Franklin Delano Andrews, 80, Mena, Arkansas formerly of Dallas, Texas passed away Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at his home. He was born August 25th, 1933 in Dallas.
Frank was a very loving husband, father, and friend to many. He worked for over 37 years for Yellow Freight, having also been a member the Dallas Local Teamsters Union. He was a member of the Good Sams Traveling Club, and adored his church family at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mena. Mr. Andrews served our country in the Korean Conflict while serving the US Navy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years and mother of his children, Elizabeth Andrews, and Josephine Davidson.
Cherishing his memory are his 4 children, Debbie Barry, Terrie Sellner, Barbara Andrews, and Richard Andrews; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and his loving companion, PoohBear.
The family will receive friends from 9:00 until 11:00 AM, Thursday March 6th, 2014 in Mena at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and from 10:00 to 11:00 Friday at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Dallas.
A celebration of Mr. Andrew’s life will be held at 1:00 Thursday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mena. He will be laid to rest following a graveside service on Friday at 1:00 at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas.
The online obituary, guestbook, and memorial tribute are available at www.grossfuneralhome.com.
Jimmie Thomas Davis, Jr.
Jimmie Thomas Davis, Jr. was born June 9th 1930, in King, Arkansas and went home to his Lord and Savior on February 16, 2014. He was born to Jimmie Thomas Davis, Sr. and Alma Ree Brown Davis. The family lived in Western and Central Arkansas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma where he attended many different schools. Jimmie attended high school in Acorn, Arkansas. He worked the wheat harvest for three summers, and then graduated high school in 1949.
Following graduation Jimmie worked for the Arkansas Highway Department and enlisted into the Army National Guard. His unit was mobilized in December 1950 and was sent to Korea where he served 14 months.
After returning home, Jimmie was joined in marriage to Gladiola Elizabeth McLelland on August 1, 1952 in Mt. Ida, Arkansas.
Jimmie began his career in 1952 as a Western Electric Installer. In 1953 Jimmie and Gladys made their home in Oklahoma City where they would raise their family. Jimmie was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in 1960, where he was active and held several offices. He retired from Western Electric with nearly 32 years in 1983. He then worked for the University of Oklahoma Telecommunications until 1998.
Jimmie had a love for steam engine trains that started when he was just a kid. He got the opportunity to drive a train at the age of 12. Jimmie loved to share this with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He was survived by his wife, Gladys, of the home; sister Joyce Barber of Little Rock, Arkansas; daughter Patricia Hitt of Oklahoma City; son Dusty Davis and wife Donna of Elk City, Oklahoma; 5 Grandchildren: Stephanie Caldwell and husband Dustin of Yukon, Oklahoma; Patrick Hitt of Blanchard, Oklahoma; Jodi Davis of Elk City, Oklahoma; Taylor Smith and husband Clayton of Overland Park, Kansas; and Nathan Enriquez of Del City, Oklahoma; 8 Great- Grandchildren, Aaron, Payton, Madalynn, Brooklynn, John, Caitlynn, Henry and Reed, and a host of Nieces and Nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leon Davis; two sisters, Alma Joan Davis and Louise Davis Baker.
Bonnie Fay Fryar
Bonnie Fay Fryar, 81 of Vernon, Texas died on Monday, March 3, 2014, in Vernon, Texas.
Funeral services will be held March 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Ark. under the arrangement of Sullivan Funeral Home, Vernon, TX. Officiating will be Rev. Roger Bishop. Interment will be held at Foster Cemetery.
Bonnie was born Monday, October 10, 1932 in Caddo, Oklahoma; she was the daughter of the late John French and the late Naomi Fay Roberts French. She married I.V. Fryar in 1950 he preceded her in death in 1998. She had lived in Vernon for the past six years moving here from Mena, Ark. She had worked for 20 years at Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Mena, Ark. She was a member of Concord Baptist Church and was baptised February 16, 1997.
She is survived by four Daughters, Mary Davis of Mena, AR, Dottie Davis of Booneville, AR, Goldie Voelkel of Vernon, TX, Fay Frachiseur of Grannis, AR; three Sons, Russell Fryar of Mena, AR, I.V. Fryar, Jr. of Mena, AR, William Fryar of Mena, AR; one Brother, Johnny Ray French of Willcox, AZ; fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and a son Ray Fryar and two sisters Ladella Allison, Doris Stratton.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:00 to 8:00 Pm at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made to Alternative Program at Wilbarger General Hospital.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com
Annette Schroeder, 63, passed away on February 27, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. She was a beloved wife, sister, mother, and friend.
Annette was born in Little Rock. She graduated from Bryant High School in 1967. Annette earned her BSE in Mathematics at Henderson State University. She taught high school math for 27 years and inspired several generations of students.
She was an owner of the Fish Net Restaurant in Mena, Arkansas.
Annette was preceded in death by her parents, James and Louise Myers.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Schroeder, of Prairie Grove; a sister, Sue Cooper, of Albany, Kentucky; her daughter, Christy Henry and husband David, of Prairie Grove; a son, Kyle Cannon and wife Gretchen, of Hatfield; a son, Matthew Cannon and wife Leah, of Mena; a son Mark Cannon and wife Luci, of Mena; and 11 beautiful grandchildren.
Arrangements for cremation were made with Gonzalaez Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas.
A memorial service has been planned for Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Mena. There will be another memorial service at her church in Prairie Grove at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Annette Cannon Schroeder Scholarship Fund, the account has been set-up at the Union Bank of Mena, PO Box 898, Mena, AR 71953. The scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of the Cossatot River School District. Local arrangements are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
Barbara Harper Lightfoot
Barbara Joan Harper Lightfoot, 80, of Bryan, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. A time for family to receive friends was held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014 at Central Church of Christ, 1600 East 29th Street, Bryan, 77802. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Central Church of Christ in Bryan with Minister Bob Wolfert officiating. Interment followed at Rest-Ever Memorial Park.
Barbara was born on November 24, 1933 to Otto “Jack” and Inez (Arnold) Harper in San Antonio. She graduated from Acorn High School in Mena, Arkansas in 1951. Barbara’s world revolved around being side-by-side and hand-in-hand with her soul mate, Bill, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved the pine trees and cool, clear waters of Arkansas. Barbara enjoyed the simple things in life. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing her was moved by the warmth of her spirit, beauty and grace – she turned strangers into friends and her friends into family. Her beautiful smile, lipstick kisses and unconditional love will be missed by everyone who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her son-in-law, Carl Cathey; parents, Jack and Inez Harper; brother, Jack B. Harper and his wife Mary; brother, Richard A. Harper; father and mother-in-law, Willis and Mamie Lightfoot and sister-in-law, Athena “Ann” Sinko and her husband John.
Barbara leaves behind her high school sweetheart and loving husband of 62 years, Bill Lightfoot; sons, Bill Lightfoot Jr. and wife Renae, Jay Lightfoot and wife Jennifer; daughters, Jana Fonville and husband Dean, Cindy Lightfoot, Lori Kessler and husband Doug, Jenny Pettit and husband John; 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters, Virginia Moore and husband John of Waco, Pat Gochnour and husband Don of West and Mary Jackson and husband Brad of Conway, AR and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, anyone who has known Barbara, please plant a rose bush in your yard or at your church in her honor. Monetary donations may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th Street, Bryan or any church of your choice.
The family would also like to extend special thanks to those who provided loving care to Barbara, especially Dr. Nancy Dickey and the staff of Brazos Valley Hospice.
Please share memories and tributes to Barbara at www.hillierfuneralhome.com