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Cornwell, Michael Rush

Michael Rush Cornwell, Sr., owner and President of Cornwell Funeral Home, passed away on December 15, 2013, in Danville, Arkansas, at the age of 69. Mike was born on February 6, 1944, to the late Lloyd Rush Cornwell and Violet Masters Cornwell, and was a life-long resident of Yell County. Mike graduated from Dardanelle High School before attending the University of Arkansas, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Mike went on to graduate from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1967, during which he received the President's Award. Upon graduation, he returned to his family's funeral business in Dardanelle, and eventually moved to Danville to manage and expand the Danville funeral home. Mike was born and raised in the funeral business and dedicated his life to the success of the funeral home. At the time of his death, Cornwell Funeral Home was the second oldest business in Yell County and the fifth oldest funeral home in the State of Arkansas, having been established by Mike's family in 1898. In addition to being a licensed embalmer and funeral director, Mike has been the elected Yell County Coroner for the past 35 years, serving up until the date of his death. The office of Yell County Coroner has been filled by Mike's family for the past 65 years, with his mother serving as the first female Coroner in Arkansas after the death of his father in 1948. Mike loved all local, state and national politics and actively engaged in many political campaigns, including heading President Bill Clinton's campaign in Yell County during his 1974 congressional race. Mike also loved Yell County and believed in supporting his community. At the time of his death, he served on the board of directors of Chambers Memorial Hospital and the Yell County Ambulance Board, and was a member of the Lions Club and Danville First Baptist Church. His prior service includes, among others, serving on the Danville City Council, the Yell County Industrial Commission and the board of Danville State Bank, as well as memberships in the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association, the Masonic Lodge (32nd degree Mason) and the Danville and Arkansas Jaycees. In addition to countless community service awards, Mike was named one of Arkansas' Outstanding Young Men by the Arkansas Jaycees 1978 and received the Speak-Up of the Year award by the Jaycees several years running. Before his health declined, Mike loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, being a member of both the National Rifle Association and the Yell County Wildlife Federation. One of the highlights of Mike's life came in 1987 when he was appointed to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. During his seven-year tenure, he was instrumental in obtaining a number of needed projects for Yell, Logan and Pope Counties. Among his sponsored projects were multiple improvements to the buildings and grounds at both the Pullen Pond and Petit Jean Wildlife Management Areas, as well as a half million dollar expansion of the boat launching and fishing tournament facilities on both the Pope and Yell County sides of Lake Dardanelle. Although Mike's life of service to his community is an inspiration, his greatest accomplishment, other than his family, was the devotion, respect and genuine kindness he bestowed on each and every family that walked through the doors of Cornwell Funeral Home. Mike's generosity and compassion were immeasurable, and he possessed a special gift that allowed him to comfort grieving families on a daily basis. He simply was the best funeral director, and his legacy will live on in his own family and in those families he faithfully served. His favorite quote is from an old sermon "may the work I've done for others speak for me." It inspired him throughout his life. After assisting thousands of families lay their loved ones to rest over his 46 years at the helm of Cornwell Funeral Home, Michael Rush Cornwell, Sr. will now be laid to rest.

In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Samuel Lloyd Cornwell, his sister, Carol Cornwell Moseley, and a stepson, Russell Elmore. Mike's family misses him beyond words but is forever grateful for the bonus years God gave them with Mike. Mike took the greatest joy not in his success and accomplishments, but in spending time with them.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of twenty years, Ann Elmore Cornwell, whose love and devotion to Mike is unparalleled. Mike is also survived by his four children, Michaelle Cornwell Wilkins of Danville, Allison Joelle Cornwell of Little Rock, Ashley Cornwell Gregg (Brent) of Conway and his only son, Michael Rush Cornwell, Jr. (Carrie) of Dardanelle; his seven grandchildren, Brett Lee Wilkins, Carlee Grace Wilkins, Jarett Lee Wilkins, Anna Caroline Gregg, Samuel Andrew Gregg, Michael Rush Cornwell III and Carson Kennison Cornwell; his two stepdaughters, Annette Layne (Allen) of Hartford and Pam Sebren (Kavin) of Greenwood; his only niece and nephew, Kelly Moseley Carr of Jackson, Wisconsin and James Lloyd Moseley of Dallas, Texas; his brother-in-law, James "Skip" Moseley of Mt. Nebo; and the Cornwell Funeral Home Family. Pallbearers will be Thomas Ray Cornwell, Lamont Cornwell, Gilbert Cornwell, Johnny Cornwell, David Cornwell and James "Skip" Moseley. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Cornwell Funeral Home, the Dardanelle High School Class of 1962, the board of Chambers Memorial Hospital and the Yell County Ambulance Board. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17th, at Danville First Baptist Church. Funeral service will be held on December 18th at 2:00 p.m. also at Danville First Baptist Church, with internment immediately following at Brearley Cemetery, Dardanelle, Arkansas. Memorials in Mike's honor may be made to the Yell County Wildlife Association. Arrangements provided by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. Guestbook and online condolences may be left at cornwellfuneralhomes.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Dec 18, 2013)

