El Dorado News-Times - - Obituaries -


Charles Der­wood Cameron of El Dorado, Arkansas passed away at the age of

93 at Shreve­port, Louisiana on Jan­uary 7, 2019. He was born Septem­ber 5, 1925 in

Union County, near Wes­son,

Arkansas. Charles was the son of the late Charles

Eu­gene and Cor­nelia “Pat”

McKin­non Cameron, both mem­bers of Pi­o­neer Fam­i­lies of Union County.

Charles at­tended school at the nearby Wes­son School and was drafted into the

United States Army while a high school se­nior in 1943. After Charles fin­ished ba­sic train­ing at Bend, Ore­gon, he was as­signed to the Tenth Ar­mored Di­vi­sion of the Third Army un­der Gen­eral Ge­orge Pat­ton. His unit was soon sent to the Eu­ro­pean Theater where he served in a num­ber of battles in Europe in­clud­ing the Bat­tle of the Bulge. Charles was hon­or­ably dis­charged with a rank of Sergeant in 1946. He was awarded the uro­pean–African–Mid­dle Eastern Cam­paign Rib­bon with 3 Bronze Stars, Vic­tory Medal, Good Con­duct Medal, and 3 Over­seas Bars.

Charles was a 1948 grad­u­ate of Mag­no­lia A & M Col­lege earn­ing an As­so­ciate De­gree in Arts and fur­thered his education at The Na­tional Trade School at Kansas City, Mis­souri where he re­ceived his de­gree in Ar­chi­tec­tural Draft­ing in 1948 and in Ar­chi­tec­tural En­gi­neer­ing Draft­ing in 1949. Later in 1949, Charles re­turned to El Dorado where he joined the firm of John B Ab­bott Ar­chi­tec­ture and qual­i­fied to be an As­so­ciate, Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects. Charles con­tin­ued with the firm un­til re­tire­ment in 2009.

Charles was a mem­ber of the First United Methodist Church in El Dorado. He was kind­ness per­son­i­fied, a de­voted hus­band, loved big band mu­sic, fly fish­ing, good south Arkansas cook­ing, the Ra­zor­backs, morn­ing cof­fee with friends, sto­ry­telling, road trips to the Gulf Coast, Jeop­ardy and morn­ing drives to the coun­try where he grew up. He was a mem­ber of the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety, The Sons of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion.

Charles was pre­ceded in death by his brother, James

“Gus” Gray­don Cameron.

Charles is sur­vived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Bil­lie Ra­phiel Cameron of El Dorado, Arkansas; nephew, Ken Cameron and wife Julie, their chil­dren, Jen­nifer, Christo­pher, Lisa, and David; nephew, Charles Cameron and wife Carol and their chil­dren James and Lau­rel; niece, Cindy Cameron Wadsworth and hus­band Richard and their chil­dren, Cameron and Car­son June; sis­ter-in-laws, Martha Sue Ra­phiel and Ear­line Stur­di­vant Cameron; cousins, Ron Pon­der and wife Carol and their sons, Scott and Jeff, and Paula Raines and hus­band Ed and their daugh­ter, Mor­gan, and John Ful­len­wider.

Charles’ fam­ily would like to of­fer a special thank you to the Wil­lis-Knighton Pier­re­mont ICU staff and care­givers in Shreve­port, Louisiana and to the emer­gency room staff at the Med­i­cal Cen­ter of South Arkansas. Also, a special thank you to the Fire Sta­tion 3 per­son­nel in El Dorado, Arkansas.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily sug­gests memo­rial do­na­tions may be made to The Pleas­ant Hill Ceme­tery Fund at Re­gions Bank, El Dorado Main, 100 East Peach Street, El Dorado, AR 71730.

At the re­quest of the de­ceased, there will not be a fu­neral or memo­rial ser­vice. At a later date, Mr. Cameron’s re­mains will be buried in the fam­ily plot at Pleas­ant Hill Ceme­tery near Wes­son, Arkansas.


James Don­ald “Don” Camp­bell was born June 1, 1925 in Moun­tain View, Arkansas to James Thur­man and May Lackey Camp­bell. Hav­ing a ser­vant spirit, he be­gan his adult life by serv­ing his coun­try and fin­ished by serv­ing his Lord and min­is­ter­ing to those around him.

