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Cox, Ralph J.

Ralph J. Cox, age 85, of Jackson, Mo. died Saturday. He was a retired construction worker and a Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Mona of the home; one daughter, Maxine Fowler of Rt. 1, Belleville; two sons, Les Cox of Rt. 1, Belleville and Wayne Cox of Kansas City, Mo; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Masonic services were held Tuesday evening at 7:30 with services and internment at 11:00 on Wednesday at Pinkneyville, IL. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 8/29/1986)


Cox, Ralph LeRoy

Ralph LeRoy Cox, aged 37, died of a heart attack, March 5, at an Independence, Mo. Hospital. He was a salesman for the Goetz Brewing Co. for 16 years. Mr. Cox was a lifelong resident of Kansas City and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the North east Masonic lodge, the Scottish Rite, the Ararat Shrine and Formoco American Legion Post.

Survivors include his father, Ralph J. Cox, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; his mother, Mrs. George Fowler of Belleville; two brothers Walter Wayne Cox of Independence, Mo,; Leslie L. Cox of Raytown, Mo. and one sister, Mrs. Mary Maxine Fowler of Belleville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Apr 13, 1961)

Cox, Theodore Homer

Homer Cox, aged 73, of Ola, a former Yell County official and retired Air Force major, died Sunday. He was a veteran of World Wars I and II, serving in the Medical Corps in World War I and in the infantry in World War II. Later he was with an Air Force observation squadron. Mr. Cox also taught in the Yell County schools, served as circuit clerk and treasurer of the county and was member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Johnnie Petillo Cox, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Thaxton of Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Nov 1964)

Cox, Thomas V.

Thomas V. Cox, 80, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Mitchell Nursing Home, in Danville.

Graveside service will be Thursday, March 29 at 2:00 r.m. at Nooner Cemetery on Hwy 314. Services by Cornwell Funeral Home. Complete obituary in next weeks paper. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Mar 28, 2012)

Cox, Thomas Verdell

Thomas Verdell Cox, age 80 of Steve, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Mitchell's Nursing Home. He was born May 23, 1931 in Steve, AR to the late Thomas W. and Grace Crawford Cox. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War, a lifetime member of Plainview VFW Fisher-Law Post 641 and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Cox of Tulsa, OK; daughters, Lynann Cox Stewart of Meridian, ID; Caryn Cox Gillum of Plainview; grandchildren, Leslie Ann Stewart; Nicole Gillum; Blane Gillum; Grace and Douglas Kinnaman; Clayton, Kendall and Cameron Casper; sister, Glenda Fay and John Segress.

Graveside service was held Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Nooner Cemetery. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. Online condolences and guestbook at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Apr 4, 2012)

Cox, Thomas W.

Thomas W. Cox, aged 93, of Yukon, Okla. formerly of Steve (Yell County) died Sunday. (1-3-1988) He was a World War I Army veteran and a Baptist.

Survivors are a son, Verdell Cox of Steve; two daughters, Norma Campbell of Seal Beach, Cal. and Glenda Segress of Yukon; two brothers, Hollis Cox of Steve and Luster Cox of Benton; three sisters, Maude Spears of Porterville, Cal., Hattie Hull of Plain-view (Yell County) and Cora Blackwood of Pittsburg, Cal. six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p. m. Thursday at Valley Home Baptist Church. Burial will be in Nooner Cemetery (Yell County) by Humphrey Funeral Service of Russellville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, 1/3/1988)


Cox, Virginia Merdell "Delle" (Woodard)

Virginia Merdell "Delle" Woodard Cox, recently residing in Nashville, TN, died on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015. She would have been 82 years of age on her next birthday. Delle was born on September 11, 1933 in Dutch Creek, Arkansas to the late Virgil Clifton Woodard and Annie Merle Williams Woodard. After spending her formative years in Arkansas and California, she married Billy Howard Cox of Huntsville, Arkansas, who was a chaplain in the U.S. Army. They were married for 55 years; raised four sons; and were stationed throughout the United States and Europe. Since grammar school, Delle enjoyed writing poetry, songs and nlays, mainly for self-expression. In 1974, she shared a collection of her poems in her book, "The Heart is Sometimes AWOL." AWOL is the military acronym for Absent Without Leave. Family and friends were Delle's passion and delight, second only to her devotion to God. She was an avid student of the Bible and always willing to teach the truth in love.

