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.
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
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.
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.
Miller Bennett died September 17, 2012.
Bodemann, Louis Charles Jr.
Bob was born February 27, 1927, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to
Louis Charles Bodemann, Sr., and Nella Stolfa Bodemann.
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"
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 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 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,
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.
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 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
Pallbearers will be Kirby Stough, Mark Yates, Richard
Meredith, Bradley Stillman, Steven Brooks, Alex Brooks and Jeff
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
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.
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 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.
A. died December 22, 2009, and is buried in Godwin Cemetery, Garland
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 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
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 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.
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
She was married to David R. Burford, Sr., and was survived
by one son, David R. Burford, Jr., and predeceased by her daughter,
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
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 "Jackie" Clark was born August 18, 1932, in Hot Springs
to Clare and Edith Stitt Clark. She was married to Renaford Stearns
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
Chote, Carrie Lucille Crews Reynolds
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
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 was born June 10, 1929, in Hatfield (Polk County)
to Wallace Ira Ellis and Martha Catherine Boone Chote.
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
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.
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.
include one son, Eugene Hendershot; two brothers, Charles and
Eugene Germany; two grandchildren, Angela Crawford and Austin
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
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 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 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
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 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
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.
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.
December 31, 2007.
Fendley, Pearl Mae Weatherford
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
Gary died March 11, 2009, and is buried in Oak Grove
Cemetery, Garland County.
Haynes, Nancy Ann Cotton
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
away May 9, 1986, and was buried in Ten Mile Cemetery in Saline
Jones, Gilford Merle
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 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.
Vernon Kinsey was born June 10, 1921, to Marcus Lawson and Cynthia
Kinsey in Mazarn Township of Montgomery County, Arkansas, one of
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.
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.
January 6, 2012. He is buried at Peak Cemetery in Garland County,
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 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.
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.
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
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]
the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2001.
Maus, Frances Williams Blyth
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
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.
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.
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 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
Murphy, Thomas E. "Ted"
Nance, James Henry
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
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, age 63, of Fountain Lake, died Friday, May
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.
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
Nooner, R. C.
Owen, Ernest T.
Plant, Vera A. Boston
Ray, Arliss Dean
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
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, 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
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
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.
will be Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hot Springs Funeral
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
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.
are by Hot Springs Funeral Home.
Online condolences at
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 Sydney Robbins, the son of John H. and Lillian Reader Robbins,
was born 14 April 1938 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
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
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
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
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
Glenn Raymond Schultz was born 4 March 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri,
to the late Raymond and Olga Tilley Schultz.
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.
Melting Pot Genealogical Society lost a valued friend and member
when he passed away 14 September 2006 in Hot Springs.
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.
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.
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
Wilda died January 9, 2011, in Hot Springs.
Sorrells, Sue D. Rachilla Miller
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
Wanda died September 3, 2000, and is buried in Lowe
Stainback, Barbara Miller
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 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.
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
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
He married Mae Elizabeth Watkins April 12, 1952.
He died January 29, 2009, and was buried in DeRoche Cemetery. [from
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.
Ward, Leon C.
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,
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.
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
In addition to being active in his church, he also became a
member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society in 2004.
died October 5, 2013, and is buried in Shiloh Cemetery in
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.
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.
Wright, Floyd V.
Ziegler, Arlene Scott
Arlene Ziegler, one of nine children born to Elmer and Flossie
Scott, was born 13 October 1927 in Saline County, Arkansas.
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.
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.