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OBITUARIES

 

 

Mrs. Alma Angeline Taylor Pickens Pool

Mrs. Alma Angeline Taylor Pickens Pool, age 93, a resident of Lockesburg, died Sunday, October 19, 2014 at her home.

She was born to Earl and Annie Jones Taylor in Foreman, Arkansas, on May 30, 1921. She was a member of the Lockesburg Methodist Church, and also attended Milford Church, and loved singing gospel songs. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed yard work and spending time with her family. She loved being part of the De Queen Hospital Auxiliary and singing with the group.

Mrs. Pool was preceded in death by her father and mother, Earl and Annie Taylor, her husbands, Luther Pickens, and Raymond Pool, a grandson, Grant Todd, her twin brother, Elmer, her brothers, Earvin and Arnold, and sisters, Verdie Lucille, Pearl and Beulah.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Wanda Hladik of Lockesburg, Patricia and Terry Todd of Lockesburg, a grandson, Kerry Todd of Lockesburg, four step-grandchildren, Billy and his wife, Angie, Ladonna and her husband, Chris, Robert and his wife, Candi, and Dwayne all of Oklahoma, two great-grandchildren, Austin and Tanner of Dallas, Texas, one great-great-grandchild, Tatum, twelve step great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of other family and friends. She is also survived by one sister, Eula LaGrone of Orange, Texas, one brother-in-law, Frank Enoch of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Alma Pickens Pool will be held Thursday, October 23rd at 2:00 P.M., in the First United Methodist Church of Lockesburg, with Rev. Terry Chapman and Rev. Tommy Halsell officiating. Burial will follow in the Lockesburg Cemetery, Lockesburg, Ark. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message to www.chanderfuneral.com.

 

Angeline Hopson Penney

Angeline Hopson Penney, age 94, was surrounded by her family when she passed from this life to be with her Lord, on Monday, October 13, 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born to Benjamin Stuart and Sarah Elsie Hord Hopson, in De Queen, Arkansas on Wednesday, June 16, 1920. She was a lifelong resident of Sevier County and married the love of her life, Erman Tam Penney, in De Queen, on August 27, 1938. To this marriage two daughters and one son were born. She was a Methodist, a member of the EHC Club, and Union Quilting Club. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, was active in the community where she judged area county fairs, and was an avid reader. She enjoyed genealogy and spent hours in that activity. Above all, Angeline was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a great-great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of over 52 years, E.T. Penney, their infant son Rodger Stuart Penney, and a son-in-law Harold Brazile and her siblings, Benny R. Hopson, Lucille Gray, Naomi Brooks, and Mary Ann Lacefield.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Brazile of Amarillo, Texas, and Marian and Lawrence Chandler of De Queen. She was “Momo” to her four grandchildren and their spouses, Lyndon and Tracie Brazile of Canyon, Texas, Steve and Lorraine Brazile of St. Louis, Missouri, Kim and Tim Benson of Amarillo, Texas, and Stephanie and Greg Wishard of De Queen, and her eight great-grandchildren, McKenzie Brazile of Clovis, New Mexico and Magen Brazile of Canyon, Texas, Emerson Brazile, Addison Brazile, and Camden Brazile, all of St. Louis, Missouri, J. D. Benson of Amarillo, Texas, Lawrence Allen Wishard and Andrea Wishard both of De Queen, and to her two great-great-granddaughters, Macee Brazile of Canyon, Texas, and Khloé Grace Wishard of De Queen, a sister, Margaret Arms of Winston, Oregon, and a number of nieces and nephews, and special neighbors, Pete and Becky Stiles of De Queen.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Angeline Penney will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, October 16, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Emmitt Joe Willis

Mr. Emmitt Joe Willis, age 79, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Tuesday, October 7, 2014, in Mena, Arkansas.

He was born to Emmitt and Effous M. Wolf Willis, on July 4, 1935 at Willis Springs, Oklahoma. Joe served in the military with 101st Air Borne in the U. S. Army, and later in the National Guard. He was an entrepreneur in Land, Timber, Saw Milling, and Building . He was a Christian and a seeker of Truth and lover of people of Faith. He was a great hunter, and fisherman, and enjoyed his family, and never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Roy Willis, Thelma Colston, Audie Dunn, Wanda Peek, and Bonnie LeForce.

Joe is survived by his wife of over 54 years, Yvonne Greene Willis of De Queen, two sons and daughters-in-law, Eric and Paula Willis of Frankston, Texas, and Danny and Lisa Willis of De Queen, five grandchildren, Joey Willis of De Queen, Hayln Willis, and Dylan Willis both of Frankston, Texas, Joshua Willis and Sam Willis both of De Queen, three sisters and a brother-in-law, Polly Ray Williams of Horatio, Dixie Cavender of De Queen, and Hope and Don Gore also of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his wife’s family, a brother-in-law, Gerald Greene, and his wife, Louise of Athens, Arkansas, and a number of very special friends.

Public visitation will be on Thursday, October 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral Services for Joe Willis will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 10th in the First Assembly of God Church, De Queen, with Pastor Lankford Moore officiating. Private Burial will follow. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas, or the Samaritian’s Purse in the name of Emmitt Joe Willis.

 

 

Brenda Joy McGlaun Roberts

Mrs. Brenda Joy McGlaun Roberts, age 72, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, October 3rd in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Robert Henry and Opal Faye Humphries McGlaun on October 23, 1941, in Mabank, Texas. She was a retired security guard, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jerry Martin Roberts, and a daughter, Brenda Kay Roberts.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Roberts of Dallas, and Jerry Roberts of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Katrina and Kenneth Patton of Dallas, Texas, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Mrs. Roberts donated her body to medical science. Arrangements were under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Eura Dean Dunagan

Eura Dean Dunagan, age 77, of Watson, Oklahoma, died Monday, October 6, 2014 in Mena. He was born on Thursday, August 19, 1937 to Frank Benton and Mary Maude Smith Dunagan in Watson, Oklahoma.

Dean served his country in the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged.  He worked 18 years for Alltel serving south Polk County, Arkansas and McCurtain County, Oklahoma, as well as a small business owner for many years.  Dean was a longtime board member and overseer of West View Cemetery in Cove, which was dear to his heart.  He loved spending time with his daughters and grandchildren and also enjoyed gardening and carpentry.  Dean was a loving father, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Marcell Dunagan; two sisters, Lettie Mae Dunagan and Cozetta Sager.

Survivors include two daughters and sons in law, Julie and Aaron Stancil of Horatio, Arkansas and Christy and John Nance of Mena, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Colby Stancil, Courtney Stancil, Caitlin Stancil and Laci Stancil all of Horatio and Lindsay Onstad of Avondale, Arizona; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be Saturday October 11, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the West View Cemetery at Cove with Brother Lance Ashmore officiating. Visitation will be general at the Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

Memorials can be made to the West View Cemetery, P. O. Box 662, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

Online Guestbook: 
www.bowserffh.com

 

Marjorie  "Margie" Pond

Mrs. Marjorie "Margie" Pond, age 83, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Friday, October 3, 2014 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

she was born March 5, 1931, in Cumberland, Oklahoma.  She was a home maker and a Christian.

Mrs. Pond was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil J. Pond on March 7, 2013; parents H. and Virgie Meadows Barrett; one brother, Ray Barrett.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Steven W. and Dee Pond of Winthrop, Arkansas; one sister, Wilma Davis of Foreman; one grandchild, Dr. Tanya Pond of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two great-granddaughters and other relatives.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pond will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 6,2013, in the Crossroads Baptist Church in Crossroads Community with Bro. Gary Steiner officiating.  burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas.

The family  will receive friends from 3-5 pm Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

Dr. Manuel Hensley

Dr. Manuel Hensley was born December 20, 1934 to Jake and Myrtle (Sutton) Hensley in Frog Level, AR and passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in the Angelwood Assisted Living Center in Clinton, Oklahoma.

Dr. Hensley was raised in De Queen, AR and graduated from De Queen High School in 1952. He began a short career with the railroad but soon attended Forestry School. In the Mid 1950's he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, served four years, and then being honorably discharged. He moved to Bethany, Oklahoma and attended Southern Nazarene College. He was married to Dorothy Clark in the late 1950's. He continued on to Oklahoma University Medical School and graduated in 1965. He did his internship at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS and his residency in Phoenix, AZ. He was Board Certified in OB GYN and he practiced over most of Oklahoma including Durant, Woodward and the majority of his practice was in Enid, OK.

He later married Shirley Schmidt on February 12, 1990 in Taos, New Mexico. They have traveled and lived in numerous places since 1995, settling in De Queen, AR in 2010.

He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Enid, OK and has been attending the First Baptist Church in Nashville, Arkansas. He enjoyed the outdoors and fishing, he was an avid historian and especially liked Civil War History; he liked to read and spending time on the ranch.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Margaret, Thelma and Velma.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of the home, two sons, Dr. Michael Hensley and his wife, Rachel, of Clinton, OK and Dr. John Hensley and his wife, Anne, of Enid, OK; two sisters, Elsie Clowers, De Queen, AR and Mary Frances Veazey, of Oklahoma City, OK, a brother, Bob Hensley, of Rogers, AR. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Tadyn Miller, Catherine Hensley, Porter Hensley, Tyson Miller, Christian Jake Manuel Hensley, Stella Hensley and Allison Hensley.

Funeral Services for Dr. Manuel Hensley will be held 3:00 PM., Saturday, October 4, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Donald Bowman officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of the Wilkerson Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Thomas R. Bell

Thomas R. Bell, age 66, of Walla Walla, Washington and formerly of Hatton, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014 in Washington.

He was born March 25, 1948 and was the adopted son of John and Margie Bell of Hatton.  He was a 1968 graduate of Wickes High School and was a member of Hatton Baptist Church.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margie Bell, and his birth mother, Eva Wooten.

