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Brewer, Grace Elizabeth (Bland)

Grace Elizabeth (Bland) Brewer, age 95, of Danville, AR, died Thursday, October 5, 2006 at Mitchell's Nursing Home in Danville. She was a native of Perry County and the daughter of the late Grant and Susan (Black Bland. At age 15 she moved with her family to Yell County living in Belleville and Havana until 1958 then they moved to Danville. She was a homemaker and worked as a nurse's aide at Mitchell's Nursing Home for many years. She was a member of the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Danville.

She was preceded in death by her husband Opal Brewer in December 1990 after nearly 55 years of marriage, her parents, three adult brothers, Loyd, Lewis and Leonard Bland; two infant brothers and a small sister.

Survivors include five nephews and seven nieces and many great-nephews, nieces and several cousins.

Service was October 9 at the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Vosburg officiating. Burial was in Havana Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. Pallbearers were Tommy and Larry Lane, Bruce, Greg and Brian Bland and Jarrod Bland. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, October 11, 2006)


Brewer, Grace Elizabeth (Bland)

Grace Elizabeth (Bland) Brewer, age 95, of Danville, AR, died Thursday, October 5, 2006 at Mitchell's Nursing Home in Danville. She was a native of Perry County and the daughter of the late Grant and Susan (Black) Bland. At age 15 she moved with her family to Yell County living in Belleville and Havana until 1958 then they moved to Danville. She was a homemaker and worked as a nurse's aide at Mitchell's Nursing Home for many years. She was a member of the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Danville.

She was preceded in death by her husband Opal Brewer in December 1990 after nearly 55 years of marriage, her parents, three adult brothers, Loyd, Lewis and Leonard Bland; two infant brothers and a small sister.

Survivors include five nephews and seven nieces and many great-nephews, nieces and several cousins.

Service was October 9 at the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Vosburg officiating. Burial was in Havana Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. Pallbearers were Tommy and Larry Lane, Bruce, Greg and Brian Bland and Jarrod Bland. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Oct 11, 2006)

Brewer, Harold Ed

Harold Ed Brewer, 75 of Alma, died Monday, November 17, 2008 at Summit Medical Center in Van Buren. He was born April 24, 1933, in Danville to George Oliver and Ellie Mae Cripps Brewer. He was a farmer, a Baptist, and loved fishing. Harold is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Leon and Gene Brewer.

Survivors include his wife Edna Bernice Brewer of Dardanelle; daughters, Elizabeth Perrin Caswell of Forth Smith, Pauline Welch of Russellville, Loyice Tombs of Atkins and Violet Pickering of Atkins; a son, Larry Maxwell of Russellville; a sister, Kay Warren of Van Buren; brothers Ray Brewer of Illinois and Bill Brewer of Missouri; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held November 22, 2008 at Lower Spring Creek Cemetery in Belleville. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, November 26, 2008)


Brewer, James "Chicken"

James "Chicken" Brewer, of Dardanelle, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at Dardanelle Hospital. He was born November 3, 1939 in Dardanelle, Arkansas. He was a paving contractor, served in the Arkansas National Guard, and attended the Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Hazel Epperson; an infant daughter, Angela Lee Ann Brewer; a grandson, Seth Allen Brewer; and his birth mother, Ellie Rainwater Brewer.

Survivors include his son, Greg Brewer of Dardanelle; a brother, David Ray Brewer of Hensley, AR; a sister, Juanita Brewer Flurry of California; an aunt, Sue Love of Russellville; and his birth father, Roscoe Harold Brewer.

Graveside services were Friday, March 15 at 11:00 p. m. at Durvin Cemetery, Dardanelle with Brother John McCourt officiating. Arrangements are by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle. Pallbearers were Mike Malone, Larry Klober, Travis Ward, Steve Ellis, Randy Klober and Andy Brannon. Honorary are Roy Rector, Pay McCoy, Robert Huddleston, Carlton Dacus, John Johnson, Ken Walls, and James Dacus. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, March 20, 2002)


Brewer, L. B.

