Log Cabin Democrat Obituaries 7/17/98

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Friday, July 17, 1998 Obituaries

Last modified at 11:29 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 1998

Mrs. Cecilia Dodgen

Mrs. Cecilia Kaufman Dodgen, 81, of Conway died Wednesday (July 15, 1998) at Conway Regional Medical Center.

Born Feb. 2, 1917, in St. Vincent (Conway County), daughter of William Henry and Cecilia Marie Gottsponer Kaufman, she was a school teacher, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, American Association of Retired Persons, National Education Association, Farm Bureau and a charter member of Our Lady of Fatima Altar Society in Benton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William M. Dodgen.

Survivors are a son, William Dodgen of Conway; two daughters, Pat Schaefers of Conway and Peggy Brandebura of Fort Smith; two sisters, Frances Kelone of Bryant and Dorothy Gale of Oakland, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Tony McKay officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Mausoleum.

Pallbearers will be Daryl Schaefers, Chris Schaefers, James Schaefers, Will Brandebura, Steve Brandebura, Matt Brandebura and B. J. Dodgen.

Christian Ladies Rosary will be 2 p.m. today and rosary will be 7 p.m. today, both at Griffin Leggett-Conway.

Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph School Endowment Fund, Immaculate Conception School Endowment Fund in Fort Smith or Our Lady of Fatima Church or School in Benton.

W. D. 'Bill' Jeffrey

W. D. "Bill" Jeffrey, 92, of Fort Smith died Thursday (July 16, 1998).

Born Aug. 18, 1905, in Jamestown (Independence County), son of Charles and Cora Icy Alexander Jeffrey, he was founder of Jeffrey Construction Co. and Jeffrey Sand and Gravel Co.

Survivors are his wife, Mae Winston Jeffrey; two daughters, Peggy Hinds and Joanne Swafford, both of Fort Smith; a brother, Ocial A. Jeffrey of Desha (Independence County); two sisters, Marie James of Desha and Nobia Lee Buford of Fort Smith; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Jeffrey Boys Club in Fort Smith.

J. C. 'Tobe' Martin

John Clovis "Tobe" Martin, 87, of Humphrey (Arkansas County), brother of Wayne Martin of Conway, died Wednesday (July 15, 1998).

Born July 16, 1910, he was the widower of Ruby Kate Lantrip Martin, a retired farmer and a Baptist.

Other survivors are two daughters, Betty Lou Chaney of Pismo Beach, Calif., and Jane Corley of Stuttgart; another brother, Olon Martin of Weimar, Calif.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were today at Turpin Funeral Home in Stuttgart. Burial was in Lone Tree Cemetery.

Wilfred Egner Thorpe

Wilfred Egner Thorpe, 81, of Little Rock, father of Todd Thorpe of Quitman, died Thursday (July 16, 1998).

Born in Little Rock, he played professional football with the Cleveland Rams in 1940 and 1941, was a World War II Navy veteran and former executive director of the Pine Bluff Boys Club. He was also a sporting goods salesman and retired from the Pulaski County Special School District.

Other survivors are his wife, Fay Russell Thorpe; two daughters, Betty Thorpe and Sherry Walker, both of Little Rock; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Pinecrest Cemetery with the Rev. Curtis C. Thomas officiating.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of Arkansas or a favorite charity.

Mrs. Stephanie Capek

Mrs. Stephanie Capek (born Stepanka Rezabkova), 82, of Little Rock, mother of Dr. Stella M. Capek of Conway, died Tuesday (July 14, 1998).

Born July 7, 1916, in Marlbor, Yugoslavia, a daughter of Angela and Frantisek Rezabek, she was the widow of Dr. Milic Capek. She was a school teacher in Czechoslovakia and a housewife.

She is also survived by a sister, Vlasta Budkova of the Czech Republic.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at The Good Shepherd Retirement Center on Aldersgate Road with the Rev. Jon Guthrie officiating. Arrangements are by Huson Funeral Home of Little Rock.

Mrs. Edna F. Strain

Mrs. Edna F. Strain, 77, of North Little Rock, mother of Bobby Strain of Quitman, died Wednesday (July 15, 1998) at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

Born June 29, 1921, in Jerusalem (Conway County), a daughter of Harv and Ruth Nichols Bradford, she was retired from Westinghouse and a Baptist.

Other survivors are her husband, W. E. Strain; another son, Harold E. Coulson of North Little Rock; three brothers, Ben Bradford of Little Rock, Ernest Bradford of Cabot and Harvey Bradford of North Little Rock; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at North Little Rock funeral home with the Rev. James Thomason officiating. Burial will be in Edgewood Memorial Park.

Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Vernon C. Prior

Vernon C. Prior, 81, of Conway died Tuesday (July 14, 1998) at The Heritage Center.

Born June 11, 1917, in Little Rock, son of Julius Dee and Bertie Minor Prior, he was a retired chief of personnel for the post office, a World War II veteran and a member of Central Baptist Church.

Survivors are his wife, Rachel Hallmark Prior; two daughters, Julia Cooper of Conway and Phyllis Wells of Little Rock; a son, Calvin Prior of Little Rock; a brother, James L. Prior of Conway; two sisters, Atha Lou Prior of Conway and Minnie Rea Riley of McGehee (Desha County); three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Griffin Leggett-Conway with the Rev. Don Chandler of and the Rev. Lory Poynor officiating. Burial will be in Crestlawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Wallace Gee, Herman Wilson, Elmo Brewer and James Hill.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Marian Fuller

Mrs. Marian Moss Fuller, 77, of Hot Springs, mother of Holly Stoliker of Conway, died Wednesday (July 15, 1998).

Born Oct. 3, 1920, in Ola (Yell County), she was an entertainer and housewife, a member of the Showman's Club and of Pullman Heights United Methodist Church in Hot Springs.

Other survivors are two sons, Ronald Fuller of Little Rock and Craig Fuller of Hot Springs; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Hot Springs Funeral Home with the Rev. Hugh Stultz officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ed Hollier, Jay Campbell, Dudley Blancke, William Fuller, Drew Fuller, Aaron Stoliker and David Stoliker.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Pullman Heights United Methodist Church.

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