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Peggy Montgomery

Peggy Montgomery, 52, of Fort Smith passed away Monday, June 6, 2005, in her home. She was an accountant and a graduate of the University of the Ozarks. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church and loved to play tennis. She was preceded in death by her mother, Verna Mae Williams; brother, Ricky Lovell; and father, Clarence Lovell.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Larry Montgomery of the home; sons, Jonathan Ray Montgomery and Ricky Don Montgomery, both of Fort Smith; two brothers, Bobby Lovell and wife, Gale of Fort Smith and Jimmy Lovell of Fort Smith; sister, Joyce McCallister and husband, Doug of Oklahoma; stepfather, Joe Williams of Fort Smith; three grandchildren, Tori, Joslynn and Gavynn.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Arnold, Dale Arnold, Bobby Wood, Rick Guinn, Fred Gott and Bob Anderson.

The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westside Baptist Church Building Fund, 503 N. J St., Fort Smith, AR 72901.

To place an online tribute please visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com.

Edward J. Sallee

Edward J. Sallee, 75, of Tulsa died Saturday, June 4, 2005, in a Tulsa hospital. He was of the Baptist faith, enjoyed playing the guitar, loved country and western music and enjoyed making crafts of all kinds. He was a self-employed body and fender repairman. He was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Bray; and a brother, Robert Sallee.

Funeral will be Wednesday, June 8, at 10 a.m. at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren.

He is survived by his wife, Gevena of 57 years; a daughter, Shirley Tanner of Hastings, Neb.; three sons, Robert Lee Stringer Jr. of Springfield, Mo., Charles Edward Sallee and Allen Ray Sallee, both of Stilwell, Okla.; a stepsister, Margaret Howard of Terlton, Okla.; two brothers, Martin Sallee of Fort Smith and Roy Sallee of Van Buren; a half brother, Ronnie Carden of California; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Zane Tanner, Gary Sallee, Jason Sallee, Vic Sallee, Mark Sallee, Randy Sallee, Mike Sallee and Mike Fox.

Robert Charles Kottmer

Robert Charles Kottmer, 81, of Ozark departed this life Wednesday, June 2, 2005. Mr. Kottmer was born Jan. 18, 1924, in LaCrosse, Wis., to parents Charles Bernard and Mary Agnes Linhart Kottmer. Mr. Kottmer was preceded in death by his beloved sweetheart of 56 years, Jean.

He was a veteran of both the Army and 20 years of service in the Navy, serving in World War II and Korea. Before his health failed he was an avid fisherman and hunter. Mr. Kottmer was a lifetime member of Coal Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include one daughter, Donna Tyson and husband, John; nephews, Gary Salafia; grandson, Matthew Tyson and wife, Sarah and daughters, Kinsey and Kathryn; granddaughter, Faira Adolps and husband, Wade and daughter, Megan; brothers, Max Kottmer, Charlie Kottmer, Pete Kottmer and Paul Kottmer; sisters, Mildred Marsh and Mary Bantle.

Military memorial service will be at Shaffer Funeral Home in Ozark on Wednesday, June 8, at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

T.H. Brown

T.H. Brown, 85, of Lavaca died Sunday, May 29, 2005, in Lavaca. He was a retired welder for the Naval Weapon Center of China Lake, Calif., a member of the UCT, a Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies and a member of First Baptist Church of Lavaca.

He is survived by his wife, Laverne of Lavaca, one daughter, Frances Ann Atkins of Lavaca; one son, Tommy Dan Brown of Greenwood; a sister, Elizabeth Edwards of Fort Smith; a brother, James Brown of Roland; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at First Baptist Church in Lavaca with burial at Lavaca City Cemetery, both under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.

Pallbearers were Dan, Jim, Matt and Tom Atkins, Darren Brown, Michael Thomas, Charles Parrish and Mike Ray.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Lavaca Youth Center, Arkansas 96, Lavaca, AR 72941; or the Lavaca Perpetual Care Fund, c/o First National Bank of Lavaca, P.O. Box 7, Fort Smith, AR 72902.

To sign an online guest book visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com.