Cornwell, Roberta Blair

Roberta Blair Cornwell, age 83, of Dardanelle, AR, widow of the late Dr. Gilroy Cornwell, died Saturday, February 10, 2001 at her home in Dardanelle, AR. She was born October 3, 1917 in Delaware, AR to the late Bert E. and Ola Thompson Blair. She was a dental assistance, working with her late husband for 52 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dardanelle.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Scarlett Cornwell Stevens; a brother, B. E. Blair and a sister, Ila Ruth Blair.

Survivors are a son and daughter-in-law, John and Nancy Cornwell of Dardanelle, AR; a brother, Bobby Blair of Rockford, IL; a sister, Susie Baldwin of Exeter, MO; four grandchildren, Jason Cornwell, Rush Cornwell, Ashley Stevens and Blair Stevens.

Services will be today, Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 2:00 p. m. at the Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with Rev. Milton Cowling officiating. Interment will be in Elizabeth Hall Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle, AR. Pallbearers were Skip Moseley, Pat Stevens, Brinson Cornwell, David Cornwell, Gilbert Cornwell and Thomas Ray Cornwell. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, February 14, 2001)


Cortez, Brian

Brian Cortez, infant son of Alex Caballero and Irma Cortez died Friday, November 10, 2006 at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville.

He is survived by his parents Alex Caballero and Irma Cortez of Danville; two brothers, Jesus Teyuza and Alexis Cortez of Danville.

Graveside service was November 14, 2006 at the. Earl Ladd Cemetery in Danville. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, November 15, 2006)


Cosby, Edrice

Edrice Cosby, age 79, of Plainview, AR died Saturday, November 29, 2003 at Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville, AR. She was born August 4, 1924 in Dardanelle to the late William Henry and Mandy Hutcherson Hill. She was a mother, homemaker and a member of the Jesus Name Church in Plainview.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman C. Cosby; two brothers, Otha and Cecil Hill and a sister, Mildred Wallace.

She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Mary Cosby and David and Susie Cosby all of Plainview, AR; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Zane McAnulty of Phoenix City, AL; a sister, Fannie McDonald of Dardanelle, AR and five grandchildren, Bradley and Samantha Cosby, Kristy McAnulty, Dana Jellison and Laura Green.

Funeral service was December 1, 2003 at the Jesus Name Church in Plainview with Rev. Stacy Lisenbey officiating. Burial was in Salem Cemetery, Plainview, AR. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. Pallbearers were Harold, Henry and Lester Hill, Lynn Tidwell, Zane and Dale McAnulty. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, December 3, 2003)


Cosby, Herman C.

Mr. Herman C. Cosby, age 72, of Plainview died Thursday, November 22 at his home in Plainview. He was a native of Jessieville, son of the late Joe and Ebby Mariett Cosby and a veteran of WWII and a retired farmer.

Survivors are his wife, Edrice Hill Cosby, two sons; David and Danny Cosby both of Plainview, one daughter; Mary McAnulty of Fort Hood, Texas and five grandchildren.

