S. Army Command and General Staff College.
He served ten years active duty in the Adjutant General Corps including Vietnam (1968-1969) followed by the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon and the Armed Forces Courier Service in Washington D. C.
In 1963 he entered the seminary. He retired as Active Reserves Chaplain in 1990. He served in Des Moines, Iowa (1976-1983), where he founded Good News Mission Ministry in the Polk County Jail, Crossroad Ministries in Fort Des Moines Correctional Facility, and the Southern Baptist Church.
He was pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Kearney, Nebraska, from 1985-1986.
Lanny and wife Marguerite Holzer Robbins moved back to Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1986, where Lanny was Founding Chaplain of Garland County Jail Ministries and became Chaplain Emeritus in 2001.
Lanny and Marguerite became members of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1995.
Lanny passed away on 4 September 2009 due to respiratory failure from post bulbar polio syndrome. He is buried at Crestview Cemetery in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Schultz, Glenn Raymond

Veteran Glenn Schultz.

Glenn Schultz.

Glenn Raymond Schultz was born 4 March 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri, to the late Raymond and Olga Tilley Schultz.
Interrupting his studies at Harvard University to join the Merchant Marines during WWII, he returned to school after the War and graduated in 1949.  He again volunteered service to our country in the Korean War by enlisting in the United States Navy.  The photo to the left was taken in San Francisco, California, late 1946 at age 19, after Glenn's return from a 15-month tour of duty in the Philippine Islands as a Purser/Pharmacist Mate (Merchant Marine, a division of the Coast Guard during WWII).  He was on the S.S. Heber M. Creel, a Liberty Ship.
With his degree in economics, he had a successful career in investment banking.  In his retirement years he enjoyed his hobby of genealogy and was a past president of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in Hot Springs.  Glenn also served the Melting Pot Genealogical Society as treasurer.  It was due to his efforts that we attained our 501(c)(3) designation as a public non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service.
The Melting Pot Genealogical Society lost a valued friend and member when he passed away 14 September 2006 in Hot Springs.
He was predeceased in death by his parents and his son Gary.  Survivors include his wife, Rochelle Cochran; daughter Kathy Lower and husband Keith; daughter Kristi Schultz Webber; granddaughter Elizabeth Adams; great-granddaughter Abigail Adams; stepson Richard Cochran, Jr., and wife Leslie; step-daughters Mimi Moore and Michelle Martindill, step-grandchildren Evan and Carli Moore.
Glenn and Rochelle were married almost 21 years.  Rochelle remains a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society.

Scott Jr., Ira E.

Shanks, Wilda

Wilda Shanks.

Wilda Carson Barnes was born February 18, 1925, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Clarence Vernon and Fay Carson Barnes. She became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1989.
Wilda realized her avocation, genealogy, having retired with husband John to Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs. A "how to" workshop sponsored by the Melting Pot sparked her curiosity and eventually led to serving that society as Vice President for Programs (1992-1993) as well as temporary editor for their biannual publication. During that period, she met the [Hot Springs] Village Genealogical Society (VGS) past-president Charles Blackard who was serving on the Garland County Library Board and who was promoting genealogy for that library.
Upon becoming a Villager in 1993, Wilda accepted the challenge of VGS Board Member-at-large followed by selection as Vice President for Programs and scrapbook historian. Her genealogy zeal was enhanced through volunteer service at the Hot Springs LDS Family History Center as well as participating in numerous state and local workshops.
A graduate of the now "notorious Central High School," Wilda was a Little Rock native. She received her AFA degree from William Woods College, Fulton, Missouri, and her BA degree from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A clerical career includes office manager then administrative assistant in research activities for the Arkansas Rehabilitation Service, followed by 18 years as secretary to the superintendent of schools and clerk to the Board of Education, South Windsor, Connecticut.
Wilda died January 9, 2011, in Hot Springs.

Sorrells, Klugh Edward

Klugh Sorrells photograph

Klugh Edward Sorrells was born July 8, 1934, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to the late Floyd E. and Ruby H. Houser Sorrells. Klugh was raised in Royal, Arkansas, and graduated from Lake Hamilton High School, Pearcy, Arkansas. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; where he also received his Master of Science Degree. Klugh served four years in the United States Air Force; served as chief chemist for ADEQ; served as chairman of the American Chemical Society; and was the founder of Sorrells Research Associates where he was president for thirty-eight years. He was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. Klugh joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1996 and was a lifetime member.
He was married to Wanda June Tennessee Fisher and Sue Rachilla Miller and Loretta Suttor.
Klugh died March 27, 2014, and is buried in Lowe Cemetery, Royal, Arkansas.

Sorrells, Sue D. Rachilla Miller

Sue Rachilla Miller Sorrells photograph

Sue Rachilla was born December 9, 1942, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Herman Dode "Junior" and Savannah Ellen Golden Rachilla. She first married Burval Lecial Miller July 10, 1964. After his death, she married Klugh Edward Sorrells. She worked for 22 years as a cashier and customer service representative for Wal-Mart and a lifelong member of First Baptist Church. She joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1995. She died April 1, 2005, in Hot Springs and is buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery in Bismarck.