L. B. Brewer Dies in Kentucky Word has been received that L. B. Brewer, formerly of Danville, died Tuesday in Beattyville, Ky. He is to be buried in Beattyville with funeral arrangement incomplete at present. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 YRS AGO, DANVILLE, ARKANSAS - Originally published on Thursday, May 13, 1954)


Brewer, Lyda Bell (Hawkins)

DUMAS - Lyda Bell Brewer, 82, of Dumas died Thursday in Dumas. She was born Jan. 13, 1926, in Yell County, Ark., a daughter of the late Charlie and Lydia Hawkins, a homemaker and a Baptist.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Brewer of Coos Bay, Ore.; a brother, Billy Fred Hawkins of Coos Bay; two sisters, Estelle Brewer of Dumas and Lillian Potter of Houston, Texas; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services at 10 a.m. Saturday with Rick Sellers officiating in Dark Corner Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Her obituary was published 31 Aug 2008, Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas. )

Brewer, Martin Edward

Martin Edward Brewer, age 59, of Belleville died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at Hot Springs National Park Medical Center. He was born April 14, 1944, in Rogers, Arkansas to the late Woodrow Cleburn and Dessie May Kinder Brewer. He worked for the Yell County Road Department for 25 years. He was a member of the Belleville United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVern Wilson Brewer, and a brother, Quinton Daniel Brewer.

Survivors are his companion, Pat Knight of Belleville; children, Chuck Brewer and Misty Elders, of Rogers, Marlin and Marlene Brewer of Dardanelle; brothers, Lindon, James Carrol, Harold Cleburn, Donald Garl, Jackie Loyd, Michael Ray and Johnny Edwind Brewer, all of Rogers; sisters, Wanda Lou Richardson, Shirley Ann Jones and Linda Fay Weston, all of Rogers; 6 grandchildren; one great grandchild and a host of nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were Friday, July 11, 2003 at Cornwell Funeral Chapel in Danville with Rev. Joe Gramling officiating. Interment was at Mountain Springs Cemetery, Chickalah Mountain. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. Pallbearers were Josh Essman, Buddy Haney, Chad Miller, Brandon Woodard, Derek Espolt, Maxy Shinn, Tommy Fowler, Johnny Moore. Honorary were Dale Knight, David Laster, Staff of National Park Hospital, River Valley Kidney Center, Hot Springs Diagnostic Clinic, Dr. John Wayne Smith, Yell County Road Department and Dr. Warren. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, July 16, 2003)


Brewer, Martin Edward

Martin Edward Brewer, age 59, of Belleville, AR, died July 8, 2003 at National Park Hospital in Hot Springs, AR.

Arrangements will be announced by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, July 9, 2003)


Brewer, Opal

Opel Brewer, age 84, of Danville, AR died Monday, December 17, 1990 at the Yell County Hospital. He was a native of Havana, AR, son of the late Thadus and Mary Jane Farrington Brewer. He was a retired poultry farm worker, and a member of the Havana Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Grace Bland Brewer of Danville; one sister, Inez Robinson of Danville and several nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 19th in the Cornwell Funeral Chapel in Danville with Bro. Luther Riddle officiating. Burial was in the Havana Cemetery at Havana, AR. Arrangements and services by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Dec 19, 1990)

Brewer, Reita M.

Services for Reita M. Brewer of Danville will be held September 20 at 1; 00 p. m. at the Danville First Baptist Church. Interment will be in Heber Springs. Services by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, September 19, 2007)


Brewer, Reita M.

Reita M. Brewer, age 93, of Danville, AR went to be with her God on September 17, 2007 in Little Rock, AR. She was born October 10, 1913 in Sheridan, AR. Her parents were George Franklin and Anna Rebecca Hood McCool of Prattsville, AR. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Memphis, TN for many years. She was also pianist at First Baptist Church in Heber Springs, AR for many before she retired.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Morris Smith and Denton Brewer; a daughter Nedra (Brewer) Rose; two brothers W. Carl McCool and Bob McCool; two sisters Mildred Rayburn and Gladys Fish.

Survivors include two grandsons Mark and John Rose; a granddaughter Rebecca Bowdie; great grandsons Christopher, Joshua, and Kimmy Hanke; great granddaughters Lucia and Liliana Hanke, Amber and Alexis Rose; nephew Bobby B. McCool; niece Carol Ann Baker; special friend Clyde Apple, and numerous other family and friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, September 20, 2007 at Danville First Baptist Church with the Bro. Bobby Walker and Bro. Jamie Staley officiating. Burial was held at 2:00 p. m. Tuesday, September 25, at Cleburne County Memorial Gardens in Heber Springs, AR. Pallbearers were Gary Pickens, Stan Garner, Charles Davis, Rocky Foster, Waymon Sides, and Charles Palmer. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home in Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, September 26, 2007)


Brewer, Syble Cook

Mrs. Syble Cook Brewer, age 91, of Ola died Tuesday, December 23, 1980 at Yell County Hospital at Danville. She was a native of Centerville, and was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cook.

