rier- Journal writer came here and interviewed several of our residents, asking them where they were and what their reactions were to the President's announcement of the war's end. My breakfast buddy, Dr. Nolan Howington, who was a captain in the Army's 69th infantry in Europe, said,"There was a great deal of excitement, a great deal of joy throughout the camp." Others in our facility who were interviewed were Joseph Mullen, Glen Yeager, and Robert Broskey.ż0aWe at the Atria Stony Brook are proud that our facility is the only location the statue will be shown in Kentucky on its way from California to Washington, D.C.ż0aAs the reporter did not interview me about my role in the War Effort, I am bound to write what I remember.ż0aI graduated high school in March, 1943. Two of our classmates were already in the service. One told me after he came back from the war,"I laid in my bunk at Great Lakes Naval Training Station and bawled like a baby the night you all were graduating." I said, "We all had tears in our eyes when your daddy came out of the audience and accepted your diploma."ż0aLooking back all those years, I think how very young those young sailors, soldiers, and marines were! I still get tears. Of course, all the rest of the boys in our class went. Several of them were members of the Boy Scout Troop whose Scoutmaster was my brother, Neil. Every morning before breakfast, all through the war, Neil mentioned his Scouts, and asked God to protect them. Every one of them got back.ż0aOn August 14, 1945, I had just celebrated my 20th birhday. I was teaching thirteen children in the one-room Wilson school twenty-three miles from home on the North Side of Green River, in Butler County, near Welch's Creek.ż0aMany qualified teachers had gone to the Services or War Work, so they let anybody who had graduated high school teach school on an emergency certificate. I learned much more about teaching those two years I taught without training or certification than I would have any other way. But I digress.ż0aI wrote to many of my friends who were servicemen, and they wrote me interesting letters. One of my correspondents was Neel Tanner, who was the editor of the school newspaper, "The Blue Mike," that he and I were instrumental in getting started. I was assistant editor, but in reality, I did the editing and he loved to write editorials. In fact, he would often write me pages and pages each night on various subjects. That was what kids used to do before the Internet and Video Games entered the picture.ż0aNeel was troubled about our using the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He wrote," I think using the atom bomb is out of bounds, even with Hell for the skirmish line, and the Devil for the referee."ż0aJust recently I saw a picture of the beautiful, modern city of Hiroshima on my computer and I wished Neel were alive so I could tell him, "See, it wasn't as permanent as we originally feared."ż0aI did not know that my future life-long love was caring for those planes that carried the atom bombs from the Island of Tinian. I am so glad President Truman ended the war quickly and saved a million lives, particularly the life of Harold Rice.ż0aI was walking through a cow pasture on the way to my boarding place after school with a fourth grade student when I heard about the war's end. Nobody was there to kiss me, but when I went back to college the next year, the influx of veterans made the campus infinitely more interesting.ż0aI saw a cartoon on the Internet today that said,"At Thanksgiving we pause to give thanks to God for the things we have; on Memorial Day we pause to give thanks to God for the people who fought for the things we have."ż0aI look forward to Friday's celebration of "A Kiss to Remember,"  I cherish the memory  of those loves I hope to meet one day soon. And I am so very thankful for  those who gave their lives.ż0a      ż0aĦĦautoĦautoĦ21ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ4Ħ49ĦpmĦ2ĦĦ2ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2ĦJune RiceĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2012052510449ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦda, third in 2:22.30.ż0aIn the 1600 Patricio was first in 3:56.02, Maya second 5:15.84 and Edgar Torres third in 5:21.33.ż0aż0aPatricio and Maya teamed with Hugo Hernandez and Adrian Hernandez to win the 3200 relay in 9:34.17.ż0aż0aTo read the complete article, please see the March 13 edition of The De Queen Bee.ĦĦautoĦautoĦ25ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ1Ħ13ĦpmĦ6ĦĦ2ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2014031310113ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ 2254Ħ1394807771Ħ6Ħ1394807771Ħ6Ħ3Ħ6Ħ2014ĦFrom March 6 editionĦNorman Turnerż0aNorman C. Turner, age 64, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at his home.ż0aż0aHe was born to Harold Lee and Mae Velma Smith Turner in De Queen July 20, 1949. He was a former employee of Zachary, Inc., Victoria, Texas, where he served as foreman. He was a veteran of Vietnam having served in the U.S. Army.ż0a ż0aFuneral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family received friends at Chandler Funeral Home Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5-7 p.m.ż0aż0aYou can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.ż0a