He is survived by an aunt, Thelma Jones of De Queen, Arkansas and two cousins, Marsha Sanders of Horatio, Arkansas and Charles Jones of De Queen, Arkansas.

Memorial services will be Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hatton Baptist Church.  His remains will be laid to rest at the Witherspoon Cemetery.

 

 

Mrs. Laura Bell Stutts Carden

 

Mr. Joel R. “Joe” Litchford

Mr. Joel R. “Joe” Litchford, age 64, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Monday, September 29, 2014 at his home.

He was born to Joel Radford and Ethel Loretta Land Litchford, on September 18, 1950 in De Queen, Arkansas. He was a member of the First Assembly Church of Horatio. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser D.E.T.O.&E Railroad with over 37 years service. He enjoyed playing music, woodworking, but above all, Joe was devoted to his family, and absolutely adored his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, James Litchford.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Chandler Litchford of Horatio, two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenny and Wendy Litchford of Horatio, Greg and Nicki Litchford also of Horatio, a daughter and son-in-law, LaDonna and Nathan Dorsey of De Queen, eight grandchildren, Kyle, Jace, Grace, Kaylee, Gabbi, Laci, Natalie, and Ty, four brothers and sisters-in-law, Wesley and Aquilla Litchford of De Queen, Earl Litchford, Dale and Fredia Litchford all of Horatio, and Chester and Pat Litchford of Little Rock, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Joe Litchford will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, October 2nd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Gutierres and Bro. Ralph Staggs officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Center Cemetery, Horatio, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 1st from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Mr. Thomas Theodore Michaels

Mr. Thomas Theodore Michaels, age 68, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, October 01, 2014 at his home.

He was born to Theodore and Marie Agnes Durkowski Michalowski on August 16, 1946 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was retired from the U S Marines and also worked in management after the military. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing golf, yard work, and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Richard Michaels, Robert John Michalowski, and a sister, Florence Michalowski.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Ann Lowrey Michaels of Lockesburg, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jarrid Nevels Francis and Joshua Lynn and Kim Francis both of Beebe, Arkansas, a daughter and son-in-law, Jaclyn and Jason Bowen of Glenwood, Arkansas. Six grandchildren, Nicki, Taylor, Payton Bowen all of Glenwood, Logan Gunter, Autumn Gunter, and Kyler Francis all of Beebe, Arkansas, a brother-in-law, Gary Lowrey and his wife, Cheryl of Lockesburg, Arkansas.

Graveside funeral services with military rites for Mr. Thomas Michaels will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, October 4th in the Bellville Cemetery with Rev. Burle Mattingly officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, October 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

Mr. Bill Nelson

Mr. Bill Arthur Nelson, age 81, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, September 30th at his Home.

He was born to Joseph Franklin and Mary Viola Herriman Nelson in Fort Smith, Arkansas, on November 18, 1933. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser Company, having worked at Craig, Treating Plant, and Mountain Pine. He was a Baptist and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Wayne Nelson, Charles Nelson Frances Carter, Carmen Vincent, and Carolyn Wood.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Sherry Nelson of De Queen, and Vincent and Margareta Nelson of Melbourne, Florida, a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Steven Cook of De Queen, seven grandchildren, Jennifer Deaton, Jami Nelson, Amanda Lollis, Emily Ward, Brian Libby, Andrea Libby, and A. J. Libby, eleven great-grandchildren, one brother, Cecil Nelson of St. George, Utah, four sisters, Martha Graham of El Paso, Texas, Mary Woolever of Cedarville, Arkansas, Shirley Blythe of Rudy, Arkansas, and Norma Vera of Little Elm, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mr. Bill Nelson will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 3rd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Dennis Pruitt officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Mrs. Billie D. Wilemon Bigham

Mrs. Billie D. Wilemon Bigham, age 90, a resident of Gillham, died Monday, September 29th in the Dierks Health and Rehab, Dierks.

She was born to Joe Aaron, Sr. and Etta Lou Whitley Wilemon in De Queen, Arkansas, on December 31, 1923. She was a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church of De Queen, and a homemaker. She was a member of the EHC Club, the Union Quilting Club, and enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Bud Wilemon, Marvin Wilemon, and Elizabeth Burchfield, her son, Harlan Bigham in 1982, and in 2007, her husband of 64 years, J. Brice Bigham.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gary W. Bigham of De Queen, and Bill and Pam Bigham of Gillham, three grandchildren, J. Mark Bigham of De Queen, Ron L. Bigham of Lewisville, Arkansas, and Jessica K. Woodall of Waldron, Arkansas, a great-grandchild. T. J. Bigham of Mena, Arkansas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Billie Bigham will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, October 2nd in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Friendship Baptist Church, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Dana Harris

Dana Harris, 72, of Oklahoma City (and former long-time resident of DeQueen AR) passed away on September 26, 2014, while surrounded by family and friends.  He was born in Ardmore, OK on February 12, 1942 to Verner and Ruth Harris.  He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1960-1964, and he was a faithful member of the Central Ave. Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanne Harris, and his oldest son, Brett Harris.  He is survived by his wife, Lela Ann Harris, and their children (and spouses) Ronnie and Melissa of Gillham AR; Tracy of Edmond OK; Kenneth of  Oklahoma City OK; Mark and Michele of Midland TX; Kathy of Oklahoma City, OK; Karri and Donnie of Moore OK;  22 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Dana was a loving, devoted husband and father, and he was a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast.  He retired from Cox after many years of service.

Services were held at the Central Ave. Church of Christ on Saturday, Sept. 27th, 2014.

 

Mary Catherine Kesterson Broyles

 

Thomas E. Hancock

Thomas E. Hancock, age 70, a resident of De Queen died Friday, September 26th in the VA Hospital, Little Rock, peacefully with his family by his side.

Captain Thomas Everett Hancock was born April 7, 1944 in Archer Hospital in De Queen, Arkansas to Noah and Thrada Everett Hancock, Sr. He attended De Queen Central, Junior and High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics for Henderson College in Arkadelphia.

Thomas joined the ROTC while in college. Since he had more than enough credits to graduate at mid term, the Army called him into service before the Spring semester of his Senior year. Thomas was sworn into the service on January 27, 1967 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He was immediately put through the Ranger training Program. Thomas served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He received the awards of the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Thomas was employed in De Queen for several years at the Cossatot Community College.

Thomas was an avid antique collector, a hunter and fisherman, and a hard worker.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Noah Hancock Sr., Mother, Thrada Everett Hancock and his beloved brother, Dr. Noah Duke Hancock.

He is survived by a eight cousins, Bobbie White, Mike Quinn, Anthony Quinn, Patti Tudor, Keri Bonner, Mike Everett, Phillip Everett, and Barbara Jones, and a host of friends, including Dr. Dan and Jan Wolfe, Jack Wray, Yankee and Ruby Vallee, Brenda and David Shipman, and Jerry and Christy Ligon all of De Queen.

Graveside funeral Services for Thomas Hancock will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 30, 2014, in Horatio Cemetery, Horatio, AR with Rev. Bobby Neal officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Memorials may be made to the Chalice Cupboard or to the Horatio Cemetery. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Kaden Michael Rains

Kaden Michael Rains, infant son of Alex and Nichole Pollard Rains, resident of De Queen, died Thursday, September 25th.

Besides his parents, Kaden is survived by a sister, Hallie Sims, a brother, Bryson Rains both of the home, his grandparents, Melissa and Donnie Lovewell of De Queen, and Jessie Pollard of Gillham, Rae Ridge and Jerry Rains both of Hooks, Texas, five aunts and four uncles

Graveside funeral services for Kaden Rains will be held at 3:30 P.M., Friday, September 26, 2014, in the Lovewell Cemetery, Foreman, Ark, with Rev. Gary Steiner officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Robert Lee Mickey Beck

Mr. Robert Lee Mickey Beck, age 90, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born December 2, 1923 in Ashdown, Arkansas. He was retired from Red River Army Depot and a World War II Navy veteran. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Silver Hill Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, and member of Gillham First United Methodist Church.

Mr. Beck was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Nanny Russell Beck and one son, Robert Milton Beck

He is survived by his wife, Ora Lee Madewell Beck of Gillham; four daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Fox, Sandra Higgins and Diane and Eldren Suggs all of Gillham and Brenda Clowers of De Queen; 12 grandchildren, William Michael Higgins, Chad DeWayne Higgins, Rhonda Jean Gonzalez, Stoney Darrell Driver, Jason Goss, Nancy Lynn Ochoa, Tammy Darlene McWilliams, Kelly Annette Higgins, Joey Denise Rains, William Bryan Higgins, Robby Duane Clowers and Beau Darin Clowers, and a large number of great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 27, 2014, in Gillham First United Methodist Church with Rev. Ron Newberry officiating. Burial will follow with Masonic rites in the Gillham Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

Wayne M. Sorensen


Wayne M. Sorensen, 90, was born January 23, 1924 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Henry M. and Florence Sorensen, passed away September 15. He was a loyal, selfless and caring husband and father. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 66 years, Betty Dahl Sorensen, daughters Janet and husband Dr. Michael Sheets of Kaysville, UT, Joy and husband Dennis Nentrup of Burleson, TX and Jill and husband Robert Frost of Benton, LA; and four grandchildren, Laura and Nicholas Nentrup and Trey and Katie Frost. He is preceded in death by his parents, twin brothers Ray and Roy Sorensen and sister Norma Schmidt.
Mr. Sorensen was a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in forestry. Mr. Sorensen, formerly a resident of DeQueen, Arkansas for 44 years, moved with his wife to Benton, LA 6 years ago to be closer to family. He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in DeQueen, AR. He was retired from Weyerhaeuser. He enjoyed walking, gardening, old western movies and spending time with family. Mr. Sorensen was a World War II veteran, having served in the US Army and US Air Force.

