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Classmate Obituaries - Letter U-V

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Van Deusen, Claudia Irene Cox

Claudia Irene Cox Van Deusen, 65, of Austin, Texas, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, surrounded by family at an Austin hospital. She was born August 10, 1948, in Hot Springs and was the youngest daughter of Mort and Jimmie Cox. Claudia graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1966, was an alumna of Hendrix College and a 2007 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she was a Donaghey Scholar.
Claudia dedicated herself to a 35-year career as a flight attendant with American Airlines and was a devoted volunteer with a variety of organizations before and after retirement. She served as the honorary chair of Hot Springs' first Relay for Life and was active in the leadership of First United Methodist Church. She also served on the boards of directors of both the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and the Hot Springs Music Festival. In Austin, Claudia was a founding member of Servant Church and an active participant in various activities for cancer survivors.
Claudia is survived by her husband, Jack Onstott; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Elysia Van Deusen; twin grandsons, Everett and Milo Van Deusen of Austin; and Jack's children, Vince, Megan and Chelsea Onstott. She is also survived by her sisters and their husbands, Carolyn and Layne Mashburn of Kingwood, Texas, and Liz and Sam Stathakis of Hot Springs; nieces, Sara Runyon and Megan Stathakis of Hot Springs; and nephews, Bradley and Andrew Mashburn of Texas.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, 1100 Central Ave., Hot Springs, with visitation to follow in the church's Christian Life Center.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Servant Church, 1605 East 38 Street, Austin, TX 78722 or via or to a charity of the donor's choice.    [from the Sentinel-Record, January 6, 2014, page 9A]    [Hot Springs Class of 1966]

Vance, Gerald Lawrence

Gerald L. Vance of Benton died Thursday. He was 67. He was retired from the maintenance department of Alcoa, was a member of the Rubicon Lodge 627, a 32nd Degree Mason and a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline Louise Vance; one daughter, Brenda Richardson of Benton; his mother, Roxie Vance of Lonsdale; one brother, Willie Vance of Benton and two granddaughters, Angy Armitage of Magnolia and Amanda Richardson of Benton. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Gravel Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Gipson and the Rev. Clarence Shell Jr., officiating. Burial will be at Gravel Hill Cemetery with the Masonic rites. Pallbearers will be Jim Ed Withem, Ray Davis, Neiland Huchingson, Wayne Smith, Scott Withem, Rex Davis, Bill Jones and Dale Shell. Honorary pallbearers will be Preston Cantrell, Frank Geurin, and the Master Masons and members of Rubicon Lodge 627. Arrangements are by Ashby Funeral Home.     [from the Benton Courier]    [Paron Class of 1942]

Vance, Reyburn Peay

Reyburn P. Vance, 71 of Owensville died Saturday at a local hospital. He was born September 24, 1901, at Blocker Post Office (Antioch) in Saline County, the son of the late Robert and Faithia Roberts Vance. He was a member of Owensville Baptist Church. He retired from the teaching profession in 1963 having taught for 40 years at Paron and Rural Dale schools. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Roxie Caldwell Vance; two sons, Gerald Vance and Willie Vance, both of Benton; one brother, Clayburn Vance of Benton; two half-sisters, Miss Maude Bradfield and Miss Bess Bradfield of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren, Mrs. Brenda Richardson and John Vance, both of Benton, and Mrs. Patti Denison of Hot Springs; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Owensville Baptist Church. Burial will be in Owensville Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Home of Benton. Pallbearers will be D. L. Ziegler, Darrell Williams, H. W. Harris, Rogie Hester, Walker Barnette, James W. Elliott, W. R. Sheets, and Miles Tillery. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles P. Greenway, Dr. Curtis W. Jones, Jr., Dr. Drew Agar, Dr. F. Paul Hogue, Virgil Williams, Arch B. Elliott, Virginia Fletcher, C. M. Carden, Charles E. Lambert and Cletus Turbyfill.   [from Benton Courier]    [Paron Class of 1940]

Vann, David Doyle

David Doyle Vann, 63, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, left this life on November 2, 2011, at the Burn Unit of Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. He was born on December 24, 1947, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was the second child of Robert Doyle Vann and Katherine Lorraine Johnson.
David attended public school in the Hot Springs School District and graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1965 [1966 according to yearbook]. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and spent four years as a photographer, much of it at Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts.
He spent several years as a traveling salesman for a restaurant supply company before returning to Hot Springs to practice his first love - photography. After trying his hand at aerial photography and taking pictures at Oaklawn Park, David went to work for Hot Springs' The Sentinel-Record.
During a career that spanned over two decades, several of his photos were acquired by the Associates Press News Agency and published across the country. His photographs of a Special Olympics event won a national award for David and his collaborating writer. David won many awards from the WEHCO Media Group. He spent much time photographing the Arkansas governor, and subsequent president of the United States, Bill Clinton. He was never seen without his tan photographer's vest, with 20 pockets filled with film, lenses, gadgets and "stuff."
As he reached retirement age, a new passion gripped him - to own and operate an indoor shooting range. He researched, developed, planned and put the sweat equity into his creation, The On Target Indoor Firing Range, which he operated until his accident.
David was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
David will be remembered for his gentle manner, big smile and being always ready to help someone in need. His many acts of loving kindness are remembered with fond thoughts by the recipients. David was preceded in death by both of his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Barbara Vaughn Vann; sons, Kevin Red and daughter-in-law, Winit, Andrew Kendall Vann; one brother, Robert H. Vann, of Huntsville, Texas; and two grandsons, Mason and Jordan Red.
There will be no public viewing. A memorial service will be held in the First Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, with burial following in Morning Star Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the David Vann Memorial Fund at any Simmons First Bank, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House or First Presbyterian Church of Hot Springs.
Visitation will be at the Vann home, 101 Penn Terrace, at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Honorary pallbearers are Robert H. Vann, Robert E. Vann, David L. Vann, John Archibald, Danny Beacham and Buck Buckner.    [from the Sentinel-Record, November 4, 2011, page 9A]    [Hot Springs Class of 1966]

Vaughn, Wylie H., Jr.

Wylie H. Vaughn Jr. of Benton died Wednesday, January 2, 2002. He was 50.
He was born May 21, 1951, in Benton to Wylie and Thelma Vaughn. He was a member of Holland Chapel Missionary Baptist church, and was an Army veteran. He was a member of Palestine Hunting Club.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Shelnutt Vaughn; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Vaughn, and Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Shelnutt.
Survivors include two sons, Wylie H. Vaughn III and Tony H. Vaughn, both of Benton; his parents, Wylie and Lena Vaughn of Benton; a sister, Darlene Vaughn Bridges and her husband Sonny of West Memphis; two nephews, chaplain Cpt. Byron Vaughn Bridges and his wife Lidiane of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Gregory Mark Bridges and his wife Amy of Little Rock; and a very special friend, Diane Plummer of Benton.
Funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton with Jim Harrell and Kim Hammer officiating.
Burial will follow at Hicks Cemetery in Benton.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Serving as pallbearers will be Andy Curtis, Stanley Haley, Dean Haley, Bill Stuckey, Tommy McClain and Waymon "Tiger" Lyons.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Bridges and Royal Dixon.    [from the Benton Courier, January 4, 2002, page 2]    [Benton Class of 1969 - sophomore]