June 16, Needs list for Denning/Etna Tornado Victims

Here is a piece of an article that appeared in the South West Times Record.

“Sheriff Anthony Boen confirmed Wednesday that Julie Holloway, 64, died Tuesday at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith.

Boen said the woman suffered broken bones and internal injuries when the May 25 tornado struck her mobile home in Denning. He said Holloway is the mother of a Fort Smith police officer.

Fort Smith Police Department spokesman Sgt. Daniel Grubbs said Cpl. Matthew Holloway has been with the department for 21 years.

Julie Holloway is the third Franklin County storm victim. Also killed were Melissa Cheryl Jackson, 42, of Etna and Teena Denise Evans, 35, of Denning.

A second tornado that night killed Johnson County residents Angel Pelts, 31, of Bethlehem and R.G. Baker, 65, of Strawberry.”

Our condolences go out to all of the families who have lost their loved ones to this disaster.


Yvonne has given us some more immediate needs for the Denning/Etna communities.

“Yvonne Case, coordinator of recovery with the county Emergency Management Department, said the community continues to accept donations of materials and volunteer labor.

Case said current needs include tarps, electric box fans, pet foods and Gatorade. Also in demand are cleaning supplies, heavy outdoor extension cords and garden hoses.

Both displaced residents and volunteers camping in the area need food preparation supplies like paper towels, paper plates, cups and plastic ware, as well as charcoal and small charcoal grills.

Other items include non-electric can openers and nails, gauze and adhesive bandages.

Donors in the Fort Smith area can drop off items at Harry Robinson Buick GMC, 6000 S. 36th St. Materials also will be accepted at Ozark City Hall or the Altus Middle School, Case said. Cash donations can be sent to Ozark Rotary, P.O. Box 603, Ozark AR 72949 or Altus Area Sunset Rotary Club, A.C. Muncrief, 5432 Karley Lane, Ozark AR 72949.”

Also, if you are interested in volunteering your time, the help is still much needed. Please contact

Elaine Carroll, Franklin County Emergency Management

Office: (479) 667-4909

Thank you to all of you who are helping this cause.

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