In addition to her parents and husband, Delle was preceded in death by her two brothers, Gerald and Eugene Woodard.

She is survived by her four sons, William Howard (Laura Taylor ) Cox of Nashville, Tennessee, Timothy Christian (Suzanne Eagye) Cox of Pegram, Tennessee, Thomas Whitney (Sheri Ferguson) Cox of Graham, North Carolina and Jonathan Marcus (Janna Bray) Cox of Fairvicw, Tennessee; fifteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Maxine Woodard Herring of Danville, Arkansas.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Danville, Arkansas, phone 479.495.2873. There will then be a graveside service at the Earl Ladd Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, phone 866.232.8484. Arrangements were provided by the West Harpeth Funeral Home of Nashville, Tennessee and the Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, Arkansas. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Sept 16, 2015)

Cox, Walter Wayne

Walter Wayne Cox, age 73 of Independence, MO passed away, Sunday, July 9, 2000 at Independence Health Care Center. He was born January 2, 1927 in Kansas City, MO. He was member of the Masonic Christian Lodge 392 of Oak Grove, MO, a lifetime member of VFW Post 340. He retired from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. He served with the U. S. Army during WWII. He will be truly missed by his family and everyone who knew him.

He is survived by, his wife, Ena E. Cox of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry W. and Victoria Cox of Virginia, Walter L. and Debra Cox and Kenneth R. and Cheryl Cox all of Independence, MO; a step-son, Randy Thompson of Independence, MO; one brother, Leslie Cox of Belleville, AR; one sister and brother-in-law, Maxine and Robert Fowler of Belleville, AR; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral service will be July 12, 2000 at 1:30 p. m. at the George C. Carson & Sons Independence Chapel with burial in Mt. Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Truth Ministries of Independence, MO. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, July 12, 2000)


Cozad, Verna Fleming

Verna Fleming Cozad of Indianola, OK, formerly of Havana, AR, died August 7, 2002 in her home.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leon Fleming, two grandsons and a great grandson.

Survivors include her husband, Darrell Cozad of Indianola, OK; four daughters, Wanda Brannam of Dover, AR, Mary Hice of Magazine, AR, Sheila Crawford of Durant, OK and Lorinda Fleming of Russellville, AR; five stepdaughters all of Oklahoma; one son, Johnnie Fleming of Magazine, AR; 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Graveside service was August 12, 2002 at Moore's Chapel Cemetery near Waveland, AR, under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Willie William Beights, Henry Brannam, Christopher & Johnny Fleming and Charles Carpenter. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, August 14, 2002)


Crabill, Bauman A.

Bauman A. Crabill, aged 67, of Rover died April 19. He was a retired welder for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dovie Bittle Crabill; two brothers, Glenn Crabill of Plainview and Darious Crabill of Illinois, and four sisters, Mrs. Mary Hogan and Mrs. Amy Green of Rover, Mrs. Jessie Walters of California and Mrs. Leona Walters of Nevada.

Funeral was at the Rover Baptist Church Friday and burial was in the New Bethel Cemetery. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on May 1966)

Crabill, Darius D.

Darius D. Crabill, age 92, of Decatur, IL died Wednesday, May 16,2001 at Lincoln Manor Nursing Home. He was born March 9, 1909 in Toms Brook, VA, the son of Samuel and Daisy (Bauman) Crabill. He married Lessie Faye Elms in 1939 in Hugo, OK. He was a member of the Decatur Church of the Brethren. He was employed by L. E. Meyers Co. and Illinois Power Co. as a lineman, before retiring in 1971; 60 year member of the I. B. E. W. He was a gentle, happy man, loved by all.

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

He is survived by his wife; sons, Daniel L. and Sally of Forsyth, James D. and Jann of Union, IL; grandchildren, Steven and Darla Crabill, Terre Haute, IN, Cynthia and Gary Davis of Decatur, Derek and Daren Crabill of Union, IL; great-grandchild, Cortney; three step great-grandson and two sisters, Amy Green and Mary Forrest both of Ola, AR.

