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Obituaries June 25, 2006

Dr. Norman Parker

J. Norman Parker, D.O., of Camp Verde, died June 2, 2006, in Prescott following a lengthy illness.

Norm was the only child of James N. and Oliver Hoffman Parker, born July 2, 1923, in Yeadon, Pa. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served as an anti-tank gunner in the 3rd Army, 304A Tank Company, in the European theater of World War II.

After completing his medical education at Franklin Marshall, Lancaster, Pa., and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he interned and completed his residency in radiology in Grand Rapids, Mich. He then moved to Phoenix, where he practiced both in a private office setting and in multiple hospitals. He retired to Camp Verde in 1990.

The last five years he played the "gut bucket" with different musical groups in the Verde Valley area and was known as "Thumper."

Norm is survived by his life partner Donna and their children Sandra, Scott, Linda, Misty and Lance, as well as five grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be Sunday, July 2, at 1 p.m., at the VFW Post 6739, Camp Verde. A ceremony by the Color Guard is at 2 p.m. All will be welcomed.

Bessie R. Schwartz

Bessie Rosabelle Schwartz, 76, of Cornville, died June 20, 2006. Bessie was born on Sept.1, 1929, in Nashville, N.C., to William and Lena (Matthews) Greene.

Bessie and her family owned and operated a restaurant in Rockford, Ill. Bessie worked for Bashas' for 26 years in the bakery; working at all three Verde Valley locations; Camp Verde, Cottonwood and Sedona. Bessie will be remembered by many as the sweet lady who handed out samples of cookies to the children passing by.

She was a member of Cottonwood Assembly for the past 26 years and a member of Faith Center in Rockford, Ill., before moving to Arizona. Bessie served as a grade school teacher, Sunday school teacher; teaching for Vacation Bible School, Women's Ministries and was very talented in writing poetry and plays.

Bessie leaves behind her sons, Ronald E. Schwartz (Karen), of Rockford, Ill., and Bill Schwartz Jr. (Melanie), of Cottonwood; her daughters, Pat Olsen, of Cornville, and MaryAnn Dixon (Mark), of Cottonwood; her brother, Oliver, of North Carolina; her sisters, Goody of New Jersey, Anna Mae of Illinois, Esther of Missouri, Sue of Illinois, and Sharry of Illinois; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Visitation will be Tuesday, June 27, from 6-8 p.m. at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood. Funeral Services will follow Wednesday morning, June 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Assembly of God, 750 E. Mingus Ave., in Cottonwood. Bessie will be laid to rest at the Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale.

An online guestbook is available at

Arthur Earl Greenrock

Arthur Earl Greenrock, 45, of Camp Verde, died June 6, 2006. Arthur was born April 6, 1961, in Phoenix, to the late Viola and Sidney Greenrock. Arthur enjoyed motorcycles, horseback riding, and camping. Arthur loved kids as well as being a kid. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Alice Greenrock; his children, Dennis, Jimmy, Sidney, Deborah and Bonnie; his brothers, Eugene of Sacramento, Sidney, Jr. of Camp Verde, Chester of Camp Verde, and Billy of Camp Verde; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services were held. Bueler ­ Hepler Funeral Home assisted the family.