07 Jan 28
Center Ridge, AR
15 Dec 10
Center Ridge, AR
1998 - 2001
Edward Nickalos Andrews, age 82, of Center Ridge, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, December 15, 2010. He was born January 7, 1928, in Center Ridge, Arkansas, a son of Tony Andrews and Mary Lanni Andrews. He was a business owner and cattle farmer, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and a life member of the V.F.W.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda Faye Cooper Andrews of Center Ridge; two sons and their wives, Mike and Jenny Andrews and David and April Andrews all of Center Ridge; two daughters and their husbands, Cindy and David Gray and Nicky and Larry Tiner all of Plumerville; three brothers, John, George and Raymond Andrews all of Center Ridge; four sisters , Teresa DeSalvo of Center Ridge, Grace Gunderman of Morrilton, Cecelia DeSalvo of Center Ridge, and Bernice Charton of Morrilton; twelve grandchildren.
Funeral mass was at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 18, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Center Ridge, with Father Silvio officiating. Burial was at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery by Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton. Rosary was at 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 17, 2010, at the funeral home with visitation one hour before.
Ed was related to Marion "Andy" Andrews and Rita Allison and a close friend of Joe Allison
12 Oct 33
Arkansas City, KS
28 Apr 12
10 Year Mile Stone Member 2002 - 2012 MVPA Member
Gary Lee Cross,78, died April 28, 2012, retired from the Wichita Water Department after 30 years and retired from the Air National Guard after 20 years, member of the Sunflower Masonic Lodge No. 86 and president of the MK-MVPA, born October 12,1933 in Arkansas City, KS the son of Benjamin and Minnie May. He is survived by:wife Judith of 52 years, sons; David B. Cross, Stephen E. Cross, daughter; Sharon K. (Jason) Smith, grandchildren; Kristina (Kenneth Jr.), Chelsie, Taylor, Katelynn, Cooper and great-grandchild Logan. Proceeded in death by siblings: Benjamin, Mary, Harry, Don and Maxine Ackerman. Visitation will be 1-8 family will receive friends from 6-8 Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Hillside Funeral Home West. Funeral Services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at the Woodland United Methodist Church 1100 W. 15th Street North. Memorial may be made to: Mid Kansas Military Vehicle Preservation Association. Burial to follow at Old Mission Cemetery. Gary was a core member of the AR MVPA since 2002. He and his family attended every Annual Petit Jean Military Vehicle Rally from 2002-2011. He also attended as many MVPA Conventions as were possible. We will all miss his smiles and his gentle ways. SHOW OF RESPECT by Stephen Cross - My father passed away a couple of weeks ago, and we held his furneral at Woodland United Methodist Church on May 2. He was active in the military, both active duty and in a historical preservation sense, along with his 30-year service to the city of Wichita. Military vehicles from the Mid-Kansas Military Vehicle Preservation Association lined up with the procession and convoyed to the burial at Old Mission Cemetery on 32st Street across from Wichita State University. Along the route as we were escorted, I noticed people on the streets getting out of their cars and saluting or putting their hands over their hearts as we went by. I even noticed a few kids out at recess at Marshall Middle School who stopped playing and stood at attention facing the hearse as it went by. I just wanted to thank each and every citizen of Wichita who went out of their way to pay respect to my father during that procession. You were not unnoticed as it really touched our family's hearts
12 Nov 1917 Center Ridge, AR
27 Jul 2012 Center Ridge, AR
Honorary Member 2011-2012
Ardith Taylor "Puppy" Polk, age 94 of Center Ridge passed away Friday, July 27. He was born to Jasper Allen and Linner Ethel Mahan Polk. Ardith Joined the Army when he was 20 years old with his first assignment being Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, MO.; he then went onto Ft. McDowell, San Fransisco, CA. From there he was shipped to bases in Ft. Derussy and Ft. Ruger, both located in the territory of Hawaii. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor during this tour of duty. He served time at Guadal Canal in the Solomon Islands before his next tour at Ft. Richardson, AK. The army then sent him back to Schofield Barracks in the territory of Hawaii; during this tour he made all grades of enlisted service as well as Chief Warrant Officer. He was then stationed at Ft. Jackson, SC, and shipped to Korea. His other tours included Ft. Lee, VA., Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, Germany, Ft. Chaffee, AR., and Ft. Sill, OK. Ardith retired as Chief Warrant Officer with an honorable discharge in 1964 with more than 23 years of service to his country.Ardith was a lifetime member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and the DAV. He was also a member of the V.F.W., NAUS, and an honorary member of the AR MVPA. He was a supporter of the Center Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Center Ridge Cemetery Perpetual Trust Fund for 22 years, served as a board member for 2, and secretary for 20 years. He was a historian, researching the history of Center Ridge as well as the surrounding communities, having information published in the book "Conway County: Our Land, Our Home, Our People" Survivors include: His son, James Allen Polk and wife Rhonda of Springdale; daughter-in-law, Sula Polk of Windy Point; 6 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Polk is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, friends and church family. He was proceeded in death by: A son, Artel Lee Polk; Artel's mother, Bertie Bryant Flowers; 3 grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Andrea Rossi Dobbins; brothers, Laudis, Bill, Glyn and Doris Polk; sisters-in-law Dewei, Mary, Montine and Gertrude Polk; and his beloved wife of 60 years, Rosebelle Muliwai Tura DeMello.
