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OBITUARIES

 

Mr. John Smith

Mr. John D. Smith, age 66, a resident of Schulenburg, Texas, former resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Schulenburg, Texas.

He was born to William D. and Juanita Evelyn Plunkett Smith on September 18, 1950. He was a 1968 graduate of De Queen High School, where he ran track for the De Queen Leopards.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Barbara Smith, and a brother, Tom Smith.

He is survived by four brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Ruby Smith of Fennville, Michigan, Dewey and Mary Ann Smith of Wayland, Michigan, Carl Smith of De Queen, and Charles Smith of Altus, Oklahoma.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. John Smith will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 21, 2017, in Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas 71832 You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

 

Kathy Jean Sappington

Mrs. Kathy Jean Morris Sappington, age 62, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at her home.

She was born to Windle Herbert and Doris Mae Miller Morris in Tulare, California on April 29, 1955. She had worked for the Salvation Army in De Queen, as well as a homemaker. She was a Baptist and enjoyed fishing, barbequing, and her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Freddy Sappington, Sr., and her siblings, Don Morris, Debbie Keoppe, and Linda Hahns.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Freddy and Margaret Sappington of Grannis, a daughter, Kimberly Chandler of Gillham, seven grandchildren, Tristan Sappington, Summer Sappington, Autumn Sappington, Lindsey Suggs, Shawn Suggs, John Bata and Joey Bata,
a sister, Joyce Delorme of Tulare, California, a brother of Steve Morris of South Carolina, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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


 

 

Mr. Donald Bradshaw

Mr. Donald Ray Bradshaw, age 61, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, and former resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, died Monday, July 17, 2017 in the UAMS Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to William Henry and Glow Dell McIntyre Bradshaw in De Queen, Arkansas, on December 9, 1955. He was a 1973 graduate of Lockesburg High School. He was a member of Rock Hill Baptist Church. He was supervisor of Pipe Line Welding crew, and later in heavy construction. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering with machines, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, a brother, Bobby Bradshaw, and a great-grandchild, Kaidynce Bradshaw.

He is survived by three sons, Robert Barnhill, Donny Bradshaw, and Stanley Bradshaw, all of Murphy North Carolina, his mother, Glow Dell Bradshaw of Lockesburg, eight grandchildren, Anthony Bradshaw of Marble, North Carolina, Stanley Bradshaw, Jr., Brittany Bradshaw, Jackie Bullock, all of Salt Lake City, Utah, Abigail Barnhill and Hannah Rose Bradshaw both of Murray, Utah, Bobby Faulkner and Victoria Faye Gavel both of Murphy, North Carolina, two great-grandchildren, Kamdyn Bradshaw and Ambria Bradshaw both of Marble, North Carolina, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Alice Bradshaw, and Roy and Wendy Bradshaw both of Lockesburg, a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Cleatis Kitchens of Lockesburg, a sister-in-law Wanell Bradshaw of Lockesburg, a number of nieces and nephews, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Donald Bradshaw will be held on Thursday, July 20th at 11:00 A.M., in the Old Union Cemetery with Bro. John Lindsey officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

O. L. Lofton, Jr.

Mr. O. L. Lofton, Jr., age 85, a resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, died Saturday, July 15, 2017 at his home.

He was born May 1, 1932 in Dierks, Arkansas. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for 37 years, and was a superintendent at the Craig Plant. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Broken Bow.

Mr. Lofton was preceded in death by his parents, O.L. Lofton, Sr. and Callie Ethel Murray Lofton; his wife Betty Jo Davis Lofton; a sister, Mildred Cothren; and a brother, Thomas Lofton.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Marsha Lofton of De Queen, Arkansas; one daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Roger Holley of Atoka, Oklahoma; one brother, Kenneth Lofton of Dierks; one sister, Mary Lee of Athens, Texas; three grandchildren and their spouses, Jason and Cindy Lofton, Lindsey and Patrick Kelley, and Clay and Esma Holley; 10 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Lofton will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in the First United Methodist Church of Broken Bow with Oscar Wilkie and Roger Holley officiating. Burial will follow in the Hochatown Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, at the First United Methodist Church in Broken Bow.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Broken Bow.

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

 

Kenny Shane Dockery

Mr. Kenny Shane Dockery, age 43, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, in De Queen, Arkansas.
 
He was born March 7, 1974, in De Queen.  He was a carpenter and enjoyed hunting, fishing, working, and spending time with his family and friends.

Shane was preceded in death by his mother, Diane Allison Davis; and his brother, Tommy Cockrell.
 
He is survived by his “Pop”, Bobby Davis of Gillham; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Steven and Callie Davis also of Gillham and Johnny Cockrell of De Queen; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Dawn and Ricky Taylor of Sorrento, Florida, Kimberly Yates and Erica Melton both of Grannis, Arkansas, a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.
 
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, July 17, 2017, at Wilkerson Funeral Home.  Cremation will follow.
 
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Hazel Burris-Walker

Mrs. Hazel L. Burris-Walker, age 97, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Horatio, Arkansas, and Broken Bow, Oklahoma, died Monday, July 10, 2017 in Bear Creek Healthcare, De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born to Albert and Janie Bass-Burris in Sevier County, Arkansas, on September 25, 1919. She was a Christian and attended St. John Baptist Church in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. She was a devoted, wife, homemaker, and enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening and sold eggs raised from free range hens. She was a generous lady who cared deeply for family and friends enjoying the times spent together.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Earl Burris, and Richard Burris, and her husband, Willie Walker.

She is survived by two nephews, Dr. Clifton F. (Donna) Burris of Gary, Indiana, and Earl (Carolyn) Burris of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, two nieces; Linda (Burris) Smith and Brenda (Ricky) Young of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and a foster niece, Bonita Gaffney-French of Horatio, as well as other family members, her care givers, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Hazel Burris Walker will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Burial will follow in the Sunset Acres, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas 71832. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. www.alzfdn.org/donate or 1-866-232-8484 or pay it forward with an act of kindness.


 

Mary "Nancy" Copeland

Mary "Nancy" Copeland, 72 year old resident of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, died July 10, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was born July 30, 1944 in Union, Arkansas to Jesse Ray Copeland and Ruth Franks Copeland.

She graduated from Salem High School in Salem, Arkansas in 1962. Nancy earned her Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degrees from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She worked as an educator for over 30 years. Nancy was appointed by former Governor and President Bill Clinton to help set policy and standards for teacher's certification for public schools in the state. She wrote numerous grants for the public school system through the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Nancy was a member of First United Methodist Church in Siloam Springs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, and a great nephew, Dylan Thurman. She is survived by one brother, Jack Copeland and wife Glenda of Colcord, Oklahoma; two nephews, Randy Copeland and wife Leah of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Clint Copeland and wife Sandra of Colcord, Oklahoma; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Friday, July 14, 2017 at Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, with Pastor Grant Barnett officiating. Burial will follow at Dickson Cemetery, Cherokee City, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.wassonfuneralhome.com.

 

Mr. Charles Robert Knighten, Sr.

Mr. Charles Robert Knighten, Sr., age 57, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at his home.

He was born January 26, 1960 in Ashdown, Arkansas. He was a truck driver, served in the U.S. Army and National Guard and was a member of the Crossroads First Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family.


Mr. Knighten was preceded in death by his parents, A.C. Knighten and Patricia Langley.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Charles Knighten, Jr. and Brandie Knighten of Ashdown; his grandson, Darren Knighten; four brothers, Steve, George, Johnny and Vernon Knighten all of Foreman; one sister, Viola Moore of Tom, Oklahoma; aunts and uncles, Eddie and Margaret Knighten and Cardie and Jenise Knighten; his very good friends, Patty Hanks, Carla Sue, and Kasie Hanks.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, in the Gravelly Cemetery.

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

 

 

Mary Ann McRae Perez

Mrs. Mary Ann McRae Perez, age 44, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at her home.

She was born July 18, 1972, in De Queen. She was a member of the Solid Rock Gospel Church.

Mrs. Perez was preceded in death by her father, John Gilbert McRae and her mother and step father, Carolyn Brizendine Schiffman and James Schiffman.

She is survived by two sisters, Barbara Lopez and Carolyn Socash; one brother, John D. McRae all of De Queen and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Perez will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Floyd Wright officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

 

Mr. Todd Earney

Mr. Joseph Todd Earney, age 47, a resident of De Queen, died July 6, 2017 at his home.
He was born on September 8, 1969 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and owned several rental properties. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family, especially his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Donna and Don Bradley of De Queen, his father, Joe Earney Siloam Springs, Arkansas, a brother and sister-in-law, Chad and Chayla Earney of De Queen, a sister and brother-in-law, Christin and Adam Lites of White Hall, Arkansas, Nephews, Hunter Earney and Cole Earney both of De Queen, and Blake Lites of White Hall
Arkansas, nieces, Faith Lites and Claire Lites both of White Hall, Arkansas.

Graveside memorial services for Mr. Todd Earney will be held on Saturday, July 29th at 11:00 in the Witherspoon Cemetery, between Hatton and Vandervoort, Arkansas, with Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Levi Shane Terry

Levi Shane Terry, age 31, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, July 8, 2017 in UAMS in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born January 13, 1986 in De Queen.

Levi was preceded in death by his father, Johnie Sisk; his grandparents, Clarence and Daisy Gillespie; his aunt, Rosalee Bailey and his uncle Dick Gillespie.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy Gillespie of De Queen; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lisa and Ronnie Wilcox of Haworth, Oklahoma and Johnna and Jessy Churchwell of Gillham, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Micky and Kristie Strang of De Queen; a number of nieces and nephews and tons of friends that he loved dearly.

a memorial service for Levi will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Shane Haarmeyer officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Margaret Eloise Hibbs

Mrs. Margaret Eloise Lovell Hibbs, age 86, a resident of Grand Prairie, Texas, died Friday, July 7, 2017 in Arlington, Texas.

She was born August 14, 1930, in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. She received LVN training at Texarkana Community College, worked at nursing homes in Texas and Arkansas and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mrs. Hibbs was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest D. and Lexie Marie Pennington Lovell; husband, Franklyn Hibbs; son, Benjamin Hibbs and brother, Gene Lovell.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Hibbs and grandson, Bo Hibbs of Grand Prairie and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hibbs will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2017 at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery.
 

Florine Lofton

Mrs. Florine Lofton, age 91, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, July 7, 2017 in Dierks.

She was born December 22, 1925, in Dierks. She was the co-owner of Lofton Hardware for many years and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dierks.

Mrs. Lofton was preceded in death by her parents, Monroe and Flora Chandler Lee and one sister, Evelyn Lyrock.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Lofton of Dierks; one daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Bud Walston of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one grandson, Scott Walston and his wife Rachael of Hot Springs and four great-grandchildren, Allie and Austin Barnes and Knox and Brax Walston.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Dierks. A graveside funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation at Dierks Cemetery with Rev. Carroll Jackson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Mr. Jake Geiger

Mr. Jake Wade Geiger, age 73, a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas, died Friday, June 30, 2017, in Baptist Medical Health Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to Shirley and Mary Greenlee Geiger in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on November 6, 1943. He was a truck driver, retiring from Blood Trucking in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was a Jehovah Witness, and enjoyed fishing, and dominoes. He cherished the time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Dallas Nelson, Cecil Geiger, Herbert Geiger, Henry Geiger, Dorothy White, Lorene Scroggins, and Shirley Temple Garland.

He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Minniola Perry Geiger of Little Rock, a son, Allen Wade Geiger of Little Rock, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Debbie Gibson of Fort Worth, Texas, Lisa Lynn and Robert Walker of Wichita Falls, Texas, Mary and Wayne Moore of Little Rock, Arkansas, nine grandchildren, Sha’kydra Boose, Sierra Moore, Alex Geiger, Emaja Dodson, Jha’oun Jones, Ashanti Geiger, Chyna Geiger, Laela Geiger and Caleb Geiger, two great-grandchildren, KyYale Porter and Makayka DuVall, a brother, Clenon Geiger, Sr., and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Jake Geiger will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 8, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Emaja Dodson officiating. Burial will be private.


 

 

Lemuel "Cooney" O'Neal

Mr. Lemuel “Cooney” O’Neal, age 91, a resident of Newhope, Arkansas, died Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Dierks Health and Rehab in Dierks.

He was born November 8, 1925, in Daisy, Arkansas. He was an employee of Weyerhaeuser Timberlands and retired after 42 years and was a member of the Pleasant Grove Freewill Baptist Church. Mr. O’Neal also served in the Army Air Corp and was a Mason.

Mr. O’Neal was preceded in death by his parents, James Cleveland and Octavia Elizabeth Simmons O’Neal; his wife, Mary Lou Reid O’Neal and one son, Clint O’Neal.

He is survived by one daughter, Brenda Watson of Nashville, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Roni O’Neal of Edmond, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Chris White, Jamie White, Ryan O’Neal, Shawn O’Neal, Jordan Watson, Leslie Hugo and Nancy Tate and four great-grandchildren, Hannah White, Jett Watson, Brady Hugo and Yasimen O’Neal.

Funeral services for Mr. O’Neal will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017, in the Pleasant Grove Freewill Baptist Church with Kenny Fant officiating. Burial will follow in the Liberty Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

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

 

 

De Wayne Houser

Mr. De Wayne Houser, age 87, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at his home.

He was born July 7, 1929 in Lockesburg. He was a retired logging contractor and a U.S. Army veteran.

Mr. Houser was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Adel Dowdle Houser; a sister, LaWanda Baird; and a grandson, Christopher Heath Cannon.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Jessica Houser of Lockesburg, and “Sambo” and Donnetta Houser of Foreman, Arkansas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Jennie Houser of Ashdown, Arkansas and Sally and Michael Terrell of Branson, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Susan Teeter, Falon Johnson, Laken Plunk, Tyler Houser, Bailee Houser, Summer Terrell, and Corey Terrell; eight great grandchildren, a nephew and his wife, Archie and Sharon Dorsey; and friends and other relatives.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Houser will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017 in the Coulter Cemetery in Lockesburg with Rev. Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the funeral home.

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

Marguerite E. Mitchell

Mrs. Marguerite E. Mitchell, age 101, a resident of Arlington, Texas died Friday, June 30, 2017, in Arlington.

She was born February, 19, 1916, in Joplin, Missouri. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Mitchell; her parents; three sons, John Mitchell, William Mitchell, and Charles Mitchell; and a daughter, Rose Ferguson.

Survivors include four sons, James Mitchell, Paul Mitchell, Ronald Mitchell, and David Mitchell; four daughters Martha Smith, Mary Haire, Erna Lee Duffy, and Diane Mitchell; and 37 grandchildren.

There will be a private service for family.

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Helen Jeanette Gary Wray

Mrs. Helen Jeanette Gary Wray, age 88, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, June 29, 2017, in De Queen.

She was born March 26, 1929, in Crowley, Louisiana to Aurelie and Amy Primeaux Gary. She was a cook in several area businesses, a seamstress, and attended Rose Hill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Donald "Jimmy" Wray; her daughters, Harriett Sue Rogers and Jennifer Jean Wray Wright; and five brothers who were all WWII veterans.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Rogers Miller of De Queen; three sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Mary Sue Rogers of De Queen, James and Lisa Wray also of De Queen, and Charlie and Tracey Wray of Ringgold, Louisiana; a sister Lorena Mire of Kapland, Louisiana; and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Wray will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 2, 2017 in the Mt. Ida Cemetery Pavilion with Lamar Austin officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

 

Kenneth Lee "Klee" Lawson

Kenneth Lee Lawson (KLEE) entered this world on December 3rd 1940 the son of Flora Faye Priest and Luther Lawson and slid sideways into the grave on the eve of June 27th 2017, body thoroughly used up, waving his casino calloused hand at this world. He finally hit the jackpot.

Klee is preceded in death by his mother and father and one of his greatest accomplishments, a son Tal Allen Lawson.

He leaves to cherish his memory his brother Fred Lawson and wife Mentha, his sister Sue Whitaker, his daughters Debbie Irvan and husband Jr. Dana Vance and his pride and joy, his grandchildren, Farrah, Cade, and Finn Lee Vance who he shared his love of the woods, cigars, and scratch offs with. The mother of his children Jayne Lawson, Two ex- wives Sharon Smart and Iva Willis, two sons Jason and Scott McClain, and special friends Bobby Vance, Johnny Dodson and Connie Pannel. A special Aunt Dot. And a host of half siblings, nieces, nephews, friends, associates, and partners in crime.

Klee never met a stranger and his escapades were legendary. Klee loved the Lord and at times attended church at the Horatio First Assembly where he was known for napping and talking loudly. He was an avid outdoorsmen and knew every rock, tree, river and dirt road in Sevier and Little River counties. He could out fish, out hunt, out dance, and out lie everyone we knew. He loved people the best way he knew how by entertaining them with a story or a song. He managed to stay friends with 3 ex-wives which is a huge feat.

A Memorial of his life will be held at the J L Walker Fellowship Hall on Monday July 3rd at 2:00 pm. Bring your memories and stories of Klee. The family requests donations be made to any local senior citizens center.
 

Roy L. Loper

Mr. Roy L. Loper, age 90, a resident of Oxnard, California, died Thursday, June 22, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Loper was born January 11, 1927, in Ringgold, Texas. He was a warehouseman having retired from the U.S. Civil Service in Port Hueneme Naval Base in California, a member of the Port Hueneme VFW and a U.S. Army World War II veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Ruth Pearson Loper; parents, Lewis Edward and Rachel Adline York Loper; one son, Gary (Butch) Bright; one daughter, Vada E. Smith and a grandson, John M. Rimel.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. Anderson of Pauline, South Carolina and Sharon L. Harvey of Oxnard; eight grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Loper will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday July 1, 2017, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wesley Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:00 a.m., Saturday July 1st at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517. support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate

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


 

 

Mr. Ben Neeley, Jr.

Mr. Ben Harrison Neeley, Jr., age 74, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Ben Harrison Neeley, Sr., and Billie Jean McQuerter Neeley in Long Beach, California on January 6, 1943. He was a 1961 graduate of De Queen High School, and former owner of Neeley's Welding. He was a Christian and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed bowling, gardening, working , and cherished the time spent with family, especially his granddaughter, and his Great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother, Larry Neeley.

He is survived by his wife of over 53 years, Sue Bradley Neeley of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Tammy Michelle and Kevin Phipps of De Queen, a granddaughter, Meagan and her husband Johnny Daley of De Queen, two great-grandsons, Jordan Hunger and Elijah Harrison Daley of De Queen, a brother and sister-in-aw, Rodger and Teresa Neeley of De Queen, two special cousins, Nancy Gore and Cheryl Higgins both of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as his brothers and sisters in Christ.

Funeral Services for Mr. Neeley will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 30, 2017 in the chandler Funeral Home with Toney Stowers and Bobby Tatum, Ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, June 29th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Chandler Funeral Home.

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

 

Lawanda Pauline Wise Farley

Lawanda Pauline Wise Farley, age 75, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Saturday, June 24, 2017, in De Queen.

She was born March 15, 1942 in the Kellum Community near Gillham. She was a homemaker, business owner, farmer and a member of the Gillham First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Farley was preceded in death by her parents, Olin Wise and Ona “Sis” Higgins and her husband, John E. Farley.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Jane Frachiseur Farley of Gillham; two daughters, Kathy Graham of Ft. Smith and Karen January of Fayetteville, Arkansas; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three step grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren two step great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Farley will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Millcreek Cemetery near Gillham, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 27th at the funeral home.

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

 

Mrs. Cindy Stubbs

Mrs. Cynthia "Cindy" Dean Allen Stubbs, age 60, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen.

She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on December 18, 1956, to Walter Julian and Nellie Dean Dill Allen. She worked as a Certified Nurse's Assistant and enjoyed reading, writing, knitting, and time spent with her dogs, but most of all the time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Sonya Turner.

She is survived by her husband of over 26 years, Leroy Merl Stubbs, Jr. of De Queen; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Tyler Frachiseur of De Queen, and Amy and Charles Lingerfelt of Pittsburg, Kansas; four grandchildren, Alec, Zae-Lei, and Asher Frachiseur and Noah Lingerfelt of Pittsburg, Kansas. She is also survived by other family members and a host of friends.

Cremation arrangements for Mrs. Cindy Stubbs, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Services will be at a later date. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Fred Edward Wolcott

Mr. Fred Edward Wolcott, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, June 16, 2017, in De Queen.

He was born June 25, 1929, in El Dorado, Arkansas. He was a carpenter and a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Mr. Wolcott was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Jerome Wolcott, Sr. and Velma Claire Franks Wolcott; and three brothers, Roy Wolcott, Charlie Wolcott and George Wolcott.

He is survived by his wife, Mae Evelyn Burrow Wolcott of De Queen; two sons, Dennis Wolcott of Salt Lake City, Utah and Steve Stewart of De Queen; three daughters, Brenda Lovell of De Queen, Glenda Icenhower of Dierks, Arkansas and Deborah Smith of De Queen; 13 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Wolcott will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church with Newman Hance officiating. Burial will follow in the Beacon Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Leslie Lee Walker

Mr. Leslie Lee Walker, age 37, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at his home in Lockesburg, Arkansas.

He was born June 5, 1980, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a truck driver.

Mr. Walker was preceded in death by a son, Colton Jeffrey Walker and a daughter, Nevah Walker.

He is survived by his wife, Tonia Walker; his three sons, Peyton Lee, Taylor Lane Walker, and Dakota Lee Walker; his father Lester Walker; his mother Leesa Taylor Walker Kemp; a grandmother, Inez Taylor; a sister, Amanda Westbrook; a brother, Jeremy Walker; a niece, Ashley Parrish; a nephew, Brandon Crow; and several aunts and uncles.

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

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

 

 

Gloria Lee Dougharty Hadley

Mrs. Gloria Lee Dougharty Hadley, age 84, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born February 12, 1933, in Hood River, Oregon. She was a retired X-ray technician, a member of the First Methodist Church in Eagletown and a member of the Cossatot Arts and Crafts Association. Mrs. Hadley enjoyed painting and gardening.

Mrs. Hadley was preceded in death by her parents, George Marvin and Carrie Marie Woody Dougharty; her husband, Don Hadley.

She is survived by one son, Tracy Hadley of Eagletown, Oklahoma; one grandson and wife, Jaryd and Traci Lyon of Lockesburg, Arkansas, one granddaughter, Gracy Hadley; three great-grandchildren, Cason, Luke, and Hayli Lyon; one sister-in-law, Pat Cannon; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral service for Mrs. Hadley will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 19, 2017, in the Eagletown Cemetery Pavilion with Cy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 18th at the funeral home.

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

 

Michael Wayne Ray

Mr. Michael Wayne Ray, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born June 10, 1953, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a self-employed carpenter and a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Colorado.

Mr. Ray was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jane Waits Ray.

He is survived by one son, Michael Wayne Ray, Jr. of De Queen; three daughters, Lynn Michelle Ray, Amy Nicole Pfeiffer, and Sebrina Marie Ferrer all of Colorado; his father, Jerry Wayne Ray of De Queen; one sister, Molly Grant of Colorado, three brothers, Patrick Felton Ray of Brighton, Colorado, Timothy Lee Ray of Silt, Colorado, and Mark Wesley Ray of De Queen; and eight grandchildren, Daniel Steven Pfeiffer, Katelynn Irons, Amanda Nichole Pfeiffer, Victoria Ingino, Kaleb Tomlinson, Raven Ferrer, Aspen Ray, and Jacob Tomlinson.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Ray will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Clear Creek Cemetery with John Gutierres officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Billy Bob Blackwood

Mr. Billy Bob Blackwood, age 80, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at his home.

He was born November 7, 1936, in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. He served in the De Queen School System for 55 years and as Superintendent for 30 years. He was also a member of the De Queen Lions Club and First United Methodist Church in De Queen and served on numerous boards. He was recognized as a pillar of the community and affected numerous lives throughout his many years of dedicated service.

Mr. Blackwood was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Clarence and Myrtle Lee Stueart Blackwood and his wife, Betty Smith Blackwood.

He is survived by one daughter, Julie Lowrey; one son, Bryan Blackwood and two grandsons, Blake Lowrey and Alec Lowrey all of De Queen.

Funeral services for Mr. Blackwood will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in De Queen with Rev. Mark Cloninger officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, June 16th at the First United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Chalice Cupboard, P.O. Box 488, De Queen, Arkansas, 71832.

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

 

Reuben E. Lee Cravens

Reuben E. Lee “Butch” Cravens, age 67, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at his home.

He was born December 25, 1949, in De Queen to Henry and Thelma Jean Lee Cravens. He was a member of the New Zion Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Glenda Lee of De Queen; one sister and brother-in-law, Sherrie Lynn and Patrick Grant of De Queen; three aunts, Irene Daniels, Geraldine Desmond and Jane McCoy; four nephews, Jeffery Hendrix, Kendall Hendrix, Damontre Grant and Caleb Grant; a special cousin, Kayla Morris; a special friend, Jack “Little Butch” French; and a number of cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Cravens will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017, in the New Zion Baptist Church in De Queen with Jamie Erby and Carl Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 16th at the funeral home.
You may leave a condolence online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mr. Raymond P. Gallaher

Mr. Raymond P. Gallaher, Jr., age 83, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Thursday, June 8, 2017 at De Queen Medical Center.

He was born on April 11, 1934 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. He was retired from the United States Navy and a former employee of Weyerhaeuser, and Nekoosa-Edwards.

Mr. Gallaher was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Park, Sr. and Mabel Modena Elkins Gallaher; three brothers-in-law, Paul Griffin, Jack Farris and Tommy Collier, one grandson, Arthur Raymond Nation III, one granddaughter, Tara Lee Gallaher, and two nephews, Chad Farris and Steve Farris

He is survived by his wife Stella Gallaher of Lockesburg; two sons and daughters-in-law; Mike and Glenda Gallaher of Richmond, Texas and Eddy and Donna Gallaher of Lockesburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Mark Spears of Nashville, Arkansas; two sisters and a brother-in law, Anna Lou Farris of Massachusetts and Peggy Jo and Clyde Ray Briggs of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Gallaher will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Lockesburg with Dr. David Blase officiating. Burial will follow in the Lockesburg Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 1:00- 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 11th at the church.

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

 

Gwendolyn Wallis McClung

Mrs. Gwendolyn Wallis McClung, age 70, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas died Thursday, June 8, 2017 at her home.

She was born September, 27 1946 in Houston, Texas to Milton and Lois Wallis. She was and homemaker, a former USDA inspector, and attended Wickes First Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James Wesley and Angela Eubanks of Ore City, Texas and Richard Wallis and Terri Eubanks of Harleton, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Shawn Pollard of De Queen, Arkansas; a life partner, Justin Charlton of Grannis; one brother, Michael Cross of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren, Nachelle Henson, Aaron Wesley Eubanks, Alexis Breann Eubanks, Chasey Eubanks, Zackary Eubanks, Katie Flood, Kerrigan Pollard, and Kyle Eubanks; a number of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and special friends Bear Roan and Nancy Ward.

Funeral services for Mrs. McClung will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Wickes First Baptist Church with Bro. Scott Ray officiating. Burial will follow in Daniel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

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

 

Mrs. Carolyn McKinney

Mrs. Carolyn Love Rowe McKinney, age 70, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, and former resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at her home.

She was born in San Saba, Texas, on October 10, 1946, to Leland Paul Sr., and Lillian Pauline Roper Rowe. She was a retired school teacher, having taught in De Queen and Foreman, as well as a homemaker. She attended the Mt. View Baptist Church, and enjoyed Sci-fi books, jewelry, collecting, and loved animals, especially her dog Molly, and her barrel racing horse, Zero Diamond. She was an avid reader, but most of all she cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Leland Rowe, Jr., a son, Kevin McKinney, and her very significant other, Garel “Mac” McKiever.

She is survived by a son, Brian McKinney and his spouse, Douglas of Nashville, Tennessee, a daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Randall “Bo” Pugh of Dierks, a sister, Susan Meisner of Suisun, California, six grandchildren, Cameron Pugh, Aspen Pugh, Presley Pugh, Marissa DeCoopman, Nick DeCoopman, and Aidan DeCoopman, a great-granddaughter, Leila DeCoopman, and a great-grandchild soon to be born, Ava, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Carolyn McKinney will be held at 3:00 P.M., Thursday, June 7, 2017, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Brian Pounds officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Charles Dorron Emmerich

Mr. Charles Dorron Emmerich, age 86, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 3, 2017 in The Villages, Florida.

He was born to Benjamin Franklin and Clara Lucille Brown Emmerich in Evening Shade, Arkansas, on January 3, 1931. He was a rancher and a mechanic, and attended the First Assembly of God in Horatio. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time outside.
Most of all, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Sharon Paulette Emmerich, a son, Chuck Emmerich, and a grandchild.

He is survived by his wife of over 67 years, Ollie Cornish Emmerich of Horatio, a daughter and son-in-law, Charolette and Rick Angle of The Villages, Florida, a daughter-in-law, Kimberly Emmerich of Horatio, one brother, C. Dorris Emmerich of Phoenix City, Alabama, two sisters, Madielee Collins of St. Louis, Missouri, and Emma Derryberry of Lonoke, Arkansas, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Charles Emmerich will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, June 10th, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ed Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 10th, until service time. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Kotmen Langidrik

Mr. Kotmen Langidrik, age 66, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born October 15, 1950 in the Marshall Islands. Mr. Langidrik was employed by Pilgrim’s Pride in De Queen, Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife Timi Langidirk, and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mr. Langidirk will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday June 8, 2017 in the Faith and Deliverance Center in De Queen, Arkansas. Burial will take place Saturday June 10, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Redmen Cemetery.

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

 

 

Gretchelynn Conatser DeShazo

Mrs. Gretchelynn Conatser DeShazo, age 88, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Saturday, June 3, 2017 at her home.

She was born February 5, 1929 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a small business owner.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Deward and Julia Sutton Conatser; her husband, Mitchell DeShazo; one grandson, Jacob DeShazo; and one brother, Glen Conatser.

She is survived by one son, Tony DeShazo of Horatio; one sister and brother-in-law, Marla and Dale Sapaugh of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Walter (Kayli) De Shazo and Henry DeShazo; one great grandson, David Jacob DeShazo; one sister- in-law, Wanda (Dale) Kesner; and a number of nieces, nephews, and extended family.

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

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Alzheimer’s association at www.alz.org.

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

 

Aundria Nell Crump

Mrs. Aundria Nell Connell Crump, age 73, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Friday, June 2, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born August 3, 1943 in Texarkana, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon Connell and Blanch Campbell; her husband, Jackie Lee Crump; a brother, Randall Bailey; and her granddaughter, Meagan Vay Dossett.

She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Todd Dossett of Minden, Louisiana, Sue and Todd Benedict of Salmon, Idaho, and Trish and Mike Westhuis of Randolph, Wisconsin; two sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Angie Crump of Hot Springs, Arkansas and James and Olivia Crump of Horatio; five sisters, Delois Gentry, Becky Vanhoose and Nancy Duncan, all of De Queen, Arkansas, Sarah Joiner of Idabel, Oklahoma and Angela Morphew of De Queen; three brothers, William Bailey, Claudie Bailey and Ronnie Bailey, all of De Queen; 19 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Crump will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Jaron Tipton officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

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

 

Donald Ray Samuel, Sr.

Donald Ray Samuel, Sr. nicknamed by family as “Tooter”, by friends as Chief, and a select few as Tonto, was taken from this earth on May 22, 2017 to be with the Lord. He passed peacefully in his home in Humble Texas after fighting a fierce 2 1/2 year battle with cancer.

 Donald was born in Talimena Oklahoma on November 25, 1958. He graduated from Smithville high school class of 77. Donald was married to Jay Harvey on August 29, 2015 while they were only married a short time they shared almost 10 years together.

Donald worked as a superintendent for Pyramid Waterproofing for over 17 years. He loved his job and often said it put him closer to God when he was atop a tall skyscraper. He had a passion for fishing and being on the water. Catch or no catch he was always at peace on the water. Donald was also a very competitive Dart player and an avid Texan football fan.

 Donald is survived by his loving wife Jay Harvey, sons Donald Samuel, Jr. and Kevin Samuel, daughter MaryBeth Hollister, step children Tapanga Harvey and Gohan Harvey. Donald is also survived by his siblings Charles Samuel, Darlene Baker, Lacynthia Brannon, and Isaac Benn as well as several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, other family and friends.

