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Blair, Walter Eugene "Gene"

Walter Eugene "Gene" Blair, age 65, of Centerville, AR died Sunday, October 3, 1999 at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville, AR. He was born February 6, 1934 in Hollis, Perry County, AR to the late Lonnie Thomas and Mary Douthit Blair. He was a logger and sawmiller, an Army Veteran and a member of the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in Centerville and Boyce-Woods VFW Post 3141 in Dardanelle, AR.

Survivors are his wife, Anne D. Jewell Blair; one son, Donald Blair of Centerville, AR; two daughters, Genie Anne Shepard and Amy Jeanette Hughes both of Centerville, AR; one brother, Opal Blair of Arcadia, LA; four sisters, Johnnie Disotell of Junction City, AR, Peggy Kelly of Midway, AL, Patsy Knight of Rover, AR and Linda Halsell of Steve, AR and eight grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at the Nooner Cemetery by Rev. Tom McElmurry. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, October 6, 1999)


Blake, Richard Sidney

Richard Sidney Blake, age 68, a retired road foreman of Plainview, died of a heart attack at his home Monday. He was a Methodist.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Eva Jane Hamaker Blake; three daughters, Mrs. Earl Fomby of Ashdown, Mrs. Trint Walker of Benton and Mrs. Robert Wolf of Dimmitt, Tex; a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Tucker of Russellville and seven grandchildren. Fourche Valley (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD. 50 Years Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, May 21, 1959)


Blakemore, Keith Franklin

Keith Franklin Blakemore, 68 a resident of Norfork, Arkansas, went to be with his Lord on August 17, 2013 at his home. He was born January 17, 1945 in Prairie Grove, Arkansas, the son of Frank Glen and Martha Laura English Blakemore. Keith was a corporal with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission where he served as a Crime Scene Tech and held an advanced degree for the same, taught hunters education for 28 years and boating education for 10 years. He was the past president of the Yell County Wildlife Federation, a lifetime member of the NRA, had served as the Vice-President of the Prairie Grove Jaycees and a scoutmaster in Charlotte, North Carolina. Keith owned and operated Blakemore Sports Shop in Prairie Grove for several years and was the co-owner of JS Boats and custom built many river boats for the rivers he loved - the White River and the North Fork. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing and especially loved teaching his grandchildren to fish.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife Donna Blakemore; four sons, Scott Blakemore and his wife Julie of Mountain Home, Idaho, Shawn Blakemore and his wife Cindy of Springdale, Arkansas, John Lindley and his wife Mariza of Sulphur Springs, Texas and Greg Lindley and his wife Nicole of Rogers, Arkansas; his mother Martha Blakemore of Mountain Home, Arkansas; eleven grandchildren, Audrey, Bayleigh, Cody, Donovan, Gavin, Kayla, Louis, Madilyn, Manuel, Sam, and Tony; two great grandchildren, Braelin and Coby. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6:00-7:00 P.M.

at Luginbuel Funeral Home in Prairie Grove. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. at the Prairie Grove First United Methodist Church in Prairie Grove, Arkansas with burial in the Prairie Grove Cemetery. The Arkansas Game and Fish Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers and provide funeral honors at the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Hannah's Hope-the Rosh Jenkins Memorial Fund at Cox Health in honor of brain cancer patients-3525 S National Springfield, MO 65807 attn: Lisa Alexander. The memo line should reference Keith Blakemore for Hannah's Hope. Or to Hospice of the Ozarks, 701 Burnett Drive, Mountain Home, AR 72653. Online guest book, www.luginbuel.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Baxter Bulletin Newspaper, Mountain Home, Arkansas, Obituary was published on August 19, 2013)

