Olen Carl Chambers II, age 86, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 12, 2013 at his home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. He was born on June 9, 1927 in Mena, Arkansas to Olen and Vivian Chambers. He graduated from Mena High School. After high school he joined the US Army Air Forces, and served in the Korean War. Olen then worked as an electrician with the IBEW Local Union 611. He retired after 45 years. Olen was a member of the Lion’s Club, Elks, Masonic Order, and Moose Lodge. He belonged to Moose Legion 134 and Lodge 1517 where he was a life member. He received his 50 year life certificate and his Fellowship Degree of Merit. He was Past Governor for Lodge 1680, Past District 6 President, Past Grand North in Moose Legion 134, Past Arizona-New Mexico Moose Association President, Past Moose International Deputy Supreme Governor, Past Moose International Legion Ambassador, and Present Life Member of the highest degree to be received: The Pilgrim Degree of Merit. Friday was his day to spend time with his friends and Moose family at the Lodge. He loved spending time there, and recently met a special friend (“Buddy”). He enjoyed collecting stamps and coins. He loved animals, especially his two dogs Cuddles 1 and Cuddles 2. He loved being outdoors and having a garden. He could often be found listening to music and singing in his garage, while working on various tasks. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife and mother of his six children, Jimmie Sue Chambers; his wife, Betty Chambers; his son, Theodore “Teddie” Chambers; and his brother, Kenneth Chambers. Olen is survived by his five children, Linda and husband, Don Gose, Olen “O.C.” and wife, Kay Chambers, Michael and wife, Patricia Chambers, Larry and wife, Donna Chambers, and Norman and wife, Barbara Chambers; his sister’s Carol Wilson and Marilyn and husband, Eddie Ferguson; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild, and many other loving nieces, nephews and relatives. Olen “Papa” was deeply loved by his family, and will be greatly missed. Services were held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, on Thursday, April 18, beginning with a viewing at 9:30 a.m. with a Funeral Service held at 10:00 a.m. Interment followed at Terrace Grove Cemetery. Sign Olen’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM 43656
Mr. Wayne E. Grubb, Sr.
Mr. Wayne E. Grubb, Sr., age 80, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Pinson, Alabama.
He was born April 17, 1933 in Greenwood County, Kansas to the late Charles Lee Grubb and the late Cora Mae Glendenning Grubb. He was united in marriage to the late Pearl Joy Thornton on May 22, 1961 in Eureka, Kansas. He was an Electrician by trade and was also a veteran, serving his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Grubb was a member of the Canaanland Church and was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by sons John C. Grubb and wife Jasmin of Greenwood, Arkansas, Wayne E. Grubb, Jr. and wife Jerri of Cabazon, California, Donald E. Drake and wife Margie of Pinson, Alabama, Paul Grubb of Yates Center, Kansas; daughters Judy Ann Brisco of Mena, Arkansas, Bonnie Ashlock of Quincy, Kansas; sister Carol McKinzie and husband James of Eldorado, Kansas; Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Cora Grubb, his wife, Pearl Grubb, and a son, Chuck Grubb.
Funeral services were Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Canaanland Church with Brother Perry Hart and Brother Jason Barnes officiating. Interment followed in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation was general.
Military Honors were rendered by the United States Marine Corps and Polk County Veteran’s Organizations. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Canaanland Church.
Pallbearers were Donnie Drake, Chance Allen, Dean Heath, Lanny Ozanich, Billy Hull and Stacy Nash.
Online obituary available at http://www.beasleywoodfuenralhome.com/ 43657
Donald F. Keeler
Donald F. Keeler, age 65, of Mena passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Mena, Arkansas.
He was born June 28, 1947 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Charles Keeler and the late Mamie Bass Keeler. He was married to Vinia Spurling Keeler. Donald was a carpenter by profession. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and a friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed by all.
