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Jack Catlett, age 82, of Havana, AR died Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville.
Funeral will be 2 p. m. today, Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at Moore's Chapel Church. Burial will be in Rock Creek Cemetery. See complete obit next week's edition. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, February 17, 2010)
Jack Catlett, age 82 of Havana, died Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Chambers Memorial Hospital. He was born July 4, 1927 in Waveland, AR to the late Paul R. and Allie Wilkerson Catlett. He was an Army-Air Core WWII Veteran, 33 Mason, member of the Belleville Christian Lodge 394, and a retired dairy farmer.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 57 years Lois Catlett; brothers, Raymond, Carroll Ray, and Ernest Lyndon Catlett; sister, Ruby Catlett; sister and brother-in-law, Jewel and Fain Cross.
Survivors include children, Jack (Darlene) Catlett; Charlotte (Wayne) Fowler; Billy (Missy) Catlett; Chuck (Lisa) Catlett; David (Shana) Catlett; Dennis (Nancy) Catlett; 12 grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 7 great-grand children; 28 step-great-grand children; brother, Don Catlett; sister-in-law, Yuanita Catlett; several nieces, nephew and cousins.
Funeral services were Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at Moore s Chapel with Rev. Phil Study officiating. Masonic Rites were held at the cemetery. Burial was in Rock Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, February 24, 2010)
Jay Catlett, 47, of Van Buren passed away February 27, 2012 from a heart condition. He will be dearly missed by all the lives he has touched. He was born to Ruth and J.D. Catlett in Burbank, California on April 20, 1964. Jay attended school in Plainview-Rover. He was currently a security officer for Allied Barton. He worked hard all of his life and showed a work ethic that many could not mirror. When Jay wasn't working, you could find him fishing. He loved nothing more than to "walk" the creek, carrying a large stringer of fish behind him. He also attained great achievements in his devotion to Tae Kwon Do where he obtained a third degree black belt as well as an instructor certification. His passion, above all else; however, was his children, grandchildren and girlfriend Gina Davis. You can see pictures of all of his loved ones displayed proudly throughout his home.
Jay is survived by his mother Ruth Catlett; his brother John Catlett and his sisters Joanie Level and Sheila Haney. He also leaves his three children; Dustin Catlett, Brittany Elliott and Brandon Catlett. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Gina Davis, four beautiful granddaughters and several other loving "family members and close friends.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cornwell Funeral home in Danville, Arkansas. The funeral was Saturday, March 3rd at the funeral home; burial followed at Moore's Chapel in Waveland, Arkansas. There has been a memorial set up in honor of Jay Catlett and donations may be made to Cops for Kids fund at Chambers bank in Danville, Arkansas. 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 Mar 7, 2012)
Marvin Eulan Catlett, age 68 of Belleville, AR, died Friday, April 2, 1999 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, AR. He was born June 6, 1930 in Magazine, AR to the late Earl and Bessie Elmore Catlett. He was a security guard at Petit Jean Poultry, a farmer and a veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Delois Catlett of Belleville, AR; two sons and daughter-in-law, Jackie and Wanda Catlett and Ricky Catlett all of Belleville, AR; a daughter and son-in-law, Marvetta and Ronnie Farnam of Arkadelphia, AR; two granddaughters, Brandi Doyle of Belleville and Kristy Farnam of Arkadelphia; one great-grandson, Dalton Doyle of Belleville; a brother, Dean Catlett of Belleville and two sisters, Earlene Lewis of Alma, AR and Mayrene Dales of Des Moines, IA.
