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Classmates Obituaries - Letter G

These obituaries correspond with the yearbooks that are listed on this website.  Whenever possible, the source of the obituary will be shown as well as the date.

Gianakopoulos, Anna Jean Pappas - Anna Jean Gianakopoulos, 48, of Springfield, Ohio, died Tuesday at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital.
She was born in Hot Springs December 28, 1932, the daughter of William and Stella Pappas.  She was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. James G. Gianakopoulos of Springfield, Ohio; her mother, Stella Pappas of Hot Springs, one daughter Antigone Gianakopoulos; two sons, George and William Gianakopoulos all at home; and one brother, Dr. Socrates Pappas of San Diego, California.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Greek Orthodox Church in Springfield, Ohio.  Burial will be in Springfield.  Memorials may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church in Springfield.  [Sentinel-Record, May 28, 1991] [Class of 1950]

Gibson, Jim - Jim Gibson, 71, of Hot Springs went home to God Wednesday, August 17, 2005, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born April 25, 1934, in Hot Springs to Andrew Marvin Gibson and Ona Marie Orrell Gibson. His grandparents were John Cannon Gibson and Mary Caldonia Grantham Gibson, and Jesse James Orrell and Mae Dee Smith Orrell.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Nancy Smith Gibson, and three daughters, Lisa Sanderock of Russellville, Robin Wingard of Conway, Holly and Jim Thorwarth of Hot Sprigns, and one son, James Joel Gibson of Reno, Nevada. He had four children, Chris Sanderock, Katie Sanderock, Matthew Wingard and Timothy Douglas. He is also survived by one sister Linda Dean of Hot Springs and nephew Andy Dean, and an abundance of friends who are like family.
He was a member of Christway Unity Church where he was a member of the Men's Service Group (MSG's). He enjoyed cooking for the church's annual pancake breakfast with his friends Jerry Stout and Sig Grossman. In is youth, he was a member of Park Place Baptist Church.
He graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1953 and from Ouachita Baptist College in 1959 with a degree in economics. He started to work for Safeway in Arkadelphia, where he served on the Arkadelphia Volunteer Fire Department for five years. He worked for Safeway for 39 years, much of that time in management, moving from Arkadelphia to Little Rock, Monticello, Greenwood, Mississippi, and Pine Bluff, making many friends in each location.
Jim enjoyed woodworking and in 1977, he started building birdhouses to sell at craft shows, and that developed into a business that lasted the rest of his life. Widely known as "The Birdhouse Man," he displayed and sold his creations throughout several states, where he enjoyed making new friends on the craft show circuit. He had a booth at the Garland County Extension Homemakers' October craft show for over 30 years.
After retiring from Safeway and returning to Hot Springs, he missed meeting the public and went to work as greeter in in the Instant Racing Room at Oaklawn Park, where he was known for his friendly greetings and his many horse racing neckties.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Stout, Lewis May, Ed Ellis, Bob Berry, Roy May, Mike Radimer, Dick Douglass, Tim Miller and Clayton Stroud.
Honorary pallbearers are O. R. Goldman, Ron Utterbeck, Jesse Inman, John Oshner, Bobby Giegler and the employees of Oaklawn Instant Racing.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Tim Webb, Dr. and Mrs. Ron Kaler, Dr. Mike Bodemann, Dr. Steve Bodemann and Dr. Don Bodemann. The family would also like to express warm appreciation for the care and compassion given to him by the staff of St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center's 4 East.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with the Rev. Leona Lawson and Rev. Gary Stinson officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. The family will be at his daughter's home at 103 Shady Hills Drive after the service.
Memorial gifts can be directed to the American Cancer Society, Human Society of Garland County, the Guardian Angels Cat Club or the Melting Pot Genealogical Soceity.   [from the Sentinel-Record]    [Class of 1953]

