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OBITUARIES

 

 

 

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. 

 

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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.

 

 
Joseph B. “Joe” Frachiseur

Mr. Joseph B. “Joe” Frachiseur, age 82, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, December 31, 2014, in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born to John Allen and Willie Mae Murphy Frachiseur on November 6, 1932 in Grannis, Arkansas. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U. S. Army, and was a retired rancher. Joe was an active member of the First Baptist Church, where he was honored for his faithful service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working outside, and most of all, spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bill Frachiseur, and a grandchild, Avery Grace Frachiseur.

He is survived by his wife of over 55 years, Shirley Davis Frachiseur, one son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Shari Frachiseur of Red Water, Texas, one daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Ron Paul of Monticello, Arkansas, four grandchildren, Cooper Frachiseur, Tucker Alan Frachiseur, Karaline Paul, and Christian Paul, two brothers and a sister-in-law, John Frachiseur of Gainsville, Florida, Ray and Carolyn Frachiseur of De Queen, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Laverne Newport of Arlington, Texas, and Hellen and Bill Kramp of Garland, Texas, Joe is also survived by his wife’s family, five sisters-in-law, Shelby Hill Jeans of Nashville, Ark, Linda Taylor and her husband Bob of Winniewood, Okla., Glenda Peden and her husband Ronald of Nashville, Cathy Bennett of De Queen, and Pat Johnston and her husband Ed also of De Queen, two brothers-in-law, Buddy Davis and his wife, Ruth of Hermitage, Tenn., Jimmy W Davis and his wife, Teresa of Dierks, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Joe Frachiseur will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 3, 2015 in the First Baptist Church of De Queen with Rev. Charles Hebert and Pastor Josh Herweck officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, January 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

 Kathy Sue Walker Vallee

Mrs. Kathy Sue Walker Vallee, age 52 a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Monday, December 29, 2014, in Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Ottie Ernest and Betty Jean Louise Martin Walker, in Prineville, Oregon, on April 8, 1962. She was a homemaker and loved crocheting, swimming, Christmas time and simply adored her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Keith Walker, a sister Arlene Icenhower, and two grandchildren, Asher Vallee and Annabelle Vallee.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Vallee of Lockesburg, Arkansas, four sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy Stubbs and Patricia Pruitt and Justin Stubbs and Tammy Glover of Lockesburg, Chris and Elizabeth Stubbs of Cove, Arkansas, Raymond and Amanda Vallee of Raleigh, Wyoming, one daughter and son-in-law, Jada and Eric LaPointe of Greenville, Mass, one brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Wendy of Lockesburg, one sister, Brenda Lewis of Lockesburg, and a sister-in-law, Melba Walker of Lockesburg.

Funeral services for Mrs. Kathy Vallee will be held Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 2:00P.M. in the Mt. Joy Baptist Church, Daisy, Arkansas with Bro. Wesley Blankenship and Bro. Leon McClesky officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Joy Cemetery, Daisy, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, January 2nd from 6:00 until 8:00P.M.

 

 
Mr. John Ward, Jr.
 
Mr. John E. Ward, Jr., age 63, a resident of San Antonio, Texas, died Friday, December 26, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas.
 
He was born to John E., Sr. and Perlene Cranford Ward, in Horatio, Arkansas, on October 19, 1951. He served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot and ranger. After serving in active duty, John retired from the National Guard with the rank of Major. After his military services, he worked in civil service as a helicopter pilot.
 
John was a Christian, and enjoyed helicopters, wood working, carpenter, motorcycles, and spending time with family and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia McClung Ward of San Antonio, Texas, one son, John S. Ward of Springfield, Missouri, a daughter and son-in-law, Carrie Ward and Brian Six of St. Louis, Missouri, two grandchildren, Nicia Ward and Senait Ward both of Springfield, Missouri; one brother and sister-in-law, Samuel L. and Mary Ward of Horatio, three sisters, Shirley J and Kenneth Steward of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Olivia and Gil Sharp of Horatio, and Rita and Dewey Evans of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.
 
Funeral Services for Mr. John Ward, Jr. will be held at 2:00 pm., Wednesday, December 31st in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 
 

Walter T. Sykes

Walter T. Sykes, age 89, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, December 28, 2014 in the Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab in Mena, Arkansas.

He was born December 10, 1925 in Gainesville, Texas to Myrtle Case Sykes and Edward Benjamin Sykes. He was retired from the Arkansas Highway Department; he was a World War II Navy veteran, serving in New Guinea, a 32nd degree Mason; a member of Belleville Masonic Lodge and member First Baptist Church in Lockesburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Sykes is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elverna Friday Sykes of Lockesburg; two sons, Randy Sykes and wife Terri of Spring, Texas and Leland Sykes and wife Tracy of Little Rock, Arkansas; one daughter, Valerie Eason Gathright and husband, Mike of Lockesburg; six grandchildren, Travis Sykes, Taylor Sykes, Courtney Sykes, Samantha Sykes, Michael Gathright and Brian Gathright.

Funeral services for Mr. Walter Sykes will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Lockesburg. Burial will follow in Oddfellows Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 
Mr. Bobby Bevill

Sunset came for Bobby Rowland Bevill on Sunday, December 28, 2014, when he gained his wings to enter Heaven. Bobby was born on Wednesday, July 9, 1947, in Beebe, Arkansas to Linnie Bell and Mabel Etta Rogers Bevill.

He was a Vietnam Veteran and proudly served in the United States Army, where he received three Commendations medals and a Purple Heart. Bobby worked as an apprentice mechanic for a few years before he and Marlene moved to Gillham. He retired from Weyerhaeuser Company after working there for over thirty years. He worked for Walmart for five years. After retiring, he became an avid gardener. Bobby was a charter member of the Sevier County Farmer’s Market and loved sharing the bounty from his garden with friends and family. He loved visiting with people and was so proud of being able to provide fresh vegetables for others to enjoy. Bobby was a member of Punkin Center Hunting Club and enjoyed hunting and camping with his deer hunting buddies. Bobby knew God and was a Baptist.

Having fought cancer for over two years, it can honestly be said Bobby ran the race with pride and has now finished his course. God said “Welcome home my good and faithful servant.”

Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers, Roger Dale, William Charles, and Carl Thomas; two sisters – Linnie Mae and Patsy Ruth, his father and mother in loves – Jerrell Tyrone and Ophelia Bernadene Carmical Winn; and a brother in love – Jerrell Stanley Winn.

Bobby leaves behind to cherish his memory and honor him the love of his life for almost fifty years – Shirley Marlene Winn Bevill; three children who were his pride and joy – his sons Matthew Anthony Bevill and wife, Emily of Mena, Arkansas; Todd Jeremy Bevill and wife, Tiffany of North Little Rock, Arkansas, his daughter Bobbi Shirlene Bevill Aldridge and husband, Anthony of Pearcy, Arkansas, and his chosen grandson, Zac Bevill of North Little Rock; his sister, Mary Smith and husband Don of Carlisle, Arkansas, his brother, Ben Bevill and wife, Eddie of Cabot, Arkansas, his brother in love, Ronnie Winn of Conway; several nephews and nieces, along with a number of friends.

Sunset services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, Arkansas. Burial with military rites will be held at Valley Cemetery near Gillham, Arkansas with Reverends Jerry Hill, Bob McManus, and Steven Chenoweth presiding. Visitation will be held at Chandler Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to everyone who has been there for us, prayed for us, and just loved us during this difficult time. Sadie and Sunnie from Ouachita Hospice were excellent care givers for which we are extremely thankful.

Memorials may be made to the Almond Church in Gillham, Arkansas through First State Bank, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 
Reggie Paul Mayo

Reggie Paul Mayo, age 21, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at his home.

He was born September 28, 1993 in De Queen.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bobbie Jones Mayo; and his grandfather, Lee Jones.

Reggie is survived by his father, Reggie Mayo; a special aunt and uncle, Charlie and Diana Mayo; one sister, Maggie Long of Vancouver, Washington; his grandmother, Virginia Jones and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Reggie Paul Mayo will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 27, 2014, in Avon Cemetery with Shane Haarmeyer officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 
Jorge Rivera

Mr. Jorge Rivera, age 38, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 23, 2014 in De Queen Medical Center.

He was born July 20, 1976 in Coroneo, Guanajuato, Mexico. He was a rancher and a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tomas Rivera.

He is survived by his mother, Senorina Danel; one brother and sister-in-law, Alfredo and Susie Rivera; and two nephews, Thomas and Freddie.

A vigil service including the Holy Rosary will begin at 9:00 a.m. Friday, December 26, 2014 with a Funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 
 
William Thomas Stafford

Mr. William Thomas Stafford, age 46, a resident of the West Otis Community of Sevier County, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at his home.

He was born to Joe and Nancy Black Stafford on June 21, 1968, in De Queen, Arkansas. William was a graduate of the Eagletown High School, and he worked on the family farm, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to the river, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his parents, Joe and Nancy Stafford of De Queen, a brother and sister-in-law, Cliff and Andrea Stafford of De Queen, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lorraine and Rick Williams of Dyer, Arkansas, and Jolene and Preston Smith of De Queen, five nephews, Matt Williams, Stephen, and his wife, Ashley Williams, Will Smith, Wes and his wife Paige Smith, and Connor Stafford, three nieces, Alicia Williams, Katherine Stafford, and Kaitlin Stafford, as well as other family members.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. William Stafford will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 26, 2014 in the West Otis Cemetery with Cy Davis officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral. The family will be at the home of Joe and Nancy Stafford, 1383 Highway 24 West, De Queen.

 

 
Mr. Joe Stinnett

Mr. Joe Stinnett, age 81, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, December 24, 2014 In De Queen Therapy & Living Center, De Queen.

He was born to Clifford and Pearl Pettigrew Stinnett in Horatio, Arkansas, on September 29, 1933. Mr. Stinnett was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U. S. Army. He was a retired accountant for Gray’s Butane. He enjoyed politics, and was an avid reader.

Mr. Stinnett was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Clarence Stinnett, and a sister, Bernice Stinnett.

He is survived by four nephews, Billy Joe Gray, John Thomas Gray, William Robert Pettigrew, and Dallas Carroll Pettigrew, and a sister-in-law, Louise Stinnett, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Joe Stinnett will be held 2:00 P. M., Saturday, December 27th In Old Center Cemetery with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 
Mrs. Dessie Rankin Holder Barber

Mrs. Dessie Rankin Holder Barber, age 86, a resident of Sims, Arkansas, died Monday, December 22, 2014 in National Park Medical Center, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born to Thomas and Etta Birlew Rankins in Bethel, Oklahoma, on October 12, 1928. She was a member of the Faith Tabernacle of Mount Ida, Arkansas, and was a homemaker. She was an avid reader, enjoyed bird watching, loved cooking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Melton Holder and Thomas Barber, two sons, Melton Lee Holder and Van Buren Holder, a daughter, Arnetta Kaye Holder, two brothers, Hover Rankin and Jimmy Rankin, and a sister, Etta Louvisia Rankin.

She is survived by two daughters, Betty Chandler of De Queen, Arkansas, and Joyce Vann of Gillham, Arkansas, a son, Robert Ray Holder of Sims, Arkansas, a special sister-in-law, Betty McDougal of Eloy, Arizona, 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Mrs. Dessie Holder Barber will be on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Funeral Services for Mrs. Dessie Holder Barber will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, December 26, 2014 in the Faith Tabernacle, Mount Ida, Arkansas, with Rev. Paul Burke officiating. Burial will follow in the Barber Cemetery in Sims, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

 
Tommie Ray Sims

Mr. Tommie Ray Sims, age 82, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, December 20, 2014, at his home.

He was born August 13, 1932 in the Walnut Springs Community of Sevier County. He worked for Weyerhaeuser Company at D & E Railroad in finance & administration. He was past president of the Rotary Club, served on the De Queen School Board, and was a former board member of the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sims served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen.

Mr. Sims was preceded in death by his father, Thomas James Sims, his mother, Nellie Stringfellow DeShazo, his step-father, Walter DeShazo; his sisters, Melba Long, Maxine Gray, Mazie Le Leux and Mona Prior; and a brother, Mitchell DeShazo.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Smith Sims of De Queen; two sons, Randall Sims of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Kevin Sims of De Queen; one daughter, Dotti Austin of Barling, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, James Arvin and Donna Sims of Crystal Beach, Texas, one sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and Dale Kesner of Little Rock, Arkansas; his grandchildren, Cameron and Landon Sims, Skylar Trammel, Carly Austin, Jesse Sims, Jace Sims and Kaisie Cravens; five great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Sims will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 23, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Josh Herweck officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Ida Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, December 22, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

 
Alvie Joe Causey

Mr. Alvie Joe Causey, age 74, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, December 21, 2014 in the Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born December 14, 1940 in De Queen. He worked for Dierks Lumber Yard for 25 years, served in the National Guard for 8 years and was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

Mr. Causey was preceded in death by his parents, Alvie Lee and Haley E. Ward Causey; and his siblings, Rozell, Ozell, Barbara, Donnie, Paul and Ricky.

He is survived by his wife, Onita Greathouse Causey of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Diane Causey of De Queen; one daughter Nita Jo Cross of Cumby, Texas; four grandchildren, LaDonna and Alex Lynch, Justin and Jennifer Causey, Virgil Cross and Vanessa Cross; four great grandchildren, Tyler Lynch, Allison Lynch, Braxten Causey and Braydon Causey; four brothers, Hershel Causey of Swink, Oklahoma, Roy Causey of Missouri, Johnny Causey of Watts, Oklahoma and Charlie Causey of Idabel, Oklahoma; two sisters, Bonnie Rymer of Wright City, Oklahoma and Glenda Dockens of Center, Texas; one great aunt, Dorothy Moss of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Causey will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 23, 2014, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Charles Krudwig and Tye Barnett officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Mrs. Traci Lawson Admire

 

Mrs. Traci Lawson Admire, age 38, a resident of Cordenons, Italy, and formerly of Horatio/De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Cordenons, Italy.


Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at White’s Azle Funeral Home with her father Rev. Bill Lawson officiating.


She was born Aug. 3, 1976, in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Traci was a loving mother and wife, daughter and friend.

Traci loved Texas and said she moved here as quickly as she could. Shortly after moving to Texas Traci met her future husband Dustin Admire. Traci and Dustin were married on August 8, 2008 and a few months later began their journey as an Air Force family. She loved being an Air Force wife and was always her husband’s biggest supporter. She loved to sing since she was a small girl and after moving to Italy found a new passion of performing in musical theater. Traci never met a stranger and had a smile for everyone she met. She loved Jesus and wanted everyone else to know and love Him as well and loved telling everyone about Him.


She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents J.E. and Waunie Loper, her paternal grandfather, Fred Steinberg, and two aunts Vickie Loper Kampstra and Tammy Loper Durand.
Survivors include her husband of 6 years, Staff Sargent Dustin Admire; two sons, Dakota and Kiowa Burnett, her mother and step-father, Debbie and Kerry Edmiaston, her father and step-mother, Bill and Carol Lawson, two brothers, Jamie Loper and Billy Lawson, one sister, Courtney White, her paternal grandmother, Minnie Steinberg and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

 

Max Alan Adcock, Sr.

Max Alan Adcock, Sr., age 61 of Nashville, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born August 24, 1953 in Bryan, Texas to the late Quentin and Doris Robertson Adcock. He was a retired Coach and school administrator. Max was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church. He was Horatio’s Salutatorian in the class of 1971. After high school Max received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a Major in Physical Education, then he received his Masters of Education with a Major in Education and Administration, finally receiving his Administrator’s Certificate. Also while in college he received Honorable Mention, All-AIC defensive tackle in 1972 and 1973. All- AIC Defensive Tackle in 1974, Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1975, Who’s Who in American College and University in 1975, District 1-AAA football runner up in 1984 and 1987, District 1 -AAA football champions 1982 and 1985, and finally Hempstead County Educator of The Year in 2011. He was also a lifetime member of the NRA.

He is survived by his wife- Cindi Diane Bishop Adcock of Nashville, his former wife- Brenda Adcock of Mena, 4 sons- Max Alan Adcock, Jr and wife Shanna of Mena, Kirby Bishop Adcock of Nashville,
Kelsey Johnson and wife Kristen of Nashville, Kolten Johnson of Nashville, 1 Daughter- Tamara Jayne Smart and husband Aaron of Mena, 2 Brothers- Warren Adcock and wife Jo of Farmington, Arkansas, Pat Adcock and wife Beth of Hot Springs, 1 Sister- Beth Piearcy and husband Philip of Mena, 5 Grandchildren- Aubri Johnson of Brock, Texas, Carleigh Smart of Mena, Lainey Smart of Mena, Macaden Johnson of Lockesburg, and Shooter Johnson of Ashdown and a large host of other family, friends and former football players and coaches.


Graveside services will be Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10 am at Clear Creek Cemetery near Horatio with Bro. Billy Dawson officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday afternoon at the Horatio Football field from 4 to 5:30 pm.

  

 
Rocky L. Norman
 
Rocky L. Norman, age 66 of Nashville, Arkansas, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in Nashville. He was born July 25, 1948 in Sidon, Arkansas to Alton and Mary Lawrence Norman. He was a retired Hatchery Manager for over 25 years with Tyson Foods. He was a very dedicated family man, spending all of his free time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alton Norman, a brother, Kenneth Norman, and a sister, Patsy Norman.

He leaves to cherish his memory; his mother, Mary Norman of Washington, State, his wife, Martha Norman of Nashville, 2 sons; Ken and wife Chantel Norman of De Queen, Arkansas and Tim and wife Krissie Norman of Wicks, Arkansas, 3 Brothers, Larry Norman of Washington, State, Stan Norman of California and Steve Norman of California, 2 Sisters, Winona and husband Bill of California and Echo and husband Bill Penley of Washington, State, 8 Grandchildren, Jonathan and Rose Davidson of Conway, Arkansas, Ashley and Deagan Ruthardt of Magnolia, Arkansas, Nick Reves of Wicks, Arkansas, Harley Norman of Bossier City, Louisiana, Vince Norman of Franklington, Louisiana, Macy Norman of Bossier City, Louisiana, Rachel Norman of Wicks, Arkansas, Riley Norman of De Queen, Arkansas, 1 great grandchild, Brynley Ruthardt of Magnolia, Arkansas and a host of other family and friends too numerous to name.

Services will be Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 1 pm. at Nashville Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Baker Cemetery near Wicks, Arkansas. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday night from 6 to 8 pm. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com
 
 
Mrs. Arie A. Deloney

Mrs. Arie A. Deloney, age 94, of Kankakee, Illinois, and former resident of Lockesburg, died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at her residence. She was born July 20, 1920 in Lockesburg, Arkansas, to Pink and Rosebud Williamson Johnson. She was the secretary in the family agriculture business and had also worked as a cook in a nursing home, as well as a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Earl Austin and Curtis Deloney, a son, Anthony Austin, a brother, Judge Johnson and three sisters, Mable Austin, Lucy Bell, and Dorothy White.

