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Patton, Melba G.

Melba G. Patton, age 82, of Belleville died Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at Mitchell's Nursing Home in Danville. She was born July 2, 1921 in Stafford, Arkansas to the late Rosco and Addie Robinson Moudy. She was a homemaker and mother and a member of the John Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Belleville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Patton.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Harlon and Phyllis Patton of Belleville; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Bill Loyd of Belleville; three brothers, Linton Moudy of Danville, Paul Moudy of Ola, Bill Moudy of El Dorado; a sister, Louise Hayes of Morrilton; two grandchildren and spouses, Mike and Juanita Patton and Darla and Larry Hall; four great grandchildren.

Services were Saturday, at John Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Belleville with Rev. Bill Storts and Rev. Kevin Haralson officiating. Interment was in Russell Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. Pallbearers were nephews. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, December 24, 2003)


Patton, Michael Garner "Mike"

... Sheriff and judge remember a friend BELLEVILLE - A part-time Yell County sheriff's deputy died Thursday night after an agricultural machinery accident. But what co-workers and friends remember about Mike Patton, 36, is not the accident, but his work ethic, love of family and caring nature. Patton, who also worked as a full-time employee for Yell County, repaired and replaced road signs, Sheriff Bill Gilkey said. Patton, a Belleville-Ranger community resident, was working on the front of a tractor when it extended and pinned him between the machine's loader and grill area. ... Gilkey spoke of Patton's love of family "He was very dedicated to his family and his job," Gilkey said. "Mike was one of those people that nothing was ever about him. He was always about everyone else, and he was just the kind of person that went out and took care of everybody else." Patton was always there to help out when a problem arose, Gilkey said. "It didn't matter how deep the water was, how cold it was, or what time the day or night," Gilkey said. "You didn't have to call upon Mike because Mike was there, and he just cared so much about people." Yell County Judge Brad Wear agreed, saying Patton was a loyal and hardworking employee who will be sorely missed. "Mike had so much love for his family," Wear said. "Family meant everything in the world to him, his two girls and wife." "Like I told his wife a while ago, he will be missed at his job, but mainly because he was a true friend, and we loved him like a brother. I don't know of a person who didn't like Mike. He was a non-conflict guy, and he always tried to get along with everybody." (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,The Courier Newspaper, Russellville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on May 15, 2010)

Patton, Michael Garner "Mike"

Michael Garner "Mike" Patton, age 36, of Belleville, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 13. He was born February 4, 1974 in Russellville. He was a 1992 graduate of Danville High School, a member of the Danville Quarterback Club, Upper Spring Creek Free Will Baptist Church, and the National Rifle Association. He was a Yell County Deputy Sheriff and the Sign Coordinator for the Yell County Road Department.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Herman and Melba Patton, Jewel and Jack Brock, Ralph Hall and Otha Hill.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Hill Patton, daughters, Maddie and Laken Patton of the home; parents, Harlon and Phyllis Garner Patton of Belleville; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jewel and Harold Hill of Belleville; grandmother-in-law, Marie Hill of Danville; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Gail and Gary Boren of Belleville; aunts and uncles, Patricia and Bill Loyd of Belleville, Lana and Clif McMickle of Pine Bluff; niece and nephew, Chelsey and Josh Boren of Belleville; and a large, extended, loving family and friends.

Pallbearers were Thomas Tatum, Brad Wear, Mark Watts, Bill Gilkey, Ronnie Spears, Jonathan Elmore, David Allen Laster, and John Catlett. Honorary pallbearers employees of the Yell County Road Department and the Yell County Sheriff's Department. Services were held Sunday, May 16, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Danville with Bro. Mark King officiating. Burial was in Upper Spring Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Upper Spring Creek Baptist Church, 11975 Old Booneville Road, Belleville, AR 72824. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 19, 2010)


Patton, Nina Lynne

DANVILLE - Nina Lynne Patton, age 33, of Danville died Saturday, November 8, 1986 at St. Mary's Hospital in Russellville. She was employed by St. Mary's Hospital as a personnel assistant. She was a member of the Danville Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her parents, Lionell and Caroline t Patton of Danville; two brothers, Victor and Tony Patton of Danville; three sisters, Eulita Walker and Elaine Lambert of Danville, and Melanie Ray of Jacksonville, and her grandmother, Alta Wisdom of Russellville.