Blakemore, Keith Franklin

Keith Franklin Blakemore, 68 a resident of Norfork, Arkansas, went to be with his Lord on August 17, 2013 at his home. He was born January 17, 1945 in Prairie Grove, Arkansas, the son of Frank Glen and Martha Laura English Blakemore. Keith was a corporal with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission where he served as a Crime Scene Tech and held an advanced degree for the same, taught hunters education for 28 years and boating education for 10 years. He was the past president of the Yell County Wildlife Federation, a lifetime member of the NRA, had served as the Vice-President of the Prairie Grove Jaycees and a scoutmaster in Charlotte, North Carolina. Keith owned and operated Blakemore Sports Shop in Prairie Grove for several years and was the co-owner of JS Boats and custom built many river boats for the rivers he loved - the White River and the North Fork. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing and especially loved teaching his grandchildren to fish.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife Donna Blakemore; four sons, Scott Blakemore and his wife Julie of Mountain Home, Idaho, Shawn Blakemore and his wife Cindy of Springdale, Arkansas, John Lindley and his wife Mariza of Sulphur Springs, Texas and Greg Lindley and his wife Nicole of Rogers, Arkansas; his mother Martha Blakemore of Mountain Home, Arkansas; eleven grandchildren, Audrey, Bayleigh, Cody, Donovan, Gavin, Kayla, Louis, Madilyn, Manuel, Sam, and Tony; two great grandchildren, Braelin and Coby. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6:00-7:00 P.M.

at Luginbuel Funeral Home in Prairie Grove. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. at the Prairie Grove First United Methodist Church in Prairie Grove, Arkansas with burial in the Prairie Grove Cemetery. The Arkansas Game and Fish Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers and provide funeral honors at the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Hannah's Hope-the Rosh Jenkins Memorial Fund at Cox Health in honor of brain cancer patients-3525 S National Springfield, MO 65807 attn: Lisa Alexander. The memo line should reference Keith Blakemore for Hannah's Hope. Or to Hospice of the Ozarks, 701 Burnett Drive, Mountain Home, AR 72653. Online guest book, www.luginbuel.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Baxter Bulletin Newspaper, Mountain Home, Arkansas, Obituary was published on August 19, 2013)

Blakeney, Jewel Mctigritt

Mrs. Jewel McTigritt Blakeney, age 88, of Danville, AR died Friday, December 8, 1995 at Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville. She was a native of Bluffton, AR daughter of the late Steven Marlow and Jennie Gilpin McTigritt. She was a retired teacher, postmistress and nurses aides, she was a member of the Danville Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Roy McTigritt and a sister, Elizabeth Robinson Tatum.

Survivors include one daughter, Esther Mayhew of Danville; one sister, Virgie Collins of Keithville, LA; two grandsons, Randy and Jeff Smith of Danville; two great-granddaughters, Sadeirdre Smith and Heather Miles of Danville and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 11 at 2:00 p. m. at the Cornwell Funeral Home Chapel in Danville with Dr. J. O. Pennington officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Briggsville. Pallbearers were Bobby Gist, Leroy Vestal, Dale Lambert, Phillip Robinson, Randy Smith and Jeff Smith. Honorary Olen Payne, Joe Fowler, Dr. Robert A. Bell and Jimmy Norwood. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas, 12/13/1995)


Blakeney, Omer Hillary

Omer Hillary Blakeney, 67, of Danville, died Wednesday, November 16, in the Yell County Hospital. He was a native of Olio and had lived in Danville for the past 20 years. He was a retired farmer and school teacher, veteran of World War II and a member of the Danville Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Jewell Blakeney; a daughter, Mrs. Glen Smith of Danville; and a brother, Jim Blakeney of Hobbs, N.M.

Funeral services were Friday at the Danville Methodist Church by the Rev. C. H. Fanner of Danville and the Rev. Paul Lanier of Fort Smith. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Briggsville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Nov 1965)

Blakeney, Omer Hillary

Omer Hillary Blakeney, 67, of Danville, died Wednesday, November 16, in the Yell County Hospital. He was a native of Olio and had lived in Danville for the past 20 years. He was a retired farmer and school teacher, veteran of World War II and a member of the Danville Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Jewell Blakeney; a daughter, Mrs. Glen Smith of Danville; and a brother, Jim Blakeney of Hobbs, N.M.

Funeral services were Friday at the Danville Methodist Church by the Rev. C. H. Fanner of Danville and the Rev. Paul Lanier of Fort Smith. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Briggsville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Nov 1965)