He is survived by wife Vinia Keeler of Mena, Arkansas; daughter Frankie and husband Raymond Watson of Waldron, Arkansas; son Charles Keeler and wife Charlotte of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; grand-daughters Erin Owens and husband Derek of Waldron, Arkansas, Kaylin Watson of Waldron, Arkansas; grand-sons Mark Watson and wife Melissa of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Brody Creel of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; great-grandchildren Macey and Evan Owens; brother R. D. Piper of Mena, Arkansas.
Graveside services were Monday, April 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rock Springs Cemetery in Posey Hollow, Arkansas with Brother Roy Bass, Jr. and Brother Lyndell Lyda officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Family and friends visitation was Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Randy Horton, Jimmy Wagner, Damon Smith, Daniel Wade, Larry Wade, and Steven Egger. 43658
Foy Earl Varner, Sr.
Foy Earl Varner, Sr. age 89, of Alder Springs, died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at his home. He was born on Tuesday, January 15, 1924 to Earl and Pearlie Brewer Varner in Hatfield, Arkansas.
After graduating from Hatfield High School, Foy served in the United States Army from May 1943 until 1945. He was injured while serving with the 468th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion. He then served as a Military Police Officer until he was released at Fort Chaffee on December 24, 1945. He married his first wife, Georgia D. Smith, August 2, 1942. He moved to Galveston, Texas, and owned the Overhead Door Company for 20 years. He then worked as the president and general manager of Consolidated Systems, Inc. in Galveston and was the past president of Galveston County Contractors’ Association. While living in Texas he served as an elder for the West End Church of Christ and after his retirement moved to Arkansas where he has been a member of the Hatfield Church of Christ. He was a Master Mason, Scottish Mason, Colonel for the El Mina Mini Patrol and he was actively involved in raising funds for the Shriner’s Children’s Burn Hospital for many years. After moving to Hatfield He married Doris Matzke on December 30, 1990. He loved wood working, gardening, telling his old war stories and playing county music. Foy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.
Foy is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife of 47 years, Georgia Dee Smith Varner; one brother, Troy Lee Varner and one sister, Opal Cannon.
He is survived by his second wife of 23 years, Doris Matzke Varner of the home; two sons and daughters in law, Foy Jr. and Helen Varner, of Jacksonville, Texas, and Carl and Diane Matzke of Madisonville, Texas: four daughters and sons in law, Carla and Ron Broussard Sr. of Mena, Darla and Allen Smith of Mena, Cynthia and Phil Clayton of Chapel Hill, Texas, and Hope Motz of Luling, Texas; three brothers, Walter Varner, Sam Varner and Bob Varner all of Hatfield and one sister, June Fudge of Mena, twenty grandchildren and forty five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hatfield Church of Christ with Ron Broussard Sr. and Kevin Randolph officiating. Interment followed at the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of at Bowser Family Funeral in Mena. Visitation was held Monday, April 22, 2013 from 6-8 P.M. at Bowser Family Funeral Chapel in Mena.
Pallbearers were Ted Dunavant, Ronnie Broussard, Hunter Lynch, Flint Matzke, Jessie Hedgpeth, Foy E. Varner III and Allen Smith.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Hatfield Church of Christ, P.O. Box 176, Hatfield, Arkansas 71945.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com 43659
Frances A. Fair
Frances A. Fair, age 68, passed away April 15, 2013. She was born November 22, 1944 in Pencil Bluff, AR to the late Odar and Rosa Bell Mays. Frances was self-employed and a homemaker for many years. She was a member of Christian Mission Ministries.
She is survived by 2 Sons, Freddy Fair Jr and wife Becky of Pencil Bluff, and J.D. Fair of Pencil Bluff; grandchildren, Ashley Fair, Patrick Fair, Christopher Fair, Tyler, Fair and Sara Fair; sisters-in-laws, Ruth Mays, Sue Williams and Glenda Fair.
She was preceded in death by parents, Odar and Rosa Bell Mays; husband, Freddy Fair Sr.; and brother, David Mays.
Arrangements were made under the direction of Thornton Funeral Home. 43666