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Obituaries
THOMAS FARMER
Thomas “Chopper” Farmer, 72, of Smyrna, Tenn., died July 21, 2015.

Funeral services were July 24 at Stones River Baptist Church, with Bro. James Stophel officiating.

He was a Vietnam era veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of Stones River Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Boyd and Retta Lorene Hillebert Farmer.

He is survived by his wife, Czarina Farmer of Smyrna, Tenn.; two sons, Thomas C. Farmer Jr. of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Thomas Werner of Auburn, Wash.; a stepson, Charles Arrington Jr. of Antioch, Tenn.; two daughters, Carmen Lockling of Crossett and Angelia Barrow of El Dorado; a brother, Gary Farmer of Lawrence, Kan.; two sisters, Reta Foley of Le Compton, Kan. and Marcia Butell of Lawrence, Kan.; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Woodfin Funeral Chapel of Smyrna, Tenn. was in charge of arrangements.



GALE FRYAR
Gale “Buck” Fryar, 66, of Crossett, died July 24, 2015 at Ashley County Medical Center

Funeral services were July 26 at Grace Christian Fellowship Church, with Bro. Scott Wheeler officiating.

He was a longtime lockmaster at Felsenthal Lock and Dam and a member of Grace Christian Fellowship Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Dorothy Fryar.

He is survived by his wife, Annette Williams Fryar of Crossett; two sons, James (Jim) Gale Fryar and Stephen Fryar Forest, both of Crossett; three daughters, Vickie Inman of Broken Arrow, Okla., Lynda Stuart of Garvin, Okla., and Cendie Fawcett of Little Elm, Texas; a sister, Paula Stokes of Hampton, Ark.; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Robert Woolsey, Rocky Stuart, Sam Stuart, Jake Fryar, Paige Anders, Daniel Hill, Alan Brewer and Josh Hartley.  

Medders Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


BOBBY GRAHAM SR.
Bobby Ray Graham, Sr., 79, of Fountain Hill, died July 23, 2015 at Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village.

Funeral services were July 26 at Fountain Hill First Baptist Church, with burial in Flat Creek Cemetery. Bros. Gene Gregory and Jake Lindsey officiated.

He was a lifetime resident of Fountain Hill, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a former mayor and city councilman in Fountain Hill, a retired employee of Georgia-Pacific Forestry and a deacon of Fountain Hill First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Coy T. and Mary V. Burch Graham; a sister, Martha Louise Graham and a brother, Gerald Lynn Graham.

He is survived by his wife, Lou Allen Graham of Fountain Hill; three sons, Bob Graham, Jr., of Lake Village, Glen Graham of Little Rock and Barry Graham of Fountain Hill; a daughter, Sharon Trantham of Fountain Hill; two brothers, Jimmy Lloyd Graham of Porta Verde, Mexico and Curtis Waymon Graham of Fountain Hill; two sisters, Dianne Yelvington of Drasco and Barbara Jean Stout of Beebe; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ralph Jones, Dale McKiever, Boyd Savage, Frank Wesson, Ray Wesson and Bradley Graham. 

Memorials may be made to Fountain Hill First Baptist Church, PO Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


GEORGE PUGH
George L. Pugh, Sr., 82, of Portland, died July 25, 2015 at Arkansas Hospice in Little Rock.

Funeral services awere July 29 at Portland United Methodist Church, with burial with military honors in Portland Cemetery. Dr. Herb Barks and the Revs. Terrie Lynn Bunnell and Deborah Head officiated.

He was a lifetime resident of Portland, a graduate of Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a farmer and businessman, president of GPS Gin, Inc., a director of the Arkansas Rural Endowment Fund Board, the Agricultural Council of Arkansas and the National Cotton Council, a former state senator and director of Delta Trust and Bank and a member and treasurer of Portland United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Augustus (Gus) and Evelyn Newman Pugh and a brother, Robert Augustus “Buddy” Pugh, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Benton Pugh of Portland; two sons, George Leyden Pugh, Jr. of Lake Village and Talbot Benton III of Little Rock; three daughters, Rebecca Newman Pugh of Bethesda, Md., Susie Pugh Tackett of Greenwood, Miss. and Catherine Ann Benton Welch of Hinsdale, Ill.; two brothers, Thomas Pugh of Little Rock and Augustus “Bubba” Pugh of Lake Village; and 12 grandchildren.           

Pallbearers are Phillip Privett, Troy Lee Brown, Don Arensman, Gary Morgan, Allen Chandler, Stevie Hammons, George Rutledge and Chris Breshers. 
Memorials may be made to Portland United Methodist Church, PO Box 400, Portland, AR 71663 or to Portland Cemetery, PO Box 51, Portland, AR 71663.

Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.





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