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The Texarkana Gazette publishes standard and paid obituaries, with or without a photo, daily in the newspaper and online.

Standard obits are listed at no charge. They are sent by funeral homes in almost all cases and edited to fit a common format. For more information, call (870) 330-7644 and ask for the obituary clerk. Fax standard obits to (870) 330-7570 and email a photo to clerk@texarkanagazette.com. Please call (870) 330-7644, by 3 p.m. to confirm receipt.

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The Gazette must get all obituaries meant for the next day’s edition by 3 p.m.

Local Obits for Mon. Feb 20, 2017

Norma Gay Harwell, 80, of Texarkana, Ark., died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at her home.
Elaine Augusta Barker Patterson, 98, of Texarkana, Texas, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at her home.
Lynn Grady, 53, of Texarkana, Texas, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in a local hospice.
CLARKSVILLE, Texas—Grace Aileen "Mother Goose" Baldwin, 92, of Avery, Texas, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at a Hartsville, Tenn., nursing center.
Earnestine Hawkins-Jetton, 77, of Ashdown, Ark., died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in a Texarkana hospital.

In MemoryRobert Purtle

Robert H. Purtle died February 17, 2017, in Carrollton, Texas.
PRESCOTT, Ark.—Stan Bolls, 59, of Laneburg, Ark., died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in a local hospital.
Ruby Autrey, 90, of Hooks, Texas, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in a Texarkana, Texas nursing home.
Natasha Forte, 42, of Hooks, Texas, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at her home.
Mable Mouser Waddell, 90, of Texarkana, Ark., died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in a local hospital.
Peggy Clift, 75, of Texarkana, Texas, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in a local hospital.
James Barry Whittenburg, 75, of Texarkana, Ark., died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in a local hospice.
Mary Ann Hargrove, 53, of Wake Village, Texas, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in a Dallas hospital.
CLARKSVILLE, Texas—Grace McPeak Baldwin, 92, of Hartsville, Tenn., died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at her home.
Robert H. Purtle, 92, of Texarkana, Texas, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in a Dallas hospital.
LINDEN, Texas—Shawn Claude Shamblin, 23, of Hughes Springs, Texas, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at his home.

In MemoryJAMES PURIFOY

James L. "Percy" Purifoy of Texarkana, Arkansas passed away Friday, February 17, 2017, his ninety third birthday.

In MemoryElaine Patterson

Elaine Augusta Barker Patterson born November 16, 1918 in Burns, Kansas to Earl and Mary Barker.

In MemoryMelvin Morris

Memorial services for Melvin A Morris, 74, of Wake Village, TX will be held on Saturday, February 25th, at 10:30 a.m. at Redwater Baptist Church, Redwater TX.

In MemoryOlaf Daniels Jr.

Olaf Spencer Daniels, Jr., 79, of Ashdown, Arkansas went to heaven on the evening of Tuesday, November 29, 2016 with his family surrounding him.

In MemoryAdam Morphew

A memorial service will be held for Adam Morphew on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Beech Street First Baptist Church

In MemoryLile Kitchens

Lile Aaron Kitchens, age 85 of Lewisville, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at his home. Mr. Kitchens was born August 18, 1931 in Hope, Arkansas to James Riley and Josie Kitchens. He was a member and Trustee of Piney Grove Baptist Church in Lewisville. Mr. Kitchens was the past President and Treasurer of Lafayette County Farm Bureau for 40 years and was a Soil Conservation Board member for 40 years. In 2004, he and family received the Lafayette County and Southwest District Farm Family of the year.
Ruby Autrey, 91, of Hooks, Texas, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in a local nursing home.
James Barry Whittenburg, 75, of Texarkana, Ark., died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in a local hospice.
William Darrel Fain, 67, of Texarkana, Ark., died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in a Little Rock hospital.
Leon Lewis, 67, of Ashdown, Ark., died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in an Ashdown hospital.
HUGHES SPRINGS, Texas—Edward Meier, 82, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.
ATLANTA, Texas—Royce Goodman, 87, of Longview, Texas, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in a Longview nursing home.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas—Ella Vernice Thomas-Youngblood, 87, of Dallas, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in McKinney, Texas.
STAMPS, Ark.—Marilyn Ann Willis Briggs, 59, of Lewisville, Ark., died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in a Hope, Ark., hospital.
NEW BOSTON, Texas—Rodger Dale Smithson, 68, of New Boston died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at his home.
D. Andrew Jones, 50, of Texarkana, Texas, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in Addison, Texas.
DE QUEEN, Ark.—Bryant York "B.Y." Gardner, 89, of De Queen died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in a Hot Springs, Ark., hospital.
LINDEN, Texas—James T. Downs, 67, of Lanier, Texas, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.
Louis Hall Sharpe, 43, of Texarkana, Ark., died Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.
NAPLES, Texas—Marshall Edward "Tiny Bub" Cobb, 82, of Naples died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Mount Pleasant, Texas.
HOPE, Ark.—Evelyn Anita Johnson Taylor, 84, of Bradley, Ark., died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in a Texarkana, Texas hospital.
Mabel Waddell, 90, of Texarkana, Ark., died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in a local hospital.
ASHDOWN, Ark.—Ruel L. Hubbard, 56, of Ashdown died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at his home.
Clyde Gooden, 77, of New Boston, Texas, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in a local hospital.
Edessa Hill, 82, of Texarkana, Texas, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in a local hospital.
HOPE, Ark.—Troy Ray Hollis, 73, of Hope died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Texarkana.
CLARKSVILLE, Texas—Tony Lee Woods, 52, of Clarksville died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in an Oklahoma City hospital.
HOPE, Ark.—Mary "Elaine" Murray, 61, of Texarkana, Ark., died Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.
IDABEL, Okla.—Samuel Wayne Hamilton Sr., 83, of Bacliff, Texas, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at his home.