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OBITUARIES

 

 

 

 

Charlie E. Tadlock

Mr. Charlie E. Tadlock, age 65, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

He was born November 29, 1949, in De Queen. He was a truck driver and farmer. He enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Mr. Tadlock was preceded in death by his parents, C.F. “Red” and Lafaye (McCormick) Tadlock; one son, Michael Tadlock and one sister-in-law, MaDonna Scott Tadlock.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta (Hudson) Tadlock; three daughters and sons-in-law, Gayla and Charles McWhorter of Warren, Arkansas, Shannon and Mark Wilson of Cove, Arkansas and Tracey and Josh McConnell of Grannis, Arkansas; one son, Charlie B. Tadlock also of Grannis.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Connie and Jerel Jones of Gillham and Debbie and Lyndon Jefferson of Gilmer, Texas; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ricky and Glenda Tadlock of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Ronnie Tadlock of Gillham; ten grandchildren, Brittney Bruner, Logan Poole, Garet Wilson, Natalie, Sydney and Harlie Wilson, Allie and Lillie Faye McWhorter and Skyler and Charlie “Bebo” Tadlock; his uncles and aunts, Melvin and Laura Tadlock of Idabel, Oklahoma, Waylon and Wanda McCormick of Grannis, Vanell Smith of Jal, New Mexico and Jan Tadlock of Grannis; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 28, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will follow in Mineral Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, August 27th at the funeral home.

The family will be at the home of Loretta Tadlock, 9032 Hwy 71 S. in Grannis.

Memorials may be made to Baylor Healthcare System Foundation, 3600 Gaston Ave. Barnett Tower, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75246. One donor can save up to 8 lives. We can honor his memory by registering to be an organ donor.

 

 

 

E. Beth (Young) Brooks

 

Mrs. E. Beth (Young) Brooks, age 72, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born December 20, 1942, in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Horatio Church of Christ.

Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by her parents, William Thomas and Edna Pearl Sims Young; and four sisters, Louise Power, Corine Ayers, Ruby Rust and Verna McGough.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Brooks of Winthrop; one daughter and son-in-law, Michelle “Shelly” and Jim Crenshaw of Cerro Gordo, Oklahoma; one son and daughter-in-law, Barry Todd and Lee Ann Brooks of Winthrop, Arkansas; a sister, Inez Taylor of Lockesburg, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Baylee Crenshaw and Bradi Kae Brooks; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Brooks will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Virgil Romine, Cy Davis and Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Pauley Cemetery Fund c/o Horatio State Bank, P.O. Box 347, Horatio, AR 71842 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

 

Thelma Jean Lee

Ms. Thelma Jean Lee, age 84, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at her home.

She was born to George Emmuel and Dovie Julia Scroggins Lee in De Queen, Arkansas, on April 12, 1931. She was a retired restaurant cook, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the New Zion Baptist Church, and attended the Faith and Deliverance Church. She enjoyed ironing, singing, traveling, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by parents, and her siblings, Blanche Lee, Grace Lee, Margaret Parker, and Willie Mae Williams.

She is survived by two sons, Ruben “Butch” Lee and Terry Lee both of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Sherrie Lynn and Patrick Grant of De Queen, three sisters, Geraldine Desmond, Irene Daniels, and Jane McCoy all of De Queen, seven grandchildren, J. J. Hendrix, Kendall Hendrix, Caleb Grant, Courtney Russell, Damontre Grant, Deaudrea Smith, and Patrick McKinney, two great-grandchildren, Sophia, and Serenity, a special friend, Hubert Phillips of Horatio, and a number of nieces and nephews

Funeral Services for Ms. Thelma Lee will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 29, 2015 in the First Assembly of God Church in De Queen with Rev. Patrick Grant, and Pastor Jamie Erby officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, August 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Delia Hendrix

Delia Hendrix, age 76, a lifelong resident of De Queen, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015 at McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, Texas.

Delia was born September 9, 1938 in Edinburg, Texas. She is the daughter of the late Elijio and the late Bernardina (Moreno) Ruiz. She was retired from the De Queen School System and was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth J. Hendrix; one son, Smith Henry Hendrix and one brother, Adan Ruiz.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Hendrix and Russell Hendrix; four siblings, Eva Longoria, Maria Ruiz Kearns, Elijio Ruiz, Jr. and Rolando Ruiz; special friends, Fernando and Mica Lopez, Victor and Denise Sanchez, Vanessa Simmons and Emily Lopez and numerous goddaughters and friends.

A visitation including the Holy Rosary will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 26th at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen.

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Hendrix will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, August 27, 2015 in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarres officiating. Cremation will follow.

 

 

Dan Bohannon

Mr. Dan Douglas Bohannon, age 77, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, August 24, 2015, in the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Shreveport, La.

He was born to Carl Claude and Hazel Leona Haskett Bohannon in Houston, Texas, on August 10, 1938. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U. S. Army. He served as color guard while stationed in Germany for President John F. Kennedy. He was a former employee for KCS, a former machinist, and was a retired truck driver for Southern Refrigerated Transportation Industry He was a member of the Barfield Hunting Club, and enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. Most of all he cherish the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of over 51 years, Varda McDonald Bohannon of Horatio, two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug Bohannon and Andrea Jones of Horatio, Arkansas, and Larry and Michelle Bohannon of Gillham, Arkansas, a daughter and son-in-law, LaJuana “Missy” and John Lindsey of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, four grandchildren, Stefany her husband, David Neal of Athens, Arkansas, Gina, and her husband, Corey Mire of Horatio, Arkansas, Hannah Lindsey and Matthew Lindsey both of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, three Great-grandchildren, Emily Neal and Sarah Neal of Athens, Arkansas, and Cooper Bohannon of Horatio, a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Barbara Bohannon of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Dan Bohannon will held Friday, August 28th at 2:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Chapel with Rev. George Crumbly officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Thursday, August 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Randall Lee “Randy” Crow

Mr. Randall Lee “Randy” Crow, age 63, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, August 23, 2015 at his home.

He was born September 26, 1951 in Ashdown, Arkansas. He restored classic cars, was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Old Time Gospel Church in Lockesburg.

Randy was preceded in death by his mother, Etta Lee Bowman; a son, Randall Allen Crow; and two brothers, Danny Crow and Ronald Crow.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Roberts Crow of De Queen; two sons, Josh Crow and Gene Crow, both of De Queen; his dad and step-mother, Kenneth and Betty Crow of Provo, Arkansas; five sisters, Sheila Marts of Stigler, Oklahoma, Labetha Leeper of Nashville, Arkansas, Cheryl Beck of Portland, Oregon, Monnie Moore and Susie Fugate, both of Sutherlin, Oregon; one brother, Larry Bowman of Texarkana, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Brandon Allen Crow, Jalissa Marie Crow and Lexie Crow; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Crow will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Lockesburg.

 

Ethel Anner Hill Lott

Mrs. Ethel Anner Hill Lott, age 95, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, August 21, 2015, in Dierks Health and Rehab in Dierks, Arkansas.

She was born November 11, 1919 in Newhope, Arkansas. She was homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God in Dierks.

Mrs. Lott was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Henderson “Slim” Lott; two sons, Clayton and Grady Lott; one daughter, Willow Staggs; one grandchild and eight siblings.

She is survived by three sons, Arvel Don Lott of Dierks, Jay Lott of Lockesburg and Ronald Junior Lott of Ashdown, Arkansas; two daughters, Helen Holloway of Dierks and Hazel Pinson of Nashville, Arkansas; twenty grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren and several great great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Lott will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 24, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Bro. John Henry Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Lockesburg Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 23rd at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

 

Bernard Loyd Esarey

 

Mr. Bernard Loyd Esarey, age 90, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, August 20th in the Christus St. Michael Health System.


He was born to Sol and Wynema Sprinkle Esarey, on October 20, 1924, in Mooresville, Indiana. He was a veteran of the World War II, having served in the U. S. Navy, where he was a purple heart and bronze star recipient. He was a retired welder, mechanic, and a sheep rancher. He was a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church of De Queen, and enjoyed fixing things, hunting, fishing, camping and being outdoors. He was a gun collector, and reloaded his own ammo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Barbara Ann Bruner, and a daughter, Jeannie West.

He is survived by two daughters: Pam Smith of De Queen, and Sandy Cowling of Dunedin, Florida, five grandchildren, Brandy Meek Stephenson and Clint Meek (Misty) all of North Fort Myers, Florida, Jarrod Corn (Lauren) of Kansas City, Missouri, Slade Cowling (Kristi) of Tampa, Florida, and Sean Cowling (Tonya) of De Queen, five great-grandchildren, Dalton Stephenson, Jayse Meek, Ryker Meek, Kahlia Meek, and Harper Cowling, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mr. Bernard Loyd Esarey will be held Saturday, August 29th in the Chapel Hill Baptist Church, De Queen at 2:30 P.M., with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.


 

 

 

Patricia Doloris (Parker) Hatcher

"Oh, that will be Glory for me, Glory for me, Glory for me. When by His Grace I shall look on His face. That will be Glory, be Glory for me.” and on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the age of 70, that's exactly what it was....Glory for Patricia Doloris (Parker) Hatcher as she met her Savior face to face.

Patricia was born on May 31, 1945 to Virgil and Ruby Jo (Rayburn) Parker at the Naval Base Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma. During her early years she was active in Girl Scouts of America and began playing the piano and flute. She lived in many towns in Oklahoma and Texas before coming to Durant in 1958. While in the Durant High School Band, she met a fellow flute player named Bobby Hatcher, whom she described as “my best friend and the only boy I ever loved”. It was while she was in high school that she began teaching piano lessons. Patricia graduated from Durant High School in May 1963 and then began attending Southeastern State College (now SOSU). Bobby and Patricia were married on June 5, 1964 at Fairview Baptist Church, and they celebrated 51 years of marriage this year. Their duet became a trio on July 31, 1966 when they welcomed their firstborn, Melany, into their home. Patricia completed her college education, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. On April 27, 1970, the trio became a quartet with the birth of their daughter, Stefani.

Bobby and Patricia's love for the Lord and love for music merged as they began to serve in Baptist churches in Bryan and Marshall counties in the capacity of music director and pianist. Patricia's love for music grew exponentially when she auditioned for and was accepted into the Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma. Patricia and Bobby traveled all over the world together with the Singing Churchwomen and Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma....sharing their love of music and their love of Jesus with everyone they met. From 1976 until their retirement in 2003, Patricia and Bobby also owned and operated Price’s Quality Printing, Inc. where she was the chief financial officer. Rarely apart, after retiring from the printing business and from teaching piano lessons, Patricia loved traveling with Bobby in their motor home and checking on their “four-legged children and grandchildren” in a nearby pasture. Patricia loved her family and was never without the newest school pictures or a new grandchild story. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Durant.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Bobby, of the home; daughter and son-in-love, Melany and Hank Patterson of Durant; daughter and son-in-love, Stefani and Max Jones of De Queen, AR; nine grandchildren: Zach Albin of Arkadelphia, AR; Korey Hill of Stillwater, OK; Blake Hill of Okemah, OK; Chelsea (Jones) Diaz and husband, Daniel of Harrison, AR; Jessica (Patterson) Wakefield and husband, Nathan, of Norman, OK; McKenzie Jones of De Queen, AR; Emily Hill of Durant, OK; Sylvia and Eleanor Patterson of Tishomingo, and two great-grandchildren: Remington Hill of Okemah, OK and Gracey Albin of Benton, AR; sister-in-law, Anna (Hatcher) Canady of Sherman, TX; niece, Neva Damron of Howe, TX; nephew, James Canady and wife, Kristie and sons Thomas and Brian of McKinney, TX; uncle and aunt, Ernest and Gereta Hatcher of Bokchito, OK; and numerous other family members, church family, Singing Churchwomen Sisters, and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Virgil and Ruby Jo Parker; her father- and mother-in-law, Arvil and Bobbie Ruth Hatcher; and her brother-in-law, Jimmy Hatcher.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, at the Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home in Durant. A celebration service to honor her life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 22, at Calvary Baptist Church, Durant, with Bro. Darel Bunch and Bro. James Poulain officiating.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Bus Fund, Calvary Baptist Church, PO Box 1028, Durant, OK 74702-1028.

Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, OK.

 

 

Mrs. Ora Lee Madewell Beck

 

 

 

Mrs. Henrietta Inman Kesterson

 

 

 

Ms. Penelope Ann Kaspar Smith

 

 

 

Mr. Wayne Hames

 

Mr. Arthur Wayne Hames, age 60, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 13, 2015, at his home.

 

He was born to Jefferson Hillary and Nora Lee Davis Hames of De Queen, Arkansas, on April 30, 1955. He was an avid Horatio Lions fan, and loved listening to music. He also had a passion for hunting and fishing, especially in Pond Creek Bottoms.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jefferson Hillary Hames, Jr., and a sister, Doris Chandler.

 

He is survived by a daughter, Charolette Hames of Nashville, Arkansas, a brother and sister-in-law, John Robert and Camilla Hames of Horatio, Arkansas, a sister and brother-in-law, Leeann and Carlos Joe Smith of Winthrop, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation for Mr. Wayne Hames will be Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation is under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Horatio School Athletics Department, ATTN: Lance Spigner, P.O. Box 435, Horatio, AR 71842

You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

 

Brandon Michael Pollard

 

Brandon Michael Pollard, age 9, a resident of Farmington, Arkansas, and former resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at his home.

He was born to Haskel Eugene and Amber Joy Alves Pollard in Mena, Arkansas, on August 8, 2006, and was a student in Jerry “Pop” Williams Elementary School in Farmington, Arkansas. He was a Christian, and enjoyed music and listening to the guitar. He loved his family and loved watching things being built.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, E. C. and Pauline Harrison and his paternal great-grandparents, Haskel and Maida Pollard.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Amber Pollard and Steve Tinsley, II of Farmington, Arkansas, his father and stepmother, Haskel and LaTisha Pollard of Wickes, Arkansas, three brothers,
Trey Wayne Pollard, Lance Joseph Pollard, and Steven Michael Tinsley III all of Farmington, Arkansas,
one sister, Jordan Nicole Pollard of Farmington, Arkansas, his maternal grandparents, David and Jackie Alves of De Queen, his paternal grandparents, Lance and Beth Pollard of De Queen, aunts, uncles, caregivers, and a host of friends and all those whose lives he touched.

Funeral Services for Brandon Pollard will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 15th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, August 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

 

Carlos Dewayne Sherrouse

 

We would like to celebrate the life of Carlos Dewayne Sherrouse. He was born October 31, 1972. He left this world, that we are all just passing through, to go and be with his Heavenly Father on August 8, 2015.


Carlos loved his family very much and loved spending time with all of them. He loved to hunt and fish.  Carlos always carried a smile on his face. He has always had a humble heart and sweet personality. He knew how to make everyone smile. He was the life of the party and kept everyone laughing.Carlos has always been a hard worker and would give the shirt off his back to someone in need of help. He was loved by all who knew him.


He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Reid and Nolies Williams, Jessie and Marie Sherrouse, his father, Carl Sherrouse.

He is survived by his mother, Rebecca Sherrouse; three brothers, Ronald Sherrouse, Johnny Evans and wife Jennifer, and Carlton Sherrouse and wife Cloy; two Sisters, Teresa Dixon and husband Trace and Kellie Dixon; his companion, Lavone Harvey of Eagletown, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Graveside service will be Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort, Arkansas with Brother David Jacobs officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

 

Lloyd Thomas Noel

 

Mr. Lloyd Thomas Noel, Jr., age 80, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, August 10, 2015, in Dierks.

He was born March 8, 1935 in Enid, Oklahoma. He was a safety consultant for the insurance industry, and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Noel was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Thomas Noel, Sr. and Edna Jones Noel.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mike and Malinda Noel of Dierks and Chris Noel of Perryville, Arkansas; a daughter and son-in-law, Dianna and Joe Hollo of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; one sister and brother-in-law, Mikell and Claire Cribbs of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania; his grandchildren, Jacob, Jennie and Anthony Hollo, Jennifer, Spencer and Sarah Noel; a step-daughter, Chaney Maddox and her children, Lillie and Graham; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 13, 2015 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks. His cremains will be buried in Pennsylvania at a later date.

 

Alice Jo Nobles

Alice Jo Nobles, age 89, a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas, died Sunday, August 9, 2015, in Little Rock.

She was born on September 24, 1925 in Dierks, Arkansas to Joe and Florence (Bess) Mantooth Nobles. After earning a baccalaureate and master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, Jo taught school in Rogers and Conway before going to Washington, D.C. in 1955 on a teachers' internship program. She liked Washington and remained there where she worked for the United States Senate for more than forty years, first in the offices of United States Senators Mike Monroney (D-Oklahoma) and Harold Hughes (D-Iowa). When Dale Bumpers (D-Arkansas) was elected to the United States Senate she became his personal assistant and office manager, a position she held and performed with great distinction until Senator Bumpers retired in 1998. Her talents, humor, and work ethic earned her the respect and affection of generations of Senate interns and staff.

Jo returned to Arkansas in 2005 and made Parkway Village her home until the time of her death. She was surrounded there by many friends and, in recent years, by her excellent caregivers.

She is survived by her cousins, Daryl Crusoe and Kyle Crusoe both of Choctaw, Oklahoma, Dee Anne Crusoe of Idabel, Oklahoma, Sara Mantooth Cooper of Jackson, Mississippi, Melissa Mantooth Pfeiffer of Burlington, North Carolina, Randall Patrick Mantooth of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Jerry Daniel Poole of The Woodlands, Texas, Jeffrey Dumont Poole of McKinney, Texas and Rebecca Poole Duncan of Burleson, Texas.

Funeral services for Alice Jo Nobles will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 14, 2015, in First Baptist Church in Dierks, Arkansas, with Dr. David Blasé officiating. Burial will follow in Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Memorials may be made to the Bess Nobles Scholarship c/o Dierks High School, P.O. Box 124, Dierks, Arkansas 71833.

 

 

George P. Lawless

 

George P. Lawless, age 92, of De Queen, formerly of Bonnerdale, passed away Friday, August 7, 2015.

 

He was born on November 3, 1922, in Glenwood, the son of George W. Lawless and Lona Marsh Lawless.  On January 18, 1941, he was married to Verdene L. Ravan who preceded him in death on June 16, 2000.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; and five sisters, Effie McCauley, Evie Lively, Grace Alford Bray, Edith Cox and Mavis Moore.

 

For many years he and Verdene lived in Smithville, Oklahoma, where he worked as a cattleman and mail carrier.  After he retired, they moved back to Bonnerdale, where they lived until Verdene passed away and he decided to move to De Queen to be closer to his son, Darrell.  He was a member and attended for many years the Bonnerdale Seventh Day Adventist Church and later when he resided in De Queen the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church.

 

George was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, whose greatest joy in life was spending time with his family, who he dearly loved and cherished.  He will truly be missed by all.

 

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Patsy Lawless of De Queen; his grandson, Brad Lawless and his wife, Courtney, of Bentonville; his great-grandson, Finn Lawless of Fayetteville; his four great-granddaughters, Zoe Lawless of Fayetteville, Hailey Velasquez, Sydney Velasquez and Aubrey Velasquez, all of Boca Raton, Florida; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of wonderful friends.

 

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, August 11, 2015, in the Bonnerdale Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery with Pastor Brandon Westgate officiating.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.

 

Memorials may be made in George’s memory to a charity of your choice.

 

Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.

 

 

Carolyn Evans

Carolyn Evans, 73, of Broken Bow, passed away August 8, 2015 in Dallas. 

She was born May 28, 1942 in Lebanon, Missouri, the daughter of Roy and Rosetta Williamson Blackwood.  Carolyn had lived in McCurtain County for the past 45 years, moving here from California.  She was a member of the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church and the Christian Motorcycle Association.  Carolyn and Jerry Evans were united in marriage on May 31, 1959 in Modesto, California. She enjoyed baking, making wedding cakes, sewing, crafts and singing.  She sang for several years in the Country Exposure Band along with her husband Jerry and her two sons Jerry, Jr. and Terry Evans. 

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James Mitchell and Eugene Blackwood and an infant grandson. 

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 56 years, Jerry Evans, Sr., of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Evans., Jr. and wife Cindy and Terry Evans and wife Patti; daughter, Tammy Plant all of Broken Bow; brothers and sisters-in-law, David Blackwood and wife Bonnie of Holdenville Ted Blackwood and wife Alberta of Vian, and Roy Blackwood of Tulsa; sister and brother-in-law. Mary and Bob Farinelli of Holdenville; grandchildren, Casey Evans, Daylon Donison and Dalton Donison; great-grandchildren, Jacob Evans, Olyvia Evans and Chevy Donison and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 7 to 9 pm at Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home. 

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 14, 2015 at 2pm at the Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home Chapel with David Blackwood and Bro. James Dodd officiating.  Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home of Broken Bow.  Online condolences may be sent to www.bunchsingleton.com.

 

 

 

George Donald “Don” Peterson

 

George Donald “Don” Peterson, 79, of De Queen, Arkansas, formerly of Girard, KS died at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, August 5, 2015 in the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.


Don was born November 7, 1935 in Kinsley, Kansas, a son of George D. and Edna (Dorman) Peterson.


The family moved to Farlington and then to Girard, where George grew up and attended schools.
Don served in the US Air Force for over 20 years, including 2 tours of duty in Viet Nam.
He worked at Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company in Pittsburg for over 20 years. 


Don was a member of the First Baptist Church in Grannis, Arkansas and a member and past-commander of the Steven Bennefeld Post No. 7479, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Girard.
He enjoyed his grandchildren, going to auctions, driving and sightseeing, and dining out.


Survivors are a son, Allan Peterson of De Queen; a daughter, Lacey Doubledee of Waco, Missouri; step-daughters Brandi Reaves of Joplin and Justine Wiltz of Emporia; grandchildren Anthony and Jaydon Peterson, Maxwell, Micaha, and Corbin Doubledee; 3 step-grandchildren; sisters Pat Stevens of Girard, Dorothy Richards of Bakerfield, California, Myrtle James of Frontenac, and Betty Peterson of California.


Don was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Carl Lee Peterson; a step-son, Don King; a brother, Archie Peterson, and a sister, Doris Geier.


Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday at the Farlington Cemetery, Farlington, KS with Pastor Homer Frachiseur officiating.  Burial will follow the services with Military Honors.


The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home where friends may call after 2:00 p.m., Friday.


Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans and these may be left at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, KS 66743.


Condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneral services.com.

 

 Jerry Wayne Metcalf, Sr.

Mr. Jerry Wayne Metcalf, Sr. age 75, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, August 3, 2015, in Houston, Texas.

He was born July 29, 1940 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. He worked for the Shreveport Times, was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a Christian.

Mr. Metcalf was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Otis and Bessie Taylor Metcalf.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Pettigrew Metcalf; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jerel Byrd of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Rowena Metcalf, Jr. of Stonewall, Louisiana, Ricky and Nancy Metcalf of Juneau, Alaska and Joe and Kathy Metcalf of Benton City, Washington; one brother, Jack Metcalf of St. Petersburg, Florida; three sisters, Bonnie Cutler and Jewel Hancock both of Pinehurst, North Carolina and Georgia Davenport of Sanford, North Carolina; 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Metcalf will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 7, 2015, in Williamson Community Church in Horatio, Arkansas with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Becky Whisenhunt

Mrs. Becky Jane Freeman Whisenhunt, age 82, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Sunday, August 2, 2015 in De Queen.

She was born to Clyde and Ethel VanZandt Freeman in Heavener, Oklahoma, on October 6, 1932. She was a grower for Pilgrim’s Pride, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Christ at Wickes, and enjoyed reading, cooking, watching movies, and cherished the time spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, James Floyd “Buddy” Whisenhunt., and her brother, Jimmy Freeman, and a sister, Billie Freeman Vann.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Karen Whisenhunt of Gillham, Ark., and James “Pat” and Velma Whisenhunt of Winthrop, Arkansas, a daughter, Donna and Michael Campbell of Mena, six grandchildren, Bradley Whisenhunt of Gillham, Angela Frachiseur of Paris, Texas, Tara Sulser of Salt Lake City, Utah, Megan Smith of Bryan, Texas, Morgan Frachiseur of De Queen, and Rebecca Campora of Greenwood, Arkansas, fifteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, a special cousin, Preston Hobson of Gillham, a special sister and brother-in-law, Inez and Delter Parks, a brother-in-law, Charlie and his wife, Margaret Whisenhunt, her caregiver, Carol Skelton, special friends, Michelle and Witt Miles, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Becky Whisenhunt will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, August 6, 2015 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with David Jacobs, Minister officiating. Burial will follow in the Mineral Cemetery, Gillham, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

 

Mr. Henry Lee Young

Mr. Henry Lee Young, age 87, a resident of Maud, Texas, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at his home.

He was born November 25, 1927, in Dierks, Arkansas. He was a cement mason, a member of First Baptist Church in Dierks and a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Young was preceded in death by his parents, Lenzy Dale and Sallie Bailey Young and two sisters, Lora Mae Brock and Shirley Faye Richardson. He is survived by his wife, Faye Robertson Young; one son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Sherry Young of Maud, Texas; two daughters and a son-in-law, LaJeana and Larry Jones and Brenda Young all of Dierks, Arkansas; one sister, Peggy Jean Akin of Portland, Oregon; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Young will be held at 2:00p.m., Sunday, August 2, 2015, in Allen Cemetery with Bobby Neal officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mrs. Annie Mae Ford Maynard

Mrs. Annie Mae Ford Maynard, age 88, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at her home.

She was born April 6, 1927, in West Line, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Horatio First Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Maynard was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Gracie Slabaugh Ford; her husband, Donald “Don” Maynard; one daughter, Gracie Shaw and one brother, Wesley Ford.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Lavern Maynard of Dierks, Arkansas; two daughters, Margaret Dowell of Horatio and Martha Brecheisen of Lockesburg, Arkansas; 12 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Maynard will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 1, 2015, in Horatio First Assembly of God Church with John Gutierres officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, July 31st at the funeral home.

 

Jasslyn Aaliyah Trujillo

Jasslyn Aaliyah Trujillo, infant daughter of Johnathan Trujillo and Jennifer Buenrostro, died Monday, July 27, 2015 in Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

She was born February 17, 2015 in Texarkana, Texas.

Jasslyn was preceded in death by her grandfather, Salvador Buenrostro; her aunt, Jessica Buenrostro; and her great-grandparents, Bernabe Leon Figueroa and Angela Villa Figueroa.

She is survived by her parents; her maternal grandmother, Maria De Los Angeles Figueroa; her paternal grandparents, Paulita Pioquinto and Vicente Trujillo; her aunts and uncles, Ruby and Marco Garcia, Marisol Buenrostro, Alberto Trujillo and Miguel Trujillo; and several other uncles and cousins.

