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OBITUARIES

 

 

James Lavoy Wigley

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

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

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

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

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

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

Dale E. Blair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Roland John Bush

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Virginia Ruth Whitley Edmiaston Gaylord

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Arthur “Speedy” Moss, Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Mr. Herman Junior “Josh” Cannon

 

Cynthia Derington Lang

 

Mrs. Marguerite “Petey” Burns Billingsley

 

Betty Jean Dahl Sorensen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Efrain Parra Angel

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jimmie Dalton Dossey

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Robert Lee Wilcher

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

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

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

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

Benjamin Ernest Hibbs

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Kenneth Eugene Cannon

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

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

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

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

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

 

Robert Allen Whitaker

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

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

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

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

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

 

Oscar C. Cravens

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Randy Huffines

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Anna Marie Lawley Griffin

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Kate Abbigail “Gail” Phillips Stinnett

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Hugh Wiley Burleson

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Robert Keith Eggers

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dewey David Ralls

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

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

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

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

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

 

Norma Sue Boyd Simmons

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mildred Duke

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

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

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

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

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

 Louis Henry Noey

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Oca Mae Jackson Vancil

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sadie Marie Walton

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

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

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

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

 

Josephine Annie Austin Derington

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nila Faye Baker Cook

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Lieselotte “Lita” Elliott

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jessie Elbert Kesterson

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Debora Kay Dockins Hibbs

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Billie Ruth (Fox) Butler

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

Rev. James Harold Cannon

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Rebecca Van Cornish McDonald

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Juanita L Burgess Arnold

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Ruth Vernice Milligan

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jennifer Jean Wray Wright

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Claudell Jeanette McRae

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. James R. Sullivan

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Shirley Ann Thirsk Berner

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Donna Marie Powers Jones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Curtis Dean Langley

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Willie Ann Abernathy

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

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

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

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

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

 

Melva Shirley McWhorter

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dustin James Leathers

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

He was born September 20, 2013 in Mena.

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

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

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

 

Alana Alexis Conatser

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

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

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

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

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

 

Latosha Nichole Leathers

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

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

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

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

 

Myrtle Leona Clenney Addington

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Sharon Renea Guinn Clark

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

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

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

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

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

 

Aaron Michael Hooker

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

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

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

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

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

 

Donald Sue Huddleston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

James Harold Kendrick

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Maxine Bradshaw McFarlin

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

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

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

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

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

 

Reece F Henry

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

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

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

 

 

Joe M. Johnson III

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

William "Bill" Blankenship
 

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

 

Jerry Lynn Jones

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Traci Leigh Swinehart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Sybel Irvan Young

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Nadine “Deanie” Jones Higgins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Helen Louise Alexander Stokes

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Melanie Kay Schoch Simmons

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Clyde Calvin Kreider

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Hilda Mae Dossett Hallisey

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jeanne Wright Willis

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah Elizabeth Monroe Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. S.G. Eason

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

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

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

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

Funeral Services for Mr. Eason will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015, in First Baptist Church in Lockesburg with Rev. Jack Gilliland officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

C.E. Hendrix, Jr.

C.E. Hendrix, Jr. age 75, of Horatio, died Monday, March 9, 2015 at Brookewood Nursing Center in De Queen.

He was born July 4, 1939, in Sevier County. C.E. was a devoted member of Horatio First Baptist Church serving as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was Chairman, President, and CEO of Horatio State Bank and a Board Member.

He attended Horatio Public Schools and graduated college from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was an avid fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962-64 attaining the Rank of 1st Lieutenant. He was a past President of the Horatio School Board and a member of the HHS Athletic Booster Club. He helped initiate First Headstart Program in Sevier Co. In addition, he was a Board member of Trustees of De Queen General Hospital, past President of Little River Club, and served on various other committees and boards. His many years serving others attest to his love for God, his family, his country, and his community.

C.E. was preceded in death by his father and mother, Carl E. Hendrix, Sr. and Lilla Sullivan Hendrix of Horatio, AR.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janice Akers Hendrix; one daughter, Elizabeth Hendrix Trimble and husband Todd Trimble; one son Carl E. Hendrix, III “Ned” and wife Dani Hendrix; grandchildren, Lauren Trimble, Drew Hendrix, and Ben Hendrix; a sister, Edith Hendrix Smith and husband Wilburn Smith, a niece Margaret Smith Griffin and husband Michael Griffin and their son Reece Griffin, and many other beloved relatives and friends.

We cannot express enough of our gratitude to all who took care of C.E. during his battle with Alzheimer’s. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to Brookewood Nursing Home and Dierksen Hospice. Thank you First Baptist Church of Horatio for all the love and support we have received.

Funeral Services for Mr. Hendrix will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 in Horatio First Baptist Church with W.L. “Bill” Ashburn IV and Jerry Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 12th at the funeral home.

The Family requests that donations be made to Horatio First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 296, Horatio, AR 71842.

 

Amber Denise Williamson Wagner

Amber Denise Williamson Wagner, age 32, a resident of De Queen, passed away Monday, March 9, 2015, at her home, after a two year battle with cancer.

She was born December 28, 1982 in De Queen. She was a mammographer and a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen.

Amber was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harold and Lucille Belcher and Luther and Lorene Williamson.

She is survived by her husband, Steven Wagner; one daughter, Mabry Wagner; her parents, Wayne and Karen Williamson, all of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Kimmie Williamson of Bryant, AR; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tommy and Joyce Wagner of Horatio; three nephews, Avery and Sutton Williamson and Ty Wagner; two nieces, Grace Wagner and Taylor Wagner; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jason and Shantal Wagner and Chad and Erin Wagner and a host of friends and other relatives.

Funeral Services for Amber will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in the First Baptist Church in De Queen with Rev. Josh Herwick and Rev. Faron Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 10th at the funeral home.

The family will be in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall prior to the service.

 

 

Walter Odell Beckwith

Mr. Walter Odell Beckwith, age 72, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, March 6, 2015, at his home.

He was born to Walter and Pearl Wagner Beckwith, in Hatton, Arkansas, on December 29, 1942 and he was retired from the oil fields.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Brian Odell Beckwith, a daughter, Connie Ovell Beckwith, and a brother, Homer Louis Beckwith.

He is survived by four daughters, Sonya Davignon of De Queen and Rhonda Phillips of Grannis, Crystal Yates of Texas, and Angie Heather Beckwith of Texas, a special friend, Starla Sharp of Dierks, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

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

 

James William “Bill” Irvan, Jr.

Mr. James William “Bill” Irvan, Jr., age 50, a resident of Mountainburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 4th at his home.

He was born to James William “Willie” Irvan, Sr., and Alma Jean Johnson Irvan in De Queen, Arkansas, on August 7, 1964. He was a truck driver, and a Baptist. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, Game chickens, and his dogs, Glitter Bug, and Zeus.

