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Patricia "Tipp" Allen Akins

Mrs. Patricia “Tip” Allen Akins, died May 8, 2018 due to complications of Alzheimer’s.

Tip was born July 24, 1923 in De Queen, AR. She graduated from De Queen High School and attended Henderson State Teachers College. She fell in love with Morris Sheppard Akins and married him in 1946. In 1950, they moved to Carthage, TX., where she wrote a society column for the local paper and worked at First National Bank, before moving to Shreveport in 1958, where she was a secretary at Fair Park High School for 24 years. Tip was well known as a beautiful soloist and sang in the choirs at Mangum Memorial United Methodist Church and, in her later years, Broadmoor United Methodist Church. After retiring, she lived in Fayetteville, AR., Shreveport, LA., and for the past two years resided in Houston, TX. ‘Grammy’ was an invaluable part of our lives, loved by family and friends and especially adored by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She shared her unconditional love and generous spirit with all those around her. She proclaimed to everyone that she chose to be joyful; her source of joy and happiness was her deep, personal faith in Christ.

Preceding Tip in death were her parents, brothers, husband Morris Sheppard Akins, Sr. (Putt), and her beloved grandson Dirk Duane Miller, Jr.

Left to cherish her memory are Tia Akins Gurvitz, Lexington, KY; Mor­ris Sheppard ‘Shep’ Akins, Jr. (Susan), Fayetteville, AR; Jeri Akins Carlton (James), Houston, TX; loving grandchildren Shira Gurvitz Gambrel, MD (John Ross), Lexington, KY; Kelsi Gurvitz Harrington (John), Houston, TX; Matthew Alan Akins (Kate), Fayetteville, AR; Elizabeth Leigh Akins, PharmD, Fayetteville, AR; and five great-grandchildren: Maddax, Miller, Brooks, Hudson and Holland.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Tip will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 26, Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Shreveport, LA., offi­ciated by Dr. Greg Davis. Burial will be at Redmen Cemetery, in De Queen, AR.

Tip loved music, so sing and dance to your favorite songs to celebrate her life! Donations can be made in her memory to Friends of Dirk Fund at MD Anderson Cancer Center; mdanderson.org/gifts (choose “other” to direct the donation and type Friends of Dirk Fund) or mail check to MDACC (write Friends of Dirk Fund in comments), P.O. Box 4486, Houston TX, 77210.

You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mrs. Grace Butler Vandiver

Mrs. Grace Marie Butler Vandiver, age 102, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown, Arkansas.
 
She was born November 16, 1915 in Lockesburg, Arkansas.  She was a homemaker.
 
Mrs. Vandiver was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Warren Vandiver; her parents, John Henry Butler and Ellen Jemima Houser Butler; a daughter, Patricia Ann Aikin; four sisters, Lorena May, Easter Cadie Butler, Elsie Jemima Butler, and Zoly Gladys Butler, and four brothers, Henry Lee Butler, Rufus William Butler, Sam Butler, and Johnie Lettie Butler.
 
She is survived by her granddaughter, Denise (Greg) Coberley of Springdale, Arkansas; a grandson, Stephen (Karolyn) Aikin of Houma, Lousiana, a number of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, including two special great nieces, Alicia Horn, and Linda Sanders.
 
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Vandiver will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2018, in the Campground Cemetery with Thomas Coberley officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
 
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 17th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

Mrs. Margaret Cromer

Mrs. Margaret Allene Gardner Cromer, age 94, a resident of Tyler, Texas, was called to the everlasting Kingdom of the Lord on Sunday, August 21, 2016, in the Baylor Heart Hospital, Plano, Texas.

She was born on Wednesday, February 22, 1922, in De Queen, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Raymond R. Cromer on November 7, 1949, in Miller County, Arkansas.

She is survived by four daughters, Carol O’Neill of Tyler, Texas, Sandra Cromer-begert, of Fort Worth, Texas, Sherry Schwettman, of Tyler, Texas, and Sharon Akins of Tyler, Texas; three grandsons, Shawn Cromer, Michael Akins, and Arron Akins; as well as, great-grandchildren, nieces, cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Since her passing, Mrs. Cromer’s beloved brother, “B.Y.” Bryant Gardner, has passed away.

She was employed as a supervisor at Texas Instruments in Dallas until her retirement. After retirement, she returned to De Queen, Arkansas and later moved to Tyler, Texas.

She enjoyed traveling, cooking and going to church on Sunday. Her favorite hobbies included crossword puzzles, puzzles, quilting, and tending to her flowers and garden. She was an avid reader and was of sound mind and body before her death. She left many wonderful memories behind for all who met and knew her. She will be dearly missed by all.

As a final selfless act, she donated her body to the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth so that they might be able to find out what made her so special.

Memorial services for Mrs. Margaret Cromer will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 1:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Avon Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.



 

Marilyn Elaine Clay Groves

Marilyn Elaine Clay Groves, 78, passed away March 25, 2018. She was born in Wetumka, Oklahoma but lived most of her life in Lockesburg, AR. She graduated from Lockesburg High School, class of 58’.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ben and her son Clay Groves. She is survived by her son Don Groves (Laura Lynn) of Germantown, TN; her grandsons Joel Groves (Megan) of St. Louis, MO; Luke Groves (Lauren) of Clarksville, TN; Andy Groves (Melissa) of Germantown, TN; David Groves (Sabrina) of Naples, Italy; and 9 great grandchildren who knew her as Maw Maw: (Naomi, Joseph, David), (Jett, Karis), (Anderson, Nathan), and (Rhealee, Tahlia)

Marilyn and Ben moved frequently due to his job, National Weather Service and they lived in Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama. Marilyn worked as a book keeper and retired from the Central Alabama Chapter 13 Bankruptcy District Office in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After Ben’s passing, Marilyn moved to Memphis, Tennessee and lived at Kirby Pines Estates Retirement Community to be closer to her remaining son’s family. She loved being around her grandkids and great grandkids.

Marilyn came from a very large family and had ten brothers and sisters and seven brothers/sisters-in-laws, and almost fifty nieces and nephews. She could name each one of them and tell you stories about them all. Family was very important to Marilyn. She is survived by her siblings Alton Clay (Ernestine); Wayne Clay (Mira) of Lockesburg; Melba Gore (Gary) of Texarkana, AR.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Falls Chapel Presbyterian Church in Lockesburg, Arkansas to celebrate Marilyn’s life. All family, friends, and those who knew her are welcome.

You may leave a condolence online at
wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. Roger Hall

Mr. Vernon Roger Hall, age 64, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, May 3, 2018, at his home.

Roger was born on February 24, 1954, to Robert Edward and Elsie Mae Perrin Hall in Antlers, Oklahoma. He enjoyed his life surrounded by family and friends. He enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting, fishing but most of all he loved gardening and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two older brothers, Douglas Hall and Mileage Hall.

He is survived by his wife of over 45 years, Nola Jean Hall of De Queen; one son, Brad Hall and his wife Rebecca of Bodcaw, Arkansas; one daughter, Windee Cole and her husband Andrew of De Queen, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Jace and Trey Tipton both of Bodcaw, Arkansas, and Klayton Moore and Paityn Cole both of De Queen, Arkansas; as well as nieces, nephew, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Roger Hall will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in the Millwee Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 7, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Gary Williams

Mr. Gary D. Williams, age 82, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, April 30, 2018, at his home.
He was born to Don and Belva Williams in Mason City, Iowa, on June 8, 1935. He is a retired ground crew member of American Airlines and enjoyed collecting eagles and horses. Gary was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Horatio.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Deborah Williams.

He is survived by his wife of over 25 years, Pat Harrison Williams of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Russell Rosenstein of Fort Worth, Texas, a son and his partner, Michael Williams and Patrick Blahah of Fort Worth, Texas; two stepsons and one stepdaughter-in-law, Leland and Carol Chadwick of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Justin Ford of De Queen; four grandchildren, Brian Rosenstein of Fort Worth, Texas, Krista Thomas of Fort Worth, Texas, Donovan Ford of De Queen, and Wendi Chadwick of Austin, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Braydon Thomas, Kassn Thomas, Brilyn Thomas, and Jazmyne Hill; as well as nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

Memorial services for Mr. Gary Williams will be held Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 10:00 A.M., in the First Baptist Church of Horatio, Horatio, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

 

Terry Lynn Tyson

Mr. Terry Lynn Tyson, age 60, a resident of Sulphur, Oklahoma, died Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Sulphur.
 
He was born July 2, 1957, in De Queen, Arkansas.
 
Mr. Tyson was preceded in death by his parents, Bennie Hugh and Virginia Charlene Dunlap Tyson; and a sister, Linda Charlene Mazzola.
 
He is survived by two brothers, Larry Hugh Tyson and Kenneth Gene Tyson, both of Winthrop, Arkansas; two sisters, Donna Sue Keeney of Port Arthur, Texas and Deborah Elms of Galveston, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews.
 
Graveside funeral services for Mr. Tyson will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018 in the Campground Cemetery with Leon Klitz officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 
You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

Lillian Naydean Pogue

Mrs. Lillian Naydean Nelson Pogue, age 84, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, April 30, 2018, at Dierks Heathcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born to James Clarence Nelson and Emmer Victoria Kennedy Nelson on March 22, 1934, near Lockesburg, Arkansas. She was retired from De Queen Public Schools as High School Food Manager after 27 years and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Pogue was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 50 years, Roy Virgil Pogue; four brothers, Dewey Nelson, Orlin Nelson, Linvil Nelson and Virgil Nelson and one sister, Betty Jean Nelson Shepherd.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Lillian and C.R. Finley; three sons, Roy E. Pogue, David Pogue and Dennis Pogue; two grandsons, Todd Finley and Dillon Pogue; two granddaughters, Cara Pogue and Jayde Pogue and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Naydean Pogue will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. Travis Lane officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 2nd at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Donald "Donnie" Gene Rutherford, Jr.

Mr. Donald “Donnie” Gene Rutherford Jr., age 47, a resident of Hatton, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 22, 2018, at his home.

He was born December 6, 1970 in Arcada, California. He was a carpenter.

Mr. Rutherford was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Sr. and Clarace Wilson Rutherford.

He is survived by his daughter, Madison Rutherford of Sweet Home, Oregon; three sons, Dillon Rutherford, Austin Rutherford, and Daniel Rutherford all of Claremore, Oklahoma; a sister and brother-in-law, Leona and Jerry Robb; three nephews and a niece-in-law, Curtis Hammer, Andrew Hammer, and Danny and Jessica Hammer; two grandsons, Brody and Tony, and a special friend, George Littel.

Memorial services for Mr. Rutherford will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Daniel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
 

Billy Eugene Higgins

Mr. Billy Eugene Higgins, age 67, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 8, 2018 in Mena, Arkansas.

He was born to David Gordon and Illa Christine Snyder Higgins in De Queen, Arkansas, on June 25, 1950. He was a heavy equipment operator, having worked for the City of De Queen, and the Highway Department. He was a member of the 4C Cowboy Church and the Silver Hill Masonic Lodge. Billy enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working with his hands in carpentry.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Russell Higgins, Bobby Higgins, Freeman Higgins, Ester Jean Smith, and Gladys Tabor, and his son-in-law, Chad Rains.

He is survived by his wife, Sandee K. Higgins of Gillham, one son and daughter-in-law, William Bryan and Patricia Higgins of Springdale, Arkansas, two daughters and a son-in-law, Kelly Warren and Vance Bradler of Mount Ida, Arkansas, and Joey Rains of New Boston, Texas, two step-daughters and their husbands, Tracy and Roger Lemon of Kremlin, Colorado, and Wendy and Steve Arkon of Horatio, Arkansas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Calvin and Patsy Hearn, Jimmy and Linda Higgins all of De Queen, one sister, Belva Nipper of Lockesburg, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, April 21st in the United Methodist Church of Gillham. Cremation arrangements under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Nedra Bernice Williamson Leverett Munn

Mrs. Nedra Bernice Williamson Leverett Munn, age 79, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, April 16, 2018, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born July 15, 1938, in the Williamson Community to Hubert “Hoggy” and Grace Green Williamson. She was retired as manager of the Horatio School Cafeteria, a florist, a foster grandparent at Horatio Elementary, and a member of the Williamson Community Church. She was “Mom” “Grandma”, “Ga Ga” to many people. She loved frying chicken & Chicken Fried Steak for them. She was always ready to go have fun, to listen to some good music-especially when it was her grandkids singing, & to call the Hogs.

Mrs. Munn was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Dwight Leverett and Arthur J.D. Munn; a sister, Pauline Hall and two brothers, Lawrence “Snooks” Williamson and Ben “Dick” Williamson.

She is survived by three sons; Mickey Leverett, Randy Munn and Bradley Munn; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Larry McAlister and Terri and Mark Voss; her grandchildren and their spouses, Tiffany and Micah Cassady, Amanda McAlister, Dustin and Dallas Voss, Jacob and Theresa Voss, Ben Voss, Haley Munn, Brandee and Brad Hall, Katrina Munn and Raegan Munn; seven great grandchildren, Adeline Munn, Parker Munn, Bennett Barnett, Alice Bea Cassady, David Breslin, Brayden Hall and Bree Hall; her “sister” cousin, Lena Ruth Dickerson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mrs. Munn will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Williamson Community Church with Bro. Jimmy Roden and Bro. Joe Walden officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018, at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Tara Bailey

Mrs. Tara Lanette Kitchens Bailey, age 34, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Monday, April 16, 2018 at her home.

She was born to Cyrus Cleatis and Barbara Dell Bradshaw Kitchens in Texarkana, Texas, on June 2, 1983. She was a LPN with Elite Home Health in Nashville, as well as homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Lockesburg, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and cherished the time spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ted Kitchens and Ima and Big Boy Prather, and her maternal grandfather, William Bradshaw.

She is survived by a daughter, Braxton Bailey of Lockesburg, her parents, Barbara and Cleatis Kitchens of Lockesburg, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ted and Stacie Kitchens of Lockesburg, and Kyle Kitchens of Horatio, her maternal grandmother, Glow Dell Bradshaw of Lockesburg, two nieces, Olivia and Lexia Kitchens both of Lockesburg, Braxton's father, Jesse Bailey of Willisville, Arkansas, a step-daughter, Elizabeth Bailey of  Vilonia, Arkansas, a step-son, Wyatt Bailey of Willisville, Arkansas, and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Tara Bailey will  be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018 in the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg, with Bro. Jerrel Helms and Bro. Larry Fry officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Union Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Thursday, April 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Ginger Fatherree

Mrs. Ginger Lanell Walker Fatherree, age 61, a resident of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, died Friday, April 13, 2018 at her home.

She was born to Rufus Lee and Jewel Lona Uzzle Walker on January 5, 1957 in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. She was a C.N.A., having worked in health care, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and enjoyed crossword puzzles, writing poems, and cherished the time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Larry Dale Fatherree, and Scotty Wayne Fatherree, Two brothers, James Walker and Robert Walker, three sisters, Betty Jester, Avie Dowdy, and Wanda Fatherree.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Don Fatherree of Mineral Springs, a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Christina Fatherree of Lockesburg, Arkansas, three daughters and two son-in-laws, Lona and Randy Peters of Lockesburg, Karrie and Billy Ray Carroll of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, and Amy Smith of Mineral Springs Arkansas, one Brother and sister-in-law, Rev. David and Lou Walker of Glenwood, Arkansas, one sister, Shirley Gossage of Dierks, Sixteen grandchildren, Five great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and several beloved extended family members.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Ginger Fatherree were held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1:00 P.M., in the Bluff Springs Cemetery, Mineral Springs with Rev. David Walker officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Mrs. Maxine Cawood

Mrs. Maxine Rakes Cawood, age 91, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Bentonville, Arkansas, died Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Dierks.

She was born to George Washington and Margaret Schaum Rakes in Bentonville, Arkansas, on December 17, 1926. She was a retired teacher, having taught in the Bentonville Middle School. She was a member of the New Home United Methodist Church, in Bentonville, Arkansas. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, and cherished the time spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Virginia Kropff, and Georgine Cawood, and in 2010 her husband of 65 years, Virgil Eugene “Jack” Cawood.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Michael Wright of Nashville, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date by Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Mr. George Vorhease

Mr. George Emory Vorhease, age 65, a resident of Haworth, Oklahoma, died Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Hospice of Texarkana.

He was born to Jesse James and Elizabeth Irene Choate Vorhease in Crossett, Arkansas on January 27, 1953. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U S Army.

He was a retired Southern Baptist Minister, and a retired electronic tech for Red River Army Depot. He was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church at Crossroads, Arkansas, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with family and friends. He held a third degree Black Belt in Marshall Arts.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Dr. Bill Vorhease, and a sister Deana Ann Vorhease.

He is survived by his wife, Amanda Vorhease of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Bambi and Dutch McGehee of Rockhill, South Carolina, one granddaughter, Katherine McGehee of Rockhill, South Carolina, one brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Debbie Vorhease of Haworth, Oklahoma, one nephew and his wife, Michael and Cora Vorhease of Crossett, Arkansas, two nieces, Danyel Vorhease of Maumelle, Arkansas, and Vanessa and her husband, Bradford Gibson of Conway, Arkansas, one great-nephew, Grant of Crossett, Arkansas.

Funeral Services for Mr. George Vorhease will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., in the Chandler Funeral Home with Bro. Roy Conatser officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Cerro Gordo Cemetery, Cerro Gordo, Arkansas under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Friday, April 13, 2018 in the Chandler Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Memorials may be made to Hospice of Texarkana, 2407 Galleria Oaks Dr., Texarkana, Texas. You may send an online sympathy at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Joseph Lester McNully

Joseph Lester McNully passed peacefully at his home in Tucson 12:54 AM April 4, 2018. Born December 5, 1930 on a family farm outside of Horatio, AR, he was known as Joe to his co-workers and Lester to most of his family. Joe is survived by his wife of 61 years Itoko O. (Ruthie) McNully and their son Robert (Bobby) McNully.

Joe served his country as an airman and later tech sergeant in the Air Force following WWII and during the early Korean War period. Joe parlayed his electronics training in the service to start a career in the emerging radar markets working with RCA and later with General Electric and Techmatics. Many of his projects remain classified to this day, but his services carried him (and occasionally his family) to such places as Moorestown, NJ; Cherry Hill, NJ; White Sands Missile Range, NM; Socorro, NM; Alamogordo, NM; as well as aboard many of the ships of the U. S. Navy fleet as they were modernized to include new and upgraded radar equipment.

Joe retired to Oro Valley, AZ in 1995 where he kept friends and acquaintances apprised by e-mail of family history and local siting of javelina, bobcat, birds, coyote, and other visitors to his street and back yard.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. McNully will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2018, in the Horatio Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com


 

Margie Ann Hamilton

Mrs. Margie Ann Hamilton, age 66, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born January 1, 1952, in De Queen. She was a retired supervisor for Pilgrim’s Pride and attended New Zion Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hamilton was preceded in death by her parents, James Jessie and Margaret Lee Parker and Oscar Ramsey and three brothers, Ricky, Randy, and James Parker.

She is survived by two daughters, Tanisha (Bentron) Parker of Sherwood, Arkansas and Mandy (Milton) Glass of Fayetteville, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Baylea Parker, Makensie Glass, Mikayla Glass, and Milton Christopher Glass; four brothers, Mike Ross of Texarkana, Texas, Gary Parker, Steven Parker, and Jessie Parker all of De Queen; three sisters, Cynthia Franklin, Debra Easter, and Jacqueline Parker all of De Queen; aunties, Irene Daniels and Jane McCoy; special friends, Marcia Boyles and Lizzie Lewis; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hamilton will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in the New Zion Baptist Church with Dr. Carl Henderson officiating. Burial will follow at Sand Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 17th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Jessica Nichole Willis McConnell

Mrs. Jessica Nichole Willis McConnell, age 27, a resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died Friday, April 6, 2018, in Hot Springs.

She was born November 6, 1990, in Hope, Arkansas. She was a Certified Nurse Aid at Heritage of Hot Springs Health and Rehab.

She is survived by one son, Zackary Alexander Keith; a daughter, Kayden Elizabeth Willis; her father and step mother, Donnie and Anna Willis of Dierks, Arkansas; her mother, Dorothy Kay Willis of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; two sisters, Amanda Kay Willis of Little Rock, Arkansas and Crystal Renee Pinkerton of Lewisville, Arkansas; a niece Yasimen Renee Alonso; two uncles, John Hendricks and James Hendricks; and her father-in-law, Frank McConnell.

Funeral services for Mrs. McConnell will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel at Dierks with Dr. Blase officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Joy Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, April 13th at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Lonny Ray Staggs

Mr. Lonny Ray Staggs, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 8, 2018, at his home.

He was born June 27, 1953, in De Queen. He was a retired mechanic and a devoted Christian, husband, father, and papaw.

Mr. Staggs was preceded in death by his fathers, Curry Staggs and George Winer and his mother, Magell Bell Staggs Winer.

He is survived by his wife Gail Mathis Staggs; five children and two daughters-in-law, Amber Hernandez of Texas, Heather Staggs of Nashville, Arkansas, Lonny Ray Staggs, Jr. and wife Julie, Christopher Roy and Stephanie Staggs, and Jessica Rose Staggs all of De Queen; nine grandchildren, Michael, Marco, Maranda, Keri, Henry, Scarlett, Brooklynn, Allyson, and Hallie; one brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Marsha Staggs of Fayetteville, Arkansas; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Bonnie Phillips of Missouri, Wanda and Stoney Cole of De Queen, Georgia Winer Hasten of Seattle, Washington, and Patricia Winer Torres of Portland, Oregon; and his step-mother, Rose Winer.

Graveside memorial services for Mr. Staggs will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Old Piney Cemetery with Ken Staggs officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Glenden Wheat Irons


Mrs. Glenden Wheat Irons, age 66, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, died Thursday, April 5, 2018, at her home.

She was born September 18, 1951, in Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

Mrs. Irons was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Irons and her parents, William Wheat and Gladys Haywood.

She is survived by her five daughters and two sons-in-law, Glenda and David Runnels of Provo, Arkansas, Christina Irons of De Queen, Arkansas, Tammy and Jody McRae of De Queen, Debbie Conatser of Texarkana, and Tazma Irons of De Queen; her son, Johnny Irons, Jr. of Eagletown, Oklahoma; three step-children, Darlene Thompson, Leah Lynn Flores, and Debbie Villanueva all of Henderson, Texas; her sister, Debra Cox of Texarkana; ten grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Irons will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Avon Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Joseph Kolb

Mr. Joseph Edward Kolb, age 85, a resident of Green’s Chapel Community died Monday, April 2, 2018 in Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born August 6, 1932 in the Green’s Chapel Community. He was a project accountant for Weyerhaeuser, a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict, and was a member of the Green’s Chapel Methodist Church.

Mr. Kolb was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Bohannon and Viva Helen Curtis Kolb.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Cowgill Kolb of Lockesburg; two sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph Edward Kolb, Jr. and Terrie of Dallas, Texas and Ronald David and Christine Kolb of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan Denise and Mark Kordie of Orange, Texas; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Bill and Crista Kolb of Green’s Chapel, Dennis and Linda Kolb of Little Rock, Arkansas and Richard Kolb of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Kolb will be held at 2:00p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018 in the Green’s Chapel Methodist Church with Bro. Carroll Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the Green’s Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8p.m. Thursday, April 5th at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

 

Geraldine Lee Desmond

Mrs. Geraldine Lee Desmond, age 80, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.
 
She was born November 22, 1937 in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Zion Baptist Church.
 
Mrs. Desmond was preceded in death by her parents, George and Dovie Julia Scroggins Lee; five sisters, Blanche Lee, Grace Lee, Margaret Parker, Willie Mae Williams and Thelma Lee; and a number of nieces, nephews and close friends.
 
She is survived by her significant other, Francisco Padrinez; one son and daughter-in-law, Jeffery and Kathryn Ross of Texarkana, Texas; one daughter, Jerri Edd of Wilton, Arkansas; one step son, Jeremy Lomax of Nash, Texas; four grandchildren, Jennifer Beard and husband Tony, Rodeshan Edd, Jessica Ross and Allison Lomax; four great grandchildren, Djemila Stinson, Ja’darius Irvin, Dewayne Irvin II, and Ramiah Williams; two sisters, Irene Daniels and Jane McCoy, both of De Queen; two godchildren, Lawrence Lewis and Becky Hendershot, both of De Queen; and a number of nieces and nephews.
 
Funeral services for Mrs. Desmond will be held at 12:00p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the New Zion Baptist Church in De Queen with Dr. Carl Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 
The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018 at the funeral home.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Vickie Rhea Story

Mrs. Vickie Rhea Story, age 62, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Saturday, March 31, 2018, at her home.

She was born September 17, 1955 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Mrs. Story was preceded in death by her father, Harlow Sanders.

She is survived by her husband, Bobby Story; two daughters and one son-in-law, Tina Bailey and Cathy and Jimmy Eastman all of De Queen; her mother, Bobbie Flournoy of De Queen; one brother, Dennis Sanders; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Story will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen, with Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Tuesday before the service.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

 Raymon Ovay Faulkner

Mr. Raymon Ovay Faulkner, age 94, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Thursday, March 29, 2018 at St. Michael's Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

Mr. Faulkner was born June 6, 1923 in Umpire . He was a World War II Army veteran and was a member of the Umpire Holiness Church. He enjoyed gardening, NBA Basketball and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Sybil Jean Faulkner; his parents, William D. and Pearl Seals Faulkner; two sons, Jimmy Faulkner and Kenny Ray Faulkner; three sisters, Alice Smith, Ivol Keith and Myrl Dyer and four brothers, Doyce Faulkner, Kelsey Faulkner, Harold Faulkner and Odell Faulkner.

He is survived by his son Paul Faulkner of Dierks; three grandchildren, Jason Faulkner, Megan Tollett and Kip Faulkner; five great-grandchildren, Rex Faulkner, Lincoln Faulkner, Briseis Faulkner, Alex Faulkner and Camilla Tollett and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Faulkner will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 2, 2018 at Umpire Holiness Church with Steve Green and Don Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery, under the Direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 31st at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

 

Mrs. Darlene Kesterson

Mrs. Darlene Youngblood Kesterson, age 78, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, March 29, 2018, in the CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to William Jerry Youngblood and Minnie Wyant Youngblood on August 16, 1939, in Hannibal, Missouri. She was a school teacher for 43 years retiring from the De Queen School District. She attended church at the Grannis Baptist Church and later in life she enjoyed watching the Shephard’s Chapel Network. She enjoyed cross stitch, quilting, flowers such as ferns and violets, her students throughout the years and most of all she enjoyed spending time with her son, Clint.


She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Jeffery Kesterson

She is survived by her son, Clint Todd Kesterson of De Queen, Arkansas; three brothers, W.T. Youngblood and his wife Cathy of Mena, Arkansas, Gaylen Youngblood and his wife Claudette of Gillham, Arkansas, and Gerald Youngblood of Horatio, Arkansas; four sisters, Dorothy Bruce and her husband Giles of Mena, Arkansas, Irene Stiles and her husband Bill of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Olive Chambers and her husband Sherrel of Mena, Arkansas, and Joyce Coffman and her husband Larry of Mena, Arkansas; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

The family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to Tonya Martinez, Julie Perez, Robert Taylor, Glenda Mowry, Kaye Wade and the many other wonderful caregivers of Mrs. Kesterson over the past years.

Funeral services for Mrs. Darlene Kesterson will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 31, 2018, in the First Baptist Church of Gillham with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Wickes, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 30, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Jay William Seaman

Jay William Seaman age 61 of Grannis, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in Grannis.

Jay was born on May 22, 1956 in Onida, South Dakota to Edward Seaman and Lois Ontjes Seaman. He was happily married to Linda Thomas Seaman. He worked as a truck driver and mechanic by profession and then sold truck parts for Bakers. Above all he loved God and his family especially anything his grandchildren were involved in, for they were his pride and joy. He loved playing the bass guitar and music for his church and family. Jay was a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Linda Thomas Seaman of Grannis, Arkansas; a daughter, Tina Kesterson and husband Travis of Grannis, Arkansas;  3 Grandchildren: Tessa, Ty, and Taylar Kesterson of Grannis, Arkansas; his siblings: Jolene Depew and husband Doug of Navarre, Florida, Jerry Seaman and wife Wilma of Huron, South Dakota,  Jim Seaman of Pierre, South Dakota, Jarvis Seaman and wife Mary Lou of Valley Center, Kansas, Janel Fye and husband Larry of Black Hawk, South Dakota, and Julian Seaman and wife Roberta of Emporia, Kansas; Numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Lois Seaman, and a brother, John Seaman.

Memorial service will be Friday, April 6, 2018 at Cove Revival Center in Cove at 9:00 a.m. with Brother Reggie Fryar officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Family and friends will have a Celebration of Jay’s life and are encouraged to bring instruments to play in honor of Mr. Seaman at Revival Center Fellowship Hall in Cove from 12:00-3:00 p.m. following his Memorial service.

 

Michael Clark Dykes

Mr. Michael Clark Dykes, age 73, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Baptist Health in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born July 18, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from St. Paul’s High School in Covington, Louisiana. He was selected as a Parade All-American football player in 1961-62 school year. After graduating from high school, he played college football and years later he was inducted into St. Paul’s Athletic Hall of Fame. On March 14, 1968, he married the love of his life, Sharon Scoggin. In 1970 he graduated from SAU and began his teaching career in Nashville, Arkansas, as a teacher and football, basketball, and track coach. In 1974 the family moved to De Queen and he taught science and coached football and track for 3 years. Mike owned Dykes Sporting Goods for 9 years, then returned to education, teaching school in Saratoga for 3 years, before returning to De Queen High School in 1989 to teach chemistry and physics. In the 2003-04 and 2004-05 school years he received the University Of Arkansas Department Of Chemical Engineering Distinguished High School Mentor Award. He genuinely loved his students, and many of them have stayed in touch throughout the years. After retiring in 2006, he enjoyed yard work and spending time with his grandchildren, whom he adored.

In the 1970’s he was instrumental in forming the De Queen Optimist Club and was on the Board of Directors of De Queen Little League. Mike was a Christian and attended First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Alice Clark Dykes and one brother, Pat Dykes.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sharon Dykes; three sons and daughters-in-law, Damon and Stephanie Dykes of Peachtree City, Georgia, David and Fawn Dykes and Freddy and Rhia Dykes all of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Gwen Dykes of Mandeville, Louisiana; one sister-in-law, Ann Dykes of Covington, Louisiana; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ken and Deb Young of Nashville, Arkansas; his grandchildren, Drew, Abby, Ashley, Will, Dylan, Danielle, and Nate Dykes and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mike Dykes will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Center Point Cemetery in Center Point, Arkansas with Bro. Glen Green officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, March 30th at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to CARTI Cancer Center, 8901 CARTI Way, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Clema Sue Aist

Sue Aist, 79, of Conway, passed away on Tuesday, March 20th in Dallas. She was born Clema Sue Melton on July 30,1938 in Briggsville AR to Opal and Mary Melton. Grandma Sue met her husband to be, Art Aist, in Little Rock as an employee of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. She went on to work at Hendrix College and the University of Central Arkansas, retiring as an administrative assistant to the Dean of the College.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 54 years, a brother, Lonnie Melton, and a grandson, Connor Aist. Survivors include three children, Karen (Keith) Moix, of Greenbrier, Mike (Kay) Aist of Cabot, and Marty (Rhonda) Aist of Conway, a sister, Kay (Dennis) Duggan of De Queen, 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 31st at 10am at Grace United Methodist Church, 1075 Hogan Lane, in Conway. Memorials should be made  to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis. Cremation arrangements under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Kenny Joe Flemens

Kenny Joe Flemens, age 63, a resident of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord, Monday, March 19, 2018, at 10:36 p.m. in Springdale, Arkansas.
                
Kenny was born on November 4, 1954, in Watseka, Illinois. Kenny graduated High School in Nashville, Arkansas. In October 1974, he went to boot camp at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, California, beginning his 20 year service in the U.S. Navy. Kenny traveled the world, loved sports, road trips, nature, and socializing. The greatest thing his loved ones will miss is his outgoing, funny, positive, thoughtful and reliable friendship. 
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Flemens and Edwina Goss Floyd.
 
Kenny is survived by one son, Kevin Flemens of San Diego, California; one daughter, Rachel Flemens of Eureka Springs; one brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Cathy Flemens of Leesburg, Ohio; two grandchildren, Kevin and Gloriann Flemens, both of San Diego; cousins, Rhonda Mullen and Sandra Halter as well as a number of other cousins, nieces and other relatives.
 
Funeral services for Kenny Joe Flemens will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. Don Embry officiating. Burial will be in the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego.
 
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mrs. Evelyn Byers

Mrs. Mary Evelyn Dodds Byers, age 83, a resident of Richland, Missouri, died Sunday, March 18, 2018 in Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. She was born to Fred Russell and Vondal Opal Crisp Dodds in Dierks, Arkansas, on October 25, 1934.

She retired from Waynesville Schools as Food Service Director, as well as a homemaker. She loved her Lord and was a member of the Church of Christ. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and cherished the time spent with her family. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed crocheting, traveling, and collecting bird figurines. Her beautiful eyes and loving smile will be missed by all her family and those whose lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son, Paul Alan Byers.

She is survived by her husband of over 63 years, Louis A. “Tuffy” Byers, Sr., two sons and daughters-in-law, Louis A., Jr. and Tammy Byers, David and Debbie Byers, a daughter and son-in-law, Wanda Gail and Edward Zielonka, a brother and sister-in-law, James and Patsy Dodds, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Kay and Jerry Chenoweth, and Joyce and Nick Short, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Evelyn Byers will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, March 23, 2018, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Charles Foster Krudwig officiating. Burial will follow in Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

Visitation will be on Thursday, March 22, 2018 in the Chandler Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Harold D. Dudley

Mr. Harold D. Dudley, age 96, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Slidell Memorial Hospital in Slidell, Louisiana.
                
He was born November 3, 1921, in Poteau, Oklahoma. He was a superintendent for KCS Railroad and retired after 45 years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran having served during World War II. 
 
Mr. Dudley was preceded in death by his wife Tressie Irene Robinson Dudley; his parents, Jesse L. and Cura Belle Wise Dudley; two sons, LeRoy Dudley and Gene Dudley.
 
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Carla Dudley Bennett and husband Ken of Slidell; six grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
 
Graveside funeral services for Mr. Dudley will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in Redmen Cemetery with Kirk Akasaki and Travis Lane officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
 
Family will receive friends Tuesday, March 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
 
You may register on-line at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

George Gary Nunn

Mr. George Gary Nunn, age 65, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Thursday, March 15, 2018, at his home.

He was born January 3, 1953, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a truck driver and a United States Navy Veteran.

Mr. Nunn was preceded in death by his parents, George Samuel and Vesta Louise Gallagher Nunn and one sister, Ruby Nunn.

He is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Russell W. and Helen T. Nunn of Japan and Nicholas A. and Amanda S. Nunn of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; two daughters, Mary-Kate R. Nunn of North Adams, Massachusetts and Tabitha S. Nunn of Clarksburg, Massachusetts; three sisters, Linda Collins of Winthrop, Patricia Roberts of Houston, Texas, and Sandra Louise Nunn of Massachusetts; two brothers, Danny Scott of Ashdown, Arkansas and Terry Taylor of Gillham, Arkansas; 14 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mr. Nunn will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 7, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

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

 

 

Mr. Lonnie Gene Willmon

Mr. Lonnie Gene Willmon, age 71, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Monday, March 12, 2018, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born August 25, 1946, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a street superintendent for the City of De Queen for 40 years and was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Mr. Willmon was preceded in death by his parents, Hershel Woodrow and Delma Marie Munn Willmon.

He is survived by his wife, Terri Avery Willmon; two sisters, Freda Arndt and Don Arndt of Gillham and Linda Gail Daniel and Houston Barton of Texarkana, Texas; one niece, Michelle Mourney and one nephew, Steven Daniel.

Funeral services for Mr. Willmon will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating. Burial will follow at Cossatot Cemetery.

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

 

Doris Alene Gonzales

Doris Alene Gonzales, age 55, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

She was born May 19, 1962, in Talihina, Oklahoma. She was a loving mother and homemaker.

Doris Alene Gonzales was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Watson and Laverne Carterby Edwards; one brother, George Watson; and two sisters, Virginia Elizondo and Shirley Rosas.

She is survived by her spouse, Tony Whitmore; seven sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Jenny Gonzalez of De Queen, Robert Gonzalez and fiancé Micah of Bossier City, Louisiana, Keith and Yvette Gonzalez of Bossier City, Louisiana Daniel Gonzalez of De Queen, David and Alicia Gonzalez of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Joseph Gonzalez and fiancé Beatrize of De Queen, and Zachary and Bethany Gonzalez also of De Queen; one daughter, Talesa and Chris Nofire of De Queen; one step-son, Derrick Whitmore of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; one brother, Aaron Watson of De Queen; two sisters, Mary Hurlocker of Haworth, Oklahoma and Arabella Sanchez of De Queen; twelve grandchildren, Veronica, Brittany, Gabbrielle, Sophia, Mireya, Matthew, Mattie, Kyleigh, Leigha, Adrian, Misael, and Juan; one great grandchild, Jeniece; a number of nieces and nephews; and the father of her children, Robert Gonzalez of De Queen.

Funeral services for Doris Alene Gonzales will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Watson, Oklahoma, with Nathan Watson officiating. Burial will follow in the Buffalo Cemetery in Watson, under the direction on Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at the funeral home.

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

 

Claudio Galvez

Mr. Claudio Galvez, age 56, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at his home.

He was born July 7, 1961 in Zacatecas, Mexico. He was a chicken farmer and attended the St. Barbara Catholic Church.

A vigil service including the Holy Rosary will begin at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Galvez will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2018 in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

Sara J. Wilcher

 

Sara J. Wilcher,  age 73 of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Waldron.


Sara was born on January 11, 1945 in Canton, Ohio to the late Raymond Durrell Haun and the late Sylvia Irene Baughman Haun. Sara married the love of her life, James Roger Wilcher. Sara loved her family and spending time with her children and grandchildren, for they were her pride and joy. She enjoyed cooking and canning for her family and friends. Sara worked for many years in Accounting until she retired from Tyson. She was a loving mother, nana, sister, aunt and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed.


She is survived by daughters Felita Dearing and husband Steve of Cove, Arkansas, Greta McDonald and husband Jerry of Heavener, Oklahoma and Mindy Kight and husband John of Wickes, Arkansas; grandchildren Mercedes Parrish of Wickes, Arkansas, Chance Dearing of Green Forrest, Arkansas, and Harly Dearing of Cove, Arkansas; brothers Bill Haun of Scio, Ohio and Tom Haun and wife Robin of Carrollton, Ohio; sister Carol Luzier and husband Tom of Warren, Ohio; several nieces, nephews and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Sylvia Haun, and husband James Roger Wilcher.


Graveside service will be Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Crystal Hill Cemetery in Wickes under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.


Family and friend’s visitation will be Wednesday, March 7, 2018 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood.
Pallbearers will be Steve Dearing, Chance Dearing, John Kight, Jerry McDonald, Jerry Watkins and Seth Watkins.

 

Kyle Winston Roberts

Mr. Kyle Winston Roberts, age 50, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Friday, March 2, 2018 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born November 6, 1967 in Irving, Texas.

Mr. Roberts was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Charles and ReNee Emmert Roberts, his brother, Timothy Joe “Roscoe” Roberts; a sister, Brenda Roberts; his grandparents, Mark and Ruth Emmert, and Howard and Necie Roberts.  

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, William and Jazmine Roberts, and Cameron Roberts; his sister and brother-in-law, Christina and Kevin Fatherree; his grandchildren, Liam Roberts and Avalyn Roberts all of Lockesburg; a nephew and niece, Stefan and Trista Fatherree, and a number of friends and family.

Funeral services for Mr. Roberts will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in the Lockesburg Methodist Church with Terry Chapman officiating. Burial to follow in Bellville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

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

 

 

Lila Jeffcoat Miller

Mrs. Lila Jeffcoat Miller entered into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 1, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Miller was the youngest daughter of Barney A. Jeffcoat and Bertha J. Priest Jeffcoat born on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1929, in Sevier County, Arkansas, where she was a lifelong resident.

She was preceded in death by her parents, the love of her life, J.C. (Jake) Miller, Jr. on October 29, 2007, and her sister Matha Faye Goode. Lila graduated from De Queen High School in 1947; she then attended Capital City Business College before returning to De Queen. Upon returning to De Queen she was hired by Dierks Company for a short time before being employed by the US Dept. of Agriculture in the ASCS office where she worked for over 35 years. She also served as the treasurer for the Mt. Ida Cemetery Association for 37 years.

She married Jake on May 19, 1956, and attended Geneva Missionary Baptist Church from that time on. They were blessed with two children who survive her, son Ricky J Miller and wife, Karla Miller; daughter Brenda Shipman and husband David; two grandchildren, Joshua Shipman, Jarah Shipman Russell and spouse, Steven Russell, in addition to many other relatives and friends.

Services for Mrs. Miller will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 4, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Travis Lane officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, where her great grandparents donated land for the cemetery in 1892.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., before the service.

The family will be at Mrs. Miller's home at 355 Farm to Market road in De Queen.

Donations can be made to Mt. Ida Cemetery Association, C/O Risa Krantz, 941 E. Stilwell Ave. De Queen, AR 71832

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

Jimmy Wayne Lamproe

Mr. Jimmy Wayne Lamproe, age 56, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at his home.

He was born September 29, 1961, in Van Buren, Arkansas.  He was an employee of Tyson Foods.

Mr. Lamproe was preceded in death by his parents, Rubin and Lucille Marie Chamberland Lamproe; and two sisters, Betty Desalvo and infant Carolyn.

He is survived by two daughters, Victoria Diaz of Grannis, and Natasha Lamproe Martin of Fort Smith, Arkansas; four brothers, Darrell Lamproe, Gary Lamproe, Larry Lamproe, and Paul Lamproe; three sisters, Dorothy Mendoza, Ruby Chism, and Denise Fulfer; and four granddaughters, Bianca Diaz, Alyssa, Lillian, and Chole Martin.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements made under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Mr. Elbie Cannon, Sr.

Mr. Elbie Kirkman Cannon, Sr., age 76, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, February 24, 2018, at his home.

He was born to Johnnie Kirkman and Thelma Ruth Moore Cannon in Cooper, Texas, on February 8, 1942. He was retired, and enjoyed all outdoor activities, including fishing, and hunting. He loved the lake and camping, and was an animal lover, especially dogs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Chester Cannon and J. L. Cannon, three sisters, Evelyn Voyles, Ethel George, and Marie Kirby.

He is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Tammy Arneson of Stephenville, Texas, Debbie and Paul Harris of Greenville, Mississippi, and Laura and Bob Lange of Katy, Texas, two sons and daughters-in-law, Elbie Kirkman, Jr. and Alicia Cannon of Covington, Louisiana, and Anthony and Teresa Cannon of Hot Springs, Arkansas, five brothers and a sister-in-law, Ray and Ann Cannon of Wickes, Arkansas, Don Cannon of Alvarado, Texas, Cecil Cannon of Texas, Kenneth Cannon of Midlothian, Texas, and Bruce Cannon of Atoka, Oklahoma, six grandchildren, Zachary Harris of Greenville, Mississippi, Cera Lange, Kelsey Lange both of Katy, Texas, Kelly Cannon and Austin Cannon and Dalton Dowell all of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and a number of nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Funeral Services for Mr. Elbie Cannon, Sr. will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Russell McNeeley officiating. Burial will follow in Daniel Cemetery, Wickes, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, March 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com. Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital at www.shrinershospitals.org or St. Jude Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org.
 

 

Mrs. Arlene Martin

Mrs. Valerie Arlene Hosey Martin, age 85, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, February 24, 2018, in the Bear Creek Healthcare, De Queen.

Mrs. Martin was born to Ira and Pearl Tullis Hosey on July 16, 1932, in the Schaal Community in Howard County, Arkansas. She was a member of the Church of Christ in De Queen, as well as, the Sunshine Club, Union Quilting Club, and the Red Hat Club. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, Jack Moulder and Henry Martin, and two brothers, Billy Wayne Hosey and Dale Hosey.

She is survived by three daughters, Sharon Diaz, Carolyn Ng, both of De Queen, Arkansas, and Valerie Sue Levein of Corpus Christi, Texas; one brother, Jimmy Ray Hosey of Nashville, Arkansas; two sisters, Sandra Kay Hosey and Dorothy Hill, both of Mineral Springs, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren, Stacy Timmerman, Jeremy Diaz, Nicholas Diaz, Jennifer Gentry, Allen Ng, Benjamin Ng, Andrew Ng, Blake Levein, Amy Levein, Michael Levein, Bradley Gardner, and Shawn Gardner; thirteen great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Arlene Martin will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 2:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 28th, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

 

Melinda Jean Comstock Price

Mrs. Melinda Jean Comstock Price, age 56, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 25, 2018, at her home.
 
She was born January 8, 1962. She worked for Poulan, and Mission Plastics.
 
Mrs. Price was preceded in death by her father, Leon Comstock; two brothers, Rick and Johnny Comstock; and her sister, Regina Comstock.
 
She is survived by her husband, Jesse Price of Dierks; one son and daughter-in-law, Shannon and Kimberly Wallace of Corpus Christi, Texas; her mother, Minnie Jane Comstock of Dierks; her brother, Russell Comstock of Hot Springs, Arkansas; and two grandchildren.
 
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 28th at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks.
 
You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Leland Oaks

Mr. Leland Oaks, age 67, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born June 3, 1950 in Lubbock, Texas. He was a retired truck driver.

Mr. Oaks was preceded in death by his parents, John Oaks and Mildred Pennington Jackson; his step-father, Eddie Jackson and one grandson, Trisston Oaks.

He is survived by his wife, Allie Hile Oaks of Dierks; one son, Darrell Oaks also of Dierks; one daughter, Heather Marksberry of Houston, Texas; one granddaughter, Alexis Nicole Oaks and he had five brothers and two sisters.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Oaks will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 27, 2018, in the Fellowship Cemetery with Calvin Parker officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:00 p.m., Monday, February 26th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

Doris Edna (Gore) Kitzman

Mrs. Doris Edna (Gore) Kitzman, age 90, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 24, 2018, at her home.

She was born February 28, 1927 in the Stringtown Community in Sevier County, Arkansas to Wiley and Carrie “Pink” Gore. She was a homemaker and loved to garden and play games.

Mrs. Kitzman was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Andrew Charles Kitzman; and nine siblings.

She is survived by a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Kitzman will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 26, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in the Millwee Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m., Monday, February 26th, before the service.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Glen Dale Murry

Mr. Glen Dale Murry, age 79, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Friday, February 23, 2018 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born September 28, 1938. He was a retired supervisor for Tysons and was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Mr. Murry was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Hershel and Floy Scott Murry; and a brother, Charles Murry.

He is survived by his wife, Daisy Johnson Murry of Broken Bow; one son and daughter-in-law, Heath and Christie Murry of De Queen; one daughter, Idela Murry of Kilgore, Texas; two grandchildren, Hanna Murry and Rachel Hockaday; one sister, Betty Hinton of Winthrop, Arkansas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jimmy and Donna Murry of Winthrop and Tommy and Carolyn Murry of Winthrop; two step sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Susan Claborn of Wright City, Oklahoma and Danny and Barbara Roberts of Broken Bow; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Private memorial services for Mr. Murry will be held at a later date.

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

 

Vera Lavell "Dockie" (Gardner) Forbes

Mrs. Vera Lavelle “Dockie” (Gardner) Forbes, age 86, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, February 23, 2018, at Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born June 11, 1931, in Pike City, Arkansas. She was a former hairdresser and business owner and a member of the Westside Church of Christ.

