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OBITUARIES

  

Mr. James Lee Davis

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

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


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


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

 

Mrs. Lois Marie Chandler Wray

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

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

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

Milton H. Presley

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Wilma Nadine Taggart

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

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

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

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

 

Neva Dell Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Elizabeth Nicol Brooks

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Linda Faye Stafford Irvan

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

John W. Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Franklyn Hibbs

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

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

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

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

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

 

Janie Elizabeth Slabaugh Simpson

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cletus Verdo Brock

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Wilber Ray “Tuffy” Green

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Glenda Nadine Smith

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Benny Alec Humphrey

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

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

He worked for the Federal Civil Service.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

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

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

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

 

William (Little Bill) Andrew Knighten

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Kenneth Elmer Smith, Jr.

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

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

 

Mary Maxine Frederick Rose

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

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

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

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

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

 

Joyce M. Butts Davis

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dr. Eugene Allen "Gene" Joseph

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Bobby Abe Mills

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Johnny Wayne Davis

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Ruby Etta Jester Krantz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Benny Allen Collins

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

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

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

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

 

John Robert Bowman

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

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

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

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

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


 

Wilmer Jello

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Mary Susan Gallagher Blair

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mr. Tony Wayne Kendrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Lita Michelle Hudson Baxter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Donnie Ray Walker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bill Bryan

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

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

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

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

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

 

Robert Blake Beavers

Robert Blake Beavers, age 35, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in De Queen. He was born November 15, 1980 in Dallas, Texas. 

He was a mechanic for Jensen Quick Lube in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vicky Lou Gibbs Beavers.

He is survived by his father and step-mother, Robert and Crissy Beavers of Duncanville, Texas; one son, Blake Austin Beavers; two daughters, Destiny Elise Beavers and Skyler Tristin Beavers; two brothers, Travis Alvarez and Robert Matthew Beavers; his cousins, Amanda Hill and Johnny Gribbs and his step-brother, Christopher Cavazos.

A memorial was held on Friday, April 1, 2016.  Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

 

Geraldine Francis Wahle Jeanes

Mrs. Geraldine Francis Wahle Jeanes, age 82, a resident of Arlington, Texas, died Monday, March 28, 2016, in Kennedale.

She was born April 3, 1933 in Cove, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.

Mrs. Jeanes was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Eltie Chadwick Wahle; an infant brother and two grandchildren, Tyler and Grant.

She is survived by one son, Gary Jeanes of Ft. Worth, Texas; two daughters, Terri Day of Arlington, Texas and Sherri Vardemen of Burleson, Texas; five grandchildren, Jessica, Chad, Ashley, Conner and Garrett and three great-grandchildren, Jackson, Tyler and Evelyn.

Funeral services for Mrs. Jeanes will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Scott Kitchens officiating. Burial will follow in the Galena Cemetery.

 

Richard Keith “Rick” McCullough

Mr. Richard Keith “Rick” McCullough, age 63, died Friday, March 25, 2016. Rick is the son of Pauline McCullough of Newhope, AR and preceded in death by his father, J.D. McCullough.

He is survived by his wife Kim of 38 years, his sons, Justin and wife Jen and granddaughter Clementine of Garland, TX, Sean of Nolensville, TN, and Lance and wife Kalley of Smyrna, TN, and daughter Ashlyn of Nolensville, TN; and sister, Sandra McCullough of Newhope, AR.

In addition to 13 years of retail pharmacy, Rick worked in pharmaceutical sales for 14 years, after which he worked in pharmacy contracting for Novation/VHA Hospitals and HealthTrust Purchasing Group/HCA for 13 years. In addition to his love for music, he was an audiophile enthusiast. Rick was an Arkansan through and through, enjoying trout fishing on the White River in Flippin, AR, as well as being an avid Razorback fan. Rick will be remembered as a loving husband, son, cherished friend and proud father who adored his children, granddaughter and family.

A graveside service will be conducted by Wilkerson Funeral Home on Friday, April 1, 2:00 PM at Biggs Chapel Cemetery in Nashville, AR. Speaker will be Phillip Turner of Nashville, AR. Active Pallbearers are Justin McCullough, Sean McCullough, Lance McCullough, Keith McCullough, Kenneth McCullough, and Tom Smith.

 

Mrs. Wilma Ruth (Martin) Needham

Mrs. Wilma Ruth (Martin) Needham, age 83, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 27, 2016, at her home.

She was born November 1, 1932, in Lockesburg. She was a homemaker, farmer and member of the Calvary Baptist Church. She loved flowers, her dogs and cats and her family.

Mrs. Needham was preceded in death by her parents, E.C. Martin and Haskell and Bessie Proctor; her husband, Chloe Clinton Needham and one son, Johnny Wayne Needham.

She is survived by five daughters, Charlotte Janes and Phyllis Turner both of Dierks, Arkansas, Betty Jester of Sheridan, Arkansas, Peggy McCormick of Benton, Arkansas and Becky Needham of Lockesburg, Arkansas; one son, Lewis Needham of Lockesburg; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Needham will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wesley Blankenship and Rev. Wallace Wooten officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00p.m., Tuesday, March 29th at the funeral home.

You may register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mrs. Ethel Jane Harrison Leathers, age 73, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, March 24, 2016, at her home.

She was born June 9, 1942, in Lockesburg, Arkansas. She was valedictorian of her Lockesburg High school graduating class, was a former employee of the Rubber Corporation, co-owner of Johnson Plumbing, and a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mrs. Leathers was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd W. and Gladys E. Bassham Harrison; her first husband, Gail Johnson; one daughter, Dana Michelle Johnson Bobo; two sisters, Dolores “Dee” Cole and Vernell Jeffreys and one brother, Benny Harrison.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Leathers; her step-children, Gene Leathers, Jr. of Lockesburg, Tammy Leathers of Eagletown, Oklahoma, Chuck Leathers of Lockesburg and Johnye Fisher of De Queen; two sisters, Barbara Sharp and Gladys Mae Pressley both of Lockesburg; one brother, Willie Gene Harrison of Lockesburg; three grandchildren, Alex Hood, Kayla Parker and Samantha Bobo; two great-grandchildren, Grayson Hood and Caroline Parker; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Ethel Leathers will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Wright’s Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Charles Ligon officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

Mr. Billy F. Willis

M
r. Billy F. Willis, age 81, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, March 21, 2016, at his home. He was born August 27, 1934 in Eagletown, Oklahoma to Dick and Grace Willis.

He was a hard worker who raised beef cattle, dairy farmed for 17 years, participated in rodeos for a number of years and was a barber. He was an avid domino player, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church.

Mr. Willis was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Neal Willis, Wade Willis and Kent Willis; his brothers, Kenneth Buck Willis, Bo Willis and Max Willis; and one sister, Allie Lee Packnett.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patsy Willis; two sons, Coy Willis and wife Sharon and Jeff Willis and wife Lauren; two step-daughters, Dena Williams and husband Kevin, and Lana Gilbert and husband Jimmy; 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Willis will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Smallwood and Bro. Charlie Bell officiating.  Burial will follow in Old Center Cemetery.

The family will be at the Willis home, 1197 Hwy 41 in De Queen.

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

 

Mr. Robert Allen “Bob” Jones

Mr. Robert Allen “Bob” Jones, age 68, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Thursday, March 17th in Overton Books V A Medical Center, Shreveport, LA.

He was born to Chester David and Ruby H. Cooper Jones in Howard County, Arkansas, on November 28, 1947. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U. S. Army.
He was a retired millwright, and heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed yardwork, fishing,
and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He married Shirley Lynn Nevels Jones in De Queen, Arkansas, on April 28, 1972, and she preceded him in death July of 2013. He is also preceded in death by his parents, and a brother,
Edwin D. Jones.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven Ray and Debbie Jones of De Queen , Arkansas, and Wilbur Dewayne and Hollie Jones of Dierks, nine grandchildren, Ashilyn Jackson of Millerton, Oklahoma, Devyn Jones of Dierks, Tristen Jones and Trevin Jones both of Queen City, Texas, Darci Jones, Bret Jones both of Dierks, Brennen Seymour, Aubrey Seymour, and Jake Seymour all of De Queen, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Edgar David and Shirley Jones of Nashville, Ark, and Jackie Dennis and Joann Jones of Dierks, one sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Clifton Ward of Dierks, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services with military rites for Mr. Bob Jones will be held at 10:00 A.M.
Monday, March 21st in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas with Bro. David Blasé
and Bro. Devyn Jones officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.
Visitation will be on Sunday, March 20th at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M.

 

Mrs. Lela Faye Gibson Parker

Mrs. Lela Faye Gibson Parker, age 89, a resident of Rowlett, Texas, formerly of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.

She was born March 12, 1927 in Horatio. She graduated in 1947 from the University of Arkansas with a business degree, was a Landman for Ensearch Gas Company and a member of the First Baptist Church in Horatio.

Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by her parents, Adam Boyd and Lela Mae Davis Gibson; her husband, Robert Earl Parker; and a sister, Nancy Maude Gibson.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Allen LupPlace and Barbara and Jeff Jarvis, all of Rowlett, Texas; one son, Robert Gregg Parker of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren, Patricia Steuwe, Adam LupPlace, Amanda Jarvis, Scott Jarvis and Andrew Parker; five great grandchildren, Sarah Kennedy, Shaun Weaver, Annabelle LupPlace, Jorja LupPlace and Jase Gage; and one great-great grandchild, Allison Kennedy.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Parker will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016, in the First Baptist Church in Horatio, Arkansas with Bro. Jerry Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 18, at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Chloe Ransom Gentry Hawthorne

Mrs. Chloe Ransom Gentry Hawthorne, age 90, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at her home.

She was born on July 12, 1925 in Provo, Arkansas. She was a janitor and cook and member of the First Church of the Nazarene.

Mrs. Hawthorne was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Willa Leona Lee Ransom; one daughter, Glenda Hollers; one son, Joel Gentry and three sisters, Zena Jegstrup, Icie Osborn and Erie Parsons.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Hawthorne; ten children, Don Gentry of West Blocton, Alabama, Johnny Gentry and wife Joyce of Texarkana, Texas, Benny Gentry and wife Faye of De Queen, Arkansas, Loretta Gentry Lake of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Barbara Darity and husband Phillip of Sulphur Springs, Texas, Charlotte Arivett and husband Timmy of De Queen, Arkansas, Lyndell Gentry and wife Sandy of De Queen, Arkansas, Garren Gentry and wife Vickey of De Queen, Arkansas, Karen Beene and husband Jerry of Nashville, Arkansas and Glen Hawthorne and wife Carla of Dierks, Arkansas; 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hawthorne will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 19, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Byron Sullivan and Billy Sullivan officiating. Burial will follow in McHorse Cemetery.

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

 

James Richey McCullough

James Richey McCullough a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 13, 2016, at home, at the age of 66.

He was born December 28, 1949, in Texarkana, Arkansas. He graduated from Hooks High School in 1968 and entered Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas. He graduated from TAMU in 1972 with a degree in accounting. He worked as an internal auditor for Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation until December 1976 at which time he moved to De Queen as a CPA. He retired February 1, 2016.

He coached his first baseball team in College Station, Texas in 1971 and coached many teams, finally stopping in 2001. He umpired baseball games for a number of years. The highlight of his coaching came when his team won the Dixie Majors State tournament in 2000 and went to the Dixie World Series in Euless, Texas.

He served as Justice of the Peace on the Sevier County Quorum Court and was treasurer of the Arkansas Republican Party in the late 80’s, serving as a state delegate to the 1988 Republican National Convention for President George Bush.

He shot tournament archery in Louisiana and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the NRA.

He took great pride in serving his clients as a tax and business consultant and CPA and enjoyed his work tremendously. His greatest love was for his God and his family. He was a member of First Christian Church.

Mr. McCullough was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Malderine McCullough and one sister, Vera Jean McCullough.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nita Ann Huddle McCullough of De Queen; one daughter, Olivia Susan Martin and husband Jess of Malvern, Arkansas; one son, James Dalton McCullough and wife Christy of De Queen; six grandchildren, Brittany, Ashlee and Beau McCullough and Carter, Ethan and Jude Martin; four brothers, Ed Birmingham of Texarkana, Arkansas, Eric Birmingham of Worthington, Ohio, Steven McCullough of Katy, Texas and Rodney “Jack” McCullough of De Queen and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. McCullough will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Jerry Trauger and Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Cossatot Cemetery in Gillham.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Mr. Lowell Burton Casteel

Mr. Lowell Burton Casteel, age 86, a resident of Hot Springs Village, formerly of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, March 11, 2016, in Hot Springs.

He was born May 8, 1929 in Horatio. He was a supervisor at Ashgrove Cement, a U.S. Army veteran and a deacon at Balboa Baptist Church in Hot Springs Village.

Mr. Casteel was preceded in death by his parents, Emmit Pedro and Millie Chenault Casteel; three brothers, Paul (Shorty) Casteel, Ed Casteel and David Casteel; and one sister, Lois Fenton.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Nix Casteel; one son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Beverly Casteel of Maumelle, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Terri and David McClure of Shreveport, Louisiana; one sister, Mildred Billingsley of Wichita Falls, Texas; four grandchildren, Kris Keen, Christy Grant, Drew Edwards and Garrett McClure; three great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Lowell Casteel will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2016 in the Horatio Cemetery with Rev. Steve Butler officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Bobbie Jean Ayers Boone

Mrs. Bobbie Jean Ayers Boone, age 79, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, March 10, 2016, at her home.

She was born to Sherman Cecil and Erma Edna Pickett Ayers in Horatio, Arkansas, on March 8, 1937. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church, had worked as a lab and x-ray technician and nurse for Dr. Brown for 17 years, and was a retired restaurant owner, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and caring for her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved animals and spent a lot of time rescuing abandoned animals.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Norman Wayne Everitt, and brother-in-law, Loy Fant.

She is survived by her husband of over 41 years, Deloyie Boone of De Queen, a son, Mark Everitt of Crossroads, Ark., four daughters and a son-in-law, Sheryl Lane, Kathy and Kenneth Gabbard and Patti Boone all of De Queen, and Tory Shipley of Broken Bow, Okla., six grandsons and their spouses, David and Colby Russell, Jason and Kayla Russell, Brad and Kaytlon Everitt all of De Queen, Chad and Courtney Klitz of Horatio, Chase Gabbard of Texarkana, Texas, and Michael Everitt of Mena, Arkansas, one granddaughter and her husband, Amanda and Jared Butler of De Queen, thirteen great-grandchildren, Will Ward, Kylie Russell, Bonner Russell, Bolton Russell, Jackson Russell, Levi Russell, Kailynn Klitz, Sydney Klitz, Austin Everitt, Aiden Everitt, Ethan Everitt, Madison Gentry, and Tomas Butler. She is also survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Sonny and Athel Ayers of Lockesburg, Ark., two sisters and a brother-in-law, Nola Fant of Duncanville, Texas, Mary and Travis Everitt of Eustace, Texas, and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and special friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Bobbie Boone will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, March 14th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Sunday, March 13th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Michael DeShane “Stick” Brady

Michael DeShane “Stick” Brady, age 40, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at his home.

He was born September 12, 1975, in Claremore, Oklahoma. He was a welder, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and a Baptist.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Harder Brady, one son, Cylus Zeek Brady; his mother and father, Lita and Sammy Baxter of Gillham; one brother and sister-in-law, Timothy and Deadre Brady of Wickes, Arkansas, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and two step-daughters, Kaley and Hannah.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Homer Frachiseur officiating. Cremation will follow.

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

 

 

 

Harold Tilman Whitworth

 

Mr. Harold Tilman Whitworth, age 65, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born December 10, 1950 in Memphis, Texas. He was a truck driver for Pannell Chipping.

Mr. Whitworth was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elizabeth Lambert Whitworth; four brothers, Paul Whitworth, Maxey “Pete” Whitworth, A.D. “Boss” Whitworth and Steve Whitworth and three sisters, Frances Whitworth, Hazel Morris and Shirley Jestis.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Nena Bailey Whitworth; his step children and their spouses, Chris and Kristy Blankenship of Heavener, Oklahoma, Sabra and J.J. Lopez of Eagletown and Jerry and Melanie Blankenship of Washington, Oklahoma; four brothers, William T. Whitworth of Paris, Texas, Vernon Whitworth of Sherman, Texas, Jerry Whitworth of Paris, Texas and Randle Whitworth of Petal, Mississippi; one sister, Dorothy Wooldridge of Sherman, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 14, 2016, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Pastor Mike Durham officiating.