In May 1943, he left Moun­tain View to join the Army Air Corps and by the end of WWII he was a rated B-25 pi­lot and had been se­lected to be­come a P-38 fighter pi­lot. Fol­low­ing the war, he at­tended Hen­drix Col­lege and grad­u­ated with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion. He mar­ried Mar­garet Ane Cain in 1954 in Lit­tle Rock and they had four chil­dren, Cathy, Carol, Jim, and Martha. In ad­di­tion to Lit­tle Rock, they lived for a time in El Dorado and Pine Bluff, as well as Ya­zoo City, Mississippi, and Amite, Louisiana. They re­turned to Lit­tle Rock in 2010 where Mar­garet Ane pre­de­ceased him after over 56 years of mar­riage.

In his pro­fes­sional ca­reer he worked for var­i­ous com­pa­nies as an ac­coun­tant, au­di­tor, and comptroller.

Fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment from pro­fes­sional life, he was or­dained and served as priest of the Epis­co­pal Church of the In­car­na­tion in Amite,

Louisiana. By study­ing di­rectly un­der the in­struc­tion of the Bishop, he was the first priest in the Dio­cese of Louisiana ever to be or­dained by study­ing out­side a sem­i­nary. In ad­di­tion to his church du­ties, he also served as both a prison and a hospice chap­lain, un­til his de­clin­ing health re­sulted in his fi­nal re­tire­ment at the age of 85.

He de­parted to his heav­enly home on De­cem­ber 20, 2018; he died peace­fully in his sleep. He is sur­vived by his four chil­dren, eight grand­chil­dren and three great-grand­chil­dren.

Memo­rial Ser­vices will be Fri­day, Jan­uary 18; 11:00 at the Arkansas Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery in North Lit­tle Rock.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions to Samar­i­tan’s Purse, PO Box 3000 Boone NC 28607, or, The Mighty Oaks Foun­da­tion, 27919 Jef­fer­son Av­enue, Suite 203, Te­mec­ula, CA 92590 are ap­pre­ci­ated.


Roxie Max­ine Robert­son, 100, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on

Jan­uary 8, 2019. She was born Septem­ber 17, 1918, in Suc­cess, AR to Dr. and

Mrs. Ira (Vesta) Fowler. Roxie was a mem­ber of Cross­gate

Bap­tist Church, a Wagon

Mas­ter of Hot Wa­ter Good

Sams, past Pres­i­dent of VFW

Ladies Aux­il­iary Post # 4546 and a mem­ber of Hot Springs

Sin­gles. She is pre­de­ceased by her par­ents, daugh­ter,

Judy Dunn, hus­bands, D.C.

Wil­son and Ray­mond Robert­son, 2 broth­ers, 3 sis­ters and her soul­mate, Norman Clifton. Lov­ing sur­vivors in­clude son, Ed­win (Jan­ice) Scog­gins, of Nor­phlet; son, Charles (Mar­i­lyn) Scog­gins, of Smack­over; son, Lester Scog­gins, of Lit­tle Rock; daugh­ter, Su­san (Ron­nie Ace) Sears, of Mtn. Pine; daugh­ter Nancy La­siter, of El­ton, Ken­tucky; daugh­ter, Mary Ward, of Nor­phlet; 19 grand­chil­dren, 28 great-grand­chil­dren, and 21 great-great- grand­chil­dren. Visi­ta­tion will be 1:00 p.m. Mon­day at Caruth-Hale Fu­neral Home with fu­neral ser­vices fol­low­ing at 2:00 p.m. with Bro. Flynn Kat­tell of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial is at Crestview Ceme­tery. Guests may reg­is­ter at

(The dead­line for full obit­u­ar­ies for the next day’s news­pa­per is 3 p.m. The dead­line for death no­tices is 3 p.m. the day prior to pub­li­ca­tion. Obit­u­ar­ies sub­mit­ted after these dead­lines will not be pub­lished the next day, but will run in the fol­low­ing day’s news­pa­per. For more in­for­ma­tion about costs of obit­u­ar­ies and pho­tos, call 870862-6611).




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