Funeral service was May 19, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur. Burial was in Macon County Memorial Park, Harristown, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Decatur Church of the Brethren or St. John's Hospice, 1800 E. Lake Shore Drive, Decatur, IL 62521. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 23, 2001)


Crabill, Elva Konkel

Elva Konkel Crabill, age 100 of Havana, AR died Sunday, December 3, 2000 at Legacy Lodge Nursing Home in Russellville, AR. She was born November 10, 1900 the daughter of the late Henry and Lora Lee Kyles.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Muriel Konkel and J. H. "Jimmy" Crabill and a step son, Jethro Crabill.

Survivors include, a step son, Lynn Crabill of Havana, AR; two step daughters, Marilyn Parker of Havana, AR and Carolyn Hazelton of Phoenix, AZ; niece and caregiver, Marie Brooks of San Francisco, CA; several other nephews and nieces and several step-grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

Funeral service was December 7, 2000 at the Havana Church of Christ with Garland Lipe officiating. Burial was in the Havana Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, December 13, 2000)


Crabill, Ima Dale (James)

Ima Dale Crabill, 83, of Havana, passed away Friday, January 23, 2015 at Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville. She was born December 10, 1931 in Havana Arkansas to the late Hobart and Lela Apple James. She was a member of the Havana Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Lyndia West; brother, Johnny James; and sister, Lorene Earls.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Harold Lynn Crabill; two sons, Lynn Dale Crabill of Havana and James and Paulette Crabill of Dardanelle; three brothers, Bobby Joe James of Havana, Floyd James of Havana, and William Earl James of Russellville; four grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was held 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 26 at Havana Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. Online guestbook and condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Jan 28, 2015)

Crabill, Leroy C.

Leroy C. Crabill, age 64, of Plainview, AR died Thursday, January 19, 1989 at Beebe, Arkansas. He was a native of Yell County, son of the late Glenn and Nora Lowery Crabill, a retired carpenter and a veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Glenna Hill of Beebe, AH and one niece Julia Kill of Little Rock.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 2lst at the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with interment in the New Bethel Cemetery near Danville. Arrangements and services were by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas, 1-25-1980)


Crabill, Lessie F.

Lessie F. Crabill, age 93, of Decatur, IL, died Saturday, October 5, 2002 in Lincoln Manor Nursing Home. She was born May 24, 1909 in Ola, AR, the daughter of Drewey and Vida Azlea (Adams) Elms. She married Darius D. Crabill on July 4, 1939 in Hugo, OK. She was a member of Decatur Church of the Brethren and a member of Macon County Home Extension. She loved to quilt and raise roses and was a wonderful cook.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Darius; four sisters and one brother.

Survivors are her sons, Daniel L. and wife Sally of Forsyth, IL, James D. and wife Jann of Union, IL; grandchildren, Steven Crabill and wife Darla of Terre Haute, IN, Cynthia Davis and husband Gary of Decatur, IL, Derek and Daren Crabill both of Union, IL; great granddaughter, Cortney and three step-grandchildren.

Services were Tuesday, October 8, 2002 at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to service time. Burial was in Macon County Memorial Park Cemetery, Harristown, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Decatur Church of the Brethren. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, October 9, 2002)


Crabill, Ruby Nell Bowden

Ruby Nell Bowden Crabill, age 77, of Dardanelle, AR, died Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at the Dardanelle Hospital. She was born September 7, 1923, in Yell County, Arkansas and attended the Centerville Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by a son, William Bowden of Russellville; a daughter, Mary Ann Bowden of Russellville, AR; six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Graveside service and burial was January 18, 2001 at Ringer Cemetery near Centerville with Rev. Joe Tits worth officiating. Arrangements by Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville, AR. Grandsons and great grandsons were pallbearers. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, January 24, 2001)


Crabill, Ruth Jean (Barber) (Mrs.)

Mrs. Ruth Jean Crabill, age 55 of Havana, wife of J.H. Crabill, died Monday at a Little Rock hospital. Her father, Samuel J. Barber, was editor of the Yell County Record for a number of years. She was a native of Missouri and a Baptist.