Funeral service was held April 5, 1999 at the Cornwell Chapel in Danville with Bro. Kenneth Avaritt and Bro. Dell Young officiating. Burial was at the Havana Cemetery in Havana, AR under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. Pallbearers were Randy Lewis, Dale Catlett, Roy Burrows, Jr. Steve Scott, Ronnie Woodard and James Adair. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, April 7, 1999)
Robert Edwin (Bert) Catlett Sr., age 73, of Little Rock, a native of Dardanelle, died Thursday, December 11, 1986. He was the son of the late Samuel Graham and Alix Bidez Catlett, and attended Dardanelle public schools.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Helen Ferrell Catlett; a son, three daughters, a brother, 15 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Graveside service will be at 2 p. m. Saturday at Brearley Cemetery at Dardanelle. Burial will be by Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth of Little Rock. Memorials may be made to the Old Main Restoration Fund, 325 Administration Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 1986)
S. Graham Catlett Sr., 87 of Little Rock died April 21 in a Little Rock hospital. He was a native of Dardanelle, a son of the late Malcolm and Frances Spencer Catlett. He was in the hardware and furniture business before moving to Little Rock 35 years ago. He came to Little Rock as the vice president and general manager of Linkway Stores Company, a chain of retail hardware and furniture stores. He retired 12 years ago. While living at Dardanelle he was on the two council, was president of the school board, president of First National Bank, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and was an elder of the first Presbyterian Church. At the time of his death he was the oldest living member of the Masonic Lodge of Dardanelle, joining February 28, 1903. He is a former member of the State Parks Commission. He was recently elected Elder Ad Vitam of the First Presbyterian Church of Little Rock.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Alix Allgood Bidey Catlett; three sons, Leon B. Catlett, Robert E. Catlett and S. G. Catlett Jr., all of Little Rock; two sisters, Mrs. Kate Crawford of Fort Smith, and Miss Rill Catlett of Dardanelle; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church at Little Rock. Burial was in Brearley Cemetery at Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Apr 27, 1967 - Obituary courtesy of Dardanelle Public Library Archives, Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System, Dardanelle, Arkansas)
Mollie Catlin, nearing her 87th birthday, passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sue Davis, about midnight Sunday, September 10th, 1939. She had been in failing health for some time previous to her death, and for the past nine months had been confined to her bed practically all the time. Her condition became critical Sunday and she rapidly grew worse up to the hour of the passing of her gentle spirit to the life beyond. Mrs. Catlin was a memher of a pioneer Yell County family that for generations has been prominent in Western Arkansas. She was a member of the Methodist Church, a woman of beautiful character, universally loved and respected.
Funeral services conducted by Rev. Ethan Dodgen, Pastor of the First Methodist Church, were held at the Cornwell Funeral Home at 3 :00 o'clock Monday afternoon, burial being in Brearley Cemetery. Mrs.
Catlin is survived by one brother, Joe Johnston, of San Benito, Tex.; and one sister, Mrs. Sue Davis, with whom she has made her home for many years. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, and more distant relatives, among them being a niece, Miss Winnie Davis of Dardanelle, two nephews, C. T. and Henry Davis, of Little Rock and Washington, D. C., respectively; another niece, Mrs. Lena Darnell, of Conway, and two nephews, Hal and Frank Johnston, of near Dardanelle. Besides these she leaves a host of sorrowing relatives, friends and neighbors. There will be loneliness in the hearts of loved ones and friends because of her absence. Yet the grief is softened a bit with the comforting faith that she is relieved of her physical suffering and that her spirit has achieved eternal peace. (Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, pub. Nov 14, 1939 - Obituary courtesy of Dardanelle Public Library Archives, Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System, Dardanelle, Arkansas ) (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,This Obituary was published 14 Nov 1939, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. )
Mrs. Allie Cattlett, age 54, of Paducah, Texas died July 23.
Survivors include her husband, Paul Cattlett; four sons, Jack of Moores Chapel, Carroll Ray of Plainview, Tex., Ernest of Wichita Falls, Tex. and Don of home; one daughter, Mrs. Jewell Pauline Cross of Amarillo, Tex. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, July 30, 1959)
Lavond Caudell, 79, of Dardanelle died Thursday, January 8, 2015, at River Valley Medical Center in Dardanelle. The son of Eldridge and Iva Rhinehart Caudell, he was born October 12, 1935, in Adonna. He married Betty Nordin Caudell on February 12, 1953, at Morrilton. Lavond worked as a foreman with Trimble Lumber in Laytonville, Calif. After returning to the River Valley in 1970, Lavond owned and operated the Southside APCO service station on South Arkansas Avenue for 13 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and being outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Keena Vonne Caudell.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Caudell, Dardanelle; two daughters, Karen Jones, Washington, D.C., Diane (Ted) Shinn, Russellville; brothers, Lawrence (Maggie) Caudell, Panama City, Panama, Roger Caudell, Lawton, Okla.; two sisters, Evelyn Conley, Wichita, Kan., Wanda Caudell; two grandchildren, Jamie Jones, Alicia (Brent) Brown; and three great-grandsons, Blake and Reid Brown and Riley Jones.