She is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Leonard Austin of Little Rock, Raleigh and Sheryl Austin of Raytown, MO, and Ruth Austin of Raymore, MO, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Ruby and Ira Nelson of Kankakee, IL., Emma Burrell of Kankakee, IL, and Margaret and Michael McNeil of Raymore, MO, one sister, Marjorie Wright of York, PA, in-laws, M. C. McElroy of Texarkana, Ark, Frances McElroy of Lockesburg, 18 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Arie Austin-Deloney will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, December 20, 2014, in New Zion Baptist Church in Lockesburg, Arkansas, (Oak Grove Community ) with Pastor Ronald Goodloe and Rev. Kelly Wilbert Austin officiating. Burial will follow Williamson Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas. Visitation will be at the New Zion Baptist Church from 12:00 until services time. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 
Mrs. Patricia Ann Shaw Ramirez

Mrs. Patricia Ann Shaw Ramirez, age 60, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, December 15, 2014, at her home.

She was born September 5, 1954 in De Queen. She was a former employee of Pilgrim’s Pride and a member of the Pentecostal Church.

Mrs. Ramirez was preceded in death by her parents, Osben and Inez Gentry Shaw; one brother, Doyle “Buck” Shaw; one sister, Mary Jane Shaw.

She is survived by one daughter, Vicky Ortega of De Queen; two grandsons, Shane Vazquez and Cody Nava; three great grandchildren; two brothers, Curtis Shaw and Sammy Holt of Horatio, Arkansas; six sisters, Lorene Mullinax, Jewel Shaw, Katie Valdez, Diane Shaw, Mary Kay Brizendine all of De Queen and Shirley Pratt of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ramirez will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Charles Ligon officiating. Burial will follow in Avon Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 18th at the funeral home. 

 
Mrs. Shirley Ruth McDonald Allen

Mrs. Shirley Ruth McDonald Allen, age 68, a resident of Dierks, died Monday, December 15, 2014 at her home.

She was born August 15, 1946 in Cerro Gordo, Arkansas. She was a teller at Diamond Bank in Dierks and a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Dierks.

Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Eunice Crowell McDonald; her husband, Wallace Troy Allen; one sister, Georgia Frady and one great-granddaughter, Lily Ellis.

She is survived by three sons, John Tosh and his wife Stacia of New Boston, Texas, Clay Allen of Dierks and Ben Allen and his wife Brittney also of Dierks; two daughters, Tracy Thomas and her husband Jon of Nashville and Michelle Ellis of Jackson, Tennessee; two brothers, Frank McDonald of Foreman and Jim McDonald of De Queen; two sisters, Nina Hinton of Texarkana, Texas and Jean Higgins of De Queen; seven grandchildren, Justin Turner, Derek Turner, Casey Tosh, Eli Ellis, Sarah Ellis Knipp, Ethan Ellis and Lauren Burkett; six great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Allen will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks with Rev. Richard Leach and Rev. J.W. Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow at the Sunshine Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 17th at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

 
Mrs. Myrtle Elizabeth Larson

Mrs. Myrtle Elizabeth Larson, 100 of Gillham, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 13th at her home. Born May 12, 1914 to Herbert Marshall and Ethel Boren McMaster near Okolona, Arkansas. She married Willie Lee Larson on September 18, 1935 and celebrated their 60th anniversary.

Proceeded in death by her parents, husband, infant daughter, Judith, step-mother, Iva Williams McMaster, brother, Herbert Que McMaster, and his wife, Elizabeth, and her beloved pet, Honey.

Survived by her sons, Larry Larson and wife, Dorothy of Paragould, Max Larson of Gillham, granddaughter, Larisa Wallace and husband Mason of Paragould, great-grandsons, Eli Mason and Ty Larson Wallace, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. Special thanks for care givers, Queta Bryan, Myra Buchanan, Fran Gonzales, Shirley Bice, Stacy Gregory, Shirley Tallant, and the staff at Ouachita Regional Hospice of Mena.

Myrtle grew up in Okolona moving to Norphlet when she was 10 where her father worked in oil fields and mother owned a café, bakery and boarding house. She graduated at the top of her class at Norphlet in 1932 and was an outstanding athlete playing basketball and baseball. The Rotary Club of El Dorado gave her a loan of $300 for college and she attended Henderson State College for two years, where she excelled in classes and on the basketball court. Returning to Norphlet, she taught 5th grade and coached basketball. When she married she could no longer teach because of the depression and only one earner in a family. Using her teaching skills she continued by doing Bible Study courses at First Baptist Church and Liberty Baptist Association Churches. Working with youth was a passion and a group of 25 young men, known as RA’S, met at her home each week for food, fun and fellowship, as the war started the fellows went overseas to fight for our country all returned but one. She was active in school affairs for her sons and often substituted for teachers. Willie lost his job in 1958 so at age 44, she returned to Henderson to gain her degree to return to teaching. She taught at Parkers Chapel, Norphlet and Gillham schools. Myrtle and Willie moved to the farm near Gillham in 1970 and became a team to turn their farm into a show place by clearing land, building ponds, raising cattle, always with a large garden that was shared with all the community. She loved her church, First Baptist Church, Gillham and her Sunday School class which she taught until she was 92. Young people were always her passion and she encouraged and helped many kids to excel in studies and life. She had a wonderful long life and often said, “I would love to live it all over again”! She loved her family, her church family and most of all her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

A celebration of her life will be held at First Baptist Church in Gillham on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 2:00 P.M., with Bro. Jerry Hill, and Bro. Steven Chenoweth officiating. Individuals will be able to share memories. Burial will follow at Valley Cemetery on the hill overlooking their farm. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. Lasting memorials may be sent to: The Gideon’s International, P. O. Box 140800, Nashville, Tennessee 37214-0800. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 
Mrs. Rowena Hargis Morris

Mrs. Rowena Hargis Morris, age 82, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Friday, December 12, 2014 in the Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born on April 22, 1932 to Lee and Mecie Overturf Hargis on Hargis Mountain in Howard County, Arkansas and was one of sixteen children. She attended school at Umpire, Arkansas; she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ in De Queen. She loved her family, sewing and gardening.

Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Scotty Presson; six brothers, Alvie, Elbert, Edgar, Ervin, Sammie and a twin brother Richard Hargis; three sisters, Velma Hargis Hart, Maggie Hargis McShan and Ruth Hargis Neal.

She is survived by her husband, Floyd Morris, Sr. of Gillham; one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Jim Presson; one son and daughter-in-law, Floyd Jr. and Kim Morris; one sister, Margaret Louise Hargis Bearden; one granddaughter and husband, Jennifer and Joe Collier; one grandson and wife, Clay and Laci Morris; three great grandsons, Ty and Tate Collier and Zane Morris; one great granddaughter, Heidi Morris and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service for Mrs. Morris will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 16, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Tatum and Tye Barnett officiating. Burial will follow in the Overturf Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, December 15, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

Mr. William Young “Billy” Ayers

 
Mr. William Young “Billy” Ayers, age 70, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, December 12, 2014 at his home.

He was born to James Robert and Ruth Corene Young Ayers in Hooks, Texas, on March 31, 1944. After graduation from Horatio High School, Billy served six years in the National Guard. He was a truck driver for McConnell Heavy Haulers, as well as a cattle and poultry farmer. He was a member of the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church, and enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Michael Ayers, Ronald and Donald Ayers, Bobby Wayne Ayers, and Larry Dale Ayers.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wanda L. Suggs Ayers of Horatio, a son and daughter-in-law, Bobby Dale and Tina Ayers of Horatio, two daughters and sons-in-law, Vanessa Louise and Jim Milloway of Knoxville, Arkansas, and Geraldine “Gerrie” and James Littleton of Magazine, Arkansas, ten grandchildren, Alexis Nicole Griffin, Hunter Wells Griffin, Chevy Dale Ayers, David Loy Milloway, and his wife, Alana Brooke Milloway, Rebecca Lynn Milloway, Jessica Lane Milloway, Kayla Leanne Milloway, Jared Wayne Lambeth, William Tyler Littleton, and Warren Dailey Littleton, one sister, Deborah Ayers of Lockesburg, two sisters-in-law, Velma Ayers of Ashdown, Arkansas, and Rendy Ayers of Horatio, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Billy Ayers will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, December 15th in the Old Center Cemetery with Bro. Travis Lane and Bro. Larry Eason officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message to www.chanderfuneral.com.

 

 
Mr. Bobby Edward Bush

Mr. Bobby Edward Bush, age 60, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

He was born July 2, 1954 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was employed by Romine Oil Company as a manager for Water Works in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. He was an avid Arkansas Razorbacks fan and loved the Dallas Cowboys.

Mr. Bush was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Edward Bush and Ella Mae Parker Aguillar and one grandchild, Jeffrey Hinshaw.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Brenda Bush; three daughters and a son-in-law, Jessica and Christopher Minatra, Shawnta Davis and Michelle West, all of Woodward, Oklahoma; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Shane and Shalla Bush also of Woodward and Jeremy Bush of Hot Springs, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Brandon, Emily, and Nicholas Wilkerson, Summer West and Aerianna Minatra; three sisters, Mary Ann Lechner, Glenda Brewer and Donna Crist; two brothers, Donald Whitt and Johnny Whitt; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Bush will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation will follow.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Rickey Carnell Stanford

Rickey Carnell Stanford, age 50, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at his home.

He was born August 11, 1964 in De Queen. He was a building contractor, a born again Christian and a member of the Wickes Pentecostal Church of God.

Ricky was preceded in death by his father, Dock Stanford.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie Ayers Stanford; one son and daughter-in-law, Cass and Nikki Stanford; his mother, Julia Cox Stanford; one brother, Travis Stanford; one sister, Falicia Stanford and one grandson, Jai Stanford.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Chris Burke officiating.

 

 
Mrs. Helen Sue Overturf Davis

Mrs. Helen Sue Overturf Davis, age 81, a resident of De Queen, died Sunday, December 7, 2014 in De Queen.

She was born January 27, 1933 in Gillham, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the De Queen First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Goldie Overturf; her husband, Eutah Davis, Jr. and one brother, Sterling Overturf.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Tina Davis of Lowell, Arkansas and Jay and Dennell Davis of Nashville, Arkansas; one brother, Lester Overturf of Gillham; two sisters, Arlene Whitley of De Queen and Wilma Smith of Missouri; three grandchildren, Ashley Davis, Zach Davis and wife Ashley, Kolten McCracken; and one great grandchild, Anna Kate Davis.

Graveside service for Mrs. Davis will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 10, 2014, in the Overturf Cemetery with Rev. Homer Frachiseur officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 
Mr. Thomas Paul Wilson

 

 

Shirley Ann Martin

 

Shirley Ann Martin, 76 was born on January 26, 1938 to the home of Curtis and Totsy Good, and passed away on November 25, 2014. She is survived by her children, Jimmy Martin of Tulsa, OK., Janet Irvan of Horatio, AR., and Jerry Martin and wife Tanya, of Seagoville, Tx, sister Betty J. Davis of Julian, CA., grandchildren, Ryan Martin, Jason Martin, Jennifer Martin, Robin Pickett, Jamee Robertson, Jordan Martin, and Reggy Irvan. Great-grandchildren, Kyan Martin, Jaden and Jerry Hamilton, Jalyn and Grayson Pickett, Legend Martin, Jett Martin, Parker Wheat, and Palmer Martin. Preceded in death by parents, Curtis and Totsy Good, brothers, Jim Lester and Bill Good, sisters, Bonnie Brown, Lena Golden, Catherine Bernt, and Great-granddaughter, Journee Martin. 

Memorial service will be held at Moorhead Epps Funeral Home on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 12:00 P.M.

 

John Leonard King

 
Mr. John Leonard King, age 94, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, December 5, 2014, in Texarkana, Texas. 
 
He was born February 9, 1920, in Crosstrails, Arkansas.  Mr. King was a construction superintendent in the Dallas, Texas area for 40 years and returned to his home in De queen after his retirement.  He was a World War II army veteran, Masonic Lodge Grand Worshipful Master and a member of The Legacy Center.  He was a Dallas Cowboys fan and, in his retirement, became a violin maker.  He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed country and western music.  he was also a musician and played in a country band.
 
Mr. King worked closely with his wife, June, while she was director of the Sevier County Museum, and built the museum Heritage Village.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vinnie Edmond King and Ruby Alice Gertrude Hedges King, and all 8 of his siblings.
 
Mr. King is survived by his wife of 72 years, June King; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Dena and Dennis Mercer of Dallas, TX and Judy Hoofman also of Dallas, and Karen and John Davidsaver of Mountain Home, AR; one son and daughter-in-law, John Christopher and Marylyn King of Washington, DC; 8 grandchildren: Matthew Mercer, Josh, Mercer, Jenny Sutherlin, Clint Woodall, John Hoofman, Sam clay, Natalie King, Julie Anna King; 9 great-grandchildren: Emily Mercer, Brooke Kirkland, Bayleigh Wagoner, Hunter Mercer, Grace Mercer, Gavin Sutherlin, Alan Woodall, Nigel Woodall, and Clovie Hoofman.
 
Funeral services for Mr. John King will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 8, 2014, in the Wilkerson funeral Home Chapel with Chad Gallagher officiating.  burial will follow in Smyrna Cemetery in De Queen.
 
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 7th at the funeral home.
 
 
 
Mrs. Pauline Ruth Newton Magby

Mrs. Pauline Ruth Newton Magby, age 74, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas died Tuesday, December 2, 2014, in Little River Memorial Hospital in Ashdown.

She was born May 31, 1940 in Howard County. She was retired from retail sales.

Mrs. Magby was preceded in death by her husbands, Charles Wofford and Louis Magby; her parents, William “Bill” Walker Newton and Marjorie Ruth Porter Newton and one great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Hollowell.

She is survived by two daughters, Laura and Lance Wise of Tom, Oklahoma and Melanie and Robert Cowley of DeKalb, Texas; one brother, Perry Newton of Ashdown, Arkansas and two grandchildren, Ty Wise and Amanda Magby.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 4, 2014, at the Alleene Cemetery Pavilion with Bro. Audie Dawson officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 
O. H. "Rusty" Durham

Omagene Hopkins "Rusty" Durham, age 88, a longtime resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in the De Queen Medical Center. Born January 4, 1926 in Walnut Springs, Arkansas, he was a son of the late Herbert Moss and Pearl Irene Beauchamp Durham.

He grew up and received his education in De Queen. He was a 1944 graduate of De Queen High School. As a young man he joined the United States Marine Corp serving in the Pacific during World War II. Returning to Arkansas he attended Arkansas Tech University. He also served in the Korean War.

For several years he traveled extensively with his job as a salesman for Myers Pumps. He later entered the world of politics and served as Sevier County judge for twelve years. He was also involved in other aspects of government including city council and quorum court.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Judy Shockley Durham; three brothers, Herbert Lyndon Durham, Lowell Edward Durham and Forney Manning Durham and one sister, Dixie Maurice Durham Smythe.

Mr. Durham is survived by his twin sister, Imogene Margaret Durham of De Queen; one son, James Wade Durham of Hatfield; one step-daughter, Jamie Thompkins and husband Buddy of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina; one step-son, David Dobbs and wife Tammy of Cabot; one grandson, Devin Durham and step grandson Dustin Skaggs both of Hatfield; his step-grandchildren Mathew and Jacque Thompkins and Justin, Lauren and Laney Dobbs of Cabot, several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Mr. Durham was a faithful member of De Queen First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the De Queen Lions Club. He was an inventor and entrepreneur and an avid Leopard and Razorback fan. He was loved and respected by his family and many friends.

A visitation will be held on Monday, December 1, 2014, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

To honor Rusty Durham's memory his family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the memorial fund at De Queen First United Methodist Church, 424 West Heynecker, De Queen, AR 71832.

 

 
Mr. Otis J. Powell, Sr.
 
Mr. Otis James Powell, Sr., age 64, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, November 25th in the Christus St. Michael Health System.
 
He was born to Jessie J and Inez Jones Powell at De Queen, Arkansas on September 22, 1950.  He was a 1968 graduate of Horatio high School, and was retired from the D&E O&E Railroad with 29 years service.  he was a member of the Mt. Phoebe Baptist Church in Horatio, but attended Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ and New Zion Baptist Church.  He enjoyed coaching and playing baseball, basketball, and football, and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.  he also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and dancing.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, Patricia Powell and Dorothy Powell, a son Otis Powell, Jr. a grandson, Otis Powell, III, and a brother-in-law, Curtis Bennett.
 
He is survived by seven sons and daughters-in-law: David Darnell Phillips of Waukegan, IL, Cory Powell of Humble, Texas, Justin Powell of De Queen, Charles and Shaw Johnson, Lonnie Johnson, Jimmy Ray Johnson, all of De Queen and Kevin Wayne Johnson of Conway, AR,; five daughters and sons-in-law: Gwendolyn Bell of De Queen, Sandra and Ronnie Anderson, Naudine Powell and Caleb Mills all of De Queen, Viola and Fred Spencer of Waukegan, IL and Gaberilla Powell of Keller, TX; a brother, Roy Powell; a sister, Martha Powell Bennett of De Queen; twenty-nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a nephew, William A. Bennett of De Queen and a special friend, Sharon Robertson of De Queen.
 
Funeral services for Mr. Otis Powell will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 29th, in the Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ with Rev. E.A. Edwards officiating.  Burial will follow in Sunset Acres, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. 
 

Billy Gene Trusley

 

Mr. Billy Gene Trusley, age 60, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at his home.

He was born November 24, 1954 in Wenatchee, WA. He was a truck driver.

Mr. Trusley was preceded in death by his father, William Earl Trusley and one sister, Carolyn Davis.

He is survived by one son, Jesse Gene Trusley; two daughters, Regina Lavelle Trusley and Liz Ann Trusley all of De Queen; his mother, Helen Trusley; one brother, Jimmy Trusley and one sister, Sandy Gabbard all of Lockesburg and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 1, 2014, in the Lockesburg Cemetery with Rev. Jack Gilliland officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home. 

Mr. Pedro Saldivar

 

Mr. Pedro Saldivar, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 26th in the Baptist Health Medical Center, Little Rock, AR.

He was born to Ignacio Saldivar and Guadalupe Perez in Reynosa, Mexico on September 24, 1952.  He was an employee of Pruett's Foods as their meat market manager as well as owner of Pedro's Recycling.  He was a member of the St. Barbara's Catholic Church, where he was a musician.  He enjoyed playing the guitar, working and spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Concha Saldivar.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Saldivar of De Queen, one son and daughter-in-law, Pedro and Malu Saldivar of Las Vegas, NV; five daughters and sons-in-law, Sonia and Carlos Perez of Berryville, AR, Adriana Saldivar of De Queen, and Imelda and Evan Taylor of Berryville, AR, Cindy Mashburn of Nashville, AR, and JoDee and Wes Turner of Cowhide Cove, AR, 16 grandchildren,: Jose, Mariana, Alan, Alexis, Annel, Carla, Charlie, Omega, Whitney, Melody, Zoey, Ivy, Abbigail, AnDrew, Autumn, and Gus; two great-grandchildren, Victoria and Jose.  He is also survived by five brothers: Rafael Saldivar, Librado Salvidar, Juan Saldivar, and Frederico Herrera all of Mexico, and Carlos Saldivar of De Queen, a sister Hortencia Herrera of Mexico, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A Rosary Service for Mr. Pedro Saldivar will be held at 7:00p.m., Friday, November 28, 2014, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen.  A funeral mass will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 29th in St. Barbara's Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating.  Burial will follow in the Biggs Chapel Cemetery near Nathan, AR.

 

Daniel Gonzalez

Mr. Daniel Benito Gonzalez Juarez, age 18, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, November 22, 2914, from injuries received in an automobile accident in Texarkana, Arkansas.

