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OBITUARIES

 

Leon William Stinnett, Jr.

Leon William Stinnett, Jr. age 38, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, August 22, 2016 at his home.

He was born December 30, 1977 in De Queen. He was a former employee of Pilgrim's Pride and Gentry Chevrolet. He was a Baptist.

Leon was preceded in death by his father, Leon "Bo" William Stinnett, Sr. and one sister, Laurie Stinnett.

He is survived by his mother, Brenda Warford; two brothers, Glenn Ray Stinnett and Noel Gene Stinnett; two sisters, Mary Sue Smith and Teressa Louise Stinnett all of De Queen and seven nieces and nephews, Devon Illeen Stinnett, Ethan Ray Stinnett, Dakota Gene Stinnett, Michael Olsen, Darrah Smith, Quinton Stinnett and Cameron Stinnett.

Memorial services are pending.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home of De Queen. You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

 

John Travis Little

Mr. John "Travis" Little, age 87 of Coke, TX, passed away on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 in Wills Point.  He was born August 16th, 1928 in Cromwell, Oklahoma to the late Luiey Little and Johanna Bolen Little of De Queen. 

He was retired from a career in the East Texas Oilfield and a Baptist.  He was preceded in death by his parents. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Aleta Autrey Little of Coke; sons T.W. Little and wife Deb of Alba, Mike Little and wife Patti of Coke, Greg Little and wife Kathy of Winnsboro; daughter, Sherry Little Brockway and husband Dan of Mabank; and brother, Bobby Little of De Queen; nine grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Sharon Baptist Church in Winnsboro.  Donations can be made to Sharon Baptist Church or the Alzheimer's Association.

 

Ms. Melissa Ann Vinson Eichelberger

Ms. Melissa Ann Vinson Eichelberger, age 44, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, August 19, 2016, at UAMS Medical Center.

She was born to Charley Vinson and Rebecca Hill on April 28, 1972. She enjoyed music and spending time with her family.

Ms. Eichelberger was preceded in death by her grandparents, Royce and Arilla Vinson and Cleve Dickerson.

She is survived by her parents; a grandmother, Bertie Dickerson of Eagletown, Oklahoma; three sons, Andrew Michael Vinson of De Queen, Tyler Ray Charrles Vinson also of De Queen, and Jordan Lee Eichelberger of Sara, Oklahoma; one brother Charles Wayne Vinson of Paris, Arkansas; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Karen and Phillip Downs of De Queen and Amanda Vinson of Vallejo, California; one grandchild, Tonya Leea Vinson; one niece, Sherri Taylor of Mineral Springs, Arkansas; one nephew, Devin Downs of De Queen and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services for Ms. Eichelberger will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at the Mt. Ida Cemetery.

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

 

Edna Lucille Wolf

The Lord took Mom's hand and guided her through Heavens Gates on Thursday Aug. 18, 2016, to join the love of her life, Houston. She was born to Charlie & Effie (Stewart) Johnston on August 22, 1921, in Okolona, Arkansas. On August 21, 1937, a day before her 16th birthday she married Houston H. Wolf, at the Church of Christ officiated by Lewis Wolf, Houston's father. They were married just shy of 72 years when Dad passed away on May 18, 2009. They raised two children Lynn Nave-Rose (1941) and Timothy D. Wolf (1951).

In June of 1941 they left Arkansas and moved to Klamath Falls, OR. From 1945 to 1950 she worked at Newberry's as a sales clerk in the candy dept. In August 1952 they moved to Winston, OR. where she worked at Woolsworth as a clerk from 1954 to 1960. They lived in Dallas, TX. and Hobbs, NM for short period's of time returning back to Oregon in 1965, and settled in Medford.

She was hired as a housekeeper for Providence Hospital in 1967 and worked there 16 years until she retired in 1983. After retirement Mom & Dad traveled many miles in their motor home, and did a lot of sight seeing of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia and a few trips back to Arkansas. Mom was a fantastic seamstress, she would see an outfit (dress, suit, slacks etc.) in a store or catalogue, sit down at home and make a pattern from newspaper and make an almost identical outfit to fit her; she also made a few of Dad's suits and a lot of shirts. She also upholstered furniture, sofa's, recliners, rockers and chair seats, almost anything that could be recovered. A very talented woman.

She is survived by her daughter Lynn, son Tim (Jodi), grandson's Rich (Jac) Nave, Terry (JoAnne) Nave, step grandson's Phil (Tiff) Moore, & Mike (Joey) Moore, Paul Moore, grandchildren Nicki Wolf, Trevor Nave, Rikki Nave, Brandon Nave, Amber Nave, Adri Moore, sister-in-laws Ethel Waldon, Bernice Dolf, Katherine Gentry, Alta Wolf (all in Ark. & Tx), and many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Charlie & Effie, husband Houston, son-in-law's Richard Nave and Jess Rose, and brother-in-law's Oliver Waldon, Page Dolf, A.G. Gentry and Preston Wolf.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM, Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Hillcrest Memorial Chapel, 2201 N. Phoenix Rd. Medford, OR 97504. She will be laid to rest beside Houston in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family gives many heartfelt thanks to the Providence Hospice nurses, aides, and volunteers who made the last days bearable for Mom with great care and understanding. Donations may be made to Providence Home Care & Hospice, 2033 Commerce Dr., Medford, OR 97504.

 

Michael Eugene Milam

Michael Eugene Milam, age 55, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Monday, August 22, 2016, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born August 18, 1961 in Bellflower, California. He was a construction worker for Brown and Root, a former Little River County jailer and a Baptist.

Michael was preceded in death by one sister, Tamara Dossett.

He is survived by his parents, John and Billie Lynn Hurst Milam; one brother, John C. Milam all of Foreman; one niece, one nephew and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Michael Eugene Milam will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2016, in the Horatio Cemetery with Audie Dawson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

Mrs. Juanita Millwee

Mrs. Juanita Millwee, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, August 20, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born December 25, 1926, in De Queen. She was a former employee of Knights Department Store, a homemaker and an avid gardener.

Mrs. Millwee was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Ruby Stinnett; her husband, Darrell Fayne Millwee; one daughter, Nita Millwee and two brothers, Hershel and James Stinnett.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Ricky Goodson of Ashdown, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Shannon Crawford, RaNita Tosh, Angee Bowie and Haley Goodson; seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Millwee will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 22, 2016, at Redmen Cemetery with Don Embry officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Children’s Home, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450-3319.

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



Nancy Denise Cary

Nancy Denise Cary, age 48, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Saturday, August 20, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born July 19, 1968, in De Queen. She was the DOT safety director at Hwy 71 Trucking, a former safety director at Pilgrim’s Pride and a member of the Horatio Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Cary is preceded in death by her parents, Billy Leverett and Mary Joan Leverett and one sister, Laramie Lucretia Fant.

She is survived by her husband, Anthony Wayne Cary; one son, John Wilson of Tacoma, Washington; one daughter and son-in-law, Kelsey and Bobby Craig of Texarkana, Arkansas; one brother, Shannon Fant of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two aunts, Carolyn Pearson and Lucretia Walker and her ex-husband and friend, Mitchell Wilson.

A memorial service for Mrs. Cary will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 25, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

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

 

Mrs. Ora Olene Bailey Hendrix

 

Mrs. Laura Leona Hudson Nimmons

Mrs. Laura Leona Hudson Nimmons age 86, a resident of De Queen, passed Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Charles and Selma Danner Hudson in Kansas City, Missouri on July 18, 1930. She was a retired teacher, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed reading, cooking, traveling, and feeding birds and squirrels.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepfather Charles Chase, her husband of over 60 years, John Bair Nimmons, and a son-in-law, Charles R. Lee.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, John and Gloria Nimmons of Stratford, California and William “Bill” Nimmons of De Queen, one daughter, Sandra Lee of De Queen; eight grandchildren, John Brandon Nimmons of Palmdale, California, Laura and Steve Crowell of Magnolia, Arkansas, Amanda and Tay Sisoukrath of Little Rock, Arkansas, David Lee of Cincinnati, Ohio, Gus Escsmilla of Lancaster, California, Cynthia Isquierdo of Palmdale, California, Robert Isquierdo of Lemoore, California, and Dominique McCormick of Palmdale, California; sixteen great-grandchildren, Loman, Olivia, Charlee, Scarlett, Brody, Triston, Christian, Hillary, Jaden, Jullian, Maddison, Jauzlynn, Jorden, Michael, Elijah, and Miracole; and a stepsister, Deanna Nessel of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Graveside memorial services for Mrs. Laura Nimmons will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00 A.M., in the Redmen Cemetery in De Queen. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.


 

Mrs. Gloria Jean Jackson Giles

Mrs. Gloria Jean Jackson Giles, age 67, a resident of Mt. Ida, Arkansas, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born June 26, 1949 in Dierks, Arkansas. She was an accountant.

Mrs. Giles was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur Dwaine and Lucy Fern Alexander Jackson, one son, Mark Douglas Young, and a grandson, Christopher Cate.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Giles of Mt. Ida; two daughters and sons-in-law, Staci and Bryan Pearson of Ft. Worth, Texas and Angie and Todd Shannon of Gravette, Arkansas; one brother, Tony Jackson of Mt. Ida; one sister, Beverly Stevens of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, August, 20, 2016 at the funeral home in De Queen.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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


 

Mrs. Maxine Williams

Maxine Williams, 83, of Ashdown, AR passed away August 10, 2016.

Mrs. Williams was born August 14, 1932 in Wilton, AR to Seabron and Elberta Jones. She was a member of Brownstone Church. She was a Sunday School teacher for over 30 years, it was her favorite thing to do. She is preceded in death by her parents; one son, David Williams; one brother; and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Charlie Williams of Ashdown, AR; two daughters and son-in-law, Judy and Norman Clark of Minneola, TX, Margaret Williams of Ashdown, AR; two sisters, Pauline Jester of Wagner, OK, Novella McClung of Foreman, AR; two grandchildren, Jeanette Vesely, Patrick Vesely; and four great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday August 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, AR.

Funeral Services will be Saturday August 13, 2016 at 2:00pm at madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, AR with Rev. Jim Pinson and Bill Pounds officiating. Burial will follow at Hicks Cemetery in Ashdown, AR under the direction of Madden Funeral Home. Online Registration : maddenfuneralservice.com

 

Joyce Lynn Foster Barringer Suggs

Joyce Lynn Foster Barringer Suggs, age 67, of Lockesburg, AR, entered Heaven’s gates on Thursday, August 4, 2016. She was born in Sacramento, California on April 27th, 1949 to Melvin Willard Foster and Doris Dell Burrows Foster. Joyce grew up in Placerville, El Dorado County, California and moved to
Arkansas with her family as a young wife and mother. Joyce was a devout Christian, always willing to help, who enjoyed collecting antiques, loved her dogs and growing flowers, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Joyce was a wonderful friend, wife, mother, grandmother, sister & aunt.
 

Joyce was very active in community affairs and devoted many hours making costumes and participating in fundraisers. Joyce contributed time, heart, and good humor even when things became tedious. She loved the holidays, cooking family meals and spending time with her family and friends. She will be deeply missed.
 

She is preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother; her husband, William Hall Suggs; her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jennifer Barringer, of Centreville, AL; her
son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Cindy Barringer, of Conway, AR; her daughter and
son-in-law, Christina and Ronnie Willis, of Horatio, AR; her stepdaughter, Tammi Baker; her
sister and brother-in-law, Georgia and Bob Ybright; her sister and brother-in-law, Melvia and
Tim Hatfield; her brother, Rick Foster (all of Placerville, CA); her sister and brother-in-law,
Denna and Jeff Graham, of Brookings, OR; five granddaughters: Kimberley, Kalee, Maloree,
Ava, and Josie; three step-grandchildren: Marie, Travis and Harley; and many other relatives
and friends.
 

A celebration in her honor will be held at 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the
Williamson Community Church in Horatio, AR. A celebration of her life will also be held in Placerville, California. Details for this service will be announced later. Thank you for the support of friends and community during our time of grieving.

 

Mr. Lee Von Gilbert

Mr. Lee Von "Fatty" Gilbert, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, August 8th, 2016 in a Texarkana Hospital.

He was born to Robert Wendell and Marie Louise Eudy Gilbert, in Center Point, Arkansas, on January 4, 1954. He was a Baptist, and a logger. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a grandbaby, Dakota Vanhoose.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda Hobbs Gilbert of De Queen, two daughters, Lavonda Icenhower and Wendy Vanhoose both of De Queen, five grandchildren, Dalton Icenhower, Garrett Sullivan, Cody Icenhower, Dylan Vanhoose, and Hunter Vanhoose, One great-grandson, Declan Icenhower, five brothers and sisters-in-law, Rev. J. W. and Jenice Gilbert of Dierks, Larry and Judy Gilbert of Lockesburg, Ronnie and Diane Gilbert of Dierks, Richard and Darlene Gilbert of Lockesburg and Dwayne and Connie Gilbert of Dierks, one sister and brother-in-law, Mary "Missy" and Terrell Shepherd of Dierks, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Lee Von Gilbert will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, August 11th in the chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lee Sharp officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel hill Cemetery, De Queen. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 10th from 6:00-8:00 PM, at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Mrs. Frances Anderson Goldman

Mrs. Frances Anderson Goldman, age 87, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Saturday, August 06, 2016, in the Little River Nursing & Rehab, Ashdown, Ark.

