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MADISON COUNTY, ARKANSAS
OBITUARIES

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J. J. RILEY; John MARTIN - Green Forrest Paper, January 1898

J.J. RILEY and John MARTIN, two of the Ft Smith cyclone victims, were residents of Marble, Madison county and personal acquaintances of townsman, J.C. BOWEN. They were interred at Marble Friday. They were witnesses attending the U.S. Federal Court.


David D. PHILLIPS - Date of Death - 19 Feb 1919

[Submitter's Note: Unfortunately I do not have the name or the date of the newspaper this was published in - but I do have a photocopy of the article itself - masthead missing. Date of Death for David D. Phillips was: Feb. 19, 1919.]

"David D. Phillips, who was born at Wesley, Madison County in 1846, and for a number of years resided at Hindsville, died Wednesday of last week at his home in Fayetteville, where he resided for the past few years. He had been an invalid for three years. The remains were interred in Evergreen Cemetery, Fayetteville, services being conducted by Rev. N. M. Ragland. Deceased was an old Confederate soldier and was well known throughout this section. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. D. D. Phillips of Fayetteville; four sons, Capt. Jack Phillips and Frank Phillips of the Isthmus of Panama; G. E. Phillips of Potosi, Mo. and Oto phillips of Fayetteville; two daughters, Mrs. George Parsons of Fayetteville and Mrs. Anna Beardson of Tulsa, Okla., and a sister, Mrs. Mary Gilland of Goshen."

Transcribed and Submitted by Sherry Healy.



 

Ada S. PHILLIPS - Date of Death 21 Mar 1933

[Submitter's Note: Unfortunately I do not have the name or the date of the newspaper this was published in - but I do have a photocopy of the article itself - masthead missing. Date of Death for Ada S. Phillips was March 21, 1933 in Fayetteville - so this probably came from a Fayetteville newspaper. She was the granddaughter of Mr. Vaughn from Madison Co., which is mentioned in the obit.]

"MRS. PHILLIPS PASSES AWAY

Mrs. Ada S. Phillips of 313 North College avenue passed away this morning about 9 o’clock following a several weeks’ illness. The end has not been unexpected for several days.

The deceased was mother of City Clerk Otoe Phillips and of Mrs. George Parsons, both of Fayetteville, and of Captain Jack Phillips of Panama City who traveled by airplane, boat and train to reach her bedside in time for her to recognize him. There are three other surviving children: G. E. Phillips of Mineral Point, Mo.; Mrs. W. W. Bearden, Borger, Tex., and Frank Phillips of Canal Zone, all of whom were here but the last named.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock from the home. Rev. J. T. Gillespie, pastor of First Baptist Church will officiate. Mrs. C. C. Yarrington and Mrs. Richard Jaynes will sing "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Face to Face" with Miss Mildred Gregg accompanying. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery beside her husband, the late David D. Phillips, Confederate veteran.

Pallbearers will be: Active - Neal Cruse, Ernest Sexson, Guy Rogers, Cass Mulrennan, Raymond Harbison, Frank Sanders, Pat Hix and Sam Watkins.

Honorary - The mayor and city council T. S. Tribble, Frank Barr, John Bynum, Witt Carter, J. K. Gregory, C. T. Harding, George Sanders, J. F. Stamord, R. E. Wages, Dr. E. F. Ellis, Elza Davies, Dr. Dave Walker, A. A. Mhoon, W. A. Gregg, W. H. Summers, E. E. Hart, John Casey, H. E. Jackson, C. F. Armistead.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Phillips were members of families of Revolutionary of Colonial days and both have an illustrious lineage. Both were members of the Missionary Baptist Church and the Rev. Joshua Baker, father of Judge H. L. Baker of Fayetteville, officiated at their baptismal ceremony.

The couple when very young started housekeeping on Brush Creek. Later they lived at Hindsville and in Indian Territory and after moving back to Hindsville and came in 1912 to Fayetteville where the family home has been ever since.

A nephew today gave the following information and paid tribute to the deceased:

The death of Ada S. Phillips brings to an end the career of a noble woman and mother, whose long span of life and ancestry have included epoch that few lives can match in the history of Fayetteville and of Washington and Madison counties.

Born in the Vaughan Valley, just west of Hindsville, March 10, 1856, Ada S. Fitch was the oldest daughter of Margaret Vaughan Fitch and Catlet Fitch who were members of two well-known pioneer families in this region. Her mother was one of the first students in the old Fayetteville Female Seminary.

Mrs. Phillips was the granddaughter of Judge George Washington Vaughan of Madison county, and the great granddaughter of Samuel Vaughan, one of the four commissioners who on October 17, 1828 chose the townsite for the city of Fayetteville.

