Saturday, November 24, 2007


Got your note and posted. However, the address you gave me immediately bounced back my reply as "User unknown." Since I did a copy/paste on the address, your finger may have slipped. Write me direct at: .

Good to hear you're okay.

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Monday, November 12, 2007


Don Thompson

Thomas R. Brown, age 71 of Searcy, died Saturday, November 10, 2007 in Searcy. He was born Tuesday, September 15, 1936 in Searcy to Chester Dennis Brown and Laura (James) Brown.

He was a high school counselor for many years and a member of the College Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty Brown of Searcy; one son, Patrick D. Brown and wife Donna of Searcy; one daughter, Susan Brandon and husband Peter of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Tessa Brown, Taryn Brown, Hannah Brandon; and two brothers, Chester Alvis Brown of Memphis and James Donald Brown of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He is preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Laura Brown; and two sisters, Mary Sigler and Dorothy Clark. Visitation is Monday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at White County Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to the Harding University Scholarship Fund or the Searcy Childrens Home.


Don Thompson

I got word today that Tom Brown passed on Yesterday. He was a good
friend and classmate of mine.

Saturday, November 10, 2007


From Saturday's Searcy Daily Citizen:

Blessed with magnificent leadership

E.D. Yancey died on Friday, Nov. 2. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by family and friends. At his memorial service, Reynie Rutledge remarked, “We have come to the end of an era. For 75 years the Yancey family has been involved in banking, real estate interests and the construction business in Searcy. He was a business leader, community leader, political leader and church leader. He was born with a gift for leadership. He exercised that gift with grace, dignity, honor and honesty. This city is better because he lived among us."

Elmer Dale, early summer 2006, the SHS Class of 56 50th Reunion

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Hi guys!

I was just looking thru the Searcy memories site you have on the web, and I guess I had not looked at everything in there but, I did run across your pics of you when we were mere children and lo and behold those pictures of you both were as I remember you. We left Searcy such a long time ago, but it is fun to go back and remember a vital part of our youth. I once again thank you all for doing that.

I still miss ole Ernie. It is strange not to hear from him once in a while. I also notice pics of Sue Haney and I did not remember she was married to Larry Maness. I also saw pics of Rita Jo Dunn. As a kid I thought she was about the best looking thing I ever saw. I wonder whatever happened to her. I remember she married some coach that was older or something like that. I think they might have lived around here for a while. (Last I heard, she was living someplace like Minnesota. She has repeatedly stated that she has no intent of ever setting foot in this state ever again. Her upbringing here was not happy, especially not with every clown in the world – including once from me, I say to my shane – hitting on her. –tlp-)

I also saw a pic with Linda Palmer in with some others. She does live here and I see her every now and then. She is still pretty but has had a lot of health problems. I am going to try to attach a pic of her and others at her sister’s daughter’s wedding. It was held at Gilliam Farms over by Judsonia. My group played their wedding reception.

Hope this finds you both OK. I know Tom has been going thru some tough times, but he is tough. Stay in touch. as I enjoy hearing from you. Tom, I still hope to get your way soon. It seems as though every time I plan on driving down. something comes up here.

Gene Barnett

P.S. That is Linda Palmer looking at my sorry camera.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Elmer Dale (E.D.) Yancey

From the Searcy
Daily Citizen, 11/3/08

Elmer Dale (E.D.) Yancey, prominent Arkansas businessman and a Searcy native, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at his home. Born July 8, 1938, to the late E.O. and Louise Dobbins Yancey, he was a life long member of the First United Methodist Church in Searcy.

A 1956 Honor Graduate of Searcy High School, Yancey was an outstanding athlete, lettering in football, basketball and track. As a member of Arkansasâ first Little League Team, he later was a standout on Searcy’s American Legion Team. At the University of Arkansas, Yancey served as president of Sigma Chi Fraternity, was a member of Blue Key, Who’s Who in American Universities, Mortar Board, and
graduated cum laude with a degree in business in 1961. An officer in R.O.T.C., he served as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1961-1969.

Yancey was associated with his father in banking at First Security Bank in Searcy from 1961 thru 1981, and was a stockholder and member of the Board of Directors of First Security Bank and First Security Bancorp.

An avid golfer, Yancey enjoyed the camaraderie of the game with family and friends at some of the finest courses, and, in 1992, he realized a childhood dream when The Course at River Oaks, an eighteen hole course in Searcy’s River Oaks, was opened for play. As developer and general manager of River Oaks Subdivision, Yancey enjoyed every facet of the business.

Yancey was past president of Searcy Chamber of Commerce and was active for years on the board of Searcy Industrial Development Corp. He served as president for the Searcy Country Club, White County Community Foundation, the Kiwanis Club, the Robert Elliott Foundation, and was a Board Member of Central Arkansas Hospital. Yancey served as chairman of the board at First United Methodist Church in Searcy where he was active in the ministries of the church, taught in the Sunday school, and was a member of the Stark Sunday School Class. He received numerous awards, including Humanitarian of the Year from the Searcy Chamber of Commerce,
Sportsmanship of the Year from the Senior Golf Association and was inducted this year into the Searcy Public Schools Education Foundation Hall of Honor.

Yancey is survived by his wife Peggy Ann Yancey of Searcy, two daughters, Dr. Jennifer Boswell of Atlanta and Elizabeth Mauze and her husband Jim Mauze of St. Louis; three granddaughters, Maggie, Louisa, and Evie Mauze of St. Louis; a step-son, Davie Webb of Missouri, a step-daughter, Bobbie Ann McConnell of
Nebraska, and two step-grandchildren, Gracie and Landon McConnell of Nebraska.

A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church, 304 North Main in Searcy. Honorary pall bearers will be members of the Stark Sunday School Class. Cremation and arrangements are by Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home of Searcy.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to The Robert Elliott Foundation, 113 Emerald Lake Drive, Searcy; Searcy First United Methodist Church; or the Paws Inn Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 502, Searcy.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Sad News - 1956 Classmate Passing


Elmer Dale Yancey Searcy High School classmate of 1956 passed away this morning Friday, 11/02/07 at his new home at 7:20 AM. Elmer Dale & Peggy had just recently moved to a new location.

A memorial funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church, Searcy, AR. Tuesday 11/06, at 10 AM.

If you wish to send a card the new home address is: 300 River Bend, Searcy, AR 72143

E. D. had been ill for a few months, and his wife Peggy was with him when he passed away.

I don't have all of the details so I have included the web link for the Searcy Daily Citizen: