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Couch, Mary Elizabeth

Ms. Mary Elizabeth Couch, age 68, of Havana, AR died Tuesday, June 1, 1999 in Little Rock, AR. She was born in Havana, AR January 12, 1931 to the late John E. and Ella Bea Rauch Mitchell.

She graduated from Havana High School in 1948 and in 1951 from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX with a degree in education. She taught in the Dallas Ft. Worth area until 1969. She began her teaching career then back in her hometown of Havana. She retired after 23 years of teaching from the Western Yell County School District. She was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Russellville and the Havana Presbyterian Church; she was a member of the Ruth Robinson Circle, the Havana E. H. Club, the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, the Arkansas Education Association and the AARP. She was a weather watcher for Channel 5 in Fort Smith, AR.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son, Robert Neal Bob Couch.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Karen Couch of Russellville, AR and John and Lora Couch of Danville, AR; a daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Sara and Curtis Miller of Howell, MI; two grandsons, Jarrod Redding Couch and Shawn Leslie Couch both of Danville, AR; also the father of her children, Br. Cecil Couch of Holy Cross Monastery, Westpark, NY. Other survivors include her chosen sisters, Frankie Apple McBride of Havana, AR and Nancy Apple Gillespie of Belleville, AR; her nine loving cats and her one favorite dog. Mary was known for her love for her students, her friends, her pets, her travel and her beloved Channel Five News team.

Funeral service was June 7, 1999 at the Havana Presbyterian Church with Rev. Bill Storts and Rev. E. O. Tackett officiating. Burial was in the Havana Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service of Danville, AR. Pallbearers were Bill Stewart, Mike Stewart, Mark Clark, Clift McCloy, Kelly Boyd and Jon Birmingham. Memorial donations in memory of Mary Couch can be made to a favorite charity of the family's request Russellville Animal Shelter, 3155 South Mobile, Russellville, AR 72801. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, June 9, 1999)


Couch, Mr. Harvey Crowley

Mr. Harvey Crowley Couch, 63, Columbia County Arkansas farm boy, son of a Methodist preacher-farmer, died at Couchwood, July 30. As president of Arkansas Power and Light and later Chairman of Board of Directors of the Kansas City Southern-Louisiana and Arkansas Railway Lines. "He was known by hundreds of thousands, but by his and his companies slogan "Helping Build Arkansas" and his constant work to do this thing, he was loved by all Arkansas and admired for his loyalty by millions. He was a Methodist, with firm religious convictions. Rev. Fred Robuck of Little Rock, who delivered the tribute to Mr. Couch, said that in some ways the life of Mr. Couchwood reminded him of the Apostle Paul, who had a definite plan for his life. It included a deep regard for the welfare of the church. Bishop Boaz said, "He was the greatest man Arkansas ever produced." (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Aug 1941)

Couch, Rita Faye

Rita Faye Couch, age 50 of Dardanelle, died Thursday, January 10, 2008 at her home. She was born November 28, 1957 to the late Rennae and Rebecca Sims. She was a member of the Dardanelle Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Rennae and Rebecca Sims.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Craig Couch of Dardanelle; sons, GaBriel Couch, Morgan Couch, both of Dardanelle; brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Carolyn Sims of Columbus, OH; mother-in-law, Bobbie Couch of Dardanelle; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gary and Kerri Couch of Russellville; numerous other family and friends; her beloved pets, Ozzy, Little Foot and Scooter.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 2:00 p. m. at Cornwell Chapel, Dardanelle with David Torgersen officiating. Pallbearers: Verlon Sims, Gary Couch, Jimmy Zinnell, Mike Cossey, Barry Sims, Steve Balloun. Honorary Pallbearers Ricky Sims, Mitchell Garrison, Butch Wilson, Howard Orsburn. Memorial donations may be made to the Russellville Animal Shelter, Highway 7 South, Russellville, AR 72802. Arrangements are under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, January 16, 2008)


Couch, Tommie Neil

Tommie Neil Couch, 57, of Belleville, died Friday, April 23, 2010 at home. She was born May 1, 1952 in Houston, TX to Bruce Neil and LaVelle Stone George. She was an insurance adjuster for State Farm, a graduate of Le Tourneau University, and attended Upper Spring Creek Freewill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Christy and Marshall Patton of Coweta, OK, James Clyde, Jr., Letty Couch, Justin Couch all of Milano, TX; grandchildren, Tristan, Trent and Trey Patton, AIli, Jordan and Isabell Couch; mother, LaVelle George of Belleville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Victoria J. and Milton Richardson of San Antonio, TX, Patty and Richard Golightly of New Cany, TX; and several nephews.