He was preceded in death by his father, and a sister, Patsy Irvan.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Irvan of Mountainburg, Arkansas, his mother, Jean Irvan of Moutainburg, Arkansas, two sons, James Aaron Irvan, and Casey Lee Irvan both of Mountainburg, Arkansas, four daughters and sons-in-law, Ashley and Tommy Thompson of Alma, Arkansas, Maggie Jean and Chandler Morgan of Conway, Arkansas, Shelby Dawn Irvan of Mountainburg, Arkansas, and Tashia and Cole Baker of Conway, Arkansas, three step-sons and their wives, Joshua Dan and Samantha Cirkles of Oklahoma, Anthony Wayne and Shawna Cirkles, and Jeffrey Lynn Cirkles both of Texas, one brother and sister-in-law, Carroll and Laura Stewart of Abbyville, Georgia, two sisters and a brother-in-law Terry DeLaGarza of Alma, Arkansas, and Toni and Tracy Guymon of Waxahachie, Texas, 18 grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Bill Irvan will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, March 9th in the Horatio Cemetery with Bro. Heath Daniel officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Monday at Chandler Funeral Home from 9:00 A.M until 12:00 Noon. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

 

Mrs. Nancy Louise Easlon

Mrs. Nancy Louise Easlon, age 64, a resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, died Monday, March 2nd at her home.

She was born to Arbrey and Ella Faye Perry Boles in Texas on March 24, 1950. She worked in-home elder care, and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Lee Boles, three sisters, Nelda Francis, Janice Francis Sellers, Rose Mary Boles, and a niece, Angel Sellers.

She is survived by a daughter, Shami Louise Churchwell of De Queen, a son, Samuel Siefert of De Queen, a granddaughter, Emily Churchwell of De Queen, a grandson, Alex Churchwell of Broken Bow, Okla., a great-grandson, Gevonni Churchwell Comacho of De Queen, two brothers, Nolan Boles of De Queen, and Toby Boles of Texas, a sister, Darlene Selena of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A Private Memorial Service for Mrs. Nancy Easlon will be at a later date. Cremation is under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Randy Paul Mitchell

Randy Paul Mitchell passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Shreveport VA medical center. Randy was born in Idabel Oklahoma 1955. Randy was a loving father of 4 children, son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. He proudly served in the USAF from 1975-1989 at Edwards AFB CA Rocket Propulsion Laboratory. He separated from the Air Force and moved to Cerro Gordo, Arkansas to be closer to his family. He went to work for USDA as a food inspector until he retired in 2006 and then returned to Cerro Gordo to help care for his mother. Our world was a much brighter place with him in it. We will all miss you! Randy is preceded in death by his father Earl Obie Mitchell, and sister, Sharon Mitchell Owens.

Randy is survived by his mother, Bessie Crowell Mitchell; his children: Michael Wayne Mitchell (Iowa), Douglas Paul Mitchell (Amarillo), Brandee May Mitchell Foster (Amarillo), Adam Carl Mitchell (California); 7 Grandchildren; his siblings: Arlene Mitchell Jones, Kirma Joyce Kohler, James Earl Mitchell, Helen Milam, Glenda Mitchell Tinkes and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Randy is scheduled for Thursday March 5, 2015 from 5-7 PM at Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. Services are scheduled for Friday March 6,  2015 at 1:00 PM at the Stateline Baptist Church Cerro Gordo, Arkansas with Pastor Ray Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Cerro Gordo Cemetery.

 

Helen Ruth (Barfield) Powell

Mrs. Helen Ruth (Barfield) Powell, age 81, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Gillham, Arkansas.

She was born to Frank W. and Dolores Hale Barfield on September 7, 1933 in Hico, Texas. She graduated from Gillham High School in 1951, and worked for De Queen Telephone Company and Tri-Lakes Services for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Gillham where she taught Sunday School for more than thirty years. Above all, she was a devoted wife, sister and aunt. She was “Aunt Helen” to not only her family, but to many members of the community.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Geary D. Powell, one sister, Faye B. Reid of Nashville, Tennessee, one brother and his spouse, James and Shirley Barfield of Gillham, Arkansas, one brother-in-law and his spouse, J.D., Jr. and Janice Powell, of Mena, Arkansas; two step-sons and daughter-in-law, Victor and Karen Powell of Cheyenne, Wyoming and David Powell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; four nephews and their spouses, Steve and Mimi Reid of Petaluma, California, Scott and Amy Reid of Germantown, Wisconsin, Bill and Anita Barfield and Mike and Cherie Barfield; three nieces and their spouses, Patty and Paul Burcham, Manya and Gene Wood all of Gillham and Sherri Faye Reid of Dalton, Georgia; and a number of great nieces and nephews, other family and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Helen Ruth (Barfield) Powell will be held at Gillham First Baptist Church on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, March 6th at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800 or at www.gideons.org.

 

 

Ferrell Sophia Butler Lovell

Mrs. Ferrell Sophia Butler Lovell, age 97, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, March 2, 2015 in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born July 2, 1917 in Pattonville, Texas. She was a homemaker, a charter member of the Walnut Springs Church of Christ, and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

Mrs. Lovell was preceded in death by her parents, W.C. and Ollie Parker Butler; her husband of 69 years, Carl E. Lovell; a son, Dwayne Lovell; a brother, J.W. Butler; a sister, Maxine Godwin; a grandson, Jonathan Pettigrew; and a granddaughter, Jana Lovell Marshall.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Sharon Lovell of Ashdown, Arkansas; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Edwina and Don McCoy of Krugerville, Texas, Carletta and Robbie Pettigrew of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, and Judy Johnson of De Queen; one brother, W.C. Butler, Jr. of Brawley, California; 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Lovell will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Tye Barnett, minister officiating. Burial will follow in the Millwee Cemetery.

 

 

CarriBeth Calvery Portwood

CarriBeth  Calvery  Portwood, 80, of Ashdown, AR passed away February 27, 2015.

Mrs. Portwood was born August 17, 1934 in Mena, AR to Wiley Bearden and Ruby Calvery. She was raised in Mena, AR and met and married her husband, Charles Portwood while he was in the Airforce. They traveled many years with the Airforce before settling in  the Redlick Community in Texarkana, TX. After her husband Charles death in 1971 the family moved back to their hometown of Mena, AR. Carribeth went on to further her education and became an LVN.  She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Ashdown, AR. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Willis Portwood; mother, Ruby Cranfill Calvery;  father, Wiley Bearden Calvery; brothers and sisters, Thomas Calvery, Gene Calvery, Marge Gosnell, and Norma Cunningham; one son, Michael Allen Portwood.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Charles Walter and Marlene Portwood of Montgomery, TX; two daughters, Mary "Penny" Portwood Belcher of Checotah, OK, and Carrielyn and Michael Oden of Ashdown, AR; thirteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and many many friends.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Michael and Carrielyn Oden's home, 213 Hwy 108 in Ashdown, AR.   Memorial donations may be made to your local Nursing Home.