Donald is preceded in death by his father Pat Joe Samuel, his mother Dora Bertha Wilson, brothers Dorman, Wilson, Benn Jr (Cobby), and Alfred Joe Samuel; his Grandmother Julia Tims and Daughter April Sherrill.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm on June 1st at Rosewood Funeral Home, in Humble Tx. Oklahoma funeral services will be held at 1 pm at the Indian Baptist church of Smithville on June 3rd. Burial will follow this service at Beach cemetery, also in Smithville, Oklahoma under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

You may leave a condolence online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Arlene Kathryn Robinson

Mrs. Arlene Kathryn Collins Robinson, age 85, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 03, 2017, in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to William Harry and Laura Sylvia Gills Collins in Los Angeles, California, on April 30, 1932. She was a homemaker, and had a passion for animals.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Stanley Collins, a son, Eric Kirk Robinson, and 2011, her husband of 58 years, Edward Durand Robinson.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Guy and Elaine Robinson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Rod and Darlene Robinson of Apopka, Florida, two daughters and sons-in-law, Gail Louise and Daryl Miller of Dierks, Arkansas, and Colleen Tracy and Scott Williams of Chico, California, and a several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Margie Brown Pumphrey

Mrs. Margie Brown Pumphrey, age 98, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died May 31, 2017 in Dierks Health & Rehab.

She was born to John D. and Florence Anderson Brown in Sylvia, Kansas, on February 5, 1919. She was a homemaker and a member of the De Queen Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of over 50 years, Frank Pumphrey, three brothers, J.D. Brown, Franklin Brown, Chester Brown, and a sister, Roberta Gomer.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Vicki Pumphrey of De Queen, a daughter, Janette Pumphrey of Dierks; two granddaughters and their spouses, Faith and Tommy Klitz of Horatio and Melissa and Chris Suttle of De Queen; four great-grandchildren and their spouses, Summer and Tyler Irvan of Horatio, Bethany and Zach Gonzales of De Queen, Evan and Zachary Lee of Foreman, and Melia Marsh of De Queen; five great-grandchildren, Micah, Ashton, Anistyn, Bella, and Zayden; two nephews, Dennis Gomer and Robert Gomer, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Margie Pumphrey will be held Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Toney Stowers officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 9:00 A.M. until service time. Graveside services will be at 4:00 P.M., Monday, June 5th in the Oakland Cemetery, Warren, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

 

Chiquetta Lynette Martin Smith

Mrs. Chiquetta Lynette Martin Smith, age 49, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at her home.

She was born July 19, 1967, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Jean Jewell Martin; her husband, Michael Smith; a son, Jackie Franks and a grandson, Kaden Martin.

She is survived by one daughter, Savanna Smith of Foreman; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gary Nelson Franks and Levi and Heather Martin all of De Queen; one brother and sister-in-law, Victor and Angela Martin of Horatio; her father, Gary Martin of Tennessee; one sister, Vickie Milam; one grandson, Mason Smith and one granddaughter, Skylar Thompson.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 2, 2017, in the Mineral Cemetery with Rev. Tim Johnson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

 

Mr. Creal Gilmore

Mr. Creal Edward Gilmore, age 67, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, and former resident of Idabel, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at his home.

He was born to Hubert Lee and Agnes Nelson Gilmore in De Queen, Arkansas, on June 5, 1949. He was a deliveryman, and enjoyed yard work, dominoes, and cherished the time spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, and two brothers, Hubert Gilmore, and Darrell “Rock” Gilmore.

He is survived by his mother, Agnes Gilmore of De Queen, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Roy Gilmore of Muskegon Heights, Michigan, and Mike and Dione Gilmore of De Queen, four sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon Robertson, Louise and Michael Goodman, and Lynette Gilmore all of De Queen, Emma and Albert Young of Carthage, Texas, two uncles, Arthur Gilmore and his wife, Thelma of Muskegon Heights, Michigan, and LeRoy Nelson of De Queen, an aunt, Willie and her husband, Jackie Boyles of De Queen, a special friend Robert Lee Bell, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as a host of friends.

Visitation will be on Saturday, June 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. A private burial will follow. You may register online at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Floy M. Cox

Mrs. Floy M. Cox, age 83, a resident of Greens Chapel Community in Arkansas died Thursday, May 25, 2017, in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born August 29, 1933, in Old New Hope Community to John and Lula Bell Riley Morris. She was a homemaker and was a member of Greens Chapel Methodist Church.

Mrs. Cox was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Horace Cox; her parents; and two sons, Mickey Cox and Terry Lynn Cox.
She is survived by one daughter, Anita Mays of Dierks; one sister Dean McSpadden of Greens Chapel Community; and several grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cox will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Greens Chapel Methodist Church with Rev. Carrol Jackson and Jerry Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Greens Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm Friday the 26th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

 

Marie Smith Oglesby

Mrs. Marie Smith Oglesby, 94, of King Ryder community near Crossroads, Arkansas, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in a local hospital. She was a resident of Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown, Arkansas, for seven years.

Mrs. Oglesby was born February 22, 1923, in Arkinda, Arkansas to Willie P. and Mary Barton Smith. She was a homemaker, a retired grocer, and a member of the King Ryder Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband Elmer Oglesby; her parents; two brothers and one sister.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Darrel and Sharon Oglesby; two daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Billy Baker and Beatrice and Patrick Reed; one sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Gene Denbow of Yucca Valley, California; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Oglesby will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017, at the King Ryder Church of Christ with James McRae officiating. Burial will follow in the Piney Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

 

Jerry Bob Ayers

Mr. Jerry Bob Ayers, age 89, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in De Queen, Arkansas.

He was born June 25, 1927 in Horatio to Ernest and Dana Lois Gore Ayers.

Mr. Ayers was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his brother, Joe Ed Ayers of Horatio; two sisters, Tina James of Dallas, Texas and Patsy Sharp of Lockesburg, Arkansas; and a number of nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Ayers will be held Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Old Center Cemetery with Rev. Sam Hendricks officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Mary Jane Pickett

Miss Mary Jane Pickett, age 94, a resident of Lockesburg, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas.

She was born August 14, 1922, in Athens, Arkansas. She was a beautician and co-owner of The Beauty Shop in Lockesburg. She was a member of the Old Union Missionary Baptist Church; she loved her family, church family and enjoyed bird watching.

Miss Pickett was preceded in death by her parents, James Frank and Minnie Elizabeth Stacy Pickett; four brothers, Wesley Pickett, Claude Pickett, James Pickett and Robert Pickett; her longtime friend and business partner, Joyce Raney.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Neta Dell Pickett of Lockesburg; three nieces and their spouses, Shelia and Jose Mendez of Texarkana, Texas, Barbara and Terry Butler of Nashville, Arkansas and Diann and Wallace Wooten of Lockesburg; two nephews, David Pickett and wife Katrina of Dierks, Arkansas and Nelson Pickett of Dallas, Texas; her extended family, Mike and Valerie Gathright; a number of great nieces and nephews and many friends.

Funeral services for Miss Pickett will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017, in the Old Union Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Donny Davis and Bro. James Gathright officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Sybil Jean Faulkner

Mrs. Sybil Jean Faulkner, age 88, a resident of Newhope, Arkansas, died Monday, May 22, 2017, in Dierks Health and Rehab in Dierks.

She was born November 2, 1928 in Athens, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Umpire Holiness Church.

Mrs. Faulkner was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus and Opal Pate Flenor; one brother, RC Flenor; one sister, Helen Jamison and two sons, Jimmy Faulkner and Kenny Ray Faulkner.

She is survived by her husband, Raymon Faulkner; one son, Paul Faulkner of Dierks; one sister, Jhonia Faye Kirkpatrick and two brothers, James Flenor and Terry Flenor; three grandchildren, Jason Faulkner, Megan Tollett and Kip Faulkner; four great grandchildren, Rex Faulkner, Lincoln Faulkner, Briseis Faulkner and Alex Faulkner and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Faulkner will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the Umpire Holiness Church with Steve Green and Don Vaughn officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

Doug Arndt

Mr. Douglas Alan "Doug" Arndt, age 61, a resident of De Queen, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 20, 2017. He was born to Dorris and Corrine Chaney Arndt in Perryton, Texas, on April 30, 1956. He was a truck driver, and a member of the Grace Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant granddaughter, Madison.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Debbie Arndt of De Queen, a son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Michelle Bolin of Conway, Arkansas, two daughters and a son-in-law, Leslie and Clint Smith of De Queen, and Amanda Fairless of Smithville, Oklahoma, his seven grandchildren; Dylan Crawford and his wife, Tracey of Winthrop, Destiny Crawford of De Queen, Kaitlyn, Colton, and Kenli Bolin of Conway, Arkansas, Body and Lindsey Thomas, and his great-grandchildren, Mia, Eden, Blake, and Sawyer. Doug is also survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Don and Freda Arndt of Gillham, Arkansas, Dennis and Cynthia Arndt of De Queen, his sister-in-law, Dorothy Stout, his ex-brother-in-law, Dan Burt, a very special aunt, Pearl Frachiseur, and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Doug was loved and cherished by all of his family and friends. He was a great provider with a special soul and big heart. Doug loved fishing, working on cars, music and spending any time he could with his great-grandkids. They were the true love of his life. He will be dearly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have known him.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Doug Arndt will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, May 25th in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, with Bro. Tim Johnson officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

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

 

 

 Blake Edwin Williams

Blake Edwin Williams, the infant son of Matt and Destinee Williams of Dierks, Arkansas went to join his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 19, 2017 in a Texarkana, Texas hospital.

Blake was born on May 19, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

Other survivors include one Brother; Kaiden James Williams of Dierks, Arkansas; his grandparents; Rick and Lorraine Williams of Horatio, Arkansas; Steven and Amanda Brecheisen of Lockesburg, Arkansas; his great grandparents: Joe and Nancy Stafford of De Queen, Arkansas; Bonnie Lee of Eagletown, Oklahoma; Martha Brecheisen of Lockesburg, Arkansas; John and Terrie Brecheisen of Wickes, Arkansas; three aunts and one uncle; Meagan Brecheisen of Lockesburg, Arkansas; Stephen and Ashley Williams of Horatio, Arkansas; Alicia Williams of De Queen Arkansas and a number of cousins and other relatives.

Graveside services will be in the West Otis Cemetery, 2:00 pm Tuesday with Rev. Joe Walden officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

The family will be gathered at the Brecheisen's residence, 112 West Spruce St. Unit A, Lockesburg, Arkansas 71846.

You may register online at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Ray Windel (Sonny) Thomas

Mr. Ray Windel (Sonny) Thomas, age 85, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, May 19, 2017 in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was born June 28, 1931 to David and Ella Proctor Thomas in Little River County Arkansas. He was a retired millworker for Weyerhaeuser. He enjoyed visiting with his family and friends and loved his dog Peaches.              

Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Opal Dean Thomas and Odell Thomas; and three sisters, Maurine Butler, Irene Brown, and Shirley Dinger.

He is survived by two sisters, Betty McNeal of De Queen and Linda Catlett of Jacksonville, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 pm Sunday the 21st at the funeral home in De Queen with cremation to follow. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

 

Bertha Eliana Hernandez

Baby Bertha Eliana Hernandez, age 0, was stillborn Friday, May 12, 2017, at an East Texas hospital.

She was born to Isabel Salazar on Friday, May 12, 2017.

Funeral services for Baby Bertha Hernandez will be held Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:00 P.M., in the Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas.



Mr. Kim Klitz

Mr. Kim Klitz, age 55, took his last horse ride in this life on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at his home in Winthrop, Arkansas.

He was born to Edward Lowell Klitz, Sr. and Artie Margaret Klitz in De Queen, Arkansas on January 10, 1962. He was a Christian and his passion was horses. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all, he enjoyed time spent with his family, most especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Ed Klitz, Jr. and Denis Klitz; his maternal grandparents, Bob and Susie Cobb Rich and Vertie Rich, as well as, his paternal grandparents, Edna Jacobs and Martin Klitz.

He is survived by his mother, Margaret Klitz of Winthrop; his wife of over 36 years, Dala Gwen Oglesby Klitz of Winthrop; one son and daughter-in-law, Clayton and April Klitz of Winthrop; one daughter and son-in-law, Monica and R.J. Forrest of Winthrop; five grandchildren, Caleb Klitz, Kylie Forrest, Cason Klitz, Addison Klitz and Aiden Forrest, all of Winthrop; a special set of in-laws, Edith and Brian Knighten of Winthrop. Kim is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, and other family members, as well as, a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mr. Kim Klitz will be held, Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Oak Grove Church of Christ Pavilion, Winthrop with Bill "Two Feathers" Bunting Officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Doris Williamson

Lily "Doris" Williamson, 90, of Horatio, AR, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2017.

Doris was born in Portsmouth, England on September 24, 1926, to the late Harold Clark and Elsie Shinn Clark.

Doris was "War Bride" during WWII and was married to Alfred Williamson on November 3, 1945, in London, England. They were married for 61 years until his death in 2007. She was employed at First National Bank De Queen as a teller, at State First National Bank Texarkana as a bookkeeper for several years and a substitute mail carrier in Horatio, AR for 10 years. She was a member of Williamson Community Church for over 40 years and a dedicated Sunday school teacher, song leader and board member. She enjoyed reading, travel and crossword puzzles. The most important part of her life was being surrounded by her family. Doris was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She will be missed by all who loved and cherished her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfred Williamson; her daughter and son-in-law, Ellen Vanessa and Samuel Harris; her siblings, William Clark and Thelma Clark.

She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law, Alfred Ray "Bud" Williamson of Jacksonville, Florida, and Paul and Deborah Williamson of Southam, England, three daughters and sons-in-law, Doris "Jeannie" and Arthur Schaffer of Horatio, Ar. Sandra Louise and Bob Edgin of Horatio, AR and Brenda Kay and Mark Chiarizio of Dallas, TX; one brother and sister-in-law Robert and Dorothy Clark; and two sisters-in-law, Janet Clark Tyas and Florence Williamson Banning. Six grandsons, Kenneth and Marianne Harris, Andrew and Lindsay Edgin, David and Katelyn Edgin, Matthew and Jessica Chiarizio, Brian Chiarizio, and Ethan Williamson; two granddaughters, Allison and Jason Lord and Amelia Williamson; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mrs. Williamson will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, May 19, 2017, in Williamson Community Church, 555 Central Road, Horatio, Arkansas, with Rev. Jimmy Roden officiating. The family will meet at the Williamson home, 545 Central Road, Horatio, Arkansas. Memorials may be made to Williamson Community Church, 176 Bear Creek Cutoff, De Queen, AR 71832. Memorial services are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Ms. Mary Ayers

Ms. Mary Darlene Cook Ayes, age 65, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this lie, Saturday, Mary 13, 2017 at Bear Creek Nursing and Rehab in De Queen.

She was born to Robert Earl and Lorraine Mae Scott Cook in Portland, Oregon on June 11, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as a son, David Duane Creekmore.

Mary is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Diana  and Michael Haley of Pine Grove, California, two sons and daughter-in-law, Robert Creekmore of Bethel Island, California, and Jerry and Tanya Creekmore of De Queen; thirteen grandchildren, Rebecca Haley, Michael Haley, Amanda Haley, Cody Bradford, Savannah Haley, Carina Haley, Cynthia Creekmore, Thomas Creekmore, Keagan Thompson, Joshua Milikan, Cody Creekmore, Navie Madsen, and Maygin Creekmore; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Dennis Earl Cook, Donald Wayne Cook, and Steven Lee and Mary Cook.

Memorial services for Ms. Mary Ayers will be held Monday, May 22, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the First Pentecostal Church of God in De Queen. Cremation is under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Carroll Birge

Mr. Carroll Lonnie Birge, age 68, a resident of Damascus, Arkansas, and former resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away in his sleep at his home Tuesday morning, May 9, 2017.

Carroll was born in De Queen, Arkansas, March 16, 1949 to Coolidge and Verba Lee Smith Birge. He graduated from De Queen High School and from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas. He married Joy Ann Philpot, May 22, 1987 and they have two adult children, Brad and Jill Birge and three grandchildren, Lila Birge, Oliver Birge, and Joseph Birge.

Carroll was an avid water sportsman. He and his brother and sister all learned to swim when they were three years old. Carroll floated white water rivers all across the United States. The Cossatot was always special, flat bottom boats, canoes, and kayaks.

Carroll and his wife, Joy lived in Little Rock for many years where he worked as an accountant for Arkansas Power and Light Company and Telephone Company. After he retired, Carroll and Joy moved to their heavily wooded forty acre area on Cadron Creek. Carroll’s wife often said, “Carroll is as happy here as a clam with his chain saw, mountain bike, motorcycle and pick-up truck”. Carroll was preceded in death by his father, Coolidge Birge, both sets of grandparents, Mary and Albert Birge and Berta and Maynard Smith, whom he loved dearly, and spent much time with them.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Birge, son, Brad Birge, daughter, Jill Birge, and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Verba Lee Birge, his sister, Jerri Lynn Birge Rivers, a brother, Dexter, and his wife, Lynda Birge, two brother-in-law, Philip Philpot and Jim Philpot, several nieces, nephews, three aunts, two uncles and many cousins.

Carroll came to know Jesus at an early age and was baptized into First Baptist Church in De Queen. He loved the Lord, his family, home, friends and his dogs, Betty, Missy, and Penny.

Funeral Services for Mr. Carroll Birge will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 12, 2017 in the Little Rock Funeral Home, Little Rock, Arkansas. Burial will be at 2:30 P.M. Friday, May 12, 2017 in the Forrest Park Cemetery, Forrest, Arkansas, under the direction of Little Rock Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Wanda June "Peach" White

Wanda June “Peach,” White, age 74, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 8, 2017, in Bryant, Arkansas. She was born to Ted and Ona Borden White on June 1, 1942 in Dallas, Texas.

“Peach” lived with her Mother until her death in 1982. After her Mother’s death, she lived with her sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Melvin Wylie for thirty-four years.

The “light” of “Peach’s” life for the past ten years has been her great nieces, Abigail and Maci. She would always get so excited every time she saw them. Christy, her niece was always faithful to make sure she took her girls to visit “Peach” often. “Peach” liked country music and enjoyed going to concerts with Irene and Melvin. “Walker Texas Ranger” was her favorite TV show as well as “The Price is Right.” She spent many hours sitting on the front porch watching the various wild animals and also watching the cars go by.

Preceded in death by: Mother: Ona White Ferguson; Dad: Ted White; Sisters: Irene Wylie, Winnie Mae and Deloris White. Brothers: Eugene, Rufus, Raymond, Loyal and William White, Joey, Bobby and “Boo” Ferguson.

“Peach” is survived by her brother-in-law and caregiver, Melvin Wylie, special niece, Christy Wylie and extra special great nieces, Abigail and Maci Steele and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside Funeral Services for Peach White will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an
Online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Steven Glen Martin

Mr. Steven Glen Martin, age 58, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Arkansas.

He was born March 5, 1959 to Perry Wayne and Mary Lou Petet Martin in Panama City, Florida. He was a teacher and a retired coach of 33 years. He attended First Baptist Church in De Queen, Arkansas. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports, and being “Paps” to his grandchildren.

Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Henry and Dean Petet and Perry Sr. and Mae Martin.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Davis Martin; his mother, Mary Lou Petet Martin of Dierks; one daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Trey Shelton of Dierks; three sons and daughters-in-law, Brad and Ann Martin of Georgetown, Texas, Brady and Jennifer Martin of Canyon, Texas, and Ben Martin of Benton, Arkansas; one brother, Tony Wayne Martin of Dierks; three grandchildren, Ali Shelton, Oliver Martin, and Calvin Martin; and many students and athletes to whom he was known as Coach Martin.

Funeral services for Mr. Martin will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Dierks High School Gymnasium with Brady Martin, Josh Herweck, and Micah Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

 

 

Ila Grace Short Jones

Mrs. Ila Grace Short Jones, age 85, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Dierks.

She was born Friday, January 1, 1932 to Frank and Dovie Lemmons Short in Dodson, Texas. She was a beautician, a Baptist, and attended the Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Archie Dale Jones; two brothers, Elroy and Johnny Short; and three sisters, Betty Halsley, Frankie Pritchett, and Joyce Russ.

She is survived by three sons, Archie Jones, Jr., Michael Frank Jones, and Jerry Jones all of Dierks; one grandson, Garry Jones; and eleven great grandchildren, Kaitlyn Grace Jones, Tracy Don Jones, Tyler Matthew Jones, Erin Jones, Amiee Jones, Megan Brooke Glover, Jeremy Ray Glover, Lorenzo Mayson Rabadon, Annabelle May Glover, Sadie Lynn Glover, and Jaden Ray Glover, and Treven Hill.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Jones will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Sunshine Cemetery in Dierks with J. W. Gilbert officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

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

 

 

Annie Lorene Wilson Poag

Annie Lorene Wilson Poag, 87, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, May 5, 2017 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Arkansas.

She was born April 3, 1930 in Williamson Community. She was a homemaker and co-owner of Poag Lumber Company in Dierks. Mrs. Poag was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen, the Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Good Sam’s. She loved spending time with family and friends, her church, camping and cheering for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Mrs. Poag was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Loy Poag; her parents, M.T. Wilson and Sallie Stringfellow Wilson; three brothers, Elmer, Mickey and L.D.; one sister, Ruby Carpenter; and one granddaughter, Emily McKellar.

She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law’s, Sandra and Bobby Miller of Lockesburg and Donna and Tony McKellar of Rogers, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Amy Miller of Texarkana, Rob Miller of Lockesburg, Elizabeth McKellar of Columbus, Ohio, Katherine and Jake Rooney and Nicole McKellar of Rogers, Arkansas; three great-grandchildren, Ashley and Ricky Trotter of Lockesburg, Allie Trotter of De Queen, two great-great grandchildren, Kaden and Gunner of Lockesburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Corine and Dalie Hooker of Sheridan, Arkansas; one sister-in-law, Sue Wilson of De Queen; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Poag will be held at 2 PM, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, officiated by Roy Conaster. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery in De Queen, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 PM, Tuesday, May 9th at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in De Queen

 

Mrs. Marylan Dutton

Mrs. Marylan Ann Bowen Dutton, age 77, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the home of her daughter in Conway, Arkansas.

She was born October 22, 1939 in Lindsay, Oklahoma, to Carl W. and Anna Mann Bowen. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed yard work, being outside, bird watching, drawing, and painting, as well as an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Dorothy Johnson, and Jess Bowen, and her husband of over 44 years, Samuel W. “Sam” Dutton.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dave W. and Netra Dutton of Texarkana, Arkansas, a daughter and son-in-law, Larenda J. and John Donovan of Conway, Arkansas, five grandchildren, Tiffany M. Donovan, Billy Donovan, Donny Donovan, Mandy Perry, and Lee Perry, two great-grandchildren, Madison Harper, and Daily Donovan. She is also survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Pat Bowen of Norman, Oklahoma, and Charles and Pat Bowen of Dibble, Oklahoma, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Marylan Dutton will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, May 8, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, May 7th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 


Bethany Jo Scarbrough Wester

Bethany Jo Scarbrough Wester, age 43, of Mena, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017 near Cove. She was born on Sunday, November 4, 1973 to James Allen and Carrie Kathleen O'Brien Scarbrough in Toppenish, Washington.

Bethany loved her children and her family and spending time with them. She enjoyed reading, camping and listening to country music. Bethany worked for Elite Home Health in Nashville with Community Based Services. Bethany was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her son, Reilly Scarbrough; her daughter, Acelynn Wester; her uncle, Steven Payne and aunt, Virginia Harmon.

Bethany is survived by her parents, James and Carrie Scarbrough of Mena; her husband, Michael Wester of Pine Bluff; three brothers, David Scarbrough of Edinburg, Texas, Jimmy O'Brien and Charlie O'Brien Scarbrough of Washington; two sisters, Korrie Scarbrough of Mena and Rebecca Scarbrough of Mena; maternal grandmother, Joyce Alexander of Moxee, Washington; great aunt, Thelma Hensley of Mena; aunts and uncles, Opal Duffield of Moxee, Washington, Colleen Gorden, Kellie Yancey, Linda O'Brien all of Moxie, Washington and Bonnie Siggette of Reno Nevada; nieces and nephews, Sarah Broach and husband, Jay, Amanda Tolbert, Abby Tolbert, Alexis Tolbert, Katherine Scarbrough, Jaslene Scarbrough, Brandie Tolbert, Sabrina Moore, Anthony Scarbrough, John Tolbert, Dominic Scarbrough, Andrew O'Brien, Paul O'Brien and Nathan O'Brien; one great niece, Aiyanna Broach, and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Christian Motorcycle Association on Iron Mountain with Brother Justin Leonard and Bobby Tatum officiating. Interment will follow the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. No Visitation is planned.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

Acelynn Carrie Wester

Acelynn Carrie Wester, age 2, of Mena, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017 near Cove. She was born on March 3, 2015 to Michael Joseph Wester and Bethany Jo Scarbrough in Mena, Arkansas.

Acelynn loved playing with her baby dolls. She enjoyed playing with her brother Reilly and cousins. Acelynn was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Bethany Jo Scarbrough Wester and brother, Reilly Scarbrough.

Acelynn is survived by her father, Michael Wester of Horatio; paternal grandmother, Stella Pitts of DeQueen; maternal grandparents, James and Carrie Scarbrough of Mena; maternal great grandmother, Joyce Alexander of Moxee, Washington; two brothers, Jonathan Wester of Horatio, and Afton Wester of Horatio; four sisters, Brittany Wester of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Taylor Smith of Baytown, Texas, Harley Wester of Horatio, and Shaylee Ruth of Quitman, Arkansas; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Christian Motorcycle Association on Iron Mountain with Brother Justin Leonard and Bobby Tatum officiating. Interment will follow the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. No Visitation is planned.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com


Reilly James Scarbrough

Reilly James Scarbrough, age 9, of Mena, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 near Hatfield. He was born on May 19, 2007 to Bethany Jo Scarbrough in Reno, Nevada.

Reilly attended the Holly Harshman Elementary in Mena where he excelled as a student in the 4th grade. Reilly love playing his video games and was well on his way to becoming a great gamer. He enjoyed playing sports, cub scouts and riding his bike. Reilly was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Bethany Jo Scarbrough Wester and baby sister, Acelynn Wester.

Reilly is survived by his stepfather, Michael Wester of Horatio; maternal grandparents, James and Carrie Scarbrough of Mena; paternal grandmother, Stella Pitts of DeQueen; maternal great grandmother, Joyce Alexander; one brother, Jonathan Wester of Horatio; four sisters, Brittany Wester of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Taylor Smith of Baytown, Texas, Harley Wester of Horatio, and Shaylee Ruth of Quitman, Arkansas; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the Christian Motorcycle Association on Iron Mountain with Brother Justin Leonard and Bobby Tatum officiating. Interment will follow the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. No Visitation is planned.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

Timothy "Timmy" Kevin Simmons

Mr. Timothy “Timmy” Kevin Simmons, age 57, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 30, 2017, at his home.

He was born October 26, 1959 at De Queen, Arkansas. He was a diesel mechanic and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Simmons was preceded in death by his parents, Harless Thelma and Ottie Vermease Cook Simmons.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila Webb Simmons; two daughters and a son-in-law, Brandi and Logan Arter of Lockesburg and Natasha Simmons of Hooks, Texas; one stepdaughter, Lisa Simmons of Lockesburg; one brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Anita Simmons of Lockesburg; four grandchildren, Kevin and Alainna Arter, Justtes Latimer and Hope Bayless; niece and nephew, John and Dana Simmons of Lockesburg and special friends, Valerie and Randy Johnson.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Oddfellows Cemetery in Lockesburg with Bro. Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

Mr. John Thomas "Tommy" Moore

Mr. John Thomas “Tommy” Moore, age 75, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was born to Pervin B and Pauline Smith Moore in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on August 15, 1941. He was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride, where he was a security guard, and a rancher. He enjoyed gardening, work, yard work, cattle, and he cherished the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his dad, Leo Vickers, a brother, Kenneth Moore, and a granddaughter, J. K. Nealy Hornsby.

He is survived by his wife of over 49 years, Judy Godwin Moore of De Queen, a son and daughter-in-law, Tracy and Patti Nealy of De Queen, three daughters, and sons-in-law, Carla and Jeff Wahls of De Queen, Melody and Rick Halter of Fayetteville, Ark., and Lisa and Mitch Evans of Monroeville, Alabama, ten grandchildren, Nikki, Madelyn, Kendyl, Ellye, Cole, Katy, Jill, Josh, Julie, and Hannah; five great-grandchildren, Kylaa, Chanli, Avery, Evan, and Emma, one brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Lana Jo Vickers of De Queen, one sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Wayne Gentry of De Queen, and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Tommy Moore will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., You may send a online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Thomas Vernon Hendershot

Mr. Thomas Vernon Hendershot, age 65, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born September, 14, 1951, in Saginaw, Michigan.  He was a truck driver for Jack B. Kelly Trucking Company. He loved fishing, cooking, and watching deer off of his deck.

Mr. Hendershot was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Carse Hendershot, and one sister, Karen Sue Hendershot.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Lewis Hendershot; one son and daughter-in-law, Chancy and Onna Hendershot of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren, Beau, Dalton, and Xander Hendershot; and one brother-in-law, Lawrence Lewis of De Queen.

There is no service scheduled at this time.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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

 

Douglas Edward Guire

Mr. Douglas Edward Guire, age 58, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 23, 2017, at his home.

He was born November 19, 1958, in Eagletown, Oklahoma. He was a landscaper and was a member of First Baptist Church in Gillham.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Orval Cash and Betty Price Guire and one brother, Lee Guire.

He is survived by one daughter, Crystal Springs of Michigan; one sister, Laura Ann Guire Roberts of Bogata, Texas and one brother, Micheal Wayne Guire of Gillham.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017, in the Almond Church in Gillham with Steven Chenoweth officiating. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Tonya Lynn Golden

 

Arturo Gonzalez Tovar

A Mass of Christian burial for Arturo Gonzalez Tovar age 42, will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 21, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marshall, TX where Mr. Gonzalez was a longtime member. Celebrating the Mass will be Father Luis Arroyave. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5:00-8:00 PM with a Rosary beginning at 6:00 PM at Sullivan Funeral Home. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Marshall.

Arturo was born December 2, 1974 in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato Mexico to Maria Isabel Tovar and Jose Gonzalez. He passed away unexpectedly on April 17, 2017 in Marshall due to a work related accident.

Arturo was a supervisor at Marshall Pottery where he had worked for the past 11 years. He was a very loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. He enjoyed taking his children to the movies, camping and watching them compete in sports! Arturo liked to cook and just spend time with his friends and family but, above all he loved spoiling his wife!


Mr. Gonzalez was proceeded in death by his maternal grandparents, Nasario Tovar and Encarnacion Mosqueda; parental grandparents, Cruz Gonzalez and Erculana Zarate; two uncles, Nicolas and Pedro Gonzalez; and aunt, Aurora Gonzalez all of San Miguel de Allende Gto, MX; and his nephew, Zachery Ledbetter of Marshall, TX.

He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Evelia Rios Gonzalez; son, Kevin Arturo Gonzalez; two daughters, Gabriela Evett and Sopia Elane Gonzalez all of Marshall; parents, Maria Isabel Tovar and Jose Gonzalez of San Miguel de Allende Gto, MX; 43 nieces and nephews, many aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members, as well as a host of friends.
 

 

Mary Sue Wherley

Ms. Mary Sue Wherley, age 85, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born July 27, 1931 in Mississippi. She was a first grade school teacher in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for thirty years and a member of the First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.

Ms. Wherley was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Gladys Keller Wherley and her sister, Helen Ivy.

She is survived by one nephew, John Ivy and his wife Rhonda of Bloomburg, Texas and one niece, Laura Ivy of Ft. Smith, Arkansas one great-niece, Chelsea Ivy and one great-nephew, Colby Ivy.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Mt. Ida Cemetery in De Queen, Arkansas with Sue Ellen Hall officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Billie Fern Callan Brake

Mrs. Billie Fern Callan Brake, age 80, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born August 26, 1936 in Foreman, Arkansas. She was an employee of Texas Instruments, a homemaker, and a cafeteria worker at North Garland High School and member of the Highland Park Baptist Church.

Mrs. Brake was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Christine Campbell Callan; and one brother, Cecil Campbell Callan.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and John Billingsley of Winthrop; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Scott and Susan Butler of Shererville, Indiana, Rex and Lisa Butler of Merrillville, Indiana, and Tom Butler of Foreman; one sister, Susie Green of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren and their spouses, Amber Billingsley, Luke and Amanda Billingsley, Alyssa and Robert Simmons, Daniel and Janelle Butler, Nathan Butler, Stephen Butler, Alaina Butler, Stefanie Butler, and Mary Butler; two great grandchildren, Ava and Anna Billingsley; a number of nieces and nephews and father of her children and good friend, Bob Butler.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Highland Park Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas with Bro. Kevin Myers officiating. Burial will follow at Dollarhide Cemetery in Foreman under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

 

Mrs. Ruthie Marshall


Mrs. Ruthie M. Chandler Marshall, age 82, a life-long resident of Sevier County, Arkansas, died Monday, April 17, 2017, from injuries received in an automobile accident.

