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Billy Williams

Billy Rex Williams, 89, was born May 7, 1923, in Choctaw, Ark., to parents William Henry and Melba Pearl Jones Williams. He died Aug. 8, 2012, in Clinton, Ark., leaving behind his wife of 65 years, Winnie Faye.

He is also survived by his children, Roxie Williams, Bruce Williams, Bridgett (Doug) Jones, Brett and Joyce Williams, Jeannie Williams; and his grandchildren Caleb, Tori, Danielle, Stephen, Chloe, Dylan, Reatta and Tyler. He also leaves a brother, Tommy Dan (Oleta) Williams of Fairfield, Calif., and sister Mary Ruth Williams Webb of Smackover, Ark.

His mother, Pearl, passed away when Bill was 7. He and his younger brother spent much time in their youth hunting, and in the early 1950’s, held a record for killing 13 bears in Northern California during a single season.

Billy R. Williams was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 with the 497th Port Battalion and assigned to the 252nd Port Company with Transport Division in the C-B-I Theater. Having had training on 30-Ton Whirley floating cranes and a variety of land cranes, Private Williams began skillfully operating one of three large port cranes at the Port of Calcutta. This port handled more tonnage in a 24-hour period than any other Army Port, unloading everything from food to airplanes to tanks. Private Williams was one of the men instrumental for this achievement, which led to General Stillwell recommending his promotion to Technical-4 Sergeant. This meant extra money sent stateside to help his dad and young sister on their farm. After the war ended, Bill returned to Arkansas to marry his boyhood sweetheart, Winnie Faye Story on Jan. 22, 1947. They established their home in California where Bill worked as a heavy equipment operator. In 1968, he and his family moved to a farm in Formosa, Ark., where they raised cattle and hay. Later, he spent 10 years working on the Alaskan Pipeline which afforded them the opportunity to travel in Europe and across the U.S. He enjoyed hunting elk in Colorado and Montana; however, his true passion was his farm where he traded mules and horses and restored old wagons. He forever kept folks laughing at his jokes or listening to his true-life stories, and would drop his own work to help a neighbor or even a stranger. He is credited with saving at least five lives and was devoted to his Band of Brothers from the 252nd Port Company and their annual reunions.

With the help of the Lord, Billy Rex Williams lived the life he dreamed!

Johnny Appleby

Johnny G. Appleby, 69, of Clinton passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. He was born Nov. 4, 1942, in Clinton to John William and Elizabetha (Hunter) Appleby. He was married to Linda Appleby for 43 years. He was a member of the Clinton Church of Christ, a United States Army veteran, and a retired truck driver. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Linda Appleby; son Johnny L. (Ella) Appleby; daughter Debbra Appleby; three grandchildren: Mackenzie, Nicholas and Samuel; sister Cindy Downey; eight brothers, Jimmie Appleby, Bob (Marie) Appleby, Junior (Joy Dean) Appleby, Jerry Appleby, Roger Hunter, Steve Appleby, Doug Appleby, and Tommy Appleby; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard Hunter.

A memorial service was 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at the Clinton Church of Christ. Arrangements by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home. Online guest book: rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Malcolm Sample

Joseph Malcolm Sample, 87, of Russellville, Ark., peacefully passed away at his home with a song in his heart on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, after a long illness. He was the son of John B. and Dena (Renfro) Sample. He was born Feb. 16, 1925.

He graduated from Ashdown High School and attended Ouachita Baptist College. Malcolm felt the call to the ministry at an early age and found that music was the way to express his faith. He graduated with a degree in music and education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

During college and afterward he served in several churches in Arkansas including Texarkana, Bentonville, Helena, Camden and Little Rock. His family also followed him to churches in Irving, Texas; Alexandria, La.; Fort Payne, Ala.; and Memphis, Tenn. While in Memphis he felt the call to become a pastor and took a church in Caruthersville, Mo., and later Cape Girardeau, Mo. He retired from the Formosa Baptist Church in Arkansas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and eight half siblings.