Funeral services were Sunday at Upper Spring Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Burial was in Lower Spring Creek Cemetery under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, April 28, 2010)


Counts, William Fred

William Fred Counts, age 92, of Oden, AR, died Tuesday, November 13, 2001, in Hot Springs. He was born January 3, 1909, in Heber Springs, AR, to the late James M. Counts and the late Lula Mae Fann Counts. He was united in marriage to Lillie Manley in August 6, 1928. He was a heavy equipment operator for Montgomery County, AR.

He is survived by a daughter, Mary Lou Inman of Plainview, AR; a sister, Pearl Beshears of Oden, AR; two grandchildren, Sherry Bowling of Texarkana, TX, Scottie Moffatt of Oden, AR; three great grandsons, Kenneth Thomas of Mena, AR, Colt Cole of Texarkana, TX, Billy Joe Moffatt of Oden, AR; two great-great grandchildren, Trevor DeWayne Thomas of Mt. Ida, AR, Keira Dalynne Thomas of Mt. Ida, AR.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his daughter Louella McKay, his brother James Albert Counts and his grandchildren Sheila Diane Moffatt, Reginald McKay and Michael Cassidy.

Funeral services were Friday, November 16, 2001, at 2:00 p. m. in the Brushy Missionary Baptist Church. Interment was at the Brushy Cemetery in Oden under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, November 21, 2001)


Countz, Maxine (Harris)

Maxine Countz, 95, of Van Buren, died Saturday, January 1, 2011 at Summit Medical Center in Van Buren. She was the daughter of Daniel Ralph Harris and Effie (Crownover) Harris; she was born September 8, 1915 in Rover. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Ola. She enjoyed taking care of her g r a n d c h i I dr e n and work i n g crosswords in her free time.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Countz; her parents; three brothers; and three sisters.

She is survived by her son, Gary Countz and wife, Sharon of Wynne; her daughter, Dana Patterson of Van Buren; four grandchildren; 12 great grand-children; and numerous nieces, nephews and three sisters-in-law.

A graveside service was held January 4, 2011 at Sandlin Cemetery in Ola by Humphrey Funeral Service. 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 Jan 5, 2011)

Countz, Ora (Garrison) (Mrs.)

Mrs. Ora Garrison Countz, aged 66, died in her home November 21. She was owner and operator of the Ola Hotel and Grocery for many years and the widow of E. W. Countz. She was a member of the First Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Leon Countz of Ola; two daughters, Mrs. Ed Isom of Ola and Mrs. Bob McKenzie of Dardanelle; a brother, Sherman Garrison of North Little Rock; two sisters, Mrs. Jess Shinn of Russellville and Mrs. Fay Hines of London; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Nov 30, 1961)

Courtney, Joe Edward

... Driver Killed In Car Wreck Joe Edward Courtney, 28, of Danville Rt. 1 (Mt. Tabor community), was killed Friday when his car and a truck-trailer collided on Highway 64 about three miles east of Russellville. State Police said the truck was driven by Van Edison Burgess of Memphis, who was not hurt.

Courtney's survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nancy Callan Courtney, three daughters, Chrystal, Kay and Barbara, all of the home, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Courtney, a sister, Miss Carol Courtney and his grandmother, Mrs. Mae Courtney, all of Danville Rt. 1. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Mar 1, 1962)

Coussens, Charles F.

