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Obituaries Beginning with C

Funeral services for Ples Cagle, former Polk County resident, was held on Tuesday, June 4, at Brownwood, Tex., with burial at Winchell, Tex. Mr. Cagle died of a heart attact early Saturday morning June 1, at Waynesboro, Miss., where he was visiting a daughter, Mrs. O. E. Whitley. Mr. Cagle was born in October, 1898, at Board Camp, and moved to Brownwood, Tex., in 1949. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Edna Cagle, Brownwood, four sons, Willie Cagle, Roswell, N. Mex.; Wayne Cagle, Chicago; Gene Cagle, Irving, Tex.; and Raymond Cagle, stationed in Germany; five daughters, Mrs. O. E. Whitley, Waynesboro, Miss.; Mrs. Donald Martin, Irving, Tex.; Mrs. Sarah Brooks, Amarillo, Tex.; Mrs. Mary Siegfried and Mrs. Jane Egger, of Brownwood; also 27 grandchildren and one great-grandchild

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CAMPBELL, Lester Jack
Surnames: Campbell, Goss, McMillan, Smith, Brown, Lamb, Burris
Funeral service for Lester Jack Campbell, 65-year-old longtime Polk County resident, who died July 13, was held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock in the Beasley-Wood chapel, with the Rev. Osborne White and the Rev. Leonard Liles officiating. Interment was in the Rocky cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Casketbearers were Paul Cunningham, Gerald Johnson, Travis Turner, J.B. Stevenson, Lester White and John Ward. Mr. Campbell was born Feb. 26, 1906, in Pike County, Ark., his parents being the late Dr. C.A. Campbell and Mrs. Lillie May Boen Campbell. He was a member of the Baptist church and had been a resident of this area practically all his life. Survivors include seven brothers, H.E. and Earl C. Campbell, Mena, Ralph E. Campbell, Sallisaw, Okla., John Ross Campbell and Doyle Campbell, Hobbs, N. Mex., George Wayne Campbell, Presidio, Texas, and Bill Campbell, Waldron; six sisters, Mrs. Alma Goss, Mrs. Ann McMillan, Mrs. Dean Smith, Mrs. Marie Brown, Mrs. Ida Lamb and Mrs. Sarah Burris, all of Mena; also several nieces and nephews.
The Mena Star 1971

Thad M. Carder, after a brief illness passed to his last reward at 2:15 A.M. Saturday, the end resulting from a stroke at the age of 78 years. Funeral services were held Saturday at the home on 1215 Janssen Avenue. Burial at White Oak Cemetery by the Masonic Lodge, of which he had long been a member. Thadeus Mack Carder was born in Virginia June 7, 1832. As manhood approached he moved to Tennessee where on June 6, 1856, he married Miss Matilda C. KINSER, who survives him. Of this marriage 13 children were born; six of whom are living and attended the funeral. Most being at the bedside at death. They are as follows: Samuel, Muse, OK; John, Honey Grove, Texas; Minnie, wife of H. White, Antlers, OK; Amanda, wife of J. N. Pierce of Arkinda, AR; Josephine, wife of J. W. Cunningham of Mena; Oscar, the youngest son at home. The deceased raised the 1st Company out of Bradley, Tennessee, in the early days of the Civil War, being elected its captain. He served through the war, part of the time being under General John Morgan, being advanced to the rank of Major. He came to Polk County in 1874, settling at Dallas. While there he was twice elected County Judge and once to the State Legislature, giving a good account of his stewardship. He moved to Mena when the town was established and was its first Mayor.
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Carter, Frank
middle aged local resident, suffered a heart attack about 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and died almost immediately. He was stricken while standing on the back loading platform of Maltby's Grocery Store on the southside and Sheriff Robert Hunter who was summoned reported the man dead when he arrived. No inquest was deemed necessary, with death being attributed to natural causes. The body was removed to the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home where it was being held Thursday pending funeral arrangements. It was thought the funeral would likely be sometime Thursday afternoon. Burial will take place at Pine Crest Memorial Park.
Mena Evening Star, Thursday, April 16, 1942, page 2

Carter, Minnie A.
The Mena Weekly Star, Mena, Ark., Thursday, Sept. 8, 1960. First Section, Page 5

Mrs. Minnie A. Carter

Funeral service for Mrs. Minnie A. Carter, 71-year-old Vandervoort
resident, was held Wednesday, Aug. 30, in the Vandervoort Missionary
church, with the Rev. Walter Mease officiating. Interment was in the
Center cemetery, directed by the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Mrs.
Carter died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dick Lewis, at Fort Smith.

Pallbearers were J. B. Stevenson, Willie Daniel, Floyd Daniel, Doyne
Davis, Otis Johnston and Dale Watkins.

