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Gross Funeral Home

For more than 125 years, Gross has served Hot Springs families and is one of the oldest funeral home establishments in the state. The business now known as Gross Funeral Home first opened in 1874 and has been at its current location since 1981. Although the names and faces have changed over the years, one thing has not. We are people to depend on. Gross Funeral Home offers beauty and comfort during your time of need. It is designed to provide you and your family with an atmosphere of quiet dignity. Comfortable sitting rooms, a lounge, and a visitation room are available for your loved ones to gather. Our spacious chapel can comfortably host large gatherings, yet still retains the charm for those more private services. Gross also offers The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program, an easy way to handle an important family responsibility. As a note of interest, the service for Virginia Clinton, mother of President Bill Clinton, was arranged by Gross Funeral Home in 1994. We also offer our comfortable surroundings to area groups and organizations for events such as meetings, seminars, classes, fund-raising events, school or church socials, concerts, off-site company gatherings, cook-outs/barbecues, dinners/receptions, and even weddings.

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Matthew B. JONES

November 2, 1931 - May 22, 2016

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Harold Warren

March 10, 1931 - May 21, 2016

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Preston Jackson

December 3, 1965 - May 20, 2016

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Racheline Harter

May 18, 1924 - May 17, 2016

Racheline Harter, 91, of Hot Springs Village, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. She was born in Algeria, France on May 18, 1924 to the late Caroline Sheila Zagdoun. She was a war bride who married her late husband, George Harter Jr. in Cairo, Egypt. She dedicated her whole life to her family, whom she treasured greatly. She is preceded in death by her daughter Caroline Sheila Ray. She is...
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Charlene Nufer

July 6, 1953 - May 16, 2016

Charlene Nufer, 62, of Hot Springs, passed away May 16, 2016. Some say the secret to friendship is being a good listener; to those who knew and loved Charlene, she was both the greatest listener and a singular friend. With her most beloved friend, Gary, she enjoyed 40 years of love, family, and marriage. Their children, Megan and Chase, her two other great loves, will remember their mother as...
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April D. Dunn

April 1, 1963 - May 16, 2016

April Dunn, 53, of Hot Springs, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2015. She was born on April 1, 1963, in Del Rio, Texas, to Larry and Janis White.The family will celebrate her memory at a later time.
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Robin Alayne Zaner

April 12, 1966 - May 12, 2016

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Virginia Ray

November 9, 1918 - May 12, 2016

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Cecil Cupp

November 19, 1924 - May 11, 2016

Hot Springs and the state of Arkansas lost one of their most dedicated advocates, business leaders and true gentlemen with the death of Cecil Watson Cupp Jr of Hot Springs on May 11, 2016. The son of Hazel and Cecil Cupp Sr, Mr. Cupp grew up in Arkadelphia where his father was in the theater business in the 1920s. He attended Arkadelphia high school where he was student body president. A good...
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Donald Bridges

September 12, 1935 - May 10, 2016

Don Bridges, an icon to Hot Springs tourism, passed with peace and dignity surrounded by the love of his soulmate on May 10, 2016. Don was born on September 12, 1935 in Hot Springs to the late Elmer and Dorothy Fae Bridges.Don was an advocate for the Hot Springs tourism industry his entire adult life. He helped to keep tourism going during the sad years after gambling and before the...
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Derek Johnston

April 6, 1970 - May 9, 2016

James Derek Johnston was born on April 6, 1970 in Tucson AZ to the late James David Johnston and to Brenda Whitby Johnston, both of Hot Springs, AR. Being raised in a military family, he lived all over the country from California to Washington, DC.Derek's love of Hot Springs grew when he spent many summers here as a child with both sets of grandparents, aunts and uncles. When it was time to...
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Alma Lenoira Sparks

July 5, 1934 - May 9, 2016

Alma Lenoira Sparks, 81, of Hot Springs passed with peace and grace on May 9, 2016. She was born in Lubbock, Texas to the late C.L. and L.B. (Dickey) Wright.Alma worked as the manager of Wright’s Rock Shop for over 30 years. She was also an incredibly talented jewelry designer and enjoyed fishing. Her greatest love however was her family, especially her grandchildren.Meeting her in Heaven...
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Lawanda Joyce

January 17, 1960 - May 7, 2016

Lawanda Ann Joyce, 56, Hot Springs Village, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016. She was born January 17, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Aloys and Joann Sprenger.She is survived by her husband, Jerry, brother Eddie, sons, Cliff, Jon, Matt, Josh (Jewel) and grandsons, Jacob, Isaac, Corbin, Tyler and Jayson and cousins, Perry and Vicki Taylor.We will love you forever and always. We will never...
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Mary Louise Grose

March 7, 1930 - May 3, 2016

Mary Louise Grose, 86, of Hot Springs Village passed away with peace and grace on May 3, 2016. She was born on March 7, 1930 to the late Wade and Marjorie Alexander in Plattsburgh, New York.Mary Louise lived a life of love and service. She served everyone around her; her church family, friends, community and especially her family. Mary Louise spent time in her life as a teacher for gifted...
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Clayton Rystrom

