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Crain, Edna Edith

Mrs. Edna Edith Crain, age 87 of Cardon Bottom, AR, widow of Jack H. "Hence" Crain, died Saturday, January 17, 1998 at AMI St. Mail's Hospital in Russellville. She was born October 10, 1910 in Rainier, OR to the late William F. and Phoebe J. Peoples Yates. She was a member of the Cardon Bottom Free Will Baptist Church, a homemaker and mother.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lena Mae Rook; two grandsons, Kenny Rook and Gordon H. Crain; two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Gordon and Virginia Crain of Cardon Bottom, AR and Jack and Frances Crain of Walnut Creek, CA; son-in-law, Kenneth Rook of Dardanelle, AR; a brothers, Cecil Jr. Lacy of Hot Springs, AR and three sisters, Mildred Rainey and Wyonia Faulkner both of Pine Bluff and Virginia McGohan of Bryant Cove, AR; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Service was January 20, 1998 at Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with the Rev. Wayne Bookout officiating. Interment was in Brearley Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, January 21, 1998)


Crain, Frances Ann

Frances Ann Crain, age 69, of Walnut Creek, CA formerly of Centerville, AR died Sunday, December 30, 2001 at Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek. Mrs. Crain was born July 27, 1932 in Centerville, AR to the late Rufus Leonard and Sybil Davenport Walker. She graduated in 1950 from Dardanelle High School as Valedictorian of her class and was an honor graduate from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA. She was a real estate broker, homemaker, and mother.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, R. L. Walker and Billy Joe Walker.

She is survived by her husband, Jack H. Crain; two sons, Bill R. Crain of Kansas City, MO, Bradley J. Crain of Walnut Creek, CA;, and a daughter, Amanda G. Crain of Oahu, Hawaii; three grandsons, William Crain, Dylan Crain, Jaxon Crain and a granddaughter, Diana Crain.

Services were held Saturday, January 5, 2002, at 2:00 p. m. at Cornwell Chapel, Dardanelle with Rev. Denver Robinson officiating. Interment will be in Brearley Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service in Dardanelle. Visitation was Friday, January 4 from 6 to 7:30 p. m. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, January 9, 2002)


Crain, Gerald

Gerald Crain, age 77, a resident of Perry, AR died Saturday, January 20, 2001 at Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville, AR. He was born May 28, 1923 at Hollis, AR to Dennis and Lillie (Moss) Crain. He attended Plainview-Rover High School and Arkansas State Teachers College at Conway. He was a retired teacher with the Perry-Casa School System. He was a member of the Jesus Name Pentecostal Church of Hollis.

He was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Crain; a sister, Guelelma Hawks; a brother, Opal Harold Crain and his parents.

Survivors include, his wife, Veva Dale Crain of Perry, AR; three sons and daughters-in-law, Donald & Jane Crain of Bigelow, AR, Dennis Crain of Hollis, AR and Britt & Sharon Crain of Perry, AR; four daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn & J. W. Castleberry of Jessieville, AR, Linda Tinton of Opello, AR, Gerri & Rick Fortier of Greenbrier, AR and Bevelyn & Lindy Lynch of Clinton, AR; 24 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Harley Versee Crain of Hollis, AR.

Funeral service was January 23, 2001 at the Jesus Name Pentecostal Church, officiated by Rev. Bill Davis and assisted by Rev. Rick Humphrey and Donald Crain, Jr. Burial was in the Goat Bluff Cemetery at Hollis, AR under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Memorials may be made to Goat Bluff Cemetery, 1975 Hwy. 7 South, Plainview, AR 72857. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, January 24, 2001)


Crain, Gordon H.