 

Mr. Walter Edwin “Eddie” Pettigrew

Mr. Walter Edwin “Eddie” Pettigrew, age 48, a resident of Ashdown, died Tuesday, February 24th in a Little Rock Hospital.

He was born to James Edwin “Cowboy” and Loretta Stringfellow Pettigrew On January 25, 1967 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was an electrician with Chewning & Wilmer Contractors, and was a member of the Highland Park Baptist Church in Texarkana. He was a member of IBEW Local 301, and enjoyed farming, gardening, tractors, and the time he spent with his family.

Eddie was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife, Angela Renee Pettigrew of Ashdown, two daughters and a son-in-law, Paige and Cody Keiss of Watson, Okla., Kayla Pettigrew of Horatio, a step-daughter, Rachel Pittman of Texarkana, Texas, two sons, Eric Pettigrew of Broken Bow, Okla., and Josiah Pettigrew of Ashdown, two steps, Josh and his wife, Meagan Pittman of Los Angeles, Calif, and Caleb Pittman of Texarkana, Texas, six grandchildren, Adalie, Kynlie, Colter, Cason, Baylie, and Jaxon; his mother, Loretta Reid of Horatio, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Nathan and Marilyn Irvan of Ashdown, and Jeff and Terri Irvan of Horatio, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Vicki and Fred Bodine of Horatio, Karen and Mike Montalvo of Palestine, Texas, and Nita and Kent Morris of Gillham, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Eddie Pettigrew will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, March 1st in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, Ark. with Rev. Jimmy Roden, Rev. Joey Brewer, and Rev. Kevin Meyers officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, Ark. under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Saturday, February 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Barbara Jo Stuart Anderson

Mrs. Barbara Jo Stuart Anderson, age 85, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born to Joe Dillon and Mae Coffman Stuart in Horatio, Arkansas, on November 4, 1929. She grew up in Horatio and worked for White Lumber Company. She also worked for the City of Ashdown, and the City of Foreman, were she served as recorder/treasurer, water clerk, and city council. She also worked for the Horatio School District and the City of Horatio as recorder/treasurer. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, and the Camellia Garden Club, where she was past president. She was also a member of the American Legion. Above all, Barbara was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a gourmet cook and loved the time she spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Shirley Pieratt, and a son, Billy Mack Anderson, and in 2002, her husband, Glendon Anderson.

She is survived by five sons and daughters-in-law, Glen David and Virginia Anderson of Foreman, Sylvester “Sonny” and Wanda Anderson of White Oak, Texas, John and Effie Anderson and Olen Anderson both of Foreman, and Albert and Donna Anderson of Texarkana, Arkansas, six daughters and sons-in-law, Bernice Whitworth of Mesquite, Texas, Theresa and Tim Woods, Cindy Ross, Shirley Beth Anderson and Donnetta and Stephen Houser all of Foreman, Cheryl and Jim Brinkley of Shinewell, Okla., and Alicia and Nick Cruz of Vilonia, Arkansas, one brother and sister-in-law, Charles Edward and Mary Alice Stuart of Nederland, Texas, one sister, Theda Ann Ward of Horatio, 31 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Barbara Anderson will be held Friday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Virgil Romine and Sister Joyce Green officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, February 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may view Mrs. Anderson’s Tribute Video and send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Check back soon for Mrs. Anderson's Tribute Video.

 

 

Wayne Cortez Gilbert


 

Wayne Cortez Gilbert, age 82, of Texarkana, Texas, died Sunday, February 22, 2015 at his residence.

Mr. Gilbert was born September 14, 1932 in Daisy, Arkansas. He was a retired insurance adjuster, former police officer for the Ft. Worth Police Department, member of the First Baptist Church, Nash, 32nd degree Mason and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Gilbert

He is survived by his wife Anita Fleming Gilbert of Texarkana, Texas; three daughters and three sons-in-law: Lou Ann and Mark Foster of Texarkana, Texas, Angela and Phillip Peek of Wake Village, Texas, Cathy and Steve Carter of Greenwood, Arkansas; one brother: Bobby Harper of Dierks, Arkansas; five grandchildren: Timothy Foster, Christopher Foster, Taylor Peek, Connor Peek, Alexander Carter and a number of other relatives.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Chapelwood Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kelly Shanks officiating. Burial will be in Chapelwood Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Edna Virginia “Dutch” Ray Darity

 

Mr. Nelvin B. “Butch” Ruth

 

Arnold Gene McBride, Sr.

Mr. Arnold Gene McBride, Sr., age 71, a resident of the Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 21, 2015, in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born August 2, 1943 in Talihina, Oklahoma. He was a Millwright for Weyerhaeuser.

Mr. Mc Bride was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Daisy Fletcher McBride; his wife, Marie Adams McBride and one son, Arnold Gene McBride, Jr.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Mack and Kerry McBride of Dierks; two daughters and a son-in-law, Teresa and Douglas Wiley of Jonesville, Louisiana and Angela Vineyard of Corpus Christi, Texas; one sister Linda Gray of Texarkana; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. McBride will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in the Dierks Cemetery with Chuck Reel officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 24th at the Dierks Chapel.

 

Jimmy Hooker

Mr. James Alton "Jimmy" Hooker, age 75, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Lockesburg, died Thursday, February 19, 2015, at his home.

He was born to Clifton Leo and Faye Conatser Hooker at Brownstone, Arkansas, on august 3, 1939.  Jimmy served in the Military with the U.S. Army in Germany.  He was retired from Arkla Gas Company, Hooker Tire Company in Nashville, and Tires Plus in De Queen.  he was a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife of over 47 years, Nelda Jones Hooker.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Marty and Mandy Hooker of De Queen, a granddaughter, Courtney Hooker of Hot Springs, a grandson and his wife, Trevor and Katie Hooker of De Queen, a great-granddaughters Elliott Estelle Hooker of De Queen; two brothers and sisters-in-law, C.L. and Darlene Hooker of Dodge City, Kansas, and Charles and Cathy Hooker of Dierks, a sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Willie Harrison of Lockesburg.  Jimmy is also survived by his wife's family, two brothers-in-law and their spouses, Hubert and Laura Jones of Hot Springs, and Jerry and Pat Jones of Petal, MS, and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Memorial services for Mr. Jimmy Hooker will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 22nd in the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Provo road, Lockesburg with Bro. Larry Frye and Bro. Joe Carlton officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  You may send an online sympathy message to www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Vivian Vaughn Davis

Mrs. Vivian Vaughn Davis, long-time resident of the Chapel Hill Community in De Queen passed away February 19 at the age of 95. Mrs. Davis, who was born March 16, 1919, was the daughter of the late George Vaughn and Rosie Collum Vaughn and the widow of Levi Davis. She is survived by her three children, Levi Davis, Jr. of Monticello; Novadean Shelton and Imagean Cox, both of De Queen. She was the proud grandmother of six: John David Cox, Mia Revels, Charles Revels, James Revels, Susan Davis Phillips and Ward Davis. In addition to her grandchildren, Mrs. Davis had eight great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She loved for her family to gather at her home for big pot-luck meals to celebrate holidays and birthdays. She was an artist at crochet and quilting who also loved gardening, raising flowers, cooking and canning.

