Wanda Trembly

Wanda M. (Crawford) Trembly, 85, of Alma passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Crawford Healthcare and Rehab in Van Buren. She was born July 3, 1928, at Alva, Okla., to Rolla and Zora Crawford. Wanda graduated from high school at Felt, Okla., then worked to pay her way through three terms at P.A.M.C. College at Goodwell, Okla., before moving with her parents to Harrison, Ark., in 1948. She became a Christian at age 18, and later was church song leader, assistant treasurer and church clerk for over 40 years. Wanda married Garold Trembly in 1949. They had three children, Gary, Crystal and Robin. They moved to Gravette, Ark., in 1962, becoming charter members of Beacon Missionary Baptist Church.

At age 39, Wanda returned to college at John Brown University to complete her degree. She then taught math at Gravette High School for 17 years. One of her greatest thrills was watching her students learn; she loved her students. She also taught herself to decorate cakes.

Following her husband’s death, Wanda sold their farm in December 2002 and moved to Alma, where she joined Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, two sisters, four brothers and one great-granddaughter. She is survived by one son, Gary and wife Sherry of Summers, Ark.; two daughters, Crystal Hagie and husband Mike of Waukesha, Wis., and Robin Barker and husband Paul of Alma; two brothers, Carrol of Nickerson, Kan., and John of Chase, Kan.; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Shady Grove Baptist Church, Highways 59 and 348, north of Van Buren. Cremation was directed by Ocker Funeral Home of Alma, 917 U.S. 64 East, Alma.

Memorial donations may be made to Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 432, Alma, AR 72921.

To place an online tribute please visit www.ockerfuneralhome.com.

Gary Nixon

Gary Wayne Nixon, 40, of Mountainburg died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at his home. He was a former lab technican for Whirlpool and member and deacon of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. He was born Jan. 23, 1973, in Fort Smith.

He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Sharon Nixon of Mountainburg; and two sisters Lynda Wofford and Cynthia DeSanto, both of Mountainburg.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. today at Ocker Chapel of Alma with burial at Newberry Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Daniel, Tyler and David Evans, Kevin, Steven, Glenn and Keith Breshears and Chuck Walker.

Ronald Burnett

Ronald Neil Burnett, 68, of Alma died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at his home. He was a retired sales manager for J.C. Potter, member of Dyer Baptist Church and Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was born May 6, 1945, in Malvern.

He is survived by his wife, Deana; two daughters, Melissa Morse of Oklahoma City and Sherry Spiesshoefer of Fort Smith; three sisters, Mary Jo McIver of Dyer and Betty Beauchamp and Judy Kelley, both of Fort Smith; three brothers, Carl Burnett Jr. of Pennsylvania, Hank Burnett of Mulberry and Guy Burnett of Malvern; and two grandchildren.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Dyer Baptist Church. Burial will military honors will be at Dyer Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Pallbearers will be Jon Cox, Phillip and Jeff Beauchamp, Jim Christian, Bill Liggett and Samuel Morse. Honorary pallbearers will be the senior Sunday school class at Dyer Baptist Church.

Owen Odell

Owen Odell, 77, of Van Buren died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was born Feb. 11, 1936, in Hulbert, Okla., to the late Grady Lee and Emma Odell. He was a retired general contractor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Odell.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret Odell of the home; his children, Victoria of Broken Arrow and Michael of Van Buren; two brothers, Steven and Jim Odell of Hulbert; and four grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel. Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, St. Jude Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org, Arkansas Children’s Hospital at www.archildrens.org, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.

James Key

James H. Key, 82, of Van Buren died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was born Sept. 5, 1931, in Davidson, Ark., to the late Thomas and Eller Key. He was the owner/operator of Key’s Grocery in Kibler for 20 years and also worked as a meat cutter for Piggly Wiggly, Tel Star and People’s Warehouse Market. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, was a member of Kibler Baptist Church and served on the Kibler City Council.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Key of the home; two daughters, Diane Prestidge and husband Gary of Kibler and Angela Wilkins and husband Rick of Van Buren; two sons, Ron Key and wife Melissa of Greenwood and Dwain Key and wife Vicki of Van Buren; two sisters; three brothers; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Kibler Baptist Church with burial to follow at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Josh Allen, Rick Prestidge, Chris Shelton, Alex Key, Johnny Key, and Stanley Key.

The family will visit with friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren.

To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.