Carolyn Staggs

Carolyn June Hays Staggs was called to sing in Heaven’s choir on Sunday, May 26, 2013, after a brief illness surrounded by family. Carolyn was born on Jan. 7, 1942, as the middle child to Paul West Hays Sr. and Mattie Leone Hays between her older brother, Paul West Hays Jr. and younger sister, Jo Etta Hays Summerhill.

Always a tomboy and country girl at heart, she was an avid and skilled horsewoman for many years. She was also blessed with a beautiful voice and was always much in demand as a vocalist. Carolyn and Jess were married from June 1, 1962, to Oct. 17, 2006, when Jess passed away. She was the choir director at Rena Road Baptist Church, where she shared her gift of music and her love with her Lord and with her church family.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. today at Ocker Funeral Memorial Home in Van Buren with Pastor Steve Matthews and Gary Deffenbaugh officiating with burial at Peeveyhouse Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

While in high school, she began working at Hays & Graham Women’s Clothing Store as a sales clerk. After high school, she declined the offer of a music scholarship to Arkansas Tech University in favor of remaining close to home; shortly thereafter, she began to work in the office of the Co-Op Feed store in Van Buren, where she met her future husband, Jess Staggs. After dating for only two months, they were married and had two children, Michelle Denise of Little Rock and Stephen Boyd of Van Buren. Stephen has two daughters, Allison Nikole and Ashleigh Victoria. Allison is married to Jason Testerman with her Mamaw’s two great-grandchildren, Jaxton Boyd and Adyson McKenzee. They are currently in San Diego, Calif. Asheigh is a college student who lives in Van Buren.

In addition to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she is survived by her older brother, Paul Hays and his wife Sharon; and her younger sister, Jo Etta Summerhill and her husband Paul. She is also survived by a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins, but remained particularly close to her nieces, Clair Mays of Arkadelphia, Alisa Schaberg of Fort Smith and Courtney Summerhill of Van Buren and her nephew, Brian Summerhill of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Brian Summerhill, Art Anderson, Johnny Loftin, Ken Matthews, Jim Atchison and Rick Mays.

Honorary pallbearers will be Eula Armstrong, Paul Summerhill, Mac Anderson, Burel Schaberg, Craig Henderson and the choir members of Rena Road Baptist Church.

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Roy Dyer

Roy Eugene Dyer, 74, of Van Buren went to be with the Lord on May 26, 2013. He was the seventh of eight children, born at home in the Oak Grove Community to the late Andrew and Marie Gooding Dyer on Sept. 12, 1938. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert and Margaret Gooding and Andrew and Lulu Dyer; four brothers, Dewey, Quince, Bob and Jimmy Dyer; and one sister, Mary Lou Carter.

Roy graduated from Van Buren High School in 1957 and joined the United States Army in 1962 where he was deployed to Germany. Soon after he got out of the Army in 1967, he went into the furniture business. He loved playing sports as a teenager, going with his little brother Jim to any sporting event that the Arkansas Razorbacks were playing in, and also enjoyed taking his nieces and nephews to the movies and on trips. He attended the New Hope United Methodist Church where his grandparents were charter members.

In 1954 he met his wife Ulene Fae Smith when he was just 15 and she 5. In 1975 they met again as adults. Roy and Fae married three months later on Roy’s birthday, Sept. 12, 1975. This union produced two sons. Roy joined Heritage Church in 1988, and was a member of the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class that he considered a second family. From the time his sons were old enough to play sports at the Van Buren Boys Club he coached there for eight years, while Fae was a team mom. He enjoyed coaching and being a father. He loved his family, all people and God.

Roy is survived by his wife, Fae of the home, two sons; Jamie Dyer of Little Rock and John Dyer and wife Jill of McKinney, Texas; two sisters, Nita Fox of Roanoke, Va., and Doris Rainwater of Van Buren; three grandchildren, Hope, Noah and Emmy Dyer, all of McKinney, Texas; and his beloved pets, Belle and Rosie.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. today Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Bruce Johnson, Alfredo Maruri, Gary Nishmuta, John Parochka, Mike Rogers and Kyne Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Udouj and Stephen Black.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Church, 1604 E. Pointer Trail, Van Buren, AR 72956.