Mrs. Forbes was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Wilma (Head) Gardner; a daughter, Linda Mounts, a brother, Tamper Gardner and three sisters, Marie Gilleylen, Eunice Lingo and Lucille Cross.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Forbes of Dierks, a daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Steve Lites of Dierks, a son-in-law, Terry Mounts, of Dierks; three grandchildren, Kerry McBride of Dierks, Chad Lites of De Queen and Narissa Whisenhunt of Hot Springs, nine great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and special friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Forbes will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 25, 2018, at Westside Church of Christ in Dierks with Robert Peek and James McRae officiating. Burial will follow in Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 24th at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

William Aubrey "Sonny" Helms

Mr. William Aubrey “Sonny” Helms, age 78, a resident of Provo, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Mine Creek Nursing and Rehab in Nashville.

He was born July 14, 1939 in Nashville, Arkansas to Marvin William and Clarene Sherman Helms.

Mr. Helms was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Marvin Helms, Jr. and one sister, Sheryl Helms Eudy.

He is survived by two sisters, Betty Teat of Irving, Texas and Linda Harper of Sheridan, Arkansas; five brothers and four sisters in-law, Billy Jack and Vera Helms of Ashdown, Arkansas, Mickey Helms of Provo, Derrel and Jackie Helms of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Terry and Debbie Helms of Provo, and Kem and Anita Helms of Provo; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mr. Helms will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 19, 2018, in the McHorse Cemetery with Bro. Jerrel Helms officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

Donna Darlene Bowden

Mrs. Donna Darlene Goforth Bowden, age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, February 16, 2018, at her home.

She was born July 24, 1942, in Bates, Arkansas. She was a teacher’s aide, nurse’s aide, and caregiver to her “special child”, Beau Anthony Hughes.

Mrs. Bowden was preceded in death by her parents, Rafel and Morene Campbell Goforth and her husband, Jack Bowden.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Trini Bowden of De Queen; one daughter, Brenda Wedehase and companion, Vernon Parks of Holly Beach, Louisiana; one sister, Arlene Goforth of Visalia, California; one grandson, Patrick Wedehase and wife, Amy of De Queen; two great-grandsons, Logan Wedehase and Aidyn Cruz Gomez; two great-granddaughters, Cambree and Brynleigh Fromme; and a number of nieces and nephews.

No service is scheduled at this time.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Danita Lynn Honea

Danita Lynn Honea, age 56, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, Feb 14th at her home.

She was born to Vince Ray and Peggy Jean Rumph Honea in McKinney, Texas, on September 27, 1961.  She was a homemaker, and enjoyed crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her mother, Peggy Honea of De Queen, five daughters, Christina McKibbin of Marshall Town, Iowa, Emily Vise of Poteau, Oklahoma, Jeniffer Honea of Newton, Iowa, Laura Drennom and Elizabeth Drennom both of Marshall Town, Iowa, two sisters, Donna Lacy of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, Delina Hill of Horatio, Arkansas, two brothers, Douglas Honea of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Doyle “Wayne” Honea of Gautier, Mississippi, and five grandchildren. 

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

 

 

 

Robert Newton Smith

Robert Newton Smith, 88, of Haworth, Oklahoma, passed to his heavenly home on Monday, February 12, 2018. Robert was born May 15, 1929, in Boswell, Oklahoma, to Ray Smith and Kate Balch Smith. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and four sisters.

Robert was a veteran of the Korean War where he served in the United States Army. He enjoyed calf roping, horse trading and ranching. Robert was retired from the Sevier County Road Department.

His memory will be forever cherished by his wife of 37 years, Helen Smith; his kids, Robert Dale Wright and wife Lavonna of De Queen, Arkansas, Donna Dorsey and husband Billy of Haworth, Oklahoma, Connie Crawford and husband Russ of Longview, Texas; grandsons, Blake Dorsey of Haworth (who was Papa's best bud and the apple of his eye), Robert Lorance and wife Laura of Redwater, Texas, David Lewis and wife Cherie of Redwater, Texas; Mark Lorance and wife Kristi of Rome, Texas; granddaughter, Stephanie Harven and husband Cliff of Fouke, Arkansas; great grandson, Tanner Lorance of Redwater; one sister, Leota McKinney of Andrews, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews; a special niece, Rhonda Lincoln of Haworth, who called and checked on her uncle Robert daily, and niece, Patsy Madley of Ft. Worth, Texas, who always stayed in touch with her uncle Robert.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at Cerro Gordo Cemetery in Cerro Gordo, Arkansas at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 17, 2018, with Ray Brown officiating.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

 

Majorie "Big Moma" Allen

Mrs. Majorie “Big Moma” Allen, age 82, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018, in Howard Memorial Hospital.

She was born on March 4, 1935, in Dierks. She was a poultry farmer for 32 years and attended Mt. View Baptist Church and Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Hazel Stokes Wilson; her husband, Marlin Allen, Sr.; one brother, Herman Wilson; one sister, Bonnie Glover; and one son, Ray Allen.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Marlin Allen, Jr. and Carolyn Allen and Randy and Tamara Allen all of Dierks; one daughter and son-in-law, Thresa and Michael Thomas also of Dierks; one sister, Bennie Lockwood of Clarksville, Arkansas; one daughter-in-law, Sharon Allen of Dierks; nine grandchildren, DeWayne Allen, Donnie Allen, Mike Allen, Karen Kitchens, Brandon Jackson, Justin Allen, Cathren Smith, George Thomas and Gracie Thomas and a number of great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Allen will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 16, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Henry Bateman and Ray Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in Greens Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 15th at the funeral home chapel in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

 

Mauriene F. Young Sullivan

Mrs. Mauriene F. Young Sullivan, age 72, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, February 12, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

Mauriene was born March 29, 1945, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker. Not a day went by that she wasn’t trying to help someone; she had the biggest heart and the best iced tea around. Mauriene had a smile that would light up a room and always a kind word and hug to go along with it. She never met a stranger and welcomed everyone into her home as if they were her own. She devoted her life to her kids and grandkids and will be missed by many.

Mrs. Sullivan was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Dale Sullivan; her parents, Carl Young and LaVerne Cornelius Roan; a sister, Fredia Leathers; and a son, Todd Smith.

She is survived by three daughters and their spouses, Schelly and Rick Paul of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Debi and Roger Rios of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Amanda and Heath Culp of De Queen; five grandchildren, Jonathan and Darnell Paul, Harley and Hailey Culp, and Addison Rios; two brothers, Jerry Young of Dardanelle, Arkansas, and Danny Young of Texarkana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mrs. Sullivan will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 17, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Jimmy Roden officiating.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Jesus Fraire Rubio

Mr. Jesus Fraire Rubio, age 34, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, February 9, 2018, in Little River County.

He was born September 20, 1983 in Durango, Mexico. He was employed by Pilgrims, attended St. Barbara Catholic Church, and coached his son’s soccer team.

Mr. Rubio was preceded in death by an infant son, Brayan Rubio and his father, Jose Isabel Fraire.

He is survived by his wife, Raquel Fraire; two sons, Jordy and Brandon; two daughters, Ashley and Itzel; his mother, Rosa Rubio; one brother, Hector Rubio; four sisters, Laura, Lillianna, Yartiza, and Esmerelda; and a number of other relatives.

A vigil service including the Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Rubio will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 17, 2018 in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarez officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

A benefit account has been set up for Jesus and Axel at First State Bank in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Jaydon Axel Fraire

Jaydon Axel Fraire, age 3, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 10, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born November 8, 2014 in Texarkana.

Axel was preceded in death by his father, Jesus Fraire Rubio.

Axel is survived by his mother, Raquel Fraire; two brothers, Jordy and Brandon; two sisters, Ashley and Itzel; his grandmother, Rosa Rubio and Maria and Manuel Martinez; two uncle, Hector Fraire and Jesus Martinez; six aunts, Laura, Lillianna, Yartiza, Esmerelda, Esperanza and Manuela Martinez; and a number of other relatives.

A vigil service including the Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center.

Funeral Mass for Axel Fraire will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 17, 2018 in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarez officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

A benefit account has been set up for Jesus and Axel at First State Bank in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Fred Dickerson

Mr. Fred Dickerson, age 88, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Friday, February 9, 2018 in the Little River Nursing and Rehab, Ashdown.

He was born to R. D. and Beulah Westmoreland Dickerson in Vivian, Louisiana, on October 25, 1930. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U. S. Navy, and was retired from Red River Army Depot.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Syble Marie Dickerson, a grandchild, Allan Johnson, and all of his siblings.

He is survived by a daughter, Debra Christene Lewis of Foreman, Arkansas, three grandchildren, Amanda Johnson, Layne Johnson, and Chris Dollarhide, four great-grandchildren, Thomas Greys, Lilly Greys, Kayla Dollarhide, and Garrett Dollarhide, and a number of nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

John Harold Lawrence

Mr. John Harold Lawrence, age 83, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, February 9, 2018, at his home.

He was born April 5, 1934 in Nathan, Arkansas. He was a former employee of Weyerhaeuser, a U.S. Navy veteran, and a member of the Dierks Church of Christ.

Mr. Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, John W. and Vica Oma Porter Lawrence.

He is survived by his wife, Henriellen Coleman Lawrence of Dierks; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Ashley Lawrence of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two granddaughters, Madison and Ila Lawrence; and a number of nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2018 in the Dierks Church of Christ with Jerry Mounts officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Rev. Clista Lemons

Rev. Clista Norene Lowry Lemons, age 79, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 10, 2018 in the De Queen Medical Center, De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born in Ranger, Texas, on April 18, 1938, to T. O. and Jauidell Reese Lowry.

She was a minister of the Gospel, retired from Tyson Foods, a former employee of Weyerhaeuser, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed painting, her fish, ceramics, and cherished the time spent with family, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 55 years, Rev. Lee Edwards Lemons, her parents, two sister, Wilda Odvia Lowry, Myrtle Lucille Cowart, a daughter-in-law, Kim Gogo, and a grandson, Jagger Thompson.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Chinna and Gary Jones of Umpire, Arkansas, three sons and a daughter-in-law, Kevin and Kim Lemons of Simms, Texas, Opie Lemons and Lee Lemons, Jr. both of Horatio, 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside memorial services for Rev. Clista Lemons will be held Thursday, February 15, 2018, in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Delmon Williamson

Mr. Delmon Everett Williamson, age 71, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 6, 2018 in the Arkansas Heart Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas

He was born to Everett Preston and Edith Velma Pickett Williamson in De Queen, Arkansas, on April 22, 1946 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the U. S. Marines, and also served in the Army Reserve. He was retired Weyerhaeuser Company with 34 years service. He was a Baptist, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering, and was an avid reader.

Above all, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and cherished the time spent with family. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Chad Williamson, a grandson, Dylan Blake Heikes, and a brother, Kelvin Williamson.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Williamson of De Queen, three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Edward and Amber Williamson, Scott Dewayne and Lacie Williamson all of De Queen, Jimmy Wayne and Cathy Eastman of Nashville, Arkansas, two daughters and sons-in-law, Sarah Jane and Keith Short of Horatio, and Kristi Lavon and James Heikes of Lockesburg, fourteen grandchildren, Kimberly, Dakota, Hannah, Shawn, Isaiah, Alle, Daniel, Tanner, Ashlyn, Zachary, Zoey, Riley, Reese, and Brandon, Two sisters and a brother-in-law, Loraine and Howard Adcock of De Queen, and Elaine Dugan of Horatio. Delmon is also survived by his wife’s family, his brothers-in law, David and his wife, Suzanne Churchwell and John and his wife, Lucretia Churchwell all of Eagletown, Oklahoma, a sister-in-law, Rhonda and her husband, Justin Smith of Texarkana, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services of Mr. Delmon Williamson will be held at 2:00P.M., Sunday, February 11, 2018 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday, February 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.



 

Mr. Tim Brotherton

Mr. Timothy Haskell Brotherton, age 70, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, February 5, 2018 in Hospice of Texarkana.

Tim was born to Haskell and Ressie Bradley Brotherton on February 19, 1947 in Branch, Arkansas. He owned and operated Brotherton Timber Company for 46 years in Winthrop, Arkansas. He served in the military with the Arkansas National Guard, a member of the De Queen Rotary Club, and formerly served on the De Queen School Board for 17 years. He was a member of the Sweet Home Masonic where he was a 32 degree Mason. He enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors for Diamond Bank and was a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen, where he was former superintendent of the adult Sunday School. Above all, he was a loving and kind husband, father, PaPa, uncle and friend to all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife of 31 years, Judy Brotherton, and a brother, Jim Brotherton.

He is survived by his wife of over 15 years, Debbie Brotherton, two daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and John Ponder of Mena, Arkansas, and Allison and David Crawford of De Queen, a step-daughter, Jennifer and her husband Nathan Bickle of Warner Robbins, Georgia, three grandsons, Zach Hodges of McAlester, Oklahoma, T. J. Bigham, and Nathan Hodges both of De Queen, two step-grandsons, Jonathan Bickle and Seth Bickle both of Warner Robbins, Georgia, four step-granddaughters, Colby Singleton of Mena, Arkansas, Macy Leggett of Cabot, Arkansas, Codi Crawford and Sally Kate Crawford both of Nashville, Arkansas, one brother and sister-in-law, Dwight and Elaine Brotherton of Waldron, Arkansas, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Gloria and Mike Dunn of Charleston, Arkansas, and Regina Kirkpatrick of De Queen, Arkansas

Funeral Services for Mr. Tim Brotherton will be held Thursday February 8, 2018 at 2:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ray Reynolds and Steve Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com. Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of De Queen or the Hospice of Texarkana, 2407 Galleria Oaks Dr., Texarkana, Texas 75501


 

Mrs. Nancy Massey

Mrs. Nancy Straughn Robertson Massey passed away peacefully at her home and went to see the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 in Horatio, Ar. She was born February 17, 1941 in Houston, Texas.

She was a retired farmer and USDA inspector. She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in De Queen. Her passions in life included scuba diving, spearfishing, travelling, flying and other adventures as well as enjoying the company of family and friends. She loved to laugh and always wore a smile on her face. She was a loving and caring person, devoted wife, mother and friend, always thinking of others first. "To know her was to love her."

She was preceded in death by her parents, Renfro Robertson and Mary Marshall Ferguson Robertson. She was also preceeded in death by her beloved mother-in-law, Coleene Jackson Massey.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 55 years, T.C. Massey of Horatio; one son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Shelly Massey of Thompson, North Dakota; one sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Brooks Barron of Mena. She is also survived by five grandchildren and three grandchildren-in-law: Jayson and Melanie Massey of Franklin, Indiana; Patrick and Caitlyn Massey of De Queen; Jennifer and Kyle Albert of Flagstaff, Arizona; Tyler Massey of Flagstaff; and Brody Morgan Monreal. She leaves behind her beloved caregivers, Kathy Parker, Brandy Henthorn, Jennifer Biddle, Kara Kight, all of De Queen, and Jessica Barnett of Horatio. She will be sorely missed by all.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 5 from 5-7 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6 at Grace Baptist Church at 487 Highway 71 north of De Queen, with Rev. Tim Johnson officiating. 

The family asks memorial donations be made to the American Alzheimer's Foundation by visiting www.alzfdn.org or mailing: Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

 

Diane Louise Smith

Mrs. Diane Louise Smith, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at her home.
 
She was born December 10, 1930, in North Hollywood, California. Mrs. Smith was a member of Memorial Baptist Church, the Saturday morning Breakfast Club at the Ranch House, a cheerleader at De Queen High School, loved floral design, and was an avid Razorback fan.
 
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis E. Smith and her parents Henry Hayden and Clarice Olevia Weaver Cheek.
 
She is survived by her son, Victor Smith of Danbury, Connecticut; her daughter, Cindy Creamier of De Queen; a sister, Sherry Coley of Ozark, Arkansas; her grandsons, Ryan Smith of Houston, Texas, Garrett Smith of Austin, Texas, and Dean Smith of Danbury; her granddaughters and grandson-in-law, Mindy and Aaron Kelley of Haslet, Texas, and Lindsey Smith of Danbury; her great-grandchildren, Chloe Smith of Houston, Texas, Jaylin and Kaden Smith of Blanco, Texas, and Rylie and Harper Kelley of Haslet; and a number of nieces and nephews.  
 
Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 3, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Joe Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery.
 
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, February 2, 2018, at the funeral home.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Mr. Eddy Joe Turner

Mr. Eddy Joe Turner, age 83, a resident of Rogers, Arkansas, and former resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, January 30, 2018, in Springdale, Arkansas.

He was born to Thomas Edward and Florence Addie Tyler Turner in New Hope, Arkansas on June 2, 1934. He was retired owner of the Chandler-Turner Ford Sales in De Queen. He worked in administration for Tyson Foods, and after his retirement, he was a salesman for Moore Chevrolet. He also worked part time for Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen. He was a member of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed yard work and horse back riding. He loved his family and cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of over 53 years, Faye Lemley Turner, and his siblings, Loyd Turner, Eule Turner, Clarence Turner, Gerald Turner, and Glen Dee Turner.

Eddy Joe is survived by one son, Eddy Joe “Joey” Turner, Jr. of Dierks, Arkansas, four grandchildren, Ashley Faye and her husband, David Daniel of Rogers, Arkansas, Trenton and his wife, Melissa Turner of Dierks, Landon Turner and his fiancée Katelyn Baldwin of De Queen, Autumn Turner and her fiancée, Levi Christenberry of Springdale, Arkansas, ten great-grandchildren, Kelton, Koleane, Kellie, Lexi, Layni, Andrew, Addison, Treyson, Zoey, and Kaden, one sister, Wildia Prather of Mena, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Eddy Joe Turner will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Ken Rogers and Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home.

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


 

J. D. Kersey

J. D. Kersey, age 94, of Kirby, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

He was born on March 23, 1923 in Hopper, the son of Carl Clifton Kersey and Lyda V. Coffman Kersey. On October 11, 1947 he married Opal Johnson Kersey who preceded him in death on February 21, 1996. He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Alicia Kersey; his parents; four brothers, Carl Kersey, Jr., Curtis Kersey, M. C. Kersey and Boyd Kersey; and two sisters, Monravia Henson and Coy Freeda “Tiny” Bell.

J. D. was Missionary Baptist in his faith and pastored several churches in his early life. He was a United States Army veteran and served in World War II. He grew up in a big family and had wonderful memories of his childhood that would shape the rest of his life. He was a farmer and worked in the timber industry. J. D. was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed doing many things which included growing a vegetable garden every year, walking in the woods with his squirrel dog, Odie, hunting, and keeping his fence rows clean.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Alex Kersey of Lockesburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Larry White of Kirby; four grandchildren, Shawna Talkington and her husband Mike, Tracy Moncus, Adam Kersey and Aaron Smith; six great-grandchildren, Sydney, Austin, Emma, Jasmine, Jude and Emmy; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Kirby and Marie Kersey and Billy and Mary Kersey, all of Kirby, Harold Kersey of Provo and Dortha Kersey of Arkadelphia; one sister and brother-in-law, Quilla and Joe White of Mount Pleasant, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 3, 2018, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Glenwood, with Bro. Bobby Golden officiating.

Visitation will be Saturday, 2:30 PM until service time.

Interment will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brian Haley, Harold Kersey, Jr., R. T. “Cisco” Henson III, Austin Talkington, Aaron Smith and Chris Kersey.

Memorials may be made to the Ebenezer Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 131, Kirby, Arkansas 71950.

Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com

 

Jo Helen Walthour

Mrs. Jo Helen Walthour, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 31, 2018, in De Queen.
 
She was born May 8, 1936, in Magnet Cove, Arkansas.  She was a bookkeeper for the De Queen School District for 14 years and a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen.
 
Mrs. Walthour was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Willie Smith Sexton; three brothers and one sister.
 
She is survived by her husband, Howard Walthour of De Queen; two sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Crystal Walthour of De Queen and Steve and Lauren Walthour of Mico, Texas; one daughter, Cheryl Gallop of Garner, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Tessa Walthour, Jennifer Gallop and John Gallop; two sisters, Kay White of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Vivian Albritton of Little Rock, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.
 
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Walthour will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2018 in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Rev. Josh Herweck officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. Joseph Glenn

Mr. Joseph Addison Glenn, Sr., age 75, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at his home.

He was born to Arlie Marcus and Avis Barnett Glenn in Fraziers Bottom, West Virginia, on October 12, 1942. He was a truck driver, for Bean Lumber Company, where he received an award for driving a million miles with no accidents. He attended the First Baptist Church of Wickes, and he enjoyed woodworking, and traveling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, Xylphia Elouise Qualls Glenn, and Cledith Welcher Glenn, and a sister, Janet Glenn.

He is survived by two sons, Joseph Addison Glenn, Jr. of Fraziers Bottom, West Virginia, and Michael Glenn of Buffalo, West Virginia, a daughter, Charlotta Gail Glenn of Buffalo, West Virginia, four step-sons, Steve Hedrick of Wickes, and Bobby Hedrick of Moss Point, Mississippi, Raymond Wilcher and Jimmy Wilcher both of Wickes, two step-daughters Diana Gravely of Huntington, West Virginia, and Denise Piearcy of Mena, Arkansas, a very special friend, Rhonda Frachiseur of Wickes, five grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Joseph Glenn will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 27, 2018 in the Daniel Cemetery, Wickes with Bro. John Wisinger officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Morris Clay Gore

Mr. Morris Clay Gore, age 65, a resident of Dallas, Texas, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.

He was born January 6, 1953, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was an attorney in Dallas and a member of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.

Mr. Gore was preceded in death by his mother, Cora Faye Young Gore; and one sister, Kathy Gore Phillips.

He is survived by his wife Cindy Gore; two daughters and son-in-law, Nicole Gore and Natalie Gore Campbell and Ian Campbell, all of Dallas; his father, Henry Gore of Aledo, Texas; one sister, Jan Padilla and her husband Eddie, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and a brother-in-law, Paul Phillips of Arlington, Texas.

Funeral services for Mr. Gore will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 27, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen. Burial will follow at Millwee Cemetery in Horatio, Arkansas.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, one hour prior to the service.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Gary Joe Shotts

Mr. Gary Joe Shotts, age 60, a resident of Newalla, Oklahoma, died Saturday, January 20, 2018, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

He was born August 21, 1957, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mr. Shotts was a welder and a United States Navy Veteran.

Mr. Shotts was preceded in death by his mother, Teresa Irene Teel Shotts.

He is survived by his wife, Paveena Shotts; his daughters, Wiphada Pansa-nga and Samantha and Darrell Simpson and their children, Rylan and Kendall; a son, Garan Beau and wife Jazmin Shotts; his father, Robert Lee Shotts; two sisters, Tina Brandon and her children, Aaron and Megan and Attilla Long and her children, Billy and Lisa.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mrs. Ofelia Angeles

Mrs. Ofelia Angeles, age 80, a resident of De Queen, died in De Queen, on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. She was born in Mexico on August 11, 1937. She was a homemaker, and a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church.

She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, sewing, and cherished her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Prospero Angeles, three infant children, and a sister, Melquiades Romero.

She is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law, Juan and Maria de Lourdes Angeles of Mexico, Nicolas and Candida Angeles, Pedro Angeles, and Dario and Monique Angeles all of De Queen, Arkansas, five daughters and sons-in-law, Irene and Rosendo Moreno of Hidalgo, Mexico, Amanda and Venustiano Gomez of De Queen, Maricela and Juan Ordonez of Mexico, Julia and Antonio Moreno of De Queen, and Veronica and Armando Lopez of Hope, Arkansas, a brother, Pompeyo Acosta of Hidalgo, Mexico, a sister, Simona Romero Lopez of Hidalgo, Mexico,21 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 10:00 A.M., in St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in De Queen. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. A Rosary and visitation will be at 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 24, 2018, in St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Rufus Burton Coulter

Mr. Rufus Burton Coulter, age 83, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 21, 2018, at his home.
 
He was born October 30, 1934, in Lockesburg.  He was a former Tyson employee, a farmer, a U.S. Navy veteran and member of the Lockesburg Church of Christ.
 
Mr. Coulter was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus Kearney and Violet Garner Coulter; one brother, Billy Garner Coulter and one sister, Mary Irene Duncan.
 
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bennie Tipton Coulter; three sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Ange Coulter, Michael and Lisa Coulter and Eric and Reba Coulter, all of Lockesburg; three grandchildren, Kayla Coulter, Lindsay Coulter and Benjamin Coulter and a number of nieces and nephews.
 
Funeral services for Mr. Coulter will be held at 2:00p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Jimmy Young officiating.  Burial will follow in Coulter Memorial Cemetery in Lockesburg.
 
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 23rd at the funeral home.
 
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Childrens Way, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mrs. Allie Isham

Mrs. Allie Emogene Rose Isham, age 89, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 21, 2018, in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born to Edward Daniel and Lillie Abitha Woodall Rose on December 21, 1928 in Danville, Arkansas. She was a CNA, having worked in Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith, and both the Nashville Hospital and Nursing Home, as well as a homemaker. She and Bro. Jack were members of Nix Chapel, and she enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking, singing, flowers, and gardening, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Marshal Rose, Iva Marsh, Joe Rose, Oscar Rose, Roy Rose, and Faye Rose, a grandchild, Roger Sharp, and a great-grandchild, Destiny Winslow.

She is survived by her husband of over 73 years, Jack Isham of Dierks, Arkansas, two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Don and Barbara Isham of Waldron, Arkansas, Joseph David and Joan Isham of Dierks, four daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn Jean and Junior Allen of Dierks, Tyjunah and Richard Winslow of Rolling Fork, Mississippi, Jessie Ann and David White, and Jackie Lyons all of Dierks, thirteen grandchildren, Dewayne Allen, Donny Allen, Michael Allen, Bruce Isham, Jennifer Galinato, Mark Isham, Keturah Blackburn, Ricky Winslow, Gene Clevenger, Tiffany Smith, Jonathan Isham, Zeke Pennington, and Katelyn Proffit, thirty three great-grandchildren and nineteen great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Charles Rose, and a special niece, Pam Moore Crawford.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Allie Isham will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in the Old Liberty Cemetery, Dierks, Arkansas with Joe and Jerry Isham officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

 

Ethel Waldon

Mrs. Ethel Lorene Waldon, age 95, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 21, 2018, at her home.
 
She was born July 1, 1922, in Ultima Thule, Arkansas.  She was a homemaker, restaurant manager and member of the De Queen Church of Christ.
 
Mrs. Waldon was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Mackie Clark Wolf; her husband, Oliver J. Waldon; an infant son, Curtis Gene Waldon; two brothers, Houston Wolf and Preston Wolf; two sisters, Bernice Dolph and Kathryn Gentry and one son-in-law, Harold Yates.
 
She is survived by four daughters and their spouses, Barbara and Billy Whisenhunt of Winthrop, Arkansas, Carolyn and Newal Yarbrough of Sour Lake, Texas, Jeanie and Mike Beck of Glendale, Arizona and LaDonna Yates of De Queen; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Denise Waldon of De Queen; 16 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.
 
Funeral services for Mrs. Waldon will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 26, 2018, in the De Queen Church of Christ with Toney Stowers and Benjamin Neeley officiating. Burial will follow in the Cane Creek Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home
 
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the funeral home.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Rayine Faith Hobbs

Rayine Faith Hobbs, infant daughter of April Thrash, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born December 31, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

Rayine is survived by her mother, April Thrash of De Queen, Arkansas; two uncles, James Venable of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and Richard Neese of De Queen; two aunts Kristel Bailey of Horatio, Arkansas, and Angela Bedford of Minnesota; her great grandmother, Ima Howard of De Queen; and a number of great uncles, great aunts, and cousins.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018 in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Flora Ann "Flo" Dickinson

Mrs. Flora Ann “Flo” Dickinson, age 96, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 21, 2018, at her home.
 
She was born February, 12, 1921, in Horatio. She was a retired home economics teacher and a member of the Horatio United Methodist Church.
 
Mrs. Dickinson was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. R.C. and Flora Belle Gray Dickinson; three brothers, Dr. Roger Dickinson, Dr. Bill Dickinson and Dr. Gordon Dickinson and two sisters, Bett Horne and Juanita Dean.
 
She is survived by 7 nieces and nephews.
 
Graveside services for Mrs. Dickinson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at Horatio Cemetery with Kelly Gage officiating, under the direction of the Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com


Mrs. Gladys Pressley

Mrs. Gladys Mae Harrison Pressley, age 72, a resident of Lockesburg, died Saturday, January 20, 2018 in the Hospice of Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Lloyd W. and Gladys Elizabeth Bassham Harrison on January 11, 1946 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. She was a member of the Harrison Church on the Hill, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed bowling, and an animal lover, especially her dog, Peanut, and her cat, Socks. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roger Pressley, and her siblings, Vernon Harrison, Benny Ray Harrison, Delores Cole, Vernell Jefferys, and Ethel Leathers.

She is survived by three daughters and two son-in-laws, Kathy and Kerry Irons, Kandie and Waine Irons, and Darla Pressley all of Lockesburg, a son and daughter-in-law, John and Sherry McKaughan of Ashland, Mississippi, seven grandchildren, Kyle Irons of Lockesburg, Deon Pressley of Texas, Leslie Wommack of Clarksville, Arkansas, Ashley Webb of Bentonville, Arkansas, Macy McKaughan, Michael Bennett of both of Ashland, Miss, and Kasey Allen of Lamar, Mississippi, five great-grandchildren, Zaelynn, Alayna, Emma, Kenslie, and Hayze Allen, one brother, Willie Jean Harrison of Lockesburg, and one sister, Barbara Sharp of Tyler, Texas.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Gladys Pressley will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 23, 2018 in the Belleville Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be on Monday, January 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.. at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

James Leo Boyd

Mr. James Leo Boyd, age 91, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, January 19, 2018, at Dierks Health & Rehab.
 
He was born July 25, 1926, in Centerpoint, Arkansas. Mr. Boyd drove a propane truck for Synergy Gas and was a United States Army Veteran who served during World War II.
 
Mr. Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Craven and Mattie Trott Boyd; his wife, Nancy Allen Boyd; one son, Allen Boyd; one brother, Duane Boyd; one sister, Charldeane Boyd; and one great grandson, William Brawley.
 
He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Jimmye Lou and Tommy Jordan of De Queen and Ena Lynn Pemberton of Charleston, Arkansas; 5 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchildren.
 
A private memorial service for Mr. Boyd will be held at a later.
 
Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Joyce Evans

Mrs. Joyce Evans, age 71, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 18, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.
 
She was born February 15, 1946.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and  LeeJoy Alice Slaton Evans and  one brother, Walter Evans.

She is survived by survived by several cousins.

Funeral services for Mrs. Evans will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 22, 2018, in the Old Town Cemetery in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma.
 
 You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

Mr. Silvestre Flores-Sanchez, Jr.

Mr. Silvestre Flores-Sanchez, Jr., age 38, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in the Plano Medical Center, following an automobile accident.

He was born to Silvestre Flores, Sr. and Micaela Sanchez-Flores on November 26, 1979 in Mexico City, Mexico. He was a restaurant business owner, and attended the First Assembly of God Church in De Queen. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, car shows, swimming, helicopter and car collecting, and cherished the time spent with his wife, children, mom, siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Silverstre Flores, Sr.; his grandparents, Bartolo Flores, Belen Espinoza, Nicolas Sanchez, and Agustina Moreno; as well as aunts and uncles.

He was survived by his wife, Aracely Flores of De Queen; his mother, Micaela Sanchez-Flores of Mexico City, Mexico; two sons, Allan Flores of Nashville, and Aaden Flores of Texarkana, Texas; three step-daughters, Ashley Abrego, Judith “his Flaca” Abrego, and Nailea Abrego, all of De Queen; one step-son, Alexander Abrego of De Queen; two sisters, Araceli Flores-Sanchez and her husband Mario Rodriguez of Mexico City, Mexico, and Maria Guadalape Flores-Sanchez and her husband Raymundo Alvarado of Idabel, Oklahoma; one brother, Marco Antonio Flores-Sanchez of Idabel, Oklahoma; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, January 20, 2018, in the St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen. Visitation will begin at 6:00 P.M., Friday, January 19, 2018, until service time Saturday, at the church. Cremation arrangements are under direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

(The family would prefer guest wear white clothing in honor of Silvestre to the service. Also, there will be a free reception, at Mary P.O.P.S., beginning at 4pm.)

 

Mr. John Haury

Mr. John E. Haury, age 51, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, January 17, 2019 at his home.

He was born to Tennyson Andrew and Frances Louise Madewell Haury in Watonga, Oklahoma on August 27, 1966. He was an employee of Pilgrim Processing Plant in De Queen, and was a Christian. He enjoyed Facebook, cooking and cherished the time spent with family and friends. John was a man with a very big soft heart. He loved life, loved his family and friends. He fought a long hard battle and finally won. He will be missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his father, a sister Leta Smith, and a special aunt, Margie Payne.

He is survived by his mother, Frances Willis of De Queen, his loving companion, Pedro Robles of De Queen, four brothers and a sister-in-law, Donald Loneman of El Reno, Oklahoma, Christopher, Cecil Haury, and James and Christy Haury all of De Queen, Arkansas, four sisters and a brother-in-law, Reta Mata of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sara Loneman of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Donna Loneman of De Queen Arkansas, and Evelyn and Jaime Espindola of Haworth, Oklahoma, and a number of nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Jennifer Haury, and a special nephew, Braden Haury, who had a special place in his heart.

Funeral Services for Mr. John Haury will be held at 10:00 A.M., on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Redman Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas. Visitation will be Friday, January 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message to www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Nora Sue Parker

Mrs. Nora Sue Crabtree Parker, age 76, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at her home.

She was born March 25, 1941 in in Lockesburg, Arkansas. She was retired from Wal-Mart and was a member of the Westside Church of Christ of Dierks.

Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Irene Bratcher Crabtree; and her husband, William “Von” Parker.

She is survived by her daughter, Connie Parker of Nash, Texas; and special cousins, Nancy Spence, Kay Crawford, James Bratcher, Helen Williams, Judy Aydelott, Fannie Lockeby, and Billy Livingston; and lots of great friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Parker will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 19, 2018, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Robert Peek officiating. Burial will follow in the Burg Cemetery.

Viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m. Friday, one hour prior to the service.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

"Granny" Patsy Ann Thompson

She was born to W. R. and Hazel A. Hampson Putty on June 11, 1939 in Odessa, Texas. She owned Lewis Mobil in Terrell, Texas, and retired from the Terrell State Hospital in Terrell, Texas. When she moved to De Queen, she worked as the elementary secretary/bookkeeper for the De Queen School System. She enjoyed traveling, especially cruises. She was an avid reader. She loved her students at the De Queen Public Schools, and loved her grand dogs, Buster, Sugar, Ellie Mae, Zoe, Maggie, and Molly. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Weldon Reagan “Buddy” Putty, Jr, her husband, Tom Thompson, and a son-in-law, Coy Dale Pitchford.

She is survived by a daughter, Lee Ann Pitchford of De Queen, Arkansas, two grandchildren and their spouses, Megan and Daniel England of Magnolia, Arkansas, and Ryan and Nico Nigo of Dallas, Texas, her great-grandchildren, Daniel McCoy and Addison Grace England of Magnolia, Arkansas, a brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Ester Ann Parker of Texas, a sister, Myrna Cooper of Horatio, Arkansas, five nieces, six nephews, and a number of great-nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Patsy Thompson will be held at 4:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Tatum, Minister, officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send online condolences at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Ella Faye Pettigrew

Mrs. Ella Faye Pettigrew, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, January 15, 2018, at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen.

She was born December 28, 1936, in Texarkana, Texas. She was a homemaker and member of the Williamson Community Church.

Mrs. Pettigrew was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Elon and Lillie Mae Burns Lawrence and her husband, Walter Pettigrew.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and James Griggs of Horatio, Arkansas and Brenda Sue and Russell Helms of Ashdown, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Dallas Pettigrew and William Pettigrew both of Horatio and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pettigrew will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Williamson Community Church with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 17th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Donna Gaddis Hefner

Mrs. Donna Gaddis Hefner, age 80, a resident of Mena, Arkansas, died Saturday, January 13, 2018, in Mena.

She was born on May 29, 1937, in Dierks, Arkansas. Mrs. Hefner worked in retail, was a homemaker, and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mena.

Mrs. Hefner was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Othel “Pap” and Vondal Alexander Gaddis and her husband, David Phillip Hefner.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Stan Craig of Mena; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jimmy Lovell of Mena and Jeff and Suzanne Lovell of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; one sister, Betty Johnson of Mena; one brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Kay Gaddis of Texarkana; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Donna Hefner will be held at 10:00 a .m., Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Randolph Emerson officiating. Burial will follow in the Greens Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Mr. Ernest Staggs

Mr. Ernest Leonard Staggs, age 80, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, January 12, 2018, in Bear Creek Nursing & Rehab, De Queen.

He was born to George William and Mamie Chandler Staggs in Horatio, Arkansas on June 23, 1937. He served in the military with the U S Army, and was a member of the Horatio Assembly of God Church, and made his living as a car detailer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Floyd Staggs.

He is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph and Juanita Staggs of Horatio, Donald and Laura Staggs of Miami, Oklahoma, a sister and brother-in-law, Evelyne & James Archer of Healdton, Oklahoma, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Ernest Staggs will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, January 15, 2018 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. John Gutierres officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Sandra Lynn Roberts

Sandra Lynn Roberts, age 75, passed away on January 3, 2018.

Mrs. Roberts was born on December 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee to Norma and Marvin Gambill. She was a 32 year resident of the Camas-Portland area and was the co-owner and operator of several automotive dealerships with her husband, Bob.

Sandra was preceded in death by her husband Bob, her parents, and two brothers. 

Survivors include her son, Gary Fleenor of Vancouver, Washington; daughter, Debora Smith of Arkansas; stepson, Milford "Butch" Roberts of Arkansas; adopted sons, Jesse and James Roberts of Vancouver; adopted daughter, Ricki Roberts Saul of South Carolina; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and a host of loving family and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Roberts will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 14, 2018, in the Cossatot Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com


Mr. Vernon Shelton

Mr. Vernon Clarence Shelton, age 83, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Wednesday, January 10th in the De Queen Medical Center.

He was born to Clarence Jackson and Myrtle Viola Vanscoder Shelton in Shinewell, Oklahoma on March 15, 1934. He served in the military with the US Navy, and was retired from the State of Oklahoma where he was a Forest Ranger Chief. He was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church of De Queen, where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cows, and cherished the time spent with family, especially his grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Clifford Shelton, Inez Clark, Della Hill, Betty Watson, and Emmitt Shelton.

He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Maudie Davis Shelton of Eagletown, Okla.,a son and daughter-in-law, Darrell Vernon “Buddy” and Carla Shelton of De Queen, Two grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, Bryan Scott and Ashley Shelton of De Queen, and Randall Eric Shelton of Ozark, Arkansas, a great-grandson, Jaxon Ty Shelton of De Queen, five brothers and sisters-in-law, Olen and Jimmie Ann Shelton of Shinewell, Oklahoma, Charles and Barbara Shelton, Roger and Judy Shelton all of Goodwater, Okla., and Larry and Linda Shelton of Horatio, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Evelene Davis of Goodwater, Oklahoma, and Shirley and Cy Davis of Eagletown, Oklahoma, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Vernon Shelton will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 14, 2018 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. George Frachiseur officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the West Otis Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Saturday, January 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

 

Arvil Don Lott

Mr. Arvil Don Lott, age 86, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at Dierks Health & Rehab.
 
He was born November 4, 1931, in Osage County, Oklahoma. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a heavy equipment operator at Weyerhaeuser for 40 years, and a member of the Bethany Baptist Church.
 
Mr. Lott was preceded in death by his parents, Henderson H. and Nora Dixon Lott; his stepmother, Ethel Lott; two brothers Clayton Lott, and Grady Lott; and two sisters, Willow Staggs, and Helen Holloway.
 
He is survived by his three sons and a daughter-in-law, Donnie Lott of Brunho, Idaho, Terry and Maureen Lott of Wenonah, New Jersey, and Ronnie Lott of Dierks; two brothers, Jay Lott of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and Ronald Lott of Ashdown, Arkansas; a sister, Hazel Pinson of Nashville, Arkansas; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
 
A memorial service for Mr. Lott will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Bro. Travis Lane officiating.
 
Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 
You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Wanda Vaughn

Our wonderful, beloved mother and friend Wanda Lucille Neddersen Vaughn left us to be with God on January 3, 2018, surrounded by her family.

Wanda was born on October 29, 1932 in Arkansas. She lived on both sides of the country, eventually graduating from Benicia High School on June 6, 1951, in California.  During her young adult life, Wanda lived in several places, including Viet Nam, but most was spent in Southern California. Eventually, in 1989, Wanda was called back to De Queen, Arkansas to be closer to her wonderful mother. She ultimately took care of her until her passing.  Wanda proudly attended the Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen, Arkansas where she had the most wonderful devoted and loving friends.  She referred to them as her church family.

Wanda was a book keeper by trade, but ultimately followed her passion in sewing and was a tailor.  She started a teddy bear making business out of her home where she made and sold teddy bears of all kinds and styles.  She spread so much joy with her sewing talents and with her witty jokes that made everyone full of joy around her. She met and married her late husband, Vernon, where they shared the last part of their life together in Arkansas.  Wanda was moved by her daughter, Rhonda, to California in June of 2017 to be with her family. She so enjoyed being with her family and friends and participating in all our family activities in the last part of her precious life. We will miss her more than words can describe.

Wanda was preceded in death by her daughter, Pam Rasmussen, her husband, Vernon Vaughn, and her parents John H Brown, and Lela Mae Brown.  She is survived by her son Butch Rasmussen and wife Caree of Moreno Valley, Ca., daughter Rhonda L. Welch and husband Alan L. Welch of Wheatland, Ca., and son Richard H. Neddersen of Desert Hot Springs, California.  Her oldest grandsons Melvin C. Rasmussen, Christopher D. Purfor, Adam C. Mitchell, Michael Rasmussen and Matthew Rasmussen, granddaughters, Michelle McNally, Brandee Foster, great-granddaughters Ryleigh and Reagan Mitchell, her brother Billie D Brown and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Wanda Vaughn will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, January 13, 2018 in the Kern Heights Baptist Church, 822 North Ninth Street, De Queen.  Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery, Little River County, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  Visitation will be Friday, January 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home, 1015 West Collin Raye Drive, De Queen.

Reception Kern Heights Baptist following service.

 

Lonnie Leon Pressley, Sr.

Mr. Lonnie Leon Pressley, Sr. age 77, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, January 8, 2018, in Texarkana Texas.
 
He was born February 28, 1940, in Horatio, Arkansas.  He was retired after 39 years from Weyerhaeuser. He was a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church and Army National Guard.
 
Mr. Pressley was preceded in death by his parents, Monte and Susie Stinnett Pressley and eight siblings, Lanor Pressley, Madora Pressley, Lillie Pullium, Betty Reid, Eveline Johnson, Ruthie Ford, Alvie Pressley and T Bone Pressley.
 
He is survived by his wife of 55 of years, Marilyn Yandell Pressley; one son and daughter-in-law, Lonnie Bud Pressley, Jr. and Christa Pressley; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dina and Bennie Griffin and Lonnette and David Taylor; one brother and sister-in-law, Joseph Earnest and Lula Pressley; seven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
 
Funeral services for Mr. Pressley will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer and Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating.  Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery.
 
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 10th at the funeral home.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

 

Mr. Daniel Dunn

Mr. Daniel Lee Dunn, age 40, a resident of Fort Worth, Texas, died Thursday, January 4, 2018 in Fort Worth.

He was born to Thomas and Donna Watson Dunn in De Queen, Arkansas, on June 10, 1077. He was a 1996 graduate of De Queen High School, and was a journeyman lineman for Novinium, Inc, where he was the foreman. He enjoyed spending time at the lake, hunting, swimming and watching football.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charlie Lee Davis, a cousin, Kevin Castillo, and his aunts, Lydia Bowers and Lisa Lopez.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Dunn of Fort Worth, Texas, Two daughters, Ashlee Dunn, and Raylee Dunn Van Voast, his step-children, Hayden Keller, Sydney Keller and Jade Blaauw, his grandsons, David Lee Keller, and Paxton Blaauw, his mother, Donna Dunn of De Queen, his father, Thomas Ray Dunn, his grandparents, JoAnn Brizendine, and Josephine Murry, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Daniel Dunn will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 10, 2018, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in the Chandler Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Annie Lee Maull

Mrs. Annie Lee Hopkins Maull, age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, January 08, 2018 in the Baptist Hospital in Conway, Arkansas. She was born to W.C. and Minnie Nelson Hopkins on January 4, 1943 in Schaal, Arkansas. She graduated from Lockesburg High and attended the Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas Nursing Program.

She worked in food service, was a care giver, and a homemaker. She was a member of the Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ, where she served as an usher. She loved her church, and helping people. She enjoyed flea markets, decorating, the HGTV network, and she cherished the time spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of over 31 years, Felix, a daughter, Donna Maull, two brothers, Clarence Goff, and Randell Hopkins, a sister, Dorothy Powell, and a special nephew, Robby Deshay Whitmore.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Felix Nathaniel “Nay” and Staci Maull of Conway, Arkansas, RanDell “Randy” and Aimee of Blossom, Texas, two daughters and a son-in-law, Lana Michelle Maull of Kansas City, Missouri, and Veronica Charlene Maull and Lavelle Edwards of Little Rock, Arkansas, eleven grandchildren, Nathan Alexander Maull, Sarah Alyse Maull, Tyler Wade Maull, Randee Nicole Maull, Jacob Jordan Maull, Parker James Maull, Mar Shaun JaLoun Maull, Alan Kne’Schelle Maull, KeVaun Jerome Maull Edwards, TraShaun Da’Loun Maull, and Felix TraVaun Maull, and a great-grandson, Ky’Loun DaeShaun Maull. She is also survived by five brothers, George Neal Jordan of Kansas City, Missouri, Frankie Lee Jordan of De Queen, Jerry Lee Whitmore of Maumelle, Arkansas, Tommy “Tony” (Doris) Whitmore of De Queen, Steven Leon (Elonda) Whitmore, Sr. of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, four sisters, Clara Mae Wilburn of Kansas City, Missouri, Dorothy Jean (Lester) Piggee of Jacksonville, Arkansas, April Bennett of De Queen, and Marie Whitmore both of De Queen, and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other family members,

Funeral Services for Mrs. Annie Maull will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 13, 2018 in the De Queen High School Auditorium with Rev. E. A. Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Friday, January 12, 2018, from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Agnes Nix

Mrs. Agnes Shaw Runnels Nix, age 96, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 7, 2018, at her home.
 
She was born on August 15, 1921, in Bethel, Oklahoma. Mrs. Nix was a retired LPN and a member of the Nix Chapel Church.
 
Mrs. Nix was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Martha Crain Shaw; one brother, eight sisters, two daughters, Faye Mobbs and Charlene Friend; two husbands, Charlie Runnels and Carroll Nix and two grandsons, Tim Mobbs and Michael McGough.
 
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Lavern Runnels and Dean and Ann Runnels all of Lockesburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Martie and Bennie Griffin of De Queen; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
 
Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Nix will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Sam Hendrix officiating.  Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery.
 
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 9th at the funeral home.
 
You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com


Larry Colvin Leeper

Mr. Larry Colvin Leeper, age 63, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Friday, January 05, 2018, at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen, Arkansas.
 
He was born October 1, 1954, in De Queen. He was a mechanic, logger, and a United States Army veteran.
 
Mr. Leeper was preceded in death by his parents, Colvin and Sylvia Marie Boykin Leeper; and a daughter, Eve Marie Leeper.
 
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Dawn Leeper of Winthrop, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Ladonna and Alex Lynch of Fort Smith, Arkansas; two brothers, Steven Leeper of De Queen, and Donny Leeper of Atlanta, Georgia; three sisters, Carol Kesterson of Dierks, Arkansas, Kathy Griffin of Horatio, Arkansas, and Lisa Woodall of Atlanta, Georgia ; 4 grandchildren, Tyler Lynch, Allison Lynch, Hallie Lynch, and Viola Marie Leeper; a number of nieces, nephews, and friends.
 