Gordon H. Crain, age 86, of Dardanelle died Saturday, April 21 at the River Valley Medical Center in Dardanelle. He was born April 24, 1926 in Cardon Bottom to the late Jack Henderson "Hence" Crain, Sr. and Edna Yates Crain. He was a farmer and cattle rancher. He and his twin brother, Jack served in the Navy during WWII.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Lena Mae Rook, brother-in-law, P.K. Rook, sister-in-law, Frances Crain and his twin brother, Jack H. Crain, Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Virginia Bata Crain; one son, Tim Crain and wife, Denise of Dardanelle; daughter, Brenda Snider and husband. Wiley of Waytt, Missouri; five grandchildren, Amber and John Williams of Henderson, Kentucky; Tishaka "Tish" Snider of Charleston, Missouri; Dennis Snider of Waytt, Missouri, Matthew Crain of Dardanelle, Kelsy Crain of Dallas, Texas, Amber Yeargen, Kristen and Josh Crites all of Centerville; nine great grandchildren, Samantha Crain, Ryan and Aubrie Williams, Dawson and Drew Snider, Tristen, Ethean, Evan and Jashlyn Crites, Jaycie Welsh, nieces, Carol McCain of Dallas, Texas, Peggy Distel of Austin, Texas and several other nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Graveside services were Tuesday at Brearley Cemetery in Dardanelle with Josh Crites officiating. Special "Thanks" to Dr. Matt Self of River Valley Medical Center and all the Nurses, the Dardanelle Nursing Rehab Staff for taking care of Gordon Crain. To Bill Christy and the Coffee Drinkers from Ever-So-Fast, Benny Robinson for cutting his hair, The Gordon Crain Family. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle, Arkansas. Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Apr 25, 2012)

Crain, Harley Mitchell

Harley Mitchell Crain, age 80, of Hollis, AR died November 11, 2007 in Yell County, AR. He was born in Hollis to the late Dennis & Lillie Moss Crain on Sept 23, 1927. He had worked as a farmer raising cattle and growing chickens for Tyson Foods, and had also been employed by the U. S. Forestry Service and had worked for Weyerhaeuser. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, singing gospel music and was a member of Hollis Jesus Name Pentecostal Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Opal & Gerald Crain; a sister Gulema Hawks; and three grandsons Rodney Potter, Christopher Crain and Byron Castleberry.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Versee Graves Crain; three sons Harley Jr. & Phyllis Crain, Michael & Mary Crain and Tommy Crain all of Hollis, AR; two daughters Diane & Carl Potter of Aly, AR and Patsy Castleberry of Jessieville; 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Funeral service was November 15, 2007 at Hollis Jesus Name Pentecostal Church with Rev. Richard Humphrey officiating. Burial was in Goat Bluff Cemetery, Hollis, AR. A visitation was held November 14, 2007 at Caruth Village Funeral Home. Guests may register at http//www.caruth-hale.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, November 21, 2007)


Crain, Jack Henderson, Jr.

Jack Henderson Crain, Jr. age 83 of Dardanelle, died Friday, May 15, 2009 at River Valley Medical Center in Dardanelle. Born April 24, 1926 in Carden Bottoms, he was the son of the late Jack Henderson Crain, Sr. and Edna Yates Crain. He was a retired heavy equipment operator.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Frances Ann Walker Crain.

Survivors include two sons, Bill R. Crain and wife, Claire of Kansas City, Missouri, Bradley J. Crain of Paradise, California; daughter, Amanda G. Leonard and husband, Mark of Valley Springs, California; seven grandchildren, William T. Crain, Bradley J. Crain, Dylan W. Crain, Jaxon P. Crain, Dale P. Leonard, Diana M. Crain, and Aubrey N. Leonard; and a brother, Gordon Crain and wife, Virginia.

Graveside services were May 17th at Brearley Cemetery with Rev. Denver Robinson officiating. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 20, 2009)


Crain, John

May 29, 1911 -- June 13, 1999 John Crain, 88, of Cressey died Sunday at his home. Mr. Crain was a native of Yell County, Ark. He lived in Cressey 50 years. He had retired after a 35-year career as a forklift driver for Davis Canning Co; he belonged to Teamsters union Local 748. He was a member of First Southern Baptist Church, Winton.

He is survived by his children, Vivian Crain of Delhi, Barbara Amaya, Penny Serpa, Lewis Crain and Philip Crain, all of Cressey, and Johnny Crain of Atwater; and 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Winton District Cemetery, Winton. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Redwood Chapel of Ivers & Alcorn, Atwater. Remembrances may be made to Hospice of Emanuel Medical Center, 825 Delbon Ave., Turlock 95381. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,The Modesto Bee Newspaper, Modesto, California, Obituary was published on June 15, 1999)

Cramer, Floyd - Pianist

Editor's Note - As we were scrambling to compile all of the information on the death of Floyd Cramer last week, just before press time, we mistakenly printed wrong, the name of his former father-in-law, Jess Kitchens of Gravelly. We decided to reprint the article in its entirety this week. We felt it was important to do so. Although Floyd Cramer became an international known pianist, he and his wife and family still continued to visit Gravelly, own farms there and called Fourche Valley their real home.