Dr. Charles F. Coussens, age 70, of Russellville, Arkansas, died Thursday, February 20, 2003 at Semper Care Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. The son of Camiel and Irene (Strantz), he was born January 2, 1933 in Granger, Indiana. He married Dorothy A. Kopacz, on September 22, 1956 at Roseville, Michigan. He was a graduate of Michigan State University. Dr. Coussens was a veterinarian and practiced at Danville, Arkansas and specialized in large animal care. He operated two laboratories that tested for Equine Infectious Anemia. He was a United States Army Veteran and a member of St. John's Catholic Church. He was a member of Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, Alpha Gamma Rho.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Coussens of Russellville, AR; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen Coussens of Spring, TX, James & Janice Coussens of Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. David Sharon Coussens of Little Rock, AR; 3 daughters and son-in-law, Dianne & Michael Elsken of Lincoln, Nebraska, Karen Donahue of Spring, TX, Sharon Coussens of Little Rock, AR; 4 brothers, Frank Coussens of Colorado, Paul Coussens of South Bend, Indiana, Henry Coussens of Kentland, Indiana, John Coussens of Mishawaka, Indiana; 6 grandchildren, Warren Elsken, Dorothy Elsken, Katharine Donahue, Benjamin Thomas Donahue, Caroline Coussens, David Coussens, Jr.

Funeral service was Monday, February 24, 2003 at the St. John's Catholic Church officiated by The Very Reverend Ernest L. Hardesty. Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Park at Russellville, AR, under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Pallbearers were Joe Owen, James Mitchell, Todd Patterson, Robert Haralson, Kenneth Corley, Charles Koch, Allan Hickey, Terry Cole. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, February 26, 2003)


Coverdill, Judy Lynda

Judy Lynda Coverdill, age 6 months, Atheimer, Grandparents of Havana [no other details included in 50Yrs Ago Column] (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, May 8, 1947)


Covey, Charles Evert

Charles Evert Covey, age 77, of Dumas, died Wednesday at Fort Roots VA Hospital in Little Rock. A Yell County native and a resident of Dumas for 35 years, Mr. Covey was a retired carpenter and a World War II veteran. He was a Protestant.

Survivors include a son, Billy Charles Covey of Ft. Smith; two sisters, Mrs. Inez Grady of Paris and Mrs. Laveata Benson of Pine Bluff, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. Leonard Ricketts officiating. Burial was at Walnut Lake Cemetery by Johnson Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Clay Cross, Jr. Clay Cross, Sr. Jack Bryant, Wayne Downen, Randy Traylor and Terry Bridwell. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Published in Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: 11-26-1980)


Covey, Charles Evert

Charles Evert Covey, age 77, of Dumas, died Wednesday at Fort Roots VA Hospital in Little Rock. A Yell County native and a resident of Dumas for 35 years, Mr. Covey was a retired carpenter and a World War II veteran. He was a Protestant.

Survivors include a son, Billy Charles Covey of Ft. Smith; two sisters, Mrs. Inez Grady of Paris and Mrs. Laveata Benson of Pine Bluff, and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. Leonard Ricketts officiating. Burial was at Walnut Lake Cemetery by Johnson Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Clay Cross, Jr. Clay Cross, Sr. Jack Bryant, Wayne Downen, Randy Traylor and Terry Bridwell. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 11/26/1980)


Covey, Jimmy Don

Jimmy Don Covey, age 42 of Dardanelle, AR. died Saturday, August 21, 1999 at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville, AR. He was born on April 9, 1957 in Danville AR and was a maintenance worker for Tyson Foods of Dardanelle, AR.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Amy Sue Watson Covey.

Survivors are his wife, Mickie Anderson Covey of Dardanelle, Ar; his father, Johnnie Lee Covey of Rover, AR; five brothers, Johnny Wayne Covey of West Memphis, AR, Daviye Lee Covey of Danville, AR, Bill Bob Covey of Hindsville, GA, Charles Watson Covey of Russellville, AR and John Edward Covey of Hawaii; a sister, Mary Pauline Covey Chism of Fayetteville, AR; also several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was August 23 at Petillo Hill Cemetery in Centerville with Bro. Bob Chism officiating. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, August 25, 1999)


Covey, Johnnie Lee J.L

Johnnie Lee J.L Covey, age 81 of Rover, died Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at his residence. He was a native of Yell County, born on October 18, 1922 to the late Will and Cordie Clarke Covey. He was retired from the Army, serving in WWII and Korea. He received three Purple Hearts for his service to his country. He was also a member of the Plainview VFW Fisher Law Post 8525.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Amy Sue Covey, two sons, Jimmy Don Covey, and infant son, Johnnie Lee Covey Jr. a brother, Sidney Covey, and two sisters, Luella Mott and Pauline Covey.