The family will welcome visitors at the home of Imagean Cox, 217 N. 11th St. in De Queen.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

 

Elsie Mae Hensley Clowers

Mrs. Elsie Mae Hensley Clowers, age 91, resident of De Queen, died Monday, February 16, 2015, in the De Queen Therapy and Living Center.

She was born to Jake and Myrtle Lea Sutton Hensley in Horatio, Arkansas, on April 13, 1923. Elsie was a member of the Church of Christ and was retired from De Queen High School Cafeteria and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening , listening to music, working outdoors and absolutely adored her family.

Besides her parents, Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Porter Clowers, two sons Dale Clowers and Donny Clowers and her siblings, Thelma , Velma, Manuel, and Margaret. She is survived a son and daughter- in- law; Gene and Judy Clowers of De Queen, seven grandchildren, Jeff Clowers and Jennifer Clowers Hill of Nixa, Missouri, Robbie Clowers of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Beau Clowers, and Heather Morris of De Queen, Mindy Brinkman of Hope, Arkansas, and Carrie Pesetsky of Stillwater, Oklahoma, fifteen great-grandchildren, one brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Frances Hensley of Bella Vista, Arkansas, one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Frances and Fred Veazey of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, two daughters-in-laws, Brenda Clowers of De Queen, and Marie Clowers of Nixa, Missouri, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Elsie Mae Clowers will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, February 20th in the Redmen Cemetery with Bobby Tatum and Tye Barnett officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Thursday, February 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com .

 

Roy Lee Davis

Mr. Roy Lee Davis, age 86, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015, in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born October 3, 1928 in the West Otis Community, near Horatio, Arkansas. He was a welder, millwright, served in the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Mattie Bailey Davis; his wife, Ethel Geraldine Davis; two sons, Donnie Davis and Doug Davis and one grandson, Clayton Cribb.

He is survived by two sons, Danny Davis and David Davis both of Eagletown; three daughters, Diane Chambless of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Devonne Davis Cribb and Debra Kessler both of Eagletown; eight grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Davis will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 21, 2015, in the West Otis Cemetery with Cy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Timothy William (Pops) Conatser

Timothy William (Pops) Conatser, 63, of De Queen, AR went to be with his wife Peggy waiting on him in Heaven on February 15, 2015.

Timothy was born August 18, 1951 in San Antonio, TX to Jerry and Pearl Conatser. His family moved to Horatio, AR when he was 10 years old. He graduated from Horatio High School in 1969 and attended SAU in Magnolia for 1 semester and then enlisted in the United States Air Force. Timothy served honorably in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict era, then another 14 years in the Army National Guard. Timothy married the love of his life, Peggy Louann Jones, on March 10, 1979. They were married 28 years. He was a Water Treatment Operator for the City of De Queen for the past 31 years and was a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Pearl Miller Conatser; his wife Peggy Louann Conatser; his uncles Elwayne, George and Archie Conatser, and his aunt, Linda Bell Conatser.

Timothy is survived by his daughter Deborah Jones Lee of De Queen, AR, daughter and son in law Karen and David Blaire of Greenville, TX. His son and daughter in law Richard and Brandy Jones of Alexandria, LA , son Kevin Bass of Greenville, TX and son William H. Conatser of Ft. Smith, AR. Uncles David Eddie Conatser of Winsboro, AZ, Leon and Mary Conatser of Lockesburg, AR. Granddaughters Kara McCain of De Queen, AR, Jessica Caudle of Mansfield, TX, Bretta McCain of Arkadelphia, AR, Heather Terry of De Queen, AR, Candace Durgin of De Queen, AR, Franchesca and Kaitlyn Vaughn of Alexandria, LA and Ashley Young of Ft. Worth, TX. Grandsons Ricky Jones of Fayetteville, AR, Tyler Surgeon of De Queen, AR and Kyle Thompson and Johnathan Bass of Greenville, TX. 3 Great grandchildren and a number of other relatives.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Tim Smallwood officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery in De Queen, AR.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 17th at the funeral home.

 

Carroll Horn

Mr. Carroll Horn, age 72, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, February 16, 2015, at his home after a long battle of cancer.

He was born to James Alexander and Francis Elizabeth McKnight Horn in Nashville, Arkansas, on October 18, 1942. Carroll served in the U. S. Army with the rank of 2nd Lt., serving in Korea with the Air Defense Artillery. He was transferred to Fort Polk as Company Commander in charge of Army trainees getting ready for Vietnam. He later transferred to the Army Reserves with the rank of Capt. and was over the 95th Division in Nashville, leaving the Reserves as Major. He was a retired industrial engineer for Weyerhaeuser Company, and a Baptist. He enjoyed photography, genealogy, and traveling.

Carroll was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Essie Copeland.

He is survived by his wife of over 47 years, Ida White Horn of De Queen, a sister, Jimmie Hart of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

 

Robert Gene Runnels

Mr. Robert Gene Runnels, age 67, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, February 16th in Christus St. Michael Hospital, Texarkana.

He was born to Harvey and Lucille Fisk Runnels in De Queen, Arkansas, on January 4, 1948. He was a former employee of Weyerhaeuser Company Dierks Mill, Loy Poag Lumber Mill, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Industrial maintenance. He was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ, and enjoyed his grandchildren, tractors, auctions, gardening, and having coffee with friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his step-dad, Walter Liggin.

He is survived by his wife of over 43 years, Kim Green Runnels of De Queen, two sons and daughters-in-law, Tracy and Rachell Runnels of De Queen, and Steven and Mary Runnels of De Queen, three grandchildren, Kinlee, Madison, Trevor Runnels of De Queen, a brother and sister-in-law, Willie and Melissa Liggin of Horatio, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Robert Runnels will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, February 19th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Bobby Tatum officiating.  Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Arvie Della “Wallie” Nash Peppers

Mrs. Arvie Della “Wallie” Nash Peppers passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015. She was born in Glenwood, Arkansas on April 1, 1944, and is preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Lillie Mae Pardon Nash of Glenwood and one deceased sister Glennita Nash Westfall of Bonnerdale.

