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Reola Slater, 73, died Wednesday, November 15, 2000, at Beverly
Health Care in Warren.  She was born in Bradley County to the late
Hurley and Ida York.

Both parents and five brothers, Clyde, Oceola, Woodroe, James
and John, preceded her in death.

Reola attended school in Bradley County.  She was one of the 
first founders and members of Mars Hills Missionary Baptist 
Church, Chicago, IL., She ws a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist
Chruch in Warren.

Reola was married to Mr. Floyd Salter.

Survivors include six daughters, Carolyn (Eugene) Penister and
Eva Daniels of Chicago, IL, Ann Salter of Warren, Glenda (Milton)
McCloud of Georgetown, IL, Debra Slater of Chicago, IL, Dean
(Bill) Johnson of Warren; two sons, Willie (Kathy) Barnett of
Ontario, CA, and Hurley Slater of Warren; one goddaughter, Linda
Smith of Warren; a special friend, Mrs. Very McCray; two sisters-in-
law, Gloria Green of Chicago, IL, and Carrie Mae Green of Portland,
OR; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; five great great 
grandchildren; 3 sisters, Dorothy (Dewayne) Eaton of Monroe, LA,
and Don L. (Dorothy) York of Pasadena, CA, and Pauline Shaw of 
Warren; one uncle, Otis (Samella) Green; two aunts, Ruth and
Beatrice; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The funeral was Wednesday, November 22, at Mt. Carmel Baptist
Church in Warren with Rev. Silas Warner officiating.  Burial was in
Palastine Cemetery in Johnsville by Reddick Funeral Home.

SMITH, Sharon

Sharon Ann Smith, age 37, of Warren, died Thursday, November
29, 2001, at Bradley County Medical Center.

She was born June 28, 1964, in Warren, the daughter of Grady and
Gladys L. Smith.

Other survivors include two daughters, Jessica A. Smith and
Marquita Smith, both of Warren; one son, Elvin Smith of Warren; 4 sisters,
Beverly (Kenneth) York, Swanjula L (Rodney) Lewis, Quinella (Floyd)
Robinson, all of Warren, Bridgette (Greg) Starling of Woodbridge, VA;
2 brothers, Franky E. Smith and Anthony (Dana) Smith, all of Warren;
2 uncles, Oliver (Melba) Wright of Crossett and Virgil (Louise) Smith
of Warren; 2 great-aunts, Edna (O. D.) Davis and O. V. Jones, 13 nieces,
nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, December 8, 2001, at Holy Deliverance 
Church of God in Christ in Warren with Elder William Armour and
Supt. Rochester Roger officiating.  Burial was in El Bethel Cemetery in 
Hermitage by Hammons Funeral Home.

STEPPES, Charles Lee

Charles Lee Steppes, age 56, died February 14, 2001.

He was born November 27, 1944 to Derrick and Rosa
Steppes in Warren.

He graduated from Bradley County High School and 
received his AA degre in business from Shorter College in North Little
Rock.  In 1964, he moved to California.  He became a bus operator and 
served faithfully for 23 years.  He retired from RTD, now MTA in 1997.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Ernestine; six children, Nechelle,
Rochelle, Charles, Jr., Derrick, Dwayne and Reggie; five grandchildren;
three brothers and spouses, Derrick, Jr. and Maxine Steppes of Warren,
Terry C. and Audrey Steppes of Carson, California, and Bernard and
Brenda Steppes of Los Angeles, California; three sisters, Ira "Emmett"
Pickens, Barbara "Nash" Boxley, and Athlene Matlock, all of Los Angeles,
California; mother-in-law, Laura Tedford; and a host of nieces, nephews
and friends.

Funeral services were Monday, February 20, 2001, at Mount Carmel
Holy Assembly Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California, with Rev.
M. G. Owens officiating.

Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Ingalls, Arkansas.

Pallbearers were Gregory Oliver, Robert Tedford, Frank Cole, A. J. Taylor,
Larry Smith and Rodney L. Curry.