She was born to Roy and Alta Ramsey Chandler in the Westline Community of Sevier County on January 20, 1935. She was a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church, and a homemaker. She enjoyed painting, gardening, cooking, fishing, crafts, and cherished the time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Most of all, she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, William “Tip” Chandler, and Roy Chandler, Jr., and in 2014, her husband of more than 61 years, Ted Marshall.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Glen and Sharla Marshall of Kennewick, Washington, and Jerry Marshall of De Queen, two daughters and sons-in-law, Nina and John McDonnell, and Carla and Farryl Barnes all of De Queen, six grandchildren and their spouses, Ryan and Suprina Marshall, Lane Marshall, Clayton and Candice McDonnell, Kelsey McDonnell, Jayme Barnes, Sydney and Will Bailey, seven great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Brayden, Jadi, Marli, Lynnlee, Benjamin, and Zaidyn, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruthie Marshall will be held Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:00 A.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Homer Frachiseur, and Bro. Shane Haarmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Billie Rogers Candler

Mrs. Billie Rogers Candler, age 83, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died April 17, 2017 in the Wadley Regional medical Center, Texarkana.

She was born on November 3, 1933 in Ben Lomond, Arkansas. She worked as a paralegal for a law firm in San Francisco. She was a member of the New Bethel Baptist church in San Francisco, California. She enjoyed listening to music, watching movies, and visiting with family an friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Jessie C. Nelson, her siblings, Gene Autry Nelson, Harvey Lee Nelson, and Lewis Elvin Nelson, and in 2012 her husband, Lawrence Candler.

She is survived by a sister, Norma Lewis of Lockesburg, three brothers, Roy Dell Nelson of Ashdown, Charles Nelson of Charleston, South Carolina, Cleveland Nelson of Dallas, Texas.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Billie Rogers Candler will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at 1:00 P.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, with Rev. Roy Dell Nelson officiating.

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

 

Garel Lee "Mac" McKiever

Garel Lee "Mac" McKiever 69 of Monticello, AR passed from this life Friday, April 14, 2017 at Christus St Michaels Medical Center in Texarkana TX. He was born June 19, 1947 in Drew County Arkansas.

He was the middle son of D.L. & Ancy Mae (Burch) McKiever. He was partners in the family business McKiever Packing Company which operated with his parents and two brothers for 60 plus years and is still in operation. Garel affectionately known as "Pop Mac" was an avid cattleman and loved attending many weekly auctions and Registered Angus Specialty sells. His greatest joy was attending rodeos and various athletic competitions his children and grandchildren were involved in, he was always cheering and encouraging loud as possible. Mac was a 1965 Graduate of Drew Central Schools, he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Agricultural Business class of 1970 at Arkansas A&M currently known as The University of Arkansas @ Monticello, and was a member of the Theta XI Fraternity. He is a long time member of Prairie Grove Baptist church and on January 15, 2017 he rededicated his life at Mountain View Baptist Church where he enjoyed attending with his very special friend Carolyn.

Garel was proceeded in death by his loving wife of 30 years Betty Wylie McKiever, his parents D.L. & Ancy Mae (Burch) McKiever and a grandson McKiever Lee Burchett. He is survived by a son Bret Lee McKiever (Alidya) of Lockesburg AR., a daughter Stacy Lee McKiever Janes (Brandon) of DeQueen; two brothers, Donald McKiever and wife Tona of Monticello and Dale (Bimbo) McKiever of the Prairie Grove community; 6 grandchildren Breannah Linely, Mayson McKiever, Carson McKiever, Tori Janes, Braylee Janes, & Bryndle Janes. He also leaves behind a very special and caring companion Carolyn McKinney and her children and grandchildren who held a very special place in his heart.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial to follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery. Visitation 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, April 18, 2017 at the funeral home. Online guestbook www.stephensondearman.com.

 

Marietta Evans Humphrey

Marietta Evans Humphrey, age 77, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at her home.

She was born May 15, 1939 in Winthrop, Arkansas. She was a 1957 graduate of Winthrop High School. She was a homemaker, retired from Little River Housing Authority, and a member of the King Ryder Church of Christ. She was also dedicated to the Winthrop School Restoration.

Mrs. Humphrey was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Lona Ball Evans; her husband, Thomas J. Humphrey; one son, Terrence Humphrey; and four brothers, Clarence Evans, George Dayton Evans, Merle Evans, and Joyce Lynn Evans.

She is survived by one son, Orville Humphrey; two grandsons, Brandon and wife Nicki Humphrey and Tyler Humphrey; one granddaughter and her husband, Erica and Chris Tucker; four great grandchildren, Preston Johnson, Cathy Johnson, Mari Jean Humphrey, and Havan Tucker; one daughter-in-law, Debbie Humphrey Cowley; one sister, Leeona Overturf; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Humphrey will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Pauley Cemetery Pavilion with Scotty Smith officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 Friday the 14th at the funeral home.

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



 

Barbara Jane Brackett Friday

Mrs. Barbara Jane Brackett Friday, age 78, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born September 15, 1938 in Lockesburg. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lockesburg First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Friday was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Elmo and Floy Summerhill Brackett.

She is survived by her husband, Joe “Bobby” Friday of Lockesburg; her children and their spouses, Joey and Susan Friday, Gay and Tracy Vaughan and Charles and Jamie Friday all of Texarkana, Texas; six grandchildren, Joshua Friday, Micah Friday and wife Liz, Jayme Vaughan, Stephen Vaughan, Bailey Vaughan and Lauren Friday; two great-grandchildren, Ava and Shep Friday; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Brenda Brackett of Lockesburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Charlene and Lonnie Revels of Hico, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Friday will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017, in the Lockesburg First Baptist Church with Dr. Ronnie Mayes officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, April 14th at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made the Lockesburg First Baptist Church or Hospice of Texarkana, 2407 Galleria Oaks Drive, Texarkana, Texas 75503.

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


 

 

James Harold Stinnett

Mr. James Harold Stinnett, age 82, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, April 10, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born May 16, 1934, in De Queen. He was a conductor for D&E Railroad, a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church. Harold was known as Papaw to his grandkids and great-grandkids who he loved spending time with. He also enjoyed square dancing, camping and “noodle” fishing with his friends.

Mr. Stinnett was preceded in death by his parents, John Oscar and LeVenia McCauley Stinnett; his wife, Millie Ann Emerson Stinnett and two brothers, Carl Stinnett and Donald Stinnett.

He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Danny Bennett of Texarkana, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Jimna Stinnett of De Queen; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Joy Tanner of Russellville, Arkansas, Sue and Dean Tollett of Lockesburg, Arkansas and Kathleen Miller of Horatio, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Stephanie Chickadel and husband Ernie, Craig Bennett, Brittany Satterfield and husband Matt, Kenzie Seal and husband Daniel and Camryn Mitchell and husband Eric; eight great-grandchildren, Stephen, Madison and Emma Chickadel, Genevieve and Mason Satterfield, Grady and Hayleigh Seal and Emmett Mitchell. Funeral services for Mr. Stinnett will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 527, De Queen, AR 71832.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

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

 

Mr. Raymond Lee Shelton

Mr. Raymond Lee Shelton, age 85, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 9, 2017 at his home.

He was born December 20, 1931, in Alleene, Arkansas. He was a heavy equipment operator at Domtar in Ashdown, Arkansas, was a member of First Baptist Church in Winthrop, Arkansas, and a Mason. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Shelton was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ivy Shields Shelton; his wife, Stella Mae Keeney Shelton; two sisters, Audrey Reed and Martha Combs and four brothers, Cecil Shelton, Thomas Johnson, Ovington “Red” Johnson and Everett Johnson.

He is survived by one daughter, Verdie Louise Shelton of Foreman; one sister, Dorothy Johnson of Baytown, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services with Masonic Rites for Mr. Shelton will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017, in the Alleene Cemetery pavilion with Rev. Audie Dawson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

Chelsea Ann Richardson

Chelsea Ann Richardson, age 25, a resident of Crossett, Arkansas, and former resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Crossett.

She was born to Ray Lynn and Jane Ann Callahan Richardson in De Queen, Arkansas, on October 1, 1991. She is a graduate of Horatio High School and had received her BA degree from UALR. She was the softball coach at Crossett Public Schools, as well as a Special Education Teacher. She was a member of the Williamson Community Church, and enjoyed reading, sports, fishing, and hunting. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, George and Ruth Richardson, and Fred P. Callahan.

She is survived by her mother, Jane Richardson of Woodland Hills, California, her father, Ray Richardson of Horatio, four brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Kristy Richardson of Horatio, Jason and Linda Richardson of Taylor, Arkansas, Josh Callahan and Dustin Richardson both of Horatio, her grandmother, Bette Davidson of Horatio, seven nieces and nephews, Lexy Richardson, Kimberly Richardson Amy Richardson, Haylie Richardson, Mason Richardson, Lillian Callahan, and Rayden Richardson, as well as aunts, uncles, cousin, and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Chelsea Richardson will be held Monday, April 10, 2017 at 2:00 P.M., in the First Baptist Church of Horatio with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating. Burial will follow in the Horatio Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

Keith Reese Gilbert

Mr. Keith Reese Gilbert, age 85, a resident of Greens Chapel, Arkansas, died Thursday, April 6, 2017, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born September 30, 1931, in the Green’s Chapel Community near Dierks. Mr. Gilbert was a school administrator, a U.S. Army veteran, a Gideon and a rancher. He also served on several corporate and nonprofit boards and was a member of Dierks United Methodist Church.

Mr. Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Jennie Graves Gilbert.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Vancil Gilbert; one daughter and son-in-law, Sonya and Terry Miller of De Queen, Arkansas; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Van and Jo Gilbert of Katy, Texas, Ben Gilbert of Little Rock, Arkansas and Steven and Anna Gilbert of Marysville, Arkansas; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Gilbert will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Dierks United Methodist Church with Rev. Carroll Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Greens Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 7th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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


 

Susan Leann (Fausett) Gore


Susan Leann Gore, age 46 of Cabot, AR, passed from this life on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

She graduated from Lonoke High School in 1988 and from the UCA and the UAMS with her Bachelor of Science.

She worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Arkansas Children's Hospital for over 23 years and primarily worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She loved working with the babies.

She was born on June 23, 1970, in Little Rock, AR, to the late Bobby Joe and Bertha Lee Fausett. She was a loving mother, sister, and aunt whom will be greatly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents, maternal grandparents, Ardell B and Manuel Decker, and paternal grandparents, Hattie Lee and Robert ''Bob'' Alexander Fausett, and her great-aunt, Florence Crossno, also known as ''Aunt Tiny."

Leann leaves behind her daughter, Sarah Paige Gore, of Cabot. She was best friend to her ex-Husband, Stacy Don Gore. A loving daughter to parents-in-laws, Hope and Don Gore, and a loving sister-in-Law to Lynette Gore. Remembered by her brother-in-Law Vernon Lamb, husband of the late Donna Gore, and their daughter Jamey Diane. She will be missed by her brother, Mike Fausett and his ex-wife Retha, and their children, nephew, Jonathon Fausett, his wife Michelle, and their daughter C.J., her other nephew, Bobby Fausett and his wife Rachel, and their daughter Bay, and her niece, Kristal Fausett - Reveley and her children Christian, Christopher, and Brian. Loved by her aunt and best friend, Georgia Ann Teal and her husband Robert, and their son David Aaron Teal, from Atlanta, as well as her uncle, Billy Owen Fausett and his children Billy Ray and Penny.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 5, from 6-9 pm, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, 8th Avenue, in Conway, AR. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 6, at 10 am. Graveside service will follow, at Siloam Cemetery in Enola, AR. Pallbearers will be David Aaron Teal, Chris Curtis, Jonathon Fausett, Bobby Fausett, David Stratton, Greg Jones, Mike Moore, Jason Harrison. Honorary Pallbearers – Christian Roe, Chad Day.

 

Jack Thurston Bowden

Jack Thurston Bowden, age 77, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, April 2, 2017 in Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born April 18, 1939 in Bates, Arkansas. He was a carpenter and home builder.

Mr. Bowden was preceded in death by his parents, Glenis and Edith Robbins Bowden; two brothers, Jim Bowden and Bob Bowden and one sister, Loretta Rowe.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Goforth Bowden; one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Trini Bowden of De Queen; one daughter, Brenda Wedehase and companion, Vernon Parks of Holly Beach, LA; one sister, Judy Wilker of Reedley, CA; one grandson, Patrick Wedehase and wife, Amy and one great-grandson, Logan Wedehase all of De Queen; one sister-in-law, Arlene Goforth of Visalia, CA; and a number of nieces and nephews.

No service is scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Shirley Ann Gore

Mrs. Shirley Ann Hosch Gore, age 78, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, March 24, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born March 14, 1939, in Tyler, Texas. She was a homemaker, cake decorator, florist and a member of the Williamson Community Church.

Mrs. Gore was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Marline Hallmark Hosch and her husband, Kern Pat Gore who passed away October 28, 2016.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Clifford Pat and Joyce Gore of Ashdown, Arkansas, Douglas Kern and Lalisa Gore, and Curtis Allen and Robin Gore all of Horatio; two sisters, Candy Wilson and Tammy Cox both of Tyler, Texas; ten grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Williamson Community Church with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating.

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

Bobby Joe Pressley

Mr. Bobby Joe Pressley, age 63, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma, died Saturday, March 25, 2017, at his home.

He was born in De Queen, Arkansas, on May 23, 1953. He was truck driver
and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alvie Pressley, a brother, Roger Pressley, his step-father, Luther Sanders, and his wife, Betty Pressley.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Scotty Joe and Leslie Pressley of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Bobby and Robin Murray of Madisonville, Kentucky, three daughters and sons-in-law, Mandy Jo and Brian Mahan of Longview, Texas, Dawn and Joe Stepp of Waverly, Tennessee, and Debra Gant of Erin, Tennessee, his mother, Barbara Ann Sanders of De Queen, his step-mother, Verlon Pressley of De Queen, a brother and sister-in-law, Joel Glen and Tammy Sanders of Lockesburg, a sister and brother-in-law, Patty and David Bradshaw of De Queen, fourteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside memorial services for Mr. Bobby Joe Pressley will be held at 10:00 A. M., Friday, April 7, 2017 in the West Otis Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Mary Frances Fielden

Mary Frances Sharp Fielden, former resident of De Queen and Lockesburg, AR, passed away in Stillwater, OK on March 23, 2017.

Mary was born on December 18, 1922 to Ethel Knox Sharp and Jesse B. Sharp in Lockesburg where she spent her early years playing at the home of her grandparents, Wm Eldridge and Ida Sutton Sharp Family Peach Farm. She graduated from Southeastern State College in Durant and began a long career as a public school elementary teacher in Pasadena, TX and then in Eagletown, OK.

Mary was committed to her family, passionate about teaching first graders, fond of working among her flowers, and spent many years caring for her elderly mother and aunt. She was a treasure trove of family history which she shared with her cousins. She especially enjoyed attending Homecoming at the Belleville Methodist Church and Cemetery, Lockesburg, where her parents, brother, 10 grandparents, and more than 40 other kin are laid to rest.

During WWII, Mary moved with her family to Chula Vista, CA to work at the Rohr Aircraft Company where she worked as a secretary and her mother worked as a “Rosie the Riveter.” Mary married Lewis Carroll Fielden in Cambridge, MA on May 13, 1944.

She is survived by twin daughters Carolyn Archbold, DeRidder, LA and Marilyn Moore, Austin, TX. Grandchildren are James Pittman, De Queen, Dr. Jeffrey Martindale, Stillwater, OK; Jonathan Martindale, Austin, Roy Archbold, Gulf Port and Christi Archbold, Gulf Port and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Belleville Methodist Church on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Terry Richard Wynne

Mr. Terry Richard Wynne, age 65, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born August 20, 1951 in Eugene, Oregon. He was a graduate of Wickes High School and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was also an auto mechanic, an auto body repairman, and a sign painter. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and rebuilding vehicles.

Mr. Wynne was preceded in death by his father, Richard Wynne and two brothers, Perry and Donald Wynne.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Deborah June Key Wynne; his mother, Patricia Arthur Wynne of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two sisters, Sherry Young of Fayetteville and Judy Sandvoal of Fresno, California; and several nieces, nephews, and other family.

A Graveside Funeral Service for Mr. Wynne will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017 in the Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Johnny Wilson

Johnny Wilson, who resided in De Queen, Arkansas, formerly of Lavaca, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born October 1, 1937, in Poteau, Oklahoma. He was 79 years old. He was preceded in death by his mother, Cleo (Turk) Wilson; a son, John Edward Wilson; and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Wilson, the late wife of Mitchell Ward Wilson.

Johnny retired from the offshore oil industry, living in the Canary Islands, Venezuela, Singapore, and Spain. Johnny served in the Arkansas Air National Guards, and he was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 28th, at Brotherton Funeral Home Chapel in Charleston, with the Rev. Jeff Holland officiating. Burial will be at Morris Cemetery in Bloomer, under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home and Flower Shop in Charleston.

He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Joanne (Ward) Wilson; three sons, Mitchell Ward Wilson of De Queen, Ronald Wade Wilson and wife Misty of Nashville, Arkansas, and Chad Hamilton and wife Maggy of Van Buren; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Tyler Franzen, Zach Hodges, Nathan Hodges, T.J. Bigham, Bobby Craig, Gary Hunter, and David Hunter.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask donations be made to Maggie House @ 1005 Second St. Charleston, Arkansas 72933. The Maggie House is a shelter or a home that was created to provide housing for children that have been abused and neglected. For more details, go to maggiehouse@fwbfm.com. or to the National Kidney Foundation; nkfcares@kidney.org.

To pay an online tribute, please visit www.brothertonbrothersfuneralhomes.com.


 

Michael Ray "Mike" Reese

Michael Ray “Mike” Reese, age 63, a resident of Mena, Arkansas died Friday, March 24, 2017 at his home.

He was born April 4, 1953 in Oceola, Ohio. He was a truck driver, a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Northside Church of Christ in Mena.

Mr. Reese was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Gladys Burt Reese; a daughter, Tiffany Reese and two sisters, Terry Lynn Reese Cosby and Karla Jo Reese Lamb.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Ava Reese of Mena; two sons, Robert Reese and Kenneth Reese, both of Tiffin, Ohio; two brothers, Karl Reese of Ohio and John Reese of Mineral Springs, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Reese will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in the Sunshine Cemetery in Dierks with Jeremy Jones officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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


 

Mrs. Frances James

Mrs. Frances Marie Mageson James, age 68, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Christus St. Michael’s Health Center.

She was born in Corpus Christie, Texas, on June 6, 1948. She was a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed studying her Bible, Cross Stitch, and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Alice Abraham Mageson, and a sister, Jackie Miller.

She is survived by her husband, Ed James of De Queen, two daughters, Marie Thornburgh of De Queen, and Ruth Ann Sirkel of Missouri, nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

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

 

Cirilo Hernandez Trujillo

Mr. Cirilo Hernandez Trujillo, age 62, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas.

He was born to Martin Hernandez and Refugio Trujillo in San Felipe, Guanajuato, Mexico on June 5, 1954. He worked in sanitation at Pilgrim’s for 19 years, and was a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. He was a loving father who always put his family first no matter how hard the situation might have gotten. A strong man who always found a way to make ends meet, never once did you give up. He always loved being with family and friends. A man filled with life whom everybody knew as a cheerful person, always smiling, laughing and making jokes. Strong healing hands that always knew how to fix anything. Always building and creating a better way to accommodate our big family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and four siblings, Elias Hernandez, Sebastian Hernandez, Ramon Hernandez, and Senayda Hernandez.

He is survived by his wife of more than 25 years, Maria Hernandez, of De Queen, three sons and a daughter-in-law, Josh Elizondo and Edith Zaragoza, David Hernandez, and Alejandro “Alex”
Hernandez all of De Queen, five daughters and sons-in-law, Veronica Ceballos and Cristian, Norma and Alfonso Gutierrez, Patricia Hernandez, Yessica Hernandez, and Angelica Hernandez all of De Queen, two brothers, Benjamin Hernandez of Reynosa, Mexico, and Jose Hernandez of Springdale, Arkansas, one sister, Abrami Hernandez of Reynosa, Mexico, five grandchildren, Jairdan G. Elizondo, Isabella Ceballos, Nathan Ceballos, Aaron Gutierrez and Leila Gutierrez all of De Queen.

Visitation and a Rosary will be Thursday, March 23, 2017, beginning at 3:00 P.M., at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M., March 24, 2017 at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. Graveside funeral services will be Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 10:00 A.M., in Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, Under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

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

Mrs. Diana Lynn Tubbs Richardson

Mrs. Diana Lynn Tubbs Richardson, age 60, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born November 11, 1956 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Richardson was preceded in death by her father, Robert Tubbs and her mother and step-father, Lester and Naomi Green Ayers.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Dawn Richardson of Dierks and Brian and Juana Richardson of Greenville, Texas; one daughter, Tammy Richardson of Dierks; one sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Kenneth Cook of San Angelo, Texas; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Michael and Tammy Ayers of Houston, Texas and Dennis Ayers of Wetherford, Texas; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service for Mrs. Richardson will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Holly Creek Baptist Church in Dierks with Clyde Miller officiating.

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

Mr. John Cravens

Mr. John Wesley Cravens, age 100, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Christus St. Michael Hospital, Texarkana Texas.

He was born to Oscar C., Sr. and Mary Turrentine Cravens in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on November 28, 1916. Mr. Cravens was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U. S. Marine Corps. He was a retired construction worker as well as a farmer. He was a member of the Macedonia United Methodist Church of Lockesburg, Arkansas, He was an avid hunter, as well as enjoying sports, gardening, and had a gift of story-telling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Herman Cravens, Carl Cravens, Lester Cravens, Oscar Cravens, Jr., Ruth Wright, Daisy Cabean, Esther Sampson, a son, Fredrick Cravens, and his wife, Raydell Wright Cravens.

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Sharon and Wendell Smart of Wichita, Kansas, and Frederica Wytch of Landover, Maryland, five grandchildren, Cynthia Smart of Kansas City, Kansas, Angela Cravens of Wichita, Kansas, Michael Cravens, Sr. of San Antonio, Texas, Keith Smart of Lockesburg, and Ruth Cravens of San Antonio, Texas, seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Melba Taylor of Caruthersville, Missouri, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. John Cravens will be held Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:00 P.M., at the First United Methodist Church in Lockesburg. Burial with military rites will be held in Holly Springs Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas. Visitation will be Friday, March 24th from 3:30 P.M., until service time.

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

 

 

Mr. Lee Glastal Myers, Jr.

Mr. Lee Glastal Myers, Jr., age 61, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

He was born May 30, 1955 in Marshall, Texas. He was a long haul truck driver, carpenter and minister. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Church in De Queen, Arkansas and Church in The Wildwood in Winthrop.

Mr. Myers preceded in death by his parents, Lee Glastal, Sr. and Clara Elizabeth Stanton Myers; one son, Issac Myers and mother-in-law, Margaret Fross Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Susan E. Wilgus Myers; three daughters and two sons; Kristan Myers Kahler of Orre City, Texas, Lee G. Myers III, of San Antonio, Texas, Amanda Overturf of Nashville, Arkansas, Candace Myers Wolcott of Horatio, Arkansas and Andrew Bergum of Hector, Minnesota; one sister, Mary and (John) Overturf of De Queen; father-in-law, Bernard W. Miller of Shippenville, Pensylvania; twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Memorial service and dinner to follow will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 23, 2017 with Louise Haney and Alfred Thomas officiating, in the Church in The Wildwood for family and friends to celebrate his life.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Donations may be made to Mt. Pleasant Church, Church in The Wildwood or to his wife in his memory.

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

 

 

Larry Thomas Sadler

Mr. Larry Thomas Sadler, age 68, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017 at his home.

He was born June 5, 1948 in Lake Village, Arkansas. He was a Baptist and served in the National Guard. He was also a farmer, welder, and a heavy equipment operator.

Mr. Sadler was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Roxy Sadler; his first wife, Virgie McDaniel Sadler; a sister Vanita Grantham; and one sister-in-law, Barbara Klitz.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Williamson Sadler of Horatio; one daughter, Amy Cannady of Texarkana, Arkansas; three step children, Ginger Hale of Horatio, Shantal Wagner of Pearcy, Arkansas, and Nathan Dorsey of Horatio; one brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Delia Sadler of Winsboro, Louisiana; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Dian and Robert Lawrence of Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Doyce Lord of West Des Moines, Iowa; one brother-in-law, Raymond Grantham of Portland, Arkansas; four sisters-in-law and their spouses, Mary Jane and Jimmy Woodall, Pat and Danny Black, Diane Lightfoot, and Bobbie Sexton; and one brother-in-law and his wife, Ed and Johnnie Williamson; eleven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m., Monday, March 20, 2017 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Portland Cemetery at Portland, Arkansas at 3:30 p.m., on Monday.

You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
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Mr. Bill Whisenhunt

Mr. Billy Jack Whisenhunt, age 76, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at his home.

He was born to B. R. and Myrtle Louise Carter Whisenhunt in Smithville, Oklahoma, on June 25, 1940. He served in the military with the U.S. Army. He had worked as a lead and zinc miner, a logger, and was owner of Bill's Tune Up. He had a passion for motorcycles, and working.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sons, Billy Whisenhunt, Johnny Lee Whisenhunt, and Ricky Alan Whisenhunt, a sister, Mary Carver, and a brother, Jerald Doyle Whisenhunt.

He is survived by his wife almost 60 years, Donna Daems Whisenhunt of De Queen, a daughter, Sheryl Ann Whisenhunt of De Queen, two grandchildren, Johnny and his wife, Krysti Whisenhunt of De Queen, and Ricky Jack Whisenhunt of Mississippi, a great-grandson, Preston Shane Whisenhunt of De Queen, Two brothers and sisters-on-law, Ben and Sandra Whisenhunt of Burney, California, George and Janet Whisenhunt of Lockesburg, Arkansas, a sister, Betty Lou Rowland of Burney, California, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 17th in the Chandler Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 P. M. Cremation will follow under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Donald Paul Hudson

Mr. Donald Paul Hudson, age 57, a resident of Sherman, Texas, passed away Friday, February 17, 2017 at Medical City in Plano, Texas.

He was born August 11, 1959 in San Antonio, Texas. He loved spending time with his family and grandkids, riding his motorcycle and professional football.

Mr. Hudson was preceded in death by his father, John "Jack" Evans Hudson.

Mr. Hudson is survived by his wife, Johanna Hudson of Sherman, Texas; his mother, Victoria Hudson of San Antonio; four sons, John David and Steven Hudson of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Joey Turley and Anthony Hudson of Denison, Texas; one daughter, Shannon Dixon of Denison; three brothers, Larry, Wayne and Roy Hudson all of San Antonio.

A Memorial Service for Mr. Hudson will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 17, 2017 in the Lockesburg Community Center.

You may register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Gregory “Rollover” Terry

Mr. Gregory “Rollover” Terry, age 59, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born on October 17, 1957, in Sacramento, California. He was a retired welder and a heavy equipment operator.

Mr. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Grover Athens and Mattie Lou Diggs Terry; and one brother, Leon Terry.

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Terry; one daughter and son-in-law, Brandy and Brandon Melton; one son, Dustin Terry all of De Queen; two grandchildren, Jake Terry and Brilee Melton; one brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Stacey Terry of De Queen; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Robert Silvey of Sacramento and Susan and David Scoggins of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a step mother, Laverne Terry of Mt Ida, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mr. Terry will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 12, 2017 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Carlton officiating.

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

 

Mrs. Betty Hedge

Mrs. Betty Jean Stewart Hedge, age 77, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at her home. She was born to Curtis Lee and Mattie Marie Miller Stewart in Fort Worth, Texas, on August 26, 1939.

She was retired from the Union Bank in Wickes, where she was a loan officer, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed antiques, yard work and flowers, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her children and grandchildren, and was so looking forward to her first great-grandchild, Elliott Hedge, soon to be born.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Bill Stewart, a sister, Maxine Cook, and her husband of over 50 years, Burl Hedge.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Marcie Hedge of De Queen, a daughter and son in law, Tracy and Andy Youngblood of Grannis, three grandsons, Toby and his wife, Sara Hedge of Fayetteville, Ben Youngblood of Grannis and Tanner Hedge of De Queen, two granddaughters, McKenzie Morphew of De Queen and Matti Youngblood of Grannis, Arkansas, a sister-in-law, Pat Stewart of Grannis, Arkansas, and a dear friend, she considered a sister, Julie Neely of Porter, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Betty Hedge will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, March 11, 2017 in the Church of the Nazarene in Wickes, with Bro. David Baker and Bro. Leon McCleskey officiating. Burial will follow in the Baker Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be from 2:00 until service time on Saturday, at the Church of the Nazarene in Wickes. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

E.C. Shelton

Mr. E.C. Shelton, age 51, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Lubbock, Texas.
 
 He was born to Earnest Clifton, Sr. and Wanda Marcelle Gentry Shelton in Dallas, Texas, on September 20, 1965. EC served in the military with the Army National Guard. He was a heavy equipment operator in the oil field pipeline infrastructure construction, and was a member of the First Baptist .Church of Grannis, Arkansas. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, disc golf, bow and arrow hunting, outdoors, and was an animal lover. Above all, EC was a devoted and loving Dad and Pappy. Nobody made him step forward in the time of crisis. He did it because of who he was.
 
 He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers, Darrell Chambers, Eugene Shelton, and a sister-in-law, Mona Shelton.
 
He is survived by his mother Marcelle Shelton of De Queen, two sons, Derrick and Mary Shelton of El Dorado, Arkansas, and Colton Shelton of De Queen, a daughter, Gracie Shelton of De Queen, Arkansas, a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Karla Shelton of Horatio, three sisters and a brother-in-law, Ernestine Shelton of De Queen, Tammy and Rick Riggs of Norman, Oklahoma, and Teresa Lancaster of Lake Charles, Louisiana, a grandson, D. J. Shelton of El Dorado, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.
 
Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

A Celebration of E. C. Shelton's life will take place at Cossatot Reef's Pavilion Area on Gillham Lake at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 18th Rain or Shine.

In honor of E. C. feel free to wear camo, if desired. Person's wanting to be seated during the celebration will need to bring a lawn chair.

 

 M.C. McElroy

Mr. M.C. McElroy, age 83, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, died Friday, March 3, 2017 in Post Acute Care Hospital of Texarkana.

He was born to Tiny and Ann Simpson McElroy in Lockesburg in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on July 26, 1933. He was a mechanic , and a Baptist. He enjoyed neighborhood baseball, where he umpired, collecting collectables, and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ella Mae McElroy, and a daughter, Cynthia McElroy.

He is survived by his companion, Bobbie Gray of Texarkana, Texas, a son and daughter-in-law, Earl and Karla Easter of Ashdown, two daughters, Yvonne and Yvette Murphy of Ashdown, Arkansas; a brother, Milburn McElroy of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, four sisters, Carolyn McElroy of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dorothy Alberty of Idabel, Oklahoma, Jean Minger of Paris, Texas and Christy Gaffney of Grant, Oklahoma, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as a number of nieces and nephews and other family members.

Funeral Services for Mr. MC McElroy will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 11, 2017 in the New Zion Baptist Church, Lockesburg, with Rev. Larry Clardy officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Community Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Friday, March 10th from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mary Jo “Scotty” Scott Brainerd

 

 John Joseph O'Connor, Jr.

Mr. John Joseph O’Connor, Jr., age 75, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, March 02, 2017, in De Queen.

He was born to John Joseph and Mary Rose Moran O’Connor in Springfield, Mass., on February 19, 1942. He was a retired real estate agent, and a Catholic. He enjoyed the stock market, and fantasy football.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter-in-law, Lori O’Connor.

He is survived by one son, John O’Connor of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Duane Alspaw of De Queen, four grandchildren, Deven Alspaw of De Queen, Cal O’Connor of Springdale, Arkansas, Clay Alspaw and Sammi O’Connor both of De Queen, two brothers, Billy O’Connor of Oregon, and Michael O’Connor of San Diego, Calif., a sister, Maureen Hughes of Santee, Calif, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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


 

Juanita Hyutha Moore White

Mrs. Juanita Hyutha Moore White, age 64, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, March 4, 2017, at her home.