Graveside funeral services for Mr. Leeper will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 8, 2018, in the Old Piney Cemetery with Bro. Rusty Ross officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 
The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 7th at the funeral home.
 
You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com


Claudia Jeanne Southworth Stiers

Claudia Jeanne Southworth Stiers, age 70, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on December 13, 1947, in De Queen, Arkansas, to Max and Maylene Dobbs Southworth Alexander.  She is preceded in death by her parents.

Claudia was an avid reader and enjoyed spending her free time lost in books. She was a devoted mother and spent her early years as a homemaker until her last child moved away. She then went on to start a career with Wal-Mart where she spent nearly twenty years before retiring.

She is survived by her son, Scot Stiers of Lockesburg; her daughter, Wendy McCain and husband Cameron of West Fork; her two grandsons, Coty Stiers and Jake McCain; her sister, Brynda Lilley and husband Rickey of Morrilton; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation for friends of the family on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, AR from 11:00-1:00 p.m.

To place an online tribute visit www.nelsonberna.com or at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com


Jose Manuel Gonzalez

Mr. Jose Manuel Gonzalez, age 67, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, January 2, 2018, in Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born August 3, 1950, in Zacatecas, Mexico. He was a barber and a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church. Mr. Gonzalez enjoyed cookouts with his family, cutting hair, traveling and raising peppers in his garden. He loved spending time with his family especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Gonzalez was preceded in death by his parents, Rafael Gonzalez and Maria Nungaray and eleven brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Bertha Munoz; one son and daughter-in-law, Victor Hugo and Gloria Munoz of Horatio; four granddaughters, Lupita, Karla, Karen and Samantha Munoz; one grandson, Luis Salgado; four great-grandchildren, Diego, Jr., Pablo and Vicente; four brothers, Juan Gonzalez, Pedro Gonzalez, Julian Gonzalez and Jesus Gonzalez; four sisters, Guadalupe Gonzalez, Elisa Gonzalez, Ma. Angeles Gonzalez and Ma. Isabel Gonzalez and a number of nieces and nephews.

A vigil service including the Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 4th in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastor Center in De Queen.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Gonzalez will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018, in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastor Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Peggy Jean Hutson

Mrs. Peggy Jean Hutson, age 88, a resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017, in Springdale, Arkansas.

She was born July 29, 1929, in Smackover, Arkansas. She was retired from Arkansas Social Services.

Mrs. Hutson was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Cleo Stewart Hadaway.

She is survived by two sons, Gary Friday of St. Peters, Missouri and Jeff Friday of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one grandson, Sam Friday and one great- granddaughter, Verona Friday both of Fayetteville.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hutson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018, in the Falls Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ann Holley officiating. Burial will follow in Lockesburg Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Douglas C. Hall

Douglas C. Hall, 70, of Littleton passed from his earthly home and entered into glory on December 29, 2017 after a courageous and hard fought battle with cancer.

The fourth of five boys, Doug was born February 19, 1947 in Athens, Arkansas to Robert and Elsie (Perrin) Hall. He was a graduate of Horatio High School in Horatio, Arkansas. After graduation, Doug married the love of his life Jerri (Leeper) Hall and soon moved to south Louisiana where he began his career in the Oil and Gas industry. Doug was quickly identified as a hard worker and a man of integrity, attributing to his 41 years of service, numerous corporate awards, and long lasting friendships which he developed throughout the years.

Above all, Doug was a loyal servant of God and demonstrated his commitment and love for the Lord in so many areas of his life. He was not only a member of Riverside Church in Denver but also served as Trustee and Deacon for many years. Doug’s true passion for serving the Lord was in the area of volunteering. He drove seniors to various activities and enjoyed sharing in God’s love with them. He also used his physical strength to build churches and camps so that others may have the opportunity to know the Lord as he did. Doug had a huge heart and God undoubtedly used it to his advantage to share his word!

Anyone who knew Doug also knew of his love for camping in his RV. And he loved doing his favorite thing with his favorite people, his family and closest friends. Whether in Arizona, California, Colorado, or his most treasured spots in Yellowstone, Doug enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors and meeting fellow campers. He not only appreciated the destination but Doug also treasured the journey as he always loved to drive and soak in the feeling which the open road provided him. This was representative of the way Doug lived as he always seized the moments to enjoy the people and places around him.

Doug’s other great passion was sports. For years he was an avid golfer. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and had attended multiple races around the country. If he was not in attendance in person, then he certainly was in attendance in his favorite chair.

Doug’s greatest love was for his family. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Doug was known as “Poppa” to his biggest fans, his five grandchildren, who he infinitely loved and adored. When his health allowed, he never hesitated to go for a walk, push a swing, or enjoy some “Poppa” time on a camping adventure. Big or small, young or old, family and friends of Doug never questioned his loyalty and love. His love, strength, humility, and amazing sense of humor were unmatched and, while leaving a void, will also leave behind a beautiful and never ending legacy through the memories which he created. Doug was dearly loved and will forever be missed.

Doug is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jerri (Leeper) Hall; Three Children, Kimberly (Pete) Hall-Grunewald of Bossier City, LA, Douglas “Bo” Hall Jr. of Denver, and W. Kyle (Veronika) Hall of Highlands Ranch; Five Grandchildren, Abbigail Grunewald, Madeline Grunewald, Ty Hall, Lia Hall, Blake Hall; Three Brothers, James (Dorothy) Hall, Lemuel Hall, and Roger (Nola) Hall; Sister-in-law, Joyce Hall; and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends who will all remember Doug with great love and admiration.

He was preceded in death by his Daughter-in-law, Rosa “Toya” Maria Hall; Granddaughter, Ari Brook Hall; Father, Robert Hall; Mother, Elsie Mae Hall; Brother, Cephis Hall and close friends of 43 years, Sheirran and Bob Hughes.

Visitation for Doug Hall will be on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the Newcomer Funeral Home, 901 S. Sheridan Blvd, Lakewood, Colorado. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11:00 A.M., in the Riverside Church, 2401 Alcott St., Denver, Colorado. Burial will be Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. in the Littleton Cemetery, Littleton, Colorado. You may send an online sympathy message at www.NewcomerFamily.com.

 

Ms. Adrienne Elizabeth Butler

Ms. Adrienne Elizabeth Butler, age 35, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, January 1, 2018.

She was born to Joel Edward Butler and Deborah Kay Phillips on November 27, 1982, in Texarkana, Texas. She worked as an LPN and attended the Horatio Assembly of God. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family and friends, especially her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Nannie and Ules Phillips, and Paul Edward Butler, and her canine sidekick, Merle.

She is survived by her parents, Debbie and Doug Akin of De Queen, and Joey and Lisa Butler of Texarkana, Arkansas, a step son, Chase Morgan, a step-daughter, Kaylee Morgan, four brothers, Josh Butler of Horatio, Vance Butler and his wife Stephanie of Ashdown, Hunter Hughes of Pine Bluff, and Blake Butler of Texarkana, Arkansas, two sisters, Whitney Sullivan of Benton, Arkansas, and Cecily Hughes of North Little Rock, a grandmother, Bobbie Butler of Nashville, two nephews, Cohen Butler and Reid Butler, three nieces, Mollie Butler, Addyson Creel, and Shaylyn Wildbur, as well as, aunts, uncles, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Ms. Adrienne Butler will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, January 4, 2018, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen. Burial will follow in the Columbus Community Cemetery, Columbus, Arkansas. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., at the funeral home. You may send an online condolence at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

James Lee "Jim" Behling

Mr. James Lee “Jim” Behling, age 74, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 30, 2017, in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born November 2, 1943, in Janesville, Wisconsin. He served in Vietnam War and was awarded several medals including the Purple Heart Award and the Silver Star Award and the National Defense Service Medal. He retired from 32 years of Law Enforcement in 2004 and took up the hobby of small engine repair which he enjoyed.

Mr. Behling was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret Sykes Behling and Robert Behling; and a brother, Richard Robert Behling.

He is survived by his wife, Carlene Behling; two sons, James Behling of Wisconsin and Scott Behling of Hugo, Oklahoma; two step-daughters, Deborah Kordes of Azle, Texas and Melissa and Steve Spakes of Bryant, Arkansas; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Tom and Sara Behling of San Benito, Texas and Bob Behling and several grandchildren as well as, numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Gerald DeFee "Dee" Hightower

Mr. Gerald DeFee “Dee” Hightower, age 75, a resident of Redwater, Texas, died Friday, December 29, 2017 in a Texarkana, Texas hospital.

Mr. Hightower was born December 7, 1942 in Rogers, Arkansas, to Bernice and DeFee Hightower.

He was a member of Redwater United Methodist Church and a supporter of Jeff Schreve From his Heart Ministry. His work and moral code of ethics was greatly influenced by his uncle and aunt; Arland and Inez Strickland who raised him from the age of 9. He worked as a plumber’s helper, assisted his uncle in the post office and Ran-Dee’s café/store. He was retired from DDRT at Red River Army Depot. He was an Air Force veteran stationed in Japan.

Mr. Hightower was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Randy Hightower.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Brenda Ridge Hightower; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Gerrid and Mary Hightower of Bedford, Texas, Glenn and Sheila Ridge of Winthrop, Arkansas and Clayton and Tara Ridge of Maud, Texas; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Gary Morrow of Redwater, Texas, Alicia and James Knox of Carey, Ohio and DeAnn “K.C.” and P.J. Dornburg of Texarkana; his stepfather, Langston “Lanky” Smith of Arp, Texas; one aunt, Sondra Simmons of Grand Prairie, Texas; 13 special grandchildren, Christopher Hightower, Tristan Hightower, Brayden Hightower, Ethan Hightower, Maegen Turner, Jake Turner, Winter Mireles, Robby Morrow, Brooke Morrow, Bryce Ridge, Presley Ridge, Nathan Knox and Caleb Knox and a number of other grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

A man’s life is a man’s life, but the most important thing is that he is washed in the blood of Jesus.

Funeral services for Mr. Hightower will be held Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Audie Dawson, Ken Golden and Rev. Mindy Zwirn officiating. Burial will follow in the Gravelly Cemetery in Foreman.

You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com


Peggy Turner

Mrs. Peggy Turner, age 79, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at her home, after a long struggle with dementia.

She was born on July 18, 1938, in King, Arkansas. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Peggy was a steadfast follower of Jesus Christ and expressed that through her active involvement in First Baptist Church of De Queen. She worked for many years as a legal secretary and retired as a deputy county clerk of Sevier County. She was a past member of PEO.

Mrs. Turner was preceded in death by her parents, James H. and Tollie Whitley Bagwell; three brothers, Harold Bagwell, Norman Bagwell and Jimmy Bagwell; one half-brother, Herbert Bagwell and one sister, Clarene Miller.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Turner of De Queen. Son and daughter-in-law, David and Starla Turner of Lowell, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Michael Gage, Jared Gage, Sam Turner and Emily Turner; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Peggy Turner will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel Rev. Charles Hebert officiating. Burial will follow in Valley Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 27th at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Larry Brewer, Garry Brewer, Scott Bagwell, Randy Bagwell, John Brewer, and Mike Brewer.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Seldon Stansbury

Mr. Seldon Crew Stansbury, age 94, a resident of Pittsburg, Texas, and former resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 21, 2017 in a Pittsburg, Texas hospital.

He was born to James William and Ethel Clements Stansbury on March 17, 1923 in DeKalb, Texas. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Navy. He was US Post Master in Horatio retiring after 37 years of service. He was a member of Williamson Community Church, and enjoyed gardening, cow ranching, fishing, and hunting. Above all, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 72 years, Alline Pittman Stansbury, his siblings, Virgil Stansbury, Dewey Stansbury, Veda Pittman, and Marilyn Sewell and a grandson, Brad Stansbury.

He is survived by his son and special friend, Roger Stansbury and Patti Ayers of Pittsburg, Texas, three grandsons and their spouses, Brock and Serena Stansbury of Lewisville, Texas, Blake Stansbury of Winnsboro, Texas, and Brett and Olivia Stansbury of Colorado Springs, Colorado, six great-grandchildren, Annabel, Brooke, Emma, Alyssa, Isabella, and Kaleb, a brother-in-law, Jeff Sewell of Henderson, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Seldon Stansbury will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, AR with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow with military rites in the Clear Creek Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1:00P.M., until service time at the funeral home. You may send online condolences at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 


Donna Jean Boyea McCullough

Mrs. Donna Jean Boyea McCullough, age 74, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Howard County Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born August 20, 1943 in Howard County, Arkansas. She was a security guard for Poulan in Nashville.

Mrs. McCullough was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Joe McCullough; her father, Chester Boyea; two brothers, Larry Boyea and Terry Boyea; a son, Wayne Hartness, and an infant son.

She is survived by her mother Joy Reed Boyea; one daughter, Brenda Dixon; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Ray and Brenda Hartness of Nashville and Timmy Hartness also of Nashville and Harry and Cindy Shaffer of Texarkana, Arkansas; one sister, Brenda Wincher of Hot Springs, Arkansas; 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and one nephew.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. McCullough will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Biggs Chapel Cemetery with Richard Leach officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, December 22, 2017, at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com


 

Joseph Lee Sparks

Mr. Joseph Lee Sparks, age 49, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, December 16, 2017, at his home.

He was born on November 10, 1968. De Queen, Arkansas, on November 10, 1968. He served in the military with both the Army, and the Navy, and was an employee of Tyson, where he worked in maintenance. He a member of VFW, enjoyed watching movies, and cherished the time spent with his family, especially his children.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stormy Harned and stepfather, Norman Turner, a nephew, Cody Sparks, and a niece, Tannah Sparks.

He is survived by his wife of almost eleven years, Bridgett Myers Sparks of De Queen, Three daughters, Holliann Sparks of Wetumpka, Alabama, Tiffani Sparks of Wetumpka, Alabama, and Beth Sparks of De Queen, a son, Andy Sparks of De Queen, a step-daughter, Shelby Dixon of Waldron, Arkansas, a step-son, Sean Dixon also of Waldron, Arkansas, his mother, Sharon Harned of De Queen, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Michael Sparks of De Queen, and Daniel and Becky Sparks of Kissimmee, Florida, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Renee and Kevin Olsen of De Queen, and Amy and Jeremy Lockeby of Little Rock, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews and other family members.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Joseph Sparks will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, December 22, 2017, in the Foster Cemetery in Rocky, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send online condolences at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Franklin Terry Crump

Mr. Franklin Terry Crump, age 54, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, in Horatio, Arkansas.

He was born September 4, 1963, in De Queen. He was a master plumber, a former member of the De Queen Fire Department, a member of the First Assembly of God Church, and served in the Army National Guard.

Mr. Crump was preceded in death by his parents, Jackie Lee Crump and Aundria Nell Connell Crump and his niece, Megan Dossett.

He is survived by his family members, Angie Rettmann Crump; Brooke Crump, Jessica Crump, Clay Coffman, Steven and Allison Crump, Jaron Tipton, Calan Tipton, Diane and Todd Dossett, Sue and Todd Benedict, Trish and Mike Westhuis, James and Olivia Crump, Jill Crump, Haydynn and Eli Coffman and Carter Crump, as well as, numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Crump will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 21, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Jaron Tipton officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m., on Thursday before the service at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Ada Ruth Keller

Mrs. Ada Ruth Mesamore Keller, age 83, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 19, 2017, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born July 9, 1934, in Texarkana, Arkansas. She was a retired school teacher for Foreman School District, a member of the First United Methodist Church in Foreman and United Methodist Women.

Mrs. Keller was preceded in death by her parents, John Leslie Mesamore, Sr. and Izora Buster Mesamore; her husband, Dallas Carl Keller; one brother, John Leslie Mesamore, Jr. and one step-daughter, Carol Keller Wallace.

She is survived by one son, Don Charles LaVoice, Jr. of Foreman; one daughter, Lori LaVoice also of Foreman; one step-daughter, Chris Torres of Texas City, Texas; 7 grandchildren, Don Charles LaVoice III, Allison Mears, Jill Jones, Holly Jones, Christi Hart, Phil Svec and Robert Moore and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, December 22, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Foreman.

A graveside memorial service for Mrs. Keller will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 29, 2017, at Dollarhide Cemetery in Foreman.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Eugene Huddleston

Mr. Eugene Huddleston, age 82, a resident of Judsonia, Arkansas, a former resident of De Queen, died December 19, 2017, in the Oakdale Nursing Center in Judsonia.

He was born to Elige Shirey and Beulah Mae Huddleston on January 25, 1935, in Levelland, Texas. He married the love of his life, Imogene Stephens, in 1957, in Snyder, Texas. He attended the Pentecostal Church of God in Wickes and was a heavy equipment mechanic. He was affectionately known as “Pappaw” to his grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of over 53 years, Imogene Huddleston, and a son-in-law, Timothy Mobbs.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Rita Huddleston of Searcy, Arkansas, one daughter and son-in-law, Melody and Steve DeMars of Anacortes, Washington, nine grandchildren, Tommy Huddleston, Jr., Shonda June Huddleston, Tim Mobbs, Jimmy Mobbs, Doug Mobbs, Maranda Russell, Erica Brown, Michelle Dawson, and Mark DeMars, twenty great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter, a number of nieces, nephews, and host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Eugene Huddleston will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday December 22, 2017, in the Pentecostal Church of God in Wickes. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday, December 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send online condolences at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 


Bobby Ray Aldridge, Jr.

Mr. Bobby Ray Aldridge, Jr, age 50, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at his home.

He was born to Bobby Ray Aldridge, Sr. and Wilma Nadene Pulliam Taggart in San Diego, California on August 20, 1967. He served in the military with the U S Air Force, and was an employee of the

Horatio E-Z Mart. He was a member of the Round Top Hunting Club in Dierks, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Barbara Stephens, and an aunt, Renee Frederick.

He is survived by two sisters, Jill Lorenc of Horatio, and Dena Canaguier of Gladewater, Texas, eight nieces and nephews, Saun Canaguier, Nick and Kayla Canaguier, and Kaitlyn Canaguier all of Gladewater, Texas, Breanna Battiest of Ringold, Oklahoma, Ashley Wilson of Malvern, Arkansas, Kaylee Cornett of Las Vegas, Nevada, Brandon and Shelby Cornett of Horatio, Arkansas, and Lexy Austin of Foreman, Arkansas

Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send online condolences at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Hazel Martha Jane Helms

Mrs. Hazel Martha Jane Helms, age 95, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Saturday, December 16, 2017, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born August 15, 1922 in Sevier County, Arkansas. She was a homemaker, artist and lifelong member of the Church of Christ.

Mrs. Helms was preceded in death by her parents, Buck and Daisy Almond Willmon and one daughter, Sharon Inez Helms.

She is survived by her husband of 77 years, R.F. “Bobby” Helms; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert Helms II of North Carolina, Don Helms of Sandpoint, Idaho and Joe and Janice Helms of Lockesburg, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Don Gilbert of Maumelle, Arkansas; one sister, Mary Willmon Branson of California and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mrs. Helms will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 20, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Benjamin Neeley officiating.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Lynda Joyce Loper Taylor

Mrs. Lynda Joyce Loper Taylor, age 68, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, and former resident of Lockesburg, died Thursday, December 14, 2017 in Christus St. Michael Health System.

She was born to J. E. and Waunie E. Pearson Loper in Phoenix, Arizona on January 9, 1949.

She was a retired secretary, with the Lockesburg School System with 20 years service, and enjoyed crossword puzzles. She was an avid reader, and she cherished the time spent with family especially at the beach.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Billy Joe Taylor, and two sisters, Vickie Kampstra and Tammy Durand, a grandchild, Danielle Brown, and a niece, Traci Admire.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Steffani and John Stout of Junction City, Texas, Beth Leann Taylor of Foreman, Arkansas, and Caressa and Tony Higgins of Lockesburg one brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Maggie Loper of Winnsboro, Texas, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Darlene and John Laner of Dodge, Nebraska, Sue and Melvin Mize of Hatfield, Arkansas, and Debbie and Kerry Edmiaston of De Queen, eight grandchildren, Brandon, Cory, Joey, Samantha, Taylor, Laney, Greyson, and Drew, one great-granddaughter, Evelyn, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Lynda Taylor will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, December 23, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Richard Wayne Gentry

Mr. Richard Wayne Gentry, age 77, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 14, 2017, in De Queen.

He was born Tuesday, September 24, 1940, in Grannis, Arkansas. He was a farmer, retired from the Arkansas Forestry Service, and was employed at the Sevier County Landfill. He attended Chapel Hill Baptist Church where he was the bookkeeper and treasurer.

Mr. Gentry was preceded in death by his parents, Richard M. and Verna Lee Crosnoe Gentry.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Vickers Gentry; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Dana Gentry and Ray and Stacie Gentry all of De Queen; one sister Jane Gentry Smith of De Queen; seven grandchildren, Christopher Gentry, Justin Gentry, Taylor Gentry, Tessa Gentry, Tori Gentry, Karlie Turner, and Logan Turner; five great-grandchildren, Madison Gentry, Jocelyn Gentry, Arthur Wayne Gentry, Natalie Gentry, and Daxton Flowers; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Gentry will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 18, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Shane Haarmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Helen Louise McGalliard

Mrs. Helen Louise McGalliard, age 69, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 14, 2017, at her home.

She was born July 28, 1948, in De Queen, Arkansas.

Mrs. McGalliard was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Eula Smith Dinger; two sisters; and three brothers.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Maggie Hopkins of Dierks, and Ricky and Angela Hopkins of Prescott, Arkansas; one brother, Billy Dinger of Lockesburg, Arkansas; two sisters, Jeannine Nickerson and Marty Munoz; nine grandchildren; one great granddaughter; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. McGalliard will be held 3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks with Clyde Mitchell and Donnie Deaton officiating. Cremation will follow under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Family will receive friends Friday, December 15, 2017, from 5:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Harry Preaus Broadwell

Mr. Harry Preaus Broadwell, age 79, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 14, 2017, at his home.

He was born July 7, 1938, in Parsons, Kansas. He was the owner of Harrywell Inc. in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Broadwell was preceded in death by his parents, Sam Rainey and Ollie B. Good Broadwell.

He is survived by his wife, Jerry Ann Smith Broadwell; one daughter and son-in-law, Aimee and Rev. Scott Gilbreth of Dumas, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Harry Broadwell, Jr. and Lisa Broadwell of Maumelle, Arkansas; one sister, Anita Clark of Nashville, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Makayla Gilbreth and Ty Parker Gilbreth and five step-children, Pollyanna Smith of Horatio, Brenda Kramer of De Queen, Arkansas, Kenneth Carroll of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Barbara Batchelor of Kansas City, Kansas and J.F. Morris of Winter Garden, Florida, a number of nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Broadwell will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Scott Gilbreth and Tony Stowers officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m, until service time on Saturday, at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com


Richard Garland Burnett

Richard Garland Burnett, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, was called Home by Jesus on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, after a courageous battle with stomach cancer.

Richard was born in Big Spring, Texas, to Garland Leon Burnett and Thelma Allene Merworth Burnett on February 2, 1953. He was a long-time resident of Sevier County. Richard was employed in the Maintenance Department at Pilgrims for 37 years until his early retirement due to his cancer. His religious preference was a Baptist. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and two-step dancing.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Sharon Nell Burnett Stewart, Brenda Allene Burnett and Helen Ruth Burnett Williams; and the recent passing of his brother, Jimmy Leon Burnett of Midland, Texas.

He is survived by his five children; his sons, Chad Burnett and wife, Dena of Dierks, Scott Burnett and wife Amanda of Horatio and three daughters, Kim Simmons and husband Terry of Horatio and Tracey McCoy of Horatio and Gina Ethridge of De Queen. Richard is also survived by four sisters, Doris Truitt and Pam Burnett of Lubbock, Texas, Karen Schmidt of Greenbrier, Arkansas and Belva Jones of De Queen; 19 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews that he truly loved.

Funeral services for Mr. Burnett will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 17, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Charles Ligon officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Saturday, December 16th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at
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Leonard Miles Davis

Mr. Leonard Miles Davis, age 97, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at his home.

He was born to Bert and Jessie Lane Davis in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas on March 12, 1920.

He was retired from the U. S. Air Force with twenty years service, and was also a retired USDA Inspector.  He enjoyed auctions, solitaire and cherished the time spent with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Violet Smith Davis, and Della Louise Boyett Davis, two sons, Miles Davis, and Paul Davis, a daughter, Rebecca Sue Davis, his parents, and a sister, Dorothy Parker.

He is survived by two sons, Bert Everett Davis of New Boston, Texas, and Leonard Ashley Michael Davis of Ashdown, Arkansas, two daughters, Jessie Lea Mason of Nashville, Arkansas, and Tabitha Michele Sotelo of De Queen, nine grandchildren, John Davis, Christy Davis-Adelizzi, Scooter Mason, Sylvia Mason, Caitlyn Massey, Catherine Davis, Izabella Sotelo, Sofia Sotelo, Alesandro Sotelo, two great-grandchildren, Alexander Mason, and April Marie Mason, a brother, George Davis of Oregon, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mr. Leonard Davis will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel.  You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Rita Schmidt

Rita Louise Schmidt, age 66, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, died Monday, December 11, 2017 in the Waterton Plaza, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Joseph Herbert "Bud" and Bobbie Louise Duff Schmidt in Houston, Texas on August 13, 1951. She was an accountant for Defense Financial Accounting Services, and a Baptist. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, sewing and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by one son, Kristopher Schmidt of Texarkana, Texas, a brother and sister-in-law, David Rodney and Deborah Schmidt of Arden, Arkansas, an aunt, Billie M. Duff of Houston, Texas, a nephew, Dustin Schmidt of Ashdown, two nieces, Heather Thrash, and Misty Parker Both of Ashdown, and six great-nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Rita Schmidt will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Millwee Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Friday, December 15, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send online condolences at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Charlotte Burt

Mrs. Charlotte Jean Jewell Burt, age 69, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at her home.

She was born to Richard and Bernice Fuller Jewell in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 8, 1948. She worked at Control Data, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, and riding her motorcycle. She loved animals, especially her puppy, Liz.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Dan Burt of De Queen, two daughters, Lisa Sonenstahl and
Lori Peterson both of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Richard Pucel of Ely, Minnesota, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Michael and Connie Jewell of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Clay Jewell of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

No service is scheduled at this time. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send online condolences at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Frances Lucille Coffey

Ms. Frances Lucille Coffey, age 76, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Monday, December 4, 2017, in Texarkana, Arkansas surrounded by her family.

She was born October 11, 1941 in Hugo, Oklahoma. She was a school nurse for over 20 years at the Foreman school district. She was a loving mother, grandmother, Gigi, and second mother to several exchange students. Ms. Coffey was a member of the Foreman Church of Christ and an avid Cowboys and Razorbacks fan.

Ms. Coffey was preceded in death by her parents, Forrest and Esther Talley.

She is survived by her two children and spouses, Terry and Jennifer Coffey of Hot Springs, Arkansas and David and Denise Bailey of Horatio, Arkansas; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Andrea Talley of Foreman; her 7 grandchildren, Anthony Bailey of Paris, Texas, Lareina Stiner of Texarkana, Arkansas, Patricia Wood of Reno, Texas, Kena Bailey of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jamie Coffey of New York, New York, Justin Coffey and Bo Coffey both of Hot Springs, 8 great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, as well as several great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Ms. Coffey will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017, in the Foreman Church of Christ with Bro. Ricky Gregory officiating. Burial will follow in Dollarhide Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 Friday, December 8, 2017, at the Foreman Church of Christ.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mary Alice Hughes Talley

Mary Alice Hughes Talley age 83, of Mena, Arkansas formerly of Wickes passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Mena.

She was born the daughter of Tim Hughes Se. and Gert Forest Hughes on December 5, 1933 in Doyline, Louisiana. Mrs. Talley was married to the late George David Talley. She was a loving mother, grandmother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all.

She is survived by:

 Children:        Donald Talley and wife Cathy of Wickes, Arkansas

                         Angie Blanton and husband Steve, of De Queen, Arkansas

Granddaughters:     Kari Winters and husband Pete
                                    Children, Gavin and Ean Shadden, Brook Winters, Zach Winters and
                                    Hunter Winters of Fayetteville, Arkansas
                                    Kriston Morris and husband John
                                    Child, Riley Morris of Pea Ridge, Arkansas

 Grandsons:               Jonathan Blanton and wife Rhonda
                                    Children, Peyton and Jace of De Queen, Arkansas
                                    Matthew Blanton and wife Megan of Van Buren, Arkansas
                                    Joseph Watkins and wife Lista
                                    Children, Savanah, Colbee, and Eden Watkins of Tahlequah, Oklahoma
                                    Gerald Watkins and wife Heather
                                    Children, Kalin, Bailey, Addison, and Avery Watkins, of Wickes, Arkansas
                                    Justin Watkins of Mena, Arkansas

 Brothers:                  Joe Hughes and wife Martha of Broken Bow, Oklahoma
                                    David Hughes and wife Linda of Horatio, Arkansas 

Sister:                        Margaret Smith of Quinlan, Texas

Numerous nieces and nephews and a multitude of church family and friends

She was preceded in death by parents, Tim Hughes and Gertrude Hughes, Sr. two brothers, Tim Hughes, Jr. and James Hughes, a sister Gwendolyn and her loving and devoted husband George David Talley.

Funeral service will be Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Pentecostal Church of God in Wickes, with Brother Chris Burke officiating. Interment will follow in the Belleville Cemetery in Lockesburg, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

General Visitation

Pallbearers will be Donald Talley, Jonathan Blanton, Matthew Blanton, Gerald Watkins, Joseph Watkins, Pete Winters, and John Morris

Honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Wayne Herring, Rex Herring, and Westin Burke.

 

 

Mrs. Kathryn Gentry

Mrs. Kathryn Louise Gentry, age 90, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, passed from this life on Friday, December 1, 2017 at her home in Wickes.

Kathryn was an avid reader, enjoyed her flowers, cooking, and most of all, spending time with her family. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Wickes.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Albert Guy Gentry, on December 9, 2010. Kathryn was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Houston and Preston Wolf, a sister, Frances Dolph; and a daughter-in-law, Diane Gentry.

She is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Cheryl Sullivan and James of Texarkana, Texas, Patsy and Mickey Evers of Texarkana, Texas, Gina and Ricky Rosson of Wickes, Arkansas, three sons and their wives, Larry Gentry of Texarkana, Texas, Michael and Marilyn Gentry of Wake Village, Texas, and Curt and Jan Gentry of Phoenix, Arizona; seventeen grandchildren and their spouses, Harlan and Rhonda Sullivan, Cherrilyn and Brett Counts, Kimberlee and Scott Roxburgh, Misty and Anthony Knighton, Jason and Nicole Evers, Brent and Michelle Gentry, Christy and James Solomon, Chris and Kathy McGee, Cristin and Joey Boatright, Phillip and Bethany Stayton, Matthew Gentry, Sydnee and Andy McClure, Alexandria Gentry, Tori and Bryce Cooper, Colten Gentry, Nicholas Rosson, and Trenton Rosson; 27 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ethel Waldon of De Queen, Arkansas, as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Kathryn Gentry will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, December 6, 2017 in the Wickes Church of Christ with Bro. David Jacobs officiating. Burial will follow in the Daniel Cemetery, Wickes, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send online condolences at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Mr. Red Pennington

Mr. Thurman “Red” Pennington, age 75, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017, in the Little River Memorial Hospital, Ashdown.

He was born to Buford Floyd and Eugenia Gore Pennington, on February 15, 1942, in the Lone Oak Community of Sevier County, Arkansas. He married the love of his life Mary Abernathy Pennington on December 20, 1971 in Idabel, Oklahoma. He enjoyed riding his horses.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Buford “Buzzy” Wayne Pennington.

He is survived by his wife of over 45 years, two daughters, Mary Ruth Pennington of Elkins, Arkansas and Sarah Ann Pennington of Fayetteville, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Stassney Brown of Nacogdoches, Texas, Aaron Brown of Sugarland, Texas, and Aubrey Pennington of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and one sister, Marvarine Wright of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; he is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Red Pennington will be held 2:00 P.M., Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Millwee Cemetery in Horatio, Arkansas under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Doris Jean Halcombe Blackwood

Mrs. Doris Jean Halcombe Blackwood, age 78, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born September 25, 1939 in Newhope, Arkansas. Mrs. Blackwood was an employee of Howard Manufacturing in Nashville for 26 years. She was the Activities director at the Sr. Citizen’s Center in Dierks and a member of the Westside Church of Christ.

Mrs. Blackwood was preceded in death by her husband Billie Austin Blackwood; and her parents, George Herbert and Gladys Hazel Rodgers Halcombe.

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Hayes and Caroline Halcombe of Dierks; a sister, Jo Ellen Chesshir of Nashville; one niece, three nephews, and several great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Blackwood will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Westside Church of Christ in Dierks with Robert Peek officiating. Burial will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the chapel in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

Alice Ann (Irvin) Greenlee

Ms. Alice Ann (Irvin) Greenlee, age 71, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 23, 2017 in Little River Memorial Hospital.
 
She was born July 27, 1946 in Houston, Texas and was raised in San Angelo, Texas.
 
Ms. Greenlee was preceded in death by her parents, John D. Irvin and Ruby Bullock; a twin brother, Alan Irvin; and a sister, Shirley Popp.  
 
She is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Sherri and Chris Chandler of De Queen and Cheryl Irvan of Horatio; five grandchildren, Jessica Williams of Mayflower, Arkansas, Janelle White of Grapevine, Texas, Wesley Jeanes of Springfield, Missouri, Ryan Irvan of San Diego, California, and Tyler Irvan of Horatio, Arkansas; six great-grandchildren; one nephew Jeff Popp of Crowley, Texas; and a niece Julie Thompson of Richardson, Texas.
 
Alice loved fishing, reading western novels; Zane Grey was her favorite; playing games; she was an avid Scrabble player; and making the occasional trip to the casino. She was a huge Elvis Presley fan and kept a detailed scrapbook dedicated to The King.
 
A celebration of life, for Ms. Greenlee, will be held for family and friends on Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 p.m., at 149 Sweet Home Lane in De Queen.
 
Cremation arrangements made by Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 
You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

 

Josephine Cooper

Mrs. Josephine Bearden Cooper, age 76, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born July 26, 1941 in Burg, Arkansas. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mary Goldie Kesterson Bearden.

She is survived by her husband, James Cooper of Dierks and two sons, Justin Cooper of Ashdown, Arkansas and James Cooper of Dierks.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Cooper will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in the Dierks Cemetery with Clyde “Butch” Mitchell officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Hazel Joyce Sims

Hazel Joyce Sims, age 86, of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away November 13, 2017, at Pleasant Manor Nursing Center in Ashdown, Arkansas. She was born August 2, 1931 to the late George and Jewell Anders of Waco, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Joyce Campbell.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of sixty-four years, Thomas, her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Glenda Sims, grandchildren Jeremy, Brandon, and Justin Sims, Amanda Barton, Matthew and Danielle Campbell, great-grandchildren Dakota, Logan, Blake, and Sophia Barton, Penelope, Landry, J.D., and Jakob Sims.

Hazel enjoyed reading and being with her grandchildren. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and always loved family gatherings, especially if there was homemade vanilla ice cream.

Services will be Friday, November 17, at 3:00 p.m. at the Wildwood Chapel at Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas.

Visitation for friends and family will be Thursday, November 16, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Restland Memorial Park.

 

Paul Dean Stone

Mr. Paul Dean Stone, age 81, resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Christus St. Michael in Texarkana, Texas. He was born to Paul Lynn and Josephine Nalley Stone, in Tishamingo, Oklahoma, on September 9, 1936.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Ann Stone; a son Flint Maxwell and wife Cathy Stone; and a daughter, Paula Ann and husband Brad Justice; four grandsons, Adam Lancaster, Brayden Rose, Patrick and wife Erin Stone, and Max Stone; one granddaughter Brooke Rose.

He was a graduate of De Queen High School and Ouachita Baptist College. He was in the Army Reserves, a marksman on the rifle team, a NAIA All American Football player at Ouachita. He was a life-long member of First Baptist Church of De Queen. He was a teacher at Lockesburg High School for several years and a school bus driver for Lockesburg and De Queen schools, as well as, a 32nd Degree Mason. He enjoyed teaching young children and inspired many of his former students to pursue professions in the medical field and he was so proud of that. He retired from Woodmen of the World Life Insurance after 22 years of service.

Funeral services for Mr. Paul Dean Stone will be held Friday, November 17, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Chapel Hill Cemetery with Brad Justice officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Donations to the American Diabetes Association, In Memory of Paul Dean Stone on their website, www.diabetes.org. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

James Terry Wax

Mr. James Terry Wax passed from this life on Monday, November 13, 2017, at his home in Gillham, Arkansas.

He was born on July 18, 1937, to Delbert and Irene Cooper Wax in Gillham in what would become Wax General Store. He was the owner and operator of many different businesses over the years but enjoyed raising cattle more than any other work he had done. He was a member of Gillham First Baptist Church and was a Mason. Mr. Wax was also a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict and told many stories of work as a Medic during his service.

Mr. Wax was a kind, loving and generous man. He loved the Lord and often shared his testimony of his salvation. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Razorbacks.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Penny Wax; one son, Kevin Wax; a sister, Linda Kay Wax Patterson and a granddaughter, Jessica Irene Wax.

Mr. Wax is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Sharon Wax; one grandson, Garrett Wax, all of Gillham; one step-son, Danny Cunningham; two brothers, Bill Wax and Delbert Wax, Jr.; one sister, Susan Byrd along with a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Wax will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 19, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Jerry Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Gillham Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 18th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. Charles Henry Golden

Mr. Charles Henry Golden, age 93, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Saturday, November 11, 2017, in Bear Creek Healthcare, De Queen.

He was born to John Mathis and Constance Ione Carr Golden on June 10, 1924, in Meridian, Texas. Mr. Golden married the love of his life, Betty Lee Zanzeberg, on June 8, 1946, in Wickes, Arkansas. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grannis where he served as a Deacon and he was a 32nd Degree Mason. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II and in Korea. He retired as a manager at United Farm Industries and returned to Arkansas to be a cattle farmer. When he was able, Mr. Golden was an active member of the Sevier County Chapter of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all he truly enjoyed working.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, James Golden, Frank Golden, and Bill Golden.

He is survived by his wife of over 71 years, Betty Lee Zanzeberg Golden, one daughter, Retta Charlene Smith and her husband Lynn of Grannis, Arkansas, two grandchildren, Jennifer Dawn Murphy and her husband Brian of Gulf Breeze, Florida, and Shilo Lynn Smith of Angier, North Carolina, four great-grandchildren, Kaylene Breann Smith of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Beckett Smith, Blayne Smith, and Blake Smith, all of Willow Springs, North Carolina. As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Charles Golden will be held 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in the First Baptist Church of Grannis with Bro. John Wisenger and Bro. Jerry Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Mineral Cemetery in Gillham under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Ronald Wayne Morgan

Mr. Ronald Wayne Morgan, age 58, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at his home.

He was born to Lynville and Thelma Dean Morgan on November 24, 1958. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and helping others, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by one son, Bradley Morgan and his fiancé Andrea of Little Rock, Arkansas, one daughter, Monica Morgan of Carlisle, Arkansas, his grandchildren, Kendall Morgan and J.R. Morgan, both of New Boston, Texas, and Isabella Morgan and Tyler Morgan, both of Carlisle, Arkansas. A brother, Bruce Selvog, of Conway, Arkansas, three sisters, Laura Morgan and Anita Morgan – Conner, both of Stuttgart, Arkansas, Vicky Smith and her husband Jack of Haskel, Oklahoma, and number of other relatives and friends.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Jimmy Leon Burnett

Mr. Jimmy Leon Burnett, age 69, a resident of Midland, Texas, was called Home by Jesus on Monday, November 06, 2017, due to a massive heart attack after a long time battle with COPD.

Jimmy was born in Levelland, Texas to Garland Leon Burnett and Thelma Allene Merworth Burnett on October 15, 1948. He was a long-time resident of Sevier County before moving to Midland, Texas. He served in the United States Army from years May 1968 to May 1970. Jimmy’s work trade was a brick mason until early retirement due to his COPD. His religious preference was a Baptist. He loved making people laugh, singing, and playing his guitar that brought him great joy

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Sharon Nell Burnett Stewart, Brenda Allene Burnett, and Helen Ruth Burnett Williams; and a grandson, Matthew Leon Burnett.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda Barron Burnett of Midland, Texas; his son, Marcus Leon Burnett and two daughters, Candace Michele Burnett Green and Lisa Gail Burnett all of Midland, Texas; four step-sons, Charlie Barron, Ray Barron, and Ardis Barron all of Midland, Texas and Joe Barron of San Angelo, Texas; two step-daughters, Lillie Barron Johnson of Midland and Gaynell Barron Cechvala of Verona, Mississippi; two brothers, Richard Garland Burnett of De Queen, Arkansas and Ron Williams of Dallas, Texas; five sisters, Doris Burnett Truitt of Lubbock, Texas, Karen Burnett Schmidt of Greenbrier, Arkansas, Belva Burnett Jones of De Queen, Arkansas, Pamela Sue Burnett of Lubbock, Texas, and Darlene Stegall of Fort Stockton, Texas; nine grandchildren; 19 step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; 19 step-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

After cremation in Midland, Texas there will be a graveside memorial service at Chapel Hill Cemetery on Sunday, November 19 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Services provided by Wilkerson Funeral Home. Family will be available at 1011 W. Janssen.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

 

Teresa Irene Teel Shotts

Mrs. Teresa Irene Teel Shotts, age 78, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, November 10, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born September 14, 1939, in Conroe, Texas. Mrs. Shotts was a housewife and a Southern Baptist.

Mrs. Shotts was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lily Williams Teel.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Shotts; one son, Gary J. Shotts of Newala, Oklahoma; two daughters, Attilia Leigh Long of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Tina Rene Brandon of De Queen; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Shotts will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 13, 2017, at the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Jason Carlton officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

Bessie Crowell Mitchell

Mrs. Bessie Crowell Mitchell, age 100, a resident of Cerro Gordo, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 09, 2017, in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born October 19, 1917, in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Mrs. Mitchell was a farmer, a homemaker, and a member of the State Line Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and quilting.

Mrs. Mitchell was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Obie Mitchell; her parents, Silas and Clarice Farrer Crowell; two children, Randy Mitchell and Sharon Owens; three sisters; and five brothers.

She is survived by four daughters, Glenda Tinkes of Ben Lomond, Arkansas, Arlene Jones of De Queen, Kirma Kohler of Ukiah, California, and Hellen Milam of De Queen; one son, James Earl Mitchell of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mitchell will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 12, 2017, at the Stateline Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo, Arkansas. Burial will follow in the Cerro Gordo Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Iris Estaline Kelly Hill

Mrs. Iris Estaline Kelly Hill, age 97, a resident of Nashville, Arkansas, died Monday, November 6, 2017, in Nashville.

She was born July 21, 1920 in the Greens Chapel Community. She was a house wife, homemaker, and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Mrs. Hill enjoyed her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Hill was preceded in death by her parents, John and Dolly Holt Kelly; her husband, John Thomas Hill; and a great- granddaughter, Molly Estaline Conner.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Peggy Hill of Tulsa, Oklahoma, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Fonda Hill of De Queen, Arkansas, Lynda and David Rauls of Nashville, and Paula and Pat Evans of Texarkana, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Paul Hill, Kelly Conner, Scott Shores, Leslie Bates, Christopher Rauls, Stephen Rauls, Aaron Evans, and Holly Evans; 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hill will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Provo with Larry Fry officiating. Burial will follow in McHorse Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday, November 8th.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mrs. Julie Platt


Mrs. Julene Kay “Julie” Platt, age 46, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, November 2, 2017 from injuries received in an automobile accident.
 
She was born in De Queen, Arkansas, on June 18, 1971, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, and she enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, riding horses, the lake, and cherished the time spent with her family.
 
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Paxan Kole Platt, her grandparents, Robert and Alma Wolcott, and Velma Crane, Dale Woodward, and Bobby Stewart.
 
She is survived by her husband of 29 years, John Platt of De Queen, two sons, Justin Platt of Provo, Arkansas, and Jarrin Platt of De Queen, a daughter, Emily Alexander of Mena, Arkansas, her mother and step-father, Darlene and Gary Matheson of De Queen, her father and step-mother, Odean and Sue Wolcott of De Queen, six brothers and sisters-in-law, Chris and Tonya Wolcott, Kevin and Andriea Wolcott, Bradley Wolcott, Brent Wolcott, Chad and Deedee Wolcott all of De Queen, and Dustin and Bridget Wolcott of Crossett, Arkansas, two grandchildren, Jaycee Leeann Platt of De Queen, and Zander McMillan of Mena, and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. Julie is also survived by her husband’s family, her mother-in-law, Linda Stewart of De Queen, two brothers-in-law, Doug Platt of De Queen, Robert and his wife Joy Long of Kemp, Texas, sisters-in-law, Misty Nixon, Tonya and her husband Carlos Martinez, and Tasha Callahan all of De Queen.
 
Funeral Services for Mrs. Julie Platt will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 2:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Beacon Hill Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Monday, November 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Martha Augusta Hill Carrington

Mrs. Martha Augusta Hill Carrington, age 98, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 1, 2017, in De Queen.

She was born January 29, 1919, in Provo, Arkansas. She was a doctor’s assistant and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Carrington was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence Butler and Lydia Sherman Hill; her grandson, Robert Alan Lovell; five brothers; and four sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Cox of De Queen and Suzanne Dixon of Carrollton, Texas; one sister-in-law, Iris Hill; four grandchildren, Marsha Smith, Terry Cox, Eric Lovell, and Duane Dixon; and a number of great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Carrington will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Provo with Larry Fry officiating. Burial will follow in McHorse Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Marvell Jean Lambeth Wolcott

Mrs. Marvell Jean Lambeth Wolcott, age 85, a resident of De Queen, died Sunday, October 29, 2017, in De Queen.

She was born March 16, 1932, in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in De Queen.

Mrs. Wolcott was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Ola Lambeth; her husband, Charlie Wolcott; one son, James Daryl Wolcott and one sister, Dot Wolcott.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, John and Sharon Wolcott of Bella Vista, Arkansas; one brother, James Lambeth of Florida; two granddaughters and their spouses Jenni and Jamie Massengill of Edmond, Oklahoma and Johnna and Josh Quinn of Bella Vista, Arkansas and five great-grandchildren, Lakyn and Charly Caye Massengill and Hannah, Canaan and Micah Quinn.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wolcott will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 4, 2017, in the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church with Newman Hance officiating. Burial will follow in Beacon Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

James Lloyd Jamison

Mr. James Lloyd Jamison, age 82, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas and formerly of Gillham, Arkansas passed away Monday, October 30, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.
 
He was born December 02, 1934, in Levelland, Texas. He was an electrical engineer at Ash Grove Cement for 35 years. Mr. Jamison was a Methodist, past president of Tex/Ark Antique Auto Club and MOTAA, and a member of Pate Swap Meet. He was also a United States Air Force Veteran and served during the Korean conflict.  
 
Mr. Jamison was preceded in death by his parents, James Edgar “Ford” and Effie Marie Rader Jamison; one son, Jeff Jamison; and one grandson, Jeffrey Jamison.
 
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janice Nielsen Jamison; two daughters, Jamie Rayburn and husband Jon of Taylor, Arkansas and Abby Jamison of Foreman; two sons, Tim Jamison and wife  Natalee of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Terry Jamison of Cabot, Arkansas; one brother, Gerald Jamison and wife Pat of Stockbridge, Georgia; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
 
Funeral services for Mr. Jamison will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 4, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Robert Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Gillham Cemetery.
 
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, November 3rd at the funeral home in De Queen.

Donations in memory of James Jamison may be made to:
The Museum of Automobiles
Petit Jean
8 Jones Lane
Morristown, AR 72110
www.museumofautos.com
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

 

Mrs. Violet Hedrick

Mrs. Violet Corine Sharp Hedrick, age 89, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 26, 2017 in the Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana.

