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Colleen Bailey requests prayers for her father, Terry Warren. He is undergoing rehab and care following a recent fall and blood clot. He has been paralyzed on the right side since a stroke 14 years ago. Cards can be sent to Terry and Madeline Warren, P.O. Box 275, Elm Springs, AR 72728.

Prayer request for Donna Thomas and son, Ron Phillips (with whom I live). I (Donna) am 80 and Ron is 59 years old. I broke my back two and one-half years ago and there are still two vertebrae that will not heal due to advanced osteoporosis so I'm in a wheelchair most of the time that I can be out of bed and Ron has neurological damage plus both knees and ligaments need replacing but the Veterans Administration keeps putting it off.

Death Notices

Arnold Lee Clauson of Denison, Texas, departed this life on April 26, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 23, 1944, in Hendricks, Minn., to Sam L. and Nellie Riley Clauson. Arnold married Patricia Panella on June 8, 1969, in Big Sandy, Texas. He served as a pastor for 40 years at Grace Communion International Church in Dallas and Denison, Texas. His hobbies were fishing, hunting, golf, woodworking and playing his guitar. He loved Erector sets. He moved to Grayson County 21 years ago from Cape Girardeau, Mo. Arnold will be remembered for his deep love of God and his family, his solid leadership, his exceptional organization and coordination skills, his fearlessness in the face of challenges and his selfless and steadfast humanity toward his fellow men and women. Many were touched by the warm smile and willing hand he extended to each person he met in his time on this earth. He is deeply missed.

Arnold is survived by his wife of the home, Patricia, his children, Sharyl Fahey and Jonathan of McKinney, Texas, Rachelle Clauson of San Diego, Calif., Stephanie Clauson of McKinney, grandchildren, Lissa Fahey, Thomas Fahey and Matthew Arnold Fahey, brother, Samuel Clauson and Bernice of Rapid City, S.D., many nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of friends. Preceding him in death are his parents, brothers, Lloyd, Caroll and Donald Clauson, and sisters, Marie Holman and Marilyn Zemlicka..

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Raymond Alan Kurr of Mounds, Okla., died unexpectedly May 2, 2014, at his home. Ray, founder and operator of Ray Kurr Window Cleaning in the Tulsa area for 38 years, was an ordained pastor. Ray, 58, was born in The Bronx, N.Y., Sept. 25, 1955. He was a musician, singing with his own choir and with many other music groups. He married the former Pam Clement July 4, 1976. Besides Pam, he is survived by four children: Brandi Cartwright (Dixon III "Trey") of Nacogdoches, Texas; Bridget Kurr (Laura) of Nashville, Tenn., Brittney Kurr of Mounds; Raymond Kurr II (Lindsey) of Tulsa; a grandson, Dixon "Cater" Cartwright IV of Nacogdoches; and one sister and one brother. The funeral was May 7 at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Bixby, Okla. The congregations Ray attended with his family included the Church of God Big Sandy and Tulsa Church of God. Memorials may be made to the Ray Kurr Scholarship Fund for Music Together classes. For more information go to or write

Glen Gilchrist, 59, area pastor of Living Church of God congregations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, died unexpectedly on April 27, 2014, of a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Diane, and two daughters, Laurel and Allison. Davy Crockett conducted a memorial service May 11 at Fife (Wash.) Community Center .

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Funeral Services for Loy Elton Oxley Sr., 83, of Shreveport, La., were May 03, 2014, at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel in Many, La., with the Rev. David Ogywn officiating. Burial followed in Warren Cemetery in Fisher, La. Loy was born July 16, 1930, in Sabine Parish, La. He passed away on April 25, 2014, at Willis-Knighton South in Shreveport, La.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tim and Ella Hayes Oxley. Loy is survived by his wife, Vera Oxley of Shreveport; three sons, Elton Oxley Jr. and David Lee Oxley of Lumberton, Texas, and Raymond Scott Oxley of Lancaster, Calif.; six daughters, Regina Rebich of Tyler, Texas, Judy Gray of San Antonio, Texas, Carolyn Evans of Shreveport, Myra Olen and Gloria Norris of Richardson, Texas, and Sabrina Matheny of Victoria, Texas; two sisters, Estell Bertrand of Bossier City, La., and Doris Broadway of Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, Aubury Oxley and Kenneth Oxley of Many; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

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Jeanette Ellen "Jan" Weinbrenner, 74, of Big Sandy died April 9, 2014. Jeanette was born on Jan. 26, 1940, in Momence, Ill. She was a member of the Church of God a Worldwide Association. Jeanette attended Ambassador College in Pasadena, Calif.

Jan was married to Loren Weinbrenner in June 1966 in Big Sandy. He preceded her in death in February 2014. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Raetz and Gladys Burdick, and her sister Sandy Heasley. Jeanette was a beloved mother who found great joy in tending to her flower garden and her children.

Surviving are her daughters, Melissa Weinbrenner of Mount Pleasant, Texas, and Lori and husband Terry Shipman of Big Sandy; her son, Jared and wife Angela Weinbrenner of Fort Worth, Texas; a brother, Jerry Raetz of Illinois; and sisters Sharon Kilpatrick and Chris Burdick of California and Lois Perry of Nevada. She also leaves behind six grandchildren: Brian Taylor, Arthur Taylor, Eric Taylor, T.J. Shipman, Charlotte Weinbrenner and Audrey Weinbrenner.

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Vernon Ray Damron, 83, of Russellville, Ark., passed away April 27, 2014, at his home. He was born June 30, 1930, in Maramec, Okla., to George Ronald and Arnel Lule Teague Damron. He graduated from Claremore High School. He married Betty Quick in Rogers County, Okla., in 1950. He received medals during his services in the Korean War as an Army Ranger 82nd Airborne. From 1952-73 Mr. Damron owned five retail businesses, from 1974-95 he owned Damron Ranch, from 1974-2010 he sold real estate and did sales and construction and from 1985-2010 he operated a real-estate-licensing school. His hobbies included skydiving, traveling with family and gardening. He was an elder in Living Church of God.

Mr. Damron was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Deborah Ruth Derrick; a son, Dustin Ray Gene Damron; and siblings Jocelle Hargus, Bobby Gene Damron and DeLois Mott. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Betty Damron; son-in law Jack Derrick of Atkins, Ark.; daughter MaDonna Damron of Russellville; son David Damron and wife Debra Damron of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; seven grandchildren and spouses; and 14 great-grandchildren. The funeral service was officiated by David Stiffler. A family-conducted memorial service was held in Russellville and officiated by Dennis Shipley.

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