Funeral Service was held at the S. Joseph Catholic Church, Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:00
26 Jul 1927
05 Oct 2012
Member - Honorary Member 10 Year +2 Milestone Member 2001 - 2012 MVPA Member
Jack Branon passed away 05 Oct 12. Jack joined the Navy one month before his 17th birthday (underage). He served as a gunner, aboard the Collett, in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He saw action in Leyte. His crew bombarded Iwo Jima before returning to the fleet protecting the air craft carriers. They also bombarded Okinawa and the air-craft from his fleet bombed Japan. Japanese Kamikazes were a constant threat to their safety. After the surrender of Japan Jack spent a brief time in Nagasaki. He spent time in China helping the marines that were fighting there. He returned to the states in February of 1947 and was discharged from the Navy in November of that year. He went to school to become an electrician. In 1951 he opened his own electric shop, which he ran for 13 years. Jack worked for the Corp of Engineers as an electrician on electric plants along the Mississippi River. He retired in 1983 and opened a military store in Memphis, which he sold in 1989. He opened a smaller military store in 1992 when he moved to Thayer, Missouri. In 2008 he had a public auction and sold all of his military items. Jack has been a valued member of the AR MVPA since 2001. He attended most of the Petit Jean Military Vehicle Rallies and several of the 100 mile "Red Ball" convoys. He was also active in the Branson Veterans' Day parades and events.
This page is dedicated to the memory of AR MVPA members that have passed away. Their lives and hearts have touched ours and will remain with us eternally in memory.
Updated: June 10, 2014
04 Apr 39 Prescott, AR
20 Aug 13 Alpine, AR
10 year +1 Milestone Member 2002-2013
James "Jim" Ingram, Jr.: age 74, of Alpine, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013. He was born on April 4, 1939 at Prescott, the son of James Harold Ingram, Sr. and Lorraine Hill Ingram. On November 22, 1990, he was married to Lora Walden. A United States Army veteran, he was formerly employed as a mobile home mover and as a mechanic for the Lake Hamilton Fire Department. Jim was a core member of the AR MVPA. The club held a special place in his heart. He will be missed. Jim attended the Word of Faith Church and the Amity United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Lora Ingram of Alpine; two children and their spouses, Kimberly and Michael Flagor of Katy, Texas and Jeff and Natasha Ingram of Lavaca; his step-son, Nathan Brown of Hot Springs; five grandchildren, James Flagor, Grace Flagor, Livia Flagor, Madison Ingram and Grayson Ingram; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Dorothy Ingram of Alpine, California; and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William and Janice Walden of Sulphur Springs, Texas. Services were held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, August 24, 2013 in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Glenwood. Graveside services were at 2:30 PM, Saturday, in the Mount Moriah Cemetery in Nevada County. Honorary pallbearers were the Lake Hamilton Fire Department with a special place for the memory of their former fire chief, Matt
Simpson. Fire trucks lined the square in Alpine as the funeral procession drove through. Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.