Funeral will be at 2 p. m. Friday at Ola United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Ola Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service of Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 12/24/1980)


Brewer, Syble Cook

Mrs. Syble Cook Brewer, age 91, of Ola died Tuesday, December 23, 1980 at Yell County Hospital at Danville. She was a native of Centerville, and was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James M. Cook.

Funeral was at 2 p. m. Friday at Ola United Methodist Church. Burial was in Ola Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service of Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Published in Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: 12-31-1980)


Brewer, Tony Lee

Mr. Tony Lee Brewer, age 58, of Dardanelle, AR died Sunday, April 27, 1997. He was a retired farmer and former employee of Bruce Oakley. He attended the Assembly of God Church, was born May 4, 1938 in Havana, AR to the late Bud and Vera May Apple Brewer.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Brewer of Ola; a son, Jarred Brewer of Ola; three daughters, Brenda, Linda and Carla Brewer all of Ola; two brothers, Charles Brewer of Dardanelle and Johnny Raymond Brewer of Missouri; three sisters, Jewell M. Barber of Casa, Billie Joe Brewer and Betty Jean Brewer both of Dardanelle; three grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be today, April 30th at the Lower Spring Creek Cemetery by the Rev. True Fitch. Services under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle. Pallbearers will be Herman Kiggins and True Fitch. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, April 30, 1997)


Brewer, Wanda Mae (Birkhead)

Wanda Mae Brewer, age 92, of Dardanelle died Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at River Valley Medical Center. She was born February 14, 1921 at New Blaine to the late Oran B. and Emma Ann McReynolds Birkhead. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dardanelle.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Brewer; brothers, Lowell Birkhead, Wayne Birkhead, Keith Birkhead and sister, Zola Pilgreen.

Survivors include three nephews, Dean Birkhead and wife Janis of Dardanelle, Larry Birkhead of Dallas, TX, Terry Pilgreen and wife Sherri of Wichita, KS; two nieces, Mavis Welsh and husband Don of Maumelle, Becky Birkhead of Springdale; five great nieces and nephews; eight great great nieces and nephews and seven great great great nieces and nephews. Wanda was a lifelong resident of the Dardanelle Community, with a temporary move to Wichita, Kansas when she worked for the Boeing Aircraft Company during World War II. She also was employed for many years at Love's Flower Shop in Dardanelle.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, December 9, 2013 at Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with Bro. Jim Benfer officiating. Visitation will be held after the service. Pallbearers will be Kip Welsh, Wayne Harper, Jordan Harper, Roxanne Harper, Jay Pilgreen and Kate Pilgreen. Flowers will be accepted at Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle. Memorial gifts may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 188, Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834. Arrangements Are By Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle. Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,pub. Dec 7, 2013, On-Line at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com)

Brewer, Wanda Mae (Birkhead)

Wanda Mae Brewer, age 92, of Dardanelle died Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at River Valley Medical Center. She was born February 14, 1921 at New Blaine to the late Oran B. and Emma Ann McReynolds Birkhead.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Brewer; brothers, and sister.

Survivors include three nephews, two nieces; five great nieces and nephews; eight great great nieces and nephews and seven great great great nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, December 9, 2013 at Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with Bro. Jim Benfer officiating. Visitation will be held after the service. Flowers will be accepted at Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle. Memorial gifts may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 188, Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834. Arrangements Are By Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle. Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Dec 11, 2013)

Brewer, William Edward

William Edward Brewer, aged 83, a resident of Chickalah, died at his home Thursday. He was a native of Yell County, a retired farmer and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lillie Malinda Robinson Brewer; two sons, Wiley H. Brewer of Chickalah and Glendal R. Brewer of Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter, Mrs. Juanita Lane of Kansas City; a half-brother, Lucian Wiggins of Elk City, Okla., and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Chickalah Church of Christ Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with Minister Dewey McDowell of Dardanelle Church of Christ officiating. Interment was in Chickalah Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on May 1963)