He was born to Regelio German Gonzalez Cortez and Fabiola Juarez Dominguez in Mexico City, Mexico on November 27, 1995.  He was a graduate of Horatio High School, and was a student in Texas A&M in Texarkana.  He was a member of St. Barbara's Catholic church in De Queen, and enjoyed football, basketball, National Honor Society, Journalism, video games, history, watching sporting events, and he was seeking a degree in Math and coaching.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Benito Juarez, and a sister, Danahe Gonzalez. 

He is survived by his parents, Rogelio German Gonzalez Cortez and Fabiola Juarez Dominguez of Mexico City, Mexico; a brother, Yermy Gonzalez, a sister Nallely Gonzalez, both of Horatio; his grandparents, Rita Dominguez of Mexico City, Mexico; Martha Gonzalez and Rogelio Gonzalez of Mexico City, Mexico; two nephews, Alexander Perez and Derek Perez, both of Grannis, AR. 

A rosary for Mr. Daniel Gonzalez will be held at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2014, in St. Barbara's Catholic Church.  Visitation will follow.  A funeral mass for Mr. Daniel Gonzalez will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 26th in St. Barbara's Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating.  Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Windell Lee Whisenhunt

Windell Lee Whisenhunt, age 73, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Friday, November 21, 2014, in Dierks Health and Rehab.

He was born June 20, 1941 in Arkinda, Arkansas. He worked in saw mills and was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church.

Mr. Whisenhunt was preceded in death by his parents, Seth Able and Hazel Annielee Hanley Whisenhunt and one brother, Homer Ray Whisenhunt.

He is survived by his sister, Mary McAllister of Hooks, Texas; one niece and three nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Whisenhunt will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 23, 2014 in the Campground Cemetery with Rev. Gary Steiner officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen

 

Bonnie Jo Emerson Chandler

Mrs. Bonnie Jo Emerson Chandler, age 82, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, November 17, 2014 in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Louis and Elsie Flournoy Emerson on February 12, 1932 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was an owner and operator of Chapel Hill Store and a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, flowers and gardening, riding around with her husband Joe and deer hunting.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joe Chandler and two brothers, Earl David Emerson and Leon Emerson.

She is survived by Three sons and daughters-in-law; Joe Edward and Linda Chandler, Dennis and Patti Chandler and Gaylon and Teresa Chandler all of De Queen. Four Grandsons; Terry Chandler and Wife Tammy of Bryant, Arkansas, Chris Chandler of El Dorado, Arkansas, Nicky Chandler and Wife Jessica of Horatio, Arkansas and Jonathan Chandler and wife Ashlee of De Queen. Four granddaughter; Melissa Threet, and husband Marvin Jr. of De Queen, Natasha Wilson and husband Bryan, Britney Icenhower and husband Jerramy of De Queen and Shasta Guinn and husband Brandon of Horatio, Arkansas and 17 great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Bonnie Jo Chandler will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, November 20th in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

 
 
Mrs. Wanda Lou Parramore Satterfield

Mrs. Wanda Lou Parramore Satterfield, age 71, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 13th at her home after a long battle with cancer surrounded by her family.

She was born to Leo and Naomi Faye Maynard Parramore in Lubbock, Texas, on October 18, 1943. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gillham, and was retired from the Sevier County Development Center, as well as homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crafts, cake decorating, and spending in time with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Bill Parramore, Denzel Parramore, and Don Parramore.

She is survived by her husband of over 44 years, Burt Satterfield of Gillham, three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Jennifer Satterfield of Dallas, Texas, Ricky and Michelle Satterfield of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Scott Satterfield of Gillham, five daughters and sons-in-law, Angela Allen of Quinlan, Texas, Rhonda and Frank Hutman of Portage, Indiana, Beth and Gus Alvarez of Gillham, Melinda Hanson of Texarkana, Texas, and Mary and Ralph Kirkpatrick of Florida, Two brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Susan Parramore of Lubbock, Texas, Jerry and Sharon Parramore of Houston, Texas, a sister, Virginia McCaleb of San Antonio, Texas, 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, a special friend, Frances Johnson of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Wanda Satterfield will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, November 17th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bob McManus officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, November 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

 
Mr. Larry Gene Boyles

Mr. Larry Gene Boyles, age 65, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, November 10, 2014 in the Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana.

He was born to John and Beatrice Ceaser Boyles on May 10, 1949 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was an employee of the DQ TO&E Railroad. He was a member of the Lewis Temple Church of God In Christ in De Queen, and loved riding horses, hunting, fishing and working out at Better Body Fitness Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of over 37 years, Geneva Jones Boyles, a sister, Patricia Powell and three brothers Bo Boyles, Leonard Boyles, and Robert Boyles.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Larry, Jr. and Willie Jewel Boyles of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, two daughters and sons-in-law, Penny and Charles Archer of Nashville, Arkansas and Donna and Charles Gulley of Mineral Springs, Arkansas. He is survived by six grandsons, Katro Keels, London Keels, Robby Boyles, Rashad Garland, Timmy Smith, and Andre Hendrix, five granddaughters Nicka Keels, Chloe Graham, Breia Archer, Alasundra Cannon, and Olvia Cannon, two great-grandsons, Kelion Keels and Karter Boyles, and one great-granddaughter, Jynia Boyles. Larry is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Jackie and Willie Boyles of De Queen, and a sister Linda Faye Boyles of De Queen.

Funeral services for Mr. Larry Boyles will be held Sunday, November 16th at 2:00 P.M., in the Lewis Temple Church of God In Christ in De Queen with Rev. E.A. Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Saturday, November 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

 
Mrs. Jenette Ester Swift

Mrs. Jenette Ester Swift, age 65, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 6, 2014 in the St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs.

She was born to Rufus and Lujean Jordan Ester on December 8, 1948 in Centerpoint, Arkansas. She was an employee of the Howard County Revenue Office, and a homemaker. She was a member of the New Testament House of Prayer in Nashville, and enjoyed fishing and flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Finis Ray Dixon and Rufus Ester, Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Swift of Nashville, Arkansas, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Larry Boyles, Jr. and Willie Jewel of Mineral Springs, Ark. and Lawrence Swift, Jr of Nashville, Arkansas, six daughters and sons-in-law, LaFrieda Swift and Ricky Burns, LaTrenda and Charles Archer, LaQuita and Vincent Murry, all of Nashville, LaDonna and Charles Gulley of Mineral Springs, Tiyonna “Peek a Boo” Garland of Nashville, and Brittany Marshall of Houston, Texas, four brothers and sisters-in-law, Prescott and Marie Hendrix of Lockesburg, Mike and Lorene Hendrix of Nashville, Ronnie and Sophie Hendrix of Flint, Michigan, and Mike and Wanda Sue Ester of Nashville, Ark.; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Connie and Walter Swift of Nashville, Sherry Lynn and Patrick Grant of De Queen, Sue Ester of Mineral Springs, and Gloria and Eddie Northcross of Ashdown, a sister-in-law, Wanda Swift of Nashville, and a number of grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Jenette Swift will be held Saturday, November 15th at 2:00 P.M., in the First Baptist Church of Nashville with Rev. Charles Archer officiating. Burial will follow in the Flint Hill Cemetery, Mineral Springs, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, November 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Thomas Olan"Tommy" Cosper

Thomas Olan"Tommy" Cosper, 87 of Horatio, Arkansas and formerly of Edna, TX passed away Monday, November 10, 2014 peacefully from his earthly home to his home with his Lord and Savior. His passion was to serve others unselfishly and for sharing God's Word in hope that others would experience the same joy that he had for his Lord Jesus Christ.

He was born October 17, 1927 to the late FLoyd Olan"Dick" and Verbey Cosper of Edna, TX Tommy served in the army during World War II. He worked for Mobil Oil in Texas & Louisiana and on rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Upon retirement, he moved to Arkansas and began his active life as a cattleman. He was a member of the Williamson Baptist Church of Horatio, AR.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Lois Maxey Cosper and wife, Mildred Cantrell Cosper; son, Ronald Bruce Tate and brother, Richard Wells Cosper.

Tommy is survived by his sisters, Evelyn Wallace of New Summerfield, TX, Elizabeth Lopez of Edna, TX, brother, John Cosper and wife, Diana of Wharton, TX, sister-in-law, Barbara Cosper of Edna, TX, step-daughter, Sandra Hahn and husband Johnny of Edna, TX, step-sons, Thomas Cantrell and wife Janet of Horatio, AR, Teddy Ray Machicek, grandson, Ronald Bruce Tate, Jr. and wife Kathryn of Benicia, CA., step-granddaughter, Andrea Cantrell Young and husband Matt, step-grandsons, Wesley Cantrell, Keith Hahn, and Teddy Ray Machicek, Jr., Billy and Justin Machicek, great grandchildren, Ronald Bruce III, Charlie and Maximus Tate, step-great-grandchildren, Brian and Amy Hahn, numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Slavik Funeral Home in Edna, TX. Funeral Service will be held at 10 am Friday, November 14, 2014 in the chapel of Slavik Funeral Home with Brother Robert Krause officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Edna, TX

Pallbearers will be Wesley Cantrell, Roc Cosper, Rodney Cosper, Keith Hahn, Mark Lopez and Mike Lopez.

Memorial donations in memory of Tommy Cosper may be made to South Texas Children's Fund, P. O. Box 759, Beeville, TX 78104-0759

Services are under the direction of Slavik Funeral Home in Edna,TX 209 N. Allen St., Edna, TX 77957 361-782-2152

 

 
Wallace Southworth

Wallace Southworth of De Queen, Arkansas, died at age 90 in Little River Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ashdown, Arkansas on November 10, 2014. He was born February 16, 1924, in Chapel Hill, Arkansas.

He was the son of William and Lois McClanahan Southworth, and the oldest of six brothers. Wallace attended school in De Queen before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1942. Upon returning to civilian life, he met and married Betty Hall of De Queen. Both Wallace and Betty attended Magnolia A. and M. College (now Southern Arkansas University). He went on to the University of Arkansas, graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Wallace spent his entire career working for Phillips Petroleum Company at various locations: Cactus, Texas; Pasadena, Texas; Bartlesville, Oklahoma; and Borger, Texas. Wallace and Betty returned to De Queen after retirement, where they both joined the First Presbyterian Church. This was the church Betty attended while growing up in De Queen. Her father, Eugene Hall, was an active member. Wallace continued his lifelong interests in nature and learning. Always physically fit, he frequently completed mile long walks through the neighborhood.

Devoted to his family, Wallace is survived by three daughters, three sons-in-law and eight grandchildren: Carin and Scott Sharp of Cambridge, Massachusetts with children Ryan and Lauren; Jill and Tom Stables of Derby, Kansas with children Collin, Jordan and Aaron; Jennifer and Todd Everheart of Mansfield, Texas with children Sara, Zachary and Joshua. Two brothers, Dan and Gaines Southworth of Chapel Hill, Arkansas, along with numerous nieces and nephews, also survive him.

Betty Hall Southworth, his wife of 63 years, predeceased him in 2010. His brothers Max, Billy and Perry Southworth, and an infant sister, Marilyn, also predecease him.

Funeral services for Mr. Southworth will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 15, 2014, in the First Presbyterian Church in De Queen with Ralph Burns officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 14th at the First Presbyterian Church. 

 
Mrs. Bernice Bayless Regnier

Mrs. Bernice Bayless Regnier, age 89, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, November 8, 2014 in the Waldron Nursing Center.

She was born July 26, 1925 in Walnut Springs, Arkansas. She was a retired educator, having worked in the Cove, Horatio and De Queen School Systems, and was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Horatio.

Mrs. Regnier was preceded in death by her parents, Cyrus Calvin and Bess Stafford Bayless; her husband, James T. Regnier; and two sisters, Helen Jones and Eva Ray.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, James C. and Madge Regnier of Waldron, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Daryl Gibson of Willis, Texas; two grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Dylan and Tricia Lewis of Austin, Texas and Lucas and Anna Regnier of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two granddaughters and a grandson-in-law, Elizabeth and Darren Senior of The Woodlands, Texas and Courtney Grill of Wisconsin; 9 great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in the Horatio Cemetery with Rev. Phil Smith officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 10, 2014 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Horatio.

 

 
Mr. Samuel Dexter Harris

Mr. Samuel Dexter Harris, age 67, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 6, 2014 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born September 23, 1947 in Forrest City, Arkansas. He attended Williamson Community Church. After many years of dedicated and honored service, he retired from Red River Army Depot and the Texas Army National Guard. Sam was also a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was past Master Mason for the Belleville Masonic Lodge # 35 in Lockesburg and the Sweet Home Masonic Lodge #464 in De Queen. He was also a member of the Silver Hill Masonic Lodge #485 in Gillham.

Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Maudie Ree Powell Harris, his wife, Ellen Vanessa Harris; and two sisters, Mary Francis Harris and Patsy Faye Harris.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Marianne Harris; two grandchildren, Cody Harris and Samantha Harris all of De Queen; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Penny Harris of Nash, Texas and Dale and Paige Harris of Buena Vista, Arkansas; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Marie and John Teel of Nash, Texas, Carolyn and John Mattis of Canton, Texas, Kathryn Gildon of Naples, Texas, and Barbara and James Tankersley of Simms, Texas; and a number of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services with Masonic and Military rites will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 10, 2014 in the Clear Creek Cemetery with Rev. Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the funeral home. 

 
Ryder Cole Mitchell

Ryder Cole Mitchell, infant son of Hope Mitchell, died Thursday, November 6, 2014 in Mena, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Sharon Branscum.

Ryder is survived by his mother; his grandparents, “Nana” Michelle Olsen and “Papa” Shawn Olsen; great grandparents, “Papa” Lee Branscum and Polly Sullivan, and Johnny and Marilyn West; his aunts and an uncle, Nicole Pierce and Matt Gore and Dana Jenson; his great aunts and great uncle, Jolynn and William Hoover and Michelle Stinnett; a special friend, Brandi Henthorn; a number of cousins and a host of family and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Ryder will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 9, 2014 in the Oak Grove Cemetery with Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will be at 536 Hwy. 71 North in De Queen.

 

 
 
Oliver Ira Green Moon
 
Oliver Ira Green Moon, 93, of Bono, AR, passed away on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, AR. He was born February 28, 1921 in Aberdeen, MS.   he loved to fish, hunt, and paint.  He was of the Baptist belief.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, Justice of the Peace John Olive Moon and Sally Pearl Franklin Moon,; his wife, Vera Estell Moon; four brothers: Homer Lee Moon, Sam Moon, Johnny Moon and Syd Moon; a sister, Mary Lou Moon; three children, Bobby Wayne Moon, Patricia Louise Bass and Donald Ray Moon; four grandchildren: Harvest Moon, Jason Bailey, Cynthia Moon and Megan Moon.
 
Survivors include five children: Helen (Russell) McQueen of Bald Knob, AR, Linda (Virgil) Surber of Ashdown, AR, Johnny (Joan) Moon of Ashdown, AR, Billie Pounds of Bono, AR and Tammy (Shannon) Baker of Bono, AR; 18 grandchildren; and 25 great grandchildren.
 
funeral Services will be Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, AR.  burial will follow at Ashdown Cemetery in Ashdown, AR.  Arrangements are under the direction of Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, AR .
 
 
Herbert Wayne “Pete” Priest

Herbert Wayne “Pete” Priest, 78, died Friday, October 3, 2014, in Ontario, Calif. He was born April 1, 1936, in Foreman, Ark., to Bob and Bessie Priest. He was a retired self employed electrician.

Mr. Priest was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert Earl Priest, and a sister, Wilma Priest Lee.

He is survived by two daughters, Regina Michelle Priest of Roseville, Calif., and Christi Linnette Priest of Ontario, Calif.; three grandchildren, Alexis Shannon Priest of Roseville, Calif., Tanner James Priest of Ontario, Calif., and Tessa Elaine Priest of Ontario, Calif.; two sisters, Joan Priest Addesso of San Diego, Calif., and Cindy Priest Ross of Foreman, Ark., 10 nephews and nieces and many, many friends.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Marvin Cemetery in Wallace, Ark.

 

 
Jimmie Grace Stinnett

Jimmie Grace Stinnett, age 80, a lifelong resident of De Queen passed away Tuesday, November 4 in Bryant, Arkansas.

She was born March 16, 1934 in De Queen to Jim and Grace Beaver Mills. She was a member of First Baptist Church and was well known for her delicious candies and cakes. She enjoyed gardening and loved sharing her home grown tomatoes with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Hershel Stinnett, son Ray Stinnett, her brother James B. Mills, and sisters Helen Branson and Sarah Elliott.

Jimmie is survived by one daughter Jo Lyn Crews and her husband John of Benton, Arkansas, one daughter-in-law Debbie Stinnett of Mountain View, Arkansas, a grandson Trey Stinnett of Eureka Springs, Arkansas and granddaughter Kate Baker and her husband, Casey of Ward, Arkansas. She is also survived by her sister Joy Tutt of De Queen and a number of nieces and nephews.

In honoring her wishes, a private family service will be held with Wesley Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Sevier County Humane Society.

 

 
Mr. Louis Wiley Magby

Mr. Louis Wiley Magby, age 84, a resident of Tom, Oklahoma, died Saturday, November 1, 2014, at the Little River Nursing and Rehab.

He was born April 27, 1930 in Alleene, Arkansas. He was a self-employed service station owner.

Mr. Magby was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Magby; parents, Lois Garfield and Eva Blount Magby; a great granddaughter and three sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Ruth Newton Magby; one son, David and Minea Magby of De Queen, Arkansas; two step daughters, Laura and Lance Wise of Tom, Oklahoma and Melanie and Robert Cowley of DeKalb, Texas; three grandchildren, Kevin, Keith and Kraig Magby; eleven great grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Magby of Haworth, Oklahoma; one sister, Margie Keel of Alamo, Texas; two half-brothers and nieces and nephews.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 3, 2014 at the Alleene Cemetery Pavilion with Bro. Audey Dawson officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 
Mrs. Syble Marie Kegley Dickerson

Mrs. Syble Marie Kegley Dickerson, age 80, a resident of Foreman, died Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Christus St. Michael in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to James Albert and Vivion Reid Kegley in Arkinda,( Little River) Arkansas, on March 12, 1934. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Foreman. She was a homemaker and she also loved bird watching cooking and sewing.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of over 66 years Fred Dickerson, her daughter; Debra Christine Lewis of Foreman, Arkansas , and a son and daughter-in-law Delbert and Paulette Kegley also of Foreman, Arkansas. Three grandchildren; Amanda Johnson, Layne Johnson and Chris Dollarhide and Four Great Grandchildren Thomas Greys, Lilly Greys, Kayla Dollarhide and Garrett Dollarhide, and a special friend Bob Winters.

Memorial services for Mrs. Syble Marie Dickerson will be held Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2 P.M., in the Foreman Church of Christ with Billy Blakley, Minister officiating. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 
 
Mr. Leonard “Wayne” Oliver

Mr. Leonard “Wayne” Oliver, age 84, resident of Ashdown died Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at his home.