06 Apr 35
Wichita Falls, TX
16 May 05
Francis Jean Blakeney, age 70 , of Perryvillie died Monday, May 16, 2005. She was born April 6, 1935 in Wichita Falls, TX, a daughter of Lee and Janie Matthews. She was a store clerk, member of the AR MVPA and of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her husband, Bob G. Blakeney of Perryville: two daughters, Linda Fernandes of Perryville and Debbie Hackney and her husband, Brad of Veneta, OR.; three sisters, Wanda Persons of TX, Irene Rankin of Clinton, and Judy St John of Russellville; six grandchildren, David and Michael Wolf, Amy Blakeney and Joshua Casey and Kimberly Fernandes. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Matthews. Funeral services: 10 a.m. Friday, May 20 at the Union Valley Baptist Churchwith Bro. Sam Wallace officiation. Burial will be at Hope Cemetery by Harris Funeral Home of Perryville. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
12 May 10
2003-2010 MVPA Member
Frank D Wiser, 77, passed away Wednesday May 12, 2010. He was a native of Havana, son of the late Porter and Ratha Rogers Wiser, graduate of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and the University of Arkansas with a vocation agriculture degree. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Alaska; taught vocation agriculture; retired from the USDA FmHA as county supervisor; was an ordained lay preacher; 37 years a member of the American legion and spent the last 23 years farming. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Beatrice Trost Wiser; one daughter, Cecilia R Wiser of Fayetteville; one son, Grant E. Wiser of Alton, IL; two brothers, Henry Wiser of Boron, CA and Roger Lee of Havana; three sisters, Ida Hall of Belleville, Betty Reed of Hensley and Molly Fish of Garland, TX. Frank became a member of the AR MVPA when the chapter participated in a Veterans' Day parade in Clarksville.
09 Aug 33
Center Ridge AR
04 Apr 07
Joseph Elmer Andrews -Age 71, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2007. He was born on August 9, 1935, in Center Ridge, Arkansas, to parents, Nickolas and Pauline (Maxwell) Andrews. He served in the USMC from 1953 until 1954 during the Korean War as a military guard, transporting prisoners. He worked for a pipe manufacturing company in Riverside, California. He also worked various other jobs in Arkansas, for Georgia Pacific and St. Mary's, and Coos Bay Oregon, and Mercy Medical Center as a maintenance mechanic in Roseburg, Oregon, from 1983 until his retirement in 1996. He is survived by a brother, Marion Andrews and his wife, Marilyn of Coos Bay, Oregon; sister, Geneva Godfrey of Knoxville, Tennessee; son, Joseph Poehler of Texas; daughter, Becky Crawford, Texas; daughter, Lisa Kornstad and husband, Rob of Medford, Oregon; son, Mark Gipson of Roseburg, Oregon; daughter, Carla Barnhart and husband, Martin of Roseburg, Oregon; daughter, Gina White of Arkansas; beloved grandchildren, Ashley, Zachary, Alex, Caeli, Chelsea, Maddie and Chad; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by father, Nickolas Andrews; mother, Pauline Andrews; brother, Nickolas Andrews; brother, Leonard Frank Andrews. A public memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2007, at 1 p.m. at the Winston Four Square Gospel. A future interment will be at the V.A. Cemetery in Roseburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.
21 Sep 32
Little Rock, Arkansas
08 Dec 10
2003 -2010 MVPA Member
Sedric A. Wirt, 78, of Sherwood, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, December 08, 2010 at his home. He was born September 21st, 1932 in Little Rock to Sedric M. and Cordie Kelley Wirt. Mr. Wirt was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was a Mason. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War, where he was a Prisoner Of War, was a recipient of two purple hearts; and a member of the Chosin Few. He was a member of MVPA and a core member of the AR MVPA, Central Arkansas Corvette Club, and CAMS. He was the owner and founder of Wirt’s Jewelers in Sherwood for over 45 years. He loved to fish, and enjoyed classic cars. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Eddie Norris Wirt. Cherishing his memory are his wife of 58 years, Phyllis E. Wirt; two children, Cynthia Ann Rouse (Don) and Danny Allen Wirt (Dorcas Darlene) ; all of Sherwood; an honorary son, Jerry Mills of McRae, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Nathan House (Angie), Kelli Mayfield (Lance), Hanna Wirt, and Katie Wirt; four great-grandchildren, Erin House, Bradley House, Luke Mayfield, and Lainey Mayfield; and two sisters, Donna Meeks and Betty Reaves.
