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Patsy Burks

Patsy Jean Burks, 74, of Sul­phur Springs, died Wed­nes­day, Oct. 24, 2018, at her home.

She was born on Nov. 22, 1943, in Jay, Okla., to Sylvester Cox and Nel­lie Mae Cun­ning­ham Cox. She was the widow of the late Royce Burks. She was a home­maker who en­joyed get­ting to­gether with her fam­ily.

She is sur­vived by two sons, Wil­liam Franklin Down­ing and Jer­im­iah Wayne Down­ing; one daugh­ter, Bar­bara Sue McFar­lan; two step­sons, Rocky Down­ing and Ted Down­ing; one step­daugh­ter, Ce­cilia Down­ing; two broth­ers, Wes­ley Cox and Dale Otis Cox; two sis­ters, Loretta Higgs and Stella Bow­man; five grand­chil­dren; and sev­eral great­grand­chil­dren.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, her par­ents and five broth­ers.

Grave­side ser­vices were held at the Zena Cemetery in Zena, Okla., on Fri­day, Oct. 26, with Vic Lut­trell of­fi­ci­at­ing. Ar­range­ments were by Back­strom-Pyeatte Fu­neral Home of Siloam Springs.

Carl Florer

Carl Florer, 77, of De­catur, died Oct. 22, 2018, in Ben­tonville.

He was born Aug. 22, 1941, in De­catur, to Aldo and Lula Dill Florer. He was an ex­ca­va­tor, a mem­ber of the De­catur Assem­bly of God and served in the Army Na­tional Guard.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; and one brother, Cliff Florer.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Ellen Hall Florer of the home; chil­dren, Se­gan Lowham and hus­band Casey of Ben­tonville, Nathan Florer and wife Jes­sica of De­catur, and Kevin Lackey of De­catur; his sib­lings, Ralph Florer of Phoenix, Ariz., and Eva Lou Fore­man of De­catur; grand­chil­dren, Caylee and Cade Burns, Casey and Sa­van­nah Lowham, Chan­dler Lowham, Chayce Lowham, Madi­son and Noah El­liott, Makenna and Malo­rie Florer; and four great-grand­chil­dren.

Fu­neral ser­vices were Satur­day, Oct. 27, at the De­catur Assem­bly of God Church, with pri­vate in­ter­ment in the Fall­ing Springs Cemetery, De­catur. Ar­range­ments were by Ben­ton County Fu­neral Home, Rogers.

John Henry ‘J.H.’ Keith

John Henry “J.H.” Keith, 89, a res­i­dent of Pryor, Okla. and for­mer life­long res­i­dent of Cen­ter­ton and Hi­wasse, passed away at the Colo­nial Ter­race Care Cen­ter in Pryor on Mon­day, Oct. 22, 2018.

He was born April 1, 1929, to James Rus­sell and Gla­dys (Ed­wards) Keith in Hi­wasse.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; one sis­ter and brother-in-law, June (Keith) Cover and Oral Cover of Pea Ridge.

J.H. is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife of eight years, Rowena (An­der­son, Eas­tom) Keith of Pryor, Okla.; one sis­ter, Carolyn (Keith) Moore and hus­band, Glenn “Tom” Moore of Beech­bot­tom WV, and nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews.

J.H. at­tended school in Hi­wasse and was a mem­ber of the grad­u­at­ing class of 1947. He served in the U.S. Army both in the U.S. and Ger­many in the 1950s.

J.H. was a hous­ing de­vel­oper in Cen­ter­ton and was long time ex­trac­tor of fer­til­izer from the poul­try in­dus­try which was common in North­west Arkansas in ear­lier days.

He was very de­voted to his Lord and Sav­ior, Je­sus Christ, and was a mem­ber of the Spavinaw House of Wor­ship in Spavinaw, Ok.

Cre­ma­tion ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Ship­man’s Fu­neral Home in Pryor, Okla., with in­ter­ment at a later date.


Lil Martin

Lil Martin, 98, for­merly of Sul­phur Springs, and Tulsa, Okla., died Sept. 13, 2018, in Vero Beach, Fla.

She was born in Alma and grew up in Tulsa, where she met her hus­band, Spec. In 1980, Lil and Spec moved to their Low Cha­parral Ranch out­side Sul­phur Springs, where they made very spe­cial mem­o­ries with fam­ily and friends. She at­tended the Gravette Church of Christ. She en­joyed the quilt­ing group and the Sul­phur Springs Friendly Neigh­bor’s Club. She moved to Vero Beach in 2006.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band of 69 years, Spec Martin; her son, Roger Martin; her sis­ters, The­dra and Mau­rine Rogers; and her par­ents, Ralph and Lil­lye Rogers.

She is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Deb­bie and hus­band Bill of Vero Beach; three grand­sons, Brian and wife Am­ber of Dal­las, Texas, Bran­don and wife Laura of Mi­ami, Fla., and Chad and wife Mary of Whid­bey Is­land, Wash.; and five great-grand­chil­dren, Cara, Holly, Alex, Clare and Ad­di­son.

A grave­side ser­vice to be held in Alma will be an­nounced at a later date. Ar­range­ments are by Strunk Fu­neral Home in Vero Beach.



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