Sorrells, Wanda June Tennessee Fisher

Wanda June Tennessee was born April 9, 1938, in Crystal Springs to James Bryan Fisher and Era Elizabeth Cunningham Fisher according to a pedigree chart held in the Melting Pot Genealogical Society Library. She was married to Klugh Edward Sorrells, and they were the parents of six children.
She was a member of New Home Missionary Baptist Church, co-founder of Arkansas Native American Center for the Living Arts and Big Brothers of Pulaski County and charter member of the John Jumper Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederates. She and her husband joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1996.
Wanda died September 3, 2000, and is buried in Lowe Cemetery

Stainback, Barbara Miller

Barbara Miller Stainback.

Barbara Jane Stainback was born 15 August 1938 to James Early and Charlotte Morrison Bottorff Miller in Phillips County, Arkansas.  She married Mitchell Ray Stainback 4 September 1955 and they had the following children:  Billy Ray (deceased), Michael Alan, Janet Lynn, and David Joe "D. J."  Later, Barbara and Mitchell divorced.  Becoming interested in her family's genealogy in the 1950s, Barbara was a member and served as editor, librarian, corresponding secretary, and recording secretary of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society.  Barbara died 12 October 2006 in Kankakee, Illinois.  In addition to her children, Michael, Janet and D. J., Barbara was survived by her brothers James Morrison and Charles Early Miller and sister Linda Miller.  She was buried in Memphis Memory Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee.

Stephens, Lewis Clifford "Steve"

Lewis Stephens

Lewis Stephens was born February 22, 1923, in Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts, to Roger William and Gladys May Cadrett Stephens.
Lewis joined the Navy July 1941, then served with the Air Force and retired as a first lieutenant March 1976.
He married Carole Ann Brown Long August 14, 1960, in Denver, Colorado.
In 1981, Lewis joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society. Very interested in genealogy, he compiled several books to aid the genealogist such as Garland County marriage records and several books compiling the funeral home records for Gross and Caruth-Hale. He researched the Brown family that came to Garland County.
He died July 15, 2013, and was buried in Crestview Cemetery July 19, 2013.

Sweetser, Jackie Ann Smith

The daughter of Roy B. and Ola Dixon Smith, she was born August 6, 1932, in Fayetteville. She and Tom Sweetser were married 53 years before her death.
A member of Grand Avenue Methodist Church, she had been a homeroom mother, Girl Scout leader, member of PTA and library volunteer, a member of the Audubon Society and joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1999. She had worked as a real estate broker in Hot Springs.
Jackie died June 2, 2007, in Hot Springs. [from Sentinel-Record obituary]

Thomason, Herschel Franklin

Herschel Franklin Thomason

The son of John Fletcher and Eunice Whitley Thomason, Herschel was born October 23, 1931, at the South Central Community near Arkadelphia.
He was a master electrician and worked for the Patterson plant of Reynolds Metals Company for 33 years before retiring. A member of the DeRoche Missionary Baptist Church near Bismarck, he joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1995.
He served in the Arkansas National Guard.
He married Mae Elizabeth Watkins April 12, 1952.
He died January 29, 2009, and was buried in DeRoche Cemetery. [from the Sentinel-Record]

Tillman, Rodney Virgil

Rodney Virgil Tillman was born on August 6, 1922, in Okolona into the Willis Crawford family, the year of a widespread influenza epidemic that hit the Crawford family severely. When a doctor came to the house of Mrs. Blanche Stewart Tillman and told her that a baby must be moved or he “will probably die,” she volunteered to help. Mrs. Crawford passed, and shortly after her death, Mr. Crawford gave the baby to Blanche and Edmond Tillman. To notarize the adoption, they went to the local notary, the owner of the Dry Good and Feed, and the adoption was notarized on a Bill of Sale, “1 baby boy, $3.” After the adoption, his name was changed to Tillman, and Rodney always felt Blanche and Edmond were his parents.
Dr. Rodney Tillman graduated Henderson State University in 1942 and earned his Master and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University in New York. Upon graduation from Henderson, he served in the 7th Calvary of the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 and was again called to serve in the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1952. He was an educator for 34 years in Arkansas, Maryland, Tennessee, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C. He was recognized as an outstanding educator by Who’s Who in America. Dr. Tillman was consultant for the U.S. Office of Education, the World Bank, The Joint Council for Economic Educators, the Ministries of Education for Greece, Korea, and Iran. He was a sought after speaker at education conferences all over the world. After retiring as Dean of Education from George Washington University, he moved to Hot Springs, where he was able to pursue and share his love of antiques. Rodney and his wife Ann opened Tillman’s Antiques and in 1982, he became an active member of the Arkansas Antique Dealers Association and the Hot Springs Antique Dealers Association. His warm personality and infectious smile greeted many visitors at Tillman’s over the years. Truly a people person, he greatly enjoyed the personal connections and friends he made both in his educational and antique careers. He was active in many philanthropic organizations throughout his life and took great pleasure in giving back. In his later years, he was interested in setting up charitable annuities for a broad variety of social and educational institutions.
Dr. Tillman became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2009.
Sadly, Mr. Tillman passed away July 9, 2013. His survivors include his second wife of five years, Martha Hixson Tillman.