Blalock, Frank

Frank Blalock, 72, of Dardanelle, died Friday, February 20, 2009 at a residence in Dardanelle. The son of Newt and Ida Rebecca Davis Blalock, he was born November 15, 1936 in Russellville. He was a 1954 graduate of Ola High School. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War. He and Jean McCoy were married on April 12, 1969 in Russellville. Frank was a traffic service specialist with the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department for 30 years. He was a member and past Post Commander of the Boyce-Woods Post #3141 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Frank also served on the board of directors of Camp Caudle Christian Camp at Scottsville. He was a long time member of Dardanelle Church of Christ where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed camping with his friends and fly fishing with his grandsons. He also enjoyed gardening and wood working.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kay Roger Blalock.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Blalock, Dardanelle; a stepson, Mike McCoy & wife Sue, Russellville; two stepdaughters, Barbara Dunn & husband Gordon, Russellville, Theresa Smith & husband Larry, Searcy; 5 grandchildren, Dawn Whiting, Russellville, Tiffaney Dunn, Alma, Bridget Hawkins, Little Rock, Matt McCoy, Bella Vista, Kent McCoy, Russellville; 5 great grandchildren; 2 Brothers, Harold Blalock & wife Dean, Plainview, Freddie Blalock, Ola.

Funeral was Monday, February 23, 2009 at Dardanelle Church of Christ. Mr. Ralph Weinhold officiating. Burial was in Sandlin Cemetery at Ola by Humphrey Funeral Service with full military honors provided by the Boyce-Woods Post #3141 of the VFW. Memorials may be made to Camp Caudle, PO Box 1084, Russellville, AR 72811. Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www. humphreyfuneral.com. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, February 25, 2009)


Blalock, Freddie

Freddie Blalock, 64, of Ola, AR, died Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at his home in Ola, AR. The son of William and Ida Blalock, he was born November 28, 1946 in Ola, AR. He was a retired lumber grader with Bibler Lumber and worked for the Two Rivers High School in Ola, AR. He was a member of the Ola Methodist Church where he interpreted sermons into sign language for the deaf. He was a role model and a sports enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Frank Blalock and Kay Roger Blalock.

Survivors include his brother, Harold Blalock and wife Dean of Plainview, AR; his sister-in-law, Jean Blalock of Russellville; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 27, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Plainview, AR. Tom Mullins and Joe Yates will officiate. Burial will be at Sandlin Cemetery in Ola, AR by Humphrey Funeral Service. Visitation will be at 9:00 am on Saturday, one hour prior to service time at the church. Memorials may be made to the Freddie Blalock Scholarship Fund C/o First State Bank of Ola. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Aug 31, 2011)

Blalock, Harry Franklin

Harry Franklin Blalock, age 58 of Ola died Sunday at his home. He was an insurance agent, a native of Pope County and a Methodist.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Pauling Seth of Fort Smith and Mrs. Bill McAlister of Russellville; two brothers, Jack Blalock of London and Newt Blalock of Ola; two sisters, Mrs. Lilly Grain and Mrs. Maude Ruble, both of London; and several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held January 7 at the London Methodist Church. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Jan 1964)

Bland, Dennis Dale

Dennis Dale Bland, 64, died Monday, June 17, 2013 at Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale, Texas. He was born March 11, 1949 in Bentonville, Arkansas to Dorman Arthur and Ruth Vaughan Bland.

He was preceded in death by his father Dorman Bland and a brother, Michael Bland. Dennis graduated from Russellville High School in 1967 and Arkansas Polytechnic College in 1971. He was a retired Shift Foreman with Texas Utilities / Luminant Energy, retiring in 2005 after 27 years of service. He was an avid collector of baseball memorabilia and Spanish colonial artifacts. He enjoyed fishing in Canada and model trains. He was an outdoorsman and a faithful Arkansas Razorback and Texas Longhorn fan.

Survivors include his spouse, Dora DeLeon Casas of Rockdale, Texas; children Pedro Casas and wife Sharon of Port Lavaca, Texas; Jessie Casas and wife Amy of Bryan Texas; Rita Casas and fianc Chris Wallace of Rockdale, Texas; his mother Ruth Bland of Dardanelle, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Christopher Casas and Makayla Mitchell of Rockdale, Texas; McKade and McKason Casas of Bryan, Texas; Ethan & Madilynn Casas of Port Lavaca, Texas; sisters Teresa Bland of Dardanelle; Lea Ann Woods and husband Jerry Don, of Dardanelle; sister-in-law Mary Jean Bland of Jay, New York; nieces Nikki Sandlin and husband John, and their children Jake and Rhett of London, Arkansas; Natalie Tarte and husband Christopher, and their children Hattie, Sam, and Gracie of San Antonio, Texas; Sarah Heil and husband Scott, and their son Logan of Gloucester, Massachusetts; and nephew Matthew Bland of Arlington, Virginia.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, June 24 at 2 PM at Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle, Arkansas. The family will receive visitors one hour before services at the Cornwell Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery in Russellville, Arkansas. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Koman, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309 or to a charity of the givers choice. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle. Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,pub. June 26, 2013, On-Line @ www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com)

Bland, Dennis Dale

Dennis Dale Bland, 64, died Monday, June 17, 2013 at Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale, Texas. He was born March 11, 1949 in Bentonville, Arkansas to Dorman Arthur and Ruth Vaughan Bland.