Funeral was this afternoon at Missionary Baptist Church in Danville by the Rev. John McElrow and the Rev. Earl Stapleton. Burial was in Earl Ladd Cemetery by Dixon Funeral Home of Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, Newspaper: , 1986)


Patton, Willie Lee

Willie Lee Patton, age 96, of Russellville, AR died Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at Legacy Lodge Nursing Home in Russellville. She was born August 22, 1912 in the Walnut Grove community, Yell County, AR. Daughter of the late Ned and Ila Mott Ramey. She was a homemaker and mother and a former member of the Havana United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl Patton; brothers, Carl, Harold and Floyd Ramey.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence and Ola Mae Patton of Russellville; daughter and son-in-law, Owreta and Jim Turner of Little Rock, AR; two sisters, Elva Lee Pay of Danville and Anna Mary Bryant of North Little Rock, AR; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Services were May 8, 2009 at Cornwell Chapel in Danville with Bruce Grice and Jim Turner officiating. Burial was in the Havana Cemetery. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, May 13, 2009)


Paul, Charles Ray (Chuck)

Charles Ray Paul (Chuck), age 52 of Dardanelle, died Tuesday, December 7, 2004 at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. He was born June 5, 1952 at Waterloo, Iowa to the late Oliver and Hazel Sperry Paul.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Ken Paul and a niece, Brenda Schult.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Theresa Paul of Dardanelle; one son, Charles Paul Jr. of Greensboro, NC; one daughter, Wendy Eudy of Greensboro, NC; three sisters, Joyce Livermore of Belleplaine, IA, Ginny Olson of Nashua, IA, Rose Garthoff of Denver, IA and a grandson, Lane Eudy of Greensboro, NC; many of nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 11, 2004 at Garden Valley Chapel in Waterloo, IA. Internment was at Garden of Memories Cemetery in IA. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, December 15, 2004)


Pay, Ralph T.

Ralph T. Pay, 82, of North Little Rock passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014. He served in the United States Navy and was a member of North Hills Baptist Church. He had a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and retired from Arkansas State Plant Board after 34 years of service. He was a lifelong farmer in Des Arc and Havana, Arkansas.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Elva Ramey Pay, of North Little Rock; brother, Joe Pay and his wife, Dorothy of Cabot; sister-in-law, Anna Mary Bryant, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; sister-in-law, Martha Pay, of Pasadena, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Rosa Pay; four brothers, Johnny, Bill, David and James Pay; and two sisters, Mary Geer and Betty Sue Cunningham.

Memorials may be made to North Hills Baptist Church, 9618 Hwy 107, Sherwood, Arkansas 72120. Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m., Thursday at North Little Rock Funeral Home. Burial will be 2:00 p.m., at Havana Cemetery in Havana, Arkansas. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday at North Little Rock Funeral Home. Online obituary at www.SmithFamilyCares.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Jun 4, 2014)

Payne, Belle (Apple) (Mrs.)

Mrs. Belle Apple Payne, aged 85, widow of the late John Wesley Payne, passed away May 22 at the Yell County Hospital.

She is survived by three daugnters, Mrs. Pearl Lee of Rt. 1 Paris, and Mrs. Lawana Norton of Akron, Ohio; two sons, Herman of Anchorage, Alaska and Lester of Colton, Calif.; 32 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on May 24, 1962)

Payne, Charles Riley "Chuck"

Charles "Chuck" Riley Payne age 65 of Belleville passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at his home. He was born October 7, 1948 in Texarkana, AR to the late Drewey Woodrow & Fay Modena Calloway Payne. He was an Air Force Vietnam Veteran, a retired truck driver and a member of National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife Carolyn Morrison Payne of 9 years; a host of cousins and friends.