She was born on November 13, 1952 in Pigsgey, Arkansas. She was a USDA Food Safety Inspector and a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mrs. White was preceded in death by his parents, John Harbon and Lucy Mae Allen Moore and one son, James Harold White, Jr.

She is survived by two daughters, Rachel White of De Queen and Denice White of Centerville, Arkansas; one son, Greg White of De Queen; one sister, Elizabeth Reynolds of Clovis, California; her grandchildren, James Levi White and wife Jazmon, Casey Lane White, Faith White, Chenoa White, Jared White, Sarah White, Colton White; two great-grandchildren, Luke White and Harmony White; and a daughter in law, Courtney White.

Funeral services for Mrs. Juanita White will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.

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

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


 

 

William Harland Hendricks, Jr.

Mr. William Harland “Sammy” Hendricks, Jr., age 79, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, March 3, 2017 in Texarkana, Arkansas.

He was born August 19, 1937 in De Queen. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser, was a former teacher; a member of the Army National Guard and a Christian.

Mr. Hendricks was preceded in death by his parents, William Hendricks, Sr. and Mary Iona Hendrix; one sister, Gwen DeMoss and one granddaughter, Shauna Oswald.

He is survived by his wife, Fonda Hill of De Queen; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Leslie and Ronny Bates of Hooks, Texas, Margaret Reavis of Texarkana, Texas, Marsie and Gary Oswald of Texarkana, Arkansas and Rani and James Dodez of Tyler, Texas; two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Patia Hendricks of Texarkana, Arkansas and Scott and Amy Shores of Lincoln, Rhode Island; his brothers and sisters, Patricia Nemeth of Madison, Illinois, Priscilla Saelim of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Glenn Munn of San Antonio, Texas, Starlyn Fairchild of Grayslake, Illinois, Terry Hendricks of Aloha, Oregon, Roberta Weisemes of Aurora, Illinois and Tommy Hendricks of Ocean View, Hawaii; 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mr. Hendricks will be held at 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel.

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


 

Mary Lynda Harberson

Mrs. Mary Lynda Harberson, age 70, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, March 3, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born April 14, 1946, in Dierks. She was a former employee of Baldwin Piano Company, Tyson Foods and worked at several convenience stores in Dierks. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Dierks.

Mrs. Harberson was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Savannah Kesterson Goss; her husband, Bobby Joe Harberson and one brother, Barney Goss.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Darla and Tony Davis of Langley, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Phyllis Goss of Nashville, Arkansas; one sister, Betty Dinger of Dierks; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Thelma Harberson of Dierks; one grandson, Bobby Davis and his wife, Brittney; two great-grandchildren, Adi Davis and Bryar Davis and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Harberson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Harmony Cemetery with Tommy Mounts officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

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

 

 

Jeani Karin (J.K.) Nealy Hornsby

Mrs. Jeani Karin (J.K.) Nealy Hornsby, age 28, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Friday, March 3, 2017 in De Queen.

She was born June 25, 1988 in Texarkana, Texas. She was a Juvenile Probation Officer and a member of Kern Heights Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hornsby was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jerry Killian.

She is survived by her husband, Cody Hornsby; one daughter, Chanli Hornsby; her parents Patti and Tracy Nealy of De Queen; one sister, Nikki Nealy of De Queen; grandparents, Jean Killian and Tommy and Judy Moore all of De Queen; her mother and father-in-law, John and Amy Hornsby of Okolona, Arkansas; and one sister-in-law and her husband, Kinsey and Chase Melton of Sheridan, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hornsby will be held at 10: a.m., Monday, March 6, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rusty Ross officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

Effie Irene Wylie

Irene went to be with the Lord on February 23, 2017. She was born August 14, 1954 in Dallas, Texas.

Irene was born to be a caregiver. This started when she was a young teenager and her brother Joey was injured in a car accident and she cared for him. She cared for both of her parents before their deaths. Then right after the death of her mother, and also becoming a new mother herself, she took the responsibility of caring for her sister. She cared for her sister for thirty-four years before she became too ill to care for her just a few months ago. Irene was also a caring and loving “Nana” to her two precious granddaughters.

Irene worked at Reserve Life Insurance Company in Dallas, Texas for many years. When she moved to De Queen, she worked for Leonard Woods Insurance and also for the Sevier County Water Association. Irene and her husband, Melvin initiated the beginning of the Rural Water Association. Upon moving to the Benton area, she worked for U.S. Able Insurance in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Irene was preceded in death by her Mother and Dad: Ona and Robert Ferguson, Brothers: Joey and Bobby Ferguson, Eugene and Rufus White.

Irene is survived by her husband of forty-four years, Melvin; her daughter Christy & Mark; two granddaughters, Abigail and Maci Steele and one sister, Wanda (Peach) White and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Effie Irene Ferguson Wylie will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Will Diggs officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery in De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. A memorial service will also be held Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church at Lonsdale, Arkansas.

 

Shelba Jean Pipkins

Mrs. Shelba Jean Pipkins, age 44, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, February 24, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born August 25, 1972 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Pipkins was preceded in death by her father, James Gossage.

She is survived by two sons, James Ward of Nashville, Arkansas and Zeke Pennington of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; two daughters, Nikki Pate of Kirby, Arkansas and D.J. Keith of Broken Bow; her mother, Shirley Gossage of Dierks; three sisters, Sheila Andrade, Angela Nava and Joyce Grubbs, all of Dierks; four granddaughters, Felicity Pate, Alyssa Pate, Clarissa Ward and Kylie Keith; two grandsons, Dakota Pate and Daniel Ward and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pipkins will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2017, in the First Assembly of God Church in Dierks. Burial will follow in Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 26th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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


Mr. James Dwight Kitchens


Mr. James Dwight Kitchens, age 88, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, February 24, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born December 12, 1928 in Liberty Hill, Arkansas. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean Conflict. He was a former member of Liberty Hill Church of Christ, more recently Arkansas Boulevard Church of Christ in Texarkana, and served on the Dierks School Board from 1970 to 1990. He was also a rancher and active in the timber and poultry industries.

Mr. Kitchens was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Bert and Alma Pearl Greene Kitchens; his wife and mother of his children, Lenora Pinkerton Kitchens; his second wife, Virginia Bounds Kitchens; one brother, Dorman Kitchens; and a sister, Lorene Krantz.

He is survived by three daughters, Debra Laster of Texarkana, Arkansas, Donna Blubaugh of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Deanna Davis of Stamps, Arkansas; one son, Dayton Kitchens of Augusta, Arkansas; three sisters, Faye Dixon of Dierks, Arkansas, June Kesterson of Mena, Arkansas and Jane Hubbard of Russellville, Arkansas; 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Kitchens will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 27, 2017 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Scott Kitchens and Travis Lane officiating. Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Sunday, February 26th at the funeral home in Dierks.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
 

 

Cynthia Daraine Williamson

Mrs. Cynthia Daraine Williamson, age 55, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, February 24, 2017, at her home.

She was born June 7, 1961 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a member of the Main St. Church of Christ in Dierks.

Mrs. Williamson was preceded in death by her father, Ben Clinton Stuart.

She is survived by one son, Mark Williamson of San Angelo, Texas; one daughter, Stephanie Mann of Texarkana, Texas; her mother, Nietta Stuart of Dierks; two sisters, Barbara Saunders of Missouri and Joy Christman of Dierks; three brothers, Tim Stuart of Jacksonville, Florida, David Stuart and Stephen Stuart, both of Dierks; and uncle, Earnest Cantrell of Polk City, Florida; a granddaughter, Zoe Price; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 in the Fellowship Cemetery with Mike Moore officiating.

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

Paxan Kole Platt

Paxan Kole Platt infant son of Barbara Fatherree and Justin Platt passed from this life on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Mena, Arkansas.

He was born Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Mena.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Aubrey and Wanda Fatherree. He is survived by his parents, Justin Platt and Barbara Fatherree of Lockesburg; his grandparents, John and Julie Platt of De Queen and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mr. David Frachiseur

Mr. David Edward Frachiseur, age 70, a resident of Grannis, Arkansas, passed from this life, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at his home in Grannis.

He was born to Math Christopher and Rena Elizabeth Reid Frachiseur on January 28, 1947 in Grannis. He married the love of his life, Elizabeth Ann Bismark on August 25, 1967 at the Wickes Methodist Church in Wickes, Arkansas. He had a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and was a plant manager at Tyson Foods, Inc for almost 40 years. David was a collector of heads. Heads on stamps, arrowheads, deer heads, and ancestral heads through many years of genealogical research. He was a Christian man and an active member of the Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Grannis, where he was a leader in numerous church and cemetery projects and activities. He served in the United States Army, stationed in Okinawa and enjoyed hunting , fishing, and farming. He was a father of two and a "Pop" of four. He was also a big brother of six.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Daniel Shawn Frachiseur.

He is survived by his wife of over 49 years, Elizabeth Ann Bismark Frachiseur of Grannis; one son and daughter-in-law, Christopher David and Ann Elizabeth Frachiseur of Grannis, one daughter and son-in-law, Chrystal Annette and Matt Wheeler of Dover, Arkansas; one brother Richard Douglas and Anetta Frachiseur of Grannis; five sisters and their husbands, Ruby Kathleen and Jim Weston of Sidney, Arkansas, Anna Gwendolyn Lavender of Texarkana, Arkansas, Bonita June and Walter Smith of De Queen, Roberta Kay and Terry Youngblood of Watson, Oklahoma, and Jackie Louise and Kenny Icenhower of Redwater, Texas; four grandchildren Danielle Frachiseur of Russellville, Arkansas, Coy Frachiseur of Grannis, Rylie Wheeler and Bailee Wheeler both of Dover, Arkansas; as well as, a number of nieces, nephews, and other family members, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. David Edward Frachiseur will be held Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Grannis, with Bro. John Gilbert and Bro. Jim Weston officiating. Burial will follow in the Holly Grove Cemetery. There will be open visitation. The family has requested donations be made In Memory of David E. Frachiseur to the Holly Grove Cemetery Fund. You may view the Memorial Tribute Video, as well as, send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

Mrs. Margaret Taylor-Neugebauer

Mrs. Margaret Ann Craft Taylor-Neugebauer, age 66, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, passed from this life, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at her home in Horatio.

She was born to James H. and Mary Ann Craft, on October 2, 1950 in New York State. She married Robert Neil Neugebauer at De Queen, Arkansas in October of 1998. She worked as a line lead and also in the warehouse at the former Poulan Weedeater, She was also a CNA at Wadley Regional and the former Brookewood Nursing Home. Margaret enjoyed her animals, shopping, and most of all, loved time spent with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kenny Dale Jeanes; a grandson, Kenny Jeanes; and a sister, Clara Craft Johnson.

She is survived by her husband of over 18 years; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Donnie and Jennifer Jeanes of Wickes, Arkansas and Tommy Taylor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; two daughters and a son-in-law, Colleen and Mickell Janes of De Queen and Jordan Taylor of Horatio; seven grandchildren, Zack and Cherish Rivers, Autum Jeanes, Seth Rivers, Krissy Jeanes, Ashtyn Hanney, Christian Johnson, Amber Jeanes, William Jeanes and one daughter-in-law, Donna Jeanes of Nashville, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Ann Taylor-Neugebauer will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Byron G. Sullivan officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery at De Queen. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may view the Memorial Tribute Video, as well as, send and online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Mrs. Mildred Ann Lensing Etzkorn

Mrs. Mildred Ann Lensing Etzkorn, age 92, a resident of Sulphur Springs, Texas and formerly of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, February 13, 2017, in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

She was born to Henry and Ida Lensing on November 28, 1924, in New Blaine, Arkansas.

She was retired from Rephans Department Store where she worked in the material department for many years. She was a past member of the De Queen Hospital Auxiliary, Sevier County Extension Homemakers and a longtime member of St. Barbara Catholic Church and Ladies Altar Society. She enjoyed playing cards, cooking, gardening and reading.

Mrs. Etzkorn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudy E. Etzkorn of fifty-one years; one son, Gary Etzkorn, one granddaughter, Brooke Etzkorn, one great granddaughter, Natalie Wagner and a grand daughter-in-law, Amber Wagner.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Liz Etzkorn of Sulphur Springs, Randy and Roberta Etzkorn of Greenville, South Carolina and Jim and Kay Etzkorn of Cannon Beach, Oregon; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Tommy Wagner of Horatio, Arkansas and Janet and Doug Mock of San Antonio, Texas; thirteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Funeral Mass for Mrs. Etzkorn will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 17, 2017, in the St. Barbara Catholic Church in De Queen with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:30, Thursday, February 16th with rosary to follow at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Memorials may be made to St. Barbara Ladies Altar Society, P.O. Box 86, De Queen, Arkansas 71832.

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

Mr. Bryant York "B.Y." Gardner

Mr. Bryant York “B.Y.” Gardner, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in a Hot Springs, Arkansas hospital.

He was born to Theo and Prudie Braime Gardner, on February 12, 1928 in High Point, North Carolina. He married the love of his life, Shirley Joyce Montez Gardner, on Christmas day in 1952. B.Y. served in all four branches of the United States Armed Forces, but retired from the Navy in 1967. He was a firefighter at the Dallas Naval Air Station, a private pilot, and was the proprietor of Gardner Mobile Home Park in De Queen. B.Y. enjoyed auctions, hunting, fishing, traveling, and most of all working at his trailer park. He was always a very gentle and generous man.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of over 20 years, Shirley Joyce Gardner; his two brothers and three sisters; as well as, an infant daughter Andrea Suzanne Gardner.

He is survived by his daughter Angela “Anji” Gardner of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one brother-in-law Ray Cromer of Flint, Texas; two granddaughters, Angelique and Shelley; four great-granddaughters, Sidnee, Bella, Rikki Brook, and Brittney; two great-great-grandchildren; two lifelong friends, Noe Hinojos and Benita Bahena, both of De Queen; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Bryant York “B.Y.” Gardner will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Avon Cemetery at De Queen. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.


 

Mrs. Mary Joe Alexander

Mrs. Mary Jo Alexander, age 45, a resident of Newhope, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 11, 2017, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born September 19, 1971, in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. Alexander was preceded in death by her adopted parents, Otto and Mildred Deer, her birth mother, Mary Campbell, four brothers, Sonny, Larry, Earl and Danny Deer; and a sister, Emma Harris.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Marty Alexander of Newhope; one daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Damion Bean of Perry, Oklahoma; one son, Rickey Alexander of Newhope, Arkansas; her birth father and step-mother, Rickey and Jessie Deer of Nashville, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Adriana Bean of Perry, Oklahoma and Rikki Alexander and AJ Alexander both of Dierks, Arkansas; six sisters, Francis Ward of Dierks, Glenda Conatser of Nashville, Diane Cox of Dierks, Tammy Deer of Gillham, Arkansas, Geneva Davenport of Mineral Springs, Arkansas and Jeanette Woods of Nashville; one brother, Thomas Deer of Dierks and a number of nieces, nephews and host of other relatives.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Alexander will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017, in Sweet Home Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Herrington officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 14th at the funeral home in Dierks, AR.

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

 

Frances Tannahill

Mrs. Frances Tannahill, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 12, 2017, in De Queen.

She was born January 21, 1928, in Talco, Texas. She was a homemaker, a Jehovah’s Witness and loved flowers and gardening.

Mrs. Tannahill was preceded in death by her parents, Hoyt and Lucinda Hallie Gray Fry; one brother, James Fry; one sister, Faye Mason, and one daughter, Ella Chapman.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Carol Clark of Sulphur Springs, Texas; two daughters and a son-in-law, Carol and Tom Petet of De Queen and Phyllis Miller of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; two sisters, Bernice White of Bokchito, Oklahoma and Linda Walters of Muskogee, Oklahoma; 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Tannahill will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 16, 2017, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Jerry Brazeal officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Candida Zaragoza Gaona

Mrs. Candida Zaragoza Gaona, age 71, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Saturday, February 11, 2017 at her home.

She was born September 19, 1945 in Guanajuato, Mexico. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in the De Queen Seventh Day Adventist church with Stennett Nash officiating. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Betty Emogean Jackson-Dunlap Rives

Mrs. Betty Emogean Jackson-Dunlap Rives, age 81, a resident of Idabel, Oklahoma, died Saturday, February 11, 2017 in Idabel.

She was born September 20, 1935 in Cerro Gordo, Oklahoma. She was an office manager for Zales Corporation and attended By Pass Church of Christ.

Mrs. Rives was preceded in death by her parents, Thurman and Mary Louise Miller Jackson; and one brother, Thomas Jackson.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Rives; one son, Mike Dunlap of Mesquite, Texas; one daughter, Donna Watson of Lorton, Virginia; one step-son, Robert Rives of Mansfield, Texas; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Rives will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Virgil Romine officiating. Burial will follow in Cerro Gordo Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday February 14th at the funeral home.

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

 

Mr. Jerry Moreland

Mr. Jerry Moreland, age 76, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 10, 2017.

He was born on December 21, 1940 in Bethel, Ohio to Catherine and Walter Moreland. He was a Vietnam veteran who retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service as a Master Sergeant. He then managed an auto parts store in Foreman for over 20 years.

Mr. Moreland was preceded in death by his parents; and two granddaughters, Cassie and Cassey Moreland.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marie Moreland of Winthrop; four children and their spouses, Greg and Cheryl Moreland of Winthrop, Katie Moreland, also of Winthrop, Eric and Connie Moreland of Foreman, Arkansas, and Lisa and Petr Kraus, also of Foreman; ten grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren. He is also survived by four sisters and a brother, Janet Moreland of Maysville, Kentucky, Joyce and John Hamilton of Russellville, Ohio, Judy and Larry Fearis of Vanceburg, Kentucky, Jeff and Sandy Moreland of Richmond, Kentucky, and Cindy and Fred Herzog of Hamilton, Ohio; two brothers-in-law, Martin Maynard of Winthrop, and Lonnie and Tamlyn Maynard of Arvada, Colorado, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Moreland will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2017, in the Campground Cemetery with Carey Jensen officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Monday, February 13th at the funeral home.

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

 


Mr. Wayne George Fackler

Mr. Wayne George Fackler, age 83, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, February 9, 2017, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born September 3, 1933 in Tolona, Illinois. He was a border patrolman and a security guard for Domtar. He was a U.S Army Veteran and attended Central Baptist Church in Ashdown.

Mr. Fackler was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver George and Elsie Tucker Fackler; a step-son, Quinton Ward, II; three sisters, Ruth, Helen, and Mary Margaret; three brothers, Kenneth, Frank, and Donald Fackler.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley McIntyre Fackler; two sons, Kenneth Fackler of Michigan and Dennis Fackler of Florida; four daughters, Wendy Wilson of Ohio, Vanessa Upton of De Queen, Anna Crisp of Dierks, Arkansas and Patsy Flowers of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; two nieces, Margaret Wallbusser and Bonnie Wiesmullerr; three nephews, Bobbie Cooper, Ricky Fackler, and Billy Simmons; other nieces and nephews; ten grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Wayne Fackler will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 13, 2017 in Old Union Cemetery with Don Embry officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

Mrs. Marjorie Carpenter

Mrs. Marjorie Joy Youngblood Carpenter, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at her home.

She was born to William Jeremiah and Lillian Louise Rasmon Youngblood, on July 25, 1929 in the Kellum Community of Sevier county, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Dennie Ferris Carpenter, on December 11, 1953 at Gillham, Arkansas. Marjorie worked as a cafeteria worker at both Grannis and Gillham schools. She enjoyed sewing, fishing, cooking, working here vegetable and flower garden, as well as spending time with her family and her 22 year old cat "Puss." Marjorie was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Grannis since 1936.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of over 51 years; ten siblings, June Youngblood, Elsie Powell, Mary Butler, Will Youngblood, Bessie Fitch, Alice Parks, Fred Youngblood, Charles Youngblood, Robert Youngblood and John Youngblood; as well as a son-in-law, Danny Davis.

She is survived by two daughters, Pamela Davis of Diana, Texas and Joy Byrd of De Queen; four grandchildren and their spouses, Katherine Davis of Diana, Texas and Daniel and Kristi Davis of Burleson Texas, Michael Ferris and Kirsten Byrd of Hatfield, Arkansas, and Amanda Joy Byrd of De Queen; ten great-grandchildren, Katelyn Cowles, Kris Cowles, Cole Zuleger, Alessio Byrd, Anceline Byrd, Zoe Byrd, Bennie Byrd, Maxx Davis, Drew Davis, and Marlie Joy Byrd; one sister-in-law, Janie Youngblood of Grannis, Arkansas; one brother-in-law, Lee Brewer of De Queen; as well as, a number of nieces , nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Marjorie Joy Carpenter will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 2:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Terry Hess, Elder Bruce Aarant, Elder Barbara Martin, and Bro. Don Youngblood officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley Cemetery at Gillham, Arkansas. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may view the Memorial Tribute Video, as well as, send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Patricia Lee Kesterson

Patricia Lee Kesterson, age 59, a resident of Umpire, Arkansas, died Wednesday, February 8, 2017, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born on July 31, 1957, in Wenatchee, Washington. She taught at Dierks Schools, was a teacher for 37 years and was a member of the Mt. View Baptist Church.

Ms. Kesterson was preceded in death by her parents, James “Sonny” and Henrietta Inman Kesterson.

She is survived by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Stan Kesterson and Scott and Suzanne Kesterson all of Umpire; one niece, Kayla Kesterson and three nephews, Dallas, Clint and Dusty Kesterson.

Graveside funeral services for Patricia Kesterson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Bethel Cemetery in Umpire with Brian Pounds and Kyle Cowart officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mr. George Reed Frady

Mr. George Reed Frady, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at his home.

He was born to George Vernon and Eula Mae Wheeler Frady on March 26, 1945. He worked in the timber industry as a saw mill worker. He was a member of the First Assembly of God at De Queen. He also enjoyed fishing and dancing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Wilma Jean Brandon Frady; two daughters, Renea Dodson and Sandra Frady; and a sister, Vickie Lynn Johnson.

He is survived by one daughter, Elisha Jean Frady of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild; one half-brother, Terry Wheeler of Idabel, Oklahoma; three sisters, Patty Hanson of Cove, Arkansas, Sharon Kay Frady and Shirley Ann McKinley both of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. He was also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

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

 

Mr. Charles Ramasco

Mr. Charles Robert Ramasco, age 80, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, February 06, 2017, at his home.

He was born on March 12, 1937 in Newark, New Jersey. He worked construction, and was a member of the Williamson Community Church. He enjoyed fishing, camping, water skiing, duck hunting, and cherished the time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Essie McDonald, and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

He is survived by his wife, Billie McDonald Ramasco of Horatio, a son, Charles “Chuck” Ramasco, Jr. of Horatio, a daughter, Sherry Norman of Horatio, four grandchildren, Charles “Chip” Ramasco, III of Horatio, Danielle Lansdell of Horatio, Melissa and her husband, Clayton Hunt of De Queen, and Christopher Ramasco of The Colony, Texas, six great-grandchildren, Kaylle, Whitney, Taylor, Anabelle, Edward, and Brandon. He is also survived by his wife’s Family, a brother-in-law, Joseph “Junior” and his wife, Sue McDonald of Lockesburg, Sue and her husband, Henry Bennett of Houma, Louisiana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Charles Ramasco will be 2:00 PM Friday, February 10, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Old Center Cemetery in Horatio, Arkansas under the direction of the Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

Mrs. Irene Wax

Mrs. Irene Clara Cooper Wax, age 99, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Thursday, February 2, 2017, in De Queen.

She was born May 23, 1917 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. She was the co-owner of Wax General Store and a member of Gillham Baptist Church.

Mrs. Wax was preceded in death by her parents, James Terrell and Cora Elizabeth Buckner Cooper; her husband, Delbert Wax, Sr.; one daughter, Linda Wax Patterson; one grandson, Kevin Wax; one great granddaughter, Jessica Wax; three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by three sons, Terry Wax of Gillham, Bill Wax of Joplin, Missouri, and Delbert Wax, Jr. of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and one daughter Susan Byrd of Redfield, Arkansas; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Wax will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 5, 2017, in the Gillham Cemetery with Jerry Taylor officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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


 

Mildred Foye Davis

Mildred Foye Davis was born on 9/12/1919 in Magazine, Arkansas, to A.B. and Elsie Coleman White. She passed from this life February 1, 2017 at Denison, TX.

She was the Valedictorian of Magazine High School in 1936. She graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1940. Foye Davis taught home making for 37 years at Horatio High School. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Horatio, a member of the cemetery committee and was a long term member of the Democratic National Committee in Sevier County.

Her parents, A.B. and Elsa White, her sister Faye Hanks, and brother Hobart White preceded her in death. Her husband, George Wayne Davis II died after 50 years of marriage.

She is survived by her only son George Wayne Davis III, his wife Joan Willems Davis, and 6 grandchildren, George Benjamin Davis and wife Rebecca Rollins, Ryan Willems Davis and wife Claudia Novoa de Davis, Rebecca Foye Lewis and husband Eric Lewis, Philip Coleman Davis and wife Kristen Davis, Austin Mercer Davis, John Arthur Rotert and wife Joannie Rotert and 10 great grandchildren. She is also survived by cousins Bill Hanks, Briscoe Hanks, and Martha Cooper.

Funeral services for Mrs. Davis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 3rd at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

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


 

Barbara Lee Williamson Klitz

Barbara Lee Williamson Klitz, age 54, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at her home.

She was born October 12, 1962 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Williamson Community Church.

Mrs. Klitz was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert Cooper and Clara Lee Sims Williamson and her husband, Dennis Klitz.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Tiffany and Jason Vanhoose of Horatio and Jada and Chris Connally of Midland, Texas; one granddaughter, Jaycee Vanhoose; one grand puppy, Cooper; one brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Jonnie Williamson; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Mary Jane and Jimmy Woodall, Pat and Danny Black, Diane Lightfoot, Bobbie Sexton, and Debbie and Larry Saddler all of Horatio.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Klitz will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Clear Creek Cemetery with Jimmy Roden officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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


 

Mr. Virgil Randy Heath

Mr. Virgil Randy Heath, age 59, a resident of Cove, Arkansas, died January 30th at his home.

He was born to Colis France and Betty Viola Babcock Heath in Albany, Oregon, on December 21, 1957. He was an employee of Polk County, where he worked on the road department.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy Douglas and Lorene Heath of Pangburn, Arkansas, and Paul David and Vanessa Heath of Mena, Arkansas, four grandchildren, Brenden, Cooper, Jayden, and Joycelynn, three brothers, Bob Dobkins of Nevada, and Colis Heath of Ono, California, Rollie Nunn of Cove, Ark., two sisters, Gloria Jean Frances and Kathleen Rawsthrone, both of Oregon City, Oregon, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

Mr. Romie C. Ray

Mr. Romie C. Ray, age 77, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at his home.

He was born on September 15, 1939 in Mena, Arkansas. He was retired from SWEPCO after 36 years, was a member of the De Queen Hunting Club, and a U.S. Navy veteran.

Romie was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Isabell Holman Ray, one brother, Kenneth Bruce Ray; and two sisters, Lennis Sue Westmoreland and Deloris Parliment.

He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Charlotte Overton Ray of De Queen; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kisha and Kevin Devasier of Dierks, Arkansas, and Kim and Joe Conley of Frisco, Texas; one sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Donnie Jewell of Hatfield, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Kishanda and Marcus Beasley, Sean Smith, Kortny Fitzsimmons, and Parker Conley; two great grandchildren, Kelsea Beasley and Kassidy Beasley, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Ray will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 2, 2017 in the Pinecrest Cemetery in Mena with Donnie Jewell and Randy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

Mr. James Otis McElroy, Sr.

Mr. James Otis McElroy, Sr., age 60, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 25th in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Otis James and Mae Frances Hill McElroy in Chandler, Arizona, on January 23, 1957. He served in the U S Army military, and was a journeyman electrician. He was a Methodist, and enjoyed blues music, drawing, and painting, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife of almost 39 years, Marilyn Kaye Shelley McElroy, a son, James O. McElroy, Jr. of Nashville, two daughters and a sons-in-law, Telisa and Kalonji Benson of Truman, Arkansas, Shelley and Grifford Chendor of Fayetteville, Arkansas, ten grandchildren, Kishauna, Gyasi, Kalonji, Jr., Kianna, N’Jeri, Mia, Justice, Tatianna, Arhianna, and Zyion, his mother, Mae Frances McElory of Ashdown, Arkansas, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Charles and Tisha McElroy of San Diego, California, and Anthony McElroy of Lockesburg, two sisters, Marie McElroy Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Debra and Ramon Butler of Springfield, Virginia, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. James McElroy, Sr. will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 4th to be announced. Burial with military rites will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., on Friday, February 3rd at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. David Richard McWhorter

Mr. David Richard McWhorter, age 57, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, passed from this life Wednesday, January 25, 2017 in a Texarkana hospital.

He was born to Allen “Windy” and Lilly Lea Liggin McWhorter, on December 29, 1959 in De Queen, Arkansas. David was raised in Lockesburg and resided there until marrying his wife, Penney of 32 years in 1984. David spent his career as a logger who among others were the first to log much of Southwest Arkansas and the Pond Creek Bottoms. His favorite pastimes were spending time with his loving family, hunting deer, and fishing the Saline, Cossatot, and Little Rivers. He was a member of the Falls Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was the founding member of the Hillbilly Hunting Club at Lockesburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Lewis McWhorter, two sisters, Phyllis Green, and Tava Gordon.

He is survived by his wife, Penney Rene Midgett McWhorter of Lockesburg, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Shawn and Libby McWhorter of De Queen, Jacob McWhorter of Lockesburg, a daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Dusty Roan of Ashdown, Arkansas, five brothers and sister-in-law, George and Sarah McWhorter of Kirby, Dale Green, Sr., Phillip “Jr” Gordon, Reece Midgett and Kelli Stivers, and Keith and Karen Midgett all of Lockesburg, a sister and brother-in-law, Genetta and Willie Adams of De Queen, seven grandchildren, Kalyn, Kashlynn, Kalib, Kaden, and Kailey McWhorter of De Queen, Karsyn and Cutter Roan of Ashdown, a friend like a son, Trey Mitchell of Falls Chapel, Arkansas, his mother-in-law, Virginia Keith of Lockesburg, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. David McWhorter will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 28th in the Old Union Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Clayton Crow officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Union Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Friday, January 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 


Mrs. Lola Lee Dirickson Bertling


Mrs. Lola Lee Dirickson Bertling, age 51, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at her home.

She was born June 17, 1965 to Albert and Lucille Phelps Dirickson in De Queen, Arkansas, and was a LPN and EMT, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Old Center Church, and enjoyed taking care of people, listening to music, reading, community events, and her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, and a brother, Alton Dirickson, and her husband, Duane Bertling.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Tiffany and James French of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Krystal & Matthew Robinson of Horatio, two step-sons, Vicent Bertling of Arizona, Karl Ray and his wife, Paige Rose of Arizona, a step-daughter, Darlene Michelle Bertling of Los Vegas, Nevada, six grandchildren, Adreonia, Macie, and Grayson Robinson, Carrson, Makenna, and Makayla French, her mother, Lucille Dirickson of Horatio, three brothers, Anthony Dirickson of Beckley, West Virginia, Albert Allen Dirickson of Grady, Arkansas, and Casey Dirickson of Horatio, as well as other family members and host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lola Lee Bertling will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 29th in the Old Center Church, Horatio, Ark. with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. Visitation will be on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Edna Mae Van Voast

Edna Mae Cowell Van Voast, age 100, of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, January 23, in a De Queen Nursing Home.

Mrs. Van Voast was born June 15, 1916 in Freeport, Kansas to Bert Francis and Lola Hope George Cowell. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen. She had received a plaque for being one of the eldest Ladies in Sevier County for the past 3 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Glen B. Van Voast and a son, Bruce Dean Van Voast.

She is survived by 2 daughters and a son-in-law: Donnie Dee Van Voast of De Queen, Arkansas and Glenda Kay and Jim Mills of De Queen, Arkansas; three Grandchildren and their spouses: Linda and Steve Snider of Dequeen, Arkansas, Timmy Glen and Amy Mills of De Queen, Arkansas and Jimmy Lynn and Kelly Mills of Lockesburg, Arkansas; five Great Grandsons: Kaleb Mills, Trevor Mills, Brodey Mills, Jed Mills and Tristan Snider; one Great-Great Granddaughter: Haylinn Grace Mills; and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Van Voast will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, January 27, 2017 Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton, Bro. Joe Prayer, and Bro. Josh Herweck officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen.