Funeral Mass will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, July 30, 2015, at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Joseph Archibonj officiating.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 31, 2015, at First Baptist Church in De Queen with Eduardo Abril officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 30th at the funeral home.

 

Bernabe Figueroa

Mr. Bernabe Figueroa, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, near Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born December 20, 1927, in Michoacan, Mexico. He was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride.

Mr. Figueroa was preceded in death by his loving wife, Maria Angela de Figueroa; a son, Rafael Figueroa Villa and his parents, Bernabe Figueroa and Cresenciana Leon.

He is survived by his three sons, Roberto Figueroa, Melchor Figueroa and Salomon Figueroa; three daughters, Josefina Buenrostro, Maria Buenrostro, Rosalinda Velasquez and a great number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Figueroa will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 31, 2015, at First Baptist Church in De Queen with Eduardo Abril officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery with under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 30th at the funeral home.

 

Dale E. Little

Mr. Dale E. “Grandaddy” Little, age 84, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born October 31, 1930 in Wewoka, Oklahoma. He was a Baptist, old horse trader and retired oilfield driller.

Mr. Little was preceded in death by his parents, Luiey E. and Johanna Bolen Little.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Little; one son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Ruth Ann Little; one daughter, Dalana Chandler all of De Queen; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Little will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 1, 2015, in Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 


Bennie Hunt Stell

 

Mrs. Bennie Hunt Stell, age 93, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in De Queen Medical Center.

 

She was born February 11, 1922 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma to the late Ben and Lucetta Hunt. She was a homemaker and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

Mrs. Stell was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Stell; four brothers, two sisters, a stepson and stepfather.

She is survived by her son, Robert C. Stell of the home, stepson, Tony and Norma Stell and family of Oklahoma, the late Jim Stell’s family, Katherine and family of California; sister-in-law, Mary Ryan of Hot Springs, Arkansas; numerous nieces and nephews, one of whom is Billie Ann Moore of Hot Springs.

Funeral services for Mrs. Stell will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 30, 2015, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Tye Barnett and Bobby Tatum officiating, burial will follow in Avon Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jeff Woods, Dwight Pinkerton, Bobby Young, Greg Revels, Rodger Neeley and Layne Woods. Honorary Pallbearers are Leonard and Ann Woods family, her church family and all employees of De Queen Therapy and Living Center.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m., until service time on Thursday.

 

Velva Jean Milam McCormick

Mrs. Velva Jean Milam McCormick, age 71, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Sunday, July 26, 2015 at her home.

She was born January 10, 1944 in Plainview, Arkansas in Little River County. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Mrs. McCormick was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Elizabeth Baker Milam; her husbands, Gordon Warren and Charlie McCormick and three brothers, Marvin, Derrel and Steve Milam.

She is survived by four sisters, Louise Key of Ashdown, Arkansas, Effie Klitz of Winthrop, Arkansas, Mary Jackson of Haworth, Oklahoma and Shirley McCorkle of Texarkana, Arkansas; five brothers, John Milam of Foreman, Arkansas, Charles Milam and Bill Milam both of Winthrop, Gary Milam of Rogers, Arkansas and Wilbur Milam of Horatio, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. McCormick will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Horatio Cemetery with Ray Brown officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Beulah Keller Wilkerson

Mrs. Beulah Keller Wilkerson, age 90, a resident of Royse City, Texas, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at home.

She was born September 30, 1924 in Foreman, Arkansas. She was a clerk for the insurance department and retired from Members Insurance Company. She was a Baptist.

Mrs. Wilkerson was preceded in death by her husband, E.D. Wilkerson; one son, Jimmy Carl Wilkerson and an infant son, Dallas Cole Whitten; parents, Lawrence and Birdie Johnson Keller; one grandchild, James “Jamie” M. Simpson, Jr., two sisters, Doris Cross and Ruth Aultenbaumer and a brother, Dallas Keller.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, LaDonna and Jay Snyder of Sellersville, Pennsylvania and Judy and Malcolm Simpson of Royse City, one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Judy Wilkerson of Henderson, Nevada; one sister, Eunice Smith of Ashdown, Arkansas; 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Wilkerson will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015 in the Dennison Cemetery in Idabel, Oklahoma

 

James “Jimmy” Rogers

James “Jimmy” Rogers, age 68, of Grannis, Arkansas passed away Friday, July 24, 2015 in Grannis.

He was born August 5, 1946 in DeQueen, Arkansas to the late Dave Roger and the late Billie Burke. He was married to Tammy Parnell Rogers and he was a carpenter, but most enjoyed operating heavy equipment. He served his country in the United States Army. Jimmy tried to enjoy life to the fullest degree and tried to treat people as he would like to be treated. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by:

Wife: Tammy Rogers of Grannis, Arkansas


Daughters: Shauna Johnson and husband Greg of Houston, Texas
Amy Stinson and husband Jerod of Carthage, Missouri
Tracy Sharp of Grannis, Arkansas

Sons: Dave Rogers of Texarkana, Arkansas
Chris Sharp and wife Cari of Mena, Arkansas

12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild

He was preceded in death by his parents Dave and Billie Rogers, and one grandchild.

Graveside service will be Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Overturf Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas with Brother Tim Smedley officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be Jerod Stinson, Chris Sharp, Eligh Julian, Gregory Briggs, Stan Alexander, Waymon Alexander, Michael Parnell and Patrick Parnell.

 

Paul Douglas Frint

 

Mrs. Virginia Nelson

Mrs. Virginia Nelson, age 82, resident of Texarkana, Texas and formerly of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday July 21st in Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Lollie Finus and Jessie Lee Priest Fox in Wallace, Arkansas on July 28, 1932. She was the first female district manager of Dairy Queen based in Houston, Texas and in 1979 she and her husband opened there own restaurant Dairy De Queen.  She had a passion for cooking, enjoyed gambling, trading stocks, collecting coins with her husband, card games, dice games, reading, feeding birds and her plants.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 54 years S.E. Nelson, two brothers, James Fox and Herman Fox and three sisters, Doris Carver, Vera Fox and Inez Weinger and a son-in-law, Phillip Webb.

Mrs. Nelson is survived by two daughters and son-in-law Linda Webb of Texarkana, Texas and Genia and Ronald Dagenhart of De Queen, four grandchildren and their spouses, Cheryl and Jeff Hickson of De Queen, Shelly Maranto of Cypress, Texas, Paul Nelson of The Woodlands, Texas and Mark Dagenhart and Kristi Orr of Fayetteville, Arkansas, four great-grandchildren, Michelle Hickson and Jared Hickson both of De Queen and Travis Maranto and Sophia Maranto both of Cypress, Texas.

The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, July 24th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The family will be at the home of Genia and Ronald Dagenhart at 207 Wanda St. De Queen, Arkansas. Private family burial will be at a later date.

 

Dean Miron Nicholas

Mr. Dean Miron Nicholas, age 62, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Texarkana, Texas. He was born December 29, 1952, in Inglewood, California.

He was a custom cabinet maker and served in the United States Air Force. Mr. Nicholas was preceded in death by his parents, Claud Calvin and Bobbie Jane Turner Nicholas.

He is survived by his siblings, Chris Nicholas and Alton Nicholas, both of Hemet California, Shawn Nicholas of Foreman, Arkansas, Louis Octavio Vasquez, Jr. of Upland, California, and Carmelita Vasquez Weir of Laughlin, Nevada, and twenty nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are pending.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Alvie Pressley

Mr. Alvie Pressley, age 90, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday July 21st at his home.

He was born to Melvin Monty and Susie Bell Stinnett Pressley in Horatio, Arkansas on December 31, 1924. He served in the United States Navy, he was a retired crane operator at Weyerhaeuser, was a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church and loved fishing and hunting and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, Eveline Pressley, Ruth Bell Ford, Lillie Mae Pulliam, Madora Pressley and Betty Reid, three sons, Roger Pressley, Charles Wilcox and Benny Wilcox a daughter, Beverly Carter and a daughter in law, Betty Pressley.

He is survived by his wife Verlon Pressley of De Queen a son Bobby Joe Pressley of Eagletown, Oklahoma, three daughters and son in law Patty and David Bradshaw of De Queen, Gladys Wright of Texarkana, AR and Wanda Martin of Eufala, OK, Three brothers and sisters in law, Earnest and Lula Pressley of De Queen, LeRoy and Wilma Pressley of Eagletown, OK and Lonnie and Marilyn Pressley of De Queen, Seven grandchildren, 10 Great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Alvie Pressley will be held at 10:00AM , Thursday, July 23, 2015 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating burial will follow in the West Otis Cemetery with Military Rites. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Wednesday, July 22nd in the Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

 

Mrs. Judy Axton Gillespie

Mrs. Judy Axton Gillespie, age 62, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, died Monday, July 20, 2015 in Texarkana.

She was born February 27, 1953 in Dierks, Arkansas. She was a registered nurse who worked with her Wadley Hospital family for 33 years, and was a member of the Eylau United Methodist Church. She enjoyed fishing, spending time with family and friends and was looking forward to spending time with her first grandchild.

Mrs. Gillespie was preceded in death by her parents, L.T. and Estaline Axton; and her husband, Jimmy Wayne Gillespie.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Brittany Anne and Seth Nugent of Texarkana, Texas; one sister and brother-in-law, Melba and Howard Killian of Texarkana, Texas; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Harold Axton of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Carroll and Sarah Axton of Bastrop, Texas; a niece, Stephanie and Mitch Francis; a nephew, Steve and Jennifer Killian; great nieces and nephews, Nick and Jennifer Francis, Matt Francis, Tom Killian, Katie Killian, Hannah Killian and Zak Killian; an aunt Oma James and cousin Pat James, and a special friend, John Holder.

Visitation for Mrs. Gillespie will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015 in the Eylau United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Paula J. Behrens and Rev. Kevin Herrington officiating. Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Dierks Cemetery.

 

Joseph Oscar Teel

Mr. Joseph Oscar Teel, age 79, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, July 19, 2015, in De Queen Regional Medical Center.

He was born February 14, 1936, in Montgomery, Texas. He was a US Navy veteran.

Mr. Teel was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Robert Teel and Lillie Ellafair Williams Teel. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Teressa Irene and Robert Shotts of De Queen.

Graveside services for Mr. Teel will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 24, 2015, in Chapel Hill Cemetery with Byron Sullivan officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Mary Lou Walls Story Gorman

Mrs. Mary Lou Walls Story Gorman, age 66, a resident of Columbus, Ar, and a former resident of De Queen, Ar, passed from this world Monday, July 20th in Texarkana, Tx.

She was born to LeRoy and Maxine Walls in Enid, Ok on March 15, 1949. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and the father of her children Charles (Pete) Story.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws Brenda McKee and Allen Sinyard of Texarkana, Ar & Tina and Jose Lopez of Tenaha, Tx, her grandkids Kayla and David Terwilliger of Mena, Ar, Candice and Jose Torrez of Center, Tx, Miguel and Betty Onate of Center, Tx, Kimberly and Jacob Taylor of Fort Towsen, Ok, Jose Lopez Jr. of Center,Tx, a number of great grandkids, her brothers and sisters Johnny and Caroline Walls of Crosby, Tx, Carl and Patricia Walls of Broken Bow, Ok, Donna and Jerry Conaster of Lockesburg, Ar, Vickie Sewell of Citrus Heights, Ca, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 21,2015 at 10 a.m. under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home at Camp Ground Cemetry in Forman, Ar.


 

Ana Laura Arellano Macias

Ana Laura Arellano Macias, age 18, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 16th in Christus St. Michael Health System from injuries received in an automobile accident.

She was born to Francisco Javier Arellano and Erika Isabel Macias Villegas in Aguascalientes, Mexico on August 17, 1996. She was a 2014 graduate of Horatio High School and was attending college in Texarkana. She was a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in De Queen, and enjoyed dancing, music, and spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her uncle, Mauricio Macias.

Ana is survived by her parents, Francisco Javier Arellano and Erika Isabel Macias Villegas of De Queen, a sister, Jakelin Arellano-Macias of De Queen, two brothers, Abraham Arellano-Macias and Gabriel Arellano-Macias both of De Queen, her paternal grandparents, Ma Francisca Aleman Romero and Francisco Arellano Herrara of Mexico City, Mexico, her maternal grandparents, Ma.de Refujio Villegas Rosales and J. Guadalupe Macias Medina of Mexico City, Mexico, her aunts and uncles, Jose and Esmeralda Arellano of Horatio, Ernesto and Alicia Arellano of De Queen, Rosario and Adriana Arellano and Lucia Macias and Ricardo Martinez of Aguascalientes, Mexico, Rodrigo and Alma Macias of Orange County, California, Manuel and Rosie Macias and Laura Macias of Aguascalientes, Mexico, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

A funeral mass for Ana Arellano-Macias will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 18th in St. Barbara’s Catholic Church with Father Joseph Archibong officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas. A Rosary will be from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Friday, July 17th in St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. You mays send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 


Rosie L. Scott Click

 

Mrs. Rosie L. Scott Click, age 73, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born September 8, 1941, in Winthrop, Arkansas. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was a member of the Winthrop Methodist Church.

Mrs. Click was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Elsie Jane Gallagher Scott, one son, Charlie Olivella, one grandson, Leo Olivella, one brother, Roy Dale Scott and her first husband, Leo Olivella.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Click, three daughters and two sons in-laws, Jane Surber of Winthrop, Stephanie and Tony Robertson of Nebraska and Becky and Buddy Nelson of Winthrop, four sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Linda Olivella of Benton, Arkansas, Greg and Holly Olivella of Melbourne, Australia, Harry “Jimmy” and Susana Olivella of Texarkana, Texas, and Stephen and Lacey Click of Ft. Worth, Texas, one brother and sister in-law, Johnny and Melba Scott of Winthrop, 24 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Click will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July18, 2015, in First Baptist Church in Winthrop with Bro. Phil Smith and Bro. Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday July 17th at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Winthrop Methodist Food Bank.

 

 

Steven Mikel Allison

Steven Mikel Allison, age 62, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at his home.

He was born March 8, 1953, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Mr. Allison was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Zelpha Hunter Allison.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanie Harner Allison; one son, Adam Allison both of Umpire and one step-son, Frankie Joe Carter of Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

A memorial service for Mr. Allison will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Cedar Hill Cemetery with Don Vaughn officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Mr. James O. Knighten

Mr. James O. Knighten, age 92, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Friday, July 10, 2015 at Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born September 17, 1922 in Horatio, Arkansas. He was a grocer, loved to bowl, and was a mason and a Baptist.

Mr. Knighten was preceded in death by his parents, Bill Knighten and Syntha Ausbern, one daughter, Cindy Morrison and three sisters, June Miciotto, Bernice Kirby and Ruthie Marie Stanridge.

He is survived by five daughters, Linda Cota of Covina, CA, Billie Knighten and Tillie Knighten both of Foreman, Arkansas, Irene Chapman of Waldron, Arkansas, and Peggy Boldrey of Cove, Arkansas; stepmom, Barbara Knighten; two brothers, Bill Knighten and Tom Knighten both of Foreman, Arkansas; five sisters, Shirley Roberts of Fairfax, Oklahoma, Velma Caldwell of Guthrie, Oklahoma, Wilda Akins ,Tillie Lile and Michelle Addy all of Foreman, Arkansas with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services with Masonic rites will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday July 18, 2015 in the Pauley Cemetery with Rev. Audie Dawson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday July 17, 2015 at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Alline Pittman Stansbury

Mrs. Alline Pittman Stansbury, age 90, a resident of Pittsburg, Texas, and former resident of Horatio, AR, died Saturday, July 11th in Pittsburg, Texas.

She was born to Jesse B. and Hopie V. Harris Pittman in Fouke, Arkansas, on August 13, 1924. She was a retired employee of the Horatio State Bank as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Williamson Community Church of Horatio, and enjoyed quilting, and flowers. Most of all she cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Mae Day, Winnie Pittman, Claude Pittman, Jack Pittman, Hazel Perry, Jewel Green, Carl Pittman, Bill Pittman, and Roy Pittman, and her grandson, Brad Stansbury.

She is survived by her husband of almost 72 years, Seldon C. Stansbury of Pittsburg, Texas, a son, Roger Stansbury of Pittsburg, Texas, a very special friend Patti Ayers of Pittsburg, Texas, three grandsons and their spouses, Brock Stansbury of Lewisville, Texas, Blake and Cimmon Stansbury of Elkmont, Alabama, Brett and Olivia Stansbury of Cloroado Springs, Colorado, six great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Emma, Isabella, Kaleb, Brooke, and Annabel, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Alline Stansbury will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 14th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 1:00 P.M., until service time. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Eunice Mae Ceasar Bennett Bell

Mrs. Eunice Mae Ceasar Bennett Bell, age 98, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 9th in a Texarkana, Texas, hospital.

She was born to George and Etta Hankins Ceasar in Rockwall, Texas, on July 15, 1916. She was a former employee of Mountaire Poultry, was a retired employee of both the Dickinson Hospital and the De Queen General Hospital where she was the cook. She was a member of the Lewis Temple Church of God. She loved to cook, was a people person, had a phone ministry, and was an avid reader.

Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her husband, J. B. Bennett, and Ottis Bell, her sons, Curtis Bennett, William Bennett, and Russell Bennett, her parents, and her siblings, Beatrice Boyles, Raydell Nelson, Lee Etta Hankins, Mary Frances Ceasar, George Ceasar, and Carl Joe Ceasar.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Cynthia Bennett of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, four daughters and sons-in-law, Lois and Jettie Kellum, Alberdia Martin both of Flint, Michigan, Francis and Eddie Johnson, and Etta and George Atkins all of De Queen, two daughter-in-laws, Martha Bennett of De Queen, and Barbara Bennett of Stillwater, Okla.,31 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and a number of great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Eunice Bennett Bell will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, July 18th in the Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ, De Queen, with Rev. E. A. Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, July 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

Ms. Devonda Kay Furr

Ms. Devonda Kay Furr, age 50, a resident of Cave City, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 9, 2015 at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born March 12, 1965 in Nashville, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

Ms. Furr was preceded in death by her parents, Doug Billings and Sharon Pennington.

She is survived by three sons, Dustin Curry of Dierks, Arkansas, Douglas Furr, Chas Furr and his wife Brittany all of Cave City; grandmother, Mary Jo Billings and brother, Bryan Billings both of Centerpoint, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Melody Grace Furr and significant other, Jeff French; two nephews and three nieces.

Funeral services for Ms. Furr will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 13, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Bro. Bruce Short officiating. Burial will follow in the Galena Cemetery in Umpire, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the funeral home.

 

Winston Duane Mickle

Winston Duane Mickle, age 64, resident of Canyonville, Oregon and former resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at home. He went to be with his Lord after a lengthy illness. He was known affectionately as “Buzz” to his family and close friends. He was born on April 5, 1951 to Milford and Emma Lee Mickle in De Queen, Arkansas. He graduated from Warrenton high school in Oregon, later working as a machinist in the family’s machine shop in Gillham, Arkansas. He was a long distance truck driver for years and a shuttle bus driver in Canyonville, OR at the end of his career.

He was preceded in death by his father Milford Lee Mickle and one nephew Steven Paul Elliott.

He is survived by his mother, Emma Lee Mickle of Texarkana, Arkansas; two sisters, Dian Mickle of Oregon City, Oregon and Charlotte Mickle and brother-in-law Joe Dobson of Texarkana, Arkansas; one brother, Robert Mickle and sister-in-law Cynthia of De Queen, Arkansas; four nieces and nephews, Kalem, Armanda, Amber and Colton.

His interests and passions were his collection of movies, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and his beloved Bulldogs. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

A memorial was held June 27, 2015 from 2-4 pm at Missionary Baptist Church in Winston, Oregon.

 

Tony Culp

Tony Culp, age 49, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas died Saturday, July 11, 2015 in Horatio, Arkansas.

He was born December 15, 1965 in Lima, Ohio. He was a mechanic and a Boy Scout Leader of Troop 61 in Nashville.

Mr. Culp was preceded in death by a nephew, Stephen Sillavan; and a niece, Jennifer Culp.

He is survived by two sons and their mother, Devin Culp, Matthew Culp and Dee Dee Culp, all of Nashville; two daughters, Rachel Stone and Brandi Stone, both of Nashville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Suzy and Jesse Roach of Nashville and Kimberly and Danny Lanpheare of Summerset, Kentucky; two nieces, Suzanne Sillavan and Brittany Culp; four nephews, Aaron Sillavan, Jeffrey Culp, Bryan Culp and Nathan Lanpheare; one brother, Greg Culp of Nashville; his father, Floyd Wayne Culp of Savannah, Georgia; and five grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Culp will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 16, 2015 in the Bingen/Ozan Cemetery with Bro. Larry Sherman officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Open visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the Dierks Chapel.

 

 

 

Mr. Nelson A. “Peck” Miles

Mr. Nelson A. “Peck” Miles, age 77, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Monday, July 6th at his home. He was born to James Elmer and Stella Faye Price Miles on January 7, 1938 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a retired logger with Miles Logging, and enjoyed mowing, mechanics, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, J. E. Miles, and his twin sister, Nina Sims.

He is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Linda Huff Miles of Wickes, a son and daughter-in-law, Whit and Michele Miles of Wickes, a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Darrell Jones of Vandervoort, Arkansas, eight grandchildren, Diamond, Charity, Ryan, Kaylee, Jessica, Darrell, Jr., David, and Bryan, three great-grandchildren, Daniel, Brooklyn, and Jacie. He is also survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ola Faye Hood of Benton, Arkansas, and Dexter and Doyle Turner of Wickes, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Peck Miles will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, July 9th in the Duckett Cemetery, Wickes, Arkansas, with Rev. Steve Bradley and Rev. Chris Burke officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Arkansas. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Leila Flo Spigner Johnson

Leila Flo Spigner Johnson passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 2, 2015, surrounded by her family at her home in Ashdown, Arkansas.

Born June 29, 1920, to James Thomas and Fannie Fawcett Spigner in Ben Lomond, Arkansas, and known fondly and widely as "Mama Flo," Mrs. Johnson was a mother, homemaker, school teacher, devout Christian, and devoted fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

She is preceded in death by her parents, by her husband and father of her children, Finos Buford Johnson, and by her five siblings: Lillie Spigner Sutton of Ben Lomond; Mary Alice Spigner Dillard of Nashville, Arkansas; William Rhoton Spigner of DeQueen, Arkansas; Benny Wesley Spigner of Ashdown, and Tommye E. Spigner Penney of Falls Chapel, Arkansas. Also preceding her in death was Sam "Pete" Johnson, whom she married several years after the passing of Finos, and step-son John Wayne Johnson of Houston.

She had a bottomless reservoir of unconditional love for her large family including her three children and their spouses: Rebecca Flo Johnson "Becky" Gunter and James Hervey Gunter, of Ashdown; Dick Spigner Johnson and Juliette Newkirk Johnson, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Finos B. "Buddy" Johnson, Jr., and Elizabeth Findley Shores, of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren Teri Lynn Bowman Day (David), Stephen Bowman (Christie), Molly Johnson, Sara Wasson (Thomas), Findley Johnson, and Layet Johnson; seven great-grandchildren; and two step-daughters, Julie Johnson Phipps of Schertz, Texas, and Gail Johnson Fuller of Huffman, Texas.

Mrs. Johnson grew up in Ben Lomond, was graduated from high school at the age of 16, and attended Henderson State Teachers College, where she earned a certification in teaching. She taught school in Ben Lomond and later in Ashdown. She married Finos in 1944, and they made their home and raised their children in Ashdown. Several years after Finos's death in 1970, she married Sam Johnson and lived for a time in Houston, Texas, Seattle, Washington, and Anchorage, Alaska, before returning to Ashdown.

A life-long member of the church of Christ, Mrs. Johnson was baptized in the Cossatot River near Paraclifta west of Ben Lomond. She was a beloved member of congregations in Ashdown and Ben Lomond and for a time was a member of Westbury church of Christ in Houston. She was the oldest active member of the Ashdown church of Christ. Mrs. Flo Johnson was one of the founding members of the Church of Christ in Ashdown, AR.

Mrs. Johnson enjoyed playing bridge, following the Razorbacks, and volunteering for numerous church and community activities.

Visitation is 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, at Ashdown Church of Christ, 270 Main Street, Ashdown. Funeral is 10 a.m. on Monday, July 6, at Ashdown church of Christ with David Formby officiaitng. Burial will follow at Ashdown Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Ashdown church of Christ, 270 Main Street, Ashdown, AR, 71822, or to Children's Home, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR, 72450-3319. On-line registration maddenfuneralservice.com.

 

Mr. Mack Edward Frady

Mr. Mack Edward Frady, age 84, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Friday, July 03, 2015, in a Texarkana Hospital, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to John Wesley and Ethel Ester McCormick Frady in Little River County, Arkansas, on October 19, 1930. He was a retired logger for Archie McGough Logging, and also the Sevier County Farmer Co-op Feed Mill. He was a Holiness, and enjoyed gardening, and yard work. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Mae Brown, Truman Frady, L. G. Frady, Alfus Frady, Margie McGough, Della Frady, Irene McGough, and his first wife, Georgia McDonald Frady.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Joyce Walker Pickett Frady of Horatio, two sons and daughters-in-law, Mikel Edward and Patricia Frady of Horatio, and Terry Gene and Lonna Frady of Winthrop, two daughters and sons-in-laws, Lynnette and David Boyd of Winthrop, and Pam and Mike Stewart of De Queen, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Johnny and Barbara Frady of Winthrop, and Billy Frady of Idabel, Okla, 12 grandchildren, Chris, Jo Marie, Trampus, J. J., Todd, Jeremy, Shane, Daniel, Cathy, Amy, April, and Jennifer, 31 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Mack Frady will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, July 6th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with Bro. Audie Dawson and Bro. Ray Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery, Winthrop.

The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, July 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

The family will meet at the home of Terry and Lonna Frady, 1011 LR 56, Winthrop, Arkansas.

Mr. Billy Dean Willis

Mr. Billy Dean Willis, age 73, a resident of Houston, Texas, died Monday, June 29, 2015 in Houston.

He was born March 11, 1942 in Telephone, Texas. He started school in Foreman and later attended De Queen Schools. He moved to Texas in his early 20’s where he became a journeyman lather in commercial building trades for 45 plus years. He was a member of the Arkansas National Guard and was a U.S. Navy veteran. Mr. Willis was a member of the Methodist Church, a private pilot and a Mason/Shriner. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and playing golf. He was a member of the Houston Amateur Golf Association.