He was born to Leonard Wesley and Ollie Colt Oliver in Frankston, Texas on January 25, 1930. He worked as an insulator and farmer. He loved planting, working and visiting with others about his garden. He also loved being with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Willie Mae Cole, Katherine Green, Ann Oliver, Ruby Carlton, Billy Jack Oliver, Arnold Oliver and Son Oliver.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Oliver of Ashdown, his daughters and sons-in-law Sharon Lindsey and husband Randy of Horatio, Susan Johnson and husband Kenny of Winthrop, Cindy Derington and husband Lloyd of Horatio and step daughters and sons- in- law Tammy Smith and husband Ricky and Mona Smith all of Ashdown, Becky Richard and husband Wilton of Mt. Vernon, Texas, a step son R.D. Bishop and wife Tonya of Ashdown. Grandchildren Robby Ray and wife Courtney, Charissa VanVoast and husband Richard all of Horatio, Dustin Taylor and wife Briana of Genoa, Brody Funderburk and wife Amanda of Winthrop and Colton Derington of Horatio. Nine step grandchildren, Eight great- grandchildren and 12 step great- grandchildren. Other survivors include five siblings June Fritz and husband Walton of Seven Point Texas, Pat Wright of Irving, Texas, Jewel Townsend of Dallas, Texas, J. R. Oliver of Paris, Texas, Horace Oliver and wife Linda of Wolfe City Texas.

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

The family is abiding by his wishes with no visitation or memorial services.

 

 
Maria “Oma” Hess Bearden

Maria “Oma” Hess Bearden, 82, of Dierks, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014 at her home.

She was born to Friedrich and Mathilde Ronninger Hess in Rodelsee, Germany, on December 4, 1931. Mrs. Bearden immigrated to the United States in 1960 to wed the love of her life, Chesla A. Bearden, whom she met while he was in the Air Force and stationed in Germany. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed working with her flowers and spending time with her family. Everyone she met recognized her love for life; she loved people and they loved her.

Mrs. Bearden was preceded in death by her parents, Friedrich and Mathilde Hess; two brothers, Gregor and Ferdinand Hess; a niece, Mechthelde Hess; and a son-in-law, Doyle Ruth.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Chesla A. Bearden, one daughter, Relinda Ruth of Dierks, Arkansas; two sons and daughters-in-law: Randy and Carole Bearden of Ashdown, Arkansas; Rocky and Frieda Bearden of Valliant, Oklahoma, and seven grandchildren; three great granddaughters; numerous nieces, nephews, and many beloved friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Bearden will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 2, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Jerry Brazeal officiating. Burial will follow in Hickory Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 1st at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

 
Mrs. Ella Smith Davis

Mrs. Ella Smith Davis, age 103, born February 9, 1911, in De Queen, Arkansas, called home by her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

She was the daughter of Robert and Ada Smith, longtime residents of the Fairview Community of Sevier County and De Queen, Arkansas. She was formerly employed by a major department store and co-owner of a local motel. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at Highland Park Baptist Church in Texarkana.

Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, A. Dewey Davis, and grandson, Steve Tanton.

She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Guest and husband, Bud Guest; her grandchildren, Holly Cook, Dinah and Steve Stults and Ed and Rhonda Guest; her great-grandchildren, Russell Andrew Cook, Jr., Chris Tanton, Dallas Tanton, Josh Goodwin, Jonathan Listar-Guest, Jaron Listar-Guest, Jessica Listar-Guest and Jeena Listar-Guest.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Davis will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014 in Redmen Cemetery with Rev. Jason Carlton officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be prior to the service. 

 
Ms. Edna “June” Bell Lampkin

Ms. Edna “June” Bell Lampkin, age 66, a resident of Lockesburg, died Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Christus St. Michael in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Theo and Thelma Clardy Bell in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on June 6, 1948. She was a member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church. She worked as a nurse’s aide at the De Queen Hospital and was an avid reader. She also loved playing card games, loved making people laugh, and loved cooking for her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Cris Bell.

She is survived by her daughter, April Lampkin and her grandson, Jacobi Lampkin both of Lockesburg. She is survived by four sisters and one brother-in-law all of Lockesburg, Carolyn and Tommy Halsell, Ricky Bell, Bonnie Bell, and Ann Bell. She is survived by four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Skip and Barbara Bell of Lockesburg, Billy Bell of Texarkana, Texas, Theo and Marilyn Bell of Lockesburg, and Steve and Carolyn Bell also of Lockesburg. She is survived by one Aunt Willie Bea Neal of Murray, Utah and an Uncle D.B. Bell also of Murray, Utah. She is survived by twenty-five nieces and nephews, thirty great nieces and nephews, and twelve great-great nieces and nephews. June is also survived by a special “Aunt Effie” of Lockesburg and a host of other family and special friends.

Funeral services for Ms. Edna “June” Bell Lampkin will be held Saturday, November 1st at 2:00 P.M., in the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg, with Rev. Tommy Halsell officiating. Burial will follow in the Holly Springs Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

 
Mr. James Earl Westbrook

Mr. James Earl Westbrook, age 70, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at his home.

He was born September 3, 1944 in De Queen. He was a self-employed contractor in the poultry and logging industry. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gillham and loved to hunt and fish.

Mr. Westbrook was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Wesley Westbrook and Annie Manning; one grandson, Craig Westbrook in 2005 and one niece, Kim Vann.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Sissy and Dennis Arndt of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law, Scotty and Penney Westbrook of Athens, Arkansas; a special friend, Diane Franklin of De Queen; one sister, Ernestine Young Smith of Gillham, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Clay Westbrook, Jake Arndt and Cade Arndt; three nieces, Karen Whisenhunt, Kathy Driver and Angela Meeker.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Westbrook will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, October 24, 2014 in Overturf Cemetery with Bro. Homer Frachiseur and Bro. Bob McMannus officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will be at the home of Dennis and Sissy Arndt, 198 Pecan Meadows Dr., De Queen. 

Charles Edward Withem


Charles Edward Withem, 33, of Ashdown, Ark., passed away Monday, October 13, 2014, at his home.


Mr. Withem was born April 7, 1981, in Texarkana, Texas, to Johnnie Scott and Mary Ann Withem. He was a Sergeant in the Marine Corp, and a member of the City Church of Texarkana, Texas. He is preceded in death by his father, Scotty Withem, two grandfathers, Raymond Edward Withem and Charles E. Madden; and a daughter, Briana Hansen.


Mr. Withem is survived by his wife, Roxanne Oliver Withem of Ashdown, Ark.; mother, Mary Ann Withem Edrington and stepfather, Rick Edrington of Texarkana, Ark.; three sons, Caillou Quintal of Ashdown, Ark., Brandon Dame of Schaghticoke, N.Y., Ryan Edward Withem of Ashdown, Ark.; a daughter, Juliana Ormshee of Ashdown, Ark.; a step brother, Chris Edrington of Texarkana, Ark.; a step sister, Melanie West of Bryant, Ark.; paternal grandparents, Bill and Georgia Sawyers of Ashdown, Ark.; maternal grandmother, Wanda Madden of Ashdown, Ark.


Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 24, 2014, at Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, Ark.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, Ark. Burial will follow at Arden Cemetery in Ashdown, Ark. Arrangements are under the direction of Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, Ark.
www.maddenfuneralservice.com

 

 
Mrs. Tammy Jo Manasco Pitchford

Mrs. Tammy Jo Manasco Pitchford, age 55, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at her home.

She was born February 21, 1959 in De Queen. She and her husband were the owners and operators of Calvin’s Steam Cleaning. She was a member of the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church and loved to garden.

Mrs. Pitchford was preceded in death by her parents, Doyce and Loree Flournoy Manasco; one sister, Ramona Jean Manasco; her mother and father-in-law, E.B. (Jody) and Rose Mae Pitchford and three brothers-in-law, Coy Pitchford, Elmer Ray Pitchford and Kenneth Culp.

She is survived by her husband, Calvin Pitchford; one son and daughter-in-law, Damon Lee and Leah Pitchford; two daughters and a son-in-law, Lindsey Marie Pitchford and Mackenzie Caitlin and Jacob Dinger all of Dierks; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Gayle and Hoyt Adcock and Marilyn Culp all of De Queen, Charlotte and Jim Reed of Marshfield, Missouri and Julie and Roy Pitchford of Dierks; one granddaughter, Kinley Mae; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Caroline and Hayes Halcombe of Dierks; many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; a special uncle, Minor Ray Goodman and family friends, Ashley, Stacy and Bryar Janes.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Pitchford will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 24, 2014, at Geneva Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Travis Lane officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 
April Michelle Taylor

April Michelle Taylor, age 27, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at her home.

She was born in Texarkana, Texas, on April 1, 1987, and attended the Assembly of God Church of Horatio. She enjoyed country music, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her biological mother, Lorissa Vickers Douglas, and her great-grandfather, Claude Dorsey.

She is survived by her mother, Claudette Taylor of De Queen, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Cindy and Johnny Davis of Dierks, Arkansas, Robin and Edward Bell of Rosebud, Arkansas and Julie and Jose Perez of De Queen, her biological grandparents, Larry and Lana Jo Vickers of De Queen, her great-grandmother, Ruth Dorsey of De Queen, and a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and other family members.

Funeral Services for April Taylor will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 24, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Joey Brewer officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery. The family will received friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Thursday, October 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

George Lemuel “Poppa” McNully

George Lemuel “Poppa” McNully, 82, of Shady Point, Okla., passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014 in Fort Smith. Lemuel was born February 22, 1932 in Horatio, to Sammie Roy and Lucy Moore McNully. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Korea during the Korean Conflict. He was an ordained minister.


He taught school in Arkansas, California and Oklahoma, was a welder, and also worked in construction. He was known by his smile. He loved people and they loved him. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Leah Goodwin Graves; his parents; and seven siblings, Viola M. Alexander, Bera M. Cook, Clifton (Bud), Lahoma, Sidney, Claud and Carlos.


Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Patricia Hicks McNully, of the home; three sons and a daughter-in-law: Roy of NM, Richard and wife Laurie of Vancouver, Wash., and Raylon of DeQueen; daughter & son in law, Rhonda and Boyd Goodwin of Shady Point, Okla.; six grandchildren; and three great grandsons.


Other survivors include five siblings: Lillie M. Martin of Galveston, Texas; Lyda M. Reinheimer, Lindendale, Texas; Lester (and wife Itoko), Tucson, Ariz.; James (and wife Deanna) of DeQueen; and David, Little Rock; his brother Claud’s widow, Shirley Boyd McNully of Edmond, Okla.; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and many beloved friends.

 

Mrs. Alma Angeline Taylor Pickens Pool

Mrs. Alma Angeline Taylor Pickens Pool, age 93, a resident of Lockesburg, died Sunday, October 19, 2014 at her home.

She was born to Earl and Annie Jones Taylor in Foreman, Arkansas, on May 30, 1921. She was a member of the Lockesburg Methodist Church, and also attended Milford Church, and loved singing gospel songs. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed yard work and spending time with her family. She loved being part of the De Queen Hospital Auxiliary and singing with the group.

Mrs. Pool was preceded in death by her father and mother, Earl and Annie Taylor, her husbands, Luther Pickens, and Raymond Pool, a grandson, Grant Todd, her twin brother, Elmer, her brothers, Earvin and Arnold, and sisters, Verdie Lucille, Pearl and Beulah.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Wanda Hladik of Lockesburg, Patricia and Terry Todd of Lockesburg, a grandson, Kerry Todd of Lockesburg, four step-grandchildren, Billy and his wife, Angie, Ladonna and her husband, Chris, Robert and his wife, Candi, and Dwayne all of Oklahoma, two great-grandchildren, Austin and Tanner of Dallas, Texas, one great-great-grandchild, Tatum, twelve step great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of other family and friends. She is also survived by one sister, Eula LaGrone of Orange, Texas, one brother-in-law, Frank Enoch of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Alma Pickens Pool will be held Thursday, October 23rd at 2:00 P.M., in the First United Methodist Church of Lockesburg, with Rev. Terry Chapman and Rev. Tommy Halsell officiating. Burial will follow in the Lockesburg Cemetery, Lockesburg, Ark. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message to www.chanderfuneral.com.

 

Angeline Hopson Penney

Angeline Hopson Penney, age 94, was surrounded by her family when she passed from this life to be with her Lord, on Monday, October 13, 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born to Benjamin Stuart and Sarah Elsie Hord Hopson, in De Queen, Arkansas on Wednesday, June 16, 1920. She was a lifelong resident of Sevier County and married the love of her life, Erman Tam Penney, in De Queen, on August 27, 1938. To this marriage two daughters and one son were born. She was a Methodist, a member of the EHC Club, and Union Quilting Club. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, was active in the community where she judged area county fairs, and was an avid reader. She enjoyed genealogy and spent hours in that activity. Above all, Angeline was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a great-great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of over 52 years, E.T. Penney, their infant son Rodger Stuart Penney, and a son-in-law Harold Brazile and her siblings, Benny R. Hopson, Lucille Gray, Naomi Brooks, and Mary Ann Lacefield.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Brazile of Amarillo, Texas, and Marian and Lawrence Chandler of De Queen. She was “Momo” to her four grandchildren and their spouses, Lyndon and Tracie Brazile of Canyon, Texas, Steve and Lorraine Brazile of St. Louis, Missouri, Kim and Tim Benson of Amarillo, Texas, and Stephanie and Greg Wishard of De Queen, and her eight great-grandchildren, McKenzie Brazile of Clovis, New Mexico and Magen Brazile of Canyon, Texas, Emerson Brazile, Addison Brazile, and Camden Brazile, all of St. Louis, Missouri, J. D. Benson of Amarillo, Texas, Lawrence Allen Wishard and Andrea Wishard both of De Queen, and to her two great-great-granddaughters, Macee Brazile of Canyon, Texas, and Khloé Grace Wishard of De Queen, a sister, Margaret Arms of Winston, Oregon, and a number of nieces and nephews, and special neighbors, Pete and Becky Stiles of De Queen.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Angeline Penney will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, October 16, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Emmitt Joe Willis

Mr. Emmitt Joe Willis, age 79, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, October 7, 2014, in Mena, Arkansas.

He was born to Emmitt and Effous M. Wolf Willis, on July 4, 1935 at Willis Springs, Oklahoma. Joe served in the military with 101st Air Borne in the U. S. Army, and later in the National Guard. He was an entrepreneur in Land, Timber, Saw Milling, and Building . He was a Christian and a seeker of Truth and lover of people of Faith. He was a great hunter, and fisherman, and enjoyed his family, and never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Roy Willis, Thelma Colston, Audie Dunn, Wanda Peek, and Bonnie LeForce.

Joe is survived by his wife of over 54 years, Yvonne Greene Willis of De Queen, two sons and daughters-in-law, Eric and Paula Willis of Frankston, Texas, and Danny and Lisa Willis of De Queen, five grandchildren, Joey Willis of De Queen, Hayln Willis, and Dylan Willis both of Frankston, Texas, Joshua Willis and Sam Willis both of De Queen, three sisters and a brother-in-law, Polly Ray Williams of Horatio, Dixie Cavender of De Queen, and Hope and Don Gore also of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his wife’s family, a brother-in-law, Gerald Greene, and his wife, Louise of Athens, Arkansas, and a number of very special friends.

Public visitation will be on Thursday, October 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral Services for Joe Willis will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 10th in the First Assembly of God Church, De Queen, with Pastor Lankford Moore officiating. Private Burial will follow. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas, or the Samaritian’s Purse in the name of Emmitt Joe Willis.

 

 

Brenda Joy McGlaun Roberts

Mrs. Brenda Joy McGlaun Roberts, age 72, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, October 3rd in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Robert Henry and Opal Faye Humphries McGlaun on October 23, 1941, in Mabank, Texas. She was a retired security guard, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jerry Martin Roberts, and a daughter, Brenda Kay Roberts.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Roberts of Dallas, and Jerry Roberts of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Katrina and Kenneth Patton of Dallas, Texas, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Mrs. Roberts donated her body to medical science. Arrangements were under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Eura Dean Dunagan

Eura Dean Dunagan, age 77, of Watson, Oklahoma, died Monday, October 6, 2014 in Mena. He was born on Thursday, August 19, 1937 to Frank Benton and Mary Maude Smith Dunagan in Watson, Oklahoma.

Dean served his country in the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged.  He worked 18 years for Alltel serving south Polk County, Arkansas and McCurtain County, Oklahoma, as well as a small business owner for many years.  Dean was a longtime board member and overseer of West View Cemetery in Cove, which was dear to his heart.  He loved spending time with his daughters and grandchildren and also enjoyed gardening and carpentry.  Dean was a loving father, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Marcell Dunagan; two sisters, Lettie Mae Dunagan and Cozetta Sager.

Survivors include two daughters and sons in law, Julie and Aaron Stancil of Horatio, Arkansas and Christy and John Nance of Mena, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Colby Stancil, Courtney Stancil, Caitlin Stancil and Laci Stancil all of Horatio and Lindsay Onstad of Avondale, Arizona; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be Saturday October 11, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the West View Cemetery at Cove with Brother Lance Ashmore officiating. Visitation will be general at the Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

Memorials can be made to the West View Cemetery, P. O. Box 662, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

Online Guestbook: 
www.bowserffh.com 

Marjorie  "Margie" Pond

Mrs. Marjorie "Margie" Pond, age 83, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Friday, October 3, 2014 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

she was born March 5, 1931, in Cumberland, Oklahoma.  She was a home maker and a Christian.

Mrs. Pond was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil J. Pond on March 7, 2013; parents H. and Virgie Meadows Barrett; one brother, Ray Barrett.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Steven W. and Dee Pond of Winthrop, Arkansas; one sister, Wilma Davis of Foreman; one grandchild, Dr. Tanya Pond of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two great-granddaughters and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pond will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 6,2013, in the Crossroads Baptist Church in Crossroads Community with Bro. Gary Steiner officiating.  burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family  will receive friends from 3-5 pm Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

Dr. Manuel Hensley

Dr. Manuel Hensley was born December 20, 1934 to Jake and Myrtle (Sutton) Hensley in Frog Level, AR and passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in the Angelwood Assisted Living Center in Clinton, Oklahoma.

Dr. Hensley was raised in De Queen, AR and graduated from De Queen High School in 1952. He began a short career with the railroad but soon attended Forestry School. In the Mid 1950's he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, served four years, and then being honorably discharged. He moved to Bethany, Oklahoma and attended Southern Nazarene College. He was married to Dorothy Clark in the late 1950's. He continued on to Oklahoma University Medical School and graduated in 1965. He did his internship at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS and his residency in Phoenix, AZ. He was Board Certified in OB GYN and he practiced over most of Oklahoma including Durant, Woodward and the majority of his practice was in Enid, OK.

He later married Shirley Schmidt on February 12, 1990 in Taos, New Mexico. They have traveled and lived in numerous places since 1995, settling in De Queen, AR in 2010.

He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Enid, OK and has been attending the First Baptist Church in Nashville, Arkansas. He enjoyed the outdoors and fishing, he was an avid historian and especially liked Civil War History; he liked to read and spending time on the ranch.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Margaret, Thelma and Velma.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of the home, two sons, Dr. Michael Hensley and his wife, Rachel, of Clinton, OK and Dr. John Hensley and his wife, Anne, of Enid, OK; two sisters, Elsie Clowers, De Queen, AR and Mary Frances Veazey, of Oklahoma City, OK, a brother, Bob Hensley, of Rogers, AR. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Tadyn Miller, Catherine Hensley, Porter Hensley, Tyson Miller, Christian Jake Manuel Hensley, Stella Hensley and Allison Hensley.

Funeral Services for Dr. Manuel Hensley will be held 3:00 PM., Saturday, October 4, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Donald Bowman officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of the Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Friday, October 3rd at the funeral home.

