Lifelong county resident Bonnie Aday died Sept. 14, 2013, at the age of 95. She was born in the community of Una, Ark., March 31, 1918. She was the third child of Ola Clayton Bell and Clark Andersen Bell, who operated the Una post office.
Married in 1934 to Dillard Aday, a teacher, she earned teaching certification and joined him at the one-room school at Chimes. They improvised a divider for the classroom, with Bonnie instructing the younger childen while Dillard taught the older ones. They subsequently taught at Formosa and South Side before moving to Clinton in 1948, where Mrs. Aday taught first and then third grades, until 1961. During that time she earned a master’s degree from Arkansas State Teacher’s College (now UCA).
The Adays established seasonal residence in 1962 at Window Rock, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation reservation, where Mrs. Aday was principal of the elementary school. They returned each summer to Clinton, resuming permanent residence in 1974 at their farm on Old Highway 9. She taught at Alread and was principal of Shirley Elementary School until she retired.
Over the course of her long career as an educator, she introduced hundreds of children to the world of learning, and mentored numerous teachers under her supervision.
Following the death of her husband, she began a second career as one of Walmart’s first employees at Clinton, where she was known as “Walmart Bonnie,” the jovial “people greeter.”
Mrs. Aday is survived by her daughter, Twila Coffey (Michael) of Prescott, Ariz.; and son Gary Aday (Karen) of Little Rock, Ark.; her eldest child, Jehree Bone (Gayle), is deceased; her five grandchildren are Michelle Bone Glover, Michael Bone, Lindsay Aday Carruth, Callie Aday and Danny Aday. She has four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers: Roy Dean Dempsey, Allen Aday, Danny Aday, Mike Bone, Chip Ellis, and Billy Rhoades.
Visitation was Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, Ark. Funeral service was 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Clinton, where she was a long-time member, with Rev. Gayle Bone officiating. Burial was in Clinton Cemetery alongside her husband. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Doris Lavern Isom-Horton passed away Sept. 14, 2013, in Clinton, Ark. She was born Oct. 30, 1940, at Botkinburg. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, aunt, cousin, sister and friend.
She is preceded in death by her parents Charley and Gracie (Bigelow) Isom; son Jamey Mack Horton; sisters, Nina Jean Isom, Nancy George, Jean McCaslin; brothers, Charlie B. Isom Jr. and Jackie Isom; three husbands, Cecil Delk, Charles G. Gaddy and Buster Horton.
She was of the Pentecostal faith. She loved going to church, loved to be with her family and friends, and loved to work. Her favorite past time was going to yard sales and thrift stores.
Survivors: daughter Sherry Delk Chapman (Roger) of Choctaw; sons Jackie B. Isom of Clinton, Johnny Delk of Harrison, and Jimmy Gaddy of Shirley; step-children Donald Delk of Shirley, Shirley McKenzie (Ralph) of Little Rock, Glenda Evans of Little Rock; grandchildren Dori Delk, Nancy Jean Isom, Ranae Wilson, James Wilson, Kelly Wilson, Jessi Deertz, Hannah and Ryan Gaddy; great-grandchildren Marissa Delk, Kyli Revello, Jaden Mackey, Kaleb Wilson, Sophyia Wilson and Xzavier Golden; and nine step-grandchildren; sisters Margaret Johnson of Clinton, Lois Treece (Larry) of Shirley, Martha Mulford (Mark) of Harrison, JoAnn Isom of Clinton, and Elsie Hensley (Jerry) of Little Rock; brothers Allen G. Isom of Clinton, Gerold Don Isom (Helen) of Clinton, Charles G. “Charlie” Isom (MaxAnne) of Center Ridge; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers: Warren Johnson, James Wison, Alvin Isom, Donald Delk, Tommy Delk and David Delk.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, and funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, with Pastor Don Mulford officiating. Burial will follow at Pee Dee Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Charles Eugene Bradley, 64, of Shirley, Ark., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. He was born Dec. 29, 1948, to Howard and Annice (Hensley) Bradley.
He was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Annice Bradley; four brothers, Arthur, Jerry, Larry and Jimmy Bradley; three sisters, Loreeta Bradley Williams, Brabara Bradley Davidson, and Reva Bradley Robersson, all of Shirley. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Roden Bradley of the home; two sons, Scott and Kim Bradley of Shirley and Dax and Melanie Bradley of North Carolina; two daughters, Rheanna Roden of Shirley and Melonie Roden Burton of Jacksonville; nine grandchildren, Brandy Bradley Cullum, Gwendlyn Kay Bradley, Derek Bradley, Alexandra (Ali) Bradley of Shirley, Seth Bradley of Greenbrier, James Bradley of North Carolina, Kristi Parttridge of Harrison, Brady Kisner of Mississippi, and Bradley Layne Burton; four great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Davis, Hunter, Isaiah and Jeremiah Parttridge; one brother, John L. Bradley of Shirley; and two sisters, Carol Bradley Sullins of Fairfield Bay and Althea Bradley Olejniczak of Clinton.
He was much loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him, working with him, playing music with him or fishing with him. We love you “Charlie B.”
