Obituaries (Week of March 10, 2014)

Louella Ouise (Crosby) Boles
Louella Ouise (Crosby) Boles, daughter of the late Osmond and Bessie Poindexter Crosby, was born May 2, 1932, in Washington, Ark., Hempstead County. Louella was the youngest child of 7 brothers and sisters, Anita Crosby, Bernice Crosby, Wyatt Crosby, Olen Crosby, Kathryn (Crosby) Lewis, Aretha (Crosby) Cheatham and Bernadine Crosby.
Louella converted her life to Christ at an early age and was baptized in St. Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (C.M.E.) in Washington Ark. She departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in Nashville Ark.
Louella attended Lincoln Elementary and High School in Washington, Ark., where she was an avid basketball player and  choir singer. Because of being promoted from the 4th to 6th grade, Louella graduated early from Lincoln High at the age of 16. Afterwards she attended Arkansas AM&N, which is now the University Of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB).
After 2 years of college, Louella returned to Washington, Ark. In 1958, she united in holy matrimony with the late Lewis Lee Boles. Soon after making Center Point, Ark., her home, she became a loyal friend to many of the longtime residents.
Louella was known for her many wild game recipes and her love of gardening and canning. Louella joined the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Center Point, Ark. Louella was a dedicated and faithful member where over the years she was the pianist, choir leader, Sunday schoolteacher and church treasurer. As one of the original three founding members, Louella was instrumental in writing the Constitution and Bi-Laws for the Center Point Colored Cemetery Association (CPCCA).
Louella was a loving and faithful housewife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter-in-law and friend to everyone. Louella unselfishly dedicated her life to her husband and his passion for hunting, sports and activities with the boys and especially her long awaited daughter Kelly. During her early childhood, she worked as a truck driver for her father’s paper and timber business and her mother’s café, Miss Bessie’s. Later in life, Louella worked as a rural advocate for the agency of Women, Infants and Children for the State Of Arkansas. She was a bus driver and worked in food services for Nashville Public Schools for over 15 years, before she retired. During her retirement, she volunteered as a driver for the Senior Citizen Center in Nashville, Ark., until her illness.
Louella was preceded in death in 1993 by her loving husband of 35 years, Lewis Lee Boles, in 2011; by her only daughter Kelly Louise Boles Scott and five of her siblings.
Louella is survived by: her sons, Darrell D. Works (Hermenia) of Tampa, Fla., Jerry L. Boles (Wendy) of Tampa, Fla., Stacy C. Boles (Kimberly) of Center Point, Ark., Danny L. Boles of Fort Worth, Texas, and Eundra L. Boles (Nichole) of
Little Rock, Ark. Louella has 11 grandchildren whom she cherishes dearly: Ra’Queisha “Kikki” Boles Washington (Greg), Ashley Boles, Stacy Boles II, Brittany Green, Phillip Anthony Boles, Felicia Mariah Boles, Jasmin Scott, Audrie Scott, Darian Works, Hunter Works, and Eden Boles. Louella has four great-grandchildren: Omarian and Anthony Deloney, Khaleel and Kadence Washington. Louella has two surviving sisters, Aretha Cheatham and Bernadean Crosby of Phoenix, Ariz. Other surviving family members include sister-in-law Cleola O. Boles of North Little Rock, Ark., brother-in-law Bob Lewis of Phoenix, Ariz., son-in-law Elbert Scott of Nashville, Ark., and many nephews, nieces, cousins and numerous friends.
The wake was at the Nashville Funeral Home on March 7 from 5-7 p.m.
The funeral was at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Nashville on Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m.
Ralph ‘Bo’ England
Ralph “Bo” England, 41, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. He was the son of Ralph and Penny England of Nashville.
Survivors also include a sister, Ann Blankenship.
He was a registered nurse.
Funeral services will be Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Friendship Church of God, 560, Jordan Road, Nashville under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
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Cameron Scott Bearden
Cameron Scott Bearden, 22, of Nashville, died Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Texarkana, TX.
He was born Sept. 15, 1991, the son of Brian Bearden and Amy McFarland Bearden.
Survivors include: a brother, Jesse Bearden of Nashville.
