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George, Zell

Zell George, age 88, of Fort Smith, AR died Friday, January 9, 2004 at Sparks Hospital in Ft. Smith. She was born May 6, 1915 in McAlister, OK to the late William and Cora Carlew Smith. She was a retired hostess for Wonder Bread.

Survivors are a son Gary George of Tucson, AZ; a brother, Sonny George of Mt. George; two sisters, Betty George of Mt. George, AR and Bertha Pennington of Ola, AR; two granddaughters and four great grandchildren.

Graveside service was January 12 at the Mt. George Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, January 14, 2004)


Gerlitzki, Orville D.

Orville D. Gerlitzki, age 86 of Russellville died Friday, September 18, 2009 at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center. He was born March 31, 1923 at Lancaster, PA to the late Fred Gerlitzki and Matilda Fisher Gerlitzki.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Catherine Gerlitzki; a daughter, Charlotte Snickles; two sisters, Caroline Emmerich and Lila Blantz.

Survivors include his daughter, Vickie Gray of San Bernardino, CA; three grandchildren, Jason Gray of San Antonio, TX, Kimberly Castro of Hesperia, CA, Ryan Gray of San Bernardino, CA; four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Wednesday, September 23 at Rest Haven Memorial Park in Russellville with Military Honors by Roger VFW Post 2283 of Russellville. Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans (D. A. V. ), P. O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 452500301. Arrangements made by Cornwell Funeral Home in (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, September 23, 2009)


Geurian, Alsa Leon (Papa)

Alsa Leon (Papa) Geurian, age 97, of Dardanelle, AR died Sunday, November 2, 2003 at Dardanelle Nursing Center. He was born October 26, 1906 to the late Oscar Benson and Arrah Mae Jones Geurian. He worked as a self-employed carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Geurian; six brothers and one sister.

He is survived by two sons, Bentley and gene Geurian of Dardanelle; a daughter, Barbara Brown of Macon, GA; one brother, Thomas "Mutt" Geurian of Ft. Smith; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and many nephews and nieces.

Graveside service will be today, Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at 10 a. m. at Brearley Cemetery in Dardanelle with the Rev. Clellan Tilley officiating. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, November 5, 2003)


Geurian, Alva

Alva Geurian, age 92 of Dardanelle, died Thursday, May 8, 2003 at the Dardanelle Nursing Center. He was born July 22, 1910 in Yell County, Arkansas to the late Oscar Benson and Ira Mae Jones Geurian. He was a former and a retired janitor for the Dardanelle Public Schools.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Faulkner Geurian; a sister, Mildred Pockrus and five brothers, Floyd, Opal, Everett, Tom and Neal Geurian.

Survivors are one daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn and Edward Harris of Dardanelle; grandchildren, Tammy Harris, Amanda and Bill Deese all of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Paula Matheny and Jim Harris of Dardanelle; brothers, Alsa Geurian of Dardanelle, Garland Geurian of Oklahoma; great-granddaughter, Bailey Deese of Virginia Beach, Virginia and a number of nephews, nieces and friends.

Services were Monday, May 10, 2003 at Cornwell Chapel, Dardanelle with Rev. David Downam officiating. Interment was in Brearley Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle, Pallbearers were Ronnie Garrett, Frankie Geurian, Tony Tilley, Ronnie Garrison, Jack Sudduth and Michael Norris. Honorary, Gene Geurian, Kennard Geurian, Monty Geurian, Clayton Geurian. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 14, 2003)


Geurian, Billy Farral

Billy Farral Geurian, age 69, of Dardanelle, AR, died Thursday, March 16, 2006 at the Dardanelle Hospital. He was born September 24, 1936 at Slatey Crossing, AR to the late Everette Gordon and Mildred Marie Pockrus Geurian.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Sue Geurian of Dardanelle, AR; two sons, Rickey and David Geurian both of Dardanelle, AR; two daughters and sons-in-law, Vickey and Bill McMullen of Dardanelle, AR and Linda and John Rego of New Blaine, AR; a brother, Frank Geurian of Dardanelle, AR; a sister, Anita Tilley of Dardanelle, AR; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral service was March 20, 2006 at the Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with Rev. Denver Robinson officiating. Interment was in the Ringer Cemetery. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle, AR. Pallbearers were Michael Geurian, John Rego, Dennis Pockrus, Jason Tilley, Gary Bean and Dave Taylor. Honorary was Brad McMullen. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, March 22, 2006)