Floyd Cramer, 64, a native of Arkansas, one of the most well known pianists in the world, died last Wednesday in Nashville from a bout with cancer, diagnosed six months ago. Cramer's wife, Mary, is a native of Gravelly and still has many friends and relatives in Gravelly and the Fourche Valley area. Cramer recorded more than 50 solo albums and had several top hits in his career. Besides continuing to record, he performed many concerts throughout the country. Special albums recorded by Cramer have recently been featured on CNN Cable TV and other cable channels.

The Cramer's have owned farms in the Gravelly area and continue to own a large farm there. A lifelong neighbor of the Cramer's, Jake Pickens, said Monday he had spoken to Mary twice since Floyd's death. Pickens has helped the Cramer's take care of their farm for many years.

"We felt Mary and Floyd were part of our community, because their roots were deep in Gravelly where they maintained many lifelong friends, Pickens said. Mary Cramer attended school in Gravelly before moving with her late parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jess Kitchens to Huttig, Ark. where she later met Floyd. Jess Kitchens moved back to Gravelly in the early 1960's. Another lifelong friend, Laura Caviness of Gravelly, said Mary and Floyd visited the Gravelly area several times a year when Mary's parents and grandparents were alive. Mrs. Caviness said "Mary still feels Gravelly is her home. Many of the folks who live here know the entire family from the years they visited here, including their two daughters, Diane Nichols and their two children, Jenny and Jessie, and Donna Coleman and her two children, Jason and Josh. "

Arkansas Native Cramer was born near Shreveport, La. and his family later moved to Huttig, Ark. a sawmill town at that time, located near the Louisiana border, some 30 miles southeast of El Dorado. Mary, who also moved to Huttig, with her family from Gravelly, later met Floyd that ended in a lifelong relationship.

Played Piano For Heartbreak Hotel - Cramer played the piano on Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" which became to be a best seller that continued to make Elvis one of the most famous singers ever. Cramer had hits, "Late Date" that became an instrumental classic. Also, some of his hits included "San Antonio Rose", "Fancy Pants" and "On the Rebound."

Along with guitarist Chet Atkins, saxophonist Boots Randolph and others, Cramer is credited with helping create "The Nashville Sound" of smooth music, sometimes called "countrypolitan, that helped lure pop audiences to country music in the 1950's and 1960's. Atkins said Cramer added greatly to the Nashville Sound.

As a producer, Atkins had hired Cramer to help record thousands of records for RCA in the 1950's and 1960's. Atkins said, "He was just a wonderfully talented person and you didnt have to struggle to get anything out of him. He was noted for playing a "bent note" or "slip note" style-hitting a note and almost instantly sliding into the next-that influenced a generation of pianists. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, January 14, 1998)


Cramer, Rebecca Ellen (Neptune) (Mrs.)

Mrs. Rebecca Ellen Cramer, age 74, died July 8th at the Yell County Hospital in Danville. She was a native of Grenola, Kansas.

Survivors include four sons, Lon C. McCowan of Montana, Kenneth McCowan of California, Edward Eugene McCowan of Washington and Vernon McCowan; one daughter, Mrs. Gladys V. Myers of Havana; one brother, H. J. Neptune of Chanute, Kansas; one sister, Anna Lunquist of Blackfoot, Idaho; 26 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday in the Moore's Chapel church and burial was in Moore's Chapel Cemetery. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on July 1963)

Crane, Faith And Hope

Faith and Hope Crane, infant daughters of D.J. and Nichole Crane of Danville passed away on December 15, 2005 at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville.

They were preceded in death by their paternal grandfather, Dennis Crane. They are survived by their parents, D.J. and Nichole Crane of Danville; one sister, Hudson Lynn Crane of Danville maternal grandparents, Terry and Phyllis Bewley of Danville; paternal grandmother, Debbie Crane of Paris; maternal great-grandmother, Edith Hudson of Danville; maternal great grandmother, Lahoma Bewley of Danville; maternal great grandfather, Gay lord Lovett of Waldron and paternal great grandparents, Delmar and Willene O'Bar of Paris.

Graveside service was held on Saturday, December 17, 2005 at McKendree Cemetery near Scranton with Bro. Terry Wayne Bewley officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, December 21, 2005)


Cravens, Horace Palmer

Graveside services for Horace Palmer Cravens, 78 of Morrilton, who died July 7, 2010, were Saturday, July 10, 2010 at the Egypt Cemetery under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home in Danville. He was born January 31, 1932 in Magazine, AR to John P. Cravens and Mary Malinda Martin Cravens. Palmer worked in the Poultry Industry for many years. He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Dardanelle. He was a graduate of Magazine High School and attended Arkansas Tech University and Oklahoma State University. He was a disabled Korean Veteran, having been deployed to Japan and Korea with the 217th Medical Collecting Company of Booneville in 1950.