A memorial service will be held at the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home Chapel in Bossier City, Louisiana, Sunday, October 19 at 1:30 pm.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to First United Methodist Church, DeQueen, AR 71832. Online condolences can be shared at www.boonefh.com.

 

Patsy Fern Cox

Mrs. Patsy Fern Cox, age 77, a resident of Idabel, Oklahoma, died Saturday, September 20, 2014 at her home.

She was born May 14, 1937 in the Provo Community in Lockesburg, Arkansas. She was a former inspector for Magnavox in Des Moines, Iowa. She loved dancing, fishing, setting around a campfire, being outside and nature.

Mrs. Cox was preceded in death by her parents, Doc and Dessie McAnnelly; two sons, Mark Gaskill and Scotty Gaskill and one sister, Lois.

She is survived by one son, Richard Leroy Gaskill, Jr.; her special friend, George Thomas both of Idabel, Oklahoma; three sisters, Alice of De Queen, Linda of Ashdown and Sybil of Texas; one brother, Weldon of Shreveport, Louisiana; and one grandchild, Nickolas Gaskill of Clarksville, Texas.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Cox will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Mt. Pleasant Church with Bro. Alfred Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Greens Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

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

 

Gary Joe Stuard

Gary Joe Stuard, 61, of Dierks, Arkansas passed away Saturday, September 20, 2014, at his home.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Claud Stuard; brother, Ronald Stuard; and sister, Eileen Stuard Wehunt.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Stuard, of Dierks; mother, Marge Stuard of Iraan, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Jil and Mark Adams of Texarkana; and daughter, Paige Stuard of Hot Springs.

Joe dedicated his life to serving and helping others. He was very involved in the community. He led the Dierks Volunteer Fire and Rescue for many years, volunteered many hours with the Dierks Ambulance Service and Chamber of Commerce, and also served on the Dierks Police Department.

Joe was a wonderful husband. He loved hunting and fishing as much as possible with Diane. Most of all, Joe was an outstanding father who did anything and everything for "the girls."

Services will be Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks at 11 AM. Graveside services will be Thursday, September 25, 2014, at Restland Cemetery in Iraan, TX at 10 AM.

Visitation will be Monday, September 22, 2014, from 6-8 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

 

Robert Lyn “Bob” Chandler

Robert Lyn “Bob” Chandler, age 64, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Saturday, September 20, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Chandler was born December 3, 1949, in Umpire, Arkansas. He was a Navy veteran having served in the Vietnam War and was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church; he enjoyed searching for arrowheads, fishing, playing music, singing karaoke with family and he was a Razorback fan; he loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse M. and Lois Agnes Poole Chandler; three sisters, Margaret Irene Brophy, Barbara Bowlin and Betty Wittenmeyer; two nieces, Amy Chandler and Vicky Osborne and two nephews, Wes and Jay Chandler.

He is survived by his wife, Vada M. Chandler; four daughters and three sons-in-law; Bobbi and Darren Higgins of De Queen, Arkansas, Elizabeth and Colt Cassil of Lake Jackson, Texas, Alicia Kesterson of Denham Springs, Louisiana and Jeanie and Justin Flowers; three sons and two daughters-in-law, James R. Reynolds, Jr. and Korrin of San Antonio, Texas, Tommy Reynolds and Misty of Mt. Pleasant, Texas and Jeremy Lindsey of Foreman; three brothers and sisters-in-law, John David and Janine Chandler of Maud, TX, Jesse Wayne and Linda Chandler of De Queen, AR, and Carl and Jan Chandler of De Queen, AR; one sister and brother-in-law, Jean and James Jennings of Shreveport, LA; 19 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral Services for Mr. Chandler will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in the Crossroads Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Steiner officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery near Lockesburg, Arkansas under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, September 22, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

Kathryn Denise Willis

 

Mrs. Angie Mae Almond Long

Mrs. Angie Mae Almond Long, age 95, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, September 13, 2014 in the De Queen Medical Center.

She was born July 3, 1919 to Aaron Hartman and Ollie Mae Martin Almond in Gillham, Arkansas. She graduated from Gillham High School in 1937, and married Daniel E. Long in De Queen, Arkansas on March 26, 1940. She was a member of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church and worked in retail sales, as well as a homemaker. She enjoyed needlework, and fishing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, all her siblings, Ruby Long, J. D. Almond, and Lewis David Almond, her daughter, Barbara Graffham, her husband, Daniel E. Long, and her grandson, Steven R Schulz.

She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews, including Gaylene Gibson of Longview, Texas, and Itha Kay Keller of Hot Springs, and a number of cousins, including Kay Halper of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, September 19th, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Terri Lynn Nelson

 

Hiedi Joe Smith

Hiedi Joe Smith, infant daughter of Wes and Paige Harrison Smith, residents of Horatio, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born in Texarkana, Texas, on September 2, 2014, attended the Old Time Gospel Church at Lockesburg.

Besides her parents, Hiedi is survived by her grandparents, Danny and Michelle Tollett Harrison of Lockesburg, Preston and Jolene Stafford Smith of Horatio, her great-grandparents, Gary and Betty Tollett, and Willie and Gloria Harrison all of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Joe and Nancy Stafford of Horatio, DeAnn Smith Elliott of De Queen, her great-great-grandparents, Hazel Tabler and Truman Tollett both of Lockesburg, her uncle, Will Smith of Texarkana, Arkansas, and her aunt, Allison Harrison of Lockesburg, and a number of other relatives.

Graveside funerals for Hiedi Smith will be held at 2:00 P.M, Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in the West Otis Cemetery with Bro. Jerrel Helms officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Arkansas.

 

Barbara Jean Poindexter

 

Mrs. Martha Joyce Willbanks

 

Mrs. Glenda Darlene Frachiseur Stark

 

Mr. Lloyd Ray Kirkpatrick

Mr. Lloyd Ray Kirkpatrick, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 28th from injuries received in an automobile accident.

He was born on August 29, 1947 in Springfield, Illinois. He was a retired brick mason, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ray Kirkpatrick of Houston, Texas, and James and Debbie Reincke of Salem, Illinois, four daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Craig and Lora Love both of Springfield, Illinois, Melissa and Shane Dempsey of Reading, Kansas, and Debbie and David Jourdan of Centralia, Illinois, three brothers, Vic Howlett of Springfield, Illinois,Danny Kirkpatrick of Ozark, Missouri, and Mike Kirkpatrick of Cleveland, Texas, one sister, Sunday Jackson of San Leon, Texas, seventeen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation for Mr. Ray Kirkpatrick will be held at Sunday, August 30, 2014 at the Chandler Funeral Home from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. Cremation will follow. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Robert Michael, “Mike”, McKinney

 

Walter Anglin Vaughn

Mr. Walter Anglin Vaughn, age 68, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Sunday, August 24, 2014 at his home.

He was born July 29, 1946 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He worked construction and was an ordained chaplain and preacher. He attended the Mt. Phoebia Baptist Church and the Solid Rock Full Gospel Church in Horatio and was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam.

Mr. Vaughn was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Walter and Nellie May Lowery Vaughn; and a number of brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Wilburn Vaughn of Horatio; three brothers, Vernon Vaughn and Jessie Vaughn, both of De Queen, Arkansas, and Elton Vaughn of Ardmore, Oklahoma; two sisters, Sally Diez of Elkin, South Carolina and Ruth Ann Vaughn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Vaughn will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in the Redmen Cemetery with Rev. Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Mrs. Artie V. Parrish

Mrs. Artie V. Parrish, age 87, a resident of Pine Bluff, Arkansas died, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.

She was born October 17, 1926 in Alpine, Arkansas. She was a daughter of the late Arlie and Lela Buck Francis of Alpine. She received a master’s degree in education from Henderson State University. She taught 4th grade at Amity and White Hall, Arkansas for a total of 36 years. She retired from Moody Elementary in 1985. She loved teaching, children, flowers and working in her yard.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Miller Parrish; one brother, two sisters, and her great grandson, Leighton Burrer.

She is survived by one son, Kyle Parrish of Pine Bluff; two grandchildren, Mike Parrish of Pine Bluff and Michelle Parrish of Houston, Texas; three great granddaughters; three great-great grandsons; two brothers, Darrell Francis of Amity and Lynn Francis of Glenwood, Arkansas; three sisters, Ida Faye Nottingham of Amity, Helen Neighbors of Amity, Cleta Baratta of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Parrish will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Old Center Cemetery with Jerry Fagan officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

Mr. Jimmy Clayton Newton

Mr. Jimmy Clayton Newton, age 61, went to be with the Lord on August 20, 2014. He was born on March 23, 1953 in Ashdown, Arkansas to J. D. and Cora Mears Newton.

He was a member of the Provo Volunteer Fire Department for 28 years, and EMT for 22 years. He was active in Little League and was an umpire for the ASA and DYB for 25 years. He served as a Hunters Ed Instructor for 22 years. Jimmy worked for Weyerhaeuser for 22 years and Coca Cola for four years. Jimmy was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Fort Towson, Oklahoma. He joined the Navy straight out of school in 1972, serving during the Vietnam War and was a Christian.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Cora Newton and brother-in-law, Bobby Bradshaw.

Jimmy is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jonnie Lynn David Newton of Provo, three daughters and sons-in-law, Amanda and Jason Miller of Provo, Onawa and James Hughes of De Queen, and T. J. Newton of Provo, 11 grandchildren, Tyler, Jasie, Austin Miller all of Provo, Jonathan Buchanan, Corey and Nikki Hughes, Quentin and Taran McAllister of De Queen, Andrew and Hateya Newton of Provo and Autumn McAllister of Foreman, his father, J. D. Newton of Provo, a sister, Wannell Bradshaw of Provo, his nieces, Mindy, Kimmi, and Kaylee Simmons of Provo, his nephew and family, Chad, Carmella, Brittany, Adam and Blake Bradshaw of Provo, a host of family, friends, and extended family of Provo, VFD. He will be missed dearly by all. Jimmy was full of life and he loved helping everyone, he enjoyed spending time with family, friends, hunting, fishing, sports and drinking coffee and pepsi.

