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OBITUARIES

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

 

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

 

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.

 

 

Billy Frank Grant, Sr.

Billy Frank Grant, Sr. age 67, of De Queen, Arkansas formerly of Cove passed away Friday, May 30, 2014 at his home.

He was born November 17, 1946 in Matador, Texas to Thomas C. Grant II and Dorothy Lee Roberts Grant.

Billy was retired from Pilgrim Pride Chicken Processing Plant after 25 years, where he ran the feather room. He loved hunting, fishing, and just being in the great outdoors. Billy loved a good fish fry with family and friends. He was a good loving father, brother, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by:

Son: Billy Frank Grant, Jr. of the home

Brothers: Thomas Grant III and wife Consuela (Connie) of Cove, Arkansas
John Grant and wife Sue of Watson, Oklahoma

Sisters: Ruth Toon Starr and husband Norris of Mena, Arkansas
Rose Toon Huff and husband Ricky of Watson, Oklahoma

Mother-in-law: Bernice Tatum of DeQueen, Arkansas

Brother-in-laws: William Tackett and wife Lynn of Sweet Home, Oregon
Tom Tackett and wife Barbara of Sweet Home, Oregon
Robert Tatum and wife Alicia of Gillham, Arkansas
Tatum Lewis and wife Elisabeth of Daisy, Arkansas

Sister-in-law: Robin Taylor of Tillmook, Oregon
Janice Tatum Tucker of Poteau, Oklahoma

Special Nephew: Gerald Heifner, who was like a son

Nieces, Nephews and cousins

Billy was preceded in death by his father, Thomas C. Grant, II and mother, Dorothy Grant Arthur, wife, Erma Kathryn Grant, who was the love of his life and step-fathers Cersa Toon and Robert Arthur.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Church of Nazarene in Cove, Arkansas. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove with Brother Robert Tatum officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

General Visitation

Pallbearers are John Roberts, Wes Roberts, Keith Roberts, Jed Huff, Rick Huff and Charles Woodard.

Honorary pallbearer will be, Arbus "Slim" Manns.

 

Bonnie Ray Gossage Boland

Mrs. Bonnie Ray Gossage Boland, age 78, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born October 11, 1935 in Steve, Arkansas. She was a retired nurse.

Mrs. Boland was preceded in death by her parents, Pat William and Grace Saunders Gossage; her husband, Jim Boland; three brothers, Sam Gossage, Pat Gossage and James Edward Gossage; and two sisters, Inez Allen and Norma Joyce Gossage.

She is survived by one brother, Calvin W. Gossage of Hot Springs, AR; three nephews, Marlin Allen, Jr. of Dierks, AR, Jeffrey W. Gossage of Little Rock, AR and Jason W. Gossage of Jonesboro, AR; six nieces, Caroline Gossage-Faxas of Hollywood, FL, Angela Nava, Joyce Ann Grubbs, Sheila Andrade, Shelba Gene Pipkins all of Dierks and Toni Delores Gossage of Mann, AR and a number of grand nieces and nephews, great grand nieces and nephews and great-great grand nieces and nephews.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Boland will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 in the Shed Cemetery in Steve, AR with David Smith officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014 at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

 

Barbara Ann Staggs Hersom

Barbara Ann Staggs Hersom, age 72, a resident of Wilton, AR died Saturday, May 24, 2014 at her home.

She was born June 3, 1941 in Stephens, Arkansas. She retired after 26 years as the Little River County Tax Assessor. She was past president of the Arkansas Association of Counties and the Arkansas Assessors Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Lila Young Staggs; and a son, William Lloyd Grimes.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Wayne T. “Ike” Hersom of Wilton; three children, Charles (Chuck) Grimes, Jr. and wife Debbie Jewell Grimes, Karen Sossoman and husband William, Tonya Foster and husband Scott; one sister, Wilma Walters; one brother, Billy Ray Staggs; 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service for Mrs. Hersom will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 31, 2014 in the First Baptist Church in Ashdown, Arkansas with Herman Welch officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (www.mda.org) or Serenity Hospice of Texarkana.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Grover Eugene Bidwell

 

Rodney Jerome Laughlin

Rodney Jerome Laughlin, age 51, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, May 15, 2014 in De Queen.

He was born April 18, 1963 in California. He worked for Pilgrim’s Pride. He accepted Christ as his Savior in January 2013 and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mr. Laughlin was preceded in death by his parents, Warren Lee and Maxine Busby Laughlin.

He is survived by six sisters and four brothers-in-law, Cynthia and Cenobil Castaneda and Judy and Stanley Myers all of De Queen, Arkansas, Sheila Waldon of South Carolina, Paula and John Ferraro of California, Linda Laughlin of Arkansas and Teressa and Larry Baugus of South Carolina; one brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Janice Dearing of Illinois and a number of nieces and nephews. He dearly loved his cat, Tails and two dogs, Carlito and Scrappy.

A Memorial service for Mr. Laughlin will be held at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2014 in the Grace Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Johnson officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Mr. Jerry Hackworth

Mr. Jerry Hackworth, age 71, of Cove, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Ft. Smith.

He was born December 19, 1942, the son the of the late Richard Hackworth and the late Bertha Shaw Hackworth in Crowder, Oklahoma. He was married for many happy years to the late Mary Loftis. He was a truck driver by trade and was a member of the Pleasant Grove Church of the Nazarene. He was a loving father, great-grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by two sons, Kenny Wayne Hackworth of Cove, Arkansas and Eddie Hackworth of Cove, Arkansas; one daughter, Geraldine Hackworth of Talihina, Oklahoma; one sister: Cledith Wilcher of Wickes, Arkansas; 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Bertha Hackworth, his wife, Mary Hackworth, a daughter, Judy James, a son, Jerry Lee Hackworth, and a sister, Edith Clark, and a brother, Bill Hackworth.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Crystal Hill Cemetery with Brother Steve Bradley officiating. Visitation will be general. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home

 

Mrs. Lavonne Stokes Thompson

Mrs. Lavonne Stokes Thompson, age 68, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born March 10, 1946 in Dierks. She was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride and attended the Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Mabel Brummett Stokes; her husband, Haskell Thompson; two brothers, Emmett Stokes and Billy Ray Stokes and one sister, Athlene Short.

She is survived by one son, Tony Thompson of Dierks; one sister, Christine Minx and friend, Jimmy Matney of Horatio, AR; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jimmy Don and Dorothy Stokes and Jr. and Cheryl Stokes all of Dierks; special friend, Tooter Edens and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside Funeral services for Mrs. Thompson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in the Fellowship Cemetery with Craig Chambers officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 20th at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

Donald House

 

Donald House, age 72, of Dierks, died Friday, May 16, 2014.

 

He was born on July 2, 1941, near Newhope, the son of Albert O. House and Iva Myrtle Green House.  On December 24, 1959, he married Dianne Knowles House who preceded him in death on October 24, 1992.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Kristina House; two brothers, Thomas House and Cloyce House; and one infant sister, Rose Byrle House. 

 

Donald was Missionary Baptist in his faith and worked in the log woods.  He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He assisted people with transportation to their appointments and he adored his family.

 

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Belinda House of Dierks; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Angie and George Crump of Waldron, Sally and Paul Maish of DeQueen, Rhonda and Nathan Jameson of Cove and Gail House of Hatfield; eleven grandchildren and their spouses, Heather and Robert Salmon, Holly and Ryan Byford, Steven House, Beth House, Madison House, Jessica and Miguel Santiago, Brian Lopez, Joshua Lopez, Nick Jameson, Ursela House and Jay House; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in the Newhope Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. George Crump officiating.

 

Visitation will be Tuesday evening, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

 

Interment will be in the Bissell Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.

 

Pallbearers will be Steven House, Kevin Fox, Dewayne House, Keith House, Ryan Byford and Robert Salmon.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be Greg Smith, Joe Hill, Brian Lopez, Josh Lopez and Nick Jameson.

 

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

 

Daniel Raymond Limke

Daniel Raymond Limke, 71, of Foreman, Arkansas passed away May 15, 2014.

He served in the U.S. Navy, was a Vietnam veteran, a craftsman, and a farmer who worked beside his friends at Ashgrove Cement Company for 27 years.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa to Leon and Alberta Limke, Dan was one of nine children. After marrying Donna Shirey in 1963, he started a family and moved from West Des Moines, Iowa to De Queen in 1977. He loved coaching little league, carpentry, classic rock, raising animals, and good home cooking. He was happiest when he was creating something or working outdoors, enjoying the peaceful beauty of his home and land. "Anything worth doing is worth doing right" is a phrase he lived by he took pride in a job well done.

Most of all, Dan loved his family - his wife of nearly 51 years, Donna, and his children, Dan Limke II of Little Rock; Paul Limke and wife April of Hot Springs; and daughter Karen Huffines and her husband Paul of Texarkana. Granddaughters Camryn Limke, Peyton Limke, Taelor Geraci, Carley Geraci and Kim Brand were his pride and joy.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date. The family asks that donations be made in Dan's name to Sevier County Youth Baseball, PO Box 823, De Queen, AR., 71832.

 

Thelma Lucille Gray Belcher

Mrs. Thelma Lucille Gray Belcher, age 92, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born to Henry Forest and Bertha Ann Frazier Gray in Moberly, Missouri, on April 27, 1922. She was a retired poultry farmer, and a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, and card games.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Mildred McBride, and Donald Gray, her husband of over 56 years, Harold Allen Belcher, and a daughter, Cathy Cole.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Wayne Williamson of De Queen, Two grandchildren, Brian, and his wife, Kimmie Williamson of Bauxite, Arkansas, and Amber and her husband, Steven Wagner of De Queen, three great-grandchildren, Avery and Sutton Williamson, and Mabry Wagner, a sister, Maxine Thomas of Huntington Woods, Michigan, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lucille Belcher will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 17th in the Belleville Cemetery Pavilion with Sam Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will be at the family home in Lockesburg. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Lockesburg Youth Summer Camp Fund, P. O. Box 53, Lockesburg, AR 71832

 

Rodney Jerome Laughlin

Rodney Jerome Laughlin, age 51, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, May 15, 2014 in De Queen.

He was born April 18, 1963 in California. He worked for Pilgrim’s Pride. He accepted Christ as his Savior in January 2013 and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mr. Laughlin was preceded in death by his parents, Warren Lee and Maxine Busby Laughlin.

He is survived by six sisters and four brothers-in-law, Cynthia and Cenobil Castaneda and Judy and Stanley Myers all of De Queen, Arkansas, Sheila Waldon of South Carolina, Paula and John Ferraro of California, Linda Laughlin of Arkansas and Teressa and Larry Baugus of South Carolina; one brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Janice Dearing of Illinois and a number of nieces and nephews. He dearly loved his cat, Tails and two dogs, Carlito and Scrappy.

A Memorial service for Mr. Laughlin will be held at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2014 in the Grace Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Johnson officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Dale Coleman Vann

Mr. Dale Coleman Vann, age 75, a resident of Gillham, died Wednesday, May 14th in the Mena Regional Medical Center, Mena, Ark.

He was born to Issac Coleman and Georgia Alene Bird Vann, in Gillham, Arkansas, on April 29, 1939. He graduated from Gillham High School in 1957, and entered the military in 1961, serving with the U. S. Army. He was quality control manager for Pilgrim’s Pride, retiring after 50 years of service. Mr. Vann was a member of the First Baptist Church, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and was an avid Razorback fan. Above all, he was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Bruce Edwin Vann, Susan Alene Vann, Phillip Vann, and Eddie Vann, and a son-in-law, Randy Kesterson.

He is survived by his wife of over 49 years, Joyce Holder Vann of Gillham, three daughters and sons-in-law, Gwen and Tom Underwood of Sebastopol, Mississippi, Michele and Whit Miles of Wickes and Stephanie Prewett of Alma, Arkansas, seven grandchildren, Karli Underwood, Josh Underwood, Ryan Kesterson, Kaylee Kesterson, Zachary Vann, Addyson Prewett, and Jordyn Prewett, one brother, Donnie Vann of Gillham, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Dale Vann will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 17th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in the Gillham Cemetery, Gillham, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, May 16th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Memorials may be made to the Diamond Bank in De Queen, as this memorial will benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in Dale’s Memory.

 

 

William Moland “Bill” Renfrow, Jr

William Moland “Bill” Renfrow, Jr., age 82, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Texarkana, Arkansas.

He was born January 1, 1932 in Carmine, Texas. He was a master electrician, a Mason and a member if the I.B.E.W. Union.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Moland Renfrow, Sr. and Lorene Johana Johle Renfrow; a daughter, Rebecca Ray Renfrow in 1996; a grandson, Charles Daniel Altenbaumer in 1986; a sister, Betty Virginia Renfrow Cox in 2013; and a brother, Robert David Renfrow in 2006.

He is survived by his wife, Lila Merle Gage Renfrow of De Queen; one daughter and son-n-law, Mary Beth and Dallas Altenbaumer of Alleene, Arkansas; one son, Daniel Renfrow of Houston, Texas; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Vivian and Edward Fears of De Queen and Judy Ford of Garland, Texas; one brother, Roger Renfrow of Texarkana; two step daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Don Higgins and Nancy and Randy Gore, all of De Queen; four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in the Redmen Cemetery.

 

 

Melba Lee Lester Liggan

Melba Lee Lester Liggan, age 70, a resident of Newhope, Arkansas died Monday, May 12, 2014 in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born September 24, 1943 in Waco, Texas. She was a housewife and a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mrs. Liggan was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Samuel and Imogene Hamilton Lester; her husband, Massie Dan Liggan; two sisters, Margie Lester and Vickie Burnett.

She is survived by one son, Sammy Edgar Turner of Newhope; one daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Tim Reed of Newhope; one sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Larry (Bro) Graham of Prescott, Arkansas; 8 grandchildren, Jennifer Turner of Hot Springs, AR, Travis and Amy Turner, Marlee Stapp, Karley Stapp, Mickinzie Stapp, Turner Reed, McKenzie Reed and Kloe Knighten, all of Newhope; one great-grandson, Kason Dougan of Nashville, AR; three nieces and three nephews, Paula and Leon Tedder of Prescott, Debra and Floyd Payne of Prescott, Susan Cline of Indianapolis, Indiana, David Barnett and Mark Barnett both of Alvin, Texas and Mark Landis of San Antonio, Texas; and a number of special friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Liggan will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Rev. Kenny Fant officiating. Burial will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

 

Barbara Jo Hudson

Barbara Jo Hudson, age 69, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, May 9, 2014 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born January 4, 1945 in Lexington, Nebraska. She was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in De Queen.

Mrs. Hudson was preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Josephine Gertrude Spiegel Focks; one son, Horacio “Rosko” Gonzalez; one sister and three brothers.

She is survived by her children, Annette Turner of Wickes, AR, Gene and Lorri Hudson of Henryetta, OK, Sallie and Leo Medina of Batesville, AR, Nina Ahmed and Junior of De Queen, AR, Valentin and Cherie Gonzalez of Batesville, AR, Shalamar and Brandon Dinger of Austin, AR and Cheyenne Hudson of De Queen; one sister, Mildred Bainbridge of Oregon; 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Hudson will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Grant Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery.

Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 , 2014 at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Melissa Renee Box Hill

Mrs. Melissa Renee Box Hill, age 44, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 11th in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born on January 11, 1970 in Alexandria, Louisiana, and was a homemaker. She was a Baptist and enjoyed her family, especially her granddaughter.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin L. Hill of Nashville, two sons, Mason Kyle Box of Dry Prong, Louisiana, and Kody Lynn Box of Nashville, one daughter, Meagan LeAnn Hill of Nashville, a granddaughter, Anna Bella Lashay Hill of Nashville, her father and step-mother, Roy Travis and Judy Box of Dry Prong, Louisiana, two brothers, Michael Box of Switzerland, and Kevin Box of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 14th in the Harmony Cemetery, near New Hope, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home

 

Carole Sue Kimbell

Carole Sue Kimbell, 75, of Magnolia, AR died Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado, AR.


Sue was born December 26, 1938 in Magnolia. She was a member of the Antioch East Baptist Church, was a cosmetologist for Bennye’s Beauty Salon and loved flowers, gardening, and woodworking. She crocheted a countless number of afghans and baby blankets and lovingly gave them away. Sue’s charitable gift was crocheting beanies for the patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UAMS.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Perry and Susie (Wallace) Daniel and her brother-in-law Richard Kimbell who passed away within an hour of her passing.


Sue is survived by her husband of 56 years, Raymond Kimbell of Magnolia; daughters Karen Mitchell and husband Keith of De Queen, Penny Smith of Bossier City, LA; brother Charles “Tommy” Daniel and wife Carolyn of Magnolia; grandchildren Chase Smith and wife Brittany of Russellville, Aaron Smith and wife Melissa of Arkadelphia, Haley Smith of Russellville, Toby Hedge of Fayetteville, Tanner Hedge, Tabitha Mitchell, Alisha Mitchell, JC Mitchell, and Erin Mitchell all of De Queen; great grandsons Barrett and Jett Smith of Russellville; one nephew, one niece, several great nephews and great nieces, cousins and a host of friends.


Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 7th at 2 PM at the Antioch East Baptist Church with Bro. Ron Owen officiating. Burial followed at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. of Magnolia. Visitation was Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM at the funeral home.
Pallbearers were Toby Hedge, Tanner Hedge, JC Mitchell, Chase Smith, Aaron Smith, and Jared Fuller. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Antioch East Baptist Church.


Memorial donations may be made to the Antioch East Baptist Church Building Fund, 370 Columbia 25, Magnolia, AR 71753.


Online guest book is available at lewisfuneralhome.biz



 

Richard Lee Kimbell

Richard Lee Kimbell, 64, of Magnolia, AR passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Magnolia.


Richard was born on December 25, 1949 in Magnolia to the late Aubrey and Ruth (Young) Kimbell. He was a retired investigator for the Arkansas Job Force and a member of the College View Baptist Church.


Richard is survived by his wife Rebecca Kimbell of Magnolia; two brothers Ronald Kimbell and wife Sue of Camden, Raymond Kimbell of Magnolia and his late wife Sue, who passed away within an hour of Richard's passing; step son Thelton Hooks and wife Bridget and their children Breeana and Jacob of Springhill, LA; father and mother–in-law Jess and Sylvia Wallace of Magnolia; brothers-in-law Lewis Jones of Magnolia, Michael Jones and wife Karen of Magnolia; several nephews, nieces, cousins, and a host of friends.


Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 7th at 10 AM at Lewis Chapel with Bro. Ronald Kimbell officiating. Burial followed at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. of Magnolia. Visitation was Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM at the funeral home.


Pallbearers were Thelton Hooks, Lewis Jones, Danny Romero, Hunter Harrell, Ben Tilley, and Ray Tilley. Honorary pallbearer will be Michael Jones.


Memorial donations may be made to Life Touch Hospice, 2301 Champagnolle, El Dorado, AR 71730.
Online guest book is available at lewisfuneralhome.biz


 

Jimmie Lloyd Dunn

Jimmie Lloyd Dunn, 69, of De Queen, AR., passed away Monday, May 5, 2014 at Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas from complications of surgery.

Jimmie was born July 15, 1944 in Pasadena, Texas to L.J. Dunn and Olive Pearce Dunn. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Alan Dunn.

Jimmie was a 1962 graduate of De Queen High School and a graduate of Arkansas Tech University. He was a high school English, history, journalism and speech teacher for 36 years, 32 years of those in Wickes, AR. He loved teaching and believed his students kept him young at heart.

He met Nelda Wimpee on May 1, 1971 and they married August 21, 1971. They were married almost 43 years, raised two daughters together and were best friends and true partners.

Jimmie loved music, especially old country and 60's rock. He and Nelda traveled all over the region to concerts and had many adventures together.

Jimmie also wrote cowboy poetry and loved sharing his often humorous verses with family and friends.

He loved being outdoors, whether working on his family's ranch or walking his dogs in the woods. His family always included several dogs, cats and other animals. His barn was one of his favorite places to be.

Jimmie was a loving husband and father and always made the most out of life. He lived by the motto "I would rather be sorry for something I did than something I didn't do."

He is survived by his wife Nelda Dunn, of De Queen, two daughters, Lori Ann Dunn of De Queen, and Jennifer Dunn-Shortridge of Lockesburg, Ark., and a son-in-law Mark Shortridge of Lockesburg. He is also survived by numerous cousins and other relatives, friends and former students.

No services are scheduled per Jimmie's request. His ashes will eventually be spread on the land he grew up on, loved and never wanted to leave. A scholarship has been started in his name for a graduating senior at Cossatot River School District (formerly Wickes).

Donations may be made to the Wickes branch of the Union Bank of Mena at P.O. Box 100 Wickes, Ar. 71973.

 

Stephen Glen Ward

An old aviator, Stephen Glen Ward, age 84, has “Gone West.” His life will be celebrated Saturday May 10 at 10:00 AM at Smith Funeral Home in Stamps, AR. Visitation will be conducted 6-8 PM Friday May 9 at the same location.

Steve was born to Glen and Dorothy Ward on Dec 19, 1929 in Stamps, AR and died May 6, 2014 in Bossier City, LA. Eyeing the heavens, he earned a pilot license in 1948 and continued a lifetime association with aircraft. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was an aircraft mechanic with VF144 “Bitter Birds” during and after the Korean War. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1958 and joined Boeing in Wichita, KS to complete work on the B-52 program. In 1961, he relocated to Crossett, AR with the Georgia-Pacific Paper Company and in 1968 moved to Ashdown, AR with Nekoosa Paper Company from which he retired in 1985 as a senior engineer.

Steve married Hazel Warren of Springhill, LA in June 1955. Steve and Hazel were inseparable during their nearly 57 years of marriage until her death in 2012. They are now reunited in heaven, absent from the body, but forever with the Lord. Together, they have a daughter, Vickie Lee of Sherwood, AR; she is married to Dr. Richard Lee, pastor of First Baptist Church, Sherwood. Steve and Hazel’s son, Colonel Warren Ward, USAF (ret) and his wife, Amanda Ward, live in Benton, LA.

Steve is also survived by a sister, Joanna Dubose and husband CMSgt Jack Dubose, USAF (ret) of Aiken, SC; brother Leon Ward and wife Barbara Ward of Holly Lake, TX. He has four grandchildren: Stephen Lee and wife Robyn Lee of Sherwood, AR; Bryan Lee and wife Shannon Lee of Bryant, AR; Michaella Ward of Benton, LA and Ethan Ward of Benton, LA. He has one great-grandson, Gideon Lee of Sherwood, AR.

The family is grateful to the superb staff at the Northwest Louisiana War Veteran’s Home in Bossier City.

Memorials may be directed to Millwood Baptist Church, 800 Hwy 32 E, Ashdown, AR, 71822.

 

 

Lana Dean Autry

Lana Dean Autry, 69, of Little Rock, passed away May 1, 2014. She was born in Hobbs, New Mexico to Walter and Juanita Robson Hildebrand and was a member of FaithSpring Church. Lana graduated from Mena High School in 1963 and attended Henderson State University. She resided in De Queen, Arkansas for most of her adult life but moved to Little Rock in the late 1990’s.

Lana worked in a variety of occupations including retail management, floral design, and numerous administrative assistant/secretarial positions. She enjoyed cooking and her delicious cakes were well known among some lucky friends. Lana loved decorating and was gifted at planning and coordinating special events. She loved flowers and gardening and spent her spare time working in her yard and enjoying the gifts of Mother Nature.

Lana, affectionately known as “Nana” when she became a grandmother in 2000, was a spirited woman with a young heart. She shared many laughs with those she loved; she often gave more than she received and the world was a better place with her thoughtfulness.

Preceded in death by her mother, she is survived by her daughter, Ladeana Autry Bell and granddaughter, Kelsey Bell, both of Little Rock; father, Walter Hildebrand of Greenville, Texas; aunt, Muriel Stokes (Fred) of Jonesboro; uncle, Larry Robson of Hot Springs; step-sister, Sandy Hubbell of Winnsboro, Texas and dear friends, Larry Autry (Lygia), Judy and Tim Tomlinson, Judy and Bill Stewman, Casey Morris, Jennifer Ray and Laura Frachiseur.

Visitation will be Monday, May 5 from 5-7 p.m. at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Rd.). Services will be Tuesday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Brock Patterson, followed by interment at 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Cemetery in Mena. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the FaithSpring Church Music Ministry, 1514 Market St., Little Rock, AR 72211.

Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501)224-2200. Ms. Autry’s online guestbook may be signed at
www.littlerockfuneralhome.com
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Laura Irene Allen Dierks

Mrs. Laura Irene Allen Dierks, age 94, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Monday, May 5, 2014, in Ashdown, Arkansas. 

She was born to Emmitt P. and Jessie N. Pullen Allen in Horatio, Arkansas, on March 16, 1920.

She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Mida Jones, Buz Allen, Lester Allen, Mary Chandler, a daughter, Marquite Dierks, and her husband of 67 years, Thurman Dierks. 

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Emmitt Thurman “Ted” and Lucy Dierks of McKinney, Texas, and Dean and Peggy Dierks of Foreman, five grandchildren, Daniel Allen Dierks of San Diego, Calif, David Adam Dierks of McKinney, Texas, Dusty Dean Dierks, Misty Warren, and Lonnie Beau Strout all of Foreman, 11 great-grandchildren, a sister, Edna Morris of Nashville, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Funeral Services for Mrs. Irene Dierks will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 7th in the Old Center Church with Pastor Frankie McBride officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

James Schiffman

James Schiffman, age 78, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, May 03, 2014 at his home.

He was born September 4, 1935 in Rudy, Arkansas. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran having served in Vietnam; he attended the First Pentecostal Church of God in De Queen and was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mr. Schiffman was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Maxine Brizendine Schiffman on June 25, 2006; parents, Justin Joseph and Bessie White Schiffman; granddaughter, Jessica Lopez; four sisters and two brothers.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Michael Socash and Barbara and Ramiro Lopez all of De Queen; one stepdaughter, Mary Ann Perez and (Victor) of De Queen; one stepson, John McRae and (Lawana Wright) of Foreman, Arkansas; one brother, Glenn Schiffman of Prairie Grove, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Benjamin, Nathaniel, Catherine and Courtney Socash, Jorge Chabelo, Christopher and Myra Lopez and Little John McRae and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Schiffman will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday May 5, 2014 in the Avon Cemetery with Marlon Schiffman officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday May 4, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

Anna C. Runyan

 

James Robert “Jake” Jackson

 

Aubry S. Arnold

Aubry S. Arnold passed from this life Saturday, April 26, 2014 in the Oklahoma Veterans Center, Talihina Division, where he had been a resident for over 2 years.

Aubry was born March 18, 1938 in Hartford, Arkansas to the late Austin A. Arnold and Ruth Evelyn Power.

He graduated High School at Eagletown, OK and married Ina M. Warford June 1, 1958. He served in the ASAF for 20 years, after retirement he and his family returned to McCurtain County, where he was employed by Pine Telephone Company in Broken Bow, OK for 20 years. Aubry was a resident of McCurtain County for 36 years. He was a member of the Gillham Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister and her husband, Virginia and Ruben Fields and brother-in-law, Othro (Sonny) Minter. He is survived by his wife, Ina Arnold; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Shelley Arnold of Rockwall, Texas and Chad and Reginia Arnold of Hugo, Oklahoma; one sister, Glenna Minter of Idabel, Oklahoma; one brother and sister-in-law, Don and Lavanna Warford of Broken Arrow, OK; five grandchildren, Justin Arnold of Los Angeles, CA, Krista Schultz and Cory Garrett of Richardson, TX, Tyler Arnold and Fallon Henry of Dallas, TX, Madison Arnold of Rockwall, TX and Stormi Arnold of Hugo, OK; two great-grandchildren, Cole and Raygen Rodriguez of Richardson, TX and a number of nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Arnold will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Raymond Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Millcreek Cemetery.

 

Myrl Dean Dyer

Myrl Dean Dyer, 93, passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Alma Healthcare and Rehab in Alma, AR. She was born November 2, 1920 to W. D. and Pearl Seals Faulkner in Umpire, AR. She was of the Pentecostal Faith and attended Umpire Free Holiness Church, a homemaker, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Gillham Chapter, Silver Hill #542.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Otis Dyer; two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Jaunelle Dyer of Tooele, Utah and Charles and Bonnie Dyer of Alma, AR.


Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Jay Flenor of Van Buren, AR; 6 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren and 5 Great Great Grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Raymon and Sybil Faulkner of Umpire, AR and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Monday evening, April 28, 2014 at Ocker Funeral Home of Alma, 917 Hwy. 64 East, Alma, AR.

Funeral service will be 12 noon Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Umpire Free Holiness Church with burial at Bethel Cemetery in Umpire, AR. Visitation will be prior to the service at the church under the direction of Ocker Funeral of Alma.

Pallbearers will be Chuck Dyer, Stan Flenor, David Flenor, Phil Dyer, Jay McKinley Flenor and Trey Dyer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Charles and Bonnie Dyer Education Endowment, c/o the Alma Education and Arts Foundation, P.O. Box 2359, Alma, AR 72921.

 

 

Mrs. Flora Faye Priest Lawson Brewer

Mrs. Flora Faye Priest Lawson Brewer, age 91, a resident of Hugo, Oklahoma, and former resident of Horatio, died Friday, April 25, 2014 in Hugo, Okla. 

She was born to Fred Columbus and Minnie Terry Priest on August 4, 1922 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. She was retired owner of Lawson Grocery and Faye’s Bait Shop in Horatio, as well as a land lady, who took care of her property herself. She loved her Lord and was a charter member of the Church of Christ in Horatio. She enjoyed her flower and cactus garden, fishing, bird watching, working, cooking, and was a people person. She had a gracious heart, and would give to others who had need. Know to all as Momma Faye was a homemaker, and loved her family. 

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Luther Allen Lawson, and Buddy Brewer, a son, John Paul Lawson, a step-son, Cecil Lawson, and all her siblings, Fred “Bunk” Priest, Nathan Priest, Jim Priest, Terry Priest, Bud Priest, Emma Rose, Madean Priest, and Annie Priest. 

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Fred and Mentha Lawson of Soper, Okla., K. Lee Lawson of Horatio, a daughter, Sue Whitaker of Mayer, Arizona, a step-son, Dale Lawson of Carson City, Nevada, a step-daughter, Geraldine Hughes of Bakersfield, California, 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren, a sister and brother-in-law, Dot and Lauren Kitt of Yakima, Washington, and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Funeral Services for Mrs. Faye Lawson Brewer will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, April 28, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, April 27th from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

 

Mr. Buford Dale Gideon

Mr. Buford Dale Gideon, age 68, a resident of Idabel, Oklahoma, died Saturday, April 26, 2014,in Christus St. Michael Health System. 

He was born to H. B. and Marguerite Raley Gideon in Copeville, Texas, on June 29, 1945. He

was a retired truck driver, having drove for AP and Nashville Trucking. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and spending time with his family. 

He was preceded in his father, and a brother, Leon Richard Merritt. 

He is survived by his wife of over 42 years, Carol Ann Gideon of Idabel, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Buford Dale, Jr. and Angie Gideon of Lubbock, Texas, and Leslie Dale Gideon of Coleman, Texas, three daughters and a son-in-law, Benita and Terry Harvill of Odessa, Texas,

Korina Diane Russell of Eagletown, Oklahoma, and Marguerite Roberts of Idabel, Okla., his mother, Marguerite Merritt of Idabel, Oklahoma, one sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Slim Sowell of Lockesburg, 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Graveside funeral services with military rites for Mr. Buford Gideon will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 29th in Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas, with Rev. Tim Johnson officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, April 28th

 

Grover Eugene Bidwell

 

Mr. Leroy Hallman

Mr. Leroy Clyde Hallman, age 72, died Wednesday, April 15, 2014 at his home in Arlington, Texas.

He was born to George "Harold" Hallman and Sarah Lucille Dewing Hallman in Ben Lomond on February 21, 1942. He was retired from General motors, with 43 years service. He had many hobbies, each of which he was determined to do his very best. He was a mechanic, loved to boat, fish and ski. He excelled at bowling, slow pitch softball, gardening, marathon running, long distance cycling, and mountain biking and T-4 racing. Even in his 70's Leroy remained an avid cyclist and trail volunteer at River Legacy Off-Road MTB Trails where he made many friends with his outgoing easy nature and his enormous smile.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Patricia McDowell Hallman of Arlington, his daughters, Cheri Lee, Edith "Renee", Sarah Michele "Shelly", and a son, Bruce Edwin Hallman, his grandchildren, Devin, Miranda, Cassie Lee and Calie Ann, Cat and Sobe.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, April 25th at 2:00 pm, in the Wade Family Funeral Home, Arlington, Texas. Graveside Services at Ben Lomond Cemetery, Ben Lomond, Arkansas, on Saturday, April 26th at 3:00 pm, under the direction of Wade Family Funeral Home, Arlington, Texas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.wadefamilyfuneralhome.com.

Jesse B. Sullivan

Jesse B. Sullivan, age 69, of Wickes, Arkansas died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at his home after a long battle with cancer.  He was born on Friday, April 13, 1945 to James Harrison and Eunice Ethel Cook Sullivan in the Baker Community.

Jesse graduated from Rapid City high in South Dakota and then attended southern Arkansas University.  Jesse also served his country in the United States Army in company A, 2nd Brigade, 18th Infantry, 2nd Platoon while in Vietnam, where he received a Bronze Star Medal and Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement in serving his country.  He worked at the Union Bank of Mena for 32 years, served as Manager of the Wickes Branch and retired as Senior Vice-President at the Main Branch.  Jesse served his community by being involved on numerous boards including 27 years on the Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative Board and numerous years as President of the Wickes School board.  Jesse attended the Wickes Nazarene Church and was a lifelong cowboy and rancher.  Jesse was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Jesse is preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law, Bill Cohn.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Dorothy Autrey Sullivan of Wickes; two sons, Jason Brian Sullivan and wife, Teddi of Mena and Jesse Eric Sullivan of Tyler, Texas; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Harley Sullivan of Mena, Maarion and Mary Ann Sullivan of Branson, Missouri and Billy and Sandy Sullivan of Wickes; one sister Yvonne Cohn of Glenham, South Dakota; two grandchildren, Jackson Brian Sullivan and Sarah Emily Sullivan both of Mena; a brother and sister-in-law, Dwayne Autrey and wife Tammy of Buffalo, Missouri and Debbie Autrey of De Queen; extended family: the late Rick Kveum and wife Angie, Kathy Goode and husband John, Kitty Kveum and Janet Kveum, the late Janice Kveum, the late Irene Bogart, Thomas and Sheri James, DeLynn Hale and husband Gerald, Suellen Sullivan, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Holbert Auditorium at the Wickes Campus at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor John Heide, Leon McCleskey, John Newlin and Pastor Billy Sullivan officiating.  interment will follow in the Baker Cemetery in Wickes under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.  Visitation will be Friday, April 25, 2014 from 6-8 pm at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel.