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Mary Rogers

Mary Ann Rogers, 81, of Alma died Friday, May 24, 2013, at a local nursing home. She was a homemaker and the widow of Alfred J. Rogers. She was born Dec. 26, 1931 in Wichita, Kan.

She is survived by a daughter, Geraldine Rogers of Booneville.

Graveside service was May 28 at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Yvonne Mattox

Yvonne Wells Mattox, 77, of Alma died Sunday, May 26, 2013, at her home. She was a retired telephone supervisor of Contel Co., attended Trinity Baptist Church of Alma and was the widow of Billy Mattox.

She is survived by two daughters, Jan Owens and Fran Hill, both of Alma; a sister, Bobbie Stewart of Mulberry; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Highland Cemetery in Ozark under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Pallbearers will be Elbert Stewart, Harold Hill, John Baker and Anthony Melton.

James Crisel

James Robert Crisel, 35, of Alma died Friday, May 24, 2013, in Van Buren. He was born July 11, 1977, in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was a computer specialist for the Navy and served during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He is survived by his wife, Nadia; four sons, Shayne, Shaun, Seth and Skyler Crisel, all of the home; his parents, Richard Crisel and Colleen Doerksen of Van Buren; a sister, Tammy Crisel of Moore, Okla.; eight brothers, Jeremy Crisell of Houston, Brandon and Ricky Crisel, both of Tulsa, Andrew Morris and Thomas Crisel, both of Modesto, and Paul, Brian and and Bruce Crisel, all of Van Buren; maternal grandfather, James Doerksen of Hickman, Calif.; and maternal grandmother, Ruthe Doerksen of Denair, Calif.

Services will be at a later date under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy, Shayne, Paul, Brian, Bruce and Shaun Crisel.

Aaron Schuster

Aaron J. Schuster, 22, of Bonanza died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at a Fort Smith hospital. He was born in Fort Smith and was a dishwasher at Hardscrabble Country Club.

He is survived by his father, Harvey Schuster of Bonanza; a sister, Chelsea Schuster of Athens, Ga.; and four brothers, Mychal Schuster of Fort Smith, Jarrod Beckham of Greenwood, Terrell Washington of Bonanza and Rodney Beckham of Mountainburg.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Ocker Memorial Chapel with burial at Gracelawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Wilson Tucker Jr.

Wilson E. Tucker Jr., 85, of Pocola passed away Monday, May 27, 2013, in Pocola. He was born Aug. 19, 1927, in Kansas City, Mo., to the late Wilson E. Tucker Sr. and Mary (Brocchus) Tucker. He was of the Catholic faith. He was a World War II Marine veteran. He was a former member of the VFW and Amvets where he was a state officer. He formerly belonged to several civic organizations and was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce where he was a past chairman of the Memorial Day services at the National Cemetery. He was also the Christmas parade marshal for four years. He was an alumni of Texas Christian University. He was a self-employed architect designer for over 41 years in Fort Smith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Bell Tucker and his companion, Dorothy "Sally" Bean.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Fentress Mortuary Chapel with burial to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith.

He is survived by four daughters, Linda Kelley of Van Buren, Patricia Powell and her husband Gary of Van Buren, Yvonne Barnes of Rock Island, Okla., and Gloria Nolen of Fort Smith; his son, Wilson E. Tucker III and his wife Marsha of Pocola; and stepson, Bobby Jenkins of Pennsylvania. He is also survived by one sister, Diane Mason and her husband William of Fort Smith, and one brother, Charles B. Tucker and his wife Ginger of Yukon, Okla., as well as 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons: James C. Nolan, Gary Harshbarger Jr., Lee Kelley, Cody Barnes, Jackie Steele Jr., and Tyler Harshbarger.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to Advantage Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 594, Poteau, OK 74953

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