Services were November 24 at the Plainview Jesus Name Church with Rev. Richard Burkett officiating. Interment was in Salem Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas, 11-28-1990)


Cosby, Mary Ellen (Dean)

ODESSA -- Mary Ellen Dean Cosby, 105, of Odessa, Texas passed away peacefully in her home on December 31, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm, Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Mary Ellen Dean was born November 23, 1908, in her parents' home in the rural area of Chikala Mountain, in Yell County Arkansas. She was the baby daughter and last born child of Jessie Edward Dean and Ida Alice Limbird. She was the youngest of eight children Monroe, Emma, George, Flora, Wilbur, Joe and Effie and Henry who died in childhood. The family worked a farm in Arkansas and Mary Ellen attended school in a one room school house, Mountain Springs of Chikala Mountain, and completed the eighth grade. Later when Mary was 20, she moved to Holdenville, Oklahoma to live and work where her sister Flora was living. She eventually took employment with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1929 and worked for them until her retirement in 1973 after 40 years of service. Mary Ellen married Walter Ray Cosby in June 7, 1936. They had one daughter Rhea Dean. They lived and worked in Wewoka, Oklahoma. For a short time the family lived in Bakersfield, California where Ray worked in the shipyards during World War II. The family moved back to Oklahoma and Ray ran a Sinclair Service Station in Wewoka, and Mary continued to work as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell. They followed Rhea Dean and her husband Roger Sanderson and their new baby Cynthia Lynne to Odessa, Texas in 1960. After retiring from Southwestern Bell, Mary returned to school to complete her GED certification at Odessa College where she was recognized as their "Outstanding Student" in 1977. After Ray's death in February, 1976, Mary followed her daughter Rhea Dean to Houston while Rhea pursued her law degree at the University of Houston, and spent time with Rhea and her granddaughter Cindy and her husband Mike who were living there also. She and her daughter later returned to Odessa after several years in Houston living in the Galleria area to be near her granddaughter and her family and to be near her two great-grandchildren. Mary lived a long and interesting life. She lived independently all of her life, managing her home and finances, fiercely strong and self-reliant. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with neighborhood friends and former co-workers. She was an active gardener and shared vegetables with her family and friends. She was a loving babysitter to her granddaughter Cindy and later to Jennifer and Michael. She created beautiful dresses and doll clothes for both girls, and was an excellent seamstress. She spent many hours coloring, drawing, walking, reading to, cooking for and entertaining four generations. She still made you a birthday cake every year and made holiday dishes to share on Thanksgiving and Christmas. She was a delight and amazement to her family and all her friends. She truly enriched our lives.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband Walter Ray Cosby, and her daughter, Rhea Dean Sanderson Bowman.

Mary is survived by her granddaughter, Cynthia Kuykendall and her husband Mike of Odessa, her great-grandchildren Jennifer Vierkant and her husband Luke, Michael Kuykendall, and her great-great grandson Preston Luke Vierkant, all of Houston. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Dar, Dr. Sanford, Dr. Garza, Dr. Unruh and Dr. Stockbridge and to all the nurses of Encompass Home Health who assisted with her care for their warmth and compassion. The family sends special thanks to her friends Patsy Salmon, Nita Martel, and Imogene Courtney who looked in and visited her often. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Odessa American Newspaper, Odessa, Texas, Obituary was published on January 3, 2014)

Cosgrove, Daniel

Man Found Dead In Hotel Room - Daniel Cosgrove, 77, was found dead in his room at the Danville Hotel last Thursday afternoon. A coroner's jury ruled that he had died of natural causes, apparently of a heart attack. He had lived in the hotel since March 1959. He was a former Boonville, MO. Attorney and served as prosecuting attorney of Cooper County, where he was a law partner with his father. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas; Originally published on Thursday, June 9, 1960)


Coshow, Colleen Churchman

Colleen Churchman Coshow passed away August 23, 2007 in Tucson, AZ. She was born February 28, 1929 in Havana, AR to Jessie and Hattie Churchman.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, J. C. Churchman; one sister, Dimple Churchman Coshow; and her husband Dean Coshow.

She is survived by her son, Paul Coshow; sister Pauline Churchman Shade; nephews Mark Coshow and Michael Churchman; nieces, Cathy Churchman Lueder, Judy Churchman Linville and Rene Shade Delaney.

Services were private. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, September 12, 2007)


Cossey, Bill

Bill Cossey, 83, of Dardanelle died Monday, May 23, 2005 at his home. I He was born August 11, 1921 in Centerville to Ike and Ethel Underwood Cossey.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, William Cossey and an infant and a sister, Ruby Cossey.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie Cossey of Dardanelle; a stepson, Kenny Urchison of Dardanelle; a stepdaughter, Fonda Hardy of Dardanelle; five sisters, Ruby Johnson of Russellville, Alhema Sunseri of Modesto, CA, Modean Claypool of North Little Rock, Mary Foshee of Russellville and Gertie Burke of Belleville; : eight step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren and a step-great-great-grandchild.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday May 24, 2005 at Faith Church in Dardanelle with military honors by Boyce Woods Post 3141 of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Burial was held in New Hope Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 25, 2005)


Cossey, David Ray

David Ray Cossey, age 80, a lifetime resident of Dardanelle, AR, died February 23, 2016, at Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home in Russellville, AR. David was born to Perry and Bula Kendrick Cossey on August 18, 1935, in Dardanelle.

David was preceded in death by his parents; former wife, Juanita Snider Sims; step father, Gobel Nunley; a son, Brad Cossey; brother, Jimmy Cossey; sisters, Betty (Ray) Talley, Joyce (Geroy) Martin and an infant sister, all of Dardanelle.

He is survived by his wife, Freda Martin Cossey; brother, Lonnie (Barbara) Kendrick of Knoxville, sons, Michael (Annette) Cossey, Tracy (Connie) Cossey; daughter, Angela (Roland) McVey, all of Dardanelle; granddaughters, Stacy (Chris)Johnson of Williamsport, PA, Stephanie (Jon) Roath of Lake Elsinore, CA, Sydney Cossey of Dardanelle; grandsons, Zac (Kayla) Cossey of Dover, Adam Brancecum of Dardanelle; great grand-daughters, Madyson, Mika, and Marli Johnson, Ally Cossey, Rezlyn Roath; and many nieces and nephews. David loved his church family at Delaware First Assembly of God and never missed an opportunity to share his witness of faith. He leaves behind many longtime friends, but none as lasting as his best friend of 75 years, Leroy Parsons.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, February 26, 2016, at Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with Bro. Bob Freeman and Bro. Johnny Whorton officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Dardanelle. Visitation will be held Thursday, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the chapel. Pallbearers were Chris Johnson, Adam Brancecum, Zac Cossey, Jeff Harris, Eddie Harris, Buddy Haney. Honorary Pallbearers were Troy Parsons, Men of the Delaware Assembly of God Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home, 220 John Babish Lane, Russellville, Arkansas 72801. 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 Mar 2, 2016)

Cossey, Jimmy

Jimmy Cossey, age 58, of Dardanelle, AR died Monday, June 25, 2001 at Dardanelle Hospital. He was born November 5, 1942 in Dardanelle, AR, the son of Bula Kendrick Nunley of Dardanelle, AR and the late Perry Cossey. He was a member of the Faith Church, a painter, known for his inventions and served in the United States Army and Arkansas National Guard.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Pearl Cossey.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha England Cossey; his mother, Bula Nunley; three daughters, Tammy Love, Danville, AR, Angela Palmer and Brandi Myers, both of Russellville, AR; a step-daughter, Sherry Growns, Aplin, AR; two brothers, David Cossey and Lonnie Kendrick both of Dardanelle, AR; two sisters, Betty Talley and Joyce Martin both of Dardanelle, AR; nine grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Monday at Faith Church with the Rev. David Jay officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery, Dardanelle by Cornwell Funeral Service of Dardanelle, AR. Pallbearers were Hoyt Crow, James Parker, Charles Grigsby, Bo Garner, Bobby Dowling and Bruce McConnell. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, July 4, 2001)


Cossey, Lisa Renee

Lisa Renee Cossey, age 31, a resident of Dardanelle, AR, formerly of London, AR, died Monday, July 28, 1997 at University of Arkansas Medical Center at Little Rock. She was born June 25, 1966 at Russellville, AR to Charles and Gretchen Augusta Harz Cossey. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, Michael Thomas Cossey of Dardanelle; a daughter, Tierra Renee Cossey of Dardanelle; her mother, Gretchen Harz Knowles of Dardanelle; her father, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cossey, Sr. of Pottsville; two brothers, David Cossey of London and Charles Cossey, Jr. of Kent, WA; a sister, Charlie Nicole Cossey of Pottsville, AR; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Radis Cossey, Sr. of Dardanelle; grandmother, Lorene Rena Harz of Dardanelle and numerous aunts and uncles.

