Retha Iona Russell Strum Obituary:
Funeral Date: 3/14/2006
Retha Iona Russell Strum, age 97, of Houston, Texas formerly of Warren, Arkansas died Friday, March 10,at Herman Memorial Hospital. She was born January 11, 1909 in Warren, Arkansas a daughter of the late Poad Russell and Ophelia Ottman Russell. She was a homemaker and a member of Harmony Freewill Baptist Church. Two husbands preceded her in death Alvin Beckham in 1937 and Fred Strum in l960. Surviving are 2 sons Dewey Beckham, Monticello, Ark. and Don Chapin, Cleburn, Tex; 2 daughters Essie Harrell and Bobbie Ozell Doty both of Houston, Tex; 1 brother Nora T. Russell, Rye, Ark; 2 sisters Ora Lee Cotton, Pine Bluff, Ark. and Wyoma Scifres, White Hall, Ark; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. A son Melvin Beckham, 3 bothers Eroy Russell, Don Russell and Dow Russell, 2 sisters Lucy Lowe and Mona Wilson also preceded her in death. Funeral services were 2:00pm Tuesday, March 14, at Frazerís Chapel with Reverend Joe Morphis officiating. Janice Sullivan played the organ. Active pallbearers were Chad Bradley, Brandon Bradley, Jimmy Adair, Kalvin Garrett, Matt Garrett, Leonard Hunter. Burial was in Union Cemetery at Rye by Frazerís Funeral Home.