September 6, 1927 - May 2, 2016

Clayton Rystrom, 88, of Pearcy passed in peace holding his pastor’s hand on May 2, 2016. He was born on September 6, 1927 in York, Nebraska to the late C.A. and Beulah Rystrom.He graduated from Rice University and then went on to the University of Houston where he obtained his doctorate degree. He was a member of Piney Grove Methodist Church and the Hot Springs Country Club.Clayton was an...
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Guy A. Akins

February 16, 1931 - April 30, 2016

Guy Akins went to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, April 30, 2016. He was born in Hot Springs, on February 16, 1931. He is predeceased by his mother, father, and seven brothers & sisters.Survivors include his wife Carlene, son Kelley, sister Theda, grandsons Sean, Adam, and Eathon, and multiple nephews, nieces, as well as, many friends.Guy was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a...
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Jerome Russell Dahl

October 11, 1932 - April 29, 2016

Jerome Russell Dahl was born in Missoula, Montana, on October 11, 1932, to Dorothy R. and Jerry B. Dahl. He left his body at age 83, on April 29, 2016, in Hot Springs.Russell’s warm heart made lasting impressions on humans and animals alike throughout his lifetime. He was a man of nature, lover of the written word, and compassionate giver. Pursuits of enjoyment for him included tending to...
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Marion Huckins

September 29, 1926 - April 28, 2016

Marion E.Huckins, 89, of Hot Springs Village, passed away on April 28, 2016. She was born in Hamburg, Minnesota on September 29, 1926. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Hilda Glander, her sister, Lillian Stecker and her husband of 67 years, Edward Huckins. Burial will be at Neponset Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset, IL. At Marion’s request, there will be no Memorial...
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Nettie Cleo Burchfield

June 9, 1925 - April 26, 2016

Nettie Cleo Childress Burchfield, age 90, born June 9, 1925 died April 26, 2016. She was a virtuous Christian mother to Randy Burchfield and wife to James R. Burchfield, an American War Hero. Nettie loved to sew, quilt, crochet, and to go to yard sales.She was predeceased by her husband, James R. Burchfield, her son, Jimmy Burchfield; siblings, Clark Childress, Allie Hunt, Vada Small, Leona...
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Peter M. Paszli

January 2, 1941 - April 26, 2016

Peter Paszli, 75, of Hot Springs, passed away April 26, 2016. Peter was born in South Bend, Indiana to the late Peter and Dorothy Matthews Paszli.He was a Notre Dame and Nascar fan, an avid fisherman and sometimes guide, and incredibly hardworking man who loved his friends and family.Welcoming him into Heaven will be his parents and his brother Fred.Those cherishing his memory are his wife of 30...
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Carole Annette Wells

October 25, 1935 - April 25, 2016

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Derald Powell

April 6, 1956 - April 23, 2016

Derald “Husky” Powell, 60, of Norman went to be with his Heavenly Father on April 23, 2016. He was born in Hot Springs to the late Freddie and Gracie Marie Powell.Derald was of the Baptist faith and loved CB radios, Ford trucks and was a skilled woodworker. His greatest love was his family, the people he would do anything for.He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Powell; his...
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Earl Lyman

May 29, 1935 - April 17, 2016

Earl B. Lyman, 80, of Hot Springs passed peacefully on April 17, 2016. He was born on May 29, 1935 to the late Leslie and Eunice Lyman in Hartland, Vermont.Earl worked for 32 years for the federal government.He was a member of the Hot Springs Seventh-Day Adventist Church for 25 years; where he was very active. He was instrumental in restarting the youth group called “The Pathfinders”....
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Loretta Parker

September 6, 1946 - April 16, 2016

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William E. Provin

October 11, 1943 - April 16, 2016

William E. (Bill) Provin, 72, of Hot Springs, died Saturday, April 16, 2016, of injuries sustained in a fall.Mr. Provin was born and raised in Fort Smith, moving as an adult to Little Rock, Conway and Hot Springs. He earned his BSBA degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1966, and later his MAI certification for commercial real-estate appraisal. He served in the Arkansas...
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Willie J. Montgomery

August 20, 1925 - April 15, 2016

Willie Montgomery, 90, of Bismarck passed away on April 15th peacefully in her sleep with family and friends by her side.Willie was born in Bismarck, Arkansas on August 20, 1925. She married Leonard Montgomery on February 25, 1940; they were married for 49 years. Willie can be described as daughter, wife, sister, aunt and friend but none of these labels tell the story of her soul. Willie was a...
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Steven Wayne Harvey