Funeral service was August 1, 1997 at the Humphrey Chapel officiated by Rev. David Torgerson and assisted by Rev. Gideon. Burial was at the East Point Cemetery at Russellville. Casketbearers were Radis Cossey, Jr. Delbert Cossey, Bobby Cossey, Larry Cossey, Randy Cossey and Clarence Haynes. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, August 6, 1997)


Cost, Alva Bertrum

Mr. Alva Bertrum Cost, age 82, of Harvey, AR died April 4, 1993 at his residence. He is a retired fanner, son of the late Grover and Mary Sutton Cost.

Survivors include his wife, Ella Bayard Cost and one son Roy Cost of Conway.

Services were Monday at Mulberry Church in Gravelly, AR. Burial was at Parks Cemetery, Gravelly with Rev. Charlie Jones officiating. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. Pallbearers Garry Garner, Loyd Douthit, Twain Willis, Bruce Hunnicutt, Jake Pickens and Frank Ogden. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, 4/4/1993)


Cost, Ella Rebecca

Ella Rebecca Cost, age 89 of Gravelly died Sunday, July 20, 2003 at Mitchell's Nursing Home in Danville. She was born August 17, 1913 in Scott County, Arkansas to the late John and Martha Nelson Bayiard. She was a homemaker and a mother and a member of the Mulberry Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alva Cost; four brothers, John, Moses, Sam and Earl Bayiard; and one sister, Lydia Abernathy.

Survivors are one son, Roy Cost of Conway; a grandson, Alan Cost of Conway and three great grandchildren, Brittany, Halee and Jordan, all of Conway.

Services were July 23, 2003 at the Mulberry Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Charlie Jones officiating. Interment was in Parks Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, July 30, 2003)


Cotton, Allie (Conlee)

at her residence in Dardanelle on the evening of the 6th day of June 1891, Mrs. Allie Cotton, wife of our esteemed fellow citizen C. B. Cotton. The deceased was a young matron, the happy mother of two bright children and the wife of a devoted husband. Some years back she had been feeble if not an invalid, but for quite a long time her health has been excellent. She attended the Ft. Smith bridge celebration recently, seemed in the finest of spirits and expressed herself as never having felt better in her life, but she returned home ill, and continued to grow worse until the sad, sad end.

The funeral was held at the Baptist Chruch by the Rev. W. T. Box of Morrilton, according to the Dardanelle Post. Allie Conlee Cotton was buried at Brearley Cemetery, in Dardanelle, Arkansas. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Her obituary was published in Jun 1891. )

Cotton, Charles Leonard

Charles Leonard Cotton, 79, member of a prominent Dardanelle family, died at his home Friday afternoon. Mr. Cotton was a retired planter, a son of Leonard Ryan and Sarah Jane Hart Cotton. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Willie Tucker Cotton, one daughter, Mrs. Bonnie B. Gibson, of Ft. Smith, one sister, Mrs. Bessie Hunt, of Dardanelle, one grandson, Charles Cotton Gibson, and a number of neices and nephews.

Funeral Services were held at the Cornwell Chapel Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, with Rev. O. D. Peters, Pastor of the First Methodist Church officiating, assisted by Rev. Omer Standfield, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Brearley Cemetery. Casket Bearers were Thomas Cotton, Thomas Bullock, Charles Hunt, Thomas V. Jones, Bentley Blevins, and Fred Smith. Services were in charge of Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Sep 5, 1957)

Cotton, Clayborne Butler "C. B."

C. B. Cotton, aged 74 years, 1 month and 16 days, died at his home in Little Rock at 2:15 a.m., Sunday, September 10th, 1922.

