Michael Don Mackey, 59, of Russellville passed away after a year-long battle with cancer on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Russellville at the Arkansas River Valley Hospice Home. The son of Robert and Etsel Mackey, he was born June 25, 1953, in Holdenville, Okla. He married his high school sweetheart Judy Hipps on July 7, 1973, in Russellville. Michael drove a school bus as well as a special needs bus for the Russellville School District. He also was a referee coordinator for the Russellville area. He enjoyed refereeing basketball, cooking, eating, watching golf on TV and especially spending time with his grandchildren who called him "papaw." He was preceded in death by his father, Robert L. Mackey; and nephew, Chuck Mackey.
Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years, Judy Mackey; two daughters, Leslie Thomas and husband Les Thomas Jr. of Fort Smith and Lindsey Phillips and husband Brian Phillips of Bentonville; two grandchildren, Madison and Ally Phillips, both of Bentonville; his mother, Etsel Mackey of Van Buren; one brother, Charles Mackey and wife Pat of Tulsa; two sisters, Melba Patterson and husband Ethell of Van Buren and Linda Sallee and the late Roy Sallee of Van Buren; mother-in-law, Jo Ann Hipps; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Humphrey Chapel in Russellville. Pastor Roger Pearce will officiate. Burial will be at North New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Brian Phillips, Danny Hipps, Danny Taylor, Rodney Scott, Eric Burnett and Jim Dickerson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
Bobby Don Satterfield, 78, of Mulberry passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013, at a local hospital. He was a retired Civil Service wire chief at Fort Chaffee, a retired TV repair shop owner, a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Open Door Church in Mulberry. He was born Oct.12, 1934, in Mulberry to the late Samuel Bart and Vesta Adaline (Oliver) Satterfield and also preceded in death by a sister, Thelma Roberts, and one brother, Jim Frank Satterfield.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Satterfield of the home; two daughters, Theresa Field and husband Chris of Mulberry and Melanie White and husband of Duane of Russellville; two sons, Keith Satterfield and wife Vicki of Springdale and Kerry Satterfield and wife Shelly of Mulberry; one sister, Annette Medlock of Van Buren; 12 grandchildren, Kara Irvin, Joshua Hatfield, Chris, Kayla and Kelsey White, Jeremy Jones, Morgan and Samuel Satterfield, Amber Jordan, Braylin Satterfield, Scott Field and Michelle Caudwell; 10 great-grandchildren, Seth and Trevor Anderson, Anna Bell Jones, Lakelyn and Jade Irvin, Joshua and Caleb Field, Cadon and Kayli Sossamon and Connor Caldwell; and a special niece, Hannah Overbey.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Ocker Chapel of Alma and interment in New Cemetery with military honors. The family will visit with friends from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Hatfield, Chris White, Jeremy Jones, Samuel Satterfield, Braylin Satterfield, Seth Anderson, Trevor Anderson, Connor Caldwell and Joshua Field. Honorary Pallbearers will be Elijah Burkhart, Terry Fimple, Bobby Overbey, Buck Lovett, Zeke Pratt, Leroy Kizer, Jeff Hight, David Hale, Thel Renfro, Jr., Carl Ogilvie, Don Renfro, Steve Henson, Gary Medlock, Gary Renfro and Steve Metts.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Shana’s Last Chance Dog Rescue, 2727 Oliver Springs Road, Van Buren, AR 72956 or (479) 414-1645
To place an online tribute please visit www.ockerfuneralhome.com.
Evelyn Smith, 86, of Mountainburg died Monday June 10, 2013, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker, member of Mountainburg First Assembly of God Church and widow of Clarence Smith.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda Whitehead of Alma; four sisters Jackie Noland of Paducah, Ky., Susie Stovall and Edna Shumway, both of Paris, and Stella Koerdt of Scranton; five brothers, Danny Powell of Henryretta, Okla., Leon Greb of Warner, Okla., Billy Powell of Heber Springs and Raymond and Carl Powell, both of Paris; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral was June 13 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Barling Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Kendall Self, Jeff Fryar, Stacy, George and Carl Powell and James Stovall.
Gary Ferguson, 50, of Alma died Monday, June 10, 2013, at his home. He was born July 27, 1962, in Marshfield, Mo., and a retired auto mechanic.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy; a daughter, Megan Asuncion of Fort Smith; two sons, Peter Asuncion of Hackett and Chris Asuncion of Watsonville, Calif.; a sister, Toby Click of Marshfield, Mo.; and 11 grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Alma City Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Daniel, Ryan and Rodney VanMatre, Peter Asuncion, Eric Click and James Graves.
Matt Matthews, 73, of Van Buren died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at a local hospital. He was born May 30, 1940, in Porterville, Calif., to the late Norvell and Juanita Matthews. He was a retired heavy equipment operator. Matt spent 13 years serving his country in the Navy. During all of his years of travel, he touched many lives and is remembered for his compassion and humor. He met and married Donna after they both lost spouses, and spent the last seven plus years in a relationship of love, fun, companionship and travel. He will be missed by so many – he never met a stranger. Matt joins his beloved mother and father in heaven along with other relatives and many friends whose lives he touched.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Matthews of the home; three daughters, Kris Bohannon and husband James of Forrest City, Ark., Michelle Coats and husband Wesley of Boise City, Okla., and Lara Webster of Van Buren; two sons, Mitchell Spilman and wife Dianna of Van Buren and Niklas Webster and wife Krystal, stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Italy; three sisters, Verna Elliott and husband Doug of Tulare, Calif., Loy Ciuffo of Tulare and Sammy Miller and husband Joseph of California; two brothers, Stanley Matthews and wife Ruth of California and Richard Matthews and wife Mary of California; and a passel of grandchildren and great-grandchildren who knew him as their "PaPa."
Mr. Matthews will be cremated under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.
Jean Patterson, 84 of Wichita, Kan., died Wednesday, June 12, 2013m at her home. She was a homemaker.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. today at New Cemetery in Mulberry under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
She is survived by her husband, Ray; two daughters, Dana White of Virgil, Kan., Diana Patterson of Wichita; two sons, Richard and Anthony Patterson, both of Wichita; six grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great- great-grandchildren.
Memorials contributions may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, KS 67202
Edwina H. Johnson, 82, of Fort Smith died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at her home. She was a nurses’ assistant at Sparks Regional Medical Center, attended Eastern Heights Baptist Church in Van Buren and widow of Charles H. Johnson.
She is survived by two sons, Allen Gipson of Greenwood and Steven Gipson of Van Buren; a sister Mary Ann Johnson of Mustang, Okla.; and a brother, Bill Spears of Van Buren.
Graveside service will be noon Monday at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Paul and Allen Standard, Terry Ashlock, Billy and Randy Spears and Kenny Polk.