 

 

Mr. Billy Joe Gray

Mr. Billy Joe Gray, age 52, a resident of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, died Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at his home.

He was born to Clarence and Louise Phelps Stinnett in De Queen, Arkansas, on June 9, 1963.
He worked at the race track, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his mother, Louise Stinnett of Fort Smith, Arkansas, a brother, John Thomas Gray of Horatio, his aunt, Lucille Dirickson of Horatio, his uncle, Thomas Phelps of Lockesburg, and a number of cousins.

Memorial Services for Mr. Billy Joe Gray will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, March 12, 2016


in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating. Private burial
will be in Old Center Cemetery, Horatio. You may send an online sympathy message at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Vicky Ann Shaw Ortega

Vicky Ann Shaw Ortega, age 44, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, March 7, 2016, at her home.

She was born September 16, 1971 in De Queen.

Vicky was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Ramirez.

She is survived by two sons, Shane Vazquez and Cody Nava both of De Queen; three grandchildren, Kalieha Nava, Cayden Nava and Avianna Vazquez and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 11, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Avon Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 10th at the funeral home.

 

Walter Stanley Jewell

Mr. Walter Stanley Jewell, age 55, a resident of Wickes, died Saturday, March 05, 2016, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Stanley was born to Walter Lee and Lola Shirlene Wilcher Jewell Hackworth on January 16, 1961 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was an employee of Tyson Foods, where he was a truck driver. He enjoyed hunting, and running a trotline. Most of all, he was a devoted, husband, father, and absolutely adored his grandchildren.

Stanley was preceded in death by his mother, a sister, Linda Belknap, and his step-father, Billy Joe Hackworth.

He is survived by his wife of almost 32 years, Nancy Bernice Miles Jewell, a son and daughter-in-law, Raymond Stanley and Paula Jewell of Vandervoort, Arkansas, a daughter, Amy Jo Jewell of Wickes, two grandchildren, Braylee Jewell and Dalton Jewell both of Vandervoort, Arkansas, his father and step-mother, Walter Lee and Delena Jewell of Gillham, Arkansas, seven brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy and Pam Hackworth, Stacey Jewell, Dean and Becky Gage, Ricky and Linda Ashcraft, David and Jeri Ashcraft, Donald and Sue Ashcraft, and Billy Dale and Cris Hackworth, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Carolyn Dickinson, and Sharon and Bob Kneller, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Stanley Jewell will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, March 10, 2016 in the Pentecostal Church of God, Wickes, Arkansas, with Bro. Chris Burke, Bro. Jon Newlin, and Steve Bradley officiating. Burial will follow in the Duckett Cemetery, Wickes, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Elvin Gene Billingsley

Mr. Elvin Gene Billingsley, age 74, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 6, 2016, in National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born August 1, 1941, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was retired from the railroad and was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Mr. Billingsley was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Elmyra Lee Billingsley; one son, Marty Billingsley; one daughter, Crystal Billingsley; six brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Cathy (Tugman) Billingsley; one daughter, Staci Billingsley; four sons, Michael Billingsley, Mitchell Billingsley, Kenneth Billingsley all of Gillham and Christopher Sharp of Mena, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Ella Mae and Johnny Hilton of Mt. Home, Arkansas, two sisters-in-law, Dolores Billingsley of Mena, Arkansas and Mildred Billingsley of Iowa Park, Texas and many loving nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mr. Billingsley will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with Jerry Brazeal officiating.

 

Amado Gallardo

Amado Gallardo, age 37, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 28, 2016 at his home.

He was born October 7, 1978 in San Juan, Texas to the late Andrea Soto. He has been a resident of De Queen for 23 years. He was a very hard worker and a devoted father, brother and a friend to many.

Amado was preceded in death by his mother and father, Andrea Soto and Amado Garcia.

He is survived by his wife, Galena Gallardo of De Queen; five daughters, Ariana and Tegan Gallardo of De Queen, Kayla Gallardo and Krystal Gallardo, both of Texas, and Savanna Helms of De Queen; one son, Amado Gallardo, Jr.; his sons mother, Angela Gonzalez of De Queen; one grandchild, LiLianna Rose Ramirez; one sister and brother-in-law, Dalia and Martin Camberos of Horatio, Arkansas; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Malecio Garcia of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Rodolfo Sanchez of Reynosa, Mexico and Pedro and Tonya Gallardo of Ben Lomond, Arkansas; his best friend, Auturo "Chico" Evans; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Amado Gallardo will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Francisco Salazar officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Joann Elizabeth Bemis Bush

Mrs. Joann Elizabeth Bemis Bush, age 85, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born August 5, 1930 in Texarkana, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Mrs. Bush was preceded in death by her parents, Lyman and Lenora Miller Bemis; her husband, Derrill “Doc” Bush and one son, Carlton Bush.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Corlis and Jerry Purtle of Atlanta, Texas and Teresa and Perry Newton of Ashdown, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Russell and Jackie Denmark of Roseburg, Oregon; five grandchildren, Kari Harger, Jo Anna Keeney, Clint Newton, Daryl Carver and Angela Carver; two step-grandchildren, Cary Purtle and Scott Purtle; 12 great-grandchildren and 4 step great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Bush will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 4, 2016, in Community of Christ Church in Winthrop with Terry Hess and Barbara Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 3rd at the funeral home.

 

Carolyn Coulter Kueteman

Carolyn Coulter Kueteman, 86, of La Marque, TX, passed away Monday, February 29, 2016. She was born December 21, 1929, in Lockesburg, AR, and resided in La Marque, TX.

Carolyn was a woman of great faith who brought optimism and determination to her every endeavor. She was an educator who taught in De Queen, AR, and La Marque, TX, for many years; she actively lived her faith in the Methodist community; she was a missionary-at-heart, contributing her hands and heart to local and global efforts; and she was a fierce fan and supporter of her children, family members, fellow educators, and ADK sisters. Often recognized for her efforts, she preferred to operate in the background, helping others shine.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Herman H Kueteman; her parents, Pearl and Tom Coulter; her sisters, Ida Margaret Coulter Stone and Betty Pearl Henderson; and her brother, Tom S. Coulter.

She is survived by her son Edward Wayne “Dutch” Kueteman, daughter Karol Kaye Harris and husband, Michael; sisters Myra Clay (and Wayne) and Cindy Hale (and Larry); and a tribe of nieces and nephews: Laurie, Tom, Beth, Melinda, Adrienne, Susie, Ann, Denise, Camille, Mark, Bryan, Kimberly, Myra Katherine, and Gregory.

Carolyn Kueteman is one who can stand before God and say, “I used everything you gave me.” She made a difference.

A Memorial Visitation will be on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm at James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque, TX. Interment will be at 10:00am on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Coulter Memorial Cemetery in Lockesburg, AR.

 

Mrs. Elizabeth “Liz” Meridann Harrison Tollett

Mrs. Elizabeth “Liz” Meridann Harrison Tollett, age 73, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas and formerly of De Queen, died Sunday, February 28, 2016, in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born November 6, 1942 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. She retired from the Department of Human Services in 2003 and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lockesburg.

Mrs. Tollett was preceded in death by her parents, Clare and Florence Peterson Harrison; one sister, Claryce Hankins; her uncle, F.J. “Doc” Harrison and two grandsons, Kyle and Connor Lombardo.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Benny Tollett; one daughter and son-in-law, Sherra and Tony Lombardo of McKinney, Texas; one son, Wayne Tollett of Texarkana, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Seth Tollett and wife Brittany, Tessa Tollett and Carson and Trenton Lombardo and two great-grandchildren, Canton Tollett and Brylee Tollett.

Funeral services for Mrs. Tollett will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Terry Chapman and Larry Fry officiating. Burial will follow in McHorse Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Memorials may be made to the McHorse Cemetery c/o Fred Cox, 1760 Provo Road, Lockesburg, AR 71846.

Mary Helen (Turner) Young

Mary Helen (Turner) Young, age 89, a resident of Dierks, died Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was the eighth of ten children born to Archie Weaver and Mary Lucinda (Aylor) Turner on February 10, 1927 at Bingen, Arkansas. She was a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen.

Ms. Young was a devoted wife to her husband Carl Junior Young until his death on April 28, 2005. From that union, she is survived by three daughters, Helen Carlene Davis of De Queen, La Quita Jo Cox of Dierks and Lanorma Jeanene Deen of Shreveport, Louisiana; sons-in-law, Ronnie Davis, Hercel Cox, Jr., Neil (Buddy) Dean and David Heyman; four grandchildren, Tajaha Stubbs, Paul Cox, Kyle and Darby Deen and three great-grandchildren, Michael Vanvoast, Addison Cox and Annika Deen.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Elton Turner, Eunice Shaw, Oteneth Turner, Lois Seale Blackwood, Elveray Turner, Bobby Gene Turner, Billie Ruth Fant, and two unnamed infants.

Funeral services for Ms. Young will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Green’s Chapel Methodist Church with her nephew Kenny Fant and Pastor Carroll Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Green’s Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, February 29th at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

Mr. James H. Bristow

Mr. James H. Bristow, age 80, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Friday, February 26, 2016, at his home.

He was born on March 13, 1935, to Herbert and Edna Bristow in Fulton, Arkansas.

In February of 1966, James, wife Pat, and son Jimmy moved from Hot Springs, Arkansas to De Queen where he was manager of Rephan’s Department store. Later, he was the owner of James Western store and worked for Lane’s in Grannis, Arkansas.

He was past president of De Queen Chamber of Commerce and the De Queen Lions Club, a member of the First United Methodist Church, and an Army Veteran.

He and his family moved to Texarkana in 2000 returning to De Queen in August of 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Pat Allen Bristow, of De Queen, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Lori Bristow of De Queen, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Jayme Bristow of Little Rock and Jared Bristow of De Queen; five nieces Deb Nipper and Jennifer Hubbard of Magnolia, Arkansas, Robin Tate of Germantown, Tennessee, Jeanell Hockett of Houston, Texas, Patricia Warren of Burleson, Texas; one brother-in-law, Herbert Hockett of Henderson, Texas; one sister-in-law, Emma Allen of Burleson, Texas and several cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Bristow will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, February 28, 2016, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Rev. Mark Cloninger officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, February 27, at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Flossie Jean Dorsey Griffin

Mrs. Flossie Jean Dorsey Griffin, age 90, a resident of Horatio died Thursday, February 25, 2016 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born to Derby Richard and Fronie Belle King Dorsey in Kingston, Arkansas on September 5, 1925. She was a member of the Old Center Holiness Church, and a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing, quilting, flowers, and her church family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clifford Calvin Griffin, a granddaughter, Virginia Sue Moore, and six siblings.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Garlin and Judy Griffin of Horatio, one granddaughter and her husband, Carrie and Lydel Chandler of Horatio, one grandson, John Griffin of Horatio. Five great-granddaughters and their husbands, Samantha Martz, Brittany and Drew Smith, Lacey and Jeffrey Hankins, Brianna and Juan Olalde, and Aimee Griffin all of Horatio, two great-grandsons, Joshua Martz of Horatio, and Brian Moore of Indianapolis, Indiana, six great-great-grandchildren, Gracie Martz, Brylee Hutson, Casen Smith, Keller Smith, Hadley Smith, and Ryder Hankins, two sisters, Juanita “Ned” Salmon of Cordell, Oklahoma and Sarah Britton of Sentinel, Oklahoma.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Jean Griffin will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 28th in the Old Center Church, Horatio, Arkansas with Rev. Sam Hendricks, and Rev. Dale Crawford officiating, Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Saturday, February 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Van C. Ledbetter

Van Cole Ledbetter, age 81, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, February 24, 2016, in the Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Marvin “Turk” and Alma Ada Counts Ledbetter, in Madison County, Arkansas on April 4, 1934. Van was a member of the Church of Christ and surrendered to preach in 1955. He ministered in Oelwein, Iowa, Alma, Arkansas, Russellville, Rosebud, Texas, Mena, Arkansas, Durant, Oklahoma, De Queen, Horatio and Hatfield Church of Christ Churches. Van was a gifted painter, and was a member of the Cossatot Arts and Crafts. He was an avid fan of the De Queen Leopards, and the Arkansas Razorbacks. He painted the Leopard mascot for the Leopard Stadium. He loved his community, and served on the Parks and Recreation Board. As a young man, Van excelled in baseball, and softball, and he enjoyed playing golf, and bowling.
Van was a devoted husband, father, and absolutely adored his grandchildren, and was there to watch anything his grandchildren were involved in.

Van was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Colene Ledbetter, and two brothers, Gerald Ledbetter, and Larry Ledbetter.

He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Wanda Terry Ledbetter, a son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Melesha Ledbetter of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Keith Richardson of Durant, Oklahoma, four grandchildren, Matthew Ledbetter of De Queen, Ryan Harrelson and Rhett Richardson both of Durant, Oklahoma, Whitney and her husband, Cane Shoemaker of Keller, Texas, two great-grandchildren, Kara Richardson of Durant, Oklahoma, and Beckham Shoemaker of Keller, Texas, a brother and sister-in-law, Hoy and Jary Ledbetter of Huntsville, Alabama. He was also survived by his wife’s family, his mother-in-law, Ethel Terry of Fayetteville, his brother-in-law Randall and his wife, Gina Terry of Fayetteville, three sisters-in-law and their spouses, Joan and Jerry Oates of Benton, Arkansas, Darlene and Westzel Terry of Fayetteville and Barbara and Jerry Johnson also of Fayetteville, and a number of nieces, nephews, his brothers and sisters in Christ, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Van Ledbetter will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 27, 2016
In the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Toney Stowers and Bobby Tatum, Ministers officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Friday, February 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may
Send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

 

Robert Craig Mabry

Mr. Robert Craig Mabry, age 63, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at his home.

He was born March 10, 1952 in De Queen. He was a graduate of Henderson State University with a degree in sociology and the University of Oklahoma with a degree in petroleum land management; he worked for Amaco Oil Company and Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health; was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen and attended Lone Oak Baptist Church. Mr. Mabry was devoted to his family, he enjoyed being on the farm, working, hunting and good conversation. He was a great brother and will be missed.

Mr. Mabry was preceded in death by his parents, R.C. and Floreine Evans Mabry.

He is survived by one brother, Brad Mabry of De Queen.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Mabry will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016, in the Redmen Cemetery with Randy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Mrs. Angela Olene Lindsey Knighten

Mrs. Angela Olene Lindsey Knighten, age 51, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 20, 2016, in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Mrs. Knighten was born November 9, 1964 in Salinas, California. She was a homemaker and loved her family, friends, and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Loren and Opal Lindsey and one grandson, Elijah Lindsey.

Mrs. Knighten is survived by her parents, Waylon and Janet Lindsey of Texarkana and Isabel Ziaz of Salinas, California; one son and daughter-in-law, Isreal and Jessica Lindsey of Tyler, Texas; two daughters and sons-in-law, April and Johnny Harris of Texarkana, Arkansas and Crystal and Andy Maynard of Winthrop, Arkansas; two sisters, Cynthia Lindsey and Cheryl Melson; one brother, Larry Melson; 10 grandchildren, Jordan Lindsey, Sarah Lindsey, Lauren Lindsey, Matthew Lindsey, Skyler Ahumada, Kayla Harris, Levi Harris, Kaylyn Maynard, Hunter Maynard and Kenzie Maynard and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service for Mrs. Knighten will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Campground Cemetery Pavilion with Audie Dawson officiating.