The family will receive friends Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Those wishing to memorialize Mrs. Edna Van Voast may make donations to the Gideon International, P.O. Box 713, De Queen, Arkansas 71832.

 

 

Maurena Gail Pannell

Maurena Gail Pannell, age 63, of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, January 23, 2017, in
Paris, Texas Hospital.

Gail was born February 11, 1953 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a former employee of Pilgrim’s Pride.

She is survived by her husband: Sandy Pannell of De Queen, Arkansas; a brother and two sisters: Carl, Juanee and Edwina; and several other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Mrs. Gail Pannell will be held at 2pm Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of the Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen.
 

 

Randy Lynn Lindsey

Randy Lynn Lindsey, age 64, of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, January 23rd, in a Little Rock Hospital.

Randy was born September 2, 1952 in Ashdown Arkansas to Tommy Ray and Bettye Jewell Crawford Lindsey. He was the retired Owner of Lindsey Automotive and Communications and was a retired Fire Chief in Horatio. He was a member of the Horatio First Baptist Church and had been a dedicated member of Belleville Masonic Lodge #35 for more than 25 years. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Oliver Lindsey of Horatio, Arkansas; two sons and daughters-in-law: Jamey and Renda Lindsey and Robby and Courtney Ray, all of Horatio, Arkansas; a daughter and son-in-law; Charissa and Richard Van Voast of Horatio Arkansas; a sister and brother-in-law: Doyletta and Wayne Harder of Horatio, Arkansas; seven Grandchildren: Morgyn Lindsey, Wyatt Lindsey, Raylee Van Voast, Judson Ray, Caselyn Van Voast, Ellie Ray and Kady Ray; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Randy Lindsey will be held at  10:00 AM Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Horatio First Baptist Church with Coy Arnold and Rev. Jerry Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Horatio Cemetery under the direction of the Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

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

 

Ileen Addeline Smith Dossett

Mrs. Ileen Addeline Smith Dossett, age 85, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017, at her home in De Queen.

She was born in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on February 8, 1931. She was a Registered Nurse who loved sewing, gardening, flowers, canning and painting. She was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church and Eastern Star.

Mrs. Dossett was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Dossett; her parents, Beulah and Edgar Smith; her brothers, Marvin and Harold Smith and granddaughter, Meagan Vay Dossett.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Marcia and Spencer O’Connor, Lenora and Ron Hoff and Ramona and Mark Scaggs and special daughter, Evelyn Scaggs; three sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Cindy Rynders, John and Renita Dossett and Todd and Diana Dossett; grandchildren, Alicia Loman, Carly Stinnett, Dara Schwarz, Manuel Caleb Dossett, Charlie and James Farley and Douglas Rynders; great-grandchildren, Tanner, Colton and Casey Loman, Devon and Ethan Stinnett, Sydnei Sams, Andrew, Rayleigh, Jenna, Aubrey and Lane Farley and Bryson Hoff.

Funeral services for Mrs. Dossett will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 26, 2017, in Rose Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Smallwood officiating. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8900 John W. Carpenter Fwy, Dallas, TX 75247 or Shriners Hospital at 3100 Samford Ave. in Shreveport, Louisiana 71103 or Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 2222 Welborn Street in Dallas, Texas 75219 attn. Development Department or Rose Hill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 604, De Queen, AR 71832.

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

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


 

 

Charles "Pete" Edward Pierce, Jr.

Mr. Charles "Pete" Edward Pierce, Jr., age 49, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, January 21, 2017, at his home.

He was born on February 24, 1967 in Clewiston, Florida. He was an automobile technician, car dealer, and loved collecting gums. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his dog, Rosco.  He also loved helping people whenever he could.

Mr. Pierce was preceded in death by his father, Charles Edward Pierce, Sr. and his step father, Bub Dossett.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Luke Somero of de Queen; his mother, Karen pierce Dossett also of De Queen; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Randy and Kelley Pierce of St. Peters, Missouri and Roger and Scena  Pierce of Nashville, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Mr. Pierce will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, January 26, 2017 in the Wilkerson funeral Home Chapel. Cremation will follow.

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

 

Rhesa Joanna Kesterson

 

Larry Charles Hall

Mr. Larry Charles Hall, age 71, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Friday, January 20, 2017, in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born November 13, 1945 in De Queen. He was an electrician, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam, Desert Storm and in the Army Reserves.

Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Browning; his sister, Kathryn Short ; his late wife, Karol Hall and two brothers, Rodger and Joe Rightmire.

He is survived by his wife, Dana Tracy Culp Hall; two daughters and sons-in-law, Anita Carol and Jason Caudle of Horatio and Kelli and Dan Stasik of Gillham; three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Thomas and Karen Hall, Charles Lee and Kristy Hall and David Christopher and Tesa Hall all of Gillham; two step-sons, Dillon Ryan Higgins of Gillham and Matthew J.C. Higgins of De Queen; one brother-in-law, Thomas Short of De Queen; his brothers in Black Bandits; 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Hall will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 23, 2017, in the Millcreek Cemetery with Wes Tudor officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22nd at the funeral home.

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


 

Lawrence Ray Chandler

Lawrence Ray Chandler, age 70, a lifelong resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life, Saturday, January 21, 2017, in De Queen.

Lawrence was born August 2, 1946 in Sentinel, Oklahoma. He was the youngest of nine, born to Frankie Gene and Lona Lee Griggs Chandler. He married the love of his life, Marian Joyce Penney, on November 24, 1965. In 1968, Lawrence graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science; and has since, dedicated his life to serving his community as a funeral director, and for countless years, as county coroner. Breaking ground in 1998, along with his wife Marian, Lawrence became the proud owner and founder of Chandler Funeral Home. Over the years, Lawrence has been an active member of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, Gideon’s International, the Arkansas Funeral Director’s Association, and the National Funeral Director’s Association. He was a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Jeffrey Chandler, his parents, three brothers, Randall Eugene Chandler, Franklin Chandler, and Dub Chandler, four sisters, Grace Settoon, Ruth Dorsey, Becky Alice Allen and Lois Wray.

Lawrence is survived by his wife of over 51 years, Marian Penney Chandler of De Queen; a daughter, Stephanie Kaye Chandler-Wishard of De Queen; two grandchildren, Lawrence Allen Wishard and Andrea Nichole Wishard, both of De Queen; a great granddaughter, Khloé Grace Wishard of De Queen; a brother and sister-in-law, Noel Duane and Sandy Chandler of Brenham, Texas; three sisters-in-law, Linda Ann Brazile of Amarillo, Texas, Jane Chandler of Horatio, Arkansas and Carol Chandler of De Queen; a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

Funeral services for Mr. Lawrence Chandler, will be held, Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of the Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Please donate In Memory of Lawrence Chandler to Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-9984 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

Mr. Ricky Dwayne Flournoy

Mr. Ricky Dwayne Flournoy, age 64, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, January 20, 2017, at his home.

He was born January 13, 1953 in De Queen, Arkansas. He worked for the Sevier County Road Department and was a member of the Gospel Jubilee Church in Lockesburg.

Mr. Flournoy was preceded in death by his parents, Edd C. and Georgia Hohmann Flournoy and one brother, Eddie Flournoy.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Cusher Flournoy; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Bradley and Deanna Flournoy of Texarkana, Texas and Daniel J. Flournoy of Horatio; one daughter, Teresa Johnson Wise of Grannis; one brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Sherri Flournoy of Wickes; eight grandchildren, Emily, Abbie and Parker Flournoy, Blake, Bailey and Braxton Wise, Chase Johnson and Daniel J. Flournoy and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Flournoy will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 24, 2017, in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Stuart Miller officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Viewing will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 23rd at the funeral home.

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


 

Gregory Allen Brasel

Gregory Allen Brasel, age 50, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 18, 2017, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born January 25, 1966, in Harrison, Arkansas. He was a retired electrician with Rich Mountain Electric Company.

Mr. Brasel was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny Waymon Brasel and Buna Faye Ramsey.

He is survived by one daughter, KayLynn Sue Brasel of Dierks; one brother, Joey Waymon Brasel of Jasper, Arkansas; one sister, Donna Lee Brasel Gunnoe of Front Royal, Virginia; three nieces; one great niece; and a number of friends and loved ones.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Brasel will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the Union Hill Cemetery in Jasper with Scott Vaughn officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 21st at the funeral home in Dierks, Arkansas.

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

Jimna Love Craig

Jimna Love Craig, age 81, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at her home.

She was born May 9, 1935, in Wright City, Oklahoma. She was a retired special education teacher who taught for 42 years and was a member of the First Christian Church.

Jimna was preceded in death by her mother, Bennie Lee Norwood Cooper; two brothers, Dennis and Dan Cooper; and her uncle, Forgy Norwood.

She is survived by her husband, Clovis “Cody” Craig; four sons and a daughter-in-law, Mark Harville of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Alan James “Jim” and Amber Harville of LaPorte, Texas, Russell Craig of Bossier City, Louisiana, and Woodrow William Kitchens of Richardson, Texas; one daughter, Vicki Harville Plante of Cleveland, Texas; seven grandchildren, Lindsey Harville, Jenna Brock, Brenna Plante, Bennett Plante, Thomas Williams, Isabel Harville and Ty Harville; three great-grandchildren, Rowan Brock, Cora Brock and Tennyson Brock; one sister, Brenda Cooper of Baytown, Texas; one nephew, Monte Logan and one niece, Carrie Cooper.

Funeral services for Mrs. Craig will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Jerry Trauger officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday 21st at the funeral home.

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

 

Joyce Clay Gore

Mrs. Joyce Clay Gore, age 84, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Thursday, January 19, 2017. She was born June 24, 1932, in Lockesburg.

She attended Lockesburg High School, retired from Poulan and a homemaker. She was also a member of the United Methodist Church of Lockesburg.

Mrs. Gore was preceded in death by her parents, Joel and Leta McKellar Clay; her husband, Heskell Gore and one daughter, Sheila Gore Cobb; and five brothers, L.B. Clay, Robert Henry Clay, Cecil Clay, Herman Forest “Dago” Clay, and J.T. Clay.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Terrel and Liz Gore of Kankakee, Illinois; one daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and Robbie Jester of Lockesburg; two brothers, Alton Clay and Wayne Clay both of Lockesburg; three sisters, Nelda McPherson of Arlington, Texas, Marilyn Groves of Memphis, Tennessee and Melba Gore of Texarkana, Texas; five grandchildren, Susan White of McKinney, Texas, Stacey Jarboe and husband Brock of Aurora, Illinois, Beth Hargrove and husband JJ of Felton, Delaware, Rusty Wilkerson and wife Terri of De Queen and Jillian Gore of Woodbridge, Illinois; seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Lockesburg with Terry Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in the Coulter Cemetery in Lockesburg under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00- 7:00 Friday, January 20th at the funeral home.

Lunch will be served at the United Methodist Church in Lockesburg after the service.

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


 

 

Charles Morgan "Chuck" Emmerich

Mr. Charles Morgan “Chuck” Emmerich, age 56, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died January 15, 2017, in the UAMS Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to Charles Dorron and Ollie Cornish Emmerich in Lakewood, Colorado, on May 15, 1960. As soon as he finished high school, he entered the U. S. Marines in 1978 He spent twenty years in the military. After retiring from the military, he worked as a Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy, as well as a rancher.

He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Horatio, and enjoyed collecting guns and knives, hunting, fishing, and motorcycles.

He is survived by his wife, Kim Collins Emmerich of Horatio, two sons, Bryson Mendoza of Perryville, Missouri, and Garett Emmerich of Horatio, two daughters, Angelica Emmerich of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Myla Mendoza of Indianapolis, Indiana. His parents, Charles and Ollie Emmerich of Horatio, a sister and brother-in-law, Ollie Charolette and Rick Angle of The Villages, Florida, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Chuck Emmerich will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, January 20th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ed Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, January 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Winona Evelyn Skelton

Mrs. Winona Evelyn Skelton, age 99, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 15, 2017, at her home.

She was born August 4, 1917, in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ in De Queen. She was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary where she held several positions through the years, Adjutant, Chaplin, and Commander.

Mrs. Skelton was preceded in death by her parents Owen Bartlet and Rachel Drucilla Rounstavilla Taylor; her husband, Zeno L. Skelton; one son, Doris Lowell Skelton and one daughter, Sharon Joy Skelton.

She is survived by her daughter, Rayeneta S. Dixon of Argyle, Texas; one grandson, Jon Carlton Dixon of San Marcos, California; one granddaughter, Jacquelyn Teri Dixon of Tampa, Florida; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Skelton will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2017, in Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Tony Stowers and Roy Conatser officiating. Burial will follow in Millwee Cemetery in Horatio, Arkansas.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 17th at Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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


 

Mrs. Opal E. Hughes

Mrs. Opal Emzie Lawler Getts Hughes, age 83, a resident of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, Died Monday, January 16, 2017 in a Nashville Hospital.

She was born to Leonard Lee and Myrtle Lee Fortune Lawler near Haworth, Oklahoma on July 3, 1933. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Horatio, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed board games, the Senior Citizen’s Center, and her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Earl “Buddy” Getts in 1981, and Carl Richard Hughes in 1997, children, Earl Wayne Getts, Jimmy Lee Getts, and Shara Ann Lawrence.

She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy Dean and Bonnie Getts of Cloverdale, California, Gregory Lynn and Johnnie Hughes, and Jerry Glenn and Donna Hughes both of Mineral Springs, Arkansas. One daughter, Carlotta Kay and Mike Workman of Caney, Oklahoma, twenty-five grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, and eleven great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Opal Hughes will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 18th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Cy Davis officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Ronda Sue Beckwith Phillips

Ronda Sue Beckwith Phillips, age 49, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas died Friday, January 13, 2017 at her home.

She was born March 28, 1967 in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marvella Baker Roan; one son, Jeff Simmons; two sisters, Connie Beckwith and Sonya Kay Davignon; one brother, Brian Odell Beckwith; and one niece, Kimberly Hope Simmons

She is survived by a daughter, Jessica Thomas of Cove, Arkansas; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ty Beckwith of Wickes, Arkansas and Kyle and Valorie Hackworth of Mena, Arkansas; her father, Cecil Roan of Wickes; and two granddaughters, Taylor Simmons and Talanie Hackworth.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Phillips will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove with James Squires officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2017 at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Johnny Margie Madewell Payne

Mrs. Johnny Margie Madewell Payne, age 76, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died on Friday, January 13, 2017, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born on August 15, 1940 in Horatio. She was a seamstress, cook, and a Baptist.

Mrs. Payne was preceded in death by her parents, John Elmer and Wessie Mooneyham Madewell; three brothers, Robbie, Bobbie, and James Oscar Madewell; and one sister, Viola Madewell.

She is survived by her husband, Dayne Payne of Horatio; one sister, Francis Willis of De Queen, Arkansas; one brother, Cecil Madewell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dwight and Lee Etta Payne of Lockesburg, Arkansas and Darrell and Sharon Payne of Gillham, Arkansas; one sister-in -law and brother-in-law, Margaret and Edward Knighten of Foreman, Arkansas; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Cheryl Lowrey.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Payne will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Old Center Cemetery with Wesley Blankenship officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 15th at the funeral home.

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


 

Mr. Victor Romero

Mr. Victor Peralta Romero, age 64, a resident of Horatio, died Friday, January 13, 2017 at his home.

He was born to Candelario Romero and Carmen Peralta in San Felipe, GTO, Mexico, on July 7, 1952. He was a heavy equipment operator, and a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed working, and cherished the time spent with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Angel, Victoriano, and Martina Romero.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Luna de Romero of Horatio, three sons, Thomas Romero, Saul Romero, and Victor Romero, Jr. all of Horatio, a daughter, Miriam Luna Machucho of Horatio, a granddaughter, Natalie Machucho of Horatio, one brother; Panfilo Romero of McKinney, Texas, and three sister, Justina Romero of Mexico, and Martina Romero of Verona, Missouri, and Julia Romero of San Francisco, California, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:00 A.M., in St Barbara’s Catholic Church. Rosary and visitation will be at 4:00 P.M., Sunday, January 15, 2017 until Service time at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. You may send an online sympathy message at
www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Lonnie Hue Cooper

Lonnie Hue Cooper, age 78, of Shinewell passed to his heavenly home at 3:24 am on Friday, January 13th, after a long battle with cancer.

Lonnie was at his Shinewell residence surrounded by his loving family.

Lonnie was a devoted member of State Line Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo.

Lonnie was born on August 31, 1938 in Cerro Gordo, OK.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ezekiel Canton Cooper and Melissa Myra Williams Cooper, two sisters Lottie Cooper and Lorene Cooper Davis, two brothers Louis Elmer Cooper and Don Ezekiel Cooper, son James David Cooper, grandson David Lee Cooper and granddaughter Donna K. Cooper.

Lonnie is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years Virginia Daniel Cooper, four daughters Lonna Frady and her husband Terry, Connie McDonald and her husband Mike, Myra Sout and her husband Jim and Leona Knight and her husband Jim, son Charles Wayne Cooper and his wife Tracy, sister Leona Grinage, ten grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren and a host of loving nieces and nephews, friends and church family. Lonnie worked in timber most of his life. He later became a diesel mechanic. He was very talented, truly enjoyed music and played multiple instruments, working in his garden, being with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and serving his church family.

Visitation will be on Saturday, January 14th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

Services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 15th, at State Line Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo. The Reverend Ray Brown and Brother Don Jones will officiate. Burial will be in the Cerro Gordo Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Donnie Rich, Brad Kendrick, Clayton Tinkes, Wayne Kendrick, Jerry Lynn Tucker and Robert Kizer.

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

Mr. Leslie W. Killian

Mr. Leslie W. Killian, age 98, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died on Thursday, January, 12, 2017, in Dierks.

Mr. Killian was born September 6, 1918, in Howard County, Arkansas. He was a poultry and cattle farmer, a deacon and member of Bethany Baptist Church and a World War II Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kias and Carrie Bell Martin Killian and his wife, Zelmaree Harberson Killian.

Mr. Killian is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Melba Killian of Texarkana, Arkansas; one grandson, Steve Killian and wife Jennifer of Daingerfield, Texas; one granddaughter, Stephanie Francis and husband Mitch of Texarkana, Texas; one sister, Bonnie Burt of De Queen; three brothers, Arvil Shepherd of Prattville, Alabama, Farrel Shepherd of Dierks and Bobby Shepherd of De Queen; eight great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; one uncle, Herbert Killian of Nashville, Arkansas one sister-in-law, Velmaree Harberson of Dierks, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Killian will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Sunshine Cemetery with Rev. J.W. Gilbert officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mrs. Mary Brazeal

Mrs. Mary Evelyn Perkins Brazeal, age 84, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at her home.

She was born to Ben and Lorna Dune Mitchell Perkins of Koshkonong, Missouri, on July 10, 1932. She was one of Jehovah's Witnesses, and a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, making jellies and her flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, James Perkins and Ruth Cantrell, and in 2006, her husband of over 57 years, Norman Franklin Brazeal.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Patsy Brazeal of De Queen, a daughter, Joetta Jones of De Queen, a brother Robert Perkins of Koshkonong, Missouri and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Mary Brazeal will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 14th in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses with Bobby Walker and Ricky Hughes officiating under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Mr. George Tucker

Mr. George Ray Tucker, age 79, a resident of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at his home.

He was born to George Lee and Rebecca Frances Hornbeck Tucker in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, on January 18, 1937. He was retired from Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas, where he supervised maintenance. He enjoyed working on automobiles, and yard work.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Steven Joseph Tucker.

He is survived by a special friend, Marjorie “Margie” Kerst of De Queen, a son, George R. Tucker, Jr. of San Diego, California, a daughter, Elizabeth R. Tucker of La Mesa, California, and a sister, Barbara Ann Miller, and eight grandchildren.

Graveside funeral Services for Mr. George Tucker will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, January 12th in Redmen Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas, with Rev. Mark Cloninger officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Johnnie Miller

Mrs. Johnnie Dean Johnson Miller, age 69, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 8, 2017 at her home.

She was born to J. D. and Angis Mefford Johnson in Dustin, Oklahoma, on June 30, 1947. She was a nail tech, as well as a homemaker. She was an active member the Highland Park Baptist Church, where she cooked on Wednesday evening. She enjoyed cooking, shopping, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

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

She is survived by her husband, Rodger Miller of Texarkana, a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Holly Gamble of Texarkana, Texas, two daughters, April and David Jones and Betty and Kevin Hayes both of Texarkana, Arkansas. Eight grandchildren, Lindsay Gamble, Desteni Ogden, Mackenzie Gamble, Isabella Gamble, Cody Jones, Jessie Gamble, Camden Gamble, and Riley Gamble, three great-grandchildren, Amiyah Hawkins, Hadleigh Ogden, and Everly Parker. She is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Bessie and Earl Heinonen of Kansas City, Missouri, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Johnnie Miller will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 11th in the Highland Park Baptist Church, 2401 Hazel Street, Texarkana, Texas with Rev. Kevin Myers officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M., until service time. Graveside funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 11th in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mrs. Maria Lerma

Mrs. Maria Felipa Salinas Lerma, age 67, a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, and former resident of De Queen, died Friday, December 23, 2016 in Indianapolis.

She was born to Nemesio Salinas and Telesfora Ojeda Salinas on May 26, 1949 in Lan Luis Potosi, Mexico. She was a retired employee of Pilgrim's Pride, and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two infant siblings.

She is survived by two sons, Jose Lerma and Chris Lerma both of Indianapolis, Indiana, four brothers, Raul Salinas, Miguel Salinas, Angel Salinas and Anselmo Salinas, six sisters, Alma Martha Salinas, Erica Salinas, Marcela Salina, Marcilina Salinas, Maria Felxi Salinas, and Aurelia Salinas all of Monterrey, Mexico, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Maria Lerma will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

Bartie Thomas Pate

Bartie Thomas Pate, 92, of Fort Smith, Arkansas died Monday, January 1, 2017 in Fort Smith.

Bartie was born on January 14, 1924 in Athens, Arkansas to Alic and MinnieTallent Pate. He joined the Army in 1942 and retired in 1965. Bartie was a loving father, husband, and friend. He was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Mr. Pate was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Sevella Davis; three brothers, Colombus Barnes, Curtis Sharp, and Harold Pate; and one grandson Charles Cole Pate.

He is survived by his wife, Vera Pate; two sons an daughters-in-law, Merle and Nancy Pate of Ozark, Arkansas and Rick and Carol Pate of Oliver Springs, Arkansas; two granddaughters, Mardel Ollie and Delanna Nutter; one grandson, Bryan Long; two great grandsons; and three great great granddaughters.

Funeral Services for Mr. Pate will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Free Holiness Church in Athens with Tracy Welch and Shane Pair officiating. Burial will follow Athens Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Family will receive friends from 10:00-12:00, Saturday the 7th at the Free Holiness Church in Athens.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Peachtree Hospice, Elite Home Health, and Legacy Health and Rehabilitation Center all of Fort Smith.

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


 

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Pearce

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Pearce passed from this life into the hands of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 2, 2017. She was born to Coy and Iva Jo Pinson Jarrell on February 18, 1938.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 58 years, Jacky P. Pearce, Sr. of De Queen; her children, Jacky and Mary Ida Pearce of De Queen and Penny and Joseph Reynolds of Racine , WI; her grandchildren, Jeremy Pearce and his wife Sharrell of De Queen, Cassie Hale and her husband Chris of De Queen, Rustin Reynolds and his wife Maranda of De Queen, Clint Pearce and his wife Joni of De Queen, Hannah McCoy and her husband Dylan of Hatfield and Paul Aaron Reynolds of Racine, WI; her great-grandchildren, Ashley Hale, Chase Pearce, Luke Pearce, Emmie Hale, Jacob Pearce, Jenna Farley, Braylee Reynolds, and Rylan McCoy; two brothers, Carroll "Jerry" Jarrell and his wife Joann of De Queen and James "Buddy" Jarrell and his wife Doris of Tahlequah, OK; three brothers-in-law, Bob Pearce and his wife Ruthie of Choctaw, OK, Bill Pearce and his wife Lou of De Queen and Jim Pearce and his wife Shirley of De Queen. Also rejoicing in her life are numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Her "GOING HOME CELEBRATION" will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery.

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

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

 

Mrs. Ethel Shuffield

Mrs. Ethel Noey Norman Shuffield, age 88, a resident if Mesquite, Texas, and former resident of Ben Lomond, Arkansas, died Friday, December 30, 2016 in Mesquite, Texas.

She was born to Chess Murphy and Minera Fadelia Noe Noey on June 30, 1928. She was a member of the Ben Lomond Baptist Church and enjoyed deer hunting, cooking, and cherished the time spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Harold Noey, Morris Noey, Lewis Noey, Charlie Noey, Clovis Noey, and her twin Nellie Martin, and in 2015, her husband, Henry Clinton Shuffield.

She is survived by two sons, Jimmy and Maggie Norman of Lockesburg, and Danny Norman, Nine grandchildren, Chris Norman, Chad Davis, Tommy Davis, Jeremy Roten, Dewayne Roten, Jenna Fowler, Brenna Castro, Hannah Norman, Kara Norman, sixteen great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ethel Shuffield will be held Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Wofford’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation for Mrs. Shuffield will be held Monday, January 2, 2017. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Mrs. Marjorie Pell

Mrs. Marjorie Helen Steadman Pell, age 97, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, December 31, 2016 in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Sidney Harrison “Harry” and Jean Ellsworth Steadman in North East, Pennsylvania, on May 19, 1919. She was a supervisor for the Department of Social Services in Los Angeles, California for 15 years, and retired owner of Pell’s Trailer Park, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Ripley Methodist Church in Ripley, New York, and First United Methodist Church of De Queen. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary for 45 years, a member of the AARP, Woodman of the World, Board Member of the Salvation Army, the Gillham Extension Club. She enjoyed quilting, and traveling. She saw all 50 states as well as Canada, England, Scotland, and Wales.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters, Martha Jean Angelotti, and Ruth Eleanor Jenkins, and in 1990, her husband of 53 years, Eugene Thomas Pell.

She is survived by two sons, Sidney Leigh and Sally Pell of Springfield, Missouri, and Charles Steadman and Dianna Pell of Los Vegas, Nevada, a daughter, Marjorie “Margie” Kerst of De Queen, seven grandchildren, Sharon Shaw, Kelly Pell, Brian Pell, Dianna Louise Pell, Donald Kerst, Kathy Stewart, and Bill Kerst, eighteen great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Marjorie Pell will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Monday, January 2nd in Chandler Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.. Burial will be in Bearl Lake Cemetery, Bear Lake, Pennsylvania. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73129.You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Jimmy Lynn Faulkner

Mr. Jimmy Lynn Faulkner, age 67, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, December 31, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born September 25, 1949. He was the owner of Napa Auto in Dierks and was a member of the Umpire Community Church. He was an avid hunter and loved spending time with his hunting friends. He loved the outdoors and exploring the mountains. He was an Outlaw fan and supporter; loved the Razorbacks and Cowboys. He was an Umpire Wildcat at heart where he enjoyed basketball from youth. He enjoyed classic cars and Mustangs of all kinds. He enjoyed dirt track racing and was known by all as an avid Ford supporter. He lived to see his grandchildren: Alex and Breezy, and would do anything for them at any time. He was a loving father and dear friend to so many around him.

Mr. Faulkner was preceded in death by a brother, Kenny Ray Faulkner.

He is survived by his parents, Raymon and Sybil Flenor Faulkner of Dierks; a son and daughter-in-law, Kip and Dinna Faulkner of Dierks; special friend, Shelly Boykin; one brother, Paul Faulkner; two grandchildren, Briseis and Alex Faulkner; a nephew, Jason Faulkner; and a niece, Megan Tollett.

Funeral services for Mr. Faulkner will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the Umpire Community Church with John Henry Williams and Jerry Mounts officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery in Umpire, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00- 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 2nd at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

Phylis Esch

Mrs. Phylis Jean White Esch, age 85, a resident of Ashdown, and former resident of Lockesburg, died Wednesday, December 28th at her home.

She was born in Michigan on September 24, 1931. She was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Old Time Baptist Church in Lockesburg, and enjoyed reading and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Sharon Esch, and her husband, Dean Eudell Esch.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Freda Mae Esch of Ashdown, two grandchildren, Thomas Dale Esch of Ashdown and Brandie Jean Esch of Flint, Michigan, five grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Phylis Esch will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, December 31, 2016 in the Wrights Chapel Cemetery near Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Billy Ray Lacefield

Mr. Billy Ray Lacefield, age 76, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, December 28, 2016, in De Queen.

Mr. Lacefield was born September 24, 1940, in Foreman, Arkansas. He was a heavy equipment operator and attended Friendship Baptist Church in De Queen. He also loved to travel and go camping.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Olin and Bertha Lacefield; two brothers, Junior and Hubert Lacefield; three sisters, Linnie Belle Griffin Manasco, Verna Webster, and Dorothy Lawson.

Mr. Lacefield is survived by his wife Peggy Lacefield; two sons and daughters-in-law, Olen and Barbara Lacefield and Tommy and Leslie Lacefield all of De Queen; three granddaughters, Amber and husband Matthew Price of Ward, Arkansas, and Reagan and Emily Lacefield also of De Queen; two great-grandchildren, Tristan and Natalie Price of Ward; two brothers and sisters-in-law, R.C. and Betty Lou Lacefield and Floyd and Betty Lacefield all of De Queen; one sister and brother-in-law, Lola and Fate Barkman of Beaumont, Texas; and one sister-in-law, Ernestine Watson of De Queen; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Lacefield will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Roy Conatser and Bro. George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

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

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

 

Merle A. Chewning

Freeman Dewayne Higgins

Mr. Freeman Dewayne Higgins, age 80, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 29, 2016, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

He was born June 26, 1936 in Gillham, Arkansas. He was USDA inspector and a U.S. Airforce veteran.

Mr. Higgins was preceded in death by his parents, David Gordon and Ila Snider Higgins; one daughter, Janet Higgins; one step-son, Robert Donovan Trotter; two sisters, Jean Smith and Gladys Tabor and two brothers, Russell Higgins and Bobby Higgins.

He is survived by his wife, Edna Jean McDonald Higgins; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Mariana Higgins of Grannis; one step son, Jimmy Trotter; one step daughter, Debbie Trotter both of De Queen; three brothers, Calvin Hern and Jimmy Higgins both of De Queen and Billy Higgins of Gillham; one sister, Belva Nipper of Lockesburg; five grandchildren, Zachary Trotter, Alexandria Trotter, Richard Trotter, Amber Davignon and Jason McGough; nine great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 4, 2017, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Sam Hendricks officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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


 

Wallace Maurice Wooten

Wallace Maurice Wooten, age 88, a resident of Falls Chapel, Arkansas, died Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at his home.

He was born June 1, 1928, in Horatio, Arkansas. He was a retired Presbyterian minister, a farmer and World War II Army veteran.

Mr. Wooten was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Matthew and Birdie Lucille Stone Wooten; his wife, Elmo Laverne Wooten and his step-son, Ronald Summerhill.

He is survived by two sons, Wallace Wayne Wooten and Jim Griffin Wooten both of Lockesburg; two sisters, Goldie Redman of Lake Dallas, Texas and Peggy Hix of Weatherford, Texas; one brother, R.J. Wooten of Florida; two daughters-in-law, Barbie Summerhill of Falls Chapel, Arkansas and Dianna Wooten of Lockesburg; three grandchildren, Lisa, Jerry and Mike; two great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Wallace Wooten will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016, in the Falls Chapel Cemetery with Jerrell Helms officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

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

 

Geraldine Green Vann

Geraldine Green Vann, age 85, of Gillham, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016 in her home. She was born Saturday, October 3, 1931 at Cross Roads, Arkansas to Arthur A. Green and Ione (Wright) Green at home.

She grew up with 3 sisters and 1 brother and many cousins. She graduated from Winthrop High School in 1948. She was on the girls’ basketball team playing for the Winthrop Wolves. Geraldine attended one year at Southern State College in Magnolia Arkansas. This is where she met Coy Joe Vann and they married June 11, 1950 at the Church of Christ in De Queen. They moved to Lake Jackson, Texas in 1953. Geraldine was a faithful member of the Church of Christ and was a loving bible class teacher of children. She was an expert seamstress and loved cooking for her large family and others. She also loved traveling and seeing the nation and spent many hours gardening and enjoying nature and growing flowers. Geraldine and Coy moved to Arkansas after Coy's retirement in 1983 where she quickly made friends and joined the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council of Sevier County.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Coy Joe Vann; her parents, Arthur and Ione Green; three sisters, Jo Owens, Bama Weed and Ollie Belle Davis.