She was the oldest of three children born to Burturm “Buck” and Hollis E. Ferguson Anderson.

She was born on May 15, 1929 in Slaton, Texas. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed reading, and Bible Study. She attended the New Prospect Baptist Church in Cowlingsville, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of over 40 years, Billy Joe Goldman, and a brother, Richard Anderson.

She is survived by one son, Randal and Minnie Goldman of Lockesburg, three grandchildren and their spouses, Jarrett and Susan Goldman of Benton, Arkansas, Jennifer and Andrew Mooney of Magnolia, Arkansas, and Stephanie Wiley of Ashdown, three great-grandchildren, Pryeus Wiley, Frankie Goldman, and Jackson Mooney, a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Jimmy Gibson of Waurika, Oklahoma, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 10 am on Wednesday, August 10th in the Wrights Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 9th at Chandler Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Memorials may be made to your favorite charity. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mrs. Rebecca Jean "Becky" Higgins Stiles

Mrs. Rebecca Jean “Becky” Higgins Stiles, age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, July 30th at her home.

She was born to Marvin O’Neal and Hazel Lee Helms Higgins in Mineral, Arkansas, on January 7, 1941. She graduated from Gillham High School in 1958. She went on to have a lengthy career with Weyerhaeuser Company. She started as a secretary and timberlands clerk for Dierks Forrest, Inc, which was later bought by Weyerhaeuser Company in De Queen. Upon moving to Mississippi with Pete’s career transfer, she be became Personnel Manager at Weyerhaeuser Co in Bruce, Mississippi and became Process Manager of the woodyard for Weyerhaeuser’s Columbus Pulp and Paper Complex in Columbus, MS., as well as a devoted wife and mother. Becky retired in 1997, after 39 years. In 1997, Pete and Becky moved back to De Queen, where she enjoyed serving on the Board of Gillham School Alumni Committee. She loved Gillham and her former schoolmates. She was an active member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Food Committee, and Vacation Bible School Food Committee.

Becky was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Tillmon Whitley, and an infant son, Gregory Alan Stiles.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Edwin L. “Pete” Stiles of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Missy and Steven Hughes of Germantown, Tennessee, a grandson, Jake Hughes of Birmingham, Alabama, a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Cheryl Higgins of De Queen, Arkansas, two stepbrothers, Tim Whitley of De Queen, and Tommy Whitley of Louisville, Kentucky, an aunt, Peggy Skipworth of Ashdown, six nieces and nephews, and 10 great-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her husband’s family, a brother-in-law, Bill and his wife, Irene Stiles of Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Becky Stiles will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 2nd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton and Bro. Joe Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday, August 1st at Chandler Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mrs. Midge Divine Burris

Mrs. Midge Divine Burris, age 90, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, July 25, 2016, in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Ameal and Nola Smith Divine in Sevier County, Arkansas, on March 5, 1926. She was a retired nurse, and a member of Mt. Phebia Baptist Church of Horatio. She enjoyed Bible study, quilting, gardening, flowers, and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee Burris, her parents, her siblings, Elease Moreland, and Napoleon Divine, and her granddaughter-in-law, Janice Jordan.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Clifton and Donna Burris of Gary, Indiana, a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Ray Gaffney-French of Horatio, four grandchildren, Ted Jordan of Horatio, Robert, Jr. and his wife, Taya Gaffney of Grand Prairie, Texas, Carol Irby-Nunnery and her husband, Hilton Nunnery of Valparaiso, Indiana, and Attorney Ryan and his wife, Shayla Gardner of Indianapolis, Indiana, eleven great-grandchildren, Robert Andre Gaffney, Brittany and Markavius Marion, Shaylon Gaffney, Devin Gaffney, Angie Johnson, Sgt. Sonya Johnson, Carmelia Johnson, Julian Ginn, Darius Ginn, Braxton Gardner, and Beckham Gardner twelve great-great-grandchildren, Joshua, Aleah, Makyla, Brennen, Brayden, Jayden, Kennedi, Zoey, Adaya, Amelia, Axton, and Vera, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

 

Jeff Millwee Whisenhunt

Jeff Millwee Whisenhunt left this life on July 18, 2016. He was born on August 16, 1925 in Horatio, Arkansas and later moved to Idabel, Oklahoma where he grew up. He met and married the love of his life, Doris, there. They were married for 71 wonderful years.

Jeff joined the Merchant Marines during WWII and traveled the world on a variety of vessels as the ship’s chief radio operator.

He started his long career with the Kansas City Southern Railroad in 1948. In 1960 he moved to De Queen, Arkansas, where, as the youngest agent ever assigned to the station, stayed until his retirement in 1987.

Being a Mason was a big part of Jeff’s life. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and served as Worshipful Master of his Lodge as well as other high-level Masonic positions.

Jeff was also a huge supporter of the Boy Scouts. While living in Sallisaw, Oklahoma he started Boy Scout Troop 31, served as their Scout Master for several years, and even found and refurbished a place for them to meet…an old abandoned jail house!

A true and faithful servant, he was involved with the Methodist Church serving in many capacities through the years; as Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Teacher, President of the Methodist Men, and as a Certified District Lay Minister to rural areas and other towns in Southwest Arkansas.
Jeff was an avid quail hunter and had a passion for the airways as a HAM Operator. His many radio friends still call today wondering what happened to N5LOO – his long time call sign. He loved playing dominos and cribbage and was infamously known for his “Grandpa Rules”.

Jeff leaves his wife, Doris, two sons, Wayne (wife Shirley), Robert (wife Carla), 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Susan.

Anyone who ever met him would know he had a love of storytelling and jokes. Being around Jeff almost always left you with a smile or a chuckle. He had a knack for making people feel a little happier than he found them.
 

 

Ethel Faye (Kinder) Keaster

Ethel Faye (Kinder) Keaster, passed away from this life on July 26, 2016 at the age of 82. She was born on September 13, 1933 in Swifton, Arkansas to E.B. and Eula (Nelson) Kinder.

She was married to Eunice Sylvester Keaster on December 2, 1954 in Swifton, Arkansas and they were married sixty years. She was a homemaker, babysitter and enjoyed keeping all her grandkids through the years. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the joy of her life.

She loved going to church and was a devoted Christian. She worked in the food pantry in her church. She also had many church sales selling clothes and other items to raise money for the food pantry in her church. She kept a supply of clothes on hand in all different sizes to help people whenever in need.

She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law of Dierks, Janet and Bobby Whisenhunt and Alisa Thornton; five grandchildren, Jon Whisenhunt and wife Crystal of Dierks, Shana Thornton of Dierks, Tracy (Whisenhunt) Kendrick and husband Wayne of Cerrogordo, Lee Thornton of Dierks, Jennifer (Whisenhunt) Jester and husband Tyler of Maumelle; seven great grandchildren, Brett Nutt, Curtis Nutt, Destiny Nutt, Davin Burgess, Laken Whisenhunt, Jalynn Jester, Evan Kendrick; one sister Pauline Calhoun of Tuckerman, Arkansas; she is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eunice Sylvester Keaster, her parents E.B. and Eula Kinder, one son in law Webster Thornton, her twin brother Ray Kinder, two brothers Carl Kinder, Joe Kinder, six sisters Lola Mae Kinder, Joyce Kinder, Lois Self, Ruby Benson, Aline Brewer, and Alma Benson.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday July 29 at the Dierks Assembly of God Church

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 30 at the Dierks Assembly of God with Bro. Kevin Herrington officiating. Burial will follow in Fellowship Cemetery, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.

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

 

Mrs. Tawny Northern

Mrs. Tawny Janene Cardel Northern, age 66, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at her home.

She was born on May 16, 1950 in Texarkana, Texas. She was retired from Texas Instruments, as an inspector. She enjoyed crocheting, playing with animals, and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings, Tanya Cardel and Ralph Cardel.

She is survived by her husband, Lonnie Northern of Lockesburg, Arkansas, a son, Paul Bryson of Miami, Florida, a daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and David Runnels of Provo, Arkansas, two grandsons, Thomas Stanley of Provo, and Justin Runnels of Nashville, Arkansas. A granddaughter, Amber runnels of Provo, Arkansas, three great-grandchildren, Remington Davis and Jayden Runnels both of Provo, Arkansas and Emily Bradshaw of Delight, Arkansas, a niece, Lisa N0orthern, and a special friend, Glenda Irons.

A memorial service will be at a later date. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Mrs. Phyllis Mae Berti

Mrs. Phyllis Mae Berti, age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, July 23, 2016 at her home, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Blue Island, Illinois on January 27, 1941, to John and Helen Smola Ekert. After her dad’s death in World War II, she was raised by her mom and step-father, Louis Hankus. She worked as a medical records technician, as well as a homemaker. She was Catholic, and enjoyed traveling, housekeeping, her flower garden, and floral designs.

She was preceded in death her parents, and her husband of over 40 years, Jerome Leon Berti.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Jeffery and Toula Berti of Hinsdale, Illinois, Joseph and Amy Berti of Denver, Colorado, and James Berti of Sun City, Arizona, a daughter, Cindy Berti of De Queen, Arkansas, a sister, Carol Guger of Orland, Illinois, twelve grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Phyllis Berti will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 13, 2016, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Johnson officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P O Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123 You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

 

Mrs. Addie Lee Fitzhugh Clowers

Mrs. Addie Lee Fitzhugh Clowers, age 93, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, died Friday, July 22, 2016, in Ashdown.

She was born April 16, 1923 in Little River County to James Earl and Minervia Alice Ayers Fitzhugh. She was a homemaker and a member of the Tom Church of Christ.

Mrs. Clowers was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Everett Clowers; two sons, James Everett Clowers and Joseph Harold Clowers; and a grandson Jimmy Kent; and four brothers.

She is survived by her three daughters and two sons-in-law, Dorothy and Gary Walz of Texarkana, Arkansas, Barbara Adcock of Tom, Oklahoma, and Linda and Dale Edwards of DeKalb, Mississippi.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Clowers will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 25, 2016, in the Dollarhide Pavilion at Dollarhide Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:00 a.m., Monday, July 25, 2016 at the Dollarhide Pavilion.

 

Mr. James E. Bishop

Mr. James Elmer Bishop, age 67, a resident of Shreveport, Louisiana, died Saturday, July 2, 2016 in Shreveport, LA.

He was born on November 1, 1948 in De Queen, Arkansas. He grew up in De Queen, and graduated from De Queen High School in 1966. He entered the US Navy in November of 1967 and served until August 1973, a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Mary Williams and Leila Mullins, and a brother-in-law, Robert Stow.

He is survived by a son, J. J. Bishop of Stilwell Oklahoma, a daughter, Ann Bishop also of Stillwell, Oklahoma, his children's mother, Dorothy Spence of Stillwell, Oklahoma, a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Marnetta Bishop of Nashville, Arkansas, a sister, Marie Stow of Tulsa, Oklahoma, four grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Clarence Chisom of Shreveport, LA.

His remains were buried in the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, Keithville, LA, on July 18, 2016. You may send on online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Manuel C. Dossett

Mr. Manuel C. Dossett, age 82, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at his home.

Mr. Dossett was born October 12, 1933 in Winthrop, Arkansas to Nora A. McLain Dossett and Manuel Labron Dossett. He was the retired owner of M.C. Dossett Ties, Lumber, and Logging Company, a trustee at Rose Hill Baptist Church, a 32nd degree mason at Sweet Home Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, a member of the Gideons and an avid hunter, fisherman, and woodworker.

Mr. Dossett was preceded in death by a brother, Labron Don Dossett; a sister, Margaret Lofa Dossett Brewer; a granddaughter, Meagan Vay Dossett; and a son, James Manuel Dossett.

Survivors include his wife, Ileen A. Dossett; three sons and daughters-in-law; John Foster and Renita Dossett, Laborn Todd and Diana Dossett, Earnest E. and Cindy Rynders; three daughters and sons-in-law; Marcia Kay and Spencer O’Connor, Thelma Lenora and Ron Hoff, and Ramona and Mark Scaggs; grandchildren; Alicia Ann Loman, Carly E. Stinnett, Dara Dossett Schwarz, Manuel Caleb Dossett, Charlie Farley, James Farley, Lyndon Hoff, and Douglas Ryanders; great-grandchildren Matthew Tanner Loman, Devon Ileen Stinnett, Colton Chase Loman, Ethan Ray Stinnett, Casey Ray Loman, Sydnei E. Sams, Bryson Hoff, Andrew Farley, Rayleigh Farley, Jenna Farley, and Lane Farley; and a very special friend, Kenneth McDonnell.

Funeral services for Mr. Dossett will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Rose Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Smallwood officiating. Burial, with masonic rites, will follow in the Campground Cemetery in Winthrop, Arkansas under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016 at the funeral home.

Those wishing to send a memorial may donate to Shriners Hospital at 3100 Samford Ave. in Shreveport, Louisiana 71103 or Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 2222 Welborn Street in Dallas, Texas 75219 attn. Development Department.

 

Milford Gerald "Bob" Roberts

Mr. Milford Gerald "Bob" Roberts, age 85, a resident of Vancouver, Washington passed away on Sunday July 10, 2016 at his home.