He is preceded in death by his son, Edward Layton; his parents, John P. and Mary Malinda Martin Cravens; two sisters, Dorinda and Jewell Mae Cravens.

Survivors are his son, Jackie L. Cravens and wife Cindy of Paris; daughter, Patty Sue Cravens of Russellville; one brother, John P. Cravens, Jr. and wife, Dorothy of Cherry Hill, NJ; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two nieces and three nephews. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, July 14, 2010)


Cravens, Orvil J.

Orvil J. Cravens, age 50, died January 18, in his home at Havana. He was a native of New Blaine and a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Vidal Cravens; one daughter, Doris Jean Cravens of the home, two sisters, Noreve Lipe, Midway, Bernice Sawall, Fresno, Calif, two half-sisters, Stella Jones of Kerman, Calif., Bertie Parker of Cincinnati, Ohio; three brothers, Elmer Cravens of New Blaine, John L. Cravens of Wichita, Kans., Jethro Cravens of Modesto, Calif; two half-brothers, Norman Cravens and Sid Cravens. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Jan 24, 1963)

Cravens, Vida L.

Vida L. Cravens, born April 20, 1909 in Havana, AR to Clarence and Willie Gray, passed away, January 15, 2001 in Mesquite, TX. She was a resident most of her first 50 years in Yell County, AR, except for a brief time when she lived in Los Angeles, CA. She worked for Firestone during the war. In 1963 she moved to Texas, residing in Arlington, Dallas and Mesquite. She was a member of the Mesquite Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Orvil Cravens of Havana, AR.

She is survived by, a daughter. and son-in-law, Doris and Sam Irvin or Mesquite, TX; grandson, Brian Irvin of San Francisco, CA; granddaughter, Lorrie Irvin of Mesquite, TX; a great-granddaughter; two brothers, Everett Gray of Havana, AR and Lesley Gray of Belleville, AR and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was January 18, 2001 at the Cornwell Funeral Chapel in Danville, AR. Pallbearers were Kenneth, Keith & Jerry Cravens, Larry Michael Gray, Tommy Fink and Lynn Crabill. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, January 24, 2001)


Cravens, William J.

William J. Cravens, 85, of Ola, died Saturday in the Yell County Hospital. He was a retired farmer and a native of Yell County.

Survivors include two brothers, Jess Cravens of Wewoka, Okla. and C.O. Cravens of Gadsden, Ala; and a sister, Mrs. Susie Cravens of Ola. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Jun 14, 1962)

Crawford, B. L., Jr.

B. L. Crawford, Jr., 77, of Plainview, AR, died Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs, AR. The son of Birtie and Hazel Crawford, he was born February 25, 1934 in Steve, AR. He married Audra Lee Smith on March 18, 1960 at Hollis, AR. He was a Logging Forman with Weyerhaeuser and a member of the Valley Home Missionary Baptist Church in Hollis, AR. He enjoyed his retirement years farming, hunting, fishing and being with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Lindsay Haney; two sisters, Floy Fondren and Juanita Whiley; and nephew, Keith Crawford.

Survivors include his wife, Audra Lee Crawford of Plainview; two sons, Samuel (Karen) Crawford of Tyler, TX and Lancy Crawford of Plainview; four daughters, Angela Hawkins of Plainview, Tammy (David) Grisham of Hollis, Karen (Stan) Haney of Broken Arrow, OK, Amanda (Robert) Palmer of Mt. Pine; 11 grandchildren; Brandon, Kristy and Kayla Crawford, all of Tyler, TX, Robert Nichols of Plainview, Lana Roberson of Onyx, David Grisham, Jr. of Hollis, Brandi Haney of Broken Arrow, OK, Lancy Jr. and Johnathon Crawford of Plainview, Santana and Megan Boutzale of Mt. Pine; one great grandchild, Kamren Boutzale Roach of Mt. Pine; four brothers, Dean (Rita) Crawford of Hollis, Benny (Cindy) Crawford of Hollis, Wade (Barbara) Crawford of Vida, OR, Danny Crawford of Cabot; three sisters, Wanda Dickson of Hollis, Ina (John) Lynch of Milton, FL and Brenda Mize of Alexander; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral was September 6, 2011 at Valley Home Missionary Baptist Church with Brother Jimmie Scott officiating. Burial was at Nooner Cemetery in Hollis, AR by Humphrey Funeral Service. Military Honors will be provided by Fort Sill. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Hospital Advance Care. Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Sep 7, 2011)

Crawford, Birtie L.