Survivors include his wife, Betty L. Roberson Covey; daughter and son-in-law, Pauline and Bob Chism of West Fork, Arkansas; five sons and daughters-in-laws, John W. and Pat covey of Marianna, Daviye and Janet Covey, of Havana, Bill Bob and Martina Covey, of Georgia, Charles Covey of Fayetteville and John Edward Covey of Hawaii; two step sons and step daughter-in-law, Bo Roberson and Gary and Brigitte Roberson of Rover, step-daughter, Cathy Heath of Rover; two sisters, Olene Rogers and Mollie Long of California, a brother-in-law, Ongie Watson Jr. of Texas; ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, six step grandchildren, and eight step great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 21, 2004 at the Cornwell Funeral Home Chapel in Danville with Brother Bob Chism officiating. Burial with Military Honors by the Boyce Woods VFW Post 3141 Dardanelle was in the Earl Ladd Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeremy Covey, Amos Chism, Tim Smith, Gary Roberson, Bo Roberson and Dean Smith. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville, Arkansas. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, August 18, 2004)


Covey, Mary Emma (Turner) (Mrs.)

Death in Fire Mrs. Evert Covey, 26, (nee, Mary Emma Turner) formerly of Yell Co., came here with her son, Billy Charles, age 5, from Amarillo, Texas, September 3 and has been staying with her sister, Mrs. Calvin Hicks, and picking cotton, lost her life some time previous to five o'clock Monday morning when a fire of unknowing origin destroyed the Hicks home she had been living in. Sunday night Mrs. Covey parted with her son, Billy Charles, and her sister at the nearby home of relatives, the Edley Maddens, to go to the show with some young friends. They had the understanding that if the Madden light was burning Mrs. Covey was to stay there, if not burning it would mean Mrs. Hicks had gone home and Mrs. Covey was to join her there. Accordingly, Mrs. Covey was taken home by her friends who left at about 12:30 as shown by evidence before the coroner's jury. Monday morning about five o'clock, Walter Dennis on the Dutch Creek road, awoke and discovered the Hicks home burning and shot the alarm that brought the people to the fire, the building and contents were in charcoal and ashes. When her sister, Mrs. Hicks, knew of the fire she feared for her sister, Mrs. Covey, and investigation revealed the remains of the woman were almost past identification and had to be taken up with a shovel and put in a tub, until prepared for burial. A coroners jury was empaneled and their conclusion was, death was the result of fire. The husband of Mrs. Covey is working in California. The last Mrs. Covey was seen alive was about 12:30 when she told her friends goodbye at the door. General opinion is that the fire started from a cigarette that smoldered, then caused the fire and her death. She had evidently awaked and went from her bed toward the window and fell. It was a three-room house and the room the body was in had an outside door on the south, to a porch, a window in the east and a door in the north to the kitchen. If not too overcome with smoke she should have been able to get out the window to the east or the door to the south, although that was the side the porch was on and it may also have been fallen in. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Oct 1940)

Covey, Rose Esther

Rose Esther Covey, age 56 of Chickalah Mountain, Yell County, AR died Friday, October 18, 2002 at Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville, AR. She was born August 3, 1946 in Booneville, AR to the late Cove Brannam and Margaret Bobbitt. She was a mother and homemaker.