Mr. Willis always talked of going back to Southwest Arkansas to the lakes, ponds and rivers he loved so much in his youth. He referred to it as going to the “Indian Nation”.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Willis; his mother, Marie Thweatt Chandler; his step-father, Will Chandler and two brothers, Jay Willis and Jerry Willis.

Mr. Willis is survived by one daughter, Deana Lynne Willis of Houston, Texas.

Graveside funeral service for Mr. Willis will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 3, 2015, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mrs. Bertha Ella Bass

Mrs. Bertha Ella Bass, age 90, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, June 29, 2015, at her home.

She was born on February 5, 1925 in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Bass was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lina Snitzler Bingman; one daughter, Barbara Perez and one son, Larry Bass.

She is survived by her husband, Howard Bass of De Queen.

Memorial services for Mrs. Bass are pending. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Mr. Charles Lloyd Dunn

Mr. Charles Lloyd Dunn, age 51, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, June 28, 2015.

He was born on August 1, 1963, in Idabel, Oklahoma. Charles worked in construction, enjoyed riding his scooter, reading and writing poetry and he was a member of the Grace Baptist Church.

Charles was preceded in death by his father, Jay Dunn; one brother, Thurman Ray Dunn and one sister, Chris Leonard.

He is survived by his mother, Josephine Murray of De Queen; one daughter, Shelli Hopkins of Foreman, Arkansas; two granddaughters, Angela Christine Sharp and Elizabeth Rae Hopkins; two brothers, John and Thomas Dunn both of De Queen and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A private service was held under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Sidney David Sneed

Sidney David Sneed, age 75 of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on June 20th 2015. He was born July 15th, 1939 in Horatio, Arkansas to Thomas “Bud” and Kate Sneed. After high school he joined the Army, before completing his education at Southern State University. After college, he devoted 36 years to serving the senior citizens of Arkansas as the Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Arkansas until he retired in 2008. During that time, Mr. Sneed received numerous awards and recognitions for his work from the local, state, and federal levels. Mr. Sneed was an avid outdoors-man. He loved hunting, fishing, working in his garden, and watching football. All those who knew him enjoyed and will miss his wonderful joke and story telling abilities. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Laneburg, Arkansas, and a member of the Democratic Party. Mr. Sneed is preceded in death by his father, Thomas “Bud” Sneed, mother, Kate Sneed, one brother, Thomas Sneed, one grandson, Michael Sneed, and one step-son, Brian Friday.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Sneed of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, three sons; Dr. Thomas Sneed of Little Rock, Arkansas, Michael Sneed, wife, Bonnie, of Cabot, Arkansas, Roy Sneed, wife, Melissa, of Atlanta, Texas, two stepsons; Josh McNatt, wife, Kimberly, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Marcus Turley of Little Rock, Arkansas, two daughters; Alice Finch, husband, Rick, of Cabot, Arkansas, Stacy Wilson, husband, George, of Hope, Arkansas, two stepdaughters; Robyn Friday, husband, Greg, of Little Rock, Arkansas, Kristine Hokett of Little Rock, Arkansas, two brothers; Sonny Sneed, wife, Helen, Fred Sneed, wife, Ann, of Branch, Arkansas, two sisters; Elaine Johnson, husband, Jimmy, of Crowley, Texas, Lynn Kinslow, husband, Jerry, of Texarkana, Arkansas, good friend, William Lendermon, numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation is 1:00pm, Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at Brazzel-Oakcrest Funeral Home in Hope.

Service to follow at 2:00pm, Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, at Brazzel/Oakcrest Chapel with Bro. Neil Ridling officiating. Burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Hope, Arkansas. Arrangements by BRAZZEL/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope, Eddie Brazzel, Director. Online condolences: www.brazzelfuneralhomes.com.

 

Mrs. Donora June “Dee” Todd

Mrs. Donora June “Dee” Todd, age 79, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Tyler, Texas, died Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in the De Queen Therapy and Living Center.

She was born to Harold Clifton and Bonlyn Eugene Coleman Cranford in Talihina, Oklahoma, on November 25, 1935. She was a retired sales clerk for J. C. Penney, as well as a homemaker. She was a Methodist and enjoyed gardening, flowers and crafts.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and 1986, her husband, Jack Dempsey Todd.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Tommy Eugene and Lorrylei Todd of Tyler, Texas, two granddaughters, Amie Pierce of Chicago, Ill, and Kimberly Eikner of Tyler, Texas, five great-grandchildren, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jackie Lee and Carol Ann Cranford of Douglasville, Texas, and Donald Harlow and Janice Cranford of Liberty Hill, Texas, a sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Joe Tigert of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside memorial services for Mrs. Donora Todd will be held in the Bauscom Cemetery, Tyler, Texas, on Friday, June 26th at 2:00 P.M. Cremation was under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may sign an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Brenda Joyce Williams

Brenda Joyce Williams, age 57, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, Texas after a lengthy illness.

She was born on April 18, 1958, in Gary, Indiana to the late Audy and Willie Mae Williams. She lived in De Queen all her life, devoting all of her time to her children and grandchildren. She was a member of New Zion Baptist Church where she served on the usher board.

Ms. Williams is survived by her daughter, Charnell Evans; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Martez Williams, Shaquille Williams and Enrique and Lisa Williams; three sisters, Anna Johnson, Grace Williams and Rita Williams; three brothers, Audy Williams, Jr., Michael Williams and Kenneth Williams; 11 grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews; two very special friends, Karen Michaud and Merkie Woods all of De Queen; a sister-in-law, Teresa Williams of Minneapolis, Minnesota; a special cousin, Brenda Peterson of Gary, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents; twin brothers, Paul and Saul Williams; two nieces Sadie Walton and Tia Williams and two nephews, Brennen Coulter and Anthony Williams.

Funeral services for Ms. Williams will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015, at New Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Carl Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in Sandhill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2015 at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Ruby Mae Perkins Pell Phillips

Mrs. Ruby Mae Perkins Pell Phillips, age 89, a resident of Conway, Arkansas, formerly of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Conway.

She was born May 8, 1926 in Mounds, Oklahoma. She was retired from Wal-Mart in De Queen and was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

Mrs. Phillips was preceded in death by her parents, James Bart and Bertha Mae Lewis Perkins; her first husband, Cecil Pell in 1983; her second husband, Hubert E. Phillips in 2009; a daughter, Linda Pell in 1954, seven brothers, and two sisters.

She is survived by one son, John Pell of Ashdown, Arkansas; one daughter, Barbara Martin of Conway; three grandchildren, Danielle, Kimberly and Shawn; four great grandchildren, Hailey, Gannon, Braden, and Courtney; three sisters, May Greer and Faye Parkinson, both of Mounds, Oklahoma and Mary Howard of Frankston, Texas; a number of nieces, nephews and other friends and relatives.

Funeral services for Mrs. Phillips will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in the De Queen Church of Christ with Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Lockesburg, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, June 22, 2015 at the funeral home.

 

Billye Jo Vaughn

Billye Jo Vaugh was born December 24, 1926. Departed to her heavenly home on June 16, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her father, P. H. Vaughn, her mother, Nell Phillips, her step-father, Boland Phillips and her brother, Pat Vaughn.

During her life she attended several Art Institutes in Shreveport and Kansas City. She also managed several restaurants and motels. After her step-father died she and her mother opened a antique business named after her mother and her niece "Sherry" called "LaNell's Antiques". They ran this for many years until it became to difficult.

She is survived by her niece "Sherry" Sharon Logan and husband, Spencer, niece Renee Logan and her daughters, Jessica and Kacy McGough, niece Susan Self and her son Logan Cole, special cousins, Felix Ramen and wife Doris and Bill and Janet Lanier.

Services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015 at East Memorial Chapel - Moores Lane with Brother David Smith officiating. Services are under the direction of East Funeral Home -Moores Lane.

Online tributes may be made at
www.eastfuneralhomes.com.
 

 

Ms. Angela Kaye Needham Hartsfield

Ms. Angela Kaye Needham Hartsfield, age 43, a resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, died Sunday, June 14th at her home.

She was born to Wendell and Marolyn Allen Needham in De Queen, Arkansas, on March 9, 1972. She graduated from Baptist School of Nursing in Springdale, Arkansas, and worked for the Washington Regional Hospital as a Registered Nurse, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen. Most of all she adored and cherished the time she spent with her sons. She loved her boys to the moon and back.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robbie and Hazel Needham, and Mr. & Mrs. Walter Allen, her aunt, Linda Kaye Finley, her uncles, Bobby Jim Needham, Walter Allen, Jr., Marlin Allen, Tom Cowling, Roy Smith, and H. L. Smith, and a cousin, Deborah Allen Love.

She is survived by her two sons, Cole Allen Hartsfield, and Blake Andrew Hartsfield of Fayetteville, Arkansas, her parents, Wendell and Marolyn Needham of De Queen, a sister and brother-in-law, Wendi and Brett Ballew of Bryant, Arkansas, her uncles, Danny Needham (Jo) of Alexander, Arkansas, Ronald Finley (Billie) of Searcy, Arkansas, her aunts, Carolyn Cowling of Springdale, Arkansas, Earlene Humphrey (Wayne) of Springdale, Arkansas, Joyce Smith of Alamo, Texas, Floy Smith of De Queen, Diane Allen of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Barbara Allen of Frisco, Texas, and a number of cousins and other family members.

Funeral services for Angela Needham Hartsfield will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, June 18th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Carlton and Rev. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the W.L. Allen Family Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

 

Stan Speight


Stan Speight, age 62, of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

He was born December 10, 1952 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Walter Sherman Speight and Louise Hartsell. He was married to Shelly Speight for a loving 32 years and was a retired Arkansas State Park Superintendent at the Cossatot River State Park Natural Area. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, great uncle and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife Shelly Speight of Wickes, Arkansas; 3 children Jennifer Eaton and husband Ransom of Elkins, Arkansas, Montana Speight and wife Jacki of Grannis, Arkansas, Cody Speight and wife Leslie of Hickory Plains, Arkansas; 6 grandchildren Asher, Addy, Raeleigh, Jake, Kambri and Liam; his mother Louise Speight; one sister Gail Evans- Jones.

Numerous cousins, uncles, aunts, brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Sherman Speight, grandparents : David and Grace Speight and Jewel Edward and Desie Hartsell.
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Mr. Speight was sent for cremation under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Holbert Auditorium at the Wickes School with Brother Jon Newlin and Brother Randy Frazier.

Donations may be made to The Stan Speight-Cossatot River State Park Natural Area Memorial Fund at the Union Bank of Mena, 303 Highway 71 North, Mena, Arkansas 71953, (479) 394-2211.


 



Donald “Donnie” Ray Whisenhunt


Donald “Donnie” Ray Whisenhunt, age 61, a resident of Conway, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Conway Regional Medical Center in Conway.


He was born in Moscow, Idaho on November 16, 1953. Donnie worked in construction during the latter years of his life, but was best known for the days at his gas station, Don’s Kerr-McGee in Horatio, Arkansas. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and daughters.


He is preceded in death by his parents; Verna Staggs Campbell and Pete Whisenhunt.


He is survived by his children, Ashley (Gabe) Knight and Christy (Dale) Elliott, and grandchildren Ava and Emrie all of Conway. A sister, Debbie (Junior) Jaquess of Ben Lomond, Arkansas and brothers, Doyle “Hobunk” Whisenhunt of Ben Lomond, Billy (Tracy) Campbell of Texarkana, Arkansas and Jimmy Dale (Shirley) Whisenhunt of South Carolina and a number of nieces and nephews.


Funeral services for Donnie will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas. Burial will follow in the Old Piney Cemetery.


The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, June 15, 2015 at the funeral home.


 



Betty Jean Germany


Betty Jean Houser Germany of Huntsville, Texas passed away June 5, 2015 after a valiant fight against cancer. She was born August 18, 1947 in Locksburg, Arkansas.

Betty was happiest when watching her grandchildren playing baseball, volleyball or rodeoing.
She is preceded in death by her parents Perry and Ethel Houser, brothers Perry (Junior ) Houser and Vondell Houser and sister Joyce Sherman. Betty is survived by her son James Germany and wife Carol, daughter Brenda Oates and husband Chris; grandchildren Aaron and Caitlin Germany, Garrett and Delaney Oates; sister Delores Rountree and husband Allen, brother Bobby Houser, also special friends Donnie Sellers, Missy Adams and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 111 Sumac Road, in Huntsville Texas on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville, Texas. Burial will follow at a later date at McHorse Cemetery in Provo, Arkansas.

The family would like to thank Mrs. Oliphant and her team for their care in her last days and Thee Hospice as well.

Please make donations to Faith Lutheran School or Texas Youth Rodeo Association (TYRA) Scholarship Fund.

Memorial condolences may be made to the family at www.shmfh.com.

 

Dorothy Lucille Gurney Phipps

Mrs. Dorothy Lucille Gurney Phipps, age 86, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, June 11, 2015, in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Walter Sherman and Hazel Sarah Miskimins Gurney in Sandpoint, Idaho, on October 21, 1928. She was a former teacher, a former employee of Mountaire Poultry, a cattle rancher, and poultry grower for Pilgrim, as well as a homemaker. She was an active member of the De Queen Church of Christ, where she was involved with Ladies Night. She was a former member of the Red Hat Club, enjoyed shopping, was a gourmet cook, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with family

She was preceded in death by her parents, all her siblings, Margaret Thompson, Marshall Gurney, Louise Olson, Melvin Gurney, Jane Kessler, Johanna Humphrey, and Jack Gurney, and her husband, Horace Phipps.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Myong-He Phipps of Willington, Conn., Kevin and Tammy M. Phipps of De Queen, and George and Tammy Y. Phipps of Wright City, Oklahoma, a daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Gene Clowers of De Queen; nine grandchildren, Danny Phipps of Conn., Benjamin Phipps of California, Meagan Daley of De Queen, Jesse Phipps, Sarah Phipps, and Rose Phipps all of Oklahoma, Heather Morris of De Queen, Mindy Brinkman of Hope, and Carrie Pesetsky of Stillwater, Okla., eighteen great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Dorothy Phipps will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 15th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Tatum and Tye Barnett, ministers officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, June 14th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.


 

 

Lee Ervin Tallant

Lee Ervin Tallant, Jr., age 62, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas died Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Texarkana, Texas.

He was born December 8, 1952 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a self-employed carpenter and a janitor for Winthrop Schools.

Mr. Tallant was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Ervin, Sr. and Edith Mae Sullins Tallant; and two brothers, Ronald and Billy Tallant.

He is survived by two brothers, Gary Tallant of Winthrop and Dorsey Hensley of Ardmore, Oklahoma; one sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Don Williams of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; one uncle, Freddie E. “Wig” Tallant and a number of nieces, nephews and friends. .

Funeral services for Mr. Tallant will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 14, 2015 in the Winthrop Methodist Church with Phil Smith and Audie Dawson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 13th at the funeral home

 

 

Johnny Waymon Brasel

Johnny Waymon Brasel, age 72, a resident of Newhope, Arkansas died Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at his home.

He was born February 14, 1943 in Harrison, Arkansas. He was retired from Rich Mountain Electric.

Mr. Brasel was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Mabel Hutchens Brasel.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Greg Brasel of Newhope and Joey and Libby Brasel of Jasper, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Bennie and Kathy Brasel of Jasper; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Charlotte and Charles Ramsey of Deer, Arkansas, Kathy and Floy Villines of Harrison, and Denne Faye Dickey, also of Harrison; 4 grandchildren, KayLynn Brasel, Kassidy Dorrell, LaBecca Brasel and Shianna Brasel; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Brasel will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 2015 in the Union Hill Cemetery in Jasper, Arkansas, under the direction of Coffman Funeral Home of Jasper.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, June 12th at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks.

 

Vera Rebecca Parker Burton

Vera Rebecca Parker Burton, age 50, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Monday, June 8, 2015.

She was born November 19, 1964 in Nashville, Arkansas. She was a C.N.A. She was a devoted mother and loving grandmother.

Mrs. Burton was preceded in death by her father, Coy J. Parker.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Crystal Burton of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; one daughter, Amanda Kay Burton of Umpire, Arkansas; her mother, Jeffie Mae Arnold Roth of Dierks; one brother, Davis Randall Parker of Little Rock, Arkansas; three sisters, Sonia Lynn Meredith of Haworth, Oklahoma, Debra Ann Green of Dierks, and Tabitha Renee Muckelrath of Texarkana, Texas; six grandchildren, Annabelle Burton, Jordan Burton, Jaxon Burton, Gracie Perkins, Abbigail Stinson and Charlee Flaherty; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Burton will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 11th at the funeral home

 

 

Carroll Luccetta Russell Gates

Mrs. Carroll Luccetta Russell Gates, age 94, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, June 8th in the De Queen Medical Center, De Queen.

She was born on December 26, 1920 in Portland, Oregon. She was a retired cattle rancher, and enjoyed painting. She was a member of the De Queen Garden Club, and the Cossatot Arts and Crafts.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Paul Russell, and her husband, Mack Gates.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell and Janice Gates and Rocky and Kazuko Gates all of De Queen, two grandchildren, Clayton Gates and Karyn Gates both of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Mrs. Carroll Gates will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 11th at Redmen Cemetery in De Queen, Arkansas.

 

 

Cecil Fant

Cecil Fant, age 88, of Newhope, died Saturday, June 6, 2015.
 
He was born on October 10, 1926 at Newhope, the son of John Henry Fant and Columbia Simmons Fant.  On January 12, 1952, he was married to Billie Ruth Turner Fant who preceded him in death on December 6, 2013.
 
A United States Army veteran, he served in World War II and in the Korean Conflict.  He retired in road construction with Weyerhaeuser Company.  A member of the Daisy Free Will Baptist Church, he served as a deacon.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
 
He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Kenny and Brenda Fant of Newhope; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Lee Cook and Kelly and Robbie Miller, all of Dierks; seven grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
 
Services will be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in the Daisy Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Kevin Jewell officiating.
 
Visitation will be Tuesday, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, at the church.
 
Interment will be in Mount Joy Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.
 
Pallbearers will be Tony Davis, Pierre Davis, David Smith, Kevin Kelley, Simon Mack and Josh Collins.
 
Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.

 

 

Donald Allen Baddeley

Mr. Donald Allen Baddeley, age 70, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, June 7th in Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Arthur and Anna Ruth Wheeler Baddeley in Marion, Ohio, on December 21, 1944. He served in the Military with the U. S. Army, and was a truck driver. He enjoyed reading.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by four daughters, Denise McKinney of Tennessee, Harmony Baddeley of Houston, Texas, Tiffany Baddeley of Denver, Colorado, and Carrie Baddeley of Texarkana, Arkansas, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Charlotte and Bill Lee of De Queen, Georgia and Juels Meyers of Lewisville, Arkansas, one brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Gertrude Arnold of Cardington, Ohio, and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.

 

 

Fredrick Charles “Rick” Nunn

Mr. Fredrick Charles “Rick” Nunn, age 62, a resident of Cove, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 6th at his home.

He was born to Fredrick Rollie and Betty Marie Reves Nunn in Lebanon, Oregon, on February 16, 1953. He was a Vietnam Veteran having served in the U. S. Army, and was a truck driver. He was a Baptist and enjoyed fishing, hunting, motorcycles, and cherished the time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ross Nunn and a life long friend, Eddie Harwood.

He is survived by his wife, Frankie Jo Pierce Nunn of Cove, Arkansas, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ricky Joe Nunn of Cove, and Todd J. and Cindy Nunn of Salmon, Washington, three daughters, Elaine Taylor and her partner, Beth of Cove, Bridgit and Cody Miller of Bentonville, Arkansas, and Toby Marie Nunn of Salmon, Wash., three brothers, Rollie Nunn (Sadie) of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Robert Nunn (Earlene) of Oregon, and Roger Nunn of De Queen, three sisters, Donnell Hart of Kemp, Texas, Judy Solis (Jerry) of Baytown, Texas, and Veronica Moe (Marvin) of Lebanon, Oregon, thirteen grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mr. Rick Nunn will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, June 12th in the Remodeled Church in Grannis, Arkansas. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Leroy C. Bogan, Sr.

Mr. Leroy C. Bogan, Sr. age 83, a resident of Newhope, Arkansas died Saturday, June 6, 2015 in Hope, Arkansas.

He was born October 21, 1931 in Hugo, Oklahoma. He was a prominent businessman, owner of Leroy’s Body Shop in Newhope, and a member of Mt. Joy Baptist Church.

Mr. Bogan was preceded in death by his parents, John Washington and Essie Mae Lacefield Bogan; and two daughters, Teresa Jackson and Kathy Bogan.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Don Bobo of Cabot, Arkansas; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Lee and Desiree Bogan of Newhope, Calvin Bogan of Nashville, Arkansas and Curtis Bogan of Atlanta, Texas; his former wives, Geneva Isaacs and Barbara Bogan, both of Newhope; two step-sons, Charles Clouse of Texarkana and David Clouse of Hooks, Texas; one sister, Ruby Gray of Mesquite, Texas; one brother, Wesley Bogan of Sulfur Springs, Texas; 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Bogan will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Mt. Joy Baptist Church in Daisy, Arkansas with Raymond Dees officiating. Burial will follow in the Nashville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

Ralph Donald Smith

Mr. Ralph Donald Smith, age 75, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Friday, June 5, 2015, in National Park Medical Center, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born August 24, 1939 in Mineola, Arkansas. He was a retired logger and farmer and was a member of the Midway Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin Smith; and a son, Michael Todd Smith.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Verna Krantz Smith; one son and daughter-in-law, Rickey and Melody Smith; his mother, Inez Parsons Smith; one brother, Mack Smith, all of Umpire; one sister, Mary Lou Golden of Texarkana, Arkansas; and a number of nieces, nephews and a special friend Toots Krantz.

Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2015 in the Midway Church of Christ with Bro. Travis Lane officiating. Burial will follow in Saline Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 2015, at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

 

Billy Dean Faulker

Mr. Billy Dean Faulker, age 76, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Thursday, June 4, 2015, at his home.

He was born on July 14, 1938 in Dierks. He was a retired Master Sergeant in the U.S Air force, was a Vietnam veteran and was a member of the Dierks Church of Christ. He loved working on his farm and riding his Kubota with his dog Mickey.

Mr. Faulkner was preceded in death by his parents, Loy and Mamie Rosana Farley Faulkner; one daughter, Anita Kay Faulkner; one brother, James Robert “J.R.” Faulkner and two sisters, Helen Bernice Smith and Clara Louise Faulkner.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Vinita Sue Gibson Faulkner; one son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Beth Faulkner; one daughter, Rosemary Stewart, all of Dierks; 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Faulkner will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 6, 2015, in the Dierks Church of Christ with Bill Paxton officiating. Burial will follow in Sunshine Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, June 5th at the Dierks Church of Christ.

 

Roy Anthony Powell

Mr. Roy Anthony Powell, age 59, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at his home.

He was born to Jessie James and Inez Jones Powell in De Queen, Arkansas, on August 28, 1955. He was a 1973 graduate of Horatio High School and was a former employee of Pilgrim’s Pride.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Otis Powell, Sr., a nephew, Otis Powell, Jr., great-nephew, Otis Powell, III, a brother-in-law, Curtis Bennett, and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Powell.

He is survived by a sister, Martha Powell Bennett of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews, including Will Bennett of De Queen.

Funeral Services for Mr. Roy Powell will be held at 2:30 P.M., Saturday, June 6th in the Mt. Phebia Baptist Church in Horatio with Rev. Jerome Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset Acres Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

 

Mason Nathan Abrego

Mason Nathan Abrego, infant son of Ramiro Angel Abrego and Maria Maya, residents of De Queen, Died Sunday, May 31st in Texarkana.

Beside his parents, Mason is survived by his brother, Justin Maya of De Queen, and his grandparents, Herlinda Cortez of De Queen, and Trinidad Abrego of California.

Graveside funeral Services for Mason Nathan Abrego will be held at 4:00 P.M., June 1st in Redmen Cemetery with Father Salvador officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Dale Hankins, Th.D

Dale Hankins, Th.D, age 86, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Tyler, Texas. Dale was born on January 24, 1929 in Gillham, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Monroe and Minnie Dora Birge Hankins, brothers Leonard Hankins, Archie Hankins, and sisters Paralee Hankins Turner, and Ola Hankins.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years LaTance Tate Hankins; daughters LaFonda Nimmons and Robbie Simpson. Grandchildren Ryan Nimmons, Joshua Simpson, Christopher Simpson, Daniel Simpson of Tyler, Texas; Rebecca and Bro. Robert Lee, and Great granddaughter Summer Lee of San Augustine, Texas. brother, Donald and Marilyn Hankins of DeQueen.

Dale served 8 years in the US Navy during the Korean conflict, 24 years with the Dallas Police Department, and 23 years as a pastor with the Baptist Missionary Association of America. He served as pastor of Richmond Road Baptist in Texarkana, Texas, Rocky Point Baptist in Lula, Oklahoma, Shady Grove Baptist in DeBerry, Texas, and Friendship Baptist in De Queen.

Graveside service will be held at Valley Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas, at 2pm on Wednesday, June 3rd with Bro. Duane Turner officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be: Ryan Nimmons, Joshua Simpson, Christopher Simpson, Daniel Simpson, Robert Lee, and Larry Higgins.

 

Michael Brent Helms

Michael Brent Helms, age 37, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, May 28, 2015, at his home.

He was born April 22, 1978, in Texarkana, Texas. He was a rancher, a reserve police officer for the City of Dierks and was a member of Old Time Gospel Church. Brent enjoyed fishing and mudding.

Brent was preceded in death by his grandparents, Loel and Rosa Lee Phillips and Arvin and Flossie Helms.

He is survived by his parents, Jerrel and Rose Anne Helms; one sister and brother-in-law, Scarlette and J.D. Jones all of Lockesburg; two daughters and a son-in-law, Autumn and Mason Jester also of Lockesburg and Kinleigh Helms of De Queen; one grandson, Bentley Jester and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services for Brent will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Old Time Gospel with Keith Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in Oddfellows Cemetery in Lockesburg, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mrs. LaFaye McCormick Tadlock

Mrs. LaFaye McCormick Tadlock, age 82, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Friday, May 29, 2015 in De Queen Therapy & Living Center.

She was born December 22, 1932 in Moon, Oklahoma. She was a retired supervisor for Tyson Food and was a Baptist.

Mrs. Tadlock was preceded in death by her parents, H.E. (Elmer) and Georgia England McCormick; her husband, Charlie “Red” Tadlock; grandson, Michael Tadlock; daughter-in-law, MaDonna Tadlock and granddaughter-in-law, Amber Morris.

