Obituaries from


(and other various articles)


Compiled by Debbie Yates


August-September 2003



The following information was compiled from old copies of the Earle Enterprise, housed at the Crittenden County Museum in Earle, Arkansas.  The museum is open each Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.


Please note that writing styles have changed significantly throughout the years. The articles have been extracted in the words as they appeared.  Some spellings and typographical errors have been corrected to improve readability.


A special thank you to Richard Wood, Director, for his kindness and hospitality during this project, and for allowing access to these records.


Crittenden County Museum

Richard Wood, Director

P O Box 644

1112 Main Street

Earle, AR  72331


Phone (870) 792-7374



Nine complete years are included in this collection: 

1949, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1961 and 1962

Copies for the years 1950, 1952, 1956, 1959 and 1960 are missing. 

Miscellaneous loose sheets

have been included.


James Walter Holt Obituary


Obituaries for Crittenden Memorial Park - Marion


All Years Combined

(WARNING: This page is large and loads slowly)



Earle Enterprise, Earle, Arkansas

C. I. Phelps, Editor

Ruth Phelps, Associate Editor

Mrs. Wrenn Phelps, Society

Published every Friday by Phelps Printing Company at Earle, Ark.




From “A History of Crittenden County, Arkansas” by Margaret Elizabeth Woolfolk


            The Earle Enterprise was started by the former Marion Reform editor, Henry McNeil (Uncle Henry) Phelps on October 5, 1907.  Phelps, who hailed from White County, had been a typesetter for the Memphis Appeal when it was a small daily and its type was set by hand.  He also is credited with helping to found the Harrisburg News, the Cross County Gazette at Wynne, the Imboden Gazette, the Lake Village News, the Marked Tree Gazette and the West Memphis Accelerator, all Arkansas publications.


            The first Earle Enterprise was set by hand and printed on a small Army-surplus printing press.  Phelps’s plant first was located at Norvell, then moved to Earle.  Early issues had six columns on one page.  A few months after starting the paper, Phelps installed a Washington hand press, and in March, 1910, modernized with a cylinder press.


            Phelps was editor-publisher of the Earle Enterprise until his death in 1948.  Publication then was continued by his sons, Charles I. and Wrenn A. Phelps.  When Wrenn Phelps died in 1949, his widow, Mrs. Ruth Phelps, took over his interests. In 1957, Charles Phelps left the paper and from that time until publication stopped in 1962, it was operated by Mrs. Ruth Phelps and her son, Wrenn A. Phelps, Jr.




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