Brewer, William Edward

William Edward Brewer, aged 83, a resident of Chickalah, died at his home Thursday. He was a native of Yell County, a retired farmer and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lillie Malinda Robinson Brewer; two sons, Wiley H. Brewer of Chickalah and Glendal R. Brewer of Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter, Mrs. Juanita Lane of Kansas City; a half-brother, Lucian Wiggins of Elk City, Okla., and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Chickalah Church of Christ Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with Minister Dewey McDowell of Dardanelle Church of Christ officiating. Interment was in Chickalah Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on May 1963)

Brewster, Violet Frances (Simmons)

Violet Frances Brewster, of Hot Springs, passed from this life surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, January 3, 2013, after a brief illness at the age of 89. She was born on January 31, 1923, in Plainview, Arkansas, the daughter of H.G. Simmons and Malinda Raper Simmons.

She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter Nina Gale Curtis Williams; three husbands, James Alvin Curtis, John A. Miller and Jewel H. Brewster; four brothers, William, Gene, R.L. and Kenneth Simmons; and one sister, Oral Raper. She and her family moved to Hot Springs from Plainview in 1934. She was a charter member of Memorial Baptist Church. She loved watching basketball; it was her favorite pastime, especially the Lakers.

She is survived by her five children, Lynn Curtis Young (Joe David), Rex Curtis, Jonne Miller Doster (John), Jeannie Miller Huegel (Greg) and Janice Brewster; one son-in-law, Stanley H. Williams; her sister and best friend, Ina Burton; ten grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; extended family members; and a host of wonderful friends.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Monday, January 7, 2013, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Hot Springs, with Alan Coker and Dale Justus officiating. Visitation will be 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Sunday afternoon. Interment will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs. Pallbearers will be Jon McLarty, Starr Fenner, David Grissom, Kevin Smith, John Pankey, Richard Goodrum and Mark Lane. A special thank you to Dr. Scott Anderson, Dr. Neeraj Bharany, Dr. Michael Gersch, Dr. Adam Stibich, and the entire staff of National Park Medical Center ICU. Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Her obituary was published in Jan 2013 on Line @ http://www.davis-smith.com. )

Brice, Laino (Haire)

Mrs.

Laino Brice last rites were conducted November 23 in the Madera Funeral Home. Mrs. Brice, 39, of Madera, Calif., who died Wednesday of injuries suffered Sunday in an automobile accident.

She is survived by her husband, Ivan Brice; her father, H. W. Haire of Madera; four brothers Charles, James and Vernon Haire of Madera and Arvie Haire of Moore, Okla., and two sisters, Mrs. Syble Lampkins of Madera and Mrs. Ola Rorax of Visalia, Calif. Mrs. Brice, formerly Laino Haire, was born and raised in Yell County. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Dec 13, 1951)

Bridges, Hays

Hays Bridges age 89, a resident of Plainview, AR died Thursday, June 15, 2000 at his home. He was born October 4, 1910 at Plainview, AR to Matthew and Eva (Stahl) Bridges. He married Imogene Leach on May 3, 1941 at Plainview, AR. He was a farmer, member of the First United Methodist Church of Plainview, was a 32nd degree Mason, a 35 year committeeman with the Farm Services Agency at Danville and a member of the Ola Eastern Star.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include, his wife, Imogene Bridges of Plainview, AR; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Debra Bridges of Ft. Smith, AR and Bob and Ann Bridges of Wayne, PA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia and Dale Zank of Marshall, MO and Judy and Charles Chastain of Little Rock, AR; one brother, T. L. Bridges of Little Rock, AR and seven grandchildren, Cindy and Missy Kugel, Matthew Bridges, Sara Chastain, Amy, Heather and Chris Bridges.

Funeral service was June 19, 2000 at the First United Methodist Church of Plainview officiated by Rev. John Zolk. Burial with Masonic Rites was at the New Bethel Cemetery at Plainview, AR under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Memorials may be made to Plainview United Methodist Church or the Department of Health Hospice, 203 Weir Road, Russellville, AR. Casket bearers were, Danny Stahl, Larry Bridges, Travis Smith, Steve Barry, Elmer Padgett and Danny Bridges. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, June 21, 2000)


Bridges, Imogene (Leach)

Imogene Bridges, 95, of Little Rock, formerly of Plainview died Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. She was born July 4, 1916 in Plainview, AR to Barbra Allen and Ola Breashears Leach. She was a homemaker and farmer and a member of Plainview United Methodist Church. For many years she was active in the Order of the Eastern Star and Home Demonstration Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hayes Dale Bridges and son, Bill Bridges.

