Anneliese Donegan 90, of Camden AR, entered the kingdom of Heaven on May 25, 2016 at 10:03pm surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her husband, John Patrick Donegan; her mother and father, George and Martha Sendelbach; and her sister, Margaret Smith. She is survived by her son, Colin Donegan and his wife, Louise of Roxbury, NJ; and her daughter, Tracy Shambley and her husband, Randy of Camden AR. She was the proud grandmother of 6 grandchildren, Jessica Porsch and Chelsea Betts of Camden AR and Erin Murphy, Sean Donegan and Christopher Donegan of Roxbury NJ and Megan Bell of Wantage, NJ. She also had the ultimate joy of being a great grandmother to Julia Porsch, Aleah and Landon Betts and Kathryn and Brian Murphy. Anneliese was a proud member of St Louis Catholic Church in Camden Arkansas. She was born Anneliese Sendelbach on January 29, 1926 in Kassel, Germany. She grew up during the Horrors of World War 2, but she was brave and determined to keep God first despite the tyranny of Germany's third Reich laws. At the age of 25 she struck out on her own to start a new life in America, crossing the Atlantic, all alone but unafraid. While in America she met and married John P Donegan and started family life in Denville, NJ. She was a devout Catholic, active in the local church and was a beloved Bus Driver for many years with the Denville Township Board of Education. Ultimately her most cherished accomplishment other than her family came in 1958 when she officially became a Citizen of the United States of America! It was one of the proudest days of her life!! Later in life...she would write in her journal: "I fell in love with America, not for its so called riches, rather I loved America because of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion and to be free to do as I please within the Law of God and Country. Did I have to struggle? You bet I did!! I still do...who doesn't? But the good in my life always stands out the most and I never once regretted that I "chose" to become an American!! However, I am saddened sometimes that people have not learned from past History...to love one another more, as God intended for all of us to do. But alas, we are the people...for the people and by the people...and it should start with each and every one of us. If only everyone could learn to do that, how Heavenly this world would be!" Visitation will be from 6-8 on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Proctor Funeral Home and funeral services will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church at 3pm on May 28, 2016. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that friends and family please make donations to the American Diabetes Association. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Ruth Ann Wilson Barrett
Ruth Ann Wilson Barrett, 56, of Camden, passed away May 24, 2016 at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. She was born to Billy and Jean Wilson July 13, 1959 in Camden as the fifth of six children. She was a loving mother and grandmother and touched every soul she ever met. Greeting her in Heaven are her parents, Billy and Jean Wilson; her brothers, Billy Dale Wilson and Phil Carter; her children’s father, Mike Barrett; and her granddaughter, Brooklann Roberson. Left to morn her passing include her partner, Doyle Vaughn, of Camden; daughters, Ashley Whitelaw and fiancé, Sam Butts, of Magnolia; Michelle and E.J. Barrett, of Camden; and Danica McRae, of Camden; brothers, Randy and Donna Wilson, of Camden; Will and Shirley Carter, of Milton, Fla.; sister, Judy and Ray Moore, of Conway; sisters-in-law, Sheila Fondran, of Delaware, and Barbara Crawford Carter, of Uriah, Ala.; grandchildren, Braden Roberson, Skyler Green and Madison Baker, Daniel Stafford, and Luke, Nick and Noah Butts; along with a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends. A graveside service will take place at 10 a.m., Sat., May 28, at Mount Horeb Cemetery in Elliot with Brother Don Phillips officiating.
James William McClain
James William McClain, Jr. age 78 of Warren, Arkansas died Monday, May 23, 2016. He was born December 23, 1937, in Cleveland County, Arkansas to James William McClain, Sr. and Ollie Mae Beaty McClain. He was retired from Potlatch Corporation with thirty-two years of service as the Bradley Yard Foreman. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church of Warren. Mr. McClain was a fifty plus year member of the Masonic Lodge #33, F. & A. M. of Warren, serving as the Worshipful Master and also serving as treasurer of the lodge for a number of years. Preceding him in death was a daughter Marion Gail McClain, a grandson Coty Allen McClain, and a great-grandson Gabriel Sullivan, a brother Albert (Bud) McClain and two sisters Doris McClain Coker and Billie Maxine McClain. Survivors are his wife Gala Vinson McClain, whom he married November 30, 1956; two sons: James E. "Jim" McClain (Cheryl) of Maumelle, and Thomas L. "Tommy" McClain (Robbin) of Little Rock; two daughters: Ramona McClain Smith of Vilonia, and Stacy McClain Hargrove (Jeff) of Cabot; six grandchildren: Julianna Smith Yeatman, Hannah Smith Sullivan, Zachary Keaton McClain, Zoe Elizabeth McClain, Gavin McClain Hargrove, and Kyzer Luke Hargrove; one great-grandchild Harrison Jax Yeatman. He is also survived by three sisters: Dorothy Smith of Sheridan, Martha Spakes of Memphis, TN., and Jo Small of Pine Bluff. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 26 at Frazers Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Rye, Arkansas. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 25 from 6-8 pm. A Special thanks to Hospice Home Care of Faulkner County, Arkansas for providing superior care for James.
