Classmates Obituaries - Letter P
These obituaries correspond with the yearbooks that are listed on this website. Whenever possible, the source of the obituary will be shown as well as the date.
Pakis, Margaret Phillips - Margaret Phillips Pakis of
Waco, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2003, at a local hospital.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 27, at St. Alban's
Episcopal Church with Dr. Michael Attas officiating.
Margaret was born January 2, 1932, in Oklahoma City, to Otho and Mildred Phillips. She was raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where she graduated from high school in 1950. She attended TCU for two years and graduated from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1955. Margaret married Bill Pakis November 5, 1955, in Hot Springs. They moved to Waco in November 1957, and she was a life-long resident. She was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her joys in life were her family, reading and traveling, painting and the seashore. She leaves behind a loving family and many friends who will miss her greatly.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, William R. Pakis; daughters, Mary Katherine Tetrick and husband, Dean of Fort Worth, Laura O'Brien and husband, Michael of Arlington, Alison Naylor and husband Boyd of San Antonio; son, David Pakis and wife, Kovianca of Colleyville; grandchildren, Jessica, Samantha, and Stephen Tetrick, Mike, Shannon, and Kyle O'Brien, Brooks, Jared, and Reagan Naylor, and Nicholas Pakis; and brother, James L. Phillips and wife Peggy of Hot Springs.
Memorials may be made to St. Albans's School, 321 N. 30th St., Waco, TX 76710, American Heart Association, 6801 Sanger Ave., Waco, TX 76710, or to favorite charity. [Sentinel-Record; date unknown] [Class of 1950]
Pappas, Angelo J. - Angelo
J. Pappas, 82, of Hot Springs, died Wednesday, October 7, 2009, in a local
Born August 29, 1927, in Hot Springs to John and Anna Pappas, he was a member of St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church.
He was a graduate of Hot Springs High School, Class of 1945 and Whittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio.
He was a member of the Hot Springs Lions Club, St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Order of Ahepa, and a Senior DeMolay with the Degree of Chevalier.
He served as a board member of Garland County Community College, Abilities Unlimited, and the Hot Springs Water Commission.
He was a partner in Birnbaum-Annen Insurance, retired from ABI Insurance and the Garland County Assessors Office.
He was predeceased by his parents and brother, K. Dan Pappas.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Juanita Scott Pappas; two sons, Ken Pappas of Ft. Smith and Jim Pappas of Little Rock; one daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Carl Hawthorn of Hot Springs; five granddaughters and husbands, Dena (Jesse) Chambliss of Bentonville, Jennifer (Troy) Hietanen of Jonesboro, Lexi (Brad) Moore of Benton, Meredith Hawthorn of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Morgan Hawthorn of Hot Springs; seven great-grandchildren, Haley Chambliss, Creed Chambliss, Alec Hietanen, Mason Lockridge, Madison Lockridge, Molly Moore and Susanna Moore; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. James and Eva Pappas of Little Rock; sister-in-law, Virginia Stringer; brother-in-law, Perry (Jo) Scott; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2009, at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church with Reverend Dr. Nicholas Verdaris officiating, and burial at Memorial Gardens Cemetery following the service.
Pallbearers will be Jesse Chambliss, Troy Hietanen, Brad Moore, Dr. John Pappas, Sam Stathakis, Jr., Bob Stringer, and Mike Stringer.
Honorary pallbearers are life-long friend Bob "Potsy" Grim, Dr. Robert McCrary, Jimmy Fotioo, Pete Fotioo, Dan Messersmith, Ricky Scott, Mark Scott, and the members of the Hot Springs Lions Club.
Special thank you to the staff of Arkansas Hospice at St. Joseph Mercy Health Center, Dr. Tim English, Dr. Martin Koehn, and Dr. James Arthur, the staff of Quapaw Care, and the doctors and staff of Mercy Diabetes and Wound Center HS.
Memorials can be made to the St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, c/o 105 Jeff St. Hot Springs, AR 71901. [from Hot Springs Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1945]
Paslay, James D. - James D. Paslay, 67, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013, at his home. He was born October 14, 1946, in Hot Springs, to James H. and Ruby Foshee Paslay.