January 23, 1963 - April 14, 2016

Steven Wayne Harvey, 53, of Hot Springs, passed away on April 14, 2016, at his home.Steve was born in Hot Springs to David and Barbara Harvey on January 23, 1963. He went to school at Mountain Pine where he played baseball, basketball, and football. He married his high school sweetheart, Sheila Cross on July 20, 1980 in Montreal, Missouri.Steve worked as an OTR Service Man (best tire man in the...
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J. M. Eslick

August 16, 1934 - April 11, 2016

J.M. Eslick, 81, of Hot Springs passed away Monday, April 11th, 2016. He was born August 16th, 1934 in England, Arkansas to Robert Roy and Floy Bewley Eslick.J.M. was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He cherished his friendships developed during his tenure as president of the Hot Springs Cruisers Car Club, and Treasure Isle POA. He loved spending time with his...
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Charles Richard Sullivan

August 16, 1945 - April 10, 2016

Charles Richard Sullivan, 70, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 10, 2016. He was born to the late C.R. and Marian Sullivan in Hot Springs on August 16, 1945. He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Betty. He is survived by his brother, Robert and his very special sister-in-law, Sheila; sisters Pamela Ann Cadena and Dian McElvaine; and numerous nieces and nephews...
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Kenneth Herbert Cox

May 22, 1969 - April 7, 2016

Kenneth H. Cox, Jr., 46, of Hot Springs, who was surrounded by angels, went to his heavenly home on April 6, 2016. He was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on May 22, 1969. He is predeceased in death by brothers Brian and Robert Cox; grandfathers, Louis Reynolds and H.H. “Bud” Cox; and grandmothers, Carolyn Cox and Dorothy Cox. He is survived by his parents, Ken and Barbara Cox; sister...
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Betty L. Godbehere

June 29, 1925 - April 4, 2016

Betty L. Godbehere, 90, of Hot Springs passed peacefully on April 4, 2016. She was born June 29, 1925 in Rochester, New York to the late Edward T. Piper and Marie J. Piper, she was the eldest of three children.Betty grew up in Rochester and lived there until 1946 when her family moved to Hot Springs. She moved to Dallas, Texas to work and met Lloyd L. Godbehere. They were married on October 20,...
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Corbett S. Sanders

March 28, 1950 - April 3, 2016

Corbett S. Sanders III, 66, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 3, 2016. He was born on March 28, 1950, in Amarillo, Texas to the late Corbett (II) and Ruth Sanders. He was preceded in death by his parents and his dog, Attila. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cathy; son Corbett IV (Julie); daughter Amber; grandchildren, Chandler and Jackson; great niece Jessilyn;...
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Ralph J. Virnig

June 7, 1961 - April 2, 2016

Ralph J. Virnig Jr. found peace, free of pain on April 2, 2016. He was born on June 7, 1961 to Ralph Virnig Sr. and Netty (Hurd) Virnig.Ralph was a very loving man. His family was his life. He loved to fix things and spend his time tinkering with old cars. He always pushed people to do their best. He gave everything he had and more to his family.He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years,...
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Faye I. Horner

October 4, 1939 - March 29, 2016

Faye I. Horner, age 76, passed away Tuesday March 29, 2016 surrounded by her loving family at St. Vincent Hospital. She was born at Point Cedar in Hot Spring County, Arkansas. She was a child who read every book she could get her hands on and remained an avid reader her entire life. She especially loved the historical novels of Catherine Cookson, whose descriptions of life in North East England...
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Nancy Smith

September 7, 1942 - March 26, 2016

Nancy Smith, 73, of Hot Springs went to be with her Lord surrounded in peace and grace on March 26, 2016. She was born September 7, 1942 in Benton, Arkansas to the late John Edward Clark and Connie Lorene Gilmore.Nancy’s family lovingly referred to her as “Nan”. They remember her as a beautiful, classy and wise woman who loved her children and grandchildren above all else, her...
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Brealie Giesler

January 8, 1938 - March 23, 2016

Brealie Vernell Giesler, 78, of Hot Springs, passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. She was born on January 8, 1938, to the late Charles and Verna Smith in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Giesler; sons, Raymond (Chu-Chu) and Little Guy Saiz; and brothers, Sonny and Gabby. She is survived by her daughters, Bria LaRae Giesler, Monica Saiz, and Elisha...
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Marilyn J. Roberts

November 7, 1931 - March 22, 2016

Marilyn JoAnne Roberts, 84, passed away March 22, 2016. JoAnne was born November 7, 1931 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, the youngest daughter of James Bruin Honeycutt and Christine Gramlich Honeycutt. She was predeceased by her parents and sisters, Jimalene Davis and Katherine (Kaye) Payte.Jo Anne is survived by her husband of 68 years, Don and her children, Donna (Bill) Kerr of Maumelle and Paul ...
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Kenneth E. Sanders

May 9, 1928 - March 21, 2016

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Anne Belle Modine Miller

May 29, 1924 - March 19, 2016

Modine Wisely Miller, 91, went home to be with the Lord on March 19, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Miller and her daughter Georgeanna Miller. Modine lived in Hot Springs most of her life and raised her family there. She came to live with her son and his family in Norcross, Georgia in April 2002. She was dearly loved by all who knew her but most especially her children...
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George Grayson Vaught