Survivors include, her husband of 21 years, Daviye Covey; a son, Jeremy Covey of Chickalah Mountain; two daughters, Amy Covey of Chickalah Mountain and DiAnne Helton of Magazine, AR; three brothers, Richard Brannam of Hunnington, Damon Brannam of Ft. Smith and Larry Brannam of Waveland; six sisters, Joyce Rushing, Lavaca, Ruth Walker, Sugar Grove, Brenda Robinson, Paris, Martha Smith, Havana, Marilyn Burrows, Charleston and Doris Robinson, Belleville; two grandchildren and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was October 21, 2002 at the Chickalah Mountain Cemetery with Rev. Lynn Weaver and Bro. Bob Chism officiating. Pallbearers were Jeremy Covey, Michael Burrows, Scotty Dewitt, Eli Thacker, Archie Walker, Jr. James Hise, James Sears, and Rickey Ramey. Honorary Tiny Robinson. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, October 23, 2002)


Covington Jr, Luther

Luther Covington, Jr. age 49, of Dardanelle, AR died Sunday, October 25, 1998 at his home. He was born September 30, 1949 in Bennettesville, SC to the late Louise Moore. He was a disabled Vietnam Veteran, a butcher and a custodian with the Russellville School District and attended the Baptist Church.

Survivors are his wife, Mary Richardson Covington; three sons, Wendell Strodder or Louisville, GA, Cory Richardson and Nathan Richardson of Dardanelle, AR; his father, Luther Covington, Sr. three brothers, Ernest Covington of New Jersey, Randy Covington of Indiana and Johnny Covington of New York and a sister, Gloria Brown of Indiana.

Service was October 29, 1998 at the Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with the Rev. Greg Reed officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, November 4, 1998)


Cowen, Elsie Ruth

Elsie Ruth Cowen, age 85, of Russellville, widow of Ray Cowen, died Monday, October 5, 2009 at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. A daughter of the late Benjamin Harrison and Elizabeth Jane Clayton Willbanks, she was born December 26, 1923 in the Pleasant Grove Community. She was a former employee of Tyson Foods and was of the Assembly of God faith. She was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include a son, Bobby Joe Cowen of Russellville; a daughter, Patsy Standridge of Dardanelle; a sister, Bernice Taylor of Russellville; and two grandchildren Donald Cowen of Russellville and Richard Cowen of Fayetteville.

The funeral service will be at 10 A. M. on Friday, October 9, 2009 at the Shinn Chapel officiated by the Rev. Hank DuVall. Burial will be in Pollard Cemetery near Dover, by Shinn Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, October 14, 2009)


Cowen, Elsie Ruth

Elsie Ruth Cowen, age 85, of Russellville, widow of Ray Cowen, died Monday, October 5, 2009 at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center.

The funeral service will be at 10 A. M. on Friday, October 9, 2009 at the Shinn Chapel officiated by the Rev. Hank DuVall. Burial will be in Pollard Cemetery near Dover, by Shinn Funeral Service. The online obituary and guestbook are available at WWW.shinnfuneral.com. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, October 7, 2009)


Cowger, Bobbie

Mrs. Bobbie Cowger, age 76, of Ola, AR died Tuesday, May 4, 1999 at Yell County Nursing Home. 4 She was born May 1, 1923 ill Plainview, AR to the late Olgar and May McCoy Bittle. She was a former nurse for clinics in Dardanelle and Ola, a mother and a homemaker. She was a member of the Chickalah United Method Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Cowger and a brother Bill Bittle.

Survivors include a son, Don Neeley; a brother and sister-in-law Coy and Beulah Bittle of Ola, a sister and brother-in-law, Jessie and Wayne Anderson of Ola; three grandchildren, Deborah Gullett, Hector, Tim Neeley, Dover and Rocky Neeley of Branson, MO arid six great-grandchildren.

Services were Thursday at the Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with Rev. John Zolk officiating. Interment was in the Chickalah Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle, AR. Pallbearers were John Bittle, Jeffery Jonnson, James Bittle, Kenneth McCoy, Dick Belcher, Larry Hilliard and Bruce Belcher. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 12, 1999)


Cowger, Charles H.

Charles H. Cowger, 88, long time resident of Yell county, died at the family home Tuesday afternoon, following a long illness, which kept him confined to his bed for 12 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife on February 24 this year. He was a member of an early Yell countv family and was a son of the late Jacob and Elizabeth Holland Cowger. Mr. Cowger was a Baptist and was active in community and political affairs until his illness.