James was a very loving husband, brother, and friend to many. He graduated from Hot Springs High School, class of '64. He was an avid hunter, and belonged to the Rolling Fork Hunting Club, and served our country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from Union Carbide, and the DeQueen and Eastern Railroad.
Cherishing his memory are his wife of 39 years, Marsha (Pyle) Paslay; sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Donnie Qualls; several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and beloved friends.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice of Central Arkansas and Dr. Fred Divers of Genesis Cancer Center. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., this evening at Gross Funeral Home, 120 Wrights St., Hot Springs(501)624-1244.
Graveside services with military honors will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday at Ebenezer Cemetery in Kirby. [from Gross Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1964]
Patton, Kenneth Laurence "Larry" - Kenneth Laurence (Larry) Patton, aged 72, of Montgomery, Texas, and a native of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, passed away at his home on Sunday, January 12, 2014.
He was born in Hot Springs on October 15, 1941, to Laurence and Ruth Patton, the second of three children. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Connie and Pat. While growing up in Hot Springs he spent much time with his 28 Hot Springs first cousins.
Larry attended Jones School, Hot Springs Junior High School and Hot Springs High School, from which he graduated in 1959. He was a proud member of the Trojan Band, where he held the rank of sergeant, and was a member of the Trojan Golf Team, where his enduring passion for the game of golf took root. He became later in life a member of a group of four other fellow Class of '59 Trojans who annually held an Ingathering in Hot Springs, where they loved to swap memories of their days growing up and their enjoyment of the city in its 1940s and '50s heyday. The group especially enjoyed their annual dinners at McClard's Barbecue, where Larry loved to chat with his high school buddy, the late Joe McClard.
He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1963 with a degree in civil engineering, and thus was an avid follower of the Razorbacks throughout his life.
After graduation, Larry enjoyed a long career in the oil industry, which took him throughout the United States, including working with Cities Service in Tulsa and Houston, trading oil in New York City, and a return to Houston with Arco.
He had a real love for the beauty of nature and appreciated all aspects of it, often venturing to scenic locations to experience the uniqueness each had to offer. He truly enjoyed some of the simpler things in life like wine, beer, and McClards barbecue. In 2008 he travelled to Scotland, the birthplace of golf, on a "trip of a lifetime" with his golfing group and came back with hundreds of new stories.
Larry loved American history, which led to his spending much time reading about all aspects of history, including precise knowledge of Hot Springs' colorful past.
He loved his family and host of friends and, in retirement, seemed to be constantly on the road visiting them. He leaves a legacy of love and an enormous void that will be created in his absence.
Larry is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sandy Kay (Hodgekin) Patton, and his children: daughter Laura and husband Mike Burns of Broken Arrow, Okla.; son Clay and wife Leigh of Nashville, Tenn.; son Bryan and wife Eileen of Nacogdoches, Texas, and his grandchildren, Cody and Brooke Burns of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Henry Patton of Nashville, Tenn.
A memorial service for Larry will be held on Saturday, January 25, at 3 p.m. at Crestview Memorial Park in Hot Springs. There will be a gathering of family and friends afterward at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3819 Central Avenue in Hot Springs.
In lieu of flowers, Larry's family asks that donations be made in Larry's honor to Golfers Against Cancer, Walden Golf Club, 13301 Walden Rd., Montgomery, TX 77356. [from Metcalf Funeral Directors online obituary] [Class of 1959]
Pearson, Martha Ann
Apple Jester - Martha Ann Apple Jester Pearson, 83, of Hot
Springs, passed away Monday, April 6, 2009. Born April 1, 1926, in St. Louis,
Missouri, to the late Lewis T. Apple and Kathryn Gold, reared by the late
Dr. William Kate Smith and Margaret Smith of Hot Springs. She was also preceded
by her sisters, Gene and Blossom.
