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Dr. A. Meryl Grasse, founder of the Community Medical Center of Izard County, in Calico Rock, passed away January 29 at the age of 92. Dr. Grasse spent 63 years in Calico Rock, moving from the area last year, after his retirement in 2012.
A celebration of life service is being planned for Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Calico Rock.
Anthony Meryl Grasse, M.D.
Anthony Meryl Grasse, MD, passed away peacefully in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the age of 92. Born May 16, 1923 in Chalfont, PA to the late Anthony Myers Grasse and Lillian (Landis) Grasse, Dr. Grasse was an accomplished physician in family practice, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, dedicated to healthcare service. He lived most of his life in Calico Rock, from 1952 to 2015.
Dr. Grasse retired from being a physician at the age of 88, having delivered at least three generations of babies over his medical career.
Dr. Grasse graduated from Souderton High School in Bucks County, PA in 1940 and Goshen College, Goshen IN in 1943. He earned a degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, PA in 1947 and completed a surgery residency at York Hospital, York, PA. He served in overseas medical work in Ethiopia, East Africa and Indonesia 1948-1951, and Nigeria, West Africa 1964-1966 with the Mennonite Church. Dr. Grasse established a medical practice in Calico Rock in 1952 and built a hospital the Medical Center of Calico Rock in 1959, which was renamed the Community Medical Center of Izard County. He was active in the Mennonite Church in Arkansas, and was a founding member of Calico Rock Mennonite Fellowship.
Dr. Grasse was the husband of Gladys (Landis) Grasse, a nurse, for 63 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children – four daughters, Karen Grasse of Philadelphia, PA; Chloe Grasse and husband Linford Martin of Greencastle, PA; Carol Grasse of Boulder, CO; Gwendolyn Grasse and husband Steve Voran of Boulder, CO; two sons, Joel Grasse and wife Susan of Rogers, AR; Mark Grasse of Dallas, TX; five grandchildren, Joseph Grasse and wife Angela of Omaha, NE; Joshua Grasse and wife Dana of Spokane, WA; Hannah and Mariah Martin of Greencastle, PA; and Elleanna Voran of Boulder, CO; two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Olivia Grasse of Omaha, NE; two brothers, Willard Grasse and wife Gladys of Chalfont, PA; Warren Grasse and wife Linda of Telford, PA; two brothers were previously deceased, John Grasse (deceased 2005) and Alvin Grasse (deceased 2015). John is survived by his wife Mary Margaret of Calico Rock; Alvin is survived by his wife Ruth of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be sent in honor of: Dr. A. Meryl Grasse Memorial Hospital Fund, Community Medical Center of Izard County, c/o Kim Skidmore CEO, P.O. Box 438, Calico Rock, AR 75219.
Cremation services were entrusted to Dugan Funeral Home and Crematory, 51 Asper Drive, Shippensburg, PA.

Thelma Clara Blevins Montgomery, daughter of the late Jonathan Blevins and Minnie Bell Pearson Blevins, was born October 13, 1918 in Violet Hill, Arkansas. She departed this life November 24, 2015 in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 97 years, 1 month and 11 days. She was united in marriage to Eathel Montgomery April 4, 1942 in Knob Creek, Arkansas and to this union three daughters were born. She spent her life as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, homemaker and friend. During her working years she was employed as a restaurant cook. She was of the Baptist faith and a long time member of Fairview Baptist Church in Violet Hill, Arkansas.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law: Barbara Womack of Gassville, Donita K and Max Williams of Brockwell and Bonita Faye and Lonnie Neal of Viola; eight grandchildren: Ronnie Womack, Kristine Davis, Shawn Womack, Penny Vandergriff, Rita Newman, Wayne Neal, Ginger Harris and Daniel Neal; 22 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and many good friends.She was preceeded in death by her parents, her husband: Eathel Montgomery; four brothers: Preston Blevins, Clarence Blevins, Ewing Blevins, Hancel Blevins; six sisters: Mary Reynolds, Martha Reed, Elsie Jennings, Virgie Tarvin, Ester Thompson and Alta Bookout Smith; one son-in-law: Roger Womack.
Visitation will be Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. at Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne, AR. Funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Ken Vest officiating. Burial will be at Violet Hill Cemetery under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home.
Pallbearers: Ronnie Womack, Shawn Womack, Wayne Neal, Daniel Neal, James Newman and Bryan Harris. Honorary Pallbearers: Kristine Davis, Penny Vandergriff, Rita Newman, Ginger Harris, Melinda Womack and Denise Neal