Funeral Services for Mr. Jimmy Newton will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Fry officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the McHorse Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, August 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Austin Terrell Brackett

Austin Terrell Brackett, age 16, departed this life Tuesday, August 19, 2014, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born April 7, 1998, in Texarkana, Texas. He was an 11th grader at Horatio High School and enjoyed playing baseball, football and hunting. Austin loved spending time with his friends and family. At an early age Austin accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and he was a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his parents, Chris and Terry Brackett and a brother he loved deeply, Aaron. He is also survived by his paternal grandparents, Jerry and Brenda Brackett and maternal grandparents, Bobby and Sandra McWhorter, all of Lockesburg; his aunt, Karla Brackett Shelton of Horatio; his uncle, Steven Brackett of Lockesburg and many cousins. Austin leaves behind a host of family and friends to mourn him. We will miss his warmth, smile and his wonderful personality but look forward to the day when we will join him in Heaven.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 21, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Kerwin Pruitt and Larry Fry officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Union Cemetery.

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

 

Mrs. Pauline Leah Brummett Gregory

Mrs. Pauline Leah Brummett Gregory, age 90, a resident of Foreman, Arkansas, died Monday, August 18, 2014, at her home.

She was born October 15, 1923 in Stevens, Arkansas. She was retired from Foreman School District and a member of First Baptist Church in Foreman. Mrs. Gregory loved baking, canning and the Little River County Fair.

Mrs. Gregory was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Carrie Smelser Brummett; her husband, Roy Gregory, Sr.; two sons, Walter “Walt” Gregory and Ronnie Gregory, Sr.; two grandchildren, Ronnie Gregory, Jr. and William Gregory; one great-grandchild, Nathan Florez; four sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Roy Gregory, Jr. and Christine of Foreman and Ricky Gregory and Sandra of Colorado; one daughter, Shirley Posey of Tom, Oklahoma; one sister, Ernestine Golden of Foreman; 16 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Gregory will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 22, 2014 in the Foreman First Baptist Church with Trent Liggin officiating. Burial will follow in the Gravelly Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Thursday, August 21st at the Foreman First Baptist Church. There will be a visitation from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Friday.

 

Judy Ann Wall Hicks

Judy Ann Wall Hicks, age 63, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Idabel, Oklahoma.

She was born March 11, 1951 in De Queen. She was a former employee of Baker’s Sales and Service, and was a Baptist. She served on the De Queen School Board and the De Queen Softball Program, enjoyed reading, camping and attending bluegrass festivals, but most of all her grandchildren.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Therold Miller and Vivian Milam Wall.

She is survived by her husband, Junior Hicks of De Queen; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Duke Alspaw and Christy and Cody George, all of De Queen; one step son, Kelly Hicks of Roseburg, Oregon; a brother, Tommy Wall of De Queen; a sister, Jan Gann of Texarkana, Arkansas; her grandchildren, Aiden and Ava Alspaw, Paisley George, and Charley Reese George; her honorary grandchildren, Courtney, Drake, Brian and Kyler; and her aunts and uncles, Pud and Sterling Daniel of De Queen, Kenneth and Donna Milam of Gainesville, Florida, and Margaret Wall of Lockesburg, Arkansas.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Hicks will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Donnie Jewell officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, August 18, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

Robert “Robby” Gordon Wray, Jr

Mr. Robert “Robby” Gordon Wray, Jr., age 61, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Thursday, August 14, 2014 at his home.

He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on November 4, 1952, to Robert Gordon Wray Sr. and Jeanette Allene Wray. He has resided in De Queen since his family moved here in the summer of 1958. He graduated from De Queen High School in May of 1971. After graduation Mr. Wray went to work in the D&E Railroad Car Repair Shop.

During his 25 years at the railroad shop, he was always collecting donations for various causes and organizations, like Toys for Tots, and for the Senior Citizens Appreciation Day, for which he and his fellow Union workers received a plaque for their donations and support in May 1991.

Mr. Wray retired from the D&E Railroad Shop in 1996. He was a Baptist and was blessed with many friends during his life, with his best blessing of all, of allowing Jesus Christ into his life. He enjoyed hunting, rodeo, and raising cattle.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Wray is survived by one brother, Jack Wray of De Queen; one sister, Janet Wray Davis of Ashdown, Arkansas; one nephew and several cousins.

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home. At Mr. Wray’s request his ashes will be buried between his parent’s graves at Mt. Ida Cemetery. No services are scheduled.

 

Fred O. Barrick

Fred O. Barrick, 88 , of Mt. Herman, Oklahoma, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Paris, Texas.

He was born January 18, 1926 in , Mt Herman, Oklahoma, the son of Alex Martin Barrick and Mammie Marie Dyer Barrick. Fred had lived in Mt. Herman most of his life. He enjoyed gardening, raising his cattle and working in the hay fields. Fred was a story teller and liked sharing stories about his early life and his life before the telephone and horse and wagon days. He loved his family and his extended family, especially his grandchildren and enjoyed sharing many special times with them.

Fred was preceded in death by, his parents, Alex and Mammie Barrick; his wife and the mother of his children, Vadis Marie Campbell and second wife, Laura Mae Baker Barrick; great great grandson, Leighton Foster; brothers, Harmon, Earl, Wesley, H.R. and Martin Ray; sisters, Pansy, Gracie, Ida, Florence, Virgie, Odessa, Louise, Alice and Annie May. He leaves to cherish his memory, sons, Gary Barrick of Fieldbrook, California and Terry Barrick and wife Genise of Mt. Herman; daughters, Gloria J. Foster and husband Dennis of Bethel, Oklahoma and Barbara Gazeley of Clinton, Oklahoma; step daughters, Vicky, Louise, Joy, Paula and Lydell and brother, Orvel Barrick of Joaquin, Texas.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Funeral services will be Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma with the Bro. Rodney Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Bethel, Cemetery in Bethel, Oklahoma.

Mr. Chris David Higgins

Mr. Chris David Higgins, age 44, a resident of Western Grove, Arkansas, died Monday, August 11th at his home.

He was born to C. W. Jr. and Linda Jo “Jodie” Rogers Higgins in De Queen, Arkansas, on February 18, 1970. He was a substance abuse counselor , and attended the Cowboy Church in Harrison, Arkansas. He enjoyed photography, camping, hiking, and laughing with his family and friends. He loved animals, especially his dogs, Gibbs and Baby.

He was preceded in death by his father, C. W. Higgins, Jr.

He is survived by his mother, Jodie Higgins of Western Grove, Ark., two special adopted daughters, Sabrina and Rebecca Buchannan of Texarkana, Arkansas, and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Chris Higgins will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, August 14th in the Mineral Cemetery, Gillham, Arkansas, with Bro. Charles Ligon officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be made to OMART, P. O. Box 308, Gassville, Ark. 72635. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

Rev. Thomas K. Johnson

Rev. Thomas Kennedy Johnson, age 82, a resident of De Queen, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 11, 2014 at his home.

Rev. Johnson was born February 15, 1932 in Raleigh, North Carolina.He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was the director of the Federal Migrant Program for the De Queen Public School System for 22 years. He founded Grace Baptist Church in 1975, was the Church Planter of 2 churches in North Carolina, was a retired minister who served the Lord for over 50 years and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Rev. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Atlas Thomas and Iris Kennedy Johnson and two brothers, Gerald and Ralph Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Ada Harris Johnson; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Thomas K. Johnson, Jr. of Rockland, California, Rev. Timothy and Carrey Johnson and Archie and Lisa Johnson all of De Queen; seven grandchildren, Gene Johnson, Crystal Johnson, Timothy “Gerry” Johnson, Tony Johnson, Kendall Johnson, Ashlie Johnson and Stepheny Baughn; 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Rev. Johnson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014, in the Grace Baptist Church with Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, August 15th at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 487 Hwy 71 North, De Queen, AR 71832 or American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

 

 

Mrs. Gloris Wanda Suagee Thomas

Mrs. Gloris Wanda Suagee Thomas, age 79, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, August 9, 2014 at her home.

She was born to Joaquin and Elda Wilda Maye Suagee, in Longview, Texas, on October 25, 1934. She was attended Non-Denominational Church, and enjoyed reading and shopping.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, Toni Ann Thomas, and two step Great- great-grandchildren, Jaded Bliss Pruitt and Paul Mikulek.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Rev. Alfred Thomas of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Jack Pruitt of De Queen, two grandchildren, Tamara and her husband, Gary Noah of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Dawn and her husband, James Mikulek of Nashville, a step-grandson, Jacky Dean Pruitt of De Queen, a brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Betty Suagee of Houston, Texas, four great-grandchildren, DeWayne Noah ,Lindsey Noah, Disirae Warford and Tori Russell, three step great-grandchildren, Montana Jeanes, Shala Pruitt and Sara Pruitt, and a great-great grandchild, Bentley Willis and three step great-great-grandchildren, Braelyn Jeanes, Elena Mikulek and Serapim Jace Paul Mikulek, and a number of other family members.

Graveside funeral Services for Mrs. Wanda Thomas will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 12th in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Bro. Dennis Braddock, and Bro. Nati Becerra officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Monday, August 11th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.

 

Mrs. Edna Marie Tilson Vann

Mrs. Edna Marie Tilson Vann, age 63, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

She was born in Pottersville, Missouri on October 29, 1950 to Irvin Jack and Dorothy Hudlow Tilson. She was a former employee of Pilgrim’s Hatchery, as a CNA for Brookewood, and was an individual care giver, as well as a homemaker. She was a Baptist and enjoyed crafts, antique shopping, board games, cooking and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her father, and a son, Bobby Irvin McGhee.