He was preceded in death by his father Dorman Bland and a brother, Michael Bland. Dennis graduated from Russellville High School in 1967 and Arkansas Polytechnic College in 1971. He was a retired Shift Foreman with Texas Utilities / Luminant Energy, retiring in 2005 after 27 years of service. He was an avid collector of baseball memorabilia and Spanish colonial artifacts. He enjoyed fishing in Canada and model trains. He was an outdoorsman and a faithful Arkansas Razorback and Texas Longhorn fan.

Survivors include his spouse, Dora DeLeon Casas of Rockdale, Texas; children Pedro Casas and wife Sharon of Port Lavaca, Texas; Jessie Casas and wife Amy of Bryan Texas; Rita Casas and fianc Chris Wallace of Rockdale, Texas; his mother Ruth Bland of Dardanelle, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Christopher Casas and Makayla Mitchell of Rockdale, Texas; McKade and McKason Casas of Bryan, Texas; Ethan & Madilynn Casas of Port Lavaca, Texas; sisters Teresa Bland of Dardanelle; Lea Ann Woods and husband Jerry Don, of Dardanelle; sister-in-law Mary Jean Bland of Jay, New York; nieces Nikki Sandlin and husband John, and their children Jake and Rhett of London, Arkansas; Natalie Tarte and husband Christopher, and their children Hattie, Sam, and Gracie of San Antonio, Texas; Sarah Heil and husband Scott, and their son Logan of Gloucester, Massachusetts; and nephew Matthew Bland of Arlington, Virginia.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, June 24 at 2 PM at Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle, Arkansas. The family will receive visitors one hour before services at the Cornwell Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery in Russellville, Arkansas. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Koman, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309 or to a charity of the givers choice. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle. Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,pub. June 26, 2013, On-Line @ www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com)

Bland, Dorman

Dorman Bland, age 81, of Dardanelle, AR died Sunday, October 3, 1999 at St. Marys Regional Medical Center in Russellville, AR. He was a son of the late Arthur and Ethel Elizabeth Hatfield Bland, born May 27, 1918 at LaRue, AR. He was a field service technician in the poultry industry, was a United States Army veteran of WWII, and was a member of the Russellville Christian Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by, three brothers, Vernon, Belvin and BB Bland and three sisters, Neva Randolph, Gwynetha Cochran and Marie Prophet.

Survivors include, his wife, Ruth Bland; two sons and daughter-in-law, Dennis Bland of Rockdale, TX and Michael and Mary Jean Bland of Fredericksburg, VA; two daughters and a son-in-law, Teresa Bland of Dardanelle, AR and Lea Ann and Jerry Don Woods of Dardanelle, AR; three sisters, Leta Mae Scott of Rogers, Juanita Carter and Belva Axton both of Springdale; four grandchildren, Nikki and Natalie Woods both of Dardanelle and Matt and Sarah Bland both of Fredericksburg, VA.

Funeral service was Thursday at Shinn Chapel with Rick Grover and Benny Baker officiating. Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Park in Russellville by Shinn funeral Service. Active pallbearers were Chris Terrell, Steve Sorrells, Truman Renfroe, Tommy Crow, Roger Love and Ken Alexander. Honorary Paul Frank Smith, Bob Legan, Lowell Rickey, Jim Hittle, Bill Sharp, T. J. Dover and Dr. Woody Jones. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, October 13, 1999)


Bland, Emma Lee

Emma Lee Bland, our beloved wife, mother, sister, friend, and Nanny was called home to be with our gracious Lord on October 9, 2002 in Danville, AR. She was born May 15, 1944 in Little Rock, AR to the late Chris and Jewel Gertsch. She was a homemaker, and secretary of their cattle and poultry farm operations for 30 years in the Dutch Creek Community. She was manager of the poultry operation. She and her family were selected Yell County Farm Family of the Year in 1991. She was a faithful member of the Wilson Free Will Baptist Church in Belleville.