Birtie L. Crawford, age 78, of Hollis died Thursday, May 29, 1986 at St. Vincent Infirmary at Little Rock. He was a retired farmer, son of the late John Burton and Leona Keener Crawford, and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Hazel Jones; five sons, B. L. Crawford Jr. Dean Crawford and Bennie Crawford of Hollis, Wade Crawford of Vida, Ore. and Danny Crawford of Jessieville; five daughters, Mrs. Floy Lee Fondren of Hot Springs Village, Mrs. Wanda Dickson of Gravelly, Mrs. Juanita Whiley and Mrs. Brenda Mize of Alexander, and Mrs. Ina Dunn of Little Rock; 24 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10 a. m. Saturday at Valley Home Missionary Baptist Church at Hollis by the Rev. Jimmy Scott and the Rev. Tom Stover. Burial will be in Nooner Cemetery by Humphrey Funeral Service. Pallbearers Active: Victor Whiley, Samuel Crawford, Tim Dickson, Greg Crawford, Shannon Crawford and Monty Crawford. Honorary: Ricky Hickinbotham, Bruce Isbell and Nick Dickson. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Humphrey Funeral Home at Ola. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 1986)


Crawford, Birtie L.

Birtie L. Crawford, age 78, of Hollis died Thursday, May 29, 1986 at St. Vincent Infirmary at Little Rock. He was a retired farmer, son of the late John Burton and Leona Keener Crawford, and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Hazel Jones; five sons, B. L. Crawford Jr. Dean Crawford and Bennie Crawford of Hollis, Wade Crawford of Vida, Ore. and Danny Crawford of Jessieville; five daughters, Mrs. Floy Lee Fondren of Hot Springs Village, Mrs. Wanda Dickson of Gravelly, Mrs. Juanita Whiley and Mrs. Brenda Mize of Alexander, and Mrs. Ina Dunn of Little Rock; 24 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was held Saturday, May 31, at 10:00 a.m. at Valley Home Missionary Baptist Church at Hollis by the Rev. Jimmy Scott and the Rev. Tom Stover. Burial was in Nooner Cemetery by Humphrey Funeral Service. Pallbearers Active: Victor Whiley, Samuel Crawford, Tim Dickson, Greg Crawford, Shannon Crawford and Monty Crawford. Honorary: Ricky Hickinbotham, Bruce Isbell and Nick Dickson. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Published in Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: 6-11-1986)


Crawford, Cecil Edward

Funeral for Cecil Edward Crawford, 48, a native of Yell County who died in a Memphis hospital, was conducted last Friday in Nooner Cemetery. He was a glass blower and a World War II Veteran.

Survivors include two brothers, Bill Crawford and Laudell Crawford of California, seven sisters, Mrs. Hendrick Stokes of lola, Kan., Mrs. Tom Cox of Steve, Mrs. John Heard of Lynwood, Calif., Mrs. Marie Phillips of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Dewey Gossage of Plainview, Mrs. Bill Davis of Blakely and Mrs. Delford Jeffery of Oklahoma City. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on May 25, 1961)

Crawford, Charlene M.

Charlene M. Crawford, age 71, of Dardanelle, AR died Monday, May 15, 2000 at her home in Dardanelle, AR. She was born September 19, 1928 in Kermit, TX to the late Charles Edward and Madge Orene Weems McClure. She was retired sales clerk from Woodson's Department Store in Dardanelle, AR, a member of Boyce-Woods VFW Post 3141 Auxiliary in Dardanelle and the Oak Grove United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmon Clell Crawford and a grandson, Erik Lee Crawford.

Survivors include, one son and daughter-in-law, Bill land Elaine Crawford of Atkins, AR; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Ware and Hiram Roberts of Dardanelle, AR and Margaret Gale and Tommy Littleton of Russellville, AR; one brother, Kenny McClure of Dardanelle, AR; one sister, Mozelle Madden of Tucson, AZ; five grandchildren arid four great-grandchildren.

Service will be Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 2:00 p. m. at Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with Rev. David Bishop; and Rev. Pat Baze officiating. Interment will be in Brearley Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 17, 2000)


Crawford, Claud L. "Junior", Jr.