September 16, 1932 - March 19, 2016

George Vaught, 83, of Hot Springs passed away on March 19, 2016. George was born on September 16, 1932 to the late Chester and Grace Vaught in Hot Springs.He graduated from Hot Springs High School, went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas and was a Korean War Veteran.George is predeceased by his siblings; Edward Vaught, L.A. Vaught and Virginia Sparling.His loving survivors include his...
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Jimmy L. Merriott

October 1, 1947 - March 18, 2016

Jimmy Lee Merriott, 68, of Hot Springs, passed from his life on Friday, March 18, 2016. He was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 1, 1947 to the late Jim and Adell Merriott. He worked for the city of Hot Springs as the Utilities Store Room Manager for 37 years. He loved sports and was an avid Razorback fan. He is a graduate from Cutter Morning Star, and he attended Henderson State...
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Patricia Ann Stratton

February 19, 1941 - March 18, 2016

Patricia Ann Stratton We celebrate the life of Patricia Ann Stratton, born February 19, 1941, died March 18, 2016. Pat lived the first part of her life in the Dallas area where she and her husband John owned several furniture and design centers. Her love of interior design began through her interest in antiques and reproductions. Her creative style and ability to truly listen to what customers...
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John M. Connell

September 14, 1930 - March 17, 2016

Deacon John “Jack” Connell passed away peacefully into Eternal Life on Thursday, March 17, 2016.He was born on September 14, 1930 in Bryn Mawr, PA to Michael and Agnes Connell.Jack is survived by his wife, Millie “Love”, of 60 years. He was the proud father of four sons: Father John Connell of Springdale, AR, Kevin (Renee) Connell of Dahlonega, GA, Dennis (Jackie) Connell...
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Cooper Bennett Land

April 8, 1936 - March 11, 2016

Cooper B. Land passed away on March 11, 2016. Cooper was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on April 8, 1936 to Cooper B. Land Sr. and Lena Land. In 1967, Cooper married Solveig Kristensen Land and together they raised their three children in Bismarck, North Dakota. In the early 1970’s Cooper earned a Ph. D. in geology from the Colorado School of Mines, and he went on to become a prominent...
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Michael Hines

December 28, 1972 - March 9, 2016

Michael J. Hines, 43, of Hot Springs passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, after a brief, unexpected illness. He was born in Little Rock on December 28th, 1972; a very special birthday that he shared with his daughter Paige. Mike was known for his sense of humor, wittiness, and his love. Being a husband, father, son, brother, and friend to many was paramount. ...
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Lcpl Cody Forbush

July 15, 1992 - March 9, 2016

On March 9th 2016 God called home LCPL Cody Jacob Forbush of Hot Springs, AR. He was born July 15, 1992 in Traverse City MI. He leaves in mourning his dad Bruce James, and mom Wendy Loyd (Rodney); brothers, Jesse Anthony James (Emily) of Warren, AR, Brian Fields, and Justin Bryant of Hot Springs AR; precious nieces Aycelynn and Avenlee; his beloved girlfriend Jade Hays; grandparents, Willene...
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Ronald Rhodes

January 20, 1949 - March 6, 2016

Ronald Rhodes, 67, of Hot Springs, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016. He was born to Pete and Elva Rhodes in Hot Springs on January 20, 1949. He is preceded in death by his father Pete. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy; son Russ (Danna) Rhodes; daughter Robin (Kevin) Fountain; grandchildren, Luke and Hayden Rhodes, Karli and Brody Fountain; mother Elva; brother Danny Rhodes; and...
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Aaron Preston Keys

December 10, 1973 - March 5, 2016

Aaron Preston Keys, 42, of Denver, CO., formerly of Hot Springs passed away on March 05, 2016. He was born in Hot Springs to Larry and America Keys. Aaron was a U.S. Navy Veteran.He was preceded in death by his mother, America Keys-Bell; paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.Survivors include his father, Larry Keys; 2 brothers, Anson and Austin Keys; sister, Ariel Garcia; son, Preston...
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Lenore L. Gerdes

November 17, 1918 - March 5, 2016

Lenore Lowry Gerdes, 97, of Hot Springs, died March 5, 2016. She was born in Garland County November 17, 1918 to Elizabeth Evans and Lemuel Edwards Lowry. A celebration of her life will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12th at Gross Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery near Danville at a later date. She is survived by a son, Karl Eric Gerdes, M.D. and a daughter, Dr. Valerie...
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Sharon Lynn Weathers

May 4, 1957 - March 3, 2016

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Billie Jo Messer

February 1, 1932 - March 3, 2016

Billie Jo Messer was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 5 PM.Billie Jo was born on February 1, 1932, daughter of William M. Moore and Susan Housley Moore, both deceased, of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Billie’s sister, Bette Sue Moore Coleman, deceased, also lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Billie Jo was married on September 20, 1953, to her life-long love, Lt....
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Spiro Cenic

