Otha Cleo Spencer passed away peacefully on a Friday morning, June 1, 2012, at Briarcliff Health Center in Greenville — wearing his ever-favorite World War II cap, proudly decorated with his 65-year Masonic pin.
Walter Monroe Coble was born Feb. 8, 1922, to Bertha Suttle Coble and James Adam Coble in Plant City, Fla., and died May 23, 2012, in Olympia, Wash.
Ralph Lane Abernathy, 79, of Campbell passed away May 15, 2012, at his daughter’s residence in Dallas. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Commerce with Rev. Mary Alice Lyman officiating. Interment will follow at Brigham Cemetery near Campbell. Coker-Mathews Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
DR. KENNETH EDGAR SHEPPARD JR.
Dr. Kenneth Edgar Sheppard Jr. (aka Busty, Bubba, Dad, Doc, Maverick) was born Feb. 11, 1935, in the English Community near Clarksville, Red River County to Kenneth Edgar Sheppard Sr. and Ella Kathleen Storey Sheppard.
James H. Riffle, 88, of Commerce passed away May 6, 2012, in Commerce.
James was born Dec. 21, 1923, in Ward, Ark. to Lillie Mae Lyons and John Daniel Boone Riffle. On May 14, 1954, he married Lillian Fulfer in Commerce. He was a self-employed mechanic.
DE QUEEN, Ark. – Mary Melinda Margaret Simon Griffin, formerly of Commerce, died April 20, 2012, in De Queen, Ark.
Mrs. Griffin was born Jan. 6, 1925, in Bellvue Hospital in New York City, the third of six children born to Newfoundland parents William and Elizabeth Simon.
Funeral services for Oma Greaves Thomas, 97, of Cumby, are at 2 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Commerce with Rev. Valarie Englert and Rev. Marc Corazao officiating. Interment follows at Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Jessie Mae McKenzie, 73, of Commerce passed away April 13, 2012, at her home.
Memorial services will be held in Stamps, Ark.
Buddy (J.H.) Nix Jr., 85, of Greenville passed away April 12, 2012, at Hunt Regional Medical Center. A memorial service was held at 4 p.m., April 15, in the Coker-Mathews Funeral Home chapel with Mr. Randy Daw officiating.
Dale Rex, 79, of Ladonia passed away April 9, 2012, in Dallas.
Dale was born in Commerce on March 2, 1933, to Willie Johnnie and Tinia Byers Whitefield Rex. Dale loved riding back roads and watching deer.
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