She is survived by her husband, Leo Bland; daughter, Sherry Ball; son and daughter-in-law, Billy Joe and Kellie Bland, all of Danville; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Terry Rollins of Ft. Smith; daughter, Martha Smith of Okmulgee, Oklahoma; son and daughter-in-law, Don and Linda Bland of Danville; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Sue and Gary Lee of Russellville, daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jerry Domerese of Danville; 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; One loving foster brother, John Ginaris. Her loving soul mates, Tommy and Mary Nell Lane of Havana. Several brother and sister-in-laws including Anita Bland and Mary Knight all of Belleville. Many loving friends and the most wonderful loving church family in the world.

Funeral services were Saturday, October 12, 2002 at Wilson Free Will Baptist Church in Belleville officiated by Rev. Jeff Henderson and Rev. Dale Underwood. Pallbearers were Robert Earls, Carl Henderson, Tommy Lane, Tim Apple, Gene Rogers, Jim Ellis, Larry Wilson, Whick Stapleton, Charles Davis, Ed Taylor. Honorary were her church family. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home in Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, October 16, 2002)


Bland, James Ira

Master Sgt. James Ira Bland of Lawton, OK died January 1997 in a local hospital following sudden illness. He was born July 20, 1933 Belleville, AR to Loyd and Lund Denton Bland. He joined the Army July 6, 1953. He married Patricia L. Moody on September 6, 1955 in Clinton, AR. He served in the Vietnam War. His military awards include the Army Occupation Medal, Germany; National Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal, six awards; Vietnam Campaign Medal, with 60 device; Air Medal; Overseas Service Bars; Bronze Star Medal; service stripes and Expert Badge with rifle bar (M-16). After retirement from the Army in 1973, he was employed by Milo Gordon until 1984.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lois Lane and Evla Dean Farnsworth.

Survivors include his wife Patricia of the home; two sons Rickey of Kingston and Randy San Diego, CA; a daughter, Laur Seminerio of Lawton; four brothers, Clarence and Fred both of Belleville AR, Leo of Danville and Wayne of Ft. Smith; three sisters, Sue Hoc of Benton, Mary Knight of Belleville and Faye Chapel of Havana; and five grandchildren.

Funeral service was January 27th at Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel with Harley Shirel, pastor of First United Pentecostal Holiness Church officiating. Burial with military honors was in Post Cemetery, Fort Sill. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, February 5, 1997)


Bland, John M.

John M. Bland, Jr. of Carter Cove, formerly of North Little Rock, took the loving hand of Jesus on October 26, 2004. He was a wonderful son, dad, brother and cousin to his family and was known as "Fishin Pawpaw" to his grandchildren. He was a retired engineer with Union Pacific, he lived at Lake Nimrod and loved hunting, fishing and working in his garden. He was adored by his family and friends. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive engineers, Ducks Unlimited and National Rifle Association.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Melba Jean Bland.

Survivors include a son, John Bland III of Sherwood; a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Rusty Roberts of Sherwood; his father, John Bland Sr. of Carter Cove; a brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Mary Lou Bland of Sherwood; a sister, Donna Stephenson of Sherwood; six grandchildren, Rusty, Tiffany and Tristen Roberts, Seth, Hunter and Cole Bland all of Sherwood; many friends and relatives.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, October 28, 2004 at the Plainview First Baptist Church, with Rev. Blain Crage and cousin Rev. Tommy Gotcher officiating. Internment was at the Carter Cove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chad Bland, Bryan Bland, Rusty Roberts, Bobby Gassaway, Jonathon Gassaway and Harold Young. Honorary Pall bearers were Kenneth Crowson, Huey Long and the coworkers of Union Pacific Railroad. Under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, November 3, 2004)


Bland, Leonard Ira

Leonard Ira Bland, age 81, of Belleville, AR died Wednesday, April 8, 1998 at Sparks Regional Medical Center at Fort Smith. He was born February 17, 1917 in Perry County to Grant and Susan Black Bland and was a retired wild game fur buyer and truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Rutledge Bland; a son, Lyndell Bland of Fort Smith, AR; two daughters, Joyce Cox of Ohio and Ann Cherry of Greenwood; two stepsons, Allen Oates and Larry Oates both of Oklahoma; a sister, Grace Brewer of Danville, AR; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.