Tucker, Jimmie Lincoln

Vogel, Adelia Louisa

Adelia was born November 15, 1900. She became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1984. She died December 31, 1990, in Racine County, Wisconsin.

Wallace, Harold

Ward, Leon C.

Leon Ward

Leon was born September 10, 1933, in Jessieville to Floyd R. and Hattie Lillian Ward. He graduated from Jessieville High School in 1953 and then attended Arkansas Tech in Russellville studying engineering. He married Joyce Helen Ragsdale August 28, 1954.
He was predeceased by his daughter Rachael E. Talley; his father and mother; and a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Faye Ward.
Survivors include his wife and children L. Craig, Mark Stephen, Alisa, R. Scott and brother Euel.
After studies at Arkansas Tech, Leon began a career in engineering work. He worked many years with the Arkansas Highway Department in Russellville, Morrilton, and Clarksville, Arkansas. He became city engineer in 1965 for the city of Texarkana. He then worked for John Hawkins Consulting Engineer, Inc., where he worked until he co-established Christian and Ward Consulting Engineering Firm.
In addition to being active in his church, he also became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2004.
He died October 5, 2013, and is buried in Shiloh Cemetery in Jessieville.

Weatherford, Bennie Faye

Westbrook, Alie Jean Lipe

Alie Jean Lipe was born January 7, 1932, in Arkadelphia to John and Winnie Wheatley Lipe. She was married to Jesse Truman Westbrook. She worked for ARKLA Gas for 37 years, retiring as a customer service specialist. For 20 years, she was the owner of This, That, and Something Else, a shop in Russellville. She was very active in many organizations including the United Daughters of the Confederacy and became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2001. She died August 6, 2006, in Malvern and is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas.

White, Shirley Ann Glaeser

Willms, Helen Hall

Willms, Henry Charles, Jr.

Henry Charles was born September 7, 1920, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Henry Charles and Johnnie Frances Harris Willms. He was a graduate of Little Rock High School and the University of Arkansas.   He served as a second lieutenant in World War II, primarily in northern Africa and Italy. He worked for Reynolds Metals where he served as plant manager in Hot Springs and Arkadelphia. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He first married Helen Hall December 7, 1947, in Little Rock, Arkansas. After her death, he married Doris Stofer. He and Helen became members of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1984.
He died June 27, 2001, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs.

Winkle, William Roger

William Roger Winkle was born July 16, 1931, in Hot Springs to Fred and Emma Ballard Winkle. In 1956, he was a doorman for the Majestic Hotel. Later, he became the general manager of the Royal Vista Inn-Derby Dinner Theater and then manager for the Vapors. He served in the U.S. Navy during Korea. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter AR5 and the American Legion Arkansas Post No. 0013. He became a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1999. He died January 23, 2004, and is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hot Springs.

Wisener, Sue

Wolf, Patricia A. Witt

Pat Witt was born August 1, 1932, in Hot Springs to Thomas Chapman Witt and Patricia Johnston Witt. She was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Hot Springs, the Garland County Historical Society, and joined the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 1999. She was married to John Wolf. She died May 24, 2005, in Hot Springs and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Hot Springs.

Woodall, Preston

Wright, Floyd V.

Ziegler, Arlene Scott

Arlene Scott Ziegler

Arlene Ziegler, one of nine children born to Elmer and Flossie Scott, was born 13 October 1927 in Saline County, Arkansas.
She graduated from Bryant High School and attended Ouachita Baptist College. After obtaining her teacher’s certificate she taught a various rural schools, taking college courses at night and on weekends. In 1949 she graduated from Arkansas State Teachers College and obtained her license. In 1952, with her husband, Norval, she came to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and taught at Willowbrook School. Arlene retired from teaching in 1990.
Arlene loved flowers and gardening, and particularly enjoyed walks in the woods around Oak Ridge and Norris to see the first wildflowers of the spring. She was also an active member of the Oak Ridge Garden Club winning several juried awards for flower arranging. She volunteered at the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge for several years following retirement. Arlene and Norval enjoyed traveling overseas and to the American West.
Arlene was an active member of First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge for over 55 years. She taught a children's Sunday School class and worked with the children's choir for many years. Without question the most important thing in Arlene’s life was her family.
She and her husband, Norval, became members of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2004.
Arlene passed away on March 16, 2009, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, with her loving family at her side. She is buried at Oak Ridge Memorial Park Cemetery in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.