On the Fitch side Mrs. Phillips was blessed with an equally rich ancestral heritage, her father, a member of Brook’s Batalion, being an early settler and an extensive land owner and her grandfather, Dr. Thomas Lafayette Fitch, an early graduate from Michigan University in both the literary and medical courses.

The great grandfather, John Fitch, came over from Scotland before the Revolutionary War and settled on the James river in Virginia where his family lived while he was a soldier in the Revolutionary army.

A small girl of five years of age, at the outbreak of the Civil War, Ada Fitch, early in life became inured to the hardships of a pioneer existence. Early in the spring of the year peace was declared - 1865 - in a company of 21 people, containing her father and grandfather, she accompanied her parents to Willard, Missouri, a postoffice about ten miles from Springfield, on Grand Prairie. Here they lived until the close of the war.

Educated in the school of Madison county and endowed both by heredity and environment with a greater than usual strength of character "Aunt Ada’ was especially fitted by long experience to hold that place in the hears of many people, both young and old, that is only given to one’s most trusted friends.

A personality that epitomized youth - blessed by long experience, that represented a unity of kindliness, friendship, love, and understanding, and that was wise and experienced enough to know what to say and when to counsel and guide, and when to chide. An abiding faith in the inherent goodness of mankind, a steadfastness of purpose that could not be shaken by hardships, privations, trials, or pettiness, and a well defined sense of humor, these are the attributes that make up the character, who to many was known as Mrs. Phillips, to some as ‘Gran’, to others as ‘Aunt Ada’, and to all who knew her as a real ‘Mother’ in heart and act, if not in fact.

On August 24, 1873, she was united in marriage to David D. Phillips, deceased, of Wesley, Ark., a veteran of the Confederate army, who had served under Price, Shelby and Marmaduke.

To this union were born seven children, six of whom survive their mother: Gregory E. Phillips of Mineral Point, Mo.; Mrs. W. W. Bearden of Borger, Texas; Mrs. George H. Parsons, Fayetteville; Captain Jack Phillips, Inspector Canal Zone Police, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, Panama; Otoe Phillips, City Clerk, Fayetteville; and Frank Phillips, Clerk, Panama Railroad Company, Cristobal, Canal Zone, Panama.

In addition to the above named children, Mrs. Phillips is survived by six grandsons, one granddaughter, and one great grandson, as follows: Rufus Phillips, Mineral Point, Mo.,; Earl Phillips, St. Louis; Homer Phillips, Mineral Point; Wayne Bearden, Los Angeles, Cal., David Bearden, Borger, Texas; George H. Parsons, Jr., Fayetteville; Ada Catherine Phillips, Cristobal, Canal Zone; and Phillips Bearden, Springdale, Ark.

Three brothers and two sisters also survive the deceased: Thomas L. Fitch, Arcadia, Calif; Andrew D. Fitch, Franklin, Montana; Mrs. Alfted T. Smith, Springdale; Mrs. Henry Parker, Hindsville; and Catlet F. (Dick) Fitch, Hindsville.

All of the children are here for the funeral, and have been at the bedside of their mother for some time, except the youngest son, Frank Phillips, who was unable to obtain leave from his duties in Panama."

Transcribed and Submitted by Sherry Healy.



 

Adolphus I. BERRY - Date of Death 23 Jun 1923

[Submitter's Note: The masthead of the paper is missing - but I do have a copy of the actual article. The date of death for Adolphus I. Berry was June 23, 1923 in Springdale.]

The obituary for Adolphus I. Berry reads:

Adolphus I. Berry was born June 9, 1850 in Madison County near Alabam; the town being named for his father. July 28, 1870 he was married to Mary Katherine Phillips, and to this union were born four children, three of whom survive: Miss Mabel of Springdale, Woodward of Lagrand, Oregon, and Mrs. Lina Pennington of Prince Albert, Canada. The first wife passed away December 5, 1878.

In the year 1879 he was married to Miss Kittie Phillips. Of this marriage there is only one child who survives, Mrs. L. D. Rogers, of Boonville, Ark. The last wife died April 26, 1896.

Mr. Berry moved to Springdale in 1905, where he has since lived. He was City Marshal of this place for six years, from 1906 to 1912, and served faithfully and well. Later he was employed in the grocery business, and continued so until his health failed. He has been failing in health for the past four years, and following the death of his son a few weeks ago grew steadily worse, and declined rapidly. He died at half past seven Saturday morning, June 23.

For forty-three years he was an active member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge. Early in life he joined the Presbyterian Church, in which he served in an official capacity for a number of years. On moving to Springdale with his daughter, Miss Mabel, he united with the M. E. Church, South, of which denomination he was a member at the time of his death. during his last hours he often expressed his faith in Christ, and his willingness and desire to be called higher.