The remains were brought to Dardanelle, where the funeral service, conducted by the Pastor, Rev. H. H. Griffin, was held in the Methodist Church at 3:00 Sunday afternoon, interment being in Brearley Cemetery. The death of C. B. Cotton marks the passing of a pioneer citizen, a man who for half a century has been prominent in the affairs of Yell County, and who has contributed much to the betterment and upbuilding of this section of Arkansas. Mr. Cotton was born at Cottontown, Tenn., July 25th, 1848. When a child he moved with his parents to Springfield, Mo., and a few years later, when but 13 years of age, he moved to Dardanelle, making the trip from Springfield to Dardanelle in an ox-drawn wagon. With his brother, W. E. Cotton, deceased, built the first cotton gin ever erected in Yell County. It was located on the old Cotton homestead, six miles southwest of Dardanelle, and the virgin forest was cleared to make a location for it. Its massive timbers were hewn by hand, and its gin stands were propelled by horse power. During his entire life Mr. Cotton has been extensively interested in the growing, ginning and marketing of cotton, and some years ago perfected and patented an original system of ginning which is greatly superior to systems now in use, and which will doubtless some day be in general use throughout the cotton growing South. Until about a year ago, when with his family he moved to Little Rock, Mr. Cotton had been a continuous resident of this city for 60 years. He was a man of progressive ideas and public spirit, and it was always deeply interested in the progress and development of his section. He was active in the construction of the Dardanelle and Ola Railroad, (now the Rock Island) and to this enterprise contributed much active assistance. For the past several months he had been in declining health, but preceding the illness that resulted in his death, was confined to his bed but one week. On February 4, 1879, Mr. Cotton was united in marriage to Miss Allie Conlee, who died in 1891. On December 6th, 1894 he was married to Miss Maggie Limbird, who died January 23rd, 1911. On August 27th, 1911, he was married to Miss Emma Cook, who survives him.

Besides his widow, he is survived by six children, three sons and three daughters, as follows; Ray W. Cotton, of Fort Smith; Mrs. R. A. West of Hanford, Calif.; Miss Nina Cotton, of Little Rock; Arthur B. Cotton, of Denver, Colo.; David F. Cotton and Jessie Lee Cotton, of Little Rock. All of his children were at his bedside when the end came. Mr. Cotton is also survived by two brothers, W. E. Cotton, of Phoenix, Ariz., and R. S. Cotton, of Dardanelle, and three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Halliburton, of Little Rock, Mrs. Josie Blackwell, of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. W. C. Grace, of Mesa, Ariz. Mr. Cotton had been for many years a member of the Methodist Church, and shortly before the final summons came, stated to those about his bedside that he was prepared and unafraid to go. "Clabe" Cotton was a good man and a valuable citizen, and while his strong will and firm determination to stand for the right as he saw it made him some enemies, likewise these splendid qualities of real manhood made for him many close and lasting friends. He has passed from the activities of men - his personal counsel and guidance will direct us no more - but the good that he did, the works that accomplished, remain as a tribute to his memory and an inspiration to his friends. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Sept 14, 1922 - Obituary courtesy of Dardanelle Public Library Archives, Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System, Dardanelle, Arkansas)

Cotton, Dora

CARBON CITY Dora Cotton, born in Gravelly, Ark. February 9, 1888, died Sunday, August 7, 1994 at her home in Carbon City, (near Paris) Ark. at the age of 106. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ritcher Cotton, a daughter, Marie and a grandson, George Harold Rogers. Dora, along with her husband Rick were founders of Cotton Dairy. Since 1913 she delighted her customers with fine butter and other dairy products. She was a widely known member of the Short Mountain Community since 1925. She was also a longtime member of First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Garland Cotton of Paris, Ark.; a daughter, Grace Catherine Rogers, of Paris, Ark.; five grandchildren, Junior Cotton, Judy Culver, James Wilson Rogers, Mary Kathryn Martin and Charles David Rogers; 17 great grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and loving friend, Juanita Kizer under whose care Mrs. Cotton thrived for many years.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 10,1994, at 10 a.m., at First Baptist Church, Paris, Ark. with burial following at McVay Cemetery under the direction of Smith Mortuary, Charleston, Rev. Tim Prock, pastor will officiate. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, 8/7/1994)


Cotton, Emma (Cook) (Mrs.)

Mrs. Emma Cook Cotton, age 84, died in a Little Rock Hospital Friday, December 13. Mrs. Cotton was a former resident of Dardanelle and a member of the Christian Church, the wife of the late Claybourne Butler Cotton, daughter of the American Revolution, the American Colony, and Arkansas Pioneers. Mrs. Cotton was active in Red Cross work at Dardanelle and taught school for 25 years in Yell County.