Pallbearers will be David Maddox, John Montgomery, Larry Dunaway, John McLaughlin, John Hill and John Roberts.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Phillip Hensley, Ed Stevenson, Don Stemple, Lendall Martin, Mike Salem, Dale White and Sherman Price.

Memorials may be made to the Baker Cemetery Fund c/o Darlene Roberts, 906 Highway 278 East, Wickes, Arkansas 71973.

 

Bonnie Jean Smith

Mrs. Bonnie Jean Smith, age 85, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, died Friday, April 18, 2014 in Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana.

She was born on October 5, 1928 in Umpire, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Rissie Ralls Baber; husband, Ovea Noel Smith and one daughter, Elizabeth Farmer.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna Kesterson and Brenda Smith Burns both of Texarkana, Arkansas; one son, Terry Lynn Smith of Umpire; five grandchildren, Tonya Wilkerson, Jason Allison, Anthony Boquin, Justin Dominguez and Noel Hughes; eight great grandchildren, Rodrick Steel, Elizabeth Ashalintubbi, Kaden Wilkerson, Mariana Dominguez, Eric Lane Dominguez, Bonnie Allison, Victoria Allison and Madyx Boquin and one great-great granddaughter, Samantha Steel.

Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in the Athens Missionary Baptist Church in Athens, Arkansas with Bro. Scott Kitchens officiating. Burial will follow in the Athens Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, April 21st at the Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

John H. Butler

 

Gail Willis Sims

 

Mr. Dillard D. Hill

 

Mr. Dan Wayne Chilcoat

 

Mr. Mario Cisneros

Mr. Mario Cisneros Murillo, age 39, a resident of De Queen, died near his home in De Queen. He was born to J. Guadalupe Cisneros Zavala and Elena Murillo Ayala on February 19, 1975, in Michoacán, Mexico. He was a member of Saint Barbara's Catholic Church in De Queen, and worked construction. He was a member of the America Futbol Soccer Club, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Elena Murillo Ayala.

He is survived by his wife, Neybi Gutierrez of De Queen, three sons, John Cisneros, Damian Cisneros, and Aaron Cisneros all of the home, his father, J. Guadalupe Cisneros Zavala of Mexico, three sisters, Rubicelia Cisneros of Dallas, Texas, Maria Guadalupe Cisneros, and Beatriz Cisneros both of Mexico, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 12:00 Noon in Saint Barbara's Catholic Church with Father Edward D'Almeida officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday and Thursday at Chandler Funeral Home. A Rosary will be held at 5:00 P.M., Sunday, April 20th and visitation will be held at Saint Barbara's Catholic Church on Sunday, April 20, 2014. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Kelvis G. “Ted” Marshall

Mr. Kelvis G. “Ted” Marshall, age 84, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at his home. 

He was third of five children born to Walter L. and Nellie Meeks Marshall, on January 13, 1930 in New Hope, Arkansas. Ted served in the military with the U. S. Army, and was retired from the United States Postal Service. He was a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, casinos, and spending time with his family. He loved animals, especially his dog, Scooter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Dick, Lavon, Dean, and Joe Marshall.

He is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Ruthie Chandler Marshall of De Queen, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Glen and Sharla Marshall of Kennewick, Washington, and Jerry Marshall of De Queen, two daughters and sons-in-law, Nina and John McDonnell and Carla and Farryl Barnes all of De Queen, six grandchildren, Ryan and his wife, Suprina Marshall, Lane Marshall, Clayton McDonnell, and Candice, Kelsey McDonnell, Jayme Barnes, and Sydney and her husband, Will Bailey, four great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Brayden, Jadi, and Lynnlee, two sisters-in-law, Judy Marshall of Roanoke, Virginia, and Edna “Tootie” Marshall of Washburn, Iowa, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Ted Marshall will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, April 13th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer, Bro. Homer Frachiseur, and Bro. Larry Frye officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Saturday, April 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. 

 

Mr. Glenn Bruce Cockrum

Mr. Glenn Bruce Cockrum, age 63, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 in the De Queen Medical Center, De Queen.

He was born to Albert Cecil and Myrtle Martha Trimble Cockrum in Tacoma, Washington, onJuly 13, 1950. He was a retired employee of Brookewood Nursing and Rehab. He enjoyed listening to country music, and working in the yard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Jim, Burl, and June Cockrum.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Martin Pond Cockrum of De Queen, two daughters, Melissa Stanley and Marcy Covington both of Cove, Ark., three sons, Scott Cockrum and Randy Cockrum both of Fort Smith, Ark., and Marty Cockrum of Cove, a step-son , James (Chavon) Pond of De Queen, three step-daughters, Cynthia (Danny)Gregory of Searcy, Ark., Melissa (Jacob) Atwood of Horatio, and Charlene (Larry) Short of Mena, Ark., one brother, Dale Cochran of Oregon, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, and six step-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Glenn Cockrum will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, April 14th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. 

 

Toby W. Youngblood

Toby W. Youngblood, of Bentonville died Tuesday, April 08, 2014 at his home due to diabetes complications. He was born September 10, 1977 in Mena, Arkansas the son of Cathy and W.T. Youngblood.

 


God drew Toby to Himself in saving faith in early 2009, and as a result, Toby lived his 5 years of marriage to Amanda in honor and service to his Savior. He sought to understand God’s glory and sovereignty in every circumstance, and desired to know more of Christ and God’s Word than anything. He found joy in serving humbly, loved his Legacy Baptist Church Bentonville family dearly, and enjoyed calling those Hogs! Toby lived in the Northwest Arkansas area since 1995 after moving from Mena, and had wanted to stay in NWA for many years to come to raise his family.


Toby is survived by his wife Amanda Robbins Youngblood, of Bentonville, whom he married May 17, 2009; three sons Chaddon Youngblood, Xander Youngblood, Maximus Youngblood, all of Bentonville; one daughter, Mercy Morgan, of Bentonville; his parents, Cathy and W.T. Youngblood, of Mena; one brother, Rusty Youngblood and his wife Nancy, of Wickes, Arkansas; Rusty’s three children Stacia and her husband Jason Cranford, of Horatio, Kassi and her husband Rodey Strother, of Mena; Courtney Youngblood, of Wickes; and his sister-in-law, Caitlin Griffin and her husband Daine of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 until service time at Faith Journey Fellowship in Bentonville.
Funeral services will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Journey Fellowship in Bentonville. A local memorial service will be held Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church in Mena with Reverend James Spradlin officiating.


Local services are under entrusted to the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.


Pallbearers will be: Mac Robbins, Jake Robbins, Casey Robbins, Daine Griffin, Jason Cranford, and Rodey Strother.


Memorials may be made to the following financial institutions for Toby’s children for their College fund. Union Bank of Mena, Chambers Bank and First National Bank of Mena.
Online obituary available at http://www.eptingfuneralhome.webs.com/ and www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

Gladys May Barnes

Gladys May Barnes, age 99, of Mount Vernon, formerly of Gillham, Arkansas, passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Mission Manor Nursing Home in Mount Vernon. Gladys was born on May 8, 1914 in De Queen, Arkansas to the late Barney and Iva Etheridge Bishop. After high school, she married Arthur Lee Kesterson with whom she had two children. He preceded her in death. Gladys spent most of her life in Gillham where she was an active member of the Methodist church. She moved to Mount Vernon, Texas in 2007 where spent her final years with her son and daughter-in-law.

Gladys will be remembered for her unending love for her family. Many of her best memories were spent shopping the flea markets or trade shows with her daughter or laughing around the dinner table with her son and grandchildren.

Gladys is survived by one son, Lee “Coy” Kesterson, and wife Becky, of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren, Travis Kesterson, Carmen Owens, Flint Kesterson, Kim Cummings, and husband Eric, and Chris Keasler and wife Martha; 8 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Doyle Bishop and wife Bonnie; two sisters, Helen Sokulski and Irene Leininger; and by a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Norma Best, and by six brothers and sisters.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Gillham Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas with Lester Overturf officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mrs. Mary Louise Grimmett

Mrs. Mary Louise Grimmett, age 68, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at her home.

She was born February 20, 1946 in Duluth, Minnesota. She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church here she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed cooking and her family especially her grandchildren.

Mrs. Grimmett was preceded in death by her parents, Laurence and Ruth Oglivie De Marce and one daughter, Angela Grimmett.

She is survived by her husband, Sherman Grimmett; one son, David Grimmett; one daughter Lisa Gates; one sister, Barbara De Marce and two grandchildren, Jonathon and Keila all of De Queen.

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Grimmett will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Edward D’Almeida officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Dorothy Dean Green

 

Amy May Churchwell Brewer

 

Mr. Darrell Fayne “Chip” Leeper, Jr

 

Mr. Darrell Fayne “Chip” Leeper, Jr., age 50, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Friday, April 4, 2014 in De Queen.

 

He was born to Darrell F. Leeper, Sr. and Vada Rogers Leeper in De Queen, Arkansas, on May 18, 1963.  He was an employee of Bingham Mobile Homes, and was a Baptist.  He enjoyed

fishing, especially Salmon fishing, and wood working.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Shanda Diehle, and Dana Lynn Leeper.

 

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Gwendolynn Leeper of Gillham, one

brother and sister-in-law, Joel and Celia Leeper of Grand Blanc, Michigan, two sisters, Charlotte Martin of Gillham, and Kelly Schell of De Queen,  one niece and  several nephews.

 

A memorial services will be at a later date.  Cremation  under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Chip Leeper Memorial Fund, First National Bank, 504 Collin Raye Drive, De Queen, AR 71832.  

 

Mr. Marvin Glenn Smith

 

 

Mr. William Michael Whitlow

 

 

Mr. Lankford Pennington

 

 

Mr. Marlin Ray Allen

 
Mr. Marlin Ray Allen, age 81, a resident of Lake Charles, Louisiana, died Sunday at his home.

He was born on February 25, 1933 in De Queen, Arkansas to Walter Allen, Sr. and Tompie Willmon Allen. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was owner of Allen’s Financial Services and Used Cars in Lake Charles, and was a Christian. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and traveling in their RV. 

Mr. Allen was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Walter Allen, Jr., a niece, Deborah Love, and his in-laws, Roy Smith, H. L. Smith, and Tom Cowling.

He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Diane Sawyer Allen of Lake Charles, Louisiana, one son and daughter-in-law, Stephen Ray and Tania Allen of Lake Charles, Louisiana, one daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Tom Estes of Austin, Kentucky, five grandchildren, Shelby, and her husband, Tyler Heber of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Erin and her husband, Stephen Forsse of Waco, Texas, Courtney Bowles of Fort Collins, Colorado, Ryan Wallace of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Lindsay Gillard of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, two great-granddaughters, Madailine Bowles, and Zoe Bowles both of Ft. Collins, Colorado, four sisters and a brother-in-law, Joyce Smith of Alamo, Texas, Floy Smith of Hot Springs, Ark., Carolyn Cowling of De Queen, and Marolyn and Wendell Needham also of De Queen, a sister-in-law, Barbara Allen, Frisco, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Marlin Allen will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Allen Family Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas   The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Tuesday, April,1st from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Patsy Ann Bell Hall

 

Kenneth Culp

 

Jerry Don Smith

Jerry Don Smith, age 53, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, March 15th at St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born to Don and Flora Smith in De Queen, Arkansas on November 28, 1960. He is survived by his parents, Don and Flora Smith of Story, Arkansas, and a brother Roger Smith of North Pole, Alaska. He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Vicky Dee Smith.

Jerry graduated from Walla Walla Adventist University with a BS, and was a building contractor. He enjoyed fishing, camping and hiking and was a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 29th in the Beacon Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Red Bridge Road in De Queen, Arkansas.

 

 

Amanda Rae Moore

 

 

 

Steven Shulz

 

Steven Roger Shulz, age 53, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, March 19th at his home. 

 

He was born to Marvin Roger and Barbara Mae Long Shulz in Gillham, Arkansas on June 6, 1960.  He had served in the military with the U.S Marines.  he was a member of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, and was a construction worker.  Me enjoyed fishing and being out of doors.

 

Steven was preceded in death by his parents and his grandfather, Dan Long.

 

He is survived by his grandmother, Angie long of De Queen and a number of cousins.

 

Memorial services for Mr. Steven Shulz will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 25th in the Brookewood Nursing & Rehab.  Private burial will be in Redmen Cemtery.

 

 

 
 
Mrs. Jo Loyd

Mrs. Genova Lee “Jo” Carter Loyd, age 87, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, March 21, 2014 in Brookewood Nursing and Rehab, De Queen.

She was born to Bennett and Effie Wilson Carter in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, on September 15, 1925. She was a former beautician, owned and operated Momma Jo’s Barbeque in Roberta, Okla., as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Roberta Baptist Church, and enjoyed

fishing, reading, soap operas, sewing, cooking, and spending time with her family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Roy Neal Loyd, her husband, Roy Cecil “Rod” Loyd, her brothers, Murray, Raymond, Weldon, Wilburn, Maurice, Forrest, and Cecil Carter, a sister, Vernie Bell, and a daughter-in-law, Bertha Loyd.

She is survived by one son, Ronald Kent Loyd of De Queen, seven grandchildren,

Angela Jordan of Wright City, Okla., Rodney Loyd of Hot Springs, Charlotte Hames of North Little Rock, Ark., Michael Loyd and Michelle Ritchie both of Whitewright, Texas, Rhonda Loyd of De Queen, and Ronnie Loyd of Broken Bow, Okla., sixteen great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Jo Loyd will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, March 24th

In the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Smith and Bro. Jeff Robinette officiating.

Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery, Durant, Oklahoma. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, March 23rd from 2:00 to 4:00 P.m. 

 

 
Mrs. Louise Talley Lay

Mrs. Louise Talley Lay, age 80, a resident of Atlanta, Texas, and former resident of De Queen, died Sunday, March 16, 2014, at her home.

She was born to Thomas James and Sarah Rachel Irvan Talley in Horatio, Arkansas, on March 29, 1933. She was retired executive assistant at De Queen City Hall, and a homemaker. She was a member of the Open Door Baptist Church in Atlanta, Texas. Louise loved gospel music, and sang in a quartet with her husband for many years. She also enjoyed yard work, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Wayne Talley, her sisters, Sarah Marie Taylor Denton, and Shirley Gill, and a step-son, Dennis Lay.

She is survived by her husband of over 35 years, W. “Otis” Lay of Atlanta, Texas, a son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Robbie Nichols of Jacksonville, Texas, two daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy Barnhill Beach and David Beach of Mountainburg, Ark., Lori and Randy Chandler of Horatio, Ark., a step-daughter, Cheryl and her husband, Emmet Blackmon of Lebanon, Ore., six grandchildren, David Nichols, Jason Nichols, Joe Barnhill, Sarah Barnhill, Camron Bates, and Rachel Yount, Five great-grandchildren, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Glenda Talley of Tyler, Tex., and Kenneth and Angelea Talley of De Queen, Ark., a sister and brother-in-law, Donna and James Mitchell of Horatio, Ark., a special brother-in-law, Phillip, and his wife, Cynthia Gill of Shreveport, La., a special sister-in-law, Dorothy Crocker of Lewisville, Tex., and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services for Mrs. Louise Lay will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, March 20th in the Williamson Community Church, Horatio, Ark. with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home De Queen. There will be a visitation after the service.

 

 

James Ward

A Christian celebration of the courageous life James Ward, lifetime resident of the New London/Overton, Texas area, will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday March 12, 2014 in the Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home Chapel, Overton, Texas with Reverend Ken Hayman officiating. Burial will follow at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery Henderson. Family visitation will be Tuesday 6:00-8:00 at Cottle-Pearson.

James Passed passed peacefully from this world on Saturday, March 8 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, at the age of 89. He was born September 18, 1924 in Ozan, Arkansas, to Jeff and Jennie Jackson Ward and attended school in Overton where he participated in track and football. He worked as a messenger for Western Union and in the shipyards at Houston prior to enlisting in the Army Air Corp. While in the service he was a fighter plane mechanic and served in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe and the Europe Air Offensive for which he was awarded the EAME Campaign Medal with six bronze stars, a Good Conduct Medal and Distinguished Unit Badge with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

James will probably be best remembered for his big smile, the courageous efforts to maintain a productive lifestyle following his paralysis, and the mowing services he provided for his neighbors, as well as the Piney Woods Baptist Encampment. He loved his coffee, grandchildren, fishing and camping at Lake Greeson, Ar.