Mrs. Carter was born March 18, 1889, at Vandervoort. Her first
husband, John Gordon, preceded her in death in 1924, and in 1926 she
was married to William J. Carter, who died in April, 1944. Mrs.
Carter was a member of the Grand Avenue Baptist church of Fort Smith.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Dick Lewis, Fort Smith; one
brother, Henry McMillan, Oak Grove, La.; one sister, Mrs. ?????
Blanton, Goliad, (?) Tex.; two grandchildren and several nieces and

Carter, Warren M.
The Mena Weekly Star, Mena, Ark. Thursday, May 11, 1961, First section, Page 7

Funeral service for Warren M. Carter was held Friday afternoon at 2:30
in the Mission Church at Vandehvoort with Rev. Walter Mease
officiating. Burial was in Witherspoon Cemetery at Vandervoort under
direction of the Geyer-Horne Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Bus
Stevenson, Dale Watkins, Dolan Daniel, Buck Cureton, Otis Johnson and
Cleo Keeney.

Mr. Carter was born Aug. 5, 1896, near Vandervoort, and died May 2,
1961, in Mena. He was 64 years of age. He moved from his birthplace
to Wardville, Okla., but returned to Polk County in 1916. On May 29,
1918, he was united in marriage with Miss Ethel McMellon in Howard
County. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for 40 years.
Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Nesbit Carter of Little
Rock; one daughter, Mrs. Dale McDaniel of Texarkana; one brother, John
Carter of Sacramento, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Callie Laverty of
Oklahoma City, and six grandchildren.

Chrisman, Lena Christine
Surnames: Chrisman
Funeral service for Mrs. Lena Christine Chrisman of Grannis, who died May 4, at her home there, was held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Beasley - Wood Chapel with the Rev. Mark Vaught, pastor of the First Methodist Church officiating. Burial took place at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Harry Beutelshies, Amos Lawrence, Cue Stemple, Lewis L. Ferry, Jr., Rhea Payne and Fred Youngblood. Mrs. Chrisman was born Feb. 11, 1883, at Omaha, Neb.,where in 1911 she was married to Charles B. Chrisman and for the past 12 years had been living at Grannis. Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Wallace N. Chrisman, McNary, Ariz.; and four sisters, Mrs. Carrie Williams, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Bertha Christmas, Mrs.Ruth Neef and Mrs. L. C. Wallis, Omaha, Neb. Relatives from out of town attending the funeral included Wallace Chrisman, McNary, Ariz; Miss Ruth Neef and Miss Kathrine Williams, Omaha, Neb.
Mena Star, May 11, 1950
Contributed by Janet

Cleland, Ulmer Sr.
Surnames: Cleland, Davis, Tomasich, Fitzmorris
Mr. Ulmer Cleland, Sr., age 84, resident of Mena, died Sunday, December 14, 1997 in the Rich Mtn. Manor Nursing Home in Mena. He was born July 1, 1913, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of the late Alex Cleland and the late Susie Davis Cleland. He made his home in Mena since 1990 moving from Hot Springs. He served in the Merchant Marines in WWII and was a painter and a member of the Allied Trades #1008. Survivors include a daughter, Naomi Tomasich, Bay St. Louis, MS; 3 sons, Bobby Cleland, Covington, LA, Tommy Cleland, New Orleans, LA, and Alvin Cleland, Big Fork, AR; 18 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 3 sons, Ulmer Cleland, Jr., Donald Cleland and Johnny Cleland; 1 brother, Parker Cleland; 1 sister, Lottie Fitzmorris and 1 granddaughter. Mr. Cleland was sent for cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Hall Funeral Service of Mena.
Mena Star Thursday, Dec 18, 1997

Cunningham, Alice Canary
Surnames: Cunningham, Groover, Reynolds, Hughes, White
Funeral service for Mrs. Alice Canary Cunningham, wife of G. Hamp Cunningham, of the old Potter community who died Saturday morning, was held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Old Potter Presbyterian church with the pastor, Miss L. Dorothy Green, officiating. Burial at Pine Crest Memorial Park was directed by the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Walter Hicks, J. W. Montgomery, C.A. Smith, Bud Bennett, L. L.Wells and I. A. Foster. A native of Polk County, Mrs. Cunningham was born April 20, 1889, within a mile of where she lived at the time of death, having spent her entire life in that community. She was married to General Hamp Cunningham in Mena, April 14, 1912. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ruby Groover, Mena; Mrs. Novella Reynolds, Artesia, N.Mex.; two sons Paul and Raymond Cunningham, Mena; three sisters, Mrs.Minnie Cunningham, Zafra, Okla. Mrs. Richard Hughes, Old Potter, Mrs. Viola Cunningham, Mena; two brothers, Ervin and Marvin White, Mena, and 13 grandchildren
Mena Star - April 12, 1956
Contributed by Janet