Funeral service was April 13, 1998 at Cornwell Chapel in Danville, AR by Jim Barham and John McCourt. Burial was in the Havana Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service. Pallbearers were Gene Rogers, Leo Bland, Don Bland, Clarence Bland, Fred Bland and Wayne Bland. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, April 22, 1998)


Bland, Susan (Mrs.)

Mrs. Susan Bland, aged 82 of Danville died Wednesday, January 24 in her home. She was born in Perry County, but had lived in Yell County for the last 35 years. She was a member of the Danville Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by three sons, Loyd Bland of Belleville, Lewis Bland of Danville, Leonard Bland of Ft. Smith; one daughter Opal Brewer of Danville; 15 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Feb 1, 1962)

Blankenship, Carrie Sims

Funeral services were held here Friday morning for Mrs. Carrie Sims Blankenship, age 80, who died at the Russellville hospital Tuesday, November 22. Services were held in the Dardanelle Church of Christ with Minister. C. V. Langford officiating. Burial was in the Chickalah cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. T.J. Hatfield of Dardanelle and Mrs. Joe Johnson of Little Rock; three sons, Gerald Sims of Dardanelle, Bert and Auburn Sims of Muskogee, Okla; one sister, Mrs. Bessie Baudry of Hot Springs; 18 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren.

Pall bearers were Jimmy Ward, Leon Johnson, Jimmy Taylor, Buster Lock, Bobby Moore, and Fred Partain. Honorary bearers were Euel Campbell, Jeff Taylor, Sam Holland; Noel Jones, Lee Moore, Roy Jones, Seth Murdock and Louie Scott. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Mary Leek, Newspaper: Post-Dispatch, Dardanelle, Arkansas, 12-1-1960)


Blankenship, Dovie Levonia Gladden

ROVER - Dovie Levonia Gladden Blankenship, age 92, of Rover, wife of William S. Blankenship, died Monday. (4-1-1991) She was a member of Rover Baptist Church.

Funeral will be at 2 p. m. today at the church. Burial will be in Hunt Chapel Cemetery by Dixon Funeral Home of Danville.

Other survivors are three sons, Joe Blankenship and John Blankenship, both of Rover, and Roy Blankenship of Sheridan; four daughters, Arlene Carpenter of Hot Springs and Grade Holloway, Gene Morrison and Ethel Reed, all of Rover; and 26 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Danville (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, 4/1/1991)


Blankenship, Ima Jean (Ornsbey)

Ima Jean Blankenship, age 88, of Rover departed this life Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Chambers Memorial Hospital. She was born January 28, 1926 in Briggsville, AR to the late Fred & Bertha Faye Bratten Ornsbey. She was a member of the Plainview First Assembly of God Church and loved working in the church. She was a housewife, loved her garden and making quilts for everyone.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Blankenship of 63 years; parents; sister Eva Mae Dickens; and brothers, Bob, Johnny Eugene & Riley Fred Ornsbey.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnn & Dennis Gardenhire of Wonderview; Lula & Bob Fowler of Rover; sons & daughters-in-law, Bill & Kathy Blankenship of Milton, FL; RL Blankenship of Rover; Leon & Debra Blankenship of Rover; sister-in-law, Bobbie Jo Ornsbey of Rover; sisters & brother-in-law, Ruby Phillips of El Dorado; Martha & Buddy Paine of Russellville; Bonnie Stone of Rover;19 grandchildren,30 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service was 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Plainview First Assembly of God Church with Bro Mike Gullett officiating. Burial was at Hunts Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home Pallbearers include her grandsons Michael Blankenship, Robert Blankenship, William Blankenship and nephews. In lieu of flowers donations in her honor may be made to her church; First Assembly of God Church PO Box 262 Plainview, AR. 72857 Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home Danville. Online guestbook and condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on May 28, 2014)

Blankenship, Jim D.