Burial was private at Hickey Cemetery near London by Humphrey Funeral Service. Internet obituary and online guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,The Courier Newspaper, Russellville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on January 13, 2015)
Reece Caudle, prominent Russellville attorney, died Tuesday night, from injuries received in a car accident several days ago. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, June 23, 1955)
John Francis Cauley, 57 of Dardanelle, died Wednesday, December 30, 2009 in New Jersey. He was born July 12, 1952 in Sacramento, CA to the late Eugene and Estah Boston Cauley.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marilyn Cauley.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Caroline Ridgley Cauley of Dardanelle; children, Amber Cauley of Dardanelle, Nathan and Phillip both of San Diego, CA; sisters, Peggy Bayer, Trish Magruder, Helen Nelson, Debbie Wood; brothers, Pat Cauley, Dan Cauley, all of Sacramento, CA; six grandchildren, Corina, Jasmin, J. V., Zechariah, Jacob and Joshua.
Graveside services were held Thursday, January 14, 2010 at Pisgah Cemetery, Pottsville. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, January 20, 2010)
Alice Ruth Caviness, age 60, of Memphis, died Monday, October 19, at Memphis. Mrs. Caviness was a native of Gravelly, a daughter of the late Walter and Ethel Nicholeson Caviness and was a member of the Methodist Church. Suvivors include three brothers, Pat Caviness of Little Rock, Sonny Caviness of Dallas, Tex., and Troy Caviness of Carlsbad, N. M.; one sister, Mrs Bernice Ashmore of Dardanelle.
Funeral services were held at the Danville First Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. by Rev. Gene Adkins. Interment was at the Earl Ladd Cemetery. (Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, pub. Oct 29, 1970 - Obituary courtesy of Dardanelle Public Library Archives, Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System, Dardanelle, Arkansas) (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Her obituary was published 29 Oct 1970, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. )
Alice Ruth Caviness, age 6O, of Memphis, died Monday, October 19, at Memphis. Mrs. Caviness was a native of Gravelly, a daughter of the late Walter and Ethel Nicholeson Caviness and was a member of the Methodist Church.
Survivors include three brothers, Pat Caviness of Little Rock, Sonny Caviness of Dallas, Tex., and Troy Caviness of Carlsbad, N. M.; one sister, Mrs. Bernice Ashmore of Dardanelle.
Funeral services were held at the Danville First Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. by Rev. Gene Adkins. Interment was at the Earl Ladd Cemetery. Services were in care of Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Mary Fowler Leek Newspaper: Dardanelle Post-Dispatch, 10/29/1970)
Mrs. Annie Campbell Caviness, age 91, died Wednesday, July 10 in the Yell County Hospital at Danville. She had been a patient in the Mitchell Nursing Home at Danville for four years after breaking her hip in a fall. Mrs. Caviness, widow of Bob Caviness, was a member of a pioneer Yell Cotton family came to Yell County from Missouri 110 years ago. "Miss Annie" as Mrs. Caviness was called by her many friends and neighbors, grew up at Gravelly. The family returned to Dardanelle when she was 17. She married 10 years later and moved back to Gravelly where she lived until entering the Mitchell Nursing Home. She was a member of the Methodist Church for 65 years.
