Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Kenneth Van Robertson

April 4, 1947 -- Sept. 9, 2007

  Kenneth Van Robertson, a native of Eureka Springs, died Sunday, Sept. 9 in Fayetteville. He was born on April 4, 1947 to Mildred and Louie Robertson, Jr.

  Robertson was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Eureka Springs Elk Lodge # 1042 and the American Legion. He earned his living as a carpenter working, most recently, for Stout Construction.

  Robertson is survived by his mother, Mildred Robertson, and his sister, Nancy, and her husband, Carl Westfall, of Berryhill, Okla.; his daughter, Christina, and her husband, Steven Talburt, of Skiatook, Okla.; and his son, Kenneth, Jr. and his wife, Amanda, of Oologah, Okla.

  Robertson has five grandchildren: Kristopher Robertson and Kristan Talburt of Skiatook, Okla.; Hayden Robertson of Oologah, Okla.; Amber Melendez of North Carolina; and Brooklyn Talburt of Schulter, Okla. He has two nephews, Casey and Corey Westfall of Berryhill Okla.

  Robertson was preceded in death by his father.

  Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Charles E. "Chuck" Crowder

Sept. 10, 2007

  Charles E. "Chuck" Crowder of Huntsville, a long-time resident of northwest Arkansas, died Monday, Sept. 10 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock.

  An afficionado of the simple things in life, Chuck enjoyed gardening and playing his Ibanez guitar.

  He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; his son, Charles Jr. of Huntsville; his daughter, Lisa Michelle Turner of Eagle Rock, Mo.; and his sister, Barbara Burke, and father, Robert, of Midwest City, Okla. He had four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  Cremation was handled by Beard's Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Fayetteville. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.

  Chuck was a U.S. Army combat veteran of the Vietnam era. He seldom shared his combat experiences, even with his closest friends. Those who knew Chuck can easily conjure his voice, singing "Paradise" by John Prine.

  When I die let my ashes float down the Green River

  Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam

  I'll be halfway to Heaven with Paradise waitin'

  Just five miles away from wherever I am.