Geurian, Everett Gordon

DARDANELLE - Everett Gordon Geurian, age 71, of Dardanelle died Tuesday, January 15, 1985. He was the son of the late Oscar and Arrah Jones Geurian, and a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Louise Christy Geurian; two sons, Billy and Frankie Geurian of Dardanelle; a daughter, Anita Tilley of Russellville; seven brothers, Alsa, Floyd, Alva, Opal and Neil Geurian of Dardanelle, Garland Geurian of Lavaca and Tom Geurian of Fort Smith; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p. m, Thursday at Cornwell Chapel. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 1985)


Geurian, Lorena Howard

DARDANELLE - Mrs. Lorena Howard Geurian, age 72, of Dardanelle died Friday, February 21, 1986 at St. Vincent Infirmary at Little Rock. She was a native of the Sand Ridge community in Logan County, a housewife, businesswoman and daughter of the late Herbert and Mary Johnson Howard.

Survivors include her husband, Grady Geurian; two sons, Glen Geurian and David Geurian of Dardanelle; two daughters, Mary Gosnell of Fayetteville and Donna Teeter of Russellville; a brother, Raymond Howard of Midway; two sisters, Ora Dale Hutchinson of Paris arid Erma Rhea Hardwick of Valiant, Okla. and seven grandchildren.

Graveside service will be at 10 a. m. Monday, February 24, at Brearley Cemetery at Dardanelle by the Rev. David Bishop. Burial will be by Cornwell Funeral Service of Dardanelle. The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p. m. today at Cornwell Funeral Home. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 1986)


Geurian, Lowell Gene

Lowell Gene Geurian, age 67, of Dardanelle died Wednesday, July 10, at River Valley Medical Center. He was born August 8, 1945 at Braggadocio, Missouri to the late Alsa Leon and Martha Maroney Geurian. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Baptist Church, a self employed carpenter, and coached girls softball for years as well as Tech soccer and basketball teams. His horses were his love and passion.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Leon Geurian.

Survivors include a brother, Bentley Geurian; sister, Barbara Gail Brown; 4 nephews; 2 nieces; many great nephews and nieces; some great-great nephews and nieces; cousins, and friends. Memorial services were July 15, 2013 at Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle.

Cremation arrangements are by Cornwell Funeral Home and River Valley Cremations in Dardanelle. Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on July 17, 2013)

Geurian, Oscar Benson

Oscar Benson Geurian, aged 78, a resident of Ft. Smith, died at Ozark Sunday afternoon from injuries received in an auto accident near Ozark. He was a native of Belleville, a retired carpenter and Elder of the Gum Springs Cumerland Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include eight sons, Alva Geurian, Everett Geurian and Alsa Geurian, all of Dardanelle, Neil Geurian, Floyd Geurian, Opal Geurian and Garland Geurian, all of Fort Smith, and James Geurian of California; a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Pockrus of California; a brother, G. C. Geurian of Dardanelle; 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Cornwell Funeral Chapel in Dardanelle by Rev. J. T. Bingaman, Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and burial was in New Hope Cemetery. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on May 1963)

Gheen, Karen Wynn Woolbright

Karen Wynn Woolbright Gheen, 50, wife of Tom Gheen formerly of Chickalah Mt, Belleville, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2006. She had been a licensed resident insurance agent in Arkansas and held the designation of certified insurance counselor. She taught insurance courses for the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas. Also she worked as a sales agent for the Cashion Company, Inc.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Marj Woolbright and her brother Hal Woolbright.