She is survived by five children, Charlie E. Tadlock of Gillham and daughter-in-law Loretta Tadlock of Grannis, Arkansas, Connie Jones and son-in-law Jerel of Gillham, Ricky Tadlock and daughter-in-law Glenda of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Ronnie Tadlock of Gillham and Debbie Jefferson and son-in-law Lyndon of Gilmer, Texas; eight grandchildren, Shannon Tadlock, Brent Morris, Gayla McWhorter, Tracey McConnel, Brandon Tadlock, Stella Bagley, Brian Tadlock and Caylee Young; one sister, VaNell Smith of Jal, New Mexico; one brother, Wayland McCormick and sister-in-law Wanda of Grannis; one brother-in-law, Melvin and sister-in-law, Laura Tadlock of Idabel, Oklahoma and sister-in-law, Jan Tadlock of Grannis; 16 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Tadlock will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 1, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen. Burial will follow in Mineral Cemetery.

The family will be at the home of Connie and Jerel Jones, 426 King Road, Gillham.

 

James David “J.D.” Newton

James David “J.D.” Newton, age 87, a resident of Provo, Arkansas died Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born May 20, 1928 in Choctaw County, Oklahoma. He was a retired truck driver for SRT, a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Korea, and was a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Newton was preceded in death by his parents, Jim “Fud” Newton and Stella Key Newton; his wife, Cora Geneva Mears Newton; a son, Jimmy Clayton Newton; and a son-in-law, Bobby Bradshaw.

He is survived by one daughter, Wannell Bradshaw of Provo; two brothers, Sammy Mears and Jimmy Wayne Mears, both of Mt. Vernon, Texas; five grandchildren and their spouses, Chad and Carmella Bradshaw of Provo, Mindy Simmons of Provo, Amanda and Jason Miller of Provo, Onawa and James Hughes of Gillham, Arkansas and Tawana Newton of Provo; a daughter-in-law, Jonnie Lynn Newton; 17 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Newton will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 in the Alleene Community Building with Bro. Larry Fry officiating. Burial will follow in the Alleene Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2015 at the home of Wannell Bradshaw, 165 McHorse Rd. in Provo.

Doug Latimer

Doug Latimer of Greenbrier, AR went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 25, 2015. He was born on January 9, 1961 in Little Rock, AR.

In 1984, Doug graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in mechanical engineering. He later went on to work at GreenBay Packaging for 18 years. He was known by his colleagues for his great work ethic. He was not only a member of Wooster First Baptist Church, but also served as a deacon and as the music minister where all enjoyed his musical gifts.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Latimer. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Darla Latimer, their sons, Tyler Latimer and Colton Latimer of Fayetteville, his mother, Anna Jane Latimer of Cabot, his brother, Larry & Kathy Latimer of Cabot, his sister, Janelle & Jesse Mahan of Ozark, and many beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws.

Doug will fondly be remembered by family and friends as a Godly man, a loving husband, father and son, and by his willingness to serve others.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 29, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Wooster First Baptist Church located at 68 Church Circle, Wooster, AR. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:00am at Wooster First Baptist Church. Burial will be held Saturday evening at 4:00pm at Belleville Cemetery located at 266 Arkansas 317, Lockesburg, AR.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to Wooster First Baptist Church's Building Debt Fund. Attn: Carrie Brown, Wooster First Baptist, P.O. Box 218, Wooster, AR 72181.

Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com

 

 

James Lavoy Wigley

James Lavoy Wigley, age 81, of Cove, died Sunday, May 24, 2015 at the Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith. He was born on Friday, March 2, 1934 to Walter Lee and Nancy Lou Etta Kitchens Wigley in Waltrek, Arkansas.

James was a man of honesty and integrity, always trying to live his life by the Golden Rule. He loved his family and was proud of each and every one of them. He enjoyed the outdoors by working in his garden and on his farm. He worked my years as a supervisor for Weyerhaeuser and Georgia Pacific for many years setting up their mills. James was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Arlie Wigley, Virgil Wigley Raymond Wigley and Herbert Wigley and one sister, Myrtle Woodard.

James is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marie Wigley of Cove; three sons and daughters in laws, Ralph and Kay Wigley of Jacksonville, Arkansas, Richard and Vickie Wigley of Cove and Doug and Kathy Wigley of Cove; his daughter and son in law, Kathy and Don Parker of DeQueen; one sister, Marie Hudson of Waldron; thirteen grandchildren; twenty six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 29, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Tim Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove. Visitation will be Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

Dale E. Blair

Dale E. Blair, age 77 of Wickes, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, May 22, 2015.

He was born November 29, 1937 in Mena, Arkansas to the late William and Viola Blair. He was united in marriage to Anita Baker on May 23, 1980. Dale was employed by Tyson as Manager of the Wickes Hatchery for 20 years. He proudly served his country, during the Vietnam War. He was a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by: Wife: Anita Blair of Wickes, Arkansas; Daughters: Julie Blair
Brittany Blair of Wickes, Arkansas; Pam Page and husband Bill of Van Buren, Arkansas; Son: Rex Johnston and wife Kathy of Cove, Arkansas; Three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, Sister: Freida Skinner of Whittier, California; Velta Ferris of California

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Viola Blair, a daughter, Jeanne Blair, brothers, Theron Blair and Vernon Blair.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Wickes Pentecostal Church of God with Brother James Squires, Brother Don Youngblood and Brother Chris Burke officiating. Interment will follow in the Baker Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.  Family and friends visitation will be Monday, May 25, 2015 at Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Mitchell Tidwell, Jon Tidwell, Jose Zuniga, Dustin McCarley, Seth Watkins and DeWayne Baker.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Watkins, Bill Meadors, Parker Meadors, Dood Baker, Darrell Herring, and Wayne McCarley.

 

 

Roland John Bush

Mr. Roland John Bush, age 91, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Wadley Regional Medical Center Texarkana, Texas.

He was born June 1, 1923, in Winthrop, Arkansas. He was a self-employed timberman, a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Community of Christ Church in Winthrop.

Mr. Bush lived in such a way that 'no' and 'I can't" never stopped him from reaching for a greater life for himself and his family. He was the builder, owner and operator of sawmills in Colorado, Texas, and Louisiana. He touched and changed many lives during his lifetime.

Mr. Bush is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and James L. Barber of Shreveport, Louisiana, Carol and Gareth Dew of Skelmorlie, Scotland and Carol and Kent Hendrix of Hope, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Delores Hess of Foreman; six grandchildren, Misty and Alex Alejo of Owens Cross Road, Alabama, Mary and Bryan Caskey of Columbia, South Carolina, Kari Hess of Brunswick, Georgia, Sean McGary of Greenock, Scotland, Kevin Hess of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Clay Hess of Hope; four great-grandchildren, Isabelle Alejo, Penelope Alejo, Henry Caskey, and Molly Caskey; two brothers, Ray Morgan of Montrose, Colorado and LeRoy Morgan of Cookville, Texas; one sister, Mary Kesterson of Winthrop; his aunt, Evelyn Fahrni of Texarkana and a large number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lawson Bush and Mayme Lee Murry; wives, Lou Anne Smith Bush and Wanda Hess Bush; one son, Roger Dale Bush; one daughter, Betty Yvonne Bush; two grandsons, Kyle McGary and Eric McFarland, one granddaughter, Lena Hendrix; his brothers and sisters, Gola Wright, William Morgan, Tollie Morgan, Verbil Clowers, Vea Key, Eunice Sanders, Juanita Hess, Muriel Carver and Wilmuth Wright and his step-father, Albert Morgan.

Funeral services for Mr. Bush will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 29, 2015, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with his nephews, Terry Hess and Gary Hess officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-9:00 p.m., Thursday, May 28th at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Community of Christ Church, P.O. Box 194, Winthrop, AR 71866 or Arkansas Children’s Hospital, #1 Children’s Way, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72201-3591 or Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St, Dallas, TX 75219.

 

Virginia Ruth Whitley Edmiaston Gaylord

Mrs. Virginia Ruth Whitley Edmiaston Gaylord, age 81, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born September 11, 1933 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Horatio.

Mrs. Gaylord was preceded in death by her parents, Monroe, Sr. and Gladys Gray Whitley; husband, Francis Alexander “Curley” Edmiaston; three brothers, Davis, Ed and Monroe Whitley and one sister, Mary Williamson.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Gaylord; two sons and daughter-in-law, Davey Edmiaston of Horatio and Kerry and Debbie Edmiaston of De Queen, Arkansas; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dana and Dan Adkins of Horatio and Carlyn and Robert Hubnik of Texarkana, Arkansas; four stepsons, Michael, Craig, Brian and David Gaylord; 12 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gaylord will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2015 in the First United Methodist Church in Horatio with Phil Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 23rd at the funeral home

 

 

Arthur “Speedy” Moss, Sr.

Arthur “Speedy” Moss, Sr. age 49, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at his home.

He was born January 18, 1966 in Dade City, Florida. He was a carpenter.

Speedy was preceded in death by one grandson, Kaden Martin.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene Moss; two sons, Speedy L. Moss, Jr. and Clinton C. Moss, all of Horatio; two daughters, Christina I. Moss of Wickes, Arkansas and Heather E. Moss of Horatio; one brother, Dalton Moss of Brookesville, Florida and six grandchildren, Braden Knop, Jaxson Knop, Trenton Moss, Treyton Moss, Thomas Brewer and Bentley Moss.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral home Chapel.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Mr. Herman Junior “Josh” Cannon

Mr. Herman Junior “Josh” Cannon, age 83, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born December 30, 1931 in Dierks. He was retired from Campbell Soup Company, was the former owner of Cannon Texaco and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Cannon was preceded in death by his parents, H.A. “Shorty” and Nina Kesterson Cannon; a brother, Billy Cannon; and a sister, Euna Faye Ausum.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Bagley Cannon; one daughter and son-in-law, Katrina and David Pickett of Dierks; one son and daughter-in-law, Reggie and Joy Cannon of Story, Arkansas; one brother, Wesley Cannon of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one sister, Louise Blackwood of Dierks; four grandchildren, Kelsey Pickett, Braden Cannon, Brett Cannon and Baylea Cannon; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Cannon will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015 in McHorse Cemetery with Chuck Reel officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Cynthia Derington Lang

Cynthia Derington Lang, age 58, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

She was born July 22, 1956, in De Queen to Bobbie and Josephine Derington

Mrs. Lang was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, Walter and Erma Austin, O.C. and Faye Derington and Myrtle Hamilton.

She is survived by two sisters, Sheri Derington and Patricia Sowell; two brothers, Lloyd Derington and wife Cindy and Alan Derington; one niece, Kayla Maturino and husband James; three nephews, Jay Jay Ward, Bobbie Ward and Colton Derington, two great nieces and two great nephews, Efrain and Sophia Maturino and Cash and Bella Ward.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

 

Mrs. Marguerite “Petey” Burns Billingsley

Mrs. Marguerite “Petey” Burns Billingsley, age 83, a resident of Billingsley’s Corner, Arkansas, died Saturday, May 16, 2015 at her home.

She was born July 11, 1931 in Newtown, Pennsylvania. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Foreman, Arkansas.

Mrs. Billingsley was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas P. Sr. and Marie Elizabeth Hennesey Burns; her husband, Jim Pauley Billingsley, a son-in-law, Dan Davis; granddaughter, Elysha Billingsley and four siblings.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Andrea Billingsley of Foreman, Joel and Carla Billingsley and John and Linda Billingsley, all of Billingsley’s Corner; two daughters and a son-in-law, Lucy and Larry Sargent of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Claire Davis of Billingsley’s Corner; nine grandchildren, Chad Davis of Foreman, Tommy Davis of Cerrogordo, Arkansas, Danielle Kitchens of Umpire, Arkansas, Luke Billingsley and Amber Billingsley both of Billingsley’s Corner, Heather Taylor of Foreman, Devin Lowe of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Bubbie Sargent of Georgia and Chad Sargent of Hochatown, Oklahoma; three step grandchildren, Shannon Chandler, Lindsay Branson and Jenna Lantroop; one sister, Mary “Kick” Lentino and a brother, Tom Pat Burns both of Pennsylvania; 29 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Billingsley will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Foreman with Father Paul Worm officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

Rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2015 at the funeral home followed by a visitation.

An Irish Proverb: If you’re lucky enough to be Irish… You’re lucky enough.

 

Betty Jean Dahl Sorensen

The daughters of Betty Jean Dahl Sorensen are honored to take a moment of your time to tell you about our incredible mother, whose life should be remembered and celebrated by all who knew her.

Betty was born February 16, 1927, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Clara and John Dahl. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Art from Coe College in Cedar Rapids. She met Wayne Sorensen, while she was working as a “soda jerk” at Vernon Heights’ Pharmacy and they married September 12, 1948. While raising children, she continued her education, earning a master’s degree in Counseling from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

How many people conquer as many setbacks as she did? She recovered from a heart attack, cancer, a hip fracture and was destined to return home again after recovering from pacemaker placement when she received a call.

On April 18, 2015, she received a call, a sort of invitation to join her husband…the kind of offer one can’t refuse and one from which she will not be returning. She had been ready for this invitation for quite some time and her family is quite happy that she has been reunited with her husband of sixty-six years.

She leaves three daughters and their families to treasure her memory: Janet and Michael Sheets of Kaysville, Utah, Joy and Dennis Nentrup of Burleson, Texas and their children, Laura and Nick, Jill and Robert Frost of Benton, Louisiana and their children, Trey and Katie. Also remembering her loving spirit are several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by seven months by her husband, Wayne, as well as her mother, father and two sisters, Helen and Eleanor.

Family and education was always a priority in Betty’s home. She once told her daughter, Jill, that her proudest accomplishments were having a successful marriage, keeping a family together and raising her daughters to be educated and happy members of society.

Betty taught many students over 25 years in Arkansas: in Umpire, Langley, Wickes, Dierks and De Queen schools. Betty taught a wide variety of subjects including math, English, P.E., Spanish, art, geography, bookkeeping and typing. She often stayed late after school to work with students and was very involved with their lives even after they left her classroom. She served as the president of the De Queen Teacher’s Association and advocated at the state level of the Arkansas Teacher’s Association as well.

Betty loved talking to friends and family, art and caring for others. She was a hard worker, an avid reader and always enjoyed learning something new. She devoted much of her time to making a comfortable home for her family and a better community for others. She served as the local chairperson for the American Cancer Society, and the Cossatot Art Council to name just a couple of her many “volunteer” jobs. Her husband often commented that she didn’t know how to say “no”.

Also important in her life was her church. She served at First United Methodist Church in the UMW (United Methodist Women) and as the church’s first female president of the Council on Ministries. She taught the Wesleyan Adult Sunday School Class for many years, made banners for the worship service and organized “family camp” several summers for her church family. She often invited widows to her family’s holiday meals and “adopted” nursing home patients, visiting them and taking them to doctor’s appointments. She was a wonderful example of a Christian woman, loving mother and committed wife.

Donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, De Queen, Arkansas, any wildlife or nature preservation society or National Relief Charities would be an appropriate and appreciated way to celebrate her love of the earth and others.

Betty’s life was celebrated with a Memorial Service Monday, May 11th at the De Queen United Methodist Church in De Queen, Arkansas at 10:00 am.

Online condolences can be posted at: www.boonefh.com

 

Efrain Parra Angel

Mr. Efrain Parra Angel, affectionately called, Smurf, age 54, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, May 14, 2015, at his home.

He was born to Jose Manuel Angel and Maria Concepcion Parra in Guanajuato, Mexico on April 3, 1961. He was an employee of Pilgrim’s Pride, and attended Williamson Community Church. He enjoyed chickens, and mechanics.

He was preceded in death by his mother, two sisters, Sylvia Angel and Carlota Angel, and a brother, Manuel Angel.

He is survived by his wife of over 31 years, Rita Gore Angeles of De Queen, three step-sons and their spouses, PepeJoe Valentin Maturino of De Queen, James Daniel and Kayla Maturino also of De Queen, and Ben Marshall and Jenna Maturino of Maumelle, Arkansas, his father, Jose Manuel Angel of Tierra Blanca, Mexico, four grandchildren, John and Joseph Maturino, Efrain and Sophia Maturino, and a special granddaughter, Heavenly Sunshyne Couey, four brothers, Armando Angel of Luling, Texas, Richard Angel of Horatio, Ramiro Angel and Miguel Angel both of Mexico, three sisters, Manuela Angel of Horatio, Laura Angel and Eladia Angel both of Mexico, and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Efrain Angel will be held at 4:00 P.M., Saturday, May 16th in the Williamson Community Church with Rev. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in the Millwee Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, May 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Jimmie Dalton Dossey

Mr. Jimmie Dalton Dossey, age 73, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born February 17, 1942 in Honobia, Oklahoma. He was a former manager of Safeway Grocery in California, former owner of Dierks Drive-In, and a member of the West Side Church of Christ in Dierks.

Mr. Dossey was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Robbie Baker Dossey.

He is survived by his wife, Robbie Moore Dossey; one son, Marty Dossey, and a daughter and son-in-law, Chrissie and Brian White, all of Dierks; a sister, Helen Sisk of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Zach (Jennifer) White, Jesse Dossey and Caleb White; and a great granddaughter, Addison White.

Funeral services for Mr. Dossey will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in the West Side Church of Christ with James McRae and Robert Peek officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the West Side Church of Christ.

 

Mr. Robert Lee Wilcher

Mr. Robert Lee Wilcher, age 83, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, May 9, 2015 at his home.

He was born to John Truly and Ferrie Myers Wilcher in Howard County, Arkansas, on April 24, 1932, He was a retired pipe liner and truck driver and was a Baptist. He was a 32 degree Mason in the Wickes Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed fishing and cherished time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Lavada Price, Laverne Waller, James Wilcher and Dennis Wilcher. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of over 63 years, Jean Price Wilcher of De Queen, two daughters, Kathy Brown and her husband, Steve Arnold of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Marla and her husband, Mike Corn of Texarkana, Texas, two grandchildren, Keri Thomas and her husband Mike of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Gary Bagley of De Queen, four great-grandchildren, Lauren Thomas, Nik Thomas and Molli Thomas all of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Madison Bagley of De Queen and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. R.L. Wilcher will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday May 11, 2015 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with Masonic Rites will follow in the Duckett Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home, Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.
 

Benjamin Ernest Hibbs

Mr. Benjamin Ernest Hibbs, age 55, a resident of Grand Prairie, Texas, went to join his maker on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. He was born April 20, 1960 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ben was a good soul that never met a stranger and would help as best that he could when a friend was in need.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,[a] for the servant[b] does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another. John 15 12:17

Ben leaves behind his father, Franklyn Hibbs, his mother Margaret Eloise Lovell Hibbs, his sister Lisa Hibbs and his nephew Bo Hibbs.

Funeral services for Mr. Hibbs will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas with Tye Barnett officiating. Burial will follow in the Millwee Cemetery in Horatio, Arkansas.

 

 

Kenneth Eugene Cannon

Mr. Kenneth Eugene Cannon, age 62, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Thursday, May 7, 2015, at his home.

He was born August 30, 1952, in De Queen. He was a truck driver and a member of the Graveley Hunting Club. He enjoyed hunting, running dogs and spending time with friends.

Mr. Cannon was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Eugene and Ruby B. Jester Cannon; one sister, Diana Sue Martz and one son, Heath Cannon.

He is survived by one daughter, Susan Teeter of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one aunt, Yvonne Renfrow of Nashville, Arkansas; other family and many friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Cannon will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2015, in McHorse Cemetery with Rev. Terry Chapman officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Robert Allen Whitaker

Mr. Robert Allen Whitaker, age 83, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, died Wednesday, May 6, 2015 In Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born to Frank and Martha Gertrude Lewis Whitaker in Osborne, Ohio on August 26, 1931. He was a retired construction worker, and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Old Washington, Arkansas. He enjoyed a good debate, and visiting with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Maxine Riley Whitaker.

He is survived by a son, Randy and Laura Ann Whitaker of Nashville, Arkansas, two grandsons, Andy and Zachary Whitaker of Nashville, Arkansas, four brothers, Don Whitaker of Springfield, Ohio, Bill Whitaker of Port San Luci, Florida, Howard Whitaker of Enon, Ohio, and Charles Whitaker of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be at a later date. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Oscar C. Cravens

Mr. Oscar C. Cravens, Jr., age 93, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Tuesday, May 5, 2015 In the Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana.

He was born to Oscar, Sr. and Mary Turrentine Cravens at Lockesburg, Arkansas, on September 29, 1921. He was a 1939 graduate of the Sevier County Training Center. He was a member of the Macedonia United Methodist Church of Lockesburg, and was a retired employee of Pilgrim’s Pride He enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Herman Cravens, Carl A. Cravens, Lester H. Cravens, his sisters, Ruth Cravens Wright, Esther Cravens Sampson, and Daisy Cravens Cabean, his wife of over 60 years, Gladys Baggett Cravens, three nephews, O. Fredrick Cravens, P. H. Wright, Jr., and Reginald Cravens and a niece, Anetha Taylor McDonald.

He is survived by a brother, John Wesley Cravens of Lockesburg, AR, a sister, Melba Cravens Taylor, Caruthersville, Missouri, nephews, Lawrence Wright, Carl L. Cravens, Richard Cravens, Henry Cravens, John A. Taylor, nieces, Thadis M. Wright, , Ruth Cravens Watts, Carol Cravens Johnson, Ollie F. Wright Elmore, Freda Sampson Wilson, Zina Blackshear, Nina Blackshear, Sandra Cravens Robinson, Jacqueline Cravens Wright, Frederica Cravens Wytch, Sharon Cravens Smart, Denise Cravens Winfield, Patricia Cravens Ford, Andretta Cravens, and Janice Cravens French.

Funeral Services for Mr. Oscar Cravens will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 9, 2015 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, AR. Burial will follow in the Holly Springs Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, May 8th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

 

Randy Huffines

Randy Huffines, age 61, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at his home in Broken Bow.

Randy was born February 12, 1954 in Carrollton, Illinois, the son of G.L. Huffines and Bennie(Sutterfield) Huffines. Randy was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Broken Bow. He loved the Lord and was a man of very strong faith. He was employed with the Valliant Paper Mill and was a member of the United Steel Workers Paper Union , Local 13-162. He was an avid reader, especially military history, had a love of military aircraft and going to air shows with his brother, Paul. Randy enjoyed football, his favorite teams being the Pittsburg Steelers and the Arkansas Razorbacks. He enjoyed music and loved and cherished spending time with his grandsons, family and friends.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and son, Matt Huffines.

He leaves to cherish his memory, son, Josh Huffines of Seattle, Washington; brother Paul Huffines and wife Karen of Texarkana, Arkansas; sisters Debbie Thomas and husband Danny of Mountain View, Arkansas, Betina Malinak and husband Carl of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Kadence Huffines and Roger Huffines of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; special friend, Terry Hobbs; numerous other relatives and many special friends.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home in Broken Bow. Services will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home Chapel in Broken Bow, Oklahoma with the Pastor Dave Williams officiating. Interment will follow at the Watson Memorial Cemetery in the Oak Hill Community. Services are under the direction of Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be sent to www.bunchsingleton.com.

 

Mrs. Anna Marie Lawley Griffin

Mrs. Anna Marie Lawley Griffin, age 91, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, May 4th in the Howard County Memorial Hospital, Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born to William Dee and Cora Adeline Horton Lawley in Dustin, Oklahoma, on December 29, 1923. She worked for the Nevada School System as well as a homemaker. She was a Baptist and enjoyed painting, crafts, sewing, and crossword puzzles. She was a member of the De Queen Hospital Auxiliary, and enjoyed traveling.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Thelma Chandler, Wanda Decker, Alvie D. Lawley, an infant daughter, Lou Ella Griffin, a son, Douglas Griffin, her grandsons, Jason Griffin, and Joshua Griffin and her husband, Marvin Eugene Griffin.

She is survived by a grandson and his spouse Steven and Renee Griffin of Brentwood California, three great-grandsons, Zachary and his wife, Katherine Griffin, Hunter Griffin, and Noah Griffin , and two great-great-grandchildren, Zoey and Payton, a brother-in-law, James B. Chandler of De Queen, a sister-in-law, Alberta Lawley of Henrietta, Oklahoma, a special niece and care giver, Linda and her husband, Sam Young of De Queen, as well as other nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Marie Griffin will be held Friday, May 8th at 2:00 P.M. in the Horatio Cemetery with Sam Young officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Kate Abbigail “Gail” Phillips Stinnett

Mrs. Kate Abbigail “Gail” Phillips Stinnett, age 94, a resident of De Queen, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in the Christus St. Michael Hospital, Texarkana.

She was born to David Alexander and Irma Beatrice Foulks Phillips in Sweet Water, Tennessee, on January 31, 1921. She was a former nurse, beautician, and rental property owner, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church, and enjoyed working, quilting, needle work, crocheting, and painting. She cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Jim and Joe Phillips, and 2010 her husband of over 55 years, Don Stinnett.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons and daughters-in-law, Phillip Wayne and Priscilla Stinnett of Waco, Texas, and Ray and Glenda Stinnett of De Queen, a daughter, Janet Gayle Maxwell of De Queen, an ex-daughter-in-law, Dana Stringfellow of Horatio, Arkansas. She was “MeMaw” to her six grandchildren, Lynette, Katrina, Cody, LaDonna, Meagan, and Anna. A step granddaughter, Megan Latrell, seven great-granddaughters, Katelyn, and Addison, Ruby, and Rosalyn, Adrianna, Raeleigh, and soon to be born great-grandson.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Gail Stinnett will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 5th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Smallwood and Rev. Travis Lane officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Monday, May 4th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Hugh Wiley Burleson

Hugh Wiley Burleson, age 85, a resident of Camden, Arkansas, died Thursday, April 30, 2015 at his home.

He was born June 9, 1929 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Community Church in De Queen.

Mr. Burleson was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny Jackson and Ola Ward Burleson; one son, Johnny Burleson and two daughters, Ester Marie Burleson and Suzzieannah Tyler.

He is survived by his wife, Ester Alls Burleson; two daughters, Mary Foust and Hester Foust, all of Camden; three sons, Wayne Burleson, also of Camden, Larry Burleson of Horatio, Arkansas and Quincy Burleson of De Queen, Arkansas and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Burleson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2015 at the funeral home.

 

Robert Keith Eggers

Mr. Robert Keith Eggers, age 54, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born July 27, 1960 in Martinsville, Indiana. He worked for Tyson’s and was a member of the Solid Rock Full Gospel Church in Horatio.

Mr. Eggers was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Randell and Mary Addie Eggers; and his siblings, Hoby Lee Eggers, Cathy Ann Harvey, John William Eggers and Cindy Eggers.