Darrell Lowell Sherrell, of Oxford, Arkansas, son of the late William Robert Sherrell and Myrtle McCurley Sherrell, was born September 10, 1933 in Brockwell, Arkansas. He departed this life March 6, 2015 in Calico Rock, Arkansas at the age of 81 years, 5 months and 24 days. In 1952 he was united in marriage to Mary Alene Blankenship and to his union three sons were born. Darrell spent his life as a son, brother, nephew, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, provider and friend. During his working years, he worked at White River Propane, Reeves Propane, concessions at Salem Auction Barn, in addition to being a farmer. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Oxford Baptist Church.
He is survived by three sons and three daughters-in-law: Lowell Gene Sherrell and Janie Keil of Grain Valley, Missouri, Randy Steven and Karen Sherrell and Russell Keith and Kim Sherrell all of Oxford; one brother: Shelby Gene Sherrell of Myron; three grandchildren: Brandon Gene Sherrell and wife Krista, Laura Jo Sherrell and fiancé Bubba Rushing, and Jordan Alene Nicole Sherrell; eight great-grandchildren: Jackson Brady Sherrell, Rylan Gene Sherrell, Tyler Sherrell, Michael Sherrell, Joni Sherrell and Trysta Sherrell, Shelby Rushing, and Ricky Rushing; one great-great-grandson Remington Rushing; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; three wives: Alene Blankenship Sherrell; Ruth Washington Sherrell and Martha Vanlandingham Sherrell; eight brothers and sisters: Loyd Sherrell, Hearl Sherrell, Oma Robbins, Vearl Sherrell, Cecil Sherrell, Dale Sherrell, Armilda Everett and Harlen Sherrell and one great grandson: Payton Sherrell.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 12 to 2 p.m. with the funeral service beginning at 2 p.m. at Howard Memorial Funeral Chapel in Melbourne with Steve Stevenson officiating. Burial will be at Oxford Cemetery under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Pallbearers: Terry Dillard, Alan Sherrell, Alfred Grice, Max Williams, Willie Moser, Wayne Neal. Honorary Pallbearers: Billy Blankenship, Charles Sherrell and Howard Blankenship.

Natosha “Tosha” Alysse (Goodman) Brink, 24, of Hardy, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 30, 2014, near Black Rock. She was born December 13, 1989, in Topeka, Kansas, to Edward Luther Goodman Sr. and Carmen Denise Musick Goodman. She was a graduate of Arthur’s Beauty College in Jonesboro, Ark. and was of the Baptist faith.
Tosha was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Edward Goodman and Tom Pedano.
Survivors include her husband, Alex Brink of the home; two sons, Braxton Wayne Goodman and Walker William Brink both of Hardy; one daughter, Abigail Chyanne Stanford of Hardy; two stepsons, Kaden Brink and Gage Brink both of Glencoe; her parents, Edward and Carmen Goodman of Ash Flat; two brothers, Edward Luther Goodman Jr. of Fort Carson, Colorado, and Nickolos McCray Goodman of Ash Flat; one sister, Stephanie Gail Goodman of Ash Flat; her grandparents, Cherylene Pedano of Evening Shade, Catherine Delong of Agnos, and William Musick of Nelsonville; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held Monday, November 3 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Tri-County Funeral Home Chapel in Highland.

Vernon Gene Hightower, age 63, of Ash Flat died Saturday, October 11 at the Arkansas Childrens Hospital Burn Unit due to complications from an accident. Vernon was a retired construction worker. He was born January 6, 1951 in Batesville to the late William and Mary (Inman) Hightower.
Vernon is survived by his son; Michael Hightower; grandson, Christian Hightower, and a brother Jerrell Hightower.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and a brother.
A memorial service was held Friday, October 17 at 10 a.m. at the Franklin Fire Department. Inurnment followed at 2 p.m. in the Agnos Cemetery.

