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Polk County Arkansas Obituaries - H

Hamner, T.A.
Surnames: Hamner, Reed, Selvidge
Funeral services for T.A. Hamner, 77 year old resident of Watson, Okla., who died Tuesday night at his home, was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Pleasant Grove Church with the Rev. E.G. Winfield officiating. Interment was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, under the direction of the Geyer Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Lindsey Whale, Everette Wimberly,Chester Plunkett, Marshall Stroud, Bascom Walker and John Keith. Mr. Hamner was born June 7,1873 in the state of Missouri. He grew to manhood at the place of his birth, and in 1888 he moved to Oklahoma, settling near Watson, where he remained the rest of his life. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1937. He is survived by three sons, L. R. Hamner of Watson, Everett Hamner of Salem,Ill. and Ernest Hamner of Pharr,Texas: two daughters , Mrs. Clyde E. Reed of Bald Knob, Ark.and Mrs. J. D. Selvidge of Searcy, Ark.; two brothers, Clyde Hamner of St.Charles, Ark. and E. E. Hamner of Bristow,Okla.
Mena Star, Jan.19,1950
Contributed by Janet

HARVEY, Helen Jo
Surnames: Harvey, Titsworth, Fisher,Young, Sanchez, Stephens, Shockey, Hoover, Simpson, Morrow

Helen Jo Harvey, age 71, passed away Monday, June 24, 2002 in a Little Rock hospital.
She was born May 21, 1931, in Mena, AR to Nute and Marie Titsworth.
Helen had so many friends and a loving neighbor who made her life much richer during her illness. She was always happiest on a golf course since her love in life was golf.
Survivors include three children: Angeli Harvey of Sherwood, AR; Chris and Sheri Fisher of Hot Springs, AR; Marty and Dana Harvey of Mena, AR; and four grandchildren, Cole and Taylor Fisher and Alex and Brock Harvey; four brothers and sisters-in-law, N. C. and Jo Titsworth of DeQueen, AR., Darrell and Vicky Titsworth of Mena, AR, John and Glenda Titsworth of Mena, AR, Buck and Denise Titsworth of Mena, AR; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Dick Young and Geneva Titsworth of Michigan, Lou and Jan Titsworth-Sanchez of Mena, AR, Mike and Kathy Stephens of Prattsville; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Jimmiy Lee Titsworth and one sister, Shirley Ann Shockey.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 27 in the Nunley Cemetery with Rev. Orval Heath and Rev. Kenny Posey officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hall Funeral Services.
Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Program at the U of A Medical Center in Little Rock or to the charity of your choice.
Pallbearers were nephews, Art Hoover, Keith Titsworth, John Titsworth, Jr, Brian Simpson, Judd Morrow, and close friend Radolph Emerson."
Mena Star - date unknown
Linnie Howell

Surnames: HARWELL
A gloom hovered over the town of Hatfield last Saturday morning when it was known that Miss Ora, the beautiful 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Harwell had passed over the dark river of death. Ora was gentle, loving and kind, always had a pleasant smile and word for everyone she met. She was a great favorite among her schoolmates and teachers. Her friends were not numbered. And this morning as we look down the aisle in the schoolroom and see her vacant desk, our hearts are filled with sorrow; but we do not weep as one that has no hope, for Ora said that she was going home - to that home not made with hands. We must meet her, where all will be sunshine and gladness.
Charles Shackleford, Principal Hatfield School,
July 20, 1908
Mena Evening Star, July 21, 1908

Miss Ora, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Harwell, died last Saturday morning at 7:30. Her remains were laid to rest in the Hatfield cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. One of the largest crowds that ever visited this cemetery was present to pay their last respects to a loving girl.
Mena Evening Star, July 22, 1908