Jim D. Blankenship, age 80, of the Buckville community, died at his home June 10. He was an Adventist.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Retta Waver of Perryville and Mrs. Martha E. Bashaw of Buckville; one brother, Joe Blankenship and one sister, Mrs. Mattie Stokes, both of Avenal, Calif; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial were held at Nooner Cemetery June 14 with Rev. George Hooper of Mt. Valley officiating. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Jun 1964)

Blankenship, Marie Evelene

Marie Evelene Blankenship, age 75, of Rover passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2008. She was born July 18, 1933 in Waldron, AR to Virgil and Effie Calvert McConnell.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, Elsie Dobbs McConnell; brothers, Johnny and Bill McConnell and sister, Mary McConnell.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, John Henry Blankenship; children, Johnny Ray and Joyce Blankenship, David and Lisa Blankenship and Janell and Jimmy Fowler, all of Rover and Debra and Billy Lofland of Briggsville; grandchildren, Stacy and Toby Tapp, Havana, Stephen and Michelle Blankenship, Ola, Donnie Fowler, Centerville, Jackie Paul and Holly Fowler, Pottsville, Todd and Brittany Blankenship, Rover, Sarah and Brent Burnett, Ola and Jacob Lofland, Briggsville; great grandchildren, Haley Bewley and Bryce Tapp, Havana, Rosemary, Kimberlea and Mackenzie Blankenship, Ola, Brady Fowler, Centerville, Weston and Tatem Blankenship, Rover; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lonnie and Ava McConnell, Clabot, Jim and Shirley McConnell, Plainview, Jerry and Beverly McConnell, Havana, Cecil and Bonnie Sharp and Bob Sharp, Clinton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruby Litsey, Dardanelle, Jan and Jim Donnell, Rover, Shirley Judkins, Dardanelle, Chris Cunningham, Bakersfield, CA, Linda and Fred White, Belleville, Pam and Tommy Simpson, Russellville and Sarah and Charles White, Ola and many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held October 27, 2008 at the Rover Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Shipley and Rev. Elvin McDill officiating. Burial was held in the Blankenship Family Cemetery in Rover. Pallbearers were Stephen Blankenship, Donnie Fowler, Jackie Paul Fowler, Todd Blankenship, Jacob Lofland and Toby Tapp. Honorary Pallbearers were W. T. Pugh and Lynn Craves. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, October 29, 2008)


Blankenship, Mary Juanita Rounsville

Mary Juanita Rounsville Blankenship, age 46, of North Little Rock, formerly of Bluffton, died Saturday night, November 24th, 1984 at her home. She was a native of Bluffton, wife of Roy Blankenship, daughter of the late Thomas and Effie Vines Rounsaville. She was a housewife and homemaker.

Survivors include husband, Roy Blankenship of the home; one son, Bill Blankenship of Bluffton; two daughter, Mary Minnie of Little Rock; and Patsy Brigance of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; two brothers, R. T. Rounsaville, of Oregon; and Howard Turner of Rover; her mother Mrs. Effie Rounsaville; and also 6 grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p. m. Tuesday, November 27th at the Cornwell Funeral Chapel in Danville by Rev. Claude Miles. Internment was in the Bluffton Cemetery in Bluffton. Services were by Cornwell Funeral of Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas, 11/28/1984)


Blankenship, Mary Juanita Rounsville

Mrs. Mary Juanita Rounsville Blankenship, age 46, of North Little Rock, formerly of Bluffton, died Saturday, November 24, 1984 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Rounsville.

Survivors include her husband, Roy Blankenship; a son, Billy" Blankenship of Bluffton; two daughters, Mary Minnie of Little Rock and Patsy Brigance of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; her mother, Mrs. Effie Rounsville; two brothers, R. T. Rounsville of Oregon and Howard Turner of Rover, and six grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p. m. Tuesday at Cornwell Chapel at Danville by the Rev. Claude Miles. Burial will be in Bluffton Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 1984)


Blankenship, Vivian Estelle

Vivian Estelle Blankenship, age 77, of Dardanelle, AR died Wednesday, July 14, 1999. She was born in Steve, AR on February 2, 1922 to the late William L. "Bill" and Polly Miller West. She was a member of 1st Baptist Church of Centerville and worked for Valmac Industries.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Blankenship. Survivors include four sisters, Etta Tackett and Irene Murray both of Russellville, Hazel King of Centerville and Ruby Dickinson of Springdale and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service was July 16, 1999 at the Centerville First Baptist Church with burial at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Briggsville, AR with Rev. Todd Davis officiating. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle, AR. Pallbearers were James West, Lewis Ring, Michael Sims, Keith Murray, Bill Dickinson and Willard Tackett. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, July 21, 1999)


