Our beloved mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, Juanita Burkett, passed away into the loving hands of her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 17, 2013.
Juanita was born on Dec. 16, 1926, in Kibler, Ark.,to the late George Elmer and Carmel Brodie. She was the fourth of nine children. She married Joe Burkett and moved to Oxnard, Calif., in 1945 where they lived for 20 years. The couple moved to Ventura, Calif., where they lived for 47 years. She worked on the Seabee base in Port Hueneme, Calif., in the FASCO department for 32 years. Upon her husband’s death she moved to San Diego, Calif., where she lived for the past two years.
Juanita is survived by her daughters, Dixie Jones of Oxnard, Calif., and Debbie Bertilino of San Diego, Calif. She is also survived by her grandson, Scott Jones of San Diego, Calif., and granddaughter, Jami Voulgaris of Santa Barbara, Calif., and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister, Sadie Gregory, and two brothers, George Brodie and Jack Brodie. Juanita is survived by three sisters, Diane Celarier of Houston, Texas, Ruby Jones of Somis, Calif., and Barbara Green of Kibler; two brothers, Jim Brodie of Ventura, Calif., and Dr. Bill Brodie of Ithaca, N.Y. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Betty Brodie of Bentonville.
Visitation was held May 22 at the Charles Carroll Funeral Home in Ventura, Calif. Funeral services were held May 23 at the Coastline Bible Church in Ventura.
Sarah E. Tumbleson, 90, of Morrilton, formerly of Van Buren, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Morrilton. She was a homemaker, worked in food services and member of Harding Street Church of Christ in Morrilton.
She is survived by her two daughters, Shirley Barton of Alma and Margie Henry of North Little Rock; nine grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
Funeral was May 24 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were her great-grandchildren.
Mary Teague, 62, of Van Buren died Monday, May 20, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was born Sept. 15, 1950, in Lynwood, Calif., was a waitress with Dees and Denny’s and delivered meals-on-wheels for the Van Buren Senior Center. She was the widow of Danny Teague.
She is survived by a daughter, Alondra Teague of the home; two sons, Shane Napier and Kevin Teague, both of the home; and a brother, Charles Thompson of LaVerna, Calif.
Graveside service was May 23 at New Cemetery in Mulberry under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Mitchell Provence, Russell Gonzales, Mark Brown, Audie Stringer and Elijah Witlock.
Judith "Lynn" Young, 54, of Van Buren entered into the presence of her Lord on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. She was welcomed into Heaven by her father, Bob Underwood; her mothers-in-law, Margaret Goucher and Vada Young; her grandparents and other loved ones and friends. Lynn loved to sing and had the most beautiful alto voice. She has indeed joined the Heavenly Choir. She was a member and attendant of Independence Freewill Baptist Church in Natural Dam. In her early years, she practiced as an LPN, and then spent more than 15 years at Unitog (Cintas). She enjoyed her time making candles and then working at the Western Arkansas Title Co. While she enjoyed her work, her favorite job was wife, mother and grandmother.
She leaves to honor her memory, her husband of 34 years, Gary Young; a daughter, Jenifer Jones and husband Chris of Van Buren; a son, Dr. Chris Young of West Chester, Pa.; her precious grandchildren, Baxter and Garyn Jones; her mother, Eva Baxter Underwood of Van Buren; two sisters, Sherry Miller of Van Buren, and Kaye Cox and husband J.D. of Natural Dam; a brother, Rusty Underwood of Chester; and brother-in-law, Bobby Miller; her nieces and nephews and their children whom she loved like her own, Mitchell, Crystal, Chris, Sara, Dan, Charlene, Joey, Rachael, Austin, Brayden, Kylan, Emily, Ethan, Gracie, Mason, and Maddie Beth; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins and a host of precious friends too numerous to list.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. today at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel with interment to follow at Hall Cemetery in Natural Dam under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Workman, Jerry Loggins, Johnny Wiley, Shane Evans, Tod Myers and Dean Graham. Honorary pallbearers will be members and church family of Independence Freewill Baptist Church, also Trisha Bates, Tammy Standifird, Debbie Foliart, Alice Medlock, Teresa Graham, Lorna Brown and Jannie Julian.
To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.
Ewell E. Titsworth, 93, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Alma. He was born in Kibler on Aug. 2, 1919, to the late Reuben and Sadie Titsworth. He was a proud veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He served as a tank commander with the 13th Armored Division in France and Germany. He was a 50-year member of the Alma Masonic Lodge No. 735, a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was also a 50-year member of the Fort Smith Shrine Club. He was very active in the VFW and DAV. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved his country and his family and his home on the hillside at Alma. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 69 years, Lucille; four brothers, Walter, Burl, Carl and Pete; and three sisters, Carmel, Tennie and Ruth.
He is survived by his sons, Eual Fay Titsworth and wife Connie of Lavaca, and Glenn Richard (Pete) Titsworth and wife Iris of Alma; a grandson, Bryan Titsworth and wife Holly; five granddaughters and their husbands, Cris and Bret Nuzman, Julie and Michael Emms, Jamie and Craig Asplund, Jennifer and Chad Hull, and Katie and Wyatt Simpson. He also had three stepgrandsons and their wives, Brad and Kristi Albert, Brent and Denise Albert, and Brock and Amy Albert. He had 27 great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel with interment to follow at Alma City Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Titsworth, Bret Nuzman, Chad Hull, Michael Emms, Craig Asplund, and Wyatt Simpson. Honorary pallbearers will be his great-grandsons.
The family will receive friends at the home of Pete and Iris Titsworth following the funeral and interment.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Missionary Fund at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 125 Canterbury Drive, Alma, AR 72921; or the Building Fund of the First Southern Baptist Church of Central City, 12 W. Central Avenue, Central City, AR 72941.
To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.
Julie Kay (Cooley) Turner, 41, of Van Buren died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in a local hospital. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by one daughter, Abbi Ruth Turner of Van Buren; one son, Bryce Logan Turner of Van Buren; her father, Roger Cooley of Van Buren; two sisters, Kathy Goschke of Alma, Mich., and Kelly Cordoba of Fort Smith; and six brothers, Shannon, Martin, Anthony and Roger Cooley II, all of Van Buren, Jeff Cooley of Michigan and Charles Cooley of Charlotte, N.C.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cedarville First Assembly of God Church in Cedarville.
Robert Jefferson Frye Sr., 75, of Van Buren died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at a local retirement center. He was owner and operator of Frye’s Tasty Bake Shop, member of North Park Baptist Church, 32nd degree Mason and member of Belle Point Lodge No. 20.
He is survived by three sons, Robert Frye Jr. and David Frye, both of Fort Smith, and Bill Frye of Greenwood; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral was May 24 at Ocker Memorial Chapel with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Aaron and Dustin Frye, Randall and Nathan Munday, Ryan Berg and Lindsey and Donald Actkinson.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Park Baptist Church, 1516 N. 11th St., Van Buren, AR 72956.