Geraldine is survived by her brother, Billy Ray Green of Foreman, AR. her children; one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Mary Vann of Gillham, AR; four daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Ron Hamilton of Frisco, TX, Terrie and David Jacobs of Wickes, AR, Sandy and Leland Cole of Gillham, AR, and Gail and Dean Murphy of Houston, TX; fourteen grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Vann will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2016, at the Church of Christ in Wickes, Arkansas with David Jacobs and Dudley Vann officiating. Burial will follow in the Gillham Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 29th at the funeral home.

 

Mildred Lorene Mickle Youngblood

Mrs. Mildred Lorene Mickle Youngblood, age 90, a resident of Smithville, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at her home.

She was born August 5, 1926 in Gillham, Arkansas. She was a homemaker, farmer and rancher and a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Cove, Arkansas.

Mrs. Youngblood was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Young and Elzie Mae Brewer Mickle; her husband, Robert Lee Youngblood; six brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Mark Smith of Smithville, OK; three sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Brenda Youngblood and Terry and Roberta Youngblood all of Watson, OK and Gary and Debbie Youngblood of Harrisonville, Missouri; one sister and brother-in-law, Margie and Ken Jackson of De Queen; two sisters-in-law, Emma Lee Mickle and Doris Mickle, both of De Queen; 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Youngblood will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 29, 2016 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Bro. John Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas.

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


 

Gene E. Leathers, Jr.

Mr. Gene E. Leathers, Jr., age 53, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 22, 2016, in Christus St. Michael Heath System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born May 22, 1963, in De Queen. He was in the National Guard, a welder and a Baptist. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved his old classic country music.

Mr. Leathers was preceded in death by his mother, Fredia Joyce Young Leathers.

He is survived by his partner, Marie Thomas of Lockesburg; one son, Tripp Leathers of Lockesburg; two daughters, Bailey Clark of Lockesburg and Liberty Leathers, Ashdown; his father, Gene Leathers of Lockesburg; his step daughter, Ashley Ayers of Horatio; one brother and sister-in-law, Chuck and Pat Leathers of Lockesburg; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Tammy and Gene Vanhoose of Eagletown and Johnye and Patrick Fisher of De Queen; three grandchildren, Cody Clark and Dominic and Nolan Ayers; a number of nieces, nephews and host of friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 24, 2016, in the Wrights Chapel Cemetery with Buster Dellinger officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Mrs. Evelyn Juanita Bearden

Mrs. Evelyn Juanita Bearden, age 71, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at her home.

She was born April 29, 1945 in Umpire, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Dierks.

Mrs. Bearden was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Clara Smith Bearden; her husband, Barney Goss; two brothers, Wayne Bearden and Glenn Bearden; and a sister, Bobbie Neil Jones.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Mitchell Ward of Dierks; one granddaughter, Alyssa Ward; two grandsons, Tracy Jones and Matthew Jones; two step grandchildren, Mitchell Gene Ward and Mark and Julie Ward; four great grandchildren, Kelly Ward, Ethan Ward, Jacee Ward and Brenden Ward; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Bearden will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 23, 2016 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Kenny Fant officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Friday, December 23rd at the funeral home in Dierks.

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

 

Mr. Darrell Chandler

Mr. James Darrell Chandler, age 66, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at his home.

He was born to James B. and Thelma Lawley Chandler in Sentinel, Oklahoma, on January 6, 1950. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for a total of 44 years, both at the Treating Plant, and on the D.& E.T.O.& E Railroad. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in De Queen, where he served as a deacon, and usher. He enjoyed working cows, fishing, hunting, but most of all, he cherished the time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his Mother.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kay Cranford Chandler of Horatio, two sons, Mike and Sharon Chandler and Curtis and Tosha chandler all of Horatio, his father and step-mother, James B. and Ann Chandler of De Queen, three grandchildren MaKenzie chandler, Orey Chandler and Logan Chandler all of Horatio, one brother and sister-in-law, Ronny and Beverly Chandler of Little River Club, Arkansas, a sister and brother-in-0law, Linda and Sam Young of De Queen, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as other family members.

Funeral Services for Mr. Darrell Chandler will be held at 10:00 A. M., on Saturday, December 24, 2016 in the First Assembly of God Church, De Queen, with Bro. Kent Irvan and Pastor Ray Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, with Doug Akin officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be on Friday, December 23, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mr. Ralph Fisk

Mr. Ralph Monroe Fisk, age 79, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 in a Texarkana Hospital. He was born to David Ralph and Reathie Annalou Cross Fisk, in Lockesburg, Arkansas, on January 19, 1937. He was a retired truck driver and was leased to Fikes Truck Line. He was a Free Holiness and attended Old Time Gospel Church, and First Assembly of God. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, yard work, and cherished the time spent with family. He was an animal lover, especially his dog, Coco.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Wade Fisk, Lucille Liggon, Nelson Fisk, Elson Fisk, and Betty Porter, and his wife of 56 years, Margie Morris Fisk in 2013

He is survived by two sons, Wayne and Diann Fisk of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Dale and Lisa Fisk of Lockesburg, one daughter, Wanda and Roy Stover of De Queen, five grandchildren, Brad Fisk and Tonya Runnels both of Little Rock, Ashlee Fisk of Lockesburg, Derek and his wife Tiffany Sullivan of Grannis, Logan Fisk of Lockesburg, two great-grandchildren, Parker Sullivan and Mia Sullivan, one brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Doris Fisk of Dierks, and Maude Burris of Gillham, a sister-in-law, Patsy Hearn of De Queen, and a brother-in-law, Herbert Porter of Amity, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Ralph Fisk will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, December 23, 2016 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerrel Helms and Bro. Ray Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday, December 22, 2016, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com. The family will be at the Ralph Fisk home.

 

 

Mrs. Bea Dolph

Mrs. Frances Bernice "Bea" Wolf McLarty Dolph, age 92, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, December 19, 2016 in De Queen.

She was born to Benjamin Lewis and Edith "Mackie" Clark Wolf in Blossom, Texas, on April 11, 1024. She worked as a carpenter and in the restaurant industry. She was a member of the De Queen Church of Christ, and enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling, but most of all, she cherished the time spent with family. She was an amazing quilter, which she shared with all of her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Houston Wolf and Preston Wolf, a son-in-law, Jerry Jones and her husband, Page Dolph.

She is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Lyde Williams of De Queen, and Janice Jones of Atlanta, Texas, Betty and Randy McCain of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Martee Guess of Bossier City, Louisiana, seven grandchildren, Teresa and her husband, Rodger Neeley of De Queen, Chrystie and her husband Brian Walthour of De Queen, Tracy and his wife, Jenna Jones of Haughton, Louisiana, Patricia Jones of Wyoming, Lindsey Molloy, Erin Fegley of Bossier City, Louisiana, and Jennifer McCain of Washington State, 12 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Ethel Waldon of de Queen and Kathryn Gentry of Wickes, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Bea Dolph will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 21st in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Benjamin Neeley officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P. M., Tuesday, December 20th at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

Mr. Franklin Lawrence Irvan

Mr. Franklin Lawrence Irvan, age 67, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, December 19, 2016 at his home.

He was born to Henry Stewart and Jennie Mae Bishop Irvan in De Queen, Arkansas, on November 3, 1949. He was an employee of Kenco Plastics, Inc, where he was a supervisor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, was an avid Razorback Fan, and a Democrat.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Franklin David Irvan, and a brother, C. L. Irvan.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Jeanette Irvan of Horatio, four daughters and sons-in-law, Misty Laverne and Francis Bruce Westebee of Franklin, Tennessee, Coty Maria and Kevin Lane Langlois of De Queen, Hillarie Lynn Irvan of Howe, Oklahoma, and Mandy Cobb of Spiro, Oklahoma, a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Norton Wells of Prosper, Texas, eleven grandchildren, Kelli and Justin Bevis, Alexandria Owens, Christopher and Amy Wolcott, Dylan and Laken Langlois, Alissa Owens, Shayla McGlathery, Junior Cobb, D’Angelo Cobb, Miyah Cobb, Ryon Janway, and Samuel Janway, ten great-grandchildren, Dixie Bevis Kenslea Owens, Texana Bevis, Carson Wolcott, Abigail Wolcott, Lily Bevis, Mason Bevis, Madeline Wolcott, and Maxton Langlois, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, December 22 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Glen Harold Cannon

Mr. Glen Harold Cannon, age 77, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, December 18, 2016, in De Queen.

He was born February 5, 1939 in De Queen. He was a truck driver, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Old Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lockesburg.

Mr. Cannon was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Dora Lee Snow Cannon; one Son, Perry Don Cannon; one daughter, Kimberly Cannon; one sister, Perrylene Sneed and one grandson, Joshua Cannon.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Long Cannon of Lockesburg; two daughters, Becky Liggin of Lockesburg and Debbie Mullins of Atlanta, Georgia; three sons, Harold Cannon of Antlers, Oklahoma, Ricky Cannon of De Queen and Chris Cannon of Hatfield, Arkansas; three step-sons, Keith Stacy, David Stacy and Toney Stacy all of Lockesburg; one step-daughter, Eadie Holt of Lockesburg; one brother, Charles Cannon of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one sister, Donnie Bradshaw of Horatio, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 23, 2016, in the Oddfellows Cemetery with Rev. Wesley Blankenship officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mrs. Paula Kay Morris

Mrs. Paula Kay Morris, age 44, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Sunday, December 18, 2016, at her home. She was born to Ron and Phyllis Ellsworth Mills in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on June 29, 1972. She was a LPN, and worked for the Health Department, 7 years in Postal Service, 16 years at Poulan as well as a rancher. She was a member of the Horatio Church of Christ, and a First Responder for Central Fire Department. She enjoyed farming, raising cattle, especially orphan calves, helping children with show animals. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with family.

She is survived by her husband, Charles R. Morris of Horatio, two daughters, Kristen and her husband, Tyler Cribb of Horatio, Arkansas, and Autumn Tayler Pickett of Horatio, a step-daughter, Natasha and her husband Ned McCoy of Gillham, a step-son, James Tel Pickett of Springdale, Arkansas, her parents, Ron and Phyllis Mills of De Queen, two grandchildren, Keegan McCoy and Alexander McCoy both of Gillham, a brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Shawndel Mills of Piedmont, Oklahoma, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Paula Morris will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, December 23, 2016, in the Chandler Funeral Chapel with Bobby Tatum officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Paula Morris Memorial Scholarship, c/o First State Bank, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Arlene Whitley

Mrs. Arlene Ladell Overturf Whitley, age 73, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, December 17, 2016. She was born to Lester and Goldie Ward Overturf in Mineral, Arkansas, on January 15, 1943. She was retired as an insurance adjuster, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed
Decorating, collecting antiques, sewing, crocheting, and needle work. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings, Helen Sue Davis, and Sterling Overturf.

She is survived by her husband of almost 56 years, Tim Whitley of De Queen, two sons and daughters-in-law, Tillmon T. Whitley, III and Veronica Whitley of Gillham, Michael Wayne and Genita Whitley of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Frank Sellers of Texarkana, Texas, three grandchildren, Jeremy Whitley, Ryan Whitley and Alyssa Whitley, a brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Helen Overturf of Gillham, one sister, Wilma Smith of Joplin,
Missouri, a sister-in-law, Virginia Overturf of Baltimore, Maryland, and a number of nieces and nephews.

No services are planned. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Eunice Faye Smith

Mrs. Eunice Faye Smith, age 90, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Saturday, December 17, 2016 in Ashdown.

She was born December 30, 1925 in Foreman. She was a homemaker and a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church.Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Birdie Johnson Keller; and her husband, Lloyd Smith.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Marty and Sonja Smith of Foreman, Derrell and Linda Smith of Clovis, California and Lloyd, Jr. and Anne Smith of Eldorado, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Lisa Slater, Rick Smith, Erin Simmons, J.R. Smith, Kaitlyn Smith and Kaleb Smith; and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2016 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Gary Steiner officiating. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery.

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

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

 

Mr. Jerry Lee Harold

Mr. Jerry Lee Harold, age 77, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, joined the Lord on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

He was born to Dortha Slankard Harold and Kenneth Harold in Tucson, Arizona on January 6, 1939. He was an active member in the Gillham Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Silver Hill Mason Lodge in Gillham. He was in the Army Reserves as a tank commander for eight years. He raced modified cars in Tucson and winged cars in San Jose, California. He was the chief surveyor for the San Thomas Express Way and 101 Bypass in San Jose for nine years. He moved to Cove, Arkansas where he farmed cows and chickens for twenty years. He became the Gillham Lake water manager for twenty years. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Mr. Harold was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael Lee Harold, Sr.; one granddaughter, Robin Harold; and one brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Donna Harold.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gerrie May Turner Harold; one daughter, Terrie Harold of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one daughter-in-law, Janice Page Harold; four grandchildren, Michael and Cynthia Harold, Jr., Stephen and Erica Harold, Jessica and Jason Hibbs, and Jerry Trammell; nine great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and a large number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Harold will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 19, 2016, in the Overturf Cemetery with Mark Cloninger officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 18 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Overturf Cemetery.

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


 

Mr. Gilbert Gailon Godwin

Mr. Gilbert Gailon Godwin, age 69, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in the Baptist Health Center, Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born to Walter and Ella French Godwin in De Queen, Arkansas on January 20, 1947. Gailon was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U. S. Army. He was a retired engineer for the D&E.T.O.&E Railroad, and was an active member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church. He was a Sevier County Library Board Member, a board member and president of the Mt. Ida Cemetery Board, and a Gideon. He enjoyed yard work, gardening, hunting, and carpentry projects.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ronnie Godwin, and a sister, Sybil Staggs.

He is survived by his wife, Jamie Key Godwin of De Queen, a son, Kory Godwin of De Queen, two daughters, Carmen Johnson of Ashdown, and Candy Springer of Wake Village, Texas, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Peggy and Jay L. Jones of Wake Village, Texas, Shirley Staggs, and Judy and Tommy Moore all of De Queen, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Gailon Godwin will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, December 17th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Jones and Pastor Jordan Hodges officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Friday, December 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Emily Camillia Smith Proctor

Mrs. Emily Camillia Smith Proctor, age 89, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Saturday, December 10, 2016 at her granddaughter’s home.

She was born May 8, 1927 in Ben Lomond, Arkansas. She was a member of the Milford Union Church, former employee of Baker’s Store and a homemaker.

Mrs. Proctor was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Rollo and Mattie Ethel West Smith; her husband, Nolen Proctor; one daughter, Brenda Gail Baker; brothers and sister, Delton, Lucille, Annie, Donald, Wayne, Mary Lou, Dale and an infant brother Norman.

She is survived by, one granddaughter, Lavonna and her husband Robert Dale Wright; one grandson, Nolen Reece Baker and one son-in-law, Eddy Reece Baker all of Lockesburg; one great-granddaughter, Courtney Simpson of Texarkana and a great great-grandson, Landon.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Proctor will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, 2016, in the Belleville Cemetery near Lockesburg with Leon Conatser and Jeremy Jones officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mrs. Barbara Johnson

Mrs. Barbra Ann Power Neal Johnson, age 77, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the home of her sister in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born to Hayden Cortez and Jewel Atrell Teague Power in Calico Rock, Arkansas, on July 15, 1939. She was retired from the medical field, where she worked as a clerical accountant, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church of Nashville, Arkansas, and enjoyed crafts, sewing, fishing, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren. She was an animal lover, especially her dog, Teddy Bear.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Jesse Power.

She is survived by the love of her life, Doyle Neal of Dierks, a son, Bobby and Vicky Neal of Dierks, a daughter and son-in-law, Donna Lea and Randy Childress of Little Rock, Arkansas, five grandchildren, Crystal Neal, Timothy and his wife, Jennifer Neal, Victor Neal, and Miranda and her husband, Randy Brown, and Megan Childress, eleven great-grandchildren, Garrett Vallee, Walker Vallee, Victoria Vallee, Lexie Neal, William Neal, Zane Walker, Mayleigh Brown, Brody Brown, Kim Richardson, Haylie Richardson, and Amy Richardson, a brother and sister-in-law, William and Jeannie Power of Dierks, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Lenda and Earl Williams of De Queen, and Glenda Allen of Dierks, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Barbra Johnson will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, December 12th in the Greens Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Neal officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Timothy Neal, Victor Neal, Randy Brown, Garrett Vallee, Walker Vallee, Zane Walker, Honorary Bearers will be William Neal and Brody Brown.


Mrs. Virginia Faye Holley

Mrs. Virginia Faye Holley, age 82, a resident of Arlington, Texas, died peacefully Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at her home.

She was born November 19, 1934, in Arkinda, Arkansas. She was retired from Macy’s and was a Baptist. Mrs. Holley had a green thumb, loved to garden and was an avid domino player.

Mrs. Holley was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Clarence and Rilla LeFevers West; her husband, Rueben Lamar Holley and one daughter, Patricia Hail.

She is survived by one sister, Ruth West Murray; two daughters and a son-in-law, Cindy Anderson of Arlington, Texas, and Gail and Gary Wicks of Mansfield, Texas; two grandsons, Erik McCullough and Wesley Taylor; two granddaughters, Ashleigh Fields and Alexis Hammond; a number of great-grandchildren and loving companion, Baby.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Holley will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 10, 2016, in the Dennison Cemetery in Idabel, Oklahoma, with Jermi Thomas officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 10th at the funeral home.

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


 

Junior Bailey

Mr. Junior F. Bailey, age 73, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Sunday, December 4, 2016, in Lockesburg, Arkansas.

Mr. Bailey was born June 7, 1943, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Bertha Ayers Bailey.

Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife, Frances Rightmire Bailey; five sons, Lonnie Bailey of Horatio, Johnny Bailey of De Queen, Danny Bailey of Lockesburg, Billy Bailey and Steven Bailey of De Queen; sixteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mrs. Anita Pyle

Mrs. Anita Gail Crews Schaefer Pyle, age 67, a resident of El Reno, Oklahoma, and former resident of Horatio, died Wednesday, November 30th in an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma hospital.

She was born to Gleason Wilson and Audrey Lois Nix Crews in Arkansas, on June 3, 1949. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, and was a retired secretary, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, and spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Hubert Pyle.

She is survived by a son, Wesley Wayne Schaefer of San Marcus, Texas, three granddaughters, Brittney Schaefer of Nacogdoches, Texas, Lauryn Schaefer, and Kayla Marie Schaefer both of Houston, Texas, a brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Gail Crews of San Marcus, Texas, and a number of other family members.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Anita Pyle will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, December 3rd in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, Arkansas, with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Glenda Faye Kesterson Chandler

Glenda Faye Kesterson Chandler, age 67, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, November 25, 2016 in Nashville, Arkansas after a courageous battle with ALS.

She was born April 26, 1949, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a retired cafeteria worker at JoAnn Walters Elementary School for 37 years and a member of the Westside Church of Christ.

Mrs. Chandler was preceded in death by her parents, Johnson and Hester Mounts Kesterson and one brother, James Kesterson.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Donald Chandler; one daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and John Colbey of Dierks; three grandchildren, Cody and Kera Colbey, Colten Colbey and Cylie Colbey; one brother, Glenville Kesterson of Lockesburg, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Chandler will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 27, 2016, at Westside Church of Christ with Robert Peek and Jerry Mounts officiating. Burial will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 26th at the funeral home in Dierks.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com


Mr. Roy Lynn Forrest, Sr.

Mr. Roy Lynn Forrest, Sr., age 59, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Friday, November 25, 2016 in Little River County.

He was born July 19, 1957, in De Queen. He was a logger, a member of the Winthrop Baptist Church and an avid hunter.

Mr. Forrest was preceded in death by his mother, Bessie Marie Johnson Forrest; his father, Custer Lee Forrest; four brothers, Richard, Bobby, Jimmy and Sammy Forrest and four sisters, Nell Bean, Nancy Lambert, Susie Keeton and Linda Wilcox.

He is survived by his wife, Johnnie Lou Mears Forrest; one daughter, Glenda Denise Forrest; one son and daughter-in-law, Roy Lynn Forrest, Jr. and Monica Elane Forrest; four grandchildren, Autumn Kay Hofmann, Abbey Kayt Hofmann, Kylie Layne Forrest and Aiden Kristopher Forrest; two brothers, Steve Forrest and Donald Forrest;, special nephew, Richard Lee Forrest, special great-nephew, Matthew Forrest Lee and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Forrest will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2016, in the Winthrop Baptist Church with Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 27, 2016 at the funeral home.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Mrs. Betty Dean Sanders Heath

Mrs. Betty Dean Sanders Heath, age 86, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Saturday, November 26, 2016, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born August 8, 1930, in Foreman, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Lighthouse Ministries in Forrest City, Arkansas. She enjoyed hunting, reading, cooking and working with her husband.

Mrs. Heath was preceded in death by her husband, James Heath; one daughter, Patricia Maynard; her father, Walter Sanders; her mother, Dovie Sharp Sanders; one grandson, Dennis Heath and one granddaughter, Gloria Heath.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gayle Heath of Forrest City, Arkansas, Buddy and Lucy Heath of Foreman, Arkansas and Mitch and Sue Heath of Hooks, Texas; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Dianna and Mike Schaefer of Laramie, Wyoming, Dedria and Gary Conway of Texarkana, Arkansas and Pam Shaffer of Sherwood, Arkansas; one brother,Gerald Sanders; nineteen grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Heath will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2016, at Hughes Cemetery in Forrest City, Arkansas with Bro. Dennis Colvin officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 9:00-10:00 a.m., Monday, November 28th at Wilkerson Funeral Home De Queen.

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

Mr. Joseph Fuller

Mr. Joseph Fuller, age 80, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at his home.

He was born to Ernest F. and Clara Wolberton Fuller in Flint, Michigan, on February 18, 1936. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving with the U. S. Navy. He was a retired
aviation and auto mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Ernest, Frank, and Rex Fuller all of Michigan.

He is survived by a brother, Herb Fuller, two sisters, Dorothy and Frances all of Michigan. He is also survived by his favorite niece, Lucy Carrier of Michigan. Locally, he leaves behind his lifetime friend and "adopted” niece, Donna Moore Skinner of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and his special angel-caregiver and friend, Myra Higgins Buchanan of Gillham, Arkansas. Jerry Foster and Judy of De Queen and Forrest Tugman of Gillham were also great friends to him and lovingly helpful during his long illness. He came to love the wonderful team provided to him by Quachita Regional Hospice and they became a big part of his extended family during the last two years. In appreciation, we also list in his survivors those special angels, Sunni Tollett of Lockesburg, Phyllis Walker, Jocelyn Laxamana, and Sadie Whorton, all of Mena.

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

Sandra Lee Reese Smith

Sandra Lee Reese Smith, age 76, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 24, 2016, in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born June 14, 1940, in Yuma, Arizona. She was a member of the Horatio Church of Christ a homemaker and rancher.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mildred Reese; one brother, George Reese, Jr. and her in-laws, Roland and Muriel Smith, Gene Cobb and Carlos Joe Smith.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Scotty Smith; three children, Michael Roland Smith, Terry and (Lisa) Smith and Ginger and (Trevor) Young; her siblings, Carol Cobb, Barbara and (Charlie) Kissinger, and Buddy and (Bobbi) Reese; her in-laws, Ken and Betty Smith and Leeann Smith; the pride of her life, her grandchildren, Lexie and (Jacob) Skinner, Kaitlyn and (Drew) Werner, Caleb Smith, Ty Young, Kelsey Smith, Treyce Young and Parker Smith; two great-grandchildren, Weston and Graham and a number of nieces and nephews and many wonderful patrons and staff at Little River Nursing and Rehab.

Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 26, 2016, in Horatio Church of Christ with Virgil Romine and Bobby Tatum officiating. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery in Winthrop, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Friday, November 25th at the home of Ginger and Trevor Young in Winthrop.

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


 

Mr. Richard Lee Hill

Mr. Richard Lee Hill, age 61, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, November 21, 2016 in the De Queen Medical Center.

He was born to R. C. and Dixie Ray Waldon Hill in De Queen, Arkansas, on September 3, 1955. He was self employed in grounds and landscaping. He attended Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ, and enjoyed fishing and motorcycles.

He was preceded in death by his father, his grandparents, Savannah and B. J. Waldon, and Lina Moore, three infant siblings, and a nephew, Mark King.

He is survived by his mother, Dixie Hill of De Queen, a son, Dustin Hill of De Queen, a daughter, Teresa Jordan of De Queen three grandchildren, Maurice Moore, Dominick Moore, Vanity Jordan all of De Queen, two great-grandchildren, Jairo Paredes and Angeliah Paredes both of De Queen, three brothers, Bobby Hill, Steve Hill, and Clifford Hill all of De Queen, five sisters and a brother-in-law, Carolyn Ann Young, Sequtia Hill, and Teresea Hill all of De Queen, Charlotte Cubit of Springdale, Arkansas, and Hazel and Leroy Swift of Ozan, Arkansas, an aunt and uncle, Kathern and Charlie Jordan of De Queen, special friends, T. O. Knox, Samuel Shaw, and Allen Avery all of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews, other family members and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Richard Hill will be 3:00 P.M., Sunday, November 27th in the Lewis Temple Church of God in Christ with Rev. E. A. Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

Mrs. Lovena Roberta Gilbert

Mrs. Lovena Roberta Gilbert, age 86, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, November 21, 2016, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born April 13, 1930, in Newhope, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Gilbert was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Dessie Greenhaw Young; her husband, Felix F. “Fec” Gilbert, Jr.; one son, Felix W. Gilbert, Sr.; and one brother, Sherman Young.

She is survived one son and daughter-in-law, Marvin and Cathy Gilbert of Dierks; two daughters and sons-in-law, Loretta and Truman Hill of Newhope, Arkansas and Cindy and Tim Harding of Nashville, Arkansas; one daughter-in-law, Kay Gilbert of Dierks; one brother and sister-in-law, David E. and Patsy Young of Dierks; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Wanda Crago of Huntington, Indiana and Dorothy and Dennis Hausman of Nashville; her grandchildren and their spouses, Jo Ann and Marty Mahan, Felix W. Gilbert, Jr. and Tonya Gilbert, Chanc Gilbert, Becky and Randy Goudeau, Alex and Bethany Hill, Shanna and Todd Mounts, Lindsey and Michael Stokes, Shaye and Sydney Gilbert and chosen grandson, Jordan Harding; her great-grandchildren, Justin Gilbert, Zack Gilbert, Tasha King, Samantha Fink, Hannah Ellis, Jordan Mahan, Matthew Mahan, Joseph Mahan, Joey Gilbert, Alyssa Goudeau, Paul Goudeau, Victoria Goudeau, Hannah Goudeau, Abigail Hill, MaKayla Hill, Olivia Hill, Stratton Hill, Kason Mounts, Karter Mounts, Adi Mounts, Eli Gilbert, Trey Gilbert and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gilbert will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 23, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Calvin Parker and J. W. Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Carmel Cemetery Fund, c/o Brenda Ward, P.O. Box 136, Dierks, AR 71833.

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


 

Odis Allan Bush

Odis Allan Bush, age 82, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016. Odis, the youngest child of the late Richard and Pearl Bush, was born February 6, 1934, in Sedan, New Mexico. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Odis is survived by his wife, Nancy Marilyn Bush and daughter Mary Lynnette Jones (Gale Smith) of HSV, sons Allan Bush (Martha) of De Queen, and Erwin Bush (Vicki) of Barling, grandchildren Jason Bush (Bekki) of De Queen, Ryan Bush (Tiffany) of Barling, Lanye Bush of Fayetteville, Tory Bush of Van Buren, Jennifer Burroughs of Jacksonville and Ethan Brocato of Hot Springs, Kim Cole of HSV and Tim Smith of Little Rock. He was predeceased by a daughter, Deborah Brocato and son-in-law Vince, and five brothers and two sisters. Odis is also survived by twelve great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a host of buddies and good friends.

Odis was a retired truck driver, fleet owner and farmer. He loved his gardening, working in the yard, maintaining the home place, deer hunting and visiting with family and friends. He never met a stranger and was always quick with the jokes. He was a kind and gentle man with family, friends, and strangers.

Memorial Service will be held at CedarVale Funeral Home, 200 Minorca Road, Hot Springs Village, AR. at 10:00 AM, Saturday December 3, officiated by Rev. Teddy Frye.

Online condolences can be made at www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com

 

Betty Rose Bush Lisenby

Betty Rose Bush Lisenby, age 81, a resident of Crossroads, Arkansas, died Saturday, November 19, 2016 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born August 30, 1935 in Winthrop, Arkansas. She was a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother, and a member of the King Ryder Church of Christ.

Mrs. Lisenby was preceded in death by her parents, Bert Jackson and Gertrue Mathelma Anderson Bush.

She is survived by her husband, James T. Lisenby of Crossroads; three daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Kerry Pinkham of New Boston, Texas, ReNeé and Stephen Boeckman of Prescott, Arkansas and Elizabeth and Jason Brinkley of Crossroads, Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Joe Randall and Pamela Lisenby of Crossroads; one brother, Joe Bush of Lockesburg, Arkansas; one sister, Jama Cox of Bigalow, Arkansas; 7 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Lisenby will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2016 in the Campground Cemetery with James McRae, minister officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

 

Cheryl Lynn Burcham

Cheryl Lynn Burcham, age 57, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born November 28, 1958 in Dallas, Texas. She was a Librarian for Howard County Public Library, was a member of the Pleasant Hill Church and a U.S. Airforce veteran and U.S. Airforce reserve. Cheryl was a talented person; she enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting and her dogs. She was involved with summer reading programs that worked with children.

Mrs. Burcham was preceded in death by her parents, Paul S. Davignon, Sr. and Betty J. White Davignon; one brother, Michael Wayne.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Jason Trezza of Wichita Falls, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Kayse Norris of Ward, Arkansas; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda K. and David Steward of Lockesburg; one brother and sister-in-law, Paul S. Davignon, Jr. and Cynthia of Provo, Arkansas; nine grandchildren, Alivia, Everett, Nixon, Scarlett, Taylor, DeLaney, Tommy, Allie and Lexie.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Old Union Cemetery with Bro. James Gathright officiating.

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


 

Mr. Carlos Joe Smith

Mr. Carlos Joe Smith, age 63, passed away at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas. Mr. Smith was born in Ashdown, Arkansas, on January 27, 1953, to Rufus Roland Smith and Catie Lee Muriel Scott Smith.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, and an older brother, Michael Smith.

Surviving Mr. Smith are: his wife, Leeann Hames Smith; two daughters and sons-in-law: Starla and Mark Morgan of Bentonville, Arkansas; and Melissa Smith-Grantham and Joseph Grantham of Conway, Arkansas; seven grandchildren: Austin, Colton, Brooklyn, Nora, Ledger, and Lyric Morgan; and Koen Grantham; two brothers and sisters-in-law: Scotty and Sandy Smith, and Kenny and Betty Smith of Winthrop, Arkansas; five nieces and nephews: Michael Roland Smith, Terry Smith, Ginger Smith Young, Jay Smith, and Brooks Smith.

Mr. Smith was a farmer, supervisor at Cadence Environmental Industries, former off shore welder in Grand Isle, Louisiana, middle school teacher at New Boston Middle School, high school teacher at Saratoga High School, and college professor at the Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas. He loved The Lord, his family, friends, fishing, and he lived every day to be productive at making and accomplishing something. His grandchildren were a joy in his life and he cherished spending time with them and encouraging their mischievous ways, often to the dismay of their mothers. Mr. Smith was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Crossroads and when he did not attend church, he listened to God’s word from First Baptist Church of Texarkana at Moore’s Lane.

Constantly creating things, Mr. Smith loved crafting knives, flashlights and other necessities out of spare pieces of material. When repairing a piece of machinery, Mr. Smith was renown for mending the broken equipment better than new. Mr. Smith was also well known for the exhilarating way he could recount a story involving his friends or relatives.

A celebration of the life of Mr. Smith will be held at the First Southern Baptist Church of Crossroads in Winthrop, Arkansas, on November 19, 2016, at 10:00 AM with the Reverend Audie Dawson officiating.

Memorials may be made to the First Southern Baptist Church of Crossroads in Winthrop, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

 

Mr. John Alvin Tomblin

Mr. John Alvin Tomblin, age 68, a resident of Burg, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.


He was born May 29, 1948 in Fairfax, Oklahoma. He was a supervisor for Weyerhaeuser for 36 years, a member of the Burg Church of Christ and a member of the Umpire Volunteer Fire Department for 36 years.