Memorial service was 2:00 p.m. Monday at Payne Cemetery in Belleville. Arrangements by Comwell Funeral Home Danville and River Valley Crematory. Online guestbook and condolences at www.cornwellfuneraIhomes.com (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on May 28, 2014)

Payne, Ezra

Ezra Payne, age 88, of Havana died in a Little Rock hospital on December 24, 1954. He moved from Georgia as a child and spent most of his life in Yell County. He was a Methodist and retired farmer.

He is survived by six sons, Delmar of Belleville, Melvin and Ray of Rives, Mo. Loyd of Cushing, Okla; Dewey and Mahon of Richmond, Calif; four daughters, Mrs. G. C. Sides of Dexter, Mo. Mrs. Lee White of Havana, Mrs. Seth James of Dardanelle and Mrs. Freeman Smith of Paris; a half brother, J. O. Payne of Belleville and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

He was carried to his final resting place in Payne Cemetery near his old home place by six grandsons. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs AGO, DANVILLE, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, December 30, 1954)


Payne, Fred

A Belleville man, 53 year old Fred Payne, was found dead in his room at Belleville at 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 5. A coroner's jury ruled his death accidental due to gunshot wounds. He apparently had been cleaning his gun when the accident happened at approximately 4:30 p.m. He was found by Mrs. Irene McCarrell of Belleville. Mr. Payne was a native of Belleville and was a construction worker.

Among the survivors are his wife Mrs. Peggy Payne of Bellville; one daughter, Cynthia Payne and one brother, Drewey Payne of Belleville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on Oct 1964)

Payne, Henry Otho

Henry Otho Payne, age 86, of Bryant, AR. died Thursday, December 31, 1998 at Southwest Hospital in Little Rock, AR. He was born March 15, 1912 in Havana, AR. to the late Oliver Payne and Minnie Taylor Payne.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Erma Greenfield Payne. A retired electrician, he was a member of the Indian Springs Baptist Church in Bryant.

He is survived by his wife, Berda Walker Payne; two sons, Bill Payne of Mena and Jimmy Payne of Hattiesburg, MS; one daughter, Betty Nowns of Nixa, MO; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were Monday at the Bryant Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Williams officiating. Burial was in the Smith Cemetery at Cedar Creek. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, January 6, 1999)


Payne, Hershel Paul

Hershel Paul Payne, age 77, of Sauga Avenue, North Kingstown, RI, a 30 year Navy serviceman, died Thursday, February 27, 1997 at Newport Hospital. Born in Havana, Ark, a son of the late John O. and Minnie (Taylor) Payne, he lived in North Kingstown, RI for 25 years. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and was a survivor of Pearl Harbor. He had been a driver for the Navy Exchange at Davisville, North Kingstown, RI. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Branch 42, East Greenwich, RI American Legion Post 15 and the Warwick, RI Sportsman Club.

He leaves four sons, John Payne and Paul Payne both of Norfolk, VA, Joseph Payne of Charlotte, NC and Christopher Payne of Rockey Mount, NC; a brother, Henry Otho Payne of Bryant, AR and six grandchildren.

Committal prayers with military honors were held Tuesday. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, March 19, 1997)


Payne, James A.

James A. Payne, Jr. U. S. Army Col. (Ret.), age 76, of Fairfield Bay, AR died February 8, 2004 at Indian Rock Village Nursing Facility in Fairfield Bay. He was born February 8, 1928 at Belleville, AR, the son of the late James Arthur, Sr. and Chloe (Grace) Payne.

He attended Arkansas Tech University, Arkansas State Teachers College, University of Central Arkansas and University of Nebraska at Omaha. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1945 and was a devoted Army officer for 29 years, served two years in Germany, one tour in Japan, two tours in Vietnam and six months in Thailand. He was commanded two Army units during his tours and was a staff officer in Major Army Headquarters. He was helicopter and fixed wing qualified with over 3, 000 flying hours and was also a pioneer in helicopter gunships. Included in his many service medals are the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, five Distinguished Flying Cross, five Air Medals, a Bronze Star, Commendation Medal, Joint Service Medal, many Vietnamese medals and a Master Army Aviator Badge. He was a member of the Transportation Corp Aviation Association, Vice President of the Norfork, VA Chapter of the National Defense Trans Association and Vice President of the Peninsula Chapter of Association of U. S. Army. Locally he was a member of the Military Officers Association and American Legion. Upon retirement the Paynes moved to Fairfield Bay where he worked in the Indian Hills Golf Pro Shop and later became manager of Mountain Rance Golf Course. He was later elected to the Community Club Board and in 1991 appointed President of the Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Marcella Huggler and one brother, John Wylie Payne.