He is survived by his wife, Kari Beasley Eggers of Horatio; five daughters and a son-in-law, Lavetta Crooke of De Queen, Arkansas, Mary and Jeronimo Varela of Gillham, Arkansas, Elisha Eggers and her fiancé, Ben Mooneyham of De Queen, Nichole Eggers of Kentucky and Hannah Williamson of California; three step-sons, Deven Rodriguez, Gatlynn Rodriguez and Jacob Davis; a half-brother, Richard Hatley of Indiana, a brother, Chuck Eggers of Strawberry, Arkansas; a sister and brother-in-law, Belinda and Patrick Jackman of Subiaco, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Memorial services for Mr. Eggers will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 1, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Floyd Wright, Pat Wright and Floyd Wright Jr. officiating.

 

Dewey David Ralls

Dewey David Ralls was born in Athens Arkansas December 26, 1944, and went to be with the Lord while surrounded by loved ones on April 28, 2015 at John McClelland Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was a member of the Armed Services serving his country in Vietnam. He is a retired truck driver for Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation where he was employed for 27 years. He was a member of the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church.

Dewey was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius and Lela McConnell Ralls, an infant son, Stoney Ralls, and one sister, Alta Flemens Dowdle. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Pressley Ralls of De Queen, one son and daughter in law, Tony and June Ralls of De Queen, and one daughter and son-in-law, Christie and Tim Combs, Parks, AR. Two children by marriage, daughter, Carrie and Gary Dinger, Dierks, AR, and son, Jody Cherry of Murfreesboro, AR. Grandchildren, Blake, Kiersten and Madison Ralls, Trent and Trey Gentry, Courtney and Brian Hankins, Magan and Rich Dorsey, Kimberly McCauley, Trinity Combs and Kyle Combs; his great grandchildren, Brynnley Ralls, Bentley and Canton Hankins and Tate Dorsey; one sister, Betty Alexander of Murfreesboro, Arkansas and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Ralls will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 1, 2015, in Athens Cemetery with Travis Lane officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 30th at the funeral home.

 

Norma Sue Boyd Simmons

Mrs. Norma Sue Boyd Simmons went to be with her heavenly Father on Monday, April 27, 2015.

She was born on August 4, 1928 to Nathan and Bithie Boyd at Alpine, Arkansas. She married Jessie R. Simmons on January 6, 1946. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Tim Allen Sharp; her mother and father, three sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Jessie R. Simmons; one son and daughter-in-law, Jessie W. (Sonny) and Frances Simmons of Glenwood, Arkansas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Brenda Sue and Ronnie Archer of Lockesburg, Arkansas and Hilda Dean of Nashville, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Rodger and Mary Boyd of Dierks; one sister and brother-in-law, Mattie and Mitch King of Sun City, Arizona; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and her special caregivers, Sharon White, assisted by Mrs. Simmons grandchildren. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Simmons will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Burg Cemetery with Tony Hill and Robert Peek officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mildred Duke

Mrs. Mildred Duke, age 99, a resident of Conway, Arkansas and former resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born September 3, 1915 in Horatio. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Horatio.

Mrs. Duke was preceded in death by her parents, James and Nancy Brewer Whipple; her husband, Jessie James Duke; two sons, Edward and Charles Duke; brother, Frank Whipple and sister, Mae Whipple.

She is survived by two granddaughters, Misty Easton of Springdale, Arkansas and Brandie Duke of Conway; one great-grandson, Gabe Carver of Springdale and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Duke will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in Clear Creek Cemetery with Jason Carlton officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

 Louis Henry Noey

Mr. Louis Henry Noey, age 91, a resident of De Queen, died Sunday, April 26, 2015, at his home.

He was born May 18, 1923, in Lubbock, Texas. He was a logger, farmer, served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and was a Baptist. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Mr. Noey was preceded in death by his parents, Chess and Minerva Noey; his wife Anita Joyce Noey; one son, Louis Ray Noey; one great grandson, Layne Elmore and 11 siblings. He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Randy Bivins; one son, Steve Noey all of De Queen; one sister, Ethel Shuffield of Lockesburg; four grandchildren, Amanda Rose Hernandez, Kristi Elmore, Mike Matheson and Randy Matheson, 11 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Noey will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Travis Lane officiating. Burial will follow in Wofford Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 28th at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Oca Mae Jackson Vancil

Mrs. Oca Mae Jackson Vancil, age 98, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 26, 2015, at her home.

She was born October 8, 1916 in Liberty Hill Community, Howard County, Arkansas. She was a former employee of Weyerhaeuser and Mountaire Poultry and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dierks.

Mrs. Vancil was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Pearl Kitchens Jackson; her husband, Burl Vancil; one daughter, Sonja Lynn Vancil; one granddaughter, Melinda Gilbert Walls; one brother, Claude A. Jackson and one sister, Roxie Holder.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Ralph Berg and Ann and Keith Gilbert all of Dierks; four grandchildren, Sonya Miller, Van Gilbert, Steven Gilbert and Ben Gilbert; eight great-grandchildren, Lindsey Miller Wimberly, Brooks Miller, Jackson Gilbert, Anna Gilbert Brages, Amy Gilbert Crisp, James Gilbert, Caroline Walls and Connor Walls and four great-great grandchildren, Becky Wimberly, Helen Wimberly, Avery Crisp and Evan Crisp.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Vancil will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Hickory Grove Cemetery with Carrol Jackson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 28th at the First United Methodist Church in Dierks.

 

Sadie Marie Walton

Sadie Marie Walton, infant daughter of Mercedez and Martega Bennett Walton, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Sadie is survived by her parents, one brother, Braeden Walton and one sister, Kaydence Walton all of De Queen; her grandparents, Jackie Bennett of De Queen and Mark and Felicia Wright of De Queen, Rhonda and William Bohanon of Texarkana, Texas and Carmelius and Cathy Walton of Mansfield, Texas; her great-grandparents, Anna Johnson of De Queen, Jack Bennett of Muncie, Indiana, Jack and Brenda Satcher of Ashdown, Arkansas, Elder Betty and J.C. Murphy of Ashdown, Arkansas, James Dean and Norma Reed of Pontiac, Michigan; her great-great-grandparents, Georgia Reed of Schaal, Arkansas and Odell and Bernice Walker of Hopkinsville, Kentucky and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015 in New Zion Baptist Church with Elder Richard Carr officiating. Burial will follow in Sandhill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the funeral home.

 

Josephine Annie Austin Derington

Josephine Annie Austin Derington, age 79, a resident of De Queen, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

She was born on January 25, 1936, in Missouri to Walter and Erma Dinger Austin.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Bobbie Derington in 1980; three sisters, Ruth Hankins, Franko Foster, Grace Marimbell Bordelon and two brothers, Herman Cummins and William Austin.

She is survived by her five children, Cynthia Lang, Sheri Derington, Lloyd Derington and wife Cindy, Patricia Sowell and Alan Derington; four grandchildren, Kayla Maturino and husband James, Jay Jay Ward, Bobbie Ward and Colton Derington, also the 4 bright spots of her life her four great-grandchildren, Efrain and Sophia Maturino and Cash and Bella Jo Ward.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Derington will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Sweet Home Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, April 27th at the funeral home.

 

Nila Faye Baker Cook

Mrs. Nila Faye Baker Cook, age 90, a resident of Cleveland, Texas, died Friday, April 24, 2015, at the home of her daughter in Cleveland, Texas.

She was born to Quincy Elisha and Callie Marie Young Baker in Grannis, Arkansas, on April 23, 1925. She was a graduate of Wickes High School and was a member of the Porter First Assembly of God in Porter, Texas, for over 38 years, where she taught Sunday school. She was a homemaker, and she enjoyed canning, cooking, garage sales, and flowers. Above all, she cherished the time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of over 60 years, James Calvin Cook, a brother, Willard Baker, a sister, Linda Green, and a great-grandson Justin Stricker.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James Alvis and Leona Cook of Granbury, Texas, and Ronnie and Bernice Cook of Batesville, Arkansas, a daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Bruce Rusling of Cleveland, Texas, six grandchildren, Buck Wayne & Stacey Cook, Misty and Jason Stricker, Mark and Ashley Cook, Amy and Aaron Disney, Casey and Richard Kinison, and Kyle Rusling and Melanie Rulong. She is survived by her great-grandchildren, Kaylee Cook, Garret Stricker, Tex Cook, Sawyer Cook, Joshua Disney, Caleb Disney, and Matthew Kinison. She is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Vernon and Gloria Baker of Willis, Texas, and a sister, Juanita Carter of Shepard, Texas.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Nila Cook will be held in Baker Cemetery, Wickes, Arkansas at 2:00 P.M., Monday, April 27th with Dr. Roberta Bustin officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chanderfuneral.com

 

 

Lieselotte “Lita” Elliott

Lieselotte “Lita” Elliott, age 88, a resident of Bossier City, Louisiana, died Friday, April 24, 2015 at her home.

She was born January 9, 1927 in Wiesbaden, Germany. She was a homemaker, and worked at the De Queen Shoe Plant and Gibson’s.

Mrs. Elliott was preceded in death by her parents, Christian and Franziska Heiman Bohrmann; a son, Larry Norman Elliott; a grandson, Steven Elliott; and a brother, Otto Bohrmann.

She is survived by her husband, R.B. Elliott; two daughters and a son-in-law, Paula Elliott and Linda and Terry Murphy, all of Bossier City; her grandchildren, Billy Murphy, Linda L. Murphy, Pamela Murphy, Armanda Elliott-Daulton; her great-grandchildren, Kiara Murphy, Blake Schmer, Elizabeth Elliott, Gracie McAllister, Jrew McAllister, Draxton Daulton, Stella Daulton, Brian Potter, Tayler Potter and Katey Murphy and one great-great-grandson, Harley Potter.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Elliott will be held 12:00 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2015 in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

 

Jessie Elbert Kesterson

Mr. Jessie Elbert Kesterson, age 93, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.

He was born November 15, 1921 in Umpire, Arkansas. He was a former employee of Weyerhaeuser, a poultry grower, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Dierks.

Mr. Kesterson was preceded in death by his parents, John Calvin and Lillian Pearl Ransom Kesterson; his wife, Opal Pate Kesterson; one daughter, Joan Manley and one grandson, David Evan White.

He is survived by one daughter, Wanda White of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; two brothers, Lloyd Kesterson of Umpire, Arkansas and Homer Kesterson of Forks, Washington; three grandchildren, Krista Mitchell, Karen Manley and Kent Manley; five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Kesterson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in First Assembly of God Church in Dierks with Kevin Herrington officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, April 27th at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

Debora Kay Dockins Hibbs

Mrs. Debora Kay Dockins Hibbs, age 58, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at home.

She was born to Arnold and Pauline Collingsworth Dockins on November 27, 1956. She worked for the Sevier County Developmental Center, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Kenneth Dockins.

She is survived by her champion, Marty Lovell of De Queen, a son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Jessica Hibbs of Gillham, a daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Sid Ketchum of Hollis, Oklahoma, Seven grandchildren, Brenden, Steven, Emily, Eldon, Nathan, and twins, Joshua and Jeremiah, a great-grandchild, Christopher, three brothers and a sister-in-law, Jimmy and Pat Dockins, of Waxahachie, Texas, Charlie Dockins, and Larry Dockins both of De Queen, a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Shorty Neal of Copeville, Texas, a sister-in-law, Carole Dockins of Horatio, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Debbie Hibbs will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, April 25, 2015 in the Chapel Hill Baptist Church, De Queen, with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Millwee Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, April 24th at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Billie Ruth (Fox) Butler

Billie Ruth (Fox) Butler, 76, of Collinsville, TX, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 in her home surrounded by love, prayers, laughter and her family singing all their favorite hymns. Billie was born January 30, 1939 in Hale, TX to John David Fox and Mary Ann (Kizer) Fox. Billie married Wilbur Butler, Jr. on May 23, 1956 in Ladonia, Texas. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Collinsville.

Billie was born a natural mother and had a great love for her family. She was a faithful and loyal wife for almost 59 years and experienced God’s abundant blessings upon their home and family. Her servant’s heart was seen in her dedication as a homemaker and a Sunday school teacher who loved teaching her preschool class. Her home was always open to family and friends, church members and everyone in-between. Anytime you sat down at her table, there was always a delicious spread in front of you, whether it be a “from the garden” meal or game that Wilbur had brought home from the hunt. In addition to Billie being a great cook and wonderful hostess, she was a true laborer for God and her family. Her dedication was evident by the strong work ethic she had, always asking what needed to be done or what could she bring. She also had a great sense of humor that all children loved and put many at ease. She always loved having her home and the family ranch filled with fellowship, love and laughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Fox; one daughter, Beverly Diann Butler Lane; three sisters, Molly Pendleton, Christine McCormick and Brenda Cobb; and two brothers, Newman Fox and Herbert Fox.

Billie is survived by her husband, Wilbur of Collinsville, TX; one son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Jean Butler of Port Angeles, WA; three daughters and son-in-laws, Sheila and John Wolfe of Little Elm, TX, Gail and Clint Dansby and Teresa and Dan White, both of Van Alstyne, TX; 17 grandchildren; Caleb, Zachary and Cole Lane; Grace McLemore, Emily and John Wolfe, Jr, Mary Ridley; Garrett and Garth Dansby; Brittany, Shanna, Katelynn, Jacob and Levi Butler; Adam, Olivia and Luke White; five great grandchildren; Isaiah, Iris and Silas McLemore; Bailey and Brayden Lane, and little Revlynn Diann on the way. Other survivors include two sisters, Odessa Hill of Sherman, TX and Peggy Johnson of Midland, TX; two brothers, Jimmy Fox of Bonham, TX and Nolan Fox of Pilot Point, TX.

Billie had the privilege of holding many titles including; wife, momma, and grandmother. Even though Billie held those titles, she felt that the most important role was being a Child of God. She taught her children and grandchildren that the most important thing in life was to love Jesus with all your heart and to have a relationship with Him. She loved Him most.


Billie was laid to rest at Little Elm Cemetery, following a beautiful service celebrating her life at their home church in Collinsville.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the prayers, words of encouragement and support shown to our family during this time. If desired, donations may be made in her memory to the FBC Collinsville Youth Department.
 

 

Rev. James Harold Cannon

Rev. James Harold "Jigs" Cannon, age 90, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Nashville Nursing and Rehab.

He was born May 26, 1926, in De Queen, Arkansas.  he served in the US Navy during World War II, was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, attended South Western Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lockesburg.  he was a beloved pastor at State Line Baptist, Cerro Gordo; Kern Heights Baptist, De Queen; Lockesburg First Baptist; Parkway Baptist Church, Houston, Mississippi and retired as Director of Missions, Little River Baptist Association.

Bro. Cannon was preceded in death by his parents, James Henry and Minnie Parkerson Cannon; three brothers, Willie Gene, Charles and Sydney Cannon; three sisters, Verna Smith, Louise Allen and Virginia Cannon and a half-brother, F.L. Hart.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Priest Cannon; two daughters and sons-in-law, Ella and Darrell Ward of Idabel, Oklahoma and Linda and Michael Quinn of Lockesburg; one son, Mark Cannon of Eola, Texas; five grandchildren, Brandon Tomlinson and wife Angie of Idabel, Oklahoma,  Wendy Gammon and husband  Matt of Genoa, Arkansas, Jeremy Whisenhunt of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jonathan Whisenhunt of Lockesburg, Arkansas and Hayden Ward of Idabel, Oklahoma; one sister, Magel House of De Queen; 4 great-grandchildren, Victoria Gibbs, Emilee Tomlinson, Cole and Lindsey Gammon; one special sister-in-law, Melba Priest; two step-granddaughters, Elizabeth Longacre and Alexis Ward; one step-grandson, Jared Quinn; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Bro. Cannon will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015, in First Baptist Church, Lockesburgwith Rev. Roy Gene Brooks and Dr. David Blasé officiating.  Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, April 24,th at the funeral home.

 

Rebecca Van Cornish McDonald

Mrs. Rebecca Van Cornish McDonald, affectionately called, Becky, age 65, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday April 22, 2015, at her home.

She was born to Van and May Beth Hudson Cornish in De Queen, Arkansas, on February 9, 1950. She was co-owner of Ye Olde Cabinet Shoppe, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, shopping, and she cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

Becky was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Emma Sue Benedict, and a grandchild, Jessica Nicole McDonald.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jerry McDonald of De Queen, a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Misty McDonald of De Queen, two daughters and sons-in-law, Crystal and Mike Willey and Courtney and Troy Cravens all of De Queen, five grandchildren, Shelby MacKensie Funderburk of Durant, Oklahoma, Kynnedi Rayne France of De Queen, Meela Rayne McDonald, twin grandsons, Jaxson Layne McDonald, and Cain John-Martin McDonald all of De Queen, her step-grandchildren, AmandaMae Willey, Samantha Faye Willey, and Aaron Todd Willey all of Texarkana, Arkansas, a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Mary Helen Cornish of McKinney, Texas, a brother-in-law, Lloyd Benedict of Fairfield, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 800 Marshall St., Little Rock, Arkansas 72202 in Rebecca McDonald’s Memory.

 

 

Juanita L Burgess Arnold

Juanita L Burgess Arnold died at her home in Wylie, Texas Thursday, April 16th at 11 PM, having succumbed to the infirmities of old age at 103. She was raised in De Queen, Arkansas, and had been a resident of the Dallas area for 84 years & had many friends and family who will regret to hear of her death. Juanita was the long-time assistant to Dr. C.T. Peek and active in her voting precinct, a devout democrat.

Juanita served her country during WWII by working in the production line at North American Aviation building shrouds for P-51 Mustangs.

Ms. Arnold was preceded in death by her daughter Jackie Sue Levy and is survived by her grandchildren David Levy, Esq. and Dr. Nikki Nakovic, also her niece & caregiver for the past 21 years Nancy Hansen and many other nieces and nephews.

Her secret to life is trying to do your best every day and finding some happiness in everything.

Graveside services for Ms. Arnold will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2015, at Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mrs. Ruth Vernice Milligan

Mrs. Ruth Vernice Milligan, age 69, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 17, 2015, at the Wadley Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born January 28, 1946, in Cove, Arkansas. She was a retired Poulan quality control inspector, a homemaker and a member of the First Pentecostal Church of God in De Queen.

Mrs. Milligan was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph William and Nola Vera Pate Fair; two brothers, Floyd and Donald Ray Fair and one sister, Joyce Spencer.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gary Milligan; three daughters and sons-in-law, Maria and Don Miller of Greenwood, Arkansas, Tamara and Thomas Stark of De Queen and Julie and John Owen of Paris, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Lorene and J.L. Presley of De Queen; three brothers-in-law, Kenneth Spencer, Kenny Milligan and Tim White; one sister-in-law, Brenda Starr; twelve grandchildren, John, Rhyon, Kaelyn, Ryan, Megan, Matthew, Micah, Luke, Adam, Sarah, Isaac and Kimberly; seven great grandchildren, Londyn, Karlei, Dalton, Austin, Hunter, Chloe and Tristen.

Funeral services for Mrs. Milligan will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at First Pentecostal Church of God with Randy Munter officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Cove, Arkansas under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, April 20th at the funeral home.

 

Jennifer Jean Wray Wright

Jennifer Jean Wray Wright, age 56, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015 near Glenwood, Arkansas.

She was born June 6, 1958 in Kaplan, Louisiana.

Jennifer was preceded in death by one grandson, Cev Thomas Wright.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Nathaniel Wright of De Queen; one son, Mark Wright and one daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Roger Johnson all of Benton, Arkansas; her parents. James and Helen Gary Wray of De Queen; three grandchildren, Matteah Wright and Natalie and Alex Johnson; two sisters, Linda Miller and Harriett Rogers both of De Queen; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond and Mary Sue Rogers and James and Lisa Wray all of De Queen and Charlie and Tracy Wray of Haughton, Louisiana; a special friend, Rose Dean of Nashville, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16th at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mrs. Claudell Jeanette McRae

Mrs. Claudell Jeanette McRae, age 93, a lifelong resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at De Queen Therapy and Living Center.

She was born August 7, 1921, in De Queen. She worked in the cafeteria in the De Queen School System for 36 years and was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

Mrs. McRae was preceded in death by her parents, Ira Douglas and Mittie Lee Evans Phillips; her husband, Virgil McRae and 3 brothers.

She is survived two sons and daughters-in-law, Herman and Gigi McRae of Foreman, Arkansas and Morris and Paula McRae of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Ruth Latimer and Donna and Ricky Parson all of De Queen; one sister, Bobbie Phillips Flournoy also of De Queen; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. McRae will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015, in De Queen Church of Christ with Tye Barnett and Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, April 17th at the funeral home.

 

Mr. James R. Sullivan

Mr. James R. Sullivan, age 63, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Monday, April 13, 2015 in Mena, Arkansas. He is now in the arms of Jesus where he longed to be.

He was born to Thomas and Violet Wagoner Sullivan in De Queen, Arkansas on May 14, 1951. He was a retired teacher, having taught in Murfreesboro High School. He enjoyed fishing, Listening to gospel music, and was an avid fan of the Wickes Warriors, and Arkansas Razorbacks.

Mr. Sullivan was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Tommie Sullivan and his sister, Reba Jenkins.

He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, David and Peggy Sullivan of Gore, Oklahoma, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Robert Miller of Mena, Arkansas, Bonnie and Earnest McDowell of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Neta and Bob Meyer of Jeff City, Missouri, a sister-in-law, Linda Sullivan of Holts Summit, Missouri, a brother-in-law, Lacey Jenkins of Wickes, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as his students. He loved his students and called them his kids.

Funeral Services for Mr. James Sullivan will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday in the Wickes Church of the Nazarene, with Bro. Jon Newlin and Bro. Leon McClesky officiating. Burial will follow in the Crystal Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M..

 

Mrs. Shirley Ann Thirsk Berner

Mrs. Shirley Ann Thirsk Berner, age 82, passed away in the early morning hours of April 11, 2015 in Dierks, Arkansas, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Winfield, Kansas on September 20, 1932 to Pansy Marie and James Lester Thirsk. She married Homer Harold Berner on August 4, 1950 in Augusta, Kansas in the home her father built. This union was blessed with the birth of two beautiful daughters. Married life took her on a journey from Kansas to Oklahoma City, then Victoria, Texas before finally settling in Cuero, Texas. While in Cuero, Shirley worked for many years at Farmers State Bank and Trust. She is remembered for her warm smile and friendly, efficient customer service.

After retirement, Homer and Shirley moved back to Augusta, Kansas to care for their mothers. Following Homer’s death in 2002, Shirley moved to De Queen, Arkansas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, and her parents.

She is survived by her daughters: Kay Trotta (Paul) of De Queen, Arkansas, and Gail Harcrow (Everett) of Seguin, Texas; a brother, Larry D. Thirsk (Jackie) of Security, Colorado; grandchildren: Jennifer Gonzales (Arthur) of Cuero, Texas, Jeffrey Sigsbee (Mandy) of Crafton, Texas, Paul Sigsbee (Jill) of McKinney, Texas, Steven Trotta of De Queen, Arkansas, Michael Trotta of Pennsylvania, Daniel Trotta (Jackie) of Alexander, Arkansas, Monica Knox (Kirk) of Sasebo, Japan, Sean Harcrow (Kara) of New Braunfels, Texas, Gwen Tillery (Roy) of Elkins, Arkansas, Gabe Harcrow (Lisa) of Tampa, Florida, and Ben Harcrow (Anne Marie) of Stuttgart, Germany, as well as 23 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 15th at Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Josh Herweck officiating. Donations may be sent to Dierksen Memorial Hospice, 4425 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 104, Texarkana, Arkansas 71854.

 

 

Donna Marie Powers Jones

Donna Marie Powers Jones, 65, departed this life on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in the Alma Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her loving family. A resident of Alma and former resident of De Queen, Donna had fiercely battled cancer for almost six years.

She was born May 6, 1949, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Ralph Francis and Blanche Mary Sherman Powers. A “rose among thorns”, she had two older brothers and two younger brothers. She graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School in 1966. Her Navy brother Ralph introduced his best friend, Larry Jones, to the family and the rest is history. Donna and Larry were married in St. Paul Catholic Church in Cambridge on May 3, 1968. The young family moved to Larry’s native state of Arkansas in 1971, and except for a year in Texas and a year in South Carolina, Donna lived there for the rest of her life. You would never have known she was a Yankee except when she cheered on the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and her beloved Boston Red Sox.

Donna enjoyed many happy hours dominating the lanes at the Pine Bowl in De Queen. She served as secretary of various leagues for several years. While she never rolled that elusive 300 game, she enjoyed the friendly competition and loved going to tournaments with her bowling buddies.

Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy, and she enjoyed visiting and traveling with them as often as she could. She often outpaced her family, even after she got sick. Donna refused to let cancer beat her.

She never met a stranger. Her outgoing personality was perfectly suited to her job as deputy county clerk at the Sevier County Courthouse, the favorite position of her career. She retired in 2007. Donna leaves behind a legacy of love, humor, passion for life, and the best Thanksgiving stuffing in the world. Donna wass preceded in death by her parents, her Nana, Ursula Rupkaite Sherman Shurkus, and three brothers, Robert, Ralph and Joseph Powers.

She is survived by Larry, her husband of almost 47 years; her children Melissa Belur (Satya) of San Jose, California, Derek Jones (partner CarolLynn Mulshine) of Tampa, Florida, and Jennifer Jones of Alma; grandsons Logan Jones, Braden Key, Kiran and Aidan Belur, and Tiago Jones. She is also survived by her brother James Powers (Virginia); sisters-in-law Ada Powers (widow of Ralph), Susie Jones Chadwick and Edna Jones Carpenter; honorary grandchildren Preston and Gracie Smith; and a wealth of nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind a lifetime’s worth of friends and her cherished Cambridge Girls.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 2:00 pm at Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen. Visitation will follow immediately after the service. The family requests that memorials be donated to the charity of one’s choice. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Mr. Curtis Dean Langley

Mr. Curtis Dean Langley, age 68, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born January 24, 1947 in Winthrop, Arkansas. He was retired from Ashdown Paper Mill; he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ. He enjoyed his children and grandchildren and was passionate about fishing, working and horseback riding.

He was preceded in death by his father, Victor Langley his mother, Ruby Whisenhunt Ayers and his step-father, Joe Ayers.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Valerie and Ricky Kinney of Horatio, Arkansas and Jamie and Clayton Smith of Foreman; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Angela Langley of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Justin and Katie Langley of Foreman; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Melvin and Jo Ann Langley of Haworth, Oklahoma and Bobby and Mary Langley of Luling, Texas; one sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Don Anderson of Foreman; twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Langley will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Leon Klitz officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 12th at the funeral home.

 

Willie Ann Abernathy

Miss Willie Ann Abernathy, age 67, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, died Thursday, April 9th at her Home.