She was married to and preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Dennis Ray Peppers. She leaves two surviving sons; Steven and Margaret Peppers of De Queen and David and Rhonda Peppers of Mena. She leaves behind eight grandchildren, four grandsons and four granddaughters. Wallie truly loved living on the farm where she and Dennis raised cows and chickens. In addition, Wallie retired after working 23 years for Wal Mart as a pharmacy technician.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Wallie Peppers will be held at Chandler Funeral Home on Monday, February 16th at 2:00 P.M. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, February 15th from 5:00 to 7:00P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Sadie Mae Tugman

Mrs. Sadie Mae Tugman, age 82, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in De Queen Medical Center.

She was born August 4, 1932 in Stedman, North Carolina. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Tugman was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Martha Bunell Faircloth; two sons, Victor Tugman and Mark Tugman; three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Tugman of Gillham; three daughters, Cathy Billingsley of Gillham, Sheila Heath and Renee Gaither both of Mena, Arkansas; two sons, Forrest Tugman and Larry Tugman both of Gillham; two brothers, John David Faircloth of De Queen, Arkansas and Dallas Faircloth of North Carolina; two sisters, Phyllis Johnson of North Carolina and Jean Booth of Florida; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, February 15, 2015, in the Gillham Cemetery.

The family will be at the Tugman Home, 291 King Road in Gillham.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Johnnie Cox

Mrs. Ina Johnnie Maddox Harp Whisnant Cox, age 94 years, 11 months, and 20 days, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 10th at the home of her daughter in Horatio, Arkansas.

She was born on February 21, 1920 in Tuscalusa, Alabama to Marion Demps and Dessie Weldon Maddox. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen , a 57+ year member of the Eastern Star, a 30 year member of the Hospital Auxiliary, where she was past president and secretary-treasurer. She was also a member of the AARP #2178, Farm Bureau, the Gillham EHC, and Woodman of the World. She enjoyed bowling on the Wee, reading, computers, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Vernon Willie Harp, Lloyd Whisnant, and Milton F. Cox, her parents, and her siblings, Bryant Maddox, Alvis Maddox, Clifton Maddox, Jesse Maddox, Joe Maddox, Jack Maddox, Mattie Barnes, and Maudie Simmons.

She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Mervyn Don and Doris Harp of Graham, Texas, Gary Vernon and Mary Harp of Greenville, Texas, Dale Lloyd Whisnant of Hector, Arkansas, and Kent Jordan and Corine Whisnant of Durango, CO., three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Louise and Ronnie Reid of Granbury, Texas, Lillie Rosemary and Fred Ford of Weatherford, Texas, and Wanda Joy and Vernon Gore of Horatio, Arkansas, one sister, Ruby Grace Ingram of Salinas, Calif. 19 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Johnnie Cox will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, February 12th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Smith and Bro. Josh Herweck officiating. Burial will follow in the Gillham Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the to the De Queen Hospital Auxiliary, 1306 Collin Raye Drive, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message to www.chanderfuneral.com

 

 

Mr. Franklin Del Litchford

Mr. Franklin Del Litchford, age 73, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 8, 2015 in the Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Joel Radford and Ethel Loretta Land Litchford in De Queen, Arkansas, on September 11, 1941. He was a retired truck driver, having his own truck. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Horatio, and enjoyed trucks, deer hunting, fishing, and the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, James Litchford, and Joe Litchford, and a great-grandson, Layne Frachiseur.

He is survived by his wife of over 54 years, Fredia Chandler Litchford of Horatio, a daughter, and son-in-law, LaFonda and Jack McCoy of Horatio, three granddaughters and their spouses, Casey and Todd Morris of Nashville, Jennifer and Emmett Ray of Horatio, and Laura and Dustin Frachiseur of Lockesburg, four great-grandchildren, Macy, Emma, Avery, and Kirsti, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Wesley and Aquilla Litchford of De Queen, Earl Litchford of Horatio, and Chester and Pat Litchford of Little Rock, Arkansas, two sisters-in-law, Wanda Litchford of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, and Mary Litchford of Horatio, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Del Litchford will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, February 11, 2015, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Gutierres and Bro. Ralph Staggs officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Patricia Ann Briant

Mrs. Patricia Ann Briant, age 90, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, February 7, 2015, in the De Queen Medical Center, De Queen.

She was born to C. R and Anna Kelly Tanner in Denton, Texas on November 28, 1924. She was a Christian, and a former employee of the Sevier County Museum. She enjoyed puzzles, bowling, and loved the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Jackie Tanner, a son-in-law, William Clayton Fettes, and her husband, Guy Briant.

She is survived by a daughter, Victoria Diane Fettes ,Albuquerque, New Mexico, a son and daughter-in-law, Paul R. and Joyce Briant of De Queen, three grandchildren and their spouses, Trish and Ray Keister of De Queen, Allen and Camille Killough of Lumberton, Mississippi, and Kevin Killough of Tioga, North Dakota, three great-grandchildren, Donna Keister and Brett Keister both of De Queen, and Ryan and Jared Killough of Lumberton, Miss, and a number of nieces and nephews

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Patricia Briant will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, February 9th in the Millwee Cemetery, Horatio, with Bro. Josh Herwick officiating. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, February 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Henry Clinton Shuffield

Mr. Henry Clinton Shuffield , age 96, a resident of Ben Lomond, Arkansas, died Thursday, February 5th in De Kalb, Texas.

He was born to Austin Hallie Burton and Hattie Lena Yancey Shuffield, on May 27, 1918 in Bismarck, Arkansas. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U. S. Army. He was a rancher, and was retired owner of National Livestock Commission Company in Texarkana, and the Hope Livestock Co. He was a member of the Southern Baptist Church in Ben Lomond, Arkansas. He enjoyed working cattle, deer hunting, flea markets, and visiting with family and friends.

Mr. Shuffield was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Clyde Franklin Shuffield, Curtis Merle “Cowboy” Shuffield, and Oather Ray Shuffield.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Noey Shuffield of Ben Lomond, Arkansas, two step-sons and a daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Maggie Norman of Lockesburg, and Danny Norman of Ben Lomond, Ark., nine grandchildren, Chris Norman, Chad Norman, Tommy Norman, Jeremy Norman, Dewayne Norman, Jenna Norman, Brenna Norman, Hannah Norman, and Kara Norman, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Henry C. Shuffield will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 10th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Jones officiating. Burial with military rites Will follow in the Wofford’s Chapel Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Monday, February 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., You may send an online sympathy message at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

 

Mr. Anthony James “A.J.” Bennett

Mr. Anthony James “A.J.” Bennett, age 26, a resident of Midland, Texas, and former resident of Cove, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 1st from injuries received in an automobile accident.