 

 

Thomas R. Bell

Thomas R. Bell, age 66, of Walla Walla, Washington and formerly of Hatton, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014 in Washington.

He was born March 25, 1948 and was the adopted son of John and Margie Bell of Hatton.  He was a 1968 graduate of Wickes High School and was a member of Hatton Baptist Church.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margie Bell, and his birth mother, Eva Wooten.

He is survived by an aunt, Thelma Jones of De Queen, Arkansas and two cousins, Marsha Sanders of Horatio, Arkansas and Charles Jones of De Queen, Arkansas.

Memorial services will be Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hatton Baptist Church.  His remains will be laid to rest at the Witherspoon Cemetery.

 

 

Mrs. Laura Bell Stutts Carden

Mrs. Laura Bell Stutts Carden, age 63, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, September 29, 2014, in Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born June 25, 1951, in Rosedale, Mississippi. She was a plumber’s helper for Ennis Plumbing and worked in the dietary department at Brookewood Nursing Center.

Mrs. Carden was preceded in death by her parents, Charley Walter and Ella Ann Boyd Stutts; her husband, David Carden; two brothers, Rodney Stutts and Danny Stutts; and a sister, Gail Canady.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Rodney and Leigh Starwalt of De Queen; one step-son, David Carden, Jr. of Forrest City, Arkansas; a brother, Billy Charles Stutts of Gulf Port, Mississippi; seven grandchildren, Jimmy, Peyton, Ashton, Austin, Ethan, Evan, and Mary; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Carden will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 2, 2014, in the State Line Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo, Arkansas with Larry Nichols officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

Mr. Joel R. “Joe” Litchford

Mr. Joel R. “Joe” Litchford, age 64, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, September 29, 2014 at his home.

He was born to Joel Radford and Ethel Loretta Land Litchford, on September 18, 1950 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a member of the First Assembly Church of Horatio. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser D.E.T.O.&E Railroad with over 37 years service. He enjoyed playing music, woodworking, but above all, Joe was devoted to his family, and absolutely adored his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, James Litchford.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Chandler Litchford of Horatio, two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenny and Wendy Litchford of Horatio, Greg and Nicki Litchford also of Horatio, a daughter and son-in-law, LaDonna and Nathan Dorsey of De Queen, eight grandchildren, Kyle, Jace, Grace, Kaylee, Gabbi, Laci, Natalie, and Ty, four brothers and sisters-in-law, Wesley and Aquilla Litchford of De Queen, Earl Litchford, Dale and Fredia Litchford all of Horatio, and Chester and Pat Litchford of Little Rock, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Joe Litchford will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, October 2nd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. 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 Wednesday, October 1st from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Mr. Thomas Theodore Michaels

Mr. Thomas Theodore Michaels, age 68, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 01, 2014 at his home.

He was born to Theodore and Marie Agnes Durkowski Michalowski on August 16, 1946 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was retired from the U S Marines and also worked in management after the military. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing golf, yard work, and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Richard Michaels, Robert John Michalowski, and a sister, Florence Michalowski.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Ann Lowrey Michaels of Lockesburg, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jarrid Nevels Francis and Joshua Lynn and Kim Francis both of Beebe, Arkansas, a daughter and son-in-law, Jaclyn and Jason Bowen of Glenwood, Arkansas. Six grandchildren, Nicki, Taylor, Payton Bowen all of Glenwood, Logan Gunter, Autumn Gunter, and Kyler Francis all of Beebe, Arkansas, a brother-in-law, Gary Lowrey and his wife, Cheryl of Lockesburg, Arkansas.

Graveside funeral services with military rites for Mr. Thomas Michaels will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, October 4th in the Bellville Cemetery with Rev. Burle Mattingly officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, October 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mr. Bill Nelson

Mr. Bill Arthur Nelson, age 81, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, September 30th at his Home.

He was born to Joseph Franklin and Mary Viola Herriman Nelson in Fort Smith, Arkansas, on November 18, 1933. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser Company, having worked at Craig, Treating Plant, and Mountain Pine. He was a Baptist and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Wayne Nelson, Charles Nelson Frances Carter, Carmen Vincent, and Carolyn Wood.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Sherry Nelson of De Queen, and Vincent and Margareta Nelson of Melbourne, Florida, a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Steven Cook of De Queen, seven grandchildren, Jennifer Deaton, Jami Nelson, Amanda Lollis, Emily Ward, Brian Libby, Andrea Libby, and A. J. Libby, eleven great-grandchildren, one brother, Cecil Nelson of St. George, Utah, four sisters, Martha Graham of El Paso, Texas, Mary Woolever of Cedarville, Arkansas, Shirley Blythe of Rudy, Arkansas, and Norma Vera of Little Elm, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mr. Bill Nelson will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 3rd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Dennis Pruitt officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Billie D. Wilemon Bigham

Mrs. Billie D. Wilemon Bigham, age 90, a resident of Gillham, died Monday, September 29th in the Dierks Health and Rehab, Dierks.

She was born to Joe Aaron, Sr. and Etta Lou Whitley Wilemon in De Queen, Arkansas, on December 31, 1923. She was a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church of De Queen, and a homemaker. She was a member of the EHC Club, the Union Quilting Club, and enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Bud Wilemon, Marvin Wilemon, and Elizabeth Burchfield, her son, Harlan Bigham in 1982, and in 2007, her husband of 64 years, J. Brice Bigham.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gary W. Bigham of De Queen, and Bill and Pam Bigham of Gillham, three grandchildren, J. Mark Bigham of De Queen, Ron L. Bigham of Lewisville, Arkansas, and Jessica K. Woodall of Waldron, Arkansas, a great-grandchild. T. J. Bigham of Mena, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Billie Bigham will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, October 2nd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Friendship Baptist Church, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Dana Harris

Dana Harris, 72, of Oklahoma City (and former long-time resident of De Queen AR) passed away on September 26, 2014, while surrounded by family and friends.  He was born in Ardmore, OK on February 12, 1942 to Verner and Ruth Harris.  He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1960-1964, and he was a faithful member of the Central Ave. Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanne Harris, and his oldest son, Brett Harris.  He is survived by his wife, Lela Ann Harris, and their children (and spouses) Ronnie and Melissa of Gillham AR; Tracy of Edmond OK; Kenneth of  Oklahoma City OK; Mark and Michele of Midland TX; Kathy of Oklahoma City, OK; Karri and Donnie of Moore OK;  22 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Dana was a loving, devoted husband and father, and he was a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast.  He retired from Cox after many years of service.

Services were held at the Central Ave. Church of Christ on Saturday, Sept. 27th, 2014.

 

Mary Catherine Kesterson Broyles

Mary Catherine Kesterson Broyles, age 59, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Saturday, September 27, 2014, in Dierks, Arkansas.

She was born September 21, 1955 in Nashville, Arkansas.

Mrs. Broyles was preceded in death by her parents, William Joe and Joyce Lee Wilson Kesterson; a sister, JoElla Trejo; and brother, Roger Dale Kesterson.

She is survived by one daughter, Tambra Knight of Dierks; two sons and their spouses, Joseph Erwin and Dan Wardlow of El Prado, New Mexico, and Tyler and Alison Broyles of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one sister, Rachel Marie Smead of Daisy, Arkansas; a special friend, Clarence “Junior” Lamb of the Greens Chapel Community; and three grandchildren, Katie Ashbrooks, Alexander Broyles and Lexi Hughes.

Graveside Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014, in the Old Liberty Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Thomas E. Hancock

Thomas E. Hancock, age 70, a resident of De Queen died Friday, September 26th in the VA Hospital, Little Rock, peacefully with his family by his side.

Captain Thomas Everett Hancock was born April 7, 1944 in Archer Hospital in De Queen, Arkansas to Noah and Thrada Everett Hancock, Sr. He attended De Queen Central, Junior and High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics for Henderson College in Arkadelphia.

Thomas joined the ROTC while in college. Since he had more than enough credits to graduate at mid term, the Army called him into service before the Spring semester of his Senior year. Thomas was sworn into the service on January 27, 1967 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He was immediately put through the Ranger training Program. Thomas served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He received the awards of the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Thomas was employed in De Queen for several years at the Cossatot Community College.

Thomas was an avid antique collector, a hunter and fisherman, and a hard worker.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Noah Hancock Sr., Mother, Thrada Everett Hancock and his beloved brother, Dr. Noah Duke Hancock.

He is survived by a eight cousins, Bobbie White, Mike Quinn, Anthony Quinn, Patti Tudor, Keri Bonner, Mike Everett, Phillip Everett, and Barbara Jones, and a host of friends, including Dr. Dan and Jan Wolfe, Jack Wray, Yankee and Ruby Vallee, Brenda and David Shipman, and Jerry and Christy Ligon all of De Queen.

Graveside funeral Services for Thomas Hancock will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 30, 2014, in Horatio Cemetery, Horatio, AR with Rev. Bobby Neal officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Memorials may be made to the Chalice Cupboard or to the Horatio Cemetery. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Kaden Michael Rains

Kaden Michael Rains, infant son of Alex and Nichole Pollard Rains, resident of De Queen, died Thursday, September 25th.

Besides his parents, Kaden is survived by a sister, Hallie Sims, a brother, Bryson Rains both of the home, his grandparents, Melissa and Donnie Lovewell of De Queen, and Jessie Pollard of Gillham, Rae Ridge and Jerry Rains both of Hooks, Texas, five aunts and four uncles

Graveside funeral services for Kaden Rains will be held at 3:30 P.M., Friday, September 26, 2014, in the Lovewell Cemetery, Foreman, Ark, with Rev. Gary Steiner officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Robert Lee Mickey Beck

Mr. Robert Lee Mickey Beck, age 90, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born December 2, 1923 in Ashdown, Arkansas. He was retired from Red River Army Depot and a World War II Navy veteran. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Silver Hill Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, and member of Gillham First United Methodist Church.

Mr. Beck was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Nanny Russell Beck and one son, Robert Milton Beck

He is survived by his wife, Ora Lee Madewell Beck of Gillham; four daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Fox, Sandra Higgins and Diane and Eldren Suggs all of Gillham and Brenda Clowers of De Queen; 12 grandchildren, William Michael Higgins, Chad DeWayne Higgins, Rhonda Jean Gonzalez, Stoney Darrell Driver, Jason Goss, Nancy Lynn Ochoa, Tammy Darlene McWilliams, Kelly Annette Higgins, Joey Denise Rains, William Bryan Higgins, Robby Duane Clowers and Beau Darin Clowers, and a large number of great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 27, 2014, in Gillham First United Methodist Church with Rev. Ron Newberry officiating. Burial will follow with Masonic rites in the Gillham Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Wayne M. Sorensen


Wayne M. Sorensen, 90, was born January 23, 1924 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Henry M. and Florence Sorensen, passed away September 15. He was a loyal, selfless and caring husband and father. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 66 years, Betty Dahl Sorensen, daughters Janet and husband Dr. Michael Sheets of Kaysville, UT, Joy and husband Dennis Nentrup of Burleson, TX and Jill and husband Robert Frost of Benton, LA; and four grandchildren, Laura and Nicholas Nentrup and Trey and Katie Frost. He is preceded in death by his parents, twin brothers Ray and Roy Sorensen and sister Norma Schmidt.
Mr. Sorensen was a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in forestry. Mr. Sorensen, formerly a resident of DeQueen, Arkansas for 44 years, moved with his wife to Benton, LA 6 years ago to be closer to family. He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in DeQueen, AR. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser. He enjoyed walking, gardening, old western movies and spending time with family. Mr. Sorensen was a World War II veteran, having served in the US Army and US Air Force.

A memorial service will be held at the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home Chapel in Bossier City, Louisiana, Sunday, October 19 at 1:30 pm.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to First United Methodist Church, DeQueen, AR 71832. Online condolences can be shared at www.boonefh.com.

 

Patsy Fern Cox

Mrs. Patsy Fern Cox, age 77, a resident of Idabel, Oklahoma, died Saturday, September 20, 2014 at her home.

She was born May 14, 1937 in the Provo Community in Lockesburg, Arkansas. She was a former inspector for Magnavox in Des Moines, Iowa. She loved dancing, fishing, setting around a campfire, being outside and nature.

Mrs. Cox was preceded in death by her parents, Doc and Dessie McAnnelly; two sons, Mark Gaskill and Scotty Gaskill and one sister, Lois.

She is survived by one son, Richard Leroy Gaskill, Jr.; her special friend, George Thomas both of Idabel, Oklahoma; three sisters, Alice of De Queen, Linda of Ashdown and Sybil of Texas; one brother, Weldon of Shreveport, Louisiana; and one grandchild, Nickolas Gaskill of Clarksville, Texas.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Cox will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Mt. Pleasant Church with Bro. Alfred Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Greens Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 23rd at the funeral home.

 

Gary Joe Stuard

Gary Joe Stuard, 61, of Dierks, Arkansas passed away Saturday, September 20, 2014, at his home.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Claud Stuard; brother, Ronald Stuard; and sister, Eileen Stuard Wehunt.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Stuard, of Dierks; mother, Marge Stuard of Iraan, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Jil and Mark Adams of Texarkana; and daughter, Paige Stuard of Hot Springs.

Joe dedicated his life to serving and helping others. He was very involved in the community. He led the Dierks Volunteer Fire and Rescue for many years, volunteered many hours with the Dierks Ambulance Service and Chamber of Commerce, and also served on the Dierks Police Department.

Joe was a wonderful husband. He loved hunting and fishing as much as possible with Diane. Most of all, Joe was an outstanding father who did anything and everything for "the girls."

Services will be Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks at 11 AM. Graveside services will be Thursday, September 25, 2014, at Restland Cemetery in Iraan, TX at 10 AM.

Visitation will be Monday, September 22, 2014, from 6-8 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

 

Robert Lyn “Bob” Chandler

Robert Lyn “Bob” Chandler, age 64, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Saturday, September 20, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Chandler was born December 3, 1949, in Umpire, Arkansas. He was a Navy veteran having served in the Vietnam War and was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church; he enjoyed searching for arrowheads, fishing, playing music, singing karaoke with family and he was a Razorback fan; he loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse M. and Lois Agnes Poole Chandler; three sisters, Margaret Irene Brophy, Barbara Bowlin and Betty Wittenmeyer; two nieces, Amy Chandler and Vicky Osborne and two nephews, Wes and Jay Chandler.

He is survived by his wife, Vada M. Chandler; four daughters and three sons-in-law; Bobbi and Darren Higgins of De Queen, Arkansas, Elizabeth and Colt Cassil of Lake Jackson, Texas, Alicia Kesterson of Denham Springs, Louisiana and Jeanie and Justin Flowers; three sons and two daughters-in-law, James R. Reynolds, Jr. and Korrin of San Antonio, Texas, Tommy Reynolds and Misty of Mt. Pleasant, Texas and Jeremy Lindsey of Foreman; three brothers and sisters-in-law, John David and Janine Chandler of Maud, TX, Jesse Wayne and Linda Chandler of De Queen, AR, and Carl and Jan Chandler of De Queen, AR; one sister and brother-in-law, Jean and James Jennings of Shreveport, LA; 19 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Chandler will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in the Crossroads Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Steiner officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery near Lockesburg, Arkansas under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, September 22, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

Kathryn Denise Willis

Kathryn Denise Willis, age 51, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed away Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born April 12, 1963, in San Diego, California to Steve and Trilby Vance. Kathryn was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church in De Queen.

She is survived by her parents; her beloved children, Tessa Marie Willis of Conway, Arkansas, Dalton Willis and Landon Willis of De Queen; one brother, Steve Vance, Jr. and his wife, Stacy (her friend and “sister”) and their children who endeared their “Aunt Kat”, of De Queen and her maternal grandmother, Aline Nickerson of Horatio, Arkansas.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Angie Mae Almond Long

Mrs. Angie Mae Almond Long, age 95, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, September 13, 2014 in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born July 3, 1919 to Aaron Hartman and Ollie Mae Martin Almond in Gillham, Arkansas. She graduated from Gillham High School in 1937, and married Daniel E. Long in De Queen, Arkansas on March 26, 1940. She was a member of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church and worked in retail sales, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed needlework, and fishing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, all her siblings, Ruby Long, J. D. Almond, and Lewis David Almond, her daughter, Barbara Graffham, her husband, Daniel E. Long, and her grandson, Steven R Schulz.

She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews, including Gaylene Gibson of Longview, Texas, and Itha Kay Keller of Hot Springs, and a number of cousins, including Kay Halper of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, September 19th, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Terri Lynn Nelson

Terri Lynn Nelson, age 53, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas died Friday, September 12, 2014 at her home.

She was born February 9, 1961 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church.

Terri was preceded in death by her parents, Billy Harold and Frances Jo Johns Nelson; a brother, James Nelson; and a grandchild, Sheridan Cody.

She is survived by one son, Danny Cody of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; her fiancé Terry E. Horn; three brothers, Joe John Nelson of Winthrop, Billy Joe Nelson of Horatio, Arkansas and Jerry Glen Nelson of Winthrop; and one grandchild, Aiden Cody.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Nelson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 19, 2014 in Blackland Cemetery with Rev. Gary Steiner officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Hiedi Joe Smith

Hiedi Joe Smith, infant daughter of Wes and Paige Harrison Smith, residents of Horatio, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born in Texarkana, Texas, on September 2, 2014, attended the Old Time Gospel Church at Lockesburg.

Besides her parents, Hiedi is survived by her grandparents, Danny and Michelle Tollett Harrison of Lockesburg, Preston and Jolene Stafford Smith of Horatio, her great-grandparents, Gary and Betty Tollett, and Willie and Gloria Harrison all of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Joe and Nancy Stafford of Horatio, DeAnn Smith Elliott of De Queen, her great-great-grandparents, Hazel Tabler and Truman Tollett both of Lockesburg, her uncle, Will Smith of Texarkana, Arkansas, and her aunt, Allison Harrison of Lockesburg, and a number of other relatives.

Graveside funerals for Hiedi Smith will be held at 2:00 P.M, Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in the West Otis Cemetery with Bro. Jerrel Helms officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

 

Barbara Jean Poindexter

Barbara Jean Poindexter, age 76, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at her home.

She was born July 6, 1938 in Warren, Ohio. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Gillham.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Sager and Lauretta Sphar and one brother, Jimmy Thompson.

She is survived by three daughters, Lauretta Aragon of Clay Springs, Arizona, Reva Kitchens of Gillham and Sandra Scott of Grannis; two sons, Jimmy Ray Pollard of Grannis and Jessie Ray Pollard of Gillham; one brother, Richard Sager, Jr.; two sisters, Dora McEdward and Carey McLaughin; 19 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great- grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Barbara will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 11, 2014 in the First Baptist Church of Gillham with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Martha Joyce Willbanks

Mrs. Martha Joyce Willbanks, age 58, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, died Friday, September 5, 2014, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born April 10, 1956 in Adrian, Georgia. She was a bus driver for Texarkana, Arkansas School District; she enjoyed family time, family vacations, loved cooking family dinners, loved helping others and enjoyed seeing them happy.