26 Sep 34
28 Jun 07
2001-2007 MVPA Member
Tommy Hugh Treadway, of Searcy was born on September 26 at Newport, Arkansas to Joseph H. nad Mary Martin Treadway. He departed this life on June 28, 2007 at the age of 72. He began his education in a little two room school house in the Engleside community, about eight miles south of Newport. He moved to Newport in 1940 where he attended East Newport School. Moving on to junior and senior schools in Newport. He graduated from Newport High School in 1953. After graduation he worked at grocery stores, service stations and Victor Metal Factory in the area, until May 15, 1954, when he began work as a city carrier for the Post Office Department in Newport. He was promoted to Superintendent of Mails in 1969. In August 1977 he was selected and promoted to the position of Postmaster at McCrory. In September of 1978, he was selected and promoted to be the Postmaster of Searcy, AR, where he retired on February 3, 1995 with over 41 years of service. While still in High School , he joined the Arkansas Army National Guard on September 17, 1952 During his service, he held various job assignments in Infantry, Armor, Communications and Intelligence. He served over 41 years, retiring in September, 1944 in the position of command Sargeant Major of the 125th Medical Battalion. He was a core member of the AR MVPA and the National MVPA. He was a member of the Newport Masonic Lodge for over 50 years, recently receiving the Pillars of Solomon award for outstanding contributions to Masonary. He was preceded in death by his parents and his only son, Tommy Marion Treadway on August 24, 1997. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Rose Treadway and five children: Nina Jo Barton of St. Louis, MO; Pamela Treadway, Tina Strayhorn of Alaska; Lisa Baertsch of ND; and Charles Merriman of Beebe; eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren
05 Dec 51
G4/Sgt Leslie Z. Robbins III - We received a note from Leslie on 17 Oct 06 stating, "I have been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Up and down days, mostly down. The VA is trying to treat me, so, keep me in your prayers. I do love the "Travelers" soooo much. Our "MV" family is so good, so sincere. To y'all and expecially the Harless's May GOD be with you. Thanks G4/Sgt. Leslie Z Robbins III
Leslie worked indirectly/directly with the Pearl, MS. Police Dept.
08 JUN 28
01 JAN 09
1992-1994 2001-2006 Charter Member
Red Williams: Red was a hard worker from an early age. At 13 he got a job at the Ford Place where his father worked. He did odd jobs, sweeping, pumping gas and fixing flats. During high school he worked weekends in the oil field. Red joined the Navy at age 18. The day after returning from boot camp he and his buddy had a double wedding. He married Hazel Hall from Stephens, Arkansas. He soon shipped out to Sangley Pt., Philippines. He served as a port waist gunner. Red was honorably discharged from the Navy on May 5th, 1948.He and Hazel have two children, Sue Ann and Dolph. Red worked for Shell Oil Company for a number of years. Over the coming years Red and Hazel ventured into many of their own small businesses that landed them in Rushton, Louisiana, where their children and off-springs reside. After retirement Red and Hazel moved to Petit Jean Mountain, where Red could pursue his love of antique and military vehicles. A military memorial service was held for Red at the Petit Jean Overlook. The color guard presented Taps and a flag ceremony. It was a cold drizzly morning, but was well attended. Red's ashes were scattered at the overlook. He had loved living on Petit Jean Mountain.
*Additional pictures are posted in the photo gallery.
13 Feb 07
Alta Lee Spann, wife of Hubert Spann, passed away less than two months after her 80th birthday.