He was born on July 18, 1988 in Mena, Arkansas. He was working for Midland County Road Department. He enjoyed bowling, sky diving, traveling, card games, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Ariel Adams Bennett of Oklahoma City, Okla., his father and step-mother, Robert D. and Leticia Bennett of Cove, his mother, Kathy Miguez of Crosby, Texas, a brother, Jordan Bennett of Houston, Texas, a step-sister, Diana and her husband, Alexis Herrera of Midland, Texas, four nephews, Luis, Brian, Alexis, and Alan Herrera of Midland, Texas, and a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. A. J. Bennett will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 8th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen. Burial will follow in the Grannis Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Robert Mack Gore

Mr. Robert Mack Gore, age 86, a resident of Grand Prairie, Texas, passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015, in Arlington Memorial Hospital.

He was born September 8, 1928 in De Queen, Arkansas. As a young man he served in the U.S. Army. He worked in the aircraft industry until retirement from Bell Helicopter in 1988. In the late 50’s he married Billye Faye West and started a family. Of this marriage, two sons were born; Paul Alan and David Wayne. On April 21, 1969 he married Eva Louise Thomas to whom he remained with until her death on September 6, 2002. With this union Robert gained an extended family who loved him as their own.

Mr. Gore was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Hayden and Georgia Leona Gore; his two year old son, David Wayne Gore; his second wife, Louise and one stepson, LaVon Davison.

He is survived by one son, Paul Alan Gore of Grand Prairie, Texas; two granddaughters, Tammy Truelove and husband Ryan and Lisa Davison; one grandson, Steve Davison; five great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Gore will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 2015, in the Millwee Cemetery with Jason Carlton officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 12:00-1:00 p.m., Sunday, February 8th at the funeral home.

 

Gussie Dea McWhorter, Jr.

 

Becky Alice Chandler Allen

Mrs. Becky Alice Chandler Allen, age 78, a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, died Saturday, January 31, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

She was born January 25, 1937, in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank J. and Lona Griggs Chandler; her husband, Billy E. Allen; her siblings, Grace Settoon, Ruth Dorsey, Randall Eugene Chandler, Dub Chandler and Franklin Chandler.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Paul LeBlanc of St. Amant, Louisiana and Kris and Dana Spaeth of Parker, Colorado; one son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Beth Hughes of De Queen, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Zack LeBlanc, Abby LeBlanc, Cassidy Spaeth, Craig Spaeth, Beau Hughes and Sadie Trevino; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Noel Duane and Sandy Chandler of Brenham, Texas and Lawrence and Marian Chandler of De Queen; one sister, Lois Wray of Cooper, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Carol Chandler of De Queen and Jane Chandler of Horatio and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Allen will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 3, 2015, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Dennis Pruitt officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2015, at the funeral home.

 

 

Autherene Cowling Peek

Mrs. Autherene Cowling Peek, age 92, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Friday, January 30, 2015, in Rogers, Arkansas.

She was born April 17, 1922 in Nashville, Arkansas and was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Dierks. Mrs. Peek was a hairdresser in Dierks for many years and was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many.

Mrs. Peek was preceded in death by her parents, James and Nellie Cowling; her husband, Huel Peek and a daughter, Lynda Moore.

She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Brannan of Rogers, Arkansas; a son, Ronald Peek of Cabot, Arkansas; a brother, Dennis Horn of Nashville, Arkansas; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Peek will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 3, 2015, in the First Baptist Church in Dierks with Dr. David Blasé officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

 

Mrs. Violet Maze Davis

Mrs. Violet Maze Davis, age 85, a resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, January 27th in the De Queen Medical Center, De Queen.

She was born to James Marshal and Lula May Peacock Maze in Bowie County, Texas, on March 31, 1929. She was a member of the Broken Bow Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a homemaker. She enjoyed plants, decorating, quilting, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison D. Davis, a daughter, Gwen Reynolds, a granddaughter, Heather Reynolds, her parents, and her siblings, Pearl Lambert, Esther Huff, Gladys McGinty, and James Maze.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and Jerry Brazeal of De Queen, Vickey and Clarence Schaffer of Idabel, Oklahoma, and Rebecca Davis of Broken Bow, Okla., Two granddaughters, Shannon Schaffer and Julie Ward, three great-grandchildren, Kristin Ward, Austin Ward, and Tristin Ward, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Violet Davis will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 31st in the Broken Bow Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Tina R. Watson

Mrs. Tina R. Watson, age 69, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, January 23, 2015, in the Christus St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana.

She was born July 25, 1945, in De Queen. She was “retired” from the First State Bank in De Queen and the EZ Mart Corporation. She was a member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church.

Mrs. Watson was preceded in death by her parents, Cue Runyan and Elizabeth Ann Mabry Runyan Knod and a step brother, Chris Runyan.

She is survived by two stepbrothers, Glen Knod of Ashdown, Arkansas and Phillip Runyan of Massachusetts; two stepsisters, Jeannie Edwards of Texarkana and Janna Clinton of Eagle River, Alaska; two aunts, Mary Mabry of Mesquite, Texas and LaVada Rucker of Birmingham, Alabama; cousins and Kern Heights Church family.

Funeral services for Mrs. Watson will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2015, in the Kern Heights Baptist Church with Rusty Ross and Jordan Hodges officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson

 

Nancy Dedner Harris

Nancy Dedner Harris was born to Rodney Dock and Louise Dedner in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on June 28, 1964. Her transition to eternal rest was made on January 21, 2015 at her home in Texarkana, Arkansas. Nancy confessed to Christ at an early age. She served as pianist for the New Zion choir in her early years. She attended Lockesburg Public Schools and graduated in 1982 as Valedictorian of her class. Nancy continued her education at Texarkana Community College where she graduated with honors with a degree in computers. She worked many years for Albertson’s Grocery Store. Most recently she was employed by WEST Business Solutions. Nancy had a wide variety of interests including: playing the piano, cooking, shopping and bargain-hunting and she loved games of chance.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; two brothers, Rodney Bernard Dedner and Robert Humphrey; and one sister, Rose Cornelius.

She leaves to cherish her memory: five sisters, Martha K. Dedner of Camden, AR, Janet Jones (Ed) of Delight, AR, Wanda Dedner of Rockwall, TX, Neever Martinez of DeQueen, AR, and Miriam Dedner of Garland, TX; three brothers, Arthur Humphrey of Lockesburg, AR, James Humphrey of Amarillo, TX, and Jarvis Dedner of Tom, OK; brother-in-law, Dwayne Cornelius of Texarkana, AR and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral Services for Ms. Nancy Harris will be held at 1:00 P.M., Sunday, January 25th at the New Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Ronald Goodloe officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Community Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Saturday, January 24th.

 

Thelma Jean Jones

Mrs. Thelma Jean Miller Jones, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Died Thursday, January 22, 2013 at her home.

She was born to Elison Lee and Verna Lee Ramsey Miller on February 9, 1925 in De Queen, Arkansas.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Time Missionary Baptist Church.  She enjoyed sewing, gardening, her flowers, and corralling her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David Jones and her brother Robert Miller.