She is survived by her husband of over 39 years, Donnie Vann of Gillham, Two sons, Jerry Dale McGhee of Houston, Texas, and Larry Lee McGhee of Lockesburg, a daughter and son-in-law, Tomi Rene and Craig Liles of Tyler, Texas, her mother, Dorothy Tilson of Pottersville, Missouri, three brothers, Larry Tilson of Tecumseh, Missouri, Bobby Jack Tilson of Wichita, Kansas, and Gene Hudlow of Mooney, Missouri, two sisters, Betty Louise Tilson of Missouri, and Kay Liggin of Lockesburg, and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Nieces, and nephews.

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

 

Larry Ray Romine

Mr. Larry Ray Romine, age 71, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at his home.

He was born February 7, 1943 in Horatio. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas. Larry was the owner of Romine Oil Company in De Queen; he was a former employee of Sun Oil Company where he was awarded the Distinguished Salesman award. Larry was a very generous person to his family and the community he lived in. He was a scholarship donor to De Queen high School graduating seniors. He was a hard worker and remained devoted to his business his entire life. He was a member of De Queen First Baptist Church, a Gideon, received the Paul Harris Fellow award from De Queen Rotary Club and was an avid Razorback fan.

Mr. Romine was preceded in death by his parents, Ray Burleson and Margaret Cox Romine and one brother, Randy Romine.

He is survived by his wife, Olivia Larimore Romine; two daughters and a son-in-law, Scarlett Romine and Stephanie and Reed Lynch all of De Queen; and seven grandchildren, Grayson, Bennett, Anna Grace, Mary Claire, Avery, Ellis Anne and Anya.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, August 10, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Virgil Romine and John Lindsey officiating.

Memorials may be made to Larry Romine Memorial Fund, c/o First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 450, De Queen, AR 71832 and will be distributed to the Mary and Martha Center, Reese’s Rainbow, an agency that advocates for the adoption of children with special needs, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, all of whom held a special place in Larry’s heart.

 

 

Clyde McCown

Mr. Clyde McCown, age 84, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Monday, August 4, 2014, at Hospice of the Ozarks in Mountain Home, Arkansas,

He was born to Velvin and Ruby Haney McCown in Ada, Oklahoma , on October 1, 1929. He was a member of the De Queen Church of the Nazarene, and was a retired brick mason. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and animals, especially his dog, Tippy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Ruby McCown, and Eugene McCown, and in February of 2014, his wife of over 59 years, Joyce McCown, and one grandson, Nicholas McCown.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Joye McCown of Calico Rock, Arkansas, two grandchildren, Cameron McCown and wife Robin of Meridian, Idaho, and Amelia McCown of Nampa, Idaho, a brother, Conroe McCown of El Paso, Texas, two sisters, Lillie Scroggins, and Leer Kelly both of Ada, Oklahoma, one very special niece and fishing buddy, Lillie Ella McCown, as well as several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Clyde McCown will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, August 7, 2014, in the De Queen Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Billy Sullivan and Rev. Byron Sullivan officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, De Queen, Ark., under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 7th at the De Queen Church of the Nazarene from 1:00 P.M., until service time. Memorials may be sent of Hospice of the Ozarks, 701 Burnett Drive, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653.

 

Willie Nora Young Crisp

Mrs. Willie Nora Young Crisp, age 98, a resident of Dierks, died Monday, August 4, 2014 in Carthage, Texas.

She was born May 20, 1916 in Provo, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks.

Mrs. Crisp was preceded in death by her parents, William and Nobie Cannon Young; her husband of 64 years J.D. Crisp; one daughter, Betty Jean Crisp McNutt; two brothers, Algie Young and John Young; three sisters, Leona Young Faulkner, Elverna Young Graves and Mary Young Rogers.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Sherry Crisp of Carthage, Texas and Mike and Anna Crisp of Dierks, Arkansas; one “adopted” son, Quinton Ward; six grandchildren, Sharon McNutt Jackson, Doug McNutt, Tim McNutt, Tamera Crisp Barrera, John Crisp Jr. and DeAnna Crisp; two sisters, Robbie Young Enoch and Cora Faye Young Gore and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Crisp will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 7, 2014, in the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Daniel Barrera, Larry Frye and Clyde Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the McHorse Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

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

 

Mrs. Bernice Walker Tackett Tatum

Mrs. Bernice Walker Tackett Tatum, 78 years old, resident of Brookewood Nursing and Rehab in De Queen, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, August 2, 2014, in Texarkana, Texas. She was born March 10, 1936 in Portland, Oregon to Joseph R. and Hazel Robbins Walker. She lived on this earth 78 years, 4 months, and 23 days.

She raised 8 children while also working outside the home for many years as a cook and a librarian. She was a member of the Church of Christ in De Queen, where she attended services even in her later years when she became wheelchair bound. She enjoyed her family including her Christian family very much, as well as visiting with her many friends that she had made around Sevier County in the past 40+ years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, Bill Tackett and Robert Tatum, one brother, Merle Dean Walker, one Son James Tackett, one daughter, Kathy Grant, two sons-in-law, Dearl Taylor and Bill Grant.

She is survived by one sister, Janet Scott of Tillamook, Oregon, two daughters Robin Taylor of Grannis, Arkansas, and Janice Tatum and husband, David Tucker of Mena, Arkansas, four sons, Bill Tackett and wife, Lynn of Cascadia, Oregon, Tom Tackett and wife, Barb of Lebanon, Oregon, Bobby Tatum and wife, Alicia of De Queen, Arkansas, Lewis Tatum, and wife, Elizabeth of Prescott, Arkansas, 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, and a host of friends and other extended family.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Bernice Tatum will be held Monday, August 4, 2014, at 10:00 A.M., in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Tye Barnett officiating. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home, Sunday, August 3rd from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

James Earl "Pop" Rogers
 

James Earl “Pop” Rogers, age 80, a resident of De Queen, died Saturday, August 2, 2014, at his home.

He was born May 18, 1934, in Greenville, Texas. He worked for Brown & Root and was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos James and Veda Isbell Rogers; his wife, Mary Susie Cravens Rogers; three brothers and one sister.

He is survived by three sons, one daughter, two step-sons, one step-daughter and two sisters.

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Deborah Poole

Mrs. Deborah Odetta Haley Poole, age 62, a resident of Texarkana, Texas, died Thursday, July 31 2014, at her home.

She was born to Roy Junior Haley and Lola Rae Buck Haley Pratt, on December 26, 1951 in Mesa, Arizona.  She was a homemaker, and enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She loved animals, especially her dog, Gabi Rose, and her cat, Matilda.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings: Ron Haley, David Haley, Jon Pratt, and a daughter Chelle Haley Poole.

She is survived by her husband of over 39 years, Horace Poole of Texarkana, Texas, four sons and daughters-in-law: Wayne and Nancy Poole of Texarkana, Arkansas, Perry Poole of Nash, Texas, Horace "P.J." Poole and Tiffani of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Zachary Poole of Texarkana, Texas; two daughters and a son-in-law: Lisa Poole of Texarkana, Texas, Ra and David White also of Texarkana Texas; a brother: Tracy Haley of Stidham, Oklahoma; a sister and brother-in-law, Janell and Lupe Trujillo of Queen Creek, Arizona; a sister by choice: Sherry Patterson of Texarkana, Texas; five grandchildren: Rachael, and her husband Matt Helton of Nashville, Breagan White, Courtland White and Morgan White, all of Texarkana, Texas, and Alex Poole of Texarkana, Arkansas; a great-grandchild, Easton Helton of Nashville, Arkansas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Private memorial services will be at a later date.  Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.  Memorials may be made to the Arkansas children's Hospital, 800 Marshall Street, Little rock, AR  72202

 

Verna Isabell Godwin Skidmore

Mrs. Verna Isabell Godwin Skidmore, age 89, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Friday, August 1, 2014, in Brookewood Nursing Center in De Queen.

She was born June 9, 1925 in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lone Oak Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Skidmore was preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Della Cocke Godwin; her husband, Carl Henry Skidmore; an infant son, Carlton Noel Skidmore; a granddaughter, Stephanie Skidmore; and a sister, Pauline Godwin.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Charlotte Skidmore of De Queen; one daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Jimmy Barfield of Texarkana, Arkansas; and a number of loving nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Skidmore will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 4, 2014 in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Randy Davis officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

 

Lottie Lou Belcher Suggs

Mrs. Lottie Lou Belcher Suggs, age 74, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana.

She was born in Hensley, Arkansas, on July 28, 1940, to Mose and Maddie Elizabeth Campbell Belcher. She was a retired employee of Pilgrim’s Pride, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Williamson Community Church, and enjoyed cooking, gardening, old western movies, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three siblings, Alton Belcher, Robert Belcher, Robbie Pogue, her husband, Paul Harold Suggs, a grandchild, Tina Taylor, and a great-grandchild, Layne Frachiseur.

She is survived by three sons, Jimmy Suggs of Hope, Ark., Danny Suggs of De Queen, and Bobby Suggs of Wake Village, Texas, four daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda Brown of Wickes, Glenda Suggs of Foreman, Jeanette and Eugenio Rojas of De Queen, and Loretta and Fernando Rivas of Horatio, three brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Barbara Belcher, Steven Belcher, and Miles and Ann Belcher all of De Queen, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mae Schraeder and Marilyn and Steve Taylor all of De Queen, 19 grandchildren, Casey, Jennifer, Laura, Cody, Paul, J. J., Audriana, Pri`anna, Telisha, Delfina, Tevita, Isauro, Shawna, Brett, Kirsten, Lauren, Stephanie, Maddie and Junior, 26 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as two special sister-in-laws, Dora Belcher, and Floye Mae Suggs.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Lottie Suggs will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 2nd in the Mt. Ida Cemetery with Rev. Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, August 1st from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

 

John Edward Richards

John Edward Richards, age 41, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Horatio.