09 Mar 40 Spearville, KS
14 Mar 07 Little Rock, AR
0204-2007 *MVPA Member
Richard Otho Wade, a core member of the Arkansas MV Travelers, passed away March 14, 2007, just five days after his 67th birthday. In Arizona, on the way hove from vacation in June of 2004, Richard suffered a major stroke, leaving his left side paralyzed. On the way to the hospital he suffered a major heart attack. In the Phoenix hospital he developed pneumonia. In checking his chest x-rays the doctors discovered he had fast growing lung cancer. Richard and his wife, Arabelle, had to cancel their plans to attend the Mobile, Alabama Convention. After a month in the hospital he was flown by helicopter to Little Rock for continued treatment. Richard was determined to “walk” out of the hospital. We were all inspired by his determination and struggle to “beat the cancer”. He was the first recipient of the “Golden Spark Plug Award”, the highest award to a member of the AR MVPA. In spite of his confinement to a wheelchair he attended every Arkansas MVPA event possible, as well as the National Conventions in Duluth and in Dayton. He didn’t just attend events, he participated. You may have seen him dancing with Arabelle in his wheelchair in Duluth. The club is restoring his WC 55 and he was right there scraping rust off the frame. Richard maintained his witty sense of humor to the end. Survivors include his wife, Arabelle; one son, Richard Wade, Jr and wife, Llona of Cabot; two daughters, AraLea Seachris and husband, Tim, of Benton; AnaLea Noble and husband, Bill, of Harpers Ferry, WV; grandchildren, Nicolaus Wade, Tabitha Wade, Trevor Seachris, Tate Seachris, Audra Seachris, Ramsey Noble, Kassidy Noble; step-grandchildren, James Thompson, Justin Thompson, John
Thompson, Kathryn Veasey and Ariel Veasey; one sister-in-law, Joyce Bartley of Weatherford, TX, and a host of other relatives and friends. We will all miss him.
01 OCT 62
11 FEB 09 Cave City, Arkansas
Matthew B. Martin: 46 of Cave City, AR passed away 11 Feb 09 at the Cave City nursing home. Matt was born on October 1, 1962 in Jerseyville, IL. Matt was a member of the AR MVPA from 1999-2000. He was also a volunteer at the Military Museum of Hardy.
28 Nov 37
Buttermilk Community, AR
11 Apr 06
2002-2006 Associate #9 So Flea Market
J. R. "Jay" Darter, 68 of Atkins died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock. A son of the late Ira Lee and Evia Burris Darter, he was born November 28, 1937 in the Buttermilk Community near Appleton, Arkansas. He was retired from the United States Air Force. He established Darter Brother Pallets in Atkins and was, with his wife, Sue, the owner of Sue's Treasures of Atkins and former owner of #9 South Flea Market in Morrilton. He was a member of the AR MVPA. He was preceded in death by an infant grandson, James Darter; an unnamed infant brother and an infant sister; Sarah Darter. Survivors include his wife Sue; four sons and daughters-in-law: Johnny & Debbie Darter of Centerville; Danny & Lorie Darter of Atkins; Billy & Margaret Darter of Lamar; and Tommy & Tammy Darter of Pottsville; a daughter, Evia Darter of Dover; twelve grandchildren; a great grandson and a host of other relatives and friends.
07 Mar 05
Columbia City, IN
Pat Kaiser, of Columbia City, IN, died March 7, 2005. Pat was a secretary of The AR MVPA from 1999 to 2000. She and her husband were active members when the club was headquartered in Hardy, AR. Their son Chris Kaiser was also an active member. Pat was proceeded in death by her husband. Paat and Chris moved to IN in 2000. Her daughter, Twyla, wrote the following: "This note is to thank all of you for your cards, prayers and thoughts during mom's long illness. The woman that knew no stranger fought a valiant battle for four months, but went home to see Al, Grandpa and Grandma on Easter morning. For those that weren't intimately aware of the situation, Mom fought through a staph infection, an amputation of her right leg, congestive heart failure, diabetes and then finally a heart attack due to endocarditic (an infection of the main valve between chambers) in her last weeks" In 1999Pat drove a GPW in the Veterans' Day Parade in Branson, MO. A two star general wanted to ride in the parade. He said he had never ridden with a woman driver. Pat said, "You will now". She always enjoyed MVPA activities and added a measure of fun to the events.