She was born to Willie Acie and Margaret Ann Long Abernathy Lathrop in El Centro, California, on February 8, 1948. She was a member of the Assembly of God, and enjoyed word puzzles, and crafts.

She was preceded in death by her father, and two siblings, Chester Lee Abernathy, and Julia Ann Abernathy.

She is survived by her mother and step-dad, Margaret Ann and Andy Lathrop of Nashville, Ark.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Thurman “Red” Pennington of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and Linda and Steven Hankins of St. Stephens, Alabama, two step brothers, Gary and his wife, Jacala Lathrop and Andy Jay and his wife, Chrisy Lathrop all of Nashville, Arkansas, a step-sister, Debra and her husband, Mark Moilan of Huron, South Dakota, one nephew, Justin Abernathy, four nieces, Mary Ruth Pennington, Sarah Ann Pennington, Sheresa Hankins, and Heather Abernathy, a great- niece, Stassney Brown and a great-nephew, Aaron Brown, a sister-in-law, Valarie Abernathy of Harvey, Arkansas, as well as other family members.

Graveside funeral services for Miss Willie Ann Abernathy will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, April 11th in the Birta Cemetery, Yell County, Arkansas, with Bro. Archie Phillips officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, April 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Melva Shirley McWhorter

Mrs. Melva Shirley McWhorter, age 84, a resident of Texarkana, Texas died Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in Texarkana.

She was born December 4, 1930 in North Dakota. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. McWhorter was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Metta Schultz and her husband, Loyce Dean “Sonny” McWhorter.

She is survived by two sons, George Dillon of Eugene, Oregon and Fred Dillon; two sisters and five brothers and her mother-in-law, Pearl McWhorter.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015 at McHorse Cemetery with Bro. Larry Fry officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Dustin James Leathers

Dustin James Leathers, age 1, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Monday, April 6, 2015, near Mena, Arkansas along with his mother, Latosha, sister, Alana and unborn sister, Kylie JoAnn Emsley.

He was born September 20, 2013 in Mena.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Fredia Young Leathers.

He is survived by his father, Dustin Leathers; his grandparents, Pat and Chuck Leathers of Lockesburg, David and Sharon Conatser of Mena and Tonya Conatser of Lockesburg; his great-grandparents, Redd and Jeanette Kesterson, Gene and Ethel Leathers of Lockesburg, Everett and Marsha Chadwick of Big Cedar, Oklahoma, Tony and Kay Liggon of Lockesburg and Jerry and Donna Conatser of Foreman; his great-great-grandmother, Zona Chesnut and a number of aunts and uncles.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015, in New Bethel Cemetery in Lockesburg with Donny Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Alana Alexis Conatser

Alana Alexis Conatser, age 5, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Monday, April 6, 2015, near Mena, Arkansas along with her mother, Latosha, brother, Dustin and unborn sister, Kylie JoAnn Emsley.

She was born November 1, 2009 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Fredia Young Leathers.

She is survived by her father, Dustin Leathers; her grandparents, Pat and Chuck Leathers of Lockesburg, David and Sharon Conatser of Mena and Tonya Conatser of Lockesburg; her great-grandparents, Redd and Jeanette Kesterson, Gene and Ethel Leathers of Lockesburg, Everett and Marsha Chadwick of Big Cedar, Oklahoma, Tony and Kay Liggon of Lockesburg and Jerry and Donna Conatser of Foreman; her great-great-grandmother, Zona Chesnut and a number of aunts and uncles.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015, in New Bethel Cemetery in Lockesburg with Donny Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Latosha Nichole Leathers

Latosha Nichole Leathers, age 24, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Monday, April 6, 2015 near Mena, Arkansas along with her daughter, Alana, son, Dustin and unborn daughter, Kylie JoAnn Emsley.

She was born March 30, 1991 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Dustin Leathers; her father and step-mother, David and Sharon Conatser of Mena; her mother, Tonya Conatser of Lockesburg; her grandparents, Everett and Marsha Chadwick of Big Cedar, Oklahoma, Jerry and Donna Conatser of Foreman, Arkansas and Tony and Kay Liggon of Lockesburg; one brother, Hunter Conatser; her half-sisters, Aurianna Conatser and Serenity Conatser; three step-sisters, Melissa Jones, Denise Pride and Sarah Jones and her mother and father-in-law, Chuck and Pat Leathers.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015, in New Bethel Cemetery in Lockesburg with Donny Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Myrtle Leona Clenney Addington

Myrtle Leona Clenney Addington, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life, Sunday, April 5, 2015, at De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Elmer and Eve Freeze Clenney in Walnut Springs, Arkansas, on August 19, 1925. She was a retired business owner and a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen. She dearly loved visiting with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband of over 40 years, Russell Kennedy Addington. She was also preceded in death by her five sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Laverne Addington of De Queen, Dr. Ron and Cecilia Addington of Arkadelphia, and one daughter, Stella Foster of Florida. She is survived by four grandchildren and their spouses, Amie and Roland Csege of Maumelle, John and Brittany Addington, of Bryant, Lindsey Addington and Michael Lugo of Atlanta, Georgia, and Sheila Ross of De Queen. She is also survived by five great-granchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, as well as a number of other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Myrtle Addington will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in the Redmen Cemetery in De Queen. Graveside funeral services are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Sharon Renea Guinn Clark

Mrs. Sharon Renea Guinn Clark, age 52, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Ronald Ray and Eva Joyce Phillips in De Queen, Arkansas, on October 16, 1962.

She was self employed in estate sales, as well as a homemaker. Sharon was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Eddie and Ruby Lane Guinn, her maternal grandparents, Laymond and Mary Phillips, and a brother, Clay Westin Casey.

She is survived by two daughters, Brandy Bowers of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and Ashley Bowers of Alpena, Arkansas, her mother, Eva Joyce Casey of Louisville, Kentucky, two grandsons, Eli-Jah Jamerson of Magnolia, Arkansas, and Jemarcus Hendrix of Alpena, Arkansas, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Douglas Ray and Crystal Guinn of Horatio, Arkansas, and Johnny Rance Casey of Louisville, Kentucky, a sister, Tammy Guinn of De Queen, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Sharon Clark will be held at 6:00 P.M., Saturday, April 4th in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home

 

Aaron Michael Hooker

Aaron Michael Hooker, age 41, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, died Saturday, April 4, 2015 near the Green’s Chapel Community.

He was born on February 13, 1974 in Texarkana, Texas. Aaron was a supervisor for SAIC, defense contractor to the Red River Army Depot. He enjoyed being with his friends, sports, hunting and loved fishing with his son.

Aaron is survived by his son, Dillon Mitchell Hooker of Texarkana; his parents, Charles and Cathy Hooker of Dierks, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Jason and Tami Hooker of Chandler, Texas; his nieces and nephew, Bayli, Tori and Layne; two very special people, Sonya Hooker and K. C. Barr and several uncles and aunts.

The family will receive friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Brother Joe Carlton officiating.

 

Donald Sue Huddleston

Mrs. Donald Sue Huddleston 81, of Little Rock, Arkansas formerly of Hope, Arkansas passed away April 1, 2015 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born on October 17, 1933 in Hope, Arkansas to Earl and Lula Belle Watson Cooley.

Mrs. Huddleston was always a supportive coach’s wife and was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hope and a Sunday school teacher. She was the former owner of Main Street Fashions and LaHa Cleaners; she also was a teacher’s aide for Horatio Schools. She loved to read, paint, fish and play games with her sons and family.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; Husband, Wesley Huddleston; brother, LeRoy Cooley and sister, Jane Bowden.

Mrs. Huddleston is survived by four sons, Michael Huddleston of Smyrna, TN, David Huddleston and wife, Kim of Red Lick, TX, Bruce Huddleston and wife, Vickie of Star City, AR and Bill Huddleston and wife, Tammy of DeQueen, AR; six grandchildren, Jeremy Huddleston and wife, Glenda, Jamie Huddleston and wife, Jana, Amie Allen and husband, Bryan, Justin Huddleston, Mandy Kelly and husband, Nick; and Clint Huddleston; eight great grandchildren, Mason Huddleston, Jarod Bayless, Lexi Huddleston, Rhett and Brody Huddleston, Kylee and Kinzlee Humphrey and Kloee Allen along with extended family in Seattle Washington.

Pallbearers are Clint Huddleston, Justin Huddleston, Jeremy Huddleston, Jamie Huddleston, Jarod Bayless and Mason Huddleston.

Honorary pallbearers are Rhett and Brody Huddleston and Perry Hinley, Jr.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 3, 2015 between the hours of 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home, Hope, Arkansas.

Services will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the chapel at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home, Hope, Arkansas with Bro. Steve Johnson officiating, interment will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home.


 

James Harold Kendrick

Mr. James Harold Kendrick, age 88, a resident of Zephyrhills, Florida, and former resident of Cerro Gordo, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 1, 2015 in Dade City, Florida.

He was born to Ellie and Allie Aikman Kendrick in Bluffton, Arkansas, on September 23, 1926. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, having served in the U. S. Army for almost 30 years. He was retired from Red River Army Depot, in September of 1988. He was also a rancher, which was his passion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Gene Kendrick, Billy Joe Kendrick, and Gilbert Kendrick, and his wife, Ingeburg Maria Kendrick.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Birgit Metzner of Germany, and James H., Jr. and Brenda Kendrick of Wake Village, Texas, two daughters and a son-in-law, Suzann Marie Leavor of Dade City, Florida, and Tracy and Scott Frachiseur of Grannis, Arkansas, six grandchildren, Shawn and Matthew Leavor of Dade City, Florida, Kaitlin and Madison Householder of Luguna Park, Texas, and Brandi and Autumn Frachiseur of Grannis, two brothers, Tony Kendrick and Aikman Kendrick both of Cerro Gordo, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Harold Kendrick will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, April 4th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military rites will follow in the Cerro Gordo Cemetery, Cerro Gordo, Arkansas.

 

 

Maxine Bradshaw McFarlin

Mrs. Audrey Maxine Simpson Bradshaw McFarlin, age 78, a resident of Lindale, Texas, died Monday, March 30th in Lindale, Texas.

She was born to William Burr and Mary Mesliss McGough in Goodwater, Oklahoma, on April 11, 1936. She was retired from the Carrollton Farmers Texas School System, as well as a homemaker. She was a Baptist and enjoyed sewing, quilting, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Mahlon Craig McFarlin, and her husband, Mahlon McFarlin, four brothers, Sidney, Aubrey “Preacher”, Roy, and J. B. Simpson, and a sister, Dorothy Myrick.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Sherrie Lynn and Jimmie Easley of Lindale, Texas, and Vicki Kaye and Mike Nelson of Carrollton, Texas, three grandchildren, Jessica Easley of Lindale, Texas, Amanda and her husband, Billy Messer, and Jenae Nelson both of Carrollton, Texas, , two great-grandsons, Bowman Messer and Easton Messer of Carrollton, Texas, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Pat Simpson of Dennison, Texas, Sherrill “Jody” and Jeanette Simpson of Eagletown, Oklahoma, Cotton and Dorothy Simpson of Naples, Texas, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Pearl “Mdie” Jones of Evermon, Texas, and Billie Jean and Cecil McCoy of Texarkana, Texas, a sister-in-law, Christine Simpson of Eagletown, Okla. and a number of nieces and nephews, and other family members.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Audrey McFarlin will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, April 2, 2015 in the West Otis Cemetery, Horatio, Ark. with Cy Davis, minister officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen

 

Reece F Henry

Reece F Henry, age 96 Garland, TX passed away peacefully into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 30th, 2015. He was born September 7, 1918 in Watson, Oklahoma.

He is survived by his sister Maxine Frint, daughter Ellen Suchey, grandson Michael Suchey, nieces Joyce Perimon, Mary Jane Wells, Sue Jo Creager, Sharron Slaton and nephews G W Henry, Gene Henry, Oliver Matthews, Paul Frint, numerous great nieces and nephews, and many among us who will love and remember him to the end of our days. He touched many peoples lives with his knowledge, compassion, generosity, loving sense of humor and infectious smile.

Visitation from 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Friday, April 3, 2015 at Chandler Funeral Home,1015 W. Collin Raye, De Queen, AR 81832. Graveside Service, 2:30pm, Friday, April 3, 2015, Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, AR 71832

 

 

Joe M. Johnson III

Joe Michael Johnson III of Cove, AR passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015 from injuries suffered in a car accident.

He is survived by his finance, Angela Sanders of Cove, AR and one sister, Hope Cheatham (Jerry) of De Queen, AR, uncles: Timothy Hunter of Ft. Smith, Lonnie (Kathy) Johnson of De Queen, aunts: Regina "KK" Johnson and Peggy Bramlett, both of De Queen and Nell Cummings (Bill) of Marshall, WI. He is further survived by two special friends: Christine Oglesby and Linda Hodges as well as numerous other friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe M. Johnson Jr., maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold C. Hunter of Lockesburg, AR, his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe M. Johnson, Sr. of De Queen,  uncles: Dean Johnson of De Queen, Jackie Pike of Dallas, Texas, Randy Hunter, Paul Hunter and Harold C. Hunter of Lockesburg, one aunt: Mary Koelzer of De Queen.

Mike was employed by Tyson Foods at their Grannis facility. He enjoyed  spending time with family and friends, hunting, fishing and his large collection of animals. He was a hard worker who was always willing to lend a helping hand. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the First Pentecostal Church of God in De Queen, AR with Pastor Randy Munter officiating, followed by a luncheon at the church activity center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Pentecostal Church, P.O. Box 883 or the Adult Activity Center of De Queen. Interment of ashes will take place later in a private service.

 

William "Bill" Blankenship
 

William "Bill" Blankenship, age 86, of Eagletown, Oklahoma, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015 in Texarkana, Texas.
 
Bill was born in Gillham, Arkansas on April 5, 1928, the son of William Blankenship and Cora Williams Blankenship. Bill married Gearldean Joiner Blankenship on April 10, 1953 in Idabel, Oklahoma. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and retired in 1966 after 20 years of service . Bill and Gearldean moved back to Eagletown in 1966 and he was employed for the Weyerhaeuser Company, retiring from there after 28 years. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW in Broken Bow. He owned and operated the Hilltop Bar in Eagletown for many years. He was a member of the Eagletown Assembly of God Church. Bill was loved by everyone. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his friends but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
 
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Cora Blankenship; son, William Lee "Billy" Blankenship; brothers, Ernest, Everette, Alvin, George, Jim, Jessie and Orie; sisters, Maybell, Bertha, Mandy, Francis, Ruby, Sis and Vicie.
 
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 62 years, Gearldean Blankenship of the home; grandchildren, Chris Blankenship and wife Kristy of Heavener, Oklahoma, Sabra Lopez and husband J.J. of Eagletown, Jerry Blankenship and wife Melanie of Blanchard, Oklahoma, Savanna Blankenship of Eagletown, Cheyenne Ashalintubbi and husband Matt of Broken Bow, Charlie Brewer and husband Derek of Nashville, Arkansas; great grandchildren,Amanda Phillips and husband Rusty of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Kelly Woodral and husband Gerald of Heavener, Oklahoma, Kensley Metcalf, Kendon Metcalf and Kylen Myers of Eagletown, Brittani Blankenship and Brianna Blankenship of Fort Towson, Madison Blankenship and Katelyn Blankenship of Bristow, Cianna Billy of Broken Bow, Chloe Brewer and Addison Brewer of Nashville, Arkansas; great great grandchildren, Bryar Phillips, Brantley Phillips, Brylie Phillips, Jaxton Woodral, Miley Woodral and Kinley Woodral; numerous other relatives and many special friends.
 
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
 
Services will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Eagletown Assembly of God Church in Eagletown, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at the Eagletown Cemetery.
 

 

Jerry Lynn Jones

Mr. Jerry Lynn Jones, age 74, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, March 26, 2015 in the Christus St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born September 23, 1940 in Byars, Oklahoma. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser and was a former employee of Pilgrim’s Pride. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin and Jessie Tippit Jones; his wife, Wynona Louise Sanders Jones and one brother, Floyd Wesly Jones.

He is survived by two sons, David Lynn Jones of De Queen and Brian Eugene Crownover of Horatio; four grandchildren, Tracy Amber Jones of De Queen, Amber Nichole Jones of Chickasha, Oklahoma and Heather and Stephanie Plunk of Horatio ; two brothers, Virgil Jones of Ft. Worth, Texas and Vernon D. Jones of Norman, Oklahoma; one sister, Patsy Hills of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Traci Leigh Swinehart

Traci Leigh Swinehart, age 39, a resident of San Antonio, Texas, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in San Antonio.

She was born on March 8, 1976 in Great Falls, Montana. She loved people especially children. She was charismatic, outgoing and led a colorful life. She could communicate with anyone in spite of her deafness. Traci was well educated and had traveled many places with her father.

Traci is survived by her mother and step-father, Lesa and Eric Lyon of Arlington, Texas; her father, David Swinehart of The Woodlands, Texas; her grandparents, Chuck and Rosie King of Murfreesboro, Arkansas and her aunt, Bambi Whitehouse of Spring, Texas.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015 in Lockesburg Cemetery with Rev. Terry Chapman officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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Traci Leigh Swinehart, March 8, 1976-March 25, 2015. We are here to celebrate the dash of a lifetime. A simple dash that falls between her birth date and the end of her life here on earth. Now there is a new beginning for our beloved Traci where she will have peace and no more pain.

She was especially close to her grandfather, Chuck King and loved to come to Arkansas to see him and her grandma Rosie King. Traci’s father, David Swinehart had been a good father who had raised her well.

She loved her mother Lesa, who was like a sister or better yet to say she was an extension of her. They were a lot alike. Lesa loved Traci so very much and part of her has gone on with her.

Traci and Eric Lyon, her stepfather were close and he loved her like a daughter, he will remember many wonderful times.

 

 

Sybel Irvan Young

Mrs. Sybel Irvan Young, age 92, of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, March 30, 2015, in Dierks, Arkansas.

She was born April 11, 1922 in Horatio. She was a homemaker, Sunday school teacher, farmer, former employee of Mountaire Poultry and member of the Williamson Community Church in Horatio.

Mrs. Young was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin Franklin and Eva Chewning Irvan; her husbands, Alonzo Pettigrew, Ed Friday and Clifton Young; her son, Alonzo Irvan Pettigrew, one grandson, Jonathan Carl Pettigrew; a special sister, Bernice James Roberts; 8 brothers, Freddie, Jessie, Johnnie, Lawrence, Claude, Henry, Leonard, and Russell Irvan and 8 sisters, Myrtle Irvan, Violet Williamson, Mary Williamson, Rachel Talley, Frankie Patton, Verna Ashley, Evelyn Young and Della Young.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Robbie and Carletta Pettigrew of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; four daughters and sons-in-law, Florence and Jerry Metcalf of Horatio, Annitta and David Perks of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, Marilyn Jo and Warren Adcock of Farmington, Arkansas and Trilby Irvan Nickerson of Horatio, Arkansas; one step-daughter, Irma Walters Walker of De Queen; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Young will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015, in the Williamson Community Church with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 1st at the funeral home.

We will forever be grateful to Dierks Health and Rehab and Dierksen Hospice for the care they gave to our mother during her illness.

 

Mrs. Nadine “Deanie” Jones Higgins

Mrs. Nadine “Deanie” Jones Higgins, age 70, a resident of Jefferson, Texas, died Friday, March 20, 2015 in Jefferson, Texas.

She was born to Paul and Cynthia Young Jones in Stilwell, Oklahoma on August 17, 1944. She was a homemaker and a talented seamstress. She was a member of the Rose and Garden Club, Cheerleader for her children and grandchildren, active school volunteer for children and grandchildren, and member and deacon’s wife of the North Shore Baptist Church of Mims, Texas. She was very active in the ladies group and loved teaching Sunday School to children.

Mrs. Higgins was preceded in death by her grandparents, her parents, two brothers, Earl Lee and LeRoy Jones, a brother-in-law, Russell Higgins, her sisters-in-law, Jean Smith, Gladys Tabor, and Mae Hearn, and two daughters, Belinda Kay Goins, and Rita Higgins Benefield.

She is survived by her husband of over 53 years, Bobby Higgins of Jefferson, Texas, two daughters and sons-in-law, Lissa Higgins and Jay Horan, Sr. of Marshall, Texas, De Anna “Jeanie” and Kenneth House of Jefferson, Texas, two sons-in-law, Johnnie Goins, and wife, Martha of Paris, Texas, and Christopher Benefield of Avinger, Texas, her step-mother, Orene Jones of De Queen, Arkansas, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Murl and Lorrie Jones of Ogden, Arkansas, Matt and Julie Jones of Rufe, Oklahoma, and Anthony and Merrilee Jones of De Queen, Arkansas, nine sisters and brothers-in-law, Georgia Martin of Stilwell, Oklahoma, Wanda and Tim Fagan of Mena, Arkansas, and Sue and Donnie Ashcraft of Hodge, Louisiana, Aleta and Doyne Turner of Grannis, Arkansas, Malenta and Steve Bruce, Carolyn and Valentin Garcia, and Kayla and Cesar Alonso all of De Queen, Arkansas, Christy and Dusty Yardly of Kingsland, Arkansas, and Elena and Ramon Martinez of Kensett, Arkansas, four grandchildren, Beau Goins of Paris, Texas, Steven Lemoine and Brandi Casey of Dallas, Texas, Hunter Higgins of Marshall, Texas, and Lane House of Jefferson, Texas, her extended grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Taylor and Ryan Coco, children, Macayla and Easton of Marshall, Texas, Lynsey and Lucas Hagan, children, Sabrina, Preston, Kaleb, and Kayann of Karnack, Texas, Stephanie and Michael Bloodworth, children, Logan, and Lillie Marshall, Texas, and Jay Horan, Jr. of Kilgore, Texas. She is also survived by her husband’s family, five brothers-in-law and their spouses, Calvin and Patsy Hearn, Freeman and Jean Higgins, Jimmy and Linda Higgins all of De Queen, Arkansas, Billy and Sandy Higgins of Gillham, Arkansas, and Al Tabor of Pottsboro, Texas, four sisters-in-law, Reba Higgins, and Arlene Jones of De Queen, Arkansas, and Belva Nipper of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Nadine “ Deanie” Higgins will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in the North Shore Baptist Church, Mims, Texas, with Rev. Dennis Walley officiating. Burial will follow at 3:00 P.M., in the Millcreek Cemetery, Gillham, Arkansas with Rev. E. L. Sharp officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends on Monday, March 23rd in the North Shore Baptist Church, 120 Woodland Shores Drive, Avinger, Texas, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Memorials may be made to: Pine Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Activity Fund, 1307 Martin Luther King Drive, Jefferson, Texas 75657, Marshall Home Care and Hospice of Marshall, 111 East Burleson Street, Marshall, Texas 75670, and North Shore Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 120 Woodland Shores Drive, Avinger, Texas 75630.

 

Helen Louise Alexander Stokes

Mrs. Helen Louise Alexander Stokes, age 92, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Thursday, March 19, 2015 in Dierks.

She was born January 31, 1923 in Dierks to the late Jesse and Betty Young Alexander. Helen was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Mrs. Stokes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, H.O. “Boy” Stokes and one son, James Harlon “Pete” Stokes.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Stokes and Linda of Gaylesville, Alabama and Billy Conn Stokes and Iris of Dierks; one sister, Mattie Walters of De Queen, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Betsy Holder, Leslie Stokes, Tina Arnold and Christy Barkley; ten great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Stokes will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Fellowship Cemetery in Dierks with Carroll Jackson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:15 p.m., Sunday, March 22nd at 1st United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Dierks.

 

Melanie Kay Schoch Simmons

Melanie Kay Schoch Simmons, age 66, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, March 19, 2015 in De Queen Medical Center.

She was born October 18, 1948 in Woodbury, New Jersey. She was a homemaker, retired from the Corps of Engineers and a member of McHorse Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Simmons was preceded in death by her parents, David Eugene and Marie Harris Elwell Schoch.

She is survived by her husband, Benny Simmons; one daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Brian Carver of Lockesburg; one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Missy Simmons of De Queen; three sisters, Audrey Goocher of Midlothian, Texas, Nita Guttery of Dallas, Texas and Debbie Myers of Grand Prairie, Texas; one brother, David Schoch of Bridgeton, New Jersey; seven grandchildren, Desiree Collum, Tristan Chapman, Zayne Chapman, Kimmi Simmons, Kalee Simmons, Taylor Carver and Miranda Carver; two great-grandchildren, Kevin Walker and Drayk Carver and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Simmons will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2015 in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Jones officiating. Burial will follow in McHorse Cemetery in Lockesburg.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22nd at the funeral home.

 

 

Clyde Calvin Kreider

Clyde Calvin Kreider, age 71, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, left this earth to see Jesus on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

He was born on April 18, 1943 in Harper, Kansas to Clarence and Zelma Roth Kreider. He was retired from Domtar and proudly served in the U.S Air Force for 4 ½ years.

Mr. Kreider was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Tamra Kreider.

He is survived by his wife, Verna Austin Kreider; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Teri and John Cribb of Horatio, Cathy and Leonard Wolcott of North Pole, Alaska and Corina Schindel of San Diego, California; one son, Don Sharp of Horatio; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Glen and Juanita Kreider of Fargo, North Dakota and Forrest and Kris Kreider of Pampa, Texas; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Dodie Stufflebeam of Bullhead City, Arizona and Gwen and Dwight Ritter of Wichita, Kansas; five grandchildren, Tyler and Matt Cribb of Horatio, Rodney Wolcott and wife Stephanie of North Pole, Alaska, Trevor Hicks and wife Elise of Fargo, North Dakota and Crystal Van Camp and husband Stephen of Palmdale, California; three great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Kreider will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Virgil Romine and Mark Cordray officiating. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, March 20th at the funeral home.

 

Hilda Mae Dossett Hallisey

Hilda Mae Dossett Hallisey, age 83, a resident of Texarkana, Texas died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Texarkana.

She was born February 18, 1932 in Winthrop, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Mrs. Hallisey was preceded in death by her parents, Joel M. and Emmie Gautney Dossett; her husband, Daniel Hallisey; a daughter, Judith Price; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Price; and three brothers, Troy Dossett, Madison “Bub” Dossett and John Dossett.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel “Dee” and Shari Hallisey of Wake Village, Texas and Joel and Carol Hallisey of Atlanta, Georgia; two brothers, Sherdon Dossett of Mena, Arkansas and Winston Dossett of Winthrop; two sisters, Lovetta Arensdorf of Denver, Colorado and Fern Green of Foreman, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Lisa Emerson, Chris McAdams, Sean Hallisey, Jessica Loudermill, Jason Hallisey, Michael Hallisey and Patrick Hallisey; six great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hallisey will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Saturday, prior to the service.