He is survived by wife of 55 years, Jo (McGlathery) Payne of Fairfield Bay, AR; one daughter, Kelley and Tom Fielder of Lynchburg, VA; one sister, Dixie Lou Reed of Dallas, TX; two granddaughters and other relatives, friends.

Funeral service was February 12 at the Fairfield Bay First Baptist Church with Rev. Allen Freudenburg officiating. Interment was in Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Olmstead Funeral Home, Inc. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, March 3, 2004)


Payne, James Arthur

James Arthur Payne, aged 70, an insurance salesman, died Friday at his home in Dardanelle.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, James Arthur Payne of the Army at Laurel, Md. and John W. Payne of Lexington, Ky.; and two daughters, Mrs. Marcella Muggier of Russellville and Mrs. Dixie Lou Reed of Little Rock. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, February 9, 1956)


Payne, James Oscar

VALIER, MONTANA -- JAMES OSCAR PAYNE, 68, a longtime Valier-area resident, died of emphysema Sunday (Feb 14, 1999) at a Shelby medical center.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Pondera Funeral Home of Conrad is in charge of cremation and arrangements. Payne was born April 4, 1930, in Danville, Arkansas, and moved in 1958 to Montana. On September 23, 1958, he married Patricia Yeager in Dillon. He worked on farms and ranches in the Valier area, then in 1972 began working at the Valier Cenex station. He worked there until he was diagnosed with emphysema in 1987.

Surviving are his wife of Valier; three daughters, Debra Brodeur of Lincoln and Rebecca Greene and Tabatha Kline of Valier; a son, Jimmy Payne of Conrad; three brothers, Gloyd Payne, Linzey LeRoy Payne and Robert Payne, all of Danville, Arkansas; six sisters, Katheline Campbell, Laura Grace Swaffar, Rosie McCoy and Elizabeth Payne, all of Danville, Arkansas, Frankie Sue Wilson of Ola, Arkansas, and Ruby Taylor of Fresno, California; and 14 grandchildren. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Great Falls Tribune Newspaper, Great Falls, Montana, Obituary was published on February 17, 1999)

Payne, John Oliver

John Oliver Payne, age 77, native of Yell County, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lois Oates, of Belleville Wednesday. A member of a pioneer Yell County family, Mr. Payne was a retired farmer and stockman. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

Survivors are three sons, Zelmar Payne of Cushing, Okla. Otho Payne of Bauxite and Paul Payne, now with the U. S. Navy, stationed at Cuba; two daughters, Mrs. Jewel Buckman and Mrs. Lois Oates, of Belleville, sixteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, June 23, 1955)


Payne, John W. (Rusty)

Dr. John W. (Rusty) Payne, age 69, of Morehead, KY passed away Monday, May 29, 2000. He was born June 20, 1930 at Belleville, AR and was the son of the late James Arthur and Chloe Grace Payne. He retired in 1992 from Morehead State University where he had served as professor of education, coordinator of professional laboratory experiences and teach education, and associate dean. Before coming to Morehead in 1969, he had been professor and director of student teaching at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VI and athletic trainer and instructor in health, physical education and recreation at the University of Kentucky. He was athletic trainer at the Pan American Games in San Paulo, Brazil in 1963. He earned his doctorate in education and Master of Science degrees from the University of Kentucky and completed undergraduate work at Arkansas Polytechnic Institute, Russellville, AR, Louisiana State University and the University of Kentucky. During the Korean War, he served as staff sergeant with the U. S. Marine Corps. In addition to being an educator, Dr. Payne was an enthusiastic outdoorsman and conservationist. Dr. Payne was a former chairman of the Morehead-Rowan County Tourism Commission; former president of the Hardwood and Harvest Festival; and former vice-chairman of the Rowan County-Morehead State University Community School Council.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Payne.