26 FEB 22
22 DEC 09
Lee's Summit, Missouri
2007-2009 Honorary Associate Member
Billy Templeton: We first met Billy and his wife Lou at the Veteran's Day Parade in Branson, MO. He was a passenger in Bob Blakeney's GPW. He attended the 2007 MVPA Convention in Little Rock, AR as a part of the "Authors" booth, where he signed and sold his book Manila Bay Sunset - The Long March Into Hell. Billy joined the service prior to WWII as a combat radio operator on a B17. He participated in the first mass flight over the Pacific to Clark field in the Philippines. He served in the Philippines until his capture by the Japanese, survived the Bataan Death March, was transported on a "Hell Ship" and was a slave laborer in China until his liberation at the end of the war. He often shared his experiences at schools, citizens groups and military organizations. After his military service he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for 31 years. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, the DAV, the Heart of America Chapter of Ex-POW's, the Military Writers Association and the AR MVPA. He is survived by his wife, Louanah, of 38 years (from Newport, AR), 5 children, 16 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. One son predeceased him.
20 Mar 27
11 Jun 04
Ft. Smith, AR
1992-??? 2001-2004 *MVPA Member since 1985
Frank Albert Jedlicka, Jr., 77 of Ft Smith died Friday, June 11, 2004. Frank was a World War 2 veteran (U.S. Navy-served in the Pacific Campaign). He also served during the Korean War (He served as a 3rd class bosan mate on shore patrol). His medals include the American Campaign Medal, Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Marie Carter Jedlicka. Frank had a variety of military vehicles which he rented out to appear in movies: "A Soldier's Story"; The Brother Hood" and Biloxi Blues". Frank donated his library of military magazines to the AR MVPA. Frank was burried in the Military Cemetery in Fort Smith.
02 Jul 04
O.H.Ingram, of Riverside, CA died Friday, July 2, 2004. O.H. was a retired Roofing Contractor. He spent his winters in CA and his summers in AR. O.H. & Darlene became AR MVPA members in October 2003
14 APR 37
03 APR 09
2000-2009 Ten Year Milestone Member
Bobby Lee Cook: Bobby was a core members of the AR MVPA. He seldom missed a meeting or event, until his illness of the past few years hindered him from driving, and he had difficulty getting around. His easy going personality and friendly smile leaves an empty spot at our gatherings. Bobby was a member of the HCR Hunting Club. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid fisherman. Bobby worked for Arkansas Kraft for 25 years. He was a Mason, a volunteer fireman, and a member of the Perry Baptist Church. He is survived by Doris, his wife of 51 years, 1 daughter, Leigh Ann, and 1 granddaughter, Emilee. One son, Steve, predeceased him.
*Additional pictures and information are posted on the Photo Gallery
07 Sep 02
Cherokee Village, AR
1992-2002 *MVPA Member
Rita Gertrude Lobbins of Cherokee Villiage died Saturday September 07, 2002 at her residence. Rita was a member of the VFW, DAV , American Legion and the MVPA. She was a founding member of the Arkansas Chapter of the MVPA and the Veteran's Military Museum of Hardy. Rita served in the Air Force in Germany. Her favorite military vehicle was the M274 Mule. Rita drove it in most of the parades. She always said "the mule is like me, stubborn". When they were bringing the COBRA helicopter into the museum she rode on the tail, to keep it low enough to get into the building. Rita was the only woman to serve as President of the AR Chapter, serving for two years from January 1995 through December 1996. She served as secretary in 2000. She will be missed in the club.
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18 Jun 04
Elmer Eugene Caudell, 70, of Ada Valley, died Friday, June 18, 2004. Gene was a retired owner of a variety store, an Army Korean War veteran and a member of the Arkansas Chapter of the MVPA. Gene enjoyed riding in the military vehicles at local parades and attending the Petit Jean Mt. rally with his wife Martha. The funeral was held on Petit Jean Mountain, on June 21.
12 Nov 36
18 May 04
2002-2004 *MVPA Member
James Melvin Congleton, 67, of Benton died Monday, May 18, 2004. Mel was a self-employed Auditorium Restorator. He was a member of both the Arkansas Chapter and the National MVPA since October of 2002. He had almost completed the restoration of a GPW and had planned to attend the National MVPA Convention in Mobile, AL, and to set up a sale table. Mel & Nancy had attended the May 17 fish fry and meeting. Mel's unexpected death the next day was a shock and sad news to all of us. The AR MVPA sent flowers to the funeral services held on May 20. Nancy wrote. "Thank you for the flowers, the wonderful card and the many acts of kindness that you have shown me. My only regret is that I didn't get to attend yourmeetings sooner. What a great group you are. Hope you all enjoy the trip to Mobile.