Thomas Bates

Thomas "Butch" Andrew Bates, 67, of Mulberry died Sept. 17, 2013, at his home. He was an iron worker and welder, Army veteran of the Vietnam War and of the Baptist faith. He was born July 31, 1946, in Sparta, N.C.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma; a daughter, Sherrie Bates of Van Buren; a son, Casey Bates of Pocahontas, Ark.; a sister, Twila Caugham of Stillwell; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sept. 20 at Ocker Chapel of Alma. Burial with military honors was at New Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris, Chad and Clint Bates, Jeffery West, Eddie White and Dean Marion.

Family memorials may be made to the Arvest Bank, account No. 76901256, routing No. 082900872.

Dennis Patrick

Dennis Wayne Patrick, 80, of Mountainburg died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was born July 27, 1933, in Mulberry, member of Locke Freewill Baptist Church and retired employee of Enron.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine; four sons, David and Larry Patrick, both of Mountainburg, Darrell Patrick of Denver and Jerry Patrick of Ozark; a brother, Gerald Patrick of Denver; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside memorial service was Sept. 20 at White Rock Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.

Daniel Cox

A loving tribute to Daniel R. Cox by Linda G. Cox.

Daniel R. Cox, 48, of Van Buren went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock with his loving wife Lynda G. Cox standing by his bed, holding his hand until he closed his eyes.

He was an awesome mechanic by trade, like his dad. Daniel was a wonderful man, who loved going fishing and just walking through the woods where it was peaceful and quiet. He was strong and real, very plainspoken about how he felt about things. He loved his family and his grandson very much. Daniel and Lynda would have celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary Oct. 22. Daniel was born Oct. 30, 1964.

He is preceded in death by his parents, J. D. and Billalee Cox.

He is survived by two brothers, Jimmy Cox of Medesto, Calif., and Scott Cox of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Judy Evert of Van Buren; two stepdaughters, Christine Cox of Van Buren and Alishia Best of Arkoma; and one grandson, Drayven Maverick of Van Buren.

Daniel was cremated. His final wishes, as outlined in his will, including who is to receive his ashes, will be cherished and lovingly carried out, by his wife, Lynda. Although Danny did not want a memorial service, one may be held at a later date.

He will always be held close in the hearts of his wife and family. He is free now from pain and suffering. He was judged wrongly by some people, who thought they knew him, but did not really. He had a good heart and he was a very special person. He is at peace with our Lord now, the only righteous judge, who has welcomed him home and gave him rest and happiness. Daniel only wanted to be free and change his life around. In the past three years he and Lynda worked hard daily to change their lives for the better. They shared many wonderful dreams and memories and together, learning what true love is all about. True love is forever and for always.

John Murray

John Wesley Murray, 65, of Fort Smith died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at a local hospital. He was a retired laborer.

Memorial service was Sept. 20 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren.

He is survived by two sisters, Barbara Boston of Van Buren and JoAnn Hardin of Fort Smith.