Funeral serves were held Friday, September 2, 2006 at the St. Paul United Methodist Church. Eulogist was Mr. Craig Cannon and burial was in Roselawn Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband Tom Gheen of Springdale; two daughters, Cori and her husband James Maner of Ft. Smith and Nicki Gheen of Springdale; two sons, Eric and his wife Lindsey of Greenland and Tommy Gheen of Springdale; two brothers, Rich Wayland of Nashville, TN, and Bill Woolbright of Vian. Pallbearers were Jordan Woolbright, Ryan Woolbright, Benson Cashion, Jerry Stumbaugh, Chris Bannister, Austin Ervin, Craig Daws, and Mike Lanier. Memorials may be made to UAMS Cancer Research Center, 4301 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, September 6, 2006)


Ghormley, Paul Edgar

Mr. Paul Edgar Ghormley, age 67, of Dardanelle, AR died Sunday, June 6, 1999 at the Dardanelle Hospital. He was born on October 8, 1931 in Modesto, CA to the late James and Helen Patkowski Ghormley. He was retired from the International Paper Company of Dallas, TX.

Survivors wife, Loyce Roberts Ghormley of Ceres, CA; a son, Paul Ghormley of Arizona; two daughters, Stephanie Conrad of Texas and Jennie Berthold of CA; a brother, John Ghormley of WA; and two sisters, Lillian Schinkle and Martha Meyers both of CA. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, June 9, 1999)


Gibson, Hettie Witt

Hettie Witt Gibson, age 93, a life-long resident of London, AR died peacefully on Good Friday, April 21, 2000 at St. Mary's surrounded by her family. She was born September 20, 1906 at London near the site of Arkansas Nuclear One to John Newton and Martha Reed Witt. On January 1, 1928 she was married to John W. Gibson, a farmer and peach grower, who died on June 21, 1966. She was a homemaker, a member for more than seventy years of the London Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by, her husband, parents and an infant daughter; four brothers, Guy, Everett, Allison and Ernest Witt and five sisters, Mary Witt, Minnie Wheeler, Ruth Toczak, Annice Rachel and Lydia Hudlow.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jim Ed and Mary Kay Gibson of London, AR; two daughters, Johna G. Roedenbeck of London, AR and Ruth E. Smith of Wichita, KS; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; a sister-in-law, Audrey Witt and a host of nieces and nephews, including Bettye Rachel and Opal Parnell.

Funeral service was April 24, 2000 at the London Assembly of God Church officiated by Rev. Sam Witt and assisted by Rev. Jerry Schlinker. Burial was at Rest haven Memorial Park at Russellville, AR under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 3, 2000)


Gideon, Janice

Janice Gideon, age 70, of Dardanelle, AR widow of J. C. Gideon, died Friday, September 1, 2000 at the Dardanelle Hospital. She was born August 22, 1930 in Dardanelle, AR to the late Seth Murry and Maude M. Sturdevant Murdock. She was a retired document examiner for the Arkansas Department of Health, a 1952 graduate of Harding College and a member of the Dardanelle Church of Christ.

She is survived by, two sisters, Zeta Abrahason of Albuquerque, NM and Tiny Grimes of McKinney, TX and several nephews and nieces.

Service was Monday, September 4, 2000 at the Dardanelle Church of Christ. Interment was in Brearley Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle, AR. Active pallbearers were elders and deacons of the Dardanelle Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to Camp Caudle or the Southern Christian Home, 209 Union Street, Dardanelle, AR 72834. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, September 6, 2000)


Gilbert, Glen I.

Glen I. Gilbert, age 85, of Hope, AR died July 2, 1998 at Medical Park Hospital in Hope, AR. He was born September 29, 1912 in Hempstad County, Arkansas son of Jeff and Georgia Maroon Gilbert. He was a retired butcher from Barry's Grocery.

He is survived by his wife, Winnie Thornton Gilbert; a son, John Glendon of Hope, AR; a daughter, Quanita Faye Aikman of Bluffton, AR; a sister, Betty Jean Patton of Lewisville, AR; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Service was Sunday, July 5, 1998 at Herndon Funeral Home Chapel in Hope, AR. Burial followed at Memory Gardens. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, July 8, 1998)


Gilbert, Josephine Elizabeth

Josephine Elizabeth Gilbert, age 83, of Pleasant Plains died Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997, at her home. Born Jan. 22, 1914, at Petit Jean, she was the daughter of the late Jeams and Roberta Green Blankenship. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Pleasant Plains.