Gibson, Shirley Ann Sanders - Shirley Ann Gibson entered heaven on October 8, 2014. She was born on February 2, 1935, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Merle and Christine Sanders.
Shirley is preceded in death by her parents; the love of her life, her husband of forty-four years, John (J.C.) Gibson and a brother Jimmy Sanders.
Left behind to cherish her memories are her children: George Jensen and his wife Erika, John Gibson and his wife Missy and Denise Elkin and her husband Leo; brothers Glen Sanders and Ed Sanders; a sister Sandy Matlock; special Uncle, Guy Siratt; numerous nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law; the loves of her life her grandchildren; who lovingly called her Goggy - Ryan, Tori, Dakota and Shannon Jensen, Sydney, Bailey, Jaxon and Brooklyn Gibson, Josh Elkin (Samantha), great-granddaughter Kaydence Elkin and soon to arrive Addelynn Grace Elkin.
Shirley was a lifetime member of the First Church of the Nazarene. She loved attending church and praising God. Shirley planned her week not by the days of the week but "before church or after church day." She was a woman who always put Christ first.
Shirley helped found the family business John Gibson Auto Sales with her husband J. C. and son John. She also loved raising thoroughbred horses.
Shirley graduated from Hot Springs High School and worked a few jobs before her career at JC Penney; where she spent thirty-nine years as catalog manager before retiring. Shirley made many lasting friendships, and made weekly visits an excursion while catching up with her friends and handing out her root-beer candy.
The legacy she left on this earth will continue to thrive in her children, grandchildren and friends.
Active pallbearers will be Chris Gibson, Frank Cooper, CJ Stephens, Josh Elkin, Ryan Jensen, Dakota Jensen, Shannon Jensen, Cliff Rushing and Jaxon Gibson.
Honorary pallbearers are lifetime assistant and friend Mona Hamilton; Rosie Perry, Jorja Fouroux, Dot Mooney, Rebecca Turner, Kim Arnold, the many many caregivers that loved and cared for her, Stephen Carter, Tim Fourroux, the staff at HHC who provided excellent care, the staff at John Gibson Auto Sales, employees of JC Penney, Ken Carney, Connley Henderson and her Church family at Hot Springs First Church of the Nazarene.
Visitation will be from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday October 12 at the First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Ken Carney officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The First Church of the Nazarene.    [from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary]    [Class of 1953]

Gluck, Jane Maclin Brown - Jane Maclin Gluck, age 77, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was born on October 16, 1936 in Hot Springs, and was a long-time resident of both Eureka Springs and Fayetteville.
She is survived by her son, Gregory Gluck and wife, Jacki, of Henderson, Nevada; daughter, Lynne Gluck-Berry, of Hot Springs; her only sister, Marilyn Regina Sebourn of North Little Rock; sister-in-law Margaret Brown of Laguna Beach, California, three grandchildren and her loyal dog friend, Pan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Edwin Gluck, parents, Boyd Mack Brown and Linnie Orene Smith, as well as her siblings, Jerald Mack Brown and Gary Lynn Brown.
Jane lived in many places throughout her life, including Germany, the Bahamas, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas, but always felt most at home in the Natural State of Arkansas. She enjoyed entertaining and cooking for people, which made her a wonderful House Mother at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She was also a lover of long car rides in the country, cooking, story-telling, history, genealogy, nature, and chocolate malted milkshakes.
No services are planned. Donations in her name may be made to Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Fayetteville.    [from Beard's Funeral Chapel online obituary]    [Class of 1954]

Goff, John Proctor - John Proctor Goff, 74, of Hot Springs, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2004.
He was born on December 6, 1929, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Stuart A. and Flossie Small Goff.
He was a member of Grand Avenue United Methodist Church, the Rotary Club of Texarkana, Arkansas, and the Anus de Equus Cabaluss.  He was a retired Army veteran, serving in the Korean War in the triple nine Artillery Battalion and in Vietnam in the 101st Airborne Rangers.
He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a Master's Degree in clinical psychology from Johns Hopkins University.
He was an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor at the Mental Health Center in Hot Springs, the State Deputy Director of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Little Rock for two years, and Executive Director of Red River Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Texarkana, Arkansas, for 17 years until his retirement in 1996.
He as predeceased by his parents and his brother, Gene Goff, all of Hot Springs.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Ann Holder Goff of Hot Springs; three sons, John Goff, Jr., of Hot Springs; Gene Goff and his wife, Anne, of Kutzenhausen, Germany, and Dean Goff of Hamburg, Germany; two daughters, Goff of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Vanessa Legere and her husband, Tom of Dallas, Texas; his niece, Kathleen Brooks of DesPeres, Missouri; and five grandchildren.  He also is survived by two half brothers, Glenn Goff and his wife, Pam, of Galveston, Texas, and Stanley Goff of Raleigh, North Carolina; one half sister, Celia Wildroot of Hot Springs; his stepmother, Jean Goff of Hot Springs; three stepchildren, Dianne Parker, Jennifer Outler, and Richard Gilliam and his wife, Vickie; and four step-grandchildren, all of Hot Springs...
A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 15, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home.  [Sentinel-Record] [Class of 1949]

