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Wednesday
July 23, 2014

Obituaries

Mary L. Seavers

NASHVILLE -- Mary Louise Seavers, 69, of Nashville, Ark., passed away, Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was born May 4, 1945, in Tuckerman, Ark., to the late Charles Lee Loy and Mae Elizabeth Owens Loy.

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Karla C. Searcy

BEND, Ore. -- Karla Clinton Searcy passed away in her sleep July 17, 2014, in Bend, Ore. She was born July 28, 1940, in Hot Springs, to the late Raymond and Mary Selma Clinton. She graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1958 and attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 33 years, Larry Searcy.

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Frank Fowler Jr.

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- Frank "Duffy" Fowler Jr., 82, of Hot Springs Village died July 3, 2014, at a local hospital.

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Mary J. Dahl

Mary Jo Dahl, 82, of Hot Springs, had her resurrection birth July 19, 2014. She was born July 25, 1931, in Ninnekah, Okla., to the late Huey and Mabel Gann. She was the youngest of eight children. All of her siblings, except her youngest brother, Gordon (Betty) of Edmond, Okla., preceded her in death.

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Billie R. Alford

Billie Ruth Whitaker Fletcher Alford, born July 1, 1930, in San Antonio, Texas, went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on July 17, 2014. She was predeceased by Oaklawn Park Thoroughbred trainer James P. "Big Jim" Alford. A long-time member of Trinity Church and resident of Hot Springs, Ark., she was known as "Miss Billie" at local and West Texas venues for her musical talents at the piano, her engaging personality, and a voice akin to Patsy Cline. Early career highlights include cutting records in the 1950s and 1960s and being inducted into the West Texas Country Music Hall of Fame for her extensive work and touring with "Jimmie Fletcher and the Drifting Ranch Hands" as well as many other Nashville recording artists. In recent years, she took great delight in playing the piano and singing at various retirement and nursing facilities, including The Atrium and Quapaw Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

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Joseph H. Aldstadt Jr.

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- Joseph "Howard" Aldstadt Jr., 84, of Hot Springs Village, passed away July 18, 2014. He was born May 22, 1930, in Summerset County, Pa., to Joseph Howard and Elizabeth Aldstadt. Howard was a history buff and loved to read about the wars America fought. He enjoyed music and had the talent to whistle any tune he heard to perfection. Ice cream and cherished family memories always seemed to go together and life was good as long as his beloved wife, "Gretel" was close by. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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James H. Tharpe

James H. Tharpe, 70, of Hot Springs, Ark., departed this life on July 20, 2014. He was born Oct. 18, 1943, in New Castle, Pa., and married Julia Ann Borek on Dec. 23, 1967.

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Dwight E. Humphrey

PEARCY -- Dwight Eddie Humphrey, 64, of Pearcy, passed away July 10, 2014. He was born Aug. 10, 1949, in Morenci, Ariz., to the late Dwight Humphrey and Ola Mae Hamilton Humphrey. Eddie graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1967 and attended Henderson State College. He was a U.S. Army veteran and attended LakePointe Church.

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Walter E. Graves

GLENWOOD -- The service for Walter Eugene "Brother Gene" Graves, 67, of Glenwood, who died Friday, July 18, 2014, will be 2 p.m. today in Davis-Smith Funeral Home chapel in Glenwood, with Brothers Vannoy Thomason and Brian Adair officiating.

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Marjorie B. Meddley

MALVERN -- Marjorie (House) Buie Meddley, 85, of Malvern, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hot Springs. She was born Aug. 4, 1928, in Crossroads.

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James Tharpe

The service for James Tharpe, 70, of Hot springs, who died Sunday, July 20, 2014, will be noon Tuesday at Gross Funeral Home.

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James G. Siganos

James George "Jim" Siganos, 76, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Jim was born Feb. 26, 1938, in New York, to Greek immigrant parents George James Siganos and Fotini Siganos of Samos, Greece, who became proud American citizens.

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Mary J. Dahl

Mary Jo Dahl, 82, of Hot Springs, had her resurrection birth July 19, 2014. She was born July 25, 1931, in Ninnekah, Okla., to the late Huey and Mabel Gann. She was the youngest of eight children. All of her siblings, except her youngest brother, Gordon (Betty) of Edmond, Okla., preceded her in death. Mary Jo received her elementary and secondary education in Ninnekah. Of the children, she was the only one to pursue a college education. She received her bachelor of science degree in home economics from Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha. Nov. 7, 1953, upon completion of college, she and Paul Dahl were united in marriage. Paul worked in the timber industry and Mary Jo and Paul lived in various places in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi. In 1991 they returned to Hot Springs, where they had lived previously. They united with First Methodist United Church and were active members of the church and Genesis Sunday School Class.

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Bonnie J.S. Cathey

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- Bonnie Jo Smith Cathey, 87, of Hot Springs Village, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. She was born Jan. 31, 1927, to the late Dewey Eurastis and Lora Mary (Barnes) Smith. She was a member of Balboa Baptist Church and always enjoyed playing bridge. She was ready to travel at a moment's notice. She was a patriotic American and enjoyed visiting the entire nation. When she went to Branson, the shows were the highlight of the trip. She loved to laugh and was always ready to go and have fun with family and friends. She loved living and traveling in the beautiful mountains of Arkansas. She was proud to live in Hot Springs Village and enjoyed the activities. She is preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Jesse Lloyd Cathey Jr., and two sisters. She is survived by her sons, Jesse Cathey III (Darlene) of Hot Springs Village and David Kirk Cathey of Texas; grandchildren, Clinton Cathey (Amber) of Utah and Joice Franzen (Jesse) of Montana; four great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and precious friends.

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