Survivors include three children, Virginia Zank & husband, Dale of Branson, MO, Bob Bridges & wife, Ann of Little Rock, Judy Chastain & husband, Charles of Little Rock; 7 grandchildren, Cindy Kugel & partner, Jeff Dalrymple of Siloam Springs, Missy Couch & husband, James of Siloam Springs, Matthew Bridges & wife, Ann of Richmond, VA, Sara Chastain of Little Rock, Amy Bridges of Washington, DC, Heather Xayavongsa & husband, Luck of Fort Smith, Chris Bridges of Fort Smith; 5 great grandchildren, Lydara Couch of Siloam Springs, Kane Xayavongsa of Fort Smith, Nathan Bridges & Madeleine Bridges of Richmond, VA, Damon Bridges of Fort Smith; one sister, Ernestine Barry of Morrilton and a brother-in-law, Lamar Bridges of Little Rock.

Funeral was March 13, 2012 at Plainview United Methodist Church. Reverend Tom Mullins officiated. Burial was at New Bethel Cemetery near Plainview, AR by Humphrey Funeral Service. Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com Memorials may be given to Plainview United Methodist Church, Plainview, AR or to a charity of your choice. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Mar 14, 2012)

Bridges, William "Bill"

William "Bill" Bridges, 54, of Fort Smith died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004 at a Fort Smith hospital. He retired from the Air Force as a technical sergeant serving with the 188th Fighter Wing. He was a graduate of Plainview-Rover High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He joined the Air Force and served as a communications technician in Japan during the Vietnam War, a recipient of the Mayor's Good Neighbor Award and a member of Southside Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hayes Bridges.

Survivors include his wife, Debra Bridges; a son, Chris Bridges of Fort Smith; a daughter, Heather Bridges of Fort Smith; his mother, Imogene Bridges of Little Rock; a brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Ann Bridges of Wayne, Pa.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia and Dale Zank of Marshall, Mo. and Judy and Charles Chastain of Little Rock; several nephews and nieces; and a great-niece.

The funeral was Thursday, February 12, 2004 at Ocker Memorial Chapel at Van Buren. Burial was in Gill Cemetery by Ocker Funeral Service. Pallbearers were Sherman and Danny Stahl, John Watson, Leonard Huff, Gary Finney and Larry Bridges. Memorials may be made to Leukemia Foundation, The Gateway Chapter, 77 West Port Plaza, Suite 101, St. Louis, Mo. 63146-3111. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, March 3, 2004)


Brigance, Benjamin Miner "Benny"

Benjamin Miner "Benny" Brigance, age 97, of Booneville, AR passed away, Thursday, July 4, 2002 in the Booneville Nursing Home. He was a retired dairy farmer and a member of Longridge Baptist Church in Carolan, AR.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Roxy Brigance.

He is survived by three sons, Buck, Jack and Mack Brigance all of Booneville, AR; two daughters, June Tate of Booneville, AR and Judith Burrows of Havana, AR; two brothers, Thurman & Willie Brigance of Booneville, AR; one sister, Leacy Wilson of Booneville, AR; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were July 8, 2002 at Longridge Baptist Church in Carolan, AR with burial in Bloodsworth Cemetery. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, July 17, 2002)


Brigance, William B. "Willie"

William (Willie) B. Brigance, 94, of Waldron, Arkansas passed away on August 27, 2014 at the Waldron Nursing Center. He was born January 22, 1920 in Tate, Arkansas to the late William A. and Ollie (Taylor) Brigance.

He is survived by his wife Katie Brigance of Texarkana, Arkansas, four children; Lenora Caldwell of Havana, Arkansas, Jay Brigance and wife Loulla of Waldron, Arkansas, Gene Brig- ance and wife Laura of Booneville, Arkansas, Shaney Watts and husband Kenny of Waldron, daughter-in-law, Linda Brigance of Booneville, Arkansas, several step-children, 15 grandchildren, 21 great- grandchildren, several great- great grand children, numerous nieces, nephews, friends and other family.