Cunningham, Christoper Columbus
Surnames: Cunningham, Shane, Townsend, Ross
Funeral service for Christopher Columbus Cunningham, widely known Polk county and eastern Oklahoma farmer who died Tuesday at St. Micheals Hospital at Texarkana, was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Beasley - Wood Chapel with the Rev. Lee Blake, pastor of the Free Holiness Church at Smithville, Okla, officiating. Burial was at Pinecrest Memorial Park. The pallbearers were Clifton Cunningham, Lesley Moseley,Walter Edwards, Woodrow Dilbeck, Everett Sutphin, Kim Floyd, Tex Pierce and Wallace Anderson. Mr.Cunningham was born January 5, 1886, in Polk County near where the town of Mena was established 10 years later. In 1917 he was married to Miss. Nona Shane at Idabel, Okla. He had been a member of the Holiness church since 1917. For the past three years he had been farming with Oscar E. Nelson in the Beachton, Okla. communtiy. Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Mrs.Winnie Bell Townsend, Texarkana; a sister Mrs. D.W. Ross, Oklahoma City; six brothers, Robert, Bud, Aaron, Hamp, Carl and Frank Cunningham all of Mena, and two grandsons.
Contributed by Janet

Surnames: Cunningham, White, Hopper, Guthrie, May
Funeral service for Iley Cleveland Cunningham was held Monday August 23, at 2:00 p.m. in the Geyer Chapel, with Rev. Benny Fisher and Rev. Riley Donica officiating. Burial was in Pine Crest Cemetery under the direction of the Geyer Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Preston Self, L. R. Batey, Raymond Owens, Homer Smith, and J.C. Moore. Mr.Cunningham was born Feb. 9, 1886, at Old Dallas and died August 21, 1965, at Idabel,Okla., at the age of 79 years. He had been living the past 33 years in the Zafra community and was a member of the Zafra Church of Christ. He was united in marriage with Miss Minnie White in 1915, who survives him. Besides his wife he is survived by four sons, Grover Cunningham, Smithville, Okla., Virgil Cunningham, Hatfield, Ark., Marion Cunningham, Zafra, Iley Hilton Cunningham, North Little Rock, three daughters, Myrtle Laverne Cunningham, Zafra, Evalina Juanita Guthrie and Willie Mae Hopper of North Little Rock, and one sister Mrs. D. A. May of Lakewood, Calif.
Mena Weekly Star, August 26, 1965
Contributed by Janet

Cunningham, James
James Cunningham, son of Mr. and Mrs.Tom Cunningham, died Friday, March 12, 1909. He left a father, mother, four brothers, two sisters, a wife and three children to mourn his loss.He was 30 years of age and was once a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was laid to rest in Odd Fellow's Cemetery.
Mena Weekly Star, April 15, 1909
Contributed by Janet

Surnames: Huff, Davis, Ross, Baker, Smith, Richmond, White, Guthrie, Hopper, Hughes
Mrs. Minnie Cunningham of Zafra, Okla. died Friday at DeQueen, Ark. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon in the Beasley-Wood Chapel at 2:00 p.m.with Rev. Nathan Nelson officiating. Interment was in Pine Crest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jerry Huff, John Davis, Gene Ross, Ronnie Baker, Harold Smith and Bill Richmond. She was born January 18, 1893, at Mena, her age being 84 years. Mrs. Cunningham was the daughter of the late Mr.and Mrs. Spencer White and was united in marriage to Iley Cunningham December 19, 1915, at Mena. He preceded her in death August 21, 1965. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church. Survivors are four sons, Grover Cunningham of Smithville, Okla., Virgil Cunningham of Broken Bow, Okla., Marion Eugene Cunningham of Zafra, Okla., and Hilton Cunningham of Little Rock, Ark.; three daughters: Miss Myrtle Cunningham of Zafra, Okla., Mrs. Juanita Guthrie of North Little Rock, and Mrs.Willie Mae Hopper of Little Rock; and one sister, Mrs. Belle Hughes of Mena, 29 grandchildren and 32 greatgrandchildren.
Mena Star, April 21, 1977
Contributed by Janet

Surnames: Cunningham, May
Another Pioneer Mother Brought to Polk County For Burial
Remains of Mrs. Nannie Cunningham, aged 77, widow of the late Tom Cunningham, were brought to Mena Friday afternoon for burial at Odd Fellows Cemetery. Death came to the aged woman at Heavener, where for some years past she had made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Almer May. The body was brought to Mena by motor hearse and at 2 o'clock was moved to the cemetery for final interment.
August 11, 1932