He was born June 21, 1973 in Nashville, Arkansas. He was a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Nichols Richards and a sister, Dottie Langley.

He is survived by his wife, Tabitha Tipton Richards of Horatio; one daughter, Lexi Richards; one son, Austin Richards, both of Horatio; his father, Bryan Richards of De Queen, Arkansas; three sisters, Carol Lamb of Hope, Arkansas, Pam Langley of Sarepta, Louisiana, and Nancy Kenworthy of Hope, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Bubba Randall.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 8, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Glenn Tropp officiating.

 

Ronald Lee Simmons

Ronald Lee Simmons, age 59, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas died Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born July 7, 1955. He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Lockesburg First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.O. “Pud” and Bobbie Joyce Shinn Simmons and a brother, James Alan Simmons.

He is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Jesse Simmons, Jacky and Leslie Simmons and Clifton Simmons all of Lockesburg; five grandchildren, Coulter, Harrison, Emma, Rayle and Madie.

Funeral services for Mr. Simmons will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 in the Lockesburg First Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Gilliland officiating. Burial will follow in the Coulter Memorial Cemetery in Lockesburg under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

 

 

John Edward Richards

John Edward Richards, age 41, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Horatio.

He was born June 21, 1973 in Nashville, Arkansas. He was a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Nichols Richards and a sister, Dottie Langley.

He is survived by his wife, Tabitha Tipton Richards of Horatio; one daughter, Lexi Richards; one son, Austin Richards, both of Horatio; his father, Bryan Richards of De Queen, Arkansas; three sisters, Carol Lamb of Hope, Arkansas, Pam Langley of Sarepta, Louisiana, and Nancy Kenworthy of Hope, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Bubba Randall.

Services are pending.

 

 

Larry Dean Autry

Larry Dean Autry, age 69, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born July 27, 1944 in Mena, Arkansas. He was the former owner of Harris Drug Store. He graduated the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy in 1973. He was a member of the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, past president of the Arkansas Pharmacy Association, served on the board of directors of First National Bank in De Queen, was a past member of the Sevier County Quorum Court and the Optimist Club. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in De Queen. He was a great lover of animals and contributed to the humane society.

He was preceded in death his mother, Vida Helen Parker Autry; and his siblings, Leon Bain, Lester Bain and Gene Autry.

He is survived by his wife, Lygia Carver Autry of Horatio; one daughter, Ladeana Autry Bell of Little Rock, Arkansas; one step-daughter, Brandie Wagner (Pat) Clayton of Hazen, Arkansas; one granddaughter, Kelsey Bell and two grandsons, Wes and Sam Clayton.

A memorial service for Mr. Autry will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, July 26,2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Chad Gallagher officiating. 

Donations may be made to the Humane Society of Sevier county, P.O. Box 872, De Queen, AR  71832 or pawsandclawsathssc@yahoo.com

 

 

Emma Lula Moseley Emerson

Emma Lula Moseley Emerson, age 97, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in the Brookewood Nursing Center in De Queen.

She was born November 24, 1916 in Grandfield, Oklahoma. She was retired after 31 years of service to the De Queen School Food Service. She enjoyed quilting, bowling, crocheting, playing cards and bingo, and working in her flower garden. She was a Collin Raye fan from the start of his career, and was a member of the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Stella Lowrey Moseley; her husband, Earl Lowell Emerson; a son, Aubry Emerson; and two daughters, Mildred Boone and Millie Ann Stinnett.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and Tony Beltrani of De Queen; a son-in-law, Harold Stinnett of De Queen; a daughter-in-law, Laura Emerson of De Queen; her grandchildren, Brenda and Danny Bennett of Texarkana, Arkansas, Doug and Jimna Stinnett of De Queen, Kathy and Kenneth Gabbard of De Queen, Patti Boone of De Queen, Tory Shipley of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Cynthia Emerson of Norman, Arkansas, Joey and Bridgett Emerson of Horatio, Arkansas, Darin Beltrani of Harrison, Arkansas, and Scott and Jodi Beltrani of St. Louis, Missouri; fourteen great grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren, her caregiver and special friend, Annie Maull, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Emerson will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Ida Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.

 

Timothy Ray Fenwick

Timothy Ray Fenwick, age 61, a resident of Tyler, Texas died Monday, July 21, 2014 in Tyler.

He was born June 12, 1953 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He was a Christian.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Springs and Janet Nance Fenwick; and a brother, Curtis Fenwick.

He is survived by his wife, Trish Fenwick of Tyler; two sons, Aaron Fenwick of Tyler and Sam Fenwick of Mena, Arkansas; a step-daughter, Kristin Meharry of Tyler; two brothers, Mike Fenwick of Mena and Joseph Fenwick of Houston, Texas; one sister, Linda Riggins of Alma, Arkansas; two granddaughters, Lily Davidson and Olivia Meharry; his step-father, J.B. Fenwick of Alma, AR, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Fenwick will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bruce Watson officiating. Burial will follow in the Grannis Cemetery.

 

Lois Fenton

Lois Fenton, age 94, a resident of Star City, AR and formerly of Horatio, AR died Saturday, July 19, 2014 in the Gardner Nursing Home in Star City.

She was born October 22, 1919 in Sevier County, Arkansas. She graduated from Horatio High School, worked at Casteel Grocery Store, was active in the P.T.A., loved growing lilies and iris’s and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Horatio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emmit Pedro and Millie Chenault Casteel; her husband, Sherman Fenton; three sons, Lynn Fenton, Bobby Fenton, and Wayne Fenton; her grandson, Nicky Fenton; and three brothers, Ed Casteel, David Casteel and Shorty Casteel.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Lola and Sterling Henry of Dumas, AR; one brother, Lowell Casteel of Hot Springs Village, AR; one sister, Mildred Billingsley of Texas; seven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Fenton will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in the Horatio Cemetery with Dr. Tandy Hanson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

 

David Wayne Scarbrough

David Wayne Scarbrough, a native of Texas City, TX and resident of Baton Rouge, passes away July 14, 2014 at the Hospice of Baton Rouge Butterfly wing at the age of 52.

He is survived by his wife Lisa kay Sparks, his parents John W. and Nora B. Scarbrough, daughter, Kayli M. Scarbrough, son Aron Dakota Scarbrough, brother lester Mark Scarbrough and wife Cindy, two grandchildren; David Jacob DeShazo, Ayden Reese David, niece Erica Scarbrough, nephew Mike Scarbrough and wife Kristen, three great nephews, and 1 great niece.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Seale Funeral Home, in Denham Springs, on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 6:00PM, conducted by Rev. Car Rushing. A gathering will resume after the service until 8:00PM.

 

Mrs. Ivie Mae Howard Forrest

Mrs. Ivie Mae Howard Forrest, age 69, a resident of Winthrop, Arkansas, died Monday, July 14th at her home from a long battle with cancer.

She was born in St. Lawrence County, Arkansas, on July 31, 1944. She was a former employee of the Rubber Corporation, and Pilgrim’s Pride, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Christ and attended both the Church of Christ and the First Baptist Church of Winthrop. She was an avid Elvis Presley fan, and enjoyed fishing, and spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Millie Espy, a son, Ronnie Lee Forrest, and a grandchild, John Luke Shomo.

She is survived by her husband of over 48 years, Steve “Lightening” Forrest of Winthrop,a daughter, Mary Beth Forrest of Winthrop, a grandson, Matthew Forrest Lee of Winthrop, a granddaughter, Maycee Brooke Shomo of Winthrop, two brothers-in-law, Roy and his wife, Johnnie Lou Forrest of Winthrop, and Donald “Buckwheat” Forrest of Idabel, Okla., special friends, Anita Click, Jan Wade, and Bethel Dossett, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ivie Forrest will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, in the First Baptist Church of Winthrop with Bro. Audie Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery, Winthrop, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family Will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 16th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.

 

Mrs. Joan Emily Short Kiser

Mrs. Joan Emily Short Kiser, age 77, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, July 10, 2014 in the Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Edward L. and Alvera Rosalee Lucas Short in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on September 24, 1936. She was an Army wife and mother, and was a member of the Lutheran Church. She was a member of the AARP, Local #2078, where she served as secretary-treasurer for many years. She loved family and was very knowledgeable in family ancestry. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and history. Joan had a special love for all animals.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Edward Short, Charles Lantz, Arlene Randazzi, and Barbara Short, and her husband of over 58 years, Billy Kiser.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, GayLynn Kiser of Austin, Texas, and Jennifer and Bobby Bagley of De Queen, a granddaughter, Chrystal Morgan Sweeden of De Queen, a special friend, Amy Ragle of De Queen, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Joan Kiser will be held at 10:00 A.M., Sunday, July 13th in Redmen Cemetery with Rev. Shane Haarmeyer officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

Mr. Coy Chandler

Mr. Coy Ramsey Chandler, age 89, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, in the Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana.

He was born to Levi and Mattie L. Ramsey Chandler in Horatio, Arkansas, on June 2, 1925. He was a retired employee of Frozen Food Express, and a member of the First Baptist Church of De Queen. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mable Blankenship, and in his wife of over 66 years, Doris L. Hames Chandler.

He is survived by one son, Gail Chandler of De Queen, a daughter and son-in-law, Sondra Lavone and Chuck Foster of Gramby, Mo., three brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy Lee Chandler of Abilene,Texas, Arlis and Jackie Chandler of Horatio, and Charles and Charlotte Chandler of De Queen, five sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Cooper of Glenpool, Okla, Henrietta and Alvie Nix of Horatio, Mittie Jean and Sam Hendricks of Horatio, Janette and Leon Durham of Mesquite, Texas, Patricia and Danny Lipsey of Horatio, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Coy Chandler will be announced by Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.