David Charles Weber

David Charles Weber, age 55, of Dardanelle died Saturday, June 4, 2005, in Dardanelle Hospital. He was born Dec. 26, 1949, in Hamilton, Ohio, to Wayne and Lenora Schliesman Weber. He pastored United Methodist churches in Arkansas and Georgia for 10 years. His church home was the First United Methodist Church in Dardanelle. He was past editor for the Post-Dispatch newspaper in Dardanelle and a current copy editor with the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith. He was an Air Force veteran and a member of Boyce-Woods Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3141 in Dardanelle. Mr. Weber coached youth sports in Dardanelle and was a strong supporter of the Dardanelle School System. He is preceded in death by his mother, Lenora Weber.

Survivors include is wife, Debbie Weber of Dardanelle; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Rhonda Weber of Dardanelle; daughter and son-in-law, Kara and Jonathan Isaac of Dover; son, Drew Weber of Dardanelle; daughter, Kayla Weber of Dardanelle; father and beloved stepmother, Wayne and Helen Weber of Oxford, Ohio; brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Stephanie Weber of Fairfield, Ohio; sister and brother-in-law, Penny "Sis" and Denny Grove of Milford, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Melissa, Lindsey, Kenedie, Aurora, Annabelle, Luke, Allie and Aerial; numerous other family and friends.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Dardanelle with the Rev. John Farthing, the Rev. Floyd Ervin and Kelly Pearson officiating.

Interment will be at Brearley Cemetery with military honors provide by Boyce-Woods VFW Post No. 3141.

Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Bill Lawson, Sam Woody, Matt Huff, Shane Dulli, Greg Cawein, Josh Cawein, Richie Dulli and Ryan Kauffman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rusty Alley, Steve Peterson, Bob Lawson, Kevin Taylor, Albert Silvers, Jackie Burns and member of Boyce-Woods VFW Post No. 3141.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 100 N. Second St., Dardanelle, AR 72834.

Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home of Dardanelle.

Elsie Vaughn

WISTER - Elsie I. Vaughn, 87, of Wister died Monday, June 6, 2005, in Poteau. She was born Feb. 2, 1918, in Glendale, Okla. She was a member of Mount View Baptist Church.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mount View Baptist Church in Glendale with burial at Mount View Cemetery in Glendale under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.

She is survived by three daughters, Sherry Keen of Chesapeake, Va., Linda Elliott of Haslet, Texas, and Janey Campbell of Poteau; a son, Mike Vaughn of Pine Bluff; a brother, Landie Henry of Grand Saline, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

The family will visit with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arthur Heathcock Jr.

Arthur Eugene Heathcock Jr., 75, of Van Buren died Saturday, June 4, 2005, in his home. He was the retired owner and operator of Art's Plumbing and a member of Pleasant Valley Church of Christ in Van Buren.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; a daughter, Pam Nardini of North Carolina; two sons, Roger Heathcock of Barling and Steve Heathcock of the home; two sisters, Velma Myers and Patsy White, both of Van Buren; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Willie Mooney, Troy and Ronnie Gregory, Glenn Setters, Jackie Folick and Clint Ward.

The family will visit with friends from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Floyd Douthit

Floyd Douthit, 87, of Fort Smith died Sunday, June 5, 2005, in Fort Smith. He was born July 10, 1917, in Gravelly. He was a retired technician for Bob Brown Heating and Air, a World War II Navy veteran, and a member of Westark Church of Christ and American Legion Post No. 31.

Private family graveside service will be held today at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith.

He is survived by two daughters, Anna Holley and Doris Stokes, both of Fort Smith; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

There will be no public viewing.

Jerry Rana

WISTER - Jerry Rana, 45, of Wister died Sunday, June 5, 2005, in Wister. He was born April 13, 1960, in Poteau. He was a member of LeFlore Baptist Church.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at LeFlore Baptist Church with burial at LeFlore Cemetery in LeFlore under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.

He is survived by his mother, Jerlene Rana of Fanshawe; and a brother, Larry Rana of Fanshawe.

Pallbearers will be Gary Newby, Doyle and Johnny Brannon, Jim Horn, Simmon Billy, Jimmy Nobles and Gerald Rana Jr.

Wenola Warren

CLARKSVILLE - Wenola Warren, 83, of Clarksville died Sunday, June 5, 2005. She was born Aug. 30, 1921, in Clarksville. She was a graduate of Clarksville High School, a retired employee of the U.S. Forest Service and the widow of LeRoy Warren.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. today at Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home of Clarksville.