She was born to T. D. and Hyacinthe McLeod Sharp in Lockesburg, Arkansas on November 7, 1927. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Horatio, and was retired from Knod’s Wholesale Grocery, where she was an accountant. She enjoyed flowers, and gardening, and she cherished the time spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Randy Hedrick, and all her siblings, Everett Sharp, Frankie Pickett, Marie Underwood, Ruby Johnson, Athel Sharp, and Gene Sharp.

She is survived by a granddaughter, Mindy and her husband, Charles Ogden of Texarkana, Texas, three great-grandchildren, Luke Ogden, Stephen and Audrey Ogden all of Texarkana, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Violet Hedrick will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, October 28, 2017 in Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, Arkansas. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until service time. Burial will follow in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Texarkana, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Andrew Shane Griffin

Andrew Shane Griffin entered this world on February 23rd, 1999 and made his way to Heaven on October 21st, 2017. Drew leaves to cherish his memory his parents Shane and Sandra Griffin, a sister and brother-in-law, Brooke and Blake Toye.

His aunts, uncles and cousins:
Ginger and Summer Morgan
Billy, Christy and Josie Morris and her son Race Thompson
Dennis, Logan and Mykenzie Jones
Danny, Natalie and Fallon Jones

Grandparents:
Calvin and Kathy Griffin of Horatio, Arkansas and Jackie and Jo Ann Jones of Dierks, Arkansas.

Drew was working with Artex Electric of Texarkana, Arkansas in the National Electrical Apprentice Program associated with UA Cossatot to proceed his career as a Journeyman Electrician.

He was 2017 graduate from Horatio High School. Drew was a member of the 2016 Horatio Lion 3A State Baseball Championship Team where he assisted his team as the starting short stop and one of the teams pitchers.

Drew spent his childhood in the woods with and in the water with his Dad, Papaw’s and buddies chasing bucks, ducks and big ole flatheads. He was raised with a passion for the outdoors and learned many lessons in Pond Creek and on the banks of Little River and Saline River.

He respected his elders, was a quiet, kind hearted, humble young man that had a vision he told only a few. Drew had a great passion for baseball, hunting, fishing and mostly comradery for his friends and his sister.

Visitation will be held on Friday October 27th, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at 2:00pm at Horatio Baptist Church. He will be laid to rest in Old Center Cemetery in Central Community of Horatio, Arkansas under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Drew’s Forever Fund at Horatio State Bank.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mathis Cordell Cleghorn

Mr. Mathis Cordell “Matt/Shot” Cleghorn, age 73, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born April 19, 1944, in Alleene, Arkansas. He was a retired millwright for Domtar, a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Foreman, a 32nd degree mason and Past Master of the Rocky Comfort Lodge #468.

Mr. Cleghorn was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin John “F.J.” and Mary Alice Mason Cleghorn; one grandson, Matthew Stewart; one brother, Thomas Marvin Cleghorn; two sisters, Norma Jean Cleghorn and Gwendolyn Cleghorn and two great-granddaughters, Delayia Woods and Marley Woods.

He is survived by his wife, Edna Ruth Golden Cleghorn; two sons and daughters-in-law, Frankie and Becky Cleghorn of Marietta, Oklahoma and Tommy and Lynnell Cleghorn of Foreman; three daughters and sons-in-law, Tessa and Eric McIntyre of Nevada, Missouri, Kathy and Calvin Gauldin of Foreman and Kari and Stacy Laminack of Haslet, Texas; 28 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, a special niece, Linda Gregory and a number of other nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Cleghorn will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 27, 2017, in the Gravelly Cemetery with Trent Liggin and Brad Sullivan officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 26th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Nelda E. Clay McPherson

Mrs. Nelda Elizabeth Clay McPherson, age 87, a resident of Arlington, Texas, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017, in Arlington.

She was born March 3, 1930, in Paraclifta, Arkansas. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.

Mrs. McPherson was preceded in death by her parents, Joel Washington and Mary Leta McKellar Clay; her husband, Homer McPherson; and six siblings.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Stan Lambert of Fort Worth, Texas, Phyllis and Mark Gonzalez of Arlington, Texas and Tracey and Gary Henson, also of Arlington; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn Groves of Memphis, Tennessee and Melba Gore of Nash, Texas; two brothers, Wayne Clay and Alton Clay both of Lockesburg, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. McPherson will be at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Belleville Methodist Church in Lockesburg with Joel Clay officiating. Burial will follow in Belleville Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00, Saturday, October 28th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mable Faye Hendricks Roberts

Mrs. Mable Faye Hendricks Roberts, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, October 23, 2017, at her home.
 
Mrs. Roberts was born April 25, 1928, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a nurse’s aide and a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Rosie Halter Hendricks; two sons, Steven Eugene Roberts and Wayne Roberts; and one daughter, Elizabeth Louise Mulkey.  
 
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Alvin and Laurie Roberts of Nashville, Arkansas and Ricky and Glorie Gentry of Lorton, Virginia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth Ann and Tommy Little of De Queen and Bonnie and Gary Guin of Shreveport, Louisiana; two sisters, Margaret Bishop of Splendora, Texas and Mary Fletcher of Houston, Texas; sixteen grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
 
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Roberts will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 26, 2017, in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Rev. Tim Smallwood officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 25th at the funeral home.

 

 

Kevin Quinonez

Kevin Quinonez, 25 of Dierks, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas. He was born on October 14, 1992 in Jacksonville, Florida the son of Fred Quinonez and Nova Hill.

Kevin was a member of the First Christian Church in Nashville, and served his country as an United States Marine.

He was preceded in death by a sister Kayla Quinonez, a brother Sawyer Hill, and his grandparents Frank and Carol Quinonez.

Survivors include his father Fred Quinonez of Houston, TX; mother Nova Hill and husband Mark of Dierks, AR; two brothers Kameron Quinonez of Nashville, AR; Kolton Quinonez of Dierks, AR; a sister Kelli Quinonez of Nashville, AR; as well as a number of friends and other relatives.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 5pm-7pm  at the First Christian Church in Nashville. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 2pm  at the First Christian Church in Nashville, AR.

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

Jessie R. Simmons

Jessie R. Simmons went to be with his heavenly Father on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

He was born June 1, 1921 to Paul Holbert and Emmer Carter Simmons. He married Norma Sue Boyd on January 6, 1946. He was a member of the Church of Christ, worked for Weyerhaeuser for 32 years and was a World War II Army veteran.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Norma Sue Simmons; a grandson, Timothy Allen Sharp; his parents; two brothers and a sister.

He is survived by one son, Jessie "Sonny" Simmons of Glenwood, AR; two daughters and a son-in-law, Brenda Sue and Ronnie Archer of Lockesburg, AR and Hilda Dean of Nashville, AR; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Graveside funeral services with military rites will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday October 24, 2017, in Burg Cemetery with Robert Peek and Jerry Mounts officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, AR.

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

 

Cody Dewayne Hardaway

Mr. Cody Dewayne Hardaway, age 32, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 19, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born July 21, 1985 in Andrews, Texas, to Lloyd and Shannon Hardaway. Cody loved working with his hands. He enjoyed woodworking, welding, and anything mechanical, which led him to pursue certification as a diesel mechanic. He worked for years as a locomotive mechanic, and was always willing to lend a helping hand; anything to keep busy. He loved the outdoors, was an avid deer hunter and fisherman, and especially enjoyed riding and working on four-wheelers with his son, Haden.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Ellis Lynn “Pete” Hardaway, his paternal step-grandfather, Cecil Carr; and one very special dog, Bud. 

He is survived by his parents; his girlfriend, Jennifer Burge, and their son, Haden Hardaway, of Horatio; two brothers, one sister-in-law, two nieces, and nephew: Timothy and Casey Hardaway, and their children, Heidi and Lance, of Lockesburg, and Matthew Hardaway and his daughter, Erin, of Horatio; his maternal grandparents, Hazel and Leo Martin of Pickens, Oklahoma, and his paternal grandmother, Veebal Carr of Battiest, Oklahoma.

Funeral services for Cody will be held at 2:00p.m, Tuesday, October 24
th 2017, at the First Baptist Church of Horatio. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00p.m. Monday, October 23, at the funeral home.

You may register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Mr. Robert Lowell "Bob" Hartley

Mr. Robert Lowell “Bob” Hartley of Wickes, Arkansas, died Friday, October 20, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Hartley was born January 27, 1946, to Windfield and Esther Hartley in Millfield, Ohio. He was retired from Tyson Foods – Grannis/ Broken Bow Complex, and former school bus driver for the Cossatot River School District. He enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with his family and friends. Bob was a veteran of the United States Army having served his country proudly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Eddy Hartley, three sisters, Clarmay Hartley, Dixie Walker, and Esther Eline Hartley, one niece, Becky Kunze, and nephew, Steven Hartley.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-four years, Charlotte Hartley of Wickes, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Terisia Hartley of Vandervoort, Arkansas, two daughters Leslie Reese of Mt. Vernon, Texas; Heather Andrews of West Monroe, Louisiana; three brothers, Lonnie Hartley of Meridian, Mississippi, Jimmy Hartley and wife Toni of Gahanna, Ohio; Gary Hartley and his wife Francis of Sallisaw, Oklahoma; two grandsons, Andrew Baxter, Connor Reese, two granddaughters, Whitney Hartley and Brittany Phillips and husband Nick, two great grandchildren, ReeAnna Caudill and Alayna Kyles, five nephews, five nieces and a number of friends and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mr. Bob Hartley will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Church of the Nazarene in Wickes, Arkansas with Rev. Steve Bradley and Rev. Charles “Buzz” Lassiter officiating. Burial will follow in the Baker Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 P. M. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

 

Willie Olen Chewning

Mr. Willie Olen Chewning, age 81, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 19, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born October 21, 1935 in Hodson, Texas. He was a Central Control operator for Ash Grove Cement Co., a cattleman and a member of the Winthrop Baptist Church.

Mr. Chewning was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Allen and Etta Mae Coats Chewning; two brothers, Merle Chewning and Jesse Leon "Man" Chewning.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Penney Chewning; two sons and daughters-in-law, Brad and Sandy Chewning of Haworth, Oklahoma and Robert and Cindy Chewning of Foreman; three grandchildren, Brandy Chewning, Amanda Chewning and Erin Chewning; one brother, Doug Chewning of Texarkana, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Chewning will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, October 23, 2017, in the Winthrop Baptist Church with Bro. Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 21st at the funeral home.

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

 

Freddy Wayne McDaniel

Freddy Wayne McDaniel, age 39, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 19, 2017, at his home.

He was born May 12, 1978 in Texarkana, Texas. He was employed at Wal-Mart.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Martha Roberts.

He is survived by his mother, Lela McDaniel of Idabel, Oklahoma; his father, Charles Wesley Franklin of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and his spouse, Ray Hall.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Robert M. Horn

Mr. Robert M. Horn, age 69, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, passed away October 19, 2017, at his home due to complications of Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Horn was born July 29, 1948, in Visalia, California to Aubrey and Francis Machen Horn. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. He had a major in business and accounting from East Texas University. He retired from Domtar Paper Mill as a Maintenance Supervisor, and was the former business owner of Nautilus Gym. Mr. Horn was named an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1982, loved the outdoors, an avid deer hunter, a member of the Lick Creek Hunting Club, and loved animals.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Billy Dean Horn, Al Horn, Richard Horn and Jim Horn; one sister, Betty Jo Hart; and one special dog, Quad.

Mr. Horn is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cheryl Callaway Horn; one brother, John Ed Horn of Mineral Wells, Texas; and his faithful and beloved dog LuLu.

A private memorial will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends and family at their home. Memorials may be made to the Ashdown Cemetery.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Shelba  Delitha "Belle" Clowdis

Mrs. Shelba Delitha “Belle” Clowdis, age 80, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Friday, October 13, 2017, in Ashdown, Arkansas.
 
Mrs. Clowdis was born October 31, 1936, in Alleene, Arkansas and was a retired post master at Alleene. She was a member of the Winthrop Baptist Church and the Eastern Star, Chapters Rocky Comfort 371 in Foreman, Arkansas, Jefferson 554 in Ashdown, and the Gillham, Arkansas Chapter.
 
Mrs. Clowdis was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Marie Stafford Altenbaumer.
 
She is survived by her husband, James Clowdis; one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Joe Longacre of Horatio, Arkansas; two granddaughters and their spouses, Kandie and Ethan Gingras of Rockwall, Texas and Devin and Ben Sessions of Dallas, Texas; three great grandchildren, Ellie Gingras, Cal Gingras, and Isaac Sessions; one brother and sister-in-law, Eddie and Darlene Altenbaumer of Alleene; one sister, Vonnie Chewning of Winthrop; and a number of nieces and nephews.
 
Funeral services for Mrs. Clowdis will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 16, 2017, at the First Baptist Church in Winthrop with Audie Dawson, Jimmy Dale, and Steve Satterfield officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 
The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 15th at the funeral home in De Queen.
 
Memorials may be made to the Winthrop Baptist Church Summer Camp Fund.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

William Sanders Truly

 

Mr. William Sanders Truly, age 85, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Monday, October 9, 2017, at his home.

He was born March 15, 1932, in Brownwood, Texas. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving during the Korean War. He was a field engineer with General Automation Services and a poultry farmer. He was also a member of the Lighthouse Church, the NRA, and was a Gideon.

Mr. Truly was preceded in death by his parents, William Allingham and Mildred Josephine Etta Sanders Truly; one sister, Linda Kay Truly; and one brother, Robert C. Truly.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Louise Jester Truly; four daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Bill Goforth of Lantana, Texas, Jamie and Brian Apple of Houston, Texas, Donna and John Coulter of Lockesburg, and Sandra and Danny Pietens also of Lockesburg; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Becky Harrison of Horatio, Arkansas and Bobby and Mary Ann Harrison of Argyle, Texas; one sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Ronnie Barnard of Moore, Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a number of nieces, nephews; and his friends and family at the Lighthouse Church and his Gideon family.

Funeral services for Mr. Truly will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 11, 2017, in the Lighthouse Church with Buster Dellinger and Gene Jester officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 10th at the funeral home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Johnnie Lou Follis

 

Johnnie Lou Follis, age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, October 6, 2017 at her home. She was born to Ross and Susie Jackson Montgomery on July 23, 1942, at Horatio, Arkansas. She was a retired RN, who worked for Wadley Regional Medical Center for 35 years.

She enjoyed eating out, and she cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed casinos.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Billy Ross Montgomery.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Deborah and Rodney Cockerham of De Queen, and Michelle Smith of New Boston, Texas, a son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Salvation Labit of Horatio,children and their spouses, Crystal and Nikolaj Morris of Sterlington, Louisiana, Natosha Wilson of De Queen, Chris Chandler of Little Rock, Arkansas, Steven Stevenson of De Queen, Mari Delacerda and Tom Delacerda both of New Boston, Texas, Kinzie Smith of Texarkana, Texas, Lauren Cockerham of Memphis, Tennessee, and Justin Cockerham of Oak Harbor, Washington, fifteen great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Ms. Johnnie Follis will be held at 10:00 A.M., on Monday, October 9, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Millwee Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, October 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

 

Mary Linda Riley

 

Mary Linda Riley from King, Arkansas, age 75, went to her heavenly home on September 30, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Bud” Riley; her parents, Edwin and Thelma Friday; two brothers, Alvin and Billy Friday; and one special friend, Patricia “Pat” Collins.
 
She is survived by three sons and one daughter-in-law, David Smith, Scott Smith, and Michael and Rhonda Smith; one brother, Bobby Friday; two sisters-in-law, Irma and Susan Friday; three grandchildren and their spouses, Dustin and Susan Smith, Blake and Megan McAffee, and Martin and Tiffany Shea; five other grandchildren, Ashley, Brandon, Cameron, Seth, and Sarah Smith; three great grandchildren, Harper McAffee, Lily Smith McIntosh, and Walker Shea; and Ms. Kitty, her faithful cat.
 
Linda was born on September 12, 1942, in Lockesburg, Arkansas. She graduated from Texarkana College in 1981 with a degree in nursing and enjoyed doing this for 38 year’s. Most of all she enjoyed being a mother to her three sons and anyone else that needed a kind loving word.            
 
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 5, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen with Shane Haarmeyer officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery.
 
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, October 4th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Garry Cortez Turner

 

Mr. Garry Cortez Turner, age 65, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Saturday, September 30, 2017, in Nashville, Arkansas.
 
He was born October 7, 1951, in Holly Grove, Arkansas. He was a logger and a truck driver. He enjoyed hunting, running dogs, spending time with his grandkids, and watching them play ball.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Toy Cortez and Wincel Johnson Turner; his grandparents, Les and Inez Johnson and Cecil and Violet Turner; and two brothers, Thomas “Tinker” Reed and Wayne Turner.
 
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, April and Jeremy Kappus and Kaci and Chase Quinn all of Dierks; five grandchildren, Blayn Turner, Kayden Turner, Talon Kappus, Karsyn Marshall, and Conner Quinn; one sister, Judy Marshall of Salem, Virginia; and a number of nieces and nephews.
 
Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 3, 2017, in the Greens Chapel Cemetery with Charlie Reel officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, October 2nd at the funeral home in Dierks.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Mrs. Ester Benefield

 

Mrs. Esther Fern Lambeth Benefield, age 88, a resident of Mena, and former resident of De Queen, died Sunday, September 24, 2017 in the Bear Creek Healthcare, De Queen.

She was born to Wallace R and Bernice Stewart Lambeth on July 10, 1929. She was a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, and a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, her flowers, bird watching, and she cherished her family,

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Roy Wayne and Debbie Benefield of Spokane, Washington, a daughter and son-in-law, Marcie and Kenny Mann of Mena, Arkansas, six grandchildren and their spouses, Kevin and Michelle Benefield of Allons, Tennessee, Leslie and Olfa Lambeth of Puerto Rico, Misty Miley of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Roy Benefield, Jr., Jody and Tina Benefield all of Spokane, Washington, and Lori and and Shawn Ramslan of Coeur D Alene, Idaho, seventeen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Kenny Davis of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Esther Benefield will be held Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., in the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, De Queen with Newman Hance officiating. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Leona Grinage

 

Mrs. Leona Cooper Grinage, age 94, a resident of Haworth, Oklahoma, died Saturday, September 30, 2017, in Retreat at Kenwood, Texarkana, Texas. She was born on September 4, 1923 in Cerro Gordo, Oklahoma, and was a homemaker. She was a lifelong member of the State Line Baptist Church. Leona enjoyed fishing and watching birds, especially humming birds. She was an avid basketball fan. Leona played basketball all her years at Haworth, and made it to the state championship her senior year. Even in her sixties, Leona still had a basketball goal in her back yard, where she would play and give her grandchildren tips to be better players.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Lottie Cooper, Lorene Davis, Elmer Cooper, Don Cooper, and Lonnie Cooper, and May of 1991, her beloved husband, Lewis Harold Grinage, as well as, her daughter-in-law, Phyllis Grinage.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Dwight and Saundra Grinage of Texarkana, Texas, and Terry and Betty Grinage of Texarkana, Arkansas, nine grandchildren and their spouses, Andy and Cheryl Flood of Redwater, Texas, Keith and Naomi Grinage of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Adam Grinage and his partner Jason Barnett of Lewisville, Texas, Marcy and Bert Bloomfield of Texarkana, Texas, Mindy and Brian Gennings of Texarkana, Arkansas, Frankie and Ron Mills of De Queen, Arkansas, Rowdy and Shirley Horner of Genoa, Arkansas, Shelly Roberts of Texarkana, Texas, and Beth and Glenn Lummus of Texarkana, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Leona Grinage will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in the State Line Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo, Arkansas. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery, Winthrop, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com. Memorials may be made to the State Line Baptist Church, 924 Highway 380, Winthrop, Arkansas 71866.


 

Inez Parsons Smith

 

Mrs. Inez Parsons Smith, age 103, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born on December 3, 1913, to Samuel W. and Nettie L. Gordon Parsons. She was a farmer and homemaker, and a member of the Midway Church of Christ. She loved quilting and gardening and loved all children.

Mrs. Parsons was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Smith; an infant daughter; son Ralph Smith; grandson, Todd Smith; parents, Samuel and Nettie Parsons; four sisters, Ethel Stacy, Anna McGee, Hazel Ward and Florene Thompson; and two brothers, Cecil Parsons and Jada Parsons.

She is survived by one son, Mack and wife Janet Smith of Umpire, Arkansas; one daughter, Mary Lou and husband Royce Golden of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; daughter-in-law, Verna Smith of Umpire; 3 brothers and a sister, Seldon Parsons of Umpire, Maye Davis of Kingston, Oklahoma, Gerald Parsons of Fort Smith, Arkansas and J.O. and wife Joyce of Texarkana, Texas; seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, 2 ½ great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 30, 2017, in the Midway Church of Christ with Danny White officiating. Burial will follow in the Saline Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, September 29th at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

LaJuana Jean Gilliam Wildey

 

Mrs. LaJuana Jean Gilliam Wildey, age 70, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, September 21, 2017 in the Christus St. Michael Hospital, Texarkana, Texas. She was born to Carroll Edward and Oleta Hood Gilliam in Mena, Arkansas, on April 29, 1947. She was a member of the Williamson Community Church in Horatio, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time and taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, David Gilliam, a brother-in-law, Noel Bartlett, and her husband, Donald Wildey.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Carolyn Davis of Hatfield, Arkansas, and Michael and Jackie Talent of De Queen, nine grandchildren, Crystal and her husband, Bill Romine of Hatfield, James E Davis of De Queen, Brionna Crane of Hatfield, Shawn and his wife, Amairami Holder of Little Rock, Arkansas, Travis and his wife, April Bond of Moss Point, Miss., Shennel and her husband, Brandon Deer of Dierks, Daniel and his wife, Kay Lindsey of De Queen, Trista and her husband, Jody Bailey of Lockesburg, and Hunter Funck of De Queen, fifteen great-grandchildren, Logan, Carolina, Dakota, Colten, Amanda, Aiden, Carli, Sidney, Tye, Kaylee, Jason, Madyson, Jaxon, Ashlynn, and Jaydon. She is also survived by three brothers and two sister-in-law, Jackie and June Gilliam of Queen City, Texas, John Gilliam of Carson City, Nevada, and Harold and Helen Gilliam of Elko, Nevada, one sister, Katrina Bartlett of Spring Creek, Nevada, a sister-in-law, Hilda Jean Gilliam of Bartsdale, Louisiana, and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Jean Wildey will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, September 25, 2017, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 24th from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

 

W. J. (Billy) Branson

 

William Jasper Branson was born September 11, 1920, to Ben and Nancy Branson of Gillham, Arkansas and died September 23, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings, Alma (Brany) Branson, Iva Branson and Carl Branson. Billy was also preceded in death by his wife, Estalee Bard Branson; one son, William Benjamin Branson; two daughters, Marilyn Branson Ferguson and Mona Branson Shelton; two sons-in-law, Eugene Shelton and Kenny Ward, and one daughter-in-law, Bonnie Branson.

He is survived by one brother, B.F. Branson; one sister-in-law, Nea Branson; one son, Jim Branson (Amy); two daughters, Beth Ward and Jeanette Lemke (Todd); nine grandchildren, Marla Walter (Michael), LeAnn Thrasher (Galin), Stacie Evans (Ryan), Kristy Rhode (Mike), Tessa White (Casey), Christopher Shelton, Cameron Shelton, Ben Lemke, and Hannah Lemke; eight great-grandchildren, Owen Walters, Kaylin Walkins, Bailey Walkins, Ryder Evans, Shane Blankenship, Garrett Dixon, Savanna White, and Nathan White.

Billy Branson was a mountain man; an avid hunter and fisherman. He graduated from Gillham High School, excelling in basketball and baseball. He served as Sergeant in World War II, in such duties as Combat Engineer and Military Policeman. While refereeing basketball; he took a liking to an ornery red-head always in foul trouble, Estalee (Toad) Bard. They were married seventy-one years. A hard worker all his life, he spent his early years in logging woods between Arkansas and Colorado. He was a Mason, served as Mayor of Gillham, instrumental in the start up of the Gillham Volunteer Fire Department, Water Department and Gillham Park. He was a member of "The Greatest Generation" rightfully coined because men of that era were a different breed. He will be missed.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with visitation starting at 10:00 am, Thursday, September 28, 2017, at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas. Burial will follow in the Cossatot Cemetery with Bobby Tatum officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Family will gather Wednesday evening at the home of B.F. Branson.

Donations can be made to the United Methodist Church in Gillham or the Talihina Veterans Center, Benefit Patients Fund, 10014 SE 1138th, Talihina, Oklahoma 74571.

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

 

John Bradley "Brad" Davis

 

Mr. John Bradley “Brad” Davis, age 47, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to Johnny W. Davis and Linda Ann Jackson Davis in Ft. Mammoth, New Jersey on June 11, 1970. Brad enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood working and spending time with his family.

Brad was preceded in death by his mother, Linda in May of 1987 and his father, Johnny in April of 2016; his paternal grandparents, John L. and Doris Marie Davis and maternal grandparents, Dick Jackson and Helen Lambert.

He is survived by one son, Jonathan Blake Davis; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Teresa and Jimmy Davis and Carli Michelle Davis, all of Dierks; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Chris Davis of Dierks, Kyle and Kourtney Davis of De Queen and Coby Lewis Davis of Dierks; his step-mother, Cynthia Davis of Dierks; a special niece, Lindsey Ann Dorsey of Dierks and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for John Bradley Davis will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 25, 2017, in the Dierks Cemetery with Bro. Scott Kitchens officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, September 24th at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

Mae Velma Smith Turner

 

Mrs. Mae Velma Smith Turner, age 88, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, September 21, 2017, in the Mena Regional Center, Mena, Arkansas.

She was born to Perry Lee and Eva Belle Reynolds Smith in De Queen, Arkansas, on March 17, 1929. She loved her Lord, and was a member of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed canning, cooking, flowers, crocheting, sewing, and cherished the time she spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harold Turner, two sons, Norman Cecil Turner, and Harold Lee Turner, Jr., and a daughter, Mary Belle Elliott, one brother, Lloyd Smith, two sisters, Elsie Stout, and Martha Wade.

She is survived by seven grandchildren, Tammie Renea and her husband, Mickey Willis of Kingsport, Tennessee, Daniel Shannon Elliott of Gate City, Virginia, Amy and her husband, Jeremy Lockeby of Little Rock, Arkansas, Renee and her husband, Kevin Olsen of De Queen, Arkansas, Michael Johnson, Joey Sparks, both of De Queen, Ark., and Danny Sparks of Kissimmee, Florida, two great-grandchildren, Devaughn Shelton and Braydon Shelton of Little Rock, Arkansas, a son-in-law, Dannie Elliott of Gate City, Virginia, one brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Wanda Smith of Skiatook, Oklahoma, two sisters, Ruby Mitchell of Denham Springs, Louisiana, and Evelyn Smith of Jacksonville, Florida, and a nephew, Ronnie Turner of Lockesburg.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Mae Turner will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, September 23rd in the Valley Cemetery, Gillham with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be on Friday, September 22nd from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Barbara Elizabeth Curtis
 

Mrs. Barbara Elizabeth Downs Curtis, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, September 18, 2017, in Dierks.

She was born June 23, 1936 in Pitcher, Oklahoma. She was a lab technician for the City of Broken Bow, was an auctioneer and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Mrs. Curtis was preceded in death by her parents, Haskell and Nellie F. Swager Downs; her husband, Patrick Donald Curtis; one son, De Wayne Curtis and two brothers, Claude Ray “Sonny” Downs and Mike Whitney.

She is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, James Curtis, Donald and Dana Curtis and Mark Curtis, all of De Queen; one sister, Dollie Jarmillo of Grants, New Mexico; two brothers, Robert Whitney of Gillham, Arkansas and Russell Whitney of Texarkana; five grandchildren, Christopher, Tyler, Shandra, Austin and Steven Curtis and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mrs. Curtis will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Shirley B. Bell Clardy

 

Mrs. Shirley B. Bell Clardy, age 69, a resident of Lockesburg, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at the home of her daughter in Texarkana, Arkansas. She was born to Clementon Richardson and Fay Bell Mitchell in Lockesburg, on September 17, 1947. She was a 1965 graduate of North High School in Wichita, Kansas.

She was Medical Records Clerk for the De Queen Medical Center with over 40 years of service, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Macedonia United Methodist Church of Lockesburg. She enjoyed cooking, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Troy Lee Bell, a sister, Culegar Fay Bell, and her grandmothers, Sedalia Richardson, and Murdell Richardson.

She is survived by her husband of over 48 years, Merrel Clardy of Lockesburg, three sons and
Daughters-in-law, Reginald and Trina Russell of Conway, Arkansas, Warren “Tony” and Joetta Davis of Puyallup, Washington, and Craig Clardy of Atlanta, Georgia, two daughters, Carla Woods and her finance, Anthony Williams of Atlanta Georgia, Tracy and Dolvin Moore, of Texarkana, Arkansas, three sisters and a son-in-law, Marvia Bell, Cynthia and Max Mullins, and Veronica Maples all of Wichita, Kansas. Fourteen grandchildren, Elizabeth Russell, Christina Davis, Matthew Davis, Gregory Davis, Gregory Billingsley, Candance Britt, Reginald “Reggie” Works, Michael Davis, Courtney Nuranie, Jada Clardy, C. J. Clardy, Christopher Moore, Brandon Moore, and Nicholas Moore, ten great-grandchildren, Kanen Billingsley, Cole Davis, Kylie Woods, Michael Hill, Messiah Nuranie, Kendrick Works, Marley Davis, Shawn Davis, Janie Moore, and Mayson Moore, as well as a number of nieces and nephews, and a host of  friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Shirley Clardy will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg, with Rev. Reginald Russell officiating.
Burial will follow in the Holly Springs Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Gaylon Don Sides

 

Mr. Gaylon Don Sides, age 65, a resident of Cherryhill, Arkansas, passed away Monday, September 11, 2017, at UAMS in Little Rock.

He was born July 10, 1952 in Farmersville, Texas to J.W. and Ivanell (Nell) Rhodes Sides.

Mr. Sides was preceded in death by his father and four of his children.

He is survived by his mother; five children; a number of grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Sides will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 15, 2017 in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Donald Ray "Donnie" Vann

 

Mr. Donald Ray “Donnie” Vann, age 67, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Saturday, September 9, 2017 at his home.

He was born on December 19, 1949 in Gillham, Arkansas. He was a retired logger, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Edna Marie Tilson Vann, a son, Bobby Irvin, four brothers, Dale Vann, Phillip Vann, Eddie Vann, and a sister Susan Alene Vann.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Tomi and Craig Liles of Gillham, two sons, Jerry Dale McGhee of Texas, and Larry Lee McGhee of Lockesburg, four sisters-in-law, Kay and her husband Tony Liggin of Lockesburg, Judy Vann of Texas, Joyce Vann of Gillham, Arkansas, and Betty and her husband, Lloyd Robinson of Illinois, three brothers-in-law, Larry and his wife, Joyce Tilson, Gene and his wife, Beverly Hudlow all of Missouri, and Bobbie Tilson of Wichita, Kansas, and number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

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.

 

George Clermont Williamson

 

Mr. George Clermont Williamson, age 59, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, September 11, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Williamson was born April, 24, 1958, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a former employee of Gra-Don and was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry H. Williamson, Sr.

Mr. Williamson is survived by his wife Martha Rolfe Williamson; his mother, Mildred Conatser of Horatio; one brother, Lando Williamson of Horatio; three sisters, Harriett Piper of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; twin sister, Millie McCain of McCaskill, Arkansas, and Gerri Krudwig of De Queen; five stepchildren; and three grandchildren.

Graveside funeral service for Mr. Williamson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 14, 2017, in the Clear Creek Cemetery with James McCain officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday the 13th at the funeral home.

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

 

Jack Bennett, Jr.


Jack Bennett, Jr. age 68, a former resident of Muncie, Indiana, died Sunday, September 10, 2017, at his daughter’s home in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born November 26, 1948 in De Queen. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad after 32 years. He served as a Deacon at Christ Temple Global Ministries in Muncie. Mr. Bennett loved serving the Lord, fishing, working in his yard, being with his family, especially his grandchildren, helping at his church, watching Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Bennett and Oline Nelson; three brothers, James Bennett, Sandy Bennett, and an infant brother; an infant sister; and a great granddaughter Sadie Walton.

He is survived by two daughters, Jackie Bennett of De Queen and Dawn Pegues of Grande Prairie, Texas; two sons, Anthony Bennett Sr. of Houston, Texas and Matthew Dante Bennett of Muncie; three brothers, H.J. Hendrix of De Queen, Melvin “Moon” Bennett of Muncie, and James (Maria) Bennett of New York; six sisters, Victoria (Bobby) Curly of Aurora, Colorado, Willie Bell Bowers of De Queen, Betty Neal of Ashdown, Arkansas, Rita Bennett of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Floy Armstrong (Brian), of Valliant, Oklahoma, Gloria Bennett of De Queen; Grandchildren, Martega (Mercedez) Walton of De Queen, Jalan Bennett of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Quinshaun Bennett-Hale of De Queen, Anthony Bennett, Jr. of Ashdown, Kameron Benton-Bennett of Houston, Ariana Bennett of Dallas, Texas, Don-Tez Young, Don-Quez Young, DunYae Lipscomb, and Donnie Young all of Grand Prairie, Texas, Mattaneeka Bennett of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Laionna Bennett, Lishai Bennett, Cash Bennett all of Muncie; Great-Grandchildren, Braeden Walton, Kaydence Walton, and Jaxon Walton of De Queen; four aunts, Elnora K. Scale of Muncie, Virginia Haynes of Atlanta, Georgia, Agnus Gilmore and Willie Boyles of De Queen; one uncle, Leroy Nelson also of De Queen; a special angel, Maria Shores of Muncie; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Bennett will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 16, 2017 in the New Zion Baptist Church in De Queen with Rev. Jesse Miller and Elder Richard Carr officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Family will receive friends Friday, September 15, 2017 from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

David Lee Byrd
 

David Lee Byrd, age 64, of Vandervoort, Arkansas, left to be with the Lord on Monday, August 21, 2017.


He is preceded in death by his mother, father, and one son, David Lee Byrd, II.


He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sandra Evans Byrd; his son, Kevin Byrd and wife Tracy of Tennessee; daughters, Peggy Byrd Dulinsky of Vandervoort, Amanda Byrd Dixon and husband Travis of Waldron; sons, Jason Byrd and wife Candace of Texas, Randy Byrd and fiancé Jami of Hot Springs; two brothers, Mike Byrd and Danny Byrd and one sister, Kathy Anderson, all of Tennessee; 11 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren.


He was a great husband, Daddy, brother, PawPaw, Gramps, Gumps, and PopPop to us all.


A memorial service for David Byrd of Vandervoort will be held Friday September 8th @4pm at Vandervoort Baptist Church. Services entrusted to Gunn Funeral Home, 4323 W 29th, Little Rock, Ark. 501-660-4323.
 

Bobby Joe Ray

Mr. Bobby Joe Ray, fondly known to many by just “Louie”, passed from this earthly life on Tuesday, September 4, 2017 at his home surrounded by family.

Bobby was born January 8, 1936 to Harold “Hal” and Frances Florine Lichlyter Ray in Grannis, Arkansas, He attended Wickes High School, where he loved to dominate the basketball court, and earded the nickname, “Louie”. After high school, he joined and served one term in the U. S. Air Force. On September 19, 1969, he married his long time love, Betty Mae Jones. Bobby spent his life very quietly and humbly serving his church and community on numerous committees and outreach programs. One of his favorites was helping serve breakfast to the local De Queen High School athletes every Friday morning. He was a die hard Wickes Warrior Basketball fan, and would travel hours to watch and support them. The only thing he loved more was following his Allie girl around and supporting her in whatever sport she was playing at the time. Bobby was an independent truck driver and was leased to Frozen Food Express, until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by both his parents, his stepfather, Cecil Selman of De Queen and one brother, Jimmy Bethel of Wickes.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Jones Ray of almost 48 years of De Queen, two sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Jayne Cole of Gillham, Arkansas, Kevin and Leslie Ray of De Queen, Arkansas, four grandchildren, Melinda, Dalton, Kolbie and Allie along with four precious great-grandchildren, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Sue and Dave Dampier of De Queen, and Sandra Graham of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a host of other family members and dear friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Bobby Ray will be held Wednesday, September 6, 2017 in the First Baptist Church of De Queen, with Bro. Jerry Hill and Bro. Dan Ford officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley Cemetery, Gillham, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gideon’s De Queen Camp, P O Box 713, De Queen, Arkansas 71832. You may send online condolences at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Louise Hendrix McGaha

Mrs. Louise Hendrix McGaha, age 89, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Sunday, September 3, 2017, in Horatio.

She was born December 3, 1927, in Honey Grove, Oklahoma. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Horatio.

Mrs. McGaha was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert McGaha; her parents, Lewis and Mattie Thomas Hendrix; a son, Skip McGaha; a brother, Buck Hendrix, and a sister, Ester Belle Pettigrew.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Carrie McGaha of Horatio; a daughter, Debbie Robardey of Texarkana, Texas; a brother Tom Hendrix of El Dorado, Arkansas; nine grandchildren, Russell McGaha of Tennessee, Steven McGaha of Alabama, Jason McGaha of Texas, Kisha Mitchell of Colorado, Angela Stokes, Shelly Gentry, Courtney Bard, Megan Louise Nalley, and Ryker McGaha all of Arkansas; 17 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. McGaha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday September 6, 2017 at the First Assembly of God in Horatio with John Gutierres, and Ralph Staggs officiating. Burial will follow in the West Otis Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com


H. Robert Smith

H. Robert Smith, 73, of Gillham, Ark., died Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Smith was born Feb. 8, 1944, in Oklahoma City, Okla.

He was a retired truck driver, Mason and a member of Christian Motorcycle Association.

He was preceded in death by a son, Joe Bob Mills.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Carolyn Morris Smith of Gillham; two daughters and one son-in-law, Lynne and Bill Nielsen of Magnolia, Ark., and Nicole Smith of Sikeston, Mo.; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert Shannon and Kim Smith of Foreman, Ark.; his mother, Norma Gene Smith of Waskom, Texas; two sisters, B. Scarborough of Waskom and Patsy and James Creech of Waldo, Ark.; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a number of other relatives.

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Online registration is at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Elizabeth Rehmann

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Delozier Rehmann, age 75, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 31, 2017 in the Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Howard Edward and Hazel Jane Wolfe Delozier on January 19, 1942 in
Baltimore, Maryland. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and crafts.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Gerald and Joseph Delozier, and one sister, Nancy Steil.

She is survived by her husband of over 43 years, Louis Frederick Rehmann of Gillham, a brother and his wife, Paul Delozier and Cheryl Long of Tigard, Oregon, a sister, Susan McGuire of Baltimore, Maryland, a sister-in-law, Helen Delozier of Cape Corral, Florida, and dear friends, Karen and Faron Ruth of De Queen, Arkansas.

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.
 

Deborah S. Melton

Mrs. Deborah S. Melton was called home in a divine spark of light and grace on Thursday August 31, 2017.

She was born to Thomas and Thelma Rowan Allison on August 30, 1954 at Albuquerque, New Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Allison, her mother, Thelma Rowan Vance, and a step-father, John Vance; two sisters, Diane Davis and Karol Hall, an infant brother, Joey Ahrens; two brothers-in-law, Larry Hall and Benny Parks.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of over 34 years, Paul Melton; two daughters and a son-in-law, Kimberlee Lee and Matt Yates of Grannis and Erica Melton of Grannis; one brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Cindy Ahrens of De Queen, one sister, Kim Parks of Wickes; one granddaughter, Baylee Davis of Grannis. She is survived by five sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

She was a lover of words who enjoyed books and writing. She laughed easily, and always appreciated a good joke. She loved the people in her life deeply, including her family, friends, and the past and present students of CRHS. She could always be counted on to pray, offer a kind word, or just be present where she was needed. She was the hands of God on earth and had a servant's heart. True to form, she passed on a day that would guarantee her funeral to be convenient.

If you're reading this, whether you knew her or not, she would like you to know that God loves you and there's life after death.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Revival Center, Cove, Arkansas, with Reggie Fryar officiating. Burial will be in Wheelock Cemetery, Millerton, Oklahoma, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send online condolences at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

Garry Dale Warford, Jr.


Mr. Garry Dale Warford, Jr., age 44, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the De Queen Medical Center.

He was born to Garry Dale, Sr., and Rhonda Ann Campbell Warford Burt on May 18, 1973. He worked in construction and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his father, Garry Dale Warford, Sr.; his stepfather, Dennis Burt; a brother, Michael Burt; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Warford; as well as, his grandfather, Donald Campbell.

He is survived by a daughter, Desirae Warford of Lockesburg, a son, Dustin O’Neal Warford of De Queen, a step-son, Devon Rice of Louisiana, a step-daughter, Destiny Hookie of De Queen; his wife, Lola Rice Warford of De Queen; his mother, Rhonda Burt of Lockesburg; a sister, Christie Maleski of Lockesburg; his grandparents, Darlene and James Williamson of Texarkana, Arkansas; a grandson, Benten Lane Markham of Lockesburg, two nieces, Kaylee Curtis of Ashdown, Arkansas and Sissy Maleski of Lockesburg, a nephew, Kyle Curtis of Texas; as well as, a number of other family members and a host of friends.

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

Mary Frances Deer Ward

Mrs. Mary Frances Deer Ward, age 72, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, September 1, 2017, in Dierks.

She was born January 5, 1945 in Vancouver, Washington. She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Dierks.

Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her parents Otto and Mildred Deer; four brothers, Sonny, Earl, Tommy, and Larry Deer; two sisters Emma Lou Harris and Mary Jo Alexander; and one son William Ward.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Clyde Ward; three sons and one son-in-law and two daughters-in-law, Wendell Ward and Dan DuPree of Texarkana, Texas, Mitchell and Michelle Ward, Douglas Ward, and Becky Ward all of Dierks; one brother Rickey Joe Deer of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; two sisters Glenda Conatser of Nashville, Arkansas, and Diane Cox of Dierks; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren, and a great number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Ward will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 4, 2017, at Fellowship Cemetery in Dierks, with Thomas Ward officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 on Sunday, September 3rd at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Shawn Michael Olsen

Mr. Shawn Michael Olsen, age 39, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, August 28, 2017, in Athens, Ohio.

He was born August 10, 1978, in Newton, Kansas. He enjoyed fishing, camping, playing pool, online gaming, and working with his pipeline crew.

He worked side by side Larry McCoy in running McCoy Heat & Air. He worked in cabins in Hochatown, Beavers Bend, and all over South East Oklahoma. He was always on call for McCoy Heat & Air. His favorite saying was “I got this” and he stood by his word. If it was a cooler down or just a switch he treated it as if it was a new install. He treated everyone and every job the same. Shawn was currently employed as a pipeliner for M.G. Dyess, Inc. working across the country. Wherever there was a need he was there, again his response I GOT THIS! The greatest thing he was proud of was his wife, his girls, and grandchildren. Shawn’s wife adds her promise to him “We got this!”

Mr. Olsen was preceded in death by his father, Dennis Wayne Olsen, Sr.; one brother, Paul Thompson; mother-in-law, Sharon Branscum; a grandson, Ryder Cole Mitchell; and his grandparents, Melvin and Mary Reed.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle Branscum Olsen of 20 years; three daughters, Nicole Pierce and Matt, Hope Mitchell and Jovani, and Dana and Justin Baker; three grandsons, Brantley and Jaxon Gore and Kolton Key; one granddaughter, Kason Key and expecting his second granddaughter, Aviana Jewell; mother and stepfather, Marilyn and Johnny West; his in laws, Lee and Polly Branscum; two brothers Kodie Tonika, and Dennis Olsen; three sisters, Leslie Ahern and Teresa Olsen, and Michelle Stinnett; a sister-and-brother-in-law Jolynn and William Hoover; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends; and his pipeline family.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 4, 2017, at Oak Grove Cemetery with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 3rd at the funeral home.
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Robbie Jo Goode Houser

Mrs. Robbie Jo Goode Houser, age 88, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born to Henry Fuller and Lily Mae Staten Goode in Celeste, Texas, on March 11, 1929. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lockesburg, and also the Lockesburg Quilting Club. She enjoyed word search, cooking, sewing, purses, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband over 67 years, J. T. Houser, six brothers, William, Robert, Aubrey, Ray, Elbert and Hoyt Goode, a sister, Ethel Goode McElfresh Hannon.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and Larry Havins of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Diane and Kelsey Johnson of Nashville, Arkansas, and Brenda and Robert Posey of Texarkana, Texas, two special nieces, Rhonda and her husband, Joe Porcaro, and Sherri Harmon, six grandchildren and their spouses, Gina and Jeff Hunter of Wickes, Arkansas, Lisa and James Clement of Ben Lomond, Arkansas, Kelly and Tate Mitchell of Nashville, Arkansas, Brandie Posey of De Queen, Robert “Bud” and Micki Jo Posey of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and Jay Johnson of Del Rio, Texas, fifteen great-grandchildren, Cody Clement, CJ Bryant, Chance Hunter, Kori Southerland, Cheyanna Shuler, Carson Hunter, Keelan Hathaway, Cole Posey, Catlin Carver, Brayden Inchcliff, Kinly Posey, Bryant Roberts, Culley Roberts, Jaycie Johson, and Jadyn Johnson, six great-great-grandchildren, Adyson Clement, Gaige Clement, Gunner Clement, Rhealeigh Tucker, Parker Crow, and Haydyn Hunter, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Robbie Jo Houser will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 2, 2017 in the Bellville Cemetery Pavilion, Lockesburg, Arkansas with Rev. Terry Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in the Bellville Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, September 1, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send condolences at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.  Memorials may be made to the Bellville Cemetery Association, P O Box 41, Lockesburg, AR 71846.

 

Emma Kay Lyle

Emerson Kay Lyle, age 8, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Monday, August 28, 2017 in the Mena Regional Medical Center.

She was born on March 23, 2009 in Texarkana, Texas. She was a member of the Midway Pentecostal Church at Vandervoort, and she enjoyed make-up, fishing, hunting, dancing, playing dress-up, and music.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Alwyn Lyon, Richard & Rena Terrell, Loyd Lyle, Tommy Williams, Cecil and Jessie Warren, as well as, a great-uncle, Marvin Williams.

She is survived by her parents: Chance and Kayla Lyle of Mena, Arkansas, and Whitley and Zachry Currence of Lockesburg, Arkansas, three sisters, Braylie Williams, and Gracelyn Currence both of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and Chloe Odom of Mena, Arkansas two brothers, Brycson Odom and Konner Odom both of Mena, Arkansas, her grandparents, Reggie and Donna Lyle of Wickes, Arkansas, Kirk and Cindy Williams, Lori and Toby Gathright, and Doug and Dawn Currence all of Lockesburg, her great-grandparents, Mary Brewer of Wickes, Lois Brown of Hayward, California, Jerry and Judy Pickett of Lockesburg, Carolyn and Arnold Parrish of Pinehurst, Texas, Betty Williams of Lockesburg, Kenneth and Betty Currence of Lockesburg, Louise Lyon of Horatio, and Kurt and Anita Farquhar of Lockesburg, her uncles and their spouses, Chad and Shawna Lyle, Clint and Kristi Lyle, Cortney and Amy Lyle, Chance Pearson, and Jaryd and Traci Lyon of Lockesburg, her aunts, Sierra Brown of Castro Valley, California, Stormie Huggins of Texarkana, Texas, Lana Lyon of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and MacKenzie and her husband Kenneth Fields of Lockesburg. Her Great-uncles and aunts, James and Shelley Pickett of Texarkana, Arkansas, Rusty and Fran Williams of Lockesburg, Kayla and Dennis Chandler of Ashdown, Arkansas, Dennis and Kara Currence of Lockesburg, and Tim and Beverly Lyon of Lockesburg.