 

Estalee Bard Branson

Estalee (Toad) Bard Branson was born February 21, 1928, to Sadie and Robert Bard and died February 23, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, Faye Barton, Lyla Brown, Robert "Bud" Bard, and Shebly "Teb" Bard. Estalee was also preceded in death by one son, William Benjamin Branson and by two daughters, Marilyn Branson Ferguson, Mona Branson Shelton; one daughter -in-law, Bonny Branson and two sons-in-law, Eugene Shelton and Kenny Ward.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, William (Billy) Branson; one son, Jim Branson (Amy) of Stuttgart, AR; two daughters, Jeanette Lemke (Todd) of Midlothian, TX and Beth Ward of Gillham, AR. Estalee had nine grandchildren: Marla Walter (Michael), LeeAnn Thrasher (Galin), Stacie Evan (Ryan), Kristy Rhode (Mike), Tessa White (Casey), Christopher Shelton, Cameron Shelton, Ben Lemke, and Hannah Lemke; eight great-grandchildren, Owen Walter, Kaylin Walkins, Bailey Walkins, Ryder Evans, Shane Blankenship, Garrett Dixon, Savanna White, and Nathan White. Three in-laws, B.F. Branson, Nea Branson, and Gary Ferguson, as well as a number of nieces and nephews that were very precious to her.

Estalee grew up on the Cossatot River and shared those memoirs in a column she wrote weekly for the De Queen Bee until she sustained a health complication in early January 2016. In her youth she was an accomplished athlete and during her working career she was employed through World Book for more than 20 years in which she achieved top sales person and division manager. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gillham, Arkansas and Democratic Party, both to whom she was extremely loyal. After retiring she served on the Sevier County Library Board and as Mayor of Gillham. Estalee was known for having a kind word and a strong faith, with a full understanding of the Grace of God that she exercised daily. She will be missed.

Funeral services for Mrs. Branson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 27, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Cloninger officiating. Burial will follow in Cossatot Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in her name.

 

 

Paul Edwin Thrash



Mr. Paul Edwin Thrash, age 57, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Saturday, February 13, 2016 in Lockesburg.

He was born to Milton Clarence, Sr., and Virginia Jewel Bell Thrash in Oakland, California, on June 24, 1958. He served in the military with the U. S. Army. Mr. Thrash made a living as a cook. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, and enjoyed fishing, watching sports, westerns, and cooking.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Cynthia Thrash.

He is survived by his wife, April Hobbs Thrash; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles Blackmon of Selma, Alabama, Milton, Jr., and Gwen Thrash of Bowie, Maryland, Michael and Stephanie Young Thrash of Lubbock, Texas, Edward and Tamme Jackson of Stockton, California, Dolvin “Dobie” and Tracy Moore of Texarkana, Arkansas, five sisters and brothers-in-law, Alexandria Thrash of Indianapolis, Maryland, Sandra and Steve Johnson of Las Vegas, Nevada, Sandra Thrash of San Diego, California, Kathy Thrash of Dallas, Texas, and Dee Wynn of Lockesburg, Arkansas, two aunts, Willie Bea Neal of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Ethel Washington of Atlanta, Georgia, one uncle, D. B., Jr. and his wife, Wilma Bell of Murray, Utah, and a number of nieces and nephews.
 

Funeral Services for Mr. Paul Thrash will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 2:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen. Burial will follow in the Holly Spring Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.

 

 

 

Herman Malone Williamson

Herman Malone Williamson, age 96, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 21, 2016, in Texarkana, Arkansas.

He was born September 17, 1919, in Horatio, Arkansas. He was a forest ranger for 30 years, a farmer and rancher, a member of State Line Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo and attended Williamson Community Church in Horatio and Highland Park Baptist Church in Texarkana and was a World War II Navy veteran.

Mr. Williamson was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Susie Franks Williamson; his wife of 68 years, Cleo Brown Williamson and one brother, Winfred Williamson.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Sarah Williamson of Texarkana, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Michael Moffett of Houston Texas; four grandchildren and their spouses, Christina and Doug Dietz, Angela and Jerry Rye, Wade and Riki Williamson and Jon and Dana Williamson and three great-grandchildren, Alyssa Rye, Landi Williamson and Jacob Rye.

Funeral services for Mr. Williamson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2016, in the State Line Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo with Roy Brooks, Larry Darnell, Ray Brown and Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in Cerro Gordo Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

Alvie Gene Clowers

Mr. Alvie Gene Clowers, age 65, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, February 18th at his home.

He was born to Archie Porter and Elsie Mae Hensley Clowers in De Queen, Arkansas, on May 8, 1950. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U. S. Navy. He attained a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University at Texarkana, Texas. He was an employee of Weyerhaeuser Company, working in communications. He was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ, where he served as a Deacon and more recently as an Elder. He was an avid reader, enjoyed working outside, working on electronics, music, and gardening. He loved his tractor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Dale Clowers and Donnie Clowers.

He is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Judith Ann Phipps Clowers of De Queen, three daughters and sons-in-law, Heather and Don Morris of De Queen, Mindy and Eric Brinkman of Hope, and Carrie and Nick Pesetsky of Stillwater, OK; twelve grandchildren, Haley Morris of Fayetteville, AR, Jesse Morris of De Queen; Madilyn Brinkman, Lyla Brinkman, and Jake Brinkman, all of Hope, AR; Nicholas Pesetsky, Porter Pesetsky, and Peter Pesetsky all of Stillwater, OK, Blake Pesetsky of Joplin, MO, Samantha Pesetsky, Schuyler Pesetsky, and Jackson Pesetsky, all of San Antonio, TX; two sisters-in-law, Marie Clowers of Nixa, MO, and Brenda Clowers of De Queen. He is also survived by his wife’s family, three brothers-in-law and their spouses, Richard and Myong Phipps of Willington, CT, Kevin and Tammy M. Phipps of De Queen, and George and Tammy Y. Phipps of Wright City, OK, and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, his church family, and a host friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Gene Clowers will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, February 22nd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Tony Stowers and Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, February 21st from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Guillermina Hernandez Pacheco

 

Mrs. Guillermina Hernandez Pacheco, age 56, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, February 14, 2016 at her home.

She was born November 2, 1959 in San Felipe, Rio Grande, Zacatecas, Mexico to Manuela Martinez and Luciel Pacheco. She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church.

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Pacheco will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 16, 2016, in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center at St. Barbara Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

William Clyde “Bear” Ward

 

Mrs. Ellaveese Ruth Autrey Craig

 

Mrs. Gloria Bell Hooker Harrison

Mrs. Gloria Bell Hooker Harrison, age 73, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 14th at her home.

She was born to Clifton Leo and Faye Conatser Hooker in Mineral Springs, Arkansas, on August 28, 1942. She was a homemaker, and a Baptist. She enjoyed fishing, quilting, puzzles, reading, and crafts. She was a gourmet cook, and cherished the time spent with
her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Jimmy Hooker, and a great-grandchild,Hiedi Smith.

She is survived by her husband of almost 58 years, Willie Harrison of Lockesburg, a son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Michelle Harrison of Lockesburg, three daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Phillip Martz of Lockesburg, Sonja and Rickie Shields of Queen City, Texas, and Sabrena Howe of Lockesburg, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Cathy Hooker of Dierks, and C.L. and Darlene Hooker of Dodge City, Kansas; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Paige and Wes Smith of Horatio, Allison Harrison of Lockesburg, Blake and Lisa Martz of Jefferson, Arkansas, Cara Turner of Lockesburg, Gerade and Samantha Coulter of Lockesburg, Daniel and Chloe Coulter of Lockesburg, Brad Howe of Prauge, Czech Republic, Clinton Howe of Aransas Pass, Texas, five great-grandchildren, Clayton Martz, Hayden Martz, Caroline Turner, Kaylan Coulter, and Daylon Brown.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Gloria Harrison will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in the Belleville Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas, with, Rev. Josh Herwick officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Patsy Ann Staggs Halter

Mrs. Patsy Ann Staggs Halter, age 82, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in De Queen.

She was born December 11, 1933 in Lockesburg. She was a retired nurse, farmer and a member of the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Halter was preceded in death by her parents, Steve Quiller and Mattie Goad Staggs; her husband, Eugene Halter; one son, Joe Bill Halter; three brothers, Cleve Staggs, Raymond Staggs and Winfred Staggs and two sisters, Gladys Vanderbilt and Cora Mae Collins.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Julia Halter and one daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Dennis Chandler, all of De Queen; one sister and brother-in-law, Shelba and Donald “Doodle” Stapp of Dierks; six grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; three brothers-in-law and their spouses, Frank and Henriann Halter of Horatio, Bill and Sandy Halter and Ronnie and Sheila Halter all of De Queen; three sisters-in-law, Betty Murry of De Queen, Rosene Lachmiller of Fredericksburg, Texas and Bobbie Hotdard of Farmersville, Louisiana.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Halter will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 12, 2016, in Mt. Ida Cemetery with Bro. Travis Lane officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Roy Leonard Mann

Mr. Roy Leonard Mann, age 56, a resident of Prescott, Arkansas, died Friday, February 5, 2016 in Wadley Regional Medical Center at Hope, Arkansas.

He was born on December 30, 1959, in De Queen, Arkansas.

Mr. Mann was preceded in death by his wife, Kaylena Wade Mann; and his father, Roy Curtis Mann.

He is survived by his mom, Ethel Akins Mann of Antlers, Oklahoma; two daughters, Pepper Lynn Mann of Quitman, Texas and Evelyn Mann of Dennison, Texas; two sisters, Rebecca Martinez of Foreman, Arkansas and Joyce Sanders of Antlers; one special friend, Shirley; three grandsons and one granddaughter.

Graveside services for Mr. Mann will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in the Blackland Cemetery with Rev. Audie Dawson officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Mrs. Katherine “Kathy” Elaine Taylor Strickland

Mrs. Katherine “Kathy” Elaine Taylor Strickland, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, February 4, 2016 in De Queen.

She was born on June 28, 1951, in De Queen. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Strickland was preceded in death by her parents, Obie and Lorena Peck Taylor; her husband, Charles Everett Strickland and one brother, Robert Taylor.

She is survived by three sons and three daughters-in-law, Chuckie and Dana Strickland of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Jerry and Mandee Strickland of Kirby, Arkansas and Richard and Dacia Strickland of Henderson, Texas; three sisters, Patsy Melson of Lockesburg, Barbara Brakefield of Gillham, Arkansas and Lena Price of De Queen; two brothers, James Taylor of Phoenix, Arizona and David Taylor of Conway, Arkansas; three granddaughters, Haley, Madelyn and Talley Strickland and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Strickland will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 7, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Ronnie Hardin officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery.

 

James K. Best

Mr. James K. Best, Jr., age 82, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Gillham, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in De Queen Medical Center.

He was born to James K. Best, Sr. and Norene Davison Best in the Kellum Community near Gillham, Arkansas, on August 10, 1933. He graduated from Gillham High School in 1951, and then entered the U. S. Navy, and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He worked for Dierks Forestry for 7 years, and retired from the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers with 30 years service. During that time, he received numerous service awards, and he past on his knowledge to his fellow employees. James served on the Gillham School Board, and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Gillham. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, camping, and animals.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Best, their son, James Michael Best, his parents, and a sister, Alice Hutson.

He is survived by two sisters, Irene Collier of Andrews, Texas, and June Johnston of Spring, Texas, and a number of cousins, including, Betty Ray of De Queen, and Doris Mickle of De Queen.

Funeral Services for Mr. James Best will be held on Saturday, February 6th at 2:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Hill officiating. Burial will follow in the Gillham Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Friday, February 5th in the Chandler Funeral Home from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

 

Larry Cord Tugman


Mr. Lawrence “Larry” Cord Tugman, age 54, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Friday, January 29, 2016, at Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born April 17, 1961, in San Jose, California. He was a mechanic at Frank’s Transmission. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being with his friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Sadie Mae Faircloth Tugman.

He is survived by his father, Frank L. Tugman; one brother, Ivan Tugman both of Gillham; three sisters, Cathy Billingsley also of Gillham, Sheila Heath and Renee Gaither both of Mena, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Kevin Joseph Van Meter

Mr. Kevin Joseph Van Meter, age 43, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, Feb. 1st in De Queen.

He was born to Joseph Earl and Patricia Ann Lowrey Van Meter in De Queen, Arkansas, on August 15, 1972. He was a retired employee of De Queen Sand and Gravel, and a Baptist.


He enjoyed fishing, hunting, being at the lake, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with his daughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by two daughters, Carrie Ann Van Meter of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Brittney Van Meter of Idabel, Oklahoma, a grandson, Brighton Bowie of Stillwater, Okla; two brothers, Darren Van Meter of Houston, Texas, and Theron Van Meter of San Antonio, Texas; other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Kevin Van Meter will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, February 4, 2016 in Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, with Charles Ligon officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Visitation will be on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd at Chandler Funeral Home from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mrs. Bonnie Marie Hughes Marshall

Mrs. Bonnie Marie Hughes Marshall, age 66, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, and former resident of De Queen, died Saturday, January 30, 2016 at her home.

She was born to Ollie Lee and Bertha Ann Owens Hughes in Buckeye, Arizona, on April 12, 1949. She was a homemaker. She did remodeling, loved working outside, cooking, needle craft and poetry. She was a published poet, both here in American and in Europe. But her greatest love was that for her children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Wanda Vance, a brother, Marvin Hughes, son, Kelly Sharp, a step-son, Rocky Simmons

She is survived by her husband, Boyd Bryan Marshall of De Queen, one son, Sampson Dawson Cox of Mayflower, Arkansas, six grandchildren, Ariona Kathleen Cox of Foil, Oklahoma,
Eric Cox of Pryor, Oklahoma, Kayla Cox of Broken Bow, Okla., Dakota Cox of New Boston, Texas, Jason Cox and Christopher Cox both of Texas, and 5 great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Bonnie Marshall will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in the Chapelwood Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Monday, February 1st at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.


Mr. Arlis Paul Smith, Jr.

Mr. Arlis Paul Smith, Jr., age 58, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, January 29, 2016. He was born to Arlis Paul, Sr. and Mary Frances Kitchens Smith in De Queen, Arkansas, on July 2, 1957.

He grew up in Sevier County, and made his living in maintenance at the Sevier County Housing Authority. He was a member of 4-C Cowboy Church, and a longtime member of Lowrey Camp in Howard County. He enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, fishing, archery, being outside, camping, and most especially, cherished the time spent with family and friends. He loved animals, especially his mule, Snowman, and his dog, Blanca. Paul was a very kind and gentle man, and had compassion for everyone. He was a wonderful and loving husband and father, and was a true blessing to his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife, Katherine Green Smith of De Queen, two daughters and a son-in-law, RaChelle Taylor of Foreman, and Kammilla and Dylan Carbone of Mena, Arkansas, two grandchildren, Waylon Luke and Arlis Jackson Simpson. He is also survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve and Teresa Smith of Fulton, Arkansas, and Marty and Paula Smith of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Paul Smith will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with burial in the Mt. Ida Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, February 1, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Rodger Dale “Rod” Bizzell

 

Jo Flowers Atkins

Mrs. Jo Flowers Atkins, age 83, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life, Thursday, January 28, 2016 at her home.

She was born to John Fredrick and Mildred Howell Sinclair Flowers in Spring Hill, Arkansas, on April 29, 1932. She was a nurse and homemaker and was a Charter member of Old Time Missionary Baptist Church. Jo loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her very large extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles Dean Atkins, Sr. a daughter Chylene Atkins and a brother Doyle Flowers.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike Atkins, Chuck and Karen Atkins and J. P. and Lisa Atkins all of De Queen; two sisters, Jerri Flowers of Conway, Arkansas and Millie Jean Gaines of Hinsley, Arkansas; six granddaughter Molly and Cameron Arnold of Tampa, Florida, Kayla and John Tollett of Fouke, Arkansas, Amanda Atkins, Sara Atkins, and Julie Atkins all of De Queen and Kaci and Sam Willis of Eagletown, Oklahoma; four grandsons, Ryan and Ashley Atkins of Little Rock, Arkansas, Kyle and Katie Atkins of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Kirby and Giuliana Atkins of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Jake Atkins of De Queen; seven great-grandchildren, Sydney Young and Carson Arnold of Tampa, Florida, Davis Atkins and Beth Ann Atkins of Little Rock, Arkansas, Callie Tollett and Cooper Tollett of Fouke, Arkansas and Joshua Eubanks of De Queen; as well as, special child in her life, Tate Hargrove of De Queen.