Blankenship, William Joseph Francis

William Joseph Francis Blankenship, better known as "Uncle Joe", age 88, of Rover, departed this life, Saturday, October 6, 2007. He was born October 10, 1918 at Rover, AR to the late William S. and Dovie Gladden Blankenship. He was a retired U. S. Forest Service Worker, bus driver for Plainview/Rover School and a farmer. He was a Sunday School superintendent, a Deacon, and a member of the Plainview First Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Lucy.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ima Jean Ornsbey Blankenship; daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnn and Dennis Garednhire, Hattieville; Lula Bell and Bob Fowler, Rover; sons and daughters-in-law, William F. and Kathy Blankenship, Milton, FL, Roy Lee and Virgie Blankenship, Enid, OK, A. Leon and Debra Blankenship, Rover; brothers & sisters-in-law, Arlene and Henry Carpenter, Hot Springs; Jean and Junior Morrison, Grade and Otis Holloway, Ethel and Coy Reed, Rover, 21 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, at Plainview First Assembly of God with Brother Mike Gullett officiating. Pallbearers were Fred Ornsbey, Gary Morrison, Johnny R. Blankenship, Brial Holloway, Benny Stone and Troy Reed. Honorary pallbearers were Forest Service Employees. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Plainview First Assembly of God Church. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, October 10, 2007)


Blankenship, William S. (Memory Card)

In Memory Of William S. Blankenship

Born October 10, 1892

Died July 28, 1984

Services 2:00 P. M. July 20, 1984, Rover Church

Ministers Bro. Claude Miles, Bro. James Johnson, Bro. Bobby Adams

Interment Hunt Cemetery

Arrangements by Dixon Funeral Home (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, 7/28/1984)


Blankenship, William Sherman

William Sherman Blankenship, age 91, of Rover, died last Wednesday, July 28, 1984. He was born October 10, 1892 in Punkin Town. Until his death, he was the oldest living member of the Plainview VFW. He fought in World War I. William has lived most of his life in Yell County. He was called to serve his country in World War I in 1913. He was a retired fanner, forest warden, black smith, and a life member of the VFW. He was a member of the Rover Baptist Church. William was married to Dovie Levonia Gladden on December 16, 1917. The couple has eight children.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lucy Orene Blankenship.

Survivors include his wife, Dovie L. Blankenship; his children, Joe Blankenship, John Blankenship, Gracie Holloway, Gene Morrison, and Ethel Reed all of Rover; Arlene Carpenter of Hot Springs and Roy Blankenship of North Little Rock. Twenty-six grand children, thirty-three great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Two sisters, Lenora Hunt and Bertha Phillips of Plainview. One brother preceded him in death, James Blankenship of Ola.

Funeral services were Friday, July 20, at 2:00 p. m. at the Rover Baptist Church. Burial was at the Hunt Cemetery at Rover. Bro. Claude Miles, Bro. James Johnson and Bro. Bobby Adams officiated. Arrangements were in care of Dixon Funeral Home of Danville. Pallbearers were S. R. Eden, Stanley Noon, Hank Shelton, Harold Gillum, W. T. Pugh, and Clifford Spears. Honorary Pallbearers were Jerry Williams, J. M. Scroggins, Charley Harmon, Dr. J. O. Pennington, Jim Donnell, Dorsey Sutterfield, John Hamilton, True Fitch, and Johnny Fowler. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, 7/28/1984)


Blaylock, Agness Nancy (Littleton)

Agness Nancy Littleton Blaylock, 88, of Benton died October 24, 2009, at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant. She was born in Yell County on August 27, 1921, to Raymond and Jennie Tapp Littleton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everette Blaylock; her parents; and four sisters. Mrs. Blaylock was a retired homemaker and attended New Summit Church of God in Benton. She loved being outdoors and anything to do with nature including gardening.

She is survived by son, Harold (Linda) Blaylock; daughter, Laverne (Archie) Malone; grandchildren, DeWayne (Karen) Blaylock, Teresa Blaylock, Lorraine (Lance) Hicks, Steve (Mary) Malone and Mike (Lisa) Malone; 11 great-grandchildren; and eight great-greatgrandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Moore's Chapel in Waveland with Saline Memorial Hospice Chaplin Kim Hammer officiating. Interment will follow at Moore's Chapel Cemetery. Services provided by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (315-4047). Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct.26, 2009, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home. Online guest book:www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ ballard. The family would like to thank the staff at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant for the tender and loving care given to Agness. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,The Benton Courier Newspaper, Benton, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Oct 26, 2009)

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