 

Jeanne Wright Willis

Mrs. Jeanne Wright Willis, age 83, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at her home.

She was born to George and Oleta Crow Wright in Lovington, New Mexico on February 23, 1932. She was a retired USDA Inspector at Pilgrim’s, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Horatio, and enjoyed needle work, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, sewing, ceramics, cooking, gardening, and yard work. Above all, she cherished the time spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Billie Price, and her children, Jacky Wayne Fulton, Greg Lane, Mitch Lane, and Elizabeth Prather.

She is survived by her husband by of over 46 years, Billy F. Willis of Horatio, a son, Billy K. Willis of Horatio, four daughters and sons-in-law, Kaye and Russ Tompkins of Fort Towson, Okla., Peggy Fulton of Rosebud, Texas, Shelley Epstein and Eddie Minneham of North Richland Hills, Texas, and Susan and Randy Fedric of Horatio, a brother, Jimmy Snelgrove of Hawaii, a sister, Sybil Ferguson of Horatio, Arkansas, eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Jeanne Willis will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, March 20th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Gutierres officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery, Horatio, AR, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Thursday, March 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Sarah Elizabeth Monroe Anderson

Sarah Elizabeth Monroe Anderson, 88 years young, of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, March 14, 2015 at her home.

Mrs. Anderson was born September 17, 1926 in Dierks. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dierks. She loved her church and was very active in church life and service to her Lord. She was also an avid bowler and lived life to the fullest.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Orel Monroe and Mary Olive McAleer Monroe, her husband, William “Bill” Anderson; two sisters, Mary Monroe Kulinick and Doris Monroe Chaney; three brothers, Frank Monroe, Robert Louis “Bob” Monroe and Carol Porter Monroe.

She is survived by two sons, Ric Anderson and wife Isabel of Silverdale, Washington and Steve Anderson of San Diego, California as well as a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Anderson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 20, 2015 in the First United Methodist Church in Dierks with Garry Wiles and Carroll Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 19th at the funeral home in Dierks.

The family requests that memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church in Dierks.

 

Mr. S.G. Eason

Mr. S.G. Eason, age 87, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born December 19, 1927, in Gillham, Arkansas. He was retired from Kirkpatrick Pulpwood and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lockesburg. He was passionate about his family, work, gardening and his dog.

Mr. Eason was preceded in death by his parents, E.Odus and Dollie Mae Williams Eason; his wife, Rosalie Priest Eason; one son, Jerry Eason; two brothers and six sisters.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Cathy Eason of Lockesburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Hans Dreikorn of Katy, Texas; three grandchildren, Dr. Hope Taylor and husband David, Mark Eason and wife Dana and Heather Farley and husband Will; one great-granddaughter, Paige Eason; one great-grandson, Noah Samuel Taylor; one sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and H.L. Willbanks of Houston, Texas; one sister-in-law, Lilla Eason of Gustine, Texas; and one daughter-in-law, Valerie Eason Gathright of Lockesburg.

Funeral Services for Mr. Eason will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015, in First Baptist Church in Lockesburg with Rev. Jack Gilliland officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, March 13th at the funeral home.

 

C.E. Hendrix, Jr.

C.E. Hendrix, Jr. age 75, of Horatio, died Monday, March 9, 2015 at Brookewood Nursing Center in De Queen.

He was born July 4, 1939, in Sevier County. C.E. was a devoted member of Horatio First Baptist Church serving as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was Chairman, President, and CEO of Horatio State Bank and a Board Member.

He attended Horatio Public Schools and graduated college from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was an avid fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962-64 attaining the Rank of 1st Lieutenant. He was a past President of the Horatio School Board and a member of the HHS Athletic Booster Club. He helped initiate First Headstart Program in Sevier Co. In addition, he was a Board member of Trustees of De Queen General Hospital, past President of Little River Club, and served on various other committees and boards. His many years serving others attest to his love for God, his family, his country, and his community.

C.E. was preceded in death by his father and mother, Carl E. Hendrix, Sr. and Lilla Sullivan Hendrix of Horatio, AR.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janice Akers Hendrix; one daughter, Elizabeth Hendrix Trimble and husband Todd Trimble; one son Carl E. Hendrix, III “Ned” and wife Dani Hendrix; grandchildren, Lauren Trimble, Drew Hendrix, and Ben Hendrix; a sister, Edith Hendrix Smith and husband Wilburn Smith, a niece Margaret Smith Griffin and husband Michael Griffin and their son Reece Griffin, and many other beloved relatives and friends.

We cannot express enough of our gratitude to all who took care of C.E. during his battle with Alzheimer’s. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to Brookewood Nursing Home and Dierksen Hospice. Thank you First Baptist Church of Horatio for all the love and support we have received.

Funeral Services for Mr. Hendrix will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 in Horatio First Baptist Church with W.L. “Bill” Ashburn IV and Jerry Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 12th at the funeral home.

The Family requests that donations be made to Horatio First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 296, Horatio, AR 71842.

 

Amber Denise Williamson Wagner

Amber Denise Williamson Wagner, age 32, a resident of De Queen, passed away Monday, March 9, 2015, at her home, after a two year battle with cancer.

She was born December 28, 1982 in De Queen. She was a mammographer and a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen.

Amber was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harold and Lucille Belcher and Luther and Lorene Williamson.

She is survived by her husband, Steven Wagner; one daughter, Mabry Wagner; her parents, Wayne and Karen Williamson, all of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Kimmie Williamson of Bryant, AR; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tommy and Joyce Wagner of Horatio; three nephews, Avery and Sutton Williamson and Ty Wagner; two nieces, Grace Wagner and Taylor Wagner; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jason and Shantal Wagner and Chad and Erin Wagner and a host of friends and other relatives.

Funeral Services for Amber will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in the First Baptist Church in De Queen with Rev. Josh Herwick and Rev. Faron Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 10th at the funeral home.

The family will be in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall prior to the service.

 

 

Walter Odell Beckwith

Mr. Walter Odell Beckwith, age 72, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, March 6, 2015, at his home.

He was born to Walter and Pearl Wagner Beckwith, in Hatton, Arkansas, on December 29, 1942 and he was retired from the oil fields.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Brian Odell Beckwith, a daughter, Connie Ovell Beckwith, and a brother, Homer Louis Beckwith.

He is survived by four daughters, Sonya Davignon of De Queen and Rhonda Phillips of Grannis, Crystal Yates of Texas, and Angie Heather Beckwith of Texas, a special friend, Starla Sharp of Dierks, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

A private memorial services will be at a later date. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

James William “Bill” Irvan, Jr.

Mr. James William “Bill” Irvan, Jr., age 50, a resident of Mountainburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 4th at his home.

He was born to James William “Willie” Irvan, Sr., and Alma Jean Johnson Irvan in De Queen, Arkansas, on August 7, 1964. He was a truck driver, and a Baptist. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, Game chickens, and his dogs, Glitter Bug, and Zeus.

He was preceded in death by his father, and a sister, Patsy Irvan.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Irvan of Mountainburg, Arkansas, his mother, Jean Irvan of Moutainburg, Arkansas, two sons, James Aaron Irvan, and Casey Lee Irvan both of Mountainburg, Arkansas, four daughters and sons-in-law, Ashley and Tommy Thompson of Alma, Arkansas, Maggie Jean and Chandler Morgan of Conway, Arkansas, Shelby Dawn Irvan of Mountainburg, Arkansas, and Tashia and Cole Baker of Conway, Arkansas, three step-sons and their wives, Joshua Dan and Samantha Cirkles of Oklahoma, Anthony Wayne and Shawna Cirkles, and Jeffrey Lynn Cirkles both of Texas, one brother and sister-in-law, Carroll and Laura Stewart of Abbyville, Georgia, two sisters and a brother-in-law Terry DeLaGarza of Alma, Arkansas, and Toni and Tracy Guymon of Waxahachie, Texas, 18 grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Bill Irvan will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, March 9th in the Horatio Cemetery with Bro. Heath Daniel officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Monday at Chandler Funeral Home from 9:00 A.M until 12:00 Noon. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

 

Mrs. Nancy Louise Easlon

Mrs. Nancy Louise Easlon, age 64, a resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, died Monday, March 2nd at her home.

She was born to Arbrey and Ella Faye Perry Boles in Texas on March 24, 1950. She worked in-home elder care, and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Lee Boles, three sisters, Nelda Francis, Janice Francis Sellers, Rose Mary Boles, and a niece, Angel Sellers.

She is survived by a daughter, Shami Louise Churchwell of De Queen, a son, Samuel Siefert of De Queen, a granddaughter, Emily Churchwell of De Queen, a grandson, Alex Churchwell of Broken Bow, Okla., a great-grandson, Gevonni Churchwell Comacho of De Queen, two brothers, Nolan Boles of De Queen, and Toby Boles of Texas, a sister, Darlene Selena of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A Private Memorial Service for Mrs. Nancy Easlon will be at a later date. Cremation is under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Randy Paul Mitchell

Randy Paul Mitchell passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Shreveport VA medical center. Randy was born in Idabel Oklahoma 1955. Randy was a loving father of 4 children, son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. He proudly served in the USAF from 1975-1989 at Edwards AFB CA Rocket Propulsion Laboratory. He separated from the Air Force and moved to Cerro Gordo, Arkansas to be closer to his family. He went to work for USDA as a food inspector until he retired in 2006 and then returned to Cerro Gordo to help care for his mother. Our world was a much brighter place with him in it. We will all miss you! Randy is preceded in death by his father Earl Obie Mitchell, and sister, Sharon Mitchell Owens.

Randy is survived by his mother, Bessie Crowell Mitchell; his children: Michael Wayne Mitchell (Iowa), Douglas Paul Mitchell (Amarillo), Brandee May Mitchell Foster (Amarillo), Adam Carl Mitchell (California); 7 Grandchildren; his siblings: Arlene Mitchell Jones, Kirma Joyce Kohler, James Earl Mitchell, Helen Milam, Glenda Mitchell Tinkes and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Randy is scheduled for Thursday March 5, 2015 from 5-7 PM at Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. Services are scheduled for Friday March 6,  2015 at 1:00 PM at the Stateline Baptist Church Cerro Gordo, Arkansas with Pastor Ray Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Cerro Gordo Cemetery.

 

Helen Ruth (Barfield) Powell

Mrs. Helen Ruth (Barfield) Powell, age 81, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Gillham, Arkansas.

She was born to Frank W. and Dolores Hale Barfield on September 7, 1933 in Hico, Texas. She graduated from Gillham High School in 1951, and worked for De Queen Telephone Company and Tri-Lakes Services for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Gillham where she taught Sunday School for more than thirty years. Above all, she was a devoted wife, sister and aunt. She was “Aunt Helen” to not only her family, but to many members of the community.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Geary D. Powell, one sister, Faye B. Reid of Nashville, Tennessee, one brother and his spouse, James and Shirley Barfield of Gillham, Arkansas, one brother-in-law and his spouse, J.D., Jr. and Janice Powell, of Mena, Arkansas; two step-sons and daughter-in-law, Victor and Karen Powell of Cheyenne, Wyoming and David Powell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; four nephews and their spouses, Steve and Mimi Reid of Petaluma, California, Scott and Amy Reid of Germantown, Wisconsin, Bill and Anita Barfield and Mike and Cherie Barfield; three nieces and their spouses, Patty and Paul Burcham, Manya and Gene Wood all of Gillham and Sherri Faye Reid of Dalton, Georgia; and a number of great nieces and nephews, other family and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Helen Ruth (Barfield) Powell will be held at Gillham First Baptist Church on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, March 6th at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800 or at www.gideons.org.

 

 

Ferrell Sophia Butler Lovell

Mrs. Ferrell Sophia Butler Lovell, age 97, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, March 2, 2015 in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born July 2, 1917 in Pattonville, Texas. She was a homemaker, a charter member of the Walnut Springs Church of Christ, and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

Mrs. Lovell was preceded in death by her parents, W.C. and Ollie Parker Butler; her husband of 69 years, Carl E. Lovell; a son, Dwayne Lovell; a brother, J.W. Butler; a sister, Maxine Godwin; a grandson, Jonathan Pettigrew; and a granddaughter, Jana Lovell Marshall.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Sharon Lovell of Ashdown, Arkansas; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Edwina and Don McCoy of Krugerville, Texas, Carletta and Robbie Pettigrew of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, and Judy Johnson of De Queen; one brother, W.C. Butler, Jr. of Brawley, California; 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Lovell will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Tye Barnett, minister officiating. Burial will follow in the Millwee Cemetery.

 

 

CarriBeth Calvery Portwood

CarriBeth  Calvery  Portwood, 80, of Ashdown, AR passed away February 27, 2015.

Mrs. Portwood was born August 17, 1934 in Mena, AR to Wiley Bearden and Ruby Calvery. She was raised in Mena, AR and met and married her husband, Charles Portwood while he was in the Airforce. They traveled many years with the Airforce before settling in  the Redlick Community in Texarkana, TX. After her husband Charles death in 1971 the family moved back to their hometown of Mena, AR. Carribeth went on to further her education and became an LVN.  She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Ashdown, AR. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Willis Portwood; mother, Ruby Cranfill Calvery;  father, Wiley Bearden Calvery; brothers and sisters, Thomas Calvery, Gene Calvery, Marge Gosnell, and Norma Cunningham; one son, Michael Allen Portwood.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Charles Walter and Marlene Portwood of Montgomery, TX; two daughters, Mary "Penny" Portwood Belcher of Checotah, OK, and Carrielyn and Michael Oden of Ashdown, AR; thirteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and many many friends.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Michael and Carrielyn Oden's home, 213 Hwy 108 in Ashdown, AR.   Memorial donations may be made to your local Nursing Home.

 

Mr. Walter Edwin “Eddie” Pettigrew

Mr. Walter Edwin “Eddie” Pettigrew, age 48, a resident of Ashdown, died Tuesday, February 24th in a Little Rock Hospital.

He was born to James Edwin “Cowboy” and Loretta Stringfellow Pettigrew On January 25, 1967 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was an electrician with Chewning & Wilmer Contractors, and was a member of the Highland Park Baptist Church in Texarkana. He was a member of IBEW Local 301, and enjoyed farming, gardening, tractors, and the time he spent with his family.

Eddie was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife, Angela Renee Pettigrew of Ashdown, two daughters and a son-in-law, Paige and Cody Keiss of Watson, Okla., Kayla Pettigrew of Horatio, a step-daughter, Rachel Pittman of Texarkana, Texas, two sons, Eric Pettigrew of Broken Bow, Okla., and Josiah Pettigrew of Ashdown, two steps, Josh and his wife, Meagan Pittman of Los Angeles, Calif, and Caleb Pittman of Texarkana, Texas, six grandchildren, Adalie, Kynlie, Colter, Cason, Baylie, and Jaxon; his mother, Loretta Reid of Horatio, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Nathan and Marilyn Irvan of Ashdown, and Jeff and Terri Irvan of Horatio, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Vicki and Fred Bodine of Horatio, Karen and Mike Montalvo of Palestine, Texas, and Nita and Kent Morris of Gillham, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Eddie Pettigrew will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, March 1st in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, Ark. with Rev. Jimmy Roden, Rev. Joey Brewer, and Rev. Kevin Meyers officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, Ark. under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Saturday, February 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Barbara Jo Stuart Anderson

Mrs. Barbara Jo Stuart Anderson, age 85, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born to Joe Dillon and Mae Coffman Stuart in Horatio, Arkansas, on November 4, 1929. She grew up in Horatio and worked for White Lumber Company. She also worked for the City of Ashdown, and the City of Foreman, were she served as recorder/treasurer, water clerk, and city council. She also worked for the Horatio School District and the City of Horatio as recorder/treasurer. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, and the Camellia Garden Club, where she was past president. She was also a member of the American Legion. Above all, Barbara was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a gourmet cook and loved the time she spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Shirley Pieratt, and a son, Billy Mack Anderson, and in 2002, her husband, Glendon Anderson.

She is survived by five sons and daughters-in-law, Glen David and Virginia Anderson of Foreman, Sylvester “Sonny” and Wanda Anderson of White Oak, Texas, John and Effie Anderson and Olen Anderson both of Foreman, and Albert and Donna Anderson of Texarkana, Arkansas, six daughters and sons-in-law, Bernice Whitworth of Mesquite, Texas, Theresa and Tim Woods, Cindy Ross, Shirley Beth Anderson and Donnetta and Stephen Houser all of Foreman, Cheryl and Jim Brinkley of Shinewell, Okla., and Alicia and Nick Cruz of Vilonia, Arkansas, one brother and sister-in-law, Charles Edward and Mary Alice Stuart of Nederland, Texas, one sister, Theda Ann Ward of Horatio, 31 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Barbara Anderson will be held Friday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Virgil Romine and Sister Joyce Green officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, February 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may view Mrs. Anderson’s Tribute Video and send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Check back soon for Mrs. Anderson's Tribute Video.

 

 

Wayne Cortez Gilbert


 

Wayne Cortez Gilbert, age 82, of Texarkana, Texas, died Sunday, February 22, 2015 at his residence.

Mr. Gilbert was born September 14, 1932 in Daisy, Arkansas. He was a retired insurance adjuster, former police officer for the Ft. Worth Police Department, member of the First Baptist Church, Nash, 32nd degree Mason and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Gilbert

He is survived by his wife Anita Fleming Gilbert of Texarkana, Texas; three daughters and three sons-in-law: Lou Ann and Mark Foster of Texarkana, Texas, Angela and Phillip Peek of Wake Village, Texas, Cathy and Steve Carter of Greenwood, Arkansas; one brother: Bobby Harper of Dierks, Arkansas; five grandchildren: Timothy Foster, Christopher Foster, Taylor Peek, Connor Peek, Alexander Carter and a number of other relatives.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Chapelwood Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kelly Shanks officiating. Burial will be in Chapelwood Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Edna Virginia “Dutch” Ray Darity

 

Mr. Nelvin B. “Butch” Ruth

 

Arnold Gene McBride, Sr.

Mr. Arnold Gene McBride, Sr., age 71, a resident of the Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 21, 2015, in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born August 2, 1943 in Talihina, Oklahoma. He was a Millwright for Weyerhaeuser.

Mr. Mc Bride was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Daisy Fletcher McBride; his wife, Marie Adams McBride and one son, Arnold Gene McBride, Jr.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Mack and Kerry McBride of Dierks; two daughters and a son-in-law, Teresa and Douglas Wiley of Jonesville, Louisiana and Angela Vineyard of Corpus Christi, Texas; one sister Linda Gray of Texarkana; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. McBride will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in the Dierks Cemetery with Chuck Reel officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 24th at the Dierks Chapel.

 

Jimmy Hooker

Mr. James Alton "Jimmy" Hooker, age 75, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Lockesburg, died Thursday, February 19, 2015, at his home.

He was born to Clifton Leo and Faye Conatser Hooker at Brownstone, Arkansas, on august 3, 1939.  Jimmy served in the Military with the U.S. Army in Germany.  He was retired from Arkla Gas Company, Hooker Tire Company in Nashville, and Tires Plus in De Queen.  he was a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife of over 47 years, Nelda Jones Hooker.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Marty and Mandy Hooker of De Queen, a granddaughter, Courtney Hooker of Hot Springs, a grandson and his wife, Trevor and Katie Hooker of De Queen, a great-granddaughters Elliott Estelle Hooker of De Queen; two brothers and sisters-in-law, C.L. and Darlene Hooker of Dodge City, Kansas, and Charles and Cathy Hooker of Dierks, a sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Willie Harrison of Lockesburg.  Jimmy is also survived by his wife's family, two brothers-in-law and their spouses, Hubert and Laura Jones of Hot Springs, and Jerry and Pat Jones of Petal, MS, and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Memorial services for Mr. Jimmy Hooker will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 22nd in the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Provo road, Lockesburg with Bro. Larry Frye and Bro. Joe Carlton officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  You may send an online sympathy message to www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Vivian Vaughn Davis

Mrs. Vivian Vaughn Davis, long-time resident of the Chapel Hill Community in De Queen passed away February 19 at the age of 95. Mrs. Davis, who was born March 16, 1919, was the daughter of the late George Vaughn and Rosie Collum Vaughn and the widow of Levi Davis. She is survived by her three children, Levi Davis, Jr. of Monticello; Novadean Shelton and Imagean Cox, both of De Queen. She was the proud grandmother of six: John David Cox, Mia Revels, Charles Revels, James Revels, Susan Davis Phillips and Ward Davis. In addition to her grandchildren, Mrs. Davis had eight great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She loved for her family to gather at her home for big pot-luck meals to celebrate holidays and birthdays. She was an artist at crochet and quilting who also loved gardening, raising flowers, cooking and canning.

The family will welcome visitors at the home of Imagean Cox, 217 N. 11th St. in De Queen.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

 

Elsie Mae Hensley Clowers

Mrs. Elsie Mae Hensley Clowers, age 91, resident of De Queen, died Monday, February 16, 2015, in the De Queen Therapy and Living Center.

She was born to Jake and Myrtle Lea Sutton Hensley in Horatio, Arkansas, on April 13, 1923. Elsie was a member of the Church of Christ and was retired from De Queen High School Cafeteria and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening , listening to music, working outdoors and absolutely adored her family.

Besides her parents, Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Porter Clowers, two sons Dale Clowers and Donny Clowers and her siblings, Thelma , Velma, Manuel, and Margaret. She is survived a son and daughter- in- law; Gene and Judy Clowers of De Queen, seven grandchildren, Jeff Clowers and Jennifer Clowers Hill of Nixa, Missouri, Robbie Clowers of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Beau Clowers, and Heather Morris of De Queen, Mindy Brinkman of Hope, Arkansas, and Carrie Pesetsky of Stillwater, Oklahoma, fifteen great-grandchildren, one brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Frances Hensley of Bella Vista, Arkansas, one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Frances and Fred Veazey of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, two daughters-in-laws, Brenda Clowers of De Queen, and Marie Clowers of Nixa, Missouri, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Elsie Mae Clowers will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, February 20th in the Redmen Cemetery with Bobby Tatum and Tye Barnett officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Thursday, February 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com .

 

Roy Lee Davis

Mr. Roy Lee Davis, age 86, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015, in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born October 3, 1928 in the West Otis Community, near Horatio, Arkansas. He was a welder, millwright, served in the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Mattie Bailey Davis; his wife, Ethel Geraldine Davis; two sons, Donnie Davis and Doug Davis and one grandson, Clayton Cribb.

He is survived by two sons, Danny Davis and David Davis both of Eagletown; three daughters, Diane Chambless of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Devonne Davis Cribb and Debra Kessler both of Eagletown; eight grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Davis will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 21, 2015, in the West Otis Cemetery with Cy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Timothy William (Pops) Conatser

Timothy William (Pops) Conatser, 63, of De Queen, AR went to be with his wife Peggy waiting on him in Heaven on February 15, 2015.

Timothy was born August 18, 1951 in San Antonio, TX to Jerry and Pearl Conatser. His family moved to Horatio, AR when he was 10 years old. He graduated from Horatio High School in 1969 and attended SAU in Magnolia for 1 semester and then enlisted in the United States Air Force. Timothy served honorably in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict era, then another 14 years in the Army National Guard. Timothy married the love of his life, Peggy Louann Jones, on March 10, 1979. They were married 28 years. He was a Water Treatment Operator for the City of De Queen for the past 31 years and was a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Pearl Miller Conatser; his wife Peggy Louann Conatser; his uncles Elwayne, George and Archie Conatser, and his aunt, Linda Bell Conatser.

Timothy is survived by his daughter Deborah Jones Lee of De Queen, AR, daughter and son in law Karen and David Blaire of Greenville, TX. His son and daughter in law Richard and Brandy Jones of Alexandria, LA , son Kevin Bass of Greenville, TX and son William H. Conatser of Ft. Smith, AR. Uncles David Eddie Conatser of Winsboro, AZ, Leon and Mary Conatser of Lockesburg, AR. Granddaughters Kara McCain of De Queen, AR, Jessica Caudle of Mansfield, TX, Bretta McCain of Arkadelphia, AR, Heather Terry of De Queen, AR, Candace Durgin of De Queen, AR, Franchesca and Kaitlyn Vaughn of Alexandria, LA and Ashley Young of Ft. Worth, TX. Grandsons Ricky Jones of Fayetteville, AR, Tyler Surgeon of De Queen, AR and Kyle Thompson and Johnathan Bass of Greenville, TX. 3 Great grandchildren and a number of other relatives.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Tim Smallwood officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery in De Queen, AR.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 17th at the funeral home.

 

Carroll Horn

Mr. Carroll Horn, age 72, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, February 16, 2015, at his home after a long battle of cancer.

He was born to James Alexander and Francis Elizabeth McKnight Horn in Nashville, Arkansas, on October 18, 1942. Carroll served in the U. S. Army with the rank of 2nd Lt., serving in Korea with the Air Defense Artillery. He was transferred to Fort Polk as Company Commander in charge of Army trainees getting ready for Vietnam. He later transferred to the Army Reserves with the rank of Capt. and was over the 95th Division in Nashville, leaving the Reserves as Major. He was a retired industrial engineer for Weyerhaeuser Company, and a Baptist. He enjoyed photography, genealogy, and traveling.

Carroll was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Essie Copeland.

He is survived by his wife of over 47 years, Ida White Horn of De Queen, a sister, Jimmie Hart of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Private memorial services will be at a later date. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Robert Gene Runnels

Mr. Robert Gene Runnels, age 67, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, February 16th in Christus St. Michael Hospital, Texarkana.

He was born to Harvey and Lucille Fisk Runnels in De Queen, Arkansas, on January 4, 1948. He was a former employee of Weyerhaeuser Company Dierks Mill, Loy Poag Lumber Mill, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Industrial maintenance. He was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ, and enjoyed his grandchildren, tractors, auctions, gardening, and having coffee with friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his step-dad, Walter Liggin.

He is survived by his wife of over 43 years, Kim Green Runnels of De Queen, two sons and daughters-in-law, Tracy and Rachell Runnels of De Queen, and Steven and Mary Runnels of De Queen, three grandchildren, Kinlee, Madison, Trevor Runnels of De Queen, a brother and sister-in-law, Willie and Melissa Liggin of Horatio, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Robert Runnels will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, February 19th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Bobby Tatum officiating.  Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Arvie Della “Wallie” Nash Peppers

Mrs. Arvie Della “Wallie” Nash Peppers passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015. She was born in Glenwood, Arkansas on April 1, 1944, and is preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Lillie Mae Pardon Nash of Glenwood and one deceased sister Glennita Nash Westfall of Bonnerdale.