Martha was of the Episcopal faith, a graduate of Hot Springs High School class of 1943. Martha loved everyone and was loved by everyone. She touched everyone she met with generosity and warmth not found in many. No one was a stranger and no one was left in need; she was a true giver. Her optimistic and fun-loving way of life was contagious, flowing to all those who had the pleasure to know her. As a young woman, she displayed these characteristics straight out of high school by joining the Red Cross war relief effort in New York and the Northeast.
She also carried fond memories of a Hot Springs of a bygone era when she and Doc would take gangsters fishing. Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Gulfport, Mississippi, were always her home, owning and operating Martha's Parking, her door was always open to all for a drink and to pick horses or coordinating Mardi Gras parades with her fellow Gator Mates of Gulfport. Her love of life and generosity she instilled in her grandchildren who she loved and spoiled constantly.
Visitation with the family will be Friday, April 10, 2009, at the family home at ---. The family will be receiving friends from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2009, at 3 p.m. the location to be announced. For questions or directions please call ---. Martha's final wishes will be honored with her body being donated to scientific and educational research, eventually being cremated.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Kathryn Ann Logan, son-in-law, Jacob Logan; grandchildren, Ricky Dale Myrick, Martha Ann Myrick, Elizabeth Agnes Myrick, Frances Kathryn Myric, Patricia Nancy Logan and Donna Mary Logan, all of Hot Springs, Arkansas; also survived by Mike O'Bryan, Katie O'Bryan and Cooper O'Bryan, of Slidell, Louisiana; and her special friends, Andrew O'Connor Logan and Robert "Bob" Emmett Logan, of Bismarck, Arkansas.
The family would like to give special thanks and recognition to Kelly Hines and the other members of the Garland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center staff along with all of Martha's friends who resided there with her.
Gross Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. [from the Sentinel-Record, April 9, 2009, pg 9A] [Class of 1943]
Peters, Janice James - Janice Peters, 80, of Hot Springs,
Arkansas, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013. She was born April 4, 1933,
in Hot Springs, Arkansas to the late Louis and Marie (Hall) James.
Janice was a member of Winan Avenue Missionary Baptist Church and worked as a secretary for Lakeside School District. She had a deep love for her Lord and Savior, her family and friends, and the Razorbacks.
Janice is preceded in death by her parents and husband Milton Peters.
She is survived by her daughter Debbie Adams and husband Mark and sister Lorraine Davis all of Hot Springs, Arkansas; grandchildren David Adams and wife Lindsay and Tina McBroome and husband Bradley; great-grandchildren Parker McBroome and Ryleigh Adams and "one on the way."
Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home.
Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with Bro. Wesley Howard and Bro. Herbert Watts officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Thurman Abernathy, Neil Adams, Rodney Adams, Don Hardin, Ted Kelly, Shawn Welchman, Zach Welchman, and Ben White. Honorary pallbearers include Pines Nursing and Rehab, Garrett Manor, Dr. Steve Bodemann, Dr. Martin Koehn, Arkansas Hospice Staff at Mercy Hospital, members of Winan Avenue Missionary Baptist Church and James Adams. (from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary) [Class of 1951]
Peters, William D. "Bill"
- William D. "Bill" Peters, 90, of Hot Springs died Wednesday May 16, 2012.
Bill was born June 28, 1921 in Hot Springs to the late James M. and Bennie
A. Hall Peters and is preceded in death by his wife Mary Lexie Peters and
son-in-law Paul A. Lynch Jr.
During World War II Bill served as staff sergeant in the United States Army Air Corps as a B-24 nose gunner in the Central Pacific Theatre. He was a lifetime member of the B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #380, Southern University Alumni Association, owned Bill Peters Body Shop and retired from Tim Parker Chrysler. He served on the Auto Collision Advisory committee for A.C.T.I. for many years and was a member of Oaklawn United Methodist Church for over 75 years.