Mr. Roberts was born on October 3, 1930 in Gillham, Arkansas to James and Lois Willmon Roberts. He served 22 years in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He retired from the Army as a Captain, and received two Purple Hearts: The Silver Star and Bronze recipient, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal with four clusters.

Mr. Roberts was an automotive car dealership owner of the following: Roberts Chrysler and Pioneer Jeep-Eagle in Hillsboro, Oregon, Rose City Chevrolet in St. Johns, Oregon, Frontier Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep and Frontier Ford in LaGrande, Oregon, Roberts Dodge in Eugene, Oregon, Roberts Ford and Roberts Tri-City Dodge in Kennewick, Washington, and Sterlings Car Dealerships.

He was preceded in death by one son, Bobby Lynn Roberts; one daughter, Anita Kaye Roberts; and one brother, Bill Roberts.

Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandra L. Roberts; one son, Milford G. "Butch" Roberts and wife Nancy of Lockesburg, Arkansas; one daughter, Deborah F. Smith and husband Charles L. of Newhope, Arkansas; one step son, Gerald G. "Gary" Fleenor of Beaverton, Oregon; two adopted sons, Jesse and James Roberts both of Vancouver, Washington; one adopted daughter, Ricki Roberts Sauls of South Carolina; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren and a host of loving family and friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016 in the Cossatot Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas with Rev. John Henry Williams officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Pallbearers for Mr. Roberts will be: Charles Smith, Bret McKiever, Tracy Gentry, Ty Gentry, Mayson McKiever, Carson McKiever and Buster Roberts.

 

Mr. Otis Hill

Mr. Otis Wesley Hill, age 82, a resident of De Queen, died Sunday, July 17, 2016, in a Hot Springs Hospital.

He was born in Texarkana, Arkansas, on November 23, 1933. He was a retired driver for the KCS Transport, and a member of the New Zion Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and all his siblings.

He is survived by a son, Dwayne Graves of Duncanville, Texas, a daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Nathaniel Staggers of De Queen, and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be at later date. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Mrs. Vera Pinkerton Baker

Mrs. Vera Pinkerton Baker, age 89, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas died Friday, July 15, 2016 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born November 14, 1926 in Newhope, Arkansas. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her parents, Preston and Nellie Smith Pinkerton; and her husband, Hubert Edward Baker.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Peggy McLaughlin of Wickes and Jone and John Earl Roe of Robeline, Louisiana; one sister, Era C. Bonney of Moses Lake, Washington; four grandchildren, Kimberly Garrison, Jeffery McLaughlin, Michelle Gullette and Pat Roe; and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Baker will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2016 in the Wickes Pentecostal Church with Chris Burk officiating. Burial will follow in the Duckett Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the funeral home.

 

 

Mr. Edward "Eddie" Rivera Vertiz

"Eddie," age 38, a resident of Little Rock, AR died Thursday, July 14, 2016 in Little Rock, AR.

He was born to Christine Vertiz and Apolinar S. Vertiz in De Queen, AR on April 11, 1978. He was a former food service supervisor at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, AR.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Vertiz. He is survived by his wife Anel Linares Vertiz and two sons, Jayden and Michael Vertiz of Little Rock, AR, two daughters, Chrissy Vertiz, De Queen, AR and Valerie K. Vertiz of Little Rock, AR. His father Apolinar S. Vertiz and wife Elvira M. Vertiz, his mother Christine Vertiz, his brother Joshua D. Vertiz, and two sisters and brother in law Corinda (Jose) Hernandez and Elizabeth Belen Vertiz. His father and mother in law Juan Linares and Hermelinda Valdez, four brother in laws Gabriel Linares (Teresa Serna), David Linares (Haide Ramos), Israel Linares (Elizabeth Martinez), and one sister in law Jasmine Linares (Angel Garcia) and numerous nephews and nieces plus a host of family and friends.

Memorial services will be Saturday July 23rd, 12:30 pm at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, 6219 Baseline Road, Little Rock Arkansas and July 30th at 1:00 pm, at the J.L. Walker Fellowship Hall in Horatio, AR.
 

Mr. Jackey Allen Arter

Mr. Jackey Allan Arter, age 56, a resident of Lockesburg, died Thursday, July 14, 2016, at his home.

He was born on September 6, 1959 in Littlefield, Texas. He was a timber worker, construction worker and worked at the Tyson Company Store in Nashville, Arkansas.

Mr. Arter is survived by his wife, Tina Stapp Arter; one son and daughter-in-law, Logan and Brandi Arter of Lockesburg; one daughter, Katelyn Arter of Jonesboro, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Kevin Arter and Alainna Arter; his parents, Jackey L. and Kathleen Jones Arter; two brothers, Jerry Arter of Witts Springs, Arkansas and Larry Arter of Leslie, Arkansas; four sisters, Karen Flud of Hasty, Arkansas, Sherry Davis of Gum Log, Arkansas, Sharon Grant of Dardanelle, Arkansas and Kerry Balentine of Clinton, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are pending. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

Mrs. Debra Ann Clardy Johnson

Mrs. Debra Ann Clardy Johnson, age 66, a resident of Horatio, died Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Horatio, Arkansas.

She was born to Winfred Clardy and Dorothy Jean Martin in Horatio, Arkansas, on May 26, 1950. She was raised by her maternal grandparents, Rubin and Everene Martin. She was a RN 48 years, working in the Labor and Delivery for St. Michaels’s Hospital and De Queen General Hospital. She also was the nurse for the Sevier County Developmental Center, and was on the Horatio City Council. She was an active member of the Mt. Phebia Baptist Church, where she served as Superintendent, Church Clerk, and Church Treasurer. She enjoyed crocheting, helping others and cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, her husband, Donnell Louis “JoeJoe” Johnson, a grandchild, Janae Joelle Hardwrick, and a son-in-law, Stephen Murdock.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Robbie and Susan Stephens of Houston, Texas, two daughters and a son-in-law, Andrea Fenee’ Murdock of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Arnetha and Leroy Hardwrick, Jr. of Foreman, Arkansas, a son, Andre Johnson of Horatio, Arkansas, and Marcus Johnson of Dallas, Texas, nine grandchildren, Jasmine Hardwrick, Jordan Hardwrick, Jade Hardwrick, Joshua Murdock, Caleb McGaha, Robert Stephens, Quincy Robinson Johnson, Robbie Stephens, Jr., and Jalen Pastchol, a brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Nicole Hopson of Idabel, Oklahoma, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ruby Holliday of Flint, Michigan, and Sheila and Alvin Jackson of Palm Bay, Florida, a sister-in-law, Shirley Johnson of Horatio, AR., and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Debra Johnson will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 2:00 P.M., in the First Baptist Church of Horatio. Burial will follow in the Sunset Acres, Horatio, Arkansas.


Visitation will be on Saturday, July 16th at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com


 

 

Mrs. Frances Yates

Mrs. Frances Yates, age 88, a resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, died Friday, July 8, 2016 in Fayetteville.

She was born May 26, 1928 in the Belleville Community near Lockesburg, Arkansas. She was a retired school teacher.

Mrs. Yates was preceded in death by her parents, John Robert and Mary Elizabeth Wilson Emerson; her husband, L.N. Yates, Jr. and four brothers, Woody Emerson, Archie Emerson, Charles Emerson and Sonny Emerson.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Melissa Yates of Little Rock, Arkansas; three daughters and a son-in-law, Ann and Bill Gentry of Van Buren, Arkansas, Judy McClary of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Christy Smith, also of Fayetteville; her siblings, John Emerson of Lebanon, Oklahoma, Bessie Jean Torgerson of Oak Harbor, Washington, Delia Ann Goins of Texarkana, Linda Monroe of Horatio, Arkansas, and Stanley Emerson of New Braunfels, Texas; her grandchildren, Scott Gentry, Craig Gentry, Amanda Pride, Amy Bronson, Andrew McClary, Alex McClary, Sam Yates, Abbi Smith and Alli Smith; her great-grandchildren, Kaleb Bronson, Ella Bronson, Anna Pride, Clara Pride, Riley Gentry, Thomas Gentry, and Emerson Gentry; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 30, 2016 in the Oddfellows Cemetery in Lockesburg with Randy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mr. Ramsey Dewayne Huckaby

Mr. Ramsey Dewayne Huckaby, age 66, a resident of De Queen, died Sunday, July 10, 2016 in the UAMS Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to Felix Harrison and Louise Ramsey Huckaby in De Queen, Arkansas on October 20, 1949. He was retired from the Sevier County Road Department, retiring with 41 years service and was an active member of the Old Time Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed running his dogs, deer hunting, fishing, and gardening.

He was preceded in death his parents, Lonnie Huckaby, Donnie Huckaby, Glennis Huckaby, and Marvin Huckaby.

He is survived by his wife, Denise Lyons Huckaby of De Queen, a step-son, Jason J. and Jacqueline Carr of De Queen, a step-daughter, Crystal D. and Eduardo Celso of Columbia, South Carolina, a brother and sister-in-law, James and Emalene Huckaby of de Queen, and three sisters and a brother-in-law, Margie Harbolt of Joplin, Mo, Sue and Sol Wagoner of Horatio, Arkansas, and Linda Dean of De Queen, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Ramsey Huckaby will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 2:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Joe Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Avon Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com. Donations to help with funeral expenses may be made at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Dr. Llewellyn Don Brown

Dr. Llewellyn Don Brown, age 70, a resident of Cave Creek, Arizona, died Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the family home place, Horatio, Arkansas.

He was born to Tommie and Snowie Belle Coulter Brown in Horatio, Arkansas, on July 15, 1945. He was raised in the Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U. S. Army. He went on to serve as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering with Kraft Foods and Senior Vice President of Container Operations & Technology at Coors Brewing, retiring in 2001. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of law degree from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1998, and is being inducted into the UAPB Hall of Fame for Business this October, 2016. He had a passion for golf, traveling, photography, woodworking and was an avid reader. Most of all he cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Darrell F. Brown, Sr.

He is survived by his wife of over 48 years, Inez Wyatt Brown of Cave Creek, Arizona, Three daughters and a son-in-law, Daria Akilah Kamila Brown of Portland, Oregon, Ellynn Donisha Brown of Los Angeles, California, and Dalila Jinelle Brown and Edgar Bautista of Plano, Texas, a grandson, Antonio Llewellyn Bautista of Plano, Texas, and an adopted grandson, Alex Bautista of Plano, Texas, a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Juanita Brown of Chicago, Illinois, a sister, Patricia “Pat” Brown-Dixon of Kansas City, Missouri, and more than twenty nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Dr. L. Don Brown will be held Saturday, July 16th at the Horatio First Baptist Church, 207 Hazard Street, Horatio, Arkansas 71842. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home for a Birthday Fellowship in honor of Dr. Brown on Friday, July 15, 2016 from 5 to 7:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Snowie & Tommie Brown Scholarship, c/o: UAPB Foundation Fund, 1200 North University Drive, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601; or the Horatio Homeplace Trust Fund, c/o: Patricia Brown Dixon, 4949 Wornall Road, Unit 305, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.


 

 

Dottlee Duggan Reid Meager

Dottlee Duggan Reid Meager was born to Thomas and Dona Rose Duggan in Grannis, Arkansas on December 24, 1933. She passed from this life on July 5, 2016, near Baytown, Texas. She lived on this Earth 82 years, 6 months, one week and four days.

She enjoyed country living. She liked flowers and animals, especially ducks. She enjoyed writing poetry and was a published poet and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Dub Reid; one son, Tony Reid; three sisters, Laura Duggan, Edith Frachiseur and Mary Oliver; and one brother, Willie Duggan.

She is survived by her husband, Will Meager of Massachusetts; one son, Jeff Reid of Baytown, Texas; one sister, Janie Youngblood of Grannis, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Jeffery and Dottie; and a host of other relatives and friends. Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Mineral Cemetery near
Gillham, Arkansas with Bobby Tatum, Minister officiating.

 

Mrs. Linda Nealy Padilla

Mrs. Linda Williamson Nealy Padilla, age 67, a resident of Richland, Washington, and former resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died January 24, 2016 in Richland, Washington.

She was born to Lawrence "Snooks" and Mary Williamson in De Queen, Arkansas on June 22, 1948. She studied Art at Arkadelphia College, and later became a cosmetologist as this was her Passion. She was a Christian woman with love for our Lord, Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her first husband, Larry Nealy.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Padilla of Richland, Washington, a daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Ian Van Tiger, a granddaughter, Brittany Nealy, a grandson Cody Van Tiger, a great-grandson, Cillian Nealy, a great-granddaughter, Gwen Parker, a sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Dennis Dodd, a brother, Kenneth Williamson, nephews, Chad Hofert and Shane Williamson, nieces, Angela Gafford and Hollye Staley, as well as other family members.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Linda Nealy Padilla will be held at 6:00 P.M., Thursday, July 14, 2016 in the Williamson Community Church, Horatio with Bro. Jimmy Roden and Sherry Dodd officiating. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Maria Viviano de Bello

Mrs. Maria Viviano de Bello, age 68, a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Atlanta.

Mrs. Bello was born July 17, 1947, in Acapulco, Mexico. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She loved being with her family, children, and grandchildren. She also loved gardening and fishing on the river.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Enrique and
Nicolasa Viviano and one brother, Gabino Viviano.