Funeral Services for Emma Lyle will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 2:00 P.M., in the First Baptist Church of De Queen, with Bro. Billy Sullivan and Bro. Chad Lyle officiating. Burial will follow in the Coulter Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas. Visitation will be on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Jerry and Judy Pickett’s residence, 148 Shady Lane, Lockesburg, Arkansas beginning at 2:00 P.M.


 

Velma L. Winship

Mrs. Velma L. Winship, age 68, a resident of Idabel, Oklahoma, died Sunday, August 27, 2017, in Idabel.

She was born July 24, 1949 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a bail bonds woman, had taught school at Haworth, Oklahoma, and also worked for Weyerhaeuser. She was a Christian. 

Mrs. Winship was preceded in death by her parents, Walter E. Darity and Edna Virginia “Dutch” Darity.

She is survived by her sons, Kevin Winship of Eagletown, Oklahoma and Mark Winship of Las Vegas, Nevada; one brother Phillip Darity and wife Barbara of Eagltown; two sisters Patricia Jones and husband Jerry of Petal, Mississippi and Sharon Bohanan and husband Russell of Eagletown; her grandchildren and several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Velma Winship will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the Eagletown Cemetery Pavilion with Ben Polson officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, August 29
th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Alice Marie Ruth Ford

Alice Marie Ford 81, of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, passed away Friday evening, August 25th, 2017, at her home. Alice was born in De Queen, Arkansas on December 8th, 1935 to Isaiah and Beulah Ruth.

Alice is survived by one brother James Alfred Ruth and wife Bobbie, Sharon Kay Little of the home and Bertha Evonne Cox of De Queen, AR; a number of nieces and nephews, Great-nieces and Great-nephews, Great-grandnieces and Great-grandnephews; and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Wyatt Frank Ford; her father Isaiah Francis Ruth and her mother, Beulah Leora (Burris) Ruth; Five brothers: Earnest, Lee, Henry, Albert, and Clarence; and Four Sisters, Elizabeth, Opel, Mae, and Velma.


Visitation for Alice Marie Ford will be on Monday, August 28, 2017, from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Sequoyah Memorial Chapel at Forever Memories Funeral Services, Inc., Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Apostolic Faith Church, Sallisaw, Oklahoma with Brother Brian Duke and Bill Weeks officiating. Burial will follow in the Dwight Mission Cemetery, Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Casket bears will be Richard Ruth, Joe Sparks, Aaron Padgett, Jamie Fargo, Jerry Taylor, and Dave Marr.


The family has entrusted the care of Alice with the Forever Memories Funeral Service, 463505 Hwy 101, Sallisaw, 0klahoma 918-775-2222

 

John Rodger Hutchison

Mr. John Rodger Hutchison, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life Friday, August 25, 2017 at De Queen Medical Center in De Queen.

He was born to William Chester and Myrtle Ruth Hume Hutchison, Sr. at De Queen, Arkansas on December 4, 1952. He was a carpenter and enjoyed hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Steve Hutchison.

He leaves to cherish his memory, two sons and daughters-in-law, Holt and Bonnie Hutchison of Fort Sumner, New Mexico and Randy and Brie Hutchison of Leander, Texas; two daughters and sons-in-law, Angie and Aaron Best of San Antonio, Texas and Kara and Ryan Pelking of Greenville, Texas; eighteen grandchildren, Emmarie, Lilly, Tanna, Tori, Felicity, Courtland, Archer, Branson, Mattisin, Kylie, Taylor, Alexis, Taylor, Trayce, Hopella, Michael, Kasey, and Grayson; one great-grandson, Braxton; three brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Linda Hutchison of Delight, Arkansas, Thomas and Sandra Hutchison of De Queen, and David and Susan Hutchison of Decatur, Texas; one sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Jimmy Birdsong of Millerton, Oklahoma; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

Memorial services for Mr. John Hutchison will be announced at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Angela Faye Stewart

Mrs. Angela Faye Stewart, age 44, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, August 23, 2017, in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born June, 8, 1973, in De Queen, Arkansas, to Clifton Wilson Norwood, Jr. and Lillie Faye Moon Norwood. She was the assistant manager at Exxon in De Queen and a member of Faith and Deliverance Center in De Queen.

Mrs. Stewart was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Katelen Shyann Parson and two sisters, Betty Kimmel and Peggy Norwood.

She is survived by her husband, James Stewart; one son, Drew Powell of De Queen; one daughter Courtney Parson of Lockesburg; three brothers, John Allen Norwood of Lockesburg, James Edward Norwood of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Danny Andrew Norwood of Glenwood, Arkansas; four sisters, Bonnie Kathleene Hulburt and Pattie Ann Talley, both of Glenwood, Helen Elizabeth Burgess of Bonnerdale, Arkansas and Cindy Annette Becerra of De Queen; two grandchildren, Remington Tugman and Pasiley Tugman; a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Angela Stewart will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 26, 2017, in the Lighthouse Church in Lockesburg, Arkansas with Buster Dellinger and Patrick Grant officiating. Burial will follow in Belleville Cemetery in Lockesburg, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, August 25th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Ivy Franklin Roberts

Mr. Ivy Franklin Roberts passed from this life on August 22, 2017 while residing at the Dierks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was born on May 3, 1925 in the community of Central located near the town of Horatio, Arkansas. His parents were Ollie J. Roberts and Lillard E. (Rich) Roberts.
His siblings preceding him were a sister Flora Belle Roberts (Fair) and a brother Ottis Warren Roberts.

He resided most of his life in Horatio and was married to the late Neva Juanita (Willis) Roberts. He and Juanita had one son, James W. Roberts. Ivy was a retired timber worker and saw mill owner. He was an avid sports enthusiast and outdoors man. He loved hunting and fishing, and was a strong supporter of his Dallas Cowboys and Arkansas Razorbacks sports teams.

He is survived by his son James W. “Jim” Roberts and wife Rita of Madison, Alabama; grandson Franklin DeWayne “Wayne” Roberts and wife Joy; and great grandson Jack Oliver Roberts of Richmond, Virginia.

Ivy was a decorated Navy veteran of World War II having seen combat action in Saipan, Tinian, Marianas and Marshall Islands and the invasion of Iwo Jima.

The family will receive friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home on Friday, August 25, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM for a Celebration of Life.

Graveside services will be at the Clear Cemetery near Horatio at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 26, 2017 with Jimmy Roden and Jerry Don Roberts officiating.

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

Dorothy Virginia Harvey Stainton

Mrs. Dorothy Virginia Harvey Stainton, known to many as “Dot Dot” age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, August 21, 2017, at her home.

She was born August 31, 1927, in Jonesboro, Arkansas to L.C. and Alma Falls Harvey. In 1947 she married Bill Stainton of Prescott, Arkansas. She was a retired Junior High School Science teacher, in her former years she was a member of Sevier County Genealogy Society, a Girl Scout Leader and a member of Chapter B, P.E.O. She was also a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school.

Mrs. Stainton was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William G. "Bill" Stainton; her son, William G. Stainton, Jr. and one brother, Bud Harvey.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Trey Wilkerson of De Queen, and Ginger and Jimmy Moore of New Boston, Texas; two sisters, Anne Mauldin of Ames, Iowa and Sue Defender of Bainbridge Island, Washington; six grandchildren, Julie Stainton Post, Katy Wilkerson Brewer, Sarah Wilkerson Casteel, Chip Wilkerson, Jim Moore and Mary Moore Wheeler; 11 great grandchildren; one aunt, Hattie Collins of Jonesboro, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Stainton will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 25, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Cloninger officiating. Burial will follow at De Ann Cemetery in Prescott, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Chip Wilkerson, Jim Moore, Mike Post, Larry Brewer, Doug Casteel and Brandon Wheeler.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Friday, before the service.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 488, De Queen, Arkansas, 71832.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Melvin "Blue" Dewaine Weiler

Mr. Melvin "Blue" Dewaine Weiler, age 54, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, August 21, 2017 at his home.

He was born to Paul Vincent and Joyce Ann Martin Weiler at Perryville, Missouri on May 12, 1963. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Blue leaves to cherish his memory, two brothers, Steve Weiler and Susan Fennell of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Leslie Weiler of De Queen; a sister and brother-in-law, Dana and Donald Curtis of De Queen; four nieces Christy and Jeff Murphy of De Queen, Courtney Weiler of Mt. Ida, Arkansas, Jessica and Randy Barnett of Horatio, and Hope and Doug Durgin of De Queen; two nephews, Patrick Key of de Queen and Jeremy Key of De Queen; as well as a number of other family members and a host of friends.

Memorial services for Mr. Blue Weiler will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, August 24, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. Jack McCullough officiating. Cremation and Memorial services are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.   You may send an online condolences at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Virgie Maurine Lambeth

Mrs. Maurine Clements Lambeth, age 96, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Bear Creek Healthcare.

She was born to Napolean and Dovie Gore Clements in Sevier County, Arkansas, on August 10, 1921. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church. Maurine enjoyed reading, puzzles, bird watching, but most of all, she adored her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth Earl Lambeth; one son, Keith Lambeth, and two daughters, Sharon Haycraft, and Virgierene Lambeth.

Maurine leaves to cherish her memory, two sons and daughters-in-law, Cleve and Wanda Lambeth of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Clem and Shirlee Lambeth of Little Rock, Arkansas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Wanda Kaye Juhl of Red Lick, Minnesota and Jackie and Johnny Pogue of De Queen; a sister, Geraldine Folsom of Nashville, Arkansas. She also leaves to cherish her memory, a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends and church family.

Memorial services for Mrs. Maurine Lambeth will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 26, 2017 in the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in De Queen, with Pastor Newman Hance officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Memory of Maurine Lambeth to the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, 4380 S. Syracuse Street, Suite 430, Denver, CO 80237, www.childrensdiabetesfoundation.org. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Fred Wilkerson

Fred “B. Bud” Wilkerson, Jr., age 91, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, August 10, 2017 in De Queen.

B. Bud was born October 20, 1925 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of De Queen and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He attended the University of Arkansas and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

He graduated from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1945 and went on to own and operate Wilkerson Funeral Home with his family. He was the 1997 recipient of the Arkansas Funeral Director of the Year award and “retired” in 1998. Although retired he still worked and served the community until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred, Sr. and Evelyn Leard Wilkerson; his wife, Martha Sue Proctor Wilkerson; one son, Marc Wilkerson; a granddaughter, Kelly Wilkerson; and a sister, Jacqueline Lyons.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Trey and Cindy Wilkerson and Scott and Marian Wilkerson; five grandchildren and their spouses, Katy and Larry Brewer, Sarah and Doug Casteel, Beth and J Hargrove, Rusty and Terri Wilkerson, and Chip and Shannon Wilkerson; 8 great grandchildren, Reagan Wilkerson, Jacie Wilkerson, Sydney Casteel, Garrett Parker, Samantha Wilkerson, Hannah Wilkerson, Tate Wilkerson and Carsyn Hargrove; one niece and one nephew.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 14, 2017 in the First United Methodist Church with Bro. Mark Cloninger and Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, August 13th at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methoist Church of De Queen. P.O. Box 488 De Queen, AR 71832

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Angelina Aguilar Hernandez

Mrs. Angelina Aguilar Hernandez, age 58, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, August 7, 2017 in the De Queen Medical Center, De Queen.

She was born in Calantulario, Mexico on July 20, 1959, to Tomas Aguilar and Raymunda Veron Benitez. She was a Tyson Food Employee in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church.

She enjoyed planting flowers, cooking, baking bread, her parakeets, and her fish, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her husband of almost 30 years, Bartolo R. Hernandez of De Queen, a son, Javier Aguilar Hernandez of De Queen, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Araceli Hernandez and Adrian Landa, Marisol Aguilar Hernandez, and Erica Hernandez and Jonathan F. Torres of De Queen, her mother, Raymunda Veron Benitz of Mexico; five brothers, Jacinto Aguilar Veron of California, Roman Aguilar Vernon, Saul and Rene Aguilar Veron all of Mexico, Augstin Aguilar Veron of California, two sisters, Estela Aguilar Veron and Teresa Aguilar both of Mexico, Grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Angelia Hernandez will be on Saturday, August 12, 2017_at 3:00 P.M. in St. Barbara’s Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery. A Rosary and will be at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church at 6:00 P.M. Friday, August 11, 2017, with visitation of follow until 9:00 A.M., Saturday, August 12, 2017. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Thomas Abraham Thomas

Mr. Thomas Abraham Thomas, age 75, a resident of Cove, Arkansas, died Friday, August 4, 2017, at his home surrounded by his closest loved ones.

He was born June 3, 1942, in Prescott, Arkansas. He was retired from Delta Airlines, but a true carpenter at heart. He was a fun loving and witty true Razorback fan. He was always calling the Hogs. He loved taking care of his family and all the good times he had with them. He will be deeply missed.

Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey W. and Ola Rene Winfield Thomas and a brother Howard Thomas.

He is survived by two daughters, Donna Thomas Crawford of Acorn, Arkansas, and Trina Thomas Schulze of Cove; a sister, Jane Thomas of Cove; six grandchildren, Trent Thomas, Sasha Echols, Latrisha Beaty, Lonnie Crawford, Tabitha Schulze, and Valorie Schulze; and several great grandchildren.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. Reuben Walter Beck

Mr. Reuben Walter Beck, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, August 7, 2017 in Houston Texas Hospital.

He was born to Raymond Walter and Marie McKee Beck in De Queen, Arkansas on November 16, 1954. Reuben served in the military with the U. S. Navy, and was a postal rural mail carrier. He was a member of the Williamson Community Church, and enjoyed traveling, scuba diving, photography, gun practice, but most of all, Reuben cherished the time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Rhonda VanVoast Beck of De Queen, one son, David and Denise Beck of De Queen, two daughters and a son-in-law, Christy Hicks of De Queen, and Dana and Mark Eason of Lockesburg, five grandchildren, Kayla Hicks, Aaron Hicks, Denali Beck, Danielle Beck, and Paige Eason, his mother, Marie Shaw of De Queen, a brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Meriweather Beck of Olive Branch, Mississippi, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret and Bob Green of Little Rock, and Paulette and Leon Voss of Crossroads, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 2:00 P.M., in the Williamson Community Church, Horatio, Arkansas. Visitation will be Monday, August 14, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.
 

Mrs. Dorothy Hobbs

Mrs. Dorothy Faye House Hobbs, age 78, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, August 5, 2017 at her home.

She was born to Ocie Lee and Era Electra Britt House at Ashdown, Arkansas on September 20, 1938. She was a nursing assistant, and enjoyed sewing, camping, cooking, canning, and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Cecil Hobbs; a great-grandson Dakota VanHoose; a son-in-law Lee Von Gilbert; four brothers Bill House, G.W. House, Howard House, and Allen House; three sisters Georgia Stinson, Gladys Mauldin, and Betty Gentry.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters and son-in-law, Celia and Wayne Montgomery of De Queen and Linda Gilbert of De Queen; four grandchildren, Lavonda Icenhower, Wendy VanHoose, Trevor Montgomery, and Tara Montgomery, all of De Queen; five great-grandchildren, Dalton, Garrett, Cody, Dylan, and Hunter; two great-great-grandchildren, Declan and Blade.

Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Hobbs will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Rusty Ross officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen. Visitation will be held Monday, August 7, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Hobbs are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send condolences at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Joye Fern Manasco

Mrs. Joye Fern Manasco, age 79, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Friday, August 4, 2017, at her home.

She was born May 24, 1938, in Umpire. She was a retired school teacher, a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, enjoyed singing, gardening, cooking, and playing the piano.

Mrs. Manasco was preceded in death by her parents, W. T. and Bessie Kirby Strasner and her husband, James Flenoia Manasco.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Todd and Anissa Manasco and Jason and Amanda Manasco, all of Umpire; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Beth and Rick Patterson of Van Buren, Arkansas; one sister, Jessie Pendergrass of Umpire; six grandchildren, Logan and Hannah Patterson, Tanner and Haley Manasco and Chloe and Tyler Manasco; her caregivers, Hattie Vance and Dana Vance; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Manasco will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 7, 2017, in the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Umpire with Don Fortner, Don Vaughn and John Henry Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 6th at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Ms. Rebeca Ruvalcaba

Ms. Rebeca Ruvalcaba, age 69, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, August 3, 2017 in the Christus St. Michael Hospital, Texarkana.

She was born to Leovijildo Ruvalcaba and Refugio Romero in Tlaltenango, Zacatecas, Mexico on August 17, 1947. She was a seamstress, had worked for Pilgrim and Beard Poulan, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of t. Barbara's Catholic Church and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, cooking, sewing, gardening, flowers, and she cherished the time spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her mother, and two grandchildren, Ivonne Ramirez and Elizabeth Ramirez.

She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Alfredo and Maria Ramirez, Ruben Gustavo and Myrna Ramirez all of De Queen, Ernesto Daniel and America Ramirez of Nashville, Arkansas, and Osvaldo and Maria Ramirez of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Ruben Lerma of de Queen, her father, Leoviildo Ruvalcaba of Levelland, Texas, seven brothers and sisters-in-law, Ulderico and Margarita Ruvalcaba of De Queen, Joe and Alvina Ruvalcaba, Jamie and Adriana, Leo Jr. and Laura Ruvalcaba, Jose Ruvalcaba, Ernesto and Lisa Ruvalcaba, Carlos and Adela Ruvalcaba all of Levelland, Texas, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Daniel Mendoza and Norma and Jorge Castillo all of Levelland, Texas, thirteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass for Ms. Rebeca Ruvalcaba will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, in St. Barbara's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. A Rosary and visitation will be held at St. Barbara's Catholic Church from 7:00P.M. Friday, August 4th until service time. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

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Bobby Ray Bell

Mr. Bobby Ray Bell, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at his home.

He was born October 6, 1954, in Mena, Arkansas.

Mr. Bell was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Christopher and Opal Shaw Bell and one son Dane Bell.

He is survived by his wife Andrea Hernandez Bell; one son and daughter-in-law, Darin and Lisa Bell of Little Rock, Arkansas; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Billy and Cindy Bell of De Queen, Roger Bell of Mobile, Alabama; and David and Elizabeth Bell of El Centro, California; three stepsons, Roberto and Merle Reyna Hernandez, Juan Carlos Sandoval, and Johnathan Hernandez all of De Queen; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Christine Vertiz of Horatio, Arkansas, Linda and Alton Bowden, Barbara Gaylord, and Jennifer Bell all of De Queen; four grandchildren, Galvin Bell, Dexter Brady, Havin Brady and Emily Sandoval; one great-great grandchild, Stella Grace Brady; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Bobby Bell will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 6, 2017, in Old Piney Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 5th at the funeral home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Frances Evelyn Kerr Smith

Mrs. Frances Evelyn Kerr Smith, age 68, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.

She was born April 23, 1949, in De Queen, Arkansas. She drove a school bus, was a mail carrier, worked at Wal-Mart for over 30 years and attended Almond Church.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, Dave and Dixie Ward Kerr; three brothers-in-law, James Henry Russell, Harold Edward Beckwith and C.W. Brown and one sister-in-law, Carolyn Smith.
She is survived by her husband, Don Smith; two daughters and a son-in-law, Rhonda and John Carrier and Donna Golliher; three grandsons, Corey Carrier and wife Tanna, Caleb Carrier and Brett Brady; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Sue and James Acklen and Betty Jo Russell; nephews, Kenneth Acklen, James David Russell and wife Mary, Kelly Joe Russell and wife Shauna and Shawn Dale Beckwith and wife Tonya; one niece, Crystal Acklen; three brothers-in-law, Mike Smith, Ronnie Smith and wife Susan and Ricky Smith and wife Connie and one sister-in-law, Sandy Smith.
Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Steven Chenoweth and Jerry Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Valley Cemetery.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Lottie Bishop Overton

Lottie Bishop Overton, age 100, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on September 10, 1916 to the late Clarence Bishop and Florence Northcutt Bishop. Lottie was a member of the De Queen Methodist Church. She and her late husband, Max, were the owners of the Western Auto in Mena, Arkansas for 31 years.

Lottie was preceded in death by her husband Max D. Overton, Her parents, Florence C. Northcutt and Clarence C. Bishop, three brothers, Clarence C. Bishop, Jr., Floyd Bishop, Frank "Bob" Bishop, and one sister, Hazel Reynolds and one son-in-law, Romie C. Ray.

She is survived by a daughter, Charlotte L. Ray of De Queen, Arkansas; 2 grand-daughters, Kisha Devasier and husband Kevin of Dierks, Arkansas and Kim Conley and husband Joe of Frisco, Texas. Four great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Saturday, August 5, 2017, at Pinecrest Memorial Park at 3:00 p.m. under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

 

Mrs. Magel Dean Cannon House

Mrs. Magel Dean Cannon House, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born November 29, 1929 in De Queen. She was a homemaker, enjoyed gardening and quilting and attended Geneva Missionary Baptist Church. She raised four generations of kids, including grandchildren, great grandchildren and neighborhood children.

Mrs. House was preceded in death by her parents, James Henry and Minnie Parkerson Cannon; her husband, Kenneth Ross House; one son, Jimmy House; two daughters, Dorthy White and Virginia Ann House; and her brothers and sisters, Will Cannon, James Cannon, Edward Cannon, Earl Cannon, Verna May Smith, Louise Peek and Theo Cannon.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Pam House of Rogers, Arkansas; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Marilyn Morris of Gillham, Arkansas, Peggy and Ben Bramlett of De Queen and Kathy and J.D. Price of Hallsville, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Jenny House of De Queen, 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren; her caregiver, Sherry Grant; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. House will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 4, 2017 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Travis Lane and Chet Brake officiating. Burial will follow in the Crosstrails Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 3rd at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Amon Bearden

Mr. Amon Bearden, age 85, a resident of Amarillo, Texas, died Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Amarillo.
 
He was born February 21, 1932, in Dierks, Arkansas.  He worked in AD&M Oil Mill for over 30 years, loved to play bingo and dominoes and spend time with his family and friends.  Amon was a good father, grandfather, father-in-law and friend.  He will be missed by all.
 
Mr. Bearden was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Gertrude Chambers Bearden; one brother, Bloomis Willis and one sister, Willie Mae Rollins.
 
He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Curtis Harris of Amarillo; two sons, Damon Bearden also of Amarillo and Brian Bearden of Lubbock, Texas; one brother, George Bearden of Arkansas; six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Clara Willis of Arizona and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
 
Funeral services for Mr. Amon Bearden will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 5, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas, with James McRae officiating.  Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery in Umpire, Arkansas.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 
 

Ineata "Marie" Phillips

Mrs. Ineata “Marie” Phillips, age 73, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, July 28, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.
 
She was born on December 26, 1943, in Atlanta, Texas.  She was the owner of Marie’s Corner Cupboard and was a devout Christian.
 
Mrs. Phillips was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Opal Echols, her mother, Dorothy Burdette; sister, Mae Billingsley, brothers, Calvin Amos, Frank Amos, Arley Echols and Bill Beyleu.
 
She is survived by her husband, Gale Phillips; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Jesse and Mary Thrapp of Texarkana, Texas, Jerry Thrapp of De Queen, Wade and Kristen Thrapp of De Queen, and Gale Phillips, Jr. of Oregon; one daughter, Tonya Marie Thrapp, also of De Queen; 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Gene Amos and wife Merle, Dan Echols and wife Judy all of  Abilene, Texas, Jerry Echols and wife Sandra of Gilmer, Texas and Paul Echols and wife Tammy of Linden, Texas; one sister-in-law, Sharon Amos of Linden, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.
 
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Phillips will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Tim Johnson officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 
The family will receive friends from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 2nd before the service.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Z. Lorene Steiner

Mrs. Z. Lorene Paschen Steiner, age 86, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born May 15, 1931, in Clovis, New Mexico. She was retired from Domtar and was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Winthrop.

Mrs. Steiner was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Maurice Steiner and four brothers, Eugene, William, Brazzy and Benjamin Paschen.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Sherry Steiner of Winthrop and Billy and Karissa Steiner of Ashdown, Arkansas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Edna Morphew of Nash, Texas and Emma and Larry Cook of Winthrop; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren; one very special niece, Vanita Thornton of Walnut Grove, Mississippi and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Steiner will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 2, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Terry Hess and Bobby Kesterson officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery.

 

Samuel "Sam" G. O'Dell

Mr. Samuel G. O’Dell, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 27, 2017, in De Queen.

He was born February 13, 1930, in De Queen. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen.

Mr. O’Dell was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his daughter, Vicki Henderson; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a number of nieces and nephews; and a friend who loved him very much.

A private memorial service for Mr. Samuel O’Dell will be held at a later date.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mrs. Ima Jean Wommack Jones

Mrs. Ima Jean Wommack Jones, resident of Lone Camp, Texas formally Gillham, King Community, died Saturday March 11, 2017, in Mineral Wells Texas.

She was born July 29, 1935 in Sevier County to J.T. and Mattie Bell Wommack. She was a graduate of Gillham High School class of 1953. She married Edythe Earl "Wimpy" Jones May 15, 1953. Her passion in life was reading. She wanted to learn something new everyday.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Jay Alan and a sister, Christine Johnson.

Survivors include a son, Edythe Glen, daughters, Cynthia Jean, Linda Kay, and Vicki Lynn, a sister, Lamoid Schneider, grandchildren: Trinity, Meredith, Crystal, Lauren, Jay, Joseph, Alan, Aaron; Great-grandchildren, Brittany, Kayleann, Alisondra, Gianna, Trevor, Elise, Hailey and Maddux.

 

Arbus Arvil "Slim" Manns

Mr. Arbus Arvil “Slim” Manns, age 78, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, July 23, 2017 at his home.

He was born to Roy and Martha Mahala Rackley Manns in Russellville, Arkansas on February 10, 1939. He was plant manager for Pilgrim’s Pride, retiring with 32 years service. He had a passion for fishing, deer hunting, and fish fries, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Ima Jean Johnston, and a son, Alex Rubi.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Alvarado Manns of De Queen, five sons, Terry Manns, Jeffery Manns, Jose and his wife, Maria Rubi, Eric Rubi, and Andy Arce all of De Queen, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Brenda and Bob Black of Arkadelphia, Sheila and Mark Price of Oklahoma, and Nevena Manns of De Queen, nine grandchildren, Jonathan Black, Mary Beth Powell, Jakorby Powell, Kane Price, Tara Price, Amanda Hatler, John Hatler, Dusty Manns, and Kagan Smith, ten great-grandchildren, Carter Black, Dakota Black, Ethan Black, Mattie Powell, Jakya Powell, Caden Cline, Jennifer Caudle, Jaycee Price, Alexyz Level-Holleman, and Lincoln Hatler, two brothers and a sister -in-law, Charles and Louise Manns, and Dorothy Foster both of Russellville, Arkansas. Slim is also survived by his wife's family, five brothers-in-law, Silvano, and his wife, Juana Alvarado, Thomas and his wife, Ellie Alvarado, and Juan Alvarado all of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Ciro Alvarado of De Queen, Arkansas, and Auden Alvarado of Dallas, Texas, three sisters-in-law, Mary Alvarado, Aida Chavez, both of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and Dioceni Anderson of Winnsboro, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Slim Manns will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 27, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Ciro Alvarado officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Elvin Cleone Harrison, Jr.

Mr. Elvin Cleone Harrison, Jr. age 70, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, July 23, 2017, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born June 18, 1947, in Foreman, Arkansas. He was a retired postal worker, worked in the Wickes School System for 5 years and was an employee of Sevier County. Mr. Harrison was a member of the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the Arkansas Razorbacks and Dallas Cowboys.

Mr. Harrison was preceded in death by his parents, Elvin Harrison, Sr. and Pauline Faye Wilson Harrison.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Golden Harrison; three daughters and sons-in-law, Angela and Frank Lands of Italy, Maryann and George Frachiseur of Grannis and Christy and Scott Higgins of Texarkana, Arkansas; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Aaron and Devin Harrison of Louisville, Kentucky, Matthew Harrison of Foreman, Arkansas and Kevin McAda of Dallas, Texas two sisters, Judie Harrison and Jackie Alves both of De Queen; one brother, Bobby Harrison of Horatio, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Trevor Williams, Layne Williams, Ethan Harrison, Elliott Harrison and Tiffany Sullivan; two great-grandchildren, Parker Sullivan and Mia Sullivan; two special friends, Harrell Sherwood and Kenneth Bryan and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Elvin Harrison will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Travis Lane officiating. Cremation will follow.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. John Smith

Mr. John D. Smith, age 66, a resident of Schulenburg, Texas, former resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Schulenburg, Texas.

He was born to William D. and Juanita Evelyn Plunkett Smith on September 18, 1950. He was a 1968 graduate of De Queen High School, where he ran track for the De Queen Leopards.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Barbara Smith, and a brother, Tom Smith.

He is survived by four brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Ruby Smith of Fennville, Michigan, Dewey and Mary Ann Smith of Wayland, Michigan, Carl Smith of De Queen, and Charles Smith of Altus, Oklahoma.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. John Smith will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 21, 2017, in Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas 71832 You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Kathy Jean Sappington

Mrs. Kathy Jean Morris Sappington, age 62, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at her home.

She was born to Windle Herbert and Doris Mae Miller Morris in Tulare, California on April 29, 1955. She had worked for the Salvation Army in De Queen, as well as a homemaker. She was a Baptist and enjoyed fishing, barbequing, and her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Freddy Sappington, Sr., and her siblings, Don Morris, Debbie Keoppe, and Linda Hahns.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Freddy and Margaret Sappington of Grannis, a daughter, Kimberly Chandler of Gillham, seven grandchildren, Tristan Sappington, Summer Sappington, Autumn Sappington, Lindsey Suggs, Shawn Suggs, John Bata and Joey Bata,
a sister, Joyce Delorme of Tulare, California, a brother of Steve Morris of South Carolina, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private memorial services will be held 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.

 

Mr. Donald Bradshaw

Mr. Donald Ray Bradshaw, age 61, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and former resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, died Monday, July 17, 2017 in the UAMS Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to William Henry and Glow Dell McIntyre Bradshaw in De Queen, Arkansas, on December 9, 1955. He was a 1973 graduate of Lockesburg High School. He was a member of Rock Hill Baptist Church. He was supervisor of Pipe Line Welding crew, and later in heavy construction. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering with machines, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, a brother, Bobby Bradshaw, and a great-grandchild, Kaidynce Bradshaw.

He is survived by three sons, Robert Barnhill, Donny Bradshaw, and Stanley Bradshaw, all of Murphy North Carolina, his mother, Glow Dell Bradshaw of Lockesburg, eight grandchildren, Anthony Bradshaw of Marble, North Carolina, Stanley Bradshaw, Jr., Brittany Bradshaw, Jackie Bullock, all of Salt Lake City, Utah, Abigail Barnhill and Hannah Rose Bradshaw both of Murray, Utah, Bobby Faulkner and Victoria Faye Gavel both of Murphy, North Carolina, two great-grandchildren, Kamdyn Bradshaw and Ambria Bradshaw both of Marble, North Carolina, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Alice Bradshaw, and Roy and Wendy Bradshaw both of Lockesburg, a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Cleatis Kitchens of Lockesburg, a sister-in-law Wanell Bradshaw of Lockesburg, a number of nieces and nephews, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Donald Bradshaw will be held on Thursday, July 20th at 11:00 A.M., in the Old Union Cemetery with Bro. John Lindsey officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

O. L. Lofton, Jr.

Mr. O. L. Lofton, Jr., age 85, a resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, died Saturday, July 15, 2017 at his home.

He was born May 1, 1932 in Dierks, Arkansas. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for 37 years, and was a superintendent at the Craig Plant. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Broken Bow.

Mr. Lofton was preceded in death by his parents, O.L. Lofton, Sr. and Callie Ethel Murray Lofton; his wife Betty Jo Davis Lofton; a sister, Mildred Cothren; and a brother, Thomas Lofton.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Marsha Lofton of De Queen, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Roger Holley of Atoka, Oklahoma; one brother, Kenneth Lofton of Dierks; one sister, Mary Lee of Athens, Texas; three grandchildren and their spouses, Jason and Cindy Lofton, Lindsey and Patrick Kelley, and Clay and Esma Holley; 10 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Lofton will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in the First United Methodist Church of Broken Bow with Oscar Wilkie and Roger Holley officiating. Burial will follow in the Hochatown Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, at the First United Methodist Church in Broken Bow.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Broken Bow.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Kenny Shane Dockery

Mr. Kenny Shane Dockery, age 43, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, in De Queen, Arkansas.
 
He was born March 7, 1974, in De Queen.  He was a carpenter and enjoyed hunting, fishing, working, and spending time with his family and friends.

Shane was preceded in death by his mother, Diane Allison Davis; and his brother, Tommy Cockrell.
 
He is survived by his “Pop”, Bobby Davis of Gillham; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Steven and Callie Davis also of Gillham and Johnny Cockrell of De Queen; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Dawn and Ricky Taylor of Sorrento, Florida, Kimberly Yates and Erica Melton both of Grannis, Arkansas, a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.
 
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, July 17, 2017, at Wilkerson Funeral Home.  Cremation will follow.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Hazel Burris-Walker

Mrs. Hazel L. Burris-Walker, age 97, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Horatio, Arkansas, and Broken Bow, Oklahoma, died Monday, July 10, 2017 in Bear Creek Healthcare, De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born to Albert and Janie Bass-Burris in Sevier County, Arkansas, on September 25, 1919. She was a Christian and attended St. John Baptist Church in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. She was a devoted, wife, homemaker, and enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening and sold eggs raised from free range hens. She was a generous lady who cared deeply for family and friends enjoying the times spent together.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Earl Burris, and Richard Burris, and her husband, Willie Walker.

She is survived by two nephews, Dr. Clifton F. (Donna) Burris of Gary, Indiana, and Earl (Carolyn) Burris of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, two nieces; Linda (Burris) Smith and Brenda (Ricky) Young of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and a foster niece, Bonita Gaffney-French of Horatio, as well as other family members, her care givers, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Hazel Burris Walker will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Burial will follow in the Sunset Acres, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas 71832. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. www.alzfdn.org/donate or 1-866-232-8484 or pay it forward with an act of kindness.


 

Mary "Nancy" Copeland

Mary "Nancy" Copeland, 72 year old resident of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, died July 10, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was born July 30, 1944 in Union, Arkansas to Jesse Ray Copeland and Ruth Franks Copeland.

She graduated from Salem High School in Salem, Arkansas in 1962. Nancy earned her Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degrees from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She worked as an educator for over 30 years. Nancy was appointed by former Governor and President Bill Clinton to help set policy and standards for teacher's certification for public schools in the state. She wrote numerous grants for the public school system through the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Nancy was a member of First United Methodist Church in Siloam Springs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, and a great nephew, Dylan Thurman. She is survived by one brother, Jack Copeland and wife Glenda of Colcord, Oklahoma; two nephews, Randy Copeland and wife Leah of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Clint Copeland and wife Sandra of Colcord, Oklahoma; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Friday, July 14, 2017 at Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, with Pastor Grant Barnett officiating. Burial will follow at Dickson Cemetery, Cherokee City, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.wassonfuneralhome.com.

 

Mr. Charles Robert Knighten, Sr.

Mr. Charles Robert Knighten, Sr., age 57, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at his home.

He was born January 26, 1960 in Ashdown, Arkansas. He was a truck driver, served in the U.S. Army and National Guard and was a member of the Crossroads First Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family.


Mr. Knighten was preceded in death by his parents, A.C. Knighten and Patricia Langley.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Charles Knighten, Jr. and Brandie Knighten of Ashdown; his grandson, Darren Knighten; four brothers, Steve, George, Johnny and Vernon Knighten all of Foreman; one sister, Viola Moore of Tom, Oklahoma; aunts and uncles, Eddie and Margaret Knighten and Cardie and Jenise Knighten; his very good friends, Patty Hanks, Carla Sue, and Kasie Hanks.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, in the Gravelly Cemetery.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mary Ann McRae Perez

Mrs. Mary Ann McRae Perez, age 44, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at her home.

She was born July 18, 1972, in De Queen. She was a member of the Solid Rock Gospel Church.

Mrs. Perez was preceded in death by her father, John Gilbert McRae and her mother and step father, Carolyn Brizendine Schiffman and James Schiffman.

She is survived by two sisters, Barbara Lopez and Carolyn Socash; one brother, John D. McRae all of De Queen and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Perez will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Floyd Wright officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. Todd Earney

Mr. Joseph Todd Earney, age 47, a resident of De Queen, died July 6, 2017 at his home.
He was born on September 8, 1969 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and owned several rental properties. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family, especially his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Donna and Don Bradley of De Queen, his father, Joe Earney Siloam Springs, Arkansas, a brother and sister-in-law, Chad and Chayla Earney of De Queen, a sister and brother-in-law, Christin and Adam Lites of White Hall, Arkansas, Nephews, Hunter Earney and Cole Earney both of De Queen, and Blake Lites of White Hall
Arkansas, nieces, Faith Lites and Claire Lites both of White Hall, Arkansas.

Graveside memorial services for Mr. Todd Earney will be held on Saturday, July 29th at 11:00 in the Witherspoon Cemetery, between Hatton and Vandervoort, Arkansas, with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Levi Shane Terry

Levi Shane Terry, age 31, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, July 8, 2017 in UAMS in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born January 13, 1986 in De Queen.

Levi was preceded in death by his father, Johnie Sisk; his grandparents, Clarence and Daisy Gillespie; his aunt, Rosalee Bailey and his uncle Dick Gillespie.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy Gillespie of De Queen; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lisa and Ronnie Wilcox of Haworth, Oklahoma and Johnna and Jessy Churchwell of Gillham, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Micky and Kristie Strang of De Queen; a number of nieces and nephews and tons of friends that he loved dearly.

a memorial service for Levi will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Shane Haarmeyer officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Margaret Eloise Hibbs

Mrs. Margaret Eloise Lovell Hibbs, age 86, a resident of Grand Prairie, Texas, died Friday, July 7, 2017 in Arlington, Texas.

She was born August 14, 1930, in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. She received LVN training at Texarkana Community College, worked at nursing homes in Texas and Arkansas and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mrs. Hibbs was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest D. and Lexie Marie Pennington Lovell; husband, Franklyn Hibbs; son, Benjamin Hibbs and brother, Gene Lovell.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Hibbs and grandson, Bo Hibbs of Grand Prairie and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hibbs will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2017 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery.
 

Florine Lofton

Mrs. Florine Lofton, age 91, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, July 7, 2017 in Dierks.

She was born December 22, 1925, in Dierks. She was the co-owner of Lofton Hardware for many years and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dierks.

Mrs. Lofton was preceded in death by her parents, Monroe and Flora Chandler Lee and one sister, Evelyn Lyrock.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Lofton of Dierks; one daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Bud Walston of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one grandson, Scott Walston and his wife Rachael of Hot Springs and four great-grandchildren, Allie and Austin Barnes and Knox and Brax Walston.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Dierks. A graveside funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation at Dierks Cemetery with Rev. Carroll Jackson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. Jake Geiger

Mr. Jake Wade Geiger, age 73, a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas, died Friday, June 30, 2017, in Baptist Medical Health Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to Shirley and Mary Greenlee Geiger in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on November 6, 1943. He was a truck driver, retiring from Blood Trucking in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was a Jehovah Witness, and enjoyed fishing, and dominoes. He cherished the time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Dallas Nelson, Cecil Geiger, Herbert Geiger, Henry Geiger, Dorothy White, Lorene Scroggins, and Shirley Temple Garland.

He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Minniola Perry Geiger of Little Rock, a son, Allen Wade Geiger of Little Rock, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Debbie Gibson of Fort Worth, Texas, Lisa Lynn and Robert Walker of Wichita Falls, Texas, Mary and Wayne Moore of Little Rock, Arkansas, nine grandchildren, Sha’kydra Boose, Sierra Moore, Alex Geiger, Emaja Dodson, Jha’oun Jones, Ashanti Geiger, Chyna Geiger, Laela Geiger and Caleb Geiger, two great-grandchildren, KyYale Porter and Makayka DuVall, a brother, Clenon Geiger, Sr., and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Jake Geiger will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 8, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Emaja Dodson officiating. Burial will be private.

 

Lemuel "Cooney" O'Neal

Mr. Lemuel “Cooney” O’Neal, age 91, a resident of Newhope, Arkansas, died Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Dierks Health and Rehab in Dierks.

He was born November 8, 1925, in Daisy, Arkansas. He was an employee of Weyerhaeuser Timberlands and retired after 42 years and was a member of the Pleasant Grove Freewill Baptist Church. Mr. O’Neal also served in the Army Air Corp and was a Mason.

Mr. O’Neal was preceded in death by his parents, James Cleveland and Octavia Elizabeth Simmons O’Neal; his wife, Mary Lou Reid O’Neal and one son, Clint O’Neal.

He is survived by one daughter, Brenda Watson of Nashville, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Roni O’Neal of Edmond, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Chris White, Jamie White, Ryan O’Neal, Shawn O’Neal, Jordan Watson, Leslie Hugo and Nancy Tate and four great-grandchildren, Hannah White, Jett Watson, Brady Hugo and Yasimen O’Neal.

Funeral services for Mr. O’Neal will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017, in the Pleasant Grove Freewill Baptist Church with Kenny Fant officiating. Burial will follow in the Liberty Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

De Wayne Houser

Mr. De Wayne Houser, age 87, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at his home.

He was born July 7, 1929 in Lockesburg. He was a retired logging contractor and a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Houser was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Adel Dowdle Houser; a sister, LaWanda Baird; and a grandson, Christopher Heath Cannon.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Jessica Houser of Lockesburg, and “Sambo” and Donnetta Houser of Foreman, Arkansas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Jennie Houser of Ashdown, Arkansas and Sally and Michael Terrell of Branson, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Susan Teeter, Falon Johnson, Laken Plunk, Tyler Houser, Bailee Houser, Summer Terrell, and Corey Terrell; eight great grandchildren, a nephew and his wife, Archie and Sharon Dorsey; and friends and other relatives.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Houser will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017 in the Coulter Cemetery in Lockesburg with Rev. Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Marguerite E. Mitchell

Mrs. Marguerite E. Mitchell, age 101, a resident of Arlington, Texas died Friday, June 30, 2017, in Arlington.

She was born February, 19, 1916, in Joplin, Missouri. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Mitchell; her parents; three sons, John Mitchell, William Mitchell, and Charles Mitchell; and a daughter, Rose Ferguson.

Survivors include four sons, James Mitchell, Paul Mitchell, Ronald Mitchell, and David Mitchell; four daughters Martha Smith, Mary Haire, Erna Lee Duffy, and Diane Mitchell; and 37 grandchildren.

There will be a private service for family.

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Helen Jeanette Gary Wray

Mrs. Helen Jeanette Gary Wray, age 88, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, June 29, 2017, in De Queen.

She was born March 26, 1929, in Crowley, Louisiana to Aurelie and Amy Primeaux Gary. She was a cook in several area businesses, a seamstress, and attended Rose Hill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Donald "Jimmy" Wray; her daughters, Harriett Sue Rogers and Jennifer Jean Wray Wright; and five brothers who were all WWII veterans.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Rogers Miller of De Queen; three sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Mary Sue Rogers of De Queen, James and Lisa Wray also of De Queen, and Charlie and Tracey Wray of Ringgold, Louisiana; a sister Lorena Mire of Kapland, Louisiana; and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Wray will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 2, 2017 in the Mt. Ida Cemetery Pavilion with Lamar Austin officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

 

Kenneth Lee "Klee" Lawson

Kenneth Lee Lawson (KLEE) entered this world on December 3rd 1940 the son of Flora Faye Priest and Luther Lawson and slid sideways into the grave on the eve of June 27th 2017, body thoroughly used up, waving his casino calloused hand at this world. He finally hit the jackpot.

Klee is preceded in death by his mother and father and one of his greatest accomplishments, a son Tal Allen Lawson.

He leaves to cherish his memory his brother Fred Lawson and wife Mentha, his sister Sue Whitaker, his daughters Debbie Irvan and husband Jr. Dana Vance and his pride and joy, his grandchildren, Farrah, Cade, and Finn Lee Vance who he shared his love of the woods, cigars, and scratch offs with. The mother of his children Jayne Lawson, Two ex- wives Sharon Smart and Iva Willis, two sons Jason and Scott McClain, and special friends Bobby Vance, Johnny Dodson and Connie Pannel. A special Aunt Dot. And a host of half siblings, nieces, nephews, friends, associates, and partners in crime.

Klee never met a stranger and his escapades were legendary. Klee loved the Lord and at times attended church at the Horatio First Assembly where he was known for napping and talking loudly. He was an avid outdoorsmen and knew every rock, tree, river and dirt road in Sevier and Little River counties. He could out fish, out hunt, out dance, and out lie everyone we knew. He loved people the best way he knew how by entertaining them with a story or a song. He managed to stay friends with 3 ex-wives which is a huge feat.

A Memorial of his life will be held at the J L Walker Fellowship Hall on Monday July 3rd at 2:00 pm. Bring your memories and stories of Klee. The family requests donations be made to any local senior citizens center.
 

Roy L. Loper

Mr. Roy L. Loper, age 90, a resident of Oxnard, California, died Thursday, June 22, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Loper was born January 11, 1927, in Ringgold, Texas. He was a warehouseman having retired from the U.S. Civil Service in Port Hueneme Naval Base in California, a member of the Port Hueneme VFW and a U.S. Army World War II veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Ruth Pearson Loper; parents, Lewis Edward and Rachel Adline York Loper; one son, Gary (Butch) Bright; one daughter, Vada E. Smith and a grandson, John M. Rimel.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. Anderson of Pauline, South Carolina and Sharon L. Harvey of Oxnard; eight grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Loper will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday July 1, 2017, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wesley Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:00 a.m., Saturday July 1st at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517. support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. Ben Neeley, Jr.

Mr. Ben Harrison Neeley, Jr., age 74, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Ben Harrison Neeley, Sr., and Billie Jean McQuerter Neeley in Long Beach, California on January 6, 1943. He was a 1961 graduate of De Queen High School, and former owner of Neeley's Welding. He was a Christian and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed bowling, gardening, working , and cherished the time spent with family, especially his granddaughter, and his Great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother, Larry Neeley.

He is survived by his wife of over 53 years, Sue Bradley Neeley of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Tammy Michelle and Kevin Phipps of De Queen, a granddaughter, Meagan and her husband Johnny Daley of De Queen, two great-grandsons, Jordan Hunger and Elijah Harrison Daley of De Queen, a brother and sister-in-aw, Rodger and Teresa Neeley of De Queen, two special cousins, Nancy Gore and Cheryl Higgins both of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as his brothers and sisters in Christ.

Funeral Services for Mr. Neeley will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 30, 2017 in the chandler Funeral Home with Toney Stowers and Bobby Tatum, Ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, June 29th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Chandler Funeral Home.

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

 

Lawanda Pauline Wise Farley

Lawanda Pauline Wise Farley, age 75, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Saturday, June 24, 2017, in De Queen.

She was born March 15, 1942 in the Kellum Community near Gillham. She was a homemaker, business owner, farmer and a member of the Gillham First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Farley was preceded in death by her parents, Olin Wise and Ona “Sis” Higgins and her husband, John E. Farley.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Jane Frachiseur Farley of Gillham; two daughters, Kathy Graham of Ft. Smith and Karen January of Fayetteville, Arkansas; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three step grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren two step great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Farley will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Millcreek Cemetery near Gillham, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mrs. Cindy Stubbs

Mrs. Cynthia "Cindy" Dean Allen Stubbs, age 60, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen.

She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on December 18, 1956, to Walter Julian and Nellie Dean Dill Allen. She worked as a Certified Nurse's Assistant and enjoyed reading, writing, knitting, and time spent with her dogs, but most of all the time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Sonya Turner.

She is survived by her husband of over 26 years, Leroy Merl Stubbs, Jr. of De Queen; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Tyler Frachiseur of De Queen, and Amy and Charles Lingerfelt of Pittsburg, Kansas; four grandchildren, Alec, Zae-Lei, and Asher Frachiseur and Noah Lingerfelt of Pittsburg, Kansas. She is also survived by other family members and a host of friends.