Other survivors include two sons, John J. Crabill of Missouri and Lynn Crabill of Havana; two daughters, Miss Carolyn Crabill and Mrs. Marilyn Parker, both of Havana; five sisters, Mrs. Carol Apple of Havana, Mrs. Julia Pearce and Mrs. Frances Frazier, both of California, Mrs. Paul Cowger of Chickalah and Mrs. Dorothy Edwards of Georgia; and six grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at the Havana Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Havana Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on May 1963)

Crabill, Ruth Jean (Barber) (Mrs.)

Mrs. Ruth Jean Crabill, age 55 of Havana, wife of J.H. Crabill, died Monday at a Little Rock hospital. Her father, Samuel J. Barber, was editor of the Yell County Record for a number of years. She was a native of Missouri and a Baptist.

Other survivors include two sons, John J. Crabill of Missouri and Lynn Crabill of Havana; two daughters, Miss Carolyn Crabill and Mrs. Marilyn Parker, both of Havana; five sisters, Mrs. Carol Apple of Havana, Mrs. Julia Pearce and Mrs. Frances Frazier, both of California, Mrs. Paul Cowger of Chickalah and Mrs. Dorothy Edwards of Georgia; and six grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at the Havana Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Havana Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on May 1963)

Craft, Florida Victoria (Pearson) (Mrs.)

Mrs. Florida Victoria Craft, 58, of Dardanelle died in a Russellville hospital Sunday. She was a native of Muskogee, Okla. and had lived in Dardanelle most of her life. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include her husband, James Craft; a twin brother Marvin Pearson of Ft. Smith; a sister, Mrs. Delia Stevens of Ft. Smith and two grandchildren. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Jan 24, 1963)

Craft, Jennie Mae

Jennie Mae Craft, age 75, of Havana, died Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at St. Vincent Doctors Hospital in Little Rock She was born July 8, 1929 in Waveland to the late Edgar Burl and Bessie Cowley Parks. She was a homemaker and mother, attended the Havana Church of Christ and retired as plant manager for West-Ark Garment Factory

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melton Wayne Craft and a daughter, Sheila Eagle.

Survivors are her children and spouses, Eddie and Sheri Craft and Sondra and Gary Cobb all of Little Rock; brother, Clyde Parks of Booneville; sisters, Ina Kay Barham and Burlene Parks both of Havana; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were held on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at Cornwell Chapel in Danville with John McCourt officiating. Internment was held in Scott Cemetery at Waveland, by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, April 13, 2005)


Crafton, Anna (Vandiver)

Mrs. Anna Crafton, age 74 of Bluffton died March 28 at her home. She was a native of Montgomery County and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jessie A. Crafton; a son, Omer Crafton of Dumas; a brother, John Vandiver of Mount Ida.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Bluffton Baptist by Rev. George Patton. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Apr 1964)

Craig, James Carl

James Carl Craig, age, 72, of Russellville, AR formally of Mt. View, AR died Sunday, August 29, 2004 at home. He was born October 5, 1931 in Blytheville, AR to the late James William Craig and Ora Stella Gilbert. He attended Vine Avenue Baptist Church in Mt. View.

He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Clarlee and Ronald L. Craig and one sister, Joyce Haster.

He is survived by his wife, Lenora Craig of the home; three sons, Phillip Carl Craig of Belleville, James Allen Craig of Danville and Van Richard Craig of Wasilla; two daughters, Barbara Louise Litsey and Phyllis Marie Trimble both of Russellville, AR; three brothers, Henry Thurl Craig, his twin of Mt. View, AR, William Jackson Craig of Timbo, AR and Kenneth M. Craig of Colomn, MI; one sister, Geraldine Church of Salem, AR; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Service will be Thursday, September 2, 2004 at Vine Avenue Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Don Fletcher and Rev. Bill Giberson officiating. Burial will be in Fredonia Cemetery in Mt. View under the direction of Dardanelle Funeral Service. Pallbearers will be James Allen, Cam and Ronnie Craig, Aaron Trimble, Jeffrey Foster and Billy Church. Honorary will be Danny Stahl, Phillip Starks and Donnie Keesee. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, September 01, 2004)


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)

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)


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