Mrs. Bello is survived by her husband, José Luis Bello of Atlanta Georgia; three daughters, Elizabeth
Suaréz of Atlanta, Georgia, Lupé Sotelo of De Queen, Arkansas and Gladiluz Bello of Little Rock, Arkansas; one son José M. Bello of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; eleven grandchildren; Cristal Calderon, Horacio Jr. Sotelo, Jafet Sotelo, Liseth Bello, Josue Bello, Sara Bello, Jose Suarez, Marily Suarez, Jairo Suarez, Megan Camarillo, and David Camarillo; and one great-grandchild Elleney Suarez.

Funeral services for Mrs. Bello will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor
Spennett Nash officiating. Burial will follow in the Beacon Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 

Robert E. Lee Rich, Jr.

Mr. Robert E. Lee Rich, Jr., age 73, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 5, 2016
At his home.

He was born to Robert E. Lee, Sr. and
Verdie Viola Griffin Rich in Horatio, Arkansas on September 13, 1942. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U. S. Army. He was a retired welder foreman with Smith International Servco, and was a member of the Church of Christ. He enjoyed horse races, golfing, dominos, and chicken fighting, and cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law, Wilson Trahan, a sister, Bobbie Crouch, three brothers, Floyd Rich, Richard Rich, and Donald Rich, a granddaughter, Kayla Maddox, and a great-grandson, Gage Hill, and two nephews, Michael Rich and Steven Rich.

He is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Janie and Scott Landry of Lake Charles, La., Dinah Rich of Branson, Missouri, Glenda Trahan of Scott, LA, and
Bobbye and Justin Roy of Hollister, Missouri, a son, Terry Rich of Lafayette, Louisiana, a sister, Margaret Klitz of Winthrop, Arkansas, a brother and sister-in-law, John and Sue Rich of Horatio, Arkansas, Ten grandchildren and their spouses, Scott and Diana Miller, Jr. of Geismer, Louisiana, Kaysha and Thomas Sanders, Dallas Rich, Tyler Bourgue all of Branson, Missouri, Candice and Ricky Pomier of Scott, Louisiana, Collin Roy of Branson, Missouri, Robert Paul and Raquel Rich, Sr of Lafayette, Louisiana, Derek and Trina Rich of Duson, Louisiana, Michael and Twylla Rich of Alexandria, Louisiana, Natasha Rich of Springrfield, Missouri, five great-grandchildren, Jayden Miller of Geismer, Louisiana, Robert Paul Rich, Jr., Ruby Realyn Rich both of Lafayette, Louisiana, Callie Rich of Duson, Louisiana, and Colt Sanders of Branson, Missouri, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Robert Rich will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Coy Willis officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Friday, July 8, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10:00 A.M., until Service time. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

 

Merle Charles Wilbur

Merle Charles Wilbur, age 90, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born September 3, 1925, in the West Otis Community. He was a former employee of Dierks Lumber Yard and a World War II Army veteran.

Mr. Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, Howard P. and Nora Mae Curl Wilbur.

He is survived by two nieces, Barbara Jean Rightmire of De Queen and Francis Carol Bailey of Horatio, Arkansas; three nephews, Kenneth Eugene Rightmire of Klammath Falls, Oregon, Bobby Charles Rightmire and Jackie Niel Rightmire both of De Queen and a number of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time, cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

Harace Junior Merworth

Harace Junior Merworth, age 90, a resident of Haworth, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Overton Brook VA Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He was born June 13, 1926 in DeKalb, Texas. He was a self-employed brick layer, a World War II Army veteran and lifelong member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Merworth was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd E. Merworth, Sr. and Ethel Dennington Merworth; two sisters, Johnnie Faye Heiman and Bobbie Lee Barnes and four sons, Ronnie, Donnie, Gary and Larry Merworth.

He is survived by his wife, Teri Davis Merworth; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Haracetta June “Ericka” Watson of Haworth, Oklahoma, Kaylene Michelle “Micki” and Chris Eldred of Coleman, Texas and Teresé Chantel and Dennis Absher of Santa Anna, Texas; two sons, Harace Britt Merworth of Haworth, Oklahoma and Alexander Glen Merworth of Texas; five sisters, Marie McPherson of Simms, Texas, Jean Williams of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Patsy Adcock, Linda Kay Pritchard and Sumei Hon all of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; two brothers, Floyd Merworth, Jr. and Donnie Merworth both of Mt. Pleasant, Texas and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Merworth will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2016, in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Bobby Tatum officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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


 

Mrs. Donna Golden

Mrs. Donna Cecieil Bethel Golden, age 75, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Saturday,
July 3, 2016 at her home.

She was born in St. Charles, Missouri on October 30, 1940. She was an active member of the De Queen Church of Christ, and a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, crafts, traveling, fishing, and painting.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Ollie Banks, a daughter Denice Rivera, a grandson, Parker Rivera, and two great-grandsons, Landon and Mason Bourque

She is survived by her husband, Allen Ray Golden of Lockesburg, three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Dana Rivera of Lafayette, Louisiana, Thomas and Marcie Robbins of Pollock, Louisiana, and Steven Robbins of Colfax, Louisiana, a daughter, Deann Rivera of Benton, Arkansas, two step-daughters and their spouses, Emmy and Danny Bailey of Lockesburg, and Amanda and Joel Whisenhunt of Nashville, Arkansas, two grandsons, Will and his wife, Courtney Bourque of Hiram, Georgia, five granddaughters, Allison and her husband, Jacque Romero of Youngsville, Louisiana, Lauren Rivera and Madelyn Rivera both of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Peyton Rivera of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Danelle Robbins of Minden, Louisiana, three step-grandsons, Dustyn Golden of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Hadyn Whisenhunt and Caleb Whisenhunt both of Nashville, Arkansas, two step-granddaughters, Kristina Young of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and Lauren Whisenhunt of Nashville, Arkansas, three great-grandchildren Leo Robbins, and Jude Robbins both of Minden, Louisiana, and Amy Romero of Youngsville, Louisiana,

Funeral Services for Mrs. Donna Golden will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, July 7, 2016, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with Toney Stowers and Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will be on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 2:30 P.M. in the St. Charles Memorial Garden, Saint Charles, Missouri, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, AR Visitation will be on Thursday, from 12:00 noon until service time. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Mr. DeWayne Barnes

Mr. Anthony DeWayne Barnes, age 56, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, July 4, 2016 at his home.

He was born to Lee Jr. and Patsy Joyce Hawkins Barnes in Dallas, Texas, on August 26, 1959. He was a millwright, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his father, his maternal grandparents, Jack and Eva Hawkins, and his paternal grandparents, Lee and Maggie Barnes.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Patsy and John Siebert of Sulphur Springs, Texas, A son, Michael Barnes of Dierks, Arkansas, one brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Lindy Barnes of Forney, Texas, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dana and Monte Stringfellow of Horatio, Arkansas, and Rose and Paul Jackson of Dierks, Arkansas, three nephews and their spouses, Matt and Misty Barnes of Forney Texas, Cody and Shawna Stinnett of Horatio, Arkansas, and Justin and Kayla Jackson of Dierks, Arkansas, three nieces and their spouses, Jennifer and Andy Glidewell of Forney, Texas, Meagan and Matt Blanton of Van Buren, Arkansas, and Amber Jackson of Texarkana, Arkansas, his long time friend and fishing buddy, Mike Whitaker of Dierks, Arkansas.

Memorial Services for Mr. DeWayne Barnes will be held at 2:00 P. M., Saturday, July 9, 2016 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Neal officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Olie D. "Doc" Brown

Mr. Olie D. "Doc" Brown, 71, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016, after a brief illness. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, June 29, at the Northwest LA Veterans Cemetery, with Military honors by the Barksdale AFB Honor Guard. Officiate was Pastor Wade Allen of Pilgrim Home Baptist Church.

Doc was a native of Memphis, TN, a former resident of De Queen where he practiced medicine, and a resident of Benton, LA for 17 years. He was preceded in death by hisr father, Olie Brown, Sr. and mother, Helen Brown. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Diann Brown; daughter, Susan Demoss; sons, John Brown and Jeff Huffman; grandchildren, Haley Huffman, Alisha Huffman and Clayton Huffman.

Pallbearers were Jeff Huffman, Jon Heimeyer, Charles Benton, John Schieme, James Griffen and Trenton Price.
 

Mr. James Leon Cogburn

Mr. James Leon “Doogie” Cogburn, age 68, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, July 4, 2016, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born on March 15, 1948, in Hatfield, Arkansas. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for Weyerhaeuser for 20 years, a self-employed mechanic, a member of the Oak Hill Masonic Lodge, an antique automobile enthusiast and a Christian.

Mr. Cogburn was preceded in death by his parents, James “Jim” and Dora Perrin Cogburn and four sisters, Mary Lou Moore, Ruthie Cogburn, Helen Cogburn and Deffie Cogburn.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Thelma Hile Cogburn; one daughter and son-in-law, Lutrica Lynn and Mike Ward; one son, Daniel Lee Cogburn all of Dierks; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Hazel Demasters of Lodi, Arkansas, Betty Cooper of Marvell, Arkansas and Pat and Johnny Kesterson of Dierks; one brother, Lloyd Cogburn of Lodi, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Brittany and husband Ben Witherspoon of Nashville, Arkansas, Aaron McRaven, Blake Cogburn, Jarod Cogburn and Jennifer and husband, Zach White all of Dierks; two great-grandchildren, Landry Craven of Nashville and Addison White of Dierks and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Cogburn will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Farrell Shepherd and Kenny Fant officiating. Burial with Masonic rites will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery in Dierks.

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

Memorials may be made to the Dierks High School band or the Fellowship Cemetery fund.

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


 

Helen Mae Lott Holloway

Helen Mae Lott Holloway, age 67, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born September 17, 1948 in Dierks. She was a member of the Bethany Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks; a house keeper for Dierks Health and Rehab and former owner of Our Lil Playskool in Dierks.

Mrs. Holloway was preceded in death by her parents, Henderson and Ethel Hill Lott; husband, Jerry “Pea Vine” Holloway; one sister, Willow Staggs; two brothers, Grady and Clayton Lott.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Dewayne and Gail Holloway of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one daughter, Laura Romine of Dierks; three grandchildren, Ashlee and Benjamin Holloway of Nashville, Arkansas and Cole Pitts of Hot Springs; three brothers, Don Lott of Dierks, Jay Lott of Lockesburg, Arkansas and Ronald Lott of Ashdown, Arkansas; one sister, Hazel Pinson of Nashville; two great grandchildren, Melody and Byron and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service for Mrs. Holloway will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Dewayne Holloway officiating.

 

Ruby Pearl Batey McWhorter

Mrs. Ruby Pearl Batey McWhorter, age 101, a resident of Prescott, Arkansas formerly of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Prescott.

She was born September 14, 1914, in Provo, Arkansas. She was a retired cook and member of Trinity Baptist Church in Springfield, Oregon.

Mrs. McWhorter was preceded in death by her husband, Allie Floy McWhorter; her parents, Rufus and Nora Hollard Batey; and two sons, Jimmy Dale McWhorter and Dean McWhorter.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Ruby Jean and Rufus Askew of Prescott, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Jack McWhorter and Judith George of Indio, California; two nieces, Jo Pruitt and Trixie Lee Purtell; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. McWhorter will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 2, 2016, in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Provo, Arkansas, with Joe Brown and Larry Fry officiating. Burial will follow in the McHorse Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

Vernon George Smith, Jr.

Vernon George "Fuzzy Smith, Jr., age 71, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Sunday, June 26, 2016 at his home.

Fuzzy was born November 2, 1944 in Bay City, Michigan. He enjoyed riding his Harley, He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and a retired U.S. Army Veteran having served in the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon George Smith, Sr.

Fuzzy is survived by his mother, Edna Jenkins Smith; one son, Jeff Smith of Lubbock, Texas; one daughter, Karen Smith or Michigan; two sisters, Lori and Debbie; and two grandchildren, Sterling and Weston.

A private burial will be held at a later date.

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

 

Dale Clark Hanson

Mr. Dale Clark Hanson, age 82, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born August 13, 1933 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was the owner of Hanson’s Body Shop in Lockesburg and member of Rock Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Hanson loved to bowl, fish and was a Golden Gloves boxer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Horace and Juanita Alice Jones Hanson; one son, Alan Clark Hanson and one sister, Lila Gurley.

Mr. Hanson is survived by his wife, Juaveeta Sutton Hanson; one daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Gary Revels of Lockesburg; one son and daughter-in-law, Bobby Dale and Debra Hanson of Texarkana, Arkansas; 11 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Hanson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Oddfellows Cemetery in Lockesburg with John Lindsey officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

 

Pamela Diane Simmons Carter

Pamela Diane Simmons Carter, age 64, a resident of Burg, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, at her home.

She was born February 3, 1952, in the Burg Community. She was the activity director at Dierks Health and Rehab and Mine Creek Healthcare and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mrs. Carter was preceded in death by her father James” Frankie” Simmons.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Carter; one son and daughter-in-law, Cory and Sara Carter of Burg; her mother, Wanda Simmons, also of Burg; her brother, David Simmons of Umpire; and two granddaughters Haley and Baylee Carter.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Carter will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Burg Cemetery with scripture and song by Jerry and Pam Kirby, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

 

 

Mrs. Ila Justine Brooks Crunk

Mrs. Ila Justine Brooks Crunk age 82, of Dallas Texas, went to be with the Lord on June 18th, 2016.