William is preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children Veva Brigance, one son, William Arnold Brigance, his parents, great-grandson Zack Caldwell and one son-in law, Dale Caldwell.

Funeral service was August 29, 2014 at Martin Funeral Home Chapel with Interment in Taylor Cemetery. Pallbearers were Andy and J.B. Brigance, Greg Caldwell, John Fereck, Billy Watts and Tony Gaines. Honorary pallbearers were Paul John Brigance, Jeff Bush, Mack, Jack and Buck Brigance, Dewayne Chancellor, Jerry Chancellor, Neil and Bud Brigance. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Sep 3, 2014)

Briggs, Bertha B.

Mrs. Bertha B. Briggs, age 94, of Briggsville, died Tuesday, December 6, 1988 at her home. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Briggsville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son O. L. Briggs, of Briggsville; a daughter, Mrs. Frankie Baltz of Little Rock; two sisters, Lydia Cook of North Little Rock and Willa Elliott of Parks; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Thursday at Briggsville United Methodist Church by the Rev. Lee Hankins. Burial was in Briggs Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Jay, Chris, Keith and James Shannon Briggs, Dr. Joe Buford and Robert Owen Buford. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas, 12-14-1988)


Briggs, Dorothy Mae "Dottie" (Miller)

Dorothy "Dottie" Mae Briggs, 90, of Westridge Road, passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at the Landsun Health Service Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Fri., Dec. 28, at First United Methodist Church. Mr. Mike Veilleux of Sunset Church of Christ will officiate. Interment will follow at Carlsbad Cemetery (old section). Visitation will be Thursday 1-8 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to noon at West Funeral Home. Services are entrusted to West Funeral Home. Dorothy Mae "Dottie" Miller Briggs was born May 18, 1922 to Ernest Lee and Betty Jane Tate Miller in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She was raised and educated in Jonesboro before moving to Carlsbad as a young woman. Dorothy and Robert D. "R.D." Briggs were married on March 10, 1947 in Carlsbad. Dottie worked in the fabric department of J.C. Penney's, Tempo, Ray's Fabric and Jill's Fabric for many years prior to her retirement. Her favorite pastimes included cooking, sewing and caring for her grandchildren. She was also a long time member of First United Methodist Church. Dottie's love in life was always her family, she cherished the times with them as did all her family cherish her. She spent many hours listening to Christian music and enjoyed and shared many memories of her early years in Arkansas. Words alone could never express the kindness and love that Dottie gave from her heart to all who knew her. Dottie's beautiful smile and gentle heart will never be lost or forgotten.

She is preceded in death by her husband, daughters: Linda Briggs and Cheryl Parham, brothers: Claude Miller, Ray Miller and sister Dovie Crow.

Dorothy is survived by sons: Skipper and wife Susan Briggs and Mark and wife Diane Briggs, all of Carlsbad; daughter: Debbie Kimbley and husband Hayden of Loving, NM; son in law: Johnny Parham of El Paso, TX; sister in laws: Rosy Miller, Carlina Briggs and Evelyn Briggs; grandchildren: Gary Gidak and wife Angel, Rob Briggs and Tosha, Melissa Maas and husband Justin, Scott Briggs, Parker Kimbley, Gentry Hughes and husband Trent, Matt Briggs, Shea Briggs and Cody, Lisa Calder and husband Justin, Misti Frazier and Mandi Whitehead; great grandchildren: Jennifer Brendel, Kyla, Brayden and Rylon Hughes, Tayden Kimbley, Henry Alan Maas, Jaxon Rich, Zack Frazier, Ryan, Nick and Faith Whitehead, Bryce Temple and 4 great- great grandchildren. Donations may be made to the "Landsun Caring Hands" fund. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Her obituary was published in Dec 2012 in Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico. )

Briggs, J. B.