Contributed by: Whitney McLaughlin - McLaugh103@aol.com

Surnames: Hiltebrand, Beck
Bert Hiltebrand, one of Mena's long time residents, passed away Friday night at St. Edwards hospital, following an operation performed the week previously. The veteran photographer, who had gone to the hospital to get relief from a long standing ailment, was found to be suffering more keenly than was first believed. The remains were brought to Mena Saturday morning and taken to the Beasley Funeral home to await burial. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the First Baptist church with the Rev. R. Keith and Rev. Karl McClendon in charge. Interment was at Odd Fellows cemetery. Decedent is survived by his wife, and also two brothers, Will and Clarence Hiltebrand and one sister, Mrs. Harry Beck, the last named living at Kansas City, the old family home. Mr. Hiltebrand's mother died last January. For the past thirty years Bert Hiltebrand has been a resident of Mena. In the early days of the new town, he having come here shortly after the railroad reached the highlands, he took an active part in the affairs of the community. He as a member of one of the first fire departments in Mena and in after years retained an active interest in the fire boys organization. Of a quiet disposition he went about his business of making photographs and taking views of Mena and surrounding county, quietly and efficiently. None but his nearest friends knew of his human ailments and only a few knew before that he was compelled to go to the hospital as a final resort to stave off the grim reaper. The Mena Star 6 August, 1931

Mrs. Mary Hollman b. 8 Feb, 1867 MS. d. at Mena. Buried. Pine Crest, Mena, AR. Spouse: Lee HOLLMAN (marr. 1899.)

Hopper, Ike M.
Surnames: Hopper, Hyde, Romine, Lawrence, Jenkins, Aechor, Johnson, Buckner
Funeral service for Ike M. Hopper, 82, resident of Zafra, Oklahoma, was held at 3:00 p.m.Tuesday afternoon in the Freewill Baptist Church at Hatfield with Rev.Bennie Fisher officiating. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Geyer-Quillin Funeral Home. Pallbearers were David Knighten, B.O.Fairless, Donnie Evans, Dwight Evans, Tom Charlton and James Smith. Hopper was born Feb. 3, 1895, at Winslow, Arkansas and died Nov.4, 1977, at Mena, Arkansas.He lived in Winslow, Arkansas until he was 4 years of age. He then moved to Zafra,Okla. and spent the remainder of his life there. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He married Mina Hyde at Winslow, Ark. on Oct. 2, 1919. She survives him, other survivors are James of Higden, Ark., Ed of Eureka, Calif., Calvin of Highland, Calif., Cyrus of Albany, Oregon, Jr. of Zafra, Okla.; four daughters: Esta Jenkins of Yakima,Wash., Roberta Buckner of Long Beach, Calif., Clara Johnson of Farmington, New Mexico, Norma Jean Aecher of Ryan, Okla.; three brothers: Burl of Deloris,Colorado, Linden of Zafra,Okla. Toy of Zafra,Okla.; two sisters: Dollie Romine of Gallop, New Mexico, Lou Lawrence of Zafra, Okla.; 27 grandchildren and 26 greatgrandchildren.
Mena Star, November 9, 1977
Contributed by Janet

Hopper, Lucinda E.
Surnames: Hopper, Lawrence, Romine, Breeden
Funeral service for Lucinda Ellen Hopper, long time resident of the Zafra community, who died January 31, was held Tuesday at 2:30 at the Pleasant Hill Church west of Hatfield with Bro. Bob Warfle, pastor of the Zafra Church of Christ, officiating. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery directed by the Geyer Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Bert House, Attley Self, C. C. Rogers, Edd Self, Jess Charleton and Henry Dickerson. Mrs.Hopper was born January 10, 1875, at Winslow, Ark.. She was 76 years of age. Mrs. Hopper grew to womanhood near the place of her birth. She was united in marriage with Jim Hopper, at Fayetteville, Ark. in 1892. She later lived several places, but came to eastern Oklahoma about 45 years ago, where she spent the remainder of her life. She attended the Church of Christ, but was not a member. She is survived by five sons; Ike, J. L., Linden, and Toy Hopper of Zafra, and Burl Hopper of Mesa, Arz.; two daughters, Mrs. Lou Lawrence of Brushy Ridge, Okla. and Mrs.Dollie Romine of Hood River, Ore.; also 38 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.
Mena Star, Feb. 8, 1951
Contributed by Janet