James was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Mollie Sealey Ward; his parents; two brothers, Rev. Freddie Ward and Kenneth Dale Ward; a sister, Betty Freeman.

He is survived by his two daughters, Judy Ward Worthen and husband Philip of Mt. Pleasant, Tx, and JoAnn Ward Jones of Hallsville, Tx. (and friend Jim Sweeden of Arkansas); brother, Horace Ray Ward of Phoenix, AZ; sister-in-law, Francis Ward of Kilgore, Tx and sister-in-law Ann Ward of Henderson, Tx; sister-in-law, Thelma Jo Sealey Hays of Tomball, Tx; brother-in-law, Travis Sealey and wife Pat of Longview.

James is also survived by six grandchildren: Tina Carver (Jeff), L. Mike Ward (Amy), Paula Mitchell (Gilbert), Jennifer Sorenson (Josh), James Chapman (Kendra), Shellie Cary (James), two step-grandsons Aaron Worthen (Megan) and Adam Worthen; fifteen great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and friends.

 

 

 

Opal Pearl Alexander

 

Opal Pearl Alexander was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico on August 1, 1923. She departed this world peacefully on March 12, 2014 in De Queen, Arkansas at the age of 90 years 8 months and 12 days.

 

During her long and wonderful life Opal served and devoted herself in many ways to so many lives, as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to so many. She contributed so many wonderful memories to everyone she came to know and love. She will be remembered for her many years of service as the manager of the Holiday Inn in Idabel, Oklahoma, as well as her many years as a sorority mother to so many young women at New Mexico State University. Many who knew Opal saw her strong spirit in her. We also loved to listen to her stories of her many great adventures she had known over the years. Opal spent so many of her years as a mentor to so many, and lived and defined her life as we all should, that of a free spirit who held back nothing.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, one sister, and her son, Geddy Alexander Mathis.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Mathis of Las Vegas, NV; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Barbara Alexander of Stockton, CA, Don and Jo Ann Alexander of Santa Clara, CA, and Dr. Byron and Carolyn Alexander of Manhattan, KS; five grandchildren, Blair and Virginia Smolar of Maryland, Geddy G. and Kim Mathis of Guthrie, OK, Alex and Marla Mathis of Horatio, AR, Terri Haubner of Broken Bow, OK, and Mark and Olga Mathis of Sherwood, AR; and 11 great-grandchildren.

 

The family will receive friends and loved ones of Opal on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas from 6-8 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Faye Runnels Mobbs Brewer

 

Mrs. Faye Runnels Mobbs Brewer, age 74, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, March 10, 2014 at her home.

 

She was born on Mother’s Day, May 14, 1939 in De Queen, and enjoyed celebrating her birthday with Mother’s Day. She was a retired secretary for the Sevier County D.H.S., a member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School. She enjoyed performing in the variety show at the Sevier County Museum and was a self-taught pianist who loved playing, and singing gospel songs.

 

Mrs. Brewer was preceded in death by her father, Charley Runnels; her husbands, Gerald David Mobbs and Ben Tugman; a son, Timothy Gerald Mobbs; and a sister, Charlene Friend.

 

She is survived by her husband, Harold Brewer of De Queen; two daughters, Gerry Robison of Little Rock, Arkansas and Teresa Evans of De Queen; one son, Jeff Mobbs and his wife Edie of Magnolia, Arkansas; her mother, Agnes Shaw Nix of Lockesburg, Arkansas; a sister, Martie Griffin of De Queen; two brothers, her twin, Ray Runnels of Lockesburg, and Dean Runnels, also of Lockesburg; two step-sons, Dwight and his wife Debbie Brewer of Houston, Texas and Kerry Tugman; two step-daughters, Beverly Brewer Stieben and Laurie Tugman Fisher; 10 grandchildren, and a number of step-grandchildren, great grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.

 

Funeral Services for Mrs. Brewer will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rusty Ross officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

 

Sam Joiner

 

Sam Joiner, 74 entered Heaven’s gates on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM. He was a loving husband, father, and friend to everyone in the community.

 

Sam was the son of L. D. (Bub) Joiner and Stella Joe (Miller) Joiner and was born in Eagletown, OK on Friday, January 13, 1940. He married the love of his life, Juanita (Peevy) Joiner on December 23, 1958 in Broken Bow, OK. They celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary on December 23, 2013.

 

Sam is survived by his loving wife, Juanita, of the home and three daughters, who adored him, and sons-in laws, Cindy and Willie R. (Ranny) Sorrels, Cheryl and Jay Hughes all of Broken Bow, OK and Cathy and Charlie Tallant of DeQueen, AR. Grandchildren; Casey and Colton Sorrels, Melonie (Hughes) Conner, Ashley (Hughes) Lucas, Shane Morphew and Erica (Morphew) Helms and Taylor Tallant; great grandchildren Brenten and Madison Morphew, Kinleigh Helms and Steven, Hannah and Ethan Conner. Also many other loving relatives and a host of friends.

 

Sam was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother Moss Joiner, sisters Nelda (Joiner) Sullivan and Bobbie Jo (Joiner) Chandler, as well as two other sisters and a brother who passed away during infancy, and a great grandson, Nathan Elliot Conner.

 

Sam was a hard worker doing carpentry and construction work in his early years. He worked for Dierks Lumber as a painter at various mill locations, and then for Weyerhaeuser Company. Later he ventured into logging as a contractor for Weyerhaeuser and other firms. As their last business venture, for over 30 years Sam and Juanita owned and operated a successful interstate refrigerated trucking company, “Sam Joiner Trucking”. Sam served on the Eagletown School Board for several years as well as volunteered his services where needed throughout the community.

 

The family requests donations be sent to the following: • Eagletown Cemetery Fund, c/o Shirley Hadley, 508 Parker Road, Eagletown, OK 74734, • Pine Top Cemetery Fund, c/o Alton Peevy, 321 Cougar Trail, Broken Bow, OK 74728.

 

Visitation will be held at the Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 6 PM to 8 PM.

 

Services will be held at the Eagletown Gymnasium on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM. Pastors Neal Jackson and Lewis Prewitt, former employees, and Melvin Baker will follow at the Pine Top Cemetery.

 

 

 

Gwendolyn Aimee May

 

 

 

 

 

Naomi Revels Hale

 

Naomi Revels Hale, age 99, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 at De Queen Medical Center.

 

Naomi was born June 25, 1914 to Julia Hinsley Revels and Luther Revels at Red Colony, Sevier County, Arkansas. She married Reese Hale, of the Rock Hill community, on December 24, 1933. They established a home at Rock Hill and celebrated 52 years of marriage before Mr. Hale’s death on September 9, 1986. She maintained their home for 79 years, rejoicing in family visits and reunions, until her recent hospitalization and death.

 

Naomi was salutatorian of Lockesburg High School, Class of 1934, and an active member of Lockesburg Methodist Church. She was awarded the "Oldest Female in Sevier County" plaque in both 2012 and 2013.

 

Mrs. Hale is survived by three children: Ronald Edwin Hale (Kay Lamb) of Bryan, TX; Janice Reese Hale Barbo (Paul Barbo) of Espanola, NM; and Larry Walter Hale (Cindy Coulter) of De Queen, Arkansas. Also surviving her are 10 grandchildren: Ronnie Hale, Randy Hale, Richie Hale, Kerri Hale Rothell, Liz Wallis Layden, Jamai Wallis Blivin, Reesa Wallis Thorne, Kimberly Hale Harris, Myra Katherine Hale and Gregory Hale, and 23 great-grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers will be Gregory Hale, Richie Hale, Randy Hale, Ronnie Hale, Dave Rothell, Mark Harris, Ed Revels and Greg Revels.

 

Funeral Services for Mrs. Hale will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2014, in Lockesburg First United Methodist Church with Terry Chapman and Wesley Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in the Lockesburg Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 9th at the funeral home.

 

Eleuteria Del Angel

 

Eleuteria Del Angel, age 57, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at her home.

She was born March 3, 1957, in Mexico. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

 

She is survived by her husband, Dionisio Del Angel; three daughters, Antonia Del Angel, Anna Marie Del Angel and Dianna Del Angel; one son, Dion W. Del Angel all of De Queen; her father, Santiago Martinez Hernandez; her mother, Antonia Hernandez; three brothers, Pedro Martinez Hernandez, Miguel Martinez Hernandez and Eleuterio Martinez Hernandez; three sisters, Michaele Martinez Hernandez, Juana Martinez Hernandez and Maria Martinez Hernandez all of Mexico; 2 grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

A memorial service for Mrs. Del Angel will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Angels Baptist Church in De Queen with Pete Nunez officiating.

 

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Bonnie Fay Fryar

 

Bonnie Fay Fryar, age 81, of Vernon, Texas, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 in Vernon.

 

Bonnie was born Monday, October 10, 1932 in Caddo, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of the late John French and the late Naomi Fay Roberts French. She married I.V. Fryar in 1950 he preceded her in death in 1998. She had lived in Vernon for the past six years moving here from Mena, Ark. She had worked for 20 years at Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Mena, Ark. She was a Baptist.

 

She is survived by: Four Daughters: Mary Davis of Mena, AR.; Dottie Davis of Booneville, AR.; Goldie Voelkel of Vernon, TX. Fay Frachiseur of Grannis, AR, Three Sons: Russell Fryar of Mena, AR., I.V. Fryar, Jr. of Mena, AR., William Fryar of Mena, AR.; One Brother: Johnny Ray French of Willcox, AZ., Fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and a son Ray Fryar and two sisters Ladella Allison, Doris Stratton.

 

Funeral services will be held March 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Ark. under the arrangement of Sullivan Funeral Home, Vernon, TX. Officiating will be Rev. Roger Bishop. Interment will be held at Foster Cemetery.


Visitation will be Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to Alternative Program at Wilbarger General Hospital.

 

Local Arrangements made by the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

 

 

 

Archie Dale Jones

 

Archie Dale Jones, age 89, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, March 3, 2014, in Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas.

 

He was born April 4, 1924, in Howard County, Arkansas. He was a retired Millwright for Weyerhaeuser, a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and a World War II Army veteran.

 

Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, McDuff and Anna Burk Jones.

 

Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Ila Grace Short Jones; two sons, Archie Jones, Jr. and Michael Frank Jones all of Dierks; one sister, Essie Stinnett of Nashville, AR; two grandsons, Jerry Jones and Gary Jones and 8 great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Grace Jones, Tracy dawn Jones, Tyler Matthew Jones, Aaron Jones, Amy Jones, Megan Brooke Glover, Jeremy Ray Glover and Lorenzo Mayson Rabadon.

 

Graveside Funeral services for Mr. Jones will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Sunshine Cemetery with J.W. Gilbert officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 5th at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

 

Mrs. Oma Faye Vann

 

Mrs. Oma Faye Ensey Vann, age 70, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Monday, March 3rd at Dierks Health and Rehab, Dierks, Arkansas.

 

She was born to Alexander and Gertie Combs Ensey in Ringold, Oklahoma on January 16, 1943. She was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, gardening, and being outdoors.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of over 36 years, Phillip Vann; three brothers, Clarence Ensey, Roy Ensey, and Warren Ensey; one sister, Isabell Ashford.

 

Oma Faye is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Denise and John Sparks, along with two grandchildren, Jessica and Tyler Sparks, all of Grannis, Arkansas. She is also survived by two sisters and one brother-in-law, Pauline Wadley of Harrah, Oklahoma, and Wanda and Bill Costiloe of Harrah, Oklahoma; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Truman and Peggy Ensey of Oklahoma City and Roger Ensey of Ringold, Oklahoma.

 

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Oma Faye Vann will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 6th in the Gilllham Cemetery will Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 5th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Roy Gene Cobb

Roy Gene Cobb, age 71, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, February 28, 2014 in De Queen.

 

He was born July 6, 1942 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. He was a rancher, a Justice of the Peace on the Sevier County Quorum Court for 17 years and a member of the Horatio Church of Christ.

 

Mr. Cobb was preceded in death by parents, Tye Raymond Cobb, Sr. and Ruby Lee Conatser Cobb; three brothers, Tye Cobb, Jr., Lewis Cobb and Slats Cobb; and two sisters, Nita Nelson and Maritha Cobb.

 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol Reese Cobb; one son and daughter-in-law, Donnie and Rhonda Cobb of Brownstown, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Barry Braden of Horatio; his grandchildren, Taylor and Will Pickering, Brooke Cobb and Brody, Bryce and Brylee Braden; and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral Services for Mr. Cobb will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in the De Queen Church of Christ with Virgil Romine and Van Ledbetter officiating. Burial will follow in the Millwee Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Don Carlton Smith 

Don Carlton Smith was born March 7, 1948 in Hughes Springs, Texas to W.T. (Budo) Smith and Ludie Vaughn Smith. He departed this life to a better place on Feb. 27, 2014 in a local hospital with family and friends by his side, at the age of 65 years, 11 months and 20 days.

He left to cherish his loving memory, his wife Alene Jordan Smith; four daughters, Amy Brown of Longview, Tx; April Driggers and husband Michael of Daingerfield, Tx; Lanette Whitt and husband Thomas of DeQueen; Leslie Ray and husband Greg of Horatio. Three brothers, Kenneth Smith and wife Alyce of Bowie, Tx; Robert Smith and wife Glenda of Commerce, Tx; Joe Smith and wife Jennifer of Oolagah, Ok. Five sisters, Doris Wacasey of Siloam Springs, Ar., Deloris Price of Mt Pleasant, Tx., Debra Dozier of Wolfe City, Tx., Shirley Brown and husband Russell of Wolfe City, Tx. and Mary Bunch and husband Mike of Sherman, Tx. Eight grandchildren, Emmett Ray, Jenna Murphy, Kayla Dykes, Hope, Madison, and Kami Driggers, Laura and Ryan Brown. Three great-grandchildren, Jordan and Jayden Murphy and Emma Ray.

Pallbearers will be Michael Driggers, Greg Ray, Thomas Whitt, Billy John Martin, Emmett Ray and Chris Hale. Honorary pallbearers will be members of THE MASTER’S BUILDERS.

Don was a veteran having served in the US Army during the Viet Nam Conflict. He was very proud of having served his country. Don was an active member of his beloved church, Friendship Baptist Church. His passion to serve the Lord, lead him to become a member of THE MASTER’S BUILDERS who remodel and build churches. He served for many years after leaving the armed forces in law enforcement in East Texas. He was the retired former owner of Smith Quick Lube and Smith Overhead Door.

He enjoyed fishing and camping with his family, restoring antique tractors, driving his antique car, gardening and canning. He had mastered the art of making pecan pies.

Visitation will be at Wilkerson Funeral Home on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral service will also be at the Funeral Home on March 4, at 11:00 AM. with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating. Interment will be at West Otis Cemetery following the service.

The family has requested donations be made to Friendship Baptist Church building fund.

 

Pam Cartwright Gist

Mrs. Mary Pamela “Pam” Cartwright Gist, age 66, a resident of Wilton, Arkansas, died Thursday, February 27th in the Christus St. Michael Hospital.

 

She was born to L. C. “Buddy” and Shasta T. Reed Cartwright in Texarkana, Arkansas on March 5, 1947. She worked in medical records for various nursing homes, including the Little River Nursing Home, and was an associate of Walmart in Ashdown, as well as a homemaker. Pam was a Baptist, and enjoyed reading, old movies, cooking, re-decorating, and shopping, as well as spending time with family.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter-in-law, Sonia Anderson.

 

Pam is survived by her husband, Bud Gist of Wilton, two sons, Lance Anderson of Foreman, and Trey Gist of Wilton, Arkansas, a daughter and son-in-law, Kristi and Jimmy Purtell of Foreman, eight grandchildren Andrew Miller and Matt Magby both of Foreman, Todd and his wife, Alli Miller of Sheridan, Arkansas, Alex Purtell of Foreman, Josh Purtell of De Queen, Logan Anderson, Sykler Anderson, and Emileigh Purtell all of Foreman, one brother and sister-in-law, Louis Reed and Dyann Cartwright of Bells, Texas, one sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Donald Forguson of Arlington, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral Services for Mrs. Pam Gist will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, March 3rd in the First Baptist Church of Foreman with Rev. Duane Blackmore and Bro. Chris Clayton officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 2nd from 2:00-4:00 pm at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

 

Vernon R. Blair

Vernon R. Blair, aged 94, died Feb. 27, 2014 at his home in Wickes after a brief illness of acute leukemia. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, son Raymond, daughters Emiko and Julie; grandchildren Vera and Ross Blair and Garrett, Clint, Tyrel and Beau Hennings and two great grandchildren.

Vernon was born June 3, 1919, in Ozark Township (Wickes - Grannis area) to William and Viola Blair. He was the second of five children.

Vernon's family travelled to Whittier, California, during the Great Depression. He graduated from Whittier High School in 1937.

Vernon served in the Navy in the South Pacific (Esperitu Santo and Ponam) during WWII. He repaired hydraulic systems on aircraft from aircraft carriers.

After the war he worked in the oilfields in California and other western states. In the 1960's he helped pioneer drilling in Alaska's Cook Inlet and Swanson River oilfields. Later he worked on the North Slope and Beaufort Sea areas. During his career in the oil industry he worked in Trinidad, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Gulf of Mexico, Colombia, Japan, Indonesia, China, and the North Sea off Scotland. He was considered one of the elite among offshore directional drilling experts.