She is survived by a son Charles Jones and wife Pam of Covington, Louisiana; a daughter, Marsha Sanders and husband Dan of Horatio, Arkansas; two grandchildren: Jarrad Jones of new Orleans, Louisiana and Lee Ann Reed of Horatio, Arkansas; three great-grandchildren: McKenzie Reed, Turner Reed and Clayburn LaDesma all of Horatio, Arkansas; a brother and sister-in-law, Eldon and merle Miller of Horatio; a sister, Opal lee Emerson of De Queen; a sister-in-law Kathleen Miller of Horatio, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Thelma Jones will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating.  Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, January 23rd from 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

 

Norma Kesterson

 

Mary Jo Miller Miles

Mrs. Mary Jo Miller Miles, age 78, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015, in Dierks Health and Rehab Center in Dierks.

She was born January 29, 1936, in Washington. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Miles was preceded in death by her parents, Boggie Leonard and Mary Irene Hilton Miller; her husband, Jasper Elmer “J.E.-Red” Miles and infant son, David Ray Miles; one sister, Clara Riechart; and two brothers, Bill Miller and Johnny Miller.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Preston and Sharon Miles and Jimmie and Teresa Miles; three daughters and sons-in-law, Wilma and Bill Goodman, Linda and Terry Thomas and Nancy and Stanley Jewell; three brothers, R.C. Miller, Roy Miller and Bobby Miller;18 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Miles will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015, in the Duckett Cemetery Pavilion with Paul Stewart and Chris Burke officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Mrs. Francis Jackie Lyons

Mrs. Francis Jackie Lyons, age 80, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015, in De Queen.

She was born April 13, 1934, in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in De Queen.

Mrs. Lyons was preceded in death by her parents, Gus and Jeffie Rink Johnson; and a son, David Lyons.

She is survived by her husband, Jimmie Lyons; one son, Jim Lyons, Jr. of Reno Nevada; one daughter, Denise Huckaby; one sister, Lavonne Tutt both of De Queen; 4 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service for Mrs. Lyons will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2015, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Newberry officiating.

 

 

Rodger Earl Rightmire

Rodger Earl Rightmire, age 58, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Saturday, January 10, 2015, in Eagletown.

He was born December 28, 1956, in De Queen.

Rodger was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Dorothy Browning Rightmire; one sister, Katherine Short and one son, Raymond Rightmire.

He is survived by one son, Robert Rightmire of Duncan, Oklahoma; five brothers, Kenneth Rightmire of Oregon, Bobby Rightmire and Jackie Rightmire both of De Queen, Joe Ed Rightmire of Altus, Oklahoma and Larry Hall of Gillham; two sisters, Barbara Jean Rightmire and Frances Bailey both of De Queen; one granddaughter and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015, in Redmen Cemetery in De Queen. 

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

John Steve Kirby

John Steve Kirby, age 51, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Saturday, January 17, 2015 near Dierks.

He was born May 12, 1963 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was co-owner of Kirby & Kirby Dozer and Gravel, faithful member of the Burg Church of Christ, where he taught Bible class, and a devoted family man. He was also the fire chief for the Umpire Volunteer Fire Department and loved the Razorbacks.

Mr. Kirby was preceded in death by his father, George Virdo Kirby.

He is survived by his wife, Penny Kirkpatrick Kirby of Dierks; his mother, Kathryn Chandler Kirby of Dierks; two sons and daughters-in-law, Derek and Cassie Kirby of Burg and Devin and Neesha Kirby of Umpire; one daughter and son-in-law, Laken and Daniel Faulkner of Umpire; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Pam Kirby of Dierks; one sister and brother-in-law, Janette and Gary Bearden of Umpire; seven grandchildren, Brayden Kirby, Andrew Kirby, Hannah Kirby, John Taylor Kirby, Jacoby Faulkner, Brielle Kirby and Amelia Kirby; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Kirby will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in the Dierks Church of Christ with Burl Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Burg Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Burg Church of Christ.

 

Babe Ruth Chandler Dorsey

Mrs. Babe Ruth Chandler Dorsey, age 84, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, January 16, 2015, at her home.

She was born to Frank and Lona Griggs Chandler on April 26, 1930, in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a retired USDA Poultry Inspector, working in Grannis, Nashville, De Queen, and Broken Bow. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Horatio, and enjoyed crocheting, needle point, sewing, cooking, canning, gardening, and most of all her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Grace Settoon, Randall Eugene Chandler, Dub Chandler, and Franklin Chandler, a daughter, Diane Holden, a granddaughter, Lorissa Vickers, a great-great-grandchild, April Taylor, and in 2009, her husband of over 62 years, Claude Dorsey.

She is survived by three sons, and daughters-in-law, Richard Dorsey of Horatio, Billy and Donna Dorsey of Haworth, Oklahoma, and Mark and Robin Dorsey of De Queen, four daughters and sons-in-law, Claudette Taylor of De Queen, Lana Jo and Larry Vickers, of De Queen, Tommi and Rob Smith of Horatio, and Danita Dorsey of De Queen. Two brothers and sister-in-laws, Noel Duane and Sandy Chandler of Brenham, Texas, and Lawrence and Marian Chandler of De Queen, two sisters, Becky Alice Allen of Baton Rouge, La., and Lois Wray of Cooper, Texas, 25 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Babe Ruth Dorsey will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, January 19, 2015, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Gutierres and Bro. Joey Brewer officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Her grandsons will serves as pallbearers, Nathan Dorsey, Richard Dorsey, Eric Smith, Blake Dorsey, Lucas Dorsey, Jimmy “Bubba” Hankins, Jason Hankins, and Larry Vickers, Jr. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, January 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mae Lowe Moor

Mae Lowe Moor, age 54, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at her home.

She was born February 10, 1960 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Cooper Lowe.

She is survived by her husband, Tommy Moor of Horatio; two sons, Jerry Moor of Oklahoma City and Ray Moor of Horatio; one daughter, Rena Sims of De Queen, Arkansas; her father, Earl Lowe; two brothers, John Lowe and Timothy Lowe, both of Oklahoma; one sister, Sharon Lowe, also of Oklahoma; six grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are pending. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Mr. Josue Retana Zaragoza

Mr. Josue Retana Zaragoza, age 43, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Saturday, January 10, 2015 in Idabel, Oklahoma.