She is survived by a son, Ronald Warren of Clarksville ; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Donald Baker

CAMERON - Donald R. Baker, 62, of Cameron died Sunday, June 5, 2005, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was born Sept. 16, 1942, in Poteau. He worked for Whirlpool and was a rancher, a member of Double Branch Baptist Church in Gilmore, Okla., and LeFlore County Cattleman's Association, and the widower of Reva Baker.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Poteau with burial at Hall Cemetery in Cameron under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; two daughters, Karen Baker and Sharon Brown, both of Paris, Texas; a son, Johnny Baker of Poteau; a stepdaughter, Kirby McAllister of the home; a sister, Hilda Culver of Poteau; a brother, Bill Baker of Talihina; and one grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Tom Rogers, Ronnie Adams, Gerald Wilson, Mike Carter, Kelly Cole and David Pickle.

Jerry Faulkenberry

POTEAU - Jerry L. "Woody" Faulkenberry, 66, of Poteau died Monday, June 6, 2005, in Poteau. He was born June 12, 1938, in Howe. He was a carpenter and a member of Independence Avenue Bible Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Howe Cemetery in Howe under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; four daughters, Sherry Coleman of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Cindy Faulkenberry of Santa Cruz, Calif., Stephanie Faulkenberry of Ardmore, Okla., and Jerry Stankewitz of Poteau; three sons, Jerry Faulkenberry of Greenwood, Keith Faulkenberry of Oklahoma City, and Jim Oliver of Fayetteville; three sisters, Geraldine Dolph of Poteau, Bobbie Janway of Fort Smith, and Jackie Janway of Oklahoma City; four brothers, William Faulkenberry of Merced, Calif., James Faulkenberry of Howe, Donald Faulkenberry of Greenwood, and Bob Faulkenberry of Lindsay, Okla.; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jim Oliver, Shay Stankewitz, Kenny, Tracy and Jim Janway and Curtis James.

Maud Efurd

MANSFIELD - Maud Belle Efurd, 92, of Mansfield died Saturday, June 4, 2005, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a homemaker and the widow of C.O. Efurd.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Mansfield with burial at 3 p.m. at Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort.

She is survived by a daughter, Janet Ball of Hartford; two sons, Raymond Efurd of Mansfield and Carl Efurd of Ruidoso Downs, N.M.; two sisters, Freda Henly of Mansfield and Mildred David of Mena; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Connie, Shawn and Darren Efurd, Jerry Henley, Bobby and Gary Musgrove.

The body may be viewed 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John Morrison

LAVACA - John P. Morrison, 58, of Lavaca died Friday, June 3, 2005. He was the retired Focus Factory manager for Rheem Air Conditioning Division, he attended First Assembly of God in Lavaca and was a former member of the Vache Grass Country Club and a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at First Assembly of God in Lavaca with burial at Mayberry Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Sue; two daughters, Sandra Saulsberry of Spiro and Susie Bolton of Midland; three sons, Chris and Brian Banning, both of Lavaca, and Timmy Morrison of Hartford; his mother, Helen Morrison of Midland; two sisters, Linda Cameron of Midland and Pam Jansen of North Little Rock; three brothers, Ronnie and Barry Morrison of Midland, and Rick Morrison of Mansfield; and 11 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jared Fowler, Harold and Danny Childress, Randy Miller, Jerry Dooley and Woody Green.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hembree Mercy Cancer Center, c/o St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, 7301 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72903.

Bang Le

Bang Huu Le, 86, of Fort Smith died Sunday, June 5, 2005, in his home. He was a retired businessman and was a Buddhist.

Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Putman Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Luong; four daughters, Lan Le of Hernando, Miss., Kieu Turner of Jonesboro, Tien Le of Florida, and Thu Hernandez of Pleasantville, N.J.; seven sons, Trung, Phillip, Anthony, Trang and Matthew Le, all of Fort Smith, Chan Le of Vietnam, and Nick Le of Biloxi, Miss.; two sisters, Anh and Huong Le, both of Atlanta; three brothers, Long, Thanh and Phung Le, all of Atlanta.

Viola Davenport

WALDRON - Viola "Trixie" Davenport, 90, of Waldron died Sunday, June 5, 2005, in Waldron. She was a retired cook, attended Waldron Assembly of God and was the widow of Thurman Davenport.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Waldron Assembly of God with burial at Duncan Cemetery in Waldron under the direction of Martin Funeral Home of Waldron.

She is survived by a daughter, Doris Sonnie of Greenwood; a son, Jerry Davenport of Fort Smith; two brothers, Edgar and Odell Branson, both of Porterville, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Rodney, Randell and Roger Reed, Larry Ray, Bobby Jay and John Moore.

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