March 25, 1929 - March 2, 2016

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Barbara Elmore

August 9, 1960 - February 28, 2016

In the early hours of February 28, 2016, Heaven opened its gates and granted wings to a new angel. Barbara Dolores Clarke Elmore, born August 9, 1960 to Ed and Betty Clarke passed peacefully in her sleep and reunited with her youngest son.Barbara was born in Gainesville, Florida and lived her adult life in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Her heart, however, was in her childhood home of the Panama Canal...
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Virginia Irene Fisher

February 2, 1930 - February 27, 2016

Virginia I. Fisher, 86, of Hot Springs, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2016. She was born on February 2, 1930, to the late William and Alice Miller in Hope, Arkansas. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold L. Fisher. She is survived by her son Scott L. Fisher; and nieces, Suzy Lewis and Sandra Roudabush.
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Fred Irving Boyle

January 18, 1925 - February 26, 2016

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Doris Jean Fellows

November 29, 1929 - February 26, 2016

Doris Fellow, 86 of Hot Springs passed away on February 26, 2016 following a hospitalization at UAMS. Born November 29, 1929 she was the daughter of the late Mabel and Norman Paton. She was predeceased in death by her husband, Lyle J Fellows, Sr.; sister, Norma Nash and her brother, Jack Paton. She is survived by daughter, Julie Marshall and her husband, Lynn of Little Rock; son, Lyle J....
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Doris Fellows

November 29, 1929 - February 26, 2016

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Alfred W. Peterson

October 31, 1942 - February 25, 2016

Alfred “Al” Peterson, Jr., 73, of Hot Springs went to be with the Lord on February 25, 2016. He was born on October 31, 1942 in Camden, Arkansas to the late Alfred and Idell Peterson.Al was a member of Oaklawn United Methodist Church and previous to that was a member of White Hall United Methodist Church for over 30 years and also Good Faith United Methodist Church in Watson Chapel....
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Brizen Dyne Harlow

November 27, 2014 - February 24, 2016

BRIZEN DYNE HARLOWBorn November 27, 2014 to Brian and Traci Harlow.Our beautiful baby boy has been called home to join his paternal grandpa Brian M. Harlow Sr., his maternal great grand parents Rex and Julia Brizendine Sr. and our Lord in Heaven on February 25, 2015 at 12:25 am. He will always be with us and we will one day be together again with one of our most precious gifts from God. He is...
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Steven E. Ryan

September 16, 1945 - February 24, 2016

Steven E. Ryan, 70, of Hot Springs passed away on February 24, 2016. He was born on September 16, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Matthew and Pearl Ryan.Steve was a member of Mensa and a lifetime student. He had a genius IQ and was always eager to learn. Steve loved history, reading and playing games to challenge the mind like Scrabble and chess.Steve spent 10 years as a Sky Lab Technician...
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Sanford Mullis

January 10, 1941 - February 24, 2016

Sanford “Bro. Sam” Mullis, 75, of Hot Springs passed away into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday evening. He was born January 10th, 1941 in Monroe, North Carolina to Roy and Ola Mae Maples Mullis.Bro. Sam courageously served our county, having retired from the United States Army. He was highly decorated and fought through three tours of Vietnam. “I fear God and no man.” ...
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Frank Harmon Huggins

September 9, 1926 - February 22, 2016

Frank Harmon Huggins, Jr., 89, of Hot Springs passed away February 22, 2016. Frank was born on September 9, 1926 in Mabelvale, Arkansas to the late Frank H. and Edna Marie Huggins.As an active civic leader, he received too many honors to list. He served as an Alderman in North Little Rock and worked to establish Burns Park and the baseball leagues which played there. He was a member of Rotary...
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Maxine V. Anderson

October 6, 1927 - February 18, 2016

Maxine V. Anderson, 88, of Hot Springs, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2016. She was born to the late Guy and Quinnie Powell in Hot Springs on October 6, 1927.She was an active member in her church; who continually shared with others the importance of family.She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert P. Anderson.She is survived by her children, Robert P. (Patricia) Anderson Jr.,...
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Lawrence A. Volpert

May 1, 1947 - February 18, 2016

Lawrence “Larry” Volpert, 68, of Hot Springs, passed peacefully on February 18, 2016. He was born on May 1, 1947 in Hot Springs to Joseph and Alta Volpert.Larry was an avid Razorback fan and could always tell you what the score was on game day, whether it was football or basketball, he was hog crazy! In Larry’s younger days he loved to spend time fishing, bowling or shooting...
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Marilyn Schauwecker

May 17, 1931 - February 18, 2016

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William Bright

January 26, 1928 - February 17, 2016

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Larry Travis Archer

April 28, 1947 - February 16, 2016

Larry T. Archer, 68, of Hot Springs, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 16. Larry was born in Hot Springs to the late James and Ruth Archer on April 28, 1947. He was a very talented hairdresser, working in Hot Springs until moving to Houston where he continued his profession until an accident caused him to retire. Then he donated his time to several non-profit organizations, using his...
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Virginia Webb

