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Classmates Obituaries - Letter T

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.

Taylor, Ella Mae Fuselier - Ella Mae Fuselier Taylor of Hot Springs went to be with the Lord on September 15, 2006, at Arkansas Hospice, a local hospital.
She was born in Deritter, Louisiana, on June 30, 1931, to Maurice and Ella Fuselier. She was a member of First Baptist Church having had many active years working with children at Second Baptist Church. Ella Mae retired from the Lakeside School System having served as secretary to primary and elementary principals for seventeen years.
Ella Mae leaves a husband of 58 years, C. R. "Bob" Taylor; daughter, Carol Rene Taylor of Hot Springs, Arkansas, daughter and son-in-law, Jana and Scott Becker of McKinney, Texas; two brothers, Johnny Janise of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Ernest Jay Fuselier of McDonough, Georgia; plus nieces; nephews; and two great-grandchildren, Juliet and Haley Branch.
She joins in Heaven her parents; her brother, Vernon Janise who was killed in action in World War II serving in the United States Army; sister, Genevieve Ferguson; and one grandson, Judd Branch.
Pallbearers will be Scott Becker, Kenneth Fuselier, Greg Monte, Ervin Thomson, Dick Wilkerson and Ron Holt.
Honorary pallbearers are Charles L. Fager, James Lacy, Dr. Martin Koehn, Dr. Ron Kaler, First Baptist Bible Learner Class and Arkansas Hospice nurses and staff.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, September 18, 2006, at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. John McCollum officiating.
Burial will be at Morning Star Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. [Sentinel-Record, September 17, 2006] [Class of 1949]

Taylor, Vera Holland - Vera K. Taylor, 75, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died Thursday, April 17, 2008. She was born July 7, 1932, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to the late Jim and Ruby Keller Holland. She was a member of Park Place Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 57 years Boyce R. "Bud" Taylor; one daughter, Vicki Brown and her husband Mac Thompson of Cabot, Arkansas; two sons, Micheal Taylor of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Mark Taylor and his wife Judy of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one sister, Tiny Kassaw and her husband Glenn of Hot Springs, Arkansas; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and many Nieces, Nephews and Friends. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Taylor; 3 sisters and 1 brother. Pallbearers will be Jim Boothman, Phillip Taylor, Terry Ford, Dwight Ford, Steve Ford, and Ronnie Ford. Honorary Pallbearers will be Glenn Kassaw, Rick Boothman, Chris Taylor, Loyd Wacaster, and Howard Mooney.  Funeral service will be at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home Chapel at 1:00 PM Monday, April 21, 2008, with Bro. Coy Samples and Bro. Jim Freeman officiating. Interment will be at Center Hill Cemetery in Hot Springs. [Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1950]

Thomas, William M. "Sonny" - William M. “Sonny” Thomas, 82, of Hot Springs, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Sonny was born August 17, 1930, in Kingsland. Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Seldon C. and Lola Doster Thomas and sister, Gladys Thomas Dexter, of Ohio.
Sonny is survived by his wife, Joann Langley Thomas, of Hot Springs; sister, Arnette Thomas Fischer and her family, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and several nephews and nieces.
Sonny retired from McKesson Corporation and the Garland County Assessor’s Office. Sonny was an avid fisherman and motorcyclist. He also enjoyed constructing and flying model airplanes.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 6, 2013, with services to follow at 11 a.m. at Central Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Arkansas Hospice Foundation, Central Baptist Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  [from Caruth-Hale-Funeral Home online obituary]  [Class of 1950]

Thompson, Carol Sue Ford - Carol Sue Thompson, 77, of Hot Springs passed away on Friday, September, 13, 2013. She was born on August 8, 1936, in Hot Springs to the late Carl W. Ford Sr. and Francis Marzelle Lockett Ford.
She was a member of First Baptist Church and had retired from Malvern Minerals as an executive secretary.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Jerry Thompson of Hot Springs; two sons, Michael (Jennifer) Thompson of Hot Springs and Gary (Melissa) Thompson of Memphis, Tennessee; one daughter, Kimberly Thompson of Hot Springs; one brother, Carl (Sheila) Ford Jr. of Hot Springs Village and eight grandchildren, Austin (Katie) Treadway, Connor Thompson, Courtney Thompson, Camryn Thompson, Chloe Thompson, Allison Thompson, Peyton Sweeney and Dylan Sweeney.
Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hot Springs Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Dr. John McCallum officiating.
Pallbearers will be Stanley Dodd, Gene Watson, Dale Hoggard, Ronnie Carter, Austin Treadway and Connor Thompson.
Honorary pallbearers are Hoyett Newsom, Thurman Braughton, Farris Spann, Harold Humphrey, Ronald Garner and the deacons of First Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Park. [from Hot Springs Funeral Home online obituary]    [Class of 1954]