He was born to Mario Retana Lopez and Ma Socorro Zaragoza Zavala in Leon GTO, Mexico. He was a Jehovah Witness, and a handyman.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife, MaRefugio Lozano Juarez of Horatio, one son, Josue Retana, Jr. of Horatio, three daughters, Laura Retana, Mariela Retana, and Carla Retana all of Horatio, his mother, Ma Socorro Zaragoza Zavala of Mexico, two brothers, Mario Retana and Thomas Zavala both of Mexico, five sisters, Juanita Retana, Laura Retana both of Las Angeles, Calif, Veronica Retana, Sarahi Retana, Lupita Retana, all of Mexico, three grandsons, Aaron Quintana, Ariel Quintana, and Axel Quintana all of Horatio

Visitation will be Wednesday, January14th from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., and on Thursday, January 15th from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. Memorial Service for Mr. Josue Retana will be held on Saturday, January 17th at 12:00 Noon in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Rodger Earl Rightmire

Rodger Earl Rightmire, age 58, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Saturday, January 10, 2015, in Eagletown.

He was born December 28, 1956, in De Queen.

Rodger was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Dorothy Browning Rightmire; one sister, Katherine Short and one son, Raymond Rightmire.

He is survived by one son, Robert Rightmire of Duncan, Oklahoma; five brothers, Kenneth Rightmire of Oregon, Bobby Rightmire and Jackie Rightmire both of De Queen, Joe Ed Rightmire of Altus, Oklahoma and Larry Hall of Gillham; two sisters, Barbara Jean Rightmire and Frances Bailey both of De Queen; one granddaughter and a number of nieces and nephews.

No memorial services are scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 
 
Mr. Truman Tollett

Mr. Truman Tollett, age 99, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 11, 2015, in the Dierks Health and Rehab in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was born October 26, 1915, in the New Bethel Community. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lockesburg and was a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Tollett enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and being with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June Slaton Tollett; his parents, Mark and Florence Harder Tollett and one great-great-granddaughter, Hiedi Smith.

Mr. Tollett is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Gary Lynn and Betty Tollett; one daughter, Karen Harper; five grandchildren, Joel Harper and wife Leah of Lockesburg, Tony Tollett of Lockesburg, Rebecca Pope and husband Andy of Nashville, Arkansas, Melissa Hanney and husband Richard of Lockesburg and Michelle Harrison and husband Danny of Lockesburg; eight great-grandchildren, Britney Mitchell, Paige Smith and Allison Harrison, Megan and Dustin Smith, Cole Hanney, Heather Bounds and Brandi Turner; four great great-grandchildren, Clay Mitchell, Austyn Mitchell, Easton Bounds and Emersyn Smith.

Funeral services for Mr. Tollett will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015, in the Lockesburg First Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Gilliland officiating. Burial will follow in the Lockesburg Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 13th at the funeral home in De Queen.

 
Mrs. Mary Ann Powell

Mrs. Mary Ann Powell, age 74, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015 in the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born July 4, 1940, in Ajo, Arizona. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Powell was preceded in death by her husband, Quinton Alva Powell and her father Manuel Eberling.

She is survived by her mother, Lupe Stoner of Arizona; four daughters, Tammy and Joe Marquez of Safford, Arizona, Monica Powell and Gene Dringmon of Minnesota, Stella and Frank Kenney of Magnolia, Arkansas and Veronica and Tim Whitley of Gillham; one sister, Betty Cruz of Arizona; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Powell will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at the Valley Cemetery with Steve Chenoweth officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Charles Everett Strickland

Mr. Charles Everett Strickland, age 67, a resident of De Queen, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 9, 2015.

He was born April 1, 1947, in Port St. Joe, Florida. He was a brakeman and conductor for D&E TOE Railroad and a U.S. Army Veteran.

Mr. Strickland was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Everett and Lillie Mae Wheat Strickland.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Taylor Strickland; five sons and three daughters-in-law, Chuckie and Dana Strickland of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Jerry and Mandee Strickland of Caddo Gap, Arkansas, Richard and Dacia Strickland of Henderson, Texas, Ricky Strickland of Tennessee and Chad Strickland of Florida; three granddaughters, Haley, Madelyn and Talley Strickland; one brother, J.D. Strickland of Dayton, New York; three sisters, Beatrice Beebe and Edna Lucinda Strickland both of De Queen and Dorotha Biever of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Funeral services for Mr. Strickland will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 12, 2015, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Ronnie Hardin officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery.

 

 
 
Charlie Ray Smith

Mr. Charlie Ray Smith, age 68, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, January 8th in the Arkansas Heart Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to C. C. and Bonnie Rae Smith in De Queen, Arkansas, on March 6, 1946. He was a retired logger and truck driver, and was a Christian. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his forever best friend, Judy Cowling of Horatio, a daughter, Cindy Smith of Dardanelle, Arkansas, a grandson, Triston Smith of Dardanelle, Arkansas, a sister, Bobbie Jean Jones of El Dorado, Arkansas, a nephew, Ken Jones, and his wife, Bonita of El Dorado, Arkansas and one great-nephew, Will, and one great-niece, Molly.

Funeral Services for Mr. Charlie Smith will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, January 10th in Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with Bro. Roy Conatser officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, January 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

 
 
Mr. Allen Alton Ward
 

Mr. Allen Alton Ward, age 78, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at his home.

He was born April 26, 1936, in Horatio. He was retired from International Paper Company and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Ward was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Edgar and Ivy Ward and one son, Allen A. Ward, Jr.

He is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Lorine and Dan Ayers and Teresa Emerick all of De Queen; two grandchildren, Alex Ayers and Casey Hardaway and her husband Timmy; two great-grandchildren, Lance Hardaway and Heidi Belle Hardaway; several brothers and a sister.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Ward will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015, in the Clear Creek Cemetery with Rev. Larry Fry officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home. 

 

 
Peter H. Beuden

Mr. Peter Henry Beuden, age 78, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, January 3, 2015 in the Rich Mountain Nursing & Rehab Center, Mena, Arkansas after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Beuden was born to Edward and Hariett Williams Beuden on July 19, 1936 in North Wales, England. He was a Senior Geophysical Technician of Research with jobs across the World in mining exploration. He was also an Aircraft Inspector for the FAA and retired in 1995 from Weyerhaeuser as an Airplane Mechanic where he specialized in helicopters. As you know he loved aviation not only as his career but also as his hobby for over 50 years. He began flying at the young age of 15 and he simply loved restoring antique airplanes especially with his best friend Chuck Long. Mr. Beuden became a proud naturalized citizen of the United States in the 1990’s. He did some ranching and had a loving heart for animals.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a son Marcel Beuden and a brother, John Beuden.

He is survived by his wife, best friend and partner of 40 years Kathleen Beuden of De Queen, three sons, Harland Beuden of Santa Teresa, New Mexico, Frank Beuden of Wilcox, Arizona, Tim Beuden of Phoenix, Arizona and a daughter Denise Beuden of Arizona, a brother Christopher Beuden, three sisters Dorothy Roberts, Marion Anderson and Kathy Will all of Canada, five grandchildren a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Memorial services for Mr. Peter Beuden will be at a later date. Cremation arrangements under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

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