Mr. Tomblin was preceded in death by his parents, Robert “Bob” and Mildred “Millie” Poston Tomblin.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy White Tomblin; two sons, Shawn Tomblin and Veronica Moore and Matt and Tonja Tomblin all of Burg, Arkansas; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Cheryl and Guy LeMonnier and Sandra and Stan Brown and Jana and Merrill Fredricks all of Ponca City, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Chris, Abby, Rosie, Kinzy and Lexi and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mr. Tomblin will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2016 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Burl Young officiating.


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

 

 

Doyce Wayne Dowdle

Mr. Doyce Wayne “Sonny” Dowdle, age 84, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016, in De Queen.

He was born April 27, 1932, in Lockesburg, Arkansas. He was a retired millwright for Weyerhaeuser, a member of the Williamson Community Church in Horatio and a U.S. Navy Veteran.

Mr. Dowdle was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer E. “Gene” Dowdle and Lena Mae Proctor Dowdle Gilbert.

He is survived by his wife, Rosie Collum Dowdle; one son, Chad Dowdle of Horatio, Arkansas; one brother, Ray Dowdle of Texarkana, Texas; one sister, Barbara Sue East of South Haven, Mississippi; one grandson, Zac Dowdle of Horatio; his nieces and nephews, Paula and Steve Barley, Lesia and Ken Koehler, Paul David and Rhonda Willis and Nita and Gary Cooper and several other nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Dowdle will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 19, 2016, in the Williamson Community Church with Bro. Jimmy Roden and Bro. Roy Conatser officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, November 18th at the funeral home.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Kenneth Wayne Carroll

Kenneth W. Carroll, 83, of Sherwood, passed away on November 13, 2016. He was born June 26, 1933 in DeQueen, Arkansas to John Henry and Edith Carroll.

Kenneth retired from the United States Army after many years of service. His military service included tours in Germany, Panama, Honduras and several stateside locations.

He is survived by his son Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Kenneth Wayne Carroll, Jr. (Joan); three daughters, Pollyanna Smith (Steve), Barbara Lynn Bachelor, Susan Smitherman (Mark); 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and other extended family. Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Carroll; sister Barbara Jeanne Butler and his parents.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Alzheimer Association, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR, 72205.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Pinecrest Memorial Park, 7401 Highway 5 North, Alexander. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main Street. Online guest register and obituary at www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
 

Mrs. Alice Parks

Mrs. Alice Emmaline Youngblood Parks, age 96, a resident of Houston, Texas, died Sunday, November 13, 2016 at her home.

She was born to William Jerry and Lillian Louise Rasmon Youngblood in Gillham, Arkansas on January 5, 1920. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over  58 years, George (Pat) Parks, Sr., her siblings, Robert Youngblood, Fred Youngblood, John Youngblood, Will Youngblood, Charles Youngblood, Mary Butler, Elsie Dowell and Bess Fitch.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, George Parks, Jr. of Dickinson, Texas, and John E. Parks of Groesbeck, Texas, two daughters and a son-in-law, Judy C. and Jerry Stem of Houston, Texas and Susan L. Ragle of De Queen Arkansas, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Marjorie Carpenter of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Alice Parks will be held at 10:00a.m., Wednesday, November 16th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, with Don Youngblood officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send on online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Fred Grover Baker

Mr. Fred Grover Baker, age 75, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 10, 2016, in De Queen Medical Center.

He was born January 13, 1941, in Haworth, Oklahoma to Ben and Ruby Baker. He was a carpenter, mechanic, and construction supervisor. He was also an active member of the First Baptist Church in Wickes.

Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; three brothers; and one great-grandson.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Baker; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and JoAnn Baker of Grannis, Arkansas and Danny and Jenna Webb of Hurst, Texas; two daughters, Carla Hahn and Fredia Baker both of Texarkana, Texas; ten grandchildren, Brandon, Kyle, Justin, Amanda, Derek, Ashley, Kimberly, Megan, Aaron and Grayson; fourteen great-grandchildren; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Randall Baker of Vandervoort, Arkansas and Jimmy and Terry Baker of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services for Mr. Baker will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 14, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas with Bro. Scott Ray officiating. Burial will follow in the Eagletown Cemetery. The family will be at the Baker home at 417 Hwy 278 E. in Wickes. You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

Betty Joyce Frady

Betty Joyce Frady, age 82, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 10, 2016 in De Queen Therapy and Living Center.

She was born January 11, 1934 in King, Arkansas. She was the first female U.S. Postal Clerk at the De Queen Post Office, and was a telephone operator for De Queen Telephone Company.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie James and Nellie Monroe Walker; her first husband, Joy Dee Pickett; her second husband, Mack Frady; a brother, Rudolph Walker; and a sister, Jewel Walker.

She is survived by three sons, Randy Pickett of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Mikel Frady of De Queen, Arkansas, and Terry Frady of Winthrop, Arkansas; four daughters, Sonya Harris of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Cheri Ayers of Horatio, Lynnette Boyd of Winthrop, and Pam Stewart of De Queen; three sisters, Ivanell Wilson, Lajuan Chandler, and Mary Jo Dillard; 20 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Frady will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 14, 2016, in the Old Center Church with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, November 13th at the funeral home.

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

 

Mrs. Linda Faye Flower Uhlfelder

Mrs. Linda Faye Flower Uhlfelder, age 70, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 8, 2016, at the home of her son in Horatio.

She was born on November 7, 1946 in Midwest City, Oklahoma. She was retired from De Queen Medical Center, where she was an anesthetist, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed reading, sewing, painting, gardening, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eulan Carl and Lula Marie Rard Flowers, and a brother, Carl Lee Flowers.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Eugene and Rhoda Brown of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Clifton Edward and Kisandra Brown of Horatio, Arkansas, and Kenneth Gerald and Amy Uhlfelder of Conway, Arkansas. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Chandler Eulan Brown of Norman, Oklahoma, Caleb Edward Brown, Angela Elizabeth Brown, Trey Alexander Brown, and Tabitha Alexandra Brown all of Horatio, Arkansas, and Ethan Zane Uhlfelder of Conway, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be at a later Date. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Juan Carlos Bolanos Lopez

Juan Carlos Bolanos Lopez, age 22, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Monday, November 7, 2016 near Eagletown, Oklahoma.

He was born February 3, 1994, in Ixpante Pec Nieves, Mexico. He was an inspector at Tyson Foods in Broken Bow, Oklahoma and a member of the St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in De Queen.

He is survived by his parents, Aurelio Bolanos Rivera and Beatriz Bolanos of De Queen; two brothers, Humberto Bolanos and Josue Bolanos both De Queen; one sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia Bolanos and Erick Abarca of Gillham, Arkansas and one nephew, Erick Junior Abarca.

A vigil service will begin at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 10th in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center in De Queen.

Funeral Mass for Juan will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2016, in the Monsignor Scott Friend Pastoral Center with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Mr. David Randall Jean

Mr. David Randall Jean, age 75, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at his home.

He was born November 12, 1940, in King, Arkansas. He was a mail carrier in Gillham for 30 years and a Baptist.

Mr. Jean was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip Jean and Mildred Jones Ferguson.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Hargis Jean; two daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Donald Vann of Lockesburg and Melinda and Greg Winer of Gillham; two grandsons, Brandon Winer and his wife Jennifer and Justin Vann and his wife Labrada and four great-grandchildren, Mason and Makenna Winer and Eli and Claire Vann.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Jean will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 11, 2016, in the Gillham Cemetery with Steven Chenoweth officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

Lillian B. Roden

Lillian B. Roden, age 81, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on November 3, 2016 in Mena.

Memorial visitation service will be Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, Arkansas. Burial will follow at Redmen Cemetery in De Queen.
All friends and family are encouraged to attend.

Lillian B Roden was born in Barnwell, South Carolina to Edgar and Estelle Still on October 16, 1935. She spent many happy years married to the love of her life, Ray C. Roden. They had three beautiful children Edgar, Debbie, and Melissa. She was adored by her grandchildren Angie, Brian, Rachel, Travis, and Kellie.

“Our Grandma Lillian lit up a room, and had a beautiful smile and sense of humor that will truly be missed. Her loving and gentle spirit will always be admired by her loved ones and never forgotten. She was one of a kind, a true gem.”

She was preceded in death her ex-husband and love Ray C. Roden; her daughter, Debbie Carruth; and Lillian’s three siblings.

She is survived by her son, Edgar Roden; her daughter Melissa Munoz; her grandchildren, Angie Mello, Brian Mello, Rachel Lampi, Travis Lampi, and Kellie Roden; her siblings, Edith Hudson, Florence Folk, Collis Still, and Linda Still.

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

 

Mrs. Lorna LaFaun Rhodes

Mrs. Lorna LaFaun Rhodes, age 77, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, November 6, 2016, in De Queen.

She was born May 23, 1939, in Kansas City, Missouri. She was a retired grocer and a member of the Dierks First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Rhodes was preceded in death by her parents, George and Thelma Ferris Henrion.

She is survived by her husband, Ray Rhodes of Lockesburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Sheryl Lynne and Howie Snyder and one son, Mark Allen Elliott, all of Kansas City, Missouri; two step-daughters and their spouses, Sonya and Barry Davis of Livingston, Texas and Kelly and Greg Davis of Flintville, Tennessee; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Frank and Terri Henrion of Norman, Oklahoma and Harold Brown of San Carlos, California; 8 grandchildren, Samantha Brown, J.T. Elliott, Shauna Elliott, Eric Davis, Zachary Davis, Avery Davis, McKenna Davis and Landon Davis.

Funeral services for Mrs. Rhodes will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 11, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Dr. David Blasé officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Union Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 -7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 10th at the funeral home in Dierks.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Mrs. Ruth Jones Carden

Mrs. Ruth Jones Carden, age 88, a resident of Haworth, Oklahoma, and former resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 3, 2016 at her home.

She was born to Tommy and Elizabeth Fleet Jones in Memphis, Tennessee, on August 17, 1928. She was retired owner of Ms. Ruth’s Flowers, and was active in the Foster Grandparent Program in the Winthrop and Foreman Schools. She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Crossroads, Arkansas, and enjoyed traveling, flower arrangements, cooking, and cherished the time spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Samuel E. Carden, a son, David Carden, a daughter, Martha Grooms, a grandchild, Lori, and her siblings, Frances Paluman, and Jewel Jones.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ollie and Peggy Carden of Idabel, Oklahoma, a daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Larry Nichols of Haworth, Oklahoma, a son, Virgil and his wife, Edie Carden of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, twenty-two grandchildren, Jamie and his wife, Susie Nichols of Kountze, Texas, Chicohota Carden, Mary Carden, and Shane Carden all of Idabel, Oklahoma, Kevin and his wife, Sherry Carden of Winthrop, Arkansas, Catherine and her husband, Jack Waller of Orange, Texas, David Lynn, Jr. and his wife, Tammy Carden of Forrest City, Arkansas, Tina Matthews of Destin, Florida, Celena Malo of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Rodney Lee Starwalt of De Queen, Shawn Farley of Valliant, Oklahoma, Shane Farley of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Shandon Farley of Idabel, Oklahoma, nineteen great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Thomas Jones of Marianna, Arkansas, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Don Treadwell of West Helena, Arkansas, and Gladys and Clyde Newsom of Paducah, Kentucky, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruth Carden will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, November 6th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Barry Brown and Bro. Gary Steiner officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday, November 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

 

Mr. Tobe William Boles

Mr. Tobe William Boles, age 56, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, November 1st in the De Queen Medical Center.

He was born to Aubrey and Ella Faye Perry Boles in Houston, Texas, on August 30, 1960. He was a truck driver, and enjoyed fishing, carpentry, and handyman work.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Aubrey Lee Boles, Nancy Louise Easlon, Nelda Lavon Tullous, Janice Fay Sellers, and Rosemary Ray.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Savannah and Jeff Olson of Rockport, Texas, and Nichole and Ernest Naranjo of Yorktown, Texas, a son and daughter-in-law, John and Rosanne Steen of Victoria, Texas, a brother, Nolan Boles of De Queen, and a sister and brother-in-law, Frances Darlene and Ronaldo Salinas of De Queen, a special friend, Patsy Cockrum of De Queen, eight grandchildren, Madison Olson and Hannah Olson both of Rockport, Texas, Kendalyn Naranjo, Kamden Naranjo, Kenzie Naranjo all of Yorktown, Texas, Cameron Steen, Mariah Steen, and Rhae Rhae Steen all of Victoria, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Tobe Boles will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, November 4th in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneralhome.com.


Mr. Kern Pat Gore

Mr. Kern Pat Gore, age 82, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, October 28, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born August 8, 1934 in Overton, Texas. He was an instrument electrician for Nekossa/Georgia  Pacific and a United States Air Force Veteran. He attended Williamson Community Church.

Mr. Gore was preceded in death by his parents, Gomer and Velma Gore; three brothers, Olaf, Wayne and Doyle Gore; two sisters, Jackie Berger and Barbara Halphen.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Shirley Ann Gore of Horatio; three sons and daughters-in-law, Clifford Pat and Joyce M. Gore, Douglas Kern and Lalisa Griffin Gore, and Curtis Allen and Robin Gore; ten grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Williamson Community Church in Horatio. A casual lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. at the Williamson Church.

You may register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

 

Melissa Ruthellen Tollett

Melissa Ruthellen Tollett, age 60, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, October 28, 2016, in De Queen Medical Center.

She was born May 4, 1956, in De Queen. She was a homemaker and member of the First Assembly of God Church in De Queen.

Ms. Tollett was preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Delsie Waits Tollett and three brothers, Harley Glenn Tollett, Troy Scott Tollett and Johnny Paul Tollett.

She is survived by one daughter, Raven Tollett; one son, Seth Tollett; two sisters, Dawn Tollett and Tracy Tollett Riley all of De Queen; one brother, Dr. Malcom Tollett of Destin, Florida; three grandchildren, Keaton Tollett, Julian Harris and Meadow Harris and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. Tollett will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Ray Reynolds, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Mrs. Bertha Oma Axton James

Mrs. Bertha Oma Axton James, age 102, a resident of North Richland Hills, Texas, died Thursday, October 27, 2016, in Bedford, Texas.

She was born June 14, 1914, in Howard County. She was a retired LPN, a homemaker and member of the Assembly of God Church.

Mrs. James was preceded in death by her parents, John and Betty Potts Axton; her husband, Cleo James; one daughter, Patsy V. James; two brothers, Lecil Axton and Cecil Axton; one sister, Edna Axton and one niece, Judy Gillespie.

She is survived by two nephews, Harold Axton of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Carroll Axton of Austin, Texas; two nieces, Melba Killian of Texarkana, Arkansas and Alma Frachiseur of Dierks, Arkansas.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. James will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2016, in the Dierks Cemetery with Kevin Herrington officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


Patsy Vernell James

Patsy Vernell James, age 78, a resident of North Richland Hills, Texas, died Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Bedford, Texas.

She was born February 23, 1938 in Dierks. She was a graduate of the University of Arkansas, a retired teacher at Tarrant County College, a member of the Assembly of God Church and an avid Razorback fan.

She was preceded in death by her father, Cleo James and special aunt, Edna Axton. Her mother, Bertha Oma Axton James, died on October 27, 2016.

She is survived by several cousins and her beloved pets, Kalleecy and Tippy.

Graveside funeral services for Miss Patsy James will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2016, in the Dierks Cemetery with Kevin Herrington officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

Alva A. DeMarais

Alva A. DeMarais, 90, of Bella Vista, AR died October 23, 2016. She was born February 16, 1926 in Gillham, AR to Samuel H. and Claudia Byers Capps.

Mrs. DeMarais was a graduate of East Texas State University (now Texas A & M), Texarkana, TX. She worked many years in government and related jobs, retiring from her professional life at the age of 72 years. Her government service in Washington D.C. was recognized with several congressional awards. Her personal hobbies have included bridge playing, quilting, and gardening.

Survivors include her husband, Robert P. DeMarais of Bella Vista; one son, Benjamin W. Williams and his wife Trude, of California; one grandson, Mark Williams and wife Diana; two granddaughters, Heather King and husband Andrew; and Stephanie Sanchez, all of California and five great-grandchildren. Her immediate family survivors also include one brother, Jimmy Capps and wife Margaret of Arkansas and her sister Dorothy Phillips, of Texas.

No public services will be held at the request of the deceased.
 

Juanita June “Nita” Trice James

Mrs. Juanita June “Nita” Trice James, age 73, a resident of Elk Grove, California, and former resident of De Queen, died Saturday, October 15, 2016 at her home.

Nita was born in San Francisco, California on May 28, 1943, to Andrew Trice. She and her siblings were partially reared by her aunt and uncle, Vera and Dave Trice. She graduated from Sacramento High School, and earned her RN Degree from Sacramento City College in 1972. She married Bill James of Wickes, Arkansas in 1963. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was an avid reader and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill James in 2014, and her aunt and uncle.

She is survived by a son, Dean James of Lamar, Colorado, a daughter and son-in-law, Dana and Phillip Crumback of Elk Grove, California, two sisters, Cathy Trice of San Diego, California, and Liz Trice of Elk Grove, California, five grandchildren, Rachel and her husband, Tyler Mickey, Nolan Crumback, Emma Crumback, Sam Crumback, and Garrett Crumback, as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Memorial graveside services for Mrs. Nita James will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 5, 2016 in the Daniel Cemetery with Bobby Tatum officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


 

 

Helen Jane Ivy

Mrs. Helen Jane Ivy, age 92, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, October 28, 2016, in Dierks Health and Rehab Center in Dierks, Arkansas.

She was born August 12, 1924, in Mississippi. She was a retired school teacher, curriculum coordinator, a caregiver and a member of the De Queen First Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Ivy was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Gladys Keller Wherley and her husband, Edwin Victor Ivy.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, John and Rhonda Ivy of Bloomburg, Texas; one daughter, Laura Ivy of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; one sister, Mary Sue Wherley of Dierks, Arkansas and two grandchildren, Chelsea and Colby Ivy.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Ivy will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 30, 2016, at the Mt. Ida Cemetery pavilion with Sue Ellen Hall officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 29th at the funeral home.

 

 

Mary Elizabeth” Sissy” Harris

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth” Sissy” Harris, age 73, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 27, 2016, at her home.

She was born September 17, 1943, in De Queen, Arkansas. She was a retired teacher for the Dierks Elementary School. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her parents Lyde B. Williams, Sr. and Helen Marjorie Kiser Williams and her brother, James F. ‘Willie’ Williams.

She is survived by her husband, James Harris; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Kevin Fox; three grandchildren, Isabel, Alysa, and Tyra; two brothers, Lyde Williams, Jr. and Earl Williams; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Harris will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, October 30, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Bobby Neal officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 29th at the funeral home in Dierks.

 

 

Mrs. Sylvia Dean Key

Mrs. Sylvia Dean Key, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 26, 2016, in Dierks, Arkansas.

She was born on July 1, 1929 in De Queen. She was a former employee of Pilgrim's Pride and a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mrs. Key was preceded in death by her parents, James Thomas "Tom" and Lillian Irene Burton Jones; one daughter, Tommye Faye Conatser; one son, Charles Wayne Key and one grandchild.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Jamie and Gaylon Godwin of De Queen and Sheila and Wayne Jones of Shreveport, Louisiana; one son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Sheila Key of De Queen; nine grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Key will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 29, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, October 28th at the Funeral Home.

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

 

Mrs. Peggy Laverne Anderson

Mrs. Peggy Laverne Anderson, age 82, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in De Queen.

She was born November 23, 1933 in Smackover, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and attended First Baptist Church in De Queen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Neal and Cora Holt; and one son, Jimmy Don Anderson.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Judy Anderson; two grandchildren, Clint Anderson and Savannah Schriver ; six great-grandchildren, Skyler, Caleb, Carter, Kason, Jadon, and Kaylee; one brother Jimmy Holt of Greenville, South Carolina; and three nieces, Cathy, Lynn, and Harriett.

Private family services for Mrs. Anderson were held in Gillham Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

Mrs. Effie Mae Klitz

Mrs. Effie Mae Milam Klitz, age 79, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas died Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born October 28, 1936 at Billingsley Corner in Little River County. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Baker Milam; her husband, Kenneth Ray Klitz; a daughter, Deborah Vaughn; four brothers, Charles, Darrell, Marvin and Steve Milam; and a sister, Velva McCormick.

She is survived by two sons, Ronald Klitz and Joel David Klitz, both of Winthrop; one daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Marc Aldaz of San Antonio, Texas; three sisters, Louise Key of Mena, Arkansas, Mary Jackson of Haworth, Oklahoma and Shirley McCorkle of Texarkana, Arkansas; four brothers, John Milam of Foreman, Arkansas, Bill Milam of Cerro Gordo, Arkansas, Gary Milam of Rogers, Arkansas and Wilbur Milam of Horatio, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Scott Lord, Amanda Thomas, Jeremy Reynolds, Rebecca Bennett, Josh Klitz, Sarah Klitz and Lindsey Weathers; three great grandchildren, Brenya Reynolds, Kara Thomas and Trisha Thomas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Klitz will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Leon Klitz officiating. Burial will follow in the Pauley Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday, October 24, 2016 at the funeral home.

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


 

Dewayne Ashbrooks

Dewayne Ashbrooks, age 43, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, October 17, 2016, near Eagletown, Oklahoma.

He was born June 13, 1973 in Nashville, Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, April Lovewell Ashbrooks; two children, Dylan and Katie Ashbrooks all of Dierks; his father, Roger Ashbrooks of De Queen; his mother, Pat Stokes Ashbrooks of Dierks and one brother Darrin Ashbrooks of Texarkana, Texas.

Graveside services for Dewayne will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Fellowship Cemetery with Ronald Gilbert officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 22nd at the Dierks Funeral Home Chapel.

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


 

Daniel Eugene "Dan" Alspaw

Mr. Daniel Eugene “Dan” Alspaw, age 67, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, died Thursday, October, 20, 2016 in Little River Memorial Hospital.

He was born to Ernest Edwin and Mary Ella Clayton Alspaw in Bakersfield, California, on October 27, 1948. He was self employed with Alspaw Properties, and enjoyed fishing, and being outside. He also had a passion for “Buy, sale, or trade”.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, DeeDee Alspaw, and his siblings, Ernest Delmar Alspaw, Doris Loften, Doretha Tull, Annie Belle Strawn, and John Dale Alspaw.

He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Marlene Bow Alspaw of Ashdown, two sons and daughters-in-law, Duane and Stacey Alspaw and Duke and Susan Alspaw both of De Queen, a daughter, Dannette Alspaw of De Queen, six grandchildren, Dextin and his wife, Whitney Wheeler of Dierks, Deven Alspaw of De Queen, Dara Cowling of Magnolia, Clayton Alspaw, Aiden Alspaw and Ava Alspaw all of De Queen, a great-grandchild, Brooklee Cowling of Magnolia, AR., two brothers and a sister-in-law, Darrel and Virginia Alspaw, and Duane Alspaw all of Bakersfield, California, three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Darline Leah Butler and Dian and Les Watkins all of Bakersfield, California, Deloris and Oscar Palmer of Cozad, Nebraska, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Dan Alspaw will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 24, 2016 in Redmen Cemetery with Duane Alspaw officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be Sunday, October 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Debra Kay Kessler

Mrs. Debra Kay (Tig) Davis Kessler, age 47, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma died Monday, October 17, 2016 in Broken Bow.

She was born February 9, 1969 in Panki Bok, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Lee and Ethel Geraldeen Lawler Davis; two brothers, Donnie Davis and Doug Davis; and a nephew, Clayton "Weezer" Cribb.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Kessler; three sons, Steven Ray “Squirrel” Kessler, Brandon “Matty” Kessler and Raymond “Tinky” Kessler; two brothers, Danny Davis and David Davis; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Dianne and Rick Chambless and Devonne Cribb; four grandchildren, Zack, Briar, Clayton and Aubrey; an aunt, Opal Hughes; friend, Casey; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gary and Myra Kessler; one brother-in-law, Michael Kessler and two sisters-in-law, Judy and Linda.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Kessler will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 21, 2016, in West Otis Cemetery with Cy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Dewayne Ashbrooks

Dewayne Ashbrooks, age 43, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Monday, October 17, 2016, near Eagletown, Oklahoma.

He was born June 13, 1973 in Nashville, Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, April Lovewell Ashbrooks; two children, Dylan and Katie Ashbrooks all of Dierks; his father, Roger Ashbrooks of De Queen; his mother, Pat Stokes Ashbrooks of Dierks and one brother Darrin Ashbrooks of Texarkana, Texas.
 

Funeral services are pending and will be announced later by Wilkerson Funeral Home.
 

Mr. Agustin Jaramillo

Mr. Agustin Jaramillo, age 50, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, October 18, 2016, in Christus St. Michael Hospital.

He was born to Tomas Saucedo and Maria Ascencion Jaramillo in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on July 17, 1966. He was an employee of Pilgrim’s, and was a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. He was an avid fan of Soccer-Tigres UANL Soccer Club, and was a devoted husband and father.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Martha Sanchez of De Queen, a son, Carlos Jaramillo, and a daughter, Martha Jaramillo both of De Queen, two brothers, Julio Alberto Saucedo and Juan Jose Saucedo both of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Maria de la Luz Hernandez and Jose Garcia of Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Vicky Jaramillo of De Queen, and Clara Maria Saucedo and Carlos Rodriguez of Veracruz, Mexico, and a number of other relatives.

Funeral Mass for Mr. Agustin Jaramillo will be held at 2:30 P.M., Thursday, October 20, 2016, in St. Barbara’s Catholic Church with Father Juan Manjarrez officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Rosary and viewing will be at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church from 9:00 P.M., until Service time.

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

Sonia Enriquez Perez

Sonia Enriquez Perez, age 34, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 near Wickes.

She was born on Monday, August 30, 1982, in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico to Javier Jose Enriquez and Delia Machado. Sonia loved life and enjoyed spending time with her children who were her greatest accomplishments in life. She enjoyed Cumbia dancing and listening to all different kinds of music, from hip hop to mariachi bands. She enjoyed cooking, some of her family’s favorite dishes included enchiladas and rice. Sonia was a loving mother and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

Sonia was preceded in death by two sons, Damian Enriquez and Raul Ambriz.

She is survived by her boyfriend, Jacinto Decasez of Wickes; four sons, Misael Enriquez of DeQueen, Arkansas, Victor Enriquez, Hugo Silva and Joaquin Ambriz all of Wickes; two daughters, Nyla Decasez and Yiana Decasez both of Wickes; her father, Javier Enriquez of Chicago, Illinois; her mother, Delia Machado of Horatio, Arkansas; three brothers, Adrian Parra and Aaron Lerma both of Horatio, Arkansas and Rene Enriquez of Mexico; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Sonia will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 17, 2016, at Redmen Cemetery in De Queen under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

Mrs. Janice Rae Reitenbaugh

Mrs. Janice Rae Reitenbaugh, age 73, a resident of Ashdown, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 13, 2016, in Ashdown.

She was born May 10, 1943, in Maryville, Missouri. She was a retired CNA and loved being with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Reitenbaugh was preceded in death by her parents, Robert William and Phyllis Rae Kleber Shill and one son, John Schuetz.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Reitenbaugh; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Bobbie Schuetz of Ashdown and Jeff and Lisa Schuetz of Foreman, Arkansas; one daughter, Jennifer Bearden also of Foreman; nine grandchildren, Philana, Brody, Justin, Amber, Misty, Ladonna, Chris, Trista and Lucinda and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services for Mrs. Reitenbaugh are pending.

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Laura Ann Kesterson Davis

Mrs. Laura Ann Kesterson Davis, age 45, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord Thursday, October 13, 2016, at her home.

She was born April 24, 1971, in De Queen, Arkansas to Johnny and Pat Cogburn Kesterson. She was a 1989 graduate of Dierks High School. She received her LPN degree from Cossatot in De Queen in 1998. She worked as a nurse for Dr.Gullett in Dierks and Dr. Buffington in De Queen. She attended the First Assembly of God Church in Dierks.

Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leodis and Lorene Kesterson and Jim and Dora Cogburn.

She is survived by her son, Jonathan Blake Davis and Sarah Pinkerton and their son Hunter of Dierks; her parents, Johnny and Pat Kesterson of Dierks; one brother, Michael Kesterson and Sharon Cummings of Dierks; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services for Mrs. Davis will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 16, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel in Dierks with Jaron Tipton and Richard Leech officiating. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Newhope, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends from 12:00- 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 16 at the Dierks Chapel.

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


 

Mr. Bobby "Bob" Howard Higgins

Mr. Bobby “Bob” Howard Higgins, age 73, a resident of Jefferson Texas, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 10th, 2016. He was born to David “Cap” and Ila Higgins in Gillham, Arkansas on January 19, 1943. He worked in road construction and the manufacturing industry, until elected Pct. 1 Marion County Commissioner in 2000; retiring in 2012.

Bob was a man of God serving his Lord as deacon of North Shore Baptist Church, Sunday school teacher, mission work, and through his clown ministry. He loved sports, fishing, and hunting. Throughout his life he coached baseball and softball including his children and grandchildren’s teams. His grandchildren were his joy. Bob loved his community, and was a Mims Volunteer Fireman and First Responder, a board member of the Holiday Properties, and board member of Compassion of Marion County for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of fifty-three years, Nadine “Deanie” Jones Higgins, two daughters, Belinda Kay Goins and Rita Higgins Benefield, brother, Russell Higgins, two sisters, Gladys Tabor and Jean Smith.

Bob is survived by his wife, Beverly Higgins, daughters, Lissa Higgins and Jay Horan Sr. of Marshall, Texas, De Anna and Kenneth House of Jefferson, Texas, grandchildren Beau Goins of Blossom, Texas, Steven and Brandi Lemoine of Irving, Texas, Hunter Higgins of Marshall, Texas, and Lane House of Jefferson, Texas and Lane’s finance April Fry of Winnsboro, Texas, brothers Calvin and Patsy Hearn, Jimmy and Linda Higgins, Freeman and Jean Higgins of De Queen, Arkansas, Billy and Sandy of Gillham, Arkansas, sister, Belva Nipper of Lockesburg, Arkansas, special sister-in-law Reba Higgins of Gillham, Arkansas. Extended grandchildren, Taylor and Ryan Coco, Stephanie and Michael Bloodworth all of Marshall, Texas, Lynsey and Lucas Hagan of Karnack, Texas, Jay Horan Jr. of Kilgore, Texas, and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 am Saturday, October 15th, in the North Shore Baptist Church, 120 Woodland Shores Dr. (Hwy 729 West), Mims, Texas with Bro Dennis Whatley and Bro John Whorley officiating. Burial will follow at 3:00 pm in Mill Creek Cemetery, Gilliam, Arkansas with Bro Phil Whorley officiating under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen Arkansas. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 14th, from 6pm to 8pm in the North Shore Baptist Church. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

Pallbearers include: Beau Goins, Steven Lemoine, Hunter Higgins, Lane House, Darren Higgins, and Windell Higgins Honorary Pallbearers include: Kenneth House, Bobby Davis, and Jay Horan Sr.

 

Mrs. Phyllis Anne McLean Willis

Mrs. Phyllis Anne McLean Willis, age 68, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in Foreman.

She was born July 4, 1948, in California. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Willis was preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte McLean and one brother, Samuel McLean.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Andy Gauldin of Foreman, Calvin and Kathy Gauldin also of Foreman, and Todd and Carmon Gauldin of Queen City, Texas; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Willis will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 14, 2016, at Campground Cemetery with Trent Liggin and Tracy Williams officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 13 at the Foreman First Baptist Church.

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


 

Mr. Anthony "Tony" DeWayne Jackson

Mr. Anthony “Tony” DeWayne Jackson, age 56, a resident of Mt. Ida, Arkansas, died Sunday, October 9, 2016, at his home.

He was born December 16, 1959, in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a coordinator for the Southwest District Drug Task Force, a former officer for the Dierks Police Department and former deputy for the Howard County Sheriffs Department.

Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur Duane and Lucy Fern Alexander Jackson and one sister, Gloria Giles.

He is survived by his wife, Susan House Jackson; one son and daughter-in-law, Brandon and Heidee Jackson of Mt. Ida; one daughter, Sally Jo Elizabeth Jackson of Newport, Arkansas; one step-daughter, Crystal Leyva of Nashville; one step-son, Mathew Myrick of Nashville, Arkansas; one sister, Beverly Stevens of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; four grandchildren, Riley, Tristan and Brantley Smith and Josie Jackson and seven step-grandchildren, Taylor, Tyler and Nathan Jacoby, Elidia Leyva, Charles “Wilbur”, Jaecee and Maecee Myrick.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Jackson will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in Joplin Cemetery in Joplin, Arkansas with Roy Brooks officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

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

 

Mr. James Donald "Jimmy" Wray

Mr. James Donald “Jimmy” Wray of De Queen, Arkansas passed from this life on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the age of 88.