Malcolm is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Stella (Crownover) Sample, and his four daughters who he had really wished were as famous as the Lennon Sisters. We do pretty well not being professional singers. He left a song in our hearts, too. His daughters are Sharon Sample and Bonnie Sample of Russellville, Danna Schneider of Clarksville, Ark., and Susan Guetzlaff (John) of Booneville, Ark.; a sister, Francis Sample Withem of Ashdown, Ark.; and two brothers, James Alton Sample (Betty Jo) of Lecompte, La., and Harold Sample (Elizabeth) of Fort Worth, Texas. His grandchildren are Carolyn Goforth Nunnally (Matthew) of Searcy, Ark., Scott Goforth of Russellville, Leah Schneider Doerflinger (Ian) of Fayetteville, Ark., Liz Schneider of Conway, Ark., Andy Kirn of Hot Springs, Ark., and Holly Kirn Jarvis (Paul) of Galveston, Texas. Then of course there was the apple of his great-grandpa’s eye, the only great-grandchild (as yet), Xander Nunnally.

Pallbearers were his nephews and honorary pallbearers were the members of Formosa Baptist Church.

Special thanks go to his hospice aide, Jane Parker. She showed such love and compassion. We are all indebted to her. We also want to thank the other people from the Arkansas Health Department Hospice who made this transition smoother.

Dad had a long life of dedication to singing and preaching his faith. He leaves behind a host of family and friends who sing his praises and can just imagine him leading angel-song into eternity.

Visitation was prior to the funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Formosa Baptist Church with pastor Earl Goatcher officiating. Burial was at Union Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home’s Family Ministries at www.abchomes.org/

Funeral arrangements under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Galen Watts

Galen Zane Watts passed away Aug. 1, 2012, at his home in Lebanon, Tenn., surrounded by his family. He was born to Grover and Grace Watts on Feb. 3, 1928, in Dennard, Ark. He grew up there with his brother, Zene, and sisters, Vida and Della. He served in the Army before moving to California where he met and married Gale Carner. They were married 60 wonderful years.

He was proceded in death by his parents and brother, Zene Watts. He is survived by his grieving wife, Gale; daughters, Gwen (Lynn Crook) Shores, Penny (Tommy) Owens; grandchildren, Shaun (Hannah) Steele, Shannon Steele, Christina (Demond) Irby, great-grandchildren, Sebastian Steele, Jack Zane Williams, T.J. Richardson, DeNayah Irby and D.J. Irby; sisters Vida (Bill) Harper, and Della (Kenneth) Crase, plus a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Charles Lomerson

Charles “Lucky Russell” Lomerson, 84, of Formosa, Ark., passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at his home in Formosa. He was born Feb. 13, 1928, in Phillipsburg, N.J., as the oldest of 13 children. He battled with renal fail carcinoma for several months, which eventually took his life. Charles “Lucky Russell” Lomerson was a true renaissance man who loved music and teaching music to anyone willing to learn. He literally could play any instrument put in front of him. He was a performer, music instructor, and songwriter. He established Music for the Handicapped, Inc. in his mid 70’s and devoted countless hours to playing and teaching at the VA Hospital, Conway Human Development Center, and any children’s organizations. He was also an accomplished author and poet. He wrote several books that were published, as well as poetry, along with several articles published in the Saturday Evening Post. Lucky was awarded the Governor’s Art Award through the Arkansas Arts Council in 2005 for his support and volunteerism of the Arts in Arkansas and numerous other awards for his efforts in music, writing, and volunteerism. In addition to his several talents he hand-made noise-making gadgets as therapy to help people with special needs that can be found at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock. Charles “Lucky Russell” Lomerson was also a veteran of the Army Air Corps. Per his request there will be no services held. His wishes are to be cremated. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean Ellen Lomerson; and son Charles R. Lomerson Jr., and wife Deborah Ann Arendale Lomerson of Conway; two brothers, Roland “Tuney” Lomerson and wife Doris of Highland Springs, Va., and James “Jimmy” Lomerson and wife Rozella of Bangor, Pa.; several half-brothers and sisters, John Zario and wife Carol, Linda Booth and husband Dave, Millie Heinrich, Sally Zairo, Margaret Darmishev, and Pauline Fisher; six grandchildren, Charles Russel Lomerson III and wife Shannon Warren Lomerson of Searcy, Candice Rae Lomerson Gantz and husband Terry Wayne of Vilonia, Tommy Schaller of Chicago, Ill., Tamara Schaller Knutson of Freemansburg, Pa., Tonya Schaller Neville and husband Lawrence of Gillette, N.J., and Tanean Schaller-Stonehouse and husband Dean of Bethlehem, Pa.; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by daughter Jean E. Lomerson Hockenbury of Weatherly, Pa.; sister Joyce Lomerson Burd; half-siblings Peggy Calaluce and Robert Zairo. Arrangements are by Roller McNutt Funeral Home, Clinton. Online guest book: rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Junior Nicholson

Junior L. Nicholson, age 83, passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at his home. He was born Feb. 24, 1929, in Swifton, Ark., to Lawerence and Ormae (Wilmth) Nicholson. He married Hazel (Rogers) Nicholson on Sept. 14, 1948. He was a farmer and a member of the Mt. Zion General Baptist Church. He enjoyed farming, gardening, fishing and riding his John Deere tractor.