Funeral services for Mrs. Jo Atkins will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 30, 2016 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Carlton and Rev. Lane Garner officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, De Queen. Visitation will be held Friday, January 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

 

 

Jerry Don Garrison

Mr. Jerry Don Garrison, age 51, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Tuesday, January 26, 2016, in Huntington, West Virginia.

He was born January 29, 1964, in Nashville, Arkansas. He worked for Pilgrim’s Pride.

Mr. Garrison was preceded in death by his parents, Willard Boyce and Cloteel Glasgow Garrison and infant daughter, Chloee Dawn Garrison.

He is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Jenny Garrison of Dierks; two aunts and several cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Garrison will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 29, 2016, in Athens Cemetery with James McRae officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Mary Alice McMillen

Mrs. Mary Alice McMillen, age 77, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, formerly of De Queen, died Tuesday, January 19, 2016, in Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born July 22, 1938 in McNeil, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Mrs. McMillen was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Pearl Buford Fletcher; her husband, Carl E. McMillen, four brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Carla McMillen of Lockesburg and Lorrie and Chip Thomas of Nash, Texas; one sister, Martha Sue Fletcher of North Carolina; three grandchildren, Shelby Howard, Morgan Howard and Carley Barker, four great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

 

V. Rufus Walker

V. Rufus Walker, age 62, a resident of Lonoke, Arkansas died Monday, January 25, 2016.

He was born January 30, 1953. He was retired from the paper mill in Ashdown, after 23 years.

Mr. Walker was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. and Mrs. James L. Walker; and a stepson, Dayne Bell.

He is survived by, Vanessa Walker of the home; his children, Tobi Plantz, Jeremy Patrick, Allie Walker, and Taylor Walker; his stepchildren, Darin Bell and Kristian Buchanan; his brothers, Ronnie Walker, Donnie Walker and Rickie Walker; his sisters, Debbie Brotherton and Judy Wilson eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 29, 2016 at the New Testament Missionary Baptist Church in Lonoke, Arkansas.

Burial will be at 4:00 p.m. Friday in the Old Piney Cemetery in Lockesburg, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Mrs. Brenda Waters Lemons

Mrs. Brenda Waters Lemons, age 48, a resident of Horatio, died Saturday, January 23, 2016 at her home.

She was born to James Carl and Sandra Renee Watkins Waters in Shreveport, Louisiana, on June 2, 1967. She was a substitute teacher in the Horatio School District with 11 years service, as well as a homemaker. She was a Baptist, and loved being a wife and mother.

She was preceded in death by her mother, and a sister, Sandra Brown.

She is survived by her husband of almost 32 years, Kevin Lemons of Horatio, a daughter, Raya Denise Lemons of Horatio, her father and step-mother, James Carl and Margo Waters of Dallas, Texas, two brothers, Albert Waters of Carthage, Texas, and David Waters of Waskom, Texas, her stepbrothers, Jack David Hess of Arlington, Texas, and Paul Hess of Iowa, a step-sister, Marion Casey of Dallas, Texas. She is also survived by her husband’s family, her father and mother-in-law, Tommy and Carolyn Lemons of Shreveport, Louisiana, her brother-in-law, Gerald Lemons of Shreveport, Louisiana, and a number of nieces and nephews as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Brenda Lemons will be on Tuesday, January 26th at 11:00 A.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Howard Hall officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, January 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home.


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

 

James Arnold Ward

James Arnold Ward, age 25, a resident of Athens, Arkansas, died Thursday, January 21, 2016 at his home.

He was born to Belden Leander and Angela McBride Ward in Texarkana, Texas, on April 8, 1990. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding motorcycles.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Arnold Gene & Marie McBride.

He is survived by his father, Belden Ward of Athens, Arkansas, his mother, Angela McBride of Michigan, a brother, Kyle Lee Ward of Texarkana, Arkansas, a sister, McKenzie Brooke Ward of Athens, Arkansas, his paternal grandparents, Iris and Kevin Varnadoe of Texarkana, Arkansas, and James and Dell Ward of Athens, Arkansas, and other family members.

Funeral Services for Mr. James Ward will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 27, 2016, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Roger Copeland officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen. Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. James David Talley

 

Paul Williams

Mr. Paul Williams, age 95, a resident of Springdale, Arkansas, died Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in Springdale.

He was born on July 23, 1920, in Mineral Springs, Arkansas. He was a retired forester, a member of First Baptist Church in Grannis, a member of the American Legion, a 32nd degree Mason and a World War II U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his wife, Melba Epperson Williams; his parents, A.A. and Ollie Ruth Powell Williams and two sons, Kenneth Paul Williams and James Michael Williams.

He is survived by one granddaughter, Rena McLoud, otherwise known as “Hoby” and her husband, Kendall McLoud of Springdale, AR; two grandsons, Keith Williams and wife Pauline of Prescott, AR and Marc Williams and wife Ann of Camden, AR; 2 daughters-in-law, Betty Williams of Caddo Valley, AR and Andre Williams of Berryville, AR; four great-granddaughters, Lindsay Harriman and husband Randall of Springdale, AR, Alex Dudley of Springdale, AR, Brittany Williams of Prescott, AR and Leslie Williams of Camden, AR; two great-grandsons, Parker Williams of Prescott, AR and Seth Williams of Camden, AR and two great-great grandchildren, Reese and Eli Harriman of Springdale, AR. He is also survived by one half-sister, Mary Bently, of Houston, TX.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Williams will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 23, 2016, in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery in Mena, AR, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen. AR.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Saturday, January 23rd at Beasley Wood Funeral Home in Mena.

 

Usbaldo T. Gonzalez

 

Usbaldo T. Gonzalez, age 65, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, January 16, 2016 in De Queen.

He was born December 31, 1950 in Melchor Muzquiz, Coahuila, Mexico. He was a retired production worker.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Gonzalez; five sons and two daughters-in-law, Usvaldo “Jr.” Gonzalez, Jose and Tasha Gonzalez, Mario and Felicia Gonzalez, Benito Gonzalez, and Arnulfo Gonzalez; and seven grandchildren.

No services are scheduled at this time.

 

John E. Farley

John E. Farley, age 78, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Monday, January 18, 2016 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

He was born January 3, 1938 in Dierks, Arkansas. He was an insulator for Land Coast Insulation Company, a poultry farmer for Tyson Foods, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Gillham Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew J. and Bessie Works Farley; and two brothers, James Farley and Arthur Farley.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lawanda Wise Farley of Gillham; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Jane Frachiseur Farley of Gillham; two daughters and a son-in-law, Kathy and Ed Graham of Ft. Smith and Karen January of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Billy Frank and Bonita Farley of De Queen, Arkansas; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Lou and Doyle Bagley and Barbara Sue West, all of Wickes, Arkansas; four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, three step grandchildren, two step great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Farley will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Ray Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Mineral Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Mary Lou Beard

 

Mary Lou Beard, age 80, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2016, in Levelland, Texas.

She was born to Marie (Burrows) and William Etchison on January 7, 1936, in the community of Mineral, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, B.C. Beard in 2005; her parents; one brother and three half-sisters.

Mrs. Beard is survived by one sister, Carol Kirkpatrick of Levelland, Texas; one brother, Gerry Etchison of Lubbock, Texas and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Beard will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Mineral Cemetery with Richard Leach officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

William Andrew “Bill” Hardin

Mr. William Andrew “Bill” Hardin, age 75, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, January 15, 2016 at his home. He was born to Andrew Crosley and Mary Catherine Lambert Hardin in Pontotoc, Mississippi on May 14, 1940.

He was a graduate of Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. He was Production Manager and Plant Manager at National Plastics of Port Gibson, Mississippi for 21 years, Plant Engineer at Poulan Weedeater Injection Molding Operations, De Queen for 3 years, and Manager of Plastics and Tooling, Poulan Weedeater, De Queen for 13 years. Bill retired from Poulan/Weedeater in December of 2004. He attended Memorial Baptist Church in De Queen. Since his retirement, Bill spent his time restoring antique tractors, attending and showing his tractors at club shows and local festivals. He was a member of the Rusty Relic Tractor Club, Nashville. He was preceded in death by his father, and an infant daughter, Melissa Hardin.

He is survived by his wife of over 51 years, Werdna Weeks Hardin of De Queen, a son and daughter-in-law, Shawn Lee and Julie Hardin of Hot Springs, Arkansas, two daughters and sons-in-law, Michele and Kent Turner of New Hope, Arkansas, and Rebekah and Marty Bearden of Umpire, Arkansas, five grandchildren, Andrew, and his wife, Angel Hardin, Gracie Hardin, Landon Hardin, Alleigh Tucker, Seth Bearden, two great-grandchildren, Paxton Hardin and Ayden Hardin., his mother, Catherine Hardin of Pontotoc, Mississippi, two brothers, and a sister-in-law, Michael and Julene Hardin of Guntown, Mississippi, and Rick Hardin of Pontotoc, Mississippi, and a number of nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all of his friends from Poulan and the Rusty Relic Tractor Club for their friendship and making his retirement years more enjoyable. The family would also like to express their appreciation to Dr. Clay Ferguson, to the staff at Dierksen Hospice of Texarkana, Arkansas, and his personal sitters for their loving support.

Funeral Services for Mr. Bill Hardin will be held on Tuesday, January 19th at 2:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Carlton and Rev. Larry Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

Visitation will be on Monday, January 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Tony Lynn Champion

Tony Lynn Champion, age 56, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, January 11, 2016, in Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born January 21, 1959, in Nashville, Arkansas. He was a caregiver and member of the Dierks Church of Christ.

Mr. Champion was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Iler Barnett Champion and one brother, Tim Champion.

He is survived by his aunt, Evelyn Shelton of Center Point, Arkansas; his special friends, Pam and Jerry Kirby and Mark Tyron and family and a number of cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Champion will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2016, in Sunshine Cemetery in Dierks with Mike Moore officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.



Charles Robert “Johnny” Wright

Mr. Charles Robert “Johnny” Wright, age 72, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Sunday, January 10, 2016 in De Queen Therapy and Living Center

He was born to Lowell and Mildred Nolen Wright on May 28, 1943 in Hooks, Texas. He was a retired auto mechanic, and member of the Ashdown Church of Christ. He drove dragster and funny cars for Mickey Thompson at a young age in California. He was a NHRA member, enjoyed golfing, and drag racing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Tony Wright.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Wright of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda & Mike Keagly of LaMesa, California, a son, John Wright of Spirit Lake, Iowa, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Diane Wright of Shreveport, La., and Jimmy & Michelle Wright of Ashdown, Arkansas, a sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Bob VanHooser of Texarkana, Texas, two step-sons and a their spouses, Gary & Deanna Baker of Haworth, Oklahoma, Jay and Robin Adams of Ashdown, Arkansas, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchildren.

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


 

 

Mary Helen Jaquess Downing

Mary Helen Jaquess Downing, age 77, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Monday, January 11, 2016, in De Queen Medical Center in De Queen.

She was born December 1, 1938 in Pushmataha, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and attended the Provo Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Downing was preceded in death by her parents, G.W. and Elizabeth Johnson Jaquess; her husband, Clarence Henry Downing; three sons, Darrell, Danny and Wayne Downing; and a brother, Joe Jaquess.

She is survived by four sons; David Downing of Harold, Arkansas, Steve Downing of Camden, Arkansas, Michael Downing of Lockesburg, and Kris and Dee Downing of Lockesburg; one daughter-in-law, Patsy Downing; three sisters, Barbara Rink of De Queen, Linda Launius of Lockesburg and Shirley Byrum of Blevins, Arkansas; one brother, Junior Jaquess of Ben Lomond, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Missy Downing, Sandy Tutt, Kara Shea Downing, D.J. Downing and Josh Downing; four great grandchildren, Gena Gray, Colton Shelton, Ronnie Wayne Tutt and Eric James Tutt; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Downing will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in the Belleville United Methodist Church with Clayton Crow officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the funeral home.

 

 

Mrs. Stella Mae Keeney Shelton

 

Mr. R.B. Elliott

Mr. R.B. Elliott, age 87, a resident of Bossier City, Louisiana, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at his home.

He was born October 7, 1928 in De Queen and was retired from the United States Air Force.

Mr. Elliott was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Paul and Lela Mae Godwin Elliott; his wife, Lieselotte Elliott; a son, Larry Norman Elliott, a grandson, Steven Elliott; four brothers, L.P., Wayne, Donald and Lloyd Elliott.

He is survived by his wife, Shu Elliott; two daughters and a son-in-law, Paula Elliott and Linda and Terry Murphy, all of Bossier City; one stepson, John Clint Holt of Benton, Louisiana; his grandchildren, Billy Murphy, Linda L. Murphy, Pamela Murphy, Armanda Elliott-Daulton; his 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.

Funeral Services for Mr. Elliott are 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery.

 

 

Harriett Sue Rogers

Harriett Sue Rogers, age 65, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, January 7, 2016 in De Queen Therapy and Living Center.

She was born October 11, 1950 in Abberville, Louisiana. She was a Catholic.

She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Paul Rogers; one sister, Jennifer Jean Wray Wright.

She is survived by her mother and step father, Helen and James D. Wray of De Queen; one sister, Linda Rogers Miller, of De Queen; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond P. Jr. and Mary Sue Rogers of De Queen, Charlie and Tracy Wray of Louisiana and James and Lisa Wray of De Queen; one brother-in-law, Nathaniel Wright; nieces, nephews and many friends at the Sevier County Adult Activity Center.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Cremation arranged by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Sevier County Adult Activity Center.

 

 

Mr. Albert C. “PeeWee” Gentry

Mr. Albert C. “PeeWee” Gentry, a resident of De Queen, died Monday, January 4th at his home.

He was born to William Carl and Claudia Inez Bishop Gentry on September 28, 1932 in Van Alstyne, Texas. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U. S. Air Force, stationed in Saudi Arabia. He worked as a mechanic for the De Queen Ford Co, as well as a poultry grower for Pilgrim’s Pride. He was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Most of all, he cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a great-grandchild, Joshua Tadlock.

He is survived by his wife of over 63 years, Anita Jean Johnson Gentry of De Queen,two sons and a daughter-in-law, Alan and Denise Gentry of De Queen, and Doug Gentry of Bangkok, Thailand, two daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Doug Franklin of Little Elm, Texas, and Claudia and David Weeks of Fort Collins, Colorado, eight grandchildren and their spouses, Matthew and Whitney Franklin, Bradley and Andrea Gentry, Amy and Josh Tadlock, Briony and Chad Jenkins, Nathan Weeks, Desire Weeks, Dayton Weeks, and Jessie Gentry,
Eight great-grandchildren, Emilia Franklin, Dakota Gentry, Lexie Gentry, Kylie, Jacie, Landrie, Maggie Joe, and Charlie Kate Tadlock, a brother and sister-in-law, William and Suzette Gentry of Granbury, Texas, a sister and brother-in-law, Imogene and John Tidwell of Wickes, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Albert Gentry will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, January 8, 2016 in Redmen Cemetery with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating. Visitation will be open.

 

Mrs. Katherine “Kathy” Elaine Stegall

Mrs. Katherine “Kathy” Elaine Stegall, age 62, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Monday, January 4, 2016.

Mrs. Stegall was born on August 4, 1953, in Pensacola, Florida. She was a homemaker and a member of the Rock Hill Baptist Church in Lockesburg.

Mrs. Stegall was preceded in death by her son, Larry Stegall, Jr.; parents, Jessie Wilson and Effie Sunday; one sister, Thelma Walker and three brothers, Malcom Wilson, Jimmy Wilson and Eugene Wilson.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Stegall, two daughters and sons-in-law, Mickie and Wayne McWhorter of Lockesburg and Robin and Chris Gauldin of Foreman, Arkansas; one son, J.J. Stegall of Lockesburg; two sisters, Iris Haveard and JoAnn VanBillard both of Pensacola, Florida; her brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Elayne Stegall of Lockesburg; five grandchildren, Hannah, Noah and Lane Gauldin and Layne and Kris McWhorter; three great-grandchildren, Bentley Alexander, Bentley Gauldin and Easton Gauldin and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Mrs. Billy Ann Parker Smith-Buck

Mrs. Billy Ann Parker Smith-Buck, age 79, a resident of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 31, 2015, at the home of her son, Walter Smith, in De Queen.