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Judith (Judy) A. Butterbrodt departed from us July 11, 2014 at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, AR. Judy was born in Ladysmith, WI on October 26, 1943 to Karl W. Schmidt and Dorothy E. (Wilson).
Judy was a long-time resident of Marshfield, WI. Upon graduation from Marshfield Senior High School, June 1961, she began her employment with the School District of Marshfield, where she worked in the main office until her retirement in 2002. She also worked part-time in a design and floral shop, and became very proficient in her decoration hobbies at home.
On June 29, 1963 she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Evan G. Butterbrodt at Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshfield. She was active in the church and community. She was a member of the church choir for over thirty-five years. She worked with Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts in various capacities. Her and her husband worked as a team in the churches that he pastored during his second career.
Judy was the proud mother of two children, Michelle Renee, and Michael Scott.
Judy and Evan moved to Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, July 12, 2004, and became quite active in the community. She had been very active in the Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church. She was also a Master Gardener, an active AARP member, a member of the Honorary Police, a past member of the Wisconsin Club, as well as being involved in other volunteer work.
In 2009, Judy and her husband decided to find a winter home in Donna, TX in the Rio Grande Valley. While living in Donna, she became a member of The Amigos de Los Niños de Mexico, the Casa Del Sol choir, volunteered in several other areas in the Casa Del Sol community. She regularly attended Weslaco First United Methodist Church.
Judy and her husband enjoyed travelling together, both here and abroad.
Judy was predeceased by her mother and father. She leaves to mourn her husband, Evan; her son, Michael and his wife Ruth (Baures) of Stoughton, WI; daughter, Michelle Walton and husband Calvin of Stone Mountain, GA, and three grandsons—Stefan, Ryan, and Caleb. She also leaves behind a brother, Gary Schmidt and wife Janet of Green Bay, WI, and two sisters—Karla Pfeiffer and husband Al of Austin, TX, and Deanna Christiansen and husband Michael of St. Louis Park, MN, and many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
As she gave of herself in life, she continues to give in death, as she had donated her body to science through Genesis (M.E.R.I.) in Memphis, TN.
Memorial arrangements are pending.

Paul William Buck was born the son of Gene Merlin Buck and Norma Jean (Collins) Buck on February 14, 1954, in Janesville, Wisconsin. He departed this life February 2, 2014, at his residence in Franklin, at the age of 59 years. He was united in marriage on March 28, 2013 in Highland, to Lora R. Umphries.
He is survived by his wife, his mother, his four daughters, Dawn Borchardt and husband, Shawn, of Custer, South Dakota, Tara Ritter and husband Steve of Rockaway Beach, Missouri, Cherish Buck of Tacoma, Washington and Nicole Peters and husband William of Wahiawa, Hawaii, his son, Cory Wright and wife Jeri of St. Louis, Missouri, stepchildren, Clarence Bricker III and wife Lesley and Crystal Ping and husband Josh, both of Terre Haute, Indiana. Twenty grandchildren were shared by Paul and Lora. Paul is also survived by two brothers, John Buck and wife Karen of Broadhead, Wisconsin, and James Buck and wife Cynthia of Violet Hill, two sisters, Sue Miller and husband Lance of Glencoe, and Mary Smith and husband Rocky of Violet Hill, several nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, and nephew Simon R. Buck (son of James and Cynthia Buck.) Paul worked in the construction and carpentry business most of his life. He enjoyed doing woodworking activities for family and friends. Earlier in his life he worked at a charcoal plant in Missouri for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors and and loved walks in the woods, gardening with Lora and fishing. His main purpose in these later years was to know the Lord and to do as God had directed him to do.
He was a member of the Word Works Ministries Church of Highland, and will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, as well as a loyal friend. He will truly be missed by all.
There will be two memorials for Paul, one at the Word Works Ministries in Highland, on Sunday, February 23, with Rev. Joan Counts officiating and the other at the Assembly of God in Horseshoe Bend, on Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m., with Rev. Berlin Walker officiating.