He is survived by his wife; three sons: Jerry (Alletta) Nicholson, Max Nicholson and William A. (Amanda) Nicholson; four daughters. Wilma (Gary) Waits, Winnie (Presley) Krisell, Betty (Wayne) Lee, and Patty (Donald) Atkisson; 21 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three brothers: J.W. Nicholson, Jimmy (Margaret) Nicholson, Gene (Donna) Nicholson; two half-brothers: Roger (Donna) Nicholson and Terry (Rhonda) Nicholson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter: Virginia Nicholson; sister: Ruthel Linn; brother: Darrell Nicholson; and stepmother: Cassie Nicholson.

Visitation was Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Roller McNutt Funeral Home, Clinton. Funeral services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at Roller McNutt Chapel. Interment was at Colony Cemetery. Online guest book: rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Patrick Ruff

Patrick Dewey Ruff, age 60, departed this life Friday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Clinton, Ark. He was born Feb. 12, 1952, in Wharton, Texas, to Robert Earl and Dana Lou (Davenport) Ruff. He was married to Pamela Ruff. He attended high school in Houston, Texas, and graduated with honors in the bachelors and masters program from Sam Houston State University in Hunterville, Texas. He was a member of Garden Oaks Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and moved back to Arkansas to be near his family in 2004.

He is survived by his mother; two brothers, Mike (Sue) Ruff and Steve (Linda) Ruff; and five nephews, Eric, Nick, Jake, Corey and Morgan. He was preceded in death by his father and wife. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Clinton Cemetery. Arrangements are by Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Clinton. Online guest book: rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Geneva Edwards

Geneva Delta (Shon) Edwards, 91, of Bee Branch went to be with the Lord Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. She was born Jan. 21, 1921, at Bee Branch to the late Henry Magan and Virgie Inez (Younger) Shon.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Dallas Edwards; son, Lestal Dee Edwards; and a granddaughter, Katherine Turbyfill.

She is survived by her children, a daughter, Lavada Turbyfill (Ernest) “Herb” of Bee Branch, son, Jim Edwards (Frances) of Damascus, daughter, Glynda Duncan (Jerry) of Bee Branch, son, Ronnie Edwards (Carolyn) of Bee Branch; 12 grandchildren, Dennis Edwards, Lorretta Parish, Sheila Ball, Leslie Breeding, Greg Edwards, Sandy Turbyfill, Jeff Duncan, Melissia Edwards, Rebecca Smith, Lonnie Duncan, Lavra Shackelford and Adam Edwards; 33 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and many close friends.

Pallbearers: Dennis Edwards, Greg Edwards, Adam Edwards, Daniel Edwards, Jeff Duncan and Lonnie Duncan.

Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, and funeral service was 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Damascus, with pastor Daniel Williams officiating. Burial was at Blackwell Cemetery, Bee Branch.

Funeral arrangements under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Aron Rusk

Aron Lee Rusk, 35, of Bee Branch died Aug. 6, 2012. He was born April 28, 1977, in Lincoln, Neb., to Robert Rosco Rusk and Mary Elinor Hobbs Rusk.

Survivors include parents Robert Rusk and Mary Hobbs-Rusk of Carson City, Nev.; fiancee Brittany Swofford and an unborn child; sisters Jessica Murphy, Alisa Rusk and Jennifer Spencer of Conway; brothers Dustin Rusk and Robert Murphy of Conway; great-nieces Kylie and Gracie; and great-nephew Devon.

Memorials may be made to Simmons First National Bank in care of Victoria Henley. Arrangements are by Bishop-Griffin Funeral Home of Greenbrier (501) 679-4400. www.bishopgriffinfuneralhome.com.

Death Notice

Dorothy Margaret Elliott Phillips, 98, of Fairfield Bay died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.

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