Survivors are one daughter Mrs. Robert Boyd of Little Rock, with whom she made her home; four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Syble Brewer of Ola and Mrs. Edgar McKenzie of Springdale; four brothers, Dr. Ernest Cook of Little Rock, Herman and Lewis Cook of Ola and Oscar Cook of Wing.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Christian church at Little Rock. Graveside services and burial was at the Brearley Cemetery. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Dec 19, 1957)

Cotton, Herbert Manning

Herbert Manning Cotton, 71, prominent Alexandria businessman, died at 2:20 a. m. today in a New Orleans hospital. He was secretary-treasurer of Cotton Bros. Baking Co. and was a resident of 3207 Marye street. Cotton was born June 15, 1893 in Corley, Ark., the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Cotton. The family moved to Alexandria in 1923 and established Cotton Bros, bakery here, which expanded into a state-wide concern. Five Cotton Bros, bakeries are now being operated - in Alexandria, Shreveport, Monroe, Baton Rouge and Natchez. Miss.

Cotton is survived by his wife, the former Hazel Waddell; a daughter, Miss Elizabeth Cotton of Shreveport; a sister, Mrs. Grace Shipley of Fayetteville, Ark.; three brothers, Henry Cotton of Fayetteville, Ark.; J. R. Cotton of Paris, Ark., and William F. Cotton of Alexandria. He was a Mason and a Shriner, and held membership in Alexandria Lodge No. 398, F&AM, and El Karubah Shrine, Shreveport. He was a charter member of Kiwanis Club and the Alexandria-Pineville Chamber of Commerce. His body will be at Hixson Bros.

Funeral Home where funeral services will be held in the chapel at 2 p. m. Sunday with Dr. Glenn Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Masonic graveside services will be held. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Alexandria Daily Town Talk Newspaper clipping, Alexandria-Pineville, Louisiana, Obituary was published on December 26, 1964)

Cotton, Leonard Ryan "L. R."

L. R. Cotton, aged 77, a resident of this city for nearly 60 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. C. Bullock, on North Front Street at 1 o'clock this morning after an illness of more than a year.

The funeral service conducted by Rev. S. S. Key, was held in the Presbyterian Church at 4 o'clock this afternoon, interment being made in Brearley Cemetery. With his father, the late Jesse H. Cotton, Mr. Cotton came to this County in 1862, since which time he has continuously resided in and near this city. For many years he operated a grist mill, but of late years had not actively engaged in any business. He was a man of sterling worth and ability, possessed of a high sense of honor and a lofty conception of the duty he owed to his fellows. He was held in the highest respect and esteem by all, and though he had long since passed the allotted span of three score years and ten, his death brings genuine sorrow to all who knew him. Mr.

Cotton is survived by five children, three sons and two daughters: T. J. and Charley Cotton, of this city; L. R. Cotton, whose address is unknown; Mrs. R. C. Bullock and Mrs. H. L. Hunt, both of this city; four brothers and three sisters: W. E. Cotton, of Denver, Colo.; W. D. and, R. S. Cotton, of this city; Mrs. D. N. HalliBurton, of Little Rock; Mrs. W. C. Grace, of Mesa, Ariz.; Mrs. W. J. Blackwell, of Denver, Colo. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Aug 12, 1920)

Cotton, Sarah J.

Died ... Mrs. Sarah J. Cotton, At the residence of her husband six miles southwest of Dardanelle, on Monday 28th of February, 1881, Mrs. Sarah J., wife of Mr. L. R. Cotton, of pneumonia, aged about 39 years. The deceased was a daughter of Mrs. Emeline Hart and sister of Dr. J. E. and L. G. Hart of our city.

She leaves a husband and five small children to grieve her loss. The bereaved family have the condolence of many friends. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Mary Fowler Leek, Newspaper: INDEPENDENT ARKANSIAN, 3-4-1881)


Cotton, Selma

Mrs. Selma Cotton, age 84, of Dardanelle, AR died Sunday, June 7, 1998 at AMI St. Mary's Hospital in Russellville, AR. She was born June 19, 1913 in Chickalah, Yell County, Arkansas, to the late Charles and Cora Smith Cowger. She was a pre-school teacher for Head Start. Lifelong member of the 1st United Methodist Church in Dardanelle and a homemaker and mother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Cotton; four brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Len and Avis Cotton of Dardanelle, AR; two daughters and son-in-law, Margaret and Larry Hillyard of Dardanelle and Beth Cotton of Russellville, AR; a sister, Elizabeth Gremillion of Kansas City, KS; two grandsons, Tom Cotton of Cambridge, MA and Matthew Cotton Crain of Russellville, AR; three granddaughters, Hannah Hillyard of West Point, PA, Hallie Hillyard of Conway, AR and Sarah Margaret Cotton of Fayetteville, AR.

