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Local Obits for Tue. May 22, 2018

Thomas William "Tom" Murphy, 68, of Texarkana, Texas, died Sunday, May 20, 2018, at a local hospital.
LITTLE ROCK—Lillian Merrit Delk Rorie, 93, died Friday, May 18, 2018.
DeKALB, Texas—Rosalie Russell Oliver, 73, of New Boston, Texas, died Saturday, May 19, 2018, at her home.

In MemoryEdwin Dodson

Dr. Edwin B. Dodson of Texarkana, Arkansas passed away May 18, 2018.

In MemoryGladys Cupp

Gladys Irene Catterton Cupp was one of seven children of Nathan and Winifred Catterton.
Mandy Samuels, 45, of Magnolia, Ark., died Thursday, May 17, 2018, at her home. Mrs. Samuels was born Dec. 3, 1972, in Magnolia. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Samuels.
ATLANTA, Texas—Dorothy L. Nichols Hill, 89, of Queen City, Texas, died Saturday, May 19, 2018, in a local nursing home.
DeKALB, Texas—Rosalie Oliver, 73, of New Boston, Texas, died Saturday, May 19, 2018, at her home.
Lisa Wenette Cupp, 60, of Texarkana, Ark., died Friday, May 18, 2018, in a local hospice.
Laretta Gates, 80, of Texarkana, Texas, died Friday, May 18, 2018, in a local hospital.
NEW BOSTON, Texas—James McCord, 64, of New Boston died Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at his home.
PRESCOTT, Ark.—Robbie Sue Wise, 77, died Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Hot Springs, Ark.
Gladys Irene Cupp, 100, of Mesquite, Texas, died Friday, May 18, 2018, in a Mesquite nursing home.
Tom Willis Stovall, 79, of Fouke, Ark., died Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Eudora, Ark.
Mary Kay Rountree, 71, of Texarkana, TX, died Thursday, May 17, 2018, at her home. She was born March 31, 1947, in Ft. Smith, AR to Robert and Lee Mondy. She graduated from St. Paul High School in Pocahontas, AR and received her nursing diploma from St. Vincent nursing school in Little Rock, AR. While working as a Registered Nurse at the University Hospital in Little Rock, AR, she met her future husband to be, Glen Rountree. They were married in 1970 after Glen returned from Vietnam and were stationed in San Antonio, TX. In 1972, they returned to Little Rock and Glen started a residency in urology at the University of Arkansas Medical Center. Mary Kay worked in CCU and their daughter, Kristi, was born in 1974. In 1976, upon completing the residency, they moved to Texarkana, TX and Glen joined Southern Clinic. That same year, their second child, Brian, was born and in 1987, they were blessed with a third child, Corey Michael. After the birth of Brian, who had Down's Syndrome, Mary Kay devoted her time to caring for him and retired from nursing.