After retirement Vernon enjoyed talking, ranching, politics, poetry, and his grandchildren. He attended the Cossatot Senior Center and enjoyed gospel singing and visiting.

Vernon has always been here for us. We will keep him in our hearts forever.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Bowser Family Funeral Chapel in Mena.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

Hubert Thomas Williams, Sr.

 

Hubert Thomas Williams, Sr., age 84, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, February 27, 2014, in De Queen.

 

He was born January 29, 1930 in De Queen. He received his ROTC commission from Henderson State in 1952, served in Korea and was a captain in the inactive reserves. Mr. Williams was an educator for 36 years as a coach, teacher and administrator. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen.

 

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by parents, Hilliard Thomas and Wilma Barnes Williams.

 

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dot Williams; two daughters and sons-in-law, Liz and Terrel Gore of Kankakee, Illinois and Sharon and Levi Pigeon of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Kelly Williams of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Doyle and Louise Williams of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; one sister, Nita Green of Brownsboro, Texas; five grandchildren, Stacey Jarboe, Jill Gore, Lacey Young, Kimberly Martin, Trey Williams, and seven great grandchildren.

 

Funeral Services for Mr. Williams will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Stan Reid, Micah Martin and Brent Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 28th at the funeral home in De Queen.

 

 

Glenn Edwin Rainer, Sr.

 

Mr. Glenn Edwin Rainer, Sr., age, 87, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, February 26th at his home.

 

He was born to Lawrence and Mattie Brown Rainer in Lamesa, Texas, on December 16, 1926. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U. S. Army. He was a retired truck driver, as well as manager of Truck Terminals for over 30 years. He was a Baptist and attended the First Baptist Church of De Queen. Mr. Rainer enjoyed yard work, and spending time with his family.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and three sisters.

 

He is survived by his wife of over 65 years, Loretta Merle James Rainer of De Queen, two sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn, Jr. and Peggy Rainer of Gardendale, Alabama, and Michael Van and Denise Rainer of Georgetown, Texas, a daughter, Teresa Elaine Rainer of Stamford, Texas, four grandsons, Daniel Rainer of Enid, Okla., Jimmy Rainer of Belleville, Ill, Cameron Rainer, and Kendal Rainer both of Georgetown, Texas, three great-granddaughters, Lorelei Rainer of Belleville, Ill., Mandy Rainer and Bri Rainer both of South Carolina, a sister, Marie Burge of Plainview, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation for Mr. Glenn Rainer, Sr. will be held Friday, February 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, and cremation will follow.

 

Dwayne Griffin

 

Mr. Estess Dwayne Griffin, age 76, a resident of Falls Chapel, Arkansas, died Wednesday, February 26th at his home.

 

He was born to Estess Lee and Dixie Ann Penney Griffin at Hot Springs, Arkansas, on September 4, 1936. He was a retired carpenter, and a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Lockesburg. He enjoyed antique cars, car shows, and spending time with his family.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents.

 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Norma Kiser Griffin of Falls Chapel, Ark.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Wayne and Tammye Griffin of Texarkana, Texas, and Steven Michael and Deanna Griffin of Stephenville, Texas, one brother and sister-in-law, Drexel and Rosemary Griffin of Falls Chapel, two sisters, Cookie Penney and Juaween Thompson both of Falls Chapel, four grandchildren, Justin and his wife, Karla Griffin of El Paso, Texas, Brad and his wife, Brandy Griffin of Big Spring, Texas, Kristina Griffin and Steven Griffin, Jr. both of Stephenville, Texas five great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Graveside memorial services for Mr. Dwayne Griffin will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 1st in the Falls Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Wesley Blankenship officiating. In lieu of flowers, you may send a memorial to Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, the American Cancer Society, or Gideons International.

 

Mr. John Dean Johnson

 

Mr. John Dean Johnson, Sr., age 70, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

 

He was born to Joe Michael Johnson, Sr. and Mary Bernice Stricker Johnson in De Queen, Arkansas, on April 17, 1943. He served in the military with the National Guard, and was a retired employee of Pilgrim’s Pride. He was an active member of the Union Community Church, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, southern gospel music, and his family.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Jackie Pike, James Johnson, and Joe Johnson, Jr., a sister, Mary Helen Koelzer.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Regina Kaye Higgins Johnson of De Queen, three sons and two daughters-in-law, John & Antoinette Johnson of Little Rock, Ark, Justin & Roberta Johnson of De Queen, and Jerrod Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia, a brother and sister-in-law, Lonnie and Kathy Johnson of De Queen, one sister and brother-in-law, Nell and Bill Cummings of Marshall, Wisconsin, four grandchildren, Hallie Johnson and Charlie Johnson both of Little Rock, RaNita Johnson and DeAnna Johnson both of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

The Family will receive friends and family at Union Community Church, Union Road, De Queen on Thursday, Feb. 27th from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M. Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, February 28.   Memorials may be made to the Union Community Church, C/O Chloe Young, 161 Johnson Bridge Road, De Queen, AR 71832

 

Evelyn Sue Johnson

 

Evelyn Sue Johnson of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, age 93, passed away Monday, February 24th, 2014. Evelyn was born May 31, 1920 to parents Sanford and Laura Darnell in Sitka, Arkansas.

 

Evelyn leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband; Carl Johnson of Cherokee Village, three daughters; Jo Ann Brandon and husband Dwight of Evening Shade, Janis Hobbs and husband Doug of Batesville and Pam Hendrix and husband Jim of Bentonville, seven grandchildren; Randy Brandon and Ronnie Brandon of Evening Shade, Vicky Hobbs Edwards of Hot Springs, Tammy Hobbs Burkhalter of Benton, Nancy Hobbs of De Queen, Dana Paul and Jon Davis of Bentonville. Eleven great-grandchildren; Kristin, Raylee, Tia, Tylor, Tiffany, Taylor, Caden, Reece, Brody, Jaxson and Kellen Powell, and one great-great grandchild, Elijah Douglas Edwards, as well as many other family members and host of friends all who loved her dearly and will miss her always.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 57 years; Orphus H. Powell, her only son; Monty H. Powell, her second husband; Marvin Holland, 14 sibling and one grandson; Ricky Brandon 

 

Evelyn will be fondly remembered for her good cooking, coconut pies, chocolate pies, biscuit and gravy, her sparkly clothes and her great love for her children and grandchildren. She was of the Pentecostal faith. The family would like to say a special thanks to Dr. Gregory Neaville for the exemplary care he provided for her throughout the years and especially in her final days.

 

Funeral services will be Thursday, February, 27th at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City, AR with Rev. O.D. Hobbs officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 26th from 6-8 at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City, AR. Interment will follow at Powell’s Chapel Cemetery in Sharp County with Ronnie Brandon, Jon Wayne Davis, Thomas Burkhalter, Raylee Edwards and Chris Paul serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Brandon, Tylor Burkhalter and Con Spurlock.

 

 

 

Norman Turner

 

Mr. Norman C. Turner, age 64, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, February 25th at his home.

 

He was born to Harold Lee and Mae Velma Smith Turner in De Queen, Arkansas, on July 20, 1949.  He was a former employee of Zachary, Inc., Victoria, Texas, where he served as foreman.  He was veteran of Vietnam, having served in the U.S. Army.  he enjoyed woodworking and spending time with family.

 

He was preceded in death by his father Harold Turner, Sr., a brother, Harold Lee Turner, Jr., a sister, Mary Elliott, and a grandchild, Tannah Sparks.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mae Turner of De Queen two daughters and sons-in-law: Amy and Jeremy Lockeby of De Queen and Renee and Kevin Olsen of Victoria, Texas; four sons and daughters-in-law: Troy Lee Turner of Denton, Texas, Michael and Mildred Johnson of De Queen, Joseph and Bridget Sparks of De Queen, and Daniel and Becky Sparks of Kissimmee, Florida; eleven grandchildren, including Brayden and Devaughn Shelton of De Queen; a brother-in-law, Dan Elliott of Gate City, Virginia; a special Friend, Sharon Harned of De Queen; a nephew, a, niece, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Funeral services for Mr. Norman Turner will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 28th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in the Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral home. 

 

The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

 

Everett Earnest Cupples

 

Everett Earnest Cupples, age 91, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, February 24, 2014, in the Mercy Medical Center in Hot Springs.

He was born April 9, 1922 in Dierks.  He was in the logging business, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a member of the Antioch Missionary  Baptist Church.

 

Mr. Cupples was  preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Thelma D. Chandler Cupples and his parents, Raymond Della Lowery Cupples. 

He is survived by his son, Kenneth R. Cupples; one daughter, Tammie J. Yeargen; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. 

 

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Cupples will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 28, 2014 in the Fellowship Cemetery with Rev. Bobby Neal officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

 

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

 

Harold David Bray

 

 

Mr. Harold David Bray, age 86, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Monday, February 24, 2014 in the Dierks Health and Rehab.

 

He was born April 24, 1927 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. He was a retired sawyer with Weyerhaeuser. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII, and was a Baptist.

 

Mr. Bray was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Lucille Teater Bray; parents, Arthur “Pug” and Brookie Brown Bray; two sons, David Bray and Frank Whaley; one daughter, Gail Whaley Marshall; two great grandsons, Treyton Hogg and Hunter Britt; one great-great grandson, Cade Richbourg; three brothers, Arthur Bray, Hayes Bray and Richard Bray; and one sister, Doris “Humbug” Hooper.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Gay Bray, and Robert and Cindy Bray, all of Dierks; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Connie and Dale Dougan of Nashville, Arkansas, Gwen Whitten of Broken Bow, Cindy Grady of Nashville and Kim and Ricky Lloyd of Dierks; five brothers and four sisters-in-law, Wilburn “Preacher” and Herlene Bray of Broken Bow, Billy and Mary Lou Bray of Bloomburg, Texas, Butch Bray, Jimmie Dale and Pat Bray and Mike and Sheila Bray, all of Broken Bow; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Augustine “Augie” Monk of Wagoner, Oklahoma and Brenda and Jim Ed Moore of Valliant, Oklahoma; 17 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

 

Funeral Services for Mr. Bray will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Rev. Kenny Fant officiating. Burial will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 25th at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

Mrs. Edith Mae Bryant Knight

 

Mrs. Edith Mae Bryant Knight, age 92, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Modesto, California, died Sunday, February 23, 2014 in De Queen Medical Center, De Queen.

 

She was born to Bryace R. and Martha Michael Bryant in Earlsboro, Oklahoma, on July 19, 1921. She was a retired employee of Stanislaus Food Products of Modesto, Calif., as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, and enjoyed crocheting, quilting, sewing, collecting dolls, yard sales, and spending time with family.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her husband of 60 years, William Joel Knight, two Children, Wilma Knight, and William Delton Kight, grandchildren, Richard Howard, Kayla Dyer, and a great-grandchild, DeKota Lewis.

 

She is survived by a son, Jack L. Knight of Modesto, California, two daughters, Madell Scudder of De Queen, and Rita Lewis of Rattan, Oklahoma, twelve grandchildren, Susan, Ronald, David, Cindy, Ricky, Christina, Benjamin, Eric, Roberta, Kyle, Mona,and Summer, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Memorial Services for Mrs. Edith Knight will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, March 10th in the Victory Assembly of God Church, #3 Highway, Rattan, Okla. Lunch will be provided.

 

Wilda Joyce McCown

 

Wilda Joyce McCown was born on November 12, 1922 to Harry Sr. and Eula Bingham McMullen in Paden, Oklahoma. She departed this life on February 21, 2014, in Texarkana, Texas, at the age of 91 years, 3 months, and 9 days.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, two sisters, and an infant grandson.

 

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Clyde McCown of their home in De Queen. She leaves a son, Patrick McCown, and his wife, Joye in Calico Rock, Arkansas. She leaves two grandchildren, Cameron McCown and Robin of Meridian, Idaho, and Amelia McCown of Nampa, Idaho. She is survived by one brother, Kenneth McMullen in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

Known affectionately as “Sister Joyce” because of the selfless way she lived her life in this community; many will remember her for the revival meetings she held in churches of all denominations. She was an effective preacher and soul winner who was an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She held ministry credentials with that denomination for 62 years.

She served as pastor of the De Queen Church of the Nazarene prior to retirement and served as Industrial Chaplain for Pilgrim’s Pride Company in De Queen.

 

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 26th from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen. Funeral services for Rev. Joyce McCown will be held Thursday, February 27th at 2:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen with Chaplain Patrick McCown, Pastor Billy Sullivan, and Pastor Byron Sullivan, and Dr. Russell Branstetter officiating.

 

Flowers and messages may be sent to Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Galdina Gonzalez Rivera

 

Galdina Gonzalez Rivera, age 80, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at her home.

 

She was born April 18, 1933 in Mexico to Amado Gonzalez and Anita Rivera. She was a Catholic.

She is survived by two daughters, Olivia Ruiz of De Queen and Elva Castro of Mexico City, Mexico; one brother, Manuel Maldonado; three sisters, Eulalia Gonzalez, Rosa Garnica and Martha Garnica, all of Mexico City; four grandchildren, Oscar Castro, Tania Ruiz and Diego Ruiz, all of Mexico City, Andrea Ruiz and Yaiden Ruiz, both of De Queen.

 

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in the St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Eddy D’Almeida officiating. Burial followed in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

William Richard "Bill" Weems

 

Mr. William Richard “Bill” Weems, age 88, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 18, 2014, in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born April 2, 1925 in Dierks. He was a laundry supervisor and attended the First Assembly of God Church in Dierks.

 

Mr. Weems was preceded in death by his parents, William Cooper and Nettie Robert Smith Weems; his wife, Helen Weems; three brothers and one sister.

 

He is survived by two sons, Ricky Don Weems and Ronnie Weems; one daughter, Billie Rue Weems, all of Oregon; one grandchild, Jennifer and her husband; one great grandson; one sister, Josie Eudy of Dierks; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Weems will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014 the Sunshine Cemetery in Dierks with J.W. Gilbert officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

 

Viewing will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

 

Hildred Grenita Gray

 

Hildred Grenita Gray, age 71, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, died Monday, February 17, 2014 in Mercy Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

 

She was born February 7, 1943 in Winthrop, Arkansas. She was the first female truck driver for Sevier County Road Department and was a Christian.

 

Mrs. Gray was preceded in death by her parents, John Lionel and Pearlie Mae Milam Briggs and one daughter, Amanda Merworth.

 

She is survived by her husband, Larry Gray; two sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Angelica Fatheree of Nashville, AR and Allen and Lavene Briggs of Grannis, AR; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Dedee Williamson and Glenda and Ray Stinnett all of De Queen, AR, Krystel and Tim Norman of Wickes, AR; two sisters, Kay Canada of Booneville, AR and Thelma Harberson of Lockesburg, AR; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 

A memorial service for Mrs. Gray will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 23, 2014 in the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church with Travis Lane officiating.

 

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Frances Carlene Ward

Mrs. Frances Carlene Ward, age 84, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Dierks Health and Rehab.

 

She was born December 15, 1929 in Gurdon, Arkansas. She was a home health aide, a Baptist; she enjoyed flowers, gardening and hard work.

 

Mrs. Ward was preceded by her husband, Charles Ward; parents, Carl and Sally Lenora Whitlock Forthman.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Pharr of Nashville, Arkansas; one son, Joe Scott of Junction City, Tennessee; five grandchildren, Carla Crawford, Christy Pharr, Eric Boykin, Chris Scott and Shawn Scott.

 

Cremation arrangements by: Wilkerson Funeral Home, Dierks, Arkansas.

 

 

Robert Charles White

 

Mr. Robert Charles White, age 71, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, February 13, 2014 at his home.

 

He was born to James Alfred and Grace Louise Leady White in Gary Indiana on January 31, 1943. He served in the military with the U. S. Marines, and was a retired disc-jockey.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents.

 

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Scott Allen and Marcie White of Indianola, Iowa, two brothers, John White of Charlotte, North Carolina, and William White of Atlanta, Georgia, two sisters, Bonnie Lawrence and Susan White both of Charlotte, North Carolina, and number of nieces and nephews.

 

Private memorial services will be at a later date.

 

Mrs. Donna Mae Williams Wolcott

 

Mrs. Donna Mae Williams Wolcott, age 58, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in a Fort Smith Hospital.

She was born in Texas, on August 27, 1955. She was a former employee of Poulan Home Products, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, and enjoyed needle point, reading, computers, and facebook.

 

She is survived by her husband of over 34 years, Hershal Wolcott of De Queen, two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Ray and April Wolcott of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Lloyd Wayne and Melissa Wolcott of Fort Smith, Arkansas, two grandchildren, Brandon Wolcott and Aaron Wolcott of Fort Smith. She is also survived by her husband’s family, two brothers-in-law, Leonard and his wife, Cathy Wolcott of North Pole, Alaska, and Wayne and his wife, Carrie Wolcott of Cleburne, Texas, two sisters-in-law, Wanda Faye and her husband, Dwight Blackwell of Grandview, Texas, and Gail Davis of Keene, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral Services for Mrs. Donna Wolcott will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 15th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Newman Hance officiating. Burial will follow in the

Beacon Hill Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen on Friday, February 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

 

Jerry Bryce Scott

 

Jerry Bryce Scott, age 78, of Cove, Arkansas passed Saturday, February 8, 2014 at his home.