Cremation arrangements for Mrs. Cindy Stubbs, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Services will be at a later date. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Fred Edward Wolcott

Mr. Fred Edward Wolcott, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, June 16, 2017, in De Queen.

He was born June 25, 1929, in El Dorado, Arkansas. He was a carpenter and a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Mr. Wolcott was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Jerome Wolcott, Sr. and Velma Claire Franks Wolcott; and three brothers, Roy Wolcott, Charlie Wolcott and George Wolcott.

He is survived by his wife, Mae Evelyn Burrow Wolcott of De Queen; two sons, Dennis Wolcott of Salt Lake City, Utah and Steve Stewart of De Queen; three daughters, Brenda Lovell of De Queen, Glenda Icenhower of Dierks, Arkansas and Deborah Smith of De Queen; 13 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Wolcott will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church with Newman Hance officiating. Burial will follow in the Beacon Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

Leslie Lee Walker

Mr. Leslie Lee Walker, age 37, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at his home in Lockesburg, Arkansas.

He was born June 5, 1980, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a truck driver.

Mr. Walker was preceded in death by a son, Colton Jeffrey Walker and a daughter, Nevah Walker.

He is survived by his wife, Tonia Walker; his three sons, Peyton Lee, Taylor Lane Walker, and Dakota Lee Walker; his father Lester Walker; his mother Leesa Taylor Walker Kemp; a grandmother, Inez Taylor; a sister, Amanda Westbrook; a brother, Jeremy Walker; a niece, Ashley Parrish; a nephew, Brandon Crow; and several aunts and uncles.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Gloria Lee Dougharty Hadley

Mrs. Gloria Lee Dougharty Hadley, age 84, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born February 12, 1933, in Hood River, Oregon. She was a retired X-ray technician, a member of the First Methodist Church in Eagletown and a member of the Cossatot Arts and Crafts Association. Mrs. Hadley enjoyed painting and gardening.

Mrs. Hadley was preceded in death by her parents, George Marvin and Carrie Marie Woody Dougharty; her husband, Don Hadley.

She is survived by one son, Tracy Hadley of Eagletown, Oklahoma; one grandson and wife, Jaryd and Traci Lyon of Lockesburg, Arkansas, one granddaughter, Gracy Hadley; three great-grandchildren, Cason, Luke, and Hayli Lyon; one sister-in-law, Pat Cannon; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral service for Mrs. Hadley will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 19, 2017, in the Eagletown Cemetery Pavilion with Cy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Michael Wayne Ray

Mr. Michael Wayne Ray, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born June 10, 1953, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a self-employed carpenter and a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Colorado.

Mr. Ray was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jane Waits Ray.

He is survived by one son, Michael Wayne Ray, Jr. of De Queen; three daughters, Lynn Michelle Ray, Amy Nicole Pfeiffer, and Sebrina Marie Ferrer all of Colorado; his father, Jerry Wayne Ray of De Queen; one sister, Molly Grant of Colorado, three brothers, Patrick Felton Ray of Brighton, Colorado, Timothy Lee Ray of Silt, Colorado, and Mark Wesley Ray of De Queen; and eight grandchildren, Daniel Steven Pfeiffer, Katelynn Irons, Amanda Nichole Pfeiffer, Victoria Ingino, Kaleb Tomlinson, Raven Ferrer, Aspen Ray, and Jacob Tomlinson.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Ray will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Clear Creek Cemetery with John Gutierres officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Billy Bob Blackwood

Mr. Billy Bob Blackwood, age 80, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at his home.

He was born November 7, 1936, in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. He served in the De Queen School System for 55 years and as Superintendent for 30 years. He was also a member of the De Queen Lions Club and First United Methodist Church in De Queen and served on numerous boards. He was recognized as a pillar of the community and affected numerous lives throughout his many years of dedicated service.

Mr. Blackwood was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Clarence and Myrtle Lee Stueart Blackwood and his wife, Betty Smith Blackwood.

He is survived by one daughter, Julie Lowrey; one son, Bryan Blackwood and two grandsons, Blake Lowrey and Alec Lowrey all of De Queen.

Funeral services for Mr. Blackwood will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in De Queen with Rev. Mark Cloninger officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, June 16th at the First United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Chalice Cupboard, P.O. Box 488, De Queen, Arkansas, 71832.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

Reuben E. Lee Cravens

Reuben E. Lee “Butch” Cravens, age 67, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at his home.

He was born December 25, 1949, in De Queen to Henry and Thelma Jean Lee Cravens. He was a member of the New Zion Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Glenda Lee of De Queen; one sister and brother-in-law, Sherrie Lynn and Patrick Grant of De Queen; three aunts, Irene Daniels, Geraldine Desmond and Jane McCoy; four nephews, Jeffery Hendrix, Kendall Hendrix, Damontre Grant and Caleb Grant; a special cousin, Kayla Morris; a special friend, Jack “Little Butch” French; and a number of cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Cravens will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017, in the New Zion Baptist Church in De Queen with Jamie Erby and Carl Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 16th at the funeral home.
You may leave a condolence online at
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Mr. Raymond P. Gallaher

Mr. Raymond P. Gallaher, Jr., age 83, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Thursday, June 8, 2017 at De Queen Medical Center.

He was born on April 11, 1934 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. He was retired from the United States Navy and a former employee of Weyerhaeuser, and Nekoosa-Edwards.

Mr. Gallaher was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Park, Sr. and Mabel Modena Elkins Gallaher; three brothers-in-law, Paul Griffin, Jack Farris and Tommy Collier, one grandson, Arthur Raymond Nation III, one granddaughter, Tara Lee Gallaher, and two nephews, Chad Farris and Steve Farris

He is survived by his wife Stella Gallaher of Lockesburg; two sons and daughters-in-law; Mike and Glenda Gallaher of Richmond, Texas and Eddy and Donna Gallaher of Lockesburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Mark Spears of Nashville, Arkansas; two sisters and a brother-in law, Anna Lou Farris of Massachusetts and Peggy Jo and Clyde Ray Briggs of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Gallaher will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Lockesburg with Dr. David Blase officiating. Burial will follow in the Lockesburg Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 1:00- 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 11th at the church.

You may leave a condolence online at
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Gwendolyn Wallis McClung

Mrs. Gwendolyn Wallis McClung, age 70, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas died Thursday, June 8, 2017 at her home.

She was born September, 27 1946 in Houston, Texas to Milton and Lois Wallis. She was and homemaker, a former USDA inspector, and attended Wickes First Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James Wesley and Angela Eubanks of Ore City, Texas and Richard Wallis and Terri Eubanks of Harleton, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Shawn Pollard of De Queen, Arkansas; a life partner, Justin Charlton of Grannis; one brother, Michael Cross of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren, Nachelle Henson, Aaron Wesley Eubanks, Alexis Breann Eubanks, Chasey Eubanks, Zackary Eubanks, Katie Flood, Kerrigan Pollard, and Kyle Eubanks; a number of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and special friends Bear Roan and Nancy Ward.

Funeral services for Mrs. McClung will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Wickes First Baptist Church with Bro. Scott Ray officiating. Burial will follow in Daniel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00, Sunday June 11th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mrs. Carolyn McKinney

Mrs. Carolyn Love Rowe McKinney, age 70, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, and former resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at her home.

She was born in San Saba, Texas, on October 10, 1946, to Leland Paul Sr., and Lillian Pauline Roper Rowe. She was a retired school teacher, having taught in De Queen and Foreman, as well as a homemaker. She attended the Mt. View Baptist Church, and enjoyed Sci-fi books, jewelry, collecting, and loved animals, especially her dog Molly, and her barrel racing horse, Zero Diamond. She was an avid reader, but most of all she cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Leland Rowe, Jr., a son, Kevin McKinney, and her very significant other, Garel “Mac” McKiever.

She is survived by a son, Brian McKinney and his spouse, Douglas of Nashville, Tennessee, a daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Randall “Bo” Pugh of Dierks, a sister, Susan Meisner of Suisun, California, six grandchildren, Cameron Pugh, Aspen Pugh, Presley Pugh, Marissa DeCoopman, Nick DeCoopman, and Aidan DeCoopman, a great-granddaughter, Leila DeCoopman, and a great-grandchild soon to be born, Ava, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Carolyn McKinney will be held at 3:00 P.M., Thursday, June 7, 2017, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Brian Pounds officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Charles Dorron Emmerich

Mr. Charles Dorron Emmerich, age 86, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 3, 2017 in The Villages, Florida.

He was born to Benjamin Franklin and Clara Lucille Brown Emmerich in Evening Shade, Arkansas, on January 3, 1931. He was a rancher and a mechanic, and attended the First Assembly of God in Horatio. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time outside.
Most of all, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Sharon Paulette Emmerich, a son, Chuck Emmerich, and a grandchild.

He is survived by his wife of over 67 years, Ollie Cornish Emmerich of Horatio, a daughter and son-in-law, Charolette and Rick Angle of The Villages, Florida, a daughter-in-law, Kimberly Emmerich of Horatio, one brother, C. Dorris Emmerich of Phoenix City, Alabama, two sisters, Madielee Collins of St. Louis, Missouri, and Emma Derryberry of Lonoke, Arkansas, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Charles Emmerich will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, June 10th, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ed Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 10th, until service time. You may send an online sympathy message at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Kotmen Langidrik

Mr. Kotmen Langidrik, age 66, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born October 15, 1950 in the Marshall Islands. Mr. Langidrik was employed by Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen, Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife Timi Langidirk, and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mr. Langidirk will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday June 8, 2017 in the Faith and Deliverance Center in De Queen, Arkansas. Burial will take place Saturday June 10, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Redmen Cemetery.

You may leave a condolence online at
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Gretchelynn Conatser DeShazo

Mrs. Gretchelynn Conatser DeShazo, age 88, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Saturday, June 3, 2017 at her home.

She was born February 5, 1929 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a small business owner.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Deward and Julia Sutton Conatser; her husband, Mitchell DeShazo; one grandson, Jacob DeShazo; and one brother, Glen Conatser.

She is survived by one son, Tony DeShazo of Horatio; one sister and brother-in-law, Marla and Dale Sapaugh of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Walter (Kayli) De Shazo and Henry DeShazo; one great grandson, David Jacob DeShazo; one sister- in-law, Wanda (Dale) Kesner; and a number of nieces, nephews, and extended family.

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

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Alzheimer’s association at www.alz.org.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Aundria Nell Crump

Mrs. Aundria Nell Connell Crump, age 73, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Friday, June 2, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born August 3, 1943 in Texarkana, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon Connell and Blanch Campbell; her husband, Jackie Lee Crump; a brother, Randall Bailey; and her granddaughter, Meagan Vay Dossett.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Todd Dossett of Minden, Louisiana, Sue and Todd Benedict of Salmon, Idaho, and Trish and Mike Westhuis of Randolph, Wisconsin; two sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Angie Crump of Hot Springs, Arkansas and James and Olivia Crump of Horatio; five sisters, Delois Gentry, Becky Vanhoose and Nancy Duncan, all of De Queen, Arkansas, Sarah Joiner of Idabel, Oklahoma and Angela Morphew of De Queen; three brothers, William Bailey, Claudie Bailey and Ronnie Bailey, all of De Queen; 19 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Crump will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Jaron Tipton officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Donald Ray Samuel, Sr.

Donald Ray Samuel, Sr. nicknamed by family as “Tooter”, by friends as Chief, and a select few as Tonto, was taken from this earth on May 22, 2017 to be with the Lord. He passed peacefully in his home in Humble Texas after fighting a fierce 2 1/2 year battle with cancer.

 Donald was born in Talimena Oklahoma on November 25, 1958. He graduated from Smithville high school class of 77. Donald was married to Jay Harvey on August 29, 2015 while they were only married a short time they shared almost 10 years together.

Donald worked as a superintendent for Pyramid Waterproofing for over 17 years. He loved his job and often said it put him closer to God when he was atop a tall skyscraper. He had a passion for fishing and being on the water. Catch or no catch he was always at peace on the water. Donald was also a very competitive Dart player and an avid Texan football fan.

 Donald is survived by his loving wife Jay Harvey, sons Donald Samuel, Jr. and Kevin Samuel, daughter MaryBeth Hollister, step children Tapanga Harvey and Gohan Harvey. Donald is also survived by his siblings Charles Samuel, Darlene Baker, Lacynthia Brannon, and Isaac Benn as well as several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, other family and friends.

Donald is preceded in death by his father Pat Joe Samuel, his mother Dora Bertha Wilson, brothers Dorman, Wilson, Benn Jr (Cobby), and Alfred Joe Samuel; his Grandmother Julia Tims and Daughter April Sherrill.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm on June 1st at Rosewood Funeral Home, in Humble Tx. Oklahoma funeral services will be held at 1 pm at the Indian Baptist church of Smithville on June 3rd. Burial will follow this service at Beach cemetery, also in Smithville, Oklahoma under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Arlene Kathryn Robinson

Mrs. Arlene Kathryn Collins Robinson, age 85, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 03, 2017, in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to William Harry and Laura Sylvia Gills Collins in Los Angeles, California, on April 30, 1932. She was a homemaker, and had a passion for animals.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Stanley Collins, a son, Eric Kirk Robinson, and 2011, her husband of 58 years, Edward Durand Robinson.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Guy and Elaine Robinson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Rod and Darlene Robinson of Apopka, Florida, two daughters and sons-in-law, Gail Louise and Daryl Miller of Dierks, Arkansas, and Colleen Tracy and Scott Williams of Chico, California, and a several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Margie Brown Pumphrey

Mrs. Margie Brown Pumphrey, age 98, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died May 31, 2017 in Dierks Health & Rehab.

She was born to John D. and Florence Anderson Brown in Sylvia, Kansas, on February 5, 1919. She was a homemaker and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of over 50 years, Frank Pumphrey, three brothers, J.D. Brown, Franklin Brown, Chester Brown, and a sister, Roberta Gomer.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Vicki Pumphrey of De Queen, a daughter, Janette Pumphrey of Dierks; two granddaughters and their spouses, Faith and Tommy Klitz of Horatio and Melissa and Chris Suttle of De Queen; four great-grandchildren and their spouses, Summer and Tyler Irvan of Horatio, Bethany and Zach Gonzales of De Queen, Evan and Zachary Lee of Foreman, and Melia Marsh of De Queen; five great-grandchildren, Micah, Ashton, Anistyn, Bella, and Zayden; two nephews, Dennis Gomer and Robert Gomer, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Margie Pumphrey will be held Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Toney Stowers officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 9:00 A.M. until service time. Graveside services will be at 4:00 P.M., Monday, June 5th in the Oakland Cemetery, Warren, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Chiquetta Lynette Martin Smith

Mrs. Chiquetta Lynette Martin Smith, age 49, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at her home.

She was born July 19, 1967, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Jean Jewell Martin; her husband, Michael Smith; a son, Jackie Franks and a grandson, Kaden Martin.

She is survived by one daughter, Savanna Smith of Foreman; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gary Nelson Franks and Levi and Heather Martin all of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Victor and Angela Martin of Horatio; her father, Gary Martin of Tennessee; one sister, Vickie Milam; one grandson, Mason Smith and one granddaughter, Skylar Thompson.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 2, 2017, in the Mineral Cemetery with Rev. Tim Johnson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. Creal Gilmore

Mr. Creal Edward Gilmore, age 67, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, and former resident of Idabel, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at his home.

He was born to Hubert Lee and Agnes Nelson Gilmore in De Queen, Arkansas, on June 5, 1949. He was a deliveryman, and enjoyed yard work, dominoes, and cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, and two brothers, Hubert Gilmore, and Darrell “Rock” Gilmore.

He is survived by his mother, Agnes Gilmore of De Queen, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Roy Gilmore of Muskegon Heights, Michigan, and Mike and Dione Gilmore of De Queen, four sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon Robertson, Louise and Michael Goodman, and Lynette Gilmore all of De Queen, Emma and Albert Young of Carthage, Texas, two uncles, Arthur Gilmore and his wife, Thelma of Muskegon Heights, Michigan, and LeRoy Nelson of De Queen, an aunt, Willie and her husband, Jackie Boyles of De Queen, a special friend Robert Lee Bell, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as a host of friends.

Visitation will be on Saturday, June 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. A private burial will follow. You may register online at www.chandlerfuneral.com

Floy M. Cox

Mrs. Floy M. Cox, age 83, a resident of Greens Chapel Community in Arkansas died Thursday, May 25, 2017, in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born August 29, 1933, in Old New Hope Community to John and Lula Bell Riley Morris. She was a homemaker and was a member of Greens Chapel Methodist Church.

Mrs. Cox was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Horace Cox; her parents; and two sons, Mickey Cox and Terry Lynn Cox.
She is survived by one daughter, Anita Mays of Dierks; one sister Dean McSpadden of Greens Chapel Community; and several grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cox will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Greens Chapel Methodist Church with Rev. Carrol Jackson and Jerry Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Greens Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm Friday the 26th at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Marie Smith Oglesby

Mrs. Marie Smith Oglesby, 94, of King Ryder community near Crossroads, Arkansas, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in a local hospital. She was a resident of Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown, Arkansas, for seven years.

Mrs. Oglesby was born February 22, 1923, in Arkinda, Arkansas to Willie P. and Mary Barton Smith. She was a homemaker, a retired grocer, and a member of the King Ryder Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer Oglesby; her parents; two brothers and one sister.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Darrel and Sharon Oglesby; two daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Billy Baker and Beatrice and Patrick Reed; one sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Gene Denbow of Yucca Valley, California; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Oglesby will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017, at the King Ryder Church of Christ with James McRae officiating. Burial will follow in the Piney Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, May 26th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Jerry Bob Ayers

Mr. Jerry Bob Ayers, age 89, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born June 25, 1927 in Horatio to Ernest and Dana Lois Gore Ayers.

Mr. Ayers was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his brother, Joe Ed Ayers of Horatio; two sisters, Tina James of Dallas, Texas and Patsy Sharp of Lockesburg, Arkansas; and a number of nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Ayers will be held Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Old Center Cemetery with Rev. Sam Hendricks officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mary Jane Pickett

Miss Mary Jane Pickett, age 94, a resident of Lockesburg, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born August 14, 1922, in Athens, Arkansas. She was a beautician and co-owner of The Beauty Shop in Lockesburg. She was a member of the Old Union Missionary Baptist Church; she loved her family, church family and enjoyed bird watching.

Miss Pickett was preceded in death by her parents, James Frank and Minnie Elizabeth Stacy Pickett; four brothers, Wesley Pickett, Claude Pickett, James Pickett and Robert Pickett; her longtime friend and business partner, Joyce Raney.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Neta Dell Pickett of Lockesburg; three nieces and their spouses, Shelia and Jose Mendez of Texarkana, Texas, Barbara and Terry Butler of Nashville, Arkansas and Diann and Wallace Wooten of Lockesburg; two nephews, David Pickett and wife Katrina of Dierks, Arkansas and Nelson Pickett of Dallas, Texas; her extended family, Mike and Valerie Gathright; a number of great nieces and nephews and many friends.

Funeral services for Miss Pickett will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017, in the Old Union Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Donny Davis and Bro. James Gathright officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, May 26th at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mrs. Sybil Jean Faulkner

Mrs. Sybil Jean Faulkner, age 88, a resident of Newhope, Arkansas, died Monday, May 22, 2017, in Dierks Health and Rehab in Dierks.

She was born November 2, 1928 in Athens, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Umpire Holiness Church.

Mrs. Faulkner was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus and Opal Pate Flenor; one brother, RC Flenor; one sister, Helen Jamison and two sons, Jimmy Faulkner and Kenny Ray Faulkner.

She is survived by her husband, Raymon Faulkner; one son, Paul Faulkner of Dierks; one sister, Jhonia Faye Kirkpatrick and two brothers, James Flenor and Terry Flenor; three grandchildren, Jason Faulkner, Megan Tollett and Kip Faulkner; four great grandchildren, Rex Faulkner, Lincoln Faulkner, Briseis Faulkner and Alex Faulkner and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Faulkner will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the Umpire Holiness Church with Steve Green and Don Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

Doug Arndt

Mr. Douglas Alan "Doug" Arndt, age 61, a resident of De Queen, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 20, 2017. He was born to Dorris and Corrine Chaney Arndt in Perryton, Texas, on April 30, 1956. He was a truck driver, and a member of the Grace Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant granddaughter, Madison.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Debbie Arndt of De Queen, a son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Michelle Bolin of Conway, Arkansas, two daughters and a son-in-law, Leslie and Clint Smith of De Queen, and Amanda Fairless of Smithville, Oklahoma, his seven grandchildren; Dylan Crawford and his wife, Tracey of Winthrop, Destiny Crawford of De Queen, Kaitlyn, Colton, and Kenli Bolin of Conway, Arkansas, Body and Lindsey Thomas, and his great-grandchildren, Mia, Eden, Blake, and Sawyer. Doug is also survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Don and Freda Arndt of Gillham, Arkansas, Dennis and Cynthia Arndt of De Queen, his sister-in-law, Dorothy Stout, his ex-brother-in-law, Dan Burt, a very special aunt, Pearl Frachiseur, and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Doug was loved and cherished by all of his family and friends. He was a great provider with a special soul and big heart. Doug loved fishing, working on cars, music and spending any time he could with his great-grandkids. They were the true love of his life. He will be dearly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have known him.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Doug Arndt will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, May 25th in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, with Bro. Tim Johnson officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

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

 Blake Edwin Williams

Blake Edwin Williams, the infant son of Matt and Destinee Williams of Dierks, Arkansas went to join his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 19, 2017 in a Texarkana, Texas hospital.

Blake was born on May 19, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

Other survivors include one Brother; Kaiden James Williams of Dierks, Arkansas; his grandparents; Rick and Lorraine Williams of Horatio, Arkansas; Steven and Amanda Brecheisen of Lockesburg, Arkansas; his great grandparents: Joe and Nancy Stafford of De Queen, Arkansas; Bonnie Lee of Eagletown, Oklahoma; Martha Brecheisen of Lockesburg, Arkansas; John and Terrie Brecheisen of Wickes, Arkansas; three aunts and one uncle; Meagan Brecheisen of Lockesburg, Arkansas; Stephen and Ashley Williams of Horatio, Arkansas; Alicia Williams of De Queen Arkansas and a number of cousins and other relatives.

Graveside services will be in the West Otis Cemetery, 2:00 pm Tuesday with Rev. Joe Walden officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

The family will be gathered at the Brecheisen's residence, 112 West Spruce St. Unit A, Lockesburg, Arkansas 71846.

You may register online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Ray Windel (Sonny) Thomas

Mr. Ray Windel (Sonny) Thomas, age 85, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, May 19, 2017 in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was born June 28, 1931 to David and Ella Proctor Thomas in Little River County Arkansas. He was a retired millworker for Weyerhaeuser. He enjoyed visiting with his family and friends and loved his dog Peaches.              

Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Opal Dean Thomas and Odell Thomas; and three sisters, Maurine Butler, Irene Brown, and Shirley Dinger.

He is survived by two sisters, Betty McNeal of De Queen and Linda Catlett of Jacksonville, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 pm Sunday the 21st at the funeral home in De Queen with cremation to follow. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

You may leave a condolence online at
www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Bertha Eliana Hernandez

Baby Bertha Eliana Hernandez, age 0, was stillborn Friday, May 12, 2017, at an East Texas hospital.

She was born to Isabel Salazar on Friday, May 12, 2017.

Funeral services for Baby Bertha Hernandez will be held Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:00 P.M., in the Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas.



Mr. Kim Klitz

Mr. Kim Klitz, age 55, took his last horse ride in this life on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at his home in Winthrop, Arkansas.

He was born to Edward Lowell Klitz, Sr. and Artie Margaret Klitz in De Queen, Arkansas on January 10, 1962. He was a Christian and his passion was horses. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all, he enjoyed time spent with his family, most especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Ed Klitz, Jr. and Denis Klitz; his maternal grandparents, Bob and Susie Cobb Rich and Vertie Rich, as well as, his paternal grandparents, Edna Jacobs and Martin Klitz.

He is survived by his mother, Margaret Klitz of Winthrop; his wife of over 36 years, Dala Gwen Oglesby Klitz of Winthrop; one son and daughter-in-law, Clayton and April Klitz of Winthrop; one daughter and son-in-law, Monica and R.J. Forrest of Winthrop; five grandchildren, Caleb Klitz, Kylie Forrest, Cason Klitz, Addison Klitz and Aiden Forrest, all of Winthrop; a special set of in-laws, Edith and Brian Knighten of Winthrop. Kim is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, and other family members, as well as, a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. Kim Klitz will be held, Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Oak Grove Church of Christ Pavilion, Winthrop with Bill "Two Feathers" Bunting Officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Doris Williamson

Lily "Doris" Williamson, 90, of Horatio, AR, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2017.

Doris was born in Portsmouth, England on September 24, 1926, to the late Harold Clark and Elsie Shinn Clark.

Doris was "War Bride" during WWII and was married to Alfred Williamson on November 3, 1945, in London, England. They were married for 61 years until his death in 2007. She was employed at First National Bank De Queen as a teller, at State First National Bank Texarkana as a bookkeeper for several years and a substitute mail carrier in Horatio, AR for 10 years. She was a member of Williamson Community Church for over 40 years and a dedicated Sunday school teacher, song leader and board member. She enjoyed reading, travel and crossword puzzles. The most important part of her life was being surrounded by her family. Doris was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She will be missed by all who loved and cherished her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfred Williamson; her daughter and son-in-law, Ellen Vanessa and Samuel Harris; her siblings, William Clark and Thelma Clark.

She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law, Alfred Ray "Bud" Williamson of Jacksonville, Florida, and Paul and Deborah Williamson of Southam, England, three daughters and sons-in-law, Doris "Jeannie" and Arthur Schaffer of Horatio, Ar. Sandra Louise and Bob Edgin of Horatio, AR and Brenda Kay and Mark Chiarizio of Dallas, TX; one brother and sister-in-law Robert and Dorothy Clark; and two sisters-in-law, Janet Clark Tyas and Florence Williamson Banning. Six grandsons, Kenneth and Marianne Harris, Andrew and Lindsay Edgin, David and Katelyn Edgin, Matthew and Jessica Chiarizio, Brian Chiarizio, and Ethan Williamson; two granddaughters, Allison and Jason Lord and Amelia Williamson; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mrs. Williamson will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, May 19, 2017, in Williamson Community Church, 555 Central Road, Horatio, Arkansas, with Rev. Jimmy Roden officiating. The family will meet at the Williamson home, 545 Central Road, Horatio, Arkansas. Memorials may be made to Williamson Community Church, 176 Bear Creek Cutoff, De Queen, AR 71832. Memorial services are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Ms. Mary Ayers

Ms. Mary Darlene Cook Ayes, age 65, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this lie, Saturday, Mary 13, 2017 at Bear Creek Nursing and Rehab in De Queen.

She was born to Robert Earl and Lorraine Mae Scott Cook in Portland, Oregon on June 11, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as a son, David Duane Creekmore.

Mary is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Diana  and Michael Haley of Pine Grove, California, two sons and daughter-in-law, Robert Creekmore of Bethel Island, California, and Jerry and Tanya Creekmore of De Queen; thirteen grandchildren, Rebecca Haley, Michael Haley, Amanda Haley, Cody Bradford, Savannah Haley, Carina Haley, Cynthia Creekmore, Thomas Creekmore, Keagan Thompson, Joshua Milikan, Cody Creekmore, Navie Madsen, and Maygin Creekmore; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Dennis Earl Cook, Donald Wayne Cook, and Steven Lee and Mary Cook.

Memorial services for Ms. Mary Ayers will be held Monday, May 22, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the First Pentecostal Church of God in De Queen. Cremation is under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Carroll Birge

Mr. Carroll Lonnie Birge, age 68, a resident of Damascus, Arkansas, and former resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away in his sleep at his home Tuesday morning, May 9, 2017.

Carroll was born in De Queen, Arkansas, March 16, 1949 to Coolidge and Verba Lee Smith Birge. He graduated from De Queen High School and from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas. He married Joy Ann Philpot, May 22, 1987 and they have two adult children, Brad and Jill Birge and three grandchildren, Lila Birge, Oliver Birge, and Joseph Birge.

Carroll was an avid water sportsman. He and his brother and sister all learned to swim when they were three years old. Carroll floated white water rivers all across the United States. The Cossatot was always special, flat bottom boats, canoes, and kayaks.

Carroll and his wife, Joy lived in Little Rock for many years where he worked as an accountant for Arkansas Power and Light Company and Telephone Company. After he retired, Carroll and Joy moved to their heavily wooded forty acre area on Cadron Creek. Carroll’s wife often said, “Carroll is as happy here as a clam with his chain saw, mountain bike, motorcycle and pick-up truck”. Carroll was preceded in death by his father, Coolidge Birge, both sets of grandparents, Mary and Albert Birge and Berta and Maynard Smith, whom he loved dearly, and spent much time with them.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Birge, son, Brad Birge, daughter, Jill Birge, and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Verba Lee Birge, his sister, Jerri Lynn Birge Rivers, a brother, Dexter, and his wife, Lynda Birge, two brother-in-law, Philip Philpot and Jim Philpot, several nieces, nephews, three aunts, two uncles and many cousins.

Carroll came to know Jesus at an early age and was baptized into First Baptist Church in De Queen. He loved the Lord, his family, home, friends and his dogs, Betty, Missy, and Penny.

Funeral Services for Mr. Carroll Birge will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 12, 2017 in the Little Rock Funeral Home, Little Rock, Arkansas. Burial will be at 2:30 P.M. Friday, May 12, 2017 in the Forrest Park Cemetery, Forrest, Arkansas, under the direction of Little Rock Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Wanda June "Peach" White

Wanda June “Peach,” White, age 74, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 8, 2017, in Bryant, Arkansas. She was born to Ted and Ona Borden White on June 1, 1942 in Dallas, Texas.

“Peach” lived with her Mother until her death in 1982. After her Mother’s death, she lived with her sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Melvin Wylie for thirty-four years.

The “light” of “Peach’s” life for the past ten years has been her great nieces, Abigail and Maci. She would always get so excited every time she saw them. Christy, her niece was always faithful to make sure she took her girls to visit “Peach” often. “Peach” liked country music and enjoyed going to concerts with Irene and Melvin. “Walker Texas Ranger” was her favorite TV show as well as “The Price is Right.” She spent many hours sitting on the front porch watching the various wild animals and also watching the cars go by.

Preceded in death by: Mother: Ona White Ferguson; Dad: Ted White; Sisters: Irene Wylie, Winnie Mae and Deloris White. Brothers: Eugene, Rufus, Raymond, Loyal and William White, Joey, Bobby and “Boo” Ferguson.

“Peach” is survived by her brother-in-law and caregiver, Melvin Wylie, special niece, Christy Wylie and extra special great nieces, Abigail and Maci Steele and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside Funeral Services for Peach White will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an
Online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Steven Glen Martin

Mr. Steven Glen Martin, age 58, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born March 5, 1959 to Perry Wayne and Mary Lou Petet Martin in Panama City, Florida. He was a teacher and a retired coach of 33 years. He attended First Baptist Church in De Queen, Arkansas. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports, and being “Paps” to his grandchildren.

Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Henry and Dean Petet and Perry Sr. and Mae Martin.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Davis Martin; his mother, Mary Lou Petet Martin of Dierks; one daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Trey Shelton of Dierks; three sons and daughters-in-law, Brad and Ann Martin of Georgetown, Texas, Brady and Jennifer Martin of Canyon, Texas, and Ben Martin of Benton, Arkansas; one brother, Tony Wayne Martin of Dierks; three grandchildren, Ali Shelton, Oliver Martin, and Calvin Martin; and many students and athletes to whom he was known as Coach Martin.

Funeral services for Mr. Martin will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Dierks High School Gymnasium with Brady Martin, Josh Herweck, and Micah Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Ila Grace Short Jones

Mrs. Ila Grace Short Jones, age 85, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Dierks.

She was born Friday, January 1, 1932 to Frank and Dovie Lemmons Short in Dodson, Texas. She was a beautician, a Baptist, and attended the Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Archie Dale Jones; two brothers, Elroy and Johnny Short; and three sisters, Betty Halsley, Frankie Pritchett, and Joyce Russ.

She is survived by three sons, Archie Jones, Jr., Michael Frank Jones, and Jerry Jones all of Dierks; one grandson, Garry Jones; and eleven great grandchildren, Kaitlyn Grace Jones, Tracy Don Jones, Tyler Matthew Jones, Erin Jones, Amiee Jones, Megan Brooke Glover, Jeremy Ray Glover, Lorenzo Mayson Rabadon, Annabelle May Glover, Sadie Lynn Glover, and Jaden Ray Glover, and Treven Hill.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Jones will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Sunshine Cemetery in Dierks with J. W. Gilbert officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 9th at the funeral home in Dierks.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

 

Annie Lorene Wilson Poag

Annie Lorene Wilson Poag, 87, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, May 5, 2017 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Arkansas.

She was born April 3, 1930 in Williamson Community. She was a homemaker and co-owner of Poag Lumber Company in Dierks. Mrs. Poag was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen, the Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Good Sam’s. She loved spending time with family and friends, her church, camping and cheering for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Mrs. Poag was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Loy Poag; her parents, M.T. Wilson and Sallie Stringfellow Wilson; three brothers, Elmer, Mickey and L.D.; one sister, Ruby Carpenter; and one granddaughter, Emily McKellar.

She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law’s, Sandra and Bobby Miller of Lockesburg and Donna and Tony McKellar of Rogers, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Amy Miller of Texarkana, Rob Miller of Lockesburg, Elizabeth McKellar of Columbus, Ohio, Katherine and Jake Rooney and Nicole McKellar of Rogers, Arkansas; three great-grandchildren, Ashley and Ricky Trotter of Lockesburg, Allie Trotter of De Queen, two great-great grandchildren, Kaden and Gunner of Lockesburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Corine and Dalie Hooker of Sheridan, Arkansas; one sister-in-law, Sue Wilson of De Queen; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Poag will be held at 2 PM, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, officiated by Roy Conaster. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery in De Queen, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 PM, Tuesday, May 9th at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in De Queen

 

Mrs. Marylan Dutton

Mrs. Marylan Ann Bowen Dutton, age 77, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the home of her daughter in Conway, Arkansas.

She was born October 22, 1939 in Lindsay, Oklahoma, to Carl W. and Anna Mann Bowen. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed yard work, being outside, bird watching, drawing, and painting, as well as an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Dorothy Johnson, and Jess Bowen, and her husband of over 44 years, Samuel W. “Sam” Dutton.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dave W. and Netra Dutton of Texarkana, Arkansas, a daughter and son-in-law, Larenda J. and John Donovan of Conway, Arkansas, five grandchildren, Tiffany M. Donovan, Billy Donovan, Donny Donovan, Mandy Perry, and Lee Perry, two great-grandchildren, Madison Harper, and Daily Donovan. She is also survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Pat Bowen of Norman, Oklahoma, and Charles and Pat Bowen of Dibble, Oklahoma, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Marylan Dutton will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, May 8, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, May 7th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 


Bethany Jo Scarbrough Wester

Bethany Jo Scarbrough Wester, age 43, of Mena, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017 near Cove. She was born on Sunday, November 4, 1973 to James Allen and Carrie Kathleen O'Brien Scarbrough in Toppenish, Washington.

Bethany loved her children and her family and spending time with them. She enjoyed reading, camping and listening to country music. Bethany worked for Elite Home Health in Nashville with Community Based Services. Bethany was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her son, Reilly Scarbrough; her daughter, Acelynn Wester; her uncle, Steven Payne and aunt, Virginia Harmon.

Bethany is survived by her parents, James and Carrie Scarbrough of Mena; her husband, Michael Wester of Pine Bluff; three brothers, David Scarbrough of Edinburg, Texas, Jimmy O'Brien and Charlie O'Brien Scarbrough of Washington; two sisters, Korrie Scarbrough of Mena and Rebecca Scarbrough of Mena; maternal grandmother, Joyce Alexander of Moxee, Washington; great aunt, Thelma Hensley of Mena; aunts and uncles, Opal Duffield of Moxee, Washington, Colleen Gorden, Kellie Yancey, Linda O'Brien all of Moxie, Washington and Bonnie Siggette of Reno Nevada; nieces and nephews, Sarah Broach and husband, Jay, Amanda Tolbert, Abby Tolbert, Alexis Tolbert, Katherine Scarbrough, Jaslene Scarbrough, Brandie Tolbert, Sabrina Moore, Anthony Scarbrough, John Tolbert, Dominic Scarbrough, Andrew O'Brien, Paul O'Brien and Nathan O'Brien; one great niece, Aiyanna Broach, and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Christian Motorcycle Association on Iron Mountain with Brother Justin Leonard and Bobby Tatum officiating. Interment will follow the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. No Visitation is planned.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

Acelynn Carrie Wester

Acelynn Carrie Wester, age 2, of Mena, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017 near Cove. She was born on March 3, 2015 to Michael Joseph Wester and Bethany Jo Scarbrough in Mena, Arkansas.

Acelynn loved playing with her baby dolls. She enjoyed playing with her brother Reilly and cousins. Acelynn was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Bethany Jo Scarbrough Wester and brother, Reilly Scarbrough.

Acelynn is survived by her father, Michael Wester of Horatio; paternal grandmother, Stella Pitts of DeQueen; maternal grandparents, James and Carrie Scarbrough of Mena; maternal great grandmother, Joyce Alexander of Moxee, Washington; two brothers, Jonathan Wester of Horatio, and Afton Wester of Horatio; four sisters, Brittany Wester of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Taylor Smith of Baytown, Texas, Harley Wester of Horatio, and Shaylee Ruth of Quitman, Arkansas; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Christian Motorcycle Association on Iron Mountain with Brother Justin Leonard and Bobby Tatum officiating. Interment will follow the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. No Visitation is planned.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com


Reilly James Scarbrough

Reilly James Scarbrough, age 9, of Mena, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 near Hatfield. He was born on May 19, 2007 to Bethany Jo Scarbrough in Reno, Nevada.

Reilly attended the Holly Harshman Elementary in Mena where he excelled as a student in the 4th grade. Reilly love playing his video games and was well on his way to becoming a great gamer. He enjoyed playing sports, cub scouts and riding his bike. Reilly was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Bethany Jo Scarbrough Wester and baby sister, Acelynn Wester.

Reilly is survived by his stepfather, Michael Wester of Horatio; maternal grandparents, James and Carrie Scarbrough of Mena; paternal grandmother, Stella Pitts of DeQueen; maternal great grandmother, Joyce Alexander; one brother, Jonathan Wester of Horatio; four sisters, Brittany Wester of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Taylor Smith of Baytown, Texas, Harley Wester of Horatio, and Shaylee Ruth of Quitman, Arkansas; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Christian Motorcycle Association on Iron Mountain with Brother Justin Leonard and Bobby Tatum officiating. Interment will follow the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. No Visitation is planned.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

Timothy "Timmy" Kevin Simmons

Mr. Timothy “Timmy” Kevin Simmons, age 57, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 30, 2017, at his home.

He was born October 26, 1959 at De Queen, Arkansas. He was a diesel mechanic and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Simmons was preceded in death by his parents, Harless Thelma and Ottie Vermease Cook Simmons.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila Webb Simmons; two daughters and a son-in-law, Brandi and Logan Arter of Lockesburg and Natasha Simmons of Hooks, Texas; one stepdaughter, Lisa Simmons of Lockesburg; one brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Anita Simmons of Lockesburg; four grandchildren, Kevin and Alainna Arter, Justtes Latimer and Hope Bayless; niece and nephew, John and Dana Simmons of Lockesburg and special friends, Valerie and Randy Johnson.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Oddfellows Cemetery in Lockesburg with Bro. Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday May 2nd at the funeral home.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. John Thomas "Tommy" Moore

Mr. John Thomas “Tommy” Moore, age 75, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was born to Pervin B and Pauline Smith Moore in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on August 15, 1941. He was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride, where he was a security guard, and a rancher. He enjoyed gardening, work, yard work, cattle, and he cherished the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his dad, Leo Vickers, a brother, Kenneth Moore, and a granddaughter, J. K. Nealy Hornsby.

He is survived by his wife of over 49 years, Judy Godwin Moore of De Queen, a son and daughter-in-law, Tracy and Patti Nealy of De Queen, three daughters, and sons-in-law, Carla and Jeff Wahls of De Queen, Melody and Rick Halter of Fayetteville, Ark., and Lisa and Mitch Evans of Monroeville, Alabama, ten grandchildren, Nikki, Madelyn, Kendyl, Ellye, Cole, Katy, Jill, Josh, Julie, and Hannah; five great-grandchildren, Kylaa, Chanli, Avery, Evan, and Emma, one brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Lana Jo Vickers of De Queen, one sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Wayne Gentry of De Queen, and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Tommy Moore will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., You may send a online sympathy message at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Thomas Vernon Hendershot

Mr. Thomas Vernon Hendershot, age 65, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born September, 14, 1951, in Saginaw, Michigan.  He was a truck driver for Jack B. Kelly Trucking Company. He loved fishing, cooking, and watching deer off of his deck.

Mr. Hendershot was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Carse Hendershot, and one sister, Karen Sue Hendershot.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Lewis Hendershot; one son and daughter-in-law, Chancy and Onna Hendershot of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren, Beau, Dalton, and Xander Hendershot; and one brother-in-law, Lawrence Lewis of De Queen.

There is no service scheduled at this time.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Douglas Edward Guire

Mr. Douglas Edward Guire, age 58, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 23, 2017, at his home.

He was born November 19, 1958, in Eagletown, Oklahoma. He was a landscaper and was a member of First Baptist Church in Gillham.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Orval Cash and Betty Price Guire and one brother, Lee Guire.

He is survived by one daughter, Crystal Springs of Michigan; one sister, Laura Ann Guire Roberts of Bogata, Texas and one brother, Micheal Wayne Guire of Gillham.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017, in the Almond Church in Gillham with Steven Chenoweth officiating. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Tonya Lynn Golden

 

Arturo Gonzalez Tovar

A Mass of Christian burial for Arturo Gonzalez Tovar age 42, will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 21, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marshall, TX where Mr. Gonzalez was a longtime member. Celebrating the Mass will be Father Luis Arroyave. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5:00-8:00 PM with a Rosary beginning at 6:00 PM at Sullivan Funeral Home. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Marshall.

Arturo was born December 2, 1974 in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato Mexico to Maria Isabel Tovar and Jose Gonzalez. He passed away unexpectedly on April 17, 2017 in Marshall due to a work related accident.

Arturo was a supervisor at Marshall Pottery where he had worked for the past 11 years. He was a very loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. He enjoyed taking his children to the movies, camping and watching them compete in sports! Arturo liked to cook and just spend time with his friends and family but, above all he loved spoiling his wife!

Mr. Gonzalez was proceeded in death by his maternal grandparents, Nasario Tovar and Encarnacion Mosqueda; parental grandparents, Cruz Gonzalez and Erculana Zarate; two uncles, Nicolas and Pedro Gonzalez; and aunt, Aurora Gonzalez all of San Miguel de Allende Gto, MX; and his nephew, Zachery Ledbetter of Marshall, TX.

He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Evelia Rios Gonzalez; son, Kevin Arturo Gonzalez; two daughters, Gabriela Evett and Sopia Elane Gonzalez all of Marshall; parents, Maria Isabel Tovar and Jose Gonzalez of San Miguel de Allende Gto, MX; 43 nieces and nephews, many aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members, as well as a host of friends.
 

Mary Sue Wherley

Ms. Mary Sue Wherley, age 85, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born July 27, 1931 in Mississippi. She was a first grade school teacher in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for thirty years and a member of the First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.

Ms. Wherley was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Gladys Keller Wherley and her sister, Helen Ivy.

She is survived by one nephew, John Ivy and his wife Rhonda of Bloomburg, Texas and one niece, Laura Ivy of Ft. Smith, Arkansas one great-niece, Chelsea Ivy and one great-nephew, Colby Ivy.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Mt. Ida Cemetery in De Queen, Arkansas with Sue Ellen Hall officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Billie Fern Callan Brake

Mrs. Billie Fern Callan Brake, age 80, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born August 26, 1936 in Foreman, Arkansas. She was an employee of Texas Instruments, a homemaker, and a cafeteria worker at North Garland High School and member of the Highland Park Baptist Church.

Mrs. Brake was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Christine Campbell Callan; and one brother, Cecil Campbell Callan.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and John Billingsley of Winthrop; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Scott and Susan Butler of Shererville, Indiana, Rex and Lisa Butler of Merrillville, Indiana, and Tom Butler of Foreman; one sister, Susie Green of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren and their spouses, Amber Billingsley, Luke and Amanda Billingsley, Alyssa and Robert Simmons, Daniel and Janelle Butler, Nathan Butler, Stephen Butler, Alaina Butler, Stefanie Butler, and Mary Butler; two great grandchildren, Ava and Anna Billingsley; a number of nieces and nephews and father of her children and good friend, Bob Butler.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Highland Park Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas with Bro. Kevin Myers officiating. Burial will follow at Dollarhide Cemetery in Foreman under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

Mrs. Ruthie Marshall

Mrs. Ruthie M. Chandler Marshall, age 82, a life-long resident of Sevier County, Arkansas, died Monday, April 17, 2017, from injuries received in an automobile accident.

She was born to Roy and Alta Ramsey Chandler in the Westline Community of Sevier County on January 20, 1935. She was a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church, and a homemaker. She enjoyed painting, gardening, cooking, fishing, crafts, and cherished the time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Most of all, she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, William “Tip” Chandler, and Roy Chandler, Jr., and in 2014, her husband of more than 61 years, Ted Marshall.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Glen and Sharla Marshall of Kennewick, Washington, and Jerry Marshall of De Queen, two daughters and sons-in-law, Nina and John McDonnell, and Carla and Farryl Barnes all of De Queen, six grandchildren and their spouses, Ryan and Suprina Marshall, Lane Marshall, Clayton and Candice McDonnell, Kelsey McDonnell, Jayme Barnes, Sydney and Will Bailey, seven great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Brayden, Jadi, Marli, Lynnlee, Benjamin, and Zaidyn, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruthie Marshall will be held Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:00 A.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Homer Frachiseur, and Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Billie Rogers Candler

Mrs. Billie Rogers Candler, age 83, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died April 17, 2017 in the Wadley Regional medical Center, Texarkana.

She was born on November 3, 1933 in Ben Lomond, Arkansas. She worked as a paralegal for a law firm in San Francisco. She was a member of the New Bethel Baptist church in San Francisco, California. She enjoyed listening to music, watching movies, and visiting with family an friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Jessie C. Nelson, her siblings, Gene Autry Nelson, Harvey Lee Nelson, and Lewis Elvin Nelson, and in 2012 her husband, Lawrence Candler.

She is survived by a sister, Norma Lewis of Lockesburg, three brothers, Roy Dell Nelson of Ashdown, Charles Nelson of Charleston, South Carolina, Cleveland Nelson of Dallas, Texas.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Billie Rogers Candler will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at 1:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with Rev. Roy Dell Nelson officiating.

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

 

Garel Lee "Mac" McKiever

Garel Lee "Mac" McKiever 69 of Monticello, AR passed from this life Friday, April 14, 2017 at Christus St Michaels Medical Center in Texarkana TX. He was born June 19, 1947 in Drew County Arkansas.

He was the middle son of D.L. & Ancy Mae (Burch) McKiever. He was partners in the family business McKiever Packing Company which operated with his parents and two brothers for 60 plus years and is still in operation. Garel affectionately known as "Pop Mac" was an avid cattleman and loved attending many weekly auctions and Registered Angus Specialty sells. His greatest joy was attending rodeos and various athletic competitions his children and grandchildren were involved in, he was always cheering and encouraging loud as possible. Mac was a 1965 Graduate of Drew Central Schools, he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Agricultural Business class of 1970 at Arkansas A&M currently known as The University of Arkansas @ Monticello, and was a member of the Theta XI Fraternity. He is a long time member of Prairie Grove Baptist church and on January 15, 2017 he rededicated his life at Mountain View Baptist Church where he enjoyed attending with his very special friend Carolyn.