Truman “Bud” Earl Eldridge, son of the late Hadley Herbert Eldridge and Twylah Amalee Paxton Eldridge, was born February 18, 1931 in Calhoun, Missouri. He departed this life January 23, 2014 in Benton, Arkansas at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 5 days. In 1953 he was united in marriage to Pearl Schmitz in La Mesa, California. He spent his life as a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, provider and friend. He served five years in the United States Navy during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he was employed as a computer programer for IBM; retiring after 35 years of employment. After retiring, he went into business for himself; owing and operating Eldridge Programing. He was a member of the Melbourne Community Church.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Pearl Eldridge of Melbourne; two sons: Steven Eldridge of LaCrosse and Joel Eldridge and wife Patsy of Flippin; two daughters: Colette Crook and husband Jeff of Haskell and Diane Weaver of Weaverville, California; one brother: Herb Eldridge of Murrieta, California; six sisters: Wyonda Handley of Independence, Missouri, Shirley Kephart of Columbia, Missouri, Sondra Hodge of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Sharon Uminn of West Plains, Missouri, Elizabeth Killion of Techumseh, Missouri and Debra Eldridge of Columbia, Missouri; nine grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Russell Eugene Eldridge.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Melbourne Community Church.
Arrangements by Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne, Arkansas.

Glenna Allene Hargis Grills daughter of the late Allie Clarence Hargis and Nora Lee Henderson was born on December 11, 1924 in Larkin, Arkansas. She departed this life on November 9, 2013 at her home in Melbourne, Arkansas at the age of 88 years and 11 months. She was united in marriage to Joseph Clyde Grills on October 13, 1941. She spent her life as a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In her working years she was employed as the manager of a fabric store. She was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years: Joseph Clyde Grills of the home; two daughters: Kathryn and husband Silas Ogilvie of Melbourne and Leta Jo Shrable of Melbourne; eight grand children: Tim Shrable, Leta Gay Byram, Vicki Vines, Cindy Lillard, Michael Ogilvie, Sonya Dockins, Christy Haley, Keith Ogilive; sixteen great-grandchildren: Katlyn Shrable, Sydney Shrable, Sophie Shrable, Chelsea Wallis, Nicole Vines, Ashton Bryam, Shelbie Bryam, Charlee Jo Bryam, Zachary Dockins, Keeley Jo Massey, Drayson Gillihan, Andrew Haley, Aleisha Ogilvie, Andria Ogilvie, and Abbey Orf; one great-great-grandchild: Alyssa Fairve. She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 11 at 10 a.m. at Howard Memorial Funeral Chapel in Melbourne with Doyne Robertson and Jess Sumerall officiating. Burial was held at Old Philadelphia Cemetery under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne. Visitation was Sunday, November 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Pallbearers: Jerry McFarland, Bob Rector, Jason Lawrence, Jerry Williams, Paul Cooper, Roy Bookout.
Honorary Pallbearers: Bill Cooper, Boyce Gillihan, James Haney, Norris Grills, Don Grills, Donald Black.

An Oxford resident has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Violet Hill man on Tuesday, August 20.
Izard County officers were called to the scene of a shooting in the home of Mike Rush on Wideman Road in Oxford at 9:33 p.m. Rush, age 42, allegedly shot Ted Foreman, age 50 of Violet Hill with a .357 pistol. Foreman died of his wounds at the scene.
According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Rush and Foreman knew each other, and there are witnesses to the shooting.
Rush is being held at the Izard County Detention Facility pending investigation of the shooting according to Lawrence.

Phyllis Ann Walters was born in Decatur, Illinois on April 2, 1933, daughter of  Joseph  Berton and Evelyn (Harrison) Stuckey. She departed this life on Monday, March 25 at her home in Horseshoe Bend at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 23 days.
She was united in marriage to Byron “Barney” Walters on April 15, 1951, at Pocahontas. She was owner/operator of Phyl’s Barntiques in Horseshoe Bend for 20 years and sang in the original “Horseshoe Blenders” and was a member of the Horseshoe Bend First Baptist Church.
Phyllis is survived by her husband Barney; daughter, Cinda Walters Walker of Fairfield Bay; three sons, Mark Walters (Pam) of Abilene, Texas, Terry Walters (Cheryl) of Pana, Illinois, and Craig  Walters (Lori) of Wichita, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Todd Walters, Shane Walker, Brandon Walker, Joshua Walters, Whitney Walters, Katie O’Donnell and Quentin Walters; ten great grandchildren, Ashlyn Walters, Garin Walters, Payton Walters, Luke Walker, Ben Walker, Kai Hudson Walker, Jonathan Walters, Max Walters, Simon Walters and Mayah Chanda; two sisters, Elaine  Gilmore of Malvern  and  Joan Etherton, of Mt. Zion, Illinois; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded by one son, Scott, parents, Joseph and Evelyn Stuckey and one brother, James.
Funeral services were held at Horseshoe Bend First Baptist Church, Horseshoe Bend at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28. Pallbearers were Todd Walters, Joshua Walters, Shane Walker, Tyler O’Donnell, Brandon Walker and Quentin Walters. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois, on Friday, March 29.
Memorials preferred to Gideon Bible.