Surnames: Cunningham, Pledger, May
Uncle Tom Cunningham, who lives on Route 1, on the W. L. Smith place, passed away Monday morning. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Mena Star, Febuary 26, 1920
Card of Thanks We want to thank the good neighbors and friends for their kindness and help during the sickness and death of our dear husband and father. The end came despite all that could be done thru loving care and medical aid. Our loved one realized his condition and told us, that the turn had come for the better. He leaves to mourn his loss, Mrs. Nannie Cunningham, Mrs. Ida Pledger, Mrs. Gus Cunningham, Iley Cunningham, Mrs. D. A. May, Lester Cunningham, Dee Cunningham, one brother W.A. Cunningham and a host of relatives and friends.
Contributed by Janet

Mena Weekly Star, April 27, 1944 - Page Four

W. J. Carter

Funeral service for W. J. Carter, who died at his home east of Vandervoort, Thursday was held Friday at 2 o'clock at the Center church by Rev. Mease. Burial was in the Center Cemetery, directed by the Geyer Funeral Home.

Mr. Carter was a native of Texas but came to Polk county more than 50 years ago before mena was founded and followed farming until he became ill about two months ago.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, Warren of Vandervoort; Johnnie of Nevada; and Clarence of Ft. Smith. One daughter, Mrs. Callie Laverty of Texarkana, Texas. One brother, T. J. Carter, of Oklahoma City. Eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

NOTE: This was William John "Billie" Carter, son of James Butler Carter and Parnecia Bass Carter.

The Mena Weekly Star, Thursday, July 25, 1968 - Page 5


Funeral service for William B. Carter was held Thursday afternoon, July 18, at 1 o'clock in Vandervoort Mission Church, with Rev. Walter Mease and Rev. Carl Bell officiating. Burial was in the Center cemetery under the direction of the Geyer Funeral Home.

Casketbearers were Carl Schoolfield, Houston Blanton, Charley Smedley, Tom White, Henry Sandefur and Guy Flemens.

Mr. Carter was born Feb. 4, 1895, at Hartley, and died July 14, 1968, at Venice, Calif. at the age of 73 years. He grew to manhood in Polk County and had been making his home in California for the past several years. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1934.

He is survived by two sons, Willie Carter, Lebanon, Ore., and Edward Carter, Albany, Ore.; two daughters, Mrs. Kyle Singh, Venice, Calif., and Mrs. Pauline Darney, Norwalk, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Abbie Parsons, Fort Smith; also 13 grandchildren.

NOTE: His wife was Dana Verbena Mizzles. He was the son of Benjamin Richard Carter and Missouri Jane "Zura" McMellon/McMillon/McMilleon. (The correct spelling of her name is not known for certain; I have found it spelled several different ways.)

Texarkana Gazette, Tuesday, March 13, 1990 - Page 6A

Ethel Carter Owen, 87, of Texarkana, Ark., died Monday, March 12, 1990, in a local hospital.

Mrs. Owen was born April 6, 1902, at Mineola, Ark., and was a member of Vandervoort United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her son, Nesbitt Carter, who died in 1985.

Survivors include one daughter, Maydell McDaniel of Texarkana; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Weatherspoon Cemetery, Vandervoort. Burial is under the direction of Geyer-Quillin Funeral Home, Mena, Ark.
NOTE: Her full name was Clora Ethel McMellon (sp?), and she was the wife of Warren Malvin Carter. (THIS OBIT IS ALSO LISTED UNDER "P")

Arkansas Gazette, Friday, March 22, 1985 - Page 13-A

Nesbitt A. Carter

Nesbitt A. Carter, aged 62, of 6712 Carolina Drive, a retired line haul supervisor for Arkansas Best Freight Company, died Thursday. Born in Dierks (Howard County), son of Ethel Carter Owen of Little Rock and the late Warren Carter, he was a member of Westwood Nazarene Church. Other survivors are his wife, Virginia Roberts Carter; two sons, Leon Carter of Bossier City, La. and Harold Carter of Little Rock; a daughter, Barbara Golden of Little Rock; a sister, Maydell McDaniel of Texarkana, and five grandchildren. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth by Rev. David Brantley. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park.
He was a son of Warren Malvin Carter and Clora Ethel McMellon, both of Mena, Polk Co., AR

Mena Weekly Star, Thursday, July 1, 1920 - Page 3

The remains of Mrs. Millie Carter, wife of T. A. Carter, were taken to Rocky cemetery Friday afternoon and interred in the family lot. The funeral services at the grave were conducted by Rev. A. S. Daniels. Mrs. Carter was 66 years of age and had lived near Rocky. She is a sister of Mrs. Murp Cummings, a well-known Rock farmer, Mrs. Carter is survived by her aged husband and one daughter.


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