He is survived by four sons, Neil, Paul and J. B. of Chickalah and Stanley Cowger of Kansas City; five daughters, Mrs. Irl Darr of Atkins, Mrs. Thomas Cotton of Dardanelle, Mrs. John Ward and Mrs. Harry Gremillion of Kansas City and Mrs. Fred Hargis of Springfield, Mo.; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p. m. Thursday at Chickalah Methodist Church by Rev. Frank Weatherford and Rev. Morris Roe. Burial will be at Chickalah Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, Obituary was published on May 1, 1958)

Cowger, Cleo Jasper

Cleo Jasper Cowger, age 88, of Danville died Saturday, May 16, at Mitchells Nursing Home in Danville. Cowger was a native of Corley, AR, son of the late J. I. and Ophelia Hunnicut Cowger. He was a retired business man, a life-long resident of Yell County, and member of the Danville First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Audra Amos Cowger; two daughters, Betty George of Danville and Jimmie Morris of Paris; one brother, Earnest Cowger of Lubboch, Texas; one sister, Leah Millsap of Pine Bluff seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Monday, May 18, in the Danville First Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Walker and Rev. Sam Williams officiating. Burial was in the Earl Ladd Memorial Cemetery in Danville. Arrangements and services by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Mary Leek, Newspaper: Dardanelle, Arkansas Post-Dispatch, 6/3/1992)


Cowger, Cora (Smith) (Mrs.)

Mrs. Cora Smith Cowger, 82, native of Dardanelle, died at the family home at Chickalah Monday night, where she had lived all her married life. She had been seriously ill since last July, and had been ill for several years. Mother Cowger was aways very active in church and civic affairs, until her health failed several years ago. She was a member of the Methodist church.

Besides the husband she is survived by four sons, Paul, Neil and J. B. Cowger, all of Chickalah and Stanley Cowger of Kansas City; five daughters, Mrs. Irl Darr of Atkins; Mrs. Thomas Cotton of Dardanelle; Mrs. Fred Hargis of Springfield, Mo., Mrs. John Ward and Mrs. H. E. Gremillion of Kansas City, Mo., 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Chickalah Methodist church, Wednesday afternoon at 200 p.m., by Rev. Frank Weatherford of Ola. Burial was in the.Chickalah cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Feb 27, 1958)

Cowger, Cora Smith

Mrs. Cora Smith Cowger, age 82, wife of Charlie Cowger of Chickalah, died Monday at her home. She was a Methodist and a native of Dardanelle.

Survivors include four sons, Neil, Paul and J. B. Cowger of Chickalah and Stanley Cowger of Kansas City; five daughters, Mrs. Earl Darr of Atkins, Mrs. Thomas Cotton of Dardanelle, Mrs. Fred Hargis of Springfield, Mo. and Mrs. John Ward and Mrs. H. E. Gremillon of Kansas City; 14grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, February 27, 1958)


Cowger, Edith (Heath)

Mrs. Edith Heath Cowger, age 58, of Danville, passed away Thursday morning, September 9, at her horne. Mrs. Cowger was a native of Danville, a Retired secretary with the Seller Brothers Plumbing of Houston, Tex. She is the daughter of Mrs. C. E. Donham and the late Arthur Heath. She Was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Cleo Cowger of Danville; three step-daughters, Mrs. Lloyd George and Mrs. Jimmie Morris both of Danville and Mrs. Mildred Galt of North Little Rock; three sisters, Mrs, Ethel Hopkins of Little Rock, Mrs. Ruth Easterling and Mrs. Marie Snowden both of Houston.

Funeral services were held at the Danville First Baptist Church Saturday afternoon by Rev. Harold Presley. Interment was at the Earl Ladd Cemetery. Arrangements and services were in care of Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Sep 16, 1971)

Cowger, George

George Cowger, 95, of Danville, passed away on Tuesday, November 01, 2005. He was a longtime teacher, principal and superintendent at Belleville School and a former graduate of Danville School.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 3, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Danville First Baptist Church burial will follow at the Earl Ladd Cemetery in Danville. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville, AR. Full Obituary next week. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, November 2, 2005)


Cowger, George D.