J.B. Briggs Dies of Polo J. B. Briggs, 34, of Danville died at St. Vincents Hospital in Little Rock Saturday, May 29, 1954 of Polio. He had apparently passed through the crisis last Sunday, was taken out of the iron lung and was showing improvements until Wednesday. At that time he was paralyzed from the waist down. Beginning Wednesday his condition gradually.. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 YRS AGO, DANVILLE, ARKANSAS - Originally published on Thursday, June 3, 1954)


Briggs, J. B. - Stricken With Polio

J. B. Briggs Is Stricken With Polio - J. B. Briggs, Danville resident and former Yell County Circuit Clerk, was stricken with polio last week and is now a patient at St Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock. Briggs was taken to the hospital in Little Rock last Wednesday paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors at first believed that a rupture disk was causing the paralysis, but Saturday when his breathing became difficult and his temperature continued to rise, it was definitely established as polio. Briggs passed the crisis early Sunday morning after he had temporarily been placed in an iron lung. His fever broke and breathing became easier after that time. The exact extent of the paralysis will not be known for several days, but he is not paralyzed above the waist. Briggs, who is now an employee of the Arkansas Power & Light Co. was Yell County Chairman of the March of Dimes drive for polio for three years. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 YRS AGO, DANVILLE, ARKANSAS - Originally published on Thursday, May 27, 1954)


Briggs, James Budgar

James Budgar Briggs, age 82, of Briggsville died Sunday, Feb. 8, 1976 at his home. He was a retired farmer, and was a Mason and a member of the Briggsville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Bertha Briggs; a son, 0. L. Briggs of Briggsville; a daughter, Mrs. Jack Baltz of North Little Rock; a brother, C. S. Briggs of Oregon; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service was held Monday at Briggs Cemetery near Briggsville by the Rev. George Patton. Pallbearers were Jay Briggs, Keith Briggs, Shanon Briggs, Ted Buford, Robert Buford and Billy Lofland. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Published in Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: 2-12-1976)


Briggs, Laveda (Bailey)

Laveda B. Briggs, 73, of Fort Smith, Ark. died June 13, 2011. She was born December 31, 1937 in Magazine the daughter of Frank Mack and Mamie Irene (Plank) Bailey. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Magazine and loved serving others and her community. Laveda worked as a nurse's aide for ten years at Oak Manor Nursing Center, a member of the Magazine Garden Club, Blue Mountain EH Club and Magazine Community Improvement Club. Pleasures in her life were singing, traveling and fishing. She was dearly loved by her family and was a wonderful wife and mom. Preceded in death by her parents; a brother, R.D. Bailey and a sister, Francis Green.

Survivors are her husband of ten years, Lloyd Briggs of the home; five daughters, Debra Dority and husband Randy of Fort Smith, Nancy Briggs of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, Rhonda Nicholson of Eric, Texas, Barbara Stewart and Brenda Briggs both of Fort Smith; four sons, Rickie Allan Robinson of Fort Smith, Gary Lynn Robinson and wife Trish of Magazine, Lloyd Robert Briggs and Michael John Briggs both of Eric, Texas; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother, Clyde Ed "Red" Bailey of Sugar Grove; three nephews, Bobby and Jimmy Green, Clarence Rodrigues; a niece, Carla McAllister; a special cousin, Dick Ellington.

Pallbearers were Gary Don Stiger, Jeremy Dority, Timothy Clayton, Jeff McAllister, Clarence Rodrigues and Randy Dority. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Green and Jimmy Green. Funeral service was June 17, 2011 at First Baptist Church in Magazine with burial at Liberty Cemetery of Magazine under the direction of Booneville Funeral Service. Online guest book www.boonevillefuneralservice.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Jun 22, 2011)

Briggs, Levi L.

Levi L. Briggs of Carlsbad, New Mexico, formerly of Briggsville, died at his home in Carlsbad at 1:00 a. m. Saturday, June 17, 1950 at the age of 77 years. His wife, who was Belle Compton before their marriage in 1902, preceded him in death in 1921.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lee Gray of Phoenix, Arizona and Mrs. Bob Calvani of Carlsbad; six sons, R. D., Buford, Compton, Hence, Harry Lee and Pat, all of Carlsbad.

He was a member of one of the oldest pioneer families of Yell County and a former sheriff of this county.

