Johnnie Charles "John" Bell of North Richland Hills, Texas, passed away Monday, July 29, 2013. Mr. Bell was born Dec. 14, 1934, in Fort Smith to Fletcher and Mary Jamison Bell.
He is survived by his wife, the former Nadean Riley Bell; a daughter, Cindy Macon and husband Roger of Newark, Texas; two grandsons, Alan Macon and wife Jenn of Keller, Texas, and Ben Macon and wife Jasmine of El Paso, Texas; one great-granddaughter, Madison Macon; a sister, Mary Coble of Van Buren; two brothers, Gene Bell of Van Buren and Carl Bell and wife Annie of Springdale; a stepbrother, Dolan Pitts of Clearwater, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother and a brother, Jim Bell.
Mr. Bell was a member of First Baptist Church in Saginaw, Texas, where he served on the Mission Team. He was a former member of First Baptist Church in Van Buren where he served as a Bible teacher, deacon and in the Open Hands (food) Ministry. Earlier, the Bells had lived in three pioneer mission areas. He served as president of the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey. He also made mission trips to North America, Europe and Indian.
He was a graduate of Van Buren High School, Westark College and the University of Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, making an around-the-world tour in 1954 aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Ross. John worked with McCrory’s Stores as a store manager and its national employee and labor relations director. He was retired from Walmart as vice president of human resources of its logistics system.
John was an avid golfer. Having played the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, and making a hole-in-one were among his favorite memories.
Local arrangements will be handled by Ocker Funeral Home. The service will be 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Van Buren with visitation at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Open Hands Ministry, First Baptist Church, 1121 Main St., Van Buren, AR 72956, or the Global Mission Fund, First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 79170, Saginaw, TX 76179.
Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.
Florence E. McCord, 85, of Fort Smith, formerly of Van Buren, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at a local hospital. She was a retired telephone operator for AT&T, member of First Assembly of God in Van Buren and widow of Francis McCord.
She is survived by a son, Charles "Chuck" McCord of Barling; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was Aug. 6 at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Ron Medley, Mike Papacoda, Steve Jones, Richard Weaver, Benny Adkins and Larry Robison.
Lonnie Lee Powell, 69, of Ozark died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at a local hospital. He was born March 31, 1944, in Ozark and a retired dozer operator.
Graveside service was Aug. 6 at Hixson Cemetery in Franklin County under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
He is survived by a daughter, Alecia Powell-Crowe of Alma; a son, Kavin Powell of Mulberry; five grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Jimmye Kaye Wolfe-Chism, 59, of Rudy died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at a local hospital. She was a former legal secretary and a retail floor manager. She was born June 10, 1954, in Houston.
The family will hold a private memorial service. Cremation is under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Survivors include her husband, Steven; a daughter, Carletta Chism of Rudy; two sons, Aaron Gianellond of Rudy and Steven Chism of Hackett; three sisters, Patricia Case of Conroe, Texas, Katrina King of Salem, Ind., and Martha Davis of Fort Smith; a brother, Lofton King II of Holden, Mo.; and six grandchildren.
Greyson Duke Beaumont, infant son of Naomi Adcock and Michael Beaumont of Ozark, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at a Little Rock hospital.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Mindy Beaumont of Kansas City, Mo.; his maternal grandparents, Glenda Adcock of Fort Smith and Douglas Adcock of Salem, Ore.; paternal grandparents, Joyce Miller of Ozark, Aubrey Beaumont of Fort Smith and Lisa and Charlie Garretson of Van Buren; and great-grandparents, Joyce Smith of Ozark, James Parker of Scio, Ore., Charles Huffman of Auburn, Wash., and Ruth and Lou Adcock of Yakima, Wash.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.