Goodrum, Susan Jeanne Ellis - Susan Jeanne Goodrum went to be with her savior on May 23, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Leonard R. Ellis Jr. and Jeanne Pamplin Ellis of Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is survived by her husband William A. Goodrum Jr. (Buddy) and her three sons William A. Goodrum, III (Skip), Richard Allan Goodrum, Michael Waites Goodrum and numerous grandchildren.
She was born in 1945 in Hot Springs, Arkansas where she lived her entire life. After graduating from Hot Springs High School in 1963 she entered William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She was a charter member of the Alpha Phi Sorority and a lifelong supporter. She and Buddy Goodrum were married in 1968 in Hot Springs at First United Methodist Church.
Teaching was a passion and a love of Susan’s. Before her sons were born, she taught a year at Lakeside Elementary. She later continued her teaching career at St. John's School for one year, and 3rd grade at Greenwood and Gardner Elementary Schools for 17 years, retiring in 2000.
She loved music: teaching it, performing it, and sharing it. Susan served as choir director at First United Methodist Church for 7 years, and Oaklawn Methodist Church for three years. She loved being known as The Wedding Singer. Her Lord's Prayer and O Holy Night were her memorable staples.
Inheriting her father's political gene, Susan served as president of the Hot Springs Classroom Teachers Association, being the key contact for Senators Dale Bumpers and David Pryor. Having her mother Jeanne's gift for cooking, Susan was sought after for her "famous" Coconut Cream and Chocolate Pies.
Having concern for teens in Hot Springs, Susan became a member of CASA and through that program touched many lives. She and her favorite faithful canine companion Crockett also touched lives by participating in the Pet Therapy Group. They made a great team and were constant companions. She was also a very committed member of PEO and loved her many friends there.
She loved her church, First United Methodist, where she was a lifelong member. She was a charter member of the Helen Wilson Circle and helped found the Seekers Sunday School Class. She had "her pew" down front when she wasn't singing in the choir.
In 2013, Susan was the recipient of the Karen Rutledge Survivor Award for Community Service. This award was presented by Our Promise Cancer Resources.
Susan loved life and enjoyed doing many things, including but not limited to: Razorback anything, the race track on Fridays, bird watching, the Hot Springs Music Festival, Relay for Life, The Bridge House, leading the Twelve Days of Christmas (a family tradition) on Christmas Eve, her lake swing, her dog, her friends, her family and all her precious grandchildren.
She valiantly fought a long battle with cancer without complaint and always maintained that beautiful signature smile that we all loved. A visitation service for Susan will be held Tuesday, May 26th at Gross Funeral Home from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This will be followed by a celebration of her life at First United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27th. She will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to Our Promise Cancer Resources, 133 Harmony Park Circle, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913.    [from Gross Funeral Home online obituary]    [Class of 1963]

Graham, Joyce "Joy" Wheatley - Joyce "Joy" Graham, age 87, of Bonnerdale, died Sunday, July 17, 2011.
She was born on September 11, 1923, in Hot Springs, the daughter of Henry Ervin Wheatley and Dollie Belle Arman Wheatley. She was preceded in death by her husband, George F. Graham; her parents; her son, George C. Graham; and one sister, Loyce Myers.
She was a member of Pearcy Full Gospel Lighthouse.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Tina Graham of Bonnerdale; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Andrea L. Reppo Jones and John Jones of Havanna, Sandrea J. Harvey and Nancy and David Price all of Bonnerdale; thirteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Carolyn Garrett of Bonnerdale; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2011, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs with Sister Kathleen Griffin officiating.
Interment will be in the Mazarn Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs. [from Davis-Smith Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1940 photos]