Mrs. Willbanks was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Mary Chalker McDonald; daughter, Amanda Wooley; brother, Harold McDonald, Jr.; sister, Mary Nell Dickerson; sister-in-law, Linda McDonald and a son-in-law, Regie Williams.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Willbanks of Texarkana; two daughters, Karen Denton and Mary Denton of Texarkana; three grandchildren, Adonta and ShaKayla Starks and TyKwon Williams all of Texarkana; one great grandson, Rashaad Starks of Texarkana; one brother and sister-in law, Rickey and Yvonne McDonald of Georgia; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Susan and Steve Kelly, Patricia and Mike Fuqua and Lisa McDonald all of Georgia and Sandra and Michael Sweeten of Texarkana; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Willbanks will be held at 4:15 p.m., Monday, September 8, 2014 in the Lewis Temple Church of God in De Queen, Arkansas with Rev. E.A. Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 p.m., Monday, September 8th at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Glenda Darlene Frachiseur Stark

Mrs. Glenda Darlene Frachiseur Stark, age 68, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, September 1, 2014, at her home.

She was born December 19, 1945 in Mineral Wells, Texas. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.

Mrs. Stark was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Emma Clepper Frachiseur.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Stark; two daughters and a son-in-law, Teresa Marin of Corpus Christi, Texas and Cristy and Jim Petrishen of De Queen; six grandchildren, Stephanie Neal, Kayla Schatzl, Shelby Harder, Logan, Ryan and Jimmy Petrishen; and one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Jack Jones of Grannis, Arkansas.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 4, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating.

 

Mr. Lloyd Ray Kirkpatrick

Mr. Lloyd Ray Kirkpatrick, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 28th from injuries received in an automobile accident.

He was born on August 29, 1947 in Springfield, Illinois. He was a retired brick mason, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ray Kirkpatrick of Houston, Texas, and James and Debbie Reincke of Salem, Illinois, four daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Craig and Lora Love both of Springfield, Illinois, Melissa and Shane Dempsey of Reading, Kansas, and Debbie and David Jourdan of Centralia, Illinois, three brothers, Vic Howlett of Springfield, Illinois,Danny Kirkpatrick of Ozark, Missouri, and Mike Kirkpatrick of Cleveland, Texas, one sister, Sunday Jackson of San Leon, Texas, seventeen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation for Mr. Ray Kirkpatrick will be held at Sunday, August 30, 2014 at the Chandler Funeral Home from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Cremation will follow. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Robert Michael, “Mike”, McKinney

Robert Michael, “Mike”, McKinney, died on Monday, August 25, 2014, aged 47.

Mike was born in Shreveport Louisiana, July 17, 1967, growing up and spending his childhood in De Queen, Arkansas. While attending college at the University of Texas in Arlington he met his beloved wife, Judy. Mike was President and CEO of his company, comHAUS, a marketing communications firm that he founded in 1999. He was a firm believer that communications and education could be delivered to any individual, any time, any place, and in any media. He spent his professional life bringing that vision into reality. He was a recognized expert in his field and served as a keynote speaker for numerous national conferences and seminars.

Mike is survived by his wife, Judy Renton McKinney; two daughters, Ashley Lorin Nicole and Suzanna Michelle of McKinney, Texas; his father and stepmother, Don and Martha McKinney of De Queen, Arkansas; his brother, Gregory Sutton Crofts of De Queen; his sister, Donna Lawheed of Virginia Beach, Virginia;` his mother and stepfather, Patricia Reinheimer and Buddy Harp of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas.

Mike was preceded in death by his brother, Don “Hoss” McKinney, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Ed Eads officiating. Cremation will follow.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m., until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

He will be remembered with love by many.

 

Walter Anglin Vaughn

Mr. Walter Anglin Vaughn, age 68, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Sunday, August 24, 2014 at his home.

He was born July 29, 1946 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He worked construction and was an ordained chaplain and preacher. He attended the Mt. Phoebia Baptist Church and the Solid Rock Full Gospel Church in Horatio and was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam.

Mr. Vaughn was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Walter and Nellie May Lowery Vaughn; and a number of brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Wilburn Vaughn of Horatio; three brothers, Vernon Vaughn and Jessie Vaughn, both of De Queen, Arkansas, and Elton Vaughn of Ardmore, Oklahoma; two sisters, Sally Diez of Elkin, South Carolina and Ruth Ann Vaughn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Vaughn will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in the Redmen Cemetery with Rev. Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Mrs. Artie V. Parrish

Mrs. Artie V. Parrish, age 87, a resident of Pine Bluff, Arkansas died, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.

She was born October 17, 1926 in Alpine, Arkansas. She was a daughter of the late Arlie and Lela Buck Francis of Alpine. She received a master’s degree in education from Henderson State University. She taught 4th grade at Amity and White Hall, Arkansas for a total of 36 years. She retired from Moody Elementary in 1985. She loved teaching, children, flowers and working in her yard.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Miller Parrish; one brother, two sisters, and her great grandson, Leighton Burrer.

She is survived by one son, Kyle Parrish of Pine Bluff; two grandchildren, Mike Parrish of Pine Bluff and Michelle Parrish of Houston, Texas; three great granddaughters; three great-great grandsons; two brothers, Darrell Francis of Amity and Lynn Francis of Glenwood, Arkansas; three sisters, Ida Faye Nottingham of Amity, Helen Neighbors of Amity, Cleta Baratta of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Parrish will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Old Center Cemetery with Jerry Fagan officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mr. Jimmy Clayton Newton

Mr. Jimmy Clayton Newton, age 61, went to be with the Lord on August 20, 2014. He was born on March 23, 1953 in Ashdown, Arkansas to J. D. and Cora Mears Newton.

He was a member of the Provo Volunteer Fire Department for 28 years, and EMT for 22 years. He was active in Little League and was an umpire for the ASA and DYB for 25 years. He served as a Hunters Ed Instructor for 22 years. Jimmy worked for Weyerhaeuser for 22 years and Coca Cola for four years. Jimmy was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Fort Towson, Oklahoma. He joined the Navy straight out of school in 1972, serving during the Vietnam War and was a Christian.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Cora Newton and brother-in-law, Bobby Bradshaw.

Jimmy is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jonnie Lynn David Newton of Provo, three daughters and sons-in-law, Amanda and Jason Miller of Provo, Onawa and James Hughes of De Queen, and T. J. Newton of Provo, 11 grandchildren, Tyler, Jasie, Austin Miller all of Provo, Jonathan Buchanan, Corey and Nikki Hughes, Quentin and Taran McAllister of De Queen, Andrew and Hateya Newton of Provo and Autumn McAllister of Foreman, his father, J. D. Newton of Provo, a sister, Wannell Bradshaw of Provo, his nieces, Mindy, Kimmi, and Kaylee Simmons of Provo, his nephew and family, Chad, Carmella, Brittany, Adam and Blake Bradshaw of Provo, a host of family, friends, and extended family of Provo, VFD. He will be missed dearly by all. Jimmy was full of life and he loved helping everyone, he enjoyed spending time with family, friends, hunting, fishing, sports and drinking coffee and pepsi.

Funeral Services for Mr. Jimmy Newton will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Fry officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the McHorse Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, August 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Austin Terrell Brackett

Austin Terrell Brackett, age 16, departed this life Tuesday, August 19, 2014, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born April 7, 1998, in Texarkana, Texas. He was an 11th grader at Horatio High School and enjoyed playing baseball, football and hunting. Austin loved spending time with his friends and family. At an early age Austin accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and he was a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his parents, Chris and Terry Brackett and a brother he loved deeply, Aaron. He is also survived by his paternal grandparents, Jerry and Brenda Brackett and maternal grandparents, Bobby and Sandra McWhorter, all of Lockesburg; his aunt, Karla Brackett Shelton of Horatio; his uncle, Steven Brackett of Lockesburg and many cousins. Austin leaves behind a host of family and friends to mourn him. We will miss his warmth, smile and his wonderful personality but look forward to the day when we will join him in Heaven.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 21, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Kerwin Pruitt and Larry Fry officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Union Cemetery.

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

 

Mrs. Pauline Leah Brummett Gregory

Mrs. Pauline Leah Brummett Gregory, age 90, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Monday, August 18, 2014, at her home.

She was born October 15, 1923 in Stevens, Arkansas. She was retired from Foreman School District and a member of First Baptist Church in Foreman. Mrs. Gregory loved baking, canning and the Little River County Fair.

Mrs. Gregory was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Carrie Smelser Brummett; her husband, Roy Gregory, Sr.; two sons, Walter “Walt” Gregory and Ronnie Gregory, Sr.; two grandchildren, Ronnie Gregory, Jr. and William Gregory; one great-grandchild, Nathan Florez; four sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Roy Gregory, Jr. and Christine of Foreman and Ricky Gregory and Sandra of Colorado; one daughter, Shirley Posey of Tom, Oklahoma; one sister, Ernestine Golden of Foreman; 16 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Gregory will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 22, 2014 in the Foreman First Baptist Church with Trent Liggin officiating. Burial will follow in the Gravelly Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Thursday, August 21st at the Foreman First Baptist Church. There will be a visitation from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Friday.

 

Judy Ann Wall Hicks

Judy Ann Wall Hicks, age 63, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Idabel, Oklahoma.

She was born March 11, 1951 in De Queen. She was a former employee of Baker’s Sales and Service, and was a Baptist. She served on the De Queen School Board and the De Queen Softball Program, enjoyed reading, camping and attending bluegrass festivals, but most of all her grandchildren.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Therold Miller and Vivian Milam Wall.

She is survived by her husband, Junior Hicks of De Queen; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Duke Alspaw and Christy and Cody George, all of De Queen; one step son, Kelly Hicks of Roseburg, Oregon; a brother, Tommy Wall of De Queen; a sister, Jan Gann of Texarkana, Arkansas; her grandchildren, Aiden and Ava Alspaw, Paisley George, and Charley Reese George; her honorary grandchildren, Courtney, Drake, Brian and Kyler; and her aunts and uncles, Pud and Sterling Daniel of De Queen, Kenneth and Donna Milam of Gainesville, Florida, and Margaret Wall of Lockesburg, Arkansas.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Hicks will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Donnie Jewell officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, August 18, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

Robert “Robby” Gordon Wray, Jr

Mr. Robert “Robby” Gordon Wray, Jr., age 61, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, August 14, 2014 at his home.

He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on November 4, 1952, to Robert Gordon Wray Sr. and Jeanette Allene Wray. He has resided in De Queen since his family moved here in the summer of 1958. He graduated from De Queen High School in May of 1971. After graduation Mr. Wray went to work in the D&E Railroad Car Repair Shop.

During his 25 years at the railroad shop, he was always collecting donations for various causes and organizations, like Toys for Tots, and for the Senior Citizens Appreciation Day, for which he and his fellow Union workers received a plaque for their donations and support in May 1991.

Mr. Wray retired from the D&E Railroad Shop in 1996. He was a Baptist and was blessed with many friends during his life, with his best blessing of all, of allowing Jesus Christ into his life. He enjoyed hunting, rodeo, and raising cattle.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Wray is survived by one brother, Jack Wray of De Queen; one sister, Janet Wray Davis of Ashdown, Arkansas; one nephew and several cousins.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home. At Mr. Wray’s request his ashes will be buried between his parent’s graves at Mt. Ida Cemetery. No services are scheduled.

 

Fred O. Barrick

Fred O. Barrick, 88 , of Mt. Herman, Oklahoma, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Paris, Texas.

He was born January 18, 1926 in , Mt Herman, Oklahoma, the son of Alex Martin Barrick and Mammie Marie Dyer Barrick. Fred had lived in Mt. Herman most of his life. He enjoyed gardening, raising his cattle and working in the hay fields. Fred was a story teller and liked sharing stories about his early life and his life before the telephone and horse and wagon days. He loved his family and his extended family, especially his grandchildren and enjoyed sharing many special times with them.

Fred was preceded in death by, his parents, Alex and Mammie Barrick; his wife and the mother of his children, Vadis Marie Campbell and second wife, Laura Mae Baker Barrick; great great grandson, Leighton Foster; brothers, Harmon, Earl, Wesley, H.R. and Martin Ray; sisters, Pansy, Gracie, Ida, Florence, Virgie, Odessa, Louise, Alice and Annie May. He leaves to cherish his memory, sons, Gary Barrick of Fieldbrook, California and Terry Barrick and wife Genise of Mt. Herman; daughters, Gloria J. Foster and husband Dennis of Bethel, Oklahoma and Barbara Gazeley of Clinton, Oklahoma; step daughters, Vicky, Louise, Joy, Paula and Lydell and brother, Orvel Barrick of Joaquin, Texas.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Funeral services will be Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma with the Bro. Rodney Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Bethel, Cemetery in Bethel, Oklahoma.

Mr. Chris David Higgins

Mr. Chris David Higgins, age 44, a resident of Western Grove, Arkansas, died Monday, August 11th at his home.

He was born to C. W. Jr. and Linda Jo “Jodie” Rogers Higgins in De Queen, Arkansas, on February 18, 1970. He was a substance abuse counselor , and attended the Cowboy Church in Harrison, Arkansas. He enjoyed photography, camping, hiking, and laughing with his family and friends. He loved animals, especially his dogs, Gibbs and Baby.

He was preceded in death by his father, C. W. Higgins, Jr.

He is survived by his mother, Jodie Higgins of Western Grove, Ark., two special adopted daughters, Sabrina and Rebecca Buchannan of Texarkana, Arkansas, and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Chris Higgins will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, August 14th in the Mineral Cemetery, Gillham, Arkansas, with Bro. Charles Ligon officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be made to OMART, P. O. Box 308, Gassville, Ark. 72635. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Rev. Thomas K. Johnson

Rev. Thomas Kennedy Johnson, age 82, a resident of De Queen, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 11, 2014 at his home.

Rev. Johnson was born February 15, 1932 in Raleigh, North Carolina.He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was the director of the Federal Migrant Program for the De Queen Public School System for 22 years. He founded Grace Baptist Church in 1975, was the Church Planter of 2 churches in North Carolina, was a retired minister who served the Lord for over 50 years and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Rev. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Atlas Thomas and Iris Kennedy Johnson and two brothers, Gerald and Ralph Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Ada Harris Johnson; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Thomas K. Johnson, Jr. of Rockland, California, Rev. Timothy and Carrey Johnson and Archie and Lisa Johnson all of De Queen; seven grandchildren, Gene Johnson, Crystal Johnson, Timothy “Gerry” Johnson, Tony Johnson, Kendall Johnson, Ashlie Johnson and Stepheny Baughn; 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Rev. Johnson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014, in the Grace Baptist Church with Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, August 15th at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 487 Hwy 71 North, De Queen, AR 71832 or American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

 

 

Mrs. Gloris Wanda Suagee Thomas

Mrs. Gloris Wanda Suagee Thomas, age 79, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, August 9, 2014 at her home.

She was born to Joaquin and Elda Wilda Maye Suagee, in Longview, Texas, on October 25, 1934. She was attended Non-Denominational Church, and enjoyed reading and shopping.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, Toni Ann Thomas, and two step Great- great-grandchildren, Jaded Bliss Pruitt and Paul Mikulek.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Rev. Alfred Thomas of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Jack Pruitt of De Queen, two grandchildren, Tamara and her husband, Gary Noah of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Dawn and her husband, James Mikulek of Nashville, a step-grandson, Jacky Dean Pruitt of De Queen, a brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Betty Suagee of Houston, Texas, four great-grandchildren, DeWayne Noah ,Lindsey Noah, Disirae Warford and Tori Russell, three step great-grandchildren, Montana Jeanes, Shala Pruitt and Sara Pruitt, and a great-great grandchild, Bentley Willis and three step great-great-grandchildren, Braelyn Jeanes, Elena Mikulek and Serapim Jace Paul Mikulek, and a number of other family members.

Graveside funeral Services for Mrs. Wanda Thomas will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 12th in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Bro. Dennis Braddock, and Bro. Nati Becerra officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Monday, August 11th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.

 

Mrs. Edna Marie Tilson Vann

Mrs. Edna Marie Tilson Vann, age 63, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

She was born in Pottersville, Missouri on October 29, 1950 to Irvin Jack and Dorothy Hudlow Tilson. She was a former employee of Pilgrim’s Hatchery, as a CNA for Brookewood, and was an individual care giver, as well as a homemaker. She was a Baptist and enjoyed crafts, antique shopping, board games, cooking and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her father, and a son, Bobby Irvin McGhee.

She is survived by her husband of over 39 years, Donnie Vann of Gillham, Two sons, Jerry Dale McGhee of Houston, Texas, and Larry Lee McGhee of Lockesburg, a daughter and son-in-law, Tomi Rene and Craig Liles of Tyler, Texas, her mother, Dorothy Tilson of Pottersville, Missouri, three brothers, Larry Tilson of Tecumseh, Missouri, Bobby Jack Tilson of Wichita, Kansas, and Gene Hudlow of Mooney, Missouri, two sisters, Betty Louise Tilson of Missouri, and Kay Liggin of Lockesburg, and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Nieces, and nephews.

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.

 

Larry Ray Romine

Mr. Larry Ray Romine, age 71, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at his home.

He was born February 7, 1943 in Horatio. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas. Larry was the owner of Romine Oil Company in De Queen; he was a former employee of Sun Oil Company where he was awarded the Distinguished Salesman award. Larry was a very generous person to his family and the community he lived in. He was a scholarship donor to De Queen high School graduating seniors. He was a hard worker and remained devoted to his business his entire life. He was a member of De Queen First Baptist Church, a Gideon, received the Paul Harris Fellow award from De Queen Rotary Club and was an avid Razorback fan.

Mr. Romine was preceded in death by his parents, Ray Burleson and Margaret Cox Romine and one brother, Randy Romine.

He is survived by his wife, Olivia Larimore Romine; two daughters and a son-in-law, Scarlett Romine and Stephanie and Reed Lynch all of De Queen; and seven grandchildren, Grayson, Bennett, Anna Grace, Mary Claire, Avery, Ellis Anne and Anya.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, August 10, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Virgil Romine and John Lindsey officiating.

Memorials may be made to Larry Romine Memorial Fund, c/o First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 450, De Queen, AR 71832 and will be distributed to the Mary and Martha Center, Reese’s Rainbow, an agency that advocates for the adoption of children with special needs, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, all of whom held a special place in Larry’s heart.

 

 

Clyde McCown

Mr. Clyde McCown, age 84, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, August 4, 2014, at Hospice of the Ozarks in Mountain Home, Arkansas,

He was born to Velvin and Ruby Haney McCown in Ada, Oklahoma , on October 1, 1929. He was a member of the De Queen Church of the Nazarene, and was a retired brick mason. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and animals, especially his dog, Tippy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Ruby McCown, and Eugene McCown, and in February of 2014, his wife of over 59 years, Joyce McCown, and one grandson, Nicholas McCown.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Joye McCown of Calico Rock, Arkansas, two grandchildren, Cameron McCown and wife Robin of Meridian, Idaho, and Amelia McCown of Nampa, Idaho, a brother, Conroe McCown of El Paso, Texas, two sisters, Lillie Scroggins, and Leer Kelly both of Ada, Oklahoma, one very special niece and fishing buddy, Lillie Ella McCown, as well as several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Clyde McCown will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, August 7, 2014, in the De Queen Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Billy Sullivan and Rev. Byron Sullivan officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, De Queen, Ark., under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 7th at the De Queen Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 P.M., until service time. Memorials may be sent of Hospice of the Ozarks, 701 Burnett Drive, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653.

 

Willie Nora Young Crisp

Mrs. Willie Nora Young Crisp, age 98, a resident of Dierks, died Monday, August 4, 2014 in Carthage, Texas.