 

William Deland Pritchett

 

 

Charles Austin “Nub” Young

Charles Austin “Nub” Young, 75, was born on May 1, 1939 to Clifton Young and Ruth Montgomery.

Having been born in Frog Level, Arkansas, the Lord showing his sense of humor brought Nub to Toad Suck, Arkansas where he graduated to glory surrounded by his loving family, on July 5, 2014. Nub graduated from De Queen High School in 1957, where he set a school record for pole-vaulting in track and field. He attended the University of Arkansas where he majored in business. An active servant of the Lord, he was ordained at the age of 25, the youngest to be ordained at De Queen First Baptist Church, where he also served as chairman of the deacons. He later held this position at both Ripley Baptist and Trinity Baptist in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Nub was a Sunday school teacher for 30 years and was a member of South Jefferson Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He and his wife Doylene were Sevier County Farm Family of the year. He owned H&H Wholesale Florists and The Lollipop Shop in De Queen, Arkansas, and a Chicken Brokerage Firm called Midwest Foods of Texas. He was also employed by Mountaire Poultry, later known as Pilgrim’s Pride, as a Grower, Sales Manger, and as an auditor. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Vernon Young; and mother-in-law Lona Kitchens.

Nub is survived by his wife Doylene Selman Young, they began their journey together on July 5, 1959 and ended their earthly journey on July 5, 2014; his three daughters and three sons-in-love, Laura Walls (Butch), Sheila Eddy (Scott), Kristen “KiKi” Fobell (Chris); Papa to 11 grandchildren, Travis Walls, Tara Adams (Nate), Tyler Walls (Ashley), Sarah, Rebekah, & Daniel Eddy, Kaitlyn Bretches, Parker Jones, Victoria, Jillian, and Abigail Fobell; two great grandchildren Justice & Gracelyn Walls; his sister Irma Walker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The celebration of Nub’s life will be held at South Jefferson Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas on Sunday, July 13th at 2:00 pm. Please make a donation to Gideon’s International (www.gideons.org), Heifer International(www.heifer.org), World Vision (www.wvi.org), or the charity of your choice.

Cremation Arrangements Are By Cornwell Funeral Home and River Valley cremations in Dardanelle. Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com

 

 

Annie Geraldine Higgins Branson

 

Kathleen Pillow Seal

Kathleen Pillow Seal (93), a resident of Piggott, died Friday, July 4, 2014 in Piggott, Ark.

She and her twin sister Magleen were born August 25 1920, in Pollard, Ark to the late Rev. Sam and Nora Pillow.  She devoted her life to her family and home.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Piggott. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Brauton Seal and son-in-law, John R. Lingle, four sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include one daughter, Sharon Lingle of Piggott; two sons, Jim Seal and and wife Donna of Conway, Ark and Billy Seal and wife Cathy of De Queen, Ark; one brother, Tom Pillow of Richi, Fla.,  two sisters, Shirley Whaley of Piggott, Ark. and Barbara Mooney of West Palm Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren, Cara Lingle, Katie Bonilla, Kyle Seal, Emily McCarron and Daniel Seal; five great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 10 am, Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Piggott with the Rev’s. Andy Newbill and Kyle Seal officiating.

Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Hoggard  and Sons funeral home.

 

Geraldine Higgins Branson

Annie Geraldine Higgins Branson, age 73, a resident of Eagletown, Oklahoma died Thursday, July 3, 2014 in Idabel, Oklahoma.

She was born July 15, 1940 in Sevier County, Arkansas. She retired as a U.S.D.A. inspector with 40 years of service, and was a Baptist.

Mrs. Branson was preceded in death by her parents, W.E. “Bill” and Ellan “Skeete” Anz Higgins; her husband, Frank Lee Branson; and a brother, Carl “Blue” Higgins.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Christie Branson of Eagletown; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Tracy Herrington of Idabel; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Darrell and Marsha Higgins and Dalton and Sue Higgins; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Jane Sims, Brenda and Jim McDonald and Linda “Polly” Sullivan and Lee Branscum, all of De Queen, Arkansas; four grandsons, Chase and Sandra Dawn Leonard of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Mathew Leonard of Eagletown, Carlton Leonard of Idabel and Riley and Macy Branson of De Queen; one granddaughter, BriAnna Branson of Eagletown; two step-granddaughters, Magon Herrington of Midwest City, Oklahoma and Mackenzee Herrington of Houston, Texas; one great grandchild, Gramm Lee Branson; three step great grandchildren, Jace Gates, Bradyn Herrington and Rileigh Herrington; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Branson will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Duane Alspaw and George Frachiseur officiating. Burial will follow in the Millcreek Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the funeral home.

 

Billy Jack Kiser

Mr. Billy Jack Kiser, age 84, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, June 25th in Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana.

He was born to Leo Dellon and Betty Mae Farmer Kiser, in De Queen, Arkansas, on March 5, 1930. He was a retired Lt. Colonel, serving with the U S Army, and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He was also retired executive administrator for the Housing Authority and served as a VA Benefits Officer. He was a member of De Queen Rotary, where he served as past president, a Paul Harris Fellow recipient, and was a member of the AARP #2078. He enjoyed reading, and loved animals, especially his dog, BeeBob.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Lou Dellon Stephens.

He is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Joan Short Kiser of De Queen, two daughters and a son-in-law, GayLynn Kiser of Austin, Texas, Jennifer and Bobby Bagley of De Queen, a granddaughter, Chrystal Morgan Sweeden of De Queen, a brother, Harrol Lee Kiser of Georgetown, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services with Military Rites for Mr. Billy Kiser will be held Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 10:00 A.M., in Redmen Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home

 

Mr. Ronnie Jones

Mr. Ronald Douglas “Ronnie” Jones, also known as “Grandbuddy”, age 72, a resident of Lockesburg, Arkansas, died Wednesday, July 2nd at his home.

He was born to James Douglas and Marie Saxon Jones in Delta, Ohio, on January 10, 1942. He was a veteran of Vietnam War, serving in the Air Force, and was owner of Baker’s Saw Shop and Grocery, as well as a farmer. Mr. Jones was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, De Queen, and a member of the Volunteer Fire and Rescue in Lockesburg. He enjoyed being an airplane pilot, hunting, four wheeling, motorcycles, mudding, horse riding, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law, Jim Bellamy, and a sister-in-law, Brenda Proctor Baker.

He is survived by his wife of over 51 years, Iona Baker Jones of Lockesburg, a daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Mark Freeze of Lockesburg, two sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney and Jennifer Jones of Lockesburg, Chad and Joyannah Jones of Traverse City, Michigan, seven grandchildren, Scott, and his wife, Karah Freeze of Lockesburg, Chance and his wife, Hallie Freeze of Idabel, OK, Jabin Freeze, Bailey Jones, Carly Jones all of Lockesburg, Javan Jones and Ruby Jones of Traverse City, MI, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell and Pam Jones of Russellville, KY, Terry and Debbie Jones of Covington, LA, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat and John Reynolds of Noblesville, IN, and Jeannie and Ray Pellet of Paducah, KY, his in-laws, Eddie and LeaEta Polk, and Reese Baker all of Lockesburg, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Mr. Ronnie Jones will be held in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, De Queen, on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 2:00 P.M., with Jerry Brazeal and Bobby Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Belleville Cemetery, Lockesburg, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Friday, July 4th from 5:00 to 7:30 P.M.

 

Mr. Ruel Pat Archer

 

Deborah Lee Reynolds Thompson

Deborah Lee Reynolds Thompson, age 61, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in De Queen Medical Center.

She was born September 30, 1952 in Lexington, KY. She was a school bus driver for Paradise Valley School District in Phoenix, AZ and a customer service manager for Walmart.

Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her parents, Basil Earl and Vina Marie Williams Reynolds and one brother, Richard Carter Reynolds.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Tammy and Rick Clark of Lockesburg, AR and Pattie Butler of Horatio, AR; one son, Tommy “Bo” Thompson of Phoenix, AZ; one brother, Michael Reynolds of AZ; three sisters, Susie Arning of IN, Cindy Peters of IA and Kathleen Evans of AZ; 17 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces, nephews, friends and her 5 dogs.

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

Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home.

 

 

Cledith B. Hackworth Wilcher Glenn

Mrs. Cledith B. Hackworth Wilcher Glenn, age 74, a resident of Wickes, Arkansas, died Monday, June 23rd in Christus St. Michael Hospital, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Richard and Bertha Shaw Hackworth in Crowder, Oklahoma, on July 31, 1939. She was a USDA inspector, working in the Tyson Grannis Plant. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wickes, Arkansas, and enjoyed working, crocheting, cooking, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dennis Glen Wilcher, a grandson, Shawn Wilcher, and her siblings, Bill Hackworth, Edith Clark, and Jerry Lee Hackworth.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Glenn of Wickes, two sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy D. and Sandra Wilcher of Wickes, and Raymond and Sharon Wilcher, all of Wickes, a daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Bob Piearcy of Mena, Arkansas, a step-son, Steve Edward Hedrick of Vandervoort, Ark., five grandchildren, Jennifer Gabourel , Jessica Glasgow, Stacy Wilcher, Sydney Wilcher, and Jon Tidwell, twelve great-grandchildren, and a special friend, Sue Thompson of Wickes. Funeral Services for Mrs. Cledith Wilcher Glenn will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 26, 2014, in the Wickes Pentecostal Church of God with Rev. Scott Ray and Rev. Chris Burke officiating. Burial will follow in the Daniel Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Duayne “Windy” Loyd

Duayne “Windy” Loyd, age 63, of Plunketville, Oklahoma passed away Friday, June 20, 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born January 27, 1951 in DeQueen, Arkansas to A.P. Loyd and Minnie Mae Heaton Loyd. Duayne was a truck driver in the Transportation Industry. He was a loving and kind father, step-father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and a friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his son, Windal Loyd of Plunketville, Oklahoma; five Step-children, David Standridge of Malvern, Arkansas, J. D. Standridge of California, Cecil Redd of Kilgore, Texas, Cathy Brinley, Spiro Oklahoma, and Sharon Dosch of Washington; six brothers, Udell Loyd of Grannis, Arkansas, Odell Loyd of Wickes, Arkansas, Donny Loyd of Grannis, Arkansas, Gary Loyd of Wickes, Arkansas Johnny Loyd of Grannis, Arkansas, andBilly Loyd of Cove, Arkansas; one sister, Jerri Burch of Wollett, Texas; eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, A.P. and Minnie Loyd, sister, Joann Calicoat, son Vernon Loyd and step-son, Travis Redd.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Baker Rock Church at Wickes. Interment follows at Baker Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Smith, John Jordan, Eddie Ludlow, Leon Evans, Gary Rose, and John Loyd. Honorary pallbearer is Harvey Bruce.