Survivors are, two sons and daughters-in-law, James N. and Gail Payne of Morehead, KY and John D. and Allison Payne of Orlando, FL; three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; one brother, Col. James A. Payne, Jr. of Fairfield Bay, AR and one sister, Dixie Reed of Dallas, TX.

Funeral services were conducted June 2, 2000 with full military rites. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, June 21, 2000)


Payne, Larry E.

Larry E. Payne, age 57 of Little Rock, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2007. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Payne; mother, Marie Payne, of Russellville; daughter Cindy Kay; son, Larry Don, both of Mount George; two step-daughters, Cindy and Belinda; stepson, Robert, all of Little Rock; 12 grandchildren; one sister and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eddy Payne; two brothers and a sister.

There will be a cremation and no service as requested by Larry. Arrangements are by North Little Rock Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online obituary and guest register at www.nlrfh.com. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, December 5, 2007)


Payne, Lucinda Rogers

Mrs. Lucinda Rogers Payne, 86, died March 11, 1956 at her home in Belleville. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Burial was a Cedar Creek. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, March 16, 1956)


Payne, Olen

Olen Payne, age 80, of Danville, AR died Sunday, July 14, 2002 at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock, AR. He was born December 29, 1921 in Stafford, Yell County, AR to the late Delmer and Cora Ann White Payne. He retired after 24 years as the Yell County Tax Assessor, was the Yell County Veterans Service Officer for over 30 years, member of the Danville Lions club for 39 years, the Yell County Equalization Beard, the United Methodist Church for 39 years and was past chairman of the Administrative Board and a former Sunday School teacher. He was a WWII Army Air Corp. Veteran, member of Fisher-Law VFW Post 8525 in Plainview. He was a 33 degree Mason, member of Danville Lodge 41 and Christian Lodge 394 in Belleville, he served as past District Deputy Grand Master and in 1999 he received the Grand Lodge Medal of Honor which is given to only one member each year. He was past Patron of the Danville Chapter of Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Council Oaks Order of Eastern Star, member of Scottish Rite, the River Valley York Rite Bodies and Shriners.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Odell, Leemon, CJ and William Hoyt Payne and a granddaughter, Cynthia Payne.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Etta Vee Laster Payne; two sons and daughters-in-law, John Robert and Brenda Payne of Clarksville, AR and Jerry and JoAnn Payne of Belleville, AR; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ann and Ronnie Buckner of Greenwood, AR and Linda and Rodney Parham of Branson, MO; a brother, Thurman Payne of Belleville, AR; a sister, Ann Morris of Fayetteville, AR; his mother-in-law, Neva Laster of Danville, AR; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Service was July 16, 2002 at the First Baptist Church in Danville with Rev. David Hawkins officiating. Interment was in Russell Cemetery with Masonic Rites and Full Military Honors by Boyce-Woods Post 3141, Dardanelle. Pallbearers were James Rogers, Lance Wilkins, Joe Monroe, Tommy May, Pledger Ball, Brad Payne, Jamie Payne, Joey Payne. Honorary were Masons and VFW members. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, PO Box 729, Danville, AR 72833. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, July 17, 2002)


Payne, Thomas

Thomas Payne, age 76, died Sunday, January 7, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Everett Fink. Mr. Payne was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lucinda Payne, of Belleville; two sons, Drewey Payne of Belleville, Fred Payne of California; one daughter, Mrs. Everett Fink, of near Havana; and one brother, Arthur Payne of Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas; Originally published on Thursday, January 11, 1951)


Payne, Thurman H.