Survivors include one son, Robert Caviness of Gravelly; four daughters, Mrs. Lillie Clements of Gravelly, Mrs. Grace Raney of Mt. Nebo, Mrs. Fred Burnett of Dardanelle, and Mrs. Fred Harris of Waldron; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Gardner of Danville; seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at 11:00 a. m. Friday at the Methodist Church at Gravelly with Rev. C. H. Farmer officiating. Burial was near Gravelly by Cornwell Funeral Home. Grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers. A memorial fund has been established at the Gravelly Methodist Church. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Mary Fowler Leek, Newspaper: Post-Dispatch, Dardanelle, Arkansas, 7/18/1968)
Mrs. Audrey Keathley Caviness age 89 of Danville, Arkansas died Sunday, September 5 at the Mercy Hospital in Waldron. She was born January 19, 1904 in Danville, AR to the late J. A. and Julia Scott Keathley. She was the widow of the late Eric Caviness. She was a graduate of the University of the Ozarks, Majoring in speech and piano, studied music at the George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn. Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and Henderson-Brown College in Arkadelphia. She began her teaching career at the Danville Public Schools in 1929 teaching expressions and then piano until she retired in 1965. Miss Audrey as she was better known by her students and friends was a member of the Danville United Methodist Church where she began playing for the church at age 14 and continued as either playing for Sunday School, Choir or Choir Director for 59 years. She still continued to sing in the choir and fill in as organist or pianist as needed. She was a Charter Member of the Danville Music Club, a member of the Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs. In 1972 the Arkansas Federation presented an award to Mrs. Caviness as an Outstanding Church Musician in towns under 10, 000 population. She received the 1978 Distinguished Service Award from the Danville Jaycees. Other interests of Miss Audrey were the United Methodist Women, Parent Teacher Association, Business Professional Women Club and American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Claire and B. J. Dunn of Russellville, AR; two grandchildren, Robert Eric Dunn of Mabel vale, AR and Julia Thorn of Lonoke, AR; four great-grandchildren, Katie and Christopher Dunn both of Mabel vale and Max and Audrey Thorn both of Lonoke.
Services were Tuesday, September 7 at the Danville United Methodist Church with Rev. Roger Glover and Rev. Mike Morey. Interment was in the Earl Ladd Cemetery by Corn well Funeral Service. Pallbearers were Bood Keathley, Dick Guthrie, Jack Wilson, Junior Lewis, Jim Pledger and John Leeman. Honorary Dr. Walter P. Harris, J. A. Moudy, S. C. Tucker, Charlie Richison, Dr. L. Compton George. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas, 9-8-1993)
Baxter E. Caviness, age 64, died at his home in Albuquerque, New Mex. on January 1.
He is survived by his wife, Fannie of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Roy Tackett of Albuquerque; one son, Dr. James J. Caviness of Oklahoma City; and one sister, Mrs. Carl A. Hatch of Albuquerque. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Jan 1964)
Mrs. Berniece Caviness, age 81, widow of G. L. Bud Caviness, of Little Rock died Friday, September 14, 1984. She was a native of Briggsville and the daughter of the late David Lampkin Castleberry and Martha Catherine Mathis Castleberry.
Survivors include two sons, John David Caviness of Denver, CO and Kenneth Lee Caviness of Rolling Hills, CA; two daughters, Dorothy Caviness and Lillie Ruth Dobbs, both of Little Rock; a brother, R. T. Castleberry of Rover; a sister, Nannye Norman of Plainview; five grandchildren and, three great grandchildren.
The funeral was, Monday, September 17 at Ruebels Chapel in Little Rock. Graveside services were at Mt Zion Cemetery in Briggsville. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Little Rock. Services were by Ruebel Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas, 10-3-1984)
Mrs. Blanche Montgomery Caviness, 86, of Pine Bluff and formerly of Danville, died in a Pine Bluff hospital on February 24. She was a widow of J. C. Caviness, who died January 14.
Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Douglas White of Silver City, N.M., Mrs. Robert Compton of Russellville, Mrs. Charles Nixon of Gary, Ind. and Mrs. Blakely Gallagher of Pine Bluff; a brother, Dr. Tom Montgomery of Stayton, Ore.; 13 grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. YCR March 2, 1961 (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Mar 2, 1961)
Clyde Caviness, age 54, died at his home at Houston, Tex. on December 30. He was a former resident of Danville and was at one time city marshal here.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Maydean Watson Caviness; one daughter, Clydene, and a step-daughter, Marie Ellis, all of Houston; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Caviness of Pine Bluff; four sisters, Mrs. Douglas White of Silver City, New Mex., Mrs. Robert Compton of Russellville, Mrs. Charles Nixon of Gary, Ind. and Mrs. Blakeley Gallagher of Pine Bluff. (Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Jan 5, 1961) (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,His obituary was published 5 Jan 1961, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas. )
Eric Caviness, aged 63, Danville attorney, died Tuesday at the Yell County Hospital in Danville following a heart attack suffered Monday night. He was a native of Gravelly and had practiced law here since 1929. He was chairman of the board of directors of the Yell County Hospital; member of the board of trustees of the Danville Methodist Church, where he had taught the Ladies' Bible Class for the past 33 years; a director of the Danville State Bank; a Mason, member of the Gravelly Lodge; former state representative from Yell County and former state senator from the 5th Judicial District. He was past president of the Danville Lions Club; former mayor of Danville; and former member of the Danville School Board. He was a graduate of Hendrix College and of the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Audrey Keathley Caviness of Danville; one daughter, Mrs. B. J. Dunn of Russellville; two grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Ethel Caviness of Danville; two sisters, Miss Ruth Caviness of Memphis, Tenn., and Mrs. Bernice Ashmore of Tulsa, Okla.; three brothers, Pat Caviness of Little Rock, Troy Caviness of Loving N. Mex. and Sonny Caviness of Dallas, Tex.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Danville National Guard armory by Rev. C. Houston Fanner, pastor of the Danville Methodist Church, with burial in the New Danville Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Feb 1965)
Ermalee Caviness, age 93, of Gravelly, AR died Tuesday, November 21, 2000 at Mitchell's Nursing Home in Danville, AR. She was born July 14, 1907 in Gravelly, AR to the late J. Frank and Ada Hunsicker Price. She was a homemaker and a member of the Gravelly Methodist Church. She was the widow of Robert Caviness and was preceded in death by a sister, Maggie Robison and brothers, George and John Price.
Survivors are one niece, Aleen O'Bryant and several other nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Fred Burnett of Dardanelle, AR and a sister in Law, Helen Harris of Russellville, AR.
Service was Friday, November 24, 2000 at Gravelly Methodist Church with Rev. Royce Savage officiating. Interment was in Parks Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, November 29, 2000)
Mrs. Ethel Mirian Caviness, age 92, of Danville, widow of Walter G. Caviness, died at a Danville hospital Monday, November 21, 1966. Mrs. Caviness was a native of Conway, a daughter of the late Robert and Alice Montgomery Nicholson. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
Survivors are three sons, Troy Caviness of Loving, New Mexico, Sonny Caviness of Dallas, and Pat Caviness of Little Rock; two daughters, Mrs. Bernice Ashmore of Mt. Nebo and Miss Ruth Caviness of Memphis; two brothers, O. G. Nicholson of Del Rio, Texas, and Rupert Nicholson of Victoria, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Gladys Jenkins of Waco, Texas; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held at the Danville Methodist Church Wednesday morning at 10 oclock with Rev. Gene Atkins officiating. A second service was held at Parks Cemetery where interment was. Casket Bearers were Robert Caviness, Sonny Clement, Odell Lewis, Jr. Harold Montgomery, Bobby Keathly and Jim Caviness. Services were in care of the Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Mary Fowler Leek, Newspaper: Post-Dispatch, Dardanelle, Arkansas, 11/24/1966)
A Prominent Citizen of Gravelly is Dead. News came to Dardanelle yesterday of the death of James M. Caviness, a prominent, prosperous and valuable citizen of Gravelly, which sad event occurred Tuesday afternoon, at his home, after a brief illness. The burial and funeral obsequies were performed yesterday afternoon.
Mr. Caviness had probably been born and raised at Gravelly, where he had led an honorable and up-right life, and raised a family of splendid children, several of whom survive him. He was a man of affairs, enterprising and progressive, and was justly popular in his community.
On Wednesday of last week Jim Willson, of this place, was at his home and found him lying on a cot, complaining of having had a light chill. However, it developed into an attack of fever, from which he never recovered. The P-D joins with the many friends of the family in expressing its profound sympathy and condolence in this sad affliction. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Published in Post-Dispatch, Dardanelle, Arkansas: 7-16-1900)
Mr. Bob Caviness aged 67 years, prominent Fourche Valley planter, merchant and banker, died Sunday morning, November 20, 1938, from a heart attack at the home of his brother-in-law, Dr. Lee Montgomery, directly across the street from his own home, where he had gone for treatment.