 

Molly Kay Morris

Molly Kay Morris, age 68, of Jacksonville, TX, passed away Thursday June 19, 2014 in Jacksonville.
She was born September 7, 1945 in Jacksonville.

Molly worked as a Med. Aid/CAN in the healthcare industry and was a member of Craft Baptist church in Jacksonville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Morris; parents J.E. and Inez Chandler; and a brother, Sammy Chandler.

Survivors include her daughters, Kelly James and husband Kenneth of Jacksonville; Connie Baker of Gillham, AR; sons, Ronnie Lewis and wife Janet of Carrollton, Mike Minter and wife Rehana of Rusk, John Morris and wife Jana of Jacksonville, sister, Sally Breedlove of Ramsaur, NC; brother, Randy Chandler and wife Nellie of Jacksonville, sister-in-law, Earlene Chandler of Gallatin; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Tristan Lewis, Chasdon Rawlinson, Keven Hill, Eddie Birdwell, Carlos Santiago, Sammy Morris, and David Goodson.

Visitation will begin on Sunday, June 22, 2014 with family receiving friends from 6-8p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.   Funeral services for Molly Kay Morris are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 23, 2014 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Brother Donny Sadler officiating. Interment will be at Jarratt Cemetery in Jacksonville.

 

 

Mr. Michael William Miller

Mr. Michael William Miller, age 71, a resident of Lockesburg, died Monday, June 16, 2014, in Christus St. Michael Hospital, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Stanley James and Ethel Blake Miller in Haslett, Michigan on April 16, 1943. He was a retired truck driver, having driven for McKnight Trucking. He was a Catholic, and enjoyed collecting and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of over 47 years, Dot Prohn Miller of Lockesburg, two sons, Billy Jack Miller and Michael Miller, Jr., both of Lockesburg, a daughter, April Miller of Lockesburg, a brother, Stanley James Miller of Mena, Arkansas, as well as other family members, and a host of friends.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Michael Miller will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 20th in the Coulter Memorial Gardens, Lockesburg, AR., with Rev. Jack Gilliland officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen

 

Mr. Orvill Carl Huggins

Mr. Orvill Carl Huggins, age 95, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

He was born July 16, 1918 in Glenwood, Arkansas. He loved horses and worked on a local ranch until he was over eighty years old. He enjoyed dancing and growing a garden. He was a World War II veteran having served in the South Pacific and was a member of the Green’s Chapel Methodist Church.

Mr. Huggins was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine “Jerri” Harris Huggins and his parents, Jess and Victoria Coffman Huggins.

He is survived by five daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy Miller and Roy of Hyde Park, Utah, Carolyn Devasier and Ken of Roseburg, Oregon, Vicki Springstead and Mike of Eugene, Oregon, Nancy Lytsell and Roy of Myrtle Creek, Oregon and Shelly Strasner and Hal of Umpire, Arkansas; sixteen grandchildren, forty-six great grandchildren, twenty-four great-great grandchildren and three sisters.

Funeral Services for Mr. Huggins will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the Green’s Chapel Methodist Church near Dierks with Bro. Carrol Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the Green’s Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 17th at the Dierks Chapel.

 

Mrs. Vera Beatrice Kitchens Arnold

 

Flora Faye Faulkner

 

Billie Jean Hubbard Mize

Mrs. Billie Jean Hubbard Mize, age 82, a lifelong resident of Ben Lomond, Arkansas, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Little River Memorial Hospital in Ashdown, Arkansas.

She was born August 9, 1931 in Ben Lomond. She was the former owner of Ben Lomond Tax Service and a member of the Ben Lomond United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Mize was preceded in death by her mother, Christine Hubbard Holcomb; her husband, James E. Mize, Jr. and her grandparents, Luna and Robert Hubbard.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Lucy Mize of Ben Lomond, AR; one daughter; Jeanne Vaughan of Texarkana, TX; one sister, Gladys Barba of California; two grandchildren and their spouses, Matthew and Amanda Mize and Melinda and Dylan Hays and three great-grandchildren, Jackson Bannister, Hunter Mize and Kolter Mize.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mize will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Ben Lomond with Ronnie Smith and Rev. Mike Mize officiating. Burial will follow in the Ben Lomond Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 15th at First United Methodist Church in Ben Lomond.

 

 

Rebecca Lynn Holland

Mrs. Rebecca Lynn Holland, age 44, a resident of Hartford,  Arkansas, died Wednesday, June 11th in De Queen, Arkansas.

She was born to James Edward Whitaker and Ima Delilah Howard in Hot Springs, Arkansas on April 27, 1970.  She was in retail management with E-Z Mart, and enjoyed reading and her children.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Neese.

She is survived by her loving partner, Danny Lesperance of Hartford, Arkansas; two sons, Johnny Ray Holland, Jr. of Hartford, Arkansas and Ryan Cunningham of Lockesburg, Arkansas; two daughters, Christa Holland and precious Holland both of Hartford, Arkansas; her mother, Ima Howard of De Queen; her father and other-mother James and Becky Whitaker of Cabot, Arkansas; her children's father Johnny Ray Holland of Valliant, Oklahoma; five brothers and sisters-in-law: Robert Cunningham of Lockesburg, Arkansas, Shawn and Kelly Whitaker of Haskell, Arkansas, Christopher Whitaker, Scott Whitaker and Timmy and Carly Whitaker, all of Cabot, Arkansas; a sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Mark Vick of De Queen.  She is also survived by a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mrs. Rebecca Holland will be held on Saturday, June 21st in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Bro. Billy Foster officiating.  Cremation under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. 

Betty Lynn Jones Rolfe

Mrs. Betty Lynn Jones Rolfe, age 60, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Christus St. Michael Drive, Texarkana, Texas.

She was born to Jack Randolph and Wilma Lee Johnson Jones in Texarkana, Arkansas, on November 27, 1953. She attended the Williamson Community Church, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being with her family.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her husband of over 30 years, John Rolfe of Horatio, a son, Neal Rolfe of Horatio, three daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer Rolfe, Lynette and John Hanley and Crystal and Clayton Gipson all of Horatio, her mother and step-father, Wilma and Tom Jewkes of De Queen, a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Lori Jones of California, a sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Morris Wilemon of De Queen, six grandchildren, Allen, Amber, Haley, Jonathan, Joseph, and Adam, all of Horatio, Arkansas. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews as well as other family members and a host of friends.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Betty Rolfe are pending at this time. Cremation is under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.

 

 

William (Tex) Roy Phillips

 

 

Mr. Melvin "Ray" Pritchett

Mr. Melvin "Ray" Pritchett, age 58, of Watson, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, June, 8, 2014 of natural causes, in Joplin, Missouri.

He was born March 1, 1956 in San Diego, California to Melvin O. Pritchett and the late Frankie Short Pritchett. Melvin was truck driver by trade and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Tina Pritchett of the home; two sons, Virgle Ray Pritchett of El Paso, Texas and Cory Gregston of Watson, Oklahoma; two daughters, Laura Pritchett of Alabama and
Sabrina Gregston of Hot Springs, Arkansas; his father, Melvin O. Pritchett of Alabama; three brothers, Frank Lee Pritchett of Kansas, Virgil Leslie Pritchett of Las Vega, Nevada and Bervel Kevin Pritchett of Alabama; one sister, Dianna L. Davis of Alabama; six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Frankie Short Pritchett, his mother-in-law, Martha Turner, and his father-in-law, Billy Joe Nipper.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Watson Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general. Friends and family may meet for food and fellowship before and after the service at the Watson Fire Department.

 

Mrs. Vivian M. Haines Stark

Mrs. Vivian M. Haines Stark, age 69, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, June 6, 2014,in a Little Rock hospital.

She was born to Charlie Novie and Katherine Vernice Cook Haines in Rufe, Oklahoma, on May 12, 1945. She was a 1964 graduate of Valliant High School, Valliant, Okla. She was a former employee of Pilgrim’s Pride with 30 years in quality control, and also an associate of Walmart in De Queen. She was a member of the Rufe Baptist Church, and enjoyed working, gardening, especially growing tomatoes, and cooking.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother-in-law, Charles Autrey, and a great-niece, Gabrielle Autrey Treat.

She is survived by a sister, Wynema Ann Autrey of Mineral Springs, Ark.; one nephew, Hughlen Autrey of Russellville, Arkansas, two nieces, Sharla Autrey of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, and Renay Autrey-Treat of Fayetteville, Arkansas, two great-nephews, two great-nieces, one great-great-nephew, and one great-great-niece, and a number of cousins.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Vivian Stark will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, June 8, 2014, in the Old Center Cemetery, with Bro. Sam Hendricks officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 7th. Memorials may be made to the House of Hope in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

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