Claud L. Crawford Jr., 85, of Dardanelle went home to be with his Lord on December. 4, 2012. He was born March 3, 1927 in Atkins to Claud Lee Crawford Sr. and Mary Haralson Crawford. Junior was a member of The First Free Will Baptist Church in Dardanelle where he was an ordained deacon for over 40 years. He retired from AP&L after 35 years of dedicated service. He was a veteran of WWII and was a retired member of the Dardanelle City Fire Department. Junior had the heart of a servant. He was happiest when working and doing for others. He was the true patriarch of his family and was loved by many. He loved spending time with his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids as well as extended family.

Junior is preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Edmon Crawford and Donal Crawford.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lola Fink Crawford; two children, a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Tonnie Crawford and his daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Rodney Mondey; five grandchildren, Kim Olson and her husband Kurt, Lynn Crawford and his wife, Tricia, Dustin Ford and his wife, Jennifer, Jennifer Moore and her husband, Fabian, and Staci Ford; great-grandchildren, Logan, Morgan, A.J., Lauren, Lindsey, Alex, Maddie, Eli, Tarin, Austin, MaryJane, Chase, and Mazee; and numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, December 7, 2012 at Dardanelle First Free Will Baptist Church. The service will be officiated by the Rev. David Riker, the Rev. David Bishop, the Rev. Jared Higginbotham, and his grandson the Rev. Lynn Crawford. Burial will be at Brearley Cemetery in Dardanelle. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle. Pallbearers will be Larry Taylor, Aaron Beam, Jason Beam, Tom Miller, Chris Myers, and Kenny Biggs. Arrangements By Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle. Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,The Courier Newspaper, Russellville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Dec 6, 2012)

Crawford, Geneva

Geneva Crawford, age 79, a resident of Steve, AR died Saturday, May 16, 1998 at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center at Russellville, AR. She was born April 2, 1919 at South Fourche, AR to Samuel and Myrtle (Hardbarger) Jones. She was a retired cattle and poultry farmer and a member of the Steve Church of Christ. She was the widow of Tom Crawford. Also preceding her in death were a grandson, Robbie Crawford; a great-granddaughter, Cassie Christian and a brother, Otis Jones.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Phyllis Crawford of Winnfield, LA and Ronny and Sherry Crawford of Plainview, AR; two daughters and son-in-law, Sharon and Gerald Freemon of Cleveland, AR and Vickie Crawford of Woodlawn, AR; one brother, Laudell Jones of Eugene, OR; six sisters, Bertie Aldridge and Biolet Overby both of Live Oak, CA, Hazel Crawford of Ola, AR, Reba Marshall and Myrtle Tillery both of Steve, AR and Thelma Bankston of Plainview, AR; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was May 18, 1998 at the Steve Church of Christ officiated by Charles Smith and Marty Satterfield. Burial was in the Nooner Cemetery at Steve, AR. Casket bearers were grandsons, Kenny and Tony Crawford, Tommy Wells, Rickey and Randy Crawford and Kirby Hill. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 20, 1998)


Crawford, Hazel

Hazel Crawford, age 85, a resident of Hollis, AR died Saturday, May 15, 1999 at Yell County Nursing Home at Ola, AR. She was born on March 14, 1914 at Steve, AR to Samuel and Myrtle (Hardburger) Jones. She was a homemaker and a member of Valley Home Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Birtie Lee Crawford, Sr.

She is survived by five sons, B. L. Crawford, Jr. and Willie Dean Crawford both of Hollis, AR, Hoyt Wade Crawford of Vida, OR, Danny Ray Crawford of Jacksonville, A and Benny Jay Crawford of Russellville, AR; five daughters, Floy Lee Fondren of Jessieville, AR, Juanita Whiley of Perryville, AR, Wanda Jean Dickson of Hollis, AR;, Ina May Lynch of Pensacola, FL and Brenda Fay Mize of Alexander, AR; 24 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Laudell Jones of Springfield, OR; five sisters, Reba Marshall of Steve, AR, Myrtle Tillery of Hollis, AR, Thelma Bankston of Paso Robles, CA, Birtie Aldridge and Violet Overby both of Live Oak, CA.

Funeral service was May 17, 1999 at the Valley Home Missionary Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Keith Whiley and assisted by Rev. Jimmy Scott. Burial was at the Nooner Cemetery at Steve, AR under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Casket bearers were grandsons. I (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 19, 1999)


Crawford, Henry

Henry Crawford, age 90, a lifelong resident of Hollis, AR died Monday, May 21, 2001 at his home. He was born on February 24, 1911 at Mt. Tabor, AR to Grover and Minnie Gallion Crawford. He married Myrtle on February 7, 1932 at Steve, AR. He was a farmer and a member and deacon of Valley Home Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim, Tom Odell Crawford; four half-brothers, Raymond, Wesley, Wilburn & G. B. Saunders.