October 31, 1944 - February 15, 2016

Virginia “Jenny” Ann Webb, 71, of Hot Springs passed peacefully February 15, 2016. Jenny was born October 31, 1944 to the late Elvin and Ozie Baker.Bread pudding and travel were her favorite things second only to the deep love she had for her family, friends, and students.She had many friends as a computer operator for Weyerhauser, touched the lives of many students as a special...
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Grozda Cekarmis

June 21, 1925 - February 14, 2016

Grozda Cekarmis made her transition to eternity on Sunday, Feb. 14, 1015 at the age of 90. She was surrounded by her beloved family. She and her husband George Cekarmis celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Wed., Feb. 3. Also present were her son, Dusan Cekarmis (Gordana Jocic), and daughters Susan Schoon (Paul) and Lana Melum (Mike); her grandchildren Dusan Cekarmis II and Tiana Cekarmis...
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Troy Moore

December 29, 1943 - February 13, 2016

Troy Moore, 72, of Hot Springs passed peacefully at home on February 13, 2016. He was born on December 29, 1943 in Hot Springs to the late Carmon Moore and Clydene McClure.Troy is survived by his step father, William McClure; daughters, Dianne Pedraza (J.R.) and Angela Cackler; brothers, Elwyn Moore (Allene) and David McClure; grandchildren, Ashley Pedraza, Kelsey Garza (Patrick), Dylan Cackler,...
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Zula Patterson

June 18, 1914 - February 13, 2016

Zula Patterson, 101, of Hot Springs passed away February 13, 2016. Formerly of Texas, Miss Zula was drawn to the mountains of Arkansas. Her longevity has been attributed to her feisty nature and tough spirit. She worked until the smart age of 95, never losing the ability to make her own decisions.Miss Zula’s love of gardening was second only to her love of dogs, especially her German...
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Elsie Sorter

November 5, 1932 - February 12, 2016

Elsie Parolee Juanita Sorter, 83, of Hot Springs, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2016. She was born to the late Hilder and Susie Sorter on November 5, 1932. She is preceded in death by her brothers Louie, Earl, and Larry; and sister Edna Maner. She is survived by her nephew Larry Jr. and wife Terry Sorter. She was of the Baptist faith and was the first female cab driver in Hot Springs. A...
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Stella Lorena Spoon

October 3, 1926 - February 12, 2016

Stella Spoon passed peacefully on Friday, February 12. She was born October 3, 1926 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to the late William Jefferson Spoon and Mittie Lorena Russell. Stella’s mother died when she was three days old and her loving father relied on the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, St. Michaels in Hot Springs for the day to day care of young Stella. He never missed a visiting day or...
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Gary Kimmet

November 11, 1946 - February 5, 2016

Gary Michael Kimmet, loving husband, son, brother, and grandpa, passed away at the age of 69 in his home in Bismarck, Arkansas, on Friday, February 5, 2016. He is welcomed to heaven by his daughter Tyann Kimmet, and his mother and father, Ethel Mae and Gordon Kimmet. Gary was born in Redondo Beach, California on November 11, 1946. During his life he excelled as a contractor and real estate...
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Furman Ezekiel Spainhour

September 29, 1939 - February 5, 2016

Furman Exekiel Spainhour "Zeke" was born September 29, 1939. . He passed to his eternal home on February 5. Zeke was predeceased in death by his parents, Rev. ferman Spainhour and Ruth Spainhour-Bates and one brother, Frank Spainhour. He is survived by his two children, Nick Spainhour of Longview, Texas and Lisa Mendenall of Texarkana, Texas, one granddaughter Morgan Rogers, a...
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Peggy Joy Barton Meeker Warren

April 22, 1927 - February 4, 2016

Peggy Joy Barton Meeker Warren4/22/1927 - 2/4/2016Peggy was born April 22, 1927, in Princeton, New Jersey, to Thomas C. and (Nannie) Louise (Stallings) Barton. She passed away peacefully on Feb. 4, 2016, at home at the age of 88. She married the love of her life and father to their children, Max Meeker, on Nov. 10, 1946. He preceded her in death on June 8, 1968. Ten years later, on Oct. 14, 1978,...
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Alice R. Craft

August 29, 1929 - February 4, 2016

Alice Craft, 86, of Hot Springs passed peacefully on February 4, 2016. She was born August 29, 1929 in Evansville, Indiana. She was the youngest of 9 children.Alice later entered the convent and taught Catholic school for 16 years. She rightfully plead her case to Rome and left the convent, after which she went on to teach in the public schools. She met and married James Craft; they were married...
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William F. Clardy