The funeral service was held on the lawn at the family home at Gravelly Monday afternoon, a splendid tribute being paid to the deceased by Rev. Ashmore, who officiated. But a more beautiful and impressive tribute was the assemblage of more than 2,000 sorrowing friends of Bob Caviness--men and women from all walks and stations in life, from every nook and corner of Yell County--who with sad hearts and tear-dimmed eyes gathered about the bier of their departed friend to pay a last tribute of love and devotion. Mr. Caviness was born at Gravelly, being a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Caviness, pioneer Yell County citizens. He was a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of the Methodist Church. On July 6th, 1903, he married Miss Annie Campbell, who survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Willie, Robert and Guy Caviness, all of Gravelly; four daughters, Mrs. Herman Clement, Gravelly; Mrs. Ralph A. Raney, Little Rock; Mrs. Fred C. Burnett, Jr., Dardanelle; Mrs. Fred E. Harris, Waldron; one sister, Mrs. H. L. Montgomery, Gravelly, and three brothers, Walter Caviness, Gravelly; John Caviness, Danville; and Chester Caviness, Memphis, Tex. The death of Mr. Caviness is a severe blow, not alone to Fourche Valley, but to all of Yell County as well; for Bob Caviness was a leader, a man of Outstanding ability and high character. He was strong in his convictions, and what he conceived to be right he fought for. He lent strong support to the churches and championed the cause of education and good government. Though never personally an office-seeker, he was active in politiecs, and his support was no small matter in the attainment of County office. Mr. Caviness was a large landowner, with scores of tenants and sharecroppers, and the sincere grief and sorrow of these dependents at his death is touching testimonial to his fairness, his generosity and his kindliness. His work is ended; he has passed off the stage of action; but behind him he leaves, clean and plain for all to read, the record of an active, well-lived, useful life--an inspiration and a guide for those who follow. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Nov 24, 1938 - Obituary courtesy of Dardanelle Public Library Archives, Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System, Dardanelle, Arkansas)
Jim Caviness, age 58, of Gravelly died Monday after noon, March 8, at Waldron. Mr. Caviness was a native of Gravelly, a rancher and farmer, a Veteran of World War II, the son of the late Chester and Ada Lofland Caviness and was a member of the Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Laurel Ellis Caviness; one son, Keith Caviness of Little Rock; one daughter, Miss Cheryl Caviness of Jonesboro; one sister, Mrs. Louise Murry, Arkadelphia; and one granddaughter, Miss Patricia Caviness of Little Rock.
Funeral services will be held at the Gravelly United Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 with the Rev. Benny Harmon, the Rev. Royce Savage; and Ivy Davenport officiating. Interment will be at the Parks Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Sonny Clement, Joe Hunt, Hap Williams, Jake Pickens, Lloyd George, Robert O'Bryant, and Keith Caviness. Honorary pallbearers will be Jess Kitchens, Tom Tatum, Denver Dennis, Ed Taylor, Bob Burnham, Jerry Smith, Don McNeal, Dr. Swift, Patricia Caviness and T.D. Simmons. Arrangements and services are in care of Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Mary Leek, Newspaper: Yell County Record, 3-10-1982)
John Creed Caviness, aged 91, died at the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock Saturday, January 14. "Uncle John" was a former resident of Danville, having been born and reared at Gravelly. At one time he was a farmer and cattle buyer in Yell County. He served as Arkansas State Ranger, Yell County Deputy Sheriff and Danville City Marshall and a Methodist.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Blanche Montgomery Caviness of Pine Bluff; four daughters, Mrs. Douglas White of Silver City, NM; Mrs. Robert Compton of Russellville, Mrs. Charles Nixon of Gary, Ind. and Mrs. Blakely Gallagher of Pine Bluff; thirteen grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Jan 19, 1961)
Laurel A. Caviness, age 84, of Gravelly, AR died at her home February 11, 2008 with her family present. She was born May 30, 1923 in Memphis, TX. She married Jim Caviness December 9, 1949 in Memphis. He preceded her in death in 1982. She lived a frontier life, moving from the plains of Texas Panhandle to a homestead near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming before settling on a cattle ranch at Gravelly, AR in Western Yell County. She was a fine shot with a rifle and claimed her fair share of antelope and deer. She was a housewife, sold real estate and volunteered at the Danville Public Library. She loved her Arkansas Razorbacks, Dallas Cowboys and NASCAR. She also enjoyed the occasional venture to Las Vegas, Reno and Oaklawn. She was a voracious reader and astute political observer. However, nothing equaled the joy of spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include one son, Keith Caviness of Little Rock, AR; one daughter, Cheryl Heskett of Jonesboro, AR; one sister, Lee Murdock of Amarillo, TX and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 3, 2008 at 10:00 a. m. in the Cornwell Funeral Home Chapel at Danville, AR. Burial will be in the Parks Cemetery on Highway 28 one mile west of Gravelly, AR. Memorials can be made to the Yell County Library, PO Box 850, Danville, AR 72833. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, February 13, 2008)
Robert Caviness, 72, of Gravelly died at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary's Hospital in Russellville after being hospitalized there two weeks and after suffering six years from a heart ailment. Caviness was a lifelong resident of Gravelly and was a retired rancher and merchant. He owned a general store in Gravelly for some time.