Survivors include her husband, Golden Enward Gilbert; five sons, Golden Dane Gilbert, Noel Enward Gilbert, Nuel Denver Gilbert, Doyle James Gilbert and Roland David Gilbert, all of Pleasant Plains; a daughter, Inez Gilbert McDougal Reeves of Pleasant Plains; two sisters, Irene Nash and Lorene King, both of Yell County; 18 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will begin at 2 p. m. Tuesday at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Pleasant Plains with the Rev. Lester Wood officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery under the direction of Willis Funeral Service of Batesville. Pallbearers will be Jason Gilbert, Randall Gilbert, Russell Gilbert, David Gilbert, John Kelley and Randall Everidge. Honorary pallbearers will be Craig Gilbert, Joshua Grimes, Ben Kelley, Lucas Barnett, Kyler Hill and Adam Stafford. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p. m. today. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, 12/13/1997)


Gilbert, Rondal Gene

Rondal Gene Gilbert, age 76 of Booneville, AR, died Monday, January 1, 2007. He was born August 13, 1929, in Charleston, AR. to the late Cleve and Bessie Gilbert. He served in the United States Navy and while in California he worked as a caterer. After moving to Arkansas, he was a farmer and a mail carrier. He was of the Assembly of God faith and loved to spend time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Winiferd Gilbert.

Survivors include one son, Ron Gilbert of California; one daughter, Bonnie Gilbert of California; two brothers, Grover and Mark Gilbert of California; two sisters, Dora White of Fort Smith and Jane Sampson of California; sisters-in-law, Zelma and Jerry Fudge of Booneville; four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and numerous friends and relatives.

Arrangements and obituary by Robert Funeral Home of Booneville, 479-675-3388. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, January 10, 2007)


Giles, Delia

Delia Giles, age 87, a resident of Dardanelle, AR formerly of Russellville, AR, died Monday, February 10, 1997 at Dardanelle Hospital. She was born March 2, 1909 at South New Hope, AR to Thomas and Mary Etta Horn White. She was a homemaker and member of the Dardanelle Missionary Baptist Church. She was the widow of the late Vernie Giles.

Survivors include a sister, Blanch George of Dardanelle; son-in-law, Robert E. Sexton of Little Rock; a grandson, Robert A. Sexton of Little Rock, AR; two great-grandsons, Shane Sexton and Dallas Sexton both of Mena; numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was February 12, 1997 at Pisgah Cemetery at Pottsville, AR officiated by Rev. Tom McElmurry. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, February 19, 1997)


Giles, William Houston

William Houston Giles, age 75, of Arkansas City, Kan. a native of Dardanelle and former resident of Pope County, died Saturday, November 22, 1986 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was the brother of Tess Giles and Vernie Giles and Mrs. Arizona Norton of Russellville. He was son of the late John Leonard and Emma Fisher Giles. He grew up in Yell County. He was a retired millwright for the Dixe Portland Flour Mill in Arkansas City. He was a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church at Pottsville. He was married on October 14, 1933, at Russellville to Mary Norene Benson. They moved to Arkansas City in 1945.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Bud Giles of Los Angeles, Calif.; two daughters, Libby Smith of Dundee, Ill. and Phyllis Rush of Saudia Arabia; three brothers, including Clyde Giles of Shawnee, Okla., another sister, Wanda Nelton of Oklahoma City, Okla; 10 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and a granddaughter.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, at the First Baptist Church in Arkansas City, Kan. by Dr. Theodore C. Jenkins and the Rev. Thomas G. Morris. Burial will be in Parker Cemetery at Arkansas City by Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 1986)


Gililland, Dennis W.

Dennis W. Gililland, age 39, of Casa, AR died Sunday, November 4, 2001. He was born June 18, 1962 in Lynwood, CA. He was vice-president and plant manager of D&G Manufacturing in Ola, AR and an Army Veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Shelia Burch Gililland; his father and step-mother, Don and Sharon Gililland of Danville, AR; his mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Jon Williams of Reno, NV; a son, Michael J. Gililland of Casa, AR; step-daughter, Misty Mullins of Casa, AR; a brother, Danny Gililland of Little Rock, AR; three sisters, Dawn Dawson of Carter Cove, AR, Debbie Franklin of Parks, AR and Deidre Vaughn of Russellville, AR and grandmothers, Margie Hartman of Hot Springs, AR and Youtha Graham of Carter Cove, AR.