He was born to William Tom and Bertie Kinard Wray on August 6, 1928.

His family, and all who knew him, appreciated his devotion, commitment, and sacrifice to family. He found a lot of fulfillment in life through honest hard work and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edwin Eugene, Charles Richard, Sr., Billy Thomas and Joe Owen; his daughters, Harriett Sue Rogers and Jennifer Jean Wray Wright.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Helen Gary Wray, one daughter, Linda Rogers Miller; three sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Mary Sue Rogers, James and Lisa Wray, and Charlie and Tracey Wray; one brother, Floyd Crockett Wray; and a great number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He will be missed by family and all he touched but all will be forever grateful for the life lessons he taught by example.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Wray will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 10, 2016 in the Mt. Ida Cemetery Pavilion with Scott O’Rear officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, October 9th at the funeral home.
 

 

Mrs. Erma Pressley Flournoy

Mrs. Erma Melinda Crawford Pressley Flournoy, age 93, a resident of Fort Worth, and formerly of De Queen, passed Friday, October 7, 2016 at her home.

Erma Pressley Flournoy, was born March 2, 1923 to John and Tennie Bates Crawford, in Opal, Arkansas. She was a retired USDA Inspector in the Poultry field, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church, and enjoyed her flowers and quilts. She loved animals, especially her cat, Sassy, and dog, Trixie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alfred Pressley, husband Jud Flournoy, brother, Carl Crawford, sister, Lola Miller, and son Eric Pressley.

Survivors include her sister Beulah Linn, son Rod Pressley (Rhonda), daughter Gloria Pressley, step daughters Judy Smith (Wayne) and Debbie Davis (Floyd), daughter-in-law Carol Pressley, grandchildren Aaron Pressley, Pam Pressley-Cisneros (Xavier), Nick Pressley (Erin), Zach Pressley, great grandchildren Lacey Waits, Emma, Claire and Tanner Pressley, several nieces and nephews and many others who loved her.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, Oct 11th in the Chapel Hill Cemetery, De Queen, with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Otis Tollett

Mr. Otis Tollett, age 87, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 6, 2016, in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

He was born May 24, 1929, in the New Bethel Community near Lockesburg, Arkansas. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser and served from 1946- 1953 in the United States Air Force.

Mr. Tollett was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Tollett and his parents, Luke and Lillie Tollett.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Candy Tollett of Philadelphia, Mississippi; two daughters and sons-in law, Odette and Bob Driver of Fulton, Arkansas and Sheri and Eddie Forman of Gloster, Mississippi; one sister, Marie Hughes; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Otis Tollett will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 10, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with J.C. Long officiating.  . Burial will follow in New Bethel Cemetery, near the Dierks Junction.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 9th at the funeral home.

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

 

Charles Kevin Wax

Mr. Charles Kevin Wax, age 52, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 6, 2016, in Dierks, Arkansas.

He was born on September 29, 1964, in Brinkley, Arkansas. He had a Master’s degree in Psychology and a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mr. Wax was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clifford and Clarene Simmons and Delbert Wax; one niece, Jessica Wax; and his aunt, Linda Wax.

He is survived by his father, Terry Wax of Gillham; his mother, Marie Wax of De Queen; his twin brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Sharon Wax; his grandmother, Irene Wax; one nephew, Garrett Wax; his second “Mom” and aunt Susan Byrd; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services for Mr. Kevin Wax will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 2016, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Jerry Hill officiating. Burial will follow in the Gillham Cemetery.

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

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

 

 

Samuel Cecil Tabler, Jr.

Samuel Cecil Tabler Jr., 77, of Ashdown, AR passed away October 4, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Tabler was born August 20, 1939 in Ben Lomond, AR to Samuel Cecil and Mary Alice Tabler Sr. He was a member and an ordained deacon of Hopewell Baptist Church in Ashdown, AR. He was an avid horseman and a legend of his time. Mr. Tabler was a horse trainer and horseshoer for over 50 years. He was a 4H project leader for over 24 years. Mr. Tabler married his high school sweetheart , Ethyl Marie Ardwin, and they would have been married 56 years this coming Saturday October 8th. He is preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Dimmer; three brothers, Doyle Tabler, Hal Tabler, and Vernon "Buddy " Tabler.

Survivors include in loving wife, Ethyl Marie Ardwin Tabler of Ashdown, AR; one daughter, Maria Cecilia "Molly" Tabler and her husband Donnie Wooden of Ashdown, AR; three sisters, Mittie Hinsley of Maybank, TX, Winnie Hunter of Shreveport, LA, Shirley Musgrove of Midlothian, TX; one grandson, Lucas Lee Wooden, twin granddaughters, Allison Marie and Emily Ann Wooden; numerous relatives and a host of friends.

Honorary Pallbearers: Joe Ed Penney, Donnie Smith
Pallbearers: Chris Moon, Doyle Crouch, Rick Wisdom, Phillip Redfearn, Norman Jester, Jimmy Jester, Dale Sansom, Gene McKnight

Visitation will be Thursday October 6, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Madden Funeral Home Chapel in Ashdown, AR.

Funeral Services will be Friday October 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Hopewell Baptist Church in Ashdown, AR with Bro. Ike Thompson and Bro. Travis Arden officiating. Burial will follow at Blackerby Cemetery in Ashdown, AR under the direction of Madden Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Online Registration: maddenfuneralservice.com

 

Mr. David Wayne Jones


Mr. David Wayne Jones, Sr., age 44, a resident of Horatio, died Saturday, October 1, 2016 at his home.

He was born to Robert E. Sr., and Jennifer Irene Sharp Jones in Phoenix, Arizona on February 14, 1972. He worked in Heating and Cooling, and was a member of the Church of Nazarene. In his leisure time, he enjoyed reading, music concerts, and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Erica and Adam Brandon and Allison Leemarie Jones, all of Horatio, two sons and a daughter-in-law, David Wayne, Jr. and Casey Jones, and Nathan Edward Jones both of Horatio, his father, Robert E. Jones, Sr. of Phoenix, Arizona, two brothers, Robert E. Jones, Jr., and Michael Jones all of Arizona, Five grandchildren, Trevor, Kaige, Zolee, Gracie, and Lennon, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be at a later date. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 


Mrs. Juanita Fae Nunez



Mrs. Juanita Fae Nunez, age 86, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Sunday, October 2, 2016, at her home.

She was born to Ollie Whitfield and Eunice Wright Ely, in Dallas, Texas, on July 23, 1930. She was a member of the Iglesia Bautista Ebenezer of De Queen, and was a retired secretary, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed her church and yard work.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Pete Nunez of De Queen, and two nephews, Jimmie Carter and Robert Carter both of Dallas, Texas, and a number of other relatives.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in the First Baptist Church of De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
 

 

Mr. Frank Tugman

Mr. Frank Lash Tugman, age 81, a resident of King, Arkansas, died Friday, September 30, 2016, at his home.
He was born July 11, 1935, in Ada, Oklahoma to Fred and Della Tugman. He was an auto mechanic and he served in the United States Marine Corp. during the Korean conflict.

Mr. Tugman was preceded in death by his wife Sadie Tugman; his parents; and two sons, Larry Tugman and Victor Tugman.

He is survived by three daughters, Kathy Billingsley of Gillham, Arkansas, Renee Gaither also of Gillham, and Shelia Theath of Mena, Arkansas; one son, Forrest Tugman of Gillham; and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

No services for Mr. Tugman are planned at this time.

 

Mrs. Shirley Faye Baker Melton

Mrs. Shirley Faye Baker Melton, age 65, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in University of Arkansas Medical Center, Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born to Jessie Lee and Elsie Leoma Robbins Baker in De Queen, Arkansas, on August 28, 1951. She was an employee of Husqvarna, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Rock Hill Baptist Church, and enjoyed reading, visiting with friends, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Junior Melton. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa and Ray Smith of Lockesburg, Debbie and Ceaser Jones of Nashville, Arkansas, five grandchildren and their spouses, Kameron and Amy Smith of Wake Village, Texas, Haylee and Chad Roberts of Redwater, Texas, Tifani Jones of Nashville, Arkansas, Elisha and Nairian Daniels of Bryant, Arkansas, and Jalon and Elizabeth Jones of Nashivlle, Arkansas, eight great-grandchildren, Michael, Korbin, Paisley, Isabelle, Jaylee, Brynleigh, Tinaiya, Aaliyah, and two great-grandchildren soon to be born.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Shirley Melton will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, October 1, 2016, inn the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Bruce Short officiating. Burial will follow in the McHorse Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, September 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Mrs. Wanda Lee Vickers Smith

Mrs. Wanda Lee Vickers Smith, age 87, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Saturday, September 24, 2016, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

She was born on November 28, 1928 in Ft. Towson, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church in De Queen.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents Douglas and Dona Gilliland Vickers; her husband, William Henry Smith and two brothers, Robert Cletus Vickers and Doyle Vickers.

She is survived by three sons, J. D. Smith of De Queen, Robert Keith Smith of Van Buren, Arkansas and Stacy Smith of Gentry, Arkansas; one daughter, Sharon Smith Miesner of Fort Smith, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Matthew Smith, Justin Smith, Shannon Sandage, William Smith and Derek Smith; three great-grandchildren, Amanda Smith Januks, Tya Smith and Morgan Smith; two great-great-grandchildren, Kaira Januks, Kenneth Matthew Januks and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wanda Smith will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in the Chapel Hill Baptist Church with Keith Smith and Matthew Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

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


 

Sonya Kay Davignon

Mrs. Sonya Kay Davignon, age 50, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Sunday, September 25, 2016, in Wickes.

She was born January 24, 1966, in De Queen, Arkansas. Sonya was a loving mother to her children and granny KK to her grandchildren. She had a natural love for doing hair, cakes, and being a homemaker.

Mrs. Davignon was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Davignon; her daughter, Kimberly Hope Simmons; her mother, Marvella Roan; and her grandparents, Woodrow and Hazel Baker and Cecil and Hattie Roan.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Nick Davis and wife Haley and Clay Davis and wife Trista; her father, Cecil Roan; her sister, Rhonda Phillips; three granddaughters, Jade Simmons, Jaicee Davis, and Delilah Davis; one grandson, River Davis; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Private family graveside for Mrs. Davignon will be under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.


 

Mr. Terry Todd

Mr. Glenn Terry Todd, age 73, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Sunday, September 25, 2016 in the University of Arkansas Medical Center, Little Rock.

He was born to Glenn W. and Bertha London Todd in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on February 6, 1943. He was retired auditor for Jones Blair company,  and was an active member of the De Queen Church of Christ. He enjoyed wood working, flowers, fishing and an avid Oklahoma University Sooner Fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Grant Todd.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia Ann Pickens Todd of Lockesburg, one son, Kerry Drew Todd of Lockesburg. Two grandsons, Austin Todd and Tanner Todd of Gun Barrel City, Texas, two great-granddaughters, Tatum Skye Todd and Kinsley Todd both of Gun Barrel City, Texas, three sisters and two-brothers-in-law, Darlene and Bud Tibbles of Hominy, Oklahoma, Patricia Ann Dobson of Moore, Oklahoma and Sharon and Jack Moore of Mesquite, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Terry Todd will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, September 30, 2016 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Toney Stowers and Bobby Tatum, Ministers officiating. Burial will follow in the Lockesburg Cemetery, Lockesburg, Arkansas, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Ryan Dillon Gilbert

Ryan Dillon Gilbert, age 20, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died February 28, 2016.

He was born June 3, 1995 in Texarkana, Texas. He was a member of the Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, Arkansas.

Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jr. and Geneva Diggs.

He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Kim Gilbert of Dierks; his grandparents, J.W. and Jenice Gilbert also of Dierks; special grandparents, Rickey Icenhower of Midland, Texas and Mellie Walker of Nashville, Arkansas and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 26, 2016, at Mt. Carmel Church in Dierks with Gary Welch and J.W. Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in Sunshine Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will be at the home of Ronald and Kim Gilbert, 679 Greens Plains Road, Dierks, AR.

 

Charlotte Gayle House

Mrs. Charlotte Gayle House, age 52, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died at her home. She was born in Irving, Texas, on October 29, 1963, and graduated from Horatio High School in 1980. She was a CNA and a member of the First Assembly of God Church in De Queen. She enjoyed reading, arts and crafts, fishing, camping, and spending time
With family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Stewart.

She is survived by two daughters, Brandy Ingram of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Emily Alexander of Mena, Arkansas. Her mother, Linda Stewart of De Queen, Arkansas, three grandchildren,Colt and Brent Ingram of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Zander McMillian of Mena, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Joy Long of Kemp, Texas, John and Julie Platt and Doug Platt both of De Queen, three sisters, Tonya and Carlos Martinez of Horatio, Misty Nixon and Tasha Callahan both of De Queen, seventeen nieces and nephews, Justin, Jarrin, Destiny, Kenyana,
Jonathan, Ashley, Tristan, Ruben, Isaiah, Joseph, Tanner, Angelica, Sebastian, Alexander, John Robert, Brandi, and Jaycee.

Graveside funeral Services will be held on Sunday, September 25th at 2:00 P.M., in the Mt.Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Saturday, September 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home.

 

 

Mr. Earnest Gene Greenlee

Mr. Earnest Gene Greenlee, age 78, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Monday, September 19, 2016 at his home.

He was born to Jake, Sr. and Marie Ernestine Rogers Greenlee in Lockesburg, Arkansas, May 4, 1938. He was a retired construction worker, and a Baptist. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, J. M. Greenlee, James “Jackie” Greenlee, Delmer Greenlee, Nora Mae Favors, and two grandchildren, Jamacus Greenlee.

He is survived by his wife of over 59 years, Celestine Greenlee of Lockesburg, 5 sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Greenlee of Nashville, Ronald and Hazel Greenlee of Nashville, Earnest Randolph Greenlee of Kansas City, Kansas, Troy and Dana Greenlee of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, and Brian and Tamieka Greenlee of Keller, Texas, a daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Odell Gulley of Hope, Arkansas, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Samuel and Maude Greenlee of Chicago, Illinois, Jake, Jr. and Sandra Greenlee of Lockesburg, a sister, Alice Faye Mitchell of California, eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Earnest Greenlee will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 24, 2016 in the Roland Piggee Memorial Church, Lockesburg. Burial will follow in the Graves Chapel Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Visitation will be on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Chandler Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Gordon Edwin Turner

Gordon Edwin Turner, age 76, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Friday, September 16, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born February 17, 1940, in De Queen. He was an accountant, a bookkeeper, and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Mr. Turner was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Carrie House Turner; his parents, Pellie and Lillie Turner, and one brother Howard Turner.

He is survived by one son, Matthew Turner of De Queen, and one brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Peggy Turner also of De Queen.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Turner will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 19, 2016, at Valley Cemetery with Bro. George Frachiseur officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mrs. Johnnie Adami

Mrs. Johnnie Louise Beard Adami, age 94, a resident of De Queen, and former resident of Amarillo, Texas, died Tuesday, September 13, 2016 in the De Queen Therapy and Living Center, De Queen.

She was born to John David and Jennie Leon Abernathy Beard in Grayson County, Texas on December 19, 1922. She was a bookkeeper, and a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Amarillo, Texas and enjoyed reading and sewing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, ten of her siblings, and her husband, Oscar B. Adami.

She is survived by a sister, Lorene Hamby of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Interment will be in Amarillo, Texas. Local arrangements are under the direction of Chandler Funeral home, De Queen. you may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mrs. Wanda Sue Young

Wanda Sue Young, 81, of Ashdown, AR passed away September 14, 2016.

Mrs. Young was born February 11, 1935 in Lynn, AR to Troy and Olivia Rainwater. She is preceded in death by her husband, R. B. Young; parents; and one son, Mark Allen Young.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Martin and Judy Young of De Queen, AR; one daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Danny Duncan of Ashdown, AR; four brothers, Howard Rainwater of St. Louis, MO; Terry Rainwater of Lynn, AR; Jack Rainwater of Lynn, AR; and Larry Rainwater of Lynn, AR; One sister, Kathy Jacobson of Elgin, Illinois; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Private Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Madden Funeral Home.

Online Registration: maddenfuneralservice.com

 

Mrs. Barbara Cole

Mrs. Barbara Ann Gaines Michaud Cole, age 74, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, September 9, 2016 in a Texarkana Hospital.

She was born to Homer C. and Bessie Marie Bradshaw Gaines in Hope, Arkansas on October 26, 1941. She was a 1959 graduate of Hope High School, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed crafting, reading, and cherished the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren. She loved her Lord, and was a member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Lisa Michaud of Nashville, Arkansas, a daughter, Karen Denise Michaud of Horatio, Arkansas, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Linda and Larry Burke of Hope, Arkansas, and Mary Stutler also of Hope, Arkansas, four grandchildren, Jeremy and his wife, Danielle Michaud of De Queen, Jessica Michaud of Little Rock, Arkansas, Lundon Michaud of De Queen, Arkansas, and Lane Michaud of Nashville, Arkansas, five great-grandchildren, Emma Kersey, Raylee Michaud, Kaeden Hammer, Tison Hammer, and Kynder Pressley.

Memorial Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Chandler Funeral Home. Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mr. Jackie Neil Rightmire

Mr. Jackie Neil Rightmire, age 76, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at his home.

He was born September 7, 1940 in De Queen. He was a former employee of Pilgrims Pride.

Mr. Rightmire was preceded in death by his parents, Edmond Sparks and Dora Dalton Rightmire.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Chris and Carrie Rightmire of De Queen and Timothy Rightmire of Lockesburg, Arkansas; three daughters, Melissa Burleson and Ronda Woodey, both of De Queen, and Terri Gillespie of Bolivar, Tennessee; two brothers, Kenneth Rightmire of Klamath Falls, Oregon and Bobby Rightmire of De Queen; two sisters, Frances Bailey and Barbara Rightmire, both of De Queen; one grandson, Jacob Rightmire; and a number of nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mrs. Effie Viola Willis Stafford Morgan

Mrs. Effie Viola Willis Stafford Morgan, age 95, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at the home of her daughter.

She was born to William and Willie Calvin Short Willis in Leola, Arkansas, On April 15, 1921. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Horatio, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, cooking, and was an avid reader. She cherished the time spent with family, and loved her church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, W. J. Stafford, a daughter, Louise Stafford Austin, a son, Wilburn Stafford, a brother, R. C. Willis, and four sisters, Ruthie McCoy, Juanita Roberts, Mildred Irvan, and Willie Mae Willis.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Dale Caudle of Horatio, eight grandchildren, Marty, Bobbie, Sherry, Sheila, Jason, Tonya, Tara, and Tracie, eighteen great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Alice Willis, Billy Fay Willis, and Glynn and Bonnie Willis all of Horatio, two sisters, Susie Willis of Horatio, and LaVerne Willis of Dublin, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Effie Morgan will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, September 8th In the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Cy Davis, Minister officiating. Burial will follow in the West Otis Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mrs. Mittie Jean Chandler Hendricks

Mrs. Mittie Jean Chandler Hendricks, age 79, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, September 5, 2016 in a Texarkana Hospital.

She was born to Levi and Mattie Lou Ramsey Chandler in the Central Community of Sevier County, Arkansas, on August 25, 1937. She was a member of the Rose Hill Gospel Mission, and a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, canning, cooking, and cherished the time
spent with family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Coy Chandler, and Eula Elder, a grandchild, Zackary Caudill, and a great-grandson, Michael Mohler.

She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Sam Hendricks of Horatio, a son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Trisha Hendricks of Blythe, California, two daughters and a son-in-law, Donetta and Loyd Jenkins of Wickes, Arkansas, and Jarita Sobak of Texarkana, Texas, three brothers and sister-in-law, Roy Lee Chandler of Abilene, Texas, Arlis and Jackie Chandler of Horatio, Charles E. and Charlotte Chandler of De Queen, four sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Cooper of Glenpool, Oklahoma, Henrietta and Alvie Nix of Horatio, Janette and Leon Durham of Mesquite, Texas, and Patricia and Danny Lipsey of Horatio, nine grandchildren, Ladonna (Robert) Mohler, Alisa (Dan) Vorbau, Venita (Luke) Berry, Randall (Astra) Jenkins, Loren Jenkins, Glendon Jenkins, Mark Jenkins, Phillip Jenkins, and Tiffannie (Matt) Bullington, Ten great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mittie Jean Hendricks will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 10, 2016 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, AR, with Bro. Bill Weeks, Bro. Ricky Hendricks, and Bro. Robert Mohler officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com

 

 

Oscar Edward "Buckshot" Barbre

Oscar Edward “Buckshot” Barbre, age 85, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Friday, September 2, 2016 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born October 12, 1930, in Howard County, Arkansas. Mr. Barber was a Baptist and member of the Barbre Hunting Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a big story teller.

Mr. Barbre was preceded in death by his parents, William Oscar and Ollie May Kesterson Barbre; one son, Steven Edward Barbre; one brother, Kenneth Elvis Barbre and two infant brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosa Lee Blanton Barbre; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Sharon Barbre White of Dierks, Linda and Billy Joe Christopher of Dierks and Rose and Tony Tollett of Prescott, Arkansas; three sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Sheila Barbre, David and Marvella Barbre and Billy and Brenda Barbre all of Dierks; 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

Funeral services for Mr. Barbre will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September, 5 2016, at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with J.W. Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 4th at the funeral home in Dierks.

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


 

Mrs. Janet Darlene Lindsey

Mrs. Janet Darlene Lindsey, age 67, a resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 30, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born September 23, 1948 in Pratt, Kansas. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Mrs. Lindsey was preceded in death by her parents, Loyd and Vada Cauthron Hoff; one daughter, Angela Knighten and one great-grandson, Elijah Lindsey.

She is survived by her husband, Waylon Lindsey of Texarkana, Arkansas; one son, Larry Melson of Florence, Alabama; two daughters, Cynthia Lindsey of Texarkana, Arkansas and Cherylan Mendenhall of Pratt, Kansas; one brother, Lyle Hoff and one sister, Gwen Culver both of Cullison, Kansas; 8 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mrs. Janet Linsey are pending and will be announced later by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.
 

Dr. James Frank Daniel

Dr. James Frank Daniel, age 80, a resident of Taylor, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 30, 2016, in Taylor.

He was born November 19, 1935, in Fountain Hill, Arkansas. He practiced medicine in De Queen from 1962-1997 and served as the sports’ team physician for the De Queen Schools. He was a member of the National Guard and was a Methodist.

Dr. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents, James Bryce and Helon Beard Daniel and one brother, Bobby Bryce Daniel. He is survived by his wife, Velna Daniel of Taylor; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Randy Davis of De Queen, and Kim and Doug Tynan of Windsor, Connecticut; one son and daughter-in-law; Doug and Lisa Daniel of Taylor; six grandchildren, Kimmie Williamson and husband Brian, Melody Daniel and husband Lyle, Lindsey Polk and husband P.J., Rebekah Davis, Jamie Tynan and Bryce Tynan and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services for Dr. Frank Daniel will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 3, 2016, at Redmen Cemetery with Randy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com. Donations may be made to to the Dr. Frank Daniel Memorial Medical Scholarship at Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas Medical Foundation, 183 College Drive, De Queen, Arkansas 71832.

 

Major Billy Gene Hensley

Major Billy Gene Hensley, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, August 31, 2016, in the Talihina Veteran's Center, Talihina, Oklahoma.

He was born to Wiley Jack and Nora Mae Henderson Hensley in Cove, Arkansas, on July 17, 1927. Maj. Hensley served his nation over 20 years in both the Navy and the Army. He was a very highly decorated veteran of World War II, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign, and also highly decorated in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. After retiring from the military, Maj. Hensley was an educator and counselor in the Dallas school system. He enjoyed dogs, music and walking.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Dale, Curl, Glenn, Roland, and Dean Hensley, a sister, Sis Hensley, and a great-grandchild, Breccan Sons.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Tina Hensley of De Queen, Steve and Holly Hensley of Horatio,  a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Kirby Wallace of Wallace, Arkansas, seven grandchildren, Jamie Hensley, Robbie Sons, Heather Williams, Nikki Evans, Cheyanne and Adam Wallace, and Lacosta Martinez, four great-grandchildren, Seth Hensley, Ryan Hensley, Zayden Williams and Blakely Sons, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

 

Mr. Wendell Doyce Sharp

Mr. Wendell Doyce Sharp, age 69, a resident of Newhope, Arkansas, died Monday, August 29, 2016, in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born December 21, 1946 in Howard County, Arkansas. He was retired from Wal-Mart and was a member of the Langley First United Methodist Church.

Mr. Sharp was preceded in death by his father, Obie Doyce Sharp.

He is survived by his mother, Alice Sharp of Newhope; two daughters and a son-in-law, Tricia Threet of Mena, Arkansas and Wendy and Michael Forrest of Pea Ridge, Arkansas; one brother and sister-in-law, Dwight and Phyllis Sharp of Newhope; three grandchildren, James Threet, Faith Forrest and Jarred Forrest; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Sharp will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 3, 2016 in the Bissell Chapel Church with Bro. Michael Forrest officiating. Burial will follow in the Bissell Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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


 

 

Mr. Melton B. "Pete" Hicks

Melton B. “Pete” Hicks, age 84, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed away Monday, August 29, 2016, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Pete was born March 21, 1932 in Big Fork, AR to Jeff and Laura Hicks. Pete is survived by wife, Martha, sons Ron (Ginger) of Heber Springs, AR and Don of Rufe, Oklahoma and daughter Debbie (Mike) Wolfe of Woodworth, LA. He is survived by his brother JD Hicks, as well as, five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was a veteran of the US Air Force.

Mr. Hicks was preceded in death by a sister Hazel Newsom, and two brothers, Ray Hicks and Ralph Hicks.

The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen on Friday, September 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Funeral Services for Mr. Hicks will be held Saturday, September 3rd at 10:00 am at the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Ink Cemetery in Mena, AR. The family asks that  donations to be made to the Unity Health Foundation, in Memory of Pete Hicks, 1200 South Main Street, Searcy, Arkansas 72143.

 

Oliver Kerwin Gray

Oliver Kerwin Gray, age 81 of De Queen, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Little River Nursing and Rehab in Ashdown.

He was born June 26, 1935 in the Stringtown Community of Sevier County to the late Guy Oliver and Golda Stephens Gray.

He was united in marriage to Willene Cox Gray August 21, 1954. Mr. Gray was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Kerwin worked for KCS Railroad for 10 years. During the latter part of this time, he took correspondence via LSU-Shreveport to get his degree in accounting. He was an accountant for Mid-Continent Steel in Shreveport until 1973, when he established his Certified Public Accountant firm in De Queen, and retired in 2003. During that time, he was involved with the Arkansas Chapter of CPA's as Chairman of Management of the Accounting Practice Committee, Chairman of the Governmental Accounting Auditing Committee, and was the Arkansas State Board of Accounting charter member of the Quality Review Committee.

Mr. Gray was also involved in numerous civic activities, including the DeQueen Chamber of Commerce and the De Queen Rotary Club as President and Board of Directors, the Pine Tree Housing Committee and the Little River Housing Committee as Treasurer and Board of Directors. He served on the Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Center Committee as Vice-President, Program Committee Chairman, Finance Committee Chairman, and Board of Directors. He was President of the Sevier County Developmental Center, Inc. and Board of Directors for 29 years. Kerwin was president of the De Queen Booster Club in 1987, served on the Vocational Advisory Council for De Queen Public Schools, and was President and coach of numerous summer youth baseball leagues in the 1980's.

Survivors include: Wife: Willene Gray of De Queen, Son: Steve Gray and wife Tammy of Harrison, Ark., Two daughters: Sherry Chaney and husband Duane of De Queen.
Sandy Salsbury of De Queen Ar. Brother: Bill Gray and wife Judy of Perrysburg, Oh., Two sisters: MJ Cearley of Nashville, Ark., Sue Stinnett and husband James of Malvern, Ark.
Six grandchildren: Rachel, Mackenzie, Nick, Jess, Kristen and Jessica, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 30, 10AM at Chandler Funeral Home, with Bro. Virgil Romine officiating. Burial will follow in Millwee Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. Visitation will be on Monday, Aug. 29th from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital.

 

Leon William Stinnett, Jr.

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

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

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

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

Memorial services are pending.

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

 

 

John Travis Little

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Ms. Melissa Ann Vinson Eichelberger

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Edna Lucille Wolf

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Michael Eugene Milam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Juanita Millwee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Nancy Denise Cary

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Ora Olene Bailey Hendrix

 

Mrs. Laura Leona Hudson Nimmons

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

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

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

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

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


 

Mrs. Gloria Jean Jackson Giles

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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


 

Mrs. Maxine Williams

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

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

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

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

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

 

Joyce Lynn Foster Barringer Suggs

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Lee Von Gilbert

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Frances Anderson Goldman

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Rebecca Jean "Becky" Higgins Stiles

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Midge Divine Burris

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

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

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

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

 

 

Jeff Millwee Whisenhunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ethel Faye (Kinder) Keaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Tawny Northern

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Phyllis Mae Berti

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Addie Lee Fitzhugh Clowers

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. James E. Bishop

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Manuel C. Dossett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Milford Gerald "Bob" Roberts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Otis Hill

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

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

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

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

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


 

Mrs. Vera Pinkerton Baker

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mr. Edward "Eddie" Rivera Vertiz

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

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

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

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

Mr. Jackey Allen Arter

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

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

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

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

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


 

Mrs. Debra Ann Clardy Johnson

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

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

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

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

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


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


 

 

Mrs. Frances Yates

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Ramsey Dewayne Huckaby

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dr. Llewellyn Don Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

Dottlee Duggan Reid Meager

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Linda Nealy Padilla

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Maria Viviano de Bello

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

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

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

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

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

Robert E. Lee Rich, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

Merle Charles Wilbur

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Harace Junior Merworth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Mrs. Donna Golden

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

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

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

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

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


 

Mr. DeWayne Barnes

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Olie D. "Doc" Brown

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

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

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

Mr. James Leon Cogburn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Helen Mae Lott Holloway

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ruby Pearl Batey McWhorter

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Vernon George Smith, Jr.

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

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

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

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

A private burial will be held at a later date.

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

 

Dale Clark Hanson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Pamela Diane Simmons Carter

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mrs. Ila Justine Brooks Crunk

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

Eileen Marie Clark "Mrs. Mac" McClinton

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Sally Mae Scroggins Scott Harris

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

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

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

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

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

 

Neal Patrick Rolfe

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

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

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

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

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

 

James LeRoy "T Bone" Pressley

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

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

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

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

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


 

Mr. Horace Gene Poole

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Cletius "Bones" Irvan

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Arlin Lester Kesterson

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

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

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

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

 

Linville Wesley Monroe

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Howard Wirt Bass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Vern Foster

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

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

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

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

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

 

Alvin Boyd Burris

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

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

 

Mr. Juan "Johnny" Munoz Arriaga

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Mrs. Joyce Lee Hammer

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Linda Lou Wormington Williamson

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

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

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

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

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


 

Joshua Lane Dyas

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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


 

Jerry Don White

 

Wilma Lee Johnson Jewkes

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

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

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

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

No services are scheduled at this time.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

 

Lottie Jane Morris

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Charline Dodson Coulter

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

 

Kristie Dale McDonald

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mr. Vernon Edgar Vaughn

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. James Lee Davis

 

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

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


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


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

 

 

Mrs. Lois Marie Chandler Wray

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

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

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

Milton H. Presley

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Wilma Nadine Taggart

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

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

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

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

 

Neva Dell Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Elizabeth Nicol Brooks

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Linda Faye Stafford Irvan

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

John W. Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Franklyn Hibbs

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

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

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

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

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

 

Janie Elizabeth Slabaugh Simpson

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cletus Verdo Brock

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Wilber Ray “Tuffy” Green

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Glenda Nadine Smith

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Benny Alec Humphrey

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

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

He worked for the Federal Civil Service.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

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

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

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

 

William (Little Bill) Andrew Knighten

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Kenneth Elmer Smith, Jr.

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

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

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

 

Mary Maxine Frederick Rose

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

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

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

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

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

 

Joyce M. Butts Davis

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dr. Eugene Allen "Gene" Joseph

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Bobby Abe Mills

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mr. Johnny Wayne Davis

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Ruby Etta Jester Krantz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Benny Allen Collins

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

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

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

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

 

John Robert Bowman

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

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

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

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

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


 

Wilmer Jello

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Mary Susan Gallagher Blair

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mr. Tony Wayne Kendrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mrs. Lita Michelle Hudson Baxter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Donnie Ray Walker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bill Bryan

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

 

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