Born in Ben Lomond Arkansas, she was the daughter of Hugh P. and Sue E. Brooks. Preceded in Death by her husband Calvin C. Crunk and two brothers Farest E. Brooks and Hugh Phillip Brooks.

She was employed by Texas Instruments for many years before taking off to take care of family members.

She is survived by one son William Calvin Crunk of Desoto, Texas and two daughters Susan K Logue of Plano Texas and Justina M Looman of Dallas, Texas. One daughter in law Donna Crunk and two son in laws James N Logue and James H Looman III. Blessed with grandchildren Valerie Clouse (husband Craig), Christopher Logue (wife Alexandria), Jason Logue (wife Kristi) and James Calvin Logue (wife Jennifer), Sandy Carboni , Sheila Howe, Judy Spaw and great grandchildren Zachary Shaikh, Cody Logue, Kyler Logue, Toby Logue, Jacob Logue, Dawson Logue and Brigit Logue, Ruth Spaw, Rebecca Spaw, Stephen Howe, Natalie Howe, B.J. Carboni, and Davin Carboni. Great Great Grandchildren Christopher Carboni, Brianna Carboni, Destiny Carboni.

She enjoyed family and friends and was loved by all, and will be greatly missed.

Family and Friends are invited for viewing at the Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, June 23rd at the Ben Lomond First Baptist Church in Ben Lomond Arkansas. Burial will follow in the Ben Lomond Cemetery, Ben Lomond Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral
Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

 

Eileen Marie Clark "Mrs. Mac" McClinton

Eileen Marie Clark “Mrs. Mac” McClinton, age 82, a resident of Magnolia, Arkansas passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Magnolia Regional Medical Center.

Eileen was born January 7, 1934 in Red Bluff, California, and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Francis and Freida Gibbons (Heckrow) Clark; her husband, James Herald McClinton; sons, James Haskell McClinton, Rodger Clark McClinton and Richard F. Ridge; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Floyd.

She is survived by her children, Glinda Milligan and husband Jerry of Wright City, Oklahoma, Charlie McClinton and wife Jill of Magnolia, Sherri Kerst and husband Bill of Horatio, Arkansas, Sarah Jones of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; sisters-in-law, Linda Ellis and husband Jerry of Dallas, Texas, Louise Leverett and husband Noel of Nashville, Arkansas; brother-in-law, Haskell McClinton and wife Melba of Ruston, Louisiana; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and extended family.

Funeral services for Mrs. McClinton will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in the Williamson Community Church with Jimmy Roden and Micah Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Sally Mae Scroggins Scott Harris

Mrs. Sally Mae Scroggins Scott Harris, age 84, a resident of Lockesburg, and former resident of Ashdown, died Thursday, June 16, 2016 in a Texarkana Hospital.

She was born to Willie and Mollie Hendrix Scroggins in Howard County, Arkansas, on June 6, 1932. She was a 1950 graduate of Little River County Training School, and a member of the New Dora Baptist Church in Tom, Oklahoma. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Jim Scott, and Lucious Harris, and Two brothers, Felix Scroggins, and James B. Scroggins.

She is survived by five sons, Kenneth D. Scroggins of Lockesburg, Terrell W. and Asa Scroggins of Texarkana, Texas, James C. Scott of Ashdown, Arkansas, Ray C. Scott of Lockesburg, and Elbert D. Scott of Nashville, one daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Theo Bell of Lockesburg, thirteen grandchildren, Kenneth L. Scroggins, Tasha Bennett, Kenethia Porter, Terri M. Johnson, Jevon P. Scroggins, Ashley M. Scroggins, Jasmine Scott, Audrey Scott, Edward Scott, Monica Longtin, Theo J. Bell, Crystal K. Hunter, and Gabriel Bell, seven great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Sally Harris will be held at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 22nd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Halsell officiating. Burial will follow in the
Hickory Grove Cemetery, Nashville, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Neal Patrick Rolfe

Mr. Neal Patrick Rolfe, age 43, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, and former resident of Horatio, died Sunday, June 12, 2016 in a Texarkana Hospital.

He was born to John Harold and Betty Lynn Jones Rolfe, in Longmont, Colorado on October 19, 1972. He was a member of the Old Center Church in Horatio, and enjoyed watching movies.

He was preceded in death by his mother, and his grandmother, Wilma Jewkes.

He is survived by his father, John Harold Rolfe of Horatio, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Jennifer Rolfe of Horatio, Lynette and John Hanley of Horatio and Crystal and Clayton Gipson of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews, and other family members.

A private memorial service will be at a later date. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

James LeRoy "T Bone" Pressley

Mr. James LeRoy “T Bone” Pressley, age 84, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016, at McCurtain County Hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma.

He was born on May 5, 1932 in Sevier County, Arkansas. He was a former employee of the Sevier County Co-op in De Queen and he was a member of the State Line Church of Christ.

Mr. Pressley was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Monty and Susie Bell Stinnett Pressley, five sisters, Eveline Pressley, Ruth Bell Ford, Lillie Mae Pulliam, Madora Pressley and Betty Reid and one brother, Alvie Pressley.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Lou Simpson Pressley; one son, Donald Inoe of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Ernest and Lula Pressley, Lonnie and Marilyn Pressley and Verlon Pressley all of De Queen.

Graveside services for Mr. Pressley will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in the West Otis Cemetery with Cy Davis officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.


 

Mr. Horace Gene Poole

Mr. Horace Gene Poole, age 73, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, died Wednesday, June 08, 2016, At his home.

He was born to Gay Harold and Iva Belle Lyons Pool in Malta, Texas, on March 16, 1943. He was a retired auto mechanic, and enjoyed fishing, camping, and working on cars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Deborah Poole, a daughter, Garlyn Ra-chelle Poole, and four brothers, Gerald “Sonny” Pool, Harold Pool, Larry Pool, and Charles Wayne Pool.

He is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Nancy Poole of Texarkana, AR, Jerry Poole of Nash, Texas, Horace “P.J.” and Tiffani Poole of Texarkana, Ar, and Zachary Poole of Texarkana, Texas, two daughters, and a son-in-law, Lisa Poole, Ra and David White of Texarkana, Texas, a brother, Lawrence Pool of Fresno, Calif., a sister, Delpha Pool of Bryant, AR, five grandchildren, Rachael Helton of Mineral Springs, Ar, Breagan White, Courtland White, and Morgan White, all of Texarkana, Texas, and Alex Poole of Texarkana, AR, three great-grandchildren, Easton Helton of Mineral Springs, AR, Adalyn Helton, and Calliope Negron both of Texarkana, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be at a later date. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Mr. Cletius "Bones" Irvan

Mr. Cletius “Bones” Irvan, age 87, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at his home.

He was born on November 5, 1928 in Rush Springs, Oklahoma. He worked in maintenance for Weyerhaeuser and was a Navy Veteran having served in WWII.

Mr. Irvan was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Stuart and Jennie Mae Irvan.

He is survived by his wife Sarah Lorine Irvan; three daughters and their husbands, Vicki and Freddie Bodine of Horatio, Arkansas, Karen and Mike Montalvo of Palestine, Texas, and Nita and Kent Morris of King, Arkansas; two sons and their wives, Jeff and Terri Irvan of Horatio, Arkansas, and Nathan and Marilyn Irvan of Ogden, Arkansas; one sister and her husband, Mary and Norton Wells of Dallas, Texas; one brother and his wife, Franklin and Deborah Irvan of Horatio, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren; twenty one great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Irvan will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2016 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery.

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

 

Mr. Arlin Lester Kesterson

Mr. Arlin Lester Kesterson, age 76, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Friday, June 3, 2016 in Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Ruben Lester and Elma Theresa Porter Kesterson in Dierks, Arkansas, on July 24, 1939. He served in the military with the U. S. Army, and was retired from Tyson Foods, where he was manager of the Truck Shop. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, Monday night wrestling, woodworking, carpenter work, and he cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Stevie Allen Kesterson, Chad Michael Kesterson, a grandson, Christopher Casey, a brother, Garland L. Kesterson, a sister, Evaleen Brown, a sister-in-law, Kathy Kesterson, and a brother-in-law, Delbert Runnels. He is survived by his wife, Sandra L. Gist of Eagletown, Oklahoma, three sons and a daughter-in-law, Ricky Joe and Sally Kesterson of Grannis, Marlin Lynn Kesterson of Athens, Texas, and Mark Anthony “Tony” Kesterson of De Queen, a step-daughter, Jennifer Wright of Eagletown, Oklahoma, five grandchildren, Mandy Jo Davis, Shaun Allen Kesterson, Jacie Marie Kesterson, Kacie Collins, Terah Gist, five great-grandchildren, a sister, Bettye Runnels of Nashville, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his wife’s family, three sisters-in-law, and their spouses, Jo and Pete Ashalintubbi, Carolyn and Doug Talley All of Eagletown, Oklahoma, and Judye Givens of Henderson, Nevada.

Funeral Services for Mr. Arlin Kesterson will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen. Burial with military rites will follow in Fellowship Cemetery, Dierks, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Monday, June 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

 

Linville Wesley Monroe

Linville Wesley Monroe, 88, of Lake Jackson, TX, entered heavens Gates on May 23, 2016, in Houston, TX. Lin was born January 30, 1928 to Cleve and Jenny Monroe in Arkansas. Lin was married to Daisy "Dusty" Lucille Hess until her passing.

Lin spent more than 32 years in his professional career with Dow Chemical; he also owned his own advertising business for more than 50 years. Lin was a devoted father, grandfather, friend, and member of Cornerstone Nazarene Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher.

Lin is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife Dusty, and two brothers, Glenn and Rayburn Monroe.

Lin is survived by his daughters, Sharon Rigby and Danna Monroe; his son, Ronald Monroe; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his brothers, Kenneth (wife Linda) Monroe, and Alton (wife Rachel) Monroe; and his sister-in-law, Jean parks and Carolyn Monroe.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Restwood Funeral Home at 12:00 p.m.

 

Mr. Howard Wirt Bass

Mr. Howard Wirt Bass, age 99, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 29, 2016, at his home.

He was born on August 2, 1916 in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. He was a foreman for Arizona Public Service Company and a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Mr. Bass was preceded in death by his parents, William and Martha Bass, his wife, Bertha Bass; his son, Larry Bass; his daughter, Barbara Perez and one granddaughter, Amber Bass.

He is survived by his nephew. Edward O. Arms; three granddaughters, Vandana Estevez, Cameron Bass and Jody Bass; three great-grandchildren, Riley Estevez, Esmy Latham and Anthony Estevez; his caregivers, Isi Estevez and Tara Brown; special cousin, Arlanda Bass and father figure to Paul Walkup and Roger Lovell.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Tomah, Wisconsin.

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

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

 

Vern Foster

Vern Foster, age 76, of Cartersville, Virginia, formerly of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016.

She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Little of Cartersville, Laurie Penrod of Norfolk; granddaughters Christina Barrett, Amanda Baker of Norfolk; a great granddaughter Emma Rose Baker; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Foster of De Queen.

The family will receive friends Wednesday 1 to 2 pm in The Muddy Creek Baptist Church in Powhatan, followed by services at 2 p.m.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016 in Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen.

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

 

Alvin Boyd Burris

Mr. Alvin Boyd Burris, age 80, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died May 27, 2016 at his home. He was born to Walter and Florence Louise Simpson Burris in King, Arkansas, on March 3, 1936. He graduated from Gillham High School in 1955, where he played softball. He lived most of his life in the Gillham area, and was a boy scout. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser, in 1997, and was a member of the First Assembly of God in De Queen. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being outside.
 
 Mr. Burris was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, W. L. Burris and L. D. Burris, one brother-in-law, Charles Claydorn, one sister-in-law, Agner Burris, three nephews, David Burris, Randy Burris, and Ron Clayborn.
 
 He is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Maude Fisk Burris, of Gillham, one son, Dwayne Burris of Gillham, one daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Mike Alexander of Cove, Arkansas, one sister, Joyce Clayborn of Eugene, Oregon, one sister-in-law, Linnie Burris of Longview, Texas, two nephews, Harold Burris, and James Burris, three nieces, Marguita Corless, Pam Martindale, and Debbie Blacknock, other family members and his brothers and sisters in Christ.
 
 Funeral Services for Mr. Alvin Burris will be held on Monday, May 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., in the First Assembly of God Church, De Queen, with Pastor Ray Reynolds, and Pastor Jay Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in the Gillham Cemetery, under the direction of  Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 29th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Juan "Johnny" Munoz Arriaga

Mr. Juan “Johnny” Munoz Arriaga, age 46, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, May 3, 2016 in De Queen.

He was born May 4, 1969 in Monterrey, Mexico. He was an electrician and a member of the St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in De Queen.

Johnny was preceded in death by his mother, Maria Angelina Arriaga Barrientos and an infant brother, Raul Munoz.

He is survived by his son, Austin Munoz of De Queen; his father, Juan Munoz Quezeda of Monterrey; five brothers, Javier and Manolo of De Queen, Jose Manuel of Houston, Texas, Abraham Cuauhtemoc and Gabriel Angel of Mexico; five sisters, Martha Lilia and Maria Angelina of Mexico, Nora Alicia of Wickes, Arkansas, Blanca Azucena and Jessica Araceli of Houston, Texas and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Mass service for Johnny will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016, in the St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating. A Rosary service will start at 10:00 a.m., Friday with memorial service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 28, 2016, in the “Centro Pastoral” St. Barbara Catholic Church.