Garel was proceeded in death by his loving wife of 30 years Betty Wylie McKiever, his parents D.L. & Ancy Mae (Burch) McKiever and a grandson McKiever Lee Burchett. He is survived by a son Bret Lee McKiever (Alidya) of Lockesburg AR., a daughter Stacy Lee McKiever Janes (Brandon) of DeQueen; two brothers, Donald McKiever and wife Tona of Monticello and Dale (Bimbo) McKiever of the Prairie Grove community; 6 grandchildren Breannah Linely, Mayson McKiever, Carson McKiever, Tori Janes, Braylee Janes, & Bryndle Janes. He also leaves behind a very special and caring companion Carolyn McKinney and her children and grandchildren who held a very special place in his heart.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial to follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery. Visitation 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, April 18, 2017 at the funeral home. Online guestbook www.stephensondearman.com.

 

Marietta Evans Humphrey

Marietta Evans Humphrey, age 77, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at her home.

She was born May 15, 1939 in Winthrop, Arkansas. She was a 1957 graduate of Winthrop High School. She was a homemaker, retired from Little River Housing Authority, and a member of the King Ryder Church of Christ. She was also dedicated to the Winthrop School Restoration.

Mrs. Humphrey was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Lona Ball Evans; her husband, Thomas J. Humphrey; one son, Terrence Humphrey; and four brothers, Clarence Evans, George Dayton Evans, Merle Evans, and Joyce Lynn Evans.

She is survived by one son, Orville Humphrey; two grandsons, Brandon and wife Nicki Humphrey and Tyler Humphrey; one granddaughter and her husband, Erica and Chris Tucker; four great grandchildren, Preston Johnson, Cathy Johnson, Mari Jean Humphrey, and Havan Tucker; one daughter-in-law, Debbie Humphrey Cowley; one sister, Leeona Overturf; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Humphrey will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Pauley Cemetery Pavilion with Scotty Smith officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 Friday the 14th at the funeral home.

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



 

Barbara Jane Brackett Friday

Mrs. Barbara Jane Brackett Friday, age 78, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born September 15, 1938 in Lockesburg. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lockesburg First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Friday was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Elmo and Floy Summerhill Brackett.

She is survived by her husband, Joe “Bobby” Friday of Lockesburg; her children and their spouses, Joey and Susan Friday, Gay and Tracy Vaughan and Charles and Jamie Friday all of Texarkana, Texas; six grandchildren, Joshua Friday, Micah Friday and wife Liz, Jayme Vaughan, Stephen Vaughan, Bailey Vaughan and Lauren Friday; two great-grandchildren, Ava and Shep Friday; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Brenda Brackett of Lockesburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Charlene and Lonnie Revels of Hico, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Friday will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017, in the Lockesburg First Baptist Church with Dr. Ronnie Mayes officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, April 14th at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made the Lockesburg First Baptist Church or Hospice of Texarkana, 2407 Galleria Oaks Drive, Texarkana, Texas 75503.

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

 

James Harold Stinnett

Mr. James Harold Stinnett, age 82, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, April 10, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born May 16, 1934, in De Queen. He was a conductor for D&E Railroad, a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church. Harold was known as Papaw to his grandkids and great-grandkids who he loved spending time with. He also enjoyed square dancing, camping and “noodle” fishing with his friends.

Mr. Stinnett was preceded in death by his parents, John Oscar and LeVenia McCauley Stinnett; his wife, Millie Ann Emerson Stinnett and two brothers, Carl Stinnett and Donald Stinnett.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Danny Bennett of Texarkana, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Jimna Stinnett of De Queen; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Joy Tanner of Russellville, Arkansas, Sue and Dean Tollett of Lockesburg, Arkansas and Kathleen Miller of Horatio, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Stephanie Chickadel and husband Ernie, Craig Bennett, Brittany Satterfield and husband Matt, Kenzie Seal and husband Daniel and Camryn Mitchell and husband Eric; eight great-grandchildren, Stephen, Madison and Emma Chickadel, Genevieve and Mason Satterfield, Grady and Hayleigh Seal and Emmett Mitchell. Funeral services for Mr. Stinnett will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 527, De Queen, AR 71832.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

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

 

Mr. Raymond Lee Shelton

Mr. Raymond Lee Shelton, age 85, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 9, 2017 at his home.

He was born December 20, 1931, in Alleene, Arkansas. He was a heavy equipment operator at Domtar in Ashdown, Arkansas, was a member of First Baptist Church in Winthrop, Arkansas, and a Mason. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Shelton was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ivy Shields Shelton; his wife, Stella Mae Keeney Shelton; two sisters, Audrey Reed and Martha Combs and four brothers, Cecil Shelton, Thomas Johnson, Ovington “Red” Johnson and Everett Johnson.

He is survived by one daughter, Verdie Louise Shelton of Foreman; one sister, Dorothy Johnson of Baytown, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services with Masonic Rites for Mr. Shelton will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017, in the Alleene Cemetery pavilion with Rev. Audie Dawson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

Chelsea Ann Richardson

Chelsea Ann Richardson, age 25, a resident of Crossett, Arkansas, and former resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Crossett.

She was born to Ray Lynn and Jane Ann Callahan Richardson in De Queen, Arkansas, on October 1, 1991. She is a graduate of Horatio High School and had received her BA degree from UALR. She was the softball coach at Crossett Public Schools, as well as a Special Education Teacher. She was a member of the Williamson Community Church, and enjoyed reading, sports, fishing, and hunting. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, George and Ruth Richardson, and Fred P. Callahan.

She is survived by her mother, Jane Richardson of Woodland Hills, California, her father, Ray Richardson of Horatio, four brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Kristy Richardson of Horatio, Jason and Linda Richardson of Taylor, Arkansas, Josh Callahan and Dustin Richardson both of Horatio, her grandmother, Bette Davidson of Horatio, seven nieces and nephews, Lexy Richardson, Kimberly Richardson Amy Richardson, Haylie Richardson, Mason Richardson, Lillian Callahan, and Rayden Richardson, as well as aunts, uncles, cousin, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Chelsea Richardson will be held Monday, April 10, 2017 at 2:00 P.M., in the First Baptist Church of Horatio with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Keith Reese Gilbert

Mr. Keith Reese Gilbert, age 85, a resident of Greens Chapel, Arkansas, died Thursday, April 6, 2017, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born September 30, 1931, in the Green’s Chapel Community near Dierks. Mr. Gilbert was a school administrator, a U.S. Army veteran, a Gideon and a rancher. He also served on several corporate and nonprofit boards and was a member of Dierks United Methodist Church.

Mr. Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Jennie Graves Gilbert.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Vancil Gilbert; one daughter and son-in-law, Sonya and Terry Miller of De Queen, Arkansas; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Van and Jo Gilbert of Katy, Texas, Ben Gilbert of Little Rock, Arkansas and Steven and Anna Gilbert of Marysville, Arkansas; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Gilbert will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Dierks United Methodist Church with Rev. Carroll Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Greens Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 7th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

Susan Leann (Fausett) Gore


Susan Leann Gore, age 46 of Cabot, AR, passed from this life on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

She graduated from Lonoke High School in 1988 and from the UCA and the UAMS with her Bachelor of Science.

She worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Arkansas Children's Hospital for over 23 years and primarily worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She loved working with the babies.

She was born on June 23, 1970, in Little Rock, AR, to the late Bobby Joe and Bertha Lee Fausett. She was a loving mother, sister, and aunt whom will be greatly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents, maternal grandparents, Ardell B and Manuel Decker, and paternal grandparents, Hattie Lee and Robert ''Bob'' Alexander Fausett, and her great-aunt, Florence Crossno, also known as ''Aunt Tiny."

Leann leaves behind her daughter, Sarah Paige Gore, of Cabot. She was best friend to her ex-Husband, Stacy Don Gore. A loving daughter to parents-in-laws, Hope and Don Gore, and a loving sister-in-Law to Lynette Gore. Remembered by her brother-in-Law Vernon Lamb, husband of the late Donna Gore, and their daughter Jamey Diane. She will be missed by her brother, Mike Fausett and his ex-wife Retha, and their children, nephew, Jonathon Fausett, his wife Michelle, and their daughter C.J., her other nephew, Bobby Fausett and his wife Rachel, and their daughter Bay, and her niece, Kristal Fausett - Reveley and her children Christian, Christopher, and Brian. Loved by her aunt and best friend, Georgia Ann Teal and her husband Robert, and their son David Aaron Teal, from Atlanta, as well as her uncle, Billy Owen Fausett and his children Billy Ray and Penny.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 5, from 6-9 pm, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, 8th Avenue, in Conway, AR. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 6, at 10 am. Graveside service will follow, at Siloam Cemetery in Enola, AR. Pallbearers will be David Aaron Teal, Chris Curtis, Jonathon Fausett, Bobby Fausett, David Stratton, Greg Jones, Mike Moore, Jason Harrison. Honorary Pallbearers – Christian Roe, Chad Day.

 

Jack Thurston Bowden

Jack Thurston Bowden, age 77, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 2, 2017 in Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born April 18, 1939 in Bates, Arkansas. He was a carpenter and home builder.

Mr. Bowden was preceded in death by his parents, Glenis and Edith Robbins Bowden; two brothers, Jim Bowden and Bob Bowden and one sister, Loretta Rowe.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Goforth Bowden; one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Trini Bowden of De Queen; one daughter, Brenda Wedehase and companion, Vernon Parks of Holly Beach, LA; one sister, Judy Wilker of Reedley, CA; one grandson, Patrick Wedehase and wife, Amy and one great-grandson, Logan Wedehase all of De Queen; one sister-in-law, Arlene Goforth of Visalia, CA; and a number of nieces and nephews.

No service is scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Shirley Ann Gore

Mrs. Shirley Ann Hosch Gore, age 78, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, March 24, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born March 14, 1939, in Tyler, Texas. She was a homemaker, cake decorator, florist and a member of the Williamson Community Church.

Mrs. Gore was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Marline Hallmark Hosch and her husband, Kern Pat Gore who passed away October 28, 2016.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Clifford Pat and Joyce Gore of Ashdown, Arkansas, Douglas Kern and Lalisa Gore, and Curtis Allen and Robin Gore all of Horatio; two sisters, Candy Wilson and Tammy Cox both of Tyler, Texas; ten grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Williamson Community Church with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating.

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

Bobby Joe Pressley

Mr. Bobby Joe Pressley, age 63, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Saturday, March 25, 2017, at his home.

He was born in De Queen, Arkansas, on May 23, 1953. He was truck driver
and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alvie Pressley, a brother, Roger Pressley, his step-father, Luther Sanders, and his wife, Betty Pressley.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Scotty Joe and Leslie Pressley of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Bobby and Robin Murray of Madisonville, Kentucky, three daughters and sons-in-law, Mandy Jo and Brian Mahan of Longview, Texas, Dawn and Joe Stepp of Waverly, Tennessee, and Debra Gant of Erin, Tennessee, his mother, Barbara Ann Sanders of De Queen, his step-mother, Verlon Pressley of De Queen, a brother and sister-in-law, Joel Glen and Tammy Sanders of Lockesburg, a sister and brother-in-law, Patty and David Bradshaw of De Queen, fourteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside memorial services for Mr. Bobby Joe Pressley will be held at 10:00 A. M., Friday, April 7, 2017 in the West Otis Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mary Frances Fielden

Mary Frances Sharp Fielden, former resident of De Queen and Lockesburg, AR, passed away in Stillwater, OK on March 23, 2017.

Mary was born on December 18, 1922 to Ethel Knox Sharp and Jesse B. Sharp in Lockesburg where she spent her early years playing at the home of her grandparents, Wm Eldridge and Ida Sutton Sharp Family Peach Farm. She graduated from Southeastern State College in Durant and began a long career as a public school elementary teacher in Pasadena, TX and then in Eagletown, OK.

Mary was committed to her family, passionate about teaching first graders, fond of working among her flowers, and spent many years caring for her elderly mother and aunt. She was a treasure trove of family history which she shared with her cousins. She especially enjoyed attending Homecoming at the Belleville Methodist Church and Cemetery, Lockesburg, where her parents, brother, 10 grandparents, and more than 40 other kin are laid to rest.

During WWII, Mary moved with her family to Chula Vista, CA to work at the Rohr Aircraft Company where she worked as a secretary and her mother worked as a “Rosie the Riveter.” Mary married Lewis Carroll Fielden in Cambridge, MA on May 13, 1944.

She is survived by twin daughters Carolyn Archbold, DeRidder, LA and Marilyn Moore, Austin, TX. Grandchildren are James Pittman, De Queen, Dr. Jeffrey Martindale, Stillwater, OK; Jonathan Martindale, Austin, Roy Archbold, Gulf Port and Christi Archbold, Gulf Port and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Belleville Methodist Church on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Terry Richard Wynne

Mr. Terry Richard Wynne, age 65, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born August 20, 1951 in Eugene, Oregon. He was a graduate of Wickes High School and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was also an auto mechanic, an auto body repairman, and a sign painter. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and rebuilding vehicles.

Mr. Wynne was preceded in death by his father, Richard Wynne and two brothers, Perry and Donald Wynne.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Deborah June Key Wynne; his mother, Patricia Arthur Wynne of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two sisters, Sherry Young of Fayetteville and Judy Sandvoal of Fresno, California; and several nieces, nephews, and other family.

A Graveside Funeral Service for Mr. Wynne will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017 in the Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Johnny Wilson

Johnny Wilson, who resided in De Queen, Arkansas, formerly of Lavaca, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born October 1, 1937, in Poteau, Oklahoma. He was 79 years old. He was preceded in death by his mother, Cleo (Turk) Wilson; a son, John Edward Wilson; and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Wilson, the late wife of Mitchell Ward Wilson.

Johnny retired from the offshore oil industry, living in the Canary Islands, Venezuela, Singapore, and Spain. Johnny served in the Arkansas Air National Guards, and he was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 28th, at Brotherton Funeral Home Chapel in Charleston, with the Rev. Jeff Holland officiating. Burial will be at Morris Cemetery in Bloomer, under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home and Flower Shop in Charleston.

He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Joanne (Ward) Wilson; three sons, Mitchell Ward Wilson of De Queen, Ronald Wade Wilson and wife Misty of Nashville, Arkansas, and Chad Hamilton and wife Maggy of Van Buren; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Tyler Franzen, Zach Hodges, Nathan Hodges, T.J. Bigham, Bobby Craig, Gary Hunter, and David Hunter.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask donations be made to Maggie House @ 1005 Second St. Charleston, Arkansas 72933. The Maggie House is a shelter or a home that was created to provide housing for children that have been abused and neglected. For more details, go to maggiehouse@fwbfm.com. or to the National Kidney Foundation; nkfcares@kidney.org.

To pay an online tribute, please visit www.brothertonbrothersfuneralhomes.com.


 

Michael Ray "Mike" Reese

Michael Ray “Mike” Reese, age 63, a resident of Mena, Arkansas died Friday, March 24, 2017 at his home.

He was born April 4, 1953 in Oceola, Ohio. He was a truck driver, a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Northside Church of Christ in Mena.

Mr. Reese was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Gladys Burt Reese; a daughter, Tiffany Reese and two sisters, Terry Lynn Reese Cosby and Karla Jo Reese Lamb.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Ava Reese of Mena; two sons, Robert Reese and Kenneth Reese, both of Tiffin, Ohio; two brothers, Karl Reese of Ohio and John Reese of Mineral Springs, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Reese will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in the Sunshine Cemetery in Dierks with Jeremy Jones officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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


 

Mrs. Frances James

Mrs. Frances Marie Mageson James, age 68, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Christus St. Michael’s Health Center.

She was born in Corpus Christie, Texas, on June 6, 1948. She was a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed studying her Bible, Cross Stitch, and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Alice Abraham Mageson, and a sister, Jackie Miller.

She is survived by her husband, Ed James of De Queen, two daughters, Marie Thornburgh of De Queen, and Ruth Ann Sirkel of Missouri, nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

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.

 

Cirilo Hernandez Trujillo

Mr. Cirilo Hernandez Trujillo, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas.

He was born to Martin Hernandez and Refugio Trujillo in San Felipe, Guanajuato, Mexico on June 5, 1954. He worked in sanitation at Pilgrim’s for 19 years, and was a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. He was a loving father who always put his family first no matter how hard the situation might have gotten. A strong man who always found a way to make ends meet, never once did you give up. He always loved being with family and friends. A man filled with life whom everybody knew as a cheerful person, always smiling, laughing and making jokes. Strong healing hands that always knew how to fix anything. Always building and creating a better way to accommodate our big family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and four siblings, Elias Hernandez, Sebastian Hernandez, Ramon Hernandez, and Senayda Hernandez.

He is survived by his wife of more than 25 years, Maria Hernandez, of De Queen, three sons and a daughter-in-law, Josh Elizondo and Edith Zaragoza, David Hernandez, and Alejandro “Alex”
Hernandez all of De Queen, five daughters and sons-in-law, Veronica Ceballos and Cristian, Norma and Alfonso Gutierrez, Patricia Hernandez, Yessica Hernandez, and Angelica Hernandez all of De Queen, two brothers, Benjamin Hernandez of Reynosa, Mexico, and Jose Hernandez of Springdale, Arkansas, one sister, Abrami Hernandez of Reynosa, Mexico, five grandchildren, Jairdan G. Elizondo, Isabella Ceballos, Nathan Ceballos, Aaron Gutierrez and Leila Gutierrez all of De Queen.

Visitation and a Rosary will be Thursday, March 23, 2017, beginning at 3:00 P.M., at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M., March 24, 2017 at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. Graveside funeral services will be Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 10:00 A.M., in Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, Under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

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

Mrs. Diana Lynn Tubbs Richardson

Mrs. Diana Lynn Tubbs Richardson, age 60, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born November 11, 1956 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Richardson was preceded in death by her father, Robert Tubbs and her mother and step-father, Lester and Naomi Green Ayers.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Dawn Richardson of Dierks and Brian and Juana Richardson of Greenville, Texas; one daughter, Tammy Richardson of Dierks; one sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Kenneth Cook of San Angelo, Texas; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Michael and Tammy Ayers of Houston, Texas and Dennis Ayers of Wetherford, Texas; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service for Mrs. Richardson will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Holly Creek Baptist Church in Dierks with Clyde Miller officiating.

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

Mr. John Cravens

Mr. John Wesley Cravens, age 100, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Christus St. Michael Hospital, Texarkana Texas.

He was born to Oscar C., Sr. and Mary Turrentine Cravens in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on November 28, 1916. Mr. Cravens was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U. S. Marine Corps. He was a retired construction worker as well as a farmer. He was a member of the Macedonia United Methodist Church of Lockesburg, Arkansas, He was an avid hunter, as well as enjoying sports, gardening, and had a gift of story-telling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Herman Cravens, Carl Cravens, Lester Cravens, Oscar Cravens, Jr., Ruth Wright, Daisy Cabean, Esther Sampson, a son, Fredrick Cravens, and his wife, Raydell Wright Cravens.

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Sharon and Wendell Smart of Wichita, Kansas, and Frederica Wytch of Landover, Maryland, five grandchildren, Cynthia Smart of Kansas City, Kansas, Angela Cravens of Wichita, Kansas, Michael Cravens, Sr. of San Antonio, Texas, Keith Smart of Lockesburg, and Ruth Cravens of San Antonio, Texas, seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Melba Taylor of Caruthersville, Missouri, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. John Cravens will be held Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:00 P.M., at the First United Methodist Church in Lockesburg. Burial with military rites will be held in Holly Springs Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas. Visitation will be Friday, March 24th from 3:30 P.M., until service time.

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

 

 

Mr. Lee Glastal Myers, Jr.

Mr. Lee Glastal Myers, Jr., age 61, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

He was born May 30, 1955 in Marshall, Texas. He was a long haul truck driver, carpenter and minister. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church in De Queen, Arkansas and Church in The Wildwood in Winthrop.

Mr. Myers preceded in death by his parents, Lee Glastal, Sr. and Clara Elizabeth Stanton Myers; one son, Issac Myers and mother-in-law, Margaret Fross Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Susan E. Wilgus Myers; three daughters and two sons; Kristan Myers Kahler of Orre City, Texas, Lee G. Myers III, of San Antonio, Texas, Amanda Overturf of Nashville, Arkansas, Candace Myers Wolcott of Horatio, Arkansas and Andrew Bergum of Hector, Minnesota; one sister, Mary and (John) Overturf of De Queen; father-in-law, Bernard W. Miller of Shippenville, Pensylvania; twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Memorial service and dinner to follow will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 23, 2017 with Louise Haney and Alfred Thomas officiating, in the Church in The Wildwood for family and friends to celebrate his life.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Donations may be made to Mt. Pleasant Church, Church in The Wildwood or to his wife in his memory.

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

 

 

Larry Thomas Sadler

Mr. Larry Thomas Sadler, age 68, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017 at his home.

He was born June 5, 1948 in Lake Village, Arkansas. He was a Baptist and served in the National Guard. He was also a farmer, welder, and a heavy equipment operator.

Mr. Sadler was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Roxy Sadler; his first wife, Virgie McDaniel Sadler; a sister Vanita Grantham; and one sister-in-law, Barbara Klitz.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Williamson Sadler of Horatio; one daughter, Amy Cannady of Texarkana, Arkansas; three step children, Ginger Hale of Horatio, Shantal Wagner of Pearcy, Arkansas, and Nathan Dorsey of Horatio; one brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Delia Sadler of Winsboro, Louisiana; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Dian and Robert Lawrence of Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Doyce Lord of West Des Moines, Iowa; one brother-in-law, Raymond Grantham of Portland, Arkansas; four sisters-in-law and their spouses, Mary Jane and Jimmy Woodall, Pat and Danny Black, Diane Lightfoot, and Bobbie Sexton; and one brother-in-law and his wife, Ed and Johnnie Williamson; eleven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m., Monday, March 20, 2017 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Portland Cemetery at Portland, Arkansas at 3:30 p.m., on Monday.

You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
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Mr. Bill Whisenhunt

Mr. Billy Jack Whisenhunt, age 76, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at his home.

He was born to B. R. and Myrtle Louise Carter Whisenhunt in Smithville, Oklahoma, on June 25, 1940. He served in the military with the U.S. Army. He had worked as a lead and zinc miner, a logger, and was owner of Bill's Tune Up. He had a passion for motorcycles, and working.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sons, Billy Whisenhunt, Johnny Lee Whisenhunt, and Ricky Alan Whisenhunt, a sister, Mary Carver, and a brother, Jerald Doyle Whisenhunt.

He is survived by his wife almost 60 years, Donna Daems Whisenhunt of De Queen, a daughter, Sheryl Ann Whisenhunt of De Queen, two grandchildren, Johnny and his wife, Krysti Whisenhunt of De Queen, and Ricky Jack Whisenhunt of Mississippi, a great-grandson, Preston Shane Whisenhunt of De Queen, Two brothers and sisters-on-law, Ben and Sandra Whisenhunt of Burney, California, George and Janet Whisenhunt of Lockesburg, Arkansas, a sister, Betty Lou Rowland of Burney, California, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 17th in the Chandler Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 P. M. Cremation will follow under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Donald Paul Hudson

Mr. Donald Paul Hudson, age 57, a resident of Sherman, Texas, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017 at Medical City in Plano, Texas.

He was born August 11, 1959 in San Antonio, Texas. He loved spending time with his family and grandkids, riding his motorcycle and professional football.

Mr. Hudson was preceded in death by his father, John "Jack" Evans Hudson.

Mr. Hudson is survived by his wife, Johanna Hudson of Sherman, Texas; his mother, Victoria Hudson of San Antonio; four sons, John David and Steven Hudson of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Joey Turley and Anthony Hudson of Denison, Texas; one daughter, Shannon Dixon of Denison; three brothers, Larry, Wayne and Roy Hudson all of San Antonio.

A Memorial Service for Mr. Hudson will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 17, 2017 in the Lockesburg Community Center.

You may register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Gregory “Rollover” Terry

Mr. Gregory “Rollover” Terry, age 59, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born on October 17, 1957, in Sacramento, California. He was a retired welder and a heavy equipment operator.

Mr. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Grover Athens and Mattie Lou Diggs Terry; and one brother, Leon Terry.

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Terry; one daughter and son-in-law, Brandy and Brandon Melton; one son, Dustin Terry all of De Queen; two grandchildren, Jake Terry and Brilee Melton; one brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Stacey Terry of De Queen; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Robert Silvey of Sacramento and Susan and David Scoggins of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a step mother, Laverne Terry of Mt Ida, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mr. Terry will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 12, 2017 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Carlton officiating.

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

 

Mrs. Betty Hedge

Mrs. Betty Jean Stewart Hedge, age 77, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at her home. She was born to Curtis Lee and Mattie Marie Miller Stewart in Fort Worth, Texas, on August 26, 1939.

She was retired from the Union Bank in Wickes, where she was a loan officer, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed antiques, yard work and flowers, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her children and grandchildren, and was so looking forward to her first great-grandchild, Elliott Hedge, soon to be born.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Bill Stewart, a sister, Maxine Cook, and her husband of over 50 years, Burl Hedge.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Marcie Hedge of De Queen, a daughter and son in law, Tracy and Andy Youngblood of Grannis, three grandsons, Toby and his wife, Sara Hedge of Fayetteville, Ben Youngblood of Grannis and Tanner Hedge of De Queen, two granddaughters, McKenzie Morphew of De Queen and Matti Youngblood of Grannis, Arkansas, a sister-in-law, Pat Stewart of Grannis, Arkansas, and a dear friend, she considered a sister, Julie Neely of Porter, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Betty Hedge will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, March 11, 2017 in the Church of the Nazarene in Wickes, with Bro. David Baker and Bro. Leon McCleskey officiating. Burial will follow in the Baker Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be from 2:00 until service time on Saturday, at the Church of the Nazarene in Wickes. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

E.C. Shelton

Mr. E.C. Shelton, age 51, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Lubbock, Texas.
 
 He was born to Earnest Clifton, Sr. and Wanda Marcelle Gentry Shelton in Dallas, Texas, on September 20, 1965. EC served in the military with the Army National Guard. He was a heavy equipment operator in the oil field pipeline infrastructure construction, and was a member of the First Baptist .Church of Grannis, Arkansas. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, disc golf, bow and arrow hunting, outdoors, and was an animal lover. Above all, EC was a devoted and loving Dad and Pappy. Nobody made him step forward in the time of crisis. He did it because of who he was.
 
 He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers, Darrell Chambers, Eugene Shelton, and a sister-in-law, Mona Shelton.
 
He is survived by his mother Marcelle Shelton of De Queen, two sons, Derrick and Mary Shelton of El Dorado, Arkansas, and Colton Shelton of De Queen, a daughter, Gracie Shelton of De Queen, Arkansas, a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Karla Shelton of Horatio, three sisters and a brother-in-law, Ernestine Shelton of De Queen, Tammy and Rick Riggs of Norman, Oklahoma, and Teresa Lancaster of Lake Charles, Louisiana, a grandson, D. J. Shelton of El Dorado, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.
 
Memorial Services will be held 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.

A Celebration of E. C. Shelton's life will take place at Cossatot Reef's Pavilion Area on Gillham Lake at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 18th Rain or Shine.

In honor of E. C. feel free to wear camo, if desired. Person's wanting to be seated during the celebration will need to bring a lawn chair.

 

 M.C. McElroy

Mr. M.C. McElroy, age 83, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, died Friday, March 3, 2017 in Post Acute Care Hospital of Texarkana.

He was born to Tiny and Ann Simpson McElroy in Lockesburg in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on July 26, 1933. He was a mechanic , and a Baptist. He enjoyed neighborhood baseball, where he umpired, collecting collectables, and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ella Mae McElroy, and a daughter, Cynthia McElroy.

He is survived by his companion, Bobbie Gray of Texarkana, Texas, a son and daughter-in-law, Earl and Karla Easter of Ashdown, two daughters, Yvonne and Yvette Murphy of Ashdown, Arkansas; a brother, Milburn McElroy of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, four sisters, Carolyn McElroy of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dorothy Alberty of Idabel, Oklahoma, Jean Minger of Paris, Texas and Christy Gaffney of Grant, Oklahoma, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as a number of nieces and nephews and other family members.

Funeral Services for Mr. MC McElroy will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 11, 2017 in the New Zion Baptist Church, Lockesburg, with Rev. Larry Clardy officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Community Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Friday, March 10th from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mary Jo “Scotty” Scott Brainerd

 

 John Joseph O'Connor, Jr.

Mr. John Joseph O’Connor, Jr., age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, March 02, 2017, in De Queen.

He was born to John Joseph and Mary Rose Moran O’Connor in Springfield, Mass., on February 19, 1942. He was a retired real estate agent, and a Catholic. He enjoyed the stock market, and fantasy football.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter-in-law, Lori O’Connor.

He is survived by one son, John O’Connor of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Duane Alspaw of De Queen, four grandchildren, Deven Alspaw of De Queen, Cal O’Connor of Springdale, Arkansas, Clay Alspaw and Sammi O’Connor both of De Queen, two brothers, Billy O’Connor of Oregon, and Michael O’Connor of San Diego, Calif., a sister, Maureen Hughes of Santee, Calif, and a number of nieces and nephews.

No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Juanita Hyutha Moore White

Mrs. Juanita Hyutha Moore White, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, March 4, 2017, at her home.

She was born on November 13, 1952 in Pigsgey, Arkansas. She was a USDA Food Safety Inspector and a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mrs. White was preceded in death by his parents, John Harbon and Lucy Mae Allen Moore and one son, James Harold White, Jr.

She is survived by two daughters, Rachel White of De Queen and Denice White of Centerville, Arkansas; one son, Greg White of De Queen; one sister, Elizabeth Reynolds of Clovis, California; her grandchildren, James Levi White and wife Jazmon, Casey Lane White, Faith White, Chenoa White, Jared White, Sarah White, Colton White; two great-grandchildren, Luke White and Harmony White; and a daughter in law, Courtney White.

Funeral services for Mrs. Juanita White will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, March 10th at the funeral home.

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


 

 

William Harland Hendricks, Jr.

Mr. William Harland “Sammy” Hendricks, Jr., age 79, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, March 3, 2017 in Texarkana, Arkansas.

He was born August 19, 1937 in De Queen. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser, was a former teacher; a member of the Army National Guard and a Christian.

Mr. Hendricks was preceded in death by his parents, William Hendricks, Sr. and Mary Iona Hendrix; one sister, Gwen DeMoss and one granddaughter, Shauna Oswald.

He is survived by his wife, Fonda Hill of De Queen; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Leslie and Ronny Bates of Hooks, Texas, Margaret Reavis of Texarkana, Texas, Marsie and Gary Oswald of Texarkana, Arkansas and Rani and James Dodez of Tyler, Texas; two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Patia Hendricks of Texarkana, Arkansas and Scott and Amy Shores of Lincoln, Rhode Island; his brothers and sisters, Patricia Nemeth of Madison, Illinois, Priscilla Saelim of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Glenn Munn of San Antonio, Texas, Starlyn Fairchild of Grayslake, Illinois, Terry Hendricks of Aloha, Oregon, Roberta Weisemes of Aurora, Illinois and Tommy Hendricks of Ocean View, Hawaii; 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mr. Hendricks will be held at 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

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


 

Mary Lynda Harberson

Mrs. Mary Lynda Harberson, age 70, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, March 3, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born April 14, 1946, in Dierks. She was a former employee of Baldwin Piano Company, Tyson Foods and worked at several convenience stores in Dierks. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Dierks.

Mrs. Harberson was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Savannah Kesterson Goss; her husband, Bobby Joe Harberson and one brother, Barney Goss.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Darla and Tony Davis of Langley, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Phyllis Goss of Nashville, Arkansas; one sister, Betty Dinger of Dierks; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Thelma Harberson of Dierks; one grandson, Bobby Davis and his wife, Brittney; two great-grandchildren, Adi Davis and Bryar Davis and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Harberson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Harmony Cemetery with Tommy Mounts officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

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

 

 

Jeani Karin (J.K.) Nealy Hornsby

Mrs. Jeani Karin (J.K.) Nealy Hornsby, age 28, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Friday, March 3, 2017 in De Queen.

She was born June 25, 1988 in Texarkana, Texas. She was a Juvenile Probation Officer and a member of Kern Heights Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hornsby was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jerry Killian.

She is survived by her husband, Cody Hornsby; one daughter, Chanli Hornsby; her parents Patti and Tracy Nealy of De Queen; one sister, Nikki Nealy of De Queen; grandparents, Jean Killian and Tommy and Judy Moore all of De Queen; her mother and father-in-law, John and Amy Hornsby of Okolona, Arkansas; and one sister-in-law and her husband, Kinsey and Chase Melton of Sheridan, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hornsby will be held at 10: a.m., Monday, March 6, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rusty Ross officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

Effie Irene Wylie

Irene went to be with the Lord on February 23, 2017. She was born August 14, 1954 in Dallas, Texas.

Irene was born to be a caregiver. This started when she was a young teenager and her brother Joey was injured in a car accident and she cared for him. She cared for both of her parents before their deaths. Then right after the death of her mother, and also becoming a new mother herself, she took the responsibility of caring for her sister. She cared for her sister for thirty-four years before she became too ill to care for her just a few months ago. Irene was also a caring and loving “Nana” to her two precious granddaughters.

Irene worked at Reserve Life Insurance Company in Dallas, Texas for many years. When she moved to De Queen, she worked for Leonard Woods Insurance and also for the Sevier County Water Association. Irene and her husband, Melvin initiated the beginning of the Rural Water Association. Upon moving to the Benton area, she worked for U.S. Able Insurance in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Irene was preceded in death by her Mother and Dad: Ona and Robert Ferguson, Brothers: Joey and Bobby Ferguson, Eugene and Rufus White.

Irene is survived by her husband of forty-four years, Melvin; her daughter Christy & Mark; two granddaughters, Abigail and Maci Steele and one sister, Wanda (Peach) White and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Effie Irene Ferguson Wylie will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Will Diggs officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery in De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. A memorial service will also be held Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church at Lonsdale, Arkansas.

 

Shelba Jean Pipkins

Mrs. Shelba Jean Pipkins, age 44, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, February 24, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born August 25, 1972 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Pipkins was preceded in death by her father, James Gossage.

She is survived by two sons, James Ward of Nashville, Arkansas and Zeke Pennington of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; two daughters, Nikki Pate of Kirby, Arkansas and D.J. Keith of Broken Bow; her mother, Shirley Gossage of Dierks; three sisters, Sheila Andrade, Angela Nava and Joyce Grubbs, all of Dierks; four granddaughters, Felicity Pate, Alyssa Pate, Clarissa Ward and Kylie Keith; two grandsons, Dakota Pate and Daniel Ward and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pipkins will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2017, in the First Assembly of God Church in Dierks. Burial will follow in Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 26th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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


Mr. James Dwight Kitchens


Mr. James Dwight Kitchens, age 88, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, February 24, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born December 12, 1928 in Liberty Hill, Arkansas. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean Conflict. He was a former member of Liberty Hill Church of Christ, more recently Arkansas Boulevard Church of Christ in Texarkana, and served on the Dierks School Board from 1970 to 1990. He was also a rancher and active in the timber and poultry industries.

Mr. Kitchens was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Bert and Alma Pearl Greene Kitchens; his wife and mother of his children, Lenora Pinkerton Kitchens; his second wife, Virginia Bounds Kitchens; one brother, Dorman Kitchens; and a sister, Lorene Krantz.

He is survived by three daughters, Debra Laster of Texarkana, Arkansas, Donna Blubaugh of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Deanna Davis of Stamps, Arkansas; one son, Dayton Kitchens of Augusta, Arkansas; three sisters, Faye Dixon of Dierks, Arkansas, June Kesterson of Mena, Arkansas and Jane Hubbard of Russellville, Arkansas; 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Kitchens will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 27, 2017 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Scott Kitchens and Travis Lane officiating. Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Sunday, February 26th at the funeral home in Dierks.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

 

Cynthia Daraine Williamson

Mrs. Cynthia Daraine Williamson, age 55, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, February 24, 2017, at her home.

She was born June 7, 1961 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a member of the Main St. Church of Christ in Dierks.

Mrs. Williamson was preceded in death by her father, Ben Clinton Stuart.

She is survived by one son, Mark Williamson of San Angelo, Texas; one daughter, Stephanie Mann of Texarkana, Texas; her mother, Nietta Stuart of Dierks; two sisters, Barbara Saunders of Missouri and Joy Christman of Dierks; three brothers, Tim Stuart of Jacksonville, Florida, David Stuart and Stephen Stuart, both of Dierks; and uncle, Earnest Cantrell of Polk City, Florida; a granddaughter, Zoe Price; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 in the Fellowship Cemetery with Mike Moore officiating.

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

Paxan Kole Platt

Paxan Kole Platt infant son of Barbara Fatherree and Justin Platt passed from this life on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Mena, Arkansas.

He was born Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Mena.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Aubrey and Wanda Fatherree. He is survived by his parents, Justin Platt and Barbara Fatherree of Lockesburg; his grandparents, John and Julie Platt of De Queen and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mr. David Frachiseur

Mr. David Edward Frachiseur, age 70, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, passed from this life, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at his home in Grannis.

He was born to Math Christopher and Rena Elizabeth Reid Frachiseur on January 28, 1947 in Grannis. He married the love of his life, Elizabeth Ann Bismark on August 25, 1967 at the Wickes Methodist Church in Wickes, Arkansas. He had a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and was a plant manager at Tyson Foods, Inc for almost 40 years. David was a collector of heads. Heads on stamps, arrowheads, deer heads, and ancestral heads through many years of genealogical research. He was a Christian man and an active member of the Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Grannis, where he was a leader in numerous church and cemetery projects and activities. He served in the United States Army, stationed in Okinawa and enjoyed hunting , fishing, and farming. He was a father of two and a "Pop" of four. He was also a big brother of six.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Daniel Shawn Frachiseur.

He is survived by his wife of over 49 years, Elizabeth Ann Bismark Frachiseur of Grannis; one son and daughter-in-law, Christopher David and Ann Elizabeth Frachiseur of Grannis, one daughter and son-in-law, Chrystal Annette and Matt Wheeler of Dover, Arkansas; one brother Richard Douglas and Anetta Frachiseur of Grannis; five sisters and their husbands, Ruby Kathleen and Jim Weston of Sidney, Arkansas, Anna Gwendolyn Lavender of Texarkana, Arkansas, Bonita June and Walter Smith of De Queen, Roberta Kay and Terry Youngblood of Watson, Oklahoma, and Jackie Louise and Kenny Icenhower of Redwater, Texas; four grandchildren Danielle Frachiseur of Russellville, Arkansas, Coy Frachiseur of Grannis, Rylie Wheeler and Bailee Wheeler both of Dover, Arkansas; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, and other family members, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. David Edward Frachiseur will be held Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Grannis, with Bro. John Gilbert and Bro. Jim Weston officiating. Burial will follow in the Holly Grove Cemetery. There will be open visitation. The family has requested donations be made In Memory of David E. Frachiseur to the Holly Grove Cemetery Fund. You may view the Memorial Tribute Video, as well as, send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

Mrs. Margaret Taylor-Neugebauer

Mrs. Margaret Ann Craft Taylor-Neugebauer, age 66, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at her home in Horatio.

She was born to James H. and Mary Ann Craft, on October 2, 1950 in New York State. She married Robert Neil Neugebauer at De Queen, Arkansas in October of 1998. She worked as a line lead and also in the warehouse at the former Poulan Weedeater, She was also a CNA at Wadley Regional and the former Brookewood Nursing Home. Margaret enjoyed her animals, shopping, and most of all, loved time spent with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kenny Dale Jeanes; a grandson, Kenny Jeanes; and a sister, Clara Craft Johnson.

She is survived by her husband of over 18 years; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Donnie and Jennifer Jeanes of Wickes, Arkansas and Tommy Taylor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; two daughters and a son-in-law, Colleen and Mickell Janes of De Queen and Jordan Taylor of Horatio; seven grandchildren, Zack and Cherish Rivers, Autum Jeanes, Seth Rivers, Krissy Jeanes, Ashtyn Hanney, Christian Johnson, Amber Jeanes, William Jeanes and one daughter-in-law, Donna Jeanes of Nashville, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Ann Taylor-Neugebauer will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Byron G. Sullivan officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery at De Queen. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may view the Memorial Tribute Video, as well as, send and online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Mrs. Mildred Ann Lensing Etzkorn

Mrs. Mildred Ann Lensing Etzkorn, age 92, a resident of Sulphur Springs, Texas and formerly of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, February 13, 2017, in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

She was born to Henry and Ida Lensing on November 28, 1924, in New Blaine, Arkansas.

She was retired from Rephans Department Store where she worked in the material department for many years. She was a past member of the De Queen Hospital Auxiliary, Sevier County Extension Homemakers and a longtime member of St. Barbara Catholic Church and Ladies Altar Society. She enjoyed playing cards, cooking, gardening and reading.

Mrs. Etzkorn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudy E. Etzkorn of fifty-one years; one son, Gary Etzkorn, one granddaughter, Brooke Etzkorn, one great granddaughter, Natalie Wagner and a grand daughter-in-law, Amber Wagner.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Liz Etzkorn of Sulphur Springs, Randy and Roberta Etzkorn of Greenville, South Carolina and Jim and Kay Etzkorn of Cannon Beach, Oregon; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Tommy Wagner of Horatio, Arkansas and Janet and Doug Mock of San Antonio, Texas; thirteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Etzkorn will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 17, 2017, in the St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:30, Thursday, February 16th with rosary to follow at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Memorials may be made to St. Barbara Ladies Altar Society, P.O. Box 86, De Queen, Arkansas 71832.

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

Mr. Bryant York "B.Y." Gardner

Mr. Bryant York “B.Y.” Gardner, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in a Hot Springs, Arkansas hospital.

He was born to Theo and Prudie Braime Gardner, on February 12, 1928 in High Point, North Carolina. He married the love of his life, Shirley Joyce Montez Gardner, on Christmas day in 1952. B.Y. served in all four branches of the United States Armed Forces, but retired from the Navy in 1967. He was a firefighter at the Dallas Naval Air Station, a private pilot, and was the proprietor of Gardner Mobile Home Park in De Queen. B.Y. enjoyed auctions, hunting, fishing, traveling, and most of all working at his trailer park. He was always a very gentle and generous man.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of over 20 years, Shirley Joyce Gardner; his two brothers and three sisters; as well as, an infant daughter Andrea Suzanne Gardner.

He is survived by his daughter Angela “Anji” Gardner of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one brother-in-law Ray Cromer of Flint, Texas; two granddaughters, Angelique and Shelley; four great-granddaughters, Sidnee, Bella, Rikki Brook, and Brittney; two great-great-grandchildren; two lifelong friends, Noe Hinojos and Benita Bahena, both of De Queen; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Bryant York “B.Y.” Gardner will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Avon Cemetery at De Queen. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.


 

Mrs. Mary Joe Alexander

Mrs. Mary Jo Alexander, age 45, a resident of Newhope, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 11, 2017, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born September 19, 1971, in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Alexander was preceded in death by her adopted parents, Otto and Mildred Deer, her birth mother, Mary Campbell, four brothers, Sonny, Larry, Earl and Danny Deer; and a sister, Emma Harris.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Marty Alexander of Newhope; one daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Damion Bean of Perry, Oklahoma; one son, Rickey Alexander of Newhope, Arkansas; her birth father and step-mother, Rickey and Jessie Deer of Nashville, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Adriana Bean of Perry, Oklahoma and Rikki Alexander and AJ Alexander both of Dierks, Arkansas; six sisters, Francis Ward of Dierks, Glenda Conatser of Nashville, Diane Cox of Dierks, Tammy Deer of Gillham, Arkansas, Geneva Davenport of Mineral Springs, Arkansas and Jeanette Woods of Nashville; one brother, Thomas Deer of Dierks and a number of nieces, nephews and host of other relatives.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Alexander will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017, in Sweet Home Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Herrington officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 14th at the funeral home in Dierks, AR.

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

 

Frances Tannahill

Mrs. Frances Tannahill, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 12, 2017, in De Queen.

She was born January 21, 1928, in Talco, Texas. She was a homemaker, a Jehovah’s Witness and loved flowers and gardening.

Mrs. Tannahill was preceded in death by her parents, Hoyt and Lucinda Hallie Gray Fry; one brother, James Fry; one sister, Faye Mason, and one daughter, Ella Chapman.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Carol Clark of Sulphur Springs, Texas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Carol and Tom Petet of De Queen and Phyllis Miller of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; two sisters, Bernice White of Bokchito, Oklahoma and Linda Walters of Muskogee, Oklahoma; 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Tannahill will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 16, 2017, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Jerry Brazeal officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Candida Zaragoza Gaona

Mrs. Candida Zaragoza Gaona, age 71, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 11, 2017 at her home.

She was born September 19, 1945 in Guanajuato, Mexico. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in the De Queen Seventh Day Adventist church with Stennett Nash officiating. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Betty Emogean Jackson-Dunlap Rives

Mrs. Betty Emogean Jackson-Dunlap Rives, age 81, a resident of Idabel, Oklahoma, died Saturday, February 11, 2017 in Idabel.

She was born September 20, 1935 in Cerro Gordo, Oklahoma. She was an office manager for Zales Corporation and attended By Pass Church of Christ.

Mrs. Rives was preceded in death by her parents, Thurman and Mary Louise Miller Jackson; and one brother, Thomas Jackson.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Rives; one son, Mike Dunlap of Mesquite, Texas; one daughter, Donna Watson of Lorton, Virginia; one step-son, Robert Rives of Mansfield, Texas; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Rives will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Virgil Romine officiating. Burial will follow in Cerro Gordo Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday February 14th at the funeral home.

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

 

Mr. Jerry Moreland

Mr. Jerry Moreland, age 76, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 10, 2017.

He was born on December 21, 1940 in Bethel, Ohio to Catherine and Walter Moreland. He was a Vietnam veteran who retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service as a Master Sergeant. He then managed an auto parts store in Foreman for over 20 years.

Mr. Moreland was preceded in death by his parents; and two granddaughters, Cassie and Cassey Moreland.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marie Moreland of Winthrop; four children and their spouses, Greg and Cheryl Moreland of Winthrop, Katie Moreland, also of Winthrop, Eric and Connie Moreland of Foreman, Arkansas, and Lisa and Petr Kraus, also of Foreman; ten grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren. He is also survived by four sisters and a brother, Janet Moreland of Maysville, Kentucky, Joyce and John Hamilton of Russellville, Ohio, Judy and Larry Fearis of Vanceburg, Kentucky, Jeff and Sandy Moreland of Richmond, Kentucky, and Cindy and Fred Herzog of Hamilton, Ohio; two brothers-in-law, Martin Maynard of Winthrop, and Lonnie and Tamlyn Maynard of Arvada, Colorado, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Moreland will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2017, in the Campground Cemetery with Carey Jensen officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Monday, February 13th at the funeral home.

You may register on-line at
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Mr. Wayne George Fackler

Mr. Wayne George Fackler, age 83, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, February 9, 2017, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born September 3, 1933 in Tolona, Illinois. He was a border patrolman and a security guard for Domtar. He was a U.S Army Veteran and attended Central Baptist Church in Ashdown.

Mr. Fackler was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver George and Elsie Tucker Fackler; a step-son, Quinton Ward, II; three sisters, Ruth, Helen, and Mary Margaret; three brothers, Kenneth, Frank, and Donald Fackler.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley McIntyre Fackler; two sons, Kenneth Fackler of Michigan and Dennis Fackler of Florida; four daughters, Wendy Wilson of Ohio, Vanessa Upton of De Queen, Anna Crisp of Dierks, Arkansas and Patsy Flowers of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; two nieces, Margaret Wallbusser and Bonnie Wiesmullerr; three nephews, Bobbie Cooper, Ricky Fackler, and Billy Simmons; other nieces and nephews; ten grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Wayne Fackler will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 13, 2017 in Old Union Cemetery with Don Embry officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Mrs. Marjorie Carpenter

Mrs. Marjorie Joy Youngblood Carpenter, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at her home.