He was born November 02, 1935 to the late Gilford Jefferson Scott and the late Bernice LaDonna Lance Scott. Jerry married Shirley Milam on August 6, 1986 and was a member of the Cove First Baptist Church. He worked for Tyson as a Cooperation Manager and was a lifelong rancher. Jerry was a Mason with the Masonic Lodge in Hatfield. He loved his family, and sitting on his “coon dog” and visiting with friends about the “good old days”. He will be missed dearly by all.

He is survived by his wife: Shirley Scott of the home; Sons: Dewayne Scott of Cove, Arkansas and Bill Barrett of Vandervoort, Arkansas
Dwight Barrett of Vandervoort, Arkansas; Daughters: Debbie Scott of Cove, Arkansas, Gale Kuykendall of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Peggy Sherrouse of Cove, Arkansas, and Eileen Tuttle of Nashville, Arkansas; Brother: Terry Scott and wife Joan of Cove, Arkansas; Sister: Mary Jean Hazel of Shreveport, Louisiana; Special friend: Frances Jewell of Cove, Arkansas; 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gip and Bernice Scott, first wife, Mary Jo Scott and grandson, Billy Gene Barrett.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Family and friends visitation will be Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Travis Miller, Jody Miller, Kenny Miller, Jr., Kenny Miller, Sr., George Manning, and Roger Wilson.

Honorary pallbearers are Gerald Land, Earl Ricks, Don Youngblood, and Paul Rocha.
 

Ernest Samuel Noey

 

Ernest Samuel Noey went to be with his Lord on the afternoon of Feb. 8th, 2014. He was born at home in the Wallace Hill Community, 1/2 mile west of Water's Store, De Queen, Ar. in 1941.

 

He is survived by his wife of 34 years Jacqueline Noey, his five children and their spouses and children, as well as a 4 great-grandchildren. Living in De Queen are Jewell & Jeremiah Banet and their son Eli; Jeremy & Bridget Noey and their children Sierra, Austin, MacKenzie, & Tucker; Jamie & Adrian Frank and their children Robbie & Kenny. Living in Success, Missouri are Dale Noey and his daughter Lisa. Living in Indiana are Neal & Roseann Noey and their children Matthew and Trisha as well as her husband and children, while their daughter Crystal and her spouse and children live in Alabama.

 

He is also survived by his sister and her family, Ruby & Clarence Vallee, and his many nephews & nieces and their families. He is preceded in death by his father Ernest Murphy Noey and his mother Jessie Beatrice (Stover) Noey.

 

He was an active member of Geneva Missionary Baptist Church. He was known in his community for his musical talent as he sang and played guitar, fiddle, and mandolin at the Sevier County Museum and area nursing homes as well as for his church.

 

He retired from Weyerhaeuser after working there for 32 years. At various times throughout his life he raised chickens, hogs, and cattle. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener who was known for his generosity.

 

He will be missed by all who knew him.

 

Funeral Services for Mr. Ernest Noey will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 12th in the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Travis Lane officiating. Burial will follow in the Wofford's Chapel Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The Family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM

 

 

Della Bonita Slaton

 

Mrs. Della Bonita Slaton, 87, died Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Brookewood Nursing Center in De Queen, Arkansas.

 

She was born to Wesley and Bertha Waits, May 16, 1926 in De Queen, Arkansas.

 

Mrs. Slaton was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Earl (Buddy) Slaton, a brother, Richard Waits and two sisters, Delsey Tollett and Bettye Jayne Ray.

 

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Jim Sharp of Lockesburg and Bonita and Glen Houser of Texarkana, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Earl (Sonny) and Jennie Slaton of Texarkana, Arkansas; 8 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private family service was held.

 

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 2448 E. 81st Street, Suite 3000, Tulsa, OK 74137.

 

 

Abigail Elizabeth Hanway

Abigail Elizabeth Hanway, age 5, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas passed peacefully at home after a three year battle with cancer.

 

Abby was born July 13, 2008 in Texarkana, Texas to Leonard and Katie Langhammer Hanway. Abby was a kindergartner at Horatio Elementary School. Her loves included the color purple, swinging, watering flowers, playing hopscotch, watching Dora, riding her IV pole and surprising people. Most of all she loved playing with her little sister.

 

The Family would like to thank the entire staff of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Temple Memorial Rehab, and Dierksen Hospice for the wonderful, loving care they have provided to our family over the last three years. Abby is survived by her parents, Leonard and Katie Hanway and sister, Alexis; her grandparents, Sylvia Langhammer of Kansas City, Missouri, and James and Virginia Hanway of St. Joseph, Missouri and her great-grandparents, Peter and Carmen Garcia of Kansas City, Missouri. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 11th at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

 

Funeral services will be held in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

Memorials may be made to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative. Donation information is available at http://sarcomahelp.org/donations.htm

 

Paul Edward Revels

Paul Edward Revels, age 47, a resident of Dallas, Texas died Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in Dallas.

 

He was born February 13, 1966 in De Queen. He was an attorney and a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen. Paul loved dogs and worked with the Dalmatian Rescue Unit in Dallas.

 

Paul is survived by his parents, Ed and Arlene Revels; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Susan Fitzsimmons and Dee Ann and Ronnie Toye; one brother and sister-in-law, Greg and Maribeth Revels all of De Queen; 3 nieces, 3 nephews and 3 great-nieces.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 8, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Lockesburg Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, February 7th at the funeral home.

 

 

Julie Ann Johnson Matias

Julie Ann Johnson Matias, age 55, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, died Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at her home.

 

She was born September 17, 1958 in Des Moines, Iowa. She was a former employee of Tyson Foods.

 

Mrs. Matias was preceded in death by her mother, Golda Ruth DeCamp Johnson.

 

She is survived by her husband, Jose Matias of Calhoun, Georgia; her father, James R. Johnson of Iowa; two sons, Daniel Flores and wife Brittney of Winthrop, Arkansas and Freddie Flores and fiancé Krystal of Cove, Arkansas; one daughter, Alicia Flores of De Queen, Arkansas; three brothers, Jimmy Johnson, Jerry Johnson and Kenny Johnson all of Iowa; one sister, Bonnie Morris of Minnesota; five grandchildren, Clint, Sierra, Garrett, Sharon and Nathaniel; her aunt and uncle, Lillian and Robert Green of Mena, Arkansas; a number of nieces and nephews and a special friend, Harley.

 

Funeral Services for Mrs. Matias will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Crossroads Baptist Church with Gary Steiner officiating. Burial will follow in the Gravelly Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

The family will receive friends from 9:00-10:00 a.m., Saturday, at Crossroads Baptist Church.

 

Arlis Ray Baker

 

Mr. Arlis Ray Baker, age 74, of Vandervoort, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in Mena.

 

He was born January 26, 1940 in Cove, Arkansas to the late James Elmer Baker and the late Mattie Pearl Cornelius Baker.  He was happily married for 52 years to Eula Fay Morrison.  Arlis was a logger by trade and also took great pride as a member of the Vandervoort Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a member of the Vandervoort “Local Bunch Hunting Club”, but his true love was his family, who will miss him greatly.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Authur and Elizabeth Morrison, and 4 brothers, Benny, Arnold, Buddy and Leon Baker.

 

He is survived by:

Wife:    Eula Fay Baker of the home

Children:   Tina Jewell and husband Terry of Vandervoort, Arkansas; Darla Barrett and husband Dwight of Vandervoort, Arkansas; Terry Ray Baker and wife Rhonda of Mena, Arkansas

Grandchildren:     Derek and Lindsey Barrett, Dylan and Morgan Barrett, Samantha Jewell, Brooke and Caleb McReynolds, Natasha and Johnathon Neal and Mary Miller

Great-Grandchildren: Dakota Barrett, Dylan Ray Barrett II, Colter and Brentlee McReynolds and
                                        Hunter Neal 

Brothers:   Doug and Marie Baker and Charles and Becky Baker

Brother-Law:  Franklin and Cheryl Morrison

Sisters-in-Law:   Joyce Wilson, Mary Ritter and Joan Morrison

Special Friends:   Freddie and Diane Baker

Several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends too great to mention

 

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Church of the Nazarene at Cove with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating.  Interment follows in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Friday evening, February 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 

 

 

Fern Carol LeMay Gum

 

Fern Carol LeMay Gum, age 72, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, February 3, 2014 in Texarkana, Texas.

 

She was born July 28, 1941 in Tehachapi, California to James Edward and Della Lilian Carson LeMay.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Crystal McGraw; four brothers, Charles “Lucky” LeMay, James Edward LeMay, Robert Edward LeMay and Gene LeMay and son-in-law, Willie White.

 

She is survived by one daughter, Carol White of De Queen; one son, Rodney LeMay of Texarkana, Arkansas; two brothers, Albert Edward LeMay of Colorado and John E. LeMay of Tennessee; six sisters, Annie Case of South Carolina, Mary Lewis of California, Betty Wayman of Kansas, Wilma Watson of Colorado, Ruth Davis of Texas and Jean LeMay of Colorado; four grandchildren, Brooke Guerrero and Perfecto Guerrero both of De Queen, Willie L. White III and Machiko White both of Seattle, Washington; six great-grandchildren, Zorayda Guerrero, Armani Guerrero, Neftalin White, Abisai DeJesus, Crystal White and Andrea White and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Memorial services are pending.

 

 

Mr. Thomas Edward Jackson

 

 

 

Wanda Sorrels Click

 

 

Claude Ray “Sonny” Downs

 

Mr. Claude Ray “Sonny” Downs, age 76, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, January 29th at his home.

 

He was born to Haskell Lee and Nellie Florence Swagger Downs in Picher, Oklahoma, on December 25, 1937. He served in the military, had worked in the uranium mines in Grants, New Mexico, and was a retired mechanic. He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Mike Whitney.

 

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Phillip Ray and Karen Downs and Steven Ray Downs all of De Queen, two daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and James Simmons and Debbie and Sid Stahlman all of De Queen, two brothers, Robert Whitney of Gillham, and Russell Whitney of De Queen, two sisters, Barbara Curtis of De Queen, and Dolly Jaramillo of Grants, New Mexico, ten grandchildren, Davin, Sherri, Megan, Elizabeth, Jayden, and Isabelle Downs, Jason and Kevin Johnson, and Jared and Stacie Simmons, eight great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral Services for Mr. Sonny Downs will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 1st In the Chandler Funeral home Chapel with Rev. Byron Sullivan officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, January 31st from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

 

 

Alta Vastine Montgomery Hendricks

 

Mrs. Alta Vastine Montgomery Hendricks, age 90, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, January 27, 2014, in the De Queen Medical Center, De Queen.

She was born to Elmer Lee and Kate May Williamson Montgomery, in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on February 9, 1923. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church, and was a loving mother and homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, walking, and spending time with her family.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Ray Hendricks in 1986, her parents, and her siblings, Ray Montgomery, Alvie Montgomery, Alfus Montgomery, Cleo “Dutch” Montgomery, Ella Faye Ridley, Lucy Pennington, and Laverne Gore.

 

She is survived by a daughter, Kay Cassels of Lewisville, Texas, a granddaughter, Carey Lynne’ and Byron Bailey of Dallas, Texas, a brother, Manton Montgomery of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews, including Judy Tomilson, Jane McKinley, Ronnie Montgomery, Sammy Hendricks, Elizabeth Wilson, Myrtle Sims, and John Cleve Hendricks.

 

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Alta Hendricks will be held at 3:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 29th in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, De Queen, with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating., under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 28th.

 

 

 

Bob Whitt

 

Bob Whitt, 88, of Eagletown, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday January 26, 2014 on a beautiful winter morning at his home in Eagletown.

 

He was born November 1, 1925 the son of J.A. Whitt and May Scaggs Whitt in Purdy, Oklahoma.

 

Bob entered the Navy in 1944 . During his service he received a Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. He was very proud of his service to his country. Bob had fought a long hard battle with brain cancer. Fighting the cancer with true dignity with his daughter, Bobbie by his side and holding his hand till the lord called him home.

He had lived in Eagletown since 1964 moving here from Lindsay, Oklahoma. Bob was a retired fireman with the Lindsay Fire Department and a volunteer fireman with the Eagletown Fire Department. Bob was a Christian, having been baptized on September 12, 2010 in Eagletown, Oklahoma. He was a very active member of the Eagletown Assembly of God Church. He was awarded the oldest father and the oldest veteran at the Eagletown Assembly of God over the last few years. Bob had a love of the outdoors and everything it held, from the beautiful views at deer camp to the peacefulness of the streams and lakes he fished. He was known far and wide for making his black bug lures. He is now fishing his favorite fishing hole in heaven with all his family and friends.

 

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Edith Tanneyhill and her husband Nig Tanneyhill, brother, Pat Eugene Whitt, Brother in laws, Royce Melott and Johnny Mayfield. He leaves to cherish his memory, Daughter Bobbie Mayfield of Eagletown, Oklahoma; Sister, Helen Melott of Gainesville, Texas; a brother, Paul Whitt and wife Linda of Eagletown, Oklahoma; Granddaughter, Jerri Ann Fick and husband Chris, Grandson, Clifton Lindsey and wife Ruth and five Great grandchildren. Special nieces and nephews, Thomas Whitt, Theresa Whitt, Alan Whitt and J.R. Barrera and a very special friend Betty Murry.

 

Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.at the Bunch- Singleton Funeral Home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

 

Services will be Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home Chapel in Broken Bow, Oklahoma with Interment in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Commanche, Oklahoma. The family request donations be made to the Eagletown Senior Citizens Center in Eagletown, Oklahoma. Services are under the direction of Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

 

 

James Franklin "Willie" Williams

 

James Franklin "Willie" Williams, age 67, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, January 25, 2014, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born on February 5, 1946, in Sevier County Arkansas. He was an Army Veteran, employee of De Queen School System; he was a Christian and attended the Greens Chapel Methodist Church.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents, Lyde B., Sr. and Helen Marjorie Kiser Williams.

 

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Janes Williams; one son and daughter-in-law, Jody and Kristel Williams; two daughters and sons-in-law, Amanda and Byron Garcia and Charlie and Keith Sorrels all of De Queen; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Lyde, Jr. and Glenda Williams and Earl and Lenda Williams all of De Queen; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and James A. Harris of Umpire, Arkansas; ten grandchildren, Chealsie and (Ben) McColley, Kennedy Williams, Dallas Gammon, Alexis and Cameron Hankins, Emily Garcia, Blake and Montana Sorrels and Little Willie on the way; two great grandchildren, Timothy McColley and Luke on the way; a number of nieces and nephews and many friends.

Funeral services for Willie Williams will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 29, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Robert Lyons officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 28th at the funeral home.

You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mrs. Britta Christina Kiepen Nunn

Mrs. Britta Christina Kiepen Nunn, age 55, a resident of De Queen, died Sunday, January 26th in De Queen Medical Center, De Queen.

 

She was born to Horst F. and Margaret J. Reuling Kiepen in Deuesseldorf, Germany, on February 12, 1958. She attended the De Queen Assembly of God, and enjoyed cooking, crafts, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her father.

 

She is survived by her husband, Roger Nunn of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Patricio Marrufo of Hot Springs, Arkansas, her mother, Margaret Kiepen of De Queen, a sister, Carol Logan of Panama City, Florida, two grandbabies, Samantha Marrufo, and Eleyna Marrufo both of Hot Springs, her niece, Andrea Kiepen of Sacramento, Calif.

 

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

 

 

Mr. Gary Chenoweth

 

Mr. Gary Chenoweth, age 50, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, January 25, 2014 in a Texarkana hospital.

 

He was born to Nolan Jerald and Kay Frances Dodds Chenoweth at De Queen, Arkansas on July 21, 1963. Gary was a Christian, and enjoyed reading the Bible. He was a rancher, and enjoyed spending time with his children, and hunting, and fishing.

 

He is survived by four sons: Dustin Nolan Chenoweth and Hunter Nolan Chenoweth both of De Queen, Jacob Elijah Chenoweth and Isaiah Daniel Chenoweth both of Mena, Ark.; three daughters and a son-in-law, Julia Kaylyn and Jesse Dean Cogburn of Russellville, Ark., Cheyenne Autumn Chenoweth of De Queen, and Hannah Noelle Chenoweth of Mena, his parents, Nolan Jerald and Kay Chenoweth of De Queen, two sisters, Teresa Blanchett and Terri Cox both of De Queen.

 

Graveside funeral Services for Mr. Gary Chenoweth will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 26th in the Pullman Cemetery with Bro. Steve Chenoweth officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Curtis Lloyd Gillihan

 

Curtis Lloyd Gillihan, age 71, a resident of Wilton, Arkansas died Wednesday, January 22, 2014, in Texarkana, Texas.

 

He was born on December 29, 1942, in Alleene, Arkansas. He was a Millwright for Domtar for 40 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wilton.