Thurman H. Payne, age 93, of Belleville, AR died Friday, April 14, 2006 at Mitchell's Nursing Home in Danville, AR. He was born January 3, 1913 in Stafford, a son of the late Delmar and Cora Ann White Rayne. He retired after 27 Sears from the Arkansas Highway Department serving as the state equipment inspector. He was a former Belleville City mayor. He was a member and deacon of the Dr. John Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Belleville, a 32 degree mason and a member of Masonic Lodge 394 in Belleville. He was a 1931 graduate of Belleville High School.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Blackwell Payne; a son David Payne and five brothers Leeman, Odell, Olen, William, Hoyt and CJ.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Carroll and Carolyn Payne of Texarkana, AR; a sister, Ann Morris of Fayetteville, AR; a daughter-in-law, Earlene Payne of Danville, AR; four grandchildren, Brad Payne of Russellville, AR, Richard Payne, Todd Payne and Cara Cook all of Texarkana and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral service was April 17, 2005 at the Dr. John Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Belleville with Rev. Bill Storts officiating. Burial was in the Russell Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. Pallbearers were Dale Knight, David Laster, John Payne, Jerry Payne, Monty Morris and Mike Morris. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, April 19, 2006)


Payne, Thurman Longtime Belleville Mayor

Thurman Payne, 93, of Belleville, a longtime member of the Belleville City Council and Mayor of that city died last Friday, April 14, 2006 at Mitchell's Nursing Home in Danville. Payne served as mayor from 1977 to 1990 as well as serving several years on the Belleville City Council. During his tenure as mayor, he was instrumental in obtaining the first Belleville Fire Department pumper after the city obtained a city-wide water system. While he was mayor, the Belleville City Park pavilion, tennis court and many other improvements to the park were made. He served as an Arkansas Highway Department equipment inspector for 27 years photo of Payne on front page was taken at his retirement). He was a 1931 graduate of Belleville High School, a member of Masonic Lodge No. 394 in Belleville for over 50 years and a 32nd Degree Mason.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 17th at Grace Memorial Baptist Church with burial at Russell Cemetery in Belleville. See complete obituary this issue. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, April 19, 2006)


Payne, Vida May Howell

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Mrs. Vida May Howell Payne, age 75, of Jacksonville, Fla. a native of Social Circle (Yell County) died August 20.

Survivors are a son, Tyler Payne of Jacksonville; a brother, Dortho Howell of Oklahoma; a sister, Mamie Griffin of Hart man (Johnson County), am three grandchildren.

Funeral and burial were in Tennessee. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Submitted by: Patron, 8/20/1988)


Payne, Virgil Melton

Virgil Melton Payne, 53, a lifetime resident of Hot Springs, died Friday, March 27, 1958 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hot Springs. He was a member of the Baptist Church, American Legion, VFW and a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lennie Priddy Payne and two daughters, Mary Lenn and Patricia Payne, all of Hot Springs; a brother, Clyde Payne of Long Beach, Calif; and a sister, Mrs. Vera Carter of Hot Springs. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, April 3, 1958)


Payne, Zelmar

Zelmar Payne, 57 year old chief gauger for Cities Service Pipe Line Co. Cushing, Okla. was found dead of a heart attack while on duty south of Cushing, July 22, 1955.

Loyd Carmen, Cities Service engineer, who discovered Payne, said he began to look for the gauger after Mrs. Payne telephoned him that her husband had not arrived for lunch. Carmen said he checked all tanks at the company's tank farm before finding Payne in a relaxed position at the wheel of his car with one arm out the window. The car was partially hidden from view by the tank. Reports found in the car indicated that Payne had gauged a tank about 9 a. m. He had driven his car to the tank, climbed the stairway to the top of the tank made the gauge and returned to his car. His reports were found on the seat beside him and his hat was in the back seat where he had apparently laid it on returning. Cities Service employees had searched the tanks farms after Payne had failed to report in after 9 a. m. The tank farm near Yale was also searched. He was born October 23, 1897, at Havana and was married to Kate Moudy in 1920. He had been employed with the Cities Service Pipe Line since 1927.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Kate Payne of the home, one son, Kenneth Payne stationed in Tokyo, Japan with the Air Force; three grandsons, two brothers, Otho Payne of Bauxite, Paul Payne with the Navy in Cuba and two sisters, Mrs. Gloyd Buckman and Mrs. Lois Oates of Belleville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, July 28, 1955)