Service was June 11, 1998 at the Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with the Rev. Bennie Harmon officiating. Interment was in Brearley Cemetery, Dardanelle. Pallbearers were Charles Cowger, Richard Cowger, Rick Belcher, Bruce Belcher, Tom Cotton and Matthew Crain. Honorary members of the United Methodist Church Sr. Adult Class and Torchbearers. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 188, Dardanelle, AR 72834. Service by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, June 17, 1998)


Cotton, Thomas James

Dardanelle, September 6. - Thomas James Cotton, aged 78, retired Dardanelle planter and member of one of Yell County's oldest families, died at his home here Saturday night. Mr. Cotton was a son of Leonard Ryan and Sarah Jane Hart Cotton. His grandfather, Jesse Cotton, a civil engineer, came to Yell County from Cottontown, Tenn., more than 100 years ago and homesteaded 800 acres 5 1-2 miles from here. Mr. Cotton took over the farming Interests while he was a young man and increased his holdings to more than 4,000 acres. He retired in 1917 and turned active management of the property over to other members of the family. He was active in civic affairs and was a Presbyterian. He is surived by his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Love Cotton; a son, Thomas J. Cotton Jr. of Dardanelle; four daughters, Mrs. B. B. Miller Sr. and Mrs. Fred A. Smith of Dardanelle, Mrs. W. D. Amis of Oklahoma City and Mrs. Woodrow Turner of Hot Springs: a brother, Charles L. Cotton of Dardanelle; a sister, Mrs. Howard Hunt of Dardanelle; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at Cornwell Funeral Chapel at 4 p. m. Sunday by Rev. C. Houston Farmer, Rev. M. O. Cockerham and Rev. Sidney Oxendine. Burial will be at Brearley Cemetery. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Arkansas Gazette Newspaper, Little Rock, Arkansas, Obituary was published on September 7, 1952)

Cotton, Willie M. (Tucker)

Funeral services were held Friday at Cornwell Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Charlie Cotton, 68, life long resident of Dardanelle, who died at her home early Thursday morning from a heart attack. Mrs. Cotton, a member of the Methodist church, was the former Miss Willie Tucker.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Carrie Tucker of Dardanelle; one daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Gibson and a grandson, Charles Gibson, both of Ft. Smith; one sister, Mrs. Emma Lillian Cawhorn of Memphis, Tenn.; and one brother, Hugh Tucker, of Ma- Rouge, La.

She was preceded in death by her husband two months ago. Rev. O. D. Peters was in charge of funeral services assisted by Rev. Omer Stanfield.

Burial was in Brearley cemetery by Cornwell Funeral service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, Nov 17, 1957)

Couch, Leon

Former Resident Killed in California - Leon Couch, former, resident of Macedonia in Yell County was killed in a auto accident near Ouincy, Calif. on November 6, 1948. His car crashed into another car and plunged into the Feau River. A witness to the accident recovered his body and worked about two hours trying to revive him. An autopsy revealed he died of injuries suffered in the crash.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; three sons, Leonnie, Charles and Billie; his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. John Couch; two sisters, Miss Robbie Couch and Mrs. Elene Mebring; and two brothers, Bobbie and Leo, all of California and former residents of Yell County.

Funeral services were conducted in the First Baptist Church of Tracy, Calif. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, December 2, 1948)


Couch, Margaret "Dot"

Margaret "Dot" Couch, age 83 of Dardanelles died Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at River Valley Medical Center. She was born November 15, 1924 at Crossett to the late W. R. and Lilla Mae Pierce. She was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church in Dardanelle.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 41 vears, C. E. Couch, Jr., all of her brothers and sisters.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Dorathy and Carlton Matherene of Bourg, LA; Annette and James Land of Dardanelle; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

Funeral services was held Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 2:00 p. m. at Cornwell Chapel, Dardanelle, with Rev. Jared Higginbotham officiating. Burial will be in Brearley Cemetery, Dardanelle. Pallbearers were Andy Land, Mike Land, Josh Land, David George, Earl Bergeron, Mike Bergeron and Scott Bergeron. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 7, 2008)


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