A memorial service was held Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Mineral Springs church of Christ with Bro. Benjamin Neeley officiating.
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Boyd Thomas
Boyd Thomas, 67, of Nashville, Ark., died on Sunday March 9, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born on Jan. 28, 1947 in Nashville, the son of the late Brooks Thomas, and Hoyle and Edith Erwin.
He was a member of the Midway Baptist Church in Nashville, the Wildman Hunting Club, a six-year Army Reservist, 95th Division, Light Infantry, and was the Parts Manager at York Gary Autoplex for more than 40 years. He loved to hunt and fish.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Thomas; a son, Jeffery Boyd Thomas; and a brother, Marc Thomas; and a sister Billie Smith.
He is survived by: two daughters, Stephanie Wakefield and husband Eric of Nashville, and Tonya Garcia and husband Rory of Lawton, Okla.; one brother, Zane Thomas and wife Josie of Nashville, and three sisters, Dawanda Schwope of Nashville, Theresa Humphrey of Delight and Ramona Sullivan of Nashville; seven grandchildren – Tarah Briggs, Steven Wakefield, Dustin Wakefield, Morgan Thomas, Cade Helms, Chloe Helms and Ava Garcia; five great-grandchildren – Macey Briggs, Lincoln Briggs, Jasmine Wakefield, Steel Wakefield and Marlee Reinhold; and a host of relatives and friends.
Visitation was Tuesday March 11, 2014 from 1-2 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Nashville, Ark.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday March 11, 2014 at the funeral home chapel with Bro. David Blase officiating.
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“P.” Sherlene Sands
“P.” Sherlene Sands, 59, of Nashville,died Monday, March 10, 2014.
She was born July 19, 1954 in De Queen, the daughter of the late Kelsie Elwood and Alma Fern Flemens Jester.
She was the Chief District Court Clerk for Howard County for more than 12 years. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville, and was a member of the Elberta Chapter #538, Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Wayne Jester.
Survivors include: her husband of more than 33 years, Gary Sands of Nashville; four sons, Jamie E. Sands of Newhope; Scott G. Sands of Fort Wayne, Ind., Brian P. Sands of West Lafayette, Ind., and Gregory V. Sands of Nashville; a daughter, Tiffanie Stephens of Nashville; three brothers, Jeffrey Jester of Newhope, Mike Ford of Elk Hart, Ind., Chad Shake of Warren, Ind.; three sisters, Gwen Peters, Mondi Hill and Carrie Hill, all of Newhope; also grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Services will be Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville with Brian Hill and Scott Feemster officiating. Interment will follow in County Line Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. You may send the family an online sympathy message to
Gary Dale Ralls
Gary Dale Ralls, 76, of Taylor, Neb. died March 7, 2014 at the Valley County Health Systems Hospital in Ord, Neb.
Gary was born Oct. 9, 1937 in Loup County, Neb. to Gery and Edna (Roblyer) Ralls. Gary graduated from Loup County High School in 1955.
Gary’s first wife was Connie Copsey. Gary farmed and ranched. Gary married Darlene Craven in January  of 1973. In the mid 1970s they moved to Arkansas. After Darlene’s death on Jan. 5, 1979 he continued to farm and ranch. He then met and married Jo (Gant) Dulaney on March 15, 1980. Gary and Jo helped form Rusty Relics Antique Tractor Club in 2004, which; continues to go on today.
Gary and Jo moved to Taylor in June of 2013.
Gary enjoyed his cattle, Allis Chalmers tractors and worked in his shop.
Gary is survived by his wife Jo Ralls of Taylor, Neb.; a daughter, Beth and her husband, Joey Bufkin, of Nashville, Ark.; a granddaughter, Kristina Thrash and her fiancé, Jordan Carpenter, and a great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Wright, all of Conway, Ark.; two sisters, Kathryn Krueger of Sunol, Neb. and Betty and Roger Goos of Taylor, Neb.; five step-children and their families, Deb and Larry Schwenke of Amboy, Minn., Vicky and Nyal Moninger of Dupree, S.D., Doug and Delores Craven of Bassett, Neb., Lyn and Jackie Craven of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Jim Craven of Newport, Neb.; 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Darlene Craven.

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