Tillman, Charlotte Ann Vawter - Charlotte Ann Tillman, 80, of Royal passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012. She was born January 13, 1932, to the late Blanche Kearns Vawter and Hubert Vawter in Hot Springs.
Mrs. Tillman was a retired bookkeeper with Mountain Valley Water; a member of Piney Grove Methodist Church; Mary Martha Circle and WOW’s at Piney Grove United Methodist Church. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Harold Joe Tillman; one brother, Tommy Vawter and one sister, Patsy Poole.
Survivors include one son, Tom Tillman (Elaine George) of Canaan Valley, West Virginia; two daughters, Cathy (Bob) Hill of Bryant and Jeri (Clayton) Elmore of Royal; seven grandchildren, Trisha Porter, Brian Tillman, Robby Hill, Ryan Hill, Josie Hill, Amanda Elmore and Megan Elmore and five great grandsons.
Pallbearers are Clayton Elmore, Bob Hill, Robby Hill, Ryan Hill, Ric Poole and Orville Poole. Honorary pallbearers are doctors and staff of Arkansas Hospice Inpatient and members of Piney Grove Methodist Church.
Visitation will be 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Hot Springs Funeral Home. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Piney Grove United Methodist Church with Reverend Scott Gallimore officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens.    [from Hot Springs Funeral Home online obituary]    [Class of 1949]

Turley, Opal Eglenna Morgan - Opal Eglenna Morgan Turley passed away April 15, 2011. Opal was born May 22, 1931, in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. She was the daughter of John Homer Morgan and Myrtle Glenn Vaughn.
Opal graduated in 1950 from Jefferson Davis Hospital School of Nursing in Houston, Texas. In 1953 she passed the licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse. She earned a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Houston in 1957. Opal continued to work at Jeff Davis Hospital, primarily in Labor and Delivery, and became Head Nurse in 1954. From 1957 to 1963 she was employed at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. She departed St. Luke’s to work at Memorial Southwest Hospital, and remained there until 1970.
In 1973, Opal was diagnosed with Friedrich’s Ataxia, a disease that would present many physical challenges in her future. However, this new situation did not prevent her from enjoying life and pursuing her established hobbies. She enjoyed oil painting and produced upwards of 50 paintings during her lifetime. Opal was an accomplished seamstress: sewing for dolls, daughters and décor. Embroidery, gardening, cooking and reading were other activities she continued to enjoy and pursue. She had a lifelong interest in family history and was a wealth of information on genealogy and many other topics. She possessed indomitable courage in confronting the disease that slowly eroded her independence. Her wry sense of humor and bright spirit helped her cope, and helped others accept and cope with the circumstances as well.
She is predeceased by her husband, Harry Emerson Turley (June 25, 2010), and her sisters, Ruby Bernice Torres and Kay Ilene Morgan. She and Harry shared a loving and successful marriage of 55 years.
She is survived by her daughters: Leigh Ellen Emerson and partner Carlos Lifschitz, and Jeana Beth Christ and husband Douglas Leifeste. Opal also leaves behind many loving family members and lifelong friends.
In lieu of flowers, she and Harry would have been delighted if charitable contributions in their name were to be made to either "The Seeing Eye" (guidedogs for the blind) or to your local library. [from Eickenhorst Funeral Home online obituary]   [Class of 1950]

Turpin, Patricia Ann Moore - Patricia Ann Turpin, 70, of Hot Springs died Friday, December 27, 2002, in a local hospital.
Born March 17, 1932, at Hot Springs to Gladys Mae and Roland W. Moore, she was a member of Grand Avenue Methodist Church, active in Hot Springs Class Reunion plannings for Class of 1950 and past volunteer at St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center.  She was predeceased by her husband, Robert C. Turpin, Sr., and one son, Robert C. Turpin, Jr.
Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Carol Bryant and Tricia and Greg Taylor all of Hot Springs; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Etta and Bruce Willis of Huntsville, Alabama, Connie and Roger Buckley of Gulf Shores, Alabama; three granddaughters, Crystal Carpente,r Brittany Taylor, and Catherine Bryant all of Hot Springs; and two grandsons, Trey Turpin of Carrollton, Texas, and James Bryant II of Hot Springs.
The service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Gross Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Eric Capaci officiating.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. John Bond, Glenda Hartley RN, Teresa Noblett RN, Gail Phillips RN, National Park Medical Center Home Touch Health Care, Gospel Light Baptist Church, Betty and Carl Merritt, Burla Love, and Teeney Toatley.
Memorials may be made to Gospel Light Baptist Church or St. Joseph's Mercy Health Foundation.  [Sentinel-Record; date unknown] [Class of 1950]