October 16, 1947 - February 2, 2016

William Floyd Clardy, loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather passed away in Hot Springs on February 2nd, 2016.He is survived by his wife, Lynn Hollan Clardy of Hot Springs; sister Martha Louise Chamness and her husband, David Conney Chamness of Little Rock; son, Bryan Hollan Clardy and his wife Katherine Irish-Clardy of Fort Smith; daughter Meredith Leigh Clardy of Houston, TX, and...
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Charlotte Theresa Barkauskas

May 28, 1934 - January 25, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gross Funeral Home, HOT SPRINGS, AR.
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Vernon Breshears

April 3, 1930 - January 25, 2016

Vernon R. Breshears, 85, of Hot Springs Village, went to be with his Lord on January 25, 2016. He was born April 3, 1930 in Hot Springs to John and Ellen Breshears. He had 5 brothers and 2 sisters, George, Odis, Frank, Thurston, Preston Breshears and Heddie Echols and Ruby Graves.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, George, Frank, Odis, and Preston and both...
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Virginia Martin

May 29, 1943 - January 25, 2016

Virginia Connell Martin, or “Ginny” as she was known by friends, passed from this life on January 25, 2016 as a result of injuries she sustained in a fall. She was born on May 29, 1943 in Hope, Arkansas to George L. and Dulcie C. Connell. Ginny grew up in Harrison.After graduating from Hendrix College in 1965 Ginny studied art in Asia and worked as a musician, weaver, artist and...
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Stanley R. Smith

May 24, 1934 - January 24, 2016

On the evening of January 24th, 2016, Stanley R. Smith went to be with his Lord. Stanley was 81 years old. Stanley was born in the community of Sunshine, Arkansas on May 24, 1934. He was the fifth son, out of nine siblings (Gerald, Horace, Troy, Lee, Truman, Truett, Gary, and Larry), all of the late Arlie and Jennie Smith.Stanley, a good-humored man who never met a stranger, was a proud Navy...
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Mary Rankin Spikes

September 7, 1931 - January 24, 2016

Mary R. Spikes, 84, of Hot Springs, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2016. She was born on September 7, 1931, in McCurtain County, OK, to the late Alfred and Martha Rankin.She was widowed in 1957 by Charles Thomas Leek.She was predeceased by her husband, William L Spikes III; brothers Elton and L.D. Rankin; and sister Deleva Singleton.She is survived by her children, Tommy (Jane) Leek of...
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Sydney Sue Fehnel

May 16, 1932 - January 23, 2016

Sydney Sue Fehnel, 83, of Mount Ida, passed peacefully at home on January 23, 2016. She was born on May 16, 1932 in Odessa, Texas to the late Richard and Sue Smith.Waiting for her in heaven are her husband, Thomas Fehnel; and two children, Janice Shelton and Sharon Reed.Sydney is survived by her son, Thomas Fehnel; daughter, Joyce Sullivan (Donnie Heathcock); brother, Richard Smith; sister, Jean...
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Ray W. Smith

March 11, 1926 - January 22, 2016

Ray W. Smith, 89, of Hot Springs passed away on Friday, January 22, 2016. He was born on March 11, 1926 in Hugo, Oklahoma to the late Robert and Nora (Ely) Smith. For 69 blessed years, Ray was married to the love of his life, Ernesteen (Phillips) Smith. He is also survived by his children: Phil (Sandy) Smith, Loretta Wilson, and Pam (Bobby) Hanna all from Hot Springs, and Sandy (Michael)...
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Marylin Hammond

June 23, 1940 - January 21, 2016

Marylin Faye Hammond, 75, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed peacefully in her home on January 21, 2016. She was born on June 23, 1940 to the late Waldo and Pauline Coker in Perry, Oklahoma.Marylin was a member of First Christian Church and also the Women’s Welcome Club.She is predeceased by her daughter, Julia Diane Hammond; brothers, Teddy Ray Coker, Billy Lee Coker and Warren Eugene Coker...
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Calvin Roach

July 30, 1924 - January 20, 2016

Calvin Junior Roach, 91, of Hot Springs passed away on Wednesday, January 20. He was born in the Sunshine community to the late Leland and Vina Roach. Calvin worked for Keith Smith Feed Company for many years. He was a member of Hot Springs Baptist Church. He loved music and his family.Calvin was preceded in death by his brothers Clyde and Wilford, sisters Era and Zelma, and son Steve.Calvin is...
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Johnny Palmer

September 27, 1972 - January 19, 2016

Johnny Palmer, 43, of Sherwood, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 surrounded by his loved ones. He fought a brave battle against cancer. Johnny was a member of Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church.Johnny is preceded in death by his father, Gordon D. Palmer, and his twin sister, Joanie Kay Palmer. He is survived by his loving wife, Stephanie; his mother, Marilyn Palmer of Little...
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Wanita Sarah Downie