She was married to and preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Dennis Ray Peppers. She leaves two surviving sons; Steven and Margaret Peppers of De Queen and David and Rhonda Peppers of Mena. She leaves behind eight grandchildren, four grandsons and four granddaughters. Wallie truly loved living on the farm where she and Dennis raised cows and chickens. In addition, Wallie retired after working 23 years for Wal Mart as a pharmacy technician.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Wallie Peppers will be held at Chandler Funeral Home on Monday, February 16th at 2:00 P.M. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, February 15th from 5:00 to 7:00P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Sadie Mae Tugman

Mrs. Sadie Mae Tugman, age 82, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in De Queen Medical Center.

She was born August 4, 1932 in Stedman, North Carolina. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Tugman was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Martha Bunell Faircloth; two sons, Victor Tugman and Mark Tugman; three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Tugman of Gillham; three daughters, Cathy Billingsley of Gillham, Sheila Heath and Renee Gaither both of Mena, Arkansas; two sons, Forrest Tugman and Larry Tugman both of Gillham; two brothers, John David Faircloth of De Queen, Arkansas and Dallas Faircloth of North Carolina; two sisters, Phyllis Johnson of North Carolina and Jean Booth of Florida; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, February 15, 2015, in the Gillham Cemetery.

The family will be at the Tugman Home, 291 King Road in Gillham.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Johnnie Cox

Mrs. Ina Johnnie Maddox Harp Whisnant Cox, age 94 years, 11 months, and 20 days, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 10th at the home of her daughter in Horatio, Arkansas.

She was born on February 21, 1920 in Tuscalusa, Alabama to Marion Demps and Dessie Weldon Maddox. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen , a 57+ year member of the Eastern Star, a 30 year member of the Hospital Auxiliary, where she was past president and secretary-treasurer. She was also a member of the AARP #2178, Farm Bureau, the Gillham EHC, and Woodman of the World. She enjoyed bowling on the Wee, reading, computers, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Vernon Willie Harp, Lloyd Whisnant, and Milton F. Cox, her parents, and her siblings, Bryant Maddox, Alvis Maddox, Clifton Maddox, Jesse Maddox, Joe Maddox, Jack Maddox, Mattie Barnes, and Maudie Simmons.

She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Mervyn Don and Doris Harp of Graham, Texas, Gary Vernon and Mary Harp of Greenville, Texas, Dale Lloyd Whisnant of Hector, Arkansas, and Kent Jordan and Corine Whisnant of Durango, CO., three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Louise and Ronnie Reid of Granbury, Texas, Lillie Rosemary and Fred Ford of Weatherford, Texas, and Wanda Joy and Vernon Gore of Horatio, Arkansas, one sister, Ruby Grace Ingram of Salinas, Calif. 19 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Johnnie Cox will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, February 12th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Smith and Bro. Josh Herweck officiating. Burial will follow in the Gillham Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the to the De Queen Hospital Auxiliary, 1306 Collin Raye Drive, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message to www.chanderfuneral.com

 

 

Mr. Franklin Del Litchford

Mr. Franklin Del Litchford, age 73, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 8, 2015 in the Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Joel Radford and Ethel Loretta Land Litchford in De Queen, Arkansas, on September 11, 1941. He was a retired truck driver, having his own truck. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Horatio, and enjoyed trucks, deer hunting, fishing, and the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, James Litchford, and Joe Litchford, and a great-grandson, Layne Frachiseur.

He is survived by his wife of over 54 years, Fredia Chandler Litchford of Horatio, a daughter, and son-in-law, LaFonda and Jack McCoy of Horatio, three granddaughters and their spouses, Casey and Todd Morris of Nashville, Jennifer and Emmett Ray of Horatio, and Laura and Dustin Frachiseur of Lockesburg, four great-grandchildren, Macy, Emma, Avery, and Kirsti, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Wesley and Aquilla Litchford of De Queen, Earl Litchford of Horatio, and Chester and Pat Litchford of Little Rock, Arkansas, two sisters-in-law, Wanda Litchford of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, and Mary Litchford of Horatio, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Del Litchford will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, February 11, 2015, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Gutierres and Bro. Ralph Staggs officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Patricia Ann Briant

Mrs. Patricia Ann Briant, age 90, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, February 7, 2015, in the De Queen Medical Center, De Queen.

She was born to C. R and Anna Kelly Tanner in Denton, Texas on November 28, 1924. She was a Christian, and a former employee of the Sevier County Museum. She enjoyed puzzles, bowling, and loved the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Jackie Tanner, a son-in-law, William Clayton Fettes, and her husband, Guy Briant.

She is survived by a daughter, Victoria Diane Fettes ,Albuquerque, New Mexico, a son and daughter-in-law, Paul R. and Joyce Briant of De Queen, three grandchildren and their spouses, Trish and Ray Keister of De Queen, Allen and Camille Killough of Lumberton, Mississippi, and Kevin Killough of Tioga, North Dakota, three great-grandchildren, Donna Keister and Brett Keister both of De Queen, and Ryan and Jared Killough of Lumberton, Miss, and a number of nieces and nephews

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Patricia Briant will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, February 9th in the Millwee Cemetery, Horatio, with Bro. Josh Herwick officiating. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, February 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Henry Clinton Shuffield

Mr. Henry Clinton Shuffield , age 96, a resident of Ben Lomond, Arkansas, died Thursday, February 5th in De Kalb, Texas.

He was born to Austin Hallie Burton and Hattie Lena Yancey Shuffield, on May 27, 1918 in Bismarck, Arkansas. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U. S. Army. He was a rancher, and was retired owner of National Livestock Commission Company in Texarkana, and the Hope Livestock Co. He was a member of the Southern Baptist Church in Ben Lomond, Arkansas. He enjoyed working cattle, deer hunting, flea markets, and visiting with family and friends.

Mr. Shuffield was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Clyde Franklin Shuffield, Curtis Merle “Cowboy” Shuffield, and Oather Ray Shuffield.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Noey Shuffield of Ben Lomond, Arkansas, two step-sons and a daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Maggie Norman of Lockesburg, and Danny Norman of Ben Lomond, Ark., nine grandchildren, Chris Norman, Chad Norman, Tommy Norman, Jeremy Norman, Dewayne Norman, Jenna Norman, Brenna Norman, Hannah Norman, and Kara Norman, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Henry C. Shuffield will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 10th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Jones officiating. Burial with military rites Will follow in the Wofford’s Chapel Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Monday, February 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., You may send an online sympathy message at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

 

Mr. Anthony James “A.J.” Bennett

Mr. Anthony James “A.J.” Bennett, age 26, a resident of Midland, Texas, and former resident of Cove, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 1st from injuries received in an automobile accident.

He was born on July 18, 1988 in Mena, Arkansas. He was working for Midland County Road Department. He enjoyed bowling, sky diving, traveling, card games, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Ariel Adams Bennett of Oklahoma City, Okla., his father and step-mother, Robert D. and Leticia Bennett of Cove, his mother, Kathy Miguez of Crosby, Texas, a brother, Jordan Bennett of Houston, Texas, a step-sister, Diana and her husband, Alexis Herrera of Midland, Texas, four nephews, Luis, Brian, Alexis, and Alan Herrera of Midland, Texas, and a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. A. J. Bennett will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 8th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen. Burial will follow in the Grannis Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Robert Mack Gore

Mr. Robert Mack Gore, age 86, a resident of Grand Prairie, Texas, passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015, in Arlington Memorial Hospital.

He was born September 8, 1928 in De Queen, Arkansas. As a young man he served in the U.S. Army. He worked in the aircraft industry until retirement from Bell Helicopter in 1988. In the late 50’s he married Billye Faye West and started a family. Of this marriage, two sons were born; Paul Alan and David Wayne. On April 21, 1969 he married Eva Louise Thomas to whom he remained with until her death on September 6, 2002. With this union Robert gained an extended family who loved him as their own.

Mr. Gore was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Hayden and Georgia Leona Gore; his two year old son, David Wayne Gore; his second wife, Louise and one stepson, LaVon Davison.

He is survived by one son, Paul Alan Gore of Grand Prairie, Texas; two granddaughters, Tammy Truelove and husband Ryan and Lisa Davison; one grandson, Steve Davison; five great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Gore will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 2015, in the Millwee Cemetery with Jason Carlton officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 12:00-1:00 p.m., Sunday, February 8th at the funeral home.

 

Gussie Dea McWhorter, Jr.

 

Becky Alice Chandler Allen

Mrs. Becky Alice Chandler Allen, age 78, a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, died Saturday, January 31, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

She was born January 25, 1937, in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank J. and Lona Griggs Chandler; her husband, Billy E. Allen; her siblings, Grace Settoon, Ruth Dorsey, Randall Eugene Chandler, Dub Chandler and Franklin Chandler.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Paul LeBlanc of St. Amant, Louisiana and Kris and Dana Spaeth of Parker, Colorado; one son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Beth Hughes of De Queen, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Zack LeBlanc, Abby LeBlanc, Cassidy Spaeth, Craig Spaeth, Beau Hughes and Sadie Trevino; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Noel Duane and Sandy Chandler of Brenham, Texas and Lawrence and Marian Chandler of De Queen; one sister, Lois Wray of Cooper, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Carol Chandler of De Queen and Jane Chandler of Horatio and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Allen will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 3, 2015, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Dennis Pruitt officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2015, at the funeral home.

 

 

Autherene Cowling Peek

Mrs. Autherene Cowling Peek, age 92, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Friday, January 30, 2015, in Rogers, Arkansas.

She was born April 17, 1922 in Nashville, Arkansas and was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Dierks. Mrs. Peek was a hairdresser in Dierks for many years and was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many.

Mrs. Peek was preceded in death by her parents, James and Nellie Cowling; her husband, Huel Peek and a daughter, Lynda Moore.

She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Brannan of Rogers, Arkansas; a son, Ronald Peek of Cabot, Arkansas; a brother, Dennis Horn of Nashville, Arkansas; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Peek will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 3, 2015, in the First Baptist Church in Dierks with Dr. David Blasé officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

 

Mrs. Violet Maze Davis

Mrs. Violet Maze Davis, age 85, a resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, January 27th in the De Queen Medical Center, De Queen.

She was born to James Marshal and Lula May Peacock Maze in Bowie County, Texas, on March 31, 1929. She was a member of the Broken Bow Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a homemaker. She enjoyed plants, decorating, quilting, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison D. Davis, a daughter, Gwen Reynolds, a granddaughter, Heather Reynolds, her parents, and her siblings, Pearl Lambert, Esther Huff, Gladys McGinty, and James Maze.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and Jerry Brazeal of De Queen, Vickey and Clarence Schaffer of Idabel, Oklahoma, and Rebecca Davis of Broken Bow, Okla., Two granddaughters, Shannon Schaffer and Julie Ward, three great-grandchildren, Kristin Ward, Austin Ward, and Tristin Ward, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Violet Davis will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 31st in the Broken Bow Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Tina R. Watson

Mrs. Tina R. Watson, age 69, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, January 23, 2015, in the Christus St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana.

She was born July 25, 1945, in De Queen. She was “retired” from the First State Bank in De Queen and the EZ Mart Corporation. She was a member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church.

Mrs. Watson was preceded in death by her parents, Cue Runyan and Elizabeth Ann Mabry Runyan Knod and a step brother, Chris Runyan.

She is survived by two stepbrothers, Glen Knod of Ashdown, Arkansas and Phillip Runyan of Massachusetts; two stepsisters, Jeannie Edwards of Texarkana and Janna Clinton of Eagle River, Alaska; two aunts, Mary Mabry of Mesquite, Texas and LaVada Rucker of Birmingham, Alabama; cousins and Kern Heights Church family.

Funeral services for Mrs. Watson will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2015, in the Kern Heights Baptist Church with Rusty Ross and Jordan Hodges officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson

 

Nancy Dedner Harris

Nancy Dedner Harris was born to Rodney Dock and Louise Dedner in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on June 28, 1964. Her transition to eternal rest was made on January 21, 2015 at her home in Texarkana, Arkansas. Nancy confessed to Christ at an early age. She served as pianist for the New Zion choir in her early years. She attended Lockesburg Public Schools and graduated in 1982 as Valedictorian of her class. Nancy continued her education at Texarkana Community College where she graduated with honors with a degree in computers. She worked many years for Albertson’s Grocery Store. Most recently she was employed by WEST Business Solutions. Nancy had a wide variety of interests including: playing the piano, cooking, shopping and bargain-hunting and she loved games of chance.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; two brothers, Rodney Bernard Dedner and Robert Humphrey; and one sister, Rose Cornelius.

She leaves to cherish her memory: five sisters, Martha K. Dedner of Camden, AR, Janet Jones (Ed) of Delight, AR, Wanda Dedner of Rockwall, TX, Neever Martinez of DeQueen, AR, and Miriam Dedner of Garland, TX; three brothers, Arthur Humphrey of Lockesburg, AR, James Humphrey of Amarillo, TX, and Jarvis Dedner of Tom, OK; brother-in-law, Dwayne Cornelius of Texarkana, AR and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral Services for Ms. Nancy Harris will be held at 1:00 P.M., Sunday, January 25th at the New Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Ronald Goodloe officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Community Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Saturday, January 24th.

 

Thelma Jean Jones

Mrs. Thelma Jean Miller Jones, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Died Thursday, January 22, 2013 at her home.

She was born to Elison Lee and Verna Lee Ramsey Miller on February 9, 1925 in De Queen, Arkansas.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Time Missionary Baptist Church.  She enjoyed sewing, gardening, her flowers, and corralling her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David Jones and her brother Robert Miller.

She is survived by a son Charles Jones and wife Pam of Covington, Louisiana; a daughter, Marsha Sanders and husband Dan of Horatio, Arkansas; two grandchildren: Jarrad Jones of new Orleans, Louisiana and Lee Ann Reed of Horatio, Arkansas; three great-grandchildren: McKenzie Reed, Turner Reed and Clayburn LaDesma all of Horatio, Arkansas; a brother and sister-in-law, Eldon and merle Miller of Horatio; a sister, Opal lee Emerson of De Queen; a sister-in-law Kathleen Miller of Horatio, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Thelma Jones will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating.  Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, January 23rd from 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

 

Norma Kesterson

 

Mary Jo Miller Miles

Mrs. Mary Jo Miller Miles, age 78, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015, in Dierks Health and Rehab Center in Dierks.

She was born January 29, 1936, in Washington. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Miles was preceded in death by her parents, Boggie Leonard and Mary Irene Hilton Miller; her husband, Jasper Elmer “J.E.-Red” Miles and infant son, David Ray Miles; one sister, Clara Riechart; and two brothers, Bill Miller and Johnny Miller.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Preston and Sharon Miles and Jimmie and Teresa Miles; three daughters and sons-in-law, Wilma and Bill Goodman, Linda and Terry Thomas and Nancy and Stanley Jewell; three brothers, R.C. Miller, Roy Miller and Bobby Miller;18 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Miles will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015, in the Duckett Cemetery Pavilion with Paul Stewart and Chris Burke officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, January 23rd at the funeral home.

 

 

Mrs. Francis Jackie Lyons

Mrs. Francis Jackie Lyons, age 80, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015, in De Queen.

She was born April 13, 1934, in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in De Queen.

Mrs. Lyons was preceded in death by her parents, Gus and Jeffie Rink Johnson; and a son, David Lyons.

She is survived by her husband, Jimmie Lyons; one son, Jim Lyons, Jr. of Reno Nevada; one daughter, Denise Huckaby; one sister, Lavonne Tutt both of De Queen; 4 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service for Mrs. Lyons will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2015, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Newberry officiating.

 

 

Rodger Earl Rightmire

Rodger Earl Rightmire, age 58, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Saturday, January 10, 2015, in Eagletown.

He was born December 28, 1956, in De Queen.

Rodger was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Dorothy Browning Rightmire; one sister, Katherine Short and one son, Raymond Rightmire.

He is survived by one son, Robert Rightmire of Duncan, Oklahoma; five brothers, Kenneth Rightmire of Oregon, Bobby Rightmire and Jackie Rightmire both of De Queen, Joe Ed Rightmire of Altus, Oklahoma and Larry Hall of Gillham; two sisters, Barbara Jean Rightmire and Frances Bailey both of De Queen; one granddaughter and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015, in Redmen Cemetery in De Queen. 

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

John Steve Kirby

John Steve Kirby, age 51, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Saturday, January 17, 2015 near Dierks.

He was born May 12, 1963 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was co-owner of Kirby & Kirby Dozer and Gravel, faithful member of the Burg Church of Christ, where he taught Bible class, and a devoted family man. He was also the fire chief for the Umpire Volunteer Fire Department and loved the Razorbacks.

Mr. Kirby was preceded in death by his father, George Virdo Kirby.

He is survived by his wife, Penny Kirkpatrick Kirby of Dierks; his mother, Kathryn Chandler Kirby of Dierks; two sons and daughters-in-law, Derek and Cassie Kirby of Burg and Devin and Neesha Kirby of Umpire; one daughter and son-in-law, Laken and Daniel Faulkner of Umpire; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Pam Kirby of Dierks; one sister and brother-in-law, Janette and Gary Bearden of Umpire; seven grandchildren, Brayden Kirby, Andrew Kirby, Hannah Kirby, John Taylor Kirby, Jacoby Faulkner, Brielle Kirby and Amelia Kirby; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Kirby will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in the Dierks Church of Christ with Burl Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Burg Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Burg Church of Christ.

 

Babe Ruth Chandler Dorsey

Mrs. Babe Ruth Chandler Dorsey, age 84, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, January 16, 2015, at her home.

She was born to Frank and Lona Griggs Chandler on April 26, 1930, in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a retired USDA Poultry Inspector, working in Grannis, Nashville, De Queen, and Broken Bow. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Horatio, and enjoyed crocheting, needle point, sewing, cooking, canning, gardening, and most of all her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Grace Settoon, Randall Eugene Chandler, Dub Chandler, and Franklin Chandler, a daughter, Diane Holden, a granddaughter, Lorissa Vickers, a great-great-grandchild, April Taylor, and in 2009, her husband of over 62 years, Claude Dorsey.

She is survived by three sons, and daughters-in-law, Richard Dorsey of Horatio, Billy and Donna Dorsey of Haworth, Oklahoma, and Mark and Robin Dorsey of De Queen, four daughters and sons-in-law, Claudette Taylor of De Queen, Lana Jo and Larry Vickers, of De Queen, Tommi and Rob Smith of Horatio, and Danita Dorsey of De Queen. Two brothers and sister-in-laws, Noel Duane and Sandy Chandler of Brenham, Texas, and Lawrence and Marian Chandler of De Queen, two sisters, Becky Alice Allen of Baton Rouge, La., and Lois Wray of Cooper, Texas, 25 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Babe Ruth Dorsey will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, January 19, 2015, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Gutierres and Bro. Joey Brewer officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Her grandsons will serves as pallbearers, Nathan Dorsey, Richard Dorsey, Eric Smith, Blake Dorsey, Lucas Dorsey, Jimmy “Bubba” Hankins, Jason Hankins, and Larry Vickers, Jr. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, January 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mae Lowe Moor

Mae Lowe Moor, age 54, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at her home.

She was born February 10, 1960 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Cooper Lowe.

She is survived by her husband, Tommy Moor of Horatio; two sons, Jerry Moor of Oklahoma City and Ray Moor of Horatio; one daughter, Rena Sims of De Queen, Arkansas; her father, Earl Lowe; two brothers, John Lowe and Timothy Lowe, both of Oklahoma; one sister, Sharon Lowe, also of Oklahoma; six grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are pending. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Mr. Josue Retana Zaragoza

Mr. Josue Retana Zaragoza, age 43, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Saturday, January 10, 2015 in Idabel, Oklahoma.

He was born to Mario Retana Lopez and Ma Socorro Zaragoza Zavala in Leon GTO, Mexico. He was a Jehovah Witness, and a handyman.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife, MaRefugio Lozano Juarez of Horatio, one son, Josue Retana, Jr. of Horatio, three daughters, Laura Retana, Mariela Retana, and Carla Retana all of Horatio, his mother, Ma Socorro Zaragoza Zavala of Mexico, two brothers, Mario Retana and Thomas Zavala both of Mexico, five sisters, Juanita Retana, Laura Retana both of Las Angeles, Calif, Veronica Retana, Sarahi Retana, Lupita Retana, all of Mexico, three grandsons, Aaron Quintana, Ariel Quintana, and Axel Quintana all of Horatio

Visitation will be Wednesday, January14th from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., and on Thursday, January 15th from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. Memorial Service for Mr. Josue Retana will be held on Saturday, January 17th at 12:00 Noon in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Rodger Earl Rightmire

Rodger Earl Rightmire, age 58, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Saturday, January 10, 2015, in Eagletown.

He was born December 28, 1956, in De Queen.

Rodger was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Dorothy Browning Rightmire; one sister, Katherine Short and one son, Raymond Rightmire.

He is survived by one son, Robert Rightmire of Duncan, Oklahoma; five brothers, Kenneth Rightmire of Oregon, Bobby Rightmire and Jackie Rightmire both of De Queen, Joe Ed Rightmire of Altus, Oklahoma and Larry Hall of Gillham; two sisters, Barbara Jean Rightmire and Frances Bailey both of De Queen; one granddaughter and a number of nieces and nephews.

No memorial services are scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 
 
Mr. Truman Tollett

Mr. Truman Tollett, age 99, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 11, 2015, in the Dierks Health and Rehab in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was born October 26, 1915, in the New Bethel Community. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lockesburg and was a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Tollett enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and being with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June Slaton Tollett; his parents, Mark and Florence Harder Tollett and one great-great-granddaughter, Hiedi Smith.

Mr. Tollett is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Gary Lynn and Betty Tollett; one daughter, Karen Harper; five grandchildren, Joel Harper and wife Leah of Lockesburg, Tony Tollett of Lockesburg, Rebecca Pope and husband Andy of Nashville, Arkansas, Melissa Hanney and husband Richard of Lockesburg and Michelle Harrison and husband Danny of Lockesburg; eight great-grandchildren, Britney Mitchell, Paige Smith and Allison Harrison, Megan and Dustin Smith, Cole Hanney, Heather Bounds and Brandi Turner; four great great-grandchildren, Clay Mitchell, Austyn Mitchell, Easton Bounds and Emersyn Smith.

Funeral services for Mr. Tollett will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015, in the Lockesburg First Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Gilliland officiating. Burial will follow in the Lockesburg Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 13th at the funeral home in De Queen.

 
Mrs. Mary Ann Powell

Mrs. Mary Ann Powell, age 74, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015 in the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born July 4, 1940, in Ajo, Arizona. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Powell was preceded in death by her husband, Quinton Alva Powell and her father Manuel Eberling.

She is survived by her mother, Lupe Stoner of Arizona; four daughters, Tammy and Joe Marquez of Safford, Arizona, Monica Powell and Gene Dringmon of Minnesota, Stella and Frank Kenney of Magnolia, Arkansas and Veronica and Tim Whitley of Gillham; one sister, Betty Cruz of Arizona; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Powell will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at the Valley Cemetery with Steve Chenoweth officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Charles Everett Strickland

Mr. Charles Everett Strickland, age 67, a resident of De Queen, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 9, 2015.

He was born April 1, 1947, in Port St. Joe, Florida. He was a brakeman and conductor for D&E TOE Railroad and a U.S. Army Veteran.

Mr. Strickland was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Everett and Lillie Mae Wheat Strickland.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Taylor Strickland; five sons and three daughters-in-law, Chuckie and Dana Strickland of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Jerry and Mandee Strickland of Caddo Gap, Arkansas, Richard and Dacia Strickland of Henderson, Texas, Ricky Strickland of Tennessee and Chad Strickland of Florida; three granddaughters, Haley, Madelyn and Talley Strickland; one brother, J.D. Strickland of Dayton, New York; three sisters, Beatrice Beebe and Edna Lucinda Strickland both of De Queen and Dorotha Biever of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Funeral services for Mr. Strickland will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 12, 2015, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Ronnie Hardin officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery.

 

 
 
Charlie Ray Smith

Mr. Charlie Ray Smith, age 68, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, January 8th in the Arkansas Heart Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to C. C. and Bonnie Rae Smith in De Queen, Arkansas, on March 6, 1946. He was a retired logger and truck driver, and was a Christian. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his forever best friend, Judy Cowling of Horatio, a daughter, Cindy Smith of Dardanelle, Arkansas, a grandson, Triston Smith of Dardanelle, Arkansas, a sister, Bobbie Jean Jones of El Dorado, Arkansas, a nephew, Ken Jones, and his wife, Bonita of El Dorado, Arkansas and one great-nephew, Will, and one great-niece, Molly.

Funeral Services for Mr. Charlie Smith will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, January 10th in Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with Bro. Roy Conatser officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, January 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

 
 
Mr. Allen Alton Ward
 

Mr. Allen Alton Ward, age 78, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at his home.

He was born April 26, 1936, in Horatio. He was retired from International Paper Company and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Ward was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Edgar and Ivy Ward and one son, Allen A. Ward, Jr.

He is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Lorine and Dan Ayers and Teresa Emerick all of De Queen; two grandchildren, Alex Ayers and Casey Hardaway and her husband Timmy; two great-grandchildren, Lance Hardaway and Heidi Belle Hardaway; several brothers and a sister.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Ward will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015, in the Clear Creek Cemetery with Rev. Larry Fry officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home. 

 

 
Peter H. Beuden

Mr. Peter Henry Beuden, age 78, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, January 3, 2015 in the Rich Mountain Nursing & Rehab Center, Mena, Arkansas after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Beuden was born to Edward and Hariett Williams Beuden on July 19, 1936 in North Wales, England. He was a Senior Geophysical Technician of Research with jobs across the World in mining exploration. He was also an Aircraft Inspector for the FAA and retired in 1995 from Weyerhaeuser as an Airplane Mechanic where he specialized in helicopters. As you know he loved aviation not only as his career but also as his hobby for over 50 years. He began flying at the young age of 15 and he simply loved restoring antique airplanes especially with his best friend Chuck Long. Mr. Beuden became a proud naturalized citizen of the United States in the 1990’s. He did some ranching and had a loving heart for animals.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a son Marcel Beuden and a brother, John Beuden.

He is survived by his wife, best friend and partner of 40 years Kathleen Beuden of De Queen, three sons, Harland Beuden of Santa Teresa, New Mexico, Frank Beuden of Wilcox, Arizona, Tim Beuden of Phoenix, Arizona and a daughter Denise Beuden of Arizona, a brother Christopher Beuden, three sisters Dorothy Roberts, Marion Anderson and Kathy Will all of Canada, five grandchildren a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Memorial services for Mr. Peter Beuden will be at a later date. Cremation arrangements under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

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