 

Mr. Gillihan was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Lloyd Gillihan.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Stuart Gillihan; one son and daughter-in-law, James and Brandy Gillihan of Alleene, AR; two daughters, Donna Jewell and fiancé Calvin Blackaby of Lockesburg, AR and Kathy Collvins of Ashdown, AR; his mother and step-father, Bonnie and Weldon Morrow of Foreman, AR; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Clarence and Nita Gillihan of Mena, AR and Terry Gillihan of Amarillo, TX; one sister, Gay Strickland of Ashdown, AR; three granddaughters, Nikki Jewell, Monica Jewell and Stephanie Blake; one great-granddaughter, Kendall Marie Blake and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services for Mr. Gillihan will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2014, in the Alleene Community Building with Trampus Black officiating. Burial will follow in the Alleene Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

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

 

 

Robert Pettigrew

 

Mr. Robert Carroll Pettigrew, age 70, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, January 21st in the De Queen Medical Center.

 

He was born to Jace Joseph and Alice Marie Greathouse Pettigrew in De Queen, Arkansas, on February 25, 1953, and was a retired diesel mechanic.  Mr. Pettigrew enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all, he was devoted to his family and absolutely adored his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Peggy Cross Pettigrew; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert Pettigrew, Jr. and DeWayne and Holly Ann Pettigrew, all of Horatio; six grandchildren Shaw Marie Johnson, William Robert Pettigrew, Dallas Carroll Pettigrew, Michael Edward Pettigrew, Andrew DeWayne Pettigrew, and Ashley Lauren Jackson all of Horatio' six great-grandchildren, Joseph, Juwayne, Akeelah, Jacee Ann, Harlee Ann, and Wyatt as well as other family members.

 

Funeral Services for Mr. Robert Pettigrew will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25th in the Old Center Church with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating.  burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.  Visitation will be general.

 

 

Marilyn Branson Ferguson

 
Marilyn Joyce Ferguson, age 58,  of Garvin, OK passed from this life Monday January 20, 2014, close to her home in Garvin, Oklahoma.

 

She was born the daughter William “Billy” Branson and Estalee Bard Branson in De Queen, Arkansas and lived here in McCurtain County most of her life. She worked as a Federal Employee with USDA. Marilyn loved being with her children and grandchildren, and also loved traveling, cooking, and reading the Bible.


She was preceded in death by her sister, Mona Shelton.


Marilyn leaves to cherish her loving memories; her parents, William “Billy” and Estalee Branson of Gillham, Arkansas; her husband Gary Ferguson of the home; two daughters, LeeAnn Thrasher and Husband Galen of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and Stacie Jo Evans and Husband Ryan of Garvin, Oklahoma; one brother, Jim Branson and wife Amy of Stuttgart, Arkansas; two sisters; Beth Ann Ward of Gillham, Arkansas, and Jeanette Lemke and husband Todd of Midlothian, Texas;  five grandchildren, Kalin Watkins, Shane Blankenship, Joe Bailey Watkins, Garrett Dixon, and Ryder Evans, and a host of other family and friends.

 

Visitation will be at Norwood-Nation Funeral Home Chapel in Idabel, Ok Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Funeral services for Mrs. Ferguson will be at 10:00 a.m. in Norwood-Nation Chapel Friday, January 24, 2014.  Interment will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery.

 
 
 

Vicky Lou Loftis

Vicky Lou Loftis, age 71, a resident of Seagoville, Texas, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.

 

She was born on October 17, 1942 in Pocola, Oklahoma to Claude Burton and Elouise Marie Gill Loftis. She was a mother and grandmother with a fun loving spirit. She had endearing laugh. Vicky was a world traveler and had many friends.

 

Vicky was preceded in death by her parents.

 

She is survived by three sons, Dickey Felix Caudle, Jeffery Dale Caudle and Jamie Ray Trinkle; one daughter, Kina Von Caudle Westbrook; three sisters, Virginia Leona Loftis McCauley, Vanita Loretta Loftis Foster and Vonda Lee Loftis Johnson; three grandchildren, Jeffrey Wade Caudle, Casey Nichole Caudle and Dickey Wyatt Caudle; two nephews, Michael Richard McCauley, Bradley Loftis Foster and one niece, Leah Foster Warren.

 

Graveside Funeral Services for Vicky will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2014, in the Horatio Cemetery with John Gutierres officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Clarene Sherman Helms

 

 
 

Linda Gail McCoy
 

Linda Gail McCoy, 52 of Eagletown, Oklahoma passed away on Saturday January 18, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was born on March 18, 1961 in Idabel, Oklahoma to J.T. Frachiseur and Nora Mae Liles Tadlock. Linda was a former USDA Inspector.  She loved crafting  and spending time with her grandchildren.  She and her husband, James McCoy were married on March 24, 2000 in Linden, TX. They made their home in Eagletown, Ok.

 

Linda was preceded in death by her parents J.T. Frachiseur and Nora Mae Liles Tadlock.

 

Linda is survived by and leaves to cherish her memory her  Husband, James of the home; Daughters, Cindy Evans of Texarkana, AR.,  Gena Flowers of Gillham, AR.  and Johnna Hadley and husband Kelly of Eagletown, OK. ; Grand Children Jasmine and Ivy Wigley and one on the way; Sisters Janice Bagley and husband Terry of Grannis, AR., and Rhonda Crawford of Grannis, AR. , Katrina Sanders of Cabot, AR., Sandy Francis of Benton, AR., Debbie Liles of California.; Brothers Rocky Liles of Linden, TX., Richard Dixon of Grannis, AR., Russell Dixon of Broken Bow, OK.; Stepmother June Frachiseur, and a host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, extended family and friends.

 

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 21,2014  from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bunch – Singleton Funeral Home in Broken Bow, Ok.  Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Eagletown Cemetery in Eagletown, OR. With Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating. Services are under the direction of Bunch –Singleton Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be sent to www.bunchsingleton.com

 

 

Leon Woodard, Sr.

Mr. William Leon Woodard, Sr., age 64, a resident of Gilliam, Arkansas, died Saturday, January 18th in Gillham, Arkansas.

 

He was born to Melvin Dean and Christine Sudie Glossup Woodard in Cortez, Colorado, on June 25, 1949. He was retired from Lane Poultry, and was a member over 25 years at the Sevier County Development Center, De Queen. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Gilliam and enjoyed singing and playing the guitar, painting, and playing dominoes.

He was preceded in death by his father, and a sister, Judy Ann Cheatham.

 

He is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Doris M. Dowty Woodard of Gillham, two sons, William Woodard and Charles Woodard both of Gillham, his mother, Christine Oglesby of De Queen, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Diane Oglesby, and Gary and Marsha Oglesby all of De Queen, a sister, Linda Hodges of Pine Grove, Louisiana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral Services for Mr. Leon Woodard will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 22nd in the Pleasant Grove Church of the Nazarene, Cove, Arkansas, with Rev. E. A. Edwards and Rev. Ron Newberry officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Cove, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 21st from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M.

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Lynn Beckwith Albiter

 

Charlotte Lynn Beckwith Albiter, age 47, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, January 18, 2014 at her home.

 

She was born July 6, 1966 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a former employee of Pilgrim’s Pride and a member of the Pentecostal Church.

Mrs. Albiter was preceded in death by her father, Louis Homer Beckwith; one sister, Sherry Shaw; and one grandson, Michael Medina.

 

She is survived by her mother, Lorene Mullinax; one sister, Annette Sanchez; two sons and daughters-in-law, Eric and Keshia Medina and Derrick and Maria Medina, all of De Queen; three grandchildren, Addison, Emily, and Abigail Medina; two nieces, Brittany Sanchez and Chelsea Sanchez; two nephews, JD Sanchez and JJ Sanchez; and several aunts and uncles.

 

Funeral services for Mrs. Albiter will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas with Charles Ligon officiating. Burial will follow in the Avon Cemetery in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

 
 

Susie (Sue) Rogers

Susie (Sue) Rogers, age 77, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, and former resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Saturday, January 18, 2014, in Texarkana.

She was born to Roy and Mella Price Rogers at Grannis, Arkansas on June 4, 1936. She was a retired employee of Tyson Foods, and enjoyed cooking crocheting, gardening, crafts, but her passion was camping at Cossatot Reefs.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Dave Rogers, a sister and brother-in-law, Janie and Harvey Robb, and a brother-in-law, Carl Dean Kidwell.

 

She is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Bonnie Kidwell of Rogers, Arkansas, and Ruby and Bobby Smedley of Texarkana, Texas, four nephews, Jimmy Rogers, James Robb, Jerry Robb, and Scott Smedley, five nieces, Jody Higgins, Cherri Smedley Wheeler, Rhonda Wilbourn, Kimberly Smedley, and Carla Amsden, and a number of other relatives.

 

No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Cathy Belcher Cole

 

Cathy Belcher Cole, age 57, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Friday, January 17, 2014 at her home.

 

Mrs. Cole was born December 29, 1956, in De Queen, Arkansas.  she was retired from Willis Knighten Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg and served on the board of the Belleville Cemetery Association.

 

Mrs. Cole was preceded in death by her father, Harold Belcher of Lockesburg.

 

She is survived by her husband, Webster Cole of Texarkana' her mother, Lucille Belcher of Lockesburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Wayne Williamson of De Queen; one nephew, Brian Williamson and wife, Kimmie of Bryant, Arkansas; one niece, Amber Wagner and husband, Steven of De Queen; two great-nephews, Avery and Sutton Williamson of Bryant and one great-niece, Mabry Wagner of De Queen.

 

A memorial service for Mrs. Cole will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2014 in the Belleville Methodist Church with Rev. jack Gilliland and Steve Cole officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK  73123-1718 or the Belleville Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 41, Lockesburg, AR  71846.

The family will be Cathy's home.  The address is 4350 Hwy 71, Lockesburg.

 

 

Mr. Jesse Raymond Boler

 

Mr. Jesse Raymond Boler, age 74, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 15th in the Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

 

He was born to Luther and Carrie Goodrum Boler at Nashville, Arkansas, on August 20, 1939. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the U. S. Air Force, retiring in 1979. After his retirement from the military, he worked for Day & Zimmerman at Hooks, Texas, the Sevier County Farmers Co-op, and Weyerhaueser. Mr. Boler was a member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed deer hunting, and vegetable gardening.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Dale Boler, Lewis Boler, Leon “Punk” Boler, Lonard “Buck” Boler, Charles Boler, and Louise “Pat” Isley, and a son-in-law, Paul McCullough.

 

Jesse is survived by his wife of almost 48 years, Linda Birge Boler of De Queen, two daughters and a son-in-law, Regina McCullough of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Renee and Clint Cook of De Queen, three grandsons, Shelby Cook of De Queen, Zachary McCullough and Tyler McCullough both of Fairbanks, Alaska, a granddaughter, Sydney Cook of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Graveside funeral services with military rites will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 18th in the Valley Cemetery, Gillham with Micah Martin officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, January 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

Mrs. Inez Marie Manasco

 

 

Jerald Clinton Friday

 

Jerald Clinton Friday, 80, of Hot Springs went to be with the Lord on January 9, 2014. He was born September 17, 1933 in Horatio to Harry and Ida Friday. Jerald was a member of Leonard Street Baptist Church and Navy and Marine Veteran of the Korean War. He served as a pastor at several churches. He worked in logging and as an investigator with UPS.


He is predeceased by his parents, wife of 56 years, Laverne Friday, brother, Herbert Harrison Friday, Jr. and step-son, Perry Hearnsberger.


Loving survivors include his wife of 5 years, Leta Joan Myers Hearnsberger Friday, son, Paul (Linda) Friday, daughter, Tenna (Jimmy Stevens) Soria, daughter, Penny (Larry) McCaslin, step-sons, Terry (Sharon) Hearnsberger, Kerry (Victoria) Hearnsberger and Berry (Ruthie) Hearnsberger, 38 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m., Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 13, 2014 at the funeral Home with Pastor Dan Eakin officiating.


Pallbearers are Paul Friday, Kerry Hearnsberger, Terry Hearnsberger, Berry Hearnsberger, Andy Worley and Rogie Hutchenson. Honorary pallbearers are Arlie Staggs, Nelvin Friday, Ed Jones and Jimmy Stevens.


The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Mercy Hospital and Arkansas Hospice.

 

Chad Everett Williamson

Chad Everett Williamson, age 41, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 8th in the Little River Memorial Hospital.

 

He was born to Delmon E. and Brenda Sue Griffin Williamson on September 19, 1972 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was an employee of Pilgrim’s, and a member of the Williamson Community Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.

 

He is survived by a son, Brandon Everett Williamson of De Queen, his mother, Brenda Shoals of Ashdown, his father and step-mother, Delmon and Joan Williamson of De Queen, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Amber Williamson of De Queen, Scott and Lacie Williamson of Horatio, a sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Keith Short of Horatio, four aunts, Wanda McWhorter, Barbara Boone, Elaine Duggan, and Lorraine Adcock, and a number of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a step-brother, Jimmy and his wife, Cathy Eastman of De Queen, a step-sister, Kristi and her husband, James Heikes of Lockesburg, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

 

Funeral Services for Mr. Chad Williamson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 11th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, January 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

Mrs. Annette Louise Moshier Petty

 

 

Mrs. Judith Nancy Shockley Durham

 

 

Mrs. Ella Faye Perry

 

Mrs. Ella Faye Perry, age 85, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in the Brookewood Nursing and Rehab, De Queen.

 

She was born to Tobe William and Sarah Elizabeth Fagan Perry in Cooper, Texas, on September 20, 1928. She was a homemaker, and attended the Church of Christ. She enjoyed reading, drawing, cooking, and sewing.

She was preceded in death by her children, Nelda Frances Boles, Aubrey Lee Boles, Janice Sellers, Rosemary Boles, and a grandchild, Angel Sellers.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Nolen Boles of De Queen, and Tobe and Marie Boles of Yorktown, Texas, two daughters, Nancy Louise Easlon of Eagletown, Okla., Frances Darlene and Ray Salinas of De Queen. 28 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

 

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Ella Perry will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 4th In Chapel Hill Cemetery with Bobby Tatum, minister officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday,January 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Mr. Larry Dennis Bottoms

 

 

Harriet Lynn Meeks

 

Harriet Lynn Meeks, affectionately called, Lynn, age 67, a resident of Whitewright, Texas, and former resident of De Queen, died Saturday, December 28, 2013 in Texoma Medical Center, Dennison, Texas.

 

She was born to Franklin and Esther Houser Meeks at De Queen, Arkansas, on February 21, 1946. Lynn was a graduate of De Queen High School in 1964, and was retired from Texas Instruments, Sherman, Texas. She was a member of the Union Community Church, and enjoyed reading, and flower gardening.

 

Lynn was preceded in death by her parents.

 

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and LeAnn Meeks of Texarkana, Arkansas, a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jerry Hubbard of Magnolia, Arkansas, three nephews, Bryan Meeks, Daniel Meeks both of Texarkana, Matt Hubbard of Little Rock, two nieces, Kim Meeks of Texarkana, and Jennifer Marshall of Golden, Colorado, an uncle, Bobby Meeks of Yuma, Arizona, and a number of cousins.

 

Graveside funeral services for Lynn Meeks will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, January 2nd in the Avon Cemetery with Rev. Matt Hubbard officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. No visitation is scheduled.

 

Rev. Richard R. Bolt

 

 

Services to celebrate the life of Rev. Richard R. Bolt, 63, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at Point Chapel Assembly of God Church in Doyline, LA. Services will be conducted by Richard’s dear friend, Rev. Bob Fant, Pastor of First Assembly of God Church in Springdale, AR. Interment will follow in Old Center Cemetery, DeQueen, AR at 3:30p.m. The family will receive guests on Monday evening between the hours of 5-7p.m. at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, Haughton, LA.

 

Richard was born April 24, 1950, in De Queen, AR to parents, James Walter and Edna L. (Green) Bolt. He left this life to join his heavenly father on Thursday, December 26th, 2013. Richard was a 1968 graduate of DeQueen High School and went on to attend Texarkana Community College and Southwestern Assembly of God College in Waxahatchie, TX. He was in the Assemblies of God ministry for forty years in the states of TX, AR, MS, and LA and was a member of the Ministerial Association. Richard also built Canaan Assembly of God Church in Booneville, MS. His ministry was dedicated to the construction and refurbishment of churches and related facilities.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents; step-father, General James Carter; and his brother, James Randy Bolt.

 

He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Hicks) Bolt; daughters, Richelle Shelton and husband Jeff of Cleveland, TN, Angela Jennings and husband Mike of Haughton, LA, and Tamara Hillmer and husband Casey of Waterford, MS; grandchildren, Josh Hillmer, Guy Shelton, Cole Shelton, Drew Jennings, Carter Hillmer, Richard Jennings, and Cailey Hillmer; sisters, Lavada Munoz and husband Frank of East Longmeadow, MA, Laverne Addington and husband Don of DeQueen, AR; brother, Mike Carter and wife Pam of Dierks, AR; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

 

 

 

Mr. Randall Dewayne “Randy” Honea

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Maylene Grace Southworth Alexander

 

 

Cephis M. Hall

 

Cephis M. Hall, age 72, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma died Tuesday, December 24, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

He was born May 10, 1941 near Dierks, Arkansas, to the late Robert and Elsie (Perrin) Hall. He graduated from Horatio High School in 1960. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Cephis worked with his family throughout his younger years as a logger and construction worker. In 1990 Cephis and his family moved to Hochatown where they owned and operated a rock shop until his health failed.