She was born May 20, 1916 in Provo, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks.

Mrs. Crisp was preceded in death by her parents, William and Nobie Cannon Young; her husband of 64 years J.D. Crisp; one daughter, Betty Jean Crisp McNutt; two brothers, Algie Young and John Young; three sisters, Leona Young Faulkner, Elverna Young Graves and Mary Young Rogers.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Sherry Crisp of Carthage, Texas and Mike and Anna Crisp of Dierks, Arkansas; one “adopted” son, Quinton Ward; six grandchildren, Sharon McNutt Jackson, Doug McNutt, Tim McNutt, Tamera Crisp Barrera, John Crisp Jr. and DeAnna Crisp; two sisters, Robbie Young Enoch and Cora Faye Young Gore and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Crisp will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 7, 2014, in the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Daniel Barrera, Larry Frye and Clyde Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the McHorse Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

 

Mrs. Bernice Walker Tackett Tatum

Mrs. Bernice Walker Tackett Tatum, 78 years old, resident of Brookewood Nursing and Rehab in De Queen, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, August 2, 2014, in Texarkana, Texas. She was born March 10, 1936 in Portland, Oregon to Joseph R. and Hazel Robbins Walker. She lived on this earth 78 years, 4 months, and 23 days.

She raised 8 children while also working outside the home for many years as a cook and a librarian. She was a member of the Church of Christ in De Queen, where she attended services even in her later years when she became wheelchair bound. She enjoyed her family including her Christian family very much, as well as visiting with her many friends that she had made around Sevier County in the past 40+ years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, Bill Tackett and Robert Tatum, one brother, Merle Dean Walker, one Son James Tackett, one daughter, Kathy Grant, two sons-in-law, Dearl Taylor and Bill Grant.

She is survived by one sister, Janet Scott of Tillamook, Oregon, two daughters Robin Taylor of Grannis, Arkansas, and Janice Tatum and husband, David Tucker of Mena, Arkansas, four sons, Bill Tackett and wife, Lynn of Cascadia, Oregon, Tom Tackett and wife, Barb of Lebanon, Oregon, Bobby Tatum and wife, Alicia of De Queen, Arkansas, Lewis Tatum, and wife, Elizabeth of Prescott, Arkansas, 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, and a host of friends and other extended family.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Bernice Tatum will be held Monday, August 4, 2014, at 10:00 A.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Tye Barnett officiating. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home, Sunday, August 3rd from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

James Earl "Pop" Rogers
 

James Earl “Pop” Rogers, age 80, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, August 2, 2014, at his home.

He was born May 18, 1934, in Greenville, Texas. He worked for Brown & Root and was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos James and Veda Isbell Rogers; his wife, Mary Susie Cravens Rogers; three brothers and one sister.

He is survived by three sons, one daughter, two step-sons, one step-daughter and two sisters.

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Deborah Poole

Mrs. Deborah Odetta Haley Poole, age 62, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, died Thursday, July 31 2014, at her home.

She was born to Roy Junior Haley and Lola Rae Buck Haley Pratt, on December 26, 1951 in Mesa, Arizona.  She was a homemaker, and enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She loved animals, especially her dog, Gabi Rose, and her cat, Matilda.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings: Ron Haley, David Haley, Jon Pratt, and a daughter Chelle Haley Poole.

She is survived by her husband of over 39 years, Horace Poole of Texarkana, Texas, four sons and daughters-in-law: Wayne and Nancy Poole of Texarkana, Arkansas, Perry Poole of Nash, Texas, Horace "P.J." Poole and Tiffani of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Zachary Poole of Texarkana, Texas; two daughters and a son-in-law: Lisa Poole of Texarkana, Texas, Ra and David White also of Texarkana Texas; a brother: Tracy Haley of Stidham, Oklahoma; a sister and brother-in-law, Janell and Lupe Trujillo of Queen Creek, Arizona; a sister by choice: Sherry Patterson of Texarkana, Texas; five grandchildren: Rachael, and her husband Matt Helton of Nashville, Breagan White, Courtland White and Morgan White, all of Texarkana, Texas, and Alex Poole of Texarkana, Arkansas; a great-grandchild, Easton Helton of Nashville, 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.  Memorials may be made to the Arkansas children's Hospital, 800 Marshall Street, Little rock, AR  72202

 

Verna Isabell Godwin Skidmore

Mrs. Verna Isabell Godwin Skidmore, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, August 1, 2014, in Brookewood Nursing Center in De Queen.

She was born June 9, 1925 in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lone Oak Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Skidmore was preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Della Cocke Godwin; her husband, Carl Henry Skidmore; an infant son, Carlton Noel Skidmore; a granddaughter, Stephanie Skidmore; and a sister, Pauline Godwin.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Charlotte Skidmore of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Jimmy Barfield of Texarkana, Arkansas; and a number of loving nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Skidmore will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 4, 2014 in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Randy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

 

Lottie Lou Belcher Suggs

Mrs. Lottie Lou Belcher Suggs, age 74, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana.

She was born in Hensley, Arkansas, on July 28, 1940, to Mose and Maddie Elizabeth Campbell Belcher. She was a retired employee of Pilgrim’s Pride, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Williamson Community Church, and enjoyed cooking, gardening, old western movies, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three siblings, Alton Belcher, Robert Belcher, Robbie Pogue, her husband, Paul Harold Suggs, a grandchild, Tina Taylor, and a great-grandchild, Layne Frachiseur.

She is survived by three sons, Jimmy Suggs of Hope, Ark., Danny Suggs of De Queen, and Bobby Suggs of Wake Village, Texas, four daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda Brown of Wickes, Glenda Suggs of Foreman, Jeanette and Eugenio Rojas of De Queen, and Loretta and Fernando Rivas of Horatio, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Barbara Belcher, Steven Belcher, and Miles and Ann Belcher all of De Queen, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mae Schraeder and Marilyn and Steve Taylor all of De Queen, 19 grandchildren, Casey, Jennifer, Laura, Cody, Paul, J. J., Audriana, Pri`anna, Telisha, Delfina, Tevita, Isauro, Shawna, Brett, Kirsten, Lauren, Stephanie, Maddie and Junior, 26 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as two special sister-in-laws, Dora Belcher, and Floye Mae Suggs.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Lottie Suggs will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 2nd in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Rev. Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, August 1st from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

John Edward Richards

John Edward Richards, age 41, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Horatio.

He was born June 21, 1973 in Nashville, Arkansas. He was a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Nichols Richards and a sister, Dottie Langley.

He is survived by his wife, Tabitha Tipton Richards of Horatio; one daughter, Lexi Richards; one son, Austin Richards, both of Horatio; his father, Bryan Richards of De Queen, Arkansas; three sisters, Carol Lamb of Hope, Arkansas, Pam Langley of Sarepta, Louisiana, and Nancy Kenworthy of Hope, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Bubba Randall.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 8, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Glenn Tropp officiating.

 

Ronald Lee Simmons

Ronald Lee Simmons, age 59, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born July 7, 1955. He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Lockesburg First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.O. “Pud” and Bobbie Joyce Shinn Simmons and a brother, James Alan Simmons.

He is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Jesse Simmons, Jacky and Leslie Simmons and Clifton Simmons all of Lockesburg; five grandchildren, Coulter, Harrison, Emma, Rayle and Madie.

Funeral services for Mr. Simmons will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 in the Lockesburg First Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Gilliland officiating. Burial will follow in the Coulter Memorial Cemetery in Lockesburg under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

John Edward Richards

John Edward Richards, age 41, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Horatio.

He was born June 21, 1973 in Nashville, Arkansas. He was a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Nichols Richards and a sister, Dottie Langley.

He is survived by his wife, Tabitha Tipton Richards of Horatio; one daughter, Lexi Richards; one son, Austin Richards, both of Horatio; his father, Bryan Richards of De Queen, Arkansas; three sisters, Carol Lamb of Hope, Arkansas, Pam Langley of Sarepta, Louisiana, and Nancy Kenworthy of Hope, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Bubba Randall.

Services are pending.

 

 

Larry Dean Autry

Larry Dean Autry, age 69, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born July 27, 1944 in Mena, Arkansas. He was the former owner of Harris Drug Store. He graduated the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy in 1973. He was a member of the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, past president of the Arkansas Pharmacy Association, served on the board of directors of First National Bank in De Queen, was a past member of the Sevier County Quorum Court and the Optimist Club. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in De Queen. He was a great lover of animals and contributed to the humane society.

He was preceded in death his mother, Vida Helen Parker Autry; and his siblings, Leon Bain, Lester Bain and Gene Autry.

He is survived by his wife, Lygia Carver Autry of Horatio; one daughter, Ladeana Autry Bell of Little Rock, Arkansas; one step-daughter, Brandie Wagner (Pat) Clayton of Hazen, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Kelsey Bell and two grandsons, Wes and Sam Clayton.

A memorial service for Mr. Autry will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, July 26,2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Chad Gallagher officiating. 

Donations may be made to the Humane Society of Sevier county, P.O. Box 872, De Queen, AR  71832 or pawsandclawsathssc@yahoo.com

 

 

Emma Lula Moseley Emerson

Emma Lula Moseley Emerson, age 97, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in the Brookewood Nursing Center in De Queen.

She was born November 24, 1916 in Grandfield, Oklahoma. She was retired after 31 years of service to the De Queen School Food Service. She enjoyed quilting, bowling, crocheting, playing cards and bingo, and working in her flower garden. She was a Collin Raye fan from the start of his career, and was a member of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Stella Lowrey Moseley; her husband, Earl Lowell Emerson; a son, Aubry Emerson; and two daughters, Mildred Boone and Millie Ann Stinnett.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and Tony Beltrani of De Queen; a son-in-law, Harold Stinnett of De Queen; a daughter-in-law, Laura Emerson of De Queen; her grandchildren, Brenda and Danny Bennett of Texarkana, Arkansas, Doug and Jimna Stinnett of De Queen, Kathy and Kenneth Gabbard of De Queen, Patti Boone of De Queen, Tory Shipley of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Cynthia Emerson of Norman, Arkansas, Joey and Bridgett Emerson of Horatio, Arkansas, Darin Beltrani of Harrison, Arkansas, and Scott and Jodi Beltrani of St. Louis, Missouri; fourteen great grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren, her caregiver and special friend, Annie Maull, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Emerson will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.

 

Timothy Ray Fenwick

Timothy Ray Fenwick, age 61, a resident of Tyler, Texas died Monday, July 21, 2014 in Tyler.

He was born June 12, 1953 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He was a Christian.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Springs and Janet Nance Fenwick; and a brother, Curtis Fenwick.

He is survived by his wife, Trish Fenwick of Tyler; two sons, Aaron Fenwick of Tyler and Sam Fenwick of Mena, Arkansas; a step-daughter, Kristin Meharry of Tyler; two brothers, Mike Fenwick of Mena and Joseph Fenwick of Houston, Texas; one sister, Linda Riggins of Alma, Arkansas; two granddaughters, Lily Davidson and Olivia Meharry; his step-father, J.B. Fenwick of Alma, AR, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Fenwick will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bruce Watson officiating. Burial will follow in the Grannis Cemetery.

 

Lois Fenton

Lois Fenton, age 94, a resident of Star City, AR and formerly of Horatio, AR died Saturday, July 19, 2014 in the Gardner Nursing Home in Star City.

She was born October 22, 1919 in Sevier County, Arkansas. She graduated from Horatio High School, worked at Casteel Grocery Store, was active in the P.T.A., loved growing lilies and iris’s and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Horatio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emmit Pedro and Millie Chenault Casteel; her husband, Sherman Fenton; three sons, Lynn Fenton, Bobby Fenton, and Wayne Fenton; her grandson, Nicky Fenton; and three brothers, Ed Casteel, David Casteel and Shorty Casteel.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Lola and Sterling Henry of Dumas, AR; one brother, Lowell Casteel of Hot Springs Village, AR; one sister, Mildred Billingsley of Texas; seven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Fenton will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in the Horatio Cemetery with Dr. Tandy Hanson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

 

David Wayne Scarbrough

David Wayne Scarbrough, a native of Texas City, TX and resident of Baton Rouge, passes away July 14, 2014 at the Hospice of Baton Rouge Butterfly wing at the age of 52.

He is survived by his wife Lisa kay Sparks, his parents John W. and Nora B. Scarbrough, daughter, Kayli M. Scarbrough, son Aron Dakota Scarbrough, brother lester Mark Scarbrough and wife Cindy, two grandchildren; David Jacob DeShazo, Ayden Reese David, niece Erica Scarbrough, nephew Mike Scarbrough and wife Kristen, three great nephews, and 1 great niece.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Seale Funeral Home, in Denham Springs, on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 6:00PM, conducted by Rev. Car Rushing. A gathering will resume after the service until 8:00PM.

 

Mrs. Ivie Mae Howard Forrest

Mrs. Ivie Mae Howard Forrest, age 69, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Monday, July 14th at her home from a long battle with cancer.

She was born in St. Lawrence County, Arkansas, on July 31, 1944. She was a former employee of the Rubber Corporation, and Pilgrim’s Pride, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Christ and attended both the Church of Christ and the First Baptist Church of Winthrop. She was an avid Elvis Presley fan, and enjoyed fishing, and spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Millie Espy, a son, Ronnie Lee Forrest, and a grandchild, John Luke Shomo.

She is survived by her husband of over 48 years, Steve “Lightening” Forrest of Winthrop,a daughter, Mary Beth Forrest of Winthrop, a grandson, Matthew Forrest Lee of Winthrop, a granddaughter, Maycee Brooke Shomo of Winthrop, two brothers-in-law, Roy and his wife, Johnnie Lou Forrest of Winthrop, and Donald “Buckwheat” Forrest of Idabel, Okla., special friends, Anita Click, Jan Wade, and Bethel Dossett, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ivie Forrest will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, in the First Baptist Church of Winthrop with Bro. Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery, Winthrop, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family Will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 16th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.

 

Mrs. Joan Emily Short Kiser

Mrs. Joan Emily Short Kiser, age 77, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, July 10, 2014 in the Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Edward L. and Alvera Rosalee Lucas Short in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on September 24, 1936. She was an Army wife and mother, and was a member of the Lutheran Church. She was a member of the AARP, Local #2078, where she served as secretary-treasurer for many years. She loved family and was very knowledgeable in family ancestry. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and history. Joan had a special love for all animals.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Edward Short, Charles Lantz, Arlene Randazzi, and Barbara Short, and her husband of over 58 years, Billy Kiser.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, GayLynn Kiser of Austin, Texas, and Jennifer and Bobby Bagley of De Queen, a granddaughter, Chrystal Morgan Sweeden of De Queen, a special friend, Amy Ragle of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Joan Kiser will be held at 10:00 A.M., Sunday, July 13th in Redmen Cemetery with Rev. Shane Haarmeyer officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Mr. Coy Chandler

Mr. Coy Ramsey Chandler, age 89, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, in the Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana.

He was born to Levi and Mattie L. Ramsey Chandler in Horatio, Arkansas, on June 2, 1925. He was a retired employee of Frozen Food Express, and a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mable Blankenship, and in his wife of over 66 years, Doris L. Hames Chandler.

He is survived by one son, Gail Chandler of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Sondra Lavone and Chuck Foster of Gramby, Mo., three brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy Lee Chandler of Abilene,Texas, Arlis and Jackie Chandler of Horatio, and Charles and Charlotte Chandler of De Queen, five sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Cooper of Glenpool, Okla, Henrietta and Alvie Nix of Horatio, Mittie Jean and Sam Hendricks of Horatio, Janette and Leon Durham of Mesquite, Texas, Patricia and Danny Lipsey of Horatio, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Coy Chandler will be announced by Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

William Deland Pritchett

William Deland Pritchett, Sr., age 67, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Monday, July 7, 2014, in Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas.

He was born May 7, 1947, in Century, Florida. He was a sawyer for Lewis Lumber.

Mr. Pritchett was preceded in death by his parents, Grover and Dora Scott Pritchett; two brothers, Earl Pritchett and Grover Pritchett, Jr. and one sister, Dora Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl Hubbard Pritchett; one son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Gloria Pritchett all of Grannis; three sisters, Mary Barker, Paulette Briet and Judy Pritchett all of California; two grandchildren, Jacob and Gabbi Pritchett and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Pritchett will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014, in the Wickes Pentecostal Church of God. Burial will follow in the Baker Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 9th at the funeral home.

 

 

Charles Austin “Nub” Young

Charles Austin “Nub” Young, 75, was born on May 1, 1939 to Clifton Young and Ruth Montgomery.

Having been born in Frog Level, Arkansas, the Lord showing his sense of humor brought Nub to Toad Suck, Arkansas where he graduated to glory surrounded by his loving family, on July 5, 2014. Nub graduated from De Queen High School in 1957, where he set a school record for pole-vaulting in track and field. He attended the University of Arkansas where he majored in business. An active servant of the Lord, he was ordained at the age of 25, the youngest to be ordained at De Queen First Baptist Church, where he also served as chairman of the deacons. He later held this position at both Ripley Baptist and Trinity Baptist in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Nub was a Sunday school teacher for 30 years and was a member of South Jefferson Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He and his wife Doylene were Sevier County Farm Family of the year. He owned H&H Wholesale Florists and The Lollipop Shop in De Queen, Arkansas, and a Chicken Brokerage Firm called Midwest Foods of Texas. He was also employed by Mountaire Poultry, later known as Pilgrim’s Pride, as a Grower, Sales Manger, and as an auditor. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Vernon Young; and mother-in-law Lona Kitchens.

Nub is survived by his wife Doylene Selman Young, they began their journey together on July 5, 1959 and ended their earthly journey on July 5, 2014; his three daughters and three sons-in-love, Laura Walls (Butch), Sheila Eddy (Scott), Kristen “KiKi” Fobell (Chris); Papa to 11 grandchildren, Travis Walls, Tara Adams (Nate), Tyler Walls (Ashley), Sarah, Rebekah, & Daniel Eddy, Kaitlyn Bretches, Parker Jones, Victoria, Jillian, and Abigail Fobell; two great grandchildren Justice & Gracelyn Walls; his sister Irma Walker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The celebration of Nub’s life will be held at South Jefferson Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas on Sunday, July 13th at 2:00 pm. Please make a donation to Gideon’s International (www.gideons.org), Heifer International(www.heifer.org), World Vision (www.wvi.org), or the charity of your choice.

Cremation Arrangements Are By Cornwell Funeral Home and River Valley cremations in Dardanelle. Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Annie Geraldine Higgins Branson

Annie Geraldine Higgins Branson, age 73, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma died Thursday, July 3, 2014 in Idabel, Oklahoma.

She was born July 15, 1940 in Sevier County, Arkansas. She retired as a U.S.D.A. inspector with 40 years of service, and was a Baptist.

Mrs. Branson was preceded in death by her parents, W.E. “Bill” and Ellan “Skeete” Anz Higgins; her husband, Frank Lee Branson; and a brother, Carl “Blue” Higgins.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Christie Branson of Eagletown; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Tracy Herrington of Idabel; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Darrell and Marsha Higgins and Dalton and Sue Higgins; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Jane Sims, Brenda and Jim McDonald and Linda “Polly” Sullivan and Lee Branscum, all of De Queen, Arkansas; four grandsons, Chase and Sandra Dawn Leonard of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Mathew Leonard of Eagletown, Carlton Leonard of Idabel and Riley and Macy Branson of De Queen; one granddaughter, BriAnna Branson of Eagletown; two step-granddaughters, Magon Herrington of Midwest City, Oklahoma and Mackenzee Herrington of Houston, Texas; one great grandchild, Gramm Lee Branson; three step great grandchildren, Jace Gates, Bradyn Herrington and Rileigh Herrington; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Branson will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Duane Alspaw and George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in the Millcreek Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

Kathleen Pillow Seal

Kathleen Pillow Seal (93), a resident of Piggott, died Friday, July 4, 2014 in Piggott, Ark.