Survivors include three daughters; Susan Lynch of Hot Springs, Becky (Bill) Wadkins of Hot Springs, Cindy (Patrick) Tenney of Springdale, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Brandon (Stacy) Lynch of Hot Springs, Jeff (Traci) Lynch of Hot Springs, Tim Wadkins of Hot Springs, Will Tenney of Springdale, Arkansas; four great-grandchildren, Garrett, Weston, Makenzi and Bryce Lynch, his much loved kitty, Sylvia and his special friend Ruth M. Lindahl.
Visitation will be held at Oaklawn United Methodist Church from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday May 21, 2012, with funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. with Reverend Fred Hunter and Brother Don Crossley officiating. Interment will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery following funeral services.
Pallbearers are Brandon Lynch, Jeff Lynch, Tim Wadkins, Will Tenney, Paul Sullivan and John Nannemann. Honorary pallbearers are to be Dr. Martin Koehn, the Mercy Outpatient staff, Dr. John Scott Featherston, Cindy Nelson, APN, his YMCA family, "God's Angels" (AR Hospice), his friends and staff at Crown Trace Villa, Senior Companions-Gary Nichols and Glen Odom, Bro. Don Crossley, his friends at the Elks Lodge, Builders Sunday school class at Oaklawn Methodist, Joel Humphrey, Joe Story, Gene Beckwith, Dale Whitman, Dale and Matt Diggs and Jack Losmann.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Oaklawn United Methodist Church 216 Higdon Ferry Rd Hot Springs AR 71913, Guardian Angels Cat Rescue 1540 Malvern Ave # C Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-3484 or Paws and Claws Rescue P.O. Box 20254 Hot Springs, AR 71903-0254. [from Gross Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1940]
Petersen, Clara Faye
Childs Frailey - Clara Faye Childs Petersen, 84, was born July
26, 1928, in Hot Springs, to John C. and Carmen Childs. Clara was a loving
military wife, mother, and grandmother. Clara married Lyle Petersen on March
11, 1956, and as a military family, they lived in Hawaii and Germany, returning
to Prosser, Washington, in 1967 where she made her home. She died on Wednesday,
December 26, 2012.
Clara was preceded in death by her husband in 1976, one son, Greg Frailey in 1994, her parents, three brothers and one sister. Survivors include sons, Doug Frailey of Clearwater, Florida, Mark Frailey of Grandview, Washington, Mike Frailey of Ellensburg, Washington, Brent Petersen, Bill Petersen, Chris Petersen and daughter, Nancy Petersen of Prosser, Washington, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, her brother, Jack Childs of Hot Springs, and cousins living across the United States.
She retired as a civil deputy from the Benton County Sheriff's office in 1988. Her love of family kept her strong through many military conflicts, with family members serving in the various branches of the U.S. military.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 29, 2012, at Prosser Funeral Home & Crematory with burial at the Prosser Cemetery. [from the Sentinel-Record, December 30, 2012, page 7B] [Class of 1946]
Phillips, Norwood Jr. - Norwood Phillips, Jr., 76, of
1907 W. Main, El Dorado, died on September 1, 2008, after a long and valiant
battle with heart disease.
He was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on March 22, 1932, the only child of the late Maurice Norwood Phillips, Sr., and the late Hannah Benedict Phillips. An Eagle Scout and a Marine Corps veteran, he was graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
He practiced law in El Dorado for 40 years as a senior partner in the law firm of Shackleford, Phillips and Ratcliff. In 2007, he received a citation from the American and Arkansas Bar Associations for 50 distinguished years in the practice of law.
Though he did not accomplish all he wanted to during his lifetime, he enjoyed many highlights. These including dining with President Bill Clinton, writing two books (Late Train to Little Rock and Murder in Vieux Carre and Meet Moon Boone), appearing in a movie with John Wayne (Flying Leathernecks), serving as a Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court, and fishing all over the world. He was for many years a member of El Dorado Public Service Commission, serving as president for several terms, and a member of the Board of Directors of the El Dorado Golf and Country Club.
Mr. Phillips was also a member of the Union County, Arkansas, and American Bar Associations, the International Association of Barristers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates, serving as President of the latter. More recently, he was on the Auxiliary Board of Champagnolle Landing and served as Chancellor for the Vestry of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, where he was a devoted and longtime member.