Funeral service will be held today, Thursday, at 2:30 p.m. and burial will be at Parks Cemetery at Gravelly under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle. He was a member of the Methodist Church, a WWI veteran, a Mason and a Shriner.
Survivors are his wife, Ermalee; four sisters, Mrs. Lily Clements of Russellville, Mrs. Grace Raney of Mt. Nebo, Mrs. Fred Burnett of Dardanelle, and Mrs. Fred Harris of Waldron. Other survivors are several nieces and nephews. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Waldren News, Waldren, Scott County, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Nov 13, 1969)
Mrs. Sallie Lee Caviness, age 75, of Texarkana, AR died Saturday, March 7, 1998 in a local hospital. She was born July 13, 1922 in Morrilton, AR. She was a homemaker, a member of St. James Episcopal Church, a member of the Texarkana Newcomers Club and was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Caviness, Jr. who died in 1997.
She is survived by one son, Doug Caviness of Tucson, AZ; two daughters, Mary Gilger of The Woodlands, TX and Martha Toilette of Ft. Worth, TX; two brothers, Jim Cruce of Lonoke, AR and Pryor Cruse, Jr. of Ft. Smith, AR; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was Monday at St. James Episcopal Church with Rev. Paul Lambert officiating. Burial was in the East Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to memorialize Mrs. Caviness may make contributions to St. James Episcopal Church, 417 Olive Street, Texarkana, TX 75501. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, March 11, 1998)
Thomas Redman Caviness, Jr. age 77, of Texarkana, AR died Monday, May 26, 1997, in a local hospital. He was born on April 29, 1920 at Bluffton, AR and had lived in Texarkana since 1971. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, the Elk's Lodge, and a retired Texarkana Businessman.
Survivors include his wife, Sallie L. Caviness of Texarkana, AR; two daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Jay Tollett of Ft. Worth, TX and Mary and Rick Gilger of The Woodlands, TX; one son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Chris Caviness of Tucson, AZ; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was May 29, at St. James Episcopal Church with Rev. Paul Lambert and Rev. Pryor Cruce officiating. Burial was in East memorial Gardens. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, June 4, 1997)
IN MEMORY OF W. T. CAVINESS -- The following beautiful tribute to the memory of W. T. Caviness, former prominent citizen of Yell County, who died at his home in Carlsbad, New Mexico, on Tuesday, Sept. 23, appeared in the Carlsbad Current of September 28th: (It is very fitting that the following article was written by a descendant of James Miller, the first governor of Arkansas, but he seems to be too modest to let that fact be known, and is none other than John W. Wells, who has a very warm place in his heart for those coming from that great state.Editor Current.)
Carlsbad friends were greatly shocked early this week when the news flashed out that Will Caviness, prominent and popular cotton farmer of Carlsbad was in the throes of an illness that would, without doubt, claim his life. From that moment until he breathed his last at 11 p. m., Tuesday, anxious friends made frequent calls, either in person or by telephone, in the vain hope that he would rally and recover. Being in somewhat of a weakened condition because he had not been strong for some time, the valiant fight for life that he put up was without avail, and although he would rally time and again, coming back from death's very door, the disease finally gained the upper hand, and in that quiet hour of the night, when all is hush and expectancy, the spirit of Will Caviness departed from the body for that shore from whose bourne no traveler returns. He died as he had lived; honest and without fear, excepting that inherent sense that all God- fearing men hold for the Deity above. The immediate cause of death was diagnosed by his physician, Doctor W. F. Glasier, as Influenza, followed by acute uremia.