Pazdera, Frank James

Frank J. (James) Pazdera, aged 35 of Star City, Lincoln County agriculture agent, died Tuesday at a Little Rock hospital. He was a member of the Arkansas County Agents Association and the Kiwanis Club. He was a Catholic.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Mike Pazdera and Tommy Pazdera, both of Star City; two daughters, Theresa Pazdera and Mary Pazdera, both of Star City; his father Frank Pazdera of Danville; two brothers, Georger Pazdera of Little Rock and John Pazdera of Dardanelle; five sisters, Mrs. Leonard Kunz of Idaho, Mrs. Herbert Holland of California, Mrs. Gene Johnson of Russellville, sister, O.S. Bartholomew of Fort Smith and Miss Mildred Pazdera of Denver.

The funeral was Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and burial was at Graceland Cemetery. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on June 1963)

Pazdera, Frank James

Frank J. (James) Pazdera, aged 35 of Star City, Lincoln County agriculture agent, died Tuesday at a Little Rock hospital. He was a member of the Arkansas County Agents Association and the Kiwanis Club. He was a Catholic.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Mike Pazdera and Tommy Pazdera, both of Star City; two daughters, Theresa Pazdera and Mary Pazdera, both of Star City; his father Frank Pazdera of Danville; two brothers, Georger Pazdera of Little Rock and John Pazdera of Dardanelle; five sisters, Mrs. Leonard Kunz of Idaho, Mrs. Herbert Holland of California, Mrs. Gene Johnson of Russellville, sister, O.S. Bartholomew of Fort Smith and Miss Mildred Pazdera of Denver.

The funeral was Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and burial was at Graceland Cemetery. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org,Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, Obituary was published on June 1963)

Pazdera, George W.

George W. Pazdera, age 84, of Dardanelle, AR died Thursday, May 30, 2002 at the Dardanelle Nursing Center. He was born December 9, 1917 in Dardanelle, the son of the late Frank J. and Cennie Wesley Pazdera. He was a pharmacist, retired from the National Guard Company F 153rd and a Catholic.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Frank Pazdera, Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Burchfield Pazdera; five sisters, Cecelia Johnston of Russellville, AR, Elvenia Kunz of Louisville, CO, Helen Holland of Woodland, CA, Dorothy Pazdera, Greenwood, AR and Mildred Barnes, Denver, CO and several nephews and nieces.

Funeral service was Monday at St. Augustine's Catholic Church with Father Vencent Flusche officiating. Burial was in Brearley Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle, AR. Pallbearers were Bill Phiefer, Bob Bata, Dennis Lee Johnston, Bobby Balloun, and Lee Johnston. Memorials may be made to St. Augustine Catholic Church or the charity of your choice. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, June 5, 2002)


Pazdera, Mary S.

Mary S. Pazdera age 87 of Dardanelle died Thursday, February 16, 2006 at Dardanelle Nursing Center. She was born October 5, 1918 at Columbia County, AR to the late John Calhoun and Lou Ellen Henry Burchfield. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dardanelle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Pazdera; four brothers, Tom Burchfield, Jeff Burchfield, Bob Burchfield and Francis Burchfield; two sisters, Ellen Wilson and Lucille Erskin.

Survivors include a brother, Joe Burchfield of Odessa, TX; four sisters-in-law, Helen Holland of Woodland, CA, Cecelia Johnston of Russellville, Dorothy Pazdera of Greenwood, AR, Mildred Barnes of Denver, CO and numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held on Monday, February 20, 2006 at Cornwell Chapel in Dardanelle with Rev. Bobby Loyd officiating. Interment was in Brearley Cemetery. Pallbearers were Franklin Wesley, Bill Pfeifer, Bobby Balloun, Bobby Willis, Irvin Balloun and Bob Bata. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, February 22, 2006)


Peak, Robert E.