Funeral services were conducted at the M.E. Church, South Sunday afternoon at 1:30 conducted by Rev. Womack, of Fayetteville, a former pastor. Interment in the Hindsville Cemetery under the auspices of the local I.O.O.F. lodge.

No word need be said of "Uncle Dolph" as he was more familiarly known. His life and work was an open book to friends, neighbors, and citizens of the community. And on the pages of his life’s book are written the words that need no further eulogizing: He was a model citizen, doing his best at all times.

Transcribed and Submitted by Sherry Healy.



 

David BOLINGER - Date of Death 27 Sept 1898

David Bolinger was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee, May ??(date is torn off of newspaper) 1811 (this date is also torn it only has 11, but I am assuming it to be 1811) His father's family moved ??(torn paper) farm north of Jacksonville, Ill., in 1828. He was married to Miss Catherine Riggs, west of Jacksonville, February 5,1837; and moved to a farm south west of Clayton, Ill in 1838. Six children were born to them. Three are living. Mrs. Martha Sloan, Jesse and Reuben.

David Bolinger lived on his farm near Clayton Illionis, forty years. After his wifes death, he lived with his son Jesse, near Lamar Missouri, about ten years. He made his home with his oldest son Reuben near Eads, Colorado from Oct 6 1892.

He joined the Baptist church before he was of age and lived a good faithful christian life. Few men were so kind and generous and no member of his church atributed more to it. He was strictly temperant, using intoxicating stimulants only when absolutaly necessary and using very little tea and coffee and never using tobacco.

He was a strong old man because he had lived a temperate life. Nothing that he enjoyed more in his old age than reading his Bible and talking of it. He enjoyed the weekly visits of the paper of his old home, The Clayton Enterprise.

If my fathers belief biased his opinion, it was little. I will give one as follows: During the presidental campaign of 1860, My father was a Douglas or Union Democrat, He predicated that Lincoln would be elected, which would cause war and the slaves would be liberated. A predication that he did not want fulfilled.

After he lived in Colorado two years, he made a visit to relatives and friends in Arkansas and returned home in ill health, but soon regained his usual good health. With this exception he had good health in Colorado until Sept 4 1898. His illness which did not seem to be serious was caused from drinking bad water.obtained away from home. It is probable if he did not drank it he would now be living and enjoying good health.

On Sept. 10 he seemed to be well again. On Sept.18 he had a relapse and was confined to his bed for the first time since he had lived in Colorado. He died at noon, Sept .27, with his eyes closed as if he had gone to sleep.There was a large attendance at the funeral which was conducted by Rev. F. M. Pierce of Sheridan Lake Colo. He was buried in the Eads cemetery. Reuben Bolinger, Eads Colorado--

Transcribed and Submitted by  Lynn Gibson



 

Jonas Williams - Date of Death 2 July 1902?

Submitter's Note: The obit does not have the year of his death, but I have a letter written to my Grandpa Hooper from my Grandma and she is telling how Jonas Williams had died, The date of the letter is July 16 1902, she is telling about how lonesome his family is and how some of the men went and took care of his crops. It said he got sick and lived about a week.. It was just cut out of the paper and stuck in my great great grandmother's Bible.

Editor, Republican:--On July 2nd, Jonas Williams, an aged and highly respected citizen, died at his home on upper War Eagle. "Uncle Jonas" as he has long been familiarly known, was at the time of his decease '80 years, one month and 2 days old.

Mr. Williams was known by all as an exemplary citizen, a kind husband and father who enjoyed the confidence and love of all who knew him.

More than twelve years ago, he became sorely afflicted, suffering intensely for several years, so much so that no one thought he could possibly survive. But being a man of strong constitution and correct habits of life, he improved slightly being at best a crippled and constantly suffering man to the end of his life.

About a week prior to this death, "Uncle Jonas" was out about on the place on his canes as usual. A severe pain in his maimed foot rapidly prostrated him. Paralysis of the left arm quickly extended to the body at once affecting the respiratory system. He lay for several hours in a comatose state, passing away at the last as one falling into a peaceful sleep.

His remains were laid to rest in the Cove cemetery with befitting funeral ceremonies conducted by Rev David Keck. He leaves an aged and much afflicted wife and two faithful and loving daughters, together with a host of relatives and friends to mourn his death; but all are glad they can say: "We sorrow not as those that have no love" A Friend

Transcribed and Submitted by. Lynn Gibson



 

Ader A. HOOPER, Date of Death: March 30 1968

Ader A. Hooper 94, believed to be one of the last remaining Civil War widows in the nation. died Saturday night in the home of a grandson, Truman Hibbard of 1703 N. Northwood Ave. Tulsa, Okla. following a 3 month illness.