She was born to William Jeremiah and Lillian Louise Rasmon Youngblood, on July 25, 1929 in the Kellum Community of Sevier county, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Dennie Ferris Carpenter, on December 11, 1953 at Gillham, Arkansas. Marjorie worked as a cafeteria worker at both Grannis and Gillham schools. She enjoyed sewing, fishing, cooking, working here vegetable and flower garden, as well as spending time with her family and her 22 year old cat "Puss." Marjorie was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Grannis since 1936.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 51 years; ten siblings, June Youngblood, Elsie Powell, Mary Butler, Will Youngblood, Bessie Fitch, Alice Parks, Fred Youngblood, Charles Youngblood, Robert Youngblood and John Youngblood; as well as a son-in-law, Danny Davis.

She is survived by two daughters, Pamela Davis of Diana, Texas and Joy Byrd of De Queen; four grandchildren and their spouses, Katherine Davis of Diana, Texas and Daniel and Kristi Davis of Burleson Texas, Michael Ferris and Kirsten Byrd of Hatfield, Arkansas, and Amanda Joy Byrd of De Queen; ten great-grandchildren, Katelyn Cowles, Kris Cowles, Cole Zuleger, Alessio Byrd, Anceline Byrd, Zoe Byrd, Bennie Byrd, Maxx Davis, Drew Davis, and Marlie Joy Byrd; one sister-in-law, Janie Youngblood of Grannis, Arkansas; one brother-in-law, Lee Brewer of De Queen; as well as, a number of nieces , nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Marjorie Joy Carpenter will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 2:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Terry Hess, Elder Bruce Aarant, Elder Barbara Martin, and Bro. Don Youngblood officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley Cemetery at Gillham, Arkansas. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may view the Memorial Tribute Video, as well as, send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Patricia Lee Kesterson

Patricia Lee Kesterson, age 59, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Wednesday, February 8, 2017, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born on July 31, 1957, in Wenatchee, Washington. She taught at Dierks Schools, was a teacher for 37 years and was a member of the Mt. View Baptist Church.

Ms. Kesterson was preceded in death by her parents, James “Sonny” and Henrietta Inman Kesterson.

She is survived by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Stan Kesterson and Scott and Suzanne Kesterson all of Umpire; one niece, Kayla Kesterson and three nephews, Dallas, Clint and Dusty Kesterson.

Graveside funeral services for Patricia Kesterson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Bethel Cemetery in Umpire with Brian Pounds and Kyle Cowart officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mr. George Reed Frady

Mr. George Reed Frady, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at his home.

He was born to George Vernon and Eula Mae Wheeler Frady on March 26, 1945. He worked in the timber industry as a saw mill worker. He was a member of the First Assembly of God at De Queen. He also enjoyed fishing and dancing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Wilma Jean Brandon Frady; two daughters, Renea Dodson and Sandra Frady; and a sister, Vickie Lynn Johnson.

He is survived by one daughter, Elisha Jean Frady of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild; one half-brother, Terry Wheeler of Idabel, Oklahoma; three sisters, Patty Hanson of Cove, Arkansas, Sharon Kay Frady and Shirley Ann McKinley both of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. He was also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Charles Ramasco

Mr. Charles Robert Ramasco, age 80, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, February 06, 2017, at his home.

He was born on March 12, 1937 in Newark, New Jersey. He worked construction, and was a member of the Williamson Community Church. He enjoyed fishing, camping, water skiing, duck hunting, and cherished the time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Essie McDonald, and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

He is survived by his wife, Billie McDonald Ramasco of Horatio, a son, Charles “Chuck” Ramasco, Jr. of Horatio, a daughter, Sherry Norman of Horatio, four grandchildren, Charles “Chip” Ramasco, III of Horatio, Danielle Lansdell of Horatio, Melissa and her husband, Clayton Hunt of De Queen, and Christopher Ramasco of The Colony, Texas, six great-grandchildren, Kaylle, Whitney, Taylor, Anabelle, Edward, and Brandon. He is also survived by his wife’s Family, a brother-in-law, Joseph “Junior” and his wife, Sue McDonald of Lockesburg, Sue and her husband, Henry Bennett of Houma, Louisiana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Charles Ramasco will be 2:00 PM Friday, February 10, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Old Center Cemetery in Horatio, Arkansas under the direction of the Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

Mrs. Irene Wax

Mrs. Irene Clara Cooper Wax, age 99, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Thursday, February 2, 2017, in De Queen.

She was born May 23, 1917 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. She was the co-owner of Wax General Store and a member of Gillham Baptist Church.

Mrs. Wax was preceded in death by her parents, James Terrell and Cora Elizabeth Buckner Cooper; her husband, Delbert Wax, Sr.; one daughter, Linda Wax Patterson; one grandson, Kevin Wax; one great granddaughter, Jessica Wax; three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by three sons, Terry Wax of Gillham, Bill Wax of Joplin, Missouri, and Delbert Wax, Jr. of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and one daughter Susan Byrd of Redfield, Arkansas; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Wax will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 5, 2017, in the Gillham Cemetery with Jerry Taylor officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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


 

Mildred Foye Davis

Mildred Foye Davis was born on 9/12/1919 in Magazine, Arkansas, to A.B. and Elsie Coleman White. She passed from this life February 1, 2017 at Denison, TX.

She was the Valedictorian of Magazine High School in 1936. She graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1940. Foye Davis taught home making for 37 years at Horatio High School. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Horatio, a member of the cemetery committee and was a long term member of the Democratic National Committee in Sevier County.

Her parents, A.B. and Elsa White, her sister Faye Hanks, and brother Hobart White preceded her in death. Her husband, George Wayne Davis II died after 50 years of marriage.

She is survived by her only son George Wayne Davis III, his wife Joan Willems Davis, and 6 grandchildren, George Benjamin Davis and wife Rebecca Rollins, Ryan Willems Davis and wife Claudia Novoa de Davis, Rebecca Foye Lewis and husband Eric Lewis, Philip Coleman Davis and wife Kristen Davis, Austin Mercer Davis, John Arthur Rotert and wife Joannie Rotert and 10 great grandchildren. She is also survived by cousins Bill Hanks, Briscoe Hanks, and Martha Cooper.

Funeral services for Mrs. Davis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 3rd at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

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


 

Barbara Lee Williamson Klitz

Barbara Lee Williamson Klitz, age 54, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at her home.

She was born October 12, 1962 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Williamson Community Church.

Mrs. Klitz was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert Cooper and Clara Lee Sims Williamson and her husband, Dennis Klitz.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Tiffany and Jason Vanhoose of Horatio and Jada and Chris Connally of Midland, Texas; one granddaughter, Jaycee Vanhoose; one grand puppy, Cooper; one brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Jonnie Williamson; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Mary Jane and Jimmy Woodall, Pat and Danny Black, Diane Lightfoot, Bobbie Sexton, and Debbie and Larry Saddler all of Horatio.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Klitz will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Clear Creek Cemetery with Jimmy Roden officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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


 

Mr. Virgil Randy Heath

Mr. Virgil Randy Heath, age 59, a resident of Cove, Arkansas, died January 30th at his home.

He was born to Colis France and Betty Viola Babcock Heath in Albany, Oregon, on December 21, 1957. He was an employee of Polk County, where he worked on the road department.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy Douglas and Lorene Heath of Pangburn, Arkansas, and Paul David and Vanessa Heath of Mena, Arkansas, four grandchildren, Brenden, Cooper, Jayden, and Joycelynn, three brothers, Bob Dobkins of Nevada, and Colis Heath of Ono, California, Rollie Nunn of Cove, Ark., two sisters, Gloria Jean Frances and Kathleen Rawsthrone, both of Oregon City, Oregon, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

Mr. Romie C. Ray

Mr. Romie C. Ray, age 77, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at his home.

He was born on September 15, 1939 in Mena, Arkansas. He was retired from SWEPCO after 36 years, was a member of the De Queen Hunting Club, and a U.S. Navy veteran.

Romie was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Isabell Holman Ray, one brother, Kenneth Bruce Ray; and two sisters, Lennis Sue Westmoreland and Deloris Parliment.

He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Charlotte Overton Ray of De Queen; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kisha and Kevin Devasier of Dierks, Arkansas, and Kim and Joe Conley of Frisco, Texas; one sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Donnie Jewell of Hatfield, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Kishanda and Marcus Beasley, Sean Smith, Kortny Fitzsimmons, and Parker Conley; two great grandchildren, Kelsea Beasley and Kassidy Beasley, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Ray will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 2, 2017 in the Pinecrest Cemetery in Mena with Donnie Jewell and Randy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

Mr. James Otis McElroy, Sr.

Mr. James Otis McElroy, Sr., age 60, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 25th in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Otis James and Mae Frances Hill McElroy in Chandler, Arizona, on January 23, 1957. He served in the U S Army military, and was a journeyman electrician. He was a Methodist, and enjoyed blues music, drawing, and painting, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife of almost 39 years, Marilyn Kaye Shelley McElroy, a son, James O. McElroy, Jr. of Nashville, two daughters and a sons-in-law, Telisa and Kalonji Benson of Truman, Arkansas, Shelley and Grifford Chendor of Fayetteville, Arkansas, ten grandchildren, Kishauna, Gyasi, Kalonji, Jr., Kianna, N’Jeri, Mia, Justice, Tatianna, Arhianna, and Zyion, his mother, Mae Frances McElory of Ashdown, Arkansas, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Charles and Tisha McElroy of San Diego, California, and Anthony McElroy of Lockesburg, two sisters, Marie McElroy Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Debra and Ramon Butler of Springfield, Virginia, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. James McElroy, Sr. will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 4th to be announced. Burial with military rites will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., on Friday, February 3rd at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. David Richard McWhorter

Mr. David Richard McWhorter, age 57, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life Wednesday, January 25, 2017 in a Texarkana hospital.

He was born to Allen “Windy” and Lilly Lea Liggin McWhorter, on December 29, 1959 in De Queen, Arkansas. David was raised in Lockesburg and resided there until marrying his wife, Penney of 32 years in 1984. David spent his career as a logger who among others were the first to log much of Southwest Arkansas and the Pond Creek Bottoms. His favorite pastimes were spending time with his loving family, hunting deer, and fishing the Saline, Cossatot, and Little Rivers. He was a member of the Falls Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was the founding member of the Hillbilly Hunting Club at Lockesburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Lewis McWhorter, two sisters, Phyllis Green, and Tava Gordon.

He is survived by his wife, Penney Rene Midgett McWhorter of Lockesburg, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Shawn and Libby McWhorter of De Queen, Jacob McWhorter of Lockesburg, a daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Dusty Roan of Ashdown, Arkansas, five brothers and sister-in-law, George and Sarah McWhorter of Kirby, Dale Green, Sr., Phillip “Jr” Gordon, Reece Midgett and Kelli Stivers, and Keith and Karen Midgett all of Lockesburg, a sister and brother-in-law, Genetta and Willie Adams of De Queen, seven grandchildren, Kalyn, Kashlynn, Kalib, Kaden, and Kailey McWhorter of De Queen, Karsyn and Cutter Roan of Ashdown, a friend like a son, Trey Mitchell of Falls Chapel, Arkansas, his mother-in-law, Virginia Keith of Lockesburg, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. David McWhorter will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 28th in the Old Union Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Clayton Crow officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Union Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Friday, January 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online message at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 


Mrs. Lola Lee Dirickson Bertling


Mrs. Lola Lee Dirickson Bertling, age 51, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at her home.

She was born June 17, 1965 to Albert and Lucille Phelps Dirickson in De Queen, Arkansas, and was a LPN and EMT, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Old Center Church, and enjoyed taking care of people, listening to music, reading, community events, and her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, and a brother, Alton Dirickson, and her husband, Duane Bertling.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Tiffany and James French of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Krystal & Matthew Robinson of Horatio, two step-sons, Vicent Bertling of Arizona, Karl Ray and his wife, Paige Rose of Arizona, a step-daughter, Darlene Michelle Bertling of Los Vegas, Nevada, six grandchildren, Adreonia, Macie, and Grayson Robinson, Carrson, Makenna, and Makayla French, her mother, Lucille Dirickson of Horatio, three brothers, Anthony Dirickson of Beckley, West Virginia, Albert Allen Dirickson of Grady, Arkansas, and Casey Dirickson of Horatio, as well as other family members and host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lola Lee Bertling will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 29th in the Old Center Church, Horatio, Ark. with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. Visitation will be on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Edna Mae Van Voast

Edna Mae Cowell Van Voast, age 100, of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, January 23, in a De Queen Nursing Home.

Mrs. Van Voast was born June 15, 1916 in Freeport, Kansas to Bert Francis and Lola Hope George Cowell. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen. She had received a plaque for being one of the eldest Ladies in Sevier County for the past 3 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Glen B. Van Voast and a son, Bruce Dean Van Voast.

She is survived by 2 daughters and a son-in-law: Donnie Dee Van Voast of De Queen, Arkansas and Glenda Kay and Jim Mills of De Queen, Arkansas; three Grandchildren and their spouses: Linda and Steve Snider of Dequeen, Arkansas, Timmy Glen and Amy Mills of De Queen, Arkansas and Jimmy Lynn and Kelly Mills of Lockesburg, Arkansas; five Great Grandsons: Kaleb Mills, Trevor Mills, Brodey Mills, Jed Mills and Tristan Snider; one Great-Great Granddaughter: Haylinn Grace Mills; and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Van Voast will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, January 27, 2017 Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton, Bro. Joe Prayer, and Bro. Josh Herweck officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen.

The family will receive friends Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Those wishing to memorialize Mrs. Edna Van Voast may make donations to the Gideon International, P.O. Box 713, De Queen, Arkansas 71832.

 

 

Maurena Gail Pannell

Maurena Gail Pannell, age 63, of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, January 23, 2017, in
Paris, Texas Hospital.

Gail was born February 11, 1953 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a former employee of Pilgrim’s Pride.

She is survived by her husband: Sandy Pannell of De Queen, Arkansas; a brother and two sisters: Carl, Juanee and Edwina; and several other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Mrs. Gail Pannell will be held at 2pm Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of the Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen.
 

 

Randy Lynn Lindsey

Randy Lynn Lindsey, age 64, of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, January 23rd, in a Little Rock Hospital.

Randy was born September 2, 1952 in Ashdown Arkansas to Tommy Ray and Bettye Jewell Crawford Lindsey. He was the retired Owner of Lindsey Automotive and Communications and was a retired Fire Chief in Horatio. He was a member of the Horatio First Baptist Church and had been a dedicated member of Belleville Masonic Lodge #35 for more than 25 years. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Oliver Lindsey of Horatio, Arkansas; two sons and daughters-in-law: Jamey and Renda Lindsey and Robby and Courtney Ray, all of Horatio, Arkansas; a daughter and son-in-law; Charissa and Richard Van Voast of Horatio Arkansas; a sister and brother-in-law: Doyletta and Wayne Harder of Horatio, Arkansas; seven Grandchildren: Morgyn Lindsey, Wyatt Lindsey, Raylee Van Voast, Judson Ray, Caselyn Van Voast, Ellie Ray and Kady Ray; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Randy Lindsey will be held at  10:00 AM Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Horatio First Baptist Church with Coy Arnold and Rev. Jerry Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery under the direction of the Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

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

 

Ileen Addeline Smith Dossett

Mrs. Ileen Addeline Smith Dossett, age 85, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017, at her home in De Queen.

She was born in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on February 8, 1931. She was a Registered Nurse who loved sewing, gardening, flowers, canning and painting. She was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church and Eastern Star.

Mrs. Dossett was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Dossett; her parents, Beulah and Edgar Smith; her brothers, Marvin and Harold Smith and granddaughter, Meagan Vay Dossett.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Marcia and Spencer O’Connor, Lenora and Ron Hoff and Ramona and Mark Scaggs and special daughter, Evelyn Scaggs; three sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Cindy Rynders, John and Renita Dossett and Todd and Diana Dossett; grandchildren, Alicia Loman, Carly Stinnett, Dara Schwarz, Manuel Caleb Dossett, Charlie and James Farley and Douglas Rynders; great-grandchildren, Tanner, Colton and Casey Loman, Devon and Ethan Stinnett, Sydnei Sams, Andrew, Rayleigh, Jenna, Aubrey and Lane Farley and Bryson Hoff.

Funeral services for Mrs. Dossett will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 26, 2017, in Rose Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Smallwood officiating. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8900 John W. Carpenter Fwy, Dallas, TX 75247 or 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 or Rose Hill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 604, De Queen, AR 71832.

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

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


 

 

Charles "Pete" Edward Pierce, Jr.

Mr. Charles "Pete" Edward Pierce, Jr., age 49, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, January 21, 2017, at his home.

He was born on February 24, 1967 in Clewiston, Florida. He was an automobile technician, car dealer, and loved collecting gums. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his dog, Rosco.  He also loved helping people whenever he could.

Mr. Pierce was preceded in death by his father, Charles Edward Pierce, Sr. and his step father, Bub Dossett.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Luke Somero of de Queen; his mother, Karen pierce Dossett also of De Queen; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Randy and Kelley Pierce of St. Peters, Missouri and Roger and Scena  Pierce of Nashville, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Mr. Pierce will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, January 26, 2017 in the Wilkerson funeral Home Chapel. Cremation will follow.

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

 

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Larry Charles Hall

Mr. Larry Charles Hall, age 71, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Friday, January 20, 2017, in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born November 13, 1945 in De Queen. He was an electrician, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam, Desert Storm and in the Army Reserves.

Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Browning; his sister, Kathryn Short ; his late wife, Karol Hall and two brothers, Rodger and Joe Rightmire.

He is survived by his wife, Dana Tracy Culp Hall; two daughters and sons-in-law, Anita Carol and Jason Caudle of Horatio and Kelli and Dan Stasik of Gillham; three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Thomas and Karen Hall, Charles Lee and Kristy Hall and David Christopher and Tesa Hall all of Gillham; two step-sons, Dillon Ryan Higgins of Gillham and Matthew J.C. Higgins of De Queen; one brother-in-law, Thomas Short of De Queen; his brothers in Black Bandits; 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Hall will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 23, 2017, in the Millcreek Cemetery with Wes Tudor officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22nd at the funeral home.

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


 

Lawrence Ray Chandler

Lawrence Ray Chandler, age 70, a lifelong resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life, Saturday, January 21, 2017, in De Queen.

Lawrence was born August 2, 1946 in Sentinel, Oklahoma. He was the youngest of nine, born to Frankie Gene and Lona Lee Griggs Chandler. He married the love of his life, Marian Joyce Penney, on November 24, 1965. In 1968, Lawrence graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science; and has since, dedicated his life to serving his community as a funeral director, and for countless years, as county coroner. Breaking ground in 1998, along with his wife Marian, Lawrence became the proud owner and founder of Chandler Funeral Home. Over the years, Lawrence has been an active member of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, Gideon’s International, the Arkansas Funeral Director’s Association, and the National Funeral Director’s Association. He was a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Jeffrey Chandler, his parents, three brothers, Randall Eugene Chandler, Franklin Chandler, and Dub Chandler, four sisters, Grace Settoon, Ruth Dorsey, Becky Alice Allen and Lois Wray.

Lawrence is survived by his wife of over 51 years, Marian Penney Chandler of De Queen; a daughter, Stephanie Kaye Chandler-Wishard of De Queen; two grandchildren, Lawrence Allen Wishard and Andrea Nichole Wishard, both of De Queen; a great granddaughter, Khloé Grace Wishard of De Queen; a brother and sister-in-law, Noel Duane and Sandy Chandler of Brenham, Texas; three sisters-in-law, Linda Ann Brazile of Amarillo, Texas, Jane Chandler of Horatio, Arkansas and Carol Chandler of De Queen; a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Lawrence Chandler, will be held, Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of the Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Please donate In Memory of Lawrence Chandler to Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-9984 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

Mr. Ricky Dwayne Flournoy

Mr. Ricky Dwayne Flournoy, age 64, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, January 20, 2017, at his home.

He was born January 13, 1953 in De Queen, Arkansas. He worked for the Sevier County Road Department and was a member of the Gospel Jubilee Church in Lockesburg.

Mr. Flournoy was preceded in death by his parents, Edd C. and Georgia Hohmann Flournoy and one brother, Eddie Flournoy.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Cusher Flournoy; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Bradley and Deanna Flournoy of Texarkana, Texas and Daniel J. Flournoy of Horatio; one daughter, Teresa Johnson Wise of Grannis; one brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Sherri Flournoy of Wickes; eight grandchildren, Emily, Abbie and Parker Flournoy, Blake, Bailey and Braxton Wise, Chase Johnson and Daniel J. Flournoy and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Flournoy will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 24, 2017, in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Stuart Miller officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Viewing will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 23rd at the funeral home.

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


 

Gregory Allen Brasel

Gregory Allen Brasel, age 50, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 18, 2017, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born January 25, 1966, in Harrison, Arkansas. He was a retired electrician with Rich Mountain Electric Company.

Mr. Brasel was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny Waymon Brasel and Buna Faye Ramsey.

He is survived by one daughter, KayLynn Sue Brasel of Dierks; one brother, Joey Waymon Brasel of Jasper, Arkansas; one sister, Donna Lee Brasel Gunnoe of Front Royal, Virginia; three nieces; one great niece; and a number of friends and loved ones.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Brasel will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the Union Hill Cemetery in Jasper with Scott Vaughn officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 21st at the funeral home in Dierks, Arkansas.

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

Jimna Love Craig

Jimna Love Craig, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at her home.

She was born May 9, 1935, in Wright City, Oklahoma. She was a retired special education teacher who taught for 42 years and was a member of the First Christian Church.

Jimna was preceded in death by her mother, Bennie Lee Norwood Cooper; two brothers, Dennis and Dan Cooper; and her uncle, Forgy Norwood.

She is survived by her husband, Clovis “Cody” Craig; four sons and a daughter-in-law, Mark Harville of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Alan James “Jim” and Amber Harville of LaPorte, Texas, Russell Craig of Bossier City, Louisiana, and Woodrow William Kitchens of Richardson, Texas; one daughter, Vicki Harville Plante of Cleveland, Texas; seven grandchildren, Lindsey Harville, Jenna Brock, Brenna Plante, Bennett Plante, Thomas Williams, Isabel Harville and Ty Harville; three great-grandchildren, Rowan Brock, Cora Brock and Tennyson Brock; one sister, Brenda Cooper of Baytown, Texas; one nephew, Monte Logan and one niece, Carrie Cooper.

Funeral services for Mrs. Craig will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Jerry Trauger officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday 21st at the funeral home.

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

 

Joyce Clay Gore

Mrs. Joyce Clay Gore, age 84, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Thursday, January 19, 2017. She was born June 24, 1932, in Lockesburg.

She attended Lockesburg High School, retired from Poulan and a homemaker. She was also a member of the United Methodist Church of Lockesburg.

Mrs. Gore was preceded in death by her parents, Joel and Leta McKellar Clay; her husband, Heskell Gore and one daughter, Sheila Gore Cobb; and five brothers, L.B. Clay, Robert Henry Clay, Cecil Clay, Herman Forest “Dago” Clay, and J.T. Clay.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Terrel and Liz Gore of Kankakee, Illinois; one daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and Robbie Jester of Lockesburg; two brothers, Alton Clay and Wayne Clay both of Lockesburg; three sisters, Nelda McPherson of Arlington, Texas, Marilyn Groves of Memphis, Tennessee and Melba Gore of Texarkana, Texas; five grandchildren, Susan White of McKinney, Texas, Stacey Jarboe and husband Brock of Aurora, Illinois, Beth Hargrove and husband JJ of Felton, Delaware, Rusty Wilkerson and wife Terri of De Queen and Jillian Gore of Woodbridge, Illinois; seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Lockesburg with Terry Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in the Coulter Cemetery in Lockesburg under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00- 7:00 Friday, January 20th at the funeral home.

Lunch will be served at the United Methodist Church in Lockesburg after the service.

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


 

 

Charles Morgan "Chuck" Emmerich

Mr. Charles Morgan “Chuck” Emmerich, age 56, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died January 15, 2017, in the UAMS Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to Charles Dorron and Ollie Cornish Emmerich in Lakewood, Colorado, on May 15, 1960. As soon as he finished high school, he entered the U. S. Marines in 1978 He spent twenty years in the military. After retiring from the military, he worked as a Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy, as well as a rancher.

He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Horatio, and enjoyed collecting guns and knives, hunting, fishing, and motorcycles.

He is survived by his wife, Kim Collins Emmerich of Horatio, two sons, Bryson Mendoza of Perryville, Missouri, and Garett Emmerich of Horatio, two daughters, Angelica Emmerich of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Myla Mendoza of Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents, Charles and Ollie Emmerich of Horatio, a sister and brother-in-law, Ollie Charolette and Rick Angle of The Villages, Florida, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Chuck Emmerich will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, January 20th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ed Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, January 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Winona Evelyn Skelton

Mrs. Winona Evelyn Skelton, age 99, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 15, 2017, at her home.

She was born August 4, 1917, in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ in De Queen. She was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary where she held several positions through the years, Adjutant, Chaplin, and Commander.

Mrs. Skelton was preceded in death by her parents Owen Bartlet and Rachel Drucilla Rounstavilla Taylor; her husband, Zeno L. Skelton; one son, Doris Lowell Skelton and one daughter, Sharon Joy Skelton.

She is survived by her daughter, Rayeneta S. Dixon of Argyle, Texas; one grandson, Jon Carlton Dixon of San Marcos, California; one granddaughter, Jacquelyn Teri Dixon of Tampa, Florida; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Skelton will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2017, in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Tony Stowers and Roy Conatser officiating. Burial will follow in Millwee Cemetery in Horatio, Arkansas.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 17th at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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


 

Mrs. Opal E. Hughes

Mrs. Opal Emzie Lawler Getts Hughes, age 83, a resident of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, Died Monday, January 16, 2017 in a Nashville Hospital.

She was born to Leonard Lee and Myrtle Lee Fortune Lawler near Haworth, Oklahoma on July 3, 1933. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Horatio, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed board games, the Senior Citizen’s Center, and her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Earl “Buddy” Getts in 1981, and Carl Richard Hughes in 1997, children, Earl Wayne Getts, Jimmy Lee Getts, and Shara Ann Lawrence.

She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy Dean and Bonnie Getts of Cloverdale, California, Gregory Lynn and Johnnie Hughes, and Jerry Glenn and Donna Hughes both of Mineral Springs, Arkansas. One daughter, Carlotta Kay and Mike Workman of Caney, Oklahoma, twenty-five grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, and eleven great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Opal Hughes will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 18th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Cy Davis officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Ronda Sue Beckwith Phillips

Ronda Sue Beckwith Phillips, age 49, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas died Friday, January 13, 2017 at her home.

She was born March 28, 1967 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marvella Baker Roan; one son, Jeff Simmons; two sisters, Connie Beckwith and Sonya Kay Davignon; one brother, Brian Odell Beckwith; and one niece, Kimberly Hope Simmons

She is survived by a daughter, Jessica Thomas of Cove, Arkansas; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ty Beckwith of Wickes, Arkansas and Kyle and Valorie Hackworth of Mena, Arkansas; her father, Cecil Roan of Wickes; and two granddaughters, Taylor Simmons and Talanie Hackworth.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Phillips will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove with James Squires officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2017 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Johnny Margie Madewell Payne

Mrs. Johnny Margie Madewell Payne, age 76, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died on Friday, January 13, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born on August 15, 1940 in Horatio. She was a seamstress, cook, and a Baptist.

Mrs. Payne was preceded in death by her parents, John Elmer and Wessie Mooneyham Madewell; three brothers, Robbie, Bobbie, and James Oscar Madewell; and one sister, Viola Madewell.

She is survived by her husband, Dayne Payne of Horatio; one sister, Francis Willis of De Queen, Arkansas; one brother, Cecil Madewell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dwight and Lee Etta Payne of Lockesburg, Arkansas and Darrell and Sharon Payne of Gillham, Arkansas; one sister-in -law and brother-in-law, Margaret and Edward Knighten of Foreman, Arkansas; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Cheryl Lowrey.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Payne will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Old Center Cemetery with Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 15th at the funeral home.

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


 

Mr. Victor Romero

Mr. Victor Peralta Romero, age 64, a resident of Horatio, died Friday, January 13, 2017 at his home.

He was born to Candelario Romero and Carmen Peralta in San Felipe, GTO, Mexico, on July 7, 1952. He was a heavy equipment operator, and a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed working, and cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Angel, Victoriano, and Martina Romero.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Luna de Romero of Horatio, three sons, Thomas Romero, Saul Romero, and Victor Romero, Jr. all of Horatio, a daughter, Miriam Luna Machucho of Horatio, a granddaughter, Natalie Machucho of Horatio, one brother; Panfilo Romero of McKinney, Texas, and three sister, Justina Romero of Mexico, and Martina Romero of Verona, Missouri, and Julia Romero of San Francisco, California, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:00 A.M., in St Barbara’s Catholic Church. Rosary and visitation will be at 4:00 P.M., Sunday, January 15, 2017 until Service time at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. You may send an online sympathy message at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Lonnie Hue Cooper

Lonnie Hue Cooper, age 78, of Shinewell passed to his heavenly home at 3:24 am on Friday, January 13th, 2017 after a long battle with cancer.

Lonnie was at his Shinewell residence surrounded by his loving family.

Lonnie was a devoted member of State Line Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo.

Lonnie was born on August 31, 1938 in Cerro Gordo, OK.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ezekiel Canton Cooper and Melissa Myra Williams Cooper, two sisters Lottie Cooper and Lorene Cooper Davis, two brothers Louis Elmer Cooper and Don Ezekiel Cooper, son James David Cooper, grandson David Lee Cooper and granddaughter Donna K. Cooper.

Lonnie is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years Virginia Daniel Cooper, four daughters Lonna Frady and her husband Terry, Connie McDonald and her husband Mike, Myra Sout and her husband Jim and Leona Knight and her husband Jim, son Charles Wayne Cooper and his wife Tracy, sister Leona Grinage, ten grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren and a host of loving nieces and nephews, friends and church family. Lonnie worked in timber most of his life. He later became a diesel mechanic. He was very talented, truly enjoyed music and played multiple instruments, working in his garden, being with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and serving his church family.

Visitation will be on Saturday, January 14th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 15th, at State Line Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo. The Reverend Ray Brown and Brother Don Jones will officiate. Burial will be in the Cerro Gordo Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Donnie Rich, Brad Kendrick, Clayton Tinkes, Wayne Kendrick, Jerry Lynn Tucker and Robert Kizer.You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. Leslie W. Killian

Mr. Leslie W. Killian, age 98, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died on Thursday, January, 12, 2017, in Dierks.

Mr. Killian was born September 6, 1918, in Howard County, Arkansas. He was a poultry and cattle farmer, a deacon and member of Bethany Baptist Church and a World War II Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kias and Carrie Bell Martin Killian and his wife, Zelmaree Harberson Killian.

Mr. Killian is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Melba Killian of Texarkana, Arkansas; one grandson, Steve Killian and wife Jennifer of Daingerfield, Texas; one granddaughter, Stephanie Francis and husband Mitch of Texarkana, Texas; one sister, Bonnie Burt of De Queen; three brothers, Arvil Shepherd of Prattville, Alabama, Farrel Shepherd of Dierks and Bobby Shepherd of De Queen; eight great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; one uncle, Herbert Killian of Nashville, Arkansas one sister-in-law, Velmaree Harberson of Dierks, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Killian will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Sunshine Cemetery with Rev. J.W. Gilbert officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mrs. Mary Brazeal

Mrs. Mary Evelyn Perkins Brazeal, age 84, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at her home.

She was born to Ben and Lorna Dune Mitchell Perkins of Koshkonong, Missouri, on July 10, 1932. She was one of Jehovah's Witnesses, and a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, making jellies and her flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, James Perkins and Ruth Cantrell, and in 2006, her husband of over 57 years, Norman Franklin Brazeal.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Patsy Brazeal of De Queen, a daughter, Joetta Jones of De Queen, a brother Robert Perkins of Koshkonong, Missouri and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Mary Brazeal will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 14th in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses with Bobby Walker and Ricky Hughes officiating under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Mr. George Tucker

Mr. George Ray Tucker, age 79, a resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at his home.

He was born to George Lee and Rebecca Frances Hornbeck Tucker in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, on January 18, 1937. He was retired from Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas, where he supervised maintenance. He enjoyed working on automobiles, and yard work.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Steven Joseph Tucker.

He is survived by a special friend, Marjorie “Margie” Kerst of De Queen, a son, George R. Tucker, Jr. of San Diego, California, a daughter, Elizabeth R. Tucker of La Mesa, California, and a sister, Barbara Ann Miller, and eight grandchildren.

Graveside funeral Services for Mr. George Tucker will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, January 12th in Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas, with Rev. Mark Cloninger officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Johnnie Miller

Mrs. Johnnie Dean Johnson Miller, age 69, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 8, 2017 at her home.

She was born to J. D. and Angis Mefford Johnson in Dustin, Oklahoma, on June 30, 1947. She was a nail tech, as well as a homemaker. She was an active member the Highland Park Baptist Church, where she cooked on Wednesday evening. She enjoyed cooking, shopping, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

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

She is survived by her husband, Rodger Miller of Texarkana, a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Holly Gamble of Texarkana, Texas, two daughters, April and David Jones and Betty and Kevin Hayes both of Texarkana, Arkansas. Eight grandchildren, Lindsay Gamble, Desteni Ogden, Mackenzie Gamble, Isabella Gamble, Cody Jones, Jessie Gamble, Camden Gamble, and Riley Gamble, three great-grandchildren, Amiyah Hawkins, Hadleigh Ogden, and Everly Parker. She is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Bessie and Earl Heinonen of Kansas City, Missouri, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Johnnie Miller will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 11th in the Highland Park Baptist Church, 2401 Hazel Street, Texarkana, Texas with Rev. Kevin Myers officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M., until service time. Graveside funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 11th in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mrs. Maria Lerma

Mrs. Maria Felipa Salinas Lerma, age 67, a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, and former resident of De Queen, died Friday, December 23, 2016 in Indianapolis.

She was born to Nemesio Salinas and Telesfora Ojeda Salinas on May 26, 1949 in Lan Luis Potosi, Mexico. She was a retired employee of Pilgrim's Pride, and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two infant siblings.

She is survived by two sons, Jose Lerma and Chris Lerma both of Indianapolis, Indiana, four brothers, Raul Salinas, Miguel Salinas, Angel Salinas and Anselmo Salinas, six sisters, Alma Martha Salinas, Erica Salinas, Marcela Salina, Marcilina Salinas, Maria Felxi Salinas, and Aurelia Salinas all of Monterrey, Mexico, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Maria Lerma will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

Bartie Thomas Pate

Bartie Thomas Pate, 92, of Fort Smith, Arkansas died Monday, January 1, 2017 in Fort Smith.

Bartie was born on January 14, 1924 in Athens, Arkansas to Alic and MinnieTallent Pate. He joined the Army in 1942 and retired in 1965. Bartie was a loving father, husband, and friend. He was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Mr. Pate was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Sevella Davis; three brothers, Colombus Barnes, Curtis Sharp, and Harold Pate; and one grandson Charles Cole Pate.

He is survived by his wife, Vera Pate; two sons an daughters-in-law, Merle and Nancy Pate of Ozark, Arkansas and Rick and Carol Pate of Oliver Springs, Arkansas; two granddaughters, Mardel Ollie and Delanna Nutter; one grandson, Bryan Long; two great grandsons; and three great great granddaughters.

Funeral Services for Mr. Pate will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Free Holiness Church in Athens with Tracy Welch and Shane Pair officiating. Burial will follow Athens Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Family will receive friends from 10:00-12:00, Saturday the 7th at the Free Holiness Church in Athens.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Peachtree Hospice, Elite Home Health, and Legacy Health and Rehabilitation Center all of Fort Smith.

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


 

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Pearce

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Pearce passed from this life into the hands of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 2, 2017. She was born to Coy and Iva Jo Pinson Jarrell on February 18, 1938.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 58 years, Jacky P. Pearce, Sr. of De Queen; her children, Jacky and Mary Ida Pearce of De Queen and Penny and Joseph Reynolds of Racine , WI; her grandchildren, Jeremy Pearce and his wife Sharrell of De Queen, Cassie Hale and her husband Chris of De Queen, Rustin Reynolds and his wife Maranda of De Queen, Clint Pearce and his wife Joni of De Queen, Hannah McCoy and her husband Dylan of Hatfield and Paul Aaron Reynolds of Racine, WI; her great-grandchildren, Ashley Hale, Chase Pearce, Luke Pearce, Emmie Hale, Jacob Pearce, Jenna Farley, Braylee Reynolds, and Rylan McCoy; two brothers, Carroll "Jerry" Jarrell and his wife Joann of De Queen and James "Buddy" Jarrell and his wife Doris of Tahlequah, OK; three brothers-in-law, Bob Pearce and his wife Ruthie of Choctaw, OK, Bill Pearce and his wife Lou of De Queen and Jim Pearce and his wife Shirley of De Queen. Also rejoicing in her life are numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Her "GOING HOME CELEBRATION" will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 3rd at the funeral home.

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

 

Mrs. Ethel Shuffield

Mrs. Ethel Noey Norman Shuffield, age 88, a resident if Mesquite, Texas, and former resident of Ben Lomond, Arkansas, died Friday, December 30, 2016 in Mesquite, Texas.

She was born to Chess Murphy and Minera Fadelia Noe Noey on June 30, 1928. She was a member of the Ben Lomond Baptist Church and enjoyed deer hunting, cooking, and cherished the time spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Harold Noey, Morris Noey, Lewis Noey, Charlie Noey, Clovis Noey, and her twin Nellie Martin, and in 2015, her husband, Henry Clinton Shuffield.

She is survived by two sons, Jimmy and Maggie Norman of Lockesburg, and Danny Norman, Nine grandchildren, Chris Norman, Chad Davis, Tommy Davis, Jeremy Roten, Dewayne Roten, Jenna Fowler, Brenna Castro, Hannah Norman, Kara Norman, sixteen great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ethel Shuffield will be held Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Wofford’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation for Mrs. Shuffield will be held Monday, January 2, 2017. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Mrs. Marjorie Pell

Mrs. Marjorie Helen Steadman Pell, age 97, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, December 31, 2016 in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Sidney Harrison “Harry” and Jean Ellsworth Steadman in North East, Pennsylvania, on May 19, 1919. She was a supervisor for the Department of Social Services in Los Angeles, California for 15 years, and retired owner of Pell’s Trailer Park, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Ripley Methodist Church in Ripley, New York, and First United Methodist Church of De Queen. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary for 45 years, a member of the AARP, Woodman of the World, Board Member of the Salvation Army, the Gillham Extension Club. She enjoyed quilting, and traveling. She saw all 50 states as well as Canada, England, Scotland, and Wales.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters, Martha Jean Angelotti, and Ruth Eleanor Jenkins, and in 1990, her husband of 53 years, Eugene Thomas Pell.

She is survived by two sons, Sidney Leigh and Sally Pell of Springfield, Missouri, and Charles Steadman and Dianna Pell of Los Vegas, Nevada, a daughter, Marjorie “Margie” Kerst of De Queen, seven grandchildren, Sharon Shaw, Kelly Pell, Brian Pell, Dianna Louise Pell, Donald Kerst, Kathy Stewart, and Bill Kerst, eighteen great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Marjorie Pell will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Monday, January 2nd in Chandler Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.. Burial will be in Bearl Lake Cemetery, Bear Lake, Pennsylvania. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73129.You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Jimmy Lynn Faulkner

Mr. Jimmy Lynn Faulkner, age 67, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, December 31, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born September 25, 1949. He was the owner of Napa Auto in Dierks and was a member of the Umpire Community Church. He was an avid hunter and loved spending time with his hunting friends. He loved the outdoors and exploring the mountains. He was an Outlaw fan and supporter; loved the Razorbacks and Cowboys. He was an Umpire Wildcat at heart where he enjoyed basketball from youth. He enjoyed classic cars and Mustangs of all kinds. He enjoyed dirt track racing and was known by all as an avid Ford supporter. He lived to see his grandchildren: Alex and Breezy, and would do anything for them at any time. He was a loving father and dear friend to so many around him.

Mr. Faulkner was preceded in death by a brother, Kenny Ray Faulkner.

He is survived by his parents, Raymon and Sybil Flenor Faulkner of Dierks; a son and daughter-in-law, Kip and Dinna Faulkner of Dierks; special friend, Shelly Boykin; one brother, Paul Faulkner; two grandchildren, Briseis and Alex Faulkner; a nephew, Jason Faulkner; and a niece, Megan Tollett.

Funeral services for Mr. Faulkner will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the Umpire Community Church with John Henry Williams and Jerry Mounts officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery in Umpire, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00- 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 2nd at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

Phylis Esch

Mrs. Phylis Jean White Esch, age 85, a resident of Ashdown, and former resident of Lockesburg, died Wednesday, December 28th at her home.

She was born in Michigan on September 24, 1931. She was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Old Time Baptist Church in Lockesburg, and enjoyed reading and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Sharon Esch, and her husband, Dean Eudell Esch.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Freda Mae Esch of Ashdown, two grandchildren, Thomas Dale Esch of Ashdown and Brandie Jean Esch of Flint, Michigan, five grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Phylis Esch will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, December 31, 2016 in the Wrights Chapel Cemetery near Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Billy Ray Lacefield

Mr. Billy Ray Lacefield, age 76, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, December 28, 2016, in De Queen.

Mr. Lacefield was born September 24, 1940, in Foreman, Arkansas. He was a heavy equipment operator and attended Friendship Baptist Church in De Queen. He also loved to travel and go camping.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Olin and Bertha Lacefield; two brothers, Junior and Hubert Lacefield; three sisters, Linnie Belle Griffin Manasco, Verna Webster, and Dorothy Lawson.

Mr. Lacefield is survived by his wife Peggy Lacefield; two sons and daughters-in-law, Olen and Barbara Lacefield and Tommy and Leslie Lacefield all of De Queen; three granddaughters, Amber and husband Matthew Price of Ward, Arkansas, and Reagan and Emily Lacefield also of De Queen; two great-grandchildren, Tristan and Natalie Price of Ward; two brothers and sisters-in-law, R.C. and Betty Lou Lacefield and Floyd and Betty Lacefield all of De Queen; one sister and brother-in-law, Lola and Fate Barkman of Beaumont, Texas; and one sister-in-law, Ernestine Watson of De Queen; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Lacefield will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Roy Conatser and Bro. George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

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

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

 

Merle A. Chewning

Freeman Dewayne Higgins

Mr. Freeman Dewayne Higgins, age 80, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 29, 2016, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born June 26, 1936 in Gillham, Arkansas. He was USDA inspector and a U.S. Airforce veteran.

Mr. Higgins was preceded in death by his parents, David Gordon and Ila Snider Higgins; one daughter, Janet Higgins; one step-son, Robert Donovan Trotter; two sisters, Jean Smith and Gladys Tabor and two brothers, Russell Higgins and Bobby Higgins.

He is survived by his wife, Edna Jean McDonald Higgins; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Mariana Higgins of Grannis; one step son, Jimmy Trotter; one step daughter, Debbie Trotter both of De Queen; three brothers, Calvin Hern and Jimmy Higgins both of De Queen and Billy Higgins of Gillham; one sister, Belva Nipper of Lockesburg; five grandchildren, Zachary Trotter, Alexandria Trotter, Richard Trotter, Amber Davignon and Jason McGough; nine great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 4, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Sam Hendricks officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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


 

Wallace Maurice Wooten

Wallace Maurice Wooten, age 88, a resident of Falls Chapel, Arkansas, died Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at his home.

He was born June 1, 1928, in Horatio, Arkansas. He was a retired Presbyterian minister, a farmer and World War II Army veteran.

Mr. Wooten was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Matthew and Birdie Lucille Stone Wooten; his wife, Elmo Laverne Wooten and his step-son, Ronald Summerhill.

He is survived by two sons, Wallace Wayne Wooten and Jim Griffin Wooten both of Lockesburg; two sisters, Goldie Redman of Lake Dallas, Texas and Peggy Hix of Weatherford, Texas; one brother, R.J. Wooten of Florida; two daughters-in-law, Barbie Summerhill of Falls Chapel, Arkansas and Dianna Wooten of Lockesburg; three grandchildren, Lisa, Jerry and Mike; two great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Wallace Wooten will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016, in the Falls Chapel Cemetery with Jerrell Helms officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, December 30th at the funeral home.

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

 

Geraldine Green Vann

Geraldine Green Vann, age 85, of Gillham, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016 in her home. She was born Saturday, October 3, 1931 at Cross Roads, Arkansas to Arthur A. Green and Ione (Wright) Green at home.

She grew up with 3 sisters and 1 brother and many cousins. She graduated from Winthrop High School in 1948. She was on the girls’ basketball team playing for the Winthrop Wolves. Geraldine attended one year at Southern State College in Magnolia Arkansas. This is where she met Coy Joe Vann and they married June 11, 1950 at the Church of Christ in De Queen. They moved to Lake Jackson, Texas in 1953. Geraldine was a faithful member of the Church of Christ and was a loving bible class teacher of children. She was an expert seamstress and loved cooking for her large family and others. She also loved traveling and seeing the nation and spent many hours gardening and enjoying nature and growing flowers. Geraldine and Coy moved to Arkansas after Coy's retirement in 1983 where she quickly made friends and joined the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council of Sevier County.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Coy Joe Vann; her parents, Arthur and Ione Green; three sisters, Jo Owens, Bama Weed and Ollie Belle Davis.

Geraldine is survived by her brother, Billy Ray Green of Foreman, AR. her children; one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Mary Vann of Gillham, AR; four daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Ron Hamilton of Frisco, TX, Terrie and David Jacobs of Wickes, AR, Sandy and Leland Cole of Gillham, AR, and Gail and Dean Murphy of Houston, TX; fourteen grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Vann will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2016, at the Church of Christ in Wickes, Arkansas with David Jacobs and Dudley Vann officiating. Burial will follow in the Gillham Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 29th at the funeral home.

 

Mildred Lorene Mickle Youngblood

Mrs. Mildred Lorene Mickle Youngblood, age 90, a resident of Smithville, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at her home.

She was born August 5, 1926 in Gillham, Arkansas. She was a homemaker, farmer and rancher and a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Cove, Arkansas.

Mrs. Youngblood was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Young and Elzie Mae Brewer Mickle; her husband, Robert Lee Youngblood; six brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Mark Smith of Smithville, OK; three sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Brenda Youngblood and Terry and Roberta Youngblood all of Watson, OK and Gary and Debbie Youngblood of Harrisonville, Missouri; one sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Ken Jackson of De Queen; two sisters-in-law, Emma Lee Mickle and Doris Mickle, both of De Queen; 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Youngblood will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 29, 2016 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. John Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas.

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

 

Gene E. Leathers, Jr.

Mr. Gene E. Leathers, Jr., age 53, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 22, 2016, in Christus St. Michael Heath System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born May 22, 1963, in De Queen. He was in the National Guard, a welder and a Baptist. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved his old classic country music.

Mr. Leathers was preceded in death by his mother, Fredia Joyce Young Leathers.

He is survived by his partner, Marie Thomas of Lockesburg; one son, Tripp Leathers of Lockesburg; two daughters, Bailey Clark of Lockesburg and Liberty Leathers, Ashdown; his father, Gene Leathers of Lockesburg; his step daughter, Ashley Ayers of Horatio; one brother and sister-in-law, Chuck and Pat Leathers of Lockesburg; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Tammy and Gene Vanhoose of Eagletown and Johnye and Patrick Fisher of De Queen; three grandchildren, Cody Clark and Dominic and Nolan Ayers; a number of nieces, nephews and host of friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 24, 2016, in the Wrights Chapel Cemetery with Buster Dellinger officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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