He is survived by, his wife of 69 years, Myrtle Ballew Crawford of Hollis, AR; two half sisters, Dorothy Hawthorne and Betty Ballew both of California and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was May 24, 2001 at the Valley Home Missionary Baptist Church officiating by the Rev. Jimmy Scott. Burial was in the Nooner Cemetery at Steve, AR under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 30, 2001)


Crawford, James William

PLAINVIEW James William Crawford, 76, of Plainview died Saturday, August 11, 1984 at his home. He was a retired furnace operator for Glass Container Co. of California and a member of the Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include two sons, Dean and Allen Crawford of Antioch, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Joan Mendx of Antioch; a brother, Laudell Crawford of Ventura, Calif. six sisters, Mrs. Iva Stokes of lola, Kan. Mrs. Mattie Polordy of Downey, Calif., Mrs. Marie Ogle of Wewoka, Okla. Mrs. Elva Gossage of Plainview, Mrs. Bernice Davis of Blakley and Mrs. Christine Jeffrey of Oklahoma City, Okla. and eight grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p. m, Wednesday at Pentecostal Church at Hollis by the Rev. Bill Davis. Burial will be in Nooner Cemetery near Hollis by Cornwell Funeral Service of Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 8/11/1984)


Crawford, James William

James William Crawford, a retired farmer and stockman, died at his home in Plainview on September 15, 1950 at the age of 79.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, James W. Jr. and Laudell of Calif. and Cecil L. of Texas; seven daughters, Mrs. E. K. Stokes of Danville, Mrs. T. W. Cox, Mrs. Bill Davis of Steve, Mrs. Mattie Carter of Calif., Mrs. Marie Phillips and Mrs. D. W. Jefferies of Oklahoma and Mrs. Dewey Gossage of Plainview; three brothers, ones sister, 21 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, September 21, 1950)


Crawford, Margaret "Connie"

Margaret "Connie" Crawford, age 75, of Danville, passed away May 10, 1997 at Lakewood Plaza Nursing Home in North Little Rock, AR. She was born on June 22, 1921 in Petersburg, Virginia. She was a florist and a member of the Council Oaks Order of the Eastern Star. She lived from coast to coast before her husband retired from the Navy in 1971.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Elliot Crawford.

She is survived by four sons, James Crawford of Dardanelle, AR, Matthew Crawford and Charles Crawford both of Toana, Virginia and Wayne Crawford of Danville, AR; three daughters, Edna King of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Nancy Crawford of Dededo, Guam and Ann Wirges of North Little Rock; 11 grandchildren; three brothers, Frank Waters and Marshall Waters of Norfolk, VA and William Waters of Virginia Beach, VA and one sister, Barbara Garton of Virginia Beach, VA.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p. m. Wednesday, May 14, 1997 at Danville Methodist Church with Rev. Wade Shownes officiating. Interment at Earl E. Ladd cemetery in Danville. Service by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 14, 1997)


Crawford, Michael Lee "Mike"

Michael Lee "Mike" Crawford, age 58, of Little Rock died Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at River Valley Medical Center. He was born February 17, 1953 at Niles, Michigan to Lee and Evelean Hightower Crawford.

He was preceded in death by his father and his grandmother, Lillie Moore.

Survivors include his mother, Evelean Stogdell of Dardanelle; companion of 37 years, Vikki Bartel of Little Rock; son, Michael "Shane" Stunkel of New Mexico; brother, Steve Crawford of London; sisters, Brenda Hightower of Havana, Sheri Fausset of Dardanelle, Alisa Crawford of Dardanelle, Karen Crawford of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Caylea and Kaiden; other children, Britni Patton and Stephen Plunket of Little Rock.