Mrs. Hooper was the widow of Frederick T. Hooper, a Union veteran who died about 50 years ago. She had received a widow's pension since death, relatives said.

She made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Hibbard at intervals during the last five years. Earlier she lived for many years at St. Paul Ark and for more than 20 years at Uniontown Ark.

Relatives said Hooper had several children by a previous marriage including a son Charles Hooper of near Stillwell, who is nearly 100. Mrs. Ader Hooper's only child, Mrs. Barbara Hibbard of Charleston died about 10 years ago.

Mrs. Ader Hooper is survived by a sister Mrs. Emma King 92, of Sand Springs, a 1/2 brother John Dennis of El Paso Texas, 8 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church in Uniontown, Burial was at Rowland Okla. under direction of Moore Eastlawn Funeral Home.

Transcribed and Submitted by  Lynn Gibson



 

Winnifred MILLER, Aug. 27, 1904-Feb. 27, 1989

Winnifred B. "Winnie" Miller, 84, Southwest City, died at 3:45 p.m. Monday at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Miller was born August 27, 1904, near Hindsville, AR in Madison County, AR., moving to the Southwest City, MO area in 1918.

She married Cleveland Miller on September 13, 1924, in Southwest City, MO. He Survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Glenn Miller, of the home; five daughters, Sarah Jean Statler, Raymore, MO; Donna Brown, Springfield, MO; Mary Harding, Jay, OK; Joann Bussear, Tulsa, OK; and Wanda Pittaway, Midland, TX; 22 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; several step-grandchildren and several great-step-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Southwest City. Rev. Jack Sawyers will officiate. Burial, under the direction of Ozark Funeral Home, will be in Southwest City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Carson Blecha, Tony Lee Blecha, Bryan Rose, Vadis Shields, Walter Manning, and Frank McKee.

Friends may call after noon Thursday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

COMPLIMENTS OF OZARK FUNERAL HOME
SOUTHWEST CITY, MO
GALE & JUDY DUNCAN

(The preceding was a copy from the funeral home. Winnie was my mother, her mother and father being Thomas Gifford Clark and Mollie Jane (Patrick) Clark. Her grandparents were Richard & Elizabeth Jane Grigg Clark, all of Hindsville, AR.)

Transcribed and submitted by Donna Miller Brown



 

Mary MONTGOMERY, April 21, 1909 - Sept. 17, 1999;
Albany Democrat Herald newspaper, Albany, Linn County, Oregon

 SWEET HOME - Mary O. Montgomery, 90, of Sweet Home died Friday in Lebanon.

 She was born in Aurora, Ark., to John and Lila Lester Parker.

 She married Roy L. Montgomery in 1924 in Fayetteville, Ark. They lived many
years in California  and moved to Sweet Home in 1981. Mr. Montgomery died April 7, 1996.

 Mrs. Montgomery worked at a "Rosie the Riveter" type of job for Douglas
Aircraft Co. in Long  Beach, Calif., during World War II. She worked at the Army Supply Depot in Wilmington, Calif.,  Buffum's Department Store in Orange, Calif., and in the cafeteria in the Garden Grove School District  in Westminster, Calif.

 Most of all, she was a homemaker. She belonged to the Baptist Church all her
life and was devoted to  and enjoyed her family.

 Surviving are sons Dale of Brownsville and James of Mesa, Ariz.; daughters
Doloris Roof of  Bellingham, Wash., and Dariene Long of Sweet Home; sister Pansy Sanderson of Buena Park, Calif.; 16  grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren.

 Son David Parker Montgomery died Nov. 14, 1956.

 A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Sweet Home United
Methodist Church, with  Pastor Karen Little officiating.

 Contributions in Mrs. Montgomery's name may be made to a charity of the donor's
choice. Workman  & Steckly Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.


Mary MITCHELL-ROBERTS
 

ROGERS, AR -- Mary Lue Mitchell-Roberts, 70, of Rogers died May 3, 2001, at her home. She was born Nov. 6, 1930, in Whorton Creek in Madison County to Sherman O. and Lueisa Reeves Bollinger. She was a homemaker and a life member of the Free Will Baptist Church and a member of the Women of the Moose. She moved to Rogers in 1961. Her first husband, Richard S. Mitchell Sr., preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Tom G. Roberts of Rogers; one son and daughter-in-law, Rick Mitchell and Mechell of Carrollton, Texas; one daughter, Alanna C. Mitchell of Rogers; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. (NWAR Morning News)

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