Services will be today, Wednesday, November 7, 2001 at 10:00 a. m. at the Cornwell Chapel in Danville, AR with Bro. John McCourt officiating. Interment will be at Lower Spring Creek Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. Pallbearers will be Richard Moore, Richard Gililland, Wes Gilmore, James May, Tony Murphy, Derek Moss, Todd Garner and Freddie Jones. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, November 7, 2001)


Gilkey, Bob L.

Bob L. Gilkey, age 60, of Danville, died Thursday, January 6, 2005. He was born in Cooter, Missouri to Roy T. and Ruby Nell Dennis Gilkey. He was a 1962 graduate of Danville High School. He had served in the United States Airforce. He owned and operated Gilkeys Wrecker Service and Station, and Pulley Engineering.

Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Bowman Gilkey; sons and daughters-in-law, Sheriff Bill and Lisa Gilkey, Jeff and Randee Gilkey all of Danville; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Terry Turner of Richardson, TX; grandsons, Aaron and Evan Gilkey; uncles and aunts, Loyd and Geraldine Gilkey, Kent and Barbara Dennis all of Danville, Herman and Ruth Dennis of Arvada, CO and Dovie Martin of Fisk, MO.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 9, 2005 at the Danville First Baptist Church. Burial was at Riley Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Kimball, Ronnie Davis, Rod Havner, Danny Young, Buddy Maughn and Chad Vestal. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, January 12, 2005)


Gilkey, Edna Pauline

DARDANELLE - Mrs. Edna Pauline Gilkey, age 87, of Dardanelle died Sunday, May 26, 1985, at Dardanelle Nursing Center.

Survivors include a nephew, Waymond Atcheson of Russellville.

Funeral will be at 1 p. m. Wednesday at St. John's Baptist Church by the Rev. Howard Landrum. Burial will be in Mount Nebo Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 1985)


Gilkey, Juanita Sissie Annette

Juanita Sissie Annette Gilkey, age 59, of Danville, AR died Friday, May 8, 2009. She was born January 10, 1950 in Little Rock, AR to the late Perry and Ioma Smith Saxton. She worked at Wayne Poultry as a floater. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and former Boy and Cub Scout leader.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son and a sister, Bethenia Smith.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Tom Gilkey; two sons, Marlon and Rachel Gilkey of Topeka, KS and Bradley Gilkey of Russellville, AR; seven grandchildren, Danielle, Hannah, Bethaney, Nathaniel, Abigail, Solomon and Aaliyah Gilkey of Topeka, KS; sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and London Addison of Morrilton; and a host of nephews and nieces. Pallbearers were Ronny and Raymond Davis, Derwin Gilkey, Phil Moudy, Jean Hawkins and Larry Wise. Honorary were Unity Club, Michael and Amy Giles, Jimmy Rex, Dortha Austin, Belinda Reece, Barbara Denton and staff of Arkansas Oncology of Arkansas Russellville).

Funeral service was May 12th at the Danville United Methodist Church with Rev. David Hawkins officiating. Interment was in the Howell Cemetery, Danville. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 13, 2009)


Gilkey, Lester James

Lester James Gilkey, born January 24, 1934 in Plainview, AR passed away December 14, 2010 in Sacramento, CA at the age of 76. He was the beloved husband of 29 years to Janet S. Gilkey. He will be greatly missed by children, Jacqueline Gilkey, Linda Woolridge (Don), Elizabeth Heroux (Ron) and Lester James Gilkey, Jr. He has nine grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.