She was born January 7, 1936 in Lindale, Texas. She was a retired employee of the De Queen School District with 23 years service, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Grannis, and also attended the Curtis Assembly of God Church at Curtis, Arkansas. She enjoyed reading, looking at magazines, watching old movies, was a doll collector, but above all, she cherished the time spent with family especially her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Walter Lenard Smith, Sr., two brothers, Johnny Parker and Arthur Parker, and a sister, Bessie Lockhart.

She is survived by her husband, Floyd Buck of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, a son and daughter-in-law, Walter, Jr. and Bonita Smith of De Queen, two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Jeff Frachiseur of Dierks, Arkansas, and Ange and Gary Coulter of Lockesburg, Arkansas. Four grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer Camp of Benton, Arkansas, Natasha and Josh Mayhood of Bonnerdale, Arkansas, Liz and Andy Woodard of Benton, Arkansas and Kayla Coulter of Lockesburg, five great-grandchildren, Chloe Mayhood, Sophie Mayhood, Marlee Mayhood, and Zander Mayhood all of Bonnerdale, Arkansas, and Lincoln Woodard of Benton, Arkansas, one brother and sister-in-law, Boots and Chris Parker of Salem, Oregon, one sister and brother-in-law, Tommie and Wayne Easley of Cleburne, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Billy Smith-Buck will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, in the Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Grannis, Arkansas, with Bro. Dennis Pruitt officiating. Burial will follow in the Holly Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be open. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

Mr. Kenneth Wade McNealy

 

Mrs. Mary Joyce Perez

 

Salvador Perez-Gaspar

 

Mrs. Betty Louise Williams Biddle

 

Mrs. Carlene Breedlove Carver

Mrs. Carlene Breedlove Carver, affectionately called, Dolly, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, December 20th in the Christus St. Michael Health System.

She was born to Carl William and Tressie Mae Young Breedlove in the Wright Chapel Community of Sevier County on February 13, 1944. She was a member of the Falls Chapel Presbyterian Church, and was retired from the Little River County Health Department, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed puzzles and board games.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Raymond “Punk” Carver in 1992, two sisters, Mary Louise Chambers, and Martha Tyson.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, William Brent and Susie Carver of Lockesburg, two daughters and a son-in-law, Angie Owens of Lockesburg, and Lori Ann and Jerry Davis of Ashdown, six grandchildren, Chace Owens, Tressie and her husband, Dylan Webb, Jarrett Davis, John Carver, Emily Carver and Marlee Carver, three great-grandchildren, Harlee Webb, Kash Webb, and Laini Webb, one brother, Devonne Breedlove of Ashdown, two sisters, Emma Ruth Carver of Lockesburg, and Donna Jo Jenkins of Little Rock, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Dolly Carver will be held on Tuesday, December 22nd at 2:00 P.M., in the Falls Chapel Presbyterian Church with Bro. Kenny Polk officiating. Burial will follow in the Falls Chapel Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

 

Luther Lavan Smith

Mr. Luther Lavan Smith, age 83, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, December 13, 2015 in the Christus St. Michael Health System.

He was born to Martin Luther and Rhonda Turrentine Smith in Sevier County, Arkansas, on March 4, 1932. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U. S. Army, and was retired from Weyerhaeuser Company after 44 years of service. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Horatio, and enjoyed tinkering with machines, and ranching.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, James Weldon Smith, Jessie Mae Davis, Leona Avon Smith, and Mattie Valerie Dixon, and his daughter Thrada Smith.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Mary Lou Boyles Smith of De Queen, two sons, Steven Smith of Horatio, and Bruce Smith of Flint, Michigan, eight daughters and a son-in-law, Charlotte Marie Perrin of Chicago, Ill, Jerri Edd of Wilton, Arkansas, Winnie Sykes of California, Tammy Johnson, Teresa Hill, and Carla Smith all of De Queen, LaDonna Smith of Horatio, and Patti and John Venzant of Conway, Arkansas, eighteen grandchildren including VonDerrick Smith of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews, and other family members.

Funeral Services for Mr. Luther Smith will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, December 19th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with Pastor Jerome Edwards officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Sunset Acres Cemetery, Horatio.
Visitation will be on Friday, December 18, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

 

Mr. Bobby Gene Quinn

 

Ronda Darlene Kelly Mitchell

Ms. Ronda Darlene Kelly Mitchell, age 48, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, December 5th at her home.

She was born to Dale and Lorene Roland Kelly in Paris, Texas, on October 22, 1967. She worked in manufacturing, and was a Baptist. She enjoyed watching TV, reading, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, her grandparents, Charles Robert and Mary Delilah Roland, and James and Ruby Kelly. She is survived by her father, Dale Kelly, Sr. of Westbrook, Texas, a son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Amy Mitchell of Jonesboro, Arkansas, a daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Mike Mitchell Raczka of Crosby, Texas, four grandchildren, Amaya and Jacob Rhea of Mississippi, Jorden and Bailey Mitchell of Jonesboro, Arkansas, a brother and sister-in-law, Roger Dale and Deanna Kelly of Colorado City, Texas, three sisters and a brother-in-law, Becky Matney of De Queen, Dawn Molina of Wickes, Arkansas, and Jimmie and Rocky Salazar of Big Spring, Texas, and a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Ronda Mitchell will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 9, 2015 in the Grannis Cemetery, Grannis, Arkansas, with Rev. Floyd Wright officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. The family will meet at the home of Lisa Franklin, 118 JB Logan Circle, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mabel Lorene Payte Strasner

 

Ernestine “Teenie” Brummett Golden

 

Mr. Leonard J. Ruth

Mr. Leonard J. Ruth, age 66, a resident of Horatio, died Friday, December 4, 2015 in the De Queen Medical Center.

He was born to Ernest and Rosia Mae Blackburn Ruth in De Queen, Arkansas, on September 18, 1949. He was a retired mechanic, and enjoyed riding his motorcycle, and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Donald Ruth, and David Ruth, two sisters, Mary Louise Ruth, and Ruby Ellen Ruth.

Leonard is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Samantha and Don Bland of Campbell, Texas, and Traci and Todd Short of Lockesburg, Arkansas, three grandchildren, Hattie Bland of Campbell, Texas, and Tatum and Titus Short of Lockesburg, one brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Wanda Ruth of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Leonard Ruth will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 7th in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen, Ark., with Rev. Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, December 6th at Chandler Funeral Home from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M.

 

Mrs. Ruthie Marie Willis Blanchard McCoy
 

 

 

Betty Lee Hill Brock

Betty Lee Hill Brock, age 86, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 3, 2015, in Dierks.

She was born February 27, 1929, in Dierks. She was a homemaker and member of the Dierks Church of Christ.

Mrs. Brock was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Rosie Choate Hill and a number of brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Cletus Brock; two daughters and a son-in-law, Joan Williamson and Patricia and Terry Bissell; one son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Debbie Brock all of Dierks; six grandchildren, five great- grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Brock will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 5, 2015, in the Dierks Church of Christ with James McRae, Bill Paxton and Lance Lowrey officiating. Burial will follow in Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, December 4th at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

Clara Eslee Counts Presley

Clara Eslee Counts Presley, age 90, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, December 2, 2015, in Christus St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born June 11, 1925 in Cove, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She is survived by her husband Milton Presley; two sons and daughters-in-law, Milford and April Presley of San Diego, California and J.L. and Lorene Presley of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Leland Lowe of Sweet Home, Oregon; one sister, Ivil Rowell of Mena, Arkansas; ten grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 7, 2015 in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

 

 

 

Eddy Neil Owen

 

Eddy Neil Owen, age 44, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, December 1, 2015, in McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma.

He was born August 4, 1971 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a truck driver at Rustin Cement.

Neil was preceded in death by a grandchild, Kason.

He is survived by his wife, Terri Jean Eldridge Owen; one daughter, Ashley Mc Gaha Owen; one son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Whitney Owen; his parents, Eddy and Susan McCoy Owen; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Terri and Trey Casanover, all of Eagletown and Beth and Tony Hughes of De Queen; five grandchildren, Zavion Bell, Malachi Bell, Keyanna McCants, Tayan and Aden; three very special friends, Hoover Chambless, Chad Chadwick and Bruce Hopson; and a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 4, 2015 in Eagletown Cemetery with Chuck Darby officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

 

 

Ronald D. “Ronnie” Kesterson

 

Ronald D. “Ronnie” Kesterson, age 70, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, November 27, 2015 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born June 14, 1945 in Dierks. He was a member of Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church, was a longtime barber of 52 years - almost 50 in Dierks. He loved his family, his church and his customers.

Mr. Kesterson was preceded in death by his parents, Kelsie and Cozie Kirby Kesterson, one brother, Donald R. Kesterson; one sister, Norma R. Kesterson; nephew, Jeffery D. Kesterson and a sister-in-law, Mary Kesterson.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sharon Kesterson; two daughters and son-in-law, Denise and Warren Roberson of Crandall, Texas and Paula Kesterson of Bryant, Arkansas; grandchildren, Joshua, Peyton and Baylee Roberson all of Crandall, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Bobby D. and Gloria Kesterson of Dierks; one uncle and aunt, Jack and Chris Kesterson of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; nephews, Jerry Kesterson and wife Laci of Grapeland, Texas and Joel Kesterson and wife Valerie of Bossier City, Louisiana; niece, Michelle Kesterson of Waterloo, Iowa and a number of other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Kesterson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 30, 2015, at Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Clyde Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Burg Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, November 29th at the funeral home in Dierks.

You can make donations to Holly Creek Van Fund.

 

Granvel Dean “Johnny” Arnold

 
Granvel Dean “Johnny” Arnold, age 78, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at his home.

He was born August 7, 1937 in Dierks. He was an employee of Briar Plant for 43 years, was the pastor of Community of Christ Church near Dierks and an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved his family and family get togethers.

Mr. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, Jeff and Vera Kitchens Arnold and one brother, Roger Arnold.

He is survived by his wife, Roxie Duckett Arnold; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Daniel Arnold and Hubert “Eddie” and Dana Arnold; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Wilma Cogburn and Jeffie and Sam Roth all of Dierks and one beloved sister-in-law, Leah Arnold; four grandchildren, Alex Arnold, Cody and his wife Kristen Arnold, Patience Arnold and KayLynn Brasel; one great-grandson, Harley Arnold and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Arnold will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 29, 2015, in Newhope Freewill Baptist Church with Richard Leach and Scott Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow in Hickory Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, November 28th at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

Mr. Wesley James Hudson, Jr

 

Mr. Wesley James Hudson, Jr., age 63, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Thursday, November 26, 2015, in Lockesburg, Arkansas.

He was born June 3, 1952, in Talihina, Oklahoma. He was a bridge inspector for the Oklahoma Highway Department and a member of the Mountain Fork Presbyterian Church in Eagletown.

Mr. Hudson was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Edna Wilson Hudson; one brother, Michael Hudson and one sister, Theda Ray Jefferson.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Rick Hall of Gillham, Arkansas; one son, Wesley Hudson III of Eagletown; one step-daughter, Crystal Luna of Plano, Texas; one brother, Donald Eugene Wilson of Lawton, Oklahoma and six grandchildren, Jesse and James Hall, Jordan Lane Mills, Benjamin Jade Hudson, McKenzie Lynn Hudson and Hugo Luna.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Mr. Danny Joe Suggs

Mr. Danny Joe Suggs, age 52, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 25 in the De Queen Medical Center, De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born to Paul Harold and Lottie Lou Belcher Suggs in Wilson, Arkansas, on June 8, 1963. He was a member of the Williamson Community Church and a pipe fitter. He enjoyed computers and electronics, and spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his maternal grandparents, Mose and Mattie Belcher and his paternal grandparents, Claude and Florella Suggs.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Shawna and Cody Stinnett of De Queen, two brothers, Jimmy Suggs of Hope, Arkansas, and Bobby Suggs of Wake Village, Texas, four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Brenda Brown of Wickes, Arkansas, Glenda Suggs of Foreman, Arkansas, Jeanette and Eugenio Rojas of De Queen, and Loretta and Fernando Rivas of Horatio, two grandchildren, Raeleigh Stinnett and Carson Stinnett, a special aunt, Mae Schraeder of De Queen, and a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Danny Suggs will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 28th in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, November 27th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M

 

Mary Jane Berry Correnti

Mary Jane Berry Correnti, age 97, a resident of Mena, AR died Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in DeQueen Therapy and Living Center surrounded by her oldest child and her amazing caregivers.

She was born at home on November 4, 1918, the first daughter of ten children born to Harry F. Lyle and Ella J. Wolfe Lyle, in Holly Springs near Mena.  She was an exceptional mother and gardener and was devoted to her church.  She was a Catholic and served as a Eucharistic minister for many years, still visiting her “old folks” when she was 90. She was a member of St. Agnes Altar Society.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by Henry W. Berry, the father of her 10 children, and by her second husband, Joseph M. Correnti, Sr., her youngest son, John Peter “Pete” Berry, step-sons, Rev. Joseph Correnti and Vincent Correnti and son in law, Dr. Griffith H. Ferrell, Jr.  three brothers and their spouses,  John Robert Lyle (Thelma), James Lyle (Frances), Joseph Lyle(Marietta), one sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Michie (Charles), brothers-in-law Henry Sherrill and Randall Mudd, and sister-in-law, Janet Lyle.

She is survived by: Three sons, Henry W. Berry (Pauline), Mission Viejo, CA, Dennis A. (Becky) Berry, Bryant, AR, Timothy Berry (Dianne), Mena, AR; Six daughters, Mary Jane “Dolly” Ferrell, Arkadelphia, AR, Martha Starling, (Jerry) Chandler, OK, Angela Ward (Lee), St. Hedwig, TX, Connie McMillan (Darrell), Ozark, AR, Gabrielle R. Thrailkill (Daniel, Sr.) De Queen, AR, and Gemma Fieser (Rick), Moline, IL, Daughter-in-law Chyrel Berry of Mena, AR; Thirty one grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren; Sisters, Katherine Mudd, El Paso, TX, Patricia Sherrill, Deckard TN, and Joni Cunningham; Brothers, Thomas Lyle, Albuquerque, NM and Michael Lyle (Mary Frances), Nashville, TN. and a host of nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a dear friend, Barbara Waller and a faithful furry friend, Sing.

A celebration of her life and visitation will be Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Mena, AR. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, December 3 at 12 Noon with Father Juan Manjarrez as celebrant.  Interment will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Rocky, Arkansas.

 

Mr. Amos Ronnie Gauldin

 

Mr. Amos Ronnie Gauldin, age 73, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Saturday, November 21, 2015 in the Little River Memorial Hospital in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born January 6, 1942 in the Miller Community of Little River County. He was a truck driver, farmer and U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Gauldin was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin Ernest and Ona Lee Pond Gauldin; and his wife, Beverly Rose Forman Gauldin.

He is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Andy Gauldin and Calvin and Kathy Gauldin, all of Foreman, and Todd and Carmen Gauldin of Queen City, Texas; two step-sons, Raymond and Jessica Winslow of Jacksonville, Florida and Gary Winslow of Huntington Beach, California; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Duck and Jo Gauldin, J.L. Gauldin and David and Tina Gauldin, all of Foreman; one sister and brother-in-law, Pat and Bill Matthews of Alexandria, Louisiana; 13 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mr. Gauldin will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2015 in the First Baptist Church in Foreman with Trent Liggin and Tracy Williams officiating.

 

Mr. Jerry Dean Brown

 

Mr. Jerry Dean Brown, age 79, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Saturday, November 21, 2015 at his home.

He was born January 10, 1936. He was retired from the Ashdown paper mill, was a member of the National Guard, and a Christian.

Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Earnest and Ola Mae Fant Brown; his wife, Ila Rene “Marty” Brown; two brothers, Vernon Brown and Herman Brown; and two sisters, Gladys Snow and Freddie Yates.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Pam Brown of Texarkana, Arkansas; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Scott Gilbert of Lockesburg and Sonya and John Frachiseur of De Queen; six grandchildren, Charles Earnest Brown, Jerry Dewayne Brown, Katie Brooke Frachiseur, John Allen Frachiseur, Marley Jeanette Gilbert, and Daniel Scott Gilbert; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Brown will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2015 in the Lockesburg Cemetery with Ron Elkins officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2015 at the funeral home.

