Virgil Ray Bates

Virgil Ray Bates, 73 of Paris, Arkansas, died Friday, March 18, 2016 in a local hospital. He was born July 23, 1942 in Paris, Arkansas to Daniel Henry and Rena Phillips Bates. He was a retired Sanitation Department worker. Funeral will be Saturday, March 26th, 10:00 a.m. at Pentecostals of Paris with burial at Gray Rock Cemetery under the direction of Rowell-Parish Mortuary of Fort Smith. Viewing will be Friday, March 25th, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. He is survived by his wife Leigh Ann of the home; four daughters: Rachel, Kendra, Sheila, and Cindy Bates; two sons, Alex and Braden Bates; three sisters: Daisy Ludgood, Margaret Cave, and Dorothy Collins all of Gray Rock; Daniel

Robert J. Wilson

Robert J. Wilson, 73 of Fort Smith, Arkansas, departed this life on March 14, 2016, at his home. He was a retired U.S. Army Disabled Veteran, member of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as the Chairman of the Trustee Board, a life member of DAV and a member of American Legion Chapter 31. He was a volunteer at the Fort Smith Boys Club for a number of years, and a FSBC Alumni Member. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Owens and Ruth Wilson; five sisters: Sandra Kaye, Sandra Faye, Brenda, Bernice, and Gwen; and four brothers: Johnny, Charles, Herbert, and Tommy; one son Robert J. Wilson Jr. and one daughter Valerie K. Williams. He is survived by his wife, Lucille,

Helen Delores Carter

Helen Delores Carter, 69, of Fort Smith, died Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in a local hospital. She was born April 10, 1946 in Fort Smith to Paul and Esteller Brewer Releford, was a homemaker and member of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; mother, Esteller Eubanks; brother, Paul Releford. Funeral will be Wednesday, March 9th, 11:00 a.m. at Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Rowell-Parish Mortuary. Viewing will be Tuesday, March 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home and 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the church, where the family will receive visitors and friends. S

Bertha Mae Clardy

Bertha Mae Clardy was born June 4, 1939 in Rosebud, Texas to the late Seattle and Helen Ross. She was united in Holy Matrimony to Wesley Clardy, Sr. and was a devoted homemaker for 57 years. She united with Henderson Temple COGIC. For 14 years, she was the First Lady of Fort Coffee COGIC where her husband was pastor. In 1996, she united with New Life COGIC and was a faithful member until her passing. On February 27th, at the age of 76, God called her to eternal rest leavingher husband; four daughters: Priscilla Williams (Dwight) of Roland, OK, Donna Taylor (L.G.), Beverly Clardy and Delisha Clardy all of Fort Smith; six sons: Bobby Clardy, David Clardy, Jerry Clardy (SheVonda), Andrew Clardy

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