George D. Cowger, age 95 of Danville, died Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at his home. He was born June 16, 1910 in Danville to the late Dr. Thomas N. and Hattie Sipes Cowger. He was a graduate of Danville High School and received his Bachelor's degree in education from Southeastern State Teachers College in Du-rant, OK in 1937. He served in the education field for over forty years, thirty of those years as the Belleville superintendent. During this time he and his late wife of 67 years, Irene, helped hundreds of students with medical care, taking care of costs associated with eye doctors, vowed that none of his students would go without a hot lunch. He also paid for a number of his students' college education and getting them started in their chosen careers. He was a cattleman and poultry farmer for over thirty years, but his great love was is race horses, Symmetric, which won a number of races for him. What most people will remember him for is the wonderful gifts that he gave to Belleville, Western Yell County, Danville, and Fourche Valley Schools, saying that he wanted to help the kids in the schools. The gifts he gave totaled in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Danville and in 1924 at the age of 14 was baptized.

Survivors are numerous cousins, students, fellow teachers, and friends.

Services were held November 3 at the First Baptist Church in Danville with Rev. Jamie Staley officiating. Interment was in Earl Ladd Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home in Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, November 9, 2005)


Cowger, Irene E.

Irene E. Cowger, age 89, of Danville. AR died Sunday, May 30, 2004 at Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville. She was born May 2, 1915 in Blue, Oklahoma to the late Bluman and Beulah Shipp Stillwell. She graduated from Southeastern College in Durant with a teaching degree and retired after many years of teaching. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Danville and the Retired Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Leslie Stillwell and a sister, Elsie Tetty.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, George Cowger; three sisters and brother-in-law, Francis and Bob Bradley of Colorado Springs, CO, Chris Anderson of Grand Saline, TX and Tennie Bertram of Minneola, TX and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Service was June 1, 2004 at the First Baptist Church in Danville with Rev. Jamie Staley officiating. Interment was in Earl Ladd Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. Pallbearers were Robert Keathley, Logan White, J. T. Ray, Jerry Graham, Waymon Sides and Mike Bradley. Honorary were Gene Woodard, Terry Bewley, Bill Brown and Boss Mitchell. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, June 2, 2004)


Cowger, J. B. "Pete"

CHICKALAH - J. B. "Pete" Cowger of Chickalah, died Friday, July 6, 1984 at his home. He was the son of the late Charles Henry and Cora N. Smith Cowger. He was a retired cattle rancher, a member of the Chickalah United Methodist Church and a retired member of the Arkansas National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Cowger of Chickalah; a stepson, Don Nelley of Russellville; five sisters, Martha Darr and Anne Hargis of Russellville, Selma Cotton of Dardanelle, Betty Gremillion of Mission, Kan. and ZelIa Ward of Leawood, Kan. and three grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10 a. m, Monday, July 9, at Chickalah United Methodist Church by the Rev. Rick Rice and the Rev. Max Whitfield. Burial will be in the Chickalah Cemetery by Humphrey Funeral Service. Pallbearers: Lynn Cotton, Larry Hillyard, Dick Belcher, Robert Dar, Buddy Choate, Jim Young and Tim Crain. Honorary pallbearers: Glendon Cale, Reedy Warren, Norman Ward, Ernest Choate, James Myers, Sherman Carter, Norman McGuire and J. T. Taylor. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p. m. today. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 1984)


Cowger, James Ira

James Ira Cowger, 79, civic leader, pharmacist and farmer, who formerly was a teacher and at one time Yell County School Supervisor, died at the clinic here Saturday. After he left the teaching profession, he was in the mercantile business in Gravelly before moving to Danville in 1920. Soon afterwards he opened the Cowger Drug Store. He was a deacon in Danville Baptist Church and a Sunday school teacher.

In addition to his widow, Mrs. Ophelia Cowger of Danville, he is survived by three sons, Cleo of Danville, J. I. Jr. of Abilene, Texas, and E. L. of Fabens, Texas; four daughters, Mrs. R. C. Parks of Belleville, Miss Vivian Cowger of Danville, Mrs. Roy McNeal of Nimrod and Mrs. R. B. Mills of North Little Rock; a brother, Will of Wyandotte, Mich. and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Jane Hudson of Ft. Smith, Mrs. Fronia Tinsley and Mrs. Lydia Smith of Paris.