He appeared in several productions at the South Arkansas Arts Center, including leading roles in Inherit the Wind and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed horse races and all sports and was an occasional tennis player.
His survivors include his wife of 53 years, Charlotte Walker Phillips, and his two children, Suzanne B. Phillips, of El Dorado, and Maurice Norwood "Tripp" Phillips III, of New York City. He is also survived by four beloved first cousins and many, many friends, colleagues, and clients.
A memorial service for Mr. Phillips will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church on Thursday, September 4, at 2 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Father Charles Chapman of St. Mary's.
Honorary pallbearers are Dennis L. Shackleford, John Marshall Shackleford, Jr., Brian Ratcliff, Tom Baumgardner, Don Barrow, Peter J. Carroll, Jim McLarty, Martin Machen and Richard James.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Champagnolle Landing, UCAPS, or the Arkansas Bar Association Scholarship Fund. [Sentinel-Record, September 3, 2008; page 10A] [Class of 1950]
Philo, Joan Kempner - Joan Kempner Philo, 69, of Cottonwood
Cove, Nevada, died Sunday, March 18, 2001, in a Las Vegas Hospital.
Born November 19, 1931, in Hot Springs to Leon and Bonnie Cruse Kempner, she was a Hot Springs High School graduate, nurse, managed her husband's medical office in Long Beach, California, founded a hospital volunteer program, auxiliary, and gift shop, established a scholarship fund for medical students and was active in the retirement community. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank G. Philo.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Gil and Patty James of Long Beach and Randy and Pam James of Harvest, Alabama; four grandsons, Steve James, Mike James, Corey James, and Triston James; one great-grandson; and one brother, Sam Kempner of Paradise, California.
Memorial services were Friday, March 23, at Searchlight Community Church, Searchlight, Nevada.
Arrangements were by Hites Funeral Home, Henderson, Nevada. [Sentinel-Record; date unknown] [Class of 1950]
Poe, Joseph Morton "Joe"
- Joseph (Joe) Morton Poe, 80, of Hot Springs passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2013. He was born December 18, 1932, in Springfield, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents, Percy Jerry
and Wilma "Dottie" Poe.
Joe was a salesman and longtime employee of the Oaklawn Jockey Club. He is survived by one son, Kyle C. (Dawn) Poe and two grandchildren, Katherine and Kelsey Poe, and former spouse, Peggy George, one sister-in-law, Virginia Cordiale and two nieces, Kathy (Tommy) Baugh and Gina (Mike) Foshee.
Visitation will be held from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Gross Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday November 9, 2013, at Calvary Cemetery. [from Gross Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1950]
Price, John H. - John H. Price, Jr., 69, died from complications
of a stroke and diabetes Saturday, June 30, at his home in Redlands.
Born February 6, 1932, in Buckner, Arkansas, he was a 20-year resident of
He was vice president and general manager of the Blue Jay Village Corp for 10 years, responsible for property management and property development in the mountain community of Blue Jay. Development in the Blue Jay during his tenure included the Blue Jay Ice Castle.
Price's career included work in business, real estate mortgage loans, property management and property development, and he had managed one of the largest strict commercial centers in the United States. He joined Pioneer Take Out Corp in 1973 as director of real estate development and later became vice president of real estate before taking his position with the Blue Jay Village Corp in 1981.
He had studied advertising at the University of Southern California and later earned a degree in marketing at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He had also served three years in the U.S. Air Force.
Price was a member and past president of the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce; a member and past president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and a former member of Rotary.
Survivors include his wife, Marcia Price of Redlands; four daughters, C_ Walzack of Palm Springs, Karen Sidhu of Lodi, Margaret Ivy of Santa Cruz and Mary Nugent of Bridgeport, Connecticut; three sons, John H. Price III (some missing) Redlands and Matthew Ivy Rainforest; and eight grandchildren.
Burial will be private, Greenwood Cemetery in Diego. Cortner Chapel is handling the arrangements. [Newspaper Unknown] [Class of 1950]