Linsey Boyd Morris, formerly of Brockwell, passed away September 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 74. Linsey Morris was born August 28, 1938 to Clarence and Dollie Sanderson Morris, the youngest of 16 children. Preceding him in death were his parents, one son: Linsey James Morris; four brothers; 11 sisters and two grandchildren.
Mourning his passing are: Mary Morris of Melbourne and their children: Marshall Morris of Oxford; five daughters: Nell Masters of Melbourne, Mary Sanders of Missouri, Annie Morris of Brockwell, Dolly Wood of Oxford and Sarah Vaile of Oxford. He also leaves behind 18 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.
Graveside funeral service was held Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m. at Owens Cemetery under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Pallbearers: Richard Crider, Buck Crider, Thad Crider, Sam Crider, Rodney Vaile and Robert Vaile.

David  Alan Beaver, 73, of  Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, was born on May 20, 1939, in Lisbon, Iowa, son of Everett Wilson and Doris Ann (Mason) Beaver  He passed away Thursday, September 13, 2012, at his residence.
David was united in marriage to Paula Gail McCollum on March 5, 1982, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He worked as an automobile mechanic and served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
David  is  survived by his wife, Paula Gail Beaver of Horseshoe Bend; two sons,  Paul David Beaver and Chris Alan Beaver of  Horseshoe Bend; one granddaughter, Paige Daniele Beaver of Horseshoe Bend, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and sisters.
No services are planned.  Arrangements by Barker Horseshoe Bend Memorial Chapel in Horseshoe  Bend.
Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society.
Online tributes can be made at www.barkerfuneral.com.

U.S. Veteran Nicholas Allen Bailey, of Franklin, Arkansas, son of Rita White Bailey and the late Neal Bailey and grandson of the late Vernie Bailey and Barney Joe White, was born September 21, 1979 in Calico Rock. He departed this life September 2, in Horseshoe Bend, at the age of 32 years and 12 days.
Bailey was a 1988 graduate of Izard County Consolidated High School. He went on to attend college at University of Central Arkansas and Ozarka College. Later he was employed by Crown Point Resort in Horseshoe Bend. He was of the Assembly of God faith and a member of the Horseshoe Bend Assembly of God Church.
He is survived by his mother: Rita White Bailey and Tracy Sanders of Guion; his paternal grandmother: Marie Bailey Walker and husband Maurice Walker of Franklin; his maternal grandmother: Walase White and husband Cecil White of Cave City; one brother: Dustin Bailey and wife Melanie of Boonville; two nieces and one nephew: Meghan Bailey, Hannah Bailey and Ethan Bailey; his maternal aunt: Judy Sanders and husband Lyle of Franklin; cousins: Nathan Sanders and daughter Lilly, and Alissa Sanders Foyt and husband Doug and daughter Izzy; maternal aunt: Sharon “Pop” McCormack and husband Ken of Cave City; maternal uncle: Joe White and wife Vicky of Cabot and paternal uncle: Lonnie Bailey and wife Trish of Ash Flat and a host of other relatives and many good friends.
He was preceded in death by his father; one aunt: Sharon Bailey and his paternal and maternal grandfathers.
Graveside funeral service was Sunday, September 9, at 2 p.m. at Roberts Cemetery  in Franklin under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne with Verlin Walker officiating.
Visitation was Saturday, September 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Daniel Bohannon, Tommy Billingsley, Brandon Billingsley, Jonathan Williams, Brian Wiseman, Logan Delargy.