Robert E. Peak, age 50 of London died Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at his home. He was born March 18, 1955 at South Bend, IN. He was owner operator of the Peak Express Truck Lube in Russellville.

He is preceded in death by an infant son, Darren Peak.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Vail Peak of London; a daughter, Kim Marie Humphrey of Mishawaka, IN; a son, Christopher Stockbridge of Mishawaka, IN; a stepson and his wife, Charles and Michelle McClure of Pottsville; his father, Richardo Peak of Elkhart, IN; mother and companion, Sherry Peak and Tom Knox of Vandalia, MI; three grandchildren, Carlee McClure of Pottsville, Austin and Kayrna Humphrey of Mishawaka, IN.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 31, 2005 at Cornwell Chapel, Dardanelle with Rev. Danny Fudge officiating. Internment was at Brearley Cemetery in Dardanelle. Pallbearers were John Blackard, Tom Ed Bullock, David Hudson, Mike Neal, Andy Thomas, Bud Burnett. Honorary pallbearers were Employees of Peak Express Truck Lube. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Dardanelle. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, January 4, 2006)


Pearce, Joe Lloyd

Joe Lloyd Pearce, age 78, of Little Rock, AR passed away, August 15, 2001. He was born in Danville, AR on June 2, 1923 to the late Charles and Bessie Pearce. He retired in 1988 as a civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers; he served in World War II in the US Marine Corps; and was also a member of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church for 44 years.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Opha Hicks of Kansas City, MO and Opal Marcum of Bakersfield, CA.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Evelyn Pearce of Little Rock, AR; two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephan and Lon Pearce of Alexander, AR and David and Vicki Pearce of Rock Hill, SC; three grandchildren, Jameson, Adam and Madalyn Pearce; two brothers, Charles Pearce of Conway and Houston Pearce of Modesto, CA.

Funeral service was August 20, 2001 at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Sanders officiating. Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial park. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Cancer Research Center, 4301 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72204 or Geyer Springs First Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 31510, Little Rock, AR 72260. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas: Obituary was published on Wednesday, August 22, 2001)


Pearce, Lillian Nellie

Lillian Nellie Pearce, age 95, passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Chambers Memorial Hospital. She was born April 15, 1915 in Waveland, AR to the late Jonathan "Dick" and Annie Rogers Davis. She was a retired postmaster and a member of the Danville First Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Pearce; parents; son, Harold Dale Pearce; granddaughter, Crystal Wendland; sister, Sallie Lucas.

Survivors include sons, Jonathan "Rayford" and wife, Joyce Pearce of Escalon, CA; daughter, Sally and husband, Larry Roberts of Flowood, MS; daughter-in-law, Judy Pearce of Ft. Smith; brother, J. W and wife, Jackie Davis of Ft. Smith; sisters, Lila Foster of Moore's Chapel, Laura Ethel McCourt of Danville, Evelyn Ryan of Blue Mountain; eight grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Brent and Greg Pearce, William Bradshaw, Just Cleveland, Eddie Bruce and Ross Moudy. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the Danville First Baptist Church. Burial was at Moore's Chapel Cemetery. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, Yell County Record, Danville, Arkansas; Obituary was published on Wednesday, September 22, 2010)


Pearce, M. S.

M. S. Pearce, age 71, died at his home in Danville Sunday morning, November 19, 1950. He had lived in Yell County for the past50 years, where he was an active member of the Masonic Lodge and of the Baptist church. This he was awarded a 50 year pin by the Masons in special ceremonies held at the Danville Lodge. He had recently retired as owner and operator of the Danville Monument Works.

He is survived by his wife, May Pearce; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Ann Breed of Paris, AR; seven sons, Grady Pearce of St. John, Kansas, Granville and Dick Pearce of Little Rock, Melvel Pearce of Havana, Ray Pearce of Birta, Lovel and Woodrow Pearce of Salina, Calif. One son, Fay Pearce, was killed inaction in World War II. (WWW.YellCountyObits.org, YELL COUNTY RECORD, 50 Yrs Ago, Danville, Arkansas - Originally published on Thursday, November 23, 1950)


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