Mr. Layne Owen Webb

Mr. Layne Owen Webb, age 50, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, went to be with his Heavenly Father, Friday, November 20th.

 He was born to Ralph Owen and Jennie Morris Webb in Conway, Arkansas on October 19, 1965. He was retired from the U. S. Air Force, and was former administrator of De Queen Medical Center. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen. He loved music especially jazz, and was a professional percussionist. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

 He was preceded in death by his father.

 He is survived by his wife of over 28 years, Cindy L. Newman Webb of De Queen, a son, Phillip Joseph Webb of De Queen, his mother, Jennie Webb of Conway, Arkansas, a brother, Chris Webb of Cabot, Arkansas, a sister and brother-in-law, Darcy and Jonathan Caplan of Conway, Arkansas. He is also survived by his wife’s family, his mother-in-law, Carlene Newman of De Queen, a sister-in-law, Kelly and her husband, Craig Whitworth of Conway, a brother-in-law, Carl and his wife, Jennifer Newman of Conway, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mr. Layne Webb will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, November 23rd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Josh Herweck and Rev. Charles Hebert officiating. Burial will be Wedenesday November 25th at 12:00 PM in the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, Arkansas with Rev. James Wilson officiating. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Judy Washington Green

Mrs. Judith Helen Whiles Washington Green, age 70, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, died Sunday, November 15th in a Texarkana Hospital.

She was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 20, 1945. After her mother’s death, she and her sister, Marcia were reared by her grandmother, Lillie Penney Judy graduated from De Queen High School in 1963, and moved to Texarkana in 1965, where she received her nursing degree. She worked for Dr. Rory for many years, and then opened a Day Care in her home, and was called “Mimi”. Many of the children she care for, regarded her as a family member. She was an active member of the Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, and the Red Hat Ladies. She lived by her motto, “Live, Laugh, and Love”.

Judy was preceded in death by her mother, Ethel Penney Whiles, her grandmother, Lillie Penney, her sister, Marcia Marfell, her husband, Jim Washington.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Green of Texarkana, Texas, three step daughters- Yolanda Alzate and Kellie Balderama both of Hainesville, Georgia, and Michelle Posey of Mauretas, Louisiana, seven step-grandchildren, as well as a large number of cousins.

Memorial Service for Mrs. Judy Green will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 28th in the Northern Hills Baptist Church, 6000 Sammy Lane, Texarkana, Arkansas, with Rev. Roger Copeland officiating. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

Corinne Johnson Coker

A funeral service for Corinne (Johnson) Coker, age 83 of Saint Jo is set for 10:00 AM, Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Assembly of God Church in Saint Jo. Burial will follow in Coker Cemetery outside of Saint Jo. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo. Mrs. Coker died Tuesday, November 3, 2015.


Corinne was one of five children born to Roy and Clarice (Brizendine) Johnson. She was born on July 17, 1932 in DeQueen, Arkansas. At the age of 20, she graduated at the top of her class with her Registered Nurse degree from Saint Joseph Hospital in Hot Springs, AR. She also received her Nursing Home Administration degree in 1973.


In 1953, Corinne married Bill Qualls in Poteau, OK. They became the proud parents of four children, 3 daughters and one son. She worked for many years as a surgical and trauma nurse. In 1970, she purchased the closed hospital in Saint Jo and reopened the building as the Yesteryear Nursing Home. The family ran the nursing home until 1985 when they sold it. Corinne then went to work in the VA System and retired in 1995.


In 1978, Corinne married Noble Coker and they made their home together in Saint Jo. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church. She loved antiques, sewing, remodeling, traveling, and helping Noble with his cattle. She spent her whole life lovingly taking care of others. She was most proud of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all those who knew her.


Corinne is survived by: husband Noble Coker; children: son, Steve Qualls and wife, Teri of Ballinger, TX, daughters: Stacy McMahan and husband, Joel of Saint Jo, TX, Shelta Ivins and husband, Jim of Morrison, TN, Sherri Phillips and husband, Tony of Quitman, TX; step-son Noble F. Coker and wife Elli of Los Angeles, CA; brother, James Johnson and wife, Nita of Houston, TX and sisters: Shelly Thompson of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Linda Jo Johnson of DeQueen, Arkansas; nineteen grandkids and thirteen great-grandkids.


She was preceded in death by her: parents, grandson Billy Ivins, great-grandson Isaiah Ivins, brothers Gail Johnson and Larry Wayne.


Pallbearers were: Kendell Gaston, Jacob Ivins, Michael Qualls, Kamron McMahan, Jesse Brawner, Matthew Qualls, Kevin McMahan, James Clark, and Leslie McMahan.

 

Layne Jeffrey Woods

Layne Jeffrey Woods, 16, of De Queen, Arkansas died on November 15, 2015 in a hunting accident near De Queen.

Layne was born on July 14, 1999 to Jeff and Allison Woods of De Queen. He loved playing football, baseball, and hunting, especially duck hunting. He was a sophomore at De Queen High School. He loved the Leopards. Layne was a Christian and a member of the Church of Christ in De Queen.

Layne is survived by his parents and one brother, Gage Woods; his grandparents Bobby and Linda Dodd of Texarkana, Texas, Leonard and Ann Woods of De Queen; his uncles and aunts Steve and Rene King of Columbia, South Carolina, David and Lanette Brosin of Little Elm, Texas, Paul and Leigh Ann Pippen of Maud, Texas, Bobby and Staci Young of De Queen, Rocky and Shelly Halter of Sherwood, Arkansas, Ronnie and Angela Dodd of Nashville, Arkansas; his cousins Ben King, Allyson and David Moffat of Columbia, South Carolina, Blake and Austin Brosin of Little Elm, Texas, Alex Young, Aundra and Clint Cobb and Aubrie Smith of De Queen, Riley and Peyton Dodd of Nashville, Arkansas, and Eli and Micah Halter of Sherwood, Arkansas.

Funeral Services for Mr. Layne Woods will be held Thursday, November 19th at 2:00 P.M., at the Church of Christ in De Queen with Minister Toney Stowers and Minister Tye Barnett officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 18th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Please make donations in Layne’s Memory to the De Queen Leopards Athletic Booster Club, C/O: Sissy Arndt, P.O. Box 1045, De Queen, Arkansas 71832.

 

Mrs. Ruby Rogers Bivins

Mrs. Ruby Rogers Bivins, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, November 14, 2015 at her home.

She was born to Joseph and Janetta Lamb in Pima, Arizona, on November 28, 1925. She was Retired from the Red River Army Depot, retiring after 20 years of service, as well as a homemaker. She was an active member of the Smyrna Church of Christ, and a member of Lamba Delta Sigma Sorority. She was voted as Woman of Year award from Union EHC, and received a Certificate of appreciation for 14 years as president of Union EHC. She also was a member of the Union Quilting Club and AARP. She enjoyed crafts, gardening, quilting, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and traveling, She was a very strong and hard working woman who cherished the time spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert Bivins, two daughters, Janetta Mae Bivins, and Joanna Currier, three grandsons, Bobby, Darin, and Brad, one great-grandson, Daniel, and her siblings, Mark Rogers, Dean Rogers, Wallace Rogers, Remo Rogers, Omer Rogers, Luke Rogers, Liliah Rogers.

She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Samuel and Nancy Bivins of Hutchinson, Kansas, Daniel and Kathy Bivins of Gillham, Arkansas, Donnie and Cindy Bivins of Haworth, Oklahoma, and Randy and Emily Bivins of Foreman, Arkansas, four daughters and sons-in-law, Dena and Charles House of Ashdown, Arkansas, Barbara and Benny Smith of Kilgore, Texas, Twylla and Ronnie Parrish of De Queen, Arkansas, and Anita Evans and Mondo Flores of De Queen, one brother, Oscar Rogers of Boise, Idaho, 28 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruby Bivins will be held Friday, November 20th at 10:00 A.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Charles Krudwig officiating. Burial will follow in the Gravelly Cemetery, Foreman, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday, November 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Mr. Richard Melvin “Ricky” Sexton

Mr. Richard Melvin “Ricky” Sexton, age 59, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Sunday, November 15, 2015 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born April 4, 1956 in Texarkana, Texas. He attended Williamson Community Church and loved football, baseball, golf and the Horatio Lions.

Mr. Sexton was preceded in death by his father, John Sexton; a daughter, Mindy Lynn Sexton; a granddaughter, Nikki Sexton; a sister, Alice Roberts; and a nephew, Justin Collum.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Williamson Sexton of Horatio; one daughter, Heather Sexton of Horatio; his mother, Bertha McCorkle Sexton; one brother, Dale Collum of Wake Village, Texas; one sister, Mary Helen Sexton; three grandchildren, Gracie Sexton, Taylor Chavez and Teresa Chavez; and a number of nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Sexton will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in the Clear Creek Cemetery with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Mary Christine Huddleston Griffin

Mrs. Mary Christine Huddleston Griffin, age 88, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at a local medical facility.

She was born to Henry Edward and Trudie Annie Ellis Huddleston in Nashville, Arkansas, on March 21, 1927. While in Baytown, she assisted her husband for many years in the family appliance business, and later was a “champion pastry cook” at one of the local school cafeterias as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Union Quilting Club and EHC Club. She enjoyed gardening and quilting.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, J. E. “Toots” Griffin, a son, Carl Griffin, her parents, her twin sister, Catherine Troutman, her brothers, Joe Huddleston, and Charles Wayne Huddleston, and her sisters, Hazel Turner, and Henrietta Huddleston.

She is survived by one daughter, Kathy Griffin Bays of Hurst, Texas, three grandchildren, Lanette and her husband, Benny Benavides, Dax and his wife, Dana Bays, and Danielle Young, four great-grandchildren, Kristin Henderson, Nyah Bays, Griffin Bays, and Noah Kriesch and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Dee Reece and Jean Hickerson both of Wake Village, Texas, a daughter-in-law, Diane Griffin of Baytown, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Christine Griffin will be held at 2:00 P.M.,Friday, November 13th in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, AR, with Rev. George Frachiseur officiating under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday, November 12th in the Chandler Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.


You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or charity of choice.
 

 

Mary Jo Miller Wade

Mary Jo Miller Wade, age 72, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Sunday, November 8, 2015, in Dierks.

She was born December 9, 1942 in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. She worked for Tyson Foods as a Quality Assurance Technician, and was a Baptist.

Mrs. Wade was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Avie Lowrey Miller; her husbands, Carroll Lambert and John C. Wade; a son, Stephen Wade; a brother, Calvin Miller and one son-in-law, Lance Taylor.

She is survived by a daughter and her partner, Carolyn Jo Lambert Taylor and John Faircloth of De Queen; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Kristi Lambert of Dierks and Buddy and Kaye Wade of Dierks; six grandchildren and their spouses, Jackie and Shelley Taylor of De Queen, Shelby and Sherri Taylor of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, Patrick Taylor of De Queen, Melissa and Trenton Turner of Dierks, Bethany and Justin Deer of Dierks, and Jeanna Kaye and Brandon Hipp; six great grandchildren, D.J. Deer, Madison Deer, Raielynn Taylor, Zoey Turner, Dextin Deer, and J.R. Hipp.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Wade will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November, 10, 2015, in the Green’s Chapel Cemetery with J.W. Gilbert officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 9, 2015 at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

Nola Lois Shelton Huffman

 

Nola Lois Shelton Huffman, age 97, a lifelong resident of Green’s Chapel Community, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 5, 2015, in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born January 8, 1918 in Lebanon/Green’s Chapel Community. She was a homemaker and a member of the Green’s Chapel Methodist Church.

Mrs. Huffman was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Homer Harvey Huffman; parents, Robert Joseph “Bob” and Nellie Beatrice Priest Shelton, one daughter, Carolyn Cook; one grandson, Aaron Cook and one great grandchild.

She is survived by one daughter, Laverne Robertson of Memphis, Tennessee; one son and daughter-in-law, Harvey and Dora Huffman of Shreveport, Louisiana; one brother, John Shelton of Garland, Texas; a son-in-law, David Cook; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Huffman will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November, 7, 2015, in the Green’s Chapel Methodist Church with Bobby Neal officiating. Burial will follow in the Green’s Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 7th at the Green’s Chapel Methodist Church.

 

Gemmie Gladys Dickson Dellinger

Gemmie Gladys Dickson Dellinger, age 71, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Tuesday, November 3, 2015, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

She was born June 15, 1944, in Hall County, Texas. She was an ordained minister, a novelist, an animal lover and a member of the Ben Lomond Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Dellinger was preceded in death by her parents, Boyd T. and Jimmie Estes Dickson; one son, Kenneth Ray Bizzell and one brother, Carol Boyd Dickson.

She is survived by her husband, James Dellinger; one daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Billy Keener of De Queen, Arkansas; three sons and daughters-in-law, Rod Bizzell of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Kim Bizzell of De Queen, Arkansas, Terry and Susan Dellinger of Texarkana and David and Gayla Dellinger of Maude, Texas; 18 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and a host of other family members and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Dellinger will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 6, 2015, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Jerrel Helms and Billy Keener officiating. Burial will follow in Ben Lomond Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 5, 2015, at the funeral home.

 

Robert Lewis Walker

Robert Lewis Walker, age 76, a resident of Ben Lomond, Arkansas, died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at home with his family.

He was born May 22, 1939 to Robbie Gene and Ola Mae Walker in Falls Chapel, Arkansas.  Robert Lewis was a life-long contractor and founder of Walker Construction.  He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Gwen Walker; a son, Britt Walker; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Dale Conrad; a brother and sister-in-law, Royce and Nancy Walker of Falls Chapel; a sister and brother-in-law, Vonda and Claude Holloway of Hot Springs; 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm., Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in De Queen with his nephew Bobby Walker officiating.

 

 

 

Darrell F. Brown, Sr.

Mr. Darrell F. Brown, Sr. of Little Rock and Horatio, Arkansas, was born January 1, 1948, the first child of Sevier County and the third child to parents, Tommie and Snowie Brown. He attended and graduated from Sevier County High School in Lockesburg, Arkansas and his undergraduate study at University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1965, graduating with a degree in psychology in 1969. He was recently recognized as the first black football player and 2011 Razorback Trailblazer at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, He attended University of Arkansas school of law where he received his juris doctorate in 1972. Shortly after graduation at the age of 24, he was appointed US magistrate to the Panama Canal Zone from 1972 – 1979, where he met and married Angela Scott. He later served as an assistant attorney general, special prosecutor, and special judge in Pulaski County.

During his time in private practice, he was a part of the legal team involved in the Whitewater Investigation and trial in Little Rock and was appointed special prosecutor in the prominent MacArthur murder trial in Little Rock. Darrell departed this life on October 31, 2015, leaving behind his wife of 39 years, Angela, three children, Darrell Brown, Jr., a Little Rock attorney, Deedee Brown Campbell of Waco, Texas, a two-time All-American track and field athlete for the Hogs who was recently inducted into University of Arkansas Hall of Honor in September and is currently an Assistant Athletic Director for Baylor University and Derick Brown of Orlando, FL, an academic advisor and learning specialist with the University of Central Florida, 6 grandchildren, two brothers: Thomas of Chicago area McDonald’s owner and Don of Scottsdale, a retired Coors and Kraft Foods Senior Vice President, one sister, Pat Brown-Dixon of Kansas City, a Regional Administrator for the Small Business Administration appointed by President Barack Obama; along with a host of other loving family members across United States and overseas.

Memorial services will be held Friday, November 6 at 11:00AM at the Griffin Legget Chapel, located at 5800 W 12th, Little Rock, Arkansas and Saturday, November 7, at 11:00 A.M., at Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, 1015 W Collin Raye Drive, De Queen, Arkansas. Donations can be made to the Horatio Homeplace Trust, C/O Snowie Brown, P O Box 317, Horatio, Arkansas 71842. You may send an online sympathy message at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Carol Ellis Davis

Mrs. Carol Ellis Davis, age 81, a resident of De Queen, died Sunday, November 1, 2015 in De Queen.