Burial will be at a later date in Monterrey, Mexico.


 

Mrs. Joyce Lee Hammer

Mrs. Joyce Lee (Morris, Hargis) Hammer, died on May 20, 2016, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

She is proceeded in death by her parents, Robert Nathern “Hub” and Tobitha Louisa (Ward) Morris, the father of her six children, Edgar Douglas Hargis, Sr. of Gillham, Arkansas, her second husband, Kenneth Earl Hammer of De Queen, Arkansas; four brothers, Vernon Dale Morris of Golden, Oklahoma, James Carl Morris of Gillham, Arkansas, Bobbi Gene Morris of Hugh Springs, Texas, and Allen Keith Morris of De Queen, Arkansas. She was also proceeded in death by her children, Edgar D. “Doug” Hargis of Mena, Arkansas, and Shelah Janice (Hargis) Downs of Gillham, Arkansas.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon Joy (Hargis) and Preston Miles of Wickes, Teresa Lynn (Hargis) and Jimmie Miles of Wickes, Arkansas, and Rhonda E. Hargis of De Queen, Arkansas. She is also survived by one son, Dave-Robert Hargis, Sr., and his wife, Angela of Atlanta, Texas. She also raised a grandson, Edgar D. “Trey” Hargis III, of Florida. She is also survived by her lone surviving brother, Milton L. Morris of Gillham, Arkansas, and her only sister, Judy Caroline (Morris Mills) Smith of Gillham.

Joyce was baptized member of the First United Methodist Church of Gillham, Arkansas. The Last months of her life, her spiritual needs were met by Scott O’Rear, of Quachita Hospice.

Joyce spent many years working at Turnwood’s Restaurant of De Queen as first dishwasher, Then as a grill cook. After this she worked for several years in the post yard for Weyerhaeuser. She was also a very proud and loyal employee of Bobbi and Deloye Boone, not matter what restaurant they were managing. At the end of her business career, Joyce became a business owner herself when she bought and managed Hammer and Hargis Trucking.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Joyce Hammer will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, May 23, 2016 in the Overturf Cemetery, Gillham, Arkansas, with Scott O’Rear officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. All attendees are encouraged to wear a red Article of Clothing as that was Joyce’s favorite color. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Linda Lou Wormington Williamson

Mrs. Linda Lou Wormington Williamson, age 63, a resident of Dierks, died Monday, May 16, 2016 in St Vincent Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born to Jessie Loyd and Alice Marie Godwin Wormington in Texarkana, Arkansas, on January 3, 1953. She was a LPN, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, riding horses, and her church and church family. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with family, especially her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 39 years, Daniel T. Williamson, Jr., She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Kasi Renee Williamson, and two brothers, Wilburn Wormington, and Palmer Wormington.

She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel T. III, and Lucinda Williamson of Maybanks, Texas, Thomas and Kathy Williamson of Texarkana, Texas, Floyd Williamson of Maybanks, Texas, and Chase T. and Deanna Williamson of Dierks, Arkansas, a grandson, whom she raised, Garrett Taylor Williamson of Dierks, three daughters, Tamala Stinson of Dierks, Kaye and J. C. Wade of Dierks, and Mary and Louis Jones of Dierks, fifteen grandchildren, including special grandchildren, Daniel Louis “D.J.” of Dierks, and Cayden Bass and Chloe Spears both of Dierks, and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Darlene Wormington of Texarkana, Arkansas, one sister, Charlotte Vinabel of Shreveport, Louisiana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Linda Williamson will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 21st in the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. J. W. Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in the Section Cemetery near Athens, Arkansas. Visitation will be Friday, May 20th in the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Dierks, Arkansas, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Joshua Lane Dyas

Joshua Lane Dyas, age 31, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 15, 2016 in the De Queen Medical Center.

He was born February 11, 1985, in De Queen. He was a carpenter and a U.S. Navy veteran.

Joshua was preceded in death by his mother, Kimberly Ann Cannon Goodwin; his grandmother, Louise Emerson and his grandfather, Charles Emerson.

He is survived by his parents, Eddie and Ronita Dyas; two brothers, John Dyas and Seth Dyas; two sisters, Shawna Savell and Terrah Pavan; his grandfather, Glen Cannon; his grandmother, Joyce Cannon; his uncles and aunts, Gwen and Julie Martz, Harold and Linda Cannon, Ricky and Peggy Cannon, Chris Cannon, Debbie and Julio Mullins, Becky and Eddie Liggin and Chasidy Emerson.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:00p.m., Friday, May 20, 2016, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

Jerry Don White

 

Wilma Lee Johnson Jewkes

Mrs. Wilma Lee Johnson Jewkes, age 88, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at her home.

She was born on September 3, 1927 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.

Mrs. Jewkes was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Roy and Lee Ethel Shinn Johnson, Sr.; one daughter, Betty Rolfe and one brother, Jesse Johnson, Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas A. Jewkes; one son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy Jack and Lori Jones of Milpitis, California; one daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Morris Wilemon of De Queen; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Lottie Jane Morris

Lottie Jane Morris, age 86, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born March 11, 1930 in Nashville, Arkansas. She was a nurse’s aide and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Annie Tidwell Morris.

She is survived by one sister, Mary B. Lewis; one brother, Floyd Morris, Sr., both of Gillham, Arkansas; one niece, Brenda Presson and husband Jim of De Queen, Arkansas; two nephews and their spouses, Floyd Morris, Jr. and wife Kim of Horatio, Arkansas, and Paul Lewis and wife Elaine of De Queen; five great nieces and nephews, Jennifer Collier, Clay Morris, Scott Hannigan, Tiffany Williamson, and Ashley Gregg.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. Morris will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday May 13, 2016 in the Old New Hope Cemetery with Bobby Tatum officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


 

Charline Dodson Coulter

Charline Dodson Coulter, AR, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016. She was born July 13, 1925, in Wright City, Oklahoma, and currently resided in Little Rock, AR. The Good Lord decided that Monday would be a great day to join the love of her life, Dick Coulter, so, that they could celebrate what was their 69th wedding anniversary.

Charline was a 40 + year resident of Daingerfield, TX, and also lived in Longview, TX, Hot Springs, AR, Lockesburg, AR, and De Queen, AR,

Charline was a survivor and full of determination in her every endeavour. She was an educator who taught in Mount Ida, AR, Hughes Springs, TX and Daingerfield, TX, for many years; she began college at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, and graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce She was actively involved in the First Methodist Church of Daingerfield, Pandora Study Club and PEO.

After Dick passed away, she turned to her new partner, her computer. She wrote Poetry and Haiku, learned and joined Facebook. Her niece, Margaret, helped to her have a book of her Poetry published, a true highlight of her life. She also began painting and became quite accomplished in that talent also.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Murphy (Dick) Coulter, Jr; her son, Richard Murphy Coulter III; her parents, Charles and Thelma Dodson; her sister, Diane Dodson McGhee; her brother, Dr. C. Dwight Dodson, and her niece, Nancy Lynn Dodson Peters.

She is survived by her daughter Beth and husband, Matthew Lanagan; Grand- daughter, Betty Caraline Coulter, Great Grand-Daughter, Amelia Charline Alzada Coulter Sister in law, Nancy Allen Dodson, Brother- in- law, Terry McGhee and , Nieces & Nephews, Dana (Tom ) Dykman, Lee Ann Dodson, , Allen (Denise) Dodson, and Margaret McGhee, Jane Ellen (Jerry) LaBounty, Nancy Coulter r, Charles Mack Coulter, and Special Cousins: Ann ( Dan) Clemans, John (Donna) Coulter, Joe (Katie)Coulter and a whole tribe of great nieces and nephews’, Erin, Kim, Sarah, Daniel, Hannah, Cody, ,Gerard, Lisa,

Charline lived by the Serenity Prayer and various verses of the Bible. She loved to travel and Dick and Charline enjoyed many cruises together.


We wish to thank the staff of Hickory Heights Health and Rehabilitation for providing her care for the past few years. They kept her going and kept her involved. She made many special friends and it became a 2nd home for her.

A graveside memorial service will be held at the Coulter Memorial Cemetery in Lockesburg, AR on Saturday, May 14th at 1:30 pm, followed by a visitation in the Fellowship Building at the First Methodist Church in Lockesburg, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

 

Kristie Dale McDonald

Kristie Dale McDonald, age 44, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Saturday, May 7, 2016 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born November 21, 1971 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a civilian contractor for the U.S. government, and a U.S. Army veteran, having served 6 years. She loved to bowl, play softball and loved all sports.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Dale Hudson, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Megan McDonald of Foreman; her mother, Mary Hudson, also of Foreman; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Michelle and Allen Oglesby of Arkinda, Arkansas, Teresa Smith of Horatio, Arkansas and Lynn and David Ackley of Nashville, Arkansas; one aunt, one uncle and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Kristie will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 in the Tom Baptist Church with Jerry Galloway officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family to help with funeral expenses.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mr. Vernon Edgar Vaughn

Mr. Vernon Edgar Vaughn, age 78, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, May 6, 2016
in a Denison, Texas Hospital.

He was born to Daniel Robert and Nellie Mae Fondren Vaughn in Brock, Oklahoma, on October 26, 1937. He was retired Park Superintendent for Lake Murray State of Oklahoma, and a member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen. He enjoyed fishing, playing music on his guitar, gardening, and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Frances Vaughn, his siblings, Walter Vaughn, Lawrence Blalock, Glenn Vaughn, and Joe Case, and his best friend, Elmo Parker.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Vaughn of De Queen, three daughters and sons-in-law, Emma & Tim White of Sherman, Texas, Violet and Mike Miller of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Nellie Garcia of Ardmore, Oklahoma, two sons, Eddie Vaughn of Dallas, Texas, and Charles Vaughn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, three brothers and a sister-in-law, Jessie and Peggy Vaughn of Gillham, Arkansas, Elton Vaughn of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Jefferson Tom of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, two sisters, Sally Diaz of Aikens, South Carolina, and Ruth Tom of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, ten grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and other family members.

Funeral Services for Mr. Vernon Vaughn will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 10th in the Kern Heights Baptist Church, De Queen, Arkansas, with Rev. Jordan Hodges officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Monday, May 9th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.

Mr. James Lee Davis

Mr. James Lee Davis, age 64, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Tuesday, May 3rd peacefully at his home. He was born to James Dickey and Dorothy Jean Yancey Davis in Harrisburg, Arkansas, on February 1, 1952. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U. S. Army. He was a logger, owner of Davis Appliance and HVAC. He was a member of the Church of Christ at Lockesburg, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, photography, gardening, watching John Wayne movies and westerns, and cherished the time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Larry Wayne Davis.


He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol Lynne King Davis of Lockesburg, two daughters and sons-in-law, Regina and Craig Grubbs of De Queen, and Cassie and Mark Schroer of Lockesburg, five sons and a daughter-in-law, Jonothan Lee Davis of Lockesburg, Thomas Jefferson Davis of Lockesburg, Jaymes Quentin Davis and Shena Carver of Lockesburg, Sgt. Stephen Louis Davis of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Malachi Isaac Davis of Lockesburg, ten grandchildren, Bradley and Meghan Grubbs, Haley Grubbs Madden, Noah Davis Grubbs, Gabriel Grubbs, Kaydence Schroer, Layne Schroer, Jedidiah Schroer, Willow Schroer, Jayson Davis and Elijah Davis, three great-grandchildren, Braelyn and Ayden Madden, and Maci Grubbs, five brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl William and Corine Davis of Lewisville, Arkansas, Floyd Lavelle and Debbie Davis of Nashville, Arkansas, Kenneth Morris and Rose Mary Davis of Durant, Oklahoma, Daniel Ray and Stephanie Davis of Centerpoint, Arkansas, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Phyllis Ann and Brian Foster of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Mary Alice Bland of Doby Springs, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.


Funeral Services for Mr. James Davis will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 7th in the Lockesburg Church of Christ with Joe May, minister officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas, on Friday, May 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Mrs. Lois Marie Chandler Wray

Mrs. Lois Marie Chandler Wray, age 76, a resident of Cooper, Texas, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Cooper, Texas. She was born to Frank and Lona Lee Griggs Chandler in Horatio, Arkansas, on August 1, 1939. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She enjoyed singing, and spending time with family.
 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Grace Settoon, Ruth Dorsey, Dub Chandler, Randall Eugene Chandler, Becky Hughes, and Franklin Chandler, and her great-granddaughter, Haley Marie Bell. She is survived by two sons, Scotty Wray of Hermitage, Tennessee, and Floyd “Bubba” Wray of Nashville, Tennessee, a daughter-in-law, Cathy Wray of Waldo, Arkansas, three grandchildren, Brittney Bell of Nashville, Jacob Wray of Greenville, Texas, and Sarah Wray of Commerce, Texas, a great-granddaughter, Mattie Bell of Nashville, Tennessee, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Noel Duane and Sandy Chandler of Brenham, Texas, and Lawrence Ray and Marian Chandler of De Queen, Arkansas, as well as, a number of nieces and nephews.
 

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 3rd at 2:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.
 