July 2, 1946 - January 18, 2016

Wanita Downie, 69, of Donaldson passed with peace and grace, January 18, surrounded by her family. She was born in Hot Springs to the late Green and Maryann Sorter.A true outdoors woman, Wanita loved to camp and was known to come home with more fish than stories. Though she loved to camp, what Wanita did best was grow things- vegetables, flowers, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren...
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Harold Breitenberg

September 14, 1939 - January 16, 2016

Harold “Harry” Breitenberg, age 76, of Hot Springs, passed away on Saturday, January 16th. He is preceded in death by his parents Earnest Jacob “Higne” Breitenberg, Rose Caroline (Humphries) Breitenberg; brother Edward Park Breitenberg, and sister Elizabeth “Libby” Dale.Harold was born September 14, 1939, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was a member of the Oaklawn...
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Charlotte Susan Flynn

March 10, 1954 - January 15, 2016

Charlotte Susan Flynn, 61, of Hot Springs passed January 15, 2016. She was born on March 10, 1954 to Robert and Mildred Jacks.She is survived by her son, Michael Flynn; daughter, Rebecca Meyer (Dustin); brothers, Donald Jacks (Meryl), Jerry Jacks (Judy); sisters, Patricia Dollar (Lee), Deborah Collins (Danny); grandchildren, Landon and Lincoln Meyer and Renee Plate (Ricky).A memorial service will...
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February 16, 1931 - January 14, 2016

John Stephen Gillespie of Hot Springs, AR, went to meet his Savior on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. John was born February 16, 1931 in Vernon, Illinois to George and Cliffie Gillespie. He was the seventh of eight children.John moved to Anderson, Indiana in 1942 and finished his schooling there. He worked for and retired from Delco Remy, Division of General Motors after 31 years of...
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David Reagler

June 11, 1924 - January 14, 2016

David Reagler, 91, of Hot Springs, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2016. He was born on June 11, 1924, in Wynne, Arkansas.He is survived by his loving wife, Joanne Davis Reagler, and his three children, Robin Reagler (Marcia Chamberlain), Rachel Schulman, and David (Karen) Reagler, and eight grandchildren, Max Schulman, Sarah Schulman, Louis Reagler, Tillie Reagler, Pearl Reagler, Miriam...
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John S. Shewmaker

June 15, 1949 - January 14, 2016

John Scott Shewmaker, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, born June 15, 1949, to Harrel and Norma May Shewmaker, passed from this life on January 14, 2016. John married his beloved wife, Lana, on July 15, 1996, and the two of them enjoyed a beautiful life together of almost 20 years residing in Hot Springs.As a faithful Christian and member of the National Park Church in Hot Springs, he was also a loving...
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Clarence C. Chatelain

February 19, 1924 - January 14, 2016

Clarence Charles Chatelain (Chat) of Hot Springs passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 14th, 2016. Chat was born in Alexandria, Louisiana on February 20, 1924 to Emeric and Annie Chatelain.Chat had two brothers, and three sisters. He was married 66 years to his loving wife Lillian Chatelain.He is survived by his children, Phillip Chatelain, Charles (Susan) Chatelain, and Susan (Larry) Young...
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Caro Lee Jackson

March 18, 1938 - January 13, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Gross Funeral Home, HOT SPRINGS, AR.
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Edwin Frank Spainhour

January 10, 1944 - January 9, 2016

Edwin Franklin Spainhour, 71, of Hot Springs, passed away January 9, 2016.Frank was born April 17, 1944 to Rev. Furman B. and Naomi Ruth Sanders Spainhour, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Early on, the family moved to Corning, AR where he attended elementary school. At that time, the family moved back to Hot Springs so that his father could pastor First Pentecostal Church. Frank continued his...
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Marty J. Brown

March 26, 1933 - January 7, 2016

Martha “Marty” Brown, 82, of Hot Springs passed with peace and grace on January 7, 2016.She was born on March 26, 1933 in Hot Springs to the late John “Rip” and Etta Collins.Marty was a member of First Christian Church where she also served as an Elder and sang in the choir. She graduated from Hot Springs High School and continued to be active well after graduation by...
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Elizabeth Osborn Gillmore

June 29, 1933 - January 2, 2016

Elizabeth Osborn Gillmore, 82, of Hot Springs, went to be with Jesus on Saturday, January 2, 2016. She was born on June 29, 1933 to the late Thomas and Addy Osborn in Kendrick, Oklahoma. Elizabeth was a member of Apostolic Faith Tabernacle Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Gillmore; and son, Tommy Gillmore. She is survived by her sons, Lonnie and Ronnie Gillmore; daughter...
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Lynn T. Benedict

February 21, 1952 - January 2, 2016

Lynn Thomas Benedict, 63, of Glenwood, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016 in Hot Springs. He was born February 21, 1952 in Dallas, Texas to Tom and Avanell Benedict. Lynn was a loving father, husband, grandfather, son-in-law, brother-in-law and friend to all. Lynn served 4 years in the United States Navy in his youth, and was stationed on U.S. Navy Destroyer the U.S.S. Elmer...
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