 

He was an active member of the McCurtain Gem and Mineral Club in Idabel, OK where he previously served as president and vice president. He was currently show chairman. He loved to do school programs all over the state of Oklahoma and field trips to hunt quartz crystals to help study Gods creation in earth science.

 

Cephis and his special friend Sid Love discovered and excavated the rarest find in McCurtain County, the Acrocanthosarus. A mounted cast became the center piece of the Museum of the Red River in Idabel, OK, later to become the State Fossil of Oklahoma.

 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joyce Ann (Bailey) Hall; two daughters and a son-in-law, Angela and Michael Wilson of Andover, Kansas and April De Foor of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Channa Hall of Eagletown, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Marissa De Foor, Connor Wilson and Bailey Ann Hall; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, James and Dorothy Hall and Lemuel Hall all of De Queen, Douglas and Jerri Hall of Littleton, Colorado and Roger and Nola Hall of De Queen; a special family friend, Mickey Tinney of Winnsboro, Texas and a number of nieces, nephews, and a host of family and friends.

 

Funeral services for Mr. Hall will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Keith Bean and Wayne Edgar officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

 

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

 

 

 

Marie Ester Powell

 

Marie Ester Powell, age 75, of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013 in Texarkana, Texas.

 

 She was born May 2, 1938 in Lisbon, Louisiana to the late Edgar Kuykendall and the late Momel Johnson Kuykendall. She was married to the late Barom Powell and was a homemaker by profession. Marie was a member of the Wickes Nazarene church in Wickes. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, sister, aunt and a friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed.

 

 She is survived by:

  Sons:                 Jeff Kuykendall and wife Sandra of Horatio, Arkansas

                             William (JR) Powell and wife Regina of Vandervoort, Arkansas

 

 Daughters:        Cindy Turnbough and husband James of Wickes, Arkansas

                              Noreen Pierce and husband Robert of Hatton, Arkansas

                              Nancy House and husband Bryan of Cove, Arkansas

 

Sister:                  Stella Gathright and husband James of Lockesburg, Arkansas

                            

Brother:              Frank Kuykendall of Timpson, Texas

 

Fourteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Momel Kuykendall, husband, Barom Powell, child, Travis Powell, grandchild, Liz Turnbough, great-grandchild, Ryan Pierce, brothers , Raymond Kuykendall, James Paul Kuykendall, Floyd Kuykendall, sisters, Margarette Brock, and Helen Brock.

Graveside services will be Thursday, December 26, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas with Brother Leon McClesky officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

 

Pallbearers will be Tanner Powell, Tristian Powell, Wayne Shelton, Waylon Shelton, John Brock,  Lazaro Perez, Daniel Lindsey, and Eddie Drent.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Pierce, Bryan House, James Turnbough, and Corky Randall.

 

Jose Guadalupe Vega

 

Jose Guadalupe Vega, age 70, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 in Texarkana, Texas.

 

He was born April 22, 1943 in San Lucas, Guanajuato, Mexico. He was employed by Pilgrim’s Pride and was Catholic.

 

Visitation for Mr. Vega will be held from 1-6 p.m., Sunday, December 22, 2013 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

 

An all-night vigil will begin at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, at the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center.

 

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 23, 2013 at the Pastoral Center with Father Eddy D’Almeida officiating.

 

 

 

James William “Willie” Irvan

 

 

Mr. James William “Willie” Irvan, age 82, a resident of Mountainburg, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in St. Edwards Mercy Hospital, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

 

He was born to William Henry and Maudie Ethel Collum Irvan in Horatio, Arkansas, on January 18, 1931. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served with the U. S. Air Force. He was owner and operator at Frozen Food Express, and was a Baptist. He enjoyed truck driving, hunting, fishing, and visiting with and teasing family and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, E. L. Irvan, and a daughter, Patsy Irvan, and a great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Ackerman.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Irvan of Mountainburg, Arkansas, two sons and daughters-in-law, James William, Jr. “Bill” and Virginia Irvan of Mountainburg, Arkansas, and Carroll and Laura Stewart of Abbeville, Georgia, two daughters and a son-in-law, Terry DeLaGarza of New Boston, Texas, and Toni and Tracy Guymon of Waxahachie, Texas, a brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy Lee and Mary Jane Woodall of Horatio, Ark., a sister, Judy Booth of Carrolton, Texas, thirteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Willie Irvan will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, December 21st in the Horatio Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas with Bro. Heath Daniel officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends and family at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, December 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

 

J.W. Ragan

 

 

J.W. Ragan was born February 7, 1939 in O’Donnell, Texas, the son of Luther and Jewell Swan Ragan.  He passed from this life December 16, 2013 at De Queen, Arkansas at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 6 days. 

 

J.W. served in the National Guard and had lived in McCurtain County for the past 51 years, moving here from Arkansas.  He was a member of the Eagletown First United Methodist Church and a retired Heavy Equipment Operator.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on vehicles.  J.W. was also an avid OU fan.  He and Ann Cockrell were united in marriage on September 2, 1962 in Eagletown. 

 

J.W. was preceded in death by his parents and an Aunt and Uncle, Madge and Bill Davis. 

 

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 51 years, Ann Ragan; son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Angie Ragan of Eagletown; daughters and son-in-law, Shawn and Mike Slider of Lockesburg, Arkansas and Charlotte Bray of Haileyville, Oklahoma; brothers, Wayne Watterson of New Iberia, LA, Pete Watterson of Tucson, AZ, Butch Ragan of Splendora, TX, Jackie Ragan of Phoenix, AZ, Grady Matthews of Humble, TX, Thomas Matthews of New Iberia, LA and Cy Davis of Eagletown; sisters, Patsy Brown of Albuquerque, NM, Top Shelton and Betty Chapman Smith both of Eagletown; grandchildren, Ethan Slider, Ty Slider, Craig and Bridgette Chaney, Cara Chaney, Robert Taylor, Meshalia Ragan, Zac Ragan, Travis Ruth and Madison Yandell; great-grandchildren, Jaiden Chaney, Keaton Chaney, Kenleigh Chaney, Jacee Chaney and Damion Watson; sister-in-law, Molly Reid of Altus, Oklahoma; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ernest and Jill Cockrell of  San Jose, California, Curtis Diann Cockrell of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Dan and Karen Cockrell of Tulsa, Oklahoma;  and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.   

 

Carl Wayne Canada

 

Carl Wayne Canada, age 62, a resident of Greenwood, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 12, 2013, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

He was born August 12, 1951, in Hepner, Oregon. He was retired from D&E Railroad and loved hunting, gardening and motorcycles.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Betty Pitchford Canada.

 

He is survived by his wife, Vicky Whitten Canada of Greenwood, Arkansas; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Josh and Daniela Canada of Wickes, Arkansas and Dustin Hennard of Little Rock, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Jason Hill of Nashville, Arkansas; two brothers, Jimmy Canada of Blanchard, Louisiana and Billy Canada of Pineville, Missouri; one sister, Susan Taylor of Greenwood, Arkansas; his step-mother, Carol Canada of Greenwood, Arkansas; a special uncle and aunt, Bill and Evalee Carter of Duncan, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Brady, Damon, Adalyn, Trent and Whitten and a host of close friends.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 16, 2013, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Ronnie Deal officiating. Burial will follow in the Athens Cemetery.

 

Mrs. Gladys Lissie Keaster Golden

 

 

James (Jim) Baker Hill

 

James (Jim) Baker Hill passed away on December 11, 2013 in Nashville, Arkansas. He was born in Nashville and loved his hometown until his death. He attended Nashville High School, the University of Arkansas and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Henderson State University. Hill married Charlotte Byrd of Gurdon in 1968. He was the proud father to Jenifer Hill Kendrick (Conway) and Allison Hill Worthen (Little Rock) and loved his sons-in-law Greg Kendrick (Conway) and Phillip Worthen (Little Rock) as if they were his own. His greatest joy without question was spending time with his beloved grandchildren Baker Kendrick, Caroline Worthen, Audrey Kendrick, Will Worthen and Ellen Kendrick. Mr. Hill is survived by these beloved family members, as well as his brother John Hill of Texarkana, and sister Ree Hill Cunningham of Springdale. He was predeceased by his parents, J. B and Faustine Hill of Nashville, and sister Virginia Ann Andres of Texarkana.

Hill served his country as a United States Marine for seven years before becoming a cattle rancher and timber producer in Howard County. Mr. Hill was a member of First Baptist Church in Nashville, his local Kiwanis club, and served numerous civic organizations in his town and surrounding counties. An active member of the Cattleman’s Association, he served his community and state as the President of the Cattlemen’s Association for the State of Arkansas, and later proudly served on the National Beef Council. Jim Hill was dedicated to the service of his community and state. Hill felt called to run for office to serve his community earlier in his life, but expressed that a “man’s primary job is to be a good daddy” and that he didn’t want to serve on Capitol Hill his girls went to college. Hill was elected to represent his district in the House of Representatives in 1993-1996 and moved on to the Senate in 1996-2009. He was elected by his Senate colleagues to be the President Pro Tem of the Senate for the 84th General Assembly in 2003. As a member of the House, he was a chief House sponsor of the conservation tax that help funds the Game and Fish Commission and the Parks and Tourism Department. He was inducted into the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Hall of Fame in 2007. Hill was active in raising funds for diagnosing and treatment of prostate cancer and served on the Arkansas Prostrate Cancer Foundation Board of Directors. He received the organization’s prestigious award for outstanding service. He presides as a War Memorial Commissioner. Hill has proudly served the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope as an active member of a guiding board. He served Arkansas as a Board of Director for the Arkansas State Fair. Mr. Hill was proudest of being named Nashville’s “Man of the Year” in 2009.

A funeral service to honor Jim Hill will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church, Nashville, Arkansas. A visitation will be held at Latimer Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00, Friday, December 13, 2013. Burial will follow the funeral at Nashville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to any of Mr. Hill’s favorite charities including Soaring Wings Ranch, Nashville City Parks, Nashville First Baptist Church.

 

 

Mr. Doyle Davis, age 67, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, December 10th in the Dierks Health and Rehab, Dierks.

 

He was born on November 1946.

 

Survivors include a number of friends.

 

Memorial Services for Mr. Doyle Davis will be held at 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 13th in the Dierks Cemetery. Private burial was under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

 

 

Anna Jane Wood Jackson

 

Mrs. Anna Jane Wood Jackson, age 90, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 10, 2013, in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

 

She was born March 7, 1923 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Slippery Rock College in Pennsylvania with a teaching degree, and was retired from Lockesburg Schools. Mrs. Jackson was a member of the hospital auxiliary and the First United Methodist Church in Lockesburg.

 

Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by her parents, Valentine and Marie Montez Schaefnocker Wood and her husband, Floyd “Lanky” Jackson.

 

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Stacy and Tricia Jackson of Evans, Georgia, Kent and Glenna Jackson of Kilgore, Texas and Bruce and Sandra Jackson of Lockesburg; two daughters and sons-in-law, Julia and John McLelland of Prescott, Arkansas and Connee and Randy Luttrell of Lake Village, Arkansas; 9 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

 

Funeral Services for Mrs. Jackson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 14, 2013 in the First United Methodist Church in Lockesburg with Rev. Terry Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, December 13th at the Lockesburg First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

 

Memorials may be made to the Lockesburg First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 68, Lockesburg, AR 71846.

 

Mabel Leoda Edwards Crawford

 

Mrs. Mabel Leoda Edwards Crawford, age 82, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 10, 2013, in the De Queen Regional Medical Center in De Queen, Arkansas.

 

She was born May 10, 1931 in Alleene, Arkansas. She loved working in her yard, she loved sports and she was a member of the Lockesburg First Baptist Church.

 

Mrs. Crawford was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Grace Gillihan Edwards; husband, Jack Crawford; one son, Billy Crawford; one brother, DeWayne Edwards and one sister, Dorothy Moore.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ray Hargrove of Lockesburg; three grandsons, Shane and (Angie) Hargrove of Sulfur Springs, Texas, Eric and (Carla) Crawford and Mark and (Krystal) Crawford all of Lockesburg; one daughter-in-law, Lois Crawford of Lockesburg; three great-grandchildren, Garrett and Sadie Hargrove and Kevin Crawford and five step great-grandchildren.

 

Graveside Services for Mrs. Crawford will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 12, 2013 in the Coulter Memorial Gardens in Lockesburg under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

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

 

Esteban Martinez

 

 

Mrs. Nora Jean Bowers Rowe

 

Mrs. Nora Jean Bowers Rowe, age 52, a resident of De Queen, died Monday,December 09, 2013, in the De Queen Medical Center, De Queen.

 

She was born to Virgil and Willie Belle Nelson Bowers in De Queen, Arkansas, on April 26, 1961. She was a CNA with Brookewood Nursing and Rehab, and was a member of the New Zion Baptist Church of De Queen. She enjoyed her church, and spending time with family, especially, her granddaughter.

 

She was preceded in death by her father, and her siblings, O’Neal Bowers, Helen Marie Bowers, and Virgie Bowers.

 

She is survived by three daughters, Tamara Bowers of Magnolia, Arkansas, Jalisa Bowers of Arkadelphia, Ark., and Evelyn Bowers of De Queen, her mother, Willie B. Bowers of De Queen, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Freddie Bowers of De Queen, and Tim and Yvette Bowers of Colorado Springs, Colorado, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Nada Bowers of De Queen, and Joyce and Rev. Jesse Miller of De Queen, a granddaughter, Ta’Niyah Weatherspoon of Magnolia, Ark., and a number of nieces and nephews, aunts, and uncles.

 

Funeral Services for Mrs. Nora Rowe will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, December 14th in New Zion Baptist Church, De Queen with Rev. Carl Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, December 13th.

 

 

Mrs. Kathleen Carole Chastain Southworth

 

Mrs. Kathleen Carole Chastain Southworth, age 73, a resident of De Queen, died Sunday, December 8th in Brookewood Nursing & Rehab.

 

She was born to Hartley Eugene and Pauline Nelson Chastain on December 4, 1940, in Sacramento, California. She was retired from the U S Corps of Engineers, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church, and enjoyed reading, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings, Paula Gene Smith, Diane Ellenson, and Hartley Chastain, Jr.

 

Carole is survived by her husband of over 55 years, Gaines Southworth of De Queen, two sons and daughters-in-law, Kurt Alan and Debra Southworth of Bentonville, Ark.; and Eric Brian and Sara Southworth of Indianapolis, Indiana, one daughter and son-in-law, Andee and Don Rush of De Queen, five grandchildren, Christopher Southworth, Shawn William Southworth, Maximillian Southworth-Beckwith, Miles Beckwith, and Ivan James Southworth, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral Services for Mrs. Carole Southworth will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, December 13, 2013 in the Chapel Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Southworth Family Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Thursday, December 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

 

Michael Allmond “Mike” Beltrani, Sr

 

Michael Allmond “Mike” Beltrani, Sr., age 68, a resident of the Little River Club, died Friday, December 6, 2013 in Texarkana, Texas.

 

He was born December 28, 1944 in De Queen. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas, and owner of Hillcrest Cleaners. He served on the De Queen City Council for 10 years, was a board member of the De Queen Country Club and the Little River Club, and was a member of the First Christian Church in De Queen. Mike was an avid golfer and fisherman.

 

Mr. Beltrani was preceded in death by his parents, Michael Angelo and Ester Jo Allmond Beltrani; a son, Michael “Mikie” Beltrani, Jr., and a daughter, Teresa Gayle Beltrani.

 

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Brenda Dossey Beltrani; a granddaughter, Brittany Grace Beltrani of Conway, Arkansas; a brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Lynda Beltrani of De Queen; an uncle and aunt, Jim and Mary Jo Allmond of Oceanside, California; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jimmy and Darla Dossey, Jack and Judy Dossey, Joey Davis and Laynette Reynolds, his mother-in-law, Vesta Dossey, a number of nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

 

Memorial services for Mr. Beltrani will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2013 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Doug Dorris, Chad Gallagher and Jamie Cowan officiating. 

 

Mrs. Wanda Lou McDonald Bagwell

 

Mrs. Wanda Lou McDonald Bagwell, age 73, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 3, 2013. She was born on September 19, 1940, in Foreman, Arkansas.

 

Wanda was a Baptist, and a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, yard work, and her grandchildren.

 

She preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Donnie McDonald, Joe McDonald, James Henry McDonald, and Joyce Brewer, a grandchild, Matthew Osborne, and in 1998, her husband, James H. Bagwell.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Scott and Melissa Bagwell of Burleson, Texas, Randy Kyle Bagwell of Arlington, Texas, three grandchildren, Lauren Bagwell of Burleson, Texas, James Kyle Bagwell of Fort Worth, Texas, and Megan Bagwell of Arlington, Texas, a brother and sister-in-law, Junior and Sue McDonald of Lockesburg, Arkansas, three sisters and a brothers-in-law, Billie and Charles Ramasco of Horatio, Sue and Henry Bennett of Houma, La., and Verda and Dan Bohannon of Horatio, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral Services for Mrs. Wanda Bagwell will be held at 4:00 P.M., Saturday, December 7th in the Old Center Church with burial in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

 

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