Milton H. Presley

Mr. Milton H. Presley, age 92, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas went home to be with his Lord, Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Mena, Arkansas.

He was born February 27, 1924 in Hatfield, Arkansas. He was a Baptist, lumber mill worker and a U.S. Army Veteran having served during World War II.

Mr. Presley was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Eslee Counts Presley; his parents, George and Mattie Presley; three sisters and one brother.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Milford and April Presley of San Diego, California and J.L. and Lorene Presley of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Leland Lowe of Sweet Home, Oregon; one sister, Bobbie Rowell of Lebanon, Oregon; two sisters-in-law, Ivil Rowell of Mena and Lillie Counts of McAlister, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren, Dale, Mike, Brian and Mark Presley, Milissa Eldridge, Terrie Crawford, Larry and Waylan Cook, Jason Lowe and Carrie Stanenart; 24 great-grandchildren with the 25th due in July and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Presley will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2016, in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Wilma Nadine Taggart

After a heroic year long fight with cancer, Wilma Nadine Taggart, a resident of Horatio, AR, went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 1, 2016.

She was born on August 25, 1940 in Horatio. She was a retired registered nurse who had a passion for helping people. She was loved by and loved all who met her and especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara, her mother Gladine and father J.W. Pulliam. She is survived by her sister, Renee Frederick of El Dorado, her brother, Charlie Chapman, her children Jill Lorenc and Bobby Aldridge of Horatio and Dena Canaguier of Gladewater, Texas; grandchildren, Breanna DeVasier of Horatio, Ashley & William Wilson of Malvern, Kaylee Cornett of Las Vegas, Brandon Cornett and Lexi Austin of Horatio, Nick Canaguier, Sean Canaguier, and Kaitlynn Canaguier of Gladewater, TX; 5 great grandchildren Gabby Cornett, Ethan Cornett, Aiden Wilson, Ryker Canaguier, and Kolton Springer.

Cremation by Wilkerson Funeral Home. No services are planned at this time.

 

Neva Dell Smith

Mrs. Neva Dell Olene Smith, age 88, a resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, formerly of Foreman, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Hot Springs.

She was born January 7, 1928 in Foreman. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Pearlie Elvira Whisenhunt Friend; her husband, Orie Douglas “Doug” Smith; one son, Thomas Lloyd “Tommy” Smith; one daughter, Edith Nell “Penny” Rice and three brothers.

She is survived by two grandsons, Douglas Eddie Rice of Royal, Arkansas and Anthony Lloyd Smith of Marshall, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Laurie Ann Smith also of Marshall; three great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 29, 2016, in the Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Elizabeth Nicol Brooks

Mrs. Elizabeth Nicol Brooks, age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, April 25, 2016, in Idabel, Oklahoma.

She was born November 3, 1940 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. She retired from Walmart, and was a Baptist.

Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by her parents, Warren Sanford and Mary Louise French Nicol; her husband, Joel Brooks; two brothers, Roderick Nicol and Sanford Nicol; and a sister, Frances Root.

She is survived by two sons, Gerald Root and Jeffrey Weller, both of Terrell, Texas; two sisters, Louise McCormack of Fairfield, Connecticut, and Mary Rockwell of Emmaus, Pennsylvania; a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and special friends, Shelia and Ronny Halter of De Queen.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Brooks will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Ray Reynolds officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Linda Faye Stafford Irvan

Mrs. Linda Faye Mombi Stafford Irvan, age 68, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born on April 25, 1947 in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a member of the Williamson Community Church in Horatio.

Mrs. Irvan was preceded in death by her parents, Loren and Ruby Wiley Mombi; her first husband, Wilburn Stafford and one brother, Ben Mombi.

She is survived by her husband, Roger Irvan; three daughters and a son-in-law, Tonya and Sean Cowling, Tara Athey and Tracie Stafford all of De Queen; two step daughters, Amy Henderson of Mt. Vernon, Texas and Lori Capps and husband Jon of Hot Springs, Arkansas; two sisters, Millie Richardson and Loretta Lasch both of Eagletown, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Sam, Katie and Carac Cowling, Will Athey, Peyton Stafford and Reagan Batty; six step-grandchildren, Tanner, Emily, Claire and Mallory Capps, Austin Irvan and Riley Henderson; one great-granddaughter, Brooklee Cowling and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Linda Irvan will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in the Williamson Community Church with Jimmy Roden and Ralph Staggs officiating. Burial will follow in the West Otis Cemetery in Horatio, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, April 25th at the funeral home.

 

John W. Anderson

John W. Anderson, age 75, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Saturday, April 23, 2016 at his home.

He was born June 12, 1940 in Foreman. He was a pipe fitter, a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during Vietnam, and was a member of the Foreman Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma Virginia Anderson; his mother, Dora Brownfield Pond; his father, Glendon Anderson; his step-mother, Barbara Anderson; and a brother, Billy Mack Anderson.

He is survived by his wife, Effie L. Anderson of Foreman; two daughters, Tracy Anderson and Catherine Witzig; one son, Thomas John Anderson, all of San Bernardino, California; one step son, Charles Ray Turner; one step-daughter, Pat Tankersley, both of Foreman; four brothers, Glendon S. Anderson of Longview, Texas, Olen Anderson of Foreman, Glen David Anderson of Foreman and Albert Anderson of Texarkana, Texas; his sisters, Bernice Whitworth of Mesquite, Texas, Theresa Woods of Foreman, Cindy Ross of Foreman, Shirley Beth Anderson of Foreman, Donnetta Houser of Foreman, Cheryl Anderson of Shinewell, Oklahoma, and Alicia Cruz of Conway, Arkansas; his grandchildren, Cassidy Turner, Steven Jiminez and Ashley Arrendondo, and 16 other grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Anderson, Bryan Roden, Justin Roden, Pete Gallagher, Perry Young, and Larry Dollar.

Funeral services for Mr. Anderson will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in the Foreman Church of Christ with Billy Blakeney and Ray Cromer officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen. Cremation will follow.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2016 at the funeral home.

 

Mr. Franklyn Hibbs

Mr. Franklyn Hibbs, age 89, a resident of Grand Prairie, Texas, died Friday, April 22, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.

He was born July 24, 1926 in Dierks, Arkansas. He was a retired Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force having served in WWII and Korea. He participated in the Berlin Airlift and flew for SAC (Strategic Air Command) during the Cold War. He was a published author and artist, worked in the scale industry and was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his son, Benjamin Hibbs and two half-brothers, Norman Loftin and Demp Loftin.

He is survived by his wife, Eloise Lovell Hibbs; a daughter, Lisa Hibbs; one grandson, Bo Hibbs; one brother, Mac Hibbs; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Hibbs will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, April 25, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Redmen Cemetery.

 

Janie Elizabeth Slabaugh Simpson

Mrs. Janie Elizabeth Slabaugh Simpson, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma died Friday, April 22, 2016, at her home.

She was born to Henry and Leona Ford Slabaugh in Westline, Arkansas, on July 23, 1919. She was a member of the Stateline Church of Christ, and was retired from Dickinson Clinic, Hospital and Nursing Home, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed flowers, quilting, crocheting and cooking at deer camp.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ben Simpson, her siblings, Dimple Jackson, Arnold Dale Slabaugh, Elwanda Elliott, and H. C. Slabaugh, and a son-in-law, J. C. Hendrix.

She is survived by two daughters, and a son-in-law, Wilma Lou and T.Bone Pressley of Eagletown, Okla., and Wanette “Pete” Hendrix also of Eagletown, Oklahoma, one brother, A. W. Slabaugh of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, four grandchildren, Donald Imoe of Broken Bow, Ok, Kayla Mills of Hawaii, Michelle Stovall of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Lacey Russell of Eagletown, Oklahoma, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral service for Mrs. Janie Simpson will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, April 25, 2016 in the West Otis Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, with Cy Davis minister officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, April 24th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.

 

Cletus Verdo Brock

Cletus Verdo Brock, age 91, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, April 22, 2016, in Dierks.

He was born April 6, 1925, in Altus, Oklahoma. He was a logging supervisor for Weyerhaeuser, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Dierks Church of Christ.

Mr. Brock was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz and Myrtle Lemons Brock; his wife of 67 years, Betty Lee Brock and five brothers, Herman Brock, Gene Brock, Doyle Brock, Preston Brock and Olin Brock.

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Joan Williamson and Patricia and Terry Bissell; one son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Debbie Brock all of Dierks; two sisters, Ivy Mae Miller of Cullen, Louisiana and Mary Elliott of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one brother, Bobby Brock of Dierks; six grandchildren, five great- grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Brock will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Dierks Church of Christ with James McRae and Bill Paxton officiating. Burial will follow in Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 23rd at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

 

Wilber Ray “Tuffy” Green

Wilber Ray “Tuffy” Green, age 74, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born June 15, 1941, in Arkinda, Arkansas. He was a logger, saw miller and truck driver.

Mr. Green was preceded in death by his parents, Jr. Kelly and Edra Syble Nelson Green; one sister, Carol Sue Matthews and his son-in-law, Richard Lee Jones.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Dollar Green; two daughters, Barbara Jones of Arkinda, Arkansas and Teressa Gail Pariseault of Bridgewater, Virginia; his adopted daughter, Becky Martinez of Arkinda; 6 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services are pending. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

 

 

Glenda Nadine Smith

Glenda Nadine Bales Smith, age 84, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 17, 2016 in De Queen Therapy and Living Center.

She was born December 11, 1931 in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Marion R. Smith on August 29, 1998 and parents, John and Ann French Bales.

She is survived by one daughter, Vicki Verser of Ashdown, Arkansas; two sons, Randy Smith of De Queen and Steve Smith of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; two sisters, Maxine Whitley and Gayle Warren; and 5 grandchildren.

Private Graveside services were held at Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Benny Alec Humphrey

Benny Alec Humphrey, age 81, passed away Tuesday April 19, 2016, in Fayetteville.

He was born January 31, 1935, in De Queen, Arkansas the son of Bennie Morgan and Rhoda Mae Spicer Humphrey.

He worked for the Federal Civil Service.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, April 22, 2016, at Redmen Cemetery in De Queen, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 10-10:30, Friday, April 22nd at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

To sign the online guest book visit www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

William (Little Bill) Andrew Knighten

William (Little Bill) Andrew Knighten, 81, of Foreman, Arkansas, died this day, Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, at his home. Bill was born December 17, 1934, in Foreman, Arkansas. He was a retired truck driver, logger, and sawmill worker. Bill was a member of the Winthrop Holiness Church.

 

Bill is preceded in death by his father, Wallace Knighten, mother, Dorothy (Harrington) (Knighten) Tadlock, three brothers, A.C., Leroy, and Johnny Knighten, and three sisters, Ethel (Knighten) (Gallagher) Nunn, Joye (Knighten) (Stewart) (Gurley) Lockaby, and Sherri (Ruthie) (Knighten) Simmons.

 

 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, AR on Friday, April 22nd.

 

Services will be held in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 23, 2016, with Brad Sullivan officiating. Interment will be at Gravelly Cemetery. Burial will be under direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Kenneth Elmer Smith, Jr.

Mr. Kenneth Elmer Smith, Jr., age 78, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, April 18, 2016 at his home.

He was born to Kenneth Elmer, Sr. and Martha Shappee Smith in Elmira, New York, on August 31, 1937. He served in the military with the U. S. Army, and was a stone and brick mason. Kenny was a member of the First Baptist Church, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and enjoyed fishing. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of almost 48 years, Bea Clinton Smith of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Tanni and Mike Shipp of Redlick, Texas, two granddaughters and their spouses, Jennifer and Michael Westbrook of Atlanta, Texas, and Jessica and Robbie Smith of Hot Springs, Arkansas, two great-grandchildren, Nathan and Bailey Westbrook of Atlanta, Texas, five brothers, Duane Smith, Claude Smith, Dale Smith, Benjamin Smith, and Joseph Smith, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of De Queen. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Mary Maxine Frederick Rose

Mrs. Mary Maxine Frederick Rose, age 68, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, April 18th In De Queen Therapy and Living Center, De Queen.

She was born to Floyd
Tatem and Opal Mae Keithley Frederick in Hollister, Missouri, December 27, 1947. She was a Baptist, and a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, and visiting with friends. She cherished the time spent with family, and absolutely adored her grandkids and great-grand babies.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a step-son, Dale Rose, seven brothers, her husband, Jimmie Dale Rose and a great-grandbaby Breccan Sons.

She is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law, Tammy Hitzelberger of Waldron, Arkansas, Tina and Craig Hensley of De Queen, Sherry Land of Hatton, Arkansas, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gerry Rose of Cove, Arkansas, James and Glenda Rose of Fort Smith, Arkansas, a daughter-in-law, Terrie Rose of Marble Hill, Missouri, nine grandchildren, Robbie Sons, Heather Williams, Nikki Evans, Cameron Rose, Ann Rose, Ashley Rose, Byron Rose, Jesse Rose, and Stephanie Landewee, two great-grandchildren, Zayden Williams, and Blakely Sons. She is also survived by a brother, Eddie Frederick of Wickes, Arkansas, two sisters, Willie Holliday of Mena, Arkansas, and Pam Hicks of Hatton, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Maxine Rose will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 22, 2016 in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Wickes, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Joyce M. Butts Davis

Mrs. Joyce M. Butts Davis, age 93, a resident of Texarkana, and former resident of De Queen,
Died Saturday, April 16th in Texarkana.