Graves, Joyce Ann Lowder - Joyce Ann Lowder Graves, 68, of Hot Springs died Thursday, May 31, 2007, in a local hospital.
Born at Hot Springs to W. L. "Buster" and Lucille Hayes Lowder, she was a personal aide for First Step School, Avon representative, member of Avon's President Club, Park Extension Homemakers, the first Hot Springs Arts and Crafts Fair Committee, former member of Garland County Fair Board and originated the Garland County Fair Queen Contest.
Survivors include one son, Scott Graves of Hot Springs; one brother and sister-in-law, Phillip and Karen Lowder of Hot Springs; one sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Charles Hughes of Hot Springs; three grandchildren, Elijah Gipson Graves, Benjamin Scott Graves and Abram Stephens Graves; nieces; and nephews.
The service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Park Place Baptist Church with the Revs. Clarence Shell, Jr., and Jimmie Dale Johnson officiating.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Lowder, Tim Hughes, Chris Lowder, Paul Williams, John Hood and Quinton Lowder.
Honorary pallbearers are St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center ICU staff, Drs. Tim English, Vladimir Karpitsky and Robert Johnson, and Sgt. Maj. Martin Loy.
Burial will be in Morning Star Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hot Springs Funeral Home.    [Sentinel-Record, June 2, 2007]    [Class of 1956]

Green, William W. "Bill" - William W. "Bill" Green, age 66, of Hot Springs died Sunday, June 13, 1999, in a local hospital. He was born January 19, 1933, in Hot Springs to Waller Onis and Snoda Fleming Green. He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Marilyn Green Jones and Genevee Green Beasley.
Survivors include four children, Lizette Green of Nashville, Tennessee, Sgt. Wally Green of St. Louis, Missouri, Vail Green Carlson of Denver, Colorado, and Tom Green of Seattle, Washington; a sister, Barbara Arnold of Troy, Missouri; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. From 1954 to 1958, he served as a Naval Fighter Pilot aboard the USS Yorktown. A 1951 graduate of Hot Springs High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas and graduated from the U.A. School of Law in Fayetteville. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Garland County Bar Association and the University of Arkansas Alumni Association, a former member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, American Trial Lawyers Association and the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.
He was licensed to practice law before the Arkansas State Courts, United States District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Services will be Wednesday, June 16, 1999, at 10 a.m. at Gross Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, 1999. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Garland County Historical Society or to the American Heart Association.
Pallbearers will be Keith Arman, Bill Holloway, Darryl McGonagill, Donnie Keck, Larry Williams, James H. Williams III and Rickey Armstrong.
Honorary pallbearers are Drs. George P. Queen, Fred Heinemann and Greg St. John, ICU and Cardiac Care nurses of St. Joseph's Regional Health Center, Wanda Sallee, R.N., John Goff and members of the Garland County Bar Association. [from the Sentinel-Record, date unknown]    [Class of 1951]

Grisham, Don A. - Don A. Grisham, 84, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed away August 4, 2014. He was born June 28, 1930, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to the late Allen Rueben and Opal Larue (Chitwood) Grisham. Don combined his love of journalism and thoroughbred racing into a career that began with the Arkansas Democrat. He then served as a columnist for The Daily Racing Form for thirty four and one-half years. After retirement, Don performed media relations for Oaklawn Park Race Track. He won many lifetime honors for his journalism endeavors around the world, including his induction in 2009 into the Arkansas Walk of Fame. Each year on April 6, the City of Hot Springs recognizes Don’s contributions with “Don Grisham Day”.
Don is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Charlotte Hurst. He is survived by his wife, Iris Grisham of Hot Springs, Arkansas; brother Danny S. Grisham (Retta) of Steilacoom, Washington; brother-in-law Overton Hurst (Gayle) of Hot Springs, Arkansas and a host of nieces, nephews and their families.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. Service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Ellis and Bro. Mike Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Raymond Sebren, Carroll Endsley, Paul Kemp, Dwight Icenhower, Allen Hurst, Jerry Davis, and Pat Tanner.
Honorary pallbearers include Oaklawn Park Family; KSK Fraternity, Buddy and Pat Blass, L. E. Seba, Ken Buchannan and HSU Alumni.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Don Grisham Scholarship Fund at Henderson State University 1100 Henderson St, HSU Box 7540, Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71999-0001.    [from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary]    [Class of 1947]