Charlie Avery was born April 22,1937 to Dorsey Avery and Sarah Mills Avery in Louann, AR. He departed this life May 22, 2016 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City, MO. Charlie joined Pilgrim Baptist Church at an early age under the leadership of Rev. W.M. Bryant. He started playing piano and singing when he was very young. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957. He united in holy matrimony to Shirley Baker on January 14, 1958. Charlie and Shirley relocated to Kansas City, MO in January 1958. He served in the United States Army from 1960 to 1962. He worked for the Gas Service Company for 31 years. After retiring he also worked for Harte Hanks Company. He joined Haven of Rest Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Nathaniel Nelson, now deceased. His present pastor is Rev. Monscenior Cunningham He was a faithful member until his health failed. Charlie served on the Deacon Board and was pianist for the Male Chorus. He loved singing, and sang and played throughout the Kansas City area. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Otis Goodwin, Walter Avery and Dorsie Lee Avery; three sisters, Ella Mae Lindsey, Flossie White and Bertha Sumlin. Charlie leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Shirley Avery of Kansas City, MO; two sisters, Jerelene Roberson of Kansas City, MO, and Earlene Elliott of Camden, AR; two sister-in laws, three brother- in-laws and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday May 28, 2016 at Shady Grove MBC. Interment will be held in Elliott Cemetery @ Shady Grove. Visitation will be held on Friday May 27, 2016 from 12-6:00 p.m. at Reddick Funeral Home.
Emmer Jean McCord
Emmer Jean McCord went home to be with her heavenly father on May 22, 2016. She was born on June 16, 1946, she was the daughter of Clinton and Mary Alice Pyle. She was a former resident of Dallas, TX before moving to Camden in 1993. She has been a resident of Ouachita Nursing and Rehab for several years. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two daughters, Gloria (James) Cooper of Camden, AR, Glenda (Brad) McMath of Nixa, Mo; son, Buddy (Kimberly) Brown of Hot Springs, AR; two brothers, Garland (Sandra) Pyles of Dallas, TX, Troy C. Pyle, Sr of Austin, TX; grandchildren, Christal (Michael) Welch of Camden, AR, Stephanie (Bubba) Thompson of Camden, AR, James D. Cooper of Camden, AR, Alyssa Cooper of Camden, AR, Madyson Brown of Hot Springs, AR, Macy, Mia, Micah McMath of Nixa, MO; great-grandchildren, Peyton Welch and Joshua Thompson of Camden, AR; host of nieces and nephews. Graveside service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Bethel Methodist Cemetery, El Dorado, AR.
Robert Stokes (Bob) Gundolf
Robert Stokes (Bob) Gundolf, 84, passed away Sunday, May 22 in Huntsville, Alabama. He was born on December 14, 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri to Edwin and Claudia (Stokes) Gundolf. He married Marjorie Gaddy of Camden, Arkansas on March 7, 1999. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Annette Gaddy. He is survived by his wife, Margie, three sons, Michael Gundolf and Donald Gundolf, both of Benton, Arkansas, and Quintin Gundolf, U.S. Army, Fort Stewart, Georgia; three daughters, Vanessa (Jimmy) Lovette of Liverpool, Texas, Bobbi (Bob) Willhite of Jacksonville, Arkansas, and Cynthia (Rey) Almodovar of Huntsville, Alabama; two brothers, Wallace (Sally) Gundolf of Roganville, Texas, and John (Barbara) Gundolf of Beaumont, Texas; five sisters, Myrna Enslin of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Elizabeth Harris of Little Rock, Arkansas, Mae Voegele of Conway, Arkansas, Jane (Jim) Whitnell and Mary (Wayne) Bailey, both of Kent, Washington; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force, worked several years as a concrete finisher, and retired after 36 years of service from the ALCOA chemical plant in Bauxite, Arkansas. He was a licensed auctioneer and enjoyed bluegrass, country, and especially gospel music. In his retirement years, he was dedicated to community service serving as a trustee for the Camden First Assembly of God Church in Camden, Arkansas. He was a Mason, a member of the Eastern Star, and a Gideon. He was especially proud of his volunteer work with the Boy Scouts of America, where he earned membership in The Order of the Arrow and completed Wood Badge training, both prestigious accomplishments for Boy Scout leaders. He felt his highest achievement was the honor of teaching shooting sports to hundreds of Scouts in many summer camp programs throughout the region. Bob’s funeral service will be at the Camden First Assembly of God, located at 1275 Maul Rd. in Camden, Arkansas at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Funeral services provided by the Proctor Funeral Home of Camden. Burial will be that afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Pine Crest Memorial Park at 7401 Hwy 5 North, Alexander, Arkansas. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Boy Scouts of America, Desoto Area Council, 118 W Peach St SE, El Dorado, AR 71730.