She was born to Walter I and Cora Hazel Smith Butts in El Dorado, Arkansas on September 6, 1922. She was retired from the U. S. Postal Service with 20 years service. She was a member of the Hillcrest Missionary Baptist Church of Texarkana, and enjoyed traveling, fishing, and yard work , especially her flowers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob D. Davis, and a son, Fredrick Procknow.

She is survived by special friends, Bonnie Conley and Frank Holman of Wake Village, Texas, as well as a number of cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Joyce M. Davis will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 20th in the Daniel Cemetery, Wickes, Arkansas, with Rev. Raymond Dees officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Dr. Eugene Allen "Gene" Joseph

Dr. Eugene Allen "Gene" Joseph of Searcy passed away peacefully an April 11, 2016 at home with his wife by his side.

He was born February 28, 1935 in Helena, Arkansas to Hassan and Mary Joseph. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in Helena. He attended the University of Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1961. He practiced family medicine in De Queen, Arkansas for 12 years before moving to Searcy, Arkansas in 1975 where he started the Joseph Clinic. He retired from the practice of medicine in 2010. He was a member of the AMA and the White County Medical Society. He also served as Chief of Staff at Central Arkansas Hospital, as well as medical director for Leisure Lodge and Byrd Haven. He was involved as a past board member of Searcy Public School System. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church and the Pairs and Spares Sunday school class. Gene became an avid golfer, which he enjoyed with his kids and grandkids as well as a very special group of friends. He also enjoyed his time on the lake, whether he was teaching all the kids how to ski with amazing patience or racing to snag that illusive big fish! He always looked forward to the annual fishing trip with his buddies. Gene was a one of a kind physician. Not only was he knowledgeable, but just talking with him made you feel better because he understood his patient. His compassion and caring were beyond compare. It was obvious he loved his profession and people.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary "Snookie" Joseph; sister, Helen Habib of Dunkirk, Maryland; sons, Steve Joseph of Fayetteville, Bill Joseph and wife Dawn of Conway, Tim Joseph of Maumelle; daughter, Terri Langford and husband Tim of Little Rock; ten grandchildren, Nick and Brooks (Michelle) Joseph, Kylie and Courtney Joseph, Aaron, Brian and Caitlynn Langford, Hannah, Logan and Collin Joseph and great-grandson, Westin Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Louise Joseph, and brother Dr. Raymond Joseph. The family would like to thank Dr. David Jones and Dr. Greg Barden, and the staff of Providence and Providence Companion Care for the loving care he and our mom received during this time. We would like to extend a deep and heartfelt appreciation to Logan Cothern. As it says in Proverbs 27:17,"Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another."

The family has requested that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, Searcy or the American Heart Association.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 until 7:00 pm at Powell Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be Friday at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church in Searcy.

 

Mr. Bobby Abe Mills

Mr. Bobby Abe Mills, age 70, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 10, 2016 at his home.

He was born January 24, 1946, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a retired truck driver, a former employee of Weyerhaeuser and a U.S. Navy veteran. He loved to hunt and fish and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Mills was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard J. and Stella Marie Dunagun Mills; three brothers, Charles, Edward and Len Mills; his uncle and aunt, A.J. and Ethel Mills and one sister-in-law, Wilma Mills.

He is survived by one son, Troy David Mills of De Queen; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene and Joanne Mills of Oregon, James and Glenda Mills and Larry and Karen Mills all of De Queen; his ex-wife, Patricia Mills also of De Queen; a special friend, Kathy Albus of Gillham and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services with military rites will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in the Oak Grove Cemetery with Micah Martin officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mr. Johnny Wayne Davis

Mr. Johnny Wayne Davis, age 67, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, April 8, 2016, at his home.

He was born to John L. and Doris Marie Moore Davis in De Queen, Arkansas on January 29, 1949. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a retired millwright of 40 years at Weyerhaeuser in Dierks. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda Ann Jackson Davis in May 1987; his sister, Joyce Marie Davis Lott in February 2002, his father in April 2003 and his mother in August 2004.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Cindy Taylor Davis of Dierks; four sons and daughter-in-law, John Bradley Davis, Christopher Edward Davis, Kyle Wayne and Kourtney Davis and Coby Lewis Davis; two daughters and son-in-law, Teresa Ann and Jimmy Davis and Carli Michelle Davis all of Dierks; two grandsons, Jonathan Blake Davis of Dierks and Remington Wayne Davis of Lockesburg; three granddaughters, Lindsey Ann Dorsey of Dierks, Brynlei Mychelle Davis of Ashdown, and A’Kayla DaShae Carterby of Broken Bow, OK and one great-grandson, Dextin Lane Kemp of Dierks.

Graveside funeral services with military rites for Mr. Johnny Wayne Davis will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in the Dierks Cemetery with Bro. Duane Alspaw officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, April 11th at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

Mrs. Ruby Etta Jester Krantz

Mrs. Ruby Etta Jester Krantz, age 88, a longtime resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Sunday, April 10, 2016 in Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born October 3, 1927, in Dierks. She was retired from Weyerhaeuser and a member of the First Baptist Church in Dierks. She liked to crochet, craft and do word search puzzles.

Mrs. Krantz was preceded in death by her parents, Curt and Bertie Johnson Jester; her husband, John D. Krantz and one brother, William “Bunny” Jester.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jimmy Krantz and Robert and Brenda Krantz; two daughters and a son-in-law, Susy Callaway and Wanda and David Heifner all of Dierks; one sister, Betty Gynell Lacefield of De Queen; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Krantz will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in the Dierks Cemetery with Jerry Jester and David Blasé officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, April 11, 2016, at the funeral home in De Queen.

The family will be at the home of Wanda and David Heifner, 208 W. 2nd Street in Dierks.

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

 

Benny Allen Collins

Benny Allen Collins, age 67, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, passed from this life, Tuesday, March 29th, at a hospital in Fort Smith. He was born to Dan and Flossie Gilchrist Collins in Checotah, Oklahoma, on January 18, 1949. He was a retired heavy equipment operator.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Connie Richey, and one brother-in-law, James Watkins.

He is survived by three sons, Benny Collins of Las Vegas, Nevada, David Collins of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Russell Weaver of Gillham, Arkansas, two daughters, Donna Weaver of Oregon City, Oregon and Michal Kelly of Orange County, California; eight grandchildren; one sister, Carol Watkins of Gillham, Arkansas, one brother-in-law, Harold Richey of Yorba Linda, California; a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of special friends.

A private memorial service will be held. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

 

John Robert Bowman

John Robert Bowman, 81, of Ashdown, AR went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday April 6, 2016 at Wadley Hospital in Texarkana, TX.

John Robert was born May 16, 1934 in Alleene, AR to John Lee and Minnie Pierce Bowman. He was a retired construction business owner and enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He was a Christian and a member of Central Baptist Church in Ashdown, AR. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Eva Jane Bowman of Ashdown, AR; two daughters and sons-in-law, Renita and John Dossett of Ashdown, AR, Jeannine and Larry Critchlow of Wallace, AR; three grandchildren, Tara McElroy, Tyler Lisenby, John Roland Critchlow; one great grandchild, Zoey Grace McElroy; one nephew; six nieces; and a multitude of friends and other relatives.

Visitation will be Friday April 8, 2016 from 6 :00 pm to 8:00 pm at Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, AR.

Funeral Services will be Saturday April 9, 2016 at 11:00 am at Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, AR with Pastor Mike Mize and Bishop Ricky Bowman officiating. Burial will follow at Oakhill Cemetery in Ashdown, AR under the direction of Madden Funeral Home. Donations may be made to Oak Hill Cemetery, American Heart Association, or the Cancer Institute.


 

Wilmer Jello

Wilmer Jello, age 55, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at his home.

He was born December 19, 1960 in the Marshall Islands.

Mr. Jello was preceded in death by his mother, Neilan Manna.

He is survived by his wife, Santha Langidrik; one son, Kamal Jello; three daughters, Neija Jello, Helen Jello and Ruiakanu Jello all of De Queen and his father, Masa Jello of Springdale, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Wilmer Jello will be held at 9:00 a.m., Friday, April 8, 2016 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 9th in the Redmen Cemetery in De Queen.

 

Mrs. Mary Susan Gallagher Blair

Mrs. Mary Susan Gallagher Blair, age 53, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, died Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Ashdown.

She was born November 23, 1962 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Jesus Worship Center in Ashdown.

Mrs. Blair was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Ethel Marie Knighten Gallagher; and a son, Dustin Blair.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Blair of Ashdown; one daughter, Regina Harper of Texarkana, Arkansas; one son, Brandon Blair of Ashdown; one sister, Janie Campbell of Hooks, Texas; two step-sisters, Sandra Nunn of Massachusetts and Pat Roberts of Houston, Texas; one brother, Fred Gallagher of Forrest City, Arkansas; four grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mrs. Blair will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016, in the Jesus Worship Center in Ashdown with Rev. Bobby Harder officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mr. Tony Wayne Kendrick

Mr. Tony Wayne Kendrick, age 77, a resident of Cerro Gordo, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 3, 2016 in Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born December 31, 1938 in Cerro Gordo, Arkansas. He was a retired truck driver, a rancher, member of the State Line Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Kendrick enjoyed working on the place and his grandchildren.

Mr. Kendrick was preceded in death by his parents, E.E. and Allie Aikman Kendrick and four brothers, Bill Joe Kendrick, James Harold Kendrick, Gene Lee Kendrick and Gilbert Marshall Kendrick.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Liverett Kendrick; one daughter and son-in-law, Toni Lynn and Johnny Marshall of Horatio; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Brad Kendrick of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Wayne and Tracy Kendrick of Cerro Gordo, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Aikman and Nona Ruth Kendrick of Cerro Gordo, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Allie and Wyatt Marshall of Horatio, Emmaleigh Kendrick of Broken Bow and Evan Kendrick of Cerro Gordo and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Tony Kendrick will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Cerro Gordo Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, April 4th at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Lita Michelle Hudson Baxter

Mrs. Lita Michelle Hudson Baxter, age 60, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Friday, April 1, 2016, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born October 11, 1955 in Talihina, Oklahoma. She was a retired supervisor at Tyson Foods for 33 years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Gillham.

Mrs. Baxter was preceded in death by her parents; Dixon and Sarah Amos Hudson; one son, Michael “Stick” Brady; one brother, Von Hudson and one sister, Corinne Hudson.

She is survived by her husband, Sammy Baxter; one son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Deadre Brady of Wickes; six brothers and four sisters-in-law, E.B. Hudson of Jacksonville, Florida, Thurman and Peggy Hudson of Pocola, Oklahoma, Dean Hudson of Ignacio, Colorado, Cordell and Vera Hudson of Fredericks, Oklahoma, Greg and Anna Hudson of Henrietta, Oklahoma and R.E. Hudson of Smithville, Oklahoma; four sisters, Megadlene Scott of Smithville, Oklahoma, Verdella Hudson of Rogers, Arkansas, Kathleen Hudson of Smithville, Oklahoma and Loretta Tadlock of Grannis, Arkansas; three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Baxter will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will follow in the Smithville Cemetery in Smithville, Oklahoma.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, April 4th at the funeral home.

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

 

Donnie Ray Walker

Mr. Donnie Ray Walker, age 69, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, April 1, 2016, in De Queen Medical Center.

He was born October 18, 1946 in Muse, Oklahoma. He was a retired USDA inspector and attended the Williamson Community Church.

Donnie Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. J.L. and Thelma Simmons Walker and one brother, Rufus Walker.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Tallman Walker; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mark Walker and Brian and Elizabeth Walker; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ronnie and Donna Walker and Rickie Walker all of Horatio; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Tim Brotherton of De Queen and Judy and Jim Wilson of Rayne, Louisiana; five grandchildren, Emily, Kara and Jack Walker and Reese and Rhett Walker, two great-grandchildren, Addy and Reid and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Donnie Ray Walker will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 4, 2016, in the Williamson Community Church with Rev. Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 3rd at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

 

Bill Bryan

Mr. Bill Bryan, age 91, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Friday, April 1, 2016, at his home.

He was born August 9, 1924, in Gore, Oklahoma. He was retired from wholesale grocery sales, was a member of the Crossroads Southern Baptist Church and a Mason.

Mr. Bryan was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Bryan, his parents, Shelvy V. and Etta Bryan and one grandson, Michael.

He is survived by his wife, Veta Morgan Bryan; one son, Billy Bryan and friend Barbara Meadows of De Queen; two daughters and sons-in-law, Audra and Tim McGaha of Mansfield, Texas and Annette and Todd Butler of Bodcaw, Arkansas; one sister, Lola Montgomery of Dierks; one granddaughter, Kathryn Griffin of Mansfield, Texas and two great-grandchildren, Micah and Alex.

Funeral services for Mr. Bryan will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2016, in the Crossroads Southern Baptist Church with Roy Conatser and Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.


Funeral services for Pat will be held at 2:00P.M. Friday, October 9th in the Athens Holiness Church with burial in Chapel Hill Cemetery with Bro. Olin Vaughn, Bro. Bill Weeks and Bro. Bob Weeks officiating under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, AR. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 8th from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the Chandler Funeral Home.

 

 

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