She was born to Robert and Newell Ward Ellis in Clinton, Arkansas on August 1, 1934. She was the retired owner of Jack & Jill Daycare, as well as a homemaker. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen for over 53 years. She enjoyed playing bridge, sports, fishing, and baking, and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Bobby Ellis and Bill Ellis, and a sister, Oleta Holyfield.

She is survived by her husband, of over 63 years, Gene G. Davis, a son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Karen Davis of De Queen, three daughters, Patti Atkins of De Queen, Robin Joseph and Kelly Davis both of Conway, Arkansas, a sister-in-law, Judy Ellis of Little Rock, Arkansas, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Carol Davis will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in the First Baptist Church of De Queen.  Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Chandler Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

 

Opal Marcell Gauldin

 

Opal Marcell Gauldin, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died peacefully on November 1, 2015 in Texarkana, Arkansas.  Born Opal Marcell Whitlow on July 21, 1921 to William and Flossie Whitlow in Jefferson, Texas, Opal was 94 years old. She was a homemaker, farmer, gardener, and teacher’s aide at Foreman Schools. She worked at Douglas Air Craft in Oklahoma City where she built planes for World War II while her husband Lester served in the US Army.

Opal was preceded in death by the love of her life Lester Gauldin, her parents, four brothers, three sisters, two special nephews, David and Mike Whitlow and numerous other relatives.

Opal is survived by her sister, Billie Richmond of Wichita Falls, TX. Her daughter, Tammy Whitlow of Foreman, her nephew and his wife, Mark and Missy Whitlow of Foreman, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Church of Christ in Foreman, Arkansas with Billy Blakeney and Virgil Romine officiating. Burial will follow at Green Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday, November 3rd at the funeral home.

 

Mrs. Charlene Clay Miller

 

Mrs. Charlene Clay Miller, age 87, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, October 30th in De Queen, Arkansas. She was born to Robert Cleveland and Elisa Matilda Artie Owens Clay at Waldron, Arkansas on November 1, 1927. She was a Nurse and was retired from the De Queen Medical Center, as well a homemaker. She attended the First Assembly of God Church, and was a member of the EHC Club. She enjoyed flowers, crocheting, quilting, and cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her step mom, Daisy England Clay, her siblings, Ivor Clay, Robert Nolan Clay, Opal Clay, Chessie Holley, and Doyle Clay, her cousins raised as brothers, Charles Leeor Geiger, and Ottis Geiger, and on October 30, 1991, her husband, D. L. Miller. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Cecilia Miller of De Queen, a step-son, Billy and his wife, Judy Miller of Canton, Texas, a step-daughter, Shirley and her husband, Lynn Reves of Edgewood, Texas, nine grandchildren, Amanda Mangum and her husband, Clay of Columbus, Miss, John Lee Miller and Jessica Miller both of De Queen, Willette Jenson of Keller, Texas, Waynette Barker of Canton, Texas, Rayette Mabie of Lake Dallas, Texas, Cleaton Miller of Locus Grove, Georgia, Mike Reves of Louisville, Kentucky, and Sandy Bullard of Wills Point, Texas, fourteen great-grandchildren, including, Molly Mangum of Columbus, Miss., and a number nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Charlene Miller will be held at 2:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
 

 

Arthur “Tiger” Raymond Nation III

 

Arthur “Tiger” Raymond Nation III, age 49, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at UAMS in Little Rock.

He was born November 29, 1965 in San Francisco, California. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg. He graduated in 1988 from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor degree. He enjoyed traveling and reading.

Mr. Nation was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Raymond Nation, Jr.; one brother, Peter Walesman; his paternal grandparents, Arthur Raymond Sr. and Sophie Nation and his maternal grandparents, William Howard and Dolores Theresa Burchette Mottesheard.

He is survived by his son, Arthur Raymond Nation IV; parents, Donna and Ed Gallaher of Lockesburg; a brother, Mark A. Nation and his wife, Lisha of Conway; two sisters, Tanj Tucker and her husband, Phil of Idaho; and Andrea Cipparone and her husband, Dan of California; grandparents, Raymond and Stella Gallaher; two uncles, David Mottesheard of San Mateo, California; and Mike Gallaher and his wife, Glenda; three aunts, Margaret Tyser and her husband, Ross of Spartanburg, South Carolina; Miriam Martin and her husband, Gary of Pahrump, Nevada; and Debbie Spears and her husband, Mark; and fifteen nieces and nephews; and many other family and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Nation will be held at 3:00 pm, Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Lockesburg with Rev. Currie Spoon and Rev. Frank Norris officiating. Burial will follow in the Lockesburg Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Sunday, November 1, at the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg.

Donations may be made to the UAMS Foundation Jeremy L. Overstreet Memorial Fund Attn: Tim Hudson, 1125 N. College Ave., Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703.

 

Mary Ann Chapman Hill

 

Mrs. Mary Ann Chapman Hill, age 60, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, October 30, 2015, at her home. She was born to Thurman Harrison Chapman and Jewell Frances Matthews Chapman Skaggs in Lockney, Texas, on January 17, 1955. She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church. She worked in the food industry, and enjoyed computers, ceramics and dancing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her step dad, Raymond Holley, a nephew Billy Chapman, a niece, LeaAnn Jackson.

She is survived by one son, Christopher Hill of De Queen, three brothers and sisters-in-law,Kerry Dean and Tita Chapman of Idabel, Oklahoma, Terry Hal and Mary Ruth Chapman of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Lee and Polly Branscum of De Queen, one sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Donnie McGuffin of De Queen, a special niece, Michelle and her husband, Shawn Olsen of De Queen, several nieces and nephews other family members and a host of friends.

A memorial service for Mrs. Mary Ann Hill will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 7th in the Grace Baptist Church, De Queen. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Mr. Lawrence H. “Snooks” Williamson

 

Mr. Lawrence H. “Snooks” Williamson, age 84, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, formerly of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 28th in the Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Hubert and Grace Green Williamson in Horatio, Arkansas, on March 13, 1931. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a member of the Williamson Community Church of Horatio. He was a carpenter, and retired owner of Williamson Construction Company, retiring in 1998. He was a member of the Good Sam’s Club, and had a passion for being outdoors. Snooks was a leader and mentor to many. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a hard working man with callous hands and a tender heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Pauline Hall, and Ben Williamson, his wife of over 53 years, Mary Catherine Whitley Williamson, and a grandson, Darin Hofert.

He was blessed to find and is survived by his wife, Evelyn Black Williamson of Texarkana, Texas, one son, Kenny Williamson of De Queen, two daughters, Linda Padilla of Richland, Washington, and Sherry Dodd of Meridian, Idaho, a step-son, Jerry Black of Texarkana, Texas, a step-daughter, Karen Tipton, eleven grandchildren, Melissa Vantiger, Chad Hofert, Shane Williamson, Angela Gafford, Hollye Staley, Joy Richardson, Jason Black, Jill Black, Traci Thompson, Todd Tipton, Tami Hooker, twenty-two great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Nedra Munn of Horatio, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Snooks Williamson will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, November 2, 2015, in the Williamson Community Church with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Sunday, November 1st from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Clear Creek Cemetery, C/O Kathy Minor, Horatio, Arkansas, or the Williamson Community Church Youth Fund, Central Road, Horatio, Arkansas.

 

 

Ruth Alma Cobbs Turner (Nonnie)

 

Ruth Alma Cobbs Turner (Nonnie), age 90, a resident of Winthrop, died Monday, October 26, 2015 at her home on Jewell Hill.

She was born February 2, 1925, in Leachville, Arkansas. Since she was a child, Mrs. Turner was a member of the Methodist Church. She taught Sunday school and Bible school for 65 years. She was church treasurer and treasurer of Campground Cemetery. She was a former café owner, grocery store owner and cattle rancher.

Mrs. Turner was preceded in death by her husband, Dewie Clifford Turner whom she loved with all her heart; her parents, Annie and Robert Cobbs; five brothers, two sisters and their spouses and her son-in-law, Malvin Ward Lansdell, whom she loved as a son.

She is survived by one daughter, Brenda Lansdell of Winthrop; three grandchildren and their spouses, Cliff and Nancy Lansdell, Malenda and Shawn Cree and Grant and Melissa Lansdell; three great-grandchildren, Allison Cree, Olivia Lansdell and Logan Lansdell; one brother and sister-in-law, Irvin and Geneva Cobbs of Greer’s Ferry, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews. Clifford was raised by an aunt and uncle and their sons were the same as brothers-in-law to Ruth. These sons that are living are Everett and Hugh Powell, Hugh’s wife, Norma and two more of the wives, Ruby Dell and Janice Powell.

Funeral services for Mrs. Turner will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at the Winthrop Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

 

Halley Gene “Sonny Boy” Clayton

 

Mr. Halley Gene “Sonny Boy” Clayton, age 79, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 21st in the De Queen Medical Center.

He was born to Guy and Hallie Bumphus Clayton in the West Otis Community of Sevier County on April 19, 1936. He was retired from the City of Horatio, and was a member of the Mt. Phoebia Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, and fishing.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Virginia Clayton

He is survived by a daughter, Debbie Louise Ezell of Tom, Oklahoma, a brother-in-law, Floyd and Rose Wimbley of Eagletown, Oklahoma, other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Sonny Boy Clayton will be held at 11:00 A.M., October 31st in Sun Set Acres, Horatio, Arkansas.

 

 

Cecil E. Birge, Jr.

Cecil E. Birge, Jr., age 77, a resident of Nashville, TN died Thursday, October 22, 2015 at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, TN.

He was born January 11, 1938 in Sevier County to the late Cecil and Nellie Turner Birge. He was a graduate of Gillham High School. He was retired from Nashville Electric Company in Nashville, TN.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy Hamm Birge; three daughters, Tammy Birge, Melody McNulty and Kaela Birge; four grandchildren; one brother, Dwight Birge of Hawaii; two sisters, Delores Billingsley of Gillham and Janet Nugent of Columbia, MO; one brother-in-law, Jimmy Jackson and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life was held Monday, October 26, 2015 at West Harpeth Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Bob Pearce and Rev. Ned Nugent officiating. Interment was held in Harpeth Hills Momory Gardens, Nashville, TN. An online guestbook is available at www.westharpethFH.com.

 

Mr. Charles H. Cauthen

 

Mr. Charles H. Cauthen, age 88, a resident of Clarksville, Texas and a former resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Saturday, October 24, 2015 in Clarksville.

He was born June 20, 1927 in Tom, Oklahoma. He was retired from the United States Air Force and a cattle farmer.

Mr. Cauthen was preceded in death by his parents Sam and Ida Gurley Cauthen; his wife, Patricia Cauthen; one son, Hoyt Cauthen and a number of brothers and sisters.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Kenneth Pettit of Clarksville, Texas and Charlotte and Terry Morse of Huntersville, North Carolina; one brother, Kenneth Cauthen of Gladewater, Texas; one sister, Eunice Cauthen of Haworth, Oklahoma; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Collarman of Arlington, Texas and April Smith of Southlake, Texas; one great-grandson, Sean Smith of Frisco, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service with military honors for Mr. Cauthen will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2015, in the Fort Smith National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Mrs. Theaola Christine Marsh Kesterson

 

Mrs. Theaola Christine Marsh Kesterson, age 75, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas died Saturday, October 24, 2015 at her home.

She was born February 8, 1940 in Wickes. She was a homemaker, a farmer and a member of the Wickes Pentecostal Church of God.

Mrs. Kesterson was preceded in death by her parents, Clovis and Deneva McCauley Marsh; and a great grandson, Joshua Tadlock.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Joe Kesterson; two daughters and sons-in-law, Melinda and Paul Tadlock, Twila and Kendall Wilson; and one son, Lorin Kesterson, all of Wickes; 5 grandchildren and their spouses, Josh and Amy Tadlock of Wickes, Jennifer and Jacob Harrington of Ada, Oklahoma, Kayla and Kenny Herlacher of San Angelo, Texas, Clayton Kesterson of Wickes, and Alyssa Wilson of Wickes; 11 great grandchildren, Kylie, Jacie, Landrie, Maggie Joe, and Charlie Kate Tadlock, Carlee and Emma Harrington, Brianna, KylieAnne and Easton Herlacher.

Funeral services for Mrs. Kesterson will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, October 26, 2015 in the Wickes Pentecostal Church of God with Rev. Chris Burke officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Wickes, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will be at the Kesterson home, 280 Polk 219 in Wickes.

 

Mrs. Ora Faye Gore King

 

Mrs. Ora Faye Gore King, age 92, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at her home.

She was born July 4, 1923 in Missouri Valley, Iowa. She was retired from Baldwin Piano Co., where she made many friends, was co-owner of Dairy Diner, was a homemaker and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lockesburg.

Mrs. King was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Josie Kimmer Gore; her husband, Berten Braley King, Sr.; and a son, Berten Braley King, Jr.

She was a loving mother to two daughters and a son-in-law, Kathleen King of Lockesburg and Cheryle and Marty Altenbaumer of Ashdown, Arkansas; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Sally King of Lockesburg and Dale and Tracy King of Van Buren, Arkansas; 11 grandchildren, Mike Willey, Angie Banks, Amy Green, Shaun King, Brandon King, Greg King, Jessica Altom, Joshua Altenbaumer, Meagan King, Austin King and Ryan King; and a number of great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. King will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2015, in the Oddfellows Cemetery in Lockesburg with Rev. Ann Holley officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, October 26, 2015 at the funeral home.

 

 

 Mrs. Elwina Culp Ayers

 

Mrs. Elwina Culp Ayers, age 78, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, October 25, 2015, in De Queen Therapy & Living Center.

She was born January 16, 1937 in De Queen. She worked in food service and was a Christian.

Mrs. Ayers was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Regina Sharp Culp; one son, Joe Dwayne Ayers; one brother, Gerald Culp and one sister, Frances Culp.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Ernie and Sarah Ayers of Texarkana, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Randy Blankenship of Horatio, Arkansas; one brother, Lynn Culp of De Queen, Arkansas and three grandchildren, Dillon Blankenship, Jeffrey Ayers and Jennifer Ayers.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Ayers will be held at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2015, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

After the service the family will be at the home of Sherri and Randy Blankenship,

 

 

 

 

Norvel Robert Lundberg, Jr.

 

Norvel Robert Lundberg, Jr., affectionately called, Bob “Tazz” , age 48, a resident of Mineral Springs, formerly of De Queen, passed away Friday, October 16, 2015 in Walsenburg, Colorado, after a courageous, lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born to Norvel Robert, Sr., and Shirley F. Dennis Lundberg on June 22, 1967, in Texarkana, Texas. He was a fourth generation master plumber and owner of Tazz Plumbing. He was a member of the West Creek of Wickes Hunting Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Texas Rangers and the Arkansas Razorbacks, listening to the Midnight Hurricanes, and the Charlie Farley Band. He was a Duck Dynasty fan, enjoyed bull riding and calf roping at the H-4 Ranch. He loved his children, his family, and friends.

 He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by two daughters, Kelsey Lundberg and Haley Lundberg both of Fayetteville, Arkansas, two sons, Brandon Lundberg of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Cooper Lundberg of Genoa, Arkansas, a step-daughter, Dara and Sam Cowling of Magnolia, a step-son, Dex and Whitney Wheeler of Greens Chapel, Arkansas, three grandchildren, Madlyn Lundberg and Hayden Lundberg both of Dierks, Arkansas, and Jayce Lundberg of Aubrey, Texas, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sherri and Kevin Broderick of McKinney, Texas, and Karen and Greg Barrows of Frisco, Texas, two nephews, Garrett Broderick of McKinney, Texas, Justin Barrows and his finance, Kelly Lucich of Frisco, Texas, a niece, Paige Barrows of Frisco, Texas, an aunt, Earlyne Haire of Coppell, Texas, and a special friend, Christy Harvin of Genoa, Arkansas, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Bob “Tazz” Lundberg will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October 24th in Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, Arkansas. A private family interment will be at later date. Visitation will be on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation in his name, or your favorite charity.

 

Charles Edward Milam, Sr

Mr. Charles Edward Milam, Sr., age 65, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Monday, October 19, 2015 at De Queen Medical Center with his family by his side.