Cozette Alice Foster
Cozette Alice Foster, 83, of Camden, AR passed away Sunday May 22, 2016 at Ouachita County Medical Center. She was born January 9,1933 to Nova and Eva Lewis Ross in Spring Hill, AR. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; Nova and Eva Lewis Ross; brother, Wilburn Ross; and sisters, Ruthy Kidd and Margaret Windle. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Kelson Foster of Camden, AR; son, Stan Foster, and wife Donna of Mobile, AL; daughters, Lori Lum and husband, David of Camden, AR and LaJuan Cannon of Taylor, AR; grandsons, Chris Flynt and wife, Sara of Taylor, AR and Jacob Lum of Fayetteville, AR; granddaughter, Kelsey Lum Jacks and husband, Jacob of Little Rock, AR; four great grandchildren; and sister, Reta Anderson of Hope, AR. A graveside service will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Buddy Ratliff officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 141 Harrison Avenue, SW, Camden, AR.
Blanche Dempsey, a long-time resident of Camden, Arkansas and resident of Mt. Ida, Arkansas, went to be with her Lord and Savior May 23, 2016. She was born June 22, 1927 in Marked Tree, AR. Blanche married William Merle Dempsey September 1940. She worked at the Jacket King in Camden, Arkansas for many years and was the Union president for her co-workers. Blanche was an Avon representative and enjoyed visiting with her clients and providing them their products. She worked for Pizza Hut in Camden for over 20 years until she retired and moved to Mt. Ida to be near her daughter, Connie Carter. Blanche was a long time member of Hillside Baptist Church where she was very loved by her fellow congregation. She enjoyed many years of being a part of the Hillside Baptist summer missionary teams. Her cooking for others was a true act of love. She was full of compassion and was the happiest while taking care of others. Blanche was preceded in death by her husband, William Merle Dempsey, her mother, Ethel Kesner, her father, Al Evans and her brother, Harold Evans. She is survived by her daughter, Connie Carter and her husband, Bob Carter of Mt. Ida, AR, granddaughter Bonnie Bostic and her husband Dennis Bostic, of Marshall, TX, grandson Jimmy Burton and his wife Jill Burton, Hot Springs, AR and granddaughter Margaret Hoskyn and her husband Charles Hoskyn of Sherwood, AR. Blanche was blessed with great-grandchildren, Chris VanPelt, Cameron Mosley, Natalie Mosley and Kristin Burton and great-great grandchildren, Parker Hosman and Madelyn Lammey. Visitation will be held at Proctor Funeral Home, Camden, AR from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., May 26, 2016 with a Chapel service to begin at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Old Holly Springs Cemetery.
Henry Wilson Jones
Henry Wilson Jones, age 88, of New Edinburg, AR, died Thursday May 19, at John R. Williamson Hospice House. Born December 2, 1927, in Monroe, LA, a son of the late Ira Samuel Jones and Bernice Sessions Jones, he was a retired electrician, cattleman, timber man and poultry grower. Henry was a member of Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church where he was ordained a deacon in 1978. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and on the New Edinburg School Board. Also preceding him in death was a brother Lewis D. Jones; sisters Maxine Galbreath and Delois Ruth Adams. Survivors are his wife Rachel McClellan Jones whom he married June 11, 1954. 3 daughters Peggy Cole and spouse Rickey of El Dorado, AR, Deborah Jones of New Edinburg, AR and Allison Dallen and spouse Greg of Broken Arrow, OK. 1 sister Mary Craine of Palm Springs, CA. 1 sister in law Mary John Jones of Fayetteville, AR. 5 grandchildren Holly Hanry and husband Rhett of Junction City, AR, Meridith Armstrong and husband Kyle of Arkadelphia AR, Lucas Jones Dallen, Joshua Jones Dallen and Zachary Jones Dallen all of Broken Arrow, OK. 2 great grandchildren Cole Hanry and Wilson Hanry. Funeral service was 2:00 p.m. Saturday May 21, at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Billy Wilson, Greg Dallen, Ricky Cole and John McClellan officiating. Janice Sullivan was organist. Burial with flag presentation was in Reaves Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Rhett Hanry, Hally Hanry, Cole Hanry, Wilson Hanry, Meridith Armstrong, Kyle Armstrong, Lucas Dallen and Joshua Dallen. Honorary pallbearers were the friends of Henry Jones. Memorials preferred to Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church near New Edinburg, AR or Lifetouch Hospice; 2301 Champagnolle Road; El Dorado, AR. 71730.