Funeral services were held at the old Briggs home at Briggsville at 4:00 p. m. Monday. Burial was in the Briggs cemetery at Briggsville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, June 22, 1950)


Briggs, Roberta Mcbride

BRIGGSVILLE - Roberta McBride Briggs, age 68, died Friday, February 14, 1986 at North Little Rock. She was a native and lifelong resident of Briggsville and daughter of the late John and Agnes McBride. She was a member of the Briggsville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, O. L. Briggs; two sons, Jay Briggs of Russellville and Keith Briggs of Briggsville; a daughter, Reta Briggs of the home; a brother, Glynn McBride of Michigan, and two sisters, Marjorie Sendley and Ann Evans, both of Little Rock;

Funeral will be at 10 a. m. Monday, February 17, at the Briggsville Methodist Church by the Rev. Claude Miles and the Rev. Hulen Wiser. Burial will be in Briggs Memorial Cemetery at Briggsville by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. Pallbearers will be Robert Buford, John Findley, Dr. Joe Buford, Kenneth Jones, Billy Lofard and Ray Storment. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 1986)


Briggs, Roberta Mcbride

Mrs. Roberta McBride Briggs, age 68 of Briggsville died Friday, February 14, 1986 at the Memorial Hospital in North Little Rock. She was a native and lifelong resident of Briggsville, the daughter of the late John H. and Agnes Castleberry McBride and a member of the Briggsville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, O. L. Briggs of the home; two sons, Jay Briggs of Russellville and Keith Briggs of Briggsville; one daughter, Reta Briggs of the home; one brother, Glynn McBride of Okemos, MI; two sisters, Marjorie Sendley and Ann Evans both of Little Rock; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Robert Buford, John Findley, Dr. Joe Buford, Kenneth Jones, Billy Lofland and Ray Storment. Arrangements and services were by Cornwell Funeral Home. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 2/14/1986)


Briggs, Roberta Mcbride

Mrs. Roberta McBride Briggs, age 68 of Briggsville died Friday, February 14, 1986 at the Memorial Hospital in North Little Rock. She was a native and lifelong resident of Briggsville, the daughter of the late John H. and Agnes Castleberry McBride and a member of the Briggsville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, O. L. Briggs of the home; two sons, Jay Briggs of Russellville and Keith Briggs of Briggsville; one daughter, Reta Briggs of the home; one brother, Glynn McBride of Okemos, MI; two sisters, Marjorie Sendley and Ann Evans both of Little Rock; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Robert Buford, John Findley, Dr. Joe Buford, Kenneth Jones, Billy Lofland and Ray Storment. Arrangements and services were by Cornwell Funeral Home. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Published in Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: 2-19-1986)


Briggs, W. W.

W. W. Briggs, aged 91, of Okmulgee, Okla. died in a hospital in Holdenville, Okla. on June 16. He was born at Danville and lived here until 1893, and had been in a rest home at Holdenville for the past five years. He was a former peace officer.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Minnie Briggs of Okmulgee; their two daughters, Mrs. Etta Sallee and Mrs. Ruby Sallis, and their son, Ray, all of Okmulgee; two daughters by a former marriage, Mrs. W.S. Murphy of Norman, Okla. and Mrs. Mab B. Scisson of Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Jun 21, 1962)

Bright, Thomas L. (Tom)

Dr. Thomas L. (Tom) Bright, age 48, of Dardanelle, AR died Saturday, February 8, 1997 at his home. He was born May 16, 1948 in Hope, AR to Erman and Lucille Bright. He was a Quality Control supervisor for Con Agra. in Russellville, a deputy sheriff with the Yell County Sheriffs office, and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Dardanelle. He retired as a veterinarian from Hope and Tyson Foods.

He was preceded in death by his father, Erman Bright.

Survivors include wife, Lee Tillery Bright of the home; three sons, Justin and Travis Bright, of Hope, AR and Michael Bright of the home; one daughter, Emily Bright of Germany; one step-son and one stepdaughter, Jack Wilburn of Pottsville and Kim Smith of Hector; two brothers, Orville Bright of Longview, TX and Bill Bright of Spring, TX; four sisters, Sherry England, Gracie Alford and LaJaun Turner all of Hope and Wanda Cook of Grapevine, TX and two grandchildren. Active and honorary pallbearers were the, Yell County Sheriffs office.

Service will be 10:00 a. m. Thursday, February 13, 1997 at the Cornwell Funeral Home Chapel in Dardanelle with the Rev. Mark Lasey officiating. Burial to follow at Ayers Cemetery in Hope, AR. Visitation will be February 12, 1997 at the Funeral Home in Dardanelle from 7 to 8 p. m. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, February 12, 1997)


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