He is also survived by four sisters and five brothers.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Willie Mae Gilkey, two brothers, Haze and Roy Gilkey. He worked for the State of California for 35 years. In retirement, he fished and played with his grandchildren and fished some more. He will be forever loved and missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service was held December 17, 2010 at Andrews and Grellich Mortuary. A Homegoing celebration at the Danville United Methodist Church will be December 21st at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Dec 22, 2010)

Gilkey, Loyd Ray

Loyd Ray Gilkey, age 86, of Havana formerly of Danville passed away Saturday, October 23, 2010 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. A lifelong resident of Yell County, he was born on November 19, 1923 to the late Tom & Nellie Stevenson Gilkey. He was a WWII Merchant Marine Veteran and owner & operator of Gilkey's Service Station for over 35 years in Danville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 11 brothers and sisters, grandsons Justin Mitchell Gilkey and Jarred Leslie Gilkey.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Geraldine Bell Gilkey of Havana; sons & daughter-in-laws Jerry & Betty Gilkey of Fort Smith; Jimmy & Judy Gilkey of Havana; grandsons Russell and Tracy Gilkey of Russellville; Wade & Kellie Gilkey of Fort Smith; great-grandchildren Courtney Gilkey, Clayton & Kevin Felkins of Russellville, Kaitlyn, Avery and Conner Gilkey of Fort Smith. Several nephews & nieces.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p. m. Thursday, October 28, 2010 at Cornwell Funeral Home. Cremation Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, October 27, 2010)


Gilkey, Marie Elizabeth Hunt

Mrs. Marie Elizabeth Hunt Gilkey, age 76, of Danville died Saturday, February 22, 1992 at Yell County Nursing Home at Ola. She was a native of Bradley and daughter of the late Logan Baxter and Mary Mclntyre Hunt. She was the widow of Allie Gilkey, a retired beautician and member of the Danville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include four sisters, Neva Laster of Danville, Ila Willis of Gravelly, Bessie Wilburn of Mena and Lillie Powell of Waldron and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday at Danville United Methodist Church by the Rev. Sam Williams. Burial was in Earl Ladd Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Service of Danville. Pallbearers were Olen Payne, John Payne, Marion Laster, Kent Dennis, Ronnie Buckner and Twain Willis. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, 2/22/1992)


Gilkey, Willie Mae Love

Mrs. Willie Mae Love Gilkey, age 83, of Danville, AR widow of the late Henry Gilkey died Saturday, April 7, 2001 at her daughter's home in Dardanelle, AR. She was born February 3, 1918 in Plainview, AR to the late George and Hester Barnett Love. She retired after 25 years from the Yell County Hospital in Danville and was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church for 57 years and was also a member of the Silver Moon Order of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Roy and Haze Gilkey; four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors are six sons and daughters-in-law, James and Janet Gilkey of Sacramento, CA, Charles Gilkey of Ft. Smith, AR, Henry and Ann Gilkey of Sherwood, AR, Luther T. and Juanita Gilkey of Danville, AR, Kennethy and Angela Gilkey of Aurora, CO, Gerald and Stephanie Gilkey of Colorado Springs, CO; four daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Richard Taylor of Dardanelle, AR, Ivory and Stephen Pearson of Russellville, AR, Mary Ann and Curtis Scoggins of Little Rock, AR., and Maxine and Haywood Reed of Garland, TX; three sisters, Corine Osborn of Hot Springs, AR, Frankie Poole of Detroit, MI, Beavadale Thornton of Saginaw, MI; two daughters-in-law, Joeretta Gilkey of Danville, AR and Donna Gilkey of Elk Grove, CA; 40 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.

Service will be today, Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at 11:00 a. m. First United Methodist Church in Danville with Rev. David Hawkins and Rev. Alex Bray officiating. Interment will be in Howell Cemetery, Danville by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary will be Ernest Greenwood, Ronnie Davis, Charles Adams, James Opie Woods, Bill Capehart and Charlie Surratt. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, April 11, 2001)


Gill, Chesteen

Mrs. Chesteen Gill, age 64, of Austin, sister of Herbert Matthews of Dardanelle, died Sunday, February 1, 1987.

Survivors also include her husband, Dalton Gill; a son, two other brothers, a sister and four grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p. m. Wednesday at New Hope Baptist Church. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery by W. L. Westbrooke Funeral Home of Beebe. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 1987)


Gill, Vera Marie

DARDANELLE - Mrs. Vera Marie Gill, age 71, of Oak Ridge, Tenn. formerly of Centerville, died Thursday, March 15.

