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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cara "Gene" Eugene McClung

July 1, 1925 -- Feb. 23, 2008

  Cara "Gene" Eugene McClung, 82, of Holiday Island, died on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Washington Regional Medical Center.

  He was born July 1, 1925 to Cara A. and Novel (Whitlock) McClung in Carter, Okla.

  Just after graduating from Central High School in Oklahoma City, he joined the Navy, enlisting and training to be a pilot. However, WW II ended before he completed his training.

  On Jan. 26, 1946, Gene married his high school sweetheart Onita Burleson. To this union two children, Kay and Rick, were born. The family lived in Oklahoma City while Gene worked full-time and went to law school at night.

  Gene's career was always in the energy industry. Starting as a draftsman for The Superior Oil company, he quickly worked his way up to become a scout. While working as a scout, he also obtained a law degree from Oklahoma City University. When the Superior Oil company closed its Oklahoma City offices, Gene became an independent petroleum landman. He eventually led his son and grandson to the industry as well.

  In 1992, he and Onita retired to Holiday Island. They were led by their love of golf. They joined the Holiday Island Presbyterian Church.

  Gene was preceded in death by his parents.

  He is survived by his loving wife Onita, of the home; one brother, DeVota McClung and wife Helen of Del City, Okla.; one sister, DeLena Wakelee and husband Dale of Choctaw, Okla.; two children, Kay Hall and husband Lyle of Denver, Colo. and Rick McClung and wife Kimi of McAlester, Okla.; three grandchildren, Nicole Hall and Craig Hall of Denver. Colo. and Patrick McClung and wife Ashleigh of Yukon, Okla.; two great-grandchildren, Cailin and Adelaide McClung; nieces and nephews; and several other family members and friends.

  Contributions can be made to Holiday Island Presbyterian Church building fund.


Virginia Bernice Roberts

Dec. 15. 1925 -- Feb. 20. 2008

  Virginia Bernice Roberts, 82, died at Brighton Ridge Nursing Center in Eureka Springs on Wednesday, Feb. 20. She was born on Dec. 15, 1925 at Green Forest, a daughter of Dyra and Lyda (Houston) Jones. She was a member of Cedar Valley Assembly of God at Hollister, Mo. She spent most of her life in Omaha before moving to Eureka Springs. Before her retirement, she worked for more than 30 years as an inspector at Branson Manufacturing Co.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Olen Roberts, who died in 1986; her parents; four sisters, Helen Poor, Violet Jones, and two infant sisters; and three brothers, C.R. Jones, Herman Jones and Jack Jones.

  She is survived by her son and his wife, Hubert D. and Sarah Roberts, of Eureka Springs; a grandson and his wife, Matthew Dean and Janelle Roberts, of Owasso, Okla.; a brother, Kenner Jones, of Oregon; two great-grandsons, Hamilton and Harrison Roberts; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

  A funeral service was held on Feb. 23 at Holt Memorial Chapel in Harrison with Pastor Tommy Jones officiating. Burial was in Enon Cemetery near Omaha. Pallbearers were Warren Woods, Jim Boone, Tommy Anderson, Steven Hattabaugh, Harold Young and Eugene Young. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Joe Jones, Tony Jones, Tommy Jones, Ronnie Jones, Rodney Jones and Donald Young.