Honorary Pallbearers ere Ari Steppes, Jeffery Matlock, John Matlock,
Preston Carr, Dwight Pickens, David Johnson and Kenny Pickens.

STEPPES, Theodore

Theodore Roosevelt "Big Baby" Steppes, age 91, died February 18, 2001,
at Bradley County Medical Center.

He was born December 30, 1909 in Bradley County, the son of the late 
Matthew and Sally Steppes.

He was a member of Mt. Olive AME Church where he served as 
Sunday School Superintendent and teacher.

Survivors include one daughter, Vivian; his care providers, nephews,
Lenon (Flora) Steppes and Dirrck (Derrick?) (Maxine) Steppes, niece,
Sally Ross, nephews, Edward (Mary), Charles (Annette), Robert (Larry) and
George (Cherri); 2 grandchildren, other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva, 9 brothers and 8 sisters.

Funeral services were Saturday, February 24, 2001, at Mt. Olive AME Church
with Rev. E.J. Daniels officiating.  Burial was in Mt Olive Cemetery by Hammons
Funeral Home.

TATE, Tobie Tyrone

Tobie Tyrone Tate, age 27, died December 30, 2000 at the Bradley County
Medical Center.

Born September 23, 1973, he was the son of Arthur and Frances Tate of
Wilmar.  Other survivors include one son, Jahbreon Jordan of Wilmar; his
fiancee, Michonda Jordon of Wilmar; two sisters, Paula Martin of Monticello
and Tarra Tate of Wilmar; one brother, Kip Tate of Wilmar.

Funeral services were Saturday January 6, at Shady Grove AME Church in
Wilmar with Rev. Mayes officiating.

Burial was in Turner Hill Cemetery by Reddick Funeral Home.

THOMAS, Charlene

Charlene Thomas, age 81, of Hermiage, died January 6, 2002, at
Bradley County Medical Center.

She was born November 30, 1920, the daughter of the late Earnest
and Minnie Jones.

She was a member of New Light Baptist Church and was retired from
Hermitage High School.

Survivors include one sister, Mattie L. Williams of Warren; one brother,
Franklin Jones of Hermitage; 6 nieces, 6 nephews, one step-daughter,
Dorothy Beavers, and a very special person, Teresa Ventresco of 
Huntington Beach, CA; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, January 12, 2002, at New Light Baptist
Church, Hermigate, with Rev. James Carroll and Rev. Earl Thomas 

Burial was in El Bethel Cemetery by Hammons Funeral Home.

THOMAS, Mrs. Charles Dean

July 12, 1943-Dec. 13, 1998
"In Loving Memory Of"
Mom, we miss your smile and your laughter.  And all the good times
we shared together.  We will always remember all that you taught us.
That will remain in our hearts forever.  Mom, the world is not the same
without you.  Yes, this has been the hardest year we ever had to face,
but your spirit is so close to our hearts.  We now know how deep your
love was for us.  Only the Lord knows how we miss you Mom.  But if
we keep the faith and stay on God's path of life, we too will see you again.
Love always,
Your Family

TROTTER, Florlene

Florlene Trotter, age 71, died March 10, 2001, at Baptist Health Center.

She was born May 19, 1929, the daughter of the late Richard and Arena
Lewis, in Union County.

She was a housewife and a member of Power Hus Chruch of God in Christ.

Surviors include her husband, Felton Trotter; one son, Elder Kenneth
Trotter (Pamela), Warren; 4 daughters, Silveree Shackelford, Little Rock,
Linda (Harry) Patrick, Little Rock, Lizzie (Joshua) Gannaway, Colorado
Springs, CO., and Norma Trotter, Warren; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grand-
children; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Friday, March 16, 2001, at Power House Chruch of God 
in Christ with Bishop R. E. Matheney, Sr., officiating.

Burial was in Palestine Cemetery at Johnsville by Hammons Funeral Home.

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