Will T. Caviness was born March 3, 1868, in Gravelly, Yell County, Arkansas. He was a descendant of that grand old state's early pioneers both on his mother's and father's side, they having settled in that section of Arkansas as early as 1838. The beautiful scenic highway through Fourche Valley, now traversed by countless automobiles, covers the identical trail that was blazed by Will Caviness's grandfather almost a century ago.
He was a lifelong Democrat and since early manhood has been actively identified with that party; always as a leader; upholding right. His friends say for him that he could have had almost any public office in his home state, but aside from accepting offices in his home county, he elected to remain at home and assist in directing the political affairs of his party. He was elected treasurer of Yell County, Arkansas, in 1910, which office he held four years. In 1914, immediately following the successful tenure in that office, he was elected Sheriff of his county and served four years in that capacity. He was known far and wide as a man of unimpeachable integrity; one whose watchword was honesty, fearlessness and justice. To demonstrate the esteem in which he was held in his home state, upon being elected to office the law required a one hundred thousand dollar bond. Voluntarily, and without Mr. Caviness' knowledge, his friends went to the proper authorities and signed a bond for $200,000.00, double the amount required, merely to express their sincere friendship and trust.
Will Caviness was married twice; the first time in early manhood to Lizzie Campbell of his home county. To this union were born nine children, two of whom died in infancy. The remaining seven, Mabel, Geneva, Mack, Oda, Sid, Inez and Lola, are still living. A few years after the death of his first wife, Mr. Caviness married Flora Flater, also of his home county, who survives him. To this union were born three children, Roy, James and Neill, all living. The children remaining at home are: Lola, Sid, Roy, James and Neill, all of whom are well known in Carlsbad and the lower valley. The remaining children are married and living in Arkansas, with the exception of Mrs. Jim McCall, who with her husband resides at Tuscon, Arizona.
Will Caviness was one of the first of the present known "Arkansas Colony" to come to the Pecos valley where he arrived in 1921, and purchased the Bolles farm. He was soon followed, however, by other influential farmers from his home county, including Judge J. P. McCall, and the many other families who are now well known to Carlsbad people. All of these Mr. Caviness was instrumental in bringing to our valley.
Funeral services of the deceased was conducted from the home, near Otis Wednesday afternoon and was attended by more than four hundred people. The floral offerings were beautiful, and banked about the silent casket in such profusion, bespoke more forcible than words, the depth of the feeling of loss that his taking away created in the hearts of his hundreds of friends. The services at the Caviness home were conducted by Reverend McKee, Presbyterian minister of Carlsbad, music being furnished by Mrs. Glasier at the piano and a mixed choir of men and women. The hymns used were: "Abide With Me" and "Asleep in Jesus"both favorites of Mr. Caviness. The long procession of automobiles left the Caviness home about five o'clock for the cemetery, where a second service was held at the grave by Eddy Lodge No. 21, A. F. & A. M. About 75 Masonic brethren of the deceased attended this service.
Will Caviness, with the inborn spirit of his forefathers, was the first to leave his native land for a new home in the West. Of the forty families or more from Arkansas that he has been instrumental in gathering around him in the Pecos valley, he is likewise the first to depart. When his remains were tenderly laid away in their final resting place in the Carlsbad cemetery, a lasting void was created; not alone with the family where he was known only as a kind and doting father, husband and brother, but with the hundreds of friends whom this remarkable character has gathered around him, in close association, in the comparatively short time he has been among us. Few of us there are, indeed, who cannot make friends, but rare is the man who holds them all. Will Caviness, ever charitable, thoughtful, indulgent and kind, possessed that most unusual faculty of making his friendship felt. He will be missed, keenly for a long, long time, and never will the gap be bridged sufficiently to erase the lasting, loving memory of this man. The Current, as do the many, many friends of the family, extends sincere sympathy to those who mourn. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by Mary Fowler Leek; newspaper: The Current of Carlsbad, New Mexico; 10-9-1924)
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