Funeral services were conducted in Danville Baptist Church at 2:30p. m. Monday by the Rev. John A. Freeman and the Rev. Charles Finch. Burial was in Danville Cemetery. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, September 30, 1948)


Cowger, John P. "Flip"

John P. "Flip" Cowger, age 87 of Dardanelle died Monday, March 1, 2010 at his home. He was born April 18, 1922 at Garden Bottoms to the late John H. and Maude (Limbird) Cowger.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Daisy Elizabeth Walker of Russellville, Edna McKeown of Dardanelle; and his wife Sarah Frances (Bost) Cowger of 65 years from Atkins.

Flip attended Dardanelle Elementary School; graduated from High School at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri and completed one year of college at Wentworth before being drafted as a commissioned Officer for the Army in 1942. Flip transferred from the Infantry to the Army Air Corps and served as a pilot on the B-24 (Liberator) Bomber during World War II. In 1944, on his 21st mission, his plane was shot down over Stuttgart, Germany. He was the only survivor of a crew of ten and became a prisoner of war for seven months in a German Prison Hospital. He suffered a broken back and burns when he parachuted from the burning plane, and later caught pneumonia. He received the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with Clusters. Flip received the Pillar of Progress Award in 1982 from the Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce. He was honored by the Chamber of Commerce as the Grand Marshall of the Christmas Parade in 1983. He was a former President of the Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Mt. Nebo Chicken Fry for two years. Flip was a founding member of the Yell County Mounted Patrol where he was Commander for 20 years and was the instigating person for the Rodeo Grounds being built. He received the Fourth Quarter Award from the Dardanelle Sand Lizards Boosters in 1983. He was a farmer, a member of the Dardanelle Methodist Church, Dardanelle Industries, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Dardanelle Hospital Board, Dardanelle Housing Authority, and was a 32nd degree Mason. Flip was the retired director of the State Selective Service System where he worked for 25 years.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Philip B. and Betty Cowger of Russellville, John W. and Cathey Cowger of El Dorado; four grandchildren, Scarlet Yeager of Conway, Sarah Cowger of Russellville, Alan Cowger and Amber Cowger of El Dorado.

Memorial Service was March 5, 2010 at the Dardanelle United Methodist Church. Honorary Pallbearers Charlie Ellis, Kim Mickey, Robert Keenan, Jess George, Skip Berry, Richard Gillham, John Clement, Ronny Merritt and Members of the Yell County Mounted Patrol. Memorial Donations may be made to the Dardanelle First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 188, Dardanelle, AR 72834 or Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, 1 Children's Way, Little Rock, AR 72202. Cremation Arrangements are by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, March 10, 2010)


Cowger, Johnnie (Stewart)

Mrs. Johnnie Stewart Cowger, age 62, of Danviile died Friday at the Yell County Hospital. Mrs. Cowger was a native of Plainview, a retired housewife, a daughter of Lee Stewart and the late Mima Purcley and a member of the Danville First Baptist Church.

Survivors include, other than her father, her husband, Cleo Cowger; two daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Reed George and Mrs. Jimmie Morris, both of Danville; two sisters, Mrs. Selma Sloan of Hot Springs and Mrs. Lillian Floyd of Texas City, Tex. and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Danviile First Baptist Church Monday by Rev. Raymond Atwood, pastor of the Danville First Baptist Church. Interment was at the Earl Ladd Cemetery of Danville. Casket bearers were Boss Mitchell, Omer Sanders, Curtis Gateley, Ira Sides, Jack Taylor and Johnnie Walker. Arrangements and services were in care of Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Jan 8, 1970)

Cowger, Lola (Rice)

Mrs. Lola Rice Cowger, 92, of Danville died Friday, May 7, at Mitchell Nursing Home. She was a retired teacher, bookkeeper and Forest Service employee; a former resident of Nimrod, widow of Robert Cowger, daughter of the late Frank and Katie Downey Rice, and a member of Nimrod Baptist Church.

Survivors include several nephews and nieces.

Graveside services were Monday at Old Danville Cemetery by the Rev. Bobby Walker. Burial was by Cornwell Funeral Service. Active pallbearers were Kent, Aaron, and Loren Rice, James and Robert McNeil, and George Cowger. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, Obituary was published on May 12, 1993)

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