In MemoryEdwin Dodson

Dr. Edwin B. Dodson of Texarkana, Arkansas passed away May 18, 2018. Ed was born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas on December 22, 1922. He graduated from Mariana High School, Hendrix College and Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology. Ed was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Hendrix College. He served as a minister in the United Methodist Church from 1946 until his retirement in 1984. He served churches in Becker, Texas, Widener, Round Pond, Madison, Tuni, Berryville, Pocahontas, Siloam Springs, Batesville, Benton, Camden and Texarkana, Arkansas. Ed was a former member of the Board of Trustees of Hendrix College. During his ministry at the First United Methodist Church of Texarkana, Arkansas, Ed served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Arkansas Mental Health Center, the Texarkana Religious Emphasis Committee, and the Volunteer Services Bureau. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Tri-State Chapter of the American Red Cross; Senior Citizens Services of Texarkana; the Temple Memorial Treatment Center; Hospice of Texarkana; Awareness of Crime in Texarkana and a member of the Executive Committee of United Way, where he was a recipient of the United Way Cline Cup Award, and a member of the Institutional Review Committees of St. Michael Hospital and Wadley Hospital. He was the founder and first President of the Board of One Point of Light, which became Harvest Texarkana, which channels surplus food to feed hungry children and adults.
STAMPS, Ark.—Verdise Young Sr., 91, of Lewisville, Ark., died Thursday, May 17, 2018. Arrangements are pending with Smith Funeral Home. Online registration is at aosmithfuneralhome.com.
Mandy Samuels, 45, of Magnolia, Ark., died Thursday, May 17, 2018, at her home. Arrangements are pending with Texarkana Funeral Home, Arkansas.
Melba J. Wright, 60, of Texarkana, Texas, died Friday, May 18, 2018, in a local hospital. Arrangements are pending with Richardson Hill Funeral Home.
Amanii Nnael Beard, 18, of Foreman, Ark., died Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Foreman. Arrangements are pending with Jones Stuart Mortuary.
Basil "Bobby" Hall, 81, of Hooks, Texas, died Thursday, May 17, 2018, at his home. Mr. Hall was born Feb. 12, 1937, in Cambria, Va. He was retired from Red River Army Depot and a Vietnam War Army veteran.
Helen Barkman, 85, of Texarkana, Texas, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at her home. Mrs. Barkman was born Aug. 15, 1932, in El Dorado, Ark. She was preceded in death by one son, Howard Todd Barkman.
Mary Kay Rountree, 71, of Texarkana, Texas, died Thursday, May 17, 2018, at her home. Mrs. Rountree was born March 31, 1947, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was a Registered Nurse and a member of United Methodist Women and Williams Memorial United Methodist Church.

In MemoryHarold Standley

Harold Ray Standley, 88, of Texarkana, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his home in Texarkana, Arkansas surrounded by his family.
Lawrence Houff, 67, of Texarkana died Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at a local hospital.
Pearle Alice Williams, 78, of Wake Village, Texas, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at her home.
Alee Johnson, 94, of Texarkana, Texas, died Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Sugar Land, Texas.
Johnnie Arthur Morine Sr., 76, of Texarkana, Ark., died Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.
Tom Willis Stovall, 79, of Fouke, Ark., died Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Eudora, Ark.
HOPE, Ark.—Oral Franklin Post, 78, of Hope died Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at a Texarkana hospital.
STAMPS, Ark.—William Lee Parks, 82, of England, Ark., died Sunday, May 13, 2018, at her home.
QUEEN CITY, Texas—Roy Wayne "Rooster" Eason, 60, of Doddridge, Ark., died Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his home.
Steven Lewis "Big Steve" Riley, 48, of Texarkana, Texas, died Friday, May 11, 2018, in Texarkana.
HOPE, Ark.—Mildred Lucille Clayton Brinkley, 84, of Saratoga, Ark., died Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Fulton, Ark., from injuries received in an automobile accident.
Henry Edward Loudermilk Sr., 78, of Texarkana, Ark., died Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at a local hospice.
Evelyn Pruitt, 58, of Texarkana, Texas, died Saturday, May 12, 2018, at a Dallas hospital.
LINDEN, Texas—Harold Don Liles, 81, of Tyler, Texas, died Thursday, May 17, 2018.
Dorothy Hemmitt, 95, of Texarkana, Texas, died Saturday, May 12, 2018, at a local nursing home.
DeKALB, Texas—Mary Evelyn Nicks Knowles, 76, of DeKalb died Saturday, May 11, 2018, at her home.
MAGNOLIA, Ark.—Jenika DyShun "Nikki" Rankin, 28, of Magnolia died Friday, May 11, 2018, at a local hospital.
DeKALB, Texas—Myranda Diane Finley, 18, of Naples, Texas, died Monday, May 14, 2018.
LaTonya Ranette Singleton, 46, of Texarkana, Texas, died Friday, May 11, 2018, in Texarkana.
Georgia Louise Tate Crump, 90, of Texarkana, Texas, died Saturday, May 12, 2018, at a local hospital.

In MemoryBOBBY GUSTAFSON

Bobby Dale Gustafson entered eternal rest April 21, 2018.

In MemoryHELEN BARKMAN

Helen Barkman, 85, of Texarkana, TX passed away May 16, 2018 at her home. Mrs. Barkman was born August 15, 1932 in El Dorado, AR.