He was born December 17, 1949 in Billingsley Corner to the late Henry and Sarah Milam. Charles was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He gave his life to his family.

Mr. Milam was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Marvin, Steve and Darrell Milam; and a sister, Velva McCormick.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Kay Milam; his daughters and sons in-law, Sarah and Tim Mitchell of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, Carmen and Cody Dunn of Foreman, Arkansas and Elaine and Earl Johnson of Winthrop; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles “Bubba” and Debra Milam of Winthrop; four sisters, Louise Key of Ashdown, Arkansas, Effie Klitz of Winthrop, Mary and Dub Jackson of Haworth, Oklahoma and Shirley McCorkle of Texarkana, Arkansas; four brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Billie Milam of Foreman, Arkansas, Bill and Peggy Milam of Winthrop, Gary and Nancy Milam of Rogers, Arkansas and Wilbur and Helen Milam of Horatio, Arkansas; and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of family and friends, along with a special friend, “Bossy” who all loved him and will miss him dearly.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Milam will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in the Pauley Cemetery with Wade White officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 20, at the funeral home.

 

 

Nan Marie Friday Eason

 

Mrs. Nan Marie Friday Eason, age 89, a resident of Vilonia, Arkansas, died Friday, October 16, 2015 at Unity Health in Searcy, Arkansas.

She was born January 15, 1926, in Nashville, Arkansas. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Eason was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Eason; parents, Sydney and Bertha Rogers Friday and one daughter, Claydene Whedbee .

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Chuck and Liz Reel of Beebe, Arkansas, Tommy and Vicky Reel of Olive Branch, Mississippi and Steve Reel of Vilonia; one son-in-law, Dan Whedbee of Gillham, Arkansas; her grandchildren and their spouses, Taracia and Terry Lee of Weatherford, Texas, Lori and John Connally of Frisco, Texas, Jody and LaDonna Cash of De Queen, Arkansas, Heather and Ray Queen of Poyen, Arkansas, Brian and Tiffany Reel of Cabot, Arkansas, Amanda and Daniel Moore of Sheridan, Arkansas, Paul and Cheri Reel of Olive Branch, Valerie and Donny Oxner of Olive Branch, Jennifer and Chad Mellon of Laguna Beach, California, Kristy and Peck Carroll of Oklahoma, Blake Reel of De Queen and Shayla Reel of De Queen; twenty seven great-grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Eason will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 22, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen. Burial will follow in the Oddfellows Cemetery in Lockesburg.

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

 

 

Christine Elizabeth Gregory

 

Mrs. Christine Elizabeth Gregory, age 63, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Saturday, October 17, 2015 at her home.

She was born November 4, 1951, in Hope, Arkansas. She was a member of the Foreman First Baptist Church. She was a waitress and owner of Mac’s Café in Ashdown, Arkansas and she enjoyed the outdoors, loved working with horses and cooking.

Mrs. Gregory was preceded in death by her father, William Henry Applegate; one son, William Gregory; one brother, Hubert “Buddy” Applegate and one sister, Mary Ellen Dewbre.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Roy Gregory, Jr.; her mother, Mary Ruth Barnes Applegate of Ashdown, Arkansas; one son, Randall Gregory of Foreman; one sister, Linda Northcut of Texarkana, Texas and one brother, James Applegate of De Queen, Arkansas; one daughter-in-law, Tammy Gregory of Bridgeport, Nebraska; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Gregory will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the Gravelly Cemetery with Rev. Trent Liggin officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, October 19th at the funeral home.

 

 

Marcelene (Garner) Blankenship

Mrs. Marcelene (Garner) Blankenship, age 84, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 15, 2015, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born January 8, 1931, in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Mrs. Blankenship was preceded in death by her parents, John Wesley and Dewey Carter Garner; her husband, Jesse Blankenship; two sons, Rodney and Roy Dale Blankenship; one sister, Modena Vance and one brother, Henry Garner.

She is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Ronnie Blankenship, Randy and Sherri Blankenship and Marty Blankenship, all of Horatio; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Blankenship will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 19, 2015 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wesley Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery.

The family will be at the home of Randy and Sherri Blankenship, 1032 Piney Road in Horatio.

 

 

Norley Frank Bickley, III

Mr. Norley Frank Bickley III, age 65, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born October 10, 1950, in Baytown, Texas. He was a retired farmer and an avid golfer and hunter. He served in the United States Marines Corps during the Vietnam Conflict, was a member of the De Queen First Baptist Church and was a Past Master of the Sweet Home and Silver Hill Masonic Lodges.

Mr. Bickley was preceded in death by his parents, Norley F. Bickley Jr. and Novell Cooke.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah (Archer) Bickley; two daughters and sons-in-law, Natalie and David Dickey of Arlington, Texas and Neida and Paul Griffin of Stephenville, Texas; five grandchildren, Kirstyn and James Norley Dickey and Logan, Bryton and Katelyn Griffin; one sister, Gail Dowell of Corpus Christi, Texas; two brothers, Johnny Bickley of Johnson City, Texas and Donald Bickley of De Queen and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

A memorial service for Mr. Bickley will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2015, in De Queen First Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Neeley and Rev. David Jenkins officiating. A private family graveside service will be held prior to the memorial service.

Memorials may be made to Brain Cancer Research or De Queen First Baptist Church.

 

 

Mrs. Betty Sue Brashear Gober

Mrs. Betty Sue Brashear Gober, age 87, a resident of Lockesburg, died Sunday, October 11th in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Herman S. and Stella Mae Wetsler Brashear in Little Rock, Arkansas, on October 29, 1927. She was a homemaker, and a Baptist. She enjoyed sewing, and spending
Time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Jessie Brashear, and Herman Brashear, a grandson, James Gober, and on September 9, 2015, her husband, James M. Gober.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Reggie Gober of Franklin, Texas, David and Becky Gober of Bridgeport, Texas, and Floyd and Judith Gober of Loveland, Colorado, seven Grandchildren, Robbie Gober, Stephanie Sanders, Cody Gober, Robert Gober, Kerry Gober, Devon Gober, and Becky Garcia, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by one brother, Billy Brashear of Orlando, Florida, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

ADIE D. WILSON

Adie David "A.D." Wilson, age 76, of Milton-Freewater, Oregon died Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington.

Mr. Wilson was born April 23, 1939 in Horatio, Arkansas to Autry David and Ressie Ruth Cobb Wilson. He married Christine Rash on August 11, 1960 in Grangeville, Idaho while he was serving in the U.S. Army. Mr. Wilson worked most of his life and retired as one of the top three heavy equipment operator's in the Alaskan Logging Industry. He was a member of American Legion Post #24 and POE #2146. He loved to play cards, especially poker.

He was preceded in death by his wife on February 13, 2001, his parents, and two sisters, Doris B. Smith and Pauline Faye Harrison.

Survivors include three daughters, Shari Hampton and husband Richard of Pendleton, OR, Teresa Berens and husband Bill of Milton-Freewater, OR; and Yvonne Carson of Milton-Freewater, OR; A son, David E. Wilson of Milton-Freewater, OR; Four sisters, Marie Hendrix and husband Tom of El Dorado, AR, Glenda Swim and husband Connie of Kerrville, TX, Linda Culp and Defrenzia Ruth Wilson both of De Queen, AR. Also included are nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

No services are scheduled per his request. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

 

Mrs. Mildred Faye Nelson

Mrs. Mildred Faye Nelson, age 92, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Friday, October 10, 2015, at her home.

She was born to Lewis and Mary White Nelson in the Oak Grove Community of Sevier County, Arkansas, on December 27, 1922. She was a member of the Evergreen Church of God in Christ in Wilton, Arkansas, and enjoyed quilting, fishing, working her flowers, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, all 14 of her siblings, a son, Joe Edd Nelson, and her husband, Charles W. Nelson.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, George and Bobbie Nelson of Lockesburg, Arkansas, a niece that she raised as a daughter, Valerie Nelson Jackson of Dallas, Texas, a great-niece that she raised as a granddaughter, Nicole Moyer of Virginia, one granddaughter, Deidre and Darnell Crump of Lockesburg, a grandson, Keyth Stafford of Ozan, Arkansas, two great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, a brother-in-law, LeRoy Nelson of De Queen, two sisters-in-law, Agnes Gilmore and Willie Boyles both of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mildred Nelson will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, October 17, 2015 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Community Cemetery, Lockesburg. Visitation will be Friday, October 16, 2015 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
 

Matthew Carl Stewart

Matthew Carl Stewart, 24, of Foreman, AR died Friday, October 9, 2015.

Matthew was born February 11, 1991 in Texarkana. He was a production employee at Pallet One in New Boston, TX. Matthew was a Christian and member of Spirit & Life Fellowship in Ashdown, AR.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents George & Veda Stewart and Marvin & Linda Schmidt of Texarkana.

Matthew is survived by his parents, Carl Stewart of Texarkana, AR and Tommy & Lynnell Cleghorn of Foreman; three brothers, Justin McCaskill of Texarkana, TX, Mason & (Kim) Cleghorn of Horatio and Nick Cleghorn of Texarkana, TX; one sister, Mary Ayla Cleghorn of Doddridge, AR; three nieces, Kaiya, Emma and Evelyn Cleghorn of Horatio; his grandparents, Leonard Davis of Wallace, Matt & Ruth Cleghorn of Foreman and his great-grandmother, Ernestine Golden of Foreman; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 10 am at Spirit & Life Fellowship in Ashdown with Brad Sullivan & Bryan McDonald officiating. Burial will be at Marvin Cemetery in Wallace, Ar. Burial will be under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, AR.

Family visitation will be Monday, October 12, 2015 from 3 to 6 pm at Spirit & Life Fellowship in Ashdown and from 6 to 9 pm for friends of the family.

Online registration is at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Lynn Cleveland Blackmon

Lynn Cleveland Blackmon, age 90, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 9, 2015, in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born February 6, 1925, in Vivian, Louisiana to John and Janie Atwood Blackmon. He was a retired contractor, a U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Grannis United Pentecostal Church.

Mr. Blackmon was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Winnie Reid Blackmon; one son, Pete Blackmon; one granddaughter, Sandra Hale and one great-grandson, Sylas Mason.

He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Brenda Blackmon of Dardanelle, Arkansas, Daniel and Avis Blackmon of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Darrell and Shirley Blackmon of Dierks, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Theron Bledsoe, Sr. of Grannis; 18 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Blackmon will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2015, in Grannis Cemetery with Rev. Logan Blackmon officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 11th at the funeral home.

 

Gary Wayne Bryant

 

Mr. Gary Wayne Bryant, age 67, a resident of West Monroe, Louisiana, died Tuesday, October 6, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

He was born February 4, 1948 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a barber, minister and a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Bastrop, Louisiana.

Mr. Bryant was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Wendell and Virgie (Stapp) Bryant

He is survived by his wife, Linda Bryant; one uncle and a number of cousins.

Graveside services for Mr. Bryant will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 10, 2015, in the Fellowship Cemetery near Dierks with Tommy Oglesby officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, October 9th at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

 

James Luther McNully

 

Mrs. Patsy Collins

Mrs. Patsy Ruth Martin Collins, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, October 6, 2015, in St. Vincent Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born to Quinton and Mildred Haley Martin in Clarksville, Texas on May 24, 1934.  She was the owner and operator of several businesses which included Patsy's and Northgate Apartments.  She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church and she absolutely loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Glen Carrol Martin, James Harold Martin and Jackie Wayne Martin; her husband Henry O'Neal Collins; and one daughter Carol Ann Collins Yates.

She is survived by one grandson Clayton O'Neal Yates and his wife Alecia and four great grandsons Trystan Riley, Easton Tye, Braxton O'Neal and Weston Layne, and a special friend Antonio Sanchez.

Memorial services for Mrs. Patsy Collins will be held at 10:00 am , Friday, October 9th in the chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Cloninger officiating under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

 

Floyd Wayburn Kinney

Mr. Floyd Wayburn Kinney, age 77, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, October 5, 2015, in Christus St. Michael Heath System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born April 16, 1938 in Cass County, Texas. He was a retired electrical supervisor for Brown and Root; he served 4 years in the National Guard and 4 years as an Air Traffic controller in the U.S. Airforce. He was a Christian.

Mr. Kinney was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Washington and Jean (Chamblee) Kinney

He is survived by his wife, Linda (Bush) Kinney; three sons and daughters-in-law, Joey and Melissa Kinney and Marty and Minda Kinney all of Atlanta, Texas and Ricky and Valerie Kinney of Horatio; two daughters, Shannon Kinney and Kelly Kinney both of Queen City, Texas; one step-son, Jason Langley and wife Angela of Idabel, Oklahoma; one brother, David Kinney of Atlanta, Texas; one sister, Nell Perkins of Trinity, Texas; 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Kinney will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2015, in Campground Cemetery with Bro. Jimmy Roden and Bro. Ralph Ballard officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

Ella Jane Hoobler Allen Jordan

Ella Jane Hoobler Allen Jordan went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 5, 2015. Ella Jane was born March 30, 1922. She was born to William and Tola Lee Hoobler in Sevier County.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Thelma Morgan, Carl Hoobler, Willene Watkins and Lloyd Hoobler. Her husband Donald Allen in 1976 and Douglas Jordan in 1997.

She leaves behind, a daughter and son-in-law Donna and Curtis Cox of De Queen, Arkansas, a son and daughter-in-law Donald Jr and Jane Allen of Henderson, Texas a brother and sister-in-law John and Mazelle Allen of Springhill, Louisiana, three grandchildren, Keith Allen Busby, Carla Jane Shelton and Don Curry Allen, Six great-grandchildren Emily Allen, Avery Allen, Preston Allen Beyer, Bryan Shelton, Eric Shelton and Calli Jane Busby, and a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen, Arkansas, she was a long time employee of Brookes Drug Store and D.H. Baldwin Company. She loved her Lord, her family, Sunday school class and all her many friends.

Graveside funeral services for Ella Jane will be held 2:00P.M. Saturday, October 10, 2015 in the Redmen cemetery with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be held Friday, October 9th from 5:00-7:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Patricia Darlene Weeks Montanelli

Mrs. Patricia "Ms. Pat" Darlene Weeks Montanelli, age 66 a resident of Athens, Arkansas, died Sunday, October 4, 2015 at her home.

She was born to Fred Frank Sr. and Wynona Lee Weeks in El Reno, Oklahoma, on June 19, 1949. She was a member of Athens Holiness Church where she was a former Sunday school teacher, she loved teaching her children at her preschool and enjoyed embroidering, traveling, reading and gardening and just absolutely loved children.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother Michael Dale Weeks.

She is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law, Jack Lee Montanelli, Jr. of Westline, Arkansas and Richard Dale and Dawna Montanelli of Maud, TX., two daughters and sons-in-laws, LaDonna and Donald J. Blake of Smithville, OK and Jennifer Gayle and Brian Yandell of Umpire, AR., seven grandsons, Larry Holmes of Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, NC., Levi Holmes of Butler, MO., Brian Yandell and wife Raegan of Glenwood, AR., Luke Holmes and wife Victoria of Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, NC., Thomas Yandell and wife Virginia of Dierks, AR., Ryan Montanelli of Maud, TX., and Lane Holmes of Wilburton, Ok., two granddaughters, Julianna Bell and husband Therrin of Ozark, MO., and Brianna Quinalty and husband Donovan of Seminole, OK., 4 great-grandsons, Kenny, Clay, Cody and Chantry two great-granddaughters, Abigail and Brailee, four brothers and sisters- in-law, Bob and Emma Weeks of Antlers OK., Frank and Jan Weeks of Broken Bow, OK., Bill and Judy Weeks of De Queen, AR., and Daniel and Lory Weeks of Ringold, OK., two sisters, and brothers-in-law Virginia “Ms. Jen” and Jim Arnold of De Queen, AR., and Ruth and Danny Harper of Alma, AR., she also has a number of nieces and nephews and other family members and many many friends, she was also a host mother to five exchange students, Jessica Zeng of China, Jenny Lim of South Korea, Eunice Wong of Hong Kong, Grayce Yu of Taiwan and Milly Suanburi of Tailand.

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

 

 

 

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