Survivors include a son, William A. Gill of Memphis, Tenn.; a daughter, Dixie Hickey of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; three grandchildren, and a great grandchild.

Graveside service was Monday at Mount George Cemetery by H. K. Woods. Burial was by Cornwell Funeral Service of Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 3/15/1984 )


Gill, Vera Marie Clubb

Vera Marie Clubb Gill, age 71, died of lung disease Thursday (March 15, 1984) at 11:30 p. m. at Oak Ridge Health Care Center where she was a resident. Mrs. Gill was known in Oak Ridge for her needlework. People would bring yarn to her in the health care center and she would crochet special pieces for them, according to her daughter, Dixie Marie (Gill) Hickey, of Oak Ridge, who survives her. Mrs. Gill was a member of First Christian Church of Oak Ridge. She was the widow of Richard G. Gill who died in 1975.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her son, William Arthur Gill, of Memphis three grandchildren, Steve Hickey, Oak Ridge, Diane Boatman, Cookeville, and Laura Gill of Memphis, and a great-granddaughter, Jessica Boatman, Cookeville.

The graveside service will be held Monday at 2 p. m. at Mount George Cemetery in Mount George, Ark. Cornwell Funeral Home in Dardanelle, Ark. is in charge of arrangements there. The family requests any memorials be in the form of gifts to the American Lung association of Tennessee, 109 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, Tenn. Martin Mortuary is in charge of local arrangements. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by Dixie Gill Hickey, Newspaper: The Oak Ridger, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 3/15/1984)


Gillespie, Edith Ellen

Ms. Edith Ellen Gillespie, age 65, of Danville, AR died Sunday, April 28, 1996 at Mitchell Nursing Home in Danville. She was born in Cheyenne, WY, May 21, 1930, daughter of the late Robert Lee and Charlotte Ellen West Walls. They moved to Belleville in 1933 where her father was a Methodist minister. Later she lived in California for 24 years, before returning to Belleville in 1974. She was a retired nurses aide.

She is survived by her sons: Bill Gillespie of Centerville and Randy Gillespie of Danville; her daughter, Marilyn Owens of Chico, CA; three granddaughters, Amanda Owens of Chico, CA and Annie and Abby Gillespie of Danville; two grandsons, Evan Owens of Blend, OR and Eric Owens of Klamath Falls, OR; a great-granddaughter, Amber Lopez-Owens of Chico, CA; sister, Roberta Harkey of Belleville and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral service was April 29, 1996 at the Russell Cemetery in Belleville with Rev. Charlie Bird officiating. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Published in Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: 5-1-1996)

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Gillespie, Edith Marie (Ringer)

Edith Marie (Ringer) Gillespie of Danville went to be with the Lord Monday, April 12, 2010. She was born October 15, 1918 in Yell County to Orland and Lou (Reece) Ringer. She was the last surviving rounding member of the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Rab" Gillespie, newborn daughter Anna Lou Gillespie, and son Henry Lee Gillespie. Also, siblings Lilly Thompson, Lorene Rogers, Ann Walker, and George Ringer.

She is survived by two sons Robert "Bob" Gillespie and wife Betty of Everton, and James "Jim" and Barbara Gillespie of Danville; and daughter-in-law Lynda Gillespie. Also, surviving are grandchildren and spouses Tony and Kim Gillespie, Mark Gillespie, Cindy and Jeff Westcott, Cheryl and James Davidson, Stacy and Julie Gillespie, Jeff and Amanda Gillespie, Dixie and Scott Smith, Kelly and Darrel Bell, and Jill Gillespie. Sisters-in-law Geneva Pledger, Nancy Gillespie, Bobbie Sue Hunnicutt, and Betty Gillespie. Fourteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews mourn her passing.

