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Polk County AR Obits - N

Nelson, Mrs. Oscar E.
Surnames: Nelson, Potter, Moyer, Phillips, Smith, Page, Thomas
Funeral service for Mrs. Alice Potter Nelson, wife of Oscar E. Nelson of Zafra, Oklahoma, who died of a heart attack Thrusday morning, March 6, at her home, was held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Free Holiness Church at Smithville, Okla. with the Rev. Lee Blake, pastor officiating. Burial at Smithville Cemetery was directed by the Beasley -Wood Funeral Home. The pallbearers were A.Moyer,Walter and Roy Phillips, Alfred Smith, Luther Page and Edd Thomas. Mrs. Nelson was born June 16,1886 in Clayburn county, Ark. She was married in that county to Mr. Nelson 41 years ago and shortly after their wedding they moved to the Zafra community where she spent the remainder of her life. She was a member of the Holiness church and active in its work until her health failed about a year ago.Besides her husband, Mrs. Nelson is survived by a son Nathan C. Nelson, Modesto, Calif. and three grandchildren: Benjamin, Jimmy and Oletha Nelson, also of Modesto, Calif. and serveral nieces and nephews.
Mena Star, March 13,1952
Contributed by Janet

Nichols, Loda
Surnames: Nichols, Johnson
Loda Selma Nichols passed away in Sacramento, CA, on March 13, 1998. She was born in Hatfield, Arkansas, May 8, 1908. Loda was preceded in death by her parents Wesley L. and Annie E. Nichols, a baby sister Jewell, and four brothers, Arley, Iley, Dewey and Kenneth. She is survived by her sister, Jettie Nichols Johnson and two nephews, Wesley Johnson and Jack Nichols. All of the Nichols children were born in Polk County, all graduated from Hatfield High School. After graduation Loda attended business school in Memphis before taking a job as a telephone operator with Southwestern Bell in Mena. Prior to WWII the telephone office was located on the second floor of the bank building at the corner of Janssen and Mena Streets. Margaret Ogden was the chief and Bill Swizerhoff was the telephone man. Loda and five other operators were "the" telephone company. Loda followed her father into Masonic work, belonging to the Mena Chapter of the Eastern Star until moving to Los Angeles in 1942. She worked as a "long distance" operator for Pacific Telephone in their Hollywood office. In those days all toll calls were placed with the long distance operator. Loda was a great movie fan and took great pleasure in serving many movie stars and well known people in the movie industry of that era. After retirement in 1969, Loda and her sister, Jettie, bought a home in Carmichael, California, near Jettie's son Wesley "Bobby" Johnson. Services were conducted on March 17, 1998, at East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park by Chaplain Ivan Paulk and the Rose Chapter, No. 292, of the Eastern Star.
From the Mena Star Newspaper - Thursday, 9 April 1998
Contributed by county coordinator

Samuel A. Nichols
Surnames: Nichols, Owens, McCulley, House, Gann, McAllister, Thweatt, Stinnett, Oglesby, Wyatt
Funeral service for Samuel A. Nichols, retired farmer and stockman of the Zafra community, was held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Nichols cemetery west of Hatfield, with Rev. Bennie Fisher officiating. Interment was in the family plot in the Nichols cemetery, directed by the Geyer Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Preston Owens, Omar McCulley, Ollie House, Jewell Gann, Cecil McAllister and Hezzie Thweatt. Samuel A. Nichols was born November 17, 1867, at West Valley, Arkanas. He was 84 years of age. He had spent his entire life around Hatfield, Arkansas and Zafra, Oklahoma. He was united in marriage to Miss Cora Lee Stinnett in 1888 at Hatfield. He was a farmer and stockman, who had done much to develop the area in which he lived. He helped to pioneer western Arkansas and was a kind husband and loving father. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Mrs.Cora Lee Nichols; two daughters, Mrs.Fannie Oglesby, Hatfield, and Mrs. Lanie Wyatt of Quinton,Okla.; two sons, Ervin Nichols, Zafra,Okla; and John Nichols of Rock Island, Ill. Also three brothers, one sister, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Mena Star,April 24,1952
Contributed by Janet

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