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ż0aż0aDean Johnsonż0aJohn Dean Johnson, Sr., age 70, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.ż0aż0aHe was born to Joe Michael Johnson, Sr., and Mary Bernice Stricker Johnson in De Queen April 17, 1943. He served in the military with the National Guard, and was a retired employee of Pilgrim’s Pride. He was an active member of the Union Community Church.ż0aż0aThe family received friends and family at Union Community Church, De Queen on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 6-7:30 p.m.ż0aMemorial services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Ligon officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Union Community Church, c/o Chloe Young, 161 Johnson Bridge Road, De Queen, AR 71832.ż0aż0aYou can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.ż0a
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ż0aż0aGlenn Rainer, Sr.ż0aGlenn Edwin Rainer, Sr., age 87, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at his home.ż0aż0aHe was born to Lawrence and Mattie Brown Rainer in Lamesa, Texas Dec. 16, 1926. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a retired truck driver as well as manager of truck terminals for over 30 years. He was a Baptist and attended First Baptist Church of De Queen.ż0aż0aVisitation was held Friday, Feb. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Cremation followed.ż0aYou can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.ż0a
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ż0aż0aDwayne Griffinż0aEstess Dwayne Griffin, age 76, a resident of Falls Chapel, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at his home.ż0aż0aHe was born to Estess Lee and Dixie Ann Penney Griffin at Hot Springs Sept. 4, 1936. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Lockesburg.ż0aż0aGraveside memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 in the Falls Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Wesley Blankenship officiating.ż0aIn lieu of flowers you can send a memorial to Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, the American Cancer Society or Gideons International.ż0aYou can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.ż0a
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ż0aż0aHubert Williams, Sr.ż0aHubert Thomas Williams, Sr., age 84, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 in De Queen.ż0aż0aHe was born Jan. 29, 1930 in De Queen. He received his ROTC commission from Henderson State in 1952; served in Korea and was a captain in the inactive reserves. He was an educator for 36 years as a coach, teacher and administrator. He was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen.ż0aż0aFuneral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Roy Conatser, Micah Martin and Brent Young officiating. Burial followed in Chapel Hill Cemetery.ż0aż0aThe family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the funeral home in De Queen.ż0aYou can register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.ż0a
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ż0aż0aMrs. Pam Gistż0aMrs. Mary Pamela “Pam” Cartwright Gist, age 66, a resident of Wilton, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 in the Christus St. Michael Hospital.ż0aż0aShe was born to L.C. “Buddy” and Shasta T. Reed Cartwright in Texarkana March 5, 1947. She worked in medical records for various nursing homes, including the Little River Nursing Home, and was an associate of Walmart in Ashdown. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her parents.ż0aż0aFuneral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014 in the First Baptist Church of Foreman with Rev. Duane Blackmore and Bro. Chris Clayton officiating.ż0aż0aThe family received friends Sunday, March 2 from 2-4 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home.ż0aYou can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.ż0a
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ż0aż0aArchie D. Jonesż0aArchie Dale Jones, age 89, a resident of Dierks, died Monday, March 3, 2014, in Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville.ż0aHe was born April 4, 1924 in Howard County. He was a retired Millwright for Weyerhaeuser, a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and a World War II Army veteran.ż0aż0aThe family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 at the funeral home in Dierks.ż0aYou can register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.ż0a
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ż0aż0aMrs. Oma Vannż0aMrs. Oma Faye Ensey Vann, age 70, a resident of Gillham, died Monday, March 3, 2014 at Dierks Health and Rehab in Dierks.ż0aShe was born to Alexander and Gertie Combs Ensey in Ringold, Okla., Jan. 16, 1943. She wa