She and her twin sister Magleen were born August 25 1920, in Pollard, Ark to the late Rev. Sam and Nora Pillow.  She devoted her life to her family and home.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Piggott. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Brauton Seal and son-in-law, John R. Lingle, four sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include one daughter, Sharon Lingle of Piggott; two sons, Jim Seal and and wife Donna of Conway, Ark and Billy Seal and wife Cathy of De Queen, Ark; one brother, Tom Pillow of Richi, Fla.,  two sisters, Shirley Whaley of Piggott, Ark. and Barbara Mooney of West Palm Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren, Cara Lingle, Katie Bonilla, Kyle Seal, Emily McCarron and Daniel Seal; five great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 10 am, Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Piggott with the Rev’s. Andy Newbill and Kyle Seal officiating.

Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Hoggard  and Sons funeral home.

 

Geraldine Higgins Branson

Annie Geraldine Higgins Branson, age 73, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma died Thursday, July 3, 2014 in Idabel, Oklahoma.

She was born July 15, 1940 in Sevier County, Arkansas. She retired as a U.S.D.A. inspector with 40 years of service, and was a Baptist.

Mrs. Branson was preceded in death by her parents, W.E. “Bill” and Ellan “Skeete” Anz Higgins; her husband, Frank Lee Branson; and a brother, Carl “Blue” Higgins.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Christie Branson of Eagletown; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Tracy Herrington of Idabel; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Darrell and Marsha Higgins and Dalton and Sue Higgins; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Jane Sims, Brenda and Jim McDonald and Linda “Polly” Sullivan and Lee Branscum, all of De Queen, Arkansas; four grandsons, Chase and Sandra Dawn Leonard of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Mathew Leonard of Eagletown, Carlton Leonard of Idabel and Riley and Macy Branson of De Queen; one granddaughter, BriAnna Branson of Eagletown; two step-granddaughters, Magon Herrington of Midwest City, Oklahoma and Mackenzee Herrington of Houston, Texas; one great grandchild, Gramm Lee Branson; three step great grandchildren, Jace Gates, Bradyn Herrington and Rileigh Herrington; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Branson will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Duane Alspaw and George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in the Millcreek Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

Billy Jack Kiser

Mr. Billy Jack Kiser, age 84, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, June 25th in Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana.

He was born to Leo Dellon and Betty Mae Farmer Kiser, in De Queen, Arkansas, on March 5, 1930. He was a retired Lt. Colonel, serving with the U S Army, and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He was also retired executive administrator for the Housing Authority and served as a VA Benefits Officer. He was a member of De Queen Rotary, where he served as past president, a Paul Harris Fellow recipient, and was a member of the AARP #2078. He enjoyed reading, and loved animals, especially his dog, BeeBob.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Lou Dellon Stephens.

He is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Joan Short Kiser of De Queen, two daughters and a son-in-law, GayLynn Kiser of Austin, Texas, Jennifer and Bobby Bagley of De Queen, a granddaughter, Chrystal Morgan Sweeden of De Queen, a brother, Harrol Lee Kiser of Georgetown, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services with Military Rites for Mr. Billy Kiser will be held Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 10:00 A.M., in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home

 

Mr. Ronnie Jones

Mr. Ronald Douglas “Ronnie” Jones, also known as “Grandbuddy”, age 72, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, July 2nd at his home.

He was born to James Douglas and Marie Saxon Jones in Delta, Ohio, on January 10, 1942. He was a veteran of Vietnam War, serving in the Air Force, and was owner of Baker’s Saw Shop and Grocery, as well as a farmer. Mr. Jones was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, De Queen, and a member of the Volunteer Fire and Rescue in Lockesburg. He enjoyed being an airplane pilot, hunting, four wheeling, motorcycles, mudding, horse riding, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law, Jim Bellamy, and a sister-in-law, Brenda Proctor Baker.

He is survived by his wife of over 51 years, Iona Baker Jones of Lockesburg, a daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Mark Freeze of Lockesburg, two sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney and Jennifer Jones of Lockesburg, Chad and Joyannah Jones of Traverse City, Michigan, seven grandchildren, Scott, and his wife, Karah Freeze of Lockesburg, Chance and his wife, Hallie Freeze of Idabel, OK, Jabin Freeze, Bailey Jones, Carly Jones all of Lockesburg, Javan Jones and Ruby Jones of Traverse City, MI, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell and Pam Jones of Russellville, KY, Terry and Debbie Jones of Covington, LA, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat and John Reynolds of Noblesville, IN, and Jeannie and Ray Pellet of Paducah, KY, his in-laws, Eddie and LeaEta Polk, and Reese Baker all of Lockesburg, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Ronnie Jones will be held in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, De Queen, on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 2:00 P.M., with Jerry Brazeal and Bobby Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, July 4th from 5:00 to 7:30 P.M.

 

Mr. Ruel Pat Archer

Mr. Ruel Pat Archer, age 88, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, June 30, 2014 in Brookewood Nursing and Rehab in De Queen.

He was born February 28, 1926 in Ultimuthule, OK. He was a farmer, businessman, former owner of the Western Auto in De Queen and served in the U.S. Army Infantry during WWII where he received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church in De Queen, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Sweet Home Masonic Lodge #461, a Shriner and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Mr. Archer was preceded in death by his parents, Jerome A. and Mary Estella Cox Archer; one brother, Willis Dale Archer; and two sisters, Juanita Barnett and Lily Bell Jeter.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Irene Stephens Archer; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Marilyn Archer, one daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Norley Bickley, all of De Queen; one brother, C.A. Archer of Arkadelphia, AR; one sister, Imogene Graves of Dierks, AR; four grandchildren, Meredith Archer, Mark Archer, Natalie Dickey and Neida Griffin; 7 great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Archer will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014 in the Redmen Cemetery with Randy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

 

Deborah Lee Reynolds Thompson

Deborah Lee Reynolds Thompson, age 61, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in De Queen Medical Center.

She was born September 30, 1952 in Lexington, KY. She was a school bus driver for Paradise Valley School District in Phoenix, AZ and a customer service manager for Walmart.

Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her parents, Basil Earl and Vina Marie Williams Reynolds and one brother, Richard Carter Reynolds.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Tammy and Rick Clark of Lockesburg, AR and Pattie Butler of Horatio, AR; one son, Tommy “Bo” Thompson of Phoenix, AZ; one brother, Michael Reynolds of AZ; three sisters, Susie Arning of IN, Cindy Peters of IA and Kathleen Evans of AZ; 17 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews, friends and her 5 dogs.

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Cledith B. Hackworth Wilcher Glenn

Mrs. Cledith B. Hackworth Wilcher Glenn, age 74, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Monday, June 23rd in Christus St. Michael Hospital, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Richard and Bertha Shaw Hackworth in Crowder, Oklahoma, on July 31, 1939. She was a USDA inspector, working in the Tyson Grannis Plant. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wickes, Arkansas, and enjoyed working, crocheting, cooking, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dennis Glen Wilcher, a grandson, Shawn Wilcher, and her siblings, Bill Hackworth, Edith Clark, and Jerry Lee Hackworth.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Glenn of Wickes, two sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy D. and Sandra Wilcher of Wickes, and Raymond and Sharon Wilcher, all of Wickes, a daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Bob Piearcy of Mena, Arkansas, a step-son, Steve Edward Hedrick of Vandervoort, Ark., five grandchildren, Jennifer Gabourel , Jessica Glasgow, Stacy Wilcher, Sydney Wilcher, and Jon Tidwell, twelve great-grandchildren, and a special friend, Sue Thompson of Wickes. Funeral Services for Mrs. Cledith Wilcher Glenn will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 26, 2014, in the Wickes Pentecostal Church of God with Rev. Scott Ray and Rev. Chris Burke officiating. Burial will follow in the Daniel Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Duayne “Windy” Loyd

Duayne “Windy” Loyd, age 63, of Plunketville, Oklahoma passed away Friday, June 20, 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born January 27, 1951 in DeQueen, Arkansas to A.P. Loyd and Minnie Mae Heaton Loyd. Duayne was a truck driver in the Transportation Industry. He was a loving and kind father, step-father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and a friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his son, Windal Loyd of Plunketville, Oklahoma; five Step-children, David Standridge of Malvern, Arkansas, J. D. Standridge of California, Cecil Redd of Kilgore, Texas, Cathy Brinley, Spiro Oklahoma, and Sharon Dosch of Washington; six brothers, Udell Loyd of Grannis, Arkansas, Odell Loyd of Wickes, Arkansas, Donny Loyd of Grannis, Arkansas, Gary Loyd of Wickes, Arkansas Johnny Loyd of Grannis, Arkansas, andBilly Loyd of Cove, Arkansas; one sister, Jerri Burch of Wollett, Texas; eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, A.P. and Minnie Loyd, sister, Joann Calicoat, son Vernon Loyd and step-son, Travis Redd.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Baker Rock Church at Wickes. Interment follows at Baker Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Smith, John Jordan, Eddie Ludlow, Leon Evans, Gary Rose, and John Loyd. Honorary pallbearer is Harvey Bruce.

 

Molly Kay Morris

Molly Kay Morris, age 68, of Jacksonville, TX, passed away Thursday June 19, 2014 in Jacksonville.
She was born September 7, 1945 in Jacksonville.

Molly worked as a Med. Aid/CAN in the healthcare industry and was a member of Craft Baptist church in Jacksonville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Morris; parents J.E. and Inez Chandler; and a brother, Sammy Chandler.

Survivors include her daughters, Kelly James and husband Kenneth of Jacksonville; Connie Baker of Gillham, AR; sons, Ronnie Lewis and wife Janet of Carrollton, Mike Minter and wife Rehana of Rusk, John Morris and wife Jana of Jacksonville, sister, Sally Breedlove of Ramsaur, NC; brother, Randy Chandler and wife Nellie of Jacksonville, sister-in-law, Earlene Chandler of Gallatin; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Tristan Lewis, Chasdon Rawlinson, Keven Hill, Eddie Birdwell, Carlos Santiago, Sammy Morris, and David Goodson.

Visitation will begin on Sunday, June 22, 2014 with family receiving friends from 6-8p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.   Funeral services for Molly Kay Morris are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 23, 2014 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Brother Donny Sadler officiating. Interment will be at Jarratt Cemetery in Jacksonville.

 

Jaime Garcia

Jaime Garcia, age 15, a resident of Athens, Arkansas died Thursday, June 19, 2014 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born April 17, 1999 in Oaxaca, Mexico. He was a student at Umpire School where he was on the basketball and track teams, and was a member of the Athens Missionary Baptist Church.

Jaime is survived by his parents, Genaro Garcia and Bernardina Reyes; one brother, Yahir Garcia; and a sister, Selena Garcia.

Funeral services for Jaime will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014 in the Athens Family Life Center with Scott Kitchens and Bernabe Diaz officiating. Burial will follow in the Athens Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Athens Family Life Center.

 

 

Mr. Michael William Miller

Mr. Michael William Miller, age 71, a resident of Lockesburg, died Monday, June 16, 2014, in Christus St. Michael Hospital, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Stanley James and Ethel Blake Miller in Haslett, Michigan on April 16, 1943. He was a retired truck driver, having driven for McKnight Trucking. He was a Catholic, and enjoyed collecting and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of over 47 years, Dot Prohn Miller of Lockesburg, two sons, Billy Jack Miller and Michael Miller, Jr., both of Lockesburg, a daughter, April Miller of Lockesburg, a brother, Stanley James Miller of Mena, Arkansas, as well as other family members, and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Michael Miller will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 20th in the Coulter Memorial Gardens, Lockesburg, AR., with Rev. Jack Gilliland officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen

 

Mr. Orvill Carl Huggins

Mr. Orvill Carl Huggins, age 95, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

He was born July 16, 1918 in Glenwood, Arkansas. He loved horses and worked on a local ranch until he was over eighty years old. He enjoyed dancing and growing a garden. He was a World War II veteran having served in the South Pacific and was a member of the Green’s Chapel Methodist Church.

Mr. Huggins was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine “Jerri” Harris Huggins and his parents, Jess and Victoria Coffman Huggins.

He is survived by five daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy Miller and Roy of Hyde Park, Utah, Carolyn Devasier and Ken of Roseburg, Oregon, Vicki Springstead and Mike of Eugene, Oregon, Nancy Lytsell and Roy of Myrtle Creek, Oregon and Shelly Strasner and Hal of Umpire, Arkansas; sixteen grandchildren, forty-six great grandchildren, twenty-four great-great grandchildren and three sisters.

Funeral Services for Mr. Huggins will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the Green’s Chapel Methodist Church near Dierks with Bro. Carrol Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the Green’s Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 17th at the Dierks Chapel.

 

Mrs. Vera Beatrice Kitchens Arnold

Mrs. Vera Beatrice Kitchens Arnold, age 98, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

She was born May 19, 1916, in the Liberty Hill Community North of Dierks to Thomas Henry and Emma Frances Jones Kitchens. She was a housewife and a member of the Community of Christ Church. Known to her family as “Mawmaw”, she loved to fish, hunt, quilt, and always had a dip of snuff. She was always an avid Razorback fan.

Mrs. Arnold was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jeff Davis Arnold; a son, Roger Arnold; seven brothers and four sisters and two sons-in-law, Jewel Cogburn and Coy J. Parker.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Wilma Cogburn and Jeffie and Sam Roth; a son and daughter-in-law, Granvel Johnny and Roxie Arnold all of Dierks and a daughter-in-law, Leah Arnold of Nashville, Arkansas. Mawmaw had 14 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, 74 great-great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Arnold will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks, with Leah Arnold, Johnny Arnold and Richard Leach officiating. Burial will follow in the Hickory Grove Cemetery near Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, June 16th at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

Flora Faye Faulkner

 

Billie Jean Hubbard Mize

Mrs. Billie Jean Hubbard Mize, age 82, a lifelong resident of Ben Lomond, Arkansas, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Little River Memorial Hospital in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born August 9, 1931 in Ben Lomond. She was the former owner of Ben Lomond Tax Service and a member of the Ben Lomond United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Mize was preceded in death by her mother, Christine Hubbard Holcomb; her husband, James E. Mize, Jr. and her grandparents, Luna and Robert Hubbard.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Lucy Mize of Ben Lomond, AR; one daughter; Jeanne Vaughan of Texarkana, TX; one sister, Gladys Barba of California; two grandchildren and their spouses, Matthew and Amanda Mize and Melinda and Dylan Hays and three great-grandchildren, Jackson Bannister, Hunter Mize and Kolter Mize.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mize will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Ben Lomond with Ronnie Smith and Rev. Mike Mize officiating. Burial will follow in the Ben Lomond Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 15th at First United Methodist Church in Ben Lomond.

 

 

Rebecca Lynn Holland

Mrs. Rebecca Lynn Holland, age 44, a resident of Hartford,  Arkansas, died Wednesday, June 11th in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born to James Edward Whitaker and Ima Delilah Howard in Hot Springs, Arkansas on April 27, 1970.  She was in retail management with E-Z Mart, and enjoyed reading and her children.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Neese.

She is survived by her loving partner, Danny Lesperance of Hartford, Arkansas; two sons, Johnny Ray Holland, Jr. of Hartford, Arkansas and Ryan Cunningham of Lockesburg, Arkansas; two daughters, Christa Holland and precious Holland both of Hartford, Arkansas; her mother, Ima Howard of De Queen; her father and other-mother James and Becky Whitaker of Cabot, Arkansas; her children's father Johnny Ray Holland of Valliant, Oklahoma; five brothers and sisters-in-law: Robert Cunningham of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Shawn and Kelly Whitaker of Haskell, Arkansas, Christopher Whitaker, Scott Whitaker and Timmy and Carly Whitaker, all of Cabot, Arkansas; a sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Mark Vick of De Queen.  She is also survived by a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mrs. Rebecca Holland will be held on Saturday, June 21st in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Bro. Billy Foster officiating.  Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. 

Betty Lynn Jones Rolfe

Mrs. Betty Lynn Jones Rolfe, age 60, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Christus St. Michael Drive, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Jack Randolph and Wilma Lee Johnson Jones in Texarkana, Arkansas, on November 27, 1953. She attended the Williamson Community Church, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being with her family.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her husband of over 30 years, John Rolfe of Horatio, a son, Neal Rolfe of Horatio, three daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer Rolfe, Lynette and John Hanley and Crystal and Clayton Gipson all of Horatio, her mother and step-father, Wilma and Tom Jewkes of De Queen, a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Lori Jones of California, a sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Morris Wilemon of De Queen, six grandchildren, Allen, Amber, Haley, Jonathan, Joseph, and Adam, all of Horatio, Arkansas. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Betty Rolfe are pending at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

 

William (Tex) Roy Phillips

 

 

Mr. Melvin "Ray" Pritchett

Mr. Melvin "Ray" Pritchett, age 58, of Watson, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, June, 8, 2014 of natural causes, in Joplin, Missouri.

He was born March 1, 1956 in San Diego, California to Melvin O. Pritchett and the late Frankie Short Pritchett. Melvin was truck driver by trade and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Tina Pritchett of the home; two sons, Virgle Ray Pritchett of El Paso, Texas and Cory Gregston of Watson, Oklahoma; two daughters, Laura Pritchett of Alabama and
Sabrina Gregston of Hot Springs, Arkansas; his father, Melvin O. Pritchett of Alabama; three brothers, Frank Lee Pritchett of Kansas, Virgil Leslie Pritchett of Las Vega, Nevada and Bervel Kevin Pritchett of Alabama; one sister, Dianna L. Davis of Alabama; six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Frankie Short Pritchett, his mother-in-law, Martha Turner, and his father-in-law, Billy Joe Nipper.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Watson Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general. Friends and family may meet for food and fellowship before and after the service at the Watson Fire Department.

 

Mrs. Vivian M. Haines Stark

Mrs. Vivian M. Haines Stark, age 69, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, June 6, 2014,in a Little Rock hospital.

She was born to Charlie Novie and Katherine Vernice Cook Haines in Rufe, Oklahoma, on May 12, 1945. She was a 1964 graduate of Valliant High School, Valliant, Okla. She was a former employee of Pilgrim’s Pride with 30 years in quality control, and also an associate of Walmart in De Queen. She was a member of the Rufe Baptist Church, and enjoyed working, gardening, especially growing tomatoes, and cooking.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother-in-law, Charles Autrey, and a great-niece, Gabrielle Autrey Treat.

She is survived by a sister, Wynema Ann Autrey of Mineral Springs, Ark.; one nephew, Hughlen Autrey of Russellville, Arkansas, two nieces, Sharla Autrey of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, and Renay Autrey-Treat of Fayetteville, Arkansas, two great-nephews, two great-nieces, one great-great-nephew, and one great-great-niece, and a number of cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Vivian Stark will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, June 8, 2014, in the Old Center Cemetery, with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 7th. Memorials may be made to the House of Hope in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

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