Services are under the direction of Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6-8 at the funeral home, and funeral services by Rev. Kenny Vosburg at 2 pm Thursday at the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, Danville. Interment will follow at Earl Ladd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, April 14, 2010)


Gillespie, Geneva Caroline (50 Years Ago)

Mrs. Geneva Caroline Gillespie, age 98, died February 16, 1957 after a brief illness. At the time of her death she was making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Octavia Millard of Cooper, Texas. She was a former resident of Yell County and a Methodist. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: Yell County Record 50 Years Ago, Danville, Arkansas, 2/21/1957)


Gillespie, Henry Lee

Henry Lee Gillespie, age 59, of Danville, AR died Sunday, September 9, 2001 at Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville, AR. He was born December 31, 1941 in Danville to the late Robert I. Gillespie. He was a farmer, owner and operator of Gillespie Spray Service and Gillespie Poultry Service, former owner of Gillespie Paint and Carpet Store in Danville, former member of the Yell County Ambulance Board, Danville Fire Department, where he served as assistant Fire Chief and the Danville JC's where he served as the State Sergeant at Arms and was a former Pee-Wee football coach at Danville where he remained undefeated throughout his coaching. He was an active member of the American Limousine Association, American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association and American Jockey Club and a 1959 graduate of Danville High School. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Lou Gillespie.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Lynda J. Oates Gillespie; three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles A. "Tony" and Kimberly Gillespie and Mark C. Gillespie all of Danville, AR and Stacy N. and Donna Gillespie of Belleville, AR; his mother, Edith Ringer Gillespie of Danville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Betty Gillespie of Harrison, AR and Jimmy and Barbara Gillespie of Danville; four grandchildren, Darren P. and laden E. Gillespie both of Danville, Samantha N. and Matthew C. both of Belleville, AR; several uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Services will be today, Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 2:00 p. m. at the First Baptist Church in Danville with Rev. John McElroy officiating. Interment will be in the Havana Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. Pallbearers will be Sidney Ward, Bill Alexander, Brad Payne, Johnny Chambers, Johnny Baker, Steve Pfeifer, Ted Lyons, Jimmy Ray Holbrook, Sr. Honorary will be Dean Catlett, Larry Elmore, Don, Wendell and Crock Frame, Bill Donnell, Hugh Parker, Duck Donnell, Ralph Titsworth, Bob Burnham, Hoyt Ensey and Rocky Foster. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, September 12, 2001)


Gillespie, Hershel Leon

Hershel Leon Gillespie, aged 48, of Altheimer died April 8 at a Little Rock hospital. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, John Gillespie and Ronnie Gillespie, both of Altheimer; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia McVey of South Carolina; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Irving Gillespie of Danville; four brothers, Robert Gillespie of Danville, James Gillespie of East Nicolaus, Calif., Hays Gillespie of Little Rock and Roby Gillespie of Smyrna, Ga.; four sisters, Mr. Bud Reed, Mrs. Jimmie Pledger, all of Danville and Mrs. Leo Hunnicutt of Oakland, Calif., and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday in the Ola Methodist church. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on April 1963)

Gillespie, James "Eck" Excel

James "Eck" Excel Gillespie, age 83, of Belleville, AR died Sunday, July 15, 2007 at his home. He was born November 23, 1923 in Blue Ball, AR to the late Henry Irvin and Sarah Melissa Watson Gillespie. He was an Army WWII Veteran, retired welder, a horse and cattle farmer, a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Belleville Christian Lodge #394

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy Ray, Herchel, Hayes, Rab and Roy Gillespie and sisters, Dessie Olene Reed and Maurine Mitchell.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Lela Gillespie of Mt. George, AR and Randy and Lori Gillespie of Danville, AR; daughter, Marilyn Owens of Chico, CA; two sisters, Bobby Sue Hunnicutt and Geneva Pledger both of Danville; his companion Patsy Pilgram of Havana, AR; grandchildren, Annie & Abby Gillespie of Danville, Amanda Parker of Paradise, CA, Evan Owens of Yuba City, CA and Eric Owens of Sweet Home, OR and three great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be today, Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 2:00 p. m. at the Danville First Baptist Church with Bro. Stan Chism officiating. Military graveside will be at Earl Ladd Cemetery in Danville, AR. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. Pallbearers will be Jeff Gillespie, James Mitchell, Jimmy Gillespie, Robert Mitchell, Frank Gillespie, David Gillespie, Darryl Gillespie, John Allen Hunnicutt and Mike Novinger. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, July 18, 2007)


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