HOWARD, Benjamin Franklin
Surnames: Howard
On the 30th day of May, 1902, Mr. B.F. Howard passed from this life of dark clouds and storms to the place where there will be no sorrow. Just before his death he called his friends around him and said "I want you all to know that I am ready to go, may God bless and protect the sorrowing ones." Brother Howard has been a faithful worker in Sunday School at Highland for 10 years. He was always at his place in any good institution for the betterment of the young people.
Date of paper not known
Contributed by Wanda Davis Tilley

Howell, Edith Standridge
Surnames: Standridge, Howell, Titsworth, Edwards, Fite, Gore, Pool, Heath
Edith Kathleen Howell died February 2, 2001, at a Tulsa hospital. She was the daughter of Toy and Ninnie (Edwards) Standridge. She was born April 19, 1918, near Golden, Okla., but most of her early life was spent in Polk County, Ark. Her grandfather, Isaac Newton Standridge, homesteaded in Polk County. Her father, Toy Standridge, was a well-known person in Mena. Her maternal grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Edwards, was a Civil War Veteran and is buried in Polk County. She is also descended from another old family of Polk County, the Heaths. On December 24, 1933, Edith Standridge married John Howell, son of Veller (Titsworth) Howell. John and Edith Howell had one son, Jerry Howell of Tulsa and one grandson, Doug Howell, of Toronto, Canada, both of whom survive. Mrs. Howell was a nurse at the Redmon Hospital in Mena for several years. Her husband, John, joined the service soon after the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor and made the military his career. After his retirement the Howells managed an airport in Kansas for a number of years and then went to Seminole, Oklahoma, where they managed the airport from 1966 through 1989. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John, who died in 1991, In addition to her son and grandson she is survived by three sisters; Madge Fite of Marietta, GA; Juanita Gore of Mena, AR, and Beatrice Pool of Danville, AR. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 4, 2001, at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, Seminole, Oklahoma.
From the Mena Star
Linnie Howell

Howell, Veller
Mrs. Veller Howell, 93, of Mena, died Thursday, Aug. 9 at Rich Mountain Manor Nursing Home. She was born July 20, 1897 in Nunley. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Rev. A.J. Cole officiating. Interment was in Nunley Cemetery under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers were John Titsworth, Darrell Titsworth, Donny Owens, Frank Owens, Tommy Ashley, and N.C. Titsworth. She was the daughter of Newt C. Titsworth and Miss Maudie Baker and was united in marriage to John Howell January 19, 1913 in Mena. Mrs. Howell was a resident of Nunley most of her life. She was a housewife and a member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Texarkana. She was active in the Old Settlers Reunion. Survvivors are one son, J. C. Howell, Seminole, Okla.; one sister, Maxine Gibson, Moore, Okla.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
From the Mena Star
Linnie Howell

HUGHES, John Alden
Surnames: Hughes, Humphreys, DeBell, Nelson, Dewhurst, Brewer, Via, Bonsell
John Alden Hughes, 83, former Mena resident died tuesday morning in Fairfax, Va. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. at Everly Funeral Home, with Rev. Alfred B. Clark of the First Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Memorial Park, Fairfax. Alden Hughes was born and reared in Bradley County, Tenn. He came to Mena in 1903 and later moved to Arlington and Fairfax where he had lived the past 23 years. Besides his wife, Aileen B. Hughes, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Jessie Humphreys, Lusk, Wyo., and Mrs. Allison DeBell, Centreville, Va.; four step-children, Mrs. Mary Lynn Nelson, Mrs. Joan Dewhurst, Kenneth Brewer and Mrs. Shirley Via; five grandchildren, Mrs. Betty Gene Humphreys Andrews, Sacramento, Calif., Mrs. Lita Rose Humphreys Wolverton, Brush, Colo., Stuart, Christopher and Johanna DeBell, and one sister, Mrs. Beulah Bonsell of Mena.

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