The family will meet with friends and family from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel in Clinton, Ark. Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Shirley First Baptist Church. Private inurnment. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Arkansas Hospice, 1014 Markham St. Suite #1, Conway, AR 72032, and Arkansas Childrens Hospital of Little Rock, Cancer Research Center. Cremation and memorial arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton, Ark. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
David “Ralph” Lovell, 75, of Clinton, Ark., passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. He was born Feb. 18, 1938, in Clinton, Ark., to the late David Carl and Pearl (Weaver) Lovell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Junior, Lane, Waymon, Billy and Doyle Lovell; and one sister, Violet Stobaugh.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Alice Sue Lovell; his son Karl (Teresa) Lovell; and two grandchildren, Shelby and Haley Lovell, all of Clinton; and two sisters, Oma Lively of Clinton and Mary Joe Appleby of Conway.
Pallbearers: Karl Lovell, Shelby Lovell, Leroy Longshore, Manuel Hooten, David Appleby and Morris Jennings. Honorary pallbearers: Ronald Allen, Louis Bigelow, Doyne Barnaum.
Visitation will be Friday 5-8 p.m. Sept. 20, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel in Clinton, Ark. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, with Bill Crumley officiating. Burial will follow at Pee Dee Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Linda Faye Murray, 65, of Culpepper Community, Ark., died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at her home surround by her family. She was born Nov. 12, 1947, in the Culpepper Community to Edward and Maeola (Brannon) Story.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Maeola Story, and one son Jerry Lynn Campbell. She is survived by her husband, Kevin M. Murray of the home; one son, Thomas and Rhonda Green of Clinton, Ark.; two sisters, Norma and Vernon Cox of Clinton, and Eddye Jo and Art Morrison of North Carolina; one brother, Douglas Story of Clinton; three grandchildren, Wesley Tomes, Kristin Campbell and Garret Green; one great-grandchild Xavier Tomes; and many nieces, nephews and close friends.
Pallbearers: Kevin Merryman, Robert Son Jr., Thomas Murray, Vernon Cox, Jay Donahue and Art Morrison.
Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, and funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Clinton. Burial will follow in Culpepper Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton, Ark. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Charlen Willoughby Finton Cullum, age 76, quietly went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sept. 12, 2013, at her home in North Little Rock, Ark. She was born July 25, 1937, to the late James and Thelma Willoughby. Charlen was a loving wife, mother, sister and daughter who constantly put others before herself. She lived a Christ-like life helping others whenever the opportunity arose, giving her all for those around her. She was a faithful member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ, in Oak Grove, Ark.
Mrs. Cullum was a hard worker. She worked for 54 years in the business world at General Electric Credit, American Prestige, and The Student Loan Foundation of Arkansas. She was a conscientious employee who always took her work seriously. According to those with whom she worked, she was a joy to be around.
Recently a friend of the family was quoted as saying, “She was a wonderful woman who was the definition of a true lady inside and out. She had a sweet heart and a beautiful smile. I loved her and am blessed for knowing her. Everyone around her always felt so loved by her and loved her in return.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Thelma Willoughby, as well as a brother who died at birth, Scotty Willoughby. She was also married to Billy Hugh Finton, who passed away in 1997.
She is survived by her husband, Farris Carl Cullum of North Little Rock; her brother Jim Willoughby Jr. of Clinton; three sisters, Kathryn Ballard and Jean Robison, both of Conway, and Verlen Drew of Clinton, as well as her only child, Mark Finton of Trenton, Tenn., his wife Stephanie Finton; and two grandchildren, Parker and Kinlee Finton of Trenton, Tenn.
Pallbearers: Jerry Odom, Josh Odom, Jake Odom, John Gardner, Jack Ballard, Hollis Robison, Louis Jackson, and Mark Cullum.
Funeral service was 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, Ark., with Brother Keith Almond, Garry Martin, and Mark Finton officiating. Burial was at Clinton Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
John Robert Shaw, 64, of Clinton, Ark., died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. He was born May 21, 1949, in Madisonville, Texas, to John and Rachel Shaw. He was a Navy veteran.
Preceded in death by his father, and sister Jackie Stroope. He is survived by wife Mary Catherine (Winnie) Shaw; two sons, Cameron Shaw and Thomas Morgan; two daughters, Dana Molbert (Anthony), and Wendy Smith (Jarrod); three grandchildren; his mother; sister Billie Kloder; brother Carl Shaw.
Service was Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at the Shaw family home.
Naomi Jean Wyman, 72, of Neosho, Mo., died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. She was born in Jall, N.M., on My 1, 1941, to James and Joe Ella Buffington. She was raised in Shirley, Ark., and lived in Shirley until 1992 when she moved to Seneca, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Patrick Dennis Gray; husband Keith Wyman; and brother Jimmie Clyde Buffington. Survivors include one sister, Lillian “Bonnie” Buffington; one daughter, Joni Ann (Gray) Otto; two sons, Roger Oliver Gray and wife Tracy, and David A. Robison Jr. and wife Gala; two stepdaughters, Cindy Lou Wyman and Pamela Kay Wyman; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home in Seneca, Mo., and graveside service and burial were at Eglantine Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, with Pastor Ed Wilson officiating.