Graveside services were held Thursday, December 8, 2011 at Bluffton Cemetery. Arrangements By CornweII Funeral Home, Dardanelle. Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Dec 14, 2011)

Crawford, Myrtle (Ballew)

Myrtle Crawford, 97, of Ola, AR, died Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville, AR. The daughter of Robert and Josephine Clara Martin Ballew, she was born December 20, 1913 in Hollis, AR. She was a member of the Valley Home Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed quilting. Myrtle was a homemaker and help mate to her husband of 69 years Henry Crawford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Henry Crawford; 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Left to cherish her memory are her brother Everett Ballew of Hollis, AR; 3 sisters-in-law, Ruby Nell Sanders of Dardanelle, Laverne Ballew of Perryville, Faye Ballew of New Mexico and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral was March 28, 2011 at Valley Home Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Jimmy Scott officiating. Burial was at Nooner Cemetery in Hollis, AR by Humphrey Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Mar 30, 2011)

Crawford, Nancy

Mrs. Nancy Crawford, age 71, of Plainview died Wednesday at her home. She was the widow of James Crawford. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include three sons, Bill Crawford of Antioch, Cal., Cecil Crawford of Steve and Laudell Crawford of Ventura, Cal.; seven daughters, Mrs. E. K. Stokes of Iola, Kan. Mrs. Tom Cox of Steve, Mrs. Mattie Carter of El Monte Cal., Mrs. Bill Davis of Blackley, Mrs. D. W. Jeffery of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Dewey Gossage of Plainview and Mrs. Marie Phillips of Oklahoma; a brother, Tom Green of Tennessee; a sister, Mrs. Maratha Ward of Rover; 21 grand children and seven great grand children. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, June 14, 1956)


Crawford, Robbie Glen

Mr. Robbie Glen Crawford, age 16, of Plainview, died Wednesday August 24, 1988 at Plainview. He was a native of Hot Springs, a sophomore at Danville High School, a member of the Danville Little Johns Football Team, the Basketball Team, and the Tack Team. He was a member of the Danville Senior Boys State Champion Softball Team, and a member of the Plainview Church of Christ.

Survivors include his parents, Ronny and Sherry Farris Crawford, two brothers, Rickey Crawford and Randy Crawford both of Plainview. His Maternal grandmother, Lorene Farris of Plainview and his paternal, grandparents Tom and Geneva Crawford.

Funeral service, 10:00 a. m. Friday, August 26 at the Plainview High School Aud. with Garland Lipe and Jim Knack officiating. Interment was at the Nooner Cemetery. Casket bearers were Lance Wilkins, Tommy Hale, Lance Garner, David Spencer, Nelson Pledger, Billy Don Storment. Arrangements and services were in care of the Cornwell Funeral Home (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas, 9-24-1988)

Swimmers collide; 16-year-old drowns (1988) PLAINVIEW - Robbie G. Crawford, age 16, of Plainview drowned around noon Wednesday after diving into Hogan Creek in the Lake Nimrod project area, according to the Yell County sheriffs office. Sgt. James Elmore said Crawford was swinging on a rope, preparing to drop into the creek, when he collided with another swimmer who also was swinging from a rope. Crawford was apparently knocked unconscious. Crawford's body was found at 1:25 p. m. in water about 15 feet deep by Dr. Ray Ferguson, a diver with the mounted patrol. Elmore said several swimmers unsuccessfully attempted to save Crawford. The other swimmer involved in the accident was treated at Westwood Clinic and released. Crawford is the son of Ronny Crawford, a Yell County justice of the peace. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, 9/24/88)


Crawford, Roy L.

Roy L. Crawford, age 72, of Russellville, AR died Sunday, June 4, 2000 at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, MO. A son of the late Rev. Daniel Morton Crawford and Sarah Williams Crawford, he was born January 2, 1928, in Amsterdam, MO. He graduated from high school in Homer City, PA and served in the U. S. Army for two years as a trombonist in the 158th Army Band at Fort Knox, KY. He received a degree in Music Education from the University of Dubuque and taught music in the Iowa public schools before owning and operating a variety store in Clarion, IA for 25 years. He moved to Russellville in 1978 and was the owner of Crawford Insurance Agency in Ola, AR until his retirement in 1992. He was a Scottish Rite Mason and former Grand Master. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church and a member of the Russellville Noon Rotary Club, having received the distinction of Paul Harris Fellow for his work in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Koethe Crawford; one son, Rodney Crawford of Allen, TX; one daughter, Linda Faye Nolan of Russellville, AR; one brother, Harvey Crawford of Amsterdam, MO; two grandchildren, Meridith Leigh and Daniel Lee Craw ford both of Allen, TX. The body was cremated.

Memorial service will be at 2 PM Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. G. Mackey Yokem and Rev. Stanley Crawford officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Clarion Memorial Cemetery in Clarion, IA. Arrangements by Shinn Funeral Service. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Russellville or the Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church, Clarion, IA 50525. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, June 7, 2000)


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